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Twenty Again: Episode 4

Ah, hello hilarious misunderstandings, I’ve been waiting for you. I figured the emotions of the opening week would soon give way to the lighter (but still heartfelt) comedic moments, and now we’re there in full swing. It’s a good place to be, with characters behaving in cute, hilarious, and frequently childish ways. But the poignancy is still there, and while it hurts to watch every time life kicks Nora down, we’re starting to see that she’s not entirely alone.

 
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EPISODE 4 RECAP

Reading Nora’s letter to her son, Hyun-seok realizes that she (thinks she) is dying. It makes Hyun-seok recall every terrible mocking thing he’s said to her, and at least he has the grace to feel terrible about it. Muahaha, you deserve some misery, meanypants. I mean, I’m sure I’ll love you soon enough but right now you should really suffer.

He can’t believe she’s really dying, while across town, Nora gets the misunderstanding cleared up with the doctor, who says she’s healthy enough to live till a hundred. She leaves in the best spirits and tells her friend Yoon-young the good news, and they do a happy dance right there in the street.

Yoon-young can’t believe the hospital put her through that emotional turmoil, but Nora takes the cheery view, saying it gave her a chance to re-examine her life. She uses Hyun-seok’s term “well-dying,” a take on “well-being” that means accepting that death is inevitable and living all the better for it.

Hyun-seok’s teaching assistant Sang-ye arrives at his office loft, only to be told to cancel his evening appointment and go away. She’s surprised, since he’s never one to cancel something, and guesses something’s wrong.

Nora calls to ask about her lost notebook, and Hyun-seok gruffly lies that he doesn’t have it. Why did you lie, Hyun-seok? I love that she often prompts him to do irrational things he can’t quite understand.

Nora complains to Yoon-young about how mean Hyun-seok is to her, and wonders where she lost her notebook. She says she needs it now more than ever, because although she’s not terminal, she’s been inspired to live fully. She even credits Hyun-seok for the lesson, reciting his words on how overplanning for the future isn’t always good, and that it’s important to live in today, before it turns to yesterday.

Yoon-young is impressed at Nora’s upbeat turn, which reminds her of Nora’s teenage self. Nora explains that initially she thought she of going to school because there was nothing left for her to do at home, with husband and son always out. But when she started writing down her life story, she realized she had nothing to do because she’d never lived for herself. When she started writing down her bucket list, she found there were so many things she wants to do.

Hyun-seok flips through Nora’s notebook, reading through all her plans and thoughts, including the illustration of himself where he’s being punched in the face (and labeled “bad jerk”). He notes how mundane her bucket list is, with wishes like sleeping over at a friend’s house, going to an MT, and traveling alone. He can’t find any mention of the husband and wonders if he’s in the dark about her illness.

That night, Nora gets home just as Min-soo’s arriving, and greets him enthusiastically by slinging an arm around his shoulder. Woo-chul sees from the parking lot, and father and son are left wondering at the change in her behavior. It’s interesting to think they may never have known her being spunky or alive.

At school the next day, Hyun-seok finds himself watching Nora closely, and sees her running into her department sunbaes, who are still ticked off about standing up to Pervy Professor. She recalls Hyun-seok’s words about how she’ll never understand the pressures the students are under, and apologizes for putting them in a tough spot, but stands firm about not owing Perv an apology.

Fuming, the eldest sunbae orders that a separate chat group be created just to exclude Nora, which gets overheard by both Hyun-seok and Nora’s classmate Seung-hyun, who looks conflicted. The other freshman girls are also conflicted when they get the text notification, though not for too long: Despite being grateful to Nora for speaking up, they shun her when she walks by.

Assistant Sang-ye chats with a colleague about Hyun-seok’s sudden canceled plans, which is so unlike him that the colleague speculates that he’s dating. Sang-ye denies that (and seems to have a crush on him herself), just as she sees Hyun-seok through the window… stalking an oblivious Nora across campus. HA. He just looks so obvious.

Nora arrives at dance club Bounce to track down her marriage class partner Soon-nam. She asks to do part of their couple assignment now, and when he turns her down, she offers to meet very early or very late so that nobody sees them together. Soon-nam’s annoyed as usual to see her, though he’s heard of the new chat room and seems to feel twinges of worry, with a side dose of curiosity upon hearing about her dancing past.

Hyun-seok follows Nora from the Bounce room to the convenience store where she buys lunch, with her notebook still in hand—he totally means to return it, but just can’t figure out how. I’m presuming the direct approach is out of the question for some really good reason. He gets the bright idea to leave it near the secluded bench he saw her at before, and goes through a whole rigmarole to make it look like it was dropped there accidentally.

