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Age of Youth: Episode 4

I think I love this show. The wait for episodes doesn’t exactly drive me insane like most dramas, but when I do get to watch another episode, I fall back into the story effortlessly as soon as the characters walk onscreen. It’s almost like sitting down for an hour and catching up with some friends. And in today’s episode, we catch up with our silent observer Jin-myung, a character whose inner thoughts I’ve been dying to hear since day one.

 
EPISODE 4: “My dream is to be a company employee #proof of poverty”

Earbuds in as always, our eldest housemate Jin-myung waits for the bus. She narrates that there was a time when she wanted to be special, and as far from average as possible.

She takes the bus to a hospital, and she goes straight up to a room. The patient inside is a young man, unconscious. As Jin-myung blankly stares at his face, she thinks that being called average would’ve been an insult back then. But now, she’s doing everything she can to be average. To work in a company, just as Yi-na had said.

Her mother enters and pushes past her to take care of the young man. “I told you to wait in the lobby,” her mother tells Jin-myung coldly. Mom tells her to leave, so Jin-myung complies, but not before taking one last look at the man. “Right now, I’m even less than average,” Jin-myung narrates matter-of-factly.

The next day, Jin-myung makes a run for the door and throws her goodbyes over her shoulder, in a rush as always.

After stopping by another one of her part-time gigs at a house, the owner stops her from hurrying out to give her some food. Jin-myung checks her watch, but the owner takes her good ol’ time. Which causes Jin-myung to miss her next bus.

She eventually makes it to her restaurant job (did she run the whole way??), albeit soaking wet from the rain. Her manager notes her tardiness, looking rather displeased. At home, Ji-won, Ye-eun, and Eun-jae color together while wondering how Jin-myung can handle so many jobs. And even so, with all the money she racks up, she still makes less than what Yi-na would get from one of her suitors.

At the end of another busy day at the restaurant, Jin-myung apologizes to the manager, though she doesn’t answer why she was late. He just tells her not to let it happen again.

She readies herself to go under the rain again when an umbrella pops open above her head. Friendly chef Jae-wan smiles and walks her to the bus stop (making sure to give her more space under the umbrella, awww).

It doesn’t make Jin-myung feel all that comfortable though. “Please don’t treat me so well. If you treat me well and then stop, it’ll just be harder for me,” she says. Her bus comes and she steps in without another glance in his direction.

But she’s surprised when Jae-wan plops down in the seat right next to her. “Can’t I just keep treating you well then?” he asks, “I can do that, right?” Flustered, she looks out the window and tries her damnedest not to smile, but totally fails.

He takes her all the way to the front door of Belle Epoque house with the umbrella. Since the last bus is gone, he tells her he’ll rest up at a nearby jjimjilbang. She calls him foolish for going through all this trouble, making Jae-wan smile again. He tells her to go inside, and reluctantly, she does.

The girls greet her once she’s inside, but she whisks right past them and goes out to the balcony. And down below, Jae-wan is looking right at her. She smiles brightly, giving Jae-wan his cue to finally leave. The girls ask what she’s doing and she panics, slamming the window way too hard and smashing her index finger in the process.

Ye-eun, Ji-won, and Eun-jae interview a new girl for Yi-na’s room, and she seems okay until the girl explains how ridiculous her old roommates were with tidying the house: only cleaning the bathroom for thirty minutes and even washing their clothes with their underwear.

The girls seem to find this one a little on the cuckoo side, but they see her out with plastered-on smiles.

Meanwhile, Yi-na kicks back in her new apartment, singing and dancing while enjoying the quiet, open space. When she sinks into the bed, her energy drains as soon as it came.

Eun-jae notices Jin-myung drinking alone by the balcony, though Ji-won and Ye-eun reassure her it’s a normal Sunday night ritual for Jin-myung. However, Jin-myung seems to have more thoughts than normal. She gazes out the window, remembering Jae-wan watching her from the street.

The next day, Ji-won and Ye-eun attack Eun-jae with tickles, wanting more info on a boy she had a special moment with during a department trip. It’s so nice to see how close these three have gotten. Eun-jae seeks help from Jin-myung, but they’re all surprised when Jin-myung joins in on the teasing and asks what kind of guy he is.

Well, now Eun-jae’s trapped and she has to spill.

Enter story mode: Eun-jae had some trouble carrying her bag, so classmate Jong-yeol had stepped in and grabbed it. Eun-jae had misinterpreted his intentions and figured he’d just tease her again later. So in a huff, he’d just dropped his own stuff at her feet, telling her to carry that too. Oh, come on, boy, you’re just making it worse for yourself.

And, of course, in the present, Eun-jae hurriedly states that Jong-yeol isn’t her guy — Jong-yeol is someone who only bothers her. Then, who is her guy, Ye-eun wonders. Eun-jae smiles shyly.

Apparently, after Jong-yeol had left, another boy tsk-tsked behind her, saying all the heavy lifting should be handled by the men. Eun-jae had turned around—angels literally singing in the background—to find a tall, long-haired boy glowing from the sunlight. One offer to carry her bags and one hair flip later, Eun-jae had completely fallen.

The girls cringe at the cheesiness of it all, but break into giggles when Ji-won reminds Eun-jae to use a condom if needed. Jin-myung freely smiles, though it immediately drops when she sees that the smile was caught by Ji-won.

