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Twenty Again: Episode 14

Oh, schoolyard romance hijinks, there you are! Cute makes a comeback (not that it ever really left) as our heroine struggles to hide her feelings… in the most obvious way possible. Not that I could blame her. She also gets some amazing support from the people around her when she really needs it, as she faces an unknown future and a new chapter in her life.

 
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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Nora leaves the courthouse after finalizing her divorce and doesn’t look back as she walks away from Woo-chul. She heads straight to Grandma’s ddukboki place to eat a plate quietly on her own, while Woo-chul watches solemnly as Min-soo packs a suitcase into the car.

But it turns out that Woo-chul is the one leaving home. Min-soo holds the door open for Dad and tells him not to worry about him and Mom, and Woo-chul drives away slowly while gazing at his son’s reflection in the mirror.

Nora goes home and takes out an old box of drawings, which are old notes passed between her and Grandma. They’re of the same type that the ddukboki recipe was drawn in, like a series of cartoons that tell a story. This must’ve been their secret code with each other. She cries as she reads them one by one, thinking of Grandma and missing her.

Min-soo sits down next to her and tells her not to worry about him—he’s going to study hard and take responsibility for his life, so she has to live well too. He throws a comforting arm around her, and suddenly seems so grown up. She fights back tears and says she’s sorry and grateful.

Woo-chul takes his suitcase to a hotel, and the next day Yi-jin hears about him politicking his way into a rival university’s psychology department. She can’t believe he’d go that far, and gets on her phone to ask about the “people in that picture,” pulling up the photo that led to the bribery scandal that got Woo-chul his job at Woocheon in the first place.

Yoon-young is surprised to see that Nora is already packing up the house, but she says that she wants to be prepared as soon as the place gets sold. Yoon-young asks if Woo-chul went to his mistress, but Nora never asked about that and doesn’t care to know.

Once the house sells, they’re each going to find smaller places to live, and the store they own will be transferred into her name. Yoon-young worries about them not doing that paperwork before the divorce, but Nora says he’s not the type of person to break that kind of promise when it involves his son.

Yoon-young is still angry about Grandma’s funeral, but decides that she’s rather grateful to Woo-chul for at least ending things cleanly. You and me both.

Nora is happy to go to work at Hyun-seok’s office today, hoping that it’ll keep her mind off of things. But she’s subdued all day, and Sang-ye worries that she’s ill. Hyun-seok tries to get her to come out with them when their production crew heads out for drinks, but Nora says she’s just tired and plans head home after cleaning up.

The other directors ask when Sang-ye is going to debut, and Hyun-seok says her production will be their next project after this one. She looks equal parts excited about debuting and sad about leaving Hyun-seok once her days as an assistant are over.

Hyun-seok forgot his phone at home and asks Sang-ye to call Nora so she can join them for dinner, and Sang-ye’s face falls as she heads outside to make the call. She hesitates though, and comes back to say that Nora’s already gone home. Oh no, Sang-ye, don’t go dark side on us now!

Except she hasn’t—Nora is still cleaning up at the office and looking much worse than before. She looks like she’s running a fever and can barely stand.

When Hyun-seok gets back later that night, he finds Nora asleep on the couch and burning up from a fever. He runs around to get her a pillow and blanket, and makes her some porridge so that she doesn’t take her medicine on an empty stomach.

He tries to nudge her awake to eat, but Nora calls out for Grandma over and over while crying sorrowfully. Hyun-seok doesn’t want to wake her if she’s meeting Grandma in her dreams, and tells her to see Grandma while she can.

Nora hears Grandma telling her to eat porridge so she can take her medicine, and complies like a little girl. But we see that it’s Hyun-seok who’s cradling her in his arms to spoon-feed her tenderly.

He feeds her medicine and tells her to sleep a little more, and then it’s morning when Nora stirs awake, feeling much better. She’s shocked to find Hyun-seok asleep on the couch next to her, and then looks around at all the sick supplies.

She realizes that it wasn’t a dream after all, and it was Hyun-seok taking care of her the whole time. She looks over at him again, this time with a little smile on her face. She tentatively reaches out a hand to sweep his hair out of his eyes, and he smiles at her touch, though he seems to be asleep.

Nora suddenly realizes what she’s doing and pulls away, and runs out of there like the building’s on fire. The door slams behind her, waking Hyun-seok, and he races outside wondering where Nora ran off to.

He gets her on the phone just as he reaches the street and sees her getting into a taxi, and is confused when she lies that she’s already at home, and that she left at three in the morning.

Nora says she’s feeling better now and hurriedly hangs up, and then berates herself for losing her mind and touching Hyun-seok’s hair like that. Heh. She clamps a hand over her thumping heart and decides she’s really gone crazy.

Hyun-seok stands in the street wondering why on earth Nora would lie about something like that. But then he wonders if that touch he felt was real: “Could it be?” Eeee, he knows? He breaks into the best shit-eating grin ever: “Ha Nora, you…”

Sang-ye arrives at work in the morning and can tell from one look around that her lie totally backfired on her. She cringes as Hyun-seok comes back in, and though he ignores the issue altogether, she apologizes anyway. All he says is that once this production is done, they’ll prepare for her debut.

Min-soo gets called away from studying by Hye-mi, who texts that something urgent has come up. But when he comes out, she suggests an overnight trip with another couple. He tells her that he has to focus on his studies right now, which he thought she’d understand since he told her about his parents.

She pouts that she planned this trip because she thought he needed to relieve some stress, but he says that going would actually give him more stress. Can they break up now?

For some odd reason, Woo-chul texts Hyun-seok to meet, and tells him right away that he and Nora are divorced. Well, thanks! That was mighty helpful of you.

Hyun-seok’s shocked reaction proves to Woo-chul that Nora didn’t say anything to him because she has no interest in him romantically, and Woo-chul makes his intentions clear: He gave Nora a divorce so that they could start over, and he intends to win her back.

Woo-chul tosses it out like a challenge, and says that they can make an actual love triangle now. That’s a weird thing to be saying to your rival. Hyun-seok scoffs that love isn’t a game, but Woo-chul is convinced that Hyun-seok is scared now.

Hyun-seok smiles to himself when he sees Nora standing on the bridge outside of class, pacing like she can’t decide whether she wants to go in. He calls her name and marches ahead, making her step backwards as he nears.

She freezes up when he puts a hand on her forehead to check her temperature, and thanks him awkwardly for nursing her back to health last night. He asks if she had a hard time, now knowing what she went through yesterday, but she says he had it rougher because he took care of her.

She runs off to class, though he points out that it’s his class she’s running to. Hyun-seok gives out his final group project, which is a reenactment of one moment in your life. He tells them to think of a moment that changed the course of your life, that you might regret or just want to relive.

He says that everyone has those pivotal moments, and that his was a person, and looks right at Nora as he says it. He tells the class that there’s a famous saying, that there are two types of people in the world: those who can recognize those pivotal moments, and those who can’t.

Nora and her team sigh over their lack of ideas for their final project, and Soon-nam worries about managing this on top of his other finals. Nora asks why he’s majoring in business when it has nothing to do with dance or civil service, and Soon-nam says it’s just to raise his chances at getting a job. She thinks to herself that Min-soo is on a similar track.

Hye-mi sulks about Min-soo refusing to go on their trip, and her friend says she never expected him to go. They notice a posting on the student website warning people to beware of a certain Professor K who didn’t rightfully earn his position at their school.

Nora wonders to herself what she’s doing in school when she has no plans for her future, and is so lost in thought that she doesn’t notice her shoelace is untied. Woo-chul stops her to point it out and stoops down to tie it for her.

