Nice Guy Episode 7 Recap

Nice Guy is becoming quite a nerve wracking watching experience. I wonder if the drama is just going to keep building and building the nervous tension and draining emotional developments and wait until the very end before giving us some release. This works well when I marathon tense melodramas, but watching it week-to-week is already giving me serious heartburn. I find it difficult to watch Maru hung up on Jae Hee, even if I know he’s not “in love” with her anymore, but he can’t seem to just forget about her yet. From a psychological perspective that makes sense, because Maru strikes me as a man with a one-track mind, and disengaging himself from a now destroyed lifelong dream to be with Jae Hee takes time. He didn’t give up on her in prison, he only recently discovered her true nature and it’s not easy to break free of a relationship that really is a mutually dependent one for most of their lives. We want to see Maru succeed not because we like him much (likely no one does), but because Eun Gi loves him and we love Eun Gi. Hence I end up watching this drama wanting to throw things at Maru and Jae Hee, but at the same time hoping for a happy ending for him and Eun Gi. At the end of the day, it’s just so complicated.

Episode 7 recap:

A quick refresher of what happened at the end of episode 6: Jae Hee is trying on wedding dresses and gets a call from her horrible brother who has just been released from jail; Jae Gil and Choco tell Maru that Jae Hee’s brother is back and stole Maru’s cell phone to call Jae Hee; Eun Gi is handed a framed graduation picture of Jae Hee and Maru.

Maru runs into the room and finds it completely ransacked. After Maru leaves, Jae Gil and Choco discuss her crush on him, which she insists is totally not a bother to Jae Gil. Jae Gil chews her out for telling Maru about Jae Hee’s brother, but Choco insists she was upset because Jae Gil was beat up. Jae Gil tells Choco to move on since he’s never going to like her.

Maru uses Jae Gil’s phone and calls his own cell phone and agrees to meet with Jae Hee’s brother, claiming he’ll reveal Jae Hee’s location to him. Jae Gil tells Maru to stop bothering with this and call the police. Jae Hee’s interview with the media has moved outside but she’s still terribly rattled from the call and can’t concentrate.

Maru walks out of the house to head to meet Jae Hee’s brother and sees Eun Gi outside. Eun Gi promptly hides the picture from his view. Maru stares at her and gives her a slight smile while she stands rooted there like a deer in headlights. She flashes back to Maru’s meeting with Jae Hee at the company lobby, and also Jae Hee’s warning to her about Maru’s intentions.

Maru asks how the union negotiations went and she glosses over it. She asks if he’s headed somewhere and he explains he’s going to meet someone. Maru notices something is off about her and touches her forehead and cheek, asking if she’s feeling sick? He asks if there is anything she intended to tell him but she says no. He tells her to get some rest and she hurries him off to his meeting. Maru tells her to that he’ll buy her some medicine on his way back.

As soon as Maru walks away, Eun Gi collapses on the ground and quickly opens up a file envelope on the investigation Joon Ha did for her. She reads the report that confirms Maru was the man who saved her life on the place and later got accused of extorting money from Jae Hee.

Eun Gi sits with Joon Ha at a coffee shop to discuss Maru. Joon Ha confirms Maru’s connection with Jae Hee, and reveals that Maru killed a man before and spent time in jail. He notices Eun Gi is totally zoned out when she keeps putting sugar into her coffee and drinking it.

Jae Hee’s brother greets Maru after many years and chides Maru for being so rude to an elder when Maru doesn’t return the greeting or shake his hand. Maru tells him to stop looking for Jae Hee since she’s dead. The brother scoffs at that since he must’ve just talked to a dead person then. Maru asks for his phone back and the brother returns it, saying he memorized Jae Hee’s number already. The brother knows that Jae Hee was the one who killed that man and Maru covered for her, which is what he always does for her.

Jae Hee’s brother offers to include Maru’s payback from Jae Hee into what he’s planning to extort for her. The brother says he’s getting revenge on behalf of his mom, and warns him that Jae Hee is an even more evil opponent than Maru can ever imagine. The brother says he’s not even able to go up against her. Maru threatens the brother to leave Jae Hee alone, revealing that he’s killed before so he’s not afraid of doing it again.

