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Sassy Go Go: Episode 7

Just when things seem about to calm down at school and Real King and Baek Ho are getting along, midterm season comes along to throw everyone into a tizzy. Things go pear-shaped when people act out of character from the stress, but new loyalties offer support from unexpected directions. Everyone seems to be changing, many for the better, but some definitely for the worse.

EPISODE 7 RECAP

The kids put on their first cheerleading performance, with Teacher Yang in the audience, trying to stay on the down-low. They put on an impressive show, finishing with signs that they flip over to reveal their true message: “We Lied.” “Teacher Yang didn’t do anything to me.” The signs ask to have Teacher Yang reinstated, and the kids lead the audience to a supportive chant while Teacher Yang’s eyes fill with tears.

Principal Choi is worried the Ministry officials will be angry, but the man who appears to be in charge simply laughs, saying that Sevit students are pretty sassy. I’ll say.

The kids celebrate afterwards, excited about all the attention their performance drew. Even bespectacled Tae-pyung is all tingly, but their teachers are back to business — they made some mistakes, and they need a lot of practice.

Teacher Yang turns serious, worried that the kids will get in trouble for what they did to support him, and gets choked up again. But Teacher Nam calls it a true cheerleading performance, since they were cheering someone on. Na-yeon and Jae-young both apologize to Teacher Yang, and he easily forgives them.

The kids all look at Soo-ah next — doesn’t she have something to say? But nope, she doesn’t, which is as expected. She even starts a new fight with Yeon-doo, saying that she seems awfully happy, and wondering if she’ll be able to stay that way. Gah, can’t you just let people be happy for five minutes?

Principal Choi comes to chastise Teacher Yang for being here (since he’s still officially fired) and while she’s there, she calls out Yeon-doo, Na-yeon, and Jae-young to her office. Yeon-doo whispers to the girls to blame the whole thing on her. The kids are worried about Yeon-doo being expelled, and interestingly, it’s Ha-joon who chases down the principal and, after giving Yeon-doo a pointed look, admits he was also in on the stunt.

And then Yeol joins him. He says he was also part of the plan, because what happened to Teacher Yang was unfair. Then comes the rest of the team, all ready to take the blame so that Yeon-doo doesn’t shoulder the entire punishment (except Tae-pyung, who tries to claim innocence and gets muffled by Da-mi, hee). I’m not tearing up — there’s just something in my eye.

No fool, and not prepared to expel the top five percent of her school, Principal Choi backs down. Back in her office she recalls the man from the Ministry’s comment that at school, lots of things happen that are out of your control. Being fair in those circumstances is part of being a principal. He’s also said that they would be doing a new investigation into Teacher Yang.

In his dorm, Ha-joon still has the ointment and bandage that Yeon-doo gave him for the injuries his father inflicted, and he smiles at them. Yeol comes in, all grins, and asks what he’ll do if Principal Choi calls his father. Why did he stand up for Yeon-doo? “Just because.” He admits that seeing Yeon-doo makes him feel ashamed not to stand up, as well.

The girls are questioned again about their accusations towards Teacher Yang, admitting now that they lied about any inappropriate touching. Well, Na-yeon and Jae-young admit it, but Soo-ah only comments that she has nothing more to say. Teacher Yang is exonerated, and Principal Choi reluctantly gives him his job back… though she does remind him his contract is almost up, and warns him to stay quiet.

But Yang thinks it’s interesting, how he used to feel small when he thought about wanting to renew his contract. But now that he knows it’s all over in two months, he’s feeling pretty courageous. He warns her in turn, not to even think about transferring Yeon-doo — he won’t make it easy. HA, I love him.

He leaves the principal’s office to find Yeon-doo, Yeol, and Ha-joon there to congratulate him. They invite him to a little picnic of delivery jjajangmyun, willing to risk demerits for ordering food in order to surprise him.

He yells at them for breaking the rules, then tucks into the food, commenting that he picked pretty good disciples. Yeol adorably steals all of Yeon-doo’s radishes, causing Teacher Yang to complain about their flirting, which Yeon-doo hotly denies. It doesn’t escape me that Ha-joon looks a little jealous over there, though it’s unclear just what he’s jealous of.

Later, Yeon-doo and Dong-jae study for midterms, shaking their heads as the highly-ranked students freak out and sabotage each other (since midterms affect rankings). Yeol generously offers his notes to help Yeon-doo study, for a price of course — she has to treat him to food several times. Why don’t you just ask her on a date, silly boy?

Instead he offers to tutor her, and they study together late into the night in the laundry room. HA, Yeon-doo literally falls asleep while Yeol is talking, and claims that it takes skill to come in 196th place.

Yeol asks why she came to this school if it’s so hard, and Yeon-doo sighs that her mom wanted it for her. Sometimes she thinks she should leave, because she’s not doing very well considering the expensive tuition, and she worries she won’t get into college. Yeol promises to get her a few notches up in ranking.

He notices a little cat charm on her phone, which she says is her lucky charm. Without it, she feels like she’ll do even worse, and possibly lose ranking points.

They try to hide when someone walks in, but it’s just Jae-young looking for a place to study, since Soo-ah appropriated their suite’s bathroom. She wonders if Yeol and Yeon-doo are having a secret tryst, but Yeol says it’s more like charity on his part. And you wonder why the girl doesn’t know you like her?

The next day the Baek Ho and Real King kids all study together in their room, even helping each other and grinning when Tae-pyung and Hyo-shik bicker amiably. Yeol points out how well they’re all getting along, and the Baek Ho girls ask the Real King kids’ rankings. But there’s no derision at hearing the low rankings, and everyone seems to really enjoy each other’s company.

Except Soo-ah, of course, who gripes at the noise. She storms from the room just as her nose begins to gush blood, and Teacher Yang sees and stops to help. He sweetly asks her to care for her health, but she turns on him, barking that she doesn’t feel at all apologetic towards him. She got demerits and is an outcast now, of course blaming him and not her own actions.

But Teacher Yang sees right through her, and tells her so. He offers to talk any time she needs it, and looks frustrated when she declines.

Yeon-doo gets the yawns during another tutoring session, nodding off while he watches, and he uses his notebook to shield her face from the sun. He leaves her to her nap, crinkling to himself, and we see that he used all their books to set up a fortress around her. He also left a note stuck to her forehead, asking her out to a movie after midterms. Every time I think he can’t get any cuter…

In class later, Yeol watches nervously for any indication that Yeon-doo wants to go out. He texts her, then motions her to check her phone, but Teacher Yang is pacing right next to her desk. She finally sees the text asking why she hasn’t answered his question, but immediately gets her phone confiscated until after midterms. She’s mostly worried about her cat charm and chases Teacher Yang out of the room, leaving Yeol hanging.

Yeol follows her out and watches her whine about her cat charm, blaming him for getting her phone snatched. She refuses to answer his question, and only snaps that it will be his fault if she loses a rank.

Figuring he needs to get her phone back if he wants that date, Yeol plans to sneak into the teachers’ lounge at lunch. At the last second, he stops himself, wondering why he’s thinking of doing something this crazy… then he remembers Yeon-doo worrying about taking the midterms without her charm, and in he goes.

He quickly finds the phone, but has to scramble to hide when another teacher comes in, but he’s instantly caught. He quickly palms the charm and puts the phone back, and leaves victorious.

He finds Yeon-doo in the cafeteria, but he’s interrupted by Hyo-shik, who comments on how often these two are together lately. Hyo-shik pulls out his phone and pretends to hold an interview, asking about the truth of their relationship, but gets chased off by Yeon-doo. Yeol though, calls out for him to come find him later and he’ll tell the truth.

Even Teacher Im notices how hard Yeon-doo is studying lately, though she groans at her low grade on the most recent essay test. Yeol made the highest grade, again, which upsets Soo-ah as she’s been told in no uncertain terms to make sure she’s Number One this time.

She corners Teacher Im to ask why she got a lower grade than Yeol, arguing that originality is subjective. She demands to see Yeol’s essay, and when Im’s knocked to the ground by a couple of Real King students and chases them, leaving his belongings scattered, Soo-ah snatches up his USB (which is, hilariously, a teddy bear).

Teacher Im goes nuts later looking for it, and the lady teacher who caught Yeol in the office wonders if he took it. Teacher Yang entreats Im to wait and look a bit more before accusing Yeol, but Im is too angry to listen.

Meanwhile Soo-ah plugs the USB into her laptop, startled to see the English midterm, and she quickly downloads it and throws away the USB. She overhears the teachers discussing Yeol having possibly stole the USB and goes back for it, as she remembers her mother and tutor hammering home what a threat Yeol is to her academic status.

She gos to the study room, and slips the USB into Yeol’s bag while nobody is looking. Okay, now I’m officially done with you.

So when Teacher Im barges in to accuse Yeol of stealing, the USB is found in his bag, though Yeol claims to have never seen it before. The kids are all shocked to think Yeol may have stolen the midterm exam, but poor Yeol insists he’s innocent.

