Drama Recaps
School 2013: Episode 4
by | December 11, 2012 | 180 Comments

I’m so invested in this show. It hits all the right buttons for me—it’s earnest and heartfelt, angsty in a relatable, not overly dramatic way, and tonally darker than you’d expect for a high school drama. The storytelling holds back in a really smart way too, making us curious about each character and taking its time to reveal them in bits and pieces, which if you’re anything like me, has you hooked.

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EPISODE 4 RECAP

The air is thick with tension, as new transfer student Heung-soo turns to Nam-soon with a sneer, “President?” Nam-soon looks even more pained than usual, if that’s even possible.

I get the sense that he knew the you-are-class-president-my-ass derision was coming, but also that he’d get that reaction from Heung-soo if he were just sitting there breathing. I don’t know what went on between these two before, but this ain’t no you-stole-my-lunch-money kind of past.

Then the resident class bully Jung-ho saunters in and recognizes Heung-soo from the other day and starts to push him around. Should I be relieved for Nam-soon that Jung-ho has a new target for the time being? Nam-soon looks nervous about that too though.

Meanwhile, Se-chan is being questioned about his illegal tutoring business, which he says is already being taken care of. But they mean something else, something specific to a student here – they accuse him of privately tutoring Ha-kyung, against the rules.

He explains that no one student could afford his rates, and Ha-kyung was just a member of his last tutoring class at the academy. He asks who reported him, and the investigators refuse to disclose that information. Se-chan pointedly asks if Ha-kyung doesn’t deserve the same privacy.

But it’s all out in the open, and Ha-kyung sits nervously in the teachers’ lounge, waiting to be questioned. In-jae tells her that Se-chan took care of it so she won’t have to answer any questions, and tries to console her. But Ha-kyung is as closed-off as ever, and leaves without a word.

The mean girls gossip about her in the bathroom, and Kang-joo rushes to her defense. But Ha-kyung bristles coldly at the whole group, and snipes at Kang-joo to worry about herself. Gee, and you wonder why you don’t have any friends?

Kang-joo walks back to class in a pissy mood, only to run into Heung-soo again. This time she challenges him to kick her shoe today, and he laughs as he kicks and trips her on his way out.

She shakes her fist, “I swear I’ll kick you someday!” I hope it’s his heart to the curb after he develops an embarrassing crush on you. It’s only fair.

It turns out Uhmforce is the math teacher (and here I thought he was just the scary enforcer guy, ajumma perm notwithstanding) and he makes a point of calling Jung-ho and Heung-soo up to the board to solve some equations.

He’s scary enough that Jung-ho reluctantly goes up, but Heung-soo doesn’t budge. Uhmforce asks if he wants to be expelled from yet another school, and Heung-soo says he came to this school determined to graduate, “So don’t mess with me.” Dayum.

The whole class is stunned, and now Jung-ho looks like the dutiful little student, compared to the new badass in town.

The other boys chatter on about it from PE to lunch, calling Heung-soo “hyungnim” (because he’s actually older since he squatted a year). One of them says he heard a rumor that he was some legendary jjang [meaning best, a title only the coolest baddest badass gets], not just at his school, but basically top dog in a whole city.

In-jae watches as Uhmforce talks to Heung-soo, who for all his defiance actually answers the teacher respectfully. They agree not to mess with each other, meaning Heung-soo doesn’t cause any trouble, and Uhmforce stays out of his hair.

After Heung-soo leaves, Uhmforce smiles to know that he really does want to graduate. In-jae doesn’t look satisfied at the graduate-quietly plan, or maybe she doesn’t quite believe that he won’t cause trouble?

Heung-soo saunters into the cafeteria, and all eyes turn toward him. Nam-soon silently hands Heung-soo his lunch and walks out. Hm, an automatic here’s-my-lunch-before-you-bully me tactic, or a peace offering?

Heung-soo takes it with a snide laugh and sits down to eat alone. But Jung-ho and his lackeys come up to challenge him to a fight, itching to settle the new pecking order. It’s kind of like watching the nature channel, where the dogs also have detention and math homework.

Jung-ho turns down Heung-soo’s offer to just continue being the jjang—’cause you know, what’s the point in being the alpha dog if you didn’t beat your bloody way to the top? So Heung-soo suggests they take care of things outside of school and away from teachers.

Jung-ho makes a point of pouring his leftover lunch onto Heung-soo’s tray before he goes, but he doesn’t make it very far before Heung-soo stops him. He throws all the trays on the floor at Jung-ho’s feet with a loud clang. “Watch where you’re going.” He walks out.

Kang-joo runs after Nam-soon to nag him about not eating his lunch (aw she’s cute) and spends the rest of her day half mad at Ha-kyung and half trying to make up with her. But Ha-kyung doesn’t make it easy, acting just as cold and condescending to her as she is to everyone else. Are you two even friends?

In-jae and Se-chan have another bickering match over how best to use their individual meetings with their students, and Se-chan tells her not to get so deeply invested in the kids. “Is school supposed to take responsibility for their lives?”

In-jae: “It might not be able to take responsibility for them, but it should be a place they can lean on.” Se-chan: “Do you want to lean on me?” She gapes that he’s crazy. “See, you don’t like me, so why would you want to lean on me? Kids—they don’t like school.”

Back in class, Nam-soon silently puts a textbook on Heung-soo’s desk. I am seriously dying of curiosity here. Heung-soo decides to test him, and suggests Nam-soon go buy him a snack too while he’s at it, and Nam-soon heads out.

The class buzzes—is Nam-soon falling in line? He didn’t even once cave to Jung-ho, but is he choosing to become Heung-soo’s lap dog?

Nam-soon comes back to class and puts the snack on Heung-soo’s desk without a word. Curiously, Heung-soo doesn’t look especially pleased about it.

The class murmurs that Nam-soon is being pathetic to gain some protection, but clearly something else is going on here that only the two boys understand.

In any case, it’s doubly annoying to Jung-ho, who hears belatedly that the defiant Nam-soon is now falling in line with Heung-soo.

Poor In-jae struggles as always to get the kids’ attention, and Se-chan can infuriatingly get them to shut up with one soft-spoken warning from the back of the room. She says they’ll start their one-on-one meetings with the students who didn’t turn in their About Me homework, which is pretty much Jung-ho, his lackeys, and Nam-soon.

Jung-ho and his friends walk out right in front of her, and Se-chan just shakes his head at her wasted effort, screaming down the hall after kids who don’t give a crap.

But thankfully good ol’ Teacher Jo is there to play bad cop, and stops them in the hallway—would they like to clean the gym, or go back to their homeroom teacher? Hee. Back they go.

Ha-kyung gathers her things at the end of the day, only to find all her books scrawled with insults. Kang-joo tells her that she hopes she gets into Seoul University like she wants, even though it won’t erase where she came from. Ha-kyung stews.

Nam-soon follows Heung-soo out of school, and once they’re outside Heung-soo finally turns to face him, balking at Nam-soon acting like they’re friends or something. “Do you want to go, or shall I?”

He says they can’t possibly go to the same school. “Every time I see you I want to hit you. You should be the one to go. Running away is your specialty.” Oooh that’s telling.

They’re interrupted by Kang-joo, who only sees that Nam-soon is carrying Heung-soo’s bag like a puppy, and basically tells him not to live that way. Ha. She grabs the bag and throws it back at Heung-soo, and bravely tells him not to mess with anyone in their class. I like her.

Nam-soon tries to tell her that’s not what this is, to no avail.

In-jae tells Jung-ho that it might be hard for him to graduate like this, and asks if he even wants to graduate. No answer. She asks if he has any problems at home, and he scoffs, “What, if I do, what’ll you do about it?”