Eun Gi asks Joon Ha to tell her everything he knows about Maru. Joon Ha says the most important thing is that Maru is using Eun Gi. She takes it in stride and says she doesn’t care, she still likes him.  Eun Gi asks if there is anything more? Eun Gi says none of this means anything. Eun Gi warns Joon Ha not to do anything to Maru.

Joon Ha asks the Chairman to keep his promise and bring Eun Gi back now that she solved the labor problem, otherwise Joon Ha will quit. Joon Ho is so worried about Eun Gi that he runs to the Chairman and asks him to bring Eun Gi back otherwise they might lose her forever. Joon Ha reveals that he thinks Eun Gi has gone insane.

Jae Hee furiously calls Maru under the assumption that he roped her brother into his revenge plans against her. I hope she gets brain cancer from too much cell phone use. In fact, my new past time is thinking of ways Jae Hee can accidentally die when doing the most mundane things. Maru does not clear up her mistaken assumption.

The Chairman asks Jae Hee to bring Eun Gi back from the home of the “friend” she is staying with. He tells Jae Hee that she needs to act like a concerned parent. He tells Jae Hee to do anything to get rid of Maru. She asks if she can use those thugs the investigator knows.

In Eun Gi’s mind, she flashes back to the conversation with Maru in the car where he warned her to beware that he had ulterior motives towards her. She remembers Maru saying that he has a mountain he wants to climb, so what if he ends up using her as his staircase? Eun Gi walks back to Maru’s place with a bag of beer and sees him outside. She asks “handsome” to drink with her but he thinks she’s gone crazy since she’s sick. Eun Gi persuades him to go drinking and they sit down on a bluff to drink and gaze out over the night lights.

Maru worries about Eun Gi and takes her beer away from her to drink himself. He tells her that some of the alcohol from all she drank last night is still in her body. Eun Gi looks out onto Seoul below and asks Maru how many people live there? Down there is someone who will one day be married to her, and another person who he will one day marry.

Eun Gi tells Maru to be sure to send her a wedding invitation if he gets married. She might not be able to attend but she’ll send money. He stares at her and she laughs bitterly, wondering if he actually thought he could marry her? Eun Gi says that they need to stop now and break up. She lies that she finds him beneath her and she was merely indulging in some sowing of her passionate oats before returning to her world. She claims that all her previous guys, some wouldn’t take the break up smartly and kept trying to dragging it on. Eun Gi thought this might last at least a month, but her feelings have changed faster than she expected. Maru silently accepts the break up.

Eun Gi asks if this is hard for Maru to accept or understand? Maru says its not hard to understand or accept. Eun Gi steels herself and claims she’s happy that he has some pride and won’t cling on to her. Eun Gi stumbles down the slope and runs into Jae Hee who is here to retrieve her. Eun Gi is so drunk that she passes out on the ground.

Maru walks back to his house and is ambushed outside.

After Maru is beaten to a pulp, the thugs call Jae Hee and the phone is placed next to Maru’s ear. Jae Hee talks with him while she drives a passed out Eun Gi home. She tells him to sign the papers placed in front of him, which gives him property in the US and plane tickets for him and Choco. This is his one and only chance, as long as he leaves Eun Gi and promises never to see her again. This is on orders of the Chairman.

Eun Gi stirs and overhears part of this conversation. Jae Hee threatens that if he doesn’t sign, the next one who gets hurt might be someone very precious to Maru. We do not see Maru sign the papers.

Jae Gil takes Choco to Anmyungdo (oh god, the ominous TK2H flashback) as requested by Maru, clearly so Choco doesn’t see how he’s been worked over by Jae Hee’s thugs. Jae Gil once again tells Choco that he’s not interested in her as a woman. I am also not interested in either of you as characters in this drama.

