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Twenty Again: Episode 11

You know, I’ve never been so happy with a show that has such slow plot advancement. But it’s because Twenty Again delivers so much emotional gain and character growth that it makes me want to dwell even longer in every beat on our heroine’s journey, not missing a single look or feeling under the surface. I want to stay in this land forever, where the laughs are plenty, the warmth genuine, and the heroine so wonderfully strong and vulnerable at the same time.

 
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EPISODE 11 RECAP

Nora presents her husband with their divorce papers and declares that they should go process them right now. Woo-chul is gobsmacked and asks what changed her mind—she was the one who asked for more time, after all.

Nora remembers his question to her, about why she never asked about his mistress and if she wasn’t curious about her. She answers now: “I’m not curious.” She finally tells him that she was the one who saw him at the theater that night, but she never saw the woman’s face and didn’t really care to.

She says that she’s come to understand his reasons for wanting a divorce—they came as a shock to her, but it didn’t make her angry, and she didn’t care who that other woman was: “It simply made me think that my life was sad.”

Woo-chul gapes at her the whole time and asks if she memorized a script or something. Nora just continues, “It was already over for me too… with you.” She says that she must’ve needed time to accept a life alone.

Now Woo-chul is the one to get defensive about going to court right this minute, but Nora uses his own words back at him, about how they’ve already been living as a divorced couple—as strangers. She says calmly, “Let’s go our separate ways now.”

He asks what about Min-soo, and she flashes back to the previous night, when she had sat down to have a heart-to-heart with him. Min-soo asks tearfully if she’s really going to get divorced.

And instead of answering, Nora asks in turn how long Min-soo needs Mom and Dad together, and asks for his permission to go through with the divorce. Great, I’m already crying? She tells him that she’s never had the chance to live as a real adult, and thinks it’s time to do so.

Min-soo tells her that her dancing was awesome (awww), and she sighs that too much time has passed. She takes his hand and asks him to think only of his own life and happiness, and not live with regrets like Mom.

Back in the coffee shop, Woo-chul says that Min-soo will need more time, but now Nora is the one who tells him not to use their son as an excuse. She points out that he’s the one who asked for a divorce while Min-soo was still in high school, and now they no longer need each other, so it’s time to split up.

Woo-chul finally agrees, but says he can’t go today because he has an appointment. Booooo, why do I feel like you’re lying? They agree to go to court tomorrow, and Nora heads off to meet Yoon-young on campus.

Hyun-seok happens to be driving by and thinks that Nora’s relationship must be going well if she’s stopping to have lunch with her husband. But he sees her coming out to the street to hail a cab, and stops to offer a ride.

Woo-chul is in such shock that he keeps trying to get into the wrong car, and when he spots Nora with Hyun-seok, he wonders suspiciously if Hyun-seok has been waiting here the whole time. Hyun-seok says that married life must be nice, and Nora just tells him to get married if he’s envious. He smiles and tells her to live happily, so that he’ll really be envious and want to get married too.

Yoon-young is surprised when they arrive together (looking like they’re wearing matching couple tees, hee). She notes that Hyun-seok seems to appearing quite often in Nora’s life, and he jokes that he’s only got a minor role. Don’t say things like that!

Yoon-young sits Nora down to ask why she pushed for the divorce, and Nora tells her about crying onstage the night after her performance. A lot of thoughts went through her head that night, about how her dream had passed her by and she’s 38 now.

She admits that when she thought she was dying, she didn’t tell Woo-chul because she was scared that he wouldn’t care, that he’d ask for a divorce anyway and not cry for her, and even be relieved that she was dying. She says that she should’ve told him, if she thought of him as a husband.

Yoon-young didn’t know it was that bad, and Nora sighs that she must’ve lived very stupidly. But Yoon-young says that was then; she knew Nora had changed and would start to live differently, back when she chose to continue going to school to fulfill her dying wishes.

Nora remembers now that she learned about “well-dying” from Hyun-seok’s radio appearance, and then recalls that Hyun-seok is also the one who pushed her to go up on stage with Bounce. Yoon-young calls him her lifeline, and wonders what would’ve happened if she hadn’t met him at school, and Nora smiles as she realizes how much Hyun-seok has done for her.

Yoon-young asks about her plans after divorce, and Nora figures that Min-soo will live with her until graduation or army, and Woo-chul can go to the other woman. Yoon-young is dying to know who this woman is, but Nora says it doesn’t matter.

Min-soo accidentally bumps into a flower delivery guy on the way out of class, knocking the card out of the bouquet he’s carrying. They get delivered to Yi-jin without the apology card from Woo-chul, and ha—she assumes that the mystery flowers are from Hyun-seok.

Woo-chul paces in his office parsing Nora’s words, still in disbelief about her not needing him and not caring about the other woman. He can’t wrap his head around it at all, and decides that something sneaky is going on between Hyun-seok and Nora when he realizes that they must’ve gone to the theater together that night when he was caught cheating.

Sang-ye asks Hyun-seok to give Nora her pay since she’d feel awkward doing it herself, so he takes the envelope to the bank to ask all the bills to be traded out for new ones.

Nora sits at the bus stop contemplating her bucket list, and circles all the things she’s been able to complete, like making up with Min-soo, going to college, and dancing. She writes down a new one: “Live and die like the real Ha Nora.”

Yi-jin heads towards Hyun-seok’s office to ask him why he sent her flowers, and sees him riding his bike on the way. She stops to call out to him, only he calls out to Nora first, when he sees her at the corner market. Yi-jin watches curiously as they converse very comfortably in banmal, acting like old friends. She remembers them using jondae on their overnight trip, which just confuses her more. She puts a few things together, like the fact that Nora and Hyun-seok could’ve gone to the same high school.

But that triggers a new thought, as she recalls Hyun-seok saying that his ideal woman is a friend from high school, but she’s married to Woo-chul now. Yi-jin shakes the crazy thought out of her head, but the doubt lingers.

Hyun-seok takes Nora’s grocery bag and gets off his bike to walk with her, and asks why she bought apples. She says they’re apology apples (sagwa is a homonym for “apple” and “apology”), and he scoffs at her childish pun.

She reminds him that they used to do stuff like that all the time, and wonders why she becomes so childish when she’s around him. She points out that he does too, which he can’t really argue with.

She asks why he studied abroad in Russia when he had no plans to do so before, and he just answers vaguely that he wanted to leave Korea. She grabs onto his arm to ask for the real answer, and he pulls away and says gruffly not to go digging into his past.

Nora pouts that he’s always asking her stuff, and refuses to answer any of his questions too. He gets on his bike to ride away… when they’re ten feet from the office. Was it worth it for the petty statement, really?

Nora gives Sang-ye the apology apples for borrowing her jacket, which is ironic given that Sang-ye is the one who feels terrible about sending her to the overnight meeting in the first place. After the fact, she had overheard Hyun-seok’s outburst at Woo-chul about his affair with Yi-jin, and felt horrible for the mistake.

Hyun-seok sends Nora home early that night along with her pay for her work so far. It makes her feel weird to accept a paycheck from a friend, but she happily takes it and offers to take Hyun-seok out to dinner.

But he says that this isn’t money from a friend—it’s her wages, and he doesn’t let his employees use their money on him. He means well, but Nora leaves feeling a little rejected because he’s suddenly making such a clear divide between work and personal life.

