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The Best Hit: Episodes 29-30

Time has never been a friend to Hyun-jae in this series, but it’s been a real treat for us to watch him grow into a caring and generous individual to those around him in that time. Turns out those happy times are only the calm of the storm as we enter the final week of The Best Hit and Hyun-jae is faced with the difficult choice to either preserve the past or protect the future.

 
EPISODE 29 RECAP

Following a tender reunion on the rooftop, Hyun-jae walks Woo-seung back home, hand in hand. He complains about the short walk, and she teases that she’ll move far away next time. Unwilling to part ways so soon, they bicker about who should leave first—Hyun-jae insists on seeing her walk inside before leaving whereas Woo-seung doesn’t find that necessary in this day and age.

She laughs, saying they could argue about this all night, so they finally exchange goodbyes. Just as Woo-seung inputs the passcode to gain entry into the building, Hyun-jae rushes forward and presses all the keys on the keypad like a child.

Piqued, he wonders how she knows less about modern dating than he does and why she doesn’t use the popular pick-up line people use nowadays. Ha, ya mean being invited upstairs for “ramyun”?

He finds her total ignorance about this subject nettlesome and walks away looking sour, only to run back and blatantly ask, “How do you not know something like, ‘Do you want to come up for some ramyun’?”

When Woo-seung takes those words at face value, he literally sinks and bemoans her failure to comprehend the double entendre. He grumpily takes her up on her offer for literal ramyun, though, which Woo-seung instructs him to cook.

The bickering continues in Woo-seung’s apartment, where she and Hyun-jae playfully disagree over how to cook said ramyun such as having chewy vs. bloated noodles or whether or not to add an egg. Amused, Hyun-jae points out that their different preferences supports the concept that “opposites attract,” and then gravitates his head to hers like a magnet. Ha.

Once they sit down to eat, Woo-seung admits Hyun-jae’s addition of the egg isn’t bad, and then addresses the elephant in the room, asking him where he planned to go. He admits he didn’t have a destination in mind; he simply thought he outstayed his welcome here: “It’s enough that I made one mistake. I didn’t want to hurt people again.”

He’d figured that his departure would mean a happily ever after ending for everybody else. Woo-seung disagrees and asks if he has a place to stay tonight Seeing through his false claims that he does, she instructs him to stay here tonight, claiming that she might get nervous if he suddenly disappears again. Hyun-jae smiles at that and feeds her a piece of kimchi.

Back at the rooftop apartment, Ji-hoon finds the box containing the smart watch on his desk. He marvels at it, then finds a written note from Hyun-jae, apologizing for not being the person Ji-hoon thought he was, but thanking him for everything: “Time doesn’t go in reverse. I hope we can share a time we don’t regret.”

Neither Woo-seung nor Hyun-jae can sleep that night, so she turns toward him and wonders why he went missing twenty years ago. He replies that he doesn’t know, but finds the idea that someone back then really wanted to make him disappear troubles him.

Considering Hyun-jae to be an innocent party in his own disappearance, Woo-seung tells him not to blame himself. He scoffs and decides to continue the search for the culprit tomorrow. He then switch topics, and with a small growl, he remarks on how trusting and brave she is for letting a hot-blooded young man like himself stay the night.

She smiles, pulls out a frying pan from under her pillow, and sweetly cautions, “Sweet dreams, Thumbs Up.” Pulling his arms toward his chest, he answers, “You too.” Heh. But while Woo-seung eventually zonks out, Hyun-jae is unable to fall asleep.

In the morning, Kwang-jae sits down with Ji-hoon and MC Drill to bring out their upcoming single. At MC Drill’s amazed reaction, Kwang-jae makes sure to nip any of his brown-nosing attempts in the bud, and then plays the song for them.

The melody sounds familiar to Ji-hoon’s ears, and a flashback teaches us that Hyun-jae stumbled upon the sheet music in Ji-hoon’s notebook. Impressed, Hyun-jae made some tweaks which then resulted in the guide version Ji-hoon and MC Drill are listening to now.

Ji-hoon correctly guesses that Hyun-jae wrote this song and learns that he also created the choreography. MC Drill gasps to hear that Hyun-jae had some musical talent.

Over at Star Punch, Young-jae already anticipates the impending media splash over losing MJ. However, he believes they can spin the story to their advantage and instructs his staff to frame the story like a tell-all from a songwriter claiming that MJ never wrote any of his own songs.

He’s no longer interested in signing MJ again even if the singer comes crawling back to the agency and guesses that leaking this information on a Friday will allow the news to spread over the weekend. His staff is concerned that MJ will point the finger of blame at him, but he believes MJ will have more to lose in this battle, and they should be prepared to fight dirty.

Later, Young-jae climbs into his car and lines up a private meeting with a reporter. Once he hangs up, he asks his driver why they aren’t moving, and a familiar voice tauntingly calls, “Young-jae-ah.”

It’s Hyun-jae, who is here to ask Young-jae something because he “doesn’t have much time to live.” Saying he isn’t afraid of anything, Hyun-jae slams down the accelerator, which effectively momentarily spooks Young-jae until he realizes that the car is still in park.

“Nothing will happen as long as you’re honest with me,” Hyun-jae warns. Young-jae calls this a threat, and when Hyun-jae asks him if he knows anything about his disappearance in ’94, he claims he knows nothing and climbs out of the car.

But Hyun-jae won’t let him off that easy and follows him out of the car. He points out that Young-jae is in possession of his music notebook and that would logically make him a prime suspect. To that, Young-jae gets on the defensive, claiming that he wouldn’t resort to extreme measures like orchestrating Hyun-jae’s disappearance over a notebook.

He claims to be a victim too, because he thought Hyun-jae ran off with the large sum of money. He had to perform at nightclubs to make end meets following their disbandment, and it was only after he met Cathy was he able to build his success. Getting choked up, he notes that Hyun-jae never treated him with respect.

His sob story tugs at the guilty strings in Hyun-jae’s heart, and Hyun-jae issues a belated apology, explaining that he wasn’t great at expressing his feelings back then. He offers Young-jae a napkin to wipe away his tears.

And then Young-jae drops a bombshell: He was there at the same lake the day Hyun-jae went missing and saw him with another person. He was too far away to make out the face, though, so he naturally assumed it was Kwang-jae.

Back at home, Kwang-jae finds Grandpa looking at a photo of his daughter Mi-young, which was tucked in his address book. Grandpa refuses to visit his deceased daughter on her upcoming death anniversary, though he chuckles that she was beautiful. He asks Kwang-jae how things are going with Bo-hee, and is told to assume all is well.

Now that Hyun-jae knows he wasn’t alone the day he disappeared, he reads a post on his online fan cafe written by a fangirl who grew up to be a surgeon. A thought pops into his head, and he reaches out to her, asking to meet.

Just then, he gets a call from Ji-hoon, who asks where he disappeared off to. Surveying Woo-seng’s apartment, he assures him that he’s fine and asks how practice is going. Ji-hoon says he called to thank him for writing the song, knowing that Hyun-jae did more than some tweaks of his baseline melody.

Even so, Hyun-jae is happy to hear that Ji-hoon likes the song and choreography since he was worried that he’d fallen behind the times. He disagrees with Ji-hoon’s idea of getting a vocalist for a feature verse on the argument that Ji-hoon needs to command the attention of his audience instead of trying to play to the crowd.

Ji-hoon is open to getting pointers from Hyun-jae over the phone and is about to thank Hyun-jae for the watch before thinking otherwise and thanking him for all his help.

Woo-seung gets frustrated at work when she can’t get through to Hyun-jae because he’s on a call. Her co-worker wonders if she’s seeing someone, and she shyly denies it.

