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Chicago Typewriter: Episode 4

Great writing isn’t something that can be conjured out of thin air—rather, it’s a product of hard work and perseverance by a writer who refuses to quit, even when he’s at the end of his rope. So when Se-joo is unable to think himself out of the biggest writer’s block of his life, he’ll be reminded of the reasons why he loves and lives to write. They say the scariest moment is always the one before you start writing, but he’ll need to start somewhere if he doesn’t want to see his life go up in flames.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Se-joo accosts the man typing at his desk, who carefully introduces himself as the ghostwriter YOO JIN-OH. His nonchalance at being caught annoys Se-joo, who demands to know who sent him.

Cut to: Ji-seok singing heartily to “Why Do You Call Me” by Diva with the publishing team at noraebang. Lol. Se-joo’s call cuts the party short, and one threat sends Ji-seok flying out of there.

Se-joo ties his trespasser to the chair as they wait. Writer Yoo finds this excessive considering that he came clean about being hired by Ji-seok, who sounds his arrival by pounding the locked door.

Once inside, Ji-seok asks when Se-joo changed the passcode. He’s perplexed when Se-joo argues that he gave the ghostwriter access to his house since they tabled the idea of hiring a ghostwriter (oh?). So Se-joo pushes him into the office to see said ghostwriter for himself… but the chair is empty.

Ji-seok wonders if Se-joo is still taking his meds, then decides to settle this once and for all by calling Writer Yoo. When the call goes straight to voicemail, Se-joo angrily grabs Ji-seok, who shouts the writer’s full name: Yoo Chang-myung. Hmm.

Asked about the name Yoo Jin-oh, Ji-seok says he never heard of a writer by that name. Then Se-joo turns to the portrait hanging on the wall behind him, and it dawns on him: The name Yoo Jin-oh is a play on Eugene O’Neill (yoo-jin-oh-nil).

His rage drives Ji-seok out of the house, and he calls Se-joo’s physician to find out when his last therapy session was. Once the coast is clear, Jin-oh emerges from the bushes, wondering how he can keep working.

He muses, “Should I… toy with him some more?” Inside, Se-joo rips up the draft sitting in the typewriter.

Later, Ji-seok gulps when Tae-min tells him that he’s chucked his manuscript. He declares that he’ll be starting from scratch and take a trip for research. He declines submitting that discarded draft for revisions, saying that he wants his first novel in five years to be a good one.

Ji-seok can’t believe that he’s got two writers driving him up the wall, but then quickly corrects himself, claiming that nothing’s wrong with Se-joo.

Seol gets an eerie feeling on her way to the animal hospital, and stops to check if someone is following her. She doesn’t see anyone, but we see who’s following her: Jin-oh.

Seol is filling in for her veterinarian sunbae today, but she declines to work alongside her here at the clinic. As the day goes on, she’s unable to shake off that nagging feeling that she’s being watched and goes to check, but there’s no one there.

Tae-min arrives with his cat, hoping to entrust her here while he’s away. Jin-oh watches them head inside, where Tae-min voices his worries about his cat sleeping more than usual.

Noting that Tae-min often leaves his cat here, Seol guesses that the animal might have a fear of abandonment. She chides Tae-min for not noticing that his cat’s behavior changed because he was too busy to play with or groom his feline companion.

Deciding that Tae-min needs to know how to have fun, she spends the afternoon teaching him how to play with his cat. He ends up buying a mountain of cat toys and invites her out for a drink, swearing that he simply wanted to thank her, and in turn, ask her for a favor.

Unable to type a single word that night, Se-joo decides to turn in early. But the tick tock sound from the pocket watch keeps him up, and he realizes that Seol was looking for this very watch.

Seol grabs that drink with Tae-min, where she’s asked to be his assistant. He’s in need of an expert in veterinary medicine, and when she offers to give him a referral because she quit the profession some time ago, he insists that he wants to work with her.

He does ask why she stopped being a vet, and just like with Se-joo, she promises to answer once they get to know each other better. Tae-min is onboard with that idea, saying he wanted to get to know her from the moment he saw her. Aw.

Seol has a few more drinks before telling Tae-min why she gave up veterinary medicine. During one of the hand-foot-and-mouth disease breakouts, she was responsible for euthanizing cows and collecting their blood samples. She had to put one sweet calf to sleep, and the poor thing died in just three seconds.

“Ever since then, I can’t forget the sound of a cow’s cries. I became a vet to treat sick animals, but it felt like I killed more animals than I saved,” she explains. Haunted by the sound of their cries, she left that profession.

As Seol walks home that night, she wonders if she was a butcher in her past life because she always gets discouraged whenever she aims to do anything related to taking a life. She thinks: Or maybe… I killed someone? Maybe I’m being punished for killing a precious someone who should not have been killed?

Se-joo arrives at Seongsucheong, hoping to see Seol. His face brightens when he sees her walking up the hill, though troubled when he sees Jin-oh following her. He waits until Seol is inside to confront Jin-oh, who stammers to ask if Se-joo is here to get his fortune told.

Se-joo doesn’t let him change the subject, grabbing him by the shirtfront and asking why he keeps showing up. Taking his hands, Jin-oh confesses, “I fell in love at first sight.” Taken aback, Se-joo lets go, but Jin-oh clarifies that he’s not in love with him, but Seol.

Bang-jin’s mother can sense something evil lurking outside and instructs her daughters to bring her red beans (believed to ward off evil spirits). She senses two spirits but is unable to discern which one is evil.

Meanwhile, Se-joo asks how on earth Jin-oh crossed paths with Seol, to which the man replies, “I fell in love at first sight at the airport, when I arrived in Korea from the States.” Se-joo scoffs at that answer, but then Jin-oh exclaims that they have to run because he feels something approach, and bolts.

Seconds later, Bang-jin’s mother emerges and throws the red beans at Se-joo. The women recognize him belatedly, and while Seol goes after Se-joo, Bang-jin berates her mother. Her eyes still fixated outside, Bang-jin’s mother murmurs that she can see it all over his face—his good looks. Pfft.

Bang-jin grumbles when she’s sent out to collect the fallen red beans. She isn’t alone in the task, however, and when she reaches for the same bean as her helping hand, she looks up to his face… and gapes at Jin-oh’s handsome face.

