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Answer Me 1994: Episode 2

We get more characters, more sibling bickering, more heart-tugging quiet relationship moments, and more fish-out-of-water awkwardness with Episode 2, which completes our introduction to the cast and their world.

The Answer Me franchise may be known for its witty dialogue, cheeky pop-culture references, and regular train of celebrity cameos, but really those are just icing on the cake. A cake that has somehow figured out just the right balance of comedic quirk, youthful fervor, and poignancy—those are Answer Me’s real strengths. I’m not necessarily in love with the pacing of the show, which feels a little indulgent, but I still have the hope/expectation that the show will deliver in many/most of the ways I want it to.

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EPISODE 2: “We’re all strangers”

At the Shinchon Boardinghouse, life is settling into a rhythm for newest resident Samcheonpo, the stiffly proper country boy who’s earnest and hapless in equal measure. Unfortunately for him, it’s an uncomfortable rhythm, full of fish-out-of-water uncertainty (his) and intrusive habits (everyone else’s).

For example, Samcheonpo’s enjoying a shower when his new roommate Hae-tae (or Haitai?) barges in to use the sink, and then it’s Garbage to use the toilet, and then Na-jung saunters in to hand oppa a letter and give the toilet a courtesy flush. Ew, I know you’re close, but boundaries! Samcheonpo confusedly huddles in the shower nekkid, but the others scarcely bat an eye.

His narration notes that everything is strange and unfamiliar—the city, the house, the people. He hasn’t quite made the adjustment yet, as we see when Hae-tae keeps him up at night with his handsy sleep habits. But then at some point, shoving the roommie away transitions to cuddling comfortably.

The boardinghouse family sits down to a mountain of breakfast, where Na-jung reminds oppa that he was supposed to be at practice today. Garbage bolts up with alarm and scuttles out of there, screaming back occasionally to get her to tell him where he left all his stuff. I don’t know but there’s something sweet about the way he’s yelling “Jung-ah!” instead of “Moooooom!”—those kids fight like cats and dogs but she’s still gonna look after him.

Samcheonpo starts to ask if he can take the solo room that’s not being rented right now, but that reminds Mom of how the boarders who have taken that room have been such weirdos, giving us a series of cameos: First was the ROTC oppa who seemed so nice (appearance by actor Hong Seok-chun)… until he snuck into the other boys’ room at night and took over their bed.

Then there was that Yonsei student who wanted to be a PD, which has Dad grumbling, “If he’s a PD, then I’m a movie star!” Haha, this is Na Young-seok of 1 Night 2 Days, who huddles with a bunch of cups and a funnel. Muahaha, I wonder what that could be. Na PD offers the parents coffee, promises all the cups are the same, then gleefully shouts “Ddeng!” when Dad picks a bad one.

That gets Na PD kicked out, along with his canisters of fish sauce. Dad literally shoves him out the door as he protests, “But I’ve only been here one night and two days!” After him there was that “high-IQ oppa” who… levitated in his room? (Cameo by singer Heo Kyung-young.)

But Samcheonpo’s request for the single room gets cut off by Mom’s announcement that it’ll be going to a new tenant.

Na-jung grimaces at her sore back, and Dad takes that as his cue to rail on her basketball fangirl activities, warning that she’d better not go today. Cut to: Na-jung at the Yonsei game, of course.

I love how fierce Na-jung gets when she’s in full-on fan mode—she sounds rather like a bellowing ogre—and that she calls herself Oppa’s “Shinchon Da-seul” after Shim Eun-ha’s character in The Last Match. It’s doubly funny to compare herself to her because Da-seul was a beautiful shy flower type, and Na-jung… is not that. Definitely not.

It’s a close game, and Na-jung actually full-body-screams her way to collapse. It puts her in bed with medication, and Garbage sits patting her hair like she made Dad do. When he tries to slip away, Na-jung orders him to keep patting till she’s asleep.

They bicker back and forth, about how she should take care not to slip a disc and how he should get her some warm milk. But it’s a sweeter, toned-down version of the usual warfare.

Samcheonpo continues to assure his worried mother that all is well and that he’s made lots of friends. His assurances have a way at tugging at my heart, given that he’s not loving his new life but he can’t bear to let his mother know it. But the stress finally gets to him at night, when computer-addicted Hae-tae ignores his hints that it’s time for lights out and keeps plugging away at his game.

Samcheonpo passive-aggressively complains about bedtime, Hae-tae tells him to go to bed already, Samcheonpo turns out the lights, Hae-tae keeps tap-tap-tapping away, and finally Samcheonpo yanks the power cord out of the wall. Omo. You didn’t.

They start arguing back and forth, which devolves into a mutual dissing of each other’s thick accents. Haha. It wouldn’t be funny if a Seoulite were mocking a country boy, but two transplants going at it in their respective accents is pretty hilarious.

In the morning, Mom and Dad (who’s a baseball coach this time around too) wonder whether Na-jung will need surgery for slipped discs, and whether they’ll be able to marry Na-jung off with such a bad back since a good back is important in a marriage, wink-wink. Ha/ew. Mom says that the boardinghouse family across the street managed to marry off their three daughters to boarders, and now they have a judge, prosecutor, and lawyer for sons-in-law. What if they find a nice boarder to set her up with?

And so, the next time they see the boys it’s through the specific lens of Son-In-Law Potential. Haitai (ah, it’s Haitai after all, after his beloved Haitai Tigers) gets a favorable reception, with his father owning a bus company back home, and they dote on him with goofy grins on their faces. Samcheonpo, on the other hand, has a father who owns multiple boats for deep-sea fishing. Mom and Dad’s eyes widen at the thought of his wealth and push the entree dish from Haitai toward Samcheonpo instead.

At mention of their shouting match last night, Haitai breezily assures the parents that they got it out of their systems and he’s already forgotten it. Samcheonpo clearly hasn’t let it go and is holding a grudge, which is cute given how little Haitai cares.

Garbage heads out the door, ignoring Na-jung’s demands for cookies (“You eat too many cookies, that’s why your back is bad”) and leaves her yelling after him. Aw, if he buys her cookies anyway I might cry.

The guys are headed out for a massive group date after class today, where their computer science department will be meeting another school’s dancers. That explains the spiffed-up appearances.

Then the front door opens and a bag slides across the floor. Out spill boxes and boxes of cookies, and then Garbage heads out again. Awwwwwww. That is my favorite thing.