In the taxi, Hyun-jae listens to a radio DJ warning her listeners about a typhoon whose projected path is similar to the one that hit Seoul in 1993. He’s told by the taxi driver that they could use the rain in this drought, and they listen to the report that this typhoon named Danas (the Austronesian verb for “to experience”) may evolve into a twin typhoon.

In the World Agency office, MJ asks for Kwang-jae’s permission in coming clean with the truth about his songs as soon as possible. He understands that fulfilling this request may mean Kwang-jae losing his hard-earned investments and asks if he should wait.

With a sigh, Kwang-jae replies, “Let’s do that then.” MJ takes that to mean that he should wait, but Kwang-jae clarifies, “No, let’s tell the truth.” MJ smiles, prepared for the public backlash that will follow.

Hyun-jae meets his fangirl-turned-surgeon at a cafe, where she confesses that he looks so much like Yoo Hyun-jae that she’d believe him if he’d claimed that he was the same person. She’s taken aback when he puts those words to the test, asking,”What if I said that I really was? How much are you willing to believe me?” and then divulges that he’s the only doctor he knows who can provide some insight into his inquiry.

Now we learn the contents of the page Hyun-jae found in the security deposit box, in which he’d written: “This is an illness that cannot be cured through modern medicine anyway. I don’t want to be remembered as a sick man in the end. That’s not Yoo Hyun-jae’s style. I want to be remembered as a star to you all until the very end. A brilliant ending, like a star. They said there’s nothing more they can do, even though it’s my body. I had no idea.” WHAT.

Hyun-jae thinks back to his earlier conversation with the doctor, who confirmed that the illness he mentioned was incurable in the 1990s, but a cure was discovered in the early 2000s. Now considered a lifestyle disease, most patients are cured through medication. Hyun-jae looks at his beeper which displays the date June 9th at 1:20 AM. Is this the time he died?

Kwang-jae grows worried when Grandpa leaves for a meeting over drinks that night. Grandpa assures him that he’ll be fine, but later, we see him dozing off at a bus stop. He wakes up without any knowledge of where he is or where he’s headed. He removes his blazers, places it on an outdoor ashtray and leaves it behind with his phone. Oh no.

He’s wandering down the road while we hear Hyun-jae’s voice asking where Grandpa has gone, worried that he might be exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Kwang-jae isn’t worried, believing that Grandpa will outlive them all.

Kwang-jae has more pressing concerns like knowing that Hyun-jae moved out of the rooftop apartment and that Hyun-jae has something on his mind. Hyun-jae levels with him, saying that he feels like the past is trying to connect with him through incoming messages on his beeper.

He theorizes that the past they currently know will change if he decides not to return to the ’90s, leading to a butterfly effect that ripples into the present. According to that logic, Kwang-jae realizes that Ji-hoon’s entire future is at risk since Hyun-jae traveled through time before having a romantic relationship with Bo-hee.

“So don’t you have to be in the past in order for Ji-hoon to exist?” Kwang-jae asks. ‘S what we’ve been sayin’!

Afterward, Hyun-jae sits outside, where he gets a text from Woo-seung asking why he hasn’t come home yet for dinner.

 
EPISODE 30 RECAP

In her apartment, Woo-seung worries that the food will get cold when Hyun-jae arrives. He’s amazed by the spread she’s prepared, and when she says he’s lucky he came in time to eat, he jokes that he has better luck with girlfriends, meaning her.

Just as he’s about to wash up for dinner, he whips around and shoots a volley of love bullets at her. She scoffs, only to mimic his actions seconds later. She doesn’t know of the thoughts weighing heavy in his mind since Hyun-jae keeps up pretenses at dinner as they shoot love bullets and arrows at each other. It’s only when Hyun-jae steps out for some fresh air alone that night does concern wash over his face.

News of MJ’s confession goes public the next morning, much to Young-jae’s surprise. He can’t believe that MJ beat him to the punch and is immediately bombarded with calls. He’s told the netizens are split in opinion, but MJ’s fans were moved by his bravery. Knowing that they’ll be flooded with calls, Young-jae relays the company statement that MJ acted alone.

Meanwhile, Kwang-jae learns that Grandpa never came back home last night. Remembering Hyun-jae’s recommendation to get Grandpa checked out, he tries calling, but it goes straight to voicemail.

That’s because Grandpa doesn’t have his phone on his person and is completely lost, walking through the streets looking haggard and missing a shoe. He mistakes a random woman for Bo-hee and even climbs into a stranger’s car, asking the man to take him wherever he’s headed because his feet ache.

But the stranger takes him for a crazy old man and pulls him out of the car. Thirsty, hungry, and lost, Grandpa uses a plastic bag to cover his blistered foot. This is too hard to watch.

Not only is Kwang-jae worried about Grandpa’s whereabouts, the investments for World Agency hasn’t come through following MJ’s admission. He assures all the boys not to worry, though Ji-hoon hangs back to make a suggestion: What if he and MC Drill made their debut online? Perhaps through MC Drill’s internet broadcast.

Dad feels sorry for making Ji-hoon worry, but the latter knows that Dad has worked harder than anyone for their debut. Dad admits it’s more difficult dealing with outside investments, but assures Ji-hoon that things will get better.

Hyun-jae waits for Woo-seung to get off work to ask her out on an impromptu date. They go bowling and beat another couple in a game by a small margin, get a tarot card reading, visit a comic book store (where Hyun-jae cries over the ending of the Slam Dunk series), and ride on a tandem bicycle through the park.

They end up sitting beside a lake, where Hyun-jae says she made him temporarily forget who he was, where he came from, and how he lived his life. “Now that I think about it, you’re the only one I have in the 21st century,” he muses. He wears a smile when he looks at her whilst appearing troubled when he looks away.

Later that night, Kwang-jae follows up on his missing person report with the police regarding Grandpa. He claims that Grandpa is healthy and is told to wait for a call. After contemplating whether or not to borrow money, he searches through the drawers and discovers Hyun-jae’s letter addressed to Grandpa.

Remembering that Hyun-jae mentioned that he’d apparently sent money to World Agency sometime in 1994 after their fallout, Kwang-jae opens the envelope. Inside is a letter and a stock certificate from Hyun-jae, saying that he bought stock equal to the cost of expenses the agency invested into him.

Evidently, Hyun-jae bought 500 shares into an electronics company which has since turned wildly successful. Kwang-jae does the mental math and gasps because these shares are now worth 1.3 billion won.

Grandpa is wandering in a park when he sees an empty bench and imagines his deceased daughter Mi-young sitting there. A spotlight shines on them as he sits in a neighboring bench and apologizes for coming to see her so late. She doesn’t mind and notes how much her once handsome and popular father has aged.

He asks how long she’s been waiting, and she replies that she waited for him to come see her. Seeing the many people walk past made her feel nostalgic, and Mi-young apologizes for not being a daughter he could be proud of and marrying a man he didn’t approve of.

Tears in her eyes, she says time wasn’t in their favor—he would’ve understood her if they had more time together. “I’m sorry too. I was too stubborn, ” Grandpa admits. Mi-young knows her father acted that way because he cared about her and denies that she ever resented him for it.

He tells her that there was never a moment when he wasn’t proud of her, because she was the best thing in her life. She thanks him for raising little Mal-sook on her behalf, and Grandpa is on the verge of tears as he shares how Mal-sook was instructed to draw her mother’s face at school, but ended up drawing his face.

Sobbing, he asks his daughter to forgive him. She says there’s no need between family and calls him the best thing in her life. Grandpa sheds more tears, then looks over in her direction, only to find the bench empty.

He walks into a police station, where he flags down a police officer and laboriously explains that he’s lost his way home.