She smiles involuntarily when he does, and he pours the red beans from his handkerchief into her bowl. He picks up two more red beans with his fingers, which make them look like finger heart gestures.

He turns to take his leave when she calls out to ask for his name. Saying he can’t readily give out his name, he says she can call him “Yoo.”

Seol finally gets Se-joo to stop and talk to her, and the first question he asks is, “Do you know someone named Yoo Jin-oh?” He asks how they know one another and if Yoo Jin-oh talked about him. When she doesn’t know where to start, he advises her to start from the beginning.

So she does, replying that she doesn’t know a Yoo Jin-oh. She asks if that’s all he came here to talk about, and then Se-joo places the gold pocket watch in her hand, which he claims to have found on his way here.

Touched, she badgers him with more questions, asking if he went back to the cabin just to retrieve this for her: “For me? In case I’d be sad?” Se-joo sets her straight with the truth: that he was caught in a fog and he saw it sparkling on the ground.

He makes sure to reiterate that he wasn’t “thinking of her” when he found the pocket watch, but she’s grateful and cheerily offers to take him out in exchange for “finding my heart.”

He has her take him to Subway, which she feels doesn’t hold good memories for him here. Her eyes widen when he asks if that’s because he was talking about his past in his feverish state, realizing that he remembered when their paths crossed here ten years ago.

She frowns when he remembers her as the crazed fan who gave him a hot beverage and secretly took his photo, claiming that she knows more about him than he thinks because writers speak through their words. Se-joo says he was a nobody back then, and she confesses to having read the manuscript he was writing ten years ago.

Turns out she read a crumpled page when she was cleaning up, and Se-joo arrived to work for a few more minutes. Se-joo is spooked, saying that this revelation is eerily close to “Misery,” but doesn’t believe that a scrap piece of paper was enough to know him.

He’s surprised to hear that they had conversations too—she pulled up a chair and asked if he was a writer because he worked like a madman. She asked why he wrote like his life depended on it, and he answered with a quote from Lord Byron: “‘If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.'”

Se-joo was pleasantly surprised when Seol knew that quote. She claimed to be a bookworm and asked if Se-joo decided to be a writer to overcome life’s difficulties. He said writing makes him look cool; this grasping at straws through his words was safer than being with someone who could betray him at any time, allowed him to escape reality without the use of drugs, and could turn out to be a lucrative career.

He thought he could be happy if he could earn a living through his writing, and that prompted her to ask what sort of writer he hoped to become. He replied, “An original writer?” Seol guessed: “A writer who imitates nobody?”

He corrected her: “No, a writer whom nobody can imitate.” They simultaneously identified that as one of François-René de Chateaubriand’s quotes, and he laughed.

Se-joo can’t fathom the very idea that she made him laugh since he believed he had no reason to be happy ten years ago. When he chooses not to disclose what happened back then, Seol guesses that there was some heartache there.

She says his writing on that scrap paper was amazing and better than any novel he’s published. Even then, she knew he’d become a great writer, rooted for his success, and prayed that his suffering wouldn’t hold him back, but would mold him in becoming a fantastic writer.

She asks if his career choice made him a living since they last met, and he says he can buy anything his heart desires. Then she asks, “Have you become a writer whom nobody can imitate?” He goes silent at that, reminded of his ghostwriter, which she takes to mean that dream has yet to come true.

He says they should leave, and she asks if he’s upset with her, adding that this only makes him seem like an overly sensitive writer. She stops in her tracks when she sees Se-joo and Tae-min’s commercial playing in a store window and comments that Tae-min is much more handsome in person—they even went out for drinks earlier tonight.

Hearing her speak positively of Tae-min ignites a flame of jealousy and makes Se-joo doubt her claim that she was his first fan. She counters that he didn’t want her to be his fan anymore, and he exclaims, “I took you back!” Frustrated, she turns to leave, but he wants to know if he’s any better-looking in person than on screen.

“You’re obviously as handsome in person as you are on TV!” she hollers. Hahaha. It’s then they notice that they’re being photographed, and Se-joo takes her hand and instructs her to run.

As they run, the gold pocket watch falls out of Seol’s pocket… just like it did in Se-joo’s dream of the past. The similarities continue as she doubles back to retrieve it, then tells Se-joo to run again. They hide in an alcove, and Se-joo watches Seol check to see if they’re being followed, just like Ryu Soo-hyun (not Yoo Soo-yeon, whoops!) did.

He presses her against the window, asking, “What are you? Why do you keep showing up before me? What are you to keep showing up in my dreams… in my head… and my novels?!” He looks back up at her shocked face, and lets go of her before walking away.

Se-joo returns home and checks that his office is empty. He stares at the portrait of Eugene O’Neill before exiting… and Jin-oh emerges from behind a bookcase and apologizes because he has nowhere else to go.

While Seol discovers that the broken pocket watch is working, Jin-oh kicks back and whistles in Se-joo’s office.

At breakfast, Seol asks Bang-jin’s mother if she remembers when her mother came to see her because young Seol was apparently saying some strange things. Bang-jin’s mother claims not to remember, but she asks if Seol has been seeing things again.

Seol denies it, then gets a call from Dae-han, who sadly asks if it’s true that she and Se-joo were up in the mountains together and are an item now. He’s heartbroken, and Seol finds out that those photos taken with Se-joo have gone public.

The media has a field day, identifying Seol as a former vet who was also present when the stalker-fan broke into Se-joo’s home and Se-joo’s caretaker following his car crash. Seol is even described as Se-joo’s alleged ghostwriter, which Tae-min’s mother considers a bit of a stretch given the quality of the photo.

That sketchy reporter, REPORTER SONG, is currently eating at the restaurant where Bang-jin now works part-time, sighing that a juicier scoop requires the use of a hidden camera.

Tae-min’s mother suggests making Seol work for them and offer her a chance for a tell-all interview. She hangs up, unaware that her husband has overheard her conversation.

Ji-seok follows up with Se-joo, who isn’t at all perturbed by the scandal. Ji-seok is happy to hear it and advises Se-joo to solely focus on his work because they cannot allow the public to think that this issue has gotten under his skin. Se-joo hangs up, and Ji-seok asks his staff to track Seol down.