While prepping for work at the restaurant, Jin-myung applies a bit of lipstick and makes sure to bandage up her bruised finger. The night goes pretty smoothly, with more so-subtle-you-barely-notice eye flirting with Jae-wan. Afterwards, everyone goes out for a staff dinner. Jae-wan falls back when he’s told Jin-myung has already left for her other job.

At her convenience store job, Jin-myung’s eyes wander away from her studies and onto the security monitor where she can see a young happy couple at a table. Her eyes are glued to the screen with intrigue, maybe even longing, though she eventually snaps herself out of it.

She automatically calls out a greeting to the sound of the door chime, and it turns out to be the last person she expected. “Why are there so many convenience stores in this neighborhood?” Jae-wan says, “This is the fifth one I’ve been to already.” She asks if he was trying to find her, but he just grins and buys them both drinks.

He presents her with a twist-tie ring, and makes sure to emphasize that it’s not just an ordinary twist-tie—it’s a legit ring. Jin-myung seems to melt as he slips it onto her finger. Even after she gets home, she can’t stop looking at it. She rests in Yi-na’s old room and admires the ring, making it clear that it’s not an ordinary twist-tie to her at all.

In her new apartment, Yi-na gives up on trying to sleep. Instead, she looks through the Belle Epoque house group chat and re-reads old texts, laughing at the girls’ usual banter.

Ji-won and Eun-jae interview another potential housemate who turns out to be even shyer than Eun-jae. After they politely show the girl out, Ji-won wonders if the resident ghost is sabotaging their efforts to find a roommate. The comment gets Eun-jae nervous again.

Ye-eun goes out with boyfriend Doo-young, where they sign a quick petition on the street and then head to the movies. Doo-young scowls at her and suddenly says he’s not in the mood for a movie. Or for the rest of their date, apparently, because he drives her all the way home. Ye-eun is understandably confused at his sudden annoyance and asks in a small voice what she did wrong.

He opens her door and huffs, “When you signed the petition earlier, why did you write your school name?” Wait—that’s what you’re mad about? He accuses her of showing off that she goes to a better college than him, which Ye-eun innocently denies. Doo-young only gets more frustrated with her answers and yanks her out of the car and onto the ground. Oh, hell no.

Thankfully, this entire scene is witnessed by Yi-na and she struts right up to Doo-young and whacks him on the head with her purse. She then turns to Ye-eun: “Who is this bastard? Why is he doing this to you?” Embarrassed, Ye-eun stands up and walks past both of them to hurry inside.

Yi-na follows Ye-eun all the way to her room and asks if that bastard is her boyfriend. “Break up with him right now,” Yi-na orders. She doesn’t want Ye-eun dating a guy like him.

But Ye-eun doesn’t want to listen. She shouts that it’s her love life and it isn’t like Yi-na’s is any better. She slams her bedroom door, screaming at Yi-na to leave the house. Equally agitated, Yi-na screams back that she will.

Jin-myung goes shopping for a new pair of shoes, then at the restaurant, she gets Jae-wan’s attention and sneaks him away from mealtime. She hands him a gift, though she stresses that it’s nothing much and scurries off. We see her put her old ratty shoes away in her locker, having chosen to buy his present instead of the shoes she needed.

Jae-wan beams as he opens the gift—a knife sharpener—and he makes sure to use it right in front of Jin-myung as she goes in and out of the kitchen. She doesn’t express her content until her face is out of his view. So many smiles from her in this episode. Gotta love it.

While handing a customer their order, the pain in Jin-myung’s finger causes her to drop the plate a little too harshly. The manager notices this and later confronts her about it in the employee break room. He rips the bandages off her finger, nearly ripping off her nail as well, and berates her for serving with hands that would disgust the customers. He orders everyone else to go home. From the kitchen, Jae-wan watches her sadly, unable to speak up.

Even after everyone leaves, Jae-wan waits for Jin-myung outside, but she never comes out. He goes back inside and searches the entire building, but she’s nowhere to be found.

Her manager takes Jin-myung out for a late dinner and drinks to explain that he only yelled at her as a show in front of the other workers. In truth, he put himself through college as well, so he understands how she feels. He drives her home that night, dropping her off just as Jae-wan arrives. Jae-wan watches from afar as Jin-myung gets out of the car and trudges inside the house. I hope he’s not getting the wrong idea.

Jae-wan gets even more confused when he hears the next day that Jin-myung’s been promoted to register duty.

Yi-na gets a bit tipsy at the bar and continues sharing her relationship troubles with her new bar buddy, AKA Creepy Stalker Man. It’s making me uneasy that she’s being so open with this guy.

What’s really bothering Yi-na is the nightmares she’s been having since she moved. “I’ve fallen into water,” she tells him, “It’s pitch black, but someone is staring at me underwater.” She thinks it might be a person, but it could also be some sort of beast.

She breaks off and asks the man if he wants to come to her apartment, but quickly changes her mind. The man lets out a shaky breath, though I can’t tell if it’s because of her offer or her dream. He excuses himself to the restroom to splash his face with some water. When he comes out, he’s surprised to see that Yi-na is already gone.

Once off work, Jin-myung finds Jae-wan waiting for her outside as always. They silently walk to the bus stop together, though the silence today is more awkward than usual. Jae-wan is the first to speak, saying he waited for her yesterday too. Jin-myung says what he already knows—that the manager drove her home.

