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Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 12

School serves up something different for each of our friends this hour. There are victories for Eun-bi, loss for Tae-kwang, reconciliation for Yi-an, and triumph for So-young, while Teacher Kim and Eun-bi’s mom are dished up large bowls of disillusion. Although everyone gets something they’ve been chasing, some of those blessings come with a curse. And as we finally learn the truth about Soo-in, that one might be the hardest to bear out of them all.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Once Soo-in’s hooded avenger locks Eun-bi in the dark classroom, we see her face: trainee teacher, Jung Min-young. Eun-bi pleads to be let out, and even her phone is dead.

In the security office, the teachers don’t notice the shadowy figure of Min-young on the CCTV. At the swimming pool, Yi-an finds a note from Eun-bi tacked on his bag: “Be strong, Han Yi-an!”

Eun-bi drops to the floor in defeat. But the door rattles open — it’s Teacher Kim! He saw a flash of someone running away, and takes in her situation at a glance. When he brings her out, Yi-an spots them and comes running. Kim entrusts him with taking her home for now, and he tells her they’ll talk tomorrow.

Yi-an treats her gently, and Eun-bi tells him she’s okay. He takes her bag anyway, but hesitates a moment before settling his arm around her.

Tae-gwang catches his breath at Eun-bi’s gate, having run all the way. He’s frantic with worry when she finally arrives, Yi-an’s arm still around her (that’s so cute). He immediately rounds on her for having her phone switched off, but a word from Yi-an makes him notice how pale she is. He thinks swimmer-boy said something to her again, but Eun-bi defends him.

Tae-gwang is about to ask her about Soo-in, but a look at her distressed face stops him. Grabbing her bag back from Yi-an, he thrusts it at her and tells her to go in. She leaves both boys watching her go.

Yi-an turns to go, when Tae-gwang calls him back to ask what happened. But Yi-an doesn’t know why he should tell him. Tae-gwang: “You dislike her. Isn’t that right?” He tells Yi-an not to concern himself with her, “Or at least, don’t make her cry.”

The next day, Eun-bi tells Teacher Kim about the text that summoned her to that room, and how the hooded person mentioned Soo-in. She confesses that she’s been getting messages from Soo-in’s number all this time, which startles him. He tells her to let him know if it happens again, and asks her to wait a little while he looks into it.

He checks over the night’s CCTV and traces the hooded figure from one camera to another, until she unhoods — in shock, he recognizes fellow teacher Min-young, just as the real one arrives to take him to class. Snapping the laptop shut, he looks at her with new eyes.

Min-young addresses the class in her usual syrupy tones, but Eun-byul gets a shock of familiarity with her captor the night before. Class lets out and Tae-gwang gestures at her to meet on the rooftop. Yi-an watches them go.

Song-joo asks Yi-an if they fought, and says they should make up since she’s already having a tough time with the disciplinary committee. She’s even more surprised that he doesn’t know about it.

On the rooftop, Tae-gwang rants at her for going off alone the night before. She admits she was curious about what happened to Soo-in. We flash back to him reading the report which reveals that she was found dead in that classroom. He tells her that Eun-byul was the first person to discover the body.

He deflects her question about how he knows, and instead makes her agree to call him no matter what, if anything like that happens again. He also doesn’t let her stay alone on the rooftop, and tugs her along with him. Agh he’s so cute and yet so doomed.

She crosses paths with Teacher Min-young, and freezes in shock. Min-young reaches for a shoulder-pat, the smiling encouragement at odds with her hard eyes, and Eun-bi flinches. Tae-gwang witnesses the encounter and asks why she’s spooked.

Teacher Kim does some undercover investigating on Min-young. He finds nothing in her employment record, so he looks up Soo-in’s student record. Listed in family members is one sister: Jung Min-young. But he’s interrupted before he can get any further.

Min-young approaches Teacher Kim later, to ask if he’s free for a little Ask The Sunbae advice-time in the evening. He agrees.

Eun-bi finds Yi-an sitting alone at a circular bench. Headphones or not, he’s aware of her taking a seat on the other side. Still a little awkward but at least no longer angry, he chides that she should have called him the night before. Turning to look at her, he asks if she’s really transferring. “Why? Would you like it if I go?” she teases. He just looks at her a long moment.

Tae-gwang eats lunch with Song-joo and Shi-jin. LOL how did this arrangement happen? Shi-jin comments on his lack of appetite — she’s been feeling the same way, she says, stuffing her face. Haha. He notes the same, and drops all of his chicken onto her plate, which Song-joo says feels like he’s dishing her leftovers. To Shi-jin, he’s all, “you’re prettiest when you eat,” and gets up. She calls out after him that she can’t accept him, and his look of long-suffering is lol.

In the (opulent) House of Satan, So-young’s mom whines that her husband should go see Director Gong himself. He balks, and So-young makes a querulous request to transfer somewhere else where she can start over. You poor baby.

With mounting anger, Dad accuses her of being weak — they’ve just managed to settle in here, and she wants them to run away again? He tells her to get it together and stick it out…all she needs is for that girl to transfer, right? She nods, suddenly hopeful.

Teacher Kim tells Min-young that seeing her energy reminds him of when he was a bright-eyed student teacher himself. Slurring from drink, he admits he no longer feels that way since he lost a student, a year ago. “I couldn’t protect her while she was alive, and when she died, I couldn’t protect her. Because I’m a coward,” he says, hanging his head. “It’s all my fault, but I couldn’t take responsibility.”

Her face hardens and she reaches behind her for her phone, which we now see has been recording all this time. She’s shocked when Teacher Kim’s hand closes over it, and he raises his head. She tries to grapple it back, but he doesn’t let go.

Alone, Tae-gwang broods on Eun-bi, and news articles about his mother’s wedding in two days’ time. Shaking off his mood, he goes to look for his dad. He asks Dad how he’s connected with Jung Soo-in and Go Eun-byul — why is he so scared of a year-old death that he’s forcing Eun-byul to transfer?

Eyes narrowing, Dad wonders what he’s playing at, which Tae-gwang takes as being on the right track, and if Dad won’t tell him, he’ll just ask the committee himself…oh god, I thought he was going to hit Tae-gwang, but he only hurls the book away. Resolute, Tae-gwang asks him not to go through with the transfer. He reminds him that he’s never asked for anything else.

Teacher Kim tells Min-young to leave the recording on; he hasn’t finished yet. Unable to look her in the eyes at first, he apologizes and acknowledges her as Soo-in’s sister. She pours quiet contempt on his late words, and confirms that it was she who called Eun-bi to the classroom — she doesn’t need to tell him why. He accepts her blame and punishment, but begs her not to hurt the students, an entreaty which brings another harsh laugh from her.

He says he understands her feelings, but her method is wrong, and she snaps that she tried everything — police, reporters — to no avail. She asks him what’s wrong about wanting a wrongdoer to pay, and he requests just one chance to correct things — if he can’t, then he won’t stop her doing things her way.

At school the next day, Tae-kwang continues to mull his mom’s upcoming wedding. Coming to a decision, he rings her. He pretends a wrong number when she answers, but she recognizes his voice. “Tae-gwang, it’s you, isn’t it?” she asks. “Mo…” he chokes. She pleads with him to talk to her a bit, but it’s too much for him and he cuts the call.

He gets himself together, when So-young comes by, but he can’t be bothered with her and walks past. Not one to be snubbed, she aahs knowingly that he must be depressed since he hasn’t got long left with Eun-bi. He tiredly tells her to just go away. Amen. She promises with a smirk that there’s much worse to come, and drops a shoulder-pat for good measure. But being who she is, she adds a little shove to the end of it, because she’s nothing if she’s not winning. Ugh, just go away, nobody has time for you.

Teacher Kim meets with Director Gong for a chat. Ohhh, I see. That explains a lot: Gong was his high school teacher, and back then, Kim idolized him. We learn of an incident where he was suspected of stealing the class fees (he’d actually lost them). Had he given him the money or covered it up then, Kim tells him, it would have made a lasting scar on him. As he took his punishment, moving desks out from storage, Gong even helped him, despite pounding rain.

“I’ll never forget that. I also wanted to become a teacher like that,” he says, eyes bright and far away. He asks his old teacher to help him be honorable now, and Director Gong sighs. Calling him “Joon-seok-ah,” he says with regret that things are different now. Disappointed, Kim resolves to set things right himself then.

Eun-bi comes face to face with teacher Min-young again, who acts surprised to see her. She calls the teacher out on it, and they relocate to talk. Why you followin’ crazy lady?? Teacher Kim arrives just in time to see them go.

In private, she drops her façade, and Eun-bi asks why she sent the texts. “Because I’m Soo-in’s unni,” she reveals. “If I didn’t do that, nobody would remember my poor sister.” She tells her how they (Eun-byul and Soo-in) used to be inseparable in elementary school. Doesn’t she remember? Last year, they met again for the first time since then, and were thrilled to be at the same school, and even the same class.

But it wasn’t long before Soo-in was targeted by bullies, and Eun-byul stood silently by. A flashback shows us the day of Soo-in’s death. Kids nap at their desks, and Soo-in’s head is also down. Teacher Kim is called out, and a close-up of Soo-in’s face shows us that she’s fevering. The unsupervised students get a message that they can go straight home. Eun-byul pauses to look back once, and the class empties until only Soo-in is left, head still on desk. The hours tick by and night falls.

In the present, Teacher Kim bursts in. Min-young turns her stricken gaze on him. He moves to stand protectively in front of Eun-bi. Min-young carries on. That’s how Soo-in died: alone. Cause of death, encephalomeningitis. Time of death, during Teacher Kim’s last class of the day. If just one person had asked if she was okay, she cries, her sister wouldn’t have died. For their conspiracy of silence, she vows that she won’t let them go. By now, tears run down all of their faces.

Director Gong reads an anonymous post on the school website, “The girl who became lonelier after her death — Jung Soo-in.” It’s a stark telling of Soo-in’s true story. He’s frantic to shut the story down and find the culprit, but it’s already leaked to the media.

