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Twenty Again: Episode 10

I love this show so much, and I swear it’s not even because of Lee Sang-yoon (though really, nobody has the right to be this cute). It’s the thoughtful, uplifting story about a woman finding herself and actively taking a second chance at life that makes it so satisfying to watch. Today we not only get more emotional growth for our heroine, but the people by her side step up in her defense, and it’s a lovely thing to witness. Because as we’ve seen, when you love this girl, you really, crazy, stupid love her.

 
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EPISODE 10 RECAP

Nerdy professor face-off! Woo-chul gets angry at Hyun-seok for having his hands all over Nora while trying to relieve her indigestion, and accuses Hyun-seok of having feelings for her.

Hyun-seok doesn’t confirm or deny it, but points out that Woo-chul said he didn’t care either way—Woo-chul had said last time that Nora only thinks of him as a friend so Hyun-seok’s feelings would be one-sided.

He interprets that as tacit permission to go ahead and like her, and Woo-chul gets all riled up as he asks if that’s why he dragged Nora back to work for him. Hyun-seok sighs that Woo-chul sure does live a complicated life, and advises him to tell everyone that Nora is his wife and take care of her himself.

When Sang-ye calls, Hyun-seok pointedly acts like it’s Nora looking for him and walks away. She says that she was hoping to give Nora a chance to reconcile with Woo-chul, and is surprised when Hyun-seok doesn’t get mad. He says that if that’s what Nora wants, it’s what he should do as a friend.

Except when he hangs up, he sees Woo-chul sneaking off for a secret rendezvous with his girlfriend. So Hyun-seok calls Nora out for a walk too. Hm, what are you up to? Yi-jin plans to send their colleagues back to town first so that she can ride back with Woo-chul, which he thinks is too risky. Just then, they spot Hyun-seok and Nora taking a walk together, and Yi-jin assumes that something romantic is going on between them.

She adds that Nora recently received flowers at school, which sends Woo-chul’s mind whirring. His eyes bug out as Hyun-seok takes a step closer to Nora and zips up her jacket for her.

But really, it’s Hyun-seok who’s most affected by the proximity, and he just stares at Nora for a long beat before getting flustered. He covers up by nagging her not to get sick and miss work. Nora asks how he knew about the tea to cure her indigestion, calling it one of Grandma’s home remedies.

He reminds her that he was one of Grandma’s regular customers, and gets away with saying that he didn’t know it was Nora’s grandmother because they kept their relationship a secret.

She says the tea worked wonders, and muses that she can’t get a handle on him—one day he’s like this, then the next he’s like that, “And today you took care of me like an oppa.” He says at least she’ll never get bored, and she teases that if he flip-flops one more time, they’re through forever.

They return to the house and Nora says goodnight to the professors, and Hyun-seok stops her in front of everyone to give her his pajamas to wear to sleep. Squee, why the heck am I so excited that she’s going to wear his PJs to sleep? Needless to say, Woo-chul’s eyes bug out some more.

Back at home, Min-soo reads over his parents’ divorce contract with a heavy heart, and Mom texts to say that she’ll be working all night at her part-time job. It seems like it’s news to him that she even has a job in the first place.

In the morning, Hyun-seok asks Yi-jin to go bike-riding with him, and she wonders if it’s a date request. He tells Nora and Woo-chul to come too, and Yi-jin calls it a double date then. Um, between a husband, a wife, a mistress, and a friend with a one-sided crush? Everybody check for weapons!

Hyun-seok seems to enjoy himself immensely though, and challenges Woo-chul to a tandem bike race to pay for lunch. Then he grabs Nora as his partner and rides off first, leaving Woo-chul and Yi-jin flailing to take off on their bike.

Nora and Hyun-seok have a great time and win the race breezily, celebrating with a high-five. Woo-chul is sore about losing but is prepared to buy lunch, but suddenly Hyun-seok has a change of heart and grabs Yi-jin for the ride back home. He says they’ll eat on the way, leaving Nora and Woo-chul standing there awkwardly. Oh, Hyun-seok.

Yi-jin asks what on earth he’s doing, and Hyun-seok continues to be cryptically flirty with her, saying that he just wanted to drive back with her. Naturally she wonders to herself if Hyun-seok really likes her.

In the other car, Woo-chul fires off questions about how Nora started working for Hyun-seok again, but she refuses to answer. He sees Hyun-seok’s car up ahead and decides to get his petty revenge by speeding up and cutting him off, and actually gloats about it like a child.

Nora yells at him to stop driving so dangerously, and Woo-chul says that Hyun-seok is the dangerous one, calling him a cheater. OMG. YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT. How is he not struck down by lightning right now?

Woo-chul says that Hyun-seok is playing both Nora and Yi-jin, and remembers seeing a third woman leave in Hyun-seok’s car once (which he doesn’t know was Nora). He tells Nora not to fall prey to his charms, but Nora scoffs that Hyun-seok is single, so what difference does it make if he has a woman? She chortles under her breath: “You’re the one who has two!” Oh snap. I love that she said it out loud.

Woo-chul has no comeback for that, and just asks why her personality has changed so much. Nora: “This is my original personality!” That outburst echoes in her head over and over again as they drive: My original personality. My original personality.

They pull over at a rest stop and Woo-chul wants to eat, but Nora says that Hyun-seok already brought her porridge in the morning. So he buys flowers for her in an attempt to brighten her mood. Thinking it worked, he brings up her part-time job with Hyun-seok and tells her to quit immediately.

Nora refuses, and says it’s none of his business since they’re divorced in practice. She plans to keep working there and earning money. Woo-chul realizes that this is because he said he wouldn’t pay for school, and offers to pay for everything.

But Nora turns down his money, saying that she accepted the household spending money because she has to take care of Min-soo, but beyond that she’s going to make her own living and pay for school herself.

She says that she enjoys the work too, and is happy to be helping a good friend like Hyun-seok. She calls it a win-win situation all around, and asks sarcastically if she ought to quit something she loves doing just to make Woo-chul happy. Muahaha. Badass Nora is so awesome.

They arrive at home, and oh no, Hyun-seok is waiting outside their building to make sure that Nora got home safely. He sees her carrying the bouquet of flowers and assumes that Woo-chul made amends, and tells himself that he did the right thing.

Min-soo is still staring at the divorce contract when they come home, and he’s ready to confront them with it on the spot… only he sees that Mom and Dad arrive together with flowers, and is totally thrown. He hides the contract and keeps his mouth shut for now, because it suddenly looks like they’re happy again.

Sang-ye is waiting for Hyun-seok when he gets home, and he guesses that her sending Nora there was about giving Hyun-seok a wakeup call, to stop liking a married woman.

She admits that she didn’t like seeing him so flustered and torn, and swears that she’d never do something like this if he liked someone who was available. He knows and says he’ll get it together. I do believe her; I just wish they knew the whole truth about Nora.

Hyun-seok goes upstairs and takes out his keepsake box, and gets ready to burn the mixtape and his confession card to Nora. But once he takes out the lighter, he can’t bring himself to do it and puts them back in the box. Sang-ye asks if he can’t burn them, and he says he doesn’t want to. He knows these feelings now will pass, but he doesn’t want to be rid of his precious memories too.

In the morning, Nora contemplates the flowers from Woo-chul and decides to keep them since the flowers haven’t wronged her. He sees her putting them in a vase and puffs up, thinking that it means something.

She dismisses his request for coffee because she has to go to Hyun-seok’s office, and pauses in the mirror as she remembers talking to Hyun-seok last night about her latest project for Yi-jin’s class.

She has to plan a date in the city with her partner, and he had asked if she was going to buy a new outfit. He assumed dates were the reason why women bought new clothes, and Nora said she didn’t know—she’d never been on one. That is so sad, I can’t even.

She decides to change into a dress, and Woo-chul spills his coffee while gaping at her. He complains when she doesn’t get him ice, but she points out that he drinks his coffee lukewarm, heh.

Woo-chul asks why she hasn’t asked him about his girlfriend (he’s still lying that it’s a very new relationship), and assumes that she’s too scared. Nora actually wonders the same thing, like it hadn’t occurred to her to ask, and just leaves the question hanging as she walks out. Woo-chul muses that she looks the same, but seems like a totally different person.