He sees her approaching, then spies Woo-chul heading right for her from the opposite direction. Recalling that she didn’t want him knowing of her attendance, Hyun-seok yanks Nora aside, pulling up his trench coat to cover her head. She’s totally confused, but when he whispers that her husband’s approaching, she ducks closer into his chest. As he passes them, Woo-chul tsk-tsks at the (seeming) public display of affection.

But that attracts attention from passing students, who whip out their phones to take pictures. Hyun-seok directs her to run on the count of three, grabbing her hand as he runs toward that secluded bench. He asks if it’s okay for her to be running (you know, given her condition), then smiles adorkably when Nora finds her notebook dropped nearby. He’s so proud of himself.

Hyun-seok advises her to take off her jacket (so people don’t recognize her in the photos), then leads her to an unassigned locker where she can stow her books instead of lugging them around. He also contemplates calling Woo-chul to share what he knows, but decides against it.

Assistant Sang-ye witnesses the exchange at the locker and asks if Nora is the reason he rejected school sponsorship. She points out that he’s worked ten years on this project and can’t lose it so easily. Plus, it’s unlike him to let personal feelings interfere with work.

He tells her that Nora’s husband is Professor Kim Woo-chul, then posits a what-if scenario where he’s dying in six months—how would Sang-ye feel if he kept that truth from her? She agrees that it would be a disservice to the loved one to keep that kind of information secret, and wonders who he’s referring to.

Woo-chul is dismayed to hear that Hyun-seok rejected funding just to keep him out of his theater project. His professor girlfriend Yi-jin had wanted to persuade Hyun-seok and present it to Woo-chul as a surprise gift, trying to help him establish a strong reputation at Woocheon University. She apologizes for stepping in, but as luck would have it, Hyun-seok calls to ask for a meeting.

Woo-chul leaps to take the meeting, and works to impress Hyun-seok with his ideas, like incorporating survivors who’d lost their loved ones to large disasters mourned by the entire nation. Hyun-seok asks how Woo-chul would feel, hypothetically, if he heard his wife were dying, but only gets a vague answer about every case being different.

Hyun-seok notices that Woo-chul busts out a fountain pen identical to the one Yi-jin dropped, engraved with “I ♥ W.” He abruptly cuts the session short, deciding that this collaboration won’t work. He cites their differing approaches to the project, though it’s likely more about deducing that the pen means “Yi-jin (I-jin) loves Woo-chul.”

He fumes, imagining himself marching up to Nora and berating her for giving up her dreams and leaving her grandmother behind to be with a cheating bastard like Woo-chul. He stops himself, though, lamenting that Nora had to come back in his life so pitiable.

In the library, Hye-mi pouts over the health drink that’s on Min-soo’s desk, upset to hear that somebody’s been dropping them off regularly, though he doesn’t know who. She complains that he’s too popular among the female sunbaes, and flashes back to the beginning of the semester, before she’d met him. Her friend had pointed him out to her as the cutie who lives in the library, who’d been turning down every advance from a girl. That’s when Hye-mi first took an interest in him, and afterward planned the orientation run-in when she’d drunk his beers for him.

She says that girls keep giving him gifts because they don’t know he’s dating her, and he promises to tell the drink-giver the next time he encounters her. He promises that he doesn’t care about any girl in the school other than her, explaining that it’s really important for him to study and excel.

Nora waits in an empty classroom, unaware that the room got switched. Grumpy dancer Soon-nam sees her while passing by, and moments later Nora gets a text from Hye-mi alerting her to the swap. Soon-nam finds the new classroom where everyone’s gossiping about the department uproar, with the sunbaes worried about their futures and whether Pervo is going to retaliate by suing for defamation.

When everyone starts saying that it would be easiest if Nora just quit school, Soon-nam can’t take it anymore and storms into class, berating them for being cowardly and hypocritical. Hilariously, nobody knows who he is, but he says that while he’s not in their department, he’s speaking up “as someone ashamed to be a fellow twentysomething.” Awwwww. I knew he’d turn a corner, but I hadn’t even hoped for something this great.

Outside the room, Nora hears his tirade and sees him leave (though he doesn’t see her watching).

Afterward, she thinks over the students’ criticism of her (for not having to worry about getting a job or get along with professors), as well as Hyun-seok’s words that she’s in no place to judge.

The next day, Hyun-seok is waiting at Nora’s lunch bench with the excuse that he was given porridge, which he hates. He insists he was just in the area and that she should eat it instead of her convenience store food, and his sudden thoughtfulness is so strange that she wonders if he’s the one with a terminal illness.

Hyun-seok calls both Woo-chul and Yi-jin for a meeting, and shocks them by saying pleasantly that he will work together after all.

As he leaves, a former student snaps a picture of him on her phone, which triggers a memory: On the night Pervy Professor was groping the girls at the bar, a girl had been recording it on her phone. He discusses this with assistant Sang-ye, who doesn’t believe the girl will step up. Not when it’s obvious she’d be ostracized too.

