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Age of Youth: Episode 8

Boys—and love itself—can seem like the most important part of a girl’s life, and in their youth, it can seem like the most painful. We grew up reading all sorts of fairy tales about princes, and like those princes, we were made to believe our significant others were supposed to protect us from the pain, not cause it. And while I firmly believe princes do exist (they’re out there, ladies, I swears it!), they don’t always have to do the protecting. That’s what friends are for.

 
EPISODE 8: “Hope, that damned hope #suspicious man”

Jin-myung spots a message from the landlady posted outside the house, warning the girls to be careful of a strange man who’s been hanging around the area.

As Jin-myung walks down the street, a little girl trips and falls right in front of her and they make eye contact for a beat before Jin-myung decides to keep walking. “That child will get up by herself. Children don’t cry when there’s no use in doing so,” Jin-myung thinks.

The girl’s mother comes running up, and the little girl bursts into tears. Jin-myung watches them as they leave and thinks that it’s only when a child has someone there to comfort them and tell them it’s okay that they feel they can cry.

The restaurant manager inspects the staff before work, stopping in front of Jin-myung. He gets in close and sniffs her neck, while in the next room, Jae-wan chops furiously. The manager rips a pain-relieving patch from Jin-myung’s neck, taking her to task for wearing anything remotely scented, which is against the rules.

The other staff members are so fed up with Jin-myung always getting them into trouble that one waitress purposely bumps into her while she’s carrying four plates. Fortunately, Jin-myung doesn’t drop anything and she keeps her composure. But once she delivers the food, she charges back into the kitchen.

The waitress is by a water cooler and Jin-myung grabs her hand and sticks it under the hot water. “If you do that again, I’ll stick your hand in a pot of boiling water,” Jin-myung warns her menacingly. Damn, girl.

Yi-na keeps getting calls from Jong-gyu and she keeps ignoring them. She comes across a thought, and tiptoes over to the balcony. She peeks over, and sure enough, Jong-gyu is waiting down below, his phone to his ear. The doorbell rings and Yi-na panics when Ji-won goes to answer it. It turns out it’s just a package delivery from Ji-won’s dad.

The girls snack on the goodies sent by Ji-won’s dad, and Ji-won brings up Jong-gyu. They wonder if he might be the strange man the landlady’s been wary of. Ye-eun uses Jong-gyu as an excuse to corner Yi-na about her being too easy around guys. The girls turn the conversation around to something funny, but when Ye-eun gets up to leave, Yi-na stops her and says, “If you have something to say, then say it.” Ye-eun just gives her a dirty look and stalks off.

The war continues in the morning between the two housemates when Yi-na gets a call and heads out. Ye-eun’s face falls, her paranoia taking over. She calls Doo-young’s phone and gets even more paranoid when he doesn’t answer.

It’s Dong-joo who Yi-na goes to meet, and he tells her all about Jong-gyu after having dug up some information. Jong-gyu used to be a carpenter… until he went to jail for beating someone to death. He was supposed to get ten years, but he got out after seven. Dong-joo urges Yi-na to turn the man in, but she wants to wait.

Ye-eun comes running out, desperate to confirm her nagging suspicion, and almost gets hit by another car on the street. Yi-na and Dong-joo get out to see if she’s okay, but once Ye-eun sees that Dong-joo isn’t Doo-young, she looks more embarrassed than anything and numbly walks back inside the house.

At the restaurant, a customer complains of an incorrect order to Jin-myung, which, of course, doesn’t go unnoticed by the manager. She gets another scolding from him in the break room, and she ends up missing her bus home.

Jae-wan comes up on his motorcycle and offers her a ride. Jin-myung sighs in defeat and accepts. They ride in silence the whole way back. Jae-wan finally speaks up once they’re about to part ways: “Quit. Quit working at the restaurant.”

He tells her there are plenty of other part-time jobs she can get. And then he leaves without another word.

Eun-jae goes to take out the trash, but gets an eerie feeling that someone is watching her. She tries to walk back to the door as calmly as possible, though each step becomes more urgent. A hand plops down on her shoulder, making her scream and smack her attacker. Inside the house, all the girls’ ears perk up in alarm at the sound.

“Sunbae!” Eun-jae cries out in surprise. Hahaha, it’s Jong-yeol, now clutching the eye Eun-jae smacked. “That’s right, it’s your sunbae,” Jong-yeol says. “What exactly—”

“YAH!” Jin-myung yells as she jumps from the porch and sends a flying kick right at Jong-yeol. Ji-won and Ye-eun team up and clothesline him, giving way for Yi-na to deliver the final blow to his head. Jong-yeol goes down like a rock. That… was amazing. I need to rewatch.

The girls make sure Eun-jae is okay before checking the guy’s face. That’s when they recognize him, and Eun-jae just about dies from embarrassment.

The girls leave the couple alone outside to talk, but Jong-yeol seems too hurt (from his wounds and his pride) to accept any of Eun-jae’s comfort. She tells him that he’s the one who popped out of nowhere and scared her. He argues that he was just trying to surprise her. He gets all huffy and then tells her to scooch closer to him.

She smells alcohol on him and wonders if he went drinking. He confirms that he did go out with his high school friends. His old buddies wanted to meet her, but he didn’t want to call her over. “Because you’re mine,” Jong-yeol mumbles. Eun-jae swoons at that.

Jong-yeol starts complaining about the spot Eun-jae hit, saying it hurts there the most. Eun-jae blows on the wound, and with her lips so close to his face, Jong-yeol can’t help but steal a quick kiss.

Eun-jae lowers her head to hide her blush, but Jong-yeol isn’t finished. This time, he gently cups her face and gives her a much longer kiss.

And like proper girlfriends, the girls catch the entire thing from the balcony. Yi-na and Ji-won break into giggles at the kiss and head back inside. Ye-eun stays behind to watch, a faraway look in her eyes. She thinks back to her first date with Doo-young when he’d walked her home and kissed her. Ye-eun tears up at the memory and turns away from the balcony.

The next day, Yi-na gets called out by Boyfriend #1, and as soon as she’s sure that Jong-gyu isn’t out on the street again, she finds it safe to leave the house.

After having dinner with her sugar daddy and another couple, Yi-na relaxes a bit. But as they head out to the parking lot, she sees a very familiar truck…

Jong-gyu comes up from behind and whirls her around. He demands she tell him what happened that day—he has to know. Before Yi-na can answer, her sugar daddy comes to her rescue and punches Jong-gyu to the ground. The fight grabs two security guards’ attention and they drag Jong-gyu away as he continues to cry, “Tell me! Please tell me!”

Yi-na gets home at the same time Ye-eun is heading out. Ye-eun gets a call from Doo-young, and she yells at him not to come to the house—she’ll go to him.

When she reaches Doo-young, she greets him with a big hug, knocking the wind out of him. He’s even more confused by her overly cheerful mood as she tells him what they should do for their date.

