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Twenty Again: Episode 5

There is so much cuteness coming from Professor Grumpypants, I don’t even know what to do with it. I want to bottle it up for a rainy day. It turns out that when someone thinks you’re dying, there’s no end to how sweet and thoughtful he can suddenly become, albeit still in his own childish and acerbic way. Nora doesn’t know it yet, but she has herself her very own bucket list fairy godmother who’s made it his mission to make her happy, whether she wants it or not.

 
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EPISODE 5 RECAP

Husband Woo-chul goes slack-jawed as Hyun-seok slings an arm around Nora and introduces her… as his girlfriend. Omo. He quickly amends that to “girl who’s a friend,” acting like he didn’t do it on purpose, and jokes that her husband would get mad. I love this.

Nora looks over at Woo-chul and ekes out a greeting, and Hyun-seok acts shocked that coincidence of coincidences, Woo-chul happens to be that husband. Hyun-seok suddenly turns on the charm and says that he’s always been curious about Nora’s husband.

He turns to Nora, still talking to her sweetly in the friendliest, most familiar way, and explains that he’s collaborating with Woo-chul on his project and that he lectures at the university. Nora just stews silently and thinks, “I know, you crazy bastard!”

Hyun-seok chides her for not talking about him, and tells Woo-chul that they’re the best of friends from back in high school, and he asked her to help him out when his assistant had an emergency to tend to. Nora just apologizes, much to Hyun-seok’s ire. He says that she bragged about her husband being open-minded, and that she wouldn’t need to get his permission for something like this.

He doesn’t let Woo-chul get a word in edgewise, and ushers him to sit down for their meeting, while sweetly sitting Nora down at a different desk with assurances that she can keep working because he won’t be long. I know it’s an act, but it’s surreal that he’s being this nice.

Hyun-seok says that they’ll focus on family for their theater healing project, and asks if it’s okay to keep Nora out late tonight because of the piles and piles of work (which Sang-ye already did, but no one else knows that).

Woo-chul is still flabbergasted that anyone would ask Nora to work for them, and says that she’s only ever been a housewife. Hyun-seok counters that she couldn’t possibly only have done that twenty-four hours a day, and says that a dancer has especially sharp senses and emotions.

Hyun-seok ushers Woo-chul out with the biggest smile plastered on his face, and Nora asks through gritted teeth what the heck he’s doing, all while trying to smile pleasantly for Woo-chul’s sake. Woo-chul drives off wondering how and when those two got so close, and looks up Hyun-seok’s high school because he can’t even remember his wife’s school.

Once they’re alone, Nora lets Hyun-seok have it, but he argues that this is all so that she won’t get caught going to college like she wanted. He tells her to give the excuse that she’s working for him if she ever gets caught on campus. Ah, grumpypants is also smartypants.

She asks skeptically if he really did this all for her, and then hilariously starts to back away in fear: “Why? Why are you suddenly doing things for my benefit?” He just answers cryptically that he has a debt to repay. She asks why he pretended not to know her and embarrassed her in class then, and he says he’ll answer when she finishes all the work he gave her.

She says she’s not in the right frame of mind to help him right now, and he guesses that it’s because of Pervy Professor’s incriminating video. She’s shocked that he knows about that, and he tells her to think back on her night of drunkenness. She gasps and says that’s what alcohol does to you, and he’s surprised to hear that she’s never had a drink before.

He doesn’t let on that he helped pressure Pervy Prof into quitting, and just says that they won’t know until Monday. What he does know is that if she spends her weekend anxiously, she’ll waste her forty-eight hours on nothing but feeling anxious. So he shuttles her back to the table and sits her down so she can pass the time reading.

He tells her to come by when he calls her for more help, and that she can do her homework here too. Oh just admit that you want to see her all the time!

Meanwhile Nora takes a break from her reading to stare at Hyun-seok, and he says without looking up, “You’re thinking, ‘Why didn’t I know it then? Was Cha Hyun-seok always so handsome?'” Nora cringes: “I was staring at you because I’m hungry.” Hee.

He says they can go eat with Sang-ye, but Sang-ye runs in to say that she has to go back to her mother in the hospital, and just came by to pick up her laptop. She hands Hyun-seok tickets and asks Nora to go with him in her place, and runs off. Wait, was that an act too? Is your assistant in on this?

Woo-chul meets his girlfriend Yi-jin for dinner, but he seems distracted today. He isn’t even listening to her, and his thoughts float back to Hyun-seok and Nora, as he imagines her telling Hyun-seok about the divorce. Imaginary Hyun-seok is appalled, and tells her that a man wanting to divorce a woman like her is definitely a cheater.

Yi-jin is taken aback when he abruptly cuts their date short and goes home instead of coming over to her place.

Hyun-seok’s tickets turn out to be for a movie, which he insists is for research. Uh-huh. He buys a giant bucket of popcorn and happily watches her while she watches the movie, content when she laughs and sympathetic when she cries.

And in flashback we see that he read her bucket list, which included watching a late-night movie, with special emphasis on the popcorn. That is so adorable. Other things on her list include getting a mani-pedi, wearing killer high heels, going on a trip alone, going clubbing, going on an MT retreat, and eating street food.

Woo-chul is on edge all night waiting for Nora to come home, and Hyun-seok’s comments earlier today ring in his ears. Hyun-seok had said that working together on productions in high school has made it so that he and Nora are highly attuned to each other’s senses, and that she knows his feelings better than anyone. Pfft, the faux-innocent smile at the end is so awesome.

Woo-chul is disappointed when it’s Min-soo who walks through the door, and when Min-soo asks if he and Mom have been fighting lately, Dad just says it’s adult business that doesn’t concern him.

Nora is in great spirits after the movie, and Hyun-seok begins to realize that she hasn’t been to any movies, plays, or concerts, including his productions. She brushes it off like it’s obvious that a mom wouldn’t have time for such things, not that she has anyone to go with.

He takes a detour on the way home to stop at a street stand, remembering that she had bucket-listed eating these skewers. He plays it off like he was hungry, and is further surprised when she explains that she saw these on TV once and always wanted to try them.

He mutters that if she wanted to try them she could’ve just come outside to eat one, but she says that a housewife shouldn’t be running about outside. Are you quoting your husband, because ew. Hyun-seok grouses that she’s from the Joseon era around her husband, and wonders if all people end up that way.

She asks if he isn’t married, and he can’t believe she’s only asking him this now. He says he never married, “Because I might meet a woman like you,” and that he doesn’t like it when women become totally different after marriage. She admits that she changed a lot, and he says it doesn’t matter as long as she’s happy.

Nora remembers him praising her high school self profusely in front of her husband and asks why, and he says matter-of-factly that it’s true—that’s how she was back then. She’s genuinely surprised by that, and he balks, “Do you have amnesia too?” She just didn’t know that’s how he saw her, and he doesn’t really have a retort for that.

Woo-chul paces in front of the window until he sees Nora arrive in Hyun-seok’s car, and this time he’s the one to scare the daylights out of her when she walks in the door. He’s full of questions about her friendship with Hyun-seok, and tells her all the reasons why she shouldn’t tell him about their divorce, like his position at school and Min-soo finding out from someone else.

He says that she and Hyun-seok seemed awfully close, and asks how long she’s been in touch with him. She lies that she doesn’t remember, and he just assumes that means they’ve been in touch for years. He asks about the stories she read, and she tells him to find out directly from Hyun-seok, per his instructions.

Nora notes how strange it feels to talk about personal matters with Woo-chul, and points out that they’ve never spoken about anything other than Min-soo before. Woo-chul says they aren’t really a couple that talks to each other, and she asks if what they’re doing now doesn’t count as talking. Whatever it is, he puts an end to it with a yawn.

Nora falls asleep that night remembering that she and Hyun-seok were really good friends once, and in flashback we see them planning a performance together, for which they’ll have to ditch school. They decide to make a whole trip of it, and plan their three-day MT in excitement.

