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Twenty Again: Episode 9

I love it. The problems in Twenty Again aren’t huge or dramatic, but the show has a knack of making the situations pay off in highly satisfying ways. And where we are in the story right now, we’re getting lots of satisfaction, whether it’s good people finding productive solutions or silly folks being hoisted by their own petards. It’s satisfying when main characters deliver comeuppances directly, but there’s also something amusingly rewarding in watching people being knocked down a peg by nothing more than their own doing. Sometimes we just have to feel there’s justice in the world, y’know?

 
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EPISODE 9 RECAP

The Bounce dance performance is a shocker for most of our cast: Woo-chul and Min-soo gape at this new hip-hopping side of Nora, and Hyun-seok looks like he’s finally recognized his feelings consciously.

It sends Hyun-seok flashing back to high school, when he and Nora had organized an overnight trip doubling as dance practice. The trip takes them to Nora’s old house in the country, and Hyun-seok makes plans to go to the store with Nora to prepare a surprise party for the group, looking particularly happy to get alone time with her.

During a break in rehearsal, Nora finds him at the creek—this is the scene we’d seen earlier, when she predicts he’ll be a famous director in twenty years. He scoffs at the idea, but she proposes a bet to see whose future prediction is closer.

They agree to put the notes in a time capsule, and Hyun-seok steals glances at Nora as they write their entries. At the last minute, Nora crosses something out on her note. It’s her name on the signature line—hm, what does that mean?

The night of their first public performance rolls around, and Hyun-seok gives the dancers a pep talk minutes before they’re set to go onstage. At the last moment, though, his pager goes off and he finds out that his father collapsed. He literally bumps into Woo-chul on his way out, who’s here on his last night before studying abroad in Germany. Hyun-seok lingers, wanting to watch the show, but is forced to hurry off.

His classmates begin their performance, and mid-dance Nora is nearly taken out when a teammate steps on her shoelace and pulls the shoe off her foot. She just continues barefoot, while Woo-chul watches her dance, wide-eyed and slack-jawed… which is exactly the expression on his face now as he sees Nora with her Bounce crew.

Onstage, Nora scans the crowd for Hyun-seok and smiles when she finds him, but he turns away looking troubled and storms off. Why am I not surprised that his first reaction is grumpiness? Goodness knows Hyun-seok never found an emotion he could welcome gracefully.

Backstage, Soon-nam gives Nora a big ol’ bear hug and tells Nora to pick the place for their celebration (adorably, she’s now been upgraded to “noona hoobae-nim”). She decides on the food tent that her department is running.

Yi-jin and Woo-chul intend to take the administrator they’re trying to impress to a fancy restaurant, but he’s enjoying the festive atmosphere so much that he decides to eat here at the festival.

Min-soo reels from the shock of seeing his mother onstage, but supposes that’s where his dancing genes came from. He parts ways with Hye-mi, who’s working a shift at department tent—and so, conveniently, we’ve got most of our main characters neatly collected for the next bit.

Woo-chul finds his gaze drifting over to Nora as she laughs with her classmates, completely checking out of his conversation.

Still riding the high, Nora texts Hyun-seok a thank-you message for giving her the courage to perform. He stares at the message, deep in thought, and pulls out an old keepsake box that night. Inside is an old note addressed to Nora, which reads: “At first I was happy just to be friends, but not anymore. Ha Nora! I like you. Cha Hyun-seok.” Ah, and we see that when Teenage Hyun-seok had asked Nora to go shopping, he must have been planning to make his confession.

In the present, Hyun-seok repeats the words aloud, feeling the truth as he says, “Ha Nora, I like you.”

Nora returns to the stage after everyone has cleared out, picturing her teenage self dancing there. She wells up with tears, bursting into sobs as she stands there alone on the empty stage.

Woo-chul can’t sleep that night, wondering where Nora is and why she isn’t hurrying home to see his reaction, assuming she put on the show for his benefit. He marvels that she looked the same way onstage this time that she did twenty years ago.

In the morning, he wakes up to find Nora busily packing lunches for Hyun-seok. His initial reaction is jealousy, until he remembers Hyun-seok declaring that he has no interest in Nora, saying she’s enamored with her husband—and that means in Woo-chul’s simple little mind, everything she’s doing is meant to provoke jealousy and keep his interest. Psh. His delusions of grandeur crack me up.

Today when Nora asks if Min-soo wants one of her lunches, he tells her yes, which makes her so sweetly excited. As an added bonus, she snatches the lunch Woo-chul is casually trying to sneak right out of his hands. Muahaha.

When Nora finds Hyun-seok on campus, he mumbles a hasty excuse and hurries away, now awkward because he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings. She intercepts him anyway and hands him the lunches as thanks for getting her to stand onstage: “Thanks to that, I realized a lot of things.” Isn’t that the truth for everyone today.

Then she asks for his opinion on her dance, since he never got to see it twenty years ago. He says it made him see how she must have danced back then, and then practically jumps out of his skin when she pats his shoulder.

Hyun-seok sits down to eat Nora’s lunch in his office, and is almost grumpy to find it startlingly delicious. I notice he eats Sang-ye’s portion too, stuffing his face adorably. It’s worth it just to see his chipmunk cheeks and boyish satisfaction.

Yoon-young drops by campus as students stop to compliment Nora on her dancing. (Aw, they’re all calling her noona now.) Yoon-young asks how it felt to be onstage, and Nora sighs wistfully that it made her realize that her dream of dancing has passed her by. But when asked whether she regrets leaving her dream behind for Min-soo, she replies that your children aren’t something you can regret.

Min-soo happens by as he sees them chatting, and now remembers Yoon-young telling him previously that his mother used to be a good dancer. I’m guessing he dismissed it then, but understands better now what it meant. When Hye-mi comes by, he ushers her away to have lunch in an empty classroom, since their bench outside is no longer safe from Dad’s eyes.

Hye-mi remarks that Nora unni is amazing for bouncing back from being ostracized, not quitting school as everyone predicted. Min-soo’s upset to hear that Nora was treated as an outcast, not having known any of his mother’s troubles.

In marriage class, it’s time to swap partners, and each student lists one negative and five positive traits about their partner. Nora’s description of Soon-nam is super-cute and makes him smile—he’s caring, courageous, a good leader, passionate, humorous, and makes a cranky first impression.

Nora reads what Soon-nam has said of her: “She takes on challenges amazingly well, is pure, righteous, has a hidden charisma, and is pretty.” Her flaw is that she doesn’t say enough of what she’s thinking, which seems right on the nose. The class breaks out into a chant urging them to date, which is cute. Yi-jin wraps up the lesson by saying that you want to be around people who focus on the praise rather than picking on the criticisms, and Nora nods in agreement.

I love how Soon-nam and Nora are a little sad about their partnership ending, and he’s not even hiding that he likes hanging out with her now. They joke that they’ve both got cute new partners now, and their repartee is such a turnaround from their beginning that I can’t even stand how cute they are.

Woo-chul pitches the original version of his theater therapy project (the version Hyun-seok rejected) to a large corporation (Sungsam, hur, a stand-in for Samsung), arguing persuasively that it would be an image-booster for the corporate sponsors. I’m sure this has to be breaking the rules, since Woo-chul is still an official advisor for Hyun-seok’s project. Not that I put it past him to steal ideas or outmaneuver a rival.

