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Sassy Go Go: Episode 12 (Final)

That picture there? That’s how I feel about this show being over. It’s an hour that hurtles by, meting out feels, poetic justice, and ignominious ends as necessary. But most importantly, we’re allowed to say goodbye to the team we’ve come to love, knowing that we’ve left them happier than we found them.

And so, for the last time: Go go!

FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Yeol confronts Ha-joon, angrily asking if Yeon-doo is the reason he quit cheerleading. He accuses him of running away like a coward. Provoked, Ha-joon asks, so what if it is? What’s he supposed to do after watching Yeol save her, after he told him that for the first time, he liked a girl?

Yeol cries that he should have told him. “And if I did, what would it change?” Ha-joon asks. Since Yeol can’t stop now, he needn’t concern himself with Ha-joon.

In an empty classroom, Ha-joon rampages like a caged beast. He throws a fist at the mirror, smashing it.

Yeon-doo catches him on the way back to the dorms, and she asks him why he quit. She notices his bloody hand. Taking it, she asks if it doesn’t hurt. “I got hurt, so how could I not be in pain?” he asks, shaking her off. This time, he tells her to stay right there and not follow him.

That night, neither boy sleeps. They remain awkward the next day. At the lunch bell, Ha-joon leaves first and Yeol looks forlornly after him. When Yeon-doo comes to collect him for their rooftop date, he tells her he can’t eat with her today.

He finds Ha-joon hiding out in the auditorium, and sits by him. Yeol says that he tried not to concern himself with him, but no matter which way he thought about it, he can’t stop with Yeon-doo, “But Ha-joon-ah, I can’t lose you either.”

Ha-joon assures him that he’ll clean up his feelings, it’s not a big deal, but Yeol asks, “If my heart is like this, then what about yours?” He suggests they give each other some time.

Ha-joon gets a call from his dad. He confirms he’s quit cheerleading and reminds Dad to keep his promise not to dismantle the club. Dad tells him to keep his head down since things are going to get noisy at school for a bit.

Dad takes tea with Chairman Lee, the head of the school board, and finds out the Ministry inspection will be this week, so it’s good he pulled Ha-joon from the club. The chairman sneaked the evidence to the Ministry, to prove the club is a spec-building ploy. The men chuckle over the club’s imminent demise, pleased it deflects attention from their activities.

Soo-ah mops the halls, and it upsets her mom to see her like that. She’s here to visit the principal, and Soo-ah, far lighter than we’ve ever seen her, tells Mom that she’s doing well both with her studies, and with her friends. So she hopes Mom won’t come to school or meet with the principal so much, and let her graduate without incident. Mom leaves disgruntled.

Mom’s heard about the Ministry investigation, and tells Principal Choi that they’re in the same boat. But she assures her that she’s disposed of the evidence of their spec-building, and convinced the other moms to support her story. Choi is impressed.

But it all goes south for them in the hearing, where the other moms hang them out to dry. They insist they opposed the club when they found out what Mom and Choi were doing, and even invite the committee to examine the CCTV to prove it. Addressing Choi and Soo-ah’s mom, the inspector asks if it’s true that the club was established upon receiving certain donations, since he noticed the coinciding dates.

The team cheer each other as they successfully run through their routine. Tae-pyung excitedly asks if they even have a chance of placing first. Everyone good-naturedly jeers when Instructor Nam says second.

But they’re dismayed to find the internet alight with the spec-building scandal, targeting their club. Da-mi bursts in with bad news, and they find a notice posted at school of the team’s disbandment, reinstating the original clubs, Baek Ho and Real King.

Hyo-shik scoffs at Real King being “saved” like this, and Tae-pyung wails that it means they can’t compete at regionals. Soo-ah realizes it’s because of the Ministry investigation a few days ago, and Teacher Yang goes to find out what’s happening.

Soo-ah calls her mom, who reassures her that she’ll take care of everything — she’s not going down so easily. But after she hangs up, she clutches a summons letter in worry.

Teacher Im helps Principal Choi pack up her belongings. Wait, what, did she get fired? She snaps at him to get lost, but he dithers apologetically (but so not, haha), explaining that Chairman Lee actually appointed him as interim principal. She becomes convinced he’s the one who snitched on them to the Ministry.

Teacher Yang and Instructor Nam arrive, demanding to know why the club was disbanded. Choi snarls about that damn club, and Im quietly explains that she just got fired for using it to inflate specs. Nam has no sympathy: What about the kids, who just lost everything they worked for because of her? But Im points out that the (ex-)principal is no longer in a position to take responsibility.

It turns out that Instructor Nam lost her job, too. Over drinks, Teacher Yang asks if she isn’t angry about it. He confides that he’s grateful to her, seeing the kids who only knew studying and attainment transformed by cheerleading. It moved him to watch them squabbling, laughing and crying together. Nam beams that the kids did that all by themselves. But she’s worried about how disappointed they’ll be not to compete, and both teachers sigh heavily.

With a heavy heart, Teacher Yang announces to the team that Instructor Nam is leaving them. It’s a decision that came down from the Ministry, so there’s nothing they can do, even if regionals are only days away.

Instructor Nam remains chipper, and tells them to forget all their hard moves and hold onto the happy memories. She promises to cherish her memories of every moment with them, too. She reminds them again, what cheerleading is: sincerely cheering on someone whom you want to give strength, “Most of all, cheer each other on a lot.”

She refuses to do a tacky farewell, and sails out with a breezy wave, leaving everyone in silent tears. A moment later, Yang and the kids pour out of the room and call after her, a chorus of thank-yous.

Ha-joon sees the disbandment notice for the first time, and heads straight to his Dad. He bursts in after overhearing him celebrating the club’s dissolution on the phone with Chairman Lee.

With increasing distress, Ha-joon asks if he really was behind it, when he knew how he felt about it. Dad sneers that it would have happened anyway, and orders him the hell back to school before he pulps him. Fatherly love.

Ha-joon tells Dad he didn’t trust him anyway, but he thought that if he left the club, he could at least protect it and his friends. So how could he do this? Dad insists it was all to protect him, but Ha-joon contradicts him and asks if it wasn’t because he was afraid his own corruption would be found out. Dad erupts in a rage, and slaps his son around the head. Something changes in Ha-joon’s eyes, as he stares down at the man.

Yeon-doo asks Yeol if being eighteen is hard like this for everyone. Yeol agrees that no sooner do they solve one problem, when another arises. She thought it would be enough to do what her heart told her, she says, but Yeol doesn’t have any answers either.

The team try to figure out what they can do, but even the Baek Ho parents have no clout in overturning a decision made by the Ministry. Moreover, they’ve warned the kids away from even mentioning cheerleading. Yeol nods — showing themselves at regionals now would only associate them with the scandal.

Yeon-doo speaks of how cheerleading was forced on them but they grew to love it, and care about each other. It’s upsetting that it’s taken away as abruptly. She understands how they feel, and tells them to take a few days to think.

In class, Yeol and Yeon-doo both gaze at Ha-joon’s empty desk. Teacher Yang tells them that Dad called him in sick so he’ll be at home for a few days. Knowing his ways, the pair worry.

Ha-joon finds himself locked into his room. Earlier, Dad took his phone away and ordered him to stay at home, worried he’d make trouble. He tells him he’s arranging for him to study abroad — maybe broadening his horizons will cure his weak-heartedness, Dad barks.

The doorbell chimes and he hears the housekeeper say he’s not at home. Outside, Yeol argues with her over the intercom, and flustered, she blows him off.

