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Sungkyunkwan ends on a high, Giant approaches 30%

It may have not enjoyed a ratings bonanza, but KBS’s Sungkyunkwan Scandal has surely earned the designation of being a hot mania property (not unlike last year’s youth sensation You’re Beautiful), and the fusion-historical-romantic-comedy series ended with a 12.8% rating on Tuesday.

It’s not a spectacular number, but a solid one that managed to double the drama’s premiere ratings of 6.3%. For a while there it looked as though Sungkyunkwan would find itself stuck in single-digit territory, sandwiched between two heavy hitters (MBC’s Dong Yi, SBS’s Giant), but the finale of the former allowed this little gem to crack into double-digits.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say this, but [NOT-REALLY-A-SPOILER ALERT] the drama ended happily with its 20th episode, and thankfully, none of our Joseon Quartet were sacrificed in the process. (You didn’t really think they kill off show-stealer Moon Jae-shin, right?) [/SPOILER]

Meanwhile, Giant stopped just short of breaking the 30% mark with a 29.8%, while Queen of Reversals stayed solidly at 11%. The latter had been hoping for a much stronger run than it’s had thus far, given Queen of Housewives’ runaway success last year, but despite sharing a similarly cute, fast-paced vibe, Reversals hasn’t managed to tap into that special somethin’ to propel it to the same heights. (Although the most obvious answer might be the simplest: There’s no Tae-bong!)

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i'm going to miss this so much :( farewell my lovers!

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I am so sad today cuz it is over :( But at least it ended well.

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Yoo Ah In's Jae-shin=show stealer, hand down! Would be the greatest crime of the 21st century to kill off Jae-shin.

LOL and I totally agree with you on Queen of Reversals. Although it boasts several of my fav actors, no Tae-bong=no match for Queen of Housewives! Ahhh how I miss Yoon Sang Hyun. Hope to see him in Secret Garden soon.

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Absolutely agree on the Jae Shin/Yoo Ah In scene killer point! I vote for a SKKS sequel focusing on Jae Shin's story.

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totally agree! it would be a great sequel, I love his character so much. but actually hope a sequence with same casts not like queen of house wife/revenge!

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THIS.COMMENT.

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i miss yoon sang hun too! i think he, thru my fair lady w/c i suffered thru just for him, reaallly got me to dramabeans..so thank you yoon sang hyun for dramabeans my super guilty pleasure!!! =)

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Hello jb!
just wondering what you meant by:

"It may have not enjoyed a ratings bonanza, but KBS’s Sungkyunkwan Scandal has surely earned the designation of being a hot mania property (not unlike last year’s youth sensation You’re Beautiful)"?

did you mean the ratings or its' mania following?
confused, lol.

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sigh.. and here I am, thinking about what you would've done should they DID kill the Moon Jae Shin..

~damnSpoiler...

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at the end of ep 18 i thought they were going to kill jaeshin ...i was so outraged i watched the long previews which i never do .....

giant is incredible..it just gets better and better

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i really enjoyed the series...this is the first kseries that i have watched even on raws though i dont know korean at all...lol...and it made me always look forward to mondays and tuesdays most of the time (i guess i got the sickness too....lol)

the ratings may not be as high as the others have..but its quite more than that...guess they should have counted the number of international viewers too...

i usually fast-forward the some scenes that i dont like...but to this last episode i stayed from the beginning to end watching raw...it sure was a very good show to watch...i laughed and smiled even though the show ended...maybe it got stuck inside me..:-)

skks is indeed worth watching (over and over again)

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Not going to spoil anything but Sungkyunkwan's epilogue...

Oh.My.Freaking.God.

lksjfowiejggkjnb!

>.<

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It was a bit "scandalous," wasn't it?

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a little bit. Hehehe. I'm also going to miss this drama. Ahnnyong SKKS!^_^

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I thought it was very cute!

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I KNOW!!!!! OMG!!!

It's not my mom's Korea or k-drama, fosho!! I really do appreciate that they did depict that aspect of male sexuality. Even female sexuality. Only 3 volumes scribed, ha!!

Shoot, I recommended this drama to my high school aged students. This way way before any of this crept in. Hope I don't get any upset parents calling.

