One last gif…of this ex-convict I fell for
Ep 19 & 20
Episodes’ theme emotion (two years ago): sitting at the edge of one’s seat out of fearing for the lives of every character one has taken a liking to cuz all of them were put in life or death situations :/
Episode 19 highlights:
1- We get to know that ES took a bullet for KS.
2- After an encounter with JM and an entire police unit, shooter K killed himself.
3- With that, JM’s vengeance spree finally came to an end and so did his resentment towards his dad.
4- Everyone reacted to ES’s news and its consequences in their own befitting way.
5- Initial investigations pointed out DW’s involvement in the incident so he’s suspect Cha. Do. Woo. for this episode.
6- Mazingr is released while uncle is still in custody.
My dear ES! It’s so like her to try taking harm away from others even if it means getting hurt in the process. When she used to meet up with everyone her brother has hurt, she took their cursing as long as they accepted her apology. Masochism (since we're at the topic of psychological assessment) has nothing on her. If anything it would be that promise she made her Mom. It kinda melted into her character as she grew up to make her the ES we saw.
Serves him right! One baddie down at last. Why did he kill himself? Fear; in escape of DW’s wrath? I can barely suppress a laugh at the thought that blowing his own head off seemed less painful in his mind than whatever DW might’ve done to him. If not fear then hero worship? ‘Please forgive me master. I’ll die for my mistake’?
JM- oppa… After the shooting incident, he went home (the only person who goes home in this episode). There he goes thru his Dad’s belongings for the second time but with a different heart now. He has forgiven him, clearly misses him, he’s finally allowed himself to mourn his death. No longer the-father-who-abounded-me-isn’t-worth-shedding-tears-for attitude because now he knows what his father wanted him away from since he came face to face with it/them as a dream team member.
The character has come a long way. He learnt that his father cared for him. I wonder if his playboy side has to do with it. It’s a long shot cuz not every womanizer has Daddy issues but this one…maybe. In his mind, if dad left him cuz he (probably) didn’t love him enough, he can make anyone fall for him and be the one who leaves first hence his Casanova persona. Furthermore, he was the rash one (he and Shin). Now, the lawyer who attempted murdering K with his illegally bought gun, willingly dropped the gun when he was inches away from killing him. Having like 10 police members around him is a reason to hold back but it’s also his connection with lady cop. He trusts lady cop to legally take him down on behalf of both of them. Why else would the show spend time showing us how the detached JM became close to her. He even told her once how he wishes his dad’s case were handled by someone like her. Over the course of 3 years JM impetuousness remained mostly intact, however, under the influence of his good Korean friends a change for the better accrued. He can wait for things to unfold if he trusts the person who told him so. Like he’s been doing with Shin and now Lady cop.
JM is a very interesting character. If we were to have a prequel centered around him, I’d certainly watch. This is PL's second role, with his first being limited in scenes, I can definitely forgive some of his acting weak points. Like the sorta forced cry over his father's picture. Even my bias eye couldn't miss that.
I think what he did is a linguistic phenomena known as code-mixing. I'm quoting Wikipedia.
As far as whatever I learnt uni goes, it is quite natural for a bilingual to occasionally lean back on the language s/he has a better command of. In JM's case that's English. I tend to code-mix a lot myself. Not out of laziness nor cuz I don't know how to say it in the other tongue it's just how it is. Words from one language sneak into the other whether consciously or subconsciously.
If I'm to evaluate how good writer-nim was at handling JM's bilingualism, I'd say she did quite well. For instance, JM's only blusters in English (subconsciously) when he's 1) angry 2) frustrated 3) just talking very casually like in this case above. Or (consciously) 1) when he doesn't want the person in front of him to understand 2) when he flirts cuz that'll make him look like he's a sexy and probably rich foreigner 3) he doesn't know the word in Korean.
Since grief has stages so is the following account of each character’s reaction.
Cha Do Woo’s Reaction
A- Upon hearing ES’s news DW rushed to the hospital holding his hand against his heart, literally. Cuz ES is his heart and now she’s/it’s hurt. I feel bad for ES but I’m happy he’s finally hurt. And because shoving people on the floor while screaming, “Where’s Chae Eun Seo?” brings one unwanted attention, Shin had no trouble singling DW out.Thoughtlessly, He then marched to welcome him. Do it for both of us please. While they were at each other’s nicks, a doctor asked ES’s guardian if he could donate blood. To which DW said, “I’m her oppa; our blood type is the same”. Ummm.. Although DW was just stating a fact, KS didn’t like what that connotes. “Don’t give her his blood, she’ll die if you do. You don’t know what type of blood runs through this man’s veins!”. Ummm…As twins, they share the same blood more than any blood-related lot do alright. The contrast between them thu is like between the heavens and the earth. I’m siding with Shin on this one.