The computer science class gets let out with a reminder to buy the textbook, and then the leader of the students reminds everyone of the blind date later. Samcheongpo refuses to let Haitai borrow his book, but gets blackmailed into it with the threat of Haitai inviting his hometown buddies to crash in their room. Then Samcheongpo winces painfully the whole time as copies are made of each page, as though creasing the book’s spine is creasing his own. Ha, I feel your pain dude.

Na-jung is left at home alone, and Mom tells her to order food. So she crawls along on her stomach and presents quite the sight for the delivery guy, sprawled in her entryway with cash in hand, and then crawls back like a thing out of a horror movie. (A thing with a huge appetite; she’s circumvented the age-old jjajangmyun-or-jjampong question by ordering both.)

She makes it to the living room and turns on the basketball game, which strikes me as a risky idea. At this rate I fear for her back ever recovering.

The group blind date gets going, where everyone picks a famous name out of a hat and is paired with that person’s partner (e.g., Romeo and Juliet), and then the couples are dismissed for solo dates. Haitai (who picks the name Choi Su-jong) is thrilled when his mate (Ha Hee-ra) turns out to be a very pretty dancer, but Samcheonpo gulps to see his partner. (I feel sorry for this actress for always playing the typical fat girl role, but she does usually manage to be memorable at it.)

Samcheonpo stops his roommie, pleading to tag along, and thus they end up on a double date. Things start off on the wrong foot, with the girls being asked about their dancer background and then correcting the boys: not dance majors, but commerce. Samcheonpo can’t compute this right away and insists, “No, dance. DAAAANCE.” Lol.

At home, Na-jung gets a case of stomach upset and speed-crawls her way to the bathroom. But she’s stymied at the door in her struggle to get to the slippers (Korean-style bathrooms are basically wet rooms with a drain in the floor, and slippers are a necessity). The television basketball commentary (“Oh no, it’s dangerous!”) does double-duty as she slips, landing flat on her back. Ouch.

The not-dancer girls get a laugh out of the misunderstanding and add that they were under a misconception of their own—they were told the guys would be from the Class of ’94, but clearly they’re returning students. (Koreans count class year by their entry year, not graduation, so ’94s would be freshmen.) Haha, it’s another comment on Samcheonpo’s old-man looks, and Haitai confirms that they’re indeed ’94s.

Samcheonpo gets more interest from the girls at mention of his family’s three boats, but deflates when they laugh at the story of his ordeal getting to the boardinghouse on his first day in Seoul. The girls say it’s cute, though, and Haitai wonders, “This is funny? To us it’s a sad story.” Heh. But the mood picks up from there, and the boys take the girls’ lunch orders.

They’re at KFC and struggle to get the names of the American food, then have their Ahhhh moment at the counter: “Oh, so ‘french fries’ are fried potatoes?” “I’ve never heard of this before in my life.” Aw, you country boys are so cute. They push each other to order, not wanting to embarrass themselves, and then Samcheonpo does his darnedest to mask his accent. Rather than admit they don’t know what things are, they just quadruple everything and come back with a mountain of food.

Na-jung ends up in the hospital with a dire prognosis for three bad discs, in too much pain to sleep. The doctor tells Mom it’s safer for her to endure the night without additional painkillers, so Na-jung struggles to lie still with tears pouring out of her eyes. She sends Mom home saying there’s nothing she can do for her here, doing her best to withstand the agony.

Someone shows up at her door wearing a doctor’s coat and sets a mug at her bedside. It’s warmed milk—is that you, oppa?

Why yes, yes it is. Garbage sees that she’s struggling and climbs in bed to stroke her hair, while Na-jung narrates: “I have an oppa. My childhood dream… was to marry oppa.”

In a series of flashback photos, we see childhood Na-jung with her oppa, who finds her crying and cradles her head in his lap, stroking her hair. Then another boy joins them, and the three stick together in everything. (How much do I love that one of them is being punished for troublemaking in the screencap?) And then… a funeral.

Na-jung: “I have an oppa. And my oppa has a friend. The three of us were always together. But on one spring night, just like a lie, my beloved oppa left for far, far away. And after that day, oppa’s friend became my oppa. I have an oppa. My childhood dream was to marry oppa.”

As they lie there together, the camera shows us the object Garbage had set on the table: his prized Seo Taiji tape (which is the music scoring the moment, song posted at top), which Na-jung had asked for the other day, which he’d refused to give her.

“Oppa’s hand that pats my hair, the sound of oppa’s breathing, oppa’s smell. It was just as it had been, but that day, oppa became unfamiliar.”

A classic case of awakened feelings? Her eyes widen a little at the thought.

A short time later, Na-jung is back at home, on the mend and laughing with the boys about their blind date story, and how they ordered forty biscuits not knowing what a biscuit was. It turns into a whole monologue recounting the lengths Haitai went to on a date to avoid betraying his country-bumpkin cluelessness, which instead led to a lot of sweating bullets trying to navigate the city.

Na-jung gets drunk on beer and ends up giggling and winking to herself while the boys look blankly at her. Haitai suggests that Samcheonpo retire for the night and the boys escape into their room. I love that their date-gone-awry was at least the thing to bring the boys together, and now it’s Samcheonpo sitting at the computer playing Haitai’s game.

Haitai explains that they want to steer clear of Na-jung when she’s drunk, because she “turns into a dog.” And what does that mean?

Cut to: Outside, where Garbage finds Na-jung alternately winking and staring unnervingly at him. She gets right in his face, closer, closer, lips approaching…

And bites. Muahaha.

That actually looks super painful—she clamps her teeth on Garbage’s lower lip and pulls. He very painfully manages to extricate himself… and then she bites his chest. As oppa transfers Na-jung to her room, she thinks:

Na-jung: “When a familiar habit, familiar daily life, or familiar person becomes unfamiliar all of a sudden, it doesn’t have to be a chaotic event. It could merely be a secret signal that a new life or a new relationship is beginning.”

In the morning, Mom and Dad give the boys the disapproving lecture about drinking all night. Then Mom calls down their new boarder, Binggeure, which is another nickname (it means Smiley).

Binggeure (Baro) shows up in the doorway, and thus we meet Bachelor No. 3. He’s sweet-faced and super-polite as he asks their permission to include his cousin in breakfast, who came over to help him move in.