Yi-jin instructs Hyun-seok that the project has been approved for an overnight team-building retreat. He doesn’t want to spent a trip with Woo-chul, but he’s stuck since the idea was his own, proposed to fulfill Nora’s bucket list entry about going on an MT. But when Sang-ye asks if Nora will be going, he barks that of course she won’t.

Nora is indignant when her first paycheck is reduced by her convenience store boss, who argues that it’s totally normal and legal for new employees to only get 80 percent pay during their probationary period. She argues that it’s not even minimum wage, but he takes advantage of her ignorance and barks that all college students know this, and ultimately she accepts his answer and her reduced pay.

Hyun-seok overhears from outside, having dropped by to return Nora’s lunch containers. He stops himself from interfering at the last moment and hangs back like a proper stalker, feeling conflicted as she wonders what to do with her very first paycheck. He’s reminded of Yoon-young’s words about Woo-chul being Nora’s whole universe, and walks away glumly.

At school, Min-soo’s bummed at his less-than-stellar exam score, and further dejected when he’s kicked out of his exclusive club. His sunbaes have seen him with Hye-mi and consider dating a waste of time and energy better spent preparing for their future. Are you sure you’re forbidding it because you don’t want to date, and not because you can’t?

So when Hye-mi suggests they go out for a couple dance competition to win a trip to Jeju, Min-soo says he has to turn his efforts back to studying. The contract with his father would send him to army service not only for dating but also for earning low marks. Hye-mi asks what would happen if Dad threatened to send him off to army and Min-soo refused to go. Min-soo literally stops to think, struck with the notion: “I’ve… never thought of that.”

When Hyun-seok arrives at his office loft, Nora’s there working and offers to make him dinner. He tells her not to act like an ajumma, and she says sunnily that it’s okay because she is an ajumma, and a good cook too. She asks Sang-ye how her lunch was the other day, and Hyun-seok can’t admit he ate it all so he lies that it was so bad he couldn’t share it with Sang-ye.

Nora asks what he did with the food, and now that he’s caught in his lie (I love when he’s caught in his lies), he says he threw it away. Affronted, she asks if she did something wrong, not understanding why he’s being so avoidant all of a sudden, unable to meet her eyes: “It’s like when you were a high schooler.”

She smiles that he was just like this, saying it’s nice to see his old self again. Hyun-seok makes an excuse about just being busy and wrapped up in his work, and Nora good-naturedly accepts the explanation, even apologizing for the bad lunch. Feeling bad, he says he didn’t actually throw it away, but forced himself to choke it down. Ha. I love that with him, that is an improvement in gallantry.

On the morning of the retreat, Sang-ye and Hyun-seok make plans to go there separately. She’s noticed how odd he’s been around Nora lately and wonders at it.

Nora meets with her homework team, and for their next assignment, they decide to find a personal twist on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” conundrum—for instance, choreography versus civil servanthood for Soon-nam. Nora asks Seung-hyun about taking out school loans to supplement her income, although when they ask questions about her, Nora changes the topic. The other two wryly note that she’s skirting questions again.

Nora’s at the loft when Sang-ye drops by to pick up some materials, and Nora comments on how hard-working and busy she is. She asks if Sang-ye wants to marry, and Sang-ye asks if Nora likes being married herself. Nora answers that it depends on the person, not getting too specific about her situation.

Sang-ye hesitates before deciding something, then fakes a phone call and asks Nora to drop something off with Hyun-seok. Hm, is she playing matchmaker?

So Nora takes a bus to the retreat location, basking in the sunshine on the ride up.

Min-soo comes home to an empty house and slips into his father’s office, where he finds the contract he’d signed, wanting to confirm the GPA he has to maintain. He checks the number (3.8), and when he starts to return it to its place, he sees that other form in the drawer—his parents’ agreement to divorce, dating back two years.

At the retreat (which is more like a fancy vacation getaway), dinner is a stilted and quiet affair, with Yi-jin doing most of the talking and Hyun-seok and Woo-chul trading barbs when forced to speak. That’s when Nora arrives to deliver documents to Hyun-seok (who seems to know something’s up when he hears Sang-ye’s excuse for sending Nora), and somehow Nora gets roped into dining with them, mostly at the request of Yi-jin, who only knows her as her plucky student.

Hyun-seok tries to get Nora out of it since he knows the full tangled web, while Woo-chul’s eyes dart around hilariously to have his wife dining with his mistress. Yi-jin compliments Nora’s dancing at the festival, and Nora explains going onstage at the last minute due to a teammate’s injury—which Woo-chul is surprised to hear, since he thought everything was about him.

Yi-jin is under the impression that Nora is unmarried, and nobody disabuses her of the notion. Instead, Hyun-seok redirects the focus away from Nora by serving Yi-jin and being attentive, while Nora just stuffs her face relentlessly until she’s battling indigestion. Hyun-seok notices her discomfort and directs everyone else inside while he tends to her, and Woo-chul can only stare from a distance. He does, however, stop to ask the caretaker for antacids.

Hyun-seok massages Nora’s arms and apologizes for putting her in this situation, chiding her for eating so forcefully. She explains that she’d agreed to preserve Woo-chul’s public image and pretend not to know him at work, and says she chose Woocheon University when he was still at his prior school. Hm, Hyun-seok finds that a curious fact.

Woo-chul spies them sitting together and is immediately indignant at how cozy Hyun-seok is, patting his wife on the back and sitting rather close. He ducks away before he’s seen, and once Nora’s burped he fixes her a cup of soothing tea and tells her to spend the night in Sang-ye’s room, since it’ll be a long trip back home.

When Hyun-seok steps aside to make sure Nora’s room is ready, Woo-chul steps into his path to glare at him and accuses Hyun-seok of running his hands all over his wife. Hyun-seok just retorts that if he’s so bothered that a friend was looking after his wife, Woo-chul should look after her himself. Woo-chul shows him the antacids, and asks point-blank: “Director Cha, do you like my wife?”

Hyun-seok replies, “If I like her, what are you going to do about it?” Woo-chul takes a threatening step closer. Hyun-seok matches him with another step. Woo-chul’s hand clenches. They glare like animals. (Really childish, wimpy, petty animals.)

 
COMMENTS

One of my favorite parts of this episode (apart from all of it) was the Min-soo moments—I don’t know that I care too much about him as an individual character, but he’s clearly everything to Nora. So to have him open his eyes to Mom in this gradual awakening is a really satisfying, heartwarming process, and completely true to life. How many of us saw our parents as auxiliary beings for the first two decades of our lives, merely out to antagonize and control us and make us do things we didn’t want to, not realizing they’re fully realized people with their own inner lives outside of us? It’s about the time we hit adulthood that many of us start to see our parents as adults and people rather than parents, and Min-soo has for so long not seen his mother at all.

Keeping Nora’s relationship to him a secret is doubly satisfying because now he gets to see Nora through the lens of other people—like, for instance, hearing his girlfriend talk about her as a cool older sister instead of a stuffy mom. I’m super excited that he found the contract, because I really want to see his father as a separate person too—by which I mean, flawed and selfish and responsible for his mother’s difficulties.