Hyun-seok is determined to figure out a solution, now that he knows (thinks) that Nora is going to school to fulfill her dying wish. Moreover, keeping this as a surprise for her husband suggests she loves him a lot, which Sang-ye agrees with. He vows not to let Nora die pathetically, made an outcast for doing a good deed, and uses Nora’s words: “We were friends once.”

In a flashback, we see Nora coming upon Hyun-seok at the creek as he works through an idea for a performance using some leaves. She likes the sound of it and joins in, and calls him Seo Taiji—people thought Seo Taiji was really strange when he first debuted, but now he’s got the reputation of a maverick and creative trailblazer.

Hyun-seok is bashful at the flattery, but she says she’s serious, and proposes a bet to prove that in twenty years, he’ll be Korea’s top theater director. They’ll make a time capsule to open then, and see who was right.

So with new determination, Hyun-seok concocts a plan with Sang-ye, which involves engineering a run-in with video-recorder Seung-hyun. He hires the messenger service where she works to deliver a document to his office, acting surprised when she arrives.

He invites her to eat pizza with them, and as they chat, Sang-ye brings up the harassment incident and wonders how Nora will fare. Does Seung-hyun agree with her peers in thinking that the ajumma should just quit school? Seung-hyun is sharp enough to guess that the professors called her on purpose.

Woo-chul and Yi-jin celebrate the project with wine meant to celebrate his divorce, and she sighs about their marriage plans being delayed. They’re so image-conscious that she has their whole courtship timeline mapped out to look respectable on the outside.

Nora googles what it’s like to be an outcast at college, sighing to read of similar cases of older students being shunned. That’s when Seung-hyun calls her over to the bar where she works, where she hands over a drive containing the video. She explains what it is and leaves the choice to “unni” to decide what to do with it.

Burdened by the responsibility, Nora imagines the worst-case scenario where she’s jailed for making wrongful accusations of sexual harassment, and she downs drink after drink. Seung-hyun notices with increasing worry, and finally ends up calling Hyun-seok.

He finds Nora completely sauced, and she explains that she can’t go home yet because she has a really important decision to make, but hasn’t been able to come to a conclusion—she wants to keep going to school, but is afraid she won’t be able to.

He asks if she wants to go to school that badly, and she says she wants to do everything she couldn’t do at twenty “before I die,” and experience campus life. Tears start to form as she says plaintively, “It’s just that I’m twenty years late—is that a crime? I just wanted to live as a student. Why do I want to keep going to school, when everyone hates me so much? You do, and the students do too. With things like this, why did I step in?”

She sobs into her arms, and Hyun-seok says softly, “Because you’re you. You stepped in because you’re Ha Nora.”

In the morning No-ra wakes up in her own bed, still clutching the flash drive, with Hyun-seok’s words ringing in her ear: “Are you lacking courage? Think of when you grabbed Ra Yoon-young’s hair.” Slowly, memories from last night come back to her, like Hyun-seok driving her home. She’s never blacked out before and wonders if her recollections really happened.

A short while later, Pervy Professor gets an email in his inbox: Nora gives him the simple ultimatum to hand in his resignation today, or have her send the video file to the gender equality board. One look at the incriminating video has him gulping nervously.

He starts to call his attorney, but Hyun-seok appears at his door to advise against it. He suggests that Pervy resign rather than letting the case go to the authorities—because Hyun-seok intends to testify as eyewitness.

Nora tells herself she did the right thing, then refers to her bucket list, since one of her main goals has just been endangered. She’d wanted to live as a real college student, making friends and joining clubs, and now she pencils in a big question mark next to that item.

Hyun-seok calls and prods her for a thank-you for helping her last night. As soon as she thanks him, he claims a favor and tells her to come over to his office right away.

Nora does, and tries to get him to clarify what happened last night, because she recalls him saying things he shouldn’t know anything about, like the story about Yoon-young. Maybe she dreamed it up.

Hyun-seok doesn’t answer, just instructing Nora to sort through boxes of potential stories and pick out usable ones—stories that were already sorted and rejected, as Sang-ye had said earlier. HA. Inventing reasons to keep her around, are we?

So Nora gets to work reading through the submissions, and when a visitor arrives to meet with Hyun-seok, he instructs her to make her introductions. Which is when she looks up and gapes—it’s Woo-chul, who’s gaping right back at her, while Hyun-seok smiles his huge Cheshire grin.

