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Sassy Go Go: Episode 4

Things are changing in the cheerleading clubroom. Thanks to Instructor Nam’s hilarious and underhanded disciplinary methods, walls start coming down as the groups are forced to mix. We slow down to take a deeper look into our main characters, as the spotlight is thrown on each of them. They’ve all got demons of their own, but the real question is whether they have a friend by their side to help face them.

EPISODE 4 RECAP

Instructor Nam laughs at the Baek Ho moms firing her — that ain’t happening, because she quits. But everyone else panics when Education Office reps march into the chaotic scene. He explains that they were tipped off about the school faking specs for their students, and asks what the parents are doing there. Principal Choi scrabbles for an explanation. Eyes lighting on a poster, she blurts that it’s because of the club’s performance in an athletics competition.

Soo-ah’s mom quickly supports the story, and the officer suggests it’d be fun to see it on TV. He introduces the reporter he brought with him, who’s doing a story about spec-generating schools, and wants Sevit to now feature as a model school for doing extra-curriculars right.

Principal Choi scrapes and grovels a bit more for good measure, which (unfortunately for her) results in the officer adamantly promising the Education Minister’s attendance. Haha.

Instructor Nam loudly pushes by. All the moms now hold onto her, fawning, and Principal Choi chortles that the whole firing this is a good joke. Nam takes advantage of her position and says she has one condition.

Principal Choi has another fit of shrieking and throwing things, panting at Nam’s audacity, while poor Teacher Im does his best to duck. It turns out that she asked for the authority to dole out penalty points — which the principal refused until Nam blithely shared that she’ll be off to give that reporter the interview he asked for about the school.

Meanwhile, the Baek Ho moms (don’t) enjoy a group mani-pedi where they try to plumb their connections for a way out. Soo-ah’s mom says one wrong move on their side could mess up every achievement their kids have amassed so far, so it’s best to stick to their word.

Principal Choi fumes at the presence of the reporter at school, speaking to the kids. She instructs Teacher Im to find out who sent the tip-off. She also says they’ll need a teacher to oversee the cheerleading club activities…

Instructor Nam lounges on the windowsill of the Baek Ho room, hooting with laughter at her manhwa. The Baek Ho kids ignore her to study, but the Real King kids watch her with curious disbelief. The period is nearly up, when Yeon-doo finally asks if they’re not going to practice at all. Nam’s just pleased it’s nearly time for her to finish, and gives the groups homework to find out more about each other, before twirling out.

Teacher Yang finds out he’s been appointed to oversee the cheerleading club. Smiling threat, the Principal reminds him that his contract is up for renewal soon. Ugh. Yang immediately asserts that he really likes cheerleading SO MUCH— She cuts him off to say that he’s only looking out for the Baek Ho kids, and he’d better not let Real King mess with them.

Yeon-doo curses and commiserates about Dong-jae being kicked out of basketball, even though he’s the team ace. She’s upset that it happened because of her, and he sweetly reassures her it’s fine and he’s okay.

Walking a short distance behind the pair, Ha-joon asks Yeol if he’s really interested in Yeon-doo. He grins that the more they cross paths, the more she piques his interest. Ha-joon points at them and wonders if it doesn’t then bother him that she’s so chummy with another guy.

In the school building, Hyo-shik and Seung-woo mock-fight with mops, when one smashes through the window. Outside, the four look up at the sound, and the missile heads directly for Yeon-doo. Dong-jae sees the danger, but Yeol shields her first, getting sprayed by a shower of broken glass.

Yeol’s cuts are treated in hospital, and Yeon-doo and Teacher Yang hover worriedly. They’re not serious, though, and Yeol excuses himself for the bathroom. Yeon-doo follows.

Huddled in a corner of his dorm room, sweat beads Dong-jae’s face. He replays the accident, distressed. He can’t get through to her on the phone, either.

Flashback. A little girl shimmies up a climbing frame, where little Dong-jae perches. She clutches his arm and cajoles him to play. Angry at her repeated entreaties, he pushes her away. To his horror, she falls right off. Later, he watches the girl lie unconscious in hospital, tears rolling.

Yeon-doo catches up to Yeol in the hospital lobby, and he asks if she’s cutting school, too. Surprised, she says came to thank him. At that, he’s in her face, grinning ear to ear — she’s so grateful that she wants to repay him, right? Yeon-doo: “I’m grateful, but not that much.”

Cut to: Yeol stuffing his face (and boy is that a spread!) while Yeon-doo sorrowfully parts with her cash, gaping at his expensive taste. He’s not remotely apologetic, and she shakes her head at his ability to turn everything she says into a compliment to himself. But she’s alarmed when Teacher Yang rings. Yeol rejects the call for her — the basics for skipping school, he grins, strolling out.

They explore an indoor market, side by side. Yeon-doo stops at a snack stall and his eyes widen at the array of food. She pouts that she only paid for the food earlier. But looking queasy, he hauls her away. Lol.

They join a crowd watching an ahjumma dance-off, and the MC offers up a stereo to the winners. Yeon-doo immediately volunteers — she needs it for Real King! Yeol winces and tries to take her away again, but she’s already called onto the stage.

Yeol’s mortification slowly turns to enjoyment as he watches her solo dancing, and his cheeky grin creeps back. The MC says there’s something missing and calls on Yeol. He promises to give them the stereo right away if they do a couple-dance.

Now Yeol makes a break for it, but the force of nature that is Yeon-doo drags him up, and the ahjummas cheer. Yeol’s pained bobbing eventually loosens up, and you can see him think, aw, what the heck, as he throws away his blazer and dances with heart, in sync with Yeon-doo.

They catch a late bus, and wha…she won a giant rice-cooker? What mischief is this? Where is the stereo they were promised? Yeol is back to pretending he doesn’t know her and takes the last available seat, smirking. Glaring, she deposits her prize on his lap while she stands. The other passengers give him sidelong looks (at his unchivalry? Or at the rice-cooker?), and he shifts uncomfortably.

She refuses to join him when the seat next to him frees up. She quickly changes her mind however, when he pettishly slides the cooker at her — third prize, apparently. They squabble about who holds it, pushing it back and forth. Oh, you two. Hee.

They fall asleep, Yeon-doo’s head resting on Yeol’s shoulder, her head cushioning his cheek, with the rice cooker between them. Yeol wakes up first, and crinkly-smiles at sleeping Yeon-doo. He gently takes the cooker, and settles back in. Aww you marshmallow!! Being all contrary to bug her and then being sweet when she’s unconscious! I lovehate you!

They’re met at the school gates by Teacher Yang, who admonishes them for cutting without telling him (he could have cut, too!). He briefs them on their story, that they’ve just come back from the hospital. But he’s mystified by the rice cooker in Yeol’s hands.

Dong-jae runs to meet Yeon-doo. Aw, he must have spent all day thinking the worst. She assures him that she’s fine, and proudly shows off her prize. He spots the plaster on her hand, and reaches out. Although he tries, he can’t quite touch her.

Yeon-doo tends to her grazed hand in bed. She hugs the rice cooker, bubbling with giddy laughter at the memory Yeol’s rescue and her day with him, annoying her roommates.

Yeol is no less giddy, and keeps bursting into little giggles. Ha-joon chuckles, too, and looks happy when he says it’s the first time he’s seen Yeol laugh like that.

Instructor Nam moonwalks into the gym the next day, impressing the kids. Dong-jae shows up to join the club, and she welcomes him — a basketball player should be useful. Yeon-doo thinks he’s mad, but he replies that it’s good, since he can be by her side to protect her.

Instructor Nam is disappointed that they still haven’t done their get-to-know-each-other homework. We rejoin her settling in for a relaxing afternoon in the sun while the kids are set to jumping jacks for punishment. She assures anxious Teacher Yang that it’s all voluntary. Out of getting a load of penalty points, or paying with sweat, they insisted on the latter, she says. Yang looks a little impressed despite himself.

The kids finally do their assignment. Each side poses civilized questions to the other, and Da-mi asks Yeol if he’s dating anyone right now. He looks straight at Yeon-doo, face breaking into a cheeky smile as he says there’s someone he wants to kiss.

Dong-jae innocently tells Yeon-doo she should go to the nurse’s office — her face is on fire. She deliberately misunderstands, and Yeol grins to himself.

