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Age of Youth: Episode 9

Broken hearts aren’t just caused by romantic relationships gone awry — they can just as easily be caused by family tragedies, or the soul-crushing disappointment of being told “no” when you really want the answer to be “yes.” I think it’s human nature to want to run away from it all when things aren’t going your way. But at some point, life ends up catching up with you, and when it does, it sure helps to have a friend — or four — nearby, ready and willing to support you, should you finally decide to reach out your hand.

 
EPISODE 9: “If you stay in one place, you won’t get lost #shoes”

Eun-jae, Yi-na, Jin-myung, and Ji-won watch Ye-eun nervously as she performs the all-important task of deleting Doo-young’s contact info from her phone. When Ye-eun finally pushes the delete button, the girls erupt into cheers, throwing streamers in celebration. Ye-eun doesn’t stop there — she deletes all the photos of Doo-young on her phone, then continues the breakup party by blowing out a giant candle on a special cake. She tells the girls her relationship is really, really over, and promises to only look forward from now on.

Then it’s time for some entertainment: Ji-won delights everyone with her Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves. Their fun is interrupted when the doorbell rings — it’s the landlady, and the girls rush to put away their beer and food.

Ji-won greets the landlady, who complains about the ruckus coming from their house. But when she peeks in, it’s all quiet, with no trace of the other girls, and Ji-won assures her that she’s alone. Before the landlady heads out, she tells Ji-won that her roommates shouldn’t be out at this time of night — there was a suspicious man hanging around outside not too long ago. Ji-won promises to lock the doors tight.

The rest of the housemates pop out from behind the kitchen counter as soon as the door closes. Ji-won reiterates the landlady’s warning about the suspicious man, but each of girls say it can’t be any of their guys. At that, Ji-won takes the opportunity to tease Eun-jae about Jong-yeol, and Yi-na and Ye-eun get in on the action, demonstrating to all what sexy times should look like for a couple in love.

They’re all laughing hysterically when they’re interrupted once again by the doorbell — but this time, there’s an unfamiliar young man at the door. He hands Ji-won a business card and says he’s looking for Yoo Eun-jae.

While the rest of the housemates stare worriedly at the business card, which reveals the man to be an insurance claims investigator, Eun-jae meets with said investigator at a café. He nervously tells her his company is re-investigating cases in which one person received more than three insurance payouts in ten years — and Eun-jae’s mother falls into that category.

The insurance investigator says Eun-jae’s mom received money for the death of Eun-jae’s brother and father during times of financial hardship for their family. In addition, the insurance company recently discovered that her mother received a payout seventeen years ago after the death of her mother-in-law, or Eun-jae’s grandmother.

The investigator mentions the recent car accident that Eun-jae’s stepfather was in, then confirms that the cause of death for her father was also a car accident — an accident that seemed suspicious. As the investigator opens a file with photos from the accident, Eun-jae has a flashback to her father in the driver’s seat of the car, bloodied and lifeless, and an open pink thermos next to him.

The investigator asks Eun-jae if she’s been to the site of her dad’s crash, but she says she hasn’t. He wonders if she feels like she’s betraying her dad by believing her mom, then asks if she knew that her mother has an insurance policy in Eun-jae’s name too. By the look on Eun-jae’s face, it seems like she didn’t.

Eun-jae returns home and finds her roommates all out in the common area, trying to disguise the fact that they were waiting up for her. Eun-jae reassures them that the meeting wasn’t a big deal — she says the investigator just wanted her stepfather’s contact information, and he’s currently away on vacation with her mom. At that, the girls all retire to bed, relieved.

That is, except for Eun-jae. As she washes up, she recalls the investigator’s words about her dad: “Thankfully, your father’s body was buried. If he’d been cremated, there wouldn’t have been any options.” On her way out of the bathroom, she pauses for a long look at the ghost cabinet, then heads up to the roof, where she texts her mom to contact her as soon as possible.

Ye-eun’s alarm goes off at 4 a.m., and a glimpse of her calendar for the week shows that she has basically scheduled out her every waking moment, from early morning prayer, to classes during the day, even down to meeting up with girlfriends in the evening. As she leaves the house for another one of her activities, Yi-na and Ji-won note in concern that she’s overdoing it — it’s as if she can’t bear to be still for even one second.

At the bar, Yi-na’s having a drink with a new guy. He seems to be boring her though, as she lets out a great big yawn in the middle of their conversation. She ends up trying to catch a cab home alone, and while she waits, she notices an old woman selling vegetables on the street. Yi-na looks at her with sad eyes.

The newly single Ye-eun comes with benefits for her housemates, as she whips up some dinner for Ji-won and Eun-jae. Jin-myung joins them and asks if any of them have time to help her go clothes shopping — she’s passed the written exam for a real company job and has a face-to-face interview. At that, the roommates explode with happiness for their sunbae, surrounding Jin-myung in a group hug and congratulating her.

They excitedly let Yi-na in on the news when she gets home. Though she congratulates Jin-myung, Yi-na’s face drops when she gets to the bathroom. She stares at herself in the mirror, listening to the girls chatter excitedly about Jin-myung’s opportunity and what the future holds.

Out in the kitchen, Ye-eun proposes a reunion for the housemates in ten years. Ji-won says by then she’ll be super busy as a journalist-turned-novelist, while Ye-eun says she’ll be a food columnist. Eun-jae wants to be a counseling psychologist.

Just as Ye-eun wonders where Yi-na will be in ten years, Yi-na walks out of the bathroom and answers the question with one of her own: “How do I know what will happen in ten years, when I don’t know what’ll happen tomorrow?” She retreats to her room, leaving the others to resume their celebration for Jin-myung.

The next day, the roommates are in good spirits as they head out to help Jin-myung pick out an interview outfit. But Yi-na doesn’t join them, having lied that she has plans, and instead watches from the window upstairs as the four leave.

At the department store, the girls rummage through the sales rack. Each of them picks out an outfit for Jin-myung, but none of them look right — the girls essentially picked out clothes that only they themselves would wear. (Jin-myung’s comment at Ji-won’s pick: “The arms are weird.”)

As Jin-myung tries on her last outfit — a plain black suit — she hears her roommates talk about how it’s time for her luck to pick up, and that they wish she would get the job. She walks out in the suit, earning smiles of approval from her roommates — the suit it is. Jin-myung pays cash for it, then they all take the bus home, Jin-myung holding tightly onto her shopping bag.

