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Page Turner: Episode 2

Our caustic heroine meets her match in the sweet, dumb jock who’s so earnest that her insults just bounce off of him like he’s surrounded by an invisible shield of positivity. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship, methinks, or at least a hilarious one. I’m really enjoying this little youth drama, and this episode is all about dreams: One of our youths discovers a new dream, one reconsiders an old dream, and another rediscovers the dream she thought she’d given up on.

 
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EPISODE 2: “Those who have gained true friendship”

The opening montage this time is about choice, not between a good guy and a bad guy, but between “a bad guy and a worse guy,” which the captions tell us is far more common a set of options you’ll encounter in life. In a preview, our two boys fight over which of them will get to protect our heroine, while she rolls her eyes.

Former athlete Cha-shik lingers around the piano in the subway tunnel, and asks the man selling stuff nearby if it belongs to him. The ajusshi shakes his head, and Cha-shik is pleased to confirm that anyone can come by and play it.

Former first-place piano prodigy Yoo-seul must be headed back to school after her accident, because she’s wearing her uniform. She insists that she can brush her teeth without Mom’s help and feels her way into the bathroom, determined not to rely on anyone despite her blindness.

And former second-place piano student (soon to be first?) Jin-mok gets ready for school and looks guiltily at the crucifix on his desk. He still thinks that Yoo-seul’s accident is his fault, because he was so mad at her that he prayed for God to strike her down. He decides to put the cross away in a drawer.

Cha-shik packs a bag and runs off in a big hurry, and Mom wonders why he’s suddenly busy when he dropped out of school. But we see on his computer screen that he’s been looking up Han Joo Arts High School.

That’s where Yoo-seul and Jin-mok go to school, and that morning Jin-mok overhears his classmates speculating about why Yoo-seul quit piano, and he flashes back to her tearful speech about being sick of piano and sick of hating him. He suddenly has second thoughts about getting on the bus and goes running down the street. He passes Cha-shik, who kisses a letter before dropping it into the post. It’s addressed to his father, the famous pianist he only just found out about recently.

Yoo-seul sets out for school on her own and tells Mom not to come with her. Mom doesn’t understand why Yoo-seul is being so stubborn and rebellious about this, and wonders what she did to make Yoo-seul hate her.

There’s just no talking her out of it though, and Yoo-seul says she’ll get help from friends at school, but refuses to let Mom come with her. Mom mutters that she has no friends, and points out that Yoo-seul still has a curler in her hair. Yoo-seul just yanks it out and continues on her way, determined to walk to school by herself.

Jin-mok witnesses all of this and follows her to school, being careful to stay just a few feet behind her. That’s adorable. At one point, a car zooms by and scares Yoo-seul, and Jin-mok reaches over to keep her from falling.

Yoo-seul assumes that Mom’s been following her all this time and yells at Jin-mok calling him Mom, lol. She says over and over that she can see the look on Mom’s face, and warns her not to follow anymore.

But Jin-mok stays behind her the whole way, silently stepping in to tap his metro card when she can’t quit find the censor, or running ahead to open doors for her. When they arrive at school, he stoops down to put her slippers facing forward, all without her ever knowing he was there.

The chatty classmates see this and wonder what’s gotten into him, and interrogate him at lunch. Jin-mok just lets them believe he was picking up money on the ground, though he looks interested when they mention a teacher asking for a volunteer to be Yoo-seul’s helper for community service credit.

They’re interrupted by a loud clang and a shriek in the cafeteria—Yoo-seul has collided with a student and spilled her tray all over another girl, who acts like she’s been stabbed or something. Yoo-seul’s eyes sting with tears as she apologizes, but no one even helps her up.

Finally a hand reaches in and yanks her up. It’s Jin-mok, and his friends’ jaws drop.

Cha-shik just saunters into the school and begs a teacher to let him enroll here, but all he gets is a flat denial. For one, a spot would have to open up before they’d take a new student; and two, they don’t take just anyone here. Cha-shik insists he has talent to back up his ambition, but the teacher just laughs.

On the other side of the office, Yoo-seul’s teacher tells her that there weren’t any volunteers to be her helper, so they’re going to have to ask her mother to come to school with her. Yoo-seul refuses and says she’ll ask her friends, when suddenly Jin-mok submits his application and says he’ll do it. For the community service credit, he insists. Uh-huh.

The teacher knows they don’t get along and wonders if Yoo-seul will be okay with it, but Yoo-seul gets up and declares that she’ll find someone else, anyone else but Jin-mok. He says he’s thinking of her by volunteering, but she snaps at him to stop thinking of her at all: “The thought that you’re thinking of me makes me want to vomit.”

Yoo-seul says she’d rather not have a helper at all, but both Teacher and Jin-mok agree that she can’t go it alone. He promises to do his best, and says with some difficulty, “I’ll protect you.” Yoo-seul does not look happy about that prospect, but she’s even more disgusted by the idea of having Mom here…

Suddenly a voice booms, “Can I be that helper?” It’s Cha-shik, who bounds up with a big smile and says he just dropped out of school and has nothing but time. Yoo-seul remembers his voice from the hospital rooftop, as the wacko who told her to go ahead and die. Cha-shik: “Yup, that was me!”

He swears he’s living with a whole new purpose in life though, and is no longer that guy: “I’m like a butterfly!” He cracks me up. Cha-shik gets on his knees and tells Yoo-seul that he’s kneeling for forgiveness, and asks to be her helper.

The teacher who just kicked him out comes over to drag him away, but Cha-shik swears he’s not trying to enroll here—since they won’t let him, this is a way for him to sit in on classes here, by helping Yoo-seul. Cha-shik says it’s pretty clear that she doesn’t like Jin-mok, but Yoo-seul clarifies that she hates them quite equally, ha.

Jin-mok grabs Cha-shik and complains, “You don’t even go here!” But Cha-shik says that Yoo-seul’s mom isn’t a student here either, which Teacher can’t exactly argue with. There’s a whole aside where Jin-mok pauses to ask why Cha-shik keeps calling him Sam-shik, and he actually stops to look it up on his phone and finds out that it’s an ugly fish (which Cha-shik is saying looks like him). Yoo-seul just rolls her eyes. Repeatedly.