This time she doesn’t have an answer. He walks out, and she chases after him, saying that she knows he’s acting tough to hide his insecurities. He turns that around on her and says she’s doing the same—acting tough to hide her weaknesses. Eee, they’re both right on that score.

He adds that he’s not acting tough, “I AM tough,” and tells her she’s the weakest in their whole class, so why would anyone listen to her if they’re not afraid of her? Se-chan sneaks up behind him and asks what about him then?

Se-chan says he’s tougher so by his reasoning, Jung-ho needs to listen to him. So far so good… but then he tells Jung-ho to just stop coming to school altogether because he doesn’t do anyone any good and he’s not wanted here.

Oy. One’s got the right intentions but the wrong delivery, and the other’s got the authority but the wrong message. In-jae shoos him out of there before Se-chan does any more damage, and SLAMS the door, leaving Se-chan blubbering, “What’d I do?” Ha.

In-jae looks through Jung-ho’s record and sees a note from a past teacher, stating that it’s likely Jung-ho’s father beats him pretty badly. Yeah, I don’t think it takes a genius to figure that much. She watches him go with a sigh.

That night, Ha-kyung stands outside her tutoring academy, unable to face the other students. She takes out her phone to call Kang-joo, but then she can’t bring herself to do that either.

The next morning, Nam-soon stands outside the school gate, as Heung-soo walks up behind him, “You going in?” That’s… not a friendly invitation, is it?

Heung-soo turns to leave, but Nam-soon says he’ll be the one to go, and walks away.

Ha-kyung arrives outside school on the bus, but can’t bring herself to face them either, and doesn’t get off. But before the bus leaves, Nam-soon gets on, and they awkwardly make eye contact on the empty bus.

They sit on opposite sides, each staring out the window with a sigh.

In-jae texts them both wondering where they are, and worries most about Jung-ho who’s running low on absences before expulsion. She asks Se-chan what he’s going to do about him, suggesting that as the teacher, he has to apologize first.

She asks how he can hurt a student like that, and he in turn asks if protecting them is somehow going to give them fewer scars in life or a happy ending. He tells her that if she’s not going to take responsibility for Jung-ho till the end, she shouldn’t start because she’ll get hurt too.

In-jae: “It’s not that you don’t want to take responsibility. You’re scared, aren’t you?” That seems to niggle at his conscience. Or he has something in his eye. We have yet to find evidence that he has a conscience.

In-jae tries to find out what’s going on in her class from the other students, but no one will tell her why Ha-kyung and Nam-soon aren’t here.

They ride the bus all the way around until it circles back to school, and this time Nam-soon gets up. He tries to get Ha-kyung to get off with him, but she’s not one to easily give in. He finally convinces her to get off at the next stop as a favor to him since he doesn’t want to go it alone. Aw.

They trek back to school and he asks if it was really worth it just to go to that stupid academy. He asks why she went in the first place, framing his face with his hand, “For the flower boys?” Hee.

She snarks that there aren’t any at their school, that’s for sure. The real reason is that their school isn’t going to help her get into Seoul U, and he wonders what the big friggin’ deal is about going there.

She says it’s where everyone else in her family went, with a sigh, like it’s more of a curse than anything. Ah, okay, that helps put it into perspective, if she’s from some crazy high-pressure family.

She asks if Nam-soon is really that scared of the new kid. He nods. She scoffs, wondering what Heung-soo is that’s got Nam-soon on the ropes.

“We were friends. Really good friends… once.”

They reach the outer wall and Ha-kyung refuses to go in together, so Nam-soon leaps the wall first. As he walks onto the field, he sighs that school sure is far today.

He walks into class, and Heung-soo notes his presence with silent disapproval. It’s so adorable that Young-woo comes up to say that he was worried, and Kang-joo nags him about not bringing Ha-kyung in with him.

Heung-soo steps out for a cigarette, and Nam-soon comes up and snatches it away, pointing up at the cameras. Heung-soo wearily tells him to go before he gets hit, and Nam-soon doesn’t budge, “Just hit me.”

Heung-soo sneers, “You’re a good actor. You have everyone fooled. Do they not even know your real age? They think they’re friends with you.”

He figures Nam-soon is rattled, worried that he might blow his cover and tell everyone about their past. Nam-soon says it doesn’t matter. But that’s not what his face says.

Heung-soo: “Really? If they knew what kind of bastard you really are, would they still act that way?” He says they’ll see, lording their secret, whatever it is, over Nam-soon’s nervous head.

Kang-joo finds Ha-kyung still standing outside the school walls. She asks why she’s not coming in, and Ha-kyung finally admits that it’s because she’s sorry, and she thought Kang-joo would hate her. Aw, so you really are friends.

Kang-joo leaps down, tearing her skirt in the process, and Ha-kyung’s worry overcomes their awkward tension. Kang-joo throws her arm around her, saying she missed her nagging friend, and they laugh.

Kang-joo goes with her to the tutoring academy, and demands that her friend get a refund. Ha. It’s adorable—she not only gets Ha-kyung’s money back, but manages to make the academy feel like they lost the opportunity to advertise Ha-kyung’s success story later, and they walk out arm in arm, with their heads held high.

Ha-kyung uses the money to buy them new school uniforms, and they run back giggling. They’re so cute.

In-jae asks Nam-soon why he still hasn’t turned in his About Me questionnaire, and he says he doesn’t have anything to say. She asks about an irregularity on his record—he didn’t graduate from junior high and entered high school with an exam, and she asks him why.

Whatever happened with Heung-soo must’ve happened then, because he clams up about it instantly. Thankfully for him, In-jae gets a call from Jung-ho’s dad, so he’s off the hook for now.

The other teachers worry about her heading to see Jung-ho’s dad alone, since he’s famous for throwing violent fits even when he visits school. Yeesh. It looks like Se-chan has a conscience after all, because he offers to go with her.

Ha-kyung and Kang-joo just play hooky the rest of the day, and Kang-joo asks how Nam-soon knew about her going to that academy, wondering why he’d be at a place like that. Ha-kyung asks in turn why she’s so curious about Nam-soon… which makes ME worried that they both might end up liking him.

Nam-soon gets a call that night… from Jung-ho? He says he’s with Heung-soo, and Nam-soon panics, asking where they are. Uh-ohs.

In-jae finds Jung-ho’s house, but there’s no answer at the door. She insists on waiting a while longer, and Se-chan sighs that she can’t take responsibility for their lives. In-jae: “So because I can’t take responsibility, I shouldn’t stick out my hand either?”

He says that he worked at an amusement park once, and the moms who lost track of their kids always said the same thing—that they disappeared in the one second when they weren’t looking.

“What I’m saying is, even mothers lose their kids.” He leaves her there to wait alone.

Heung-soo shows up to meet Jung-ho, still not wanting to fight if he doesn’t have to. That is, until Nam-soon shows up. Eek, I think you just made it worse.

Jung-ho says he called him here so that Heung-soo couldn’t complain later that it wasn’t an evenly matched fight 2:2, and Heung-soo just sneers. Suddenly he kicks the two boys, and Nam-soon runs over.

And then… Heung-soo sticks his hands in his pockets. Whaa? To just take the beating? But why? He gives Nam-soon this pointed look. Man, there is some seriously twisted water under this bridge.

Jung-ho tears into Heung-soo, and even his friend gets scared. He sees that In-jae is calling Jung-ho’s phone, and he answers, terrified.