Ha, he takes extra care to show her his broad back while doing it, because she mentioned that that’s why she fell for him. She didn’t mean it literally, dude. He tells her to call if she needs light bulbs changed or anything like that, though she points out that he doesn’t know how to change them either.

She walks away, and Woo-chul stands there willing her to look back in his direction just once. In the end she does, though it’s because she remembers that Woo-chul was the reason she came to college in the first place, which gives her food for thought.

Woo-chul thinks back to their blowout fight over Grandma, after which we see that he signed the divorce papers. He says that he doesn’t have a leg to stand on after being found out for keeping her from Grandma’s funeral, and knows that he has no right to hold her. He gives her the divorce as his self-proclaimed penance, and sighs at the necklace he bought but couldn’t give her.

Back in the present, he watches Nora walk away and says to himself, “Love comes back,” and cheers himself on. Um, I feel the need to point out that Hyun-seok loved her first. Just sayin’.

Woo-chul gets an email from someone blackmailing him with that bribery photo, accusing him of staging the previous Woocheon professor’s bribe so that he could get him fired. He runs to Yi-jin to beg for her help, and she scoffs that he’s nothing to her now. She tells him that she’s throwing him away this time so Nora can have him, and Woo-chul begs on his knees.

But that turns out to be her imaginary revenge scenario, and in reality she sits there waiting and wondering why he’s not showing up. Woo-chul is still frozen at his computer, reading the countless comments and theories that he’s Professor K.

He didn’t actually do what they’re accusing him of, but he imagines the rumor escalating until it’s headline news and the other university shuns him, and the prosecutor’s office comes to investigate him.

Hyun-seok and Sang-ye are still struggling to find a title for their production, and Hyun-seok prods Nora for an idea citing all the meat she ate on their camping trip. Nora suggests “Finding Lost Time,” and Hyun-seok beams to finally have a title he likes.

Nora is adorably jumpy around Hyun-seok all day, getting flustered when he leans in close to praise her. She runs away to the bathroom and fans her flushed face in the hall.

Hyun-seok is just having fun teasing her now, which is surprising to absolutely no one. He sees that she’s avoiding eye contact and purposely gets in her way, asking if she’s choosing not to look at him or can’t look at him.

He points out her flushed face and asks tauntingly, “Why is your face red?” He suggests that maybe he’s making her all crazy, and she snaps that that’s not it at all. She tells him to go left on the count of three while she’ll go right, but then of course they end up in each other’s way again because they’re facing each other. Their schoolyard flirting is so cute.

She finally pushes him out of the way, but he pulls her back to give her a book and tells her that she can read or study here because the office will be empty. She doesn’t see why she’d stay here instead of going home, and he pouts, “Do you dislike being with me that much?” She blurts, “NO!” so quickly and vehemently that they’re both caught off-guard, and Hyun-seok smiles.

Woo-chul goes to a real estate agent to put the store he and Nora own up for sale. Ugh, you mean the one that’s supposed to go to Nora in the divorce? He urges the agent to sell it as quickly as possible, because he’s in a big hurry. Yeah to save your own ass, assface!

Yi-jin paces and checks her phone for the millionth time, wondering why there’s no word from Woo-chul. But then she gets a call alerting her that Woo-chul agreed to pay the email blackmailer, and she screams in frustration.

Hye-mi asks Min-soo to choose between her and studying, which he calls preposterous. He asks why she can’t be more understanding, while she complains about always coming last in his priorities.

He doesn’t see what kind of future she’s going to have if she spends college partying, while she counters that doing everything for the sole goal of getting a job doesn’t seem all that bright a future to her either. She asks what he’s doing all this for and why he lives this way, and tells him to study if that’s what he wants. They agree to break up and go their separate ways.

Min-soo drowns his sorrows in soju and hears his father’s voice reminding him that he has to be more successful than everyone else. Hye-mi’s questions linger too, and he wonders aloud why he lives this way.

Nora reads the book that Hyun-seok gave her, which opens on the thought that the past doesn’t dictate one’s future—it’s the way we interpret the past that shapes it. She gets a call from Sang-ye’s phone, and a man says that Sang-ye is drunk so he called the last number dialed.

Nora runs to the bar where Sang-ye is many bottles in, rambling on about how she did something really petty. She apologizes to Nora and says that she thought she could do it—like Hyun-seok on her own. She knew that he didn’t think of her that way, but she thought she could just like him and hold onto her feelings.

But she cries that she’s been found out, and that means she broke the unwritten rule that makes it possible for her to stay by his side. Nora just listens silently. She tries to get Sang-ye to wake up when Hyun-seok calls, but Sang-ye turns off her phone and says he’s not worried about her in the way that Nora thinks.

In the morning, Sang-ye is horrified to wake up in Nora’s bed. Nora sets the table with hangover soup and assures Sang-ye that she didn’t say anything much last night. Min-soo joins them, also hungover from last night, and is very interested in why Sang-ye chose to become a theater director when it’s such an unstable future.

Sang-ye says that all futures are unstable in their own way, so she just chose what she wanted to do, and what makes her happy today. Hyun-seok notices that Sang-ye is still wearing yesterday’s clothes when she gets to work, but she doesn’t offer an explanation.

Nora takes a walk contemplating Hyun-seok and all the things he’s done for her, then Sang-ye’s feelings, and her own reality as a mother with a twenty-year-old son. She tells herself to get it together, clearly thinking that she has no future with Hyun-seok.

Yi-jin has hired a background check on Woo-chul and fumes to find out that he’s already divorced and never told her. Meanwhile, Woo-chul’s plans to get hired at the other school are going well.

He decides that all he has to do is make this bribery rumor go away, and meets the blackmailer that night. He makes her sign a contract and hands her a cake box with the money inside, and doesn’t notice that someone is taking photos of the exchange.

Nora goes back to the children’s theater to apply for the part-time position, and asks to work on weekdays as well. It turns out to be the place that Hyun-seok’s sunbae runs (so he totally bought that suit just to get her there, ha), and he gets a call about how great Nora is for what they need. He’s surprised that she asked to work all week long though, and calls her to ask where she is.

Nora doesn’t tell him, though he can hear Dong-chul in the background and can tell right away that she’s at the ddukboki shop. She watched the store for the afternoon while Dong-chul went to an audition, and she cheerfully tells him that she’ll cover for him if he ever needs her again.

Hyun-seok storms in and drags her out by the wrist without a word, which seems entirely unnecessary. He takes her to the playground nearby and asks angrily why she agreed to work all week at the children’s theater when she’s supposed to be working for him.

Nora asks if he took her there on purpose, but he tells her not to avoid the question and wants to know why she keeps wanting to quit. She says that she isn’t really needed there, and he argues that he’s the one who should determine that: “I need you.”

He tells her to cancel her request to work weekdays at the children’s theater, and she refuses, insisting that she can make up her own mind [and heart—the word is used both ways]. He asks if she really knows her own heart: “You’re doing this because of me! You’re avoiding me.”

She denies it rather unconvincingly, and asks why she’d be avoiding him. Hyun-seok: “Because you like me.” Omo you’re just going to say it like that?

He argues that if she likes him, she should just like him and stop being avoidy. She sputters that he’s talking nonsense, but he just continues, “Why didn’t you have love on your list of things to do before dying? Why would you avoid an opportunity for that? You want to do everything else, but why do you avoid that?”

Nora can’t even look him in the eye and spits back, “Love? What a preposterous thing to say!” So he counters, “And if I like you too?” Aaaaaaah! She looks up at him wide-eyed, and he takes a step closer: “If I like you too, is love still preposterous?” Nora hiccups twice as her answer, and clamps a hand over her mouth.

