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Answer Me 1994: Episode 6

Romance is afoot! The pendulum swings in Chilbongie’s favor today, but given that we’re only at 6 of 20 episodes, I fully expect that pendulum to swing back (and forth, and back, and forth) a few times yet. The show does answer one big question today… but as usual, raises a lot more new ones.

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푸른하늘 (Blue Sky) – “우리 모두 여기에” (All of us here), used toward the end of the episode. [ Download ]

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EPISODE 6: “Introduction to Gift-Giving”

2013. Na-jung makes a cup of coffee and Chilbongie takes it from her naturally, like this is a familiar occurrence. A hint, or a red herring? (At this point, I’d argue that everything is a red herring.) He and Na-jung sit in the kitchen while the rest of the gang pokes fun at the wedding video.

Chilbongie wonders what Teenage Mystery Boy is doing out so late, and chides Na-jung not to swear so much. She reminds him that he used to like it, and he grumps that twenty years ago he didn’t know any better.

We cut to said teenager (nicknamed—of course he has a nickname—Sooksookie), and he’s on the phone with Mom, telling her not to nag. Note that we did not see Na-jung on the phone so his parentage is still a question mark, although his (girl)friend makes a comment about his father being famous.

Back to 1994. Chilbongie plays catch with Garbage, giving him tips on his throwing technique, and Dad joins them on his way home. Chilbongie compliments Garbage for throwing the best among all the non-players he’s known, which prompts Dad to ask, “What about me?”

Ha, so then Dad hunkers down and orders Chilbongie to throw him a hard pitch, no holding back, threatening to ban him from the house if he disobeys. Chilbongie’s loath to go all-out and hesitates, but at Dad’s heckling he lets one fly. Upon making the catch, Dad complains that he won’t get anywhere with such wimpy pitches… then turns around and gingerly walks away, his hand immobilized. Heh.

But what is that look on Garbage’s face as he regards Chilbongie? Sadness? Jealousy? Hm, do you see him as a rival after all?

Dad offers Chilbongie a glove as a gift so he can practice more, and that segues into our title for the day: “Introduction to Gift-Giving.” (Written to mimic the title of that first-love-in-college-in-the-’90s film Introduction to Architecture.)

Na-jung’s back starts acting up again, and Chilbongie offers her the use of his special medical belt. His team doctor massages his back when it gets sore, and she wishes she had such services available right now… then looks up at Chilbongie with hopeful, pained eyes. I’m pretty sure her slow, dramatic collapse to the floor is as much about guilting him into it as it is about real pain, and he hurriedly agrees to help.

So Na-jung lies down on the floor as Chilbongie moves her legs in slow stretching exercises. One pose has him pushing her bent knees against her chest, which brings him directly on top of her… and a flicker of awareness flits between them as they both hastily look away. Gulp. Nervous chatter.

He moves on to the last exercise, his gaze landing on the hip right in front of his eyes… and she farts in his face. Hahaha. That had me laughing out loud. They both pause for a moment, but he just moves on to the other side like nothing happened, all nice and pro-like. And then she farts again. Okay, I laughed for a good minute.

In the parents’ room, Mom is cranky for no apparent reason, snapping at Dad to turn down the TV, change the channel, turn on the fan, turn off the TV, and so forth. Dad blows up at her nagging, and Mom blinks back tears, says sorry, and lies down for a nap. Dad hovers in sweet concern, then asks, “Is it… that time of the month?” She kicks him over. Yeah, he earned that one.

Dad retreats to the terrace, joining Garbage and complaining that Mom’s turned into a mood-swingy, hot-tempered person all of a sudden. Garbage wonders if it’s menopause and urges Dad to be nicer to her, as she may be susceptible to depression. Garbage uses Cha In-pyo as an example of the husbandly ideal—the drama of the moment is You In My Arms starring Cha and future real-life wife Shin Ae-ra, which is funny since he was also in the drama of the moment in Answer Me 1997 (Star In My Heart). What can ya do? Cha In-pyo was The Perfect Hero of the ’90s.

When Dad brings Mom a cold drink, she’s back to buoyant spirits, humming over the laundry. Outwardly he puts on his best supportive husband face, but inwardly he’s creeped out at her constant change of mood.

Garbage finds Na-jung outside and starts massaging her shoulders, which fills her with both giddiness and agonizing—such a relatable moment for any girl who’s ever nursed a crush on somebody close. He advises her to be nice to Mom while she’s feeling sensitive. When asked how he knew about her menopause, Garbage quips, “I understand women’s feelings amazingly well, you know. Can’t fool me.” (So he knows. Why is he feigning ignorance about her feelings?)

It’s a rough next morning for Mom, who keeps a smile on her face despite getting her feelings hurt several times in quick succession. Samcheonpo is upset that she forgot to wake him early, Binggeure uncharacteristically snaps at her for talking to his father about him on the phone (they have a strained relationship), Haitai’s hungover hometown buddies join in on breakfast with less than the appropriate amount of gratitude, and Yoon-jin asks Mom to stay out of her room after Mom had cheerily cleaned it yesterday.

Through it all, Na-jung notes her mother’s hurt feelings.

Na-jung’s voiceover: “We’ve all gotten friendlier, closer, more familiar. By the same degree, apologies have become less important and gratitude more hazy. And Mom has become taken for granted. The early summer of 1994 scratched at Mom cruelly. Mom was hurting.”

Na-jung barges in on Oppa to complain that he ate the special marshmallows her friend sent from Japan, which he denies emphatically. Then he motions her closer so he can tell her something, which sets her heart pounding. She leans in, all anticipation… and he spoils the story of the manhwa she’s reading. And after she’s gone, he pulls out the marshmallow stash he in fact did steal. Sometimes you are such an oppa, Oppa.

Haitai runs into Na-jung at school, and she waits (making piggy faces) while he calls his hometown girlfriend. We don’t hear her side of the conversation but its contents are clear: Based on Haitai’s responses, she’s upset that he’s not paying her enough attention.

He sighs to Na-jung about how every day is a trial, and how his girlfriend of three years doesn’t trust him and calls every day to check up on his doings. He asks what the right thing to do is, but while he’s caught up in his romance drama, Na-jung is fixated on her Pepero sticks and grumbling stomach. Haitai complains, “You have a talent, yunno. Even when you’re stuffing your face, your stomach can growl.” Hey, I also have that talent.

Binggeure finds himself playing go-between for Samcheonpo and Yoon-jin, who are still bickering. (He tells her to fix her hair-curtain, and she snaps at him to apologize for his face, lol. This ends with Samcheonpo approaching threateningly, then very nonthreateningly retreating while clutching his privates, since Yoon-jin is quite capable of self-defense.)

The two groups convene, and Haitai asks for everyone’s advice. It’s his girlfriend’s birthday on Friday, but because of exams he can’t visit home until Saturday. She told him not to bother coming on Saturday and got upset, which makes the boys wonder at this mystical language of women while the ladies wonder if he’s dumb to not understand. To clarify, Na-jung explains that the girlfriend wants an expression of his caring—the actual day is unimportant.

The boys can’t get past the question of Friday versus Saturday, though, so Na-jung explains with a fictional example: A couple moves into a new home. With doors closed the paint smell gives the woman a splitting headache, but opening the doors makes her cough up a storm. So the woman asks her man whether to open or close the door—and the correct response is for him to worry over her health. The boys, however, miss the point again and fixate on whether the door should be open or closed.

The girls roll their eyes, but Haitai swears that any normal person would answer his way, not hers. This turns into a bet, and we cut to later as the gang anxiously awaits Garbage’s response.

Garbage thinks, then decides, “You should open the door.” The boys are hilariously gratified.

Chilbongie walks in, and Yoon-jin poses the same question, saying that Na-jung’s room has just been painted. Chilbongie replies, “Hm, wouldn’t it be better to close the door?” LOL. The boys nod approvingly and declare that he’s a man.

Then Chilbongie turns to Na-jung, wondering, “But are you okay?” The girls smile, and Yoon-jin approvingly deems Seoul boys different from those countrified bumpkins.

Chilbongie assures them that he has no training today, but a cut to his baseball team shows that they’re at practice as usual. He’d used his mother’s wedding as an excuse, but the coaches belatedly realize he’s already used that one.

With Yoon-jin and Samcheonpo still at each other’s throats, the gang turns to trickery to effect reconciliation. They play a game where they draw numbered sticks, and the “king” gets to issue orders. That’s Binggeure, and with some cheating by the others, he calls Yoon-jin and Samcheonpo’s numbers and orders them to kiss.

Everyone giggles in anticipation, but Yoon-jin and Samcheonpo both grab drinks and chug, opting for the punishment rather than the order. Haha.