Jung-ho says he heard that Heung-soo has a bum leg. He grabs a nearby brick, ready to make the damage permanent. And it’s then that Nam-soon gets in Jung-ho’s way, to defend Heung-soo.

He fights back… and he’s vicious. Oh crap. What did they just unleash? Nam-soon knocks Jung-ho to the ground and starts wailing on him, with this terrifying rage.

And behind him, Heung-soo smiles, “So you’re not dead after all, Go Nam-soon.”

Flashback to Nam-soon getting beaten, all those years ago, with Heung-soo looking on. Only when it stops, the two boys smile at each other. Heung-soo brushes the dirt off his shoulders and says he did well. Oh shit. This is Nam-soon getting jumped into a gang, isn’t it?

In-jae and Se-chan rush to the field, just as the police arrive, a moment ahead of them. They look over at the boys, and there’s Nam-soon beating the living crap out of Jung-ho. He sees Teach and freezes.

 
COMMENTS

Dude, it’s worse than I thought. The chair incident made me think that Nam-soon maybe had some anger and violence issues, but the way he was wailing on Jung-ho, and the way Heung-soo smiled? They were like 13-year old Fight Club, weren’t they? It’s obvious from their few interactions at school that Heung-soo feels deeply betrayed and Nam-soon feels extremely guilty—over what, we don’t know, but something tells me it’s not as simple as Nam-soon just wanting out. Before the reveal, I was hoping the two boys would overcome their differences and be friends again, but now I’m terrified what having Heung-soo around will do to change Nam-soon, after all his effort to be better. Now I get why Heung-soo scoffed at him being class president, which seems so completely ass-backwards, from his point of view. My understanding from Heung-soo’s reaction when Jung-ho asked if he was the Kyungkido jjang is that he might not be, which means there are only two possibilities: Heung-soo was and is lying about it, or it was Nam-soon. Eeeeeee.

The teachers, I continue to love from episode to episode, especially now that In-jae and Se-chan are forced to work together. I wished for the last three episodes that Ha-kyung’s conflict was one I cared more about, but today’s episode did a lot to make her more likable. At first I didn’t get her militant thing about that academy and her seemingly pointless shame about what high school she goes to (which I get in theory but am also like, yeah get over it). But now that we see she has ONE friend in this world in Kang-joo, it makes her more relatable, and her confession to Nam-soon about her family pressure helps to motivate her obsession with getting into Seoul U. Now I feel like I understand her a bit more, and can get past her cold exterior. If she’s got one friend she’s nice to, I can forgive a lot. I also just love her and Nam-soon together, because they’re both so damn lonely and adrift—I hope theirs will continue to be a very slow progression because I like their quiet understated dynamic.

I loved the slow reveal of Heung-soo’s character—they waited to bring him in after we’re introduced to Nam-soon and so firmly on his side, and just when you think Nam-soon couldn’t have more enemies or couldn’t handle one more bad thing in his life, Heung-soo shows up and makes his earlier conflict with Jung-ho seem like a cakewalk. It was a great tense introduction too, dropping enough hints that Nam-soon was acting out of character around this guy, making me so damn curious about their past.

It’s a good wrench to throw into the class dynamic, and an even better conflict for Nam-soon, even though it terrifies me because I just want him to be a good boy and graduate and be happy. (I know, where’s the drama in that? But! My heart! My heart can’t take it if he’s hurting!) My one tiny ounce of hope is in Heung-soo’s seemingly earnest desire to do the same and just graduate quietly, despite the fact that they’d each do better at separate schools. In other countries. Maybe on other planets. I have a feeling he’s going to drag Nam-soon down, which would make me hate him if he weren’t played by Kim Woo-bin. Now I won’t be satisfied till they’re BOTH graduating like good boys. Bah. I’m in for a world of pain, aren’t I?

 
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180 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. JenJen

    loved this episode. off to compare my “notes” with yours :D

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    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      I feel like every episode is better than the last so I just end up loving this drama more and more. I was practically shaking my screen at the end since I have to wait another week to watch!

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      • 1.1.1 indiana

        Yes, the week is going to seem very long. Can’t wait to see more of Heung Soo and Nam Soon’s past friendship and what Nam Soon exactly did to Heung Soo, although I guess it involves messing up Heung Soo’s leg. Pretty obvious which of the two is “tsunami” (or should I say soon-nam-mi?), especially after that performance.

        I feel like every episode was better than the last. Hope they can keep that up until the end!!!!

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        • 1.1.1.1 Enz

          I think it’s something that perhaps was considered tattle tale-ing. A betrayal of sorts that both consider unforgivable. I guess we’ll see soon enough

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          • 1.1.1.1.1 Ennayra

            I think your point about tattle-tale-ing has something to do with it too, or else the drama wouldn’t have devoted time to that issue in earlier episodes.

            Loving this show so far!

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  2. Quynh

    Thank god! I’ve been checking for hours! Thank you :)

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    • 2.1 yanginggrid

      yes me too, and when I found out you posted the ep 4, I was like YYYYAAAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!

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  3. Ivoire

    Thank you for the recap!

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  4. kaeseorin

    this drama makes my heart hurt in the best way ;___;

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  5. Funkypicklez

    Is it wrong that I was ridiculously turned on by WooBin’s smile at the very end (during the flashback)? >_< Nam Soon probably has something to do with Heung Soo's bum legs. Gahhhh. This just got SOOOO good!

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    • 5.1 anna

      I honestly don’t find Woo Bin that good looking, but when he smiles… not evilly smirking I mean, but smile. I feel myself just falling for it.. it alone.

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      • 5.1.1 AuntieMame

        You, guys, should have seen him in Vampire Idol. I loved him in it, especially when he was in love with tooki (who was actually a girl working a part-time job in costume).

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    • 5.2 Dongsaeng killer

      Nado!!!! I wanted to jump through my screen and take him home with me. Woo bin ah! Come to noona!

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  6. JoAnne

    So good – just on POINT with every aspect – and I could write pages about how perfect the Turtles song is and how the variations help point up certain situations but – its bedtime

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    • 6.1 MiMi

      Turtles song?

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      • 6.1.1 Mic

        “Happy Together”

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        • 6.1.1.1 MiMi

          can’t for the life of me remember which bit they played it over. does anyone remember?

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          • 6.1.1.1.1 Mic

            The bus scene between Nam-soon and Ha-Kyung, I think? A piano version. It’s been played quite a few times, though.

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          • 6.1.1.1.2 Julia

            When Ha Kyung and Nam Soon are riding the bus together. I noticed the song too, very cute.

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        • 6.1.1.2 Merrily

          This might ruin Happy Together for you.

          http://megaswf.com/s/2530176

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  7. Kelinci Biru

    oooh. I haven’t watch this episode. *cursingslowinternet*

    anyway… it seems like a really good one.

    Initially I hoped for Nam Soon and Heung Soo to cuddle and make up already, but now that seems impossible. *sigh*

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  8. jude

    I’ve been waiting for this recap.

    And also, when Nam Soon fought Jung Ho back at the end of the episode, I was like: “Oh CRAP.” *gape*

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  9. stars4u

    This show is seriously making me curious with each episode!!!!

    What exactly happened in their past? Do we get a chance to see how their bromance was back then or maybe we could have it again

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  10. 10 maslolz

    haven’t read the recap yet, JUST finished watching and have to say: THIS EPISODE, YA’LL. THIS EPISODE. All I kept screaming at my computer at the end was “NOOOOO, MY LOVELY NAM SOOOOON.” I just. care. so. much. about these characters. There were such lovely moments for so many of the relationships this episode, especially between Ha Kyung and Nam Soon and Ha Kyung and Kang-Joo. AND THEN THE REVEAL of hottie/scary Woo Bin and lovely Nam Soon’s past gangster ways. I was almost crying watching Nam Soon lose himself beating up Jung Ho. My reaction was so visceral, I lost my breath. Ugh. Wow. I just can’t believe how much I like this drama.

