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Operation Proposal: Episode 6
by | February 25, 2012 | 44 Comments

Finally! Just when I thought that this show was going to make me into a dunce as much as Baek-ho, we finally get to see the glimpses of some character development. Issues are dealt with head on and our hero is learning that he’s got a lot of work ahead of him to get what he wants. Will Baek-ho be able to reel in (I couldn’t help it!) Yi-seul’s heart?

EPISODE 6 RECAP

Jin-won declares his undying love for Yi-seul as a wide-eyed Baek-ho stands frozen in astonishment. He pulls her in for the kiss and Baek-ho yells in protests… which is when the director shouts, “Cut!” Damn, my fantasy’s ruined already.

Anyway, the camera pans back and the disgruntled students grumble at Baek-ho’s interruption again. It’s the winter of their first year in college. Consider it the latter half of their freshman year because in Korea, school begins on the cusp of winter and spring. Both Yi-seul and Jin-won shake off the cheesiness, and suggest that Chae-ri fills in instead.

But there’s the matter of the male lead and Baek-ho offers up himself to pair up with Yi-seul. That won’t do since Baek-ho’s no good in front of the camera, so what about a famous actor? If they wait a few days, Chae-ri says that she might be able to pull him into the project. And then right on cue, a car horn blares and she goes to greet her man.

Chan-wook tosses out casually that this year’s rival is a celebrity and wonders how each guy just gets better and better. Undeterred, Tae-nam says that it’s just like in the comic books – as the enemy gets stronger, he the hero does so as well. So he won’t use him as the lead, right?

Alas, it looks like Chan-wook will, and he pulls Yi-seul and Jin-won from the project. Before he leaves, he pulls Jin-ju aside for a moment and asks to lend her singing style to the project. Jin-ju – you look so pretty! What a difference it makes when your hair is out of your eyes. When she agrees, he affectionately pats her head and she squeals with excitement when she leaves.

The gang heads to class, joking about Baek-ho’s awful acting skills. Baek-ho’s face falls when the baseball team marches past and his thoughts how he can’t pitch after the injuring another player the previous summer.

The other three look on painfully as Baek-ho excuses himself, and Chan-wook wonders if his buddy won’t consider playing baseball again. Jin-won tells him, “It’s not because he can’t; he won’t.” It’s PTSD, and it won’t be easy for Baek-ho to recover from such a tragic event.

Yi-seul refuses to believe that those words might mean that Baek-ho will never play again. She yells at him for putting it so bluntly and leaves in a huff. Thankfully, Jin-won isn’t too distressed since he knows that talking about her ‘precious blue glove’ aka Baek-ho is a soft spot for her.

An older man wanders around the halls, calling Baek-ho’s name. I kinda love that he’s so bold, bursting into the lecture halls and classrooms and cringing at the sight of campus love. He finally spots Baek-ho who is surprise, surprise, fast asleep in his seat. He wakes suddenly to hear a roaring satoori voice boom, “Grandpa’s here!”

Baek-ho tries to whisper that he’s in class, but Grandpa sees right through the act, demanding that he come down immediately.

Realizing that he’s just barged in the middle of lecture, Grandpa turns to the professor and tells him that it’s better off he takes Baek-ho out of class, since he’s just a nuisance. He balks when he asks if they’re related: “Of course not! We don’t have a dunce like him in our family!”

News travels fast and Yi-seul runs into the cafeteria asking why Grandpa’s here without any notice. Hilariously, Grandpa stammers that he happened to be in the area and he didn’t want to come, but Baek-ho made him. I don’t know what’s funnier – that Grandpa’s scared of his granddaughter or his exaggerated facial expression while shifting the blame.

Baek-ho is baffled at the accusation, but Yi-seul simply laughs in amusement.

Grandpa and Jin-won fire famous quotes from baseball legends to each other, and Jin-won answers readily. The others look on, clearly impressed. Grandpa asks for a quote that tugs at his heart and after a moment, Jin-won replies, “You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.”