 
COMMENTS

That’s adorable. It seems fitting that they’d get their feelings out on a playground, given their maturity level. I’m a little annoyed at Hyun-seok for trying to tell her what to do (she’s free to make her own choices, no matter how much fairy-godmothering you do behind the scenes to help her along, buddy), but he redeems himself a little in this instance because he can see through her attempt to avoid him and calls her out on it. If she actually wanted to quit for a good reason, I don’t think he’d fight her on it, but he already knows that she likes him and is trying to avoid the issue by running away.

I really enjoyed how quick he is on the uptake when he discovers Nora’s feelings (or is she just that bad at hiding them?), and despite the teasing being really fun, it’s nice to see someone being so direct about his feelings when it counts. Personally I think it’s stranger that Nora never even considered that he still likes her, but I love the comedy we get from her confusion and flushed cheeks and flustered babbling. Part of me is a little sad that he didn’t get to mess with her a little longer (she’s just too cute), but for the sake of the romance it’s nice to have everyone’s feelings out there before the final week.

I fully expect Woo-chul to go down in flames thanks to Yi-jin, though I’m pissed about him selling the store that was promised to Nora. Just when I’m ready to give him credit for agreeing to an amicable divorce and feeling genuine remorse over Grandma, he goes and chooses the selfish thing again, at Nora’s expense. How typical. I can’t believe he thinks he still has a shot at winning Nora back on top of it all, though it’s amusing to see how little Hyun-seok cares. I wonder if Dad’s downfall will have an impact on Min-soo’s struggle to decide his future, though honestly all I really care about is that he’s being a better son to Nora. It was nice to see him offering genuine support and rooting for Mom to focus on her own life.

There’s a nice setup in place for Nora to look to her past to discover the future that she wants for herself in the final two episodes. I’m curious about all aspects of her future—college, jobs, dreams, goals—and it’s fitting that she falls in the same category as most college students who are still struggling to find themselves and reconcile big dreams with reality. I like that the original bucket list theme comes back around with Hyun-seok’s approach to the confession at the end, when he asks why she didn’t include love as one of the things she wants to try before dying.

Nora assumes that ship has sailed, of course, but I’m looking forward to all the ways that Hyun-seok will convince her that it’s never too late. He was the one who pushed her to dance and not to let her age stop her from doing what she wants, and there’s a nice parallel with her already having feelings for Hyun-seok, but just not believing that love is an option for her at this stage in life. It’s what I’ve always appreciated about their relationship from the start. He never tries to change what it is that she wants—he gives her the confidence to go for it, be it dance, marriage, divorce, or otherwise. And now (hilariously), him. I suppose he could be jumping the gun in assuming that, but c’mon, she was a goner the second he spoon-fed her and nursed her back to health, right?

 
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The last time I squealed this much I think I was a pig in a previous life. That man will be the death of me. I'm going to miss this drama so much!

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Hehehe...+1000

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Lol.. XD

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If I were in Nora's place and he was taking care of me while I was ill, I bet my fever would have worsened. No way would my temperature not have gone up having those dimples close by...

I need help!1

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If I were in Nora's place and he was taking care of me while I was ill, I bet my fever would have worsened. No way would my temperature not have gone up having those dimples close by...

I need help!

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You, me and so many others out there lol. Lee Sang Yoon seriously rocks this role.
My friend and i used to identify LSY as Ha Woo Jin, even the mere mention of Liar Game's Ha Woojin will make us cheering for him.
Now it's gonna be Cha Hyunseok XD
Well, at least until the second season :p

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Oh my heart!!! I am overflowing with feels I just might explode!

'Because you like me.' And 'If I like you too...'

Just... there are no words!!!

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OH MY GOSH!!!

I do not know where to start. I squealed when the episode ended on such a note but also burst out laughing because we had this:
Hyun-suk: *confesses*
….*dramatic pause*….
Nora: *hiccups*
End song: La la la la la

Nora, please do not pull a noble idiocy at this point because of what Sang-ye confessed to you.

Let me be honest: I know that the main theme of this show is for Nora to rediscover herself...I know that. But when Sir Grumpypants of the Awesome Dimples gets thrown into the mix and acts so sweetly, I think some parts of my brain forget to reason. And now that he sees that 1) She is no longer married 2) She may also like him in return (that brushing the hair away from the forehead scene though), the guy is not holding back. The feels were strong with this one…
Hye-Mi and Min-soo…I have no words. Let me just hope the break-up sticks. You two are on totally different pages.

Woo-chul…no comment. I find myself both amused and irritated by him. He should find a mirror and marry his reflection

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lol...the 'marry his reflection' part

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I do want Min Soo to develop some feelings for Sang Ye and just leave Hye Mi partying by herself.

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Nah.

Although I do want MinSoo to meet SangYe frequently and build up a Noona-DongSaeng bond between them because boy could really use some unbiased guidance right about now. He's so lost and confused now that I don't think he can handle any romantic relationships well any time soon.

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Yes I like this thought. He needs to see a new perspective. I completely understand his struggle. He's spent his whole life thinking that in order to succeed he has to be certain way. It's hard to change that when that's all you've known.

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i agree on this point. originally, i thought, "hmm, something could strike up there," but i do like the noona-dongsaeng relationship a lot more. i'm not sure how close they are in age but i liked that she can give him this different perspective on life. it feels like dad and hyemi are two extremes and sangye provides this middle ground where you can have fun by doing what you like.

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I think Min Soo will befriend with Seung Hyun for the last episodes. Maybe both of them are taking the same TOEIC course and I think Seung Hyun are so much better than Hye Mi. She will support Min Soo as a friend, and who knows the future for them?

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Me too, i thought story line would go on that direction. I really think Min Soo is more compatible with Seung Hyun. I wish Hye Mi could be more caring and understanding.

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Well, can we make it a deep pond so the b*st*rd just drown attracted by his own reflection like his mythological conterpart?.

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@Denile

Sir Grumpypants of the Awesome Dimples...HAHAHA!!! Aptly named. However he is also perfect in so many ways. He can be both immature and mature at the same time. Hilarious! What a character. :)

Woo Chul has narcissistic personality disorder. He's not goin' to change. Looks like he's going down.

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I love this show, however, I was really disappointed with how the writers developed No Ra's reaction to her growing feelings for Hyun Seok - I don't find it adorable. The pouty-voice, the awkwardness...it was just too juvenile for a 38 year old woman, not matter how repressed she may have been. It would have been a real credit to her character development to just have her confused and pensive rather than this juvenile reaction. The actress has shown a real depth of character throughout this series - and I have to say, what a great ensemble of actors - they really rock their roles. But....this silly reaction is out of character and a flaw by the writers....using a very trite set up rather than taking the time to develop a rich reaction and evolution of the character. I hope the writers don't do what so, so many kdrama writers do in the last episodes - get lazy, stupid and trite. Hope not.

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I thought so, too. They are playing it for laughs, but once the laugh dies away you really wonder if she has been in a coma for twenty years, to have so little self-knowledge. Really, even a somewhat sheltered 38-year-old housewife should be able to recognize growing affection and sexual attraction. Shoot, watching a couple Kdramas would clue her in. Has she been in a cave?

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Argh!!!!! That ending!!!! I want to see HNR’s response and reactions to all that CHS just told her. Thank you for the recap, btw. Sigh, LSY is so cool in this drama, and his character is one that should be cloned. I am putting in an order after this ep. The way he took care of her, man!!!! Made me wish I could just reach into the screen and grab him… aaand bring him out. He is so dreamy!!!!!

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Order one for me too, please. :-)

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Yep, one for me too please! Same day delivery if possible!

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mine too much better with more dimples

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OMO!!! THOSE DIMPLES AND SMILING EYES!!

