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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 10

Guilt is today’s theme, and nearly everyone gets a dose of it, whether it’s the fresh guilt of young friends coming to terms with painful secrets, or the stale guilt of old sins, buried a year ago with Jung Soo-in — and where there is guilt, retribution is sure to follow.

We’re homing in on her mystery, and it’s clear that she’s wrapped in tragedy — but I can’t help finding Teacher Jung creepy to the point of villainous. Is revenge scarier when it’s dealt out by pixies with cloying smiles and non-work-appropriate shorts?

(I’m just filling in for our purple friend today — living the dream and having my slice of the School pie!)

EPISODE 10 RECAP

We rewind to a little before the classroom showdown. Outside, So-young burns with resentment as the whispers and accusations of murder ring in her head.

At his competition, Yi-an gets her text saying she’s going to reveal Eun-bi’s secret — too bad he won’t be there.

When So-young returns, the class taunts and jeers at her. She pauses at Eun-bi’s desk with a cruel quirk of the lips, and proceeds to the front and gets everyone’s attention. Narrowing her eyes at Eun-bi, she confirms the rumors — she is that girl, and it was her school. But she asks them if they’re not curious about what the girl who died looked like.

As we saw last episode, Yi-an runs to make it to Eun-bi in time, and gets struck by a car. He lands heavily on his shoulder, and a crowd gathers to help him.

So-young smirks that there’s someone in their class who looks just like the girl who died. Eun-bi watches stonily on as So-young brandishes a picture of her old ID. Everyone is shocked by its likeness to Eun-byul, and their reaction gratifies her.

Tae-gwang has enough and rebukes her for causing trouble as soon as she arrived. She doesn’t know Eun-byul at all, he remarks, to be making any insinuations. He switches on that lazy grin and steps closer to her while she backs up, even dropping a friendly shoulder-pat. Turning to Eun-bi, he invites her to tell the class about it herself, since it’s her family matter. She stands up, about to speak, when Yi-an bursts in.

He confronts So-young, and turning to the class, announces that he’ll speak for Eun-byul since her memories are still gone. Noo, don’t! When So-young challenges him, he asks if there’s anyone knows her better. The class pipes down and keeping his eyes on Eun-bi, he tells them how she was adopted by her mother when she was five, and recently discovered the existence of a younger twin sister — the girl who was driven to suicide by So-young. Song-joo and Shi-jin are particularly affected by the revelation.

So-young flounders, and now Tae-gwang turns on her with a single question: The Lee Eun-bi she killed in Tongyeong is Go Eun-byul’s twin sister — true or false? She argues that Eun-bi isn’t dead, but this time Yi-an shuts her down with the keenest question of all: If she’s not dead, then who died? Caught in her own trap, and between the two boys, she can’t answer. Denounced by the class, her cries of denial go ignored.

After a last look towards Eun-bi, Yi-an brushes past her and leaves. But once out of the classroom, he clutches his shoulder and collapses in pain. Eun-bi, having followed him out, runs to his side.

Tae-gwang, meanwhile, follows So-young to the roof. He reminds her that he warned her that she’d come off worse in this showdown. And if she was responsible for Eun-byul’s death, the fallout would be even worse.

A doctor explains the seriousness of Yi-an’s shoulder injury to his father and the dean, but also notes that he had signs of previous injury, not from the accident, which comes as a shock to both men. He calculates that his recovery will take a year.

The dean comforts Dad with the assurance that Yi-an is strong and will bounce back. Outside Yi-an’s room, Dad takes a moment to wipe his eyes and collect himself. When he goes in, he’s brisk and cheerful. Yi-an is afraid he’s disappointed in him, which Dad rejects, and explains how he lost his head when he heard a friend was in an urgent situation.

Dad sweetly reassures him that it’s not the end of the world. When he was Yi-an’s age, he says conspiratorially, he caused all sorts of trouble — it’s what you do when you’re young, and damn the consequences. He tells Yi-an to look at it as an opportunity to rest up.

Eun-bi lingers outside Yi-an’s door. She hides when Dad comes out, but can’t bring herself to go in.

Song-joo accosts Shi-jin and links arms, ready to be friends again. She grumbles about Tae-gwang knowing Eun-byul’s secret when they didn’t, when the troublemaker in question cuts into their path, demanding to know if they’re badmouthing him.

The girls frown at him, and he snorts in disgust as they worry about Yi-an and extol his virtues. Shi-jin kindly asks him if he could try being half the guy Yi-an is, which makes him bite her head off. Hahaha.

Min-joon eavesdrops on his mom commandeering another mom to sign up for her tutoring group, which seems to cost an extortionate sum. She uses her own son’s performance as bait, which makes the other mom give in.

So-young’s mother, meanwhile, has an angry phonecall with her husband. She wants him to do something about the rumors spreading throughout the school about their daughter, and argues that the school isn’t big enough for both girls.

It seems he doesn’t bend, because she says she’ll take care of it herself. So-young — the picture of innocence in virginal white — gushes with (false) remorse and promises never to cause trouble again. Excuse me while I throw up in my shoes.

Eun-bi hovers outside Yi-an’s room again the next day, and gets surprised when he brushes by her. He says she might as well go in instead of lurking outside, so she does. They both have a hard time meeting each other’s eyes, and when she asks how he is, his replies are terse, almost cold.

She thanks him for his intervention the day before, and he retorts he didn’t do it for her. He wants her to leave if she’s done talking. Reluctant, she says she’ll go once she’s seen him eat, to his mounting irritation.

Tae-gwang strides in at that moment, and pops open pots of food while prattling about how bad hospital fare is, and he should know. Yi-an turns his aggression on him, swearing at him to get out. Only Eun-bi’s quick word stops Tae-gwang from retaliating.

Now ejected, Tae-gwang asks if she’s that worried about Yi-an. He offers to stay instead, but she turns him down — she wants to be there. “Should I wait?” he asks, in a voice quietly loaded with subtext and hope. She turns that down, too.

Coach tells Yi-an that a year isn’t so long. But Yi-an says that taking off even one day makes it hard to keep his edge, so what’s a whole year going to do? He trembles as tears escape, and it’s hard for Coach to see him struggle. He yells at him for leaving the meet like that, but then encourages him to dismiss his negative thoughts and focus on recovery.

Unseen by them, Eun-bi overhears the conversation, stricken.

Alone, Yi-an has trouble opening a water bottle one-handed, and throws it away in defeat. Eun-bi chooses to come in then, and opening it, she hands it to him. He knocks it out of her hand, and unleashes a torrent of anger, perhaps with a touch of humiliation. He doesn’t want to even have to look at her, and tells her not to come, not to call his name, and not to show herself to him.

Cut by his harsh words, she sobs quietly outside his room, where Tae-gwang finds her. He waited for her after all! Wordlessly, he sits next to her, and lays her head on his shoulder while she cries her heart out.

The next morning, Min-joon pauses in front of the school. Currents of students flow by him while he stays rooted and uncertain. He makes up his mind and reverses direction, away from school.

Teacher Kim instructs his class to get through the day quietly, singling out Ki-tae and Tae-gwang. He notes Min-joon’s empty seat — he messaged his absence earlier, asking Teach not to tell his mom.

Teacher Ahn congratulates Ki-tae and Tae-gwang on making the best grade on the English project. The two boys smirk and Ki-tae says she must have been surprised. “Yeah. I was,” she says darkly, “until ten minutes ago.” Oops, rumbled. They almost got away with their scam, but Teacher Jung’s sharp eye caught the brochure company’s watermark (LOL how can they be called “Team Fail”?). Ahn awards them a resounding fail, but poor deluded Ki-tae is more upset by the pretty trainee teacher’s betrayal.

Eun-bi crosses paths with Satan So-young in the library, and the latter girl scoffs at Eun-byul’s apparent clout at school. She coolly replies that So-young has her own presence — there’s probably not a person who doesn’t know her name. That cuts a little too close to home, and So-young taunts that while Yi-han is on her side for now, it won’t last. One by one, she’ll drive her friends away from her. Eun-bi tells her to worry about herself.

Out of sight, Song-joo happens to overhear the threat.

At lunch, So-young sits alone, but beckons Song-joo with a friendly wave, but she joins Eun-byul and Shi-jin instead. Ack, the atmosphere is so tense. Later, Song-joo ponders the contract she’s been offered by the agency. Aw, good for her for making it.

Teacher Jung solicits Teacher Kim’s help on some computer work and they get a little too cozy — which is most certainly calculated on her part — until the dean breaks it up (no in-office dating!). When he returns to his desk, he finds a workbook on it: Jung Soo-in’s. Taking it straight to Director Gong’s office, he slams it down in front of him.

“One year ago, the day Jung Soo-in died, it was on her desk,” he says. He tells the director that he’s not the one behind it — it must be someone else who was there that day. He cryptically asserts that they should have received their punishment back then, like he wanted to, “Otherwise, whether it be a year or two years, or forever, every time we remember, we will be punished.”

After he goes, Director Gong puts a call in to Detective Park (Min-joon’s dad) to check something about Soo-in’s case.

Shi-jin worries about Yi-an, and asks Eun-bi how he’s doing. Tae-gwang arrives again and rags on Shi-jin about her unending concern for swimmer-boy. He’s bothered her so much today, she complains — and has a sudden thought. Does he like her? He just…can’t even. Lol. Eun-bi excuses herself to go back to Yi-an at the hospital, which doesn’t make him happy.

We cut to Min-joon wandering the city as night falls, a lost look on his face.

Yi-an accusingly asks Eun-bi if she pities him, or if she’s sorry for lying to him all this time. He doesn’t even know what to call her, he tells her, and he’s afraid to look at her face. She agrees to leave, but says she’s coming back again tomorrow regardless, “So if you don’t want to see me, then get better quickly.”

Upset, she sinks to the floor outside his door. Her back to it, she confesses that she must not have been able to tell him about regaining her memory because she was afraid of this, so she kept telling herself, just one more day. It’s true she feels sorry for him, “But that’s not why I keep coming here. So…” Yi-an is just at the other side of the door, listening.

Yi-an is discharged and back at school. Teacher Kim spots him, and relieves him of his bag. That’s possibly the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen in my life ever. He chides him for not allowing visitors, and sheepishly confides that Yi-an’s dedication to his sport was inspiring to him. Yi-an tells him that this is all a little awkward, Teach giggles in agreement.

But his advice is heartfelt, and he tells Yi-an that he found from his own experience, when things go wrong at that age, it’s really difficult in the moment. But when a little time passes, it turns out not to be so bad after all. He cheers him on, and when the moment turns awkward again, so they head inside. So cute.

Min-joon admits to Teacher Kim that he ended up playing truant by studying in the library, to pass the time, and because he had nowhere to go. When you study, he tells him, the hours go by far too fast. There’s something desperately heartbreaking in how defeated he is, and Teach gently asks if he should speak to his mom again.

