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Chicago Typewriter: Episode 11

I swear this drama aims straight for my heart each and every episode. Protecting one’s emotions will be of utmost importance this hour when revelations hit an emotional bullseye for our main trio and threaten to take the wind out of their sails. But even in the face of constant peril, it will take more than words on a page to shake their resolve and knock the pen out of their hands.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Jin-oh is disappointed when Tae-min doesn’t recognize him since he was hoping they could catch up. He uses his phantom powers to send the Fate manuscript out of Tae-min’s hands, then shoots pieces of paper at the door, trapping Tae-min inside.

Meanwhile, Se-joo rushes toward a distraught Seol at the shooting range, worried that the memory of shooting someone dead popped up again. She nods, and he asks if she saw his face. Recalling Hwi-young looking back at her, she says no.

Se-joo wonders what terrified her then. He laughs when she uses the fallback excuse that he holds her whenever she cries. He obliges, and Seol holds onto him tightly, shedding more tears into his shoulder.

He’s relieved to see her eating so heartily at breakfast, though, and refuses to tell her any spoilers about the novel’s ending. Seol argues that she has a right to know since it’s her past life, scolding him when he claims he doesn’t know how it ends.

Admitting that he has a consultant helping him write the tale, Se-joo promises to tell her everything when the time comes. He notes her concern about him finishing the novel, asking if she doesn’t want to see the story end. She claims she doesn’t want it to end on a tragic note, though acknowledges that Se-joo is contractually bound to complete this series.

Hearing that Se-joo holds that promise with more significance with his consultant makes her jealous. When Se-joo drops her off at home, she asks to meet this elusive person, saying that she wants to know the ending.

Saying it’ll be pretty tough, Se-joo wonders why she’s in such a rush to get to the final page. She mutters she doesn’t know if she can hold out that long, which he takes as words of an impatient reader. He’s confused when she skips away with nary a hug or kiss, unaware that an ashen-faced Seol regurgitates her breakfast inside.

Back at the house, Jin-oh vanishes before Tae-min wakes in bed, disoriented. Tae-min runs into Se-joo downstairs and is led back to the office, where Se-joo hands him the original manuscript of Fate, adding that he promised to give it to him last night.

Se-joo says he no longer needs to cling to the past or turn to anger in order to protect what’s his. He never planned on going public with the truth and it doesn’t matter what Tae-min chooses to do with these pages now. He does, however, advise Tae-min to not give up on his career so easily.

Afterward, Jin-oh is wary about giving Tae-min another chance because he’s certain that Tae-min will betray that trust again. He may not remember every horrible thing Tae-min did in his past life, but there is one memory that stands out.

One night at Carpe Diem, a rowdy drunk man interrupted Soo-hyun’s performance to try and get her to have a drink with him and his posse. Yul and Hwi-young arrived in time to watch her stand her ground, and when the man raised a hand at her, it was Young-min —- Tae-min in his past life — who intervened and threw the man to the ground.

Soo-hyun was taken away while the three men dealt with the drunk man’s posse together. They shared a celebratory drink and exchanged pleasantries afterward; Young-min introduced himself as a struggling poet and recognized Hwi-young by name, taking note of Hwi-young writing for the newspaper.

Soo-hyun thanked him on his way out and nearly addressed Yul and Hwi-young by the usual “hyung-nim” before amending that to “oppa.” That made both men guffaw, but she had the last laugh, chiding them on their clumsy fighting skills.

Young-min took stock of their exchange before slipping out to speak with his lackeys. Knowing that someone hid inside Carpe Diem, he questioned why the club’s reported profits were so low. He guessed that money was going into firearms and was willing to wait to draw the enemy in.

Se-joo nearly chokes at this revelation that Tae-min was a spy for the Japanese in his past life. While Jin-oh isn’t sure if Young-min was responsible for his death, he strongly believes that Tae-min is just as dangerous as his 1930s self.

Conversely Se-joo thinks the past is the past — Tae-min can either choose to burn the manuscript or come clean. He’d rather let Tae-min make that call so he can move on, but Jin-oh solemnly states that unfinished business can’t easily be cast aside and uncorrected faults will only repeat themselves.

“I’ve witnessed someone steal another person’s work and blame the person whose work was stolen from him,” Jin-oh bitterly remarks.

Tae-min bumps into a stranger on his way back to his workspace, causing his bag to spill to the ground. He hurriedly collects his things and heads inside, not knowing that Jin-oh is nearby and magically has the Fate manuscript in his possession.

So when Tae-min frantically searches for a lighter to burn the manuscript, he’s unable to find it. He thinks Se-joo hired the stranger to steal it back and fumes. He then gets a call from that mysterious female college student telling him that her patience is wearing thin, and calls someone to track down who she is.

Seol wakes from a feverish nightmare, still haunted by the memory of clearly seeing Hwi-young’s face turn toward her. She sits in the dark waiting for Bang-jin’s mother to wake with a start, then asks what the medium meant by her recent question of whether she ever carried an urn.

Bang-jin’s mother replies that she sensed a tenacious spirit filled with resentment and regrets, and when Seol shoves a picture of Se-joo at her to get a face reading, she says she already gave him a reading.

She told him that death would frequently knock at his door, spooked when she later learned he was involved in a car accident. Men like him are fated to live a lonely life which is why it’s of utmost importance that they meet the right woman, Bang-jin’s mother continues.

She’s taken aback when Seol asks if her being by his side spells danger for him, then realizes Seol’s anxiety stems from something Mom said. But Seol wants to meet her mother and swings by the restaurant, only to learn that she quit yesterday.

Sitting at a bus stop, Seol decides to leave her decision to be with Se-joo up to fate. She takes out a coin and declares to the universe that heads means “stop” and tails means “go.” She then flips the coin, catches it, and slowly pulls back her hand to check…

Jin-oh and Se-joo are both deep in thought in the office — Jin-oh contemplates how Tae-min can see him while Se-joo worries that Seol is trying too hard to appear cheerful. Both men groan simultaneously, but neither clearly tell the other exactly what they’re worried about.

Seol happens to call Se-joo just as he’s about to leave the house to see her. Remembering that she left him hanging last time, he plays it cool and chuckles to hear that she flipped a coin to make a decision today.

