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School 2017: Episode 12

Just when I think this show can’t get any better, it somehow manages to find a way to surpass my expectations, even throwing in a few surprises here and there to keep me on my toes. I can’t express how much I loved everything about this hour, as it moved forward some of our major and minor conflicts in compelling ways, while still delivering on the humor and heart that I’ve come to expect from the show. So rather than try, let’s just dive into it, shall we?

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Tae-woon looks at Eun-ho in shock as she tells him to stay away from her, and not to get involved in her life anymore. “This is my answer to your confession,” she says.

At home, Tae-woon looks at the selfie he took with Eun-ho, then throws his phone down in frustration. Meanwhile, Eun-ho grabs her phone eagerly when it dings, but sighs when she sees that it’s a spam message.

The next morning, Tae-woon confronts Eun-ho, telling her that she could have just accepted his gift coolly and not made things so complicated. “Why is your pride so twisted?” he asks.

Eun-ho apologizes sarcastically, brushing past him, but Tae-woon runs after her to place the gift bag in her hands. Bitterly, Eun-ho asks what he’s going to get her next: “A computer? Since I can’t ride the bus, are you going to buy me a car?” Ouch.

She gets harsher, throwing his gift onto the ground and accusing him of only thinking of his own feelings. She says that everything’s so easy for him—while she’s been struggling to figure out her feelings, she says his confession came so easily to him.

Picking up the bag, Tae-woon asks Eun-ho if it really looked that easy to her. He tells her that despite what she thinks, he’d actually hesitated about confessing countless times, wondering if it would make her uncomfortable, or if she was going to reject him.

Eun-ho protests that that’s not what she meant, saying that she was flustered by his sudden confession. Tae-woon says angrily that at the very least, he made the effort to understand his feelings, and to understand her feelings and concerns, and why she’s having such a hard time right now. “Have you even tried to understand me?” he asks shakily.

He adds that he’s angriest about her trivializing his confession: “It was so hard for me to confess my feelings. And yet, just like that, you turned it into something easy.”

Tae-woon spends the rest of the afternoon sprawled out on a bench outside, looking miserable. Eun-ho puts in a shift at the convenience store, putting on a smile for her customers but looking pained and just as unhappy as Tae-woon when she’s alone.

When they next run into each other at school, they stare at one another awkwardly, unsure of what to do. Eun-ho makes the first move toward him, but Tae-woon abruptly heads the other way.

Dejected, Eun-ho heads back to the classroom, where she opens her locker and finds Tae-woon’s gift bag inside. And just like that, she’s pissed again, so she heads to Tae-woon’s hideout to return the tablet, slamming the bag down on the table for good measure.

To Eun-ho’s shock, Tae-woon grabs the bag and throws it into the trash, telling her that he doesn’t need it either. When Eun-ho tries to walk away, Tae-woon explodes, asking her why she won’t ever give him an inch, and why she can’t just lose to him once.

He tells her she could apologize or give him the chance to apologize, and asks if she has to be like this until the end. “Did you have to hurt my pride and come in here and return that tablet in order to be satisfied? Does that make you feel good?” he asks.

Once Eun-ho leaves, Tae-woon slams himself into the wall, overwhelmed and upset. It certainly doesn’t help when his phone rings, reminding him that he’s on cleanup duty with Dae-hwi.

In the hall, Tae-woon takes his frustration out on his cleaning supplies, jabbing his mop violently into a water bucket. Dae-hwi notices Tae-woon’s foul mood and decides to pick a fight, asking if he got dumped by Eun-ho. When he adds that Tae-woon’s self-centeredness would be difficult for Eun-ho to put up with, Tae-woon throws down his mop in anger.

Dae-hwi keeps poking Tae-woon, asking him how long he’s going to be ruled by his temper. “You can’t stand being rejected, and you go crazy if you don’t get your way,” he says.

Seething with anger, Tae-woon grabs Dae-hwi’s shirt and says that he’s better than a coward like Dae-hwi. “Why, did you find a richer girl than Nam-joo?” he asks. “Is that why you dumped her?” Boy, these two know how to hit below the belt, don’t they?

At that, Dae-hwi can’t hold himself back and throws a punch at Tae-woon. Tae-woon returns the hit, and the two are soon engaged in an all-out brawl.

As they wrestle and exchange blows, Teacher Gu just stands outside of the hall, listening to the boys fight. When Officer Han walks by and overhears the scuffle, Teacher Gu stops her from intervening: “Even if we say it a hundred times, they won’t listen. There are times when a fistfight is the best solution.”

Soon, Tae-woon and Dae-hwi collapse on the floor, exhausted and out of breath, trading jabs about each other’s weak fists. When Dae-hwi wonders if Tae-woon will ever fix his temper problems, Tae-woon asks if he still harbors resentment for being beat up back then. Dae-whi answers that he didn’t even have time to be resentful.

We flash back to the day of Joon-ki’s funeral, when Tae-woon had punched Dae-hwi for missing the procession. In the present, Tae-woon quietly asks Dae-hwi why he insisted on taking the test that day. Dae-hwi wonders what he should have done instead—should he have cried like crazy, or punched Tae-woon’s dad for not allowing Joon-ki in the school?

In tears now, Tae-woon says that still, he shouldn’t have done it. Dae-hwi responds that he made up his mind that day “to study hard, so I can become powerful, and not ever lose what’s precious to me because of money ever again. That was the promise I made to Joon-ki.”

Tae-woon says Dae-hwi’s just justifying his decision to himself like a coward, but admits that he himself did the same thing because he couldn’t stand how powerless he was: “I blamed you when I should have blamed myself. Calling you worse than me.”

Dae-hwi agrees that he was worse, but Tae-woon calls himself the bad guy who made Joon-ki a delinquent while escaping from trouble himself. “But I didn’t want Song Dae-hwi to become a jerk and a coward like me.” Oh, my heart.

Dae-hwi smiles through his tears and flops back down to the ground, remarking that if Joon-ki saw the two of them, he’d give them a solid beating. Tae-woon joins him on the floor, pointing out that there’s no way Joon-ki would have stopped until they were both dead, and they share a good chuckle.

After a beat, Dae-hwi asks Tae-woon more seriously about Eun-ho, and Tae-woon asks about Nam-joo. Neither has an answer to this particular dilemma, and they heave big sighs in unison.

Later, Dae-hwi approaches Nam-joo in class, but she snubs him by wordlessly putting on her earphones. Resigned, he returns to his seat, but continues to watch her.

On her way home, Eun-ho finds her brother Tae-shik drinking outside a convenience store in a wrinkled suit. He explains that he had an interview, but it doesn’t sound like it went too well, as he laments about the difficulty of achieving his modest dream of having an office job and bringing canned gift sets from his company home for the holidays.

Looking frustrated by her brother’s woe-is-me demeanor, Eun-ho scolds Tae-shik for his worn-out shoes and tells him to straighten his shoulders, saying that the world’s not ending. As Tae-shik watches Eun-ho walk away, he comments that she must be having a tough time of it too.

No one’s happy in the Ra household that night, with Dad complaining about the meager side dishes and Mom blaming the men for getting scammed. Eun-ho watches helplessly as her family argues, then tosses and turns in her bed that night.

At school, Dae-hwi reluctantly meets with Hee-chan, but tells him they have nothing more to talk about. Hee-chan disagrees, saying they still have deals to negotiate—like Dae-hwi letting him take first place in the upcoming finals.

Though Dae-hwi turns away in disbelief, he turns back around when Hee-chan calls out that he has evidence proving that Tae-woon is X. Noting that this seems to be Dae-hwi’s weakness, he tells Dae-hwi that if he doesn’t take the deal, it will be the end of Tae-woon.

When Dae-hwi tells Hee-chan to do what he wants, Hee-chan mutters to himself, “It would have been better if you’d believed me.” Ugh, you are the literal worst.

