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Chicago Typewriter: Episode 2

I love it, I love it—this show contains the essence of an era gone by that enchants my spirit and delights me to my core. Being in the spotlight is never easy, especially when there is no room for error and when one wrong word can endanger a writer’s career. Never has the saying “You should never meet your heroes” been so relevant than when the shiny veneer of Se-joo’s public image threatens to shatter in the mind of his biggest fan.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Getting glimpses of her past life, Seol’s hand begins to shake. The intruder uses the distracted moment to carefully reach for a golf club, but she catches him and fires a warning shot before directing the gun back at him.

Now we see what she does: her past self donned in period clothing, her gun trained on a man’s head as tears filled her eyes. Seol’s hand starts shaking again, and this time the intruder grabs the golf club. He charges at her, but she flips him over her shoulder and pins him to the ground, then tells a shocked Se-joo to call the police.

After the man is taken away, Se-joo is annoyed when Seol weakly asks to converse inside since he needs to assess whether she was an accomplice. Feeling woozy, Seol says the front gate and door were unlocked, guessing that was the intruder’s doing.

Se-joo asks how she knew that he was in danger, and she wearily answers that she was chasing the dog. She soon collapses, and he catches her just in time.

Meanwhile, the dog stops outside where a spirit leaves its host and enters (or re-enters?) the old typewriter.

Seol wakes up with a start and gasps to learn that she’s in Se-joo’s bedroom. When her friend Bang-jin calls to check in, she quickly says she can’t talk because she doesn’t remember how she ended up in Se-joo’s bed, then hangs up.

She ventures outside, taking in the ceiling-to-floor library. Suddenly, a door unlocks behind her, and she carefully walks inside Se-joo’s office. Her eyes fall upon the antique typewriter, giving us longer glimpses of her past life: her bursting inside a room with a gun, the back of Se-joo’s past self, and the back of another man in a hat.

Seol reaches out to touch the typewriter as the men’s heads begin to turn… and Se-joo walks in just to drag her out of the office. Hearing again that another door opened up for her, he wonders why all these literal doors supposedly keep opening up for her, asking if this means she’ll drop by whenever she pleases.

He also wants to know why she was so interested in that typewriter—did she plant a hidden camera on it? She realizes that the typewriter was what was in the box, and then her stomach growls.

Cut to: Seol slurping ramyun while Se-joo works at the table. When she asks if he’s sitting here so she wouldn’t eat alone, he brusquely replies to “abandon” any dreams or expectations because he still doesn’t trust her and wants to make sure she won’t flit off somewhere without his knowledge.

She thinks he’s acting rather cold to her considering that she saved his life. Se-joo sets her straight: She was the one who jumped into action when he could’ve dealt with that guy himself. Uh huh.

He clarifies that it wasn’t his gratitude toward her that let her rest here either—the house was swarmed with reporters. He does, however, wonder if she ever learned how to shoot because she looked skilled with a gun. “A very long time ago,” she answers, adding that she used to be on the national team back in high school.

He chuckles at that, thinking of the markswoman bearing Seol’s face in his dream. He’s quick to enforce that this doesn’t mean he’s interested in her, but he wants to know why she gave up that aspiration. She says it’s top-secret because people typically leave her once they find out, so she’ll tell him once they get to know each other better.

He dryly answers that he’ll die without knowing then, then tells her to leave if she’s done eating. But he has trouble typing with his injured arm, which prompts her to offer her speedy typing skills.

Seol types furiously, excited by the idea of being the first person to read Se-joo’s latest manuscript. Hearing her say that reminds him of the 1987 Stephen King thriller novel Misery, and she immediately draws similarities between her and the nurse who rescued the writer protagonist and read his manuscript (and held him captive).

Se-joo says he was the one who called his personal physician to treat her in his home and saved her life. When she speaks up, he asks if she ever stops talking, and soon the only prominent sound in the room is the clickety-clack of keys.

He catches her periodic reactions to his writing from giggling to exclamations, and at one point, she goes silent—contemplative. He chuckles softly, pleased.

As Seol continues to work, the room magically spins around them, transporting us back to the 1930s. Exasperated, Past Se-joo yells at Past Seol for being such a slow typer when he’s got a deadline. She barks back that he has poor handwriting and points out that he got drunk last night and injured his hand.

He loses control of his bicycle on his way to the presses and crashes into a pile of straw. Witnessing that first-hand, Past Seol laughs at him. He tosses his bag at her, promising to give her half his pay for making the deadline.

She hops on the bike, only to stop a few feet later, chuck the bag back at him, and ride away, reminding him to write something better than a third-rate novel that will only waste newspaper space. Infuriated, Past Se-joo yells out her name: “Yoo Soo-yeon!”

We warp back to the present, and both Se-joo and Seol agree that they felt something odd, as if time and space were collapsing. She nods, asking, “Is this… an earthquake?”

The earth starts rumbling, and they hide beneath the desk. Se-joo tells her to move away, but she snaps that she was here first. As it turns out, Se-joo’s house is the only one experiencing the earthquake which soon subsides.

But as they climb out, the portrait’s eyes and lips move, blowing out the power. Terrified, they crawl back under the desk, and Seol gets reeeeaaaall close. He tells her to back off, thinking of the Stephen King novel, and then she shines a flashlight beneath her chin, which also scares him.

Seol admires the moonlight shining through the window, then turns her head to see Se-joo looking at her. He remembers her saying that they met before and asks when that was: “Was it a very long time ago?”

She stammers, but they’re interrupted by Ji-seok’s arrival, and the power comes back on. Se-joo hits his head on the desk, but that’s the least of his worries because Ji-seok catching her here will only complicate things. Instructing her to find a way to sneak out without notice, he goes to greet Ji-seok.

His mention of an earthquake puzzles Ji-seok, who thinks Se-joo is still shaken up from recent events. Se-joo is the against the idea of paying off Seol and publishing a scripted interview before anyone else does, while Seol sneaks away on the second floor.

Ji-seok counters that the media will have a field day if they find out that the intruder was inspired to commit crimes because of Se-joo’s novels. Se-joo doesn’t believe that his book is the primary cause when it’s apparent the intruder suffered from self-esteem issues.