Instructor Nam demonstrates a move she’ll be teaching them, and instructs them to pair up for practice with the person in front of them. Yeol and Yeon-doo end up partnered (of course), as do Soo-ah and Dong-jae. The group complain loudly, and Nam offers them a choice again: demerits or punishment! That gets them in line fast, clambering onto each other’s shoulders. Dong-jae, though, doesn’t move.

That night, Dong-jae stares at a doll, and pushes himself to touch it. Sweating with effort, he still doesn’t manage.

Next day, Principal Choi comes across CCTV footage of a Baek Ho—Real King hall-fight. She flails about the reporters finding it and orders Teacher Im to delete all incriminating material.

Im goes for a coffee break when he’s done, but the screen he leaves up is the moment where Soo-ah finds the bloody towel from the day of Ha-joon’s injury. Oh good.

At the same time, Yeol and Yeon-doo are dropped off to the staffroom to write a report. While Yeon-doo’s in the bathroom, Yeol wanders around until he reaches Teacher Im’s computer. Recognizing Soo-ah, he plays the video to see her pick up the towel and head inside.

All the pieces fall into place. Devastated and furious, he goes straight for her. She sneers that Ha-joon’s self-harm isn’t much of a secret. Yeol warns her to keep her mouth shut if she doesn’t want to die. She throws the warning back at him: If he messes with her, she’ll tell Ha-joon about this, just to see him go crazy.

As soon as he’s gone, Ha-joon himself appears and it’s clear he’s heard most of it. Teeth gritted, he demands she tell what life-threatening thing it is that he musn’t know. After the fourth time, she scowls that he’ll regret finding out.

Ha-joon sits alone on the rooftop as night falls. In the dorms, Yeol panics as the nightly roll call gets underway and Ha-joon is missing. He quickly texts Teacher Yang asking him to cover for Ha-joon’s absence, and then runs through the school looking for him.

Baek Ho’s lit room raises his hopes, but they’re dashed when it’s Yeon-doo who exits. He desperately asks if she’s seen Ha-joon. Her negative sends him running, struck by a new fear. But when he reaches the rooftop, the door’s locked.

Ha-joon takes a running jump across the roof, but he stops short of going over the edge. He looks down below, cracking with emotion.

Yeon-doo finds a stricken Yeol at the foot of some stairs. Sitting beside him, she tells him Ha-joon will definitely come back, because that “lie” he told her was the truth. Eyes sympathetic, she touches his shoulder and tells him not to stay out too late.

Ha-joon shoulders through the busy morning corridors, face dangerous. Yeol overhears Hyo-shik and Seung-woo talking about him, and finds out he’s headed for the principal’s office. He runs.

Ha-joon bursts into Principal Choi’s office and rampages. The teachers try to hold him back, but it’s Yeol who has any effect on him. He clasps him around the middle, swearing at him to stop. Ha-joon breaks out of his hold, too, and with a last hard look at his friend, storms away. Choi looks dispassionately on, because she’s a lizard.

Yeol chases Ha-joon through the grounds, through a sudden downpour. Ha-joon turns on him and asks why he did that to him, when he already wants to die. “You want to die?” Yeol asks, seizing him by the lapels. “Then die, jerk!” But when Ha-joon replies that he really will, it’s more inevitable fact than threat.

Ha-joon turns his anger on the Baek Ho clubroom, and tells them he’s quitting. But he’s just spoiling for a fight, so when Seung-woo calls him rude, he throws a flying punch at him and the room descends into chaos.

Oh my lols, Instructor Nam hangs about outside the door, ignoring the shouts from within. She stops Teacher Yang from entering — the kids need to work out their aggression, she says. He’s shocked that she’s overlooking it, but that’s not it at all. Fighting in the hallowed halls of school? She’s got it all on film. Hahaha, I love her methods.

Their punishment commences in the pouring rain, and every last one of them is on the ground, rolling in mud. Principal Choi sprays her tea when she spies them from her window, but quickly tells herself she didn’t see anything. I love that Instructor Nam drives her to incoherence.

The drill finishes with the rain, and the soaked kids head inside. Ha-joon and Yeol remain behind. “I was afraid that I would lose you again,” Yeol says without looking up. The method sucks, he agrees, that’s why — and he doesn’t let Ha-joon talk over him — that’s why they should just keep their heads down against the adults, quiet as the dead. It’s a desperate echo of Joon-soo’s words to Real King.

Voice thick with emotion, Ha-joon says that’s why he’s struggling to endure: “Because of you…because of you.”

The kids sit knee-to-knee around a table, slurping ramyun in their muddy clothes, to the amusement of the other students. A quick flashback shows us that this, too, is part of Instructor Nam’s exercise. Yeon-doo’s infectious giggles at the sorry sight of them all have the whole group descending into laughter before long, and for the first time, the walls that divide them seem a little less indomitable. Passing, Teacher Yang is surprised at the sight of their apparent camaraderie.

Yeol and Ha-joon head into the shower, and mischievous Yeol is back, spraying Ha-joon before he gets a chance to undress. An adorable waterfight ensues, and the boys are all smiles as their world is right again.

The next morning finds the two boys paying Principal Choi a visit. Yeol kneels in apology for yesterday’s incident, and Ha-joon reluctantly follows suit, head lowered. They ask for forgiveness, and Choi’s smug satisfaction makes me want to punch her. In acknowledgement, she submits that bringing it up with his father all of a sudden wouldn’t be helpful. I’m not sure if it’s a threat when she says she’ll give thought to when a good time might be.

At Yeon-doo’s mom’s cafe (hello, favorite song!), Yeol’s dad keeps taking dirty dishes from her. She sits him down and tells him to spit it out, whatever it is. He hedges for a second, then sets a box in front of her, open to reveal a ring. He tells her to have it, and have him, too. The proposal takes her by surprise, and she thanks him, but says she can’t accept it. Weird scene.

Instructor Nam shows the kids a map to her house. It’s entirely up to them whether they come, but she offers them her customary choice of penalty points or punishment if not. They groan.

They arrive that evening to a huge party spread left for them, and tuck in with excitement. Even Soo-ah is in a good mood. Da-mi runs to the fridge for a drink, and the kids chorus for juice. The unmarked bottle she brings is giving me strong “black currant cordial” vibes (à la Anne of Green Gables).

Oh yeah. Hyo-shik knows right away, and innocent Da-mi pours everyone “grape juice.” Yeol and Ha-joon take sips and exchange grins. By silent consensus, they all enjoy what must be Instructor Nam’s homemade wine. Hyo-shik raids the fridge for the rest of it, and eventually, Dong-jae is the only one to remain sober.

Soo-ah stops Ha-joon on his way upstairs. A sad drunk, she asks why they’re all out to get her. She cries out that she’ll kill them all, and repeats the words in a litany. He crouches by her and delivers a light poke to her forehead. She cries in earnest, asking why they all blame her when she’s struggling so hard, too. “It’s like my head is eating up my heart,” she sobs, clutching her heart, “It really feels like I’m dying.”

Ha-joon doesn’t say a word, but there’s understanding in his eyes. Tossing a handkerchief at her, he goes on his way. She clutches it and continues to cry.

Yeol finds Yeon-doo sitting on the veranda. Eyes closed and smiling, she tells him she’s glad his friend came back; he’d been so worried. The drink-fuelled dizziness makes her lay her head on the table. Giggling, she invites him to do the same, and they’re eye to eye, inches apart. She lights up, recognizing the situation. “One! I get up! Right?” she asks, and they both sit up.

Smiling, Yeol offers an alternative, “One: I do it.” He slips a hand around her neck and leans in to kiss her.

COMMENTS

But they don’t actually kiss, because this show is as much a tease as Yeol, ha! But isn’t this great? The development of their relationship is fast, but in every way believable. They sync to each other so quickly, and not just in their motions. I loved, this week, seeing her really get him on an emotional level. They both see each other at their most vulnerable — this time, she sees him cry. Their emergent friendship makes no demands, and it’s sweet to see how Yeon-doo offers Yeol support, but doesn’t take up his space. The equality and mirroring in their relationship is so gratifying, and Yeol’s readiness to flirt at a moment’s notice is hilarious. He’s like a boy scout — always prepared! There’s just so much adorable, I love it. I love that it’s fluffy and light-hearted but at the same time, not lightweight, despite its exaggerated characters and unlikely situations. Like some of you noted last week, its bright exterior veils a darker center, and I think this is one of the show’s great strengths (leads’ chemistry notwithstanding!), because it keeps it anchored to its emotional heart.