Hyun-seok comes back to find Sang-ye asleep at the table, and she asks eagerly how Nora liked the movie and if he bought the right kind of popcorn. So she was in on it from the start. She says that he seems like a high-schooler around Nora, and he admits that he’s been childish around her.

Sang-ye assures him that he’s doing so much for her now, and that’ll more than make up for things. He sighs that Nora must’ve spent her whole life taking care of Woo-chul, and they both assume it’s because she loves him so much.

Nora steels herself as she walks onto campus on Monday morning, practicing her threatening speech to Pervy Professor. But her partner in crime Seung-hyun calls to tell her the good news that Perv quit (citing personal health reasons), and the girls jump up and down together in victory.

Seung-hyun says it’s all Nora’s doing, because she wouldn’t have had the guts to send him the video. Nora asks why she gave it to her in the first place, and Seung-hyun just says cryptically that someone she admires and respects told her to give Nora the opportunity to decide things for herself.

They skip off to class together arm-in-arm, and Hyun-seok watches them go with a smile on his face.

The other freshmen in their department wonder if Nora was behind Pervy Professor’s exit and ask her about it. They suggest she not say too much, to maintain a low profile, and apologize for not taking her side with the sunbaes. Nora says she spoke hastily, and thanks Hye-mi for letting her know about the classroom the other day.

Hyun-seok drops by Yi-jin’s office to ask if she’s secretly dating someone, and gives her back the pen she dropped. She’s caught off-guard but lies that W is for Woocheon University, and he just plays along. He supposes that the daughter of the chairman of the board is intent on finding love on her own terms, and pretends to take an interest in her type because he wants to set her up with someone.

She insists that she doesn’t need a setup and isn’t lonely, and he muses that it would take someone special to get her attention. His thoughts must drift to Nora, because he adds absently that he can’t even dream of it, which hilariously comes out sounding a lot like Hyun-seok has a crush on Yi-jin.

He tells her to meet someone and have a real relationship, the kind where you can hug and kiss in public. She doesn’t know what to make of him, and wonders why Hyun-seok is suddenly taking such an interest in her.

Nora goes looking for Soon-nam in the hopes of doing their campus couple homework assignment, and stops near a group of dancers who are practicing in the hall. One of Soon-nam’s dance minions happens to spot her doing the steps as she watches, and he recognizes her from the video.

He calls Soon-nam to say that he’s found the girl that he ordered them to recruit, and Soon-nam rushes to the office. He lights up when he sees her from behind… and then Nora turns around. HA. I love the horror-shock-horror on his face.

Nora gasps and quickly rattles off an explanation that she only came here looking for him to do their homework, not audition, she swears, but then this guy made her audition. Soon-nam says that he’s technically last year’s president and the guy who auditioned her is this year’s president, and he already let her in, so it can’t be helped. Pfft, like you weren’t the one who said they HAD to find her?

She’s just excited to be let into Bounce, and he warns her that she has to follow the rules though, including being respectful to her sunbaes. Nora is more than eager, and tells Soon-nam to speak in banmal to her because she’s always wanted a sunbae. He’s so flabbergasted that he just stares at her blankly, and still uses jondae anyway because he can’t wrap his head around his own rules.

They head out to eat lunch together for their couple homework, and Nora gets worried when he wants to go to the library cafeteria, since chances of running into Min-soo are high. But he says that they have the best food, and in their club the sunbae always buys and the hoobae eats whatever they’re given. I luff this kid.

Hye-mi grouses all the way through lunch because Min-soo had to cancel on her, and wonders in her dramatic way if he even really loves her. She then makes plans to meet with her marriage class partner near the library.

Sang-ye is surprised to see Nora and Soon-nam taking a picture together over lunch, and stops to eavesdrop. Nora adorably calls him sunbae-nim at every turn, and thanks him for defending her in front of that class last week. He didn’t know she was listening, and brushes it off like it was nothing.

She thanks him for accepting her into the dance club too, and he tells her that they have a club meeting at 5 o’clock. She chirps, “Yes, sunbae-nim!” and they both laugh.

Hyun-seok makes a call to a friend to procure tickets to the stage production he worked on. It’s supposed to end tomorrow, but he says that a friend really needs to see it. Sang-ye runs in and excitedly tells him about Nora working things out with Soon-nam, who isn’t dropping the theater class after all. She tells him that Nora even joined Bounce, and Sang-ye is all flushed with satisfaction that things are really working out for Nora’s college life.

She worries about Woo-chul still not knowing about her terminal illness though, and wonders if they ought to tell him. But Hyun-seok thinks Nora should be the one to tell him and do things on her terms, and all he wants to do is help her live the way SHE wants. Which is why we’re on your side.

Sang-ye says he doesn’t know women very well, because a woman would want to do all these last things with the person that she loves. That gives him pause.

Min-soo walks to the library and stops cold when he spots Hye-mi taking cutesy couple pictures with her marriage class partner. It escalates from handholding to lying in his lap, and Min-soo shouts her name and storms over to her.

By the time the argument gets going, they’ve amassed a crowd of bystanders, and among them are Nora and Soon-nam. Hye-mi says it’s homework, but Min-soo doesn’t see how skinship with another guy qualifies as homework and tells her to drop the class.

She refuses, and says he does whatever he wants to do, so she’s going do the same and go have fun even if she has to do it by herself. She says she’s tired of just being another task on his schedule, always waiting for him and liking him on her own.

She says she won’t do that anymore, and starts to walk off. But Min-soo tells her to stop right there, and declares that she can do those things with him, and leads her away. The crowd oohs, and Nora smiles to herself, “Our Min-soo has become a man.” Really? I think he’s in a rather childish relationship, but whatever.

Sang-ye passes by Woo-chul on campus and stops to give him a pair of tickets to the play that Hyun-seok is trying to arrange for Nora to see. She tells him to go see it with someone special, obviously expecting he’d take Nora.

Nora joins her first Bounce meeting, and gets a pretty confused but nice welcome from the guys. She’s told to just stand in the back and follow along, and Soon-nam watches her the whole time, going from skeptical to rather pleased by the time she gets the hang of things.

Min-soo arrives at the student organization center looking for the travel club that Hye-mi is a part of, and ack, he walks in as Nora is saying goodbye to her club. He spots her just as she’s bowing and calling them all sunbae, and he’s so shocked that he runs and hides.

He calls Dad right away and outs Mom for going to their school, and Woo-chul has a fit imagining a very embarrassing three-way run-in on campus with his wife and his girlfriend. He tells Nora to come home right away, and confronts her about being a student at Woocheon.

She knows she’s been caught and doesn’t bother denying it, and just asks why it is that she has to drop out. Woo-chul can only give roundabout arguments that amount to him and Min-soo being embarrassed, while she in turn asks why they have to get legally divorced, ironically citing Yi-jin’s Sartre-de Beauvoir open relationship as a reason not to.

Woo-chul swears that he won’t change his mind about their relationship because of college, but Nora says that’s not why she’s going. She says that she’ll talk to Min-soo. She flashes back to earlier that day, when she had actually seen him in the hall. They both hid, but it was clear that they saw each other.

She goes to Min-soo’s room, where he’s stewing at Mom for going to his school and even joining a club. Right, because this is somehow all about you. Nora says that she knows how embarrassed he must’ve been and how much he dislikes her, but explains that going to the same school was unplanned.

She says she’s sorry, but she’s not quitting. Good for you. She asks if there’s a real reason why she shouldn’t go to school, and says that there’s a great solution to his embarrassment—they’ll just completely ignore each other at school and pretend to be perfect strangers. She says that no one knows she’s married or a mom, and she’ll never tell anyone about their relationship.

She says sincerely, “This is really important to my life. I’m sorry to you, but I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong.” I love that she stands up for herself like this. Min-soo asks what she’s going to do with a college degree at her age, but she says she won’t know until she tries.