As Hyun-jae and Woo-seung stroll down the street, he asks if there’s anything she wants to do. He’s disappointed when she can’t think of anything, calling her a small dreamer, but she doesn’t think that having dreams are that important anyway. He comments that he always feels like he’s running out of time whenever they’re together, and she advises him to take it slow since they have more days ahead of them. If you only knew.

She calls him out for staring at her while she’s studying at home later, citing that he’s a distraction. He says he’s trying to memorize her face so he can later imagine what she looks like with his eyes closed.

She shows him the goosebumps forming from his cheesy line, and he grumbles that she doesn’t get his sincerity. Moments later, the doorbell rings—it’s Ji-hoon and MC Drill, and Hyun-jae hurries to find a hiding space.

Woo-seung sticks Hyun-jae in the wardrobe with his shoes, then lets Ji-hoon and MC Drill inside. Aw they brought her housewarming gifts. She awkwardly leans against the wardrobe doors and tries to act natural when MC Drill asks for a drink.

MC Drill mentions that he thinks Woo-seung accidentally took one of his t-shirts because it went missing when she moved out. She promises to find it and return it to him later, and she scolds him when he makes his way to her closet.

But MC Drill insists on taking a quick look and moves her aside. He’s unable to open the doors (because Hyun-jae is resisting on the other side), and though Woo-seung claims the doors get stuck frequently, Ji-hoon gets up to fix the doors for her.

Ji-hoon forces one of the doors open and sees nothing but clothes and a blanket (which Hyun-jae is hiding under, ha). Woo-seung intervenes before MC Drill can take a closer look, calling it rude of him to try and look in a girl’s closet. Ji-hoon agrees, but then spots something in his line of view.

She gulps, but Ji-hoon plucks MC Drill’s shirt off the rack and hands it back to MC Drill. Ji-hoon tells his buddy that they should get going to avoid the impending storm. Once the boys leave, Woo-seung hurries back to free Hyun-jae from the enclosed space. Outside, we learn that Ji-hoon had seen someone hiding in the closet, but didn’t mention it.

After picking up Grandpa at the police station, Kwang-jae wipes away his tears on the drive home, asking why he didn’t mention his condition earlier. Grandpa apologizes for being such a burden and asks him to look after Mal-sook because he thinks he doesn’t have much time left.

Mal-sook is the one person Grandpa worries most about, but he admits he feels better now that he’s with Kwang-jae. Aw.

As Woo-seung and Hyun-jae lie down to sleep as the rain pours outside, she wonders where this underlying sense of anxiety is coming from. She leans over to pluck the sticker picture they took together off of the doll Hyun-jae won for her, then grabs his hand and sticks the picture on his forearm.

She calls this sticker a compass, explaining, “So you won’t get lost wherever you may go.” She yawns and lies back down on her bed and asks him to make her breakfast tomorrow. Hyun-jae agrees, but later that night, we see that he’s changed clothes and he watches her sleep.

He gently tucks her in and caresses her hair before placing a soft kiss on her forehead. He walks out of the apartment, and the camera zooms in on the breakfast he’s prepared for her.

Hyun-jae returns to the rooftop, where he flips through the group photos he took with his rooftop friend while the typhoon rages around him. He touches Woo-seung’s face in one of the photos, then checks the time: 1:19 AM.

He looks up, and the storm comes to an abrupt stop. He tucks the photo inside his bag and grabs the red sled before looking up to the sky, where the eye of the typhoon reveals a full moon. His sticker picture with Woo-seung still stuck to his arm, Hyun-jae heads for the stairs and closes the door behind him.

We hear a whoosh and see the red sled zoom out of the end of the staircase, empty.

 
Epilogue

We rewind to the moment Kwang-jae storms into the police station looking for Grandpa, who drowsily calls out to him. Kwang-jae unwraps the plastic bag on Grandpa’s foot and is troubled when he sees the blisters. Grandpa remembers that he took off his shoe, but doesn’t recall anything that happened afterward, and he apologizes for not calling.

Kwang-jae is asked to sign a release form, and then he takes off his own sneaker for Grandpa to wear. Grandpa bids the entire station farewell and almost leaves with a police cap instead of his own hat. He and Kwang-jae leave the precinct, holding hands.

 
COMMENTS

Before we get to anything else, there’s something I need to get off my chest: REALLY?! The Incurable Disease That Shall Not Be Named trope?! After all this time, spending nearly two months wondering about who was responsible for Hyun-jae’s disappearance, you’re trying to tell me that Other Hyun-jae pulled the ultimate Noble Idiot move and left everyone because he was secretly dying?! You have got to be kidding me. I thought we’d seen every drama cliche there was to see in this series, so I feel foolish for have fallen prey to the mother of all tropes. No wonder Hyun-jae considered that a stupid reason when he read the note. *breathes deeply*

I’m really hoping that note was written when Other Hyun-jae only thought that he was dying because he kept that note and banker’s check in a security deposit box with a passcode only he and Bo-hee knew. But you know what, now I’m just mad that very note was why Hyun-jae started making his round of farewells to everyone around him. I realize that this makes me sound like I’m looking for someone to blame aside from Hyun-jae for the circumstances of his disappearance in ’94, but now Hyun-jae has traveled back to the past to save the people in 2017 from emotional pain, and to a time where his alleged disease is incurable.

Even with this flurry of mixed emotions in this eleventh hour, I almost want to give Hyun-jae the benefit of the doubt and believe that he has a greater plan in mind for his return to the ’90s than to simply repeat the past. I understand how Hyun-jae believes this his prolonged presence in 2017 puts Ji-hoon’s existence at risk, but will his return open up an alternate timeline or will he pick up right where he left off in 1993 and have a relationship with Bo-hee because he believes that he is Ji-hoon’s biological father? We saw him pack a few important memories with him, but did he pack medication that would supposedly cure his unnamed disease? And wouldn’t bringing back trinkets from the future also lead to consequences in the past?

Bo-hee was mysteriously absent this hour, which leads me to believe that either there was a filming schedule conflict or the writing is holding onto all of its answers for the finale. Not including her perspective seems like a poor choice by this point, since her answers can contain heartache and that any relationship torn apart by the truth can still have a shot at reconciliation. I was bummed that we didn’t get a follow-up on her and Kwang-jae either since that was a relationship that was slowly building over the course of this series. So now we’re left to assume that things are going fine?

If there was one storyline that stirred my heart today, it would be watching Grandpa and his longest memory lapse to date. I could barely watch him wander the city for days until one foot was raw, and can only imagine how painful it will be when he isn’t able to remember his own name. His imagined conversation with Mi-young at the park was both worrisome and wonderfully cathartic since he was finally able to face his deep-seated guilt. It pains me to think that his condition will only worsen from here on out, and that Mal-sook will soon find out. Only time will tell how Hyun-jae’s next moves in the past will affect the present we’ve come to know and love. I’ll be frank—I don’t know if The Best Hit is going to pull the rug out from under us in the finale. Is it too late to wish for time to go in reverse so we can hold onto adorable Hyun-jae?

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Grandpa and Kwang-jae ripped my heart out this hour, and watching resigned heartbroken Hyun-jae just twisted the knife. Yoon Shi-Yoon has been so lovely through all of Hyun-Jae's growth.

I can understand the annoyance with the disease trope, but I actually didn't mind. To me, that was actually one of the few realistic reasons Hyun-jae might have wanted to disappear, so I was relieved because it seemed plausible. Not to take it too heavy, but I'm a cancer survivor. I personally took chemo treatments alone by choice because I couldn't bear for my family to see what they did to me. I related to his choice.

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I did basically the same thing. Although my husband was with me throughout, I didn't tell my parents till I was 10 months through treatment.

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How do you time travel? By flashbacks.

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Other than Hyunjae and Wooseung being together, nothing is working out as I expected and hoped for. I must admit that the first half of this drama was way more entertaining for me. I guess when something is soooo good you get even higher expectations.

