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Sassy Go Go: Episode 6

This episode is really Teacher Yang’s. We already knew he was awesome, but he’s just so awesome. Struck by the worst possible allegations this hour, you certainly can’t blame him if he begins to wonder whether a quiet conscience is worth the price. But conscience offers its own consolations in the form of allies and friends. And where there’s a shining light like Yeon-doo, there’s a way.

Now that we’ve passed the halfway mark, I’m just worried sick that twelve episodes might not be satisfying enough. More Crinkles! More Grumptopus! More cheerleading! More everything!

EPISODE 6 RECAP

Yeon-doo catches up to the group of teachers. Looking only at Teacher Yang, she tells him that she thinks she’s just found that second thing — the adult who will be on her side no matter what. She bows in thanks, eyes full.

She runs straight to the departing PD, ready to spill. Yeol and Ha-joon observe from a distance. In the reporters’ van, she asks if her interview will really help Teacher Yang. He assures her that it will, and asks her if she’s being used to amass specs. She’s reluctant to agree with his wording — although it started that way, they’re working hard together now.

Yeol and Ha-joon approach as the men pack away, and ask if the interview with Yeon-doo went well. His confirmation makes them furious. He should have denied any knowledge of her to protect her identity, as per the law, Yeol points out. If he fails to protect her, Yeol threatens to sue him.

Ha-joon tries to walk past Yeon-doo that evening, and she calls out to him. She companionably invites him to share her enormous bag of gummy bears, and the Grumptopus tentatively takes a seat beside her. She tells him about doing the interview, and knowing he wanted to help Teacher Yang as well, she offers sympathy and specially selected bears.

Yeon-doo bursts into the staffroom looking for Teacher Yang — there’s no sign of her interview in the broadcast schedule. Teacher Im watches with smug satisfaction as Yang runs out, shocked. He calls up the PD to ask what’s going on. He gives him the brush-off: Orders came from above to nix the story, and he warns Yang to be careful, too. Around the corner, Yeon-doo overhears.

Teacher Im takes tea with the Lizard Queen, who commends him on catching Yang. Ever obsequious, Im says they should get rid of him. Principal Choi agrees, but they have to find a justification, since they can’t exactly fire him for whistle-blowing.

The Council of Horrible Moms also congratulate themselves for using their connections to stop the story, but Soo-ah’s mom declares that they can’t just let Teacher Yang go, when he nearly ruined everything.

Instructor Nam interrupts Teacher Yang’s brooding to remind him that the kids’ mission to select the team captain is today. She skips off in excitement, leaving Yang to lug heavy stuff.

Yeon-doo stays behind in the Baek Ho room, lost in blues. Ha-joon pauses, but Yeol goes over and pokes her, lit up by his trademark grin. Turning serious, he tells her that it was probably for the best that the broadcast was cut — she could have got hurt.

Ah, now some real cheerleading! The Real King kids put on an impressive performance under Soo-ah, although Dong-jae looks sad at being left out. Yeon-doo cheers the loudest, as Soo-ah is propelled upwards for an elevator. Yeon-doo’s performance with the Baek Ho kids isn’t flashy, but it’s fun and everyone’s included. Even Soo-ah breaks a half-smile and the kids give enthusiastic applause.

Instructor Nam praises both groups on their work. For the upcoming competition, she announces that they’ll combine Soo-ah’s complex moves and Yeon-doo’s creativity for their performance.

Nam tells Soo-ah that they should have found a way to involve Dong-jae despite his handicap: “Cheerleading is a sport that is complete only when everyone is together.” For that reason, she declares Yeon-doo winner and therefore team captain, much to the Real King kids’ delight.

Soo-ah throws up in the toilets, her mom’s criticism at her failure ringing in her head. She overhears one of her minions — HAN JAE-YOUNG — confide to other minion, NA-YEON, that Teacher Yang is the whistle-blower. It’s news to her, and she exits the stall to confront them.

In her session with Director Lee, Soo-ah is incensed about Teacher Yang’s meddling, which nearly destroyed her whole future. Lee reassures her that the adults are on it, so she needn’t worry.

On her way in, she sees Teacher Yang also head in, shoulders drooping. She stays out of sight to overhear him on the phone as he tries to find out why he can’t get his story on air. Even if he gets kicked out, he tells his friend, he’ll expose the school’s rotten doings.

At practice the next day, Jae-young has trouble doing a thigh-stand with Tae-pyung, and Instructor Nam asks Teacher Yang to fill in as their back-spotter. Manner-hands out, he catches Jae-young as she falls, and she screams that he touched her chest. Ugh, oh no. Noooo.

The room comes to a standstill and Teach is at a loss. He stammers an apology — he just wanted to catch her safely. I don’t like Soo-ah’s face.

Afterwards, Jae-young tells her friend Na-yeon that she isn’t so sure he meant to touch her, and it’s likely it was because of the way she fell. Soo-ah approaches, and suggests they use this to teach Yang a lesson.

The three of them have a conference with Teacher Im, who is aghast. Jae-young sobs, and all three testify to Yang’s misconduct. Soo-ah urges the strongest measures be taken against him.

The Meddling Moms descend on a stricken Teacher Yang to demand his immediate dismissal. He tries to explain the misunderstanding, but Principal Choi barks at him that there were witnesses — is he suggesting they conspired together against him?

Instructor Nam arrives, and says that it’s very likely the girls are telling the truth. He probably did touch the girl’s chest — and probably her butt and thighs, too. Teacher Yang gasps.

Coming to stand beside him, she tells them that as a flyer once herself, she, too, got touched a lot. Dropping the breezy tone, she informs them that cheerleading is a sport where such contact is essential. Had Yang not caught Jae-young then, she would have suffered serious injury.

Choi salvages her goal by telling Yang that she’ll be reporting on him to the Ministry of Education. Afterwards, she promises the mothers a thorough investigation, but Soo-ah’s mom fixes on the opportunity to get rid of him altogether.

Teacher Yang looks defeated at the sight of an article on his alleged misconduct, which has already gone up online. It spreads throughout the school, and in her dorm, Yeon-doo scrolls through the same article in shock.

Acutely aware of their judgement, Teacher Yang finds it hard to face his class the next day. The class’s virtual groupchat is full of rumors and gossip about him. Angry, Yeon-doo springs up — immediately followed by Yeol. Hand on her shoulder, he signals her to hold her peace, and heads to the front to address the class.

“Did you guys see it? Did you see our homeroom teacher do that to Han Jae-young?” he asks them.
He calls out the three girls by name and systematically deconstructs their “testimony,” accusing them of lying about being sexually harassed in order to remove the teacher who put their specs at risk.

Soo-ah snipes at him and Yeol turns on her with dark amusement. He asks if it discomfits her to be exposed like this. She keeps getting caught by him because her plots are so transparent, he says.

Yeon-doo chases Yeol after class, impressed. She wonders what made him go all out like that, when he didn’t even care whether Yang got fired or not. “Because if I didn’t do it, you would have,” he tells her. But she would disregard the consequences and end up hurt, “And I don’t want to see that.”

She doesn’t get it. His eyes crinkle into a smile and he tells her to figure it out. She watches him go.

Yeon-doo seeks out Teacher Yang the next day and tells him not to mind the class’s words — not all the kids are like that, plenty believe in him like she does. He lightly scolds her for getting involved.

Hesitating, she says that she has her friends and mom to talk to, but he doesn’t have anyone like that. He thanks her for her support, but admits that he’s a teeny bit embarrassed, too, and sends her off to class. Aww. She turns back one and cheers him one last time.

Yeon-doo stares at the notice of Teacher Yang’s dismissal from school. Yeol also sees it, and says — not without sympathy — that it was always going to turn out this way, but she tells him it’s not over yet.

At lunch, everyone treats Teacher Yang like a leper, and the tables around him empty at his arrival. But not for long: To his surprise, Yeon-doo sets her tray down opposite him, and Dong-jae takes her flank. Moments later, they’re joined by Yeol and Ha-joon. Bolstered by their silent support, the ensuing meal is warm.

Yeon-doo and Dong-jae fill out petitions protesting Teacher Yang’s dismissal. Yeol comes by and wordlessly drops a whole stack of them in front of her. But bad news — Principal Choi gets wind and blocks it. She puts Minion Im on finding out the culprits.

A few days later, Yeon-doo tries to check on her petition’s progress, but the Ministry has no record of it. Even Yeol is shocked by this outcome.

Officials from the Ministry of Education sit down to a meeting with Principal Choi and Teacher Yang, along with the Horrible Moms. The parents unite against him, and Jae-young enters, looking like she hasn’t slept for days. She looks at Teacher Yang, and he nods, mouthing that it’s okay. Aww, Saem.