Min-soo throws a tantrum and says he’s going to drop out then, so she just heads to her room quietly and locks the door. She refuses to come out that night, and in the morning, Woo-chul says that Min-soo won’t go to school if she does, but she just saunters right out the door and tells Min-soo to go to class. Ha.

Hyun-seok finds Nora at her locker and gives her a pair of tickets to the last showing of his production that night.

Woo-chul drops Min-soo off at school, and watches agog as Nora walks right past Min-soo without so much as a pause. Serves you right. Hyun-seok watches curiously, and Woo-chul notices him there.

He confronts Hyun-seok in his office, and asks if he’s known all this time that Nora is a student here, and why he didn’t say anything about it. Hyun-seok doesn’t see why he would when Nora is his friend—she wants to go to school, so he’s helping her.

Hyun-seok asks why Woo-chul doesn’t want her going to college, and Woo-chul says that’s between them as a couple. Hyun-seok: “I’m not interested in your marriage problems. What I am interested in is Nora.” Did he just say that out loud?

Woo-chul is on pins and needles thinking that Yi-jin and Nora might run into each other, and jumps nervously when Yi-jin is waiting for him in his office.

She complains that he’s acting like a married man lately (um… he is one), and that it’s the first time in three years that she’s felt distant from him. He looks down at the tickets that Sang-ye gave him and makes a date with Yi-jin to make it up to her.

Nora gives her tickets to Yoon-young, because Woo-chul wanted to hash things out tonight, but when he cancels on her first to go to the same show, she plans to meet Yoon-young there. Eep.

Hyun-seok is surprised to see Sang-ye at the office when she was supposed to take her mom to the show, but she tells him happily that she gave her tickets to Woo-chul so he could take Nora.

Hyun-seok knows all too well that Woo-chul would take his girlfriend, not his wife, and yells at her for doing something so senseless. He runs out and calls Nora repeatedly, but there’s no answer. He does get through to Yi-jin, who says that she’s not on campus because she has plans tonight.

Woo-chul picks her up and acts like he prepared the tickets for her to make up for having to deal with family matters lately and acting like a husband and father in front of her, and Yi-jin swoons.

Hyun-seok races to the venue and scoffs derisively when he sees Woo-chul and Yi-jin together, as expected.

Nora narrowly misses seeing them when she first walks in, but then when she rounds the corner towards the restroom, she sees her husband standing there holding a woman’s purse. And then Yi-jin comes out (wearing a hat and sunglasses), and he fixes her scarf tenderly.

 
COMMENTS

Aaah, she knows! Initial pain aside, I’m glad that Nora has discovered Woo-chul’s relationship. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t outright cheat on her since they were living as a divorced couple (not that I really even get what that means), but if he’s been with Yi-jin for three years, I’m thinking that Hyun-seok’s assessment of him as a cheating bastard is pretty accurate. It’s maybe not quite as bad as Hyun-seok thinks, since he assumes that Woo-chul and Nora have a loving relationship and Woo-chul is playing her for a fool, but in practice the shock and betrayal won’t be any less for Nora. I’ll be much happier when she knows the score and realizes that her marriage isn’t working on many levels, because she certainly deserves better and needs to move on. It’s infuriating how little respect she gets at home, and how much she’s let it define her over the last twenty years of her life.

But the fact that she’s become so meek and self-conscious is what gives every little triumph now so much meaning. It was frustrating to see her be so downtrodden at the start that now every time she asserts herself, stands her ground, or argues back, I give a little cheer. It was awesome to see her take her family’s disapproval in stride, and to ask repeatedly for them to give her a valid reason why she shouldn’t go to school. It’s a simple question, but they have no answer for her and she knows it. It’s the first time she’s ever done something purely for herself since she was in high school, which is kind of appalling, really. And I’m proud of her for not caving to her son’s selfish tantrum, and for making a choice for her life, not his.

It’s so fun to watch Nora make strides in her college life, to make real friends and actually enjoy herself now. How cute is it that she’s so happy about doing things the official way, like bowing to her sunbaes and speaking to them in jondae. It’s confusing for Soon-nam, but it makes perfect sense that she’d love it because it’s a chance for her not to be judged by age, when she’s spent all this time being ostracized on campus for being old. In Bounce she’s just a freshman and a rookie like anyone else, and I love Soon-nam for caving and (begrudgingly) making her feel that way.

Hyun-seok’s secret bucket list missions are so perfectly in character, like he’s directing real life behind the scenes (not unproblematic, of course, if taken too far). But it’s so well-intentioned that it’s hard to get mad at his puppetmastering, because he’s doing the one thing that gets me so squarely in the heart—he doesn’t take credit for any of it, and just takes joy in seeing her happiness. I like that he leaves judgment out of it and just wants what Nora wants for herself, and is quite literally following the book. And when her husband looks down on her for being incapable, inexperienced, and not even worthy of having a damn conversation with, it’s not hard to seem like Prince Charming when you want to respect her life choices and support her dreams. Secretly running about town to make sure she gets to experience everything she wants as if it’s Fate or her own doing? Well that’s just love, and freaking adorable to boot.

 
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Currently enjoying the drama but I still skip the son and his gf's part. I just don't feel it.

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Ditto.

Her always harping about their being a "campus couple" is somehow irritating. His acquiescing so easily to her demands after that "lovers' tiff" is all boring and not at all moving, if that's what the show is going for. Yawn… Better to FF.

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Me too. I actually either not paying attention when the gf is talking or downright ff through their parts. GF's comment to contradict what No Ra said about Min Soo had just become a man for giving in to his gf was EXACTLY what I said too. They're so childish.

Anyway...but other than that, I like this week's episode.

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Yes, right now they are a couple of spoiled kids. Yes, the actors are kind of lacking in their roles. So the love line is a bit annoying. But for the sake of the drama Mino needs to give his mom a hard time. After all Mino is his father's son. For him to change he will need someone that will take him out of his comfort zone and force him to rethink his ways. Obviously he wants his gf to retreat to the background and follow his rules, just like his father did with his mom. But this girl is not having it. I have a feeling that when the gf finds out who Nora is she will be her biggest supporter, and she will help put that boy in his place.

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Sorry, MinSoo. Too many Mino's in the kworld got me confused.

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I think your assessment of Minsoo is spot on. He's understanding of a relationship is, of course, the kind of relationship his father and mother are having. Where mother is submissive and follows every rule his father makes. Not that dad seems like a horrible dictator or anything, but somehow this is what their dynamic has become throughout the years. This actually makes me wonder how things were in the beginning and whether Woochul would have rather had a wife who speaks her mind and is active and because Nora wasn't any of this, he never loved her. Like, he could have maybe told outwardly what he wanted from a wife (all the classics of the perfect housewife), but in reality it was something different and he didn't even know it himself, then. And he possibly resented Nora for having to have to marry her because of the mistake although I do not see signs of him blaming it on her. He seems to have owned up his part in it but it doesn't mean he liked it.

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That's why I don't completely hate Woochul because he initially owned up the the mistake he and Nora did. The sad thing was that he probably was too busy getting his career altogether and forgot that he has another responsibility to Nora, not just a father to Min Soo but also a husband for that matter.

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Initially I agree with you; Woo Chul is not a horrible person, but he is very selfish. The thing that really ticks me off the most is something he said to his girlfriend a couple of episodes ago when they were discussing marriage and baby plans. Something about how he would treat the mother of his child; referring to her and their future child. I was like - 'What about the child you have now and his mother!?'. It's like he had already discarded BOTH of them. I just can't get over that.

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I understood that conversation to mean the opposite. Yi Jin was commenting on how he was handling his relationship with his wife and started to back down because "that was none of her business" he agreed and said that he was going to treat the mother of his (already born child) with respect. That is one of the only reasons I haven't written off his character yet.