At home, Min-joon stares at a webpage for reporting illegal tutoring, his head swirling with the recent pressure of the notebook scandal, Mom’s militant study regime, and her determination to make him succeed at any cost.

So-young meets up with Song-joo, whose brusque manner perturbs her. She fishes for sympathy, and Song-joo coldly asks if she ever really saw her as a friend, or was she merely using her to get to Eun-byul? So-young holds her audition up as proof of her sincerity. Playing her last card, she calls her uncle then and there, to confirm a contract. She relaxes, confident she’s won her back.

Taking the phone, Song-joo raps out that she can’t sign with him, and cuts the call. With open contempt, she tells So-young that although she wants to become a celebrity, she’s not so worthless as to sell her friends for it. She wants to turn Eun-byul’s friends away from her? “That won’t be so easy, Kang So-young,” she vows.

Education Ministry officials bust Min-joon’s study group that evening, and at home, detective Dad is beside himself at the level and extent of Mom’s illegal activities. Confounded, she asks if it was really Min-joon who reported her.

Both parents come out when they hear him get in. After a long moment, he turns to face his mom. Gah he looks so broken. She just tells him to wash up, since he has to eat and study. How is it possible for those words to make him look even more broken? Their reflection in the coffee table neatly captures how terribly upside-down his world’s become.

So-young’s mom barges her way into Director Gong’s office at school. She introduces herself as Prosecutor Kang’s wife, which has him immediately solicitous. She shows him Eun-bi’s old ID and proceeds to tell him about how her poor daughter was victimized by her back in Tongyeong. Now she’s in the same class as the twin sister, who’s making life hard for her. This heart. It bleeds. She demands Eun-byul’s removal from the school. Lady, you move! It’s not like her departure will end whispers about So-young — if anything, it’ll be worse.

The lunch group has diversified, meanwhile, and Eun-bi is surprised to find Yi-an sitting with Song-joo and Shi-jin. After a moment’s hesitation, she joins them, and Tae-gwang follows (because, where she leads~♫). She and Yi-an jostle elbows uncomfortably, since with his right side out of commission, he clumsily eats left-handed.

Tae-kwang plops a piece of food on Yi-an’s spoon, which weirds everyone out and Yi-an shakes off. Oh, man, this bromance needs to happen. Yes? Yes! Song-joo wonders what’s up with him, and he snaps that he’s helping. Shi-jin: “That might be so, but when you do it, it’s a bit scary.”

Detective Park drops by Director Gong’s office to drop off the report on Soo-in’s death. The list of people present at the time includes the two of them, Teacher Kim, Soo-in’s mom…and Go Eun-byul, the only student. The name catches the director’s attention and he rings for the class register.

In a meeting, the teachers discuss the unresolved notebook case, and the pressure on the kids to achieve higher rankings. The vice principal pops in to collect the register for the director from Teacher Kim, and Teacher Jung offers to take it to him.

While in his office, she spots the death report on the table and smiles. Detective Park notes her interest. As soon as she comes out, she calls her mom, and tells her to wait just a bit longer — they’re nearly there.

Teacher Kim receives a transfer order — for Eun-byul. Agitated, he confronts Director Gong again. The director coolly counters that there’s more than adequate justification for it, citing her unauthorized absence at the school trip, threatening the karaoke owner, and the jewellery theft. He flatly ignores Kim’s objections and concludes her departure is all for the best. What a fine man.

When school is out, Tae-gwang rolls by on his electric unicycle and invites Eun-bi to hop on, which is silly. Instead, he suggests a round of rock, paper, scissors — loser carries the unicycle. They loosen up and Eun-bi scores a win, when Director Gong passes by. The sight of his son stops him, and it’s only then that’s he realizes the girl he’s laughing and joking with is (he thinks) Go Eun-byul.

Elsewhere, a capped girl moves through a corridor, and all we see is her silhouette shadowing marble walls. Oh my god — is it…? It is. She stops in front of Eun-bi’s memorial vault, and we see her reflection in the glass.

It’s Eun-byul. The real one.

COMMENTS

I knew it! Okay, fine, we all knew it. She’s aliiiiive! But we can leave the mystery of where she’s been and why for now, since that’s sure to come to light very soon. (Is anyone else constantly having Lying Game flashbacks? In a good way!)

While the majority of 2013′s conflicts centered on the lone-wolf kinds, the ones left to somehow fend for themselves in much harsher circumstances, 2015′s parents all play active roles in their kids’ lives. But this episode really brings home how many ways there are to lose your kid — because, one way or another, every parent does. Eun-byul’s mom’s loss (and Soo-in’s) is the most obvious, but the others are no less real. Min-joon’s mom breaks his spirit (and heart); So-young’s parents nurture a monster with their entitled and enabling behaviour, and failure to ever take her to account. Even Shi-jin’s mom reduces her daughter to little more than her personal Mary Sue, projecting an imaginary daughter in place of her real one, despite Shi-jin’s loud cry for help. Yi-an’s dad remains the only unambiguously good parent, but he also suffers a distancing (through no fault of his own) with Yi-an closing up emotionally after his career-threatening injury. Only Yeong-eun’s mom (of the stolen jewellery in the early episodes) has managed to regain her kid — but look at what it took.

I’m a bit disappointed in Yi-an this episode. His rescue of Eun-bi cements why he’s not my ship, because there’s heroic, and there’s not listening, and it all comes down to respecting agency (my favorite thing). While what he did isn’t anywhere near as horrible or ill-intended as So-young, he still revealed her secret without her assent, which he had no right to do (or confirmed her lie, if you want to go glass half-full).

I don’t think being young and impetuous is a valid argument, because our goldilocks Tae-gwang proves the opposite. But I do recognize that Yi-an’s vocal and public championing of her, and the pincer-attack the two boys executed against So-young, both protected and advanced Eun-bi’s mission in a way she wouldn’t have been able to do alone. This is what’s great about the friends’ development this episode: Once So-young is exposed as a threat, they close ranks and form a wall of protection around her, and that support and loyalty is what sets the two girls most keenly apart.

So-young’s manipulations become clumsier as she meets defeat after defeat. Her attacks have a certain modus operandi, but once her script is derailed and she’s threatened, she crumbles, at least momentarily, because she’s not really a person — she’s a papier-mâché shell. When you peel backs the layers of manipulation and mindgames, she’s empty inside. Her whole self-concept is predicated on her winning, and that’s what stimulates and drives her. In other words: It’s all for kicks and giggles. So-young has to come out on top, no matter the scale or deed, pushing people’s buttons and dominating them. And also being the top-ranked student, because why not?

She shows little evidence of deep emotion or empathy, or an ability to interpret the complex and contradictory emotions of others even if she doesn’t experience it the same way. Like her whole meet with Song-joo, while she knows something is off, she can’t compute that she’s lost — she thinks she can still win if she provides the requisite moves. That’s what governs her decisions. Things like loyalty and sincerity are totally alien to her. She may or may not be a psychopath, but she has a ton of essential pieces missing. Like a heart. And a conscience.

Contrast that to Eun-bi’s deeply empathetic response to Yi-an and his reaction to her true identity (which I don’t like, but do understand). It’s easy to say it’s not fair — and it isn’t — for him to punish Eun-bi for not being her sister, or for his accident, but his personal struggle is so evident that it’s hard to hold it against him, and I think that explains Eun-bi’s response. With grief of her own, she’s no stranger to pain. Even if Yi-an’s pain isn’t the same, it’s all too easy for her to relate.

This is another reason why Tae-gwang squeezes my heart. He’s similar to Eun-bi, but even more contained, rarely giving away how much things cost him emotionally. Although he pulls on that mask of cheerful indifference, his easy demeanor and ready-to-help attitude when it comes to Eun-bi makes him that much more tragic, because it’s so painfully clear how unloved he is. And that’s what makes him sensitive — it’s a great point of contrast between him and Yi-an, whose thoughtlessness is, in a way, a symptom of the abundance of love he receives. Experiencing that care means he hasn’t been ravaged by the lack of it, so the small things that mean a lot to love-starved Tae-gwang (and Eun-bi) don’t make a blip on his radar.

I think these relationships hold more complicated geometry than your ordinary love-triangle, as they each struggle just to have a friendship that doesn’t cut like a knife whichever way they turn it. There may be latent feelings between Eun-bi and the two boys, but with the tension and anxiety over whether their basic points of connection can survive, the possibility of romance comes secondary to that. This is why Eun-byul’s resurrection is even more interesting, because it brings with it the possibility to return some things to their rightful places. I don’t mean there’ll be a neat shipping solution (haha), but at least the conflict that was created by her supposed death will take some knives out of some hearts. Of course, there will be new ones going in, but alive is always better than dead.

 
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Eun Byul is ALIVEEEEEEEE!

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The very first time I saw Eunbyul alive, I was surprise and honestly I don't like the idea that she is not dead. They said they found a corpse in the river, who is it? Where she live? How can she look perfectly fine? So much explanation.

BUT, after I read this recap, well, I am agree that "alive is always better than dead". I hope Eunbyul can clear all the misunderstanding about Sooin.

And yes, Teacher Junv is super creepy..

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i dont mind her being alive as long as we get satisfactory explanations for (1) the body that was found near eun-bi (who must look somewhat like her for them to declare it go eun-bi's corpse) and (2) where she's been for the last however many weeks. i was about to question where she stayed and what she ate when it occurred to me that when her mom had her pick things to take on her school trip she just grabbed a bunch of money, which i guess she been living off of

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I agree, Redd. EunByul being alive makes the School 2015 world super incompetent. How the authorities completely failed to identity a body, I don't understand.

I also hope that EunByul's return doesn't stunt EunBi's development. I feel as though she's slowly but surely growing the spine to defeat SoYoung. It always felt appropriate that EunBi's bullying problem followered even after her death and I would still like it for that fight to be her's to defeat - albeit with a few allies in tow.

I'm happy that EunBi will get the chance to know her sister. I just hope it doesn't come secondary to the love triangle (square?).

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It is not. She appeared at the end of the credits of the 5th-ish episode, I think, on a bridge. It was when everybody kept asking themselves if she was dead or not. But who watches carefully the images behind the credits? However the people behind the camera let us know. Now is just so much louder and into our face.

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i went to look at the last 5 seconds of preview of episode 6 and I didnt realised that I didnt notice this! Eun byul was there on the bridge, but of cos that was expected, since she was the one who saved Eun Bi. But then, maybe that was a hint to let us that she is still alive.