Sa-rang tells her mom apologetically that she didn’t pass the civil service exam. Her mom’s okay with the news, and wonders if this is Sa-rang’s chance to start studying for college. She tells Sa-rang that she should be like other kids and go to college, study with friends, and meet new people.

Sa-rang says lightly that she can’t get into college, then promises to make lots of money instead. When she bends down to help pick up trash, her mom snaps at her to stop, wiping Sa-rang’s hands clean.

Mom tells Sa-rang to think about what she wants to do instead of worrying about useless things like money. Sa-rang’s cheerful façade crumbles as she asks tearfully how she can dream or think about the future. “I know it’s a luxury I can’t afford,” she says, “It will only give me false hope.”

Kyung-woo finds Sa-rang crying to herself in the student lounge and offers her a handkerchief and a listening ear. When Sa-rang explains that she was bratty to her mom, Kyung-woo wisely says Sa-rang must be upset too, since the person who causes a family member pain usually hurts more.

She says she is upset, but she’s also angry—she’s hurt that her mom keeps telling her to do something she can’t do, and she feels pathetic for feeling this way. Scooting closer to her, Kyung-woo counsels Sa-rang to be honest with her mom, just like she was with Eun-ho, then ruffles her hair lovingly. Adorable.

Tae-woon flails around in his hideout, unable to forget Dae-hwi’s words about his terrible temper. He decides to take action and somehow tracks down Eun-ho, who’s out distributing fliers. Taking the stack from her, Tae-woon says that he knows what she’s thinking—that he has no pride, coming back to her after all that she said to him.

He assures her that he has plenty of pride, but says that he’d rather protect her dream than his pride. He tells her he’s not sure exactly how he’s going to do that, but he proposes that they do it together, “the really hard way.”

Eun-ho’s anger melts away pretty quickly at that, and as Tae-woon gets to work handing out her fliers, she flashes a big smile at Tae-woon and reminds him to smile, too.

Tae-woon helps out at Eun-ho’s convenience store job next, and by this time, Eun-ho’s not shy at all about ordering Tae-woon around and making him to all the hard work to tease him. Though he grits his teeth in frustration at Eun-ho’s directives, he still pastes on a smile in front of her.

After their shift, Tae-woon buys them drinks and asks Eun-ho if her family situation’s gotten any better. Eun-ho says it hasn’t, but honestly tells him that her recent actions weren’t just about her family—rather, she says she used them as an excuse.

She tells Tae-woon that another webtoon on the same site as hers has 4,700 views, compared to her thirteen—and the author is two years younger. Eun-ho says she doesn’t even know why that one is doing well and hers isn’t.

Tae-woon sweetly defends Eun-ho’s webtoon, but Eun-ho says that it’s sadder that it makes more sense to admit that she has no talent. And she’s using that as an excuse to give up, which she knows is cowardly.

The next day, Tae-woon grabs Eun-ho first thing to ask her if she’s serious about not continuing her webtoon. He reminds her that she needs to update her series this week if she doesn’t want to get automatically kicked off that site, but Eun-ho says she just doesn’t have the confidence.

As Sa-rang sits dejected in the lounge, a group of students gossip about Issue being kicked out of his idol group. Issue walks in just as one of the students puts him down for being bland, but ignores them as he gets himself a soda.

Issue heads to the field to cool off, and Teacher Jung plops down next to him. Teacher Jung prods him, trying to get him to acknowledge that he’s feeing crappy about life, until Issue snaps at him in anger.

Teacher Jung tells him knowingly, “You’re suddenly terrified, not knowing what to do, wondering if your life is over, even thinking if you should just die.” He tells Issue that he’s been in his shoes, having had to quit baseball due to an injury. But he says that people aren’t limited to just one dream in life, and tells Issue to stop acting like he’s doing to die, since that’ll scare away his new dream.

Sa-rang’s mom is livid when she finds out Sa-rang didn’t sign up for a field study, and demands to know if it was because of money. Sa-rang admits that it was, telling her that if she were to go, her mom would have lived off of ramyun for days. Mom looks embarrassed, but orders Sa-rang to skip her prep classes tonight and have dinner with her.

Mother and daughter end up at a fancy restaurant, where despite Sa-rang’s protests, Mom orders them an expensive meal. Mom says that she’s still young and healthy, so she still has time to make more money to give Sa-rang the things that she wants.

She says it’s insulting for Sa-rang to worry so much about her, and tells her daughter to act like other kids, to only think about herself and not worry about her mother anymore. “Let me be a mom to my heart’s content, too,” she says. With tears streaming down her cheeks, Sa-rang nods.

Sa-rang stops by Eun-ho’s place after dinner, and Eun-ho asks if Sa-rang’s really switching gears to prep for the college exam. Sa-rang says she’ll take the mock exam to start, since she doesn’t know what she’s good at or what her dream is just yet.

Eun-ho passes her test prep books to Sa-rang, joking that all she did was carry the books around. Sa-rang brightly tells her that they’ll solve the test questions, along with their lives, and the two exchange a cute high-five.

Outside the school, Officer Han catches Young-gun and her cronies about to have a smoke and confiscates their cigarettes. Surprisingly, Young-gun trails after Officer Han and tries to cover for her friends, telling her that the cigarettes are all hers, and Officer Han notes that she’s really loyal.

Just then, someone calls out, “Pickpocket!” as a man runs in their direction. Officer Han moves swiftly, throwing the cigarettes at the perp’s face, then attacking him. After a brief tussle, the thief flings Officer Han away and runs in Young-gun’s direction.

Young-gun looks terrified, but just as the thief pushes past her, she grabs his arm and twists it around, just like she learned in Officer Han’s class. They tumble onto the ground, giving Officer Han enough time to rush over. As she pins the thief down, she glances at Young-gun and tells her, “Not bad.”

On their way out of the police station, Officer Han worries over a scrape on Young-gun’s arm, but Young-gun insists she’s fine. Sighing, Officer Han likens her own adolescence to Young-gun’s, saying that she too used to cause trouble, enough to be in and out of the police station on a regular basis, but always said she was fine.

As she treats Young-gun’s arm, Officer Han says that she eventually realized that she wasn’t fine, and that compared to her, Young-gun’s actually doing pretty well. She even says that Young-gun may be living the right away, since at least she’s honest about her feelings and her rage.

Officer Han casually asks if she’d be interested in a part-time job as her assistant. Young-gun rolls her eyes, calling the work lame, but Officer Han tells her to think about it.

Eun-ho giddily collects her paycheck from all that extra flier distribution and immediately puts in a call to Sa-rang, offering to buy ddukbokki. But as she looks down at her hard-earned cash, she seems to remember something, and quickly ends her conversation with Sa-rang.

Cut to: Eun-ho’s brother finding a new pair of dress shoes at home. The accompanying note from Eun-ho encourages him to keep going on interviews until the soles of the shoes wear out; she also reminds her brother not to be discouraged, and to walk with confidence. Awww.

While ex-Principal Yang and Vice Principal Park have a little snark-fest about who’s better suited to be principal (parodying Tae-woon and Dae-hwi’s numerous fights at that very spot), Director Hyun arrives on campus, where he catches a glimpse of Tae-woon and Eun-ho together, looking chummy. He remembers the ex-principal telling him about Eun-ho’s webtoon, and he watches the two disapprovingly.

In his temporary office, ex-Principal Yang struggles to leave a comment on Eun-ho’s webtoon that asks about her sources for the story. Haha, it looks like he’d called in Byung-gu for help in making his comment sound young, and Byung-gu had shared with him the trend of changing the last syllable at the end of phrases to sound cute.

So that’s what the ex-principal does, only he keeps adding the syllable to random words, hee. Before he can submit the comment, Director Hyun drops by, armed with good news (for him): Principal Yang’s to be reinstated tomorrow, and his sole task will be catching X.

Upon his triumphant return, Principal Yang delivers a video message to the student body. He promises to catch X within a week and reminds everyone that X will face criminal charges in addition to being punished by the school.

