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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 8

Does a girl really have to choose between these two? Or is this some kind of cosmic reward for living through a really crappy childhood? Because in that case, can’t she keep them both? It’s enough to make you consider going back to high school. Almost.

I’m always happy to drop by and recap an episode of School 2015, because it’s currently the show I’m clamoring all week to get to, partly because of those damn cliffhangers, and partly because of the deliciously angsty love triangle. But what I really love about the show is Eun-bi, and watching her grow a spine and come into her own week after week. She isn’t Eun-byul, but she isn’t the old Eun-bi either, and the people around her are starting to realize that she isn’t what they expected at all.

 
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EPISODE 8 RECAP

Eun-bi accidentally lets it slip that the scar on her arm is from learning to ride a bike at ten years old, and Yi-an corrects her that he was the one who taught her how to ride a bike. It suddenly dawns on him that this might not be Eun-byul sitting next to him, and he starts to remember all of the cryptic things Eun-bi said about wishing she’d never regain her memories.

He calls out her name and spins her around to face him: “Go Eun-byul. Eun-byul-ah. You’re… Go Eun-byul, right?” The stricken look in her eyes says everything, but when she starts to answer him, he interrupts and laughs it off shakily.

He forces a light tone and says that she’s so different lately that it’s making him think crazy thoughts. She can see him clinging to his denial for dear life, and finally lets it go.

Yi-an sits up in bed forcing down the questions swirling in his head, and Eun-bi sits in her room wondering how to reconcile her feelings. She tells Mom that she’s so happy to come home and have Mom here and go to school and have friends there, but she’s worried that her presence actually makes things harder for the people around her.

She asks if having her here truly makes Mom happy, concerned about causing others pain for her own happiness. Mom assures her that she’s wrong, and asks if she’d prefer to transfer to a new school and start fresh if things are hard on her.

And at the other end of the mom spectrum, we’ve got class president Min-joon’s helicopter mom, who’s actually hovering behind him the entire time he studies, refusing to leave in case he isn’t going to focus on his schoolwork. How is anyone supposed to concentrate like that?

She yells at him to get perfect scores on his English midterm, and warns him not to dare let that So-young girl beat him by half a percentage point ever again. How he manages not to snap right then is beyond me, but he just silently digs his pen into his book, making angry scratches.

Tae-gwang shocks his chauffeur when he volunteers to take the bus to school, clearly wanting to run into Eun-bi. But it’s Yi-an who sees her at the bus stop first, and the air is awkward between them as he asks why she didn’t show up for their morning run.

Eun-bi lies that she overslept, but Yi-an makes her promise to show up for tomorrow’s run and invites her to see a movie later tonight. Tae-gwang shows up just in time to answer that a movie sounds great. Please tag along. It would be so entertaining.

Just then, a motorcycle zooms right through them, and Tae-gwang moves to pull Eun-bi to his side out of the way, but Yi-an is stronger and pulls her into his arms just in time. Yi-an wins this round, and Tae-gwang scowls.

At lunch, Eun-bi decides to suck it up and sit with her friends even with So-young there, and Song-joo happily makes up with her. Tae-gwang heads over to join them, but again Yi-an beats him to the punch and snags the seat across from Eun-bi, forcing Tae-gwang next to So-young. Two points, Yi-an.

Eun-bi makes a point of asking about Song-joo’s audition, and So-young makes the excuse that her talent agent uncle is away on a business trip. She then sneaks off to the library to call her uncle and asks him to meet her plain-looking friend and go through the motions of giving her an audition before saying no.

Eun-bi overhears the whole thing and calls her out on the lie, but So-young hardly feels threatened when it’s Eun-bi’s word against hers. Eun-bi warns her to go tell Song-joo the truth and cancel the audition, but So-young flat-out refuses.

When she sees Yi-an approaching behind them, So-young adds loudly that Eun-byul not only looks exactly like Lee Eun-bi, but she acts like her too. She feigns surprise that Yi-an is there and leaves, that witch.

Yi-an seems deflated as he asks if she fought with the new girl again, and simply reminds her about their movie date and doesn’t ask anything else. The denial is strong with this one.

Eun-bi finally notices that one of her notebooks is missing, and taking Tae-gwang’s advice not to just get trampled at every turn, she gets up and asks if anyone’s seen it. So-young visibly cowers, and immediately starts pretending to have a stomachache.

Meanwhile her prosecutor father gets the results from the handwriting comparison he ran, and it’s a 95% match for Eun-bi. So-young pretends to be sick to skip out on PE class, and heads back to the empty classroom on her own.

Eun-bi senses tension between her friends Song-joo and Shi-jin, and tries to get them talking. She pulls Song-joo aside to ask if she’ll cancel on that audition, but Song-joo shuts down, seeing anything that Eun-bi says as a personal attack on So-young. Sigh, let’s just let her experience this downfall for herself, shall we?

Tae-gwang sees Eun-bi looking down in the dumps and whooshes by to snap a picture of her. He shows her the face she was making and reminds her that she’s supposed to hold her head up high, and she promises that she will.

She smiles and admits that it’s nice to be caught in her lie—now in front of one person, she doesn’t have to try so hard. Aw. He cheers her up by making silly faces at her until she laughs.

Back in class, So-young takes out her laptop to check on her group English midterm assignment and finds that it won’t boot up. Two other groups check theirs, and they won’t boot either. The other kids immediately suspect So-young of foul play since she was here alone, but Song-joo vouches for the fact that she was in the nurse’s office last period. Tae-gwang and Eun-bi aren’t convinced.

Teacher Kim has to argue on the students’ behalf because the midterm is due later that day, and the English teacher finally allows an extension until tomorrow with a few points docked, and Teacher Kim is tasked with getting to the bottom of the computer sabotage.

Yi-an trains at the pool, and he remembers a conversation he had with Eun-byul a year ago, when she asked out of the blue what it would be like if she had a twin sister who looked just like her.

He said it’d be confusing, and teased that it would probably be really annoying to have two of her around all the time. The conversation had devolved into a water fight, but Yi-an sees Eun-byul’s question very differently now.

Tae-gwang walks into his kitchen to find enough food for a party, and the housekeeper just gives him an awkward look when he asks about it. Dad tells him that he’s having people from the school board over, and tells Tae-gwang to hide in his room. Ouch, and you wonder why the kid rebels?

Tae-gwang can barely hide the hurt in his eyes, and asks if Dad will be able to keep any of his food down when Tae-gwang could bust up his party at any moment. Dad reminds him that not going abroad means that he’s chosen to live quietly now, and Tae-gwang loads up his plate before he gets banished to his room.

Eun-bi waits and waits at the movie theater, and Yi-an watches her from afar for a moment when he arrives. He can’t bring himself to throw his arm around her like usual and remains pretty distant throughout the movie, and it isn’t until afterwards that he softens a little and pulls her along by the shoulder like he used to.

They browse a toy store and Yi-an notes it curiously when Eun-bi picks up a teddy bear and hugs it close, calling it cute. He recalls trying to give Eun-byul a stuffed dog once, and the annoyed reaction he got from her when she told him that she hates anything furry.

His fear that this isn’t Eun-byul starts to niggle at him, and he studies her carefully, a little sad and a little curious.

Tae-gwang tries to pass the time in his room, and his thoughts just float back to Eun-bi as he stares at the picture he took earlier that day. He sighs in his opposite-day way that he really really wants to be alone today, and tries calling. She doesn’t pick up.

Yi-an walks Eun-bi to the bus stop, and she’s carrying the big teddy bear that she loved so much in the store. She wonders why he got her a present when it’s not even her birthday, and he just asks if she likes it.

They’re both surprised to see Tae-gwang sitting at the bus stop waiting for them, and he says boldly that he’s here waiting for Eun-bi. Yi-an grits his teeth and sends Eun-bi home on the bus, standing in between them to make sure that Tae-gwang doesn’t follow. Does it seem wise to leave the two boys alone like that, all that hostile testosterone floating around?

Once the bus pulls away, Yi-an asks since when Tae-gwang is so interested in Eun-byul, and Tae-gwang says knowingly that the old Eun-byul never even looked his way. Yi-an demands to know what he means by that, and Tae-gwang takes it a step further: “It means that the present Go Eun-byul needs me more than she needs you.”

Yi-an is lightning fast when he strikes with a hand to Tae-gwang’s throat, and he growls that Tae-gwang is crazy to think that Eun-byul needs him: “What are you saying, that the old Go Eun-byul and this one are different people?” Clearly he struck a nerve.

Tae-gwang knocks his hand away and makes sure to tell Yi-an to ignore the stuff he said since he’s crazy. He leaves Yi-an seething in his wake.

Suspicions are running high at school, where the three groups who have to rewrite their English midterms are upset about having their grades docked when it wasn’t their fault. Teacher Kim studies the CCTV footage from class that day, and finds that Min-joon was the last one out of class and So-young returned just minutes later.

He calls So-young into the office, but she swears that she isn’t the one responsible. By the time she returns to class, everyone knows she was in the classroom instead of the nurse’s office like she said, and they all assume that she’s guilty.

Min-joon asks her about Eun-bi’s notebook, remembering now that he saw her take something from Eun-bi’s desk early one morning, and one of the girls empties her backpack, ignoring So-young’s protests. Out tumbles Eun-bi’s notebook, and this time even Song-joo doesn’t jump to her defense.

So-young clutches Eun-bi’s notebook and swears that she didn’t wreck the computers, and the other students accuse her of sabotaging the other high-ranking students’ computers because hers was glitching. So-young can only repeatedly insist that it wasn’t her, and Eun-bi and Tae-gwang walk in just in time to witness a little karmic payback.

Min-joon tells Teacher Kim that he was late coming out of the classroom because he had to bring the materials for their PE class. That’s true, but so is the crazy amount of pressure that your mom is putting on you to beat So-young on this midterm. Just sayin’.

Eun-bi finds So-young outside and asks how it feels to be on the other side for once, since this is the kind of stuff she did to her twin sister. So-young feigns indifference at suddenly having the entire class turn against her and says that she never touched those computers.

But that just makes Eun-bi happier: “You can feel what it’s like to take the fall for something you didn’t even do, and how painful it is when you didn’t do anything but no one listens to you or believes a thing you say.” I must be a vengeful person, because that little smirk Eun-bi gives her at the end just makes my day. It leaves So-young reeling though, and she vows with frightening determination: “I don’t care who you are anymore. I’m going to kill you.” *shudder*

Teacher Kim and his new student teacher Jung Min-young take the three laptops to a specialist, who finds that one has hardware malfunction and the other two have been reformatted. They share a drink and Teacher Kim is lost in thought over his next step with the kids, and Min-young is wowed by his dedication to his students.