The moms pressure Jae-young to accuse him. Principal Choi is disgustingly smug when Jae-young confirms it’s true that Yang touched her chest. She says she was angry and humiliated.

Teacher Yang looks at her in sorrow and apology. He says that it was his fault, as adult and teacher, that he couldn’t protect them from injury. Im seizes on his words as an admission of guilt. Yang resolves to take full responsibility for the matter and resigns, not wanting to cause his kids more pain. Standing up, he apologizes to Jae-young one more time.

Outside, he’s met by the worried quartet of Yeon-doo and the boys. He smiles sadly at them, wistful that he won’t get to see them become seniors.

In private, Jae-young tells her mom that Teacher Yang didn’t do it. She didn’t know things would blow up like this, and she wants to fix it. Shocked, Mom cuts her off: To all intents and purposes, her testimony now is the truth, and must remain so, lest they lose face and the school’s corruption be revealed. Jae-young’s arguing is futile.

Jae-young goes straight to Soo-ah and accuses her of engineering the situation deliberately to get him fired — she had misled them to think he would just get a salary reduction. Soo-ah snorts that they’re fools for thinking a charge of sexual harassment ends with anything less than dismissal. Gotta agree with her. Hard to imagine these two as intellectually gifted. She tells them to get their heads on straight — what they need are impeccable specs, not Teacher Yang.

Still, she doesn’t look happy about it, and retreats to the Baek Ho room. But Dong-jae’s arrival surprises her. He rolls out his mat, and she scoffs at him for practicing moves he can’t even take part in (because of the necessary contact). Increasingly worked up, she’s convinced he’s protesting at her since she got him kicked out of basketball and he hates her, hates her, hates her.

He just looks at her, and asks if she’s trying to say sorry. Lost for words, she denies it. “You’re not? Don’t be, then,” he says, returning to his stretches.

Ha-joon finds Yeol sitting on the steps outside, and tells him that he saw Yeon-doo crying earlier. Yeol replies that he told her she’d end up hurt if she put her trust in adults. But Ha-joon confides that even though it didn’t work out for Teacher Yang, he’s glad he did something to help. Getting up, he tells Yeol that he’s popping out for a bit.

Ha-joon steels himself for his errand — paying a visit to his father (a hospital director). His father derides his request to use his influence to reinstate Teacher Yang, even when he pleads on his knees and promises to study harder. Dad sneers that if he was going to do that, he wouldn’t have covered up the petition to the Ministry in the first place. Ohh. Dad barks at him to get back to school, while Ha-joon is distraught at the revelation of his father’s part in the fiasco.

At school, Yeon-doo’s mom calls out, “Hey, ugly girl!” and laughs when Yeon-doo turns around. She lights up to see her. They sit together to chat, and Mom worries about the anxieties weighing Yeon-doo down. Yeon-doo retorts that it’s because she’s just like Mom (Mom agrees), and that she maybe she should’ve taken her advice to do nothing. Mom snorts that she even has immediate regrets after taking a stand. Both of them commiserate with each other at the misfortune of their personalities.

But Mom sighs and adds that despite regret and suffering, she couldn’t not do what her heart told her. Although she told her to stay out of it before, it was as a mom. Now, she tells Yeon-doo, “When your heart tells you to do something, you have to do it, there’s no helping it. So! Don’t regret it.” Yeon-doo’s smile widens, and Mom tells her that if no one else, she has to pat herself on the head and tell herself she did well.

As she sees Mom off, they bump into Yeol. He mouths a question at her, and she mouths back that it’s her mom. He immediately greets her, all respectful and adorable, before going on his way. Mom is just enchanted by his cuteness. Aren’t we all. She wonders whose kid he is, and squees that Yeon-doo should date someone like him. She’s SO overwhelmed by his cute that she can’t stop talking about it.

From a distance, Yeol notices their closeness with a touch of sadness.

Even when Mom gets back to the café, she exclaims to Yeol’s dad that the kids are so good-looking these days, and he feigns jealousy. She asks if he isn’t going to see his son, since things are a bit difficult at school lately. Next time, he says.

At practice, Instructor Nam reprimands Yeon-doo for not focusing — it’s not that she’ll hurt herself, it’s that she’ll put others at risk. She calls her to the front, and asks her what she thinks cheerleading is about. It’s not about standing up in front of a crowd, Nam says, but sincerely cheering on someone whom you want to give strength. Understanding grows in Yeon-doo’s eyes.

She chases after departing Teacher Yang and gives him a card — a handmade invitation to their performance tomorrow, and makes him promise to come.

She spies Jae-young and Na-yeon lurking out of sight and figures they came to see Teach off, too. She asks them for a favor. Though they deny it, she knows they’re troubled by how things turned out. It’s not wholly their fault, she offers, since the adults wanted this outcome for their own purposes. They just have to set things to rights.

Jae-young yells that it’s already game over — he’s been sacked, and they’ll keep on coming to school, “Nothing will change.”

In frustration, Yeon-doo calls out to their backs that fine, they can let their troubled hearts torment them forever, while they live and eat well. Jae-young pauses.

The day of the competition is fine, and even the Lizard Queen shows enjoyment, as the students take part in various contests. The cheerleading team run final rehearsals in uniform, although Yeon-doo is absent.

Yeol (whose top says “stuck on u,” hee!) finds her, solitary and nervous. Perching next to her, he fishes out a banana milk from his pocket for her. He says that Dong-jae always gives her strawberry, so he has to distinguish himself with banana — which is more like him, being as how he’s all tall and light.

Her laugh elicits another crinkly smile, and he tells her that at first, he just found her amusing and fun. But now, he finds himself getting angry, worried, and scared, “Because of you, Kang Yeon-doo.” This is as good as a confession, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

Hilariously, she takes it all backwards and goes, “Uh…sorry…” and starts to inch away, but he turns her into a hug. “Be strong, Kang Yeon-doo,” he tells her (totally enjoying the contact, ha). Argh then Hyo-shik bloomin’ interrupts! NO GO AWAY. Yeol responds good-naturedly to the intrusion, but Yeon-doo runs away.

She’s thrilled that Teacher Yang made it, although he’s trying to go incognito among the audience. Yeol pops up right by her cheek (you just want to be close to her!), and the cheerleaders crowd to get a look.

Instructor Nam persuades Yang to sit next to her right at the front with silent threats, and she tells him that his seat is right here: “Once a teacher, always a teacher.”

Principal Choi, arriving with Ministry officials, is unsettled by his presence, but the show gets underway before she can do anything about it.

Yeon-doo exchanges nods with Jae-young and Na-yeon on each flank, and the music starts. Their performance is spirited, and they finish to raucous applause. They seal the display by holding up signs with cheer-messages.

And then, one by one, each bearer flips their sign over. It starts with, “We lied,” and goes on to retract the false charge and petition his reinstatement. A stir sweeps the hall, and Soo-ah is bewildered at the sudden turn.

“Teach! Please come back!” Yeon-doo calls out. The team raises a cheer, chanting his name, which is picked up by the students in a resounding beat. Stunned speechless, Teacher Yang’s eyes well.

COMMENTS

Aww, Saem! Such a hero. Did I mention I love this show? I do. So much. This is a great culmination of the last few episodes’ team-bonding arc, as they found a cause that held meaning for them all. They’ve finally begun to understand not only how to unite, but why they must — that’s where their strength lies, especially with the odds stacked against them. And at the center of all this is the shining sun that is Yeon-doo, whose friendship proves transformative, over and over again. Throughout this episode, she’s the link at every important juncture: with Ha-joon, with Jae-young, with Yeol, with Principal Choi, and more.

Teacher Yang for holds onto his conviction despite being poised to lose everything, but the thing I love most about him is that he uncompromisingly puts the kids first, even when it means going against the authority. It’s a contrast to Minion Im, who started off endearingly comical and essentially harmless, but the more he cozies up to the principal, the more dangerous his fervor to please her becomes. Yang is a radical because he holds himself accountable to his students, not to the establishment. The episode opened with that moment between Yeon-doo and Teacher Yang which, despite being public, was a private moment of shared understanding between them — trust. Yeon-doo takes strength from him, and his steadfast bravery gives her courage. Her respect grows the more rejected and alone he becomes.

Like LollyPip mentioned (by the way, thank her for “Crinkles and Grumptopus”!), adult power versus youthful impotence is another of this show’s central motifs. That said, I think Yeol — who firmly believes he has no power against the adults — still taps a vein of influence that derives from his wealth and position, and knows how to play the system that an ordinary teen wouldn’t. If he threatens to sue you, he really can. Nevertheless, his influence among his peers is a result of his own personal qualities, which are recognizable when he steps up (being ranked first doesn’t hurt, either), he just hasn’t really ever done it until now.

