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The Best Hit: Episodes 31-32 (Final)

It’s time for us to bid Hyun-jae and the rest of the gang farewell and see how every choice made have shaped the course of their lives. Not everything in this last chapter ties up into a neat little bow, but The Best Hit reminds us that life is what we make it, even if some things come in full circle. It won’t be easy saying goodbye to the characters who have made us both laugh and cry at every turn, especially Hyun-jae, who deserves two thumbs up.

 
EPISODE 31 RECAP

Hyun-jae wakes up in a hospital bed wondering what happened, since the last thing he remembers is riding the plastic sled down the staircase in 2017. He sits up just as a doctor and a nurse come in to explain that he must’ve lost his footing on the staircase and some Good Samaritans saw him lying unconscious in the street outside of the building.

He’s told that he’s been out cold for some time, and the nurse chimes in that she thought Hyun-jae was dreaming about the 1988 Summer Olympics because Hyun-jae kept murmuring “Woo-seung, Woo-seung” (meaning “victory”) in his sleep. Thankfully, he doesn’t appear to have suffered any serious injuries.

He’s told that his head is bandaged due to the bruising, and is confused when the nurse reveals herself as a fan and shyly asks for his autograph. The doctor chides her for the request, only to ask for one himself on his daughter’s behalf.

Later, Hyun-jae processes this information in the bathroom, where he wonders aloud: “Does this mean everything that happened was a dream?” He raises a hand to cover his face and avoid recognition when he sees the sticker picture on his arm. He removes his bandage and sees that he’s still sporting the same haircut from 2017. Phew, not a dream.

Another doctor recognizes Hyun-jae on the way back to his room, mentioning that he isn’t scheduled for treatment today. Hearing that his test results won’t come out for a few more days, he asks, “I came to the hospital yesterday?” Remembering that there were two copies of his music notebook and personalized watch, he wonders if Other Hyun-jae still exists and learns that today is June 17, 1994—the day he went missing.

After changing back into his 2017 attire, Hyun-jae and discovers that his watch is ticking again. It’s already the afternoon, so he rushes out of the hospital room and calls Kwang-jae, who isn’t pleased to hear Hyun-jae’s voice on the other end.

Hyun-jae assures him that they’ve already made amends “sometime later,” but right now he needs Kwang-jae’s help and asks to meet. Kwang-jae refuses and tells him to sleep it off, and then returns to his conversation with Young-jae, who asks if that was Hyun-jae.

Kwang-jae denies it, but he’s clearly distracted as Young-jae says he’d like to shift gears and put out a ballad album. Noticing that Kwang-jae’s mind is elsewhere, Young-jae snaps him out of it and asks how it’s possible for him to keep thinking of Hyun-jae whether or not he’s present. Kwang-jae insists that’s not true, but then cuts their meeting short and rushes out.

Wondering if those two are up to something, Young-jae follows Kwang-jae to a cafe and slips into a booth. Hearing Kwang-jae mention Hyun-jae’s claims of “going off the grid for awhile” tells us that their previously final phone conversation took place recently, but Hyun-jae is happy to see his friend and can’t help cracking up at Kwang-jae’s ’90s hairdo.

Kwang-jae tells him that his hair and clothes look strange too, and then Hyun-jae gets right down to business: “There’s someone I need to urgently find—Yoo Hyun-jae.”

Kwang-jae is understandably puzzled at the idea of Hyun-jae trying to find himself and gets up to leave. Hyun-jae stops him, saying that he knows this sounds strange, but he believes that Kwang-jae can find “Yoo Hyun-jae” through his wide network of contacts.

But Kwang-jae points a finger back at Hyun-jae, exclaiming, “I’ve found him. He’s right here!” Hyun-jae lets out a frustrated sigh, then goes for a different angle: there’s an imposter running around claiming to be “Yoo Hyun-jae.” Over in his booth, Young-jae complains that he can’t hear anything.

The imposter story gets Kwang-jae to ask around and confirm that the Yoo Hyun-jae doppelganger stopped by the studio and was headed down to Paju due to a family emergency. Wondering what that could be, Hyun-jae asks to borrow Kwang-jae’s car.

As Kwang-jae hands over the car keys, he wonders why Hyun-jae always manages to coax him into doing things for him. Hyun-jae returns a smile: “Because you’re my only friend,” and runs out, unaware that Young-jae is trailing behind him.

Hyun-jae beelines for the studio, where an employee approaches and asks if he left something behind. Evidently Other Hyun-jae left minutes ago saying he needed to attend to his deceased parents’ graves. Hyun-jae turns back to ask if he’d mentioned anything about a lake and learns that the same lake where Other Hyun-jae’s car was found isn’t too far from the studio.

We cut to that lake, where the frail-looking Other Hyun-jae is on a boat and spreads his parent’s ashes into the water. He bids them farewell because he won’t be able to tend their graves anymore. Coughing, he tells them not to be too upset with him since he’ll be joining them soon enough.

A storm rages as Other Hyun-jae sits in his car and sheds tears while listening to the radio reporting on the impending double typhoon. He launches into another coughing fit and reaches for his meds, but that does little for his cough, so he angrily chucks the bottle away.

He’s startled when someone climbs into the car and sees his own face. It’s Hyun-jae, who exclaims, “So there was another Yoo Hyun-jae.” Telling Other Hyun-jae not to freak out, Hyun-jae stumbles through his own introduction: “I’m you! Or should I say that you’re me?”

Hyun-jae settles on introducing himself as Past Hyun-jae from 1993 who traveled to the future on a stormy night and returned to 1994. He laughs at how absurd this story sounds, but admits it’s a bit comforting to confirm that Other Hyun-jae came here to send his parents off since he anticipated the worst.

He explains that Other Hyun-jae will go missing tonight, so he wanted to prevent him from coming here at all costs, but didn’t anticipate that they would meet this way. He figures that some moments of destiny are unchangeable. Other Hyun-jae reaches over and touches Hyun-jae’s face to check that he’s real, and when Hyun-jae pulls him off of him, he asks, amazed, “You’re saying you’re me?”

Hyun-jae says it’s true and elaborates that he started to understand why this all began when he read the note Other Hyun-jae left in the security deposit box. He even points out the plastic piggy bank in the backseat to cement his point and protests that he knows this because he came from the future. Well, from the past to the future back to the past, but we already know that.

He reminds Other Hyun-jae of that stormy night when they won the Golden Cup, which Other Hyun-jae remembers as the day he cuts ties with everyone because he thought that money belonged to him. Other Hyun-jae asks how Hyun-jae is living with “that person,” then asks after Bo-hee and Kwang-jae.

Hyun-jae says that’s a long story, but cheerily shares how Kwang-jae, Bo-hee, and CEO Lee all live together in a future where Young-jae is successful. Speaking of whom, Young-jae is hiding behind the bushes in the storm, unable to figure out who the other person Other Hyun-jae is with.

Hyun-jae reassures Other Hyun-jae that their fans remember him for decades into the future. He suddenly checks his watch and sees that it’s minutes to midnight, then sees his own face start to disappear from the sticker picture. He mutters that he doesn’t have much time left, but then Other Hyun-jae asks for more information about Ji-hoon.

Other Hyun-jae is proud to hear that Ji-hoon grew up to be a great kid: “Of course, he’d be great, if he’s my son.” Hyun-jae agrees that Ji-hoon is frustratingly upright, humble, and clever and, and that he’s enough of a good performer to stand on stage. A small smile peeks through Other Hyun-jae’s lips when he hears that Ji-hoon inherited his smarts and attended Seoul University. “I miss them,” Other Hyun-jae declares. “Kwang-jae, Bo-hee, and Ji-hoon.”

A sudden clap of thunder and flash of lightning spooks them both, which Other Hyun-jae attributes to the typhoon. Hyun-jae asks if it’s a double typhoon, and Other Hyun-jae confirms that it is. Other Hyun-jae doesn’t know what time it is because he left his watch at home, but Hyun-jae checks his watch and asks how long it will take them to get to World Agency. Oh, are you planning on sending Other Hyun-jae into the future?

