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The Liar and His Lover: Episode 14

When this show breaks your heart, you can be sure that it’ll heal it again with hugs and kisses. After the most conflicted characters in the story hit rock bottom, there was nowhere to go but up. However, the journey is both painful and poignant. While Chan-young and Jin-hyuk deal with the fallout of their actions, Han-gyul finds out exactly how badly his years of passive compliance have hurt his friends. So-rim reaches her own point of realization as the music she loves threatens to separate her from her friends. Ultimately though, both bands have ties of friendship than run deeper than any amount of anger or resentment, and that’s exactly why we love them.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Han-gyul rushes to the hospital and finds that In-ho is in surgery. Shi-hyun tells him that while In-ho’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, he fractured his arm. Later, the doctor tells them that In-ho won’t be able to play drums for the next six months.

When In-ho regains consciousness, he sees the whole band in his room watching him with concern. The boys and Jin-hyuk sit in the waiting area and wonder how the accident happened. The band’s manager apologizes for not taking better care of In-ho, though he knew he was operating on very little sleep.

Yoon feels guilty for letting In-ho drive back alone last night, saying that he had been uncharacteristically stubborn about it. Chan-young points out that they should just be grateful that In-ho is still with them.

As the news breaks on TV the next morning, Soo-yeon calls up Shi-hyun to ask about In-ho. Mush & Co. listen over her shoulder, asking if they can come visit. Shi-hyun tells them not to, since reporters were hovering in the lobby. Gyu-sun feels awful that a video leaked from his phone caused all this trouble.

When the police come to take In-ho’s statement about the accident, he says that he must have dozed off for a moment due to lack of sleep. This matches the evidence already gathered by the police, and since In-ho didn’t injure anyone, they reassure Jin-hyuk that no charges will be pressed.

CEO Yoo calls up Jin-hyuk and asks if In-ho had been driving drunk. She’s astonished to hear that In-ho had been suffering from stress-induced insomnia for the past week and tells Jin-hyuk to cancel the press conference and bring the boys to her office.

Once off the phone, she thinks over the matter and immediately makes a call to a reporter she knows. She spins a tale of malicious rumors hurting the pride of musicians and causing them so much stress that they lost sleep for days.

At her office, CEO Yoo tells Jin-hyuk to release a statement after In-ho feels better and says with relief that the incident takes the focus off their scandal. To the boys, she says that they no longer have to explain themselves, and they look at her with bewilderment. When everyone gets up to leave, CEO Yoo asks Crude Play’s manager to stay behind. What is she cooking up now?

Han-gyul finds In-ho’s mother outside his hospital room and coaxes her into having lunch with him. Over food, she admits that she hadn’t called In-ho often so that he wouldn’t sense her concern, but now she regrets that she hadn’t asked to see him. Han-gyul is taken aback at this, since In-ho had told him that his mother had wanted to see him the night before.

Mush & Co. sit listlessly in the practice room, wondering what will happen next for them. With Chan-young gone and no one talking to them, they feel powerless over their own futures. So-rim tells her friends to focus on practice for now.

As Shi-hyun, Yoon, and Chan-young head out to the hospital, they see Mush & Co. practicing, and Shi-hyun suggests they stop by to update them on In-ho. Chan-young makes up an excuse to avoid going in with them.

At the hospital, all the Crude Play boys gather around In-ho’s bed, refusing to leave his side. They tell In-ho that the press conference was canceled and that they won’t have to perform live anymore. When they turn on the news, a reporter talks about the band, adding that In-ho’s insomnia was caused by the scandal.

The report includes an interview with their band’s manager, who confirms that In-ho hadn’t been sleeping for days. Yoon wonders when he had time to give that interview, surprised at this turn of events. But In-ho just looks calmly at the TV and says that maybe this will make the public more sympathetic to them. Everyone looks at him in surprise, while Han-gyul watches In-ho with a blank face.

Just like In-ho said, the public turns favorable, and the next batch of articles written about the band are a lot less critical. CEO Yoo shows these to Jin-hyuk and says that this isn’t the first time she’s cleaned up after him. She announces that she’ll be personally speaking to all the artists he manages at Sole Music. At his protestation, she asks if he wants to stay in his position after everything that has happened.

Walking out of her office building, Jin-hyuk thinks back to every hurtful word he’s said to Crude Play. He remembers how he cut them down when they tried to talk to him about playing their own music, and then thinks of In-ho saying that he couldn’t sleep for a week. He rests against a pillar, emotions welling up inside him.

CEO Yoo arrives at Sole Music to talk to Mush & Co. She listens to them perform “Shiny Boy,” then asks for another song. Soo-yeon says that they haven’t been able to practice “Waiting For You” enough, so CEO Yoo asks the boys to come out, and for So-rim to sing.

At that moment, So-rim realizes that she’s at a crossroads. CEO Yoo’s own words ring in her ears: “You’ll have to make a choice.” So, she insists that the boys be allowed to play, even though they’re imperfect. Giving her friends an encouraging nod, she sings Han-gyul’s song.