It’s surprisingly self-aware of Yeol to recognize that Yeon-doo makes him change. It’s adorable that he likes her SO much (these two crinkly eye-smiling chipmunks, omg), and that initial interest that became giddy attraction changes again, to a deeper, more personal respect tempered by mutual understanding. It’s clear that he’s come to value her with his intellect as much as his heart. But! Without losing any giddiness! And there’s no smart guy/dumb girl trope-cliché to it because of how evenly matched and emotionally grounded their characters are. All episode, he’s just telling her over and over again that he likes her (albeit indirectly), but I love that he’s totally happy just to like her (and show others he likes her). Better, he’s actively going far out of his way to support her, even if he does wear his naysaying grumpyface while he does it.

The fact that she doesn’t clue into his motivation is endearing and remains true to her character. She’s so focused on taming her attraction, she doesn’t notice it’s mutual. In the short interlude with her mom, we understand so much about their relationship. Mom totally gets her– they’re so close, they almost don’t need words. Just being with her makes Yeon-doo’s worries fall away, and you don’t even realize she’s carrying a weight until that moment. I feel like she’s a person who chooses to look on the bright side — cheerful pragmatism rather than mindless optimism. She also chooses to live in the present, unlike Soo-ah, whose obsession with the future robs her of a lived life.

Just as I was warming up to Soo-ah, she killed it with her plotting against Teacher Yang, and once again, we’re reminded how cut off she is from the ebb and flow of life and feeling around her. She’s so closed off that someone like Yeon-doo has no effect on her, but as everyone’s noted, Ha-joon and Dong-jae both affect her quite viscerally, although in different ways. Dong-jae gets under her skin, while Ha-joon gets what’s in her head. Getting reactions from her — even crazed, broken ones — actually seems to me to be a vital sign. It’s proof that there’s still a person in there.

It’s so nice to see Ha-joon paying attention to Yeon-doo. He’s like the kid who’s only ever had one friend, and his allegiance once given, is given forever. I want to see this friendship so bad, and I love that it’s not mediated through Yeol — he has nothing to do with the seedling loyalty and tentative friendship that is growing between the two of them. And augh I just LOVE that. But it’s desperately saddening how much this big, soft, puppy-hearted guy is forced to his knees, to cower and plead to petty little people like his father or Principal Choi. But watching him open up to Yeon-doo is so good. She’s like the sun — she makes people do that. It’s not a single quality about her that makes her such a catalyst, but rather, she’s real in all her interactions with others, and doesn’t go through faking it.

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The only thing that makes me nervous at this point is the relationship between Yeol's father and Yeon doo's mom. That would seriously throw a big wrench into their budding relationship.

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I also worry about that but I want to think that Yeol's father is is not really his father. Maybe Yeol's parents died from an accident or he was abandoned when he was young and he only discovered that when he was about to enter high school. Maybe that's the reason why he chose to stay in a boarding school and not communicate with his father.

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It honestly pisses me off that they even brought that up! The adults being friends is one thing but why ruin it by showing he proposed etc.

I feel like it's the writers backup plot point... As in, if the writer can't figure out a way to reconcile Yeol and his father, he'll just show his father "giving up his woman" as some sort of penance for ignoring Yeol.

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Isn't that Dong Jae's father? I think you guys are confused.

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NM, turns out it's actually Yeol's father. Whatever happens doesn't really matter. Yeol and Yeon Doo have nothing to do with their parents' problems.

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I agreed. I think it's Dong Jae's father too.

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Same here, LOVE RAIN dejavu

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I could hardly get behind the problem in Love Rain and I don´t see it happening here either. The looming tragedy is perhaps the only thing in SGG that I don´t like. Their parents are dating. Really? I mean, really? You really wanna go there?

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The gummy bear scene is such cuteness overload! I can't wait for the day we can watch a drama where ji soo doesn't get smacked around and emotionally abused

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I had such a big craving for gummy bears after this episode!

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Tell me about it! I went and ordered the exact same 6lbs bag from amazon. Am so enjoying it now as I rewatch that scene lol.

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Too funny!!! The things we go out of our way to eat while watching these shows!

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you're right. or wear! I purchased a sweatshirt I saw in "it's okay, it's love". :) still one of my fave pieces.

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how's the taste? ;)

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Sign me up to be the first to watch the drama where Ji Soo gets a light fluffy rom com and can be an adorable puppy who gets cuddles and kissy time with a pretty girl ~ haha

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OMG YESS! like he does execute these roles so well but i can't wait for him to have a happy go lucky role where his past traumas aren't as painful as these ones have been! eeeee!

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I NEED THIS. he's always being abused, it hurts too muuuchhhh.

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Yes! It will be so nice to see him lead for a change. He is such a sweetheart ❤️

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It can't just be any girl, he needs to be paired with someone at least as awesome as Yeon-doo!

(I mean, Yeon-doo is Yeol's girl here, and that's the way it should be, but in another drama......I'll still advocate for a Ji-soo/Eunji pairing in the future!)

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OMG. Dramabeans was just down, and I was all sad, and then this recap came up! Thank you Saya! I always enjoy your recaps.

Also, I can't seem to say it enough, but I REALLY REALLY REALLY love this show. I can't believe how I'm constantly finding new things to like. It just keeps doing things right.

Also, preview ep 7 smiles... T___T dies.

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Is this spam if I'm commenting again to say that I REALLY REALLY LOVE this drama to death???

I know I just said it, but the recap just made me remember how much again.

I really can't contain my feeeeeeels. T__T

I want someone to like me as Yeol is liking Yeon Doo. Just once in my life. #sadface

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hey! ur love for the drama cracks me up! i believed u the 1st time u declared ur love. no need for the 2nd comment. LMAO.
& given how much uve written about the drama on ur blog, i dont think anybody has doubts. i havent commented yet but i read it everyday. :)

thx Saya for the recap! I really enjoyed this episode. im loving this drama more and more!!! & im glad that pple seem to feel the same.

a nice fanvid for sgg lovers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_E2DnaCA50

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YES. MV. Thank you.

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Hehe. Also am loving your writing on sassy go go!!!!!

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Miraclan, is it plagiarism if I say, I also REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY! love this show too? I do!

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I can just echo your comment, because I REALLY REALLY LOVE this drama to death too. SO MUCH.

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Hahaha. All of you are making me laugh so much!!

@SoulHealer Thanks for reading my blog. It's okay if you don't comment because I can still see you lurking. Kkkk. *Creepy music* seriously though, it's amazing how there are people from over 80+ countries!!! Power of Sassy Go Go! Also, lovely MV. <3

@maple Thanks. ^^ I try to write everyday to quench for thirst for SGG. It's both working, and making me want more, so I don't know... half-success?

@wits pssssss. Secret. Promise not to tell... but I also happened to plagiarise that comment. It's amazing how many people thought to write that sentence before me. ;)

@pogo kkkk. XD

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Ohmygod!!!

I'm so glad people commented about your blog, because I didn't know about it!!! And I just read ur Predictions in the D-1 Review and teared up. I was loliing so hard my rommmates were wondering what was wrong.

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First. Lol.
Ok. Yea. That's all.

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awkward...

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I really like Dong Jae with Soo Ah, even if not romantically. He doesn't fight back nor get upset, and making it hard or pointless for her to lash at him, and instead all that comes out is her own conscience. We're going to need more of this since Soo Ah will probably go ballistic next episode.

Yeon-doo amd Yeol are awesome as always. Those eyes and smiles are the best. Plus, they cover for each other's weaknesses quite well, too. I just hope Yeon-doo gets a clue.

That being said, most of the adults in this show aggravate me. Educators lacking a moral compass are very dangerous.

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I totally agree with you on Dong Hae and Soo Ah. Though Soo Ah is supposed to be the bad girl here. I can't bring myself to hate her. She has been starved all her life from love and friendship that even when it's offered to her she doesn't know what to do with it. I am glad about Dong Hae though, he gets her. He looks at her with this - ugh- I have no words, not with love, or pity or hate - like the others do. But like she matters, what she does matters....I really hope they will become a couple though!!

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yeah, Dong-jae and Soo-ah make for an interesting situation (I still don't think they need a love line, neither character is even close to appropriately situated for it) because none of what she usually does - threaten, insult or get a rise out of people - even works on Dong-jae. Like someone said, using her usual tactics on him is like trying to punch a cloud, because he simply doesn't process things the same way the other kids do. Saya had it spot-on in her assessment of Soo-ah's interactions with both boys - they understand different parts of her, in a way that she perhaps doesn't want to be understood.

And yes, Soo-ah cornered and alone is a huge risk. I can't even imagine what she might come up with now that even her minions found that the line she was asking them to cross was too far.

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I fear that now they might drag parent drama for the second half of the show. Please don't.
Lately, dramas only seem to last up to episode six before I lose interest but with Sassy it just goes up.