He asks what answer she got from the coin gods, and she replies that they told her to skip work and hang out with him all day today, adding that she mustn’t disobey lest she faces punishment.

The push-pull dynamic continues in the car as Seol marvels at Se-joo’s sweet ride. She smiles when he’s slightly miffed and adds that he’s still better. They spend the day enjoying the warm weather outside, and Se-joo pulls her over to a hat vendor, instructing her to buy two hats so they can continue their date without him being recognized. Lol.

He wears a bucket hat that I think makes him look even more conspicuous, and lets out his inner fanboy to whoop and dance as they watch a girl group perform for a crowd. Heh. They later explore an art gallery, where Seol surreptitiously grabs her camera to capture Se-joo admiring the pieces.

But then Se-joo notices her take the video and strikes a pose, and she skips away. She shakes her head when he wants her to film him donating to a fund supporting prospective authors (though smiles when she turns away).

Seol checks her phone and declares that she has to get going, adding that he has a deadline to keep too. That prompts Se-joo to ask if she’s really okay with him continuing this novel because he thought about closing the Pandora’s box he opened when he said it was a story of their past lives.

He asks if she’ll really be okay regardless of what comes out of that box, and she turns the question back on him. He says he’ll be fine, repeating his own words of advice that fear is merely anxiety of the unknown. He narrows his eyes when she cheerfully says she has to leave, remarking that she’s pushing him away again.

Seol then turns her head and calls out to him. She thanks him for their date, then runs toward him to ask permission to hug him. He worries that someone will recognize him, but then she suddenly wraps her arms around him.

He’s caught off-guard, but Seol holds him even tighter, and as tears well up in her eyes, she says she can feel his heart race. Now we see what answer she got from the coin gods: Heads, meaning “stop.”

Se-joo can feel her body move and asks if she’s crying or shaking. As tears fall from her eyes, Seol says she’s shaking because the longtime fangirl is hugging her idol.

Jin-oh is still trying to solve the mystery behind Tae-min’s sudden ability to see him. But then he remembers that he uttered “Heo Young-min” just before Tae-min turned toward him, and realizes that all it takes to become visible to people is to call them by their names in their past lives.

Seol returns to the animal hospital, where her sunbae worries that she looks like she’s been crying, but Seol swears that she’s quite happy. She then gets a text from Tae-min asking if they can work together in a cafe today, and so she sends her sunbae in her stead.

Se-joo reluctantly takes a call from Tae-min’s mother, who cheerfully asks him to come to her home. She offers to come by his place when he tries to decline, so Se-joo ends up stepping foot inside the Baeks’ home, where Tae-min’s mother greets him warmly.

She sets out a lavish spread for Se-joo and Writer Baek, citing that she prepared everything for Se-joo’s health. She pushes a ginseng dish toward him, and when Writer Baek reminds her that Se-joo hates ginseng, she acts as if she forgot.

But Se-joo remains polite and eats the dish anyway. As Tae-min’s mother pours on the maternal sympathy at how hard it must be for Se-joo, Writer Baek rises from the table, unable to swallow another pretentious word.

Se-joo finally breathes when he exits the house. Seeing Writer Baek outside, he stops to bid him goodbye. Writer Baek explains that his wife is putting on airs because she knows Se-joo has the Fate manuscript.

Se-joo reveals that he gave Tae-min that first draft, not answering when Writer Baek asks if Tae-min sought him out. He advises his former mentor to respect whatever decision Tae-min makes and be at peace.

But the author says he’s unable to because he knows he wasn’t the mentor nor father he should’ve been to Se-joo. He knows he lost his chance and can never be that respectable figure in Se-joo’s life anymore.

Seol packs for another trip away, though Bang-jin worries that her friend may never return. The waterworks don’t work on Seol, so Bang-jin asks her friend to set her up with Jin-oh before she leaves.

Seol gets a call from Tae-min, who asks to speak with her outside. Now the gloves are off and he confronts her for blowing him off. She can sense his boiling rage and asks him to calm down, but Tae-min is beyond reason, reminding her that he wanted them to stay friends: “So why are you ignoring me? Why are you treating me like vermin?”

He grabs her by the shoulders, and moments later, Se-joo pulls up in his car. Se-joo stands between them and asserts that Seol is working for him now — if Tae-min has a problem with that, he can take it up with his lawyer.

Se-joo then leads Seol away, and she later asks in the car how he knew to find her at home. He explains he swung by the animal hospital bearing presents, only to learn that she took a leave of absence.

Realizing that Seol lied to him, Se-joo figured out that today’s happy date was her way of saying goodbye. She asks where they’re headed, and he replies, “The shooting range,” because he thinks that’s where she started lying to him. Smart boy.

She claims she’ll tell him everything now, but he says she’s been given enough time to concoct another lie. Seol confesses, “I… think… I killed you.”

Se-joo immediately pulls over, and Seol repeats herself: “I think I put a bullet in your head in my past life.” She figures this is a horrific memory to come out of the box, and admits she was trying to run away because she can’t withstand this emotional thorn in her side.

Even Se-joo said that it was no coincidence that they met, and now she thinks she knows why. “So I would pay for my crimes,” she tearfully confesses. “So I can my whole life in pain watching you from afar. Even liking you must’ve been divine punishment prepared for me ahead of time, so I would be even more crushed.”

She bids him to take care and find someone who will ensure his longevity, and gets out of the car. He follows suit, but there isn’t anything he can say that will console her anymore.

He can’t tell her that those events strictly happened in her past life because those memories tear at her heart even now, Seol cries. Se-joo argues that she doesn’t know why she killed him — he could’ve been a bad person back then — but even that doesn’t comfort her.

“Don’t you think you’re being a fool? How can you be so sure history will repeat itself?” Se-joo asks. “It’s already happening!” Seol exclaims, adding that he’s already had two close brushes with death since they’ve known each other.

Just then, a motorcyclist zooms in their direction, and Se-joo pulls Seol out of the way. That biker eventually pulls up to a warehouse—it’s that female college student.

Meanwhile, Tae-min hears back from his private investigator and learns that the college student is none other than the younger sister of Se-joo’s stalker-fan who died in Episode 2. The woman’s name is JO SANG-MI, and Tae-min sees footage of her nearly running over Se-joo with her motorcycle earlier that night.

