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School 2017: Episode 10

It seems impossible for our heroine to go one week without finding herself in trouble at that darn school of hers, and this episode is no exception. Thankfully, she’s got a knack for getting the right people on her side, and even if they may not be the most powerful or influential, they’re enough to keep her spirits up and make sure she stays true to herself—and what’s worth more than that?

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Tae-woon confronts Dae-hwi, calling him out for ruining a girl’s life while pretending to be upstanding in front of all their classmates. Dae-hwi tells Tae-woon to stay out of it, adding that he’s not going to get involved this time.

Tae-woon just warns Dae-hwi that he won’t let the same thing happen again: “It means that if you mess with Ra Eun-ho, I’ll kill you.”

As Dae-hwi watches Tae-woon walk away, he gets a call from Hee-chan, but ignores it.

Hee-chan’s in a meeting with Teacher Shim and Eun-ho but barely acknowledges them, remarking that he doesn’t need to talk because lawyers will speak on his behalf. Eun-ho says they don’t need lawyers—all Hee-chan has to do is admit that he pushed her. Hee-chan refuses, of course.

Teacher Shim tries to convince Hee-chan that he and Eun-ho could still work things out as friends, but Hee-chan tells him that’s why the school violence committee exists. Looking frustrated, Teacher Shim refuses to let Hee-chan go to his tutoring session, noting that what they’re doing now is far more important for Hee-chan’s life.

Dae-hwi marks off exam prep questions for Hee-chan as usual, but Hee-chan brushes it off and instead asks Dae-hwi what he plans to do about Eun-ho. Dae-hwi says he can’t persuade Eun-ho, but Hee-chan persists, asking why he can’t do to Eun-ho what he did to Bo-ra.

We flash back to a year ago, when Dae-hwi had chased down a roughed-up Bo-ra at the hospital. He’d told her that she couldn’t win against Hee-chan, and that she’d be the only one who got hurt. When Bo-ra wondered how much worse things could get, Dae-hwi handed her an envelope of cash and said Hee-chan was sorry.

Bo-ra grabbed the envelope angrily and asked, “If he’s so sorry, why doesn’t he apologize?” Before Dae-hwi could figure out an answer, Tae-woon walked into the hospital, hurt from a minor fight of his own, and did a double take at the two.

Tae-woon moved to walk past them, but Bo-ra stopped him to give him the envelope. She told him to return it to Dae-hwi, along with the message that she hopes he’s happy with himself after selling his soul and conscience.

After looking inside the envelope, Tae-woon immediately guessed Hee-chan’s involvement, then threw the envelope down at Dae-hwi’s feet, telling him he feels embarrassed for him.

In the present, Hee-chan offers Dae-hwi a membership card for access to summer lectures in preparation for Seoyul University’s entrance exams. In exchange, he asks Dae-hwi to handle Eun-ho.

Dae-hwi accepts the card (noooo!), but wonders why Hee-chan’s taking things this far when it’s clear he’d prevail over Eun-ho in the school violence hearing. Hee-chan just complains about things getting complicated, then tells Dae-hwi to think it over carefully.

Hee-chan’s mom shows up at Eun-ho’s place with her lawyer, where she tells Eun-ho’s family that they can put a stop to all this by making Eun-ho apologize. Eun-ho’s mom just snidely remarks to her husband that she hears dogs barking, and both Dad and Eun-ho’s older brother back her up, because they’re awesome.

When Eun-ho arrives home, Hee-chan’s mom doubles down on her threat, telling the family that she’s confident that Eun-ho will get punished. Eun-ho doesn’t cower one bit, responding that she’s confident too—confident in proving that Hee-chan really did hit her.

As Hee-chan’s mom gapes at Eun-ho’s “rudeness,” Eun-ho assures her that she’ll never give in, and tells her not to come to their house just to take cheap shots.

Later that evening, Dae-hwi swings by Eun-ho’s place with ice cream. He tells her that things must be tough, and Eun-ho honestly tells him that she’s worried and feeling hurt. When she asks how he’s doing, Dae-hwi simply says things aren’t going too well for him either, and Eun-ho laments at how hard life is at eighteen.

After a pause, Dae-hwi starts to ask Eun-ho a question, but he struggles with his words, and ultimately decides against saying anything. So Eun-ho asks him a question instead: Why would Bo-ra stay silent after witnessing what happened between her and Hee-chan? She wonders what could have happened between the two, but Dae-hwi can’t say a word.

Meanwhile, Tae-woon calls Eun-ho again and again, frustrated that she won’t pick up—that’s because her phone’s inside the house while she’s outside hanging with Dae-hwi.

Naturally, Tae-woon rushes over to Eun-ho’s place. He storms up to Dae-hwi and asks if he’s there to convince Eun-ho to back off Hee-chan, and Dae-hwi gets testy at the accusation (but… aren’t you?). Eun-ho slams her hands on the table and tells the boys that if they fight here, she’s never going to see them ever again.

That’s Dae-hwi’s cue to leave, so Eun-ho bids him goodbye fondly, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Tae-woon. Tae-woon says the reason he came by was to make sure Eun-ho’s not smiling at other guys (literally “meeting eyes”), which leads to her threatening to meet her fist to his eye. He weaves and bobs his face around her fist playfully, and they laugh and tease.

Dae-hwi turns around to watch them, then pulls out the membership card that Hee-chan had given him, staring down at it pensively.

A little later, Eun-ho wonders if she should just give in to Hee-chan and apologize. Tae-woon protests that giving in isn’t like her, and that she shouldn’t have to apologize for something she didn’t do. Eun-ho says her family’s a mess over this, and that she has no choice but to give up if she doesn’t want her family to sell the house just to get a lawyer if this goes to court.

Tae-woon crouches down in front of her and says that even if she gives up, he won’t, because he doesn’t want to see her suffer. He tells her that he won’t let her fight alone, and that he won’t let her be lonely. “So trust me,” he says. “Be strong, and let’s fight, together.” So sweet.

Eun-ho doesn’t seem convinced, so Tae-woon throws himself on the ground in a mock hissy-fit, demanding to know what happened to the Eun-ho that he liked—the one who was willing to fight to the bloody death. She finally cracks a smile, and when he puts his hand on her shoulder, telling her to be strong, she rests her head against his arm.

The next day, Eun-ho asks Bo-ra one more time if she won’t testify in support of her. Bo-ra refuses and tells Eun-ho that she should give up, as she won’t be able to win against Hee-chan. Undeterred, Eun-ho says that she’ll do what she needs to do to clear her name, and asks Bo-ra to testify for her when she finds Eun-ho to be trustworthy.

Teacher Shim drops by the coffee shop where Bo-ra works in an effort to reopen her case with Bit-na. Asking her to trust him, Teacher Shim asks Bo-ra for the truth, but Bo-ra simply says she doesn’t trust teachers.

In their hideout, Eun-ho struggles over what to write on a big sign calling out Hee-chan. Tae-woon watches her with a big ol’ smile on his face, pleased that she’s back to her old self and ready to fight. In between their usual bickering, Eun-ho ponders which words would have the most impact for her sign, while Tae-woon starts doodling on a fresh piece of paper.