Hyun-seok goes so gaga over Nora dressed up for her date that he just openly stares while over-pouring his coffee, like someone stun-gunned him. Dude, if she put on a party dress and showed some skin, I think he might die of a heart attack. He’s so blatant about it that she thinks he’s teasing her with a fake reaction, and he’s happy to let her think so.

She brings up his tough-guy flirting act yesterday, and asks how long he’s liked “our professor Yi-jin.” He tells her not to call Yi-jin “our professor,” and insists that he doesn’t like her, but Nora only teases him more and pokes his belly, thinking that he’s just trying to hide his crush.

She even thinks that he wanted to ride the tandem bike with Yi-jin, but chose Nora because of her strength so he could win the race. Oh, honey. He just vehemently denies it over and over, swearing that Yi-jin is not his type. Nora asks why he dragged her away for the ride home then, and he barks, “Was I supposed to drag you away in front of your husband?” She stops teasing when she realizes that he did it thinking of her.

He’s still staring at her, so she gets self-conscious and asks if she looks really weird dressed this way, and he asks if she doesn’t look in the mirror. Of course, he means it in the duh-you’re-pretty way, but she takes it in the reverse and guesses that she tried to look too young. So to clarify, he tells her to look around because nobody compares to her, and says that her partner lucked out. Awwwww.

Yi-jin is now under the impression that Hyun-seok is head over heels for her, and that Woo-chul’s aggressive driving was because he was jealous about it. Woo-chul just wants to know if Hyun-seok made any advances, and decides that he’s definitely a player, though he can’t figure out what Hyun-seok is after. Woo-chul gets a text saying that his project proposal was accepted by Sungsam Group, and he smirks.

Nora meets her partner Danny for their date, and he’s properly wowed to see her dressed differently. He’s a very sweet partner, asking for her opinion on what to eat, and explaining all the dishes and sharing so she can try more things.

She asks if it’s because he grew up in the States that he’s more easygoing about her being an older student, and Danny says that it’s partly that, and partly his curiosity about her. He really wanted to partner with her because he’s been curious about her from the start, and impressed with her for sticking with the class.

He decides on a restful date because she works part-time jobs while going to school, so they go to the park to relax and watch Groundhog Day. Nora enjoys herself and looks around at all the other couples, wistfully watching as a father picks up his baby to let his wife nap.

It’s a simple gesture, but it makes her think back to being a young mother, when Woo-chul would just sit there and scowl every time Min-soo cried, and Nora had to take care of him all on her own. Ugh.

Nora tells Danny that he doesn’t have to wait with her at the bus stop, but he calls it an obvious thing he would do for his girlfriend, calling her his girlfriend for the day. She smiles and thanks him for treating her that way, and says she had fun.

She returns to Hyun-seok’s office even though he told her to take the rest of the day off, and asks if the date was short because she didn’t have a good time. Nora brightly tells him how great it was, and how sweet and caring Danny was about everything, like asking what she wanted to eat, complimenting her dress, and listening to her.

She says he even opens doors for her like Hyun-seok does, which she credits to them both growing up abroad. Hyun-seok just gapes at her the whole time, appalled that she’s so impressed with such obvious things. He asks, “Ha Nora, what kind of life have you been living until now?” That strikes a nerve, and Nora quickly gets up to busy herself with cleaning.

Min-soo is distracted on his date with Hye-mi, and all he can think about is his parents’ divorce. He confirmed last night that they’re sleeping in separate bedrooms, and he asks what advice she’d give for his friend whose parents might divorce.

She says she’d at least try to stop her parents, though the reason they’re divorcing matters, since there are some things that can’t be worked out. She figures that in the very least, it’s a chance for his friend to move out if he wants.

Nora and her theater class group perform their reinterpretation of Hamlet, about how they would go about making their life choices differently if presented with death. Hyun-seok praises the idea and they ace the assignment.

Woo-chul’s meeting goes well and he gets the green light to produce his own version of the theater project. He calls Hyun-seok right away and heads over to declare that they won’t be working together anymore, which just makes Hyun-seok’s day. He asks Woo-chul to repeat it so that he can get a recording, and Woo-chul obliges: “If I consult on this project again, I’m a son of a bitch.”

Woo-chul then demands that Nora stop working here, calling himself her legal guardian, and Hyun-seok gets extra offended to hear Woo-chul call himself that. Woo-chul asks why he pretended to like Nora and then took Yi-jin, and Hyun-seok can’t take it anymore and blows up: “Does it look like I took Kim Yi-jin in your eyes? I was sending Nora to you! Because Nora wants her family, so that she can have that—that’s why I took Kim Yi-jin, you bastard!”

He calls Woo-chul out on his affair, point-blank, and tells him not to reach for excuses because he saw them together at the theater. Hyun-seok is swearing at him in banmal now, and growls at Woo-chul to hurry up and end things with Yi-jin before he grinds him to a pulp.

Hyun-seok tells him to clean it up before either woman finds out about the other, because Nora is in Yi-jin’s class: “If you harm Nora’s school life even a little, I won’t leave you alone.” Woo-chul has been stunned speechless, but now he asks what right Hyun-seok has to threaten him like that. Hyun-seok shouts, “It’s my right because I like Ha Nora! What are you going to do about it?!” Omo.

Hyun-seok then argues that Woo-chul was clearly jealous, so he must still have feelings for Nora. That just confuses Woo-chul even more, but Hyun-seok says that Nora wants her family so he’s not going to tell her about the affair. She doesn’t know that he knows, and he intends to keep it that way.

He ends by saying that Woo-chul is the one who said they won’t be working together anymore, so he doesn’t ever want to see his face again. Damn, that whole thing was so satisfying, Imma grab popcorn and watch it again.

Yi-jin gets a call from the company that Woo-chul pitched his copycat idea to, and she’s livid as she calls Woo-chul to meet. She can’t understand why he’d go behind her back when doing this project at their school was all designed to raise her father’s opinion of him.

Woo-chul admits that it came down to a pride war between him and Hyun-seok, though he lies that the reason he can’t work with him is Hyun-seok’s crush on Yi-jin. She’s upset to hear that he already cut ties with Hyun-seok’s project, and asks if marrying her is really his top priority. He doesn’t have an answer.

Yoon-young is surprised when Min-soo drops by her dance studio unannounced, though she recognizes him right away from all the pictures Nora has shown her. She can tell there’s something on his mind and coaxes him to talk.

Min-soo says that she’s Mom’s best friend so she must know everything about her, and asks why Mom is going to college. Yoon-young says that it’s a rather complicated answer that he should ask his parents about, and Min-soo cautiously says he saw a contract that they signed.

Yoon-young gasps and asks how he saw that, and he realizes that she must know about the divorce. Then he’s suddenly shooting a million questions at her, about why they’re getting divorced, why they’re living in separate rooms, and why Mom is going to school. Yoon-young calms him down and just sticks to the facts, urging him to go talk to his parents.

Woo-chul sits in his office contemplating Yi-jin’s question about marriage, and pictures the two women in his life standing on either side of a scale. That you even think this is up to you is offending me right now, though I will admit the visual is funny.

Nora starts to outweigh Yi-jin, but once he factors in Woocheon University and his future as the son-in-law of an assemblyman, the decision is already made in Yi-jin’s favor. He decides that the problem is Hyun-seok (really, this is your takeaway?) and his proximity to both women.

Min-soo bursts into Dad’s office and says he saw the divorce contract and talked to Yoon-young, and asks angrily if Dad really asked Mom for a divorce because she was beneath him. Min-soo: “How could you do that to her? She’s my mom! How could you say that you can’t communicate with her because she’s stupid? That’s a reason to divorce her? She’s so good to us!” Oh, Min-soo.

Woo-chul refuses to discuss it, and says that it’s an adult matter and that an inability to communicate isn’t something that can be overcome in a marriage. Min-soo stalks off before he even finishes, and Woo-chul sighs at all the confrontations coming at once. This is what we call reaping what you sow, buddy.

Nora is delighted when her new comforter for Min-soo’s bed arrives in the mail, and he comes home to find her laying it out in his room. She proudly says she bought it for him with the first paycheck she’s ever received in her life, and he asks angrily why she’s wasting her money on stupid bed linens.

He gets mad and asks why she should care when she was planning to die alone, and shows her the divorce contract he found. He says he heard everything from Yoon-young, and asks how she could keep him in the dark about her dying. Was she just planning to die alone? He cries that he might be bad to her, but he’s still her son and had a right to know.

