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School 2017: Episode 8

Love, love, love. School 2017 is delivering a perfect combination of heart, humor, and fun, so that I’m laughing one minute and crying the next (but all in a good way!). It’s impossible not to get invested in the happiness of our ragtag group of students the more we get to know them, and though I know pain and heartbreak are an inevitable part of growing up, all I want for them is to find joy and meaning in life, whether it’s through friends, family, or yes, even school.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Tae-woon shocks the room with his announcement that he was the one who broke into the teachers’ office with Eun-ho. Just as Tae-woon’s explaining that they entered the office because they thought they saw X, Dae-hwi drops by the office to deliver something.

As Dae-hwi lingers, Tae-woon continues his story, claiming that they followed a hooded figure into the office, only to see him escape through the window. When Teacher Shim asks if Tae-woon saw X’s face, Tae-woon pauses to take a long look at Dae-hwi before saying he didn’t.

Eun-ho hesitates and then affirms Tae-woon’s account of the break-in, causing Teacher Gu to yell about not knowing who to believe. Tae-woon points out that there’s no evidence that he and Eun-ho were in the office to cause trouble, so Teacher Gu punishes them for the only thing he can: breaking into the office.

Teacher Shim confronts Officer Han for sharing his suspicions about the break-in with Teacher Gu. Officer Han protests that she’s doing her job, and tells Teacher Shim that it’s not right to automatically cover for the students—even if it hurts now, she says it’s better to point out what’s wrong and get them on the right path.

When Teacher Shim asks why they can’t just console and protect their students, Officer Han says, “Then what?” She asks if Teacher Shim’s planning on comforting his students when they’re out in the real world, too, then tells him, “To protect them now, even if you can’t take responsibility for them—I don’t know if there’s any meaning to it.”

In Tae-woon’s hideout, Eun-ho suggests that they fill Dae-hwi in on what’s happened. Tae-woon’s temper flares at the mention of Dae-hwi, and he tells her that she should feel wronged, not worried for him.

Eun-ho asks why Tae-woon bothered to return the competition questions then—wasn’t it to help Dae-hwi? Tae-woon tells Eun-ho to stop and snarls that he’s regretting having gotten involved, and storms out angrily.

Elsewhere, Dae-hwi reviews his spotless student record. He crumples up the document, looking like he’s going to burst into tears.

Tae-woon walks into class and doesn’t even look at Eun-ho, though Eun-ho tries to sneak glances at him behind her. But his anger doesn’t last long, as he finds a cute drawing of X from Eun-ho on his desk, complete with an apology note and a peace offering of lemonade. Aw.

He breaks into a grin, though he quickly tries to hide both his smile and the note when his buddy Byung-gu approaches. Eun-ho smiles to herself as Tae-woon bats away Byung-gu’s attempts to steal the drawing.

Outside, Eun-ho apologizes to Tae-woon for not thinking about his feelings—she says she knows it’s not easy to step up for someone, and that she took his willingness to help her for granted.

Still, Eun-ho can’t help but continue to worry about Dae-hwi, earning her another scolding from Tae-woon. He reminds her that Dae-hwi’s getting off scot-free while the two of them are being formally disciplined by the school, and the thought of receiving more demerits makes her panic.

Their classmates are soon gawking at Eun-ho and Tae-woon’s punishment notice, and Sa-rang in particular looks distressed at the news. When their classmate Jung-il wonders how Sa-rang could be in the dark about something related to Eun-ho, Sa-rang says sadly that maybe they aren’t best friends after all. Oh nooooo.

Dae-hwi stops by to look at the notice, but walks away when Tae-woon approaches and stares him down.

Eun-ho and Tae-woon end up back outside, where she moans about her terrible student record. Noting Eun-ho’s misery, Tae-woon gets up abruptly and says that they should tell the truth about Dae-hwi’s involvement in the break-in.

Of course, Eun-ho’s against it, but Tae-woon doesn’t understand why they should lie to protect Dae-hwi. Eun-ho seems to think Dae-hwi feels remorseful about the whole situation, while Tae-woon just gapes at her, then stalks off.

He quickly finds Dae-hwi with Hee-chan, and calls out to him, “Hey, you scum!” Dae-hwi tries to usher Hee-chan away, but is forced to stop when Tae-woon threatens to reveal just how low Dae-hwi really is. After sending Hee-chan on his way, Dae-hwi faces a seething Tae-woon, who asks how he could ignore them after causing so much suffering.