Jae-wan turns to face her. “Please tell me it’s not like that,” he pleads. Jin-myung seems to close up and heads for her oncoming bus instead. He grabs her wrist, finally getting the words out of her. Jin-myung: “If I told you, would you believe me?” Jae-wan: “Yes.” Her expression softens, but she still removes his hand and escapes onto the bus.

As she walks home, alone with her thoughts, an extremely drunk Yi-na drops out of a taxi and stumbles into the house. The poor girl just can’t seem to stay away.

Yi-na makes a beeline for the bathroom, while the other girls stand there in shock. Once she’s out, Yi-na slurs an apology for using their bathroom and starts to leave. She comes to a sudden stop and points at Ji-won, wondering if the ghost in the cupboard left. It must have, Yi-na says, because the ghost followed her out and is now showing up in her dreams.

She turns away to leave again only to slip and fall, sending Ye-eun down with her. Yi-na holds Ye-eun down and looks her straight in the eye. “You,” Yi-na’s voice becomes stern. “Stop seeing that guy. I’m saying this because I’m afraid you’ll get hurt. Because I’m worried about you.” Ye-eun pushes Yi-na off, and Yi-na mutters drunkenly that Ye-eun doesn’t even know what a great person she is, because she’s dating that punk. The girls all seem touched, and Yi-na’s rambling soon turns into snoring. Ye-eun grumbles in annoyance, but it seems more like half-hearted annoyance to me.

Jin-myung later checks in on Yi-na and finds the poor girl sprawled on her old bed. Jin-myung covers her up with a blanket and watches her sleeping face. Her thoughts go back to being in the car with her manager the previous night. The manager had told her to think of him as an uncle and to come to him for any help. He got a little too comfortable with her and started patting and squeezing her thigh.

Back in Yi-na’s room, Jin-myung thinks that the manager knew exactly what he was doing, as did she. She brings her eyes back to Yi-na. In her thoughts, she tells us that she didn’t like Yi-na all this time—she thought she was a better person than Yi-na. But now she realizes that that’s not true. She just never had to face as much temptation as Yi-na did.

Sometime after Jin-myung leaves, Ye-eun comes in, carrying her own blanket. When she sees Yi-na is already covered, she quietly retreats. Daww, I knew you cared.

Everyone’s already busy cleaning the house when Yi-na finally wakes up the next morning. All eyes turn to her when she comes out of her room, and she awkwardly apologizes for intruding. Before she can leave, Ji-won calls out, “That ghost… it’s been here the whole time.” So it didn’t follow Yi-na out after all. Yi-na wonders what the dreams were about then.

However, Yi-na still can’t seem to leave. “Can’t I just live here?” she asks with wavering confidence. “I know it’s foolish to move out then move back in, and I know I lied to you. I know that, but even so, can’t I live here?”

The rest of the girls exchange strained looks, but no one says a word. Yi-na takes the silence as a rejection and rushes out without turning back.

The four girls interview potential housemate #3, and this time, the applicant seems perfectly normal. The girls find her a bit too normal though, to the point of being boring. They all agree that they want someone more dynamic.

Jin-myung then gets a call from her mother, and she immediately heads to the hospital. She rounds the corner to a hectic scene: nurses rushing in and out of a room, and her mother collapsed on the floor, crying hysterically for the patient, Joon-myung. Ah, so it must be Jin-myung’s brother.

It all moves in slow motion for Jin-myung and she can only watch numbly as the doctor reassures her mother that Joon-myung’s been stabilized again. It stops her cries, but the mother still looks heartbroken, as if she’s had to go through this many times before. Jin-myung takes one look into her mother’s exhausted eyes and turns the other way, a new determination in her stride.

The restaurant is Jin-myung’s final destination, and this time, it’s her turn to wait for Jae-wan. When he comes out, he can tell something’s wrong. Jin-myung looks like she might break at any moment, but she calmly rests her forehead on Jae-wan’s chest.

“My younger brother didn’t die,” she says, her voice flat. “He hasn’t died for two years. But I really thought he died this time. I was really hoping he’d just die.” Jae-wan tries to put a comforting hand on her arm, but she pulls away. She asks if he still likes her, and he answers with a confident yes.

“Don’t like me,” she says, “When I think that someone likes me, I get weak. If I get weak now, it’ll really be the end for me.” And she leaves him just like that, still composed.

Eun-jae comes out of her room that night, followed by Ji-won, and they’re completely shell-shocked to see Jin-myung hunched over near the balcony, shaking with sobs. Ji-won kneels down before Jin-myung and asks what’s wrong. “My fingernail fell off,” Jin-myung whimpers, “I didn’t know it would hurt this much. It hurts so much, I feel like I could die.” Gah, now I’m crying too.

Jin-myung repeats over and over that it hurts, so Ji-won envelops her in a hug and pats her back. Eun-jae and Ye-eun stand back, tears forming in their own eyes as they watch their sunbae fall apart.

Epilogue. Jin-myung is interviewed about her school and family life, and she flies through every question, unwilling to get too deep. When the interviewer asks if Jin-myung thought the house ghost was somehow related to her brother, she takes a long pause before answering that she doesn’t know.

 
COMMENTS

Ugh. *pounds chest* That was rough, ya’ll. But so, so good. So far, I’m liking how each episode is set up, with one girl usually the main focus, while the other heroines are still given plenty of attention, whether for more angst or some welcome comic relief (Eun-jae’s boy story was a true highlight for me, lol). Yi-na’s story was one I was glad to see fully unraveled, and I loved seeing her growing concern for the girls, especially for Ye-eun when her boyfriend was pushing her around. Those two were definitely the least close of the group, and they made sure to show it, but their scenes in the episode were all incredibly heartwarming.