Teacher Im starts an investigation, calling Yeol’s father to the school. Yeon-doo hears about this after the fact, and sees Yeol becoming an instant pariah with the other students, who now assume he’s only ranked first because he’s been cheating. Even the Baek Ho and Real King kids believe it, all except for Ha-joon and Yeon-doo.

Yeon-doo admonishes them for badmouthing Yeol when he’s not here, accusing them of being happy because their rankings could go up. She cries that they should know Yeol by now, that he’s not someone who steals. Can’t they, of all people, trust him?

The investigation begins, and Yeol’s father asks for proof that he stole the USB. Unfortunately, he’s the only person seen on the CCTV entering the office, and the USB was found in his bag in front of witnesses — it’s pretty damning. The principal suggests a twenty-day suspension, but his dad asks for thirty days’ community service instead, and a chance to take make-up exams later. Not to mention, a hefty donation to the school.

At that, Yeol scoffs, and complains bitterly that they never even asked him any questions. He didn’t get a chance to defend himself before they declared him guilty.

As Yeol leaves school for his punishment, Ha-joon is the only student who walks out with him. But Yeon-doo runs out to catch him, and as his dad watches, she apologizes — she knows what happened, and that this is her fault for having her phone confiscated and causing him to be in the office at the wrong time. Yeol only gives her the cat charm, and wishes her luck on her midterms.

At home, Yeol goes straight to his room, and Dad follows him to say that his was the best he could do in this situation sp as not to ruin Yeol’s future. But to Yeol, that’s the problem — his father always does everything so damned logically.

He doesn’t come out of his room until after dark, where he sees the specter of his young self sitting alone in the dark as his parents scream at each other in the next room. His father accuses his mother of cheating and strikes her, which little Yeol hears clearly.

His mother had left with nothing but the clothes on her back, leaving Yeol alone for two days to fend for himself. It was then that he decided never to trust anyone.

A couple of days later Yeol’s dad has lunch with Yeon-doo’s mom, who’s shocked to hear that he still hasn’t even shared a meal with his son since he’s been home. Dad says that Yeol doesn’t want to eat with him, and Yeon-doo’s mom cuts right to the heart of it — Dad didn’t make it known that he wanted to spend time together, either.

She bluntly tells him that he’s doing this all wrong, by not letting Yeol know that he believes he’s innocent. Yeah, that would be an important detail, Dad. No wonder Yeol is hurt.

Yeon-doo has trouble concentrating on her exams, staring instead at Yeol’s empty seat and writing his name on her paper. After, she wonders why he hasn’t contacted her to let her know how he’s doing.

Yeol spends his days doing his community service at a retirement center, and one day he hears chanting in the courtyard and looks up to see Yeon-doo, entertaining the seniors. Aww, he’s so adorably thrilled to see her.

She admits to him that she didn’t do well on her exams since she lost her tutor, complaining that he wasn’t smart enough to get himself out of this tangle. But his confidence is shaken now that everyone believes he’s only first place because he cheated, so Yeon-doo says that she’ll believe him, no matter what place he holds. Ha, I think she just made Yeol swoon a little.

Back at school that night, Yeon-doo sneaks into the security office to look for the CCTV footage of Yeol in the office, and runs smack into Ha-joon. He yell-whispers at her for doing such a dumb thing, even though he’s here doing that exact same thing, having downloaded the important video.

The clutch each other in fear when a couple of guards hear them and discuss getting the key to check the room. Yeon-doo offers to go out first — as the known troublemaker, she can afford to get caught. But Ha-joon grabs her to stop her, and they tussle long enough that the guards come back.

The hide in a closet and laugh, relieved, when the guards leave. Yeon-doo is ready to go to bed, but Ha-joon nervously calls out to her, asking her to stay and look through the video with him. They stay up late trying to find the video of Yeol entering the office, until Yeon-doo starts to fall asleep.

Ha-joon tries to gently take her pen before she drops it and wakes herself, but she rouses anyway when he touches her hand. Ha, he just puts the pen back, looking awkward and so cute.

Yeon-doo surprises Ha-joon with jajjangmyun, giggling at his surprise and joking that this is why she doesn’t hang out with model students. HAHA, her secret is that she has it delivered to her dorm window. She loves jajjangmyun because her mom won’t let her have it, and Ha-joon admits that he and Yeol ate it a lot as kids because their parents worked a lot.

There’s a little beat of awareness when they both go for the same pickled radish, and Ha-joon remembers Yeol stealing Yeon-doo’s radishes when they ate with Teacher Yang. He lets her have it, and when he reaches for the next one, she grabs that one too. And the next, hee.

The rankings are published, and because of Yeol not having sat midterms, Soo-ah is in first place. Her mother finally tells her she did well, and takes her out for a nice lunch and gives her a new handbag. That night Jae-young and Na-yeon notice the bag and comment on how deep her mother’s pockets must be.

They tell her to enjoy it until Yeol gets back and regains his first place rank, which is news to Soo-ah. They tell her that Yeon-doo is checking the CCTV looking to exonerate Yeol, so Soo-ah runs to the spot where she swiped Teacher Im’s USB. Sure enough, there was a camera pointed right at her. Heading back to her room, she finds Yeon-doo talking about the situation on the phone with Ha-joon, but there’s nothing Soo-ah can say.

Yeon-doo gets a text from Hyo-shik with a video attached, which turns out to be the video that he took asking what their relationship is. But as she watches, she suddenly perks up and whispers, “I found it. The evidence that will clear Yeol’s name!”

At that, Soo-ah turns to stare at Yeon-doo in shock.

COMMENTS

How much do I love Ha-joon as Yeon-doo’s protector and loyal puppy? SO MUCH. All he’s ever needed was for someone to show him some kindness, and he’ll be faithful for life, I’m sure. He’s already got that in Yeol, but one person can’t be everything. One person could be a fluke — but when multiple people show caring and loyalty, you start to develop a sense of self-worth. Ha-joon needs that, and I love that he rewarded her kindness and silence with an offer of his own sacrifice. He really was willing to take the fall with her for their cheerleading stunt with the signs, and I adore that he was the first one to speak up, even before Yeol. He’s a good person, and worthy of friendship — all he needed was for someone to tell him so.

And it’s so wonderful how Yeon-doo is starting to do exactly what I thought she would, with her indomitable spirit and willingness to stand up for her beliefs – she’s starting to inspire others. Ha-joon is only the first of the Baek Ho kids to see what she does and want to be more like her, but he won’t be the last. We’re already seeing the battle line between Real King and Baek Ho blurring, and the kids starting to intermingle and like each other, which is one hundred percent Yeon-doo’s influence. I can’t wait for them to all become true friends.

I just really, really don’t want Ha-joon to fall for Yeon-doo, because I don’t want anything coming between him and Yeol. And it looks like he’s at least experiencing some attraction, and jealousy of her growing relationship with Yeol, which has me a bit worried. Hopefully, since we know that he knows that she’s all but Yeol’s girl at this point, it won’t go any further than a little crush. If anyone understands what it means for Yeol to finally open up and trust another person, it’s Ha-joon. He knows how Yeol feels, and how his feelings for Yeon-doo are changing him for the better. Surely he won’t do anything to ruin that for his best friend and most fervent defender. Right? Right?!

Yeon-doo’s strong moral compass continues to impress, as she took the brunt of the blame for Yeol getting in trouble at school. He was the one who pushed her to answer his text in class, and Soo-ah was the one who framed him, yet Yeon-doo still feels regret that her using her phone in class resulted in his being wrongfully accused and punished. It’s so like her, to feel responsible even when her own involvement was incidental and that others made more conscious choices that led to the situation. But I’m glad it led to her declaring her belief in Yeol, which was a small moment but you could see the look in his eyes that showed what that meant to him. He’s always pretended not to care what anyone thinks of him, but as we learn more about him, we;re seeing how much of a defense mechanism it is. He does care, and it means a lot to have Yeon-doo tell him that she believes in him, no matter what.

Yeol’s story is becoming clearer, and his anger towards his father makes a lot more sense now. Violence is never an answer to a conflict, and for a young boy to hear his father hit his mother would be a life-changing event, even if he hadn’t then been basically abandoned for two days. It’s no wonder he lost the ability to trust anyone, even though it seems that his father may have changed since then based on his kind and tender demeanor when he’s with Yeon-doo’s mom. But if the two have never discussed the problem, it’s no wonder that Yeol is still stuck in that moment of shock and abandonment. And it’s no wonder that it took someone like Yeon-doo, with her blinding loyalty and innate goodness, to make him want to trust someone again.

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this show is hitting in all the right places where other high school/romance dramas have failed me ?

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sure, i love this show so muchhhh. but they have only 12 eps, it seems not enough for me, pfuzuuu.

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12?!
not 16?!
12?!

aaaaaaggghhhhhhhh!!

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yes, 12 eps, and rating is low too too, i dont think they will add more ep

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Super cute scene: Yeol pat Yeon doo head. Twice.
12 episode is not enough!
They haven't go to movie yet!!