Meanwhile, Yi-na’s decided to do some shopping of her own at an expensive-looking boutique. She tries on gorgeous dress after gorgeous dress and picks several before easily handing over a credit card to pay. As she walks down the street with her many shopping bags, she comes across a soccer ball on the street. A boy calls out to her for the ball, but calls her “Ajumma,” instantly pissing her off. Her face dark, she kicks the ball to the other side of the street. Ha, that was so petty.

Dong-joo thinks so too, as he laughs at Yi-na’s story when they meet up over coffee. But Yi-na doesn’t find the thought of getting older funny at all — she thinks it’s horrifying, becoming an ajumma, and then a grandmother. Yi-na looks distractedly at a delivery man carrying in some boxes when Dong-joo asks her what ended up happening with her stalker Jong-gyu.

She thinks back to the confession she made to Jong-gyu in his room. She told him that she killed his daughter Sol and asked if he was going to kill her, too. Shaking with rage, he’d broken down in tears, then asked her to leave — at first quietly, and then screaming the words at her. So, with tears streaming down her face, she left.

Back in the present, Yi-na tells Dong-joo that everything worked out, and she won’t see Jong-gyu again. But her face looks sad, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Dong-joo.

Yi-na takes a cab home and runs into Jin-myung as she’s headed inside. Yi-na asks if Jin-myung’s going somewhere; Jin-myung gives a long look at Yi-na’s shopping bags and replies with a curt “Yes.” Yi-na’s face has guilt written all over it, and she sighs as Jin-myung walks away.

Eun-jae’s mom and stepfather arrive at the airport, back from their vacation. Eun-jae’s mom turns on her phone to see Eun-jae’s messages, but before she can call her back, she finds herself face-to-face with the insurance investigator.

Eun-jae is at school when her mom finally calls and tells her about the conversation with the investigator. From a distance, Jong-yeol spots Eun-jae and heads over to her excitedly, only stopping when he overhears her raising her voice. Eun-jae yells at her mom for a multitude of things: for answering the investigator’s questions the way she did, for going on a trip just after receiving the insurance payout, for buying so many insurance plans, and for not being able to take care of her own affairs.

Jong-yeol stands at a distance unable to approach Eun-jae, but seemingly able to hear her end of the conversation. After a moment, Eun-jae turns and sees him, and hurries to end the call. That allows Jong-yeol to head over, but he pretends that he didn’t hear anything and asks if everything’s okay. Eun-jae avoids his eyes and says everything’s fine, then leaves for class.

Elsewhere, Ye-eun gleefully takes pictures of her dessert to share on social media — in addition to planning out every minute of her life, she’s also been documenting all her adventures online. Her friends poke fun at her social media obsession, but at least one person is keeping up with Ye-eun’s updates: Doo-young scrolls through Ye-eun’s feed, smiling and shaking his head.

The next morning, Ye-eun hogs the bathroom to the dismay of both Eun-jae and Yi-na, who look like they might explode. When Eun-jae tells Ji-won that Ye-eun’s been in there for thirty minutes, Ji-won starts pounding on the bathroom door, fearing that Ye-eun’s finally had a breakdown over her breakup. Ji-won’s about to bust open the door when it swings open — Ye-eun’s fine, but she’s clearly been crying. She bursts into tears again at the sight of her roommates, wailing about having too much armpit hair: a mark of being single.

A bit later, Eun-jae rushes out of the house, followed by Ji-won, then Ye-eun. Jin-myung’s still in her room, about to put on her new suit, and she smiles to see the sweet little gifts and notes of encouragement on her shelf left by the three girls.

Yi-na’s still in the house too, and she joins Jin-myung in the entryway when she sees that Jin-myung’s getting ready to leave. Yi-na takes a long look at her roommate’s worn out black pumps, and though she looks like she wants to say something, she simply wishes Jin-myung good luck.

Yi-na tries to go back to folding laundry, but she can’t focus while thinking about Jin-myung’s shoes. She ends up running out of the house, a pair of nice black pumps in hand, chasing after Jin-myung all the way to her bus stop. But alas, she’s too late — Jin-myung gets on the bus, and Yi-na watches the bus drive off.

Jin-myung arrives for her interview, only to be greeted by the two loan sharks, who… gift her some rice cakes in support. That’s weird.

During the interview, a female interviewer asks Jin-myung a question about how long she’s been in school. As Jin-myung answers, the interviewer looks disapprovingly at Jin-myung’s pumps before jotting down her notes.

Yi-na greets Boyfriend #2 at a café, but is surprised to see an older woman sit down at her table along with him — it’s his mother. Yi-na reassures her that the relationship she has with her son isn’t serious, but his mother’s more interested in discussing Yi-na’s credit card spending — she spent too much of his money last week. Looking embarrassed, Yi-na meekly offers to return the things she bought.

Jin-myung heads to her restaurant shift after her interview. Her co-workers notice her fancy suit, and she tells them about the interview, smiling a little as she says she thinks she did well. Her jerk manager rolls his eyes and scoffs at her, and throughout the night, he makes it a point to give her dirty looks. But Jin-myung just ignores him, wearing a slight, hopeful smile on her lips.

The ever-cheerful Ji-won greets her roommates the next morning, but she gets no love in return. Ye-eun’s still depressed about her newfound singleness. Eun-jae’s down with thoughts about the insurance investigator. Jin-myung can only think about her pending interview results, and Yi-na’s deep in thought over her direction in life.

At the school newspaper office, Ji-won heaves loud sighs until her friend Sung-min can’t take it anymore, and demands to know what’s wrong. She complains that her life is too uneventful and predictable, then rolls her chair over to him and asks him if he wants to date her. Sung-min’s not amused.

Ji-won pouts and says her life is so boring, and at that, he looks over at her in alarm. He tells her not to go off and do something weird like she did last fall, when she disappeared and left behind a will — all because she was “bored.” She weakly says that was fun, but he warns her not to do anything like that again. At that, Ji-won mutters, “I think it’s already too late for that.”

At school, Jong-yeol sits Eun-jae down for a serious conversation. Taking her hand, he tells her that he’d love to have telepathy as a superpower so that he wouldn’t have to use words to figure out what others were thinking.