He watches her walk away from the window upstairs, and it seriously kills me a little when she turns around and he backs up because he doesn’t want to be caught staring at her so longingly.

Woo-chul is waiting with arms crossed when Nora gets home, and declares that they won’t be getting divorced tomorrow because he’s worried about her making rash decisions. He shows her the contract they signed for the rest of their term, but Nora rips it up and tells him not to make excuses.

It’s clear that he’s losing, so Woo-chul scrambles for another excuse and says that he can’t file for divorce until the university confirms his family status, putting up the argument that it would be detrimental to Min-soo too. Nora finally relents and says she’ll wait until July for Min-soo’s sake. Aaaaagh. Noooooo.

Nora makes a monthly budget and takes out her pay from Hyun-seok, and smiles to see crisp new bills and shiny new coins. She can see that he put a lot of care into it, and happily gives Min-soo spending money, insisting on it because it’s the first time she can give him allowance from money she earned.

Yi-jin’s curiosity gets the better of her, and she gets her hands on a copy of Woo-chul’s family registry. Her jaw drops to read Nora’s name printed right there. She calls Woo-chul over and presents him with the paper, and he knows he’s trapped. He confirms that this Nora is the one she knows.

She can’t believe that he didn’t tell her that his wife was going to their school, but Woo-chul argues that he didn’t know either. He says that Nora is so hung up on him that she did all of this in secret.

He says that he couldn’t tell Yi-jin because he was worried about her, and that he backed out of Hyun-seok’s project and pitched his own all so that he could protect Yi-jin from this. He swears that Nora knows nothing about her, and that he’s been trying and trying to get her to drop out of school.

Yi-jin starts to actually see his point, and is surprised to learn that he sent the flowers. He rushes off to his next class, and is actually shocked at his own ability to think on his feet: “Do I have a split personality?” He must not be totally without a conscience though, because he stops to wonder what the heck he’s doing right now. Yi-jin remembers Hyun-seok referring to Nora as his ideal type, and starts to wonder what kind of woman she is.

Hye-mi leaves the library to go out and enjoy the weather, and she’s surprised when Min-soo joins her. He says that he needs to take breaks too, clearly taking Mom’s advice to heart.

He stops when he sees Nora on a computer nearby, struggling with a cover page for a report. He leans over her shoulder to show her what to do, and Nora smiles up at him gratefully. She calls him “student” and thanks him, then throws him a little wink. She’s so cute.

Min-soo and Hye-mi have some afternoon beers in the park, which he says makes him feel like a real adult. She says that he is one, but Min-soo wonders if that’s true. He flashes back to a recent conversation with Dad, where he was still angry and didn’t want to talk to him about the divorce.

Dad says that this is an adult matter, and Min-soo argues that it shouldn’t be Mom’s sole responsibility for becoming a mother at such a young age.

Dad argues that he did take responsibility, and tells Min-soo that he’ll understand in a few years when he’s an adult. Min-soo argues that he’s an adult now, but Dad says that he’s still being taken care of by his parents, which isn’t the same.

Back in the present, Min-soo wonders if he’s a real adult, and says it’s frustrating that he can’t stand on his own two feet yet. Hye-mi says that they’re just in the process of becoming adults, and she likes being twenty. Min-soo decides that he likes being twenty too, because he met her at this age.

Woo-chul runs into Nora on campus and picks up some papers that she drops, and she hardly even notices him there. Yi-jin sees them together and notes curiously that Nora is the one who seems indifferent, while Woo-chul is the one lingering.

Yi-jin follows her like a stalker, and does such a terrible job of being stealthy that Nora spots her and wonders what’s going on. Yi-jin follows her to the bathroom and tries to strike up a conversation, but they’re interrupted by a call from her “cousin” and Yi-jin hurries away.

Sang-ye calls Nora to the office to ask for some help organizing new materials, and rushes off to her next meeting. Nora gets into a cleaning mood and organizes everything, then decides to wash some of the dirty couch cushions. She starts picking up other things to be washed, and the trail of laundry leads her all the way up to Hyun-seok’s bedroom.

She smiles as she takes in the room, and picks up another towel to add to the pile. Downstairs, Hyun-seok arrives and thinks that Sang-ye straightened up before leaving, and heads up to his room.

His heart nearly stops when he collides with Nora on her way out of his room, and the force actually sends her tumbling backward. Hyun-seok reaches out to grab her and pulls her toward him so hard that she’s then got him slammed up against the wall. Ha, I love the reversal.

Everything slows to a crawl and their hearts are racing so fast that they just stay frozen like that. Nora looks just as affected, while Hyun-seok actually stops breathing, I’m pretty sure.

After a delay, Nora disengages awkwardly and apologizes, while Hyun-seok puts his hand over his chest, where she was just touching him. He finally remembers to breathe and then reverts to his usual grumpy self, yelling at her for doing laundry and coming into his room when he didn’t hire her to be a maid.

He sends her downstairs, and they each retreat to their separate corners with hands over hearts, trying to calm down. Eeeee, she feels something toooooo! *happy dance*

Hyun-seok comes back down and Nora says that laundry is no big deal to her, but he grouses that he doesn’t let “just anyone” into his room. She’s a little hurt by those words, and he continues to act grumpy about a missing post-it until he basically kicks her out. She leaves feeling slighted again, and pouts that he’s scary when he’s working.

Nora gets a call from her classmate Seung-hyun on the way out, and rushes over to her apartment. Seung-hyun rents a tiny basement room and shows Nora her window, where the security bars have been pried open. She’s scared that someone came to rob her, and was too scared to do it alone.

Nora grabs a few sticks from the trash pile nearby and braces herself before leading the way. They creep inside ready to face the big bad thief, but thankfully there’s no one inside and nothing’s missing.

They just have to fix the bars, and Seung-hyun suggests calling Hyun-seok because he told her last time to call if she needs anything. Nora decides to call Soon-nam instead, and he comes with a tool kit. Yay, I love it when these three are together.

Soon-nam finds that the bars are broken and can’t be hammered back into place, and says they’ll have to get it repaired in the morning. Seung-hyun is too scared to stay here overnight alone, but Soon-nam shares a room with his little brother and Nora can’t take her home either. Seung-hyun says that she has a place to go.

Nora texts Min-soo to let him know that she’s staying at a friend’s house, and he calls her loyal for staying with a friend in need. Aw. Meanwhile, Woo-chul plans his own project without Hyun-seok or Sumsang Group, and puts in a call to Germany. He’s surprised to realize how late it is and that Nora isn’t home, and paces outside waiting for her.

He scares a student thinking it’s Nora, and when she doesn’t answer her phone, he imagines her staying late at Hyun-seok’s office and drinking wine by candlelight. Imaginary Hyun-seok tells Nora that she made the right choice, and touches her face as he tells her that she’s too beautiful and shines too brightly to live with Woo-chul. Dude, Imaginary Hyun-seok speaks the truth.

Nora says it’s a good thing that she has him, and Hyun-seok says, “Ha Nora, from now on, you’re my woman.” They clink glasses, and then he leans in for a kiss. They inch closer… and closer… and closer…

And Woo-chul’s voice cuts in: “Hey Cha Hyun-seok!” Show, you big tease. Woo-chul is livid (because of his own imagination, mind you) and races over to Hyun-seok’s place and pounds on the door, convinced that something suspicious is going on.

