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Answer Me 1994: Episode 4

The husband is revealed! Ish. In true Answer Me fashion, a clue comes attached with a bunch of qualifiers that basically negate the clue-iness of that clue, putting us no closer to the truth than we were before. This show is such a tease, and I can’t decide if I like it or want to drop-kick it in aggravation. I suppose the fact that I’m not sure is a sign it’s doing something half-right… or something half-wrong. Ahem. Just sayin’.

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EPISODE 4: “Lie”

We open in 2013, still watching Na-jung’s wedding video. Haitai scratches his head trying to recall the name of the guy on camera, who jokes onscreen that Na-jung’s husband is the only guy who’d put up with her temper. She swears in response, to which Garbage chides her to speak prettily. She says okay, then immediately automatically swears some more.

Chilbongie sprawls on the couch, and Yoon-jin tells him to go take a nap. Ooh, another tease, since it sounds like she’s saying, “Go to your room,” but it could just as well mean “Use one of the rooms.”

Na-jung gets a call from the security desk about a package, and she confirms that it’s in her husband’s name—a name we don’t hear because of a convenient cut back to the gang’s conversation—before going down to retrieve it.

Finally they remember the guest’s name, and we jump back to 1994 to confirm it: Ki-tae, a batter whose reputation for hitting homeruns gets him into a nightclub (a “rockcafe”). Haitai and Samcheonpo are also waiting in line, looking adorably out of step in their wannabe ’90s fashions (one-strapped overalls! Colored bandanas! Saggy pants!) and are let in, but only to the basement level. Poor bumpkins.

It’s TV night at the boardinghouse, with Na-jung, Dad, and the two cousins Chilbongie and Binggeure. Aw, I love that Chilbongie’s become a fixture at the boardinghouse of outsiders, and that the boys bicker like real cousins. (Binggeure’s never seen this popular gag performance before, Chilbongie jokes that his dad must’ve thrown away the TV ’cause he was so addicted, and Binggeure retorts that SBS doesn’t broadcast in the countryside. Dad remarks that with all three broadcast stations available now, sometimes he’s at a loss with all the choices. HA.) And is it me, or is Chilbongie already looking at Na-jung with moony grins?

Mom serves the melon Chilbonggie brought over, which is a rare treat—you have to watch Na-jung’s silent reaction as she bites into one for the first time—and bought a department store. Eyes widen all around.

Chilbongie tries to play it off modestly, but it gets more awkward when Mom asks how much it cost and the family gasps collectively. I love that Mom chides Na-jung for calling Oppa Garbage, then asks Binggeure, “How does our Garbage act at school?” This family cracks me up; their motto may as well be “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Garbage is Binggeure’s sunbae in med school, and Binggeure says that he’s totally charismatic at school. Na-jung: “What, the charisma of wiping your face with the towel you used on your feet?” Cut to: Garbage emerging from the bathroom, using the floor mat to dry his hair.

Haitai gets in from another night at the club, though he didn’t get in this time. To explain why, Samcheonpo comes in wearing something you’d expect of a middle-aged businessman, and the others crack up.

Chilbongie is sleeping a few nights over in Binggeure’s room while his dad’s on a business trip and his mother’s on her honeymoon. Haitai doesn’t know about the divorce/remarriage and wonders what it means, while Samcheonpo guesses dimly, “His parents must have only now had the formal ceremony.” LOL.

He clarifies about the divorce and fidgets at the pitying look Na-jung and the country boys send his way… except it turns out to be awe as they absorb this added proof that Seoul is bigger, faster, and cooler: “Wow, a divorce! I’ve only ever seen those on TV!”

Garbage joins them and settles next to Na-jung, putting his head in her lap while she gets this “Omgomgomg” look on her face. Then he proceeds to drip melon juice on her leg, and cautiously wipes at it, hoping she won’t notice. But the touch jolts her out of her stupor and she shoves his head away, yelling at him for being a mess. The others silently sliiiide away the melon tray from the bickering duo and continue their grilling of Chilbongie, asking if he’s ever flown abroad or eaten bananas.

Late at night, the core family sits at the kitchen table prepping for the next day. The parents are headed back to their hometown, and I’m guessing the occasion is a sad one from the way Mom is distracted and glum. Still, she makes sure Na-jung is on top of breakfast-making for the morning, since they’ll be leaving at the crack of dawn.

Na-jung assures Mom she’s on top of it as she does the dishes, when out of nowhere Oppa pushes his way to the sink and takes over. Then in the morning when Na-jung makes her sleepy way to the kitchen, she finds the rice already cooking—Oppa took care of it.

Na-jung struggles with the tap on the sink, and just like that Oppa is there to twist it open for her. Then he wraps his arms around her and leans, calling her a nice girl and dropping a kiss on the back of her head. She freezes as he jokes, “Wanna marry me? I’ll treat you well.”

He chatters on in a one-sided conversation as Na-jung struggles to keep her feelings under control, taking over cooking breakfast and telling her to rest. How’s a girl to resist?

Binggeure watches TV while cutting out the programming schedule from the paper—ha, he really is a TV addict. Five bucks says he becomes a PD. On the news is a story of a large fire, and Haitai’s mother is quick to put in a worried call to her son to make sure he’s safe. Aw. He tells her that the city’s big and the fire is nowhere near, but moms will be moms.

The boys sit down to breakfast, and Garbage’s saturi comes out in full force, which is doubly funny because he’s usually the Seoul-to-bumpkin translator of the house, but now he’s the one needing translation. (Garbage growls at Samcheonpo not to translate, saying he looks like a serial killer.)

Chilbongie joins them and thanks Garbage for breakfast, which Na-jung takes issue with since she’s the one serving them. Chilbongie says that with Mom and Dad gone, Garbage is the oldest, and that makes Garbage wonder if everyone thinks they’re blood siblings. Everyone gapes to hear they’re not.

Chilbongie asks why Garbage calls Mom “Mom” if she isn’t his mother, and the country boys inform him that it’s common to call your friend’s mother “Mom.” Highlighting that point is a phone call that Samcheonpo answers, saying, “Yes, Mom? Hold on. Haitai, it’s your mom!” (She’s seen another segment on the news about a college drinking death and has to be assured again that Haitai is fine.) Chilbongie decides he really likes this Mom practice.