“I’m happy as long as I have you. Don’t you feel the same way, Oppa?” Ye-eun asks with a hopeful smile. Doo-young’s thoughts turn back to when he caught Ye-eun looking at his phone. After a pause, he returns the smile.

Ye-eun and Doo-young have a nice date together and finish it off with dinner. Things seem to go well until Ye-eun comes back from using the restroom and sees Doo-young laughing at a text. She asks who it’s from, and he answers with a laugh that it’s from a friend who wants to grab a drink.

Ye-eun doesn’t find this funny and abruptly stands up, wanting to leave. Doo-young is confused with her sudden mood change, so she makes up the excuse of feeling sick. She denies a ride home from him, wanting to take the bus home instead.

Once alone on the bus, Ye-eun calls both Yi-na and Doo-young, and neither answer. She’s on pins and needles the whole ride home.

The second she gets there, she bursts into Yi-na’s room—who had just finished calling Dong-joo for more info on Jong-gyu—and snatches the phone from Yi-na’s hand. She throws it back when she confirms that it’s not Doo-young.

Yi-na stops Ye-eun in the living room and demands to know what her deal is. Ye-eun still refuses to spit it out, so Yi-na finally asks, “What did your boyfriend tell you?” Ye-eun frees all of the emotion she’d been holding and yells that she knows Yi-na seduced Doo-young first. Ye-eun sees the fact that Yi-na flirts with so many guys as concrete evidence.

Yi-na tries to convince Ye-eun it’s all in her head, but Ye-eun’s trust in Doo-young is too strong. The two girls blow up, and Ji-won and Eun-jae have to keep them apart. Ye-eun screams that she’ll kill Yi-na if she touches her man. Yi-na screams right back she’d never take Doo-young even if she could before slamming her bedroom door.

The next morning, Eun-jae is cautious at the sight of Yi-na and Ye-eun already at the table eating different things. The two act like a mom and dad fighting for their child’s favor and ask Eun-jae who she wants to eat with. When Ji-won comes out to say she’s going to the public bath, Eun-jae jumps at the opportunity to escape and says that she’ll go too.

As Ji-won and Eun-jae walk out together, Eun-jae wonders why such a nice, pretty girl like Ye-eun is dating that kind of guy. Ji-won reveals that Ye-eun’s insecurity could be because of her inferiority complex with her much prettier and smarter twin sister. Upon hearing this, Eun-jae can understand Ye-eun now. But then Eun-jae remembers Ye-eun once said she was an only child, catching Ji-won’s lie. Ji-won smiles.

Ji-won: “After hearing my story, you thought, ‘I understand why she’s like that,’ didn’t you? So what I’m trying to say is that my story may not be the right answer, but everyone has their own circumstances to deal with. And until you know their circumstances, you can’t tell them to live a certain way. It’s not just Ye-eun. [Yi-na] and [Jin-myung] are like that too. You could have something like that too. Something about you that others can’t understand, but you can’t help.”

Eun-jae’s pace slows and she looks at Ji-won with a little more admiration. Eun-jae tells Ji-won she looked really cool just now, and different from her usual self. Ji-won puts her arm around Eun-jae, grateful for the compliment. She even begins to gloat about her amazing intellect, which gets Eun-jae rolling her eyes. Ha, I guess that moment of admiration is over.

The loan sharks find Jin-myung again, but she just walks away from them and their snarky remarks. She freezes when one of them brings up her mother. He drops the joking demeanor and tells her if she really sits back and does nothing, they’ll have to handle her mother their own way.

“Is that okay with you?” the loan shark asks. Apparently not, because soon enough, she’s sitting down with them and signing the papers, a dead look on her face.

Jin-myung heads over to the restaurant, passing Jae-wan at the back entrance. He looks disappointed that she showed up after he told her to quit. She turns to him and says, “I can’t quit.” To her, she adds, this job is like a test. And she’s decided that if she can’t last here, she won’t last anywhere. Jae-wan asks if she’ll just endure then. He wonders if her life just consists of her enduring. To his dismay, she answers yes, so Jae-wan tells her to do whatever she wants and walks past her.

Ye-eun visits Doo-young at his apartment, but she doesn’t greet him with her usual cheerfulness. In fact, she doesn’t look like her usual self at all—she’s switched out her sweet, pink outfits with something a little sexier. Doo-young appreciates the new look and immediately tries to kiss her, but she turns away from him. When he doesn’t stop, she shoves him away with more force. Doo-young gets agitated and asks why she’s been so moody lately. She scoffs, wondering if he ever cared for her in the first place.

Ye-eun ditches Doo-young to go clubbing with a few of her friends, and she manages to get totally wasted. She eventually leaves her friends as well and moves on to the dance floor. After a while, she even lets one guy take her upstairs to a VIP room. But on their way up, someone passes them and recognizes Ye-eun. It’s Dong-joo! Ah, I’m so happy to see you right now.

Thankfully, Dong-joo calls Yi-na and lets her know Ye-eun is with some sleazeball notorious for one-night stands at the club. Yi-na insists that she doesn’t care, and hangs up.

Back at the club, the sleazeball asks Ye-eun if she wants to go somewhere else. Ye-eun smiles drunkenly. And right then, Yi-na lets herself in, ne nightapologizing for the intrusion. She tries to get Ye-eun to leave by making her aware of the situation she’s gotten herself in—these men aren’t buying her drinks for free, and will be expecting something in return. Ye-eun says she knows, smiling eerily as she takes a drink.

Yi-na leaves the room and almost leaves her there entirely, until she bursts back in and straight-up grabs Ye-eun by the hair to drag her out.

The sleazeball demands to know who Yi-na is to be doing this. Yi-na looks him right in the eye and answers, “Me? I’m her lover!” And with that, Yi-na drags a shrieking Ye-eun out of the club.

Before Yi-na has the chance to call a taxi over, Ye-eun vomits all over their feet. Yi-na gets pissed at first, shouting, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?!” but is soon patting Ye-eun’s back like any good friend.

Yi-na sits them down at a bench so she can scold Ye-eun for being so careless. Ye-eun blankly says that since Doo-young likes Yi-na, someone who does this kind of stuff, Ye-eun figured she could do it too. Ye-eun doesn’t even care if her one-night stand would’ve ended up all over the internet—she thinks she’s ruined anyway.

Ye-eun wishes that Yi-na had done something wrong so that she could just blame her. She’d rather do that than feel this pathetic—pathetic to be in love with a guy like Doo-young. Yi-na asks herself what she’s going to do with Ye-eun, and they both smile. Ye-eun laughs with tears streaming down her face, calling herself a real idiot. Yi-na wipes the tears away, glad Ye-eun is at least aware that she’s an idiot.

On campus the next day, Eun-jae prepares food for Jong-yeol, though she’s disappointed when he says it’s too salty. Jong-yeol insists on eating it anyway, but Eun-jae tells him not to, packing it all up. He gets all handsy trying to reach for the food, and they both freeze when an angry voice calls out to them.