But Ji-seok says everyone is chomping at the bit to tear apart a star writer like Se-joo… and then they hear a scream. Se-joo loudly denies hearing anything, and we see Seol sitting in the grass with twigs in her hair.

Tae-min’s mother HONG SO-HEE clucks at the news coverage on Se-joo’s attacker, telling her son that Se-joo has a knack for turning normal people into crazed maniacs. Tae-min doesn’t find any fault in Se-joo, whose work Tae-min’s mother doesn’t even consider as writing. Well, aren’t you lovely.

She brings a drink to her husband, author BAEK DO-HA (Cheon Ho-jin), who has also read the headlines. He regards Tae-min as his only biological son, adding that they did a DNA test long ago (that proved Se-joo wasn’t his son?). But his wife believes that those results can always be manipulated, and that Se-joo built his grand house for her husband’s attention.

He angrily says that she’s the one fixated on Se-joo, and blames her for Tae-min and Sera’s emotional states. When she spins the blame back on him, he tells her to take her medication, and she throws Se-joo’s latest novel at him.

Tae-min informs his father (who addresses him in a professional tone) that he’ll be joining Se-joo’s publishing company, Golden Bear Publishing, before heading out.

In his office, Se-joo is unable to focus, thinking of Seol staring up at the moon and Soo-yeon looking back at him. When his ears keenly pick up on the deer grazing outside, he tells the groundskeeper to get rid of the animals and the caretaker (hi, Yoo Byung-jae!).

He’s interrupted again to be told that a reporter received an anonymous tip with the alleged claim that Se-joo plagiarized his book off of the three years of correspondence sent from his attacker. Ji-seok is on damage control duty, telling the reporters that all of Se-joo’s mail goes through screening. Furthermore, Se-joo’s mailing address is strictly confidential.

To his surprise, Se-joo shows up at the office and asks if there were any correspondences sent from his attacker. Ji-seok argues that it’s virtually impossible to know given the constant influx of letters addressed to Se-joo. Discrediting Se-joo’s literary abilities would be one thing, but the problem is that the attacker has killed before, so giving legitimacy to his contact with Se-joo would mean that Se-joo turned a blind eye to the murders.

What Ji-seok doesn’t get is who this informant is, since the attacker has remained silent. And then it occurs to him that someone else could’ve overheard everything at the house that night.

Se-joo gets up to leave and overhears other employees gossiping about him, even entertaining the notion that Se-joo employs a ghostwriter. He interrupts them, thanking them for the wonderful idea, and advises that they make their copyright claims now.

Seol asks her veterinarian sunbae to post flyers to help find the lost stray dog. Just then, a man calls out, “Seol-ah!” and she immediately responds to her name and whips around. It’s Tae-min, who’s here to pick up his cat by the same name. She recognizes him and is in awe that Tae-min also lives in the neighborhood.

She sees him struggling outside with a parked car blocking his own, and flashes her errand service business card. She uses a loudspeaker to call out to the owner, and she accepts his autograph in lieu of payment. He stops when she names one of his novels “Fate” among her top five faves, and when he asks if she didn’t like any book after that one, she hedges. Interesting.

When Se-joo calls asking to see her, she skips over in a different outfit. They meet inside a UFC ring, which she thinks is an odd choice for a date. But Se-joo says he chose this location because it’s too open for anyone to sneak in and install any cameras or wiretapping devices.

He comes right out with it, asking if she was the informant who told the media about the conversation between him and his attacker. She can’t believe that he’s still making accusations toward her, giving an emphatic “no.” Frustrated that he still doesn’t believe her, she drops down to banmal, demanding to know his reasons for suspecting her.

He fingers her as the only person who overheard the conversation that night, and she asks what she has to do to make him believe her. He replies, “Did I not tell you? I don’t trust people. Especially those like you… who put on an innocent face but does malicious things behind my back.”

She wants to know why he’s questioning her if he won’t believe her anyway, and he explains he’s giving her a chance to come clean and possibly exonerate her. He admits it was his fault for not making her promise to keep quiet, but he won’t give her a second chance at forgiveness.

“Hey, Han Se-joo!” Seol hollers. “What makes you so high and mighty?! I said I’m your fan, but you accused me of being a stalker! I saved your life, but you’re ungrateful. Even if I do you a favor, you suspect me and keep your guard up!”

Se-joo tries setting her straight, but she isn’t finished: “You think you’ll always be successful? I know that there will be a day when you hit a dead end! There will come a time when you need someone’s help! Look to see who’s around you then. I’m sure it’ll be nobody.”

He vows that day will never come for him, and she responds by throwing him onto the floor. It’s her turn to swear that she should never have rescued him that night and let him die if he encounters danger ever again.

She storms out and cries that Se-joo has changed since she first saw him ten years ago. She bids farewell to her days as a devoted fangirl.

Over at Riccardo, Bang-jin crushes Dae-han’s crush on Seol, saying that she will always love Se-joo more. He claims to be okay with that, but Bang-jin says it’s infinitely harder now that Seol has been in Se-joon’s bedroom.

Seol arrives just then, clarifying that it was the guest bedroom. She announces to her friends that her decade-long fangirl era has come to an end, which is great news to Dae-han’s ears. He serenades her with his ukelele, and that makes her laugh. Aww.

Meanwhile, Se-joo sits down with his attacker at the police station. The latter explains that his younger sister must’ve blabbed to the press, and Se-joo bristles at his use of “our relationship.” The attacker matter-of-factly says they were each other’s muses to kill and write.

Se-joo takes this opportunity to clearly state that he never read any of his letters and that his book isn’t about him. The attacker says that’s fine—he’ll gift that narrative to him—and leans in to say that he knew from the start that they were very much alike.

He’s done his homework on Se-joo, who was abandoned by his parents at the age of ten. His relative ran away with his parents’ insurance money, and Se-joo was passed around the family until he lived with Baek Do-ha. But why did he leave that household? “You were there for five years until you were sixteen. Were you… abandoned again?”

