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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 9

We put Eun-byul’s mystery slightly on hold to focus on Eun-bi, and rightfully so. The somber tone of the episode gives more insight into our heroine’s inner struggles, her guilt, and her desires. As the secret seeps through the cracks of Eun-bi’s act, we come to realize the weight of her sister’s identity on her life. Posing as another person has taken a toll on her relationships, and she finds herself increasingly vulnerable and fearful of being herself.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

We begin where we left off, at the double wrist grab. Tae-gwang orders Eun-bi to not say anything, but she responds that she has to tell Yi-an the truth. He reluctantly lets go of Eun-bi’s wrist and leaves them to deal with the disclosure.

Eun-bi and Yi-an sit with a gap between them, and Eun-bi openly admits that she isn’t Eun-byul. Still in denial, Yi-an convinces himself that he misunderstood and suggests that they talk later. But Eun-bi continues with her apology: “For the first time in my life, I felt loved. That feeling was so warm and comforting that I made the wrong choice. I didn’t know that choice would hurt you so much. I know it’s too late, but I’m sorry that I lied to you.”

Yi-an shakes his head, unable to comprehend this situation. He tells Eun-bi that he needs some time to think.

The next day at school, Eun-bi notices Yi-an’s absence. Teacher Kim ends his class with an announcement from Teacher Jung. She enthusiastically talks about the school’s website update and cheers on the students. Her cutesy mannerisms seem to be gladly accepted by the boys, but as soon as she leaves, they make fun of her elementary teaching style.

As they leave the classroom, Teacher Kim and Teacher Jung encounter the vice principal and the dean of students. Teacher Jung happily reports to the vice principle that her students are well-behaved, to which Teacher Kim and the dean react with forced smiles.

She walks off to her next class, and the three watch her with pity. Teacher Kim says that he warned her about the students, but she dismissed his warning, saying that she trusts the students’ innocence. Oh, the irony.

During break, So-young taunts Eun-bi about Yi-an’s absence. She wonders how Yi-an will feel every time their classmates call Eun-bi by the wrong name. So-young gets close and whispers, “You should know that staying here and pretending to be Eun-byul hurts Yi-an.” Eun-bi clenches her first but doesn’t respond.

Head Mommy arrives on campus to take the laptop sabotage matter into her own hands. Min-joon hears from a classmate that his mother is at school, and he immediately leaves to find her. She’s already in a meeting with the teachers, complaining about the unfair scoring and lack of punishment for So-young. She’s convinced that Min-joon is absolutely innocent and demands that he receive full credit for the assignment.

Teacher Ahn remains steadfast and says that she won’t change her policy. To that, Head Mommy decides that she’ll need to get the police involved. Well, that escalated quickly.

Min-joon watches the meeting from the door and quickly hides as his mother walks out with the flustered vice principal trailing behind.

Song-joo receives notice about her audition date, and So-young tells her that she had to pester her uncle for that audition spot. She wishes her good luck, though we know that So-young doesn’t mean it.

It’s lunchtime, and everyone leaves except for Eun-bi. Tae-gwang notifies her of the time, but she declines his offer to get food. She claims she isn’t hungry, and her mind is elsewhere, thinking about Yi-an.

Speaking of Yi-an, he sits on his bed, brooding with a picture of his younger self with Eun-byul in swim gear. He sets out to find answers by visiting Mom at her shop. She’s surprised by his suddent visit but welcomes him warmly.

They go to a café to talk, and Yi-an hesitates, shifting his eyes to avoid eye contact. Mom knows that he wants to speak with her about Eun-byul and encourages him to ask.

Tae-gwang finds Eun-bi sitting by the field and joins her, claiming that he wasn’t too hungry either. Then he jumps up and waves at the delivery guy bringing them jjajangmyun (ha, he called in as “Handsome Guy on the steps of Segang High School”).

He inhales the food and asks Eun-bi how she feels after revealing her secret to Yi-an. She admits that she doesn’t feel too good and seems slightly regretful — maybe she should have kept it a secret. Dissatisfied with that answer, Tae-gwang stuffs a mandu into Eun-bi’s mouth and continues to eat.

Mom explains to Yi-an that she and Eun-bi both needed each other at the time. In hindsight, she regrets putting Eun-bi in Eun-byul’s place, forcing her to live another person’s life. She plans on moving and transferring schools so that Eun-bi can start anew. Mom requests that Yi-an keep this secret, at least until they move.

Teacher Kim ends class and notices Min-joon scribbling in his notebook. After the students leave, he finds Min-joon’s notebook ripped up and with (stress) scribbles everywhere. With his reasonable suspicions, Teacher Kim asks Min-joon about the laptop sabotage.

Min-joon admits his wrongdoing indirectly with “what ifs,” fearing the consequences. Teacher Kim gives him a stern warning, “Correcting a lie is difficult. You may lose a lot and others may scornfully point fingers at you. But not correcting it now will make it even more difficult to correct in the future. You will become cowardly. The past does not disappear.”

Teacher Kim advises Min-joon not to become a coward, speaking as if he knows from experience.

Song-joo enters her audition, prepared with her trifecta of talents: She can dance, sing, and act. The judges seem impressed by her skills and compliment her. But knowing that So-young is behind this set-up, let’s not keep our hopes too high.

While walking behind her at school, Tae-gwang calls Eun-bi to make sure that she picks up his calls, since she hasn’t picked up the last few times he’s called her. He’s worried because So-young seems too happy, spreading the news that Eun-bi is leaving. Eun-bi confirms this but assures him that she’ll deal with So-young before she leaves.

Tae-gwang jokes that she should hurry and deal with So-young so that he doesn’t need to see Eun-bi’s face anymore. They scowl at each other, and Tae-gwang earns a kick to the shin. But they enjoy each other’s company, just in the opposite way that high schoolers express their interest.

Yi-an broods through the night, skipping rocks and thinking about Mom’s request to keep everything a secret until they move. Eun-bi takes out Yi-an’s medal from the memory box, torn about her relationship with Yi-an.

The next morning, Eun-bi and Yi-an separately take a bus to Tongyeong to visit Eun-byul’s memorial. When Yi-an arrives at the cemetery, he’s slowly overwhelmed with the reality that Eun-byul is gone. He sees his medal where she’s interred and mourns silently.

As Eun-bi leaves, she spots her younger siblings from Love’s House, here to visit their older sister with awards from school. She quickly hides and tears up as she overhears her siblings longing for the real Eun-bi to come back. Now playing the older sister, Ra-jin quickly wipes away her tears and leads her siblings to visit Eun-bi.

From above, Yi-an watches this scene unfold, taking in the juxtaposition of Eun-bi’s past and present.

Yi-an boards the bus to return home, and a young girl accidently scratches his hand as she runs past. She apologizes and sticks a band-aid on his cut, which triggers a flashback to Yi-an’s youth. Young Yi-an sobs at the funeral for his mother, and young Eun-byul sticks a band-aid on his jacket, where his heart is. Aww.

Back in the present, Yi-an looks through the window at the adjacent bus, where he sees Eun-bi. They look at each other, tears welling up and no way to communicate. Eun-bi’s bus leaves, and Yi-an watches forlornly.

Teacher Kim breaks the news to Min-joon’s mother, and she clearly doesn’t take it well. She asks that he doesn’t make any leaps in judgment, and he asks her to do the same.

When Min-joon returns home, Mommy drags him into his room and asks if he’s the culprit. After a tense silence of guilt, Mom slaps his face. She orders him to keep his mouth shut, since there is no confirmed evidence. Then she holds his face in her hands and tells him to prepare to study. Ugh Mommy, you are relentless.

Yi-an returns home to his father, who’s a couple drinks in. His father wonders when Yi-an will be old enough to share a drink with him, and Yi-an asks what alcohol tastes like. Dad describes it as something that fills you up you’re feeling empty. He offers Yi-an a glass, but Yi-an defers to after his swim meet. He wonders aloud if it really will fill his void.

Eun-bi wakes up to Mom by her bedside, who’s been nursing sick Eun-bi all night long. Mom insists that Eun-bi miss a day of school, but she feels well enough to attend. Eun-bi holds Mom’s hand and weakly smiles at her in gratitude.

At school, Eun-bi runs into Song-joo in the bathroom. Song-joo tells her about the audition, saying that she did well and will probably sign a contract soon. Her excitement is dampened by their recent unfriendliness, and Song-joo asks Eun-bi why they ended up this way.

Teacher Kim updates the class on the laptop sabotage case, reporting that there is not enough evidence to accuse anyone. But the class directs their gazes towards So-young, having already decided that So-young is the culprit. Teacher Kim demands that they don’t bully any classmates without appropriate evidence and gives the culprit until that night to admit their wrongdoing. Min-joon seems to be bothered by this weighing on his conscience.