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Ivoire, happy to see u back here.
yes, LSY super cool here.
LSY was never the hunk quality like Kim Soo Hyun or Lee Minho, glad that he is blessed with such a role that propet his career, as a true actor that can almost lift the weights of the drama upon him. Choi Ji woo and LSY is both sides of a coin, without either, the drama cannot soar.
i truly sincerely hope, both CJW and LSY will loved their Nora and Hyun suk as one of the BEST role in their career, if not THE VERY BEST!
wish also that choi ji woo will remember Lsy and become real friends off screen. i truly ship this OTP, if not because CJW is rumoured to be with Lee seo jin. i truly hope they generate true affection thru this.

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agree!

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I watched this episode lying in bed sick and all I could think after was where do I get my own Hyun-seok to nurse me back to health?

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He breaks into the best shit-eating grin ever: “Ha Nora, you…”

LOL! This is one of the best scene EVER!!!! I need Cha Hyun Seok in my life too!!!! Gosh, can anyone tell me where I can find him aside from the Kdramaland? :D

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sorry Girlfriday! my vote is supposed to be 5-Star don't know why it was only 4...please change it if possible...sorry again and thank you for your wonderful recap as always!

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wait! how does the voting thing work? never noticed that...

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Yes, I want to know too.. How to vote this show ?

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lol. “Ha Nora, you…” reminded me of this GagCon skit. I loved that line too. I like that everyone is pretty smart in this show, except the guy with the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

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And how ironic that WC thinks that he's pretty smart, awesome, and suave! LOL

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Haha. One of the effects of his NPD. How did you vote? I can't see that option anywhere.

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There's a pop up screen after I left my first comment but when I was about to click on the 5th star it just vanished LOL

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Very ironic :-)

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Hi Ivoire!

Yes so much irony. Woo Chul is wrong on so many counts but he keeps thinking he is doing great, while digging his own grave.

He thinks he scared Hyun Seok with the love triangle scenario and can't see that Hyun Seok does not even care.

He thinks he can entice No Ra just by a show of his back! This one really takes the cake.

He thinks he can shut up the blackmailer by selling our his wife's store and paying up. That's just the way to go to get blackmailed some more, dear Woo Chul! And it's gonna happen, we know.

He thinks he can just treat Yi Jin like dirt and be rid of her. He has not heard of the 'woman scorned'??? The biggest mistake of all!

As you can see, I like this kind of irony! :D

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The biggest irony is that he's a prof in psychology!

And hasn't he heard the saying, "Hell Hath no fury like a woman scorned"?

I hope Yejin burns him bad!

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Haha, that saying popped into my head during that scene too!

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If I knew I would not tell you!?

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@Sue

Can I bribe you? hahaha

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Lol. I doubt you have anything to give me that would beat having a Hyun Seok in my life. But nice try! ?

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Lucky! need to find me a Hyun Seok somewhere else LOL

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Wc and YJ are both professors in Psychology and both of then have NPD -his is more pronounced in the show than hers but hers has been leaking out by the writers bit by bit especially her imagined revenge scene. They both were so full of themselves. Things are going to blow up in her face when she's discovered as the owner of the store that should've went to No Ra and her son.

I think it's bad that No Ra is thinking about quitting school because initially WC was the reason for her going but HS should be reason enough for her to finish and stay because HS is right about what he says: do that which makes you a better person today, now. He's been telling No Ra she should finish because it was not just on her bucket list but her Grandmother hid money for her to use one day for college.
They haven't found/dug up the time capsule they buried long ago. I'd love to know the rest of what HS wanted for No Ra and I bet you she signed her not Cha No Ra....

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correction: I bet she didn't sign her note Ha No Ra but Cha No Ra. She liked him them,too!

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In Korea, women don't change their surname when they get married, so that would be a bit weird.

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Shorebunny, yes. I also believe that Time Capsule will be the key to unlock that door to what she forget in her life, sometimes when we think we lost the most happy moment of our life, we involuntarily forget it. Thinking we don’t deserved to remember it, we have let someone or ourselves down. Too painful to remember what we once loved so much, so we chose to forget.
even choosing a topic for final project, HS think about how to help HNR. Beside telling all these young punks who may not even have “a time you want to go back to, a time you regretted…” and live their life to create more beautiful times at the present for the future to remember. He used this to force HNR to remember what she forget. While knowing she started to love him is not enough, she has to remember, that’s why he told her, "You don’t remember anything, do you? When you are bored, think back and try to remember.” While been hurt that she don’t remember whatever has already rooted in her for him, he didn’t sulk and do nothing. He try holding himself in and wait, but he leaves hints here there, and give gentle tease or push to stir her up.
“Remembrance of the past is powerful in making one responsible in how you handle the present , not fret over the past and anxious about tomorrow, but make your tomorrow full of good memories of today, which shall become the yesterday of tomorrows.”
“the Future is not determined by past experiences, its what you do with those experiences that determines the future.” “The future is always uncertain. Once the future becomes your present, you have another uncertain future awaiting. So I do what I like doing now.”
Means, if I make my present bear the uncertainty burdens of tomorrows, but there will be never ending tomorrows, the burdens of tomorrow and the tomorrows after tomorrow will never ever ends. Once you allow your present become your tomorrows, you will never have stop having No todays, no present. Uncertainly will always follows. Carpe Diem. Seize the day

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i don't believe the Writer will introduce such a splendid objects of feels like the Time capsule and leave it hanging after credits roll at ep 16. So, what she wrote on the Time Capsule should be the cruical key! for the past, i kept thinking Time capsule should be the key to unlock HS, no, now i think its the key to unlock Nora.

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Ah, that smile when he discovers/suspect NR's feelings - it's too die for!!!

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i watched this scene a few times. it was just sooo adorable but i also i wanted to punch him a few times because it was already expected that he wasn't going to just leave it at that but tease her to the very end. bring on the squee!!!!

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I really could care less about Minsoo and his girlfriend. I just keep skipping their part. Zzzzzzz.

But you guyssss omgggggg Hyunsuk's face when he realizes Nora likes him too. <3 <3 <3

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Such a cheeky smirk!

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The way his face changed again from surprise, confusion, realisation and was that happiness mixed with a little triumph? Hyun Seok-ah! Keep those smiles coming!!

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I sooooo loved that moment I had to replay it and screencap it, tweeted it and then replayed it again!

GF aptly described it as the best shit-eating grin!

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Hyun Seok is so cheeky! Why you gotta tease her?
I love this!

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Sang Ye, thank you for only being minimally petty and terrible. On the scale of terrible things jealousy can make a person do, lying and saying your rival already went home in a totally casual situation is on the low, low end of that scale. And then you were embarrassed, apologized immediately, and didn't lash out drunkenly. Good girl.

I laughed very, very hard when Woo Chul attempted to create a love triangle. He is a total fantasist, isn't he? But a hilarious one, and good for Hyun Seok for basically looking right at him and going "pfft!"

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When I saw that Nora was going to get her, I paused the screen and made dinner, because I was so afraid that something awful would happen. I'm glad that all of the crazy is being saved for Woo Chul and Ye Jin.

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I want a happy ending of some sort Sang-Ye so bad. She's so sweet and lovely. I love that she's not the typical jealous bratty second female lead who schemes and bitches all the time. I love how realistically they show her one-sided love and very human feelings. She's a sweet and kind girl who as a normal human being feels jealously and makes mistakes.

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i was gonna be super angry if the drama was gonna go there but i'm glad it is was such a minimal act and she felt guilty after.

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Yep! And Sang-Ye's mistake made her more human. At some point she was too amazing and "flawless" to be credible, but to see her acting up because she truly has feelings for Hyun-Seok made me feel bad for her. It would have been way worse had they started a relationship but that wasn't the case. Plus with all she has tried to do to make No-Ra happy, when she thought she needed help, I couldn't even get mad. That's also why Hyun-Seok didn't even mention anything. He understood that it was a moment of weakness.