But Hyun-seok is alone, and when he learns that Nora is missing, he freaks out more than Woo-chul and starts calling Yoon-young right away. He asks if Woo-chul is worried about Nora, and is at least pleased to see him worrying about his wife.

Woo-chul leaves relieved that he didn’t find her there, but finds it annoying that Hyun-seok acted more worried about her. That’s because he IS!

Hyun-seok calls Nora over and over, but her phone just rings in a locker somewhere. Hyun-seok sighs that she has terrible timing, thinking that she’d be happy to know that Woo-chul is worried about her, and worries that she might be getting drunk somewhere.

But no, Nora is happily downing a jug of rice punch at a jjimjilbang with Seung-hyun and Soon-nam, heh. They look so adorable. Nora asks if Soon-nam has really given up on dancing, and he sighs that if he weren’t the eldest son in his family, he’d love to just say screw it all and pursue his dream.

Seung-hyun is jealous that he even has a dream, because she still doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Nora knows that she likes to read, and Seung-hyun says that she read it somewhere that if you read a thousand books your life will change. So she’s working her way up to a thousand.

They’re impressed at how she makes time for it while working so many jobs and going to school. Seung-hyun says that they’re all jealous of Nora because she doesn’t have to worry about what to do with her future, but Nora says that being older doesn’t mean that her future is all laid out either.

She has to figure out what to do with her life too, and Soon-nam asks again what he’s dying to know—why she came to school in the first place. But Nora avoids answering again. Just as Seung-hyun steps away, she gets a call from Hyun-seok.

Woo-chul drives home wondering where Nora would be, and why she’s becoming more and more mysterious lately. He decides it doesn’t matter, as long as she’s not with Hyun-seok.

Seung-hyun asks Nora what Hyun-seok was like back in high school, because she’s a fan. She asks if he was good-looking and popular back then too, and Nora scrunches up her face and says she doesn’t remember.

Suddenly Hyun-seok’s voice booms, “Are you senile now?” Hahahaha, he’s joining the jjimjilbang party! He gives the really lame excuse that he told Nora to email him a list and came to ask why he never received it.

Nora asks why Seung-hyun didn’t say he was coming, and Hyun-seok cracks an egg on her head and says he told Seung-hyun to keep it quiet so Nora wouldn’t run away. Nora insists that she sent the file, but he keeps telling her to go home and send it again.

Hyun-seok knows that Soon-nam has to be at work at the crack of dawn, and says he’ll stay instead. Soon-nam is relieved because he didn’t have the heart to leave the girls on their own (he’s so cuuuuute).

When they have a moment alone, Hyun-seok waves aside the email excuse and asks if she let her husband know she isn’t coming home. Nora’s breezy attitude about it surprises him, and he tells her to go home and he’ll stay here with Seung-hyun.

Nora: “And trust you? Alone with that young pretty girl?” LOL. He gasps and says that Seung-hyun is his student, and Nora counters that he’s a man too. He doesn’t know what to make of her, and when Seung-hyun returns, Nora just plops down to go to sleep for the night.

When Woo-chul gets back home, Min-soo thinks it’s Mom and asks sleepily why she came home when she said she was staying at a friend’s house. Dad asks why no one told him, and Min-soo asks if he’s ever once been curious about Mom before.

Hyun-seok sits there like a watchdog as the girls sleep, and finally gives up trying to send Nora home. He joins them and lies down for the night, but can’t help himself and just watches Nora as she sleeps, finding it cute when she starts to snore softly.

In the middle of the night, Seung-hyun gets up to go to the bathroom, and Nora scootches closer looking for the pillow, ending up right next to Hyun-seok. She stirs awake as she reaches for the covers, and her eyes widen as she sees Hyun-seok’s face right in front of hers… and her heart starts to pound.

 
COMMENTS

She feels it too! This is even better than I thought. I expected Nora to be more oblivious to Hyun-seok as a romantic partner, at least for a while longer. She’s been more than a little preoccupied trying to wrap her head around the divorce, but something seemed to click into place for her when she made her decision at the top of the episode. She comes to realize that hanging onto the marriage wasn’t about Woo-chul at all, but about her fear of striking out on her own, and the second she decides to leap off that cliff, it’s like she sheds the last few remnants of her past self and fully transforms into the real Ha Nora.

Watching her lead that conversation with Woo-chul was a sight—she overpowered him without once raising her voice or losing her calm, and I was applauding her, not just for making the decision, but for being so bold and honest. And the best part was her talk with Min-soo, when she was finally able to be honest with him. There’s just something so touching about that reversal, having a mom ask for the chance to grow up and live her life, and a son giving his blessing like he’s the one sending her out into the world. It’s beautiful to see her choose to be less guarded with everyone, even with Woo-chul.

Of course, I’m also terribly annoyed that they aren’t divorced yet. That’s already twice now that my hopes have been raised and dashed on that front, so I’m frustrated that Woo-chul is dragging his feet on this. I will admit that the role reversal in their relationship is awfully satisfying, just to stick it to him a little, but Woo-chul is so full of himself that the inverted relationship is lost on him anyway. I mean, he still thinks that Nora is crazy about him when he’s the one obsessing over her more and more. I suppose that’s also his appeal (as a character, to us) since his lack of self-awareness is what keeps him in comedic territory. But while the comeuppance is definitely enjoyable, my need for Nora to be single again totally outweighs my schadenfreude. By a lot.

But at least we’re not letting the romantic development with Hyun-seok stagnate. Don’t get me wrong—his one-sided sad puppy love is the cutest thing and I love it—but I totally needed them to take a step forward by this episode. We might not have gotten the divorce we were promised (grumble, grumble), but I was so happy to see that Nora’s feelings have been ignited. They resorted to some pretty old-school tropes to get those feelings out of her (a collision hug and a jjimjilbang sleepover, how quaint), but I loved it anyway because I love these two characters so much and their reactions to each other made me giddy. We’re used to Hyun-seok’s moony eyes, but Nora’s awakening over the course of this episode made me so excited for the romance to come.

I think what really sells it for me is that it comes after she realizes how Hyun-seok has been the one to nudge her forward in every way that has mattered to her in the last few months—he was the one who inspired her to live her remaining days without regret, to reassess her life, to dance again. He couldn’t help but remind her of the Ha Nora she used to be, because he’s the only person who never stopped seeing her that way. To Hyun-seok, she’ll forever be the spunky teenager who stole his heart, and bit by bit, she’s transformed back into that person just by being around him. She even recognizes that they both revert to teenagers around each other, and while she’s talking about their maturity level, it’s also true in a more important way that being around him makes her most like her true self because he already believes that she’s smart and brave and wonderful. Maybe this time, she’ll even chase him! How great would that be?

 
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"Maybe this time, she’ll even chase him...."

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE x10000 I would love to see this coz it would certainly shock/stun Professor Grumpypants of the Amazing Dimples

I had seen the spoiler image of the 'kiss' and was so excited only to pull out my hair at how the scene turned out. That was a big 'nooooooooooooooooooooooo' of my heart breaking...

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"I had seen the spoiler image of the kiss..."

That's why watching Previews can be bad for our health, if we forget to disbelieve them!

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True.

But I could not help myself...and I am looking forward to today's episode

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Ahhhh I don't know where to begin with Hyun-seok, one minutes he's nice the next minutes he's cold as the weather in NYC right now. I really wish Nora would tell him about her "almost" divorce so that he'll stop making assumptions.