While Se-joo is wheeled into the emergency room, Jin-oh looks at his photo of Seol outside Gwanghamun, wondering if she’ll be able to see him if he calls her Soo-hyun. He waits outside Seongsucheong, matter-of-factly telling Bang-jin that he’s here to see Seol.

Bang-jin is confused when Jin-oh says he’s here to call Seol by name, asking Jin-oh to do that for her instead. Bang-jin’s mother can hear her talking and pops her head out of the gate to order her and the “bastard” she’s with (but can’t see) to come inside.

Bang-jin’s mother sees no one next to her daughter inside (and Jin-oh is hiding behind the door, hee) but angrily points her finger to the space next to her. Bang-jin nudges that Jin-oh is on the other side, saying that it’s rude to not look at his face.

So Bang-jin’s mother sends her daughter out on an errand and speaks into the ether, ordering the ghost to sit. Little does she know that Jin-oh is already sitting down, and he’s told that Bang-jin is unaware of her ability to see ghosts.

She thinks the ghost is showing interest in her daughter, and Jin-oh’s attempts to correct her get interrupted. And then Bang-jin’s mother levels in his line of sight: “You’re a ghost, not a human. Do you know what happens when a ghost pretends to be human? You get fixated on the idea of life. As that obsession grows, you’ll feel sorry for yourself and harbor a deep-seated grudge against the world.”

Jin-oh says he merely wants to become visible to the woman he loves, but Bang-jin’s mother cuts him off again, saying that humans and ghosts should live their own separate ways.

“Don’t bewitch a human’s heart by trying to act human. Don’t harbor false hope in humans, either. It’s easy for you to be nice to them and leave them, but what about the people you leave behind?” Bang-jin’s mother asks. She advises him to make a quiet exit lest he wanders the earth as an evil spirit.

Jin-oh meets Bang-jin on his way out, saying that he doesn’t think he needs to see Seol anymore, and that they won’t see each other again either. She worries that he’s leaving her too, and tearfully asks if it’s so wrong that she likes him, a man she spent days thinking of, whose name she only recently learned.

Seol likes someone else, but Jin-oh keeps asking for someone who claims to have never heard of him, Bang-jin continues. When she finally lets herself cry, Jin-oh takes out his handkerchief and dries her tears with it.

He says he’s not right for her, but before he can explain why, they’re interrupted by Seol calling from the hospital.

Secretary Kang reassuringly informs Seol that Se-joo suffered a mild concussion. Noting that Seol has been waiting outside, she entrusts her to watch over Se-joo.

Seol enters the room and sits by Se-joo’s bedside. She points out that he nearly died because of her again and asks to sit here for a little longer, at which point, she’ll flip another coin and see what the gods say then. If they tell her to leave, she will.

Meanwhile, Ji-seok and Secretary Kang learns that the video footage capturing the motorcyclist has been destroyed. At the same time, Tae-min calls Sang-mi, ready to strike a deal.

Se-joo eventually comes to and smiles to see Seol sleeping by his bedside. She too stirs awake, and when she makes a move to leave, Se-joo grabs her arm, saying, “You were wrong.”

Pulling himself up, he clarifies, “I didn’t almost die because of you, but in those moments of danger… you saved me. If it weren’t for you, I would’ve been shot dead or have died in a car crash, or have been fatally run over by that motorcycle. And my writing career could’ve been lost.”

Seol turns to him, a tear rolling down her cheek. “I said it was no coincidence that we met. Now I think I know the reason why,” he says. “What is that?” she asks. He replies, “You’re supposed to protect me in this life because you couldn’t save me in our past lives.”

“And…” he utters, “I think I loved you in my past life. Nevertheless, I think I closed off my heart so I could date you to my heart’s content when our country was liberated. This isn’t paying for your crimes; this is an acquittal. An opportunity.”

“So today, I’m going to do something for the sake of my homeland,” Se-joo smiles and swoops in to kiss her.

 
COMMENTS

Just lovely. I was floored by the passionate kiss between Hwi-young and Soo-hyun last week, but I downright adore this sweet kiss here. Watching the present-day romance bloom has been a real treat ever since Se-joo embraced Seol, telling her that there were only two of them present. As much as I loved the comedy that his over-the-top crazy reactions brought in the beginning of the series, I very much welcome his character’s development into an emotionally stable rock for Seol to lean on in her time of crises.

I was worried when Seol lied to him at the top of the hour, thinking that we’d entered a possibly endlessly cycle of noble idiocy on her part to protect Se-joo. Her happy goodbye date is another trope we’ve all seen in past dramas, but as it turns out, I had no need to worry because Se-joo figured everything out, pinpointed the moment when the lies began, and called her out on her attempt to run away from her fears. He refused to give her an opportunity to come up with another story, and in that moment of confrontation, Seol came clean about her fears and the pain they caused her.

Her fears that simply being around him will put him in danger is understandable, but the more she believes that she may have shot Hwi-young, the more I’m inclined to think that the victim wasn’t him or that there were crossed wires in the mission’s transmission to shoot him. We know that Young-min was a spy for the Japanese, so it’s possible that once he learned the truth behind Carpe Diem and Yul and Hwi-young’s involvement (remember that Hwi-young said he wrote for the paper?) he submitted the wrong article for the young activists to read.

My heart still breaks for Seol whenever she talks as if the whole weight of the world is on her shoulders and that her being in Se-joo’s sphere of influence alone puts him in constant peril. I could sympathize with her helplessness when it came to her decision of whether or not to stay by Se-joo’s side that she would let the universe decide for her via coin toss. But while she’s busy leaving those decisions up to chance, Se-joo is busy taking active decisions by learning from the past and leaving those same feelings behind to instead move ahead in the future. He gave Tae-min that chance at redemption regardless of who Tae-min was in the past and reminded Seol that it was her courage that saved him so that they could continue to live together day by day.

Speaking of living, it saddened me to think that Jin-oh would consider giving up on his quest for Seol to see him. While Bang-jin’s mother words may hold true in this world that life is for humans to live and not for ghosts to envy, I really do hope Jin-oh will get his shot at a reunion with Seol in the present. Because nothing will bring me more happiness than to see the ol’ gang together again, no matter what time period they’re in.