Eun-ho looks over at his drawing in surprise, commenting that he’s not bad. He jokes about his all-around awesomeness: “I don’t know whose boyfriend I’m gonna be, but whoever she is, she must’ve saved the universe in a past life!” making Eun-ho laugh. But it seems he’s inspired something in her, as she starts writing out a message next to his drawing (which happens to depict a fiery Eun-ho).

The next morning, Teacher Gu notices a big piece of paper taped up on a window—it’s the sign that Tae-woon and Eun-ho worked on together. Teacher Gu reads over the message with a stern face, but ends up smiling and signing a tiny “09” (the number nine is “gu” in Korean) at the bottom of the poster, which is an open letter from Eun-ho. It reads:

“To you, the one who lies without batting an eye: Some say you were blessed with good parents, but I don’t envy you. Preferential treatment and shamelessness that mocks fair, hard work… I’m actually grateful. Thanks to you, I realized just how beautiful my life is. I don’t succumb to injustice. I can fight together with my friends, and that makes me happy and proud. It’s too bad you’ll never get to experience this.”

Soon enough, classmates gather in front of the poster in awe, and many others have either signed their name to the message or left post-it notes with words of encouragement. Sa-rang grabs Eun-ho to show her the response, and as they’re puzzling over the “09” signature, Eun-ho squeals to see a post-it with the words, “I’ve liked you for a while. Be strong!”

Tae-woon, however, has the opposite reaction to the note, and HA, he immediately storms into their classroom to compare every boy’s writing to the one on the post-it. When he’s unable to find match, he heads towards the next class to continue his search, while Eun-ho tries in vain to stop him.

Outside, Eun-ho shyly accepts a soda from a male student—is he the post-it guy? Tae-woon’s not far behind, and he immediately inserts himself between the two. Eun-ho’s suitor is not at all fazed, and as Eun-ho gazes adoringly at the him, he lays it on thick with Eun-ho, telling her that he wants to be her strength.

Tae-woon goes off on a jealous rant, saying things like, “By the way, our Eun-ho likes lemonade. You don’t even know the basics and you’re confessing?!” He tells the rival that he’s not needed since Eun-ho has lots of guys after her (“A really good-looking guy just recently confessed to her!” Heh). But Eun-ho pushes Tae-woon away in embarrassment and tells the new guy she’d like to see him again, much to Tae-woon’s horror.

Tae-woon follows Eun-ho all the way home, pestering her with questions about the post-it guy. She’s giddy about her new prospect, but Tae-woon’s more concerned about fending off confessions from more guys: “There should be a law to prevent confessions. Or should I just start threatening one on one?” When Eun-ho says she’s not that popular, he disagrees, repeating Eun-ho’s offhand comment from way back about her “crazy big” presence. Eun-ho cutely observes that he remembers all sorts of things.

At school, Nam-joo pulls Dae-hwi aside to ask him why he dated her when he was so cold towards her. He responds that he did like her—but that his feelings changed as he started to suspect that she was lying to him. She argues that he should have broken up with her then, but he says that he didn’t want to believe that she was lying, because she looked like she was having such a hard time.

Officer Han watches from a distance as Teacher Jang and Bo-ra have another one of their uncomfortable run-ins. Afterward, she and Teacher Shim confront Teacher Jang about her relationship with Bo-ra, asking if something happened last year.

Observing that it seems like Bo-ra’s avoiding Teacher Jang, Officer Han says that Bo-ra’s actions around the incident with Bit-na seemed off. Teacher Jang gets defensive, saying that Bo-ra just doesn’t like her, then asks to be left alone.

Teacher Shim presses her one more time, telling her she can help clear Bo-ra’s name. Still, Teacher Jang insists that she didn’t see anything.

Later, Officer Han and Teacher Shim pore over old files, looking for counseling records that might shed light on Teacher Jang and Bo-ra’s relationship. After a while, Teacher Shim finds Teacher Jang’s write-up of Hee-chan assaulting Bo-ra last year—but they’re both disturbed as they read the document.

They confront Teacher Jang with the records, and Teacher Shim looks horrified as he asks how she could have sided with Hee-chan after Bo-ra reported the assault to her. Officer Han questions whether or not the teacher conducted a proper investigation, pointing out that Teacher Jang’s initial report was completely different from the supplemental report she filed just one day later.

Teacher Jang retorts that teachers aren’t cops—they can’t listen to what all the students have to say if they’re to get anything done. Looking furious, Teacher Shim asks why Teacher Jang bothered to become a teacher.

Teacher Shim continues that if Teacher Jang really did cover up the truth, he won’t forgive her. He promises to uncover what really happened in the Bit-na incident, along with Hee-chan’s assault.

Eun-ho waits in the pouring rain for Bo-ra to get off work, while Tae-woon watches Eun-ho from afar. When Bo-ra finally appears, she looks at Eun-ho warily and refuses the umbrella that Eun-ho offers, saying she’s just being nice because she wants something. Eun-ho says it’s not true, and wonders why Bo-ra is so unwilling to let others in.

When Bo-ra responds that Eun-ho doesn’t know anything, Eun-ho agrees, but says she’s thought about how lonely Bo-ra must have been, and hard it must have been for her. She says it would be less difficult if they tackled things together, and though Bo-ra asks her to stay out of her business, Eun-ho refuses.

She tells Bo-ra not to testify for her, but instead invites her to be friends. As a tear trickles down her face, Bo-ra tells Eun-ho the same thing she told Teacher Shim: She doesn’t believe in friends or people who say they’re going to protect her.

Bo-ra walks home in the rain, drenched and despondent, when Tae-woon suddenly appears in front of her. He holds his umbrella over Bo-ra’s head, says tersely that it’s raining, then takes off. Swoon!

The next day, Eun-ho plops down next to Bo-ra during break time, cheerfully clinking her soda can against Bo-ra’s. Later, after returning Tae-woon’s umbrella, Bo-ra runs into Dae-hwi. The two exchange loaded glances and continue on, but Bo-ra looks unwell, and she doesn’t get far before collapsing on the ground.

Dae-hwi takes her to the hospital, where the doctor says Bo-ra’s overstressed, and that she shouldn’t take her antidepressants for the next two days. Surprised by this news, Dae-hwi thinks back to his encounter with Bo-ra at the hospital a year ago, and looks down at her worriedly.

As Eun-ho reads through the signatures in support of her poster, she zeroes in on new name: Bo-ra’s. She catches Bo-ra lurking not too far away and runs after her.

Bo-ra tries to play her signature off as a meaningless gesture, but Eun-ho sincerely thanks her, saying it was meaningful to her because it showed that Bo-ra’s cheering her on. Eun-ho grins, and Bo-ra returns a tiny smile.

Elsewhere, Hee-chan lashes out in frustration, asking Dae-hwi why kids with nothing “don’t know their place.” Dae-hwi asks Hee-chan if he doesn’t feel bad at all for what he did to Bo-ra, but Hee-chan doesn’t show one ounce of remorse, asking Dae-hwi what exactly he did wrong. What a piece of work.

