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Sassy Go Go: Episode 3

Yeon-doo has an important decision to make, and Yeol is determined to convince her to join the cheerleading team to protect his friend. But it won’t be so simple, as his skills of persuasion don’t seem to work on her. Meanwhile, the pressure for Soo-ah to succeed builds, and she proves that she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to get ahead, even if it means stepping on others to do it.

EPISODE 3 RECAP

Yeon-doo uses Yeol’s counting trick to refuse his request to join the cheerleading squad with him: One, she doesn’t associate with people who go back on their word. Two, she won’t have anything to do with Kwon Soo-ah. Three (and by now she’s stepped right under his nose), she’ll never do cheerleading with him!

She tries to step past him, but Yeol slings her back by the wrist (argh) and yells that she has to do it. Yeon-doo threatens him with painful death until he lets her go.

Principal Choi makes a point to ask Ha-joon if everything is okay with him, since his father seemed worried during the last committee meeting. Ha-joon is subdued, but Yeol looks angry at the way President Choi makes it clear that he’s responsible for Ha-joon. And of course, part of their agreement for her not to tell Ha-joon’s father about his self-harm, is to make sure Yeon-doo and Real King join the cheerleading team. But when Ha-joon asks Yeol what’s going on between him and Principal Choi, Yeol just waves it off as nothing. He’s a good friend.

Yeol and Ha-joon witness a tense confrontation between Yeon-doo with Hyo-shik and Da-mi, and Soo-ah flanked by the Real King deserters Seung-woo and Kyung-eun. Soo-ah is all too happy to rub their switched allegiance in Yeon-doo’s face, inviting Hyo-shik and Da-mi to do the same and making it sound like Yeon-doo is holding them back on purpose. Hyo-shik basically tells Soo-ah to shove it, and Yeol smiles as they file past him.

Yeol approaches Soo-ah to ask her one thing — how did she bribe those Real King kids to join her side? She tells him that she didn’t have to, that they joined Baek Ho to avoid being kicked out of the dorms.

Yeol tries to talk to Yeon-doo again, but she’s in no mood and refuses. He gets a great idea, and accepts all the demerits he’s been getting out of (by virtue of being top of the class), then blatantly breaks rules for more demerits, just so he can get cleaning duty with Yeon-doo. Ha, his saucy little wink at her incredulous face is adorable.

Yeol makes it obvious he did this to get a chance to talk to Yeon-doo, but she still isn’t interested in listening. He swears he’ll change her mind in two hours, but Yeon-doo tells him that if he really wants to change her mind, to put real effort into their task (crushing empty milk cartons for recycling). That gives Yeol pause.

An hour into their punishment, Yeol isn’t any closer to convincing Yeon-doo as he’s nearly stomping on her hands and they’re moving at a snail’s pace. She shows him a way to crush the cartons faster, and they add a little song to it, eventually even having a bit of fun. Yeon-doo has to remind herself not to have too much fun, but Yeol grins that she’s softening up.

Hyo-shik joins them — oh no, he’s carrying his suitcase. He and Da-mi have both been kicked out of the dorms. Yeon-doo apologizes for not being able to help them, but sweet, loyal Hyo-shik puts on a brave face.

Yeol is surprised that Yeon-doo is just going to let her friends go like that, and she cries, “What do you want me to do?!” She knows that saying yes to the cheerleading would solve everything, but she would rather die than be used so blatantly. She bursts into wailing sobs.

Nearly an hour later she’s still crying, and awww, Yeol hasn’t left her side. Ha-joon calls to remind him that the dorms are being locked in five minutes, and he’s all, How about crying while you run? Hee.

They miss curfew and are locked out, but this is clearly not Yeol’s first time, as he whistles to Ha-joon to lower a rope. Yeon-doo calls a friend to let her in, but Soo-ah sees the call first and just lets it ring. Yeol offers to help her, but she’s too proud to ask for his help.

So he offers her three choices: One, get caught and be kicked out. Two, spend the night out here. Or three, accept his help. At first Yeon-doo declines again, but she has no real choice… “Oh, whatever!”

They climb the rope together as Dong-jae nervously waits in the hall, wondering why Ha-joon hasn’t come out for inspection. They do inspection after midnight?? Anyway, he finally sees Yeon-doo climbing in the window and does his best to stall the teacher.

The teacher pushes his way in, and asks where Yeol is, and Ha-joon says he’s sick in bed. He IS in bed, under the covers with Yeon-doo — so when the teacher starts to pull back the covers, he whines that he’s feverish and cold as Yeon-doo clings to the sheets for dear life.

Luckily it works and the teacher leaves, but while they’re still under the covers, Yeol mutters a soft apology. He’s sorry for using Yeon-doo’s friends to try to convince her. He starts to go on but Ha-joon yanks the covers off them — Yeol watches Yeon-doo run out, looking like he still had something important to say.

Yeon-doo makes it back to her dorm in time, only to get a text asking her to meet Yeol in the laundry room. He says that this time he’s going to try telling a lie that sounds sincere. He says that if he can’t convince her, one of his friends will be done for — he has to do this cheerleading thing to protect his friend.

For Yeon-doo, her pride is her priority. But for Yeol, his priority is his friend. He understands how she feels, so he’s just letting her know… the decision is entirely up to her.

Yeon-doo tosses and turns all night, staring at her picture of herself with Real King. Yeol does the same, watching over a sleeping Ha-joon. He thinks of Yeon-doo crying that this is the last bit of pride that she has left, and that she’d rather die than be used, and it’s obvious that asking her to do this isn’t easy for him.

Yeon-doo calls Real King out in the middle of the night — even Joon-soo, the first to leave. She asks them all seriously: Can they live without Real King? She could live without dancing, but she can’t live without her friends. She asks them to reclaim Real King with her, which means joining the cheerleading team. Cheerleading or dancing, it doesn’t matter — what matters is doing it together.

The next day, all six of them march into the principal’s office to confront her about kicking some of them out of the dorms. Of course she denies it, citing a reason for each Real King member. Evidently, she caught them in violations then offered them a choice — leave the dorms, or join Baek Ho.

Yeon-doo tells Principal Choi that they choose to join Baek Ho, on the condition that she restores Real King if they win the regionals. Principal Choi agrees, and Yeon-doo whips out her phone — she’s got that on record, so she plans to hold her to it. Good girl.

Prinicipal Choi demands apology letters from each of them for barging into her office and misconduct, which they hilariously anticipated, and they lay their written-in-advance letters on her desk. HAHA, I love them.

Yeol catches Yeon-doo shouting encouragement to herself from the roof, though he teases that he’s seen her crying with snot and everything, so shouting is nothing. He thanks her for changing her mind, but when she asks if he can protect his friend, he reminds her that that was a lie.

An ominous thunderclap heralds the entrance of the Baek Ho students’ moms, as they arrive on campus to confront Principal Choi for using their children to help one student get ahead. Choi argues that this will help their kids’ college applications too, but the mothers won’t be mollified. They know this is all for Soo-ah, and plan to expose the principal.

None of them see someone taking a photo through the office window, and the photo is sent to the Education Office Civil Complaint Board, reporting about the school’s antics to give its students better specs.

Yeol’s dad takes Yeon-doo’s mom out for a fancy meal, although he claims there’s no special reason (so what’s the box in your pocket all about, sir?). He gives the waiter a nod to bring out a cake and starts to pull out the box, but the Baek Ho moms all come in just then and he nixes everything. He tells Yeon-doo’s mom to follow him and sneaks out, which she’s more than happy to do when she sees The Moms.