More rounds are played, the cheating continues to single out Samcheonpo and Yoon-jin every time, and they keep choosing to drink. Even when beer glasses are swapped for bowls and then tureens—dammit, no way they’re kissing. Chug chug.

Everybody gets drunker and drunker, to the point where they give up on the cheating. Two random numbers are called to kiss, which turn out to be Binggeure and… omo omo, OPPA?

Oppa decides he’d rather not drown himself in beer and turns to Binggeure, giving him an easy smack on the lips. Nobody bats a drunken eye, except maybe Binggeure, who’s freaking out a little on the inside—adorably, he clings to his sticks like they’re some lifeline and has to be ordered to give ’em up.

Last round. The guys note that Na-jung’s winking has started, which is the step right before biting. She sends Chilbongie these lopsided winks, and I absolutely love how he grins at her foolishly (not knowing about her dog habit).

The last kissy couple turns out to be Chilbongie and Na-jung. She’s nodding off as they speak, but Chilbongie looks awwwwfully invested in this round.

And then, he just goes in for the kiss.

Half the group is passed out and hardly anybody even registers the moment… until we pan over to Oppa, watching with this look on his face. He still wears that look a bit later as he watches Na-jung sleep, while over at the baseball field, Chilbongie puts in his punishment for skipping practice, wearing a big ol’ smile on his face.

School lets out for summer vacation, and Haitai prepares a package to send home to his girlfriend. Oh man, all the ’90s trivia packed into this scene: the Zam song on the mix tape, the Walkman, Lee Young-ae-endorsed lipstick, Sac Sac orange drinks…

At home, Na-jung watches TV with Chilbongie, who spends the whole time looking at her. I could watch him watching her all day. Oppa comes home and watches with a hangdog expression, although Na-jung leaps up to see him and links arms right away. And then it’s Chilbongie’s turn to look left out as she follows Oppa to his room. Garbage changes right in front of her—more abs!—and she tries to play it cool.

Dad has taken Mom on a weekend getaway for a pick-me-up, but when they get home that night it’s clear the trip didn’t do much for her spirits. She spent the whole time shut in their room, and Garbage suggests a trip to the doctor.

Dad is hilariously terrible at preparing himself to face his menopausal wife, but the thing about him that I love is that he has a way of rising to the occasion. Sometimes clumsily, but always with heart.

So he doesn’t freak out when Mom sighs, “I’ve received my death sentence. God has seen me and told me to stop being a woman.” Instead, Dad just says that everyone gets older and that it’s all right. What’s the good in being young again? He says, “Every morning when I open my eyes, I’m amazed. You and I, we’ve lasted till now, living under one roof, lying under one blanket, living like this.”

It’s exactly the thing to make her smile, and also cry. And yes, me too. He muses, “Is it such a sad thing to hear the word menopause? In my eyes, you’re forever my woman.”

Na-jung resumes her narration: “In the early summer of 1994, Mom prepared to say farewell to the womanhood that she’d taken for granted for decades.”

The next morning, all is back to normal. But today, the family steps in to give the boarders what-for when they start in on Mom: Samcheonpo huffs at Mom for not ironing his shirt, and Dad huffs right back at him for expecting Mom to do so. Yoon-jin asks Mom about her blouse, and Dad snaps that she’d told Mom to stay out of her room. Haitai complains that the soup is salty, and Na-jung thwacks him on the head. And when Binggeure starts to complain that Mom talked to his family again, Garbage swoops in to shut him up. Aw, this family. Luff luff luff.

Garbage is off on a school trip to Japan, and after a brief attempt to hint at him to buy gifts by saying NOT to buy gifts, they make outright requests. Na-jung: “Cosmetics for me! If you don’t know what, just get the most expensive one!” Dad: “There’s a lot of luxury stuff in Shinjuku, don’t go there!” Wink-wink.

Garbage tells Mom he’s sorry he can’t be here today of all days, which makes Na-jung and Dad wonder what today is. Shrug.

Mom returns to a mountain of dirty dishes, her endless stream of unthanked toil confronting her yet again. She finds another note left for her, but today it’s a happy one: Haitai has written a happy birthday note that also apologizes for their immature behavior, saying that “Seoul Mom” is their one source of comfort in this strange city.

He supposes they’ll hurt her feelings more in the future too, in which case he gives her free rein to think of them as her own kids and beat some sense into them. The note comes with a gift from Haitai, Samcheonpo, and Yoon-jin (who has rescinded her Do Not Enter request): a gold ring that brings tears to Mom’s eyes.

Na-jung: “All relationships grow more familiar and eventually get taken for granted. The strongest power of a gift is its ability to take that familiar and expected relationship and infuse it with excitement and gratitude once again. Through picking out a gift and writing the card card and considering that person, that person becomes new again. And those feelings are certain to be conveyed.”

Haitai gets a large package in the mail from his Suncheon girlfriend, and opens it with anticipation… only to find coupley items from their relationship, now returned to him. This includes her half of their couple ring set, while his is still on his finger.

“But if that familiar and expected relationship breaks down, now gifts or belated efforts become meaningless. Like a neglected orchid left to wither in the corner of a balcony, to whom belated water or care is pointless. The gift must be given and feelings conveyed before you wither, before you grow indifferent to one another.”

It’s a sad, late lesson for Haitai, who perhaps only realizes now how he feels about the girlfriend he’d underappreciated.

Mom goes in for her doctor’s appointment, but the news is quite different than the one expected: She’s pregnant. (I knew it!) (Teenaged boy is Na-jung’s brother!)

“There’s no fun in receiving a gift that you know about beforehand. The surprise is the lifeblood of giving gifts. The gift that flies in with uncanny timing is therefore even more moving. Even without a sender’s name or address, we knew who sent that gift.”

Mom and Dad walk out of the doctor’s office floating on clouds, and Dad decides that he will start dyeing his graying hair after all, despite resisting suggestions all episode long.

Back to 2013: Teenaged Sooksookie talks on the phone again with his naggy mother, whose voice we now confirm is Mom’s. He heads back home—he lives with Na-jung and her husband—and gets nagged at by all his uncles. Mom orders Sooksookie to hand the phone over to Na-jung’s husband, and he holds out the phone… to a room full of guys, narrowing down our choice NOT ONE BIT.

Back to 1994. The family looks blank-faced at the gifts Garbage brought back from his trip. The makeup was expensive, but… kinda tacky?

On the other hand, Chilbongie gets a much more receptive reaction for his tasteful gift, Chanel No. 5. Dad’s a little sniffy at being left out until Chilbongie sneaks him his own gift, a bottle of fancy liquor that has Dad nearly in tears. He says he’d love to marry Na-jung off to Chilbongie, and Chilbongie quips only half in jest, “I’d love that myself!”

Na-jung sprays herself with No. 5 that night, muttering that Garbage could stand to pick up a clue or two… until she sees an extra gift waiting for her. It’s the manhwa book she’d been looking for (that he’d spoiled) and a bag of marshmallows (sold in Japan but not Korea). Awwww.

It’s World Cup day, which means that the household gets up at an ungodly hour to catch the U.S.-Spain game. (Adorably, everyone treats pregnant Mom like she’s both a queen and a fragile porcelain doll, which warms my heart.)

As everyone gathers bleary-eyed in front of the television, Na-jung thinks:

“Present. In English, it has two meanings: a gift, and also the current moment. It may be that the most precious gift to us is the present, the time in front of us now. True, we may always be bickering with each other, but we leaned on each other and were happy together. 1994 was like a gift to us. And exactly eight years later, an unbelievable gift came to Korea—of all days, on that day.”

We fade in on 2002, at the wedding of Na-jung and her groom, Kim Jae-joon. Bride Na-jung wonders where everybody’s gone, only to hear that they’re all busy watching the game—once again, between the U.S. and Spain.

She complains to her bridegroom that she just knew they should’ve waited till after the World Cup, and (as expected) we only get to see a bit of his chin. (I’m sure that’ll have everyone rewinding to examine whose chin it resembles. But you know, I’d bet a chunk of change that the groom here is a stand-in, just to confuse us even more.)

The groom’s face remains predictably out of view as all the wedding-goers cheer the game results, which clinch South Korea’s place in the quarterfinals.

(And… ohmayah, is that the Neukkim theme song I hear playing over next week’s preview? I may not survive this.)

 
COMMENTS

Aw, I love that the teenage kid is Na-jung’s brother. It was a pretty clear possibility from the outset so not a surprise, but the reveal was worked into the 1994 plotline in a really lovely way; I love the way Mom gets her moment to be her own person and deal with her own identity crisis, when most of the time she’s so busy mom-ing the cast of youngun’s that you forget she has her whole inner life too.