Enter Bachelor No. 4, Chilbongie (Yoo Yeon-seok, I was afraid we weren’t going to get to you today!).

Dad drops his spoon in his excitement, because Chilbongie is a rather famous baseball player for his age: MVP in the high school league and top pitcher currently at Yonsei. (Chilbongie, another nickname, refers to the time he pitched seven shut-outs.) Dad fawns all over him and would just about feed him with his own two hands if he could.

Then Garbage shows up for a brief appearance on his way out, as absent-minded as ever, and earns an entry as Bachelor No. 5. And is Garbage… really a genius medical student? Way to twist the expectation.

Only now do we hear about Garbage’s mom back in their hometown, whom Mom urges him to call.

Back to the future. It’s 2013, and the housewarming party gets underway when all five bachelor potentials show up at Na-jung’s door together. Sigh. Yes, it really is this game all over again.

Na-jung confirms, “Out of these five men, one is my husband.”

 
COMMENTS

I enjoyed Episode 1 as a light, easy watch, but it’s only now that I feel we got our proper introduction to the world of the drama. Episode 1 was very little plot but a lot of cute and sometimes touching character moments, while Episode 2 actually introduces the central conceit: the Bachelor-a-thon. You’d have thought that they’d put that into the first episode to frame the whole thing, but then we wouldn’t have gotten the twist reveal(s) leading up to the five-man lineup at the end. (Unless it got there faster. Which it could have. Ahem.)

Speaking of the twist, I’m not really sure why the show did the oppa misdirect with Garbage, which is a lot like the way Answer Me 1997 did the hyung misdirect in purposely withholding the brothers’ relationship. I mean, okay, it’s not a bad thing and it’s fine, but at the end of the day it feels a little like a smart-alecky “Gotcha!” moment. Considering that our plot really begins here at the end of Episode 2, when oppa is no longer blood brother but potential husband material, the twist didn’t really twist much.

I’m actually disappointed to be losing the brother angle, because it was both hilarious and a fresh change from 1997. It wasn’t until I saw the awesome bickering matches between Na-jung and Garbage that I realized how much I loved this additional dynamic in the mix, and I was all set to embrace it with open arms. So now I feel like my shiny present has been taken back and we’re back to the same setup of 1997. And yes, I understand that if you didn’t see 1997 the comparisons are going to get repetitive, but you also can’t make this series and expect to avoid comparisons. There are just too many similarities for that. And a thing that was amazing and hilarious and perfectly realized in a first series is automatically not going to produce the same effect the same time around, no matter how good it still is, because we’ve seen it already.

On the other hand, this does give us a bona fide leading-man turn for Jung Woo, which is fantastic since I love him and was wanting him to get a role worth his talents. Same for Yoo Yeon-seok, so I’m equal parts glad that these are our main contenders (because let’s be honest, this is mostly gonna be a two-way battle, right?) and torn that it’s these two, because I want them both to be happy and win their love. I was fully expecting to be 100 percent for Chilbongie from the start, so it’s a surprise (though a pleasant one) to see that he’s really going to have to work for it, with Garbage being so awesome. Garbage also gets the head start, and in more than one way with having the childhood history and with Na-jung awakening to her feelings first. Does Chilbongie even have a chance?

I do love the setting of this series, and the motley assortment of Korea’s eight provinces as expressed through the boarders. It warmed my heart the way the two roommates went from frustrated fighting to total buddies, in a way that felt true to life; sometimes it’s not what you’ve got in common that brings you together but the shared experience of feeling you’ve got nothing in common with the rest of society. They’re adorable and I think their bromance is gonna be full of good stuff.

I do wish the show had stuck to the shorter length, though, because I fear that twenty hour-long episodes is just too much running time. As I said, I had a great time watching the first episode despite the chatter-chatter-chatter and the lack of plot, but man did it make recapping Episode 2 just a hair burdensome, and the recapping process really highlights how much filler there is. It’s padded out in long dialogue passages, and while that’s somewhat masked by how entertaining the passages are, never say they couldn’t be improved with a tighter edit. I remember when 1997 started to outgrow its 30-minute episodes, then 40 minutes, then 50 minutes. While I’m sure the writers struggled to fit all their material into the shorter formats, those were the best episodes, chock-full of only the best stuff. There was no moment wasted… until they gave themselves more moments and started wasting them.

That said, now that our foundation is set and our characters introduced, I’m looking forward to seeing what the story brings. I think it’s a little crazy that we’re this far into the show and we still don’t have a story—as in, what’s the arc? What’s the conflict? What’s the narrative through line? Maybe it’s even crazier that it’s as good as it is without those things, with its slice-of-life approach and loose plotting. But I want a story, not just vignettes, and I’m all eyes and ears to see what it is.

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I've been refreshing like crazy for this...I have to know what other people thought of this episode! It shocked me!

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Thinking about it, I actually hated the Oppa thing at first, because it felt too much like Reply 1997, like they smooshed the two guys into one. But...I've never seen the actor in anything before, and he is so charming! And his character is just so sweet and weird! At least now I'm not going to be the weird person secretly shipping the main character with her biological brother.

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I think I am the only one who L-O-V-E-D the twist. I did not see it coming, and really I think it could make for a great set up. Na-jung in love with her oppa who does not like her back, while Chilbongie is trying to win the girls heart over oppa. Also the oppa/dongsaeng relationship does not have to change right away. I think we are still going to get hilarious "sibling" moments from these two, which will turn to awkward one sided love moments. Im excited for the possibilities.

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I agree that the one-sided love coming from the girl this time is pretty interesting, although I'm wondering if he really doesn't like her or just finds it awkward. I now like the twist, but I'm wondering how I'm supposed to know who to ship, when we haven't seen her with the other guy yet!

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I also LOVED it too. I wasn't sure if I was going to watch this show but now I'm reallyyyyy invested. That scene at the hospital was so much love ;o;

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I've only seen him in Lee Soon Shin and he was funny there.

I think I like the setup, but I agree with JB, everything feels much like 97 that I want it to be really different. I love the elements of 97 in it, but it feels too much like it. I still laughed my ass off in a lot of the scenes, but again, story please.