The moms are all here on invitation from Soo-ah’s mother and Director Lee, but they want to know how they plan to explain themselves for using their children. The truth is, the moms want their kids to benefit from this, as well, and Soo-ah’s mom warns that it could get serious if they get caught collaborating. On her drive home, one mom calls her to warn her about Principal Choi, who’s trying to dig up something on her — they should find something on the principal first.

But Soo-ah’s mom knows the other moms would betray her in a heartbeat, and has Director Kim call the cheerleading instructor to discuss a change of plans. It’s not just Soo-ah who’s to be in the spotlight, but all the Baek Ho members.

Said cheerleading instructor is currently sashaying her way across campus, followed by several salivating teenage boys. Teacher Yang approaches her, looking equally wolfish, until he sees her face. He points her to the principal’s office, looking shell-shocked (she’s not THAT bad, sheesh).

The first thing she does is identify the Baek Ho kids, then tells them all that they will be winning the regional championships in two months. Being the dancers, Real King will be in charge of the fancy footwork, while Baek Ho will shake their… pompoms.

Yeon-doo naturally protests getting stuck with all the hard work while Baek Ho gets the credit. But Instructor Nam makes it clear that this is what she’s being paid to do, so this is what will happen. After the meeting Yeon-doo tells Soo-ah that they aren’t here just to make her look good, but Soo-ah snipes that it’s not up to them.

Ha-joon asks Yeol what’s up with him and Yeon-doo, but Yeol plays it innocently, as if he just keeps running into Yeon-doo. He does admit that he owes her something, but he leaves poor Ha-joon confused about the details.

Soo-ah does worse than usual on the test, so to ease her anxiety, she finds her secret stash of cigarettes under a paving brick. But before she can light up she senses someone behind her, and turns to see Dong-jae.

She quickly flicks the cigarette into the hole left by the brick and tries to casually walk away, but earnest little Dong-jae just retrieves it and silently follows her. She rounds on him, and he just hands her the cigarette, insisting that it’s hers and looking hurt when she smacks it out of his hand. Awww, he’s so cute.

Dong-jae picks up the cigarette again, but Yeol asks if he can return it to its owner. He says he owes Yeon-doo a favor, and would like to repay her. So when he takes the cigarette to Soo-ah, she knows he wants something from her, and he asks if they can’t all work together on the cheerleading thing.

Yeon-doo sees them talking, and witnesses Yeol putting the cigarette into Soo-ah’s purse. Soo-ah storms off, but Yeol promises Yeon-doo that he’ll make sure that everyone works hard at cheerleading.

In class, Yeol claims his wallet is missing, so Teacher Yang orders everyone’s bags searched. Soo-ah remembers the cigarettes are still in her purse and shoots a glare at Yeol, who grins. Soo-ah freezes, seeming unable to make a decision, but just before the teacher gets to her desk Yeon-doo calls out that Yeol found his wallet. Yeol looks surprised, but Yeon-doo says she saw him put it in his pocket. He wants to keep up his power play but she begs him silently, so he agrees that he has it. Soo-ah looks white as a sheet, and sends Yeol a look of betrayal.

After class Yeol tells Yeon-doo that he was trying to help her by forcing Soo-ah to do cheerleading, and asks why she stopped him. She says she doesn’t like Soo-ah but she doesn’t want to handle things that way. Soo-ah overhears everything, and angrily rounds the corner to slap Yeon-doo.

Yeol tells her it was all his idea and Yeon-doo had nothing to do with it. Soo-ah congratulates Yeon-doo on getting everyone on her side, but threatens to start fighting dirty if they don’t stop provoking her.

When Soo-ah is alone, she remembers when she and Yeon-doo got along and Yeon-doo had taken her cigarettes away, and she’d told Yeon-doo that a friend of hers, who was first in her class, had committed suicide. It had made the national news, and her mother had told her that people only cared because the girl had been first in her class. If she’d been second, nobody would have noticed. Okay, that’s sick.

Yeon-doo had said that it doesn’t matter if people remember them, and all moms nag about grades. Of course, her own mom had heard that and given her a good-natured smack, then a thorough nagging for coming in nearly last-place in the school rankings.

Back in the present, Soo-ah crushes the box of cigarettes, and goes to meet with her mother.

Her mother tells Soo-ah that she’s gotten the coach, now it’s her job not to let her mother down. She berates Soo-ah for missing two questions on a test, and Soo-ah watches longingly while the Real King kids play rock-paper-scissors nearby.

Her mother just snarls at them — they may be having fun now, but someday they won’t even dare to look at Soo-ah. She forbids her daughter to associate with them, and to focus on studying.

Instructor Nam starts the kids off on physical fitness, and Soo-ah again looks on wistfully as the Real King kids clown around. The Baek Ho kids call their mommies to whine about the mean teacher, but the Real King team bounce back, already physically fit.

Soo-ah takes the opportunity to ask Yeon-doo why she stopped Yeol in class, and Yeon-doo says she knew the cigarettes were a bad memory for Soo-ah. When Soo-ah bristles, asking if Yeon-doo is pitying her, Yeon-do just sighs that Soo-ah is twisted.

Soo-ah says it would be nice if they didn’t care — then nobody would get angry or hurt. Yeon-doo only reminds her that she’s of a higher class, wondering why she feels so sorry for her. Soo-ah snarls that Yeon-doo can’t hurt her, but she’ll strike Yeon-doo where it hurts the most.

Later Soo-ah hands out some practice tests to Dong-jae’s basketball teammates, which Yeol overhears. He goes to Dong-jae’s next practice and sees Yeon-doo there as usual, cheering her friend on. But when a player grabs Dong-jae by the arm he reacts angrily, twisting away hard and momentarily freezing up.

He gets back in the game, and soon the other player tries to body-slam him, but this time Dong-jae moves away in time. Even their teammates notice they’re blocking Dong-jae too hard, and Soo-ah wanders near Yeon-doo and says she’s wondered why he was so averse to physical contact. Ah, she must have given the practice tests as payment to get the players to do this.

One of the players grabs Dong-jae and hold on tight, and Dong-jae’s world starts to spin. He passes out, which seems to shock even Soo-ah, and Yeol confronts her that this was her doing.

Soo-ah claims that Yeon-doo started it, twisting things and saying that Yeon-doo told Yeol to threaten her with the cigarette, but Yeol calls her on it. He says she’s picked the wrong person to hurt — she should be attacking him.

Dong-jae recovers quickly with a trip to the infirmary and a strawberry milk, and Yeon-doo breaks down crying. She apologizes, feeling responsible, but he reassures her that he’s perfectly fine now.

Soo-ah finds a quiet place and pulls up the article about her friend on her phone, asking her friend’s photo if she’s happy now. She says that she’s not happy, but she can’t stop now.

She sees Yeon-doo walking with Dong-jae, and stalks past them without a word. At her limit, Yeon-doo grabs Dong-jae’s basketball, whips around, and slams Soo-ah in the back of the head. She gets right in Soo-ah’s face, blocks a slap, and yells at her to take her on if she hates her so much.

She calls Soo-ah the worst kind of person, the kind who uses others’ pain against them. Despitre her earlier regret, Soo-ah just says that she warned Yeon-doo that she would strike where it hurts. She doesn’t care about others’ pain, but if Yeon-doo comes after the thing she cares about, she’ll die. Yeon-doo moves in very close to whisper that she doesn’t care if Soo-ah is a bitch, but she should at least act like a human being.