Se-joo sits down at his desk, staring at the blank page until he finally types one sentence: “Looking at Hwi-young, Soo-hyun said…” before amending it to: “Looking at Soo-hyun, Hwi-young felt his heart race.” But then he gets rid of that sentence too and groans in his chair.

Thinking of how Jin-oh was typing away on the old typewriter, Se-joo decides to give it a try. Setting it before him, he loads the typewriter with paper and slowly begins to type. He barely gets two words in before ripping the paper out of the ribbon and crumpling it up.

He tries once more before giving up, and soon we see his office littered with balls of paper. He forces himself to keep going before letting out a frustrated yell and stepping away from the typewriter.

He dunks his head in his sink and thinks back to how Seol asked him if he found writing to be fun. “No,” he answers. He ruminates over her question about what kind of writer he hoped to become, and he answers, “A writer to whom writing comes easy.”

Se-joo heads back to his office when he hears the sound of typewriter keys. He bursts inside to discover Jin-oh, typing away at the desk. “Have I… been caught again?” he asks haltingly.

Se-joo chases him around the desk, and Jin-oh says he was rewriting the manuscript that Se-joo ripped up because he thought maybe Se-joo was unhappy with it. “Who told you to?!” Se-joo yells. Jin-oh: “I did! I mean, my heart told me to because I wanted to help you.”

Jin-oh hopes that they can talk it out, but Se-joo is prepared to strangle him. Jin-oh says doing so will only make it harder for Se-joo to get the answers he wants, so Se-joo orders him to sit.

Once he does, Se-joo asks how he got inside last night. Jin-oh says he snuck inside after Se-joo arrived home last night. Se-joo was apparently too lost in thought to notice, and when he’s asked if he slept in this house, Jin-oh carefully replies that he had nowhere else to go.

Se-joo asks how he got in the first night then, and Jin-oh says picking locks is a piece of cake for him because he dipped into some “dark” jobs back in the day. Se-joo already knows Ji-seok didn’t send him and demands the truth. Jin-oh honestly answers, “Myself. I sent myself… to you.”

Jin-oh jumps out of the chair when Se-joo grabs a heavy bookend, telling him to calm down because Se-joo won’t get answers if he passes out. He doesn’t really have an answer to Se-joo’s question of what his motivations are for being here, but when Se-joo makes a move to chase him again, Jin-oh says he can think of something.

“I want to become your friend?” he ventures. “And I’d like to live here with you?” When Se-joo tells him to leave, he repeats that he doesn’t have anywhere else to go. Se-joo threatens to call the police, but Jin-oh says that will only complicate things for both of them.

He explains that he’d only tell the cops the truth that he was here as Se-joo’s ghostwriter, which Se-joo hears as a threat. Stuffing the manuscript in Jin-oh’s face, Se-joo drags him out of the office.

But then the doorbell rings, and Se-joo stuffs Jin-oh back inside his office. It’s Tae-min’s father, who would like to speak with Se-joo inside. Se-joo lets him in, but doesn’t look him in the eye to greet him.

Tae-min’s father asks if Se-joo lives in this grand house by himself, and if he’s all right. Se-joo asks him to come right out with it because he knows it wasn’t easy for Tae-min’s father to slip out without his wife’s knowledge.

He claims to hold no resentment toward Tae-min’s mother and understands why she hated him: “What woman would want to raise a child she has no relation to… whom her husband suddenly brought home? And the child of her husband’s first love, at that?”

But his resentment is directed at someone else: “It’s you. The person I trusted the most and the man whom I regarded as my own father… betrayed me.”

Meanwhile, Jin-oh flips through a book in Se-joo’s library. He goes to return it when he spots a manuscript hidden behind the books: the first draft of the novel “Fate,” written by Se-joo. He then pulls Tae-min’s published copy of “Fate” from the shelf and begins to read.

But then his chair tips backward and Jin-oh falls, letting out a yelp. Tae-min’s father looks back to the office, and Jin-oh stuffs the manuscript beneath him and hides under the table just as the older man walks inside.

Tae-min’s father bends down to pick up the crumpled balls of paper when his eyes go wide. He draws closer to the table when Se-joo walks inside, insulted that a knowledgeable writer such as Tae-min’s father would trespass into his workspace.

Tae-min’s father says Se-joo has “something” a writer should not have: “Wouldn’t it be wise to get rid of things that could later become problematic?” He advises Se-joo to put it away, adding that this visit was a mistake.

Se-joo pulls Jin-oh up to his feet, asking again what exactly he wants from him: “Are you doing this to ruin my life?” He swears that he won’t go down easy: “Do you have any idea what it took for me to get to where I am?”

Chucking Jin-oh to the floor, he screams, “I won’t ever fall to ruin because of a punk like you!” Jin-oh then asks, “Were you ever… a ghostwriter yourself? Did you ghostwrite Tae-min’s novel ‘Fate’?”

Se-joo barks at him to leave, then grabs a stack of Jin-oh’s pages. “My words may be stolen from me, but I don’t steal other people’s words.”

He sets the pages ablaze, then tosses them into the air, letting the remnants fall where they may.

 
COMMENTS

Damn, would you take a look at that final shot—that’s a man who means business. I truly admire Se-joo’s fierce pride and sense of ownership in his work, because you don’t get to the top without facing countless obstacles. And yeah, I’d be pretty bitter too if something I wrote was handed to someone else to take credit for.

If I had any doubt about Jin-oh before, though, this episode gave us enough clues to surmise that our resident ghostwriter might actually be a ghost writer. Many of you eagle-eyed viewers picked up on how Se-joo was only one of two people who directly interacted with him in this week’s episodes. For a hot second there, I thought that Tae-min’s father was staring right at him while he was hiding under the table, but then I remembered that Jin-oh was sitting on top of the “Fate” draft, so the man was likely instructing Se-joo to get rid of “that.” It was a careful choice in dialogue and a clever trick in the show’s direction, since that moment of disapproval could’ve referred to hiding a man in one’s creative space (or even hiding a same-sex relationship in general, since we’ve been told that Se-joo disliked dating in the traditional sense) instead.