I don’t even know if it’s because Yi-na still sees Ye-eun as somewhat of a friend or a roommate, or if it was more because she was seeing another woman being abused by a man. Yi-na must know what that feels like, so I’m sure it hurt her even more to see it happen to someone else. Now I just want Ye-eun to take off her rose-colored glasses and stomp all over them so she can see what a destructive relationship she has. And I do believe Yi-na could be the best one to help her with that.

Then we have Jin-myung. She’d been a question mark for me since the premiere, so I was really looking forward to her story arc. And I think Han Ye-ri absolutely nailed her interpretation of the character. She gave Jin-myung a very cool, almost wise kind of vibe with enough history written in her eyes to tell us that she was hurting. I think up till now, Jin-myung has been doing a good job of numbing the pain by giving up her desire to be someone special and turning all her energy into being someone especially average instead. The average company employee may seem like a boring job description, but to some, it can also be a good safe zone. No one can touch you within your small cubicle, and I’m sure that’s just what Jin-myung wanted. She wanted to hide in her own space, away from any potential heartbreak waiting to take her down again.

So while all the girls have managed to tug at my heartstrings, Jin-myung was the one who ripped them clean from my chest. After a long time of numbing her feelings, it must’ve felt amazing to have them restarted by Jae-wan. Her moments with Jae-wan were no doubt adorable, and that’s all I thought they were—adorable. But as we got more backstory with Jin-myung, it was becoming more obvious that these small moments actually meant the world to her. The little twist-tie ring Jae-wan gave her even seemed to symbolize how the smallest gesture gave her the courage to feel again.

Like her housemates, I was surprised to see so much emotion out of her in this episode: excitement, giddiness, and even a little shyness. I began looking forward to her scenes with Jae-wan, because that was when she came alive. And I love that as she opened herself up with him, she also opened herself up with the girls. Sure, she was still hiding smiles, but they were meaningful smiles nonetheless. And to see her take her own happiness away from herself made the impact of her breakdown much more powerful.

At this point, I feel like I’ve already bonded with Jin-myung and the others, so even though the show isn’t as cohesive as I wanted it to be, I still care about every single one of their issues. And I guess even real life isn’t that cohesive either. Like these girls, we can’t always see the road to success or happiness. We just have to steer blindly and find the right road on our own. So we take abrupt pit stops in life, like Yi-na moving out, only to turn around and realize it was probably a huge mistake. And it’s this age—the twenties—that always seems like the hardest. The hardest with love, with adjusting to adult life, and with keeping friendships. The twenties are a sensitive time when good friends drift away and it becomes harder to maintain newer friendships. Which is all the more reason for us to hold onto them for as long as we can.

 
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My favourite episode so far, the most moving one.

Jin-myung's my favourite character but I hope she realises soon that her boss putting his hand on her leg doesn't say anything about her (it's not her fault in any way!) but is simply sexual harassment.

I thought Jae-wan showed himself to be an a** in this episode though. Why is he willing to believe rumours rather than believing in Jin-myung? It shouldn't have been a question of him asking – he should have told the co-workers to shut up and stop making up rumours. Instead, he showed a lack of believing in Jin-myung and hints of jealousy. Sorry, Jae-won, but you're going to have to really prove yourself hard as a good guy now for me to cheer for you and Jin-myung as a couple again.

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I don't know if you watch SFD or not but Han Ye-ri's character Sa-kwang, the charismatic assassin slit his throat towards the end of the show. Min Sung-Wook is getting back at her here lol.

Jae-wan is such a typical K-drama love interest. Every rumor is true.

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I love Cheok Sa Gwang, she was so cool! Maybe she can grab some kitchen knives and go for Boss?

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Han Ye-ri nailed that scene at the end. I read that her crying made every one on the set crying.

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well, I almost cried too :) Yeah, she's really good.

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Teared up every time I remember that scene. She is so worth fan-girling over.

I know this is live shooting so the script is not finished yet. A skilled writer like Park is doing an amazing job with each characters like they were personally tailored for each actress and their strength. She has time to get to know them and make changes as she sees fit.
This is the only advantage of live shooting beside last minute PPL.

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i'm not a big cryer but i got teary at her scene and i was even expecting to her to cry. she's so good

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Ikr?

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No, didn't see SFD. Am not familiar with the actress at all in fact.

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She is a fantastic movie actress. One of Chungmuro's most talented in the (30-35) age group.
She is a scene stealer even with limited screen time. Give her more and she'll steal the whole show.

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"I hope she realises soon that her boss putting his hand on her leg doesn’t say anything about her (it’s not her fault in any way!) but is simply sexual harassment."

Up to that point, I don't think she faulted herself. She only felt guilty that she did not pushed his hand away and more than that, she accepted his offer to work at the counter. It was there and then she saw that she was no better than Yi-na. Like Yi-na who chose the easier way to live life by accepting money and other things in kind, Jin-myung also chose the easier way to live her life or in this case, carry out her work in the restaurant by accepting her boss' sexual harassment.

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<Jin-myung also chose the easier way to live her life or in this case, carry out her work in the restaurant by accepting her boss’ sexual harassment

I'm not sure I follow your line of thinking.