Nora tells him that she was planning to tell him in three months, because he had just become a college student. He asks what she would’ve done during those months—just wait to die alone? She points out that she’s not dying, but Min-soo argues that that’s not the point, and Nora’s eyes well up with tears as she says she’s sorry.

Min-soo takes Mom’s hand in his, and says, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry, Mom. For making you lonely, I’m sorry.” He hugs her and cries on her shoulder, and Nora cries as she pats him on the back. Great, now I’m crying too.

He asks why she didn’t tell Dad about being sick either, and she just holds him tightly as he cries. Woo-chul comes home to see them like this, and scurries away to his room as Nora glares in his direction.

That night she sits in her room asking herself all the questions that have been lingering on her mind lately—why she didn’t tell Woo-chul when she thought she was dying, what kind of life she’s led up until now, and why she hasn’t asked about the affair.

Woo-chul sits up that night too, racking his brains to try and figure out a solution to his tangled web. He comes upon an idea, and the next day at school he agonizes over how to bring it up with Nora. But she beats him to the punch and asks to meet, so he heads to a coffee shop where he’s momentarily mesmerized by how beautiful she looks by the window.

But then he gets his head on right and presents her with a new deal: If she leaves Woocheon University, he’ll help her go to a new school next year and pay for it too. And to himself, he thinks that everything will be solved by Nora leaving Woocheon—he’ll lie to Hyun-seok that he broke up with Yi-jin, and he’ll get his divorce in June.

Suddenly he’s broken out of his reverie by Nora asking if he has a lecture today. Ha, did he just imagine that whole thing? Nora confirms that he has the day free, and says, “Then let’s go notarize and process our divorce.” HUZZAH. He’s so stunned that he asks her to repeat it, so she takes out their divorce papers to make it crystal clear: “Let’s go to court. Right now.”

 
COMMENTS

Go to court! Go to court! Go to court! Please, no backing out or traffic accidents on the way. I got excited once before and they didn’t get divorced, but this time it’d better happen, ya hear? It’s just so satisfying for Nora to have come to this decision on her own, without anyone needing to push her into leaving Woo-chul. Because it means more that it’s not a reaction to his cheating, or anything to do with Hyun-seok. This is about her, and how she’s not happy in this marriage. Bit by bit we’ve seen Nora recover parts of her old self, from her ability to sass anyone to her dreams of dancing, and her sunny, spunky personality, until finally she’s the one shouting to Woo-chul that this is her original personality—this Nora, that he never knew. And the more she settles into that realization, I think she finally saw how little of her true self she’d been with him.

All along, Hyun-seok has been angry about the life she didn’t get to have, mad on her behalf when she hadn’t been to the movies or gone on a real date, or had a man ask her what she wanted to eat, for crying out loud. But I think Nora never let herself believe that she deserved to be treated with respect, which isn’t hard to imagine when Woo-chul is her only barometer. But it’s nice to have her eyes opened by such simple things as going on a fake date for a class assignment and being treated well for three hours. The impact is doubled when Hyun-seok calls what she thinks is gallant, gentlemanly behavior the most basic, obvious date etiquette. That moment made me cringe because she was clearly embarrassed, but it’s important for her to know it, because she’s at a point in her self-discovery that it lands with her—that she deserves to be treated with respect and love. I don’t even think it’s about finding that in someone else; she just needs to see for herself that Woo-chul doesn’t treat her that way.

And though we might learn differently, my guess is that Nora never asked Woo-chul about the affair because she’s not in love with him either. To her, Woo-chul and Min-soo are just her family and her entire world after Grandma, and their relationship means security and stability to her. But she never got jealous of the affair or chased him down to catch him cheating again, or even tried to find out who the other woman was. She never asked about it again, which strikes me as far less jealous than Woo-chul is acting around her and Hyun-seok these days. I’m just so happy that she’s made this decision about herself, and that now divorce is a choice she’s actively making, not some horrible event that’s happening to her. I just hope that Woo-chul doesn’t suddenly get cold feet about it now that old feelings have been stirred up.

The payoff with Min-soo was really moving in this episode, and I like that he went to Yoon-young because otherwise Nora would never have told him about her cancer scare. He stuck to his usual prickly way of expressing it (guess he can’t change personalities overnight), but it seemed really true to life, the way you get mad at your mother for wasting her precious pennies on buying you something and express it immaturely by yelling instead of just saying thank you. I found it really believable when his reaction to the cancer news was to be mad at her for keeping it a secret and planning to die alone. It’s the sideways confession that makes it so realistic and moving. And when he tells her that he’s sorry for making her lonely, it feels like he finally grows up, just a little.

Hyun-seok may still be just as immature as he always was in front of Nora, but his way of loving her behind the scenes just slays me. Granted, he has all the wrong ideas about what Nora wants and how happy she is with Woo-chul, but that doesn’t change the fact that he could’ve chosen to make Woo-chul look like the bad guy and swoop in to be the big hero. He could be selfish and try to win her over even while she’s married, and he could’ve barreled his way into her business by declaring that she deserves better, so she ought to be with him. But he doesn’t do any of that, because no matter how much he disagrees with her, he respects what she wants for her life, and wants to be a good friend who helps her get there. And that makes me love him so, so much. I do want him to find out the truth soon though, because while his smackdown with Woo-chul was immensely cathartic, I don’t want him helping them along anymore. That, and I would sell my mother right now to see his face when he finds out that she’s single again.

 
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LOVE IT.

Thank you! :D

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Looooovvee it tooo. Now I have to face a whole week to know - whats next?

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haha I know right! I just have the thought that I am going to be really sad when it's over...

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Right!! I love that the No-ra is not easily swayed by what his (ex) - husband is telling her.

I love how everyone is able to convey how the characters should be. I just hope that the writers would not interject weird stuff that would make the drama weird.

Can't wait for next week. :D

Thanks, Dramabeans!

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The last paragraph of your remarks on what you have said about Hyun-seok rings so true.

Dude has not swooped in to steal her from the hubby and is so bent on helping the couple for her sake coz he's still mistaken about her feelings for Woo-chul.

I truly long for him to learn the truth...perhaps we will get a supernova of those dimples...

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"a supernova of those dimples" -- the most perfect way to describe the most perfect reaction *___* <3 <3 <3

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I can't wait for him to know the truth about Nora's relationship status, but even if he knows, what would really change? He's already in love with her but without Nora returning his feelings, it's still one-sided, divorce or not. I'm worried that she might not even have time to really develop feelings for him. But I'm so glad that she's falling in love with herself. Though I want romance, self-discovery and self-love trumps that anyday.

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This drama is perfection. I really am hoping for a miracle that Nora can get divorced in the next episode.

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Yes yes yes! They need to get divorced already!!

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hi sorry, i gonna hijacked this slot, to annouce the ep 11 preview is out: check this out:

http://couch-kimchi.com/2015/10/01/twenty-again-episode-11-video-written-previews/

i keep refreshing for the last shot... enjoy this till Friday.

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Love this show! So glad my sis talked me into watching it.

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lol. GF....please don't sell your mom.

What a lovely episode and your recap just put the icing on the cake. I could write an essay to analyze how wonderful No Ra's growth is and how super awesome Hyun Seok is.

That mock date was needed and I love how the Writer made the class happen because otherwise, there's no way No Ra would've experienced a date while married. She was so willing to just do whatever the guy wanted and the experience of actually having her opinion count was really an eye opener.

I also love when she realized that she really has no love for Woo Chul. As you say, it was just the security of a family. Now that Min Soo knows and she has re-discovered her true self, to hell with Woo Chul.

I don't want the divorce to be delayed. Please Writer-nim, let it happen right away in ep 11. We want to go with No Ra into a new arc.

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The thing about the mock date made me wonder how bad Nora has had it for years.

Like, how exactly did Woo-chul woo her when they were younger? Wasn't there that romantic scene with them kissing and the sun setting in the background? I hope I have not missed something...

I truly wish we get to see what happened after that dance when Woo-chul saw her after Hyun-seok left to go to his father

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I was thinking the same thing too. Were there any happy moments/memories between the two of them at all that maybe I missed/skipped on previous episodes? What really happened between the two of them after the dance? How long HS was gone from school that NR left without him knowing? Too many questions and hoping to get some answers.