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I'm glad that Se-joo called Seol out on her attempt at noble idiocy. I know that we're meant to take past lives seriously in this world, but I think those reincarnations happened to give people chance to make better choices. Fate isn't something set in stone. So while it might be true that Soo-hyun killed Hwi-young, that doesn't mean they should avoid each other in the present. They could always reinterpreted their fated meeting in a positive light, just like what Se-joo did. That it is a chance for her to save him and also for them to finally love each other freely.

Though surprisingly, the scene that made me teared up was Bang-jin and Yoo's goodbye. Yoo was disheartened after listening to Bang-jin's mom's unintentional slap-truth. While Bang-jin was in a much subdued mood after Seol left her house. That goodbye felt extra sad since we know she truly fall for Yoo, not knowing or even suspecting about his real identity. That girl is going to take it hard when she finally find out the truth. Can't we get a happy ending for those two?

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I was so heartbroken for Yoo when BJ's mom said all those words to him. They were harsh but to the point. And after he discovered the secret to reveal himself to her. Will Yoo reveal himself to Seol now?

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I loved how Se Joo is so logical when he said that maybe the reason they met in this life is for her to save him. That hospital bed scene is my favorite.

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I wonder what it is about hospital that always makes the scenes there extra heartfelt. Do Bong-soon and Tunnel did that, and now it's Chicago's turn. Se-joo and Seol's conversation there was both heart fluttering and cathartic.

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He has some serious game :) Also, I love how he displays his patriotism to her.

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Yup, I feel like I've lived my life wrong. I didn't know kisses were supposed to be for your country. Silly me.

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Bang Jin and Jin Oh's goodbye - it was especially sad since it perfectly highlighted what BJ's mom had been saying. He showed up in front of BJ a few times [unintentionally] and she fell in love with him. Now he's leaving and BJ is left mourning him.

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I was reminded of what Bang Jin's mom said to Seol's mom - our children were our enemies in a past life, and the best thing to do now is to shower them with love. It nicely reiterates the idea that this life is a chance to make amends.

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“So today, I’m going to do something for the sake of my homeland,” Se-joo smiles and swoops in to kiss her.

Me: *standing-ovation*

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That kiss is so sweet and gentle, so appropriate for the moment. Well done, SJ!

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the better kiss for me is still the one in the 1930s BUT the conversation leading to the kiss in this episode is way more meaningful.

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I actually thought it was poignant because he referenced their past kiss (1930s) in a sweetly teasing way, to lighten the serious mood after his very moving confession, and then he got all serious and focused again on her before he went in for the kiss. And it was a kiss with intent- he meant what he said and he was going to show her how strongly he felt for her.
?❤️*swoon*

My wont lie, I was squeeing pretty damn hard.

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I love the mischievous look on his face as he was delivering his line. He knew just how cornily romantic and suave it all was. It was such a victory. After all those years, they were able to finally kiss lightheartedly.

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just absolutely perfect.

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“So, today I’m going to do something for the sake of my homeland.” = GREATEST PICK-UP LINE EVER.

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I know, it was incredibly smooth. I had always thought that Hwi-young was hot and suave, with that mysterious attitude and those sexy bangs, while Se-Joo was an arrogant jerk with a terrible haircut. But with this move, Se-joo got to the sexiness level of his old alter-ego.

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“I think I loved you in my past life. Nevertheless, I think I closed off my heart so I could date you to my heart’s content when our country was liberated. This isn’t paying for your crimes; this is an acquittal. An opportunity. So today, I’m going to do something for the sake of my homeland” Se-joo smiles and swoops in to kiss her. Squeeeeeeeaaaaallllllll

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I love that speech. It was so clever, so heartfelt and so sweet. And the kiss at the end seals the deal.

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Se Joo is a great writer indeed!

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It's a beautiful closure to the episode, it cleared up all the doubts and answered all the questions. There always two perspectives to the problem at hand, and while Seol is looking at the glass half empty, SeJoo sees it as half full. They compliment each other so well! Hwi Young and Soo Hyun's love might not survive the 30s, but the fact that it transcends time and they found each other again weirdly assures me that they are going to be ok going forward from now on.

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Aaah I love "the fact that love transcends time and they found each other again". It's their true fate. And I agree they're gonna be OK from now on.

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I loved this confession! It's going up on my "favourite drama confessions" list! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Making "for the sake of our homeland" as an excuse for a kiss is a brilliant idea. I might try it someday XD

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That would be a fun list.

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Se Joo was totally zen in this episode. I think experiencing the past has allowed him to see the bigger picture and to seize the day. He was so fussy about everything in the beginning. But when you compare the life he is living now to the life he had lived as Hwi Young, he is actually very fortunate to be able to live in a liberated Korea, to write whatever he wants, and to pursue love with abandon. I love those healing words he said to Seol.

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I think after he met Ghost Yoo and learned about the youth's struggle in the past, he began to feel grateful for what he has today.

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Every time Seoul cried, I cried too, especially when she hugged him tight. Why does Im Soo Jung so good at it?
And apparently past Se Joo aka Hwi Young is a better dancer. Hwi Young was embarrassed seeing past Jeon Seol dancing, but now it's Jeon Seoul who feels embarrassed seeing him dancing. It's so cute!

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Se Ju's dance moves are too cute haha.

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The dance moves are adorkable! I feel the secondhand embarrassment too. Teehee!

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somebody make a gif out of it please haha

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@Will You, thank you! loved watching Seol's embarrased face after seeing those dorky moves!

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Jin-oh didn't let us down in that opening scene! I'm happy he protected Se-joo and the original copy of Fate, but I'm also a little worried about what might happen after Se-joo gave it to Tae-min and he still chased it down. Tae-min is unhinged, and we don't know what kind of crazy he has up his sleeves now that he partnered with the stalker's sister.

Of course Se-joo is also an MVP in this episode. The way he saw through Seol, when she initially lied about why she's crying and later, how she's planning to run away. How he didn't see his accidents as something caused by Seol and that he chose to see it as moments where Seol saved him instead. I love how perceptive he is, and how quick he is to show Seol how good of a person she is.

Speaking of perceptive, props to the Beanies who predicted that Jin-oh can only show himself after he calls them with their past lives' names. Looks like Seol will finally see him and the trio will hopefully have the same fun chemistry as their 1930s selves!

I know we're in the last couple of episodes, but I still can't help but be blown away by how superb the acting is in this drama. They all do so well on their own, and even more so when they're together onscreen.