How is working at the counter accepting your boss's sexual harassment? Maybe he's expecting something, but I don't think her not pushing him back (I'd probably wouldn't have either, in the shock of the moment) and accepting that job necessarily means she's decided she'll offer him some sexual favours now.

The guy would actually be quite an idiot to fire someone who has worked for him for two years in a job were people don't last more than a few weeks or months.

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You get paid more at the counter. I think it was like 7.25 won instead of the 7 won the wait staff was getting. That is why the rumors started in the first place. She accepted his sexual harassment by both not quitting, not pushing his hands away, and/or not insisting on working as a waitress.

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I thought it was made obvious in the part where Jin-myung replayed the car scene in her mind when she tucked in Yi-na.

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Well he saw their manager drop her off at her house so he had pretty good reason to believe it was true.

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Jin-myung is having a very difficult dilemma, her hard life maybe makes her wanting to get an easy job with a good pay, but she still have a conscience to do that in a right way.

And Jae-wan, I don't think he is a bad guy. He is just typical boy, who likes someone but he cannot really read and understand Jin-myung. I guess it is given since Jin-myung is very hard to read and understand, and not everyone can actually understand her sufferings. Plus the situations like the Manager drove her home, and on the next day, she changed to work at the counter, these can cause him to misunderstand. These two will need to work harder if they want to be in a serious relationship.

In anyway, I am glad actress like Hye-ri is playing the role of Jin-myung.

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When Yi-na is asking if she can stay, I keep on shouting "SAY YESSS!!!!!!!!!!" and when they didn't "WTH? WHY??????????"

When Yi-na fell on Ye-eun and said break up with that guy, I thought she will say date me instead, I think it's because of watching too much K-drama, but honestly if Yi-na is a guy and she looks like the tsundere guy who loves her secretly, but I hope Ye-eun will realize what Yi-na said, she should know her worth, and I think the only reason her boyfriend suddenly become mad is because he just really don't wanna spend a cent for her, the guy just found a reason to get mad at.

And when the managers touch Jin-myung's leg I literally whimpered and saying " Why my fave? Why my fave? Get out of the car, punch his face, resign NOW!"

My favorite character is Jin-myung but I really admire Yi-na specially when she's pleading to be back on the house and asking for forgiveness sincerely, I didn't expect her to do that.

I honestly hope that Jae-wan will still be with Jin-myung as a friend and I don't want him for himself as a lover but instead give her a support until she can finally love someone wholeheartedly not being afraid of heartaches and accepting that falling in love and knowing that it might hurt you on the future is another type of courage and it doesn't makes you weak.

I am being over emotional with these girls.

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LOL I was screaming at the girls to take Yi-na back immediately too.

Honestly, I thought Jin-myung would just answer "What nonsense are you saying? Clean the toilet now" in a deadpan way and Yi-na will get the brush and scrub the poop and everything will be fine again.

But no, they didn't answer at all :'(

Also, if Yi-na was a guy, her and Ye-eun would be 100% OTP now because of the kissing and the drunk-fall-on-top-of-you.

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Honestly, I think if she lived alone, JinMyung would have taken Yi Na back.

But there's YeEun in the mix who's completely and violently against it and the other girls, whose opinions she doesn't know.

I bet she didn't know what to do then and unfortunately let the moment pass like that.

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Would have been too cliche, trite and tidy for the girls to take back Yi-na immediately.

The writer played it perfectly.

The girls, even if each is leaning towards taking back Yi-na, aren't sure how the others feel (also think they were all shocked and taken aback by Yi-Na's confession).

Which is why they are "feeling each other out" by their passive-aggressive housemate search.

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It pains me so much to see the girls heartbroken and hurt. I hope this isn't the last we see of Jaewan. Jinmyung and he are too cute for words and it looks like he's liked her for a long time now. Realistically speaking, this is Jinmyung's part-time job, they see each other only three times a week from Friday to Sunday. The crush might end cleanly here, but I really want Jaewan to level up because he's a good guy and he's so swoonworthy. Go be her umbrella and melt her heart again, boy!

Yina is my heroine when she marches up and smacks Yeeun's BF's head, lol. Yeeun can be annoying at times, but I can't help but feeling like she's the young and stupid me from the past. I want to hug her and also shake her violently and tell her that her boyfriend is hot, but there will be hotter guys! There's no reason to stay in a codependent relationship with a good looking but douchy manchild to validate her worth, because then she's missing out on loving herself and depending on herself.

Eunjae's crush on the oily cheeseball is hilarious. Stay huffy, Jongyeol xD.

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This is the episode. This is the episode that guarantees I watch this show to the end.

There's always an episode that makes you go all in for each drama you end up loving. This is the one for me.

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I sooo agree. There is always one episode, I was all in from the beginning with this one, but when you mentioned this, it reminded me of Healer. The episode when Park Min Young is dancing with her father to that wonderfully baritoned music, was my all in. HA

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Exactly my thoughts. This was the episode for me too. I am beyond excited now to see how this story will unfold and how the characters will grow.

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Thanks for the epilogue!!!!! That's probably my favourite part of each episode.

Also, Eunjae and her hippy crush….who is that actor?? He looks a bit like Heechul (in a totally complementary way…. :D) I'd love to find out what that actor look like in real life. Is that hair even REAL?!!??!?

Loving this so much hahahahahhahhahaha, thanks for the recap

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Heechul be flipping his hair: "See? There are plenty of girls who love my ahjuma hair!"