They look up to see the classmate Jong-yeol had said “I love you” to before. The girl makes Jong-yeol let go of Eun-jae’s hand, accusing him of attempting sexual harassment. She also tells Eun-jae to be less passive and speak up in situations like this. Jong-yeol rolls his eyes and starts to say they’re dating, but Eun-jae interrupts and quietly says, “Sorry.”

After the girl leaves, Jong-yeol puts his hands on his hips. He wants to know why Eun-jae just apologized instead of admitting they’re dating. “By any chance, are you ashamed of me?” he asks. Eun-jae quickly says no. She just… can’t believe it. The fact that Jong-yeol likes her feels like a lie, almost like she’s dreaming. And it’s her first time liking someone this much, so it makes her a bit uneasy.

A smile forms on Jong-yeol’s face, but he pretends to get all huffy again and puts her in a headlock, accusing her of trying to play hard to get.

Ye-eun lies in bed, her mind all over the place. She recalls the time Doo-young had come back drunk and asked why she even liked him. “There are many reasons why I shouldn’t like that man,” she narrates, “And the worst reason is that he doesn’t like me as much as I want him to.”

She gets all dolled up, looking more like the Ye-eun we know and love, only now, she comes out wearing a little more confidence.

She has Doo-young meet her at a coffee shop, and he seems suspicious as he approaches her. Ye-eun smiles and waves him over, though he’s still unsure what brought this on. She wants to finish her drink before talking, and she takes note of his grumpy attitude as if seeing it for the first time. It takes Ye-eun a whole cup of coffee, but she finally builds up the courage. The cheeriness never leaving her voice, she tells him, “Let’s break up.”

At first, he thinks it’s a joke, but she presses that she means it. She wants to break up, and she’s thankful for everything up until now. She gets up and leaves him sitting there. And as she walks back home, soaking in the feeling of being single, she can’t stop smiling. Ye-eun carries that smile all the way home, and allows it to break once she faces her roommates. “I broke up with my boyfriend,” she announces, her voice shaking. “I did well, right?”

She breaks into sobs and the girls all pat her on the back and assure her she did the right thing. Jin-myung stands back and watches, thinking that she wishes she could cry. She wishes someone could hear her cry and tell her everything would be okay. And with a heavy sigh, Jin-myung moves in to give Ye-eun a hug, knowing it’s exactly what she needs.

Night falls and Jin-myung sits by the balcony with a beer like every other Sunday. She gets a text from her bank saying her payment bounced, and it triggers more thoughts on how she just wishes she could throw a fit, whether it be at a person or Fate itself for never giving her a break. She gets another text and her face lights up ever so slightly with surprise.

“And then I find hope all over again,” she thinks, and we see that the text is from the company she applied to earlier—she passed the written exam.

Jong-gyu gets a knock on his door and asks who’s there. He doesn’t get an answer, so he goes on ahead and opens it to find… Yi-na, standing right before his eyes.

Yi-na walks past him into his room and picks up the framed photo of his daughter. She asks Jong-gyu what her name was. She learns that it was “Sol,” and she seems to go numb. “Ajusshi,” Yi-na says, with her back still to his face. “I killed your daughter.”

And instead of a dream or a brief flashback, we finally see the whole picture: A ship had somehow exploded, and the force had sent Yi-na and several other young girls into the water. She used a piece of luggage to remain afloat, having to watch the others struggle for air.

She gasped when a hand suddenly grabbed onto her and dragged her underwater. Another girl was desperately trying to get ahold of the luggage, but Yi-na panicked and tried the best she could to pry the girl off. Growing more urgent, Yi-na shoved the girl away, winning the luggage. It was then that she saw the girl’s face, the eyes suddenly lifeless and staring right at her, as the body slowly sunk further and further away. It was Sol.

Yi-na reached the surface gasping for air, her eyes landing on the bracelet that had made it into her hands during the tussle.

In the present, Yi-na repeats that she did kill Jong-gyu’s daughter. She turns to Jong-gyu, who is now glaring at her, shaking with rage. Yi-na: “Are you going to kill me too?”

Epilogue. This interview belongs to all the boys (minus Doo-young). Jae-wan says that he feels bad for Jin-myung, and he does believe he loves her. Dong-joo states he and Yi-na are co-workers and friends as well, smiling. Ji-won’s friend Sung-min is appalled when the interviewer says he and Ji-won flirt a lot, though he does hesitate when asked if he sees her as a woman. Last but not least, Jong-yeol grins like a lovesick puppy and says that even though Eun-jae may act weird sometimes, he still finds her pretty.

 
COMMENTS

Thank goodness for that cuter than cute epilogue, because the last few minutes of this episode had me trembling. Just so many chills. The visuals of Jong-gyu’s little girl Sol drifting away was so disturbing to me that I honestly had to look away. What made it even more disturbing was Yi-na’s horrified expression when she saw the bracelet in her hand. The scene was gorgeously shot, but it was also shot in a way that made me feel as if I was in Yi-na’s position. Fighting for the piece of debris… Watching the girl’s body sink… And finding evidence that I killed her in my own hands. Those few minutes were remarkably intense and I have to give the show props for making me feel so active in that moment when I was really just sitting in front of a computer watching a scene.

Once I calmed down from the intensity of it all, I let out the hugest sigh of relief. We finally got the full backstory on one of our girls and, I don’t know, it just feels so good to know something when it comes to this show. Of course, we don’t yet know how Yi-na got into that accident or how she was related to Jong-gyu’s daughter, but we still got a good chunk of information that now allows us to view Yi-na’s circumstance in another light. Like Ji-won had told Eun-jae, it’s best not to judge someone when we never know their whole story. And because of that speech, I still don’t think I have the right to judge Yi-na. I totally get the hatred Jong-gyu must be feeling toward Yi-na, but after seeing what happened through her eyes, I can understand why she did what she did. Survival instinct took over and she only had time to worry about her own safety. It makes me wonder if I would’ve done the same thing if it had really been me. I shiver at the very thought.

Yi-na’s strength is truly admirable, because I would think that that kind of traumatic experience would break the strongest person down. Sure, her friends don’t approve of her lifestyle, and Yi-na herself probably doesn’t approve of her lifestyle, but all this time, she’s just been trying to slowly move on. It’s what I’ve wanted for Ye-eun ever since the first time she almost broke up with Doo-young. I know Ye-eun isn’t everyone’s favorite character, and I wouldn’t go as far to say she’s my favorite character either, but I sincerely love her story arc. I believe she’s had the strength within her to move on from Doo-young, but it’s so hard to fully grasp that strength while it’s so easy to fall into the weakness of the heart. Unfortunately, Ye-eun’s heart was just drawn to an unforgivable asshole. It took her quite a while to get over her weakness, but in the end, I’m just proud of Ye-eun for finally reaching where she should be. She let go of her past and is now opening herself up to the future. I can think of a girl or two in the Belle Epoque house who might benefit from doing the same.

