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Chicago Typewriter: Episode 10

What we’ve learned casts a new light on the events of the past, and it’s finally time for people to start facing their demons. It’s good to know that Seol isn’t alone when the newest chapters of the story contain both blissfully happy and painfully terrifying memories, and that the writer penning the tale is prepared to take each step with her to the very last page.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Hwi-young deepens his kiss with Soo-hyun, and when they’re in the clear, he pulls away. Soo-hyun is still fixated on the idea that he was her masked rescuer, and Hwi-young takes a few beats before replying that he’s sorry to disappoint.

Tucking her hair back in her hat, Soo-hyun returns his pocket watch. He pulls her back to examine her bleeding arm, but she matter-of-factly tells him to ignore it, adding that their kiss wasn’t personal.

Hwi-young returns to Carpe Diem, where Yul reports that “Sapsaree” is fine but suffered an injury. As Soo-hyun sings onstage, Yul says that he plans on settling down with her, and Hwi-young’s face falls. Soo-hyun changes into her disguise following the performance, and she thinks back to her kiss with Hwi-young as she removes her lipstick.

She recalls the club madam warning her that love is not an option for them as freedom fighters because it puts their lives at risk. Hwi-young also recalls the kiss while sucking on a cinnamon stick, explaining to Yul that lighting a cigarette can easily make one into a target.

He then instructs Yul to pretend to be the masked man who saved Soo-hyun’s life all those years ago. While it’s true that Hwi-young was the one behind the mask, he won’t run the risk of Soo-hyun ever finding out that he’s the ringleader of their youth activist group.

Yul argues that Soo-hyun can keep a secret, but Hwi-young believes there’s a difference between withstanding torture when you know the truth, and not being able to talk because you don’t know the answer, and he doesn’t want her to carry that burden. When Soo-hyun joins them, he opts to stick to his playboy act rather than hang out with them.

Soo-hyun chases after him, yelling at him for his love of booze and women, and Hwi-young levels with her: “What are you? What are you to tell someone to give up their hobbies? Are you my wife?”

She gulps and backs away as Hwi-young draws closer to ask if she’s jealous or if she’s taking this personally. He asks if today’s “lesson” stirred any feelings for her, then detects that she’s wearing perfume. He scolds her for trying to act feminine, and she storms out to cry on the stoop.

She’s spooked when Yul speaks to her with his face half-covered. He places a Carpe Diem matchbox in her hand and repeats the same instructions Hwi-young gave her as a young girl.

She brightens and asks if he was her masked rescuer, and Yul confirms it, saying that she’s pretty when she smiles. He takes her on a ride around town on his bicycle and they pass by Hwi-young, who looks on forlornly.

In the present, Se-joo stays up all night to write this installment, and when Jin-oh looks over it in the morning, he asks if this is creative writing or Se-joo’s memories.

Se-joo isn’t entirely sure—he wrote anything that came to his head. Jin-oh remarks that Se-joo’s writing will soon surpass his own memories, which prompts Se-joo to ask who Soo-hyun loved: Hwi-young or Yul?

Yul replies that only Soo-hyun would be able to answer that because they lived in a dangerous time where it was of utmost importance to mask one’s feelings. It seems to him that pursuing love is hard in any generation, noting that people now wish to protect their pride and mask their feelings using the “push-pull” approach.

Se-joo feels like he’s learned an important lesson from Hwi-young’s approach toward love. Reminded that the straightforward approach is best, Se-joo calls to wake Seol, asking her out on an early morning date.

She flies out of bed to meet him at the park, where Se-joo is waiting with a pair of bicycles and says that he just really wanted to ride bikes with her today. She’s reluctant, but when he says they’ll make it a race for original manuscripts of his previous novels, and she grabs a bike and rides off. They’re breathless after a happy and competitive ride, and when she complains that he had the advantage, Se-joo offers to give her the advantage in the next round.

Cut to: an indoor shooting range, where Se-joo declares that the best out of four shots will be the winner. She’s impressed when his first bullet hits the bullseye, calling him a natural: “You’re a total sniper.” And this time it’s Se-joo who asks, “Do you… remember me? We met a very long time ago.”

He fires two more shots and lines up for his final shot, saying they met about eighty years ago. After the last bullet hits outside the bullseye, he turns to her and tells her everything: They were both independence fighters in Gyeongseong (now modern-day Seoul) and she was a sharpshooter.

He admits that he previously didn’t want her to recall her past life, but now he stands firm that whomever it was she shot down as Soo-hyun, it was for the sake of their homeland. That’s a fact she should be proud of, not fear.

He calls her by her codename “Sapsaree” (which also happens to be the breed of dog that Gyeon-woo is) and orders her to take her turn. He looks on with pride as Seol takes four clean shots in the bullseye. He ruffles her hair, and she jokes that it feels like she’s become Gyeon-woo. Afterward, she thanks him for tapping into his own novel as a way to comfort her.

Se-joo says she can think whatever she likes but she mustn’t forget that it’s no coincidence that they met. He instructs her to read the next installment tomorrow because it’s a story that’s about the both of them. He warns that reading the next installment could bring up more memories, but she must tell him everything instead of suffering in silence.

She agrees, then bristles when he tries ruffling her hair again. He promises to give her an original manuscript and first edition of his books for winning their bicycle race, and then gently takes her hand in his. Cute.

Elsewhere, Seol’s mother drops her things when she learns that the novel Chicago Typewriter is extremely popular nowadays, and rushes to read it. Back at the house, Jin-oh marvels at the endless stream of praise from Se-joo’s readers while Se-joo drinks it in, saying that the internet always breaks whenever his writing is published.

He dismisses the readers who are rooting for Yul and Soo-hyun to get together, and Jin-oh says he’ll be in charge of that storyline. At Se-joo’s skepticism that Soo-hyun would fall for him, Jin-oh says they’ll need to ask Soo-hyun/Seol herself, and then it occurs to him that this tale requires all three of their perspectives to be complete.

At the animal hospital, Seol reads the latest installment, realizing that the stories are exactly like her memories. She knows what happened the night of her first mission and how Soo-hyun felt that night. Thinking back to Se-joo’s explanation that they met in their past lives, she realizes that he and Hwi-young share the same face.