Prosecutor Kang (So-young’s dad) calls the director to inform him that he’s blocked the reinvestigation for now. He reminds him of his wife’s visit, and Director Gong promises to process her request asap. On his way out of the building, he’s mobbed by reporters, which Tae-gwang watches from the rooftop.

That night, Mom sidles into Eun-bi’s room, pillow in hand. They settle in, and Mom asks if Eun-bi finished the thing she had to do. Mom tells her she wants to transfer her as soon as she can, so she can make a fresh start — as Lee Eun-bi. Aww, Mom.

She apologizes to Eun-bi for putting her through such a hard time for her own selfishness. Eun-bi hesitatingly tells her she was afraid of what she would think if she told her she wanted to live as herself. She tearfully thanks her, and Mom draws her into a cuddle.

The next morning finds Eun-bi getting pretty. Pensive, she texts Yi-an to ask him for a favor.

Tae-gwang, heavyhearted, dresses sharply in a suit. Oh, of course — it’s the day of his mom’s wedding. He takes in all its glitter, and through a narrow window, he observes the bride. She smiles for the cameras, but when she catches sight of him, her eyes cloud with immediate sadness.

Flashback. Mom tucks little Tae-gwang in, and attacks him with tickles. He asks her if people die when they’re 100, and will Mom and Dad? He doesn’t want them to die, he says. She and Dad will be right by his side even until he’s 200, she promises with a kiss.

The cameras continue to flash, but mother and son only have eyes for each other. He shows her a sincere smile, and she’s able to turn back to the crowd.

Yi-an arrives to meet Eun-bi with tentative eagerness. She asks him if just for today, he can be with her like he used to be before. Even if he doesn’t feel like it, could he do what she wants to do?

It looks like they really do shake off their recent awkwardness, as Yi-an sneaks contented glances at her skipping happily along. He makes fun of her for wanting cotton candy, but buys her it anyway. He even pulls her out of the path of rogue cyclists, which makes them both hyper-aware of his hand on her shoulder.

A tandem bicycle-ride later, they visit Namsan Tower. It’s so nice to them smiling again. They look out over the city together, and she presses a swimming medal into his hand. There was a time that she also wanted to throw everything away, she tells him, but she didn’t have a friend like him by her side then. Her wish for him is to find out what he truly wants, get better quickly, and return to his old self. She offers her help — even if it means she has to disappear.

They say simple goodbyes at the bus stop, and wave until they can’t see each other anymore. That’s when Eun-bi gets a message from Yi-an, which brings tears to her eyes. He says that it’s been difficult for him because he didn’t know what to call her. “Get home safely! Lee Eun-bi!” it finishes.

Director Gong receives a wedding snap of the bride from Tae-gwang, along with the message that he went in his stead and left a gift. Dad tears off to confront him. Tae-gwang responds to his angry suspicion with a sigh. With Mom’s remarriage and the things happening at school, he asks, “Are you okay?”

Dad burns with rage, thinking the exposé on Soo-in is Tae-gwang’s handiwork, as a ploy to save Eun-bi. He’s more than capable, Dad accuses. The charge floors Tae-gwang, anguish written all over his face. Swallowing, he tells Dad in a hard voice that the exposure of his wrongs was inevitable. Dad’s parting shot to him is that Eun-bi will be forcibly transferred tomorrow. He tells Tae-gwang to get out, but it’s his son who gets the last word: Going after his friends just because Dad hates him is against the rules. Dad knows what happens when he loses it, right? Guys, something just died in his eyes.

Tae-gwang ends up lingering at Eun-bi’s gate. She catches him about to leave, and he just gazes at her. A bit put off, she asks what he’s thinking. Tae-gwang: “When I see you, what do I need to think about? I only do that when I’m not seeing you.”

He cuts her off from dashing his hopes and breaking his heart what she tries to say. He already knows that he doesn’t have a chance, “But still, I like you.” Nooo, this is too sad. She can’t look at him, and apologizes. Catching her hand as she passes, he gathers her into an embrace. She tries to pull back, but he holds on.

Leaning his head on hers, he repeats that he knows it all. Just a little longer, he asks. A tear escapes.

Next day, the disciplinary committee does a cursory round-up of charges. Teacher Kim tries to plead Eun-bi’s case, but to no avail. Director Gong quietly enters the room. The committee makes to vote when Eun-bi’s mom stands up and calls out their farce. She has no further desire to stay at Sekang, and her daughter will transfer voluntarily. You go, Mom!

At home, Eun-bi looks over her sister’s journal again. The doorbell rings, but when Mom goes to get it, someone’s tapping in the passcode already. To nobody’s surprise but Mom’s, it’s Eun-byul, in baseball hat and glasses. “Mom,” she says.

 
COMMENTS

Okay. I laughed. This “twist” loses its punch the third time you execute it, and for the first time, I find myself frustrated at the way the story is being handled. Until this point, I’ve been so invested and in love with the show that its missteps were too insignificant to take away from my enjoyment, but stretching this reveal out just feels like a cheap way to bait the viewer, and now the veil is torn from my eyes. Nooo.

Eun-byul as a missing piece is an interesting exercise in perception, because our conflicting images of her are mostly constructed from how other characters think of her. We know she has loyal friends, that she saved Eun-bi and was been looking out for her. But then, what about Soo-in? It’s clear that Eun-byul looked the other way when Soo-in was bullied. That’s not momentary weakness, it’s systematic, but it doesn’t agree with the impression we’re given that Eun-byul wasn’t someone you could mess with. We need her active presence to give us the real Eun-byul, and to connect present to past. But I’m really angry with her for turning up how she does. That’s one crappy little party trick, “Hi Mom, I didn’t die, lol.” Really? Really? That’s just…no. NO.

So-young taking the backseat was a welcome break from her machinations, but also a nice way of returning perspective to Eun-bi’s new world. Her old life may have been dominated by bully So-young, but her new life — Eun-byul’s past life meshing with Eun-bi’s present — carries so many more complications and conflicts that there just isn’t time for So-young’s petty games.

I didn’t think the truth about Soo-in would be sadder than what I imagined, but damn. That hit really hard. It’s not only even the bullying. It’s the fact that she died, right in the middle of her classmates, in the middle of the day, and nobody knew. How does that happen? HOW. I’m distraught. It’s such a meaningless death and it could have not happened so easily. So I really feel Min-young, because she’s driven by heartbreak — not malice, or greed, or something you can despise. As for whether Teacher Kim and Eun-byul deserve to suffer — it’s true that they aren’t the only ones to blame, but both of them missed their moments to save her, so I’m with Min-young. Every word she says, I’m with her. Punish them. Punish them all. (I know, they already can’t forgive themselves. So: It’s an arrangement that works for everyone!) On the upside, it was good to see more Lee Pil-mo, because he was beginning to feel wasted.

Aside from Soo-in, I really think this was Tae-gwang’s episode. I admit I don’t really understand why he and his mother don’t have a relationship. There’s obviously a great deal of love and longing between them, but the wall of pain seems more impassable for him than her, so it appears that the estrangement on his part is elective. But we see him rise up when he faces up to his father, and it’s a powerful moment where he proves himself the better man. Knowing that Dad used to be a sensitive, upstanding teacher makes the moral reversal even more striking. Greed and ambition have driven more than one parent in this story, and has always come not just at the cost of conscience, but also their child.

I feel like we just watched the light go out inside Tae-gwang, at that desperate point when he can’t make his father see him. It gets worse when he goes to Eun-bi’s, because he really, really just needs a friend at that moment, and she’s the only one he’s got. Like with Soo-in, nobody ever asks Tae-gwang if he’s okay. I think his constant worry for Eun-bi betrays his deeper fear: People leave him. His mom left. It’s a scar that means that as soon as he cares about someone, he’s also governed by a fear of losing them. It’s a sad truth that Eun-bi hasn’t been much of a friend to him since her problems with Yi-an (or…ever?) — more frustrating because their recent interactions really try my patience as a viewer. You can only take so many mopey silences before you go bats, you know? But it was good to see her reclaim her identity at last, and being given that faith by the two most important people in her life. All that’s left now is to see how Eun-byul’s return shakes up the new world.

You guys were so upset last week that I tried to board the Yi-an ship as a…thought experiment? I agree (always did) that Yi-an is a good friend, etc., but he’s just…not the one who tugs at my heart most. Sweet though he is, damaged he is not. Being loved is a mitigating factor for a lot of things (it’s true, it’s science!), and despite his difficult circumstances, like his relative poverty, and the shock of losing two of the mainstays of his life (Eun-byul and swimming), he crucially still has things to hold onto, particularly when regaining swimming is mostly a matter of time. He’s going through the toughest time of his life, but he’ll pull through. More importantly, he’ll come out stronger. He’s got the right mental tools, and he’s got the right support. I don’t worry for him.

I worry for Tae-gwang. He’s gained an ability to withstand pressure, but not without breaking. Sometimes I think he purposely crazy-dances on the edge of a knife, but I can’t help liking him more for his rough sincerity, for not lying to himself, for not refusing to face reality when it matters, even though that reality is painful or scary to him. And I will always choose that person.

Since a while ago, it stopped being about ships for me. Maybe in a different show. But in this one, I’m so much more invested in the individual characters, in the difficulties of choosing who you want to be, and finding the courage and strength to face not only your enemies, but also your friends, your weaknesses, and the next day.

 
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tae kwaaang ah~~~~~~~
let me hug you too TT

you are not alone, you have us......

writer nim, please make happy ending for our puppy taekwang with or without eunbi....

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completely agree. I just want the show to do him justice..this boy needs a happy ending! please! He is my favorite character!!

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Lee Eun Bi! wake up,girl, you can't be crushing on your sister's boyfriend, no! and there's tae kwang who really cares for you. you can't not feel anything at all, we are all in love with him, why can't you? oh, my poor heart breaks!
Besides, Tae kwang has a more substantial role than Han Yi An and way much expression than the unidimensional Yi An who only looks blank most of the time. c'mon, chebal!
Eun Bi, it is so frustrating when things don't go your way and if this Tae Kwang-Eun Bi is not going anywhere, I'm jumping ship! ARRRGH! why? are you afraid of Sung Jae's psycho fans to go crazy, are they not letting this happen? I think they would hate you more if you break Tae Kwang's heart, y'know... just saying.