Se-joo tells him to shut up, but the attacker takes that to mean they do share similar pasts: “We’re always worried about being abandoned again. We’re scared and we never trust other people. That’s why I thought you’d understand—”

“No,” Se-joo interrupts. “You’re just a crazed murderer and stalker. You committed murder simply because you wanted attention.” He believes his attacker committed those crimes to vent his anger toward his pitiful life. He laughs at the ideas of muses and inspiration, asserting that they’re nothing alike and telling him to abandon the idea that he’d understand him.

His attacker feels deeply betrayed and screams that his life came to an end because of Se-joo’s writing. He implores Se-joo to feel what it’s like: “Why don’t you taste death with my words?”

Se-joo tracks down Seol’s address and tries calling. The call is picked up by Bang-jin’s mother, who appears to explain that Seol is taking a break and left the phone behind. As a fortuneteller, Bang-jin senses unrest within Se-joo, who has difficulty discerning whether people he meets are good or bad, and that death stays close.

She predicts that he’ll have two special encounters and wishes him luck since they will be key to his survival.

Se-joo’s overactive mind makes him unable to type one keystroke that night, and he’s awoken the next day by Ji-seok’s call, warning him not to check the news or accept any calls other than his. That’s because his attacker has killed himself last night and left behind a suicide note which expressed his resentment toward Se-joo, who can’t step foot outside his house without being bombarded by reporters.

One month later. Barely anyone has heard of Se-joo, who is rumored to be going through a slump. In truth, he’s suffering from post-traumatic stress and burnout, though Se-joo finds it silly to be told not worry when hearing that worries him.

Unable to see him moping, Ji-seok pulls him out of bed, sits him in front of the computer, and orders him to write. He spits out Se-joo’s quotes from past interviews about the importance of writing anything without concern for perfection, but Se-joo says those were all quotes made by other famed authors.

When Ji-seok won’t quit about an upcoming billion won project, Se-joo lashes out at him, telling him to shove it if Ji-seok doesn’t plan on writing for him. That gives Ji-seok an idea: “Let’s hire a ghostwriter.”

Ji-seok says they can hire a ghostwriter to take over until Se-joo overcomes this slump because what they need most right now is his name. But Se-joo has a strong integrity to his work and tells Ji-seok to get out because he’ll meet the deadline.

While Se-joo flies into a rage that evening when he can’t type out a single sentence, Ji-seok calls up a “Writer Yoo” who usually pens biographies to meet him at a swanky bar. He’s tipsy by the time his guest arrives and has him swear to take this secret to the grave.

Se-joo has another dream that night that takes place in a lively 1930s jazz swing club. He’s approached by a man in a hat (Go Kyung-pyo), and they smile at Soo-yeon ripping it up on the dance floor.

He refuses to dance because of a looming deadline, but his friend encourages him to seize the day (like the name of the club, Carpe Diem) and pulls him toward the dance floor.

Se-joo is awoken by a phone call from Ji-seok asking about the manuscript. He’s annoyed when asked about whether or not he’ll make the deadline, and when Ji-seok gently mentions that he found someone perfect to act as his ghostwriter, he hangs up.

His laptop damaged, Se-joo walks toward the typewriter. But upon contact, he sees images of the past: the Carpe Diem club sign, him laughing with Soo-yeon and a friend. He sees that very scene playing out in his mind, which makes him wonder if it’s a side effect of his sleeping pills or a scene from a novel.

Se-joo places the old typewriter on his desk and takes a deep breath… but can’t bring himself to start typing. He takes out a cinnamon stick from a drawer, but that doesn’t help, so he finds his cigarettes.

He can’t find a lighter, but does find an antique box of matches from Carpe Diem. He lights a match and more images of the past flash in his mind… and he realizes this is the same box of matches that appeared in his dream. Frightened, he puts it out and runs out of the room.

He drives speedily in the rain, scared that he might actually be going crazy. He momentarily entertains the thought of death since a writer’s inability to write would kill one’s career. But then he realizes he’s worked so hard at achieving success, and swerves upon seeing a deer in the road.

He drives off the road and fear consumes him as he thinks, Wait! I haven’t decided whether I want to die or not! Objects fly around him as the car flips and crashes on the side of the mountain. Suffering from a head wound, he passes out.

Se-joo wakes to see a hooded grim reaper-like figure approach the crash site dragging a shovel. It places one gloved hand on the car and bends down… to reveal Seol.

Meanwhile, a dapperly dressed man enters Se-joo’s office and sits in front of the typewriter. He cleans up the workspace and begins typing as the camera pans up to reveal his face.

Back at the crash site, Se-joo remembers Seol’s vow to leave him to die. As she raises the shovel, he screams.

 
COMMENTS

Don’t worry your pretty half-shaven head, Se-joo. She won’t kill you… yet. Let me say that I’m absolutely smitten with the retro tone of this show and the era gone by concepts depicted by the set locations and background music. Everyone looks great in their 1930s outfits, and I love how smart Go Kyung-pyo looks in a timeless white shirt and vest.

We don’t have a full name to the face yet, but I’m most intrigued by Writer Yoo. He eerily seemed perfectly at home in front of the typewriter without (as far as we know) experiencing any flashbacks of his past life. Time will tell if his personality in this life is anything like the carefree man we saw in Carpe Diem. Although we’ve only seen happyish memories of the 1930s trio so far, I love that we can already feel the great chemistry in their relationship. Furthermore, I’m enjoying how the past is popping up in the present: Seol sees glimpses of her past life while Se-joo dreams of his own and freaks out to find more and more items from the 1930s showing up in his workspace.