One of the Baek Ho girls hurts her wrist during a physical test, snapping at the instructor, and Soo-ah refuses to do this anymore. Instructor Nam offers her the door then, and the rest of Baek Ho (sans Ha-joon and Yeol) leave with her. So, back come the moms. They demand to know what happened, threatening to fire the instructor, but she’s furious and says she’ll just quit.

The Education Office gets the tip that the parents and the school are working together to build the kids’ specs, and send the representative to investigate. He walks right into the pressure cooker of mothers, students, and cheerleading instructor, and Principal Choi gulps nervously.

COMMENTS

I’ll admit, I don’t understand why it’s a bad thing for the school and parents to collaborate to help kids round out their college specs. Seems like that’s what parents and schools are for, unless there’s illegal activity like bribery (which we know there is, but that wasn’t the complaint). But for the sake of the story, I’ll just go with it — collaboration is a Bad Thing.

One thing I really appreciate about Sassy Go Go, is that it didn’t take the easy road of just being about a band of plucky teenagers trying to win a cheerleading competition. It’s all about the kids, their struggles and challenges. They all feel like fully realized characters, even the peripheral Baek Ho and Real King members that we haven’t gotten to know yet. Small things like Joon-woo’s tantrum and leaving Real King, Hyo-shik’s loyalty, and other small moments give the impression that these kids all have full lives outside of what we’re seeing onscreen. There are no flat two-dimensional characters, and the competition could be anything from cheerleading to theatre to debate and the basic premise would still work. At heart, it’s a drama about the hardships and pressures of high school, and that’s something everyone can relate to.

Speaking of interesting characters — I love Yeol so much, I just have to say it. He may have seemed like a jerk at first but he’s really not, and now that he’s actively and openly helping Yeon-doo, I just adore him. He’s got the clout at school that she doesn’t have, to make things happen and to convince/coerce the Baek Ho kids to actually put effort into this cheerleading thing instead of just phoning it in. With Yeon-doo’s enthusiasm and intense sense of justice, once these two partner up for real, they’re going to make a pretty unstoppable team.

But Yeol has some secrets, and I’m so curious to discover what makes him really tick. He’s such a contradiction — he’s brutally honest as long as he doesn’t care what happens. Until it matters, and then he seems more than willing to lie in order to get what he wants, or at least be thought of as lying. He told Yeon-doo that his friend would be finished if he didn’t get her help, but he claimed that was a lie. Why can’t he just tell her the truth? And what’s between him and Ha-joon that makes it so important that they graduate together? I’m very much looking forward to learning more about Ha-joon, and his and Yeol’s friendship.

But I mostly loved Yeol’ss moment when he asked her to please reconsider her decision not to join the cheerleading team because of his friend. It was obviously not easy for him to ask her to give up her last shred of pride for the sake of a person she may not even know. I appreciated that Yeol isn’t the kind of guy to take such a request lightly, asking someone to sacrifice their principles to help him. It weighed on him, to take from her in order to save his friend. That right there tells me he’s a good man — he did what he had to do, but he understood the gravity of the thing he was asking.

Even Soo-ah, while the clear antagonist in the story at this point, isn’t a completely unsympathetic figure. She’s got pressure and worries guiding her actions, not the least of which is her unrelenting mother. With the pressure of being first no matter what, coupled with having a friend who achieved the thing Soo-ah is trying to achieve and couldn’t live with it, and you have a girl in serious trouble. She’s not just in danger of melting down — I’m worried about her survival, literally. She seems to have genuine moments of regret and remorse, such as when Dong-jae collapsed after her little prank, and in flashbacks she seemed to like Yeon-doo. She may be a nasty piece of work right now, but it feels as if it’s due more to outside pressures than her own innate nature.

This is total speculation at this point, but I’m beginning to strongly suspect that Dong-jae is on the autism spectrum, or has a similar challenge. His lack of much facial expression or emotion (and I don’t think it’s N being an inexperienced actor, I think it’s the character), his tendency to repetitive actions, and especially his violent aversion to physical contact all seem to point to some spectrum disorder. I’m no expert but it would explain a lot about him — all the signs add up if you look at them as a whole. It’s either that, or he’s experienced some sort of traumatic abuse or event in his childhood. Or both.

Because of all these complicated, troubled characters, it’s almost a relief that the center of this dramaverse, Yeon-doo, is mostly free of any negative issues. She’s got her own teenage angst, and none of it is unimportant, but she’s not worrisome in the same way that Soo-ah, Ha-joon (whom we haven’t even really delved into yet), and Dong-jae are. She’s refreshingly honest, unfailingly loyal, and has an unwavering moral compass that will get her through anything she needs to face. Out of all these kids, she’s the one who already has the tools she needs to make it through life relatively unscathed. She’s the mirror against whom the other characters are reflected, highlighting their weaknesses and flaws, and showing them that life can be happier if you want it badly enough. She’s a bright light, and I hope that by the end of the show, they all know how lucky they are to know her.

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I am all in all here for N(Hak-yeon). I MEAN I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN FOR HIS DANCING ,
BUT HE ACTS WELL TOO.

Also,the Chemistry between the leads is amazing.

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Well I came here for N oppa too....
I love his role But I am loving Yeol more....^_^

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Really loving this show! ♥♥

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I like this show :) I think collaboration between the school and the parents is bad because it's not something they offer every kid.

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The funny thing is, although the drama makes the moms seem quite unrealistic, it's actually accurate. I have seen moms behave in a similar manner at my son's school in Korea when their kids' college future is at stake. Everything their kids participate in is to make their college applications look good.

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I believe it. I've never been to Korea but working in schools in the US, I've had parents yell at me for grading kids down on homework even if they got things horribly wrong or didn't even turn it in.

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The stories I've heard from teacher friends are terrifying - blaming the teacher for behavior, performance, scheduling, the parent forgetting something... The amount of time teachers have to put into parent management is astounding.

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It's particularly amusing when one of those crazed parents follows their child's progress into college. I had an angry mom call the chair of my department about a B grade that her twenty year old sophomore son received. In higher ed, you get to blithely tell the parents to buzz off.

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@emi - I believe you. The parents of the girl who ended up winning the prize for top grades in my year at college essentially bribed the administration into overlooking quite a few incidents involving their daughter, one of which would have certainly disqualified her from contention for the prize for top student of the year.

By hook and parental crook she emerged as the top student in our year but I remember, at our graduation maybe 5 people (her cronies) out of a class of 80 clapped when she went up to get her degree and medal (and first place winners are usually met with thunderous applause). THAT was how much people despised her. She was basically Soo-ah, but Soo-ah at least has a soul and some remnants of a conscience.

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That's awful. Apparently she did not get the memo about how it's dumb to make yourself the person everyone hates. That's not the person you want as a colleague or business partner. Reputation and personal relationships are more important than class rank in the greater scheme of things.

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And yet the dropout rate in those Ivy League schools that all the parents are striving to send their kids to have a 44% dropout/fail rate for Korean students - the highest rare of any country's students.

So something is failing in the Korean educational system, despite the higher test scores.

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I didn't know that fact, but makes sense!
I think (and this drama also points to it) colleges, esp. Ivy Leagues and liberal arts schools, like a balance and well-rounded person. Like mentioned in the drama, they look for someone who can utilize these talents/abilities to collaborate with others who are just as intelligent in order to make a difference in the world.

Many Korean students ONLY know how to study - they don't know how to apply that language, and they're not the type to like to be super involved in research. From my perspective, a lot of people who go into certain fields (ex: medical) are there for the prestige and money, not b/c they're passionate about that field to the point where they're willing to conduct research and find cures for currently untreatable illnesses.