Anyone heard rumors that next week only airs 1 epsiode? Because KBS have a sport match or else.

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Amen?

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Ughhhhhh why is the writer setting Ha-joon up for heart break? I think they are introducing the love triangle way too late in to the show, I think everybody is already on the Yeol Yeon-doo boat. Unless the writer plans to make them step-siblings in which case I'd throw my iPad, I see no chance for Ha-joon

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So far the show has portrayed Yeon-doo as fairly clueless to Yeol's affection and they haven't actually had any skinship so the writer is doing a great job of teasing the possibility of a romance between Ha-joon and Yeon-doo. What would we all gripe about if we didn't have that!

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The triangle is definitely happening it seems.

But you're right! Yeon-Doo has moments with both Yeol and Ha Joon showing interest in her and being adorable! But Yeon-doo... Yes she's shows awkward moments with Yeol (hug scene) but that's could mostly be because of the intimacy Yeol does everything with! So there's no real evidence of her feelings for Yeol more than friendship and loyalty.

But I guess it's hardly an issue. It's not like this is Reply 1997 ... The leads are obvious and I think the audience might explode if they don't end up together. That and I don't think Korean TV would toe taboo subjects with Yeon Doo and Yeols parents getting together. And my poor adorable Ha Joon.... He would always choose Yeol over himself...

But the writers are defintely messing with some serious feelings bringing my Ha Joon into this. He's suffered to much to lose his girl too.

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I don't think there's a chance for Ha Joon, but I also don't think it's completely off for him to be in this interesting no-man's-land with Yeon Doo.

It's an unconventional love triangle, in that there's no apex and in that the types of love are very different. Ha Joon and Yeol have a bromance, Yeol and Yeon Doo have a romance, and Ha Joon and Yeon Doo are trying to figure out a male/female version of the bromance, I think? I think for Ha Joon, Yeon Doo is that cool neighborhood girl he passionately loves platonically, but he's hyper-aware that "passion" can either mean "intense" or stray over into "romantic". I don't think he wants to go there, either, because A) he wouldn't even start to know how to handle that, and B) Yeol's got quite obvious dibs.

As others have pointed out, in any other show, Ha Joon would be the lead and Yeol his second. Ha Joon's got the entire angry, wounded kid with only one friend thing going for him, and that means he's got no pattern to use with Yeon Doo. So it's taking him a bit to untangle.

I think Ha Joon will end up with Yeon Doo as someone he adores and maybe could be romantic with, but it 100% happy just being with her platonically. Meanwhile her other little buddy, whose name I have entirely forgotten, is someone who doesn't seem to have any romantic edge at all.

Yeon Doo and her three versions of Loyal Guys: the one who is pure platonic, the one who is pure love, and the one who's trying to find a balance between those things without completely blowing his own mind.

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Spot on with the three versions of Loyal Guys thing... God she is one lucky gal. I don't even care if she's fictional..I WANT TO BE HER (without crazy school politics Ofc)

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Yes! You've articulated it perfectly.

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+1 to everything you said here!

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"...the one who’s trying to find a balance between those things without completely blowing his own mind."

this sounds so deliciously tragic, heartbreaking, and romantic. gosssshhhh

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I know, right? That sentence makes me want to swoon a little.

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That's an incredibly insightful observation, about the whole Ha-joon/Yeon-doo angle of this would-be love triangle. And about the nature of Yeon-doo's attachments to the three main boys in her life (her Real King mate Hyo-shik is also like Dong-jae that way - pure friendship and nothing else, but without Dong-jae's rather childlike manner).

And yeah, it really isn't like any ordinary love triangle - which actually makes me quite excited to see just how it's going to play out, and how Ha-joon is going to navigate his new feelings for Yeon-doo. I do like that it happened so gradually - I really don't think he was aware of seeing her as something other than a friend when he left the umbrella, but it's been growing on him as she spends more time with him and Yeol.

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I really don't like where this is going with Ha Joon. It's natural, of course, that he would start liking her. But still. Ugh. Poor puppy.

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"I just really, really don’t want Ha-joon to fall for Yeon-doo"

^I feel like he already did though? The way he reacted to her in the jajjangmyun and CCTV scenes makes me feel like he already harbors a crush on her, more than a "just friends" way.

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Agree with this after having watched episode 8 too.. I was screaming at my screen going, "no, no, no aaaaaaah don't do it" but it does seem like he likes her now. I know he won't be end-game, i kinda want it to be open-ended-ish? Because they're kids lol, kids their age hardly end up together.

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Just tossing in a furious shake of my head while I whisper-scream "nooooooo" at the HJ YD love line before shutting up for today - there is SO MUCH I want to talk about for the next recap and this was the only thing that really caught my attention in this one. Why pull this shit so late in the game, show? Please just swerve in episode 9, I can hardly take it. STOP IT SHOW, STOPPPPPPPPPPP!!!

(I'm losing my mind over the next episode, omg. Saya, hurryyyyy.)

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Er... I think K-dramas have conditioned us to think that there is no such thing as friends between men and women / boys and girls, hence all this hullabaloo...

Is it odd that I don't really care how it goes either way? I mean, the swooning and the flirting is cute and squee-inducing but it's the friendship that gets to me.

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@Peeps So spot on. Its the friendship iSGG that takes my heart away the most. That's why little moments like when the whole team stood with Yeon doo against the principal are so priceless to me. It's High School, and Like 'Ssaem' said, 'a friend you can count' on matters greatly. Its sort of the foundation for all friendship-experiences in adult life. :-)

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....in SGG i mean ;-)

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The friendships are the bedrock that Sassy Go Go is built on, and this drama hasn't let us forget it. Even our OTP's greatest connection at first was their love for their friends and their need to shield them/carve out a space for them in this hell of a school.

Which is why I found the entire team uniting against the Principal's attempt to punish Yeon-doo for the signs, so heartwarming - the lines between Real King and Baek-ho are no longer so clearly drawn, and that's showing.

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@Pogo <3 Sassy Go Go 'the lines between Real King and Baek-ho are no longer so clearly drawn' yeahhhh!!! That scene where they were studying in the club room had me all 'awwwww, you guysss'

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I certainly think that the show is starting to set things up that way! The friendship is also what gets me... and that's sort of the issue for me? I'm a huge fan of people just ending up as friends because they love and trust each other. If Ha Joon is being set up for heartbreak I won't be TOO upset (and, now that I think about it, if Yeol is being set up for heartbreak, I honestly wouldn't be too bothered as long as it's written well), but I just wish it hadn't come to that because romantic tension isn't my thing. I miss Ha Joon slowly feeling out this new friendship with wide puppy eyes and a bit of splashing around in the shallow end of the pool! There's so much there to explore, so much trust to build and so many times to share, I just want everything I love about watching a friendship build.

I do trust this writing team to do their best with however this wild pom pom ride is going to end. I mean, I am DEFINITELY not expecting a "I can't just be friends with you speech" and if that's where we're headed I really will roll my eyes so hard they fall out of my head, but on the whole I am trusting this writing team a lot more than I usually do. I just wish romantic interest wasn't a required part of a guy and a girl striking up a friendship for once, that's all. I think that's what I've been getting at here. It's not like I'm out of the story! I'm totally invested in who these characters are and where they're going, regardless of my personal tastes. I just wish it had turned out a bit differently.

Even with that being said, I'm fretting a tiny bit despite myself. I don't want anything shoehorned into the last third of the show when it's really unnecessary. Like, on one hand I'm totally in on this ride, and on the other I'm sort of still making sure that my seatbelt is really locked in and I'm safe from anything awful narrative-wise happening in the final stretch. Not when things are getting so good, you know what I mean? In the end, I don't mind the story being told, I just want it to be told well.

An additional thought: I think I'd be much more on board with this railway if it was revealed (to the audience only, maybe) that Ha Joon had similar feelings for Yeol at the beginning of their friendship, on the same tense, fondness-edging-on-attraction grounds. It'd be an original path to take, it'd help Ha Joon come to terms with the nature of his feelings for both Yeol and Yeon Doo, and then Ha Joon would be as close to being bisexual as Korea will allow. I'd be down for that.

I'm actually a lot more invested in Soo Ah's plotline at this point, which is why I am itching to talk about the next episode lolll, but I thought I'd throw in a token protest here. :P

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ONE LAST THOUGHT: I also think it's valuable to have a story about a kid processing his feelings for his friend's girl and coming out the other end being friends with said girl because that is also a story that is rare in media, but I am not sure things are going to happen that way because I am a worrywart! I'm not objecting to the storyline, I'm objecting to what may happen just on principle. If stupid loveline shit doesn't go down, I'll be perfectly happy!

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I am really trusting the writers with this one because if they fail me, I might fall into a metaphorical pit so deep its just 100m from the earth's core.

I'm not even asking for love-lines, I actually am not bothered by it (although of course, any sort of squee-worthy interaction is welcomed, anytime, anywhere, anyhow). All I ask is that characters don't act out of (uhm...) character and turn the story into makjang.