He has no time to explain and says they need to hurry. But the car won’t start, so Hyun-jae says they can take his. Young-jae sees both men leaving, then sneaks into Other Hyun-jae’s car to grab the music notebook. Ah, so that explains how he has the notebook in the future.

12:40 AM. Hyun-jae and Other Hyun-jae zoom down the highway in the rain. They arrive at the World Agency building seconds before the rain suddenly stops. 1:17 AM. Hyun-jae says they don’t have much time and need to get up to the roof.

Hyun-jae runs up the stairwell while Other Hyun-jae wheezes behind him. Hyun-jae grabs a wood plank and tells Other Hyun-jae to go first because this ride could send him to another reality. He hurriedly explains that riding down the staircase was how he landed in the future and urges Other Hyun-jae to go.

Other Hyun-jae hesitates, so Hyun-jae grabs his arms and tells him that this illness he’s suffering from is curable in the future. Other Hyun-jae releases himself from Hyun-jae’s grip and replies with a deep sigh: “I don’t want to. This is my time. Think about it, I’m the Yoo Hyun-jae who resides in this world. If the future you claim is true, then there are things I need to take care of here.”

Hyun-jae’s eyes well up with tears as Other Hyun-jae continues, “If there are things I need to finish here, then I want to do that here. So there was a reason why I was doing all this. If you happen to see Ji-hoon again, give him this.” Other Hyun-jae hands Hyun-jae a bead bracelet as tears spill down Hyun-jae’s cheek. He ekes out, “But you’re dying.” With a smirk, Other Hyun-jae says he won’t go down that easy and reminds Hyun-jae that there isn’t time.

1:20 AM. Other Hyun-jae tells Hyun-jae to return to the time he needs to be in. “And… thanks for coming,” he finishes before pushing Hyun-jae down onto the wooden sign and shoves him down the stairwell. Fade to black.

Sometime in the near future, Kwang-jae yells at the boys to hurry up lest they show up late for their first appearance on a weekly music show. MC Drill is a bundle of nerves, and the idol girl group are jealous that their hoobaes get to appear on TV.

Mal-sook comes running out before the boys leave and thrusts a piece of paper at Ji-hoon. He wonders if this is his first autograph request, but she declares she wants an autograph from every member of a different idol group. Heh. She adorably gives him a bandage, saying that it’ll protect him, and once the van leaves, she and Bo-hee (whom she now calls “Mom”) head inside to eat.

At the broadcasting station, MC Drill exchanges awkward greetings with the other singers while Kwang-jae is on the phone talking to the endless line of PDs who seem to love the duo. The boys marvel at their group name Jay-B written outside of their dressing room, and Kwang-jae chuckles that Grandpa really did pick out a great name for them.

Kwang-jae bows out to take another call while the boys psych themselves up for their performance. Just then, someone plucks out an earbud from Ji-hoon’s ear—it’s Hye-ri, whose girl group is widely popular.

Told that MC Drill is exercising because he suffers from stage fright, Hye-ri slaps him on the back and tells him to command the stage. After she leaves, Ji-hoon asks if those words helped. MC Drill gripes, “No, my back just hurts!”

Later, Jay-B is called on stage, and MC Drill and Ji-hoon exchange a fist bump before making the walk toward the auditorium filled with screaming fans.

We cut to the World Agency office, where Woo-seung, who is now a team leader and the only employee, tells the caller that Kwang-jae isn’t at his desk. Moments later, MJ waltzes and sighs that he’s going through a songwriting dry spell.

MJ plops down in Kwang-jae’s chair (heh, some things never change) and asks if Woo-seung can give him any songs she’s written since he knows that she’s currently studying music composition. She teasingly asks if he plans on releasing it if she does, and the jab hits him where it hurts.

He decides to get something to eat, then pops back in to check if Woo-seung has heard from “Master,” meaning Hyun-jae. Slightly flustered, she replies no.

 
EPISODE 32 RECAP

Woo-seung returns home that night and greets the photos of Hyun-jae on her nightstand and curls up in bed with the doll he won for her. She’s eating dinner alone when Ji-hoon swings by to drop off a folder from Dad containing a music notebook by a famous songwriter that should help her in her music composition studies.

She already knows of Jay-B’s debut performance today and invites him to eat with her, but he declines, determined to focus all his energy into Jay-B right now. He leaves her to eat, and tells himself that he did a good job back there.

It’s only when Woo-seung is alone again do the tears finally fall, and she asks a photo of Hyun-jae if he’s eating and faring well.

Kwang-jae isn’t happy when Young-jae drops by the bakery. He selects the most expensive cake available for him to buy, and when Young-jae reminds him that Star Punch is still hurting from losing MJ, he’s told he should’ve treated the star artist better when he had the chance.

When Bo-hee joins their conversation, Young-jae is still sweet to her and tells her to call if Kwang-jae messes up. Kwang-jae quickly nips the pleasantries in the bud and declares that he’ll temporarily be using one of Star Punch’s recording studios. Despite Bo-hee’s insistence that Young-jae has a soft heart, Kwang-jae is okay with sticking to the occasional thorny exchange with him.

He later retires to the bedroom, where he straightens the wedding portrait of him and Bo-hee hanging on the wall. Aww. He still remembers the night he intended to propose to Bo-hee and asked an employee to hide the ring in the ice cream.

Kwang-jae kept a close eye on Bo-hee with every spoonful of her dessert, but she eventually reached the bottom and there was no ring. It’s in his, isn’t it? Upset, he had another spoonful and felt himself swallow the ring. HA.

Unable to cough it back up again, he told her that they needed to go to the hospital, where Bo-hee saw the ring in Kwang-jae’s x-ray scan. Kwang-jae then took the tablet and got down on one knee, saying that he’s “swallowed” these words for twenty years and even swallowed the ring. He promises to make her happy and says, “Marry me.”

Bo-hee took another look at the scan and told him: “Thank you. And my answer… is yes.” The doctor congratulated the happy couple, and Kwang-jae jokingly asked if they could extract the ring from his body tonight.

In the present, Kwang-jae asks Bo-hee if they should’ve held a wedding ceremony since they’ve also legally adopted Mal-sook. But Bo-hee wants to wait until they can have a big fancy wedding and tells him that he needn’t work at the bakery since his World Agency duties keep him plenty busy.

She also wants to be a good mother and wife before putting out another album. She makes Kwang-jae promise to do his best whenever that time comes.

As Woo-seung exits a convenience store that night, she catches a glimpse of someone who resembles Hyun-jae. Shocked, she cries out “Thumbs Up!” and runs after him, but then loses him when he turns the corner. Crying, she wonders why Hyun-jae hasn’t returned and if he’s already forgotten about her.

The next day, a triangle kimbap a boy accidentally leaves on top of her planner at the cafe reminds her of Hyun-jae again. A man bumps into her on the street, causing the files in her arms to spill onto the ground.

She bends down to pick them up when someone places a pair of headphones over her ears. She looks up to see Hyun-jae in the flesh and she drinks in his presence for a few seconds before diving in to kiss him.

Hyun-jae fills her in on his latest adventure as they take a stroll through the park and sit on a bench. Hearing Woo-seung ask about Other Hyun-jae makes him feel like she’s talking about another person, though he agrees that he and Other Hyun-jae aren’t quite the same since they lived through different experiences.

He admits he doesn’t know what happened to Other Hyun-jae and guesses that was because Other Hyun-jae didn’t want everything to change because of him. He asks how she’s been doing and doesn’t mind if it’s a long story because he’s got all the time in the world now. Calling himself a great storyteller and listener, he leans in to hear her story.

She’s happy that he didn’t get lost on his way back, and Hyun-jae says he thinks this is the year he belongs in. He then shows her the sticker picture which acted like a compass on his trip to and from the past.

Woo-seung makes him a homemade dinner and tells him to stay here until he has a place of his own. He doesn’t want to inconvenience her like that again, but she insists that it’s fine and that she trusts him not to cross a line.

But Hyun-jae’s mind can’t help but wander while Woo-seung takes a shower. He tells himself not to harbor naughty thoughts, but keeps glancing at the bathroom door. He tries to distract himself with mobile games, but then we see him standing outside of the bathroom door.