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yeeeeeeeeees~~~.
(needless to say, I think we all loved it <3)

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i'm so gonna miss jae shin, gotta get the DVD, i'm so hopeless with downloading stuff!

i enjoyed SKKS immensely, my first sageuk!

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Youre not the only one.............mmmmeeeeeeeee toooooooo

There are 2 things in my head (quite empty) since addicted to SKKS !! oohhh !!! I would like to learn;
~ korean
~ computer
But first I need to get the brain (maybe from supermarket)

So better off with DVD ......... HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

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I felt ep 20 was a bit rushed. I wanted more romantic scenes. I want more eps actually. It was fun/good while it lasted. The best cast!

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yes. i definitely agree! too bad im kinda disappointed with the ending since i expected too much :((

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Same here though...although am happier that they sort of give us a glimpse of an intriguing life for Jae Shin and will just use my imagination for what will happen next....

But who I am kidding? I want MOREEEEEEEEE skks...:(

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I am going to miss Moon Jae Shin SO MUCH!!!!

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I am so sad not that SKKS is over...:( No more Jae Shin *sob* I am just thankful that there are so many talented fangirl that keeps on posting Moon Jae Shin videos on youtube...so that is where I get to fed my addiction.

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Hi Javabeans,

Thank you for lovin' em smokin' scholars: The show hits 12.8% TV viewership and you make an article with them on the photo and on the heading instead of Giant's. :-)

If they can only measure the internet global viewership of SKKS, Im sure the show would grab the top spot hands down, hahaha!

Has the show been sold already for broadcast in other countries? How about english-subbed DVD release, any dates? And worldwide release of their OST?

Can't get enough of SKKS -- and yet Im controlling myself from watching online the raw videos of episodes 19 and 20.

You are right: It has indeed the makings of a hot mania property! One of the best Kdramas in a long while!

Thanks for featuring all the wonderful recaps of the show here in dramabeans.

Love, love, love SKKS!

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Japan already bought skks broadcast right after Micky Yoochun confirmed as a cast (there is also skks photobook special released in Japan, but only Yoochun :p), then North America & Canada also bought it. Nevertheless, since this drama is also broadcasted through kbsworld, so, worldwide, it is.
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As for DVD, the company current plan is only to release DVD normal version (no director's cut, NO ENG SUB), so if you're interested in getting special DVD, please go here: http://www.scandaldvd.wordpress.com

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Thanks so much, Karz.

Yup, we have KBSWorld here in our country; and SKKS is being shown with english subtitles but 10 or 12 episodes late.

H/ever KBSworld can only be viewed by those with cable subscriptions in their homes.

I hope that any of the big local networks would also purchase this kdrama and show it with subtitles in the local languange, or dubbed as it is often done here, so a lot other people can enjoy it as much as I have! :-)

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OMG that was a major spoiler I thought that sexy Jae-Shin was or might die now I know he doesnt..

okay okay so yeah it wasn't a bad spoiler..i was hoping he wouldn't die but then again you never know..but luckily they all live but question is do they all live happily ever after? That we must find out on our own....lol

Thanks JB

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If they did kill Jae-Shin the producers of the show would have a hard time to bring him back alive in the *rumor* sequel of SKK!

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When is the recap going to be posted? Please post soon!

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As much as I enjoy KDramas, I usually end up fast forwarding because they drag so. That said, I watched every single episode of Sungkyunkwan & couldn't wait for the new episodes to air. Nice characters, intelligent story, great looking actors & amazing costumes, how did this drama not pull a 20+%. Like you said, if the polls could only include online viewers. By far one of the best dramas this year. Need TV like this one.

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You can say that again DeeDee315!

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NOOOOOOO! T_T i'm faithfully waiting for the subs before i watch the last 2 episodes, but i am already thinking of the dreaded mondays w/out SKKS. talk about a hole in my heart :(

SKKS ----> cute + angst + heart = so. much. awesome.

btw, did anyone else love that scene in ep. 18 when yoon hee was talking to her brother and found out that her dad was actually reading to her? i had like a bunch of somethings in my eyes. as much heartbreak and truly moving scenes that there were between sun joon and yoon hee, i never actually cried. my heart ached for them, but it was this father/daughter moment that totally got me.

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exactly, this type of drama brings you the warm bittersweet feeling but yeah.. I always fall to any-kind-of-family-related thingy..