Yeol presents himself to Ha-joon’s dad, hoping to visit him, and tells him Ha-joon’s needed at school. Displeased that it’s about cheerleading, Dad says Ha-joon’s already quit, and Yeol is surprised he knows about it. But he positively reels when he learns that Ha-joon quit under Dad’s orders.

Gathering his composure, he tells Dad to stop hitting Ha-joon, “Even as a parent, you don’t have the right to abuse your child. That…is not love.”

Yeon-doo trudges out of the dorm. Soo-ah joins her, and asks why she’s not trying to talk everyone into going to the competition secretly, like her old self. She even offers to help convince the others. Yeon-doo sighs that her old self was more impetuous, but now she’s worried about the others getting hurt. Soo-ah tells her to take her time: “But Kang Yeon-doo. Don’t give up. Don’t run away, either.”

Regionals are tomorrow, and the team hold another summit. Yeon-doo tells them that she wants to be there with all of them, but it’s their choice whether they come or not. She’ll wait for them at the venue tomorrow morning, and warns them not to hold it against those who choose not to come.

In private, Yeol notes that even if one of them doesn’t show, it’ll be tough for them to perform. She knows, but it was the best she could think of. She hopes the team’s happy memories of the last few months bear out over their struggles. But what about Ha-joon? Yeol assures her that he’ll bring him.

Later, Yeol sidles past the eagle-eyed teacher to sneak out of the dorm, and starts when Yeon-doo catches him — she wants in on the rescue. I don’t know why watching a big guy like Yeol be stealthy is lolarious, but it is. He’s so big!

In the basement of Ha-joon’s building, they wait until they see his parents leave for their morning golf. They slip inside, and Yeon-doo activates the fire alarm. In his locked room, Ha-joon hears it, and pounds at his door to be let out.

Yeol pops out at him at the building entrance, and grinning like crazy, both boys run for it. The dismayed housekeeper immediately reports to Ha-joon’s dad.

The three of them nearly make it to the venue, when Ha-joon suddenly halts. Yeol follows his line of sight to a car. Ha-joon sends them on ahead — he has something to take care of. Yeol tells Yeon-doo that it was Ha-joon’s father’s car. He holds her back from going to him, saying it’s something Ha-joon has to do by himself. He really likes the Kang Yeon-doo who would do anything for her friends, he says, “But right now, let’s trust Ha-joon and wait.”

Ha-joon looks his father in the eye and refuses to go back: He intends to cheerlead with his friends here today. He catches Dad’s raised hand mid-strike, and tells him he won’t be beaten any longer. Pushing up his sleeves, he shows Dad his cutting scars — the evidence of his own self-hatred, the result of his feelings of worthlessness that came from being Dad’s punching bag. But he’s not going to hate himself anymore, he says.

He tells Dad to do his worst, “I’m not afraid of you anymore.” Back straight, he walks away, at last impervious to Dad’s barks. I’m bursting with pride for Ha-joonie right now.

When the three arrive at the competition hall, there’s no sign of the rest of the team. Yeon-doo deflates, just as they rush in — they were in the wrong place. Excited to be there, they fire each other up to go for the win.

But bad news: At the admin desk, they’re told Sevit isn’t allowed to take part, since the school cancelled their entry. The fastidious clerk holds fast to the rules despite their entreaties, but a voice cuts in telling him to let them do it. It’s Instructor Nam!

She struts up importantly, and tells him they’re with her. The kids are totally impressed, but the clerk totally is not. His “and what?” response is killing me. Still blagging, she sends the kids in to get ready, but the second they’re out of sight, she sinks to her knees and starts begging.

But there’s more bad news. They watch the reigning champions perform, and realize how outclassed they are. But Yeon-doo rallies them — did they come to win? Eyes bright, she points out how every single one of them made it here today, “Don’t be disheartened and let’s have fun!” They have a team hand-stack, and cheer themselves on.

When they’re announced, the room fills with whispers and they almost lose their nerve. They hold hands to form a chain and bow low to the audience. Teacher Yang shouts out to them that whatever anyone else says, they’re the best. The teachers’ support gives them the boost they need.

Their routine is humble compared to their competitors, but no one’s grins are wider or more infectious. They finish to cheers. Pulling out their signature move, they each hold up a letter to form the message, “I’m cheering on the me of today!”

Instructor Nam wells with pride, and Yang envelopes her in a bear-hug. The camera lingers a moment on every team member, and in voiceover, Yeon-doo says they should remember this — the passionate and painful time of being eighteen. When she stumbles again, makes mistakes and gets hurt, she won’t regret it, because they did their best for the sake of their happiness today.

Now back at school, the team relive their glory…until they’re brought down to earth by others students scoffing at them for placing last. But it’s not long before they fall about laughing at themselves.

Ha-joon welcomes Yeon-doo to share a giant bucket of gummy bears with him. She notices he’s even eating the green ones now. He places a red and a green one next to each other, and Yeon-doo asks if they’re close.

Ha-joon smiles that the red bear didn’t like the green bear at first — it was too noisy and meddlesome. But it slowly got closer, and whenever the red bear was hurt, cheered it up and brought it plasters. And so it came to like the green bear, learning how to love even while in pain. The red bear wants the green bear to know that he’s grateful. He smiles at her, and she smiles back, eyes full.

Yeol finds Ha-joon lying on the stage in the auditorium again. He throws himself down beside him, laughing that they’ll get locked out again. Ha-joon retorts that he’ll just snuggle here with him, then. They can’t stop giggling and I think I’m going to die of feels.

The conclusion begins, and Yeon-doo relates that Ha-joon’s father had a restraining order filed against him, and is receiving treatment. Soo-ah’s mom is under investigation for spec-related corruption, but Soo-ah talks to her all the time. She sends mom a video message to cheer up, and tells her that she’s sorry, and thankful, and she loves her. Mom’s eyes shine with a real smile. At school, Teacher Im’s reign as principal was a mere three days before a new principal was appointed.

And as for them? They went back to how they were — Baek Ho still the school’s top five percenters, and Real King the bottom-of-the-pack misfits. They face off in their old battle lines, tense, until Yeol crinkles into a smile, “I’m hungry, let’s go eat!” The lines melt away as they attack each other with hugs.

Yeon-doo narrates that if one thing changed, it’s that they found friends they would do anything with. Teacher Yang comes by with Instructor Nam, both reappointed, and teases the kids for being so attached to each other when they’re seniors now. Ooh!

Dong-jae returns to basketball. He exchanges easy high-fives with the team, and despite his cadre of fangirls, it’s Soo-ah at his side when the game is up. She swipes the strawberry milk he saved for Yeon-doo.

Which just leaves their story, Yeon-doo says. Their parents started to love again, and Yeol isn’t so against it anymore. At a family dinner, he smiles to watch them fuss over each other.

He thinks back to a car-conversation with Dad, who admits he handled his divorce badly and hurt Yeol. Dad tells him not to be in pain anymore because of him, nor close up his heart.

Yeol finds the engagement ring in the glovebox, with a note from Yeon-doo’s mom. In it, she says she respects his decision to put his son first. “And, I love you,” it finishes.

In the present, he asks his mom in the U.S. to be transferred to her family register, and is surprised to find they don’t have them (Yeol: “Then adopt me!”). Yeon-doo bounds up, wondering who he’s talking to all secretly — is he cheating on her?

Ha-joon throws his arms around both of them and tells Yeon-doo to come to him if Yeol’s cheating, and they all laugh.