Dae-hwi tells Hee-chan that Bo-ra sought psychological help after the assault, but Hee-chan couldn’t care less. Looking pained, Dae-hwi says he’s scared that what he’s seeing in Hee-chan now is what he himself is becoming.

On their way home, Hee-chan’s mom directs him to worry only about his finals and nothing else. She then mentions some intel she’s gotten from a recent meeting, saying that Director Hyun’s looking to expel or transfer Eun-ho to get her away from Tae-woon, as he thinks she’s a bad influence.

Having filed away that info, Hee-chan sneaks into ex-Principal Yang’s office the next day and examines the clues pasted up on the wall related to his search for X. In voiceover, Hee-chan narrates that X is in their class, and that Eun-ho seems to be the main suspect.

Looking at ex-Principal Yang’s whiteboard of suspects, which include photos of Tae-woon and Dae-hwi, Hee-chan continues, “If Eun-ho’s not X, she may be an accomplice.” He thinks back to X’s most recent prank, then wonders if Dae-hwi could be X, given that he ended up winning the math competition.

Hee-chan finds Dae-hwi and puts on an apologetic act as he requests another favor. Hee-chan notes how suspicious Eun-ho is, given that she was framed for X’s pranks, and now she’s drawing a webtoon about X.

He wonders if Eun-ho could be X’s accomplice, then says that if that were the case, they wouldn’t even need the school violence hearing since she’d be expelled immediately. He says that X must be someone close to Eun-ho and asks Dae-hwi to find out who it is.

Hee-chan then approaches Eun-ho in class and tells her that he’s enjoying her webtoon. Dae-hwi and Tae-woon are both on edge as Hee-chan asks if X’s webtoon is made up, noting how realistic the story is. Sa-rang asks if Hee-chan’s accusing Eun-ho of being X, but Hee-chan looks past Eun-ho straight at Tae-woon, commenting that Eun-ho can’t be X, as X is someone who’s got plenty to spare.

Later, Hee-chan tries to sort out the mystery, murmuring to himself that Eun-ho must be modeling X after someone. He decides it’s Tae-woon, only to be thrown off by the fact that X sold out Tae-woon when he exposed the math competition. He wonders if it was a fake-out, and tells himself that things could get interesting.

Hee-chan corners Tae-woon next and asks him who he thinks X might be. Smirking, Tae-woon taunts Hee-chan about beating around the bush: “Do you think I’m X?” Without giving him a chance to respond, Tae-woon adds, “If I am, what are you going to do?”

Back in the hideout, Tae-woon and Eun-ho discuss Hee-chan’s evilness and agree that it’s probably best for them to be careful for the time being. Eun-ho wonders why Hee-chan’s suddenly fixated on X, and Tae-woon guesses that he must be after something important.

The next morning, Tae-woon waits for Eun-ho by the bikes and pokes fun at her swollen eyes. When she says she didn’t get any sleep because she was worried about her school violence hearing that day, Tae-woon sweetly tells her that everything will work out.

But things are looking bad at the hearing, where Vice Principal Park announces that the committee found no proof to support Eun-ho’s story. Just as he says that Eun-ho is guilty, Tae-woon’s voice rings out, asking them to wait.

Eun-ho turns around in surprise to see Tae-woon marching in with Bo-ra. Yay! At first, even Bo-ra’s testimony doesn’t seem like it will be enough, but Bo-ra seals the deal when she produces a video recording that clearly shows Hee-chan attacking Eun-ho.

The committee members murmur at the decisive new evidence, and Teacher Shim takes the opportunity to request a new hearing on Bit-na and Bo-ra’s incident.

Afterward, Eun-ho’s worried to find out that Tae-woon exposed his X identity to Bo-ra. Tae-woon explains that he wanted to show Bo-ra his sincerity, since he was asking her to do something difficult by testifying for Eun-ho.

In flashback, we see that Tae-woon had brought Bo-ra to his hideout, and told her that if he didn’t protect her or if he lied to her, Bo-ra would be free to turn him in as X.

Back in the present, Eun-ho still looks worried as she asks him what he was thinking. At that, Tae-woon gets reeeeeally close, flicking away something invisible on Eun-ho face. “Don’t you get it?” he asks. “I want to make things work with you.” He breaks out into a slow smile, and ha, this time it’s Eun-ho who tells him not to smile, averting her eyes nervously.

Tae-woon feigns innocence and asks why, but she just keeps turning away from him, ordering him not to smile. He can’t help laughing as he follows her around, asking if he’s making her heart flutter, while Eun-ho hides her face in embarrassment. Can these two get any cuter?

With Tae-woon and Eun-ho behind her for moral support, Bo-ra fills out a new report on her incidents with both Hee-chan and Bit-na.

She meets up with Hee-chan next to tell him that she’s not giving up. Predictably, he becomes violent, grabbing her by the shoulders and screaming at her to stop.

Thankfully, Dae-hwi interrupts the altercation by rushing in and punching Hee-chan squarely in the face. Dae-hwi then pulls out the membership card and throws it at Hee-chan’s feet.

Over coffee, Dae-hwi offers Bo-ra a long overdue apology. He references what Tae-woon had said to him earlier, telling Bo-ra that someone asked if he had to hit rock bottom. In response, Bo-ra recalls Eun-ho’s words, telling him that it might be hard doing things alone, but together, there may be a way.

Dae-hwi says this is the time when he probably needs to be brave. Bo-ra assures him that he already was, and says that she’s going to try to be brave now, too.

In the hall, Bit-na confronts Bo-ra about submitting a new incident report to the Board of Education. But she’s unprepared for Bo-ra’s new attitude, looking shocked when Bo-ra tells Bit-na to wait for her punishment, saying she won’t give in so easily this time.

Bo-ra even gets a jab in about Bit-na running to her mommy for help, which sends Bit-na over the edge. Bit-na tries to hit her, but this time, Bo-ra grabs Bit-na’s arm in midair, then pushes her away.

Hee-chan’s two cronies marvel at Bo-ra’s newfound strength. Bo-ra turns to face them next, and says she knows that they started the rumors about her and Hee-chan.

When the guys try to deny it, she acknowledges that she dated Hee-chan for a while, so she collected some interesting information about his friends during that time. She threatens to start a few rumors of her own, scaring them off, and her classmates look to her in awe, telling her how awesome she is. Uh, where were you guys when she was being bullied?

Eun-ho (and a hilariously reluctant Tae-woon) pop out of their classroom to give Bo-ra a thumbs up, and later, we see the three of them hanging out happily in Tae-woon’s hideout.

Eun-ho narrates that rumors start in strange places and come up in unexpected ways: “Just as rumors don’t start on their own, we are not alone. Being together doesn’t resolve everything, but being together at least lets us withstand it.”

That night, Hee-chan tells Dae-hwi that he told X to meet him in the hall at 10 P.M. and that X is definitely going to show, since the message also said that Eun-ho would pay if he didn’t.