Soon after, Hee-chan tells Principal Yang that he knows where X’s hideout is located. As we see Tae-woon and Eun-ho enter said hideout, Hee-chan leads a group of administrators and security guards out of the building. Teacher Shim stops Officer Han on her way out to ask what’s going on, and looks stricken when she tells him about finding X’s hideout.

The group arrives at the warehouse, and as security guards struggle to bust open the door, a voice calls out, “There’s X! Stop right there!”

The adults whirl around to see X in front of them, and give chase when he runs away. Hee-chan pulls Principal Yang back from joining the chase, insistent on checking out the warehouse.

Just then, the door to the hideout opens slowly to reveal… Tae-woon. Wait, what? Principal Yang gasps in shock, then drags Tae-woon inside.

But alas, all Principal Yang finds in the space is Dae-hwi, Eun-ho, and Bo-ra sitting around a table, surrounded by books and notes—the hideout’s become a study room. As both Hee-chan and Principal Yang gape at the scene, Dae-hwi innocently explains that they needed a quiet place to study. Meekly, Bo-ra adds, “Are we not allowed to study here?”

Principal Yang leaves in a huff, and when Hee-chan just stands there in disbelief, Tae-woon cheekily asks, “Want to join?” Once Hee-chan storms out, the four burst into laughter. I love this so, so much.

On their chase, the teachers split into two groups while X catches his breath underneath the stairs, thinking he’s out of sight. Officer Han, however, catches on and approaches from behind.

X startles when he sees her and tries to make a run for it, but Officer Han stops him in his tracks by calling out, “Teacher Shim!” What? She tells him it’s no use running away, and pulls off his hood to reveal Teacher Shim’s face.

As Officer Han grapples with the revelation, she guesses that Teacher Shim must know X’s identity, and that he didn’t catch X on purpose. Teacher Shim shakes his head and says that he just wanted to protect the kids—he says X was reacting to what the school did wrong, and punishing him alone wouldn’t solve anything.

Officer Han doesn’t buy that reasoning, and Teacher Shim asks if she’s planning to lock all the students up like criminals. She confirms that she will, because it’s her job, and demands to know who X is. But Teacher Shim remains silent, shaking his head.

Hee-chan destroys his books in a rage, and he looks like he’s going off the deep end. As he wonders how Tae-woon and company knew about him, we check back in with our fab four at the hideout, where Eun-ho and Bo-ra ask the boys that same question.

We see in flashback that Tae-woon and Dae-hwi had hatched a plan. When Dae-hwi told Tae-woon that Hee-chan seemed to have something on him, Tae-woon guessed that Hee-chan probably found out about the hideout, noting that he’d been hanging around the warehouse recently.

After showing Dae-hwi CCTV footage of Hee-chan lurking outside the hideout, Tae-woon had suggested that they use this opportunity to mess with him, and Dae-hwi had grinned in approval.

In the present, Eun-ho and Bo-ra gape, and Eun-ho teases that Tae-woon should really use his brain to study more. Dae-hwi jumps in to make a crack about Tae-woon’s smarts, and Tae-woon chases after him, just like old times. Eun-ho looks around with a smile, noting that this is the end of X’s hideout.

After telling Eun-ho that they’ll probably still need to be careful, Bo-ra mentions how much she’s been enjoying the new installments of Eun-ho’s webtoon. Eun-ho looks back at her in confusion.

At home, Eun-ho pulls up her webtoon to see that it has indeed been updated. She recognizes the new content as drafts that she’d thrown away as she was working in the hideout—Tae-woon had picked up her crumpled papers and commented that they were good, but she had refused to believe him.

The next day, she asks Tae-woon about it. He says that he uploaded her drawings just as she drew them, and tells her that she’s talented. We see that he had slaved over the drawings on the tablet he’d bought for her.

He pulls out a box full of her crumpled-up drafts that he’d saved, telling her that she shouldn’t bury her efforts. Eun-ho looks completely moved, but tells him that effort doesn’t always mean success.

Tae-woon agrees that people may never know what Eun-ho drew, and what dreams she wanted to achieve. But he says that he knows: “I saw how hard you tried. I’ll stay by your side, so let’s not give up. Let’s go to the end.”

That night, Tae-woon’s giddy to see that Eun-ho has responded to one of his online comments, thanking him for giving her courage, with a heart emoticon at the end. Hee, Tae-woon’s reaction to the heart is priceless, as he freaks out and giggles like a big dork.

Eun-ho tries to avoid Tae-woon the next day, but he quickly shoves his phone in her face, showing her a zoomed-in view of the heart emoticon. He sing-songs at her: “I received a heart. There are so many other symbols—why do you suppose it was a heart? What do you think it means?”

Eun-ho stammers that it didn’t mean anything, but Tae-woon won’t let it go, and she runs out in embarrassment.

In her hurry to get away, she runs smack into Dae-hwi, who wonders if someone’s chasing after her. When he peers around the corner and sees Tae-woon nearby, Dae-hwi breaks out into a knowing grin… then calls out to Tae-woon immediately, HA.

Eun-ho escapes to the roof, but doesn’t get much alone time before Tae-woon appears. She crouches behind some old desks to hide (in plain sight), and Tae-woon humors her for a bit, pretending not to see her. Instead, he shouts out, “Ra Eun-ho, seriously. Why do I keep thinking of you? Why do I keep missing you?”

He then approaches Eun-ho, wondering out loud why she keeps avoiding him. Once she faces him, Tae-woon makes sure to repeat that he misses her, and tells her to stick by his side. He says he had a hard time finding her, and that’s why he wants her to stay close: “How can you only think of yourself, when I only think of you too?”

In voiceover, Tae-woon narrates: “Helen Keller said, ‘Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.’ A true dream is just walking silently ahead. What we find at the end of the road won’t be a fancy destination, but the beautiful footsteps we created along the way.”

Teacher Shim hands out report cards to his students, and Dae-hwi smiles to see that he’s ranked first again. In front of him, Hee-chan glares down at his fifth-place ranking.

After school, Hee-chan’s mom rips the report card out of Hee-chan’s hand and yells about his grades, asking him how he could do worse when she took such pains to take care of his fight with Eun-ho.

Coldly, Hee-chan responds, “So? What do you want me to do about it?” His mom’s voice rises another octave as she asks him if he doesn’t feel at all sorry. Hee-chan tells her emptily that he’s not sorry at all.

With a scary, blank look in his eyes, he says, “You always said, ‘My son didn’t do anything wrong.'” Hee-chan’s mom recoils in horror.

Eun-ho visits the hideout, but walks away disappointed when she finds it locked. Ever the stalker, Tae-woon quickly comes up behind her and asks if she missed him. She automatically starts to respond with a denial, but then she slows to a stop, looking thoughtful.

With a slight smile, Eun-ho admits that she did miss him. She takes a step closer to him and says that she kept her feelings hidden, and that she felt fluttery when he confessed to her. She starts to tell him how she feels, but when she’s unable to say the words out loud, Tae-woon takes her hand.

He intertwines his fingers with hers and clarifies, “So what you’re saying is that you like me, right?”

“So what I’m saying is…” he starts to say. Then without letting go of her hand, he sweeps his arm around her shoulder, pulling her extra close and keeping a tight grip on her. “…Today is our Day 1.”

Eun-ho stares at Tae-woon, processing his words, but it doesn’t take long before she breaks out into a smile. Tae-woon returns her smile, and they enjoy the moment as a new couple, beaming happily at one another.

 
COMMENTS

Excuse me while I recover from the past two minutes, and really, this entire episode, which was so darn perfect that I nearly have no words. I’ll just start with two reactions to that ending: First, how is it possible for a high-schooler to be that smooth, and second, finally! Eun-ho’s admitted her feelings! *Throws confetti*

Up until those final moments, I thought my favorite part of this episode was going to be Dae-hwi and Tae-woon—their reconciliation and the resulting partnership to take down Hee-chan was everything I wanted for the two boys and more. The conversation after their cathartic fight was incredibly emotional and moving, and I particularly loved that those heavy moments of the two grappling with their pain and misunderstandings were interspersed with them just being teenage boys and ribbing each other.