But I think it’s safe to say that by that point in the hour, most of us had already guessed that Jin-oh was only visible to Se-joo. At present, I can think of two character possibilities for Jin-oh: either he is a ghost of his 1930s self trying to help his reincarnated buddy through a rough time, or that he’s a figment of Se-joo’s imagination as a way to cope with his post-traumatic stress by creating an extension of himself that would write down events from his past life. Or perhaps it’s possible that the spirit inhabits Se-joo from time to time and conjures up a human image of Jin-oh as a form of accompaniment. That last possibility would explain how Bang-jin’s mother can sense two spirits outside her house, and how Bang-jin (who might have shaman powers herself?) can also interact with Jin-oh.

Furthermore, there’s the way that Jin-oh talks about himself and advises Se-joo against harming him because doing so will prevent him from getting answers. He also said that he “sent himself” from the States, which makes me believe that he was the one who typed out that message to be sent to Se-joo. Jin-oh also seems to move independently from Se-joo as well, since Se-joo had no idea that Seol met Tae-min until she told him about it. And if Jin-oh is indeed the spirit that inhabits the typewriter, then that would also explain his declaration that he fell in love with Seol when they first met at the airport.

I’ll be honest when I say I’m a little worried that we can draw these educated guesses about Jin-oh this early in the narrative. I’m hoping that there’s much more to figure out because it wouldn’t be as fun for us to be left waiting an indeterminate number of episodes to see if we were right. Still, I love the tie-ins between the two time periods: Se-joo is still challenged to become the best possible writer he can be, and Seol questions whether or not she took a life in her past life. I’m hoping that a majority of those answers can be delved into through the past because nothing makes me happier than seeing Soo-hyun school Hwi-young and knock him off his feet.

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Thanks for this awesome recap! I agree so much with your thoughts on Yoo and also this: "I’ll be honest when I say I’m a little worried that we can draw these educated guesses about Jin-oh this early in the narrative. I’m hoping that there’s much more to figure out because it wouldn’t be as fun for us to be left waiting an indeterminate number of episodes to see if we were right." ----------- I'm hoping Yoo's identity is revealed definitively soon and that that leads us into deeper revelations about all these characters: Seoul, Se-ju, Tae-min, and even Yoo himself.

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This is where my thoughts have gone as well. I figure we'll get Yoo's identity and then there will be a mystery around who Seoul killed and why. We need a baddie in the past too, right? We haven't met that person yet (or did I miss it?).

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I don't know why I have this feeling that the one Soo-Hyeon killed was Hwi-Young and Writer Yoo had something to do with it, hence maybe his (eventual?) guilt caused him to live on inside Hwi-Young's typewriter.

I haven't seen any baddie in the past yet either so you didn't miss it. :)

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This is also a possibility! I think this kinda makes sense and it can be the strong (although sad) bond that ties the three of them together.

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My theory is that,
Heroine shot YAI in past due to some confusion arising out of circumstances wherein yoo also played a role. HOWEVER,i think at the crux of it, this is a love story and the villain in the past and maybe in the present is going to be the other writer who has been positioned as YAI's rival in everything, including love at first sight.

It doesn't make sense to have 3 leads and then have this fourth guy in too who is acting up as a romantic rival. Also, the obvious thing to do would have been to use this guy and his family as a separate arc for YAI - his tragic past, confidence issues, motivation for proving himself etc.. but what is the need to make this guy also fall in love, and that too at the first sight, with the heroine. its a deeper plot.

Guessing he will come up in 1930 and out of jealousy created situations that drove the tragedy

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Ah yes, how can we forget about Baek Tae-min. I think this is a good theory! Let's wait and see how the story pans out. :)

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OMG. This is it. I'm so in love with the ghostwriter!!! ?? That smirk, the way he said not hearts but red beans and the way he fell off his chair!! Awww, I can't ?

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I knooow! So cute! I'm secretly hoping there's some way he can end up with Bang-jin.

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Yess! That's so going to be my side-ship ?

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Oh please. I would just love them.

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Jin-oh and Bang-jin are like Ri-ohn and Yona in Kill Me, Heal Me.

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yah! when he fell of that chair! it was so funny. and then he looked like this adorable little kid underneath the table like he was going to get in trouble...aw...

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Lol I know. How can he be so mysterious, even giving me the creeps sometimes, and then still manage to be so adorable, hilarious, and charming? I love him already.

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Yeah, and I loved how he confronted Se Ju about his own ghostwriting at the end scene. That whole scene was so good!

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Agree! That took things to a much deeper, more interesting place and I loved him for being insightful enough to take us there. He's turning out to be a fascinating character! Han Se Ju was also a force in that last scene.

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On a side note - I no longer get notifications when someone replies to my comments. Does anyone know how to fix that? ?

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So it's not just me. I still get notification when someone replies to my comment in fan wall, though. I think it's already in the DB team's long to-do list.

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And that little wave he gave after Se Ju found him! ??

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And when he said he could start to think about his reason showing up in Se-joo's life. He sounded infuriatingly innocent that I can 100% relate to Se-joo's frustration and fit of temper.

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Oh gosh yes, it's like you want to strangle him but you can't because he looks so (adorably) innocent! It was so funny to see Se Ju so upset and angry but Yoo looking slightly alarmed but calm ?

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Thanks for the clarification on the notifications gadis! ? I can't seem to reply to that comment ?

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Haha and when he said call me "Yoo" and Only You started playing in the background, I almost fell off my chair. Hilarious wordplay in this scene! Hope we see more of this in the upcoming eps.
I am onboard with the theory that he's a "spirit" and it makes sense Bang-jin could see him (and probably Seol) since it seems they are "spiritually gifted" to see ghosts. Gummi was right to point out that he was probably sitting on the manuscript, was wondering about what the father saw!

This ep has set the mystery and relationships up nicely and sold the show for me! Thx Gummi for the recap!

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Yes the fact that he's a spirit makes the premise even more fascinating! Who wouldn't love an adorable "ghost"writer going around messing with reality ?

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Yes! The ? Only Yoo! ? had me cracking up as well. The music director person needs an award. I am LOVING the music choices so far.

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Yess I'm so loving Blooming memories! Such a lovely song

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The ghost writer names himself after Eugene O'Neill, the Nobel Laureate of literature. O'Neill penned an one-act play called "Fog," which explains the reason why the ghostwriter appears in the fog. The play depicts the encounter between a poet, a man of business, a peasant woman drifting together on a lifeboat near an iceberg concealed in the fog.