That’s something this series does particularly well, and in fact I think it does that better than its predecessor. It’s true that 1997 did do a solid job of giving each friend a moment to shine, but that drama was more about its central romance and love triangle. This series is less about a single central through line, and more about the way all these lives at the boardinghouse weave together, and I really enjoy that. That is a way in which slice-of-life storytelling really works, because there’s a central force holding the vignettes together even when that force isn’t necessarily a plotline. The framework of the boardinghouse provides enough structure to become something of a narrative device in itself.

So in that way, a diminished cohesion in the story is not necessarily a loss for the series. It’s part of the character of the show, and I am fine with that. I do think that there are losses, though, and that’s mostly to do with the editing, which I think actually takes energy away from the storytelling. But I’ve said my piece on that.

A random though I had while watching this episode is how much I enjoy that Go Ara always seems to be acting, even when she’s just in the background. There are moments where the script doesn’t mention her, when she’s sitting around listening while a few other characters get to carry the dialogue, but she’s completely there in that moment, as though she’s really Na-jung living out her life regardless of which camera has her in its sights. It’s a small detail but one I appreciate (often with greener actors, you see them just hanging back waiting for their line, their one moment to turn it on).

Also: Dad gets famous? I’m guessing he must get famous as a baseball coach; apparently he’s a household name in the present day.

Today’s episode seem to indicate that Garbage is aware of Na-jung’s feelings (though it hasn’t confirmed whether he believed her confession or not), and that perhaps he has feelings back. Previously, I’d been wondering what possible motivations Garbage could have for playing ignorant, and supposed that the likeliest answer is that he didn’t want to actively reject her. Which would suggest that he didn’t feel the same way, but loved her too much as friend-sister to change their relationship.

But after seeing the way he looks askance at Chilbongie, I’m wondering all over again, because he sure does look bummed at the possibility of romance brewing on that front. And why would he push her away if he likes her, and then look sad and moony over not getting to have her? Puzzles, puzzles.

As for the husband: I can’t figure out which guy it is, but at this point I think the series is clever enough to purposely jerk our chains. I personally still lean toward Chilbongie (especially since it looks like Na-jung is starting to become aware of him), but would be unsurprised if things suddenly took a turn in the other direction. There are some honest clues hidden in the mix, but I do think most of them are meant to be ambiguous and double-edged, and interpreted in more than one way. This is not a case where all the facts are laid in there and a careful viewer will be able to figure it out—this is a case where the producers are purposely messing with us.

So I’m going to sit back and not try to parse the details, and just accept them as they come. Because you can’t outsmart a show that’s deliberately working to throw you off the scent and has the luxury of changing its mind at any point without us being any the wiser.

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Team chilbongie all the way.

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BTW what is chilbongie's college major?

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Also as a side note, Sungjae who plays SookSookie looks very much like Seo In Guk.

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So true! I thought I was the only one who saw the resemblance.

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I think he is Ken of Vixx... so yeah, he really looks like Seo In Guk, but I'm not sure

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It's Yook Sungjae from BTOB. He's said in interviews that people have told him he looks like Seo In Guk.

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I think it is VIXX's N, who also looks like Seo In Guk. xD

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For a few seconds I thought he WAS Seo In Guk and the directors were trying to explode our brains.

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i think its Phys. Ed...

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physical education,sports ,sth like that

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Computer Engineering too if I'm not mistaken. Check out episode 2, I think it was mentioned there.

Anyway, this show is playing its best game. I love this nail-biting who's the husband mystery. I'm betting that if Chilbongie is the end-result (which I ardently hope), then all the team Chilbong out there will have to experience a heart-breaking moments maybe in the later episodes because it isn't that easy to be the winner.

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Chilbongie's abs in the next episode. Makes a perfect OTP with my eyes.

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uhuh!!! That was a DROOL-WORTHY preview! lol... I can't wait to see next week's episodes!

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Chilbongie's abs and Oppa's abs that is the perfect OTP

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I've been in Team Chilbong from the start! lol... I squealed like a schoolgirl from his interactions with Na Jung... lol...

I have a strooooong feeling that she's going to choose him over Oppa. I like Oppa but he's more like a doting big brother type. I think it's normal for people to feel jealous of someone who "stole" someone's attention from him.

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I hope it's not Oppa. Chilbongie is perfect and sweet as a boyfriend. RN Oppa is perfect as a sweet Oppa.

But the way the show is going it's like Chilbong is the second lead. Gosh I hate shows like I Need Romance that put the second lead upfront only to force me to burn whatever goodwill I have on the second lead.

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Such an awesome episode!. Totally rooting for Chilbongie

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The only reason why I don't think it's Chilbongie is because the show is trying to make us believe it's Chilbongie, what with all the current day scenes with him sitting and having an almost couple-y conversation with Na Jung and going to take a nap in the(ir) house.
The show might be trying to throw us off track by making us want to believe it's Chilbongie when it is actually Garbage.
Or it might want us, the audience to look clever by making us believe that we have figured out it's Garbage when it's actually Chilbongie.

Arrgh, it's like reading Sherlock Holmes and I love it! Whoever it is I hope they all have their happy endings. Including every single one of the boarders!

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It's ironic how when the show gives us more clues that are in someone's favor, we actually start to worry haha.

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AHHHHH, I completely agree with you! I'm in team Chilbongie and will never leave team Chilbongie, which is why these increased "clues" pointing towards Chilbongie is freaking me out. So worried, I really hope it won't end up being garbage oppa >_< He's sweet but I...I just can't. Lol.

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But then AM1997 also showed us curent day scenes where Seo In-Guk acted coupley and husbandy with Jung Eun-Ji to the point where we started to doubt if he was the actual husband (as commented by Cam)...

But anyways wasn't Yoo Yeon-Suk given the role of the main character when he was cast? Or was that just my wish? Hahaha...
Rootiing for Chilbongie and Na-Jung! HWaiting!

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Good point about Reply 97's obvious hints about Yoon Jae being the husband in the present scenes. I really hope the show isn't that cruel to jerk us around because all the present scenes' clues point to Chilbong as endgame. The dynamic between Chilbong and Na Jeung during the present scene at the start of ep 6 just SCREAMS married couple to me. Not even adding the fact that Chilbong goes into one of the rooms for a nap, just the way he's splayed on the living room couch seems too uncharacteristic for someone who's supposedly just a guest. And I know people can change a lot over the years but I'd like to think Chilbong still has his polite manners intact haha. And out of the 5 guys, he's dressed the most casual which probably doesn't mean anything but could suggest that Chilbong arrived at the same time as the others who came together from some occasion that is yet to be revealed. Heck, even the reason they're all there isn't even clear yet.

Man, I could spend all day trying to analyze all the possible clues. I hate this show for driving me nuts and we're only 6 out of 20 episodes in lol

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Chilbong FTW ♥

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Done reading, and a few questions....

◆ Mom was reading notes in the episode, the last one was explained, it came from haitai and others, but what was the other 2 notes she was reading before that, about?

◆ So, it was mom's bday but na jung and dad doesn't know but the borders know? Was the special day? Or was it hoon's bday (their deceased son) the special day they were talking about? Mom mentioned the bday at the doc's clinic.

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I saw a translation that the first note was from Yoon Jin asking Mom to stay out of her room and respect her privacy, and that's why she had a sad reaction to it.

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It was Hoons birthday

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The fact that Trash is the only one who still remember Hoon's birthday (together with mom) makes me all teary.
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Hoon is Na Jung's brother who has passed away. So it was to be a sad day for Mom. That's why Garbage apologized for not being there, whereas Na Jung and Dad forgot about it.

It's always Mom who remembers such stuff.

That is why it was exceptionally emotional for Mom when the doctor told her the good news that she was pregnant because she received the gift of another son on the birthday of her dead son's birthday.

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I thought it was two different days. The day she got the note was her birthday, but Najung and Dad forgot. Then a couple of days later they went to the doctor and it was Hoon's birthday. Because why would the borders know it was Hoon's birthday? At least that's how I interpreted it but it's hard to tell. This show plays kind of fast and loose with times and days.

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I love Chilbongie, rooting for him.

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KYAAA!!! Mwahhhh <3 byong!

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if chilbong is not the husband, I'm gonna throw something.

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ME TOO!!! hahahahaha Don't you just love looking at him all moony and smiley even while doing his punishment?

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I'll be behind you with additional somethings to throw ;D

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That scene where he's smiling while being punished and the scene where he asks Na Jung "Are you okay?" after the painted room story were my favorite Chilbongie moments :D

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agree!! me too! feel the same! haha.. i really hope she will end up with chilbongie ^^ he is really my type... omo omo..otteoke?? hahaha... i love chilbong caracter so much...

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This episode has sealed my love for this drama!! I'm completely lost to it!
I really hope it's Sseuregi oppa who gets the girl... I really think he was upset at the kiss between Chilbong and Na Jung and I think the hand that Sook Sook handed the phone to belongs to sseuregi. of course that's just my hope... :P

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Yay, finally an episode that wasn't dragging, I almost dropped this last week. Thans for the recap. And team chilbong for me

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YES, Team Chilbongie!