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I don't think we missed anything. It is Nora who has missed much. The mock date makes her realise that, and makes it easy for her to walk out on her marriage that has been dead for ages.

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I think the point is that they had the one romantic scene...and then he got her pregnant. So he took responsibility, but sort of reluctantly. Woo-chul obviously saw/sees her as a hindrance to his career and life, and never really took the time to know her or treat her well.

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Woo Chul has been urging her to give him a divorce. She was the one who asked for a 3 month extension, till June 2. Now she's asking him to go file for divorce that day. He should be pleased, right?

It should be done w/o delay, right?

Then next week, HS finds out, and we get to see the 'supernova' of his dimples, plus him starting to woo her, right?

And that plagiarism manoeuvre will start to bite WC's ass, right?

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@ KDaddict?JCW

LOL!
Right.
Right.
Right.
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GB,
Thx for coming out to play. It's a long weekend here, and I've nothing to watch. Bored out of my skull!

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I think one of the biggest issues with getting married after one date means that neither of them got a chance to really get to know each other. They didn't get the opportunity to go through that stage where they grow to get comfortable with each other as they reveal what kind of person they are because everything was so rushed. Also, given the whole husband-wife hierarchy norm, No-ra would've felt reluctant to voice her wants and opinions, making her the meek and quiet person she was during their marriage.

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@Denile, my guess is that 23 YO Woo-Chul simply saw a beautiful and innocent 18 YO girl on the beach and, well, one thing did lead to the other... and they made Min-Soo out of her innocence and his 23 YO hormones on the night they met...

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That's what I think too. It was totally a marriage due to pregnancy. The timing is even worse than I thought since he apparently was leaving the next day!

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i believe he left the next day.... but maybe just a short while, then back again to receive with horror his new status as a young dad-to-be. or maybe changed his mind of leaving the next day and stayed long enough to learn of Nora's unexpected pregnancy.
been the :"gentleman" that he always pride himself to be, he took responsible, which happened to be short-live.

whatever ways, even if there are moment of bliss and sweetness, or even a very short courtship, it halted the moment the infant arrived. By the scene WC shown anger and impatient over Baby Min Soo's bawling on the floor, and Nora swiftly moved him out of the Studies, that was the beginning of what she has endured submissively for past 20 years.

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There was an initial sexual attraction between them, and at their age that isn't surprising. He was taken with her performance and determination so he was attracted to her from the start (as we know).

My theory is that she had a crush on Hyun Seok too, but when she found out he didn't see her performance, she felt hurt and upset. She didn't know why he left so she may have thought he didn't care. So she naturally turned her attention to the man who was giving her positive attention.

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Denile, rumputsantoso , and all.
that is exactly the problem. girls at that age(we all once were), always dream of some quality of a Prince that will sweep her off her feet... being the village girl she was, naturally to attract to some brainy intellectual boy which happened to look like some EXO. just like all of you, we found traces of her, the liking for H.S. started to bud, and we are dying to see what she wrote on the "time capsule" to replace her name cancelled.... if that unfortunate dance didn't come to pass, she may just went to the store with H
S and end up swoon over her first proposal by HS, and very well accepted her... 20 years later, she might be some dance instructor, or famous theatre choreographer beside HS the Director, and hahaha, both won tons of KD awards....like real huh.
but, God allows such to happens, no point thinking the many "what if"s... the thing is right the wrong NOW.
for HS, we jolly know from Day One his heart, so what we are relenting in demanding, is NORA waking up to her once stirring heart for HS, and give our OTP a happy ending.
i don't think that puppy love resulted over one dance or some sweet words, can mount to a deep understanding of each other, in short, True Love.
love, that sprung out from "Blind love at first sight", from awing at a girl's dance, and awing at a guy's intellectual, cannot be rooted in depth.
with HS, she can goes rooted deep or also soar sky high in dream.

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This also made me extra curious... how did Woo Chul and Nora end up together? Was she really smitten by him at first sight? Did they have Min Soo by accident?

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"lol. GF….please don’t sell your mom."

Pwahahaha. Although I would sell anything to see Hyun-seok's reaction too.

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"lol. GF….please don’t sell your mom".

Ha, I was thinking the same thing.

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Finally...
Honesty, Professor Grumpypants, is the best policy.
Thanks for the recap!

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Thank-you for the recap. And the commentary is spot on.

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I loooooove this....I really wish Nora wud end up with Hyun Seok...

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This. Show. Is. Awesome.

I really can't find any flaws with it and usually by this point there is something that drags in the story, but the plot is so well written and I am dying to find out that Nora actually divorces Woochul by next Friday. Not at the expense of my mother (LOL), but I am going to make sure I watch eps 11 and 12 as soon as they come out.

As always, thank you for the recaps and the space to gush and squee about this amazing drama!

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The one fly in the ointment is Min Soo's acting. Honestly, I cringed at his fake tears and painful facial expressions in that last scene with his mother - honestly, the writing in that scene was perfect but I could only cringe in embarrassment for him. Someone like Ji Soo would have killed that scene.

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I think the acting is fine. I feel like it's actually him delivering a very spoiled, self-centric portrayal which considering the father's influence is perfect.

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aigoo...nooo... put Park BoGum (Min of I Remember you, oosp, what a diff "Min"!!!)in that Min Soo's role. and rid "Min" of this barbie doll gf, and replace by someone nice, like OMG that cute girl Park Bo Young (oosp, park bo gum and park bo young .... perfect!)... yesyesyes
ya-rite! one fly in the ointment, make us treasures the value of the "else perfect master-piece" .

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she teases that if he flip-flops one more time, they’re through forever.

*claps, standing ovation* You just have to tell him. 6 episodes left, man!

I kinda feel bad for Yi-jin because she's thinking that Hyun-seok has some kind of feelings for her. HAHAHAHA. He totally doesn't. Oh, the satisfaction of seeing Woo-chul dying of jealousy! He's still deluded as ever though.

Hyun-seok staring blankly at Nora is so precious! This guy's acting is so on point. I was rolling on the floor laughing and had to replay it. I'm happy that at least, he's being nicer with his words now.

Ahh, it's just so sad how Nora never got to experience so many things because Woochul is an ass. But now, he seems to feel a likeness to Nora again which is so dumb. Dude, you were her husband for 20 years and you just wasted that.

I still don't like Hyemi.

Oh, Min Soo. I watched this in the morning before I went to work. I was putting make up on at the scene between Min-soo and Nora and I was just crying my eyes out. I had to do my makeup again.

Ahhh, how to wait for next episode while keeping my sanity? Thanks for the recaps, girlfriday!

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I wish I could cry in Min Soo's scene too...the whole scene was perfect except...I wish the actor knows how to act better. The guy looks like he's really really trying to bring out tears yet he can't, and that makes me cringe. Oh well...but the whole episode is just GOLD!

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I actually really like the kid playing Min Soo. I don't know if it's acting or rookie nerves, but the stilted way he plays some of this stuff is pretty fitting for a kid who has been totally controlled by his rigid dad for years. He's not used to emoting. He's not used to thinking on his own in general. He's book smart, but not street smart.

So between his girlfriend introducing the idea that he could just defy his dad, and realizing that he's been so crappy to his mom that she wouldn't even think to look to him for support or comfort - he's having one hell of a wake up call. Ji Soo played a kid who had too many emotions and no good way to express them in Angry Mon, but Min Soo is the opposite - he's had no reason to develop his own emotions and agency because his dad preset all of the requirements. As he starts to experiment he'll be really awkward, like the dancing, and the kind of robotic Min Soo works for me.

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No that's EXACTLY what I think. I think the character is emotionally stilted, I think the delivery is fine.

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I love the night walk scene between Nora and Hyunseok too! The shoulders were brushing against each other when they walked side by side ♥v♥

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I don't care for Hyemi either. I like that scene between Min Soo and his dad. He actually stood up for his mom, and is starting to see what an ass his dad really is.

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Min might be the reason left to stirred and make Mom Nora doubt herself, even after she came to realization of her feelings and accepted H.S., so Min must "grow up", and stop idolizating dad, then Nora will have her happy ending with HS. else every woman is always willing to give up the while universe for her son, Nora is definitely that kind, whether she has "her real personality" or not.
Min is the crucial factor now, standing between HS and NR.