Min-soo is so cute and I'm proud of his character development. He's seeing his mother as more than a mother - but as an actual human being, and it's nice to watch.

I'm all for the three musketeers, i love that Nora has her own little squad that are always there for each other because 2 true friends are better than 20 fake ones.

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^1000% agree with everything

#SQUADGOALS

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where can i get one Lee sang yoon for myself He is more adorable than any teddy bear or any cutest thing in the world.(+ His sleeping face is to die for)

now i don't care about divorce that much (but they should clear it soon before it becomes annoying) because the main reason for divorce was their romantic side to develop its started so I'm satisfied.

Three friends are perfect (Can't ask for more)

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"almost" divorce?
Aren't they legally divorced...
the papers are notarized but they just have to file them?
I'm not sure how that whole process works in Korea...
Maybe someone can enlighten me??

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR ???

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:D Great ep!

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Like one of our 'Friends' would say, 'OH....MY....GOD!'

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AHHH, Did I say I LOVEEEE THIS FREAKING SHOW?????

This is one of those perfect dramas taht melt your heart, make you smile - and keep it plastered there lonnnngggg after it is over....

Have you beanies also felt it?

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Yes.. I realised it today watching this epi that i wouldn't be crying that this Over, while watching the finale. I will be really happy to have come across such a sweet show which just makes your heart giddy. Such a Sweet show, i wouldn't mind getting diabetic, with this kind of Sweetness Overdose:)

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Just a warning: Be Sure to get your Diabetes shot :-))!!!

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Ofcourse!! :)

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This is the first drama in a long time where I feel satisfied of an episode taking a full hour. Nothing to skip. Rather, I want more. The pace is so great, there's enough progression without sacrificing the slow beats.

The son's turnaround is brilliant and realistic, though he seems very quick to have turned to mum's side. Considering he spent his whole life worshipping his dad, it's a bit surprising. I also appreciate the adult actors more, because you can see he's working hard but his eyes don't betray any sort of feeling - they can only get wider and smaller.

I'm not as annoyed as I thought I would be about the dragging out of the divorce papers. She made the decision earlier this episode, so we know it doesn't have anything to do with falling for Hyunseok again, and it means we can have a bit more angst on his part, ha. And shenanigans with the other two leads! Man they crack me up, I'd love to see their NGs.

Also glad to see Sanghee being a+ the whole way through. I wouldn't have minded if she had become a bit more jealous, because it's natural and realistic, but this is such a breath of fresh air.

Thanks for the fast recap as always!

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I'd like to think that perhaps this change with Min-soo happened so quickly because, like us, it is easier to understand his mom's side.
She hasn't really done anything wrong and as the person who primarily took care of Min-soo growing up, I would think it'd be easy for Min-soo think back and remember how much she's done for their family. Also, I think now that he's taken the idea that he should live his life without regrets and its okay to take a break and be happy, I think the influence his Dad has greatly diminishes. If I was him, it be easy to take Mom's side, because she also the one who is telling him to go live life well and happy, not just to be successful (as defined by Dad).

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I think he's helped a lot by the fact that he started college before learning any of Nora's plans. He had a huge life shake-up, has met new people who think of things differently, and has started to realize that the track his Dad had him on is not the only option.

Basically he was in a good place to both reevaluate Nora and decide to be okay with it.

...but it is adorable that Nora is kind of treating him like a peer within their family. She's clearly been one of those quiet, does-everything moms who can unfortunately fade into the background, so it's actually pretty charming for her to discuss things with Min-soo as though they've both got a similar stake in the process. They're both leaving home and finding themselves, so it makes sense - and it creates such an interesting parallel with Dad's edicts and contracts.

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There is also the influence of the girlfriend.

I still don't know if her character is meant to be manipulative and fake but this is where I like her narrative function.
She is asking Min Soo questions that make him see things in a new way (like the one scene where she mentioned that it is his choice to honor the contract imposed on him). "Seed of doubt" - which led to him sneaking into Woo-Chul's study.
And then he realizes that he and his mother are in the same boat - both of them are living with a control freak.

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I kind of thought Min soo grew too fast but lets face it WC reason for divorce is just ridiculous(Nora is ignorant) that would make any son mad and he also found how cool she is at school , there's Hye mi's secret too (How nora handled it) it kind of all falls into place thats what i love about this show.

But in reality his situation : Mom's a student, dad ,Dad's mistress & His mom's future love are professors at same university LOL (poor guy especially more for that kind of girlfriend haha)

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I thought the drama made it very clear that he trusted his dad,the professor, with his academic stuff and his ability to get him where he needed to be(with a job and stuff) moreso than idealized him. It's not because 'dad's the best and can do no wrong ever and is amazing'. They didn't show any great overwhelming love for his dad imo. Or maybe that's just the actor's weakness showing, who knows.

And then he gets news that he's just going to divorce his mom basically because he thinks she's dumb. Right when he's starting to see his mom as a person who's life has been affected by being a stay at home mother at such a young age, and not just 'mom'. And he's seeing dad as just a person too, and that he can make decisions divorced(heh) from him. He's growing up, I would've been surprised if he took his dad's side tbh.

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His biggest turnaround was when he found out Nora knew about Hye-mi & dating, but didn't tell his dad. The line was then between what he wanted to do/how he wanted to live and enjoy being his age vs. a contract and being sent away to army as a consequence.

Nora's rooting for him set her on the same side, so he is now rooting for her too! Whereas all of his conversation with his dad was "why aren't you at the library?" "You could be studying more." etc. It was also why Min-soo was surprised by Woo-chul's demanding why he didn't share that Nora was going to sleepover at a friend's that night. Family stuff like that's just not part of their regular conversation topic.

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Now i am more curious abour their time capsule. I feel like there projected current selves made by their past 18year old self would tell us something additional about HA NoRa before.
someone please open that time machine up...

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yes.... that Time Capsule thing just haunt me all along, i think they time capsule will open the pandora box and reveals some forgotten secrets, or at least rekindle some lost feels, or forces the OTP to face their naked feeling honestly.
hope Writer remember about the Time Capsule and make Nora or HS dig them up.

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I think you are right. The Big Reveal of contents of that time capsule will be timed well. I feel I can trust this writer.

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KDaddict?JCW
beside the Time capsule, i have faith in that Treasure box (that contained the MixTape and confession card) atop H.S. table at his bedroom. let's pray that NR inquisitive enough to open that Treasure Box, and moved to tears by him.
i still remember that scene in "i Can Hear you" when the HyeSung the OTP read Su-ha’s journal, and broke down.... i always love those moments, when OTP sneak a peep into the hidden world of his/her loved one and discovered how deep was he / her been loved, or how much sacrifices or pain the silent loved one endured.... just hope NR read the items in the Time Capsule, and HS read NR confession in the Time Capsule.... then we have a good closure at ep 16. Its time we should be talking about the "CLOSURE", the forbidden word.
its damn rotten, if we chase all good 16 ep panting, and meet with Open ending.... no, Not Nora and Hyun Seok,... we all find, a little of ourselves in Nora, most of us are Noonas and Ahjummas, isn't it? she has a happy ending, means we noonas and ahjummas can continue dreaming right?

