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Maybe Joe O has a thing for shells...



LOL! Maybe! Season 1 was peanuts, Season 2 is eggs, what will Season 3 be!? Hopefully the 'mystery' will be solved by the end of this season, otherwise we may never find out! LOL!
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<EPISODE 7>

I'm sorry, everyone, but I think I am ready for this drama to be over... Season 2 has had some good episodes, but I find myself getting bored with it already. They have introduced so many interesting characters over the course of two seasons (Joe O, Mr. Yakuza, hey, even Master himself!) but it is hard for me to get invested in a random character of the day for less than 30 minutes, especially since we will likely never see them again.

The only part of the episode that woke me up was when we heard a car crash and realized that the heroine's adorable cat had gotten hit by the car. I was crossing my fingers and hoping that the cat was okay, and it was, so that was a relief. It was also cute how the cat was the child of the gay bar owner's cat.

Other than that, though, I didn't really find the story interesting. It was a testament to the fact that mass media and tabloids can ruin people's careers, and this is extremely prevalent in Japan even today. Rumors spread by tabloid writers and paparazzi are believed by many people, and as we've seen in countless dramas over the years, can ruin people's relationships or careers. I'm glad the heroine was able to continue her career and not let it get to her. Others have not been so lucky.

I have never had Japanese "pickled napa cabbage" before and wondered if it was similar to kimchi. Turns out they are two different takes on a similar type of pickled dish. I will have to try it the next time I am in Japan!

I'm sorry I'm not more interested in this one, but with the general gloom surrounding the upcoming demise of 18.2, I'm finding it hard to get into most of J-programming - with the exception of Partners (don't go away! emoticon) and the Taiga.

Episode 8 airs next week.
 
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This was a strange one. In thinking about it, perhaps the only twist was that the writer ended up dumping the producer guy, after messing with him—and his family's stability. Maybe it was the reverse of the usual "casting couch" scene. Did she use him to get herself publicity? Now that she's been recognized in the tabloids as a prominent writer, she has no use for Mr. Producer, unemotionally dumps him, announcing to him that she will continue ahead unencumbered towards the heights of her career.

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Yes, Next is the perfect word to describe my feelings towards this week's story. Unfortunately, I suspect next week will be more of the same ol' thing...

That's an interesting point about the writer perhaps being the one to use the producer, as opposed to the other way around. I wasn't sure if they were trying to make us 'root for' for the writer, or if we were supposed to feel bad for the producer. By the time it all ended, I had lost interest in the story and didn't feel particularly bad for either party. LOL!

The producer guy is an actor we've seen quite often as of late. I think we last saw him in The Interrogator. This drama gives me a Love Boat feel, where every week they have famous (or semi-famous) entertainers guest-starring.
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<EPISODE 8>

I actually enjoyed this episode more than most of the ones we've been seeing this season. It was the usual ill-fated couple plot line that seems to dominate the writing for Season 2, but it felt more suspenseful with the whole twist about the man being a fugitive on the run.

The guy who was egging the detective on got on my nerves! Who was he, anyway, and how did he know that the woman's boyfriend always ate cold noodles on cold nights - which was the clue that gave away the fact that he was the culprit. He didn't look like a detective, so was he just a patron who knew that the woman was dating a guy who liked cold noodles?

I can't blame the detective for doing his job, but I didn't like the way he and his minion (whoever he was) were so passive-agressive in gossiping about the fact that this woman might be dating a man who could be the fugitive. Why not discuss it outside, or wait until she leaves? It just felt a little like bullying to me, and I was so glad that Master threw them both out. The detective wasn't as annoying as his minion - that guy was practically drooling at the mouth over the prospect of the detective making one final arrest before retirement.

Did you catch the quick reference to the statute of limitations being abolished in 2010? The detective announced that he was upset he couldn't solve this big case, especially since the statute had been abolished and the fugitive could be arrested for his crimes of 20 years before

I felt sad for the couple who now had to be separated. You could tell they were really in love. How ironic that the woman is back to eating hot noodles as opposed to the cold noodles she used to share with her lover.

One of the better episodes! I enjoyed it. Episode 9 airs next week! From the previews, it looks like we will see some Joe O.
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I think the guy with the detective was some sort of journalist. So the story we see at the end featuring the fugitive captured headline and the picture of cold ramen was written by that journalist
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These shaved slices of life can be interesting and can lead to further speculation, I suppose. Maybe Perp's case ended in a minimum sentence. It seemed that the circumstances of the other guy's death were more like self-defense than murder. Of course, Perp evaded the law forever, so that would likely add a bunch of time. Still and all, he might not have been sent away 'forever' and maybe he and his girlfriend could get together again. Then they could have a dog....
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`Ahh, so he was a journalist! (I should have known, they are all stirring up trouble in these types of dramas. LOL! emoticon) Thanks for clearing that up, Dunedan.

Nchristi, I agree, I don't know how long of a sentence the guy would get, especially since I questioned whether he was even guilty of homicide when he explained his crime to his girlfriend. It was more of an accident or self-defense. If he is given less than 10 years, which is a possibility, I could definitely see the girlfriend waiting for him. Although, I doubt she will be eating cold noodles again for a long, long time. Then again, neither will he, unless they serve it in the slammer!
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<EPISODE 9>

I really enjoyed this episode! At first, it seemed like 'same ol' same ol' but the whole nikujaga sisters scam thing took me by surprise! Good plot twist there.

What surprised me wasn't the fact that they were sisters (as soon as it was revealed that the younger sister also had pork in her nikujaga, I knew they were related) but rather that the younger sister was in on the scheme, too. The only problem was that they both happened to be working the same area unbeknownst to each other. What a coincidence that the older sister happened to be "Akiko", the scam artist who left Mr. Glasses two years before, taking his savings with him.

Criminals, stay away from the Midnight Diner! Chances are you will get caught there - everybody knows each other's business and congregates there. LOL!

Joe O! He's pretty good at reading people. I thought he was being unusually cold towards the birthday cake girl, but I bet he had a feeling that there was something off about her. Notice how he didn't seem surprised at all when Master showed him the newspaper article at the end of the episode? It's as if he had a feeling something was wrong from the get-go.

The season finale, Episode 10, airs next Friday! From the looks of the previews, it's going to center around Joe O. Finally!

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Did I see correctly that Joe O left two 1st class airline tickets behind? Guess the dude has some means! He fit right into the scenery, huddled beneath that footbridge, then with his ex at the shore of the murkiest water I've ever seen in a Japanese program. (Wonder if he found any shells there?)

Needless to say, this final episode didn't do much for me. It just seemed a miserable, anti-climactic event after all the weeks of the mysterious Joe O.

Of course, my disappointment is due to my own inflated expectation (or hope) regarding this character. Putting aside my feelings in favor of objectivity, Joe O was portrayed exactly as he should have been—a midnight diner who found himself facing a life changing dilemma. He came through, however, in his final action of denying his own selfish desire for the sake of the little girl. I guess I should be thankful for that....

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