At that, Grandpa declares that he’s made the decision that Jin-won will become Yi-seul’s future husband. All their jaws drop, and Baek-ho thinks how Grandpa could do this to him, especially after he bought him lunch.

Yi-seul tells him that saying so puts Jin-won in an awkward position and hopes that Grandpa didn’t share any more embarrassing stories while she was gone. Jin-won teases, “Oh nothing – just who your first kiss was.” That effectively gets her worked up.

Grandpa reclines at the snack shop, ordering Baek-ho around with a toy mallet. While Baek-ho feeds a drumstick, Chan-wook leans in and whispers, “Do you really want to know that badly?”

Now satisfactorily buzzed, Grandpa asks if he should tell them now, and Baek-ho nods, expecting to finally satiate his curiosity. He starts, “Yi-seul’s first kiss was…”

We don’t hear the answer, and Baek-ho readies Grandpa for bed. He finally blurts that you can’t count that as a first kiss and Grandpa argues that of course it is – he kissed Yi-seul the day she was born. Pfffftt. Grandpa, why so cute?

“If you’re jealous, just say so.” Baek-ho denies it but Grandpa’s sharper than he looks – it’ll never be his turn at the rate Baek-ho is going, “Who are you talking about first kisses if he can’t even confess his own feelings!” Touché.

Grandpa issues a word of warning: He’ll never let someone like Baek-ho have his Yi-seul while he’s still alive. He lies down and dismisses Baek-ho’s question why he’s sleeping here rather than at Yi-seul’s, telling him he’s most comfortable here. Does that mean he’s okay with annoying Baek-ho instead? Answer: snorreee.

Evidently the memory still grips Baek-ho with fear, and he crumples to the ground at the park, the image of the baseball player, his little brother’s words echoing loudly. He thinks, “Sorry. I’m sorry. But, I don’t have baseball anymore either.”

And look who’s not really asleep – Grandpa silently watches over a defeated Baek-ho.

Chae-ri comes by bearing lavish gifts and I get a kick knowing that Snack shop Ajusshi is a fashion guru, almost drooling over the LV bag. She asks if it suits her and he (honestly) admits, “I think it suits me better.” But she’s talking about her and her new actor boytoy, commenting that it feels like she’s found her other half. Tae-nam: “Is it fate just because he’s tall?”

And then there’s Chan-wook frustrated in the corner, pulling at his hair. Then Snack Shop Ajusshi asks if he’s still hung up on that scenario about a ‘monster in the Han River.’ Oh boy, a reference about The Host? Or what about where the hero yells that love never changes (a pitch to Stairway to Heaven) and Chae-ri bites that hers does.

Grandpa drags Baek-ho’s lazy ass out of bed at the crack of dawn. Wait, Grandpa says what? You kidnapped the boy here? How and when? With a huge smile, Grandpa gleefully bellows, “Welcome to the training camp of hell!”

Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Baek-ho is tasked to physical work right away, but also enjoys some moments of bonding over fishing with Grandpa.

If Jin-won couldn’t be more perfect already, he works with underprivileged kids in his spare time too? Damn if perfection was just a dream. He shares that he loves sports because talent doesn’t discriminate between socioeconomic status. He acknowledges that Yi-seul’s right – the rich have access to more resources, but even with talent, it’s useless unless you meet the right person who will cultivate it.

If they do, something better will come out of it – hard work.

Yi-seul tells him that she’d like to become a manager who finds those hidden pearls of potential in the world and raise up future baseball players. He corrects her that they call those people agents, and she runs off, playfully miffed.

Over at Camp Hell, Grandpa snatches the baseball out of Baek-ho’s hands, telling him that he didn’t bring him here to train for baseball. What irks him is seeing players who try to play the sport when they haven’t earned the right.

Baek-ho asks what that right is and Grandpa challenges if Baek-ho feels like he’ll die without baseball, if he’s passionate enough about it that he can’t live without it. He stays silent.