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Does anyone find it fairly odd that there are barely any interactions between Na Jung and Oppa in the 2013 scenes? Minus the part where he told her to watch her mouth. They started this episode off with quite a few Chilbongie/Na Jung scenes which were rather cute and to die for but also very suspicious. It was as if they were trying to make it seem like Chilbongie is end game, but then towards the end they reared it back to Oppa. Accckk this show is just killing me!

I also feel as if they were using a body double for that wedding scene, as a sleuthing fan I just HAD to analyze the body type, height, hair, and skin tone of that actor in order to match it up with our leads. You have no idea how many times I went back to re-watch the episodes just to check which one of our leads is the groom lol.

Well anyways, thanks for the recap! I'm with Chilbongie all the way ~

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Me too! I was totally examining the tiny bit of body parts of the groom being shown and it was the top of the head with a particular hairstyle that made me think it might have been Chilbongie since Oppa doesn't have that kind of hair. Yet, because my heart beats for Oppa to be the husband, I thought that they might have used a body double.

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but but ... I did look at the hair too....and the color was black, while chilboongie"s was somewhat (i guessed dyed) brownish...while the other guys just plain black.

Uuuugghhh...the anticipationnnnnn for each episooddeesss made me wanna watch reply 1997 and look for the "obvious" clues....

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I heard, and I could be wrong, but I heard the actors said they do not know who the husband is because the writers do not even know yet. That could be false info to try to throw us off, but maybe they are looking to see who the masses want closer to the end.

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THAT is awesome. It would be a tough secret to keep if I were a cast member - especially considering how rabid and relentless fans can be.

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I think the same method was used in Reply 1997 too, the casts didn't know who would be the husband until they shot the last episode..which is good idea IMO.
The actors can use their own interpretation and (own) feelings to convey their acting.

I don't really care who will be the husband, it's win win solution in my POV! :D

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I knew it! The writers still don't know who's the groom yet. If they're not using a stand-in for the groom, I think they interchange Garbage Oppa and Chilbong in the scenes where they deliberately do not show the groom/husband's face. So sometimes we get the fair-skinned nape of Chil-bong, and some other times we get the darker forearm of Oppa.

I still like Oppa for Na-jung. Though Chilbong was sweet in this episode and racking up points and even stealing a kiss, the marshmallows from Oppa made me go Ding! Ding! Ding! at him. That's 100 points for you Oppa.

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I like Chilbongie too but I hope its Oppa. He is so kind and sweet and thoughtful.

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Super agree...

I don't know why almost every1 likes chilbongie...

I prefer trash, really.

And I agree... The grooms back is chilbong, but the grooms chin Is trash to confusing us...

But the husbands hand picking up the phone, I am positive its garbage hand...

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I hope it's Oppa.

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me too!!!!!

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I think its Oppa. They are just giving the impression that its Chilbongge. Its a personal opinion though. I think there is more complexity in Na-Jung and Oppas relationship which makes me lean that the storyline, twist and heartache will lead to their relationship. I think because there is a attraction ongoing being youthful and all and the posssibility of reciprocity between Chilbongee and Na-Jung, who wouldnt think there is a possibility? Maybe they will become a couple but I think that the depth and heart between Na-Jung and Seungguri-Oppa is undeniably there. Oh well, the fun is who guessed right? lol. cant wait.

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I think it's Oppa, too!!!

I would jump for joy! I mean Chilbong is cute and all but love, love, love and a whole lot of lust's bottled inside me for Oppa!

Oppa, saranghae!!!

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pretty sure it's oppa because at the beginning when chilbong and najung are at the table yoonjin says "what did the groom put on his lips?" and someone else replies "who doesn't look like a bumpkin on their wedding?" and we all know chilbong isn't from the country. later you can see oppa subconsciously touching his lips too.

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Duh, Oppa has 'the husband' written all over his face. #delusionalfangirl

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Team chilbongie ftw ok.
he answered the phone as "joonie" in the last episode when he was calling najung's fav basketball player (sangmin?)
and since the husband's name is kim jae joon, i'm gonna be optimistic about this... ^____^

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Ha. If Oppa is not the husband, I will throw something! He just understands her like no one else does and there's TOTALLY sexual tension when it's serious--not when she's pestering him haha. I feel like in 2013 she's the same way: still nagging him constantly but also a dutiful wife.

Also, I feel like when he said "I understand women's feelings" I don't think he knows Na Jung's real feelings. I think he can understand other girls, but not Na Jung's feelings towards him. He would probably feel like it's disrespectful to the family that he's basically grown up with to get with the daughter since they've basically treated him like their son.

BUT: I still feel like their romance is like Playful Kiss where the boy just needs to be pushed and then realizes he likes the girl.

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All of Oppa's boasting about how well he knows woman puzzles me. Does he or doesn't he?

If he really does see into NJ's heart, but is acting unaware of NJ's crush on purpose, that makes him a jerk.

It is more amusing if he thinks he does, but really has no idea that NJ has a crush on him, that makes him human.

I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and say his view of NJ's feelings is colored by how he feels for her. HE doesn't feel sexually attracted to HER, why would she be sexually attracted to HIM? His awareness of her womanness is manifesting, however. It'll be interesting to see if he keeps taking his clothes off in front of her the more he considers her the object of CB's affection.

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why would it make him a jerk? Maybe he doesn't feel the same as NJ and doesn't want to hurt her feelings and ruin their relationship, so he doesn't show he is aware of it... and thinks it is just a small crush that'll go away.

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It would make him a jerk if he knows how serious it is to her.

If your take is he thinks it's a little crush that will go away, then he doesn't know her that well.

I guess what I like is that this is showing us there is no such thing as a small crush. When we are in them, they feel like it is life or death.

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I think Oppa knows but he's taken his role as Hoonie's stand-in too seriously and he doesn't want that to be messed with, so he keeps ignoring and treating her like his kid sister, even though it's cruel in a way.

He starts reacting to Chilbongie because even if he is trying to suppress his feelings he still has feelings for her.

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For some reason I can't reply to Dash's comment below. To Dash - I really like that explanation; that he feels too much like he has to be the big brother for the sake of his friend, so he can't give in to his feelings. I can really see that being the case.

To Jomo - I don't think it makes him a jerk. I think if he does know about her feelings, he might be just hoping that if he doesn't say anything, he won't ruin what they have. That's not a jerk move; it's completely understandable.

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"All of Oppa’s boasting about how well he knows woman puzzles me. Does he or doesn’t he?"

i get the impression that he thinks he does, but he actually has no idea. in this episode alone he incorrectly guessed at the reason behind mom's moodiness (though, to be fair, they were all wrong about it)... but then he also failed the "should she open/close the door" test, again showing that he may not understand women quiiiite as well as he thinks he does~

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Oppa guessed wrong, and then he made the victory sign, which made me think:
1 - He guessed wrong, the guys won, and he was happy that the girls lost.
2 - He guessed wrong on purpose to mess with her.
(I want it to be the second option, pleeeaaaseeee!!!)

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oh, did he know it was a bet?

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i think that was a a completely unfounded brag by Oppa and a great joke from the writers. We already know that he got dumped by his last girlfriend for failure to notice something major. He failed the "door open or closed" question, and even Na Jung calls him out as a liar when he says it. Plus he even got Mom's menopause diagnosis wrong!

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I think Oppa though being branded Garbage is misleading if everyone have noticed it by now. He acts like Thrash but he in undeniably clever, mature and PERCEPTIVE. I think he does realize Na-Jung feelings but he is not ready to fecognize it yet (being a substitute brother at all) or he does what he does (completely the opposite), like undressing infont of Na-Jung. Either to test himself how far he can go, or how far Na-Jung will react. If Thrash is as clever and mindful of Na-Jung he will think..... does she reallly see me as a brother or as a man? Is it real? Fear? Or is it just she is used being dependent on me. Im close to my brother but never in a million years would he be as sensitive or perceptively concious of my needs.... after alll I am a biological sister). Oppa and Na-Jung are definitely not.

lol. May the best man win!!!!

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I think Oppa has feelings for Na Jung of the non- brotherly kind but is terrified to act upon them.

I keep thinking of his motivations for kinda abandoning his birth family and building this 'oppa'- persona for Na Jung, and consequently giving her parents another son when they could barely stand the loss of their own. They kinda glossed over it in the series but Oppa seems almost estranged from his family, like, there's no resentment on his part or anything like that but it's obvious that his parents miss him and yet he ..well, yes, he neglects them. In a big way. I mean, I know he's sorta an idiot sometimes but- not recognizing your own father's voice over the phone?