As Eun-ho and Tae-woon leave their hideout, Tae-woon checks his phone with a worried expression, causing Eun-ho to ask if something’s wrong. He plays it off with a joke, but checks his phone again after Eun-ho leaves.

A hoodie-clad Suspect X heads toward the hall where Hee-chan waits, ready to capture the evidence. The hooded figure (but maybe not the same one?) pauses at a bench outside and rereads the message from Hee-chan.

When X arrives in the hall, Hee-chan approaches, all the while pointing his phone in X’s direction. “We meet at last,” Hee-chan says, then warns X not to even think about running away, since he’s got him on video.

The figure removes his hood and turns around… and it’s Dae-hwi. Hee-chan can’t hide his surprise when he sees Dae-hwi instead of Tae-woon, and he mutters in disbelief that it doesn’t make any sense.

Dae-hwi walks towards Hee-chan slowly, asking how others will react when they find out Hee-chan had forced Dae-hwi to carry out pranks disguised as X. Hee-chan gapes at Dae-hwi, but then looks down to see that his phone’s still recording. He quickly shuts it off and storms out.

Meanwhile, the other X, aka Tae-woon, is still sitting out on the bench, pondering the second message he received about a change in meeting location.

He gets up and walks toward the school building, but startles at the sight of another figure in X gear—Dae-hwi— coming down the stairs towards him. Tae-woon pulls his hoodie down to conceal his face, but Dae-hwi slows to a stop in front of him.

As the two Xs face off, Dae-hwi takes off his hood, revealing himself to Tae-woon. After a beat, Tae-woon follows suit, and they stare at each other, a mix of emotions running across their faces.

 
COMMENTS

While I wasn’t necessarily waiting with bated breath for new updates on the Suspect X plot, I found the storyline of Hee-chan looking for X surprisingly riveting, mostly because it was a vehicle to go deeper into Dae-hwi’s continued and compelling struggle against the dark side. Just because Dae-hwi decided to do the right thing last week by confessing to breaking into the teachers’ office doesn’t mean that he’s all of a sudden this perfect guy making all the right decisions, and it’s so realistic that he’d still be waffling back and forth on his alliance with Hee-chan. After all, he still needs to do what he needs to do to get into Seoyul, and he’s trying to ride that line between taking advantage of the access and money that Hee-chan offers, while trying desperately not to sink to Hee-chan’s level of being an all-out awful human being.

It may have been more advantageous for Dae-hwi to stay in the grey zone and try not to get more involved in Hee-chan’s shenanigans, but I was so happy to see that in the end, Dae-hwi’s conscience won. I cheered out loud when Dae-hwi punched Hee-chan (so satisfying!), and then again when he threw that membership card back at him. And if that wasn’t enough—I couldn’t believe how badass Dae-hwi was when he intervened in Hee-chan’s plan to expose Suspect X. At this point, Dae-hwi knows that Tae-woon’s X, right? It seemed pretty clear that Dae-hwi was trying to protect Tae-woon and Eun-ho from being outed for their involvement in X’s pranks, and I love him so hard for that. The bromance is still alive!

It remains to be seen what Dae-hwi’s real connection to this whole X business might be, but I still think there’s a chance that Suspect X is an identity that Dae-hwi and Tae-woon might have shared at one time. What I know for sure is how glad I am that this show doesn’t waste time dragging out the reveals and secrets—you can now add Dae-hwi and Bo-ra to the list of people who know that Tae-woon is behind X’s recent activities, and Tae-woon knows that Dae-hwi just happened to be running around in X gear that night, coming from the direction of the hall. Whether or not Dae-hwi actually admits to what he did for Tae-woon, I’m excited to see what comes from their confrontation.

Though I did think that there was a high likelihood that Tae-woon and Eun-ho would join forces to help out Bo-ra, I didn’t anticipate that they’d do so separately—and completely free from the guise of Suspect X. Eun-ho, of course, may have initially been driven to involve herself in Bo-ra’s life because she needed Bo-ra to testify, but true to her character, she ended up getting what she needed by putting Bo-ra’s need for trust first and being her friend, regardless of Bo-ra’s decision to get involved in her case.

Eun-ho didn’t get there alone, though—Tae-woon showed another side to him this hour as an unwavering source of hope and support that helped Eun-ho get her spirit back in the face of a tough situation. I don’t know how Kim Jung-hyun does it, but he goes back and forth flawlessly between leading man with all the right moves to flailing high-schooler blinded by jealousy—and I love every minute of it. I always thought it was easy to see how Tae-woon would fall for Eun-ho, but this week, I was completely in Eun-ho’s shoes as she got closer to realizing her growing feelings for Tae-woon. I mean, how can you not fall for the guy who not only makes you laugh, likes you for who you are, and offers you his unconditional support, all the while looking at you like you’re the most beautiful girl in the whole universe? Seriously!

What I loved most about Tae-woon’s arc this hour is that it showed how much he’s grown since we first met him—he’s gone from a guy whose motto was to not get involved in other people’s lives to someone who’s actively going out of his way to not just help the girl he likes, but others who need his help. Not only that, Tae-woon’s not even hiding behind his X identity to carry out these acts of justice as he’s done before—he’s now taking a stand on his own, and he’s more willing to let others in on who he really is. That, combined with his hilarious and squee-worthy courting of Eun-ho, has cemented a place for him on my list of all-time favorite rom-com heroes—I think we can all agree that by this point, he’s more than earned his nickname of Tae-swoon.

 
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My 10 favorite moments of ep10 ?
◾ Subtitle of this ep School 2017 : How to endure weight ….just leave the crown ? out ?
◾ Teacher Shim talking to Hee Chan about the investigation : “what we are doing here is more important in your life than private lessons” ? ? ? ?
◾ Eun Ho’s family : talking about the neighbor’s dog barking ?, all united against Hee Chan’s mother ❤❤❤
◾ Tae Lovesick/Jealous rushing to Eun Ho’s house because she didn’t answer the phone : “don’t you dare laugh with another guy again” ?
◾ Tae Knight appeasing Eun Ho and saying he won’t let her fight alone ? ?
◾ Tae Teasing : “Whoever makes me her boyfriend must have saved the planet in past life” ? and Eun Ho smiling after that ?
◾ Tae Jealous to his rival : “Not long ago, a really hot guy said he liked her” ? ?
◾ Tae Knight coming with Bo Ra to clear Eun Ho ?
◾ Tae Teasing : after Eun Ho’s reaction to his smile : “Does seeing me smile get you excited ?” ?
◾ Better late than never : Dae Hwi and Bo Ra ? ? ? ?