Jin-mok grabs Cha-shik by the collar and the teachers have to break them apart. Cha-shik just tells Jin-mok to go ahead and do his best to insult him back, and all Jin-mok can think to call him is a grub worm. It’s not very effective.

Yoo-seul finally has enough and declares that she’ll make a choice, and both boys freeze and look over at her expectantly…

In class, Jin-mok gazes over at Yoo-seul, when Cha-shik creepily wheels sideways into frame with a triumphant smile on his face, blocking his view. Pwahaha. Cha-shik rubs in his victory and tells Jin-mok to look elsewhere, then winks at him. This is gonna be so awesome.

It turns out that Cha-shik isn’t a whole lot of help during class though, because he can’t read all the fancy foreign names, or words like “allegretto,” which he reads as “arigato.” It earns him snickers from Yoo-seul’s classmates, and he tries his best to keep up by looking things up on his phone. But after a while, Yoo-seul just gives up and puts her headphones on, ignoring him altogether.

Yoo-seul makes her way to a sink on her own and struggles to turn the water on so she can brush her teeth. Jin-mok steps in to help her and wonders where her helper is, and asks why she chose that dummy over him, “Not that I wanted to be your helper or anything.”

Yoo-seul clarifies that she didn’t choose Cha-shik because she likes him; she chose him because she hates Jin-mok that much. Ouch.

Jin-mok reminds her that she was the one who was tired of hating him, and says he feels the same way (aw). He asks hesitantly if they can’t be a little more comfortable with each other. But of course it has the opposite effect, and Yoo-seul gets bristly. She asks if he’s suddenly feeling confident because she can’t see, or he feels sorry for her.

He tries to explain that it’s not that, but Yoo-seul says with an edge to her voice that what he’s doing doesn’t feel protective; it feels hostile. She says that if she ends up in first place again and he says the same thing, she’ll believe him then and think about being friends. Yoo-seul: “But what’ll you do? That day will never come, because my eyes ended up like this.”

Cha-shik returns from his outing and announces proudly that he’s gotten a backseat added to his bike, but Yoo-seul just ignores him and takes the subway. He tells her when a seat opens up, but again she shakes him off coldly.

Cha-shik guesses that she’s still mad about him embarrassing her in class because he said dumb things, but he says that’s kind of his style: “I’m like an unscratched lottery ticket. I look like a worthless piece of paper at first, but if you scratch me, you hit the jackpot!” He promises not to embarrass her anymore and assures her that in no time she’ll miss him if he’s not by her side and be happy at the sound of his voice.

He asks what time he should pick her up for school tomorrow, but Yoo-seul says he needn’t bother—she just needed an excuse to be free of her mother, and he needed an excuse to attend her school, so he can just do the bare minimum and act like her helper at school. She says she doesn’t need him for anything beyond that… and then walks herself into a corner. Pffft.

Cha-shik tells her to turn around because the exit is the other way, and Yoo-seul twirls around as she declares, “I know,” and then flips her hair before strutting away. She’s hilarious. (And that hair flip to cover up her embarrassment is straight out of I Hear Your Voice.) Cha-shik gapes at her rudeness, but it only fires him up even more to meet the challenge.

Cha-shik’s mom wakes up in the morning to find her bathroom mirror covered in post-its, all study notes about musical terms and composers. Cha-shik runs off to the library early on a Sunday to go study, and sends off another letter to Dad in the post.

The studying pays off right away in class with Yoo-seul, when Cha-shik wows the whole class by reading and understanding everything that’s up on the board. He stands up to give a little victory wave, heh. Yoo-seul looks surprised, not that she gives him any credit.

He continues to read her assignments as they walk home from school, expertly shielding her from an oncoming soccer ball without missing a beat. He asks if she’s still not going to ride his bike, and she walks away from him as her answer. Cha-shik sighs and heads towards home, figuring that surely by tomorrow when it’s been a full month, she’ll look for him and be happy at the sound of his voice. He doesn’t look very convinced at his own pep talk though.

Suddenly Yoo-seul screams in the distance as a dog barks, and an ajusshi yells at her for beating his dog with her walking stick. The man lies about having had the dog on a leash and threatens to call the cops, taking advantage of the fact that she’s blind.

She’s brimming with angry tears as she tries to defend herself, when Cha-shik shows up shouting that he saw the whole thing. He points out the security camera overhead and says they should go to the police right now so he can have the ajusshi and his dog jailed, and the man scuttles off.

Cha-shik isn’t done giving the man a piece of his mind and starts to chase after him, but Yoo-seul grabs his hand, shaking with fear. Yoo-seul: “Jung Cha-shik! Take me home.”

They start walking home, with Yoo-seul hanging onto his jacket, but he notices her limping and wonders if she’s okay to walk. She says it’s no big deal, but that gives Cha-shik an idea and he asks hesitantly, “Do you… want to ride my bike?” She gives a little nod and a smile.

Cha-shik looks SO happy to have Yoo-seul riding his bike, and he points out that today was the first time she’s ever called him by name. He tells her to hold on tight and goes faster, and Yoo-seul looks captivated by the feeling. She holds her hand out and feels the wind through her fingers, and actually looks happy for the first time ever.

They arrive in front of her house, where Mom is waiting impatiently. Yoo-seul drops her walking stick at the sound of Mom’s voice, though Mom is very pleasant with Cha-shik and invites him over for dinner sometime.

Cha-shik is surprised to find that Mom is very nice, that is, until he finds Yoo-seul’s walking stick and approaches the door to return it. He overhears Mom screaming at Yoo-seul for riding a bike and endangering her hands, and for hanging out with some dumb gangster punk like it’s an act of rebellion.

But Yoo-seul fights back with her tears in her eyes: “Cha-shik isn’t dumb, and he’s not a gangster!” Mom argues that Yoo-seul can’t even see that he looks like a vulgar punk, but Yoo-seul defends him vehemently, saying that Mom’s the one being coarse and vulgar right now.

Mom slaps her across the face and reminds her that she’s given up her whole life for Yoo-seul: “You know that, and you’re disappointing me like this?” Yeesh. Yoo-seul says she’s doing this in an effort not to hate Mom anymore, and says she rode a bike today for the first time, and it was so great that she thought, “How amazing would it have been if I could see? I regret so many things now that my eyes are like this.”