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wasn't the shot of her watching eun-bi chronologically before the attempted suicide tho? because we already knew that eun-byul saved eun-bi, that shot wouldn't really prove anything..

unless it could definitely be placed as after eun-bi had been rescued. i wasn't paying attention to the clothes eun-bi was wearing so idk

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Finally the recap is up! Been refreshing the page, lol >< And just finished watching! Gawd, the ending!! The REAL Go Eun Byul is ALIVEEEE!! Ahh, can't wait for next week!!

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same here. i've been waiting forever for this recap.

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me too... every week waiting for the recap of this drama.. because I can't watch the drama cause of examination

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I'm so agree with your thought about Yian in the last 2 episodes. Though I agree with your analysis on why Yian acted that way, I expected him to show his sadness over Eunbyul's death. But all I see is anger and abusive behaviour. Hope to see less angry scene and him treat Eunbi badly next week. Just enough. I really dislikes his character. I dont think he deserve Eunbi or Eunbyul at this point tbh. I hope we can see him change at the end.

I already stop the couple shipping. I just hope they will be able to support and protect each other in the end. Watching this drama make me realize that what the characters need more than anything is a friendship and family love not really a romantic love.

Next week super hope on the focus to Eunbyul character and Soo In mystery

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It feels like Yi An is going through the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief. It feels realistic. It feels human.

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i completely agree with you. his behavior isn't "abusive" -- how would anyone react in that situation? i find it completely understandable. plus, in the next two episodes, he experiences enormous character development and is able to forgive. i love this kid.

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It's not only the way he treated Eunbi, but also when he attacked Taekwang, it was totally unprovoked.

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I have decided that Yi-an is an immature idiot. Well, yeah high school = immature, but still idiot.

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I watched both episodes 9 and 10 back to back, so I'm really puzzled by the way the incidents unfolded in the classroom. What's up with the different portrayals? When Yi An dashed into the classroom in episode 9, So-young hadn't flashed the picture on her phone yet. But in episode 10, the scenes are different, and the class had already seen Eun Bi's IC before Yi An stepped in with his injured shoulder. What exactly happened?

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I think the ending of episode 9 was just a way to make it a powerful cliffhanger, having all three of them gathered there at once before anyone said anything. That made it more suspenseful, making viewers think "what is she gonna say? what is he gonna do?". Then in the beginning of episode 10, they showed what really happened: So Young revealed a few things before Yi An stepped in. Without Yi An at the end of episode 9, it would have been a lot less dramatic.

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Thanks so much for this, I was totally confused.

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Totally reminded me of The Lying game. I just hope that Eun Byul's return won't hurt Eun bi as what Sutton did with Emma

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OMG I totally agree with you assessment of Yi An's behaviour in this episode. I really hates it when he told the class the truth about EunBi even though it's her secret & he has no right to do that even if he claimed to know EunByul for 8 years. Makes me like TaeGwang even more. He supports EunBi unconditionally but still gave her the space she needed & also encourage her to stand up for herself rather than swoop in & become her "black night" like YiAn did. Makes me sad that Eunbi didn't notice this.
Anyway, does anyone know how the Koreans respond to this drama? I heard the rating is quite low. It's a shame since this is a very good drama

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This show is quite low in the ratings, but is rising every week since its premiere, from 4,8 to 7,6.

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Too many high school dramas this season/year perhaps. People might be getting burned out. I see a big jump in the "Mask" ratings, so maybe the genre is just getting worn out for now.

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I notice that KBS dramas always have low rating, compared to SBS. Just like Healer, for an instance. Please correct if I'm wrong and lighten me ><

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Indeed, that's also the reason why I like Tae Gwang more than Yi An. He views things from her perspective. At the end of this episode, if you look at the ending credits, there's actually a scene in which Tae Gwang followed Eunbi home.

I think this scene occurred after Eunbi outed her lie to Yi An and got double wrist-grabbed by both boys. We saw that Tae Gwang let go in the end as per Eunbi's request (as seen at the start of episode 9). The ending credits of episode 10 showed Tae Gwang secretly escorting her home after her talk with Yi An. I found it sweet that despite being worried about her, he knew to keep his distance and gave her space.

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I guess I'm the only one with this opinion, but I agree with Yi-An's approach of speaking for Eun-Bi. It might seem like he's being selfish and not asking for Eun-Bi's opinion before sharing certain things, but if any backlash were to happen, he will be on the receiving end for sharing these stories. If Eun-Bi had to be the only one shouldering the responsibilities for telling the-partial-story-that-isn't-exactly-a-lie, it might be too overwhelming for her and she would have no one else to blame but herself.

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She's alive! Oh yes! I've never been so hooked to a drama before!!!!
The suspense is literally killing me......
What'll happen next week *bites nails*?
And now, I'm confirmedly on Eun-bi/Tae-gwang ship!
Yi-an can take over Eun-byul, now that she's alive!!! Phew!
I was really worried about a heartbreak for a second. but now, I'm pretty happy! The show will come to a full circle and take care of all the lovelines, I guess!
You all agree with me on this?!

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YES, Eun Byul is alive! Now both boys can get their happy endings. The only catch is Eun Bi likes Yi An and Yi An most likely likes her back. Though it is so hard to read him. Is it the writers' intention to keep us in the dark about his feelings? I was thisclose to wanting to slap him over his shenanigans in the hospital. I get that he's devastated his swimming career is on hold and I understand that he's grieving the death of his best friend, but how is it Eun Bi's fault he got hit by a car? Regardless, for having a crush on her for more than half of his life, just one look at Eun Byul and Yi An will forget Eun Bi in no time. So all we need is for Eun Bi to realize how awesomely awesome Tae Gwang is and fall hopelessly in love with him. Shouldn't be too hard, right? It's pretty clear Eun Bi already knows Tae Gwang likes her based on her awkward reaction when Shi Jin guessed wrongly and her outright rejection of him waiting for her at the hospital, but is doing her best to avoid the situation. I just can't understand how nobody else knows when Tae Gwang is blatantly obvious. Yi An knows but that's because jealously makes you hyper aware of other romantic rivals, but none of the girls know, not even So Young who is dangerously perceptive.

When the beginning of this episode turned out differently from the ending of last episode, I freaked out, "Did Yi An just die? Was that the ghost of him coming to save her?" I'd like to assume that this was the story Eun Bi and Tae Gwang were going to go with so Yi An did no harm, but I will never get over how Eun Bi didn't get the chance to knock So Young down a peg with her own mouth. She is more than capable. We've seen her do it countless times before when the two of them were alone, so I wish the whole class could have witnessed her badass in action. Why would So Young even think Song Joo would stay friends with her after voluntarily admitting she bullied someone into committing suicide? After the show she put on in front of the class, there was no need for Song Joo to even overhear her threaten Eun Bi. News flash, Mom: If you don't want the bully and her victim (which you so conveniently mixed up) to go to the same school, then transfer your daughter to a different one. I don't trust Tae Gwang's father at all. I'm worried he'll throw Tae Gwang on a plane to study abroad to prevent him from hanging out with Eun 'Byul' in case she remembers his covering up Jung Soo In's death. Don't you dare mess with their budding romance. Thank goodness Min Joon's father (another Pinocchio alumnus) is the only competent cop in k-dramaland. Please tell me he recognizes Teacher Jung as Jung Soo In's sister. Ha, their private tutor got busted for what Se Chan got busted for in 2013. At first, I viewed Min Joon as the Min Ki of 2015 complete with neurotic mother, but sweet Min Ki never had a dark streak. A big thanks for the recap, Saya!

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Sooooo agree about everything you said about YiAn and Taegkwang characters contrasts here. That's I always love and long for any TaekGwang scenes no matter with Eunbi or else even SoYoung. This boy called trouble maker is sooo thoughyful and aware of his environment even though he acts indifferent because of what he has been experiencing. I even think sometimes -nit to say everytime- he shows more maturity than YiAn surprisingly and now you explained why : YiAn experienced toooo much love which is not bad but can explain his character and one readon TaekGwang character shines bright. Hopefully we will see more of Eunbyul and learn more about her...

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Even if Tae Kwang is better as compared to Yi An...and is love starved, that doesn't change the fact that EB likes Yi An.

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I think that depends on who EB is. And I don't think Eun Bi has romantic feelings for Yi Ahn, who is in love with Eun Byul. Let's not go with that triangle. Besides, with all sorts of things happening, I don't think anyone's got time for a love geometry.

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But it changes the dynamic of the characters. YiAn compared to TG is completely blind to what surrounds him. TG no. Even tbough he said he was not in a good relationship with Eunbyul he still observed her. Look at the way he greeted her first through the way. When SoYoung was first transfer he was the first to notice something was not right with this girl and no wonder he was the first to see her monster heart and understand the nature of her relationship with EunBi and he always uses the appropriate way to push EunBi to grow. He is her freaking essence on this matter and noone else, not even her best friends, nor her mother not even YiAn ! And this is problemagic because I am supposed to feel the depth of YA and Ebi lurve. But I look and I keep looking and the only link is Eunbyul. Sigh... so I still wonder. As I said TaekGwang is EunBi essence in her new life and this means a lot in the drama

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I don't think you're supposed to feel the dept of Yi An and Eun Bi's love. They've been portrayed as gd friends, and Eun Bi seems to feel more guilt than anything towards Yi An - even she mentioned that she was acting that way because she felt sorry.

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There's possibilities that the exchange identity is planned by eunbyul hint:the same shirts... i think the story will goes on eunbi vs so young, eunbyul vs creepy fam. I also think eunbyul should face her past and fix it by herself! Eunbi don't deserve the 'revenge' act by the fam. I guess taekwang gonna fight w his father for eunbi in the next ep and we will see how his fam prob is settled. And maybe eunbi will finally knows how tae kwang is an important person to her. There's only 6 ep left and the climax is comin soon! Welcome home eunbyul! Lets expect the unexpected~

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I too feel that the exchange could have been planned. Especially thinking about the scene when she had paused a little to think before taking just the money from the breakfast table. I had wondered what the significance in that was.

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like we all knew she was alive.
no surprise there. always suspected her to be the one who posted the stuff and revealed the stuff about So-young. and Jung Min-young being Jung Soo-in's older sister was also predictable for me... the whole show is pretty predictable for me but I still watch it because it's sweet and cute and fluffy despite the darker side of the drama.

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Otthoke??? I really know what should happen and what shouldn't :( .... I was shipping tae-bi couple, still shipping but what Yi An did even after knowing the truth cant be ignored and moreover Eun bi is already in love with him

The writer most probably make Yi-bi together and leave Eun byul and Taekwang alone :( tae-byul is not possible

At this moment I can only wish Yi -byul reunion and hope Yi Ahn won't have feelings for Eun Bi.... Eun Bi would be heart broken first but later would realize the sincerity of Tae kwang

But chances are really thin for this to be happened :( :(

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Yes, since in every drama I watched recites that the man who always makes the female lead cry, is the winner in the end.