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Nicknames of other Beanies : Tae Swoon ❤, Tae Coupon ?, Tae Bak ?, Tae Jealous, Tae Stick, etc.
My Nicknames for ep9
◾Tae Sincere , Tae Sentimental
◾Tae Friend
◾Tae Hair up is my kryptonite
◾Tae Doll ?
◾Tae Long legs show-off
◾Tae Handsome and I know it never lose an opportunity ?
◾Tae Knight ?
loyal version Your word is my command
shining armor version ????? feat. Tae Arm Vein ?
caught red-handed version

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My Nicknames for ep10
◾Tae Knight ?
let’s set things straight from the beginning ?, arasseo Dae Hwi ? ?
Tae Knight protecting his girl ?? (cameo by Bo Ra ?)
◾Tae Loveholic : if you don’t pick up, I’ll go to you ???
◾Tae Your smile is my kryptonite ??? just like your hair up ?
◾Tae Handsome and I know it, but also Talented and I know it : so let me make sure you know it
?? : one of my fav’
Tae Handsome : just a model on his motorbike at school ???
◾Tae Jealous ? : he said URI Eun Ho , aw aw aw aw aw aw aw ??
◾ Not a nickname, but could be useful ? : How to deal with Tae Jealous ?
◾ Tae Swoon / Smooth ❤❤❤
◾ Tae Swoon/Teasing ??

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can i give more..Tae Chicken, Tae Hilarious, Tae Lemonade...Tae Dreaming..?

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I ❤ this list Kudoran! ?

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Me too ?? , thank you Sabu ?

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Thanks our witty @kudoran!

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Yah!

Just went over these 'Tae-lists' (...unintended Tae portmanteau).

And I have to say Kudos to Kudo Ran, and I can always come back here for your links when I am missing this show!!! Thanks!!!

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Logging out ? who was I kidding ????

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I thought so! HAHA! I was like is she being serious? She can't log out now! The party just began! XD

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Was foolishly thinking to eat lunch elsewhere than in front of my computer ?

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Eat lunch here! It is a party after all.. ;D HAHA

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@kudoran I had to eat lunch in less than ten minutes to not miss the party XD

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Lol. I was really surprised when I read that. I mean, how can you leave the party so early

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Is what I'm sayin^ *laughing*

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??? I just saw your comment. Great minds think alike they say

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They really do! ;D

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1. I couldnt believe that @kudoran will leave the party earlier.She's like the unofficial host ?
2. While I was late already + couldnt really attend since I'm still loaded with work earlier.

I will still comment,pardon the lateness Beanies!

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I should've known you'd be up and about with more Tae-monikers. Thanks @kudoran

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ㅋㅋㅋ ?

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Tae-vein and Tae-vain ?

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This. Is. AMAZING ??❤

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I think I'm sick just like Tae Woon , here's a very serious disease : I'm Tae Sick ????????

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I'm also sick, I have a Tae Fever XD

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Bwahahahah! ?
We're all sick with Tae-Fever! We need a Tae-Cure! Mon-Sun. 24/7!???❤

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Sabu where do I sign ? ?

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Outside Tae-Clinic! But you all gotta line up behind me! HAHA

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Hi Sabu, here I am n.2 ?

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Haha don't forget me I was the one who diagnosed that illness. But is there really a cure?

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Lol @Shindy ??
There is a cure! It's called Tae-Stare. All we gotta do is stare at Tae-woon and swoon! ?

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Do you think it's wise to prescribe Tae-Stare? Wouldn't that make things worse? I mean, what if we can't take our eyes off him?

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Tae syndrome never end.

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if we have Tae-Sick, Tae-Fever..i have 2 more..Tae-Ballet..(with long leg, spinning like ballet) and Tae-Fall In Love (when he pull eunho for make sure he is not fall in love) ??

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Here my cure featuring Secret Garden ;)
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/kudoran/activity/204371/

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Oh my gosh this is hysterical.
Also really weird.
And cute.
Much like Tae (Insert lovable trait that has not been used) is.

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That is 'adorable' aardvark?

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Right? These are some of the silliest nicknames I saw. And I enjoy them tremendously ?

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I was at first dismayed by the student-X plot but the writer has somehow managed to flesh this out so well. I never imagined I'd be proven wrong twice in one show.; one for doubting this show itself and two for doubting the plot. I wonder how much more can this writer exceed my expectations.

Thanks for the recap @chocolatte

P.s. Is this going to be the start of another Tae-series? ?

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That double X, TaeWoon faces off with DaeHwi, cliffhanger at the end was more forgiving then last week's!!!

I'll be surprised if TaeWoon says something odd to DaeHwi like: "I like your dress sense."

Come to think of it how did DaeHwi and that kid Han DukSoo know exactly what X had on during X's activities?

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I really want to see who will be the bigger person to mend the broken bromance.

To answer your question, well not really an answer, but I'm guessing the writer will have more story to tell about X. I didn't pay attention to the X mystery in the earlier episodes but is it because he's already famous before that so the students know what he wears n all?

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CCTV is not turned off. I think Han Duksoo has watched it a few times. And rumors spread fast among high school students, you know. They even know confidential information beforehand.

I'm more curious at how come Heechan (and Daehwi) have X's personal contact? Do they send the message directly to Taewoon suspecting-half-gambling that he is X? If Daehwi knows it is Taewoon, how long has he figured it out?

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Thank you I get it now.

I thought from episode1's occurrence of X at the end, where Eunho says Daebak, and I thought she saw X/TaeWoon's face. So I literally thought she said TaeBak, but I have no evidence of that now, lol!!! Turns out she really didn't get a glimpse at his whole face back then.

Given X's height and jaw shape of end ep1, I am saying you can trust it was TaeWoon and when she hid him that time not knowing his identity ep#?. But DukSoo if he was the wimpy kid from the basketball scene, he really made me guess on those two counts between him and TaeWoon. However since I believe everything TaeWoon says, I mean how can you not, I think we can discount DukSoo as a main impostor as DukSoo only ever got caught as X. This is the first show that has made me want to go back to check what shoes a minor character was wearing back at the basketball scene. But that Kyung Woo though, his cute "know-it-all" smile can be distracting.

So here are a summary of my q's?
1. You guessed it, hey who sent that note to Eunho?
2. What was in the mysterious bag that TaeWoon takes into Principal Yang's office that time that Eunho followed him shortly?
3. Who was the female silhouette, HeeChan sees after searching for Bora's diary?
4. Will the cut scenes from the previous, various episode previews be inserted later and why?
5. Do you think NamJoo deserves a second chance or does she need to have a real change of heart and become more like Eunho. Where Eunho used the excuse of a crush-guy being her primary motivator to fit in with others, NamJoo taught her boyfriend, DaeHwi, complaisance in a relationship that was built on lies.

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The famous prankster X is no doubt Taewoon. I rewatched episode 1 and found that when the kids were panicking because water suddenly showering them during the exam, Taewoon was secretly laughing on corner of class while looking outside window, as if he had anticipated the moment. But I also suspect there is something else going on under the surface, not only the pranks.

1. Suspect A: Taewoon himself. Suspect B: Someone who knows it all but acting indifferent. *cough*Kyungwoo*cough* Idk though.

2. I dont think the gift is anything special. Maybe traditional wine. Sometimes my japanese director receives wine as a gift and the packaging looks really similar.

3. Bora's silhouette, I bet. Heechan must be so paranoid that he feels someone is always watching him.

4. The cause of deleted scene is presumably either: a) when making final editing, they decide to drop insignificant scene to fit the duration; b) the actors do improvisation and the director thinks it is too precious to be left out, so the improvised scene replaces the planned one. I dont think they will put them back in the future.