Shi-jin notices Eun-byul’s pallid face and guides her to the nurse’s office. As they walk out, Eun-bi looks at Yi-an, but he tries to ignore her. He distracts himself with his headphones, and Song-joo notices their detachment.

Worried about Eun-bi, Tae-gwang visits he and decides to accompany her by taking a nap at the nurse’s office. He faces her until he catches himself staring, and quickly turns the opposite direction. Later, Yi-an pays her a silent visit, which is noticed by Tae-gwang.

As Eun-bi returns to class, Teacher Jung asks if she has any worries. She reminds Eun-bi that she’s here to listen and cheers her on. But as soon as Eun-bi leaves, Teacher Jung drops her smiley façade and stares with a deathly glare. *shudder*

When Teacher Jung leaves school, a car pulls up and Soo-in’s mom greets her daughter. Omg, Teacher Jung is Soo-in’s older sister.

Shi-jin complains to Eun-bi about the one minute math problems she’s expected to complete, but their conversation is cut short by Tae-gwang, who pulls Eun-bi into his car. He checks her fever, and then they’re off.

Teacher Kim waits in the counseling room for the culprit to confess. He hears a knock at the door, but no one is there when he opens it. Below, Min-joon sits against the wall, agonizing.

Tae-gwang leads Eun-bi through a dark empty building and brings her onto the roof overlooking the city. He asks if she remembers when the first met, with him hanging from a rope on the hospital building. Tae-gwang suggests that they reintroduce themselves and greets her as Lee Eun-bi.

He turns around, unsure of his bold move. But Eun-bi’s eyes brim with tears of gratitude, and she thanks him. He sees her tearing up, and using potayto-potahto examples, he proves to her that it doesn’t matter what she’s called. “It doesn’t matter if you’re Lee Eun-bi or Go Eun-byul. You can be whoever you want in front of me.” Aw, what a great friend.

The next day, So-young calls out to Yi-an as he’s about to board the bus to his swim meet. He thinks back to Mom’s words about Eun-bi being bullied at her previous school and confronts her about the issue. She says that he should look forward to more, but he tells her to save it. “You look pitiful.” That definitely hit a nerve.

Teacher Kim looks through the new feature on the school’s website, scrolling through the posts his students wrote for him. He laughs to himself reading through the trivial posts until he sees a post about the Tongyeong bully and victim. He reads through the article and the comments, which mention So-young by name.

As So-young walks through the school, students stare and point at her. When she enters the classroom, her classmates greet her as the notorious bully from Tongyeong. There’s no way out now with her name disclosed, and Song-joo looks at her, betrayed.

Eun-bi enters, and Tae-gwang acts quickly to get her out of this setting. So-young stares at them walking out, trembling from humiliation.

Outside, Tae-gwang asks if this was Eun-bi’s doing. It wasn’t, but she admits that she’s relieved by the convenient reveal. He asks if she’s just going to leave now — she has no good memories here anyway, right? But Eun-bi says that she was happy here, and Tae-gwang is part of her happiness. He’s flustered, but he reminds her that this fight is far from over.

Right before the swim meet begins, Yi-an receives a message from So-young. She regretfully informs him that he’ll be missing out on her big reveal about Eun-byul’s real identity. Nonono, why right before his big swim meet?!

So-young walks to the front of the class, confidently absorbing all the sneering insults from her classmates.

From his swim meet, Yi-an runs across the street just as the light changes. He gets hit by a car, rolling over the car and landing in pain. Oh no, his shoulder! People crowd around him, worried about the severity of his injuries, but he painfully gets back up.

At the podium, So-young announces that she is the bully from Tongyeong. Then staring right at Eun-bi, she asks the class if they’re curious about what her bully victim looked like.

Tae-gwang stands up to defend Eun-bi, but someone else beats him to it — Yi-an runs into the classroom, injured and breathing heavily. So-young smirks at his dedication and stares at Eun-bi with her phone in hand, ready to reveal her secret.

 
COMMENTS

Ahh this cliffhanger leaves me with many emotions. I believe we are at a consensus that So-young is the devil and deserves a downfall. Anything she does only adds to my hatred for her character, and boy, does she make my blood boil. I’m certainly happy with Yi-an’s decision to support Eun-bi, even though he knows her true identity. I wouldn’t believe his actions to have been motivated by romantic interest, but rather by loyalty.

Although Eun-bi isn’t the Eun-byul he grew up with, Yi-an knows where his loyalties lie. Way to redeem yourself after that vehement denial earlier in the episode, Yi-an. But if redeeming yourself means losing your ability to swim, I will be so heartbroken for you. Please please please let all the foreshadowing about your painful shoulder be red herrings and don’t have a severely injured shoulder after that car accident. I don’t even want to think about Dad’s reaction. *knocks on wood*

Joining So-young in our list of antagonists is Min-joon’s mother, who I found extremely frustrating. She’s become so obsessed with her helicopter parenting that she’s causing more damage than good for her son’s future. I am relieved that Min-joon seems to have more of a conscience than his mother, and I hope that Head Mommy treats her son with some dignity — not as some trophy son to prove her status among the other parents. Also joining Team Antagonist is an unexpected character: Teacher Jung. I initially thought her peppiness would serve as a relief from the teen angst and mystery thrills, so I felt the chills when I suddenly realized she was going after Eun-bi. Give the girl a break! She barely ever has time to be herself!

Speaking of which, can we talk about how wonderful Tae-gwang was in this episode? He’s the one person with whom Eun-bi can truly be herself, and I love that he gives her the space to do so. His gruff exterior and completely opposite mushy interior is adorable because he says the complete opposite of what he means every time. It’s rare to see him saying what he means and meaning what he says, so it was touching to see him genuinely reach out to Eun-bi. They build each other up in a way that Eun-bi can’t do with anyone else because I think they fundamentally understand each other’s insecurities. Their vulnerability — no matter the specific reason — speaks to the struggle of adolescence, and they’re the support that the other one needs.

Although most of the episode was much slower to set us up for the big reveal, I appreciated the change of pace. Taking the time to feel the despair with our characters felt fitting. The complex feeling of guilt experienced by Eun-bi is hard to characterize — replacing her sister, leaving her siblings at Love’s House, feeling loved — but I found that this episode aptly showed the different layers of guilt. It’s a tragic concept to feel guilty for being loved, and I can’t wait to see Eun-bi accept her own identity as one deserving of love, friendship, and all the good things in life.

 
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I become like a giddy teenager when i watch and talk about this drama.. And how can one not love tae Gwang back ??

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@Sumee

I can clearly imagine that LOL! But why the broken heart at the end of your post? :P

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@giegie just because you know eun bi does not replicate the same sincerity/care/love ... That makes me heartbroken ?

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@Sumee

But she does care about Tae-kwang & he's one of the reasons why she's happy. I think that says a lot.
I am a sucker for romance but I'd really much prefer it if the show will focus more on the issues like the switched identity, Soo-in's death, parents-childen issues and Eun-bi's growth as a character and less on the romance angle.

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Yes, there has already been so many new details involving Soo In's death, which was revealed in Episode 10. The pacing and mystery makes it such a nail-biter from week to week ..ugh..

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Have yet to watch epi 10 subbed but the cliffhanger was so what-the-hell-is-going-on-here kind of cliffhanger! I really love this show's cliffhangers.

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@giegie yes I agree with you I will be more thrilled if the show focuses on the mystery part,but since the first episode they are definately trying to portray the love angle ,hence I got so invested in it..you can't blame me ?

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lol Sumee no one can blame you sweety, they gave us a love story to fall in love with it too , but I'm loving the mystery and the intensity of all the events as well, so it's great so far :D

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I know, me too! I love this show. I love so many characters: tae kwang and eunbi are my fave so far.

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Don't forget Minji! (Eunbyul friend with short hair, her name is Minji if i am not mistaken haha)

She is really kind and sincere :)

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Her name is Shi Jin. I feel horrible for initially suspecting she was related to Jung Soo In and was the reason for Eun Byul's disappearance. When they finally revealed why it was Shi Jin's shoes and silhouette approaching Eun Byul's stall, I realized what a great friend she has been to Eun Bi this whole time. I feel so sorry for her having to live under her mom's control when she's clearly struggling to keep up with the study group. I really like her character.

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Shi Jin, don't feel bad lol, I never suspected her in the beginning but lol I love her relationship with Taekwang, they are so hilarious together, that I wouldn't mind them together in the end hehe j/k :)

I'm team Eunbi/ Taekwang all the way :D

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@dkaoru yep tae kwang is such a gem of a character and kim so hyun is doing a fantastic job of playing her initially taurmatized and now the identity crises twins,
@redd @panshel agreed shin jin is such a true and good friend and I also have to add the girl who is playing the antagonist is a cracker

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@sumee lol yes she is a cracker and an amazing actress to make people hate her so much lo. I remember even the k-netizens mentioned that as much as the rating is going higher, so is their hate for soo-young.

she causes so much chaos whenever she is on-screen, I can't imagine how slow paced the show would be without her :)

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I sight a netizenbuzz reader here lol

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lol Sumee same here. It's not even right considering our age (hides in shame) But, am I imagining that Giegie is here amongst us and watching with us? I can't believe it, that she graced us with her presence lol :)

This show is driving me crazy, and not in a good way lol. I love the mystery, the pace, and the love triangle in this show. It's really nice, and keeps me wanting more from week to week.