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Yay! Eun Byul's no Schrodinger's cat anymore! I'm happy but I'm really worried for Eun Bi. Ugh. The truth does hurt after all. And I think it might be more painful this time.

Yi Ahn. Oh. Yi Ahn. I understand his feelings but not his actions.

I don't care who ends up with who but I hope they all become happy, even So Young(after a comeuppance she deserves, of course)

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I LOVED this episode because many things were revealed. It's interesting to see that the principal (Taekwang's dad) was somehow involved in Soo in's death cover up.

I'm starting to believe that Soo in died because of bullying, Eunbyul knew that but couldn't protect her. Hence, she saved her own sister from becoming a victim of bullying too.

Taekwang's dad, probably covered up the bullying aspect about soo in'death, because he probably didn't want a bad reputation for his school. And he made the teacher stay silent about what really happened.

So, I think this is why soo in's sister is out for revenge (which I'm totally with her, if something like that happened to my own sister) it was a huge cover up, and soo in never got justice for what truly happened.

For the OTP. It's obvious that even with Eunbyul being alive, it's still going to be eubi/Yi Han and Taekwang and Eunbyul would just remain the friends on the side.

My Taekwang ship is sinking I can totally feel it :(

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I think you got it right. I am shipping Eunbi-Yian based on what i saw in the episodes. Even though TAekwang is good guy, Eunbi didnt show love to him just a friendship.

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Urnaa, yes just observation it will be Yi Han Eubi. But, poor all the Taekwang shippers (like myself) who have to suffer with second lead syndrome like this. :)

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@TurkishRose

I agree with EVERYTHING that you have said (including that last sentence :D ) & this epi is my favorite so far. Seeing how TK takes care of injured YA makes me change my mind and ship them instead of EB/YA. :p

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@Giegie lol you're hilarious. You are starting to ship them even though there is no hope, unless the tomatoes somehow got to you're head :P

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@TurkishRose
Oh those tomatoes! You mean Tae-kwang shipper! :p
I know there's no hope but you can't blame me. Just look at how cute YA & TK are when the latter put meat on YA's spoon. :D

@Sumee
Aw, think positive. It's not over until it's over! ;)

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lol Giegie, but shipping wars aside (since obviously me and sumee are losing :D ) I do love the plot and mystery. And I like the bromance between Taekwang (who is so kind hearted) to Yi Han (who shouldn't be angry at our Taekwang) lol

Is the return of Eunbyul good or bad for our leads? we shall wait and see, I can't wait to find out if she is actually good or bad.

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Omg...I am so totally going down along with you ..our ship just hit the biggest rock bottom ever @turkishrose

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I guess I'm the one who for once understands Yi-an... It is quite normal to show anger when your loved one passes away. Many people are actually very angry at their parents/spouses/whoever who died and left them. Well, here Yi-an is angry at Eun-bi, but I get it. She DID lie for him and let him believe Eun-buyl was alive and whenever he sees her, she reminds him about Eun-buyl. I totally understand why he doesn't want to see her right now and Eun-bi is not giving him any time or space to mull things over. Some people need time alone and but Eun-bi has zero respect for his requests.

In fact, in this episode I really disliked Eun-bi. I guess I am a minority in this but here she really comes of pretty self-centered. Tae-gwang is there consoling her when she cries after ANOTHER BOY without asking anything for return - and for sure he's not getting anything in return either. Song-joon rightfully pointed out previously how Eun-bi has been lousy friend recently but does Eun-bi anything to right to matter? Nope. It's just Yi-an, Yi-an, Yi-an, all the way. And to be honest, as I said, I do not think she treats him respectfully, either. If the boy says he wants to be alone - allow him to be alone! For me it looked like ultimately Eun-bi was doing this because of herself, not Yi-an. Because she hurt him, she's in pain now and only way to make the pain to go away (in her head) is to make Yi-an feel better so she tries her hardest to make it up to him. But as I said, it doesn't work that way, sometimes you just have to handle your pain by yourself and allow the other person some time to sort out their feelings. I recognize this behavior because I am similar. Besides, Yi-an has had a double shock. Really, give him some time alone, geez.

Another thing is that I am so, so annoyed by Eun-bi's utter passivity. I thought this was a drama where she will grow a spine and fight for herself but in reality boys do all fighting for her. Yeah, Yi-an spilled the beans but Eun-bi could have stopped him. She could have said something. She did nothing. Zero. Nada. Yi-an opening his mouth first is not en excuse, I'm sure Eun-bi's vocal chords were perfectly operational even though Yi-an was speaking.

And Tae-gwang, oh, poor Tae-gwang. I really hate watching him being there for Eun-bi, supporting her, helping her, consoling her and getting almost nothing in return. I do not thing a guy deserves a girl for being nice, but he does deserve a recognition and reciprocity for it, definitely. But he just gives and Eun-bi just takes it while whining after Yi-an. Ugh. I almost hope he'll find someone better to console him.

Of course I do understand that for a victim of severe school bullying it is really difficult to take a stand and start fighting for herself. Eun-bi has so absorbed the role of a victim than she slips to it easily and seems like it's very difficult for to break out of it. I get it. However, it makes a very frustrating drama to watch...

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just have to agree with everything you said, esp with yi an. i completely understand him. for me, he is the only character closest to reality, from his jealousy to anger to denial etc..

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I agree with you about yian stance. I'm quite surprised how everyone think he's keep angry for no reason and act heroic or selfish. And ur opinion about eunbi being a lil selfish herself give me a new thought. It does look like that.
Yian said how he doesnt want eunbi attention and dunno how to look at her pointing his confuseness. Thr man still grieving,yes, and eunbi a bit too pushy. But i cant blame eunbi either. The girl felt too guilty and want to fix things fast. She want yian's attention and cares back.

Anyway it seems we are in the minority and i agree with you said, all of it. And i'm glad you explain it clearly coz it comes out better than what i had in my mind XD

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I agree with you on Yi-an's anger at Eun-bi. He just found out that he lost his childhood friend and has been lied to all this while. It's a normal reaction.
While I also want Eun-bi to stand up to So-young, I do think it's realistic that it's difficult for her. I mean, she did stood up and was about to tell her story right before Yi-an showed up. So I give her points because I do think she would have defended herself.

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I agree completely. I think YA's actions are understandable and she should just give him space instead of trying to fix things in order to make herself feel better. I don't get how people expect Yi an to act really, or more they are comparing him to TG who lost nobody, in fact, he gained a friend and are using that against Yi An who lost so much and hasn't been able to completely come to terms with it yet.

I do think we need to give Eun bi a pass though. This is a girl who tried to kill herself not too long ago. That she's as strong as she's shown right now is a miracle actually.

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+ 1. I guess there's only a few of us who understands Yi-an's arc. Some of them are too busy being biased.

On Eun-bi, though, all I can say is that: you can't help who you love. I guess that's just the way it is.

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I think you're misunderstanding where most of us are coming from. Like for me, I get his pain. I understand why he's so angry and bitter. At least this time there's a valid reason, unlike his explosive rage when he tried to choke Tae Kwang or shook Eun Bi. (Though saying the latter doesn't quite cover how disquieting that scene was.) Anyway, getting back to the point... I sympathize with the fact he's trying to deal with the death of someone he loved AND his mixed feelings of having her twin sister impersonate her. I get it. I do.

But, in the end, I don't think his pain justify his actions. Just because I get the reason he's mad, doesn't mean that I don't get pissed off when treats Eun Bi and Tae Kwang like sh*t. He does everything in his power to let them know they're unworthy of his consideration or respect. And quite frankly, the more I see him act this way, the more I dislike him.

And as for Eun Bi - like it's okay that you love Yi An. (It breaks my heart. But fine.) But see, it doesn't matter whether she likes him or not. Tae Kwang is still her friend. I wish she didn't treat him so harshly. With such inconsideration. He's always the type to hide his pain under a cheerful mask. Of all people, I would expect Eun Bi to see through it and be considerate of his feelings. Would it truly have hurt to spend a few minutes to talk with him after he waited for hours in that bus stop for you? It started there, but it didn't end there. And all these little moments when I see his face fall and his hurt makes me cringe inside.

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+1 for everything you say about Yi-an. I don't understand how people can compare his actions to Tae-kwang right now when Yi-an's the one who's just found out that he's lost his childhood best friend AND his swimming career all in one go. Losing someone you love is already enough grief in itself, but he's also lost the one thing he's been working towards his entire life, the one thing that's supported him and the only thing that's been going for him. Swimming was the thing that defined Yi-an, and the thing he put all his hopes towards in terms of giving both himself and his dad a better life, and now he's lost that too. And when you add to it the fact that Eun-bi has been lying to him the whole time when his actual friend had been 'dead' all along......I'd say that all this denial, shock and anger feels quite human and natural.

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I'm so glad that I've found others who understand that Yi Ahn's behaviour is understandable and completely human. Sifting through the comment section on Dramafever is so frustrating as TK shippers couldn't care less about what Yi Ahn is going through.

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You're right about Yi An. His reactions are understandable. He 'lost' a childhood friend. But he has no one to blame for his injury. He was already injured before the accident. And no one ever told him to run then stop right before a car.

I think it's really unfair for Eun Bi. She grew up without a family except for the people in Love House. She's been bullied for standing up for someone. She's even tried to commit suicide. Then she finds out that she lost her twin sister. She even had to pretend to be her supposedly 'dead' sister. She's going through things too. She lied and that's wrong. But I think she deserves better than this.

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On characters I even think TaekGwang shines more than EunBi's. The latter is too much into the YiAn please love me lately. TG cares too much for EB but I love his dynamic the best. I love his scenes with SoYoung even with ShiJin

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Also, about Yi-an's shoulder injury - it was quite irresponsible of him. He's been in pain for a time as we have seen. What did he think, that it would just go away if he tried to ignore it? Had he not gotten into this accident, he would have just gone on ignoring his shoulder with the similar result later. Now this can actually be a good thing for him that it happened sooner and he has a chance to recover and continue.

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I don't think that YA was ignoring the pain because he was hoping for it to go away. We saw a scene where he saw a colleague on the swimming team getting reprimanded for not reporting an injury, by the coach, and being taken out of the next swimming competition, so we know that he's aware of the danger of what he's doing. But, we also saw his father getting in trouble with the landlady and YA taking on the modeling job because he needed the money and as opposed to what he told the agent, that he needs to focus on his training and competitions, because he was starting to realize that he might be in trouble with his shoulder and maybe he couldn't count on swimming as a career...
But, I think, even with all this, having the thought that maybe everything isn't all just fine and dandy and being put in the situation where you are told that you are definitely out of luck, for at least a year, is and will be a big shock and loss to anyone...