She’s spooked when Se-joo shows up just then with his first editions in hand. She nods in confirmation that she’s read the latest installment, and he asks if it brought back any new memories. Noticing her face flush bright pink, he chuckles, knowing exactly which memory sprung to mind.

He follows her out when she tries to get some fresh air, pleased that she didn’t think of anything unpleasant. She can’t bring herself to look at him, to which he threatens to do something “for the sake of their homeland.” Do it, do it!

He swoops in like he might kiss her, and when she gets shy, he smiles to know that his theory has been confirmed. She agrees to have dinner together tonight, unaware that Mom is watching them from across the street, looking terrified at the sight of Seol and Se-joo together.

The publication team celebrates the success of the book at the restaurant where Bang-jin works. Wondering why Tae-min’s mother has it out for Se-joo, they toss around the theory that Se-joo is Writer Baek’s illegitimate child. Ji-seok slams his spoon down to put a stop to their gossip.

Ji-seok is soon called back to his office by Writer Baek, who asks that Fate doesn’t go through its fifth printing because he feels Tae-min is too reliant on the book’s success and that it’s preventing him from writing something new.

Ji-seok promises to follow up with Tae-min, then carefully asks if something happened to Se-joo while he lived under Writer Baek’s roof because it appears his wife is trying to sabotage Se-joo.

Writer Baek immediately confronts his wife about it, but she refuses to stop until Se-joo is ruined and her husband agonizes over his downfall. Writer Baek counters that he and Tae-min are the ones who should be begging for forgiveness for what they did to Se-joo ten years ago. And then it dawns on her that her son stole Se-joo’s work.

A female student hangs back following Tae-min’s lecture to ask him to sign a first-edition of Fate. He freezes when she asks how it feels to sign a book he didn’t write, explaining that her brother — a Se-joo fanboy — told her the truth. Tae-min glowers and demands to know who she is, but she doesn’t answer.

Se-joo finds Jin-oh straining himself to practice bodily possession and wondering why there’s no book on this subject. He tells Jin-oh to write one himself, then heads out for his dinner date with Seol.

Jin-oh shows up in his car, though, and reminds him of the clause in their contract stating that they’ll always stick together. He’s determined to make himself visible to people soon, and sits next to Seol at dinner while she tests Se-joo’s knowledge about their past lives.

Knowing the name of the club isn’t enough, since that appears in the novel, but in unison they name the song she sang on stage, and she finally believes him. He tells her that he began remembering bits of his past life when he saw the antique typewriter in Chicago, which Seol then delivered to his home.

Jin-oh smiles as Se-joo explains that the typewriter and the gold pocket watch belonged to him when he was Hwi-young. Seol marvels at all these connections, then asks about the other man in their group — a tall, handsome man named Shin Yul.

Jin-oh looks to be on the brink of tears watching Seol explain that Yul was the first face from her past life she saw clearly, though she only recently learned his name thanks to the novel. “She remembered me first,” Jin-oh states.

She remembers how kind Yul was when he taught her how to shoot, and wonders if he’s also been reincarnated. The moment is interrupted by a bitter Dae-han, who adds that Bang-jin is on her way.

Jin-oh starts to panic since Bang-jin is the only other person who can see him. He tells Se-joo (who’s on his phone to avoid looking crazy) that he can’t disappear because he’s spent too much time away from the typewriter.

Se-joo orders Jin-oh to leave, though Dae-han mistakenly thinks that those words are directed at him. So Dae-han sends Seol on an errand so he can have a minute alone with Se-joo.

Meanwhile, Jin-oh fails in his attempt to disappear, so he’s forced to engage in conversation with Bang-jin outside the restaurant. He accidentally calls her by name, and when she wonders how he knows that, he awkwardly replies that Seol told him. She prevents him from vanishing like a ghost, asking for any kind of identifiable information on him, like a full name.

He asks her to loosen her death grip on him, and when she does, he gives her his pseudonym, Yoo Jin-oh. As she lingers on the name, Jin-oh makes his escape.

Inside, Dae-han has a stare-down with Se-joo and loses. Ha. He claims to have known Seol, his “signorina,” for much longer than Se-joo has, to which Se-joo counters that he’s known Seol for about eighty years.

So when Seol returns, Se-joo pointedly calls her “Sapsaree” and leads her away. He drops her off at home, and when she pouts from his simple goodbye, he pulls her back to embrace her. He reminds her to tell him if she remembers anything else from their past and leaves.

Bang-jin happens to catch the tail end of that exchange and congratulates her friend on her new relationship. Little do they know that Bang-jin’s mother is hollering at Seol’s mom inside, astounded at her gall to show up after leaving her daughter twenty years ago.

Mom claims to have something urgent to tell her daughter, but Bang-jin’s mother screams at her to leave before Seol arrives. But that’s when the girls enter, and Mom turns to face her daughter.

Seol and her mother sit together in the bedroom, albeit with some physical distance. Seol wonders why Mom has sought her out now after so many years have passed, barely able to keep her bitter resentment from spilling over.

She thought perhaps her mother would show up at her father’s funeral, that Mom would take her in again because they were all each other had. She’d resolved to resist once before following her, but Mom never came for her.

Mom sheds tears of apology, but it’s too little too late and Seol asks her mother to leave. “Do you still see events of your past life?” Mom ventures. She remembers how much it pained Seol to speak about how she took someone’s life.

Seol can’t believe her ears when she’s asked if she remembers anything else, asking if Mom intends to be a part of her life again if she’s free of those memories. “No,” Mom answers, “I’m here to tell you the real reason why I left… I also have memories of my past life.”

She explains that she left because she was afraid that their ill fate they share in their previous lives would spill over to the present, and that Seol would remember more horrific memories she shouldn’t.

Seol demands to know what that was, and when Mom’s eyes fall on a photo of Se-joo, she warns her daughter from getting involved with him. Mom can’t say why and warns her daughter from letting history repeat itself and tells her to forget everything about her past life.

Se-joo and Jin-oh return home, where Jin-oh laments at being unable to become visible to Seol. Evidently, his ghostly powers are tied to the typewriter. But Jin-oh finds hope in Seol remembering his face from her past life. The doorbell rings just then, and Jin-oh comments that the doorbell is always followed by something unpleasant.