I found it so funny, for example, that their girl troubles went from being ammunition to use against each other to something that they bonded over—it perfectly illustrated the kind of friendship they have, and why it was inevitable that they would make up sooner or later. They just know each other too well, and though that means that they can really do some damage to one another, it also means that there’s no one else who can be the kind of support that these two are for each other. It’s so great how easily they slipped back into their old rhythms after their big come-to-Jesus moment, and I can’t be any happier that we get to see Dae-hwi regain some of that joy and lightness we saw in him in the flashbacks.

I continue to be surprised at the way the X plotline twists and weaves throughout the series—it’s so impressive to me that the storyline remains intriguing long after the reveal of Suspect X. What I wasn’t expecting at all was seeing Teacher Shim jump in the mix—I gasped out loud when Tae-woon opened the door to the hideout, revealing that it wasn’t him in disguise, and again when Officer Han called out to X by Teacher Shim’s name. I’m not sure yet if Teacher Shim actually knows who X really is, but now that he’s basically made himself another accomplice to X, it will be interesting to see what comes next.

And finally, as for our adorable Eun-ho/Tae-woon couple—I was pleased to see that true to what we’ve seen thus far, the show didn’t drag out their fight for too long. That’s not to say that the show glossed over their very real conflict—in fact, I thought it was handled perfectly, showing us both sides of the issue. I did think Eun-ho was being a tad harsh with Tae-woon, but I totally understand why she was feeling so angry and hurt. Similarly, I couldn’t blame Tae-woon for thinking money will fix all woes—that’s all he’s ever known, considering his father’s mode of operation. What I loved was how Dae-hwi’s words helped Tae-woon realize that a tablet wasn’t what Eun-ho needed to deal with her problems—all she needed was him being there for her and sharing some of her burden.

As much as I’m down with the way our big storylines are moving forward (and trust me, I really, really, really love all the developments in this episode!), I find myself savoring the small, everyday moments our students have with each other more than anything else in the show. Whether it’s Eun-ho and Sa-rang exchanging high-fives to celebrate Sa-rang’s new direction in life, or Tae-woon calling out Bo-ra’s acting skills in awe after facing off with Principal Yang and Hee-chan—these are the moments that make me grin uncontrollably, and help me realize just how invested I am in the lives of these characters. I could watch these kids and teachers for a million more episodes—but I’ll gratefully take four more, as long as the rest of the series continues to have this much heart, laughter, and Tae-woon.

 
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gawd, Sa Rang and her mom.... they got me.

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I cried((

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Wooow,the blossoming bromance was the highlight of this episode to me..long overdue and that ending though finally it has happened LOL

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The wōrst in education nominees are:
1.) ex-Principal Yang, can someone please get him some typing lessons? — but then again he is probably a thumb-typer, hah! – like a mobile-Twitter person or something. He is acting like he is the 'president' or 'director' of 'Geumdo High School' and I am not having it.
2.) Teacher Jang, this lady is like whom Bora would have became like if her friends hadn't helped her. So you can't really blame Jang.

The bēst teacher award nominees are:
1.). Teacher Gu, he should be Shim's new role model soon. Then Shim will learn not to burn out so much. These kids can do a lot more to help them self, teacher 'Gu-ru' is well versed in the proverbs of school life and knows how to get the best results with the least effort!!!!
2.) Teacher Shim, when he donned that black hoodie with the white drawstrings — can't every teacher be this cool? Then he doffed the black-clad-obscurity that hid he's face to Han SuJi, he is totally awesome!!! How is it that whoever wears X's gear I am liking them even more? I wish they have almost every guy in Shim's homeroom dress up as X one episode, besides the 'boring' and 'uninformed about real life' — HeeChan of course. Not just to see the look on HC and Yang's face, but to see Kyung Woo and Issue as 'X'as well as part of Sarang's arc.

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Thank you for the recap ?
My 12 favorite moments of ep 12 ? :
◾ Tae Lock : It’s over now, you can’t escape anymore ??
Eun Ho smile ? is screaming “I know” ??
Aw aw aw ???, Let me just Kyaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ???????
◾ Tae Heart Emoticon is my kryptonite ??? just like your smile ? and your hair up ?
◾ Tae-nacious always true to his heart, he said it “I want to make things work with you.” And he persistently walks the talk ? : part-time job, being there for her, Tae Dream : the boy we all dream about ? ? ? ? ? ?
Tae-nacious feat. Tae Caring : the moment he said “ If you don’t do it [webtoon] this week, you’re out” : I knew what he was going to do later and he did it , Tae Draw…you’re drawing us in more and more ? ?
◾ That is followed by Eun Ho taking revenge and bossing Tae Coupon around at the convenience store ? ? ? : you didn’t see that coming, are you Tae Blinded by love now ? ?
◾ Tae Smile and Eun Ho with big smiles on their faces when passing flyers out ? ? ?
◾ Tae Perfection does exist ? : are you still trying to fool yourself ? ? : Eun Ho he drew it for you, he did many other things, girl who are you fooling ? admit it please ?
◾ Teacher Gu-ru is back ?? & PE Teacher sharing his struggles with Issue, “You may get a new dream out of the blue. Good luck.” ???
◾ Tae Woon & Dae Hwi bromance is back : smiling together after making up , aw aw aw ? ? ?
◾ Principal Park & ex-Principal Yang behaving like children : doing a parody of Tae Woon & Dae Hwi Stairway to Bromance ???
◾ Byung Gu helping ex-Principal Yang : “Kids these days say YO, give me strawberry milk YO” ? and then ex-Principal Yang writes a comment adding YO after every single word ? , these two together will be my death ???
◾ X gang countered Hee Chan evil plan, Hee Chan do you want to join this study club ? ? ? and then X gang teasing Tae Dolphin : he still doesn’t know if that means he’s smart or stupid, poor Dolphin ㅋㅋㅋ
◾ Teacher Shim – X : Maybe this was the coolest X ever , Teacher Shim I knew it, thank you ❤
Teacher Shim you’re Jjang ? ???
◾ Side note : Farewell message for the broken laptop in the paper bag ? ? ?
You were innocent, you didn’t deserve to be treated like that. I hope that in your next life, you’ll walk on a flower path & you’ll be a shining PPL ? (…..things I wrote ?)

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Also how Dae Hwi tattled on Eun Ho was soo funny.

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I love that moment because she's all 'hide me, you're my friend and you guys hate each other's guts' and then he just grins and calls Tae-woon over and I giggle at how betrayed she looks, lol.

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Her face as she runs away was one of my favorite things

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I love that little moment and Eun-ho half-cursing him about how those two boys used to hate each other. Dae-hwi's wide knowing grin is just too cute.

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i need more of daehwi and taewoon joining forces to solve each other's love lives HAHA.

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Oh yes, I need this. I love how Dae Hwi keeps on asking Tae Woon about Eun Ho and Tae Woon asked Dae Hwi about Nam Joo. The bromance is blooming. Heheh

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Tae Lock replaces backhug as my most favorite romantic scene. ???

I'm concerned about the poor innocent laptop (or tablet?) too!! I keep worrying whether it can survive. (If it does then I definitely need same product, lol).

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It was her tablet he was using to upload her drafts, so it survives. It's magical.

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Why only when I need to know the brand name they don't show it, waeeee?? ?

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Imagine if this was a 50-episode drama @kudoran
By end of this show, you can probably write a book listing all the Tae-nicknames

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Btw let's add Tae-gentleman to that list if we haven't already.

If you go and rewatch ep 1 when TW went to "rescue" EH from her college oppa whom he assumed was a pervert, he pulled EH by the hand and not the typical jerky wrist yank.