But since he doesn’t have this power, he tells Eun-jae they’ll have to use words, then asks if something’s going on with her. He tells her he’s so head over heels for her that he’ll accept anything she says, but all Eun-jae can say is that there’s nothing going on. She pulls her hand away from his and starts walking, leaving poor Jong-yeol to trail after her in concern.

Jin-myung finally receives a text announcing the results from the interview, but we don’t get to see what it says. She works another shift at the restaurant, and her manager stares at her creepily every chance he gets.

At the park, Yi-na watches a father teaching his son how to ride a bike. She narrates that she wasn’t ever sure why others tried so hard in life, or why they thought life was so precious. She didn’t understand why everyone worked so hard to move forward when they didn’t know what was ahead.

Yi-na heads home and is surprised to see Jong-gyu outside the Belle Epoque, waiting for her. He pulls out his daughter’s bracelet from his pocket and places it in Yi-na’s hand, telling her, “You said this was your talisman. Use it as your talisman.” Yi-na doesn’t understand why he’d do this — doesn’t Jong-gyu hate her? But he says he doesn’t, and that he understands that things just turned out the way they did.

Before he leaves, Yi-na asks him a question: What would he say to his daughter if she happened to be the one who made it out alive, instead of her? With compassion in his eyes, he tells Yi-na, “To live. To not feel guilty. Surviving is nothing to be ashamed of. So live. Live a good life.”

Yi-na fiddles with the bracelet as she watches Jong-gyu walk away, then starts to cry.

The restaurant staff are busy cleaning up at the end of the night when the manager storms in and accuses Jin-myung of stealing two bottles of wine that have gone missing from the cellar. He demands to search her bag, then drags Jin-myung to her locker, pushing her out of the way to open it up himself. When he finds her bag, he takes it back to the office to dig through it while the other staff members watch from outside.

The manager throws her stuff all over the floor; when he doesn’t find the wine bottles in her bag, he asks angrily where she’s hidden it. Jae-wan can’t stand to watch any longer and steps in, asking the manager what he’s doing.

The manager responds by throwing Jin-myung’s bag at her, then moves to leave the office. But before he can, Jin-myung speaks up and tells him to apologize. He turns to look at her incredulously, and she says again, “Apologize to me, and put my stuff back in the bag.” The manager walks back over to her and calls her crazy, poking at her forehead with his finger.

At that, Jin-myung finally snaps, switching to banmal and screaming at him to apologize and pick her stuff up. Furious, the manager grabs her head and raises an arm to smack her, but Jae-wan and another chef intervene, pushing the manager back. Jin-myung’s not done though, and she has to be held back by Jae-wan as she lunges toward the manager, continuing to scream.

As everyone else shuffles out of the office, Jin-myung, still in Jae-wan’s arms, breaks down in tears. She yells and sobs and pounds the floor in frustration, and all Jae-wan can do is hold her tight as she wails into his arms.

Later, as Jae-wan drives Jin-myung home on his motorcycle, she leans her head into his back, resting her chin on his shoulder. When they arrive home, she wordlessly returns her helmet, her expression blank, and turns to head inside. But just before she reaches the stairs, Jae-wan runs over and grabs her in a tight hug, unable to bear the look on her face.

Yi-na stares at the shoe cabinet at home, thinking to herself that getting lost isn’t limited to those who try to go somewhere — it turns out that staying in one place for too long can also make you lose your way.

She imagines herself underwater, and narrates: “I might have been stuck underwater all this time, sinking. Who was it that held me down?” A hand grabs Underwater Yi-na’s wrist, and she opens her eyes to see a duplicate version herself, holding onto her hand. Slowly, Yi-na lets go of the hand and swims up towards the surface of the water.

In reality, Ji-won steps out of her room to see Yi-na standing entranced in front of the cabinet. She asks Yi-na what she’s doing, and Yi-na replies that she’s saying goodbye. Ji-won watches Yi-na with a worried look on her face. But in her room, Yi-na looks at peace as she studies her talisman bracelet, then puts it on.

Jin-myung slowly enters the house, then crouches down in the entryway. She pulls out her phone and looks at the text message from the company, which confirms the bad news — she didn’t get the job. Wearily, she leans back against the wall and just sits there, even as the entryway lights turn off, leaving her in the dark.

Epilogue. Jong-gyu and the manager are interviewed. Jong-gyu says he was in jail when Sol died, and he found out about Yi-na through a photo in the newspaper. When he’s asked to talk about Sol, he chokes up, unable to answer. Then we have the manager, who insists that he has nothing to be sorry about when it comes to Jin-myung. When he’s asked about wrongly accusing her of theft, he spits out an insincere apology.

COMMENTS

I’ve said before that this show’s at its best when it shines a light on the friendships between our five housemates. We didn’t get as much of that this hour, so this episode felt a tad slow to me as we focused on the girls’ individual stories instead.

That is — it was slow, until we hit the last of Jin-myung’s scenes. Ugh, cue all the tears. Han Ye-ri is such a good crier — her uncontrollable sobbing just tore my heart to shreds. Story-wise, how much more can our poor Jin-myung take at this point? It was pretty clear that she wasn’t going to get that job from the look on that female interviewer’s face — and if she really made that decision based on Jin-myung’s shoes, I… don’t even know what to say. But on top of that huge disappointment, Jin-myung has to deal with being humiliated day after day by the worst manager in the world, in front of Jae-wan, no less. It’s a wonder that she didn’t snap earlier.

I guess the very tiny sliver of a silver lining to all this is that the walls she’s put up to keep Jae-wan out have finally come tumbling down — at least, a part of it has. It’s so hard to go through life alone, and with all of the burdens she’s shouldering, she deserves someone as understanding as he is to unload on, if just a little bit. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of her being able to lean on him, though ultimately I would wish for her to feel comfortable enough with her roommates to go to them for support as well.

We do get some closure with one of our housemates this episode, as Yi-na’s the first to have her “ghost” put to rest. I’m not sure how I feel about the sudden show of understanding from Jong-gyu though, after the anger and anguish he displayed earlier. Did he just need Yi-na to admit what happened in order to move on? In any case, it seems that his forgiveness was what Yi-na needed to forgive herself, and though she still has to figure out what she wants from life, at least she’s at a point where she actually wants to look forward. It’s a big step for her.