She thinks she should’ve gone to the ocean, or the movies, or the zoo, and regrets all the things she couldn’t do. Mom argues that she gained so much by giving up those things, and asks if that wall of trophies isn’t worth that and more.

But Yoo-seul says those trophies never made her happy, because she’s never once thought of them as hers: “Living the life you chose makes me hate you every time I have regrets. It’s my life. I can’t always blame you, can I?” Slow clap.

Yoo-seul swears this isn’t some act of rebellion, and that she’s going to make her own choices from now on and deal with the consequences, because she doesn’t want to hate Mom anymore.

That seems to finally get through to Mom, and later she sits in front of Yoo-seul’s wall of first-place trophies and notices for the first time that Yoo-seul isn’t smiling in a single one of the photos.

The next day, Cha-shik shows up in a suit and dress shoes, and has died the purple streak out of his hair. Oh, kid. You are too sweet for your own good. He asks Mom if he looks like a street punk today, and Mom looks him up and down and says no, today he looks like a loan shark gangster. Geez.

Cha-shik’s mom gets riled up when she hears this and asks if he just stood there and took it. He says of course not… and then we see him apologize to Yoo-seul’s mom and ask what specifically he should change about his fashion for her to like him. Ha. Mom thinks he’s doing this on purpose to mock her, but he says it’s because Yoo-seul chose him, and he wants to do everything to make her not regret that choice.

Aw, even Yoo-seul looks moved by that, and today she doesn’t kick up a fuss about walking to school with her hand in his coat pocket. They ride his bike once Mom is out of sight, and Yoo-seul asks if Cha-shik wants her to buy him something. It’s her way of trying to make up for her mom, and at first he declines, but then he thinks of a favor she can do to repay him.

He takes her to the piano in the tunnel and asks her to play it for him, which of course she refuses. But then he guilts her by pointing out that she doesn’t really seem very sorry, and must have a habit of going back on her word. Dinging her pride works like a charm, and he happily leads her to the piano.

In her head, Yoo-seul wonders, “Will I be able to play it?” He requests a song he would know, and she asks if there are any. She runs through a scale and scoffs that the piano sounds just like him—countrified and obtuse. Cha-shik: “Are you and your mom my anti-fans?”

She makes him promise never to tell anyone that she played here today, and he swears to take the secret to his grave. Except that we cut to the scene where he’s recapping all of this for his mom as they post advertisements for her writing services, and Mom points out that he just tattled. Heh. Cha-shik is all offended, insisting that he’s making a special case because she’s his mom.

Mom easily lifts his mood by asking what Yoo-seul’s piano playing was like, and he lights up as we rewind to her playing Beethoven’s 9th in the tunnel. Cha-shik says, “It sounded like a pretty rainbow, the kind that’s so pretty that it makes people look like angels and the world look like heaven. Where looking at it makes you so happy that you hope it never goes away—that kind of rainbow.”

Mom: “It must’ve been really pretty.” Cha-shik says he’s even dreamed of the song since, though he doesn’t remember the dream, only the song. Mom gets a call from a client wanting a refund when the bio she wrote didn’t get him a job, and though Cha-shik gets angry on her behalf, Mom sighs that if she were any good, she wouldn’t be struggling for work right now.

Cha-shik promises that he’s going to become someone great and buy Mom a building so that she doesn’t have to work or tape up signs anymore, and will never have to cook or clean again. Mom struggles not to cry and says that she can guess what Yoo-seul’s piano-playing was like: “What you just said—it was like that rainbow.” Awww.

At school, the boys file out of class so the girls can change for gym, and one of the girls wonders if Yoo-seul will be okay changing on her own. Cha-shik finds an empty classroom for her and Yoo-seul has to beat him with her stick so that he’ll leave.

But when she starts to change, some creeper comes by and shoots video of her through the window. Ack! Thankfully she’s only taken off her jacket by the time someone else calls out to the creeper very loudly, and Yoo-seul quickly ducks for cover.

It’s Jin-mok who caught Creeper Boy in the act, and he slams the kid against the lockers and throws his phone to the ground. Creeper gets all huffy and says Yoo-seul will never know anyway since she can’t see, and then Jin-mok loses it and attacks, until their classmates come to break up the fight.

Jin-mok ends up injuring his hand in the fight, and he trudges home and tells his parents that he can’t play at the wedding they’ve booked him for. Dad worries about them finding someone else to fill in, and Jin-mok asks if that’s all the cares about, and if Dad isn’t worried about his pianist son injuring his hand.

But Dad is even more heartless than that, and says that Jin-mok is whining for attention because he’s not confident in his own skills. He says that Jin-mok had everyone fooled with his middling talent, but will only get more hurt the longer he goes on. Well now we know why the kid is so angry all the time. He takes his anger out on the piano even with his injured hand, pounding on the keys relentlessly.

Cha-shik joins a group of students standing around a new poster for a two-piano concours, and he murmurs excitedly that it’s just like in his dream. He asks how he can participate, and Jin-mok replies that he just needs to be reborn as someone else. Cha-shik insists that he has an innate ability, and when they make fun of him, he declares that famous pianist Hyun Myung-se is his father.

The kids all laugh and call him a liar, and point out that the photo of his mom with the pianist doesn’t prove a single thing other than her being at one of his concerts. That just riles him up even more, and Cha-shik asks if he wins first place at the concours, they’ll believe him. They agree to believe him if he even makes it into the competition, figuring it’ll be a miracle if he can find a partner.

They predict Yoo-seul’s reaction perfectly, right down to the inflection: “Are you crazy?” Cha-shik says it’s months away and he could learn one song well enough to play it, but Yoo-seul says it’d be impossible even if he were Mozart’s son, and that if he really wants to prove his parentage, he should order a DNA test.

He asks if she really thinks he doesn’t have a shot, and Yoo-seul puts it in terms he’d be familiar with—if she trained her hardest and went out for a pole vault meet in a few months, could she do it? He says no, and she points out that he’s talking about doing in a few months what others have spent ten years doing. Cha-shik deflates and says she’s right, and he apologizes so quickly that Yoo-seul feels a sheepish for raising a fuss.