The triad structure of Chicago Typewriter (Se-ju, Seol, the ghost writer) resonates with that of O'Neill's play. Most importantly, the tension between idealism and materialism has been a persistent theme in O'Neill's works.

The conversation between Se-ju and Seol in Subway kind of refers to O'Neill's concern again: Se-ju got the fame, money, even deer--but does he really fulfill his dream of becoming a writer "whom nobody can imitate" as Chateaubriand envisions?

It's also rather interesting that both of them adore Romantic literature (both Chateaubriand and Byron are representative figures of Romanticism). The ghostwriter also helps him to write a "romantic" novel which se-ju quitted writing after his writing was stolen.

Together with the reference to Dali from the first episode, I am still convinced that the ghostwriter is the very "embodiment" of the inner trauma, his unconscious that has been suppressed even since a decade ago.

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Wow!! Beautifully analysed!! Thank you very much!!

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Oh wow! That's lovely interpretation! Thanks a lot!!

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Oh so then it's also interesting that the 1930s se ju only wrote romance pieces (as claimed by 1930s joen soel) while the present se ju doesn't write them at all. It's almost as if he has lost faith in love (could be due to what happened in his childhood). So as you said, Yoo is that part of him which hasn't given up on love and which will eventually help him realize that true love (and relationships) do exist. Also explains how straightforward Yoo was in declaring his love for Joen soel.

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Thank you for bringing that to light. Through school, even with a writing minor in college, I remember little about the Romantics, as even the name was/is a turn-off. I mentally checked out often during class discussions of this section of literature. So thank you for bringing the information to light (for me, anyway)!

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This is really interesting! Thanks for this! I am loving how this show is really educating me on topics like this via knowledgeable Beanies like you!

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I wrote a blog post about all the literary references I had come across about Chicago Typewriter in blogs/comments/discussions etc and included your thoughts. I hope you don't mind!

Any other thoughts are also welcome!

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/chicago-typewriter-thoughts-from-a-literature-and-arts-simpleton-help-anyone/

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Wow! Thanks for putting up a blog entry! I don't mind at all that you include my short blurb on O'Neill. Help yourself with anything I write here. I really hope that more people will come to pay close attention to all the literary references in CT. Doesn't Se-joo's tell us to "read more" in his advertisement with his nemesis Tae-min? LOL

Also, Se-joo was compared to be Korean Stephen King at the very beginning of the series. Interestingly, King is actually categorized by literary scholars as the key figure of Gothic/Romanticism (Gothic is basically romantic fiction, a strand of Romanticism. King also sees himself as an avid follower of Edgar Allen Poe, the latter as everyone knows defines American Romanticism. Romanticists emphasize the power of imagination--they don't really care about "romance," i.e. "love," as we understand it today. Can it be that Jin-oh is Se-jo's unwieldy "imagination," and that's why Se-jo gets extremely physical with Jin-oh by trying to tie him up or choke him? Also, let's not forget that Jin-oh only types down the story in Se-joo's head. The ideas are Se-joo's, not Jin-oh's. One way to interpret the different "frames" of the story is the writer's imagination running amok. Lastly, story-within-story is a signature feature of Gothic/Romantic fictions, as best exemplified by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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As a fellow literature simpleton and horror genre avoider (hahaha), thank you for compiling the references!! :) I will stay tuned for more. :)

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As if the drama really wants us to read more "serious" literature, the book Jin-oh picks up from Se-joo's bookshelf is "Hateship, Friendship Courtship," a collection of short stories by Alice Munro, another winner of nobel laureate of literature.

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Thank you for this comment. I love how much I learn from the comments here about my shows on top of the recaps. This, in addition to the Soompi article, really shows me that the writing for this show is deeper than I imagined it would be. :)

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Thank you for this in-depth analysis! I'd been looking for the literatures connection this drama threw in every episode with the characters.

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Excellent analysis! Thanks for giving this more depth.

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I agree with your analyze that Yoo is the personification of Se-ju subconscious however i don't think necessarily of the trauma. In fact Yoo appears in the 1930 as well. heis the 'alter ego' of Se-ju and he probably appears now to overcome the late shocking events with the stalker etc...

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I totally cracked up at the song also. Only yoo......

The only thing about Jin-oh being a spirit from the past is that I remember his agent talking to him when he was first caught. As if they were conspiring to fool Se-joo. (I didn't go back and check on this tho). And that the friend could see him.

I want more of the past scenes... Hope they develop that more.

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If you go bak and check the scene ( i did) you'll notice that his agent was not necessarily talking with writer yoo, there was no eye contact at all, it was the same thing that happened when taemin's dad came into seju's writing room, he wasn't seeing writer yoo, but the directing made it seem as if he was. He really is a ghost writer

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But Yoo was talking to Ji Seok when he was first caught and he was also talking to that journalist at the press conference!! So I doubt he is a ghost!!! But of course, if he were a ghost, it would be very cool!!

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Actually, if you watch these scenes again, you'll notice that Jiseok and the journalist never make eye contact with Yoo. The scenes can be seen as them talking with Yoo or talking to themselves.

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I want to meet a Yoo so I can sing "Only You" to them. They would be so annoyed

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I love Yoo too, the most adorable ghost (writer)! i hope the "dark energy" the shaman sees wherever he's around is not coming from him ?

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Yeah I was a little worried about that too! I hope they won't make him an evil spirit. I would be totally heartbroken ??

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The ghost writer is so cute! Love all his little actions. I have not seen Go Kyung Pyo before, but I loveeeeee his deep voice.

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Please do watch reply 1988 for go kyung pyo.... And also jealousy incarnate.... But i have to tell you, he is in his best and cutest in this drama....?

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Agree with you on him being the cutest in this drama. He was cute everytime Se Joo caught him and during the scene with Bang Jin

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Yes he grew on me since reply 1988, loved him in it. Really liked him in jealousy incarnate as well - so much that I got a bad second lead syndrome and had to drop the show ?. But yeah, like darcylove mentioned, he's the best in the this one ?

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I agree he is so adorable! He has the most interesting carefree personality. He is the most intriguing character of the three right now, and I can't wait to find out his back story or the mystery surrounding him.

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Watched him since Tomorrow Cantabile and he was such a cutie there. He turned out really handsome and more manly in the dramas that follow. But still adorable :)

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Go Kyung Pyo needs his own rom com drama already!