It’s Tae-min, who drunkenly stumbles over to Se-joo for a hug. After Se-joo pushes him away, Tae-min falls to his knees asking for the rough draft of Fate. He knows he can’t find success again if he has to start all over and can’t bear to face public scrutiny. Cry me a damn river, you creepy plagiarizing pet abuser.

But Se-joo agrees just as Tae-min passes out. After tucking him in, Se-joo heads back downstairs where Jin-oh sternly warns him against trusting Tae-min. He confirms that he recognizes Tae-min from the ’30s and knew him to be a duplicitous person then, but he waited to say anything because it was possible that Tae-min could’ve been a decent man in this life.

There were two people Jin-oh wanted to meet in order to figure out how he died. Tae-min was one of them… and the other was the club madam at Carpe Diem—Sophia, aka Seol’s mom.

Speaking of whom, Mom wakes later that night and sheds tears watching her daughter sleep. She apologizes to Seol, unaware that her daughter is awake, and slips out. But Seol follows and calls out to her, vowing to herself to never see her mother again if she leaves without a word.

Tears fall from her eyes as Seol asserts that she doesn’t believe anything Mom has told her. Unlike her mother, she won’t leave the people she loves because of something that happened in a past life.

“I’m not at all scared. I’m not at all afraid. Because I’m not alone; we’ll overcome it together. What I really can’t forgive is how you didn’t have the slightest desire to overcome the past with me. Look at you now, you’re trying so hard to run away,” Seol continues.

She believes that destiny can change and vows never to live like her mother did, and heads inside.

Se-joo sits in his bedroom the following morning, thinking back to his conversation with Jin-oh, who didn’t remember much about Tae-min and Madam Sophia apart from their faces and names. He was certain that they were key figures in solving the mystery of his death.

He gets a call from Seol asking him to meet up, and Tae-min wakes in time to overhear Se-joo leaving the house. Sneaking into Se-joo’s office, Tae-min immediately starts searching for the Fate manuscript, to no avail.

He has no idea that Jin-oh is standing in the corner, glaring at him. He finds the pages in a drawer and laughs. Jin-oh remarks, “Still living like a rat, I see, Heo Young-min.”

And then Tae-min turns to him, asking, “Who are you?” Oh shit, he can see him!

Jin-oh is just as surprised, thinking, You can see me?

Seol is at the indoor shooting range, thinking of her mother’s warnings as she fires her gun. She gets glimpses into her past, and one memory sticks in her head: the one where she bursts into the room as Soo-hyun, her gun trained on the back of a man’s head.

And this time, the head turns slowly to reveal… Hwi-young. A shot rings out. Seol lets go of her gun and crumples to the floor, clutching her chest.

This is how Se-joo finds her, and he asks if she’s okay. Her mother’s warning about bad fates still ringing in her ears, Seol begins to cry.

 
COMMENTS

Arrrrrrgh, Mom! How dare you show up after ghosting on Seol for years and show up just to warn her not to let history repeat itself! We’re not told exactly when Mom started seeing glimpses into her own past life, I can’t believe that it was this fear that led to her decision in putting distance between them. Look Mom, if you really thought it prudent for your daughter to stay away from certain people in her life, then you really could’ve done a better job at well, I don’t know, staying to protect her.

What annoys me more is how her words got into Seol’s head because even if she was a terrible mother, she is still Seol’s mother. Thinking back now, we were clued in pretty soon after Mom’s first appearance as Madam Sophia, when Bang-jin’s mother mentioned that one’s enemies from a past life are born as their children (which then leads to the question: What kind of grave crime did Writer Baek commit that he’d get Tae-min as a son?). Seol was well on her way to overcoming the trauma of her past life—with Se-joo at that—and now everything in her world is spiraling around her because she also saw Hwi-young’s face in that last flashback. But until we see a bullet in a man’s head, I refuse to believe that the fragmented memories are the whole truth.

I thought we’d seen nearly all there was to the past in Episode 9, almost having forgotten that there was still the overarching mystery of Jin-oh’s death and that Soo-hyun had shot someone dead. I’m not surprised Tae-min is another reincarnated soul—one with a villainous past, at that—since he didn’t offer much to the story past his inferiority complex. But what scares me now is that he’s the third person in this dramaverse who can see Jin-oh—is it pure coincidence that this ability came to fruition after he got his hands on Fate? It was fair of Jin-oh to try and give Tae-min’s reincarnated soul the benefit of the doubt, but what will happen if he becomes visible to more people? Tae-min’s crazy mother has nothing on him when it comes to violent tendencies, and I honestly fear that it’s only a matter of time before Tae-min also starts remembering things from his past life and goes after Jin-oh. Stay away from our ghost!

Even in Seol’s darkest moments now, I’m still so proud of her for reaching out to Se-joo and keeping her word to rely on him when things get tough. Ever since Se-joo realized his own feelings for Seol, he has taken it upon himself to take the lead. I loved that he felt it was important to be honest with Seol and encourage her to own her fear. He didn’t push her to remember more than she already did, instead offering to be with her whenever her next memory would come to mind. That kind of support is admirable, and so nice after watching Seol be his constant cheerleader during his writer’s block. It appears that Seol’s fear of shooting a gun is one of the biggest roadblocks in letting history repeat itself, but that doesn’t mean that things won’t come dangerously close as they unlock the past. But you know what? Screw the goddamn consequences, I’m sticking to my guns that Sapsaree can change the future.

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*dies* All the feels inside of me right now I can't deal!

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Okay I finally have a chance t give my thoughts. Okay can I just say... How in the world can he see him!?!? Like even Seol hasn't been able to see our Ghost Writer yet and how did this demon sent animal abuser see him before her!?!?

I kinda wish Seol got to see him before the abuser did but am interested to see how this will all pan out... Especially because this must mean that the abuser (will not say his name.) has seen glimpses of his past or is aware of something? I dunno because I personally didn't see any clues that showed he knew of his past life.... Unless I missed a bit?

But omg the mom. I am totally with gummi with how disappointed I am with the mother. I honestly dont know why she expected Soel to just accept and listen to what she had to say. Especially after she ABANDONED her!! I wanna know more about what the mother knows but I bet it isn't going to explain why she left.

I am interested though to know who Jin Oh will possess (I et I spelt that wrong) when he possesses (Yep I did) someone for the first time. Personally I don't think it is morally right so I have really conflicted feelings of both excitement and dread about what will happen.