I didn’t care enough last week to waste words on Soo-ah, but she’s turning out to be much more complex and divided than your average cardboard-cutout overachieving backstabber. But it’s also a little bit scary to think about what it’s like in her head: Every time I think we’ll finally see a glimmer of human sympathy in her, it doesn’t happen. In her face-offs with both Yeol and Ha-joon earlier in the episode, I realized I was unconsciously looking for signs of empathy. You can see her trying to understand the boys’ relationship, but she doesn’t get anywhere — the language of their mutual friendship is entirely beyond her comprehension.

It’s a fascinating and disturbing kind of deficit; she’s no psychopath. Heartsick inside, her feelings are pushed so far down that she appears devoid of emotion. Every time she warns people not to mess with her (surprisingly often), it now sounds to me like she’s saying it out of desperation rather than threat. But when she’s pushed past her limit, she lashes out like a wounded animal, and blames everyone but herself. Trapped in the emotional state of a child and saddled with the intellect of an adult, she has no resources for managing those emotions.

She and Ha-joon are both products of abuse, but they’re opposites. Beaten and used, Ha-joon, too, doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings, but the difference is that he has a friend. It’s clear that he sees enough of himself in her to feel for her in that moment — so pitiful despite her hatefulness. And her hatefulness is really a problem, because that’s why she has no real friends. As we see with Ha-joon, it’s that One Friend who makes all the difference — even between living and dying.

At the same time, it’s hard to blame her entirely for being as she was made, given the intense depersonalization she suffers at the hands of her overbearing mom. She’s driven so hard that she’s even deprived of a normal, healthy emotional development. However, though stunted and damaged, she still struggles to do emotions, heart against head. But with no other point of reference, she can only experience other people’s actions through the filter of her own. I was surprised she didn’t use Ha-joon against Yeol longer — that was her best weapon in undoing him and gaining his number one spot. It’s more proof, really, of the child-like state she’s locked in, that she can’t calculate such a plan for the long term.

I love the way this show constructs all these characters in careful counterpoint to each other. The Soo-ah/Ha-joon encounter is one, but the Soo-ah/Dong-jae pairing is also deliberate, and these characters are all mirrors of each other in some way. Dong-jae is boiling towards a crisis — that’s the second time he’s failed to help when it mattered, and it’s definitely hurting him. I’m glad we got to see where it came from, but I’m not sure I find it more compelling than the result. It’s a shame we cut away from the cheerleading practice before we got to see how things went down. And did you guys notice how Yeol takes the Real King side of the room at the very beginning of the episode? Definitely not accidental. We already saw him not quite fitting into Baek Ho, but again, it’s so gratifying to go one step further and see him identify with the Real King kids. It’s as good as declaring outsider status.

It’s hard watching Yeol and Ha-joon try to navigate their friendship around the desperate brokenness of Ha-joon’s life, and his self-hate at being used as leverage against his friend. Yeol’s anguished helplessness is what drives him to endure, in recognition of their powerlessness as kids. His answer is to amass what weapons they can in the form of specs, for the bigger and better freedoms they must grant. I don’t know if it’s a false hope, but it sustains him. (Sidenote: Look at how that nasty principal lights up at the boys’ necessary submission. She seems to thrive on dominance and coercion. Ugh.)

We haven’t had any cheerleading yet, but I really like how the show is taking the time to lay the groundwork of bringing these two very disparate groups together in a way that feels so true to life. Last week, it was about earning their commitment (by any means necessary), but this week, it was all about practical teamwork and breaking down walls. So next week, we should finally be ready to go! (Go go!)

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Thanks @Saya! The best episode so far!

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@Growingbeautifully, sorry for posting it here, but... ;)
guys, kbs has a preview. :) click on the black link next to ji soo. enjoy!
http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/cheerup/index.html#

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RIGHT THE BEST EPISODE SO FAR !!!
I 've watched it three times kyaaaak, too many feels.
@kitkat
thanks for the link.

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Makes me swoon after a long time... Woww.. Great chemistry

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So happy!!! The taping this morning was delayed because of heavy fog, the cast and crew was late getting to Daejeon. They only filmed for 2 hours because the school is hosting the International Drone Festival this weekend. When I first found out about this show filming at the school I wasn't very excited. The promos for it was not very interesting, it seemed like a rerun of a lot of other high school shows. I wasn't even hyped about watching the taping of the first and second episodes. Now I am TOTALLY hooked!! I can't wait to see the full episode.

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yeah, the promos and teasers just didn't do it justice, it wasn't until I saw the long trailer that I knew I wanted to check this out. Poor underpromoted little drama :(

I wonder how they manage filming in an actual high school, especially during term. It must be difficult, even if I'm jealous of you for getting to be this close to it actually being made!

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Agreed - the promos made it look like "oh yay, another high school rom-com-drama", but it is really much more than that.

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Oh cool. So you get to see them filming? That's nice. Take lots of pictures haha

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Technically, I'm not allowed to take pictures. During Heirs filming my husband followed me around with a high res camera and was able to take some great shots but this time around he refused to be turned into a stalker for me. I tried to take a couple of photos with my phone but they did not turn out well.

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@Rachelle, I am jelly! Can you tell us how the filmings go? Any tidbit is fine!

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This is the third drama where I have been on set. During Healer I had to follow very strict rules to be allowed on set. This one is pretty lax. They drove up with their big truck and the shows name right on it. During Heirs they were trying to be very secretive. There were no fan girls waiting outside the school gates this time.

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awww :( I wish this drama did have the legion of fangirls waiting outside the gates, it deserves to be more popular :(

but I'm still jealous you get to see the filming! (speaking of which, how do the girls manage those short uniform skirts with bare legs? I can see that the leaves are turning in the background, I wonder if it's cold there).

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May i know where it is? I'll be at Korea next month. Wonder if i can watch them filming..

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They are using 3 schools for their filming. They only use TCIS in Daejeon for some of their interior shots. The exterior for this show is a typical Korean style school look. There is only 3 weeks of filming left and unfortunately the set is not open to the public. Only select school related staff are allowed to be around. My son goes to the school and I'm good friends with the admin. so they allow me access.

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Afaik they film in 청복고등학교 too, as well as in Sejong City. Sejong City's PR department have been posting tons about the drama. Even going so far as sharing filming schedules for certain days. They're a major sponsor of the production.

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Thanks for the recap Saya.

Lee Woo Geun is such a cutie...Dear recapper, just don't compare him with Park Shi Hoo ever again!!

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I really miss the 'like' button in times like this.

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Thanks for the recap..I really loved this episode! Go, go, Yeol and Yeun-Doo, all the way.. :)

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I just love the cheer leading instructor/teacher. She is so sassy! And she is always on the go go! :) It kind of makes me happy that she is also a foil to Soo Ah's privileged self righteous attitude! Sorry for the cliched statements but I wanted to say this and how I love this show!

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Also I'm waiting for the homeroom teacher to go ga ga over her! :)

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Me too... I think they'll be adorable together :)

(Btw, I don't really get why they make it as if she were ugly. I mean, she might not be the most beautiful girl around but she's definitely NOT ugly. I think she's pretty AND hot)

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I guess it's for a comic relief, but I love that she has that "screw that, I'm fabulous"- attitude because that just makes me love her more.

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Teacher Yang and Instructor Nam are <3...... Can someone clarify plz... Do Yeol and Yeon Doo know each other frm before? What is their parents backstory? the proposal scene had me like.. eep .. are they gonna be step siblings or somthin.

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Yeol and Yeon Doo have not been introduced to each other before school (because the mom asks Yeol's dad if his son's smile is like his, so I assume she hasn't seen his appearance yet). Their backstory hasn't been revealed, but they're close enough that Yeon Doo's mom calls Yeol's dad "honey," plus Yeol's dad proposed so the assumption is that they're dating!