With only three episodes to go, I’m not sure how we’re going to resolve the stories of the other “ghosts” that our girls are wrestling with, especially since more conflicts are being introduced. One of the biggest bummers for me this episode was seeing the beginnings of a rift between Eun-jae and Jong-yeol — they’re just getting started! You can’t take their romance away now! I know Eun-jae’s dealing with big secrets, since it does look like she’s covering for her mom in some way. But gah, can’t the cute between Eun-jae and Jong-yeol just go on for a little longer? Or better yet, can’t she trust him and just let him in on all that’s going on in her life?

And then there’s Ji-won. Oh, Ji-won. There’s something going on with her that we need to watch out for, and for all the time that she spends with her roommates, it’s strange to me that Sung-min’s the only one who picked up on the danger of Ji-won doing something drastic to alleviate her “boredom.” What is she hiding? Is she ill? And how does Sung-min know more about Ji-won than her roommates? So many questions, and sadly, so few episodes left.

 
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Thanks for the recap Chocolatte! Agreed with everything you said, these girls are a hoot when they are all together!

They are so relatable they have already become like friends to me and I want to see them grow and how their lives develop- even another season alone won't be enough, much less only 3 episodes! :(

And gosh darn it, give poor Jin Myung a break- if they have a season 2 I hope she gets a happier time than this one- She needs a *BIG HUG*

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Ahhh. This one's a sad episode.

I don't wanna part with our girls. But I do wish all of them to be happy esp Yoon Sunbae.

This is the first time Ive watched Han Ye Ri in anything. She's sooo sooo good!! That when she cries, I cry. She smiles, I smile.

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When she cried, I bawled. It was so heart wrenching! She's indeed a class A actress. Understated but so real.

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Han ye Ri's crying is so realistic. I have seen dozens of crying females in kdramas but till present hardly 5-6 times i felt that those tears were real.
Crying females is similar to drunk girls troupe. A necessity for every kdrama.

Ok. I got a bit emotional. Let's say 15% but how come normal fans get 80%+ emotional over such scenes?

This is from Naver

6. [+882, -5] People want to live owning good shoes and nice clothes so they find work but the harsh reality is that only people who already have those are hired

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You are right about crying being a necessity for actresses in every kdrama. It's the same too for men.

Just the other day, I was wondering why was I so unmoved by a particular actress' crying? She is very good at crying, the type who can cry bucketfuls at the drop of a hat. Yet, I am indifferent. Perhaps, Han Ye Ri's crying is realistic because there is nothing theatrical about it.

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Yep - HYR is just that good.

The vast majority of actresses can't cry (or act drunk) realistically (heck, Kim So-hyun in BIOG, despite being underage, did a better representation of being drunk than most older actresses).

There have been numerous actresses lauded for their acting in crying or drunk scenes in very popular romcoms and just shake my head - since in reality, were borderline bad.

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Han Ye-ri is amazing! She and Yoon Park are why I love this show. I agree, female actresses crying do not necessarily get me emotional. Kim Go Eun and Han Ye-ri are the only two that have had me crying recently. So good! Can't wait to see both in new films and more lead roles.

Side note.. does anyone else get super annoyed with whining female characters? It hurst my ears.. and ruins the episodes... More strong, smart female leads, please!!

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I cried a bucket when Han Yeri is having a meltdown ㅠㅠ It was the first time ever that i cried so hard while watching kdrama, mainly because of 2 reason: 1. She's such a good actress and i'm official a fan of hers now, and 2. Just a day before i watch episode 9, I got rejected from a job interview. and it wasn't my first time being rejected from a job. Been through similar situation several times, I can relate to her a lot with most of her struggle. Having an emotional breakdown is sometimes necessary, that's why i feel sad yet (for some reason) proud of her that she finally released what she's been keeping inside. Yoon Sunbae fighting!!!!!

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Aww, I'm in the same boat and sometimes I wish I can stop the time and freeze the moment before I find out it's a good news or a bad news. Good luck to you girl!

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Same here. Watched the episode a day after being rejected from a job interview and a long time in a dead-end job, and it's almost hard to watch something that strikes so close to home.

Only I haven't had even 10 percent of the hardships she had, and I'm rooting harder than ever for her to finally catch a break, even a small one.

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Han Ye-ri is a fantastic actress. The first time I watched her was in Six Flying Dragons and officially became her fan after that.

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She's not hard to love. Im a fan now too and Im thinking of watching 6FD just for her. Haha.

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I love this show so so so much that I wish it was actually 16 episodes :(

I hate watching shows I love without recaps because when something bad happens to the leads, I'm not mentally prepared for it yet. When I was watching this episode I was praying for Jin Myung to get the job but almost certain she won't. But I was still hoping she did.

Also, the OST by The Temperature of Saying Hi featuring Sunwoo JungAh (one of my favs from the song she did with Yonghwa) is probably my favourite. That, or Butterfly!

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I too, really wished she'd get the job and was so dismayed that she didn't. She really needed the break with all the sh**ty luck she'd been having lately.

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I have been in love with that song but i cant seem to find it with a translation. Can you please help? I love this show so much and every time this song plays for Yoon Sunbae, i get all the feels.

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I second this. Although I'm not sure exactly which song you're referring to, I'd love translations for any of the ones that don't have it already.

Especially for that ending song featuring Sunwoo JungAh, who, btw, I've been stalking, looking for every song she's ever done.

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I couldn't find an English translation so I just copy and pasted the Korean title on YouTube lol. 사랑의 한가운데( feat 선우정아)- 안녕의 온도 is the title. I believe it means In The Middle of Love but don't trust me.

And search up Age of Youth OST on YouTube! Some very nice people have put most if not all the songs used in them! Hope I helped!

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Thanks! Yeah, I've been able to find all the tracks so far thanks to all those youtube playlists. I just wish I could understand the lyrics for some of them. Google translate has given me the gist of what they mean, but still. It's too bad dramafever doesn't sub music during scenes with no dialogue.

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I hate that the female interviewer made a note of Jin myung shoes! It makes my blood boil. How are poor people to ever have a chance at employment if they are to be discriminated against based on an old pair of shoes?

Yi Na may have finally gotten the closure she needs to move on with her life. I'm glad. She can forgive herself now.