Dae-hwi tells Tae-woon to just report him then, instead of taking the blame for the break-in and acting high and mighty about it. Tae-woon challenges Dae-hwi to turn himself in, reminding him that Eun-ho’s messing up her own student record to protect him. “If you feel even a little bit apologetic to her, go tell them right now,” he says.

Dae-hwi blusters to Tae-woon that he’s not afraid of confessing, though he’s clearly shaken at the idea. Tae-woon hits him where it hurts and asks if his inferiority complex counts as pride, and says that he pities him. Dae-hwi balls his hand into a fist, but says nothing as he walks away.

Dae-hwi heads to the athletic field to regroup, and Nam-joo stops by to ask what’s wrong. Not bothering to look at his girlfriend, Dae-hwi replies that he hates himself, and says that he feels like everything about him is lies. Nam-joo gets a little fidgety when she tells Dae-hwi that everyone lies, and that they do it because there’s a reason for it. Dae-hwi finally looks up at Nam-joo and asks, “Really?”

At home, Dae-hwi notices something missing in his desk drawer, and he looks all around his room in a panic. He turns his gaze to his mom when she walks in, and she quickly confesses that she took some of his money, you know, because it was urgent. Ugh.

She promises to pay him back, but Dae-hwi just says that it’s a good thing she spent the money. “No matter how hard I work, I’m back to where I started,” he says bitterly. His mom tells him not to worry and to keep studying hard, but Dae-hwi says he won’t do it anymore because it’s no use. With tears in his eyes, he asks, “Do you know what I gave up, just to protect this stupid thing?”

The next day, Dae-hwi walks purposefully to the teachers’ office, but hesitates just outside the door. He seems to have made up his mind to go in (to confess?), but is interrupted by Teacher Shim.

Dae-hwi’s ushered inside, where Teacher Shim tells him that he’s being recommended for a scholarship at Seoyul University. Dae-hwi looks thrilled at the opportunity, and it seems like his original reason for visiting the office has disappeared.

As Teacher Shim notes that he hasn’t been looking well, Dae-hwi catches a glimpse of the punishment notice for Eun-ho and Tae-woon on the teacher’s screen. Looking resolute, he tells Teacher Shim that he wants to go to Seoyul University for sure, and that he’ll do whatever it takes to get in, and not look back.

When Tae-woon arrives home, his father greets him with a hard slap on the face. Dad is pissed that Tae-woon caused trouble at school again, and asks his son if he broke into the teachers’ office because of Eun-ho, whom he refers to as a delinquent. He tells Tae-woon that he can cause all the trouble he wants, but reminds his son that he’ll always find a way to get only Tae-woon out of it.

Tae-woon heads to his lookout spot and blows off steam by walking precariously along the edge. As he does a little skip move, he’s reminded of a time when Joong-ki had done the same—back then, Tae-woon had hung back nervously with Dae-hwi, telling Joong-ki to be careful, and Joong-ki had laughed at him for being scared.

Dae-hwi and Tae-woon had tussled with each other as they each tried to muster up the courage to join Joong-ki on the edge. When Joong-ki made fun of them, Dae-hwi and Tae-woon had ganged up on their friend, attacking him playfully.

In the present, Tae-woon smiles wistfully at the memory, then startles to see Dae-hwi standing there, looking straight at him. Tae-woon turns away, but when his foot slips a bit, Dae-hwi cries out in alarm, “It’s dangerous!”

Tae-woon calls out that what Dae-hwi is doing is more dangerous. In a softer tone, he says, “Stop it, you punk.”

When Dae-hwi charges back at Tae-woon and asks why he should stop, Tae-woon responds, “Aren’t you ashamed to face Joong-ki?” Dae-hwi says he isn’t—he did cheap and dirty things, but still barely got to where he is now. “How can I stop here?” he asks.

Tae-woon wonders if Dae-hwi won’t regret it, but Dae-hwi assures Tae-woon that he won’t, and tells him to stay out of his life. But as Dae-hwi turns to walk away, tears slip down his face.

At the bus stop, Tae-woon’s words about being ashamed sink in, and Dae-hwi breaks down in sobs.