 
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LOL Ji-won had to be physically restrained from making bawdy remarks during the maknae couple kiss. How can someone so tactless also be so wise and understanding of other people (that twin sister analogy)?

Ye-eun is free and she has all her friends and housemates supporting her so I think she'll be okay. Normally, I'd wish to see a larger fall from grace for her butthole of a BF, but we only have 4 eps left so I'll just pray that we spend that finding happiness for all the girls. (And a Ji-won episode! Please, Show.)

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Oh, I forgot to say, I ♥ your intro, SailorJumun!

No need for a Prince to save the girls when their Queen of a landlady can also drive away stalkers with a well-aimed onion.

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YES. The landlady is all kinds of awesome.

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The actress who plays the LL has a real distinguished/classy look to her - surprised that haven't seen her in anything before as would have thought she would be all over K-drama-land playing chaebol matriarchs and the like.

Yi-na is just BOSS for preventing Ji-won from spoiling/interrupting Eun-jae's "learning moment."

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She was in Memory. Totally different character. *shudders*

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I don't think Ji Won really needs her own episode the way the other girls do, though. Ji Won is an unusual drama character in that she is actually pretty damn satisfied with herself and her life. The only thing she thinks she lacks is a man, and even that isn't that much a concern for her. The other roommates have deep-rooted scars that strongly affect their relationships with the men in their lives and with one another but Ji Won doesn't have demons to battle or wounds to heal.

She is free to be her fabulous, happy self.

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I actually disagree with this because it would make her character too one dimensional and unrealistic. In real life, even the most confident and outspoken person has personal fears and insecurities, it's just that outsiders don't see them. And it would be a disservice to Ji Won's character if she didn't get her moment in the show where we get a peak into who she is and why she is the way she is. Right now we don't know much except that she really wants a boyfriend- we don't even really understand why, and there is also that whole "ghost seeing" ability, as well as her character's ability to be crazy and wacky one moment and then say super deep and enlightening things like in this episode. I'd actually say she is super fascinating and I'd like to know her better for sure.

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Exactly. And even if the show doesn't want to give us much insight into why she is the way she is, I still want to spend more time with her. We spend a lot of time on the other girls and their lives outside Belle Epoque. I can't help but want an equal amount of focus on Song Ji-won so I hope we get more of her in these last 2 weeks. OMG. We only have 2 weeks left...I'm already missing them :(

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I think she is hiding something major that she is either embarrassed to share or she is not ready to deal with it. Sometimes I wonder if she was abused by someone close to her. (I hope I'm wrong).
The best way to hide it well is to put on a happy face, makes other people laugh, feel loved, be there for them etc and pretend that all is well.

She sometimes reminds me of Robin Williams quote.

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”

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Oh! That gives me goosebumps. Robin Williams committed suicide from depression, I always liked him but thought he had really sad eyes and a really sad smile...

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Wasn't it stated that Ji-won is totally different from when she was younger?

Something must have have happened to have affected such a drastic change.

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I don't want her to have problems or anything, I just want to see more of her. Even just an episode of her pretending to be innocent in front of her parents. Hahaha she's my happy pill ^___^

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I'm definitely over thinking here and there is only 4 more episodes so I don't know.

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I really need to ask this:

WHAT happened to the Ahjussi driven Truck Of Doom headed towards Yi-Na in the end of the last episode?

I know it's not important to the plot but it's driving me crazy because there is this huge Disconnect in my mind- Ahjussi was strangling her, then chasing her in a truck, and then...? He sent her home....??!

Sorry I'm probably the only one feeling this way.
I LOVED everything about this episode except for this one thing that was annoying me and I really needed to get it out.

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Oh you're not the only one, I was wondering myself as well how the hell she got out of there. Maybe he regained his sanity for a second and just turned around and drove away? Lol I don't know and am afraid show's not going to address this.

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I feel you. The truck of doom just went poof!

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I think my mind can cope with the offscreen scenario that she ran towards the approaching vehicle light that disrupted his strangling rage and was able to hitch a ride and escape.
(...even though she clearly runs in another direction in that scene, but... regardless, I can cope)

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Maybe... The Truck of Doom ran out of gas!!
At first he cursed the diversion and took out his anger on the steering wheel, then slowly regained his composure as he realized it was stupid to murder someone... That it won't bring back his little girl. He drives home in a daze as YN shakes from shock in the shadows.
Possibly...

:)

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Ran out of gas? Pffffffthahahaha

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omg ran out of gas hahaha

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Gah, this drama just gets better and better. Honestly, on Friday afternoons, I'm sneaking the newest episode on my phone at work because I'm too impatient to watch it at home. What am I going to do when it's over....

Anyway. I was always a little annoyed at Jong-Yeol and all his teasing since the beginning, but this episode made me squeal at their first kiss (I probably wouldn't have wolf-whistled like Ji-Won though).

Also, my mom burst out laughing when she overheard his little speech, a parody of the famous "Lovers in Paris" kdrama, he gave after Eun-Jae meekly apologized. "Why can't you say it? Why can't you say that this is my man, that this is the man I love?" I know right.

But I'm very excited for the next episode, considering there's no preview (yet?!?!?).

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The preview came out on JTBC youtube page today!

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Do you have a link, chinggu ? ^^

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Hi!!! I found it..... so blessed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSomW9IwViw

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Thank you for this Mango! ahhh cannot Friday comes faster :(
But I hope this link not considering as a spoiler, hopefully ;) Me myself really dont mind spoilers.

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Aww I'm sorry if I scare you guys with my spoiler warnings. It's okay to post links to previews. Just don't describe what's happening in comments.

Some of the recappers purposefully avoid spoilers. (Like, they stop the player once credits roll.) And JB/GF mentioned before that they get emailed whenever there's a comment. So if we describe the spoilers here, it's like sending them spoilers straight to their inbox :O

Anyway, thanks @Mango for the link. Heh~ I'm actually the type who likes to watch previews.

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(There're also a few BTS videos in the JTBC youtube page! :D)

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that epilogue was everything! so happy that it had jiwon's colleague so I can still hope for a loveline here lol

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oh they would be so cute!

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Me, too! I was drinking in every word he said, hoping for a loveline for the next episodes!

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Now that I got that ^^ off my chest, I can properly say that I really loved this episode the most so far.

Loved the Kung Fu team moment (I rewatched it too!).
I loved the small cute moments like when Yi Na stuck her leg up in the air to stop Ji Won from going to tease the kissing Eun Jae and Jong Yeol, and how Yi Na dragged Ye Eun out by the hair, but not before proclaiming to be her lover first.

I also loved the heartfelt moments where the girls connected- its like an extension from last episode when they all banded together to help Jin Myung cover her night job.