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I agree. But rather than HJ and WS 'coz I jumped off their ship very early on, I'm just glad for GJ and BH finally ending up together. He had suffered the most out of all the characters there. I have not even watched the 2 final episodes out of disappointment. And I kept jumping to more important scenes last friday and skipping the obvious cliche scenes.

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Hyun Jae sudden terminal illness and Soon Tae arabeoji wandering made me want to cry ? , I can't believe this is the same show that made me laugh and swoon for weeks ?. As a Ji-Hoon and Woo Seung shipper , the closet incident was painful to watch for Ji-Hoon ?. Hoping for a happy ending , not rushed, no open ending where we need to assume things cause I usually can't bear these endings. Two things for sure Yoon Si Yoon makes me swoon with pleasure ? and my eyes hurt seeing Kim Min Jae in these green shirts ?.

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Grandpa :*( I was yelling at everyone to drop everything they're doing and comb the city for our beloved gramps. All his scenes made me cry. I had expected this drama to be more of a the-lives-of-youth-in-this-crazy-world drama, but I really like how they're emphasizing the parent-child relationships. JH and KJ. KJ and the man who is like a father to him - grampms. Gramps and his daughter. Gramps and his granddaugther. Even HJ and JH.

I actually didn't mind the incurable disease bit, but I did mind they didn't reveal what this disease was (any doctors here have any clue of what it could be?!) and that he didn't at least try to get the medication to manage this disease! I was touched that HJ gave gramps those stocks and that he wasn't as selfish as I expected. I'm also touched that he is going back to 1994 so that Ji Hoon can be born. Truthfully, he could just stay in 2017 and rewrite history and no one would be the wise.

This drama has a pretty optimistic vibe. i don't think it will doom HJ to death. The only route is to make JH not HJ's son so HJ can come back to the future to live.

By the way, I really like how MJ and World Agency unintentionally thwarted YJ today!

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I've seen TB suggested because it used to be common in South Korea. I've seen the finale, so I won't say anything more specific.

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really? TB can be chronic? i had no idea... (that's what i assumed "lifestyle disease" meant) i thought it was like it becomes "activated" then you take a heavy round of antibiotics & it kills the bacteria. when i thought of "lifestyle diseases" i assumed like AIDS or lupus, things that are treated with medication but it's never gone...

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Just read-up on this and it makes absolute sense.

The fact it was so contagious would also explain why Hyun Jae would be seeing a doctor secretly and want to 'go off the grid'.

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I remembered it saying it was a "lifestyle disease", so I guess maybe heart disease or cancer.

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Apparently a lot of Koreans carry it as a latent disease and it flares up when they're ill.

They portrayed Original Hyun Jae as a hard-living musician. Poor sleep, a poor diet, and other unhealthy habits could cause a flare-up of latent TB.

Article on TB in Korea: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/south-koreas-legacy-battle-with-tuberculosis/

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After reading the article and thinking about what you said, it does make sense it's TB ?

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I, too, don't mind the incurable disease trope. It seems to fit better than if they'd pull out some random criminal in the last hour.
These two episodes though, gosh. I cried, and cried, and cried. And the cried some more because of HJ's disease, and JH's fate, and HJ & WS's everything tbqh, when Gramps got lost and when he was talking to his daugther, when KJ was crying because of Gramps and when they shared sneakers.
When Gramps was saying how Mal Sook drew his face instead of her mom's, I was wailing and laughing at the same time.

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i'm going to miss this show (╥﹏╥)

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Man... I was doing my eyeshadow when that scene with Kwang-jae crying in the car with Soon-tae. Needless to say, it ruined my whole make up. Kwang-jae's emotion felt so raw, it pains me.

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Cha Tae-hyun really did an exceptional job in that scene. I hope his next role is one where he cries less...

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I haven't cried that hard since Dear My Friends.

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Actually I like the fact that the real reason for Hyun Jae's disappearance was some unnameable disease because I didn't think the plot really needed some huge conspiracy against Hyun Jae. Like it would have been too convoluted to have had someone else be the cause of his death. The fact that it's something out of anyone's control makes it a lot more palatable and more realistic. Sometimes life just happens and there's nothing you can do to stop it and if you think about it, that's been a major theme throughout this entire show.
I just hope that this prognosis doesn't spell doom for our Hyun Jae in the present.

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Unfortunately things like this happen in real life all the time. I remember when my daughter was in summer camp and had to make a gift for Father's Day, but since her father had died, she couldn't think of someone to give it to. As a teacher I've had orphans, single parent kids, and kids that have parents but live with other members of their family. That is why at the beginning of the year the first thing I find out is who they live with, to avoid making mistakes. Still, even the smallest assignment can have a big effect. I asked my students once to write an essay to share with their class about a good memory they had and a student wrote about sharing time with his godfather after his parents died from AIDS. He was the first and last kid to read his essay. Nobody else wanted to read after him.

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Many moons ago I taught ESL at the Hawaii campus of a Japanese college. In conversation class one day, I introduced vocabulary for family relationships, innocently figuring that the young ladies would enjoy talking about something they were experts in -- their own families, hometowns, etc. When I called on a student and asked her to tell us about her grandparents, she said she didn't have any. I thought I misunderstood -- until she said they were from Nagasaki and died in the atomic bombing. I wanted to disappear under the floor.

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It's a mistake we all make once. Now we know better!

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Gosh, I didn't cry during this episode but I'm crying now at your story. What a heart-stopper.

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@bbstl,

Good to see you, Chingu!

Yeah, my 27-year-old self was gobsmacked. As a fellow human being, I could only express my sadness that she never got to meet her grandparents.

Our school was 16 miles from Pearl Harbor... Sometimes the past has a way of intruding into the present, which is one of the themes in THE BEST HIT. What matters isn't so much what happened in the past, but how we choose to respond to it now. Hyun-jae's journey of a thousand miles is an inner one that began with a single step: a change of heart that enabled him to empathize with others.

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@pakalanapikake

"What matters isn't so much what happened in the past, but how we choose to respond to it now." <3 :)

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@Jamie Opso,

Aw, shucks. ;-)

One more thing I'll add:

We are free to change our attitudes at any time. Do-overs are allowed. ;-)

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I was on the verge of crying when I watched the scene where Grandpa was hallucinating his daughter. There's nothing sadder than a parent/s-child heartbreaking moments.

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Sooooo much stuff in this show has made little sense, but I really don't mind. The characters are lovely and I fell in love with them. Still, I wish they would have tried harder to bring a little bIt of logic and continuity into the story.

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Yes I agree with you...it's stupidly trivial but I am still wondering how YHJ's car became MC Drill's car... and where the car went after the initial episodes. It feels that my brain is able to forgive all the inconsistencies because of my love for CTH, YSY and KMJ...

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Ha! I've been wondering about the car as well. ;-)

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The scene where Grandpa said Malsook drew picture of him when she is told to draw a picture of her mom got me laughing between my tears, because it paints a funny picture in my head, but then the deep meaning behind it makes me crying even more. And that part when Gwang Jae was crying in the car got the tears started again, who's been cutting onion here?? On the other note,I know I have been raving and swooning over Yoon Shi Yoon throughout the series, but this scene reminds me that I miss Cha Tae Hyun pulling out his acting skills to good use. I am so sad that he said he's probably won't do this (directing + acting) again, I am guessing because of the bad rating and double hard work that doesn't pay off.

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He'll come back, he has to..... T.T
Grandpa...T.T
Everything in this episode....T.T

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I've overall enjoyed the drama, but I wish it had the guts to continue being primarily a comedy. I don't know if they moved more to romance and angst trying to improve ratings or what, but I feel like this wasn't the dramas original intention.