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typo error: i mean Nora can read the items in the Treasure box and Hyun Seok read the Time Capsule, i believe, as much as Nora need to be waken, Hyun Seok need to be rewarded and be comforted in that impending ending. Both need redemption for times lost. 20 years is BIG BIG DEAL, to people like me.

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The date in their letter (time capsule) is July 30, 2013. So I guess this ep is not happen in July yet considering NR said to WC that she agrees to postpone the divorce till July, and it's not even 20 years yet, calendar wise.

So, dear friends, all in due time~~ -- said me who also have been impatient to find out what they've wrote inside. Haha..

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O My God.. you are right, and now NR and WC is supposed to get divorced on July 31st? Coincidence? I am hoping that they'll start their relationship but a bit torn about her marrying HS right away, I want her to achieve something and live independently after 20 years imprisoned of being herself. I won't mind for a time jump where she is her wife and successful at something she really likes.

Gah, I literally threw punches to WC when he dragged the time to go to court.

Lastly.. I love this show.

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i think she'd written equivalent of 'mrs. hyun soek' after crossing out ha nora...

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And by July of the relevant year, it'll be Time-appropriate!!! Fingers crossed.

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The problem is, Korean women don't take on the last name of the husband. Flops.

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I was squealing so much! I loved her exchange with Woochul, who is completely delusional btw. Lol.
Even though Yijin has been the other woman, i have never felt any sort of 'hate' about her until this episode. Let's be honest, she IS the other woman and have no reason to be stalking/almost confronting No ra.
I love the dynamics between the 3 friends: soo nam, seung hyun and nora. Besides yoon young, she didn't really have the opportunity to have other friends and make connections.
I hope the drama continues in this direction: heartwarming, funny and just downright lovable

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I actually start to like YJ in this ep. Maybe "like" is too strong a word here. Hee. Still.

When married men approach single women, they all begin w a sob story of how their wife doesn't understand them, make their life miserable, etc. to gain sympathy and traction. This ep makes me see that YJ could possibly be naive enough to believe those lies from WC. And now that she has met and comes to like Nora as a person, she is beginning to get curious about Nora, cos what she knows doesn't jive w what she has been told (by WC).

So YJ is following (not stalking) Nora for a chance to have a conversation w her and to get to know her better. How great would it be IF THOSE two become friends? Can u imagine what it'd do to WC's life? Just thinking about it makes be giddy.

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that's why i say, almost everyone changed in this drama, even YJ... except WC... oh,,, i wanna send "I Remember you"- Min to come kill WC. tell Min, "WC is going to dump his wife Nora, "abandon" his wife of 20 yrs...?"
or tell Lee Joon-ho of IRY, "WC is bad parent to his Min Soo, save MS from bad suffocating dad."
hahahaha.
yes, even YJ is waking up. actually she is just naive and not realistic, too dreamy, for her age. YJ, please dump WC in the end, you deserve better... go to some Art Exhibition again, maybe you will meet some hunk that look like Min in IRY, who draws double headed creatures... hahaha. DUMP WC!

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"maybe [YJ] will meet some hunk..." How about that guy who delivered the basket of flowers? He looked like an actor.

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I would be so giddy as well if they became frineds!

I think it would be hysterical in the end if WC moves back to Germany and pairs up with a German woman, after his snarky comment about German women being to ‘hefty’ or something along those lines. (This is young WC, the night of the original dance performance, when his friends asks about getting a girlfriend overseas.) Heeehee.I would be so giddy as well if they became frineds!

I think it would be hysterical in the end if WC moves back to Germany and pairs up with a German woman, after his snarky comment about German women being to ‘hefty’ or something along those lines. (This is young WC, the night of the original dance performance, when his friends asks about getting a girlfriend overseas.) Heeehee.

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I would be so giddy as well if they became frineds!

I think it would be hysterical in the end if WC moves back to Germany and pairs up with a German woman, after his snarky comment about German women being to ‘hefty’ or something along those lines. (This is young WC, the night of the original dance performance, when his friends asks about getting a girlfriend overseas.) Heeehee.

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Oh jeez, sorry for the triple post. the ad on this page is making everything super slow.

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I never thought there was an absence of plot in this show because there is such an abundance of squee on my end in almost every scene. Minsoo's growing admiration and respect for his mother, Nora's newfound confidence, especially against Woochul, the awesome threesome that is Seunghyun +Soonnam + Nora, and who can forget Hyunsuk and his earnest love and care for Nora?! This show doesn't even have to do anything but as long as we get our characters I am happy!

Why no ep 12 preview though ):

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The preview is out in both text and video form. Just google.

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That preview is AHHHH!

Where's tomorrow?!

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I won't watch it. I won't. Someone slap me so I don't watch it.

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spoiler alert!!!
did you seeeee......
that IDIOT tore the paper... at the preview.
I HATE HIM!!!!!!!!
urrghhhhhhhhh.
as a christian i am not suppose to hate... but i hate him... goosh.

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You can always find the previews on the tvn drama channel on youtube.

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I love this ep so much I need to re-watch right away!

For once I love WC's imagination. Imagine away...so that we can see the 2 lovebird making out.

YJ is catching on that Nora is WC's wife. And he is back-paddling from his divorce and thus from YJ. He's a jerk no doubt, but it's fun n rewarding to watch his distancing himself from YJ, for it'll bring on the fallout.

Poor HS. Has he been living a celibate life all these years? 21 of them to be exact? MS is 20 plus that year he was in the womb. Poor loverly! No wonder he is so jumpy. Now I forgive him for his crazy grumpiness.

HS watching Nora when she sleeps. Oh the tenderness and lovesickness in his eyes.... I can watch that for a long time. ???

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KDaddict?JCW.
yes... "the tenderness and lovesickness in his eyes" that is what moves many of us all along.
i never "fall" for "not so gorgeous" hunks, my idols list (Ji Chang wook top that list) will never include someone look simple that LSY.
but, surprised that apart of his covered up disguised grumply show, when NR not looking, his eyes are always tender and soft, and longing... very touching. he is like guardian angel that God send to hover over her. Beside the very famous dimples that almost everyone in DB or other recap site fans talking about, LSY has this very natural gentle eyes, should i say, angelic eyes... full of feels, with a trace of saddness. i realised he need not look so good like LiMinho or Joowon, those eyes will suffice. loved the way he looks out of the window, how much he kicked himself, and regret he chased her out.... but he can't do otherwise.

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Hi there @maryofbethany,
I think that KDs spoil us with so many fantastic looking hunks that our eyes take that level of beauty for granted. Compare that to Hollywood, where actors are of many different facial types and attractive in different ways. It is true that LSY is not as dazzlingly handsome in the particular way that "Korean gods" of the screen are, but his charm is deeper and more varied if we take the time to look.

U mentioned JCW. I miss him so much and need him to come back to the small screen very soon, and not in any Chinese-K co-production that will be dubbed!!!

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i am worried about JCW, he is presenting showered with lots of offers to work with the Chinese. (huh, no offends towards the Chinese talkbackers, posters here)... but look at the plenty of KD hunks "borrowed"to mainland and act some cheesy roles against some chinese actors (be it Fan Bing bing or whatever)... worst or those who act in Big Screen like that "Blockbuster" one with Jacky Chan in some horrendous period movie... i cannot identify with them.
hope, JCW choose his works wisely, lure of money comes later, put his role and plot first, something awesome that Healer or Empress Ki are not hard to come... rather have nothing, then to act in something stupid and SPOIL EVERYTHING.
back to LSY, (just like Seo InGuk) in the beginning i find him so-so, its still not his looks that charm me, but the feels in his eyes, the depth in his unspoken words, that shakened me, the pain that he hid ... LSY need not a fantastic hero save the world plot to shine, he just need to do his own "thing" and made us feel his sincerity. LSY, keep it up, DAEBAK.