He suddenly snaps himself out of it and scolds himself (“Yoo Hyun-jae, you’re better than this!”), then tries to work out his, er, frustration until she exits the bathroom. He’s unable to even stand and curls up into a ball away from Woo-seung when she bends down and points out how worn out he looks.

He flinches at her slightest touch and he mutters that he just won a battle against himself. Saying he needs to visit Kwang-jae, he stalks out of the apartment. Hee.

Hyun-jae shares a beer with Kwang-jae and barks that he won’t ever travel through time again because the last trip nearly killed him. As for his illness, Hyun-jae shares that his fangirl-turned-doctor is helping him with treatment, and they smile over the idea that his fangirls are all adults now.

Kwang-jae asks Hyun-jae to work at World Agency, where he can train the singers and work as a songwriter. It occurs to him that Hyun-jae is still young enough to still perform on stage if he wanted to, but Hyun-jae is ready for a life outside of the spotlight.

Apparently Grandpa is being proactive about his Alzheimer’s and working out on a regular basis. He also attended Mal-sook’s school picnic today and vowed to win all the prizes there. Oh thank god he’s still alive. Then Hyun-jae asks why Kwang-jae helped him so much over the years, and when Kwang-jae says it was because he was his road manager, Hyun-jae corrects him: “You were more than that.”

Kwang-jae admits that Hyun-jae seemed lonely like he was himself, and that thought helped him put up with Hyun-jae’s temper. Hyun-jae scoffs when Kwang-jae says he should address him as CEO Lee, saying that he’s a freelancer. Kwang-jae isn’t surprised and tells him, “Don’t go anywhere far away again, Yoo Hyun-jae. Let’s grow old together now.” Hyun-jae smiles and promises to do just that.

Ji-hoon happens to see a figure pass by the practice studio, and then questions whether or not MC Drill truly suffers from stage fright because he appeared to be a natural performer. MC Drill can say the same about his friend and they strike their group pose… which turns into a wave when a group of female hoobaes walks in.

After dance practice, MC Drill heads out to meet some friends and promises not drink tonight. Ji-hoon turns to head upstairs and sees Hyun-jae waiting for him on the staircase. They exchange awkward pleasantries as Hyun-jae congratulates Ji-hoon for making his debut and confirms that he’s back for good and with Woo-seung.

Hyun-jae confesses that he met Ji-hoon’s father and wanted to explain Other Hyun-jae’s reasoning for the choices he made. Over drinks, Hyun-jae says he told Other Hyun-jae all about Ji-hoon and his dream of becoming a singer. Ji-hoon asks what his father said, and Hyun-jae replies, “He was proud, of course.”

Then Hyun-jae hands over the bead bracelet Other Hyun-jae asked him to relay, and Ji-hoon puts it on next to the watch Hyun-jae gave him. They agree to get along from this point forward and laugh over how strange it is to be living in this time together.

Hyun-jae returns home to find Woo-seung waiting up for him outside. She admits she was nervous that he’d disappear again, then asks for his arm and writes “Woo-seung’s slave Hyun-jae” with a little heart to ensure that he won’t ever leave her again. He grumpily says he’ll get back at her for this, and then they head back inside together.

Hyun-jae keeps to his word too, because one day when Woo-seung returns home, he pops his head out of the next apartment calling out, “Part-timer!” She jumps a foot to see him there and he cheerily said there happened to be a space available here, so he took it. He promises to be a good neighbor and not disturb her before dipping back inside, only to pop out a second later and ask what’s for dinner tonight. Hah.

He swoops back in and pops out again for a third time and suggest that they eat out. She laughs and calls him weird, but he smiles and calls himself truly great.

They end up having a drink with Ji-hoon and MC Drill on the rooftop, and the boys confirm that they moved into another apartment, which means the rooftop studio is currently empty. Hearing that the creative songwriting juices aren’t flowing for Woo-seung, MC Drill jokes that she’s better suited for a civil service position.

She does promise to give her first good song to the Jay-B boys, though, and the four friends raise their cans together, screaming, “Thumbs Up!”

As a montage of the series plays, we hear Ji-hoon’s voice narrate that they drank and were merry that night: “We don’t know if our time right now seems like much of anything. Everything we have might be nothing and trivial, but as a great poet once said, ‘The most magnificent poem hasn’t been written yet; the most beautiful song hasn’t been sung yet; our best days are the ones we haven’t lived yet.’ So that’s why the present and everything we do is precious. We still have our best hit coming.”

 
Epilogue

Hyun-jae sets up the rooftop studio and carefully peels his sticker picture taken with Woo-seung off of his music notebook and attaches it to his keyboard. Satisfied, he heads outside, where Woo-seung sneaks up on him. As a World Agency employee, she knows that he moved back to this rooftop, then asks how he could run away from her. Hyun-jae counters that her apartment building was way too expensive, and when she asks if he isn’t going to run away again, he assures her: “I can’t go anywhere without you.”

He asks how she can walk around with something on her face. Confused, she asks if there actually is something there. He answers, “Right here,” and pulls her in for a kiss.

 
COMMENTS

I hope you all stuck around for the blooper reel that rolled during the credits and saw Ra PD sneak up on the actors and softly tell them, “That’s enough.” Hilarious. Even though The Best Hit wasn’t the variety-drama hybrid genre I hoped for, it warms my heart to think that the cast and crew had a blast on set. I really enjoyed the merry-go-round of cameos and the 1N2D callbacks that enhanced the viewing experience in the beginning of the series, as well as learning all the fun bits of behind-the-camera trivia, like how Cha Tae-hyun was credited by his character name from The Producers (Ra Joon-mo) because he felt awkward about using his own name and even wore an “LAPD” snapback on set.

Ji-hoon’s parting monologue perfectly sums up the overall message of hope The Best Hit aspired to convey. Every person has dreams they have chased, put aside, or were lucky enough to achieve, and we could see those varied forms in the lives of our characters. There’s a part of me that wishes the writing could have fired on all cylinders on that front because it was those poignant character moments that tugged at my heartstrings and left me in an emotional mess. I felt for the big and small sacrifices Kwang-jae made over the years, the many opportunities he let slip by, and rooted for him when he finally made a decision for himself. Ji-hoon’s surprise rap in his audition still stays with me weeks later, and I liked that he took one last shot to try and make his dreams come true and bring his bro, MC Drill, along for the journey.

I wish we got more from Woo-seung’s storyline and learned more about what she wanted out of life since she spent most of the series living paycheck to paycheck, then fell in love with Hyun-jae and was able to keep her head above water from that point forward. I also respected Bo-hee’s decision to be a wonderful mother and wife for the time being because anybody—be it a wife, mother, husband, dad, grandparent, or legal guardian—who dedicates their time to maintain a harmonious family environment don’t get enough credit for all the hard work they put in day in and day out.

As for the finale, I was relieved that Hyun-jae didn’t lose his memory upon his return to the ’90s. While we also knew that the memories Hyun-jae made and the experiences he had in 2017 changed him into a different person, I appreciated that the story cemented the idea that he was a different person when he met Other Hyun-jae. In that vein, I suppose I was angrier toward the end upon learning some of the choices Other Hyun-jae made, and yet if he didn’t make some of the choices that he did, then there’s a chance that the time-traveling Hyun-jae couldn’t have set things right in 2017. But then that begs this existential question: What was it about Hyun-jae that Fate decided to intervene and send one of his selves into the future while leaving another version behind (and perhaps leave him to die a lonely death?) Or is it not as cruel (but still tragic) if Other Hyun-jae decided to stay behind so that at least one Hyun-jae gets a happily ever after?

Perhaps it’s better for our sanity to stick with the Hyun-jae we’ve gotten to know over the course of this series. His reconciliation with Ji-hoon made me yearn for all the possibilities Hyun-jae could’ve had as his mentor than his rival in love, since I really did love all the relationships he made and repaired in 2017. Knowing Ji-hoon’s true parentage became less important as the story dug more into Hyun-jae’s disappearance, and regardless of whether or not Other Hyun-jae was Ji-hoon’s biological father, I do see the importance of Ji-hoon getting emotional closure so he can move on with his life (even if it is kind of weird to think that if it was true, and that Hyun-jae and Woo-seung got married, she’d technically be his stepmom).