Five bottles of soju later, Teacher Kim is slurring that he’s not qualified to lead kids and he has no idea what he’s doing. He pauses when he realizes how close Min-young is leaning into the table, and he barely gets himself to stop staring at her lips to ask if she wants another drink.

Afterwards she stands outside on her phone as he pays, and at the same time he gets another text from Jung Soo-in: “Are you happy now that I’ve disappeared?” He looks terrified, and nearly jumps out of his skin when Min-young taps him on the shoulder to go.

That night, Eun-bi gets the same text from Soo-in’s phone.

So-young’s dad drops the handwriting comparison on her desk and says that it’s a match, and warns her to act smartly. Seriously, are you giving your sociopathic daughter more fuel to terrorize people with? She smiles devilishly when she sees her suspicions proven true.

The next morning, Yi-an runs to catch the bus when he sees Eun-bi on it, but then stops mid-stride. That’s when Eun-bi looks out the window and sees him standing there, purposely missing the bus that he used to run to catch every morning, and she cries to remember how different he was with her.

It still weighs on her at school, where she stares forlornly at Yi-an’s empty seat. Naturally Tae-gwang notices it all, since he spends his day staring at her.

So-young relishes the moment when she hands Eun-bi the handwriting comparison, gloating that she was right and offering faux sympathy at how nervous she must’ve been to have her secret outed. Eun-bi doesn’t even flinch and tells So-young to go ahead and do her worst.

So-young knows that she can’t out Eun-bi’s identity without bringing herself down too, so she lets Eun-bi choose between telling everyone the truth before they both leave this school, or having Eun-bi leave quietly, secret intact.

Eun-bi laughs at her and says that she won’t be slinking off like So-young wants. She plans to leave this place eventually, “But not before I get rid of you first.” Yessssssss. Bring. It.

She flings the papers back in So-young’s face and walks off. It’s so awesome that I have to rewind and watch it again.

So-young looks pretty shaken up and contemplates her next move, and then remembers that she has another angle to play. She looks up Yi-an’s number in the directory…

Yi-an overdoes it during practice, swimming endless laps because he’s so consumed with thoughts of Eun-byul, or Eun-bi, or whoever she is. He gets a stern lecture from Coach and heads to the locker room looking exhausted.

He gets a text from So-young saying that the person he’s so curious about is right here, and attached is a group picture of Eun-bi at her orphanage and her old school ID. Yi-an finally sees for himself that Eun-byul really did have a twin, and is floored to see that they’re identical.

He slumps down in shock, unable to hide behind his denial any longer—Eun-byul’s disappearance, her seemingly random question about a twin, all of his doubts about Eun-bi—they hit him all at once.

He gets a call from Eun-bi and ignores it, and at the same time, Tae-gwang calls Eun-bi and she doesn’t pick up. He heads to the pool to ask after Yi-an, and a teammate tells him that he left with Eun-bi earlier.

But Eun-bi is sitting by herself, her thoughts wandering back to the time she walked Yi-an to practice on a different day, when he made her carry his gym bag. He tells her that she’s a good swimmer, so she shouldn’t be afraid of the water and scare him like she did the last time.

She shoves his bag back at him and tells him it’s not even that heavy, and he grouses, “Dummy, do you really not know why I ask you to do useless things like this? Why I take your street of all streets on my morning runs, why I let multiple buses pass in the morning until yours arrives? Why when I have one hour before practice, I bother dragging you out here to see me?” Ooh, ooh, I know! Pick me! I know!

She deflects nervously, as usual, though she watches him go with a look of understanding on her face.

Back in the present, Eun-bi thinks back wistfully to all her easy interactions with Yi-an, including the time she promised to grant him a wish if he helped her regain her memories. Yi-an finally comes outside to meet her, and there’s suddenly so much distance between them.

They walk home together and Eun-bi finally screws up the nerve to say that she has something to tell him. He actually lets her say it this time, and she admits that it’s actually been a long while since she recovered her memories.

He tries his hardest to act like it’s not a big deal, and reminds her of the wish she owes him since she has her memories now. He takes hold of her shoulders and asks for his wish: for her to answer yes, no matter what he says. Oh no. Then he asks, “You’re Go Eun-byul, aren’t you?”

Tears spill out of Eun-bi’s eyes, and Yi-an hugs her, still trying to convince himself that it’s not that difficult a wish for her to grant. But this time Eun-bi ekes out, “I’m sorry. I’m really sorry.”

Yi-an starts to get angry and says it’s not “sorry” but “yes,” and starts yelling as he asks why she isn’t Go Eun-byul, and if she’s been lying to him this whole time. Augh, I know you’re heartbroken, but don’t be mean to Eun-bi!

He’s shaking her by now, as he raises his voice: “Why didn’t you say anything earlier? Who are you?!” Eun-bi can only hang her head.

Suddenly Tae-gwang pushes Yi-an off of her and takes Eun-bi away by the wrist. Yi-an chases after them and, I kid you not, grabs Eun-bi’s other wrist, and they stand there like they’re about to rip her in half.

Yi-an warns, “Gong Tae-gwang, let go of that hand. Let go of that hand.” But this time, Tae-gwang doesn’t let go.

 
COMMENTS

These boys really need to find a new expression of romantic interest beyond the wrist-grab, because I really like them otherwise. The next time they try to yo-yo her around, I want Eun-bi to confront them about their stupid ego contest, because half the time it doesn’t even matter that she’s standing there when they’re more interested in one-upping each other. Not that I don’t find their competitive back-and-forth amusing to watch; I just want Eun-bi to take them down a notch or two, and stop letting them boss her around like they have a right to. She’s proven that she can think and act for herself, and needs an understanding friend more than a guard dog.

It was hard to watch Yi-an distance himself from Eun-bi in this episode, because he’s been so steadfast and sweet, even back in the day when Eun-byul was regularly mean to him. But the secret really needed to come out, because I hated seeing Eun-bi maintain the lie for his sake when it was clearly killing her to be thought of as her sister. Obviously it wouldn’t have mattered if she didn’t like him, but it was becoming more and more like a love triangle where she had to compete with her sister’s memory, and it’s hard enough for her to live as Eun-byul at school without feeling like she can never compete with Eun-byul in Yi-an’s eyes.

There’s an argument in there for why Tae-gwang is better for her, and she even admits that she gets to just be herself around him, which counts for a hell of a lot in her situation. But I don’t want to be unfair to Yi-an, who hasn’t known until now that Eun-byul is missing and worse, could be dead. Tae-gwang, cute as he is (so, so cute), didn’t lose his lifelong best friend, and has the luxury of immediately being loyal to Eun-bi without question. It’s what makes him so lovable, but I empathize with Yi-an, who has to struggle with his feelings of loss and betrayal, not to mention possible guilt at developing feelings for Eun-bi and not knowing they weren’t the same girl.

For Eun-bi’s sake, I want him to hurry up and work through his feelings and stop crushing her heart by asking her to be Eun-byul. That wish was completely understandable for him but utterly cruel to her, which is why on a story level their angst is really compelling. And that’s not even counting the fact that Tae-gwang is such a wounded puppy that it’s impossible not to root for him to swoop in right now and pick up the pieces. It’s impossible to choose, but I suppose that’s what makes it a good love triangle.

That’s not to say that the love triangle is the only thing driving this train, because the So-young/Eun-bi saga is pretty damn epic. So-young frightens me to the core, but I like that we’re seeing more sides to her—not enough to make her sympathetic, because I don’t want to forgive her for anything—just enough to make her layered and interesting, and even vulnerable at times. I’ve been waiting for the moment when Eun-bi would turn the tables on her, and I have to say, it was worth the wait to see her reaction to a stronger, steelier Eun-bi. I can’t wait to see her squirm in a hell of her own making, and I don’t think I’ll be satisfied until she’s outed for every single thing she’s ever done and has to pay, preferably in jail time.

It’s actually really interesting that this show is so melodramatic—twins with swapped fates, a hidden identity, a psychotic enemy who holds your secret in the balance—it’s pure melo if you just distill it into story tropes. But in a high school context I find it fitting and not too overwrought, probably because this is how teen angst feels—emotionally charged, life or death, all or nothing (so okay, still overwrought). Relationships can change completely in the course of one day, and misconception and gossip actually makes it feel like the world has turned against you. I don’t know that I’d like this story as much played out in a bigger world or with older characters, but in this drama I find the conflict really compelling, and the characters wonderfully layered and believably torn between their lighter and darker selves. That they’re still searching for who they are makes a big difference. I’m looking forward to seeing Eun-bi discover a new sense of self that isn’t defined by her past or her sister’s, and yeah, getting a little payback along the way wouldn’t hurt either.

 
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Hey other people =)

Thanks for the recap Girlfriday~ I'm really enjoying this show but I must say I am quite bothered by a few things. For example the decision of the mom to get Eun Bi to live as Eun Byeol. I find it quite cruel to be honest and really unfair to Eun Bi. I was sad to see Yi Ahn ask the same thing of her in this episode although I guess he's still confused so maybe he'll come to his senses too.

That being said, I had trouble really enjoying Yi Ahn iin this episode too. I generally like him but the way he just snapped at Tae Kwang just didn't sit well with me at all. In general I do not like how he's tried to really keep Eun Bi to himself and that throat-grabbing thing was a bit disturbing to me actually. Reminded me of the problems I had with Doo Soo in Heart to Heart. I man sure he doesn't have to like that Tae Gwang's being close to her but waiting for her at the bus stop is not worse than waiting around her house for hours and why should he get to decide who she talks to?

That said I'm loving that show =) Hopefully Yi Ahn will come back to being the puppy I loved, everyone will turn it down a notch with the wrist-grabbing and So Young wll get what's coming to her. She really gets under my skin this one. She's been given so many chances to just back down, make amends and leave Eun Bi in peace!

Can't wait for ep9~

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<that throat-grabbing thing was a bit disturbing to me actually

That's very true. It was seriously disturbing to be honest. Made me wonder if it actually hinted at a darker side (or past?) of Yi-an... There conversation seemed a bit funny too if I'm not mis-remembering.

Yi-an trying to control who Eun-bi hangs out with = classic signs of an abuser. Well, at least he hasn't told her that she can't (other than telling her to go home when Tae-kwang wanted to speak to her, which was pretty mean) but only told other to stay away from her. Though I'm not sure I understand why Eun-bi didn't just call up Tae-kwang once she was on the bus or got home? It was pretty obvious he really needed someone to talk to. Tae-Kwang is good at reading her and when she needs support, but I'm not so sure that applies the other way around. Well, it did in an earlier episode, but in this one she was a bit insensitive towards him.

So-young: a psycho. She better not be redeemed!