Eun Gi is at home resting while Jae Hee watches over her. She pretended to be asleep until Jae Hee left the room. The Chairman finds out about the hanky panky going on between Jae Hee and lawyer Ahn and is understandably pissed. Oh hells yeah! He calls Joon Ha in to plan for a way to punish them both. He finds out Joon Ha and Eun Gi already knew but wanted to not upset him with this information. The Chairman has some chest pains thinking about this and orders Joon Ha to keep it a secret that he knows. He tells Joon Ha to use all the legal loopholes to construct a trap for lawyer Ahn and Jae Hee. He wants them in jail for at least 30 years. That is the only way he can die in peace. That is the only way he can hand Eun Gi to Joon Ha peacefully and pass on.

The investigator calls lawyer Ahn and reveals that the Chairman saw pictures from the CCTV cameras outside the house and knows about his dalliance with Jae Hee. The nosy neighborhood ahjumma who handed the picture to Eun Gi comes by with food for Maru and Choco. She leaves it outside when no one answers her summons, though she sees Maru’s shoes outside.

Eun Gi sits in her room and looks at a bag of prescription medicine. Maru had gone to get it for her since he thought she was sick and handed to her before they parted that night. Despite breaking up, he still made sure to tell her to take the medicine and get well.

Choco is getting worried since Maru hasn’t been answering the phone and she wants to go back to Seoul. Jae Gil tries to stop her and lies that Maru is away on a trip with a lady friend but Choco doesn’t buy it since Maru always answers her calls because he worries it might be a medical emergency.

Eun Gi has made up her mind and tries to leave only to find her room has been locked. Jae Hee comes to deliver food and tells Eun Gi that she is being locked up per the Chairman’s orders. Eun Gi asks how Jae Hee could have thugs beat up Maru like that, revealing she heard the conversation in the car. Jae Hee claims she did it all for Eun Gi’s sake. Oh shut the hell up, bitch! Jae Hee tells Eun Gi to end things before it goes any further now that she knows what the Chairman is capable of doing. Eun Gi realizes this means Maru didn’t sign the papers.

After Jae Hee leaves Eun Gi’s room, she gets a call from her brother again, this time asking to meet. The brother reveals that Maru is still loyal to Jae Hee, having threatened him if he dared to get near Jae Hee. This leaves Jae Hee reeling since she thought Maru was working with her brother to bring her down.

Eun Gi finds a way to escape her home confinement by making a bed sheet rope and climbing out the window into the pouring rain. She drives over to Maru’s house and runs out of the car shoeless. Eun Gi knocks on his door and asks to see him. Back at the Seo house, we see Jae Hee making a lunchbox and packing it up.

For the longest time the door doesn’t open and Eun Gi is about to walk away when Maru walks out, his one eye completely swollen shut and his face still bruised.

Eun Gi faces him and confesses that he was her first kiss, and he is the first man she’s ever fallen in love with. Since she met him, she’s dared to dream about a life together, where he will say that he loves her and they can make a family together, have kids and grow old. She asks if that is even possible?

Maru is silent through this entire confession, only staring at Eun Gi with his one good eye. He finally steps towards Eun Gi, and then pulls her in for a hug. His hand tentatively encircles her, like he’s not sure of what he’s doing.

Maru’s face goes from sad to cold and angry when he looks up and sees Jae Hee standing behind Eun Gi, holding an umbrella in the rain. Jae Hee stares in shock at seeing Maru and Eun Gi embracing.

Thoughts of Mine:

In this episode, Jae Hee’s brother referred to Maru as Jae Hee’s well trained dog in the way Maru still defends Jae Hee and tries to protect her from the even greater evil that is her brother. That actually makes so much sense if we see Maru as an abused dog. His unconditional love for Jae Hee was like that of a dog with its owner, and once Jae Hee started abusing Maru’s love repeatedly its going to take some time for Maru to fully disengage himself from her much like an abused pet still longs for the return of the owner’s affections. It’s visceral and deeply ingrained, and therefore that much harder to cut off. What I loved about this episode is seeing that Maru is taking steps to cut Jae Hee off. When Eun Gi asked to end things, he accepted it with resignation even knowing it might end his ability to thwart Jae Hee’s plans. His care for Eun Gi is growing slowly but steadily, and even she can see it.