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I still can't tell If teacher min young forgives teacher Kim a bit more than she had intended to. By now she probably realizes that he couldn't have done much because of his position idek lol

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I feel like Eun Bi subconsciously feels obliged to be all nice and stuff to Yi An especially when she found out he liked Eun Byul and she was feeling guilty already because she thinks she had a part in her sister's death
So I think If by this speculation she doesn't like him romantically
BTW I feel like Yi An is abusive lol

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Among all the characters in School right now ,  Min joon is the one who needs to be hugged the most. Him feeling overwhelmed in that scene outside school just killed me. His character feels so real. He reminded me of this boy from high school who jumped off a construction site on the day our final grades came out. Because he failed at math :( I'm just afraid Min joon might do the same if his mother pushes him too hard and I really, really don't want him to. I want him to live and stand up to his crazy mom.

Watching this episode, I realised that these kind of parents exist everywhere. What I see around me is a messed up system where there is a constant comparison of grades. People actually call each other and ask " How much did your child score? " and  parents continually say things like- " there's nothing you know how to do!  What will my friends / relatives/ neighbours  say?  Look at him / her. He/She can do this and this and study well too."etc etc To them and to Min joon's mom, grades and everyone's opinion is more important than their child. :/

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Yeah. I understood where MinJoon was coming from when he said that time passes so fast when you're studying. I don't even remember much from when I was between 9 to 16. It's like the "unconsciousness" when you're an infant Because all you're doing is study and... 10 years on, who remembers all the configurations of all the trigonometric formulae?

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@saema I agree with you ..that boy is Under so much pressure and I really hope he is not heading towards the sad aftermath ? and I don't even want to start talking about the mom

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Yes, @sumee & @saema, and Unfortunately in Korea, suicide is very high. So, if they do address it, it might bring awareness to how the pressure on teenagers could result in drastic actions.

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Yes, this pressure from parents on grade is just not healthy.
I remember when I was in college, a girl committed suicide not because she failed her class but because she got a B. She was a straight-A student before. She felt she could not live with a B grade and her future is ruined because she didn't have straight A. What happened to her is really horrible, she was only a sophomore.
I think we all need to realize that a grade is just a grade it doesn't define who you are as a person

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Saema (big Hug missed you :) )

I totally agree with everything you said. And I too know so many situations like the one you described. I recall one of my friends in high school she would cry after the results of an exam because she only got 1/2 point missing. Some pressure is so overwhelming that it could result in bad results for the student and the parent.

I'm glad they are addressing this issue, just like they did in School2013

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Im more and more frustrated by this drama and by Eunbi :(

I wished she took this new life to start and change, but these episodes she seems so sad over Yian and only Yian like theres nobody else around her! maybe Taekwang needs to stop caring that much doing all what he's doing she'll notice the precious boy that is here for her without asking anything, the precious boy that took her side , the precious boy that was there for the happiness and sadness ugh Im getting emotional!

SUNGJAE you're doing great Im LOVING YOU!

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They might make them like each other ' eunbi/ yian" but how about eunbyul ???? can one forget years of memories like that espeically that she's alive ? IM so confused ;; I hope Taekwang will get someone that appreciate him the way he deserves!

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Weirdly, I'm finding myself giving much more symphaty to So-young than she deserve. I think mostly because her determination to win against Eun-bi, even in a weak position, shows more quality than the depressed, resigned Eun-bi when their roles were reversed before. As in this episode even after numerous defeats, cornered, battered and acussed of, she still shows some claws to counter attack.
She is still a horrible person and a pathetic bully nonetheless, but what she has shown throughout her battle with Eun-byul is that she does have the stomach and mental fortitude to fight all the way. She could've stop the fight, remember. Her changing school to Seoul should remind her that even she is not imune to gossips and comments. But I think now in Seoul, she is fighting a different ball game. She is not fighting as a bully but as someone who wants Eun-byul/Eun-bi identity mask to come off. Although I disaprove to her methods, for once I am also thinking the same thing; why don't Eun-bi just come clean with her identity?

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This fighting spirit comes frim here years and years and years of being a bully and the girl who followers. That's why she is still a fighter. TG lacked love and he is still lacking in this area and was-is- bullied but still boy show a lot of strengh and growth in so many domains which is crazy. EB I thought would grow. She started but nowaydays too clouded with YiAn. But this boy still has in mind. You look like her but you are not EunByul. I only know Eunbyul. Which is true. Happy Eby will come back. I wonder if Ebi will be happy to see her back.

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Props to whoever is playing So Young: her trademark grimace smirk always worries me...
Personally I reckon So Young isn't one to easily repent because she's been fed everything from her parents I.e. she gets led off too easily because her parents have connections
Yes she's strong but she's pathetically strong, all armour no integrity or capacity for a conscience-
Her character feels flawed(as an aspect of her character ironically) to the point where it is implied (in my view) that she does not access this capacity for a conscience because she has not been developed fully( or maybe she has)
Nevertheless she worries me

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I feel like there's an area in her brain which is either distorted or missing where it's like an empathy receptor or what's it.
Thus what she does seems abominable to us who have a conscience whereas it's probably normal in her internal world

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she's a trained psychopath thanks to her parents. People like her parents should not be allowed to have kids.

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So young is not strong. She is weak. All bullies are. That's why they feel the need to torture other people, to cover for their weakness. It's all bluff, blusters. It's pitiful, as Yi-an and Eun Bi correctly puts it.

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I get what you guys are saying, and most of the times and in most dramas I would probably agree. But here's a thought: Is So-young fighting for her survival at school or she is just a dreadful witch enjoying the game of thrones? In her previous school, I think the latter would certainly be true. She was in a position of advantage; she has a powerful dad, she even had equally cruel friends. No wonder she shaped up to be a bully.
But now in a position of weakness what can she do with those gossips and rumors about her past? I think there are only a few options fo her except to counter attack for her own sake. Bear in mind that So-young has no doubt that those gossips are from Eun-bi/Eun-byul. Silence will just lead to more gossips, evasion is a sign of weakness and probably could lead to potential harrassment as she has no ally.
And to be fair to her, she could have manipulate Yi-an in the worst way possible like seductions or money. However she kept in clean and brutally honest. The saMe goes when she tried to win soong-joo over, I don't recall So-young overpromised or anything like that to Soong-joo

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If Eun-byul was still at the school, she'd have chewed up So-young and spit her out, and So-young would truly be fighting for survival if it was against the real EB10.

But as it is, her recent attempts to intimidate EB2 are more driven by a feeling of wanting power over someone in this new school, and it's convenient for her that her former victim is right there for her to harass again. Only this time, EB2 isn't playing, and has much less reason to give in. As EB10, she is the one with the friends and the clout - not the new girl in town.

And btw, So-young's powerful and morally bankrupt father is also powerful in Seoul, enough for the school's Director to listen to her parents and unilaterally decide to throw out a long-term student (EB2-as-EB10) from his school just because a Prosecutor said so.

And So-young offered up that audition to Song-joo with every intention of using the favour to alienate her from EB2-as-EB10. She did lie to Song-joo, in that she promised she could have a fair audition but actually told her uncle it was just for show. It's just that Song-joo turned out to have real talent and upset So-young's scheme to give her a dummy audition to turn her against EB10.

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Thing is, the prosecutor did not say so, the prosecutors wife did under false pretenses. I suspect that silly move on her part will backfire, since apparently her husband knows nothing about her using his position for her personal gain.

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In the flashback to their middle school days when So-young first made her a victim, Eun-bi had no lack of fighting spirit - keep in mind she got chosen as the target because she dared to stand up for another girl who was being bullied by So-young.

The beaten, defeated, suicidal Eun-bi of the first episode in Tongyeong is someone who's been through this abuse for YEARS and knows that she has no chance of justice. And even then she had enough spirit left to tell So-young that SY was the pathetic one for all she was doing.

And the reason why So-young wants EB2's "mask" to come off is because she thinks proving that she isn't dead somehow negates the fact that she bullied and victimised her for years. It's a major delusion, and based not on some noble fight for the truth but because she wants to have power over someone again and simply doesn't register that she was ever wrong for bullying EB2 in the first place.

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yes, I don't think So-young ever felt she was wrong for bullying Eun-bi, or anyone for that matter.

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You see that kind of reaction quite often in real life. Someone gets caught for a crime, and they are mad at the people that caught them, not themselves.

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I can't be the only one who thinks Tae-kwang has no chance and he's not actually in a love triangle at all, but the love triangle is Eun Bi, Eun Byul and Yi An. I know people swear up and down Yi An is in love with Eun Byul, but I don't think so. Not anymore. I like Tae-kwang though.. but I also understand Yi An more than most people here.

Poor Min joon, his story is what is actually keeping me most interested lately.

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TG is friend zoned a la Ji Hoo Sunbae (BOF). I don't get why people think he has a chance just because Eun Byul is alive. It really reminds me of Lying Game now that people keep mentioning it.

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Wishful thinking. She's alive so the love triangle can be tied up neatly with both guys getting what they want. But Yi an actually seems to have feelings for Eun Bi now and will struggle with those feelings. It's going to be messed up when Eun Byul actually appears.

Honestly it's funny that people praise TG for allowing EB to do things on her own and for respecting her, but totally ignore the simple fact that she has never shown romantic feelings towards TG at all.

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Totally agree with you. I also think Yi An started to have feelings for EunBi and EunByul's appearance will complicate things. I don't know the better ending now...If Eun Byul is dead I totally root to EunBi-YiAn couple, but now if EunByul is alive, I don't know...It would be really heartbreaking for EunByul if Yi An has switched to EunBi, & I think it's not fair for EunByul. But if Yi An end up with Eun Byul I'll feel bad for EunBi...arggh it really confuse me of the better ending. I think the writer will make EunBi-YiAn couple in the end, but then I'll feel so sorry for EunByul T_T
And I 100% understand of Yi An's actions. I think that's normal. I'm glad the writer made it that way, since that what seems real. Like some others' comments, Yi An was in double grief by losing the love of his life and his swimming carrier, not to mention his complicated feelings of guilt for having feelings to a girl that appearantly not EunByul.

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Love geometry. Not my favorite thing about kdramas.

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I marathoned 10 episodes in 2 days and now I have to wait for the next one. Help!

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Lol your so adorable. But it is addicting, especially with those cliff hanger at the ebbs

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But, but can i just say how awesome Lee Pil Mo looks in this episode? Seriously give this man his own drama.

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sigh.. I can't stand eunbi now..
I need eunbyul to take over >.<

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yeayy...finally!i always visit db for episode 10 recap even though already watched the episode on youtube. I just love to read the db recap and comments from others..can't wait to scroll!