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"Yi-an trying to control who Eun-bi hangs out with = classic signs of an abuser."

It's also a K-drama-classic sign of true love. How can your one true stalker protect you when he (yes: he) doesn't control you thoroughly?

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XD "One True Stalker" -or "OTS"- has to become part of my everyay vocabulary now!

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I love this too! OTS!! Pshhh OTP is so last year its the year of the OTS. But I guess in KDramaland every year is the year of the OTS.

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OTS lol I'm using this from now on

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<It’s also a K-drama-classic sign of true love.

I know... and I have issues with it every time (like, in Unfortunate Boyfriend right now... though there it's the definite second lead so one-true-stalking is not going to pan out!... but I just don't understand why the women don't run away screaming "Creep! Creep!" or at least "Let me breathe!" because that kind of behaviour is just so suffocating).

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They don't run because ... it's not stalking when he's hot.

Seriously, I'm probably just as irritated by that as you are, but for some reason, writers keep it coming and the target audience doesn't complain.

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I totally agree with your comment.. It definitely isn't stalking when he's hot. LOL.

I do love both Yi An and Tae Kwang. I just hope that there will be no throat-grabbing in the next episodes since this is still a high school drama. Still, I love the angst of this love triangle. Morrrreeeee pleaaseee. :)

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Right? I was already not keen on the whole "I'll 'protect' you from talking to people I don't want you to talk with" but the whole throat thing made me go "wow, wait a minute, what are you doing?!". I'm not gonna act like Tae Kwang isn't a bit possessive here and there too but he doesn't sound as controlling as Yi An does, which is partly why I'm rooting for him. That and the fact that Yi An loves Eun Byul. I mean, he said he liked the new Eun Byul, sure, but he stills takes the history into account so...

Plus I like how Tae Kwang gives Eun Bi a pep talk, stays close in case she needs help but lets her do the fighting/talking/giving So Young what she deserves. I have a feeling Yi An would mostly get her out of the way and do the fighting on her behalf. So yes, I'm mostly rooting for Tae Kwang. And I also wish she'd be there to support him more but with the pressure she has on her shoulders she can be a bit preoccupied.

I don't know about So Young really. I want her to see what she did wrong and beg for forgiveness. But I don't think I can forgive.

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I think So Young is too proud and broken to realise and to actually ask for forgiveness. She is to cold, calculated in her evil to return.

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I'm still hoping it might happen. Not right now, but hopefully at the end of the show. Or if she doesn't apologize because of pride, I'm hoping she at least breaks down enough to let go of the evilness and become a better human being somewhere else.

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I'd say 'twisted' rather than 'broken', though.

There was this point in the previous episode (when her dad told her to leave well alone, since she'd won against Eun-bi officially) when it hit me, this is why. This is why she could become like that: her parents facilitated her wrongdoings, always covered for her, and NEVER made her accountable for her own actions. I mean, what didn't she have? Her family was well off and had good status, she excelled at school, why wasn't that enough for her?

And being a psychopath isn't really an excuse. That too easily absolves her of responsibility -- just because you're neurologically psychopathic doesn't mean you can't help yourself. But that responsibility extends to the parents, too; the research shows that a good childhood and early homelife -- love and accountability -- equips those children to become prosocial adults.

If you want to do some reading, there're some really interesting recent(ish) articles from a neuroscientist called James Fallon, author of The Psychopath inside, who discovered he had a psychopath-brain. This in particular:

"Why has Fallon been able to temper his behavior, while other people with similar genetics and brain turn violent and end up in prison? // He now believes that his childhood helped prevent him from heading down a scarier path.

“I was loved, and that protected me,” he says.

This is the big interview: Life as a non-violent psychopath".

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that throat grab was so bad!

First, I had alarm bells going off when I saw that. You don't hurt other people just for talking to 'your girl'. Ugh. Yi-an, you were doing so well being the conflicted best friend, betrayed!

Second, because you can't hurt that boy's throat. Sungjae needs to sing! More! Beautifully!

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Ikr it looked so rough even though they're acting. Did ypu see the redness on Sungjae's throat afterwards. I'm sure it was painful and the actor playing Yuan accidentally did it a but rough. Sung jae's a singer too...

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haha.. many of a time its the director idea on how they should or could "better act out that scene".. who knows if this idea came from there..

anyway both of them are definitely aware of whats coming and ok with it before filming that scene and its acting after all.. why not say they are professional actors to carry out their role..

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About his singing... His voice is simply beautiful, and powerful. I would never guess this little boy has that kind of a deep voice. What a talented boy. I hope he sings an ost for the drama I'm loving all the tracks so far.

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He didnt do it because he simply talked to his girl, but because tk was suggesting something he knows is true, but doesn't want to facd. Idk some of you are being purposely obtuse to make the guy look worse.

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I know that the throat grab thing by Yi-an was bad but everyone seems to be hating on him!

Does no one remember when Tae-kwang got into the fight he purposely instigated with the guy in his class. He also pushed Eun-bi away so that she hurt her wrist.

I'm not saying what Yi-an did was good but I also think people need to stop jumping the gun with Yi-an.

Sorry but I really am all for the Yi-an and Eunbi ship!

Please don't hate this comment to much Tae-kwang and Eunbi fans!

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No hate there ^^
And I'm not sur we're really *hating* on Yi An either really. At least I'm not, I'm just worried about the direction he's taking. This behaviour is not okay.

Tae Kwang did instigate a fight in the classroom but the hurting Eun Bi was an accident, one he seemed to feel terrible about. Now, Tae Kwang having those self-destructive "fits" is not okay but it's not about him disrespecting anyone but himself, really. And in relation to Eun Bi, he's not as controling as Yi An and does not "misplace" his frustration by attacking others. He seems to have more respect for the girl's mind and ability to make her own choices.

That said, again, I do not hate neither Yi An nor your comment ^-^

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She didnt call him because she had her own shit to deal with and didnt want. Ya was not forcing her not to talk to the guy, but gave her an easy way out so she didnt have to. Seemed obvious to me

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Han Yi An, Gong Taekwang.
What do i do with this two?
Even though i like Yi An with his cute eyes, i like TaekWang EunBi together. Or let's say.. her twin. Maybe it's gonna be like that? Yi An Eun Bi, then Taekwang and her twin. :))

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I hope Eun Byul's alive too! Sure the body has been found but it was never showed to us and as many commenters said, no body showed = no death. This might all just be a huge mistake. Let's hope so! Because it's just two sad Eun Bi and Eun Byul never got to actually interact :(

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Hi! :) I made a MV with Yi An and Eun Bi and would love if you guys could check it out!!!   I'll try to do Eun Bi and Tae Kwang next. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KcmGj3bY-k

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This show does do cliffhangers well--I almost didn't watch the end of the episode to save myself the pain. Lovely show though. I totally agree with gf here; the story feels natural, despite the crazy as hell plot. Tae-kwang has my heart here for sure, but ugh steadfast Yi-an is so compelling too.

I kind of wanna know more about the mom though--like I'm not totally sure how far she's taking this self-deception. I thought it was a little cruel of her to keep calling her Eun-byul, just like it was cruel of Yi-an to ask that of her for his wish. I thought her offer to transfer schools was a slight opening that their relationship can develop into something more stable. They're so sweet now, but the identity thing makes it always feel like it's just balancing so precariously.

Thanks for the recap, GF!

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I wonder if I'm missing something... but we really still don't know who the Soo in person is right?

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No we don't. We don't know whether she's really "alive". Her mom seems to be shopping for "her" but then everyone thinks/knows she's dead.

My theory is Soo In is in a coma for a bullying related injury/suicide. Someone is playing the stalker on her behalf and sending those texts.

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i think, all the terrors were made by soo in's mom.. in my 'drama' experience, family, especially the close family member used to revenge. who knows, her mom looks like a nice mom, but sometimes, people act different than what it looks :)

but the teacher also has the secret. i wonder, what's the relationship between him and all this 'soo-in' problem.

i like watching those teenagers' love triangle, but totally hook for the mystery..

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So many lacking puzzle pieces; who is Soo In/ what happened to her exactly/ who is acting on her behalf; what is mom's story/ where is the father; why is the teacher targeted by "Soo in", What really happened to Eun Byul (funny/ creepy how the actress played three Euns in a month - considering Sensory Couple - out of which one is completely dead, one is in a sort of dead status and the other is dead as her identity and lives another life instead) - this just to name a few. I hope I didn't miss anything and my questions weren't answered with me missing the answer.

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I think it is teacher Jung. Previously, Soo-In's mom said she was shopping for her daughter which means that Soo-In is either alive, her mom is crazy or Soo-In has a sister. The fact that their last name is the same and that Teacher Jung was on her phone when Teacher Kim got the message is interesting as well.

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I agree! Teacher jung was super suspicious when teacher kim got the text and she kinda linked away

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i'm pretty sure teacher Jung is related to Soo-in. i'm sure they had a new teacher for a reason. apart from her surname, she was seen texting right before Teacher Kim got the message. (after their dinner)

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OMG she fought back as in legit fought back!

Hells yeaah~

*runs to tumblr to look for paper-slapping gifs*

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Totally hooked to this drama, because it was sold as a teen angsty drama I didn't think it would be this catching, thank God I gave it a try.
I love Tae-gwang, he is a good guy and is really the support she needs... and I'm actually getting a little tired of Yi-ah insistance that she has/must be Eun Byul, even though it hurts he should be more concerned about what has happened to the real Eun Byul to help getting more information.
After this kind of realization, he will obviously be in a mourning period... but if he changes to be a tortured character and starts moping everywhere, anytime pushing Eun Bi to be Eun byul, he will be completely discarded from by shipping list of suitors for Eun bi.
thank you for the recap!!!!!

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The ending of this ep reminds me Heirs, and it s not a good reminder.

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lol same. I'm hoping Eun-bi yanks her wrists from both of them..but I really doubt that will happen..(show, prove me wrong!)

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Agreed. That stupid wrist grab thing in k-dramas has been discussed here dozens of times, but this show it is going over the top with it.

What makes it 43x as annoying is that in my year or two in Korea a few years ago, I don't recall EVER seeing that happen, at least not in public.

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Thank you so much for the recap!

Besides the wrist-grabbing and oftentimes possessiveness of the boys, I'm in love with this drama.

EunBi probably saved a nation in her past life for two adorable boys to fight over her. I don't even want to think that one boy deserves her more than the other. Because they both do! What matters is whom EunBi likes. It's her decision after all.

It felt so great when EunBi starts to behave a little more like EunByul, because it seems like she's channeling her confidence in order to stand up to So-Young. When she finally let her hair down and her walk to the classroom was so badass. I love it. I cannot wait to see her crush So-Young, but I'm pretty sure she won't stoop down to her evil ways. EunBi is too nice to be cunning. But I love seeing her stand up to her, especially when it's for Cha SongJoo.