Even with its flaws, I found some joy in the show’s overall breezy tone that gave us delectable subplots and a loosely strung main storyline. What I loved most, though, was the music—not only did all of my favorite artists lend their voices to the soundtrack, but the song lyrics in the anthem tunes and the rhymes in the rap are wonderfully inspirational and spur me to believe that the best days in life are yet to come.

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I'm so sad it's over :'( </3

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Despite its missteps, The Best Hit is ddabong! ?

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????? That was perfect.

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Me too,me too...I'm gonna miss my Fri/Sat. dose of Hyun Jae and the gang...This went up as one of my favorite dramas of this year:light,heartwarming and funny and i'm so gonna miss the actors...

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The ending was so touching especially when 2017 HyunJae talked to his 1993 self. Him being Woo Seung neighbour was so damn funny too !! Also, I am so curious that if HyunJae ends up with Woo Seung, will she be the only one growing old ??

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Methinks Ddabong will age naturally just as the rest of them. Bec he always said: ' He belonges here ' (in 2017)

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Belongs*

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That scene at the top of the staircase between 93 Hyunjae and 94 Hyunjae was so heartbreakingly beautiful! The makeup, styling and Yoon Shi Yoon's brilliant acting really made it seem like two people having a heartfelt conversation. It must not have been easy to film but Yoon Shi Yoon, like throughout this whole drama was ddabong!
Thank you, The Best Hit. You weren't perfect but flawed beauty's the best kind anyway.

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That was so hilarious,he is like a annoying pup seeing the one he loves,you want to hate him but you love him too much for that...

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Seriously, this is the weirdest time travel story I have ever watched...

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Most wonderful one for me.

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Yes!

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For me, more like the time-travel aspect did not dampen my enjoyment of the show. Ddabong ?

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You are not the only one. The only explanation I could think of was parallel universe time travel concept .

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seems like the author's a harry potter fan!

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really weird. really really really~

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Two different pieces of evidence imply two very different things.

Young Jae says that he saw two men the night Hyun Jae vanished. If that's true, then it makes sense that they're on the same timeline and that during the typhoon, Hyun Jae was basically "copied" and then put on hold for 25 years before suddenly materializing. But it also implies that he could travel back to the past of the same timeline and potentially make changes in the past that would ripple through to 2017.

But then there's that damn notebook. Hyun Jae sketching in the notebook implied he'd either go back to 1993 and leave it there (which I don't think he did), or that the notebook somehow remembered its copied state and was struggling to retain the likeness. This could also be the dual-universe theory.

Much of it hinges on what you hope happened with Hyun Jae 1994. If you want him to go back to Bo Hee and meet baby Ji Hoon and otherwise die or survive in 1994, then you have to hope for the dual-universe theory. If you believe in the single-timeline theory, then it's pretty clear Hyun Jae 1994 didn't alter his fate at all.

If it weren't for the "I saw two men that night" bit, I'd be comfortable saying this is dual-universe with a time-synching notebook.

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As far as the notebook goes, I'm leaning toward quantum entanglement myself:

"Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance—instead, a quantum state must be described for the system as a whole...one particle of an entangled pair "knows" what...has been performed on the other, and with what outcome, even though there is no known means for such information to be communicated between the particles, which at the time of measurement may be separated by arbitrarily large distances." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement).

With quantum entanglement, anything that happens to one also happens to the other, no matter how much distance is between the two. From the same Wikipedia article: Einstein referred to it as "spooky action at a distance."

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Yoon si Yoon you were a Meme machine in this drama
I literally have so many reaction screen shots that my iPad is Broke

Thankfully I discovered Lee se young

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Yes, YSY is meme worthy!

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I only ever watched Lee Seyoung in Hot Young Bloods (she didn't have much to do there) and I thought she's really funny here! With the BTS, I realized she did feel embarrased doing some of them hahahaha!

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Haha I feel sorry for her when she's embarrassed doing all the weird things that she had to do. I remember the one scene of her and Ji Hoon at the staircase, her line was "Aja aja, Choi Woo Seung will win" something like that with her body gesture, and KMJ forgot his line and she was like "you're so cruel, it was really embarassing" ???

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Yes and she did says that line: "Aja aja, Choi Woo Seung will win" several times in the series! Poor girl

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Overall the Best Hit was extremely enjoyable even though the time travel was a bit weird. YSY put in a great performance and I hope to see more of him soon.

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Yoon Shi Yoon is brillant as the two Hyun Jaes! I hope he will get more acting offers from now on. And a big shout out to Cha Tae Hyun for first attempt at directing.

All in all I enjoy watching The Best Hit and the cast and crew deserve a much better rating. Da Bong to all of them!

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That scene between the two Hyunjae was so poignant! I was like ??????

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My absolute favorite thing is that we saw three Hyun Jaes: the 1993 selfish version, the 2017 version who matured through seeing the consequences of his actions, and the 1994 version who matured through the hardship of losing all of his friends at the time he needed them most.

The scenes with 2017 and 1994 were very well-done. 2017 is a man with a plan, and 1994 is a man with no future, and they felt very different. I thought it was particularly sweet that 1994 reacted with intense interest about Bo Hee and Ji Hoon.

I also thought it was lovely that 2017 started referring to 1994 as "your dad" when speaking to Ji Hoon, which is more truthful - at this point he's basically 1994's identical twin, not the actual man who fathered Ji Hoon. So they really don't have to be as awkward around each other, Hyun Jae's role in Ji Hoon's life is more of a long-lost uncle (considering his friendship and history with Kwang Jae) than a dad.

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Overall, I did enjoy this dama when it was enjoyable and light. It was something I looked forward to each week. The logic of time traveling didn't bother me. The romance was cute and adorable. But what I missed the most was the sitcom aspect of it. It was what made the show in the beginning. I wish it continues till the end. B-

But I do know one thing, I am falling in love more and more with Yoon Si Yoon or should I say Yoon Hyun-Jae, Dongu-ya, Enrique, and Baker King Kim Tak Gu. He is creeping up into my top five best actor of his generation. Tta-bong!!!

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OMG. This is it, the final recap for this drama. I'm having a hardtime to move on from this drama though I'm watching multiple dramas in a week. The Best Hit is the only drama that I diligently wait for the weekend so that I can watch this drama. Other people might not like the ending and might not like the sudden change to romcom, but I find this drama very entertaining and I don't mind whichever path this drama's taking. The timeline for this drama is not that confusing to me, I understand every part of it and accept it as it is. I'm glad that the writer didn't make Young Jae as a killer or whatsoever. Young Jae might be bad, but I'm glad that it's only because he felt like people treated him like a trash, and his agenda of revenge is nothing but to prove to everyone else around him that he can succeed without them. I also love the fact that "past" Hyun Jae does care about Ji Hoon and happy to know that Ji Hoon's doing great. I know some people might still feel weird that 2017 Hyun Jae falls in love with his son's best friend, but I take it as 2017 Hyun Jae is just Da Bong, he's different from the past Hyun Jae.

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I'm also happy that Young-jae is not the villain (no villain at all in this drama). I wouldn't even say he's bad , he was treated like second-best during J2 days and even when Hyun-jae left (that '94 scene when he was talking with Gwangjae and he receives Hyunjae's call and storms out awww :( He was never angry (irritated could be a better description) no matter how much Hyunjae trolled him in 2017.

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Overall I liked this drama, all the characters. It was not perfect but to me it hit the right notes. I would had liked to see Grampa on last episode not just learn he was alive and may be learned how much time passed between HJ going to 1994 and coming back to 2017.

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I suspect that schedule conflict with his other how could be the reason why we didn't see Grandpa in the final episode. Just a guess. ;-)

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Let me try again:

I suspect that schedule conflict with his other show could be the reason why we didn't see Grandpa in the final episode. Just a guess. ;-)

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Oy, the show totally had the cake and ate it too by having two Hyun-jaes; so much for all the time travel theories abound in the comment section! It's a bit simplified for my liking, and am sad the other Hyun-jae kept his noble idiocy course (am assuming suicide..?) even when he knew he'll never meet his son, but I guess he didn't want to change the future.
Methinks the show suffer from uneven pacing; was quite even with comedic and touching moments at the beginning but turned more and more melo and angsty at the end. Somehow feels like a lot of shows I super loved at the beginning kinda petered out at the end, am moping over sucky watching experience.
But overall a good watch, doesn't regret watching because the cast is awesome and lots of comedic moments will remain and keep me laughing for a while.
Also, the move that JB did in the last practice session, isn't that Haha's move to activate his "turning back the clock" super power? Quite ironic XD. Am cackling so much too over Cha Tae-Hyun doing his own "Cut!" after his scene!