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JCW was mentioned and his upcoming korean-chinese project. He had mentioned once that he decides a project based on 3 criterias-
1.whether the script is exciting
2.whether his role is interesting enough
3.whether he has confidence in doing justice to that role.
So, i trust him enough to make an amazing debut in China. But yes, script..

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Pancchi, re: JCW (my scene first-love)
because i am so worried and scared that JCW did some stupid thing, and spoilt my perfect image of Bongsookie (or Junghoo), i sort of stop reading his news, trying to keep to what i promised myself, separating Junghoo from JCW. thus, i didn't read about what he said about that 3 criterias.
actually i always enjoy reading those names of fans here with some JCW or bongsookie initials... love ya all, read all your names rekindles that awesome period of Dec-Feb, a once in life time madness.

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I get the feeling that LSY is plastic surgery free unlike Lee Minho. LSYs look seems more natural and he can express his facial expression more. I like that we can detect his intelligence.

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Sometime between My Daughter Seoyeong and this show, LSY seems to have cut his upper eyelid. Eyes can open too widely now.

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with all the awesome actresses around him, and he can keep celibate life for 21 years.... for this alone. HS is .....mmm (i lost the word to describe him.)
thanks , KDaddict?JCW, for pointing out that, to have a man doing for his OTP, hope HR can realised THIS ALONE and be moved beyond words. and loved him back for the future 21 + 21 + 21 years more.
celibate life is seriously not easy for people working in the Art scene.

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Ha ha ha. Have u seen Lee Joon's new drama special? It shows what celibacy can do to a guy. It's both hilarious and sad. Just watch the first 20 mins of it to get a better idea of what celibacy can do to a guy.

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what show title? Lee Joon? who?
be sure i google that up...i have some of celibacy guys around me... celibacy for religious conviction kind.
nothing hunk, none of them look like Hyun Seok, (sob sob).

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I don't know your religious background or if you'll be offended, but here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n22E0wEROOk

It's called What's the Ghost up to

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K. will check that "What is the Ghost doing"...
oh, i don't believe in ghost.. but just for the fun of it... (hahaha... that's why i wouldn't reveal my true identity here. My ***** will "kill" me if they know i watch ghosty thingy... ) sshhh...
btw, Jo Soo-Hyang the actress is the school bully in Who are you 2015, right?
nevermind.

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LOL. you are hilarious. yeah... for once, i find WC very useful... hope he imagine more that kind of dream.... need not 50 shades, just something like Healer's ep 15, i will be eternally grateful.
hahhaha

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"Maybe this time, she’ll even chase him! How great would that be?"

I am ready for some major wooing for both of them. I think it would be awesome if they both just wooed each other since Nora never had the privilege of being wooed correctly. It'd be nice if Hyun-seok found out about the divorce. I'm ready for another bout of relief and hugs when he finds out she's divorced. Never before, in all my days, have I wanted two people to be divorced as I do Nora and Woochun. It's evident that they just didn't work out, mostly because Woochun is a self-entitled prick.

Although the romantic tension was a bit cliche to get Nora's dormant senses up and running again, I enjoyed both Nora and Hyun-seok's reaction to each other. My heart actually skipped a beat when hers started to beat fast. I'm so firmly in her corner that I want to squeal for joy when she's triumphant, angry/frustrated when Woochun gives her the runaround, and swoon even when imaginary Hyun-seok calls her his woman. Love her growth.

I honestly am not quite sure what to make of Min-woo and Hye-mi. They just seem stagnant to me, the relationship a bit pointless.

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Aische... I definitely meant "Min-soo" and "Woo-chul". Time for bed. -__-'

Thank you for the recap.

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About Min Soo and Hye Mi:
I think Hye Mi is there as a device.
We see Min Soo struggling w the idea of adulthood. He is icing towards growing up owing to the circumstances in his family, whereas Hye Mi is content to remain adolescent and immature.

I'd venture to guess that by the time MS is done (w/in the time frame of this drama), he'll find HM too immature for him, or she'll find him too grown up for her taste. It'll be a contrast to show how much he has travelled emotionally from the time he 1st met her. It'll be satisfying.

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Also, when MS becomes more mature in a couple eps, he'll come to realise that his relationship w Hye Mi is really quite vacuous, since she is like that. All she wants to do is play. He'll get to meet his mom's friend SY, who reads 3 hours a day on the train. They'll hit it off cos they've more in common. And the 3 of them will be so happy together in that house after Dad moves out!!!

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Yaaaay. Ahhhh, I'm just....so happy to have a drama I love this much right now. For all the work and school each week, I deserve this.

I actually haven't minded the slow place at all for the very reasons you mentioned at the top. I don't mind dwelling in all the beats because the characters make the gradualness feel warranted. And they also just keep the show super fun all through out. I know a lot of people would have wanted the romance to kick-up much sooner, but I personally think everything's been perfectly paced for this drama. Especially when you consider that now, after seeing our leads build a strong friendship, we just get to enjoy all the swoony romance without the 'end-of-drama' lull that so many rom-coms experience. Because this rom-com is based in so much more than the romance itself. Now we can just enjoy it without any break-ups to drive the plot, right? (please?)

Can I just say that I totally thought she was going to knock over his box and open it when she cleaned his room? This whole time I expected the drama to have her find out about his crush on her and for her to start having feelings for him after that. So I am so happy that she started having feelings for him first. Now I can't wait for her to find out that he's loved her all along!

Seriously though. Now that the romance has started, let's keep things going full-speed ahead, alright, Show?

Thanks for the recap, GF!

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i totally thought she was going to find the box too! I agree with you that it is more satisfying for her to fall for him first without finding out how he felt about her back in high school. :) looveeee this show

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I love how the writer is changing No Ra's feelings for Grumpypants. It is just so natural and subtle. I was worried how it was going to happen, but I'm not worried anymore.

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Nora and Dokko-jin need to get together to compare heartbeats and what the different speeds mean....

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Oh my Goddddd, when I saw the video clip, I thought they've kissed,.. And I watched it, hfhhh, not yet... Hahahahha,
I hope Woo chul's imagination will be come true A.S.A.P, I can't sit calmly while watching that scene hohoho,
now, it's time for No Ra struggling to hide her feeling,.. Hope Both No Ra and Hyun seok ended telling each other about their heart..
Thanks so much Girlfriday for recapping this episode ^_^

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I maybe in the minority, I for one wouldn't mind seeing those two be super awkward around each other for a couple eps, on acct of their hearts going Dugun Dugun a la Dokku Jin!

Plot development can wait.

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YEAH, think you are right. i will be very thrill to see, both of them continue to act shy, at every touch, feels travel up to their spine...every looks of angst and longing, as they start to crave for each other. ... i want to see each of them, lost sleep thinking about each other.
Writer. so, i take back my order that you speed the kissing now. give them the hands holding , like that one Hunghoo and Youngshin one, or that one Hyun and Ji-An one... oosp, i didn't know hand holding has all kind of different style, and each, touches me more than just hugs and kisses.
yes, some accidentally hand holding please. Writer, i beg you!