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Thank you...

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Why do all their plans keep failing... I guess what matters is that they pushed through with them at all, but I just hope we'll get some kind of payoff soon.

Anyway, please keep being good, show!!!

And thanks for the recap!

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D'awww their support in teacher Yang is heartwarming....wow!! So touching. My eyes welled up with tears too. Yeon doo is rather slow on the uptake that Yeol loves her...c'mon bae get it in; the cutie has puppy love for you

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Thanks for the recap!!!!!! Love love love this show. It's been awhile since I've looked forward to a new episode each week. The chemistry between the two leads is electric!!! You're right describing yeondoo like the sun, everyone's blossoming under her light. Ugh. I just love yeol. I love that yd and yeol actually communicate with each other and open up about their vulnerabilities. Yeol is surprisingly incredibly self aware of his feelings for an 18 year old boy. He realizes he likes yd and acknowledges how she changes him. He's not afraid to show his feelings to her or even to others around him. Can't wait to see how it develops! I want yeol to start getting some love from yd! She's been kinda dense as to his feelings for her. Probably because there's a lot going on around her and she doesn't register that this really hot, smart, witty guy could like her. She's definitely affected by him but hasn't really come to realization what it al means. Totally have a newfound love for the actor playing yeol. Whew! glad he's not that young in real life so I don't feel so heebie crushing on him. :p

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True lol Yeol has already makes changes from her, but it seems for Yeon Doo, it might a bit of time for Yeol to change her in some ways of her behaviors haha But I can see he is also slowly affecting her as well with his calculative and calm ways will get into her slowly. But yes, she is getting affected by him with his indirected touch and flirtatious ways of approaching her haha

I love how he and Ha Joon are actively helping her and trying to save her behind her back, they are totally showing their loyalties to her even if she doesn't know.

Well, actually, from Yeol, we have seen him being actively loyal to her directly to her too, even if it's just little things that he did for her (or even if she didn't noticed it), like...

1. when she was being bullied he indirectly stepped up for her, even when they were not friends yet. (Episode 2)

2. when he saw her crying on the rooftop blaming him, blaming everyone, and blaming the world of unfairness, he secretly wrote the note to her to make posters. (Episode 2)

3. He even went further to even risk his own body to save her when the window glasses was about to fall down on her. (Episode 4)

4. Then it went further for him being all worrying about her safety, when she's stepping up to help Teacher Yang. (Episode 5)

6. Now he's being really active to help her by using his power to protect her privacy. (Episode 6)

Those are the things he has been doing for her from her being unaware of it all.

She's only being aware of him helping her when he finally stepped up for her in front of the class to help Teacher Yang and of course, helping her from getting in trouble. haha But the things he had done for her, she wasn't being aware of it just yet. And it seemed that she still disliked him even if she was being affected by his approaches and all, but she's become to take note of him from that stepping up in class. That's how I see it all had begun between the two.

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2. when he saw her crying on the rooftop blaming him, blaming everyone, and blaming the world of unfairness, he secretly wrote the note to her to make posters. (Scratch the Episode 2, it was from Episode 1)

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I'very been hard ring some suspicions about Kim Byung Jae and Kim Yeol. I wonder if I am the only one. The only two things that we have seen indicating they are father and son are the shared family name and Yeol not accepting a call from his dad while KBJ can't get through to his son. Nothing says that was the same call. This show does like to tease. Also, did you notice that when Park Sun Young and KBJ are together they never mention his son by name.

PSY seems to reject KBJ's proposal because of

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well, I thought the show provided info itself. you can check it soompi forum. there's the relationship chart. hope that helps.

http://forums.soompi.com/en/topic/376901-current-drama-2015-sassy-go-go-cheer-up-

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Well there we go, it's official. Boo!

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Ahhhh I LOVE THIS SHOW. So much XD Yeon-doo is funny and real and so relatable, Yeol is adorable, Ha-joon is so sweet (if prickly)...I want moreeee already. I admit, I kind of love Ha-joon best. I really want someone to hug him already T_T and slap his dad. And Principal Choi. Grrrr I hate that woman, she's just...so horrible. It's kind of impressive, in an awful kind of way.
Random side note, I just noticed that the actress who plays Soo-ah's mom also plays Gong-joo in Angry Mom. This gives me serious whiplash. How can she be evil???

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I loved this episode and I am loving this show despite some flaws. It's so well done by everyone involved in it.

During my time at high school male teachers didn't touch sometimes they didn't dare to get under 15 cm of a female student to avoid being accused of anything. Girls can be vindictive and nasty with their actions if a low grade appears.

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see... i think this is a sign that i love this drama so much it's unhealthy. i remember noticing flaws when they pass by me when i watch the show, but then, the thought just flicks by and gets buried by something that happens that makes me love the show so much, by the end of the episode, i cant remember any flaw. all i remember is awesomeness. they say love is blind right? ;)

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The only -ve point about sexual harassment cases is that - nobody believes the man accused, even if they are not guilty. Girls at times use this as Revenge. And as a result people sometimes don't believe a real victim.
I know many men who would never share a single room with a female. Just so because its safe for both.
The hospital i visit, females must have a companion. My lecturer always called two girls to his cahin.

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I disagree, I found the false sexual assault story line crass and insulting to be honest because in reality, especially in cases where young teenage girls are the victims rarely do people believe them. Look at the whole thing around Bill Cosby, even with 30+ women who came out and told their stories many still didn't believe that he raped them. There is this narrative that women are vindictive and will falsely accuse men of rape when in reality these cases are rare and seen as statistical outliers. Of course false rape accusations are horrible and Teacher Yang seemed to take responsibility for his actions(Jae young felt uncomfortable when he caught her, that is a valid emotion and Yang did the appropriate thing and apologized and respected her feelings). However, the way that this narrative portrayed it seemed to make it the norm, that women are naturally vindictive creatures like Soo-ah who when they don't get their way resort to false rape accusation. I feel like the writers could have done a better job of highlighting the hypocrisy of the mothers/school board without using this narrative.

I have enjoyed the series so far but this episode was so disappointing because of this.

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I respect your view. But what i want to tell is many times girls Falsely Accuse men of sexual harassment to take revenge or turn the situation their way.
Even here, jae-young realised that he didn't mean to touch her.

Where i live, a man accused of sexual harassment or rape loses Everything.
Ofcourse women are blamed and there won't be any disagreements there. My point was men being falsely accused.

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More women don't report rapes and molestation because they don't think they'll be believed than make false claims. Look up the statistics.

That said, I think the scenario in the show was handled well.

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@meighy - you're right, people tend to not report rather than make false claims. But yeah, like you I don't think it's fair to write off the show for a scenario that was actually handled quite well.

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Sure there are women who are victims yet people don't believe them.
And Sure there are Men who are wrongly accused.
There are females like soo-ah. It is not like in a sexual harassment or rape case only women are victim, sometimes men too become victims.
Just like teacher yang is the victim of false accusation.
But not all females are like vindictive soo-ah or all males are innocent like teacher yang.

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In this particular case, I think the show handled it pretty well and made it plausible that Jae-young's word would be believed over Teacher Yang's - it wasn't your average sexual harassment case where the alleged harasser holds more power than the victim.

And what the drama also makes clear is that this is even more messed-up because Jae-young's own feelings are totally disregarded by her own backers - they supported her statement that she was harassed, but only did it for their own ends.

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I said in my first comment that at my school days the male teachers avoided any touch or even get close to 15 cm of female students to avoid the risk of being falsely accused of sexual harassment.

Women are very vindictive and we like to appeal to our nasty side to accomplish whatever.

The statistics always show women as naive and innocent victims.

It's very sad when women have being truely victims but at the same time it's very sad when innocent men are accused of an awful crime.

n the real world I like to think that Teacher Yang would be vindictive too. Turn on the button of battle mode. Lawsuit the school, the girls and everyone who tried to kill his reputation and career.

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I know how difficult it is for women to come out about these things. That's why it made me mad that Soo-Ah manipulated the situation to suit her interests.

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Same here. She took advantage of Jae-young's feelings to manipulate the situation, and of course the mom brigade piled more on top of it. Which was completely unfair to Jae-young, who might have been weak but still ultimately had enough of a conscience to realise that things were unfair both to her and to Teacher Yang. And I really do admire her for that.

But I think this episode marks a turning point, because Soo-ah seems to have realised that there are limits past which even her minions won't stick with her - look at her face when she first sees the cheerleading signs laid down on the ground, with just a little bit of the message to Teacher Yang visible on the back? That's when she first starts to have an inkling that something is not quite going according to plan. And I wonder how she'll deal with it when she's isolated with even her 'friends' not being on her side for this.