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In the last episode I asked, why does Jin-oh prefer to be a ghost writer rather than being a published one? Glad I got the answer right away in this episode! Because he is literally a ghost writer ? Daebak all you Beanies who predicted that since episode 3!

I LOLed at "You can call me Yoo", cue Only You in the BGM ?

I loved Han Se-ju when he's toned down and not such a diva.

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it was cheesy but i couldn't help but smile when the BGM came on too...hahaha

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I was entertained. ???

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That BGM killed me HAHA Bang Jin can do a word play "I love Yoo"

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Or "Only Yoo can make my world seem right" ???

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Or "My one and only Yoo" hahaha the possibility is endless ???

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Or, "Yoo are my everything" Kekeke.

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Or "I want yoo " , or " I need yoo" or "I want yoo to be yoo" or "yoo are beautiful" ??????
Great, I've lost my mind??

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Yoo and me!

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Love Yoo too! ?

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Nobody nobody but Yoo! *clap clap clap clap

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Also, I love this theory of yours Gummi "or that he’s a figment of Se-joo’s imagination as a way to cope with his post-traumatic stress by creating an extension of himself that would write down events from his past life". That's a very possible and interesting take on Yoo's existence.

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But then Jin-oh is sensed by other characters too.

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Yes true ? maybe the "spirit" interpretation is more fitting.

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An intriguing possibility but one I don't necessarily want. Either way, whether ghost or figment of Se-joo's imagination, both end with us losing Jin-oh's character at the end, as Se-joo resolves the conflict that brought Jin-oh here. Somehow, I am ok with the idea of losing Jin-oh (who has quickly captured my affection) due to being a ghost whose problem/purpose is resolved, because that at least grants him a previous life and some autonomy (agency?). But losing a character who never really existed independently? I don't like it. I felt this way in Kill Me, Heal Me. I was sad to lose the personalities but I was sad because they were never really "real" to begin with.

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Yes, I agree with you; better he be an actual ghost so that he can maybe be reincarnated as opposed to simply losing him into thin air... :(

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here's to hoping he has a reincarnation somewhere...

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It's interesting that the only people with whom Se-joo could talk quite honestly and openly is Seol. And to think that she is someone he only knew recently with lots of misshap between them only making it even more fascinating. They even get to talk about private matters without any manipulation or coaxing from her end. I'm curious how their relationship will pan out.

I'm also glad that Yoo turns out to be such a smartypants (with a knowing and cheeky smile to boot). It's hilarious how every words he said infuriated Se-joo even more. I'm still at lost about his real identity. Sure, he somewhat interacted with Bang-jin, but as a shaman's daughter she could be able to see spirit. And writer Baek's recation in the last scene was kinda weird, considering he only saw a person crouching there. He looked like he just saw something very disturbing.

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And he seems to now care what she thinks of her as well - like when he asked whether he looks better on TV or in person. And this is a person with thousands of fans - so makes me wonder why he's so concerned about this one Fan's opinion of him. Clearly he feels a greater connect.

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i loved that scene and the answer Seol gave him. Se Joo seems so confident but acted petty when he felt that Seol is not being loyal to him as a fan haha

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i have to admit that at the end i just kept thinking, what if you burn a hole in your floor/carpet? hahaha

it's strange that bang-jin's mom sensed two spirits, when we only see one. it makes me wonder if there are in fact two and we have yet to be introduced to the other or she was referring to Se-joo. But that doesn't make sense when she's met Se-joo before and he didn't seem to give her the spirit alert. i'm not sure how i feel about the possession of Se-joo and the subsequent manifestation of Jin-oh as a likely possibility; honestly because it seems too complicated. because Bang-jin can see Jin-oh, it doesn't make as much sense that Jin-oh is really a figment of Se-joo's mind. i'm on board Jin-oh being an actual ghost and i want to know how he got trapped in the typewriter.

also, i am currently envious of im soo-jung right now. all three guys? couldn't she just share one with me? gosh!

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Hahaha.. So I'm not the only one thinking about the possibility of fire spreading. It distracted me from the awesomeness of that final scene for a while.

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I am with you in this. And same here, I got so distracted at the possibility of fire spreading ???

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I was kinda scared that the burning papers that SJ toasted to the air would burn the whole room LOL

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Yeaa.. me too.... And that room was filled with books and papers.... I was worried about the books ?

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I thought the burning papers would land on the carpet, but it just landed on the floor.

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I was worried about a fire, but the cinematography was on point.

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Yes the floor!!! My mind was running in all directions thinking isnt that wood? Wont that fire spread? There are sooooo many books there. Where's the fire extinguisher? Then the scene changes to writer yoo casually looking at Se-joo and am like whats the point!

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Ahahaha I'm so with you on that! Yoo's look made everything else irrelevant ?

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All I could think and was screaming was: That's MAHOGANY!!!!! and then I giggled to myself. Ha, I'm such a nerd.

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Is it mahogany? I did wonder about the type of wood. :)

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Yes!!! I was even pulled out of the drama by my worry. I was thinking WHAT ARE THE DOING IN THAT ROOM?!?! Who would let someone film a scene like that in their library!?!?!? Did they dust the room with fire retardant? I sure hope this is all CGI!

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I had to rewatch the ending because all I can think is "yo going to burn your house" and didn't even read the sub :O

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+1 i was worried for his house at the burning scene lol.

Yeah the dark energy part is confusing, are there two spirits? at first when i wasn't sure if ghostwriter Yoo was really a ghost i thought he was human being possessed by the typewriter spirit but now i don't know how to explain the dark energy coming from either Yoo or Se-joo.

Im Soo Jung is the luckiest girl in this drama lol

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I was thinking maybe the second dark spirit is the guy who was watching the 1930's leads kiss nd he seemed pissed. Mb he also came back nd we just haven't seen him yet

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Ji Seok and Yoo Jin Ho did have a conversation in EP 3 right??? I am pretty much confused right now.... If they did, the ghost theory may not be true... Oh God I am in hell... Please help me.... Very confusing.... Someone pls help

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I think Ji Seok was just talking to himself. He never once looked Yoo in the face. Yoo just responded to whatever he said.

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...i actually repeated that scene in Ep 3 twice after See Joos press conference coz im already getting a feeling that maybe hes a ghost.. and realize that that the dialogue of Ji seok has the possibility of being a monologue i mean he could just be talking to himself.