At Yi-seul’s worried words, Dad reminds her that this might be Baek-ho’s last chance because they don’t know if he’ll ever return to baseball. Dad assures her that Grandpa had a countless number of players train under his wings, so he especially knows how to handle the most vulnerable ones. Then Mom gently adds that the moment Grandpa found out that her best buddy wanted to pursue baseball, he regarded Baek-ho like his own grandson.

The stinging words of little bro continue to haunt Baek-ho’s dreams and in his sleep he murmurs, “I’m sorry. I want to play baseball.” Overhearing these words, Grandpa wakes him to head out.

They arrive at a harbor and Baek-ho ends up face to face in front of the brother pair. They instantly recognize each other and little bro scrounges up the courage to yell some more scornful words at Baek-ho for ruining his brother. But big bro cuts him short and sends him home.

Now with just the two of them together, big bro, or Young-woo, switches to banmal since they’re in the same year. He carries a lighthearted attitude, and explains that his younger brother looks up to him and it was a big deal that a kid went to college in Seoul around these parts.

Baek-ho tells him that there’s something he needs to address and falls to his knees in front of big bro. He apologizes about the events of that day, about how he changed someone else’s life forever.

With a serious look, Young-woo asks, “Did you do it on purpose?” but then breaks into a smile and tells him that it was an accident. He can still remember the astonished look on Baek-ho’s face when the ball slipped out of his hands. So he doesn’t harbor any negative feelings.

Young-woo’s heard the news that Baek-ho quit baseball afterwards. He confides in Baek-ho that the injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise:

“But you were different. When you were standing on that mound, even without any particular skills or talents, you still shone. You looked so happy. So my thoughts wandered for a second when I got hit.

I don’t want you to give up baseball like me. I’m not just saying it to sound cool. I’d be grateful if you become a great player that someone could root for.”

Before Young-woo leaves, he reminds Baek-ho that there’s definitely someone in his life who will be sadder than him if he gives up baseball.

As soon as Baek-ho returns to his room, he starts to frantically search for his blue glove. He runs outside to see it in none other than Yi-seul’s hands. She’s come to see him as his manager and tells him that it’s time he starts pitching again.

She thrusts the glove into his hands and picks up a bat, waiting for his pitch. Baek-ho hesitates, and she orders, “Throw it. Just once. You won’t make that kind of mistake anymore.” Her voice falters, and she tells him to throw it. He says he can’t and she fires back: “Yes, you can! Because Kang Baek-ho would never let any harm come to me.”

Baek-ho still won’t budge and Yi-seul tells him that she’ll stay put until Baek-ho delivers that pitch. He calls her out on her stubbornness and finally have had enough, he fumes, “What do you know?!” and storms off. Yi-seul whispers, “I know. I know you, Kang Baek-ho. I believe in you.”

The hours pass by and night falls. At dinner, Baek-ho asks if Yi-seul left to which Grandpa tells him she’s right where he left her. He darts outside to see Yi-seul shivering in the cold, snowflakes starting to mount on her head.

Through chattering teeth she utters that he can leave if he’s not going to throw a pitch. So if he doesn’t want her to freeze to death, he can do as she says. And finally Baek-ho caves in and steps onto the mound.

As he stands there, Young-woo and Yi-seul’s words trickle in and Baek-ho gives himself a little pep talk – he can do it and Yi-seul is waiting for him. Taking a deep breath, he gathers his courage and throws the ball.

Yi-seul shouts, “One more!” and he does so, to which she calls for another one. He throws the third pitch and Yi-seul finally drops the bat… and collapses to the ground.

They rush to the hospital, but as luck would have it, the car gets stuck in a ditch on the way. So Baek-ho resolves to carry her the rest of the way. As he runs, he asks why Yi-seul’s so brazen and why she would risk her life for someone like him. She mumbles his name and Baek-ho lets out an angry cry.