The rest of the team crowd in, and Yeol cries, “Let’s go!” Arm in arm, they run forward.

COMMENTS

Ahhh. I feel content. For an ending, it’s exactly what I projected and everything I wanted. Go to regionals! Suck! Be happy!

I’ve noticed Yeol’s flashes of childishness seem to be rooted in insecurity, but discovering Ha-joon’s true reason for quitting the club burned off some of his immaturity. Initially, I found his angry reaction out of character, but Yeol’s proven to be a hot mess of insecurity where Yeon-doo is concerned. His subsequent return to frankness becomes (and often is) his saving grace. It’s a quality that lies at the heart of the boys’ friendship — that in a wolrd where they can trust no one, they’ll always be true to each other. It’s the same quality that defines Ha-joon’s relationship with Yeon-doo, and this, I think, is the reason why the easy, close friendship between the three survives — they will be ruthlessly, painfully honest with each other, and wholeheartedly trust in each other, too. That end moment, where Ha-joon jokes to Yeon-doo to come to him, warmed my heart so much, because it meant they were okay. No festering secret poisoning the three’s relationships with each other.

I was most moved by his gummy bear confession to Yeon-doo. There’s something so intensely childlike in that moment, that strips it of any romantic meaning. The way he uses the bears to tell his story, a poignant mirror of the way child abuse victims are encouraged to disclose during therapy, choked me up. He crafts his words to ask nothing from her — he doesn’t make her feel bad for not returning his feelings and I LOVE that. That he thanks her, choosing to cherish his capacity for those feelings, rather than their object, says everything you need to know about Seo Ha-joon and where his loyalties lie. To me, the best aspect of the boys’ friendship has always been their certainty in each other: For kids for whom so little in life is certain, self-sacrificing loyalty is everything.

This return to childhood also plays out in Ha-joon’s relationship with Yeol, and even with his father. With Yeol, it’s their safe-place, where they can return to the simplicity and unmarred devotion of their younger selves, and start again from there. But it’s the opposite with his father. Like Soo-ah, Ha-joon was trapped in an abuse spiral that he could only escape once the illusion of his father’s omnipotence was broken, in that crucial moment of parental betrayal. It’s particularly heartbreaking to watch marshmallow-giant Ha-joon cower, but it speaks of the power of social conditioning that makes resistance unthinkable. It also makes Dad’s end that much more satisfying, because in how many a drama do elders get a free pass when it comes to abusing kids? With a full heart, I love this drama for punishing the adults, and even making them inconsequential by serving them up inglorious ends (buh-bye Principal Choi!).

But although the battle lines between kids and adults were drawn from the outset, the show has been balanced overall — bad adults were offset by good, but above all, they were exposed as flawed and in need of correction. As Yeol’s dad says, growing older indeed does not make you grow up, but we still got adults to root for in Teacher Yang, Instructor Nam, and Yeon-doo’s mom, who exemplified sincerity and imperfection. Teacher Yang’s struggles were the most touching, with his one-man war against the system and his unfailing support of his kids. It was vital to the show that it kept the kids at the center of its narrative, and inasmuch as can be achieved in twelve episodes, our key characters were given full arcs. Dong-jae’s was less fully developed, but like many of you, I think it the wiser choice not to push N beyond his range.

At eighteen, our friends are neither quite children, nor quite adults, and this presents a set of challenges unique to their time of life. Sassy covers a lot of ground as the kids navigate the world, learning how to make friends, how to show loyalty, how to be moral and responsible, how to ask for help, and not to be ashamed to need each other. The fullness of its world is realized best and most in its small touches, like Yeon-doo borrowing Soo-ah’s jumper (“ugh as if”) after their reconciliation, or the way Yeol instinctively reaches for Yeon-doo in reassurance, or how Ha-joon and Yeol always find each other’s eyes first, even when the focus isn’t on them.

Watching Sassy reminds me of why I’ve always read YA, and what it is that makes a youth drama or book so stirring. It’s not just the intensity and the first times, but whether the story touches you remains dependent on the storyteller’s hand. Sassy respected its own story; it believed in its characters — their struggles and their conflicts, their loves and their woes — and it believed in the messages it was sending. It’s the kind of conviction that earns your trust as a viewer.

Did everything tie up neatly? Yes. Did it bother me? Not a jot. I am always going to be a sucker for the happy ending, but I’m an even bigger sucker for comeuppances (hence my unhealthy adoration for good revenge melos…). It’s a finish that brings emotional realism despite the limitations of its short run, and having to cram a lot of developments into the last few episodes. Their happiness feels earned, but measured. Their today is happy, but not because it’s perfect — their paths are still laced with uncertainties, and their victories still have to be fought for. But closing on the note it started on, we’re reminded that having friends beside you makes all the difference.

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I'm gonna miss this drama T_T

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Me, too!

Totally breaking Dramabeans Law and piggybacking on this comment (so suuuue meeeee~) to thank you guys -- everyone who's been commenting and reading the last few weeks -- for being such a great, interesting and devoted bunch -- and loving the heck out of this drama with me. Fangggssss!

(...who needs sleep anyway?)

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Hats off to you, Saya!

(...sleep is for the weak lololol.)

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Saya, you're adorable!

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Saya, you're the best, ALL the hearts and crinkly eye-smiles to you and LollyPip ♥♥♥

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You're too sweet, thank you for the great recaps! GO Saya. :D

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Same here - sorry not sorry! This show inspired SO MANY FEELS in me, and it's probably one of my favorites that I've recapped. Thanks to all the readers and commenters that made it that much more fun to write about, and to Saya for being an AWESOME recapping partner! See you at the next one ;)

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I enjoyed all the recaps you & Saya had written (and I do sometime re-read them all). Thank you so much for this amazing recaps journey! LollyPip & Saya, GO GO!

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lollypip, thanks to you too!!! enjoyed your witty recapping style a lot! :)

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Yes! While I do love this drama, I also want to say thank you to saya for your great recaps! I've grown to really love reading your recaps in particular because I find the end comments very thoughtful and insightful. Your analyses always seem to be at another level. Many thanks for joining the team! :)

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haha, you and LollyPip are the best for recapping this gem of a show. thanks guys!! <3

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Really love this drama... I even play the latest episodes over and over again while waiting for the next episode to come. Thank u so much, Saya & LollyPip for the great recaps.. love your comments ^ ^

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saya, thank you SO much for your warm and delightful to read recaps!!! it was a wonderful journey. :)

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Thank you, Saya, for such wonderful recaps and comments. I couldn't agree more with your final comments on the drama.

I was hesitant about this drama when it was first announced. Frankly, I thought it was going to be the usual 'fluff', with such a theme as cheerleading.

However, as your insightful summation identified, this drama was not only not fluff, but it accurately summed up that magical and turbulent age of 18. And, with a writer who confronted and handled each topic beautifully and realistically.

Thanks, again.

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oops, forgot to thank Lollypips . . . and everyone at Dramabeans.

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I'm an avid fan of your recaps! And sometimes I even read your recaps even after watching an Episode! that's how addicted I am to Sassy Go! Go! and how I want to check your opinion regarding each episodes!!

Keep up the Good work Dramabeans team!