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I love Hyun Seok. I love Nora. I love that Nora is growing to love Hyun Seok and that Hyun Seok alread loves Nora. *happy sighs*

I....must really love Choi Won Young too because I didn't like that Yi Jin set up Woo Chul. Hnnnn....Woo Chul is not nice but I really don't like seeing people get set up in that way. Tch.....conflicted.

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So I'll now be watching the last scene on a loop until next week.

This might be my favorite confession. Those dimples. That playground. The let's cut the crap and be together. WHOOOO!

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'Let's cut the crap and be together!'

I love this!!! They're 38 years old for crying out loud! There is no time for teenage love games... ? Hyun Seok knows this too well . He's loved her for 20 years and waited for her til she regained her true self. There is no time to waste for Me.Grumpypants indeed!

Go ahead lovebirds! GO!

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I never thought a single show could be this satisfying. ah he knows nora more than herself. The moment HS realized nora's feeling his reaction *swoon *
Every time he teased her he enjoyed it so much...

Those two small minded delusion bad people diging there own grave ah can't get better...
Can we have less wc i don't care about him after divorce and have more of nora and HS
Min soo might be growing but if nora is not involved I'm still not interested * yawn *

Last week (╯_╰)

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omg!
Cha Hyun Suk is really cute! hahahha
and of course Ha Nora, accept him already,pls!

cant wait for the last 2 episodes..
thanks for the recap girlfriday, love it <3

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HS, you may show your best shit-eating grin anytime anywhere dear.. ^^

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" shit-eating grin"? Love, love, love

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i love episodes like these where the male lead does something so adorable and swoon worthy, you would like to have him for yourself.

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I really love this show so much. So sad that it's gonna end but I hope the last two episodes will live up to our expectations since episode 1 to episode 12 never disappointed us. It will be followed by Reply 88 which I hope will be as good as R94 but I wish if there's a part two if its possible for Twenty Again, probably Life begins at 40 perhaps? I really love the chemistry between LSY and CJW. CJW has amazing chemistry with most of her leading men and even in GOF she had chemistry with LSJ although not a drama but her chemistry with LSY is the best!

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"They’re of the same type that the ddukboki recipe was drawn in, like a series of cartoons that tell a story. This must’ve been their secret code with each other. She cries as she reads them one by one, thinking of Grandma and missing her."

Honestly, this made me think that Grandma was such a country bumpkin that she couldn't write/read/spell. And I'm not saying that dismissively, but as a way of noting that if Grandma truly was illiterate and then voluntarily moved to Seoul where that would be one hell of a handicap, that's a very brave move.

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I thought this too, that the drawings were how she had to communicate when leaving notes for her granddaughter.

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That's what I thought when I saw Nora interprets the cartoons. Oh.. her grandma is illiterate one. That's how they left the message for each other. I felt very sad for Nora and her Grandma.

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Totally agree. I think the grandmother in Family is Coming - very similar age, maybe the same actress - was also illiterate when she was young and made up a drawing system for hersel. She did learn to read late in life but she still used her drawings as a code.

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IMO Nora's grandma was what I call a Profession Grandmother who ran a ddukboki stand on the side. She was put on this earth to take care of children. Nora and Hyun-seok are just two examples of how good she was at her profession. I am certain of the following. She feed many hungry children without concern for payment, she listened to many lonely children without concern for the time, she tended many scraps and cut without concern for thanks and she expected bright futures for them so they tried not to disappoint her. I am sure her ddukboki stand has a multi-generational clientele. Parents who take there children to sample a taste of their youth and pay homage to a woman who gave them happy memories. She was an illiterate grandmother who had more impact on the lives of the people she encountered than most college professors. If you have ever encountered someone like Nora's grandma in real life you understand completely.

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Funny how Hyun-Seok knew that secret code to figure out Grandmom's rice cakes recipe. It would be funny if he proposed that way. Also glad that Min Soo broke up with the party girl. She was too damn forward anyway at the beginning of the series. Man like to be the ones who chase. Hopefully Min Soo will find a middle ground and I do ship him with the girl that befriended No Ra who's a writing/humanities major.
No Ra's Grandmother was never a country bumpkin: they don't think and plan moving their restaurant from home to a new town to still support their granddaughter but that was her plan before she became to sick to live long enough to hand it all to No Ra when she saw her again.

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Eh, I don't think she was "too forward". I don't think there is anything wrong with the woman making the first move (Min-soo clearly didn't mind!).

I'm actually really happy with how the show portrayed Hye-mi. She's definitely not perfect, but neither is Min-soo. Min-soo is right that she should probably be studying more, but she is also correct that there is more to life than being a workaholic.

These two just have different values, and I love that the show lets them realize that and break up without demonizing either of them. Hopefully they both go on to be in relationships that they enjoy with partners who share their views.

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Am I the only one who was reminded of Dilwale Dulhaniya le jayenge's "palat, palat,palat" when WC goes "she will turn, she will turn "???

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ME too I was like nora don't turn and i was so disappointed when she did. but WC is not SRK right haha

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"WC is not SRK" ROFL!!!!! :D

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I was super dissapointed too!! Atleast she turned around for a different reason! :)

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Yes, SRK popped up in my mind too. He is the king of romance, while Woo Chul is some stupid fella, thinking about getting back Ha No Ra! :D

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I totally did too! And, was wondering if this is a cross-cultural thing... But yeah, WC is no SRK!

(PS. It's so fun to meet this 'set' of K-drama fans that also follow Bollywood pop culture!)

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ommgggggg....im gonna die waiting for next episode. ...i loooooveee this show...

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If I'm gonna die, I hope with that "shit-eating grin" in my face...that will be a happy death...I want to have flashbacks hyun suk's "shit-eating grin" on my deathbed.lol

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I really don't want anything unbecoming to happen to Woo-Chul that would jeopardise Nora or Min-Soo. They truly don't deserved to be publically embarrassed by him or have to live with the stigma of any scandal from him. Korean society places a lot of emphasis on the right connections and I do not want to see Nora's and Min-Soo's futures tainted by this silly nonsensical little man with the tortoise back!!!!!!

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LOL tortoise back and he is even slow at picking up the situation like a tortoise. Setting up a love triangle when he has already lost ha ha

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For a moment, I thought he froze his back while trying to 'seduce' Nora with that pose haha! Man, that would be so hilarious.

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Same here.

And also that revenge doesn't feel so good, since he fell not completely of his own doing but because of someone else's manipulation.

And really! I held back judgement regarding the "thinks he possess capabilities beyond his actual abilities" part of his Narcissism Disorder because, you know, who am I to judge... but... regarding his handling of that bribery case... one for stupidity, none for WooChul.

Duuuuude! You cannot think? You didn't even do it, so if you'd played your cards right (and were devious enough), you'd even be able to sue her and get recompense money and recognition and sympathy (impact!) from your fellow colleagues and (future-)bosses. Tsk tsk... Kim WooChul.

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Hm... but not now though. They're both too fresh out of their former-relationships. ("relationship" it is in SangYe's case.)

By the way, does no one think it unethical that a teacher is chasing after his student? I mean, I know HyeonSeok knew her as a friend first and Nora still sees him as a friend foremost but... they technically shouldn't start anything until she's graduated... or he's left the school... right?

I think I'm hearing an uproar headed towards me, so bye! *runs away* :P

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Lol. I'll run after you...I don't want to wait four years...but yes, you are right...but no, they waited enough...they are the exception to the rule!