 
COMMENTS

What are you up to, Hyun-seok? I don’t expect it’ll make sense until next week clarifies his intentions, since obviously this doesn’t work with what we know so far. But I do like this idea of Hyun-seok as a sort of fixer in Nora’s life, a (really, really grumpy) good-deeds elf determined to ensure that the next six months of her life go as happily as he can engineer… from a distance, of course, without giving up his outer facade of too-cool-for-school aloofness. I’m sure that cold shell won’t be able to remain unmelted for too long, and the fun is in watching him struggle to cling to the excuses, and to convince himself that he doesn’t care as much as he does. For that reason I’m glad that they made him so assy to start with, because if he’d been super-sweet and hapless, it would just be too sad watching him be all mopey and lovelorn about Nora now. I hated him (a tiny bit) when he was the jerk, but it makes things so much more gratifying now.

There’s an interesting layer of irony in Hyun-seok enacting his “well-dying” philosophy in the way he treats Nora now, to make her last six months worthwhile and valued, to give meaning to her death when he totally wouldn’t have done that knowing she isn’t actually dying. He’s in the position of teacher here, espousing these words of wisdom and putting together this big project about showing people how to heal and be happy in the everyday, and the thing spurring him to do this for Nora is a false belief.

I want to see Hyun-seok undergo a healing path as well, which means it would be good to see more of his life story at this stage, now that we’ve got a pretty good handle on Nora. I want to understand what happened to make him so hardened, and in a way that goes beyond the one-liner comedy premise where he was so upset that his first love moved away that he couldn’t get over her.

I’m curious to see how long they’ll draw out this misunderstanding of Hyun-seok’s—it’s a fantastic one for comedy as well as relationship development, but also one that you don’t want to drag out too long, lest the misunderstanding start to feel artificial. It’s something we encountered in Warm and Cozy, and despite that drama’s flaws, the terminal-illness mix-up was probably the best thing about it, and added zing to the first half.

It also adds angst to Hyun-seok’s romantic conflict, since he believes Nora’s in love with her husband—I really enjoy that misconception, but don’t want it to linger too long and give him too much unnecessary pain. I’m not ready to call Woo-chul a cheater because I can see a case where Woo-chul has done his best to be honorable, and went through appropriate steps to dissolve the marriage. But it’s how Hyun-seok sees him, and that opens us up to lots of fun, petty exchanges. Whether Hyun-seok tries to patch up the unpatchable, or get Nora to mend her heart and move on, I’m looking forward to all the comical crossed wires to come. The pettier, the better.

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The pettier the better. lol. I agree. That was a great episode. I'm really enjoying this drama. Hyun Seok is really a grumpy adorkable Prof. :D

It's been bugging me though. I can't quite put my finger on where I know the 'young version' of Hyun Seok from. I think I've seen his face in a drama before....or am I imagining things? :/

Oh and Soon Nam was so awesome with how he stood up for ahjumma.

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No, you are not imagining things. I've seen that face too. I'm sure he has played the young version of the lead in more than 1 drama or 2.

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He was the younger brother in Producers.

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YES! That's it. Domo~!

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THANK YOU! I've been thinking where I've seen him before

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yup his name is Kim Hee Chan and he's casted in the upcoming " Cheese In The Trap " :D

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He's doing a great job. I'm looking forward to seeing him in that drama, even if he's not playing another ADORKABLE character.

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THANK YOU!!! I was wondering where I have seen him.

And is the girl that plays teen Nora also the teen Tak Ye Jin?

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I dont know about the teen girl being in the producers, but i know she was the daughter in Sunny. She hasn't changed a bit lol

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YOU ARE RIGHT!! I didn't remember her from Sunny but now that I read your comment I remembered :)

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yup! the teen Nora was also in the producers playing as teen tak ye jin!

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Thanks!

I was wondering if it really was her

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Thank you! I hate it when I get a face stuck in my head and I can't figure it out. I am so glad someone else asked about it because I was going to do so myself!

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Yep the ghost FD in producers and also in Pinocchio as their classmate who grew up to be the police officer

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Wait I got them mixed up! Sorry!

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No, Pinnochio was another actor.

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How would the world turn out if Cha Hyun-seok is Pervy Professor?!

Lol. Whaaaaat a turn by the most creative person on Earth! [Or not creative at all uhuhuhu]

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Hey, he's the youngest version of Lee Sang Yoon in Jung Yi, The Goddess of Fire (dont remember the title though,hee). Yeah he does look like little hyun seok. haaaa

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For some reason I picture No Ra dancing to the song Love Myself by Hailee Stainfeld.

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Hyun-seok's smile at the end....I had to replay that scene several times just for that smile

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omg same here! Why is he so handsome! I fell in love with his acting so hard in Liar Game and now seeing him be so charismatic and even smiling in Twenty Again, it's too much for my poor heart to bear lol

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Be still, my heart! I fell hard for him and his eyes in Liar Game. Never thought the man would ever smile coz of that tough facial expression but seeing his smile in this drama has made me swoon even further

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wahhhh.. I did that too!!!