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Thanks... We know that the parents story goes back a bit as well ryt? Probably frm when they were much younger... Cant wait to see when Yeol and Yeon Doo find out their parents know each other

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Yeon Doo and Yeol's parents' backstory hasn't been revealed yet, but it seems like the two probably have known each other since way back, for them to actually date each other for 2 years now, which that means, they knew each other since young.. I think...

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"But looking queasy, he hauls her away." At the snack stall it wasn't because Yeol was full that he looked queasy, it's because Yeon-doo wants to eat chicken feet.

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Oooooh Yeol is soooo cute and I want him with Yeon-do... no step siblings writer-nim........ I beg of you

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Thanks for the recap! Totally loved this episode! So loving our cheeky Yeol!

Soo Ah's threat is getting less effective the more she says it but I agree with how you interpreted it. It's beginning to sound like, please don't do anything that can make me mad so that I don't have to do bad things.... Or something like that hahaha

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I so love the Anne of Green Gables reference!!!! My childhood obsession. I'm sure in some way it paved the way for me watching Korean dramas not stop. Anyway, if Yeol and Yeon Do's parents get married, they can't date, right? Is that considered icky in Korea?

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sigh, non stop, not not stop.

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Ani.. K- dramas love their fauxcest

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Hee! So true.

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"Fauxcest" *giggle. Great phrase.

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Mom said no, right? So they will not marry and we can have cheeky Yeol and yeon-doo walking the sunset!!

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I hope the writer doesnt go that way. Although technically both Yeon Do and Yeol are not blood-related (if the parents are ever gonna get married), it feels so wrong.
Although, I kinda curious to know why Yeon Do's mom rejects the proposal. I mean, they are dating, right? Maybe they will touch this issue later.

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Kdramas have thought us time and time again that even if they're not blood-related, there would still be the angst of step-siblings can't be together. Case in point, Love Rain. I found it really annoying, but then again, I'm the girl that wanted Catherine and Sebastian of Cruel Intentions to end up together, and that's the reason why I loved the Taiwanese drama: Devil beside you.

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How wonderful were the parents in Devil Beside You? Just the sweetest human beings in the world.

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It's been a few years but I remember that drama fondly. I think it was my first Taiwanese drama.

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Tell me about it. Silly almost childish dad and definitely childish mom, allowing their kids to be together. It's sweet and amazing and nothing like kdrama we can't be together if our parents marry angst.

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I always got so annoyed by how Cruel Intentions did Catherine wrong. She and Sebastian would have been perfect for each other (also, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe had INSANE chemistry), far more interesting than him falling for the good girl next door.

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I know that angst can be beautiful sometimes (if its a makjang type drama) but I think its too much for this drama and for us the viewers to have this kind of plot, mainly because this drama is not supposed to be makjang ;p I want Kim Yeol and Yeon Do to have a happy relationship and have them worried about their friendships and cheerleading only. Although I can see Yeol has some family issue he has to deal with.
I dont watch Love Rain, so I dont know the story but I guess I dont miss out much!

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If you loved the Taiwanese drama, you would probably also like the Japanese manga it was based on: Akuma de Sourou (Devil Beside You or The Devil Does Exist), one of my very favorite mangas.

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Perhaps it's because I was raised differently, but I really don't see a problem with love between step-siblings.

I'm sorry, but why should the parents not be able to love (assuming love is even a choice)?

Parents have the rights to love too! Imagine if CHS and HNR were the perfect couple, but MS is the main hero, and loves a girl who happens to be CHS's daughter... I say, even then, CHS and HNR should end up together, and so do MS and the girl.

There's too many prejudice towards love. The recurring one is the age-difference but there's still so many others. We shouldn't define individual relationships with the general "trope." According to circumstances, and individual, it can all be different. And one of my friend, because of war and more, isn't aware of her real birth date. So does she have to be conscious of age when thinking about love as well? Anw, I probably should stop ranting. It's just that over the years, I've met so many prejudice, it makes me a little sad. Years before, it was aristocrats can't marry the common bourgeois. White can't marry color people. And we've made progress, but not enough.

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For sure, if two people love each other, they should be able to do so, for the most part. My parents relationship would have been illegal in the past (I'm biracial.)But I think I'm looking more at the angst it might cause in the show, rather than it being something I think is wrong. I do think teens in relationship shouldn't live in the same house, which is something that can happen when the parents marry, but these kids are in a boarding school anyway.

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lool if Anne of Green Gables is a gateway drug to kdrama then that explains a lot. I was obsessed too!

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I think we figured something out. :) :) :) Although Anne went for the nice boy net door who would be like 3rd lead in a K drama. Well, maybe not, he did pull her hair.

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Thank you for the recap, Saya!

Yeol dancing with closed eyes, awesome. Yeol and Ha-joon in a shower fight, awesome. Yeol and yeon-doo cutting school, awesome.

Yeol is awesome. I liked him so mtch in this epi.

I get it soo-ah is troubled, pressurising mother but she hasn't done anything that would make me sympathise with her.
And despite her limited screen time, i like Da-mi, cute, and her reply to ancestry query was funny.

Instructor Nam is so much better than the subject teachers of Sevit High. She knows her way quite well.

Did anyone else think the report to education office was Yeol's work? He was looking amused in the beginning...

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I also thought that Yeol did it, with the same reason like yours and the fingers on the keyboard looked like a guy's.

And yeah, I love Da-mi, (whom I find quite sassy as well) and the other characters. I was laughing so hard at the scene when she and the boy with spectacles were snuggled together, with her saying: "I'm the pretty woman you're going to marry!"

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Strange. I always figured that it was Teacher Yang. Go back to the episode and you will be able to catch the satisfied smirk he was trying to hide when the educational officer showed up.

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God, glasses boy is gorgeous too! He's got a Kwak Si-yang vibe going on. You can't hide that much sexy behind a dorky haircut and geeky body language!

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lol Glasses Boy (his name is Tae-pyung) seems to have a little bit of a crush on Da-mi, judging by the out-of-the-blue question about her ancestry at the kids' Q&A.

And I love how the admission that A Pink is his favourite group slips out as if by accident, he sounded like he probably wanted to say he liked something cooler.

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But he commits to it, which I respect! I like to Da-Mi / Tae Pyung pairing, they're cute.

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hee, I really ejoyed the apink answer. :) btw isn't jung eun ji member of that group?

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yeah, that's her group! It's always the obvious in-joke when you have an idol starring in a drama and someone gets asked what kpop group they like.

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no. its teacher Yang's doing.
i doubled check it , and from the shirt and sweater he wore is exactly the same one as the one who report to edu board.

yeol is always amused if something like this happen to his school. hehe

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Ah...you're right, as well as @Itenoria and @Lola. Thanks!

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I think it's the teacher, silently rebelling against the principal because he has no power to make the school be anything other than a cram school pushed around by wealthy parents ensuring preferential treatment for their kids.

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@panchhi, Dami actress is the same in Seonam Girls High School Investigators. She was like the leader of the group - reminded me of Nancy Drew.

And of course, Cynthia from Yong Pal was part of the team too.

Great idea, bad execution. Glad to see she got another go at a drama here since Stephanie Lee killed it in Yong Pal.

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@sundaexstory:yeah dami and that geeky boy are cute.
@itenoria @rhienz @lola-right? I missed that sweater part. And yeol is Always amused!!
@mothwabit-yeah Cynthia killed it in yong-pal. Hope she and dami get good work!

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Really love this episode! Though I am uneasy about the parents' loveline as usual...
On the bright side, Coach Nam is delightful and...sassy. I don't blame the show naming itself as Sassy Go Go, because there is so much sass in this drama.
I adore the romance!!! I just keep smiling at the thought of them. And did anyone notice that way before all the skinship, when Yeondoo and Yeol were walking in the market, Yeondoo actually looked at Yeol for a while and smiled to herself?!

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Ugh, just forget about the parents, show! We don't need the distraction from the best bit about the show - the kids.

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@ sundaexstory

"And did anyone notice that way before all the skinship, when Yeondoo and Yeol were walking in the market, Yeondoo actually looked at Yeol for a while and smiled to herself?"

Yes, I noticed and I laughed to myself.

The title is indeed very appropriate, since in this episode we hear the Dance Competition compere actually say "Sassy, Go! Go!" just before Yeon Doo danced on stage.