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Which was sad because ratings stayed pretty much the same. What a way to mess up an otherwise good story.

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Right? I feel like the writers were trying to appeal to the audience more, but I personally felt that it made the show lose it's original charm. I'm still enjoying the show but there are so many things the show could explored all this time instead of wasting weeks on the romance (they are cute but I can't really get into it and could care less :T). Instead I wish Hyunjae was able to get closer to the other characters even more, like Jihoon. I guess that's one of the downfalls of drama that are filming as it airs...the creaters sometimes chicken out and don't have the courage to continue with the original concept because they are too concerned about ratings. Take the drama Producer for example. UGH so frustrating....?

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apparently there was some controversies between the pd and the writer... but i dont know the story

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Woah seriously?? For reason I'm not surprised if that is true.

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I agree, and to think that in their interviews they said. through their actors, that they are not so concerned about ratings and all the promos about it being a drama/variety. I feel that they put so much effort to be different in the beginning then just became every kdrama cliche they were parodizing. Also it seems that they were putting so much pressure on YSY alone to pull the ratings up, relying on his explosing charisma and skills as an actor, but all the others could have contributed if they only had more screen time and stories to build on. So much wasted time on the romantic scenes that does not really help the ratings anyway.

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typo: explosive charisma...

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Yeah...also it didn't help that at one point people were complaining that there wasn't enough YSY, which I think is the reason why the other characters weren't developed as properly. I love YSY and his charisma but I found it really unfair to the rest of the hardworking cast :T it annoys me how easily influenced the writers can be....have a backbone for god sake. I get sometimes feedback is needed but I felt like this was just giving into raving fangirls and not the sake of the plot itself. But thats just how I felt.

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You must not have seen the relationship poster for this drama that was released in the beginning... it was clearly stated from the beginning that HJ will have some affection for WS. In a particular interview at the beginning before the drama airs, LSY was asked about her character's feelings, and she hinted that WS will have some sort of crush on YHJ.

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I have read it and seen their interviews, but even those two instances you mentioned they were being vague enough to make one look back and realize that even the actors don't really know how is it going to end. I don't care so much about the loveline as long as it believable and necessary. Looking back at the YSY's dramas, as a fan, I can see how this one has gotten mixed reactions and lukewarm ratings.

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grandpa made me cry... it pains me alot to see him like that....

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The scene with grandpa and his daughter was very powerful. I work with elders who have different forms of dementia and so many times one or the other is looking for their sister/mother/brother/father/son and it's heartbreaking. But it is also part of the process.
I was glad they showed it as a way for grandpa to make peace with his daughter. Now he can wander into the world of Alzheimers without regrets. Ahem, I don't mean that how it sounds, but I think people who know they have dementia know it will only progress, not get better - and so they try to take care of things before they can't.
Anyway, any time the writers add dementia to a plot my interest picks up. This one was handled in a very loving way.
The rest of the story as well, lost its luster from the first couple of episodes when I laughed out loud. But overall it was cute. The grandpa story and Ji Hoon and McDrill were the bright spots for me. sigh.
Thanks for the fast recap anyway!

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@stpauligurl,

The depiction of Grandpa's descent into Alzheimer's looks realistic to me with regard to long-term versus short-term memory. The good news is that he wasn't driving when he got lost. That happened to my father-in-law, who lived half a continent away from us. He got lost driving to his boyhood home town, but eventually managed to find his way home. We had no idea that he was developing dementia.

My Mom was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's at a time when it could only be definitively determined upon autopsy. She wandered away from Dad a couple of times when they were shopping and scared the hell out of him. Our county sheriff's department had a program that he was able to enroll her in that supplied her with a transmitter resembling a wrist-watch that could not be removed. If she wandered away, a call to 911 would get the police to track her location. Luckily we never needed to use it, but it gave us great peace of mind.

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The Ji Hoon and Hyun Jae momets are sweet. Ji Hoo didn't even call him out when he was in the closet.

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He's accepted the fact that they like each other. Always the mature one, Jihoon is.

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So glad he FINALLY let go! Him trying to impose a dating relationship on her was getting painful to watch.

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Yep, admired his attitude so much; he accepted that he can't have her love but he never wants to stop being her friend. He's been steadfastly sweet and keep putting Woo-seung's feeling above his own. Ah, the force of SLS is strong with this one T_T

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I didn't get why WS and HJ had to sneak around JH nor how did that even help in the character development others are talking about. JH already knew that he has been friend-zoned anyway and he is smart and mature enough to know that the two moving out means they want to see each other freely. If he doesn't want to witness, he could call first before visiting.

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I think all three of them are trying to be considerate of each other's feelings, which yeah, complicated things, but understandable for me.

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Too much makjang in these episodes TT. I miss the comedic offers but...wow we also learned a lot from the past episodes. Grandpa doesn't deserve to suffer this much you know :( also Kwangjae and Bohee. Kwangjae is that amazing man who works so hard for his family even when those family members aren't even his direct blood-related family. Bohee is not even his real wife, Grandpa is now his father and what he knows is Jihoon is not his real son. Please let Kwangjae got on his feet and let him success. He deserves all of that TT

Meanwhile, I am glad that Hyunjae grows better, so much better now. No selfishness, not-necesarry anger issue.
I hope the last episodes answer our questions: who is Jihoon's dad? How could Hyunjae disappear and the person behind that?

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My heart hurts now after watching grandpa walk around completely bewildered and lost. I kept hoping that anyone would stop and help him since it was obvious that a lot of people took note of him. Then again, it's a drama. ?

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Anyone noticed the deer antler and green mouthwash PPL is gone? Grandpa and Hyunjae broke my heart this episode. ?

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Oh grandpa...i cried n cried watching and then thinking about that scene. Alzheimer's is just a horrible disease!!
I am surprised about the incurable disease bit as i always expected something more sinister in play with HJ dissapearence.
YSY has been perfect in enacting HJ growth from immature star to someone whp now cares and wants to do right with all the people he loves.
Watching the subbed finale right now...cant wait to read the recap n comment?.

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Also...honestly, I am still thinking that the rls development in Hyunjae and Wooseung is quite unnecessary. With or without the loveline between those two, the drama's could still run, perhaps, more focus in Hyunjae-Kwangjae rls, or Hyunjae-Jihoon, or Jihoon's dream, Hyunjae's mystery or Kwangjae's struggle and effort, they can also add MJ's passion.
Yes we have those but I think we have more Hyunjae-Wooseung. Maybe they pushed that out due the rating but...well the rating stay as it is and rather, it is kinda break the loyal follower of this drama like me from the too-much-loveline

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Ugh. I totally agree with you. The family dynamic was always more important to me than the love line, and honestly I thought that's what the show was supposed to be about. I get the the romance was probably for the ratings, but it was just so . . . gross.

This whole show went up in flames lol.

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Lol and your display name seems like sum evthing up! ?
Yes...if..the drama was a rom-com from the start then the loveline is indeed necessary. The thing is what we knew the drama was about family, passion, friendship and the loyalty among those stuffs. I am sad and upset at the same time TT. The Best Hit was actually really really good, yeah I think the rating kind of blind them of. Since that is how they earn somethin eh? We can't blame them but still, we are kinda disappointed.

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That's the part that pains me the most. There's so much content they can work on but they chose to focus on something not necessary. The show really dragged because of it. This is the first time in the many years of kdrama watching that I skipped through episodes.

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Yup! I never skipped anything from The Best Hit during the beginning. Everything was really good. Until they brought and pushed Wooseung-Hyunjae loveline so hard to the circle. TT

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i know right? It breaks my heart to skip at one point a full 10 minutes of HJ. That's like a third of the show! But then, there was nothing I missed anyway, except cringe-inducing moments.