Test scores can only get you so far in life :/

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Or that the parents are interfering in the school's polices and such. Seems fitting to call the education board on them on that. And I can't wait for that despicable principle to get outed. She does NOT belong in the school.

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I think it's the bribery. If a principal is being heavily incentivized to funnel school resources towards certain kids to build up their spec, either through bribes or threats, then that's an issue.

There's also the fact that Baek Ho actually IS fraud - the school rubber-stamping a study club and claiming it's a team sport. The reverse would be true - setting up a "debate club" so the football team can put it on their college applications.

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It's not just that Baek Ho is fraud. The problem isn't collaborating to amp up student's college applications. The problem is the option is only a FEW students, and giving favorable treatment IS a violation.
The Korean government's official statement is that education is an option for everyone and to have an extra curricular activity that is offered only to the select few is a violation of that. It's not the activity in the first place...its the exclusiveness of said activity that makes it bad.

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That and the fact that some of those "activities" are in name only. Miranda's point about the debate club is valid.

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"..I don’t understand why it’s a bad thing for the school and parents to collaborate to help kids round out their college specs...".

It is not that they offer the classes/clubs etc. It is the fact that most of them are fake - activities in name only. Like calling a period which is basically a cram study hall and calling it a cheerleading group.

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Exactly. Baek Ho is a fake club, it's the club chosen to give the top 5 percent kids a 'spec' while they just study.

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Also, it makes for an uneven playing field, since the assumption is only a certain group of students will be able to take advantage....

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I'm loving every aspect of the teenagers in this show. Unless it's important later I could go with less Yeon Doo mum and Yeols dad romance. Less parents in general, because the kids themselves are so interesting. Definitely think Dong Jae is on the spectrum, with the cigarette and something that happens in Ep 4. I love the budding relationship between Yeon Doo and Yeol, their loyalty to their friends helps deepen their understanding of each other. And if they can manage to get up close and personal in each episode to let that chemistry crackle I'll be a happy camper.

The show seems to be avoiding the classic second lead syndrome with Dong Jae so far, he acts platonically with Yeon Doo but their friendship is aewsome nonetheless.

I simply love how decent Yeon Doo is, I would have let Yeol get his petty revenge on Soo Ah with the cigarettes, but not our Yeon Doo. What a truly lovely person.

Soo Ah, sigh. She's so conflicted and still making bad choices. I really hope the drama heads in the direction of redemption for Soo Ah, otherwise I think her current trajectory is leading to a Ha Joon type situation.

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I think the production knows what a good thing they've got in this cast - which is why we're getting allll the skinship (hey there, mini-bed scene!) and all the bromance too.

Lee Won-geun and Jung Eunji have incredible chemistry with each other, but I'm happy to note that they also spark really well with the actors playing their friends. Ji-soo/Lee Won-geun's scenes are thisclose to tying with LWG's scenes with Eunji, for my favourite. And despite the fact that Chae Soo-bin's playing a really hateable character and I veer between wanting to slap her and wanting to give the poor girl some chicken soup, I think she and Eunji vibe really well too. I really like their confrontation scenes.

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YASSS give that girl some chicken soup haha.

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I think the collaboration between parents and schools are particularly bad over here in Korea (from what I've observed as an outsider anyway) because the kids already have intense expectations from their parents that it's not good for the kids for the parents to have a say about what's happening in the Classroom as well. (helicopter parents are to the extreme over here...I'm currently a hagwon teacher and have had a parent complain I don't give enough tests to her kid)

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I've seen that too. I have seen a group of moms with their brand name purses marching into the school on a mission...

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Do they really enter teacher's room as easy as in the drama? I worked at school and we will politely ask any parents or students who entering the teacher's room to come out. We have guest room for parents who want to meet teacher.

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Ah, that's a really good point. I was reading about helicopter parents and how their kids often don't function well in college. I bet it's worse in Korea.

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We already know one kid in BaekHo who's gonna end up like that. The one whose immediate reaction to a classmate "spraining" her wrist was to yell "CALL YOUR MOMS!!! CALL THEM!!!!"

Aiyaiyaiieee...

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lol i can imagine.. its bad even in the states; last year there was a student in the first grade class i volunteer in who never turned in homework, so the teacher once kept her in at recess time so she could finish it, so the girl just says "you'd better call my mom" (she did this whenever she didn't want to do something) but teacher refused, saying she's in charge of her own classroom thank you very much. well, the kid complained to her mom, so the mom came to school to yell at the poor teacher, saying no one can force her baby to do things she doesn't want to do (she also threatened to beat the teacher up, and told her to watch her back, which got her a restraining order).. all this, by the way, is said in front of the student. she finishes by saying to her daughter, "no one can force you to work if you don't want to. don't let this bitch tell you what to do, ok?!"

and then at the end of the year she called the school to complain that her baby didn't pass -_____-

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AHHH! Thank you for the recap! I really enjoyed your thoughts and can i just say Jisoo slays me every freaking time ahhh why can't we just have him enjoy a happy life? Hmm Oh well, he does act these roles really welll! And the bromance between ha joon and Yeol so cute. Thank you lollypip

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Thanks lollipip for the recap..

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SIGH I love this drama. The story can be so nonsensical and ridiculous and plot's definitely clunky, but the characters are charming and the two leads have such sizzling chemistry that I can't help but want more from them. I think the cast has a lot to do with this - all the main leads are doing really well with their characters, despite their rookie statuses. I don't really understand the criticism for N's acting either - I think he's doing a great job being this socially awkward, blank little oddball who just follows Yeon-doo around everywhere. It's clear (at least to me) that he's awkward and blank because Dong-jae doesn't understand how to express himself, not because N doesn't know how to act. Spectrum disorder is a good theory, and it'd definitely make things more interesting if he does have it.

I really hope we get to learn more about Yeol and Ha-joon's friendship because O M G they're adorable. I'm 95% sure that this bromance was created purely for the sake of reeling fans in, and you know what, it's working because I'm eating it all up LOL. Still confused about the parents' storyline though.....I really hope it doesn't become a conflict later ugh.

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From years of watching K-dramas, I have learnt that even if the story is stupid, as long as the characters are not stupid, the show/ we will be fine.

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Yes. Execution is generally what matters.

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The plot and some of the characters are caricatures, but many of the issues they bring up about the Korean education system are real.

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True some parts were unbelievable. And lol agree with writer on the disbelief that they hold inspections after midnight poor students and poor teachers. Plus they seem to be really lax since kids are out after midnight and a guy and a girl can even see each other in the wee hours of the morning. Didn't like ep 3-4 much, 1-2 were a lot more charming. And eunji kinda hurts my ears. :(

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I have friends who went to boarding school in our country and they also had room checks at 10 pm to see that all the girls were in the campus, why is a midnight check for the SGG boys and girls to be in the dorm, so unrealistic?

Also it looks like the guys and girls dorms are separate but in the same or a connected building with things like a common laundry room. They obviously sneak out a bit too.

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do they have to stand outside their room like in this drama? can't they just open the door so teacher can look at their room? I just think it bothersome if the student want to rest / sleep early

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They said they had to go to their dorm teacher and show their face, so they would line up outside her office and give attendance. If you were sick, then either you go to the infirmary or one of the teachers checked on them, same as here. I don't think Korean schools encourage children to sleep early or take much rest lol.

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Yessss, I mean I don't even know N was an idol-actor, but I get his deadpan expressions are because of his character and not because of his acting ability.

People are judging him so harshly.