As creepy as it was hearing Se-joo’s painful childhood from the lips of his attacker, we now have confirmation that he keeps people at arm’s length to prevent himself from being abandoned again. We may not know exactly what made him leave the Baeks ten years ago, but Seol tells us that’s when her adoration for Se-joo began. I was so proud of her when she got to speak her mind and was even prouder when she closed the door on her fangirl days, though I’ll miss her adorable fangirl moments like when she drew close to Se-joo in the dark. But I am looking forward to her getting her revenge because hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

In that same vein, Se-joo’s declaration that he’ll never experience writer’s block felt like a self-fulfilling prophecy, especially when his career was already in a spiral. His book may not have been the primary cause for his stalker-fan’s unhinged behavior, but it’s understandable that he experiences post-traumatic stress following the man’s suicide, and that the death left him so shaken that it would impede his ability to work. Ji-seok can be money hungry, but he’s also the one to pull his friend out of bed and try and give him a reason to keep going. I found it funny-sad when Se-joo snapped out his suicidal thoughts and was filled with new determination, since it was self-realization that kicked him into staying tied to life. He’s told that two very special encounters will be the key to his survival, which I’m sure includes Seol.

I can’t help but be suspicious about Tae-min, though, who is seemingly perfect on paper. Everyone in this world seems to react most to one novel “Fate” in different ways, and it was notable that Tae-min froze when Seol named that one has her favorite in his collection. It’s clear that virtually everyone thinks of him as second-best compared to Se-joo, and I can imagine that there will come a day when that idea will eat at him if it hasn’t already.

Even though Seol and Se-joo’s relationship is at a crossroads, I still love seeing them together onscreen. It’s the tiny moments that move me, like Se-joo smiling at his fan’s appreciation of his work, and how he stares at her while she looks up at the night sky. Likewise, there’s so much that’s left unsaid in Soo-yeon’s eyes when she has that gun raised that leaves me both breathless and on the edge of my seat for more.

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Thank you for the recap. It appears there's a new good show in dramaland. I was worried I might have to wait a while after Chief Kim. Looking forward to starting this one.

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Do start! You won't be disappointed one bit!

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I agree too. I think I have found finally a good drama to start watching.
Thanks for the recap.

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There was some repressed energy and certain control in Seol and Se-ju's bickering scene that makes it different from the usual bickering relationship. They tried to sound polite, but at the same time used that very excuse to add a bite in their remark. I think it was mostly acting thing though, rather than writing style. (Both Yoo Ah-in and Im Soo-jung are just that awesome) I can't wait to see more of our resident ghostwriter, now that they show us the pleasant, easy camaraderie between those '30 trio. More, please.

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I'm loving both their portrayals of their characters so far. I was surprised to find out Im Soo-jung got some criticism for her acting from netizens. I hope it's just because of high expectations because I'm liking her a lot so far.

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I was surprised too at the criticism, her acting seems fine to me. She was criticized for her reaction in the last scene of the previous episode.

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I'm liking her a lot so far too. AFAIK it's only a small criticism from few K-nets for her.

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i think it took them both a bit to be comfortable. not a bad acting thing just a getting into the character thing. but she got the hang of it quicker than he did! and now they're both on good footing (imo)

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so far the chemistry build around YAI and ISJ was just spotted on. i'm waiting with anxiety how Go Kyung Pyo will make it more interesting.

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Yes to the trio! Yoo Ah In looks daebak in the 1930s version...has a Leonardo DiCaprio air, doesn't he? especially the hairstyle. And I can sense that repressed energy too...along with some classic romance. Want to see the ghost make a dashing entry into their lives now...Th earthquake scene was hilarious..I actually thought that was a quick realisation...but then time and space actually started crashing!!! hahahaha. Yoo Ah In never disappoints. He's so smooth as Se Ju and how affected he is by Soo jung's characted in the 1930s is perceptible in every scene. Cant we have more of 1930s...?

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Yes!! I think It's both the script and the acting. Unlike the usual bickering between couple in other dramas (over the top acting, a lot of screaming and opening their eyes as big as possible), I love the realistic acting here. That's somehow make it more realistic. And I love that Seol is not afraid to defend herself from to Se-ju's accusation. I think that somehow make them seem more equal in term of communication and intelligence.

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That's one of the reason why I love this Show. And that typing scene ? There was no freaking conversation just laughs, stares and eye acting but it was perfect ?

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I always had faith on YAI acting after Sceret Love affair. But he is showing a new acting level in this role. His converstation with the murderer was one of the best scene I saw in a kdrama ever. He was so vulnerable yet determined, that made the stalker guy go crazy. ISJ is doing a great job as well, she is already one of my most lovable heroin ever. She is emotional and loyal but not stupid at all. They Seol and HSJ are so competent intelectually.

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Absolutely LOVE the 1930s scenes.

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Last drama i've watch with that time setting was Gaksital. Finally another drama with 30's time setting

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I was half-waiting for Lee Kang To to join them in the dance floor. Lol

Looks like I found a new kdrama to follow! Off to the next episode!

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I love the vast contrast between the present and the past. The sets are beautiful.

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I know! The cinematography of this drama is just so good.

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Agree with all of you. It feels very real, and it look very much like a movie.

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Me too and especially love the music

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Can I just watch a whole show of Go Kyung-Pyo and Yoo Ah-In swing dancing together?

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agreed omg the casting for this drama is really perfect and the chemistry between the cast is equally perfect ?

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Yes yes yes..! And please i hope there isnt betraying/betrayed among them:(
i worried who's shooted by Soo Yeon in Jeon Seol vision when she hold the gun :(

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Seconded. I could totally watch that scene for sixteen hours.

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I might have replayed it two or three (or more) times.

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lmao I definitely am saving a gif of that #OT3 dancing scene soon as I find one via Tumblr.. xD

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Thanks for the recaps, gummi!

There's a weirdness to this show that pulls me in. It doesn't make sense at times but even that makes it charming. I love how Seol decides to go away and end her fangirl life because she realized it's not what she fantasized about. Sejoo was wrong to accuse her of such things but it's understandable in his point of view. I can just imagine how much threat he endured from stalkers. Still, it's nice that he looked for her as soon as he knew that it wasn't Seol who spread the rumour.

His conversation with the stalker/murderer made me think how strong words can be. Of course, he's not responsible for what the guy did. He was the one who decided to kill people. However, our words do make an impact to other people. It would be nice if that impact is good.

I'm curious as to why Gyungpyo's style seems to be similar to his 1930's self instead of the current style of 2017. Is that just his preference or is he actually the guy from the past? Is he an actual ghostwriter? Does he take the subway too? Argh. The week will feel so long.