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I'm so saddened by what happened with TK... until now I had hopes that he'd be with Eunbi... but now... it seems not. Poor kid :(

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I don't know that that ship has sunk, though. In Dream High Hye Mi didn't realize her feelings for Sam Dong until the very last episodes... BOF sort of the same with Jan Di being all over Ji Hoo at first (though that was manga material). What I'm saying is that is not unheard of to switch romantic interests last minute, and I'm not just referencing K Drama. It happens in American, Latin American, etc. dramas too. I personally just rather they all end up good friends and nothing more since I feel it will fit the tone of the drama better. We'll find out soon.

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I haven't watched Dream High. In BOF, Jan Di falls in love with Gu Jun Pyo very early in the drama. I think in episode 9 or 10, and the drama had 25 episodes; so it's not a good comparison to School 2015 which will end in another four episodes and EBi still has no feelings for TK. So sad :(

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Because Sam Dong was KSH

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But he was not famous at that time, right? I thought he became famous after Dream High.

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agree agree agree re all your comments esp poor tae kwang BUT I'M RLY HERE TO COMMENT ABOUT THE MERTHUR <33333333 i know how you feel.

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Totally agree Saya. It was so devastating to hear how Soo In died. In the middle of the classroom surrounded by classmates and I really started to understand and sympathise with the sister in this episode and how upset she is because the director covered up her sister's death and she really just wants justice for her younger sister!

Anyway I feel the whole Eun-byul missing part is pretty interesting and can't wait to see how this drama will play it out. To be honest I really don't understand why she had to go awol in the beginning and I really think that she is not to blame for the death of Soo In but she definitely could have changed the outcome. It was really sad that if she had said something then maybe it wouldn't have turned out like it did. Gosh I am getting to emotionally invested in this drama! lol

Also hope that someone gives Taekwang a hug because he is always listening and being there for Eunbi but when she needs someone yet no one is to be found for him when the poor boy is going through a rough time.

I also think it will be interesting to see how YiAn will react when he finds out that Eunbyul is alive!! Anyway that's enought of my rant!!! ^^

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lol my third paragraph doesn't make sense. What I was trying to say is that i wish someone would listen to Taekwang and be there for him because he is always helping Eunbi yet she did not do anything for him when he is going through such a tough time.

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This. Up until now, Tae-gwang has protected and cared for Eun-bi unconditionally, while she has done absolutely NOTHING for him. Even So-young noticed that something was wrong with him in episode 12 (his face was so downcast), but Eun-bi didn't. Setting aside romantic (non-)intentions, but is she even his friend??

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I'm waiting on the Eun-byul story too. So exasperated that they gave us the Eun-byul teaser 2 episodes ago and now, we still haven't got into it yet! Thankfully it'll definitely be addressed in the next episode!!

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about why doesnt TK's mom contact him? it s maybe one of clauses in TK's parents divorce agreement. If i m not wrong, Ko Hyun Jung is also banned from seeing her kids since her divorce, that s why she wanted to be an actress again so that her kids can see her on TV.

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you wrote it down beautifully..

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Agree! Well said! I am super curious how the story ends..

Is anyone can explain to me about the medal Eunbi give to Yian?
I dont remember any other medal except the one she put on the grave.....

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Eun Bi probably customised a swim medal specially for Yi An as a symbolic gesture. I remember her asking Yi An "Do you like it?" After giving it to him.

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99% sure its a fake, gift-shop medal.

No, is she going to give something to Tae-kwang ???

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The reveal of how Soo-in's death happened is simultaneously anticlimactic and heartbreaking (I was expecting someone in the school to have a far more active hand than plain old negligence). Poor kid. But that still doesn't explain just who was stalking EB10 and sending her messages that got her freaked out enough to run away of her own volition. Or what on earth EB10 was doing all these days (not chilling with a cold drink on some tropical beach, that much is for sure).

And ooooh, Tae-gwang. I'm quite accepting of the fact that my ship has sunk, but those eyes when he 'fesses up to EB2 in front of her house still ripped me up a little.....I, too, tried liking EB2/Yi-an since they got so much emphasis these last few eps, but there's just an essential spark missing between the two - or rather, from Yi-an's end.

That might just be down to the actors, because Yook Sung-jae is killing this role, and killing it hard. I find Nam Joo-hyuk likable enough but here he's totally outclassed, and them trying to sell a romantic/non-platonic connection between EB2 and him feels a bit 'fpr form's sake'.

now I just hope they have the sisters meet next week and focus on other things. Like all the weird stalking of EB10 before she went AWOL. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the dead girl's sister who did that...

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and also, I would like to see EB2 actually walk her talk and stop looking so helpless all the time. Girl, you threatened Satan herself, don't back down and be a weakling who only cries and looks distressed every time something happens, like some Candy. Maybe she needs EB10 in her life for that.

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Thank you! Eun-bi hasn't walked her walk or talked her talk and its so frustrating!

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I wanted to ask you this before. Why do you call EByul, EB10? :)

It's sad about TK. The confession (and the song) was so sweet (and sad). I watched it again and again so many times. At least we can hope that the writer will wrap up his story well and that he gets a happy ending. If his mother hadn't recently gotten married, I would have wished for a family reunion. It seems like his dad was a nice guy once. Hope he opens up and loves TK.

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oops, the EB2/EB10 was because the sisters have the same initials. You can't shorten their names in comments with just letters the way we do with other characters, it'll confuse people. So I borrowed this naming system from a commenter on another site, it made sense and was less tiring than typing out and mixing up their names.

('yi/i' in Korean is 2 and 'yul' is 10, hence the EB2/10 for Eun-bi and EUn-byul)

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Now I understand. Thank you for explaining :)

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Btw, if you go to Soompi, a commentor has put together a video that shows the similarities between Choi Young Do's and TK's lives/scenes. It's pretty cool.

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wow, I hadn't even thought of that similarity! I suppose Tae-gwang not being an asshole tends to obfuscate the similarities between him and Young-do, but I still love him.

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Haha yes that's a big difference between them.
The preview for ep 13 shows that TK's hair has changed. YD's hair changed too in The Heirs. Another common point I guess. Lol.

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Soo-in's sister was probably the stalker, right? Maybe EB10 went to find evidence and stuff during her time missing. Just to be sure, they are twins right? No triplets or whatever?

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For risk of sounding heartless, Jung Soo In's death was a major letdown. Since the very first episode, I was expecting this epic reveal but encephalomeningitis? That's it? For strictly narrative purposes, Soo In should have committed suicide; otherwise, it makes no sense for Eun Byul to feel as guilty as she did to the point of having hallucinations. No one could have prevented her death; Eun Byul's only sin was being apathetic. Why is Teacher Jung even blaming Eun Byul when she ought to be blaming Mi Joo who bullied her sister? Who, by the way, lied to Eun Bi when she claimed Eun Byul hated Soo In as much as her. If anyone deserves to be haunted by ghosts and locked in a dark, cold classroom, it should be the bully. Teacher Jung targeted Eun Byul because she was best friends with Soo In in elementary school, but even friends grow apart after eight years. Director Gong covering up a student suicide as illness would have been far more interesting than him manipulating her time of death. Regardless, I was always more invested in watching So Young get her comeuppance than solving the Jung Soo In mystery. Saem was the star of today's episode. His apologizing to Teacher Jung and promising to set things right must have been a tremendous weight off his shoulders.

The sinking of the S.S. Tae Gwang, while heartbreaking, was not unexpected. It was clear Eun Bi saw him as nothing but a friend and was even aware of his feelings but refused to acknowledge them because she didn't want to lose his friendship. After her crushing rejection, my greatest wish is for them to remain friends. Please don't replace the cute with awkwardness. This is honestly my wish for Eun Bi and Yi An as well, since I foresee Eun Byul and Yi An will be endgame. Eun Bi's reaction to Yi An calling her "Lee Eun Bi" is proof that she likes him; she was nowhere near as emotional when Tae Gwang called her by her real name. But I just don't think it's possible for Yi An to forget Eun Byul this easily, especially now that she's alive. I'm so excited Eun Byul is back. I'm dying to find out what she knows. Did she have temporary amnesia, too? Was she watching her twin sister this whole time and knows she has feelings for her best friend? How much does she know about So Young? And Teacher Jung? I'm still waiting for Mom to call Eun Bi "Eun Bi." She calls her "Eun Byul" and "my daughter" but never by her real name. A big thanks for the recap, Saya!

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I have to agree on soo in's part as it was also the family's fault for not seeing her illness. I was actually watching the show for the mystery element which ended up being rather disappointing.

I am upset with my tae kwang ship sinking but it wasn't unexpected but with yian and eunbi they never actually gave us a reason to ship them as yian always after a cute moment use to bring up the past. I actually can't see him liking eunbi.

I'm actually disappointed with the show right now as at the beginning of the show I was actually rooting for eunbi but I have no idea what happened in between her character seems to be on a stand still. Whereas you can see tae kwang character is awesome but also yian has also shown various emotions even minjoon.

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I AGREE 100%. Her family is to blame as well. A condition like encephalomeningitis DOES NOT develop in the span of a day. Soo In would've been feverish and unwell for quite some time, so I am not behind the sister trying to push all the blame on Eunbyul and the teacher.

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Probably the reason she is so aggressive with her blaming is to transfer the guilt off herself. "It's not my fault my sister died at school after I disregarded her fever as a mild cold; it's YOUR FAULT because when she didn't get up at the end of the day, you didn't go and check on her!" Honestly, Eun-byul may have just thought her ostracized friend was napping after a rough day and thought it was better to leave her in piece. It'll be interesting to hear her justification for faking her death. It seemed like she was being stalked or harassed up to that point, so maybe she had a genuine reason to lie low?

