Thursday, November 30, 2017

"Nothing to Lose" episodes 7 - 8 recap

On the latest episode, Jeong-joo (Park Eun-bin) spoke about her connection to Kyeong-ho (Ji Seung-hyeon). Jeong-joo and Eui-hyeon (Yeon Woo-jin) met with Jang Soon-bok's (Park Ji-ah's) son (who is played by Jo Wan-gi) to hear his testimony on the Kim Ga-yeong murder from fifteen years ago. Jang Soon-bok's son said, "Kyeong-ho went to save Ga-yeong. He's not a bad person".
The car he reported as belonging to the murderer surprised Jeong-joo and Eui-hyeon because it is the same car that Han-joon (Dong Ha) used to drive.
Jeong-joo didn't think Han-joon was capable of murder and went to him to ask about his relationship with Kim Ga-yeong. Han-joon replied, "She was the daughter of the janitor of our summer house. Are you suspecting me too? I want an official investigation".
Han-joon asked Kyeong-ho to end their contract, but Kyeong-ho put a hit out on Han-joon instead.
Han-joon told Eui-hyeon, "Don't you think we have to find out who the real culprit is for Jeong-joo's sake? Kyeong-ho is her brother". Jeong-joo revealed to the court that Kyeong-ho was her brother and Eui-hyeon volunteered to take Jeong-joo's place in the trial.
Han-joon went to the police and asked for a reinvestigation as Kyeong-ho wasn't the culprit.
Despite all of the action in "Nothing to Lose", fans are unhappy. They have reported that they are upset that Yeon Woo-jin has not had much screen time in SBS's "Nothing to Lose" despite his top billing.
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"Prison Playbook" episode 4 recap

On the latest episode of the tvN drama "Prison Playbook", Professor Ko (Jung Min-sung) was forcefully taken to an interview set up by the prison warden. Je-hyeok (Park Hae-soo) said, "That interview is mine so the professor can go back to his room".
In the interview, Je-hyeok said, "Everything about life here was uncomfortable, but I've gotten used to it now". The reporter asked him about his plans for after prison time, about whether or not he would return to the major leagues or Nexen.
Je-hyeok looked into the camera and said, "I quit baseball. My injured shoulder isn't as good as it seems and it's unrecoverable even with surgery. I thought about it for a long time, but I've decided that I can't play baseball anymore".
He held up the camera with his shaking hands and said, "My life as a baseball player is over. Thank you for the love you've shown me".
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"Mad Dog" episode 16 (final) recap

On the final episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Mad Dog", the team delivered a final blow to Joo Hyeon-gi (Choi Won-young).
Choi Kang-woo (Yoo Ji-tae) found out that Lee Yeong-ho (Jung Jin) was watching Kim Min-joon (Woo Do-hwan). Kang-woo was furious and the two got into a fight during which Yeong-ho dropped Ko Jin-cheol's (Park Seong-hoon's) cell phone.
The cell phone had recordings of Hyeon-gi ordering a hit on Min-joon. Kang-woo realized once that Yeong-ho had killed Min-joon, he'd planned on putting it all on Hyeon-gi.
Cha Joon-gyu (Jung Bo-suk) was behind Yeong-ho, and Kang-woo used his daughter Cha Hong-joo (Hong Soo-hyun) to threaten him. =
At the press conference, Hyeon-gi tried to blame the accountant and technician. However, this was all part of Mad Dog's plan. Min-joon had bribed Hyeon-gi's assistant (Park Sang-hwi) to switch the original renewal papers between Joohan Airlines and Tae-yang Insurance for fake ones and revealed the original ones on site.
Kang-woo also revealed the recordings of Hyeon-gi he'd obtained, which proved the bad guys' guilt. However, Kang-woo had to serve ten months time as well. When he was released from jail, Mad Dog started up with full vigor.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Prison Playbook" episode 3 recap

F(x)'s Krystal is making a name for herself in "Prison Playbook" as Jeong Soo-jeong. She plays Park Hae-soo's ex-girlfriend.
On the latest episode of the tvN drama "Prison Playbook", Je-hyeok (Park Hae-soo) was transported to the West Prison after the second trial.
Ji-ho is the daughter of the baseball coach who used to coach Je-hyeok and Joon-ho (Jung Kyung-ho). She lost her father when she was eleven in a car accident. She looked up to Je-hyeok as an uncle, but as she aged, she saw him romantically. In university, she dated Je-hyeok, a Daddy-Long-Legs type, but they broke up.
Although they were no longer together, they still seemed to miss each other. While they were dating, they were happy. Je-hyeok travelled from Busan to Seoul just to give her cough medicine and a hat when she was sick and Ji-ho kissed him in joy.
The real reason behind their break-up is still unclear.
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"Nothing to Lose" episodes 5 - 6 recap