CEO Yoo compliments them on the song and smilingly tells So-rim that they’ll be talking soon. On her way out, she asks to speak to Soo-yeon. Sitting on the roof together, Jin-woo observes that CEO Yoo had been angry at them. So-rim tries to reassure them, but Gyu-sun interrupts that she was annoyed by their playing.

Soo-yeon comes out with their phones and tells them that they only have to live together for another week. They look at each other with concern and ask why. Soo-yeon just says that it’s CEO Yoo’s orders, but she’s clearly uncomfortable with this development.

Han-gyul visits In-ho at the hospital, and finding him alone, he offers to peel some fruit for him. They joke around, until In-ho says that so long as his hand stays out of commission, they won’t have to perform to prove themselves. He tries to laugh it away at Han-gyul’s serious expression, but Han-gyul asks him not to make light of this again.

He also asks In-ho about his plans to visit his mother on the night of the accident. In-ho laughs that he must have been really tired, since he can’t remember what he told Han-gyul. Han-gyul doesn’t look like he believes him, but his dad arrives just then to lighten their mood.

Later, as In-woo and Han-gyul walk down the hallway, he asks Han-gyul if he’s all right. He’s talking about the proxy musician scandal, and Han-gyul asks how he could be all right when he had been using his friends to get his music out, just like his dad had once told him. In-woo tries to say that he hadn’t meant his words as a criticism, but Han-gyul asks him not to say anything more for now, since he has a lot on his mind.

At the end of their break, when Mush & Co. heads back in to practice, So-rim excuses herself to make a call. Jin-woo follows her to listen in, while Han-gyul stands on the hospital’s roof and thinks about the puzzle pieces around In-ho that were creating a disturbing picture in his head. When So-rim calls, he tells her the truth — that he suspects In-ho of having orchestrated the accident.

At her confusion, Han-gyul starts to apologize for talking nonsense, but So-rim stops him and says that he can tell her anything. “Even if I can’t give you answers, I can be by your side,” she tells him, promising to be with him no matter what. Jin-woo hears this with a grave face, then turns and leaves.

When So-rim gets to the practice room, Jin-woo asks who she called. At her hesitation, he berates her for keeping secrets. When she asks if she doesn’t have secrets of his own, he looks at her and says that he keeps a secret so that they can stay friends, while she keeps a secret for someone else’s sake.

Jin-woo’s frustrations coalesce as he yells that he started to play the guitar for her, but now, no one wants to hear him play, and she’s drifting away from him. He storms out of the room just as Soo-yeon arrives, and So-rim can only watch, unable to follow him.

Back at their dorm that night, So-rim asks Gyu-sun what was going on with Jin-woo. Gyu-sun doesn’t want to tell her, so he just says that she’s being very thick. Jin-woo ignores her as he leaves the house to take a walk, but thinking of his agonized outburst from the morning, So-rim follows.

Hearing her call out, Jin-woo starts running, but her voice reminds him of the first time they met. It was at their school’s playground. So-rim and Gyu-sun had come up to him to ask him to play with them. (Omo! Little Gyu-sun is a tiny replica of older Gyu-sun!) He had been reluctant, but So-rim had smiled and called out his name.

In the present, as So-rim calls him again, Jin-woo slows down and turns to face her. While present-day So-rim looks up at him with remorse, Jin-woo thinks of the laughing younger So-rim who had coaxed him into playing with them.

So-rim asks if he’s very angry with her and admits that he’s right. She kept her relationship with Han-gyul a secret because she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to see him otherwise. She pleads with him to understand, because she really likes Han-gyul.

With his eyes fixed on her face, Jin-woo asks what’s so great about him, and So-rim just says that being with him makes her happy and makes her smile. He nods and says that he forgives her then. Memories of So-rim laughing as she sped down the road on her cycle flood him, and he says: “Because, I… I like your smiling face.” (Oof. Right in the heart!)

Grinning at her relief, he tells her not to make that ugly face, since he’s only friends with her because of her smile. She lightly punches his chest, and he laughs. Gyu-sun watches them from afar, shaking his head at the sudden maturity in his friend.

Jin-woo walks So-rim back to their dorm, then tells her that he’ll be back after buying some milk. Out of her sight, Jin-woo wipes away his tears. Gyu-sun catches up with him and compliments his friend on being awesome. Jin-woo just cries about how much he likes So-rim though, and the two friends end up sitting at a park.

Jin-woo declares that now that he’s a man, he’ll become unemotional. Gyu-sun says that there are other women in the world besides Se-jung and So-rim, but Jin-woo cries out, “Not for me,” which embarrasses Gyu-sun. Hahaha. He turns to Gyu-sun and says that he’s the only friend he has in the world. Gyu-sun sniffs that it’s the same for him, and the boys hug it out. (Is it just me, or did they almost kiss? Hee.)

When they get back to the dorm, the boys refuse to talk to So-rim and shut her out of their room. Pfft.

CEO Yoo meets Shi-hyun and talks to him about holding a press conference, so reporters can see In-ho’s injury for themselves. He asks why they’re talking in the absence of Jin-hyuk, and CEO Yoo tells him that Jin-hyuk will be stepping away—she’ll be handling Crude Play from now on.