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The more I watch KDs, the more I feel that SK isn't a society w much Gender Equality.
Look at Sang Ye and her reaction to HS when he comes home from the trip. See how apologetic she is about sending Nora to the 'seminar' in her stead. She keeps on explaining and apologising. They both know full well how she feels about him, but she has to explain and explain, saying in the end that if Nora were sb he could have, she'd never behave this way.

It must be hard being a woman in SK. It is double hard being a woman in SK who likes a man more than he likes u. And even harder being a woman who likes a man in a higher social status in that society. Even if she gets him in the end, she'll forever be a subservient position. Gender Equality my butt.

So Sang Ye did send Nora in hopes that she'll get to spend time w the husband whom she supposedly loves so much, for HS to witness, and he'll have to come to his senses. I can't blame her for trying. It doesn't make her a bad girl at all.

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I'm not sure that Sang-ye is so typical. Maybe somewhere between her and Hye-mi? :) The characters are only a few years apart.

The writer does seem to try extra hard to keep Sang-ye kind and sympathetic for us, which I appreciate. It lets us continue hoping that Sang-ye will have a happy ending too, just not one with Hyeon-seok. **coughs

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The thing is... Did you notice? In the scene where Min-soo was sitting alone, reading the divorce contract, "Gender Equality" was written on his shirt. I'm thinking maybe it was intended as this story has been touching the topic since episode 1.

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Thanks GF for the recap!

I loved this episode too and I must admit the scene with MS made me cry.

I just want WC to get his comeuppance decisively. I am always nervous that they will try the reconciliation angle.

LSY is so adorable in this. And so good! I can't wait to see if their romance is going to be explored in the next few episodes.

Mainly I'm Team No Ra. Whatever makes her happy makes me happy (as long as it's not settling for her selfish husband anymore.)

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I love Nora's date with her new class partner so much. He is just super sweet to her. It helps her realise that that is the way she is supposed to be treated, has a right to be treated by sb who loves her, and since her husband has never treated her that way, she is wasting her life by living w him.

Wake up and walk out, girl, Pronto. Yes, Chimgum, Dangjang!

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The mock date was cute, but I originally thought Dan was suggesting a "Netflix and chill" date when the iPad came out. But he actually meant "chill". Who knew boys could be that simple and sincere?

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LOL "Netflix and Chil", that's what came to my mind too. Nora seems to think he's so considered b/c he's from the US. I hope not.

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This reminds me of Jo Yeo Jung's character in Divorce Lawyer in Love. Go Chok Hee in DLIL always says "Divorce is a blessing". Now I can see how true this saying is. There is no way to save a dead marriage. You just leave it behind and go away. Whether No Ra decides to remain single or accept Hyun Seok's love afterwards, I will be happy to see her live for herself =)

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Haha. I was yelling the same thing, go to court right now, right now!

I'm younger than Nora, but it's as if I can relate to her situation, albeit a bit differently. At some point, you gave up your dream due to certain circumstances, and in doing so, forgetting about yourself.

So, dear Nora, cheers to you for realizing that, and let's do our best in life! Go, go, go!

p/s: and hopefully I'll meet my own Professor Grumpypants one day! Heee..

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I'm praying so hard for this divorce to go through!!! I wonder what's going to happen now that he got the divorce he wanted. Would he move on or linger?
Awe that little date was cute! My joon jae being a gentlemen!!
Nora and Min soo part made me cry twice already. And reading this made me tear up. He grew up just a little.
Hyun suk need to know about this divorce or else I'm going to Korea and stealing him for myself. Or I'll take soon man if no one wants him. :)

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I thought Nora was working part-time jobs to earn her tuition. Why is she buying a bed sheet set w her 1st measly pay check, besides the fact that the sheet set is a PPL?

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PPL aside, in Korea, it is (was?) tradition to spend your buy red pajamas for your parents using your first-ever paycheck. Nora mentions this in the last episode, when she says she wishes she could have done this for her grandmother. Obviously, she can't do that anymore, so she turns to the family member worth gifting -- her son. Why a sheet set? No idea.

Korea, in general, embodies a culture of buying things (mostly food and meals) for other people when good things happen. Seung-hyun offers to buy Soon-nam and Nora a meal after they reclaim her paycheck money a few episodes back. Like that.

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Tradition is you use your first paycheck to buy for family clothes or linens

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I'm not exactly sure... But I think it's a Korean custom to buy something (usually PJs) for your family or loved ones with your very first pay check.

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Yeah, like everyone else said, in all of East Asia, the tradition is that your first paycheck goes to your family (Typically, a person who took great care of you). Since her grandmother has passed away, she decided to spend it on Min Soo. My husband's first pay check went to his grandmother (she used it to plant a garden so she could think of him always.. awwwww)

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That's a lovely tradition!

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Thanks for the recap.

I am so enjoying the series.

Am I the only person who thought NoRa's amazing [from the response it elicited] date-dress was kind of meh?

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I didn't like the dress. lol. I thought that surely the drama stylist could have come up with something nicer. Maybe it was sponsored.

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The dress is different, w a strong indie vibe. It looks like sthg that Gong Hyo Jin would wear. I think it's supposed to be a contrast to that dress she wore to her 1st class w HS. I rather applaud the char for going outside her comfort zone and looking great in it.

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I don't mind different..
But I usually prefer different with a point, i.. flattering or expressing the character's personality.
If either of those happened here, I didn't see it.

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Compare this dress with the one that she wore on the 1st day of class, with the felt hat and pearls. Compare her demeanour today versus on that 1st day of class.
Young, confident, outgoing in one case vs. dowdy, sheepish, buttoned down.
I think that's the point they are trying to make.

Part of the guy's reaction might be their surprise to the change they see in her when she wears that dress vs. anything in her old wardrobe. Let's face it, it's not a dress she'd have bought 2 months ago.

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I think the dress doesn't really matter. Maybe even if she was wearing her 'granny' outfit or that neon new dress, she would still get the same reaction from the three men.

Because it's not what you wear that makes you pretty or beautiful. What makes you attractive is your whole being, the aura you project. When you're happy and confident about yourself, it would definitely show and you sort of light up and draw people toward your positivity. And that's exactly what's happening to Nora. ?

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tq GF

OH ! "Sell your mother" ! GF?

what sort of dress she is wearing ?, suited for a teenager?

exaggeration - stylist!.

Soon she will be a single mom after 20 years ! who will min

soo choose ?.

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Marriage is hard enough w/o the teenage pregnancy, or a condescending, calculating, cheating jerk. Anyone who is married will understand My Love, My Bride (Shin Mina and J JS movie) very well.

Nora's shotgun marriage to an egoistic, pompous jerk was pretty well doomed from the start. 20 years is more than enough time wasted.

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True that! She's lucky to have given a second chance to start a new life and hoping that she'll make the right decision this time.

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This show is really about Ha No Ra rediscovering herself. However much we may want it, I am getting the feeling that it may not end up with Hyun-Seok and No-Ra being in love.
Its all about how a woman realises her worth and starts re-living her life with greater compassion for her own self.

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True as that may be, the stubborn shipper in me is going to cling up to the last second of the last episode for her and Hyun-seok to get together.

As much as I do want them to end up together, I understand that she needs to first rediscover herself and make her own decisions for the sake of her happiness. This is the most important bit, given how horrible her life has been to this point.

But it also irks me that she was married to a man who did not see her worth or give her the love she deserved and I just hope...truly hope she gets to experience it.

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I am getting worried as well... because there is no sign of a 'more-than-a-friend' feeling from No Ra. And, we are at episode 10 already. But, I'd be heart broken for Hyun Seok, if they don't end up together.

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We can overread a little for the sake of shipping: she bumps arms with him during the walk, and she pulls a face when Hyeon-seok drives off suddenly with Yi-jin. I don't think the little frown is only about being left with Woo-cheol. She too has become casually handsier during 9 and 10.

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thistle12,
actually we Asians are quite conservative, at least my Gen gals don't go round wearing any guys' pajamas or sleepwear, know ya, pyjamas are like, skin-touch... very yucky, esp the trousers... u know "WHAT I MEAN HUH"....
guess you must really like or feel completely comfortable with that guy, then you won't mind wearing his "trousers".
but i really don't know the mindset of teens nowadays...
and right infront of WC, Nora accepted without a wink, even whispered some thanks to Hyun S in playful manners.... i think she is in a very comfortable state with HS already.