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    • 10.1 KEYA

      same thing here! that scene when he went all out crazy beating Jung Ho, I was like super ‘WOAH’ the whole time. It’s soo intense, I gotta feeling that it’s a mix up of suppressed urge to actually response to all those bullying Jung Ho did plus his hidden inner violence self in the past.

      Jung Ho probably didnt see that coming at all, lol, and that creepy smile/smirk heung Soo had on his face during the whole thing? amazing.

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  11. 11 cg

    Thanks for the recap..

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    • 11.1 rainbow

      poor Nam Soon….let him be a good boy please…..

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  12. 12 KEYA

    Just finished watching this latest episode and woot!! I’m loving it for real! Kim Woo Bin, Lee Jong Seok, Jang Na Ra, Daniel CHoi, the casts are just perfect! I even think that Hyoyong acts really well.

    I wonder what Nam Soon did in the past that made Heung Soo appeared betrayed, and will Nam Soon swayed into the dark side again or whatever.. I just had that feeling early on during episode 2 that he’s not that simple, makes his character more interesting.

    And some cute bromances would be nice as well, which might happen near the end, if they become friends again (hoping so).

    Kang Joo seems to have a crush on Nam Soon, but seems like Ha-Kyung will get together with Nam Soon in the end.

    And I wanna know the backstory of Se-Chan, you know, the reason for him avoiding responsibilities, not wanting to indulge much in his students life, could it be that his mom abandoned him when he was younger (just speculating, maybe I was reading too much in that line he said to In Jae about even moms sometimes let go of their child, his expression is just..sad..).

    Sorry, English is my second language, but I wanna participate tooo! kekekeke

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    • 12.1 Mic

      I also thought there was a possibility Se-chan was abandoned by his mother.

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    • 12.2 ladysarahii

      Your English is great!

      Someone — and I can’t remember if it was here or on soompi — mentioned that Se-Chan has quite a few similarities to Nam-Soon, which makes me believe he’s what Nam-Soon *could* be if he could get himself out of trouble. In the scene where he’s on the roof with In-jae, he had very similar body language.

      I wonder if Nam-Soon’s story parallels his in some way.

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  13. 13 asdf

    The ending of this episode was pretty satisfying imo. the angsty tough on the outside soft on the inside is so overdone im glad to see a character whos kinda the opposite

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  14. 14 ravens_nest

    Ugh, I adored this episode. The slow reveal of Nam Soon and Heung Soo’s past was exquisite.

    I kinda knew Nam Soon was an ex-hoodlum because he always seemed on the edge but deliberately holding himself back with Jung Ho instead of any kind of afraid of the bully. Even still I never guessed he was a psychotically vicious hoodlum back in his heyday. That was the best reveal I’ve seen in a long time.

    And you can tell from just that glimpse of him fighting and the way Heung Soo smirked at the end that Nam Soon was a Berserker fighter. I bet he relished fighting just like when he said to Jung Ho last episode when he told him, “Hitting people is delicious so you can’t stop.” I think he didn’t stop until hurt someone so bad that it finally shocked even him. (Maybe he even killed someone, though I’d think he’d be in Juvie if that were so.)

    I am so looking forward to the rest of this series. Nam Soon’s struggle between his growing kindness and the rage/violence that lurks beneath will really be exhilarating.

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    • 14.1 ilikemangos

      Nice to see you here heartie!

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      • 14.1.1 ravens_nest

        Lovely to see you, as well. XD I’m trying to get back into writing more about dramas on here but real life isn’t letting me. lol

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  15. 15 mysterious

    Kang-joo better not like Nam-soon because I want her with Heung-soo. They are just so antagonistic with each other that seeing them fall for each other would be so much fun to watch.

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    • 15.1 KEYA

      she seems like she has something for Nam Soon but I want her with Heung Soo too! I love the part where Kang Joo confronts him (she’s so cutely brave) and Heung Soo just pushed her head with his index finger. I could see them as a bicker couple.lol

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    • 15.2 ravens_nest

      Honestly…I don’t want any of those kinda innocent girls with Heung Soo until he gets his life together a bit more. Cuz how he’s behaving around Nam Soon tells me he still has one foot still in the life. I can’t ship him with anyone except maybe a ride-or-die chick (or Nam Soon, obvs :P) until he shapes up more.

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      • 15.2.1 Mic

        Glad I’m not the only one shipping Nam-soon and Heung-Soo! :P

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        • 15.2.1.1 Dongsaeng killer

          The looks they send to each other tho….. NS with longing and despair and regret and HS with rage simmering under a mask of derision. It’s dysfunctional romance done right *still weeping over WHIB* I will be going down in flames with this ship and I regret nothing! :)

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          • 15.2.1.1.1 JoAnne

            a good bromance is often better than the alternative, in KDramaLand!

            And thanks, now I’ve got that Dido song in my head. What is it, White Sails or something?

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          • 15.2.1.1.2 Dongsaeng killer

            The awesome song is white flag :) And all hail the almighty bromance, one of the few consistently good things in Kdramas this year

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          • 15.2.1.1.3 Mic

            I love the dynamics of their relationship. I think it’s apparent now that Nam-soon has more physical power, but he feels so much guilt for something that he will do literally anything for Heung-soo. Whereas Heung-soo is physically incapable but holds so much power over Nam-soon because of whatever happened.

            The evidence of their past bromance just makes it better! >_<

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      • 15.2.2 jhoana

        yeah i would love them together(heung soo and kang joo) but if he is still like before i believe they wont put them together :(

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    • 15.3 Merrily

      I disagree. I have a great dislike for bickering romance so I’m hoping that Heung Soo will not get paired with Kang Joo. But from everything behind-the-scenes I’ve seen, that coupling seems to be where the show is heading. sigh.

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      • 15.3.1 canxi

        I don’t think it’s just the usual k-drama bickering, though. Like I don’t really see them taking the time to yell at each other but I do see that they rub each other the wrong way, at least for now.

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      • 15.3.2 ravens_nest

        I don’t necessarily hate the Bickering Romance trope but it’s now the thing that EVERY romance has to be bickering. Or even if two characters fight, no matter how bitterly, it must mean love. Haha but no.

        The saturation of that trope has led to people often misconstruing bickering for being asshole. Then they give assholes (i.e. BoF and SeGa) a pass because they think it’s cute to argue when actually what he’s saying is disgustingly douche-y.

        It’s rather tiresome, actually. :/

        PS. This is especially old after seeing how wonderful the Queen In Hyun’s Man romance was with a lovely couple who liked each other.

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        • 15.3.2.1 modest-goddess

          Yeah some of these dramas don’t know the difference between verbally abusive assholes and small petty bickering. When I watched BoF I never forgave GJP for the things he did in episode one.

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    • 15.4 claire bear

      Oh,I can’t wait to see Heungsoo and Kangjoo being cute together!! And when you have such a hottie like Kim Woo-Bin,you gotta use him for some cute & tender scenes. I don’t want to see him always angry &scary for entire episodes of this drama.That’ll be such a waste !!!I wanna see him smile ,too. He looks so hot when he smiles,ah……..

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  16. 16 kamee

    I LOVE this drama! It reminds me of the old days when i used to read fanfiction on soompi and all the gangs and stuff. Wow. I’m excited!!!