As for Yi-An, I am afraid that the truth will crush him. I fully understand his reaction, and I'm scared that he'll be broken once he learns the truth. I am excited and terrified to know how he'll react, but it'll make for a pretty compelling story. I'm already crying over his impending heartbreak.

Ugh. I cannot believe this high school drama is making me feel all these.... feelings. It's definitely the drama that I anticipate the most every week!

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Wasn't fond of the wrist-grabbing in this episode at all. Competing with each other is one thing, but pulling a girl in two directions like she's a toy... no no no. Yi-an is too possessive about Eun Byul – though I imagine the real Eun Byul would have never let him be so possessive, which maybe one of the reasons he's going overboard now (because he can? Because Eun-bi let's him?). But I'd rather he be the good friend he was at the beginning – these boys should be friends and support Eun-bi (not protect her like a damsel in distress, but empower her by letting her defend herself!).

Anyhoooo....

The computer thing was rather silly. Find it hard to believe that these kids leave their computers in an UNLOCKED classroom, with NO PASSWORD and NO BACK-UP (that's three stupid things at once that make me think regardless of there having been some perpetrator that needs to be caught and punished, the kids do deserve to lose points on their assignment). Then again, the show isn't always very good with details being realistic. I read a comment that Eun-bi's exercise consists of walking her bike (which is so true!). And Yi-an's exercising and training is pretty much a joke also – if he were seriously exercising, he wouldn't be walking with Eun-bi on his morning run!

We'll see what the next episodes bring. I would really like Eun-bi's identity issue (its implications and the inner conflict that should come with it) be explored more – to me that's more interesting than the love triangle. I ship her with Tae-kwang, but I'd be fine if she actually ended up with neither but rather ends with both being her supportive friends. If Yi-an ends up with Eun-bi, I'd need a serious exploration of seeing him deal with Eun-byul's death because that's just not something that can happen in a nano-second, followed by instantly falling in love with Eun-bi... that just wouldn't work for me.

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Quite honestly, I dislike how the love triangle moves into front and centre of the show. They addressed a lot of interesting issues and created many interesting characters, but everything lies fallow in favour of the love triangle. Which, to me, is no integral part of the show and is not exceptionally original (well, duh).

I also liked the show to concentrate their "mystery" side plots a little bit. We know very little about a lot of things, too little to even speculate about it.
We have no idea about Yi-an's and Eun-byul's relationship. We don't know whether Eun-byul is dead. We didn't learn anything substantial about these issues in weeks. And I'm not even getting started about Soo-in.

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Agree about the love triangle story. This is why i dont like how this drama is called as School series. School franchise deals with romance, but it s never a main focus. This drama rarely shows any relationship between students & teachers, friends & friends, as well as children & parents. Those kind of relationships are what make School franchise great and popular in the first place.

As someone in Soompi said, this drama with the triangle love is more like Heris 2.0 than School 2015.

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I have hope they might let the love triangle go.

They did in School 2013 – it seemed like there was going to be a romance line, but then they diluted it and eventually it just petered out. Well, the romance line has been much stronger here from the start, but I feel more optimistic knowing that the School franchise doesn't always go the conventional, expected way. Fingers crossed the mystery will come more to forefront again!

Yeah... there's lots we don't know. I did think there was rather little progress in eps 7 and 8, overall.

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Agreed on the love triangle thing - so overdone, so predictable. We already know with 90% certainty how that will turn out, so why spend so much time on it when there are half a dozen other mysteries that are just sitting around neglected.

And I agree with the Heirs 2.0 feel - and Heirs is still on my "Most Detested Of All Time" list.

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I AGREE ! thats totally my thinking as well , I cant see him for the remaining episodes dealing with his loss AND falling in love it would be too much ? and its not like we have a 80 epi' drama to work it all well , maybe they'll rush things and it'll ruin it .... Anyway Im team TAEKWANG I feel much more connection with Eunbi than I ever did with Yian.

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About the computer problem, I was wondering how exactly were they going to submit their assignment? Were they giving the whole computer to the teacher?
Isn't it easier to burn a CD or sending by e-mail?

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I'm assuming they were going to submit it later via email. It's definitely hard to believe that all three groups only had a single local copy stored, but that's a relatively minor plot hole.

It seems Min-joon is up to no good, and it makes me wonder what his role is in the Soo-in and Eub-byul mysteries. Since his mom acts like he has no vaue other than being a perfect-score-generating machine, we can assume that she'll get her karmic retribution when his nefarious deeds come to light. I look forward to Her Smugness going down.

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I guess it's a minor plot hole but it's pretty glaring because it can make things feel too contrived (i.e.manufacturing anything just so a certain point can be made).

People can be stupid (or lazy) with single copies and no back-ups, but I especially question leaving such an expensive device in a place anyone from the entire school can access. Is there no theft? (We already had notebooks stolen but those have no monetary value.) What do they have lockers for then? Or are they all so rich that a stolen computer would be insignificant?

Min-joo is going to snap soon. Mom's creepy, but then all the moms are creepy.

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But if they were going to submit it later by e-mail, why they brought the computer to school? They weren't using it at class and as alua pointed out it is an expensive stuff to leave it alone at class.

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Burn a CD? Do people still do that?

I think the idea was they would email the assignment but even that is weird unless they were still planning to work on it during the day? (Why wouldn't they have submitted it already?)

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I don't know I think they still do it!
When I did my MBA e-mail already existed but the teacher asked us to submit a CD and a printed copy!
Maybe it was to prevent students saying they already sent an e-mail when they didn't. Or to be sure the deadline was fulfilled.

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There are some assignments where the file size is too big for email though. But yeah, I found it absurd that none of them has a backup copy of their assignments, dramaland can be so unrealistic sometimes. *sigh*

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I'm in high school right now and we usually do bring our laptops at school on final deadlines for reviewing purposes and yes we do not make back ups. I actually don't know why we do that. heheh

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Actually most programs now make an automatic backup every few minutes. But since the drive was supposedly formatted, that would not have helped.

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Yep that's true, for us I'm studying here at university and literally everyone I know uses Dropbox. We have it as a desktop folder and it get automatically saved every 5 minuted (since I set it that way). So if my laptop breaks my assignment is already backed up online (since Dropbox is an online storage space). You literally can log into Dropbox on a different computer and retrieve your backed up files history. Voila! Literally any cloud storage these days allows you to never lose your work. This goes the same for Google drive, skydrive/One drive etc.

Cloud storage is new norm for us students, hardly anyone relies on USBs or just saving on the laptop alone these days since Dropbox is also a file on your computer that gets directly synced into online storage. Besides my friends and I and uni, does anyone else uses cloud storage?

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Yi-An's temper is starting to show..... I think he's to controlling.... He gets mad when TaeKwang does the exact same thing he does..

I understand he's upset that Eun-Bi isn't Eun-Byul but what gives him the right to act like that..? TaeKwang understands Eun-Bi's need to keep her secret and supports her and encourages her... O Drama Gods, please let TaeKwang get the girl..!!

Thank you for the recap.. ^-^

P.S. I literally had to write this review three times... my laptop kept refreshing the page as soon as I finished typing.. -_-

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I guess I'm just terribly hard to please (big news, I know).

I understand that a show with such a premise and amnesia in the setup will rely on flashbacks, but is it really necessary to flash back to scenes we already saw, often just a few minutes ago, all the time?
You have a set of very/extremely capable actors and actresses, trust them, they will be fine without the flashback scenes.

I'm not really sure what the show is trying to tell me right now.
The love triangle is so dominant that other aspects get pushed into the background. Even So-young right now seems primarily occupied with providing conflict for fueling the triangle. Well, I guess I'm still thinking "School 2013" (more slice of lifey, more real world problemy) when I watch this show.

The triangle itself reminds me a lot of some of the worst shows that I endured: Doctor Stranger and Secret Hotel. Okay, it's not that bad, of course.

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hmm, i think we see many flashbacks because they are live filming now. And the writers do not have enough materials to fill all 60 minutes, or the filming is slower than normal because of the inexperience of the casts ( which would cause more NG)

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Yep, definitely felt like it was padded out with flashbacks for filler. Weird, because you'd think they'd have enough story material, but it makes more sense if it's a liveshoot/time shortage issue. It's a shame, though, because that time could've been used for more story!

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Not just inexperienced cast, probably also regulations when filming with underage actors.

However, they knew that in advance. And there is a perfectly fine solution to that problem, a solution that was prominent in the other "School"-installments: Don't focus on one single character (who is played by an underage actress) too much.

The show has all the preconditions for parallel shooting with different subgroups of the cast. Cutting out all the filler black flash and other unnecessary stuff with KSH in it create a lot of room for fleshing out the other aspects of the world: the teachers, the parents, other students.

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<to flash back to scenes we already saw

That always makes me think that the writers haven't got as much material and that they need to fill up a couple of minutes (which is not good)

<So-young right now seems primarily occupied with providing conflict for fueling the triangle

That's a good point (and a bad one, in the sense that I don't want it to be true).

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I love that this drama because the mystery part is so compelling, the character are well thought and it gave balance focus on the mystery, friendship, family and romance. Even the supporting character got time to shine. I love every minute of it, even when the leads are not presence. I hope they won’t disappoint and can wrapped up everything nicely until the end.

For the romance, I think it will be so wrong if Yian and Eunbi ended up together, because who he ever loves is Eunbyul. Yian and Eunbi relationship has started from the wrong foot, Yian relationship with eunbi is based on the thinking that she’s eunbyul and I don’t think it’s possible that all this time the one he really like is Eunbi not eunbyul. Yian had 10 years relationship with Eunbyul so their relationship is not something that can be easily shaken like that. If they really want to make Yian and Eunbi ended up together, they need to gave him enough time to grieve and let go of Eunbyul. Though I still think it will be a bit makjang.

Though I think it is possible if Eunbi like Yian since he treated her so well, but i hope she realizes that those affection were never meant for her but it's all for eunbyul. Many thinks that when he said, he like the “new side” of eunbyul it’s a green light but I think it will backfired, esp after he knows the truth. He will overcome with guilt. I want Yian to be there for Eunbi, protect her and become her friend in place of Eunbyul but not romantically. As in Taekwang, though i want them to end up together, I’ll be happy if she’ll end up with noone but they all become friends who supports and protects each other. I hope the show won’t ended up focusing too much on the romance and ended up like reply 1994 with the husband war.

The perfect scenario is, if eunbyul still alive. I hope the twins can reunite. It’s so sad that the only interaction they had is when Eunbyul save Eunbi and she’s not even conscious. Though Idk how they’ll explain the dead body they found. If she’s alive, i hope they can spend time on her as well, not just have her appear at the end. She’s an interesting character. The possible two happy couples also an added bonus XD.

