#1 Confronting Oneself
Bum Jo's favorite woman comes to see him at the police station. Unfortunately for all of us, and probably for him in the long run, his favorite woman is his over the top coddling mother. Seriously, could you even imagine the stress if you had that woman as a mother in law?
Enabling mommy loves her son so much that she agrees (very generously) to take care of In Ha's rounds to the various police stations so that In Ha can rest and try to recover. This included having to harass policeman, drunks, and anyone else she could fine, looking for a story. It is so cute when Enabling Mommy goes around in her furs and fancy hats trying to bribe everyone for a "scoop". I am pretty sure she has earned her fir bedecked self a place on my "favorite parent of the year" list.
After his traumatic talk with "himself", Dal Po goes awol, running away from the pain and consequences of his actions. Ignoring phone calls from his partner, In Ha, and his bosses, he instead takes a cute bath with grandpa. I just have to make a quick comment that there is probably no chance that this poor American Ahjumma will ever get used to watching grown men and woman get naked and scrub each other down. Yup, out of my comfort zone.
Is anyone else having a small crush on Dal Po's boss turned mentor? Gyo Dong is just so sage-like and full of awesome insights that it is impossible not to like him. I really love Lee Pil Mo in these mentor type roles. He made the drama "Emergency Couple" bearable for me, and he is exceeding my expectations as Gyo Dong in "Pinocchio.
In Ha continues to struggle with her feelings for her uncle. Her current favorite game is avoiding him whenever there is something she does not want to confess. This stops working when she ends up passing out and going to the hospital and Dal Po nurses her to health (Was so cute! So many cute OTP warm fuzzy moments). Upon being caught fondling Dal Po's hair while he sleeps (come on..... just admit you wanted to do the same) In Ha falls out of bed and rushes out, minus shoes and coat, anxious to avoid any more embarrassment. Dal Po does not let her escape, instead chasing her down, he ends up admitting to all of In Ha's accusations about being wrong, which deflates her indignation. She begins to hiccup once again when she says she was not worried about him, which just makes her frustrated about her lack of hiding her feelings. She turns to leave when Dal Po grabs her in a tight back hug (SQUEEEE). In Ha is shocked, but Dal Po just blames his insanity on the cold, and continues to hold her tightly.
Hottie Hyung (also might have to start calling him Terrifying Hyung) learns about In Ah being the Pinocchio daughter of his most hated advisory. I have a very bad feeling (which is intensified by the ominous music and Hottie Hyung's demeanor) that he has decided on who the next victim will be. Dal Po sees the phone number of the bumper incident guy, on a list of the container fire suspects cell phone call list. Recognizing it as the man he had previously given money to, Dal Po called it up and asked to meet. Dal Po waits and hypothesizes that this person might be an accomplice in the murders which is when he sees his brother standing across from him. I swear time stood still for me as I saw the wheels work in Dal Po's brain. His face becomes stricken as he realizes that it is Hottie Hyung's number on the suspects phone list and when his brother introduces himself, instead of his real name he introduces himself as "Dal Po". WOW, I can't wait to see the next episode to find out what happens since things are heating up fast.
Rarely do you see a drama where every single interaction seems both simple, yet so profound at the same time. Dal Po continues to grow and develop as everyone around him helps make him a better version of himself. And again we see the opposite side of the coin in his Hyung who continues to walk down his dark path alone, devoid of any stability to guide him in a better direction. It is truly breaking my heart over and over seeing the lives of these two brothers. I also love that at the bottom of this stylish drama is a deep well full of heartfelt moments. We get a very full idea of every characters development and reasoning. Through this we the viewers become more invested in the story of the characters (including side characters which are often overlooked for the flashier OTP (one true pairing) storyline). The writers don't gloss over the problems, but instead delves deeply into the cause and effect of the media, family, and justice.
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