I think the biggest leap of faith this drama asks us to take is accepting how much and how fast Eun Gi has fallen for Maru. I believe it since she’s a closed off girl starving for affection. Part of me appreciated that her reaction to discovering Maru’s deception was to maintain calm and collect more information, and then rationalize it in her head. But part of me wanted her to smack him around a bit for using her so ruthlessly when she had done nothing to him. I guess my wish was heard because Maru did get the crap beat out of him today, and if that didn’t wake him up to Jae Hee’s utter ruthlessness, I don’t know what else he needs to learn about her before cutting her off like a rotting appendage. It might hurt, but better do it fast now before it infects the rest of his body. The preview for episode 8 worries me a bit, only in the sense that it makes me nervous as to what might happen. But so far every episode of NG has been intense and no holds barred and that’s exactly what I signed up for.

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Nice Guy Episode 7 Recap — 53 Comments

  1. i was waiting for this the whole day, wait im going to read properly.thanks so much and hopefully as unnerving this series becomes that i wish you will not stop recapping it.

  2. wow… you’re so fast ms. koala.. i like it.. thanks for fast recap and ur comment.. Hope you will continue recapping.. ^^

  3. Thanks, Koala! Haven’t watched the episode yet but just reading your recap is enough to make me want to push Jae Hee off a cliff or something.

    I’m really wondering if Jae Hee is truly manipulative and evil right from the start and that her “good side” was only for Maru’s benefit so she can dangle him along. Its the worst case of co-dependency, she needed someone to protect her and worship the ground she walks upon, he needed someone to take care of and dream a family which he didn’t have growing up. The reason why I think this is because Choco really hasn’t warmed up to her the way she immediately warmed up to Eun Gi. And what his brother said about wanting to take revenge for their mother. I don’t know, like you said its too complicated. I just don’t see any hint of remorse from her which makes me think she’s a total psychopath.

    • Jae hee = psychopath? ha ha! agree agree agree :)

      For now, my thanks for ms koala, I am contented to wait and read her recap. I am yet to start watching from the beginning…

      any suggestion of any drama similar to the RMPW genre anyone? cheerio! ;)

    • I’m starting to believe she’s a psychopath too. I want to know her whole background story. What happen and what she did to her mom and brother (although I don’t doubt he’s an asshole too) and how she became the Second Wife.

      The remorse thing, yeah. How can you hire thugs to beat up someone that was once ‘the love of your life’ and then make him a lunchbox to make peace like nothing ever happened. WTF?! Cray Cray… she can be the wifey of Shunji! =P (Gaksital joke)

  4. I guess my wish was heard because Maru did get the crap beat out of him today

    He got beat the crap out of him by none other than thugs hired by Jae-Hee who mistakenly thought he was in cahoots with her brother and also figured torturing him & threatening him could make him give up Eun-Gi.

    And that’s something to cheer about?

    Maybe he should have signed those papers too then, vowing never to see Eun-Gi again and accept their bribes.

    • The hate towards Maru goes behind everything I can imagine… D: To be happy that Maru was beaten is pretty disgusting, ockoala.

      • This is the oddest comment thread ever. When did I express happiness that Maru was beaten? o__O

        I can’t address something I didn’t say, nor can I stop you guys from projecting. I said I wanted Eun Gi to smack him around a bit for using her intentionally. Not sure how that translated into I’m happy he got the crap beaten out of him by thugs. The cause=effect correlation is totally missing here.

  5. “We want to see Maru succeed not because we like him much (likely no one does), but because Eun Gi loves him and we love Eun Gi. ” this exactly why i keep on watching this drama and still root for eungi and maru otp. As complicated as this seems i dont hate Maru now as much as last week though i would still like to smack his head off. The last scene of episode 7 still shows how attached he is to Jaehee and that he’s still uncertain with whatever feelings he has for Eungi. His affection or “being caring” towards Eungi is somehow driven by his conscience and as of now i cant say that he’s having those romantic feelings towards her yet. Eungi’s confession breaks my heart! She’s the only honest character in this story and quite reckless in having herself immerse in such hell hole. I feel THAT BAD towards her character but i also wish that Maru ends up genuinely loving her because damn! the girl deserves it and Maru deserves to be happy as well, heal his soul and such.

