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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 7

The mystery of Go Eun-byul slowly unravels, revealing complicated friendships marred with jealousy and guilt. Eun-bi finds herself at a crossroads in her commitment to this new life — to be someone she isn’t or continue on as this new unfamiliar Go Eun-byul. But she may not get a choice, with a growing threat from her nemesis and increasing fragility of friendships that she desperately wants to protect.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Witnessing Tae-gwang drag Eun-bi onto the bus, Yi-an chases the bus until he can no longer catch up. Tae-gwang turns to Eun-bi and asks if he can be the one person who calls her by her real name. She looks back at him, speechless and wide-eyed.

At school, Song-joo announces to the class that the bully from Tongyeong isn’t So-young. They’re mistaken: The bully was from a neighboring school, and So-young transferred because of her father’s work placement. The truth about So-young’s despicable past remains hidden for now.

Yi-an walks into class and stares at Eun-bi’s desk then Tae-gwang’s – both empty. He’s clearly bothered by their absence together.

Sitting on a park bench, Eun-bi asks Tae-gwang what her real name is, challenging him to call her by it. His silence prompts her to leave, but he answers, “It’s Go Eun-byul. Your name is Go Eun-byul, so start acting like her. I don’t know why, but I hate seeing you shrink in front of Kang So-young.”

Eun-bi tells Tae-gwang to stay out of her business, but he scolds her saying that she should be more responsible for herself. He reveals that So-young is starting a background check with her handwriting. Words are not enough anymore. She needs to embody her rejection that she’s not Lee Eun-bi, and Tae-gwang offers to help her.

Tae-gwang returns to school without Eun-bi, and Yi-an glares at him accusingly. Teacher Kim ends class with the results from the latest math exam, and students rush to the front to check their scores. Min-joon is surprised to find that he’s in second place, half a point under So-young’s perfect score. The students comment on So-young’s proficiency, and Min-joon feigns indifference.

Eun-bi surprises Mom by showing up at her shop. She tells Mom that she hasn’t been feeling well, so she left school. Then she hugs her, saying that she’ll feel better this way. Their sweet moment is interrupted by Soo-in’s mother, who greets Eun-bi (as Eun-byul, of course) in a deliberately friendly manner. Mom quickly sends Eun-bi on her way, and she does as told, sensing the eeriness of their interaction.

Yi-an starts to leave class but turns back around to wake Tae-gwang, unable to subdue his frustrations. He asks where he went instead of coming to class, and Tae-gwang wonders aloud if Yi-an is worried about him. Yi-an replies to him in a roundabout way, “Yes, I’m very worried, so behave.”

Looking at Yi-an’s medal, Eun-bi thinks back to their argument, as does Yi-an after practice. She waits outside her house, hoping that Yi-an will show up as always. Yi-an passes by much later and looks up to Eun-bi’s dark room. He waits in his usual spot outside the fence while Eun-bi waits outside Yi-an’s practice pool.

The next morning, Eun-bi looks for Yi-an to join her routine morning bike ride. She smiles when she spots him jogging towards her, but he jogs past her without a glance. With eyes full of disappointment, she trails behind him.

Yi-an continues to ignore Eun-bi, and when her bike chain falls off, she calls out to him for help. She cries that her bike chain fell off, but her plea holds more implications: “I can’t go to you, so can’t you come to me?”

Responding to her plea for help, Yi-an runs to Eun-bi and scolds her for crying over her broken bike. He ruffles her hair, and Eun-bi smiles back at him, relieved that their unfriendly tension is over. Yi-an reminds her that she can tell him anything. Though she appreciates his earnest support, she knows better than to tell him everything.

As Eun-bi gets ready for school, she looks at her nametag that labels her as Go Eun-byul. Thinking back to her turbulent time being bullied as Eun-bi and the support she now gets – from Tae-gwang and Yi-an — as Eun-byul, she resolves that she’ll fully play her part. She goes to school with a new look resembling Eun-byul’s style. Tae-gwang notices the change when she walks in, and they give each other knowing smiles.

In the bathroom, Eun-bi encounters So-young, who pointedly asks if she skipped class because she heard something from Tae-gwang. Eun-bi doesn’t seem affected by her taunting and leads her out to talk.

They enter an empty lecture hall, and Eun-bi begins her act. So-young tries to belittle Eun-bi, but her words don’t demoralize her. Eun-bi pities So-young for transferring to this school of all places, since there’s no chance for her to start fresh. Walking towards her, Eun-bi says, “I’m confident that I can make everyone not believe a word you say. I imagine it’ll be tiring to adjust when you transfer again. Oh wait, it wouldn’t be transferring schools, would it? When your actions to my sister are disclosed, you’ll be headed elsewhere. You probably know where.”

Provoked by Eun-bi’s comment, So-young pushes her and dares her to tell her where she would be headed. But Eun-bi grabs her hand to stop the harassment. She once again affirms that So-young pinned the wrong girl, and So-young bitterly questions who will ultimately be right before walking out.

After So-young leaves, Eun-bi’s loses her hostile façade and begins to tear up. She takes a moment to recover, and Tae-gwang watches her from behind.

Over dinner, So-young’s mother asks about school, and she responds that there’s one thing that’s been bothering her. She explains the coincidence of Eun-bi’s doppelganger and presents the handwriting evidence to her father. But he rips it up without a second thought. He left his ten-year career because of So-young, and the case officially recorded So-young as the victim. The rumors don’t matter, so she should just forget about it.

As So-young studies furiously, the rumors gossiped by her classmates echo in her mind. She grows increasingly vengeful towards Eun-bi. Meanwhile, her father takes a second glance at the handwriting evidence.

Min-joon’s mother nags Min-joon about the half point he missed on his math exam. He acknowledges his mistake, but his mother doesn’t let it slide. As the leader of the Mommy Mafia who teaches others how to win, she can’t have a son who fails. Min-joon’s face falls ever so slightly, and he assures his mother that he won’t fail. Mommy nods and calls him out to dinner with a smile. As soon as she leaves, he resentfully crumples up his exam.

Ki-tae gets onto the bus for school, but he doesn’t have enough money for the ride. He tries to get the attention of his friend, but he’s fast asleep. The lady behind him pays for his ride, and he follows up by casually asking for her number in flirtati — er, gratitude.

Min-joon’s mother chats with Shi-jin’s mother as they wait for So-young’s mother, and her face betrays annoyance when she’s told that So-young was the top scorer on the math exam. When So-young’s mother arrives, she cuts to the chase and presents So-young’s past report cards. She’s an exemplary student with high marks in all subjects, and Shi-jin’s mother expresses her awe.

Min-joon’s mother would rather not have So-young in the study group, but Shi-jin’s mother lets slip that there’s one spot. So-young’s mother hits the nail on the head when she asks if Min-joon’s mother feels threatened by So-young’s academic performance, but Head Mommy refuses to acknowledge this.

Teacher Ahn assigns her class to create a brochure of Tongyeong. She’s already grouped the class, and we get a look into the group most destined to fail: Ki-tae, Tae-gwang, and Yi-an. They make up puns for their group name instead of brainstorming ideas and ultimately decide to use a brochure company. Way to go, boys.

Yi-an calls out to Tae-gwang as they leave, warning him not to bother or harm Eun-byul. Tae-gwang tells him not to worry because he’s not going to let her get hurt, which sounds a little too protective for Yi-an’s taste. They stare each other down, their rivalry heating up.

In Eun-bi’s group, the girls look at group picture from Tongyeong and tell Eun-bi that she was missing when the picture was taken. But in the corner, Eun-bi spots herself there, unintentionally included in a picture when she was still Lee Eun-bi in Tongyeong.

Eun-bi pieces together the clues about Eun-byul’s neck wound and the class trip, leading her to track down her phone’s call records from the past month. She narrows down the list to one unfamiliar number. She calls it, and the girl who picks up seems to know it’s Eun-byul.

Shi-jin sees Song-joo and So-young having fun at a makeup shop and watches with envy. She’s grouped with Song-joo and Min-joon for brochure project, and she’s noticeably dismissive towards Song-joo at their meeting. As they look at their group photo, Song-joo notes that Eun-byul is the only one missing and regrets not retrieving her from the bathroom.

Min-joon remembers witnessing Shi-jin coming out of that bathroom and hearing a scream right as she left. When he mentions this, Shi-jin darts her eyes nervously, and Song-joo suspects her of some wrongdoing. Getting defensive Shi-jin explains.

Flashback to the Tongyeong class trip. Shi-jin returns to the bathroom to grab her pouch, when the lights suddenly turn off. She hears knocking from one of the bathroom stalls and approaches it. She recognizes that it’s Eun-byul and wonders what’s wrong. Eun-byul asks, “Is it you again? When will you stop doing this?” She presumes that Eun-byul is on the phone and walks out.

Back in the present, Shi-jin admits that she still feels guilty about overlooking Eun-byul’s behavior and explains that she enjoyed spending alone time with Song-joo during the trip. Song-joo looks appalled by her friend’s justification, and Shi-jin storms out saying that she wouldn’t understand.

Eun-bi meets up with the classmate she called — Min-joo — and asks she was the one who called that night in Tongyeong. Min-joo ask if she got her memory back, and we get a flashback to that night.

Eun-byul’s “studying” is interrupted by a call from Min-joo, and they meet outside. Min-joo accuses Eun-byul of impersonating Soo-in and shows her the text she received. Initially, Eun-byul doesn’t deny this, asking if Min-joo feels guilty or responsible. Desperate and anxious, Min-joo searches Eun-byul for Soo-in’s phone and pushes her. Eun-byul falls and hits her neck on a wooden beam, resulting in her neck wound.

Eun-byul looks indignant as tears stream down her face. She tells Min-joo that she also received that text from Soo-in. She believes that it was Soo-in who sent those texts. Min-joo calls her crazy — a dead girl can’t send texts — but Eun-byul knows that Soo-in is following her. She admits that she’s frightened but can’t tell her to stop because she’s so apologetic towards her.

In the present, Eun-byul asks Min-joo how Soo-in died, but she doesn’t know. One day, they were just told that Soo-in died the day before. Eun-byul wonders aloud what her relationship with Soo-in was like, and Min-joo tells her that from her knowledge, Eun-byul didn’t like Soo-in.

At home, Eun-bi looks at the note written to Eun-byul, the girl’s one and only friend. It has a new ring to it with this new perspective.