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yeah, I thought I was hearing things at first, but the MC actually says 발칙하게 고고! as they start dancing. It's the cutest.

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Sassy Go Go is the perfect name for this drama, I don't care how weird anyone thinks it is.

I love how Yeol and Yeon-doo watch each other. The market is a great chance for them to look all they want - like when he was watching her dance at the market, I love how he goes from 'I'm too cool to dance in front of ajummas, you're embarrassing me' to totally falling for her some more as he watches her dance, and then ends up being dragged in to do his own cutely awkward couples routine.

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Chemistry is on point ??

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I really liked Yeol's character. He could easily be an ass and I was expecting that when he was introduced in the first episode but he's such a sweet heart. It's rare to see that in a first male lead. His character is written more like a second lead and I love it. It's refreshing.

So is Soo Ah gonna have a thing (romantic/platonic) with Dong Jae or Ha Joon?

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I've been trying to put my finger on exactly what it is that makes Yeol's character unusual, and you've pinned it perfectly: he's a second lead.

In most other shows, he'd be the sidekick to Ha-joon's lead. He's got a couple of core character traits (first in class, smug), but otherwise he spends most of his time not pursuing his own interests but supporting someone else's crisis. The rest of the school know that Yeol and Ha-joon are friends, but Yeol doesn't tip his hand much in public to show how deep that loyalty runs.

It's really cool that the typical second lead is getting center stage. And it's interesting to think that in a different drama, we might not be aware of how much the second lead is working and struggling to keep Ha-joon above water, we'd just see the moments when he intervenes. But it's clear that Yeol spends a massive amount of his time thinking about the people he's decided to be loyal to, which now includes Yeon-Doo.

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You've perfectly nailed what keeps me absorbed in this drama - Yeol is so outside the box for a male lead, with how he cares for the others who are important in his life. In fact, he reminds me of an uptown version of Sung Joon's character in Shut Up Flower Boy Band, a welcome comparison indeed.

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Bingo.

Like you and skelly noted, it's Yeol's second-lead nature that keeps this drama so fresh. And the romance, too - he isn't jerky to Yeon-doo, but he flirts a LOT. That also tends to be second-lead territory, only this time Yeol is the lead.

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Yes, the flirtiness is hilarious. The good thing is there's no trickery in it; sometimes you get second leads who are jerks and flirt, only to immediately go "you don't think I was flirting with YOU, do you?" if the girl responds. With Yeol, it just feels like if someone flirted back with him he'd either parry or kind of drop it, but not be actively mean.

But obviously his most winning characteristic is that he just seems to glow around Yeon-doo. Not in an obvious way (well, other than to Ha-Joon) but she just delights him. He's not pursing her as much as just completely happy to be around her. That's what usually "loses" the girl in typical second leads, that they don't press their case or act standoffish, so it's really nice to see here. He just really, really likes her in a way that doesn't make up for something he lacks, but overall makes his life better to have her in it.

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I wouldn't be surprised if he already had the glimmerings of an interest in Yeon-doo even before our story starts - Baek-ho and Real King have obviously interacted (fought) before and the initial accidental fall-and-amost-kiss that sets off the entire chain of events has Yeol looking FAR too ready to kiss her after just a moment of registering that she's on top of him.

I mean, sure, he likes teasing but we don't see him engage in this particular kind of teasing with anyone else.

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@pogo, agree that he must have liked Yeon-doo way before. I hope we see a flashback.

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I agree lol They sure sees each other around even before the drama starts, since they are both second years. It surely wouldn't be surprising if he probably already had glimmerings of an interest in her before the BH and RK showdown. Yeah, Baek Ho and Real King obviously interacted before our story starts. But too bad, throughout the whole series, there are no flashbacks, neither the backstories, except for Yeol's childhood backstory. But at least, we have a lot of mirroring in the drama on each characters though.

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I love, love your perspective lol and I totally agree. But can I just say I totally love that Yeol doesn't only spends a massive amount of his time thinking about the people he's decided to be loyal to, but he also put and use his instinct in action to save those people, which in particularly Ha Joon and Yeon Doo, has been the only reasons why he cannot be so logical at times. Like when the broken glasses from the window was about to fall on Yeon Doo, Yeol's first instinct was using his body to cover her. I can see when he's with Yeon Doo, he can't really be logical at times haha I sort of see that in him since the first episode, even if it was subtle of his feelings, then it just slowly appear out instinctively in each episodes. haha

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I love the cheerleading coach so much, she's just not willing to put up with everybody's bullsh*t.

And I love Kim Yeol's face so much, those smirks and winks make me giggle too much. I can never stress enough: his face! That smirk! That wink! GEH. If I was Yeon-doo I'd be torn between wanting to punch his face, or to make out with it. GAH. (But then I also love that Yeon-doo is mostly on the wanting to punch his face part of the spectrum HAHAHA.) He's such an endearing asshole that I have a lot of feels but I don't know what to name them. GUH.

Also, here's an unpopular opinion: I understand Soo-Ah. I don't like her, nor do I agree with her choices, but she's just a kid whose sole guidance in life is THAT kind of mother--who wouldn't think that the whole world is out to get her when the one person who should have given her comfort is like THAT? (I am sorry I cannot even begin to articulate how despicable her mother's emotional abuse is.) I admit that my brows rose up when she blamed Yeon-doo for the cigarette incident, and that was infinite shades of wrong, but I think that it's because Yeon-doo has what she has wanted for all her life, which is a mother who'd accept her for who she is, squat. The silver lining is that she seems to have a conscience, and that is already a step in the correct direction, no matter how tiny it is. I am rooting for her to change into a better person. She's like a tiny animal (and again I have to emphasize that she's just a KID) cornered, without realizing that she can have comfort if she just sought it from other sources.

And last, I promise: the ratings for this show are abysmal at its finest but I love that there are a lot of international fans (based on the comment count in dramabeans)!! I hope that the cast and the crew know that we appreciate their hard work a lot. :D

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ooh me too! I love that Yeol trolls Yeon-doo so hard and is such a huge, cheesy flirt, but that gaze - sweetness and mischief all rolled into one when he looks at her - that makes him just irresistible. It's one part little kid pulling the hair of the girl he likes, and one part young man actually showing her that he does.

And he's SO not hiding that he likes her, ha. He basically just announced in front of a whole roomful of people that he wanted to kiss her, and Ha-joon didn't miss him looking right at her as he watched her blush (and that look was pretty lethal, who can blame Yeon-doo?).

I'm with you on Soo-ah too. I compared her to a shelter puppy raised in an abusive home, and the fact that her mother doesn't physically hit her the way Ha-joon's father does, doesn't mean her treatment of Soo-ah isn't abusive. Soo-ah's been trained to think nothing but achievement matters, and that friendship/trusting others is useless because hey, you can't make that into a spec. She hasn't been raised as a young girl, she's been raised as a living, breathing college application. Is it any wonder she's lashing out at anyone, even those who are kind to her? She simply doesn't know what to make of them.

Yeol says he's trying to live as if he's dead - well, in Soo-ah's case, she's trying to live as if she isn't even human.

(on a side note, I really love that we have a conflict between two girls that is all about THEM, and nothing to do with any romantic interest. I haven't seen that in a drama since I Hear Your Voice)

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Right?? I love the fact that he's basically starting to like her by himself, and she just thinks that every flirty thing he does is only to annoy her--yep, I agree, this is classic pulling-of-the pigtails! And while he's falling down the rabbit hole, she's still reforming her thinking of him as an asshole into someone who can be tolerated after all. I just love it when it's the guy who falls first, especially in this case where, as you said, he's just announcing it to the whole world. Cue squealing!

Re Soo-ah living as if she isn't even human: true. She has yet to learn that a person can never do anything alone. It's a shame that she was not able to be real friends with Yeon-doo. I keep on thinking that if she had fewer mommy issues, she would be less resentful of Yeon-doo and would've become friends with her. The cigarettes flashback, where she opened up to the latter about the friend who committed suicide, that was reaching out already. If Yeon-doo's mom hadn't 'interrupted' the moment, Soo-ah would not have been reminded of what she did not have, and that conversation could have been a catalyst for real friendship.

I agree! And I love that the show refuses to have a love triangle. Well, so far. (Because I could see the Soo-ah/Dong-jae/Ha-joon, and I really don't think Soo-ah is there yet.)