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Yes I remember so vividly how everyone was giving up on Lee Soon Shin but kept coming back with comments that they're watching for more Bread Man scenes. (Jung Woo/Garbage was Bread Man in YTBLSS)

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This twist has me invested so much. I never saw 1997 so I don't know if it is repetitive but I couldn't believe the show went there (slight cop out) but interesting nevertheless! Looking forward to this series even if the baseball guy turns out to be better!!

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This oppa twist is the reason I'll be biting my nails every Fri/Sat waiting for the next ep. And was I the only one going, mmmhhh? Does everyone snuggle up with their brother like that? I mean at that age?! Thank God they aren't related! And am pretty sure they'll end up together so this time I wont be freaking out like I was with YJ...love this show, they better start prepping for season 3!

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The problem I have with the oppa twist, is that I rarely see such sibling affection in dramas. It's always between two sisters or two brothers if it is there at all, but seeing the affection and bickering between an older brother and younger sister felt familiar and refreshing to me.

The change in their relationship means there may be an alternative motive in their interactions with each other.

I just really love watching goofy close family dramas, so I'm slightly disappointed in the change. Does anyone know of any good sibling dramas?

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If you are willing to put up with a "family drama" which can be 90 to 150 episodes long My Husband Got A Family was adorable. Unstoppable High Kick is great too.

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maybe you can try Ugly Alert.. such a heartwarming siblings relationship...

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I was comparing the new female lead and honestly, who could beat the charm of Eunji in her own game right? But in terms of sibling fights, we have a winner.

Ara is so natural in playing the sibling fights. The sense of entitlement when she asks her father/brother for certain things and the petty fights. LOL first time I've ever seen it in kr dramas. For the first time, I'm reminded of how I used to fight with my brother. How easily we get annoyed with each other and how easily we got into fights. How small requests are met with an annoyed response but we do it anyway and take care of each other.

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Oppa was in Youre the best Lee Soon Shin, and to me, he was the only love interest that was really fascinating. He played the baker ex-con who falls for the divorced sister, and though he's not super hot or anything, in such an otherwise flawed show, he really leaped out at me. I wasn't sure before if that was because the rest of the show was so slow and uninteresting, or if he really does have that much personality.

I've got to say, I think the answer me franchise has benefited enormously from good casting, and knowing what to do with the cast. I was pretty skeptical at first, because I was completely a So in Geuk fangirl, but I think he's an interesting and good choice to follow.

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it was going to be 2 weird :) i was totally in shipping mode since that bed scene.

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The reactions on Soompi over the oppa reveal are hilarious... what a shallow bunch!

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Why are they shallow?

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Hating on Jung Woo as a possible romantic candidate b/c he's not conventionally attractive. Odds are if Yoo Yeon Seok were the fake oppa, they'd swoon over the 'incest'.

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I think he's gorgeous. On Viki all the comments were "cute butt."

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I think he's adorbs but most of all, he's ridiculously charming and a good actor... it was disappointing to me that some people just seemed to focus on his face.

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I personally find him very charming.
The fake oppa twist was unexpected; i still don't know how i really feel about it -- positive or negative.
All i know is, he's definitely going to be the husband.
If there's anything i learned in k-dramaland it's that the OTP that bickers their way into romance (or the ones that have known each other for ages) will be the end game.
That's how it was in 1997 and that's how it'll be here.

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He is absolutely very charming.. I'm in love with him since his first appearance in TBLSS...

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He is totally gorgeous and funny and awkward and kind hearted. Loved this guy and he was the reason I watched You're the Best Lee Soon Shin until the end (because the crazy mama drama was very repetitive) . He is such a beautiful soul AND has a great butt!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think he is so handsome, but then again I find Kim Woo-bin to be handsome and time and time again people tell me he's not *shrugs* more for me.

I never liked the too pretty pretty handsome flower boys. I mean they are cute and handsome but I find other more manly charming looks just as and even sometimes more attractive. Anyhoo, Jung Woo is handsome as hell to me and I am enjoying his performance and character so much. Trash oppa won my heart with his idiocy at him but supposed doctor genius. I also enjoy his interactions with all the characters, find that he has chemistry with Goo Ara, and really like the oppa that is not an oppa oppa backstory.

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Looks like I will have to do some work on the Soompi page to get people on Jung Woo's side. I think he's adorable, and less shiny than Yoo Yeon Seok. Jung Woo/Garbage is so endearing and adorable and has known her for ages...I'm so Team Garbage haha.

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Pfft. They're going to be falling over him so soon. I give them another two episodes, and that's me being nice.

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I didn't read one comment that explicitly stated that he's unattractive or along those words. It's you supposing that to be the case, boo. They gave pretty reasonable reasons.

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Hmmm, they seem to be grossed out by the fact that they grew up being siblings, I didn't see references to his attractiveness. Also, not all of them thought like that (more like 50/50). So yeah, I'm all for crackling at soompi's collective mental breakdowns, but this wasn't the case :/

For what it's worth, I believe that Yeon Seok is the endgame, but I'd love it if it was Jung Woo lol

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Yeah, I'm assuming that seeing as she's already 'awakened' to her feelings for Oppa in episode 2, it means she won't end up with him in the end. I love him, the twist was totally unexpected. I get what JB said about it being kind of pointless, but I love what they did. They really felt like real brother and sister in the first episode, so him a.) being a doctor, and b.) not being blood related were both total shocks. Shocks which I was very happy to receive, lol

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Yes, I agree, I WANT it to be Jung Woo and hope it will be him, but Chil Bong is probably end game. I mean...I have a feeling Garbage will probably do the noble thing and let Na Jung be with Chil Bong lol

...But another plot twist (at least in my head and totally plausible cuz it's a kdrama)! She decides she wants to be with her Garbage oppa forever!

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Haha. Oh yeah. That is a cute twist. I think NJ will end up with Garbage because a.) their cute banter b.) in Wikipedia, Jung Woo's name is after Go Ara's. Then comes cute pitcher. I was shipping NJ with cute pitcher until I watched episode 2, then I transferred to shipping NJ with Garbage oppa. Can't wait for the next one!!!

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I have to disagree - people over soompi were all watching live and did not know 100% about what was happening, so when someone said oppa was a contender, some felt it was gross not because of the actor's look, but because he was her oppa - they thought they lived together as sibling since young, so even if it they weren't blood related, it was family.

But after watching the full episode subbed, everyone understood.

Plus, you can't blame some shipping NJ and cute baseball guy because episode 0, and the previews all focused on them as a couple, and some already started to ship them.

