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  1. @nubianlegalmind, I would love to see each member of the executive TOP team get their comeuppance by the end but I don’t want to get my hopes up. In fact, if indeed Ms. Han is successfully taken down, I only entertain a “modest” hope that she would receive a punishment befitting her crimes. Too often characters like hers get off far too easily especially when considering the crimes they committed against others. It would of course be nice if this show surprises me. When I think of what she did to Lawyer Heo’s mom, I can’t help wishing the same sentence on her if she’s ever dragged down from the God-like pedestal that she’s built for herself.
  2. I hope this will be a weekend drama I can stick to. The last one I watched and enjoyed was Marry Me Now. Most of the casts are familiar to me and the storyline seems interesting enough. Good to see Joo Yoon Hee after My Husband’s Got a Family drama and the Tailor shop family drama. She looks so different here and I like that.
  3. I’m looking forward to this drama especially for Namgoong Min. I loved his thriller drama shows where I found him invariably fantastic (Doctor Prisoner and Distorted) but he also did Chief Kim that was so hilarious and enjoyable. I do wonder what type of character he will play in this but I’m sure he’ll perform the character well.
  4. ITA. You pretty much summed up my thoughts on this drama. I watched it in a day and hope to get some well deserved sleep now. I must say besides NYJ, I really enjoyed the character SMS in terms of all the vicissitudes he went through and the way he kept scheming to gain back the ground he lost. His battle with NYJ was the most interesting for me. As to LJJ, well, in all my years of watching crime shows, yeah I’ve seen psychos like him many times. His battle with NJY was a little less interesting for me because not only does he have all the money and connections to make it unbalanced, I kind of prefer villains who are sane. Still the actor did a wonderful job and I did see his psycho role in I Remember You. (It’s kind of amusing because Namgoong Min was the psycho cheobol in Remember) I’m somewhat not as satisfied with LJJ’s takedown but the show was indeed an amazing ride for me. I hope NYJ will certainly make LJJ stay in prison until he dies. As to the prosecutor and Ms. Oh, they had me cracking up. I certainly enjoyed their dynamics. LOL Originally he came to accuse her of faking her illness and the conclusion led to him defending her. I actually wished her case was already tried but they did leave many things hanging. If they’re really going to be season two, I hope it’s just as good.
  5. @sirena82, since the beginning I had mixed feelings about Historian Song but the episode last week where she finally broke down made me sympathize with her. I understand that she didn’t want to conform to the norm just like our heroine Historian Goo by succumbing to her family’s intention to marry her off to whom they saw fit. The problem for her is that she joined hands with the devil who even destroyed his son’s wife and her family. If he could do that to his own son, what couldn’t he do to her? Though Historian Song does bear the responsibility for her actions including betraying her profession, in last week’s episode it seemed to me that she sincerely felt that there was no other choice for her except to do the second minister’s bidding. I’m not excusing her actions but I sympathize with her now more than I ever did before. I just hope she’s able to get out of the second minister’s grasp.
  6. @msmy thanks for the summaries you’ve been providing. @rolisrntex Jenny’s real mom highlights the problem about Jenny. She has no agency as a character and is just like a prop for her shady mother and so-called fiancé to manipulate like a puppet. I have little patience for that kind of nonsense especially when grown adults allow others to run their lives.
  7. @Lmangla, I have watched Cold Case Files both drama based and reality tv so I do understand how some criminals get away with crime without being found especially back in the day when forensic science was not as technology advanced. In fact, my friend and I watch and read so many crime shows and books, respectively that we practically live like potential victims here in our area of the world. I’m of the same mind as Hercule Poirot and Mrs. Marple that crime is serious business. Perhaps Man Soo wants to make shady mom go down for a particular crime but I can’t agree with him knowing that shady mom kidnapped Jenny as a kid and sitting on that information especially when he already has DNA evidence. Furthermore, if he knows how dangerous shady mom is, it’s even worse that he keeps this to himself while saying he cares about Jenny. There are many things that can happen outside his control and there’s no guarantee that shady mom wouldn’t act contrary to his expectations if triggered by certain factors.