Nora’s moment onstage was also a nice glimpse of her conflicting emotions, because as she told Yoon-young, she knows her dream days are over. It’s not to say she can’t continue to dance, but the dreams she had at eighteen are completely unfeasible now, and it’s time she made peace with it. She’s lived so long by rote, just going with the momentum of others in her life, that she hasn’t had the chance to process what exactly she gave up. I think she needed to have her chance in the spotlight to properly say goodbye, and I’m glad she had that moment of recognition.

I have to say that I really enjoy Woo-chul and Yi-jin as… well, they’re not villains, and they’re certainly not evil. Antagonists may be the better word, although they’re so ineffectual that I find them annoying and harmless more than anything, and funny in the way they’re clearly living in a different world than the rest of the cast. They’ve got a whole furtive secret life going on, but the difference between how much it matters to them and how much it matters to everyone else is more comical than anything.

It’s not to say that there aren’t hurtful things they’ve done, or that we should let them off the hook, since a four-year relationship absolutely makes them adulterers. If they’d started dating after Nora signed the agreement I could see cutting them a little slack, but in this case we’re looking at the classic cheater scenario. And Woo-chul has definitely superiority issues and can be quite demeaning in his quietly dismissive way. Certainly Nora suffered, being chipped down to a shadow of her former self over the years—though in that, I do think she bears responsibility for diminishing herself and never saying what she felt.

In any case, I like Woo-chul as a character (less as a human, but at least I don’t have to live with him in the real world), and love that he’s rediscovering his attraction to Nora now, when it’s far too late to do anything about it. I find it hilarious that he thought Nora was doing everything to keep him in the marriage, and as a plot device this misunderstanding does great things for Hyun-seok, because believing Nora loves Woo-chul gives his conflict now a new poignancy. I mean, WE all knew ages ago that he was completely gone over her, but having him actively aware of it puts a lovely, affecting spin on his angst.

It’s funny how many different shades of grumpy Lee Sang-yoon has been showing us, with each one a little different than the one before. He was a little infuriating when he was being all hot and cold, mean then nice, and barking at Nora when she hadn’t done anything to deserve it. But now, he knows he’s in love with her so his disgruntlement is turned all inward—Hyun-seok being the world’s most awkward grumpypants will always be welcome, but I’m glad he’s not outright mean anymore. With Nora starting to see traces of the old Hyun-seok now, I hope means we’ll be seeing more of the bashful dork as well, because as far as Lee Sang-yoon is concerned, I can never get enough dork.

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I always look forward to the end of the week just for this show. THIS SHOW. HYUN-SEOK! <3

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Me too!!! This is the only show I'm watching and looking forward to as well :D

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Me too :)

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This show seems to get so much love. I'm not interested in this drama because my huge dislike to Choi Ji woo and her previous famous melo role in winter sonata and stairway to heaven. Should i give a benefit of the doubt here? Can I enjoy the drama even though i dislike the female lead prev acting?

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Don't force yourself.

There are other dramas; they don't feature a female lead that you have a "huge dislike" for. Not fair to you and to her to watch this and hugely dislike it and her.

Just like ppl hugely love Winter Sonata and her, while u didn't, you probably will hugely dislike this and her in it.

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Good advice!hee...love the drama so much. First time watching raw...makes my Friday and Saturday exciting!

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yup ,good advise
totally love CJW and all her prev roles
winter sonata is my all-time favourite drama

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winter sonata was my 1st ever k drama. I had watched it like 20 times over the last decade. I had a huge crush on both CJW and BYJ for years, until the latter started to wear his hair way longer than mine. ?

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Ms. Ji Woo Choi was the first Korean I've seen in TV and in person.... winter Sonata was so popular that my home country started importing more k- dramas....hallyu wave? I have my respects and admiration to this actress and I, for one is very happy that I continue to see her in dramas and other gigs...

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God maketh each of us with different characters and life experiences, thus different people can understand us in diff ways, and .... just the same with dramas... we ask ourselves, why do we watch it... most ahjummas just treat it as a dinner past-times moment, or most teens mindlessly chase after ANY dramas acted by their idols.... we, say some of us, have reached a state whereby we learned to separate the characters in a dramas from the actors / actress themselves... just like i loved swoon at JooWon gorgeous face, and i can't identify myself with Yongpal... while i will not condemn anyone mesmerized by YP, knowing that certain character or certain lines reached out to them, and they felt encouraged by something in YP.
same here again. just like many who mock why DB fans were extraordinarily crazy over Healer (i am guilty, but pride to be counted as ONE Healerites).
its all about respect.... especically THIS SITE is a Twenty Again 'shrine'... thou art stepping on holy ground.. hahaha.
we don't mindlessly awe over CJW, we do draw a line between CJW and her other works, many recent ones has barely float at the sea of plenty well written works and pretty young stars.... thank the Almighty God, hahaha, He has redeem her as she is like Nora, reborn by TA (Twenty Again) after a good 13 yrs.

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Suit yourself, as noted, but despite not liking Winter Sonata or melos in general, I really enjoy CJW's acting here.

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I flat out refuse to watch the Season dramas, so I have no dislike for her. But I know what you mean, I am predisposed to dislike Lee Min Ho because of my disdain for boys over flowers, but I have seen dramas I liked him in, such as city hunter.

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Don't watch Heirs!!

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watching Healer teach me something. to draw the line and stay sober, between the Character in the drama, and the Actor / Actress themselves. then we will be clear who we actually loved, and what can we learn from them, not blindly.
even a most popular drama, can draw extreme mixed feels, like from two opposite Poles of earth.
the CJW of today, was groom thru whatever she learned and experience thru Winter S., and while many todays doesn't feel identify by her Yoo-jin in Winter, we must acknowledged that Yoo-Jin did accompanied some of us in our "youth", thru very precious moment during, and leave unprecedented impacts caused by mere drama and inspires us. Many of us, are indeed surprised that we can experienced such depth in saddness and thrilled by any sweet moments of Joon-sang/Yoo-jin, first time in our life, we are introduced to a desire to hope that a OTP must have happy ending... first time we felt identified by certain words our OTP said....
just like Hyun Suk refused to burn his Mix Tape/card since they are precious as part of his memories / past, which should not be taken away from him, however painful it may be at the moment.
Winter S, was indeed part of our growing up once.
i am not saying CJW or Bae YongJoon,
i only mean, Yoo Jin and Joon sang.
10 years later, the next Gen of teens may mock also at how stirred we all are over TA and her Nora / HyunSuk, it we too ask them to respect how Nora become a precious part of present memory, and stir us: to "be".

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I haven't seen Winter Sonata, but I don't really like her acting here... some parts just seem really forced cute and fake. Maybe it's just me.

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I didn't like winter sonata and stairway to heaven. I like Choi Ji Woo now immensely, lol! You'll get a bit frustrated with her in ep 1-2 when she was still submissive type though, coz then her soul had been corroded for 20 years by her husband's constant criticisms.

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WC should earn The Most Delusional Human Being trophy.

And I guess the most played song in his iPod is " Today I just Want To Talk about Me!Me!Me!"

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Yup. He'll win the award fair and square. No competition.
LOL

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Everything is about him. His wife dances just for him, cos she knows he'll be passing by. Ya, right. Absolutely!!!

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ikr. The size of his ego balloon is triple from Chun Song Yi.