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I think that showing how he's been mis-raised by following his parents example is going to be part of what lights more fire for Nora. And I think she's going to teach her son to not be a mini-me of his dad anymore.

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I totally agree. He Min Soo was definitely trying to recreate the path his dad set for his mom; by always waiting on the whims of her 'man'. While I a not a fan of the girl friend (I think Seung Hyun would be a better one), I like that she stood up for herself and refused to be a wallflower in their relationship. They are a childish couple because they are basically still children.

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Great points, Sue. :)

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Agreed. Their relationships is shallow from start to finish. But lucky they are not the focus of the show.

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As much as I love Son Naeun and all things Apink, her acting kind of sucks. Koreaboo's article about netizens thinking she's the worst actress ever was a bit harsh but it has some truth. She did a way better job at Childless Comfort than this drama.

I'd be a perfect match for her; I rarely spend my time studying and always want to hang out...har har

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i dont think her acting is bad, it just plain... she has subtle expression... she is lacking but not that bad.... but minsoo also still lacking.. imo, the other main character also have the comical side, so this side story became boring (eventhough it just want to potray how minsoo is totally a copy of his dad, but his girlfriend doesnt want to always obey him, like Nora always do to her husband)

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I think she's doing fine. Haven't seen any scene where her acting was unnatural. Just as the one above me said, the character is pretty but plain. All she wants right now is to be with the boyfriend

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I wouldn't say her acting is unnatural, I would just say it is very very very subtle - so subtle she is careful not to move her facial muscles too much, or she would lose her mystique ;-)

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Their relationship may be childish and superficial on purpose. I am reminded of No Ra and her husband's 'love story' during the son and gf's scenes. In fact, both relationships kind of mirror to each other. However, let's not forget that this is youth - where we are all innocent and childish. If No Ra did not possess these characteristics of youth when she was 18, she would not have flown to US with her husband and gave birth at such a young age. And Hyun Seok would not have been so childish (and cute) to No Ra even when they are adults. Like what the assistant professor said - he acts like a teenager in front of No Ra.

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They've flown to Germany, not the US.

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Do you know what I kind of love about the son and gf? That their relationship is the counterpart to all those dramas with a young couple as the OTP and a boring old couple as the side dish. In Twenty Again we get a boring YOUNG couple as the side dish! LOL I like how this show constantly turns tropes on their head.

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That's a good point. As a counterpt, I was thinking of all the KDs where the OTPs meet in youth and are all I'll die w/o you! And here we have this pair that's basically nonsense at this pt. LOL.

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You made such a good point Susan! Hahaha

No matter how much I don't like the scenes with them both in it, I'm still giving them a chance to redeem themselves esp. Min Soo!

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Haha, I love this comment. I feel exactly the same way. Their relationship definitely amuses me.

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Good point Susan, they're suddenly not so bad to have around. ^^

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it be wastin my time
seriously though.. i don't really understand how their relationship contributes to anything! screen time could be better used for less cringey acting (not sure if that's due to the writing or respective actors' skill)

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I think it is both. I don't think we need to spend this much time illustrating the fact that young love is often foolish and shallow. I am thinking that the writers expected the young couple to provide fanservice, bringing in those young viewers while the ahjummas tune in for Choi Ji Woo. So they spend more time than usual depicting this very tedious and ordinary couple, made worse by the fact that neither of them are very charismatic or especially good actors.

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i dunno, i thought the son's dating drama was believable. childish and immature yes, but hello they're college freshmen dating for the first time, i don't know how grown up or experienced you guys were but they're pretty typical of kids dealing with their first relationship which is never going to be deep or stirring right of the bat, but tends to get hung up over little things and cares about appearances and going by preconceived notions. yep they can be self-absorbed (who isn't, really) which can be annoying but not in an unrealistic way, at least i've known plenty of campus couples like that.

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Loving this show. Hyun-Seok is such a troll xD.

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I love this show too much and wahhhh I can't help but rewind to see Lee Sang Yoon's dimples!!!!!!

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I just love this show. I want to stop watching it so I can binge it when it's done, but I CANNOT STAY AWAY.

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I'm with you. Waiting is so hard T - 11 hrs and 17 min for the next one for me.

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I had to ask my sister if we ever saw Ha Woo Jin smile this much during Liar Game and she just stared at him like who possessed him?! HAHAHAHA. Can he just do rom-coms forever? Like how Ryu Sooyoung should also stay in rom-coms!

My SoonRa ship is sailing hard! OMG I was screaming the whole time they were on screen. He's so totally falling for her! Finally, the show is starting to pick up and I really enjoyed this episode. The husband is bad and all that but he's so comical, I can't even get mad. Same goes for Yi-jin. Excited for next episode. Kyaaaaaa Thanks for the recaps!

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+100 to both of them staying in rom-coms (Lee Sang-yoon must always be grumpy! Ryu Soo-young must always be dorky!) They are so adorable right now.

I agree that the show is doing a really good job at making the husband and Yi-jin too funny to hate, lol. They may infuriate me, but they also amuse me so with their reactions!

Ahhh, the SoonRa moments are so great. I admit that I actually love the friendly vibes between them right now. So much so that I kinda wish the writers would stick to that and not even have him develop a one-sided crush on her. I actually think it would make their relationship a lot more unique.

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That's so true about her husband and his gf.

That's the way rom-com 2nd leads should be written. Shallow, hypocritical, insecure, selfish, going about life all wrong, hurting themselves and their loved ones in the process, but too transparent and ineffectual to have any real bite.

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Agreed! If 2nd leads are shown too evil, I tend to ff through their scenes too.

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Exactly! Like the 2nd lead in Protect the Boss. She's so ineffective at being a villain, it was hilarious. And I actually shipped her with Jaejoong (which I never did before she came along).

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Yes, perfect. Protect the Boss is one of the only shows ever in the drama landscape which made me love ALL the characters - even the older generations were fantastic to watch.

The other one I'd pick is Dal Ja's Spring hell yeah.

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I love that they all became besties in Protect the Boss. That was the best part for me.

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LOVE prof grumpy pants and his irresistible dimples!

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I do really hope this line of thought goes on. I would really dislike if, after the miseries her ex-husband had been put her through, the happy ending would be a reconciliation between them (conservative Korea's thought train). Her husband turned a page on her, so she has the right to look for a better life.

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Yeah, just thinking of this ending has put me in a foul mode!!
Min-soo can grow up but that cheater doesn't deserve her.

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I generally like stories where a couple find each other again (even after cheating), but yeah, here I do not want it to happen. I do want Woochul to understand what he has lost but for Nora I want her to move on and find happiness elsewhere.

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No! No! No! A thousand times. Better to be by herself then a 'redemption' arc.

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That would honestly ruin this drama for me. I want him to be punished. And since all him and the mistress care about is their reputations, then I want them ruined. Their reputations destroyed, that would be worse than death for them-

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I will be VERY CRANKY if this ends with a reconciliation between the "husband" and "wife" because:
- 20 years of habit do not die in a few months; soon they will be right back to their dysfunctional relationship
- not only will he be a cheater, he will now be someone who led another woman on for three years and then dumped her
- not only will "wife" be a woman unable or unwilling to break out of an abusive relationship, she will be a user who has taken advantage of a man's re-awakened love for her to have a quick fling.
- jerky son will have proof that Joseon ways are the best ways, and will follow that in his own miserable hookups.

What a happy ending THAT will be ! (not)

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I have to admit, I thought about dropping the show after the first two episodes because it seemed so depressing to me. But, now, it's awesome. This episode was the BEST, so many great things happened. I kept yelling and fist-pumping while I was watching. I loved that Nora stood up to Woochul and Minsoo. Am bracing for the angst to come, but also looking forward to the Nora/Hyunsuk and Nora/Soonnam romances. :-)

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I love this episode so much. They move the things quickly so I don't have time to bored while watch the whole show. I totally enjoyed it. Can't wait to watch Lee SangYoon on uniform, he's so freaking adorable.