4 more episodes but I'm rooting for nice resolutions and answers, and for everyone to get a happy ending, or at least, the hints of the happy beginning of something new.

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12 episodes are not enough.. LOL. Already rooting for Age of Youth season 2. :)

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*waves hi!*

Yes this is one show that could have a season 2 easily and be totally awesome! Don't need the ghost bit, just give us lots of awesome stories of the girls growing up together. I wish there was a manhwa with these girls and volumes of them so I can just spend my days hanging out with them.

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You know the Season Two probably Jin Myung already working, Ji Won and Ye Eun are graduating, Kang Yi Na maybe working or further her study in anything, and Eun jae is in her third year..

LOL im getting way ahead, but just thinking about it excites me. Hope this will be granted by jTBC. :P

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I know the show wants us to be tolerant towards Ye Eun because everyone … feels things differently, etc. but I just couldn't empathize entirely with her story.
I think I would be less irritated if the show had given it a less dramatic, and less lengthy treatment, but they're making what is all in all an ordinary college romance into a makjang drama of its own.
Also, she's far too spoiled by her roommates, everyone is catering to her mood swings and she hasn't even apologized to Yina. :(
From what I've seen so far, she doesn't seem like a good friend, just a self-absorbed immature girl.
But I guess it means she's got room to grow.

Apart from that, I'm still enjoying the show a lot. I hope Jin Myung and her chef beau stop exchanging tortured glances soon and that the assh*** manager gets his comeuppance. I like JM's character the most, but I feel her story is stagnating a bit right now.

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OMG exactly how i felt! during ye-euns part i felt happy that she gathered the courage to break up with him but omg she was annoying me so much with the why she was behaving and taking out her anger/feelings on Yi Na. Her problems with her family doesnt justify her behavior and doesnt give her an excuse to do the things she does and for her friends to tolerate it.

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Wait what are the problems with her family? I thought Ji-Won just made that up to prove a point that we can't tell other people what to do because of their past circumstances....

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She did make it up. Ye Eun has no such problems with her family. She's an only child.

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I mean...that's what life is like. Small events feel huge, they hurt us deeply, and they affect the people around us. I know so many girls like Ye Eun who can't let go of their relationships and would rather blame others than open their eyes to the real problems. Ye Eun got a nice ending because this is a drama. Some girls don't get nice endings.

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Ye-eun passive-aggressiveness also irked me to no end, but I think Yi-na's not the type to begrudge her an unspoken apology.

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This drama is an underrated gem. I love all the female friendships here, from Ye Eun and Yi Na's making up to all the unnies going into attack mode to defend Eun Jae.

I can't believe we have only 4 eps left! There's still so much to explore with almost all the girls.

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OMG, the kissing scene was too cute to handle! And the beautiful song by Jordan Klassen was just spot on!

I've put a 1000 times on replay!

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I never knew the girl acting as yi na is only 23 yrs of old and ye eun is originally 28! Have to give it to RHY for pulling off effortlessly a sunbae role to girls much older than her. She has such a feisty and tough look.Definitely one of an instant fav role from 2016.
P.S: age of youth made me crave more for the writer and I then went on a watch spree for 'white Christmas' ...Aaaand it's a mind-boggling head screwing genius ^ infinity kind of a drama.And it has got a lot of my favorite boys..I got myself some new favs too lol.But I'll come back with my comments on OT.Oh and the ost is ahmazing. I ship the writer now..fan for life.

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I'm jealous you're just discovering her work haha. I wish I could go back in time and watch some of her shows for the first time over again. Alone in Love, Evasive Inquiry Agency, and Wild Romance are great too! And Ms. Kim's Million Dollar Quest is a lot of fun.

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Wild Romance - the first time ever watched Im Jo Eun even she was just playing supporting roles, but she was quite a scene stealer.

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please watch "wild romance" by this writer. another gem.

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love this drama, love the characters, love everything about it.

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THE PREVIEW!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSomW9IwViw

Damn! Friday! Need to come faster!

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OMG. THANK YOU!

JW's hug made my heart skipped a beat for JM. Hurry Up Friday!

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Thank you for this! ❤️❤️❤️

Yay the feels are strong... Can't wait!!

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Love the land lady, she's all kinds of awesome! She reminds me of an Italian goddess particularly when she was dancing the tango(???) on her roof top.

Ah the pleasures and joys of the first kiss! I might be in the minority here, but I really wanted to slap Ji won for attempting to make catcalls and hoots during the kiss. Thank goodness Yi Na stopped her! And can I say that Yi Na totally rocks?!

It's one thing to be voyeuristic and watch them kiss when one should give them their privacy, it's quite another thing to turn it into a joke! Poor Eunjae would've been scarred as she hates being publicly teased.

And Yi Na with Ye Eun. The feels. Words escape me. You know your friends got your back when they go out of their way to save you from your own stupidity. A one night stand with a complete stranger who specializes in x tapes on the Internet!!!!

From the comments Ye eun's friends made in the restroom, it appears that everyone knows what a sleaze ball her boyfriend is, but she refused to break up with him. I'm glad she finally found the courage to do so. And in such a classy way.

But Yi Na must be seriously bold to go into an enclosed space and confess to a man that she killed his daughter! Is she hoping to absolve her guilt by provoking him to hurt her? I admire her spunk and honesty, but this is too much isn't it?

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What Yi Na did was self defense. She's using that luggage as floater and the girl grabbed it from her. If there's anyone has an intent to hurt kill it's ajushi's daughter.

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Self defense is protecting yourself from an attacker. The girl wasn't attacking Yi Nia, she was panicking and trying to save herself. Yi Na killed her in her own panic - this is more like diminished responsibility.

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You are right. I agree it was self defense. It was a kill or be killed scenario. If they both held on to that suitcase, they both would have drowned. Yi Na held on to the suitcase first and was just protecting her right to survive. She can't be faulted for that.

@mk I disagree that Ahjusshi's daughter wasn't attacking Yi Na, by fighting for that suitcase, she was directly attacking Yi Na. I don't blame her either, she too was trying to survive. It's a very sad and sorry situation.

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I think it was more like a 'damned if you, damned if you don't' situation.

Yi Na did what she had to do to keep herself alive, but it costed her a person's life. If you put yourself in that situation, you might've done the same thing.

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I think it speaks volumes about Yi Na's sense of justice and the extent of her guilt that she deliberately chose to go and confront Sol's dad like that.

She feels all the guilt of being the one who survived, and that feeling's twisted into her somehow becoming the one who "killed" his daughter. The fact that she did nothing wrong doesn't save her from feeling like her life is worthless.

I think that at this point, she knows she can't go on living the same way she has been, and just wants to end it, whether "it" is her aimless, shallow lifestyle or her sense of being cut off from reality.

Yi Na'a awesome. That's all I gotta say.