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For the misunderstanding between Se Joo and Jeon Seol, they both have the right to react like this. I just hope tha anti-fan phase won't last long. Or maybe it will end when Jeon Seol will become a legend in the anti-fan history ?
Until we are proved wrong, I think Writer Yoo is a ghost writer.

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Well, our words indeed make an impact to other people. But I think that's only valid if you know exactly who's affected with your action/word. In this case I don't think a writer of mystery novel need to be responsible at all for every crime inspired by his novel. People need to differentiate between fiction and real life.

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That whole speech he gave about fans and anti-fans, the strange and gross things 'fans' send him made me feel like he might have seen this in his real life. If not him, someone he knows. It was really kind of scary when he laid it all out like that.

Maybe the ghostwriter is possessed by the ghost in the machine. (typewriter)

Apparently, time travel is readily available in Korea by subway or tunnel. What happens if your subway goes thru a tunnel?
Do you stay in the same time, teleport across the earth, or enter a different dimension?

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I don't know why but when I read 'subway' it's the other Subway that comes to mind and it's not the one that moves. ?

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Lol! I don't even want to know what happens if you are eating a Subway on a subway when you go thru a tunnel! What would be the time/ place differences between eating the meatball or a chicken BLT?

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HAHA Ohnoo that opens a whole new door,no, world!

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That speech is the reason I don't mind him accusing Seol. Clearly fans and the people he's come across have done some crazy stuff around him so why would he trust a stranger so easily when circumstances were suggesting she was the one who spread the rumour?

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Yes to this show!!! Please don't disappoint me X)

Hopefully they got all the Subway PPL done with in the first episode~~

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This drama is so stunning and sleek. Love it since the first minute. Yoo ah in rocks the sweatpants!

Though I'm sad to part with fangirl Jon Seol, I can't wait to meet with anti-fan Jon Seol. Though I hope she won't stay as anti-fan for so long because we all know Se-ju definitely needs someone like Seol in his life. And at least I see him want to talk to her and apologize, though he totally missed the timing

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I have never seen that many books in a drama before it's the paradise of books ! And I like the little trio dance. They were cute !

Thinking of a ghostwriter hurt Han Se Joo's pride and it's completely understandable. But without this suggestion, his current reputation will take a blow and his name value will go down. He is an artist but his novels are not his only resources. His name literally became a brand. I wonder how Writer Yoo will act or write as "Han Se Joo". If he is too good at his job, will he become Han Se Joo ? And will the real Han Se Joo vanish ?
Jeon Seol reminded me of "light" version of Misery at the end. It was creepy because she came out of nowhere ! I think we will see her pop up here and there to freak the writer. Maybe she will end up shooting him like in the 1930s.

And are we going different animals per episode ? First a dog, second a cat and a dear, what's next ?

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I always notice books in dramas, because so often they are almost like product placement. But Han Se Joo does have more books than anyone else (unless the alien from another star?) :)

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Books PPL it would work for me haha.

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For me, too ? Well, better books than sandwich. Even the sandwich that apparently could bring people frm the brink of death *ahem*

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Well, in You from Another Star it was Kate DiCamillo's book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, in Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland was referenced, In W there was the Puuung book (I am sure her sales skyrocketed after that...), Hello Monster had The Great Gatsby, Goblin had various poems including The Physics of Love by Kim In-Yook (and apparently you can buy the poetry collection featured in the drama), Master's Sun has the children's book series Arashi no Yuro Yi (One Stormy Night)... There actually IS a lot of real book PPL in dramas. One of the more brilliant things I've been surprised by. :)

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That's the kind of PPL I have no problem supporting! Keep on spreading reading and arts! As a puuung fan from before W, I was very excited to see her lovely illustrations in such limelight.

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however, i felt the show stretched... too many fillers.. literally got bored and fast forwarded to the good aspects .. which really amounted to a few minutes off the two hours

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I too wish they cut out some filler to make the episodes meatier and their length less daunting. I'll keep checking it out though, the mysteriousness is enough to pique my curiosity.

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I need to rewatch this episode when I can really focus! Too much real life stuff going on this weekend. Lol, I had to pause like 20 times throughout the episode.

I'm also loving the retro tone of the show and look forward to getting bits and pieces of the 1930s storyline as we go along.

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Also I find it hilarious that I came across so many comments wanting more of the adorable dog and less of the creepy typewriter...and then they turned out to be the same thing!

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Hi chandler, sadly Doggie does not get to remain with us for all the following episodes. He would have made a great addition to the team, (and have been a real asset in Ep 14 of Do Bong Soon since a certain door might have melted open by itself.)

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We can still hope that the dog will make a comeback when the spirit needs to open some doors. After all, Seol will eventually enter our writer's life again, and when that time comes, she will need certain "someone" to open Han Se-ju's door for her. ?

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Was debating on whether to watch or not to watch. This recap has piqued my interest. Getting excited to start this run...

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You should watch it. The vibe of the show is really different from other shows and feels organic somehow.

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Really like how Seol is a vet; there's that appreciation of life despite her association with a gun (something use to kill).
Also, I like the appearances of animals in dramas so there's a reason why there should be more vets lol.

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Oooh, I like that juxtaposition! Seol is kind of awesome. She's cool with animals and is an (almost) Olympic-level shooter. Don't mess with her! She's spunky and unique and I can't wait for her to make Se-joo's life a nightmare in retaliation for his false accusation and cruel words.

New crack show to add to my currently-watching list! Thanks for the recap, gummimochi!

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I can't help thinking that Han Se Joo needs to team up with Oh Seung Moo (the cartoonist in W) and be therapy buddies. "Write something good," both of you! And...maybe learn to control your rage at expensive inanimate objects like laptops and Cintiqs, lol.

Seriously, though, really enjoying the show so far.

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I was just thinking of Seol meeting Kang Chul too lollll

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I think they are cousins. :)

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Legend and Tempered Steel? Imagine. Spin-off series anyone?

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I'm pretty sure Seol and Kang Chul were on the same Olympic shooting team in high school or something.