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The prosecutor is blocking the investigation.. Uhm, what investigation? What exactly are they not investigating here? I am not sure you could even bring up negligence - if she was so sick that she died at her desk, why didn't her mother ever notice anything wrong?

And why is the sister so hell bent on going after her - when she was the only one that even bothered to check on Soo In at all, though 3 hours later?

This whole thing is getting pretty plot-holey for me.

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I think it's a reputation thing. Negligence is iffy, but the headline would be devastating. (That may happen anyway.)

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No, I found the death a major letdown as well. It was tragic, and it was gruesome (sitting with a corpse in a classroom), but at the same time it was no really preventable, caused by natural circumstances and not really anyone's fault. Even if they had noticed earlier (before the class ended, or as the class ended) she could have already been dead and even if she had been alive, there was a high chance she would have died anyway. In other words, I find it really hard to find anyone really culpable of anything.

The other thing is we were misled for many episodes as to what that death was or what led to it – suicide, bullying – but the bullying had ZERO to do with that death, because let's imagine she if she had never been bullied and had had a happy school life: it could have still all ended the same, i.e. her dying there at 4 pm and school ending at 4:30 and then her best friends trying to wake her up and realising that she's dead... because the thing is, you'll get kids sleeping like that in class, one of them might do it for 5 minutes, and sometimes you might be like "The kid's overworked/tired, I'll let them sleep through my class today".

What's more, singling out Eun-byul for the death is uncompelling, and people whining about someone being "forgotten" in death is something I've never understood. Soo-in's whole family can remember her and that's all that matters. She doesn't need a circle of idolisers in death that will remember her forever, I'd much prefer to be remembered by the people who genuinely knew and cared for me. Anyone else remembering is fake and forced and what is the value in that?

My other problem with Soo-in's death is that the drama never set up the plot in a way that we could actually become invested in this death: we had zero details on the death for episode after episode, and other then that we only had the knowledge that it was somehow Eun-byul's fault. But it was Eun-bi who was suffering for this, in other words, we knew it was the innocent person who should feel no guilt over a death she had zero involvement in.... Soo-in's sister yelling at Eun-bi just had no meaning for me, because I was only thinking – you're accusing the wrong person (of something even the other person had no fault in).

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Moreso than the problem of bullying, I think the overarching message that the drama wants to put across is the problem of apathy and how inaction can, ironically, be a key factor that enables a lot of negative and even criminal behaviour around us. We saw it when no one except Eun bi stood up to so young when she was bullying one of their classmates, when no one stepped up to defend Eun bi against so young and her posse, when no one helped Tae Hwang as he was being beaten by the class bully and now when no one offered a word of concern to an obviously sick soo in. We saw the counterpoint to this behaviour in Eun Bi's insistence on staying by Yi An's side when he was disillusioned and, crucially, in how Eun Bi/Byul's circle of friends closed in on her to protect her each time So Young made one of her dirty moves.
Soo In's death as a result of apathy really drives home this key message. she didn't decide to kill herself because the bullying got so bad; she could have been this emotionally resilient girl who pulled through tough times, she could have been many things but she didn't get to be those things because she was left to die alone and unnoticed. i think what pained Soo in's sister so much was not so much that she died, but that in a class full of people, no one bothered to check on her, not even once. it would have stung less had her death been discovered immediately or shortly after it occured but it took 4 hours for anyone to notice. (The bullying and subsequently her classmates distancing themselves from Soo In certainty contributed to this problem) I agree that Eun Byul is not any more culpable than anyone else in the classroom but Soo In's sister's desire to bring justice to the case probably drove her towards targeting Eun Byul, who, I believe, is the only classmate she knew of personally. People do plenty of illogical things when blinded by the need to exact revenge. That the school completely covered up the incident definitely worsened the issue and teacher Jung's anger.
All in all, I really 'liked' how the scriptwriter played out Soo In's death because I think it really reflected not only a prevalent social issue amongst youth but also the crux of the bullying problem which is often neglected in other k dramas - apathy

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<Soo In’s death as a result of apathy

She didn't die of apathy. She died of encephalomeningitis – not preventable and even if the whole school had tried to wake her up, had carried her to the hospital and cried tears by her bedside, she could have easily died.

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I definitely agree. The death of Soo-in wasn't as sad to me because the drama literally gave us one scene in which we saw her face and her interacting with Eun-byul. We didn't have enough time or scenes to really care about her.

Another point I agree with is that a lot of the scenes have no meaning to me because I keep thinking that it's towards the wrong person. What is Eun-bi suppose to feel? She doesn't even know Soo-in.

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the bullying had ZERO to do with that death

I blame Mi Joo and the bullies because bullying makes kids close themselves off from their families. I highly doubt Soo In told her mom and sister she was being bullied at school for fear of retaliation from tattling. So her learned isolation may be why she hid her illness from her family. Of course Soo In's family is also at fault for not noticing her symptoms, but if she were never bullied, she may have spoken up and told them she felt sick instead of keeping it all in. I think the reason she didn't confide in her family is directly due to her being bullied.

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yep i completely agree. soo-in's death was chilling and sad for obvious reasons, but story-wise, it was very anticlimactic. and honestly, the reason behind soo-in's sister targeting eun-byul isn't very convincing. yes, she didn't do anything, but she wasn't directly or even indirectly related to soo-in's cause of death at all. it feels like soo-in's sister is only blaming eun-byul because they used to be childhood friends and eun-byul found the corpse first, and neither of those reasons really justify her need for revenge. as a viewer, it's a bit of letdown when they built up the mystery, suspense and eun-byul's paranoia so well beforehand.

out of all the episodes so far, this one is the weakest in terms of storytelling imo. :( or at the very least, it's the one most visible about its storytelling weaknesses.

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Can anyone explain to me what is this "encephalomeningitis" about? I've tried googling and it is defined as an "inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and their meninges", but I still don't get what it is. Is it a long term illness/disease? Are there any symptoms beforehand? How do someone get this disease?

More importantly, are Soo-in's family aware of her condition? If so, I sympathize less with Teacher Jung and her mom because it would have been partly their fault for not informing the school about the illness beforehand, and for allowing Soo-in to continue going to school in that condition without supervision.

But even if they are unaware of it, I still feel that their revenge towards Eun-byul is weakly justified. They blamed Eun-byul for not showing concern and waking Soo-in when the class ended (and realise Soo-in is sick), I could say the same for them. They are Soo-in's family, surely they will see her in the morning before she goes to school, realise she is sick and get her to see a doctor instead, but they didn't. And in my opinion, Eun-byul probably went back to the classroom out of concern, to check if Soo-in's still there, that's why she was the first to find her body. I would be more understanding if Teacher Jung only targets the school and/or the director for revenge. The school had covered up the truth about her sister's death after all.

Soo-in's death however, no matter which way I see it, can only be blamed on unfortunate circumstances and the usual fate, there are so many students sleeping in the class and many are not responding to Teacher Kim, you can't expect him to go and wake each and everyone of them when he's rushing for time. As for the rest of her classmates, it is part of human's nature to generally not care about people they aren't close with. If you see a man in dirty clothes lying down on a bench in a park, you would assume he's a homeless man sleeping there, wouldn't you? That goes the same for the classmates, to their eyes, Soo-in is just another student who's either tired or slacking off class.

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I've been out of the biomed game for a while, so any docs here, correct me if I'm wrong: meningoencephalitis (or encephalomeningitis) is a bit of a cross of meningitis, which is inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (the meninges), and encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain itself.

Basically, stuff swells, brain damage occurs, the pressure inside the skull increases from all that swelling, and in acute cases, death can be very rapid. It can have a variety of causes, but bacterial or viral infection are most common. The symptoms include things like fever, headache, a stiff neck, and very possibly altered mental state, which for Soo-in means that she may not have been in a condition to ask for help.

It's one of those cases where there's a diffusion of responsibility -- no one person did it, but their combined inaction makes everyone a little bit accountable, maybe including Soo-in herself. And I wonder if Min-young blames herself as much as she blames the school.

But the thing she's fighting for is for the school to admit, 1) fudging the facts of her death, and 2) their failure in their duty of care to their student, which they are legally required to provide during school hours. That class should not have been left unsupervised. We're not talking about a random place, but institutional responsibility. It's true that even with intervention, she might have died anyway (I think this wouldn't have been unlikely), but a sister or a mother is always going to want to have tried, and is always going to be haunted by the 'what ifs' that obvious neglect inevitably raises.

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what I realy can't understand why are they chasing eunbyul yes she was her friend and ignored her but it's rediculous to blame her she is still teen her role on what happened to sooin is insignificant

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I don't understand that part at all. All this big buildup to the Big Mystery, and we get this??

Just freaking lame.

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Because Eun Byul ignored her all the time...so Soo In's sister wants to take revenge for neglecting her little sister just because she was not happening and eventually dying because of everyone's carelessness esp. Eun Byul who was supposed to be her 'once upon a time' friend. Also Eun Byul never stood up against the bullies and protect her childhood friend.
Eun Byul just was into peer pressure and pressure to fit in and remain popular and have nothing to do with an unpopular girl.
But she cared...so she turned up late to check on her friend after everyone left so she is the one who discovered SooIn's dead body. Sad....
Sister must be really angry because the school authorities didn't owe up to their negligence and even manipulated the time when Soo In died and hushed Eu Byul... she must be really angry with Eun Byul for not telling the truth to the police/ media and playing along and at the same time never helping Soo In.... I would feel the same way too about her but I may not harass her with msges...who knows... so sad...

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<Sister must be really angry because the school authorities didn’t owe up to their negligence and even manipulated the time when Soo In died and hushed Eu Byul…

What was the official version of her death? I mean, they couldn't hush up that she died at school, so either they would have had to acknowledge some negligence (just not that they had left her dead in the classroom for hours) or the cause of death (they did cover up the encephalomeningitis? Is there anything else they could have replaced this with? This doesn't really make sense though....).

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None of the kids tried to wake her up, so why is the sister and mother going after Eun Byul, when she was the only one to go back and check later? Major plot fail here.

