These are the most unexpected set of blazing guns in my K-drama watching journey. Kim Jae Won is neither fresh out of the army nor known for being a beastly man, so to see him unveil some serious biceps in the latest stills from his weekend drama Scandal: That Very Shocking and Immoral Incident left my jaw somewhere under my desk. He’s always been known as a flower boy type, and his usual white complexion always makes me think of him as suited to play soft and sickly lovesick swains. I totally take that back now – I seriously love his tough as bricks cop character in Scandal! Ha Eun Joong doesn’t have any quirks or hang ups other than taking his job very seriously and being rather dead pan and dour. Call that a personality lacking in humor but not a character marinating in hidden pain or manufactured assholery. I also love that Kim Jae Won is channeling such a straight-laced masculine character without it feeling like a stretch, he steps into Ha Eun Joong like a pair of well worn jeans. He’s got some massive co-stars to aspire towards, with Shin Eun Kyung and Jo Jae Hyun especially on fire in their performances so far and looks to continue onward as the story gets more and more intense with the birth secret coming out. The written previews for episodes 9 and 10 are pretty meaty, with Eun Joong meeting his real fathr Jang Tae Ha in the course of investigating the death of leading lady Ah Mi’s fiancée, and later he goes with his real half-sister Joo Ha to the Jang house to look at surveillance tapes and his real mother Hwa Young sees him. She’s totally going to recognize him on sight, so the question is when the truth all comes out. I want this drama to do a better job of discussing nature v. nurture and allowing both Eun Joongs to work through the whole real and fake son duality. Jo Yoon Hee’s character is getting less annoying since with so much tragedy befalling her she doesn’t have time to be irritatingly spunky. She’s so lucky that being a widowed mom-to-be she’s got an unwavering protector in Eun Joong, who seems to be fishing her out of an explosion in these stills and will probably move her in with his family soon. I’m looking forward to the OTP’s love story to develop nicely. I’m surprised at how much I’m looking forward to this drama now, it’s like peanut butter, one bite and it sticks to the gums.