Haitai is headed for the rock cafe again tonight, though he sighs that he doesn’t know if he’ll get in. Samcheonpo emerges from their room spiffed up in a full suit and tie, and the minute Haitai threatens not to take him dressed like that, he whirls around silently to go change. Ha. Poor Haitai is still deluding himself into thinking the only reason they didn’t get in was because they didn’t go early enough to wait—you know, 6 p.m. The blank look Na-jung gives him is priceless.

Binggeure finds his cousin smiling to himself and asks why, to which Chilbongie answers that he finds the people in this house really fun—he’d like to be reborn as a country boy in his next life. So cute. Binggeure seems determined to flunk out of his major and lies down for a nap to skip yet another day of classes. But today Garbage orders him out of bed and won’t be shaken off.

Chilbongie is the last to leave for the day, and Na-jung offers him lunch first (and then makes him cook the ramyun, haha). While he cooks, she gets a call from her fangirl friend, tipping her off on Sang-min Oppa going on an MT with his department. She makes note of where he’ll be leaving.

Chilbongie laughs to himself over the exchange, and then continues to laugh all through lunch—she’s not being particularly funny, but he seems to find everything about her interesting and hilarious. She looks at him blankly, half-convinced he’s making fun of her, though he assures her he’s not.

Na-jung spends the entire day cleaning the house from inside out. She accepts a package that Oppa has been waiting for, and the show teases us with the glimpse of his last name: Kim. That’s all we get for now, folks.

Haitai and Samcheonpo spend all their class time primping for the club, determined to make it in today. Haitai pauses for yet another worried-mom call (she saw something on the news about an accident), saying whatever answers will get her off the phone quickest.

They arrive at the club extra-early… only to get told that they are again too late. Haitai’s not having it and glowers at the usher, who gulps under the scrutiny but sticks to his line. Haitai warns that he’d best not be lying, then turns to go dejectedly. Samcheonpo has been watching the whole thing with a look of resignation, and seems to have caught on. He tells Haitai decisively, “I think this is a case of… needing to get here earlier.” Ha. Good ol’ Samcheonpo, always on hand to miss the point.

Na-jung catches a news report on TV, this time about a gas explosion in a Suncheon apartment that seriously injured a middle-aged woman. Oh noes, not Mom! On the off-chance that it could be Haitai-related, Na-jung leaves him a message telling him to call home, just in case.

Unfortunately, he misses seeing the pager message since he and Samcheonpo are busy watching a movie in a DVD room. (Ah, remember those?)

Then Na-jung sees a framed photo of her family of four, picking it up with a teary eye. Ohhh, is today the memorial of her brother’s death? That would explain her mood and her obsession with cleaning. The photo reminds her of something, and she goes on a hunt looking for it. (Song: “You’re Deep in My Heart,” posted above.)

Haitai and Samcheonpo are shocked to see Ki-tae (the hotshot batter) here instead of the rock cafe. Ki-tae says he’s headed there later, flabbergasting our bumpkins, who are aghast at the idea that he’d jeopardize his chances of getting in. And then the ball drops as they realize what’s really been going on. Better late than never?

So they enlist Ki-tae’s help in getting past the gatekeeper tonight: Ki-tae stands in line and gets his party waved inside, at which point they step forward. The dismayed doorman is eager to avoid a confrontation and offers them free snacks, which gets Haitai to proceed inside, where he and Samcheonpo automatically head for the basement. Ki-tae’s girlfriend has to correct them, saying that the basement is the worst floor and that they’re headed to the top.

At that, Haitai flips his lid and seizes the doorman by the shirtfront, giving him what-for for his discrimination. Samcheonpo just moseys along, suggesting that they head upstairs, letting Haitai carry on. Hee.

There are only four at the dinner table tonight, and Chilbongie urges Na-jung to sit and eat with them, but she keeps getting up to serve and check on dishes. Her face is obscured by the brim of a hat the whole time, I’m thinking to cover her eyes, and she declines to eat. All through dinner, she sits dully in her seat, picking at her food.

Her melancholy mood is reflected in her parents’ demeanors as they take a taxi through the city. Mom sighs that their boy would’ve been just like those kids had he lived, going on dates and studying at college. She breaks down as she says it would’ve been so nice if today were his birthday and not his deathday, crying that time just makes her miss him more.

The clubbing boys get home, still seething at the idea of being shafted all this time. Na-jung asks Haitai about calling his mother, and he only now hears about the Suncheon explosion. In alarm, he bolts for the phone and calls home, only to get a busy signal over and over. His panic mounts as he redials, and finally she picks up with a cheery voice, having been chatting with a neighbor. His relief and worry mix as he barks that he was worried sick, and she chuckles back at him, using his own words about how the city is a big place and the accident site was allllll the way across town.

Haitai gets choked up as Mom promises to send up more of his favorite jam (which he’d told her in an earlier call that he’d finished, just to get her off the line), and then we see why: The big jar is still on the shelf, unopened. He opens it up and starts eating, blinking back tears.

Garbage shows up just as Samcheonpo is making a dig at him and gives him a whack on the head. It’s hilarious how Samcheonpo then gives Garbage a respectful bow goodnight, only to shoot him a dirty look when he’s not looking.

Oppa’s been at home less than a minute before he catches on to Na-jung’s unusual demeanor, and he watches closely as she gets up to serve him soup. He takes off the cap blocking her face and checks her temperature, noting that she’s not well and sending her to bed. She lies in bed crying, and Oppa stops by to tuck a pillow under her head.

Dad stops on the way home to pick up fried chicken, since “our son” eats a lot. Heartsick Mom heads for bed upon arriving home, and Dad gives her a massage to make her feel better. Chilbongie knocks on their door to invite them to eat the chicken, but the parents decline and tell him to eat up. He pauses to wish them good night, tacking on a cautious “M…other. Mother? Mother.” He attempts his best approximation of a saturi accent, which may be the cutest thing ever.

Mom cuddles with Na-jung, both of them shedding tears. Na-jung asks if Mom knows where her stuffed seal doll went—the one she used to carry around as a kid that she’s been looking for all day. Mom reminds her that she’d given it to her brother on his last day.

Na-jung heads back to her own bed and lies down… and her hand notices something odd about the pillow lying under her head, which isn’t a pillow at all but a seal doll that looks just like the one in the family photo.