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I screamed when he threw his laptop to the side. That poor thing.

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Thanks gummimochi! Better and better!

Does anyone else have a suspicion that the 'document' or 'dangerous words written' 10 years' ago that Se Joo and Tae Min mentioned in Episode 1, might have been the draft of the only really successful book, 'Fate'? Anyway it crossed my mind that one of the reasons for the falling out between Se Joo and Tae Min is that the credit for that book could have been stolen. Tae Min could not equal the quality of his first book, because maybe it was not entirely his.

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I agree that while Editor Ji Seok has to think in terms of making or losing money, he's also possibly the only person who is able to reach Se Joo, literally and figuratively. Aside from him, we see no one else being able to get close to Se Joo. He might not be all mercernary only, and I hope that he does have Se Joo's best interests at heart as well as the $$$.

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His reaction after hearing Se Joo has PTSD made me losing all faith in him already. That business with serial murderer is crazy af and it's understandable that Se Joo got PTSD because of it, but then Ji Seok's reaction was really inconsiderate.

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And my million $ question now is, is that ghost-writer a ghost, or the guy Ji Seok hired. For stylishly creepy yet funny, supernatural yet human, I'd give this show a few thumbs up so far!

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"Fate is written by Se-joo!" is what crossed my mind when Tae-min froze the moment Seol said it belonged to her favorites.

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Second that! Added onto that when the Tae-min's father yelled at Tae-min when he said Se-joo's publisher was going to republish I quote, "Fate & other novels". I mean, why the emphasis on 'Fate' when he has written others?

It seems like Tae-min's family is really out to get Se-joo because of his talent - the mother insisting that Se-joo is related to the father and Tae-min stealing his novel.

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My thoughts exactly!! You couldn't tell from the way he acted disappointed whrn Seol mentioned it as the only book of his that she liked...makes me wonder if it was really his work.

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Wow. Good theory.
On the other hand, why does if feel like tae min wants to be friend with SJ again? I felt it is like TM loves SJ (i mean, like a brother.... they are brothers for real, are they????

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I'm guessing it's both a possible dramatic red-herring or Tae Min is sincerely sorry that his crazy mum gave his 'friend' a hard-time. However the other mystery is why the father is so formal with Tae Min. Not treating one's son like a son is not likely to offset the crazy wife from seeing that he treated Se Joo as more of a son?!?

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Dunno. But we will find out ☺

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Thanks for the recap because I love the show too! Episode 2 didn't disappoint one bit!

I love the 1930s vibe and visuals so much I started gif-ing again! Hehe. Some are on my blog, the rest I'm gonna upload to my fan wall cuz 1930s YAI is hotness!

The stark contrast between the bubbly trio dancing and the other 1930s scenes add to the mystery and intruige surrounding the Typewriter. I'm expecting something momentous and epic that caused a rift in their friendship and the reason why writer Yoo is back in the present. Perhaps to correct the past wrongs and rewrite Se Joo and Seol's epic love story...? I can't wait!!

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/chicago-typewriter-episode-2-screencaps-gifs-and-thoughts/

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Without knowing, I am feeling drawn to this show.... maybe it's because of the rifle called Chicago Typewriter (which always been my favourite since young) and that they used it in the way they made the female lead a pistol shooter. Also, I love the 1930 setting, look at those vintage clothes and antique! Especially typewriter! I hope to see more of 1930s. May this be good for the rest of the show, just because i really liked the sound of the title, hehe

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And, oh, i like how they have this ghost thing, then there is ghost-writer. Ya know what i mean, that "ghost"-writer in literal way

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I wasn't keeping up with news of this show and I was pleasantly surprised at the supernatural, re-birth angle. I don't think I have ever seen this genre in kdramas (though many-a-times in Bollywood movies) so my interest was piqued. The horror movie-esque cinematography is also quite interesting.

And can Yoo Ah In look bad in anything?? Those pants pulled up-to his chest, those glasses and that hair. And he still looks like an effing model! Not to say that Go Kyung Pyo isn't dashing, cuz he so is (*aside* I keep calling him Gu Jun Pyo for some reason). Also, that dance at Carpe Diem was all kinds of lovely. Is someone making a gif already?

I am intrigued and can't wait for more!

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Yoo Ah-in looks FIIIIINE no matter the clothing or hairstyle, although I totally prefer the period looks of the characters because I am weak like that. And Go Kyung-pyo IS dashing. That white shirt and black vest is timeless, as gummi said. Oh yeah, and the story is intriguing, too. But the good-looking people (who are also great actors) sure are helping me like this!

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Pretty always helps :P

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I forgot to add that I love the amount of book shelves this drama is showing. It is like porn for us book lovers. I would love to spend a few months in YAI's house (or even the friend's house)!

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I've never wished to have anything so badly in all my life... book shelves like that became a life goal of mine

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I like the fact that Se-joo really needs to wear glasses on daily basis (instead of it just being another props). Makes it feel realistic, what's with him constantly reading or writing something. And also, a character who wear glasses is hard to come by in drama land.

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Yup glasses are usually for show. Or to characterize someone as unpopular/nerdy. I hate it when kdramas do that. I also dislike that in makeovers, glasses are the first one to go. Still, I will always remember when in Answer Me 1997 Yoon Yoon je says that he fell in love with Shi Won when he first saw her without glasses but later her wearing glasses makes her look cute too..

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Yep, makes me feel weird for preferring glasses than contact lenses. As far as I remember, the only popular character who wears glasses from beginning to end is Lee Ji-hoon (Dainel Choi) from High Kick 2.

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As a fellow glasses-wearer (who does also wear contacts for sports) I absolutely love that Se-joo can't really see without them. I appreciate this very much, that they're required for his character to function rather than as a gimmick or a fashion statement.

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I have the dance scene giffed if you want to see it. Link to it is up on my wall :).