The next day, Dae-hwi marches into the teachers’ office with purpose and heads straight for Teacher Gu. Without preamble, Dae-hwi announces that he was the one who broke into the teachers’ office that night—not Tae-woon—and he did it to steal the answers to the math competition. He apologizes to both Teacher Gu and Teacher Shim, who both look flabbergasted at Dae-hwi’s confession.

Next stop for Dae-hwi: a disciplinary panel. Vice Principal Park tells Dae-hwi to speak up if there was a misunderstanding, but Dae-hwi tells the group of administrators and teachers that he has nothing to say.

Before Vice Principal Park moves to announce his punishment, Dae-hwi asks if the punishment for Eun-ho and Tae-woon can be canceled. He says they gave a false confession to protect him, and when Teacher Gu wonders why they’d go so far as to lie for him, Dae-hwi just says they acted stupidly.

Eun-ho waits outside the hall for Dae-hwi when Tae-woon joins her. He denies that he’s there because he’s worried about Dae-hwi, but judging by the way he anxiously looks over at the door, that’s exactly why he’s there. You’re not fooling anyone, Tae-woon!

When Dae-hwi finally appears, Tae-woon takes off without a word. Eun-ho greets Dae-hwi with a smile, then looks over at Tae-woon’s retreating figure, thinking to herself, “I wonder if Dae-hwi knew that we had lied to protect him.”

Dae-hwi’s punishment notice is posted, and it gets even more attention than Eun-ho and Tae-woon’s, given who the subject is. Both Tae-woon and Dae-hwi hang back from the crowd of students gaping at the news; Tae-woon glances sideways at his friend, while Dae-hwi looks straight ahead.

Officer Han asks Teacher Shim if he was protecting Dae-hwi the night of the break-in, and Teacher Shim responds that he didn’t know it was Dae-hwi, exactly. She comments that the confession he made about liking her must have also been a lie then—something to try to distract her and protect the kids.

Looking surprised, Teacher Shim awkwardly says it wasn’t a complete lie, and adds nervously that the lie may have become the truth—then walks away abruptly. Officer Han looks pleased as punch, and literally skips after him.

For once, Dae-hwi is honest with Nam-joo when she asks about the break-in incident, telling her that he tried to steal the questions to the competition because he couldn’t get to where he wanted to be on his own.

Nam-joo’s quick to take Dae-hwi’s side, telling him that he did what he had to do, since the competition was fixed. Dae-hwi opens up even more, telling her that he felt lonely and scared, and that he wanted to tell her the truth: why he did it, how he felt, and how much he regretted it. At that, Nam-joo looks up at Dae-hwi in surprise.

Eun-ho’s in a good mood at the way things turned out with Dae-hwi, and even more so as she reads over comments left by the first (and only) fan of her webtoon. When she wonders why the comments are so short, Tae-woon just sighs, “You want so much.” LOL.

Cut to: Tae-woon asking Byung-gu for help crafting a comment that’s long, but also touching, witty, and insightful. As Tae-woon stares at him expectantly, Byung-gu thinks for a moment, then offers a three-syllable word for “totally awesome.” He keeps suggesting variations of the same phrase, then scoots away before Tae-woon can respond with a beating.

Kyung-woo catches Sa-rang on their way out of school, and when she notes the absence of his guitar, he says they’re on a break. He comments on Eun-ho’s absence, to which Sa-rang says that they must be on a break too. She asks if it isn’t wrong for friends to keep secrets from each other, so he encourages her to be honest with Eun-ho, though Sa-rang just pretends that she wasn’t talking about Eun-ho at all.

Changing the subject, Kyung-woo asks Sa-rang if she’s ever had convenience store ramyun. The two end up at a nearby store for a snack, and Kyung-woo tells her that he wants to experience normal high school life in Korea since he grew up abroad. He takes it back though, when Sa-rang tells him the Korean high school experience is just about studying like crazy.

Kyung-woo brings up Eun-ho again, telling Sa-rang that she should be honest with her. He smiles at Sa-rang’s feeble attempts to deny her problems with Eun-ho, then leans in close to tell her, “You’re a terrible liar.”

Bit-na’s mom arrives at school with an army of lawyers to make a scene in the teachers’ office, yelling at Teacher Shim for making Bit-na write a letter of apology for the fight with Bo-ra. While Bit-na nonchalantly plays with her phone, her mom insists on holding a formal disciplinary hearing, telling Teacher Shim that her lawyers will ensure Bit-na’s defense. Worst mother-daughter duo ever.