5. Just like moral value of this drama, 18 yo is an age where you can make mistake and there is still road of return. So, of course Namjoo deserves second chance. In this point, her lie is basically harmless because she is disadvantaging none but herself. What she needs is only admitting her real background before anyone finds out. (However, I have feeling that the drama wont make it so easy for her. She may experience rock bottom first, then realize that no lies last forever).

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The main reason why I love reading recaps on DB is that some lines are translated differently than what was written for the subs. The line 'I want to make things work with you' was written as 'I want to be with you' in the sub so I was scratching my head (albeit swooning) as to why he suddenly said that. Now it makes sense after reading the recap.

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They both kind of mean the same thing (kinda).
After seeing many lines having many different meaning, I've learned not to question it, and just Swoon. And if you get lucky, you can Swoon twice.

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Well don't worry about the swooning part. The swooning never gets old ?

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Yup Swooning will never get old ???

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"The line 'I want to make things work with you' was written as 'I want to be with you' in the sub so I was scratching my head (albeit swooning) as to why he suddenly said that." >> literally me ??

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Aha...,

But will these two make up though, or will they continue passing snide comments at each other, or will they show us a part of a further-back TaeDaeJoon-bromance. Or will they not even pick up from this cliffhanger next week?

It is time for TaeDae to work together now and not against each other. TaeWoon could surprise Eunho at the lookout or the hideout and go TA-DA it is us, TaeDae, back together again.

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Love TaeDae... don't think I'll ever get tired of this

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Is men with umbrella's the new trend not that I'm complaining ?

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"New"? Honey, that trend has been around since the umbrella was mentioned.

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Oposite to properly drenched man in a shirt.

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As long as it's white and worn by oppa, I have negative complaints..

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But wait is there going to be a new love triangle for Bora with DaeHwi and ...ByungGoo... changing tastes. Or will they first fall for EunHo the webtoonist?

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I love the colour of the umbrella. Kudos to the props team for choosing that colour. That and Tae's blue shirt in the flashback. I think the umbrella is the better PPL in this show because now I feel like buying one

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I know right ! I feel like buying the same umbrella and if possible Taeswoon included with it ?

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If you know which stores that sell 'aqua blue/torquoise umbrella + Hyun Tae Woon' , please tell me.. I want to buy it!!! ??

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Should we start a business then n sell it ourselves @shindy @nomunamu?

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Hahaha

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Yes to Bo Ra and Dae Hwi in this episode!! ???????? so proud of these two.

I love the scene when Eun Ho & Bo Ra bonding time and Tae Woon just smiles watching the two girls having a good time in the secret X's warehouse, but I kinda wish Sarang is included and knows X secret as well.

Anyway, can we hope for healed bromance in the next episode? Can we have them to work together and put a stop to Hee Chan?

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Same! I wanted Sarang to be there as well. Maybe we'll see her next week? Maybe with Kyung woo in tow! ?

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I know that Sarang will forgive Eun Ho eventually though she'd feel hurt to not be included in the whole X and Bora situation. I appreciate Tae Woon's help in persuading Bora to be the witness, and I understand that this drama's focus is more on Tae Woon and Eun Ho, but I just wish the writer would emphasize more on Sarang & Eun Ho's BFF relationship. It's kinda weird that Sarang is doing nothing to help Eun Ho when Eun Ho's accused of hitting Hee Chan. If my best friend is on edge from being expelled from school and she's innocent, I'd try my best to help her and persuade Bora to be the witness too.

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Yeah, Sarang didn't have much screen time either. I'm not sure if it's the writing but I think they kinda glossed over it. I know that they didn't talk about Hee-chan assaulting Eun-ho...but maybe that's because they had other things to focus on (I mean the writer...not the characters). I think that Sarang being by Eun-ho's side (especially when they were crowding around the sticky-notes on the window) shows that she is on her side no matter what.

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Oh and I agree with your last point. I would've liked to see Sarang next to Eun-ho when convincing Bora...or even to just be good friends...

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Would be nice if Sarang is also in the know of who X is like BoRa.. so less secrets between the two besties.

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so much to love about this episode.. Bo Ra finally standing up! Dae Hwi beginning to hopefully find his good self again...

Tae Woon just being his general adorable self!
Eun Ho being her beautiful soul!

So much love for this show!! xx

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I also wanted sarang to be there with them but i kind of get why eunho is being cautious about taewoon's secret identity.
I remember in earlier episodes whenever eunho tried to share
a secret information with her BFF...the latter always talks about it in a loud voice with all the students around, eunho ends up most of the time covering her mouth i think maybe eunho doesn't want to take a tiny risk to expose X in front of everyone and makes it hard for tae-woon as he is the school director's son after all.

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I'm happy that DaeHwi realised his mistakes now before completely selling his soul to the devil. He would have otherwise end up being one of those corrupt workers who feeding on bribery

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*who feeds on

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This show has completely changed to Swoon 2017 and I'm not even complaining. So my nickname for Kim Jung Hyun now is Mori-tae -combining Mori + Tae woon. ?

And a guy waiting for you with an umbrella? Who won't fall for him ?

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You gave me an idea for a song : We could change 4minute Hot Issue lyrics to Mori-Tae balkkeutkkaji Hot Issue ! ??

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I have no idea about this song ? hahaha but your idea sounds good!

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Thank you ❤

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very good idea @kudoran ❤❤

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Haha I love that nickname ! Mori-tae ♥

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Stand out scene was Bora and Taewoon, uniting for justice and coming forth for the video footage exonerating Eunho.

A close second was DaeHwi punching HeeChan, and I really cried when DH atoned for his past mistakes and coming to Bora's aid after she fainted.

Seriously TaeWoon and DaeHwi are the same with their true hearts of gold no matter how much they try to deny it.

On a more serious note...how could Sarang or DaeHwi not be their number 3 in the nohow of true X and his operations yet? I bet Sarang will forgive them about Bora being number 3 since it helped BR's courage, but will SR forgive the fact that BR has seen the "sparks-scene", I mean hideout, first and thus EunSWoon's budding relationship? (Okay not so...serious... note)

...Cut to Sarang feeling guilty that she herself is in an amazing love-life situation with her love triangle going on that Eunho has no clue about!!!

HeeChan is certainly certifiable. I think everyone is worthy of redemption though, no matter how bad, especially students.

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Daehwi reminded me that there is still some good left in this world. You go Daehwi!!

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right?! dae-hwi's fist meeting hee-chan's face was the most satisfying sound i've heard all week.

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Even though I didn't like this show in the beginning (School 2013 is still my fave), I must admit that the cuteness meter in this show has gone up a 100%. These two make a great couple.

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You can't beat the realness of School 2013, no doubt, but perhaps we can still have a bromance explosion, come DaeHwi come lately to his senses. I love that there is hope for DaeHwi refusing to be HeeChan's lackey.