Mom looks through pictures of young Eun-byul, and she quickly closes the album when Eun-bi asks to sleep with her. Eun-bi begins to ask her mother something but decides against it. She rests her head on Mom’s shoulder to sleep.

The next morning, Teacher Ahn catches two students with significantly shorter skirts. She scolds them and orders them to roll down their skirts. A new teacher enters in a short pink dress, introducing herself as Jung Min-young. Teacher Ahn mentions her too short dress, but the principal tells her not to overreact. The students snicker as Teacher Ahn freezes in disbelief.

Teacher Kim introduces their new addition to their staff, and the boys cheer at the sight of Teacher Jung. She introduces herself, and Ki-tae buries his head in embarrassment when he realizes that the nice bus lady he hit on is his teacher. Awwwkward.

As she follows Teacher Kim out, she gets pulled aside by Ki-tae, who requests that she ignore him. He blabbers on that he wants to focus on school, and she happily replies that he should contact her with any questions, since he has her number. Ha, they’re clearly misunderstanding each other’s message.

Eun-bi finds Tae-gwang taking a nap and “photosynthesizing” outside. She consults with him about her dilemma, “There’s a person who I never want to reveal my secret to, and there’s a person who I want to reveal everything to. But what do I do if that’s the same person?” Tae-gwang knows it’s Yi-an and advises her to do nothing.

So-young’s father arrives on campus and spots Eun-bi from afar. He takes a long look at her and thinks back to the hearing at the Tongyeong high school, where Eun-bi firmly claimed that she was innocent. The pieces are coming together.

Eun-bi once again dresses up in Eun-byul fashion to meet Yi-an. She texts him to ask where he’s at, and he replies that he’s just about to leave the gym after practice. Little does she know, he’s been waiting outside her fence and speedily races back to the gym, where he casually walks outside and greets her. It’s too cute.

As they eat, Yi-an picks out all the carrots from the kimbap, and Eun-bi scolds him for being picky. He explains that he’s doing this for her since she’s the one who dislikes carrots. Aww. When she asks Yi-an what she liked and disliked, he starts to list all her detailed food preferences. Eun-bi notes that he knows her better than she knows herself.

She asks Yi-an if they’re still good friends even though the Go Eun-byul now is much different than the Go Eun-byul from before. It’s a sincere question, but he jokingly replies that he’ll decide seeing how she does. Then he admits that sometimes, he likes the Go Eun-byul now better.

As if these two needed to be cuter, they’re all smiles and laughs while they play at the arcade. They end up skipping rocks at a pond, and Eun-bi takes a hand in learning how. She falls, and when Yi-an helps her up, he notices a scar on her arm. She starts to explain that it’s from when she was 10 and learned how to ride a bike. She abruptly stops herself, but it’s too late.

Yi-an seems happy that she’s remembering, but he corrects her. He taught her how to ride a bike when she was in middle school. Then he suddenly remembers all the discrepancies (not knowing how to swim) and apologies. Something’s not right.

Eun-bi quickly gets up to leave, but Yi-an turns her around. Looking at her, he asks, “You’re really Go Eun-byul, right?”

 
COMMENTS

Ack, he knows! I sensed this looming dark cloud when they started giving us too much cute. Were they not so cute though? Alas, cuteness comes with a price: the truth. I’m curious to see how Yi-an reacts to this. With his growing suspicious, the reveal had to happen eventually. I’d much rather that the reveal occur sooner than later, but I fear for Yi-an’s sanity and denial. I think this reveal adds agency to Eun-bi’s dual mission of searching for Eun-byul’s story and facing her own demons, but it puts a friendship at risk. A very important friendship based on unconditional support. But does Yi-an’s support still stand even though this really isn’t Eun-byul?

I could sense the desperation and loneliness in Eun-bi when she was being completely ignored by Yi-an. Her fear of insignificance became a reality, and that fear probably contributed to her transformation into Eun-byul. Even though there were still cracks in her act, Eun-bi’s transformation emphasized that confidence and composure can be manufactured. It’s a powerful and risky concept — one that holds truth for both success and failure.

Regarding Eun-byul, I now wonder if she’s been literally haunted, mentally unstable, or possibly both. Guilt seems to be the main factor motivating Eun-byul to acquiesce to the haunting, but is that guilt strong enough to compromise her mental state? There seems to be no doubt that Soo-in died, and that makes everything creepier. Also, Soo-in’s mother keeps popping up randomly and gives off some creepy vibes, so I assume she’ll play a significant role in this mystery. As with most things in this series, they will be much more complicated than they appear.

This show makes me switch off rooting for Yi-an and Tae-gwang. I appreciate Tae-gwang’s care for Eun-bi as Eun-bi, not Eun-byul. That’s his biggest advantage – actually caring for the right person. His request to call Eun-bi by her real name was the most sincere I’ve seen him yet, and I enjoy that Eun-bi is the one that brings out Tae-gwang’s richer emotions. At the same time, I recognize that Yi-an is an adorable supporter, admirable individually but also as a loyal friend to Eun-byul. He’s willing to sacrifice so much for Eun-byul, and sometimes, he’s just the friend she needs. Even though the dramaland laws may not allow the best of both worlds, I’d say that Eun-bi (and also Kim So-hyun since she definitely carries this show) deserves to keep both.

 
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Love this drama!^^ Thankyou for the recap!

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Does anyone else get anxiety from this show? Lol. There are some scenes that start and I just have to pause and walk away for a while. Mostly the So Young scenes. I really hate that she's part of this...I think there's enough going on without her. Sigh. And I feel no sympathy for her whatsoever even with the parent scenes (and we've seen a lot worse in dramaland).

I'm still Team Second Lead, but I think it still points toward Yi-An being the end game. I think he has his adorable moments but I don't think he really reflects on the things she says or the way she acts - he mostly just has a fantasy in his head. I think he could be a good friend but I don't actually think he'd be that great a boyfriend. Whereas our other boy may have his issues but despite his crazy life he still pays a lot of attention to EB, both being able to put together the pieces of who she was, but also to be able to read her thoughts and feelings in the present.

I am completely unsure of why that assistant teacher was added.

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I feel like the assistant teacher will be attached to Soo-in somehow coz if not then why is she there?

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Would the assistant teacher also be added to bring Teacher Kim out of his shell and also get him to reveal how he's also related to Soo-in's death?

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Wonder if the assistant teacher could be Soo -In who had plastic surgery? Soo-In's mother appears too happy if her daughter had died about a year ago.

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I thought about the same thing when I saw her come into the drama like that.

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maybe she's soo-in's sister, out to get revenge for her?

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i'm thinking that she definitely has something to do with Soo-in too! Will reserve my comments for the next episode's post

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Me too, I'm still on the TaeKwang ship. It was sinking this week. Next week's episodes would either keep us floating or we end up drowning.

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@4D
I´m actually starting to "enjoy" So-young more. She still freaks the hell out of me with having no reason whatsoever to bully Eun-bi like she did, but her desperate struggle to clear her name (like it would totally erase the bullying part if people learn that Eun-bi is actually alive) is kind of interesting to watch.

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actually i enjoy So Young and Eun Bi/Eun Byun's story the most. It s also a plus that both actresses are amazing in portraying their characters.

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Eh, I've seen too many bully stories and they sort of just make me queasy. I don't really see an evolution in So Young so it's all the same to me. She's mean and narcissistic and is exactly as she was in the last school.

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I got bullied a little in primary school-because I was smarter than all dem b****** lols and short as the experience was, it still hurts even now, some 20 odd years later.
Bullying stories just don't do it for me-I simply forward.

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Agreed. I am much more into this bully story than into the mystery story about the dead girl. I mean, that is not a bad story or anything, but the girl is dead, not a character with a personality for us to see and have emotions for. So-young is.

And I actually find So-young to be a very interesting villain because she feels very real - I could imagine a bully to be like this (I was bullied in school so I do have some inkling on how some of them behave). Especially her feeling of entitlement is something I can see in many people who bully others, children, teens and adults. Even when she is served her deserved dish of humiliation, she doesn't react with "OMG, this is how it feels, never will I hurt anyone like this again" but "OMG, I am the victim here, I am so wronged - I will kill you".

And yet there are some moments of vulnerability. Some moments where it seems like she just MIGHT reflect on what she has done - and then her defenses kick in and she attacks. I think she needs to be strong and for her being strong means putting others down because deep inside she is anything but and she has to hide it at any cost. She clearly doesn't seem to think she can make friends just by being herself, she has to manipulate people to be her friends.

And also, I think the actress is doing a helluva job with this character. I so by her as this bully and it feels almost satisfying to hate her sometimes. And yet there more than hate; I want to understand her. I want to know what makes her tick, why she is like this. Clearly pushy parents cannot be the ONLY reason because, for example, Min-joon has it even worse and he isn't bullying anyone, not even subtly.

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I don't know how she does it, but the actress playing So-young does this 'sideways mouth' when she's saying mean stuff, and that makes her look even bitchier.

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Tae-Kwang for me too.

Yi-an's love is for Eun-byul and he isn't intuitively sensitive towards Eun-bi the way Tae-kwang is.

We've ended with no couples in previous School instalments, so here's to hoping that the writers won't just go down the usual path but dare being unconventional. I think matching Eun-bi up with Tae-kwang would be much more honest because truthfully Yi-an loved Eun-byul for so, so long that if he finds out she is dead, he should be grieving not falling for another girl. He may like the "softer Eun-byul", but as much as identical twins look alike, they are two different people. He loved the harsh Eun-byul – warts and all.

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I think the assistant teacher is Soo In's sister. And she is the one who sent the text and causing chaos in the lives of all those involved in her sister's death. And her mum must be suffering from mental breakdown and living in denial.

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Same here Jung Min-Young and Jung Soo-In can't be a coincidence. The only other possibility is that Eun-Byul has split personality XD Which will be too much for the school series in my opinion.

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I see that makes sense. It would also explain why Soo-In's mom said she was buying clothes for her daughter. But would nobody know her sister?

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There is nothing good in So Young's character, nothing at all. After all she did to Eun Bi, you saw it - she thinks SHE suffered more! And that she is the real victim here because she was made to transfer schools, never mind that her powerful father lied and manipulated records for her so Eun Bi was registered as the bully instead of her.

She has no remorse for what she did, and does not seem to feel any positive human emotions ever - no friendship since we all know she is faking with Song Joo, no decency anywhere in her. She seems like a real psychopath and I hope the whole school gets to see her true colours by the end. I will scream if she gets easily forgiven.
(But the actress is really good at this kind of hateful character. If she keeps maki

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*if she keeps making me want Eun Bi to b*tchslap her into next year because that is the only kind of language this bully seems to understand, she must be a good actress.