Lots of love from the Philippines!! xx

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Omg me too. I just finished it and WHY DOES THE OST GET ME EVERYTIME?! Ha Joon was definitely the stand out for me (curse my secondary lead syndrome) but the entire cast was amazing even if they weren't all focused on. In the end, their friendship became the focus and this show will really be missed

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That's what you called "Great Actors" :) I think this is the main reason why the viewers are mostly attached to this drama, it's because this drama has all good and great actors, even the weak lings like Cha Hakyeon aka N (Vixx) is even a satisfy even actor, of course, he has a lot to improve, especially his expressions and such, but he's still good even for us to tolerate watching. Also, his chemistry with Eunji was as well awesome :) Their platonic relationship/friendship was one to really appreciate, it was cute hehe ^^

As for who stands out the most, I would say, they all stand out in their own ways. All of these cast are amazing actors, no words need to say about the veteran actors too, those actors are experts :) But for our young casts, the only ones that has the least distinct characters are Oon (played as Joon Soo, member of Real King) and Park Yoona (Kim Kyung Eun, another first year student in Real King), these two has the least distinct roles/characters, I wish we'd be able to see more of these two, but they seriously barely had any lines out of all the other cast. :(

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I just recently saw N in a radio broadcast (this drama has made me checked out several of A Pink and VIXX's radio broadcast appearance) and he said that he can't do things that include emotions very well so I thought his role as Ha Dong-jae is perfect here. Yeon-doo and Ha-dong are really cute together, one of the best platonic friendship for me.

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Yes lol I love Yeon Doo and Dong Jae's friendship as well. I think Dong Jae was able to emotes whenever he's with Yeon Doo, it may be because of Eun Ji's magical acting that can make N shows more emotions when he's with her. But yeah, I think he was actually okay with his character as Dong Jae, it was not really bothersome to me seeing him, the only thing I see and liked about him was his blank and innocent expressions because it was cute, but other than that, I do think he's the most weak ling among the rest of the actors in this drama, even the actors who has the least distinctive characters like Kyung Eun and Joon Soo were better than him, however, he was okay with his character and how he portrayed though :) I like it. But I think the only times he emotes was when he was with Eun Ji, I sort of see N's personality when he's with her.

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That gummy bear confession scene was easily the best scene in the whole drama.
A confession told simply, yet holds a lot of meaning.

Loved the whole Sooah & Dongjae story arc too, and how they both healed one another from their struggles.

No words needed for Eunji. She's aces everything she does.

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I loved the gummi bear confession too, because it's so well-suited to both Ha-joon and Yeon-doo (I was actually holding my breath when he said the red bear began to like the green bear).

We've seen time and again that Yeon-doo needs things to be told to her directly - Yeol hinted at his feelings for her something like three times before he finally bit the bullet and stated plainly that he liked her. And that was when she'd already fallen for him but not realised it!

With Ha-joon, we see Yeon-doo mildly surprised by the backhug last episode and wondering what it was about - but she explained it to herself as Ha-joon needing comfort because he was in pain, which was a nice callback to her and Ha-joon's hug at the end of episode 8. This confession was perfect for these two, really - indirect enough (explained via the gummi bears) for Ha-joon to not make it uncomfortable for her, but direct enough (she knows what the gummi bears stand for between them) for Yeon-doo to get it.

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So true!! And that's why I love this scene sooooo much. I was wondering if the writer will include a scene with HJ telling YD his real feelings and if so, how would it be handled? This was spot on!!!

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I know, I wasn't expecting Ha-joon to actually confess to Yeon-doo, because normally you know that would mess up the three of them.....but the way it's done, it's like this is the thing he needs to do to take the sting out of his secret and in a way, a final clearing of the air - like Saya said, nothing is left to fester if he doesn't have to hide it.

and I just had to go out and buy a pack of gummi bears in honour of this. There's a red and a green one sitting on my keyboard even as I type this comment.

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Haha that's so cute of you! I do love gummy bears. Should get a pack. Things will never be the same again when consuming red and green gummy bears. LOL

But it's true. I think if HJ had to bottle up those feelings, it would have taken longer for him to get over them, if ever. By being able to confess, it really does take the weight off his heart and clear the air for him to interact honestly with YD and Yeol. And it goes all three ways. So, I love the fact that he did it indirectly so that it was obvious what he meant, and yet, it didn't make YD feel bad and she understood why he came to like her and still wants to keep him as a friend. You can see how close they have gotten through the series if he's someone YD feels comfortable enough to consult for her problems. And then that scene when YD told Yeol that HJ was better at the cheerleading moves than him and YD-HJ had that fist bump. Plus the ending scene when HJ was able to joke about YD coming to him if Yeol cheated. It was all very nicely done to resolve any possible conflicts with the romance and to maintain the friendship. =)

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@Lisa ~ I think the reason why Yeon Doo comes to feel comfortable with Ha Joon for her to consult for her problems, comes from the hug at the end of episode 8 that probably left a big impact on her (and on both of them), which if you noticed, she actually opens herself up more to him after that hug from episode 8, she'd also came to confide in him to be able to consults her problems to him.

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Aside from the gummy bears, I also love how these three all have their own private priority places for each ones of them, like YeolDoo have their priority place at the rooftop like the first time Yeol quietly helped her with the idea of making posters for the righteous of her club's danger, YeonJoon has their priority place at the Sevit's Island place (is that the place?) like the first time Yeon Doo reached out to him and handed him the ointments, YeolJoon has their priority place in the auditorium haha And lastly, the priority place for the three of them is the rooftop <3

I also love how each characters' pairs all have their own significant items that signifies their relationships.
For example:

- Dong Jae x Yeon Doo: Strawberry Milk
- Ha Joon x Yeon Doo: Gummy Bears
- Yeol x Yeon Doo: Post-Its, Banana Milk
- Yeon Doo x Soo Ah: Photos Book

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What a nice detail to notice, but it's true! Also, Dong Jae's and Yeon-doo's place is.. the basketball court I guess? Altho not anymore after Dong Jae quit basketball :(

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Yup, Yeon Doo and Dong Jae's place was the basketball court, then it's stolen by Soo Ah at the end, as well as the Strawberry Milk hahaha

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it was such a beautiful scene. i didn't expect ha-joon to confess his feelings, but i love the way it was done and i'm so glad he did it. it was so sweet hearing him thank yeon-doo for letting him learn how to love. so heartwarming, so adorable, so ha-joon, hehe.

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Thank you, Saya and Lollypip!

Thank you Sassy Go Go! I am hoping for a sequel... or a spin-off.

So, so hard to say goodbye :(

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I'm so sad to see this recap, now I really don't have anything related to this show to look forward to...

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What a great great show!

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the best thing i love about this series: Ha Joon keep his hairstyle! hahaha!!! #YKWIM

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Thanks so much Saya! A lovely recap and review. I do agree. Thanks too LollyPip!

This was really a most wonderfully satisfying show. It did everything it set out to do and everything I hoped it would, within it's little world of lovable as well as conniving characters.

Thank you show for giving us lovely character development and showing us how friendship ought to be even in the face of love triangles.

Thank you for showing us how forgiveness can be offered even when undeserved and how it can be earned, and how both the givers and the receivers become free and at peace because of this.

Thank you for giving us such a heart-warming romance with the most natural development, and thanks for a sweet looking couple, with about the best chemistry I've ever come across.

Thank you for the solid bromance in the face of bad parenting that made so much sense all the way and for the sisterhood of Soo Ah and Yeon Doo that survived so much evil. These give much hope to me, in our RL where things don't work out quite so well.

Thank you for giving us resolution despite strange setups, good laughs amidst angst and real, human characters among the caricatures, and for lasting memories of great friendships and for a really good time! :)

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Yess THANK YOU SASSY! This little drama gave us a lot of heart, quality conflicts and resolutions. It's rare that you come across a drama that hits all the right spots.
Mondays and Tuesdays will never be the same.