He gets back to Sole Music in a thoughtful mood and collapses on a beanbag. When Soo-yeon comes in, he tells her that he might have a fever. As she checks his temperature against hers with concern, he laughs at her for being gullible. Soo-yeon about his teasing, and he confesses that he’s just furious.

When she asks if he’s all right, Shi-hyun says that the leader of Crude Play has to be all right. Soo-yeon points out that she didn’t ask the leader of Crude Play, and Shi-hyun smiles sweetly at her. Then his brows furrow as he remembers a similar moment in their past. He says that they were preparing for a festival together, and when he was lying down, Soo-yeon had come up and asked if he was all right.

Soo-yeon remembers that day too. Shi-hyun had been lying on a table with his eyes closed when Soo-yeon came into the room. She had touched his forehead, smiled, and slipped a note into his jacket pocket. She looks at him now with hurt in her eyes.

As he begins to speak, she gets up to leave. He catches her arm and tells her with frustration that she’s confusing him. “Sometimes you look so pretty, and sometimes you just look cold. I don’t know what I can do to make you love me!”

Soo-yeon looks at him in surprise, but he says that she was like this in high school too. “I thought you liked me, but then you turned so cold that I couldn’t even talk to you.” Soo-yeon is completely taken aback. She argues that he was the one to reject her feelings by throwing her letter in a trash can.

Shi-hyun clearly doesn’t know anything about a letter, and when she says that she’d put it in his jacket, he says that he’d lost it on the day of the festival. (Is that the proposal meant for Shi-hyun that Yoon received? Did Yoon take Shi-hyun’s jacket by mistake?!)

Shi-hyun starts laughing at the utter silliness of their misunderstanding, but Soo-yeon is just hurt. She thinks of all the wasted years and turns to leave in embarrassment. Shi-hyun catches her hand again and pulls her close. Cupping the back of her head, he pulls her into a kiss. Eeeeeee!

CEO Yoo takes Yoo-na to a shoe store and buys her everything she likes. She talks about Yoo-na joining Who Entertainment, and when Yoo-na brings up Jin-hyuk, says that there will be a change in management, and Yoo-na should think about what shoes she’ll be most comfortable in.

On a roll now, CEO Yoo visits In-woo at his music bar to ask him to start working on the album. He plays out an impromptu song in answer: “If you squeeze your feet into shoes that don’t fit/Your feet will hurt/Why not just take them off?/Am I supposed to stand the pain?” (Pfft. These two and their shoe metaphors.)

CEO Yoo offers to have Han-gyul examine their contract if he can’t trust her, but In-woo says that that’s not what Han-gyul wants. Yoo argues that Han-gyul is more worldly than his father thinks: “Look at Crude Play. A truth that can hurt a lot of people should be kept silent. Your son is taking advantage of that too.”

In-woo doesn’t look up from his guitar, but he disagrees. “Those guys still have a sense of shame… sunlike us.” CEO Yoo looks away, unable to argue.

Han-gyul can’t stop thinking about the night of In-ho’s accident. He remembers how In-ho used to be in school before they debuted. When the gang was huddled over a laptop, second-guessing themselves before sending a demo of their song to an agency, In-ho had clicked “send” while the others were distracted.

Clearly nervous himself, he had still told Han-gyul that when you’re uncertain, you should stay positive. The boys had clasped their hands in prayer then (while Shi-hyun muttered the lyrics of song, ha).

Present day In-ho had a different philosophy though: “Who knows? They might feel sorry for us and cut us some slack.” Han-gyul recalls this, along with how shifty he looked when Jin-hyuk had asked him if he dozed off.

Han-gyul visits In-ho in the hospital and finds Mush & Co. visiting. So-rim instantly brightens up, and In-ho teases her about it. Everyone notices how tense Han-gyul looks, and when In-ho says that there’s no need for him to be worried, he snaps. “Why do you look so okay?” he asks In-ho, pointing out that there is plenty to be worried about, not the least of which is his injury.

Han-gyul leaves, and So-rim follows him out. In-ho asks their manager to give Han-gyul a ride. Outside the hospital, So-rim catches up with Han-gyul and asks what happened. He tells her that he can’t get certain thoughts out of his mind.

Before he can say more, their manager arrives with the car, and Han-gyul agrees to take the lift. During the car ride, he finds out that CEO Yoo had arranged the interview with the reporters that had swung public sympathy their way. He also finds out that the manager had bought him sleeping pills on the day of the accident. With mounting worry, Han-gyul asks his manager to take him to Sole Music.

Jin-hyuk sits in his office thinking about CEO Yoo’s intentions towards Mush & Co. It’s clear that she’s only interested in So-rim and doesn’t want “another Crude Play” on her hands. It’s then that he gets a call from Yoo-na, but he doesn’t pick up. She looks at her phone and thinks back to Jin-hyuk telling her that he has too much on his mind having to try to protect what he thought was already his.