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Oh, and she actually accepts the sleeping clothes the first time he offers. Ha. If I spent the night somewhere unexpectedly in a room by myself, I'd sleep in underwear, no big.

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Thank you thank you thistle12! I am ALL for over-reading :) These two will have such outstanding romantic chemistry once they get going!

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I think the writer is going to leave it open-ended- maybe hint a future relationship or a tinkling from Nora but nothing substantial. This drama is about Nora after all- and I don't think Woochul is going to go down easily without trying to be in the best situation possible for himself, meaning we might have a continuing conflict in the next few episodes.

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I don't mind that. A happy ending for Nora doesn't have to be getting together with Hyeon Seok... I really wish it is about Nora reclaiming and redefining her own life and happiness. To be Ha Nora, first and foremost, not just Minsoo's Omma, or Woochul's wife...

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I too cried through the whole scene when Min Soo confronts Mom/No Ra. He cries, she cries, I'm crying. He realizes that he contributed to her pain, even as she was acting out of love for him. This rang so true to a mom's heart for her son.

And so we start on the redemptive path for Min Soo and No Ra together. When is the Mom and Son hip hop dance going to come? I can't wait!

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Just can't express how much I love LSY and CJW in this drama. They are so so so adorable. Yes yes. I want to see Hyun-seok's reaction when he finds out that No-ra is single! His love for NR is so pure and selfless. Nora is not aware of her feeling for him as yet, coz he is just a good friend who cares a lot for her. How will the romance blossom? I am very curious ^^

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"That, and I would sell my mother right now to see his face when he finds out that she’s single again."

-THIS.

No, but seriously. I'm dying for this to happen soon. Really soon. Please. All the revelations and developments this episode were fantastic. But #1, I need Hyun-seok to know Nora is divorcing the sucker and #2, I need Nora to know just how bad Hyun-seok has had it for her all these years. Crazy, stupid bad. Once this happens, I will be very very happy if the drama has a completely baffled Nora watch as Hyun-seok begins to woo her at every turn. Ahhh, this would just be the best. Only 6 episodes left. Make it happen, Show! I know you can do it!

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I believe in the show. It can happen! They still have to open the time capsules together, and I'm assuming that's when the confessions will drop. Maybe what HS wrote and what Nora wrote instead after she crossed out her name will have something to do with it.

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Oh yes! Please email this to the writers pronto :) - I'd love the story to develop along these lines.

PS. I am wondering if there'd be an extension 'cos really we need some more time for the NR-HS romance to develop.

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"That, and I would sell my mother right now to see his face when he finds out that she’s single again."
Best line I've read here at Dramabeans!!! Thanks for the recap and wonderful commentary, Girlfriday.
This drama keeps getting better and better. I'm enjoying it so much it might become a top 5 of all time contender .
The mother and son moment had me crying like a baby, and the moment in the bikes smiling like a loon.

I never want this drama to be over. How is this only my 3rd drama with Lee Sang Jung?Can you believe the first time I saw him in Angel eyes I wondered why they would choose such a bad looking actor as main lead, but then...he smiled and I just swooned. ? in this episode he just looked beyond cute! I luv him!

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Thank you GF! I just watched it with eng sub and waited anxiously on your recap to see your reaction and it was worth the wait LOL! I'm usually a silent lurker but cannot helped it anymore as this show is killing me! The story may seem so simple but it's just tightly written and the actors are just amazing!

Usually I don't agree with divorce but darn WC just pushed my button and made me cheering up for Nora to get a divorce ASAP and for her to start a new life without him! LOL!

I would love to clone Hyeon Suk so I can have one on my own. He's truly an amazing friend and no doubt will be an amazing (cute grumpy) supportive lover. Too bad that things didn't work out before for both of them so I'm really hoping that the writer will not disappoint us at the end and show that if a door shuts down at WC face another one will open with Hyeon Suk waiting on the other side for Nora! ^_^

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Omoooooo!! I really love how Hyun seok did not deny his feelings yet is still respectful of Nora being a married woman. It shows that you do not need to be in the extremes when you truly love a person - either do a whole lot wrist grabbing and pulling the person you like, or moping your lost love on her. He actually cares for her in ACTION, more as someone who is a true friend to her than someone who lovws her. This show is simple yet DAEBAK!

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Oh tears, please stop. The minsoo scene... it's so heartwarming. And i haven't even watched it yet. Just reading about it makes me cry so hard. My Nora, live and be free.

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I know. Even though Minsoo is not the strongest character & his acting isn't the best, the scene was still so heart-warming. The simple words of "mom was so good to us" really made my heart wrench...god what a sad but uplifting scene. The son/mother redemption arc has really been awesome to see

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I couldn't finish that scene 1st time around. I had to skip it to save myself from being a mess. Chicken. Gotta go back n rewatch it now.

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love love love this drama!!! Every episode has been so satisfying - to see Nora rediscovering her past self little by little, enjoy life little by little. I've been fist pumping almost at every scene!

Yea, I also cannot wait until Mr. Grumpypants find out she's single again. HEHEHEHEHHEHEHEE.

One thing though... where were all these awesome classes back when I went to college??? Go on dates for school project? and a college course at that? Sign me up!

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LOVE THIS SHOW!!! And esp this episode. The son and mom moments really tugged at my heart strings. And the whole car ride I was soooo happy to have Nora being all sassy and her husbands gobsmacked face! When she called him an adulterer I literally gave her around of applause! So nice to see how each episode slowly but efficiently built up her self esteem and to see her truly and finally stick up for herself.

I really hope that they file for divorce so we can get the love line going for her and Hyun Seok! Who really knows how to love someone. And Nora deserves someone who knows how to be supportive and respectful!

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I love love love this show so damn much, it's ridiculous. I don't think I've ever rewatched the episodes so many times over. Chan Hyunseok is the sweetest, cutest thing ever and I'm so happy that he's guiding (not forcing or manipulating) Nora's growth to realization and self-discovery. It's what a healthy, wonderful relationship should look like.

We have 6 episodes left, and I'm really ready to see some love and chasing romance between Hyunsuk and Nora. It'd be refreshing to see Nora kinda give the chase since Hyunsuk's been through so much angst, but ahhhh I can only hope. I'm praying that TVN gives us an episode extension too because I can't bear to have this show be over.. but gahhhh please some romance soon! I love all the character development with Nora but seeing Nora go through a healthy, more romantic relationship with Hyukseok right now would be life<3

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I absolutely loved this episode. This show keeps getting better and better. And i love that the writers are talking about gender equality and self respect in such subtle ways, rather than forcing their point across through over the top shouting or something similar. I didn't miss out on the "gender equality" T-Shirt Min Soo was wearing when he first notices the notarized papers.

Min Soo's reaction was very characteristic and that made it real. If he had changed too much, it would have seemed farcical.

And can I just say how much I love Cha Hyun Suk. He is an amazing character and I somehow want more of him, his history, his one-sided love for No Ra.

This episode was all about the journey toward self-realization and I reeeaaly really loved every moment of that journey. :)

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Thank you for the recap GF! :)
Divorce him! Divorce him! Now divorce is not something i take lightly. Its a painful situation for the couple and the children involved. I would know since my parents divorced when I was years younger than Minsoo. But in the context of this drama, i whole-heartedly support it. For the sake of the couple involved. Please let this happen next episode. I want Nora to break free from that loveless marriage and take Minsoo with her. Leave WC behind with his mistress.
Love the Nora and Minsoo moments.
I would like it if SY get a clue and just give up on HS. Her machinations is not endearing her to me.
It also got me thinking that the people in NR's life that she considers her family have pretended at one time or another that they dont know her in public. Her grandma - due to her ddukbokki store and humble beginnings, WC because he is a jerk and, MS due to embarrasment. In later episodes, I would like her son to proudly announce to everyone that she is his Mom. And HS proudly tell people she is his girlfriend or hopefully wife. She deserves to be shown off instead of made feel like a terrible secret. This would be satisfying an ending for me.
Love this show so much!!!!

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Oh, I think it's almost a given that Hyun-seok would be proudly introducing No-Ra as his girlfriend/fiancée/wife to EVERYONE!! Friends. Colleagues. Perfect strangers. The neighbor's cat. And bragging about her when she's around not to introduce. He would (hopefully will) just be that happy!!