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I know right @Fab!!! I miss this show already. Gotta steal time to re-watch!!!

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@Fab and GB - I never thought I'd love a drama again so much after Healer. But it looks like we got our hearts stolen again! How interesting is it that they were both on the same slot?

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YESS I KNOW RIGHT. What a mad coincidence, and the same slot made it easy to get hooked on SASSY and watch it live too.
2015 can't get any better, I'm more than happy to declare it a winner.
@Growingbeautifully
that's a no-brainer hun, this one is definitely worth a binge re-watch.

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I agree with everything! This was such a great show and it ended so well! I was skeptical at first, especially with the first two episodes which seemed a bit childish, but then boy did it pick up speed and quality quick! Loved it so much!

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Ehhhh where did my comment goo! Happily writing a new one. xD

I'll be forever on cloud nine about how the characters were written and executed perfectly!
I love this drama so much I didn't want it end...EVER. But in just 12 episodes it managed to wrap up everything so neatly and satisfying, can't ask for more.

Beaming with pride here for how Ha-joon stood up to that poor excuse of a father. Growing up with abusive parents can shape you to the worst, HJ and the sheerleading club proved that real friendships can bring out the best in you. He made heaps of growth; went from a closed and scarred boy to a great comrade one count on in the bad and the good.

~SIG~ Mondays and Tuesdays will never be the same. I'm so gonna miss watching this little gem live. :/

Great job recappers, thank you!
Also huge thanks to my fellow beanies(with @Pogo in the lead ;-)) for loving SASSY just as much. Your insightful comments and brilliant discussions made watching the drama a fun and rich experience. <3

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Oop this reply wasn't meant to end up here. SORRY! I shouldn't comment while doing a million of other things at once...

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oh goodness, I really did comment a lot, didn't I?

I'm like you - I don't want to say goodbye to this drama either but I have to acknowledge that its 12 episodes are perfectly crafted and could not be improved on even in my imagination.

And I love that it didn't run out of steam in the final episodes, because Ha-joon's story had enough momentum to carry the story through. I was another one practically bursting with pride when he caught his father's hand and refused to put up with the abuse any more. And at how everyone comes through in the end.

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Yes, you did. And I love all your comments *forms a heart sign*

And I also agree about the episodes, if it was originally planned as 16 episodes then I'm fine with it, but if it was extended, I don't think it'll be as perfect as this one.

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awwww I am blushing right now - but I loved you guys' comments too, the experience of watching (and noticing/thinking about the drama) would not have been the same without everyone here.

I'm with you on the episode count - I want more, but I'm fine with having 12 good episodes and a finished run instead of 12 good episodes, then 1-2 episodes of the plot spinning its wheels, and then the obligatory resolution.

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please consider all of this co-signed.

And can I also add:

THANK YOU Sassy Go Go, for that whistling soundtrack that was the background music to so many of the best moments of the story. So many dramas can be a chore to watch when the OST is overdone, but there's a sweetness and wistfulness to that track that captures the feeling of youth in this drama so beautifully.

No more whistling soundtrack from next week :(

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I love the whistling soundtrack :)
Does anyone know which song that's from?

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Apparently it's a version of Rely by Sol the Biz but I can't find the whistling part only for the whole song :( I hope they release it as an OST.

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Someone uploaded a little compilation of cuts from the episodes here: https://youtu.be/TDDtqjxXVWo

"but there’s a sweetness and wistfulness to that track that captures the feeling of youth in this drama so beautifully. "

This x a thousand.

I also found this playlist, which has: https://youtu.be/V9JaEGZOiV4?list=PLJ7BioYhVqnSZq9hltTFKuqldWPuV6Py_

I hope they release the full ost compilation next week!

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@fishfingers - that Fever song......I decided to check out the original music video and just realised that the kid who played Joon-soo belongs to the group who perform it!

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Yeah, I looked it up right in the first week (I am a nerd) and noticed that! I wish we got a teeny bit more of Joon-soo, after his episode 2 ouburst, he faded into the background. I think his (and the other Real King girl...Kyung-eun?) personality was the least distinct. A tiny bit more of both...would have made this show too perfect, so never mind!

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yeah, I agree that seeing a little more of Joon-soo and Kyung-eun would have been ideal, but commenters in earlier recaps pointed out that Joon-soo went MIA sometimes even when he should have been there, so it's possible the actor had scheduling conflicts. But I reckon there's only so much you can do with 12 hours.

and I do like remembering that Da-mi, Tae-pyung and Kyung-eun are first-years in high school, so Real King and Baek-ho will be in somewhat safe hands when our motley crew goes off to senior year study hell.

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"...there’s a sweetness and wistfulness to that track that captures the feeling of youth in this drama so beautifully" - yes yes yesss exactly!!! It was love at first listen with that whistling soundtrack omg, I love it SO MUCH. Spot-on song choice. I hope they release it. :(

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I'm trawling eunzit's channel for all her (his?) subbed Sassy extras, suggest everyone else does same because omgyaaaahhhh.

Star UCC interview (a trilogy of vids, watch them all!)...I...just...can't....save meee....

Oh wow, rewatching the very first teasers...they really don't conceptually connect to the actual show at all, do they? Look at this one! But still so adorbs, can't help breaking my face with grinnings XD

And here's a longer highlights teaser (argh so awesome).

HAHA LWG totally knows his eyes when he smiles are the most charming!

This one is also, ohmigosh, why so cute, another LWG interview where he also talks about his eyes.

...which I actually totally get. My eyes vanish when I smile (and close completely when I laugh my head off), but it (sadly and tragically, as I now know) is in no way an eye-smile like his or Eunji's or Park Bo-young's. And I was nodding and crying with laughter when he talked about his field of vision shrinking when he really LAUGHED...and then he laughed his head off. HELP ME.

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I know, right? The teasers are NOTHING at all like the actual drama, even though they looked cute and promising.

Lee Won-geun and his eye-smile should now be declared an official health hazard, he makes my heart flutter to levels that cannot possibly be good for anyone......

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The first teasers are super cute!!! (Despite not really being representative of what the drama's truly about.)

Lee Won-geun's serious "Let's do it together" then saying it again in aegyo pretty much sums up Kim Yeol's personality haha! Cold A+ jerk on the outside but is actually a huge sweetheart and a total flirt~

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! ♥

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Ive been waiting for your recap. Thanks a lot.

Agreed with everything you said especially this ---> "we’re reminded that having friends beside you makes all the difference"

Now how i miss all my friends when i was 18. How nostalgic. We are not seing much of each other nowadays (im going to be 30 soon) but the memory still fresh in my mind. And my heart.

Thank you for your wonderful recap througout the series. I enjoy reading your insight. Your thought.

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I love how Kim Yeol always have his arm over Yeondoo. hehehehe i think cos this is a high school drama that there's less skinship etc. Boohoo!

Can we have another drama with Eunji, Woo Geun and Jisoo, and outside of high school? But this time Jisoo gets the girl! Can we????Please???? Want more angst!!!

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Yes! Please let Jisoo get the girl! >< After Bokdong-ie and HaJoon-ie, he needs a lead role where he gets the girl! I would love to see more of these 3 actors, as well as Chae Soo Bin! I hadn't seen Woo Geun outside of those few seconds he had in Moon Embraces the Sun, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked him.