I adore that the obvious line here is that there can be platonic love and concern between men and women and nothing more but I'm cool with a possible crush by HaJoon on YeonDoo because it makes sense (has he even had such heart-to heart, open conversations and interaction with another girl before?) and really, it's only one-sided because YeonDoo's all "men, women, who cares? They're all human, all friends." On the other hand, for a guy who's never had anything more than superficial conversations with the opposite sex, friendship can be mistaken as infatuation or a crush (or some other illusion of love).

I actually like that HaJoon is becoming friends with his "bestfriend's girl" because seen another way, it could very well turn out antagonistic if HaJoon ever sees it as YeonDoo taking away his one and only friend.

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On the other hand, for a guy who’s never had anything more than superficial conversations with the opposite sex, friendship can be mistaken as infatuation or a crush (or some other illusion of love).

To add, it also makes sense that this does not happen to any guy who's sure of his sexual preferences when he befriends another guy because love is just out of the equation for that.

I'll admit that my view is that men and women can simply be friends but the friendship between the same gender and between opposite gender can (and probably will) have different vibes and dynamics.

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I'm totally with you on trusting the writers too, they haven't failed us so far.

And this:

it could very well turn out antagonistic if HaJoon ever sees it as YeonDoo taking away his one and only friend.

This was actually how Ha-joon initially was towards Yeon-doo, in a way - after the biting incident, he certainly seemed to have a bit of a 'wtf are you guys doing?' expression every time he caught Yeol and Yeon-doo in a too-close-for-comfort situation. The expression on his face when he clocks Yeol looking right at Yeon-doo when he says there's a girl he wants to kiss in episode 4, does not suggest a boy who's totally cool with his bff's new girl - more that he isn't sure what to make of it, even as he asks Yeol about her and Dong-jae and why they don't make him jealous. That really only started changing after Yeon-doo reached out to him, and ended up becoming their third Musketeer.

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@Peeps: You really have a point with your last comment... I believe the same thing with regards to friendships between differing genders, but you're right, there are definitely different dynamics to consider when a story treads into new territory like this. IDK, my friendships with my guy friends were pretty uncomplicated growing up but my life experiences are relatively rare and just aren't covered on TV that often. Running with that sort of plotline would be difficult to understand... This is much more palatable, and it's a pretty fair decision to go with this path. I can sigh and whine all I want but at the end of the day that's still true. :(

(this is why i am rooting for team YD and DJ in shutter shades and a rolls royce with platinum rims and a bass system you can feel in your teeth. FUCK. SHIT. UP.)

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@Pogo : You're right. About Ha Joon's "wtf are you guys doing?" expression, and his 'don't understand' expression whenever he caught Yeol and Yeon Doo being so close. I guess it was normal because he didn't really know what kind of person Yeon Doo really was, aside from just being loud and meddlesome, and also as we all know they all started off disliked each other because each of their egos. He only began to see Yeon Doo in a different light when she reached out to him, I don't know when Yeon Doo began to see Ha Joon in a different light, maybe it was when she saw his dad was beating him up, she became clear and wanted to help. So, I think that's why she tried to make friends with him first out of the other members of BH, she actually could see through him since both teams merged together in a Cheerleading club.

As for Yeol, I must say this guy is just too smart, he really could sense of what kind of person Yeon Doo is, and knew she's not just the kind of person people sees her as on the outside (the troublemaker, bright, loud, meddlesome, that people sees her as externally), no wonder, he started to be curious with her just by only 2 or 3 times that they occasionally bumped into each other, and tries so hard to get close with her world hahah

I think that's what's different between Yeol and Ha Joon, despite them being inseparable friends. For them to actually open up and be friends with other people, they have to actually get close to that person first, which that is the same between, but what's different is that Yeol was the one who tries to get close to Yeon Doo and breaks his usual 'doesn't-trust-outsiders' traits first when she still disliked him and the BH kids, while with Ha Joon, Yeon Doo was the one who tries to get close to him first for him to actually know what kind of person she really is.

But no matter what kind of relationship they see each other as, I actually love how Ha Joon was all scolding Yeon Doo when they were in the CCTV room, he was all scolding her for trying to help Yeol when he, himself, was actually doing the same thing, and they both will actually be in the same situation, as in one will be in trouble in the Principal's hand while the other one will be in trouble by his father, but he still scold her for doing that dangerous thing hahah It was cute and funny at the same time :D I also love how they were both trying to protect each other from the security guards, but at the end, they both ended up hiding themselves hahahah That's also when Yeol started to realized that Ha Joon and Yeon Doo are his only 'true friends'.

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I am just not seeing that Ha Joon is falling for Yeon Doo in a romantic way. I see some growing respect, a bit of admiration and the beginnings of a friendship. Nothing more. To me their is greater camaraderie than romance.

I am really enjoying the way the Baekeland Ho and Real King kids are melding together.

Also, more of Yeol flirting and becoming smitten with Yeon Doo please!

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I agree about Ha Joon not being romantic - passionate, as in "intense" in his feelings for her, but I don't think he's shaped it beyond feeling really strongly for her.

It's also worth noting that this is a kid who seems to have no mother and a rotten father. Yeol and Yeon Doo are filling some of those empty roles - Yeol works on keeping the outside world from hurting Ha Joon, and Yeon Doo has started making inroads on actually showing that someone cares when he's hurt and wants him to be well. That's a pretty potent double-whammy, and I doubt Ha Joon wants to mess up either of those friendships.

That and I just don't see him EVER making a move on Yeol's girl. Yeol spends a massive amount of time and energy protecting or defending Ha Joon, and keeps himself aloof - if Yeon Doo is someone who makes Yeol deeply happy, I don't think Ha Joon will need any encouragement to back off. There's no mystery between Ha Joon and Yeol when it comes to Yeon Doo - Yeol's been very clear he likes her, and Ha Joon has noticed at every step.

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"I just don’t see him EVER making a move on Yeol’s girl"

This right here is what's been keeping me sane, even with the tidbits showing that Ha Joon might be starting to have a crush on Yeon Doo. I think it's just too much for the writers to introduce him as a true romantic rival with only four episodes left in the series. They would have been better off showing Dong Jae as a romantic interest because at least he and Yeon Doo obviously have history. Plus there's already the bit with Yeon Doo's mom and Yeol's dad. I'm not sure I can handle them adding even more obstacles for the OTP when that one hasn't even been touched yet. Granted, the OTP don't know about their parents' relationship but it's still an unresolved conflict for the audience.

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Well, Yeon Doo and Dong Jae are each other's only childhood friends, just like Yeol and Ha Joon.

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Yeah, which is fine with me. I just think it would have been better to introduce him as a potential suitor if they were going to go the love triangle route because they've been childhood friends. It could easily have been a one sided crush on Dong Jae's part a la Reply 1997. Not unhappy with the way the storyline has gone so far, just becoming increasingly doubtful that the screenwriters are introducing a love triangle at this point.

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"It’s also worth noting that this is a kid who seems to have no mother" - It's just like Yeon Doo who as well needs a paternal figure as well ^^

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this. if the writer were to have ha-joon making some serious moves, i'd actually find it really out of character and jarring, because up until now, ha-joon and yeol have been incredibly self-sacrificing and loyal in their friendship for each other, and i just don't see a girl coming between them.

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Exactly. Ha-joon knew that Yeol liked her, well before he started seeing Yeon-doo in a different light. And Yeol has made zero effort to hide it from his friend. Given that, there's no way he'd ever do that to Yeol, or do it without considering Yeon-doo's feelings (a big part of the end of episode 8)

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Yes, more smitten flirting please! It's such a change from angry yelling at each other/bickering.

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I absolutely squee every time Hajoon and Yeondoo have a scene together because the way she brings him out of his protective shell warms my heart to bits. I feel like the writer isn't introducing a typical love triangle in the sense that the second lead becomes jealous and contentious with the male lead; Hajoon seems to be developing feelings for Yeondoo but he's always distinctly aware of how Yeol and Yeondoo feel about each other and where stands between them. I think he is in for a little bit of a heartbreak ): but I feel like he's going to gain a lasting friendship out of it.

No one really touches on Sooah but she is pretty much irredeemable at this point for me. I feel for her situation because she is being abused by her mother and she has a terrible home life, but she is at an age where she should be able to distinguish right and wrong and the consequences of her actions, something she clearly lacks. I've been waiting to see if the show is going to try and give a redemption story line, and I have a sinking feeling it probably is because it's a high school drama, but you can't spend more than half the show ruining other people's lives and then suddenly become a better person out of it. I'd like to see a glimpse of change in her, but at the same time I'd also just like to see her move to the US or something so she can leave everyone alone!

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Re: your 1st paragraph - THIS. Exactly. Stole the words out of my mouth!