And I'm more curious than ever about how Eun jae's dad died. What exactly happened? Why does Eun Jae blame herself? Is Eun jae's mom a black widow spider devouring her family for life insurance payments? I mean it could be completely innocent but looks as fishy as hell.

Jin Myung's sleazy manager needs a punch in the face! He's a predator and a bully. She should just quit the job.

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I'm wondering if Eun-jae had something to do with her dad's death.. she said from the beginning that she killed someone, and then in a previous episode when her mom said that her dad was a good person Eun-jae seemed to get a bit upset and said to herself that her mom should be really grateful to her.

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I guess it's probably the child-distracting-parent-who's-driving trope and she feels guilty about not only her dad's death but also her mom's new happiness.

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I share the same opinion with you. When she said her mom should be grateful to her, I think it is because she lets her mother stay happy and she is the one suffering from those nightmares. I feel bad for Eun Jae because her burden cannot letgo of the past and at the same time to be an adult for a child-like mother, is too heavy for her small body. It answers as well why she did not have any friend during her school days, because she is busy taking care of her mother.

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I thought it because the mother pit something into her Dad's drink and she saw it but she kept quiet and didn't tell the police that's why she keep on saying that her mother should be thankful to her, and meaning that is also the reason why she think she's a murderer, because she kept quiet, or it could be about her brother.

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(late comment but anyway)

I was rooting so hard for Yi-na to reach Jin-myung with those nice shoes before the bus went, probably harder than I've ever rooted for any couple in a race against time. Not just because the shoes could save Jin-myung's job prospects, but for Jin-myung and Yi-na themselves.

And it's a sad reality that companies at that level do note your appearance, and not just in Korea - it's a class thing. I mean, you hear of qualified working-class applicants for high-paying jobs in the UK being rejected because they wore the 'wrong' kind of shoes (and I don't mean showing up in trainers with a suit or even dirty shoes, I mean something like.... brown shoes. And these are men.

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That epilogue. Whoever cursed the manager, LOVE YOU!

I should have beaten him to pieces for what he did to Jin-myung!

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Yeah, the best epilogue.

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The background cursing made me LOL so much.

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That was my favorite! What the heck am I saying? every epilogues has been my favorite lol.

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Whoever cursed the manager is A+++++, he had it coming though I'd have thrown a few things as well.

My first thought was that it was one of our housemates, so I immediately ran a checklist to see which one wore glasses (came up empty, though I think Ye-eun did in a previous ep?)

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Thanks Chocolatte!

Alright Show, you've set up a 10 year time-skip reunion ending so this is what I expect from said reunion:

The girls are meeting at a chic, famous restaurant: co-owned by (pregnant) Jin-myung and hubby Jae-won (cameo by loan sharks ahjusshis as cooks in the back). Ye-Eun fabulously single and confident man-eater, is teasing Yi-Eun for settling down with with one man - Dong-joo- while also begging with puppy-eyes for a preview of the newest spring/summer lines Yi-Eun is featuring at the boutique she owns. Eun-jae walks in on the phone with Jong-yeol, confidently arguing with him over something. The girls tease her for turning into someone so open and assertive - she counters its necessary for her work as a psychiatrist. Ji-won is last to enter, having just come from a book signing of her best-selling novel Age of Youth , she has copies for all the girls, and the scene closes with them fondly reminiscing about their time at Belle Epoque.

Honestly though, all I ask is for our girls happy and our questions answered and I'm getting nervous we're running out of time for that.

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Also, the sleeves were so weird, but I kinda want that dress.

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Kindly add Sung-min lining up for a sign but instead asks her to marry him ???

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Perfect!!

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You make me squeal in delight. Yes to that proposal!

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I will like if Ji-Won turned up with like 5 kids in tow and dumping them on hubby Sung-min so that she can enjoy her all girls outing.

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I loved it!

I'm gonna print this and save and if the end is not good for me, I'll just use this as my end.

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I love this! Thank you Kreyon :).

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ahh I am not ready to say good bye to our ladies. How come this little gem only have 12 episode???

I think there is stories behind Jiwon dissapareance and I can not wait to know what it is....

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I cry with Jinmyung everytime she cries. I know this is already established, but it bears repeating: Han Yeri is amazing.

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I'm hoping the last 2 episode will have a shift focus towards Ji-won. It seem like all the other 4 has their own problems which has been slowly resolving but Ji-won although always happy and free-spirit, it feel like she has something hiding behind her smile.

Plus I hope I get to see her hook up with Sung-min. I love those two together as much as love seeing the awkwardly dating maknae couple.

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Also: Jiwon x Sungmin friends! Let us paddle as furiously as we can! We got a longer scene thia episode!! ?

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I'm behind you my friends!!!

Let's paddle hard, we should never let this ship sinking!!! ???

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Never letting it sink!! ?

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I loved Yi Na's story with Jong Gyu. They were both scarred and traumatized by Sol's death and in desperate need of closure and they found it in each other. Jong Gyu learned the circumstances of his daughter's death and accepted it and Yi Na learned it's okay to live and let go of her guilt. Good stuff.

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agreeeed. I don't thnk Jong-gyu's turn-around was "sudden" at all. I think he just didn't understand what had happened, since he was in prison when Sol died, and after hearing the situation from Yi-na he understood that it was an accident and everyone was just trying to survive. He's obviously still in grief about his daughter, but I think he's just let go of any anger he may have had toward Yi-na because he gets that it wasn't her fault.

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I agree that Jongyu's turnaround wasn't sudden at all. He may have first approached Yina with mixed intention but many times, he truly felt bad for her and was sadden that she didn't love herself. It's some of the things she said that triggered his murderous rage, but deep down he'd always just wanted to know the truth to finally have closure.

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Agreed - Jong-gyu isn't a bad guy.

He just thought for all these years that Yi-na killed his daughter in a more nefarious manner (after all, had his daughter's bracelet).

But once Jong-gyu learned the truth, while painful, he knew that it was just one of those unfortunate moments where people were panicking for their lives and that Yi-na really wasn't to blame, even if she had blamed herself all these years.

Jong-gyu spending time at the bar and listening to Yi-na's complaints probably helped in Jong-gyu not blaming Yi-na and saying those words at the end - as he understood that Yi-na had, ever since the accident, wasn't really "living" (despite the trappings of living the "good life") and had been living w/ massive guilt.