I didn't mind as much for this drama that there wasn't as much skinship because I felt it was so natural. It wasn't one of those dramas where they spend 5 min freaking out over handholding or whatever. It felt natural and spoke to their relationships. Cute stuff. :D

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He has actually been cast in a drama called 'Page Turner' and HE GETS THE GIRL! Because well, hes the lead. And the girl is Kim Soo Hyun, who I hated in Moon Embracing the sun, loved in I can hear your voice and heard she did a beautiful job with School 2015 (I have an obsession with School 2013. I live for that drama so I have not watched 2015, because a people werent happy with the way it ended and I do not want to ruin the school memory in my head). But anyway... SO EXCITED!

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It's only 3 episodes long apparently? But the writer is the same one behind I Hear Your Voice, and is really good at writing youth dramas.

And I am THRILLED to see a potential pairup of Ji-soo/Kim So-hyun (who is wonderful, and the lone reason why I cared about the main character in School 2015 at all - if another actress had that role/s, I wouldn't have bothered).

I hope that the role is different from Bokdongie and Ha-joon, and that the next thing he does after this is a drama with Jung Eunji (seriously, MAKE IT HAPPEN, dramaland. I need serious karmic compensation from the drama gods for some of these recent wtf castings, like Suzy in a melo and She Who Must Not Be Named in yet another lead role).

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Ji Soo and Kim So Hyun in a drama by the writer of Dream High, I Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio, yes!!! Too bad it's only a 3 episode deal. I would watch those two for 50 episodes if I could.
Lol, as soon as I read about the main lead given to Ji Soo, I thought "hopefully he gets a different character type this time around" and from the DB article the description of the main lead is: an athlete who has “a personality like a bulldozer”. Mmm... apparently something bad happens to him too, at least from the article. It's too early to tell, but I hope for his sake it's not too similar a role.

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I wait for the recap before watching the finale. I think i need a box of kleenex.

Thank you very kamsa Saya and Lollypip, the journey is even more enjoyable with the recaps.

And farewell to our dearest characters Yeon, Yeol, Hajoon (come to noona!), Dongjae, teacher yang, and even soo ah.
I will miss you terribly. :'(

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Thanks for the recap!

Sassy Go, Go definitely earned a spot in my list of favorite 2015 dramas! I really loved how they did the finale, especially to the things they've done to the characters (e.g. restraining order against Ha Joon's dad, I was wondering how they resolve Ha-Joon and his relationship w/dad and I actually didn't think about this lol) and omg, Ha Joon's confession!! I LOVED everything about it! It was just simple: they just smiled and didn't act awkward with each other like how most kdramas do.

Overall, there were three things that stood for me during this finale: 1) Ha-Joon's gummy bear confession; 2) BROtp moment on the stage; 3) And Ha-Joon's "If he cheats on you, then come to me, I am very loyal" at the end (lol)

I'm gonna miss this show...so bad!

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Sassy Go So is now fighting Heard It Through the Grapevine for the spot of my favourite drama of 2015. (and it's lodged itself firmly in my top 5 of all time)

My head says Grapevine (which is like no other kdrama ever and avoided all the tropes), but my heart says Sassy (which did the tropes but in a way that's like no other drama ever).

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I loved the tropes in this show! More, more tropes!!! (more kisses too please ... chaste ones at least!) :)

Love how the tropes were so reasonably included they did not irritate at all! And they did what skinship tropes are supposed to do... bring the couple closer and get them comfortable. Crazy about them!

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This is probably the only show in which I truly didn't mind the tropes. Yes, even the cheesiest ones!)

On paper, the otp scenes would have sounded corny as hell (falling on top of each other not once but TWICE!, forced proximity by hiding, falling asleep together on the bus, late-night movie date, etc.), however, LWG/JEJ made 'em work like they were situations that just happened naturally.

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*cheesiest ones!

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I agree so much! their on screen chemistry was on point. I re-watched their cutesy scenes so many times because I couldn't get enough.

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I know, right?! Falling on top of each other, hiding in a small enclosed space, hiding in bed (they just look so good snuggled up together), drunk almost-kiss..... and they sold it so easily and naturally that I ate up every last bit of it and wanted more! And you're right, the actors really do deserve credit for making it work - it would have come across as so contrived if it was a lesser pair, but these two could not have had more perfect chemistry.

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@Aru - I admit to re-watching/freeze-framing choice scenes too.

I had a MAJOR bit of squee at the end, when the end credits were showing bts stills - I think I went back to the one of Lee Won-geun and Jung Eunji on the crash mattress for their roll down the stairs in episode 9, way more than is healthy. And I freely admit I did it because of the way he was holding her just then - it was for a stunt, but it almost seemed like a snuggle.

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Yeah, that's true! Those scenes just seemed so fresh and natural to me with KY and YD that I didn't even think twice about the fact that they are tropes. But you know, the little details that the actors put into their characters made those scenes so adorable, and cute and rather new for me!

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Haven't tried watching HITTG yet mainly because I have commitment issues (i'm only a freshman YET I AM SO DONE already with college) but I might check it out some time!

Hearing the fact that the drama is already in your top 5 of all time got me curious... thanks for sharing!

On the other side, has anyone here seen Ouroboros? ?

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HITTG isn't exactly a feel-good type of drama, I have to warn you that where Sassy Go Go is optimistic and light, Grapevine can be quite cynical and dark. But there's a humour and intelligence to it that is rare in kdrama land, and it's absolutely unlike what one would expect of such a story. It's worth trying the first few episodes to see if you like it.

and yeah, I've seen Ourobouros! I'm a total fan of the cast but it was overall pretty good, even if it wasn't flawless (those awkward flashbacks) and I'm not over the ending.

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The BROTP and OT3 moments in this episode were everything I ever wanted from them. T____T

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Thank you Saya and Lollypip for all the recaps! And to the awesome commenters: kudos!

Sigh, I'm tearing up. T'was a really pleasant ride.

What I liked best:

- The lovely cast/characters and their amazing chemistry plus camaraderie. Can we pretty please have Eunji, Lee Won Geun (thank you show for introducing me to his glorious eyesmile and crinkles! ❤❤❤), Ji Soo and Chae Soo Bin - together or individually - in a new show? And FAST? I have so much love for them right now, I can barely contain it.

- The friendships, bromance, sismance, or simply put, the relationships that all felt so genuine and heart-tugging.

- The end approach they took with the love triangle. So what if they like the same girl? In the end, friendship wins! HJ: "If he cheats on you, come to me. I'm very faithful." Hahahaha that was golden!

- Overall breezy pace.

I'll miss you very dearly, show. (I miss Kim Yeol already, sigh.) You made me so darn happy.

One thing though, I wanted more kisses! (Yes, yes, call me a perv.) Or at least, more bear hugs?

Lastly, in light of the finale (and as promised), please accept my last humble offerings to the fandom:

Lee Won Geun (+his SMILE) header: http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah282/omomona/HEADERSGG3_zpssu7b4alr.jpg

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Ji Soo's angst looks sooo hot there! *fans self*

All that steam must be from all the spontaneous fan combustion.

Thanks for all the gorgeous headers!!

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YEEEES! LOL. The steam is literally Ji Soo smoking up the screen.

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So much love!!!!! ^_____^ Would you mind uploading the two original Jisoo pics you used? I wanna save them. LOL

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OMG!! Thank you!! I love you!! <3

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Omomo, you're the actual best.

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Oh Omomo you never disappoint! Can't stop starring, love them. xD

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Nice... More Omomo!

Go! Go! Omomo GO GO! LOL

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Hahaha! I do miss making headers since the last ones were for our dear JCW all those months ago, so I feel like I'm on a roll!

What about one for Chae Soo-bin? Or another OTP header?