She barges into Garbage’s room and asks if he bought that doll, and he confirms that he did—that was the package that came earlier today. Ooof. He advises her to take it easy, noting how she worked herself ragged today, and tucks her into bed with some medicine.

Na-jung has something to say, though, and takes a moment mustering up her nerve. Garbage waits expectantly, and finally she manages to say, “I… like you oppa.” Then she repeats it for good measure, adding, “I like you. I love you.”

He looks stunned. He stares for long moments, and raises a shaking hand up to her cheek… and pinches. He laughs, taking the whole thing as a joke and saying she really had him for a second.

Na-jung’s voiceover: “Of all days, it had to be April Fool’s Day. The death that seemed like a lie, and the confession that turned into a lie—both had to be on that day. Nobody had told a lie and so nobody had been fooled. But more than the fool who’s tricked by April Fool’s, a thousand times worse was the terrible April Fool’s Day itself. Sometimes reality is crueler than lies.”

And there it is, circled on the calendar: April Fool’s Day, and under that, “Tae-hoon’s death anniversary.”

Outside, the others dig into the piles of fried chicken, and we get another name tease with Haitai asking about the cousins’ names, only to get cut off by Dad barking at Yoon-jin to cut her hair. The name conversation resumes with the cousins about to reveal their last name, and then Dad jumps in with hair complaints for Samcheonpo. Dad sniffs that Samcheonpo’s (real) name is such a mismatch for his face, and Samcheonpo protests that it’s not—his name is fine. It’s Kim—

—and again we get cut off, because we’re going to be coy about this forevah. Chilbongie gets caught up laughing at the bickering session and misses hearing his cousin calling him, so Binggeure switches to his name: “Hey, Joon-ah!” (But we already knew his name from yesterday!)

Back to 2013. Na-jung picks up her packages from the front desk, and the security guard squints to read the name: “It’s Kim…”

She cuts him off to say that yes, that’s her husband all right. She takes the boxes up to her apartment, where Chilbong joins the others after his nap, which means all five guys are sitting next to each other on the couch when Na-jung looks over and calls, “Yeobo!” (Used only with spouses.) Nobody reacts, so she says sharply, “Hey, Kim Jae-joon!”

Five heads swivel in her direction.

“Among these five men, there is my husband,” she narrates. “And my husband’s name is Kim Jae-joon.”

Back to 1994, jumping back earlier that day to Na-jung’s call about where to catch Sang-miin oppa when he goes on his MT. The caller hangs up thinking Na-jung bought the joke, but her friend scoffs that nobody would be dumb enough to fall for that, and that Na-jung was just humoring her: “She can seem uneducated, but she’s not an idiot.”

The next day, Na-jung dutifully waits in front of the station, approaching the group of students that is curiously Sang-min-less. She asks about him and gets confused looks as the students depart, but still she hangs around, hopeful as always.

 
COMMENTS

There were some really moving scenes in this episode, but I’ll say this: There is no reason this had to be an hour and 15 minutes long. Zero. If this extra-long running time continues, I’m going to be a grouchypants shooting curses at the writers—they’re taking a sharp, witty thing and dulling all its edges and thinning out the good stuff. I don’t mean the show isn’t good anymore, because it is, but it could be really amazing and instead it’s shooting itself in the foot. Which makes my heart sad and my back hurt. I really feel the excess fat when slogging through the scenes for recaps, and when “slogging” becomes a word you use to describe a show, that’s not a good thing. I’m hoping this is a one-off deal, and we’re back to one-hour episodes next week (which is already about 15 minutes too long, in my book).

Haitai’s story was one of those moving scenes of one of those scenarios we’ve all experienced—not appreciating your mother and then feeling the weight of that guilt when you realize it. It’s also an example of this drama doing what it does best, weaving in its sense of humor and the theme of the day into a heart-tugging moment. And there’s that universal truth of how sometimes the best way to show momma your love is to eat what she makes you.

On to the big reveal, which isn’t so big after all: Kim Jae-joon. Which could be annnnnybody. Let’s see what we’ve got so far: Oppa’s last name is Kim, Samcheonpo is also a Kim, Haitai is unnamed and therefore still in the running, Chilbongie is “Joon” and thus potentially Jae-joon, and Binggeure both shares last names with Chilbongie and a character in his first name, which means he could also be a Joon.

How like this show to give us a huge clue and then obscure the whole thing anyway, because nobody’s going to reveal his name until the end anyway, are they? This is still a clear two-way race between Garbage and Chilbongie, but they’ve kept the others around just for funsies, and at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if we finally hear that Garbage is named Kim Jae-joon, only to have Chilbongie chime in, “Oh, me too!”

Still, if this series does one thing better than the original, it has to be in the question of who the husband is, which feels a lot more like a real question this time around. We all have our suspicions, but I suspect that if we had to poll ourselves the numbers would be pretty neck-and-neck.

Well there’s a thought. Let’s do this thing:

For some reason I feel like it has to be Chilbongie, even if I think so based more on meta information than the plot itself. The plot thus far has been leaning heavily toward Oppa, with the way he reads Na-jung so well and is there for her without her even asking for it, and even with zero romantic strings attached it would be enough to make me cry a little at the sweetness. What kills me more about his seal doll gift isn’t just that he knew she’d need the comfort, but the way he presents it silently, without fanfare or drawing attention to himself. You know he’s got to feel his best friend’s loss too, but he’s not in the inner circle of the family grief and therefore steps up to ease their burden on their tough day.

But it’s like watching a mystery where the clues all lead in one direction, and that pings your suspicion radar because it’s too simple. Plus, the failed confession is such a gut-punching moment for Na-jung that feels so true to life about that love that went unrealized. Maybe I’m wrong and the story will turn back around, but that achy unrequited feeling will always be associated with Oppa. We haven’t had the time to get to know Chilbongie, and he’s clearly not wearing a wedding ring in the 2013 scenes, which ought to take him out of the running right away. But instead it feels like the show is setting us up for a misdirect—only time will tell… and I suspect it will take a loooot of time.

For now, I’m going to enjoy watching him try to puzzle out Na-jung like she’s a quirky alien creature; his fascination with her every move is adorable, especially when she’s not doing anything special. And that’s what gets me, more than his longing for a family life or calling Mom “Mother”—the fact that he finds her special just for being normal ol’ her.