I am sure I am not the only one who thinks this but there is this nagging feeling in the back of my head that Jin Oh is not completely what Se Joo and us (the viewers) think he is... There is something dark and mysterious about him, probably because of how "perfect" he is.

But keen for the next episode! I am ready for the show to throw everything at me!

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Part of me is hoping Jin-oh won't actually possess someone just so Seol could see him. Instead, I hope she can see him in his ghost form the way Taemin just did. 😊

Agree with you about Seol's mom. I don't think the twisted and dark fate that was their past lives could ever justify her actions in the present life. Ugh. 😑

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Same. I honestly hope the same thing tbh. I am happy with the cute adorable ghosty relationship and it isn't right for him to hang around as a ghost. I can just see the longer he stays on earth the darker and more corrupt he could become

... yep.

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I have a feeling that Bang-Jin would be a key or at least she could help Jin-Oh.......
(since she can see him and the fact that she's a Shaman's daughter)
Im just not sure how.. 🤔

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I hope so too that Bang-jin will somehow go badass in the next episodes and be of help to the three comrades. 🙏

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I am actually hoping for that as well~ I am sure her role is going to be bigger than just the best friend

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I am actually hoping for that as well~ I am sure her role is going to be bigger than just the best friend (Well I hope anyway)

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nooooo. I don't mind if the past shows that Yul was momentarily misled and did a grave mistake on Hwi-young/Soo-hyun, but I wouldn't want Yul to have turned out shady.

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I am not saying I want him to be shady either... But there is just something off about his character I personally feel...

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For some stupid reason I'd dropped this drama after the fourth episode....and boy, am I not overly joyous that I picked it up again. So many feels after marathoning 6 episodes....I just can't...I feel so so sad for Jin Oh..when will Seol see him?
I had thought of so much more to write but cant we just have all episode NOW!?

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It also didn't grip me in the first two episodes but I'm glad I continued to watch it. 😊

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I almost drop it at 5. But I'm still here, hook, line and sinker.

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All right! We're all in this together. 😁

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*nods head in agreement* dont worry I had the same feeling at around episode 3/4 But it has really picked up since then

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Thank you Seol for giving us all fangirls hope! 😂 My heart breaks every time for Yoo Jin Oh but I can't help but squee, a lot, for all these Se Ju and Seol developments!!! 😍😍😍

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The writers kind of threw Yoo a bone, letting Seol remember his face first, but our cute ghost doesn't stand a chance against See-joo, who decided to go all out in pursuing Seol.

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Such a pleasant surprise that Se Ju went all in with love 😍 I did not see that coming!

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lol @ "threw Yoo a bone" 😄

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Kinda cruel in a way I guesss.... But it is better for him to get that much at least.. right...?

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Me thinks Tae Min was able to see Jin Oh because Jin Oh called him by his name in his past life.

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Yes - Tea Min clearly didn't see him until then, but Jin Oh saying his name was like ringing a bell. And once he'd heard someone's voice, he actually looked for a person... and there Jin Oh was.

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There are so many new revelations in this episode that I’m still reeling from them all. Hwi-young has sacrificed not only his youth for the liberation of his country, but it also extends to his choice to not love. He used his bad boy pretence to actively push Soo-hyun away and even used Yul as his cover. I feel for Soo-hyun after being hurt by Hwi-young’s harsh words, and I’m glad that Yul was there to cheer her up. Nevertheless, I can also empathize with Hwi-young’s motive and my heart breaks on his behalf knowing that Soo-hyun could kill him possibly before knowing that he was her saviour, and that he loved her back.

I also love the trio’s interaction in the restaurant, with Seol revealing that she remembers how kind and considerate Shin Yul was to Soo-hyun. It’s exactly what Jin-oh needs to hear; and the perfect thing to soothe his feathers after Se-ju unilaterally and dramatically reduced his screen (page?) time and down-played his love line in the novel, LOL I love how petty these two are (who’s keeping score?) Plus Jin-oh’s bewildered expression was so cute when Dae-han introduced his dish and interrupted his moment with Seol.

So 2017’s resident rat Baek Tae-min is really 1930’s resident rat Heo Young-min. Good to know, and points for consistency. If he so much as plays a hand in Yul the giant puppy’s death, I’ll report him to the RSPCA for two charges of unforgivable crimes against puppy and kitten, in the past and present respectively. All jokes aside, I’m glad that this episode reveals there were more evil players in the 1930s, and that the tragic outcome couldn’t have been attributed to the fault of one party. That’s my wishful thinking still refusing to believe that the sweet Shin Yul would simply betray his comrades and go as far as causing the death of his best friend. Please let me dream, like Bang-jin’s love for her Mr. Yoo.

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HwiYoung pushing SooHyun away is probably the only time noble idiocy made complete sense. He isn't even doing it for her, because capture means death or imprisonment anyway. He's doing it for the country.

At first I did think that Yul may have been the betrayer and that's why he was stuck in the typewriter. But the more I get to know his character, the less I can believe he'd be a traitor.

If only he wasn't a ghost... if he was like the soul in "Who are you?" and he just finds his comatose body somewhere in Chicago, gets back into it, and then falls in love with the girl who sees ghosts, that would just make my day. The three of them need to be together in this life time - I think they deserve that much, for all they sacrificed for their country.

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Yes, this is noble idiocy that sits on patriotic shoulders. That's why I feel extra giddy when Seju decided to love honestly and wholeheartedly in the present. 💞

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Carpe Diem! This is the repeated theme of this drama from episode 1. :)

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Ahh @ennui-young now you mentioned the theme again, it reminds me of Se Joo & Seol who are going by that mantra in the present, but not the mum (and perhaps, Tae Min). Mom clearly got stuck in the past, and wanted to drag Seol along with her - instead of seize the day and live in the present. Nice catch on that.

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And I'm glad that Seol doesn't let her mom's words taking her back. I hope she really tries to move forward. Her effort to face the fear by trying to see the whole past picture is truly a breakthrough. It's all thanks to Se Joo.

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I don't believe Yul is or can be the betrayer too. So I'm really curious now of why Yul is not being reincarnated like his friends did? Why did he become a ghost? What did he do to deserve being a ghost?