    • I personally am rooting for joonha. I guess i am the type to like nice guys. lol. I know it is lost cause but i feel EG is someone i like but i dont appreciate how easily she fell in love with maru that she threw away her self-respect.

      • oh…! this is cute :) though I am yet to watch this NG, reading the recaps and following the comments thread, I’m thrilled ; LOL he he he!

  6. Man, my feelings for Maru change every episode, it’s giving me whiplash! Last week I was almost certain I’d dislike him for a while~, now I…don’t know how I feel. I definitely don’t completely dislike him, but I just wish he’d let go of Jae Hee completely and move on, if anything for himself (but I’m sure about 99.9% of viewers have wanted this for the majority of the show lol). I think his eyes are definitely being opened.

    Poor Eun Gi. Last week I was really upset over how fast she’s fallen for Maru, but now I’m over that and it’s just making me sad. I’m glad we’re starting to see him feel concern and maybe even confusion over what his feelings are for her, but goodness, she deserves to be loved back as unconditionally with no reservations. She’s so honest to herself and him, even when admitting her feelings are so strong strips away her pride. It’s making my heart ache for her!

    Eun Gi needs to lead Jae Hee to a cliff and kindly give her a nice shove. Seriously, I don’t think she was ever this vulnerable soul in need of saving that Maru still sees her as at times. She’s always been manipulative and conniving. She’s certainly not capable of truly loving someone.

  7. I want our slightly psychotic Eun Gi back. We see glimpses of her now and again. But I’d like her to get her game back. When she met with the union workers, we saw it. I have a hard time believing she let it all go for her love of Maru. She can love Maru all she wants. I want to see her battling for what she wants tooth and nail.

  8. Eun gi is perfect example of girls who fall in love and thier minds turn to mush. I rather see her fighting than throw it all away for a 5 mins love story.

  9. I am still questioning EG’s love for Ma Ru. Maybe I am over analyzing this. It would be epic and messed up if EG actually used MR to piss of her step mom.

  10. What has impressed me with EG right from the beginning is that she looks through all of the crap that surround MR in his life and sees the good that is buried deep in him. And I feel that MR recognizes that, which is why he keeps warning her away, he knows that she sincerely loves him.

    Though I know his actions haven’t been the most admirable, we do have to remember that he hasn’t been simply loved by someone before. JH never really loved him as he was a safe haven that could take all of the crap of her life and make it disappear. We see that in her Bipolar attitude with MR, as long as she feels he is still her protector she leads him on with ‘hope’, but the moment when she feels he isn’t that anymore, JH doesn’t waste any regrets in having him beaten to a pulp.
    EG on the other hand doesn’t expect him to protect her at all, to her, he is the man she loves. Big difference. Which is why he is so hesitant at her last confession, it was like him silently admitting that deep down he wants what she was talking about. Just a simple life where someone loves him, and for a small moment he seemed to take comfort in that before seeing JH behind her.
    It is like watching how different types of love transforms a person, whether for good or bad. Just my thoughts.

    • Yeah, I never felt JH really loved MR, she just needed him to love her. This woman takes the concept of self-absorption to new heights.

  11. What’s with EG’s confessions about 1st this and that? She phoned the one guy and told him she did what she did for him because of Love.

    I cannot take EG’s character seriously to like her and no, I’m not taking a leap of blind faith. She fell ridiculously fast for a stranger, introduced him to her father and then moved in with him. The writing is rather rushed where EG’s character is concerned. LOL!

    Slow your roll lady writer….Why the sprint?

  12. i think the memory loss will be happening in the end:D this plot makes me think like that:D like after all the bad and unfortunate things happened a memory loss and a time lapse and a reunion of Maru and EG:D LOL that would be epic:D i have gone crazy:D

    next week will be the half of the drama yet no revenge yet:D i think we are waiting for Maru’s revenge-meter to be full:D but the tension is so good. even though everything happens in a slow but non-boring pace, you want to know what’s gonna happen next at the end of the episode:)

    MaruxEungi forever:D (actually i cant watch sjk as Maru but looking him all the time as SJk but Moon chae won really makes us love Eungi:D)

  13. Some times I have to wonder if EG really wants love as in romantic love or she wants comfort. Cause right now it looks like she wants comfort. Maru being as ass and using her but he is a kind ass. the guy would get beat up for you kind even if he is using you.
    i wonder if maru and EG suffer from same kind of martyrdom syndrome.