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Lol. I believe his name it Kang Kyun-sung.. I recognized him from Sistar's Shake it mv..aha He's a singer and was from kpop group, Noel. Idk if they are still active..

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found a clip when he was on happy together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X52UeY4Wkyc

Lol. at least I think it is him..

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How do you find out such things??? Is there a catalogue of appropriately ahjumma haired actors out there? :S I can't find the character credited, so does this mean hippie isn't in for the long run? Let alone a name? Poor Eun-jae!

Kang Kyung-sung has a baby face though! Imma go back and compare these faces....Hmm the hippie crush still looks a bit different. He has a longer face...like Heechul

I guess my point is the guy looks like Heechul... ;D and I'd like to know Heechul-lookalike's name

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After comparing their faces I am unsure as well now.lol The guy in the ep looks a lot softer than the guy I thought of... so Idk either.. hm..

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Yes!! I knew it was him.*proud of myself
but yes he kinda looks like Heechul too with that ahjumma hair

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that was my first thought but it's not him, his name is Yoon Yong Joon, and it's almost impossible to find something about him.

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it's not heechul?!?!? I thought it was him.

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In a day we got 2 recaps. Thanks Team.

My favourite is Ji Won. Though Yi Na and Jin Myung is upped the ant. good competition among girls.

Jong Yeol needs not to do something different because Eun Jae is wary of you for now.

Jin Myung and mother scene is emotional one - You have to study, earn money, take care of family and no emotional support from anyone. You have to stay straight and strong.

Wishing for your Comatose Younger Brother's death. too much to display here.
Looking at mothers reactions from sobbing and crying to shock. It's a Mother's Heart afterall.

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I'm not sure about the mother's reaction... To me, it seemed like she wasn't relieved at all that the dongsaeng's condition stabilized.

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I feel like for jinmyung she's not necessarily scared to have her heart broken but it's more that she scared that love will weaken her when has to stay strong with so many things already on her plate... cos there's already so many things going on in her life, having a relationship may be another burden.

Like during the hospital scene when the doctor came out saying that her brother was back to his normal state, it felt like disappointment on her and her mother that the nightmare has not ended... and that she must continue supporting herself and her family without time for other things in life.

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I agree! She is just being responsible, for herself and others. I can't wait to see the changes. I hope he won't give up on her.

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Agreed! I saw it as a choice stemming from self preservation and can see why she would think it the best decision to close herself off from a romantic relationship. But I hope she doesn't think herself undeserving of being loved by insisting on her selfishness (to push him away) because she is clearly straining under everything and it seems that that boy is the only thing that brings a smile to her face and makes her remotely happy. The ending of this episode is so painful; I wish she will see that her sacrifices aren't always what she deems best and that giving him a chance will help make things easier on herself. Rooting for them and hope that he'll persevere despite her rejections!

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The scene with the parent giving her some food was symbolic. The parent was well-meaning, to be sure, but her entire schedule was wrecked because of that bit of kindness. So I agree that Ji Myung wasn't necessarily afraid of heartache, she just has way too much on her plate for anything but her routine, which is important since she's paying her way through college and I'm pretty sure she's shouldering the brother's hospital bills.

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Ooof, this one hurt me so bad it gave me actual chest pains. I love all the cast, but Han Ye Ri really showed herself off as the veteran of the group this ep.

I'm invested in all the side romances at this point, but I was getting worried that the deeper we got into them, the less the focus would be on the actual girls. So I'm glad it seems like the writer has been smart and is using each of the girls' romantic endeavors as a way to divulge more about them.

From Ye Eun's assy boyfriend, to Yi Na's lovers, and Ji Won's unsuccessful dates. Eun Jae's crushes, and Jin Myung's blossoming (and quickly squashed) romance with the chef—all of these speak to how each of the girls' pasts has shaped them, and really, how they value themselves.

Also, Yi Na hitting skeevy dudes with her designer hand bags is something that should be in every episode...and Han Ye Ri has the cheekbones of a goddess...that is all.

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I was weeping at the end of this episode. I like Jinmyung so much I wish I could hug her and protect her and say that I love her. I LOVE the scene when Yina hit the bad bf with her bag. I rewatched that scene so many times. It's oddly satisfying.

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Reading the last part of the recap makes me tear up all over again, definitely the best episode so far.
I'm older than them and college is a long time ago but can still relate so much and see myself in each one of these girls, it's scaring.

I hope Jae-wan doesn't give her up like that. I know life is tough and she has 23422 problems and jobs to juggle but he makes her life less bleak and it was just so damn nice to see her FEEL for once. I totally understand her fears and worries but don't be afraid to live and love (and even get hurt), Jin-myung ah!

I'm really looking forward to Ji-won's story arc in the next episode.
After seeing 4 out of 5 girls' stories I realized they all have one thing in common...they don't have a lot (or hardly any) self-worth in a variety of ways which is fascinating to see it all gathered in one spot, or house in this case, and I can't wait to see how they'll grow together and influence each other.

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Are the actresses Han Seung Yeon and Hwa Young considered idol actress? I think they are good and I'm especially impressed with Hwa Young.

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I don't think hwayoung is considered one. She's been really good for a while now, though her acting shines even more here. Seungyeon, maybe- it hasn't been that long since she was active as an idol. I'm especially impressed since she was really bad in other projects before this, and I like her for stepping it up big time.