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Is it even possible to fall even further for these two? ? They totally make my day by just being on screen. They understand one another so well that one knows when the other is going through something. I especially love the scene where Tae-woon places his hand on Eun-ho's shoulder and she just rests her head on his arm as if she does it everyday. It just felt right somehow. ❤ In that moment, she trusts that Tae-woon is with her, he gets her...and is on her side no matter what. SO much feelz! ?

Another scene I liked was when Tae-woon realises that Eun-ho likes him too and gets all giddy and starts teasing her! So cuteeee! ?
She's like, "don't smile like that" and when he asks why, I wished that she told him that he made her heart beat too...just like he said in the previous ep. But even without saying it, I'm sure Tae-woon knew. Lol! He could probably hear her heart beating from a mile way. That is, if he's ever a mile away from her! ?? @stuffed came up with a new name for him. He's now Tae-stick/Tae-glue...since he can't stay away from Eun-ho. ??

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Thoughts on other characters:
First up is Dae-hwi- Thank you! ? That slug face totally deserved that punch and boy did it feel good! It was about time that Dae-hwi stood up for himself and also for Bo-ra. I'm glad that he also finally apologised to Bo-ra even though it's late. I hope he and Tae-woon can finally mend their friendship and take down Hee-chan together..because whatever Hee-chan has planned, it can't be good. It seems like he's trying to get Tae-woon in trouble and that's why he changed his location? He seemed shocked to find Dae-hwi appear in front of him as Student X.

I also really liked seeing Bo-ra finally emerge from her shell and start trusting people again. I understand that it must have been hard for her to rely on someone after everything she's been through. She's been let down by everyone she trusted, looked up to and liked.
I think that Eun-ho definitely had a big part in Bo-ra's ability to trust again. She let her know that even if Bo-ra didn't say what she witnessed, she was still going to try and be her friend. I think that's what made it easier for Bo-ra. She finally got to see that it may be hard to fight by yourself, but she could do it with friends by her side. The way she stood up to Bit-na was just bravo! ?

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Oh and also, Bit Na can go ahead and cry to her mommy. *eye roll*
She's not just a spoilt brat...she's actually pretty violent too. She resorts to hitting and slapping when she can't think of anything to say! She and Hee-chan make a great pair! *sarcastic eye roll*
For the first time, I agree with the police officer (do I even need to remember her name?) when she said that these kids 'are' 18! They're not kids! They know the difference between right and wrong...well they should anyway. Yes it's the age where they are still learning and making mistakes and just living the teenage life. But that's no excuse when it comes to being responsible for their actions.

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"the scene where Tae-woon places his hand on Eun-ho's shoulder and she just rests her head on his arm" indeed a very good scene : simple & beautiful ?

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I think this is one of the best scenes in Ep 10. Know it or not - Eun Ho is already in a relationship with Tae Woon. She draws strength and comfort from him, as does he from her. She just needs to be aware of it now!

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At this point I don't need to hear Eun-ho say anything to Tae-Woon. I'd like to see her reach out and hold his hand unexpectedly and to then see realisation on his face and that beautiful smile.
Can we please have this scene, please?

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Yes, please... though I'm more inclined to believe that the hand-touch will render him speechless and motionless ?

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Add me too!! That'd be a truly beautiful scene...And our Tae-Universe would probably implode with squeels....lol

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Am I that greedy for wishing Eun ho kiss his cheek?

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Nope! I am greedier. How cool would it be if she initiated the kiss (providing there is one) and it turned out it was his first?

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Thank you for crediting me @ravennightstar though I must say that without our collaborative effort, we won't be as inspired or become this creative ?

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You're welcome! ??
HAHA that's true..all the Beanies contributing with the names got our creative juices flowing! ?

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Is Tae-padam-padam-the-sound-of-her-heart too long?

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This drama is outstanding in so many ways! It hasn't even finished yet but it's already the new addition to my "all–time–favorite–drama"–list ?

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Same here this drama has quickly become my favorite this year. Now i feel like i only live for monday and tuesday btw why isn't it Monday!?? xD

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Bora getting back on her feet again :") Really, all she needed was a bit of emotional support to go soaring. Seeing her break into that smile put the pieces of my heart back together.

While it would've been satisfying to see Taewoon punch Heechan in Ep9, I can't describe how much better it was for Daehwi to deliver it instead. He really needed that to show Bora that he was sorry for what he did to her, and to begin atoning for it even if he can never undo it.

Also, my umbrella is the same colour as Taeswoon's XD #cheapthrill

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It's so sad Bora had to endure all that all alone and hide that pretty her smile of hers. But now that she has made three awesome friends in Eunho, Taewoon and Daehwi she can sure be happy and smile more often.

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Now all you have to do is to put a TaeSwoon sticker on it

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Hyun Tae-woon is ♡

“So trust me,” he says. * I'M NOT OKAY T_T *

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Tae swoon is a sweetheart. I can't get enough of him and his beautiful interaction with eunho❤

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this is one of the best episode so far!

I predict the X trio will added more and more afterward episodes, so even if the X caught up, the friends will be backing him up!

the thing left is for Eunho and Tae-swoon to *cough* date *cough* :D

strangely enough I felt Daehwi is more suitable with Bora than Namjoo

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I lowkey ship Daehwi and Bora. They have both been at the receiving end of HeeChan's wrath, and even though DaeHwi contributed to some of BoRa's emotional anguish, I feel that they can be a couple that can heal and rediscover themselves together.

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Ee! I thought I was the only one raising this baby thought. It's not that I want to turn every girl-boy pair who interacts into a ship, but I just felt Bora and Daehwi have a pretty solid sort of connection to start off a relationship.

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I was thinking though that if I was Bora, wouldn't I fall for TaeWoon. I mean he has saved her from Hee Chan , rain and shared his secret with her. But then again the girl has apoplectic taste in men ie Hee Chan, who on top of being a woman beater, can't do anything by himself without parents' money ( like not even his own damn homework ) and looks like a weird mouse. It bothered me that she wouldn't throw away the notebook with their love letters even after what Hee Chan had done to her, but hopefully now with her reinforcements ( and potential loveline with Dae Hwi? ) she can move on from this mess.

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In regards to the notebook, I felt proud that she didn't throw it away. No matter how petty it may seem in that scene where Heechan basically commanded her to get rid of it, Bora choosing not to was a way of reinforcing her agency. Regardless of what may be written in the notebook, it's hers to do with as she pleases. Bora denying Heechan that one thing proved to me that she still had some fight in her.

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Yes, I also thought at the end of the show, when the bratty student like Hee chan or Bitna, to the extend Mr. Ex-principal accused Tae-woon as X, every good student (Eunho and friends) and The teachers will stand up for him and claim their self as X

So imo X is like a symbol for friendship, honesty, integrity or something like that

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I'm a little worried about what Hee-chan's mom said, that the School Director trying to expel or transfer Eunho, because she is a "bad influence" for Tae woon. Please don't separate this two!

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Me too, but I have faith EunHo will win him over without even trying. They can't break up my babies.