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  17. 17 Hipployta

    This totally makes the end of the third episode make more sense…He takes the hits and then gets up like, “It feels good to hit right? That’s why you can’t stop. Go ahead then.” The chair episode was also a hint.

    And Heung Soo calling him a crazy bastard makes even more sense because he knows what he’s capable of. He didn’t fight in episode four just to see if it would come out of Nam Soo.

    My first thought on the twist was of Yankee Kun to Megane Chan’s Hanna LOL

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  18. 18 dangerousgoods

    Thank you Girlfriday, I can’t wait to catch up with the episodes soon.

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  19. 19 KZ

    God damn man. When Nam-Soo unleashed on Jung-Ho, that was vicious and brutal. So this means Nam-Soo is probably 18 or 19 too then. So weird because he kept getting beat up for the last 3 episode and then he comes in all badass this episode. But I’m seriously on the edge of my seat. Can’t wait till next episode. I also like the subtle love lines that are hinted at.

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    • 19.1 KZ

      Also thinking Heung-Soo’s bum leg may have to do with their dark past.

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  20. 20 Bakachild

    This show is just so good. It’s not taking the teenagers years lightly and showering it in fluff. I love that. And I have a love/appreciation for all the characters no matter how horrible they are. I almost wish i didn’t pick this up until halfway in because I’m so eager for episodes but I have to wait!

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  21. 21 Mic

    This show is So. Freaking. Perfect.

    It’s just…gah, it’s amazing. I can’t even express how much I love this drama. It’s really incredible. For me, high school dramas are more relatable, and School 2013 is just incredible.

    The characters are so well written and fleshed out. Everything in this drama is done well. The writing, the directing, and the acting. I’m so emotionally invested in these characters.

    This show was already great, but the relationship between Nam-soon and Heung-soo made it even better. It’s so complex. You can guess by now that they were incredibly close friends, but Nam-soon somehow betrayed Heung-soo and caused the bum leg. I wonder what exactly there gang was. Did they beat kids up? Minor crimes? Both? Maybe they got involved in something more serious, and that’s what caused the trouble.

    Now we know why Nam-soon has no self-worth though. His guilt over whatever he did must be so profound that he thinks he doesn’t deserve to live. Maybe it would be a bit dramatic to say this, but in a way maybe he also doesn’t think he deserves to die? I think at this point he’s masochistic and thinks he deserves the pain of living (and the physical beatings he’s had) because of what he did.

    …I want to know what he did. >_<

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  22. 22 crazedlu

    I. LOVE. THIS. SHOOOOOWW! omgosh. LOOOVE.

    heart.

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  23. 23 Teresa

    Thanks so much for the recap! I’m starting to love this drama so much!
    Back to studying now…

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  24. 24 Abbie

    Damn, this show is so freaking good! I cannot wait for next week. I want more, more, MORE! This show is seriously addicting.

    I am so shocked at that last little flashback we got between Nam-soon and Heung-soo. What the heck?! So Nam-soon has some serious baggage he’s been trying to ignore or get rid of, and then Heung-soo shows up and it all comes crashing back. Talk about a sucky life. I seriously love Nam-soon so much already, and, despite his antagonistic approach to everyone, I like Heung-soo. Yeah, that’s probably mostly due to Kim Woo-bin. How can anyone not love that guy? Anyway, I want these guys to work it all out somehow and become friends and put all that Fight Club stuff behind them.

    I find it curious that all Heung-soo wants is to “graduate quietly” pretty much like Nam-soon. I wonder why. What happened to make these guys so jaded about fighting? And the way Heung-soo was acting and all that he says to Nam-soon makes him seem really, REALLY jaded. What happened?! I want to know! So badly!

    Is it Monday yet?

    Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

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    • 24.1 owl

      So “Fight Club stuff” – ouch. ” Except why are they still in school and not on the streets by now which would make more sense.

      I hate Nam-soon’s life for him ^-^cried^-^ when he said he’d throw himself away at the bridge scene. Public schools are so downhill crashing, whos’ even got a chance? Life houldn’t be this hard in HS- LoveSchool2013

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      • 24.1.1 bjharm

        As I understand it police stay out of school as a matter of unspoken policy, thus if thugs stay in school they get breaks they would not get without the protection of being still in school. Back in the bad old days they used to sent in troops with guns into schools with the expected bloody results, thus the police stay out of school thing today.
        Also domestic abuse, speak volumes that all the teachers know the bullies father abuses him, but no one did squat to stop him, of course even if they bring in the police they more than likely would just turn away and say sorry its a family thing we can’t [wont] do anything…why you always see the mother and kids run out of the house when the father goes into the classic korean father rage and go stay at the bathhouse over night till sweet loving dad can get over his rage or drunk..you see it all the time in K-drama..ist not even done to shock its taken as part of everyday life.

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  25. 25 Ilukd

    Oh I love love this drama … Amazing cast … Too much darkness but I hope sun will shine to all these crazy strong headed student … My OTP NamSoon + HaKung and KangJoo + HeungSoo …. This drama is my crack … Thanks god my school was safe place … :-)

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  26. 26 Julia

    Eeeeek I’m super worried but super interested about Nam Soon and Heung Soo’s past. I’m also REALLY worried that Heung Soo is going to totally bring out the bad side of Nam Soon again, and they’ll both get into huge trouble before finding there way to good boy-hood again!

    Kim Woobin = gorgeous. Loving him <3.

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    • 26.1 Merrily

      Interesting to see that most viewers believe Heung Soo will bring out something bad out of Nam Soon. I, on the other hand, think the show is going for a friendship between the two. They were really good friends before and because of an incident, they now have this complicated problem. This problem will get resolved and I believe through the process of this resolution, both characters will get healed and come to terms with their life. Then Seung Hoo and Nam Soon will be back to be bffs again!

      This angle would be totally awesome for the show (and me). We’ll have friendship, forgiveness (to others and oneself), coming-of-age, that I-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-do-with-my-life-but-I’ll-figure-it-out-somehow, and life start-over.

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      • 26.1.1 Merrily

        And yes, Kim Woo Bin is absolutely gorgeous! Though they should’ve left his hair without that bang. A hair cut that exposes his forehead and accentuates his unique eyes really flatters him. He had that kind of hair in White Christmas and Vampire Idol.

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      • 26.1.2 eternalfive

        Haha, that’s exactly what I was thinking! XD Bring on the bromance pleeaaase. :P

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  27. 27 dtp_jnr

    Am i the only one that could easily predict their past friendship? Cos they gave too obvious clues that Nam Soon was actually a good fighter…..They also gave clues in the preview that Nam Soon hurt Heung Soo in some way hence he’s doing watever he can to cool down his hate towards him……

    The drama is quite solid and if i couldn’t predict it to an extent, i would think it wasn’t realistic…..

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    • 27.1 Mic

      I think it depends on how perceptive you are to foreshadowing. I only realized a little bit before Nam-soon jumped into the fighter that he must actually be a really good fighter, considering the clues, but if you weren’t looking for them you might not have noticed.

      I love that this drama actually is planned and that episode 1 had these hints. I’m going to watch this drama extra closely now.

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      • 27.1.1 dtp_jnr

        When i watch movies/ dramas i usually do with keen eyes (i’m more into psychological thriller and horror/gore types of movies hence when i watch regular movies/dramas i watch them with the same eyes) hence i take note of almost all the minute details of the characters that may go overlooked by others…So generally i have a strong perceptive in foreshadowing dramas/movies…..