Chan-young is working on “Shiny Boy” at home when he gets a call from Jin-hyuk. When he reaches Sole Music, he’s reluctant to sit down, but Jin-hyuk promises that the conversation is important. He explains that CEO Yoo wants to disband Mush & Co. and train So-rim separately. When Chan-young asks why he’s telling him this, Jin-hyuk says: “I think you’re the only producer who can lead Mush & Co. without breaking them up.”

Han-gyul visits the security control room in Sole and asks to see the CCTV footage of the night of In-ho’s accident. He finds what he’s looking for — the moment when, by the vending machines, In-ho had thrown something away to hide it from Han-gyul as he approached.

Han-gyul dashes to the room with the machines and finds a strip of sleeping pills exactly where In-ho had thrown them. He heads back to In-ho and tells him that he just wanted to see him. With a sad smile, Han-gyul says that he just realizes that he’d never had a fight with In-ho. Because In-ho suppressed his feelings, none of them ever gave a thought to how he’s dealing with things.

In-ho tries to shrug it off, but Han-gyul asks why he did it. “Why did you drive while on pills?” In-ho denies it, but Han-gyul pulls out the strip he found and tells him that it was captured on CCTV.

As Han-gyul gets angry, In-ho finally yells back that he didn’t take the pills. He admits that he thought about it, tried to do it, but Han-gyul had come in at the right time. He didn’t go through with it, but the accident happened anyway because he was so distracted.

Han-gyul isn’t satisfied, wanting to know why he would consider taking the pills at all. In-ho says again that Han-gyul should forget everything, since it all worked out in the end. This frustrates Han-gyul as he shouts that driving on pills could have killed him, but In-ho shouts back that it was the only way he could stop the live performance.

Han-gyul is stunned that In-ho would go to this extreme because of the press conference, but In-ho says that they would have been exposed since he can never play as well as his proxy drummer. Han-gyul argues that they would have just paid the price for lying, but In-ho cries that he didn’t have the courage to ruin his friends with his own hands.

With that heartbreaking confession, In-ho gives in to tears, and Han-gyul envelops his friend in a hug. Han-gyul apologizes and promises to take care of it: “I’ll take responsibility, so don’t worry anymore.”

So-rim sits in her practice room thinking of Han-gyul’s tense face at the hospital. She gets a call and immediately leaves to meet Han-gyul in the recording room. He’s sitting there alone, thinking of his friends when they first started out. At So-rim’s arrival, he completely breaks down.

Instinctively, So-rim hugs him as tears pour down his face. Holding her tightly, Han-gyul cries that everything is his fault. “I hurt everyone.”

 
COMMENTS

How does this show do this to me? I want to hug every character here — even the ones whose actions have caused the most misery. It’s not a drama I would scream from the rooftops about, yet I don’t remember the last time a show made me feel this happy and content. It’s the people that populate the story, I suppose. They are horrid and wonderful, helpless and powerful. And every one of them has a journey I want to be a part of.

We’ve been told repeatedly that Han-gyul’s decision to go along with Jin-hyuk’s methods has hurt the band, yet the truth of that has never hit harder than today. Han-gyul spent the entire episode worrying that In-ho was suicidal, but the truth of the matter is that In-ho has lost all confidence in his ability to play the instrument he loves, and Han-gyul is directly responsible for that. For years, he told his bandmates that they aren’t good enough, that all they have to do is hand-sync, because their own music isn’t worth listening to. When he didn’t say it in words, he said it in his actions.

We can blame Jin-hyuk for being money-minded and shortsighted, but he was never friends with the Crude Play boys. Han-gyul was. Yet, just like Jin-hyuk, he only thought of how to cover up their flaws, not how to encourage them to be better. The heartbreaking part is that Han-gyul did it while believing that it was the only way he could debut with his friends. But it’s an excuse a green musician in the industry could use, not an experienced composer who knows the ins and outs of how this world works. Before today, I don’t think Han-gyul ever really understood how badly his silence had hurt his friends.

Which brings me to CEO Yoo’s sneering comment to In-woo about Han-gyul being worldly. When Yoon had protested against lying to their fans, CEO Yoo had silenced him by pointing out how many people their “truth” could end up hurting. It was the same argument that Jin-hyuk used to shut the boys up when he’d found out about their “Real Crude Play” videos. It’s an effective argument, and one that has merit. But it’s also a clever distraction from the boys’ real questions: Is it right to take credit for skills they don’t possess? Is it right to lie to those who admire and support them?

It’s clear that CEO Yoo understands this well. She also knows that her emotional blackmail on the boys would not work unless some of them wanted the status quo to remain. Han-gyul is particularly guilty of it because he only saw the scandal that could harm his friends, not the danger of a lie that was already eating away at them. CEO Yoo may think that Han-gyul went along with their plans of denying the lie because he was jaded, but I think he did it for the same reason he has done it before — he thinks it’s the best that he can do for his friends.