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Diana... huh, actually i was quite fed-up with the Writer, or Director?
even if That candlelight drinking wine "Almost Touching Moment" are just "in the head of useless WC".... why don't the Writer just obliged us by actually let them k*****.... c'-on... even if its not real... we fans still feel so thrill about it....
which means the "Real thing" will come very soon isn't it. since both are very much grown adults, please don't give us some vague angle kiss, or don't don't don't ever dare to final give us that kiss just before the final ep credits roll....
i will boycott TVN !!! there shall be blood, i threaten !
(joking lah)

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This episode had me squeeing so much, even my drama-loving yeo-dongsaeng got irritated with me. I'm so happy that Nora feelings are coming out and that she's taking control of her life again. Oh my goodness, I had so much to talk about while watching the episode but that end scene wiped my brain clean and all that is left is Squee and Feels. I love this show, and I forgive Min-soo for every mean and jerky thing he ever did to his sweetheart mother. On a side not, Yi-jin looks really pretty with this new hair do.

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the awesome part about this show, is its don't just focus on the OTP, it shows layers and grow thru the supporting cases, show how they changes, or how kind or caring they are, some words of supporting roles like her Trio buddies, can uplift her,... and almost everyone changes by interacting with NR. Soon-nam, Min Soo changes, of cause Hyun Seok changes....everyone grow and changes.... even, YJ.
all except useless WC.

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What's up with my comments,. Huhhh (I'll forget it). BTW, I really love this episode,.. I can't sit calmly while watching every scene between No Ra and Cha Hyun Seok,.. Thanks Girlfriday ^_^

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Squeeeee~

I can't stop grinning happily.
Show, as long you keep Nora and Grumpypants on dugun-dugun moments.. i am sold.

2 my fave moment:
- When Nora ask Minsoo permission. *cry a river*
- When Nora, Seungyeon and Soonnam talk about their life. Gosh how i wish to be there with them...

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"When Nora ask Min Soo permission.."

A friend of mine has been married to a bipolar wife for many years. He has been waiting for their daughter to grow up. She has left home to attend college. He ask her opinion about divorcing. She said: "Dad, go ahead, you deserve to be happy. I'll live close to you when you are old". He moved out of the house the next day.

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I love this show, it's held up so well even as we approach the end. I love all the characters- even oddballs like Yijin and Woochul keep me amused.

Let's hope it keeps it up to the final episode!

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Woo chul has to get out of the picture ASAP!!!!!! I'm growing so tired of him.... Just let No Ra live for crying out loud! You already took away her youth...
I'm praying that tomorrow Hyun Seok discovers that she's getting a divorce and get back into the game.
No Ra fighting!!!!!!!!

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Girlfriday, greetings.
massive thanks. i couldn't sleep well waiting first of all the subtitle of ep11, and secondly your recaps.
i realised thru this show, (and IRY), how precious is tho
"i love you" has 3 ways of loving someone.
the first being, loving the"I" in 'i love you" selfishly demanding someone you love to submit.
the second being, loving the "love" in "i love you", means indulged in the feels and moments of being in love, not knowing the person well.
the third and last, is loving the "you" in "i love you", which means knowing the "you" well, accepting the strength including the flaws well, hoping for the best, desiring to make him/her happy in expenses of your own happiness.
HS has been portraying the third kind of loving the "you" in "i love you".
GF, like what you say, "He couldn’t help but remind her of the Ha Nora she used to be, because he’s the only person who never stopped seeing her that way."
he loved her as she is, encourage her to be herself, treasure her true Self, even if she revolve back to her True Self, without loving him back, as long as she is happy to be Her-Self. Now it time that Nora love HS back as the “you” in “I love you”. That she will realised loving him as he is, his true worth, appreciating his true selfless sacrifice for her.

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correction to typo error/words lost: "i realised thru this show, (and IRY), how touching is moment of the OTP first realised she/he love his/her OTP. In compared those scenes of kissing and hugging, that moment when our OTP realised he/she has rekindled his love for someone, or she awakened that actually has loved the OTP long ago, was precious. That second of shattering was awesome."

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Thanks for the recap.

Right now I think both women have taken a back seat for WC. His focus seems to be winning against SH by any means necessary.

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What an awesome episode that was. I watched while wishing this were like those other shows that TvN magically added on an extra 10 minutes to. Gah! I can't get enough.

I love Nora's awareness of Hyun Seok now. It started with the resolve that Woo Chul means nothing to her, then the realization that Hyun Seok has done sooo much for her, then sexual tension she didn't even know was there became ignited with the k-drama accidental hug (that I loved here!) and finally....

....who the hell wouldn't fall in love with a face like hat, coupled with all the aforementioned?!

This Show.......<3

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OMG... and i thought the prev episode was amazing then we get an even more amazing episode. I absolutely agree that the pace and every nuance of Nora's journey is almost perfection.
I cannot express how much i love every minute of this episode.
Also weirdly enough, i was laughing my a$$ off during that imaginary scene between NR and HS. WC sure has some imagination. But i would definitely squee ultimate happiness when the divorce is finalized. And when NR HS finally confess their feelings to each other.
I will rewatch this episode again.

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"And maybe this time, she will even chase him"- yes please!!

The show keeps getting better and better with each epi. Hyun-seok, nora and seung-hyun looked like a happy li'l family . Cute.
I never liked woo-chul, but today he pissed me off. He wouldn't have bothered if he knew nora was not with hyun-seok, for him she can be anywhere but not him because he knows hyun-seok is much better and he can't digest nora getting something better. How disgusting!!

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I didn't like how Woo Chul used their son as leverage to get out of getting the quick divorce.

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Goodness, what an episode!
I love when Nora riiiiiiips the contract (I replay that scene in slow-mo and enjoy the moment of triumph!) and am so pleased that she answers Woo chul's question with the same answers he provided her back then.
Love that Nora realizes it was always Hyun seok who encourage her to live the way she wants.
Love the mom-son dynamic; son is more adult that his dad.
Love Woo chul crazily imagining things, and I don't mind more of those, please.
Love seeing Professor Grumpypants joining jjimjilbang.
Love Soon nam for being a gentleman.

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When she ripped the contract, I literally stood up and slow clapped!

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I was cheering like crazyy, you go girll!

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Guh, the way they banters-fight-broke up then make up, care and trust each other, and HS longing feeling plus looks to NR are so touchingly believable portrayed by the pairs.

I never imagine this pairing (LSY and CJW) would be so in-sync like this. Now, I could rid my doubt of this OTP on romance sector away, and enjoy the rest of their blossoming love journey with them. And I hope it would be full with cuteness, hugs and kisses.. ^^

Thanks for the recap, GF~!

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Yes yes....we have only a few more episodes to go. I want kisses and more kisses!

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I love seeing Nora standing up to Woo-chul. Now I need them to get a divorce.

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Done reading. Off to watch. Thanks, DB!

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I wish HS would figure out the divorce soon. My heart breaks everytime he looks at Nora longingly and with so much love. ?

I can't wait to see the look on his face when he'll know that Nora doesn't actually love WC and hasn't loved him for a long time.

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Nora looks just as affected, while Hyun-seok actually stops breathing, I’m pretty sure.

I had to replay that scene so many times just to see Hyun-seok being a dork. HAHAHHAHAHHA Can Lee Sang Yoon just do rom-coms from now on?