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While some of you guys are so into Taewoon and seems forgetting other characters are also making this drama exciting and colorful (lmao!) im gonna use this comment to appreciate my girls, Eunho and Bora - this episode is truly girl power. Eunho, eventho she almost succumbed to Heechan and his mom's power tripping, still were able to stand on her beliefs with the help of family and friends, that eventhough she's facing such difficulty she's still showing her bright smile and determination amidst all these. Bora, finally learned to trust again, believed in new friendship and stand up on her own. Love these two! Episode 10 is Girl Power!

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EunHo reaching out to BoRa and BoRa finding the courage to open up were such satisfying developments.

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I died a little on the inside...no completely died when Taewoon said "I want to be with you." Eunho, never let go him giiiirl! ???

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Also can Eunho, Taewoon, Daehwi, Bora, Sarang, Kyungwoo and Byungoo all join the X squad? They will seriously be #squadgoals

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Iol i love the fact that you added milk boy to the squad. He is another fav of mine in this drama :D and i say big yes for this group to work together and make that school a better place :D

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Milk boy should be there to monitor Taewoon and diss him occasionally

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I like this comment ??? BG dissing to keep him in check from his silliness?

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Protecting the girl you adore - LOVE but protecting your girls fren enemy -RELATIONSHIP GOALS.

Move over Lee Min ho .You just got replaced in this girl 'a heart by KIM JUNG-HYUN ??

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Gosh, I just LOVE her family!! The way they stood together against HC's snotty mother was something I've not seen in many kdramas. And how refresing it is!

In dramaland, TW's jealousy is cute, but in real life it's a very big red flag of an abuser. Just sayin'.

Teacher Jang needs to be fired. I hope the preferential treatment she (and others) dole out towards the wealthy students is exposed and bites them on the behind!

"Uh, where were you guys when she was being bullied?" Amen!

And I've got to say, Kim Se Jeong, is an excellent actress and she actually LOOKS like a real girl. I love how she's not stick thin and her legs aren't like toothpicks.

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Her thighs are so powerful. She hanged herself upside down at that park she did that twice! Lmao. Girl crush kim sejeong.

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He family is awesome. They always have each other's backs. Not to mention her parents have raised them really well

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This drama shows different level of jealousy. Compared to Heechan's jealousy (beating up Bora for flirting up with other guys), I find Taewoon's is still tolerable. He sends away his potential rival through satire speech, not by beating up someone.

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And Tae-woon actually knows how to listen to his girl and realize when to stop. Hee-chan alleged Bo-ra was flirting, it could have been a lie but because he's so insecure he thought it true.

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How funny is that Taewoon, an ordinary 18 year old in a high school drama giving rom-com heroes a run for their money?

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So many good moments!

But I love so much this one. That scene where TW searched fellows's handwritings. Did you notice the moment when he opposed Strawberry Milk? And their wordless glances to each other, all three of them, TW, EH, and Strawberry? And TW just said then: "...Pass!" Oh, it was hillariouse!))

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Byungoo also reaffirmed us with his love for strawberry milk after the scandal at Coffee Bay last episode. True love is not dead yet guys

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Strawberry Milk Scandal @Coffee Bay -that's one real OTP for life, yo!

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lol milk boy always gets a free pass. I remember when eunho was comparing the bottom half of the students faces with X sketch in ep 2 byungoo was like is it not me ? eunho was like just Go hahaha it happend again this time he got to hear it from jealous Tae-woon :D

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I always wonder how he and Taewoon can be friend. I used to think he is just Tae's lackey like in some shoujo manga. But to witness Taewoon occassionally seeking advice from Byunggoo is kinda surprising. I bet the Strawberry Milk does all the work.

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I think Tae-woon gave him a strawberry milk in the past, maybe to repay some help from Byung Goo, so at the end he becomes addicted to it until now.

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Whyyy?? They compliment each other perfectly. Both are soft squishies and high school legends

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You are right ! I completely forgot about that scene! Sooo much fun^^

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Bless fast update!! This episode was fantastic. If I were to breakdown (not in order) of my favorite things:

1. Ra Family. I love Dad from previous episode already. And cute sibling bickering between Eunho and Big Brother is always fun to watch. But, when Heechan's Mom coming over to cause ruckus, all members of this family looks incredibly awesome for not a tiny bit backing down in front of the powerhouse. I totally can see why they are family.
2. Tae Jealous is everything and not-so-strangely I don't even find him offensive. He is just simply cute. And adorkable. And lovestruck. Kekeke.
3. “Whoever makes me her boyfriend must have saved the planet in past life” ... Do I need to become Avengers in this life?
4. Eunho putting her head on Taewoon's wrist. That simple gesture speaks so much volume. How come they're not boyfriend-girlfriend yet? It's bigger mystery than who X really is.
5. Tae Knight revealing his biggest secret to Bora in order to gain her trust. And Bora finally gathering her courage and become spunky. And they and Eunho bonding over in X's hideout. Somehow, I hope the members of this Dumbledore's Army to keep increasing one by one. Can we recruit Sarang, Kyungwoo, and Byunggoo?
6. Teacher Gu's secret signature. Lol. Why is none able to decode it?
7. Go Teacher Shim!! The students need to learn some morality indeed!!

Honorable Mention: all scenes where TaeHo doing everything together is L.I.F.E.

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Hah!!! I got excited when you said "Dumbledore's Army". This drama is indeed a bit Harry Potterish sometimes without the magic wands and broomsticks. I am imaging the finale that almost all of the students would show up in black hoodies and say they are student X.

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IKR? We've got 3 original members atm.

That scene would be epic!! They unite as true friend and together, they try to protect their little secret by impossing as X. Just like Seven Harry Potters. With none dies, of course.

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This episode has solidified my love for Dae Hwi! ❤️ That moment when he punched Hee Chan was so satisfying to watch!!! I'm happy that he didn't go further astray, but decided to be brave and correct his past wrongdoings. And after that scene with Bora, I was lowkey shipping them already hahaha!

Also, THE BROMANCE. He protected Tae Woon and Eun Ho by pretending to be X. I think he's eventually looking for reconciliation with Tae Woon yay!

Tae Woon really has changed A LOT because of Eun Ho! At first, I thought he simply liked Eun Ho. But now, he's willing to make huge decisions for her, even if it means sacrificing himself by revealing his identity to Bora. Now, that's a keeper. ?

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Jealous Taewoon is so hilarious. Now i want jealous Eunho in the next coming episodes if thats possible. Lmao.

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Now that Bora is around and with Taewoon giving her the umbrella, there is a big chance that we might see jealous Eunho in the coming episodes.

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Or just like what they did using that soda guy to make Taewoon jealous they can get a cameo too say a taewoon fangirl in one episode to seal the deal that Eunho also is falling in love with Taewoon. Lol.

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i think Bora is fully aware that Tae-Woon is acting solely for Eun-Ho's sake and that he's taken. Tae-one-track is the type to barrel ahead with his wooing of Eun-Ho

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Dear writer nim, please just make it come true.

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i think the writer is lurking in the comments section...kekeke
we will get a jealous Eun Ho in the next episode.... squeeee

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