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Does anyone else feel that the reason why Tae Min paused after Seol mentioned that she found Fate inspiring and didn't really like his other works is because Fate was Se Joo's story stolen by the Baek's, and most importantly: Tae Min? Because the way I see it, it's the only novel of Tae Min that Seol likes, and judging by Seol's tastes and how she loves everything that Se Joo writes, it just seals it for me that Fate was actually stolen. It would explain why Se Joo left the Baek household, why he looked so pained when he saw the book in the library (back in episode 1 whilst he was researching for his story) and why there's so much friction in his relationship with Tae Min.

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Yup same thoughts here. Please see comment 17 above. :)

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Thanks! Like I had the thought and was curious! I should have refreshed the page before hitting comment though, cuz I would have seen that you already pieced it together as well. Hahahahaha. Thanks.

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I think you did a great job in bringing together all the clues that point to the likelihood that 'Fate' was stolen intellectual property.

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Ditto, I agree with this. Literally thought of the same thing that one moment Tae-min kind of paused when Seol mentioned Fate was her favorite.

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Should have read your comment before posting. I wrote pretty much the same thing.

But I am curious about something.
What did taemin mean by his father found see joo' s writing dangerous and him to be offensive ?

Any theories? ?
Also does mom suspect se joo the son because he inherited dad's writing skill and not tae min

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Hahahaha. It happens to the best of us. Heck, I did the exact same thing. Hehehehehe. I think Tae Min means that his father doesn't like that Se Joo writes a lot of murder mysteries. Most psychologists would say that such an interest in the macabre reveals some darker deeper need to suppress murderous tendencies by writing about it, rather than actually carrying it out. And if we look at the fact that Se Joo didn't leave under the most pleasant of circumstances, and that Do Ha knows that he was unjustly kicked out, well then, it's one more reason to be wary about Se Joo's interest in writing about people who feel like they've been wronged taking their vengeance on those who they believed wrong them (I'm basing this synopsis of his story on the conversation he had with the delusional killer). Also, I think mum suspects Se Joo because maybe Do Ha favoured Se Joo over Tae Min. If anything, the formal way Do Ha addresses Tae Min kind of proves that Do Ha's not so close to his son, which is interesting considering the amount of time Do Ha spends asking about Se Joo (if Tae Min's to be believed), and reading up about him being attacked.

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Good theory I didn't noticed that
he kept reading up on se moo

I'm curious to know if he did indeed plagiarize se joo's work if he isnt close to taemin

How does he address taemin ? Can u explain ?

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I'm not sure if he was the one to do the plagiarism. Like what Se Joo said was that the dangerous words were written 10 years prior (he didn't specify who did the writing, just that that was when Do Ha ruined both their lives. Heck the writing Do Ha might have done might have been a recommendation letter to an agent to check out Tae Min's novel: Fate). I'm just speculating at this point but I am looking forward to seeing how everything ends ?. As for the way Do Ha addressed Tae Min, he called Tae Min Mr. Baek. It's very unusual for a father to use such an honorific to address his son. It speaks to a distance in their relationship that I am eager to see them address in the show.

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I love this show, this and Tunnel are my favorite.
I love the 1930 scenes so much i wish the drama was set in 1930, indeed everyone look good there. Se Jun looks like he likes Seol in that time, those stairs when she was on the bicycle tells how impressed he was. Finally we get to see JP face in the present. But why is he a spirit and the others are rencreated! I absolutely love this mystery. I wonder if there's Tae Min in the 30,s I won't be surprised if it does.
I suspect that the ghostwriter might be Tae Min.
Thanks for the fast recap :)

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Can I say, I was afraid the dog was dead for a second when the "spirit" left its body!! I hope Fluffy McFluffster dog shows up again, he is so cute.

Also, I wonder how far they will take the supernatural approach with this show? That typewriter is definitely creepy if it has some sort of spirit living inside of it, commandeering dogs and making cafe owners give it away all to reunite our main characters.

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TVN be the best! Now, ratings please rise! I definitely find it better than Goblin (not that the comparison is necessary!) but the ost....Satellite lover is beautiful!

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The novel fate is definitely se-jo's work and he stole it...

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i love the way these three actors just transition so naturally between the two time periods -- they look great in the 30s setting!
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Yoo Ah In's dumb, dopey awestruck face when he looks at Seol (in the past bicycle scene and the opening gun scene) is A+++++. I want 500% more of it.

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Boy is in luuuuuuurve whether he knows it yet or not!

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i'm wondering why there was 6+ minutes in the beginning that seemed like previews that had no subs... there was so much narration and it seems like we should know what is being said...

was it just me, or the site i watched it on???
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Seems like that was a long trailer for the drama. It looked spoiler-ish (I only understand half of it or so).

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that was so weird!! they did a short recap and then showed clips from the rest of the episode that we hadn't seen yet. they even spoiled the cliffhanger! whoever made the decision to do that is a total idiot. whyyyyy

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I get so mad when they show scenes that haven't been aired yet. I hid the subtitles and covered the screen as much as I could so I didn't get spoiled.
I hope it will not be a thing from now on.
If it is, we can start the eps at the 4:45 mark.

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You can watch it here, there is subtitle for the recap + preview: https://openload.co/f/RuHZOVpuWq0

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I'm staring really hard at YAI's hairstyle in the 1930's to see whether it's a wig or not and I think it's not! It looks quite natural. And that makes me think (I'm assuming this drama is preproduced?! yes? no?) they filmed all the 1930's scenes first and then YAI shaved his hair for the present scenes! If not than, wow, that wig on him.

I am loving this drama so far.

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Wig! He shaved his hair for military service after SFD but his conscription was delayed again due to health issues. If you check his Instagram, he's been sporting this "shaved hairstyle" for quite some time :)

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thank you for the fast recap @gummimochi
Totally love the retro vibe in this drama!
So did all the 1930s character descend to future 2000? My curiosity level is in max level now! I want more story behind the typewriter or the spirit inside the typewriter.

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I'm just amazed at how grounded Seol is when facing her idol. She is so in control of her own feelings! Can you imagine waking up in Gong Yoo's bed (albeit guest bedroom)? I would definitely let out more happy shrieks and faint again.

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I think you would have to pry me off that bed!

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This drama is everything I ever wanted. The genre is sooo me. The main leads are Yoo Ah-in and Im Soo-jung. The story is intriguing. The pretty costumes and props also wouldn't hurt.