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As someone who is marathoning '97 atm, i have to say that 97 has a similar (sluggish) pacing as well? Scenes tend to drag on for an extra minute or two than needed, I guess that's just the way it is with this franchise.

I'm actually liking the interactions in '94 more, the opening scene where they bobbed their heads to the intro of Last Match was daebak and it just got funnier from there. And the running gag with the mountain of food (justified this time) <333

Still at episode 1 so I haven't met Chilbongie, but ooh I sense a shipping war ahead. And for once the second lead might have a fighting chance??? So excited.

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I love all the little things that Oppa-ya does for Na Jung (sorry Jung woo won me over from day 1 love his acting and portrayal) and so I really wish that he does end up with Na Jung ....

Yes Chilbongie character hasn't exactly been flesh out but I feel the same goes for Oppa-ya ... he does have a history with Na Jung but outside of her family circle we truly know nothing of him (nothing of his family and his life outside the boarding house ... he is a genius amd respected at school but why is he aloof in the family) ...I'm sure his character has secret that hasnt flesh out yet ...

Can't wait for more

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I saw your name and I thought I wrote this in my sleep haha.

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Jung woo was a terrific, unusual choice for the role. He's naturalistic, but also just jumping off the screen. Did you see YTBLSS? He was so freaking charming.

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Yup, he was my favorite in YTBLSS and coming to answer me, from all the news I would think that that Yoo Yeon-seok and Go Ara is the main OTP (which they may be) so I was set on rooting for them but the moment episode 1 starts, Jung woo won me over .. him and Go Ara are fantastic together even when they were made to believe as sibilings and finding out he is a candidate as well (and they're not sibling) .. they got me root for their pairing from day 2.

and agree, Jung woo is an unusual choice for the role (since kdrama trend to be "good looking guys" which I would say Yoo Yeon-seok is more of compare to Jung woo) but I have no care for looks compare to talents and acting chops which Jung woo won me over with (for Garage character the same way I like Bread Man in YTBLSS) ... he is so natural and just steal the scene each time he comes in...him and Samcheonpo

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After episode 4, I'm still team oppa but really chilbongie is not too far behind. Also I'm counting in binggrae since the teaser for me is making it as if he will have a crush on na jung.

So far based on the future scenes, if they were married, shouldn't they (NJ & OPPA) sit beside each other in the house the same way they do in 94? I was also hoping the scene in 2013, would be a clue when oppa corrects NJ about speaking prettier since she would be 40 soon. I was 'yes!', it must be oppa, since if it were someone else, that would have been awkward and the husband may have objected (bec you know... another man correcting your wife would be weird), but then I watched it again and chilbongie was sleeping, dundundun... back to square one for my theories...

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But... the correcting could be Oppa being a real Oppa and then no husband would object, because technically it's not another man, but big brother-in-law correcting wife noh?

Also, Chilbongie is an extremely easy-going non-angsty character... at least so far... :)

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I want it to be Oppa but I'm thinking thats not how its going to end. :( Plus Chilbong in the 2013 scenes seems more at ease in the apartment to me. But either way I'm excited to see how all the relationships play out. Oh and am I the only one who wants to see more of Yoon-Jin. I mean where did she go?

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I *want* it to be Chilbongie, but I think it's going to be Oppa. I think Chilbongie's purpose will be to open Oppa's eyes to the fact that he doesn't want to see his little 'sister' go off and marry somebody else after all.

But I would be pleased as punch to be wrong about that.

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BTW, the mountain of food gag with *both* of these shows just hits a sweet, sweet spot for me. *I* cook for my family and their friends that way- it's a running joke at our house, too. My kids are always teasing me about it. I am always afraid there won't be enough, and I hate the thought of anybody leaving my table hungry.

I cooked my first Thanksgiving Dinner as a married woman 30 years ago for my husband's tech school class of 15 strapping young airmen, and I cooked for the young single members of his squadrons and at our church for the next 20 years, so I am used to cooking in huge quantities and I just haven't stopped.

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Dear DHM,

God bless you and your “need to feed”. It is definitely a MOM thing, though not all moms catch it. I, also, cooked for quantity with my children and their friends, not to the extent that you do but with the same sentiment. Pies and cookies, yeast rolls, succulent meats with juice (for the yeast rolls) raw veggies for dips. Feeding people is a good gift. Food brings people together. Good on you!

Sorry, I got off topic.

I love the boarding house and the fact that it is run by such a warm, loving family.
Oppa rocks my world.

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Exactly for the reason you gave, I'm uneasy that Chilbongie is the husband. The clues point toward Oppa, and that's exactly why he isn't. I'm trying to not be as excited about this drama so I don't get heartbroken (since I *heart* oppa).

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I really hope it's Chilbongie but on the off chance that it's not, I'm not letting myself completely side with him so I don't get disappointed in the end.

But I have to say, I mean I really like Trash and so at times I try to imagine him being her husband but it just looks odd. I hope they don't make him the husband because I'd hate for her to have to lose another brother.

And not only that, I'm kinda rooting that her love for him is completely one-sided.

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This is my first time to comment, and I just felt the need of sharing my thoughts.

First of all, I really have to agree that this episode doesn't have to be an hour long. There were times when I just stood up from my seat, grabbed a snack, and went back in front of the screen to check what was now happening. Though I have to admit that there were scenes that hits me all the time. Like with Haitai and his mother. I live in a different country from my parents, so the conversation of Haitai and his mom was an emotional breakdown for me. My heart literally raced as he called her over and over again. I cried along as he finally ate the jam she sent him.

Though I watched Reply 1997, I try my best not to do a compare and contrast between 1994 and 1997 because both have its certain charm. But I do appreciate that each episode has their own theme which is relatable to anyone, korean or not korean.

I don't mind playing this guessing game again. It does puzzle me.. alot! I do want to believe that Oppa (Garbage) is her husband, but it's too early to tell since Chil Bong does have a big potential in being the husband. It made me remember how many times I pulled my hair when I watched Reply 1997 because I was always certain that Yoon Jae was the husband, but towards the last remaining episodes, the writers attempted to trick me that Hyung was the husband, and I almost fell for it. Anyway, going back to Reply 1994, they are trying to do it again, but to me its even better because now all the boys have a shot in being the husband. Like with the next episode, it looks like Binggeure will have more screen time. Hopefully will get to see him more with Najung. I'm also looking forward with Najung and Chil Bong interaction. I just love how interested he is to her.