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I loved that scene where Ji-won made up the story about Ye-eun's twin sister. And kind of ship Yi-na and Ye-eun together. Their scenes together this episode were great, all the more because the writer was so careful in crafting Yi-na's motives--she wasn't rescuing Ye-eun from the evils of a one night stand and therein rejecting her lifestyle as ~impure and ~dangerous, she was stopping Ye-eun from playing tourist in her world without knowing how to stay safe, and valuing Ye-eun's self-respect, even if it came from a place that devalued and judged everything Yi-na herself stands for.

idk, just love everything Park Yeon-seon is doing with Yi-na. So many dramas are so materialistic and buy into the status quo so relentlessly--whether it's money, education, career or family background more is better--the average male protagonist in kdrama these days has more in common with Donald Trump than a normal human being, and the average kdrama is so blinged out with cars and smart phones and Kpop singles for sale that it has no room for real people, real feelings, real life. It's just nice to see a character that feels like a human being, coming back from an experience where she stared into the abyss, look at how hard we try to get all the nice shiny things that come with success, and see the emptiness of it all, while at the same time struggling to embrace life and find human connection. Powerful stuff.

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I love everything about your comment, juniper. Sometimes, simple is the best. 😊

(And I also kinda ship Yina and Yeeun hahaha)

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I used to ship her with Jin-myung. She has major chemistry with everyone. :O

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I ship her with a lot of people -- men and women.

Honestly, my gaydar pings with Yi-na. I read her as possibly being bisexual. Which makes me squee and giggle, because I am too. This is the first time in my k-drama career that I've seen anything even approaching a character I could plausibly read as bisexual, and I'm loving it. ^_^

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Considering that Ye-eun and her friends seem to have gone clubbing before and that Yi-na isn't the type to get drunk off her gourd w/ a known "predator" - wouldn't exactly say that Ye-eun was playing a tourist in Yi-na's world .

Yi-na is pretty straightforward business-like at her "job."

Ye-eun seemed pretty intent on getting drunk w/ the sleaze-ball in order to have one-night stand (tho, probably would have ended up being worse than that) to either "get back" at her a-hole BF or to just do something risky/dangerous.

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Yi Na is secretly the mom friend of the group...no one tell her.

Also that landlady is totally #goals. She's like Belle Epoque's secret fairy godmother.

I could honestly watch 50 more episodes of this. I'm so sad that a show of this quality has to be so short. It's given me everything I could've wanted out of a female-driven drama.

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I'm glad that Yeeun broke up with her boyfriend, and that she herself realized it was not doing her any good anymore. I also love her story arc, and the change that she underwent, and her character is someone that we can encounter in reality. There are people who lash out at the wrong people, because they deny the reality that someone they love has betrayed them, and that it also reflects on them, that they are a pathetic person because they liked someone bad. I think that's what happened to Yeeun. I'm really happy that she finally realized that she was better off without him, and she has the other girls to cry on and not fake a face in front of. 😊

Also: I was howling with laughter when everyone attacked Jongyeol. He had it coming, though, don't sneak up on people!

And on Jongyeol, too: he's somehow a tsundere(?). He's so gruff in front of Eunjae, but in front of others he's all smiles and proclaiming that he adores her, haha. Go tell the girl you wanna have her babies, dude! And isn't the actor dying from embarrassment at his lines? Hahahaha

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Okay, so I want to discuss the epilogue in ep 8. to make sure I understood it correctly:

Sous chef Jae wan said he feels sorry for Jin myung because of the heavy load she has to bear, but he's convinced that he loves her. He, at first had his doubts about Jin myung because of her involvement with the sleazy manager, but is now convinced Jin myung could never be involved in a tawdry affair. (This admission earns him major points in my book👍🏾).

Hyun hee admits to being co-workers and friends with Yi Na, but claims they're nothing more than that. (I love him, even if he's a male hooker. He was incredibly kind to Ye Eun to alert Yi Na that her roommate was in trouble. Major brownie points in my book❤️❤️❤️👍).

Sung min says he's in the same club as Ji won, doesn't even claim that they are friends at first. Admits that Ji won is pretty if you are judging her by looks alone. (What the hell does that mean??? He doesn't even seem to be into her at all! Am I missing something because I don't see the attraction? I know Ji won is into him by the way she relates to him, but I don't see him reciprocating her feelings.
When she invited him to her party, he fell asleep and didn't bother to show up. His excuse was: "well you invited the entire basketball team, you didn't need me". If he likes her at all, he's very good at hiding it, and just maybe he finds her carefree, over familiar behavior off putting.)

Jung Yeol is just crazy about Eun jae. He admits he often finds her frustrating but "she's pretty". While lighting up and smiling like a man in love. (Never mind, we love you too!❤️❤️❤️❤️)

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I think you understand it correctly,

For sungmin reason of ditching the party,
I kinda relate to it,
Jiwon invites many people to the party > Means He's not special> Even if he doesn't come to the party, it doesnt mean anything.
If jiwon en routes to help me mode ala Eunjae, I'm pretty sure that sungmin will show up. Even if they don't have romantic relationship or what, i think they have camaraderie.

And for finding jiwon is physically attractive but can't see her as a woman, NO HOW DARE HE. Kidding, it was very hard to position yourself in romantic manner if the other person doesnt respond the same way.

PS: I REALLY WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER.

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Am I the only one that felt like Yi-na's friend has a crush on her? I don't know, the way he said "yes, friends", sighed and repeated "friends" with a sad voice...am I crazy for thinking so?

Also, yes, Sung-min admitted Ji-won is attractive and, when they asked him if he could ever see her as a woman, he didn't exactly denied it, so: isn't it obvious that he's going to be "the one" for her?

I had the feeling this epilogue gave away the endgames for us. That's why I liked it so much :)

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Honestly, I actually felt that Yi-na's friend was just going to stay a good friend...until this epilogue, for the very reasons you pointed out. He totally sighed! I definitely think he has some feelings that he likely put aside long ago. Poor guy seems very resigned to his place in the "friend-zone" though. Makes me think his feelings are likely to remain unrequited :/

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I liked them as friends but now I can't help shipping them hahah. I agree his feelings seem unrequited but maybe we'll get an open ending where it's hinted at that it could happen in the future. I'll take whatever I can get :D

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He's either a really, really good guy-friend (for staking out and following Jong-gyu - that's tiring work) or he's driven to do so b/c he feels a certain way about Yi-na.

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I am more inclined to think that his feelings for Yi-na are deep friendship, tinged perhaps with romantic feelings.

I think that these two value each others' friendship because remember, they're both prostitutes. They live the same lifestyle, they understand each other, and they don't judge each other. That has got to be incredibly rare. So I would imagine the either of them would be willing to go to great lengths for the other just based on friendship alone.

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*goes bankrupt boarding all the ships*

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Jung Yeol just cannot hide the fact that he is in love. Je just keep smiling and saying " she is pretty'. LOL. This actor is good in showing how much he loves Eun Jae.