And also, I have to give special credit for the director. The story is already interesting, but he's also doing such an awesome job in translating writer's work into small screen. He sure has a knack for storytelling. Once the show started, I was just drawn to it and couldn't take my eyes from my screen. For example, I love the spinning table trick he used when Se-joo saw his past life. He could've just switched the scene just like that, but that spinning table made me glued to my screen wondering what's actually happening. Everything was just measured and undercontrolled.

I hope this awesomeness is not just a pilot thing and the show will remain as good as it is right now until the end. But, somehow, I'm not that worried.

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This show is just amazing; 'hope there will be viewers. :)

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so much wanted to watch the drama, but oddly enough after watching the first episode, I can't stand the lead actress..don't know if it has more to do with how her character was being structured or just the actress herself. Ermm.. can I dare to say Im Soo Jung doesn't suit the character somehow? She's too old for the role, and I can't see her as a fan of YAI who's much younger, just it doesn't bode well with the writer-fan angle. Such a downer though, GKP's characters seems very mysterious and I would have loved to know how the whole story fits in. The music has been kind of all over the place, and there are some characters who are just there to fill the void, but the central type writer arc is interesting. Silly kdrama attachment issues lol.

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Wow here I am amazed by Im Soo Jung's youthful face. She doesn't look like 30s, she can fit 20-something woman.

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Yoo Ah In never ceases to amaze me. Aww, Se Joo is broken inside. I should have figured as much since all emotionally-damaged heroes are asses. The show seems to be hinting at Se Joo and Tae Min being half-brothers. Tae Min was adorable playing with his cat, but I was so distracted by my subtitles calling Tae Min's cat and Se Joo's dog (I'm just going to gift Fluffball to Se Joo; I think they'll be great friends) "it." Animals are not its!

You know what the earthquake reminded me of? Jumanji. The fact that only Se Joo and Seol experienced it. Is Go Kyung Pyo a ghost? After all, ghostwriters don't actually ghost write in the author's house. Ever since Episode 1, I suspected the dog was Go Kyung Pyo. Which means he is the only one of our friends who didn't reincarnate?

Chicago Typewriter is so much fun. A big thanks for the recap, gummimochi!

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I noticed the "it" subtitles, too! I was like, whaaaa?? Don't call the cute little kitty "it!" And Jumanji--YES! I miss that movie.

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I'm upset Go Kyung-pyo is barely in it. I wanted to watch this drama for him and now I doubt if I should continue to watch...

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Thanks for recapping again! Loved it! I loved Seol and Se-Joo when she started reacting to his work. It is such a avid fan/reader to make noise whenever they are moved by literature they love. His slow smile to her reactions means there hope for him, yet! Just loved that there was nothing necessary to be said in that scene.
Fangirling over here!!!! SO LOVELY!

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I am so captivated by the 30th trio. The dance scene was just wonderful. This show has a very funny and at the same time nostalgic feeling, which I enjoy so much. How great was the scene at the table when it started rotating and you got flashbacks! Pure genius.

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So.... I have a feeling that they're going for the literal translation of "GHOST" writer.

You know like not putting a face to the ghostwriter the CEO hired. Or how Go Kyung-pyo is strutting himself comfortably in our quirky writer's room and make himself at home with the typewriter.

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Finally a show after Goblin got me hooked and rewatched each ep! Hope many screen from 30's! Anyone know song played in ep 1 when Se Jo approching typewriter in cafe chicago and when doggie approching Jeon Seol? That song very iconic

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Even I felt reminded of Goblin by this.
Not in its time for Goblin was melancholy but rich production values and content. Also the beautifully layered characters and the general feel of the drama

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I meant not in it tone

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I was wondering why he was driving an older model car (when he lives in a mansion) then the car crash scene happened .. now I know why lol better to damage old car than an expensive car

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Eeek! The last scene is such a cliffhanger!! I think I've found my drama fix this season <3 Love both the 2017 and 1930s scenes. But why did Han Se Joo's hair not grow longer when the narrative said it had been one month since the stalker's suicide?

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Apparently, they are not going to give us the obligatory bathroom scene with him fresh out of the shower doing a PPL for an electric razor that also does hair. Dang it!

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Dayum that could be the real highlight of this episode.

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What better way to have a cliffhanger than to end it with falling off the cliff? *cold wind blows...

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I have a suspicion as to what made sejoo leave taemins home 10 yrs ago.

The show clearly hints at it. Both in that statement sejoo made that "his father ruined both their lives" & taemins telling question to the heroine that "fate" was the only book she liked !

That leaves only 2 possibilities
One taemins father wrote a book on se joo without his permission. But that wouldn't ruin taemins life as well

Or two taemins father plagiarized sejoo's book the real author of "Fate"
and made tae mom the author.

Which would make taemin an unworthy author. It would be a tough act to follow that book.

And incur se joo's distrust for people in general.

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I think it would be a case, but I would really hope it is not as it would make Se Joon a hypocrite if he agrees on getting a ghostwriter.

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This drama has been such a surprise! Love love love the scenes from the 1930s!

And the wig on Yoo Ah In.
And Go Kyung Po in that white shirt.

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If there wansn't a ghost writer creeping around I would've claimed Se Joo's house by now. THE BOOKS. I LOVE IT.

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Anyone know if this drama is pre-produced or at least pre-written? That is such a lengthy preview at the beginning of the episode, and looked mighty interesting, I must say ?

Anyway, these two first episodes are just love, I really hope that the story and plot will stay solid till the end and won't turn into fluffy fillers in the middle like certain not-so-long-ago hit drama ('though I also like fluff from time to time, which is fine, only not when the show had such a strong and promising start). Looking forward to the new episodes this weekend!

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As far as I know, It is not pre-produced, but the first reading was held on Feb 27th.

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I'mma be honest here and say I'm pretty frustrated with Seol. I mean I get it you're a fan but you gotta know there are limits and why can't she respect that. Not only that but Se-joo has had real stalkers before so why can't she understand that? I hope to see an improvement on this in future episodes

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