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        • 27.1.1.1 Mic

          Yeah, clearly, because you picked up on it! ^_^

          I’m usually in the moment, so I don’t pick up on foreshadowing unless it’s really obvious. :P

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    • 27.2 AZure

      I think most of us predicted to an extent on how things turned out because of the previews and buildup. They gave us clues to what will happen so you can’t say it was predictable because they were guiding us in that direction. I seriously doubt you guess that Nam-Soo was a former gangster or that Heung-Soo had a bum leg before episode 3. If you guessed that during episode 2, then it would be predictable. And it is very realistic compared to a lot of other dramas. I just recently got out of a ghetto public highschool, and things like this, if not worst, happens a lot. A kid at my school got freakin hit in the head with a metal pipe.

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      • 27.2.1 dtp_jnr

        I think you didn’t read my comment correctly, the predictability of the plot to me so far is why i think the drama is realistic (which is what i summed up in my last paragraph previously)…..

        Also, yes from the first episode (without previews) i predicted that Nam Soon was a good fighter and in a top fighter/bully in a different school in his past…. can’t predict Heung Soo’s bad leg but i predicted that Nam Soon had done something bad that somehow hurt Heung Soo or someone close to him deeply and physically in the past, hence he’s trying to keep his nose clean, in the middle of episode 3 right before Heung Soo entered the show ….

        Cannot predict everything about it until i’m 5mins into an ep. hence i previously stated that i could predict it “to an extent”

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        • 27.2.1.1 AZure

          Sorry, I misread the realistic part. I’m sorry bout that. Honestly, I don’t know what I was replying about last night. I think I read your comment in a negative way for some reason. It was probably the word “predictable” I didn’t like because that’s usually a negative thing. But like I said, I think the show gave us enough obvious clues throughout the episodes to know where the story was going. You know, foreshadowing which I think is different from predictable.
          I think it’s because what I associate the word “predictable” in a negative way that I responded to your comment in a hostile manner. Haha sorry bout that.

          *Also just a little side-note; a fighter, bully, and gangster are all different things. Just want to point that out because I fight professionally (just training though) and I don’t like it when wannabe gangbangers on the streets fight and call themselves fighters when all they’re doing is swinging wildly. (Go Nam-Soo here was actually using decent technique though haha. Jung-Ho on the other hand..)

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          • 27.2.1.1.1 dtp_jnr

            When someone is regarded as a top fighter in high school (in Asian dramas/movies and some countries in the real world), it clearly means the person is a bully and most bullies roll in clicks/gangs hence when i say i predicted he was a top fighter or bully that is what is being referred to like Nam Soon and Heung Soo’s character in the ….People who fight professionally in high schools aren’t labelled as fighters…..

            So i think you’re personalizing things too much hence you miss the broader meaning of what is being said….

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        • 27.2.1.2 AZure

          Haha what? I already know the whole top fighter deal in dramaland and anime. Don’t know why you are explaining it to me. I guess I should have been more specific bout my note thing not being about the drama. It was just a general fact about how pro fighters feel when people associate us with negative things here in America. I was just using Jung-Ho’s wild swinging as a reference to how thugs fight and Nam-Soo’s technique on how pros fight.

          I feel like you didn’t read my reply. I my whole deal was you calling the show “predictable” and I already apologized about replying like an a-hole and said I understand what you’re original post was saying now. Not once did I question you predicting that he was a top fighter.

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          • 27.2.1.2.1 AZure

            I questioned you predicting he was a gangster. Just because bullies roll in cliques don’t make them gangsters. Jung-Ho and his two homies aren’t gangsters. They’re just bullies in a clique. There’s a difference between a clique like that and the gang that Nam-Soo was apparently involved with. That’s what I was questioning you about. About him used to being in a straight up in a gang. That’s why when you said he was a top fighter and I questioned you on predicting if he was a gangbanger; I was questioning if you thought he was just like another Jung-Ho in a different school. Because like I said already, Jung-Ho ain’t a gangster. He’s just a bully. Nam-Soo is a former gangster. Gangsters kill people. They do dirty stuff. Bullies just bully.

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  28. 28 anna

    Please, please, please do not make Nam-soon turns out to be a bully in the past.. though that’s most likely to be true since he’s okay with taking the hit instead of fighting back. Maybe because he feels guilty of his past.

    NS totally left HS for dead, didn’t he? Probably they were in a fight or some sort and he ran away leaving his “friend” to be beaten up, explain the leg thing. UGHHHH… it’s getting so good.

    And about HK and KJ, I adore their friendship. It’s hard to find leading ladies that are friends and they are doing so adorably. About NS, I’m worried too. They won’t just be in a love competition, but also for the top spot in school. I hope they can still be friends through it all.

    Sigh, high school students and their angst.

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  29. 29 faridah2201

    I figured they were in a gang together.
    I hope it works out well for everyone but clearly that is not an option. I am honestly considering dropping the drama to save me the heartache but I know I won’t, I’m hooked.
    Great recap. Happy to know that I am not the only one setting myself up for a ton of pain.

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    • 29.1 jhoana

      nahh you are not the only one , when i finished watching the 4 episode i was thinking of dropping it also but right now i know i cant Xd

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  30. 30 Merrily

    Well, I hope they won’t make Kim Won Bin’s character into the villain of this show because I just wouldn’t be able to take it! Also, I want this show to boost his popularity. I’m really really hoping the writer will handle the characterization of Heung Soo well, and maybe have Nam Soo and Heung Soo become bffs, for Kim Woo Bin’s sake.

    Is that tomboy girl Heung Soo’s love interest? I really hope not, but what am I deluding myself. The SIGNS are there. I just don’t like her character, and the way the actress (an idol?) is portraying her is definitely not helping. I am not sure if I can handle watching Kim Woo Bin romancing this character. Don’t get me wrong; but I have watched this bickering/love-hate kind of romance done to death and frankly, I would rather watch Kim Woo Bin sizzles the screen up with chemistry instead of listening to a gazillion amount of loud nagging from his partner.

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    • 30.1 Mic

      I definitely don’t think Heung Soo will be the villain. In this drama, I think it’s more of a man vs. self and man vs. society story at the core. All of the characters are too complex for one person to simply be the “bad guy”. I think that’s not really the point of the drama. It’s about development and progress.

      So obviously Woo Bin’s not the perfect prince charming, but he’s playing a layering, interesting character, and that’s the most important thing, right? Especially considering no one in this drama is perfect. Tbh, if there was a quintessential hero or heroine in this drama, they’d be boring and pale in comparison to the depth of the other characters.

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      • 30.1.1 Merrily

        I get your point, but I have never had any love for quintessential character. I love complex characters, especially the kind that scorns or disdains society. That’s why I root for Kim Woo Bin’s character. I was just ranting while imagining the worse case scenario.

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        • 30.1.1.1 Mic

          Yeah, well I don’t think anyone really loves the “quintessential hero”, because in the end…they’re shallow. But yeah, I was mostly saying that I don’t think this is the type of show where you just have a bad guy or something. Even then, I really don’t see Heung Soo being depicted as the bad guy. He’s shaking this drama up in all sorts of ways. :P

          Somehow I feel like Nam Soon is both the hero and the antagonist, lol. XD

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  31. 31 Alvina

    This is like every Japanese school drama done right, you know? Gakusen without the crazy flourishes. GTO with realistic touches.

    I’m loving it, but it hurts so much to watch. That wisp of nostalgia mixed with youthful idealism. It seems so far away for me right now; makes me wistful. :(

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    • 31.1 Merrily

      Youthful idealism? What do you mean by that?

      I still have a few years left of my teenage years. I should do something with it instead of studying and watching dramas to experience life vicariously.

      This drama is making me want to do something totally random for the heck of it. That’ll leave some good memories.