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OMG!!!! I love his petty-can't-leave-her-alone-can't-admit-he-cares attitude! I'm totally hooked on this show in a way I haven't been for a long time. And I wasn't even a particular fan of either of them! (I loved the jdrama liar game, so I never watched the remake).

Thanks for the recap! Awesome episode :D

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You should give the remake a chance. It's a whole lot better than the Japanese version, IMHO.

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It is funny how HS wears a big trench coat, unbuttoned, w big sunglasses that hide half his face, to stalk her. Makes him look like a proper flasher! But I love the lengths he goes to in order to return her journal.

Soon Nam is an upright guy! Good thing he can give the students a talking to as one of their peers. Applause.

I super love that there is the video of incriminating evidence, but I'd love it a lot more if it were showing on all big screen tbs on campus for all the student body to see! Oh well, we'll have to take small triumphs as they come.

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Isn't the trench a callback to when they caught the flasher as teens?

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Love the show! I've been refreshing this whole time for the recap...thank you GF, you're amazing....Hyun seok^_^...but then soon nam O_O.

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Oops sorry its JavaBeans. :P

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Great episode! It hit all the right notes with me that the first few episodes didn't. That Cheshire grin made me squeal like i was twenty again.

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omg! i looooooove loooooove this drama! ^_^

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Ok, now we're talking. I feel like now it's the drama we were promised in the teasers, yay! Everyone was awesome this ep -- Hyunsuk, Nora, Soon Nam, and the video girl all stepped up, finally. Plus that meat+cheese stuff they were eating looked so yummy, I'll have to try that.

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Thanks JB!

This was a great episode. I felt that it launched so well from the first 3 episodes of set up and now we are in interesting twists and turns territory. I like how, although at first I thought it was going to be predictable, this episode has shown that there are surprising plot twists to lay on the table.

Like JB, I'd like a lot more information on Hyun Seok, not just on how he became so grumpy but how he thinks. It was already evident by the way he taught his class that he was unconventional and quirky. How he deals with giving No Ra a 'dying well' experience will hopefully also be something interesting... even capricious?

I'm looking forward to knowing lots more about Woo Chul, Min Soo and Hye Mi, and about whether and how all main characters get to live well whether or not death is around the corner.

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This show is soooo good! My current addiction.

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Love this show, but I still don't give a damn about Min Soo and his spineless girlfriend. Would rather see more flashbacks of young Hyun Seok and No Ra.

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I'm on board after the last 2 episodes. I hope it stays fun. I also use a good dose of ffd-ing when Min Soo and his gf are the only ones on. They make me doze off.

I think I kinda get why Hyun Seok was upset at No Ra. I don't really see him as getting mad b/c his first love got away, but more of feeling utterly disappointed that his great friend (who he also has a crush with) moved away and left him without any word of explanation. Of course, I don't understand of having a 20 year grudge about it, but at least I can understand why he was upset.

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Looking back, I had this best friend in college, a guy. I went through some real life-changing episodes and lost contact with him. By the time my life was calming down, I looked him up and he had left our town. I contacted every info I had of him, including his parents' home number. I couldn't get a hold of him at all. Many years later, after marriage, three kids, I wondered about him and went on a spree of looking him up online. No trace of Facebook, nothing. I finally found some trace of him online by chance, and contacted him. It was the right person. I was upset at first too, couldn't believe he left without any words. Only after he told me he had gone through cancer, defeated it, and now has been in remission for many years that I stopped talking about how upset I was that he left. So...I guess I can understand Hyun Seok, even though my best friend and I never crushed on each other.

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Loving this drama :)

But what is up with Hyemi?? I feel like there is more to her character that we don't know about yet?? (I hope so at least...) I hope she will become good friends with Nora (we have been given subtle hints?) only to find out she is Minsoo's mother lol. Maybe she will help heal their relationship...

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it will be better if Hyemi is to be paired with Minsoo.lol

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eh waitt. i have mistakenly MS's gf and the other girl who made a record.

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He was the little brother of Gong HyoJin's character in Producers!

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I can watch Lee Sang Yoon's antics all day any day.

Hyun Seok, cracky outside. softy inside.

BTW, just what's wrong with Nora - Min Soo relationship? why in the world is he so cold to her mother? And I want to witness Hye Mi's face when she found out her bf's mom. I kinda dislike her. hopefully Min Soo gets another girl in the end.

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Same here. I don't like Hye Mi. She's so clingy and selfish. She's not a good influence to Min Soo. Poor guy has to skip his class just to give in to HM's wish to watch a boring movie.

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I've seen girls like that though tbh. A friend of mine had a gf like that and she used be all demanding on why he would spend so much time on his studies and not be with her. Well eventually he failed his course and it woke him up.

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Is it just me or does Minsoo and Hyemi's relationship remind you of his parents'? It's like he's infatuated with her prettiness but not that much. Like how Woochul fell for Nora as a dancer without really knowing her personality and anything below the surface...