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OMG I am so glad that I am not the only one who has thought about this! That will be season 2--- Back to Twenty: How to totally date your professor. I don't think it should even be a point of contention in this case--this isn't a 38 year old man going out with an 18 year old freshman, this is two fully realized adults who grew up with each other and found each other again after many years. But generally, it's only if the student is in the teachers class. As the semester is ending, they have nothing to keep them back because she will no longer be a student in his class. (I only know this because a friend of mine in college (age 21) dated the freshman English prof (age 27) and the school had no issue with it because she wasn't a student of his, so no one could say it was for grades or anything. Of course that is the states which is an entirely different culture.)
I am so glad I actually watched this drama instead of just reading the recaps, it has been so totally worth it!
GO HA NORA GET YOUR MAN GIRL! ER. woman. >.>

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Oh my Godddd, that moment when Hyun seok put No Ra's head on his chest, and gave her porridge and medicine, I want it!!!!!
Lee Sang Yoon, he kills me two times already,.. First, in Liar Game, Now in Twenty Again...
I am so thankfull that Hyun seok didn't force No Ra to admit her love to him, he is the coolest Prof in dramaland!!!!

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I died and squealed and kicked my feet up in the air while in bed when CHS made that little revelation of HNR possibly liking him back! HUHUHU that smile killed me.

And that playground confession! And how HNR hiccuped in an otherwise serious moment! Heeeeeee. I'm gonna miss this show so much!

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Oh, his dimples~ *swoon*

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Love, love this show! Choi Ji Woo and Lee Sang Yoon, daebak! So unfair that you two still look cute and adorable...How come? Lol.... I will be sad when this drama ends.....just wondering what hiccup means in k-drama land...did HAnora just admit that she like hyun suk too? Ah, this drama is so gooood!

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The only hiccup trope I remember is Jae-Shin/Geol-ho hiccuping when he 'encounters' girls... in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. That was funny too! For a whole different reason, of course.

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I found it extremely fitting that the ending scene was at a playground--definitely hit the nail on the head about it perfectly portraying their maturity level surrounding their feelings ? At least Hyun-seok was that forward enough to basically have No-ra confront what in the world that weird tingly fluttering was in her heart--heehee ? Love loveee all the screen caps where Hyun-seok is teasing No-ra -- I'm seriously contemplating merging them with all his dimply grin pics to make my background wallpaper!!! ?

In all seriousness though, I'm glad that No-ra is discovering herself, free at last from that egotistical bastard! But man oh man, how self-centered (and delusional!!) must he be to consider their divorce the restart to their new relationship?? Don't get ahead of yourself, buddy...and get your head out of your ass ? I knew that supposed "considerate" Woo-chul was temporary, though...and next week, he'll be losing more than everything he's already lost so far. The downfall he so rightly deserves, just sayin'.

Yi-jin is quite the peculiar character. So it insults her so madly that No-ra told her to keep Woo-chul (as if he's leftovers, which he really is) so much so that the two break up over it...then she initiates this rumor in the hopes of having him running back to her in utter forgiveness and begging for her help in getting out of the mess?? What a self centered woman who so rightly deserves his egotistical ass! ?

I've always found the Min-soo/Hye-mi pairing boring and annoying. So reading some of the comments in previous recaps about how Min-soo is basically in a controlling relationship a la Mom and Dad was quite interesting. Glad that they finally broke up, but wondering when it'll be revealed to her that No-ra wasn't just a sunbae but Min-soo's mom? I wanted to see her reaction! (And also Soon-nam's and Seung-hyun's too!) Also, with Sang-ye being introduced into No-ra's home -- possibly new love interest for Min-soo...? ?

So so sad that next week is finale week already ??

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My mind thinks that it makes sense that the production would want to use Minsoo/Hyemi as a younger reflection of Nora/Woochul, but I don't buy it.

For one, Minsoo is nowhere near as bad as Woochul. Sure he's still influenced by his dad's words and teachings, but he wants to study and be successful so that he can help mom and not be a burden to her. He's already very mature and would never do the underhanded things that Woochul does.

Hyemi is also unlike Nora in that all she wants to do is go partying. Although Nora missed much of her academic life, her dream to dance was an honest goal. Hyemi's not wrong in that Minsoo should find some way to de-stress when he needs it, but her way of forcing him to abide by her plans without thinking of/consulting him is very annoying.

Honestly I don't know where they're going with Minsoo's love life, but I'll be very happy if he doesn't end up with Hyemi.

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I was thinking it was the opposite: Hye Mi is like Woo Chul in that she is very self-obsessed, shallow, and tells lies quite easily (remember her passing off No Ra's food as her own). Min Soo is like his mom in that he is struggling to find himself and this struggle makes relationships more difficult because he wants to be both loving and giving and also responsible.

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HS and nora face other people as adults and become so childish when it comes to each (man they are so childish in such a cute way) .if nora wants to relive her past time she has to be with HS because somewhere from the time nora left HS time was also frozen.
Playground is the best place for these kids confession .
Please nora remember the time when your with HS back and may be time capsule will be useful .
Can we have those hiccups stoped by a kiss ya i know its not going to happen but still...

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Adored the nora and hyun seok scenes.

And it's BEYOND obvious at least imo that nora never loved woo chul. Because if she had she would recognize the feelings she is feeling now whenever she is around hyun seok.

Also anytime a man takes care of you when you're sick, you know you have a good man. Can any of us picture woo chul caring for nora like that? I think not!

And how delusional is he to actually think he still has a shot? What a weasel he is for selling that property that is suppose to go to nora in the divorce settlement. He is also an idiot for giving into the blackmail.

But I can't really get mad at yi jin for her actions because the way he threw her over was so messed up.

I'm also glad hyun seok called nora out on her feelings and admitted his as well.

Can't wait to see how the last two episodes pan out. But I suspect karma is going to keep coming for woo chul and he will end up with nothing.

As for min soo and his girlfriend, I could care less about them and I'm so glad we don't have to see anymore scenes with them.

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Thanks Girlfriday!

I just about died many times in this episode because of Hyun-seok! Yes, feeding Nora is the highlight of it all so that screencap is so fitting for this episode! Can he be any sweeter? I love the teasing, so cute, but the last scene, starting with the "I need you" bit, I was like Omo, he's not talking about work is it? Then "it's because you like me", Omo, then followed by "what if I like you too", omo, omo, I needed some smelling salts, lol!

Woo-chul is still aggravating. If he thinks himself smart, he should have sought the help of the cops than give in with a blackmailer and sell the property he promised Nora. But anyway, I don't care what happens to him. I know he's in big trouble right now and that's only his own doing.

I'm glad Min-soo was able to break up with Hye-mi, my goodness. The girl just goes to school to have a picnic and I'm glad Min-soo is made of better stuff and is starting to be mature. I am glad he's very supportive of his mother. Sang-ye was a surprise. The evil things you can do because of jealousy...although I feel sorry for her when she's been found out.

I hope the next two episodes will be about these two going steady and I don't mind going all the way to the altar. I wonder what Nora's group will present in their project...I'm pretty sure it will be from Nora's life. Goodness, these two have lots of catching up to do!

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If there is one thing you can tell about this writer is that this drama is a labor of love for her. So well written. I will, therefore, forgive her for the 49 Days ending which I hated so much. She is officially off the shit list.

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It's the same writer from 49Ds? I too absolutely hated that ending and therefore the writer.
Does this mean we've to hold our breath till the end? It ain't over till it's over?

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The writing has been very very good .... except maybe the last two eps.

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Agreed. Very good ep. 1-12. Ep 13, 14 less so.

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I was ok with 49 Days. I thought it was consistent albeit not happy at the end. I felt it was a very fulfilling story. And just because you have a KDrama that does that one in ten or twenty times it means, at least for me, that I never assume a KDrama will actually end well. It keeps the suspense up.