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*FIST PUMP* Yeah! Totally agree with you!!

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@be, I totaly agree with you! Please, no husband war!!

What I think strange is Yi-an's reaction when he started to connect the dots! We know that Eun-byul is "dead" but he doesn't. Wouldn't it be more logical if he wanted to find her instead of being in denial that Eun-bi isn't Eun-byul?

And what does makjang means?

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True, that's what i think was weird as well. Some people/reviewer think that he still in denial mode and since the ep 8 ended in cliffhanger so we'll see next week. I get if he's in denial the first time but after the second time, his priority need to be where's eunbyul is just like you said.

Quoting DB, makjang: a sylistic, tonal, or narrative element in dramas that chooses to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become (adultery, revenge, rape, birth secrets, fatal illnesses, and flirting with incest possibilities are some makjang favorites).

Not sure if this the correct terminology but i generally dislike this kind of theme of drama lately, like how heart transplant recipient love the same person of their heart donor (Falling for Innocence and spring day of my life) and twin/sister love the same person after one died like My Lovely girl and Tw-drama Someone like you.

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Thank you, be! I saw people writing something is makjang but never understood!
I haven't watched a heart transplant kdrama yet. I'm traumatized with a soap opera I watched in my country about it when I was a teen. The girl that received the heart was young and pretty and the man whose wife was the donor was old and not pretty... I remember I was scared to receive a heart transplant and fall in love with some very old man!

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Lol what was the name of the soap opera? Sounds interesting!

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i feel sad for lee eun bi. she had to forget herself and to live as eun byul's life. although she does get all the things she never had before, for someone that need to live as someone else its depressing i think like you as yourself is not exist in this world anymore.

although i can understand han yi an reactions, i dont want him to end up with eun bi, because the one he like is eun byul not eun bi. so his feeling is not genuine. i hope eunbyul is healthy and alive.

as for tae kwang, his feeling toward eun bi is right as he like eunbi not eunbyul. but i dont think eunbi like him. she treat him like a close friend only.

this drama is so good. the cliffhanger this week although not like other week still makes me hoping for next week to come quickly

i really think that the new teacher has some role in the soo in stories. may be she is the sister, who knows. because her entry to this drama will never just for nothing. right?

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When Eun-bi tried to commit suicide she was ready to let go all about herself. Instead of sad I think she thinks it's a blessing she can be another person.

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I know everyone is hurt here, but why my heart hurts the most for the puppy blondie? His lonely and sad eyes gets to me every time. My ship has already sunk deep into the sea, but can't Eunbi at least be a friend to him, not just find him when she needs advice?? At the bus stop, the boy waits for her but she doesn't even ask him why he's waiting for her and just gets on the bus because the boss orders her to do so (let's not even talk about YA's attitude here). But then what are second leads for? ugh

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I completely agree, Eunbi doesn't recognize how much Taekwang's been there for her. And mr boss man YiHan needs to chill out...Taebi FTW!

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Almost everyone's heart is hurting for Tae Kwang. Same goes for thinking Yi An's been acting like a psycho freak in denial since the last two episodes.

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i dont find it hard to choose between the two. i've been team taekwang since day 1! and i'll be going down this ship until the end

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Yep! Tae Kwang and Eun Bi all the way! But it's seriously starting to look like she likes Yi An, which is why i think it's best they get rid of the romance altogether and get to the mystery driving this story already. The more i see her pretending with Yi An, the more shallow i find her.

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About Soo In, I am just wondering if her death has something to do with Taekwang's father. And if teacher Kim and Eunbyul know something about it. That's why both of them are so affected by it and feel guilty. And it could somehow explain the strange tesion between teacher Kim and Taekwang's father (they also talked about something that happened a year ago in earlier episode, I think?), and maybe another reason why Eunbyul wouldn't even look at Taekwang in the eyes. Because I don't think Eunbyul is the type of person who would ignore someone's existence just because he is "crazy". Well, that's just my random thought.
I love this drama. Can't wait for the next episode.

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Yeah! They talked about something the teacher and father had to handle about Taekwang a year ago. (or maybe they weren't talking about Taekwang but about some similar situation... I don't remember it well.)
Teacher and father interaction is strange! The teacher doesn't look like talking with his boss when he is talking to Taekwang dad!

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I love Yi An any day and I do understand his reaction to an extend. I don't really mind the wrist grabbing by now but the neck grabbing was disturbing.
they are showing him in a darker light whihc means..... he might not get the girl!
I think the girl will go to the blondie because the romance stated to early and it is the drama rule or something...

Saying this, people should understand Yi An's anger too. He loved a girl whole his life an suddenly he likes the girl more after her amnesia but he find that the girl he loves is totally someone else! Imagine his confusion and horror and on top of it, his love from the past is dead!

I hope they show Yi An and Eun Bi's new interaction and how they get to know each other better and Yi An acknowledging Eun Bi for who she is really and falling love with her with new feelings...

I LOVE the mystery part of the drama more than the romance because they are kids after all and 5-10 years down the line, things will change...

I am afraid the popularity votes for the blonde brooding guy might make the Director change the love line which will be such a sorry thing to do if at all..

Yi An all the way1

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The wrist-grabbing should all stop, but then again it's a kdrama, it's to be expected. That aside, I love when Eunbi shows her 'darker' side, when she tells Soyoung to FEEL the pain.

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I'm on Team Tae-gwang, but when I saw how into Yi-an Eun-bi was, and how sweet Yi-an can be, I resigned myself to losing gracefully. But Yi-an did some big no-nos in this ep.nincluding the throat-grabbing and controlling behaviour discussed above. Also, I totally get his wanting, wishing, hoping against hope that Eun-bi is just a changed Eun-byul, but a worthy first lead doesn't ask the girl to hide the truth about herself because he needs to her to be someone else. Saying, "Don't tell me yet-- I need some time to process this" is acceptable, but saying, "Pretend to be someone else for my sake" is not. At that point he was pretty sure that she was Eun-bi, and it was obvious that pretending to be Eun-byul was causing her a lot of pain. I still like Yi-an a lot though. I hope he starts investigating what happened to Eun-byul-- I think it's so weird that Mom hasn't.

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While i consider Yi An a good guy and most of the time sweet it really shows he has control problems and too much boiled inside him,he keeps all the stuff inside him and has this moments when it explodes because he can't control then anymore...

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I give what you said about Yi-an, not knowing Eun-byul is Eun-bi, to him too, but if she hadn't pretended to be Eun-byul, I just don't think they would've connected the way they did because of how deep the relationship between Eun-byul and Yi-an runs. Wearing the mask of Eun-byul gave Eun-bi what she has with Yi-an. Otherwise, I don't know that Yi-an would've ever *seen* Eun-bi. I know it's mostly irrelevant to talk about Eun-byul, since she's absent, but the relationship between Eun-bi and Yi-an basically isn't real. I feel for the guy, and for Eun-bi, but the upcoming stretch of the drama with the truth revealed, will help me to decide if I back them together.

It's hard to when Tae-gwang is so cute and sweet though. I pretty much love him. And frankly, Yook Sung-jae is a better actor. I hope the writing does really amazing things with his character. Yook Sung-jae AND Tae-gwang deserve it.

Beyond the teen romance is something greater (I hope). And I can't wait to see it play out.

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I am following this drama and for yhe fiest time I will comment. Sorry but I found This YiAn behaviour, at the bus station when he forced Ebi to get on it, totally excecrable. Really the writer should tone down this character possessiveness a little bit. And the actor should improve his acting skill. Too wooden

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Let's get the reveal out of the way and then enlist these boys to help Eun bi figure out who was stalking Eun byul and why. Maybe that will keep their minds busy so they won't dwell on on their jealous natures.
And since Eun bi is growing a spine for dealing with So young, she can stand up to the boys and learn to shake off a wrist grab.
Really Eun bi, ask your mother why she is so nervous and protective around Soo in's mother!

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Get Sleuthing Nancy Drew!

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Aw thank you so much for theseeeee great recaps.
But honestly the foreword
"Or is this some kind of cosmic reward for living through a really crappy childhood?"
It had me cracked up quite hard HAHA
To express more and more apreciation i watched the episode like 2 hours ago but reading the recaps are too fun and exciting. Those funny comments and all. Thanks again for the recaps.
And what i always, always wait are those stingy comments for soyoung. I literally screams yes! On your face! On that paper-threwn-face. Fierce eunbi all the way.
And, i'm a quite strict shipper, if i ship A and B for the sake of people i'd hate any A pairing or B pairing to death. But this is the first time ever that i'm rooting for both. And it changes every episode, for this one, i say taekwang wins allll the way. It's really hard to see eunbi's fear of losing loyal friend paces with yian's denial. So taekwang all the way for today.

But, why pick one when there are two kim sohyuns in one drama? So deep down i'm still rooting for eunbyul to be alive so lost puppy yian won't be sad any longer. Taekwang wins. Yian wins. The twins win. Everybody wins.

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Kudos to Jo Soo-hyang who's knocking it out of the park in her first drama as the multi-faceted So-young. She's especially good at smirking condescendingly-- who doesn't want to punch her when she does that?

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HAHAHAHAHAHAAH! Omg ur comment literally killed me. ? but I definitely have to agree! People praise Sunjae and Kim Sohyun so much about how amazing they are playing their characters (which I agree with) but I think the real rising star would have to be Jo Soo Hyang. Actors who make you hate their character take real talent I say. And she's doing such a good job for a newbie actress. ?

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Omg she's really a newbie actress? I have no idea!! If that's the case she is one talented girl. I hope she gets really good projects in the future because her character here so believable and evil. I too want to punch her in the face lol!

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Thanks for the recap, GF!

I agree that it was hard to watch Yian distancing himself from Eunbi though I really wanted him to know the truth as well. So, I'm glad that Eunbi finally fessed up at the end. The teddy bear scene was cute when Yian sees that Eunbi totally loves it though of course it's another reminder that this is not Eunbyul.

Yian needs to control his anger better. That throat grab was not good. I understand that he likes the girl and has been besties for 10 years, so he gets jealous to see Taegwang interacting with her and doesn't want him to get close to her. But still, Yian doesn't own her. I hope he can cope with his emotions and not ask Eunbi to be Eunbyul anymore. He can take the time to get to know her as a new friend, and hopefully will have her back when it comes to Soyoung--especially when he realizes that Soyoung drove Eunbi to want to commit suicide.

Gotta admit I was so satisfied with how Soyoung reacted when Eunbi one-upped her. We all know who would fall harder when the truth is revealed. Soyoung's dad's got issues. You know your daughter is in the wrong and yet you egg her on to continue to hassle her classmate?!

