K-Drama keeps the storylines together

On March 5 in Korea, the U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was attacked by a radical activist with a knife ending in injuries to his face and left hand.

This was the first time a U.S. ambassador was attacked on Korean soil.

The gash on Lippert’s face ran 4 inches long and caused nerve damage to his finger on his left hand.

Kim Ki-jong, the attacker, was protesting the South Korea-U.S. military drills.

This incident resulted in a stronger U.S.-South Korea alliance as Lippert tweeted “Will be back ASAP to advance alliance! Let’s go together.” Eighty stitches later.

This unfortunate incident has resulted in support and popularity among many South Koreans for Lippert.

President Park Geun-hye met with Lippert immediately after her return from a Middle East tour to wish him full recovery, talking also about her incident in 2006 when she received a slash to her face on the right side during a rally in Seoul. She went through nearly three hours of surgery; coincidentally, at the same hospital where Lippert was hospitalized.

Lippert’s wife had a baby boy in January in Seoul, giving him a Korean middle name.

This was the first time a U.S. envoy’s wife gave birth during tour.

“Family Is Coming”

Episodes 11 & 12

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Dong-seok gets very suspicious of Jun-hui, but she manages to convince him that she didn’t know Juna from the States. They also use Carl to help them. Dong-eun, Se-ho, and Dal-su decide to go to the country to try to get their acts together. Still suspicious, Dong-seok finds the business card Jun-hui gave to Keut-sun. The phone numbers don’t match, so he does some digging and finds some very perturbing facts about Jun-hui and Juna.

Today, 7:45p.m.: Jeong-suk and Dong-ju are out of the competition. The third mission starts. Dal-su tries hard to get his life back together in the country, but old habits die hard. He comes across another conman and falls for another con. Dong-seok can’t shake off his suspicions about Juna. He keeps digging. He finds nothing until Juna decides to mess with Aunt Dal-ja’s money. She gives Dong-seok information on Juna and Jun-hui’s birth mother.

“Punch”

Episode 19 (Final Episode)

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Ji-sook and Ho-sung lock Jung-hwan in an interrogation room to keep him away from Tae-joon. Jung-hwan hears Ha-gyung is in critical condition and collapses in the interrogation room. Ji-sook is sure of her victory and orders Tae-joon’s arrest.

“Drama Special – Seven Stars”

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m: A group of criminals trying to stow away to China and a group of Chinese-Koreans who’re trying to return home end up together on a ship.

“Hyde, Jekyll, Me”

Episodes 9 & 10

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-na introduces Robin to Tae-ju as Seo-jin’s twin brother. Tae-ju is confused since he knew Seo-jin never had a twin brother. Mr. Min is worried Robin and Hana are getting closer, and tells Robin he can’t keep a secret forever.

Thursday, 7:45p.m.: Worried about Robin, Chairman Gu tries to send Seo-jin abroad, but Young-chan stops him, saying that Seo-jin will come back. Tae-ju lures Robin out to a remote place threatening to kill Dr. Kang.

“My Heart Twinkle, Twinkle”

Episodes 9 & 10

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Sung-ju apologies to Soon-soo and tells her he recommended her for a pianist job at a hotel. Soon-jin comes back from her honeymoon. Soon-jin asks Soon-jung to move in with her to Woon-tak’s house.

Saturday, 7:45p.m: Mi-ja and Eun-bi are not thrilled when Soon-jung decides to move in. They get mad at Woon-tak for making the decision without checking with them. Geum-bi asks Gwan-mo to start a business together.

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Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This is the second of a weekly column new to The Garden Island offering synopses of the dramas playing throughout the Islands. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or jeffchung@kbfd.com.

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