Cha-shik is quiet on their bike ride home, and Yoo-seul picks up on his somber mood. Cha-shik thinks to himself about the dream he’s been having ever since he saw Yoo-seul play the piano, which he obviously lied to Mom about not remembering. He thinks to himself that he finally does have a secret now, and we see the dream he’s been having, as he describes it:

Yoo-seul and Cha-shik sit at pianos facing each other on a big stage. She’s in a gown and he describes himself as “not looking like a punk or a loan shark gangster, though maybe a little like a gigolo,” ha. “In the dream, Yoo-seul isn’t blind, and often she looks at me and smiles. And that smile is drop-dead pretty.”

He thinks that his dream is so grand that he’d like to live in it, and stops his bike in front of the piano in the tunnel. He asks if Yoo-seul will acknowledge him if he can play the song she played for him, and she accuses him of trying to con her because she’s blind, by bringing one of their classmates here to play in his place.

Cha-shik laughs and just scoops her up in his arms and places her down on the piano bench. He sits down next to her and puts her hand on top of his, and begins to play Beethoven’s 9th. Yoo-seul pulls her hand away and begins to listen, as Cha-shik narrates in voiceover that it was a fleeting dream, but he didn’t want it to end, so he decided to turn it into reality.

We see in flashback that he’d bought introductory books on how to play piano, and literally taught himself from step one. He then parked it at that piano in the tunnel day after day and night after night, fumbling his way through the piece until the street peddler who sits there every day had to start wearing earmuffs.

Cha-shik stuck with it, no matter how frustrating and slow, until his fingers bled and he had to bandage them. We fade from that into him playing it now, as passersby stop to listen, and the street peddler even takes off his earmuffs.

Yoo-seul is stunned, and Cha-shik asks if it’s still nonsense for him to enter the concours. She says it might not be nonsense after all, so he turns her toward him and asks her to enter to concours with him. She smiles and gives a little nod, and Cha-shik thinks, “My dream has started to come true.”

 
COMMENTS

Okay, it’s a little unbelievable that Cha-shik taught himself to play, but at least they’re making a point of him being an extreme case. It’s also the result of persistence and laser focus, which I find to be consistent with his bullheaded athlete character—he would’ve just practiced something to death until he either got it or broke his fingers trying. At least they’re not saying he listened to her playing it once and then repeated it, because we really don’t need two geniuses in one drama. Realistically it should’ve taken much longer, no matter whose son he is or isn’t, but I like the general point that he’s someone who has to work insanely hard to master a piece.

What’s great about Cha-shik is that he’s not the talent—Yoo-seul is—he’s the one inspired by music and moved by it, and he may just ignite a love for music in Yoo-seul and get her to look past technique and trophies and her mother, and just enjoy playing the piano. I’d love for her to hear the way Cha-shik described her playing, because I doubt she’s ever heard anyone describe her performance in those terms. It’s what he has to offer as an outsider who knows nothing of technique and doesn’t care about perfection. He just hears something beautiful and thinks she’s beautiful for making it happen. Even if the vision he had in his dream of them playing together on that grand stage never happens, I’m just happy about the fact that Yoo-seul looked genuinely moved by his performance and excited about playing piano again.

But what I really love is the combination of Cha-shik and Yoo-seul’s personalities, and the progression of their friendship in this episode. Yoo-seul is a pill, and it’s no wonder she doesn’t have any friends when her first instinct is to lash out at everyone. She’s a porcupine through and through, and it’s probably the worst blow to her pride that she has to rely on other people now that she’s blind. But Cha-shik’s bullheadedness is perfect for that too, because he just keeps at it faithfully until she finally lets herself rely on him a little. The small victories were priceless, like how happy it made him when she held his hand, or called him by name, or rode his bike. And it takes some serious strength of character not to hate her mother, and to try and earn her approval by changing his appearnce. He’s so endlessly positive and sincere that it eats away at Yoo-seul’s negativity and sarcasm, and it’s so great to see her enjoying a bike ride and trying to be nice to him, even defending his honor to her mother.

I hope that poor Jin-mok will get a little recognition for everything he’s doing to help Yoo-seul too, because I just love all the silent gestures. Him walking behind her all the way to school was especially heartwarming, and even though his rivalry with Cha-shik is really funny, I want them to all become friends more than anything. I mean, if he turned prickly Yoo-seul into a friend, surely befriending Jin-mok is like taming a docile puppy by comparison. There’s a lot of work to be done with only one episode left to go, but I think we’ve seen enough of Cha-shik to know he’s got it in the bag.

 
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awwww~ cha sik's so adorable. reminds me a lot to yoo ah in in secret love affair when kim hee ae notice him ?

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Oh my~
I thought I was the only one thinking about it! :)

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^Lol..I meant it as a comment to @franbergh

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I'm seriously loving this show. This episode once again was cute, funny, and tugged at my heart strings. I gotta' ask was I the only one who thought that since Jin-mok played perfectly like a "computer" he would record himself playing a piece and then give it to Yoo-seul, so she could learn by ear as opposed to reading sheet music?

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That's probably the endgame.

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Kim So hyun and Ji soo can play piano in real life? Could anyone who play piano tell me if they seem to be able to play well or all just editing? Thank you.

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I dont know about Ji Soo, but So Hyun learn to play piano before filming Page Turner, she practiced a lot for the drama in other dramas ab classical music we rarely see actors playing on their own so I appreciate her effort (you can watch it in ep 2, I think So Hyun play some parts of it but the audio was edited)

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Thank you. I like her even more.

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I'm impressed by how much amazing the acting is from all the main and secondary actors.

The script is doing pretty great so far for me.

It's a pity and very sad that there are only three episodes.

I'm in love with the both guys.

I think Cha-Sik and Yoo-seul will become a couple.

I hope someone comes to help Jin-Mok out of his misery.

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I forgot to say.

Thanks for the recap and your opinions Girlfriday!

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Haha, it's going to be another Splish Splash Love for me -cries-

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i hope, despite of love triangle, it's a beautiful friendship between them. i need a 16 episodes for this drama. not only 3 episodes. my heart hurts thinking about it ends this week :(

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It would be so great if we had more episodes. I just love the writer.

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Enjoying the show thus far~ Kim So-hyun hwaiting!

I've got to say though - despite of the fact that I LOVED Bok Dongie - his acting feels a little different here..? Jin-mok kind of caught my eye more than Cha-shik. (Or does this speak of my bias towards the tsundere-type character.)