And I've been wanting to say this since I really can't spazz alot on twitter because some of my followers haven't started watching this, but OH MY GANBSZHSJSHA. Garbage oppa was a personal torture for me. He does all sort of things to Najung that really makes my heart race and at the same time, makes me feel sorry for her. Oppa- ya just won me over. He won me over in an instant. I want some warm milk too!

Thank you for the recap, and I really can't wait for the next episode!

-omona143

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Maybe is the effect of the earlier promo of the drama, I believe and want Chilbongie to be her husband.

Yes, garbage oppa is really sweet and nice. If I were Na-jung, I would have fallen for him too. But somehow, I've this feeling that oppa only see and treat her like a dongseang, at least as at March 1994. He wouldn't have a (ex-)girlfriend if he liked her romantically, right? Maybe he will change his feeling after Na-jung gave up and started noticing Chilbongie, but that's too late cos the ship has sailed! :p

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Watching this episode live on telly has made me realise how much watching dramas via a medium that allows fast-forwarding has made me into an impatient viewer. Once I just sat back and just passively 'watched', I found the way that the narrative reallllly took its time very therapeutic. Delayed gratification is definitely character building.

Also, if they'd limited the episode to an hour, the hilarious 'ddal ddal y' scene between Najung and Chilbong might not have graced our screens!

Oh, and if my memory serves me right, video-bangs were the dens of illicit skinship at the time. ;-)

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thanks for the recap :) ! totally shipping oppa-ya and NJ. <33 i really hope his the husband! as much as i adore chilbongie oppa-ya just tugs at my heartstrings a bit more. im too much of a weakling when it comes to closefriends/lovers relationships to let this one go xD

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Aaarrrgh!! Soooo when i watched episode 0 I rrrreeeeally thought Chilbongie was gonna be the husband and i wanted him to be but uh-oh i just fell for Oppayah and duuuuuh he is The ONE :) heyy btw i got a question are the guys from Reply 1997 gonna be in this one too?? I heard that somewhere and i was like whaaaaaat??! Hahaha thats the main reason im watching it lol I just stil cant get over Yoon Jaeh and Si won! ;D

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Chilbong is just too lovable that I'll cry if NJ doesn't end up with him even though I love Oppa too. To me, the relationship NJ has with Oppa is more of a sibling relationship unlike with Chilbong, he seems more sweeter towards NJ.

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I agree with this, or the review that is. I am rooting fir chilbong and Na Jung but it is all in the wroters hands. I do wiah it veered a little bit from 1997. It is still hilarious and the characters are endearing.
As always Ty and looking forward to rest :-)

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Okay, this is my prediction. I think the show is laying out the clues so we are suspicious and resign ourselves to the fact that Oppa is not going to be the husband but then (similar to the actual Oppa reveal) he will be the husband. By giving it to us straight, we suspect that the show is misleading us, which has the same intended effect if they were misleading us in the first place.

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Makes sense and breaks my heart at the same time ;-;

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I love it when Oppa-ya calls out "Jung-ah~" since it's the last part of my name too haha :D

But I just have a firm feeling that Oppa is going to be the husband (more than a little bit because I luff him so much). But the kicker for me was the dinner scene when Chilbongie was being his usual nice self but obliviously eating all throughout the scene, contrasted with Oppa who was able to sense Najung's mood as soon as he saw her. I think that speaks so much to how the relationships are between the triangle. While Chilbong may love the idea of her and her family, I think Oppa is the one who really understands her as a person and that's what makes for a stronger relationship. I just thought that the way the camera focused so much on Chilbong's obliviousness was telling.

For Chilbong, I think his story will be more of a relationship with Najung's family rather than specifically her. He wants the idea of her and her mom and dad more than he wants just her as herself, IMO, and he sees her as this funny novelty. To me, his flavor is more similar to that of the older brother in 1997 in that he is book-perfect (and I wouldn't put it past the directors to make the meta info be a misdirect!). I also think that the fact that Jungwoo is a stronger actor is also a good argument for why he will end up being the husband.

I also agree with the idea that Chilbong is going to end up being the catalyst for Oppa to realize how he feels/act on how he feels for Jung-ah.

I also just really really REALLY want it to be Oppa, he's the best~ this show is such a tease >w<

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Yes to all your points! Particularly about Chilbong's want for a family and the whole package, and am speculating that the next 16 episodes will lead us away fr Oppa before turning one round back. Am thinking that the next few episodes will unravel the oppa background story as to why the relationship wouldnt work (for now). Its also great to see oppa as the hyung to all the younger guys, it helps to ground their relationships to each other when there are a few characters

Also, when will we see na-jung actually go to school? somehow i get the feeling that filming this show is a hoot for the cast!!!

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Omo i didnt know it was 20 episodes long. I kinda like that bc that means more cheesy scenes lol hopefully :) I rrreeeally wanted Reply 1997 to be longer but with those 16 eps I absolutely Loooooved it :D
Omona143 Yesss thats exactly what i think in Reply 1997 first episodes i was like cmon its obviously Yoon jae and Si won but then they tricked us and i was "sure" but they made doubt lol Geeezz I just love the writer (s) of both dramas....

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Okay okay its my last comment i promise lol
Sooooo i want Haitai and Go ara (i forgot her name in the drama hihi) to be paired <3 <3 is it possible??? I think yes isnt it?!! They better end up together lol

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Omfg im stupid Not Go ara but Do he sorry im dumbb i can edit or delete the comment right?? Lol

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I really needed the name explanation although it was clear at the end that we still didn't know which one of the men in the room was her husband. So thanks, jb for that~

the seal moment, gah, ah~
April Fool's Day, perfectly awful~

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Thanks so much for the recap!