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Actually, it doesn't matter even if Yoo hasn't chased TM down and retrieved the manuscript for SJ. As SJ said, he has no use for the manuscript anymore. He is not going to expose TM for stealing his work. He is only using it to motivate himself to write better works, but even that reason is no longer useful now because he doesn't want to depend on the past to motivate himself to write anymore. It's a sign that he is moving on with his life, and not be chained to the ghosts of the past. Therefore, when SJ gives the manuscript to TM, I cheered! And frankly, like SJ, I don't care what TM does to the manuscript because I know, no matter what he does to it, nothing will change. He will never produce a book that is equivalent to Fate, and he will have to wallow in his mediocre talents, if that is even called talent, forever unless he steps up and takes responsibility for his actions and takes writing seriously.

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Yeah, I'm happy Se-joo let go of his resentment and anger and he's choosing to move forward from his past. What I meant was that Yul/Jin-oh stepping in and taking away the manuscript felt a little unnecessary, since that might only push Tae-min to do something desperate, like verbally attacking Seol and then partnering with the stalker's sister. I'd like Tae-min far, far away from Se-joo and Seol! ?

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It's sort of frustrating that no one knows how unhinged Tae Min is except for the audience. Because of Tae Min, I'm even worried for the stalker's sister and she just tried to take down Seju and Seol.

I'm also afraid that Jin Oh taking that manuscript will push Tae Min to hurt Se Joo or Seol when Se Joo was more than ready to let go of it.

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When I saw Jin-Oh stealing the manuscript I wondered if this is part of the curse: until the ghost rests in peace, he will keep the conflict alive...He is too cute to be a bad guy, but Bang Jin's mother said that she was feeling a dark and resentful spirit when Jin Oh was around...

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It's been a while since the last time I saw ALL the casts do so well on their own, not only the lead casts but also the supporting casts. I truly enjoy everyone who appear on the screen in CT, especially, of course, when the TRIO are together on screen!

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I was cheering for the beanies when their prediction actually came true- that calling the past lives' names would actually make him show himself. I hope that the trio would finally figure out the remaining mystery of who killed Jin Oh.

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I really liked what Bang-jin's mother said to Yoo in this episode, because it's really something I've been wondering about. Yoo says he wants Seol to see him, but at the same time, to what end? It's not like they can be together, or that he'll suddenly become human or alive because she sees him. But I also understand that he's been waiting 80 years for...something...so perhaps there will be answers soon. But I still want more answers about why Yoo wants Seol to see him if they can't have a relationship.

I realize that Seol is the reincarnation of the woman he loved but she also isn't actually the same person. Seol's her own person, just like Se-joo is his own person. They may be similar to their past selves but they are ultimately new people. Even Tae-min, despicable as he is, isn't the same. It's more like they are all cut from the same cloth as their old selves but made into different garments this time around.

I felt like this idea was kind of the theme of these two episodes this week too -- even though the past has influence, it doesn't set the end game. I loved how Se-joo sort of drove this point home too with his (super swoon-y) speech at the end too. It's a new life, they can start over and change the mistakes of the past, they don't have to relive them or pay for them. I like how he shifted the narrative Seol had created for herself and showed her that she wasn't hurting him in the present, but saving him. And his sacrifice was letting himself be able to open his heart to her in this life.

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I have a feeling that Yoo has something to say more than the "I love you". Maybe he has an instinct that meeting Seol could reveal more memories (or pandora box?) of his past life.

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I figured she's the key to his figuring out the secret of his death, but that's been so pushed to the side that I can't help but wonder. Initially I thought maybe he was the one who sold out Hwi-young, but that seems impossible with the intro of Tae-min and Seol's mother in the past timeline. Unless there's some more manipulation by them which does tie the three together.

It's also interesting that he's the one trapped as a spirit and not reincarnated, which seems almost as if it's punishment -- other's can atone with a new life, while he's stuck as his old self.

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i'm now seriously considering that he may have something to do with seol killing hwi-young especially since he is the only one who knows that hwi young. or he may have sold out hwi young.. i honestly hope this is not the case but why else would he be trapped in the typewriter in the first place? hopefully the next episode would give us more answers.

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Good to know I'm not the only one thinking this.

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I agree! When Yoo commented on how he's seen someone steal another's work, and feel bitter to the person he stole from, I wondered if he was referring to himself. Since he took credit as Soohyun's masked saviour, it could be possible he felt bitter that Soohyun's gratefulness to him was only because of Hwiyoung, and possibly felt jealous of the two. This could have led him to do nasty things under the influence of the green eyed monster? But this could be a stretch

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@potato I don't think that's a stretch, especially not if someone took advantage of that tiny rift between the two men to play them against one another.

Alternatively, I've also been thinking that maybe he's trapped in the typewriter to PREVENT history from repeating itself, perhaps because he was somehow a catalyst for the past events leading to Hwi-young's death.

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I wish that Seol can find her mom - she may have the answers since it's either her past self or Young Min who probably killed Jin Oh.

i am also wondering now if seol really did kill Hwi Young. It just showed that she fired the gun but we have not seen bloody Hwi Young yet.

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Seol only saw Hwi-young as the man she shot after she spoke to her mother. I wonder if her warning to avoid Se Joo suggested the memory as it would be Seol's greatest fear. Though so far, there haven't been any false memories.

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At first I thought so too, but @adal1 said (based on Goblin's story) that if the blood of a person killed unfairly falls on an object, the object possesses the spirit of that dead person. So, I'm not sure either if Yoo sold out Hwi Young. I really hope not, because I want the trio to have a happy ending of their own.

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I think being seen is a very powerful thing that people take for granted a lot - and to have the eyes of a loved one that you've been missing for 80 years look at you would mean a lot. When Se Joo first arrived at the Baek household, Tae Min's mom told him to be like a ghost, which was a warning and an insult that stemmed from her hatred for him.

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From the way he is going, TM is going down the bad guy route. It doesn't matter he is not showing any remorse for taking SJ's work as his own, but he is also not actively taking responsibility for his actions and thoughts and striving to improve himself. From his outburst at Seol, it's still clear he blames everyone else for his problems except himself. How is a coward like that ever going to walk the right path?

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Two thoughts:

1) Most. Awkward. Meal. Ever.