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The show makes such a big deal of how Yi An is reacting from Eun Byul's "death" that it seems to sometimes forget that Eun Bi lost a sister too..... She's hurting too, not just from the guilt of being a part of her "disappearance" and taking her identity but she lost her family. I wish they showed more of this rather then her feeling apologetic to everyone, especially Yi An. This is also something that I want Yi An to understand.
I understand that Eun Bi didn't really know her sister but she must remember that her sister did know her, and tried to be "part of her life" with the gifts. And besides that, her sister saved her life too.... In those ways, she lost both her family and her savior which should be acknowledged too along with Yi An losing his friend and love and Eun Byul's mom losing her daughter.
Sometimes, it feels like Eun Bi is sinning more than hurting, which is not the case.....

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Well honestly Eun Bi didn't really know her sister. She never got to talk with her. She never really met her either. She just knows that she saved her. So it's understandable that she doesn't grierf as much as, let's say, Yi An. Hard to miss someone you never knew.

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Practically cheered that my bby Eunbyul is alive (hopefully genuinely well too). I don't want to judge her actions that led to her mother and sister's grief (not to mention other people outside her immediate family) because she obviously was having a hard time with guilt + Sooin's sister and mom's apparent stalking/haunting + possible hallucinations.

I have mixed feelings about that Yian rescue. Sure, it turns out that accident aside, he didn't completely steal Taekwang's thunder like that misleading version in E09 and yes, it all went fine because the class didn't side with Soyoung as she was deluding herself to believe was going to happen but I hated how he handled it. Even Taekwang was silently cheering Eunbi to reveal things her way but Yian had to interfere. As much as I want to understand that it's hard for him as an athlete being told he can't swim for a whole year, it's still unreasonable for him to have this pity party at Eunbi's expense. *sighs*

Taekwang's dad needs to do better too because his son is just awesome and deserves a father who cares for him or at least, with enough integrity to be proud of.

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Thanks for the recap, Saya!

It was interesting to see the different opening compared to the previous ep's ending with TG stepping up to help Eunbi first. I also agree that YA should have let Eunbi speak for herself instead of spilling her secret/lie. I think confirming that lie will somehow make it tougher for the truth to come out later and cause more backlash for Eunbi.

I can understand YA's anger and frustration what with his recent knowledge of Eunbyul's passing and trying to cope with that, trying to deal with this Eunbi who just reminds him of the lies and Eunbyul's absence, and now trying to face his accident with thoughts of possibly ruining his swimming career for life. Different people react differently when they're in shock and feeling overwhelmed. Some in denial, some in silence and secluded from others, some in anger as a way to protect oneself, etc. So, while I didn't like the harsh words YA used in the hospital with Eunbi because she has already lived through so much pain, I can also see why YA is feeling so upset and frustrated (at himself and Eunbi & directing all of it at Eunbi). At this point, he feels like the world just crashed on him and nothing is going right. He'll need time and space to come to terms with what's happening, and I think he will get through it.

SY is in her own delusional bubble all the time. She doesn't understand friendship and loyalty, and she doesn't have any conscience or remorse. Seeing how her mom manipulates the situation when talking the TG's dad makes it obvious why SY never thought she had to change her ways.

I'm pretty sure JSI was bullied and TG's dad helped cover it up. No wonder Teacher Jung is out for revenge for the injustice. Can't wait to find out what really happened a year ago and how Eunbyul got tangled in it.

Eunbyul is alive!!! I hope to get answers in the next ep. She's probably been trying to figure out who's behind the stalking and terrorizing. But Eunbi can't be subjected to more hurt and taunting by SY and the Jung family!

TG is such an awesome friend, always being there for Eunbi. I know it sucks that Eunbi is not interested in him romantically, but it's heartwarming to see his unconditional love. I think being with Eunbi also helps him cope with his own pain growing up with a neglectful father and no real friends.

Way to go, SJ! Her smackdown with SY at the coffee shop was so satisfying. Can't wait for everyone to protect Eunbi against this bully now that SY is outed as the one who drove Eunbyul's twin to suicide. How SY can even think people will side with her, I don't know. If people knew it was Eunbyul she had indirectly killed, that is definitely much worse.

Poor MJ! Definitely the most relatable character for a lot of youths nowadays who are in this kind of competitive educational system. I'm glad he reflected on what's going on and reported his mom. I hope his mom realizes how wrong she is and stops what she's been doing.

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Thanks for the recap - been waiting for it too.

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When Taekwang said 'I ate a lot of hospital food before, so I know it sucks', I remember that he was hospitalized before but no one visits him. He even need to escape to go buy hamburger. Poor guy.

At this point, I'm not shipping Taekwang with Eunbi anymore. I just want Taekwang to be happy. I hope the director would cast new school-mate for Taekwang and give all the love Taekwang deserves. It breaks my heart looking at the way Taekwang looks at Eunbi while she's looking at Yian.

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OH MY GOSSSSHH!! Yes yes yes!!! Eun-byul is alive!!!!

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I've been waiting for this recap since Tuesday and I'm still excited as hell because EUN-BYUL IS ALIVE!!!!! (I cannot wait to see Kim So-hyun bring her true bitchface edge to this drama via EB10, this is going to shake things up.

I knew she was far too interesting to just die mysteriously, though everyone seems to have accepted that she died in EB2's place. And never mind the shipping, think of all the other issues that come into play with her.

As for the boys, I can understand Yi-an's reaction to finally realising EB2's identity even if I don't like it and I'm a Tae-gwang shipper. He may be angry with her for knowingly pretending to be his best friend and childhood love for weeks, but he also knows why it's of paramount importance that no one else catches on to it - hence the injury-risking white knight act. He may hate EB2's guts for lying to him and maybe even be angry with himself for being fooled for so long, but he'll be damned if he throws her to the proverbial wolves i.e. So-young. He's had enough of a hint from the real EB10 that her twin sister could be someone important to her, and at least from that point of view, she's someone he needs to protect even if he does feel wronged by her lie.

And I said it before in the OT, but man, that Min-joon interlude is so sad. In a drama full of OTT bullying and disappeared secret twins, this is sadly the thing that's closest to real life - a parent treating their child's achievements as the standard by which their own lives are measured. School 2013 also had a kid with a pushy mother like this - Min-ki. But I hope poor Min-joon doesn't end up contemplating suicide like Min-ki or other kids I've known in real life. (the other kind of kid from this drama that I have encountered in real life is, oddly, So-young - rich daddy's girls and boys who think their grades and money entitle them to make other kids' lives miserable and get away with it)

And I'm glad I was right about the kids of Sekang being rather different from the ones in Tongyeong. Despite their rich-kid status, they really don't seem to have any tolerance of the kind of behaviour So-young thought it was normal to dish out to EB2 - they had nothing but contempt for her after the earlier rumours that she was the bully who caused EB2's suicide attempt as well.

(it was super satisfying to see Song-joo buck the stereotype of 'pretty mean girl minion' and stick up for her friend even if it meant rejecting something she really wanted - she wanted no part of the strings attached)

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Don't know but I think I couldn't relate to the Yi Ahn character because of the actor, I mean he is good but not so impressive like KSH and YSJ. I watched sung Jae in plus nine boys , he was good there, when he was casted in school I was happy , he does look like a high schooler.... But Sung Jae surprised me completely As Taekwang... I don't know if he was casted as Yi Ahn , he may be able to pull off that too.

I know my ship is sinking but I will be rooting for him till the end and will sink at last :D

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In last minute eps 10 when eun byul alive + The new soundtrack Make me goosebump Lol xD.
Now i stop shipping eun bi will end up with who because eun bi match together with yian/taekwang so now i just wait for the writer choice hahahaha..
I hope next episode will reveal why jung soo in death and hope for eunbyul back to home and go to school with eun bi to fight with crazy.psyhcopat.annoying kang so young

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I just don't know how to define this show in words. I simply love it. Of course if depends a lot of how the story will go from now, but this could be easily the second best drama that I have ever watched - second only to Misaeng. Great writing, amazing acting and everything is incredibly visually beautiful, love the way they film this! I could spend hours talking about how I love this show, seriously.

Even though I do not understand Yi-An yet, I'm really happy with Nam Joo Hyuk's work, I really liked him in Surplus Princess and seeing him being cast in a drama which had such a good season before (School 2013, another drama that is great) made me smile a lot.

Kim So Hyun is incredibly talented and beautiful, we all know that already. It will be awesome to see her as the two characters full time now, since EunByul is back.

And Yook Sungjae! What can I say about him? The only of the three actors who play the three main characters that I never saw before, but I'm really impressed with Gong Tae-kwang. Yes, the character is really well written but his acting is so great! How to do not love Gong Tae-kwang? How? ♥

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I sometimes wonder if my love for Tae-kwang makes Yi-An's actions even more annoying in my eyes, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one feeling like that. I just can't emphatize with with Yi-an. He may have lost his dream career, his childhood friend but Tae-kwang's loneliness, his struggle to receive some love, his readiness to give all is much more touching for me. He's simply my favorite character in this drama.

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I thought I was alone in feeling this because reading through the comments section of this post, all I saw were people defending Yi An. I don't really understand why people like him, especially in the most recent episodes. I feel like anger and bitterness is slowly consuming him.

But anyway, I agree with you - I too find Tae Kwang's story and character more touching. The thing I like most about him is his consideration/caring - even for people he might not like - like Yi An - he still did little nice things for him and his competitiveness was more teasing than outright mean.

But I also really empathize with his struggle as you said "to receive love" which contrasts quite nicely with his "readiness to give all". It makes my heart break a little when I remember that scene with his father, where he accuses his father of thinking his son (himself) as his punishment. And I do sort of get where he is coming from: his father does nothing to contradict him and in fact does everything he can so people don't know Tae Kwang is his son. Tae Kwang could have remained in that place where he is very angry and bitter, but Eun Bi's small kindness for him changed him. I think that's the first time, that people treated him like he was a human being, like he *mattered*. And while it's true that the help and the cook would have been nice to him, in the back of his mind, I think he will always wonder if they treat him that way because of their job or because they felt pity for him, not because they really liked him for him. And god knows, people at school think he's either crazy or hopeless troublemaker or both.

And yet, even through all that loneliness, pain, and misery, he still found it in him to be kind.

He's always there to lend support to Eun Bi, yet at the same time - knows when to step back and let her fight her own battles and find her own voice. He does everything he can so that she takes courage, to "keep her chin up", and regain her agency. There are so many things that I love about their interactions, but it is this aspect that has me shipping them so hard. I feel like a relationship between Eun Bi and Tae Kwang would be a much healthier one.

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I absolutely agree with you. Tae-kwang is definitely a well written character who completes Eunbi. He gives her what she needs in her struggle: courage, care and support. But he also has his own story (his family problems) which makes him much more than an ordinary second lead. Not to mention that the actor plays him really well. I honestly can understand and support Yi-An only when he starts seeing things in others' perspective. For example he may ask himself 'Why did Eunbi replace her?', 'What is her motive?' etc. before blaming her and feeling cheated.