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I know, right? Who needs a jerk for a hero when you can have an adorable boy who teases and flirts instead?

I think this is where casting really is crucial - if Jung Eun-ji was a lesser actress who didn't bring as much to the role of Yeon-doo, LWG's eye-smiles would have felt like he was just twinkling at a brick wall.

And you're right about Soo-ah's mommy issues making her even more resentful of Yeon-doo. Genuine friendship and parental affection are things she wants really badly, but seems to have lost the ability to understand what they're about.

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"...and Ha-joon didn’t miss him looking right at her..."
Ha-joon's kinda weirded-out face there cracked me up. :D

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Also, I think Saya hit the nail on the head with this:

You can see her trying to understand the boys’ relationship, but she doesn’t get anywhere — the language of their mutual friendship is entirely beyond her comprehension.

She literally CANNOT understand what makes a friendship tick. It's like her friend's suicide just killed that part of her, even though she retained enough to successfully fake a friendship with Yeon-doo until she was rumbled. And now she can't understand why the boys matter so much to each other, only that they do and she can use it against them.

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Meanwhile, Yeol is so deep into the complexities of Ha-joon's life that he can't believe Soo-ah thinks he's just trying to hide a self-harming secret.

That entire scene is so weird (and great!). Soo-ah is so emotionally twisted that she's can't understand how Yeol/Ha-joon work, and her reaction to being pushed in any way is to lash out like a wounded animal. She's self-aware enough to be able to state that she's about to go feral, she just doesn't see it being any part of her responsibility to change that behavior. If Yeol makes her angry, she will do horrible things, as surely as putting a kettle over an open flame will cause the water to get hot, then boil. And then eventually the kettle will melt, black smoke will fill your house, and your house will burn down.

And then Yeol's on the other side, being as earnest as he possibly can, pointing out that OF COURSE he's not doing this just to hide a secret, that screwing around with this situation could kill someone, that this is not a game she can mess with. It was so weird seeing them head-to-head like that, because they're both threatening a nuclear response, but Soo-ah's is manufactured while Yeol's is a panicked assessment of how all the different pieces will result in Ha-joon either killing himself or getting beaten to death.

Speaking of: I sincerely hope that that reptilian principal has no idea that Ha-joon's father is beating him. If she does, then that coy suggestion that she'll hold the possibility of telling him over Yeol and Ha-joon's heads is thoroughly sadistic. She's basically telling them to obey her or Ha-joon will get badly beaten.

And I hope Teacher Yang starts making some more determined, open leadership moves. I'm pretty sure he's the one who tipped off the Education Ministry, and he seems to be sympathetic to the kids most of the time, but he needs to pick up skills from Instructor Nam and bring some of his righteousness out into the open. At the moment the kids only trust him if backed into an absolute corner.

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Teacher Yang is totally the whistleblower, the pattern on his cuffs is visible in the scene where the complaint gets uploaded to the Education Office website.

And you're spot-on about the scenes between Soo-ah and the boys, and her behaviour in response to being pushed. She knows perfectly well on an intellectual level that Yeol and Ha-joon will do anything for each other, and that Ha-joon will absolutely flip his lid if he realises he and Yeol are cheerleading because they were at Soo-ah's mercy, but her screwed-up view of friendships prevents her from actually getting it.

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Exactly. And then, she be messing with Yeon Doo's most vulnerabilities side - that is her best friend, Dong Jae, by making his basketball team use physical contacts with him till he faint. Yeon Doo's friendship with Dong Jae is another thing she doesn't understand. For someone like Dong Jae who has a physical contact phobia, which she also knows that, and someone who has a brain of an Elementary school kid like him, how can Yeon Doo hang out with him and understand him? That's also a thing she doesn't understand about the platonic friendship between Yeon Doo and Dong Jae, just like how she doesn't understand the boys' relationship of Yeol and Ha Joon's friendship.

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Yeol dancing!!?????? so cute and awkward and cute....♥️♥️.
Couldn't wait to actually see him cheerlead.. I really cant imagine the baekho kids to actually cheerlead..they all seem so stiff...it would be fun to watch yeol and ha joon shake their stuff...
To be honest i thought Ji soo would overshadow lee won geum but he is really grabbing eyeballs with that cheeky smile of his.. Not that Jisoo is any less...but he has less scenes ?but still he makes impact...

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He makes an even bigger impact in next episode. (I hope it's okay for me to say that!!!) Oh the feeeels for this Show!

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lmao this writer HAS to have read Anne of Green Gables, and now I love this drama even more for it. And I LOVE the little look between Yeol and Ha-joon as they taste it and then have this silent agreement to say nothing.

(I mean, they are underage, they can plausibly say they have no idea that what they were drinking was alcohol).

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I think I cracked up the most when YeonDoo was like "Mmm! Good! 완전 (Totally) Good!" And poured half for DongJae without hesitance. I don't know if she knows that it's wine (seeing her later reactions, I don't think so) but it's like seeing someone fall for a prank hook, line and sinker right before my eyes. HAHA!

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I know, I was dying at the "완전 good!" part too. And they all glug it down like there's no tomorrow, such sheltered kids. (at least Yeol and Ha-joon know to stop before they had too much)

Good thing no one puked, though. It may be only homemade wine, but still. Instructor Nam is pretty audacious, to even risk that.

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NOOOOOO!!!!

She didn't look drunk enough to be sick, but I wouldn't be surprised if she'd passed out. I mean, she was already sleepy enough to put her head down on the table, and her eyes close in a way that makes me not 100 percent certain she hadn't just gone out like a light.

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That's one trope I would gladly retire forever! It's gross and unrealistic and a cheap laugh and belittling to all parties involved.

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Who do you think is the little girl from Dong-jae flashback? It's not her sister because she would have said Oppa (she looks younger than him) so maybe Yeon-do? that would explain why he has the need of protecting her (also why he would do anything for her, including changing school), it feels like kind of a obligation for him, he's even trying to get over his trauma of physical contact for her... well, it's just a theory.

Love this episode! Thanks for the recap! Go Go Yeon-Yeol!!

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Yah I think it's Yeon Do too. They are neighbours so makes sense why they would be close friends when they're younger.

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I never actually thought of that. But you could be right. They've been friends since they were children and it looks like Dong-jae would do anything for her. It's actually a pretty good explanation for things.

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You're right lol It was her (spoiler alerts!)

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Oh the chemistry between the main couple is amazing.

The evil girl, she's so inconsistent. They try to make me feel pity for her sometimes but it's not working.

Thanks for the recap!

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Still waiting on how the parents' storyline connects with the OTP ??

I also like the possibility of a DJxSAxHJ triangle ship hahahahaha. Something different to have the second leads have their own ships and not disturb the OTP ??

I think they did not kiss. Totally predicting she ends up knocked out or vomiting ??

Excited for Monday ??

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Yeah. I have the whole Go-mi nam, Hwang Tae-kyung (you're beautiful) scene where she vomits into his mouth, in my head right now. It would be painful for Yeol, but total comedic gold.

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Poor Yeol, if that happened. I would be scarred for life, those scenes give me the heebie-jeebies big time. I would never recover.

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Great drama! but I do not understand. There are only six children in Baekho, and as eight mothers in the flock of ladies for complaints. I do not balance the accounts. Or is there a child who has two mothers? jaja Only that detail.

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LOL, I have the same issue as you! To add, none of those mothers seem to be either HaJoon or Yeol's, so it's 8 mothers to 4 kids. That is just odd.

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lol that was a goof indeed! Unless they're mixing in some non-Baekho moms, which.....why would they?

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Maybe they're some kind of gang...I mean club?

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wait a minute, 8 mothers to 4 kids?

The only way that would make arithmetic sense is if the mothers were 4 same-sex couples. And Korea doesn't allow gay marriage.

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Four mothers, four mistresses :P

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wouldn't there be a lot more hair-pulling and pummelling each other with designer bags if that was really the case? :D

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Epic Puppy Love. Oh the way he looks at her and smiles at her and flirts with her...he's gonna be the next Cha hyun seok.