Anyway I hope Yi An also realises that this girl is not to be trusted.

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completely team second lead as well! tae kwang is at his best when he's with eun bi and their interactions with one another make me swoon. he's completely sweet on her and likes her for who she is.

i do think yi-an is such a nice guy but i can't get over the fact that his feelings for eun bi are not for her at all. eun bi has mistaken his feelings for eun byul as those for her. for me, this is quite heart breaking. i just can't see this being her happy ending, competing for the feelings of a guy who is in love with the memory of her twin sister.

i still think yi-an is end game, but in a perfect world eun bi would have provided tae kwang with a positive answer, yes he could be the sole person to call her by her real name. yes, they could live happily ever after. :)

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Isn't Taekwang the main lead though?

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What if Eun Byul is living as Soo-in with her mom (who gives me crazy vibes) and that's whom she was shopping for??

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Here's my issue with the whole Eun-Byul is alive bit (and I'm not saying it's not possible) - why would she do that to her mother?! I feel like if she's been hiding out then there is literally no excuse I can think of that would make her actions ok. She's put a lot of people through a lot of pain.

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I feel like if Eun-Byul was alive, she would either have lost her memory as well, or be held against her will. Wow, wouldn't it be creepy if Soo-In's mom kept her out of grief and hatred turned mad?

... Maybe it's not that kind of drama, it's a bit more than dark.

But if there is an urn with Eun-Bi's name on it, then this would have to be orchestrated really tightly. Not to mention, how to explain all those media reports that Eun-Bi suicided due to bullying?

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Or maybe she has Dissociative Identity disorder? Going too far?

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I know what you mean. There's something weird about that. Because when you think about it, when the people arrive on the scene, they'll see two girls who look exactly the same, except one is dead and the other is still alive. Why where they so sure that one of then was Eun Bi while the other was Eun Byul?

And does anyone feel a bit angry towards Eun Byul's mother? I feel like she's trapped in the denial stage, she doesn't grieve because she's still pretending that Eun Bi is Eun Byul and therefore her daughter is still alive. But Eun Byul and Eun Bi are different people; they deserve to be treated and loved separately. She needs to grieve for her lost daughter.

It would have been healthier for the mother to reveal Eun Byul's death (so it will then be investigated, because there's something fishy in how she died after saving Eun Bi. Is she not curious in finding out all the facts of her daughter's death? How come everyone doesn't suspect Eun Bi. I mean one girl disappeared and at the same time a look-alike arrives at just the right time to take her place. From the outside, it's easy to jump to conclusions, but nobody *ever* does.)

Of course, just because Eun Byul's mother reveals Eun Byul's death, doesn't mean that she has to kick Eun Bi to the curve. She's in an orphanage and she's Eun Byul's twin sister: she could adopt her. And Eun Bi can enter Eun Byul's school as herself---as Eun Bi, not Eun Byul. Of course there would be no drama, but I'm still mad at Eun Byul's mother for not being more of an adult about this... granted I'm mad at Eun Bi too. For not thinking about this more deeply. Even if I sort of get it why- her life was such a hell -she wanted to commit suicide to escape - and more than anything Eun Bi always wanted a family - and I think she was tempted to continue the disguise because she gets to live a life where she has so many people supporting her and there for her. She's happy living as Eun Byul. But in the end, she's not Eun Byul. She's deceiving everyone around her that she is her dead sister.

I just wish Eun Bi would think a bit more about the reasons why she is pretending to be Eun Byul. About what exactly she wants to achieve and how much of herself she wants to give up and for how long. I want that conflict to be explored more.

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I know, I'm with you here. I keep wanting to get invested in Eun-bi's relationship with Mom, but in their every interaction there's this voice in the back of my head going: "She's half pretending that you're her dead daughter... isn't this a leeeettle bit creepy? And unhealthy?" Surely just becaue two people look the same, it doesn't mean that one of them can just turn into the other!
I also feel really bad for Ra-jin and the lady running the orphanage - they're under the impression that Eun-bi is dead. I know Eun-bi's past life was awful, but those were two people who she actually had a functioning, supportive relationship with, and I'm finding it hard to justify why she doesn't seem concerned about letting them know she's okay.

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I'm not mad exactly but I am very sad for Eun-bi. Thing is, no-one in her new surroundings really want HER. They all want Eun-byul. Her new mother wants her to be Eun-byul to keep her fantasy about her daughter not being dead alive and ultimately Yi-an desperately also wants her to be Eun-byul. I am sure mother means well but not for a second does she stop thinking about the price Eun-bi has to pay for this. The idea that you cannot be accepted as yourself but must pretend to be someone else to be loved... it's a horrible scenario.

And I understand why Eun-bi still accepts it. She is desperate for love and acceptance after everything she's suffered through so it is no wonder she is even ready to pretend to be someone else. However, it is not a permanent solution and cracks are starting to show.

Oh, did I say no-one wants her as herself. I meant to say no-one BUT TAE-GWANG. This is ultimately the reason why I root for him. He sees Eun-bi and likes and wants Eun-bi. Not Eun-byul. When he coaches Eun-bi to be more fierce, he doesn't do it because he wants her to play a fantasy for him but because he wants her to stand up for herself and stop suffering. It is for her, not for him while at the end, in both mom's and Yi-an's case they want her to fill the role of Eun-byul's for their sake, not for hers. I cannot hate them for it because they are both in pain, but it makes me pity them.

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They were found separately. Eun-bi was found first and at that time nobody knew about her suicide attempt or that she was missing in the first place. Then again, everybody was searching for Eun-byul, so she was mistaken for Eun-byul and brought to the hospital. The body of Eun-byul, as we´ve been said, was washed to the shore two weeks later. By that time, people were aware that Eun-bi was missing and when the body was found, they just concluded it was a suicide.

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I do love both, but I feel mostly in the Tae-gwang camp. But what I would really love to see is them all to become friends - the boys being friends with each other too.

This show is very different from the previous entries in the School franchise. Much less down to earth. I'm not sure I like it. I mean, I like this show. But I'm not sure I like it as a School show.

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The only thing I can focus on in this week's episodes: Tae-Kwang hurts, so does my heart :(

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I love both Tae-gwang and Yi-an and at this point I don't have a side. But I am loving this drama it's a great mystery!! Thank you for the recap!!

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*rant ahead*

I mean what? Why? I guess I really like a show, when I feel so bummed after a disappointing episode. Seriously, after all that wind-blown-multiple-wrist-grabbing and wistful „Can´t I be that person?” I still get to hear the name that I don´t want to hear – Go Eun-byul. It´s understandable, why Eun-bi would want to be Eun-byul (having friends and a loving mother), not to mention how the disguise becomes pretty handy for growing a spine to face So-young, but I can´t help growing impatient, because I want Eun-bi to be(come) Eun-bi, that she would love and cherish herself for what she is. I mean…gah…that scene where she´s (secretly) so happy when Yi-ahn says that more often than not he likes the new Eun-byul better. I don´t want her to be happy over little snippets like she dosen´t deserve any better!
OK, I´m probably too harsh on Eun-bi at the moment. She´s already come a long way from the girl who committed suicide on ep 1, so I should be patient. Besides, I´m way too biased here to criticize anyone. Who am I kidding? The main reason why I feel so disappointed now is because my ship had a nasty hole in it by the end of this ep and is sinking fast already with no help coming. It´s official now, Eun-bi likes Yi-ahn and I just want to kick things. And I can´t even blame Eun-bi for liking Yi-ahn, he´s all perfect and tall (soooo overrated) and they have a great rapport and whatnot. It´s just…who´s gonna be there when Tae-gwang really, I mean, really needs to be alone?

Oh, thanks for the recap, dramallama!

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Lol I feel you on so many levels. Likewise, I wish eunbi would go for the dorky (and very loyal) puppy known as TK instead of Mr. Perfect. But then again, maybe I'm expecting too much of eunbi? I mean, she IS just a highschool girl after all.

Whatevs, I'll take a TK to go for myself, please & thank you.

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I wasn't fond of the wrist-grabbing (and there's more in ep 8, boohooo). Or the fact that particularly Yi-an doesn't let Eun-bi speak.

Don't think Yi-an is perfect at all. He hasn't been very good with listening when there were chances, while Tae-gwang has been (indeed, sensing things even when nothing was said).

I actually find it strange that Eun-bi wants to be Eun-byul. She loses some things too – e.g. her little sister from the foster home. I find it strange there isn't more of conflict of her struggling with being Eun-byul (particularly in the interactions with Eun-byul's mother).

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I guess there are multiple reasons why Eun-bi wants to be Eun-byul, not to mention, if she wouldn´t have agreed to mother´s request we´d be missing this drama´s premise. Still I´ve been wishing for some more conflict on that front. It´s just sad, when someone´s personality is ironed flat like that and it gives me the creeps that that very person is willing to do it.

About Yi-ahn, I think it was good that he gave her the cold shoulder in the last ep. He´s always been the one who gives in, he´s patient and kind and just quietly waits for his turn. What Eun-bi said to him basically echoed Eun-byul the last time they met, so no wonder it ticked him off. I think he kind of dreads the return of "old" Eun-byul himself, because she pretty much dumped him the last time around, saying she´s changed and wiping away their mutual trust and friendship just like that. Yi-ahn cannot stand someone saying how big his heart is and how far his understanding can go, lol. It´s at least the size of the Earth and his understanding can run leaps around it. Or we´ll see...

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There are certainly reasons for wanting to live Eun-byul's life (whether with her name or Eun-byul's). The fact that it's the premise for the drama doesn't cut it though – that would make a crap drama. I do think we are missing some of the identity conflict, we get it at school, mostly because of So-young, but I'd like more at home since that apparently should be the one place she should be able to be herself somewhat more freely. But we've seen barely any hint of conflict (internal and external) with the mother, and one instance of internal conflict when she calls up her foster sister.

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I get the feeling that she´s even more confined at home than in school. She´s trying very hard for mom and from the looks of it, mom´s regretting her decision too. Of course she loves and cares for Eun-bi, but she cannot outright morn for Eun-byul because it might hurt Eun-bi. They both know she cannot replace her, but they still keep up with the ruse. The bedroom scene was especially sad this ep. So many things left unsaid.