Maybe he has a lot of siblings- because, again, confusing your dad's voice for that of your 'second brother'- so the bro must be quite a bit older. Did that make it easier for Oppa to migrate to Na Jung's family? Yunno, if his parents had so many children, they probably would not hurt as much if he 'went away'. And with such noble intention on top of that. Seriously, THINK about it- how loving and caring can a person be to leave one's family, to actively make that decision in order to ease the pain of another?

So, of course, it was all brotherly at first. Caring for the family, for the sister of your best friend whom you treasured greatly. Protecting them since your friend is no longer able to- that all makes sense, right?
And someday you both grow up and that feeling of 'i'm resposible for you' gets another colouring. It's hard to draw the line between brother and not-brother because the responsibilities and benefits of the two spheres overlap somehow. DOn't get me wrong, I'm not trying to generalize and go into the whole incest debate- it never even occured to me because Oppa is not Na Jung's biological brother. As soon as you know that, I think the relationship becomes a lot more ambiguous.

Just think- what if Chilbongie and Na Jung get together (not too far fetched at this point, get them abs gurl)- how much is Oppa going to have to pull back? After we learned of CHilbongie's home situation, everyone was like 'man, now I want him to be the hubby just so he can be a part of this family' (I could sympathize with that, but in a more jockingly way because in my opinion, at the end of the day, Na Jung is the one who has to be happy). Yes, but in that case- what happens with Oppa? His role in the family will be totally, utterly changed. I mean, guys, he loved them so much, that choose to be part of this family and hen there's a brother-in-law who kinda takes that place. Not so much with mom and dad but certainly with Na Jung. I mean, the sheer loss...

And maybe that's his story line. To kinda emancipate himself from that oppa- role he took on. I don't sense regret on his part or resentment over being held back or something. But who knows- if he decides not to act on his feelings for Na Jung and she opens her heart for Chilbongie...
I think Oppa is afraid (and maybe too comfortable) of breaking the status quo. Yunno, what if it doesn't work out? He would not only lose Na JUng but also his entire family. In a series that is all about familial bonds that seems like...really very bad not good at all.

He clearly paniks a little at the thought of Chilbongie making a move. That look during the kiss... holymoly. And then the sequence after, when Oppa came home and saw them watching tv and then the whole undressing thing in front of Na Jung- it seemed a little abrupt and desperate and also sorta aggressive? Like he had to wrench her from CHilbongie's side and remind her where her priorities are.

Man, I really jus wanted to type a quick answer and now look at that monster... Damn you Jung Woo and your sad eyes and your oppa- ness and your abs, daaamn you.

Okay, one last thing- the whole 'I know women's feelings.' Yeah, I don't know either. I think he was purely referring to her mother and maybe bragging a bit llike 'oppaknows it all'. He certainly did not want to taunt her for her confession.
It's an interesting question, how much he really does notice. In the last episode, i stumbled over the whole bit with Juyeon, his fellow student. Yunno, the whole bit when (just before he asked her about her mother) she took off her stockings right next to him and Oppa went 'I'm a man, you know?'. And I was like 'so you ARE' (and I kno, we had the whole girlfriend bit but that mostly went over my head bc it was wrapped up so quickly).

I admit, my first thought at that bit was: 'waiiiiit, Juyeon, as from 1997- Juyeon? show, are you about to do what i think you will do?' Because yunno, Oppa straight up ignores the cheerleader girls on the soccer field and goes directly for Na Jung (which, awww), which means that he does have a filter, he does choose where to look and what to look for. And in that context his 'I'm a man, you know?'- remark seemed a little suspicious to me because he could have gone oblivious- Trash- style and just ignore it and just ask directly about her mom. But he didn't. And I wonder. Show, will you really? Will you?

In conclusion: I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR and want all of them to be happy at the end of this ride and riight now that seems... difficult. (butbutbut Chilbongie is so cute with Na Jung and so deeply, profoundly likes her butbutbut it's OPPA butbutbut don't even get me started on Binggeure, they HAVE to make him happy, otherwise there's no justice in this world)

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Oh, sorry, visitor, I answered to jomo before reading your long, but really interesting post. I didn't understand your "Show, will you really? Will you?", though. Maybe because I don't remember Juyeon.

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juyeon (in 1994) was in the last episode, as one of the med students at the hospital along with garbage oppa. (i'm not sure if this is what you forgot but) there was a scene in which she walks into the room he's studying/brooding in and removes her stockings right in front of him.

juyeon (in 1997) is a doctor. there's a scene in one episode in which she walks into what she thinks is an empty room, removes her stockings... and then farts, right in front of someone.

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Forget everything I said on the Juyeon matter. I didn't realize it was supposed to be the same Juyeon from 1997. Yunno, the one who muuuch later on marries Yoon Jae's older bro in 1997.

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Oh! I see, the other crazy fan. Thanks for the explanation, it seems it's impossible for me to remember any Knames :S

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Good observation . When the show started and I saw Chilbongee, I thought OMG!!! Yeah why not???
But I started to think that the storyline has more depth ON WHAT ITS NOT SAYING when it comes to Na-Jung and Thrash. Your review was great and so were the rest of the reviews here!!! EVERBODY IS EXCITED, because I think Reply 1994 encompasses about first loves but also about different slices of life of each of the character.
Thrash is definitely a man. He had said it to another collegue outwardly yet when it came to Na-Jung it was so cute how he undressed infront of her. I BELIEVE HE DID IT INTENTIONALLY, to either "look Na-Jung, Oppa is a man also". But since I think he has been playing the brother sister role for so long in the family he holds himself back as a man.
Chilbongge is definitely adorable and wont be surprised if Na-Jung becomes her first boyfriend. BUT IS THAT REALLY THAT EASY??? This is Reply 1994. Like in Reply 1997, before you get to the end of the rainbow, tears and heartache are gonna be raining on the youthful Na-Jung.
What is love? What is Real love.
I guess im being too personal here and putting my experience out there. LOL. Sorry. ha ha ha.
But I guess, when it comes to who really loves you more, the storyline simply, the way I see it, Thrash love for Na-Jung is deeper. Though Chilbongee obviously is god-smacked adores her, Thrash feigning , avoidance, pretend-I-Dont-know, only shows he is aware of Na-Jung as a man. But because of his ties, his responsibility and maturity on how perceptive he is with other people, he wants Na-Jung to grow up.
I had like a Reply 1997 event in my life. But like the role of Thrash in Reply 1994. And this I say. I was more obliged to do than to say. Though my heart is about to burst on how much I wanted to express my feelings..... the pain that I might cause, the event I might confuse and disrupt is a great hurdle to overcome.

So again, Chilbongee or Oppa..... NA-Jung i hope you become happy!!!

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You should be the writer visitor!

Or you should be a shrink! I love how you analysed Oppa you're like an Oppa-tologist :D

Thank you

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"Oppa-tologist"
OMG, you just found my calling for me, thank youuuu!!

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visitor, your post is FTW. Are you a writer because really you've constructed a very logical internal scenario for oppa-garbage that might as well be true? Of course, if this isn't the case, this does not take away how awesome your analogy of oppa's personality is. After watching this episode, I realize that Oppa-garbage is the most complicated among all these characters while ironically he is the one with a nickname being equivalent to being called a simpleton. What's more aside from the already complicated love triangle in the works, there is also the theory that he is gay. And somehow, a few scenes in this episode seems to support the theory (his knowledge of women's hearts & of course the kissing Binggrae thing)

What I like about this show aside from its being a slice of life is that it makes you think. It calls on the viewers' powers of deduction so that they themselves can make a conclusion. I actually thought of an interesting exercise if the directors & writers continue the mystery for the remaining 13 episodes (barring the last episode)... marathoning the 19 episodes and just deducing from these episodes the surprise that's waiting for us on episode 20.

This is no longer related to visitor's comment, but I very much agree with the Go Ara comment. She has been amazing on this so far and I think she has been able to deliver the 'subtlety' which I think we all wanted from her for episode 1. I don't speak/understand Korean but really, the awkward moment during the massage scene was really acted pretty well including the way her voice awkwardly squeaks, hehe. I am happy for her. Glad that she was able to come across a role such as this. Hopefully after this, she will no longer be typecasted as a strong, sassy but an untouchable, wooden beauty. Here here for the remaining episode of R1994.

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My opiion about oppa:

1. He does know about na jeong feeling, bc for me trash is really sensitive and caring towards na jeong. In massage moment, trash was given na jeong clue that he knows all aboout her feeling.
It shows when na jeong has the back problems, he worried all day, everytime he sees na jeong in pain, we can see how he takes care of her, almost always beside her.

2. He does know everything about na jeong, shows in masrshmallow and comics, I bet na jeong in her age prefer comics than perfume, we can see, she's a lil bit teary, deeply touch her heart (mine too....)