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Hahahaha oh my goodness I'm dying from your comment <3

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After the performance when nora was searching for HS it kind of felt like if HS was present at 12 year back performance, nora would have never seen WC the way she didn't see him at the persent performance that's how much little influence he has on nora .

compared to Mr love sick cute adorabe grumpy pants (all the cute words ever existed can't describe lee sang yoon 's performance : i fell really hard for him this time) he is a thousands miles far left behind (he is funny though )

i agree about min soo though his love life never gave interest (i skip the most) to me his eye opening of how different his parents are is really moving .

ps: hurry up sam soon and HS take nora away form WC (with min soo following his mom) so we can see jaw dropped flustered WC face .

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sorry soon nam *(why are Korean names soooo hard to remember)

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Freaking screamed at that Bounce Bounce scene when Soon-nam hugged Nora! AJSBAHSFABFAHFJABSFHGABCHASHBAHJASB I can't handle the feels! Then he said she's pretty. Kyaaaaaaaaaaa. Him and Seunghyun look good together though. It would be nice if they end up with each other.

Hohohoho. Joonjae is Nora's next partner! Can we get a Takuya cameo or something?

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omg how could I not realize it was Joon-jae!!! pls pls pls let there be a Takuya cameo!! gah that would be awesome.. :))

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Pardon my ignorance, who is Joon-jae? I googled and only found out that he's been in a couple movies. Is he an idol too?

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Joonjae is a character from Mnet drama The Lover. His real name is Lee Jaejoon. I think he debuted with movie Night Flight along side Kwak Shiyang. Well, for me, he's the symbol of bromance. HAHAHA

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Oh TQ. I googled a few times, but nothing came up that made sense.

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@KDaddict?JCW! How are you dear? Been awhile I last saw your username :D miss healer-days! Recently joined the bandwagon in watching this show too. Loving it thus far! :)

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Hi @Bongsookie,
Always nice to see a friendly 'face', from Healer no less. Where've you been?
I'm also watching Yong Pal and liking it, but for whatever reason, it doesn't make me gabby like this show does. Hope to see u again soon.

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@KDaddict?JCW

I've been well, mostly residing and commenting in MDL since Healer days. I dropped by to comment on DB when IRY and OMGhostess aired though. Sometimes I drop by Healer threads to see what Healer beanies are up nowadays. @GB is a regular :D

With YP I tried watching the first 2 episodes but unfortunately it didn't hook me. That was when everyone was still raving about YP. Now I'm not all that interested in watching so have dropped it. Thinking of watching She Was Pretty but don't have to the time to lately.

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Hi @Bongsookie... come be a regular on the Healer thread too! :)

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No, he's an actor. He played Takuya's roommate (and love interest) in The Lover, mnet's recent attempt at a drama.

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omg i spent that scene looking at him being like... where have i seen him and why is something missing? and then... TAKUYA
omg can takuya be an exchange student that comes into the class and then they have to do homosexual relationships? because come on, only heterosexual relationships in a college sexuality class? da fuq is this, joseon?

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close enough, it's korea

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YES! I couldn't wait to jump on over here to comment about Lee Jae Joon! Love him! What a great cameo. Hope he shows up in bits in the future.

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Agree with you, Soon-nam and Seung Hyun look good together, I also hope they end up together.

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I LOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!
Omo omo omoooo...
Thank you <3

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this show has its own recipe of happiness coz I always feel so happy and keep smiling after watching it

hope Nora gets the divorce soon so the romance kicks on appropriately
Soon nam and CHS are beyond adorable
and thanks god Sang ye is still supporting our couple
from the preview , cant wait for episode 10

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It looks like Sang Ye believes in:
If you love someone, set him free. If he comes back, he is yours. If he doesn't, he never was, nor ever will be.
Not a bad axiom for 2nd female chars in KD!

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Actually... I think that Sangye's secret love is Nora and Hyun-Seok's high school classmate, Dong-Cheol (aka guy with the mole on his face.)

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The subs I read had Sang Ye saying 'I'm going to marry the person I love. I'm sure he'll come to me some day'. But, that's not what the recap or comments say here. So, phew!

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I thought Sangye did that so Nora would meet with her husband and Hyunseok would see that Nora is "in love" with him.

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Yes, I think so too. Sang-ye wants Hyeon-seok to wake up and quit pining like a teenager. At least Sang-ye hasn't been transformed to a shrill harpy: she made her best guess and is wrong, but I understand her attempt.

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I am not looking forward to the part where Sang-ye gets in the way and starts meddling in the relationship between Nora and Hyun-seok. Right now, nothing is happening between the two friends, which :'(, but once it does I'm sure she'll get involved...

On a serious note, Nora doesn't seem affected romantically by Hyun-seok and it's episode 9. I'm worried that they'll either get together or won't have enough real time to develop authentic feelings. That troubles me. I want Hyun-seok to get his love and for Nora to be wooed properly.

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This show gives me all the feels. I'm so mad that I can't watch all of it RIGHT NOW. I need an episode every day.

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I'm still waiting for the moment when No Ra starts feeling something more than friendship and gratitude for Mr. grumpypants. It will probably happen around episode 14, right? Please. Please.

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It sure looks like Nora and HS had a good rapport back in high school. But we haven't seen any hint of Nora having any feelings for him beyond friendship. She didn't love him then. (Why was that?) Will she love him now???

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Not episode 14!!! Much too late. I am hoping for it in the next episode... ok, that's not going to happen... episode 12. Please please please! :P

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To have a forbidden love for someone already married, is one of the hardest to bear agony. To have tasted that nonstop secretly for 20 years is double agonies. To finally discover that your loved one is trapped in a suffocating love-less marriage, and you are still secretly love her since 20 years ago, is triple agonies. To learn that she may actually loves you right at the beginning, as now she is trapped in a love-less marriage, and you still secretly loved her since 20 years ago is 4 folds agonies. Finally, you have more than anyone a strong sense of righteousness, yet realising your loved one did actually loved you back then, before she was trapped in a love-less marriage, and you continue to love her for 20 years secretly, and you know you now have No Right to love her since she is married and yet in ever more hopelessly engaged in a forbidden love is Ten Folds agonies...
Such is the devastated mind-set of our Hyun Seok. That moment while reading his Confession Card, mixture of regrets, panicky, sadness, shock, guilt…. Enshrouded him, he is in short, finished.
Yet how can he not cares, when she is still continuously dreams depraved, suffered mental abused, emotions starvation, even financially seems lacking… seeing she is merely a domestic maid serving in a status of wife and mom.
To continuously love her is “sinful”, not to continuously love makes her even more pitiful.
Woe unto all unrequited love. Woe Even more to those forbidden love for someone married.
But hopefully Hyun Seok will realised soon enough that NoRa is well OVER with Woo Chul the Useless Fake Nice Hubby. And she has every sense just to love someone else, since emotionally Woo chul did committed adultery. When one is lust after another in the mind, he has committed adultery with Useless Fake Nice Teacher.
the gratifying moment in this show, i guess, is suddenly i felt there are hints that Nora is WAYS OVER with the Useless WC, this ep gave me two alpha points, first to have HS realising the depth of his passion, and to hint that Nora also start caring for HS, even without her knowing it, she may have "started" already. see her expression at the horrendous dinner, instead of worry about how Useless WC felt, right in the beginning, she helplessly keep looking at HS for guidance what to do, when Uselss mistress hijack her to her seat.
at any drama, my most gratifying climax moment, is always those mins when the Main Cast suddenly realised her / his deepened love for the "Precious" one, and is overwhelmed, that moment of shock and lost is almost most precious in the whole drama, beside the confession of love between both leads. so i say, i really loved this ep when HS awakened.
Writer, please time to clear the misunderstandings of the undergoing divorce. As there are 20 years of patching up needs be done. Another 16 more ep isn’t even enough right? and we are left with how many more, 6? at least grant us more ep of much deserving heart to heart talk, or some...