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I LOVE it!!!! :))) I am so happy to be loving a drama right now, you have no idea.lol

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Holy shit. Love happened with this episode. The drama hinted that Hyun-seok would be going down this path in this episode, but to see it unfold before my eyes was even more precious than I could have imagined. And, the thing is, it's totally a million times more lovely because he's such a grumpypants about it with No-ra one moment, but then so cunning and cheeky about it in the presence of Yi-jin and Woo-chul. It's extra satisfying for me because he's essentially acting towards them the way I want to. In fact, every single thing he's doing is exactly what I've wanted to do for her since the beginning.

Ugh, Woo-chul and Min-soo though. They are officially appalling to me. Min-soo better get some major growth and take time to appreciate his mom soon or else because he is quickly becoming the most disrespectful, least understanding son I've ever seen. As for Woo-chul, I'm looking forward to him continuing to be bewildered as the wife he took for granted begins to find a life and love much greater than what he ever gave her. I'm sincerely hoping that there's a lot of suffering coming his way.

I really hope this revelation leads to a big change for No-ra in regards to her marriage. I understand her wanting to stay married for the sake of her son, but, at a certain point, she has to do what's best for her. And she deserves better than a husband who doesn't even value her. She deserves her very own fairy grumpypants, Cha Hyun-seok!!! And a bunch of awesome friends like Soon-nam and Seung-hyun. Really, she deserves it all and I can't wait to see her get it.

So yeah, I'm officially obsessed.

Thanks for the recap, GF!

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"I hope there's a lot of suffering coming his way".

His oh-so-liberated, more-intellectual-than thou gf will find out about his wife being on campus, which threatens her reputation and by extension her fathers. She'll flip out. Wait till she sees that he is jealous over Prof Cha's attention towards his wife! Hell will have no fury then, and she'll use her father's clout to exact her pound of flesh from him.

I can't wait to see him wet his pants.

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Yay for wetting pants! :)

For me the most despicable character so far is Min Soo. Perhaps because of all the over-protectiveness of the dad/mom and the always putting down mom in front of the son, I dunno...but that kid deserves a kick on the butt to be THAT disrespectful.

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^Completely agree. Minsoo's absolutely despicable. To be embarrassed and get angry at your mom is one thing, but to be overly disrespectful is another! Ugh.

(I think this is the only drama wherein the mom's great, doesn't abandon the kid, has sacrificed her youth and everything to raise him, but the kid doesn't love her and trolls over her for being affectionate. Whereas in other dramas, the mom's abandoned the kid and gone MIA and yet the kid's got a complex forever and wants nothing else but the mom. This is just thought vomit, lol, but point is - I hate every scene with Minsoo!)

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Well, as we say in Venezuela: "te espero en la bajadita" (I'll wait for you downhill -> I'll wait for you to break your nose). That inmature brat is having a mirror relationship with his girlfriend as their parents. I hope that his mistakes will help him to get his feet on the ground and view his mother on another light.

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2nd paragraph is both funny and on point!
We've seen too many KDs where the adult-child is all obsessed about finding and reconciling with the parent that once abandoned them, and are left to scratching our head? Why would they even bother, right? And here's this kid whose mother has sacrificed everything in order to care for him, who wouldn't give her the light of day! Teenagers are self-centred, but this crosses this the territory of indecency.

It must be that KDland is mostly populated with extreme personalities!

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I really love how Hyun-Seok and No-Ra basically revert to high schoolers around each other. It's like they both get back a lost 20 years around each other. When they finally get together it will be really satisfying to think that their relationship will be as sweet as if they were really 20.

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A new romance always make people feel younger, but theirs will be one that literally gives them a second chance at youth! A fountain of youth! ??

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It is not uncommon. Last month we had the 20 years High School reunion, and with exception of some children in the reunion (we had to be very careful in front of them) we behaved like our trollish 17 selves ^_^ . We had a glorious time.

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I do no hate the hubby nor the son. Latter is clearly the creation of the previous one - Minsoo has grown watching his father treating his mother this way so it is not surprising he does the same. However, there are two people in the marriage so no matter how hard we would like to put all the blame on Woochul, it would not be fair. Nora bears the responsibility, too. Clearly Woochul is not an abusive husband, he has not shown being violent nor even clearly controlling (we do not know where Nora's remark of housewives not going out came - was it Woochul or, for example, her own upbringing). I am pretty sure if Nora had stood up and made her own life even her marriage might have turned out to be very different. Maybe Woochul would have not loved her but he would have probably respected her. The thing with Nora, in my opinion, is that she doesn't respect HERSELF and thus she has never expected other to respect her, either. And so people like Woochul have not because that is how it goes, you have to first respect yourself.

So, I cannot blame only Woochul on the failing of their marriage. If she had never even attempted to live her own life, it cannot be (only or even mostly) because Woochul demanded that of her - it must have come from somewhere else. I would blame Woochul more if we were shown that she tried to live for herself, too, at the beginning of the marriage but Woochul rooted that out little by little. So far, however, this has not been the story. Rather, it looks like she was grown into believing that housewives are X and when she became one, she immediately took the role of X and Woochul reinforced it because he had been grown in the same way - even though, in reality, he wanted something else, too. And so they both entagnled themselves in unhappy marriage where neither of them actually knew each other at all. And I would guess that while Woochul resented the marriage and thus tried to make it as impersonal as possible, Nora taking the ROLE of the housewife instead of being herself, also made it impossible for him to actually know her. So yes, I think they both made it.

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You make a very valid point. It did take two people make that marriage. Now I wish they would show some back story of how she became that way.

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The thing is, I actually agree with you. I don't even hate them. And, in regards to the marriage, I completely understand that it's not just his fault and that her behavior likely contributed to how things ended up too. I even understand why he wants a divorce and take no issue with that.

My problem is that, with this episode, even as I still found Woo-chul amusing and hilarious to watch, he crossed a line. The way he only cares about saving his own reputation and affair in the face of his life-time companion finally getting a chance to go to school just makes him very hard to redeem in my eyes. He's divorcing her now so he has no right to act this way towards her, ruining her opportunities just so everything he wants for his life goes smoothly.

No matter how little self-respect someone has, you should still treat them as a human being with their own thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams and make an effort to understand them, especially if they're the housewife and mother taking care of you. That is literally all I require of the father and son right now. But they can't even seem to do that so, while I don't hate them, I'm certainly appalled at them right now and need them to realize that they've been taking her for granted all this time.

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Not all abuse is physicalm. Sure he doesn't hit her but the way he's destroyed her self esteem, and is still treating her like garbage making her feel everything that's wrong with the world is her fault, is still emotional abuse.

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Lee sang yeon as prof grumpypants but secretly makingbher wishes come true is super cute..!!!
I can see and swoo for Lee sangyeon with this character.

Choi jiwoo is such a joy to watch as nora. So much joy in little things thay i somehow want to be like her.

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Goodness! I've to say Childish is good! At least it is coming from Prof Cha!

Nora changing her whole demeanor and turning into a different person as soon as her husband is present is NOT good. I hate it.

Nora, pls find yourself and Be yourself, soonest! You wasted 20 years on and for that jerk. It's time to Wake up, girl!

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Love everything about this show!!
It is gooe Nora got to know about that cheating scum now when she has just started standing up for herself, rather than earlier when she would have just caved in.
Soon-nam, Hyun-seok will make her realise how awesome she can be!!
Min-soo and his gf - their argument made it clear that he is his father's son but good that hye-mi is not like Ha no-ra.
And also, someday the father-son would want to be recognised by her and as related to her!!

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"Nam soon and Hyun soak will make her realize how awesome she can be!!"