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Me too.Jin-Mok has this silent way of saving yoo-seoul.And though cha shik is classic kdrama hero,but jin mok wins this round for me with the painstakingly irritating father,and over that it doesn't help that yoo seoul has always been kind of rude to him.And it has been for long.I kind of hoping for his better ending too,and that yoo seoul acknowledges him as a friend,and it does not need saying that kim so hyun has amazing chemistry with all of her second leads,and that works for this min drama too.Damn it.

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*mini

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i agree! i'm not sure if its the character or if it's the acting. i adored bokdong but chashik is just not doing it for me.

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me too.. maybe something wrong happen with me.

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One of the things I love about Dramabeans is that the meanings and words that sometimes gets lost in VIKI translation you guys accurately articulate. That's why no matter whether I've seen the drama once or several times. I always come back to read and reread you guys recaps. The things that were not properly translated I guestimated (not knowing Korean but trying to learn the language) but, coming here I feel assured of Korean words & meanings, as well as how it should translate to convey the meaning of the topic being discuessed. Thanks Dramabean writers!

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And don't forget all the times the subtitles don't translate the writing -- so we don't know the envelopes are for Dad until we read the re-cap.

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So true

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Me too! I can't count an episode as "watched" unless i read the recaps (and some replies) too. And then you can hear me saying: "Aha! So that's why they did that!"
Thank you dramabeans team and fans!!

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Couldn't agree more!

@SoL comments below rings true with all the drama I watched. As some of translations are hard to understand, context wise, Dramabeans is my go-to site to make the sense of it.

Thank you everyone at Dramabeans!

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This drama is just so sweet and I know it's only three episodes, but it's making me wish it were a little longer. At the same time, I'm happy it's short, sometimes more episodes ruin such cute stories.

Jisoo is really making me smile in this drama, he's so determined and headstrong, but so understanding when it comes to Yoo Seul. I also find Jin Mok's character very intriguing, like I'd love to see more of him too.

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I still can't believe this drama is coming to an end next week. Honestly one of the best dramas this year for me and one of the best youth dramas I've seen.

The chemistry between the 3 leads is great, especially between kim so hyun and jisoo. Please drama Gods cast them in something else.

This dramas has everything from comedy, slice of life, touching moments.

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I DO think Yoo-seul should be nicer to Jin-mok. I mean, we see the reasons he has for being nice and she doesn't, sure, but he's genuinely trying to help and she's paying him back with vile comments. Her attitude...

Otherwise, I love every single actor in there, lol. This drama is great!

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I mean he was such a jerk before I would probably react the same way tbh. And from her perspective he seems like he's looking down on her because he got nice as soon as she became blind. And with the way he treated her mom, I wouldn't think of him so highly either.

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I also think it would be nice for Yoo-seul to tone down her prickly-ness but I also think her reaction to Jin-mok's actions are understandable given that they've 'hated' each other for so long. Yoo-seul was practically raised/groomed to hate Jin-mok by her mother. It makes sense that it's hard for her to believe that Jin-mok suddenly wants to help her. The last thing she'd want is to accept help from her supposed enemy/rival who looked down on her when they were little kids.

In a way, it's kinda nice that they didn't make Yoo-seul change overnight after she became blind. It's gonna take some time and work.

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I understand Yoo Seul's behavior towards Jin Mok though. If I saw someone treats my Mom rudely like that... It'd hard for me to forgive him either.

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Is it weird that I find some of Yoo-seul's angry outbursts cute? Is it just me? LOL For example, when she kept telling her mom not to follow her. It made me laugh how she said 'I'M GOING. TO SCHOOL. ALONE' in that tone...then followed it up with a bow. LOL

Of course, that hair-flip scene was priceless. I loved how she said that 'I know' line. So sassy even though what just happened was embarrassing.

And then that scene when Cha-sik had to goad/guilt her into playing the piano for him, I thought it was really cute how she said 'Fine! I'll play it! Where's the piano?' in that angry tone. Hahaha!

I know she's super prickly and abrasive most of the time especially with Jin-mok but she has this weird reverse charm to her. Idk maybe it's just my Kim So Hyun bias talking. Hahaha!

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lol same I think that she's so adorable. I laughed so hard when she flipped her hair. I think Kim so hyun plays with her depth and layer and I love that contrast between abrasive yoo seul and cute yoo seul.

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I think ep 3 will have even more of those Yoo-seul outbursts since she's gonna be tutoring Cha-sik lol And from the preview, it looks like she's finally gonna start missing him. But of course in angry Yoo-seul way. Hee

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Awwww Cha-shik and Yoo Seul are so cute together ?? and I love the relationship cha-shik has with his mom now if only yoo seul's mom and jin moks dad took some pointers from her maybe then their kids wouldn't be so messed up inside I just wanted to give them both a nice big slap

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You said it!! My favorite relationship is Cha Shik and his mom!! The other adults suck to the hilt. I mean to have a teacher practically screams to her student saying "you're not talented!"? Wow...and then Jin Mok's dad, both of them deserve a ticket for 'bad parents competition award'. Unfortunately, there are many competitors for this award in kdramaland.

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I lost it when YooSeul's mother called JinMok a psychopath. A kid doesn't understand how to play a piano with emotions doesn't mean that he's emotionless... and psychopath? When there's such an obvious negative connotation to that? And a teacher screams that to a kid?

Sure, JinMok wasn't cool and nice doing what he did but she wasn't blameless either.

Piano is such a delicate subject to teach and learn in that the teacher has to impart not just perfect technical skills but also the love and passion that comes out of each piece and FOR the piano. It's so easy to be good at the former and terrible at the latter. I had a piano teacher just like that and I can't tell you enough about how much I HATED the piano. The combined fury of the all of the suns in the milky way's is not even enough. And my sister hated it even more than me, lol. It took me years away from the piano to realise its absolute beauty. (And then my heart kinda broke at all the times I really hated it back then.)

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That's true. I started watching the show preparing to only see Jinmok's nonromantic jealousy because Yooseul and her mom always called him a psychopath, but I was wrong. When the boy threw a punch at the pervy kid even though his pianist hands are precious, I realized that I completely misunderstood him. He's just an antagonized puppy through and through.

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I love this drama so much it hurts.