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Writer, please time to clear the misunderstandings of the undergoing divorce. As there are 20 years of patching up needs be done. Another 16 more ep isn’t even enough right? and we are left with how many more, 6? at least grant us more ep of much deserving heart to heart talk, or some holding hands (like those in Healer and IRY?) need not be kissing, holding hands will do? Writer please?
6 more only? Woe unto us.

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Ha, traces of Lee Joonyoung in the last scene -- Hyunseok better watch out.

I'm curious to see what Hyunseok wrote for the time capsule about Nora.

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I'm guessing he wrote in the time capsule:

You'll be happily married to me, with a kid or two, and you'll be a famous dancer cum choreographer.

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I'm secretly hoping for that too. It makes me a bit sad to have a glimpse of what could have been from his perspective. Hyun-seok-ah. T_T

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But it makes me wonder all the more how the hell Nora got pregnant so soon after that hi school dance performance. She didn't seem to be the kind of girl to be sleeping w a guy she barely knew.

I could accept it about her if it came about as the result of date-rape? But I don't think it was it. They can't possibly feature a rapist as a 2nd lead and becomes a professor. So was it a drunken mistake? I'd still find that hard to believe about her, that she'd drink herself into s stupor and fall into bed w a guy she just met.

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I think she just fell head over heels, quite simply. She was a teen and hormones are running wild. It was a stupid mistake, but of course, she didn't think of it that way once she had Min-soo. It sounds like she was deeply in love since it lasted twenty or so years to have given up her life and sense of self for WC.

I don't think she went through the motions like a weak victim for all of those years. I think she made a conscious decision to dedicate her life to loving WC and MS. So when there were times that she could have spoken up for herself, she didn't out of her greater love for them. The same strength that carried her through those tough decisions is the same one now awakening her from her blind love.

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KDaddict?JCW, greetings to you. loved seeing oldies like yourself and Bongsookie from yonder-Healerya days.
regarding Nora's love.
i have always shrug Love at First Sight off as Blind and no depth. unless that First Sigh Love is rooted in both ways, and not unrequited, for Nora, its obviously a swallow blind love on Woo Chul's side. so much that his is gone and finished ways too fast, and count himself "unfortunately and trapped" (W.T.H.!!!!) But for Nora, she is really truly unfortunately, if she did not meet with Woo Chul, and may have fallen in love because Woo Chul obviously has outstandingly goodlooking, added with his so called "classy and cultured"mannerism, girls at that age are usually attracted to "mannerism and charisma" more than just simply some good looks. and Wool chul (acted by that hunk actor) was both. so it is plain Empty Love at First sight. Love that is not rooted with understanding of characters, not sprung from friendship, from acceptance of each other's charcater, will wittered off by no times. so did Woo chul, by Nora's faithfully held her on, just like any traditional good woman. she may not have understand Woo Chul all these 20 years, how can you say you love someone without udnerstanding the mindset, the desires, the thoughts of that person? so i can only say, she remain faithful and try to "like" him as a wife, while waken up from realisation that she don't know him, nor loved him earthshakingly, painstakingly.
i always not comfortable with extramarital love in drama... thank God, for Nora, she has tried hard,.. and even continuously on, until she caught the Useless Duo couple's act, but even so, she didn't rush into a Vengeful "then i go love someone else" betrayal. so for her, or Hyun Seo, i don't find it any sense of "emotional adultery".... so i congrat them, and urge Writer, just cut the knot, and free the OTP.

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I half expect him to say, " are you sure there will be a happy ending?" to NR... just like what Joon Young said to Min. hehhehe..

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Ah, another case of bad timing. That one chance Hyunsuk wasn't able to take because of an emergency was the chance when Woochul and Nora met. Ugh. Makes me feel like I shouldn't let any opportunity pass me by. It can change your life forever!

Could it be that Hyunsuk wrote "20 years from now, Ha Nora will be my wife." on his time capsule? Coz if he did, I don't know anymore. My heartttt

"Ha No Ra, I like you."
This killed me. Next time, please say that to Nora, okay?

I thought I dislocated my shoulder when Soon-nam wrote that Nora is pretty. I was flailing way too hard, I was sure something cracked. The class breaks out into a chant urging them to date, which is cute. I was one of them.

I'm glad Min Soo's seeing his Mom as who she really is now. When he said that he never really thought about consequences, my heart just sank. Both him and Nora were controlled by Dad.

Oh, javabeans. Your comments about parents made me cry because it's so true. These days, I've been really stressed out with finding a job because I feel bad that I still have to live off my parents. I mean, they should be enjoying themselves now, travelling and stuff. This drama just makes me feel all sorts of things. It's childish and crazy but aren't we all are? Thanks so much for the recaps!

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So often times in life, circumstance and happenstance decide the outcome that has long-term implications, when we are at the crossroads of life. We need to be cautious and 'drive' defensively, still there is such a thing as 'chance'.

That's why I believe wholehearted in the saying:
There, but for the grace of God, go I.

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Could it be that Hyunsuk wrote “20 years from now, Ha Nora will be my wife.” on his time capsule? Coz if he did, I don’t know anymore. My heartttt

That would be a perfect and satisfying happy ending to the drama imo! I hope it turns out to be the case :D

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I thought about that too, of course. And I hated it.

Man is destined to have a great job.
Woman is destined to be the wife of a man with a great job.

I'm not a feminist, but the message this dishes out is kind of depressive.

"You should never give up your life for the wrong man. You should give up your life for the right man."

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Embrace your inner feminist :)

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Hmm, I don't think he would have written this though. And I definitely don't think that's the message they're trying to dish out.

He said once that he didn't want to get stuck with a girl that would change and simply become a wife after marriage. Sure, it's possible he wrote that he wanted to be married to her, but I highly doubt that that was more important to him than her fulfilling her dream of becoming a dancer.

I'm hoping the message will be: "Never give up your life for a man. Live with one that helps you and pushes you to realize your greatest potential and that you, in turn, can help in the same way" - I can already feel this in the way Nora and Hyun-seok's relationship has been developing over the last episode or so, and I love it.

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I thought about that, too. And it would make me puke. I don't want to think of Woo Chul as being a teenage boy who could only see the life potential of the girl he liked as it related to HIS OWN future. Blech.