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Well, for Sung-min, I wasn't paying attention to his words in that scene, so much as his behavior. He seemed pretty flustered to me after the interviewer mentioned the flirting between them. I take his actual answers after that point with a grain of salt because he could be trying to downplay his reaction to her on camera. But this could just be my hopeful interpretation of it because I like the chemistry between them.

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Maybe it's just me but I find Han ye ri's character to be the most boring and least relatable out of the girls. I find that her character is written in such a cliche kdrama way. She's poor so she has to work multiple jobs to pay for family debt, has a boss who treats her badly at work but she just endures it, she's strong-willed and isn't typically pretty, conveniently has a handsome guy who always comes to her rescue etc. I don't know maybe it's just me but I just find the characterizations of the others to be much more refreshing and relatable, and therefore more interesting to watch. No hate on han ye ri though she is doing a wonderful job, her crying scene in the episode where she said her finger hurts was good. I just find myself not really caring or rooting for her character.

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I like her character, but the arc is just dragging too long. And she got no lights in her life which make watching her part in the episode depressing.
Meanwhile in other character the up and down is sometimes trivial,but it's fun to watch.
I just want her to be happy.
*sigh*

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one of the reasons I love this drama is how diverse the personalities of all the girls are. This is a true female-cented ensemble drama and I just love it. So I find that each girl can be a representation of each women (yet still with their own personalities and experiences and that is what really makes park yeon seon such a great writer). Jin Myung is I think every girl with responsibilities on shoulder, the one who doesn't know who to rely on, who has to keep strong, keep moving forward towards her goals because that's all she has. If she stops and actually let's herself even just feel anything, she might just break down and she cannot afford that. I think Jin Myung is such a heartbreaking character because she represents circumstances that are too difficult and uncomfortable to ponder yet will still strike too close to home to some girls with similar circumstances.

(I guess my point is in my above word vomit is that I find you not caring or rooting for her character somewhat offensive)

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Maybe I kind of see her and her situation from a different perspective. I'm rooting for her character because I'm very grateful that I didn't have my family's financial burden on my shoulders. I don't think I'd make those sacrifices till I'm done with school and have a real job.

I do understand why she is in that state of mind and her mood and spirit is low because she is in a hopeless situation and it's getting worse. I'd sit in a corner and cry my heart out too but she doesn't too it often because she has learnt to suppress her feelings.

I think Han Ye-ri chose the subtle approach to her character. It's all on her face and the tone of her voice. She can change the mood from the way she walks etc. She is natural and believable. I don't have to relate to her circumstances to understand her.

I love the title of this episode, Hope! that dang hope. Don't you dare give up. When one door closes another opens.
I hope she slams a door on her current boss's hands and break it so he won't touch another girl again.

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LOL that door metaphor escalated quickly. (But +10000 to that!)

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I actually see a little bit of myself in Jin-myung. The fact that I have to endure something in order to test myself if I'm surviving or not because at the end of the day, I can only rely on myself and no one else. Also, the part when she had a monologue of wanting someone to just hug her and tell her everything's gonna be okay --- that was heartbreaking.

What I'm trying to say is that we can find the other girls boring and have our favorites because that's who we can relate our situations and there's definitely nothing wrong with that.

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Here here! Nothing wrong with finding other girls boring.

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After Ji-won's words of wisdom, I felt bad for judging Ye-eun. I had the same reaction as Eun-jae about the twin story; I thought, "Oh now I understand." Which was Ji-won's point. Eun-jae (and myself) was judging without knowing the full story. So I stopped being critical of Ye-eun. But I was still glad that Ye-eun ended it because it was an unhealthy relationship. I went from being frustrated with Ye-eun, to being more sympathetic, then my heart ached for her when I saw her self-destructive behavior because we saw how she got to that point. But she still had loyal people there for her to keep her from sinking too low. Yi-na going to get Ye-eun at the club was so great (Ye-eun's been spitting venom at her, yet she went to save her friend anyway). And how much did I love the girl-power-tag-team protection. That was fabulous. The end of the episode was truly chilling. Yet I can't say I blame Yi-na because she was young, scared, and in survival mode. It wasn't like she wanted to cause someone else's death, she was just fighting to survive. And it's something she never got over. She didn't know how she would respond in such a situation until she was in it. I think the same cam be said for most people. All in all a powerful, heartwarming, heartbreaking episode. And I'm still waiting for someone to "accidentally" stab that manager with a fork. He's seriously asking for it. Or a flying kick to the chest will do. Bad-ass Jin-myung! I'm looking at you! ;)

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I'm hoping Jin-myung will do it once she no longer needs to work there. She burned her coworker for bumping her. Imagine what she'll do once she no longer needs to be "civil" to this asshat?

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I haven't watched this drama yet, but i've been following the recaps until now.

The story is enjoyable and I love the relationship between the characters. Kinda reminds me to college life where I lived at a boarding house with fellows housemates also.

Definitely need to re-arrange my drama-watching-schedule so that i can enjoy watching it live!

Thank you dramabeans!

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Thank you for the recap, SailorJumun!

I don't know if this is possible but I was thinking the Yi-Na's backstory was related to the sinking of the MV Sewol. I remember the tragic event to have killed mostly high school students. According to my age calculations, Yi-Na fits into the category.

Here some info on the event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol

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It's an interesting idea but I don't think that's possible. Mainly this is because she was on a ship that clearly exploded and caught fire. Sewol capsized in tact trapping people inside and to my memory, it did not catch fire.

I also think that Yi-Na is a little bit older. The tragedy of Sewol was just over two years ago but I think she has been referred to as Yue-En's senior (who's in 3rd year) at times. I place her around 22 but my quick mental math might be off. :-)

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Agreed. I certainly think the Sewol incident was a very big inspiration, especially as it also involved high school students, a ship, and a large body of water.

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I just read this book called The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand and I keep picturing the heroine Sarah (a Korean-American) as Jinmyung/Han Yeri! She is also this stoic, hard working, introverted, complicated character with a good moral compass (though JM is more awesome!).. and the book is set in a restaurant where she's the apprentice to a famous chef and that part makes the casting even more perfect!
Love Han Yeri and hope that if that book ever gets made in to a movie (and shameless rec to u all to give it a read, lovely book!), she is the lead!

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What if Jiwon was lying about inviting a lot of people and only invited Sungmin? I want to think that SungMin might like her but I can't sense any chemistry yet....

This week I'm loving Yeeun for dumping the jerk. I love how supportive Yina is with her despite the cold wars.

Jinmyung character isn't anything new but Han Yeri acting makes it seem very realistic.

The maknae couple is too cute. Perhaps the cutest couple I've seen in a while

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The maknae couple really makes me shy LOL. They just a symbol of first and innocent love. ;)

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My dramatic self comes alive whenever these two appear. I squeal and do stupid movement because I feel the love.