Thank you Yoo Seul, Cha Shik, and Jin Mok for reminding me again that one's youth is meant to be lived out in fire and passion with an almost idealistic relentlessness that nothing is impossible. Watching Cha Shik's persistence (almost to the point of naive hard-headedness) is actually spurring me on to give a crap in life. So thanks.

The worst part of this drama? It's only 3 episodes T_T

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I love this! I love how cute and funny this is and how it tugs at my heartstrings!

Cha-shik is so adorable, he takes everything so positively and he works so hard on improving himself for both himself and Yoo-seul, I just couldn't stop awing when he described her piano playing and when he thought of his dream! Aww!

I really want all 3 kids to get along be friends and live all happy and sweet and just cute!

Oh how I wish this was a 16 episode drama!
GF, thank you for the recap.

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“It sounded like a pretty rainbow, the kind that’s so pretty that it makes people look like angels and the world look like heaven. Where looking at it makes you so happy that you hope it never goes away—that kind of rainbow.”

This is what this show is to me. The leads' acting are spot on and their characterization especially CS just gets me. When CS told his mom he'll work hard and make their life better, his confidence made me want to try harder, too, and have confidence in myself. His character is really just so darn adorable and his earnestness and diligence is very inspiring.

But whyyyyy? Why is this show only 3 episodes long???

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Notice how the bandage came unwound when Jin-mok was playing ???
So, is that:
1: Metaphor for him coming unwound?
2: Accident because somebody didn't fasten it well enough and they just decided to go with it?

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It means Something Significant, so i'll go with #1. His unraveling??

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Cha Sik is Yoo Seul's real-life guardian angel . The kind that enters her life during her darkest moments and envelops her into the greatest kind of warmth possible. The one that will always shower her with positivity and earn her trust although she doesn't know what he looks like.

The saddest thing in all of this might be the fact that she can never see his face..She can never see him smile..She can just imagine what he looks like. She can just remember him through his voice..the sound of his laughter..Or his guiding hands..But that's the beauty of it..Just like how she didn't know what her talent seemed to him. They're both beautiful..in a dreamy kind of way..

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Cha Shik brings a smile to my face.. He is the cutest puppy ever lol and the trio is really engaging and entertaining to watch!
I liked all the characters here.. The parents (minus the cool mom) are something but at least Yoo Seul's mom seem to understand now.

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Omo, someone mentioned that Cha Shik is like Yoo Ah In in Secret Love Affair...now I have to check this out. And from the recap it sounds super cute.

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I waited all weekend for this!!!!! And finally it's here. Dang I cries in every scene with her stubborn mom. And that smile on the bike ride is all she needs in her life.
And I luuuuuuurrrrvvveeees it how Chasik is being protective to Yooseul like how he was when someone dishonored her mother. And I also love it how Yooseul could stop him from the rage (or probably he was just frozen because she held his hand?). This rainbow-feeling but also heavy drama is aaaaaaall I need

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I am worried that his dad may not be the famous pianist after all, and it's just his mom's way of getting him out of a funk.

I love the three kids and Cha-sik's mom anyways! Thanks for the recap and I can't wait for the next episode!

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I totally saw it coming. Mom is a writer, so I'm not even surprised at her creative streak xD.

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Actually, what I'm wondering is if there might be a possibility that the pianist could be his dad. The obvious and most likely answer is that he is not. The show even had all the kids point out that fact. So the twist would be if the famous pianist actually was his dad.

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Loving this show so far though I've only seen episode 1. Episode two tonight so I'm not going to read the recap till after I've finished that episode.

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+1 on Cha-shik being adorable. I'm so glad Ji-soo is portraying a less tortured character this time around!

(I'm also trying not to wonder how blind Yoo-seul could get her lipstick so perfect.)

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They should have had her mess up the lipstick rather than the hair roller thing – because no matter how blind she is, she'll feel the hair roller bounce on the back of her head.

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Good point about the roller - I hadn't thought about that!

As for the lipstick, I'm just telling myself that Yoo-seul probably now puts on her lip makeup with her fingers to make sure she applies it in the right place :)

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Perhaps jin mok will return the roller to her and ys will then realize that its not her mom who was following her on her first day to school...

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<Okay, it’s a little unbelievable that Cha-shik taught himself to play

... that's an understatement.

I might have bought it, but honestly I'm getting a bit tired of the exaggeration in this show, which I feel is completely unnecessary. I'm just not sure why everyone has to be a total jerk and Cha-shik and Jin-mok are the only nice people willing to help Yoo-seul. The cafeteria scene and the dog walker scene ("I'll sue you for animal abuse"?!?) just ended up feeling contrived to me. What has happened to basic politeness? Am I supposed to believe that everyone in Korea assumes if you bump into them it's to harm and spite you somehow? There are real conflicts vision impaired people and Yoo-seul in this story face, so I'm just not sure why the script has to be written to be exaggerated like this.

I think it's a bit of a pity this is three episodes – it feels too short for a story like this where 5-10 episodes could have easily been done (and then, maybe, Cha-shik's piano genius would have felt more believable?).

I like Pageturner for the heart it has – as long as I kind of pretend only the three main characters plus Cha-shik's mom exist (Cha-shik plus mom is LOVE). Though I am also a bit conflicted about Cha-shik's characterisation: I like him, but the show seems to suggest he's dumb in one moment and a genius in the next – both on an intellectual level. But I love his totally sunny nature. He's such a Pollyanna.

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I don't think the show is suggesting that Cha-shik is dumb or a genius but rather he is someone who's so positive that he believes there is nothing that can't be done once you put it in your head or set your mind to it! He wasn't in an art school so didn't learn the piano or terms related to it, he didn't really have to but now that his life's taken a whole new turn he's putting a lot of effort and hard work into learning and being of help to Yoo-seul.

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He's not a genius by any means, but he's pretty much made it known to everyone that he's willing to try his damnedest to achieve his goal.

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It's just how it comes across to me – after the first episode I felt he was shown to be not the sharpest tool in the shed, in the second he struggled to read and then memorised (with perfect pronunciation) every term seemingly overnight and suddenly could read music too (which is giving me genius vibes)!