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I was also worried that they will fall on Yoo and set his clothes on fire or something. ??

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well I kept thinking how they filming the scene without burning the floor ? it's wood right? I bet the scene took more than one take to make the scene look more dramatic. lol

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Now you are making me wonder if there was someone/thing in the background that we didn't see. Yoo is probably a spirit, but I don't sense that he is evil. (Not with that innocent smirk.)

Why do I feel like there was also a fourth person back in the 1930's typing room?

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Yes yes omg! I was thinking Se-joo! Your floor is made from wood, probably your bookshelves too! AND ALL YOUR BOOKS. Why would you do that?!?!??! I got worried for a bit.

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so the father just saw the manuscript on the floor, not yoo jin? but it seemed that yoo jin reacted to him by nodding....

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I also did not look at that scene this way until I read the recap. So yes, maybe the father only saw the manuscript, not Jin-oh

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I also didn't consider this possibility until gummi pointed it out. As for Yoo nodding in that scene, maybe he tried to confirm whether writer Baek could see him or not. After all, Bang-jin could interact with him, while her mother and Seol could sense his presence. Maybe he also couldn't be sure which human have that special gift and tried to give the right reaction in case they did see him.

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Yeah i thought Se-joo's father saw Yoo at first but as gummimochi said the manuscript was on the floor so he probably saw that and not our ghostwriter. But it was a very subtle scene, it could go both ways (although now i'm sure Yoo is in fact a ghost) but i understand that the drama writer is playing with us viewers at the same time trowing hints here and there.

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I didn't think of this too until pointed out in the recap. I thought the dad saw Jin-oh and referred to him as "something a writer shouldn't have" which is a ghostwriter. I also thought that he was a ghost or whatever but got confused with his "interactions" with other characters. I guess I should rewatched those scenes.
This show really makes us think. I love it! :)

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unless is a mistake from the director, I'm pretty sure he looks at Yoo directly, their eyes met and they look each other for a second. I'm pretty sure of that! daddy even hear Yoo's falling before check it himself inside HSJ room. He doesn't seems to insist he know there is someone is there because he knows Yoo is a spirit and assuming HSJ can't look at him I guess, or pretending to not knowing

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I thought I'm the only one who noticed it. If you're going to observe the direction of where his (Se-joo's father) eyes were looking, it is not on the floor where the manuscript is but on an eye level. I think it is intentiona. It could be the director's way of confusing the viewers. Throwing us something we could discuss & think on for a week.

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Yoo Jin-oh did nod, but I don't recall dad doing anything but stare in his direction. It was at that scene where I started thinking of how Yoo interacted with the world and people around him, and realized he only spoke to YAI's character. I think I know what I'm re-watching soon...

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Not nodding, but doing 'insa'. He was greeting father!

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Thanks for putting up the recap!!!!! I have been waiting just so i can finally comment.
I also thought Tae-min's father could see writer Yoo so i re watched the episode and am convinced otherwise. he definitely meant the first manuscript of fate. Also writer Yoo's courtesy didnt get a reply.
About writer Yoos identity: as we guessed he is the resident spirit of the typewriter. I think this typewriter was used by the 1930s Writer Han and there is some kinship there.
Writer Yoo genuinely seems to want to be a friend. Just look at how patient he is during se-joos tantrum. (? Incorrect word?).
I really wish writer yoo is real and not a figment of Se-joos imagination and as commented in recap " conjures up human image of Jin-oh as a form of accompaniment" coz Jin-oh is the image of se-joos friend in 1930s.
*waiting patiently for next weekend*

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Writer Yoo genuinely seems to want to be a friend. Just look at how patient he is during se-joos tantrum.

Yeah i hope See-joo finds out that what he's dreaming was his past life and become friends with Yoo.

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That is something that puzzles me, Se-joo seems to have seen Writer Yoo in his dreams and all more than once but why can't he recognise him as his past lookalike's friend?!?!?!?!

Maybe I should cut him some slack since we probably know more as viewers. Maybe I should also take into account that Se-Joo took quite some time to match Seol's face with Soo-hyeon's as well.

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It seems I'm the only one who think HSJ's father look at Yoo's eyes directly. His eyes look straight into Yoo's eyes. not noticing there is a manuscript. if he is noticing Manuscript first, he will take and read it. that's normal people will do. his eye's won't be able to read clearly. He is pretending to not knowing because he knows Yoo is a spirit.

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Your not the only one. But, up until that scene, I'm already convinced that Yoo is really a ghost that's why I'm checking whether the father is looking at the manuscript or to Yoo but based on his eye's trajectory he seems looking at an eye level and not on the floor but I will not bother myself anymore into it because maybe it is the director's way of toying with the viewer's perspectives. Based on the father's aftermath reactions I'm sure he only saw the manuscript & he is completely referring to it as "something a [past ghost] writer shouldn't have".

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I get a feeling HSJs father is trying to look properly at whats under the table. Also isn't it instinctual to reply a courtesy? There was just a blank stare.
We will just have to wait for further episodes it seems. The scene is ambigous.

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I was impressed with the ghostwriter's patience with SJ. It's like nothing ever rankles him, not even SJ's bad temper.

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Yeah he even puts up with being manhandled by SJ. If writer Yoo was anything like Sun Jae in Tunnel a fight would have broken out.

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I love this episode the most. Finally SJ opens up to Soul about his feeling on his past a bit. I love their conversation in Subway, it was simple and yet touching. I love their convo on the street as well. It's like normal couple talking about random things in real life. It's so sweet, and they look so cute.

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Another beanies already pointed it out, but I will say it again: This is the best use of Subway PPL I've watched.

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Because finally, a conversation at Subway that makes sense.

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Thank you for the recap, as always I adore your comments, gummimochi! I don't know if the writer is going to make us wait for the big revelations. I can honestly see it going both ways. It is possible for Se-joo and Yoo to built a close relationship and how it can potentially hurt Se-joo to learn the true. Or the writer can reveal it next week and can become a source of comical relief. Either way, I can't wait for the next episodes!

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Quotes: “My words may be stolen from me, but I don’t steal other people’s words.”

KABOOM!!!