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Love Love Yeol's character. Every episode just has me falling more in love with him. And his chemistry with Yeon Doo? Daebak! Here's hoping that the club can be a source of healing for Soo Ah and Ha Joon because technically, they're both being abused by their parents (physical in Ha Joon's case and mental in Soo Ah's). I hope they can all realize that the club can be the family that they've never has but both desperately need.

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Oh yeah and I've read on a magazine that describes Dongjae as a person with a kid's...mindset? Argh I don't know how to translate this...so anyway his physical is a teen but mentally, he is a child. So...I think there won't be any second lead syndrome?
Anyway, I hate the love line between Yeondoo's mom and Yeol's dad. Hope it doesn't stir up any unnecessary conflict in the future...

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"They know this is all for Soo-ah, and plan to expose the principal."
Plz someone expose that principal already.

What's bad about collaboration?
In this case, it is bad becos it is done between the school and the rich parents to benefit the rich kids w good grades to enhance their chances of entering an Ivy League U, while making use of those who won't benefit from this scheme. Differential treatment in the extreme.

Ep 1 is light n breezy. Ep 2 makes us feel for Ha Joon, the nasty girl too, if only she weren't so nasty, n Dong Jae, who does seem a bit slow on the uptake. Ep 3 give us more connections between the OTP n among friends.

What I like about this show is it gives us a heroine who values friendship, loyalty, has a strong moral compass and a great joie de vivre.

Now if only Hye Mi over at 20Again had a smidgeon of these qualities, we'd all react to her very differently.

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Im still not convince about this whole drama. But if we can just accept their 'theory', flaws about boarding school, scene that we've seen in other drama before and etc, I think I can watch it till the end since i love all the actor esp chemistry between KYD and KY. Plus KY & HJ bromance.

But I just hope (really, really hope) Ji Soo talent not wasted and shine bright like Bok Dongie or even brighter. He just so good to be wasted. Fangirl drooling mode right now.

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I'm loving the Show even though I had doubts bec it's been a while since my last HS drama and that was The Heir, which I'm totally unsure if I finished it or not.

Loving the character and actor of Yeol, he is such a dork that I want him and Hyun Seok in my life Hahaha

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I've watched a number of HS dramas, and even though they're not equally good, Heirs is the only one I'd never recommend.

It's their cheekiness. <3

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That and Boys Over Flowers. Don't watch that one.

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But do watch the Taiwanese and Japanese versions. I loved Hana Yori Dango much! Moon River also surprised me. In a good way. I mean lead female is martial artist hello.

Anyway, Ji Soo fan here. I am happy every second he's onscreen haha

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Moon River is good enough to watch? I just finished 1st episode. And the preview of episode 2 kinda similar to HYD/ Meteor Garden too so I'm hesitating to continue

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@maimee, it gets better around ep2 or ep3... can't remember. the housemates are perpetually annoying but the leads are okay. I think what I like about this version is how forward the female lead is. she's not a victim. and the male lead has a definite hand to how she becomes a positive influence to everyone.

by no means perfect. nor original. yet has some surprising elements.

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I've liked high school dramas like Boys Over Flowers and Dream High, .....but I just can seem to get into this one. I think the acting is weak overall for the kids, except for Jung Eun Ji.

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I've seen BOF around 2009 when it came out...what can I say, I really liked how over the top it was, I was new to Kdrama and had never watched anything like it. LOL
But even back then I knew the acting was rubbish and the plot worse.

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Tbh, I REALLY loved watching dream high when it was out, but... I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I think I might be more attached to this drama than DH, even though DH is obviously more popular. Maybe it's because the characters have an already established relationships between at least a few of them?

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Really? The acting here is weaker than Dream High? Half the DH cast couldn't act at all, they were only saved by a good script.

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That's funny cause I thought the level of Eun Ji's acting in this one really has gone down. One thing I can't seem to stand is her facial expressions. I really liked her in REply, but in this one... I think she over does her aegyo.

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I seldom watch hs drama but nonetheless gave it a try last night and I watched 4 episodes in one go! Yes, I will continue watching till the end. I like Kim Yeol, he is so cute :) and the actor Lee Won-geun I find him resemble a young version of actor Im Joo-hwan, especially when he smiles ^^

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That's my very first thought when I saw his picture circulated around this drama promotion. What, Im Joo-hwan was casted as Eun-ji's lead male? What, since when Im Joo-hwan changed his name to Lee Won-geun? Eh what, he is not that Im Joo-hwan I know? But damn, even if he's not Im Joo-hwan why he has such same adorable slash melting heart smile?!!
Those were my very first thought, then I realised, I needed to love this guy named Lee Won-geun.

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Lee Won-Geun and Im Ju Hwan (aka Lim Joo Hwan) sure do resemble each other. As you all noted, especially their smiles and I would add their facial features too.

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My favorite HS K-Drama so far has been Monstar. (Yeah, it kind of went nutso near the end, but don't they all?)

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My favorite HS dramas are Monstar and School 2013. If Sassy Go, Go (Cheer Up!) will join them if it keeps going like it is.

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lol yeah, I would totally buy it if he was cast as a young Im Joo-hwan. Or as Im Joo-hwan's brother.

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Thank God someone else thinks they look alike, the whole time he was giving me Oh my Ghostess flashbacks.its so eerie how much they look alike, like a younger version of him except the younger has a beautiful smize?

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In fact, Lee Won Geun and Im Joo Hwan have acted together in a very nice Drama Special, "Hyung Young Dang's diary". Their chemistry was amazing there !
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Drama_Festival_2014

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Lee Won-geun played the child part in Wild Chives and Soybean Soup. He and the female lead, Yoon So-hee were also really adorable together. Once the adults took over, it felt like an entirely different drama. I had to drop it.

He's really cute and charming. He seems to have chemistry with everyone. I didn't think of Im Joo-hwan actually. But he's been compared to Shinee's Onew/ maybe a little like Song Joong-ki.

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Omg in Wild Chives and Soybean Soup, he was so adorable. Even though he also played a high school kid, it was a different kind of aura than how he is here in Sassy Go Go.

It was so hard to get through once the adults came on. I had to hang on because my heart was hurting for him with the way the kids' story ended and needed that HEA. I had to force myself to project his face onto his adult self a lot of the time haha.

I think he might be another one of those SIG types who can have chemistry with a paper bag, if it came down to it.

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Thanks LollyPip!
You said...
"But Yeol has some secrets, and I’m so curious to discover what makes him really tick. ... He told Yeon-doo that his friend would be finished if he didn’t get her help, but he claimed that was a lie. Why can’t he just tell her the truth?"

I felt that the reason he purposely called what he was to tell her a 'lie' was so that he could refute it later if she ever brought it up. It was something that no one was supposed to know about, to prevent the possibility that the violent father would accidentally hear of it and send his son to the mental hospital.

I'm really liking this show which at first I felt had a simple storyline, but which now I happily see is a bit more complex than just getting kids together to do cheerleading and win a prize. I like that it is touching on difficult topics like self-harm, and parental abuse and the effects on children. Most of all I like how the characters interact and how real they seem despite some being side characters or caricatures. And of course I like especially the interactions of Yeol and Yeon Doo which seem to spark and sparkle even if they are just having a simple conversation. :)

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Oh and yes, the cheerleading 'teacher' I felt was quite attractive and there was no reason to have made such a fuss about her looks. LOL!

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Hah I know right, really low of Teacher Yang.

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RIGHT?! I genuinely didn't understand what was happening there and belatedly realized "oh, she's... ugly? Wait, what?" She's not ugly!