Ultimately, spread over more than three episodes this might have worked better because it wouldn't feel like going from one extreme to the other. I hope he doesn't win (or even qualify) for the competition, because it would feel like a joke – no matter how much of his adorable effort he puts in, you can't make up ten years of piano practice in three months. Plus, it's his friendship with Yoo-seul and them overcoming what fate dealt them. Yoo-seul rediscovering the piano for the pure joy of playing with the help of Yoo-seul is all that's needed IMO.

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<Plus, it’s his friendship with Yoo-seul and them overcoming what fate dealt them. Yoo-seul rediscovering the piano for the pure joy of playing with the help of Yoo-seul is all that’s needed IMO.

Sorry that's supposed to say: "Plus, it’s his friendship with Yoo-seul and them overcoming what fate dealt them that make this show great. Yoo-seul rediscovering the piano for the pure joy of playing with the help of Yoo-seul is all that’s needed IMO."

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I never expected myself to have some sympathy toward Jinmok, especially with all the hate and antagonism between him and Yooseul. But all his silent gestures in this episode just melt me. It's a baby step for him to start mending their hateful relationship, maybe even a start of genuine friendship. I hope Yooseul can see through his angry demeanor and return his gestures..

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I liked the episode a lot, but I play the piano, and while not the greatest student, I know that the song that GF has at the top of the blogpost is not possible for a novice to play in 4 short months (i'm including the one month of him starting the play and the 3 he has left until the competition). I am positive that I couldn't play the piece in 4 months even working 7 hours a day on it. Actually I could maybe if i spent that much effort but non with any virtuosity of a professional pianist.

I hope that the last episode concentrates more on healing of the 3 people's lives instead of Cha Sik's burgeoning piano abilities because that would really wreck the story. Like Yoo Seul said, if she picked up the pole vault and worked at it for 4 straight months she would not become a national team member either. Nor should he become a nationally renowned pianist in 4 months.

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Yup, that's how I feel. Their healing together is much more interesting than the three of them becoming nationally renowned piano players....

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Ahh....I feel like a proud mama seeing these beautiful kids act :') All 3 are definitely going to continue being in the top for their generation. I absolutely love CS and his clumsy yet sweet character. Cant wait to see the last episode!

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Thank you ofr the recap GF. I could not get enough of this episode so I re-watched it back to back.
I dont know what is it about Jisoo, be it his angst scenes or happy scenes, both make me tear up equally.
The whole scene about his dream with yoo-seul, self learning and finally when he plays in front of Yoo-Seul is so well done, it made me tear up. Like so many,I wish this drama was longer but maybe anything more than this would have diluted the feels and fun. Love the various facets of jisoo in this drama...his gangster look complete with glasses was hilarious.
Also,loved that they did not make Cha Shik another genius. His persistence ,hardwork and determination to learn on his own is so attractive. Cha Shik might look and behave like a jokester but is a romantic soul in and out.
Cha-Shik and mom - the best mom-son in kdramaland till date.

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Kim SoHyun is truly an acting empress. Yoo Seul would have been a cold and bitter bitch in the hands of another actress, but she somehow manages to subtly show vulnerability that makes the character relatable. She truly is the heart of this show.

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only thing that came to mind was, Do they really let school girl wear that much makeup? at school that is.

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I guess it depends on where you went to school. It's been many years for me, but I don't think a little lip tint is too much makeup.

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In the US that's nothin'. There weren't any makeup rules at my school.

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guess I am getting old lol well remember the days when girls had to leave the class until they removed any makeup and boys could get strapped at the whim of the teacher. Getting the cane was different and required a witness and some paper work. School memoirs :-)

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Cha shik is a kind of sunshine I would really love in my life. He doesn't sugarcoat things but is genuinely bringing so much positivity in the other person's life… His attitude towards bitchy mom was absolutely awesome. He obviously wasn't happy to hear he looks like a hooligan, but he didn't let it get to him. I loved it.

On the other hand I don't like the change between him and the girl. Her transition wasn't really believable to me. I would need more material, she somehow suddenly changed. I wish we had more than 3 episodes, this could be so much more awesome with more time. At this point it's not really enough. I also love the change in Jin mok, it could be used so beautifully, I'm anxious to see next episode.

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I love that Chashik didn't fell into the Kdrama trope where he's hurt by Mean Mom's words and becomes distant from Yooseul. When the camera pan out to an empty porch, I thought he'd left before he overheard Yooseul defending them, so he'd never know she appreciated him, and there comes the dreaded misunderstanding etc.

Instead, her insults only catalyst his image change to be a more reliable friend for Yooseul. This is why I love the IHYV writer.

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Everyone seems to think that Kim So-hyun can only be Eun-bi or Eun-byul. Black or white. When the trailers for 'Page Turner' came out, everyone was saying "Ah! It's Go Eun-byul!"
But Yoo-seul is wildly different from Eun-byul, and I love that Kim So-hyun has proved what a wonderful actor she is by putting every character she plays in a new shade of grey.

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love your comment :3 Go Eun Byul is surely different, and Sohyun made it so subtly :D

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Yoo-seul learned how to travel with her cane in record time, so I won't be super surprised if Cha shik ends up acing the piano piece. I really like this show for the characters, but it's not the most realistic thing in the world. I don't need it to be, because real life is depressing :)

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That's what I found the most surprising in this series, Yoo-seul learning to use the cane in record time to go to school.

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It's pretty implausible that she'd be able to get around with her cane so quickly. I used to live by a blind school and I'd always see groups out together, practicing things like hearing which way traffic was going, figuring out how different surfaces felt with the cane, and counting steps. It seemed like an involved process- not just "here, take this, you'll figure it out." My mother in law was blind, and even though she was incredibly independent and great at getting around, even she got confused in new places from time to time. She got turned around at an intersection and ended up wandering up a freeway on-ramp once. Not that she was realy bothered by it. A police officer escorted her down and when she told me the story she focused more on his muscley arms :D

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But is a 3 episodes drama so that's why everything seems so rushed and has to be rushed... This should have been longer so it could be more realistic

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It pains me so much that this drama is only three episodes. ?
CS and his Mom are just pure LOVE! Have we seen anything like this in Kdrama??? I can't think of any.

I want all three kids to be just happy and feel love. I don't know how they will go about the father thing because CS is such a pure hearted kid and it broke my heart when those teased him about it.

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Only one more episode! Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! :, (
I want at least 12 episodes of this. I've seen much worse full length music dramas. I love this so much! Heartwarming!