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While Hwa-young is still a relative newbie as an actress, her time as an idol was even shorter.

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Han Ye-ri is probably one the the most talented Korean actresses in her age bracket. I don't think I've felt as much for a crying character as when Jin-myung was breaking down, it made all the crying heroines I've seen in kdramas so far seem hollow.

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Yeah, that scene tore me up inside. It felt so real :(

I definitely agree, in fact I'd say she is one of the best actresses in Korea, across generations. She puts her heart and soul into her performances, and turns her characters into living, breathing human beings.

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That's for sure. She is recognized by film critics for her talents but it takes a long time to build star power in the film industry.
I'm guessing that is why she and the other talent in her 20s Kim Go-eun are doing dramas between their movies.

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In fact she's not in her 20. She was born in 1984

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I know she is not in her 20s. I was saying that about Kim Go-eun.
Han Ye-ri and Kim Go-eun are two of the most talented growing actresses in film industry but they lack star power because they are not as well known outside films.

I'm guessing that's why they are doing dramas in between films.

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If this was a comic, I would totally go in and beat up Ye Eun's ass of a boyfriend, warn Eun Jae that sparkly boys are pure trouble and possibly vampires, dance with Ji Won until she forgets her lack of boyfriends issue and promise her that we will marry Incase we are still single when we are forty and give a bear hug to Jin Myung and Hermiome's time Turner to get through life and college.
I will be the key to their life.

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I missed Yi Na. She will get a pepper spray to keep away stalkers, but I think her sass can manage anyone and either a lecture or a therapy session depending on how much she hates me.

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Augh, I really should catch up on this! Jin Myung's story is pretty tragic, and I can see why she had that cold front in the first episode. But then again, each girl became a lot more likable once we got to learn about them. Except for Ji Won, but that's perfectly fine since she's awesome in the first place.

I really can't wait to see how it all goes from there. I want to see how they'll develop to fit in the real world. Because frankly, I need help regarding that too, lol.

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I wonder if I'm just reading too much or if the mother is tired of taking care of the son too?

She was grieving so much when she thought the son was dying, but when told that he's stable again, she just looked shocked. She didn't look relieved at all.

What if she also feels the same way as Jin-myung but didn't want to vocalize it because then she might give up on her son too?

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I imagine that a caretaker would go through a lot of emotions in that situation. It must be devastating looking after a comatose son.

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I definitely got the same impression :(

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No, I thought like you too.

She was wailing for her son because she's his mother and obviously that part of her doesn't want ro let him go. But when told that he won't die, the human part of her can't believe that the nightmare is continuing. After all, I bet JinMyung isn't the only one paying for his hospital fees. She looks just as emotionally dead as JinMyung.

So, she can't pull the plug on him, yet, she wants the burden he put on her gone. She can't bear to be the bad person but she can't be a saint either. It's just... sad.

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Too much emotions in one scene :( This drama just show how much flaws one person would have, and no one is perfect, . Both the mother and Jin Myung, they don't want to let go of the son and brother yet, but they are too exhausted. Taking care of comatose one is not easy, especially when you are not the rich one.

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Waiter, can i order myself a tall beautiful guy? He can be a chef, or be my sunbae, as long as he's not a sugar daddy or an irredeemable asshole. Thanks

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This really is a slice of life drama in that it doesn't delve into the why's. The drama doesn't delve into why Yi Na started prostitution in the first place, or how Jin myung's brother got into a coma, it just delves into how they develop coping skills to deal with their life situations. It's an atypical approach to telling a story that I appreciate.

And I appreciate Ji won's frank advice to Eun jae: "it doesn't matter if you like the first guy or the second, if you're going to have sex, make sure to use a condom". I can't ever remember hearing such frank talk in a Kdrama before. Most Kdramas like to pretend that all the girls are virgins and all the guys are monks. And dating is comprised of little more than hugs, handholding and pecks on the lips. Should I say thank God for cable tv?

By the way Eun jae's crush is hot. But I like guy number 1 as well.

Love Yi Na's frankness and her refreshing honesty. I hope Ye Eun can take a leaf out of her book and dump her insecure jerk face boyfriend.

And I wish Jin myung would give that guy a chance to care for her. They obviously care a lot about each other. She might find her burdens lessened if she had someone to share them with. Though the same thing goes if she would just open up to her roomies who are there for her. I wondered why she cried when her nail fell off. Was she crying because a bad nail meant she couldn't go back to waitressing and would have to accept the advances of her sleazy manager? Or was it just one more bad thing in a stream of ill luck, and that was the straw that broke the camels back and she couldn't take it anymore?

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Lol, she wasn't crying over her nail at all. She was crying over her lost love, her (guilt towards her) brother, her miserable life and just about anything that she's been holding back since life turned on her.

That nail was just the excuse to let her dam of feelings burst out.

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But doesn't the nail feel like it symbolises something... she hurt it the first time she was willing to let that guy in... and the wound continued to fester until it finally broke off when she had closed her heart again... hmm...

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JM was just using the nail as a misdirection (explanation for her crying) - still has that wall around her and won't let on to Ji-won or any of the other housemates as to the real basis for her pain.

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I was a blubbering mess in that last scene. Jin-myung's pain was just too real. Han Yeri had already impressed me in the past, but now she is officially one of my favorite actresses.