Ha, I really really really love this show, and I know I'm repeating myself, but I honestly don't mind the length and pace at all, on the contrary. While Mirae's Choice is my current crack drama, AM 1994 is my feel-good drama and I'm just enjoying the atmosphere and the conversations and everything.
I do hope that we don't have to wait until the last episodes to see who the husband is though, cause my poor heart won't be able to take that >.<
And while I really really want it to be Garbage oppa, that also really makes me think it's probably Chilbongie... I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking like that, haha xD

I just hope, that IF it should be Chilbongie, that the show makes me swoon all over him and forget Oppa, but seriously, so far that's going to be difficult...
I'm afraid this might end up as my worst second lead syndrome ever.
(Cause if you don't want the guy to end up with the heroine, it's not really second lead syndrome, or is it? If that also counts, forget what I just said, cause then my worst case will probably never be beaten ever, haha)

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I am not sure who it is at this point. But I have a question. Is it normal another guest to tell go and sleep one of the rooms? I think the couple should invite him to one of the rooms; unless he is the husband. Also, notice that Chilbongie goes to sleep in the bedroom to rest; takes off his sweater and comes back without a sweater later. He hanged the sweater in his closet. I think that is a big clue or it could be a tease. Since he forgot his sweater, he might go back to the bedroom later to get it.

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I've been really unsure, and have decided to just let the story take me along. For all we know Chilbongie might be married to the other girl and the both of them live next door or something. We will never know, clues aren't even clues anymore, everything has a 'but'. We'll just wait and see what happens ^_^

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I voted for Chilbongie as the husband, because:

_ He wore a sweater over shirt in 2013 which is different from other guys in tux and totally appropriate for the house owner to go out and pick up friends.

_ He knew the way around the house so when Yoon Jn told him to go and take a nap, he went straight to the last room without hesitation.

_Seoul accent and giving direction: Chilbongie loves and understands Na Jung, so he will give her the power in the relationship which also mean taking her direction although he might know better.
-> personally, I think he might give Na Jung the power, but he is the real mastermind. He has this edge about him that allow him to go after his girl and done anything necessarily to get the girl. Na Jung needs someone to reign her in and Chilbongie is just that kind of guy. Trash oppa won't be able to stand up to her, he loves her too much for that.

_ Trash oppa and Chilbongie both have emotional garbage and their own story,but oppa has the sister-brother fiasco so he will miss his chance to make Na Jung his and when he turned around, it will be too late.

_A divorce is out of question as Na Jung does not seems like a one to regret her choice.

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Just something I randomly thought of, none of the guys seems to like NJ in a romantic way except Chil Bong Yi. NJ likes Oppa but he doesn't like her back, he likes her as a sister not a lover and I think NJ will soon realize who actually loves her. And if Chil bong yi likes her then why is he so happy and comfortable in those scenes where they are in 2013? Doesn't that come across anyone's mind.

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* I mean if Oppa ended up being her husband then how could Chil bong just sit there, you know what I mean?

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I agree with this. In Reply 1997, there was not much angst and bitterness between the friends, because it was a matter of a brother giving way to his brother because of brotherly love and with Joon Hee, I think it was because he already knew long ago that Yoon Jae is in love with Shi Won.

In this drama, there's really no clear romantic feelings right now, at least to my mind, all of them are still equal. I think that if Chilbongie would be a SERIOUS contender for Na Jung, I don't think he will be very comfortable sitting (as he is in 2013) with a past love and her husband there, unless 1.) he is the one to back out and give up on Na Jung, 2.) his attraction to Na Jung is superficial and brought on by his need for a family, and more importantly, 2.) he remains the very sweet guy he is during the past episodes.

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Bc it's been probably 15 yrs since they dated and he has moved on but can still remain close friends?

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Of course haha. That would be the most plausible reason in real life. It's just that, for me, in Kdramaland, dramas make it appear that feelings run so strong and so deep that you can never really get over your first love or being hurt over your first love.

Take Reply 1997, for example, I think Yoon Jae and Shi Won have been apart for 7 years before meeting again after 1997 but Yoon Jae never got over her, he didn't date and shunned admirers and was even resentful during their first meeting. He only really mellowed out when he and Shi Won finally got together.

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Well, but that "never get over first love" argument then actually also is an argument for Garbage, isn't it?
Cause he's Na Jungs first love.

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@Shadow-chan: Hmm... That's such a good point. Going by that then it would be Na Jung who would be the most uncomfortable in the situation since her husband is there with former love/suitor. If that's the case then I think we're really in for a good drama with characters who will actually mature and develop into awesome adults who will not be bogged down by the Kdramaland stereotype of angst and bitterness over lost love. Can't wait...

Don't get me wrong though, I am still team OPPA as of the moment (yep, I'm a jumping vine) and if oppa-garbage (I saw this and laughed and vowed to immediately adopt it) continues being awesome then I'm sure I'll be on his ship all the way. It's just that this show is such a tease. I'm so intrigued because I believed (and I think it was not only me) that Chilbongie really is the male lead. It's a matter of me trying to fight my way to the show's advertisement and what is unfolding in the show before me. I got to say though that the writers better cover some lost ground for Chilbongie as really oppa-garbage's awesome has been established-no contest. Chilbongie has a lot to do to catch up and I will be sorely disappointed if the writers don't make him a good contender for Na Jung's love.

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Yeah~ I also wanna take part in the guessing game!
I think NJ husband should be Chilbong!
The clue is, NJ calls her husband "YeoBo".
Because if she marries Oppa, she can just call him Oppa ya~.
She calls him Oppa ya all her life..it shouldn't change anything since she married him for so many years.
She will only call her husband Yeobo if it is someone other than Oppa ya~
And Chilbong going to room to sleep, is like going to his own room~

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Yes, I thought of this, too. I can't see her switching from Oppa to Yeobo. What's the point? But then again, I'm sure all those Ahjumma's out there called their husbands Oppa at some point...

Any yeah, the bedroom. It's a housewarming so they just moved in but Chilbong knows exactly which room to head to. It's possible that he's been there since they've moved in and already knew where the bedroom is... but then again, maybe it's because it's his house!

I'm taking any clues this early in the game with a grain of salt. The writers learned their lesson from '97 and are not going to give anything away that easily. Still this is so much fun. I haven't been so engrossed in a mystery since I tried to figure out where that Polar Bear came from on Lost (before I stopped caring and gave up on that show).

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I think Suk Suk is really Na Jung's blood brother.

Mum and Dad are anyways always sooo in lurve so it could happen, especially since they both really miss Na Jung's real Oppa and maybe having a replacement would help.
He must be living with her because he goes to school in Seoul so maybe Mum and Dad moved back to Masan?