I just want Taekwang to be happy in the end, is that too much to ask writers? seriously please, lol. I've never in my life wanted a second lead to win the girl ever, but for Yook Sungjae I'll make the exception :P

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@TurkishRose

I'm older than you and Sumee so imagine how I feel right now. I should be the one hiding in shame, shouldn't I? But what to do....this show makes me excited for Mondays to come.

And I'm Team Yi-an! Just because.....:D He's tall, that's why LOL!

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Giegie omg rofl haha, I like your deep and complex reasoning behind you liking Yi Han haha :D :D :P

So, I guess we might be in shipping war as they call it lol, although I'm positive your ship will sail, and ours will sink.

I do love the romance in this drama, the mystery on the side and everything else is a great bonus. a nice drama to look forward to from week to week :)

It's nice to see you here, I missed you (hugs and kisses) :-)*

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TurkishRose I love both Tae-kwang & Yi-an and I wouldn't really mind who Eun-bi will end up with in the end but since shipping is fun and if I were to choose between these cuties I wıll definitely choose YA. Not because he's better than TK but because I can see that Eun-bi sees YA in a romantic way unlike TK. And yeah beacause he's tall haha! Do you remember when YA called TK "shorty"? :D

We're not sure yet whose ship will sail or sink until the show ends so I guess we are in this shipping war whether we like it or not. ;)

I missed you too. :* (sends hugs and kisses back at you)

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haaha yes wars until the end. :P

And I totally agree with you, even though I want her to be with Taekwang, but it is very obvious that she sees him only in a friend type of way, and nothing more. I guess that is why I find it hard on my poor lil heart to adjust to that fact, when Yook sunjae I feel is a better actor.

And it's so funny, because looking at the show's posters, I remember feeling that I wanted her to be with the dark haired guy (Yi Han) but when I watched it, I was squeeing along with Taekwang, hehe can't help it ;)

Anyhow, you better watch Episode 10, because it has alot going on with it. It's fully subbed on Viki, I've noticed they are super fast, as soon as it is up, most of the subbing is usually done right away.

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@giegie and @Turkishrose i will not talk about our ages...oh no never... you guys don't even bother mentioning the shame part of it ..as i absolutely have none ...
and the shipping wars..be it ..i am anchored to ship tae kwang

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@giegie oh i absolutely love your/our shallowness here..just because he is tall why bother with any thing else

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@sumee I know right? lol @Giegie had me rofling when I saw her reason hehehe :D

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ROTFL @sumee @turkishrose @giegie
Whoa, ladies...ladies...why mention our ages? Aren't we all still teenagers?
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Deep down inside. ;-)
LOL

Well, I'm team Tae gwang! Sailing or sinking! Although Giegie's reasoning to go with YA does make sense lol

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@pastmidnite yeah, we are still teenagers....more than a decade ago. :D
@Sumee @TurkishRose like I mentıoned above I love YA & TK equally and it's hard to choose between them. But I like tall men so YA it is. Do ı sound like I want him for myself??? :D

It's 3 againts 1, poor me!

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@pastmidnite we always think alike ..go team tae gwang..And @giegie you are so going down .. ?

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Yes, like you said, this show is driving me crazy every week! They have so many backstories that sometimes made me wishing Taekwang to just run away with Eunbi....but then again, Eunbi has her eyes on Yianh which also breaks my heart !___! As much as I want Eunbi to ended up with Taekwang, Im no writer, so I have to prepare for the ship to sink (it is already sinking, isnt it?)...I really hope our pitiful Gong Taekwang will get a happy ending. My heart is aching for him.

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I'M SO CONFIDENT THAT KWANGLEE WILL ENDED UP TOGETHER BECAUSE THE ACTUAL LEAD CHARACTER HERE IS EUN BI AND TAE KWANG..YI AN IS 2ND LEAD CHARATER..I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT TAE KWANG IS ACTUALLY THE LEAD CHARACTER AND NOT YI AN..AND ALSO THAT GO EUN BYUL NOT DIED YET..SO I'M PRETTY SURE THAT KWANGLEE WILL ENDED UP TOGETHER AND YI AN AND EUN BYUL TOOO...

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YOOK SUNGJAE IS THE MALE LEAD *does celebratory dance*

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made the big mistake of watching episode 1of this show last night, I was able to be not curious about it for weeks tho I know Sung Jae is here, coz I saw the other guy holding the girl's hand so what is the point if Sung Jae will not get the girl again here ( like in Plus Nine Boys well. sort of).
I was just checking it out and here I am hours later in ep. 9, anyway, let me say my piece. Tae-gwang really made a lot of effort here and whatever Yi-an did in the past was for the other girl, not Eun Bi so although he cares about her, try and understand that the real girl he loves just died and Eun Bi is just a mere replacement, so it would be just weird to feel the same for the sister, ok? So I dont want them together, and I hope the real Eun Byul is still alive somewhere, tho I doubt if they got it all wrong in the autopsy, how the hell did she died anyway, when she was the one who saved her twin, she just thought: oh, I hv my problems, I just better end it here and let my twin carry on, yea, that's plausible.
I know Tae Gwang is the best Boy-Bestfriend a girl will ever get but really, girl, what are the chances that he looks like that, too? Can't you feel anything at all? and it is not right to be crushin on your dead sis' would-be boyfriend, just because she's well, dead. just saying, coz I really think Tae Gwang is "it" . tho he will be cool about it if you would choose Yi-an, it will break my heart.
Sung Jae is really making an effort here with his acting , Yi-an is just relying on his cute, innocent face to deliver everything.

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Amen, to all points!

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Yes, the episode feels much slower, and that has both advantages and disadvantages. I could live with much less "silent staring scenes" though, this is not Twilight. We actually have plot material and don't need this dragging filler.

Finally we get some weight behind Eun-bi's decision to role play her sister. Eun-bi finally realises that that was a stupid and very harmful decision, and she gets rubbed it in by the children from the orphanage. Eun-bi and Yi-an individually visiting Eun-byul's urn overall was a very necessary addition.

Some of the "background" plots get development, which is great. (Though I prefer the more character-ish ones like Min-joon's over the "mystery" ones like student teacher's, but that's probably just me.)

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Jon G. love the Twilight comment, hopefully it won't go that route, considering I'm one of the rare species who did not like twilight much lol

But, I like all the development so far, and although the show has already passed the midpoint where it usually becomes draggy and boring, I have not felt that even slightly. The pacing, and the mystery is being revealed little by little which I'm enjoying.

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lol not liking Twilight is not rare. Most of the internet hates it.

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lol glad to hear, I thought I might get tomatoes thrown at me or something hehe :P

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goodness me i HATE twilight

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*another rant ahead*

Oh those “silent staring scenes”! They nearly got the best of me. I was watching this ep after a pub-crawl, but even alcohol couldn´t numb my senses enough, so I still kept rolling my eyes or cursing at the screen through most of its run. Granted, all the developments in this ep were long waited and well earned. Only trouble is that it showcased the parts of this drama that I find the least endearing, namely the Big Switch, Nobody Tells Yi-an Anything Ever and Insert "Tae-gwang" for dramatic build-up and have him gone in the next sec. Well, somebody told Yi-an something at last, even twice over. But I had really hard time getting behind the angst, because it felt manipulative and empty. It might also be that I got so pissed at Eun-byul´s mom that it turned me blind to all the longing stares and silent tears that came afterwards. Don´t get me wrong here, I love this show to pieces, but I´ve got zero patience when it comes to things I love.

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I have to confess that it's difficult to emotionally invest in the characters, because of the inconsistencies of the show.

The "Big Switch" premise gets pushed in my face without a blink, and I assume that I'm supposed to forgive all those atrocious acts of some sympathic characters (like Eun-byul's mom) for the sake of the premise. And then the show addresses these issues many episodes later, but only a little.

With Yi-an: "Well, somebody told Yi-an something at last, even twice over. But I had really hard time getting behind the angst, because it felt manipulative and empty."

For some reason, the actor and the director went for a "violent teenage angst" approach on the emotional expressions. I sometimes feel like I watch the "origins flash-back" of a comic book villain here:

Yi-an: 'Why did I become a super-villain? Long story. Well, back then in high school, I was popular, a national level athlete and I had a crush on my childhood friend. Then her evil twin sister stole over her identity and flirted with me and turned me into a cripple. I tried to deal with all that, but all the anger and rage and a radioactive gecko turned me into this ..."