I for example was shipping NJ and baseball guy, but I'm on NJ and Garbage ship now, they are just too sweet together, hahahah <3

Plus it wasn't everyone but some people there, way to generalize, I feel offended.

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If you want totally shallow, read the non-premium member comments on the Drama Fever site :D

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OMG. Trash oppa! xD
I still like the cute pitcher though ^^

Thank you for the recap :)

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Omo. This sounds interesting *off to watch.

Oh, thanks Javabeans!

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I'm happy Garbage oppa turns out to be a possible love interest. Also he's now my latest k-crush, thanks to this show.

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I've decided to watch this show later as watching three dramas simultaneously will be too much for me...

Thanks for the recap....I thought Jung Woo is her real brother (watched some 20 min of ep 1)...I'm surprised with this twist....

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Same for me! I will watch it later, if it is developing differently than answer me 1997.
I like the "how i met you mother" angle on 1997, but if they are doing the sane thing here, it can be boring.
But, for now, I love the characters. I am looking forward to the evolution of the show.
Thank you, jv for the recap!

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HE'S NOT HER OPPPAAAAA oppa!! omigoshhhh... that came out of left field! I'll have to say I have yet to watch a Yoo Yeon-seok work but from the promotional stills and prelude to the series his character won me over. This reveal makes me a bit torn because Garbage is such a great character (and the actor is LOVELY) and that entire hospital room sequence got me a bit teary-eyed at their bond. ughhh...

Something I'm not up for: who's the groom?! I CANNOT do this the SECOND time around! With K-dramas' proclivity to first loves (and the team wanting to do something different from the first series) the odds lie in favour of Garbage being end game!! :/

They definitely raised the humour ante in this episode. Many laugh out loud moments!! Will watch next week's episodes to determine if I want to suffer through the remaining 8 weeks of biting my nails in anxiety.

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That was a twist I did not see coming. The trailers and the story lines never showed any lovelines between the Go Ara and Oppa nor a hint that the latter will be in the running for the future husband role.

I had to reread the qoute you posted in there about the bio-oppa leaving and oppa's friend turning into somewhat bio-oppa's replacement just to make sure that what I understood initially is correct, which is that what I thought was bio-oppa is in fact not her biological brother at all.

As for now, I am enjoying the story as it is. In fact, it's the only drama that I have checked out, out of the 3 new ones (Heirs, AM'94 and MHIYD).

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Finally advertising done right. I hate when they attract you and spoil half the show in the process. I think that is why the twist is so satisfying because we are all actually surprised.

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I haven't watched Reply 97 before so I can't compare it with this drama, but I'm enjoying it so far. Some moments are touching, and some HILARIOUS!!! I actually love all of the characters, and can feel the warmth of the story.

I'm so happy that you decided to recap this drama. Thanks JB and GF :-)

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I wish I could have not watched Answer 97 yet, so that I could watch it again for the first time. :)

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Blarg, a bit disappointed that Garbage isn't her real brother but I love their bickering and I'm actually happy to see that Na Jung is the first to realize her feelings. Yoo Yoon Suk and Baro look adorable so I can't wait to see more of them. I think Chilbongie has a fair chance since he already seems to be Dads fav.

I'm actually most excited for the second romance pairing which Episode 0 hinted at between Haitai and Yoon Jin and the womance between Na Jung and Yoon Jin.

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I just had a thought- they probably all have nicknames so they can say the name of the husband and we still won't know who it is.

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THIS. omg you're so right! :O

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I hope I'm right! It will be the first time in my life, lol.

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You got it right hahaha

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I definitely did not see that twist coming! From the teasers and all I still prefer Na Jung with Yoo Yeon Seok's character though. The character I want to see more of is currently Yoon Jin, and of course her relationship with Haitai, which was hinted in episode 0. They look cute together! :)

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While Imlove the Oppa character a d was hoping for more than just a funny, weird character the whole not a blood oppa was a surprise and a bit disappointing for me revealed right before the whole, who amongst these five is my husband mystery.

You are right, it is hard not to compare to 1997. And I looooooooved so many things about 1997 so 99% of the formula being recycle, I had no problem with, but the whole husband mystery just got tiring and frankly boring by the time it was revealed. I mean who was surprised by it at the end of the finale?

And I did not realize this is 20 episode series. I will not be able to take it if they drag out the mystery to the 20th episode!!! Show, please reveal it faster and the do something else to the story!

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It disappointed me too that Garbage is not her real brother because they got it down pat with the sibling relationship. It was a point of connection for me, I remember my brother fanning me when the electricity was out and I have a fever. Those endless demands from my three older siblings to get this, buy this, clean this, look for this... In fact as I'm writing I was given instructions to wait for my older brother's call (sigh), why am I the youngest. This relationship was fresh and new, a divergent from the original but now they are setting it up like a rehash of 97, but I'm still enjoying the show and will continue to watch but will definitely miss the sibling relationship.

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I hope Thrash oppa ends up being the husband. Lol. We didnt get to see much of Yoo Yeon Suk this week so who knows if i might jump ship. But for now, i'm totally on team Oppa. I love his dorky dufus persona and the sweet-bickering sibling rivalry he has with Na Jung. But most of all, i love the tender way he gives-in to her whims. Team Oppa go-go!!

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I had set my heart at chilbong and najung at the start but after the reveal I want oppa and najung. They are CUTE together.

I know the set up is typical Chilbong and najung and I will be set for heartbreak with my second lead shipping, but oppa is just so endearing. I want him to be the one.

Additionally it's kinda weird that I want Oppa to fight for Najung's affection when clearly she has already started to fall for him and his feelings has yet to be cleared, and he might as well have someone else he loves. So he need not do that since he might have a different love arc to him. But I really want them together....

PS: But why do I feel like the teenager from episode one is Oppa's son but not Najungs?

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Or it could be THEIRS? </3

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If that teenager was their son, he wouldn't have left the house with a polite "I'll going out for a sec". He would have been like , screaming "I just gotta go, WHY?!" while zooming out of the house and slamming the door as way of answering 39 year old Na Jung (Mom

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RE: your PS. I am thinking the same, to be honest. Maybe the clue about "clumsy love" means the road to marriage and happiness was not smooth in that Trash (if he's the husband) marries and has a child with another woman. Especially, since there's no indication that Na Jung's wedding was her second?