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@alua, I agree! Yi-an is far away from perfect!
I really dislike his interaction with Eun-bi/ Eun-byul!
Calling the girl ugly all the time and he isn't her boyfriend but thinks he has the right to choose who she can be friends with, warning Tae-gwang to stay away from her... Tsc tsc tsc

And Eun-bi feeling happy because Yi-an said he likes her better than her previous self (Eun-byul)... I like Eun-bi and understand why she wants to pretend to be Eun-byul, but come on!! Eun-byul died trying to save her! If my sister had died trying to save my life I would feel miserable if someone said I am better than her!

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The portrayal of Yi-An and Tae-Gwang reminds me so much of two leads of a Fanfiction I read last year, the girl was in love with her best friend her whole life, but then this other really rough guy comes up who understands her more than anyone. That girl had a sister too.
But the best thing about that story, the lead girl ends up with some third person. XD

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Sur,

what was the fanfiction called?

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Fighting Perfection on Asianfanfics.com a very very well written story. One of the best on the site in my opinion.

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Thanks! I read it and it was quite nice. My impression of the site isn't quite positive (read: most of the stories suck) but I quite liked this one. The two main male leads are very reminiscent of School 2015. Can you recommend more from the site?

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You kinda make it sound like as her boyfriend he WOULD have the right to decide who she is friends with?..

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@Arawn, yeah...I sound like this but it wasn't my intention!
As a friend or a boyfriend he has no right to do so!
But if he was her boyfriend I would understand him getting annoyed by another guy following her everywhere. But even in this kind of situation she is the one that needs to make the other guy understand they are only friends!

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@Scarlett - I don't like Yi An's wrist grabbing either, and I ship Eun Bi/ Tae Gwang all the way.

But that calling her 'ugly' scene was teasing between two childhood friends, surely that much is obvious? And up till now, he thought Eun Bi was really EunByul with her memories gone. That is obviously a vulnerable state, right? And he sees the school's crazy boy hanging around her in that vulnerable state, a person who already injured her once before even if it was an accident.........I would be worried too. And he is also jealous, of course. He thinks TG is taking advantage of a girl with no memories and usurping her friendship with him.

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@pigsnout, I understand he is teasing her but I'm annoyed with Yi-An because epi 8 and I needed to vent my anger! LOL

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I try to pass wrist grabs because honestly, neither buy is innocent in that department. In this episode I started to feel these two are like dogs fighting over a bone (Eun-bi) which didn't feel nice at all. Let her decide. :(

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i completely agree about Yi-an not being a good listener. of all people, he should have recognized how different she has been. that's why i'm in the Tae-kwang camp. here's this guy who noticed the oddness in her behavior and was immediately there by her side to support her. I don't think the drama has done a good job in trying to develop her feelings for Yi-an or the relationship they have. for once, let the second lead get the girl. hahaha.

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I actually feel like the show did a really nice job of showing just why Eun-byul is important, even though she's not even here. If we go back for a moment, Eun-bi did, after all, try to kill herself, and as far as she (or any of us) knows, the real Eun-byul is dead.

So what I saw, especially in that conversation with Tae-kwang, and later when she pins Eun-byul's name badge back on, is how she takes strength from being Eun-byul - the braver, stronger sister. When she challenges Tae-kwang, "What's my real name?" it sounds so much more like a cry for help - how much she herself wants to leave that other name and self behind, because there's so much pain and misery there. She didn't want to live as Eun-bi anymore, and that's why she tried to die. Being Eun-byul is her refuge.

I think real Eun-byul is alive, for the same reason that Sutton Mercer (Lying Game, the show) was - she's trying to find something out. Recklessly and urgently and by hurting people, but doing what she thinks she has to do. The only thing I can't figure into that scenario is the dead body that they said they found, and presumably identified. So...she might be dead after all, but that feels wrong, storywise.

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< If we go back for a moment, Eun-bi did, after all, try to kill herself, and as far as she (or any of us) knows, the real Eun-byul is dead.

I actually wonder if we know any of this. Are we 100% sure that Eun-bi was the one who tried to kill herself? Maybe it was actually the other way around.

<The only thing I can’t figure into that scenario is the dead body that they said they found, and presumably identified.

Well, there might have been another person involved. That person might have gotten hold Eun-bi's ID (or name-tag) – there must have been some sort of ID swap in any case for Eun-bi to be identified as Eun-byul and Eun-byul as Eun-bi. I would also think it be very unlikely that Eun-byul's and Eun-bi's bodies (one alive, one dead) appeared in the same place at the same time, because then the police would have investigated more extensively and Eun-byul's mom from the start would have been told about both of them. They must have been dealt with by separate police precincts, each unaware of the other case (or: someone was covering things up).

Point being, I don't think there's anything we know for certain. We haven't seen a body, and we don't know what actually happened, who was there, and what caused it all.

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You described the scene between EB and TG so great! I think you´re right about the show explaining it well why Eun-bi wants to be Eun-byul, but I just don´t want to accept that. I want to believe that there´s still something left from that girl who introduced herself in ep 1, though she did decide to end her life.

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Of course there's something left - not just something but a LOT. And show is showing this to us; no matter how hard Eun-bi tries, she cannot and never will be able to become Eun-byul. Even her pretense is, honestly, a rather weak one and she manages it only sporadically when there is a strong incentive to do so (So-young). She doesn't really even try for others memory loss giving her the perfect excuse for not being like old Eun-byul personality-wise. Even her mom has voiced that she acted very differently from old Eun-byul, for example when she wanted to sleep with mom (in earlier episode) and here she does is again.

All in all, Eun-bi is still very much Eun-bi in all but name.

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I completely agree...the Taebi ship is sinking quickly...what can we do to change this!? ;)

What i don't understand is how am I to begin to root for YiHan, who's loved EunByul for YEARS! Yeah, he has good rapport with EunBi, but only because he thinks she's someone else. They completely skipped over the awkward getting to know each other moments with the presumed understanding that they've already done that...ugh. Also, his temper possessiveness over EunBi is grating on my nerves!

I think TaeKwang needs EunBi more and it's sad to see he doesn't have support on all fronts. TaeKwang, FIGHTING!

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Actually, you bring out a very valid point. Usually we discuss here how Eun-needs Tae-gwang or at least how he's the one to like her real self and thus giving her self-esteem some boost. But what you say about Tae-gwang needing HER is also very much true. I would say he needs her, EUN-BI, much more than Yi-an, in fact. Of course it doesn't mean Eun-bi should be with someone just because that someone needs her, but we all like and want to be needed, don't we?

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Ooooookay, I see where things are headed now. Tbh, I'm still team eunbiXtk all the way. Although the scenes with eunbiXya were so darn cute (it doesn't help that YA is friggin adorable as hell). It's just, I still believe TK deserves her more. His attraction to her is more real. However, with this ep, it seems they're making eunbi have feelings toward YA instead of TK (although their scenes are cute, she seems to treat him more like just a goofy friend.) either this or eunbi just was really reaching out to YA because she was scared of his cold shoulder act (I hope it's this one.) eunbi, pls realize that you like TK more soon! Lol

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Do you think so? I still get the feeling that it could end up staying more open, mainyl because of Kim So-hyun's age.

I rarely sail the second lead ship, but argh, Tae-kwang!!! I need THAT ship to win. So I refuse to believe he's second-lead. Which also totally goes to show what a well-written character does for you, because I really couldn't stand his character (or his Spocky helmet-hair, or his stupid instalove crush) in Plus Nine Boys. Or any of the characters, really, after a point.

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Don´t think I´d be too happy with an open ending in romance department, though I should probably start paying more attention to other aspects of the show for my own good, because at the moment it has landed too heavily on the wrist-grabby triangle and that just dosen´t bode well.

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Yeah I want the Tae Gwang ship to sail too, he knows and likes the REAL Eun Bi. But I think the bullying part of this story is the main storyline and agree that Kim So Hyun's young age (turning 16 only next month) means they will not have that much actual romance.

And yes, can the boys stop wrist grabbing her please. I know they want to help but especially for TG, I think he can do better than physically dragging her around.

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Thank you so much for the recap ^^

True that this ep' was really NOT what I expected after the ending of ep 6 maybe I was too dreamy and had high hopes for EUNBI / TAEKWANG they really did stole my heart :(

I just cant see Yian and her in a romantic relationship but I bet he would be a great freind to her! I mean its YEARS of crush to eunbyul not just a normal one ? its doesnt look healthy Id worry for Eunbi too she deserves better but guess the writers already decided where its going and the main/main again ... disappointing!

Still hope she'll crush that bully and become stronger :)

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Is it just me or have I seen the actress playing Sooin's mom as a ghost in another show or something? Can't be sure but she's hella disturbing whenever she pops out of nowhere. (Also the parents obviously know more about Sooin's death and Byul's involvement than they're letting us in - case in point: Mikyung being visibly spooked and protective when Sooin's mom tried to touch Eunbi.)

I think the show's trying to foist Yian/Eunbi which makes me root for Taekwang even more, and not just out of spite. Blondie, if anything, has been sincere in his intentions to just be there as Eunbi's supporter (I almost shed a few tears when asked, "Can the person who calls you by your real name be me?"). Yian is nice, I give him that but I still feel like he's only projecting his feelings towards this apparently less prickly version of his bestfriend.

Eunbi ending up sleeping with her mom again was sadder than the parallel scene, probably because of all the unsaid words between them. Still holding out the torch that Eunbyul's alive, and she really should come back soon to be with her pitiful grieving mother and her sister who needs an ally now more than ever. The two of them will make a great team, I'm sure and together, they can work out the other's problems.

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Can we get all the kid actors from Moon Embracing the Sun together in the same drama again? That'd be so strong.

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that would be TOO strong, especially if there is about love triangle between sohyun-jingoo-yoojung. not sure wether I can bear it or no.

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On the side note, does anyone else feel slightly taken aback by Yi-ahn´s jealousy outbursts? They´re so intense! Kudos for Nam Joo-hyuk for playing his part so well. He gives me shivers when he´s suddenly all steel and so damn cold.

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**spoilers for episode 8, you have been warned**

Han Yi An actually creeps me out a bit. There were so many times through out the series where he seems to hold back a rage towards Tae Kwang. (The whole fist-clenching thing. It wouldn't be so creepy if he didn't smile so genially right after--) And then he sort of explodes in episode 8 and tries to choke him.

And then when that violence was directed at Eun Bi - by shaking her like that - it made me feel frightened. He looked so enraged.