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Love all the nicknames - this episode in particular - Tae-naecious stood out!! It paid off!!!

Tae-lock - had the neighbourhood dogs squealing along with me!! ?

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This episode was TAEBAAAK!!! ♥♥♥ (<= those hearts are also for you Taeswoon haha ?)
I loved everything but my favourite things in the episode are:
-the bromance : I'm so happy that the bromance is alive !! I even cried when they could finally talk honestly to each other ! Also, Dae-Hwi teasing Tae Dolphin cracked me up.
-Tae-Woon and Eun-Ho scenes : Eunho teasing Tae-Woon at the store, heart emoticon scene,...
And of course, that ending !!! I think I forgot to breathe for a moment…
-X Squad : Such a pleasure to see Tae-Woon, Dae-Hwi, Eun-Ho and Bora teaming up together. Now, I need Sarang to join them !

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Yes, Sarang needs to join soon, jebal!!! Lol, maybe she will suspect Kyung Woo or Issue of being X first before the bubble bursts.?

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Seriously, this episode was amazing. Not only did it deliver what we all have been waiting for (❤❤❤❤❤❤), but we also got such a great mix of laughs, heart, thoughtfulness and sweetness. And the birth of the best team ever. And bromance in full force. To sum up: perfect.

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DATING!!!!!! Finally!))) will we have a kiss?)

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BTW, I love the music, piano and guitar parts. And electronic (not actually sure, if it is righ, to call that sound electro).

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The music that plays when X appears? In ep 12, when Shim is dressed as X... That music reminds me from the very beginning that I liked how teacher Shim and TaeWoon share the same type of face and square jaw.

I kind of knew it when it was DaeHwi as X, but Shim could really confuse me with TW. Just Shim moves nervously and runs sporadically-chaotic, you would never say he did those anti-demerit-snitching laps, lol!!! I love teacher Shim the best when it comes to the School Series in recent years.

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That soundtrack is fantastic)

About teacher Shim - it was a good plot twist, I agree ^^
But I wasn't actually too surprised. I have seen Naked Fireman, short 4-serias drama with the same PD. It has similar vibes, at least, to me.
I have to admit, am in love with this PD^^

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I hope we will get to see a kiss jebal writernim ❤

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I wish I had teacher like Mr. Shim. He is coolest teacher ever.

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I'll be back in two days just to make sure I'll be able to read all the comments on this recap.

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I love that this episode felt more like a lot of mini episodes and stories, moving all the kids and adults' stories together. I loved how even the smaller stories like the PE teacher and Issue or Eun-ho and her brother take up space in this narrative because they make the whole world created in the drama feel realer. If it were just focused on the big things I think the drama would start to drag. (I was worried after week three that we were going to run out of plot really fast.) I think the show and the writer really found their footing, and despite a of sloppiness at the start, this show has been a delight to watch each week.

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Additionally, this particular episode was so full of small wonderful stories and moments that I feel like I want to rewatch it before Monday just to be able to fully savor it.

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It's a shame the initial two episodes were so weak and sloppy (they had a writer change just a week before filming, and it showed early on), because it's got so much better now. I love all the little other stories humming in the background of each episode, it makes it feel more like a school.

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Agree about the first couple of episodes being weak. I almost dropped it because of that first impression. ?

But I'm so glad I stuck around and have seen how each additional episode gets better. I also thought the show will run thin on the stories but I'm ecstatic to be proven wrong! ?

And that last couple of minutes was Tae-bak indeed!

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I actually only started in week three because I kept seeing clips that seemed cute, and I'm kind of glad I waited a little longer to start, because when I did it finally seemed to have some clear direction.

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They had a writer change? That explains a lot.
Ahhh...how did I miss this

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Dramawiki says that the writer was suddenly changed the day before the first scriptreading took place, which didn't seem likely, so I dug a bit into Korean news.

The change of screenwriter was first reported in late April, before production began. I attributed the writing issues in early episodes more down to the desire to achieve a comic tone, rather than a sudden change in writer.

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Tae Woon and Eun Ho were well acted and had such good chemistry that I stuck around even after being really underwhelmed at first. Thank god for them!

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"I was worried after week three that we were going to run out of plot really fast."

This was my concern. I had no interest in X whatsoever but I can see how well written that subplot is now

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Same, re: X plot, especially because it was so sloppily executed initially. I was convinced it was a team of students. But now I like that it's a catalyst to bring these students together -- I have a very strong feeling that wasn't the initial plan. But whatever the writer is doing now is working. The threads don't all need to be connected in a giant conspiracy for it to feel like we're getting a full story, and I love that.

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Grinning from ear to ear. Ooo I just can't. ??

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I know this drama makes me feel all kind of emotions ❤ the ending was more than perfect i was screaming and jumping from joy when eunho finally confessed her hidden feelings ❤

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Thank you for your recap!

I cried at the scene with Sa Rang and her mother at the restaurant, and her telling Sa Rang about a mother's pride and responsibilities. This week's theme feels like was that people want to help someone they love, but the way they are helping them is wrong because they do not understand the other person's complicated feelings. Dae-whi and his ex-girlfriend (he thinks being honest will make things better, causes trouble for her), Hee-chan and his mother (she thinks she is helping him, but she is suffocating him instead), Sa Rang and her mother, and finally, Eun-ho and Tae-hoon. The only times where one party successfully helps the other is when they experienced something similar; Officer Han understands the rebellious feelings of Young-gun, and the P.E. teacher understands Issue's short career dream falling apart. But by communicating, most of the couples manage to solve their conflicts, and hopefully Hee-chan and his mother (and father I guess) can find some common ground as well.

And that last scene... I admit, I genuinely thought the drama was over by then. Maybe I haven't seen enough school dramas, but It felt so new to have the couple actually end up together and the drama NOT ending, even if there are many plot threads not over yet. I am HAPPY it won't end yet, because I do want to see how dating could change Eun-ho and Tae-woon's interactions with each other and others around them, and how they will manage it together as a team. Hopefully without too much Noble Idiocy or misunderstandings. Seven-Days Queen (and to a degree The King Loves I guess) really spoiled me on that front, with two people trusting and caring for each other so much that they refused to let that stuff get between them.

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Let's avoid noble idiocy. This is a teenage drama, it doesn't suit it anyway.

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I really like that theme, because in this series honest communication does help a lot - whether it's in Eun-ho and Sa-rang repairing their friendship when she accidentally neglected her for Tae-woon, or Bora and Dae-hwi covering for X with the "study room", or solving Eun-ho and Tae-woon's fight, or Sa-rang's mother telling her to live her life and be the child in the relationship.

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This show is too much. I just love it to death. And finally! A confession acceptance! But tbh my favorite part was the boy's fight and reconciliation...it just was so...them. May the bromance live on :')

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Was it first time in the series when TW called EH "Eun-ho-ya", it was in the scene, where they talked about rejected comics. My heart skipped a bit^^

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No wonder! Kim Junghyun's tone is so manly, deep, yet expressive. The way he said 'Eunho-ya' sounds really sincere. ??

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and genuine and caring and loving. ??????

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yes his voice is Taebak! i love the part when eunho was reading his comment and he said Nice Guy with such a deep voice !! damn so sexy!!

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now that you mention it, it probably was the first time we've heard him say that! i loved that entire line - he sounded extra earnest during that scene.

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Gwaaad..be still my pumping heart ?

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The way he held her hand and locked their fingers.. i thought my heart would burst right out of my chest!

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I know ! it was an amazing scene.. way to end the episode and leave us hanging with a happy heart ! I am so excited to watch them dating ❤

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Yess, can't wait for all the cute scenes ?

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I appreciated that Eunho and Taewoon's drama didn't drag out for several episodes. The ending was perfect especially with the hand holding and with Taewoon's smooth arm wrap. It was well executed!

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The bromance! And the teamwork! The scene with Issue and PE teacher. Ra Eun Ho buying her brother a pair of shoes. Young Gun catching the thief! The romantic (and cool) hand-holding.
Every moment shined.