Also, they seem to pumping Oppa up as this Mr. Awesome and we all know that Nice Guys NEVER get the girl in Dramaland!
But then again, Chilbongie is so nice as well, and a really calm dude, which brings me to think he's hubby since he'll be calm in the face of Na Jung's temper.
It'll be different to 97 if the final couple met in the 2nd episode and grew closer during the course of the 20 episodes (and I want that to be the case because that would mean I could stand a similar chance as the guys I grew up with are no marriage material :P )

It would be awesome, but not satisfying if the hubby turned out to be sweet ol' Bingguere :D

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It's probably going to be Chilbong but I wish it would be Oppa. It's harder to guess this time around coz in 1997, we all knew it's going to be Yoon Jae and we just get totally frustrated with them trying to stretch it out until the end. (Though I'm starting to get frustrated with this one too.)

I'm still enjoying the show though, with Samcheonpo being adorable and all. It's just hard not to compare. You were right about the episodes being too long. 1997 was very straightforward. We have a theme for each episode and that's what we're going to see. With 1994, sometimes I forget what the theme is coz there's so many things happening all in one episode.

I'm still gonna watch it anyways so there's no use in complaining. lol. Thanks for the recaps, javabeans!

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I honestly have no idea who she's gonna end up with but my guess would be between her oppa and chilbong. It's too early to decide since na jung and chilbong relationship hasn't developed yet. But bingguere is def out though, i think he's the gay character who has a crush on oppa. Did anyone else watch ep 0? Chilbong is definitely gonna fall for na jung. Anyway i'm really loving this drama! It makes me keep guessing

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My gut instinct tells me oppa is Na Jungs husband..I think she might have a love line with Chil Bong but won't end up with him. I think Chil Bong might end up with Yoon Jin because she told him to go to sleep in the room where Na Jung didn't care at all.

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GUYS & GIRLS.

STOP SCROLLING.

GO BACK TO THAT PICTURE WITH THE FIVE GUYS ON THE COUCH.

How amazing does Chilbongi look? He looks so mature!

Make that everyone except Oppaya. I hate that hair.
I don't watch YTBLSS but I've accidentally watched it only once and it was the scene where he told the girl he's an ex-convict. There was something intriguing about him, a charm. I guess not many people think he's good-looking but I think he is. Great body too >.<

And this:
"Garbage joins them and settles next to Na-jung, putting his head in her lap while she gets this “Omgomgomg” look on her face. Then he proceeds to drip melon juice on her leg, and cautiously wipes at it, hoping she won’t notice. "

While watching this scene I was also going "Omgomgomg”. I swear I thought he's going to lick that juice off of Najeong, which, ew.

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The licking part, that's exactly what I was thinking.

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After using the floor mat to dry his hair, I wouldn't have put past Oppa to have licked her. I'd have loved to see her rxn...

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I was so waiting for him to lick her leg!!! OMG!!

I love Trash! He's been sexy and intriguing to me sint YTBLSS. I want him to be the husband so badly. Just the way he pays attention to her and stares at her is heart melting.

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Oh, great to see I'm not the only one who expected him to lick the leg.

Although my thoughts were more along the lines of "Rawr" then "Ew" *cough*

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First saw Oppa ya on Happy Together. I thought he was handsome then. And I love his smile. Just that his hair is too short.

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This is the first time am commenting in this site. I love love this show. I must be probably one of the very few who actually enjoys this show more than Reply 1997(for now atleast 16 more to go so fingers crossed). The characters somehow are more endearing and likable. Being a non Korean I do not get the cultural references that much but that hardly diminishes the fulfillment the show gives. The pacing of the show is fine to me It gives me more time to actually get to know the characters and be a part of their lives. It sounds extremely pathetic but this show makes me feel like am a part of the gang and the family. I connect with this people. Like usually when i watch a romantic scene I feel lonely and dejected but i dont in this show. I want these people to be happy, feel the agony and pleasure that is love, experience heartache. I feel strongly connected. that is the success of this show.

Am team oppa. I may change my mind if they really convince me to fall in love with Chil Bong and how he treats Na jung but i doubt it.
Jung woo has my heart soul and everything else if he wants it. He is just perrrrrfect. He just pops out whenever he is on screen. I loved him as baker guy and i love him more as trash. His scenes with Na jung gets me flustered along with her. The melon scene had me blushing. He must be the husband. I mean why put up so many skinship scenes if he is not. Chil bong might endup with more scenes since there is loads more time left but i just dont see it any other way.

Sorry for rambling on...

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Something I'm not sure I got right. The Wedding is in 2002 right? But the son i the first episode, was a teenager? So how does that work? Or did I get the year wrong?

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Right now, we're going back and forth from 1994 (past - 20 year old freshmans in university) and 2013 (present day - 39 - middle aged adults). The video of the wedding (Na Jung & ?) was shot in the past, but they're watching in the present (2013).

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This means that the whole having a son thing happens after '94 and before '13. The video takes place in 2002/06/22. So if they had a shotgun wedding then, it'll he'll be 11 (12 years old Korean age). Which means either a) the actor cast as the son looks too old for the role or b) they had a son before their wedding (scandalous! at least in Korea :P). They never actually state how old her son is.

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Or, as somebody else said, it's not their son. Perhaps her brother.

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Whose brother? Her brother died. Or do you mean Garbage's son? Which would make that her son unless she didn't marry Garbage and married Chilbongie.

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No, I meant, her parents could have another child. Which should be unlikley, as her mother mentioned menopause.

I'm all for the scandalous option with a child before merraige. Could explain, why watching the video could be embarrasing. Didn't they talk about it in the first episode?

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I'm enjoying the mystery so much that I think I'd be okay with whoever turning out to be the husband. I'd actually like it to be Binggrae because then I'd be pleasantly surprised but I honestly think all the guys are great. I wonder who the friend will end up with though :)

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I'm with you there, I bet both are named Kim Jae Joon.

I want Chilbongie to the husband, but right now I love Oppa and Na Jung's interactions, namely the way they read each other. Since they focus on this relationship now, it can mean either they may end up together, or they may focus on an unrequited love (like 1997 but without the happy ending after Yoonjae's confession) and explore on being able to find a new love. A new series does not equal recycling the same themes, and they may even be compelled to do something different.