After commiserating with his fellow teachers about the situation, Teacher Shim makes a last-ditch effort to try to get Bo-ra to tell the truth, promising her that he’ll help in whatever way he can. That reminds Bo-ra of the time that Teacher Jang said those exact words to her once before, and Bo-ra insists to Teacher Shim that she has nothing to say.

Bo-ra’s day gets worse when she’s harassed by Young-gun and her crew outside. As they rummage through her bag, Young-gun warns Bo-ra not to say anything about them at the disciplinary hearing.

At the hearing, Bo-ra looks around nervously at the adults in the room, then tells them what most of them want to hear: She attacked Bit-na without provocation. Teacher Shim looks distraught, but Teacher Jang tells everyone that since Bo-ra admitted her crime, there’s nothing else they can do.

Upon hearing those words, Bo-ra looks up sharply at Teacher Jang, tears welling up in her eyes. Teacher Jang does her best to avoid Bo-ra’s gaze.

Later, Teacher Shim stares blankly at Bo-ra’s punishment notice, which indicates that she’s being suspended for a week. Looking numb, Bo-ra stumbles out of school, then is jostled hard by one of Young-gun’s cronies as they pass by. Bo-ra stops and stares at the sky, looking completely hopeless and defeated.

After Dae-hwi fixes the chain on Eun-ho’s bike, she mentions how cool he was for coming clean to the teachers, and says that things must have been hard for him. When he tells her she’s had it tough too, she suggests that he treat her to shaved ice, and he happily agrees.

Tae-woon happens on this exchange, and HA, he gives Dae-hwi some crazy eyes as he makes his way over to Eun-ho. Still glaring, Tae-woon orders Eun-ho not to eat shaved ice with Dae-hwi.

When she asks him why not, he sputters that he just doesn’t want her to. She doesn’t see why, but he barks that it’s the same as not wanting to get up in the morning and not liking beans in his rice—he just doesn’t like it. Eun-ho gets big a kick out of needling him and says she’s going to go anyway and laughs as he stomps away.

As soon as she’s out of sight, Tae-woon lets out a tiny smile, then slows down, his mind swirling with images of Eun-ho. He shakes himself back to reality, waving his arms around as if to swat away his feelings for her, and tells himself to snap out of it.

But that definitely doesn’t work, as Tae-woon can’t keep his eyes off of Eun-ho in class. He follows her as she’s getting ready to leave the empty room, grabbing her so that she’s facing him. Slowly he steps towards her, then as she’s about to step back, he holds onto her arms to pull her close, causing her to stutter, “What? What is it?”

Tae-woon cocks his head, then says, “It’s not, right?” She asks him again what he’s talking about, and he says she looks dumb, then calls her a dimwit for good measure. Boys.

As he walks out, he tells himself, “Yeah, there’s no way.” But then he stops short in the doorway, his heart beating rapidly, and looks completely thrown by his feelings.

Officer Han creeps up behind Teacher Shim as he’s practicing different ways to ask her to a movie. She asks if he’s planning to ask her out, but Teacher Shim just ends up mumbling some excuses.

As Teacher Shim beats around the bush, Teacher Jung swoops in from nowhere, squeezing in between his colleagues and asking Officer Han to the movies. Officer Han laughs at his brashness, but she accepts, looking pointedly at Teacher Shim as he watches in dismay.

Teacher Shim tries again after school, offering to treat his students to food as an excuse to invite Officer Han along. He’s none too pleased when Teacher Jung joins them, but he still ends up taking everyone out for—you guessed it—sandwiches.

After the meal, Eun-ho, Tae-woon, Dae-hwi, and Nam-joo end up walking in the same direction, where they run across a supervisor yelling at a worker replacing bricks on the sidewalk. When the worker gets up to defend himself, Eun-ho’s eyes widen in shock as she recognizes her dad.

Eun-ho runs to her father and speaks up in his defense, but the supervisor turns on her next, upsetting Eun-ho’s dad. It’s only when Tae-woon steps in to “talk” to the supervisor threateningly that he backs down.

As Eun-ho fusses over her dad, Dae-hwi watches the scene intently, while Nam-joo lowers her gaze, looking almost guilty.

On their way home, Eun-ho asks her dad if he’s coming home late because he’s working late every night. He says he doesn’t mind, since with the extra money, he can buy things like prep classes for Eun-ho. She’s upset by the idea that Dad is suffering because of her, but he says that isn’t the only reason he’s taken on extra work.