From what I recall of the timeline, she died at around 4PM, class was dismissed at around 4:30. That particular disease often shows very few symptoms. I don't see where anyone in the school or class could have saved her.

According to one med site, even if caught early, that disease has about a 40% fatality rate, and of those that survive, over half have permanent brain damage.

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I think they blamed her because she had forsaken a good friend. Imagine if your closest childhood friend suddenly abandoned you and participated in bullying. If they were apathetic towards you when you needed them the most. I think that is what they're accusing Eun Byul for, for not showing that she cared.

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" But the thing she’s fighting for is for the school to admit...2. ) their failure in their duty of care to their student, which they are legally required to provide during school hours."

If that what was she was fighting for she could have just filed a law suit. Instead of going down the level of a psychopath, harassing and locking up a student. Healthy individuals even if they are grieving, would surely not do half of the crazy things she's been doing.

Filing a lawsuit would be the most rational thing to do, but personally I think the school was not liable at all if any. While the death was unfortunate, the cause of it was outside the control of the institution. It was for them something unforseeable, unless the family has informed the administration ahead of her illness (which seems to be not the case here) and even then, the school could not have willingly taken the risk and responsibility of insuring her safety knowing her condition. No institution will. On a legal standpoint, the school is not an insurer of each student's safety, unless there was gross or wanton negligence on the part of the school, they are not answerable to her family. She died inside her classroom, where, under normal circumstances, her family would have wanted her to be in at the time of the the day. Yes inside her classroom where she was expected to be. The school did not expose her to any greater risks of dying, than her falling unconscious inside her own room. Any ordinary prudent teacher to a group of highschool (already discerning and old enough) students, could have done what the instructor did, which is to not wake up the sleeping student and dismiss the class 30 minutes early for a meeting. This is a very common practice. While we lament on how apathetic the school (inclusive of the students) is painted to be and indeed it's a sad reflection of what "could" be happening in some communities,and while we feel for Su In's family, it does not deter from the truth that apathy is not the proximate cause of her death and not even slightly contributory. Indeed IF there was anyone who was even slightly negligent here, it was Su In's family. But then it could be argued that no amount of care could have prevented her death. So if the family cannot be completely faulted for a "natural" death which is unpreventable, how much more an institution?

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i think a lot of it must just be guilt. its not really the same situation but i had three friends/coworkers who died in a car accident last year and it shattered me. ive been realizing lately that I've been carrying around a lot of guilt, especially about not being in touch when we were traveling for our internship. i kept wanting to call or skype but i would put it off and think "tour is almost over, we're all going to be back in the intern house in a week, itll be easier to talk in person." there was so much i had to say, you know? and then 3 days before we were supposed to all meet up again, they got in an accident. idk it doesnt make sense,but i feel like i shouldve been there and i wasnt, and its not like making a few phone calls and making more effort at communicating would have made any difference, but i still feel really guilty. i feel like i shouldve done more for them because they deserved that from me, and i didnt. i think it must be the same for the characters... my friends' accident was in no way my fault, but after their death i still felt very guilty and had a lot of regrets. some people are saying eunbyuls hallucinations or paranoia or whatever was going on with her is a weird reaction to something that wasnt her fault but i kind of get it. i dont hallucinate or anything, but i dream about them some times and then i get frustrated because its kind of unfair if i think that three people who were so full of love and life had to die and yet im still around, wasting my life and it sucks and it isnt fair. idk i think... guilt can haunt a person. it doesnt seem like me or eunbyul should feel guilty at all about deaths that we didnt cause but idk. theres still regret for all the things you didnt do for someone that you wish you had.. idkkk thats how i think of it, tho ofc im probably projecting my own experiences. we'll see where the writer takes it~

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iI don't think it's hallucination because all the texts that she recieved or when she locked eunbi inside the room
ps i'm sorry for what happened to your friends

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That scene with TG and EB made me cry sooooo hard!!!
TG is my favorite character in this drama and I'm just feel sooooo sad for him!!!
Finnaly Eun Byul is back and I'm soooooo excited for what will happen now that she's back!!!! :D

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I am just interested to see how the relationship play out between Yi An, Eun Byul and Eun Bi when EB makes her return. For Yi-an he’s gonna be torn between the girl he loves and the girl who loves him.

Same face totally different characters.

The clique and easy ending will just have the twins end up with both boys but in reality will it be a sad case of Eun-bi always missing out on the best things in life and Eun Byul being a winner in everything - for once I just wish the girl will get the boy she loves and in the case its Yi-an.

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I have given up on all the ships in the drama..I am far more interested in seeing how will eun byul and eun bi carry forward from now ...

But still

Ok I don't even want to talk about what a mess I was after the confession and the straight up rejection ...I was crying like seriously ...?????

Tae gwang is a great charecter and the boy is playing it really well

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What a heart wrenching episode :(
Soo-in's death is terrible, so easily prevented, so devastating. And for it be pushed under the rug...
And Taekwang :'( this review put it so well; he's having a rough time and really needs someone to ask how he is doing, needs a friend. I hope Eunbi or teacher Kim can be that friend. I'm not going to think about the ships, I think mine is pretty doomed, now I just really really want Taekwang to be happy! To get the fundament and tools to shape a bright future for himself.

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Why do you say it was preventable?

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She died at 4. Class was dismissed at 4:30 (?). Even if they had tried to wake her up before leaving she would have been dead already. Also, why did her family not worry when she failed to show up after school (especially if they knew she was sick...they must have known)?

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Why would you wake a sleeping classmate after class if she's just resting? I reme,ber in high school when there are definitely at least 5 people with their heads on their desk after class every day, while waiting for their extra-curricular activities to start.

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Can we pls stahp with the boy talk

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*incest

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Why does Yi An seem so out of place in this drama and the Tae Kwang romantic link with Eun Bi is just shattered.
I feel as if there's no sparks flying between Yi An and Eun Bi's interactions, not that romantic relationships should be the crux of the drama since it was not that to begin with
Did he get paid to have his face in the show

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Interesting point

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Would YiAn be sponsored??
Is he an idol?!!:O

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actualy taekwang is the idol :p

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Taekwang is the idol. He is from BtoB but they're not from very powerful agency. CUBE.
Nam Joohyuk isn't idol. He is a model turns actor. But, he is from a very big and influental agency, YG, that recently keep sending out their crappy actress and actor such as Goo Hye Sun as a lead in primetime dramas.

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Oh that explains why Nam Joohyuk (who is still a rookie actor) has so many followers in instagram. He has over 1mil followers yet other idols and actors have even less.

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Taekwang is the idol. He is from BtoB but they're not from very powerful agency. CUBE.
Nam Joohyuk isn't idol. He is a model turns actor. But, he is from a very big and influental agency, YG, that recently keep sending out their not-so-decent actress and actor such as Goo Hye Sun as a lead in primetime dramas.

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yah I know I like sungjae more actualy but i don't think joohyuk took the role because his agency actualy they offer the role to more than one actor but all of them refused to play yi ahn

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Goo Hye Sun isnt in YG lol

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On a desperate attempt to push for your ship, you go for that. Try reading casting news, will you?

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exactly, I thought Minhyuk from CNBlue was initially offered the role of YiAn while Lee Yubi was offered to play Eunbi. But since Minhyuk pulled out so did Yubi. I remember being so devastated of the news but hey it worked out for the better. I enjoyed everyone who got casted here, especially Sohyun and Sungjae. Joohyuk may need to work on his acting a bit more since to me he seems a bit stiff, but I'm sure he'll get better at acting with time. This is after all his first leading role.

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I think Yi An feels out of place because right now he's little more than the dude Eun Bi makes sad faces at. Like, he doesn't really actively do anything plot-wise.
I mean, I guess it's nice that this time it's a male character whose only use is to be a love interest? idk

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There are no "sparks" with any couple in this drama. And no TK/EB don't have sparks either. The only sparks I see are So Young and Eun Bi tbh.

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Hey, you forgot Tae Kwang and Gi Tae. They have awesome chemistry. Didn't you see their fight scene? Pure love! HAHHHA! xD

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I really don't know what to do if at the end I don't get to see Taekwang happy-playfull smile. This episode really make my heart break for him especially that scene with his mom :((

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i like the story of School 2015 but yeah...that smile of Tea Kwang is what captures me most of the time. i admit to being a big fan of BTOB thats why i started watching this drama but i did not expect for Sungjae to be this good in acting coz he's such a weirdo when he's with BTOB and when he did Big Byung.

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Honestly I don't sympathize with the family because from the family's viewpoint of Eunbyul's and Teacher Kim being responsible aren't they just as complicit? If the child was sick why no Doctor visit or staying at home? Why not go to the nurse.

A child dying from a sickness is a tragedy but not something you can stalk another student over. She looked like she was sleeping. You can hold the SCHOOL acountable.

People change over the course of 8 years and maybe they just weren't close anymore. We only have the sister's viewpoint and she did not commit suicide.

Also clearly Eunbyul went back to check on Soo In and was the one who found her.

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yeah, that was the thing I didn't get - why was the sister going after EB10? It wasn't her fault Soo-in caught a fever, and is whatever that disease was, so rapidly progressive that a kid can go from seemingly healthy to dead in what, eight hours?

not that I expect logic or continuity from a drama that had its heroine go into an empty classroom on her stalker's orders despite being under zero compulsion to do so (and whose phone battery goes from full at the time of getting the text, to dead by the time she reaches the classroom). I mean, what even.

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Batteries in Korean phones are designed to go dead in the event of any crisis.

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+ 1 same thing did happen another dramas recent episode ^^

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should Apple to use this "fact" to promotion Iphone?:)

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You've heard the line "revenge is a dish best served cold".
No, revenge is a dish best served to the right bleeping customer.
Min-young is looking pretty unreasonable, even by kdrama standards.

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I really hoped they didn't go that way. Eun Bi liking Yi An. Come on! We all knew Eun Byul would be alive. Would it hurt for Eun Bi to just like Tae Kwang??