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hahhah... I think that's what happen to most/majority of men..

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Dear Tien, when we men are young we usually only see how beautiful a woman is. Of course a beautiful woman is more sought after, but as we mature we start to ask ourselves if we can live (have a succesful and fullfilling relationship) with a specifical person.

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Yaaaaaaay!!!! omg i was really worried for a second that there were no really interesting/fun dramas on right now..but this one proved me wrong! :))) keep it up show!!

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I enjoyed this show so much. Aside from reality shows, TVN really knows how to make great dramas from Reply series, Nine Times Travel, Misaeng, OMG, etc. I wished The Producers was created in TVN so that, their experimental mockumentary/ meta something concept in the first two episodes which I loved was never changed.

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Add Joseon X Files to that list. One of TVN's best that's been largely forgotten.

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Is it only me who think the video girl looks like singer Hyorin?

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No! I think she looks like her too! XD

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@Tien,

Believe me,you are not the only one! I do feel she resemble Hyorin a little bit.

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That's it!! I am hooked!
I love everything about this show*_*

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It's so nice to have a rom-com within all the melo and serious dramas that are around right now. Its like having dessert after all main meal.
This is so cute! :D (squeals like a fan girl!) I have never seen of the works for the actors for Nora and Hyun-Seok so now watching this, makes me want to go check it out! I especially love the two who play them as their past selves. They look so cute together! I already ship them so much!!

Hopefully the drama continues to get better and better because it hasn't been disappointing me so far!
Thanks for the recap!! :D

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I want them to open the time capsule. I think Nora's time capsule would say that HyunSeok becomes a famous producer and she became a famous dancer. While hyunseok would say that he and Nora got married and are happily together with a family.

There is no question how much I love Choi JiWoo but oh my gosh how much do I adore and love Lee Sangyeon in this role. Can he please be always this way...

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Min-soo is smart. His mother is an underachiever. He doesn't respect her enough. It's relatable to me because unfortunately, I was once like Min-soo, an awful son who thinks too much of himself.

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@kuromitsu
Gaining insight from hindsight is good, even though it's a little late! :) Isn't this one reason we love dramas... they speak to us of ourselves. :)

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Spot on @GB! Apart grom the feels (that is half of the addiction), we get a lot of insight and hindsight, as you said, and makes the whole drama so enriching. Kinda like reading a book.

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Thanks for the recap!

I was squealing with happiness this entire episode from Nora's newfound zest for life to Hyun Seok's efforts to help her ?. They're both so cute and I'm happy to see Soo Nam caring as well!!

One thing I'm confused about though; doesn't Woo chul already know about her attending school?? He saw her book list and she did tell him she'd be busy because of a lecture in an earlier episode. So why is she avoiding him? Does she just not want to see him?

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@ Ultramarineblue

I believe he saw the booklist but not where it was from. I'm guessing that for him and the son, mum studying is an alien concept, but not as bad as mum studying in the same college where they are.

As long as they do not know, she will have peace at home and can continue. However next we'll see what's going to happen since she has met her husband...while she is dressed like a student. However the meeting is at Hyun Seok's place and not the college, so, it's uncertain if Hyun Seok is going to out No Ra's study secret or just play Woo Chul to make him antsy.

I should deplore Hyun Seok's machinations but I can't!!! LOL!

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@Growingbeautifully

Thanks so much for your reply :)

I understand now and I'm looking forward to his reaction even more muahaha. Same here with Hyun Seok's machinations! At first I thought he was a joke but we're really seeing his soft side now and he's adorable in his efforts to help her. Maybe he can just say that they're high school friends and she's helping out?? That would be a good explanation for her presence on campus!!

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I hope lee sang yoon will keep that hairstyle. He looks so gorgeous ^_^

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..while Hyun-seok smiles his huge Cheshire grin..

I smiled too when watching HS smile this way. I simply love this scene. HS looks so childish and proud of his accomplishment. He doesn't know that he's fall head over heels in love with NR once more, just like 20 yrs ago. Guess the title is not only befit NR, it's for HS too.. By him being a smitten-petty-over protective 20ish guy again.

Thanks for the recap, JB~!

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Aww Soon-nam you cutie you. I can't wait for him, Nora and Seung-hyun to become best buddies I can see them both standing up for her later. Not that she can't stand up for herself. Woo-cheol and Yi-jin deserve each other, they are both intellectuals. I'm feeling a little disconnected with Min-soo and Hye-mi, maybe it's the acting or maybe it's the way the characters are being developed I don't know. It's so nice to see Lee Sang-yoon's dimples again since they were almost non-existent in Liar Game. I saw him for the first time in Angel Eyes and his dimples were seen in every other scene.

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Woo-cheol and Yi-jin deserve each other, they are both intellectuals..