Those friends have had enough now, though. And I was glad to see that Chan-young isn’t the only one done with the way things have been until now. Yoon and Shi-hyun have both clearly reached their own turning points. And while In-ho is scared now, I believe that he just needs the support of his friends and a chance to show what he can really do. That’s the way Han-gyul can really help his friends, and now he finally understands them well enough to have their back in the fight to come.

This episode was chock-full of beautiful moments that warmed my heart. A long-awaited one was Shi-hyun and Soo-yeon’s confession. How characteristic for these two to have loved each other for years, all the time believing that the other doesn’t reciprocate. I’m convinced that this is the confession story Han-gyul was telling So-rim about, and someone needs to box Yoon’s ears for delaying that kiss for five whole years!

The other one, of course, was when Jin-woo realized that he likes So-rim too much to make her sad. That boy is seriously bad for this noona’s heart. For all my initial whining about this show’s editing, Jin-woo’s memories of a laughing So-rim intercutting with the sadness of present-day So-rim was beautifully done. And that walk with Gyu-sun, when all of Jin-woo’s maturity fell away, and he wept like a little boy! The end of a puppy love has never been shown in a drama with more sympathy, I think. Even as the two boys cried over their failed first loves, I never loved them more.

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This drama makes me root for everyone, and that's a first ❤️ Can't believe we're saying goodbye soon!

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In 2 days, it's going to be the last time we can watch Liar and Lover live guys. I'm not ready!!!!

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I can't believe this drama is ending in 3 days.

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And we just got a Si Hyun-Soo Yeon kiss, I want to see more of them now that they're past their misunderstanding ??

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Double date!

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YES. That kiss! Definitely a highlight for me. Hope to see lots of cute from them next week.

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I want to see the same for our main OTP! Lol! ?

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But I want a SorimHangyul kiss (a hot one!) and a cute date to boot! :D

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Time (and episodes) really flies (fly) when you're having fun ?

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I don't want to let this one go. Wails!!

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What is with this recent trend of dramas getting better and better in the latter half??
Makes me extra sad to let go!

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And hoping the trend will continue! ?

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Oooo, I'm now wondering what other dramas are making you feel that way lately?

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For me, it's with Chicago Typewriter. ^__^ I hope it keeps getting better as it moves on to the second half.

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Un like last year that everything became boring at the later half..

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Exactly. I mean we just got to the semi-resolution of the scandal. I actually want more scandals ?

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I believe this drama is one of the rare cases where it would benefit from an extension. The pace has been perfect, so it's not about lacking coherence, but because each minor character is so richly created, I wished we had more time to explore each of their backstories more.

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Agreed. I can watch these puppies and the meanies for like 50 episodes. That way we'd hear more songs from Han Gyul, watch Crude Play go on a world tour, see Mush & Co. do CFs ?

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Yes! More songs please!

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I want to know more about all their past too. You can tell the backstory has meat, but you only get to smell it. I want to eat it too!
I never think extensions are a good idea, even if I demand it out of emotions. But this time, an extension is intellectually reasonable.

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mmm... meat smell. haha.

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haha. Meat smell. It makes me crave for some Korean barbecue. Some beef brisket, some samgyupsal or pork jowl, some kobe beef too. Yum.

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Indeed! I want more bickering, and more poignant moments. I want to see our Mush & Co puppies debut and receive much love from a growing fan base (or at least see GS and JW practice their asses off until they become good enough to play live with SR). Or if they choose not to pursue music professionally, I want to see these puppies settle happily in their non-celebrity life. ?

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@klurker You're making me wish for what can never be. Crying.
It's sad, but I really truly want all that. I want to see their journey, navigating the industry, the ups the downs. I want to see Jinwoo and Gyusun find their own loves. I want to see Mush & Co interact with other artists, some rivalries, some friendships. Ah, what should be, but can never be, because of those darn ratings. Crying forever.

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@allend Yes, the show still has a lot of rich stories to explore #indenial I am.

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I agree with you. I'm satisfied with what we've gotten so far, but this drama could benefit from the extension because we could explore even more characters. It's such a waste of rich characters to just know bit and pieces when we can have the whole story.

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I agree. This is the kind of story that can go on and on as we follow along their success story in the industry (or if not in the industry, their story with music). It's all about the characters, not the plot anyway.

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I'm not ready either! Denial, here we come.

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I just wanted to give everyone a hug in this episode. Even CEO Yoo, I pity her. I don't understand why she does those things, but I must admit she's clever!

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Her priorities are shares and shareholders. So when there's a problem, her goal is to take it away, in this case, Jinhyuk's bad management.

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I cheered when CEO Yoo feigned concern to the reporter on the phone to gain sympathy for Crude Play. "Woo-hoo! Spin it, woman, spin it!" In a show with so many geniuses, CEO Yoo is no doubt a genius businesswoman.

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I really like her!

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I live in a wonky time zone, and the subs come out around 3-4 am every monday (or is it tuesday?) and I always set up an alarm to wake up and watch this even though I can never concentrate on work the next day! :D This is what this drama has done to me. <3

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Same here. The subs come at around 2-3 am but I keep myself busy with studying so that I can watch it as soon as it comes. It helps that I'm not required to rise early though.