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Perks of being both actor and PD in your drama! ? And Lee Seyoung doing the drunken aegyo several times then begging someone to tell her Cut!

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Guess the crew was enjoying her aegyo too much to stop her ?
Wish they release the "director cut" like at the end of variety, it'll be hilarious.

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It was a drama I didn't think I would watch but strangely, it was the one show I kept looking forward to each weekend. A show doesn't need to be overly complex to be enjoyable. Actually, I enjoyed it more during the moments when it didn't take itself too seriously. I only wish it had stuck with what it started with. ah well... I will miss these guys. I need to catch up on 1N2D. Hopefully YSY will not leave that show. ?

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I guess, the only people who would miss this show are Hyun Jae/ Woo Sung shippers. I dropped halfway and checked recaps time to time, this episode was 90% fanservice and 10% everyone else. It is unfortunate 'cause I really wondered what happened with MJ and Hye-Ran (both there scenes were what? 1 minute long? ).
Thing is... this show isn't bad, it just gave different thing than it promised. Plus, time to time it felt like it had ambition for more but had troubles squeezing it in.

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I did the exact same thing and dropped halfway through just checking recaps and occasionally watching a scene or two here and there. I thought I might pick it up again if it seemed to improve, but yeah that didn't happen. It's not a bad show overall it's just that it went from a really amazing and unique sitcom/family drama to a pretty average romcom (and one that probably would've been much worse without a male lead as charming as YSY). Whether that was planned from the beginning or writers changed due to ratings is irrelevant to me, I just don't like it. Had the romcom elements been more interesting maybe I wouldn't be so disappointed, but WS/HJ never really clicked for me. I found their scenes boring once they started getting closer, imo their best scenes with the most chemistry and energy were very early on in the series when they just met.

Also HJ really sucked up the screentime midway through which was a huge letdown, because I love YSY, but everyone in the cast was great and had interesting stories that really didn't get the time they deserved in the second half. HJ really didn't need to be the obvious protagonist imo and the show was better when he wasn't. Ultimately I'm glad I dropped it, because I think had I continued it would've been a lot more of a forgettable and frustrating drama to me, but now I can at least fondly remember the first half.

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I watched till the end but I agree to what you are saying. Suddenly the show shifted to too many scenes on HyunJae. Grandpa n granddaughter were not even in one scene together in the final episode! After that amazing heartbreaking scenes of Alzheimer, I want to see both of them playing together. JB should be seen on stage or at least on TV. Woo Seung? She became the typical girl who fell in love with the (sudden) rich guy. I want to see more of her songwriting. Drill? I want to see him conquer that stage fright. Bo Hee? Yes I respect her decision. But I wish it was more than that towards the end. Her signing up a new contract with the rival company was a great 'sacrifice' and I wanted to see if she thrives or crashes in that company. So much potential lost in the focus of the love story. I would recommend this drama but warn of it's last half.

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also woo seung character just bcome HJ's love interest with no character arc,...all her sassy went away

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So whatever happened to Woo-seung's condition about suddenly tearing up for no reason at all? That one was conveniently swept under the rug as the series progressed.

Oh, and was WS into composing songs when the series started? I always thought it was something JH was into.

This whole thing with Hyun-jae and other Hyun-jae is giving me a serious case of whiplash and is probably my least favorite of all the time-travel storylines I've seen in K-dramas.

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The tear condition haven't showed up in months. I'm not too worried. Maybe it's a flare-up. I do wish she had lied about the condition and was just someone who sheds tears easily.

During their first rooftop party (where WS got drunk), WS played the piano and one of the characters mentioned that the song she is playing must be her own composition and that she used to be in a songwriter for a band in high school.

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I was wondering about that too and I thought they would touch on her backstory with her mother. But no. Wooseung got leveled down to just Hyunjae's love interest. She was so much more than that in the beginning.

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I was hoping for an epilogue showing MC Drill getting viewers on his broadcasting app. I'm going to miss MC Drill and the rest of the residents of the World Agency building. Thank goodness, grandpa is still alive!

As I expected, I'm a curmudgeon when it comes to time travel. I'm never completely satisfied and trying to pick time travel apart gives me a headache. So what happened to 2014 HJ in the end? I love how we ended with the four roomies drinking on the rooftop. I love JH's voiceover and the message of hope. So many touching moments in this episode!

I love KJ's proposal with the ipad that had the xray of the ring in his stomach. It is that sort of oddness that I was hoping for the WS+HJ romance. Unlike some folks, I'm fine with WS ending up with JH's 23-year-old biological dad. I just wish the romance was less bland especially since it got so much screentime.

I hope KJ trades in that ring for another ring. I know a few steam cleanings should make the ring okay, but how can they look at the ring and not think about KJ pooping it out?

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It would have been so good if there was a scene with MC Drill broadcasting live! His earlier scenes with no viewers always made me laugh

Hahahaha omg I was thinking that. There's no way I could think of getting the ring out w/o thinking of KJ pooping it out

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The ipad proposal is sooo cute. Loved how Kwang-jae was all no more delay, let's just pop the question now!
Knowing Kwang-aje and his unlucky way, he'd probably flushed it and had to buy a new one anyway ?

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Overall I am content with the ending, disease instead of murder is actually more realistic. Never would I thought that incurable disease isn't a cliche this time around!

(I am really curious though, what is this lifestyle disease?)

The proposal scene is also a hillarious twist of drama cliches, and I was touched (and LOL-ing at the same time) when Gwang Jae got on his knees with that ipad.

Lastly, let me send a quick thank you note for Yoon Shi Yoon's stylist for that sexy knitted-top thing he wears on the last scene. I am never a fan of white (esp pants) on boys, but that top sculpts his arms beautifully.

I am going to miss you Da Bong! Enrique didn't entice me and I dropped that show early on, his Dong Gu persona also doesn't shine as much in 1N2D (understandably) but Yoon Shi Yoon hits it out of the ballpark with this drama, maybe I should rewatch Mirror of the Witch to see those beautiful eyes again.

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Props to his stylist! I loved his clothes in 2017 and his 90s style was hilarious.

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There were so many times where I thought ,"wow, he looks so beautiful." There many beautiful people in kdrama land but for some reason he just made me stop and stare in this one.

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I learned an important lesson to not crack my head so much over the logic of things & to just sit back & enjoy the show lol.
All in all, this was an enjoyable show, & I'm glad everyone got a happy ending though I missed grandpa.
I could see 20 more episodes of hyun jae & woo swung though.
I'll miss all of it.

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I don't dislike the way they handle the time-travel thingy, I just wish they could make it better. Overall, it feels kinda weird to me, not the best time-travel drama. However, I really enjoyed The Best Hit, there were warm and loving stories of all the characters that melted my heart. I look forward to more projects from Yoon Shi Yoon and Lee Se Young!!!

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And yes, I agree with most of your comments that if only they dig deeper into the stories of Woo seung, Young jae, Hye Ri and MJ.

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What a let down. Didn't even spare two minutes, or even one(!) to show JB's stage. Those two worked so hard but they can't even let us see that?

Sigh. I'm just so frustrated that I can't even enjoy the parts of the show that were really good. I wish I could ignore my dislike for the main couple but I just can't. I wish I liked the show more, I honestly do. But yeah, I'm just glad it's over.

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I was waiting for JB to perform in that pink outfit! And I was upset that til the end they made Jihoon keep his crush on Wooseung. Why can't he just be with skinny prettyface? They look cute together imo! :)

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Such a disappointment! Cutting one kiss scene to make time for a stage performance is not so hard to do. I can't even celebrate their debut because it didn't feel real.