Yeah, I know I said I didn't want a love triangle in this show but I also think the writer isn't setting it up in a typical way. See how careful and almost reverent Ha Joon is with Yeon Doo? And how he holds himself back whenever Yeol's around? If anything, Ha Joon is being very chivalrous about his crush. He does know his place both as Yeol's friend and Yeon Doo's newfound confidante. (Yes, even with what happened in the end of the next episode, which I CANNOT WAIT to talk about! EEEEEEEEE!) His attraction, I think, is born more out of respect and gratitude for this girl, THE ONLY GIRL thus far who's showered him with kindness and sunshine. Who can even fault him for that?

Our boy is definitely in for a little heartbreak, but such is the pain of young love~ *sighs melodramatically*

(plus how cute is ji soo when he's pining like an adorable puppy with his little puppy crush? i'm sure lots of you in here are having angry mom flashbacks! heeee.)

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huhuhuh:"
i miss bokdong!!!:"""
remember in ep 5 when hajoon kinda helps yeondoo wih cheerleader thing in class? he really acts like bokdong:"""
aaah bokdong aaah, i miss youuuuu

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Our OTP still being as swoon-worthy as ever! Aw, just kiss, you two. I've been holding out for that to finally happen since episode 1 and 4!

Yeon Doo, still the best girl ever. I'm starting to think she's too perfect of a heroine, but that's just because I can't seem to pinpoint a flaw in this girl (aside from her grades and rebellious streak, which aren't even necessarily bad things). Nevertheless, I still love her!

Yeol, still the cutest thing alive (despite the Dad angst). At this point I've ran out of adjectives to describe how much I adore his cheeky little face.

Soo Ah, still a *bleep*, as always. Wake up, girl! I know there's a person IN there somehow. She is not irredeemable in my eyes (after all, she's still just as a young girl who's as lonely as they come), but I do want her to owe up to her mistakes and get due punishment so she'll learn her lesson.

Ha Joon, still a puppy that you just want to take home with you. How precious is it that he seems to light up only when he's around Yeol, and recently, Yeon Doo?

Dong Jae, still in the sidelines. Don't forget about him, writer-nim. :(

Also, am I the only who isn't bothered by the parents' loveline? The way their scenes play out, and how Mom has said time and time again that she's not ready for marriage yet (since she only wants what's best for her daughter), is like the writers telling us that there's no need for alarm if and when they finally find out about their children. I'd like to see how Yeol's dad will graciously step aside for his son as a way of rekindling their relationship. I can see the possibility of Mom and Dad remaining as very good friends and let their kids be together.

Anyway, even if I'm proven wrong, I just hope that when the time comes, it will be handled well. *fingers crossed*

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^ Ah, oops. This (6.2) was meant to be posted as a new comment, not a reply. Dunno how it got here. My bad!

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YES! Nontraditional love triangle! Both in the types of love expressed and the fact there's kind of no apex to the triangle.

Yeol and Ha Joon have a bromance. Yeol and Yeon Doo have a romance. And Ha Joon and Yeon Doo have... It's like she's his noona, sort of? I know she's not, but that's the level the relationship feels like - he feels passionately about her, but he also looks to her for leadership and guidance, but will also step up and back her up if he senses she's making a big move.

It's nice that everyone in the triangle likes each other so much, and for such different reasons, and none of them seem selfish enough to push for a stronger bond at the cost of the others. Ha Joon especially - Yeol was great for creating space for HJ to breathe, but he also kind of leaves the messy internal stuff for HJ to either work out on his own or bring up. Yeon Doo is the one who is starting to draw HJ out and get him to start thinking about who he is internally, rather than how he's defined by the crappy things attacking him.

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I couldn't agree more with your first paragraph - on one hand we all dread the love triangle, but on the other, Sassy Go Go has shown absolutely no signs of going the way of the dreaded traditional kdrama triangle. I think it's definitely possible for Ha-joon to be attracted to Yeon-doo, but also to process it in a way that doesn't threaten their little unit of three.

Soo-ah....... I don't know if calling her unredeemable is fair. Yes, she's terrible and I want to slap her at least twice an episode. But the way she acts - cheating, stealing, framing people despite her own instincts telling her it's wrong - is almost like a drug addict, except that Soo-ah's 'drug', so to speak, is her mother's approval.

And let's not forget, her home life is extremely dysfunctional - that scene with her mother giving her the nice handbag for doing well? Is literally the first time in the entire drama we've seen her be affectionate to Soo-ah, and it's tied to her grades. I saw a comment on kkuljaem to the effect that that scene seemed more like an owner rewarding a dog with a treat for performing tricks, rather than a mother and daughter. I think that comment was spot-on. And human beings are not going to thrive if they're treated that way.

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Honestly, every time I think this show may fail me (how they would handle a Ha Joon love triangle, etc.) I have been pleasantly surprised and often left hugging myself from the cute. We're halfway in now and I really trust the show writers by this point. Hope they don't disappoint but for now I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the ride, because I think they deserve my trust that it will be satisfying in the end :) So refreshing!

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I'm with you. Even when I had questions and thought they would break my heart but by the time I watch the next episode I already forget what my concerns were and enjoy the story (I watched this episode for 2 hours due to the temptation to rewind some scenes). So I trust that the show won't disappoint me either in the future.

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I know. I feel like at this point, the Sassy Go Go writers have earned our trust, so I'm willing to let the situation play out whichever way and trust that it'll be well done.

It's just the memory of other kdrama love triangles that has people running so scared here. But Yeol, Yeon-doo and Ha-joon are not going to follow that template and lose the reason why we love them, I'm convinced of it.

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Please convince me that Ha joon only sees Yeon doo as a friend............

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He only sees her as a friend. There. Pat Pat.
Let's believe in that for one more episode. *hugs tight*

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Thank you *cry* *big hug*

I love this show SO MUCH. Yeon doo-Yeol cuteness, all friendship, and bromance. And I don't want it shattered because of potential love triangle, step-sibling, whatever.

OMG, I forget! Step-sibling plot...... Just please................

*cry*

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OTP lovers group hug!!!!!!!!!!

I agree, there's enough angst!!!! My heart can't take it. huhu

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*grup hug* same feels here.

My heart can't take it. Break-up bromance and shattered cuteness. I can't even...... I still have my little hope that writer-nim not extend potential love triangle any futher. We still have a lot of issue to take care of. So-ah maddness, annoying parents, school corruption, and the MOST important: cheerleading!

Am I too naive thinking about Yeon-doo's mom and Yeol' father relationship only as a longtime bestfriend? Not a lover?

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I agree....please please writers make yeol and yeol do be together....I can't bear to think yeol heartbroken...

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This is the best way to start a morning... a DB recap!!!
That last picture breaks my heart, so I had to go up to the first picture, to smile again. T__T / <3
How can this drama make me feel so many different things? Love love love.

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pwuahaha!!!!! Does that mean u finally got to have ur 24hrs of sleep?? [And no, I'm not a stalker. I listened to ur podcast. I listened to the whole hour & loved it, even if u were half-asleep when u made it. Rest well. :D]

I agree with u, that first pix is love, but that last pix is </3.

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LMAO. Does the fact that I know what @songjeong is talking about make me a stalker too? Does it make it more creepy when I tell you I'm in love with your voice and accent? LOL. I also "stalk" your site. Helps me stay sane waiting for the next DB recap and episode.

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Uh... I'm grateful for your enthusiasm (stalking???), but my site was down for awhile there, and I couldn't log in to post.

I finally did. But I couldn't figure out why it was down, and seeing these comments here, I'm wondering if it could be because of Dramabeans' Power. If I converted the comments' time right, the timing coincides with when I had a problem. So... I'm not sure where I'm going with this. Uh... thank you for your comments, and for bringing my site down? ^^"""

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I know!!

On one hand there's a part of me that's screaming NOOOOO DON'T RUIN THE BROMANCE AND DON'T TOUCH THE YEOL/YEON-DOO PAIRING, THEY'RE TOO PERFECT AND ADORABLE AND SQUEEFUL IN EVERY WAY and on the other hand I see Ji-soo's scenes with Jung Eun-ji and I go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ARE THESE FEELINGS, WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE HAVING THIS CHEMISTRY TOO, HELP!!!

Oh, and I saw on your site you finally found the name of that whistling song from the background music! I couldn't comment on that recap but thank you so much, it has been driving me nuts since the very first scene of this drama and at least now I know to buy that CD when I get to Japan.

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Hahaha. You're reaction is so funny. ^^ You're the pogo that is always around the SGG recaps right? I love the you changed your name. <3

And you're welcome. ^^ Have fun in Japan. :)

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Thanks Autocorrect.

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lol yes, I'm indeed the pogo who was always hanging around the Sassy Go Go recaps as just plain pogo....well, now I had to change it :)

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Yeol and Yeon-doo will end up as siblings and Ha Joon and Yeon Doo will become lovers, a more logical end or at least this is what the drama is trying to show. ?
come on.... let's 2nd lead get the girl for once!

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hahah me too , after watching ep 8

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Ack! I wanted to believe there was still a tiny heart in Soo-ah but my hope is gone...i feel bad for Ha-joon because no matter how cute he is with Yeon-doo, my first choice for her will always be Yeol. I hope this doesn't crack their bromance

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this drama >> School 2015 and Monstar and *insert other school drama here* omg so many feels can Kim Yeol be anymore bae <3333

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AGREE to the max!