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That was actually one of my favorite scenes in the entire series! I'm so glad you loved it as well... It was definitely my top scene from ep 18.. I LOVE HER DAD :)

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Oh my gos that scene in ep18 had my crying. The love her father had to read aloud to make sure she heard but she never knew til now. AAAAAAAHHHHH.

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Awww! Well done show! You make me proud although the ratings really don't mean anything to me its still good that it ended on a high! I have heard rumors that there may be a sequel!!! Anyway I can hardly wait for MSOAN!!! Can't wait!

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Wonderful show! I'm so sad it's over but will look forward to MSOAN

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Yay for happy endings! But booo for endings :( This is one of those dramas that alllmost makes me sorry I love it so much, cause now I'm so sorry to see it go. It was one of the first historical dramas I've actually enjoyed, and by enjoyed I mean watched entire episodes completely in Korean while awaiting the subs, even though I'm definitely a black girl from the States lol. Patiently waiting for the subs for 19 and 20 though....kind of patiently....hair-pulling, nail-biting patiently.

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I'm so curious! How did you fall for k-drama and SKKS? Just to clarify: my question is more what led you to k-drama/SKKS rather than OMG, a black American girl is watching k-drama (For the record, although I'm Korean American, I lurrrrved Hong Kong cinema from before HK became part of China again - came to it by way of my then boyfriend who is as White Anglo-Saxon Protestant blue blood American as anyone can get. He loved Chow Yun Fat.). I'm just curious about your story.

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Altho, you didn't ask me I wanted to respond. I am a 57 ur old white female the likes Kdramas. I started watching on Comcast's AZN-My Lovely Sam Soon, then Jumong and hooked. I liked K-dramas because I was tired of CSI programming and "reality" tv. I currently watch dramas on dramafever.com which has Eng Subs and Sm watching KSSS, Runaway, Kim Soo Ra, and Mischievious Kiss. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho starts tomorrow and am looking forward to it.

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That is so cool. I vaguely remember the Comcast Azn from when I lived back on the East Coast. Thank you for sharing your story!!

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Let me also share mine :-) Im of spanish/malay/ chinese/indian descent and into my 40's and more than 6 years back a young friend in her 20's lent me her DVD of "Tutor Friend" featuring Kwan Sang Woo and Gong Yoo (in a bit role) and this opened me to the wonders and magic of Korean film and TV series! :-) Have watched a lot since then. My fave being Jewel in the Palace, Jumong, Goong, Coffee Prince, Biscuit Teacher, He's Beautiful, King of Baking, Queen Seon Dok, etc etc and now Sungkyunkwan Scandal :-) But Im already rambling! :-) I also love Japanese, Taiwanese, Filipino dramas but that's another story altogether. ;-) Korean dramas are still the best though! I dont know... its something natural, effortless and yet supernatural and noble that touches the heart - I'd credit the writers behind those beautiful stories more than the excellent direction, production, technology or even cast, although they are all that! In the end, barring race, color and creed, all human race desire inspiration, beauty and grace. :-)

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So cool!! I would love to know how all the various international k-drama lovers came to love k-drama. That would make for a really interesting read.

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No problem! I fell for K-dramas years ago actually I just didn't know it at the time. When I was younger (21 now, so maybe 15-ish then) I used to stay up late and watch the foreign language networks and there was always this one crazy Asian soap on that I could not get enough of. It was pure angst and cute-ness overload, not like American TV at all, and I loved it immediately. Then it went off, and I never found it again, but years later when I started college I actually ran across this website, and I started reading the recaps for Coffee Prince. It reminded me of that soap (not the same story, but the same feelings and reactions while watching). So I watched it (in like two days lol). Then I followed along with Boys Over Flowers, and I was HOOKED. So I guess I've been watching k-dramas (and some Taiwanese) for about 4 years now, and following dramabeans religiously of course. (Plus I've dated a couple Asian guys and it's usually a good talking point when we first meet cause they think it's hilarious.) But yep that's my story.

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AWESOME!!!

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I enjoyed this show soo soo much! I'll be missing it heaps. But I've yet to watch the final 2 episode.

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Oh, I'm trying hard to not watch the raw for Ep 19 and 20. It's sooooo hard to resist.