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Hi earthna, I always read your comments with interest and appreciation. Can you explain, when you say you dislike the main couple, is it primarily because you just can't get past feeling that Yoon Jae is really and actually Ji Hoon's father? Or is it because you dislike Yoon Jae's character or mannerisms? Or is it because you just like Ji Hoon better, and because Woo Seung picked Hyun Jae you're just done with her as well as the whole show?

I would totally get that, because that's how I felt with one of the Reply shows: I didn't even like the main character by the end because of who she picked.

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Hey! It's probably a mix of all those because I do feel all that. However, most of it is because Hyunjae is Jihoon's father. That just does not make sense. It creeps me out.

I loved Wooseung's character and I felt like there was so much more to her. But after they focused on HJ-WS couple, she was made to be just that: Hyunjae's love interest. She worked so hard and wanted to be a police. I didn't see her as someone who would give that dream up so easily but she did. She now suddenly wants to write songs which I think is the writer's way to keep her with Hyunjae.

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Got it, thanks for explaining! I felt the same way about "Trash Oppa" a while back, and there's no overcoming that kind of aversion, lol.

I do agree that Woo Seung's character was made much more generic after she became involved romantically with Hyun Jae. I wish that hadn't happened. But did she want to be a civil servant so badly because she really wanted to be a civil servant, or because that's the ultimate "safe," secure job with a steady income that you keep for life? I got the impression that she came from such a background of instability that what she wanted more than anything was stability. The show gave us to believe that's why she rejected Ji Hoon as a romantic partner as well: she couldn't bear to lose her longtime and only friend if their romance went south.

The show gave us a glimpse (not very convincing, it's true) of Woo Seung having had musical talent in composing when she was younger. It's no surprise, though, that she would not have pursued such an unstable arts career. Maybe now that she has a stable job, she feels secure in trying to write songs on the side? I do wish the show had developed all this more, though.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to reply!

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Anyone remembers the beginning?? Just before the time travel took place.
Malsook kept seeing someone at the rooftop but when she opens the door there's no one?? As if there was some time portal, because she saw Hyunjae in 1993 but when she opens the door obviously it's still 2017. I want to believe that that kind of time portal is still there and who knows maybe many more quirky things will keep on happening now when Hyunjae has studio set up there ?

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I don't know about anyone else, but I take it as Mal Sook knew someone else is living at the rooftop as well other than Ji Hoon. I think it's MC Drill that time. Remember how they all have to hide whenever Gwang Jae or Mal Sook come to the rooftop? Ji Hoon got to live separately from the family because they want him to focus on his exam, but living with his friends might cause distraction, which is why he has to hide the fact that MC Drill lives there and then WS and HJ too.

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Oh i meant about the scene just before the time travel! :)
Ending of episode 1~2, Malsook is looking for Jihoon, she sees a shadow of some guy (which she assumes is Jihoon), she opens the door but there is no one and she finds it weird because she definitely saw someone behind the door! The 1993 Hyunjae was still in his timeline and was drying his hair in front of the mirror and says "why does the door keep opening by itself?" but when he looks outside theres no one. He closes the door and Malsook sees his shadow one more time, opens the door and the room is empty again. I noticed this when i rewathed the series.

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yes, i was waiting for some one to mention this. if we're to really nitpick each lines/action from the beginning, i think they'll be enough for another season or a spin-of or anything.

tho i wonder if double typhoon is a common occurrence in South Korea

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Ha! So that's what was going on with that scene. The veil between the timelines is thin -- at least some of the time. ;-)

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So some sort of gate right? Hyun-jae better keep himself locked in and nowhere near the stairs in the event of storms!

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I knew it was an illness when he reacted to the paper at the bank but totally couldn't have predicted a reality in which a double storm splits a person in two and allows one version to ping pong from the future to the past to back to the future.
I watch Outlander and I didn't see The Bit Hit doing something like this.
But yknow what it was an interesting choice that fixed a lot of loose ends. It also gave us a double dose of Yoon Shi-yoon's amazing capacity. Wow.
Even the double down Noble Idiocy of Hyun-Jae '94 made sense with what we know about Hyun-Jae 93's personality. Shi-yoon's performance and character is really why I kept watching.
I will give a big shout out to Mal-sook and Grandpa who have my heart and tears.
Ji Hoon who was sweet in scenes where he wasn't with Woo-Seung.
Oh and MJ you corny adorable guy. ?
Honorable mentions to MC Drill and Hye-Ri who had Ji Hoon's back and worked hard to follow their dreams.

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This drama is not perfect but I kinda love it. It has it's funny side and touching moments. The message of this drama made me look deeper into my life. Am I living the life I like? Or am I just living just to get by like WS? The characters are relatable too. Lastly, I know it has been mentioned before but I can't help it, Yoon Siyoon is ddabong! When Hyun jae had this conversation with other Hyun jae, you can really see the difference in personality. You could really tell that they have different persona and I must say it is because of YSY's brilliance.

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I wish this drama is a sitcom instead off a 16-ep drama, and even when I'm not into the Hyun Jae-Woo Seung ship, I'm liking the show enough in the first half that I wish they wouls continue on to fill in all the loopholes. Weird that I don't find this show gripping enough, but I think I would watch it again if there's another season of the wacky comedy (taking advantage of the upcoming season 2s of other shows). I would totally watch if they make another drama based on the Other 1994 Hyun Jae. For all we knoq is that he's still missing..perhaps he's also stuck in a different reality?

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Ooo, nice theory! That's way better than suicide most definitely. Maybe after 2017 Hyun-jae left, the weak 1994 Hyun-jae slipped when going down the stairs and went thru a time portal, hence 2017 Hyun-jae IS the culprit of the disappearance!

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Thanks for the lovely recaps and comments gummimochi!

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Watching this show reminds me of Hwarang. Everyone has interesting characters but the writers picked to focus on the romance part as their priority.

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I always drop by to check viewers comments but never really gave my opinion. Since this is the last episode, i thought i'll just give my overall view for the last time, as there are so many differing views here.

To me, this drama is the best. It hit all the right notes for me. Every episode, every part is funny, witty, touching and just perfect. I enjoyed it all, the time travel mystery and suspense, the 'purposely cheesy' romance, parodies of various famous scenes that actually move the story around in an enjoyable way, the slightly 'sarcastic' use of drama tropes that is funny in its way, even the multiple PPLs doesnt bother me. The best part i supposed, is the dialogue. There is underlying depth with its dialogue that i really appreciate. And i've watched every episode of this drama more times than i care to count.. this is one drama i dont get bored of watching over and over again.

Maybe its because i already anticipated the romance between WS-HJ from ep 3-4, or maybe because i already guessed the existence of 2 HJs since ep 13-14 when HJ showed KJ his notebook and informed him that wordings appeared in as time goes by, leading HJ to think the money might still be in the rooftop studio, or maybe its because i am generally more invested in YHJ/Dabong and YSY's perfect performance that eclipse everything else... whatever it is, i do not find the development of this drama weird or out of place. Also, being aware that Yoon Son Ha (BH) is involved in a big controversy, i understood it when her scenes eventually gets lesser and lesser. I am mighty grateful she stick to her responsibility as a professional actress til the end, and did not drop out halfway. Perhaps the story was slightly adjusted because of it, or perhaps it didnt. In any case, im satisfied with it all.

As great as all the casts are, i think YSY definitely outshines everyone of them. The older casts, like Hong Kyung Min, Cathy, Soon Tae and even BH are all great as befits their experience. CTH was perfect as well. But there is definitely plenty of room for improvements in the younger casts like KMJ, LSY, CEW, DHB and Bona. Nevertheless, i think CTH was able to coach them well and capture the required expressions for each scene. Maybe because they are being put beside the stellar performance of YSY, somehow, they just dont shine as much. DHB was ok generally and i enjoyed his portrayal of Drill. It wasnt a main character anyway, so im plenty satisfied with his scenes. And his hosting for the BTS gave him more involvement which makes it sufficient for me. To me, CEW outshines KMJ. I actually didnt enjoy JH scenes as much. Could be the character, or just something about the aura of KMJ. It just felt bland. CEW's MJ was a refreshing character and his visuals made it perfect. He wasnt a main character though, so its understandable to me that he doesnt play a major role. Bona is pretty, but likewise, her character is not a major one, so i think it was sufficient. She...