On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Nothing to Lose", Yoo Myeong-hee (Kim Hae-sook) gave Lee Jeong-joo (Park Eun-bin) some advice about the law and working with it.
Myeong-hee saw that Jeong-joo was suspicious about the Jang Soon-bok murder and advised her to start from the beginning if she wasn't sure. She also told her not to ignore what Choi Kyeong-ho said.
Jeong-joo asked, "If Choi Kyeong-ho's story is real, it means that you made a misjudgment. Will you be alight?" Myeong-hee jokingly replied, "Will you be alright? I might bite my tongue and die".
"Still, will it be as bad as those who get blamed for something they didn't do? Misjudgment is something who always have to fight with. If you are afraid of making a mistake, then you shouldn't be a judge".
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"Mad Dog" episode 15 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Mad Dog", Jeong Ha-ri (Ryu Hwa-young) approached Kim Min-joon (Woo Do-hwan) who had been threatened by Joo Hyeon-gi (Choi Won-young) and was feeling very down.
Ha-ri comforted him, "You two are the same but completely different. You did that to find out the truth about your brother. Joo Hyeon-gi did it to cover up the truth. You are completely different from each other. So you can stop ruminating and feeling sorry".
She stroked his hair and Min-joon held her. He then joked, "Did you take a shower today? I know you don't like to wash, but did you today?" Jeong Ha-ri said, "Do you want to die? Just go to sleep" and became pouty. When she left, Min-joon said, "Thank you".
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Witch's Court" episode 16 (final) recap

The "Witch's Court" official couple get their happy ending and Jun Kwang-ryul pays his due.
On the final episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Witch's Court", Jo Gap-soo (Jun Kwang-ryul) was sentenced to death in prison.
Jo Gap-soo tried to make a deal with Ma Yi-deum (Jung Ryeo-won) by kidnapping her mother Gwak Yeong-sil (Lee Il-hwa). He managed to get his dirty note from Ma Yi-deum, but he was devastated that no man of authority would help him now.
Yeong-sil was saved by Yeo Jin-wook (Yoon Hyun-min) and Jo Gap-soo tried to kill himself, but Jin-wook and Yi-deum stopped him. They wanted him to pay the price for what he did.
In the end, Jo Gap-soo was sentenced to death. He didn't appear remorseful during trial and claimed himself innocent. He was sent away to prison and he lived pathetically picking up food from the floor.
Yi-deum became a judge and rekindled her relationship with her mother who had regained her memory.
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"Two Cops" episode 2 recap


On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Two Cops", Cha Dong-tak (Jo Jeong-seok) was possessed by Gong Soo-chang (Kim Seon-ho-I).

After copying CCTV footage from Jo Hang-joon's (Kim Min-jong) murder, Soo-chang and Song Ji-an (Hyeri) snuck out and were surrounded by gangsters. Soo-chang quickly left Dong-tak's body. Although Dong-tak was confused as to how he'd gotten there, he still protected Ji-an and fought off the gangsters. The CCTV footage proved that Soo-chang wasn't at the scene of the murder.

The CCTV footage was only procured because Soo-chang tapped into his experience as a conman. He'd fooled Yong-pal the Knife (Lee Si-eon) and copied information from Yong-pal's cell phone, which is illegal and something Dong-tak wouldn't have been able to do.

Detective Cha Dong-tak and conman Gong Soo-chang unwittingly cooperated with and helped each other. The end of the episode saw a man in a helmet head towards the police station with Dong-tak as his target.
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"Melo Holic" episode 8 recap

On the latest episode of the OCN drama "Melo Holic", Eun-ho (Yunho) saw the hooded shirt in Ye-ri's (Kyeong Soo-jin) closet and thought Joo-ri was the criminal.
The next day, Eun-ho and Ye-ri went to the beach on a trip and Ye-ri told Eun-ho, "I knew Joo-ri was the criminal. You were unconscious on a rainy day wearing that hooded shirt. She must've come out and attacked you". Eun-ho said, "I think she's responsible for the bathtub killing as well" and hugged Ye-ri.
Just then Joo-ri (Kyeong Soo-jin) appeared and said, "What bullshit is this? I am the serial killer. It's me, Kim Seon-ho. What can I do to make you believe me? Open up my insides?"
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"Doubtful Victory" episodes 3- 4 recap

On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Doubtful Victory", Kim Jong-sam (Yoon Kyun-sang) transformed from a condemned prisoner to a detective.
Our hero, Kim Jong-sam, was framed and thrown in prison for ten years and so was his fellow prisoner Scab (Jeon Seong-woo). Scab was released first, leaving Jong-sam alone to wonder about what he should do with the dead body of Oh Il-seung.
At the same time, Gook Soo-ran (Yoon Yoo-sun) got a call that Oh Il-seung's body was not yet retrieved and was anxious. She called in a meeting after hearing the thief was on death row. She secretly met with Lee Gwang-ho (Jin Gook-hwan) who ordered a hit on Jong-sam.
Jong-sam wanted to move Oh Il-seung's body somewhere it would easily be found. Then, he found out that a hit was out on him. Jin Jin-yeong (Jung Hye-sung) found a body, but it wasn't Il-seung; it was Jong-sam. His face and prints matched Il-seung's ID, shocking Jin-yeong.
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"Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" Episodes 31-32 (Final) recap