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Jon G. Rofl maybe you can write a comic book story out of this, I'm sure you will have a lot of following hehe..

But, all joking aside. I feel that they don't focus on many aspects, aka the mother and what she had to do with Eubi, etc. Unless there is still some things that need to be uncovered in regards to all the plot holes we might see.

There is still a huge mystery in regards to soo in's death, and it seems more people were involved in that incident than meets the eye.

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For me, this is the type of show that has a lot going for it but that would be significantly better if it had had been 100% pre-written before filming – because then a lot of the inconsistencies would probably not be there, a lot of the uneven pacing would be gone and the overall character development would be better, including with some of the side characters who are very prominent in some episodes but then feel very flat in others. As it is now, some characters only appear when they are needed for a certain turn in the plot (e.g. Eun-byul's mom is very much a character like this, I find her very superficially present and difficult to relate to: this is a woman whose child DIED but you'd never know from most episodes.)

I also feel like there a bit too many issues going on – Eun-bi's bullying in the past, Eun-byul's death/disappearance, Soo-in's death. It all connects somehow (or presumably will)... but it feels like a bit too much? One intriguing murder-mystery could have sufficed...

And then there are of course things like Yi-an being a top swimmer in the Korean youth league that I find rather uncompelling (the amount of free time he has and unstructured training like his morning exercise just don't add up).

I still think it's good and interesting drama, but in a pre-written drama production system it would be a whole lot more polished IMO...

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I liken Yi-an's training to the all too familiar chaebol CEO that never actually does any CEO stuff.

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@alua

You may be right. Certain shows are not quite sure what story they really want to tell, and that might even be a strategy to probe the audience (see the very genre/tone-shaky start of "Producer").

This show throws all kinds of things at the viewers, and one episode goes all in with the love triangle, the next one addresses grieve and loss, the next one plays the more traditional School/slice-of-life.

Luckily, it's only episode 9 and there is still a lot of time for the show to make up its mind.

Yi-an's unbearable lightness of schedule: I'd give him leeway like windsun33 if not for the fact that we see most other people being busy all the time (even the housewives being busy with screwing up the lives of their children). And Yi-an's tight schedule is supposed to be a plot point.

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As this show moves on, I am seeing more and more plot holes and WTF moments. Not heavily invested in this show, but this and the next episode both seem to have a lot of head scratcher plot devices.

That entire over the top angst of Yi-An just felt so fake, as you noted.

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@Jon G.

Yi-an the super-villain! Haa, nice touch! I actually don´t mind the "violent teenage angst" approach, seems sort of appropriate, or perhaps Yi-an has more right to lash out now than before (his jealousy fits earlier were scary). It just feels like the writer drags Yi-an´s character around for no other purpose than for milking tears. Well, it´s a drama, I shouldn´t really complain about it, should I? I guess, what I´m trying to say here is that up til now, before he decided to run for Eun-bi´s rescue, he has had very little to do besides being pushed and pulled by Fate, erm, the writer. Bad things just keep happening to him (lost first love/best friend, he´s been lying to) and of course I feel sorry for him, but it´s just not that engaging, when you´re told to feel sorry. Ep 10, on the other hand, had me pretty invested in the angst department, because he chose to stand up for Eun-bi, got hurt etc.

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im sorry, but none of what you said made any real sense...eun byul's mom's actions dont need to be explained cause one could at the very least understand what her grieving mind was getting at when she made the offer to eun bi, you can also understand why bullied orphaned eun bi would take the offer.

yi-an just lost his best friend and has been tricked and lied to about that by her twin. his emotions are all over the place, his loyal to eun byul and to his feelings for eun bi but at the same time so young is right everytime he hears people call eun bi, eun byul its gonna twist that knife, everytime he looks at eun bi, part of him will be searching for signs of the eun byul he loved... so yes him being mean is the only way he can coup...

the show hardly has inconsistencies because every character has been true to themselves

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im sorry, but none of what you said made any real sense…eun byul’s mom’s actions dont need to be explained cause one could at the very least understand what her grieving mind was getting at when she made the offer to eun bi, you can also understand why bullied orphaned eun bi would take the offer.

Sorry, but manipulating the identical twin-sister of your dead daughter into pretending to be your daughter is not grieving.

"Oh, honey, your hamster died? I bought you a new one, and it looks exactly like Snowball!"

Eun-byul's mother is an adoptive mother, not just some incompetent immature parent. She's supposed to be able to understand how parenting works (because otherwise she would never been allowed to adopt in the first place). But she decided that, instead of grieving, it's better to load off her emotional stress onto her dead daughter's twin sister, a suicidal teenager. That's horrible, horrible child abuse.

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yi-an just lost his best friend and has been tricked and lied to about that by her twin. his emotions are all over the place, his loyal to eun byul and to his feelings for eun bi but at the same time so young is right everytime he hears people call eun bi, eun byul its gonna twist that knife, everytime he looks at eun bi, part of him will be searching for signs of the eun byul he loved… so yes him being mean is the only way he can coup…

I can agree with everything you said until the final sentence. There is absolutely no reason for him to be mean. That's not even a typical coping strategy, except for people with some character deficits.

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the show hardly has inconsistencies because every character has been true to themselves

The inconsistencies I was referring to where less "character" inconsistencies (they exist too), but mostly show inconsistencies.

The show swings back and forth between what it tries to tell and what it wants us, the audience, to take seriously or to swallow with suspended disbelieve.

Eun-byul's mother's grieving for her daughter might actually happen off-stage, it's just not happening in the scope of the show. The mother gets dragged to the stage when she is needed for some of the other sub-plots. This inconsistency makes her look like a monster.

Another result of that inconsistencies is the problem that Eun-byul cannot to be dead, but she also cannot be alive.

If she is really dead, then Eun-bi, Eun-byul's mother and Yi-an's lack of interest in her death doesn't make sense. It also renders much of the love triangle dynamic utterly useless.

If she is not dead, well, that would be even worse. Eun-byul has been cast aside by the show, by her mother and her sister. Everyone has moved on without batting an eye. Nobody so far has ever asked HOW she actually died.

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@Jon G. "Everyone has moved on without batting an eye. Nobody so far has ever asked HOW she actually died."

That's what I find really, really weird. It's not that we need it to be a major part of the story, but if you didn't watch the first couple of episodes you'd never know that anything so life shattering happened! Of course, denial can be a reaction to death as well, but the show doesn't even give us hints that that is what might be the case with Eun Byul's mom. Thus, you get a flat and rather questionable character that is used merely as a plot device...

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child abuse? really? people grieve in their own unique way being an adoptive parent does not prepare you for the lose of a child, also you keep saying she manipulated her into it, how exactly and how has she forced her to be eun byul except in name only? she had 1 of three options,
1 what she did
2 she could have let eun bi go back to her miserable life, and her empty life where nothing but an empty house awaited her
3 she could have gone the legal route and adopted eun bi, but then that takes time, and eun bi is like 17 already so...
in the time the adoption goes through eun bi would be forced to return to her old school where god knows what awaited her. then you think about when the adoption does finally go through and eun bi would forever live in the shadow of eun byul.

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when it comes to yi-an what else but be mean/rude can he be? he cant exactly avoid her, she wont leave him alone, so yes he is left with pushing her away, or what do you expect for him to welcome her with open arms as eun byul's sister? taking into account her taking her sister's name, how she has been lying to him, his conflicting emotions towards her....pushing her away is the only way he can coup and that is not the first time a tv show character or real person has gone about dealing with loss

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Yes, well, in the western world, this is straight forward child abuse.

Option number 4: She volunteers as a foster mother for Eun-bi. I'm not completely fluent in Korean laws, but considering Eun-bi's status, that should be doable in a very short time, especially because Eun-bi already lived with her at this point.

She even KNOWS that this is an option, because it is mandatory to tell an possible adoptive mother about that.

She ignored any rational and healthy route. Instead she convinced a depending and mentally and emotionally vulnerable suicidal teenager who was recovering from amnesia to act as a substitute so that she, the adoptive mother, didn't need to come up with a healthy coping strategy for the loss of her daughter. She even CALLS the substitute "Eun-byul".