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It's not just a puppy love, he's getting to the stage of having depth with his feelings towards her. The more he tries to get to know her, the more their conversations are getting deeper and meaningful. In the next episode, you will see the depth in their relationship, it's more than just a puppy love, they began to have a more understanding about one another through their confrontation, which their relationship will develop more deeper than just puppy lovers.

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Thanks for the recap!

I'm loving this drama - it has very visible flaws, but I find as I'm watching it that I don't care because it's just so fun. Yeol and Yeon-doo are so cute!

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and UFFF this episode had all the champagne-bubble sweetness and then had to hit me with Ji-soo and Lee Won-geun's bromance-is-an-inadequate-descriptor like that.

I know all of us squee hard about the romance, but Yeol and Yeon-doo's friendships are the driving force behind everything they do, and a huge part of the reason they make a great couple - they get each other perfectly on that level. It's the first time I'm seeing that treatment in kdrama, and it's really refreshing. And bonus points, they actually TALK to each other when they're in crisis, instead of playing noble idiots.

I also noticed Yeol and Ha-joon's gradual slide over to the Real King side of the room. They usually end up on the edges of their group, but by the end of the episode at the 'blackcurrant cordial' scene, they've actually broken away altogether and are firmly on the Real King side of the table. It's so much fun to think of them doing it unconsciously. And they break my heart. Each of them is pretty much all the other has in the world, given their terrible school and the fact that their respective parents are estranged (Yeol) or abusive (Ha-joon). Poor Ha-joon hates himself for being Yeol's weakness, but their friendship is also their greatest strength, and it goes both ways - Yeol keeps Ha-joon in the world of the living, even if it's sometimes a struggle, and Ha-joon keeps Yeol from being a smirky facade and nothing else.

Which is something that Soo-ah doesn't get - she thinks of the kind of vulnerability that friends have for each other, as a weakness and nothing else (which is also how she convinced herself that Yeon-doo was only to be used, and that their friendship should only ever be pretend on her part). Which is, ironically, making her even weaker than Ha-joon because she's all alone. She COULD have had Yeon-doo as a friend, but she's been trained to think of friendship as something unnecessary and wasteful, a weakness that is only to be exploited by other people and which she must never allow herself. No wonder she's on the verge of a breakdown, no kid under that much pressure should be so lonely.

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While Soo Ah needs a wake up call, her bitch mother needs it even more. Can't help but wonder how her husband puts up with her (or maybe he does not - does he even live at home?).

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There's no mention of Soo-ah having a father, it's quite possible he's either divorced (which in kdramas means you never see your children again) or dead.

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Well, it goes the same with Yeon Doo, who also doesn't have a father either. That means, both of these girls needs a paternal figure in both ways.

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Not only Yeol and Ha Joon's friendship that Soo Ah doesn't understand, even the relationship between Yeon Doo and Dong Jae too lol She doesn't understand the reason how they are friends when Dong Jae has a brain of a little kid and has physical contact phobia, that's why she use Yeon Doo's vulnerability by getting at Dong Jae as well. As well as Yeon Doo and the Real King kids' friendships.

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This episode was full of "cheeky grins" and "crinkly smiles" - love it!! Makes me all giddy with excitement! A drama with so much heart, what's not to love!? It did take me a while to settle into, but now that I have, the characters are really growing on me. I like it when I'm able to root for characters, even when they aren't so likeable in the beginning.

Looking forward to the next two episodes. Many thanks for recapping, Saya!

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Love this episode so much. Instructor Nam is such a riot, I laughed so hard whenever she told the class they can always choose between point or physical punishment. Surprisingly, I enjoy Dongjae and Sooah pairing. They are like a child trapped in a adult body and they tried their hardest to connect with others. Somehow Dongjae's innocence and Sooah's hatefulness make a very interesting scene.

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I agree - and I'm curious as to how Soo-ah is going to react to Dong-jae overall, because her usual tactics are going to be... odd.

First of all, being mean to Dong-jae is like kicking a puppy, and I think even Soo-ah gets how unbalanced that is. But the fact is that she's seen his reactions a few times now: when she deliberately hurt Yeon-doo and he poured milk on her, but then seemingly forgot about it a few days later and was both apologetic and sympathetic to her. And then after the basketball tackle, when he definitely knew she'd been behind it - his reaction was blank. He doesn't seem to have gotten angry at her for that.

So her usual tactics are either going to make her look like an utter monster in a way that even she finds distasteful, or they're going to have no effect (or an unpredictable effect). For a girl who's generally used to fighting tooth and nail with absolutely everyone, Dong-jae isn't even a marshmallow, he's more like a cloud of mist - I don't know that she'll be able to manipulate him.

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It's finally here. THanks for the recap, Saya!

I'd been stalking EP 3 while waiting for this recap so I'm happy now.

I am enjoying this show so much. Having grown up in an all girls school, this show lets me experience what I would have wanted in highschool. No wait. NOT the bullying. But the falling in love with a flirty, shining boy and being super solid with friends.

I am worried about the abysmal ratings. Will they affect the quality of the show?

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Hopefully the low ratings won't affect the quality of the show. The ratings are steadily ticking up which is a good sign. The Nielsen numbers for episode 4 clocked in at: AGB = 3.8% and TNmS = 4% range.

Hwaiting Sassy Go, Go!!!!!!!!

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So sorry not to know. How do I look the numbers up?

Thanks, @August!!!

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You're welcome @mothwabit. Don't worry - no need to apologize. Sometimes the info is posted under episode ratings on Wiki.d-addicts and Asianwiki. The links for SGG are below:

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Sassy,_Go_Go/Episode_Ratings

http://asianwiki.com/Cheer_Up!_(Korean_Drama)

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Thanks so much for the info, @August!! I just wish they'd get some ratings love.

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Gosh, this episode is just darn enjoyable and so cuuuuute on so many levels. And Yeol is priceless! It's a testament to Yeol's understanding of friendship that he doesn't feel threatened by Yeon doo/Dong jae's friendship, but still makes his interest in and attraction to Yeon doo known to her. I think it's very sweet the way they are there for each other but give each other space, you can really see their friendship develop.

Poor Dong jae. Joining the cheerleading team is akin to self medication. I don’t know why he doesn't seek professional help for his problem, but in that school environment, I'm not surprised. There are so many kids who would have benefitted from having a school psychologist on the premises: Soo ah, Ha Joon, Dong jae and there may be more....

The kids drinking the home-made wine was hilarious! More than a few of them knew that it was alcoholic wine, not just grape juice, but I guess they didn't care. LOL. What are the odds that the Cheerleading coach put the homemade wine there on purpose to loosen them up!? She's been known to use unorthodox methods before. My guess is she's waiting in the wings to step in before they do anything kooky or dangerous.

But Korean teenage dramas are so refreshing! I love how Teacher Yang covered for them when Yeol and Yeon doo ditched school and didn't come up with the same conclusion an American teacher probably would when they catch teenage kids cutting out of school (i.e. drugs, sex, or alcohol). I'm not sure if this is a realistic portrayal, but it sure is refreshing to watch.

Question for anyone who can answer: I notice that Da mi calls Yeon doo 'Unni' and she referred to Kim Yeol as 'Sunbae' Yeol. I am interpreting this to mean she's considerably younger than her classmates and not the same age? Is that possible in the Korean school system?

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Yeon doo is now a second year, so that probably means that Da mi is a first year, hence the reason why she addresses them that way! Hope this helps :)

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Yeah. In episode 1, when YeonDoo and HyoShik were commiserating over their "fantastic" academic placings, DaMi was no where to be seen. It was only after the "One Year Later" tag line while they were dancing that she appeared. I think JungEun is a first year too? And one more guy but I can't tell which. JoonSoo?

Real King is a Year 1 to 2 club. All Seniors (Year 3) have been banished to the land of study-till-you-puke.

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Joon Soo's second year student too, he was there with Yeon Doo, Hyo Sik, and Seung Woo on their first year at that school.

In Baek Ho, there's only one who is the first year, Choi Tae Pyung (the glasses boy).

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Yeol and Yeon-doo are second-year high school students, Da-mi calling them 'unnie' and 'sunbae' probably means she's in the year below them. We don't see her in their classroom, either.