And isn't that strange - when Tae Kwang was supposed to be the guy who always gets in fights? But the thing is that he rarely makes me feel scared when watching him. Maybe it's because you can tell - that he never means to hurt Eun Bi. (Even when he pushed her that one time, he didn't actually mean to hurt her, and he was freaking remorseful right after.) You can tell he at times feels jealous at Han Yi An's and Eun Bi's relationship, but he doesn't have the same rage build-up thing that Han Yi An has going on.

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Seriously! YiHan's outbursts and over protectiveness is crazy scary!

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Uaa, Yi-ahn really scares me with his jealousy fits! He really looks like he´s gonna rip Tae-gwang apart limb from limb right then and there. And I was pretty taken aback by him in ep 8 too, huh! *shivers*

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I am really enjoying this show. The leads are so adorable. If I were to pick a ship its probably Yi-An. I feel the Eun-bi and Yi-an dynamic is more interesting. He has known Eun-byul for over a decade, how will he reconcile the loss of that connection/history while developing a new one with Eun-bi who looks the same and is masquerading as Eun-byul.

With Tae-gwang its a clean slate as he didn't really know Eun-byul except as the girl who ignored him. So the loss of Eun-byul holds no consequence and hence no impact to his relationship with Eun-bi.

Also, the song "Reset" from the OST is on repeat on my iTunes!.. Gahhh I love it!

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Yay! Glad I'm not the only on YA ship lol It feels so lonely when majority of the people like TW. I think that EB and YI dynamic is more interesting too. They're also super cute together!

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Can I hug you? It felt like I was sailing the YiAn x EunBi ship by myself, but I finally found my people.

Though I'm not a fan of his scary outbursts and sudden jealousy, I kind of understand why YiAn is being like this. And you explained it so well why their relationship is so interesting. When people say that he's insensitive towards EunBi/EunByul and doesn't really listen, I scratch my head a bit. He notices all the differences, and without anyone telling him, he ends up connecting the puzzle pieces himself.

I understand why he's afraid to listen to what EunByul/EunBi had to say. Because if the EunByul he spends everyday with isn't the EunByul he knows, then who is she and where is his EunByul? I would freak out, too, if I were him.

It's easy for Gong TaeKwang to be fully accepting of the EunByul now, because they don't have two decades of shared memories. I love the boy, though, and I adore his relationship with EunBi.

I would prefer for the real EunByul to be alive, because it would break YiAn's heart once he finds out that she's dead. I don't think I can see him broken.

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I know right?! I feel like we are the straggler ships in the School 2015 waters :-D

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i still think tae-gwang might be the endgame (i feel like the only one lol although i'm less sure about it than i was before), but i'm definitely still on the yi-an ship. i don't necessarily want him to be with eun-bi though, it's just that i don't want to see him heartbroken. so eun-byul had better not be dead dammit!!

it's just the main problem with eun-bi/yi-an is that he's got the wrong girl. which is so sad because i'm such a sucker for childhood friends becoming lovers and i really love eun-byul and yi-an's relationship. yi-an and eun-bi are just as cute together. and yi-an's just such an adorable puppy sighs :(

i definitely understand why yi-an would be in denial though. i mean, it's a hard thing to believe in the first place, to have your best friend replaced by a doppelgänger. and then there's the fear and confusion of what happened to her after spending all this time with the wrong girl. it's not an easy thing to accept.

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I'm confused is the real Eun byul alive?? Or did they mistake her for Eun bi nd buried her already?

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has not been answered. I feel like she is alive and they will spring her on us later on.

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They found a body and cremated it. But we don't know who recognized the body as Eun-bi and how it happened.

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Yes, can we get on with the mystery already?! The quality of the show is still good, and I like the trajectory of each side characters' issues, but I want more information about EBy and Soo-in.

Or at least give TG more screen time (while I wait for their stories to unravel).

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Thank s for the recap ... The only thing I like with this episode is when they gave a clue regarding Soo In.

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Only thing I liked was “photosynthesizing” Tae-gwang.

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lol me too, I also loved the first quote of him on the bus, "could I be that person?" ...sigh such amazing acting. He is my favorite character in the show, and I hate how they are decreasing his screen time :(

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I like this show but the little extra spark is gone when he's gone.

He's the Bok-Dong of this show and it's not just b/c they happen to be the misunderstood, unsung heroes. They're both just AW adorable and my heart bleeds for them.

In fact, why doesn't he make a special appearance? Maybe this can be his high school before he gets transferred to Angry Mom?

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i have a problem with Eun Bi for forgetting those at the Love House. If she wanted to live as Eun Byun, she can still visit them as Eun Bi's twin sister, Eun Byun.

Both Eun Byun and Eun Bi are selfish for using their identities to gain a family.

i dont really care about love triangle, as it s too makjang for a teen drama like School franchise.

Oh, and Nam Joo Hyuk's acting is terrible. And it s weird that people defend him by saying that this is his second role. But no one seems to have problem to call Go Sung Hee out in The Night Watchman (it was also her second role). Double standard much.

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He's in YG, which explains how he grabbed this role. I wish they focused on Sungjae more, at least he carries his role really well.

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And if he is not in their boybands, then it just means he can't sing or rap or dance to top it off he can't act either. But then isn't YG famous for not giving preference to looks?

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Nam Joohyuk is under YG K+ as a model (which is a model management company with YG as their parent company), so he's actually a model. (He's not really under YG Ent. as an "idol")

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I believe YG does manage his acting activities though, which explains why he is receiving many opportunities as an actor (since this is his second acting job, his first was Surplus Princess and he had a supporting role in that drama). He still has a lot of room for improvement, but I do enjoy his portrayal of Han Yi-an. I don't really know how to explain it but he gives off a "fresh" vibe and I enjoy watching him act. Of course, I acknowledge that he's lacking in many areas though and he appears to be stiff in some scenes, but overall I do enjoy his portrayal and I hope he'll think of this as a learning experience and improve his acting skills (after all, it is his second drama, and his first main role).

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Is Eun Bi supposed to risk compromising her 'cover' as Eun Byulfor the sake of an orphanage that ultimately did not notice she was being bullied or defend her from any of what she went through? How unselfish does this girl have to be, anyway? She was unselfish and held it all in to the point of dying, why does she owe them anything after she is gone?

As for Nam Joo Hyuk, his acting is not as good as Yook Sung Jae and even a bit awkward in some scenes but even that is better than Go Sung Hee's lifeless and lethargic presence in her roles. And this is an honest opinion btw, I don't ship EunBi/Yi An so I have no special attachment to NJH/not his fan.

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Not the orphanage, but she was very close at least to one of the other orphans – she was terribly upset when she called the place and her little sis (essentially) picked up the phone.

It's weird for her to have completely detached from that.

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I cannot fault Eun-byul for pretending to be her sister to get a family. She was a small child and small children cannot really understand repercussions of their choices and so cannot be selfish the same way we adults can be.

When it comes to Eun-bi, I am actually very bothered by her silence towards the orphanage. It seems almost like a flaw in the writing for me because Eun-bi is such a nice, empathetic and kind character who would never hurt anyone if she can avoid it and here she is causing horrible pain to her foster-siblings by allowing them to think she is dead! I really have no explanation for this.

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I definitely agree that Eun-bi is still young and thus she overlooks the gravity of her actions, which is why I understand her choice to live as Eun-byul. As Eun-byul, she has a mother and friends that she has always wanted and longed for. She didn't want to return as Eun-bi, where she could possibly be judged or pitied for her actions of attempting suicide.

Regarding Eun-bi's silence towards Love's House, although it's not in her personality to keep the secret from her foster-siblings and guardian, I believe she is doing so in order to refrain from getting caught as "Eun-bi" living as Eun-byul (who knows, So-young could somehow get evidence from Love's House or threaten the guardian and out Eun-bi to all of Eun-byul's friends). She could tell them to keep it a secret, but I feel like she feels regretful and guilty that she has left them behind in order to live a better life as her sister. I think that's also part of the reason she was crying on the phone, she evidently misses Ra-jin and the other kids a lot (she also probably feels guilty that she left them behind), but she is also satisfied with her life as Eun-byul now. I think she's also avoiding the confrontation with Love House because she doesn't know how to explain her attempted suicide to them (although they now know that she was bullied), she was always telling Ra-jin to be strong and stand up to bullies, but she herself could not do the same.

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Ah I just noticed that you were talking about Eun-byul who pretended to be Eun-bi in order to get a family (always confusing the two oops).

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I hope Eun-Byul is alive then we can have her an Yi-An together and Eun-Bi and TaeKwang together....
Either way I'm rooting for TaeKwang.

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Im loving this drama so much and I'm on Team TaeKwang all the way. I loved him since the first meeting they had with each other, and that spark and chemistry felt between them was too astounding for words.

Now the last two episodes have been such a bummer, that it's making me so sad thinking perhaps that she is actually in love with Han Yi An, and they will end up together in the end (screams noooo)

Anyhow, past the love story. The mystery surrounding her sister, remains a puzzle. I feel two theories for this show, and I'm wondering which route is the writer going for it.

Theory 1: Euynbul is still alive, she is hiding because soo in is haunting her, and also she wanted her sister eunbi to have a better life. We have to remember that Eyunbul is a great swimmer, hence she saved Eubi and was able to swim to shore. We will find out the mystery surrounding her dissapearence probably in the end, but she will end happily with Han yi An, and please Eubi end up with TaeKwang :)

Theory 2 : Euynbul actually died. And we will find out more about what happened that night. And the writer wants Eubi to take revenge for what happened to her in the past with the bullying, as well as have a better life. She will end up falling in love with Han Yi An, which her sister was never able to do, and end of story ( I would hate this version btw :( )

I just hate that the writers after giving life to the TaeKwang character, and they made him her hero and savior throughout so many scenes, that they will simply put him on the side burner, and let Han Yi An steal the girl and the show :(

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Lol, felt the same way! Two ep and so very little Tae-gwang! That´s just criminal, you know! This guy photosynthesizes! I mean, how cool is that?

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As a fellow Taekwang supporter, this episode was such a let down! I was so hyped after episode 6 and then this happens... ?

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Theory 3: Eun Byul is mentally not stable, thinks of herself as Soo-In, and is probably haunting people. But in this case also I don't think she will rid us of Han Yi-An, so in the end this scenario doesn't help us Team Tae Gwang .

So Theory One for the GO GO GO!