He tells her that the street he’s repaving is on her way to school, and that he wanted to at least make her path to school nice and pretty, since he couldn’t pave her path in life like other dads. He says he wants her to walk on flowery paths all her life, but apologizes that he can only give her this short path.

Blinking back tears, Eun-ho says that she’ll be walking on flowery paths thanks to him, and the two share a sweet hug. I’m not crying, nope.

As Dae-hwi walks Nam-joo home, he tells her that he used to lie about his mom’s profession because he was so embarrassed by her, and marvels at how amazing Eun-ho is for not caring about what others think. He doesn’t notice Nam-joo’s visible irritation until she calls him out for talking about Eun-ho nonstop.

Nam-joo tells Dae-hwi to head back, saying she’s fine to get home herself, then reminds him about their upcoming 200-day anniversary. After watching Dae-hwi disappear down the street, Nam-joo heads the opposite way to her real neighborhood.

At school, Teacher Shim stalks Officer Han with two drinks in hand, but he bumps into Tae-woon, missing his chance to continue his operation to woo her. Tae-woon politely greets Teacher Shim, all the while eyeing the teacher’s extra drink like he’s dying of thirst, ha.

Tae-woon scores the soda and gulps it down, which leads Teacher Shim to wonder if there’s something frustrating him. Tae-woon says something is bothering him: “They’re not particularly special feelings, but I want to do things like drink soda together…”

Teacher Shim pipes in knowingly, “And eat together.” HA. It’s even funnier when Teacher Gu joins their repartee, as he chimes in, “You want to be with them just a little bit longer. You want to do even the smallest thing together.” As Tae-woon and Teacher Gu stare up wondrously at Teacher Gu’s wisdom, he concludes, “That’s what it’s like to like someone.” At that, Tae-woon drops his can in shock and says out loud, “Me?”

Eun-ho’s on delivery duty again that night, and as luck would have it, it takes her straight to Tae-woon’s house, where he waits for her, cash in hand. He makes sure to collect a coupon from her before she heads out, which can only mean one thing: It’s going to be a long night of deliveries for Eun-ho.

Sure enough, Eun-ho is forced to go back to Tae-woon’s with another delivery as soon as she gets home. Once there, she threatens to kill Tae-woon if he puts in another order, but that doesn’t stop him for asking for another coupon. He then proceeds to order more chicken, noting gleefully that collecting ten coupons will get him an extra bird.

By this time, Eun-ho’s tearing her hair out in frustration and asks Tae-woon if he hates her. He childishly tells her that teasing her is really fun before running away, and their bickering over chicken continues into the next day at school. These two.

Nam-joo waits for Dae-hwi at a coffee shop, having made plans for their anniversary. But as the minutes tick by, Dae-hwi doesn’t come, and he doesn’t answer her calls, either.

She trudges home in disappointment, only to find Dae-hwi waiting outside her real apartment holding flowers and a present, looking upset. Eek, he knows! Nam-joo immediately launches into excuses, telling him that this isn’t where she really lives. Dae-hwi simply says that he liked her a lot, then pauses as tears spring to his eyes. He then asks, “But why do you keep lying to me?”

Their relationship ends there, and at school, the two pass by each other as if they’re strangers. Meanwhile, we hear in voiceover a phone call that Dae-hwi had made to Nam-joo’s dad’s company, inquiring about the CEO’s daughter—where he’d learned that said CEO didn’t have a daughter.

Eun-ho narrates that everyone tells lies “to protect something, or to hide something. And, we have to take responsibility for the consequences of our lies. Sometimes, there’s even greater truth within our lies that we couldn’t realize.”

Eun-ho struggles with the storyline for her webtoon, and asks Tae-woon why X would lie to her after saving her. Tae-woon tells her that he probably couldn’t believe it, because he wasn’t aware of his feelings. When Eun-ho asks him what kind of feelings, Tae-woon looks at her, wide-eyed. Luckily for him, a sudden rain shower puts an end to their conversation.

They run through the rain together and take cover under some trees. When a trickle of water hits Eun-ho, Tae-woon instinctively lifts his bag over her head and she steps under it in perfect time, bringing them suddenly very close.

As he looks down at her, obviously affected their proximity, she slowly breaks out in a wide smile. Gruffly, Tae-woon tells her, “Don’t smile like that. It makes my heart flutter.”