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Soo-In's death completely blindsided me. Don't get me wrong, it is sad and totally appropriate for the story, but I feel kinda betrayed by the eleven episodes' worth of hints that she committed suicide. I hope there's more to the story.

Also, Tae-kwang :(

I just wanna reach over and give the puppy a hug. He went through so much, in such a short period. We've seen him experience shitty things before, but I honestly think he's broken this time around.

Can Eun-bi please step up her friend game? I'm over them as a couple, but not as friends (which he seriously, seriously needs now). Yi-an too. I'm ready for some late-game bromance to fill the hole my ship has sunk through.

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I'm not sure that, from a more realistic point of view, Eun-bi is friendship material for TK. Eun-bi is not particularly friendly towards him (or anyone else who she doesn't see as a person she needs to protect), she doesn't seem to care about him very much. It really wouldn't be a good idea if she tries to become his friend NOW after his confession.

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I get what you're saying, but the boy literally has no one else right now. No parents, no other friends. If she doesn't care for him, who's been helping her since day one, then who will?

I do worry about awkwardness, but the way his character is written, it would make more sense that he'd just brush that off and pretend nothing ever happened. He is just a crazy guy after all.

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...it would make more sense that he’d just brush that off and pretend nothing ever happened. He is just a crazy guy after all.

This. I can imagine this happening, which would be great, in my opinion, since Taekwang doesn't need any more angst than the one he has right now. I just want his happy ending, although I think the best ending for the four of them would be "everybody being friends" or Han Yian and Eunbyul being together, because, after all, I guess they always liked each other. There are some theories that he never truly liked her which I refuse to believe in because he gave her a national swimming competition medal he promised to her when they were children and she listened to his competition through her phone, so they feelings were obviously mutual.

I know Eunbi doesn't like Taekwang but I think she needs to learn to treat him better. Also, there's the possibility that she was lying to him, because of the "never trust me" game and after all, she likes him. And yes, I wish they could be together, because they are cute, haha!

I have a lot to say about this show, probably because it is the only thing I'm currently watching.

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He has no one else, but that doesn't mean Eun-bi has to be his friend. Sure, it would be nice if they were friends, but that's not really how life works.

I would rather agree with Jon G. that they are not really friendship material even – she was somewhat friendly to him in the very early episodes, but it was in reaction to him supporting her. She has never shown any interest in return, nor ever intuited when he was feeling down. He was totally shattered in one of the early episodes, but she just want on the bus because Yi-an told her too, not even texting him later that night. Which either meant that she was so deep in her own worries or that she has no empathy towards him. Same in this episode with the hug. Sure, he confesses to her, but that hug to me wasn't a romantic hug – it was him being totally shattered and just needing a hug from a friend, or heck, even anybody. I didn't get the sense that she had ANY realisation of this. In some way that's not her fault (some people are more intuitive/empathetic than others) but then I also feel that in the early episodes she was shown as someone rather sensitive, including towards the feelings of others – see her relationship with her sister at the orphanage. Back then I would have said she's the kind of person that watches out for others and realises when something is off, now I would say she's rather clueless as to what's happening with others (other than her single-minded guilt towards Yi-an).

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I don't want Eun-bi and TK to be friends or romantically involved at all. She truly is a horrible friend that never notices his pain. It's like these twins have a horrible habit to never notice their friends until it's too late.

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I don't remember one kdrama female lead that was allowed more than a cold friendship towards the male second lead. Either she has a crush on second lead that never develops into a romance or the guy is in friendzone forever. I find the way she treats TK completely out of character and one of the major plot holes of this series.

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Honestly, the more I think about it, I think there are some definite weaknesses in the writing of the characters and some glaring plotholes and underdeveloped parts.

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It seems like Eun Bi is attracted to people who needs protecting or who are vulnerable. She has a bit of a savior complex I think. TK always acts like he is fine which works against attracting Eun Bi.

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Yi-an doesn't need protecting nor is he vulnerable.

If anything, TK is more vulnerable because he has zero support system. It's just that EB hasn't no intuition regarding TK so she hasn't picked that up at all.

With Yi-an, I would say it's guilt more so than being attracted by his need to be protected because what protection does he need? I'm not seeing any.

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YA was on a self destructive path and wasn't going to therapy and giving up on (his swimming) life basically. She flat out said why she was trying to help him....

I think the issue with TK is, he is just not as important to her as other people are. Eun Bi means the world to TK, but the feeling is not mutual. Eun Bi has a lot of people who have come to mean a lot to her, and TK is just one of many and is pretty down the list even with them.

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You know about TaeKwang's problems because it is shown to us but not Eun Bi.
Eun Bi doesn't know a thing about TaeKwang the way he is so secret about his family. She doesn't have to really see his sufferings.. As far everyone is concerned in the school, TK is a trouble maker and keeps to himself. Eun Bi maybe seeing him that way too. The only thing they share is a secret about her identity which TK is using to his own benefit as far as I see. He is acting all possessive about her and now even orders her around and even forcefully tried to hg her... not cool.

Eun Bi on the other hand has sooo much to deal with.
Don't worry TK fans, in the later part when she realizes that TK is the son of the school owner (?) and that how he is living a miserable life, she will sympathize with him.

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I don't think I said that Eun-bi should know about Tae-kwang's problems. I've just pointed out that she has no intuition about Tae-kwang feeling down out at all. That's no judgment – just an observation. Because yeah, she has a gazillion other things to deal with.

<Eun Bi means the world to TK, but the feeling is not mutual. Eun Bi has a lot of people who have come to mean a lot to her, and TK is just one of many and is pretty down the list even with them.

Yep, very true. I don't even think she's being a bad friend to him, because really she wasn't ever established as his friend (though she might have been, or might one day be). He has been a friend to her (and, yes, sometimes, he has been as possessive as Yi-an), but for the last 9 or 10 episodes that has essentially been a one-sided thing. Does Tae-kwang deserve a friend? Of course he does, everyone one does. Should this friend be Eun-bi? I don't necessarily think so.

I'm afraid I'm not too convinced by YA's self-destructive path. Partially because it's been only a few days and I think he's allowed some time to blow off steam, so I'd have to see more development (like with Min-joo's story) to really think he has done off the rails. (And if he indeed doesn't get himself together, his father, the coach, his teacher will all step in for sure).
The other reason is that his swimming career has been portrayed so unconvincingly the whole time that I can't take it seriously – as others have said on previous threads, only in the world KBS and drama, would anyone still be take him seriously as a swimmer after he ran out of several competitions.

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I totally agree that Eun Bi has never really seen TK has a friend. If you look at pure normal friendship, from the beginning YA has been the one who has been her friend. They hung out, went on dates, saw each other every morning...this was before TK was around. Eun Bi didn't/still doesn't really know what to think about TK. TK is a lot like her sister in that he hides what he feels. I don't see her as being a bad friend either, since she never once really did much to acknowledge him in the first place. TK does need people to support him, but I don't think it has to be Eun Bi either.

I don't think the drama portrayed YA being THAT self destructive actually, but that is what Eun Bi thought. His couch also yelled at him for not going to therapy.. She thought that he was ruining himself. Honestly, he wanted to be left alone to think and she was constantly bugging him despite his wishes. I think in little while he could have figured it out by himself and went back to swimming. It wasn't THAT much of a ordeal he was going through. It's very sad, that he lost his best friend and everything, but it's part of life and eventually he would have moved on from it all. In some respect the writer kind of forgot to actually write what YA was going through. Or basically it kind of pales in in comparison to the crap Eun Bi and TK are suffering from. I like YA more than them and I do wish the writer given YA more to do.

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Can we take a time to appreciate how brilliant Sungjae's acting is? I know he's good, but in this episode, he's just amazing in every emotions he portrayed.

From the moment he got worried of Eunbi, to the moment where he interrogates his father (I hope he could act as a young detective someday), and there he is at his mom's wedding with his longing-but-still-bitter-smiling face (I cried like crazy watching the scene and the bgm is just...), to the moment where he fights again with his father (but he's way more matured now. And that "Abeoji!" part, nailed), and of course, the confession part. His face when he said he likes her is like "I'm sorry I like you, I know I look pathetic but it's just happened and I can't stop it" and the way he looks at Eunbi before he hugs her. **Melted**

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People love to criticize idols when they act, which always make me doubtful of them when I watch dramas. Never saw Sungjae before, but his work in School never fails to impress me. I might be exaggerating, but he will soon be on Im Siwan or Lee Joon level of acting and winning many awards, for sure!

About Nam Joo Hyuk, it makes me sad to see people saying bad things about his acting because I think it's awesome that he makes the character incredibly different of Taekwang, which is the show major intention characterwise, in my opinion. Playing someone who is normal is incredibly hard, as hard as playing someone emotionally damaged and that's why I think the three (now four) main leads are doing a great job.

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you're right. it's actually a lot easier to play the bad boy/tough life character. Yi An has a pretty average life. he may be slightly poorer but that doesn't really affect his outlook on life. TaeKwang has this whole back story with his parents divorce, his birthday, his mother being famous and his dad being the dean of the school, whereas Yi An for background is that he has a single dad, kind of poor and is an athlete. Only recently has he had some ACTUAL interesting plot with his injury. Even his 'sunbae' who was picking on him wasn't a center point in his plot. The writers didn't really give Yi An's character a lot to work off of. That makes it hard, so i think it's unfair to blame the actor when Sungjae was given the easier role to act

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I don't think he's that bad he's okay but there are times when we supposed to see yi ahn as sad broken and miserable but all what I sense is anger I don't know if that how yi ahn is or it's the actor fault

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honestly, i feel like the writers don't really know what to make of Yi An. It's obvious that Tae Kwang is the bad boy with a puppy heart of gold, but what is Yi An? Just the nice guy? The nice guy that's kinda crazy? He doesn't have areal direction that you can't tell who's more at fault, the actor, or the writer

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@kjojo I think it is mostly the writing. Yes I can't say the actor is the best out there and I find Yook Sung Jae's acting much better than him, but Yi An definitely feels like a secondary character who is written with not much depth, although we have always thought he's the first lead and we waited for his character's development. But eventully writers kept focusing on Taekwang more and very naturally everyone fell in love with him, and Yi An became a boring character. To be honest, I feel like I can do without his scenes because he adds nothing to the mystery/Soo In plot either, unlike Taekwang who is in the middle of it.