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Thanks for this. The damage done to a man who is falsely accused is a lot. He loses his livelihood and reputation, and where I come from may even be registered in a sex-offender registery, if convicted.

I am so mad that Soo-ah had to convince her friends to take their revenge that way when Soo-ah knew full well that she would be ruining the man's life. At least her friend can be excused because she wasn't fully aware of the consequences of her accusations and tried to correct them when she realized she'd gone too far, but Soo-ah has no excuse.

And saying that she's under all this pressure from her mother does not excuse the hateful way she behaves to other people. I feel like she's being given a free pass to be hateful because we're all so eager to ship her into a relationship with someone. I'm not buying the poor, tragic girl act when there are other ways to express her inner tension, but she chooses to be a mean, conniving and deceitful bitch.

The truth is, Soo-ah's relationship with herself is not healthy. Of all the students in that school, she's the one with the most issues. Even more than Ha-joon, because he has a friend who would do anything for him, and because he's very capable of forming healthy relationships and friendships outside his parental abusive one. So there's hope for him.

Soo-ah should tell her mother to get off her back, otherwise she's going to explode, and it would get very ugly. She's doing so much to earn her mother's approval, she needs to grow up and learn to live for herself first and realize that her mother may never be satisfied or pleased with her no matter what she accomplishes or does.

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Thank you, Adal. I agree what soo-ah has done is completely unforgiveable! The show may make her better later, but i will not be able to pity her, let alone sympathise with her!

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Oops.....
Yeon Doo. Perhaps because she thinks Yeon Doo might have interest in KBJ's son. If he is not Yeol, perhaps he is Dong Jae ..... who's family we know nothing about. Remember that Yeon Doo's mom suggested Dong Jae as a date possibility.

Just speculating

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But remember her mom's boyfriend's last name is "KIM", while Dong Jae's last name is "HA". Just to let you know, it's a fact, none of the student's last name in that school is "KIM", except Yeol. Also, of course, her mom would know Dong Jae, since he's her daughter's only childhood friend, and her mom doesn't even know her boyfriend's son's name, same goes with her boyfriend. ALSO, if we look at Dong Jae's personality, he doesn't seem to be the kind of person who would cut himself off from her parents lol But Yeol is that kind of person, he even said he doesn't trusts adults up to the points where he hates them. And the dad even said that his son was the one who left him due to being treated like a lifeless person. The dad is rich and wealthy, you could see him in the first episode. We don't even know Dong Jae's family background, so we can't say that's his dad, also with Dong Jae's personality, doesn't seem to be that kind of person who would estranged himself from her parents. So no, it's not Dong Jae's dad lol

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I mean, "his" for the last line haha

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thanks for the recap! :) just made my day! our banana milk couple aside, teacher yang totally got me! wish that every high school kid had a chance to meet such a teacher. and the ending found me in tears. SGG, fighting!

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This drama is doing everything right for me rn. Friendships ftw!!! & <3 teacher Yang&cheer coach. :)) her "you're dead if you don't get your ass over here" move killed me.lol

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Love love this episode. Gosh! I cried, I laughed, I smiled and I giggled like a child (blame it on the crinkles). Sassy Go Go is definitely one of my top shows of the year. And strangely enough, although I would have wished that it was longer, I'm kinda thankful that it's not. Because a shorter length means they will stick to the core of the story, and goodness knows that the core of this story is daebak!

I love your comment about how Dong-jae and Ha-Joon interact with Soo-Ah. Dong-jae gets under her skin and Ha-joon gets into her head. It's actually pretty accurate and makes me realize that I actually want both of them in her life. one can help her grow a conscience and the other can help her work on her headspace. It's perfect!

Principal Lizard and teacher Buttkisser just keep annoying me. Ugh! They're just as bad as Director Park and Woo-Jin from D-day, and that's saying a lot. And the same goes for those parents. To purposely use a young child to push out a teacher just because you know he's speaking the truth and will expose your spec-building issue, is just low. Extremely low. When I think they can't go any lower, they prove me wrong. Sad but true.

And I say that I loved when Teacher Yang showed up and tried blending in the back, director Nam kept pushing, going as far as threatening to kill him if he didn't sit beside her. It was so cute. And I'm also thankful that the head of the education board is there (he's the guy sitting beside Principal lizard I think). That way we know that the truth is actually revealed not just to the whole school but also to the education board and Teacher Yang can be back, supporting his students and seeing them through to their senior year :).

Oh, and did anyone feel as grossed out to realize that the same man who has been brutally hitting his child is actually a medical doctor (even if he's the director of a hospital, he is a doctor)? Like seriously, that is someone whose hands I would not like to place my life.

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Teacher Yang is fortunate that he has Yeon doo and her friends sticking up for him, and a colleague like Instructor Nam (who doesn't care about any politics) watching his back. The scene where Yeon doo sits beside her teacher when he had been ostracized at meal time still brings tears to my eyes. She knows how it feels because she'd been there too and was so willing to do anything to protect her teacher. If more people had friends like her, I'm guessing that the teen suicide rate would drop.

And Yeol...looking out for and protecting his girl. Can I keep him for my very own please? Yeon doo has to be blind, deaf and dumb not to realize the guy has fallen hard for her, my guess is that she's just plain scared. In the next episode, I'd like to see her reciprocate his actions. Right now she treats him the way she treats everyone else with friendly interest and caring, but I would LOVE to see a little bit more from her. Just sayin'. Yeol's like a dragon when he defends and protects the people he loves, otherwise he just hands off and observes but makes it a point not to get involved.

I love Yeon-doo's mom, "What a handsome boy, Yeon-doo, you need to date him please". LOL. I wonder what she would say if she knew the guy slready had mad feelings for her daughter and is probably the guy she is dating's son.

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yeah, the thing is that Yeon-doo's certainly attracted to Yeol but in at least partial denial about it - the blushing when he says there's a girl he wants to kiss, the freaking out when she contemplates the possibility that they did kiss at Teacher Nam's house, the ease with which she touches him sometimes (notably the lapel-grabbing/patting right before they overheard Principal Lizard and Teacher Buttkisser conspiring to fire Teacher Yang) all suggest that she is on some level drawn to him, but unconsciously.

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If she knew, she would nod her head and be all, 'yeah, I was right in turning down his proposal'. Think about it. She turned down the proposal because she's her daughter's world. And should she learn that that handsome, well-mannered and highly intelligent boy likes her daughter, she's not doing anything to rock that boat. I can't say the same for Kim Yeol's dad though. He already admitted that he didn't work with that realization when he was young. Nothing scars a child, not teenager, a child, like realizing that the all-consuming love you have for your parents was not reciprocated, and I think that's what's still keeping Kim Yeol from making up with his father. Although now that I think about it, his dad is not really making an effort is he? Calling a couple of times won't get your son to talk to you and mend the bridge. He needs to show up at the school, ask to be locked in a room with no windows with his son and talk. The way I see it, he's scared of actually talking to his son.

Oh yeah. Teacher Yang has a good team in his corner and the way I see it, he's earned it. He's had the back of his students so many times, I'm just happy that some of them (Yeon-Doo!!!!) have not forgotten that and now have his back. Freaking awesome!

Kim Yeol. I just fall in love with him every episode. Every time I think I can't fall in love with him more than I have, he does something to change all that. Like honestly, Yeon-Doo, open your eyes and your ears! That boy is perfect. Put him and us out of our misery and date him please! Let's get to the kisses, the hugs, the hand-holding. I just want to see his smile when you agree to date him. *Swoon.

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I LOVE THIS SHOW AND I CAN'T GET ENOUGH AND MONDAY NEEDS TO COME SOONER NOW.
That is all.

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I cried at the end here. And that marks the halfway point of this drama...

What do I need to do to get an extension on this show? Sacrifice a lamb? Offer a virgin? Free a flock of doves?

I love this show and its characters so much that I don't want it to end (possibly ever, I can really just watch Yeol stare and smile at Yeon Do all day).

Maybe a 4 eps extension and make it 16 eps? That's not a lot to ask for, right? ?

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i second this comment.

i dont think i would mind dropping one week of my salary as a donation, or maybe one month if im in my crazed faze, if this could get it extended. but the ratings are really bad so i dont think itll happen.

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Don't crush my hope. I am about to offer my firstborn.

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LMAO. u just made me drool on my keyboard reading ur comment. im paying the favor back with this gross imagery. :P

if i had a firstborn, he'll join urs and they can be adopted buddies together. :D

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I think we had them at TWO firstborns. We may get that extension now. ?

Also, maybe there will be a love story involved between our firstborns. Something like, adopted, faux-cest that's tragically separated at youth and reunited in their 20's? ?