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actually, if eun-bi had gone back i don't think she would have gone back to the same miserable life. her life was only miserable at school: she was reasonably happy at the home –longing for a family, sure, but she was close and attached to her younger 'siblings', in particularly the younger girl. since the orphanage was now aware of the bullying, i very much doubt she would have gone back to the same school (the part of her life that truly miserable), she would have most likely transferred somewhere else and started anew.

meanwhile, eun-byul's mom could have started the adoption process and/or applied for fostering (while supporting her with visits etc.) OR they could have just waited till eun-bi's 18th birthday (less than a year away, if not significantly less given that eun-bi was already worrying about having to move out of the home) and eun-byul's mom could have just taken her in then without any complications.

point being, taking eun-bi in while asking her to pretend someone else was the least normal and rational of choices, indeed, i wonder if it could not possibly even be criminal – it could be considered child abduction (it's still eun-bi!) or fraud (since eun-bi is stealing someone's identity). in real life, it's the most unlikely scenario, because people don't just adopt another identity and when they do, it's more likely to be another name (not necessarily someone else's, but a completely new one) and not a whole life (eun-bi, after all, is supposed to act and be like eun-byul and thus erase her whole own identity and past).

of course if eun-byul's mom is seriously psychologically unstable her choice might make some sense... but she isn't really portrayed as such.

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yes a grieving mother ignored all rational and healthy routes on the day she found out her daughter had died...have you ever heard of such a thing?

she calls her eun byul because imagine the screw up and legal trouble they would both face if she was to slip up one day and call eun bi by her real name in public? so yes she calls her eun byul so it becomes habit and also because its the only name she has ever known her as.

i love how everyone seems to forget that as selfish a decision as it was, that she made the decision thinking about eun bi and not eun byul...check the scenes she flashed back to and you see that all she remembered was their time together and the little info she got about eun bi's previous life and the foreshadowing she saw in her future.

the mom's decision was driven by loss and love, i cant really see how one can not understand that.

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well we cant be sure of what eun bi would have gone back to, so young is very vengeful and we know life for her wasnt easy when eun bi was thought as dead, who knows what she would have done as punishment.

actually the mom plans for eun bi to only take on eun byul's name reason why she plans to move to a new town so that eun bi can be eun bi without the pressure of eun byul's past haunting her. yes a crime what they are committing

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psychological unstable? she was grief stricken, temporary insanity comes into play here.

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and in a trial on charges of child abuse, eun byul's defense could always argue that opportunistic eun bi saw her dead sister's death as an opportunity to make a new life for herself. going as far as to argue that she faked the amnesia to get close to the mom and establish a connection and only confessed when about to get caught in her lie, and manipulated a grief stricken woman into letting her take her daughters place.

twist as she is, eun bi went a step further surrounding herself with eun byul's friends and pursuing a romance with eun byul's former lover

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i may be one of those few people who believe that eunbi's feeling for yi an is purely friendship feeling, no love. haha.. because, i think, she knows well that yi an likes eunbyul (she did laugh when she was reading yi an's cards for eunbyul). and i ship her with taekwang.. yi an and eunbyul.. i just hope this 'missing' girl would comeback asap.. and help her sister to fight with that crazy sooyoung.
tonite i'll watch ep10, i hope nothing bad happens..
i just love seeing this teenagers with their problems, not only about school and friendship, but their cute lovey dovey also :)

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I agree too! I've caught up to the episodes and nothing really tells me that E.Bi is romantically interested in YA. It seems more like a friendship, in which she feels as if she's let a friend (one of her first few in forever) down and hurt him horribly, especially a friend who was super close and clearly in love with her twin sister. (I mean doesn't she admit that at one point, that YA has the biggest crush on E.byul??)

But my point is, when someone is sincerely into you like that and you fool them by asking them to help you "remember" your precious childhood together--that's like all sorts of betrayal and guilt right there! So I can see why she would be so upset as to the state of their relationship now, especially when she didn't allow him as a close friend to mourn E.byul's death properly.

I really don't think any of her sadness and tears are like "omg why does he not like me back? I'll never have a shot with him now :("

Plus, It makes more sense E.Bi and TK to be a couple (if this drama's not like School 2013 and actually does involve romance) because they give each other strength and grow/learn from one another. Plus putting E.Bi and YA together...is kind of crass--dude just lost the girl he liked.

(Clearly I'm on board the E.bi & TK ship :x)

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As a person who's just been reading the recaps (I need to know that she ends up with the right guy befotre I watch this!!!) I've been getting the impression that she was, you know, simply feeling guilty out of betraying a friend rather than a lover ... though I thought I was mistaken since I hadn't watched it, so what did I know? But so glad to see that my impression might be correct !!!

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eunbyeol is alive! haha

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AC, I wish you could be right, and somehow, we are all misinterpreting it. But, the way she is around Yi Han makes me feel she DOES love him, and I think the writer wants us to see it that way. Considering that whenever there is a scene between the three of the Yi Han, Taekwang, and Eubi, she always chooses Yi Han.

I'm on board the Taekwang ship, but I feel it's sinking, the more I watch. I'm hoping that changes soon :(

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Jon G., I gotta agree with @pogo here. Sometimes the script asks for something, and the actors are not up to the part. I think Kim Sohyun is doing a phenomenal job, considering I actually believe that there are two sisters, and she displays them differently.

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indeed! i never once questioned in identifying eunbi and eunbyul. her acting makes me believe that they are 2.

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I'm on board the HMS Eun-bi/Tae-kwang too!

Come on, writers, if you're going to write a character this awesome, please don't stick him in the friendzone. Especially when he has that much natural chemistry with Kim So-hyun as Eun-bi.

(weirdly, I feel like she has more chemistry with Yi-an when she's playing Eun-byul)

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Of course she has, she's written that way.

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it was more a comment on how KSH is able to 'turn it off' depending on which sister she's playing, all the writing in the world can't manufacture chemistry where there is naturally none.

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I know what you mean, of course.

But quite honestly, any professional and experienced actor should be able to do this, as long as the writing and directing is there.
And, as I have to acknowledge, KSH IS a professional and experienced actress.

(I personally dislike the very term "chemistry" in this context. Very often people talk about the chemistry of certain characters in a certain scene, but they call it the "chemistry of the actors". As if there was something going on between the people who play these characters.
I could write a long essay about that ...)

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.....well, the actors are the ones responsible for producing that chemistry onscreen, not the characters (who are fictional).

And you severely underestimate the intelligence of people here if you assume they're the type who automatically think any discussion of onscreen chemistry = something going on between the actors. What are we, twelve?

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"…..well, the actors are the ones responsible for producing that chemistry onscreen, not the characters (who are fictional)."

Only partially. Most of the chemistry comes from the writing: How are the characters designed, how is their relationship developed, how are their scenes set up, how is their dialogue written, this kind of stuff.
Then there are a lot of other production factors coming into play: camera usage, cutting, background music and sound editing. And then there is the acting, which is important, but only one component among all the others.

"And you severely underestimate the intelligence of people here if you assume they’re the type who automatically think any discussion of onscreen chemistry = something going on between the actors. What are we, twelve?"

You won't believe how often I read a comment like "they should date in real life" simply because of the clever use of background music in a scene. From commenters around my age (but almost always female).

But that is just the most extreme form of misunderstanding the concept of "chemistry".
More popular: Predicting the chemistry of two characters by the chemistry of two totally different characters who happen to be played by the same actors.

I don't deny that there IS something like actor-chemistry. It really exists. Some pairs of actors simply click very well together, but each other in their professional comfort zones and bring out the best in each other. But that doesn't necessarily mean that their characters will have a perceivable "romantic chemistry", even though it helps a lot.

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even the most skilful writing and direction can't manufacture the particular synergy between actors that we recognise as chemistry, if the actors don't have it to begin with. There's only so much that a script, director or editor can do for an actor/s - you can take the horse to the water but you can't make it drink.

And yes, I agree that the chemistry may not always be consistent even between the same actors when they get paired up in different dramas (Lee Jun-ki and Nam Sang-mi are one example) , but having seen plenty of movies and dramas in various languages with repeat pairings of actors, I'd say that a pair who've shown believable romantic chemistry in one drama generally do show it in another.

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Well, I still believe that Eunbi's feeling toward Yian is love.
And I know it will cause a lot of chaos IF the "missing" girl back.

But yeah, I just want a happy ending for Eunbi, whoever she end up with. Taekwang is super adorable. Love his character.

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I watch this show bits by bits and I really need to watch this show more properly when my finals is over (examinations please go away faster)

I think that eun bi's feeling to yi an is mostly guilt, she likes that yi an is friendly with her, and feels that eun byul recieved so much love from other people, unlike her. But I think she is happy with yi an's feeling (or might like yi an a bit) but her feeling of guilt towards him is much bigger.

And I ship eun be tae gwang all the way!! Please make them together!!
Can't wait for episode 10 recap!

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Thanks Dramallama for the recap! I kept refreshing the page and exclaimed in joy when I saw the recap out!

Love love love this drama! The scene of yi an and eunbi on the buses looking at each other was especially poignant and beautifully filmed.

I can't wait for the next recap! ^^

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I agree that this show is very good and is beautifully filmed. Kudos to the director and photography guy. Fantastic cast especially Kim So Hyun. The story has been very engaging so far, better than I expected for a teen show. I'm glad to see the ratings steadily climbing every week.