Morning. Yi-seul wakes to find Baek-ho sleeping down below and she smiles.

Grandpa arrives at the hospital and suggests that Baek-ho should look into becoming a marathon runner than a baseball player given how fast he hurried.

He continues that the greatest thing he regretted in his life was being unable to take care of his family properly because he placed baseball as his top priority. He’d always figure there’d be time after he retired, but his wife suddenly passed away.

For the forty years they were together, he never told her “Thanks” or “I love you” thinking that there’d always be a tomorrow to say it. Holding fast to that thought, he suddenly found that four decades had passed in a blink of an eye.

Grandpa turns to Baek-ho and instructs him: “The man who leaves things to tomorrow is a fool.” The man who rests assured that there will always be a tomorrow will only be left with regret. Hinting that Baek-ho should tell Yi-seul how he feels, he gives Baek-ho an encouraging pat on the shoulder and leaves.

Yi-seul happily digs into the red bean porridge that Grandpa packed, mentioning that although Grandpa is scary to others, he never forgets what she likes. She wants to be discharged as soon as possible and Baek-ho asks her if that means she won’t drop by to visit Grandpa.

She casually breezes that she just saw him earlier and that they’ll just see each other the following summer. Which is when Baek-ho remembers that they would never get that opportunity because Grandpa would pass away right before their summer break.

He grabs his coat and tells her they should go and meet Grandpa. Baek-ho repeats Grandpa’s words of never putting off what you can do today. If she wants to see him, she should go see him, and if she wants to tell him how delicious his porridge is, she can go tell him himself.

As he grabs her hand out the hospital, he ponders how he always thought that he could put off telling Yi-seul how he felt because she was always beside him. But no matter how close she was to him, he never said anything. And so, he didn’t want Yi-seul to regret anything.

They catch Grandpa just before he boards the bus, and Yi-seul, gasping, tells Grandpa that the porridge was delicious. As expected, Grandpa scolds her for running out in the cold. But Yi-seul tells him to take care of his health and not skip any meals because he lives alone.

Grandpa flips that worry onto Baek-ho, stating that he’s in terrible shape to take care of Yi-seul, let alone for baseball. They see him off, waving until he’s out of sight.

Back at the snack shop, Tae-nam brews with bubbling fury and storms out when Ajusshi tells them that Chae-ri’s arrived. The two lean in for a kiss when Tae-nam appears out of nowhere and slugs the guy. We’ve only seen him for a few seconds, but it’s oddly refreshing to see the big name actor come out with a nosebleed.

Chae-ri is infuriated and she asks in half-amazement if Tae-nam has gone crazy. With hurt and mad eyes, he admits to it and exposes the sleazy guy as a married man.

Tae-nam goes on, saying that he doesn’t know whether if she was just another fling, but to him, she’s so precious that there are times he can’t look at her. He roars if Two-Timer actor douche is willing to end his marriage for Chae-ri and demands an answer. Chae-ri screams for him to stop and his buddies drag Tae-nam away.

Dazed, Chae-ri stands there trying to take it all in, and slaps the guy across the face when he tries to explain himself. But then all pretenses go out the window and he says that she must have enjoyed the attention – after all, didn’t going out with a star make her feel like one herself? Ugh, I feel sick. Smaaccckk, second slap.

Her eyes unwavering, she explains, “One was for your wife. The other was for my friend.”

She wipes her tears and slaps on a smile before she steps into the store. Chae-ri greets the gang in a salute, and apologizes for making them worry before sitting down.

Baek-ho and Yi-seul stroll down the street and he asks her what “Ha-chi” means. Yi-seul explains that it’s a nickname for Grandpa – usually a child’s first words are “Mom” or “Dad,” but for her it was “Ha-chi” for for halabuhji (grandfather). Looks like Grandpa tried to instill it in her since she was just over three months old.