B- Like pupil like master. DW also chose to practice his right to remaining silent when taken to the police station. Which allowed him to plan his impressive but not creative escape within the distant walls of his head. It starts by excusing himself to the bathroom then slamming the policeman accompanying him against a dirty bathroom wall, or door, or worse. We can’t be sure why that shut toilet door was shuddering *chills*. He could’ve just knocked him out quietly. We’ve seen him cast his ninja moves on his so called friend in episode 3 I think. That would’ve been much more efficient for a plan where secrecy is a must but we know, however, hitting something (since he doesn’t see people as people but rather mere colorless figures) helps relieve stress. Anger is a stage of grief universally acknowledged too. The only stage DW can exhibit.
I can’t but ask this just for the heck of it. When he said he’d go to the bathroom I knew, even two years ago, it’s a bluff cuz there’s no way the germophobic him would go to a public bathroom but then again he was on the run for 4-5 days, there’s no way he didn’t have to go at some point so… I wonder how dreadful a pain it must’ve been for him xD I can imagine his face at a public bathroom LOL.
look at his not-angry face
C- Next place to vent would be…dad’s place! The ultimate source of all evil in DW’s and ES’s life, he thinks. God! I laughed when DW initiated the conversation by saying, “I’m not angry. There’s nothing to be afraid of”. Chee what a relief.
“But you’re the one who told me to do it, father. [shoot my sister]”. The old man’s lie about ES marriage is what lead DW to try and take a drastic measure against his long-term enemy Shin so maybe he’s right. It’s partially the old man’s doing. Then he goes on, “Just like what happened to Mom. You told me there’s a medicine under her pillow. You told me it’s to make her comfortable.” WHAT!? Wait!! 0_o Daddy was the devil whispering into his ear all along? But daddy said, (I paraphrase)“ I didn’t do such thing. You’re a crazy ba$tard”. The darn Cha family are messing with my head. To hell with both of you..okay!?
D- Sneaking ES out of the hospital. Cuz if the doctors can’t heal her, she better be with him [til she die?] (or he can save her?).
Cop lady told KA that he'll crime is "instigating murder". Did you mean that or is it in the scene where she investigates DW before he flee the police station?
Kim Shin’s Reaction
A- Initial reaction. The expected yelling and screaming, “Somebody call an ambulance”, said whilst holding wounded ES in his arms. Now you hold her?!
B- The hospital fight mentioned already.
C- Staying by ES side. There’s the cutest scene between him and Mazinger. When the latter suggested,
Because Shin isn’t expressing himself as well as he used to.
In response, KS started questioning all that happened in the story. Wondering if the bliss of ignorance would’ve been better than his current [victorious?] sad self. Ummm… I wanna know..while he waited in the hospital corridors did he consider himself the winning party since DW is in custody, K is dead thus his victory came at cost but he succeeded or was the cost too great it nullified it he didn’t even think he won at all? Another person he loves harmed by DW and this time because of this fight he started. Technically DW did. Still, had KS not retaliated there wouldn’t have been one. So KS started it (sorta). You get my point XD
We have a question as old as the Matrix here. The blue pill where the knowledge or the red pill where the happiness(or is it the other way around?). I hate-like how writer Song keeps on throwing those old questions. What if can always start over, like in video games? Would losing be less painful? Or which is better, to die fighting in pursuit of a better life like the late Mayor or to live a life that doesn’t quite make you happy?
D- After spending 4 days at the hospital an anonymous nurse, feeling sorry for them, arranged for him and Mazinger visiting ES. Someone who doesn’t know the whole story felt sorry for them, how am I supposed to feel? T_______T
During his short visit, Shin appealed to her protective nature by telling her that if she leaves him behind before he can start that ‘something’ he wishes to start with her, she’d be doing him a great harm. Typical of KDramas with revenge theme. The hero finds love where/when he didn’t expect but sets it aside ‘just til he fishes his revenge’. That is til it’s too late. Always.
Father Cha Reaction
B- More Denial.
Kyung Ah’s Reaction
OKAY… So she came to the hospital. Acted as ES guardian when husband fugitive was on the run. Stayed til the surgery was over then…she never came back. The pragmatic her chose to go run the company in hubby ’s stead.
The father of all breaks from reality in this series would be her love confession to DW. What bugs me the most is that we the viewers are the only ones tortured by the sound of it. Person in question didn’t hear it. Ex-lover Shin didn’t. Only me. Why me God why?! So that I hate her more? No wait, after a second watch I don’t hate her hate her. She’s more of a person I’d hate to become. I see, now, what route lead her to being selfish cold delusional queen so I am empathizing (affective and cognitive empathy) alright but that’s said, all I see is a figure in a cautionary tale.
The confession was less of a nuisance this time thu cuz it seemed less inconsistent with her personality. It sounded like this the other time: she dumped the poor non-murderous lover type then went to marry the rich psycho because he’s rich. I can follow til here but then she said she married him cuz actually her heart skipped a beat every time she saw him. Ha *cough cough* BS.
There are only three logical possibilities I see.