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I am convinced these writers are trying to kill me. Why do they both have to be so perfect!? Taking turns watching her sleep -- who even does that in real life!? If Tae Gwang's (indirect) roof confession doesn't get Eun Bi to fall for him, then I don't know what will. He was adorable calling her just to check she didn't block his number and kidnapping her in his car. Yet her and Yi An are perfect together, too. I'm so torn. Freaking truck of doom. I saw you coming from a mile away. Yi An didn't even need to rush back. Tae Gwang's got it covered at school. Go and swim.

I wished Nam Joo Hyuk had cried in front of Eun Byul's columbarium, but that's okay, I cried on his behalf. I about lost it when we saw Eun Bi had returned his gold medal to its rightful owner. I also wished Ra Jin and the kids had caught Yi An mourning so they could've told him how awesome an unnie/noona Eun Bi was, but that's okay, him standing there watching her cry made my heart stop. I cried the hardest when they were staring at each other from opposite buses with Eun Bi's bus pulling away (symbolism), then had to remind myself, "This isn't goodbye. They'll see each other in Seoul." I am honestly glad she is transferring schools because finally Mom is letting her live as Eun Bi, but even more glad Mom told Yi An about the transfer to push him to make a decision. If band-aids really could heal broken hearts like Little Eun Byul tried to do, then we're going to need a whole lot of band-aids over here.

I knew the student teacher would be Jung Soo In's sister as soon as she introduced her name as "Jung Min Young." I feel so sorry for suspecting Shi Jin initially. She is such a good friend to Eun Bi, better than Song Joo ever was. How cute was she threatening to call the police on Tae Gwang? Kim Hee Jung is a triple threat; she can act, sing, and dance. In your face, So Young. I hope Song Joo's successful audition was a sign that all her evil plans will backfire. I loved the *coughKangSoYoungcough* with Tae Gwang smirking behind her. A big thanks for the recap, dramallama!

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lol Panshel you had me laughing at your comment "I wished Nam Joo Hyuk had cried in front of Eun Byul’s columbarium, but that’s okay, I cried on his behalf." :)

same here, I wished there was more emotions. But, I still felt the sadness for him, for losing his BFF.

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Eun Bi and Tae Kwang are made for each other! They have the best chemistry in the whole show. I hope Eun Bi comes to realize who really cares about her, and I mean the real her.

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Haruni, I hope the writers realize this first. I thought it might be just us international fans rooting for Taekwang, but even the koreans are doing that too with over 10,000 upvotes .

tv Report - Naver:

1. [+10,466, -334] It's impossible not to fall in love with Gong Tae Kwang

2. [+7834, -63] What is up with that female teacher?..... She freaks me out

3. [+1475, -25] The car accident is quite makjang ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

4. [+880, -23] Is Han Yi Ahn some kind of a superhero? Why is he normal after he got hit by a car?

Rating for Tuesday May 26

School 2015 -7.1%

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That car was pretty makjang. He already dumped his meet over Eun-byul, did he really need to defy death as well?

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Eva dear, it's kdrama logic, a huge accident has to occur for them to be bound and fated forever lol :P

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I know, I guess I´m fighting with the wind mills, eh?

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rofl @ windsun :D

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I was searching on Wikipedia on more about School and on Sungjae's page it says that Tae Gwang is the FIRST male lead and Joohyuk's profile it says that Yi An is the SECOND male lead...

Can anyone clear this up for me? I'm confused.. haha

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I am off to search :P

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Maybe someone changed it though can't blame him/her lol. Sungjae-So Hyun is love :)))))

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@Heal Hahaaa! Though the same thing. Some hardcore Tae-gwang fan with mean fingers.

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I saw the same thing on wiki..got confused and then excited ?

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lol omg I hope it is true. but, you know wiki, anyone can change the information to how they want it hehe :)

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@turkish i know ..and then lightning struck..even i can make those changes ..what a waste

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lol hhaaahaa :P

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Saw it tooo! So excited! I think our prayer circle worked! uri Tae Kwangieee! Fighting! <3

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Definitely done by some hardcore Gong Tae's fan in denial mode, which really got my agree.

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Why does it matter that who's the second male lead and who isn't? The love interest isn't always the first main lead. This has been shown in 49 Days and Two Weeks.

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Just searched it and literally squealed! Also looked at Nam Joo-Hyuk's page and it says he's second lead so I think all our EB/TK shipping might have worked! :D

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I AM SO IN LOVE WITH KWANGLEE CHEMISTRY...BEST CHEMISTRY IN THIS DRAMA..THIS DRAMA GOTS EVERYTHING...THE DRAMA,THE MYSTER.THE ROMANCE AND COMEDY...LOVE..BUT NOT SATISFIED WITH THE TOTAL OF EPISODES..16???ARE YOU KIDDING ME???IT'S TOO SHORT FOR A GOOD DRAMA LIKE THIS....

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Who do you think is the lead??I want Sungjae to be the lead.But it's not possible,right?

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anyone can edit wiki... I'm going to go make myself the lead.

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spoooooot on thank you for your recap!! love it!

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Thanks for the recap~

I loved how the writer addressed the various issues that come with Eunbi stepping in her unni's shoes: Mikyung coming to terms with the adverse result of the favor she asked of her daughter's dongsaeng because at the moment, the grief over her loss of Eunbyul was too much to deal with on her own, Yian finally finding out he can't go on looking for his childhood bestfriend in Eunbi because that isn't her was hard watch but necessary and Eunbi herself acknowledging her longing for warmth and love must've been unfair to others (and partly to herself too, although she must have grown accustomed not to see it that way because she's viewing these good things as something she as Eunbi isn't entitled to). As Eunbyul's mom puts it to Yian during their cafe coversation: "No matter how much I love her, living as another person couldn't have been easy." I dearly appreciate her efforts to make it up to Eunbi, by providing her an actual fresh start (although I hope moving doesn't hinder the budding relationships she got along the way). What I really want from this show is Eunbyul returning and the sisters be able to make peace with their demons and have a normal life with their mother who loves them a lot - never say never, we'll see if I get that wish.

It made me shudder to see last week's episode end in a double wrist grab (I was half screaming at my laptop). Good thing that Taekwang's support is unconditional and ever present; the tears shed during that "Hi, Lee Eun Bi" greeting at the rooftop were worth it. He's just there for Eunbi, whatever and whoever she is.

Overall, it's an episode interspersed with the sad and happy (and creepy and anger-inducing) moments. Minjoon deserves better from his mom who isn't seeing she's being too much already. It was for five points and it wasn't as if her son was the only one with docked grade. Shijin is finally given more time to shine as I've really wanted her among Eunbyul's friends to grow close to Eunbi. Pretty sure with those talents, Songjoo would be able to realize her dream, without falling for Soyoung's schemes. And speaking of, this girl is growing more infuriatingly pathetic with each episode. How shameless of you ugh I couldn't wait for the day you'd be stopped.

Kinda called it on the new student teacher being hella scary because she's Sooin's unni (trusting her outward cuteness is a no no).

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I just hope things will get better for eunbi..she has been through a lot..i don't think she's attracted to yi ahn and tae kwang in romantically way, more in friend zoned..yi ahn is like her first friend during the amnesia and tae kwang is someone that she knows will never leave her. I think the ep is kinda slow paced this week because the climax is comin soon. The real things awaits.

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When Eunbi said "For the first time, I feel loved" to Yian, I finally understand why she choose Yian over Taekwang. Because she grows up without any love from guys. And Yian openly showered her with all the love and sweetness. While Taekwang has always denying his love even though he's always there for her.
So she sees Taekwang more like a guardian angel, or like a friend who always want to help after knowing her secret. While with Yian, he takes care of Eunbi like what a boyfriend always do.
So it's more like her style for a boyfriend.

I always wonder how can she be so blind, but now I know.

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I think there are many different kind of boyfriends. Both Yi-an and Tae-kwang are supportive and loving (when they are not having a wrist-grabbing fight over Eun-bi), both take care of Eun-bi in their own way.

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Yian realization about Eunbyul's dead make me realize how the whole Eunbi replaced Eunbyul is so wrong and not fair to Eunbyul and her friends. Her friend like Yian didn't even know that she's already dead and Eubyul didn't have anyone to grieve for her. A bit upset with how her mom is so cold in this episode while talking about this.

Also I feel Yian acting is so lacking in this episode esp for emotional grieving scene in Eunbyul's memorial. He hardly emote.

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Yes, it was wrong for Eun-bi to do that. It was wrong for Eun-byul's mother to suggest it and to use Eun-bi's vulnerability that way. And I was really angry at the show to push their premise at the expense of their characters.

I'm very happy that the show finally allows us to realise HOW wrong all of this was.
Not just for Yi-an and Eun-byul's friends and Eun-byul's legacy, but also for Eun-byul's mother and Eun-bi themselves.