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LOL! @ Ilikehim and @ SoulHealer, you two! Just give me endless scenes of Yeol looking at Yeon Doo and acknowledging with his eyes what he feels. Just thinking of it gets me all melty. :)

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see, usually i'm opposed to an extension, but in this case, i could literally spend hours just watching kim yeol eyesmile and smirk his way into yeon-doo's heart. like I DON'T EVEN NEED A PLOT, i just need those two on my screen being the cutest things ever.

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You mean there is a plot?

Who needs plot. :D

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This show is so cliché but I find myself watching and enjoying it. The teacher part reminds me of Dream High while the corruption reminds me of both Angry Mom and School 2015. Still lots of fun to watch!

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I'm also really looking forward to the Soo-ah's arc and hope she develops a love-line if only because, girl needs to learn to love! I found it so sweet how Dongjae saw through her little tantrum and immediately registered it as an expression of how Soo-ah hates herself as much as she thinks/knows other people do. Like he cut through her bullshit just like that. That's a kind of hero that turns the bad girl good! (Or, you know, catalyzes her own self-facilitated growth)

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I'd rather she developed a soul, there's no way I want her to end up with Dong Jae or Ha Joon, they're too precious to me. But I'd appreciate if they helped her become a better person without a loveline. So a big yes to self facilitated growth! Pretty sure you're not alone though ?

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I'm with you in this one. I don't want a love-line for Soo-ah... she needs to become better person and then she may learn to love but right now she's miles away from that, so let's do one step at the time.

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tbh i don't want to see a loveline between her and anyone until she's finally grown and changed. i do really want to see her become friends with dong-jae and ha-joon though, with maybe some subtle romantic hints thrown in with the former at the very end, hehe.

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I agree with you. I think that's the most they can do with Soo-ah, because I can't see her jumping into anything romantic when in the first place she hasn't understood the concept of friendship yet.

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^consider this co-signed.

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@Lola @es @rhia True, true! As much as I want to see Soo-ah x Dongjae cuteness (and man I really do D:), I do also think what @es said is the best and most probable scenario, given we have 6 episodes left and she has way too much growth to cover before romance becomes a healthy priority.

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and also @anaisu

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yeondoo/eunji seems like getting carried away in her scene with her mum..her voice sounded soo low..

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I love that Dong-jae and Ha-joon are both almost symbols of necessary traits for psychological self-healing in regards to Soo-Ah. Dong-jae is the objective mirror that allows her to see herself as she truly is, without pity, hatred, or love. Ha-joon represents grief and acceptance. Very elegantly done, I think.

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Crawling out of my hole just to cheer this show UP! Bleh, can't believe ratings aren't going through the roof for this wonderful show. Okay SO this ep actually had the scene that convinced me Ha Joon wasn't going to get a love line with Yeondoo (despite a little devil voice in me that wanted it to happen...), where he tells Crinkles (SO apt) that YD cried. The matter of fact way he said it, with the worry one would express if it were just a mutual friend, convinced me the writer/ PD didn't tell Jisoo to channel any romantic feelings into it... no matter how much feels the umbrella scene/ smiling in the rain gave me last week. And in the last part where Crinkles is all in YD's face while they watch Teacher Yang, HJ isn't even looking at them! Too bad, it would've been something to see Jisoo have a harmless first love... ahem I mean Ha Joon.

You know, it's so rare to get a show where I'm so invested in EVERYONE's stories, not just the OTP (I basically can only watch shows where the OTP snares my interest within the first ep)
- YD/ KY Parents: Sweet in their own way, they really do love each other, I can't even get mad at them for taking up screen time.
- HJ/ dad: Find their scenes intense and Jisoo's acting shows up best when he's angsting all over the place... Can't get mad at these scenes either.
- SA/ mum: Similarly intense. Help us to understand SA so much when she'd otherwise just be a flatout psychob!tch like School's Sooyoung, I wouldn't even wish these scenes away.
- HDJ/ SA: LOL. N seems to be pretty committed to his role, his "elevator" was priceless :3
- HJ/ SA: Possibly the two in the show who understand each other's pressure best. Or well, SA might, if she stopped being such a psychob!tch lite.

And so for someone who often FF-s to just OTP parts I'm surprisingly watching a lot of this show... well, except for the principal, "because she's a lizard" ;) But for this one YOU get a feel and YOU get a feel and EVERYONE gets my feels!!! AND OF COURSE THE CRINKLY BANANA OMG I replay his scenes with YD an average of 45 million times. Because reasons.

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It is just so disturbing these mothers have so much time to show up in school every freaking time. I'm like WTH????????? Like its starting to annoy me! Why don't you take your kid and home-school his ass if you are that bothered.

I really want to do a drive-by through that school and crush the principal's legs. And Teacher Im? I want to lock him in a basement in a deep forest and throw the key into pacific Ocean.

YD and Yeol.......You're adorable :* :*

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lol each time they show up i'm like....here comes the MOM SQUAD

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it cracks me up every time the mums come charging in. it's happened three times already, it's starting to become a recurring joke.

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So mom's beau really IS Yeol's dad? But, wae? I wish they'd reveal more.

Besides that, I'm really loving this drama so much! It's so strawberry+banana milk sweet! That ending was such a good twist! Now I'm bracing myself for what's going to happen next.

Gah, I'm not ready for this drama to end, either... I'm gonna miss my two crinkling eye-smiling chipmunks too much! Aha.

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Thank you for the recap Saya! Love all your comments as usual especially the part about how Yeol really just likes her SO much.

I love it that Sassy went the untypical route of showcasing the hero whose intellectual IQ is through the roof, while being mentally challenged when it comes to recognizing that he has any kind of feelings for the heroine until half the show was over.

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Its so sad that this drama is so underrated and only gets about 4% viewer ratings :( I was hoping for the number to go up but it's not...i guess it is against pretty tough competition though.

And why is this only 12 episodes! i don't even care about the cliches bc this show is just so cute and entertaining..and deep but thats another topic. i don't think i've enjoyed a drama this much in so long (besides she was pretty) because the summer/september dramas let me down...except oh my ghostess (lol love that show! can i please be park bo young. or have her as my best friend)

i want to see more ha joon & yeon doo scenes! like just them hanging out as friends. and also more scenes with yeol bc their chemistry is just on point. But i guess we'll get more of that later, since this episode was focused on teacher yang (the ending! yes!!)

Ugh can't wait until next week! I'm seriously going to be so sad when this drama ends.

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I always like your recap Saya, I love LolliPip's too. The way you describe Yeondoo, like a sun, it shines and makes others shining as well.

I really like Yeol's verse of I like you, it's sometimes flattering, flustering, yet in this episode most of his 'confession' is so endearing. I like how the way he said 'I'll do it so you won't get hurt' and knowing Yeondoo affects him to this state brought crincles to on my face.

I also like the bond between Hajoon and Yeondoo. Just like you said, as only having one friend, in the beginning it's probably a little bit awkward for Hajoon acknowledging Yeondoo's values. But I guess as time moves he surely knows which path he stands. Also, I enjoy the interaction between Yeondoo and both Jaeyoung and Nayeon, I believe they will soon learn much from Yeondoo just like Saya said, because she's like the sun. It's exist and make everyone shines eventualy.

Yang saem...ah.. I cried watching Yang saem-Jaeyoung's confrontation. It's so heart-breaking when he mouthed 'it's okay' to Jaeyoung, he will take the responsibility so she won't be hurt. When people don't take her concern and accuse her for making things worse for Yang saem he's the one who understands her situation the most. I really love Saem's bonding time with students.. it simply has my heart.

Again, thanks Saya, for the recap.

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It's really unfortunate that the teasers for this drama was not able to convey the story and the overall point of the plot that the series wished to tell. I think teasers placed too much emphasis on the cheerleading club, which probably nobody in Korea would even care for. As such, it failed to gain the interest of the viewers resulting to dismal ratings. It's such a pity because i believe it's one of the better high school themed drama which came out this year. I think that the cheerleading aspect wraps up the overall theme of this drama (which was brilliantly incorporated into this episode), but I also don't think that the cheerleading is hardly the main point of this heartwarming high school tale.

That aside, I'm really loving how this series is turning out to be. I like how the story develops the relationships between the characters. It is very reminiscent of School 2013.

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KIM YEOL!! Love you!!!

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Thanks Saya!

This show hits all the right buttons repeatedly. It's amazing in bringing out the feels for every character who matters. I applaud our cast of 'kids' and good teachers/parents who are giving us such well realised, rounded and grounded characters, who just get our hearts. And despite the heavy but well-done theme of being little in the fight against the big Bad and corruption, I love how this show manages to bring on the smiles and the funny, the lighter moments and stress relief.

And how great is it that despite their being weak in the face of bad authorities, Yeon Doo and friends keep trying to make use of any little bit of power that they can, to make as big an impact as they can, to send their message and to do what is right! Love that!!