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Yi An has a lot to work of as a character. All his emotional struggles during the last 4 eps can easily define his character if Yi An is played by a better actor.

All of TK's background story arent the focus until the this ep although they have been mentioned before. So it s unfair to say that TK is easier to play.

Also, like many say, Yi An is the main Main lead. So i dont think the writers give him less materials to work on. Nam Joo Huyk's lack of experience is the main factor to contribute to Yi An's flat character.

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*group hug for Sungjae*

i started watching this drama coz i'm a fan of BTOB (so yeah i'm initially here for Sungjae). for each episode, he seems to get better and better. everything he did on this episode, like you've mentioned, is just on-point! i can actually feel the pain he's supposed to be experiencing coz of how good he is in acting.

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Puppy Tae-gwang, dont worry! Eun-byul will take Yi-an away and you'll have Eun-bi all for yourself!
Hee!

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Love your optimism! Glad im not the only one who believes the Taebi ship hasn't sunk yet! I may be in denial land, but hey! i love it here! <3

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The story behind Soo-in's death is so unexpected to me. It touched me although I don't think this will happen in the real world (I'm glad). Giving the reason she died help me understand why her sister behaves like that.
Then it comes to the revealing of Tae Kwang and his mom's relationship. In this kind of up bringing environment, he must felt lonely.

As the two important acceptances (Mom's and Yi-an's) come in this episode make me realize that Eunbi must have felt very lonely eventhough she get to be in a new environment with mom and new friends around her, she is still alone because no one knows who she really is. She can't be who she is. Having all these support, I feel like Eunbi is ready to start a new life but Eunbyul reappeared. Haha... I really want to know how the wind will blow next week.

By the way, to me it is ok if Eunbi don't have the same feeling as Taekwang has for her. As long as everyone have someone (and it doesn't matter whether that person is a friend or a boy/girl friend) to care for and support them.

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The frustration.

- Soo In's death. It is sad and heartbreaking, but is it Eun Byul's fault? No. From what I gather, they were friends in elementary school and saw each other again in high school but Soo In was being bullied and Eun Byul didn't intervene. From previous episodes, I think the two girls were friends outside of school but Eun Byul ignored her in class? Which is a crappy thing to do, but understandable, she is a teenager and cares about her reputation and doesn't want to be the victim of bullying herself. A shitty friend, yes. But we all know this kind of person in real life.
The teacher should have checked on Soo In, what kind of teacher just leaves the class and doesn't come back to it? She should have not been left there until 8PM. It was underwhelming however, the previous episodes were building up and I found myself asking to the screen, that's it? It is live shooting though so perhaps they changed their mind in between?

- A few people were saying that no considerations taken to Eun Bi's feelings and shippers want her with Tea Kwang because he is nice other. I disagree. I wanted Eun Bi not to say just sorry, but to look at him and ask what was wrong. Or if he was alright. I didn't want her to be with him, to reciprocate his feelings or anything of the sort but to be a decent human person and a friend, to support him like he's been supporting her.
Or for Tae Keang to see how he's wasting time on Eun bi, sorry for being so harsh. But how many times will he go other house and wait for her? Or how many times is he going to look at his phone wanting to call her?
The only time I remember Eun bi actually being a friend to him is when he said he wanted to be alone.

-Yi Ahn. I have been growing to dislike the guy. I can't even watch his scenes, I find myself fast forwarding because I literally just can't. I sympathised with him at first, losing his best friend but do I sympathise with him for not being able to swim anymore? Not really. He had shoulder pain for a few episodes and he was not needed to run back and get hit by a car in order to "save" Eun Bi.

I do want to write more but it's already too long, sorry about it. Oh and I may seem cold and heartless but the frustration has been building up for the past three episodes.

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I thought I was the only one that had gotten a real dislike for Yi Ahn. To me he appears to be not only very shallow, but very stupid. He leave the swim meat, gets hit by a car, lies in front of the class for Eun Bi.. and then kicks her to the curb.

Bleh. Overall I am getting more and more disappointed in this entire drama series.

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Agree. I'm no longer watching, the recaps are enough to sate my curiosity. I show didn't really hook me on plot and pacing and I didn't like how it was progressing. It felt like there wasn't enough material and that a lot of the episode content was filler. That was a warning sign midway through.

Now with these last few episodes I'm really hating the character development for most of of the cast. Eun Bi is the lead but she's rather self absorbed (which can work just fine) and useless it's hard to root for when it seems like she never moves forward. Yi Ahn is the male lead but his character is so shallow. I've seen very little to make me feel connected to him. His actions often seem unnecessary. Together their characters and interactions leave me cold. They're' enjoyable reprieves but they're also superficial. I just want some emotion and something deeper than them just getting along with one another.

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Amen!

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This! Why can't Eun-bi be a decent friend for once? It really isn't that hard to tell when Tae-kwang wasn't feeling good. It makes me so mad because she is never there for him while he is always there for her. Tae-kwang deserves a friend who will notice him and be there for him.

And honestly, Yi-ahn is such a bland character that I get so frustrated. His emotions in reacting to the news that his best friend may be dead felt so wrong. However, I do agree with him treating Eun-bi the way he is. While it may be bitchy, Eun-bi is very annoying and I wouldn't want to be around someone who looked like and is pretending to be my friend. He is right when he says that she is scary and he doesn't know who she is. How is he suppose to receive her sympathy when she's a complete stranger to him. I would feel anger and confusion and guilt and uncomfortable towards Eun-bi.

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I just care about Taekwang♡ in this drama. That's all.

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This is the first drama since Dream High where I see them give the second lead so much strength.

*spoiler alert* only that in Dream High, Sam Dong got the girl (sorta) and here I don’t see this happening *end spoiler alert*

I don’t know if this happened accidentally or because of Sungjae's amazing acting so far... but he's owning me in a way that the actor playing Yi Ahn hasn't been able too.

Tae-Gwang is such a tridimensional, layered character and Sungjae (*sp) brings so much life to him... that at this point I barely care about Eun Bi and Eun Byol and I only want Tae Gwang to have his happy ending already!!

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The worse part of this episode was to listen to Eunbi saying that if she had a friend like Yian back in Tongyeong, her life would have been different because GIRL DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO GONG TAEKWANG IS?

That's what annoys me in this show. You end up talking about ships even when you don't want to.

My final remark is: please writers, don't give Taekwang a consolation prize like a mysterious girl who is transferred to the school or another girl for him to like because his emotional attachment to Eunbi was too strong to viewers to believe this kind of thing.

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THATS IT!!!
Thank you for pointing that out!!
I kinda feel annoyed with Eunbi bcs of that.

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Honestly, I really don't get why people get upset about this. YA was actually a friend to Eun Bi before TK was. TK was playing games and generally being annoying to everyone for quite awhile. Even the "can I be the one to call you that" thing did not mean as much to Eun Bi as it did to TK's fans.

TK knew "Eun Bi" first, but Yian and Eunbi spent a lot time together before his shoulder injury/he figured out she wasn't Eun Byul. I guess to her it doesn't matter if he was being nice to Eun Byul and not to Eun Bi. She liked it the same and felt the same way about it.

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The only reason Yi An was friends with Eun Bi before Tae Kwang was because he though she was Eun Byul.

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Yeah, so what? It doesn't seem to matter to her why he was a friend though lol

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So eun byul faked her death bc she was getting harassed by Soo In's sister for doing something that she didn't do? honestly i'm surprised eun byul felt so guilty when soo in had a medical condition. i have a feeling that there has to be more to the soo in texts

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I can't believe soo in's sister spent so much time and energy stalking eun byul with the texts and the actual physical stalking and becoming a freaking teacher just so she can get into Eun Byul's school. But on a more important note, if the reason was her illness than why was Eun Byul's mom so protective of her whenever soo in's mom came up to them to talk? and soo in's sister even called her mom a few episodes ago and said "it's almost over" or something like that. there are so many uncertainties that this is either really bad writing (that imo ruined the show) or there's a HUGE twist that only the real eun byul knows

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nam joo hyuk gets hated on a lot from being from Yg and whatever but in honesty, i kinda blame the writers too. They didn't really give Yi An a lot of substance as a character. TaeKwang was this bad boy, dead beat with divorced parents, one of which is an actress hoping that her son will see her and the other who is a dean (whom has custody over TK) of the school who doesn't like the way his son lives and is cold/uncaring towards him. Like look at all these details. Where as Yi An's background is that he only has his dad and they're poor and that his career as a swimmer can help support the two of them. Obviously it's so much easier (from an acting standpoint) to play a damaged, broken, moody character than a regular teenager without an over exaggerated personality. I actually kind of like Yi An bc it feels like he's fucking scary. (excuse my language) he's this prim and proper school treasure but we see him get kinda violent (like with TK and the choking) so i think it's interesting bc there's this kid who is the trophy boy of the school who is slowly losing it. (however, i think the writers don't really know what they're doing with his character either) and now his career as a swimmer is on the rocks too. It took the writers 10-11 episodes before they gave Yi An a real plot outside of Eun Bi. It's obvious that the writers were giving more attention to Tae Kwang. I think it's more the writers fault than the actor. Not to mention, maybe the reason ppl are falling out of love with Yi An is bc he hasn't been interacting with the real Eun Byul. I was thinking about it and honestly, I loved Yi An a lot when the show first started but then i switched to Tae Kwang. Why? It's because I liked the way Yi An interacted with the real Eun Byul bc he was the few ppl who didn't take her cold personality seriously. But with Eun Bi we all knew their friendship/relationship was a lie. You can see the differences btwn his friendship with both girls even though he thought they were the same person and i like him with the real Eun Byul more. They balance each other more. I find him boring with Eun Bi because as harsh as it sounds, Eun Bi is boring. She's very plain jane which is why Tae Kwang is a good match for her bc he's all fiery and spontaneous. Eun Byul is sassy and confident which is a nice contrast with Yi An.