He retorts that it’s as expected that the man who stole her first kiss was so patient with her. She defiantly claims that it doesn’t count and Baek-ho follows her, asking persistently who it was then.

Yi-seul finally turns around and asks if he’s joking – how could he of all people NOT know? But Baek-ho just returns the most innocent I-haven’t-got-a-clue puppydog face. Exasperated, she blurts, “It was you!”

She’s referring to the kiss we saw earlier at the 2002 World Cup and at Baek-ho’s disbelief; she’s hurt that the person who stole her first kiss doesn’t even remember doing so.

Baek-ho considers it more of an accident than a kiss and she retorts that what good is it if he remembers endless facts about sports if he can’t even remember what’s important.

It resonates with Baek-ho and he follows her. In a bold move, he turns Yi-seul around, gazes into her eyes, and kisses her. Baek-ho then looks into her eyes again and says, “That…was your first kiss.”

 

COMMENTS

Eeeeeee!!! About time, I’ll say. What I was beginning to get annoyed with is how everyone and their mother knows how our main couple feels about each other… except for Baek-ho and Yi-seul. Dad knows, Mom knows, the friends know, even Jin-won knows, and I find it absolutely amazing that these two still flit about as if they don’t know. Then they have to hear from everyone that screw their idea of ‘fate/destiny/second chances,’ – the other person is never going to know unless you DO something about it. If I had to deal with another episode of tiptoeing around this, you’d expect my mouse to hit my screen. HARD.

Let’s see that kiss again.

What I think is a flaw of the story and its writing (which was present in the Japanese original as well), is treating the audience as both dense yet completely aware of what’s going on. Like how they like to remind us that once again, Baek-ho is completely in the dark of exactly when and where he’s traveled back to for a few moments, but don’t worry – he’ll remember exactly what happened 2 seconds too late after it counts. It didn’t hurt much in this story arc, but we’ve seen what kind of butterfly effect you all keenly and helpfully pointed out it can have.

Man I love Grandpa. He strikes me as such a jolly fellow who is genuinely caring and passionate about the things and people he loves. He’s the only one who can help Baek-ho get out of his funk, face his problems head on and then leave him with wise words of wisdom – all without being obvious. He might say how much he loves Jin-won and baseball, but it’s those he doesn’t explicitly mentions that he holds near and dear to his heart – like helping Baek-ho, his love for his wife, and caring for Yi-seul. And I love it how Yi-seul is the only one who makes the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end.

I’m so glad that we got time to spend with Young-woo, the player who was injured because of Baek-ho. It was a necessary conversation for Baek-ho to have before he could even consider pitching again. I was surprised that we didn’t get an all-out fight between the boys, but Young-woo realized that for him, baseball wasn’t going to cut it as his life passion. But it’s interesting that he notes that Baek-ho shines when he’s on the mound – he sees that baseball brings out the untapped potential Baek-ho has.

But pure talent and potential isn’t enough to succeed, like Jin-won says. It’s hard work and how much you want to put that effort in to see it to fruition. You’ve got your work cut out for you, buddy.

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44 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sita

    yaaaaay! thanks :D

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  2. oranges

    woot finally, kissss

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  3. Steadfastinduty

    Love love love ~ thank you so much! ^^

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  4. niKai

    i’m still wondering if i should watch this. it looks like a heavy drama.

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    • 4.1 nynaeve

      Me too! Judging from the recaps, the drama seems to have really nice moments. But it is so hard to find good quality copies of cable dramas like this one.

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  5. kbap

    Thank you, so far enjoying this drama. :) Seung-ho is seriously a magnet. I watch every show he’s in (but not his child roles anymore – they go waaaay back and plus he shows up for about 4 episodes anyways). Even though Blind tested my scary-ness endurance. (I get scared really easily. And that movie wasn’t even labeled horror, I think) :) Thank you for the recap!

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  6. Yannie

    Whoa it’s about TIME!! lol finally! Can’t wait for next week’s episode!!