Kim yeol smile. Death.

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Agree! This is the best high school drama since School 2013.

I just feel bad for the ratings being so low :(

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!!

I love this drama a lot and mostly because of Jisoo as Hajoon, but I also love Eunji as Yeondoo and Wongeun as Yeol. ^^

I really love watching HJ-YD on screen and enjoy their developing friendship. As you mentioned, HJ is standing up for YD since he has already experienced her loyalty and kindness, and he is definitely learning she's someone that can be trusted. Not to mention, he is someone who wants to voice out on injustices but has not had the chance because of his abusive father. So, it's great to see that by being friends with YD, HJ is able to find the courage to take that step forward.

I also think that he has a growing attraction towards YD. Even though we know he's aware of Yeol's interest in YD, it's not something that can be helped if he also likes her. Your heart and feelings can't be controlled and one can easily see that YD is the first one other than Yeol who has expressed kindness to him and earned his trust.

Seeing SA's actions just disgusts me... Not only did she cheat, but she also frames Yeol?!?! I can't stand to see her. =X

It was good to gain some insight into Yeol's childhood. No wonder he puts a facade. Must have been scarred from childhood and takes a lot for him to open up to someone. I'm so glad that YD is that person for him to try to trust someone again and that despite only spending some time to get to know each other, she already knows the kind of person he is and believes him unconditionally. That was very heartwarming to see.

Love Teacher Yang and the jjajangmyun scene!! And then again with HJ and YD. ^^

I want a LINE Brown USB!! Haha... So cute!!

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Please Hajoon-aaaa, don't be the next Gong Taekwang :'D
I wish the writer didn't push the possibility of love triangle any further -_-

In Angry Mom, Bokdong didn't have father, got beaten up by the 'boss', one sided love with married woman. At least he had a sweet hyung.

In Sassy Go Go, Hajoon have a father yet still got beaten up, possibly one sided love with his bestie's GF, at least he has a bestfriend yet their friendship would be shaken if he do fall for Yeondoo.

Ji-soo oppa, next drama project, please have a happy family, please get the girl :'D

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i also wished gong taekwang will not be the 2nd chilbong, but what happened? the next thing i know that i sob hysterically in my room:" damn you school 2015~~~~~~

huhuhu let's cross our fingers so that hajoon will be happy in this drama~

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Lets just mourn together that ahjussi is indeed yeol's father :(((

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Yup! Awkward tangle, at least her mom is already impressed with him.

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So having watched both eps, I'm trying to take myself back to ep 7. Firstly, Soo Ah - I really had hopes that one day you might choose to feed the good wolf instead of the bad. But no! You are simply the worst.

The thing that gets me, and this is from someone who did well in school, is where is the victory in cheating? You haven't won, you're not really number one because you stole that position through deception and cheating. It's a fact of life that there is always someone smarter and dumber than you. Once she is out of the sphere of control of her mother (or unless she gets caught) how can she possibly ever succeed if she can't grasp that concept? If this is truly the pressure that Korean students face, where winning at any cost, even if you don't have the capacity to win, is the goal, I can understand the high suicide rates. It's just unsustainable.

But she's truly embracing that evil doer path isn't she?

I'm choosing to believe that Yeon Doo and Ha Joon are developing a beautiful friendship. I'm willing to trust the show to do this well and stay true to the characters as they've been written. Even if Ha Joon does 'fall' for Yeon Doo he would never interfere with Yeol's relationship. Plus I think it's more of a pure and innocent love borne of true friendship. It could be easy for Ha Joon to confuse with that romantic love, and I can imagine him beating himself up about having feelings for his friends girl but really I see it as him finally meeting someone who he could trust and love as much as he trusts and loves Yeol, who is also a cute, bright lively girl. At least that's what I hope. I feel like it's always quite confusing when heterosexual friends who have that deep connection try to work out if they're romantically interested in each other or not. It's not a friendship that comes along very often in either same sex or opposite sex friendships.

I love that Yeon Doo is doodling Yeol's name in her books! I love that she and Ha Joon are teaming up to save Yeol. Yeol's face lighting up when he hears Yeon Doo at the community service? Fricken' adorable. Head touching, who knew I would find that so romantic? Not me! How cute was Yeol's community service jumper? Very!

Ah! This show, I don't want it to end, but the short run means that everything moves quickly and the drama has less time to indulge in the 'makjang'/'melo' elemants. So please show, avoid that.

Loving the Baek Ho/Real King developing frienships. Like the two BH girls and Da Mi putting on lipstick in the practice room. Or the the groups mixing together when they're sitting in the room. Or cutiepie glasses and Da Mi hanging out. Hyo Shik as both the c*ckblocker extraordinaire with YD/Y and the one calling attention to it (because otherwise would Yeon Doo ever work it out?).

Can I just say that I love that 'hiding' according to Yeon Doo and whoever she is, is to put their heads down on their desk/nearest flat surface? It's...

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I see it as a poor attempt to hide? Like 'If you can't see my head then I'm not here'? And it's totally cute it makes me ROFL everytime it happens.

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Or maybe, I can't see you so you can't see me, too! Just like a baby, hahaha. And she has recruited Yeol over to this concept of hiding, haha.

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That's what makes it even cuter. The 1st rank at school Kim Yeol joins her in this child-like hiding concept AKAHSJAGHAFDAJKG TOO CUTE!

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@MeLiYasha- while this childlike hiding concept is adorable, I kind of preferred it when they were hiding in bed. Together ;)

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@pogo ♥ Sassy Go Go - Ugh why do you have to remind me about that? Now I want it to happen again!!!!! *coughs to hide my giggle at the thought*

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i love all the interactions between Baek Ho and Real King, and i especially like how a lot of it happens in the background. it's super cute to see. :)

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Yes! I think it's a mark of a stellar production and acting team to have the background as in universe as the foreground. So good that I can watch the same scene multiple times just to catch what's going on with everyone.

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yes, exactly!! everyone is always in character all the time, even if they're not the focus of the scene, which makes for some very interesting rewatches.

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It's nothing short of amazing that Sassy Go Go features this kind of attention to detail even in the middle of a live shoot. I want to take my hat off to the amazing team that's making this drama happen.

(and as people have pointed out before, the way certain scenes are framed and shot is quite beautifully done despite this drama being pressed for time and possibly budget as well)

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Soo Ah has reached the point of no return for me. I don't even want her to have a happily ever after with anybody. She needs punishment on her fast.

Ha Joon is totally falling for Yeon Do.. My.heart.cannot.take.it..

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@June She needs to be exposed! There are so many things that she's done that are beyond the pale now, that I don't care if she changes her ways, she has to be punished for what she's done before she can be forgiven.

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Getting angry at how writers are taking this into a love-triangle mode. Hmph. *really angry emoji*

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A few points -- yes it seems that Ha Joon is falling for Yeon Do, but while I don't want to see the conflict between best buds, you know the bro code and all, the writer has done it very organically. Yeon Doo grows on him, he realizes this is someone that he wants in his life and at the same time, she's a girl, which seems to get those silly hormones racing.

The other point, of all the parents, only Yeon Doo's Mom seems to be up front with her daughter and supports her wishes. All the other parents are like, stick to the story of Teacher Kang's fonding, since it helps us better, or others saying, you must be number 1, etc. Even Yeol's dad doesn't back him up. Only Yeon Doo's Mom says, my girl is innocent, and whatever you want me to do, I've got your back.

Finally, gotta like Teacher Yang, he's the guy that you can count on -- literally, he'll catch you when you fall, and help you back up on your feet again. A teacher like that is sometimes hard to find, at least in school dramas, LOL.

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Yeah that actor has been the 2nd lead or a supporting character in a lot of dramas, most recently Unkind Women where he and Song Jae Rim were in competition AND brothers. His skills are really good and it's more than time he got a clear lead role.

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Soo Ah has no hope whatsoever. She has a conscience but she seems to only feel it for a split second then she does something bad again. The worst part is she blames someone else for her evilness. There's no shame in admiting that you did wrong it's actually the first step to being a better person.
I also want the writer to stop ruining my ship please please let Yeondo and Yeol live

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Yeol and Yeon-doo are adorable. She's not all snarly against him now, anymore, she's talking to him normally and smiling at him (even if it might be smiling at him exasperatingly hehe)! And I love it that everyone notices!! And HA, the day when it's the girl who makes the guy swoon. Also, why is there no mention of the hug? :(

(I refuse to talk about the other elephant in the room until next episode!)

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And I forgot to mention: Yeol stealing Yeon-doo's radishes? Super adorable. I love that she's super comfortable around him now. *squishes the both of them together*

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That's what makes Yeol and Yeon-doo even more perfect together - they are so at ease around each other. Like the drunk almost-kiss scene.

I love that they talk to each other so much.

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Yes! It is so refreshing to see them have problems and then resolve it via communication in the same episode. It's a sign of maturity that is rarely seen in kdrama characters nowadays.