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Yul being tied to the typewriter as a ghost, I guess it means that either he was killed while writing or that he was responsible for Hwi Young's death, it's difficult to tell,...but I'm dying of curiosity here :)

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I though the same thing!!! that poor yul is somewere in coma and that he will wake up to fall in love with soohyuon friend!!!

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I wonder if some tragic circumstance led Hwi-Young to order his own death? That's the only reason where I can imagine Soo Hyun shooting him. She must have gotten the order somewhere and I really can't see Yul turning on Hwi-Young.

I also love how Se joo reduced Yul's screentime in the published novel! (point Se Joo) And YET! there are still a bunch of Yul x Soo Hyun shippers (point goes to Jin-Oh).

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I love how the fans are true to nature: they have a bad case of SLS. Lol 😂

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After reading your words, I half wonder if maybe Hwi-Young orchestrated it himself? Like maybe the whole organisation is in jeopardy because of a traitor, and he'd rather take that fall because Yul, having been the 'front' of leadership to the rest of the group, is in a better position to keep their mission going?

Or maybe that was the only way for him to mis-lead a mole? Argh.

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It is possible. Hwi-young has always put patriotism over personal agenda. His a real hero in that aspect, willing to lay his life for the liberation of his country.

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Haha. To be fair, SJ won't be able to know anything that transpired privately between Yoo and Seol unless he witnessed it himself. So he did have a reason for the reduction in Yoo's screen time in the novel. However, the pettiness is cute.

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Sj is not writing the novel alone. They mentioned it in the episode. Ghost writes all Yul and Sapseri scenes.. SJ incorporates them

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I'm also wondering Who was the lady who knows the secret about Se-Ju and Tae-Min's secret "FATE"... hhmm..

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No wonder Se Ju is sucj a successful writer. He saved his country in his past life! 😂

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Love it when Yoo Ah-in does that smile.

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It kind of cracks me up. It's like a hamster's. :3

I do that on purpose from time to time too and my sister smacks me cos she can't... 😒

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OMG he does kind of look like a hamster. But his smile is too adorable, I don't even care. I long for the day someone will smile at me like that... <3

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When he smiles you can see the word LOVE written all over his face ha.

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And when he's teasing her about the kiss😘 omo. His eyes, his smile. I died. 😂

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His smile is SO contagious! It's from ear to ear smile!

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I wonder if Jin Oh realises that Se Ju is falling for Seol, and if he does, why isn't he stopping Se Ju? Surely keeping her away from Tae Min doesn't involve early morning dates? :p

This is why I am firmly of the belief that Jin Oh is playing cupid. Hwi Young and Soo Hyun couldn't be together in the past, so it's his job now to unite them - before he can finally go to the afterlife.

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I feel so bad for him. He was in a one sided love in the past, and it definitely is the same in the present. But I love how unselfish his love is... that he would be okay seeing his two friends fall in love again.

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He truly loves them both if he's willing to help them be together in this lifetime. That is true love, being selfless and caring for your friends to that extent. I love him to pieces.

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This makes me wonder if he betrayed his two comrades in the past that by the time he realized what he did, it was too late. So far, what we know is that past Seol had no idea that past Seju was their leader. Yul could've used that leverage against them somehow. I hope not.

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I hope not, either... My poor heart, if that turns out to be true!

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Agree. But it still saddens me how tragic Jin Oh character is. Everytime he says "I saw her first", "She remembered me first", it feels so heartbreaking, as if he's trying to justify himself that there are things that he 'wins' first place (from Se Joo) with regards to Seol. That he's convincing himself that he deserved her love, and he is someone special (the 'first') in Seol's heart.

Argh! This love that could never be is heartbreakingly sad *hide in the corner and cries*

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He's such a puppy. I was so moved for him at the restaurant when Seol talked about remembering him first.

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Agree. And what makes it more heartbreaking is that he's not being antagonistic about it. It feels to me more like he has already accepted his fate when it comes to matters of the heart. 😭

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Yes, he says it without any bitterness. That's why I love him. I'm glad that it was his face that Seol remembered clearly first. So even if she was in love with HwiYoung, we know that Shin Yul held an equally important place in her heart.

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I think Yoo does realize SJ is falling for Seol, and has known it since the last episode. That's why he is trying so hard to find ways for Seol to see him so that he has a chance at her heart as well.

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Despite the boys' pettiness over each other, I'm bound to think that they have one mature relationship. I have no doubt that Yoo realised Se Joo likes Seol, and the best part is both of them have mutual respect towards each other. And Se Joo & Seol are also grounded on a very subdued, natural relationship progress. It's very clear they like each other, and they actually act on it! - without the willy nilly denials that we usually have in dramaland. It's kinda refreshing to have this kind of maturity when it comes to romance.

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Wow, ok. So he can see Jin Oh now? Is it because he said Tae Min's past name? That was my first thought. Did he say Se joo's past name in front of him, thus enabling Se Ju to see him? Does that mean he could get Seol to see him if he said her past name? In front of her? Lol...it's probably not even close to the truth...but that could explain why Tae Min could suddenly see Jin Oh.

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I like this theory. Names are powerful things when it comes to the supernatural.

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@Zette Thanks. Lol. Yea they are, especially when it's a name with a lot of meaning. That's why I thought the past names hold some meaning and that saying it out loud would awaken some sense (maybe the 6th sense...lol) that enables a person to see ghosts.

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gosh I love this theory! Like @zetteceniza said names are generally something that hold a lot of power when dealing with the supernatural. I kinda hope your theory is right though XD I would love to see this~

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@etrenell Thanks! Yea, I wish it is too. Because if it's as simple as saying one's past name in front of them, then I can't wait for Jin Oh to try it in front of Seol!! I want her to see him already!! To remember the good ol' days when it was just the three of them.

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Wow. That's quite a good theory.

Initially I thought Tae-Min simply didn't notice Yul in the room, but after re-watching it was very clear that Yul couldn't have missed seeing Tae-Min until after Yul spoke up. So the name is probably what changed their "bond".

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Thanks!
Yes, that's what I thought. So now I'm thinking how did Se Ju see Yul? I don't remember Yul calling Se Ju by his past name when Se Ju first saw him...
So I'm kinda thinking there's more to seeing ghosts than just the calling of someone's past name.

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I think Se Ju has the ability to see ghosts anyway! Like the scene with the psychiatrist..