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sigh. i dont understand how taekwang can be more fleshed out than yian when yian is supposedly the lead. i do not feel any connection with him at all. he's just flat

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My feelings also. At this point I really don't care what happens to him - which is a bad thing for an actor, when people don't care what happens to their character.

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I really love how beachy the class is towards SoYoung. Remember how much power she had in her previous school? Everyone follow what she said and the one who didn't, just stay silent. But in this class, they all curse her. I really love Haena's beachy reaction towards her.

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I can actually relate with yi an's reaction and behaviour. He has not only realised that his best friend/crush since a long time died (or so he thinks) he also has to deal with the fact that all this while when he thought that he was talking to Eunbyul, she turned out to be a complete stranger. No one can just simply digest the fact that their best friend is dead while continue looking at someone taking her place like nothing happened.
Yes he did say some harsh words to eunbi but in his eyes, eunbi lied to him and betrayed him. Maybe he would have been a little more understanding if eun bi hadnt regained her previous memories because that gives him a reason to justify her actions. But he thinks that she was leading him on all this while (good intentions from her part, i dont doubt that) asking him to regain eun byul's memories for him and giving him false hope when she knew it was a lost case.
It was easy for taekwang to easily shift into a person supporting eunbi even after knowing her secret because he wasnt the one who lost his best friend and has to watch another person in her place reminding him of everything he lost.
People who are really emotional and sensitive can probably relate with him. For example when im angry or upset with something, i always ask the other person to give me space and time to calm down so that we can talk peacefully and so that harsh words are not exchanged. If that doesnt happen, then we tend to direct our anger to that person and hold that person responsible for everything bad happening not only in that particular situation but in their life also. He just needed some space and time to mull over things, which eunbi isnt giving him. I get it. She's feeling guilty about taking her sister's place and feeling like she was the cause of his accident but she needs to back off a little.
Swimming was probably something the most precious to yi an after eunbyul and his father. In one go he has lost both (temporarily)and there'sno way to release his frustrations other than verbally. Before when he was angry or upset or confused, he always found some comfort in swimming. He cant even do that now. At this moment he's left with a dead best friend, an injured shoulder, possibility of not undergoing a complete recovery and a girl, who looks like his best friend who he has liked for a long time. I don't think his behavior towards eun bi is completely unacceptable.
I understand when people say that taekwang has gone through much more than yi an but when you look at it carefully, yi an is just as troubled as taekwang. From the ending scene we know now that eun byul is alive and if he has developed feelings towards eunbi, its going to be an even harder time for him trying to figure out his feelings towards both the sisters and having to survive without swimming for 1 whole year. His situation is as messed up as taekwang's family. There is no comparison because both of them are fighting against different messed up...

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100% agree. Tae Kwang had a kind of "i hate the popular girls" sort of feel towards the real Eun Byul. He never really talked to her or got to know her, so to him, he's making a new friend whereas Yi An is losing an old, close one, not to mention everything about his swimming career is coming to an end. I find his reaction to be totally justified

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@ meihuas

Tae Kwang didn't dislike Eun Byul because she was popular. He disliked her because - and this by verbatim from his own mouth - she didn't treat him like a human being. He jokes around about her being so rude that she didn't even bother to greet him - but you can sort of tell - that this eats at him when he tell Eun Bi that Eun Byul told him "her time was too precious to waste on someone like him". Ultimately, this is what he dislikes. He dislikes people who make him feel worthless. To the point where taking less than 5 seconds to greet him is considered a waste of time. Please don't just gloss over this. I understand -- well actually I may not understand, but I do respect your opinion-- if you prefer Yi An over Tae Kwang. But please understand that he has perfectly valid reasons for disliking Eun Byul.

As for Yi An being justified in his actions, I don't agree with. We can agree to disagree at this point of order. I sort of explained why I feel this way before in another comment, so I'll keep it short: His pain, while perfectly understandable, doesn't justify how terribly he treats people.

I agree that it is easier for Tae Kwang to like Eun Bi without the complications that Yi An faces, but if anything that makes it easier to root for his relationship for Eun Bi without feeling any sort of mixed feelings. He likes her for her. She doesn't have to compete with her sister for his feelings. She can like him and he like her back, without wondering if - when he looks at her - he sees only her sister. Even if he overcomes his love for Eun Byul, and ends up loving Eun Bi instead, I can only picture being sad for Eun Byul. She had asked him at one point if his feelings would be confused if she had a twin sister. And this is his answer. I don't want it to end up as competition of which sister he likes more. But apparantly, that's where we are heading.

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@Kirin - I love your answer! You explained it well! :)

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I think it's a good thing that Eunbi is pretending to be Eunbyul for the time being, at least for TaeKwang, because he needed this love from someone for a long time, especially knowing the hurt he experienced from his parents' divorce, his father's neutrality towards him, and the absence of his mother who is planning on marrying another man. Even though Eunbi just views TaeKwang as a friend, it's still good for TaeKwang. I hope they remain as good friends till the end. Ahh this drama is getting more interesting I love it <3

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@meihuas - TK said that EByul didn't even look his way; then how will he get to know her?; or want to get to know her? EByul's attitude towards him was horrible.

YA's anger and frustration is understandable but I still don't like him. He does NOT CONSIDER/UNDERSTAND EBi's feelings; and this is not just in episode 10 but way before when he thought she was EByul. He was mean to TK. Also he outed EBi's secret. Above everything else, his character doesn't convince me that he is the one for Eun Bi. How I wish TK was the guy for EBi!!

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My fave this episode is Song joo. When she turned down So-young/Satan offer, I was cheering so loudly. You go girl! You tell her you cannot buy friendship!

Thank you Saya for the recap! I love your analysis of the episode as well. Can't wait till next week to find out more.

I'm slightly torn now. My first reaction when I saw the last scene was: she's ALIVEEEEEE, YES! But now that I've had couple days to absorb it, I feel a bit cheated because I really thought Eun Byul died to save Eun Bi. What's the point of showing the scenes with Yi-an at Eun-byul's urn if she's still alive? I feel the writers have toyed with my emotions hahaha. Good job writers. Please have a good explanation on her disappearance so far and how the dead body was identified as Eun-bi. Don't disappoint me please.

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YESSS Song-joo's confrontation with So-young was my favorite part of this episode! LOVED that she stuck up for her friend and did so with integrity and strength!

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I totally agree with you what's the point of showing those those scenes.Thw writer had done a great job toying with our feelings and misleading us.

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the scene where Tae Kwang was like "This is Eun Byul's family, she should explain it" and then Yi An comes in saying "I'll say it on your behalf" only cements my assumption that Tae Kwang is going to be the end game

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..Or maybe eunbi really needs to start defending herself more. I was so excited to see her finally grow a backbone and take down so young but that lasted for about 2 episodes. She still makes her feelings and reactions sooooo obvious in front of so young while talking practically giving her reasons to torture her. She is just letting so young walk over her, over and over again. After so young revealed the victim of her bullying i was praying and hoping that eun bi would stand up for herself and eun byul but once again she let F2 come to her rescue.

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I don't think so. That scene was supposed to be seen as him coming to her defense, a positive thing since it was hard for him to do since he has no reason at all to actually defend Eun Bi after she's done nothing but lie to him. But seriously, BOTH guys kind of ran all over her there and I think she needs to be the one doing the talking and not have them do it for her, or tell her to do it.

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I agree with the last statement. And that is why soyoung finds pleasure in taunting her. Honestly defending eun bi might seem like the best thing to do from the boy's POV but its just making eun bi weaker in so young's eyes

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Not really, in Satan aka So-young's eyes Eun-bi would be weakened if she didn't have "her people" around her. Which is why she was able to bully her in the first place, because in Tongyeong there was no one willing to befriend Eun-bi. And which is also why she went after Song-joo in the first place, with the phony audition promise. She wanted to divide and conquer.

But in this episode alone, you have Yi-an, Tae-gwang AND Song-joo openly siding with Eun-bi (even if Song-joo still thinks she is Eun-byul) and ranging themselves against So-young. If anything, that's the only signal that'll get through to Satan that Eun-bi is not a viable target any more because she isn't the isolated orphan of Tongyeong any more.

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I'm not saying that they shouldn't defend her at all. But she's gotta speak for herself when its required. That confrontation scene should have been by her. Not by the boys. Honestly for me, eun bi being badass lasted for approximately 2 episodes. Im just finding it a little disappointing to find eun bi passive about it and recently every time we have a eun bi vs so young face off, its always so young with the last word.
And gosh can someone just reduce the number of scenes for Satan? I would rather watch teacher jung getting her revenge or even worse, seeing min joon's mother's face :/

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I think I'm one of the few people who understands YA's actions in this episode though. Not only did he lose his best friend, but someone who looks exactly like her had been taking her spot all along like nothing happened. And I don't think that YA's anger is just about Eunbi lying to him, I feel like he is angry with himself because it was too late for him to realize everything (?) i.e Eunbyul hints about a twin sister before, or that Taekwang was the first one to notice that Eunbyul now is totally a different person.
Not only that, I think Yian is also mad at himself because he realized that he was starting to like the post-Tongyang Eunbyul better only to know that it's actually a different person. I feel like he was kind of guilty for liking the new Eunbyul. lol it sounds like a fanfic already. Hahaha!!!

But can we just also notice Taekwang and Shijin's scenes? Hahahaha! They are both adorable!! "Do you, by chance... Do you like me?" Hahaha!

(I wonder if this is their way of making up for all the I'm-pretty-sure-yian-and-eunbi-will-end-up-together-what-about-my-taekwang comments.hehe)

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I absolutely cracked up when she said that she's going and asks him not to follow her followed by that hair flip... Taekwang's expression was just so hilarious.. :P

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im with you...most of the guys on her ship eun bi with tae kwang so they are very bias in their analysis of the yi-an character.

it would be unrealistic for yi-an to be nice or ok with eun bi right now, he might sympathies with her situation as seen at the cemetery but the other part of him is mourning a friend, the other is riddled with guilt that it took him soo long to figure it all out, the other is humiliated at being played, and the other is facing the possibility of an to his dreams... he is cold and a little mean but who wouldnt be? especially when the cause of all this is staring at you everyday

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I loved the Taekwang and Shijin's scenes...
I replayed the "... Do you like me?" and the hair flip scenes like ten times lol

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I dont agree that yi-an did anything wrong by reveal the connection between eun byul and eun bi... its more believable coming from him, what reason would he have to lie?

also as some have pointed out both boys kinda took over the show in that moment and yet again yi-an gets negative reactions.

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And also, Eun-bi's mom asked Yi-an in the previous episode to keep EB's identity a secret at least until EB transfers to another school. What he did was just to protect that secret and fulfill his promise to EB's mom as he told EB later in the hospital that he didn't do it for her which was partly true. I really think he did it not just because of his promise to her mom but also because he cares about EB even if he doesn't realize it yet.