  8. @tulip06, thankfully my mother isn’t meddlesome even though she lives with me. As to Man Soo and his revenge plot, he shouldn’t be upset when people don’t act according to his will. It’s enough that Ms. Naive is constantly dancing to her shady mother’s drum but I would hate to see the other characters dancing to anyone else’s drum. I heard that the Chairman objected to Eun Seok marrying Jenny and I hope he continues to object. However I know that Jenny is the lead so it’s unfortunately inevitable that Eun Seok will stay entangled with her. @Lmangla, I guess it would be too much to hope another woman shows up to interest Eun Seok. To be clear, I don’t dislike Jenny but her lack of common sense and maturity makes me unsympathetic to her. On some level I can understand that Eun Seok might be attracted to her looks and even her character but as a viewer I wish he would put the brakes on his involvement with her.
  9. Even if this is the case, who is Man Soo to use and orchestrate people’s lives? In my opinion, if he knows something that can help J Group find shady mom, he should get straight to the point and tip the chairman off anonymously if he doesn’t want to reveal himself. Otherwise, how can he expect people to act like his puppets? Even God gave us free will to step outside his will and suffer the consequences of our actions. I can’t help but wonder if Man Soo’s goal for J Group is good or bad because of his beating around the bush if he knows something. It’s like he’s playing a game with people’s lives because he already knows Jenny and Song Ah are sisters and is just sitting on that information. What, is there no legal and justice system in Korea so that the authorities can’t be trusted to take down shady mom?
  10. @msmy, you almost make me want to sympathize with Jenny and I will try to make an effort to do so. I guess I just find her hard to relate to because she’s so easily duped and so out of this world naive about almost everything that pertains to life and living except perhaps fashion. The only time I see her act like a bold person is when she castigates Man Soo probably because she genuinely doesn’t like him as a person and so doesn’t care about his opinion of her. I hope she starts to learn about life soon because it’s hard to watch a female lead this naive and easily manipulated.
  11. This so much. I really enjoy Song-Ah and you described her perfectly. She’s zen and because of her personality I enjoy her scenes. I’m looking forward to her and Dong Joo hooking up and Geum getting a new mom. I can’t even get this level of warmth in the last few weekend drama shows I have watched so I have nice hopes for these two good people especially since they’re both mature and no crazy MIL will interfere. Her mom is what I feel a mom should be and I like her warm scenes with Geum. Kyung In is kind of too bubbly for me but I nevertheless like her too. Eun Ji amuses me and I like her too. Her mother mildly annoys me at times. I dislike shady mom and Jenny’s naivety tries my patience and some and I really wish Eun Seok wouldn’t get more involved in her crazy world. @Lmangla, like I mentioned before I haven’t watched the last four episodes yet so I can’t really make a judgment on the recent Jenny and Man Soo confrontation. However, I have said before that Jenny doesn’t seem to like Man Soo as a person nor does she want him involved in her life. Of course viewers see that he’s trying to help her but I think he should change his way of approaching her. I just feel that even if Man Soo is trying to help her he could do it quietly or through another party instead of showing up in front of her since she clearly doesn’t like him. Perhaps that method is worth a try since he insists on interfering in her life. I personally wished Eun Seok would just avoid this train wreck but since Jenny is the female lead I have to suck it up.
  12. @msmy, thanks for the information. I’m four episodes behind so I like reading summaries of what I missed. Hopefully with Ms. Naive getting involved with Song-ah, capable people like Dong-Joo and his detective partner might take an interest in her if Song-ah and her become friends and she mingles more with Kyung In and Dong-Joo. I don’t like that Eun Seok is risking his life for Ms. Naive considering that shady mom hates him with a passion and she’s capable of terrible things.
  13. I certainly appreciate how smart Kyung In and Eun Seok are because they just met Jenny and having observed the things around the clueless Jenny, they have already drawn pretty accurate conclusions about her and her mom and in a reasonable way too. In the preview it seems that the Chairman is requesting that Eun Seok stop getting involved with Jenny. It’s the first time I agree with a parental figure’s interference in this kind of situation because like the Chairman pointed out, the crazy woman might do something to him. To me it’s just not worth it. I like that the Chairman asked Dong Joo to assist Eun Seok. At least someone else in the company will be supporting his position and goals. I’m so glad that the private investigator will be working with Dong Joo on the Black Rose case. I hope they make good progress over the year. And what’s up with Eun Ji crushing on Dong Joo? Too funny with the music and dreamlike scene. Young Man and Kyung In’s meeting was amusing. She might end up being the actual boss in their office.