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Thanks so much for the recap Lollypip! So many ways to enjoy this show - watch the episodes, rewatch the extra great parts, read the recaps and comments :) :) :)

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ah... so she found him an alibi

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I am not one that usually comments on these recaps though i do love reading them and the comments but Ive got to say that Hajoon cant fall for his best friend's girl! I mean, i get second lead syndrome, I practically have it in all the kdrama i watch but thats usually because the main lead is always a douche to the girl at the beginning but Yeol has been such a gentlemen throughout that there really is no need for a second ship. The second ship is usually because people think the girl would be better with him cos he treats her better but idk what the writers were doing trying to put a love triangle in.

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I literally want the clock to stop when I am watching this drama!

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Totally feel you. The fact that we only have 4 eps remained somehow bring me all weak and running of energy..

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Same....... why does this drama have only 4 eps left /sobbing

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The show is currently scouting a location to shoot the final cheer leading competition. I hope it's at TCIS, they will recruit students from the school to play extras. So excited!!!

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ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I do realise the 12-episode length is why things have moved so fast, but it gives me grief to think we have so little of this drama left :( WHY.

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I really love Hajoon Yeondoo scenes. And while I was rewatching those scenes I kept reminding myself that Yeondoo is for Yeol, that Hajoon won't break their friendship over such silly thought, that everything will go well and end up just as what we expected, but then I kept pushing my finger to rewind the scenes again and again like a true betrayer. And I don't feel bad, somehow. Hhaha

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That's what I did over and over again.

Their scenes are just ... intense, it feels real. How could this be?!

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agree! Their scenes are so intense. I will agree to another commentator here, let's all blame to Eunji and Jisoo chemistry. Their chemistry is somehow so real, like they aren't playing role. Every gesture they made looked so sincere. The awkwardness Hajoon has also proved how he really feels for Yeondoo and I cannot stay still.. Aih.. dilemma~dilemma~

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lemme hug you, damai~
you have to be honest to yourself, whether you like hajoon with yeondoo more or yeondoo with yeol more~
because just last week i had the same problem with you, i kept thinking that i love yeol with yeondoo more because he's such a cutie that i met for the first time in this drama, but then there's hajoon, my bokdong, my jisoo the love of my life~

but then i watched this week's episode and finally realize that i love hajoon with yeondoo more.
AND I'M PREPARED!
I'M GOING DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!!!!!

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Hug back TTvTT

I'm going down with this ship as well.. And I'm always ready for this. Every time we got Yeondoo Hajoon scene I always told myself, this could be the last you would have for them so enjoy it before no more their moment. That's why I've always been prepared, somehow. I have to be happy for what I got already. That's why I'm fine with only rewatching those scenes again and again.. (even though deep down here a little bit crying for more)

Anyway, I found a well edited fanvideo of Hajoon and Yeondoo. Oh, my favorite so far.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6SEzM8ehFQ

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It's beautiful!!! I am with you on this ship!

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I kept rewinding the scene when Hajoon takes the pen out of Yeondoo's hands, puts it back it back, and with that squee-worthy voice replies 'jjanjangmyun?'

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I also like the way he seemed hesitated before saying 'jjajangmyun?'
That awkward putting back the pen moment is so adorable, I cannot help myself!

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So much for me not getting second lead syndrome... this is all Jisoo's fault. I was upset at where the plot was leading us with this love triangle but now they've confirmed it's definitely happening I've just decided I'll have to sink with this ship. They have the chemistry and they lack the ick factor of their parents dating.. I swear I'm not just saying this cos Jisoo's the love of my life and I can't bare to see him heartbroken again!

Having said that I don't remember a drama where I've loved both lead boys so much (and for that matter all the 5 main characters). What this drama lacks for in imaginative plot (did we really need the exam stealing plot line again I feel like I've seen that in every high school drama), it makes up for by having some great characters and acting. It's a pity they basically ignoring their unique selling point of the cheerleading. I also just wish they'd use Dongjae more because all he seems to do now is be present at Sooah's meltdowns and give Yeondoo strawberry milk. There's only 4 more eps to go!

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You know, I didn't even notice the fact that the plot was basically the same as every other school drama until I read your comment. The acting is just superb, so much so that even when the storyline itself suffers, I barely notice because I'm just eagerly watching the characters come to life.

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Yeah the plot is not new, but the characters and relationships are really refreshing. It's not like any other high school drama that way. But it's still the best school drama since School 2013.

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I haven't had a chance to watch School 2013 yet but I see it mentioned a lot. I think I might have to put it higher on my "must see" list.

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Give it up to episode 3-4, that is when the story really starts becoming good! Before that it looks like any other school drama but if you give it up you miss out!

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I need a hajoon in my life

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I just needed to ask if YD opened the door to the security office so easily and errr she did not locked it, why does the security team need their keys to open?

Ok that jarring detail aside, I think HJ is wistful when he looks at both YD and Y. I think he is now haboring a tiny crush, but is still able to draw a line. I think Y's friendship means too much to him to jeopardize. I read the jajangmyun scene as him stepping back as opposed to Y going in and taking the pickled radish, the next ep also gave a tiny indication of that..although that ending.... Gahhh...

As for SooAh it's not the pride of getting number one, but a need to get that number one that drives her. She needs her Mom's approval so desperately. She wants to be loved so badly like that is the only way she can get any love from her mom. But as her she starts to go down that dark path, she just can't turn back, she is aware but she can't stop. Yes. She may have done horrible horrible things but I have worked with kids like these, if they can summon the courage to stop, with the help and support from adults like teacher Yang, and friends she can be the most supportive and wonderful kids. I am just hoping that it doesn't kill her first before she gets there. I am guessing, for her mum to relent, she has got to be close to death first. Sad, that.

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@Ina - I think it was open because Ha Joon was already in there. But at least she remembered to lock it behind her.

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@Lola , hahaha actually i re-watched it, she didn't but I guess live shoots make some details hard to catch... I still love the show though:)

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You're right. For me, SooAh is so pitiful. She had to resort to cheating just to get no.1 which is actually nothing because she didnt get it fair and square. If only she realized that wont make her happy, at all. Yes her mom seemed 'happy' seeing her result, but it wont be long before everyone learns the truth. And when they do, she will gonna have harder time. Shes so pitiful and sad because she doesnt realize whats truly important for her. And the adults around her arent helping at all. Well, except for Teacher Yang that is.
Thats why, although what she did were irredeemable, I cant help but feel sorry for her.

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Just curious... In the scene where little Yeol is crouching as he hears his parents fighting...why should we assume that it was his dad hitting his mom? Couldn't it be the case that his mom may have it his dad?

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Because there was a hitting sound, followed immediately by the sound of his mum screaming, so that's the assumption, horrible as it sounds. D:

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That's probably the right assumption to have.

Women do hit men but women are always portrayed as the victims because the statistics show them to be. Very Anti-Feminist.

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Gosh, I lurrrrveee this show so much!

Can I go back to high school and be friend with Yeon Doo and Yeol?! Please please pleaseee

And that love triangle line, really? Show, don't do this to me! Leave the three of them alone. Those boys has enough angst on their life not to be added with any rivalry that will split my heart in two. Sniff.

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Even reading the recaps made me grin from ear to ear at Yeol and Yeon-do. Imagine silly me watching the episodes.
I said I wanted to see Yeol jealous over Yeon-do for his smirkiness but argh, if Ha-Joon is in the equation..
Go ham with the romance, but DONT DARE SABOTAGE THE PRECIOUS BROMANCE!

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I still feel like they can salvage this from becoming an awful love triangle. I am holding out hope..I've seen ep 8 but I still think they could be just messing with us. They really better be or I am going to be soooooo upset.

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@Lizzie - I feel like we're on the cusp and I'm starting to think the it may be Ji Soo and his amazing chemistry that is making us all antsy. I think if we compare it to Yeon Doo's friendship with Dong Jae - if they'd had a similar intensity viewers would be equally worried. I don't think Eunji plays Yeon Doo as being interested in Ha Joon, instead we know she's very interested in Yeol. Whereas I feel like I'm reading Ha Joon's interest as bordering on love because I love Ji Soo and his 'hurt puppy needing love' angst. I standby my feeling that Ha Joon is experiencing true friendship with Yeon Doo, but I'll accept that he may confuse that with love (and need to question himself for a little while).

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You know, I don't think this is going to be THAT kind of love triangle.

That's just not how the writers have operated so far. I know we're all apprehensive and terrified that a great drama could go down the tubes, and I have done a fair bit of flailing myself on both sides (NOOOOOO DON'T ENDANGER THEIR BROMANCE! BUT NOOOOO THEY'RE SO CUTE TOGETHER!) but the core of the entire premise of this show is the importance of friendship. They wouldn't risk undermining the entire point of the drama by making some cheap makjang love triangle.