So apparently Jin-jin's family didn't know that she was dating Ji-won? Once again I'm left scrambling trying to figure out whether the drama ever actually explicitly said that the family knew, or whether I just assumed that they knew because there was no other way for them to interpret the couple's surreptitious behavior. Why any of them would be upset at this revelation is equally unclear to me, since I was under the impression they were inviting Ji-won to dinner mainly because they saw him as good son-in-law material.
Anyway, Jin-jin and Ji-won are not married at the beginning of episode thirty-one, nor are they married at the end of episode thirty-two. We do get a fakeout wedding between minor characters, a drama trend lately that I would really just like to see go away. It's not clever. All those setpieces do is remind me that I could have been watching an actual active saisfying love story play out instead of whatever I'd been watching up until then.
So-ni gets a sympathy love interest, Lee Sang-woo's real life wife Kim So-yeon who plays the director of the historical drama. She doesn't seen very good at her job, constantly demanding more takes without explaining what was wrong with the previous ones. Also I don't know what the deal was with the windblower scene. You'd think the production team of "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" would know more about drama production considering that they, themselves, are a drama production team.
As usual, the drama's not even trying to be plausible. That Ji-won was unmasked in the paparazzi articles is nonsensical, because normal people are never identified by name when they're romantically connected to a celebrity. Time and again "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" has built conflict around problems that don't actually exist in the Korean entertainment industry, which is especially weird considering that the Korean entertainment industry has plenty of actual problems that could be discussed instead.
But even that problem isn't as big an issue as the sheer aesthetic pointlessness. Ah-reum calls off her relationship with Woo-seong because talking to family members is awkward? Seriously? And the way Yeong-sim is just off-handedly pressuring her mom into getting a divorce is especially frustrating. Getting a divorce is hard! And you're a divorce lawyer, so you should know better than to act like it isn't! These storylines could have worked with build-up, but without it, they're just insulting.
Review by William Schwartz
"Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" is directed by Lee Dong-yoon , written by Lee Seon-hye and features Han Ye-seul, Kim Ji-suk, Lee Sang-woo, Lee Sang-hee-II, and Ryu Hyun-kyung.
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"This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 16 (Final) recap

The fuller context of Ji-ho's actions makes her look really dumb, at best, and actively sadistic at worst. How in the world was Se-hee supposed to interpret her behavior? The only justification I can come up with is that "This Life Is Our First Life" is satirizing what would actually happen in real life if one member of a couple just disappeared like that without communication. Except Ji-ho is never called out for the tangible and emotional damage her actions caused to Se-hee's life.
While Ji-ho's straight up abandonment of Se-hee is definitely the most infuriating plot point, the resolution of Ho-rang and Won-seok's storyline is at minimum just as badly muddled. Observe how, right up until the last minute, Ho-rang and Won-seok are still completely incapable of clearly communicating what they want and how they feel. This even gets played off as a joke. No, no, no. They need to figure how to talk to each other, or else any marriage simply won't work.
Luckily the Soo-ji/Song-goo storyline manages to end in a fairly satisfactory manner. Its big punchline is actually pretty funny, because it typifies exactly the kind of pragmatic thinking toward marriage that has been repeatedly discussed throughout the drama. Even just the way Song-goo always asks for clarification in the event that he has possibly misunderstood Soo-ji is very cute. It indicates that Song-goo is being considerate.
All the same, for "This Life Is Our First Life" to only succeed in depicting one of its three couples as convincingly being in a healthy relationship is...not good. I mean honestly I can't be too harsh to the drama overall. "This Life Is Our First Life" has been so consistently brilliant throughout that a failure to properly stick the landing hardly ruins the entire story to date. I'm just disappointed that the drama was so close to being perfect, and missed it.
Because honestly? I could see Se-hee giving up the townhouse as being his big significant moment. It would symbolize his willingness to accept that there is more to life than having a nice place to live, and start the healing process with his father since without a nice house, Se-hee has no reason to need Hee-bong's money in the first place. But there was absolutely no reason for this development to be inspired by Ji-ho behaving so stupidly and selfishly. Se-hee and Won-seok should not be begging for forgiveness when their partners were the ones who screwed up.
Review by William Schwartz
"This Life Is Our First Life" is directed by  Park Joon-hwa, written by Yoon Nan-joong and features Lee Min-ki, Jung So-min, Esom, Park Byung-eun, Kim Ga-eun-I, and Kim Min-seok.

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"Doubtful Victory" epsiodes 1 - 2 recap

On the first episode of the SBS drama "Doubtful Victory", Kim Jong-sam (Yoon Kyun-sang) tried to kidnap a woman and Jin Jin-yeong (Jung Hye-sung) and Park Soo-cheol (Kim Hee-won) stopped him.
The victim told Jin Jin-yeong that the kidnapper had a steady voice that told her to remain calm, which she almost did.
Before he escaped prison, Kim Jong-sam's fellow inmate had a picture of the woman Jong-sam later kidnapped.
Kim Jong-sam told the inmate, "You're here because of me" and the inmate replied, "We were both framed".
Why did Kim Jong-sam escape prison and why did he try to kidnap the woman?
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"Two Cops" episode 1 recap