What a juxtaposition there is between parent and child, in the screenshots! What a great difference between the expressions of Ha Joon and dad compared with the screenshots just below of Yeon Doo and mum. My heart breaks for that big 'little' boy.

How apt that in the previous episode it was Yeol who tells Yeon Doo to follow her heart (which got Yeon Doo all smiling again) and in this episode it's YD's mum who also admits it is right to follow her heart. They seems to reinforce and support who YD is, and that gets me so warm and fuzzy all over. And then they meet Yeol, and now mum's all smiley about him being so good looking and he's maybe thinking about how he's not seen his dad in a while. Maybe it's time he sorts out his heart when it comes to family.

Again the best part, although there was less this episode (more next episode please!!! lots more!) is still Yeol with Yeon Doo. His amazing maturity and his finally taking responsibility to use his intelligence to protect Yeon Doo was so good. Realising he would know better how to fight using his head, he has finally stepped up publicly to join Yeon Doo's fight using her heart. It's a match made in heaven, with an OTP that complement each other like this!

And ooohhhh the feels over that confession (get it girl! he's telling you he lurves you!!!) and how he just tells her like it is without the blow hot-blow cold dynamic that is such a waste of time. Love those eyes, love those smiles! Be sassy, Go! Go!!!

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@gb this show is death for me..I love it sooooo much

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@Sumee is eternally Ji Chang Wook's?

Yes, so do I!! :)

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Hello @GB and Sumee unnis! :)

I told myself that I probably wouldn't be squee-ing so much over a show again, at least not until JCW's return to dramaland (which is hopefully soon!) but...

...here I am! Here we are. Aha. >3

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IKR! I am so shocked at myself! Tut! Tut!

*squeeeeee!*

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I also love the way Yeol goes out his way to protect Yeon Doo and Ha Joon because they are the people he loves the most, and he really shows how loyal he is to them, but the thing he needs to truly understand is that he has to step up on the things he think is right, not just doing it for the people he loves and care about.

What Ha Joon and Yeon Doo's doing here are the purpose of doing the right thing. Ha Joon has come to realized that, Yeol need to understand that too because what he's doing here was not the purpose of doing the right from wrong but he's just doing it for the people he cares about. It's not a bad thing at all for doing that, but it's just that he needs to learn the righteous purpose too.

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Ugh, i love this show SO MUCH.

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The last scene is my favourite non-otp scene! It was so heart-warming, and I really loved how Yeondoo's words influenced the Baek-Ho kids, except for Soo-Ah...
Love this show, and everything I wanna say has been taken by Saya! ;) Sassy Go Go, fighting!

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HAHAHA Kim Yeol The Dancing Blackhole hahahaha

Jung Eunji is so awesome. Every character she does feels sincere and grounded, such that I wouldn't be surprised if I can find them somewhere in real life.

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I seriously love this show so much. I picked it up because I was trying to find something to watch after Twenty Again ended. Who knew SGG can be so GOOD!!! Eun Ji is adorable as Yeon Doo. And Lee Won Geun is just urgh... too too too cute with his crinkly eye smile. Just when I thought I couldnt find someone with a cuter smile than Lee Sang Yoon. I love how Yeol teases Yeon Doo all the time, their interactions just bright up my entire day.

Thanks for the recap!!!

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Thanks for the recap, Saya!

Really enjoyed the progress in this series and you've hit the nail on the head with your insights.

I love Teacher Yang and YD in this ep! Their trust and support for each other is amazing. I love how Teacher Yang put the kids first, apologized for something he didn't do, and was accepting of the consequences if the students will be OK and not hurt. And I love how YD is always following her heart to tell her what's right and what's wrong AND take action to correct the injustices.

YD and Y are so cute together. I love that Y is recognizing and valuing who YD is and how she has changed him.

YD and HJ also so cute. XD Gummy bear scene FTW!! I can't wait to see more of their budding friendship. But man, it really blows that HJ has such an evil father. You can feel the disappointment in HJ and the disbelief when he realized who was behind the petition blocking. *sigh* Definitely agree with those who said that Jisoo needs a non-abusive role in a future project where he plays lead and can have fun in a romantic comedy. =P

SA is someone who just gets on my nerves... You wanna empathize with her since she is constantly facing her mom's pressure and her future. But when she does something so despicable to Teacher Yang, it's so hard to see her redeem herself. At least the other two girls realized how wrong they were.

Anyway, this is the drama I'm currently hooked on. So sad we're already halfway. Wish it was a full series with 16 eps instead of 12. =(

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I am a Kim Ji Seok fan and I am very happy that he took this role. In his real life he has a teacher qualification, that means he at least has some real teaching experience. He is not the best good looking Korean actor, he does not excel in emo filled cry,, but he is good at comedic scene as well as subtle emotional display. I always wish he could take a leading role but I realize that a leading role does not always indicate or display his or her acting ability for the full. His teacher role does display his ability well.I rather would like to see him keep acting with roles that challenge him so that he would grow as a reliable long term actor.
Thank you for recapping!

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I'm also Kim Jisuk's fan, and was so glad that he joint this production. From the beginning I felt Yang saem will do important role in the drama.

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He has an actual teaching qualification? That's awesome, imo. I'm loving him as Teacher Yang in here, he's the kind of teacher any of us would have loved to have - flawed and human, but ultimately someone with a good heart who treats all his students equally.

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Found this on someone's twitter. Oh how far we've come LOL

From this:
https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/CR7tnu5U8AAQar8.mp4

To this <3:
https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/CR7tu0OUAAAyfIJ.mp4

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It's really funny when I play these videos. Like one second it's grabbing and then next it's the hug. ;) Yes, we've certainly come far.

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SCREAMS AAAHHH WHY ARE THEY SO CUTE :3

that first scene is still one of my favourites though!! kim yeol just standing there all "i have nothing to do with this" while yeon-doo tries to untangle her hair from his nametag will always crack me up.

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So damn cute D:

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Crinkles and Grumptopus, lol. Thanx LollyPip!
Thank you for the recap, Saya!

Just how much i love this show!! It was soo sweet and fluffy.

One thing about this show is we have dark side mostly covering the epi. Yet, the cute scene, albeit less, keeps us happy throughout. C'mon, how many times did we not smile back at yeol? How many times did we not get warm seeing yeon-doo with her mom?

But yeol. That guy is doing things to me. Ahh..! Why can't he come out of screen into my life??
I loved him standing up for teacher yang knowing the outcome fully well, because if he doesn't yeon-doo will. He is scared and worried for her. That scene was so confession-like! Toppled with his slight nervousness. I want to quote yeol from epi 2-"i don't expect you to be smart. But how can someone be so stupid?" Girl, scratch your brain a little you'll definitely get it!

I didn't like those two girls but they atleast have a conscience, unlike soo-ah. I feel my pity would be wasted on her and sympathy is too much for her.

Am so glad they really are not going with love-triangle. Haha:) Also, stop with the parents love-line. I have a feeling, yeol's behaviour towards his father is further incensed by his dad. He doesn't seem to be trying his best and accept his rejection!

I am feeling bad for teacher yang. He hid his face, but he still came. You could feel his hesitation. But we have instructor awesome Nam!!

The last scene was lovely because they accepted the LIE instead of just being 'sorry' and 'please come back'!

Go Go, Show!!<3

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you mentioned Yeol's dad... but isn't her Dongjae's dad? i got confused and googled the relation and the man who Yeon Do's mother hangs out with IS Dong Jae's dad.

other than that, I loved your recap. I'm so in love with this drama and we really don't have enough of these kind of high school dramas in drama land. <3 I love the main actress ever since i saw her in Reply 1997 and this role fits her SO well! Yeol is just SO adorable!

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nope, he is yeol's father.

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Yes! Eunji in Reply 1997 is what made me watch her in this. She's just fantastic at these kinds of roles!

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OMG!!!! im falling for Yeol's smiles those eyes....squeeeeeeee ^ ^

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Thanks for the recap !
I've been watching the preview for ep 7 like 6 times. Reading this recap makes me want Monday comes sooner even more lol.

I don't think they would let teacher Yang comes back. If the corruption is revealed I think the principle and her assistant would get fired or the school will be closed ....Everyone else seems to have a heart but Soo Ah doesn't. She keeps hurting other people by framing them and it's getting worse.

I love Hajoon and how loyal he is to his friends. He actually tries to do things that he normally wouldn't just to help a friend. So so adorable.

I feel sympathy for Soo Ah's minions because they are able to feel guilt and act on it. They don't have malicious intention like Soo Ah.

Yeol/Yeon couple are going all out next week from the preview. Can't wait. Seriously.

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I keep pressing the replay button for the preview...can't wait too!

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I am sitting 20 feet away from the filming RIGHT NOW.