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I don't know what the writer tried to sell to us about Hajoon's feeling. He always gave a dubious reaction toward Yeondoo. I can see why people think it will lead to another love triangle between best friend. But whenever Yeondoo did something special with Yeol, I couldn't find any jealousy in Hajoon's eyes. I guess I can interpret his unusual act as his awkward way to treat his first true friend ever beside Yeol nicely. Because let's face it, Hajoon and Yeol are a lifetime friend that Hajoon never need to try hard to connect with him. While his feeling for Yeondoo is so new that maybe even he himself has a hard time categorizing that into love or admiration. But there is always something... more in the way he looked at Yeondoo. Gah, it's almost like the writer can't decide what to do with our lovely-lost-boy Hajoon.

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yeah, i don't really see any actual jealousy in ha-joon's gaze. it feels more wistful, and sometimes even a little amused, as if he knows how he feels about eun-ji, but also knows how yeol and yeon-doo feel about each other, and is just happy to look on at the sidelines. arghhh ha-joon, why must you break my heart like this. :'(

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AAHHHH please no love triangle!!! I don't mind if Ha-joon has a small crush on Yeon-doo, heartbreaking as that might be, (and I do think he does have a crush) but I'm hoping it doesn't become a main conflict that causes a rift in the bromance. :( Right now, it seems like Ha-joon only has a small side crush that has the potential to change into a very solid friendship, which would do him good. He doesn't seem to have any inclination to come between his best friend and Yeon-doo, and I hope it stays that way because that kind of conflict really doesn't work when you have a main couple that works so well together already.

I love seeing them interact though. The great thing about the Ha-joon/Yeon-doo relationship is how natural it seems. It doesn't feel like it just happened because that's how things are supposed to go in kdramaland; the writing really makes you understand WHY they've become such good friends. Things like Yeon-doo protecting his secret and offering him help without pity or judgement, and Ha-joon's unswerving loyalty to the people he cares about. Still, the Kim Yeol/Yeon-doo ship will always be my favourite, so please no serious love triangle, Show!!! And no noble idiocy. And no makjang potential step-sibling mess. AAHH I'm so nervous about these last few episodes - I've been burned too many times by great dramas that ruined everything in the home stretch.

I'm going to miss this drama so much :( :(

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also can i just add how that first screencap makes me feel all warm and fuzzy whenever i see it <3

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Thanks for the recap! I love KY and YD together, and SA needs somebody to stop her.

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How is Ji Soo not the lead of this drama.. that is beyond me

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because of kim yeol and his adorable eye smiles and charmingly infuriating smirks :(

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@es - Haha, I second that! Crinkleeeeess~! Both guys are frankly adorable! I love 'em so, so much.

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TRUE! :D

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honestly i cant potray anyone beside jisoo to play hajoon. he made strong acting within little screen time he got since earlier episode. i didn't even watch angry mom.

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I know Soo Ah is like persona non grata at this point but am I the only one that wants to see a Soo Ah /Ha Joon love line or to a lesser extent a Soo Ah HaDong love line? As for the HJ YD crush scenario. I have no words for SHOW on that point. I let out a groan so loud, my mom asked me what was wrong. The bromance will make it but JiSoo will once again end up a heaetbroken puppy that deserves love but doesn't getat least not in the way he wants

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I think a personal growth is more important for SA and i don't see how a love line will help her. HJ has showed his understanding since he's in similar situation. DJ also saw her weakness but doesn't judge her because it's not his character. I think she needs to recognize her mistakes first and redeem herself. She might be in difficult situation, under pressure by her mom, no friends but that's no excuse for what she did. Even teacher Yang has reached out to her but she didn't take it. I hope YD is her last victim and she will realize then the graveness of her actions. She needs to accept helps and stop being so stubborn and prideful. The person she has to confront is her mother, it's her life after all.

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I admit one of the highlights of the last few eps for me was the development of YD and HJ relationship. After ep8, I watched from ep1 again and realized how much their relationship grew. Both KY and HJ had changed after meeting YD, just HJ was a bit later than KY. It's started when she saw him at his down moment, unlike others, she'd simply show her care for him and tell him not to be hurt. Like said in recap, HJ is just a hurt puppy and a gesture of kindness is all he needs to open his heart for them. First he helped her for the cheerleading then leaving her the umbrella. I think he was puzzled at first as why KY had shown interest in YD but the more he knows about her the more she inspires him, makes him want to do sth for her too. I really like this slow process development between them.
I see many people are afraid of or against the possible 'love triangle' but personally i'm not too worried. HJ values his friendship with KY just as much as how it is to KY. Their bond is irreplaceable and while he's inevitably feeling more attached to YD, atm he doesn't really know what kind of feeling it is. He knows for certain though that KY is interested in YD and that alone is enough for him to not cross the line. I think he'll just end up the protector figure for both YD and KY, they're both so precious to him that he wouldn't do anything to break it.
Sayin' all that yet I'm still feeling absolutely torn here everytime i watch that scene of ep8. no spoiler but i think everyone knows what scene i'm talking about. I'll just blame it on Eunji and Jisoo chemistry and the intensity of that scene. in fact i have so many things to talk about it but it'll be so long and i'll just ramble on and on. it's like the determining moment for HJ and his feeling, in my pov that is *sighs* why are u doin' that to me show D:

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Definitely torn as well about that scene but I'm still leaning towards brotherly/protector feelings and it's just the chemistry between Eunji and Jisoo that makes it seem otherwise. Can't wait for the ep 8 recap to be up so I can finally say everything i'm thinking about it. lol

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tbh, I'm a bit puzzled at the reactions. I love JS too, but is LWG really that unworthy to be the lead here? I fell in love with him this drama, but perhaps the general taste runs towards JS? popular romance novels heros are always the tortured souls, so I guess so... But I still want to say I love KY!!! He's my type. Confession.

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NOOOO I much prefer Kim Yeol as the lead too!!! I love Ha-joon, but I'm not suffering from Second Lead Syndrome as so many other people seem to be. I definitely was disappointed when Ji-soo wasn't the lead BEFORE the drama, but the very first time Lee Won-geun had his scene, I understood why. He's perfect for the role. <3

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oh KY is wonderful and perfect self, there's no doubt. I completely fell for him since the 1st ep too. He's so different to usual male leads in HS drama(or in general). I haven't watched either KWG or JS works before this drama so i was neutral about who got the male lead. plus JS didn't have many scenes at the beginning. Beside, LWG and Eunji off the chart chemistry won me over easily. Their interactions gave me life.
What happened was when the writer started fleshing out HJ character, from solely as KY's best friend with a suicide tendency. We slowly discover what's underneath that rough look and bad temperament. the thing is it had to be YD who was the trigger. At one point i thought the two wouldn't have any scene significant together but then it started and damn if it didn't leave such an impact, at least to me. Again like in my other comment, i'll just blame it to Eunji and Jisoo chemistry. Idk their dynamic is so different comparing to Eunji and LWG. HJ intense and puppy eyes just hit me u know. Though even when HJ left the umbrella for her i didn't take it as hint for whatever to come like others predict love triangle. cause to me the writer had done so well in building such a strong bromance between KY and HJ and nothing can get in. This is probably the 1st time i love both lead and second lead so much and equally, like I CANT CHOOSE and i won't. I mean i will be happy for either of them to be get what they want(be it YD or a lasting friendship) cause they both deserve it.

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Same feels here. My type, totally.
It is super weird that everytime he smiles on screen, I have a big grin and smile back at him.

He is perfect for the role!

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Yup, same here. I never even knew I had a thing for dimples until the first time he crinkled at Yeon Doo. ./swoon

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I think you should definitely revisit some of the older recap threads for this show. :) See how much everyone was practically swooning over Kim Yeol and his bae-ness and unbearable cuteness.

Both actors are talented enough to be male leads. LWG is dong an exceptionally good job with his role (tbh he just shot up to the top rungs of my bias list just with this show alone, when in fact I hadn't even known about him before this), as is Ji Soo with his.

It's just that, with this episode (and the next), the viewers got to see more of Ji Soo and how adorable he can be if given a loveline.

Although I must say I'm not suffering from SLS yet (Kim Yeol/the OTP had already slayed me right from the first episode and there is no turning back lol) More like, I feel for Ha Joon and I get why he might fall for the girl, so I can't really blame him.

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More like, I feel for Ha Joon and I get why he might fall for the girl, so I can’t really blame him.

This exactly.

I don't want Ha-joon, Yeol or Yeon-doo to suffer, but it's totally believable that Ha-joon might fall for Yeon-doo (and that it's been happening gradually.

Like I always said - Yeol/Yeon-doo is IT for me with this drama and LWG/JEJ's chemistry and the writing has sealed the deal, but I would like a Ji-soo/Eunji pairing in another drama.

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Ah, yes! What would I have to give up to see JS/JEJ in another show? My life savings? My right arm? *sobs*

I have a confession to make though: I also want another LWG/JEJ drama. 12 episodes of cute is simply NOT ENOUGH! (unless they give us like 17282 hugs and smiles and 37883 kisses in the last episode hahaha!)

Aaargh I'm so conflicted! I just love the chemistry of these actors!

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