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Oh, how i love this show. From the first ep i've liked both the lead and the second lead. At first i didn't want to expect too much of this show, but after i read thhe first episode's recap; man did i enjoy it. Unlike "School 2015" (where up until today i still think the second lead should've gotten the girl) the storyline is well put. I mean look at Tae Woon.

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This is the first time I don't just like both the first and second leads I love both. Especially if there is no clear OTP in the end at least we will have a (re)-budding BrOTP. Buddy Bromance why do you make us cry???

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I love everything about this epi. From the side characters' stories to bromance and to romance.... ??

The last scene though.. ???

Btw I saw a pic of their shooting, just want to say can't wait to see that scene. Hopefully it is next week ????

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Aahhh...that BTS scene that ruined my productivity

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You Make My Heart Beat MV

Something fun and pretty for your fangirl hearts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHu2DhKdjJI&index=21&list=PLG1Grdhf_E4f3Pkp7dYEtTMUTGZDVb348

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I could watch this all day.

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Love it!

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Amazing i keep watching that well made fanvideo ❤

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Thanks @Chocolatte for the recaps a great read always and so I have place to place my English thoughts.

Chocolatte writes:
‘In a voiceover, Tae-woon narrates: “Helen Keller said, ‘Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.’ A true dream is just walking silently ahead. What we find at the end of the road won’t be a fancy destination, but the beautiful footsteps we created along the way.” ’

It really teaches you to live life to the fullest and not be afraid of ones circumstances or upbringing but to just make good memories now so that if your dream doesn't come true , you probably will get better or at least have a good and fun past to look back upon with a happy heart.

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To be honest, I kinda laughed a little when I heard Taewoon quoting Helen Keller. But it makes me wonder if the writer was inspired by this quote to write this show?

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The first thing I thought of was Korean Braille. Since watching 'The Page Turner' I thought Braille in the Hangul basics is really interesting. Also I watch everything with JiSoo in it, or it's on my wish list, hehehe!!!

New additions to my must watch list, everything I haven't seen Jang Dong Yoon and Kim Jung Hyun in.

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Apt comments from online videos of the scene where he did the holding-hands-twist-sidehug thing ( credits to their rightful utterers ) :

"Pushes them together so they can kiss"

"Boy that was smooth af"

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Also, signs that you have become (too?) invested in the main leads:
- you think their playful bickering is beyond cute and even their more serious fights are sexy;
- Even DaeHwi purposely antagonising Tae Woon by asking if Eun Ho broke up with him comforts you that people can see they're a "thing";
- Every time their faces come close you shout "KISS! KISS!!" And your face becomes ? when the scene changes..

Is the show trying to advocate that you can date in high school but only kiss in college, even though as Tae Woon previously said "even little kids do it"

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Smooth af indeed. The boy is a natural ?

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I was thinking though, could part of it be because the actor is 27 playing an 18-year-old, that he's able to portray Tae Woon with a certain manliness that the other male students don't have? Haha. Other 18-year-olds don't have those kind of veins on their arms ( ok this sounds weird but I notice only older men have the veins thing )

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It's the muscle development. You'll see it on younger men if they're athletes.

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I was the human version of this pic just then: http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/007/582/tumblr_lmputme3co1qa6q7k_large.png

But in all seriousness, Eun-ho would probably completely short-circuit if he kissed her, lol. I mean, look at how she is at the just-realised-her-feelings stage.....

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NO . NOO.. NOOO !!! They cant end it like this and without any previews!! I caant handle it.
First off thank you for not stretching Tae Woo x Eun Has misunderstanding and resolving it. Tae needed to learn about his temper
2ndly I need to get myself a tae woo .. the way he always encourages her and helps when she is feeling down.. you are very lucky Eun Ha..it goes vice versa also, Eun Ha is the one who gave him purpose when he thought there is none left
3rd at freaking last, Dae and Tae is back and the bromance took no time to set off. Love them together. and thank you so much writers for not making a love triangle.
4th Scared of Hee Chan , please let our ship Tae Woo and Eun Ha to have atleast 2 episodes of adorable dates and 'more' before you drop the shoe which i know you will
5th Liked Sarangs story too , felt for her
This is one of the best school series, giving us a bit of everything.. for me i hope more of tae woo x eunha *YO* :P

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I love how all it took for Dae-hwi and Tae-swoon to reconcile was for them to really talk. Not just talk in circles like they normally do - they blame each other, and spit out insults they don't mean, when all the while they blame and torture themselves for their parts in the tragedy. That made my day.

But not as much as the fact our adorable couple are finally dating!

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Also, how great was that scene between Hee-chan and his Mother? I loved how her crooked parenting backfired on her - her immoral treatment for the system, and the way she always got Hee-chan out of trouble, has warped him. I'm kind of twisted for loving it.

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I LOVED that scene too. She finally got to see what kind of monster she created, though between her verbal abuse of him for not living up to her standards of perfection and her simultaneously raising him as entitlement on legs, Hee-chan never stood a chance of turning out decent.

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if that´s what it takes, I should be a serial killer.

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As wiseman say: you reap what you sow. Now Heechan's mom is tasting her own medicine.

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YES. that scene was PITCH. PERFECT. i felt so vindicated i actually pumped the air in glee, because you could almost tangibly pinpoint the very moment when realisation struck hee-chan's mum, and she finally saw for her own eyes the exact kind of person she'd created.

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The horror Hee-chan's mom had on her face kind of reminded me Yoon Si-wan's mother expression in "Lookout". She knew a monster her son could become. It's the parents who should be responsible in creating a person like Hee-chan or Si-wan with all their demands. I seriously had goosebumps with that scene.

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if I listed everything I love about this episode, I'd break the word limit for a comment lol, but here goes with just a few:

1. Tae-woon and Dae-hwi made up! And they managed to make me cry while they did it, Tae-woon's “But I didn’t want Song Dae-hwi to become a jerk and a coward like me.” is to School 2017 what Heung-soo's "Didn't you miss me, you bastard?" was to School 2013 i.e. TEARS all around. I'm so glad those two have each other back again.

2. The ever-growing X protection squad, both knowing (Bora, Dae-hwi) and not (Teacher Shim?). I wasn't surprised at all that Teacher Shim decided to be decoy X, because it's perfectly in line with his character and his way of seeing his students. But Dae-hwi and Bora are the icing on the cake.

3. Tae-swoon strikes again, with the secretly retrieved and uploaded drawings - no wonder Eun-ho looks like she's short-circuiting inside every time he looks at her, and more than ever when he goes after her about the <3 (I would bet money she posted it without thinking and then had been freaking out ever since at the thought of Tae-woon seeing it). And that final scene is beyond adorable.

4. I REALLY love that we have no love triangle here, because if we did, we wouldn't have got Dae-hwi pulling a fast one over on Eun-ho by calling Tae-woon over to where she was, lol. That moment was comedy gold, and said everything about her and Dae-hwi's relationship and their comfort levels, that he can do something like that.

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Yay to no love triangle - otherwise I don't see how TaeWoon would have ever made up with DaeHwi he's so easily jealous, haha.

On a side note, why does everyone seem to have this identical black hoodie on hand such that they can impersonate X on a whim ?

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"Tae-woon's “But I didn’t want Song Dae-hwi to become a jerk and a coward like me.” is to School 2017 what Heung-soo's "Didn't you miss me, you bastard?" was to School 2013"

So...true! Makes me wanna rewatch 2013 but I don't think I can handle the heartbreak.

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that moment when student body president Dae hwi ratted on Eun Ho to Tae Woon felt like he allowed himself to be a high school kid like the rest of them again and be how he was with Joong Gi and Tae Woon a year ago, because he had reset the friendship.

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Now that dramabeans have a cart where we can check out, can I add all the versions of Tae-woon ????‍♀️??‍♀️??