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actually, i am more restless to find out what did Nora wrote to replace her name...
can it be, "Yours Beloved... your Dear Wife... your Nora....?" i will be very gratified if she also confessed her love. that she did love him, before blindly "conquered" by that Useless one.

since we have always know from ep 1, how HS felt toward NR, even thought we go grinding our teeths when he flipflop... then uplifted when he kicked himself in regrets of his childish ways.... and supersweet in redemption to N.R. ... thus we all are clear from Day one, he loves her... BTW, Day one was 20 years ago, we are cleared on that too...
but N.R.? when will "that" happened? or did "it" ever happened? did she ever spark off even before she "fallen into that very ill-fated -Fake love" and landed herself a domestic helper-cum wify-mom job?
The Faster she is in realising her rekindled love for HS, the speedier is her "reborn", "revival", "redemption".
Writer, indulge us earlier, please, HS and HR really deserve that much, since they are depraved for 20 good years. didn't realised Lee Sang Yoon can carried that emotional scene so well, just like that scene he hugged NR after discovered she is not dying.. that scene witnessing the dance.. when he looked down, scene slow-mo, sound muted, he looked down, right into his depth, its an abyss dug 20 years ago, he was in there since then. never recovered. This is Sang Yoon's moment in the show (for me), jsut like Lee Hyeon's moment in IRY (was when he discovered Min's identity and pounded his chest in deep remorse.)
Sang Yoon. flawed simple but sincere. loved it.

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I am still haunted by the possibility of a reconciliation endgame. Hope it will not happen.

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I'm haunted more still by an open-ended ending. They happen so often with "second-chance-at-life" dramas that I'm starting to find them cliche. YOLO as an ending is not that cool anymore. Leave it back in 2007.

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ikr - I usually don't like open-ended endings. Two Weeks (which I really loved by the way) had an open-ending and I wished really badly to see LJK having his happy ending with his ex-gf. But then again, the scenario there is quite understandable since no one really recovers in 2 weeks. Time is needed of course. IRY also had an open-ending - but I still loved the drama (at least the leads ended up together).

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OMG I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT! Writer, please don't do this!!!

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That box that Cha HS uses to store his momentos, I swear I saw a similar one in another KD not long ago, but can't remember which one. Has anyone else noticed?

I love that Nora gets to dance on stage again, but the camera doesn't really show much of her solo dance, does it?

In KD after KD, ppl are always overhearing others. I sure hope somebody overhears that convo between the 2 guys at the end. I'd like it if Nora gets to find out that her female prof is in fact her husband's lover, or that YJ finds that Nora is his wife. Better yet the board members finds that What's his name is cheating on his wife w YJ, but it's only ep 9 or 10, so it's too soon for the last option to happen. Anyway, I'd like some shit to happen in this guy's life!

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Woo-Chul needs to grow-up. If it is the HARD way, much better ;) .

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It'd be alright w me if he is stuck forever in adolescence, with YJ. Actually I think they are a match and deserve each other.

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somewhat ... i keep thinking, WC and YJ may not be truly in love with each other. they might have Paired up, or "Partnered up".... since this YJ is very much in logic, and her silly game of pairing people up in class is so Junior-playtimes thingy.... likely, they found each other matching both their "Qualities for Partner" List... after checking off all the qualifications, and to their horror, WC is married, so both busy in plotting "breaking up family" game.. so in conclusion, i don't think Both adultery couple really commit adultery in their hearts. they jsut simply deems it that they are Perfect OTP in their "Quiz result" and discovered the Perfect Score Owner.... so all in all.... whether they really end up together or break up to score "other perfect score winner"... i don't give a damn. Seriously.
just give my real OTP a happy ending. not open ending. NOT after 20 years wasted, because all we noonas and ahjummas need something to look up to, and we find mirror images in NR.. so NR don't have happy endings, means we all noonas ahjummas may have not happy ending in our dreams too....
now, i am threatening Writer with all our eternal happiness... LOL.
sabbath shalom to all, Tomorrow Sunday huh... Writer, be kind, write something nice for Nora on Sunday okay?

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@ KDaddict?JCW, Bongsookie and mary of bethany

The thought that came to me was Yi Jin and Woo Chul really deserve each other... at least they have so much in common such as super inflated egos. I was amused that Yi Jin is so full of herself and what she wants, that she thinks Woo Chul must be fully in agreement and moving according to plan to be married to her. Plus Hyun Seok's only reason for how he acts (granted it looks that way to an extent) must be because he's crazy in love with her. What a shock for her to find out that she is indeed not the number 1 priority, because number 1 is always Woo Chul himself.

It was terrible and pathetic at the same time that Woo Chul can be so self-deceived as to think that a few flowers would make everything right with No Ra so that he could demand coffee from her. What drama is he living in?

The most aggravating thing is that his thinking things out totally misses the true mark. He never gets the issue of his culpability and selfishness, that he is the cause of his own troubles, and that his family suffered and is suffering. He is only intent on getting away with his deceit and his lies, while still playing two women (having his cake and eating it), at the same time.

I'd be interested to know if there can be a redemption arc for his character, but I know a simple slap on the wrist is not going to work for me!

Maybe the best resolution and punishment for this WC/YJ couple is to end up together as 2 selfish individuals in Purgatory together, and for Woo Chul to appreciate all that No Ra was and is.

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Korean dramas make stalking look like the easiest thing in the world, like no one will notice you if you walk 10 feet behind them for blocks just as long as you keep in pace. Everyone who lives in Korea must have supersonic hearing too because they can hear everything in a conversation, even if it happens on a park bench twenty feet away.

Wouldn't life be much more interesting if we could eavesdrop so easily? Lol.

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@cmak :-)))) U made my day :-)))

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HAHAHAHA! That is so true!!

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Their super hearing developed in order to compensate for their poor peripheral vision. lol

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Comment of the day.
Dramaland rules are very odd. Their laws of physics and biology do not apply to our realm

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i stalked my idol before...very spine-thrilling fun. and its crazy to stalk so near... because its KD...so its fine. everybody believe. during my times of stalking, "he" noticed when i am like blocks away.... hahaha.. but its really fun.

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LOL but they don't overhear loud conversations in houses with paper walls!

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Im pretty sure its the same box that was full of nostalgia in Discovery of Romance.

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Oh TQ TQ. You are right. That's it.

I'm having more and more of these "senior moments" when I can't place sthg I see in a drama, or sthg I recall but can't place it in which drama. The more dramas I watch, the more it happens, and it drives me bananas. Thx again for scratching that itch.

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I get that a lot with shooting locations or sets. It's like.. hmm.. this apartment looks familiar.

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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Hyun-seok's studio/office. You can tell from the outside that it's the same building they used for Hoon-dong's restaurant in Marriage, Not Dating, lol.

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Discovery of Romance and Twenty Again are from same production company, JS pictures

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Yes, I recognize that box too...and am I right to think...Discovery of Romance? I think that's the box that Eric Mun and the leading lady had to keep their mementos. She wanted to throw it away, but never had the heart to do so. It contained all of the pics Eric Mun took of hers when they were going out the first time around. I think.

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I think is Discovery of Romance, where photos of the 2 leads are kept.

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Did you watch discovery of love(Romance)?
Because I finished being-watching this drama yesterday.

And the box is the same as the man lead kept all his memories with our heroin.
I was like: Oh, it's the same box. NICE.

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I can't exactly pinpoint what it is about this show that I love so so much, but it's seriously climbing its way up to be one of my all-time favorites. I think anything family-related always gets me right where it matters, and I love how real and relatable everyone's emotions are, especially at any age.

tvN's "Oh My Ghostess" started off strongly as well but lost me a little in the middle, but this drama just keeps getting and better with every episode. Waiting for the episode as well as the recaps is torture! Best thing to look forward to at the end of the week, not even ashamed to say it's the best part of the weekend LOL spoken like a true drama addict.