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I'm with the rest of you, where can I get a Cha Hyun-seok? I think all the women in Korea swooned when he spoon-fed No-ra the porridge and medicine.

I can understand the wrist-grabbing, as annoying of a trope that is around here, because he's afraid and frustrated that he'll lose her a second time, so it's more of a frantic grab. The love confession that came out of it was worth it. I mean, it doesn't get more direct than that. "I know you like me, and I like you too. We're both about to get what we want, so what do you want to do?" He's still a gentleman even though he probably just want to grab onto her.

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I love this episode so much. I love how well the characters were written and how the actors portray it (except for one). I felt Ha No-ra's pain when she realized she was lied to by KWC and when she was sick missing her Halmoni.

Cha Hyun-seok's smirk when he realized that Ha No-ra likes him is gold (LOL).

I still don't get Hye-mi's, IDK, must be the actress, I'm sure the writers were trying to do illustrate something but I still don't know... I'm sorry...

Thanks, DB!!!

P.S - I don't regularly comment after watching and reading but 20A made me do it. :D

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Thanks GF!

I was so touched by No Ra 'reading' the drawings which were messages to and from halmonie. I cried when halmonie's message was that there was money in the rice pot for her to buy ice-cream.

I was so amused by of all people, Yi Jin and Woo Chul. Those 2 delusional people gave us a couple of great imagined scenes, both of which I'd like to have happened in reality. I knew Woo Chul would get his comeuppance, but I did not expect Yi Jin's revenge to be quite so deceitful. Seems like she was delusional in expecting him to come crawling back to her, and that backfired but it really backfired more on him because now he's caught really giving blackmail money away. No matter what he does, in the end (except for his Professorship), he has done it ineptly. Ultimately although Yi Jin started the latest ball rolling, no one really needs to bother to take him down, since he does it so well all by himself. :)

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If there is a kiss , my bet would be right after they open their time capsules. Please PD give them some skinship scenes, i mean this poor guy has 20 yrs of pent up passion and sexual tension for NR. Thus, The kiss must be a passionate one, ARASO!!

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agreed!!!! it would be funny if it turns our our dimpled manchild is a virgin! that means time for nora to tease him.. kekkekekkeke

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I said a couple eps back that he has been celibate for 20 years! 21 to be exact, cos Min Soo is 20. Poor baby!

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If we're using MinSoo as a benchmark then I'm pretty sure he's been celibate all 38 years of his life. Unless you imagine him having underage sex. eek.

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I'd be very surprised! Did he really explicitly said so? Not even a few flings? Poor thing.

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He told Sangye “Don’t approach me. If I’m not interested, I won’t be until the end. To me, you’re not a woman.”
“Finding lost times” is applicable to HS too, while most of us keep thinking its just HR who losts 20 yrs.
Let HS have his well-deserved fun teasing the panicky NR, having endured not 20 days nor 20 months, but 20 years of hopeless wandering in his hidden-desert void of true love (which is the very essence most theatre themes celebrate of). It’s something he will not allowed himself to enjoy: namely flirting with other girls, which we believed he didn’t. So, even the liberty of teasing a woman was never allowed by himself, as every woman that worked around him are just temp-co-workers. If I am Sangye, I wish to meet someone like HS which respect me. What DongChul said about HS so “selfish” in keeping sangye for himself all these years while knowing her feeling not true. Right from the start, he knew Sangye growing feeling, but he didn’t stop her, why? Because all these feelings will come to pass, you can’t control how it start, but you can control your present to recognise the needs to suppress it till it become a precious memories in the future. This memory will help Sangye in her theatre’s works in the future when she has overcome. While he didn’t ask her to leave, I applause him for it, that he don’t find the easy way out to rid someone who you don’t like, but like you. He allows her to be around is not selfish, but he knows she need his tutelage, what she needs to do is focus on the coming debut. As he kept indirectly mentioned she will be independent upon making her virgin debut. She was treated with chivalry all the times, not flirtation, no hints that he might be touched by her sincerity in the end and be fallen for her. He simply gives no hope. Any unrequited love if handled by HS’s real gentleman way, will end up as a more beautiful past memories in her own Treasure Box. Even though hers is also unrequited love, but Sangye is not HS yet. HS quietly secretly love HNR on his own, just like SY love HS on her own. But HNR was really the ONLY ONE who discovered his talent, and encourage him to fly, and believe in him when everyone doesn’t. HS didn’t expect anything from HNR since she was married, the fact that he is still keeping both the Treasure Box and the Granny’s shop shows outwardly he was grudging, but inwardly he remembers her dearly, and chose to live his life in celibacy for her, at least he has no intention to start anything for 20 years with anyone. HS’s unrequited love is the Best of it’s kind, and lasted 20 yrs. i believed he remain chaste for 20 yrs.
“the Future is not determined by past experiences, its what you do with those experiences that determines the future.” The book that HS gave NR said that. So Sangye present painful experiences will one day be a past experience, if handled correctly not grudgingly by her, will determines her future direction, lead her to treasure who she finally fall in love with, or...

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(continue...)
remember HS was so bitter toward how you interpret first love, while he joked and let students take his photos.. i don't think he will do anything crossing the borderlines.
So Sangye present painful experiences will one day be a past experience, if handled correctly not grudgingly by her, will determines her future direction, lead her to treasure who she finally fall in love with, or help her to be a Great Producer.

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Thanks, always feel pleased with your comments as if you were the writer !

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vietngo dear.
i am treading on KD "holygrounds" where KD pundits and sage ride the sky (sites). am just rantings.

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I have this inkling that Hyun Seok's biggest theater production that he is currently preparing will involve Nora in a big part. She had already been the one who suggested the theme " Finding Lost Time" .. which actually said all about her... and maybe she'll get to take part in the acting too?

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@ Tien

I did have a similar thought... actually previously that maybe she'd end up somehow in it. However the title and theme are so appropriate for her too. She too has woken up from a 20-year 'coma' and is now blessing the lives of others while finding her self again. Love that theme! :)

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Yes, I agree too.
She too, came out of a 20 year coma. They are still looking for a last actor...hopefully, Nora will be the one.

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yeh, she will be wasted by just being a play-school dance instructor, given that her talent was dancing.
"Finding Lost Time" was referring to HS too.
his was frozen at the Time Capsule, still frozen until she rememebers, not just loved him.
he can only find his lost time, if Nora find hers , with him.

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Oooh.... I forgot one thing. Min soo and Hye Mi broke up??? HALLEE-FREAKING-LUYAAAH!!!!!!! Now good riddance Hyemi!!!! Go partying till you drop!

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It's Good riddance for Min Soo too. Now he can go do what he thinks is right for him instead of being led by the nose to party when he knows he's better things to do.

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IKR.... they totally and definitely have different priorities. Just can't see the day they're on the same page.

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I think it was good he went out clubbing a few times, he needed to loosen up a bit. But I respect that he knew he had done a bit too much and wanted to resume focusing on his studies.

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I feel that the 2 may get back together in the next 2 episodes.... With the help of No Ra.
I hope Hye Mi can be more serious in her studies, and MS is a very good role model to look up to. However, I also hope that MS can take a break from his studies - the way he has been studying scared me a little. As in, university isn't all about studying you know. There are clubs and camps to attend, and friends to make!!! Being too hard on oneself with results is counterproductive too.... Of course, one has to find a good balance, which i believe, many students including me are struggling with hahas.

For example, regarding the overnight trip HM suggested - they shouldn't leave during term time. Maybe during the holidays?

And regarding the contract MS had with dad - i think it is invalid now since the dad has left them.

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I agree that the writer is probably trying to mirror Nora and WC relationship with that of HM and Min Soo. But it's not what's coming out.

I understand that HM wants to spend her college years with the YOLO mindset. I'm not saying she's wrong.