  14. That thought did occur to me but I wondered if he didn’t know at the time that Young Man got a divorce. However, the divorce seemed pretty sudden and recent.
  15. Well, I managed to actually watch that lengthy scene between Jenny and her shady mom. It was excruciating because it really looked like Jenny could easily believe her shady mom despite the confirmation from Eun Seok and Man Soo that her mother was behind everything. To me it would be easy enough for shady mom to have Jenny committed to a psychiatric institution because she brought up Dr. Yoon again and Jenny is acting like a nut. However, in the preview for tomorrow it looks like she told Eun Seok that her mother is making it seem like she’s mentally unstable so I believe he might have encouraged her to get away from shady mom and he’ll protect her. She must have left because shady mom then meets with Man Soo and tells him to find Jenny and bring her back. I’m guessing they might team up although I hope Man Soo doesn’t fall into that cliche. As to Man Soo, where romance with Jenny is concerned I do not feel sorry for him. I just don’t support a person pursuing someone who genuinely find them bothersome and Jenny treats him that way since the beginning. I believe people should keep a certain degree of dignity in this type of situation. It looks like Eun Seok is becoming interested in why Man Soo chose to introduce the Jenny connection to J Group because their fashion business is a mess. I hope he pursues it because there is probably more to the introduction than meets the eye.
  16. @Lmangla, I wouldn’t mind at all Man Soo getting a happy ending but I just feel like as usual the writer will have him side with shady mom if it really turns out that she’s his mother. I really hope this isn’t the case but it’s so common in drama. Right now while I like Man Soo, I can also see the potential for him to turn “no good” under the writer’s pen depending on if things do not go his way or as he planned. I hope this isn’t the case though because shady mom is more than enough dastardly character for this show.
  17. I wouldn’t mind that at all. The writer probably won’t do it though because a lot of the times in drama land the second lead stays hooked on the object of his/her affection almost or right to the very end.
  18. @Lmangla, great post. Man Soo may indeed be shrewd but I actually think he looked genuinely hurt in this episode so that’s why I say he’s behaving pathetic by basically forcing his advances on Jenny. I do indeed see that Jenny trusts him not to tell her shady mom about her disobedience but I see it more like Jenny knows that she can actually take advantage of his professed feelings for her. Nevertheless, since we don’t know enough about these characters yet, I think your perspective is also possible and true. So, as a makjang lover, how do you find this show?
  19. @Lmangla, I can’t agree with Man Soo’s justification for hiding the truth from Jenny. If she continues to live in lalaland when exactly would she gain the strength to face the truth about shady mom? People don’t just access strength without first facing a crucible that forces them to get stronger even if it’s little by little. From all that we have been shown so far, I agree with Eun Seok that ignoring the small things can lead to something worse in the future and I’m sure Mrs Marple and Hercule Poirot would agree with him. As to Jenny and Man Soo, my take on their relationship is that Jenny cannot stand him. It’s quite evident to me even before Eun Seok came into the picture. That’s why I can certainly believe that Man Soo has some hidden stake in latching onto Jenny come hell or high water because she doesn’t treat him well at all.
  20. @Lmangla, I agree that Man Soo is shrouded in mystery but he still nevertheless comes off as pathetic in my eyes. If he’s scheming revenge I’m not impressed with his method though I would really like to understand his goal. Barring Man Soo’s hidden motive, whatever it might be, Eun Seok’s points still stand from his perspective and Jenny’s perspective. The guy is undoubtedly an unwanted interference in their lives and I think things might only get worse for everyone involved if he persists. Nevertheless, more than Man Soo interference, I’m influenced more by Jenny unwillingness or willingness to take control of her life. Like I don’t like to see Eun Seok get further involved with her if she doesn’t grow a backbone.
  21. Interesting episode today. I never thought I would see Man Soo more pathetic than I saw him today. I can never understand someone who persistently pursues someone who consistently rejects them. It’s very evident that Jenny doesn’t even like him as a person and she in fact said it to his face today and yet he wouldn’t give up. Apparently his approach is to quietly observe shady mom’s schemes against Jenny just as long as Jenny doesn’t get too hurt physically and continues to live in that happy bubble with shady mom. He disagrees with Eun Seok’s approach of telling Jenny what her shady mother is doing to her and encouraging Jenny to face reality head on. Even worse, despite seeing the bold handholding and hugging between Eun Seok and Jenny right in his presence, he still continues to pursue this hopeless and nonexistent relationship and arrogantly picks a fight, both verbal and physical, with Eun Seok who actually fights back and is in no way a coward. Hmmm. I’m beginning to wonder more about Eun Seok. He’s quite bold and daring and I wonder about his past. I saw the preview for the next episode and I really hope Jenny doesn’t believe anything her awful shady mom says. In anger it looks like she destroys her room and I’m now thinking I wonder if shady mom will try to get her committed to a psychiatric ward. I think she would sink that low. Eun Seok is back in Korea but he told Jenny if she needs him he could fly back to Japan on the weekend. All I’m hoping for is that Jenny truly start to wake up and stay alert.