I'm sure a Korean would be able to tell us exactly what about that face is supposedly unattractive, but it was a real culture-clash moment to get that the joke was so broad, most of the audience was expected to immediately think "whoa, woof."

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LOL. Same here. I was like, why did the male teacher's pull back? And then I mulled it over, it took me a while.

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yeah, that was a real moment of 'huh?' for me. Like, you consider THAT face ugly??? Like Miranda, I'm sure a Korean would know their beauty standard better but sometimes I legit don't get it.

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I've noticed they have a preference for actresses with small and thin faces.

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Yeah Yeol can't tell her about JH's secret as he is both trying to help him and protect him from the evil principle behind his back. Yeon-doo does know he's truthful otherwise she wouldn't even have considered to help him.
Yesssss they have the best chemistry!

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I think Yeol told it as a lie because he didn't want it to be perceived as a weakness.

Yeol knows how to survive in this school where it's all back alley deals and bribery.

I think he studies so hard because being the #1 gives him a lot of breathing room, he can practically do whatever he wants because of his grades, he gets to sneak out and etc because he knows if he gets caught, the teachers would go easy on him. And his status also makes him able to protect Ha Joon.

Yeol has his guard up because he knows people are never always what they seem, he knows the shady acts done at the school and knows there's no place for the honest and weak-willed. He's savvy.

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I think you hit the nail on the head about Yeol. His #1 position and easygoing natural charm are ultimately all about having bargaining power at the school, which he has always openly acknowledged - right from episode 1, when Yeon-doo's club suffered the consequences of the pretend-near-kiss but he got away scot-free.

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I think the reason why Yeol couched his truth in a "lie" wasn't necessarily because he thinks Yeon-doo has a big mouth and might blab/it might get out (she sees through him anyway, and he knows she will), it's a way of saving face, so to speak.

Yes, she knows he's desperate, and yes, she knows it's about Ha-joon - Yeol has no other friends, and she saw them at the hospital. But he can't bring himself to actually tell her that Ha-joon's in such serious trouble, without actually couching it in a joke or a lie. Because that's Yeol's way of dealing with the world - he knows how messed up everything is, but he has the veneer of charm and jokiness to hide behind.

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Another reason is that he still doesn't QUITE KNOW her all that well yet. Yes, he's seen her loyalty towards her friends, and that's another reason why he grows more interest in her. But, he doesn't quite know how she really is yet. And that's why, he's clocking everything about her time by time. And when you said he thinks Yeon Doo's a big mouth, I agree with you, he probably thinks that way, and that really says he needs to learn about her better. She's actually not the way he thinks she is.

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Actually the "lie" he told her WAS ACTUALLY the truth.

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Every time Yeol looks at Yeon Doo it actually kills me

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Yeol really does seem to have fallen for her like a ton of bricks, doesn't he? And there's no particular trigger, just that Yeol looks at Yeon Doo and she makes him really fundamentally happy.

I remember one or two high school couples that were that way (actually, now I think of it they both stayed together and are now married). Just a deep-down sense of contentment that is probably the root of that whole "soulmate" thing.

Yeol is acting like one of those guys. I don't think I've seen it in another drama, it's both surprising and really charming to see here.

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Ahhh that look! With those smiling eyes and turned up lips... fatal combination! That is a look I'd expect in an older person, sort of considering, aware, accepting of both self and the other and of the feelings.... what a wonderful look :) Charming indeed!

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Totally agree! I don't think I've seen such a look in other dramas. Interesting......

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I've seen some variant of The Look from So Ji-sub and Lee Jong-seok in recent years, but Lee Won-geun adds the eye smile, and I am DEAD.

The last time one of Jung Eunji's costars slayed me that dead by looking at her, was Seo In-gook. But his look was a totally different beast, more of a 'what do I do with this girl, I'm in love with her' kind of look.

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The thing with SIG in answer me 1997 is that his gaze is all angsty. While Yeol is all flirty and amused and intrigued. Speaking of 1997, don't you love that this drama has the sound effects just like 1997? I laughed so hard when they had the fireworks explosion and the sound of winning a gameshow on TV when Yeol "reached" his 16 points. TADAAA~~~~~
Mwuahahaha. I'm cracking myself up just remembering it. lol.

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Spot-on description of it btw.

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I found myself feeling flushed right before they showed Yeon-doo full on blushing too haha. The way he looked at her when he was talking about a girl he wanted to kiss...phew.

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It's the eye smile, so delicious. Lol
i also find the whole love in high school sureal even though 3 couples from my high school are now married.

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yeah, the combination of tenderness and mischief is lethal.

and I agree with GB that That Look is unique to Lee Won-geun, the mischief is his own special addition.

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I would agree that N's character appears to be on the autistic spectrum. I teach high school and have had autistic students in my classroom that display some of the same characteristics. Luckily in my classroom the other students protected them and looked out for them. One in particular was absolutely brilliant, quirky, and innocent. But all his brilliance would not dissuade him from his belief in Santa Claus. So the class president forbade everyone on the class from speaking about Santa Claus as a made up character. I taught him for three years and every January he would excitedly ask his classmates what Santa Claus brought them and they would humor him. One kid even brought him a cute gift and told him that Santa had left it in his house because apparently there was a mix up. It was sweet moment with the best intentions, but now that he has graduated I worry about him.

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awww that's so sweet of his classmates! I'm sure you did a great job as a teacher too haha, and hopefully he's still doing fine:)

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love this show!!! it's everything I love about high school dramas!

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I'm happy I dropped it hahaha hoping the Show will not disappoint us, so far so good hihihi

Cant we have more of them?? Cheeky and kind are just aaaawweeee

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How do I love it that the first half of the recap is only about Yeol and Yeon-doo! D'awwwww. Yeol is such a loyal sweetheart, makes me swoon every time he's on screen. And how adorable is that cheeky wink, how can you say no to that?!
Oh Lee Geun-won, I can't believe I just discovered you. Or should I say rediscovered, I just found out he played Jae Rim's child counter part in the The Moon that Embraces the Sun! http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Df9ZTcxJO0k/TxrERCzyqTI/AAAAAAAAAOg/YigArrjLZDY/s1600/sunnmoon-still1.jpg
BRB re-watching the first episode a hundred times...

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I have similar thoughts as you regarding SooAh. She's so unstable I'm already fearing for her own safety. She may very well soon be HaJoon #2 but she doesn't have the luxury of a family-like best friend who'll do ANYTHING for her.

And I thought it was obvious that Yeol had to graduate with HaJoon because he knows how unstable HaJoon is. If left alone, HaJoon may never make it out of school in one piece, much less graduate. Yeol may be HaJoon's protector in a physical sense but HaJoon is Yeol's anchor. Without HaJoon, Yeol could very well just become... Kim Tan. Or Choi YoungDo if he's bored and malicious enough - but I don't think so. He'd more be just a non-smiling, non-crying robot, which is not much of an existance...

And to all adoring fans of JiSoo... please don't say that he's being wasted in this drama. He's not. It's an ensemble cast. Everyone gets a time to shine. JiSoo or not.

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I am totally agree that everyone should have its own time to shine. I will be so eager to see both Baek-ho and Real King members equally shine, even that dorky glasses boy and two annoying princess, or that loyal Hyo-shik and everyone whose name I still try to catch up.
I love Jisoo, I do. I even wished him to be the main lead (okay, it was before, so much before when I hadn't learnt that Kim Yeol was made for certain someone namely Lee Won-geun.) But let's be honest, our love is now hungry to see everyone grows and learns and live their life smiling together, right?