The first episode of the new MBC drama "Two Cops" began on the 27th and Girl's Day's Hyeri made her first appearance as a social reporter.
Song Ji-an (Hyeri) was furious at a colleague who stole her idea. The colleague was wearing a low cut shirt that showed cleavage so Ji-an took a picture of it. The colleague asked her what she was doing and Song Ji-an said, "My report subject. How do you feel about stealing my item? Don't worry, I'll censor your face, but I think people will recognize you by your chest!"
Meanwhile, at the premiere of the SBS drama "Two Cops", Hyeri was asked to explain how her character was different from Suzy's in the drama "While You Were Sleeping - 2017".
Hyeri said, "I am having so much fun and I even asked Suzy for advice. I am worried, but I am also motivated when I'm compared with her".
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"Witch's Court" episode 15 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Witch's Court", Ma Yi-deum (Jung Ryeo-won) found out that her mother Gwak Yeong-sil (Lee Il-hwa) was alive.
Ma Yi-deum wanted to go after Jo Gap-soo (Jun Kwang-ryul) to find out the truth about her mother's case, but Min Ji-sook (Kim Yeo-jin) refused to let her citing the policy that stated that a victim's family couldn't be a part of the investigation.
Yeo Jin-wook (Yoon Hyun-min) ended up taking the case. Ma Yi-deum told him, "You know what being in charge of this case means? I wouldn't be able to do it if I were you. You're making your mother a criminal. But I still ask you this favor".
When he found out that Yeong-sil was alive, Jo Gap-soo decided to take care of her. Disguised in a delivery unifoirm, one of Gap-soo's men went to Yeong-sil's hospital, but a nurse who knew the situation helped Yeong-sil escape. They climbed into a surprised Ko Jae-sook's (Jeon Mi-seon's) car who drove them away. The head nurse told Jae-sook what happened and said, "She's lost her memory since the accident. We will tell the truth when Jo Gap-soo's captured, so please have patrience".
Ma Yi-deum then learned that her mother was alive and searched for her. Gwak Yeong-sil heard about her past from the head nurse and also that her daughter was on her way.
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"Melo Holic" episode 7 recap

On the latest episode of the OCN drama "Melo Holic", Joo-seung (Choi Dae-chul) asked Eun-ho (Yunho) to analyze the murderer's method of operation for the bathtub killings.
Joo-seung told Eun-ho that the bathtub killings were carefully thought out and that the killer, who normally doesn't leave traces, made a mistake. Kim Min-jeong (Solbin) appeared and said, "That is the remnant left when you wipe a dead body with disinfectant".
Joo-seung asked how she knew and she said, "I read about it in the novel written by Lovely Flower". They looked up the internet novel "Two Faced Woman" and were surprised to see that the murders followed the events of the novel.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

"This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 15 recap

Ji-ho is so obsessively introspective here she effectively manages to talk herself out of a relationship with Se-hee. Her behavior is dumbounding, but at the same time, really weirdly logical. I can actually kind of see screenwriter Yoon Nan-joong inserting herself into the more philosophical contours of the conversation, openly wondering why the consumnation of romantic love has to be the only acceptable narrative happy ending. That Jeong-min is, herself, an example of a woman who achieved happiness without a man only further complicates this assumption.
Of course, Ji-ho herself is obviously dumbfounded by Hee-bong's completely counter-intuitive reaction to the revelation that Se-hee and Ji-ho's marriage is a sham. Ji-ho, like Se-hee, appears to have decided that Hee-bong's approval is something that should fill her with shame because he is so obviously a disgusting person. Who also loves cats. Geez, "This Life Is Our First Life" really doesn't want to give us any obvious answers does it?
This is especially true come the ending, when we are given what I consider to be the most single-heartbreaking cliffhanger in recent memory, or possibly ever. Lee Min-ki has always been excellent in the lead role, but his full on breakdown here is something that really has to be seen to be believed. It's like Ji-ho crumpled him into a little ball and tossed him into a trash can. The worst is, Ji-ho herself is so self-satisfied with her logical thinking she has no idea what she was wrought emotionally.
The subplots are a major relief compared to that even in their most difficult moments. Now that Soo-ji's mother is an active character, she can confirm what we've suspected- that the sexual harassment Soo-ji has been enduring at work has been a lot more deleterious to her mental state than Soo-ji has been willing to admit. No wonder Soo-ji doesn't like the idea of Song-goo meeting her mother- they have a lot to agree on.
Elsewhere, "This Life Is Our First Life" continues to seriously toy with the idea that Ho-rang and Won-seok are not getting back together, since an opportunity for them to do so just fumbles off into awkwardness. Realistically speaking, I know that whatever Ji-ho's protestations, it's kind of unfathomable for a romantic comedy drama to end without its main couples getting together. All the same, it's a testament to the dramatic tension, the scripting, and especially that last scene that this prospect is actually pretty scarily plausible here.
Review by William Schwartz
"This Life Is Our First Life" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, written by Yoon Nan-joong and features Lee Min-ki, Jung So-min, Esom, Park Byung-eun, Kim Ga-eun-I, and Kim Min-seok.
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"Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" Episodes 29-30 recap

Credit given where it's due, the opening scene, with its epic kiss and then fade into the elevator scene where we last saw Jin-jin and Ji-won together was pretty good. I rather missed the young versions of those characters. Unfortunately the conclusion of the elevator scene is the last we see of them, and apparently their entire relationship. Jin-jin's parents inviting Ji-won to family dinners takes on a very different tone now that we know Chang-won and Ji-won's first encounter was a violent one.
It's a testament to how pointless "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" is that the entire series since we last saw young Jin-jin and young Ji-won could have been condensed into a couple of episodes, then we could have seen the conclusion of the elevator scene, and the story as a whole would have flowed much much better. Remember how Yeong-sim's father was abusive? Serious talk between Yeong-sim and her mom about filing for divorce would have had a much stronger impact if we had seen that more recently.
But then again I thought that plotline was resolved, kind of, when Yeong-sim decided that her father was a nice guy after all, albeit a mean one. For a drama with no story, "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" has this very bad habit of trying to finish its subplots as quickly as possible. The scene with Woo-seong's sisters in particular is given almost no room to breathe, which is a shame because the set-up had really good comedic timing.
Other good comedic timing is had when Yeong-sim brings Kyeong-seok to hang out with the rest of the gang and we actually get to see the guy unwind. Kyeong-seok's more outgoing state is also helpful in that he asks direct obvious questions which the main characters are apparently unwilling to ask themselves. It was funny how Jin-jin gets mad at Ji-won for being shy about liking her, the woman apparently having forgotten that their entire relationship is a secret solely for the benefit of her career.
Speaking of Jin-jin's career, episode thirty is completely devoted to some historical drama that can't possibly have a pay-off since "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" is almost over. The best thing to come from that was the falling leaves fight scene, which looks ridiculous mainly because there aren't any trees around. I'm not sure whether that was actually supposed to be a joke or not.
Review by William Schwartz
"Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" is directed by Lee Dong-yoon , written by Lee Seon-hye and features Han Ye-seul, Kim Ji-suk, Lee Sang-woo, Lee Sang-hee-II, and Ryu Hyun-kyung.
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Revolutionary Love" episode 14 recap