  22. I don’t see why Eun Seok should be grieving like it was his child but I also don’t think that he didn’t grieve for the child when she died. The strange thing about life is that people generally move on from death in the family unless they nurse that grief and refuse to move on. It seems like Asians do remember the dead more than other cultures that I know of so I can’t imagine they just moved on from the little girl’s death. Don’t they usually recognize death anniversary? I imagine they probably do the same for that sweet little girl. How long ago did the little girl die? Is it five years or less? In any case, I think the parents would feel it most just like Songah and her mom but Young Man seem to not dwell on it. Perhaps there will be an upcoming scene that actually show Young Man grieved and perhaps even his mother. We don’t know yet. I know the mother doesn’t like Songah but maybe it will be revealed later on that she did feel guilty about her granddaughter’s death. I think there might be more sides of these characters and their past that we might learn more of later on. Just like we’re finding out more about Man Soo, perhaps more will come out about the past for the others as well. @Lmangla, Eun Seok probably doesn’t see his aunt and cousins as a threat. Shady mom, on the other hand, is doing some quite dangerous things. That pickpocket actually caused Jenny to lose consciousness. It’s nuts that a supposed mom would do that to her own child. He also witnessed the very public terror-like attack on Jenny at her fashion show. This is a whole new level of craziness. I guess he must really like Jenny because I wouldn’t want to be involved with those people. However, for conscience sake it’s also not right to see evil things like that perpetrated against someone and just ignore it.
  23. @Lmangla, I can actually understand how someone like shady mom who doesn’t live in Korea would overlook a camera. Quite frankly, the CCTV thing in drama shows really surprised me. I live in New York and I notice camera for security purposes in the buildings where I work but as far as cameras in a hospital or medical facility, or even on the streets, I hardly notice any. Perhaps there are some but I think most times it’s for traffic. So as an expatriate, it doesn’t seem like she realizes that CCTV cameras are prevalent in Korea. As far as Eun Seok being bland, I do agree but I very much appreciate his intelligence in thwarting shady mom. However, as colorful as, say a character like Young Man is, (drunk, lazy, womanizing, irresponsible, unfeeling, riding on court tails of his rich family) I honestly don’t like trouble makers either although I see him as funny and harmless. In real life this type of person would definitely not be someone I would gravitate towards because I like sensible and responsible people. I do like Eun Ji, her mother and chairman as well. I just really appreciate the writer doesn’t make them evil. Eun Ji and mom are greedy but not in an aggravating way. I think Eun Seok would be more interesting if he wasn’t so tolerant of them like a goody two shoes. Jenny doesn’t seem to like Man Soo as a person at all so I can’t imagine her teaming up with him.
  24. @Lmangla, I was chuckling with the rain scene for Songah and Dongjoo. It felt reminiscent of an old show. I just appreciate the lack of aggravation I get from their scenes. I’m just simply entertained and I like that. When shady mom is getting away with her manipulation of Ms. Naive, I can barely watch because of how gullible Ms. Naive is. My patience is hanging by a thread during those scenes. @lu09 But Man Soo is the one to punch Eun Seok first. I like Man Soo but since his advances are always and persistently rejected, he should be a gentleman about it and back off. If he continue to persist, then any hurt that he suffers is his own doing.
  25. @tulip06, I actually enjoy the scenes with the two families in the house. I don’t mind the “meant to be” aspect because it’s in every drama show I’ve watched with any kind of loveline. It’s just a given. I’m just really grateful that the bad people plot doesn’t overshadow the good feelings I want to enjoy from this drama. Too many drama shows make some of the characters so bad and so invincible that I eventually drop them most of the time. I like that this show has balance unlike “Love to the End” where the female villain got her way for 100 episodes out of 104.
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