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It is not only because it is a family drama (that up to right now seems well executed); but because it is a show about new opportunities, a little bit of nostalgia, and re-discovery. If No-Ra had stayed under her husband she could have wilted like a forgotten concubine in Joseon era, but his husband could never have seen her for herself and not only as a housemaid nor only his son's mother.

Ultimately, even if the story is definitely funny and uplifting, it makes me think about a lot of people fading in unhappy marriages that ends up discovering that they were so busy raising their sons that they forgot about themselves and/or each other, and feels the Empty Nest syndrome when children abandon home.

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This drama makes me appreciate and love Choi Won Young more. How can he swift so easily and effortlessly from the cold-calculative-caring killer in IRY to this delusional-egocentric husband in 20 Again? He shed the shiver sensation I got from Joon Young by the 2nd ep. And now, I can't imagine him as that cold killer anymore.

I love watching HS experiencing multi faceted emotions: grumpy, moony, caring, avoiding, denial, childishness, pettiness etc. He is a joy to watch. LSY has shown me what it is like to fall head over heels in love with the wrong person at the wrong time. Ohh, conflicting-roller coaster emotion, how i loathe thee~

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Well said about Choi Won Young.
I know ppl here on DB hate Heirs, but Choi WY won our hearts in it as a devoted dad, didn't he? (He did at least for those of us who didn't hate the show).

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Heirs (even I dislike it, I keep continued watching it.. Duh, thanks to all the pretty boys in it..), KMHM, 3 Days, and Secret Door. He is simply amazing.

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I agree....in all the roles that CWY has played, he's been so convincing in every one of them. I first saw him as the caring dad in The Heirs and the next time I saw him was in IRY - that was a shocker to me. A 180 turn-around LOL

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I'm so glad to see so many saying exactly what I feel about Choi Won Young. I was amazed that I could watch him in IRY and totally not see the psychopath in Twenty Again. :)

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He IS a very very good actor indeed.

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Ok, the pay off with Min Soo was worth having me convinced that he was an ungrateful self-centered punk. Though, I'm still unsure about Hye-mi with all of her little white lies adding up. Esp when she was one of the girls who ostracized Nora and conveniently swept that under the rug by saying everything turned out alright in the end and showing no remorse for it. Maybe she does feel remorseful and I can't tell from the acting or lack thereof.

I love that for once it's the male lead who's in turmoil with his crush feelings. And he's not portrayed as a beta male! It's so refreshing to see from what I can tell in the preview. He's the one burning his little first love momentum while Nora is busy figuring out her next phase in life, and the goal isn't to end up with another man! I mean, of course, I'd like the two to end up together eventually. Twenty years of unrequited love is too heart-wrenching for it to end in nothing. For now, though, a new love isn't even on her radar, and I enjoy that in her current narrative.

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Typo on "momento".

Oh, and I hope he isn't going to give up just like that based on the preview. I was hoping WC's challenge at the end would kind of kick HS into accepting and owning his crush. Can't wait for tomorrow's episode.

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I love this episode. The moment No-ra cried on stage was poignant, and it touches my personal situation in some level. I hope No-ra will find herself another dream to fulfill as well as new meanings to her life at the end of this series.

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I know. I cried at this scene. It''s so moving. I don't know if I'm reading too much into this scene, but I feel she wasn't just crying from loosing her old dream; there's a sense of her finally saying goodbye to that old dream and moving on with her life. I think she has been too busy living her life for other people she does not even realized what she has lost.
I really like where the story is going so far, there has been more focus on No Ra re-discovering herself, it's just so awesome. You go Girl!

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Oh boy this is getting better and better each episode and i keep wanting more and more

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This was so so soooo GOOOOOOD!! <3<3

Min-soo never having thought of disagreeing to his father's terms, explains the working of this family. They never discussdd anything. It was always woo-chul-the Decider, nora and min-soo the Acceptor.
They wouldn't have ever questioned his logics because they held him at a high pedestal. Imagining him as someone who can never be wrong..

The best part is we don't have an extremely evil character. All are hilarious, making you laugh so much, you just can't hate them! Even woo-chul, the man is digging his own grave!!

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Oh how I adore this show! Its making me do all sorts of crazy things! I am not one to watch something at 7:30 in the morning, but for this I close the door to my room, giving the excuse that I am doing my morning exercises/yoga and then watch to my heart's content :P. I mean I did it for I Remember You and now I am doing the same for this. And they are diametrically opposite shows! Although they do have a common link in Choi Won Young.

This episode was pure amazing. And the feels! I love first-love stories, and this show gives me everything I want plus much more. Ha No Ra and Cha Hyun Seok have amazing character-chemistry. :) The funny thing is that I even like the husband. I mean he is an egoistic maniac but I seriously don't mind him (maybe because, as javabeans said, I don't have to live with him).

I could go on gushing about every character but ill save it for later episodes. I want to see all of them growing into better human beings.

I got on the Twenty Again wagon late but now I can't get enough of it. Sometimes I wish that I had started this show after it ended so that I could just marathon- watch all the episodes. Its hard waiting every week for this hilarious show. But I guess waiting has its own benefits. It makes the experience of watching it even more worthwhile. :)

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SQUEEEEEEE! :-)

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Susan, this got to be your shortest post ever, but expressive, same as always.

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I don't understand why Hye Mi and Min Soo gets so much hate as characters. Their characters are quite reflective of the way young people behave In college and also the trivial quarrels of campus/young couples.

As for our leads, I really Hope there is no reconciliation with the hubs. No Ra deserves better!

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I actually like them - they're a good contrast to the adults and a good representation of college students. I can't wait to see more of how Minsoo grows as a character. He's by-product of his environment/dad and I'm glad he's starting to open his eyes and see things differently. His dad is too controlling.... I hope he sees this soon and stops seeing his dad as his 'hero'. His mum should be his rightful 'hero' having to give up her entire youth for him.

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I think it's understandable why Min Soo & Hye Mi gets so much hate because of heir behavior.

Min Soo has ignored and taken his Mom for granted. He has dismissed her like his Dad who has treated her badly for years. Also, Hye Mi was one of the classmates who ostracized her, and she lied and took credit for the food that Nora made. Min Soo had signed a contract like his Mom and can't even remember the particulars. He has never gone against his father because he has always thought his Dad was right. Now, he is getting pushed around by Hye Mi who is self absorb and jeopardizing his college studies by partying too much.

He is going down hill fast and has to wake up and pull himself up soon because he could get kicked out of college. Don't ship Min Soo & Hye Mi as a couple. He needs to find someone better like his Mom.

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Lol thanks @Suzi....actually I didn't see his gf like that. But you've opened my eyes on her character. At first I thought it was Minsoo who's controlling/possessive and not letting her do what she wants (like wearing a skirt and taking photo with another guy for an assignment), while keep their relationship a secret. But it seems like HM is very manipulative too. Very much like WC. Hmm then I hope these two go through some character development and turn out better people by the end of the drama. Hoping that HM tells MS the truth and apologise to NR as well.

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yes, they both bug me, but the girl Hye mi bugs me more. She just reminds of the type of girls who manipulate guys and always gets away with it. Cant stand it.

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It's probably because people around here are older so they find the accurately portrayed young characters annoying, just like how adults would find youths annoying and irrational in real life. It's like how Reply 1997 is so raved about (and I'm sure for good reason), but I could never get past episode 4 because the lead character was so obnoxious to me. But at the same time I acknowledge that she was pretty accurate of what a teenage fangirl would be like so I don't label it as a bad drama, just one I could personally never get through.