The 2 basically freed each other from living in the past and living in pain (even before Yi-na knew who Jong-gyu was, could see why she was drawn to him, despite him being a nondescript middle-aged man w/o $$).

While Jong-gyu was clearly carrying anger at Yi-na for what he had believed, one never got the sense that he was evil/a bad man (unlike say, the restaurant manager).

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Han YeRi is an acting goddess I'm not kidding. I knew the results of her interview the moment she looked up from her phone. That unbelieving, crushing disappointed masked by sheer endurance and hopelessness and the weight of obligations... wow. She's really, really, a revelation.

Also, I understood JongGyu coming around. Imagine having a beloved child so healthy and looking like she's ready to conquer the world suddenly disappear and be told that there's no way she's coming back and all the while you're stuck in a jail cell with no answers whatsoever. What heartbreak that must be. And then there's a lead in the form of a girl who has your child's bracelet. I don't blame him for goung mad with revenge, even if it's misdirected.

And after all that anger, it turns out that she died just because of an accident. He's a dad too. What's he supposed to say to a girl his daughter's who just happened to live?

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*a girl his daughter's age

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I think I can understand why Jong-gyu reacted the way he did. All these years, he set revenge on Yi-na as a goal in his life. It made his grief easier to bear. However, there is nothing like coming face to face with his daughter's 'killer' and seeing first hand the life she leads to make him have a change in heart. He seemed to realize that Yi-na doesn't treasure herself, selling out to men because she feels guilty. Thus, his parting words to her.

I really missed Eun-Jae and Jong-yeol's cute moments this week. At the same time, I am intrigued by Mom. She behaves too dotty for a black widow. Or in this case, it's not just her husbands.

And Jin-myung, oh Jin-myung! I really felt her in that scene, Han Ye-ri was so good.

1 more week to go! I hope we can get as many funny and cute moments as the necessary angst when each of the 3 remaining girls put their 'ghost' to rest.

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Between Ji-won moonwalking to Billie Jean and Han Ye-ri crying, this episode totally killed me.

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Same here. I love it when she curled up and cried on his shoulder. That's when I died and went to heaven haha.

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Yeah she cried so bitterly it hurt my soul. In a good way. I love Han Ye-ri so much.

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Oooof, that breakdown was a long time coming. It was simultaneously so damn satisfying & so damn hard to watch. We all knew she would get to this point eventually and I'm only surprised we didn't get here sooner. After all that, I can't believe she couldn't get the job at the company. It just saddens me that it's near impossible for her to get hired for companies that she's probably settling for anyway. It boggles my mind that someone as hardworking as her gets this kind of treatment.

And then the writer is trying to kill me with little touches like Kang Yina failing to give the shoes and then hinting at that as the reason Jin-myung didn't get hired! Ugh, seriously.

I love how realistic the group dynamic is presented, with certain members feeling left out at some points for different reasons. Often, when you have 4-5 women living under one roof, all going through different things, there'll be times when you'll be more involved with the happenings of the group and others when you feel weirdly disconnected from what the majority is doing, whether it's because you don't have enough 'drama' like the rest of them or because you aren't living in that same ways they are (or, in Yina's case, living at all). But the great thing about living with girls like these is that they always pull you back in whenever you stray too far away & that's what's really beautiful :) That is precisely what makes this journey with these characters unforgettable.

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I loved this episode and the next. Wow, Han Ye-ri displaying real acting chops. The way she lost it at the manager made my heart bleed. She makes her characters so believable (six flying dragons, this show...). She is just too good. That manager needs to be sliced to pieces by her time travelling doppelganger (Cheok Sa Gwang - SFD)

There needs to more seasons (at least 3 more seasons - same cast please). So much material here. I just to want to hug all the girls and watch their stories unfold.

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This sounds totally superficial but outfit and appearance really does matter for job interviews. The substance of a candidate is important such as work ethics, experiences, and schooling. But it's hard for ppl to not make assumptions especially if the hiring officers is trying to find someone to represent their business

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Yeah, it sucks but I felt like it was pretty realistic (especially in a country as appearance obsessed as South Korea). Several people I met when I studied abroad there would tell me how hard it canbe to get a job, and that appearance is pretty important, so some people will photoshop the photos attached to their resume so that they're more likely to get an interview

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I was really moved by that ending scene with Yina finally letting go of her guilt and rising to the surface, so much so that I needed to write a separate post for it.

Maybe because I've been holding myself back lately because of fear, not to the point that I'm standing still, but just enough to be walking too slowly. So this could be one of the most affecting scenes I've watched in a while. It was just so beautifully rendered, especially with that song (now one of my favorite OSTs ever). I'd love to know the lyrics for it, but it's a bit obscure so I can't find a translation.

Han Yeri owns this episode, but I have to applaud Ryu Hwa-young's acting in that scene because it took me a moment to realize that was the same person. I could feel that she was being held back by the weakest, most fearful part of herself. And that look she gave that just said "it's okay, I'll be fine" before she let that part of herself go. Just perfect.

Everything about the resolving of her "ghost" actually worked for me. I know that, to some, ahjussi's forgiveness and understanding came out of left field, but not for me. I think a lot of Jong-gyu's anger and anguish came from the confusion all her "I've murdered someone" comments caused him. He needed to understand what happened to his daughter, and, once he did, he felt that initial resentment & anger that anyone would feel towards someone who survived over someone they loved. But, because he finally knew the reality, he was able to make sense of it. Simple as that.

I mean, half of the issues they went through are because Yina labeled herself a murderer. So he knows that her experience with his daughter has haunted her for life & realized that, had his daughter survived, she could be going through the same thing. It helps that I've always been affected enough by his sadness and loneliness to not find him creepy, even when he crossed the line. He went about everything the wrong way, and yet, it's clear that this confrontation was a necessity for both of them. So I was touched when he returned the bracelet and let Yina hear the words he would have wanted his daughter to hear.

The relationship between Yina and ahjussi reminded me a little bit of a scene in Mixed-up Investigative Agency between the villain's mom and one of the protagonists. I get teary just thinking of that scene. I won't spoil anymore because I plan to lure Age of Youth fans into watching that drama. The dynamic between the characters is actually very different, but it's just yet another example of how this writer doesn't follow the typical route. The moments/relationships she creates tend to unfold in a lovely way, even in the most unexpected situations, between the unlikeliest of characters. The result is a world of characters that feel intensely human, that don't have one-note reactions to the situations they come across. It's for this reason that yet another of her dramas has taken residence in my heart...