This episode made me replay so many scenes. I mean, that imagination was hilarious! I died so many times watching it! If only Hyun-seok was like that in real life, giving us some sexy time. kakakkaakkakakakka

So happy for Min Soo. Go and live life! Listen to mama! I was crying during their scenes together too. So touching. ㅠㅠ

Guess my ship will not sail anymore but it's always good to see Nora, Soonnam, and Seunghyun together. Add grumpy ajusshi and perfect!

Can't wait for tomorrow's episode. Gosh. My heart will not take this anymore. Thanks, girlfriday!

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"HAHAHHAHAHHA Can Lee Sang Yoon just do rom-coms from now on?" - IKR! I can't believe this is his first one. He literally hasn't been in a rom-com before, not even a bad one. Glad that when he finally chose to do one, he made such a great choice!

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I LOVE this writer!!!
I like Prosecutor Princess, I love 49 Days and I really really LOVE Twenty Again.
It brings so much feels to college life, friendship, first love and becoming adults!
And yes, I'm also in the process of becoming adults.
This drama is really wonderful!

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Such an awesome drama. Episode 11 and still going strong with lots of things to looks forward to still.

Things I want to see from the last 5 episodes.

The divorce
Big comeuppance for Woo Chul
Little comeuppance for Yi Jin
Lots of courtship hijinks between CHS and HNR
Soon Nam and Seung Hyun dating
Min Soo acknowledging Ha No Ra as his mother on campus
Don't forget to tell Ha No Ra about the Dukbokki shop
A good ending for Sang Ye
Choi Ji Woo dancing at the finale
A lovely scene with the time capsule

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+10

Everything in this!! :D

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yes, Nora and HS can work together at some Broadway, mmm... can teach at some College together, after Nora complete her Major in performance art somwhere... then WC can suck his thumb can sulk for another 20 years.

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I am TOTALLY with you on the pacing of this show. I honestly don't care that the plot is basically at a standstill. I could watch Nora and Hyun-seok argue, make up, and have incredible chemistry forever. I get that the whole deal with Woo-chul's project is going to be a plot point... but I don't really care about it. I'm just fine watching Nora's relationships progress.
Speaking of Woo-chul... I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt at first. He married Nora young, she was pregnant, they found out they weren't really suited, he fell in love with someone new. Ok, I can handle all of that. But what makes me really angry is how he is treating Nora now. Sure, its satisfying to see him chase after her like a puppy, but it also infuriated me that he was basically fine with her being out, somewhere in the unknown in the middle of the night, as long as she wasn't with Hyun-seok. Its like she is an toy that is his, and as long as Hyun-seok isn't playing with his toy, he's doesn't care about her. It also seems like she is an object to him and that is disgusting to me.
I liked the look of shock on his face when Min-soo basically said, "Since when do you care about mom?". I think it was a nice wakeup call, because he really has been a shitty husband. Hopefully he realizes that and is able to let her go with some grace. And then someone can FINALLY tell Hyun-seok about their impending divorce! Seriously, someone let the poor guy know!

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I've seen Lee Sang Yoon in other dramas, and call me crazy, but I was just never attracted to him. I liked his characters/acting, but he was just not my type. Then there was this drama... When did he get so hot?? I'm convinced he must be in love in real life right now. Love makes people more attractive. Haha <3

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I am honestly loving this drama so much. It's such a great coming-of-age story. The way he stares at her as she sleeps is just ughhhh. I need them together and happy with cutie babies asapasapasap

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I might be the only one but I don't want Nora to get together with Hyun-seok, I want her to get divorced yes but I want her and Hyun-seok to just remain friends.

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im only halfway watching so i havent read the full recap.
BUT OHMYGOD WOOCHUL IS SO DISGUSTING. HER ATTACHMENT??? SHE WANTED A DIVORCE. sick bastard. ugh. im so pissed.

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IKR?! He doesn't deserve to feel all high and jealous either!!!

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I am so absolutely loving this drama for the love, understanding, friendship etc that it's portraying

Especially the calm words of confidence by NR towards WC, so amazingly good ????, it takes my breath away

Please, please, let's now progress to a deeper understanding and relationship building for HS and NR ??

Can't wait for ep12, please hurry up ....❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Love your recap. Thank you so much. It helps me to understand the episode and the Korean culture. - Mom of two, Silicon Valley, California, USA

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I have not caught up with ever need yet (still on episode 5) but just wanna say, I love this drama!! :D

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everyone yet*

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SQUEEEEEE I love this show :)
Ha No Ra is awesome. I love love it that she is totally taking charge of her life now. I wish she would open up more to Hyeon Suk and just tell him everything already. On the other hand, it's been really fun without him knowing, so I guess I don't mind the wait.
Her relationships with Soon Nam and Seung Hyun are great! She's like this awesome unni who takes care of them and they look up to her, it's so touching. The conversation of what you want to be after you graduate was done in this understated way but it really is so powerful. So many people have to give up their dreams because of family/financial situation just like Soon Nam. And so many people are like Seung Hyun where they work hard but don't quite know or have not found what is it that they feel passionate about. I really wish that schools really focus on addressing these issues rather than just pushing students to take tests.

On another note, I can totally get behind nice Min-soo helping mom. I'm thinking Min-soo might actually change major or something because I think his previous major was chosen by dad.

I can't wait to see the next episode :). I wonder how Woo chul is going to end up. I hope he gets discredited and have to leave Korea, maybe he'll go back to Germany. I hope Yi Jin dumps him once she sees his true colors.

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i now have a jimjilbang squad goal.
preferably with my own soon nam sunbaenim in princess leia's towel.

(im in love with soon nam. halp mi)

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thank you girlfriday!
i really love this episode, well i think all of the episodes..haha
where can i find someone like hyun seok, please!
cant wait for epi 12!
fighting! ^.^

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LSY and CJW are AMAZING together , seriously

everytime they are on screen they literally shine and absorb you totally , they have that crazy chemistry that even I loved ji woo with Lee seo jin , now I want her to br real couple with LSY

I love this show beyond words , I trust it to continue this awesomeness

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and I expected that Nora forgot that envelope of divorce papers in HS car and he will find out this way , but they didnt show it the whole episode

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I hope the story will speed up a little. it's beginning to be dragging

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I love this show so much! OMG I can't handle the cuteness of the show... the leads. Also, when is that first kiss between HS & NR going to happen because I'm dying. lol.

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I know there isn't that much plot advancement, but character interaction is written out so well. Everything feels intentional, no scene is wasted, so I really savour each moment even if the romance has really been taking its time to develop.

But wow, I didn't realise how much I love both Hyun-Seok and No-ra until I started tearing up at the very last scene, when it became clear that she feels something for him too. I enjoy watching most K-drama relationships because they are funny, oozingly romantic, full of tension and well, dramatic, but the relationship between No-ra and Hyun-Suk is one that I actually envy. So rarely do you see people progress so naturally from close friends into romantic partners. It is so natural and also believable. I love that Hyun-Suk just wants what is best for No-ra, and that he would accept it if she was happy being back with her husband.

Though obviously, No-ra's going to get that divorce and be rid of Woo-chul so I just want her and Hyun-Suk to live happily ever after. Cute babies are a plus, but just the two of them would also be perfect.:)

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Hmmm...this is my f

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Love love love this drama ?

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