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You're back!

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I refuse to call this drama fluff.

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Me too. Some of my favorite dramas on earth are fluff. Like Sassy Go Go, Shopping King Louis, Splish Splash Love, 1% of anything. I love fluff.
This is not fluff. This is just... a knife to my feels.
I'll die happy.

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I love fluff. But this drama isn't fluff, and I also love it ❤️

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But it's a cute knife! You won't die.

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"a knife to my feels" is just the perfect way to say it. I love this drama so much i really just can't believe it's ending soon. If only an extension is possible. ???

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Nope, it definitely isn't.

It just hurts me so! And I love all the characters, each and every one of them.

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These last couple of episodes have all been so emotional and hitting us in the feels. It just hurts so good!

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Did a makjang fan say so ?

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lol. I actually love makjang, but this drama made me cry three times in one episode, while some makjang dramas can't even manage to make me cry once in their whole run.

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Makhang's exercises my eyes from excessive rolling. While this drama, I pause to absorb the feels because I don't want to miss anything, not taking my eyes anywhere away from the screen.

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Hahahaha. When people ask us what we're doing and we're watching dramas. We can say we're "exercising." We just won't say what. *wink*

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I like to think of it as a thick blanket: seemingly soft and fluffy at a first glance, but surprisingly weighty and with enough coverage to snuggle deep within it, leaving you feeling warm and satisfied.

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I'm impressed, very smart and accurate metaphor. Thumbs up!

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Or can it be a shoe that fits us all? Lol at the shoe metaphors c/o Inwoo and CEO Yoo

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I'm still not sure I understand that metaphor fully actually.

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Sigh. I know. From the way people were speaking, I assumed this was like B-grade Disney movies, if not C-grades. Fortunately, I decided to watch it recently due to that Javabeans' paragraph on What we're watching and it's not anything cheesy or fluffy like those Disney movies. It's even less cheesy and fluffy than the best Disney movies, I don't know what people were talking about.

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IKR. All the hate directed towards this drama so unreasonable, I think all the negative attentiom is due to idol-Joy's casting. It is ironical because then this Show goes on to give it right back to all those haters. This drama is not fluff, it's not a rom-com, this is a heartwrenching feel good tale of nostalgia, heartbreak, misunderstandings, love and a lot of growing up which is accentuated each step by some great music! I don't even know what genre to specifically put this in.

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A love story about music and musicians <3

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Or it's a "musicians' love story with music."
It's as much about the love they have for each other as the love they have for the music.

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@V-min and the musicians also love each other through music and because of music. So this should be called a love story through music.

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Never! This is hardcore emotional stuff (of dreams)!! :D

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I was so happy to see Soo-yeon and Shi-hyun get together. Their relationship has intense chemistry.

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I LOLed at their misunderstanding. That they had for years. Like, LOL ?

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I know- true facepalm moment. I was like- all of this angst and holding back because of that?! Come on now!!! But it makes them cuter in my mind.

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Oh yes, too cute ?❤️ And i want more of their cute!!!

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I know! If they had just liked each other and confessed it would have been so easy, but then there wouldn't be the phase of them trying (and failing) to pretend they didn't like each other at allllll. Which totally just made them so much more adorable so I guess I'm perversely grateful for their six years of silliness hehehe.

Now I'm excited to see how they act in their new-found couple bliss!

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Isn't it cute she tried to confess with a folded pink note though?

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It was seemingly so silly but so real. I think we all had stupid misunderstandings.

But because of it, I think it's so much more satisfying when they realized that they don't have to hide their feelings anymore after all this time.

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It's funny how simply they resolved the misunderstanding, without making it feel unrealistic. It was stupid, but not unbelievable.

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When Soo Yeon almost walked out (before Shin Hyun wisely stopped her), she looked so mad like, "Are you saying we could have been making out all this time?!"

Chorus of Beanies: Same.

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I'll be honest, my mind went more to the "Oh god, we've been so stupid" but the making out train of thought is infinitely better.

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Soo Yeon and Shi Hyun kiss
MY SKIN HAS CLEARED. MY TAXES HAVE BEEN PAID. MY CROPS ARE FLOURISHING.
Everyone else: hurt, confused, or sad
yea ima letchu finish but *replays kiss scene*

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Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

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Seriously! Every moment between them you can feel the tension. They have a magnetic chemistry where you can't draw your eyes away. We NEED more moments between them, but there are only two episodes left! T_T

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Yes, I know it's impossible, but I'm not ready for this to end. Besides, there's so much I want to find out about their past, and so much of their future I want to live through the drama with them.

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I think my neighbors heard my squee for miles.

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I'm still squeeing.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE.

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squeeee.

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Squee. x10000

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When this scene came out, I squeed like crazy while slapping my husband's arm and he had this deadpan look on his face the entire time. LOL

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Pffft. I'm laughing just trying to picture it. It could be a meme.

You watch the drama with your husband?

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Yes, I do! And he loves this show just as much as I do. ? The range of audience this show reaches is all kinds of amazing.

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It was more adult. HG and SR was more like children's peck of affection.