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yeah, Soo-ah is like a very delicate glass container being filled up with superhot boiling water. Everything may look fine on the outside, but she's starting to crack and if things keep going this way, it's only a matter of time until she shatters for good.

(I was almost relieved to see the cigarettes, at least the girl had one outlet - however unhealthy - that wasn't something that would ever fit on a college application).

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Thank you for the recap, Lollypip!

I am enjoying this show so much. Yes there are a few plotholes, unrealistic threats, but i can't miss the bromance, romance and friendship. High-School!!

About Dong-jae, the spectrum theory fits. He is terrified of physical contacts, and we haven't seen him having physical contact with yeon-doo. It must be quite severe. Also, he doesn't seem emotional. The actor is good in few moments like the cigarrete-run, he was not emotionally related. There was no reaction-surprised, disgusted or anything, he just didn't belong to that moment.
But in the scene where yeon-doo hits soo-ah with ball, he looks at soo-ah. I don't want a love-line between these two please. Let him be yeon-doo's bff, doesn't matter if yeol is not jealous!

Which brings me to the sincere liar! Everything about him is adorable. His wink always gets me!! He could have told yeon-doo the truth but then it involved the most important person in his life. Privacy.

Don't have love-line with parents, that would be so makjang.

P.S- What kind of life am i living? There was no KIM YEOL in my HS and no CHA HYUN SEOK in my college. Such unfair life..deep sigh..

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I really like Eun-ji, and I really like Yeon-doo, and what I really like the most is how LollyPip describe Yeon-doo at the last of this recap. I am not good at English, not even be able to describe how Yeon-doo impressed me, and how Eun-ji's acting affected me so much, and all of it was described well by LollyPip, I've been nodding and yessing at every detail LollyPip wrote here while muttering 'ah, that's right. that's also what I want to say. that's also what I mean.' That's why I am so glad that some people also felt what I felt about both Eun-ji and Yeon-doo.

One more thing, guys, should we start concerning over Yeol's Dad and Yeon-doo's Mom? Why I feel so uneasy? Hmmmm

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Yes, LollyPip expressed perfectly why I love Yeon Doo too. She is not some Candy heroine but just a normal girl.....and Jung Eunji has a talent for playing normal girls who you can love a lot.

Please don't do stupid thing with the parents love line, I want to beg the writer.

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and another thing is Yeon Doo not come from poor family (sooo overused trope in kdrama poor candy girl with rich arrogant guy).. yes, she's not that rich like the Power Rangers parent, but her mom are quite well off as well..

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Yes, I would say, she comes from a quite well-off family, not rich and wealthy like the Baek Ho students, but she also does not come from a poor family. What a poor family has their own big home like a restaurant, I think her mom owns a restaurant, her mom's home environment doesn't even look small to be said, "They're from a poor family". Her mom looks pretty much quite well off. However, Yeol's dad is with her.

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"She tries to step past him, but Yeol slings her back by the wrist (argh) and yells that she has to do it. Yeon-doo threatens him with painful death until he lets her go."

For once, I was okay with this because it wasn't a remotely "romantic" gesture - Yeol is not kidding around in that scene, he really does need her to cheerlead. He wasn't pulling her back to sweet-talk her or declare how much he loves her: he was getting in her face and threatening/pleading.

I thought the actor did a good job in that scene mixing Yeol's overall breezy attitude with real desperation underneath.

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That wrist grabbing and the dragging is so wrong, and gets overused in dramas. That's the worst way for expressing any affection.
I agree, in Yeal&Yeon-doo's case it's slightly different because he'd do the same with any other character. I hope...

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Right. I didn't feel that wrist-grab was bad. It was just that he desperately wanted her to hear him out and understand him. That wrist grab was something we would do with our friends to make them listen when they are not ready to..i think..

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yeah, the wrist-grab here really isn't a romantic thing at all and the fact that Yeon-doo threatens him with painful death makes it very clear this is not considered normal or cool behaviour by anyone in the story.

And I agree that Lee Won-geun did a champion job of that scene, too. It helps that he and Eunji play off each other really well.

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Okay, so I'm officially in love with this drama! I love it so much it hurts. I am definitely going to get withdrawal symptoms when this drama is over.

I keep waiting for the bubble to burst, but it hasn't so far. Everything about the drama works: from the off-the-charts-chemistry between Kim Yeol and Kang Yoon Doo, to the bromance, the friendships, the rivalries and even the hysterical teachers.

Can I just bottle up Lee Won Geun and keep him for my very own? The boy is just too cute and his smiles, they slay me! And Eun ji is really nailing her role here, she so adorable! Yes, can't you tell from my ravings? I'm so in love....

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I love it.

I really really want to know what Dong-jae's deal is.

I also want a spin-off crossover between this and School 2015 where Soo-ah and So-young meet and become enemies then friends then enemies again, at the end a yeti shows up completely unrelated to anything and beats both Soo-ah and So-young to death thus saving the earth from satan.

"I’ll admit, I don’t understand why it’s a bad thing for the school and parents to collaborate to help kids round out their college specs. Seems like that’s what parents and schools are for,"

I think the unsaid part of that is helping them at the expense of others.

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I pick number three oppa can kiss me

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I have to say that I totally loveeee the show! I watched the second episode on KBS World this noon and I liked it so much that I watched the first, third, and fourth episode after that. If you know me, I'm a type of person who gets sleepy easily while watching something so watching four episodes in only several hours is new to me.

I totally love Yeondoo's character. I think Eunji really fits into the character. She played high school student before but I feel like I see a whole new character here. I cried the hardest I ever have while watching drama in the first episode when she confronts her class for making her an outcast (because I actually was at her place), so I find myself rooting real hard for her to be strong even after all of the cruel things that happened to her.

I also love Dongjae so much. I have never watched N's acting before, but this one really leaves good impression on me. I feel like I can see his pain in his expressions and so on, but I really love his and Yeondoo's friendship. I have to admit that I'm jealous with their friendship and I wish to have a friend like that.

Another thing that I'm jealous with Yeondoo is that there's Yeol in her life. Well, he's such a jerk but I clearly soften as time goes by with his manner. His smile is one aspect that makes me soften too, because it's just so cute but sometimes seductive. I really don't know who Lee Wongeun is, but I think his acting is good, and Yeol is a really charming character. I hope that this role will sky rocket his fame so that he'll come out in more dramas.

Oh, and lastly. Why Yeondoo and Yeol's skinships make me jealous so much? Sigh.

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thank you so much for the recaps.im loving this drama so much. at first i wasnt interested in this drama as i didnt know the cast that well. but im really glad i decided to watch this. i give all the credit to 'dramabeans' for making me want to watch this drama with wonderful recaps !!! i hope others watch it too and enjoy it!!!and increase the rating too. i like this so much better than heirs and its quite sad that heirs had more ratings than this ...

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I don't find Soo-Ah to be redeemable at all. Now that I've seen her in Episode 4, she's purely a monster. I know it's not her fault she has no friends and does not know anything about loyalty, friendship or anything between two human beings, but she's a freaking psychopath to me. I really want to see her be crushed like Kang So-young in School 2015, but not have Yeondoo forgive her at all, especially if she did one thing that trigger Yeondoo and turn her into something she's not: an unforgiving person.

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She's really hateable, isn't she? But I think the show does a good job of showing us why she is that way, and why she feels compelled to be like that.