But MinSoo prioritizing his studies isn't wrong either.

What irks me about Hye Mi is that she insists that Min Soo should adopt to her ways. When she asked him to chose between studies and her, I was like, NO WAY!

Theybare clearly not fir each other. Relationships DO need a bit of compromise. It's not totally giving up yourself like what happened to Nora but somehow you have to bend at some point. Like for Hye Mi and Min Soo, perhaps they could have agreed to go out every Friday and spend Saturdays together. Min Soo can focus on his studies during the weekedays and Hye Mi can party every night with her girlfriends if she wants. I mean, why does it have to be one or the other? That's exactly the problem with Woo Chul and Nora. Nora had to give up herself for the sake of Woo Chul. And that's just wrong.

I really hope Min Soo and Hye Mi's break up is for reals. Please, Show. It's for their own good.

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Indeed, Min Soo and Hye Mi seem to be a mirror for No Ra's failed marriage, but showing the opposite side: when no one is willing to bend a tiny bit for the sake of the couple. The comparison is interesting and I wonder if they will learn something and if they will try again, or maybe Min Soo decides to date someone more similar to him...

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I know WC is a jerk but what to do??? he is funny !!! :D

The actress who played Sang Ye is really pretty :) and Lee Sung Yoon has been called Ha Woo Jin after Liar Game but after 20 Again, many people will remember him as Cha Hyun Seok :)

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WC has sold the store from under Nora's nose! Her bestie cautioned her to transfer property rights soon as possible. Nora said WC was trustworthy as far as that's concerned. Trustworthy my foot.

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Huh??? Ya I know WC is not a good person , I just told his reactions are funny like when he tried to show his back to No Ra :P

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Np disagreement with you. Just adding a complaint of his action.
He is funny, most of the time, but not funny when it comes to selling the store that rightfully belongs to Nora now. Right?

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Okayyyy.... Not always, I just wanted to say the show portray WC and YJ as evil but in a funny way, it is not something I see often even in romcom, they are always just evil, just my view

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The actress who played Sang Ye also became Lee Sang Yoon's aide in Liar Game, right?? She was a journalist or something like that who helped Ha Woo Jin finding out information about Kang Do Young. Funny how the actress ended up being Lee Sang Yoon's assistant for two dramas in row. She is definitely a lucky girl... being able to see those dimples from time to time. Even Kim So Eun adn Choi Ji Woo weren't as lucky as her.

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Yes! I like that i am not the only one who noticed that hahas! She had long hair during LG.

I believe the production team recognised their chemistry in LG (they had much fewer scenes as compared to this drama) and hence, cast them together again.

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Yes!! WC isn't SRK, thank goodness!

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I'm likely the only person who finds this ep strangely unsatisfying, as much as I've loved every ep of this show, and how I've wanted Nora to love HS too.

We've all been wondering if Nora had any feelings for HS in hi school. Acc to this ep, I suppose the answer is No. Now all of a sudden she does. Why? Becos she is about to get a divorce? Sure he looks great in a suit, and she has eyes. But did she not have eyes before this? And HS has always been most caring towards her. Instead of squeeing, I'm left scratching my head. I don't get where the suddenly awakened feelings are coming from, except that the writer says so.

We all want WC to get what he deserves. I'd prefer that it is the natural consequence of sthg shady he has done, rather than the mechanization of sb who hates him. Yi Jin has the right to exact her lb of flesh, but then I haven't seen any evidence of her 'evilness' before this. So again, her setting him up doesn't seem organic.

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@ KDaddict?JCW

I'm also on board with you. In the last two episodes, although I still liked them, I sort of lost the buzz of excitement that I had. Perhaps last episode we had characters having realizations and then nothing much, as if there was a consolidation going on in thinking and waiting. This episode was better in that we had Woo Chul, Yi Jin and Hyun Seok all taking action, and there was sweet and cute thrown in. I also felt that besides the sudden evilness of Yi Jin, even the pettiness of Sang Ye was, sudden and uncalled for.

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I thought SangYe's arc was reasonable though. There always comes a point in such one-sided loves where the love overwhelms and becomes indignation that's too hard to bear alone. It's that classic "so close yet so far" frustration that broke SangYe's dam and resulted her in being petty that one instance.

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From the start I didn't think nora felt more than friends with HS in past may be if he had confessed she could have known that angle but lets face it HS was very secret about it and nora wouldn't have fallen for WC delusion if she felt something for HS.

She fell for him after seeing him care for her so much and also confirming that he did not pity her . She never felt these feelings for 38 years and didn't know how to react and I don't have any complaints.

As for Sang Ye she waited with a hope that HS would see her that way someday but when she saw it falling apart she had to react somehow and his words let's prepare for your debut was enough to break her. HS and sang ye have relationship in which they can figure out what the other is thinking just by seeing their action.

Her confession in front of nora was enough for nora to know her feelings that somewhere in middle of HS caring she has fallen for him.

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' HS and sang ye have relationship in which they can figure out what the other is thinking just by seeing their action.' - yeap, I am quite sure that HS is aware of SY's feelings for him. They see each other everyday both off work and during work. If SY is the kind that spills the bean when she is drunk, it is highly likely that she had spilled the beans before in the past, which parallels with her conversation with Dong Chul a few episodes back.

I think HS does not raise it up to her and does not react to her feelings as such things are better to be not spoken to protect their current relationship.

I think NR will use SY's feelings for HS as an excuse to avoid her feelings for HS.

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regarding how HS reacted to SY's affection. of cause HS knew, but he also knows very well that the more important issue (before NoRa appears) was grooming her. he was very clear right in the beginning that she should not grew any hope that times will change anything between them: he said himself "Don’t approach me. If I’m not interested, I won’t be until the end. To me, you’re not a woman.” i don't believe that Sangye is the only female assistants he ever have, 20 yrs span, Writer may be using Sangye as a mirror to show what kinds of relationship allows himself for that 20 yrs. if he is the normal KD hunk, the self-ish kind will cut her off to go find another Master to learn from, and ask her to leave once he felt the burdens. but HS being the gentleman he is, instead of confront her telling her he has no interest, or show some noble idiocy of comforting her, he instead hint by saying her debut will be the NEXT urgent thing after the present. he knew where her "petty betrayal" comes from, that's why he didn't approach her or rebutted her. IF SangYe can overcome, she will remembers all these anguish and turn it into energy to success, and produce awesome plays in future. this, HS should be wanting to see thru.

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susan, you said "She never felt these feelings for 38 years and didn’t know how to react". that was precisely the point, for 20years i believe what she felt for Minsoo, is love as a mom, but what keep her going for WC is plain responsibility as a wife. Feeling of liking (not as deep as Love) between two can be generate thru years, provided if both start communicate.
but NR was so used to her void of passion and take it as a norm, right after she realisation when Minsoo was born, WC interest also vanished. remembered what she said to Yoon Young at ep 1, "do you know anything about married couples? On the surface, they may all look the same eating together, having sex which happens less frequently over time. They talked about their children, and watched TV.” see, i believe the "having s**" started to cut down when WC lost interest in her, hiding her confined as Minsoo's "nanny".
and to think that she think this is nothing wrong, is so damn wretched ! such a person, will think herself undeserving a new relationship. Not just because HS is renowned, he's handsome, he's well-off, he's surrounded by many young pretty things, and top the icing, Sangye which should be the Right Hand assistant that aid his career. so, she will snuff off any thoughts.

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I agree, I so loved ep 1-12, but somehow ep 13 and 14 did not excite me that much. I thought ep 12 had moved too quickly with Hyun Suk confessing his love, but it took 2 episodes more to reach to reach a confession that doesn't sound like a confession. - What if I say I like you? or something like that.