Kwon Je-hoon (Gong Myung) and Byeon Hyeok (Choi Si-won) resolved their misunderstandings and Je-hoon told Baek Joon (Kang So-ra) how he felt about her.
Je-hoon discovered that the person responsible for the accident his father was framed for wasn't Byeon Hyeok, but Byeon Woo-seong (Lee Jae-yoon). Je-hoon had hated Byeon Hyeok for a long time, but made amends.
Furthermore, Je-hoon finally decided to bring down Gangsoo Group and spent one last good time with his friends. They went indoor climbing, to the theme park and norebang, things that Baek Joon liked. The highlight of the day was an observatory. Joon asked if he regretted anything. Je-hoon replied, "I regret not being honest when you told me you liked me". He held her in his arms and turned away after he said, "I feel lighter now".
Je-hoon resolved his hatred for his friend Byeon Hyeok and his love for Baek Joon.
tvN's "Revolutionary Love" is headed towards its finale. The final episodes will air on the 1st and 2nd of December.
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"Man Who Lays the Table" episode 24 recap

On the latest episode of "Man Who Lays the Table", Joo Ae-ri (Han Ga-rim) asked Lee Roo-ri (Choi Soo-young) for an apology.
Ae-ri stated, "Don't you know what your father's done to my father? You owe me an apology". Because Ae-ri was no longer her boss, Roo-ri said that the matter had nothing to do with her.
Ae-ri replied, "I am not here as your boss but as the daughter of someone who was abused by an ignorant person. I can see what kind of a man your father is, but how dare you".
Roo-ri said, "My father did do the wrong thing, but it was your father who grabbed him by the collars first".
Joo Ae-ri asked if her father was the wrong here and when Roo-ri agreed, Ae-ri stopped her recorder and said, "I needed your statement" and surprised LRoo-ri.
Meanwhile, the MBC "Man Who Lays the Table" can be seen every Sunday at 8:45 PM.
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"My Golden Life" episode 26 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "My Golden Life", Seo Ji-an (Shin Hye-sun) and Seo Tae-soo (Chun Ho-jin) ran into each other.
Tae-soo said, "You were alive. You were alive. Why didn't you call to say you were alive? I texted you and called you and even left messages for you every day".
Seo Ji-an coldly said, "I lost my cell phone". He asked if she was in Seoul and she said she didn't want to talk about it.
Seo Tae-soo said, "I am so sorry. If only I could turn back time...I regretted so much after sending you away. You have done nothing wrong".
Seo Ji-an said, "Father, stop it".
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"Black" Episode 14 recap

There is so much grief on the horizon of "Black" and with our good characters closer to the main villain than ever, deaths are an expected outcome. Ha-ram's fate is no longer known or secure and our heroine's decisions over her relationship with the titular Reaper will be adding another layer of tragedy to an already sordid case. Many questions are answered, but I am greedy for more.
Ha-ram's (Go Ara) survival is explained, but I still find her recovery suspicious. Our Runaway Reaper (Park Doo-sik/Lee Hae-young-I) wonders why she is not dead, which means that the opening of the capsule by any Reaper "on the clock" is not a reversible process. I doubt he treated her, since she would have seen him as a shadow inside the doctor, but his position and skills mean that he could possibly know how life-threatening her wounds have been.
An injured Ha-ram and Soo-wanSeon-yeong finding possibly-Joon's corpse
Speaking of whom, this rogue soul remains a big question mark. Aside from medical skills, he also seems to have the memories that the man he is possessing formed with Moo-gang (Song Seung-heon) long before our Runaway Reaper entered the doctor's body. There has to be a reason for this and I hope that we find out. I have this sneaking suspicion and fear that, with only four episodes left, we may not have answers to all such questions. I would at least like the bigger ones answered, however.
Once again we have a packed plot here and a case of our smarter end of the investigative process, meaning Man-soo (Kim Dong-jun) and Gwang-gyeon (Kim Won-hae), getting very close to the truth. Sadly, this truth marks the end of our beloved Crazy Dog, as I do not see a way for him to survive a meeting with our Big Bad. Perhaps now Black will get some proper mystery solving going, because he has been busy with anything but lately.
Gwang-gyeon facing the main villainHa-ram kissing who she thinks is Moo-gang
Said "anything but" is also entering a doomed romance. I knew this was coming, but my brain still hurts over how our heroine is going to handle the fact that she is now getting physical with the corpse of an acquaintance and the soul of a dead 13-year-old who never grew up as human. There is just no way to make this romance romantic or functional, but its juvenile "He saved me so I have a crush" nature helps.
It helps because it shows that the only relationships our very child-like characters are capable of are pure and immature. One exception would be Soo-wan (Lee El), who tried letting go and moving on from a life which will not leave her alone. Her love for Moo-gang seems true and perhaps her actions will help shine some light on the truth Gwang-gyeon now pays the price for.
"Black" is directed by Kim Hong-seon-I, written by Choi Ran-I and features Song Seung-heon, Go Ara, Lee El and Kim Dong-jun.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