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Why do high teens drama always have bull-copter parents?

Anyway, putting some flaws I can't help but notice, I love the dynamic between CS and YS.

And been questioning why this drama has only 3 episode.

I want more happy Bok Dongie.

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I love it.. cha sik you are a true positive shield..??

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Ji-soo is wonderful in this. Totally warms my heart whenever he appears on screen!

And my favourite part - "I'm sorry I look like a loan shark gangster."

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I know we had to take a few calculated leaps with Cha Shik's development but I just loved his 'never say die attitude'. He brought so much positive energy and was just what Yool Seul needed in her moment of transition.

I loved the fact that instead of taking offense to the insults from Yool Seul's mom and classmates, he simply took it as constructive criticism and acknowledged his weaknesses.

My favourite parts were:
1) when he studied like crazy and took a bow in class
2) He apologised to Yool Seul's mom for his fashion fails and promising to do better ... I laughed when he apologised for looking a gangster doing his rounds around the neighbourhood....

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Is there anything that KSH can't do? Page Turner's 2nd ep is just one of many exhibits showing the range of emotions that she is able to convey. I especially loved the scene wherein she was listening to Cha-shik playing the piano. She was able to show a lot of emotions without saying a word, ranging from mockery, to being pleasantly surprised, to loving the piano once again.

In this ep, we are also able to see the many genres that KSH can be cast in. She was a rebellious daughter, a damsel in distress, a haughty genius and an object of someone's first love, all rolled into one. KSH is really daebak, to borrow from Cha-shik. She has future hallyu goddess written all over her.

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Ughhhh I'm loving this drama SO MUCH. I'm so sad that tomorrow is the last episode!

I can't remember the last time a drama made me laugh so much, to be honest. When Yoo-seul thought that Jin-mok was her mom and was yelling, "Stop following me, MOM!!!" I just about died, hehe. And the haughty hair flip when Cha-shik told her she was going the wrong way!

Not to mention all of the heart. Hoping next week brings us the beginning of a great friendship trio between Yoo-seul, Jin-mok, and Cha-shik. It seems like they both like her but I really hope they don't end up fighting over her at the end! I want everyone to be BFFs!

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And by tomorrow I totally meant next week lol.

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I love loveeee loveeee this episode.

I love that we are seeing how cha shik is worming his way into yoo-seul's life no matter how grumpy she is but seriously can anyone resist his sunny personality.

I am confused why people think Jin Mok likes Yoo Seul since they were enemies most of their lives.

He understands her better now after her outburst at the hospital and he also feels guilty.

he just wants to bury the hatchet and be friends I think but since Yoo Seul does not have the information we the audience have it is expected for her to suspicious of any kind words from the guy who she sees as her enemy.

Cha shik will be the one to help change Jin Mok and also help him make friends with Yoo Seul I think.

No love triangle here since Cha Shik and Yoo seul are perfect foils for each other.

Jin Mok have lots of issues to deal with like his Dad and I think a female version of Cha Shik for him would be perfect to get him out of that silent, robot like personality. Does Cha Shik have a sister?

Again why is this only three episodes?

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I think Cha Shik is an only child... but he can be Jin Mok's friend too! :)

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Thanks for the recap, GF!

Ep. 2 is even better than 1! Love the emerging friendships and Jisoo is so darn cute as Chashikkie!!! It's so heartwarming to see him finding a new dream and being so relentless in pursuing it. His headstrong personality spurs him on to do anything that he puts his mind to, whether it's playing the piano or being Yooseul's helper. I love the way he acted in front of Yooseul's mom despite having overheard the way she insulted him. His beam of sunshine really warms those around him and I absolutely adore him and mom together. The scene when he was blocking Jinmok's view of Yooseul and the wink was so hilarious!!!!! He's not the genius out of the trio, but his perseverance is so inspiring and his positive nature will definitely rub off on Yooseul and Jinmok. His dream is so beautiful and I hope he will have his chance on stage.

I'm so glad Yooseul finally got to tell her mom how she honestly felt so mom could see how she has robbed Yooseul of her childhood. Those non-smiling pics seem to finally make mom realize that she has be pinning her own dreams on Yooseul all along. KSH is nothing short of amazing. Love her portrayal of various emotions and I love the hair flip and yelling at Jinmok as mom. I like that nuances of the writing of this short piece as there are so many layers to the characters and the scenes have emotions punctuated with humour.

Jinmok also has similar experience with his dad, who seems even worse than Yooseul's mom. No wonder he is constantly angered. He only gets put-downs at home!! Love how sweet he was to follow Yooseul to school just to make sure she's OK and helping her with all the small gestures. Not to mention, the soup incident and catching the creeper.

Really hope these three can become true friends and find solace in one another. All of the pairings are hilarious and touching in their own way. Can't believe there's only one episode left!!! I would've loved watching a full drama with these three young talents. =P

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Really grateful to DB for introducing these gems to their readers. I wouldn't have checked this out if it wasn't for their recaps. This is surprisingly well-done for a teen drama. I think the episode restraint helped guide and tightened the story so it's not so dragged out. However, certain plots does feel rushed or rather felt unrealistic because of it like some have already mentioned, how quickly Yooseoul adapted to not being able to see. I still feel in love with it for all its twists and turns.

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Well, I want to know what the name of the song or whatever they called it which they played together? I remembered I had played it on Piano Tiles 2 but I can't remember what's the title ??
Thankyou❤

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It says in the recap, Beethoven's 9th.

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..hello..can anyone tell me what's the title of the piano piece they've played on the last episode? thanks :D

(I'm not really into piano thingy or how they address it :D )

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in the last episode? I assume you mean first, then:

Jin-Mok played "Chopin's Waltz in E Minor" for the competition.

Yoo Seul played "Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23 No. 5".

in THIS episode (the 2nd, then):

it's Beethoven 9th.

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Cha-Sik being able to play BEETHOVEN 9TH by studying day by day and night by night is not just a little unbelievable, it's very so. But oh well, it's K-dramaland, a place where girls can change their entire wardrobe and make-up and hairstyles in one day no matter their occupation and incomes, and where a baby can survive a dagger, a swim in a river and multiple assassination attempts. I guess when you put it in that term, being a piano prodigy in one month suddenly seems really, really believable after all...

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