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Hmm..so do you think he's a bit like Bang-jin?

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Yoo didn't mention BJ's past name, but BJ could see him anyway.

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I think it's because Bang-jin has always had the ability to see ghosts. In this case, Yoo doesn't have to do anything or call her by name.

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Yea, exactly. Even if she didn't have a past life (and if this is her first life), she can still see ghosts because of her ability

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Exactly my thoughts! He did realize it too, so now he'll be able to show himself to her.
Well played.

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My friend and I actually have the same theory. Lol.
We were thinking that we should write a blog post about it for Yoo Jin Oh to find in the next episode. Haha

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I was screaming like crazy at the end of the episode! How does Tae Min able to see Yoo while not Seol? Is it because he somehow accidentally touch the typewriter?? I feel scared for Yoo's source of energy (typewriter) because of Tae Min now. What will he do if he ever remember the past???

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oooo this is a really interesting idea—the power being connected to touching the typewriter.

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So, here is a wild imagination : The girl who knows Fate isnt Tae Min is Seju's stalker's brother, to avengeher brother, she and Tae Min will plot to harm Seju. Just like in the past where past Tae Min is using Seol to shoot Seju, and Carpe Diem's madam who encourage it to happen. But the madam would probably redeem herself in the present since Seol is her daughter afterall.

I am just scared that Yoo might be die (I know he is a ghost, but can a ghost be exorcised and be dying twice thus has no chance of reincarnation??). I hope not, I pray to Drama Gods to give Yoo a happy ending -reincarnation thus he can also life in the present just like what he wants, he can be reincarnated and born as a webtoon writer assistant who has Park Shin Ye as his neighbour! Would be awesome if we can have Kim Seul Gi cameo.

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I'm really scared for Jin Oh. I know he's dead, but they've mentioned he is weakened when he is away from the typewriter and it seems like people who can see him can touch him and hurt him (like how Bang Jin was grabbing onto him so hard). Tae Min is a nasty piece of work. I'm also worried about that student who called him out on his plagiarism. I wish we can check in on her to make sure she is still alive. And why haven't we seen Baek Seol lately? :(

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But Jeon Seol also touched the typewriter before.

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Nah, Seol touched the typewriter too, if I remember correctly, but she still couldn't see Yoo. It does feel suspicious that Yoo brings up the fact that his power diminishes when he is far away from the typewriter. I wonder if someone is going to lure him away from the typewriter and vanquish him.

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regarding the fact that he loses his power when he's away from the typewriter--i wish they had established that earlier on. it felt a little bit like an "add-on" for the plot...which, as you said, makes me worry he'll be lured away and harmed.

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My thought exactly. It was established all of sudden. When they toured around Seoul, he didn't seem to lose his power and didn't complain about it.

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So glad I caught up with this one. YAI is something alright. Isn't he going to military service soon tho??

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It's the kdrama curse. The moment you discover a hero, or find that one drama that makes you love a guy, the next thing you know he's in the army.

But the reward for the two year wait is "Abs" -- a sixpack of them.

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Learning about this curse now, what with Yoo Ah In and Ji Chang Wook enlisting this year. Good thing I haven't watched their previous dramas so I can catch up while they're away!

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He's been due for army for a while. But he has some health issues- so the army has been delaying his enlistment to reassess him. It's honestly a bit complicated and there is some controversy surrounding this sadly, with some (crazy) netizens accusing him of wanting to get out of enlistment. The knetz are notoriously prejudiced against stars who don't do full service.

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Forgive me for having lesser knowledge about a country, but I have been curious and confused about the army enlistment regulation of S. Korea, being someone from another country. Does every man have to enlist to the army once or it is specified to particular people like celebrities? It is very difficult to know cultures from the dramas and movies.

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I'm not an expert but this is what I know-
In South Korea it is compulsory for all males to do mandatory military or national service, whether it be in the army, navy or air force. Unless they have medical reasons for being unfit physically (or mentally), then they can do non active duty (public service officer)

The timing at which they they enter isn't compulsory, as long as they enter before the age of 30 I think. Which is why some stars are "due" for enlistment- they've hit the age when they can't delay it much longer.

So anyway all of them need to go through a medical assessment to ensure they are fit to do active duty. Nowadays there is a lot of negative public sentiment against actors who don't do active duty, regardless of whether their conditions are valid or not, because some previously have been caught trying to fake illness to dodge service. South Koreans take their national service very very seriously. YAI has some medical conditions but I think he is trying for full active duty so maybe that's why the army is delaying his enlistment to reassess him.
Hope this clarifies things a bit! 😊

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Wow! that is a very interesting law! Well its good to be fit I guess and we get to the 'abs'. Hehehe.......
Wait! does that mean all the men in S.Korea have 'abs' like the celebrities? OMG! The girls very lucky. :) :)

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If only 3 people know that Fate was originally written by Se Joo (Se Joo, Tae Min and Writer Baek), how on earth would a girl and her brother would know about it too? If there's one person who would have the hunch about the plagiarism, it would be Seol, being Se Joo's hardcore fan and read Fate too.

Could it be that the girl approaching Tae Min is a ghost too? Or perhaps his subconscious guilt that comes to surface?

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I actually thought that Yoo was possessing the girl at that time. But I'm glad to know that someone else knows that he really did not write it. I'm a bit annoyed and surprised that SJ would just give the first draft to him willingly, after all the attitude he gave him

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I was a bit peeved by that too... like, "come on! His mother is trying to ruin you, don't you need some leverage?"

But I think it speaks to HSJ's character. He's just not the kind of person to take back what was given.

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I'm kinda fine with it LOL. I feel like Se Joo is finally coming to terms to why he writes in the first place. He's no longer the revengeful Se Joo who needs constant reminders of the backstabbing done by the Baeks. He's now Se Joo, who writes because he wants to write, and he's established himself enough that he no longer cares about the Fate issue. I'm just annoyed at the ungrateful rat Tae-Min, who didn't really learn his lesson. Se Joo was clearly willing to let go, but he had to sneak into the writing room and steal the manuscript.

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This. If this was still the old Se Joo- the prickly annoying arrogant SJ that we knew in earlier episode, he wouldn't have let the case slip. But he's not that SJ anymore after he met Seol and Yoo. Tae Min stealing his manuscript doesn't matter anymore to him. Now he's just focusing on writing and why he writes in the first place. And carpe diem!