I started sniffling(not good when you are at the library) at the end of 18 when they slashed JaeShin across the chest. My heart shattered. I really don't want SKKS to end.

That being said, totally looking forward to MSOAN: my favorite cast ever!

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'Oh, I’m trying hard to not watch the raw for Ep 19 and 20. It’s sooooo hard to resist.'

I know what you mean! You and me both.

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OMG me too!! I don't want to spoil the last 2 eps for myself so I have been resisting watching the raws!! hehe

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i haven't watch ep. 17-20 yet...i feel like i would miss the show too much if i watch the finale episode :(

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난 울지 I am so sad its over, but over all this drama was the best. Me encantaron all the actors were great :D,
now i have to say my last good byes to my loveS MOON JAE SHIN& GU YONG HA hope to see them again in future dramas or movies :DDDD OPPA'S HWATING!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks JAVABEANS :D

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Just watched the raw of SKKS Episode 20 and want to scream, "Oh, no, they didn't [end with that]!!!!!!!!!!" Hahahahahahahaha! Of course, I must wait for the subbed version, but it was sort of obvious. LOVING IT!

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Damn...guess its really over. I was hoping it was a case of me being trapped in the Twilight Zone. :(

Thanks for the info. I'm glad it went out on a high.

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Can I be a mood breaker and not talk about SKKS's ending? LOL

Man, how happy I am for Giant. It started really slow and now it's near 30%. Not that ratings thrill me or determine what to watch, but when a solidly GOOD drama with an awesome script and actors enjoys such possitive reaction, it's honestly gratifying :D

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Soooo true. I haven't had my "Giant" fix lately (desperately waiting for subs) and that makes me a bit sad. I love this drama a thousand times better than Dong Yi.

I have yet to watch this week's episode of SKKS but I know it's going to be uber great. SKKS made me rediscover YAI, PMY, super love SJK and a " believer" of YC.

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Word!
Quite rare that a show's ratings actually reflect the quality of a show too. 'Tis one of those rare cases.

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I miss skks already TT

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uuuu..

gonna miss skks much..

hope to see yoo ain and micky soon.. T^T

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I will miss the bromance.

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As will I. T.T

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I'm going to miss my obsession♥

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I'm like so depressed that SKKS is over. It feels like a part of my life is gone...

How can anyone suffer so much withdrawal symptoms within the span of a few weeks? First, woongtastic MGIAG, and now, smarty moony yummy SKKS? T_T

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I will miss SJ /YH this cute lovey dovey couple, their "college" life ,their friendships, I will miss HE,Sandool (cuteee)and HE maid (she is also very cute with her exagerated expression).Still hoping for Season
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Every time I see this handle I got a jolt because... it's not me. I used this handle before in YAB and CS/CU. But after CS/CU, I have a long hiatus of kdrama and when I start watching again, there's another 'sam'. So have to get new identity :)

I love SKKS. Every episode outdo the last one. They do maintain consistency. Other than some editing problem, the rest... I like. I really like this writer and PD combo.

Every one of the J4 I like. Not gonna lie. I've watched this lots of time and I'm gonna watch it lots of times more. I hope and pray that Mr X does sub this (like Thundie said), later on.

Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to this mania...SKKS production team, people in Dramabeans, Viikii, Soompi, Thundie's blog, Ms Tofu's blog, uploaders and fansubbers team. It's been wonderful. You are all in my heart. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for your gifts of your time and efforts. God Bless

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Judging by the angry post-finale tirade on his Twitter, I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Oh...that's too bad then.

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Watched the raw but will wait for the subbed version. LOve this drama. Happy for the rating too. I can really watch over and over again. It really hooked me. Love all the casts. for me MinYoung really acted well and the chemistry between the two of them (Micky and Minyoung) really there. Can't wait for their next projects.

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I want more.............im going to miss it so much

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*cries in the corner*

I officially have NO DRAMAS that I am watching right now... Well, I'm watching Mary stayed out all night, hopefully I will LOVE it and keep me excited.. but SKKS was such an AWESOME SURPRISE.. I loved every bit of it.. I love that this is the first drama I saw of Micky cause I did read some bad comments on his acting BUT SKKS was amazing partly because of him too!! And who can forget the rest of the cast.. ALL OF THEM WERE GREAT!!!! J4 I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!! =(

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I officially have NO DRAMAS that I am watching right now…

Same here. I've tried to watch other dramas but SKKS has spoiled me. (Tried watching Daemul due to the hype but stopped when it became City Hall redux.)