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Got cut off because too long. Haha. I meant to say LSY was ok, but beside YSY, there are some scenes where she looked abit awkward or out of character, but overall ok. Cant really compare her with YSY's perfection i guess. Overall, i'll credit the younger casts performance in large part to CTH's guidance.

Unlike many, i really dont need more scenes of JH or MJ or grandpa ST. i think the show was able to conclude everything well with its constraints in time and other concerns.

I dont think the relationship is any weird either. The dialogue between HJ and JH perfectly shows that both characters identify it may be weird in the eyes of many, but they have embraced that weirdness and moved on.

To wrap up, the OSTs were all wonderful as well.. i have yet to overcome this drama. Maybe i should rewatch again... lol.

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Well said! I I felt like I was the watching a different drama because I felt so differently from the majority of comments but you said pretty much everything I was thinking perfectly ^^

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YSY was so charismatic and likeable that I was happy to focus on his journey, including his romance with WS. KMJ seems nice; I don't know if it was the writing or acting but he just always paled in comparison to YSY that I never really felt invested in his arc.

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Gonna miss this cute show. It's Ddabong

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Kudos to all the casts and crew of this drama for doing a good job! The show is very far from perfect nut I love the imperfection nonetheless! This is a kind of drama that cracks you up then breaks your heart at the same time! I loved all the casts KMJ, CTH, LSY, MC Drill, MS, BH and my beloved grandpa, but most especially YSY! I was amzed how brilliant of an actor he is. Others may hate and dispise his character as HJ but no one can deny the fact that he portrayed the character brilliantly! So glad I will still have a dose of him in2d1n but hopefully I will see him in a new drama soon!

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I am confused....
1. If 1993 HJ travels to 2017 and then goes back to 1994 then back again to 2017. What happen to HJ in 1993-1994??? There should be a Hyun Jae in 1993-1994, right??? Or the storm conveniently split HJ into two?
2. What happen to 1994 HJ? If he died, why no memorial for him? At least JH and BH will know where he was buried?
3. So... does HJ who go back to 2017 still JH's biological father?? It really doesn't make any sense to me. Unless if there are 2 HJ.. which means the show put Deux Ex Machina trope...

Sigh... I am sad the story till the end only focusing on HJ-WS. Why not have a happy closure for everyone? I started this show for the family and friendship theme drama.. but ended up with a show where the male lead romancing his son's crush. I am more disappointed to this show than MSG. :(

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The writer tried very hard to convince us that 1993 HJ is not Jihoon's father and justify his relationship with WS. That's really just it. You'll just get a headache if you think to much about it. I tried but to no avail.

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1. I am guessing the time travel makes double Hyun Jae, like how the watch and notebook also duplicates.

Which means, if the 1994-HJ also travels in time, there will be 3 Hyun Jaes? (Can I order 1 clone for myself please?)

2. He looks very unwell, I am guessing he either disappears and die in peace alone (he doesn't seem like he has much time left) or he took his own life. Or typhoon could make him drown to the lake or something. Whatever happened, no one in that era knew that HJ is battling the disease and choose to not get help, so no one even knew if he really died or just ran away.

3. Technically the 2017-HJ is not Ji Hoon's dad. If they takes dna test then yes, in family registry though, he's Gwang Jae's son because he married his mom (and Mal Sook is also newly registered as JH's sister).

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Yes.. but Gwang Jae marries BH in 2017. So... it still cannot change the fact that JH is HJ's bio dad (1994 HJ and 1993/2017 HJ).
I think the very first flaw was because they didn't cast a popular enough actress as Boo Hee. Worst, the actress who played BH is having a scandal now because of her son, which leads to K-net boycotting her scenes. Imagine if they casted Kim Hee Sun or Park Ye Jin. The dynamic between HJ and Bo Hee will be very different..

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I don't think it is even necessary to cast more popular actress for BH's character, since she is just a supporting character, what more BH-HJ relationship is not intended to be loveline.

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just a minor addition:
HJ 1994 did get help to battle the disease, he went to the doctor, took medicine and all. but it was said to be incurable, and it seems he has accepted that.
but he didnt get help in terms of emotional support. he chose to fight the battle alone.
the story will be a whole lot different if HJ 1994 informed GJ,BH and others about his sickness.
just a thought -- when they checked HJ's car after his dissapearance, they should have found the medicine bottle he chucked. so, why was the world still not aware of HJ's sickness after his dissapearance? his fan knew he was sick but GJ, BH, ST, YJ never said anything about it.

theory time :P -- maybe he did tell BH but also told her he'll fight this alone, and since his body was never found. maybe that's why BH never resented HJ for leaving her behind.

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@katakwasabi,

theory time :P -- maybe he did tell BH but also told her he'll fight this alone, and since his body was never found. maybe that's why BH never resented HJ for leaving her behind.

I like your theory. I can imagine that Hyun-jae may have wanted to stay away from Bo-hee in the event the disease was contagious. The way he was coughing, I was wondering if he had tuberculosis.

I, too, though the medicine bottle would have been a dead giveaway.

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@boomboompow,

Which means, if the 1994-HJ also travels in time, there will be 3 Hyun Jaes? (Can I order 1 clone for myself please?)

I would like to see Yoon Si-yoon, Yang Se-jong, and Yeo Jin-Goo in a show where they each play their characters six ways to Sunday. ;-)

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Now that you mention this, I'm kinda reminded of Circle where Yeo Jingoo's character's original body died and he was cloned.. yet nobody held a memorial for the YJG who died:(Here, they did one memorial after 20 yrs (wc Ddabong hilariously crashed into) but the others barely acknowledged Hyunjae of 94 died (I'm lead to believe he died in the lake)

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I think twin typhoons = twin Hyun Jaes = twin fates. 1993 HJ who time-travels to 2017 is essentially a clone of 1994 HJ. Or maybe like an identical twin who sprang into existence, who then diverged from the original. Their life experiences and choices were different, so they are different.

2017 HJ is genetically identical in origin to 1994 HJ , but never romanced BH or fathered Ji Hoon.

Yes, it's weird, but if you read science fiction, not that weird. If your clone or your identical twin robbed a bank, are you responsible? Should you go to jail?

I guess it is more like 2017 HJ is like JH's same-age uncle, who never met him before. Which is still weird, ha! But I have an uncle who is younger than me.

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I was not satisfied at the end with how the time travelling worked. But after reading your comment, your explanation works for me!

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Yay, thanks Jenmole! :)

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I kept wondering just how could past HJ split into two, and while "Our" HJ went into the future, "Other" HJ continued to live, date BH and eventually die. Reading your thoughts, I think I can accept this theory! The more so that the show made sure to underline "twin typhoons" a few times throughout the drama.

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Yes, the show really did go on and on about not just any old typhoon, but extra-special twin typhoons, lol.

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@Jamie Opso,

Extra-special rare twin typhoons, at that. ;-)

And since this show is all about time, and watches that no longer run, it's ironic that cyclones spin counterclockwise.

http://time.com/4003987/twin-typhoon-video-space-el-nino/

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I really enjoyed this series. It wasn't perfect, but it made me happy every single week, and this last hour capped off and underscored the incredible performance by Yoon Shi-yoon.

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Aww. Although this show was really weirdly paced at times, I've no regrets about watching it at all. Thanks for the recaps @gummimochi!

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Pheww.. what a wacky and weird ride through the drama.

If they just stick to the plot and if the last two ep was earlier, we might get a closure for all of them. What happened to MJ carrier, the trot girl, Gramps dementia, and Other HJ. If the writer just focus on these character dev rather than the love line. But all is done and we saw HJ is the one with the most growth. It is good but not enough for me.

Anyhow... I love Perv HJ. Haha and WS was so clueless ... Their separation feels a bit rushed and reconciliation a bit flat. But we got a lot kisses and cute, so...

The BTS also cute, RaPD "stop it" during the kiss ??

YSY is best being cute. Hope he got a better project after this. And RaPD need new drama as an actor asap!

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- i didnt expect two HJ , but the scenes between the two of them were so sad. I so wanted 1994-HJ to follow 1993-2017-1994-2017-HJ ...