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Agree. Taekwang brings the hype to the show. Who doesn't love bad boy with nice heart. He shoots the rating up during Episode 4 & 6. Now that people start to follow the show, suddenly he's just a side character.

And I hate how they showed Taekwang more than Yian in teasers for the last 2 episodes and makes people excited about it, but during the show itself, he just have about 10 minutes time. Like are you trying to fool us?

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This show was my first comment on dramabeans too. I don't know what it is but this show brings out my shipper heart

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It probably has to do with the shipping divide. When one person is rooting for the other, the tendency is to find fault in the competition. I root for Yi-an and find myself looking for faults in Tae-kwang's character, so I guess it's the same for other people. But I decide to just not speak about it because I care more for the development in the story than the shipping divide. It's an old story in the world: you'll defend the ones that you care about ;)

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This is so very true. To be honest, Yi-an is really nice and most of his character faults can be "explained away" by being simply Korean stupid romantic tropes, like wrist grabbing and being very jealous of the girls. I do not like these traits, but they seem reeeeally common on kdramaland. And, honestly, Tae-gwang has some of these traits too, like wrist grabbing.

So it's hypocritical, really. We fault the rival for the very same flaws that we easily brush off in the guy we root for.

(I root for Tae-gwang, btw, but I have to say I AM bothered by his wrist grabs & cock fights with Yi-an.)

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<by being simply Korean stupid romantic tropes, like wrist grabbing and being very jealous of the girls.

So true, and the pity is, I think you could absolutely do this drama and make it just as interesting if we didn't have these parts. Like, what if the boys actually banded together to help Eun-bi? Or actually let her choose, rather than just each grab one hand as if she were a toy to fight over? Because, yes, Tae-kwang is just as guilty of the wrist-grabbing as Yi-an. I wish at least one of them would say, "She can decide who she wants to go with."

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I've noticed that the majority dislike Yi-an because he likes her as Eun-byul (they constantly point out that he's got the wrong girl) while they ship TK/EB because he likes her as Eun-bi and Tae-kwang never had a significant relationship with Eun-byul which makes his love line with Eun-bi more believable and less conflicted. I think that there are a lot of people who are conflicted about shipping YA/EB because he had such a long history with EByul (they feel that it's weird and unrealistic that he'd fall for EBi because he should be grieving about EByul's disappearance/death). I'm interested in seeing how things will unravel now, since Yi-an finally finds out the truth and I feel like he's confused because he might like EBi (he did say that he liked the new Eun-byul better at times, although I know it's not enough to conclude that he likes EBi).

There is a lot of unwarranted hate towards Yi-an though, I think it's also because the majority are so enamored with Tae-kwang's character that they are quick to point out the flaws with Yi-an (i.e. YA ignoring EBi in the hallway at school, his denial - "You're Go Eunbyul, right?" which is understandable since he knew EByul for so long but is perceived as selfish). Anyhow, I'd say that all characters have their own flaws. Poor little, or should I say big, puppy Yi-an! I'm a part of the minority rooting for Yi-an, but I think most people also like TK's character since he's cheeky and cool (unlike the 'nice guy' YA) and always there to support Eun-bi, but they also want him to be with EBi since he has family issues and grew up feeling so unwanted (bonus because EBi can understand/relate to him). TK does deserve happiness.

There are also other supporting factors, I guess most people also find Sungjae's acting much better (some find Nam Joo-hyuk's acting very poor, which makes it easier to hate on his character I guess?) and they think that he has better chemistry with Kim So-hyun (which is subjective, because I love the chemistry between KSH/NJH and I feel so giddy whenever they have scenes together).

Anyhow, I hope Yi-an gets more love but TK is also a really charming + interesting character.

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I think my biggest problem IS the acting. He's passable in most of the scenes, at least until this episode he was, but when he has to convey emotions like anger or heartbreak it just comes out unnatural and a bit... weird(?) and this prevents me from getting fully into his character. While Sungjae is surprisingly good (Ep 8 proves it even more). NJH should have started with supporting roles to learn the craft imo, just like all other rookie actors. Not with such a central role.

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I feel like MinJoon and his mum's new hatred towards Soyoung and her mum will somehow come into play in the plot. I may be wrong though but that's what I felt when I saw their interactions together.
Anyway, I'm aboard the EunBi Taekwang ship. Full speed ahead!

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This most definitly has something to do with me being 110% Taekwang biased, but isn't Yi-an's serious face kinda...scary? It's there when he tells Tae-kwang he's worried and again in episode 8. It just makes me a bit uncomfortable

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Why the hate Yi Han does no one notice how much she likes him. Tae kwang is in the friend zone hard. They have fun together laugh together that's because he knows who she is but with Yi Han she doesn't want him to find out cause she doesn't want to lose him since he is someone special to her. I like both ships but let's be honest the writers have only shown glimpses of Yi Han's life unlike Tae Kwang

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ikr. TG def was/is friendzoned since day one, thats why i cannot ship them. you can easily tell your skeletons to your friends and be at ease with them but not so easily to someone you are having/developing special feelings for..

but oh wow he (TG) will make a wonderful bestie..

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I don´t think he was friendzoned right off the bat, but he´s definitely friendzoned now. Eun-bi clearly likes Yi-ahn, but there´s no way I can turn my ship around. The fact that there´s no ship anymore makes everything even more tragic, lol.

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Actually character wise as well as acting wise, Tae Gwang seems more fleshed out, so in the end everyone ends up falling for the charismatic guy, whether he was friend zoned or not.

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thank you! Thank you! Tae kwang is very charsmatic and troubled, which plays out well for the audience, while yi an is presented in this very boring manner and is very reserved, even in his pursuit of eunbyul. Tae kwang is fun to watch, but at the end of the day apart from friendship he has very little to offer, he still has a lot of growing up to do and is not every stable. Yi an is stable and focused, something eun bi needs. And one could tell from their interactions that she was falling for yi an.

I do wish the writers had waited a little bit more to develop the relationship before revealing her true identity to yi an, so we could have seen some of their moments play out real time and not as memories but now at least it puts the boys at equal footings and its interesting to see how yi an reconcils his feelings for eun byul and his growing ones for eun bi.

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People dont ship YA because he has "perfect" image. People ship and like perfect guy just fine like Sam Dong in Dream High or Chilbong in Reply 1994.

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"There seems to be no doubt that Soo-in died,"

I'm not sure about that, the way information flows nowadays there's no way Min-joo wouldn't know how Soo-in died whether she wanted to or not.

I have a question I've been wondering about for a while. Eun-bi refers to Eun-byul as unni right? So why does she automatically assume Eun-byul was/is the older sister?

The next time I'm lying in the sun and someone asks what I'm doing I'll say photosynthesizing, of course that will also be the first time I lay in the sun so it's not likely to happen.

I find myself liking Yi-an less and less every week, personally what I hope he does after finding out is to transfer schools, and never be seen or heard from again.

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Oh right, did anyone else get odd vibes from the new student teacher?

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Here here her name is JUNG Min-Young to boot! JUNG!

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very very much, although less so in this ep -- ep 8 cements it. at this point, no character introduction is random, so I'm waiting for someone to pick it up. She creeps me out XD

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I got goosebumps in the scene where Kim So Hyun pulled out her ponytail and then she turned into Eunbyul.

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there it goes my ship sank to the bottom of the sea... Why the writer have to create TK as such an adorable character, have a great chemistry with Eunbi if he/she doesn't want them to end up together.. LOL my heart pain for TK

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Man, i'm still curious of eun byul's death. Don't leave me hanging in here, drama. You have to show some scenes in ep 9, atleast. I'm going crazy. Lmao. Anyway, i'm happy tae is pushing eun bi's buttons to become stronger. And he comes whenever eun bi melts down. No matter what happens, this is the couple i'd be shipping all throughout the drama because they feel real. And the connection they have is deeper than yi an's. And i would feel really odd if yi an likes eun bi instead of grieving for her long time puppy love/first love eun byul. This episode shows though that eun bi is likely to fall for yi an. No no no.

I'm upset that eun byul's mom is still trapped in the past. She keeps eun bi to remind her of eun byul. It's a shame that she's hurting her daughter's twin. Anyway, i feel like eun bi likes to be eun byul. But living a life that isn't supposed to be yours is reaaaally shameful.

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Thanks for the recap, dramallama!

I'm glad that Taekwang found out so that he can support and be a friend to Eunbi. That would mean a lot to her since it's hard for her to act like Eunbyul. But I had guessed that Eunbi likes Yian, so Taekwang would likely only remain a friend.

I like the bike scene when Eunbi asked Yian to come to her. Even though she's only known him for a short while, she undoubtedly saw and felt how important this 10-year friendship is to him. So, it's easy to see that she didn't want to have him upset at her.

It was cute to see Yian dashing back to the gym when he got Eunbi's message. XD I also like the arcade scenes and him saying that he likes the current Eunbyul more at times. The ending was good as well since I actually want Yian to realize Eunbi's identity soon because Taekwang already knows.

It was kinda sad to see the bedroom scene with Eunbi and Mom. Such a stark contrast to the earlier ep. when both were so joyful and sweet.

Intrigued by what happened to Eunbyul in the bathroom. At least we now know Minjoo is also a recipient of those mysterious texts. I agree with what some of you have brought up that the new student teacher is probably linked to Sooin, and Sooin's mom seems a bit mentally unstable.

Poor Minjoon who must be so fed up from all the stress his mom gives him...

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Eun Byul, you have got to be aliveeeeeeee.....jaebal!!!!!!

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Bah! Still Team Tae-gwang! Like you said, I like that he cares for Eun-bi. EUN-BI. Not Eun-byul. And I am a tish annoyed that Eun-bi doesn't realize that.

I know there's a better, greater story behind the teen romance, but man, I am so Team Tae-gwang.

Can't wait for the mystery to unravel! So darn curious. Hope it really delivers.

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This is my first time posting on DB even though I've been a lurker for years!

I loved that the screenwriters showered us with so much cute in this episode, but in dramaland, too much cute is an indication that there are only more obstacles ahead (in this case, Yi-an finding out the truth). I couldn't help but rewind the bike scene - Eun-bi crying because her bike was broken, but truthfully because she wanted Yi-an beside her was so sweet. My YA&EB shipper heart! Also, their short little date was absolutely wonderful, and it was so endearing how Eun-bi couldn't conceal her subtle smile when Yi-an mentioned how he preferred the new Eun-byul more at times.