How the hell did she allow her jerk of a husband to whittle her self-esteem from a hi as a teen to that of "a Joseon wife", as Hyun Seok put it? All the while her bestie has been by her side and doing well for herself?

I'm kinda disappointed that Nora let that happen. Marry a guy, give up your youth to diapers, alright, but give up the core of who you are as a person, and your self-esteem in the process? Now that's really really sad!

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I think that is the main reason why Hyun Seok behaved that way with Nora. Yes he was in love with her, but what made him upset is that she gave up on her dreams to follow her husband. Nora was the person who believed in him and inspired him. She was free spirited and fun and going for her dreams. So for him it is dissapointing that she didn't do what she wanted and just became another Stepford wife.

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On a side note, I wonder how he will feel when he figures out Nora got together with her husband during the trip he planned for the performance at the resort. He probably wanted to spend time with her, but she was swept away in the moment with this other jerk.

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Eh, you lost me. Did I miss this whole development in this ep? What performance at what resort?

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@KDaddict I think Sue is referring to when they were in high school. In the flashback this ep we see that they were all planning a performance together and it's very likely this is the performance that Woo Chul witnessed before making a move on her and sweeping her away to Germany. For a while now I've suspected that part of the reason Hyun-seok has been so upset with her all this time is because he was planning on confessing that day.

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Thanks @Chandler, for explaining. I'm pretty sure you are right about all that.
I really feel sorry for Nora, for falling for WC so fast that she slept w him so soon, got herself pregnant, such that she missed out on a guy who is genuinely crazy about her. A caution tale to young and impressionable girls everywhere.

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And maybe Nora is not really in love with Wochul at that time and that she was just intoxicated coz he gave her alcoholic drinks. That made her out of herself thus the crime happened and got pregnant. And followed him to Germany. LOL isn't it possible.

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Yeah, it's especially tragic because Cha Hyun-seok was such a huge supporter of her dream, recognized her talent and ability, and probably would have gone on to help produce the dances she starred in. And then she ended up with some random guy who knocked her up and ruined those dreams. That's actually why I think he's been so upset all these years, not because she isn't his, but because someone who believed in him and whom he believed in and wanted to continue to see succeed in life suddenly disappeared and became a housewife for the rest of her life. Honestly, that would make me bitter too. The fact that she had so many who believed in her and she managed to end up with the one person who doesn't value her at all, it's just too sad.

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Her bestie wasn't by her side when she was in germany. Its not like Nora let her husband damage her self-esteem, he damaged it without her realising it! She became completely dependent on him, unable to decide anything for herself because decisions should be made by him. It is obvious, he never asked for her opinion and just made her do what he wanted.
No matter how strong we are, at some point we need someone to tell us just how good we are!!
She didn't have that person. She didn't have support of her family.

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HS is soon adorable ≥3≤ head over heels for him not to mention his dimples. His transition from a jerk to sweetest guy ever is awesome.

HN loved the moment when she treated her family exactly the way they treated her.. Serves them right...

As for son just grow up.. Your the reason she didn't go to college in the first place.

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OMG!! This episode was sooo amazing! I'm really happy Nora stood her ground. I kinda wished that she just yelled back at her husband, but what she did was better than what she would have usually done so I'm fine with it. I'm so done with her son, like wtf? Even Nora agreed not to know each other plus they'll rarely see each other around campus. Her husband is just crap too, I don't even have anything else to say about him. Her son's relationship is so boring that I really hate to see airtime wasted on it, like seriously I don't care about it at all. No offense to anyone out there who likes it (though I don't think a lot of viewers do but just in case).

Soon Nam was so awesome in this episode too, I was really happy that he started to accept her into the club and did classwork with her. Though him and Nora look cute together, I kinda want him to end up with Seung Hyun. I think they would look cute together. Of course Hyun suk was the best this episode. I love how he's just doing everything on her bucket list secretly. I really hope when he finds out that she is not sick, he will still be nice to her and ofc fall in love with her (again). I kinda wanted her not to find out about the affair but at the same time I did want her to. But since she knows now I think it was good. I hope that now she will let herself loose and not care for her marriage anymore after seeing it.

I also just love the casting for this drama. I think Choi Ji Woo is doing an amazing job and so is Lee Sang Yoon. Plus he's easy on the eyes ;) and I've loved him in both Angel Eyes and Liar Game. I actually haven't seen Choi Ji Woo in anything aside from Stairway to Heaven, so I'm happy to see her in a recent drama that is also a romcom (which totally differs from the sad & dramatic drama I've seen her in previously).

Ahhh! I told myself not to watch any currently airing dramas because I am not patient enough! But I couldn't resist from this drama. I really hope this drama keeps up the good work and doesn't turn out bad or something. Also sorry for the long post ><, I just really love this drama!! Also thanks to girlfriday for the recap, I always love coming back to read the comments from the recappers on this drama (and others).

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Such a cute drama -- every time either of the cheating couple have to explain something or get surprised I have to chuckle. Also, every good thing that happens to No Ra makes me happy as well!

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The way nora stands for herself is rare to find in kdramas. Nora-soonam ship is as hot as nora-hyunseok, imagining they will be rival s (in a good way) later gives me goosebumps. And is it okay to wish there will be a dance duet/group between nora-soonam? It will make woochul die of heart attack. Lee sang yoon is a hot killer.

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I love that all the screen caps of WC in this ep, show him wide-mouthed and starry-eyed.

Imagine his shock n confusion when he sees both a successful guy (HS) and a much younger man (SN) showing definite interest and affection for his supposedly boring, useless housewife of 20 years!!! He won't know what to do!!!

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So after this episode I kinda dislike Nora's son more. He is just selfish like his dad, Only thinking about himself.

He doesn't want mom on school because he is ashamed of her being his mom, because of her status (only a housewife with no college degree) and he sure does everything he wants and ignores his girlfriend wishes.

Yeah his gilfriend can sound shallow, but she is young guys and she just want to enjoy her first year at college - I don't see what is so wrong about this, it is true the other college years turn more and more hard, job searching and all, you won't have time to do all she listed , and they are such simple things yet the guy can't do it, I would be pissed too.

I was kinda laughing because the guy thinks he is all that (must be because of his dad, and the way his dad treats his mom, so he does the same to his gf)

I like that she just proved she'll do what she wants and he better follow her or break up hahaha some will say she is selfish, but she isn't asking him too much, just to walk on campus, and eat together, which he isn't doing because he doesn't want to be found out.

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You can't really blame him because he was raised that way. Seeing his father treat his mom like that would make him think that it is okay to do that. He also annoys me to hell though especially when he just completely disrespects his mom. That scene where she was holding back her tears and explaining why she doesn't want to quit school made me wanna punch the son in the face. He's like his father. You can clearly see that when he told Hyemi to drop her course.

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Yeah... but seeing how his dad treat his mom is not longer an excuse now that he's grown. He's not 12. He should be learning all of these progressive ideas and concepts through books and classes, so he should know better. I think the other part of him is also submissive to his dad so even if he thinks his dad is wrong, he doesn't dare say so. This is unfortunately typical of an Asian household in which the child wants to be filial, but only to the dad and treat the mom like a doormat on a regular basis except for the holidays.

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thats what i thought too.. this couple is pretty childish but if you try to see from the bigger frame, she just want to enjoy her 20 years old.. and i think thats what this drama want to potray.. Nora that try to back to her 20 years old self, and what 20 years old girl want to do at that time... Minsoo that want to work hard for his future, and his girlfriend that just want to have fun.....
*whisper most of couple actually argue about something childish most of the time in real life...

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I was chanting for her to find out about her sort of still husband's affair. Didn't want her knight in shining armour to be able to protect her from that - because, plot movement!!

I thought Hyunseok said that supposed last line under his breath to Yijin to start the second part of his master plan, which is to get her to start falling for him instead by pretending he's in love with her, so that in his mind, the married couple can have their happily ever after without the mistress on the side.

I love this show.