- BH and KJ now taking of MS (and most likely MS' grandpa eventually) : they are truly wonderful people ...

- the final blooper: eeep! Was the director asking if they didn't hear "cut!" ?

- thank goodness we have 2N1D for my fix of Yoon Shi-yoon. Too bad Jung Joon-young didn't make a cameo...

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Oh right, he's the only who didn't!

I was also hoping Tae Yang would cameo to support his bro, it may helps in rating too.

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So much love for this drama for keeping my heart so warm throughout the past couple of weeks <3 It will be dearly missed!

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I think I got all these in The Best Hit. It’s not flawless, but it isn’t that bad like what some ppl complaining or like I said earlier, I didn’t have expectation on this drama.

Slice of Life ✔
Comedy ✔
Drama ✔
Youth ✔
Romance ✔

The centre of the plot is always Hyun Jae so main plot will be him regardless whatever he does. This drama is already a romcom from the beginning, they have planned it. I do think they can reduced some parts of the romance but just like we know, some shows can be a little bit ambitious to insert everything in 16 epi and they are not always successful. This show is not 100% successful in this regard, but for me at least they achieved 75%.

I hope there will be more drama like this, and not necessarily time travel drama.

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This show is surprisingly realistic for all the jokes and puns. While the story did let us down i think the msg was always the same--There are somethings you can't change, some that cannot be resolved but you can always accept it and try to make the situation more liveable.
The strong point of the show was the friendship and relationship between all the characters. I truely belive if the show had continued with the comedic sitcom vibe it started off with, it would have been a bigger success.
I loved BH decision to become a better wife n mom than worry about her singing( i do think this was also a way of the actress responding to the controversy around her son)
Finally i dont think this show would have worked if not for YSY-- he was PERFECT! My love for him has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few weeks. He truely was Dabong!Heres hoping he comes back on our screens soon?

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Wow its realy over.now back to 1N2D so i can keep on seeng YSY

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You know what, I was just watching 1N2D eps when they went working at Yeongwol (with grandpa, grandmas and the naturalist) They put TBH OST at the preview and I scream so loud that my mother came to my room. CTH also talk about TBH and watched it together with the folks. I wonder how will I get over this drama? I finally got to catch up with the latest 1N2D ep while waiting for TBH.

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I just finished Baker King and am starting Flower Boy Next Door. Love Shiyoonie!

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Its been so long since I've seen a Kdrama (last one was 2 eps. of 12 Years Promise & the other was Boys Over Flowers), but I was on FB and noticed a preview for this show was on so i watched and fell in love with it, so i ended up watching it ( ep. 16/17). I laughed & cried and just really enjoyed it overall. The ep. that really got to me was ep. 30 where Grandpa was talking to the ghost of his decease daughter (it got to the point I had to pause it for a few minutes just so my eyes would stop watering.

I'm sad that its over, the cast did a good job, I loved the bloopers in the credits XD

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Thank you drama <3

You made me laugh, cry, hope, cheer, aspire...

All the characters are so dear to me, like I said in a previous episode, I wish we could have small skits following the various characters in their mundane lives.

Dabong, you are pure sunshine and unicorns and crazy antics. Dabong, dabong!
Wooseung - keep living and fighting for your dreams. Thanks for being yourself and trying your best.
Also, Wooseung, Dabong, you are the cutest pair.
Jihoon, thanks for being so grounded and mature. Hope you can loosen up too now =)
MJ, you were the biggest goofball there is, thumbs up to you too!
Bohee, you're the true invisible glue keeping that lovely household together, thanks for the loving!
Grandpa and Malsook, your bond means the world.
MC Drill, never lose that positivity and happy virus spirit!
Youngjae - if you try so hard to do evil stuff but yet fail, maybe you're rather meant to do some good? xD
Kathy - yes to the female empowerment!
Gwangjae - the most loyal friend and husband-to-be. Where can I find one?
Trot duo - you're two rays of sunshine!
Female trainee turned idol - we know you're softer than that inside despite the cold front ;)

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Ddabong!!!

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DAA-BONG!! The Best Hit was THE BEST! I havent felt this sad to let a drama go since Weightlifting Fairy :(

It was such a nice breezy watch and I guess the fact that its meant to be a lighthearted watch made me not think at all about its storyline flaws.

All in all, its one of the few dramas I've thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

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didnt understand the time line or why him going staying in the future didnt affect the present or his main reason to be sent in the future

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i think this drama changed it plotline midway due to fan service and focus on only 2 characters which was very dissapointing for me since the chemistry wasnt that explosive and it stopped ws growth and didnt add anything to the entire plot

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I can believe it's over. Ddabong!! Ddabong!! Where're you? I miss you, already...

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Yoo hoo... hikari_nmh,

I replied to your post in Crispycheese's thread #28 of the previous recap. Regarding 1990s time travel TV shows. ;-)

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Oh.. thanks for notifying me. I'll check your reply.

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Every night since this show ended I keep
finding myself thinking about it. It's like there's a little hole in my heart where this show used to be, and I have to say that it hurts more than I expected it would.

I started this show a bit late and have been watching it pretty quietly, but it's really been a delightful spot of fun in my life the last few weeks. Yoon Shi-yoon is as hilarious and adorable as I remember (I even went back and rewatched Flower Boy Next Door whenever I was impatiently waiting for new episodes), but the rest of the young cast was equally adorable and amazing. There were a lot of missteps and some dropped storylines (Why did Hyunjae never meet Wooseung's mom? Does Kwang-jae remember Future Hyunjae coming back to ask him about the imposter? How did Future Hyunjae's doodles get into Past Hyunjae's notebook when he didn't leave it behind in the past?), but overall it was an entertaining and satisfying emotional journey, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Also: SEASON 2! SEASON 2!

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@Kender,

"Why did Hyunjae never meet Wooseung's mom?"

Because Woo-seung would never allow it.

If you think it was icky that 1993 Hyun-jae dated his pseudo-son's friend who is a girl, imagine how much worse it would be if Woo-seung's floozy mom tried to poach Mr. Da-bong from her own daughter!! Oh the humanity! ;-)

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I'm one of the folks who enjoyed this drama and didn't mind the romance, but the ending felt too flimsy (even for something that was always going to be pretty light). I did love the interactions between our two hyun jaes and everything between kwang jae and hyun jae-- both present and past. "Let's grow old together."

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Sweet ending. This show had moments where I loved it, and moments where I just pushed through it and turned off my brain but overall it was enjoyable.
As for YSY, I really sometimes don't know if I like him as an actor or not, he does really well on drama scenes but on some scenes he still lacks a bit of feeling and over exaggerates but no matter what I am still drawn to him as an actor.

PS. I love the BTS of how Ra PD said that's enough, I always wonder at how they end kissing scenes, as it must be awkward for the actors. That's one way to end it.

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So we STILL don't know what happened to 1994 Yoo Hyun-Jae. :throws up hands: Did he just disappear because 1993 YHJ left? We don't know, because the writers didn't say. And how is 1993 YHJ going to deal with his legal issues? (Because 'Kim Da-bong' has no ID.)

I know, it's just a show & I should really just relax. :laugh: I just can't help but wonder about these things.

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Yes, I was left wondering, too. When 1994 Hyun Jae says it seems there are things left he has to do, what does he mean? At that point had he already put the cashier's check in the bank safety deposit box? Was it meant for BH, and if so why did he never tell her about it? He had to already have placed the note explaining why he disappeared in the safety deposit box by that point, as it was torn out of both versions of his composition notebook in 2017. And had he already mailed the stock options to President Soondae? I'm curious, too!

I guess he could claim the identity of Yoo Hyun Jae officially: his fingerprints match, and all. He could just claim to be remarkably well-preserved. :)

Maybe he could claim the legal identity, keep it quiet, and keep using Kim Da Bong as his public identity? He might be in trouble for not having done his military service, but he could claim amnesia for all those years, and possibly go ahead and do his service (best-case scenario; worst-case might involve jail time for skiving off).

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weird drama. meh~

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i don't know but i think i'm falling in love with hyunjae from 1994. yoon shi yoon please stop!!!

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