3. Based on my no 1 point, it doesn't make sense if oppa didn't care about na jeong exhaust fumes or smell of paint.. He really wants to tease her. Actually trash is a super caring person, to everybody especially na jeong (sick moment @ kitchen,hospital room... Xixixixixi). He knew that everyone only testing him, and it's only a joke, so it doesn't matter if he correct or not.

4. Jacket moment in the soccer game, I don't see it as a couple thing moment. It is usual between sibling, even I do that wit my friends, its a common thing.my point is, trash is a picky man, he doesn't like ordinary girl, u know the cheerleader type... He is adorable, he is so smart everyone likes him, so it is natural he chooses the girl, he doenst like drama in his relationship, so when he gf decided called off their relationship, he automaticly did the break up.

5. Mom menopouse problem. I don't care too about wrong answer. Trash is still learning, understable if he guess wrong. It shows once more, he is sensitive, he could see the mood and attitude of ppl, he could see how moms attitude was different.

6. In eps 6 yes, we can see the fire of jealousy in trash eyes, but I don't know, wil trash fight na jeoung back from chilbongie? I guess not, everythiing will be up to na jeong. Oppa is mature, he won't feel jealous.

7. Actually I don't know who will be the husband. The grooms standing picture ( just like everyone else, I googling the height and reviewing go ara standing beside the 2 suspicious future husband). Its chilbong and oppa, but the hand ilm super positive its oppa. At first I thought its chilbong, later I got confused and I guess its oppa.

Actually I'm an oppa fan...

If the writer, only wanting the new point of view, maybe the husband is still trash just like 1997. 1994 has a better pov, not only focusing on the romance story but also the bound bettween everyone, maybe because the set up that they live at the same house.

Buttttt if the writer really wants something new, the husband must be chilbong. The story line will bringing up something new fresh and excitement to every1...

Tired of this guessing...I will let it flow.. I love to read all the guessing statement between us. Someimes its confusing me even more hahahaha...

Go trash go trash... Only na jeong that understands trash... Chilbong already famous. He won't be suffering if he doesnt ended with na jeong :D

Last comment, please don't make baro a gay... Pathetic, if the writer does the same argggghhh

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"It’ll be interesting to see if he keeps taking his clothes off in front of her the more he considers her the object of CB’s affection."

Hmm... Oppa saw her watching TV with Chilbongie, then he changed in front of her, and even told her to give him his sweater. Ok, she was sitting on it, but the idea of him showing her his body in purpose crossed my mind. Like, trying to reminding her of her crush on him.

Ok, that's probably what I wanted to see in that scene (team oppa!!!), but still, I think is possible.

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Gosh. I hope he is that jealous - Look at MEEEEEEE! - but does't realize it.
Just thinking that gives me flutterbies.

I pretend I can accept CB, but deep down, if it isn't Oppa, I believe I will cry for weeks.

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I'm so doing the same thing. I tell myself that it will most likely be Chilbongie and try to prepare myself to accept it but deep inside where I can't lie to myself I know I'm so for Oppa that devastation of my heart seems inevitable if the show goes that way :(
The thing is I totally like CB and even squee at some of his moments...if Oppa weren't in the picture I'd totally be rooting for CB, he's a great guy and his crush is so adorable. But imagining this show without Oppa is a pretty bleak picture. Gah, this show, it's totally got my heart.

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Same same.

Like, I think I would be able to accept Chilbong as Najung's husband (the way he smiles so sweetly whenever he looks at her, even when she's doing conventionally unattractive things, is really endearing and totally relatable), but I KNOW that I will be super disappointed.

I just... Oppa!!!

I agree with you that if he is aware of Najung's crush, he needs to stop being so outwardly affectionate and playful with her. Being able to read her so well, he should know how much his behavior must affect her.

Do you think he knows her confession was sincere? I'm still torn on that. On one hand, he knows her SO well, so he should have been able to perceive right away that she was being genuine. On the other hand, if he knows that her confession wasn't a joke, yet continues to be so chummy and affectionate with her, it doesn't seem quite right because his behavior will encourage more romantic feelings from Najung and/or confuse her.

You could argue that he is carrying on like before because he doesn't want to make things awkward between him and Najung, if indeed he doesn't harbor romantic feelings for her. Which makes sense, but still isn't the best solution in this situation.

Regarding whether Garbage Oppa feels the same for Najung, or if he has any feelings for her at all, I keep on going back to drunk!Najung biting his lip. I imagine that if Oppa saw Najung solely as a sister, he would have stopped her the moment she was approaching his face. I mean, he knows about her biting habit when she becomes drunk, so I'm thinking that he could predict what she was going to do. Him letting her get that near to his face... seems to me like he was curious about what she was going to do.

Idk. I'm way over-analyzing this. -__-

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Even if Oppa-garbage 2013 gets over NaJung-Chilbongie, I won't get over it haha!

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I agree, after he saw Chilbongie kiss NJ he sat in her room watching her sleep and when he caught them in the living room he went in to take her attention from CB. The look on his face when she linked arms with him and followed him into the room was cute. I think he purposely was giving her a reminder of her feelings by undressing in front of her. He may come off a bit dim but he is very intelligent and insightful he knows what is what.

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Haha see I think this drama is very good at playing serious and funny notes. And I think in this specific instance it's funny. Oppa is clearly trying to brag about how he knows women, but he CLEARLY doesn't! He didn't even realize his ex-gf dyed her hair, and jumped to the conclusion that mom was going to through menopause (although I guess it was a valid guess).

Just cuz he sort of figured out mom's problem, he thinks he knows women, but he's so wrong which is why when I watched that scene I laughed out loud.

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She said the words that the relationship took a point where the familiar became strange.

There is a tension in their relationship they don't talk about--her brother (her older brother). And it's clear that though he kinda took the place of her brother, there is still some history they don't talk through, though they have known each other for so long and know each other so well.

I also think he thinks she's too young to realize anything.

There was the tension of him straight asking her to marry him, but she didn't respond. And then her confessing to him, but he laughed because he probably thought it was a joke and revenge on him.

He's also doing all of the classic Korean hero things that get written into the classical stories. Helping her parents silently. Supporting the family. And supporting Na Jeong without being asked.

Na Jeong had to ask Chil Bong, but that's not the traditional way stories usually go...

Writer in me says there is much more to unfurl with Oppa than is shown, thus makes for the more emotional and better match. More to overcome usually is the rule with heroes. But the conflict between them is far quieter.

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I think he's only just figuring out her feelings (and his own). My guess is that he didn't know before her confession, and may not be aware of his own feelings. Then she confesses, and he honestly blows it off because he hadn't really thought about it that way (she hadn't really felt that way for very long before she confessed, after all).

But now the seed has been planted in his mind, so it's not that he was lying about not knowing, just that he didn't know at the time, and now he's watching her with this new information. My sense is that he's interested, and jealous with Chilbongie, but that he's got competing feelings because there's a certain ick factor since he's the replacement brother. He may be holding back because he feels a responsibility to provide a brother relationship, despite his feelings changing.

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Totally agree with you!!

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I thought that his "I understand women" line was supposed to be an ironic joke for us the viewers. Like, he thinks he's so good with women but he doesn't even realize that she's in love with him, haha. I didn't get the impression that he knows and is feigning ignorance.

I also don't think he was faking when he laughed off her confession. I think it's a case where he didn't realize his own feelings until he saw her with another man. He's also shown petty jealousy of Sangmin from time to time but this is the first real threat.

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totally agree with you about the confession and his feelings!

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Agreed. I was trying to state that, but clearly was not as eloquent haha.

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surprising out of the the big 3 that premiered this October, 1994 is my favorite and can't wait to watch, read recaps every week. Heirs and MHIYD are still bearable to watch but I feel the plot for these 2 series are just all over the place.

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I don't know how many times I refresh this site to see the recap for epi 6. I love, love, love this!!!

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Yeah, I was all ready to like Heirs the best and prepared to be resigned if 1994 suffered the sequel-fate, but it is actually the most interesting of all premieres and I think by the end might surpass my liking for 1997..

SPOILER FOR PPL WHO HAVE NOT SEEN 1997:
Originally I was in 2 minds about Bingeurie being gay- not that they shouldn't repeat a gay story-line, but that he's also a doctor.. But now the more I think about it, I think he's gonna end up with Joonhee from 1997 in the present 2013 storyline.. Cuz remember? In 1997 finale, Joonhee leaves to go on a date, I bet 1994 finale has Bingeirie leaving for the same date, them being doctors in the same hospital.. Given that Oppa doesn't seem gay, this could give 2 characters we love a happy ending.. :-)

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That is actually an awesome idea. I really hope this is something the producers were planning! And I'll know who called it early on :)

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Hee hee thnx! I thought it could be the case cuz the 97 & 94 worlds seem interconnected.. (taewoong's wife's & jongmin's cameos).. Same hospital..