Like you, I usually can stand the wait for new episodes of this drama fairly easily, but the next one is Song Ji-won's and I'm officially dying for it!!! It's finally her time to shine, although I don't know if she can possibly shine brighter than she already does :)

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Oh my god, I screamed when Ye-eun's boyfriend shoved her. Then Yi-Na hit him and I screamed for much happier reasons.

I know most people dislike her but I actually really feel for Ye-eun. She may be a bit selfish and pretty judgy but I think she really strives for a "perfect" life with her "perfect" boyfriend and she doesn't know what to do when things don't work out. The worst part is, it isn't her fault when things fall apart - it's because of her awful bf, and she really does deserve so much better. It really hurts my heart to see her cling to what looks to be edging towards an abusive relationship. I hope her relationship with the other girls will save her :(

AND WOW, JM'S STORY DEVASTATED ME. She doesn't want to be weak but love doesn't make you weak girl, it gives you strength! You've got to take the risk with cute chef guy, who promised to believe you! /ugly sobbing

(I was so mad when the manager touched her leg. I really like the actor so I was praying against it lol)

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I have a soft spot for Ye-eun, too. Sometimes I want to hate her and lord knows if I met her in real life I probably would, but that's the magic of a good drama. You get to step back, see the other side for yourself, and come to understand or even appreciate the kind of people you would never give a chance (or get a chance with) in real life.

But yes, her bf is so awful I have no words. I thought he was just some stereotypical frat boy using her for sex, but he seems to have serious issues. I wish she would take a break from boys, spend time on herself and maaaaybe experiment with Yi-na haha...but I agree, what she really needs is a friend right now.

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I hate Ye Eun sometimes because I cannot stand her character, but she is one of the common and real character. Maybe it is safe to say ppl hate Ye Eun because we can see ourselves in her? I mean there are so many of girls keep loving man and even being a clingy girl, despite of unhealthy and abusive relationship.

This writer is so brilliant. I'm looking forward to see the stories of Ji-won.

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Ye-eun is my least fave of the housemates, but that's just the writer doing his/her job.

We're supposed to dislike Ye-eun (and feel some pity for her at the same time) - which is good since her character has a lot of growth ahead of her.

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Only God knows how much I've invested with this drama and all girls. Girls, take Yi-Na back. Yi-na needs you guys, she is too lonely living by herself (and also his men).

Looking forward to the next episode. Friday come to me, palli palli.

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First off - great job SailorJumun in getting a screen capture of Jin-myung/Han Ye-ri's smile (which is just dazzling).

This is my fave ep (altho 3 is very close) - in no small part due to Jin-myung and Yi-na having the most interesting backstories, as well as the most interesting dynamics w/ the other housemates - and of course, the stellar acting from HYR and RHY.

Even at just ep 4- already satisfied w/ the amount of quality writing and acting (unlike a rash of other recent K-dramas where after watching the entire thing, felt like didn't get anywhere close to satiating my appetite for quality writing and acting.

Ahhh - Jin-myung, just when she starts to get a little happiness in her life, she withdraws back to her protective shell, not even letting Ji-won in and using her fingernail as misdirection.

Don't really have a problem w/ the "cohesiveness" - there is plenty of little details of each of the girls (not featured) from the previous eps which together, make a lot of sense when a more complete picture is shown when each girl gets her feature ep.

Can see how the whole thing about stalkers, ghosts, etc. (maybe not necessary) - is what makes AoY seem lacking in cohesiveness, but we'll see how that stuff plays out (could just bring some quirkiness or could fall flat).

The writer was totally on point w/ the girls remaining silent and Yi-Na taking the silence as rejection.

It would have been too cliche and too tidy if at that time, the girls told Yi-Na she could move back.

Even if all of them are leaning that way, it's much more realistic that they are hesitant to verbalize it as they are unsure how the others feel (which is why they are passive-aggressively "feeling each other out" whilst continuing the house-mate hunt).

Also love - that while Yi-Na puts on a tough facade (not that she isn't tough when it is warranted), she, despite her lifestyle, is lonely and misses the girls.

Really want to see Jin-myung and Yi-Na develop a deep friendship since, despite their difference, they are alike in so many ways.

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Han ye Ri just make me cry...
btw, where can i find the ost of this episode??

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Does anyone know the sad song at the end of the episode...

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It's "Butterfly (나비)" by Sogyumo Acacia Band. :) Love the OST.

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Oooooooh I wanted to hear it again!

Thanks! :-*

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Love this showwww!!!! And because i love it so much i did a wiki search and Senior Jung's ass of a boyfriend played Jung Hoo's dad in Healer!!!!! Omg i couldn't recognize him!!! So he and Ji Won's sunbae (young Kim Moon Shik, haha) already know each other from before this drama. How awesome :) :)

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AND I'm IN! Take my soul and keep it in that cabinet!

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When Yi-Na tackled Ye-Eun's boyfriend with her purse, I already knew she's my favorite character.

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Was it here or in previous episode that I saw I Remember You's keyboard guy with the spunky, short-haired girl? Or were my eyes deceiving me?

Late on the AoY train, but I'm loving it. By this time tomorrow, I'll know as much as y'all. Lol.

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It's episode 2. ^____^ The IRY guy is Ji-won's clubmate in school paper or something. But they have some short scenes since episode 2 so maybe you're remember a scene from this ep.

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I guess Han Yeri is just amazing at everything. I can't help but be in awe whenever she's onscreen. She's so darn pretty and her eyes convey so much even without saying anything.

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