They may be intelligent but not intellectuals, they are adulterers, schemers, cowards, pretentious and selfish people who think too much of themselves, not realising they are both using each other.. but yes, they deserve each other.

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Idk if this makes me a sadist but all that pain in his eyes makes me so happy.  I'd been wanting to punch him at least three times during the previous episodes.  I loooove it when she's like an energizer bunny  after finding out from her doctor.
Love what she said in the restaurant :
Worrying about three months later,  five months later and fretting right now is not right.  What's most important is today. Right now ~~~ 
What annoyed me most was when the husband and son notice she is happy and they didn't care back when she looked sad

Hilarious detective music: haha
Na soon nam standing up for No ra. squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
dorky Lee sang Yoon is my favorite.

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This show really makes me insanely laugh. I'm not really a fan of the main leads. In fact, this the first time I'm watching their drama and I'm loving it to the bones. I love love grumpy and childish HS. I don't want him to be the hero who will make NR and W's marriage have a second shot. I want him to end up with NR instead to heal his first love trauma.

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Same here. I suddenly had this feeling seeing his Cheshire grin that he may end up making Woo-chul realise what he gonna miss. Create circumstances to rekindle their love or whatever that was. I would go insane if nora ends up with woo-chul just because he knows how awesome she is! No i want her with hyun seok, soon-nam or just by herself, she has great friend in yoon-young.

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Precisely, that Cheshire grin. It's as if he's challenging Woochul if really he's ready to lose her. Me too thinks No Ra is better off alone rather to be together again with her jerk husband.

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Unfortunately, I think his intention is to make No Ra reclaim her husband.

He is producing a real life drama (in our drama, heh) and he is one of the characters and I suspect, unbeknownst to him, he is digging his feelings deeper and there will be no way out for him in the love pit (hehe)!

Oh gosh, can't wait till Friday to see what drama he's cooking up after his cheshire grin.

And I suspect son Min Soo is going to end up with waitress student who has more substance.

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Personally when I was in school I liked being in groups with the older students because a) they had interesting stories and the ones I met at least had an understanding of the material and were just there for a refresher, I went to community college, and b) I've always had an easier time, relating to, getting along with and communicating with older people.

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I really like this episode just because I don't think I could take any more of No Ra getting the raw end of everything. It's about time things started working out for her. Still hate the son the most.

Thanks for the recap JB!

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I love Soon Nam!!! He is seriously one of my favorite characters. I could tell from the beginning I would like him. I loved his scenes this episode. I can't wait to see more of him! Hopefully Nora will be a member of Bounce by next week so we can have more scenes of him.

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A great episode! I knew somehow Hyunseok and classmates Seunghyun and Soonnam will help Nora someday but I'm a bit surprised when Hyemi informs her that there's a change in the room where they'll be taking class. So it's heartwarming to know that there are actually people who are siding with Nora even though they're not showing it. I'm just so happy that Nora is not all alone in that harsh campus life!

Actually I found Woochul and Yijin's relationship hilarious and interesting. They're just trying so hard to keep their honor but sometimes failed to do so. And so far I'm not hating on them because the greater their relationship is, then so does Nora and Hyunseok's. Hahaha, that simple idea of mine.

And I just can't help but comment about Hyunseok's super sweet and unpredictable care for Nora. I'm just freaking jealous and wish that I was Nora so that I at least can hide under Hyunseok's trench coat HAHAHA.

Ugh, and Lee Sangyoon's smile at the end. I wish to see that in my dreams every time I sleep.

Just can't wait for the next episode! No preview for next week is killing me T_T

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"no preview for next week is killing me T_T" I know, and tvN normally do preview almost till the end of the drama. I hope it'll be released sometime this week, 6 days is a loooong time to wait :(

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I find Woo Chul and Yi Jin’s relationship repulsive. They are two cheaters and I wish the writers would not waste so much time with them. Their whole dinner with plotting their wedding and how to pretend they are respectable was not funny to me but infuriating. Though I do know that their relationship will be a a catalyst for No Ra to finally start really living her own life, I am still disgusted by their actions.

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The song that plays during the very last scene when Woo-chul discovers Nora working at Hyun-seok's place. It is terrific. Can anyone tell me the name and where and how I can download it?

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I don't know the answer but I did want to give you a tip: the app Shazam for smartphones. You just need to hold it up to the TV when music is playing and you can usually ID it if you can get about 5 seconds of the song playing without dialog on top of it. I use it all the time to figure out what song a drama is playing.

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Thank you Alessar, I'll see if I can get that app.

I also found the youtube clip with the song on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_oIUakIRjM

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The grin at the end of the episode is simply the best! LSY is perfectly cast, he has the cool aloof air about himself, but the minute those dimples appear..OMG!
I know what I will be dreaming of tonight;);)

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Omg, I love this drama so so much right now. The leads are just too cute!