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What I found weird was Ji-won lying to Sung-min that a lot of guys came and they had fun. She always seemed like an honest person (to the point of being tactless) so I wonder why she had to mask her disappointment in front of him.

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I was surprised when she "brag" about the party to Sungmin.. but looking at Sungmin expression, It felt like he knows she's lying. I hope so. I really want these two together somehow.

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Ugh this is why I ship them so much. I feel like they both have these really high walls because they have such a great friendship and no one wants to lower their own wall first.

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This drama is so good! I love the friendship here...

This and Dear My Friends have got to be the best dramas this year about life and relationships. So relatable and so lovable. :)

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The whole 'do not judge before knowing the story' got me thinking- when do you 'judge' someone? Are we not defined by our actions? Two people may carry out the same crime but are not always punished similarly...This makes the way law punishments so intricate. Ultimately though, the crime/act remains the same whether it was the product of circumstance, will or luck.
So, it was refreshing to watch this drama- looking and thinking about the girls' actions. I like the way they are not fully defined by a 'backstory'. The show portrays a slice of their life-living the consequences of their previous actions that led them to that point as we all do differently in our lives. Not knowing why Ye-eun was the way she was did not stop me from feeling irritated with her...Or to stop liking Yina's rather realistic portrayal in dramaland-her not being depicted as the hooker girl and hooking is just something she does..

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Ye Eun is such a drama queen. I relate her to my friend who always love her boyfriend no matter what, jealous without being logical geez that is why this Iinda type of person never and ever i thought as my best friend because they irked me alot. But somehow my character kinda like her (Except the boyfriend part) How she likes to say something behind others and how her moods swing easily and her face cant lie when she's in bad mood relate a lot to me but when I'm happy i'll be totally like Jiwon with positive thinking and always consider other circumstances. In the end this drama so great because it relates to society near us

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cheok sa gwang returns!

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My favourite line from Yi Na this episode was when she barged back into the club to save a completely sloshed Ye Eun from those evil guys by yelling, "She's my lover!"

Bwahaha, epic! Go, girl!

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+100000

That isn't beyond the realm of possibilities. They were acting like jealous lovers after all.

Yi Na rocks !!!!!

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Does anyone know the song that plays in the background as Ye Eun gets dolled up?

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It's called "사랑의 한가운데" by 안녕의 온도.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YcA5kZ85JU

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Oh my Yi-na!!
I can't help but feel sorry for her. When you are fighting for your own life in a situation like that its human nature that you will think about yourself. Ofcourse, some may argue that in times like that it would have been best to help the other girl hold onto the same lifeline, but instincts are also there to play in situations like that. Though Yi-na I suppose had a change of mind a tad late, the after effects of such a decision can be destructive. May be that's the reason that she does not attach any value to her life or to her way of living because she could not attach value to human life when it was needed the most. But, I think some healing may be around the corner for her because sometimes it takes others' help to realize just how precious your own life is. And she has got great roommates for that!! She is wise enough to accept the consequence of her decision but just not healed enough to get rid of the pain. May be I won't be surprised if the ghost in the closet is of that dead girl. May be there are multiple ghosts. Each of these girls have a ghost in their past. It may be a dead brother for eun jae, a jack ass boyfriend for ye-eun, a comatose brother for jin-myung, a dead acquaintance for yi-na and may be solitude and loneliness for ji-won. Unless they get rid of their ghosts they can't move forward and once they do, they will have come to the age of youth: a time when you are free from your fetters and ready to move on and move ahead in life!!

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Really like how the writer/PD don't feel it is necessary to show everything - like how Yi-na gets away from Jong-gyu or the particulars about how Yi-na ends up moving back into the house (which we knew was coming based on the lack of enthusiasm in the continued house-mate search).

Love how Jin-myung stands up for herself and gives the b!!chy waitress a dose of her own medicine and a stern warning.

That little girl actress bear the beginning does a more believable job crying than many adult actresses.

Ye-eun's attack on Yi-na for being "too easy around guys" is a misonception on Ye-eun's part.

Yi-na's actually quite particular about who she "picks" (as long as the guy has the "means") and it isn't just based on superficial things like looks.

Ye-eun's stalker behavior towards Yi-na is just as bad as the other stalker characters.

Love the moments when all the gals are together (which doesn't happen that often) in a bonding moment.

The mother-hen protectiveness and kick-arse (poor Jong-yeol) of a suspected assaulter of one of their own, the banding together to work the night-shift at the convenience store and then the bus ride home, and having fun w/ Ji-won's punishment for not being able to bring a guy to the party (surprised that Jin-myung took part in that).

The morning scene where Ye-eun's and Yi-na continue to duke it out (in a more passive-aggressive way) w/ poor Eun-jae in the middle was so well thought out and well written.

Other writers of K-dramas should take note (w/ a few exceptions).

Ye-eun can't even take "revenge" on her a-hole BF properly and puts herself in danger at the club w/ Yi-na having to save Ye-eun from what could have been a lot worse than just a drunken one-night stand (Yi-na kicked butt - dragging Ye-eun by the hair and given that creep a verbal lashing).

It wasn't until Yi-na's ep that I started to warm up to her character and she's now challenging for my fave out of the group.

Still don't like how Yi-na dresses most of the time - her best outfit was that jeans and long striped shirt combo in the last ep.

But still better than the fru-fru, little girl dresses that Ye-eun wears when she's out w/ Doo-young.

Like how Jong-yeol doesn't always treat Eun-jae w/ "kid gloves," knowing her being a bit naive and this being her 1st relationship. Those headlocks. lol

And ughh, Doo-young was so not deserving of a face-to-face break-up (but Ye-eun probably needed to do that in order to get some semblance of closure) and what the heck is she doing THANKING him?

She should have told him that he was a too-faced a-hole who didn't know that he had it so good (but there's that insecurity).

Not surprised that Yi-na went to Jong-gyu's place even after her harrowing previous experience (just as not surprised that she willingly went in Jong-gyu's truck) - she's been living w/ that guilt and as a consequence, has had a very blase attitude about her own life (as...

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if it was all on borrowed time and that she wasn't meant to be there).

Quite the contrast in Yi-na's admiration for Jin-myung and being so protective of the other girls, even Ye-eun (who has given her the most grief).

Don't think Jong-gyu will end up killing Yi-na (the reality of what happened is not as sinister as what he had probably imagined all this time).

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"That… was amazing. I need to rewatch."

exactly how i felt. that scene was glorious.

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Why did the ship wreck and reluctant murder plot feel familiar?

Oh, right. I remember it from the Kindaichi episode but in there, it was the girl who pulled a nametag from the suitcase and held it in her lifeless body and her relative then started a murder spree based on the initial of the nametag.

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I thought I was the only one! LOL. That was the first Kindaichi murder case I've read and the results shocked me so much, I can still clearly remember what was happening around me when I first read it.

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