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...And it will probably stay there for a while.

Oh dear. I can't believe I wrote this much. It's been a while since I've gotten cut off, lol.

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well said :) yi-na's ghost resolution really struck a chord with me, too—i totally get what you mean by holding yourself back because of fear. I thought it was a really nice visual, the scene where she stopped letting her guilt weigh her down. it's something i've been trying to figure out how to do, to let go of my guilt and let myself live a real and full life again.

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Han Ye-ri and Park Eun Bin both already fantastic actresses, but thank God we discovered another good rising actress. I almost cannot believe she was originally an idol. I wish she can do more good roles like this and impress us.

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This was very nice, Chandler. I also found him not creepy at all, despite the pictures. In fact I found him less creepy than the manager, because while the latter had no reason whatsoever (he wanted Jinmyung sexually? he just wanted to control her?), Jonggyu had what he perceived to be the murder of his daughter as a reason. If we look at his perspective, this was a reason we could empathize with. Whereas the manager? He's just an ***h*le who wants to exert his power.

And I agree that there was always this undercurrent of sadness in everything that he did. I understood him as a person who would do anything for the people he loved, with grave anger management issues. These would be enough for him to be able to carry out revenge just for his people, but he is not without reason and understanding. As such, I interpreted his change of heart as losing the wind on his sails--once he knew that his daughter was not murdered, and what that same situation caused to Yina, who was beating herself up, he lost the will to have anything to do with her. I think he found that she was the same as him, unable to move on from the incident.

(This is why we create antagonists with motivations and backstories, Author-Dad! Else they'll go rogue! Sorry I couldn't resist, haha.)

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And Ahjussi's anger(?) towards Yi-na, and Yi-na's guilt of murdering someone before this episode were understandable. It took me 10 episodes to realize that Sol didn't even have a proper grave/tomb (idk what it's called) for Ahjussi to visit every time he misses her, since she was let go and left cold in the sea..

If I was Yi-na, I'd probably feel the same...

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From the very beginning, took note of Ryu Hwa-young's acting.

RHY has a promising career ahead of her (thank goodness she was able to continue in the entertainment industry despite all the brouhaha over her idol brief idol days).

Of course Han Ye-ri is simply amazing, and while this is my 1st time really seeing her act (already knew of her stellar acting reputation).

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Yi Na's been a favourite of mine for a while, and I've loved Ryu Hwa-young's acting! She played a charming but expected role in Ex-Girlfriend Club, but she's absolutely wowed me in AoY!

I think Yi Na feels rather lost without Ahjussi and that link to her dark past now, but I'm so glad they ended it that way, rather than any showy apologies or forgiveness, or even promising to stay in touch. It would have been what kdramas call an "ill-fated connection"!

I commented in an earlier recap that unrealistic expectations are placed on survivors, to value your life more and live doubly hard. Maybe a lot of survivors do feel like that. But I'm sure there are others who find it hard enough just to get through every day after experiencing a trauma like that, and telling them things like, "you should live your life for your friends who didn't make it" is not just meaningless, it places a heavier burden on them. Maybe that's why Yi Na's family haven't figured much in her current life? Anyhow, I'm glad Ahjussi came to recognise that Yi Na's a victim too.

The whole tone of this show has been like a perfectly tuned instrument played by a sure, delicate hand. No sudden jarring noises and no one arc overwhelming another to disrupt the balance of the orchestra's melody. (Sorry, been watching The Page Turner ... am kind of in that mood!)

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Do you know the name of the song? The one from the scene with Yi Na underwater. I've been looking for it everywhere, but CAN'T FIND IT.

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It's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIiQE2R8mqY&index=15&list=PLtEINgbJVeYtV1aG_6aMAdFXggpZDjUrc

The song title is: 사랑의 한가운데

That's a playlist of Age of Youth songs, btw :D

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Hi, Im a bit confused. The scenes where the ahjussi was strangling Kang Yi Na, did that really happen or did she just dream about it? And was it explained what kind of accident Kang Yi Na and ahjussi's daughter, Sol went through? I hope someone replies, thanks!

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During the epilogue when someone off-camera kept calling the manager a crazy bastard, I just about died laughing. That's how I've felt about him for weeks. I'm just glad someone finally said so he could hear it. ;D

I noticed that the duplicate of Yi-na that was holding her back looked like she was wearing the same clothes from that day when the boat accident happened. As if Yi-na's time stopped at that moment. I liked the symbolism of her letting go of her past self and her trauma as she resurfaces and starts living life again. As she reaches the surface in her vision, you can see the real Yi-na visibly inhale, as though taking her first real breath of life since the accident happened.

But I have to say I am worried about Jin-myung. I've been in her place (I still am) where you have so much on your plate and your trying so hard everyday, just to make it from one day to the next in the hopes that soon something will change for the better. And then the change you were hoping for doesn't come. You are crushed and your mind reaches a breaking point. For weeks it has looked like Jin-myung was standing on the edge of a cliff and was finally pushed over. I think the only thing that can save her now is the power of her friendship with the girls and her relationship with Jae-wan. Just maybe they can help pull her back to safety.

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Guys,what if jtBC surprised us by later announcing there is 16 episode actually? LOL. There's nothing wrong to dream right? :P

I am not ready to say bye bye to this fantastic drama yet. 2 more episodes, seems not enough.

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If there is 16 episode,
i will call it my birthday,
buy a wonder woman suit
and eat a cake.
Festive, Festive.

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Sigh - this is one of the very few dramas that totally deserves an extension.

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I swear I just watch this show so that Jin-myung can disintegrate my feels.

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Is that a Hyo Young cameo? I really want to see twins on drama!

What I love about this episode is obviously Han Yeri. She is so painfully real.

That cry deserved an award right there.

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Disagree that this ep was (a tad) slow.

There's time for "fun and games," but can see how this ep (aside from the few moments of fun - such as the shopping excursion) why this ep cut down on the "tomfoolery" as it revolved around 3 serious storylines, which really brought home powerful emotions for 2 of them.

Not sure why the girls feel like they had to hide celebrating good news from the landlady (she seems like she would not only take it in stride, but also be very happy for whomever).