Oftentimes in shows/movies, young people are portrayed too grown up (The Fault in Our Stars, anyone?) because they're written by adults. So even if these young characters in this drama are a bit annoying and irrational, I stand by the writer to portray them that way lol.

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Even if Nora and Hyun Seok do not end up together, I am just hoping Nora won't go back to Woo Chul.

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By this point, I'm feeling confident that she won't. Not becos she'll fall into the arms of HS, but becos she is done with being robbed of her sense of self. If the ending goes any other way, it won't jive with her journey of self-discovery or rediscovery that we've seen so far.

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I hope Nora won't go back to him too. I'm predicting she's gonna go through with the divorce in the end.... and WC's mistress also leaves him too after finding out what kind of person he is inside. Surprisingly, I don't hate Ye-jin at all - she seems a bit naive to me. But she's nice to Nora (and proud of her being her student) and I think that's what matters.

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I seriously don't know why Yi Jin falls for Woo chul.
I get the sense that part of why he likes her is because of her connections and prestige from her family.

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tq jb

It could be awesome ! if she could had danced solo on that

empty stage rather than crying - wailing.

I guess we have to wait for that to happen when she

participate in the couple dance competition with her son

instead of that tall young man - introducing a new

character - but also will prof. cha hyun shik allow that to

happen?.

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adding on

because now he is a little bit possessive of her situation.

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I don't think Hyun shik is possessive of her, but more like protective. He's protective of his friend and wanting the best for her. Now he's realising his feelings, you can actually see he's trying his best to avoid her (which ends up with him acting like his teenage self all over again lol).

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I think it made a complete sense that she cried. It was a full realization of what she's lost, and it made sense that she cried about it instead of dancing around solo by herself.

I also don't see situations where Hyun Seok has ever been possessive. He likes to provoke her husband, certainly...but he's been the guy who pushes No Ra back on stage instead of saying "Don't do it."

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I was a little confused at the flashback part when Nora crossed off her name from the time capsule. Then a couple hours later I had a realization - maybe she crossed off her name and wrote like Cha Nora?! Or Hyunseok's Wife?! DID SHE LIKE HIM BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL TOO?

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Oh my god that was what I thought too I thought she was going to change her surname to Cha or something /crosses fingers

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I think so too (but more like the opposite), because at that point in time, she hasn't met WC yet. I assume she only met WC after her dance performance and fell in love with him while HS was away. I think NR probably did like HS and probably wrote something like "HS's wife". But she probably think HS only liked her as friend so as respect she scratched it off. Had HS told her his feelings before she met WC, things would have turned out differently. HS missed his timing back then. WC was probably the only guy to acknowledge NR romantically on first sight.

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Women don't change their last names when they get married in Korea. She probably wrote something similar though. I think she did like him back then too.

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It would explain why she keeps encouraging him and she's the only person to acknowledge him (unlike others who look down on him).

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OMG I was thinking the same thing! I've always had a feeling that she did like him too, she just never told him or I don't know maybe something else happened that made her dismiss all those feelings. She was very young when she met WC, so in a way, WC took advantage of her innocence.

I love this show so much. Huhu.

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A random question, but what is SumoMe? I noticed this have been appearing on DB lately. You either sign-up or sign-in if you have an account. But I'm wondering what happens if you sign up? Does it automatically log you into this site or....?

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That case was in Discovery of Romance, the female lead used it to store her memories with her ex.

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Hi there,
Who do you ?, with a blue heart?

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I see a red ❤ up there instead of blue ?

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A new commenter. This is the 1st time I see this handle.

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I tune in to this show to tune out of my marriage which sadly is somewhat similar to NR's. My husband is not a cheater though he has more than once said he may in future. I'm a shadow of my old self cos of all the things he said which I had mistakenly just bore with it out of the wrong notion that if it's nothing good then don't say it. I like to see how NR is picking herself up cos it cheers me somewhat to have a heroine in a similar situation show her finger to those who wronged her. I certainly hope life will be kinder to me in time to come.

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Hi @Dwarf!

Hang in there! There is a Nora in all of us. And seeing how she's slowly going out of her shell inspires those of us who are somewhat similar to her.

Fighting! ☺️

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Hi Dwarf!! We all are kinda similar to nora, at some point in our life we have given up on something due to family or situations, forgetting ouqselves in the process. But we gotta stay strong. We all deserve better and should not settle for something less. You are amazing the way you are, don't change yourself. Love yourself:)

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Fighting @dwarf! My K-drama addiction is fairly recent, but I've found many shows to be inspiring. Hope you continue to draw strength from this lovely show.

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Dwarf, FIGHTING! And your inner self is certainly NOT a dwarf!

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Thank you for the encouragement. It makes me feel like I have my very own team of cheerleaders. Thank you for putting a smile on my face. Bless you all. Fighting!

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Sometimes in life, we feel down and just need a few cheerleaders to lift our spirit. Dwarf, Fighting!

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i see the pain you are feeling, but wish so much that you could stop asking for life to be kind to you,and step out like nora.

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This show is freaking awesome, and the fact that I am an ahjumma myself makes it more relatable. The scene when Nora cried on the empty stage also puts tear on my eyes, while asking myself why am I crying anyway
That's how good Choi Ji Woo and this show is. I am really drawn to all of the emotional roller coaster. I shouldn't have watched this now, I should have waited untill the last episode is aired. The wait is excruciating.

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the husband must be a soul sucking vampire. Now that she's regaining her energy, he's attracted to her again not realizing that he took all her hopes and dreams from her

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Thanks for the recap.

"They glare like animals. (Really childish, wimpy, petty animals.)"

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when will he romance start seriously im frustated by myself xD why is leesangyoon so cutee for a man in his 38th

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Omg he's 38 years old??? Okay he doesn't even look it lol!

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No.. Lee Sang Yoon is '81 liner so he is 34 years old now (35 Korean age).
His character though is 38 years old, same with Ha No Ra character.

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No I don't think so, because CHS knew HNR as a sunbae in the earlier episodes i think.

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what i love about this show is that theres not really any annoying antagonist. the husband, although yes, a jerk from my POV, is hilarious. hes so self-centered its crazy!

cried so hard when nora cried on stage. wth u doing to my heart ugh.

and cha hyun suk is extra adorable this ep. both the actors (young and old) version of cha hyun suk really feel like the same person.

good job, twenty again team!

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Great great episode. No Ra crying on stage was some real powerful stuff. She was like an amnesiac suddenly remembering who she really was and realizing what she had lost. I just hope Min Soo finally ends up appreciating his mom more and even go as far as be more than proud to declare to everyone at school that he is her son.

I know a lot of people find Woo Chul funny but I can't seem to get on that boat for some reason. He's done too much assholery to get a laugh out of me I guess. I can't wait for their roles to be reversed and No Ra does whatever she wants and he falls all over himself trying in vain to win her back over. I think the best ending would be for No Ra to finally get a divorce from him and as he crawl over to Yi Jin, her father puts a stop to their relationship because he is not good enough. It would be an ironic comeuppance since he's always felt No Ra was never good enough for him (intellectually).

I know Kdramas are big on reconciling estranged couples but please, for the love of all that is holy, please do not even think of going that route writer-nim.

Thanks for the recap JB!

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