Yi-an, well, for some reason he doesn't seem sad as much as angry. Not sure whether he is written that way or it is the actor, but Yi-an comes across as a person who constantly struggles to keep his violent tendencies in check.

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Yes, her living as her sister was unfair to everyone, but let's not forget a few things

a) the identity mixup was the result of an honest mistake when she really did lose her memories
b) Eun-bi's old life was hell, and Mom probably thought even living under a false name was better than sending a child back to that life.
c) Mom does regret it, but I think she's grown to care for Eun-bi in her own right and not just as an Eun-byul substitute. They're stuck in a situation that began because of a mistake, but there's very little that can be done about it.

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<and Mom probably thought even living under a false name was better than sending a child back to that life

She could have just adopted her as Eun-bi though. That seems a whole lot more rational than getting someone to essentially permanently pretend to be someone else. Because that, if you think about it, is actually pretty creepy and can only result in some sort of major identity crisis somewhere down the road.

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I know, it was irrational. Though I don't know whether an adoption would even have been possible, since she was legally 'dead', or how long it would have taken before she could live with Mom permanently - and she'd probably have to go back to the orphanage and that bullying school in the meantime.

Not saying this justifies what Mom did, just that these were ways she might have rationalised it to herself.

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I don't know about you guys, but I reaaaaallly love their stylin' uniforms! I wish I could go back to high school and wear those... lol

I really have a feeling that EunByul is alive, and she's probably investigating Jung Soo In's case... I think Eun Byul changed a lot when that Jung Soo In incident happened. I'm really curious. Is Jung Soo In the bully and Eun Byul the victim? I can only speculate at this point...

I love this kind of drama because the plot was woven so well. The actors are so amazing, esp KSH!

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I really liked that rooftop scene with TaeKwang.... he did the words that she really needed to hear. He's so sweet... About that bus scene... I couldn't help thinking Yi An was really saying goodbye to Eunbyul - so when he is literally seeing Eunbi, in his mind he's seeing his friend Eunbyul. It broke my heart that Eunbi was causing him such grief with just her presence.

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love your username ;)

and Yes the rooftop confession was so sweet and sad at the same time.

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omgomgomg this drama is getting better and better. Thank you dramallama!! I still refuse to believe that Eun-byul is dead. I just wish they would balance the drama with some humour. I especially enjoy the Eun-bi Tae-gwang interactions. I think the mysterious stalker should be Teacher Jung... Excited to see how it'll play out :)

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Anyone kind of hoping Min-Joon would make friends with our academically struggling girl? I'm not asking for a romance, I just think that it would benefit both of them to become friends. Well, I think he could use at least one friend. She could use the tutoring but also someone being on her side too. And actually Min-Joon might do even better in school because nothing makes you know your stuff better than having to teach it to someone else.

My TG feels grow episode by episode. It's killing me. He's so incredibly genuine.

I also appreciate that they're bringing up a lo of issues that they skirted around for the beginning half of this show. I'm just sort of wondering if they overestimated their capabilities because I'm not sure exactly how this will be able to wrap up so many story lines satisfactorily....but I look forward to them trying!

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I totally understand Yi-an's reaction to the truth. His best friend/love interest from childhood was (assumingly) dead and he wasn't even informed. And then there's this girl, albeit her sister, who knows the truth and chooses to withhold it. If anything, Yi-an's reaction could've been even been more emotional. I love Nam Joo-hyuk, but the scene at Eun-byul's memorial seems so lacking. It's ok if he doesn't cry his heart out, but his stoned face is so hard to read. Not that I want to see Yi-an suffer, I just think the grief could've been more visible.

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"I love Nam Joo-hyuk, but the scene at Eun-byul’s memorial seems so lacking."

it s not only lacking, but also confusing. YA was sad and cried for his bff. But he touched Eun Bi's photo. So, whom does his sadness point to? Eun Bi or Eun Byun? Sometime, a small hand gesture can create a lot of meaning.

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Thanks for the recap, dramallama!

I can see how hard it must be for Yian to even consider Eunbyul being gone, so his initial denial is understandable. I'm glad he sought out Mom to ask about what's going on and finally hears the truth about Eunbi. I think he needed to know this, not only to have the chance to grieve for Eunbyul properly, but to also hopefully not blame Eunbi too much knowing that she had a tough life. And honestly, it was more of the Mom's decision to have her be Eunbyul though she now realizes that was a poor decision.

The scenes of Eunbi and Yian visiting Eunbyul separately were so poignant. I can feel Yian trying hard to make sense of all this while staring at the urn. And later, when he saw the kids from the orphanage with Eunbi hiding and crying, I think that's why he finally gets an inkling how difficult being Eunbyul has been for Eunbi. So, I think even though he feels betrayed and wants to keep a distance for now, he will still look out for her--if not for her as Eunbi, then at least be the one to protect her on Eunbyul's behalf. I hope he can forgive Eunbi and accept her as her own person. That confession from Eunbi about feeling loved for the first time really broke my heart knowing what she's been through. =(

Taegwang is awesome as always being the supporting friend, ordering delivery, keeping Eunbi company when she's sick, and the rooftop scene. Using those synonyms to comfort her and telling her she can be herself in front of him was really touching. Not to mention, calling her by her real name.

Songjoo audition was great. Hope she will realize her dreams with another company that is not Soyoung's uncle's.

Jung teacher assistant's dagger eyes are no joke. *shudder* Definitely been suspecting her link to Sooin and now we know she's here for revenge.

Poor Minjoon with his tyrant mom. No wonder the kid is stressed and even resorts to tempering with the classmates' laptops. At least he has a conscience and I hope he can change his mom by standing up for himself.

Soyoung being outcasted after that article reveal felt so good. She's so horrible and I'm glad that Yian had found out Eunbi's past from Mom so that he can understand that this girl is out to get Eunbi. So, he needs to be there for her. Soyoung should really realize how pitiful she is after hearing the same words from Eunbi and Yian.

Yian getting hurt in the accident was hard to watch. But we can see how important Eunbi is to him. Even if for now he might just be adopting the role that Eunbyul would have played, it still means a lot. If Eunbyul was willing to sacrifice herself to save her sister, then Yian would carry on that wish so that Eunbi would never comtemplate suicide again with Soyoung there.

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The sad thing about Min-joon's case is that that is the thing in this drama that is closest to real life - pushy parents who treat their children's achievements as their own status symbols. I really hope he gets help and that his mother can be made to slow down.

and yes, I definitely get the feeling that what Yi-an did for EB2 after the reveal, was for EB10's sake - she is the last link to his lost friend, and he knows how she's suffered and exactly at whose hands. Even if he's left questioning what he felt for her when she was playing EB10, he knows that much and will act to stop So-young ruining her life any more.

I'm glad So-young's true colours were finally revealed to the whole class, I've been waiting for that since she transferred in. But she's wayyyyy too cocky. Does she really think revealing the twins' existence or even EB2's real identity is going to cover for her original crime of bullying a girl until she attempted suicide?

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IF she can prove that Eun-bi´s alive, she hasn´t killed anyone. I guess it might look like a start. She´ll never be sorry for bullying. According to So-young, Eun-bi, that ol´ looser, totally deserved it for some reason. So-young thinks herself far more superior than Eun-bi, which is why she cannot stomach her downfall because of her. She´ll fight til the end, which makes her a good villain.

Unfortunately I´m completely lost at most of her schemes.

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yeah, that's exactly her line of thinking - she thinks if she shows the class that Eun-bi is alive, she's cleared herself of ALL wrongdoing since the bullying isn't really a crime and daddy covered it up for her anyway. Too bad the class probably won't see it that way.

She's smart and manipulative, but a little too unhinged by her own sense of feeling victimised (because she got kicked out of school following EB2's suicide attempt) to really think how other people might treat someone they know to be a vicious bully.

The kids at Sekang High can be regular teenage a**holes and may even treat each other badly sometimes, but they do appear to disapprove of anything they recognise as bullying. They look at her pretty much as if she's a poisonous snake when she's outed, and they looked that way the previous time rumours about her circulated too. They're not the minions she had in Tongyeong.

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True, she´s smart and manipulative, but her feelings get the best of her. She´s like Cercei digging her own grave with that brain of hers.

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Definitely. I think a lot of students in Asia who feel that constant heat of rankings and competition can identify with Minjoon. And this starts at a young age: getting into a prestigious elementary school all the way up to university. The test scores can really make or break you, and that's why suicide rates are high in those countries. Parents need to understand the kids' mindset better and not stress them out plus use them like Minjoon's mom is doing. Minjoon probably feels his marks are more important to his mom than himself. In a sense, I feel very lucky that I didn't grow up in such an educational system. Anyway, I'm waiting for Minjoon to reach that breaking point when he no longer wants to be a study robot anymore and confronts his mom about it.