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hmmm, i don't have any strong theories about who the boy could be (i think any son of na-jung's wouldn't be more than 10 or 11 years old, assuming she became pregnant after her 2002 marriage, and the boy looked about 13 or 14)... but i'm currently pondering if perhaps he could be her brother? who hasn't been born yet in 1994?

the parents have a great relationship, so a 늦둥이 (late born child) might not be too far fetched. i don't know how old the mother is supposed to be, but given that women have given birth in their fifties and sixties, it might just be possible.

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Hmmm... Did not see that coming. Yeah, it feels a bit like '97. With the groom being unknown again I was like "Oh, no you're not doing the same thing to us again, right?" But anyway, I love the laugh out loud moments and hope it continues to be a fun ride (giggled so much at Na Pd's cameo). I love love love Go Ara in this role, and despite the twist, I'm half-hoping Bread Man will get the girl this time because he's just so sweet as the oppa.

Since I trust the production team and tvN, and I don't really compare past and present dramas unless it's so obvious and can't be helped, I'll continue to watch this. Just give me some good surprises now and then, AM 1994, and we're going to get along just fine.

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YES, Bread Man, I've only seen him on that show, and loved him there. He was one of the two (ok 3 and I'm being generous) redeeming characters on You're the Best Lee Soon Shin.

So excited that he's getting more airtime here.

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Thanks for the recap! I agree with you 100% - I'm loving the show, but it feels like the writers love the franchise as much as we do and want to keep it going forever. It's not the quick witted, tightly packed drama 1997 was. It's like when a drama we all love gets a two episode extension, and nobody's going to particularly complain because more cute, but in terms of the quality ...... There were a couple moments in both episodes where I was like 'this fight is going on for too long'.

All throughout the recap for Ep 1 I was confused why girlfriday was saying things like 'it seems like a real sibling relationship' so it really was a DUN DUN DUN moment when it was revealed here. And then it made sense why there was such a slow motion from the shoes up when he brought the milk in, to remind us of the wedding video.

But I can't even find myself to get too annoyed at the rehash of the Who's She Marrying plot, because Garbage is doing so well in his role. (And does it say a lot about me, as a kdrama viewer, that I accepted he'd be one of the two main in the running the moment we were introduced to him again as a genius intern? Like if he had just actually roamed the neighbourhood eating anything and sitting anywhere, I wouldn't've have accepted him as a man vying for her heart? :| :| :| I feel horrible.)

I actually burst out laughing in a couple of spots this episode, which was great. Her flopping like a slug, Na PD's cameo, the biscuit thing (I literally died at that moment, but it also had a twinge of sympathy which this franchise really does do well).

Get me the next ep quick. I want to see an old school MT. And the whole gang really starting to glue together.

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That whole KFC scene just killed me, i was laughing so hard, but the biscuits thing I totally understand because we don't have them in Australia. At least, not in fast food restaurants. If someone had told me to buy a biscuit when i visited the US, I would've done the same thing those boys did, lol

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I know the KFC thing was done for laughs and to highlight the fish out of water point but I felt that the cashier girl really screwed the guys over. I mean, in real life I think any sensible cashier at a service restaurant would've of casually/politely questioned their order or at least pointed out how big the biscuits were. I mean it should be obvious that 40 huge KFC biscuits is WAY too much to order to the employee and she knew they were only ordering 4 of them and only ordering 4 of everything else. Anyway, I'm loving this new Reply 1994 almost more than the 1997 one. Can't wait until the next episode!

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Yes, you're right this ep 2 reminded me a lot of Reply 1997! I love Jung Woo's acting, this guy is so cute and funny!

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Hmmm, now I understand why garbage oppa got angry when he saw the poster(basketball oppa) in her room in the first episode. what he done with her underwear it was weird. but now, he is not her real brother, it totally makes sense. He was simply jealous.

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Hmmm~

But it hasn't been established that he likes her...

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Thank you for this quick recap! I've found my new K-drama crack after I Hear Your Voice left a huge void.

I LOVE this show. On the surface, its "Reply" formula works. However, there are so many more layers to that formula.

The great relationships between the characters, the connection that they have with each other, the character build-up, and the surprises here and there. Hello, Oppa!

There are so many LOLs, but I love the quiet, heart-tugging moments just as much.

Since it's only episode two, I will refrain from making any prediction of who the hubby is. However, let me just say that my ship has completely sailed ever since Oppa "Garbage" (can we please give him a new name now, like Bachelor #5?) held Na Jung so quietly and tenderly on that hospital bed.

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I mean "Reply" or "Answer Me" franchise...

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bellowing ogre LOL. that's so spot on. i didn't know how to describe her enthusiastic fangirl mode.

yeah, the oppa twist confused me. before the show aired, i thought i remembered reading somewhere that jung woo would be one of go ara's love interests. so when the show aired and jung woo's character seemed like her biological bro, i figured i'd gotten something wrong or they'd changed something around.

but it would explain some small things about garbage that had vaguely puzzled me. like how he uses formal speech with the parents, calls them "mother" and "father" instead of "mom" and "dad" like na-jung. and despite all the familiarity, he always seemed to be just a TOUCH removed from them in comparison to na-jung. it didn't seem to be in keeping with his easy breezy character, but i didn't give it too much thought. but i did think it somewhat odd.

the episodes still do feel a bit long, but i still like the show. to think i was once so worried about how they'd pull off a prequel! maybe now that we're mostly finished setting up the story, the episodes will zip along more quickly?

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I wish Garbage stayed her brother :( :( :( Something about real blood brotherly love just really hits me right in the heart.

She talked to her husband in a Seoul accent right?! Otherwise she would speak to Garbage in a country accent. I hope hope hope hope Chil Bong ends up wtih Na Jung. I love his character description too much to endure a heartbreak on his behalf.

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I LOVED the first 2 episodes. samcheonpo is hilarious, his entire face. the parents are exactly the same and im completely on the oppa ship now. having reply 1994 is really taking all the best bits of reply 1997 and do it in a different setting and characters and i cant think of a better premise for one of my favouritest shows!!

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Guess it's safe to say Bread Man is the husband.

OMG I literally rolled on the floor when Na PD's scenes came on... laughed so loud when he brought out all the coffee cups HAHAHAHAA.

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"Na-jung confirms, “Out of these five men, one is my husband.”"