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I'm thinking that maybe its someone from the past. Someone who remembers maybe? Because she asks, "who could I be...?" or at least, that's what I think she asked, without subs to make it clear.

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Yes, I'm still reluctant to jump into the idea that she's a ghost without knowing more plots about her.

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Could she be Seju's stalker's sister? It hit me right away when she said "she knows everything about Seju". I am very scared that these two would plot to harm Seju together since the girl most likely thinks Seju as the reason her brother died.

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Ooohhh, I completely forgot about the stalker! Yes, she could be the stalker's sister too!

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Omo. Wasn't she the one who revealed to the media some info that only Seju and the stalker knew? Omo. 😱

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I just thought maybe the brother was a superfan and/or academic who knows Se Joo's work so well that he can see specific markers of Se Joo's style in Tae Min's work. He can probably tell that Fate is closer to Se Joo's style than to Tae Min's post-Fate style.

And with all the rumors about Se Joo being the illegitimate half brother, maybe it was an educated guess?

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Even if Fate is more stylistically SJ's work as compared to TM's, it is still very difficult to prove that that isn't TM's work. Unless the girl has definite proof that TM has plagiarized SJ... I wonder what she has up her sleeve for confronting TM with the truth.

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The plot thickens! And I'm loving it!

I love how the writer really is interweaving the past lives with the present now and all the little quirks that stayed consistent from past to present- e.g. the Cinnamon stick "smoking" that Hwi Young/Se Joo did/does do. I'm wondering whether really all our main characters are going to recall their past and I wonder what kind of show-down that is going to lead to.

Will Tae Min recall his past? Also, he is truly fated to be a villain just because of who he was previously? Certainly he current life choices don't seem to have been influenced by him knowing his past life, and he chose to be a pathetic plagiarizing pet abuser. So no sympathy for him? I wonder if there is any redemption for him in the end.

Yoo Ah In's smouldering in all the scenes is off the charts. I can understand why Soo Hyun was so flustered and Seol is so giddy in love because damn, 1930s hair or not, the boy is amazing and making me want to melt into a puddle of goo.

Can it quickly be Friday already? I really really cannot wait. Till then, I'm going to be listening to the OST on repeat. I can honestly say, this is my favourite drama OST to date, and I will be getting it when the show is all over, as long as the show doesn't break my heart.

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Oh god, yes! The OST is daebak! the feels!

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Agree with you on that smouldering! And when Hwi Young asked Seol twice if she wanted a recap of the whole kiss - even though it was mockingly- I wanted to scream yes!

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Yes, please, for the sake of their homeland!

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"Yoo Ah In's smouldering in all the scenes is off the charts." Ooh yeah! I used to say in every episode: "Yoo Ah In in his 1930s style is so damn gorgeous", but now I'd like to say "Yoo Ah In as Hwi Young and Se Joo is damn hot in their own way!"

Love all the OST <3

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I don't think TM is fated to be a villain. He has no memories of his past life, and he can make his own choices. He is relatively successful now, so he is afraid if he falls, he will be left with nothing. Coupled with the fact that he knows he is not talented at writing.. double whammy! That's why he can't bring himself to admit to the plagiarism despite being given a chance to rectify his mistake.

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I'm torn about him.
Everyone (ok, alot of people) hate him because of what he did to Kitty. Which is terrible, yes, but doesn't automatically make him Evil to me at least. (And before the animal rights people come rushing at me with a pitchfork, I don't condone his actions at all, but objectively speaking, he did bring Kitty to the vet after that and it doesnt seem like he took any joy out of the abuse, he just went crazy. It doesnt justify his actions but again, I don't think he deserves to be labelled 100% evil either).
I feel a bit for him because well, clearly his mom is a nut job and his dad was really harsh on him. So don't think he had that much love and support growing up. Plus I can imagine what it must be like to want what someone else had so damn much (Se Joo's writing ability), but never be able to get it.

That being said, I hate hate HATE the fact that he stole Se Joo's work. And yet instead of feeling guilty, he pretends to try and smile at Se Joo and be nice to him. That's such a slap in the face to Se Joo. At least be a tiny bit contrite about the whole matter!

So yeah, I really don't know what to feel about him.... I hate him certainly but at the same time, when he drowns his sorrows with Seol sometimes I wish someone would help him up from the pit he has dug himself into. Just not Seol. Because she is Se Joo's. XD

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Indeed, I am curious how the Show would deal with him. In many of the dramas I've watched so far, the writers had a tendency to let this character spiral down to the deepest psychotic abyss. I hope he will get treated and I hope he will have the spine to move out of his toxic home.

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You read my mind. Every time I watch Tae Min drown in his sorrow, I felt a pang of pity towards him, when I know I shouldn't. He can look really desperate and pathetic sometimes. But then whenever that happened, I'm reminded of what he did to the cat, and I just can't help telling myself that I shouldn't sympathise with this psychotic pet abuser. He's gone to that creepy place of no return and that's supposed to be it.

Honestly I partly think Kwak Shi Yang's portrayal of Tae Min is the reason why I can get wishy washy about how I feel about him.

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So much cuteness in this episode! I cannot seem to get over how many times Se Joo has smiled in this episode alone. And is it too much to ask for another kiss in the present??

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YES WE NEED A KISS IN THE PRESENT TOO

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and in the library, please. Thankyouverymuch.

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With books tumbling out of the bookshelf as SJ pushes her against it (or vice versa)

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Sounds like that scene in Atonement 🔥

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While Seol is orally reading one of Seju's books, pls. 😂😍

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Holly guacamoleeee I can't unsee it!

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Or SJ reading it with his smexy voice. Lol Omo it's getting hot in here. 😳😝😚

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He literally lit up when she called him toward the end of the episode, he just LIT UP and smiled and seemed so pleased. GAH.

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I'm loving this drama so much . I hope we get more pieces of that memory , because I'm sure something is missing. The chemistry between Seol and Se Ju is soo...awww. That kiss scene was so good.

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"Cry me a damn river, you creepy plagiarizing pet abuser." Preach!