    • Maru’s kind is sort of manipulative in his own way by using his kindness to make you feel like it is ok to take complete plunge down the hill.

  14. Love your recap ! Please continue … I’m so happy that SJK get a chance to play Maru. I hope he gets recognise even more with this drama. His leading lady Moon (EunGi)is one of the best female lead.
    They make my wed~thu all the more interesting !

  15. What gives me headache is Maru’s revenge because it is not really a revenge. If he’s obsess with Jae Hee then probably that’s the reason. Though obsession is the last thing I want him to feel motivated for and so I keep on dismissing it. Well, it seems that it is. O well.

    • JH’s life is none of his business.
      I actually like Bad MR and don’t want a 360 turnaround for his character.

      What would be fascinating is to see a bunch of single ladies leaving babies at his doorstep at the end. Hubbahubba.

  16. An impressive and excellent recap of Nice Guy here. I love the writer works even A Love To Kill is my alltime fav k drama. But I donno if my heart can endure the obsessive love of Maru to Jae Hae. As you said, this kind of drama is good to watch in one go to spare that painful and heart wrenching emotions.

  17. Thanks for the recap!
    Despite all the tension drenched tension, I am relieved:
    that EG knows and acknowledges MR’s evil side, but is willing to give the good side she has seen a chance. With her eyes wide open.
    Also VERY relieved the chairman knows JH is a witchy witch, and WILL try to destroy her.

    I liked the ugly hair and ugly monster face make-up on Maru tonight. I really can’t take his beauty full force each episode. They need to use it sparingly for my heart… my poor poor heart…

    Agree with you on JG and Choco: “I am also not interested in either of you as characters in this drama.” It started out good, but now it’s like, OK, OK, let’s get them off the screen. Need to see real drama now.

  18. agree with ms. koala in all aspect, still hoping maru will end up with eun gi, and lawyer ahn and bitch Jae Hee will end up in prison for 30 yrs like the chairman said..

  19. I love this drama, makes you wanna scream and walk away from the computer but you just won’t because its so good. I agree with others choco and jae gil gotta go. Not interesting. I think that eun gi is such a vulnerable character, so honest to herself. I would argue that she is her old psychotic self. To put herself out there is hard to do and she has alot of pride in herself. That quality is a good one to have. Her love will be returned soon enough. Great story so far. Thanks for the awesome recaps unni koala

  20. Jae Hee’s bro makes me think she was never the nice and innocent girl Maru thought she was. Yeah, he’s scum but I think there is a lot more to her than Maru knows. We’ve only seen flashbacks from his biased perspective.

    I agree about the abused animal thing that’s why I can’t exactly be too hard on Maru for not being able to forget JH. I really liked the last scene and that he wasn’t normally pretty Maru. EG was seeing him all bruised and battered, like he was inside as well as out and still wanted him. She can see his kindness and believe in him despite everything, while JH completely turns on him instantly even after all he’s done for her.

    • Haha. Yes. I remember the style used by the Hong sisters in their narrative early on in Big. About the unfolding of the character of Doctor Gong Yoo. Interpretations about him are all based on memories of different people – from the girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend, the colleagues, etc – so the audience kept on guessing whether he’s a nice person or not, whether he’s a cheating bf or not. Unfortunately, Big became a BIG mess as the story progresses. Stopped watching at episode 7 I think. So I don’t know what happened to the doctor character of Gong Yoo.

      And it is a nice strategy for the writer to give dimensions to Jae Hee’s character through differing perspectives of other characters. Now, we will see Jae Hee in a new light since it seems that Maru doesn’t know much about Jae Hee’s plight within her family.

  21. thanks for the recap. Although i havent watched the series, but i like to read it first…. If its a happy ending then ill download the drama :-)

  22. Oh Maru. One minute I want to hug you and feed you cupcakes, the next I just want to throw tofu at your face.

    I miss spunky EG! I hope she comes back soon.