That's definition of the real writer. *twothumsup

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So I take it that Yoo is the ghost in the typewriter?? Or...something. He says Se Ju has to keep writing so he can live. Is he someone from the past, or is he an invention of Se Ju? (The arguments in the writing room gave me Kang Chul vibes, even though the tone of the show is much more Goblinesque.) There is just something odd about the ghostwriter. The others might be reincarnations, but there's something else odd about this guy.

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I would take it to be so as well, that Yoo is the resident spirit/ghost in the typewriter. Though it strikes me as weird that he keeps telling Se-Joo he has nowhere to go. Go back into the typewriter, Yoo? Hahaha. Though nahh, I would rather see him outside of it. xD

I have this strange feeling that Yoo is the evil spirit that Ajumma was talking about and he is evil because he did something evil when he was alive (I'm thinking maybe cause Soo-Hyeon to kill Hwi-Young and also betray the country or something like that as a spy). I don't think ghost Yoo is necessarily evil anymore, unless maybe he drives Se-Joo mad or something.

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Cute animals everywhere yeah !! I like that Present Jeon Seol is as awesome as Past Jeon Seol. Reading the characters description, she was a writer too. She might have written novels or articles encouraging resistance. About Bang Jin's mom seeing two spirits, maybe she sensed the reincarnation in Han Se Ju's body and Yoo's spirit. But who is the evil one ? Yoo doesn't seem evil but something can happen later. Baek Tae Min

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I laughed so hard at the "If you don't come in 20 minutes, I won't renew my contract." Ji-seok ran for his life!

Wasn't he the same actor that was the Secretary in Goblin? He was hilarious in there too!

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Yes. As a matter of fact, after he ran for life, his female employee said "he's like Goblin" XD

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Ah yes. They were referencing Goblin with that line. Kekeke.

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Jo Woo-jin did a really good job portraying this character. Ji-seok is such a drama queen, but he is relatable and we can still see his more sincere moments with Se-joo.

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I think he's character is an overall good person. He's a businessman but he is also genuinely concerned for Se-joo.

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This is the episode that hooked me!
I'm still confused by Yoo's existence but at least we have two people who can see him (Bang-jin and Se-Joo) and before gummimochi recap i really thought that my ghost theory was gone since I was under the impression that Se-joo's father also saw Yoo under the table, although Yoo's conversation with Se-joo about how he came from the US and fell in love with Seol at first sight (she was the one in charge to deliver the typewriter in the first episode) was indicative that he was in fact a ghost. Also that's why he never expects to be caught? like he's surprised Se-joo can see him (though he didn't act surprised when Bang-jin saw him lol).More importantly, now that we know he's a ghost, we need to know Yoo's reasons for showing up other than fate bringing him back to Korea by Seol, what does he plans to do?. Se-joo feeling jealous was amusing to see, i don't think there any romantic feelings involved yet, he's just being petty and Se-joo doesn't notice yet but he's slowly getting drawn by Seol as he remembers his past life (i hope the drama shows Seol also remembering/getting more vision in regards her past life and Se-joo back then).That final scene was great, it definitely shows Se-joo's pride as a writer and we can see his resentment towards his father for giving his work to Tae-min. I dare to say that Yoo's behavior towards him after what he witeness that might change.
Thanks for the recap!

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I LOVE your avatar! What a fun show. There's been a lot to love this year (to me, anyway)!

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I do think that like you said, it has been strongly suggested that Yoo is the resident typewriter ghost haha. I think that scene with the elder Writer Baek was purposely shot as a way to throw us viewers off? Unless he can see spirits...

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So yeah, my favourite character is our ghostly ghost writer. His smirk is awesome and he delivers his lines great. So intriguing. I just feel a little sorry for Se-joo. The poor guy must think that he is slowly losing his mind. That is such a scary feeling, but oh so hilarious to watch.

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It's nice to know I wasn't the only one confused about Yoo. I also thought Writer Baek saw him under the table. Oh, and can we talk about Baek Tae-min for a minute, he's so smooth. If I didn't like Yoo Ah-in so much, I'd be getting second lead syndrome. Speaking of, Se-joo's face when Seol said he's just as handsome in real life as he was on TV just about killed me. It was so cute.

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Dude was fishing. Hahaha!

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LOL on that face! I was expecting Seol to deny like what other candies did, but she just go for it! Well done, Seol!

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During the scene where they were echoing their '30's selves and running I thought they might kiss and was excited for a kiss so early in the drama but it didn't happen ☹️

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I was already screaming because I thought a kiss would happen. XD

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So, Show, you're gonna be a troll, huh? OK. :-/

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I really love Seol's character. For some reason, I was so deeply moved by her story of why she quit being a vet, and it just made me really really like her. I love how she isn't just smart, but also emotionally thoughtful and mature. She really connects to everyone, animal and person, around her on a deep, emotional level without being overbearing. Considering how many walls Se-joo puts up to protect himself from pain, its funny to see how quickly he is getting used to her and indicative of her effect on people .

I hope she doesn't turn out to be a shooter. Seeing how guilty she feels towards the death of those poor cows (which wasn't even her fault) I don't want to think about how she will react when she finds out.

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Yes, I found that part very moving: "the cows of silence"...

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I agree. Seoul is a darling. And a friend we all need. I can already picture Se Ju falling hard for her and when that happens....be still my heart.

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I thought it was interesting how they referenced Silence of Lambs, but for her it was Silence of the Cattle.

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I worked at a large animal clinic until recently, and could not do what the vets do. Yes, they help so many animals, but they also have to end so many lives, usually after treating them and their owners for years. I know I couldn't do it, and I could picture what Seol went through just starting out. She did well depicting the heartbreak.

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I really hope that when she finds out, she wouldn't miss the "ahhh so that's why I'm like that in this life". It makes me wonder that with her repeated thought that she must have committed a heinous crime in her past life (killed someone, betrayed the country, be a butcher), would she have ever thought about it as something that really happened? Especially with her flashback (of sorts?) whenever she holds a gun.

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The last scene was so badass my heart raced. And the music. Gawd. Is anyone else loving "Satellite" by Saltnpaper?

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If this drama has one thing that has been solid from the beginning, it is the OST so far, I really like "Sattelite".

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This music was all i was listening after watching this drama, a really good song.

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Even if the story going haywire in the 2nd half (GOD NO), I think I'd still stay for the OST.