Poor Taegwang whose dad is ashamed to be linked to him. No wonder he acts "crazy" and is in dire need of a friend.

Anyway, looking forward to more focus on the mystery as the plot developments. And can't wait for everyone to find out Soyoung's true nature. I don't mind the romance, but I'd like to see more balance with the other aspects of the story.

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"But I don’t want to be unfair to Yi-an, who hasn’t known until now that Eun-byul is missing and worse, could be dead."

Yes -- this whole paragraph is exactly how I feel. Maybe I'm the odd one out, but while last week I would have said Tae-kwang was easily my favorite character (and I still totally adore him), Yi-an has always had a particular pull for me, and that actually majorly increased for me this week. At this point, though, I feel like it's unfair to compare Yi-an and Tae-kwang as romantic rivals for Eun-bi, since Yi-an has only ever known and loved Eun-byul (or so he thought) while Tae-kwang just got to know Eun-bi like anyone gets to know a new friend (plus the added connection of them both having secrets). Later down the road, I'm very interested to see how Yi-an will work through everything, but he's going to have to come a long way before he can even think of romance with Eun-bi as Eun-bi.

His outbursts -- while selfish and even a little frightening -- actually endeared him to me even more, because they show just how hurt and terrified and confused he is right now, and I look forward to watching him work through that (because I desperately want him to recover, and not be utterly destroyed forever by this).

From the beginning, I figured that once Eun-bi's secret came out, Tae-kwang would be the only friend by her side -- since he didn't know Eun-byul and wouldn't feel betrayed by Eun-bi pretending to be her -- while Yi-an would definitely feel betrayed and might even turn on her. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes through a time of hating her -- though I expect he'll eventually come around and start to see her for herself. It's going to take him some time, though. It's only been a day since he first realized she might not be Eun-byul -- that the girl he's loved for eight years disappeared and never came back, and he didn't even know.

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this so much!
I think that the turmoil he is going through is more than reasonable given that he just found out his long-time friend might be dead. Tae-kwang can be easy-breezy towards Eun Bi because they're starting from scratch, but Yi An carries a whole lot of emotions and history with him. So I think it's fair enough if he needs time to sort out his emotions.
Till now he's always been by Eun Byul's side and the post-accident Eun Bi (as Eun Byul), so I expect that he'll support Eun Bi sooner or later.

I don't like how the writers made both boys a bit physically possessive though. Their characters don't deserve that disservice, and if anything is going to make people choose between them, I hope it doesn't boil down to who the writers made out to be the least possessive.

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WTF are you doing, Yi An!? I was rooting for you! She's not a doll. I hope we get some insight on his thoughts the next episode even though I fully understand his hesitation at letting himself get too close, thus holding himself back at boarding the bus. Finally someone as conflicted as us... except our conflict stems from being unable to choose between two perfect boys. To me, So Young's plan backfired because I want Yi An to know. We'll deal with the consequences later, but he needs to know now. I know Eun Byul is the love of his life and she liked Yi An back just as much, but they seemed to have a rather toxic relationship. She was always so hostile to him, slapping him with slippers and berating him for his gift choices. At least he and Eun Bi have a healthier relationship.

Tae Gwang was everything this episode. Setting his wallpaper to their picture and playing their neverending opposite game. I love how this show ties back to past phrases. Besides Tae Gwang's "I really want to be alone today," Yi An and Eun Bi's "What do you want me to do about that?" is just like what he and Eun Byul always used to say to each other. I wish Eun Bi would trust Tae Gwang with her Jung Soo In mystery. One, he was their classmate, but most importantly two, he would do anything to help her. Does Min Joon ever place first? Before it was Eun Byul and now it's So Young beating him.

Thanks for filling in for this recap, girlfriday!

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since the secret is out (i mean since another characters [naming yi an & so young] know her true identity) can someone just go to the police station to ask how they identify the dead body as eun bi if not just because eun bi is missing at that time (its impossible that in a certain area that they only have one missing person.

And i hope next week they just give us clues or back story about jung soo in. my curiosity is already killing me.

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Seriously, what's wrong with all these people?

Eun-byul's mother doesn't care one bit for her dead daughter, as long as she can cuddle with the substitute. Because when you have to cope with the death of your child, what is better than a depressive, suicidal look-a-like to carry all the emotional burden for you.
Does she really not care at all how(IF) her actual daughter died?

Eun-bi, well, she didn't know she had a twin sister during her amnesia, but she doesn't seem to care much either. Well, why would she, it's just the girl whose life you are trying to live right now ...

Yi-an, when finding out that Eun-"byul" is not Eun-byul, doesn't care at all about Eun-byul. He just wants to keep his new toy. He doesn't know Eun-byul is supposed to be dead, it's not like he is stricken with grief or in denial because of that. For all he knows, there is a stranger posing as his long-time best friend and crush.

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YES YES i am so curious about why no one who is in on the secret cares about the real eunbyul. we and eunbi and the mom know she saved eunbi from drowning, and everyone knows she can swim, so it doesn't make sense that she drowned.. and yet no one questions her supposed death? i get that the police have chalked it up to suicide (since news of a bullied student killing herself cme out) but eunbi nd the mom know is not the case. why does no one careee

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Thank you for recapping! HAHA love this recap ... yeaaaa the wrist grabbing really made me scratch my head haha ... i really hope they will tone down the wrist grabbing ... it looks romantic on the previous episodes but ahhhh they suddenly just gave us a full blown of wrist grabbing episode on episode 8...what give?

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So much tension in this , it makes up for all the new lacklustre dramas.

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Who wouldn't get irritated with the last scene? I mean sure, Yi An should know the truth but the fact that he's controlling her makes me hate him. If it was eun byul over there, i bet she wouldn't be controlled by her.
So is this why he is controlling her? Because he has the chance to do so? I do like how tae gwang appears when eun bi is in trouble tho.

If the writers ended up eun bi being with Yi An then i would really forget the drame because the drama should portray and convey realistic feelings. The reason why i'm rooting for taegwang - besides being too adorkable prick, i'm certain that he is the one who knows eun bi earnestly. Unlike Yi an who has recently confessed about liking the eun byul more than the old one, makes me
horrified and worried. The fact that he doesn't know is a pity because his feelings might just go to waste the moment he discovers that the real eun byul is either missing or dead. And he just can't fall in love with her sister all of a sudden with the feeling of yearning for eun byul. A long time should be given to a person who has lost an important person like Yi An.

The computer scene seems a bit unrealistic to me. I mean i don't know a person who doesn't leave their laptop in a classroom without any password. Whatever, i think min joon or soo young did it.

I'm still currious where and who soo is.

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how was yi an controlling? he was desperate for her to confirm his denial, same as mom when she found eun bi at the funeral home, its not that they are forcing her to be eun byul, just that in that moment they are soo desperate for her to just say she truly is eun byul and she was just kidding around. that is not control that is grieve.

if eun bi and yi an had met under normal circumstances then you would be right and he would prob not have seen her in a romantic light until after a long while mourning eun byul, but they werent given that luxury and his feelings have already been mixed up, so now he has started to fall for this stranger but will be mourning eun byul at the same time, which will add a whole different level of confusion to his feelings for eun bi

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I think you're not thinking this through enough from his perspective.
He has just discovered that his best friend since childhood (and secret crush) is missing, and maybe even dead. He must feel really empty and miserable at that stage.
Him asking her to be Eun Byul is probably him hanging on to the last glimmer of hope that she *is* Eun Byul, because any other scenario would just be too harsh of a truth for him to stomach.
Plus he doesn't know Eun Bi at all, how could he understand right then and there why someone else would impersonate and take Eun Byul's place?

I think given all that his character has shown us, he deserves some credit and also that we give him some time for him to adapt to it and sort out his feelings + have time to grief.

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All this hate tirade Tae Kwang shippers are throwing on Yi An. SIGH. Seriously people, can't you at least cut him some slack and show some consideration and understanding. You guys are being so unfair to Yi an. Yi An and Eun Byul are practically best friends for all their life and it's crystal clear that he is head over heels for her. No one can blame him for being so protective of her when it comes Tae Kwang because she was once hurt by him (although unintentional) during a fist fight.

Unlike Tae Kwang, he has been kept in the dark. He wasn't aware that all this time, it wasn't the real Eun Byul he was seeing. Try to put his shoes on yours and imagine how confusing, nerve-wracking and heart-shaterring all these revelations can be. You guys call him "controlling" but do you think he will act that way when he's fully aware of the real situation? What he knows is that she is Eun Byul so of course he thinks he has this right/edge over Tae Kwang to be aggressive.

It's pretty obvious that I am on Team-YI AN but right now, it doesn't matter to me whether Eun Bi likes him or not, just make the real Eun Byul alive and make these two long-time friends end up together. Hahahah. Actually, I am glad they did the revelation this early, at least Yi An gets enough time to get to know the real Eun Bi more. The boy is too precious for words, any girl would fall for him. Maybe it's just me but seeing how Eun Bi reacts in episode 8, I kinda sense that she is starting to fall for him. I wouldn't be surprised if the writer decides to make Eun Bi fall for Yi An. Also a little spoiler, I watched most of the presscon vids available on YT and the actress who plays Song Joo actually mentioned that she will harbor a one-sided crush on Yi An. So I guess that's another angle on the love-line. She's friends with Eun Byul but the guy she likes, likes her friend. With all these hurdles and complications, it's safe to say that Yi An-Eun Bi has meatier conflicts than Tae Kwang-Eun Bi (I honestly don't think such one exists between the two). It happened to me before when I shipped Najung with Chilbongie. I terribly wanted the two to be the endgame but heartbreakingly, they didn't have a compelling conflict to make their love story work plot-wise.

I am completely and utterly in love with Han Yi An but that doesn't mean I would hate Tae Kwang. I CAN'T AND EVEN IF I CAN, I WON'T. I JUST DON'T. Just like Yi An, Tae Kwang is beyond adorable and it also pains me to see him alone and miserable.

On a side note, to those who are talking crap about Nam Joo Hyuk's performance, I have to admit, he is no golden boy when it comes to acting but the guy has this tangible charm and a really warm presence on screen and his chemistry with Kim So Hyun is just swoon-worthy. His acting is far from great and he may be the weakest link among the leads but he plays his character with so much sincerity.

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Nam Joo-hyuk's character in this one is more of the silent, waiting type, and I guess that's where people misinterpret it as bad acting. I am okay with him and actually prefer him in this kind of role. He was adorable as the satoori-speaking dude in Surplus Princess, but he's better here as Yi-an. There's still room to grow, and I hope he gets more opportunity to get that.