    Thanks so much for the recap :)

  23. Thanks so much for the speedy recaps! Did anyone else think that as Eun Gi began her confession Maru stood up straight, from beng hunched over, and looked her in the eye – I thought that was kind of an interesting piece of body language that might indicate a better person still hiding underneath? If he is prepared to give her the respect of standing tall and hearing her out?

  24. Thanks for recapping!
    Ohmygoosepie, I like Maru even with his flaws.(I’m not seeing where the dislike for him is coming from) Rooting for Maru & Eun Gi all the way xD

  25. This statement really worries me:
    The brother says he’s getting revenge on behalf of his mom, and warns him that Jae Hee is an even more evil opponent than Maru can ever imagine. The brother says he’s not even able to go up against her.

    I fear that this is a misdirect of a misdirect within a misdirect.
    I really don’t like JH, and her willingness to do anything to protect herself horrifies me.
    Why would she be like that? If we give her the benefit of the doubt and say she wasn’t born like that, we have to ask what life experiences could create this apparent monster? And if we are talking about her mother now being involved, I have to draw the worst possible conclusion and say JH is a victim of rape and possibly incest. It would be very brave of the writers to go there – I cannot think of a drama other than the recent crime shows that address this very real and disgusting truth of child abuse.

    Am I thinking too much?

    • I trust nothing the brother has to say.

      MR probably heard about the poor treatment of JH after they became friends. He only knew that she was the prettiest girl in the neighborhood. I’m sure after she started hiding out at his home from fear, he got the rest over the years. He’s a good person and I’m glad he took her in.

      I think that poor excuse for a brother sided with their insane mom to have HJH turn tricks so they could “survive”. Animals.

      • I don’t trust him either, but I think there is a story or two at the root of his “warning” about JH’s evilness. Why would he say that the mom is against JH? I want to know!
        He is a completely unreliable narrator, of course. We have to take his view of things with the teeniest grain of salt ever.

  26. Thank you for recapping so quickly! Oh Maru…I’m so over the trying to be vengeful and mean towards the woman who screwed you over and yet not being able to because you still love her. She’s not a good person!

    I want to see him and Eun Gi together but like everyone else has said, she fell in love way too quickly. I would have liked to have seen when Joon Ha told her Maru was a bad guy she got really angry and didn’t want to speak to him anymore and Maru realizes that he likes her, maybe through continuously bumping into her or something. I want her character to be stronger even though she’s been hurt in the past. She was such a strong character in the first couple of episodes and now that she likes a guy she’s gotten soft.

    Still I like Maru…or well I like SJK so I’m rooting for Maru and Eun Gi. A side note, Joon Ha is SO cute. But really, telling the Chairman that his daughter is crazy? Big no-no.

  27. I am currently watching Epi 6 for the first time.

    However random and disconnected Choco-Jae Gil scenes are to the story build up of the main three leads, it seems that Choco-Jae Gil’s dialogues concerning Maru give light to the Maru in the past.

    When Choco said that his brother never turns off his phone because he worries she’ll collapse anytime, Jae Gil said that it was always him who rushes to save her. That everytime she fell sick, it was always Jae Gil who is beside her and not her brother.

    This is Maru outside the Jae Hee orbit. And Maru’s action in the Epi 1 seems to be justified on how he treats his sister. Not that he doesn’t care about her but that Jae Hee means more to him than anyone else in the world. There seems to be this invisible string that pulls him towards Jae Hee everytime Jae Hee calls him for help. Just like what has been said, Maru is in all essence Jae Hee’s lapdog.

    Jae Sik will offer us a new perspective of Jae Hee’s past. Whether this is a reliable source of what she used to be, he’ll def add a new layer to Jae Hee’s character and a huge contrast to how Maru saw her. Either Jae Hee’s a victim and a survivor or an actress and a manipulator. She’s a character to hate but very interesting.

  28. I love this drama! MCW is daebak! .<)o

    what I'm afraid about this story is that the plot says eun gi will have amnesia from an accident…. so she will forget all of these?! T_T waa

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