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I love that YJ has started wondering about HS's intentions. She is flattering herself that he might be interested in her. If that idea gains any traction at all (at least in her head), her behavior towards WC might change drastically, to his chagrin.

That should be fun!!

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Thanks you for very fast recap, GF!! Cant wait for tomorrow's episode..

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This epsode was too adorable! Kudos to the writer for making No Ra stand for herself ?

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No, that was just her being mean because she is. Haha.

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Yeah, Yi-jin doesn't know that the "ajumma" in her class is Woo-chul's wife.

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Minsoo is a self-involved hormonal jacka** and he got it from his daddy, it still doesn't excuse him. What use is being book smart when he can't even empathize with other people other than himself. Agree with so many of you that his relationship with his gf is shallow. I always skip their parts as they contribute nothing to the main story. The wooden acting doesn't help either, I notice that the girl gets worse in every episode which is not a good sign. I wish their parts get reduced so I can gain the 15 minutes back to see more Nora and Hyun-seok or even Nora Na-Young interaction.

That said, I lost count of how many squees, awws, and feet kickings I had during the first half of this episode. Hyun-seok is just so good to her, it's ridiculously cute. Next episode needs to happen now! Moar!

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Thank you for the recap.

I'm loving the show. It follows in the tradition of so many winning Friday Saturday dramas.

One question: Was I the only person living in American who laughed when they saw the size of the LARGEST bucket of popcorn that HS purchased. That bucket looked like an American movie small or at most medium.

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Lol nope. Went to the cinema recently and the largest was like the size of a bucket XD I could eat No Ra's popcorn in like twenty minutes hahahaha

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Thanks for the recap!! Friday's are my favorite because of this show lol

I'm surprised by the pace of this show. In one episode we get the reveal that No Ra goes to school, that Min Soo is in a relationship ( not that it really matters to No Ra), and No Ra finding out about Woo Chul and Yi Jin. It's really refreshing to see a heroine who isn't totally in the dark about what's happening around her and standing up for herself.

No Ra's scene with Min Soo really got me because it looked like she really wanted him to understand only to realize that he's still a child who only sees how this affects him. It's terrible but I don't really blame him. His entire life mommy has waited on him and his father hand and foot and cherished him so this is new. I'm really looking forward to his growth which will hopefully happen when he finds out dad wants a divorce and has another woman.

I'm hoping the next episode shows us No Ra realizing how harmful her marriage has been as you mentioned. I'm also kind of hoping that Hyun Seok finds out he's mistaken about her diseases and helps her because she needs as many friends as she can get to work through her family falling apart...

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When the bucket list is done, maybe Hyun suk will have to improvise and do thé things he wants to do with Nora. Haha.

I am really satisfied with the different characters. I can even see Min soo's growth coming regarding his mother.

Thanks for the recap!

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Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't dislike the hubby that much even now? Yes, he does disrespect his wife which is totally wrong and he does and has taken her for granted. So he clearly has major faults, I am not arguing against this in the least. And starting a relationship while legally married is questionable although I do think they have been married only in name for even longer than that and divorce issue cannot have come as a surprise to Nora (nothing points to this) which indicates that is has been on the table for a long time - possible even before Woochul started his relationship. But clearly it is still cheating and if I am not mistaken, in Korea it can have affect in divorce proceedings so obviously Woochul wouldn't want his still-wife to know.

But. As I have said, too, in marriage you have two people. You cannot blame only the other unless that person is clearly a serious basket case, abusive, alcoholic, workaholic or what not. Here we have no information of Woochul being any of these. Yes, as I have said, he has treated Nora poorly but so far he hasn't been shown as being abusive, mean or anything such. We do not know whether he dragged Nora to Germany against her will. We do not know whether he was the one who instilled a "proper housewife" etiquette in her head. We do not know whether he bullied Nora for so long that she stopped respecting herself altogether. Maybe he did, but for my part I do not believe so at least until show clearly tells me so. How it seems to me is that both we're trapped in an unfortunate situation and both had to gave up on things they had planned on future. It is true that Nora had to gave up on more but that is not solely Woochul's fault - it is what Korean society expects women to do, that they become housewives once they have children. Normally they just get a degree and some works experience before that, but Nora got pregnant before such things and so she missed those. Yes, Woochul would have probably expected it from her but most likely she herself did it, too, because that is how she was most likely brought up and because that is how most people in Korea would expect her to behave.

Nora does not respect herself. How would anyone else respect her, then? Is it solely Woochul's fault? Maybe up to a degree. As people have said, her experiences in Germany may have defined a lot of her marriage. She had no support there, Woochul probably had to study hard and so he most likely spend very little time with her and possibly even resented her for the early marriage (even though it was his fault, too and I do not think he ever tried to deny it - he might have still resented the marriage and as a human being might have directed part of those feelings onto the living reminder of the mistake, Nora). No positive feedback might have made Nora even more meek which then continued in Korea. We do not know about Nora's upbringing much at all and it might have had an effect, too. Even if Nora was a...

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another opinion here. nora was originally a self-respecting person. but... she came from a small town, she was brought to a foreign country only to tend to her son. she was treated like a "son-factory". i believe for someone to be "abusive" someone doesnt have to hit physically or anything. emotional abuse is possible. her husband is cornering her into thinking this is all her fault, that's abuse as well.

yes, nora is week and defenseless, BUT he takes advantage of this. he doesnt want her out of the house, he wants her to divorce him BUT still expects her to make lunch (he grunts when nora only left sausages in ep 1)

he's pretty much embarrassed by the existence of his wife, i dont know that doesnt make him a jerk.

just my two cents though.

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@alcoholicbubbletea

Awesome moniker!

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Yeah I actually don't dislike Woochul a lot. I think he's an ass but not a total jerk. He's childish and has problems emotionally. Nora and him just never properly fell in love and the Nora he knew isn't someone he could fall in love with. They're just on different wavelengths.

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Arawni, I 100% agree with you. You explained it very well.

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tq GF

May i know know prof cha hs spoke french or russian to

specially request the free tickets ?

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It wasn't French. It didn't sound like Russian. It sort of sounded like German. I wondered about Hungarian.

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It was Russian! I'm Russian and I had to relisten it twice to get it and I still couldn't understand the last word. But it was somewhat correct if not really coherent. Kang So Ra's Russian was so much better :)

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Thanks very much @GF!

I'm extremely happy with this show and this episode in particular. It was pretty painful the first 3-4 episodes, but this one has made up for the pain. I like the pace and how each happening hangs on what goes before, how everything is coherent and makes sense and that most characters' motives are clear. I love a show that brings me on board to some extent so that I'm not too much in a fog and yet at the same time has kept a couple of cards up its sleeves so that I can still be surprised or be wondering about a few little things.

It will be such a treat to see how far Hyun Suk is able to realize the rest of No Ra's bucket list. Like several other commenters, I too want him to find out that No Ra is not dying in a few months and still want to contribute to her living well (instead of dying well). Yes, they should all return to being twenty again, but in order to have an 'almost-fresh' start, there're a lot of issues to be resolved.

It's good that the possibility of that happening already has started since No Ra is now aware that her esteemed husband is a louse. She just needs to make a choice about what she will do with this information. Just as how she could make a choice to live fully and well, how she decided to take action against the sexual harasser Prof, she needs to be able to decide what kind of stand she will make against a husband who has browbeaten her but who does not bear being held up to scrutiny himself. All power to No Ra!!

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I'm enjoying this drama...like it's hilariously cute and refreshing. Finally something I can watch again after IRY and OMG ended! :D

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I think a lot of the elements in this drama are right on target. From what we get, No Ra was raised by her grandma, she probably had this foolish vision of living as the perfect, submissive wife because she grew up without a solid example in front of her. Compound that illusion with her isolation in Germany and it is little wonder that her husband was left wondering where the lively woman he fell in love with went. Judging from Yi Jin's personality, he enjoys the company of strong women, and No Ra changed.
Min Soo is vexingly disrespectful, but No Ra is partly to blame for this too. The look on his face when she does not cave to her demand of quitting school says it all. She gave everything for him, but has passively acquiesced to him. He is utterly dumbfounded by a mom who tells him no.