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i don't know, it's from Yi An point view said eunbyul and he are bestfriend, but all the time eunbyul has distance and mean girl even to him.. i want to know what behind these story

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I would love it if at the end the real eun byul turns out to still be alive. and returns to school and her and eun bi tag team to give so young hell.

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Y'know, there's a saying that a great story is only as good as its villain, and So-young does an excellent job of being that villain. Congratulations to the actress who plays her and Kim So-hyun, because honestly, more than any love triangle, that right there is the core of the story.

And she's so satisfyingly evil too - the ultimate monster created by entitlement and parents rushing to give her everything without holding her accountable for her actions. (to be fair, she isn't totally off the hook just because of her parents - Tae-gwang had an even worse set and yet you don't see him bullying people, do you?). I know we've got 8 episodes to go and Eun-bi will have to suffer some more as a setback along the way, but watching her throw those papers in So-young's face was a thing of beauty. You go girl!

And I really hope So-young doesn't get an easy redemption/does get the full weight of punishment, since she has no redeeming qualities - not remorse for her actions, not loyalty to a friend (witness the phone conversation with her uncle), nothing.

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i dont get how yi an is seen as controlling, the only person he disapproves of is tae kwang and that is based in legitimate jealousy. who would want the girl they like hang around with some guy who is also clearly into her? especially when that girl hasnt returned your love and the guy seems to be everything you are not?

please that is not controlling nor is it signs of an abuser, its just a jealous teenage boy.

and with throat grapping thing, yes a little too far, but tae kwang is just tooo short there was no other place to push against...wow his neck looked weird after that...also he was pushing buttons that yi an was desperately trying to not touch

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lol...but its true, imagine how that scene would have looked if yian had tried to push him by the chest

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Ditto.

It comes from Tae-gwang: he never had a history with Eun-byul. And yet, he constantly hangs around Eun-bi now when she's living as Eun-byul. Of course Yi-an would be angry when some guy who never had anything to do with his bestfriend-since-childhood started hanging around her--especially when Tae-gwang keeps saying that she needs him more than Yi-an. I mean, who would not get weirded out by that?

Also, when he grabbed Tae-gwang's neck, I get it as he's still trying to control himself from actually harming/hurting him. Other guys would just land a punch or two squarely on someone's face.

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its true, another guy would have have put in a punch and you can see yian constantly stop himself from doing just that on multiple occasions. and as much as i appreciate tae kwang appearing in the last scene to break the body shake, it also highlights one of yian's growing frustration...tae kwang is always somehow around. and in that moment when his world was crushing down the last thing yian needed was tae kwang showing up to interrupt another important moment for him.

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So what?

Isn't that her (-byul or -bi) right to chose her own company? Just because they have been friends for a long time, does that mean he has the right to chose her friends for her?

It's not like he talks with Eun-"byul" about it either. Eun-"byul" tries to warn her friend about So-young, and they talk about it. Eun-"byul" even somewhat accepts the fact that her friend makes her own decisions by befriending So-young.

Yi-an unilaterally decides that Eun-"byul" is not allowed to become friends with TK.

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actually Yi-an decided nothing. he has never voiced his dislike for Tae-Kwang to eunbi and never once ask her about her friendship with eunbi, he doesnt have a problem with eunbi befriending taekwang he has a problem with taekwang befriending eunbi. and this are all rooted in his jealousy of the relationship that might exist between eunbi and taekwang.

and not once does it seem like eunbi is forced to choose between the two. she still hangs with tae kwang even clearly seeing that yi-an and him are in some sort of rivalry.

that controlling ideology is nothing but total crap...

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If he voiced his concerns for TK towards Eun-"byul", that'd be fine by me. Talking is free action.
He tries to stop Eun-"byul" from becoming a friend of TK by getting rid of TK behind Eun-"byul"'s back.

"and not once does it seem like eunbi is forced to choose between the two."

You know, there was this one final scene in the recent episode ...

"she still hangs with tae kwang even clearly seeing that yi-an and him are in some sort of rivalry."

Because, so far, she might be mostly oblivious to what their rivalry is about. Because both of them try to manipulate her to their own intent.

"that controlling ideology is nothing but total crap."

That's why I want Yi-an to stop acting under it.

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What the hell, guys? Violence is ok, if it doesn't go as far as punching?! I guess for you guys grabbing a girl's neck is a-ok, too, then, as long as the guy doesn't punch her face. :P And so what is Tae-gwang is too short to be pushed to the chest by Yi-an - pushing another person is ok, then??

I find this apology for violent behavior appalling. It was violence and violence should never be condoned nor explained away. Period.

And yes, I can understand jealousy in a situation where the is a competitor, but that doesn't give you ANY rights to try to control the person of your interest even in relation to your competitor. A girl (or a boy) has a full freedom to make the choice herself. If I started dating a guy who would behave like Yi-an towards some other guy who is interested in me, I would break it off immediately. That kind of behavior, in real world that is, doesn't stop there. (In dramas it might, but I still do not like it in the least.)

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Heck, Eun-"byul" is not even dating Yi-an. I'm not sure whether Eun-byul ever though of dating him, either. So far, all we know is that Eun-byul refused Yi-an's more romantic advances.

Yi-an is violently acting out his jealousy and inferiority feelings towards Tae-gwang (over the fact that he feels threatened in his possession of Eun-"byul"). That's the reason, but it's not a very good excuse.

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Wow. So every guy who is jealous of her girlfriend, even if she's a long long term childhood friend, should resort to violence? Did he even ask HER what she wants? He even saw both of them on the bridge that night having fun and being friendly. He needs a better excuse than jealousy or teenager angst to justify his actions.

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Oh shit..yi ah dude you really need to give it a break,what a control freak,I am not liking you one bit ?And the wrist grabbing is literally giving me boils and major rolling eyes ... No more ..no more of that
I will be more happy in the end,if eun bi ends up with none ..that will be more of a peaceful case..

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Two things that I loved about what girlfriday said in this recap:

"Obviously it wouldn’t have mattered if she didn’t like him, but it was becoming more and more like a love triangle where she had to compete with her sister’s memory, and it’s hard enough for her to live as Eun-byul at school without feeling like she can never compete with Eun-byul in Yi-an’s eyes."

I kind of have this sense in the way that she looks at Yi-an, that there is a good chance that she might have started to like him, and that makes it more difficult to actually confess about the truth of her identity. It's nice that you noted how it could also be because she's competing with her sister's memory. Because, on the surface, she fears revealing anything to Yi-an because it would crush him, but also that he's one of those people who stood by her when she still doesn't have her memory and she knows that saying the truth about her identity would induce fear of losing that support.

"Tae-gwang, cute as he is (so, so cute), didn’t lose his lifelong best friend, and has the luxury of immediately being loyal to Eun-bi without question. It’s what makes him so lovable, but I empathize with Yi-an, who has to struggle with his feelings of loss and betrayal, not to mention possible guilt at developing feelings for Eun-bi and not knowing they weren’t the same girl."

This is also the part where I find most people unfair to Yi-an. I know it's not difficult to root for the other guy who can just be there unconditionally for the girl that he started to care about. Tae-gwang never had any memory with Eun-byul aside from the fact that she constantly ignores him, and that's what made it easier for him so constantly be there to support Eun-bi. But does that make him more worthy for the girl than the other guy? Because if that's the basis of who-should-she-pick, then it's the same thing as just settling. No, I would not mind at the end of the day if she ends up with Tae-kwang because the guy has done more than enough to prove that, but as complicated the history is (and as long as it's not even reconciled yet), Yi-an still stands a chance. So what if he actually fell in love with Eun-bi? Why would people wish for Eun-byul to be alive just so Eun-bi can end up with Tae-kwang? Ten years of friendship and love is probably a difficult wall to break, but who said it's never unbreakable? And if it did break, and you fell in love for the person you just technically 'knew,' how is it wrong? Root for your ship, but do not be unfair to the other guy. As for the love triangle, I hope it does not go all Heirs on me, because ohmygod, I don't want to live through that again.

Last: my wish is not just for So-young paying the price of her evilness, and for Yi-an to stop living in denial, but also for the Eun-byul's Mom to accept Eun-bi as she is. I think the burden of that secret identity has to be coming more from the Mom's side than all the other people.

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I wonder if Min Joon was the one who ruined the 3 computers, I mean it's either him or So Young but my guess is on him because of the pressure from his mom

Every time So Young pop on screen, I actually want her to vanish or at least get a taste of her act, become the victim & know what it feels like to be alienated

Tae Kwang saying to Yi An that he shouldn't be aggressive made me wonder whether Yi An has a violence (?) history in the past

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97% sure it was Min Joon.

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The people on here are just soo bias its not even funny, Yi an is a control freak because in his moment of confusion and heartbreak and grieve he asks eunbi to put his mind at ease and just say that she is eun byul, but tae kwang is a true friend by telling eun bi to erase eun bi and be more like eun byul?

to me i see nothing wrong with each but be fair people

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I agree with you. TK is almost as bad as a person as YA. Eun-bi, get out of there, you need real friends.

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i get that eun bi is the lead and everyone is all concerned for her, but has anyone else thought about the people around her?

like she said, she got the better end of the deal, she has a mom, a home to got to, and friends. what does mom get? what does yi an get? what do eunbyul's friends get?

yes it was wrong of mom to ask her to live as eun byul, but what was she to do? she couldnt just walk away.
also to mom eun bi is eun byul in name only...not once has she forced eun bi to be eun byul or more like eun bi. she even offered to buy eun bi new clothes because one would assume her dressing in her sister's clothes all day would be a little creepy

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did eun bi really get the better end of the deal? she is pretending to be someone else and is being loved as that person, not eun bi the real one. for me she had to pay a high price: her own identity.

also the people around her for the time being they get eun byeol. while eun bi gets to feel guility about many things.
everything happened because of the switch, but at first nobody knew, even eun bi but when she realized she went back. the mom asked her to live another's life, eun bi accepted. they are both at fault but i think the mother is more at fault because she is the adult in this situation, she is a good parental figure but still she did wrong.
sadly i understand both of them, i feel it's wrong but still i feel simpatethic and (even though what they are doing is wrong not only for themselves, the others but also in memory of eun byeol) i kind of forgive them from the standpoint of a viewer who has knowledge about eun bi's past life, the mom's heartbreak and so on.
but if i were eun byeol friend, i would not understand it easily. it is their right to be angry when the truth about eun bi pretending to be eun byeol comes out.; it is normal to feel a sense of betrayal and anger.
it is true the mom is not forcing eun bi to dress like eun byeol or behave like her but still she never said openly ''be yourself, i will love you as much as my daughter eun byeol'' even as a facade she still treats her like eun byeol, not eun bi.
eun bi still makes her think about her lost daughter, for me the mom is understanding now the gravity of what she asked from eun bi, when she gets to see clearly eun bi's fragile moments.
she loves her in some kind of way but still eun bi feels and knows she is a substitute for the sister, everybody loving her because they think it's eun byeol.
from whatever point i see this, i feel heartbreak for eun bi, the mom and all the ones around them.