2) How the hell did the 'investigator' Tae-min hire acquire the CCTV footage so quickly from an accident that literally just occurred? Does he listen to police scanners? Is he psychic? ლ(ಠ_ಠლ) Cuz, he not only had the footage of the accident but also had time to hunt through all the surrounding CCTV images to track the motorcyclist to her final destination to see who was driving - and who coincidentally turns out to be his blackmailer. Speaking of the random-ass blackmailer, is she supposed to be Se-joo's sister? They showed a photo of (and I am assuming it's her) her and a young man together. What that means as of now, who knows.

Whew. End of rant.(−_−;)

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The blackmailer is the stalker-fan's younger sister. I'm assuming she's out for revenge for her brother's demise.

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I totally forgot about him. ?

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You know, in kdramas, investigators work hard for their money. They have the super ability to work at the speed of light to bring whatever the client wants to him. Haha

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Heh! They seem to be able to get results at the speed of light as long as the one who hires them is rich! I guess his father, Baek, must have continued to make a mint of money from his writing to give Tae Min the influence to 'own' a minion to do his investigative work for him.

I thought this scene unlikely, but it does push the story along very nicely.

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The one way conversation between Bang Jin's mum and Jin Oh was so beautifully done that it breaks my heart a little. The realisation that hits Jin Oh the moment she reminded him that he's a ghost who's doesn't belong together with humans was so heartbreaking. I can't imagine being in his shoes, being reminder over and over again that he doesn't belong.???

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And to add to the fact, he finally realizes how he can reveal himself to Seol. That makes it all the more heartbreaking. Will BJ's mom's words deter him from revealing himself to Seol? Or will he be just as determined to show Seol his true self?

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He seems resigned after meeting the mom, but I half-wish that Se Joo would make him change his mind. Lately Se Joo has wiser reasonings on events happening around him. He keeps on giving different perceptions to the same story (like what he did to Seol), so I wanted him to be the one who encourage Jin Oh to show himself to Seol, so Jin Oh won't have any regrets. That's what friends are for.

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"We know that Young-min was a spy for the Japanese, so it’s possible that once he learned the truth behind Carpe Diem and Yul and Hwi-young’s involvement (remember that Hwi-young said he wrote for the paper?) he submitted the wrong article for the young activists to read." Omooo @gummimochi that's one scary plot!! But it's true though, better to have one thousands of enemies outside the house than to have one single enemy inside it.

"While she’s busy leaving those decisions up to chance, Se-joo is busy taking active decisions by learning from the past and leaving those same feelings behind to instead move ahead in the future." -- This. SJ is walking the Carpe Diem. I hope Seol will do the same too.

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That possible plot @gummimochi wrote in her comment send shiver down my spine. That would be so in line with Tae-min's character. And if that was what actually happen, it would be such a cruel, cruel way to separate our activist trio.

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I know :( and it is also cruel that he would hijack Se Joo's work in this life too.

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Can't believe Tae Min just repeated his crime :/ Jin Oh is right. I don't think TM would change.

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*slow clap* to those of you still coherent enough to comment so well. All I can process is "wow". What a show!

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I was barely coherent yesterday night after watching!

Just ????❤️❤️❤️

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Can I say that Young Min (Tae Min) in the 30s is one hot Japanese spy? I love love love his hair and bad guy aura. Our long list of thanks for this drama must also include the hairstylists and make up artists as well. And the one in charge of Hwi Young's hair deserves an award for best wig ever made in kdrama.

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Even bad guys look good in the 1930s. Can the same hairstylists, stylists and make up artists in a next Japanese Occupation based drama ?

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Can we bring back those styles into modern times? I want to see Yoo Ah In and Go Kyung Pyo stay in their 1930s hair and garb forever. Ditto, @alert, for the person in charge of Hwi Young's hair to get an award!

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I agree. I am not sure what it is, but everyone looks more attractive in their 1930s garb.

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Ha! THAT wig is totally a gift. Hwi Young is such an eye candy.

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I am glad the noble idiocy didn't last for long. These guys are fighters indeed, go fight for your love! ??

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Dorky dancing Se Joo
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A kiss for the country
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*squuueeeeeeeeee*

I'm one happy camper. ?

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We want more "kiss for the country" pleaseeeee ?

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me too! and pretty damn hard might be an understatement. Goodness, I don't know how he does it but everything just seems so sexy about him even when he's not trying.

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Okay, I can't hate the Tae-min of the 30's. He is a good looking villain ❤❤ . Also, I dont know why but I feel Seol didn't kill Se-ju in the 30's but was manipulated to kill Yul!!

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That's my feeling as well! That the person who was killed in the typewriter wasn't Se Ju at all, but Yul. And that's why he's trapped in the typewriter.

I keep remembering the scene in Goblin, that if the blood of a person killed unfairly falls on an object, that the object possesses the spirit of that dead person, or something to that effect; and also, aren't Ghosts lingering spirits with unresolved issues, who can only pass on to the afterlife when their grievances are resolved? I keep feeling that the reason Jin Oh is trapped by the typewriter is because he hasn't resolved his murder and when he resolves it, he can pass on and be reincarnated.

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Yes, this interpretation is closest to what is likely in this show.

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I love how Se Joo just doesn't seem to be able to keep away from Seol. Like hours after they spent the morning/afternoon together on a date, he went to visit her again at work, bearing gifts! And when he found out that she was planning to run away, he went straight to her house.

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I also liked his reaction when Seol confessed that she saw her past self shooting at him. He kind of absorbed it but did not let that get in the way of him liking Seol.

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I will never get sick of that line......kyaaaa

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Se Joo was great in this episode (embarrassing dance and hat). The way he has chosen to let go of the past (even though I still don't want Tae Min to have the original copy of "fate", thanks Ghost Yoo) and the growth in his relationship with Seol was remarkable. The present day kiss was sweet and suited the relationship blossoming between Se Joo and Seol. Seol is one lucky girl - she did help save her country in her past life afterall.

I was heartbroken for Yoo in this episode (in every episode actually) after what Bang Jin's mum said. Even if Seol is not a possibility, I was still happy shipping him with Bang Jin (I can't/shouldn't anymore...) for Bang Jin's sake.