"Nothing to Lose" episodes 3- 4 recap

Dong Ha was a twist.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Nothing to Lose", Lee Jeong-joo (Park Eun-bin) and Sa Eui-hyeon (Yeon Woo-jin) told their stories.
Previously, Jeong-joo was threatened for her life by Kim Joo-hyeon (Bae Yoo-ram), a child rapist. Eui-hyeon yelled at Jeong-joo to take off her judge's robe and revealed everything about her past. Joo-hyeong had enticed anger by saying, "I didn't rape anyone, it was sexual education" but he himself had been raped by his step-mother and was told it was sexual education.
Jeong-joo took off her robes and suppressed Joo-hyeong. This was broadcast live on the Internet. Jeong-joo became famous and she became the 'rapist judge'. She went to work the next day in a hat and sunglasses.
There was something between Jeong-joo and Eui-hyeon too. Eui-hyeon put his fingers on her pulse and said, "Your heart is beating too fast so you might not be calm yet. Chew some gum".
Meanwhile, Do Han-joon (Dong Ha) who had a crush on Jeong-joo interrogated Joo-hyeong intensely. Han-joon said, "I don't want to put up a fight with a horrible woman like you. How dare you put a knife on the neck I'm supposed to put a necklace around? Where did you get the knife and lighter?"
At the end of the episode, there was a twist.
Jeong-joo was in court about a case on Choi Kyeong-ho (Ji Seung-hyeon) to replace a judge who had gone to give birth. In the past, Choi Kyeong-ho had received 20 years imprisonment and told his sister Lee Jeong-joo to live on like he doesn't exist.
Jeong-joo didn't know it was her brother's trial and her eyes welled with tears. However, she said, "Kim Joo-hyeong stopped at rape but you raped and killed the victim. You are disgusting. You admitted to murder 10 years ago".
Choi Kyeong-ho yelled back, "I didn't kill her. I didn't rape her. I didn't even know she was on her period. The real culprit is in this room" and looked straight at Han-joon.
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"Prison Playbook" episode 2 recap

Krystal cried over her ex-boyfriend Park Hae-soo's sentence.
On the second episode of the tvN drama "Prison Playbook", Ji-ho (Krystal) cried for Je-hyeok (Park Hae-soo).
Je-hyeok was in prison for violence against a rapist and Ji-ho comforted him during her visit. She expected his behavior to be ruled as 'self-defense'. However, Je-hyeok was given a year in jail.
The rapist that was beaten up by Je-hyeok had become brain dead on the day of the trial and affected the results deeply. Everyone worried about Je-hyeok now that he had to live a year in prison.
When Ji-ho came for a visit again, he told her, "I'm fine. I'll be going somewhere else so tell mom she doesn't need to come anymore. She could miss me. I knew I might not be able to get out. I thought about it really. I'm fine".
Ji-ho asked if he was really alright and cried, "You were going to the Major League! This isn't fair!".
Ji-ho's cries showed how much feelings she had left for Je-hyeok.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Mad Dog" Episode 13 recap