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Yeah, SH even managed the cool-guy thumb-on-face maneuver. I could never pull that off.

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Is it difficult to pull off? Why?

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I'm just not cool enough. I'm just trying hard not to bang teeth.

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I just loved the way he pulled her back and gave her THAT look right before. You know, that "you're not getting away from me this time" look, hehehe. So hot.

The other kiss was adorable and sweet, but this one had six years of longing behind it. That's pretty hard to beat!

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Jinwoo and Gyusun. YOU TWO ARE KILLING ME. They really stole the show this episode. It was the first time my heart broke for Jinwoo because I really understood how much he liked Sorim. The part where he said he started up guitar for her really made me sad. And when he dropped Sorim off and said he had to go get milk, and his tears started - my heart crumpled up like a tissue. It's ok little one, noona is here for you!

But of course he didn't need my hug because his best buddy Gyusun was there to save the day. I just chortled when I saw the two of them drinking their yogurts like it was soju and came stumbling in like they were drunk that night... And Jinwoo swearing off girls made me smile and shake my head... Young love is rough.

Friendships like this only come once in a blue moon. Usually, dramas console me by giving unrequited puppy love hints of a new love (think Kim Seul Gi for the uncle in Weightlifting Fairy...), but honestly, I'd be perfectly fine here with Jinwoo and Gyusun's friendship.

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I think I just cried at the 'milk'. My innocent babies.

Wahhh...hahahaha!

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I cried before they even started crying. I cried the moment Sorim called out to Jinwoo and he turned back and looked at her.

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Ya me too! The very fact that SR persistenly ran behind him and JW actually turned was so touching and then the childhood parallels.. Then he starts crying, I was a total wreck. Who knew the hour had come that JW would make me bawl.

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Honestly, I knew it was just supposed to be a cute/funny thing but it was a little hard for me to see them slam the door in So-rim's face --especially when that flashback, while effective in making me feel for Jin-woo's broken heart even more than I already did, also drove in just what an open-hearted, supportive friend she's been, even from such a young age. So it was somewhat disappointing to see them relegate her to 'girl' status, when she's so much more than that.

Haha, I get they're supposed to be getting over their irrational first loves so it was supposed to be a petty little moment, not to be taken too seriously, but it still made me sad for So-rim. Maybe because I've seen her sticking by them so resolutely in recent episodes? I get that she's the one with the new bf and all, so I'm cutting them some slack for excluding her, lol.

That's why, even though they were a highlight of the episode, it was In-ho who stole the spotlight for me.

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Even in a group of friends, sometimes, between genders, there are just some moments where friendship between men are just different and need their own space.
If you know Harry Potter? I think it's like Sorim is Hermione, and Ron and Harry are Gyusun and Jinwoo, and sometimes have moments where they have their alone moments.

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Sorim pulling through for Crude Play and insisting they played with her, not only that, but she was encouraging them and leading them along when they struggled to play the song.. it just makes her such a good friend. I hope it proves people who questioned her friendship wrong.

Inho stole the spotlight for me too. His fear of screwing up was so relatable.

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I loved the bicycle part better. I don't know how to describe it, but I could feel the love Jinwoo had for Sorim in the slow-motion moment she came up to him smiling.

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And it wasn't even cheesy as it could have easily been. It was just fresh and beautiful.

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Bonding of Sejung and Sorim (not even comparable) too! I guess Sejung was introduced not just for the scandal, but so that Gyusun could relate to Jinwoo and console him better.

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He had So Rim to himself all these years, and had all the chances in the world to get the girl. But he didn't ? And I want to hug him ???

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He waited too late. The moment rivals showed up was when he decided to act. Talk about bad timing!

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Joining the Jinwoo lovefest/noona-free-hugs offer for our puppy Jinwoonie right now! Ugh! Honestly, reading the recap made me feel so much feels again and because I'm a sadist, after reading all your comments especially the bike scene, I rewatched that part all over again. Ugh. I teared up. The flashbacks to their childhood and junior high days (when Sorim came towards Jinwoo with a smile on a bike, I could really feel Jinwoo falling in love with her with the way his eyes were just focused on her face) added so much depth and history to Jinwoo and Sorim's relationship that I felt Jinwoo's heartbreak all the more. It killed me when he said, "I forgive you" because "I like...your smiling face" and when he finally, accepted the fact that Sorim is in love with Hangyul. I'm so happy Gyu-san was there for him. Ugh, my puppy! I wish noona can give you a hug!

Btw, Knetz are just as shook over the Jinwoo and Sorim scene. I got curious about the Knetz reaction to episode 14. I got directed to a Twitter site run by a Joy fan who kindly translates comments from Naver. The Jinwoo x Sorim story really resonated in Korea -- the scene (Sorim and Jinwoo's talk and the flashbacks) trended really well and was even featured on the main page of Naver and it also got so many comments and likes. Jinwoo even got called, "the nation's handsome one-sided love icon", LOL. If you're interested, here is the link:

https://twitter.com/applejoy903/status/860473221266628608/photo/1 -> click View once you get to the Twitter picture to see full post.