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I spent the first half of the episode livid at Hwi-young. I expected him to push her away, sine we'd already seen that they were bickering and distant when Yul asked him to treat her infected wound. But damn, can't you let a girl down easier than that? He went for every single insecurity she has about her appearance, lack of experience with men, and sincerity in searching for her savior.

That was honestly hard for me to watch. Happily, she held her composure and didn't just fall on her face weeping like Inwould have. She's a tough cookie in both lives- I love this girl!

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Ha! Me too! I was so upset at him pushing him away and thisclose to cursing him to be a noble idiot. But idiot he is not. And this was then I realised how similar Se Joo and Hwi Young actually are, regardless of the era they lived in. I mean, they are still both different characters with different life, but more similarities are coming to surface, from their habits, their attitude and even their blatant way of saying things.

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Yes. Hwi-young is not a noble idiot. He will be totally stupid if he openly professes his love to Soo-Hyun, because his incognito is a third-rate writer who, after finally gets his name removed from the black list, becomes a playboy leading a decadent life in bars and among women.
A striking parallel I find between Hwi-young and Se-jo is that they don't have any family. I am actually curious if the story will reveal the birth family of Se-jo. I feel the drama will not have enough space to elaborate all the details.

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In a normal situation, I will probably slap Hwi Young's beautiful face on behalf of Soo-Hyun, but in a precarious situation like theirs, any sense of "normalcy" in human relationship is a luxury. My heart actually breaks for Hwi-young , precisely because he deliver it in such an unaffected, cold-blooded way. This is what means to be a leader for an underground independent movement. The drama has shifted gear completely from episode 9 to the hefty part of the 1930s past. Hw-young needs to prioritize the freedom of the country, the survival of the group, and the safety of an individual before everything else. He's already disowned by his own birth family because he quit medical school to pursue a greater revolution cause, and now he needs to give up his love for his bestie. Moreover, any personal tie will jeopardize his life, and hence the entire group.
What he says to Soo-young sounds mean, but it makes sense. He says that he doesn't treat her like a woman, because he tries to remind her that she passes as a man to survive and hide her original identity. It doesn't mean that he doesn't see her as a woman. Also, Soo-hyun's wearing perfume is totally dangerous, because begin a secret assassin, she cannot leaves any tangible trace or evidence that makes herself easily identifiable.

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I still felt he went further verbally than was necessary.

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Part of it was also just visceral for me. I was literally wincing through my fingers during that whole scene. I felt so so bad for her. Him too, cause of course, he felt terrible.

I know it's not rational but I wanted to scream, "whatever happened to it's not you, it's me."

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I think the over-excessive cruelty was his way of holding himself back (noble idiocy as mentioned above?).
Look at how he couldn't stop advancing towards her almost as if she was a prey, and she being inexperienced, didn't know how to ward him off either.

Hurting her would make her more likely to help both of them keep that distance.

And to be honest, I was kinda in awe of how the actor playing Se Joon pulled it off. It's was movie-grade acting!

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The actor who plays Se-jo/ Hwi-Young is Yoo Ah In, who is indeed a recognized movie actor. He garnered a lot of awards for his acting in blockbuster hits in 2015, Veteran and Sado (The Throne). My personal favorite films by him are earlier indie films like Wandeuki (aka Punch, which is also a box office hit), Shim's Family and Boys of Tomorrow.

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It's the best kind of noble angst I could ask for, because it makes sense, he truly is putting his cause first and his own personal life and love second, and I can't help but swoon really really hard when you combine all that with Yoo Ah In and his 1930s hair. (I know it's shallow but heyhey, I'm only human)

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Hey, I'm a human too^^ Already fell for him in the first 1930s scene, but now I fell real hard.

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+1 The 1930's hair is something we can all agree on.

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#odetoseohwiyoung

LOL @fleurvoyeur123 this stuck in my mind ever since you mentioned it in last recap haha

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Maybe we should really write an Ode to Seo Hwi Young for the final episode XD

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Definitely! We must! XD

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The story is getting more and more interesting and I LOVE IT! How is it that Yoo Ah In becomes more charming as the series progresses? It's so sad this drama is so underrated. It definitely deserves more love.

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The last 2 episodes deserve so much love. The leads are all killing it especially our Yoo Ah In as SJ. The story is getting better now and I honestly hope that we get more episodes just to see them longer.

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he is becoming more charming (as Se Ju) because his hair is growing ..

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We got a lot of information in this episode !

I wondered if Seol's mother and Tae Min worked together to dissolute the resistance. They might have betrayed their country and manipulated Soo Hyun. Yul discovered their plan and died because he got in the way. Hwi Young was falsely accused therefore Soo Hyun shot him. It's all based on the presumption of Seol's memory being true.

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But Soo Hyun seems to be a smart girl... I hope she doesn't get manipulated easily. Unless they gave her false proof that Se Joo was the one who caused her father's suicide.

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I think they killed Yul and Soo Hyun wanted to avenge him. She is smart but when emotions take over reason, you don't think too far. That's why the death of her mentor, friend and supposed "savior" caused that tragedy.

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This episode just confirmed a lot of the questions I had throughout the drama, whether there are others that were reincarnated from the Kyungsung past and if someone besides Se-joo will ever see Jin-oh. We don't know yet what role did Tae-min play in the 1930s story, but for now I hope there will be a showdown - Jin-oh, don't let Tae-min run away with original copy of Fate!!

I also had a hunch before on who Soo-hyun shot in the past and well, it would definitely have more consequences and be more heartbreaking for our present day couple if it were Hwi-young. This hasn't been fully confirmed in Ep 10, but judging from the way Seol broke down and from next week's teaser, it looks to me like the drama is heading that way. My guess is it's actually Hwi-young who asked her to shoot him - probably for noble reasons, in the name of freedom and country.

Back to 2017, I love how everything about Se-joo is quiet but meaningful - the way he slowly reached out to hold Seol's hand (I never thought I would swoon over such a simple action), how he shares his life and his space with Jin-oh, heck, even the way he let Tae-min sleep over at his house despite the fact that he stole something he worked hard on. I honestly didn't like how he seemed like a petulant child at the beginning of the drama, but I'm happy to be see he's grown to be so much more than that.

Totally not related to the important plotlines, but I also love how everyone lives/works in spaces with tons and tons of books. Now, if only I had someone like Se-joo who will bribe me with first editions and Hwi-young who will kiss the daylights out of me...

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