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Good point Jillian! About how the different people in Nora's life don't want to acknowledge her for whatever reasons they have!

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Go to the court and divorce him right away! Like right now!!
He's delulu cheater bastard and not even take care of his son properly. The scene where Nora had to take care little Min Soo of her own, ugh I just can't. At least his character is funny, a little bit annoying but not evil.
The actor Choi Won Young also did a good job playing him.

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@ kanz

I was feeling so much when No Ra noticed how other men treated their girls or how the husband had consideration for his sleeping wife. Looking at the young Woo Chul, I had this strong conviction that one should never get married that young. He was already so full of himself and getting ahead, he never became more mature or less self-centred. He never came to care for his wife as one would care for a sweetheart or for his son as a 'real' dad would. Woo Chul seems stunted in his growth too, but he could have known better since he was the one up and about.

Poor No Ra, no dates, never treated like she was special. :(

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I wish we could at least see how young Nora saw Woo Chul as the right person or a possible future husband. Because at this point we haven't had enough scenes of them prior to marriage.
Instead the drama showed us the flashbacks during marriage and the present time Woo Chul is already jerk, bastard, unloving and uncaring husband/father.

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True. What I gathered was that Woo Chul saw and fell for No Ra all in that one night of the performance. That was the last night before he went to Germany. I don't know if that means she got pregnant on that very first meeting or whether he ever came back to Korea and met her again. We just hear that suddenly she got married and went to Germany without any notice. It might have been a few weeks later.

If they could show us that part, and how she came to spend enough time with Woo Chul before marriage, it would be interesting to see if he always was always self-centred. I sort of think he was, because his focus was on getting on in his studies and he probably saw No Ra as a distraction that complicated his plans.

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Yes, I'm very curious to know the time line and details. She did not pop up visibly pregnant (as we saw her in airport departure flashback) the next day and go to Germany with him, so how did that actually play out?

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GB. (allow me sidetract a little)
Are you fine? gwenchanayo?
stay away from the haze ok? now PSI 213. watch more KD and post more... LOL.

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GB, kanz,...etc.
problem is, Teens that age, always think that Teen-pregnancy will never happen to themselves, only happens to others... while indulged in a moment of thrill, which most girls always think "this must be true love", which mainly just mount to some puppy love... actually i don't believe in Love at first sight. WC as a teen should be as fluent in speech as the despicable WC now, gullible Nora must be lost in her own illusion that she was truly in love. only to find that she doesn't really know the one she blindly "in love" with. some times we just love "loving" someone, not really love that "someone". how can you love without knowing the person well. realities sunk in, and she realised she is in Germany, and i guess she gave in to "fate" since she is brought up up granny, means some sense of traditional instil in her, so her spunky characters and dreamy all shelved, for that one new young love of her life, her son. while she may have tried to "like" the husband, i don't think she can successfuly love the husband. no one can TRY to love someone, and be succeed. while you can grow to like, you cannot grow to love, without working of God to sow that seed of love. that Kind of agape love, One True Love kinda love is only sow once, the most twice, for a certain ONE and ONLY in our life. In the phrase "I LOVE YOU", many just love the "LOVE" feels, love the experience is loving someone, and not so much as truly love the "YOU" in "i love you". without knowing the person well, you cannot start to accept the person's character, and you cannot learn to sacrifice and change yourself for that person, and truly appreciate the strength of that person, or motivated to help that person to overcome his weakness.
all these, i believe Nora speed forward by her sudden unexpected pregancy, and succumb to fate like any other traditional women of our mother's era.
Nora, may have swooned off her feet, because WC at that time was different from anyone near her, he's kinda of from another league. and this Brilliant & Choi Min-ho look-alike guy is noticing her, should be quite flattering for a gullible village girl like herself.
for WC., I believe he fooled himself into believing he is a victim, and even with the birth of MinSoo, doesn't help in changing him. while woman mainly will change or sacrifice anything for their children, the traditional dads don't. and this selfish jerk is even more wallowed in his self-pity of being stuck with a "stupid wife and a crying baby" from day one. whatever awe he has over her dance and extraordinary liveliness has way gone, as he see only his own misery of the unworthy match.
in short, its just a spur of a moment, blind "Disney" love. nothing more.

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Oh, no. Now i want every dramas has lee sang yoon in it,love love love him. Every little details in this drama has its own reason to be there. I am amazed how the writer can come up with the writing. And I am also amazed how the recap can be this entertaining,even without watching the drama. I laugh,squee,and cry while reading it. By the way, no soon nam in this episode? T_T

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Soon Nam appears in a class assignment... so you can get your fix :)

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try "Jung-Yi, Goddess of Fire". that was the first drama i noticed LSY.. he portrayed a very saddened young crown-prince Gwanghae. Sad ending, because history really demands so. but he was already good in it, acted even better than the gorgeous KimBum.

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Nora go for divorce

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Crazy stupid love..I just get blacked out Ryan gosling ?

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And this

“That, and I would sell my mother right now to see his face when he finds out that she’s single again.”
I laughed my ass off

And I don't know how my moniker has a typo ?

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Hahahaha. Sumeee! I miss you and your long moniker :D

I love every bit of this drama too! It's so heartwarming and endearing. I cried at Minsoo's scene.

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Wahhhhh bongsookie ..aanyo...
How have you been ?
Yes I absolutely adore this drama ..and Nora and mr.grumpy pants

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Oh I absolutely adore Mr. Grumpypants!

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Hi Sumee and Bongsookie!

Isn't it a great feeling to be happy together over a sweet show?

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Hello @gb I know we are swooning together again ... Yeh ??

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Hey gals,
Happy Chuseok! Happy viewing!

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Hey @KD waves in excitement and happy chuseok everyone ... ?

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Hey there everyone! :D

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Hey Saema! *waves*

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Hi everybody!! *waves like a maniac*

Let me wipe off my tears first...now where's that tissue..and I haven't even watched this episode! *Great recap, GF!*

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Hi @pastmidnite ?

*waving back at you*

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Oh Wow, a Chuseok gathering here! Lovely!!!
See u all next week, I hope. ?

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Happy Chuseok to all the DB community!!!. Hope you are enjoying a nice gathering with your loved ones!.

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Hey hey hey @pastmidnite waves and hugs to you

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cheers to all, moro moro islanders, Healerites.
waves... hug... kisses...
so warm to see, as if moro moro beach parties transfer here.
healer DB ep 20 is counting 10475 comments, great job to all.

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My Healer Beanies! *waves* Happy Chuseok!
I just finished both episodes and I'm still in a daze. Great commentary from you all.

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Hello everyone!!! ?

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HS stop tormenting yourself in the name of Nora's happiness . (his face when driving the car is so sad ). Doing things for Nora in misunderstanding is always HS charm. I'm glad he didn't burn things he would have regret it the most.

I'm glad Nora asked divorce before knowing HS and Min soo are fighting on her side .i was thinking if min soo deserves it but walking out rightout on WC face was priceless & also sought right person for info give that boy some credit (imagining him asking WC for info creeps me out )

Nora's treatment for WC in car was awesome. She found her oldself and made some good thinking and took right decision made my day.

To see HS face to find Nora single I might not sell my mother I can seal the deal with my mother- in -law though..haha just saying( I'm not even married )

Another week <(-︿-)>

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I have to say that Hyun Seok is kind of like a second male lead. You know the nice best friend who loves selflessly but never gets the girl but captures the audience? And I must say that I am sooo glad that though the nice guy finished last in high school he (better) gets the girl in the end!

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Unfortunately, I am getting that 'second male lead' vibe as well. I hope the Show doesn't inflict this on us!

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lovely show, lovely recap. thank you.

now waiting for the divorce to come thru'. please do not take more than a week. :)

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Watched without sub last night as usual. It will be long week. Thanks for the recap. Your ending comments are always DEBAK.

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YESSSS 'Let's go to court' never sounded more satisfying!

This drama is so satisfying to watch at this point into the show. I teared up at the mother-son moment.