Initially I was like Noooooooooooooooooooooooo.... Then I was like yeah... yes... I DO want to play this game...

But I am loving Garbage.... I mean he is total meanie like Yoon Jae but he is showing his subdued gentleness already... so yeah...

Bring it on... show!

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Same reaction:
Nooooo nono, boring! Déjà vu! Booo!

And then:
Where is ep3?! I want it now! Who's the husband? Whose son is it? Now!

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I am one of those who is strongly against this guessing game.
For me, it spoils the enjoyment of the "Will they or won't they hook up?" Even though it is down to 5 different men, I still FOR SURE know at least one of them ends up with her.

I don't know exactly why, but I HATE this style of storytelling. It feels very claustrophobic, maybe?

Whatever it is, while I am enjoying everything else, I feel that shoe up there about to drop on me. It gives me a creepy feeling.

Does anyone else out there feel this?

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I feel the same claustrophobia.
Which is strange, since other shows give us the final guy right away, even though the heroine "might" choose Doomed Second Lead.

I solve it by choosing THE guy myself. Then it becomes like any other drama. With more angst.
I'm actually secretely rooting for Samcheonpo.

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Well he was helpless with directions in the start, and she did have to give directions on the phone in the opening...

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Oh no! He's not her real brother! Ack! Now there's going to be all sorts of crossed wires and heartbreak and stuff. I love Jung Woo too much for a painful love triangle! (Though it might hurt so good, I'll have to watch it now) I was enjoying them being siblings...

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Episode 2! Thank you! I'm loving this... Oppa angle hmmmm, can't wait to discover which will be the husband. Will it be the goofy Oppa (who really isn't goofy?) pls continue to recap... I'm loving Go Ara here... Oppa, which is Oppa..?

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You know I'm actually happy they're doing the who is the hubby game again....
I loved it in reply 1997 so I honestly do think I'll like it here too.

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Even with the repetitive Guessing Game plot drive, I find it works quite well given the drama franchise. While I was totally not seeing the Oppa's character-background's twist coming, despite having to bid farewell on the sibling connection (le sigh) it does keep you wanting to know how this story gonna end. Bring it on, '94!

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came here just to say...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I LOVE NA PD's CAMEO!
been a fan from day 1 of 1n2d and his part had me laughing, especially "DDENG!"

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:( I was not surprise by her oppa not being her bio-brother because some stupid head posted it, without a spoiler tag! I need to learn to watch episode, then go online that way spoilers won't bug me.
Anyhow, I was playing detective on who the husband is. I wonder if they are misdirecting us?
I know that it can't be Hatai because the drama bios made it clear he has a love line with the tiny girl. I think it be hilarious if it was the older looking guy. But I think it's between Smiley, baseball, & oppa. My vote is on Oppa, because at the beguiling she gives her husband directions. Baseball is from Seoul, would he need direction?

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Sorry about the comment, been watching LILO & Stitch. Oh and I read the spoiler on another site. It be silly of me to come read a recap & not expect to find what happens in show.

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I thought Oppa's lived in Seoul for five years before Na Jung's family moved in? I remembered he's lived quite a while there before them, and am familiar with Seoul...or is my memory deceiving me?

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Yup, from info I got was:

They didn't live together at Masan, garbage went to seoul when he was 19/20 and is there for 5 years already, Na Jung's family moved to Seoul one/two month ago, so this means Garbage probably went to live in their boarding house, meaning NJ and Garbage are living under the same roof for just one/two months.

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I would think it's baseball instead. She spoke to him on the phone in Seoul accent. If it was oppa, she would just speak to him in Masan accent cause they were both from there. Like Yoon Jae and Shi Won still spoke in Busan accent after they got married and stayed in Seoul.

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Maybe I'm paranoid but in the third to last screencap w/ the men... Chilbongie is not wearing a wedding band! T_T, lol.

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yup he isn't and Na Jung uses a ring! And Chunpo and Trash right hands were not show DUN DUN DUN

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I knew there was something weird when Garbage was hating on Na Jung's posters. lol.

I like Garbage more than Chilbong right now. And I think it's gonna stay the same. But eeeeeee I'll wait.

Thanks for the recaps, javabeans~!

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I am just happy that Jung Woo got a good role in this drama. And I didn't watch 1997, except for last few epi, so the sequel is new for me, even if it is a repeat.

I love the twist and I think Yeon Suk is probably the end game (I was hoping to be 100% on his side), but I would still secretly hope that she ends up with oppa-ya (for now). And the fact that she changed to Seoul accent while talking to him seems like a big hint.

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I feel like she marries Garbage at the end because as I recall in the beginning when she was watching her wedding video, someone commented on the groom and said that he looked handsome when he's all styled.it made me wonder why someone would say that since Chilbongie probably always looks handsome(not that Garbage doesn't but in this drama it's assume like that). In any case,I loved the twist! I started shipping them so hard after the hospital scene so I was glad that it wasn't going to be incest-y XD although I feel bad Chilbongie too since Garbage is so awesome so I wouldn't mind if it was just a one sided crush on Na Jung's part and Chilbongie had to work hard to win her over

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Shipping oppa n ara! Luved the hospital bed scene. Soooo sweeeet.

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Other than the stylistic points, what made Reply 1997 good for me was Eunji, who was the heart of the show. Really. So I'm glad we got a strong actor again. I really hope this really solidifies Jung Woo's status as an actor. He will really be one of those actors that had a career before their fame. It would be a good idea for the writer to make Jung Woo the focus rather than Ara. It will make this season different.

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Hmmm, yes answer me 1994 remembers a lot answer me 1997. But however, I don't get this ''pace'' you guys keep saying.

For me it is fine - the more I can see about them - the happy I'm. I still didn't feel it is dragging or going slow.

Plus, answer me 1997 was good until episode 12-13, then it dragged tbh. I already new who SW was going to end, it was too obvious, so the ''husband game'' was not that fun anymore, because TW was never really a real contender for SW.

Now, here on answer me 1994, there are two strong contenders, and I really not sure who she is going to end! I'm sooo enxcited and can't wait!