1- Delusion+ despair worked their thing on her brain. Her husband whom she won after too big a compromise (abandoning her old self/world) is s murder suspect. While she knows for certain ES is the closest person to his heart (suppose he has one) she knows very well he’s capable of murder. This case therefore might bring her to lose him to jail. With that goes her social status and the company’s reputation down the drain i.e. her biggest assets. Plus those shady men overpowering her in the company after she gave them access. What should a survivor do? Curl up and cry over what she got herself into? No. Better pretend nothing happened; she didn’t sacrifice love for wealth (A.K.A that other world she babbles about all the time) she actually loved him when she least expected it, despite his flaws. Ha. Yeah right. She did “come out with a profit” out of all this as she told herself by the end of her dreadful confession.
2- Writer Song wrote her character poorly. Mostly as a plot tool linking our protagonist and antagonist together. I find this one hard to believe.
3- She’s one of those bad people who never think of themselves as ones. There are tons of such characters. They just don’t think the bad things they did or the right things they didn’t do accumulated and made them bad people all in all. Which leads us to the question…what is a bad person again? Who gets to decide? The person himself? Others around him? Y’ know, from the people’s POV it’s a revolution. From the governor’s it’s chaotic treason. Which is which exactly? Dunno. Since the line between good and bad has been drawn to be blurry in this drama I think this one is a fair assumption. So she did love him despite his flaws cuz they're a perfect match.
- This guy isn't an extra right? I think it's a cameo appearance but I'm not sure, you know him?
Episode 20 highlights:
1- KT was stabbed while trying to stop DW from sneaking comatose ES out of the hospital in an ambulance.
2- Shin’s DW detector helped him realize the details of DW’s stunt soon enough to hop into the moving ambulance.
3- ES died during the forced ride.
4- Days later, KT is fine and happy despite hospitalization, Uncle is released, KA is CEO-to be, and DW is being treated, while in custody, for DPD. Wowoc!!
5- Shady men threatened KA to hand in certain account books after she became the CEO. Gate to a comparative analysis between Healer and AMS.
6- The episode also contained some Last Episode thingies, e. g. late Mayor’s assistance is running for the Mayor’s position.
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What the heck were you thinking DW?!! I shouldn’t be upset with him because doing crazy $hit is his area of expertise but still…
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Took you 6 years to shed your slowness off but I’m glad you finally did Shin-aa.
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- When Shin was about to cover ES face with the blanket…he couldn’t do it! He just kept sobbing. RIP Mr. PYA you were an admirable actor. Whatever I say doesn’t even begin to describe how well he did this scene and every other scene for that matter.
- I respect how KS suppressed his anger toward DW so that he can urge him to go say his goodbyes to ES. The Shin we know would've cracked his head open against that ambulance.
Aww Never thought of it this way. Makes her death feel less painful.
She looked prettier than ever here
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- Uncle noted that JM's started wearing his father's broken watch. The significance of a watch is usual that the character's time is no longer still at that particular incident. He has moved on. In JM's case it's the other way around. He wore it to remember that particular moment. It doesn't bother him anymore thus he ought to cherish his memories with his late father.
- How thick-faced must KA be to ask for Shin's help now.
I vote..act. Which is why I love the ending so very dearly much. Villain DW earned this much. A tie. Even Shin thinks, or so his smile suggests.
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Writer Sons love for shady big anonymous politicians leads me to try draw a comparative analysis (A Man's Story Vs Healer).
- There's one character (a fairly wealthy tv reporter) advising another not to fight those who are above,
- Also she had another gangsters lawyer like JM say,
The difference in Healer is that we got a whole episode revolving around revealing the identity of such shady big anonymous politicians. I'd consider it a progress in writer Song's level of optimism.
- We also have a computer geek in both series. Mazinger and Ahjuma who's none but,
- Since we're at the subject, here are captures from 2012 drama Nice Guy,
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- A ray of hope with the former deputy mayor running for elections. There aren't many people voting for him but the number is increasing indicating the common person's increasing awareness of the real quality of whoever claims to be serving them.
- Q: Product placement. Why not bring him a cap that doesn't have a brand name on it instead of using this ugly way to cover the name? Or do like cable channels and just show the brand.
I can't see any reason why your theory on DW & KT can't be correct As for our 'disagreement' I actually admire your effort looking deeper into it to the point that I don't recall on what exactly we disagreed. As far as I remember we agreed that we're saying the same thing but in two different ways that made it seem like we disagree. Correct me if I'm wrong.
It was worth the rewatch but I'm not gonna venture commenting on a drama I love+already watched ever again. There's too much to say that it takes forever to organize in a written form. Thank you for your insights @ecs707a-shi I enjoyed your posts.
My contribution to the BTS goodies is mostly PL-related. I got some of them from this thread before the Flood. Good thing I kept a copy at Dropbox
The drama wrap up party with Nuri and Yuri
Fancam. Here I am dwelling on my memories of AMS while someone was right above their heads when the shooting was taking place. *^* Lucky fans.