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I officially live this drama.. someone supposed to be dying and im laughing like mad at the screen, both times.

Interesting that hye-mi seems to be avoiding Nora physically (her saviour from the pervy prof) yet still notify her of the classroom change. I think she's conflicted. Reminds me of those 'pretty' girls i knew in college.. super shallow on the outside and clingy whenever the got a bf. Most are wyswyg but some are actually very vulnerable and has a lot of issues

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I have watched almost all of CJW's drama and it's a revelation that she's a graceful dancer too. Hoping to that she will have more scenes with Soon Nam next week and dancing too! This romcom is getting better and better!

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Apparently she really did study dance!

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I love this drama and its characters.

It reminds me of "I am legend" another drama (that I loved too, flaws and all) about a woman who rediscover herself through her passion for music after her divorce. So I'm looking forward to seeing Nora blossom, HS and Nora bicker some more before becoming a couple, Nora's son gain new respect for his mother and WC regret loosing Nora (serves you right!).

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i want to see crazy and free spirited Nora =)

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LOL! This age thing.... I never thought I'd be bowled over by a coming of age drama... of 38 year olds finally hitting 20 and of 20 something year olds being made to examine themselves and to slowly grow in maturity. I liked very much that Soon Nam represented the 20 somethings and was brave enough to shame the lot of them into looking at themselves.

Now that he’s grown up a bit, Hyun Seok does finally take No Ra off the pedestal on which he placed her (as mentioned by GF in the Ep 3 recap) and relates to her more as a friend (I hope it lasts). And with her new found zest for living, and awareness that she is not alone, I hope that No Ra sheds her diffidence with her family, takes husband and son both off their pedestals (created by both them and No Ra) and kicks lots of a**. Yeah! :D

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My love for Lee Sang-Yoon has just been reignited!!

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Can anyone please tell me the really upbeat song played during the ending credits???

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It has almost the same beat and happiness as the OST for Ex Girlfriend Club. It's cute!

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yeah i'd really like to know too "__"

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What an understatement if I say I thoroughly enjoy this show. To say "I enjoy this show" is something really obvious of me... That I want to opt to not comment and keep quiet. But such adoration, such sentiment needed be said.

Twenty Again is hilarious as genius!

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I want Nore to dance

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Am I right to say Yijin teaches class on MARRIAGE? I wonder if her classes cover fidelity / faithfulness? Or perhaps her classes just teach one how to chose the perfect partner?

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Dance boy is my fav. /End.

Okay fine, first love is pretty cute too.

Is he going to explain her by saying she's a classmate of his from high school that he brought on the project to help out? That way he can still keep the college thing a secret and have all four of them work together (well, yijin won't be around as much muahahaha) constantly.

It's going to be great. He's going to be on a mission to make the husband fall in love with her again ... and realise he is too.

I hope things don't sag too much. Ie this cute being her secret hero doesn't go for too long before she finds out it's him, the I'm falling in love with a dying woman in love with her husband ? ?? ???? doesn't go on for too long etc. Wow he's on the other side of a lot of misunderstandings isn't he.

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Yes I think that's his plan! So if her husband sees her on campus he just thinks she's working part time for the theater professor. It's a great cover!

I agree, Dance Boy is pretty awesome. Can't wait until he finds out what her skills are and that it's her in that video clip.

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It is really scary to see that a defamation suit can be used to trample on people who speak the truth. I know in the US is not an easy cause of action for the plaintiff. There is a lot that the plaintiff has to go through to prove defamation. Plus it is also only a civil cause of action. It appears from what I have seen that in Korea it becomes a criminal cause of action, because people always end up going through the prosecution first. In a way this puts the burden on the accused to prove that the statements were true. I too would have a problem speaking up if I knew I could get arrested and my life could be destroyed for statements that were true but I could not prove.

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Many countries treat defamation a lot different than the US does. In the US, the facts are an absolute defense, but in other countries not always. In Korea the rules are so easy that it is commonly used as a method to shut people up. It has been highly criticized for years, but very little has changed.

http://klawguru.com/tag/defamation-law-in-korea/

However, it is not quite as easy to win such a lawsuit as TV dramas would have you think http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2014/12/15/is-south-koreas-criminal-defamation-law-hurting-democracy/

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please please does anyone know the end bgm song? happy tune. or is it not released yet?

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I really want to know too! I don't think it's released yet tho.

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I love that song too! I keep replaying the ending just to hear it, LOL. They released Roy Kim's song this week so I think we'll have to wait until next week for that one. I really hope it's the OST they release next week, even though I do like all of them so far.

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Thank you so much for recapping. I looked forward to this show, but then the first episode was so disappointing. I'll be tuning in now (and reading the recaps.)

Again, thank you javabeans.

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