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Many people hated Hangyul in the beginning before his confession. Love can change anything.

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I'm tearing up because of our puppies and their failed first love. Its unbelievable! #sniff sniff........wahhhhhhh?

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You ladies... And here we get unjustly called the more perverted sex. The Y chromosome doesn't monopolize owning perverted thoughts quite obviously. Ha.

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Hahaha! Hello @marina -- thanks for the tag. I can't believe it took all the way to comment #63 (my comment) for someone (ehem, me) to mention that scene! I get that Sorim was providing comfort and all and the gesture is meant to look even maternal and protective but I mean, I was squirming a little bit because Hangyul's face was resting in her bosom! *nervous giggles*

I recall rewatching that scene in TVN's Youtube and there were several comments (mostly from Joy fans) who were going like: "Lee Hyun Woo must have saved a country in his past life". LOL

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I'm really curious to enter Hyunwoo's mind during that scene. What must he be thinking. If we thought of it, him, as someone who was much closer to it, must have thought it too. Giggle.

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Han-gyul has changed so much in such a short time. Remember back when Sorim was just happy to receive one indifferent text from him? Oh how times have changed.

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I call this the The romantic professional workaholic. They exist after all <3

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only in Dramaland.

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Shhh. Let's us dream a bit.

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SY and SH together at last.

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Everyone and their mother. My mother too. She doesn't even watch this one with me, but even she knows how much I've been waiting for it. Haha.

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how cute. live a happy married life <3

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We can sit here and play the blame game all day.

- It's Han Gyul's fault for wanting perfect music and anything less than perfect is unacceptable.
- It's Jin Hyuk's fault for replacing Crude Play with session musicians in the first place and implanting the idea of "perfect music" in Han Gyul's head.
- It's Jin Hyuk's fault for making Crude Play think their playing will never be good enough and are doomed to hand-sync for the rest of their careers.
- It's Crude Play's fault for shortsightedly recording their videos in their own Sole Music practice room and uploading them as REAL Crude Play.
- It's Se Jung's fault for taking advantage of Gyu Sun's naivety and stealing his phone password.
- It's Gyu Sun's fault for letting Se Jung take advantage of his naivety and steal his phone password. Twice.
- It's Se Jung's fault for delusionally believing Chan Young Oppa is hers and leaking Gyu Sun's private video to get revenge against So Rim.
- It's Han Gyul's fault for treating his session musicians like crap and indirectly causing Session Guitarist Hyung to spill the beans on Crude Play's secret.
- It's the adults' faults for manipulating high school kids.
- It's In Ho's fault for foolishly taking matters into his own hands.

At this point, it's useless to blame one person. It's everybody's fault they're all in this mess.

Wait, was In Ho trying to kill himself to stop their performance? @SailorJumun thought Chan Young was contemplating suicide yesterday, which never even crossed my mind, but In Ho's heart–to–heart with Han Gyul today sounded like he had given up on life. These boys keep recklessly sacrificing themselves for the band. I had suspected drugs too because In Ho was so skittish when he ran into Han Gyul, but if he had taken pills, the police would have detected it since they checked him for alcohol.

I know Crude Play and Mush & Co. are currently drowning in scandals, but the scandal to end all scandals: "Crude Play's Leader & Vocal Dating Mush & Co.'s Manger." Hallelujah! I couldn't be happier Shi Hyun and Soo Yeon are finally together. My OTP of this show. I wish we got some background on the progress of their relationship, though. After dodgeball, they suddenly became close even having late-night rendezvous at the office, but we were never shown what happened between them. More specifically, what happened between them in Soo Yeon's room during their MT. I'm glad Shi Hyun has Soo Yeon to lean on through this possibly career-ending scandal. I can't wait until the other boys find out about them.

Just as I finished praising So Rim for being quick on the uptake with Chan Young's feelings yesterday, she was slow to read Jin Woo's heart today. Aww, Jin Woo Puppy! I felt his pain right there with him. So Rim's got two boys confessing to her in back-to-back episodes with both boys quietly getting over their feelings for her by themselves. I love how Jin Woo and Gyu Sun were drinking...

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I love how Jin Woo and Gyu Sun were drinking Yakult because they're too young to drink beer. Baby Mush & Co. was precious. It is so true when Jin Woo resented, "Nobody tells us anything." I'm sure the boys know the reason why they're moving out of their dorm is because CEO Yoo wants to break Mush & Co. up.

Chan Young looked really adorable meekly leaning against the glass door in Jin Hyuk's office not wanting to go in. Chan Young truly is the only candidate fit to produce Mush & Co because he always has their best interests at heart. He loves their band, and they love their producer. A huge thanks for the recap, @festerfaster!

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@panshel From what I understand (please correct me fellow beanies), In Ho was supposed to take sleeping pills, but he changed his mind because HG suddenly appeared behind him and gave him assurance that everything will be alright. Same assurance he gave to the group for all these years. So the accident occurred because In Ho lost his focus on driving, not because he has given up on life. At least that's what the subs translated lol.

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