I love that the entire underpinning of this romance is their loyalties to their friends. What you said about Yeol is so true - he's not threatened by the fact that Yeon-doo has a male friend, he just registers it and gets on with his own flirting! I also like that Ha-joon has caught on to the fact that Yeol likes Yeon-doo, but doesn't launch into any spiel about how she's unworthy of him or any such thing - he just seems to accept that liking her is Yeol's business and doesn't interfere except accidentally (first the hospital, then under the covers.....who wants to bet he'll interrupt before they get to kiss this time? lol)

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I hope not lol. Though I am bracing myself for an interruption (it's a kdrama after all) I would really like to see a good on screen kiss that's not at the end of the drama :-)

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This show is just awesome. I love the heart behind it and the characters. Of course, Ji Soo makes me swoon but really, I'm already in love with Yeol so I forgive him for being the lead.

I love it so much, can't wait to be tuesday !

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Love love this episode. And Lee Woo Geun is such a cutie :). Anyone noticed that he kind of looks like Yoo Yeon Seok (Warm and Cozy, Chilbongie of Answer me 1994)? I was using all my willpower to get them to kiss this episode and when the screen stopped at that exact moment, I screamed. Why do I feel like someone's gonna interrupt? *wailing

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My money is on Ha-joon. He interrupted their impromptu skinship at the hospital and in bed, and he's seemingly sober and walking around the house - I bet he'll prevent the kiss too!

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Really? My bet is on the teacher. Who knows, she might catch them, let them kiss, then punish them for kissing by giving them so more alone time doing clean up duty. Bwahahahaha.

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My bet on Dong Jae :P He was pretty sober serving water

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I have to comment coz i wanted to give'em 5 stars!!!! Super cute. Monday come pali pali

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Me too :D

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I'm not complaining but I've only just started watching kdramas live and She Was Pretty, Twenty Again and Sassy Go Go are my new obsessions. The time between airing and reviews for She Was Pretty and Sassy Go Go drive me crazy because I just want to rant and rave about the show with you guys straight away! By the time these come out I've forgotten what I wanted to say most of the time! But thank you for all your hard work recappers and commentators, I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have this place to talk about these shows.

So ep 4. Highlights - new cheerleading coach is kind of awesome. I love that Yeol is slowly being won over by Yeon Doo's earnest enthusiasm for life. This is exactly what he, Ha Joon and even Soo Ah need.

Please show, stop with the parents loveline. We only have 12 episodes! And it's so out of place and unnecessary. If you need to focus on the parents at least show us why Yeol ran away from his Dad to go to boarding school - unless Yeol manufactured a fight so that he could go to school with Ha Joon to make sure he 'graduates', which I suddenly realise is code for live through high school. Damn this show is dark. I love it so much. The characters are so well developed and real.

Anyway I hope they stop diverting attention from the heart of the show. I could do with less air time on Soo Ah's mum too. I mean yeah, include it to illustrate the manipulations they're pulling off to get Soo Ah into college but be brief.

I hate the principal so much. It's the smirk that just grinds my gears.

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Tell me about it. The principal is a class-A act. Do you know how much I wished that when Yeon-Doo's mum came to school to rant and rave at Teacher Im (because she wanted a cover for her daughter to leave the horrible place), she would bypass Teacher Im and give that annoying principal a piece of her mind.

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I think it would actually be really cool if Ha-joon became friends with Yeon-doo too. So far, he's seen her only as the troublemaker Real King kid and the girl his friend likes, but the poor boy needs more friends, and Yeon-doo's sunny nature would do him good if he spent time around her.

And I agree about not spending too much time with the parental love line. It's just a minute but we don't even need it, just give us the kids instead. If they spend too much time on the parental love line to the point where we never find out why exactly Yeol went to Sevit in the first place (even if we know it was for Ha-joon), I will be very annoyed.

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I hope all of them band together as plucky misfits succeeding through determination and supporting each other to overcome their personal obstacles. But yes, Ha Joon needs more human connection and Yeon Doo and even Dong Jae are well placed to fill that gap because they already know about his secret.

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In this episode, Yeon Doo didn't know about Ha Joon's secret yet, she only knows that he do have his own problems, but she doesn't know anything about the problem he's having, just yet.

As for Dong Jae's problem, of course, Yeon Doo knows. They are neighbors and they are childhood friends. Also the cause of his phobia was her, the little girl was her, so that means, her childhood experience was as well not better than any of the BH kids' problems either. The person got that phobia and the person who was in a coma for 3 days are not that different, but it caused the person who's in coma for 3 days almost lost her life in that such young age. It affects both of them to the present. It's just that Yeon Doo just seems to cure that painful experience by living her life happily in her present, and just do anything her heart tells her. I think that's why Loyalty and Friendship are the most important to her.

Also, about her academic troubles because of entering this hellish school, I'm sure it's not just because of that, and there's a reason behind her being such a troublemaker in that school, sure, one reason comes from the pressure too, but there's more to why she's so below average at her school. I also want to know about her father, but she's never being specific about him. It's either that he's dead or her parents have divorced like Yeol's parents, she felt comfortable talking about him when Yeol asked.

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lol somehow i wanna see Ha Joon and Dong Jae interaction.. they're both unsocial and such an oddball kids who live in their own world only.. which, one consists of Yeol and the other one is Yeon Doo, and now that basketball is over.. i bet they're gonna be so awkward..

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@iamme

Well, I would say all four of them, YD/DJ and KY/HJ, only had each other in their childhood lives. Yeon Doo probably only branched out new friends since high school because she knows she can't just have Dong Jae in her life, she needs to make new friends too, and as well, for her life safety (That near death experience probably affected her as well). Also, the loss of her father due to something we don't know, also affected her. So I understand why Friendship and Loyalty is such a big thing to her, and why she needs it so much.

Yeol, on the other hand, chose to isolate himself from other people other than Ha Joon, and keep his loss to himself. However, he's very open to Yeon Doo, which she's another person that he's willing to have in his life.

All four of them have their own darkness and losses in their pasts of childhood lives that they all need someone to cope those losses other than just their only best friends.

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Aah, YES.
And it would have been interesting to see the scene where they actually practiced that move the coach showed. I think showing the pairs but not showing us what went down was somewhat 아쉽다.. what's that word in English again?

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아쉽다 means "it's a pity".

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SQUEEEEEEE
This OTP is what dreams are made of. ??????????????

Best episode yet, it was filled with heart stopping moments that pretty much defined the drama and its characters. I can't stop watching it so thank you for the recap, @Saya.
Instructor Nam is just the right person te get the gang to bahave and commit to cheerleading. Seriously, those rich kids are so inconsistent, you don't have to be that smart to figure out he logic that winning is TRAINING. Oh that sense of entitlement is astaunishing. Their parents aren't taunting them enough. Hehe.
I freaked out when they started to gulp down bottles of wine, pfff but thankfuly it made them just emotional, giddy, and so lovable. ?

I love the humour, SASSY instigates the right amount of laughs to make the intense moments bearable. The writing and acting is great, it's definitely exceeding all expectations.

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OMG squeallllll at the whole scene of "there's a girl i want to kiss"..
the way Yeol looks at her and that smile when he notice she's busted, Yeon Doo blushing, all of it are so swoon-worthy..
and we can both romance and bromance in 1 packed episode..
the bromance is killing me.. when Ha Joon said Yeol is the only reason why he's enduring, sobssssss..
as for Soo Ah, i hope the writer won't make her cross over a redeemable path..

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I know, that whole "there's a girl I want to kiss" scene was so perfect.

From Yeol saying it to Yeon-doo going bright red while Dong-jae innocently announces her blushing to the whole group, and Yeol just keeping on LOOKING at her like that, and even Ha-joon notices......they aren't even anywhere within touching distance of each other but that was unexpectedly hot.

I hope Yeol and Ha-joon find more friends, those two endure everything on their own and it hurts to watch sometimes. But they are also incredible together, they would do anything for each other - I think it's not too much to say they really are epic.

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Yeol doesn't seems to have a problem in socializing but i really hope Ha Joon will become friends with Yeon Doo and the Real King kids.. and i think the moment he step upfront and did it, Yeol will definitely be a proud mommy..

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That's just the thing - Yeol socialises and is friendly with everyone, but Ha-joon was actually his only real friend.

Well, now Yeon-doo is becoming one, too. Even if she's a friend he wants to kiss :)

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