      Hmm… I wonder if I might be one of the only few who will not experience any high school drama before it’s over. Life is pretty normal to me. Should I be thankful for its normalcy or should I lament the lack of passion and energy?

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      • 31.1.1 Mic

        Lol, are you me? XD

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        • 31.1.1.1 Merrily

          LOL. I guess you’re experiencing the same kind of thing too.

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      • 31.1.2 flour

        hahaha same for me! i dont have this kind of angsty bully experience in high school. high school was more like reply 1997 to me, complicated friendship and teenage obsession over a band. sigh. BUT THIS SHOW IS GOLD. i love it.

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        • 31.1.2.1 kenz

          There are obviously many calsses in a High School. I bet there is one or two calss in Seungri High School that is so much like Answer me 1997. In my high school, we had class that is not good in academic level and you know so much like Nam-soon’s class and some other class where most of the students like Answer me 1997.

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      • 31.1.3 ilikemangos

        can i join the club? haha.
        I’ve got a couple years left before the teenager era ends for me.
        I think we all rush to get out of this stage and yet, when we’re older, we’ll be looking back all “what what the rush?”

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    • 31.2 faridah2201

      Watch LIFE, it is a Japanese school drama that just about kills your soul but certainly in the more realistic realm

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    • 31.3 funkypicklez

      but gokusen is just so freaken awesome <3 haha. will not regret the many hours i have poured to those hotties. miura haruma <3

      but yes. i know what you mean. so much more realistic and heartwarming ^^

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  32. 32 jollyroger

    DUDE.

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  33. 33 Kenzz

    Also remember the time when one of Nam-soon frd threw the chair out of window n when he came to thank Nam-soon, Nam -soon thanked him instead. I think he said something like, “No, You saved me”. I think he was thanking his Frd for throwing that chair coz otherwise Nam-soon cud hav smash the chair on Jung-ho’s head.
    Great show. I’m really scared for Nam-soon’s coming period in school coz now he had lost his control n might struggle to hide it deep down all over again. He almost lost it several time wen getting hit but now he has lost it. Hope he finds his place soon. Don’t know if I can take many episode of Nam-soon raging out. Love this. Great characterization’s. kudos for the writers:)

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  34. 34 Acciovino

    Longtime lurker, first time commentator. Hola!

    I don’t know…I really want to like this drama and I can see why it’s good. I think the power struggle between teachers and students in a lower-achieving high school is really well done, really nuanced and believable. But maybe having grown up in the US, I don’t quite understand some of the characters. I don’t know why Ha Kyung is ostracized for going to an enrichment program. I also don’t understand why she’s no longer able to attend after its revealed that she doesn’t go to an elite high school. I also don’t get why she’s at a shitty high school in the first place if she is so intelligent and hard working, and comes from money (which I infer because of her whole family having gone to Seoul National, having the money to attend after-school enrichment, etc). I am sure there is a cultural element I am missing, but as a Korea American I do think I have insight as to the academic pressures students endure and somehow it befuddles me as to why Ha Kyung is getting so shit upon for trying so hard. Are the mean girls just jealous? Aside from Ha Kyung and the #1 in the class, no one appears to be studying at all.

    That being said, I will stick to it. I’m enjoying the performances and I am psyched to see more of Kim Woo Bin. And does anyone else really want Jang Nara and Daniel Choi to get it on?? Such fiery tension between those two!!

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    • 34.1 funkypicklez

      I’ll try to answer some of your questions so you can enjoy this drama as much as i do :)

      1. HaKyun is ostracized for going to this enrichment program because she literally had to abandon her identity as a Seungri high school student because it was not one of the acceptable schools by the enrichment program. You can see why the other students would feel betrayed by this. She’s basically saying the school and all its students are beneath her level. As for the question why she is no longer allowed to attend when the program finds out is she’s not an elite high school student is because it brings down the level and credibility of the program. When they close off registration to only elite students, it makes it more lucrative and attractive to the elite students. It’s a marketing strategy. Finally, it’s not explained but as for why she didn’t get into an elite school, people study like crazy for these tests and like the SATs they don’t reflect at all how smart the student really is. She could have just had bad luck or something like that on that day (like a cold – honestly there are kids who decide to take a gap year because they were sick for the sooneung and didn’t get the score they wanted!). Or… there might be a back story that the drama has yet to tell us :) Also, there is no – or VERY LIMITED – back door deals (bribes) when it comes to entrance tests. Security and the punishments for cheating on a test like this is SO SEVERE no one really wants to take a chance.

      Finally, why is no one studying? Well, don’t forget that we are only getting a look at one classroom. (In Korea, the teachers switch around unlike American high schools where the students change for different subjects). Therefore, there’s always this “designated” classroom for the troublemakers so their bad behavior doesn’t affect the truly hard working students. This seems to be the case here but then that makes me wonder why HaKyung is there… another answer is that Korea’s educational system is SO dependent on enrichment programs, hakwon. To the point where actual Korean students go to hakwon till three or four at night and sleep in school which leads to the degrading status of teachers which the drama points out….

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      • 34.1.1 acciovino

        Thanks for the knowledge, funkypicklez! All that makes sense and I guess there’s a lot more to the educational system in Korea than I understood. It is hard to enjoy a drama when you don’t understand character motivations and conflicts.

        I still think I am missing out on some things in this drama (like a lot the writing is often left un-subbed by Viki, probably because there just isn’t the screentime to flash a subtitle in some of these shots, and I’m a slow reader in Korean). I appreciate how realistic this drama is, without any of those in-yo-face chaebol/poor girl romance cheap thrills (not that I am above that stuff by any means!). Off topic, but I love this blog! The only other person in my life that watches K-drama is my mother, and she’s not into this one. Ha.

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      • 34.1.2 Enz

        Thanks funkypicklezfor clarifying this cos I was having the same problem understanding that bit too. And thanks acciovino for bringing it up !

        I said the same thing in the episode 3 comments but late so no one replied I think

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  35. 35 pigtookie

    Lee Jong Seok on that last scene, man, that was intense… and I love bickering Jang Nara and Daniel Choi with opposite ideals and seeing through each other’s attempts.

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  36. 36 Misslenis

    im i the only one who stress out,… so this is what kids this day do

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  37. 37 lovenicole

    I will have to watch this show on KBS World!Because of Hyoyoung.
    PS:This is completely unrelated,but this song is so great I want to share it with everyone.
    Ali(who also sang the OST of “roof top prince” and “faith”) singing “The thorn bird”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCNxJLDFHbE

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  38. 38 twilove26

    OMGOODNESS WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?!?!?!

    ahhhh i can’t control my feelings with this drama. I want Nam-Soon to be happy and learn to love himself but i know the drama will first reveal him to the most raw and vulnerable phase first before he starts to heal….and the relationship with Heung Soo is so complex…but i have the hope that the drama will end with them accepting and loving themselves and best friends…but first is going to get darker right…ohh Nam Soon i’m so afraid for you to find out what ever happen to you that made you lose your worth as a human being…i got curious with Ha Kyung’s family, where are they? if there is such a pressure from them for her to be in S University, wouldn’t they be right there on her toes making sure she’s getting the necessary education? i hope her family’s absence has nothing to do with Nam Soon pls >..<…but maybe a sister figure for both? idk my head is going miles an hour trying to figure everything out XD….ahhh jinjja my heart can't take it!!!

    is it monday already????