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Lol...the husband will be whoever has more chemistry with her. Honestly, for those who says that he can only love her in brother type of way cannot be any more wrong. He is a lot more in tune with her feelings than even a real brother would be. Take that scene where opa was talking to Chil Bong and his cousin but only sees NJ. Besides, oppa seems more like the leading male bc he has more of a present on screen. I think Chil Bong is the nice guy that doesn't get the girl. It is pretty obvious to me who she has more chemistry with. Even if Chil Bong has more skin ship with NJ it wouldn't be as magnetic as opa with NJ.

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I am trying to watch episode 4... Where did you watch it? It's not on dramafever... Thanks.

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http://www.drama.net/reply-1994-episode-4

/stalking this page forever because Friday seems too far away

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As much as I ship for OppaxNJ, I think the winner will be Chilbongie. In the present timeline, when Chilbongie is sleepy and gets up to sleep, he walks ever so casually towards a room and sleep. No matter how close you are with your friends, do you just walk into your friend's room and sleep without saying anything?

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No, but he was told to just sleep in one of the rooms. I don't think that somebody, who lives there would need that.

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But who told him to go was Yoon Jin, she is not the owner of the house either. :D I think it's totally normal that he sleeps at the couch while there are guests. :)

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One of the things that drives me nuts is that we have such a large gap in years between all the events! We have the current 2013, the wedding video from 2002, and all the stuff in 1994! That's a lot of time for ANYTHING to happen! Plus, starting a relationship in 1994 then not getting married until 2002 seems like a long time to me... so I'm sure there will be all sorts of things changing around.

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To digress from the "who's the husband* thread... I hope Samchunpo gets paired up with a nice gal too! If Jo Jeong Suk was the runaway star of K2H, and Jung Woo the scene stealer for YTBLSS, then Kim Sung-Kyun is another gem to behold. KSK & JW lights up my screen with their presence <3

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Oh I just thought of something! Could it be a hint that Binguerre had trouble getting Chilbong's attention and finally had to call him by his real name, just like Na Jung has to do to her husband in the future?

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ah~~ this one too, a precious hint xD

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Omo. The readers on this site are so sharp with deductions. I hadn't thought of that!

On a side note, did anyone love the scene where they showed a queue at the payphone, everyone clutching at their payphone cards? I'm not sure if this happened in other countries, it did in mine. I had forgotten all about payphone cards... Also, the queues!!!

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While everyone is discussing about the potential hubby... I'll stay at that moment... ie 1994...

I remember when my bro had a beeper, I was still in high school and I had the house phone to use, so there was no need for me to have a beeper or thats what my parents think... My bro use to tell me, "page me only when its important and when its urgent add *999*", just like 911 in the States...

So I pretty much abused it and 999 him on everything even when it was not urgent and sure he hardly return my beep but does when I add "I think mom wants to speak to you..." Gah... the memories... Haitai I feel you!

Ahhh... I think I died a little when Oppa kisses Na Jung at the back of her head... like she was trying so hard to contain her heart and he just does it so.... nonchalantly... Its a bit like That Winter, The Wind Blow, like Oh Young wants to innocently sleeps with oppa Oh Soo... But Oh Soo is like... "we can't, we shouldn't" that boundary.... that very thin line...

And yes totally voted for Oppa!
That said... can't wait for next episode!!!!

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I think the husband is Oppa-ya because why else did he become a doctor? It's definitely for Na-jung-a since she is suffering from a slip disc and will definitely need life-long care.

Just my two cents!

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Does anyone know how the Korean audience is feeling about the potential husbands? I'd like to know what sort of feedback the writers are getting.

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Check on this site called netizenbuzz. The reactions seems positive for the most part.

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Thank you so much! :D

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I'm Korean, and it seems like about 90% of the audiences are rooting for oppa. I can feel his popularity in both online and off-line. The ratings of the ep.4 already beat the ep.15 of 1997. In Korea, it seems like people are considering Garbage as a lead role. So, I think oppa will be the husband. If Chilbongie ends up being a husband,I think there will be huge fuss among the K-fans.

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In my opinion, it will be Trash oppa. Why? Drama 101: the person who brings the most conflict will ultimately end up with the girl. This my breakdown:

Parental opposition potential:
Trash. Dad already loves Chilbongie and if the parents already see Trash as an older son.

Another girl/Na Jung competition potential:
Trash. Trash has already dated another girl and is much more experienced in dating than Chilbongie. The previews kind of indicate that Chilbongie will only have eyes for Na Jung.

Who is more likely to initially reject Na Jung:
Trash. The April Fools confession could be considered a rejection, and he is more likely to reject an "official" confession, probably due to some family issues. At this point, Chilbongie would never reject Na Jung.

Potential for moving away:
Tie. Trash could get an internship at a hospital outside of Seoul. Chilbongie could play for a team outside of Seoul.

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Well, I can tell from the preview, which was after the third episode, there will be more Na Jeong - Chilbongie scenes (OMG I love them I love every scene of Yoo Yun Suk!) + I think Haitai is Yoon Jin's future husband. Samcheonpo isn't just the type who would/could marry Na Jeong (like Kim Gi Tae said, it must be someone who could put up with her temper). Binggeurae? No, no, no I don't think at all. Aand I don't think that Na Jeong would marry her first love so... IT'S CHILBONG, OBVIOUSLY.

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I'm voting for Garbage Oppa...Kim Jae Joon was definitely Garbage Oppa's name... They want us to be confused by making Bingguere call Chilbongi name "Joon".....but my instinct totally said Garbage Oppa is Na Jeung's Husband..kekeke :)...feeling so excited for the next eps..:)

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Voted for Chil Bong since his name "Joon", he wears casual sweater, not a suite like the other men which I consider as "guests" and he casually takes of his clothes on the way room.
But then Im not too sure either since the first show has fooled us before. And oppa remind me of Yoon Jae a lot in the way he treats Na Jung.

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I'm sure that Chilbongie is the husband. He HAS to be.

C'mon, why cast him as the lead role if you're just going to take the girl away from him in the end? Considering how much Kdrama gods love love love giving the girl away to the lead male.

I do really like Oppa and Na Jung together, they're so good for each other in so many ways. Though I think I prefer the brother-sister aspect of their relationship as opposed to the romantic aspect.

I can't wait and see more character and relationship developments in the future episodes ~

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I think many consider Jung Woo to be the lead male actor in this series

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second that. He's TOTALLY lead male material!

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