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Thing is, I'm fine with Hyunjae by himself and Wooseung by herself. It's only when they're together that I skip. I just can't justify it. Towards the end, most of the episodes are only with the two of them together and I only watched about 10 minutes because I had to skip so much.

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Lol, it's like 9am here, I am at my office and desk and laughing, literally, over your comment.

Yup, I am even fine when they are together with Jihoon and Drill, or MJ, or whoever.
But... they kissed too many times.... TT
If this is a romcom like Tomorrow with You then yes, kiss all the time you want, I even expected the kissing scene and was like 'aww' and clung to my pillow whenever they kissed (it was super nice)
but..but, Hyunjae-Wooseung's loveline seems so forced.

Even the ending of ep 31-32 was about them....where is Kwangjae and Jihoon? Their ending part was too short.

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At 6:00 am, I was bawling my eyes out. First with Grandpa and at the bench with her daughter. Such great acting there. My tears have barely dried then came the shoe exchange scene. The last time I cried like this was in Marriage Contract and that was a year ago.

And Kim Min-jae is now included in my male actors fave list. Can't believe he has been to my country, and to my province specifically early this year.

May dramaland have more and more dramas with this tone.

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Man I said it once, I will say it again. TT TT This whole serious was such a let down. The story lines that were most important to me were the relationships between HJ, JH, and BH. But I felt like BH was basically absent and aloof and her character could have had made a much larger impact on the series. I think the illness is such a copout, I mean I get it, I think that is the only thing I like is that there isn't one true villain. I still find the relationship between WS and HJ absolutely infuriating.
I don't want to ruin the end for anyone reading the comments who hasn't seen the ending yet, but if you have the same sentiments as me towards this show just get ready to yell at the computer. It's like the biggest copout in the name of love I have ever seen in my life.

All in all. I enjoyed this series in the beginning, but towards the end I felt they focused too hard on an incredibly cringey love triangle/story, and I felt like none of the characters really improved that much. I had so much hope for this show. But another one bites the dust!

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Super sad that Bohee didn't get much airtime. There wasn't much to say about her relationship with Jihoon because they were rarely together! I was so happy to see Yoon Sonha in another drama after Dragons but she really got the short end of the stick here.

I'm with you there. I still cannot justify Hyunjae and Wooseung's relationship.

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Yoon Son Ha was in a huge controversy over her son bullying other children. Calls for her to stepped down from the drama, boycott the drama, and malicious comments about her goes on until the end. While it is admirable she kept to her responsibility as a professional actress and doing her best till the end of the drama, you have to understand she would want to be shown as little as possible following the fiasco, and the production team probably also thinks thats best for all parties. She wouldnt want to burdened her fellow colleagues by stepping down in the middle of filming, but she's also caught in the middle of negative publicity that puts a slump on the production.

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wow i didnt know that, thanks for sharing - it explains alot.

i agree with the other commenters that the story was a bit confusing because i didnt know what the key story was - was it about the father son, the mystery timeslip or a romance (if so, i really could have done without the father son love triangle with WS).

but overall i love the casting (yoon shi yoon, grandpa, malsook, MC drill, joungjae even) and the acting and there were parts of the show i just adored. i will miss this show!

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This is not a typical drama that has a key story. Its more a slice of life with a fantasy of time slip miracle thrown into it. Every character has their own story arc that symbolises some struggles of life, if you look deeper beneath the comedy, jokes and drama tropes.

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It's really unfortunate that it had to come to that. I respect and admire her decision obviously, but even without air time I think that BH's story line still could have made more of an impact. Like finding something random like . . . a diary! It has definitely happened in drama land before. Or some random obsolete picture, etc.
I mean even the writers went about saying "oh she can't even say JH is her kid." Which fine, I get hiding it from the public but even in the scenes with BH and JH she didn't even act like a mother. So she has to keep it a secret even at home behind closed doors??????? Why?
They also glossed over HJ and BH's relationship repeatedly because they were so engrossed in the WJ, JH, HJ relationship dynamic. Which made it seem like HJ didn't even care about her. I mean I understand this was before they were even in a relationship at that time, but I still feel like you would be curious about what the mother of you child was like all these years later. And would actively pursuing her to figure out the answers. lol.
idk. I also wanted to point out that if HJ has a disease (which I mean why would they fit this into the show in the last two episodes, but it's fine) what if JH inherits it? LIKE OKAY?? I guess the drama is over so that is like nitpicking the show but still. Also someone mentioned above he could have aids but if he had aids what about BH because as we know JH is definitely their child.

I am sorry everyone I am just baffled.

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The ending and their explanation does not go down with me well. It doesn't make an iota of difference .... I still find the relationship between WS and HJ weird pretty annoying and I was equally pissed with both for what they did despite knowing about Ji Hoon's feelings for WS.

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Ermergerd, where is my happy pill? I watch most of this episode thru blurry eyes while wiping tears, aargh. Altho I did let out a giggle at solemn-faced Hyun-jae with the red plastic sled...

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Today's episode was so sad. Although it fits the plot, the discovery that he had a terminal illness was so heartbreaking. And then he left and we don't know if he will be able to come back safely...DaBoooong!!! ???
I hope that the writers make up for this in the finale. I'll be on pins and needles waiting for DaBong to show up again in the future.

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These two episodes really made me cry. Grandpa Soon Tae's scene with his daughter is really heartbreaking especially when he said sorry that Mal Sook drew his face instead when the she's asked to draw her mother's face. And then, with Gwang Jae. I cried so hard. ??

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Cry, already missing Da Bong!!!

Yoon Shi Yoon is awesome as Hyun Jae. Hope to see you back in dramaland soon!

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I have already cried bucket of tears and clearly I am not ready for the next episode.
How can a drama start so well, make me so obsessed about it and then stab be in the feels like that? It's really going to be hard to say goodbye to the show.

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Did anyone get Shinhwa Andy vibes from the heart dance?

Also, I have a crazy theory. I was also annoyed at the lazy use of cliched tropes in all the romance (whyyyy when the comedy is so good? And when Grandpa is so tear-jerk-y?). But, WHAT IF, it's all actually a very clever reference to typical romance storylines from the 90s?

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I actually got that vibe from YSY's character... He's the typical, idealized 90's guy who does all of the cheesy stuff to win a girl's heart. I think this show was silly, cheesy, trope-filled on purpose.
It's also basically a retelling of 듀스 (Deux), a hiphop duo from the 90's. Their member Kim Sungjae passed away after they split to go solo in 1995... There's a lot of very clear references to the group in the drama.
So the crazy tropes and stuff didn't bother me much. :)

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Yes, you right! It was Shinhwa Andy's heart-dance.. I can't help by giggling when I saw YSY did it.

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I think you're right. This drama has a lot of layers of really smart storytelling that are being overlooked. Mostly because of people's impulsive reactions to the drama not supporting a bias or including a pet peeve.

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@Crispycheese,

I like your idea that THE BEST HIT may be doing a send-up of 1990s TV shows. I think there's a lot to be said for that view, especially when it comes to time travel.

StarGate SG-1 (debuted 1997) gave us Hyun-jae's slalom down the staircase in the form of whooshing down into a vortex (StairGate SG-1!). The M.C. Escher-esque effects come from the Harry Potter movies of the early 2000s.

As for the time travel trope itself, I'm reminded of QUANTUM LEAP, which ran from 1989 and into the early 1990s. In it, Scott Bakula's character, Dr. Sam Beckett, was dispatched to intervene at significant turning points in history, much as Hyun-jae returns to the early 1990s to ensure that Ji-hoon will actually exist in the future.

The nice twist is that various natural phenomena mysteriously converge in time and space to enable time travel. Instead of the high-tech approach of THE TIME TUNNEL or the shows mentioned above, it's the confluence of twin typhoons, the full moon, electrical discharge in the eye wall -- with the eye directly overhead in the night sky -- that enables the time slip.