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OTP! OTP and Chae Soo Bin too...choose the ones where she's looking sweet and happy!

Plenty of Yeol too!!! And Yeon Doo being perky!

Well you did say on the roll, right? LOL!

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LOOOL unni! I will do what I can! :) Hopefully I'm not spamming DB with the headers. We're not even sure if they'll all go on rotation, haha!

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You can watch Chae Soo Bin in House of Bluebird, she plays as a lead character there. And her character is sweet and a strong girl. However, I only watched up to 6 episodes because Youtube keeps on blocking and deleting videos, and I was so caught up with other videos, also I keep on coming back to THIS drama haha It wasn't because that drama isn't good, it is and I really like her character in that drama too.

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YES YES YES to both OTP and Chae Soo-bin header!

But for CSB, since we got the boys a joint header of their own, can you do one of Soo-ah and Yeon-doo together?

(I'm being really greedy but the thought of seeing little bits of this drama long after its over in the form of the headers, is just too tempting)

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ooo I know what you mean. I still flail every time I see a Healer header, and reach for the screencap key.

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@pogo - Sounds like a good idea!

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YES I'd love to see a YeonAh header *?* Thank you so much Omomo, the headers are beautiful ♥♥♥

@fishfingers_fb - I flail and reach for Ji Chang-wook on my screen instead *bricked*

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And this is just a really greedy side of me but can we get an OT3 header? ^^

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@MeLi LOL I do stroke my screen a little bit. Just. HEALER.

If I ever see a Sassy header, I will probably die like the first time I saw a Healer header. Hahaha.

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Seriously, man. The life of a fangirl is HARD. Only other fangirls can understand.

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Thanks, y'all! ❤

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Omomo GO GO! if you just can't stop yourself from making more SGG headers, could you pretty please make one with the red and green gummy bears?
How about both girls in the "UGH, AS IF" sweater? LOL I want that sweater.

Seriously, thank you for all the lovely headers for SSG and for Healer.

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Awww Lee Wong Geun looks adorbs with the puffed cheeks!!!

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Isn't he just the cutest little eye-smiling chipmunk in the k-drama universe? ♥

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A team one, omg please! Like the second screencap in the comments!! Everyone deserves the love!

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The final shot in this ep looks like a good one for a header!

Too bad Dong-jae/N isn't in it. :(

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Omonaaa I just saw the team's header. And YeonDoo's one! Am still squealing so hard right now!!!!!!! I love you Omomo!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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@Omomo, I completely agree with you on all the good things about the show... and thank you so much for the banners.
I can always love a show even if the plot isn't good as long as the characters are. And this show had such good characters. It gave us Yeon-doo, a female lead who was so emotionally intelligent that everyone in the cast not only loved her, but respected and looked up to her...Yeol, a male lead who never forced himself on the heroine or belittled her, and who was so refreshingly honest with his feelings and direct with his actions (a male lead who FLIRTS!!Who's not glowering from day 1!) and Ha-joon and Soo-ah, and even the Baek ho and Real King kids of whom we saw less but still grew to love (at least I did). I grew more attached to these characters in 12 episodes, than I have for characters in 100 episode series.

Can't I just squeal about Yeon-doo/ Yeol a little longer? I just love them. They're easily in my Top 3 Best Kdrama couple of all time...these high school kids had a more mature and fullfilling relationship than most of the adults in dramaland.
I wanted more kisses though... Augh, the withdrawal, it's hard.

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I know! I never even knew I had a thing for flirty k-drama male leads until Yeol came along!

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Me too! Which is funny because in real life I don't usually trust flirty guys, they're not my type either. But the moment Yeol flashed his trademark crinkled-eyes smile I was a goner.

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I think it's because his flirting wasn't cynical - he so openly adored her, it was hard for us not to get caught up in all the feels. And he didn't 'blame' her for liking her. He loved liking her! Just so good.

At least we still have year-end reviews for squee. And maybe we can keep this thread going forever (lol like the Healer ep.20 recap!)...

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I just read this article, That Just Means He Likes You, about boys and (im)proper ways of showing 'affection', really good read, sums up a lot of drama relationship dynamics involving asshole heroes.

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...just so much heart. *sniffs*

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Thankfully, not once did I feel Yeol's character was out of place or immature, but the fact that he raised his voice and grew angry at Ha Joon perfectly depicted the natural tendencies of 18yr olds who seem to shoulder the world's weight on their shoulders. Love how honest and raw their emotions were, just the way it should be.

Gummy bears are so my new thing now!!! Move over, onion head!

Thank you so much for recapping this show ladies!! Always a pleasure to read!

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yeah, I didn't feel like Yeol was being immature about Ha-joon liking Yeon-doo either, what he really was freaking out about was the thought of losing him over it. That comes through loud and clear in the scene, this is NOT about jealousy at all.

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Yeah I don't see Yeol's outburst as being jealousy either. You could definitely sense his panic and guilt as well. A very natural reaction, I think.

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I wonder if we can get everybody to add "go go" to their usernames on this recap!

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and totally can't type my own name

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That's a good idea! I'm doing it now. :)

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Already done <3333

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oops, NOW it's done. Sorry!

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I'm with ya! ;)

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My pleasure!

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Yay!! Done :-) :-)

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Hahaha I feel like a power ranger/sailor soldier! Make up! GO GO!

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dammit for being at work, I want to join the flailing squeefest

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You know, I'm a little in love with the name of this drama even though jb/gf preferred to call it Cheer Up at first.

And now look at us all changing our usernames to honour that bizarre but apt drama name, and the awesome drama it was attached to.

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hahhahaha yes I thought the title of this drama was so cheesy and I refused to watch this drama in the beginning. I started watching at ep 6 then went back and marathoned 1-5 in 1 day hahahaha. Sassy go go! Cheer up!

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I actually got hooked by the weird name, I mean Cheer Up sounded like it could be any old drama but you have to have some serious out-there thinking to christen a drama something as weird as Sassy, Go Go!

And in a way I think the name captures the youth and freshness and dynamism of the drama and its cast, perfectly.

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I'm late in joining the party but, done! I never forget to put Yasha in my username anywhere but now I change it, show what have you done to me?! Plus "Meli, Go Go!" rhymes with Sassy Go Go xD ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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I know, right?! This is the first time in all these years of commenting that I've modified my username, and it almost feels like it was fated that I chose one that rhymes with go, go! in the first place :)

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But I apparently commented as MeLiYasha again to the other comments ? I just wanted to talk about this show so much that I didn't check my username before I pressed submit.

I already noticed that your username rhymes with SGG from the first time and then I keep reading yours as Sassy Pogo kkkkkk~

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ooo pogo, you need to make your name Sassy pogo!!

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...and, DONE!

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Hehe, after episode 2 recap I started reading pogo's username as Sassy Pogo too! :-)

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Perfect ending!
Our Kim Yeol is a genius till the end, trying to change his family register so the parents can get married while he and Yeon Doo can still date?

I'm gonna miss this show..

Some of the scenes i would repeat over and over again:

1. ALL Yeol and Yeon Doo moments- I'll make sure I'm watching alone,others will think I'm crazy for smiling and squealing and throwing the pillows around

2.Yeon Doo:
-when Ha Joon found her (such great acting from eunji,you'll cry too?)
- in the hospital rest room after the kiss (cuteness overload!)

3.all scenes involving yeol's smiles?

4. Ha Joon and Yeol's bromance
-the rain scene,shower scene earlier in the show
-when they fought after ha joon quit the cheerleading club (you can feel how they truly care for each other)
-on the stage especially!!!it drives me crazy!!!