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ah!!!! is yeol as handsome in real lifee as he is in the drama???? so obsessed with him!

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Yes, he really smiles like his character. The boys legs are soooo freakin long!

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and i am SO.JEALOUS. ;~; i wish i could see yeol up close and personal haha

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I AM SO JEALOUS, AAAAGHHHHH

I hope they're all doing well and not letting the ratings get them down.

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On a completely shallow note, how adorkable was Jisoo during the cheer scene? He seemed like he didn't know what he was trying to do, but was trying so hard to follow the beat and the moves. ?

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I am sitting 20 feet away from the filming RIGHT NOW. The crew is super tired because they have not slept since yesterday.

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Woah! How was it? It must have been fun! Is Ji Soo as he looks on screen?

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Correction: How IS it? and does Ji soo look as AWESOME as he does on screen

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So lucky! Hope they'll get more rest soon...

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Too bad I can't upload pictures here, a few of the cast allowed me to take pictures with them.

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I hope they get some rest! Live shooting must be hell on everyone, but thankfully with a short drama at least there's a couple of weeks less to endure.

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I feel so sorry for them. I remember during the filming of Heirs almost all the crew and cast got sick because of the grueling filming schedule.

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Can you tell them to check Dramabeans, so they know how much we like them and the show???!!!!????

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Yes yes good idea! If they can check us out over here, they'll feel the love!

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Please tell us! Is Ji Soo as good looking in real life???

My puppppyyyyy!

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D'awww Grumptopus is melted because of gummy bears! <333 I can't decide which one is the cutest, Yeon-doo or those bears. When she offered Ha-joon the other flavor, asdjfdgjg soooo cute. I and my friend were craving for that bag of gummy bears right away.

One of Yeol (or Lee Won-geun)'s charm other than his crinkle eyes is his way of talking. I love love loveeee when he says "I don't want to see that" that i repeated that scene a few more times ㅋㅋ

I actually wish Real King kids would also sit on the same table as Teacher Yang but those 4 are the ones who most care about Teacher Yang. LOL at Dong-jae silently stole Teacher Yang's food over and over again.

Thanks Saya, I'm tearing up again reading your recap and I love your comments. I cried more than I giggled at this episode, maybe because it already reached its halfway mark but I still love it all the same. Which reminds me, heol there are only 3 weeks left! I want moreeeeeeee T^T

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I forgot to add, did anyone else notice that Yeol's step is almost always a few beat late than the others when they're cheerleading? It's adorably funny <3

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I did! I think it's safe to say that he does not know how to dance. Ha-joon is marginally better, but Yeol is a dancing blackhole, haha.

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Not that I can blame them, the Baek-ho kids can be forgiven for lacking rhythm since they were just the do-nothing-but-study club after all.

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Agree haha and I actually prefer this version where he becomes the blackhole than the earlier idea of Teacher Nam where we saw Yeol and Ha-joon only got to shake the pompoms LOL

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I was giggling so much at the food stealing too. So awesome because it's another way of showing that they don't believe any of the rumors going around. Instead, they're treating him like they would anyone else and it just pulls on my heart. =]

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The last scene teared me up! It was so so good. And it must have been so hard for the alleged 'victim' to really own up that she was lying. Good going, show!

And they finally danced! I had been wondering why for a show that was supposedly all about cheerleading, there was almost no dance. But finally they danced as a group and it was quite awesome! :)

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Btw what timezone does Dramabeans follow? It's showing my comments as coming at 7:45pm on 23rd Oct, whereas where I am, it is 8:30am of 24th Oct.

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Probably Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) since that's the timezone I'm in and the last comment is posted at 10:41pm and it's 11pm here right now.

The west coast of Canada and the US are all in PST.

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Ah ok. Thanks Jackeline :)

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I thought Yeol also overheard Yeon Doo and her mom talking about him as well in that scene. He hears Yeon Doo's mom say, "not as good as Dong Jae, then?" And BAM. Presents his own version of milk to Yeon Doo, offering himself up as a rival. I actually love the idea of a Yeol- Yeon Doo- not actually Dong Jae love triangle, because we all know at this point that Dong Jae is just a friend, so Yeol would just compete with the idea of Dong Jae that has been planted into his head a couple of times now. No one gets hurt, hero goes crazy... would be fun stuff. Lee Won Geun is doing a fantastic job with the feelings. I've noticed that in nearly every scene, he's making sure to watch Yeon Doo. .. not in a creepy way, just regularly clocking her reactions and noticing her, the way you notice a person you like. Eunji is doing a great job with the confusion, too. The "sorry" to his confession was hilarious, but he's confused her too much at this point, with alol the teasing, flirting and yelling, that Yeon Doo has no idea what Yeol's actual feelings are. The did-he-kiss-me imagination scenes last episode were hilariously different from Yeol's memory.

One thing though, I would like to see Yeol stand up for something based on his conscience and not his loyalty. He's rather passive most of the time, understandably because it's a way to keep his head down. I like that he and Yeon Doo are talking and learning from the other's perspective (she listens to him enough to get a second opinion from her mom to keep her head down, he sees the value in what she says about him, enough to start helping her) but he doesn't seem to understand yet, the way Ha Joon has quickly learned, that sometimes it's better to fight the losing battle anyway, just so you can feel like you've done something. So I want Yeol to eventually get to the place where Ha Joon and Yeon Doo are... that it's less about win or lose, and more about fighting the battle for the sake of your conscience.

I feel like Eunji and Ji Soo could have nuclear explosion level chemistry of given the right roles. They play off each other so so well.

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yeah, I loved the scene where Yeol took over from Yeon-doo telling the class exactly what the allegations against Yang-saem were really about - he knows she's about to stick her neck out again but he has a better position to actually do it from because he's higher up on the Sevit social ladder and knows the students will at least listen to him, while she's just likely to be disregarded, and like he said, get hurt.

But you're right that he's not quite at the point where Yeon-doo and Ha-joon are, because right now, what's driving him is his loyalty to his friends (and Yeon-doo is a friend to him now, along with him being all kinds of squee-inducingly attracted to her). THAT step would be an important one, but he does recognise what the right thing to do, is. And the banana milk! I'm SQUEEING RIGHT NOW.

I totally agree about Ji-soo and Eunji too. They're lovely as Grumptopus and Sunshine here, and the budding friendship is beyond adorable (he's so gruff!).

Romantically I'm all about her+Crinkles instead BUT I would not mind at all if we got a Ji-soo/Eunji romantic pairing in some future drama. But it would be nice if they got to play different characters. They both did so well in their first major roles as actors (Answer Me and Angry Mom) that they're somewhat in danger of being typecast/kind of have been typecast already. And they deserve better than that, it can sometimes be an unfortunate consequence of being a young actor who's good at the job- casting directors can't imagine them as anyone else.

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Yeah, agree that Yeol+Yeon Doo is it for this drama. Just think that Ji Soo and Eunji both bring similar intensity to their roles, which makes them play off of each other very well, even in the few scenes they've had together.

I would really like to see Eunji play a very shy character-- I think she could do it, and it really would help with the perception of her being limited as an actress to spunky/headstrong roles. She has buckets of charisma, and I don't think that would go away just because the character's personality is different. She just makes people interested in watching her.

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yeah, it's Ji-soo and Jung Eunji's chemistry as actors (not really romantic chemistry here) that makes me wonder, even though I am 100 percent in favour of them having a budding friendship and no romance here.

And yes, it would be interesting to see her play a character without her usual sass (NOT saying that she should play a spinless standard kdrama heroine, no way). Not least because it would finally force people to acknowledge that there's more to her as an actress. Ji-soo has had years of stage experience before his breakout, but it would be a shame to limit him to playing broken-hearted angry puppies forever, too - he certainly seems like he's capable of more. (and I genuinely want him to develop as an actor and not just follow a path of playing the same role over and over for popularity/endorsements)

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Yes yes please! I'll be first in line for a Eunji and Ji Soo drama! But different characters please!

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I would definitely love to see Eun Ji play a shy character or someone who's mysterious with problems, or should I say, I would like to see her play off as either Kim Yeol's or Ha Joon's character - I think she can do these kinds of characters. It would also be a chance for her to showcase her acting ability so that other people doesn't doubt in her acting again, it would be a waste of her ability if she's a typecast of the similar character.

Same goes to Ji Soo as well. These two have something more to deliver to them than just the same roles that are given to them. They are still young, so it's better for them to have different characters, so that they can break out more of their acting abilities that they can showcase. I would definitely love to see Ji Soo and Eun Ji pair up together as leads, but with different characters, please!

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By the way the first screencap of Yeol and Yeondoo is so couple-ish, like they're wearing couple outfits. ;) And their smiles!

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They both have the cutest smiles ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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