The difference between her and Kang So-young is that Soo-ah acts in single-minded pursuit of her agenda instead of just bullying a weaker person because she can. She's still awful, but at least she IS capable of certain gentler emotions - like remorse. And I think Chae Soo-bin's doing an A++++ job of showing us how brittle Soo-ah is behind her bitchy exterior.

Think of it this way: a puppy raised by an abusive owner solely for the purpose of doing tricks and then dumped in a shelter is probably going to have very different behaviours and instincts from a puppy raised in a home with unconditional love. Yes, taking the abused puppy into a loving home will help to undo that damage - but you may have to be prepared for that puppy to have major issues with trusting other people and possibly bite someone a few times because it doesn't know what to make of people who are kind to it.

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Wow your puppy analogy is pretty accurate

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I think Soo Ah is on the verge of crashing and burning, big time, and it may be a disaster or a wake up call. She is on the edge of being a total psycho, and her mother is not far behind. I suspect that when the glass cage finally shatters, their will be a lot of fallout for both.

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This drama aint good for me. Too much squeal inducing scenes. Am slowly transistioning into introverted idiot.
BTW; did anyone get 'the heirs' feels at that part where he goes up to the dorm then comes jumping back down and goes 'wanna come?' Just me? Oh well.
This may or may not be a spoiler, but in ep4, at one point Yeol was wearing a grey shirt with "SUAVE" written on the front. I was in a bus and just barely contained my giggles.
PLEASE dont make a freaking love triangle. Yeon doo and dongjaes friendship is soooo golden!

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There's a certain genius in the fact that this drama created an OTP whose main point of connection is the fact that their friends are everything to them. They have nothing else in common, but the one thing they do have in common is this really major thing.

Way too often in kdramas, friendships are just plot points, asides or window dressing for a rivalry or romance, but here (much like in School 2013) they;re relationships the kids live and die by.

Also, Yeon and Yeon-doo together = ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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Sassy Go Go for mon/tue
She was pretty for wed/thu
Tweenty again for fri/sar
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OMG I have the exact same drama schedule too haha following those same 3 dramas

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Me, too. I also have All About My Mom on Sat-Sun, but the romances there are not as dreamy as the one on those three. That one is more quantity than quality.

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I really hope they'll address Yeon and Yeal's parents' deal sooooner than later. First they seemed like good friends with a hint of flirtation, but suddenly he is about to PROPOSE. HOW. Their kids don't even know that their parents are acquaintances, let alone romantically involved. I think they're adorable and so much like their kids, but if their marriage is going to make Y&Y siblings by law and so hinder their relationship and future marriage, then NOOOOO that's ~NOT~ acceptable, drama!
Let us first find out why Yeol was ignoring his dad's calls.

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I know, what is up with that?

We don't need a Love Rain situation here, Yeol and Yeon-doo have enough to deal with in school, they don't need added parental-marriage angst for dramatic value.

Though it was funny when Yeon-doo's mom told Yeol's dad she hopes her daughter meets a man like him, and the next cut is to Yeon-doo saying Yeol's dead if she ever meets him.

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UGH Love Rain, another reason not to watch it. But seriously, is that a real law in South-Korea?

Gosh yeah, that scene was brilliant, didn't really catch it until I read the comments section though!

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You know the thing this show is really getting soooo right is giving us the fan service of skin-ship. They put together a couple with so much chemistry and then ensure that they have a close contact moment (or more) regularly, so as to maximise that chemistry and to elicit maximum fan squeals. Heheheh I'm going to be counting all those moments. Way to go Show! :D

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Doesn't it remind you of a little drama that ended earlier this year? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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Dear @Fab♥Hilleo,

Oh yes! Nothing but good feels in that drama! :D So much nice couple moments, very naturally done and all those feels. Still great to re-watch! :)

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Sorry to be dense. Which drama??

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looking at the two usernames, I'm guessing it was

Healer

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It's indeed Healer!

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Even the scenes without skinship are awesome. My favorite in episode 4 involved absolutely no skinship but because of what happened earlier it was just perfect.

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I KNOW WHICH SCENE YOU MEAN!!!

I think I squealed harder at that scene than even the skinship that went before it, and that is hard to do considering their earlier scenes had me fangirl-squealing high enough to shatter glass!

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I'm a straight guy. I don't fangirl squeal (or I would like claim so), but I definitely replayed that scene around 20 times already. Alone, because I was grinning from ear to ear.

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wait you guys what scene is it?? like around which minute mark?

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I don't know exactly which minute mark scene the others are referring to but without SPOILERS ... my faves without skinship are:

13:54 - 14:13
15:30 - 15:42
17:20 - 17:30
18:30 - 19.00 (had me giggling throughout)
19:38 - 20:47

24:17 - 25:35 (I'm still laughing)
and of course
29:32 - 30:03

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@growingbeautifully (can't reply to you but) yes YES! the feeels!

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The beginning! I'm still blushing just thinking about it. You MUST have seen it already.

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I'm so excited for the recap of the next episode that's why I'm here!!!

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Me too!!!!!! So much good things happening at episode 4 I'm still grinning from ear-to-ear everytime I think about it.

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I'ss really her! Soo-ah's mum is playing the opposite of her other HS character in Angry Mom, Gong-joo. It is so jarring. (:

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Yes, I realized it was her too, did a double take when I was watching eps 2 and 3... So warm then, so cold here..

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Initial character description of Dongjae describes him as someone with a mental age of a gradeschooler. He is meant to be an oddball and a little out of touch with his emotiona, at least compared to his peers.

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I heart this drama so much I'm going slightly insane

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ohey... I didn't know I alr posted on this thread.

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Uh.... do I know you?

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Yesterday was holiday in my country and last night I thought today is Monday so I could get a new eps of SGG even though I watched ep 4 in the afternoon. I keep wanting moreeeeee of them.

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Don't worry. You're in good company!

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I thought the cheerleading teacher was gorgeous, so I can't figure out why Yang seemed so turned-off! I'm loving Dong-jae more and more, almost more than Yeol - you just can't beat everlasting friendship! I hope he'll get over his problems... along with everyone else.

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I think the cheer leading teacher is a lot smarter than what she seems to be on the surface with all her hottiness. She is the first and only teacher so far to actually get the two opposing groups to interact with each other at all.

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Why isn't Seo Ha-Joon in therapy? Cutting is a seriously dangerous behavior. Ha-Joon's parent(s), best friend Yeol, and school administrators are well aware of the fact that he cuts himself and has engaged in other forms of self-harm/self-injury/self-punishment. Although it's been hinted at that he's attempted suicide in the past, we've yet to find out whether it was accidental or deliberate.

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yeah, Sevit High isn't a place that prizes physical health in its students, judging by the condition of the Baek-ho kids in episode 4, so are we surprised they're even more cavalier about mental health?

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oop I swear I put that in spoiler tags, why are they not working?

Isn't it insert text here ? (minus the spaces in the )

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ok, the symbols do not seem to show up, for some reason. html defeats me!

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OOPS.
Personally love the spoilers, I'm now waiting on pins and needles for the download to complete, in the mean time I'd take whatever you spoil me with. :D

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Beanies, I found a way, or is it the way, to rate the drama. Spend a day reading and commenting on the recap and a screen will pop up eventually with options to give your favourite (HS) drama 5 stars, or less but I doubt it. ♥

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@Fab - I think I was on the recap for an hour or so before the 'rate this drama' screen popped up? It was right when I made the comment about attitudes to psychiatric treatment. It seems to pop up at random.

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huh I did not mean for that reply to end up here...biaaan. Yeah it could pop up randomly, but it took hours to find me. Coincidently it's when I was about to reply to you. :D

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