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I totally support the Binggeure & Joonhee loveline ending, but if I had not mistaken the scene where Joonhee leaves in the red car was set in 2012, while the scene where the 5 guys gather to watch Najung's home video (and presumably going to be the ending scene) was set in 2013. I'm not sure though, just a speculation.

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O yeah, the timelines don't overlap for that scene to be brought in.. So maybe just a cameo by Hoya in the finale as Bingeurrie's "boyfriend of 1 yr" or spl friend etc?

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I hope so ^-^

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This was such a beautiful epsiode, especially on mom's part.

Are they using two diffferent actors for the husband in the 2013 scenes? From the backside it's obviously not jung woo, but eagle eye fans over at soompi have found a mole on the neck(which jungwoo also has).

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maybe they anticipated that people would look for clues in that way &purposely used a body double and planted tiny blink-and-you-miss-it details/red herrings

haha but idk. thatd be pretty elaborate.

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I think that from the backside he also looks shorter. In that shot I thought it was oppa, because he didn't fill that well his suit (Chilbongie's arms are stronger=thicker), but then in the close shots he looked much taller than her, so I thought it was Chilbongie. My, I'm so confused.

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So basically: na jeong=shi won, trash=yoon jae, chil bong=tae woong, binggrae=joonhe, yoojin=yoo jung, haitai=hak can, samcheonpo= sungjae. the difference that's now najung is who fall in love at first(like yoon jae), then maybe later trash will realized that he also love najung(like shi won). BUT that's only my opinion kkk. BUT ACTUALLY I HOPE CHIL BONG END UP WITH NAJEONGG. THEY'RE JUST TOO CUTE TOGETHER OMG PLSPLS. I HOPE WHAT I ANALYZE IS WRONG:((

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I really don't think that they will go towards the same loveline story as 1997... We all have our first loves, but we don't end up marrying them most of the time. We eventually find someone else. I think that this is something that this drama will focus on (and more realistic tbqh). If the writer will go on the same direction as it's predecessor, I'm going to hurl stones!

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Exactly! I agree with Reena, why go over spilled milk; its done for.
Please try as much as possible to not comparate the two; the stories, plot, etc. are not the same, otherwise you will go bonkers.

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Damn drama you make it really hard to ship a pairing! I guess I am leaning a little bit more towards Chilbonige but oppa is so awesome that I wouldn't mind her ending up with him!

With this episode I am an absolute goner! Show has got my full attention ;)

Oh and most importantly: Binggeure got a kiss from oppa =) I must have replayed that scene like 20 times already! I totally didn't expect this and my heart bleeds for Binggeure!

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That scene was awesome. The way Oppa just pecked his lips like it was nothing...and it seemed like there was no reaction....only to later show how Bingguere was affected. I was like, "D'AWWWW." I hope Bingguere can have his happy ending. My heart will bleed for him if he doesn't.

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Bingguere has to get his happy ending (many are speculating that he is mystery man who picks up Joon Hee which would be all kinds of awesome tbh) because I don't think I can take another unrequited gay love!

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omo! I hadn't thought of that but that would be all kinds of awesome!

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I agree. Also way to go Drama and TvN for getting idols who can deliver. I hope Oppas reaction of Bingguere's confession is better than Yoon Jaes was. His was great, but Oppa is the Noel Crane of Oppas (I.e., perfect) so that scene should be fantastic.

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i totally so called it~ :D

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This episode totally put me on Team Chilbongie even more but it also makes me more worried because...I'm convinced the writers want to surprise us and do a 180 and right now all signs seem to point to him? I've been shipping the Chilbong/Na-Jung ship since the beginning but my ships are always doomed.

But Chilbong watching Na-Jung is just precious and coo-worthy and everything great.

Go Ara is seriously taking Na-Jung to great levels. I really love Na-Jung, but I really love Go-ara /as/ Na-jung. You just see these moments where she tilts her head, or makes a face, in the background. Or is randomly eating in the Na-jung way. And this episode also showed how much she observes and notices (with her mother, before Trash-oppa mentioned anything, before anyone did) which I think brings a different side to her, as well. Also, we finally see Na-jung go to college (LOL)...even if she's still not in classes

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I knew that Oppa would be buying the marshmallow for her!!! But Chilbongie's not so stolen glances of her melts my heart!!!

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The massaging part, in the teaser last ep, I really thought that it was HIS knees pushing against her chest and I was like, WTF? But glad I was wrong because it looked really weird from how I saw it.

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Team Trash Oppa

Look at Sungjae acting all petulant lol...I don't know why it's amusing but he actually was born in 1995 and is playing his age lol

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This episode definitely belonged to Seoul omma! I thought when mom was being unintentionally hurt verbally and NJ was a silent spectator to it all was done really well. My heart broke along w/ NJ for her. Haitai's letter along with the gift got me all teary-eyed. Was SO happy that she got pregnant with another child. I LOVED the '94 last scene of the episode: Haitai and grae, grae, Binggeure were so attentive to her... I hope we get to see more of the time she's pregnant!

Samcheonpo & YJ are hysterical together. I was laughing SO hard when she kicks him in the groin. This has to be mentioned, Sung Dong-Il ahjusshi's expressions are even more ridiculous than the previous series. This season definitely has stronger actors and better written characters. I do hope Binggeure ends up with someone... otherwise it'll be too depressing. Was I the only one who thought oppa's kiss lasted a second too long?

And, I totally KNEWW that Chilbongie would be ripped under those sweats! *__*

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And the fact that mom found out about her pregnancy at the same date as her late boy's birthday…it just hit me in the guts. To tie it with the talk-over "Even without a sender’s name or address, we knew who sent that gift.” aww…perfect!

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Yeah, it was so sweet and heartwrenching when Mom cries and they hug as the realization sets in...

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Agree in terms of stronger acting and stronger characters for Answer me 1994. Granted, 1997 was pure magic being short and sweet but if there's anything i can predict about this show, it's that it's going to steal my heart and make me anxious as to who the hubby is.
I think the fact that they're all living together in a boarding house makes for some really great bonding time.
1997 had some really great moments in school and outside of school, but 1994 has all the at home goodies.
Watching people grow together under one roof is just so great.
Seeing Mom and Dad and their little ducklings at home is a theme that 1994 had that 1997 lacked.

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I wonder if this is a sign they'll soon be jumping to a different year soon. It would be more convenient for them to jump to after her brother is born instead of dealing with portraying mom's pregnancy.

It does seem too early at this point to jump though. I guess they do have a few more months= a few more episodes before they go to a middle year between '94 and 2000?

And is it to much to want Sung Shiwon to randomly show up in '97 to ask for directions to Tony-oppa's house? lol

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as soon as they said menopause i calculated the kid's age (since they mentioned suneung) and was like omo omo shes having a babyyyy!! :)

i am loving ara as najung. ive always liked her (in spite of her.. lets say subpar acting) but this is probably the first time i've liked her in a role this muchhhh~

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The teenaged kid is Sungjae. SUNGJAE. Of BTOB.
Omo, Sungjae-ya, you definitely surprised me, coming on the screen all of a sudden and looking cute in that uniform.
I find it ironical that looks so much like Seo In-gook. He could definitely pass off as Im-gook's dongsaeng.

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I was convinced about Mom's pregnancy pretty soon and yet when she was processing that big news at the doctor's office, I was in tears. Her expression really got me.

Though still some editing wouldn't hurt, I liked this episode a lot.

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My impression is that Oppa doesn't know about Na Jung’s feelings and this was another clueless male moment like the door verses window question.
He might think he understands women, and due to his empathic nature he is more in tune with peoples feelings than most, but really he's oblivious.

I'm pretty convinced he's the husband and it's his BFF's death that's holding him back.

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Hmmmmm....explain your theory...sounds very interesting...

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That's what I think. Actually, I think he likes her and maybe liked her before she liked him, but he wants to do his duty as her brother. He doesn't want to betray the role he as left by his friend.

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"he doesn't want to betray the role as left by his friend"

This!
I think there's a possibility oppa may have feelings for na jung (or getting there), but that his role as her oppa-yah will hold him back from truly pursuing a romantic relationship. He

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Yeah which is why he's sensing Chilbongie's intentions and getting all blanked out about it.

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yeah, i'm not convinced that oppa realizes na-jung has feelings for him. he COULD know, of course, but that scene where he was massaging her shoulders, my mind didn't immediately jump to: "OMG he knows!"

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Is it just me or does anyone else think that Bingurae might be gay? Its just the way he was so startled after the kiss with garbage oppa. And everyone noticed the jealous (I think?) look on his face when oppa gave Na-jung his sweatshirt in the previous episode. The question is, who was he jealous of?