I'm actually resentful toward MSOAN because wah.... It's like having your bestfriend sister go off to college, then having a new stepsister take over her room and wanting your affection...

I dunno about the rest of you, but I found SKKS really inspiring as a production. And it made me so proud - yep, my peeps made this faboo gem!

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I wish they extended it because the last two eps seemed like it was all about hurrying to tie the loose ends. Like when ''*SPoiler* In Soo and Cho Sun are together and he protects her from his dad etc. I was a bit confused.... Haha. The ending was cute though.

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Why was that confusing? I'm curious what that opens up for both characters, but confusion? Especially given what happens to Insoo's Dad, the War Minister?

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What am I going to do now that there will be no SKK and the beautiful people of SKKLove them all including In Soo.--that guy acted his part to the end --One will surely hate him till the end-evil evil guy. Good job Thanks for giving us a wonderful fun filled show. Till next time.......Good Luck to the cast and the crew and of course the writers and producers and the director most of all. I will just be content in watching it over and over until a good drama comes along. ANy suggestion......Thanks

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Moon Jae Shin is making pay for all my sins, yet I'm not ready to let go.

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i will really miss it , the cast are all great , i never also skip any lines and any part of this drama , what can i say this is one of the best for me no dull moment and you want it over and over again , i have a tdrama i like i have a kdrma i like a hundrend times rewatching it and it be the same effect hahaha im so back in my teenage years with this drama .....like f4 mg feel for me hayzzzz it finish .... yoo ah in is better to have long rugged look it fit him so well.... and micky i never really appreciated him as an actor but this he was really amazing i hope he will continually improved to be one great actor

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Boo hoo hoo *_*

I will miss MJS+GYH so so much. Otoke?
I cant make myself watch eps 18-20 yet , I am deliberately postponing it because I don't want it to end.

Its like when I am eating my favorite chocolate ( almond chocolate) and I am in my last 3 pieces, i usually bite it little by little instead of popping it into my mouth in lightning speed.

I look forward to any of YAI and SJK next project.

SKKS is a gem that won't lose its value as time goes by.

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T.T This is SO sad. It did end well though.
What about my mondays and tuesdays now?!!!

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I am already missing SKKS! And the last episode's snippets are playing continuously in my head...can't get the quartet out of my head...glad that they rated at double digits...else it would be heartbreaking for such highly anticipated drama and good looking men (noticed that I switch from pretty boys to good looking men - 3 of them) Can't wait to download the last 2 subs so that I can marvel and drool the storyline in the language that I can understand... liked the final scene...it is cute....but I was expecting more than that.....and what's with the mustache and beard when he did not show sign that he's gonna grow that in study years? I mean late growers eh? LOL! but still cute though...

I am hooked to them and will always be....no farewell for me as there is not such thing with SKKS :)

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I miss SKKS so much,,,I love its happy ending...
But I hope maybe one day they make sequel or prequel and focus with story about jae shin oppa n yeo rim oppa,,,(´▽`)
Last night I wacthing without subtiltle,some part I can't understand....
The recaps pleaseee,,,

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I add SKKS to my greatest dramas list. Hopes MSOAN can heal me from thisk love-sickness!!

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Excellent excellent excellent drama!!!!!!SJ=Micky ...seriously he takes my breath away...YAI+GYH...good jobs...skks...loving it every seconds...now...sobs...sobs.....

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damn damn damn..I couldn't resist reading this post and became spoiled. augh.

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Yes.. i'm glad it ended on a high end and it was such a great and happy episode.. totally going to be sad to miss a great show.

JQuartet did some superb acting in the last episode, Each and every one of them were soo good in the emotional scene... can't decide who is my best.. love them all :)

Anyways.. next week will be Marys.. so deciding whether to give it a try or not since I did like You're beautiful and I like the 2nd lead from Bad Guy and Coffee Prince..

Thanks for posting!

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goodbye show you will be missed.

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Oh man - i rush home to catch this series just to see Joong Ki aka Gu Yong-Ha's smiling face...Ah-In aka Jae Shin's handsome & manly bravado and PMY is so pretty to look at. Gonna miss the j4!

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