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It's getting better every episode. I love on how Yoonyoung tricked/played with Minsoo. Minsoo realized what a jerk he has been to his mother all this time. When he told he's sorry, I can't control my tears anymore. I'm looking forward to the Mother and son bonding in the next episodes. The divorce needs to happen next week. I still want Hyunsuk and Nora to be together but I think we will see it in the final 2 episodes. Ha Nora's re-discovering herself is just so good. This drama is a contender in the BEST DRAMA OF THE YEAR along with I Remember You.

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Yoon Young didn't trick Min Soo? She told him the whole thing about No Ra being misdiagnosed because that played a big part in her decision to go to college, which was what Min Soo wanted to know.

Later in the mother-son conversation, he's saying even though it was a misdiagnosis, the fact that No Ra hid it when she THOUGHT she was dying saddens him and he realizes how lonely he made her feel.

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This show has been reminding me in a lot of ways of The Last Scandal of My Life, at least with some of the initial set up: A doofus divorces his wife/mother of his child so that he can marry a upper class (and in this case rich) woman who clearly doesn't realize he is a doofus. The wife, who now has to pick up the pieces and reclaim her life, runs into to her high school sweetheart. Sweetheart, who doesn't know that her marriage is in trouble until the divorce is finalized, knows she is having a hard time and tries to be her white knight. Woman comes into her own and lives happily-ever-after with her sweetheart

There are, of course, a lot of other details that make the stories different. But I think one of the biggest is how Twenty Again is focused on No-Ra's growth. She is her own heroine. It's not about having a romantic, fairy tale happening to you. It's about living the life you are meant, surrounded by people who love and respect you. It's about becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. And that is a pretty awesome message and makes for a really satisfying story!

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I wish divorce was as easy as marriage was in Yong Pal. You don't even need the other person there to get it done. lol Divorce that bastard! No Ra is too awesome and it makes my blood boil just thinking about Woo Chul sequestering such a wonderful person from the world for all those years.

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LOL yes, I cannot get over how easy it is to get married in Yong Pal context hahas. If no ra can divorce her husband without his presence, his reaction will be priceless!

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Thanks GF!

"I don’t want him helping them along anymore. That, and I would sell my mother right now to see his face when he finds out that she’s single again. " LOLOL! Poor mother!!!!

I agree with what you say about how Hyun Seok is sooooo lovable as the friend who puts No Ra's happiness first, at his own expense. Unlike so many other shows where it would be noble idiocy or childish greed, this show is showing the mature and truly generous way of caring for a dear friend. Love it! :)

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GB. dear.
“Was I supposed to drag you away in front of your husband? You would want to take the car with your husband. Not me.” His “Not me” are two very simple words, but contain gravity of anguish and hopelessness within. He knew since the revelation of that Dance, that he has never let her go from his heart, no matter how far the distance, how long the 20 yrs, how silent the contact was lost. Even while knowing, it’s “not me” she wanted, he will still worked towards “pulling all the stops” outwardly in his actions, so encourage Hora to get who she wanted in order to be happy. At all Kdramas, the unrequited love are always the most touching. What makes H.S. special is, not just that he accepted his unrequited state, knowing since she is married, there is hopelessly no way of any returns of his passion. What more added to his misery, is his false impression that she still desperately loved WC, and anguished over the fact that even when WC cheated on her, and she knew it, she will not give up on him. If its any other guy, they will take advantage of WC’s adultery fact and spill the beans to Nora in no time that since WC is a cheap cheater, and encourage her to dump WC and consider the one who has loved her instead. But HS is not any ordinary guy. Not just that his first and foremost desire is her happiness, but that she gain her happiness by getting what she wants, and not what others think she needs that will make her happy.
And he will even help her to make amendment with WC, in his own expenses… What top the icing on the cake, is he is willing to do the “reunion match” between Nora and the most unworthy WC, without letting Nora know. He simply doesn’t even want to claim any credits. And not even wants Nora to feel any sense of owing him, or even try to make her feel bad so that once a while she might think of him.

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GB, agreed, this is so unlike ;so many other shows... very selfless portray.
“… Because Nora wants her family, so that she can have that…. It’s my right because I like Ha Nora!” T’is so humiliating to confess his love for NR, before the most unworthy WC who doesn’t even need to know HS loved HR ardently. Yet, to warn WC that “There shall be blood” if NR were to be wounded further, and also to reinstated her worthiness, that someone as great as himself (a renowned director) loved NR, raising up her status. Yet HS even warned WC not to let NR know of YJ is the very Mistress that destroy NR already blemish marriage. HS furthered reminded WC not to let NR know that HS knew all these, because NR will not have the dignity to face him, as it is very demoralizing to be so “naked” in front of a oppa that has become her constant means of comfort and friendship. HS hope that at least he can be a friend to NR, by making her felt shameful to face him, he can never comfort her in future. It will destroy her. Everything is always about "Her".

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"It’s my right because I like Ha Nora!”
you remember the part, he saw her coming back with WC with the flowers, and he thought to himself, that she looked happy. After all, if she is happy, he will be happy too. that is the way he earned his right to like Nora, selflessly.
It’s amazing the way the Writer wrote H.S., with all his blemish and childish manners… he is just as human as anyone around us in our family, or colleagues…. Yet, when he realized all these 20 years, he has more than like, but ardently loved Nora, while trials of distances and times and silent (no contact) couldn’t make his fondness a little lessen. Its because even while he like Nora, he doesn’t demand her to like her back. While he continued to take care of Granny, and even after her death, her shop, he remain “like” her quietly in his way. Everyone has the right to silently love another person, provided he don’t demand the person to love him back. Its not uncommon to have unrequited love in Kdrama, infact it’s a too “over-used” plot… but what Hyun suk surpassed them all, is his “quietness”… like the way he told Useless Cheater WC, that he intended to let Nora continued NOT to know that he knew about WC’s adultery, and he also continue to let Nora ignorant about his love.
To hold an unrequited love is a great act. To hold an unrequited love without bitter and help her to seek her loved one is greater. To hold an unrequited love without bitter, and help her to seek her loved one, and at same time vow never to let her know how he felt in order not to burden her, is Greatness itself.

(sorry for writing such a long piece.) which is reason why i hesitate to post before Healer "reborn" me.

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Thank you for the recap, Gf! I had to read last lines of your comment twice. And don't sell your mum, we have only one:)

This show is so good i don't have enough words to express what am feeling right now!! Am so in love with this!!

It is heart-tugging to see just how much Nora has missed and had no idea of what she deserves. They say Diamonds are a girl's best friends. We love shopping and dressing up. Very few understand that it is the little things that get through our heart. Gifting a girl Heels are amazing but making her so comfortable that she doesn't think about her appearance is beyond perfect!!

To outside world, it would look nora's family looks Small Happy Family, just like how Ha woojin's char thinks. But inside those four walls no one knows what transpires!!

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Thank you for the speedy recap GF! I've loving this drama SO MUCH. LSY and CJW have continued to impress me each week with their acting - hyunseok and nora are such lovable characters. Looking forward to a divorce and next week to come asap!!!

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In this ep, WC pisses me off twice:
Once when he brushes off his son when son comes to his office to ask about the divorce. He doesn't even has the decency to explain it in a way that is considerate of his son's feelings.
2nd time when he sees mother and son crying in an embrace when he comes home, after Min Soo's visit to his office. So he knows full well what they are crying about. Yet he ignores them and walks on into his study like it doesn't concern him.

Total uncaring, unloving jerk!

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The second time I think he doesn't know what to say. Definitely agree for the first time. He's so convinced that his son is a child. Delusion again....

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He could have at least lingered and looked at them w sadness. Or walked up to them for a group hug, but of course that's just Not him. If he were capable of a group hug, they wouldn't be heading for divorce!

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Right. He wants attention when he hurts (cold coffee IDEK), but who cares about anyone else....

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And all this time he was belittling Nora for being a bad mum because she's "ignorant". Jerk. Just the sight of him pisses me off to be honest.

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Yes..Divorce the jerk! Hurry to divorce court and get your freedom. Glad she stop being a doormat.
Woo Chul wants the cake and to eat it too! Still conniving as ever.
It was a teary eye scene when Min Soo confronts his Dad about the divorce and Dad dismisses him to talk about it later. He has finally grown up especially when he realizes his Dad's reason for divorcing No Ra was because she was ignorant.
Can't wait when Hyun Suk comes out finally and pursues No Ra. Hurray!

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Ha No Ra manse! No backing out now! Cant wait till next week!
Looooove this episode

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