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I think we are to suspect that he is gay, yes.

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Team Chilbongie, all the way! I have it bad for baseball players, plus, watching him watch Na Jeong is just adorable. His stares are hot, hot, hot! Plus, I think he's got a bit of a rebellious side that I really love!

I still love Oppa, but I ship him with Binggeure. :)

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This show is pefect for me.
Thanks for the recap!!

I feel Na-jung so entirely whenever Oppa gets near her. I had exactly the same reaction to one of my brother's friends. Problem is the blushing gives me away BIG time.
While I understand how anguished and thrilled this love makes her, I actually can see her moving on from it eventually. The kind of love she has for Oppa exists only in her mind right now. Almost like her crush on SM insofar as HIS interest in her doesn't matter. She loves him no matter what. If the are to develop an adult married life, the scales have to level off. I still very much desire Oppa an NJ to re-invent their relationship as romantic, but it will take a lot more honesty, which means more pain, more growing up before they can meet as equals.

It is easy for Oppa to keep giving giving giving to his dongsang while ingoring her feelings. There are no consequences to it. He takes care of her body like a parent or doctor, a loving one, yes. But he has to take responsibility for all the touching; he HAS to admit that it means more to her, and once he does, he has to stop, or reciprocate. This is the main problem, of course, whether he wants to change gears and allow a deeper level of intimacy with her or not.

It parallels how he acts with Bing. If Oppa knew about the crush, he wouldn't be so cruel as to torture him with a kiss. In fact, later once it is revealed, I am guessing Oppa would feel bad.

As far as CB, I am also for him and NJ.
It's about 75/25 right now who I like better, since CB gets points for going for the kiss. Good man!!

By the way, the menopause story clicked in for me ONLY at the end. Mom must have missed her period, possibly the last two; that is what precipitated all her melancholy. They were clever enough not to say that out loud, because the first thing the audience would have thought of is pregnancy, NOT menopause.

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Go CHILLY, am for Chilbongi all the way and I loved the kiss and its too bad if Na jung marries Oppa and not him cause hey its her loss. CHILLY FIGHTING

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I cannot believe I'm saying this, but this may be one instance where the sequel is actually better than the original. Don't get me wrong, I loved 1997, and it still gets props for coming first, but 1994 is on a league of its own in terms of both acting and writing. True, it's just following the blue print of 1997 in more ways than I would like, but it's also elevating materials and grounds they've already visited with more nuanced writing, so much so that the similarities only stick out if you are specifically looking for them.

I will also give 1994 credit for creating two male leads that are equally sweet, though in vastly different ways, and suitable for our girl, Na Jung. I was a rabid Oppa/Na Jung shipper, and then this episode happened. Why is Chilbongie so adorable when he's stealing glances at Na Jung? Why is he so adorable, period!!!! I'm still firmly on Team Oppa, but it isn't going to be as easy as I initially thought. Show, why won't you let me ship what I want in peace?! Argh.

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I would thumbs up this comment a thousand times if i could.
Absolutely agree!
I think watching the first few episodes of 1994 and not immediately falling in love was what led me to believe that it woudn't be able to create the same magic 1997 had, especially since they tried to do the guessing game with the husband again.
I think 1994 could have done more to set itself apart from 1997 since there are so many similarities, but i do think 1994 possesses some great qualities that 1997 may not have.
The characters, as you say, are definitely better written (in my opinion). Both guys are easily rootable (except i'm leaning more oppa), and this is one of those RARE moments in dramaland where i wouldn't mind who our heroine ended up with.
1994 is like a slow burn, whereas 1997 was like a spitfire fiery nugget.
I think i'm in one of those moods to enjoy 1994 even in those long scenes because we've reached a point where i love all our character's interactions so much that even the most mundane is bearable. Not ideal situation for a recapper, but i am reveling in it now, whereas for the first few episodes i was complaining. Show and I have come a long way, and it's only episode 6.

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i re watched ep 1 - 6...
team chillbongie here..

chilbongie and najung conversation... looks like married couple conversation ... and chilbongie seems to know suk suk come home late these days...

but i suddenly ship trash-binggeure...
cos i think in one of 2013 scene i saw trash play/massage binggeure.. neck/shoulder...

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guys............i'm SURE that i'm wrong but what if the person who oppa is jealous of isn't chilbong but na jung???? if you think about it chilbong is present in all of those scenes could oppa actually have feelings for him instead?? really confused rn and i honestly don't think i'm right but even if i just have an inkling of suspicion i have to share it with someone

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Chilbongie + Oppa =Match made in heaven.

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Binggurae will fight his cuzzy for Oppa. lol.

And Samcheonpo will end up being the Husband.

Everybody wins. XD

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sounds good to me!! hahaha~

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I thought that at first, but then I considered the audience.

Would they be able to accept two gay characters in one show? Would the writers have enough chutzpah to present two gay characters in one show that aren't a couple?

While it makes it interesting in many ways to imagine that story play out, wouldn't that take the focus off what the theme of the show?

Also, I said this somewhere else, if Oppa is gay, he would be totally aware of Bing's feelings for him. To kiss him so easily without considering Bing's heart makes him too cruel.

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Noooooooooooo!!!!!! omo omo... Please noo!!!! Also, he had a girfriend and... oh, yes, relief, the when he was watching Na jung sleeping Chilbongie was nowhere to be found. Oh, my, you almost make me die here.

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Logistically, it's hard for me to believe that "they" will write the Trash character as gay. But like you, I felt like that was a completely viable option to explain how he doesn't seem to notice women as women. I think it would be fabulous if they write him gay.

I actually took his watching and pondering on the CB and NJ game kiss and other stuff as him observing if she was going to be okay, and if he himself was feeling okay with CB. I also thought that he was concerned that this was her first kiss, and she was drunk and would not remember it.

The whole thing when he walked in and got her to follow him to his room was a message to CB. It was a cock block with a message: pay attention, because she listens to me.

The guy poos in front of her. I'm thinking changing his clothes in front of her means nothing other than eye candy time for the audience. I'm totally okay with that. :)

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I love every minute of this show. But when did Yoon Jin get so chatty?

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She gets chatty when she's not around her Seo Taiji Oppa pile of stuff and I think she's just starting to get comfortable with everyone since she's a little more introverted than everybody else who are chatty people, her conversational periods come in short bursts and peter out after the excitements over.

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I realise that in the 2013 scene at the beginning of this episode, Chil Bong wasn't wearing a wedding ring. could this be a hint? I'm thinking the plot might be that Trash is NJ first love/crush, but then she has then she'll begin to notice CB more, but in the end she'll end up with Trash or .. Purely guessing at this point.... That whole choosing the wrong day also seem to be clue, since CB isn't that good at picking things, then again during the wakeup scene both CB and Trash had to be woken up for the game

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I mean Trash isn't good at picking things, as seen with the makeup

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But Trash DID come through with the gifts!

He bought both the graphic novel AND the marshmellows.
It was his public present to Mom that missed the mark, not his private one to NJ.

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And the seal--don't forget the seal.

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now that made me re-think again which is which but then i can't see najung wearing a ring also...drat those writer the story is killing my suspicions...still love the show among all the shows now this one hit the jackpot....he he eh eh....

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Na Jung was wearing a wedding ring

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I loved everything about Mom's parts today. So touching. It gets so close to home and made me give my mum a lot of hugs today.

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In 2013 scenes, it seems like CB and NJ.. I like their interactions.

But, yes I will keep pining for Oppa no matter how cute and perfect gift giving CB has up his sleeves.

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I like Oppa. and Chilbongie. Oppa. Chilbongie. ARGH WHY DO YOU BOTH HAVE TO BE SO PERFECT AND ADORABLE. How's a girl suppose to make up her mind?

One fact straight, I'm gonna be sad for ANY of them who didn't end up with her, I know it T__T

And I'm gonna die of happiness in the next episode, just looking at Chilbongie's abs..*droool*

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Team Oppa all the way!!
That back massage....man....did anyone felt that it was kinda erotic? lol.

Chilbongie had a lot of aaww moments this ep and he made me feel fuzzy inside with his moony-eyed crush on Na Jung.

But i must say, the husband is definitely Oppa. Chilbongie, the 'sense' guy would not pick World Cup month to have his wedding. And i feel that the writers always make it obvious that Chilbongie's the husband in 2013 scenes that its bound to be a banjun....right....? RIGHT??

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"Chilbongie, the ‘sense’ guy would not pick World Cup month to have his wedding"

That makes so much sense... Also, the tone in which Dad scolded the husband- would he really use that with Chilbongie? Well, certainly not in 1994, but things change over time...

*sigh* Sometimes, I think this whole hunt for the husband is taking away from my thoroughly enjoying t