5.Ha joon and yeon doo
-the bite,the hug,the 'friend' story,the bear

To be honest,there are so many scenes that i love!!! So hard to move on ?

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Speaking of Yeol's time in the hospital, I LOVED Yeon-doo's expression after she realises he's woken up and his demanding to know how she's going to exact revenge on him. There's just so much in that one look, it kills me.

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I know! Out of the top of my head I remember she looked relieved, endeared, a little sad and sort of amused too. But most of all, there was love in her eyes. That one look said so much, I never needed her to say the words "I like you" out loud. It was written all over her face.

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@rosiemontgomery - yup, Eunji's expressions were the best. Those are the expressions I was able to read through her face as well. When Yeol was unconsciously lying on the floor from saving her, you can also read through her expressions that she was really panicked, scared, and shocked all in one emotions at that moment. Then at the hospital, when Yeol wasn't awake yet due to the medication, you can tell by her expressions that she was worried and scared of losing him and that he won't wake up. But after he woke up, she was all relieved, sad, amused, and endeared all at the same time, like wow.. how can you expressed so much emotions flooding over your face all at once? haha Then after Yeol asked her how will she get her revenge back, she doesn't answer him since she's an action type of person, she initiate her response with a kiss instead, and her eyes and expressions really showed the "love" on her face.

I would say Jun Eunji did an amazing job showing her expressions with such sincere feelings through acting, it's rare to have this kind of actress. I really respect this girl though she is also 2 years younger than me like she is to Won Geun.

In this drama, I give a double win for LWG & JEJ couple, but in the next drama, I really want to see Ji Soo being the lead, AND pair up with Eun Ji for the next project. Ji Soo and Eun Ji also has a very amazing chemistry with each other, I think their chemistry was much more flowing and natural than Won Geun and her. I want to see JS and JEJ together, and LWG with CSB in the next project, also have JS with CSB as well. These four totally have so much endearing chemistry.

Also, if we are going to talk about the bromance here, we should also talk about the sismance between KYD and KSA as well, man, I swear, even the girls' chemistry was on fire in this drama as well, especially, when you see them confronting each other, their confrontations has so much tensions that it makes you feel tense with them, especially the part where YD confronted SA at the camp, in the BH's practicing room, and especially the most tense atmosphere at the stairs, when Soo Ah was grabbing on Yeon Doo's collar, their moment right there was seriously more tense than when Yeol confronted Soo Ah, the way Soo Ah grunted her teeth was wahhh... So it's not just the bromance that was filled with chemistry, even the sismance lol No less than KY and HJ at all.

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The expressions on the kids' faces in that top cap is the exact one on mine too – much like the kids at their competition, Sassy Go Go might have ended up at the bottom of the ratings pile but the thing to be thankful for is that it existed at all. AND I AM SO NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE.

It's funny to go back to the earlier recaps and look at comments (including my own) hoping for no love triangle, because in a way it's been one of the best-handled elements of a great story about friendship, and how it was about all three of them, especially the two boys. Yeol and Ha-joon were each other's sole support and only friends for so many years that they'd become their own isolated little unit - only something drastic would have even created the opportunity to let a new person in. And while Yeon-doo creates this major change in Ha-joon's life, I love that even that ties right back to Yeol – she wouldn't be part of their lives if it hadn't been for

1.Yeol's single-minded devotion to keeping Ha-joon as safe as he possibly could
2.Yeol asking for Yeon-doo's help to avert the threat of losing Ha-joon. Which is a monumental thing, considering how he previously regarded everyone outside the two of them as either inconsequential or potentially hostile – remember him snapping at Yeon-doo to mind her own business in the hospital in episode 2? And then him trying to obscure the real reason why he wanted Yeon-doo cheerleading......it takes a while for him to actually realise that Yeon-doo's diehard loyalty to her friends is actually their common ground – and it's that common ground that both makes Yeol and Yeon-doo so perfect as a couple, and also is the reason for her breaking into Yeol and Ha-joon's little fortress-of-two relationship in the first place.

Basically, if it wasn't for Yeol and that first massive leap of faith, we wouldn't get Yeon-doo connecting with Ha-joon at all. Which is completely unusual for a love triangle, and all the more glorious in what it says about their friendship.

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And one of the greatest things about the love triangle is that we genuinely didn't see it coming – Ji-soo isn't marked on the cast list or posters in the place of the usual second lead (if you were only looking at those, you'd assume N was the second lead), the production said NOTHING about him potentially having a love line at all, and nothing in the first couple of weeks marks him out as our true second lead. The lack of that information stripped the predictability out of the narrative and gave us a chance to genuinely follow the story as it unfolded, instead of being all 'ho hum, look there's our designated second lead, he's bound to fall for our female lead and it will be painful' – which is something I appreciate in a way that goes beyond words, now that the show is over. I love that the show took such care in developing ALL their relationships - Yeol and Yeon-doo (who engaged in all the cheesy skinship tropes kdramas have ever indulged in, while avoiding all the actual relationship ones like noble idiocy or pretending they don't like each other, and genuinely grew as people through knowing each other), Yeol and Ha-joon (seriously, this is the best bromance I've seen since School 2013 - and here we do have romance, but the writer took care never to lose sight of what these two meant to each other even at their most painful moments), and Yeon-doo and Ha-joon (that gummi bear confession...I'm crying a little).

It's also one of the nicest experiences I've ever had of conflicting ships – the two boys were so well-written and well-played that we never ended up with any shipping wars in the comments. Because it was just that easy to fall for Yeol, Ha-joon and Yeon-doo equally.

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oh, and that final, joking 'if he cheats on you, come to me!' just made my day.

What we really wanted from the love triangle was for their friendship not to suffer or be damaged, and that one line is such an awesome way to illustrate that our trio are stronger than ever.

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omg that final cheating comment KILLED me in the best possible way, it was everything i envisioned and hoped the trio to be, and just emphasised how comfortable they are around each other now, despite everything that happened. <3

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And the other thing that made my day was Yeol and Ha-joon on that stage, with their bromance stronger than ever. I think a little piece of my soul just went to heaven when Yeol just slid into place beside Ha-joon like that - theirs is the purest and most incredible love, and seeing them back together is..... I don't think I have the words for it.

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And as for Yeol and Yeon-doo's future, I'm going to repeat my prediction in episode 11 that they grow up into awesome adults and eventually have adorable eyesmiling chipmunk babies of their very own.

(and the babies will most definitely be sent to a less hellish school than Sevit!)

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In our own head-canon: YES THEY WILL! And no one can tell us otherwise.

If Yeol does end up moving family registries and his dad marries Yeon Doo's mom, they'll most likely all live under one roof. (Pretty unconventional for a family to have both the parents and the kids as couples, but I think they'll find a way to make it work lol.) That way, with the co-habitation thing, there will be less reasons for YeolDoo to split up.

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with the strong foundation they have in their relationship at 18 i wont be surprised if they make it through to old age together lol.. they have more trust and good communication between them than a lot of married couples i know

i kinda doubt yeol&yeondoo will go to the same college tho haha..yeol might be 1st in school but he's no magician xD

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@siesta - oh, if Sung Shi-won could get into college in Seoul with her fanfiction-writing despite being bottom of her class, I'm sure Yeol and Yeon-doo can at least get into college in the same city (likely Seoul).

And that means they can just live in the same house with Mom and Dad, if they're married by then. And those ramyun daydreams will be REAL!

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