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I was born in early 1990s thus, all of these are foreign i to me. I knew Andy from WGM but I must have missed his dance since only watched few eps of his. Maybe this is why ppl especially younger gen. couldn't appreciate them like you do?

For those who aren't familiar with Andy's heart dance, please watch this..

https://youtu.be/jfkX2jeK-y4

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Aloha, hikari_nmh!

I'm a Baby Boomer from New Jersey, USA who is old enough to be your grandma. Pleased to meet you! ;-)

Daebak! Thanks for posting the link to Andy's heart dance. Very cute, and the music is sweetly catchy. Now I know what everyone is talking about. ;-)

I'm aware of Shinhwa, but am ignorant of 99.999 percent of Korean popular culture references unless the performers are also actors I've seen in Kdramas. Most of them are in their 30s, like Eric.

Before PCs, browsers, and commercial access to the Internet existed, there was no way I could have watched this performance. Now, thanks to YouTube and help from a friendly Beanie, I can. ;-)

As for the vintage time-travel shows I mentioned, clips are on YT.

QUANTUM LEAP definitely exhibits 1990s cheesiness, but it also has heartwarming elements that would be right at home in THE BEST HIT. You might be more familiar with Scott Bakula in his role as Captain Jonathan Archer on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. He's currently on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS.

I think that the cable series STARGATE SG-1, which was developed from a 1994 film, has withstood the passage of time better than QUANTUM LEAP, in part because of its military setting. (Neither uniforms nor haircuts go out of style every six months!) Richard Dean Anderson was badass as Capt. Jack O'Neill. He also played the heartthrob title role in MACGYVER, who bore more than a passing resemblance to Da-bong if you overlook his mullet in the season 7 intro. (He even slides down a sand dune in the season 1 intro.)

MacGyver Intro Season 7 [1991-92]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiBGF3yeNCQ

I swear that DR. JIN kidnapped MacGyver and transplanted him to Joseon as a neurosurgeon. LOL!

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Grandpa's storyline for this episode was just heartbreaking. I was trying my best not to cry in his scenes with ghost!Mi-young and Kwang-jae. But it was a welcome break from too much Hyun-jae and Woo-seung.

If I didn't know better, I'd say they actually switched writers halfway into the series. The vibe just completely changed from what actually convinced me to follow this series in the first place.

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So... Lifestyle incurable disease in the 90s. Is it HIV/AIDS?? Whatever...
Sigh.... My interest to this drama is really getting low. I first interested in it because of the comedy, meta and family love-theme... But noooo... In the end, they spend so much time in HJ and WS romance. It is kinda sad that JH, the boy who can't call his mom as mom, has father issues and now lost his first love to his dad from the past... Not to mention the girl who he always put first in his life, his bff.. doesn't even show a little bit consideration to him. Does WS really think JH as her best friend? The guy lost a debut contract because of her... And she doesn't even say thank you at least? HJ knows JH loves WS, doesn't he feel a little bit guilty to him? Is it normal now for someone to steal his/her friend's longtime crush without apologizing? If this is other dramas where HJ is the second lead, I bet people will critize HI.. But because HJ is the lead and more popular then JH, so all is forgiven...
Anw... I saw a bit spoiler of the finale... I haven't watch it yet coz I don't so little interest in this show now.. But if my guess is right about the xxxx troupe.. Then that's it. I am done... I just hope JH and Drill will get their succesful debut, JH can end up as a power couple with Bona... Ow.. And Happy ending to KJ, Grandpa, Malsook, BH and MJ..

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Don't hate me for suggesting this but I feel that the best candidate would be HIV/AIDS. It isn't a curable disease but as with many medical conditions, it's less about cure but more about effective long-term management. And in terms of fatality and timeline of the advancement of retro-viral drug therapy, AIDS fits the best; TB had a drastic drop in global prevalence around 1960s-1970s.
Two alternatives stand out in my mind - an autoimmune disease or chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML). There have been numerous advances in developing antibody-based biologic agents in the last decade, and they have been able to significantly control many treatment-unresponsive autoimmune conditions. But nonetheless, they do not provide a cure, and many autoimmune conditions are more disabling rather than fatal.
Imatinib was a drug discovered in the late 1990s and became approved to treat CML in 2001, and through a pretty ingenious specific mechanism of action, can actually cure CML. However CML is still not entirely curable as resistance has developed against this drug. And it is not a lifestyle disease either; you could weakly argue that AIDS and autoimmune diseases can have some lifestyle component to it that could be followed to ameliorate the severity of certain symptoms.
Sorry for a terribly technical and wordy reply. But just my 2 cents worth. If anyone else has any ideas, please share!!

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I too instantly thought of HIV/AIDS when someone used the term "lifestyle choice" and he was known for sleeping around at the top of his career. At that time, in the early to mid-90s people said it was the result of their 'lifestyle choices'.

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I thought so too, so I really appreciate the show's approach to not revealed it until the end (yes. I'm sorry i took a peek for the last episode-but won't go there here, I swear-)
It is the one that fit the timeline most, but by not mention the name, the show dodge some argument with the medical practitioner :)

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I'm in 100% agreement with you. HIV/AIDS was the first thing that came to my mind. Knowing that HJ probably partied hearty with the ladies back in the day, it made sense.
His despair was all too real. It reminded me of when I worked at a dental office in the late '80's/early 90's in Hollywood. Most of my patients lived a 'high-risk' lifestyle. We would see signs of HIV in their mouth before they would even test positive back then. It was heartbreaking, and I cried every day, as did the dentist I worked with. My patients eventually all passed away--and I was out of a job :(

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LOL @ "party hearty." I haven't heard that phrase in years. ;-)

Seriously, though, I remember how Hollywood was decimated, and the shock waves generated by Rock Hudson's announcement that he had AIDS. You were right in the trenches at one of the epicenters of the disease in the US.

I also recall the horrible case of the dentist who infected his patients because of lax disinfection and protection practices. Very depressing and terrifying at the same time.

To this day, I go bananas when I watch medical dramas in which no face or eye protection is used. It's nuts.

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Ha, thought my response didn't actually get posted - I was trying to write this as a response to comment 5 by @ar...which would make my comment about TB make a bit more sense.
And I was so afraid of drawing internet hate that I didn't post it under my regular registered username...good to know I'm not the only one who was thinking about HIV/AIDS.

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Dramabeans isn't a community of haters or censors. People often disagree on things, but don't stop being friends because of it.

Re Aids. That's the first thing I thought of too. But the use of "cure" vs "management" for the treatment led me to conclude it was TB. But maybe they wanted the audience to read between the lines. Who knows.

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Well, I apologise for my fear of internet hate...AIDS can still be quite a touchy subject in places around the world (I know it is the case for Singapore and Taiwan given my clinical experiences in these places)...and I was afraid of backlash for suggesting such an illness for the most loveable character of the show!

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@Followthetrailmix,

I applaud your calling it as you see it.

The thing to remember is that AIDS is no respecter of persons. Engaging in high-risk behaviors is the key.

In addition to partners who became infected and babies who contracted AIDS in utero, some the most tragic victims were the thousands of hemophiliacs and their spouses and loved ones who were infected via contaminated clotting factor. Ditto for recipients of bad blood transfusions. The very things that were supposed to save lives secretly sowed the seeds of disease and death.