I'm sure there's a reason behind why Ye-eun is a bit insecure, but at the same time, man, her problems sure are superficial compared to those for Jin-myung, Yi-na and Eun-jae (w/ Ji-won probably hiding something as well).

But then again, can't have EVERYone have incredibly tough problems, otherwise would be too much of a downer (and not believable).

Not surprised that Eun-jae wants to be a counseling psychologist - considering that she went thru the death of 2 family members.

A bit surprised that Eun-jae is as normal as she is (just shy and naive in certain respects) and that she isn't suffering from bouts of depression after what had happened to her brother and father.

But I guess having to be the "adult" when it comes to her mother probably kept Eun-jae going.

Poor Jong-yeol - he's trying so hard to be the good BF, but Eun-jae keeps shutting him out.

Eun-jae is probably keeping her problems to herself b/c she doesn't want to drive Jong-yeol away, but putting that wall up is the wrong way to go about it as that, in time, would drive him away.

Hard to tell if the woman interviewer "negged" Jin-myung for the shoes she was wearing; if I were the interviewer wouldn't take that as a negative knowing her background.

Nice touching moment btwn Yi-na and Jong-gyu - they basically set each other "free."

As suspected, the restaurant manager is an a-hole (unlike Jong-gyu who just was angry at Ji-won b/c he misunderstood).

Does the manager own the restaurant?

Doesn't seem like it as the chefs and the rest of the kitchen staff don't seem to treat him as the owner/their employer.

So if not the owner, then how can he afford a vacation house? Maybe some inheritance $$ as he did say that he had some business plans (if that wasn't just a story).

Not surprisingly, Han Ye-ri and Ryu Hwa-young shined in this ep.

Jin-myung's breakdown in the restaurant after being accused of stealing was powerful stuff, as was the "quieter" moment when Jin-myung finds out she didn't get the job (so many emotions expressed w/ small changes to facial and body language).

RHY is showing that she is starting to be able to do that too.

Jae-wan totally got that pink helmet for his moped (not a motorbike) for Jin-myung.

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Han Ye-ri and Ryu Hwa-young, in most ways, are the emotional lynchpins of this drama - I was not expecting that from the latter but she's phenomenal. This is a great ensemble, though - even the weaker ones pull their weight, for the most part.

I mean, Ye-eun would be really annoying in any other drama and Han Seung-yeon is not the sort to be able to carry a full storyline, but she's written sympathetically and pulls it off.

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At this point, I don't think Eun Jae killed anyone. At the most, maybe she let them die, without reporting it to the police? (which is why she thinks, like Yi Na, that she "killed someone")

But maybe she's guilty of incomplete disclosure about the facts around Dad's death/suicide (?). From Eun Jae's conversations with mum, it doesn't sound like they're trying to cover up a murder, only that Dad's actions could look suspicious if the insurance investigators found out he knew certain "things" before he died ...

Taking a wild gyess, maybe her (not very self-reliant) mother started receiving life insurance proceeds, then she got addicted to it, as a kind of safety net? Her mum seems to have taken out life insurance on the new Step Dad and Eun Jae as well. But maybe it's also mum's way of protecting herself emotionally and financially, after the blow of losing a husband and a son: it makes her feel more secure (or less guilty, I don't know which).

(Though, I must say that neither Eun Jae or her mum seem overly sad about her brother's death?)

As for Ji Won - that "will" she wrote ... wasn't a joke, was it? Whatever her story may be, I want to see Sunbae shaken out of his complacency so he can see what a great girl she is before he loses her!

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In my delulu mind, it's actually Sung-min who likes her more. But since Ji-won is always joking around, he can't find his timing to confess. He doesn't want their relationship to be just a random guy she dates because she's bored. So it's like he's waiting for her to grow up? (Writing this makes me think that Ji-won is like Emma from Austen's novel.)

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Intriguing thought! I usually also prefer storylines where the girl doesn't fall for the guy first. It tends to be so predictable, and the guy's always completely blind, deaf and dumb to her feelings until he gets a Blinding Epiphany or he gets bitten by the Jealousy Bug. (seriously, how can he not even have a clue? Why does the heroine have to fall for someone as clueless as that?!)

Yes, if Sung-min were totally uninterested in Ji Won as a girl, I guess he wouldn't hang out with her so much or give her the time of day.

Maybe Ji Won's constant slow/hyper gear flips (her carry-the-whole-conversation defense strategy which actually ends up keeping guys at a distance), gets him off balance, and he can't find that Moment of Silence to bring up a serious topic. Maybe he thought about trying, but now their relationship has settled into a bantering friendzone routine until she shows her real weakness to him?

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what amazes me about han ye ri's acting is that she's playing a poker face character AND YET all the emotions of her character are still visible and we as audiences still get to "feel" her character. The potrayal of Jin Myung in the hands of any other less than capable actress would've tanked, since jinmyung would've been played so robotically, without any real emotions that we can feel from han ye ri's acting. even with her "poker face" i can feel so much more emotions and depth from her than so many other actresses

truly hats off to her

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YES. All of this.

Jin-myung is not the first (or even recently the only) kdrama heroine to have the weight of the world on her shoulders and the natural instinct or urge to hide how hard things are for her by putting on a brave face.

But Han Ye-ri's performance is what gives the lie to the excuses made for those other performances - if you can't feel anything from an actress because "her role is written to be a poker face", then how do we explain being able to sense everything Jin-myung is feeling even though she's a straighter poker face than any other character I've ever seen?

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Intrigued by most of the girls and their storylines... Regarding Eun Jae's back story, I'm guessing that her brother died due to his peanut allergy and this could have happened when someone in the family accidentally fed it to him. Her father was likely devastated, then compounded by the family's financial difficulties, he may have resorted to suicide after realising from his son's premature death that insurance plan was a viable measure. Eun Jae and Mom then had to hide the truth in order for the payout to remain valid. The issue about EJ's grandmother could just be a coincidence since it happened 17 years ago...

As to why Mom took out a policy in EJ's name, it could have just be a precautionary measure. After all, we don't know if EJ has a policy in Mom's name either.

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Hi, Im a bit confused. The scenes where the ahjussi was strangling Kang Yi Na, did that really happen or did she just dream about it? And was it explained what kind of accident Kang Yi Na and ahjussi's daughter, Sol went through? I hope someone replies, thanks!

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