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Marriage class! I want see what happens in marriage class NOW!

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i keep thinking of nora from a doll house. i wonder if they did that on purpose? i've only read the recaps so far, but i think i'm going to watch this^^

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I remember an old drama called Give me food on which the wife ended up with her nasty jerk husband who had an affair and always looked down on her, instead of choosing the cameraman that she fell in love with. That drama sucked. I hope this show won't be a crap like that.

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I just love it when Woochul is an ass to Nora so she'd slowly realize in her own terms that what she has for him isn't love but attachment. All she ever knew in her life was him and Minsoo. It's like justifying to herself that the life she left behind is worth it for the life she has with Woochul and Minsoo. She can't just lose it because of everything she has given up so far.

Or maybe I just love Woochul and Minsoo acting so childish. They're intellectually smart unlike Nora who isn't but it's Nora who is emotionally smart. These two guys in her life act like a bunch of kids to get what they want which is kinda like Yoonyoung with her dukbokki in episode 1. Nora taking the no nonsense approach and pointing out the obvious shakes them to their core because Nora's making sense with her simple logic.

The Woochul-Yijin relationship wasn't clear before but it makes perfect sense now. 3 years, that means 2 years since the divorce in practice until Minsoo gets in college and 1 year while they were married. In that case, when Woochul found the relationship with Yijin was more serious and something that he wants to pursue, he asked for the divorce. Reminds me of Yijin's lecture, Woochul found love outside fo the marriage and thus wanted to end it. Makes me wonder if he wouldn't have and stayed in an unhappy relationship if he hadn't met someone he wanted to marry.

Hyunseok's "I care about Nora, not your problems" is a really good way of putting it. He doesn't care whatever problem they may be having, but because he cares about Nora and Nora's happiness is related to her problems with Woochul, it's going to be inevitably affected.

I admire the portrayal of Woochul, Minsoo, Yijin and Hyemi by the writer. They're selfish, self-absorbed and self-centered but they're not totally textbook villains. Makes for an interestingly human drama about personal conflicts instead of chaebols and power and companies

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THIS DRAMA!!!
YES YES YES AND YES!!!

The last scene Cha Hyun-suk is sooooo hurt to see The I♥W COUPLE. He hurts so much for Hanora. For the goodness of Earth, this drama is so good. Very well-written. It is early to say, but unless there is delay of broadcast, this drama has a complete draft of plot til the last episode. I can feel the tightness of each episode. It is to tight - so "unrushed" - that makes me remember Lovers in Paris or Last Scandal days. Each episode matters to be conpletely honest.

(Mrs. Cop, which I put my faith in, is sooooo a piece of crap now. YES. Sigh what a waste of talent joining Kim Min-jong and Kim Hee-ae to be side characters.) (The Virtual Bride / Eccentric Daughter-in-Law is veeeery tight too. Every episode with a preview. Pre-shooting to the finest. Handled with quality preparation. I love it.)

But I AM SURE NOW

Twenty Again is the best drama of 2015. Of course u may disagree but this is in my list sooo

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I'm glad it didn't take much longer for Nora to see her asshole husband's true colors. Now she can finally burn her last hopes of saving that marriage, salt the ashes and move on.

That douche and his mistress make me so angry.

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The amount of victim blaming is astounding to me. I know that most people don't mean to, but every time you say that she's partly at fault for being mistreated and disrespected by her husband - that's called victim blaming. As another commentator already said, there are a lot of ways to abuse someone, not just physical or even with insults. Neglect and disrespect over 20 years is abuse. Not only that, but he even turned their son against her.

People who say that her submissive behavior is part of the problem, are clearly neglecting a crucial part: She was 19 at the time, that's 19 in Korean years, so in Western years that would be 18 or even 17 depending on when she was born. She came from a small town, brought up by her grandmother, but had to follow her husband to a strange country far away from home. There she didn't know anybody, didn't know the language, had to take care of their baby all day. So she was completely dependent on her husband, for the smallest things, she couldn't even bring her sick child to the hospital alone because of the language barrier! Wouldn't you totally lose your confidence in that situation? Wouldn't you have thrown away your pride to get your son to a doctor?

You also have to take into account that Woochul was not too young at that time. In Korea, he would've graduated from college already. So he was the adult in the relationship. I'm not saying he's a bad person for not loving No Ra, you can't expect him to, but he's a bad person for not giving her respect and courtesy.

Anyway, after the long rant, let me say that I really enjoy this drama. I especially love No Ra's college life and it's so great to see her slowly making friends and getting the college experience she wished for. Besides the husband, his mistress and son, I actually like all the characters. Yes, even the son's gf, she can be annoying and a drama queen, but I like that she stood up for what she wants out of life - good for her.

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Thank you for putting what I wanted to say into words. He's in a position of power, and abused that power. The first thing he did was alienate Nora from everything and everyone she knew, any person who might have helped her. This is a typical power play from a controlling husband. Then he spent decades destroying her self-esteem.

Not to mention the parental alienation with the son. Bringing up to treat his own mother like she's nothing.

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Agree completely.

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I had a good feeling about this show even before I started it. So far no episode has been lacking for me. I like the pace and the way each character was written. It's not trying too hard. Can't wait to see love bloom for Ha No Ra, I mean a new love. Preferably with Professor Dimples =)

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With the two pairs of tickets, I was pretty sure that things would turn out the way they did, but for a bit, I also thought it would be possible that she would give her pair to her son and he would be the one to catch his dad cheating.

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Ohhh! That would have been lovely!

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The way the son was raised and given his low opinion of his mom. I'm afraid he'll find a way to blame her for his dad's cheating.

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I really enjoyed this episode. I loved seeing nora so happy - and standing up for herself! Sassy high school nora is slowly coming back and I love it. I also loved how sang ye, despite her crush on hyun seok, is still helping him out with nora. I do wish the flashbacks were done better (see the japanese drama hatsukoi for movie like flashbacks) but the one this time did manage to move me. They were talking about the beach weren't they? Hyun seok looked so excited that I wouldn't be surprised if he was planning something like a confession on the big trip. but instead this must have the trip where nora was noticed by Woo chul and spent the night with him.

I do feel for nora and her list of simple things to do. I guess its not that she did not have anyone - she has yoon young - but she had fully commited herself to the person she thought, or was told by, woochul wanted her to be "min soos mom" and now her son is grown up.... I do love the fact that woo chul and her positions are reversed slightly here. I laughed when woo chul was the one waiting.

hye mi is so ridiculous and I wish min soo would stop running after her. Focus on your studies and tell her to go party away her life away if she likes. Then again, min soo is also pretty immature. I hate all their scenes when they are together and use the ff button liberally.

Theres something very funny about the liberal use of the dashboard camera in the cars - Idk the car scenes are filmed in quite a unique, and amusing way. like a variety show.

and when did lee sang yoon become so hot? He was cute enough in life is beautiful but he is making me swoon in this show. I'm not sure I like his character he is prideful and petty and I don't like how controlling he can be even if his intentions are good. But he is being very cute now (and the next episode made me forgive his initial meanness, but thats another comment!)

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does anyone know the name of the song they play when the episodes come to an end? its a playful song that goes "na na na na "

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I love this drama but I still can't believe that the body of a 40s woman !! like I am 24 and I don't look like her :( ,,,,

sehun U've must been watching this Drama :D

thanx for the recap .. I really keep waiting your recaps <3

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Professor Grumpypants I love you!!! gosh, I'm so obsessed with this drama... so much cuteness!!! I just can't take it!!! ahhhhhhhhhh

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