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  39. 39 twilove26

    OMGOODNESS WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?!?!?!

    ahhhh i can’t control my feelings with this drama. I want Nam-Soon to be happy and learn to love himself but i know the drama will first reveal him to the most raw and vulnerable phase first before he starts to heal….and the relationship with Heung Soo is so complex…but i have the hope that the drama will end with them accepting and loving themselves and best friends…but first is going to get darker right…ohh Nam Soon i’m so afraid for you to find out what ever happen to you that made you lose your worth as a human being…i got curious with Ha Kyung’s family, where are they? if there is such a pressure from them for her to be in S University, wouldn’t they be right there on her toes making sure she’s getting the necessary education? i hope her family’s absence has nothing to do with Nam Soon pls >..<…and then i got curious about the way both Namsoon and Heung Soo pushed Kang Joo's head with their finger? i really hope their past does not revolved around a girl?
    but maybe a sister figure for both? idk my head is going miles an hour trying to figure everything out XD….ahhh jinjja my heart can't take it!!!

    is it monday already????

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    • 39.1 TS

      That finger thing on the head kind of surprised me too. I think touching her head with one finger indicates:

      a) power (I’m holding back but telling you to push off)
      and
      b) condescension.

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      • 39.1.1 jhoana

        in what scene namsoom touch kang joo´s head?

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  40. 40 selina

    I am in for a world of pain right with you girlfriday. I have fallen for Heung-soo as much as I have for Nam-soon and I am foaming at the mouth to know about their past together. I need some kind of bromance to form between them. I need to know why HS seemingly loathes NS? (and why he holds back in fighting when it obvious he can kick arse as much as NS did) Why does NS feel so much guilt and would do anything to make it up to him and what exactly the it is. I can’t hate HS not only because he is being perfected by Kim Woo-bin, but because he seems like e just as richly layered, sympathetic, and have is moments os heroic awesome sauce as NS. IS IT MONDAY YET!?

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  41. 41 srkambbs

    After that parkour from the previous episode, I was like Nam soon is really good at running away from things. I bet he dint learn that to escape from bullies. And Viola!! All the kick ass moves from this episode just makes this awesome. On the other hand, this might also hint that Nam soon isn’t just running away physically but also from situations that affect him emotionally. In a way, he is still a coward just like Daniel Choi .. afraid to do important things. There are so many parallel things between these two characters that it makes me wonder if the drama is gonna put in a family tie between them. I hope not.

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  42. 42 rose

    can someone please tell me the name of the song that comes at the end of every episode

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    • 42.1 skillz

      It’s Welcome to the School by 4minute.

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  43. 43 rose

    what i think is that the reason heung soo has a bun leg is because of nam soon….and i’m pretty sure that nam soon is tsunami, the badass fighter and he was the jjang as well

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    • 43.1 skillz

      Good point. That seems to be it. Reading character descriptions for the drama, for Heung Soo it said that he’s pissed because he couldn’t live his dream or something. I’m guessing Nam Soon messed his leg up pretty badly and Heung Soo’s dream was most likely something that involved physical activity (with legs….running maybe? I don’t know). So now Nam Soon feels terrible about it.

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  44. 44 skillz

    It just keeps getting better and better. I loved the whole cafeteria scene. So much tension. Kim Woo Bin….is great. I knew he’d make a great “bad boy”, his looks certainly help.

    I had a feeling Kang-joo liked Nam Soon ever since the first episode. I think it was sort of confirmed in that restaurant scene. But I want her to end up with Heung Soo.

    When Se-chan was talking down on Jung-ho in the hallway, I really thought In-jae was going to start screaming at him, but I guess the door slam was enough. I had to laugh at how Se-chan jumped in surprise. lol

    I don’t want to wait another week for this. It’s THAT good. The only other recent drama I got really into was Reply 1997. But I like this even more.

    Also, am I the only one who doesn’t care too much about Nam Soon? I like him and all, but I don’t feel much for the character, at least not in the way a lot of people seem to feel.

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    • 44.1 kenz

      I am all into Nam-soon’s character. From the very start, he had this amist character where he doesn’t care much but would do his best to help for ppl in need as he it fit. Then Heung-soo came and made Nam-soon character more interesting. From what I see, Nam-soon is a boy who was so much like Jung-ho back in middle school or even worse and around that time he made a huge mistake or hurt somebody so bad that he felt guilty enough to let go of that life. He was starting new life in this high school even getting bullied by Jung-ho. Nam-soon, I think is a boy who has realized what he did back then was one big mistake and wants to redeem himself but think that his action was too bad to get forgive himself in anyway. He is just trying to get through with his life with no meaning, like he wrote in his self-introduction homework, “Just because…..” I think this show is gonna bring him out of that amist world he is trapped in and teach him to forgive himself and that every body makes mistake and should deserve 2nd chance if he/she knows what they did was wrong, very wrong.

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  45. 45 crazedlu

    back for another comment now that the spazzing has subsided.

    yunno, there are qualities in both injae and sechan that when meshed, form like, the perfect teacher. is two better than one? yes it would seem so. ha. it’s only bound to get better. that’s my hope for the two as teachers, at least.

    as for namsoon and heongsoo, i kept thinking throughout the ep, “what is it? how are they related? what the frig?” i picked up on the betrayal and guilt, as was mentioned, but there was something more. what’s their relationship? and then we got closer and closer to the end, and BAM! the flashback hits… GANG INITIATION!

    nooooooooooooo!

    how dare they make me care for go namsoon so deeply and then make me question my love for him?! i mean, i still care, A LOT about namsoon, but now i’m a little scared.. to know… about his past, yunno. i’m scared i won’t be able to back him entirely when all the secrets do get uncovered. i fear a part of me will want him to suffer to make ammends for whatever wrongs he might have committed. bah. and he’s suffering plenty already. so maybe it’s enough?

    the moment heongsoo put his hands in his pockets, i thought, “no! don’t make namsoon fight! he’s only withstood and deflected everything thus far! no!” and then namsoon gives jungho one of the most intense beatings EVER and my money’s on namsoon as kyungkido jjang.

    siigh. so good.

    i’m just thankful we already have redeeming qualities in place to make us stay by namsoon’s side. took me a while longer to side with lee kangto.. then he became gaksital, so i’ll stay optimistic about namsoon.

    can’t wait for next week! and i tooootally love kangjoo. ha.

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  46. 46 eternalfive

    Yay, I’ve found something that gives meaning to Mondays again, hahaha. XD

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  47. 47 skillz

    I seriously can’t wait for next week. Forgot to mention that there’s this song with violins that I really like. I can’t wait until the OST is fully released.

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    • 47.1 anberlin

      Oh my god, I think I know what song you’re talking about. I want the OST so bad too D: I hope they don’t pull a ‘Panda and Hedgehog’ thing where they DON’T release the OST cause then I’d think I’d really weep. So far School 2013 has a REALLY good OST.

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  48. 48 Amanda

    GAH! This episode was so great! Now I can’t wait for In-jae to get through to Nam-soon, or for Se-chan and In-jae to figure it out and work together! That’s what I’m most excited for!! Also, Young-woo might play a big role in helping Nam-soon figure his life out. (Basically his slight downfall is kinda inevitable now… Can’t wait to pick up the pieces!)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE RECAPS!!!!

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  49. 49 dany

    Interesting episode, thank you! Nobody is perfectly good or bad here that’s why the characters feel so realistic.

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  50. 50 Almontel

    Thanks for the recap…

    i’m just really happy that i now have a good Monday/Tuesday series to watch and enjoy…

    i’m really loving this series and hopefully we’ll get a good happy ending…

    i just feel bad for all the characters…it seems only KangJoo is the only ‘Normal’ student here…ke ke ke…

    let’s wait and see for more developments…

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    • 50.1 jaye

      seriously…what do u mean by normal??

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