Yes, so glad Yian came through for EB2 after learning what happened despite still coping with his pain over the loss of EB10. Soyoung has major problems. I don't get how she can think that bullying someone is perfectly OK, and if EB2 is alive, she can wipe away all her wrongdoings. She obviously needs to be taught that bullying is NOT OK, and having a set of parents who cover up your wrongs is not the way to go. Can't wait for her downfall. She's so focused on outing EB2, she doesn't realized the reveal would actually hurt her the most. I think EB2, Yian, Taegwang all know this, and that's why they are not afraid and will have EB2's back all the way. Soyoung is in her own delusional world--if others knew what she did to EB2, would they really still be her friend? Give me a break. She's gonna bring about her own demise.

And actually, if I was one of EB10's friends, I know I might feel betrayed and hurt if I find out the truth, and it would take time to grieve and get through it all. But in the end, I think I will be able to forgive the identity switch because I can understand why EB10 had to go rescue her younger sister who was about to kill herself! And it's all Soyoung's fault! So, it's satisfying to see the class's reaction even if not everyone knows the truth yet. Between EB2 and Soyoung, it's not hard to decide who to side with.

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honestly, I don't think Yi-an is done grieving for EB10, or that he's quite ok with EB2 pretending to be her for weeks. But he'll be damned if he throws the sister of the girl he loves to the wolves, no matter how angry he is with her.

So-young is going to grow up to be a real piece of work, if she isn't stopped. I know people like that - people with powerful parents, who never have to be accountable for even criminal actions because daddy will take care of everything with a few well-placed phone calls or bribes. The worst of them literally got away with murder (via hit-and-run).

I'd say that kind of mentality prevents them from ever truly becoming adults, because imo adults take responsibility for their actions, and kids like So-young never will.

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I agree. Losing a friend of 10 years is not something that you will ever forget. So, Yian definitely will need a lot of time to grieve and then forgive and accept EB2. For sure, he will not let Soyoung win!!

That's really sad. All these kids who rely on their powerful parents to cover up their acts, even those that are criminal. It's really sucky to know that this kind of corruption happens in real life. Money, power, greed, etc. contribute a lot to this happening. Just like those people in "Angry Mom" who had utter disregard for the students' lives and only cared about themselves and personal gain. I think all kids need to learn morals and values as well as take responsibilities for their mistakes. Parents who help with covering up aren't being parents.

So true. They would just get stuck and always think that someone will fend for them.

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Hope they´re not having another suicide attempt cooking in Min-joon. That poor lad is pretty much driven to his wits end.

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I hope not as well. He really is. =( He has all this pent-up frustration and it has been suppressed for too long since he just keeps obeying his mom. But he can only take so much. It's sad to see the lack of love and care from his mom. It's always marks, rankings, studying, and whether she has "face" and status.

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thanks for the recap...
this is slow episode.. but the feels.. ugh and that jung teacher...

btw just watched ep 10 and all i can say is YASSSS...

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I love Eun bi. I love the fact that she chose to tell yi an the truth. You go girl! And I love the fact that she returned the gold medal to its rightful owner. I feel Eun Bi is really growing up and making the right choices. She said it in a simple but powerful way when she said that just because she is happy she doesnt want to hurt other people to make herself happy.
When I was watching this ep I couldnt believe how strongly Yi an tried to deny the whole thing. I feel shouldnt he asked what happened and where eun byul is. I was very glad for that scene at the crematorium where yi an saw "eun byul" and the medal.
I am not rooting for a romantic coupling, I feel it should stress more on the friendship. Although I have to say that Tae gwang is just awesome. Are we absolutely sure that Eun Byul is dead? Am a bit wary because in drama if u dont see the actual dead body, there is a big chance they might not be. Although in this case I suppose that would make matter even more confusingm, if eun byul isnt dead, then who was the body found? And dont hospital actually check identity before releasing death certificate?

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This show is definitely improving a lot and writer nim seems to know what he's doing. Episode 10 was a great improvement in plot and pace as well so I'm getting really excited for the following episodes!

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Omg I just watched ep10! Am speechless! Bravo writer

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spoileerrrrrrr

OMG eun byul in ep 10
how can I survive until the next week
now let's hope our favorite ship will sail
eun byul and yi an then my lovely couple tae kwang and eun bi

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Man, if I met someone like Gong Tae Kwang back in high school...... <3 ... but I just had to go to an all-girls high school. Haha

Gong Taekwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang

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lol camille it's funny this show really brings us back to highschool days :)

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Man, I love the last scene of this ep., the tension built up from all their glare. Both So-Young and Eun-Bi were good at that scene. I have to admit that not only Kim So-Hyun's acting skill is good but Jo Soo-hyang who is playing So-Young is also quite good in her role. If people can hate her role that means she is successful in portraying So-Young. Without So-Young, will School 2015 world be that fun anymore? I doubt. haha... I feel the part that Yi-An got hit by the car is a little bit "same old thing" anyway... School 2015 is still good.

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The whole time when Yi-an got hit by the car and still dragged himselfto Eun-bi's rescue..all I could think was.."oh no! What about uri Tae-gwangie? :'( "
Losing your swimming ability (probably)...idk how much points that carries!
:'(

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oosiee, it carries a lot of points, considering it's a kdrama lol. The best logic, for a huge accident, or sickness to occurs, and that binds the leads together forever

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*Depressed* :'( *Stressed*

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I actually was considering the same thing. :P Wonder if the ship will turn because of his injury? :)

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(disclaimer: I'm stealing a trick from another comm I visit and referring to Eun-bi and Eun-byul as EB2 and EB10 respectively, because it is way too confusing to constantly type out their names without mixing them up. Also, numbers)

So we finally get Yi-an coming to terms who EB2 really is, and I can understand why he reacted the way he did in the previous episode - imagine realising that your best friend and first love is most likely dead and that she was switched out with a doppelganger......I'd freak and go into denial too. But he comes through and does the decent thing, starting from clarifying by asking EB10's mother about the situation and not anyone else. And after learning what EB2 went through, he's joined the dots and figured out exactly who the bully was and what's going on - and he came through for EB2, but he needs to grieve for the girl he did know and love. Which is why he went to Tongyeong, where EB10's presumed ashes are interred under her sister's name.

It's just sad watching him there, and that's where I got the sense of why he was so fierce about begging EB2 to confirm that she was EB10 - because if she wasn't EB10, then that effectively means EB10 is dead, and that is a thought he didn't even want to entertain - who would?! And now he has to really deal with the idea that she's truly gone, which could play out any number of ways. I'm totally an EB2/Tae-kwang shipper, but I find it impossible to hate Yi-an. And now that shoulder too.....

And whoever said the teacher must be Jung Soo-in's sister, you were right!

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Despite the slower pacing, I felt the show maintained its original rhythm and added more depth to each of the characters.

It was great to see Han Yi An work through the phases of grief...the scene where he looks at her through the window of the bus was just heartbreaking. Personally also loved the scene on the rooftop where Gong Tae Kwang reassures Eunbi that a name is nothing but just a name.

Finally, kudos to the actress playing the bully. Fantastic portrayal...so rare to see a kdrama villain who is smart, manipulative and truly bad for the sake of it. Because sometimes being evil has no reason....the fall will be epic, but I hope it wont be some cope out!

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Finally, kudos to the actress playing the bully

Oh, absolutely. She and Kim So-hyun are fantastic in their scenes together, this drama wouldn't be half as interesting if you didn't have an actress who could play pure evil so convincingly and go toe-to-toe with KSH for it.

(now this reminds me of the days when Kim So-hyun used to play the 'bad girl'.....I doubt she'll ever get roles like her Rooftop Prince/Moon-Sun ones again)

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Another great episode (at least for me). While it was slow, there were so much that happened within each character. I cried when Yi An visited the supposed resting place of Eun Byul coz that's just plain painful. My heart ached a lot on the rooftop scene specially when Tae Kwang said "Hello Lee Eun Bi".

On this episode, Yi An earned some points but I still feel he's lacking something. On the other hand, Tae Kwang earned more love from me hehehe (yeah, I'm a BTOB fan so I'm a little biased) but come on...Yook Sungjae is really doing a great job here so how can you not love him!

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I might be the only one, but I think Eunbi shouldn't end up with Yi An; not because of differences in chemistry or how they physically look together or anything else, but just because it couldn't be coherent. Yi An loves EUNBYUL. He doesn't love Eunbi. He's been around her all the time thinking she was her sister, and bore with her different personality because he thought she was her sister. That's all there is to it. Eunbi probably loved him, because he was the one person (Mother aside) to love her too, but it was one-sided. And yes, with time, maybe Yi An could love her too, but not now that there's less than half of the show left.

So...I say it's Taekwang or it's no one for a good, coherent ending.

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I agree that it'd be hard for Yi-an to end up with Eun-bi. The poor boy is in a toug