It is a time for bonding and retaliation from the "Mad Dog" team as the group of villains become too greedy and hasty for their own good. Hyeon-gi experiences betrayal and rejection while Hong-joo is about to get a taste of her own medicine. Team Good is reunited, but they need to be extra smart and extra sneaky as they go in for one final blow to take everyone down.
Although we have not seen as much bonding between the members of "Mad Dog" as I would have liked, the actors and their chemistry really sell these connections. I feel genuinely happy to see Soon-jeong (Jo Jae-yoon) bringing his "boys" along and holding Noo-ri's (Kim Hye-seong) hand like a papa dog protecting his puppy. The drama might not always nail the relationship building, but it does so well with such moments.
Soon-jeong rescues Noo-riHong-joo learns about her father's crime
Then we have the reverse-bonding going on between Hyeon-gi (Choi Won-young) and Hong-joo (Hong Soo-hyun). Goodness, what a dysfunctional pairing and one I feel sad over, because it could have been glorious. I wish the drama had developed their twisted bond better along with Hong-joo's character. I can see where they were going with her, but she never really finds a clear trajectory or consistent morality and goals. Her character is frankly all over the place.
Her not-gentleman caller may be an obnoxious stereotype, but his consistency is clear opposite her erratic development. His goals have been clear and so have his cynicism, his fixation with his success and with acquiring what he wants at all costs. There is also the sadly common gender bias here. Choi Won-young is being given someone unhinged to work with and the freedom to do so. Hong-joo's biggest problem is that she is boring. There is little Hong Soo-hyun can do with someone as confusingly written, despite her best efforts.
Hyeon-gi not taking rejection wellThe Dog Team plotting
Lamenting the could-have-beens of the series, we are now making the final approach towards putting Flight 801 to rest and we have new characters to work with. I am still not clear on exactly what the plan is, but this is a "Mad Dog" specialty. I cannot get excited over whatever hackneyed emergency scheme the team comes up with every time. Their plans are as inconsistent as the drama's writing.
It is too late for "Mad Dog" to gain my love, but seeing the Dog Team and its allies come together for one last battle would be a nice way to close this. Bring Moo-sin (Jang Hyuk-jin) and Han-woo (Lee Jun-hyeok) back and let Professor Byeon (Park In-hwan) make everyone a PPL coffee as they crush the baddies and fix Hyeon-gi's tie. Please fix the tie. I beg you.
"Mad Dog" is directed by Hwang Ee-kyeong, written by Kim Soo-jin-V and features Yoo Ji-tae, Woo Do-hwan, Ryu Hwa-young, Kim Hye-seong and Jo Jae-yoon.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"Mad Dog" episode 13 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Mad Dog", Choi Kang-woo sent Cha Joon-gyu (Jung Bo-suk) to the investigators.
Choi Kang-woo made it seem like "Mad Dog" was no longer active and procured evidence to put Cha Joon-gyu away in prison while giving district attorney Oh Joo-sik (Jo Yeong-jin) the choice to cooperate with his plans.
Cha Hong-joo was furious with On Joo-sik, because she thought that he was on her and her father's side. She then discreetly met with the ministry officers who were responsible for allowing Flight 801 to be scheduled. Kang-woo was furious when he heard about the meeting.
Choi Kang-woo said, "Cha Hong-joo and Joo Hyeon-gi are the two people responsible for making Flight 801 crash and framing Kim Min-joon's brother Kim Beom-joon (Kim Young-hoon). I will get you all. Just wait".
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"Prison Playbook" episode 1 recap

tvn"s new drama, "Prison Playbook", has begun. It's the first Korean drama to be based in a prison and tells the story of a professional baseball player, Je-hyeok (Park Hae-soo), acclimating to prison life.
Je-hyeok was a star baseball player who was likely to move onto the major leagues. The prison guards expected trouble for Je-hyeok, but it turns out that his fellow inmates were his fans.
However, the welcome didn't last. Freak prisoners like Professor Ma wanted to become blood brothers and they tried to cut him. Je-hyeok screamed in terror, which earned the laughter of the other inmates who took pleasure in their welcome ritual, which involved kimchi soup.
The reason for Je-hyeok's time in jail was that he beat up his sister's rapist. His manager told him to take care of himself and get ready for the new baseball season after the upcoming trial.
Je-ho's first visit was from his mother and Ji-ho (Krystal), his ex-girlfriend. Je-hyeok pretended to be strong in front of his mother, but in front of Ji-ho, Je-hyeok said, "I can't eat and I haven't been able to sleep. I think I'm getting a cold, too". He also pointed out that Ji-ho was too sexy. Ji-ho said, "Why does that concern you? We're not together anymore".
However, Ji-ho started crying and Je-hyeok comforted her saying, "I'm alright. You don't have to come here anymore". Ji-ho replied, "Who says I am? You haven't done anything wrong so don't feel discouraged. We are all on your side".
Je-hyeok's life in prison wasn't going to be easy. He got into a fight with one of the inmates named Galmegi, which almost earned him additional time in jail, but Jo Joo-im (Sung Dong-il) said he could avoid it for the right price.
Je-hyeok ignored the offer and was put in a disciplinary room. Then, he found out that old man who helped him to fight Galmegi was actually a terrible killer.
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"Nothing to Lose" episodes 1 - 2 recap

Korea's first drama about judges, "Nothing to Lose", is a comic thriller. On the first episode of the SBS drama, Sa Eui-hyeon (Yeon Woo-jin) and Lee Jeong-joo (Park Eun-bin) got involved with two different trials that merge, leading to their eventual meeting.
"Nothing to Lose" is the story of a delinquent judge, Lee Jeong-joo, who tries to reveal the truth about her brother and an elite investigator who gets involved with her. The drama depicts the reality of court, the struggles of judges, conflict, the joys, and sorrows of life, passion, and frustration.
Just like the title, "Nothing to Lose" shows the world that judges are also human and they struggle like everyone else
The fate of Sa Eui-hyeon and Lee Jeong-joo is also not like any other romantic dramas seen before because of their unusual circumstances.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"This Life Is Our First Life" episode 14 recap

On the latest episode of the tvN drama "This Life Is Our First Life", Nam Se-hee (Lee Min-ki) met his ex-girlfriend Ko Jeong-min (Lee Chung-ah) for the first time in twelve years, but he knew he only had room in his heart for Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min).
Jeong-min had told Ji-ho that she used to live with a man and they were going to have a child, but the child didn't make it and they broke up. It bothered Ji-ho that the man was Se-hee and Ma Sang-goo (Park Byung-eun) thought it was strange that Se-hee was more worried about Ji-ho than Jeong-min.
Ji-ho asked Jeong-min if she would love him if they met again. The question got Jeong-min thinking and so she met with Se-hee and advised him to express his feelings to Ji-ho.
In the end, Se-hee made up his mind to meet Ji-ho who she stated that she would like to end the contract.
In the preview of the following episode, Ji-ho narrated, "The deeper love gets, the deeper confusion gets". Then Se-hee asked, "What is the cheesiest pick-up line?" and Ji-ho replied, "What is marriage?"
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"The Temperature of Love" episodes 39 - 40 (final) recap