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I’m glad the show starts to give answers to the questions I have in mind. The show is so fixated on the idea that the reincarnation is affecting everybody’s present lives despite being in the past I was worried they couldn’t provide strong reason to back it up. But as stated by Seol in this episode, she still FEELS the pain caused by her previous life. It has traumatised her ever since she was small. And going forward, the pain will actually stay, and make her suffer because it was never solved in the first place. It’s like having nightmares every single day, all day long. This happened to her mom as well, as the mom was living in a mental-pain life because she’s still traumatized by things she didn’t do, but she still feels. Of course they need to live in the present and ignore the past, but since they still “feel” the pain, it probably makes their life confusing as hell, and suppressed emotions from not solving the problem in the first place would lead to worst depression and mental confusion.

Se Joo says that Seol couldn’t save him in their past lives hence that is why Seol is his protector now, and the reasons why they met and know about the reincarnation thingy was because they need to do things that they always wanted to do before but couldn’t. Jin Oh also says that reincarnated people have the choice whether to correct their mistakes or to repeat the same mistakes. So my question is, is rewhat really happened in the 30s that turn Yul into a ghost? If it is regrets, Soo Hyun and Se Joo have regrets of not doing things they want too but they were still being reincarnated. Even the bad guys were reincarnated even though they did the bad things. So why not Yul? Why he’s the only ghost? Why not Young Min then?

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I hope not but I keep thinking back to the line Se Ju had several episodes earlier that 'on the other side of friendship is betrayal' - it felt like a premonition. Is it too much to hope for a happy ending for the entire OT3?

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I re-watched the earlier episodes and Se Ju kept giving Seol a hard time because he said he'd been stabbed in the back too many times and didn't trust anyone. Fortunately he changed,... but unfortunately backstabbers will still abound.

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What if Shin Yool sacrificed himself for his two friends, like he actually killed himself or asked someone to kill him to protect the others?

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I found it quite ironic that Seol's question to Se Ju touched on one of the biggest fails of kdramas, which is: not planning out the ending well in advance of finishing the project!. Many a great drama, or a great piece of installment work has been ruined by a crappy ending. And her disappointment mirrored mine: "what? You can't tell me you don't know how it ends?!" Lol. I'm still stewing over the ending of W, Goblin, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, Cheese in the Trap and many others. What I would give for a satisfying conclusion ?.

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I feel you. For me, this would apply to Goblin and W. like they have a very strong start but somehow the writer did not know how to end it the same way. i hope CT would give us a satisfying ending. fighting!

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I can *vaguely* live with what happened in Goblin (though I felt that the last episode was like a last-ditch effort to buy time). But W was truly daft. /=

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Totally agree. How could the writer of something as complex as W not know how it would end? How do they get the funding?

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LOL all the mentions of W ending makes me feel frustrated again.

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I'm sad for my favorite ghostie In Oh, it seems that we are set up for ugly revelations and heartbreak before he can go to heavens or reincarnate again ? ....what I can't see clearly is if he is trapped in the typewriter because he was unjustly killed or because he did something bad and needs to atone for his sins. I bet is the first option because he's not trying to fix anything, but wanting to tell their story. He needs something to be known, most likely to clear his name or a misunderstanding. Ahhh, I'm dying of curiosity here. And I'm loving this friends trio, can they have a happy ending for all of them?

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Se Joo has really done a 180, which is a bit hard to reconcile. I didn't know who he was when he started dancing to a girl group song. I'm all for doing things for your country, though. That kiss. I was frustrated at Seol for noble idioting, so I was relieved at how quickly she told Se Joo the truth. I don't care what Bang Jin's mother says; I want Jin Oh to call Soo Hyun’s name to become visible to Seol. Tae Min has gone off the deep end, going as far as threatening Seol at her house. Soo Hyun's awkward "oppa-deul" was priceless. Thanks for the recap, @gummimochi!

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I have to agree that Se Joo's character development felt a bit.. out of place. I love Se Joo, and I love that he's now the most logical one in the drama heh, but it still felt weird when he's being cutesy and all, when the in the earlier episodes he was so difficult to like. I guess the writer soften his character a bit. As much as I love him, I feel like the transformation is a bit...abrupt?

But again, I'll take cute and wise Se Joo over the old Se Joo anytime heee.

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About his development, IMO it's not out of place. It began from the day he took Gun Woo the dog to his house and then he started practicing the Carpe Diem like building a dog house, planting blueberries, and questioning the reason he wrote in the first place.

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I noticed the changes, but maybe it's just me, but I didn't fully satisfied with the reasons behind his changes. What triggers him to change? Seol? Jin Oh? Is it because of the story? Which part of the story affected him and triggered the changes? Because the story hasn't completed yet so for now noone knows the ending. Is it the conversations with Jin Oh? I love that he changed, i love the slow progress of him falling for Seol and his relationship with Jin Oh. But when he no longer throws tantrums and his conversations with Jin Oh loses the banter they usually have (they're more serious now), I felt like something's missing..

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I think it started slowly after he signed the co-writing contract with Jin Oh. He started to get excited about writing again, and he learned about himself from the past, what he has lost, what they sacrificed, and what he shouldn't do in present. And on top of it is when he took Jin Oh to a tour around Seoul and they stood in front of Gwanghwamun. I think there he realized how lucky he was living today. And even if there's always a struggle in every period of time, he's more optimistic/positive to face it.

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OMG I love this drama so much ~~~~ please let Yoo Ah In have the girl. I noticed every drama of him , he didnt get the girl at the end even he was the main lead.. Six Flying Dragons, Fashion King, Jang Ok Jung, Secret Love Affair ●

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At least he didn't die in each of his drama like Kim Nam Gil. ? (although Fashion King........) .

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He actually got the girl in Secret Love Affair :) He just had to wait for her to be released from the prison after 2 years.

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What i'm afraid is gonna happen :(
Jin-oh will have a sad ending. He can't get his love. Hmm isn't it because he had a great sin in his past life? So God punishes him right now :(

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If he did commit a great sin, he should have been a grimreaper instead. Let's hope that he will be reincarnated and meet bang jin in the end

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I must say.. this show is getting better and better!

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Thanks gummimochi! I was quite blown away by this episode. I feel that I need to re-watch every scene again even from past episodes to try to catch what I missed.