So I'm surprised that people are looking at Yi An so shallow-ly.

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to add on, maybe the writers have no intention on making a love line for any of the four of them. school 2013 kinda hinted at a love line with jong suk and that girl but it never really picked up friction. For all we know, neither of the girls will end up dating. And am I the only one who is scared that Eun Byul might get mad that Eun Bi is more liked than the REAL Eun Byul? Or that she has a thing going on with Yi An who the real Eun Byul actually likes?

Either way, i think it's going to get a lot more interesting now and I hope the REAL Eun Byul makes an appearance at school (without Eun Bi) just to put So Young in her place bc as of now, Eun Bi is all talk and no walk. Her character is like 80% going on the rooftop to talk with So Young and 10% flirting with the boys and 10% being depressed/boring. I want Eun Byul to pretend to be Eun Bi and do something that would scare the shit out of So Young (who would assume that it's eunbi pretending to be eunbyul)

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IKR. Not just Taekwang's character has more stories in it, I just wonder how can Yian's character be so ignorant? Like how can he doesn't even know about Eunbyul's force transfer when the whole school know about it? And almost all the things that happened in the drama like, the laptop thing, the Soyoung thing, and the Sooin thing, his involvement is so little.

It makes me wonder how can the writer left out the male lead in almost all the important things happened to the female lead. It's like the writer purposely wants the viewer to ship TaeBi couple.

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Go Ara, Yoona, or Lee Yeon Hee and the like also get a lot of hates just because they are from SM. I dont see why Nam Joo Hyuk can be an exception

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i'm not saying he should be an exception, i agree that his acting is not spectacular, but i think a larger issue is the writing and the development for his character in comparison for the others. for a lead character, he wasn't given much depth.

But at the same time your mentality is wrong.

Go Ara and Lee Yeon Hee get hated on a lot bc of SM (I'm not going to include Yoona in this bc we are not talking about idol actors) but instead of saying "well since SM actors get hated on, we should hate on YG actors or JYP actors", we should not hate on any actors before actually seeing their skill. Instead of saying, "if one gets treated that way, all should be treated that way", we should learn to be better than to hold prejudices against large company names

Let's be a little more mature, hmm?

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ALSO: (last comment i promise) how many episodes are left?
Is it going to 16, 18 or 20? I feel like 20 might be too much for this drama but 2013 was 20, so idk

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woah, are you serious? IT'S ALREADY ENDING IN 4 EPS? but i feel like there are so many questions and not enough time to answer them.

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yes i just hope the writer answer them logicaly I will be realy disappointed if he won't give us a good explanation to what happened to eunbyul

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I going with the half glass full approach. Eun Bi will be TW, now the her sister came back, and everyone can have there partner

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So you know how people are upset at Soo In's sister like "why did she spend so much time tracking down/blaming Eun Byul for something that she couldn't have stopped or known?" That's sort of how I feel about So Young. I don't know why she's been bullying Eun Bi so much just bc she stood up for that girl back at her old school. It seems like such a dramatic measure. I guess she's mad that bc of Eun Bi's 'death' she was blamed and called names and had to transfer, but it still seems kinda over the top.

ALSO: WHO'S ASHES ARE IN THE URN AND WHO'S BODY DID THEY FIND ON THE BRIDGE IF EUN BYUL AND EUN BI ARE ALIVE?

I really REALLY hope that they do a flashback (at some point maybe even at the end of the last episode) where they show us how Eun Byul saw Eun Bi jump and what happened after she saved her. Did she leave her on the bridge and call 911, did a crowd see both girls in the water? how were the paramedics involved? I want this all explained.

Honestly, I have a strong belief that Eun Byul might turn on Eun Bi. I don't know why, but i feel like it won't be a sweet reunion. I don't think she expected Eun Bi to still pretend to be her even after she regained her memory. Or maybe she didn't expect Eun Bi to take her place at all. How would Eun Byul have known that Eun Bi would have memory loss and would blindly believe her mother who told her that she's Eun Byul? How would Eun Byul know that Eun Bi wouldn't just wake up with total knowledge that her name is Eun Bi and she's an orphan who tried to commit suicide? Something does add up and I', not going to by 'it was just luckand itming.' Eun Byul wouldn't have gone AWOL/faked her death on luck and timing. she would've had a plan esp when she was getting eun bi involved. I think either Soo In's death was more than just a medical complication, someone else is threatening Eun Byul or there is some twist going on but only Eun Byul knows it.

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[in terms of her faking her death] unless, eun byul fabricated it and made a fake newspaper and sent it to eun bi's school and the Love House and then put like sand or something in the urn to make it look like ashes and then set it up in the funeral showcase.

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Well, for one So Young is a teenager. Soo In's sister is not and I don't get blaming another teenager for the death of her sister when there are so many people to blame (including Soo In herself for not going to the doctor herself, she's not a baby who didn't know she was sick).

I can understand So Young since her parents encourage her to do what she's doing. Had either one of her parents stepped in and put a stop to it maybe she would not do what she did. But no, her dad gives her evidence about Eun Bi and basically encourages her to continue. So Young sounds like a typical rich kid who is used to getting what she wanted and Eun Bi embarrassed her more than once so she's going to keep going, especially since nobody is there to stop her from doing it.

I don't agree that Eun Byul did not expect Eun Bi to take her place. I think she did. That's why she gave her the scarf. I do think there is more to Soo In's death/Eun Byul's hiding than meets the eye for sure though.

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@kjojo

I'm really hoping that what you're saying actually happens in the series because it makes so much sense. Like you said, I don't think there was any way to predict that Eun Bi would get amnesia or that Eun Bi would pretend to be Eun Byul when the real Eun Byul went missing. I wonder if Eun Byul would be disappointed in her mom for covering up her death? Or if she'll upset at Eun Bi for impersonating her in the first place? Because think about it - if you were Eun Byul - and you saw that your long lost twin sister took your place, how would you feel? And worse, that no one seemed to realize that she was an entirely different person...

I'm also a bit confused on what exactly Eun Byul was doing during all that time she was missing. At first I thought it had something to do with the Soo-In case, but with the reveal in this episode, that seemed to tie all the loose ends on the circumstances behind her death, it became clear that [her stalker | being pursued | being threatened] may be unrelated to Soo-In. Does this mean there's a new enemy we know nothing about? But...it's rather late in the game to introduce new antagonists. This is why I'm hoping there's more to the Soo-In case then what was revealed in this episode.

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A part of me understands where soo in's sister is coming from. Anyone in her place would try to find someone to blame her sister's death on. It was heartbreaking and upsetting how soo in died. It really is. But that does not explain why she had to hold eunbyul completely responsible for her sister's death and go as far to stalk her (if it was jung min young). People who have encephalomeningitis don't just die suddenly out of the blue. There are symptoms like nausea, drowsiness, headache, high fever, neck pain etc. Why didn't her mom and sister notice these symptoms? It was partly jung soo in's fault also for not informing her sister or mother. Her sister said no one found her till 8 pm in the night. And from what it seems t was eunbyul who found the body. And no one was around her. Shouldn't they have contacted any teacher or staff asking about their child's whereabouts? There are so many plot holes in min young's explanation. From what i see its the director she should confront and point fingers at, not eunbyul.

I don't even think eunbi realises how much a shitty friend she's being to taekwang, the guy who stood by her and encouraged her everytime soyoung stepped over her. What makes me laugh that shijin, someone who barely knew taekwang as compared to eunbi noticed that there was something off with him. You know what? Forget about eunbi. I have started to ship shijin and taekwang. Shijin is a much better friend to taekwang than eunbi at the moment.

One of my favorite scene was yi an acknowledging her as eunbi. I really really hope that yi and eun byul are the endgame. And just make taekwang happy, eunbi or no eunbi. The wedding scene was just beautiful. No words were spoken between them but their eyes spoke volume. Beautiful scene.

And i know this is completely random (and completely useless information) but did anyone else notice that in the scene where the teacher and soo in's sister talk and she was recording their conversation, at first the timer was at 14 minutes 23 seconds.. Then after the scene with taekwang and his father, when the teacher took the mobile away saying that he had more to say, it was at 25 minutes. And after he finished saying what he had to say, the timer was back at 16 minutes 17 seconds xD Useless i know because im pretty sure most of the fans were too devastated about the rejection scene to notice it :P

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yeah in the last few episodes, eun bi has become more and more boring. i actually find shijin dorkily adorable with taekwang, when she thinks he likes her. for a while i liked eun bi but then i realized that i just liked eun bi when she was being catty (aka pretending to be eun byul) that's when i realized that i like eun byul WAAAYYYY more than eun bi

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Same here. There was a point where i was shipping both the boys with eunbi unable to decide who to root for. Now i feel like both the boys are better off without her. And like someone here said, i really liked yi an the best when i saw the flashbacks with eunbyul. So now im hoping that they are the endgame.

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Yup, boring is probably the best description of her. But at this point I find most of the characters somewhat boring.

I am not sure if it is just the poor writing, or directing, or both, but it seems like it has just been moving sideways for the last 8 episodes.

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Your comparison of Tae-kwang and Soo-in really gets me, because if something happened to Tae-kwang there would be no Teacher Jung to "avenge" him. He's literally so alone, it makes me frustrated with the other characters even though I know its not their fault. At this point I just want someone to take him away, maybe his mom can get custody or something? It might even make Eun-bi realize how he was always there, because as you mentioned she kinda fails in the friend department which I get is a symptom of never having them, but even Tae-kwang does better.

I also got happy to see him with Song-joo and Shi-jin, could he finally be making friends?

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Had I not watch the episode before reading the recap I might have agreed more with the recapper. As most commenters have expressed, I don't think Eun Byul deserved all the threats she received.

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Taekwang please find happiness :(

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Amen.... @turkishrose
Let's forget about shipping but can eun bi atleast reciprocate his feelings by just being a good friend..how hard is it ? Just tell me that

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