"The Temperature of Love" has ended. It is based on an original novel that held promise, but the drama ended with disappointing results.
However, final episode of the SBS drama ended on a happy note with the marriage of Jeong-seon (Yang Se-jong) and Hyeon-soo (Seo Hyun-jin).
Jeong-seon was grateful to Hyeon-soo for accepting Yeong-mi (Lee Mi-sook). Three months later, Hyeon-soo managed to write a popular novel called "Nice Soup". Hyeon-soo's novel made it to an Asian awards ceremony and Hong-ah (Jo Bo-ah) also made a big hit with her debut piece. Jeong-woo's entertainment company was on a roll.
Hyeon-soo stayed over at Jeong-seon's house after the celebration party. They were also trying make room for Joon-ha (Ji Il-joo) and Kyeong (Lee Cho-hee).
Jeong-seon asked Hyeon-soo what she thought about moving in with him to save time. He also complained that Hyeon-soo was too busy to hang out with him now that her work was going into filming.
Hyeon-soo said she didn't want a wedding. She just wanted a quiet dinner with family and Jeong-seon said, "Do as you please. I just want to live with you".
Later, Jeong-seon and Hyeon-soo invited both families and close friends for a quiet dinner. To their surprised, but happy guests, they announced their upcoming nuptuals.
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"Witch's Court" episode 14 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Witch's Court", Ma Yi-deum (Jung Ryeo-won) slowly opened up to Yeo Jin-wook (Yoon Hyun-min).
Yeo Jin-wook and Ma Yi-deum dug up the dirt on Kingdom to target Jo Gap-soo (Jun Kwang-ryul). However, Jo Gap-soo had the police on his side. Yeo Jin-wook had conducted a search and seizure was punished with a 3-month suspension. "I am going to make the person who did that to your mother pay", he promised to which Ma Yi-deum repied, "I am not going to stop you, although you wouldn't listen". Yeo Jin-wook told her to admit that they were now on the same side.
Ma Yi-deum refused to share information about Jo Gap-soo's wife who was sick in the hospital. Yeo Jin-wook stopped his car and said, "If you don't share information then I won't share this car". In the end, Ma Yi-deum told him what she knew. Baek Min-ho (Kim Kwon) gave them some of Baek Sang-ho's (Heo Sung-tae) notes and asked them to reveal the truth about his brother's death first.
In the end, Ma Yi-deum and Yeo Jin-wook had to dig for the truth by stealing records of Jo Gap-soo's record of investigation from Min Ji-sook's (Kim Yeo-jin's) office. They noticed that the evidence from the location of death, a pen, was not the same and met up with Detective Choi, a friend from Baek Sang-ho's cop days. The detective gave them the pen with Jo Gap-soo's prints on it and they finally had evidence of Jo Gap-soo's crime. At the end of the episode, Jo Gap-soo found out that Gwak Yeong-sil (Lee Il-hwa) was alive and threatened her.
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"This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 15 recap

Jeong-min (played by Lee Chung-ah) is Se-hee's ex-girlfriend. She's also Ji-ho's career savior, having taken it upon herself to resolve the unforunate circumstances of Ji-ho's last writing job personally. The sheer goofy elaborateness of this coincidence, along with the obvious feminist undertones, are reminiscent of screenwriter Yoon Nan-joong's previous drama "Hogu's Love"- although I may have been primed to notice this due to the appearance of a couple of easter eggs referencing that work.
Honestly, though, I have mentally compared "This Life Is Our First Life" to "Hogu's Love" in the past for exactly those reasons. Luckily "This Life Is Our First Life" has consistently been a superior piece of work because the overall production has far more holistic design. Observe how two of the three plotlines culminate in violent revenge against a sexual harasser, in wildly differing contexts. Is this wish fulfillment? Well...yeah, and that bit made me a bit uncomfortable, considering that one of them, at least, appeared to understand that his actions were inappropriate.
But the overall comparison is still useful because it lets us see how different people, or different relationships, will react to similar problems with a radically different outlook on what is the proper reaction. Se-hee's actions in general confound Jeong-min, who never knew him to act like that. Then again, even we have found Se-hee's violent outbursts out of character, and that's the whole point. Se-hee has limits that are surprisingly easy to exceed considering that, at Jeong-min's prompting, he has been repressing himself emotionally.
Now Soo-ji, she's been able to repress herself emotionally on her own without any help from anyone else. That's why it's legitimately really cute to watch her take a different approach to harassment than usual, and come back sincerely giddy and happy to Song-goo. Apparently, it's more satisfying for Soo-ji to act like she has self-worth than it is for her to be cool and well-liked. Who could have guessed?
Then in the background we have Ho-rang and Won-seok breaking up with a surprisingly great deal of sincerity. They both have plausible love interests, even as everything about the break-up screams that their problems are entirely a result of their being awful communicators. Ho-rang in particular has a very frustrating scene where she explicitly talks about the abstract concept of marriage with her new paramour. It never once occurs to Ho-rang that her situation with Won-seok is largely a consequence of their mutually failing to explain what exactly they even want.
Review by William Schwartz
"This Life Is Our First Life" is directed by Park Joon-hwa, written by Yoon Nan-joong and features Lee Min-ki, Jung So-min, Esom, Park Byung-eun, Kim Ga-eun-I, and Kim Min-seok.
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