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    • 6.1 kaungnyunt

      Thank you,perfect drama. :( but i ‘m be sad.I can’t watch some episode.and if i spend the time watch repeat this drama.Thank a lot.

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  7. NN

    thanks for the recap! Love all the characters but agree that seeing Baek-Ho constantly tip toeing around the issue is frustrating and it is getting really old.

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  8. FunnyBunny

    It has to be said again FINALLY!!!! I was wondering how long we were going to keep dancing around this issue of will he won’t he, when that’s the show’s whole premise! So we got a few physical cues from Baek-ho about his feelings, now if we could only get a verbal cue. You know, the big one, those three little words that we all know Ye-seul is dying to hear-along with the viewers.
    C’mon Baek-ho you can do it, say it with me now “I LOVE YOU!”
    Of course I may be asking for too much since we’re barely halfway through.

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  9. dbsklove

    FINALLY! THE KISS!!!!
    ~~~~
    i was watching it in the library and when my friends saw me reacting to that scene they thought i was possessed LOL :D

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  10. 10 Dhila

    I’ve been waiting this recap, thank you so much gummimochi:)

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  11. 11 travelcrazy

    sweet…

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  12. 12 A_Donuts

    That was so sweet!

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  13. 13 HeadsNo2

    “Will Baek-ho be able to reel in (I couldn’t help it!) Yi-seul’s heart?”

    Hahaha. This is why your recaps are an addiction. I heart you friend! I literally just finished watching this episode and I love it more every second. There’s just something poignant about everything (things are all, deep and stuff, man) while still being squee-inducingly cute. I love that bit of disorientation Baek-ho gets when he travels back in time, because the scenes he always goes back to are normally so funny.

    Also, was it just because they rented out a place for a location shoot that this episode was like extra pretty? Okay, I’ll stop raving now. Thank you for the insightful recaps! Can’t wait (really can’t wait!!) for next week. Squee~!

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  14. 14 belleza

    Favorite scene here was Chae-ri getting her slap on the cad actor. This reminded me of how my favorite character in ProDai was actually Eri (Rei started grating on me in the original story . . .) And I teared up with Tae-nam’s words. Chae-ri, this guy is a keeper and I think you want to admit it too . . .

    This adaptation is almost like a baseball romance drama and specifically elements here reminded me of Misturu Adachi’s stories (H2, Touch.) Both H2 and Touch are coming-of-age dramas involving maturing pitchers and a loyal, suffering female character. I loved the H2 J-dorama, so I love what they did with the ProDai story.

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  15. 15 pigtookie

    I’ve enjoyed all the episodes, but I am particularly sold on this one. Everything comes together and illustrates that in baseball and romance, talent or winning the girl’s heart isn’t enough, you have to step it up and not back down from your dreams if you don’t want to wallow in regret later.

    This is by far my favorite episode. Everything came together convincingly and powerfully, with the right balance of humor and development. It’s a pity Grandpa shows up for one episode, he is a wonderful character, full of humor and insight. He may nag and push Baek ho, but he’s eyed him for his good heart and strong character, and breaks him out of his slumber. Baek ho’s been stubborn and reluctant, and it’s a nice touch that Yi Seul’s trust is the final push that gets him to pitch for himself again. Now he’s starting to look like a viable competitor for Jin Won.

    By the way, this drama is so pretty to look at! It feels like I’m watching a movie in drama format, not to mention the three main leads are incredibly pretty to look at.

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  16. 16 olsen

    Oh seriously, now I have to wait for soooo many days for the next episode :(

    Thank u Gummimochi.
    Loved the recap

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  17. 17 cookie128

    My favorite scene: the kiss! haha! Will YS slap BH just as the J-version does? Can’t wait.

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  18. 18 ~Feather~

    FINALLY! HE FINALLY DID IT! THERE IS FINALLY PROGRESS! now we must pine for the “I Love You!”
    He better not drag that out, or else I’m going to have to reach into my screen to smack the common sense back into him (if he had any in the first place) -_-

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    • 18.1 Lizzie

      If I love you was so easy to tell he would already have said it.