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he def has feelings for eunbi which he cant come to terms with because of the feeling of guilt that would bring, and i think right now he is clinging to hating eunbi as somehow a way to stay true to his feelings for eunbyul which he thinks he betrayed by falling for eunbi

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@blue

This potential conflict is one of the reasons why Yi-an/Eun-bi is more interesting to me than Tae-gwang/Eun-bi.

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I absolutely agree with you.

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Agree.

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Tbh, Eun Bi is not in a place to publicly own SY and she would have twisted things and made it worse for Eun Bi. TG does not have the respect of anyone (and most are confused as to why he knows anything about Eun Byul in the first place) so YA coming to her rescue actually worked out the best for her and kept her secret.

I hope Eun Bi is eventually able to stand up for herself, but both guys were trying to help her out in their own way. You can like one way more than the other, but I don't think either guy deserves hate for it.

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also YA kinda saved eunbi from telling another lie.

also at this point i dont think YA believes eunbi has the right to be the one to tell eunbyul's friends that eunbyul has a twin.

someone said that the show seems to forget that eunbi lost a sister as-well, but thats only true to an extend. eunbi has never met eunbyul they may be twins but eunbyul died as a stranger to eunbi, there is the whole saving her life thing but that is gratitude, the connection that was between YA and eunbyul is 10 years in the making and run miles deeper.

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And honestly, had Eun Bi wanted to speak all she had to say is no, I'll tell it. Simple as that.

Eun Bi lost important people, those at the orphanage, but I would not count her sister as one of the people lost. YA is more like a sibling to Eun Byul than Eun Bi is.

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If anything, Yi An is getting the most support in this post. Each person begins their support with the sentence "I feel like I'm the only one who understands Han Yi An." I'm resisting the urge to point them to other commentators who pretty much echo their sentiments. If anything, *I* feel like I'm the lone wolf in defending Tae Kwang. I don't see many Tae Kwang supporters here (at least not yet), but I can't allow this to remain uncontested.

Yes, both Han Yi An and Tae Kwang rise to her defense. But notice the difference when they interfere. Please take the context into account. Before Yi An came in, before Tae Kwang opened his mouth, Eun Bi looked as if she won't say anything, she sunk in her seat. Tae Kwang spoke up so that Eun Bi won't just sit there and take it. He supported her and set the stage so that she can stand up for herself. And then he steps back and gives her a chance to stand up for herself. Han Yi An, on the other hand, protects her without allowing the chance for her to do it herself and, in doing so, takes away her agency. Tae Kwang always tells her to "keep her chin up" and encourages her to fight her own battles with So Young. Han Yi An doesn't even allow her the chance and jumps in to do it for her. This is the difference between their interference and why Han Yi An's actions might get more negative reactions than Tae Kwang's.

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Because the review is really hard on him lol. I like both guys, but felt I had to defend him since people are upset he's not being perfect and understanding. Eun Bi was actually in the wrong this episode by constantly bugging him when he asked to be alone. I don't think anyone is even talking badly about TK either. Defending YA =/= hating on TK.

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Thank you for the recap saya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your comments are witty and funny! I like it

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this might sound a little harsh towards taekwang but can we really compare what yi-an is going through and what taekwang is going through? plenty of kids grow up in dysfunctional families and turn out alright, plenty of kids are abandoned by their parents and they go on to be fully functional people, taekwang decided to take the self destructive way to deal with his rejection from his parents, thats on him.

yi-an lost his mom too, lost his has lost two of the most precious things in his life(eun byul and swimming), not to mention the whole mess with his conflicting emotions for eunbi as eunbyul....to add to that he cant even express any of this because to betray eunbi is to betray eunbyul's mom which is a betrayal to eunbyul...

all the guy is asking for is to be left alone and even that he cant get.

can we even compare like? really?

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I mentioned in my previous post. There's no comparison for it. Both of their sitautions are completely messed up but i dont think i can compare taekwang's problems to yi an's problems. Only similarity is that both are suffering. And there's even more suffering for yi an when eun byul comes back in the equation. And taekwang is going to be even more hurt when he gets to know that his first and only friend might have to transfer schools just because his father is a jerk. It's hard to say that taekwang has got it worse than yi an or yi an has got it worse than taekwang. Both their lives are messed up :(

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i think taekwang's will change his mind once he realizes how taekwang feels about eunbi

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Yi ahn has a real family and people taking him seriously all the time, perhaps too seriously, things money cannot buy.

I don't think eun bi, coming from an all girls school, has had any romance click in her head yet. She does however smile mentally speaking to her sister about how much yi ahn likes her, which if she did feel romantically toward yi ahn would not have been the reaction because this girl is practically made of pathos and is transparent as hell. She does however explicitly say that tae kwang is a big chunk of her good memories.

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Yi-an's pretty blessed in "loving family" area (though not in the living mother area). But did anyone pick up that Eun-byul seems to be the only friend Yi-an ever had? He's pretty isolated; he seems to only really have his father, Eun-byul (and now Eun-bi) in this world.

Yi-an is taken more seriously because of his sincere and serious behavior; idg what you mean by "too seriously". Tae-kwang would probably taken seriously too if he weren't lashing and clowning out at people most of the time. A lot of TG's problems would be resolved naturally as he grows up/matures mentally (e.g. lack of friends or being taken seriously). He's seems to getting there already.

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imo they both have pretty crappy home lives in different ways. Yi An has a supportive dad, but is poor and has had to grow up too quickly to provide for his dad and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulder to succeed and make a better life for the two of them. There is a lot of love in the family though. TK is kind of the opposite in that he has plenty of money, but no responsibility towards his family at all and has no love. Neither have much emotional support and they don't open up to anyone but Eun Bi for the most part.

And you are right that it's totally TK's fault nobody takes him seriously. It's because of how he acts. People don't have time to deal with crap like that on a daily basis. He's much better now, but given how he acted to start with I can see why nobody bothered with him.

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I don't appreciate the victim blaming of "crazy abuse victims who weren't perfect in how they reacted as a teenager" shtick. Taekwang has behaviour issues yes, and he is learning, but he's not a bad kid. Rather he basically personifies that quote from frozen, people make bad choices when they're mad or scared or stressed. Eun bi only had to take him seriously once for him to become what he is.

But hey if you're going to fault taekwang for being a lost teenager I'd like to know what you might have to say about yi ahn's abusive tendencies.

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lol, your reply is what happens when shipping meets half-hearted tumblr activism.

Nowhere in my comment did I fault Tae-kwang for anything. Nor did I even imply that he's a bad kid. I think his reactions are normal given his character. C'mon scroll up and read it again.

My reply only addressed why Tae-kwang is seen as a nuisance by his classmates and others: it's because he is. I don't understand how that is victim-blaming. Nowhere did I say he deserved his father's abuse.

Plus I did say he'll be fine when he grows up. As you said, we can already see what a change Eun-bi's companionship has had on him; he's serious with her sometimes. Maybe this will motivate him to be more friendly and ingenuous with his peers sorting out his not taken seriously problem.

And I don't think Yi-an has any abusive tendencies. (Nor does Tae-kwang.) You might want to apply that "Frozen" quote equally here.

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FWIW, you are not alone in thinking this. I just marathoned episodes 1-10 within a span of 3-4 days, so sorry if I'm missing something:

I agree that Tae-kwang's life is miserable: his parents are utterly cold and negligent to him and hateful to each other; his father is abusive and oppressive (unnecessarily hospitalizing and medicating him, threatening him), etc. These things are horrific and will move anyone to pity.

However, when his plight is seen together with others' in this drama, where nearly all of the characters given the spotlight (barring So-young) have gone through situations similarily heart-wrenching or worse, his pain feels relatively minor and self-inflicted/pitying. Especially when we've all already seen his background play out in shows a 100 times before and probably done better tbh.

For example: His fights with his one classmate are more or less initiated by him; he isn't ganged up on without provocation like Eun-bi. He is lonely, but out of his own will rather than being singled out (Eun-bi, even the gang's Wallet Girl) or literally having no time in the day (Yi-an, Min-joon). His family life is dire, but he'll never feel the burden of teetering on the edge of homelessness or any financial want (Yi-an, Eun-bi).

Out of all these woobies, his and the Wallet girl's circumstances are most easily overcome. So it's perfectly natural that some people's sympathy for him is running out, especially, given his destructive behavior earlier.

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@ blue

I feel bad for disagreeing with you again, but I can't help disagreeing.

On one hand, I feel like I agree with Liz that their suffering shouldn't be compared because their suffering is too different. There is a measure of truth in that.

But on the other hand, I feel like Tae Kwang's pain isn't something to be overlooked. Han Yi An, at least, has one parent who's there for him, who he knows loves him 100%. Meanwhile, Tae kwang's father doesn't even want other people to know Tae Kwang is his son. That time, when Tae Kwang mentions (practically snarls) to his father's face that his father once said that Tae Kwang is his punishment, not once do you see his father disagreeing. He didn't look apologetic or remorseful. He didn't attempt to take back his words. He didn't contradict Tae Kwang at all. All his father does is to send Tae Kwang away from himself - to his room to hide away from people visiting his home, in the past to that mental health facility, and recently to study abroad. Tae Kwang's father doesn't show he cares at all. And his mother is obviously missing from his life if he hears she's getting re-married from a news article.

His cook and the help treat him well, at least, but that's because he is the boss's son and, in the back of his mind, he always knows it. Not to mention if they are ever in disagreement you can bet that they will do what the boss wants. Tell me, is there anyone to take Tae Kwang's side?

His classmates view him like a crazy person and a troublemaker. Yes, he is at fault for making this impression. But just like people can forgive Yi An for lashing out at people when he's angry and bitter, I don't understand why Tae Kwang doesn't get the same grace.

Especially when you consider, that - he changed his ways a bit after meeting Eun Bi, because with her, he felt like he might find someone who appreciates him and likes him, for the first time.

After all, even his peers/classmates dismiss everything he says because he's a "crazy person".

In effect, everywhere Han Yi An goes - he has a support system. He has a father, has peers who listen to him and admire him, and a coach to cheer him on. Heck, even in that modeling agency people treated him well. Tae Kwang has none of that support. He only has Eun Bi.

Eun Bi who, in the recent episodes, always took Han Yi An's side instead of his. And I get why, since she feels guilty and kinda likes him. But I feel she, at least, could have been more considerate in how she went about things. (Instead of like in the hospital. That harsh "No" when he asked her if it was okay to wait for her. Why couldn't she have said something like - "it's better if you don't. you'll probably be waiting for a long time and that wouldn't be fair to you." That would have been more considerate of his feelings. You know, so he won't be hurt.)

Yes, how can we possibly compare their suffering? Obviously it is...

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