Here, it is the main girl that likes the guy first, and her one sided jorney will start, aww :)

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Yeah, I'm not really getting the complaints about the pace either. For me, neither of the episodes felt slow at all.
And even if there wasn't much happening plotwise, I just enjoyed the characters and the world. For some reason, it reminds me a bit of the Harry Potter books - I just love the world itself and I would read seven books of the same length of just them going to school and nothing really exciting happening :D

I'm a bit scared for my little heart, though...
I'm all onboard the Garbage ship (eh - that sounds wrong...) which actually makes me really afraid she'll end up with someone else D:

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Thanks for recapping and explaining all the cameo's and other K facts I miss.

I am all for Oppa and Jung-ah, all the way.
If it ends up any other way, my heart will break into a gazillion pieces and I have only seen him as a potential love interest ten minutes ago. How am I going to feel after he does all kinds of other thoughtful things for her?
He rubs her hair.
Gets her warm milk.
Buys her cookies.
Let's her drunk bite him.
Takes care of her in the hospital when nobody else was there.

I had read there there was a surprise in this episode.
Let me confess what I had hoped was going to happen. When we saw the back of someone visiting her in the hospital, I thought they had talked Sang-min into dropping by and checking on her. And the was going to say he actually missed all her shouting at the play-off games and worried about her.

I have to say, I like what they did with Dr. Oppa better.

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Agreed, that scene where he was taking care of her in the hospital, taking care of her every little whim even without her asking for it. Giving her an extra pillow (she always folded her pillow into two at home), closing the curtains (she asked him to close the curtains at home too), and the warm milk etc. Replayed that scene many times, i don't know why but that kind of tender loving care just hits home for me.

On a side note, maybe somebody should have done a bit of homework and told Na Jung that patients with prolapsed discs don't squirm about in bed like she does... usually they're in so much pain they just lie still, for even turning sideways is hell for them in acute pain. They don't toss and turn. I worked in an orthopaedics ward before, seen many of them.

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Definitely agree, this show would be so much better had they used the original format of answer me 1997 where the episodes were only 30 minutes long.
I feel like if they cut down all those looong scenes and dialogue it would have been a more fun, breezy watch.
Still, it has the same mood,tone,atmosphere as answer me 1997(which i loved), although it's a little been there done that, anything new kinda thing.

I thought about the twist (and although it came out of nowhere), i support this couple because i absolutely love bread man in this role and think he absolutely deserved lead role. Come on, we all know he's the husband. I bet my money on that. Answer me 1994 is following into the same footsteps as answer me 1997. Awakened feelings, bickering, getting slapped, goofy-not-exactly-ideal-son-in-law material. I think that all reminds me of seo in gook's character in 1997.

Although i'm really liking 1994, I do want to know what the heck the central arc is too, JB. Hopefully next few episodes dial down on the dragged out scenes and ups up the college life antics. I mean, they're all in college, right? I think aside from the backdrop that's only where it differs from answer me 1997.

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I am enjoying these shows. The combo of all the pieces is just right and I am hooked. Love the 90's nostalgia and I didn't even grow up in Korea but there's enough there to remember my own high school and college days.

It would be cool if they went with one of the other 3 guys than the obvious front runners: Oppa and Chilbongie. Just a thought.

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My wish:
1. Samcheonpo
2. Garbage
3. Chilbongie

I think Samcheonpo and Na-jung have zero chemistry together, but I luuuuv Samcheonpo!

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What about Yoon-Jin, btw? Haitai?

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This drama is going to kill me. Already aboard Oppa/Jung Ah ship, depending on how the other third of this triangle is written, I may end up flip flopping back and forth.

Albeit, if a drama can do that - then that's some pretty good writing, having me on tenterhooks does nothing for my health though!

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I love him I think he HOT and I love his body and smile. It was getting scary, not the hospital bed scene that was OKAY no incest radar went off there. The dog bit on the lips had me thinking it time Korea start to interaction with other cultures because when your brother can be the one you want to love the blood has already been tainted.

I have five very handsome brothers all my life I had to deal with girl and now woman coming around; you think my home was “Playboy Mansion”. Because of this I think my mother and me are the only woman my brothers “trust” they are extremely loving and affection toward me, mostly with material things and always a kiss on the head on forehead so I use to physical affection from sibling and understand it. The biting of his lip was crossing the line, so for me that twist need to happen ASAP!!!!! For me to continue watching because incest is something I cannot relate too or even want to try to understand…..

Side notes It strange but I never gave a second thought when my female cousin squeeze my boobies and my girlfriends hit my butt sayin she like how it jiggle, just sayin…..

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I enjoyed the first two episodes and all but now, a few things are bothering me:
- those childhood photos made them look like they were close in age. But aren't they 5 years apart? How old were they in those photos? 5 and 10? 8 and 13?
- how can those two have that kind of rapport and routine if they've only been living together for a month and if before that they weren't even living in the same city for 5 years? No wonder the parents didn't seem all that comfortable with their closeness.
That's why the reveal felt a bit weird for me. I'm still going to watch though. I'm lookibg forward to get to know the other characters.

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I definitely agree with wishing it stuck to shorter length...too much dialogue. As much as I like it when they're all together, their conversation is not that all that great. I like the moments between the roomies, and Na Jung and her oppa.

I was surprised and did not see the twist coming; they fought like real siblings. I think she's beginning to feel something but in this case, they know each other too well and I doubt he'll become her husband (although it worked in 1997)

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I am actually so happy that Jung Woo's character is not Na-jung's biological brother. I first watched him in You're the Best Lee Soon Shin, and he was the highlight of so many episodes. When I saw the trailers and promotional material for Reply, I was so disappointed that he was Na-jung's brother! This guy can definitely smolder so to me it was a huge waste.

Honestly, as I was reading this recap, and it began to hint that the two may not be related, I sought out episode 1 right away lol

I'm super happy about this twist, and also think that he is very likely her future husband. I can't wait to watch how their relationship develops!

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Jung woo oppa is now my new crush. He's just gorgues when he wears a white t shirt. And I like go ara's character in here. I might as well going to watch reply 1997 after this show

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Nooooooo, not Oppa!! He's not going to get the girl then :(

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Personally, I like the 1997 similarities we've got here. And I'm also on Garbage's side, although that may be due to the fact that Chilbongie has barely any screen time. I'm liking the show, but I'm not sure what it's about. The characters are great, the situations they get into are hilarious, and Go Ara is actually doing a good job, better than I thought she would. I'm already looking forward to more episodes.

Thanks for the recap, JB! Team Garbage all the way! LOL!

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