I'm still curious about Eun-byul's disappearance, and the events that happened between the time that she went missing in Tongyeong and her alleged "death". We now know that she was following Eun-bi and watched her attempt suicide and saved her, but how did she die? I read a comment about how Eun-byul had respiratory problems (but Yi-an stated that she could still swim), however perhaps her respiratory problems coupled with her neck injury caused her death? It didn't seem to be such a grave injury though. I've also read theories about how the neck injury is the key to identifying her corpse. But if the corpse the police found isn't Eun-byul, who is it? Wouldn't the police have confirmed that the corpse was "Eun-bi" with her caretaker/guardian at Love House? If not, who identified the corpse and confirmed that it was "Eun-bi"? So many questions.

Although I'm rooting for YA, the scenes with TK/EB were still refreshing in this episode. It's nice how TK supports her and their short exchange of smiles was pretty cute. I feel bad for TK though because he's starting to realize how EB feels about YA.

Like many of you, I agree that the addition of the new student-teacher is suspicious. The fact that her surname is Jung also makes her connection to Jung Soo-in plausible (perhaps her sister? Soo-in's mom did mention that she was shopping for her daughter - but her mental condition is questionable) However, I don't know if she's the "stalker" or the person who sends the texts because I feel as if the writers are trying to throw us off (the clues almost seem too blatantly obvious).

My thoughts are all over the place but I loved Eun-bi's "transformation" to Eun-byul. I know a lot of people just want Eun-bi to be(come) Eun-bi again, but I love how she has this new confidence to her and uses it to taunt So-young. The scene where she unleashes her ponytail and styles herself as Eun-byul is striking.

Also, I'm so impressed by Kim So-hyun's acting. She is absolutely brilliant and so talented. She aces the portrayal of the stark contrast between the twins and I couldn't imagine anyone else pulling off this role as well as she does. Such a talented young actress with a bright future ahead of her.

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Here is my theory.

Eun byul is being stalked/haunted by Soo In's sister (who is the substitute teacher). Soo In isn't dead but she's in a coma (which would explain why her mother was shopping for her).
Eun Byul is still alive somewhere; either she has lost her memories or she's purposely hiding to figure out who is stalking her. Remember, she has no way of knowing that her mother knows the truth; so by leaving the yellow scarf with her sister, she's hoping to console her mother but we all know mama bear knows everything now.

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Ok drama I really like you,I really do ....but can we please get away from the wrist grabbing it's been what half way mark and I have lost the count of arm wrestling ..forgo that...and I am so on the tae gwang ship,his approach is more open and to the real eun bi whereas, yi an need to chill a bit..dude what's with all that,talk to me talk to me, you don't own eun byul ?

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i think eun byul is alive. She saved her sister from drowning and knowing what her sister have been through she decided to put back things to order (that eun bi should be the adopted) feeling guilty(she thinks her mom would never notice).

maybe after she save eun bi she was held captive by soo in's mom or the assistant teacher? And who do you think set up the death of eun byul? how they identified the body? what makes them think it was eun bi? (being drown in water for along time will make the body decompose faster making it hard to identify the body)

i still my ship is sailint towards Eun byul & Yi-an and Eun bi & Tae kwang

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thank you so much for the updates!! really loving this drama♡♡

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I'm getting frustrated with this drama... It's hard not to compare angry mom with this drama and it had absolutely nothing to do with the teenage actresses who are forever being compared. KSH is definitly doing her job and then some. I'm having issue with the story - and the relationships. The mom is selfish - yes she is grieving but if u even want to replace ur daughter with her twin - shouldn't you notice something wrong with her emotionally? Isn't it weird that she is suuuupper happy all the time and having "absolutely no problem" adjusting? The teachers still don't do much to connect to their students. YA pretty much wants to pursue his crush - and that's about it. And then there is the bully factor - either throw in ur whole card hand and call bullshit or just live in ur corner - and that goes for both the bullier and bullied. The only joy right now is TK and EB's relationship bc it's based on honest emotion. He sees her struggle unlike YA and pretty much have her back - unlike teacher, mom, or YA. Those who know the old EB knows diddly squat on how to protect her. She maybe hiding secrets and not the real one, but a total stranger was able to pick it up and stand by her. EB should have totally just say that she found out that she had a twin and that she died from bully from the beginning. Problem solved bc now if she gets found out she looks like a liar compared to SY even if her bullying gets reveiled

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not once have i seen mom try to make eun bi be eun byul except in name... And she does constantly ask if there is anything she could do to help, or if eun bi was alright, she even offers to let eunbi transfer schools so she could start a life as eun byul that was more eunbi's.

Yes their relationship is a little screwed up, but not once does the mom force eunbi to be more like eunbyul. If anything their avting more like how an adoptive mother/daughter act when they first get to know each other.

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Thank goodness I'm not the only one who isn't inclined to blame it all on Eunbyul's mom.

Yes, she keeps referring to Eunbi as "Eunbyul" but that's the end of it. I personally never took it against her. I think what she was intending to achieve by that is to distance Eunbi from that former tragic, lonely life where she reached her lowest that she committed suicide. Sort of a constant implied "You have me, your mom, now" reminder. Mikyung knew she herself is grieving (what kind of mother wouldn't), and that sadness is also what she saw in Eunbi as she walks back to the Love House. So, she asked the two of them a huge favor and continue living together as mother and daughter.

Officially, they've only been living together for less than a month (given that it took ten days to find amnesiac Eunbi then a few more or a week perhaps to jog her memory back). Give them more time. They're a pairing still finding their way around each other but are obviously trying. I appreciate the effort to be open to each other. Mikyung refusing to impose on Eunbi's clothing choices during their date, ending the involvement in the intensive tutoring program so as not to pressure Eunbi in following her unni's achievements, offering to transfer to another school if she's being uncomfortable in Byul's high school, among other things.

On her part, Eunbi feels a little too obligated to fill in her unni's shoes but Mikyung always makes it a point to remind her that this, the two of them together, is comfort enough and she shouldn't hesitate to ask for help or for anything else really because she has a mother now, one who fiercely cares for her happiness and welfare.

*Also, we don't know if Mikyung has read Eunbyul's diary in its entireity (which Eunbi left along with the farewell apology letter) before chasing Eunbi all the way to Tongyeong. So in a way, she might be doing this too because for obvious reasons, sheer concern of Eunbi and honoring her dead daughter's wishes. Eunbyul described her as an angel, pretty sure she'd have adopted Eunbi too had her daughter told her. It would have been wonderful, too. Still holding out hope for the three of them together, no matter how improbable it is.

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THIS. mi-kyung has never tried to force eun-bi to become eun-byul at all. in fact, she's even shown that she acknowledges the differences between eun-byul and eun-bi. i mean, obviously their relationship is wrong, but i really don't think she deserves to be judged that harshly.

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Thank you. I definitely agree that, just for the sake of an overly construed premise and a "Doctor Stranger"-like love triangle, they are sacrificing their show as a whole.

Eun-byul's mother is not a bad person; in fact, I really liked her for the comment she made on adoption and how it's a crime to keep it secret from your child. But to satisfy the premise, she has to torture her daughter's sister, calling her Eun-byul all the time and softly pressuring her into the role of her actual daughter.

Both Eun-byul's mother and Eun-bi are dishonouring Eun-byul that way (even thought that is a mere moral and therefore minor issue).

Eun-bi is suffering from all the identity hiding, even if it wasn't for So-young. Eun-bi is a freaking vulnerable teenager, now is the time when she is supposed to develop her adult identity. What her mother makes her do here is, from a psychological point of view, child abuse.

(Let's ignore the issue of denying Eun-bi/"byul" any help after she suffered from amnesia.)

As for TK and YA, I can give them a little bit leeway here. They don't know that they destroy Eun-bi's life with their behaviour. TK knows that she is Eun-bi, and he thinks that he helps her when he reminds her that she has to play her role better. Nobody ever accused him of being a genius.
YA is worse, of course. He doesn't know yet that she is Eun-bi (he has no idea Eun-bi ever existed), he is very selfish with his crush on Eun-byul, but he is a very immature teenager. He doesn't know that he is not helping Eun-"byul" that way at all.

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people on here are being very prejuidice to NJH just because of their desire to see eunbi end up with tae kwang...its silly NJH plays his character great and you can actually feel his emotions scene to scene, its true he hasnt been given much to work with but
neither has the guy playing tae kwang, only difference is that tae kwang is a wacky character, he does everything over the top and yi an is quiet and reserved. But watch episode 8 and you will see NJH really do something with yian without the over the topness of the tae kwang character.

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This is an unpopular opinion, but I agree with you. I enjoy NJH's portrayal of Han Yi-an and while he is a bit stiff in some scenes in which he gets angry, I love the way he carries himself and he emits a comfortable screen presence. He comes across as very natural (except the few stiff scenes), and like you said, you can feel his emotions even if he isn't extremely expressive. I do feel that SJ overacts a little bit sometimes, but he's doing well. NJH is getting a lot of flak for his acting, but personally I enjoy his portrayal. But everyone has their own preferences, so I understand people who don't like his acting. Glad to see someone who feels the same about NJH/HYA though.

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as for the yi an vs tae kwang arguement, let me just say that i enjoy tae kwang as a character, but im more team yi an.
I see people using the fact that tae kwang accepts eun bi as somehow an indication that he is the better choice...that is laughable because obviously tae kwang will accept eunbi as eun bi because thats all he has known he has no emotional attac
hment to eunbyul, unlike say mom and yi an.

And as for wrist grapping...that is kdrama device that will live for many days to come, i just love how everytime the boys pull eunbi to them she somehow always ends up closer to yi an than tae kwang....

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The majority believe that TK is a better choice because he has no emotional attachment to Eun-byul and thus they think that his love line with Eun-bi is more realistic and less melodramatic.

That may be the case irl, but personally I'm rooting for YA because I'm more interested in how riveting conflicts are going to be resolved in their relationship - What will Yi-an do about the feelings that he has developed for Eun-bi? How will he react to the disappearance/death of Eun-byul? Hypothetically, if she really does return, what will he do if he like Eun-bi better as a love interest? For me, their love line is more compelling, even though Tae-kwang may be the "better choice" for Eun-bi if this whole fiasco were to happen in real life, but it is dramaland and I'm enthralled by all the unanswered questions and problems.