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the thing is eun bi hasnt had to pretend to be eun byul except maybe with so young...but other than that she is eun byul in name only, but in everything else she is basically still eun bi, even with the mom, they might not knowledge it but you sense the hesitation in their interactions because they are still trying to get to know each other... the mom never treats her like eun byul.

and yes the internal struggle is true but compare what she has now to what she had before, even if she had moved in with eunbyul's mom as eun byul's long lost twin sister, she would have been worst of then she is now.

and i dont believe that eun byul is dead or that she is a complete victim in the swap situation so to me this is all by her design so if she was in love with yian, losing him to eunbi would be on her

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You are right, of course.
She lies to her sister's friends, she lies to her sister's teachers, she lies to the guy who has a crush on her sister. And she is forced to play a very morbid role playing game with her sister's mother.

This girl is a pubescent teenager! She's supposed to struggle with finding her identity right now even if she wasn't forced to live a lie by the people who supposedly love her.

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Curious part of the comments from the eunbi/taekwang shippers, is that yian gripping taekwang by the neck might be a sign of past violence, what about all the times he has held himself back?
or the many times tae kwang has resorted to violence to solve a problem?

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by many times do u mean that one time TK started a fight with gitae(who beat him up rather than the other way around and did so regularly in the past?)

i get that ur frustrated that ur fave isnt everyones favourote right now but im having trouble understanding the people who defend that chokehold. i understand YA getting angry at the end cause his world was crumbling dowm basically but im having problems with the violence out of petty jealously. anyone would feel uncomfortable around a guy who did that.

and like lol at that standard -he gets a pat on the back cause he held himself back? wtf No. that should be the minimum expectation of human decency. Choking someone for maybe being a better friend than u is unexcusable.

that being said obviously YA is about to go through hell the next few episodes so there is a good chance he ll learn better and i can feel less uncomfortable about liking him

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one has to only look at the relationship between gitae and taekwang that the provocation comes from taekwang, gitae might be doing the punching but taekwang enjoys pushing his buttons and feeds off gitae losing control...that is just dangerous.

yi-an didnt attack taekwang for being a friend to eunbi he attacked him because he was struggling with the thought of eun bi not being eun byul and what that meant for eun byul and his emotional state...then out of the blue taekwang comes up and starts saying things that he should never have said had he meant to keep eun bi's secret...

that coupled with his jealousy and fustration of the posibble love triangle made him lush out, but he pulled himself back without doing any real damage

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lmao i think i will stop here cause ur reasoning is pointing dangerously towards he-was-asking-for-it logic and i cant with that at all. No law would ever hold against that and for good reason. ill just accept that our thresholds for what is bare minimum acceptable behaviour is vastly different and stop.

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+10...if only they bring the like button back!

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I am totally team tae kwang!!! I don t dislike Yian but he loves Eun Byul and Eun Bi is other person he needs to understand this and if he does not... so sorry.

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thank u for the recap, somehow i love reading all these comments too..
ahh the boys..
i did not like the hand grabbing from tae kwang even though i understand why he acted this way (he did so to take her away from a situation that might excalate but still...ughhh)
i also understand yi an being upset about eun bi not being eun byeol, he has every right. i also get he wants to protect her from tae kwang because he is the known troublemaker however do everyone realize that it's equally about being threathened by tae kwang’s interest in the girl?

we see this cliche in almost every k drama but i don't think it's okay in the name of your own jealousy to decide who the other person gets to talk or hang out with. i see it as controlling and bounding that person to you only. expecting and making someone rely only on you and blocking other people from that person's life is not a good thing. it screams lack of faith in the relationship you have with that person you are ''protecting'' and deciding in that person's behalf is being controlling. in the long time this kind of situation may lead to worse. Also the one being ''protected'' is wrong to let that other person do or say or decide in her place but not everyone realized it in time, still it's a no no thing for me.

but anyways..
although i understand yi ans inner turmoil i was shocked seeing his anger in the last episode. it is totally okay to be angry and when we feel strong emotions we don't think clearly.
grabbing tae kwang by his throat is not something i would have expected from yi ahn because i never expected him to have anger outbursts of this kind. i think many people found it upsetting because his character has always been shown in a positive, warm and kind way and suddenly out of the blue he snaps like this. totally understanding his snapping but personally i was troubled by how he kind of cornered eun bi physically while grabbing her by the arms..
still i find yi an a good person, kind and reliable. seeing this sudden anger out of him has shocked me i guess because i never thought he could have this side to him. but that is my own fault, every person has a breaking point. this probably is his.

how awful must this be for eun bi, being in this position again. it will be like this in the future with her other friends too.
she wants to be loved and cared for as eun bi and at the same time she is aware people are caring and loving because they think she is eun byeol but coming to terms with it everytime one will discover the truth will be too much. in the end she is being rejected by people as eun bi just like when she lived in the countryside no one but the people at the orphanage loved her. at school she was rejected with no one by her side.
this heartbreaking situation where for the time being she will be rejected for not being eun byeol was created by the mother. eun bi had a second chance at life but at a terrible price: giving up her own identity...

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even though eun bi accepted, she was not fully conscious of what she was doing. she is a minor who was raised and grew up a hard life. she wanted to be cared for and loved, feeling guilty about her sister being dead, with no future prospect, if not to go back and have a worse fate. for me the mother took advantage of the vulnerability of a shattered child. i also understand how terrible must have been for the mother and that she was not in her right mind when she set this thing in motion, she is caring and loving but still she caused great harm to eun bi by asking her to live like the daughter she lost and doing so denying her existance as eun bi.
i also think tae kwang wants to help her because he sees himself in her. after all they share the same feeling of not being accepted, they are not acknowledged nor privately nor pubblically he as his father's son and she as eun bi. denying their own existance to the world is such a cruel thing.

this drama is so powerful. even when i don't like certain things they do, i still understand and like the characters.

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I'm not sure how there can still be Yi-an supporters after this episode. He exhibits every warning sign people usually go off on yet they're letting him off because what he's a kid he's cute whatever I don't get it.

Personally if I were Min-joon I'd purposely fail every class just to get rid of my mother.

The computers I think were the work of either Min-joon or the new student teacher. I feel bad suspecting her as my main reason for odd feelings towards her is her seemingly random introduction 7 episodes in, although after this episode I'm 90% positive she's the one sending the Soo-in texts.

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Yi An is an all rounder- hard working, ambitious, positive, dependable, stable, loving, caring, persistent, loyal, good student, good looking, tall, friendly, popular with girls but he has his eyes only for Eun Byul/ Bi... etc...etc...

While Tae kwang is a brooder, he is also caring and loving but at the same time a disturbed and difficult teenager who is not stable and a lazy bum (he may have a reason but some of his attitude in real life can make him a difficult person).

The drama showed Yi An acting out of ordinary esp. with the neck grabbing which is a sign that he might not get the girl, I am afraid...they are making him look dark now after showing all his perfectness.

His acting defensive and possessive has good reasons too...anybody in his place will go though what he is going though... I understand his situation but that neck grabbing was NOT nice but the hand grabbing one is like a fight between two dogs for a piece of bone... basically 2 males now because both of them keeps grabbing and pulling the wrist which is a typical K-drama thing and by now I am used to it..

Not because Yi An is cute, we support hm, we understand him.
In real world sense, I will go for him because he has a stable and a reliable personality and he is hard working and ambitious and people like him succeed in life or if not at least he will be a good provider and a reliable member for the family at least.

Tae kwang on the other hand is lazy, not focused, difficult, anti social, etc along with his good qualities but people like him in real life are difficult to live with and they are always lazy no matter what and in the long run, they don't succeed much in life...
For me I guess his cuteness and Sung Jae who is playing him is adding on to the favoritism instead of the other way around. I guess his cuteness is making everyone turn towards the puppy and favour him and not Yi An.

Along with Eun Bi, his character needs to grow as well and I hope and pray they don't make Yi An the darker guy because his qualities have been introduced to be stable and reliable from day one..he is responsible too...just see, how he makes money for his father... who wouldn't love a reliable guy like him! I can depend on him and not feel insecure!

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explain what yian did exactly to make him lose favor?

and i dont get all this controlling comments because not once did he tell eun bi not to be friends with tae kwang, and the wrist thing is standard kdrama

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why do people still ship TK/EBi when the writers clearly want YI/Ebi to the point that they gave up the plot coherence for the sake of love triangle during the latest 2 eps?

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Because better chemistry and he has got a better instinc at reading deep into people

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-And because TK's character is more interesting.

-Eun bi can truly be herself when with TK.

-Yi-An loves Eun byul for 8 years.

.. My TaeBi ship is sinking..

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Ok... i think i must out of my mind about this series... honestly, i'm so tired of love triangle, i mean please PD nim, don't make this story centered in love triangle, but more attention and focusing the mystery. I curious about eun byul, who is the stalker, soo young, min joon and others.. This story have strong character behind,, don't waste for some love triangle when we clear called this school series. There is 8 ep enough to reveal one by one mystery, while you can give love triangle a few progress.. sorry if my english bad and i hope you guys understand what i mean.

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I understand and I definitely agree!

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Omo! I feel like a giddy teenager whenever Tae Gwang comes on screen. "Tae-gwang is such a wounded puppy that it’s impossible not to root for him to swoop in right now and pick up the pieces." True that!
Can't wait to see how this plays out! Thanks for the recap GF!

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Even though I want Eun Bi and Tae Kwang to get together, I don't particularly want Eun Byul to come back to life. It's true if she was alive everyone can be happy but that is not how life is supposed to be. Also speaking from a story point of view, this is more interesting. Having characters deal with death and how they get over it (or not) is really intriguing. And that too at that age, is just extra dark and mean.

Hehe just my own little dark mind speaking. I have a feeling I'm going to have second lead syndrome (heart break?) again. Probably even worse than Shin Woo (You're beautiful anybody?). Poor poor Tae Kwangie.

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I did want Eun byul to be alive, but I kinda agree with you. If she comes back right now, it will be complicated for Kim So hyun to play both parts, not that she isnt doing a killer job with it right now, which she is. But itll be technically difficult. And if she comes back in the end, we wont get to see how that played out. So yes, watching them deal with that darkness will be interesting.
But STILL I want Tae Gwang to end up with Eunbi!! *prays*
You're beautiful was my first SLS heart break too!

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