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      • 18.1.1 ~Feather~

        true true. let’s start off with “I like you”, then.

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  19. 19 dany

    This episode was great, grandma absolutely hilarious walking in that campus like he owned the place or something. The last scene of the episode wasn’t that bad either!

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    • 19.1 dany

      sorry, grandpa not grandma
      And also, thanks for the recap!

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  20. 20 mary

    AJAFLJ FALD KFJALDFKJ ALDKF JALKFJALDFKA JLFDAJKFL;AJ

    Thank god Baek Ho finally did something. I thought the episode was going to end with Yi Seul getting mad again and Baek Ho being a blundering silent idiot.

    At least he knows now.

    Lesson # 1: Kisses are the quickest way to shut up a grumpy girlfriend.

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  21. 21 aoiaheen

    I loved the episode while watching it, but one thing did confuse me. Baek ho was the one who travelled back in time. Yet he didn’t really do anything different to change his past. It was YiSuel who made the effort to make him get over his fear. I was actually wondering if YiSeul was the one who travelled back in time, given that she was the one who said she regretted not helping him get over his fear.

    I loved the kiss and i loved the build up to it. Especially baek ho’s “innocent I-haven’t-got-a-clue puppydog face” That boy sure can do cute!

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    • 21.1 jomo

      aoiaheen!!!!
      I totally got that vibe from this episode.
      Who says that BH is the ONLY person who time-travelled?
      It would be awesome to find out later that the Conductor met with both of them in the present to listen to their unhappy stories.

      Also, this was the episode where I agreed that YS does share the blame for them not getting together. Sure, for some reason she accepts JW’s heart when she agrees to marry him, so she must have felt that the loveship between her and BH had sailed at that point.

      Was it that BH had not earned her love before all this subtle changes, or was it she did not sense HIS love?

      I love this show!

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      • 21.1.1 aoiaheen

        Yea! Glad you thought the same. I thought I was the only one.

        “Was it that BH had not earned her love before all this subtle changes, or was it she did not sense HIS love?”

        I think she just didn’t sense his love. And you can’t blame her really because he never really tells her how he feels. Not once… not even when he goes back in time. He shows her, but he always showed her his care… even when he was a kid. So it would be hard for her to assume that one day he just saw her as a “girl” and not a friend.

        And I think that’s why she accepted JW. I think she just lost hope that BH would ever see her as a woman. So when JW treated her like one, she accepted him. Afterall he’s a good catch.

        Now.. with the kiss… I’m really looking forward to how it changes thier relationship.

        unfortunately with BH in the present (especially after the button trip, when JW and YS are just dating and the marriage isn’t settled yet) – he still doesn’t tell her how he feels. I would have thought he would just tell her that he loves her and wait to see what would happen. But I think since he’s not satisfied with his progress in his career, he doesn’t think he deserves her.

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        • 21.1.1.1 jomo

          Did anyone else perk up their ears at the mention of BH running a marathon rather than playing baseball?

          You know, with the marathon being held 2/14 and he runs along side it whenever he is in the present????
          (I didn’t watch the J one, so if anyone did, DON’T TELL ME!)

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          • 21.1.1.1.1 JoAnne

            Not sure if the marathon mention is anything more than ‘love is a long haul’ – especially if you have to go back in time to try and do it again.

            I don’t think Yi Seul went back in time. I don’t think she’s unhappy in the present (real) time. She moved on. She might have bittersweet thoughts about her first love, but she has moved on.

            However, she can act differently in the past (as can they all) if Baek Ho travels back, even when he doesn’t really do anything much different. The fact is that it is different, in some little way, which causes the ripple of other little changes, too.

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    • 21.2 Cookie128

      I so love that cute innocent look too!