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I know I must sound like a broken record at this point, but this eps just become my new favorite. It gave us lots of wonderful snippets from everyone's lives which I really love. It also covered a dozen different genres from friendship, bromance, complicated family love, romance, the struggle of adult, coming-of-age, and the highlight of this eps: teacher-student bonding time.

I'm glad to know that Teacher Shim's sincerity moves many other teacher to take a more active part in their students' lives. Sure, they become jaded on their long journey as teacher, knowing how often they could do nothing to save their students and give them a guaranteed better future. Knowing how many of them refused to be saved either because of their family, financial issue, or society prejudice. But now they finally remember that there are also other students out there who ask for their help, who want a boost of courage to do the right thing, who need a display of faith that they can live a better life.

It's heartwarming and lovely to see our teachers and officer took it upon themselves to gather one or two lost souls and nudge them back to the right path. Whether by sharing a similar painful past like PE Teacher Jung and Issue, or acknowledging that sometimes boys need to be boys to work their anger off like Teacher Gu did to Tae-woon and Dae-hwi, or by showing that one can rise from a colorful past and lead a better life like Officer Han and Young-gun. And of course, not to forget our awesome Teacher Shim who donned his black hoodie to protect his students because he couldn't punish them for doing what the school system failed to do.

Maybe it's only a small step. But when everyone starts making a better choice and doing good things together, changes is possible. And I believe they are all have a shot at better future.

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????? That last paragraph is the core of this drama. It's not about revamping the whole system, but about the small differences you can make in someone else's life.

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I'm so proud with the kids in so many level:
- Taewoon for being able to precisely confront Eunho and explain his point of concern.
- Taewoon and Daehwi makes up and Teacher Gu definitely earns big cookie point for this!
- Taewoon for putting aside his crazy pride and supporting his girl's dream instead.
- Eunho finally gathers courage to face her own feeling. Lemonade couple is official yay!! (But what will happen with her movie plan with the other boy, though).
- The Dumbledore's Army finally gets their 4th member and the way they fool Principal and Heechan is so savage. Sadly we need to say goodbye to this Room of Requirement.

Also, rather than yesterday, I feel this episode explores 'Dream' deeper. Writer-nim is so excellent in conflicting many characters with same theme, yet usinv different approach:
- Eunho and Rowoon versus harsh reality.
- Sarang and Eunho's brother don't dream big, yet they fail too. It's good to see them not giving up.
- Younggun is still struggling to identify herself, but there is prompt that she will make a good cop. Or, for now, part time ally of justice.
- Taewoon who used to say dreaming is tacky now become number one member of Eunho's dream protecting squad.

My rating for this episode is 10/10.

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The Dumbledore's Army, hahaha! So is the cloaked drone their Patronus?

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Tell me if im wrong but that pretzel hug is so smooth and prolly the 1st time that happened in a romantic drama. What makes the ending scene so beautiful was how they've shown that simple hand holding to Taewoon intertwining their hands symbolizing their bond will be stronger as they move on from being friends to being lovers. Eunho slowly breaking into a smile really brightens that scene, she's so pretty. You can really tell she's in love and happy from that smile.

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Also shout out to that tablet. After all the beatings it got from Taeho still worked fine. Lmao.

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They should have put tag somewhere, "The scene is done by professional. Don't try this at home. Just don't. Definitely don't.

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I am practically bouncing for the day that the parodies of this scene arrives.

Hopefully the series parodies itself again, with hapless Teacher Shim and Officer Sooji maybe? Pretty please? :D

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I love the whole sequence...everything you just described.
I envy Eunho's smile. I think Sejeong has the prettiest and most sincere smile!

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I really loved this episode. The show is balancing small moments with plot progression so well, every big developments feel natural and organic.
Teacher Gu really showed his heart for the kids this episode be getting the bromance back on track. I think he's been watching and waiting for his opportunity for awhile. I also appreciate how Teacher Shim is creating his own little army against Injustice within the teachers. It's like all of the teachers are becoming less afraid to show they care.
SaRang's mom was awesome. This was such a neat subplot, well executed, and Mom killed it. Thank you to KyungWoo for once again encouraging SaRang to be honest.
I love that the bromance is back, I love their friendship. I love the ever widening circle of friends.
What I want to see now is Issue and KyungWoo in a band, with SaRang as their manager.

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"Tae-woon flails around in his hideout"

Would watch a whole episode of just this, TBH.

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Byung-gu, come teach Bimbap noona how to add syllables to random words and I will be more than happy to feed your strawberry milk addiction!

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Finished this episode with my tear ducts empty and my heart so, so full ;__;

I was going to name my favourite scenes—Sarang and her mum, Sarang and her loyal puppy Kyungwoo; Daehwi and Taewoon duking it out and dropping those truth bombs the way only two friends broken by each other can; the foursome + Teacher Shim foiling the principal's X witch hunt; Taewoon gently encouraging Eunho to continue drawing; Heechan turning his mum's words back on her; the ending that made my heart race like crazy... and then I realised that was basically the whole episode.

I loved the way this episode consisted of vignettes from each character, united by the common theme of dreams and the people who push you towards sparing, not just in the sense of accomplishing your dreams, but also overcoming your weaknesses and insecurities (Sarang being tripped over their financial situation, Eunho wrapped up in uncertainty over her abilities, Taewoon and his temper). The stringing together of stories reminded me of Reply 1988, while still remaining uniquely School 2017 in its peppy tone.

Also, I CAN'T BELIEVE THE SHOW WENT META AND PARODIED ITSELF. It's a (self-)certified classic.

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Lol...your favourite scenes are pretty much the whole show. But I can't blame you. I have to add strawberry milk lesson in that list.

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Gawd, that parody at Stairway to Bromance between the 2 principals make me cackled like crazy. Those two are just cartoonishly hilarious.

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The actor who plays the principal makes these perfect caricature expressions with every muscle on his face!! And I love Park Chul-min in anything :'D

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I find it very funny that more people in that school are seeking advice about their problems from strawberry milk boy (even the ex-principal needed his precious help :D ) he really needs to join the x squad ( sarang also) to make the team perfect!

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he should become a hairdresser. That is a way of counselling while pretending to do something else.

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Aackkk..missed the posting of the recap. And when was DB up? Last time I checked they were still testing.

Anyway... best episode thus far. Is it too much to hope that the remaining four episodes will be better than this?

And has Heechan reached a point of no return?

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They shifted to https so if you tried to access using http it leads to the maintenance page! Just bookmark the new link (:

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Haha. Didn't realise it until you point it out. Thanks!

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Me too

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The leaked photos. I hope its not another imagination or parody. ?

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BTS?

(I just realized BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, Bulletproof Boy Scouts or Beyond The Scene share the same name as my favorite 'bullet-journal' task setter ' BTS(behind the scenes) watching '. And so now I wonder if Bora kept the letters in the 'bullet-journal' style. Daebak, if she did, he is really crazy if he thinks he can get away with harming her now. It would just come back to harm him in a 'civil case', I have know idea about the law in Korea but I have know doubt that the letters will do him no favors.

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Yes please i need the spoiler pics to be real scenes!

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Eee! Just...❤️

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I heart this, especially the last bit:

"I could watch these kids and teachers for a million more episodes—but I’ll gratefully take four more, as long as the rest of the series continues to have this much heart, laughter, and Tae-woon. "

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tae woon was so smooth af. i dont remember having friends in high school that was as smooth as him.

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This episode seems to be centred around realisation (and admission) of feelings— romantic, familial, friendship or mentorship. Almost everyone is moving closer to becoming a big family together, and I know that they will support one another regardless the circumstances.

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every episode i feel like my favourite school 2017 scene of the week can't possible be topped, but every week another scene ends up doing exactly that - and this week it was hands-down the scene where taewoon giggled over eunho's heart emoji, and then proceeded to corner her in class so he could gloatingly singsong about it. and then when daehwi, without any hesitation, betrayed eunho right in front of her eyes just so he could give his bro that extra edge LOL. classic.