Your idea that hijacking Hwi Young's work even in the past strikes dread in me. As we have been shown, those articles were not just 3rd rate stories but coded instructions to the rebel activists. But in order for the hijacking to work, the code would have to be broken. That means, someone might have to be a mole, giving away the code. The conjecture/guess that comes to my mind, makes me sad, and I won't share it here. We'll see as the story unfolds.

I thought it was an interesting choice of words, that Soo Hyun threatens the rowdy drunk with, "Do you want to be shot in the head?". And in her past life memories, Seol did shoot someone in the head.

Things I like:
Se Ju being smart enough to figure out that Seol was running away and stopping her.

Reversals - It was Seol originally who scolded Se Ju for not going forward to live and to write. Now it's Seol who's hung up on making recompense for her past life and running away from living in the present and Se Ju who saves her.

I like the balancing out of...
- how Hwi Young was writing out of anger and resentment over past wrongs and how he now chooses to work looking to the future,
- how he is prepared to let past lives be past lives, and trust to living well in the now,
- how he did not acknowledge that she had saved in in the past and would have once blamed Seol for the 'bad things' that happened to now canceling out Seol fears in herself being a danger to him, with spoken acknowledgement that she's actually good for him and his savior. The word he used, 'acquittal', is so freeing for Seol. I hope she can accept her acquittal and embrace it without fears for the future.

Se Ju has moved on so well, but only 1 thing is left for him to be truly liberated from all that holds him, and that is free forgiveness towards the Baek family and any other ghosts from the past. He may well be on the way there, and the resolution needed in this past lives story, I hope, will include it.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Tae Min. Jin Oh said that the past that left vestiges cannot be overcome, that unsettled pasts corrupt the present, and uncorrected faults get repeated. The only way for Young Min/Tae Min to have a redemption, is for him to truly own up to his wrongdoings and to stop blaming others. This seems unlikely now, but who know?

Jarring plot points:
- The strange re-introduction of Stalker's sister to not only plague Tae Min but also to put Seol in danger. And being right on the scene to run down Seol. Was she stalking them all along?
- Then (as others have commented here,) to have the recordings of her in an isolated place, sent to Tae Min so immediately and also to have that footage deleted so soon.

These seem too far fetched ... as if we have entered the chaebol machinations of...

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... as if like we entered the chaebol machinations of Suspicious Partner instead, where there's enough chaebol influence to hide evidence.

I also found the scenes of Ji Sook making a big fuss over Se Ju's concussion quite long and unnecessary.

Aside from this, it was a lovely episode... still looking good ?
and sounding ?great. ?

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RE: "But in order for the hijacking to work, the code would have to be broken. That means, someone might have to be a mole, giving away the code." -- in the history of underground fighters, most of their missions failed because there was a traitor among them.

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Yeah. I think it was mostly because of money. The pro Japanese descendants got hate in Korea because they are very well-off thanks to their ancestors.

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Yoo Ah In has always been a very passionate kisser. He really does immerse himself into the character that he portrays and all his emotions are very believable. So much talent!

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Have anyone watched Capital Scandal? It is written by the same author of Chicago Typewriter. Really great drama focusing on independence movement in 1930s. I watched it many years ago, but want to rewatch now!

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People said the writer is really good in making the 1930s historical dramas. I didn't like her previous modern dramas but I like Chicago Typewriter. I'll surely watch Capital Scandal later.

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I've always felt Capital Scandal was an incredibly underrated show. It's messy and uneven in places, but it does a remarkable job of exploring the different ways people confront or survive a time of injustice.

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I liked last 2 chapters more than today's, but I still liked today too. Oh my gosh, the music is just beautiful.

Thank you, @gummimochi, for your recap.

Last chapter made me cried. This one, almost. And whenever I think of the rest of the story in the past, I believe I will cry even more, because I think it ended up in tragedy for all of them.
And while I don't believe in reencarnation at all, I still view it as two stories taken place, where one of them is very sad and the other is melancholic.

This drama has also made me laugh, it is true, but it keeps on having this melancholic air or flavour that makes me feel sad somehow. And until now I cannot buy a very happy end. Even if SJ and Seol end together, which I can foresee, it is sad for Jin oh. So I will cry for him. ???
Why, show? Why you make me feel blue?

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Thanks for the quick recap, @gummimochi!

Re: Stalker's sister
I'd like to think that the secret investigator is in cahoots with her, hence the blazing fast speed at which he sent videos to Tae Min. Or she, influenced by her brother, is still somewhat a twisted HSJ fan and wants to bring Tae Min down. Hah.

Also, major props to @ravennightstar for nailing the theory about how Yul "materialised" to Tae Min!

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Another lovely kiss. wow! SJ and Seol are really killing me! I was really hoping SJ would manage to make Seol reconsider her decision and I am glad this was resolved quickly.
The stalker's sister will cause problems but I also wonder if this could be a way for TM to redeem himself if he saves Seol instead of betraying her/them like he did in his past life.
JO is so sweet...he deserves some happy ending somehow.

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I made a lot of noises only bats and dogs can hear this episode.

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It's sad what Bang jin's mother said to Yoo but it's true... He is a ghost and Se Joo and Seol are human...

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Awesome! Yoo Ah In's kiss with his number one fan is much better than what I usually see in K drama. It's real and filled with emotion. This takes us to another level of the drama #passionate dating of fan number one# I just hope it will last. It's a crucial moment of anxiety because fan number one may see the ghost #past lover# at this point and it might affect the developing romance. Meanwhile the enemies of Yoo Ah In seem to be increasing with the bike lady coming to lime light. Keeping my fingers crossed with much anxiety ??

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Everytime someone says that they dropped CT after the first few episodes, I feel like saying, the sweetest fruit ripens after some time; patience has it's rewards; trust the writer.

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His confessions are always great, i remember being blown away by the one he did in six flying dragons too.

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That last sceneeeee. It's probably the sweetest confession I've seen in a long while. "So that I can love you with my whole heart when our country gets liberated." Damn. The feels!

Can't believe how much I cried during the scene with Bang-jin and Yoo. How I wish they'd be leads in a different drama next time. I can already imagine how awesome it would be!

On to the next episode!

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Best confession ever.

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That last scene was so good!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Se Joo's line before his kiss had me squealing! xD
But his whole speech to Seol was beautiful. It made me teary-eyed.

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