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  22. 22 anne

    recap that is on the point, Gummimochi. thank you! i always love reading your recaps of this show! and i am watching the show now haha.

    actually i am curious about jin gu (correct spelling?). we see that she is actually nerdy looking in the future in the first episode. but we see her transforming with makeup and stuff in episode 6. so could she be a time traveler too? so those butterfly effects stuff that we have seen – chaeri getting a kid, taenam becoming a cook, etc. may be repercussions from other time travellers like jin gu too. a interesting point to muse though it may not be significant to the plot line – what if baek ho and jin gu both realize that they are time travellers? could they collaborate to change matters? maybe baek ho could help jin gu understand chan wook haha.

    on a side note, i hope that baek ho won’t hesitate to just confess to her even if she could be mad with him for suddenly kissing her.

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    • 22.1 Kim Yoonmi

      Pretty sure you can attribute those to Baek-ho. Several posters covered that in the last episode. (Including me).

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  23. 23 Smr

    This drama is so addicted ohhhh Baek Ho cutie thank u for recap

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  24. 24 Lizzie

    I read the comments here and I see how much fun I’m losing because I saw the jdrama last week so I know how the storyline is, even though have some changes, the story is still going on like the Jdrama.

    So when I see the good ideas that people post here I get sad because I know it won’t happen.

    *Sobs*

    Of course I would be realy happy if they change things!

    Actually they did change things about the side characters and changed the second guy!

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  25. 25 cindy

    About Yi Seul doing more things instead of Baek Ho..

    We have to think that if Baek Ho didn’t go back to the past and changed some of the facts Y Seul wouldn’t act like this too, I mean when he went to the past and got his injury in his leg instead of his elbow, and didn’t give up and tried hard to keep playing baseball he did it… if he didn’t continue to play baseball he wouldn’t hurt that guy and Yi Seul wouldn’t help him recover from his trauma too.

    He wouldn’t be able to play baseball anymore but since he didn’t give up and showed Yi Seul he really cared about it and wouldn’t quit it she must have been moved and was more sure about being by his side giving support.

    We have to think that he changes his past and so all the rest of it is also changed and new things happen.

    If Baek Ho didn’t go to the past those things wouldn’t happen.

    One thing I’m sure, even if Baek Ho don’t confess, his relationship with Yi Seul is getting more and more strong by each trip he does, because she is always there helping him and this time he is doing his best and appreciating what she does for him. Unlike in the past where he couldn’t see how much Yi Seul did for him and couldn’t see she liked him back! And also his old self didn’t try hard too…

    I believe that the way he acts in the past changes Yi Seul’s actions too. She would never be that stubborn if he didn’t show her how much baseball was important to him and if she didn’t see how much he worked hard to recover from his injury ^^

    It’s all linked!

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  26. 26 Lilian

    Oh..I so agree with Baek Ho. The so-called first kiss during World Cup doesn’t count! And this episodes works because of the grandpa scenes and the ending. Please keep the pace going!

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  27. 27 Belle

    I’m really enjoying this show. Thanks again for the recap!

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  28. 28 buttrcup

    Aw. One word:
    Adorable

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  29. 29 gustave154

    yayaya more points for baek ho!!!

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  30. 30 =_=

    the drama seems to progress almost like the same pace like the jap ver. Would it end soon?

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  31. 31 Nailya

    http://vk.com/club35710749 5серий!☆Official Group♥Операция “Любовь”♥Operation Proposal☆

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  32. 32 채리

    야…

    so at first i thought this drama was really slow and considered just skipping to the end where they have a happily ever after (i mean, after all that 강백호 has to go through, wouldn’t they give him a happy ending? plus, look at the drama cover on dramafever or something LOL) but then i wanted to watch it because it was just an enjoyable drama, and i thought it would be cute to watch him get 이슬 back..

    i actually don’t know how i feel about this drama anymore LOL

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  33. 33 채리

    어쨌든, 백호 과 이슬 화이팅!!!!

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