As a young adult who had worked in college radio from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, I was acutely aware of the high-risk behaviors that people of all orientations engaged in, whether they were rock stars, music mavens, or habitues of the club scene in Manhattan. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER depicted it in nauseating detail -- so much so that I couldn't get past the opening 10 minutes of the film when I finally got around to watching it in the early 1990s. It was too true to life, and reminded me of all the worst excesses of Disco Madness when I was in college. [I was into rock, blues, punk, and New Wave, so never set foot in a disco. ;-) ]

Back in the day, I couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen when my contemporaries who were skyed out of their gourds all the time finally got around to having kids. I got my answer late one night in 1980 when I saw a public service announcement on TV for Hope House, an institution that cared for babies born addicted to drugs. When I later interviewed the executive director on the air, I was shocked to learn that alcohol causes worse injury than cocaine (fetal alcohol syndrome).

Anyway, I want you to know that you're not the only one who naturally assumed AIDS or HIV. They go with the territory and the time period.

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now I dont have anything on my currently watching list. I'm sad that this didn't get the love it deserve.

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Am I the only one who doesn't ship Hyun Jae and Woo Seung? I know that in the end they'll end up together but. she's in love with her best friend, Ji Hoon's dad! It doesn't matter that Hyun Jae is around their age, he is still Ji Hoon's biological dad and that is kind of gross.

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it was gross for me too, but k-drama world is rarely rational. it was strange enough that he time-traveled, that he got to double and meet with his other self, but for him to come back and co-exist with his son and get 20 years back of his life and fall in love with the same girl... yeah, gross. :D

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Nah. Plenty of people don't like the relationship at all. The story took a turn, and in the end just kind of fizzled out with broken promises. HJ and WS relationship was weird.

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The finale resolves this...

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Even when the plotting or writing have been sloppy, the acting has really sold the story for me. Yoon Shi Yoon and Cha Tae Hyun are love! Their characters, even with crazy, fantastical things happening to them, seem very real and grounded. I never doubted their blossoming romances or friendships.

The scene with the Chairman and his daughter had me sobbing. It was wonderfully acted, but it was also one of the best written scenes. It's up there with Ji Hoon's rap.

I don't know if anyone else below the line has mentioned the Wrong Trouser Leg of Time? It comes from the satirical Discworld books of Terry Pratchett, and I've been thinking about it a lot. If you go down the wrong leg, in that millisecond where multiple possible timelines exist in the crotch (presumably) objects or people can be switched from one timeline to the next or even duplicated. It's what I'm hoping for. I'm saving the end for later today, and I need a happy ending!

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I love it -- the Wrong Trouser Leg of Time. Leave it to Terry Pratchett. ; -)

Heck, the image even reminds me of twin typhoons.

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Grandpa and Kwang-jae moment was trully heartbroken...So many emotional scenes this episode...Didn't expect Hyun Jae to be sick,was it tuberculosis?(not familiar with the ilnesses of that time)...Don't know if it was only me but when Hyun Jae was looking at the mirror i was like,he and JiHoon really look alike and are father and son only to be remembered i was watching a drama and it can't be possible jajja...Must say Hyun Jae did become till this moment my ultimate favorite character of Yoon Shi Yoon and i missed hm so much in dramas,please comeback soon with more awesome characters!Also the OST is sooo good!

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Not nearly enough love has been given to the OST. It's been wonderful!

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THE BEST HIT's OST is truly a character in it's own right. It has captivated me, and plays endlessly in the back of my mind. ;-)

"Say It" grabbed me from the get-go.

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I have to declare my love for the OSTs too. With every new episode, I check if new OST is being released. I even get frustrated if no new OST is released.

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Grandpa's scenes... I was crying so hard. I so desperately wanted him to be found. The meeting with the daughter was also bittersweet. What a gem of a drama.

Dabong and Wooseung continue being the cutest, my heart flutter to no end =)

It's crazy how it feels almost any of the characters could have a spin-off of their own, whether MJ, the JB duo, grandpa and Malsook... even Hyunjae and Kathy.

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oops I meant Youngjae when I said Hyunjae.

thinking about it, we've could've had a J3 not a J2 lol with the Hyunjae, Gwangjae and Youngjae line

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first 7 day Queen..and now this?? is there a cry-fest going on?? :'( :(

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"We saw him pack a few important memories with him, but did he pack medication that would supposedly cure his unnamed disease?"

This solves everything! He needn't go back to the past to die; he should just bring back 2017's medicine with him!

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Three things I love about this episode:

I love the poignant way they showed someone progressing into alzheimers. And the statement it made gives pause for thought. The scene where passersby were staring and avoiding him, rather than helping him, was insightful. We care about the character because we know his story. But, to society he was just an anonymous bothersome someone. How much do we do this in our own lives?

I love the reason that Original Hyun Jae decided to go off the radar.

Original Hyun Jae was depicted as an abandoned orphan who grew up to become a self-absorbed loner. His identity was wholly wrapped up in his celebrity. And he was convinced that others just used him for what they could get from him. "Going off the grid" to live out the remaining days of an ugly terminal illness - without telling anyone around him why - is precisely the decision this type of personality would make.

(Not only did this made absolute sense for the character, it was a far better story resolution than what happened to the real-life musician Hyun Jae's character is based off of. He died in a drug fueled suicide. And, honestly, we're already seeing too much of that in the news right now.)

I love the parallels between Grandpas and Hyun Jae's story lines in this episode. The first parallel is that both are becoming increasingly disconnected from the world around them. Grandpa because of his alzheimers. Hyun Jae because of the realization that staying in 2017 will ultimately cause deep problems for the people he cares deeply about. And second, we see both characters showing the strength of a father's love. Grandpa was lost but was only looking to find his daughter. Hyun Jae made the decision to return to the past - even if it meant a shorter life span - just so his son could exist in this world.

Well done, show.

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Oh, and I can't forget the fourth! Young Jae was hilarious. His whole "so they've decided to play dirty by telling the truth, are they?" ROFL

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Hyun-jae's decision to isolate reminded me of cats slinking off to die alone.

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Great analogy. Now that I think about it, most animals do that.

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Thanks for recapping, gummimochi.

At one point, umpteen episodes ago, I had an inkling that Hyun-jae might be seriously ill, but I let myself get trolled by hints of conspiracy, thugs, etc. Since the show has been pulling out the stops on all manner of tropes, how could I have forgotten Terminal Illness?!

While awaiting the subtitles, I popped over to the Soompi forum after watching the episodes raw, and would like to acknowledge the kind folks there who translated Hyun-jae's two handwritten notes. Discussion turned to AIDS, HIV, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis as possible diseases that he could have contracted, and I have to agree. In view of Hyun-jae's profession, it's a realistic scenario, especially in that time period. He lived a scandalous rock star lifestyle, worked hard, played hard, and cavorted with loads of groupies. Drinking, drugging, and promiscuity went with the territory.

My sense is that “lifestyle disease” at a certain time in the past alluded not to degenerative diseases that take decades or half a century to develop because of smoking, dietary factors, or sedentary habits, but to AIDS and HIV. In the USA they initially presented in gay communities in New York and San Francisco in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. At that time many actors, musicians, artists, and movie stars were still in the closet owing to social stigma and discrimination against homosexuality (aka “alternative lifestyle”). AIDS and HIV decimated the music, art, and theatrical communities is those cities. For the record, hemophiliacs and their spouses died in droves worldwide because of clotting factor tainted with HIV and hepatitis C.

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Can someone please help me figure out the song played in the back ground of episode 29 when da bong meets the doctor?!

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@ 25 mins into the episode

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Great thing Hyun Jae back in spotlight this episode our time traveler going to a time that was his Best Hit. Most commentaters share my opinion it went too much to romance route.

I still do not understand why it takes so long to pass what I assume is civil service or Bar exam in Korea when Woo Seung is studying every opportunity she gets.Although,her study environments not the best condusive ones.#exam pressuresKorea.

Otherwise,this episode highlights with Grandpa was poignant with the talk with his daughter.

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