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this show makes me smile so much!! what a good time to be alive

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I think i would consider ep 12 the best episode of this drama till now. This episode had everything.
1. Two very close friends who have ignored each other due to an incident is getting closer and a fist brawl is what was needed.I really enjoy sometimes when two guys who are not on the talking terms get closer after a fight. I love when they pour their heart out and let go of any hatred and insecurities dwelling in their hearts. Love the fighting scene between Tae Woon and Dae Hwi, and this was really badly needed. 10 points to Teacher Gu for doing this.

2. An adult helping a rebellious student to a right path and making her realize that everyone has something special in them, and they can use that to to do good for the society and not waste and ruin their lives. I am so loving the interaction between Officer Han and Yong gun.

3. A lesson that not that everything will go your way, and the particular dream you want to achieve may not be achieved . But that does not mean you stop dreaming. You can find another dream/goal as your life goes on. Sometimes a new dream is better than the dream that was shattered. This was particularly one of my favourite part of this episode. P.E teacher's advice was heartwarming.

4. Everyone is not equal. Some people have easy life to achieve their dream while others had to sacrifice their dream to achieve an easier life. Some people motivate to achieve them, some demotivate you to do anything that you love, and some are helpless to achieve their dreams. What is most important is what your heart wants. I am glad Sa Rang has a mother who truly wants her to be like the other kids and not live a helpless life her mother. It broke my heart when Sa Rang is trying to sacrifice her dreams to make her mom's life easier.

5. A guy coming forward and trying to help to achieve the girl's dream is one of the most warmest and the sweetest thing a guy can do for a girl he loves. That is what sincere love is about. That is what being together is about. i nearly cried when Tae Woon told Eun Ho, that he will help to make her dream come TOGETHER!

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I usually just come in to read the recaps and comments but happen to come across a FMV on youtube yesterday so decided to post here today. The video was about Kim Sejeong's struggle and
after watching it, I tought it was interesting how similar Sejeong and Eun Ho are in terms of their struggles in life esp after this week's episodes. I thought Sejeong was similar to Eun Ho in terms of their bright personality but it seems like they have more in common or at least In my opinion. Just wanted to share my thoughts on their similarities.

1. Sejeong almost giving up on her dream of becoming a singer after failing for auditions and seeing so many talented singers out there and
of course in Eun Ho's case it's about nearly giving up her dream of being a webtoon artist.

2. In terms of financial situation, it seems like Sejeong's situation was a bit worse off then Eun Ho as her dad is not really in her life and her mum had to work various jobs to support her and her brother. But thankfully like Eun Ho, her mum has supported her dream of becoming a singer and I guess Sejeong's mum is like a combination of Eun Ho's parents.

3. It seems like Sejeong also has difficulties opening up about her difficulties or hardship to her family and friends and puts up a strong front. Its like Eun Ho not being able to tell Tae Woon what she is going through and also in ep 12 when EH's brother noted how EH seems to be going thru a rough patch when he notices the tough front she is putting on.

Apologise if I may seem off topic with my post but for those who want to watch the video, the link is below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-SVMz9Q0Ow

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Thank you for posting the link. i have not watched the video, but few days ago, i saw a comment on a youtube video of how similar Sejong and Eun Ho's life are. Hats off to her to her dedication and motivation and the strong passion to achieve her dreams. I am glad that Sejong is playing Eun Ho, because she brings life to Eun Ho. Her acting doesnt seem 'green' to me unlike some newcomers. Hope that she gains more and more success each passing day. Love her loads.

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Oh thank you very much! It's not off topic at all to me. I am loving Se Jeong's portrayal of Eun Ho. I liked her from the word go.

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Same, she's so charming. There were a couple of awkward moments thanks to the writing and editing in week 1, but that's not on her and at least 50 percent of my anticipation of School 2017 on Mondays is thanks to Kim Se-jung, she's a natural in the role of Eun-ho (and 'playing herself' is no mean feat, considering there are idols with almost 10 years' acting experience over her who can't even manage that).

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I am betting that 'Handlock' scene confession is going to be the next parody/trend. Highschool love has come a long way and i am seeing really great new type of romantic scenes between the leads. Keep them coming.

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I'm hopelessly fallen for Tae Woon..damn! Hope to see him more in upcoming dramas!

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I'm very late. Too hung up over the missing Oppa cart.

" I could watch these kids and teachers for a million more episodes—but I’ll gratefully take four more, as long as the rest of the series continues to have this much heart, laughter, and Tae-woon."

This! 1000000+

Can I order a gazillion Tae Woons in all varieties?

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Omo I missed the recap! I couldn't get into DB till now ??

Anyway my thoughts on this ep:

SQUEEEEEE 2017 ?❤?❤?❤?❤?❤?❤?❤?❤?❤
?????????????

Tae-Swoon strikes again!!!

This episode was ❤! I loved Dae-Hwi and Tae-Woon's fight. I loved the confessions even more. I couldn't really see the screen because it was so blurry! My eyes were filled with tears as they sat there, finally letting all their bottled emotions out! Their anger and frustration with each other was difficult to watch but it was soooooooo worth it! They just lay there, their hands touching. The bromance is back people!! ????????

Tae-woon: "I have crazy pride. But rather than protecting my pride, I'd rather protect your dream." *swoons all over again* What is this person doing to me? ? He doesn't know how he's going to do that, yet he's there by Eun-ho side purely because he's being (Tae) sincere.
I loved that convenience store scene! Eun-Ho was having the time of her life ordering Tae-woon around. Soooo cute! *totally deserve that bottled PPL drink that he downed later* ?

I liked Eun-ho being honest with Tae-Woon but also to herself. She says that it was just an excuse that her family was going through a tough time (although this was still a key part) and that it's really because she was doubting herself and her ability to draw.

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"Give me strawberry milk, yo."
"I understand, yo."
"Give me strawberry milk, yo."
"I don't have any, yo."
Bwahahahaha ??? These two are hilarious! I could watch them all day! I love how he actually wanted strawberry milk, lol! ?

Heechan's face when he realised he'd been tricked by the Tae-Gang was just bravo???! Serves him right!! I loved seeing the gang working together! And Dae-hwi is now an official member! Yayyy! ?
And Teacher Shim pretending to be X to help the gang was just the sweetest thing ever! He cares so much about his students that he's willing to risk his own neck just to be able to help them. These are the kind of teachers we need...yo. ?

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Awwwwwwwww Eun-ho was touched when Tae-woon published her webtoon. And she sent him a ❤!!! Did she think she was going to be safe after that?? ??? Tae-Heart is a goner! Hahaha and Dae Hwi's "Tae-woon...what... I called to talk to him" was just icing on the cake!! Sure you were Dae-hwi! Sure you were! ?

Andddddd the finale! Like I said: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE 2017❤❤❤
Tae-Swoon- "You only think of yourself...I only think of you too." ???????????? swoons. faints. wakes up and:
Eun-Ho- "I missed you...So what I feel is...what I mean is..."

AHHHHHHHHHHH Tae-Linked.
Tae-Woon- "So what you mean is you like me, right?"
YESYESYESYESYESYES.

I can't go on...I have to go find another ❤. I don't know where it went...

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All of the above!!!
SQUEEEEEEEEEE 2017 ❤️ indeed.
And that finger lock arm wrap move is so smooth!!
Tae-wrap!!! Replaces back hug in 2017

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so I'm right!

the guys (daehwi, eunho, bora) came up together with taewoon when he *cough* caught up *cough* up as X!!

What a clever way of Daehwi and Taewoon to wrapped up the discovery of X... is that storage room really got locked up? or.... not?

Namjoo still being the namjoo, and sorry girl I can't get any sympathy feeling on you, this time I really hope Namjoo and Daehwi didnt get back together instead they cleared up the misunderstanding and moved on to the better love life

It's episode 12 already, I hope they managed to wrapped up the rest of story

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