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thats just the thing, its boring when there isnt some kind of conflict... i want to see my characters question themselves and grow. i want yi an to fight with his emotions for eun bi vs eun byul and slowly see him fall more for eun bi even against his better judgement, and when eun byul returns i want to see him come to the realization that somewhere somehow he has fallen out off love with eun byul and eun bi has replace her.

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Ohmigod, this boy is going to be the death of me. In any other k-drama, Eun Bi's bicycle "confession" would have been the sweetest thing ever, but here it is so bittersweet to see Yi An so happy his "best friend" is making up with him. Then the milk, the baby talk, the hightailing it back to his gym, the carrots, the shopping, the arcade... can they be any cuter!? I was so sure she would never let herself like him since she knows the history between him and her sister, but when Yi An said sometimes he likes this New Go Eun Byul better than the Old Go Eun Byul, how can she not fall for him? I was dreading the fallout, but surprisingly I'm breathing a sigh of relief now that both boys know.

Obligatory crying for Tae Gwang when Eun Bi (shamelessly) asked him for advice in revealing her secret to Yi An. At first, I mistook her for meaning Tae Gwang, then was crushed for Tae Gwang as soon as he realized she was not talking about him. Please be more transparent next time. Thank goodness Eun Bi didn't end up in a group with So Young for their project on Tongyeong of all places. I shudder at how So Young would drop a bomb on Eun Bi's knowledge of their hometown. How can no one see Eun Bi in their class picture?

Thanks for the recap, dramallama!

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about the class picture thing, its cause she was wearing a cap that covered most of her face or put it in shadows, and she is way in the background and they are all focusing on the group

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In a regular drama, I think YA and EBi makes the perfect lead pair with all the conflicts (think of all the heart switch, dead sister stories beforehand) and majority would've shipped them. It's just in this one they blurred the line too much, it's almost like YA likes EBi because she's the EByul who loves him back.

In the bigger picture, I kinda feel bad for EByul too... because he unknowingly moved on just like that. It's on the writers, not the characters. I might be finding faults for no reason, but I actually liked EByul too, so she isn't just some dead character we didn't know. I think it's pretty clear that EBi likes him (their scenes are made to be romantic) whereas TK pretty much has second lead scenes. Hopefully the mystery continues strong, so second-lead shipping won't be too bad.

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"In a regular drama, I think YA and EBi makes the perfect lead pair with all the conflicts (think of all the heart switch, dead sister stories beforehand) and majority would’ve shipped them. It’s just in this one they blurred the line too much, it’s almost like YA likes EBi because she’s the EByul who loves him back."

I disagree (though I'm probably just once again part of a minority).

If the premise is: EBy dies and YA falls in love with her identical twin EBi, this definitely wouldn't be a straight forward OTP setup. Because, you know, YA needs time to get over EBy first (not to mention mourning and stuff).

In "Falling for Innocence", they are struggling with that part this very moment, and they have the advantage of being able to obfuscate the audience with the phantastic realism of the heart transplant.

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I feel like there's a lot of criticism towards Yi-An because of the whole "she's not the real Eun-Byul, she's Eun-Bi and he likes Eun-Byul" deal. But we have to remember that before this week, he had absolutely no idea and has just started to become suspicious. The whole time, he has believed that this was the girl he's known for so many years, and Eun-Bi has been contributing to that.

I think his frustrations are understandable. It's obvious from the first episodes what kind of relationship he had with Eun-Byul, they teased each other with hints of flirtation and its apparent that they had some feelings for one another and cared a hell of a lot for each other. When she suddenly goes missing, we saw what kind of effect it had on him. So when he's told that she turned up but has memory loss, how is he supposed to know that it's not her? She looks the same and he's told it is her by officials, how can he not believe it?

So here he is, thinking he is with the girl he's known since they were kids and he's trying his hardest (very patiently and sweetly, in my opinion) to help her remember her past. And now, she's saying she's not Eun-Byul, which not only means that he's been lied to and tricked into thinking this was his best friend all along, but that she knew she wasn't Eun-Byul, but kept up the pretence. And now, he has no idea where the real Eun-Byul is.

How can it not hurt? He's pretty much desperate for answers at this point.

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i think in the lying game one of the love interests even accused the lead of hurting her sister to take her place...its an expected emo
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This is exactly what I wanted to say. Many people are quick to point out that Yi-an doesn't like Eun-bi for who she actually is, but it's actually very difficult to pinpoint his exact feelings towards the new Eun-byeol (aka Eun-bi) when this whole time, he believed it was his childhood friend. We first get some insight during his 'date' with Eun-bi and he mentions that, at times, he likes the new Eun-byul better.

The whole situation is very difficult for Yi-an to digest because he feels conflicted - he has special feelings towards the new Eun-byul, but he feels guilty because all this time he was developing feelings for this new Eun-byul, his childhood friend had been missing all this time and may have possibly died (worst case scenario in his mind - although he doesn't know about her 'confirmed death' yet). His denial is understandable and anticipated because it's his "escape", the only way he'd feel at ease, for now. So while people are criticizing Yi-an for his denial and his perceived selfishness "You're Go Eun-byul right?" his response to the whole truth is just so vulnerably human and realistic.

Also, I'm anticipating next week's episodes because only then can people adequately compare how Yi-an treats Eun-bi now that he knows her actual identity with how Tae-kwang treats her. Yi-an may come to realize that he has fallen for Eun-bi, for who she is (contrary to the popular opinion that Yi-an only likes Eun-byul and is confused). I'm hoping that we get definite answers, but I don't think there will be an especially imminent focus on the love triangle in upcoming episodes as the Soo-in case has to be solved, So-young's bullying still needs to be revealed, Eun-bi's real identity, the explanation of Eun-byul's death/disappearance, and the focus on the side characters' stories. I also think that Yi-an will need time to accept Eun-byul's death/disappearance and the plot development will be geared towards finding answers to the unsolved mysteries (with the love lines being addressed slightly in each episode + possible closure/open ending at the end).

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episode 8 killed me because of the hesistation in yi an's treatment of eun bi, but its only human and i appreciate that the writers went there because its not believable that with all his doubts that he would be that comfortable because eun bi is a stranger to him its the same as way how eun bi changed the way she addressed mom.

And i do hope that for atleast episode 9 that we see truly mourn eun byul and reject eun bi and her taking her sister's place then for episode 10 i want them to start over anew yi an and eun bi and from that point slowly start building their relationship which will need a lot of foundation when eun byul shows up alive and well and ready to take her life back

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I agree with you on so many levels, he was so hesitant to even initiate physical contact, it was so difficult to watch (and as a YA/EB shipper I was so sad). His reaction was just so human, so raw and real, because I could understand his feelings and his wavering actions. I also appreciate that the writers took that direction because if he downright accepted the fact, it just wouldn't make any sense to me. I read comments online about how they felt his first instinct would be to ask Eun-bi "Where is Eun-byul?!" and they felt it was unrealistic that he was in denial and acting as if Eun-bi was Eun-byul. On the contrary, I found his reaction very realistic, because if you think about it, he doesn't want to confront his suspicions that Eun-byul is still missing.

Yes, that's exactly how I want it to go (you should be a screenwriter haha)! Episode 9 should be an episode where he truly grieves the loss/disappearance of Eun-byul, because she means so much to him (even if he has already started to realize that he has developed feelings 'subconsciously' for Eun-bi) and I definitely agree that Episode 10 should be a clean slate to the start of their new relationship as Yi-an & Eun-bi in which they can get to know each other from scratch. So do you think that Eun-byul is going to return? I'm not going to lie, it's going to be very interesting if she does return, albeit confusing, but ultimately I want Eun-bi/Yi-an as end game (and it's going to be so troubling if Eun-byul does come back, and Yi-an has fallen for Eun-bi). But like you mentioned in a post below, we can't be 100% sure that Eun-byul/Yi-an were mutually interested in each other in the same way, it could have been one-sided (as the only clue we actually have was the first episode in which Eun-byul secretly listens to Yi-an's competition results on the radio).

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i more than belief that eun byul is alive, rule #2 of soap opera if you havent seen a body assume the character is stil alive and in this one everything points to eun byul being alive. I think she wanted to escape her life and saw the perfect opportunity to switch places with her twin and in doing so maybe give eun bi the a new start an
d the life she never had.

For yi an and eun bi's love to truly be real and never questioned eun byul needs to return then yi an will have to fight his confusion and decide who he loves more and that eun bi is not just a replacement

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I initially had no doubts that Eun-byul was still alive because of this unspoken rule in dramas (no corpse seen on-screen = still alive), but I'm curious how they're going to explain her alleged death and the body that had been identified as Eun-bi's if it wasn't Eun-byul.

What other evidence is there that supports the notion that Eun-byul is still alive? Do you think she also had memory loss or that she's currently recovering or hiding somewhere because she felt that it was the perfect opportunity to switch places? Is she mentally stable after all those "hallucinations" she was having? (this is an assumption) And if she does return, in which episode would she make her appearance? If the writers could answer all those questions, they can seamlessly bring Eun-byul into the story again, but I do hope we don't just get depthless/unrealistic explanations, I'm really expecting detailed answers that have been well thought-out and make sense.

I definitely agree with you on the point that Eun-byul would truly need to return in order to obliterate the doubts of those who only believe that Yi-an is in love with Eun-bi because of her physical resemblance to Eun-byul or because he sees Eun-bi as a replacement for Eun-byul. If Eun-byul does come back, it'll be interesting to see how his character battles his inner-conflicts (deciding whether he loves Eun-bi, perhaps including new scenes of them getting to know each other coupled with their flashbacks as YA/'E-byul' because although he thought it was Eun-byul, those memories are still memories he shared with Eun-bi and he is now aware of that vs. the guilt he feels towards Eun-byul for not being there for her during the time that she went missing/having possibly developed romantic feelings for Eun-bi in the process.)

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yeah, i don't understand the argument that yi-an is being immature and insensitive. he's been told that eun-bi is eun-byul for crying out loud, it's not like he's supposed to magically know that eun-byul has a long-lost twin somewhere who just happened to appear in the right place at the right place to replace her. it's through no fault of his own that he treats her as eun-byul. and honestly i think he's been a really good and patient friend so far with offering to help recover her memory, telling her that it's okay that she's "forgotten" them, and just in general, being lovely and understanding about it. and now that he's beginning to suspect that something's wrong, of course his initial reaction would be denial and hurt. the alternative is too frightening for him to consider right now. it's a very normal and human reaction.

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Anybody knows the title of the song played in the scene where Yi An approaches Eun Bi cause her bike chain came off?

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