Eun-ho’s smile fades, and as the two gaze at one another, Tae-woon slowly puts his bag down and leans in to kiss her.

 
COMMENTS

Was anyone else holding their breath during those last few minutes? I can’t believe we have to wait for the next episode to find out what happens! Do they kiss? Is Tae-woon going to pull another one of those ridiculous fake-outs? Is Byung-gu going to pop out of nowhere? How many more of these near-kiss moments are we going to have?

Now that those questions are out of my system, let me just say how happy I am with the show right now—it’s certainly doing justice to the bigger stories we were promised from the beginning, from the pitch-perfect buildup of both the friendship and the romance between Tae-woon and Eun-ho, to the slower, but compelling reveal of Dae-hwi’s background and his now-fraught relationship with Tae-woon. But I also appreciate how powerful and heartfelt some of its smaller storylines are as well, like Teacher Shim’s give-and-take with his students and colleagues, and Eun-ho and Sa-rang’s friendship (and the strain it’s now under with Tae-woon in the picture—so real!).

Eun-ho continues to be the heart of the show, as someone who consistently stands up for her ideals and back up her friends and family without reservation or hesitation. I just adore her relationship with her dad, who’s like Eun-ho in so many ways, and though they don’t get a ton of screen time together, moments like the one we saw this episode provides an uplifting counter narrative to the hopelessness we see in the stories of some of our other kids, like Bo-ra. That simple moment between father and daughter on their way home really helps us understand the type of dad Eun-ho has, what she might have learned from him, and how important her family is in shaping her outlook on life.

It’s easy for me to see why Tae-woon’s so head over heels for Eun-ho, even if he himself may not have realized it until Teacher Gu said the words out loud. My favorite thing about Tae-woon’s slowly developing feelings—besides his goofy smiles and swoony moves, of course—is the way he automatically just does whatever he thinks will keep Eun-ho safe and happy, even if it requires some sacrifice on his part. That could be something as minor as letting Eun-ho just claim his hideout as her own, or more substantive, like going against his own advice and stepping up for other people.

It’s also thanks to Eun-ho that we’re just starting to see a tiny glimmer of hope for Tae-woon and Dae-hwi’s friendship. After this episode, I think what I’m looking forward to most in the series—even more than watching Eun-ho and Tae-woon bumble through their relationship—is watching how Tae-woon and Dae-hwi will (hopefully?) reconcile. While Tae-woon doesn’t have the most tactful or compassionate way with words, I found it poignant that he was the one who forced Dae-hwi to examine his recent choices, helping him decide to make amends by telling the truth.

It’s clear that Tae-woon’s already on his way to letting go of his grudge with Dae-hwi, whether he knows it or not, but Dae-hwi’s going to be a tougher nut to crack. I just love how complex but relatable his character is—I struggled along with him as he went back and forth about confessing about the break-in, and my heart broke when I realized that he’d actually known about Nam-joo’s lies all along. Dae-hwi can be calculating, and he’s not afraid to lie and test people, but it’s all a defense mechanism—his best way of protecting himself from disappointment and pain. One of my favorite parts about the flashbacks we get of him, Tae-woon, and Joong-ki is getting a glimpse of how much happier Dae-hwi used to be back then—and it’s my hope that he gets some of that joy back as he slowly makes his way back to Tae-woon.

 
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Be still my beating heart 💗

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My heart is all fluttery just watching Tae Woon and Eun Ho these 2 last episodes. I feel like I totally missed out in high school cos NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPENED TO ME!! Dang all that studying I did instead.

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I totally understand I was smiling and giggling like a girl in love when really I've never experienced anything like that

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IKR? The only memory I have of rain + high school was scrambling for dear life during a quick thunderstorm, with bolts of lightning threatening to obliterate us. 😂

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LOL yes same here. But at least there were also no Bit-nas and those kinds of teachers at my school. 😂

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true that! 😂

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On a side note I think I ran out of oxygen by the end

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I wanted to reach out to them and make them kiss already! Lol!

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the "now kiss" meme is so perfect for this

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Tae Coupon stole my heart again 😍

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All our hearts!! ❤❤❤

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We're all still swooning 😍😍😍😍

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I hadn't swoon as much since TLAHL, though these two made me swoon even more. 😍😍😍

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omg! I had TLAHL in mind too. I don't want to jinx it but I have a feeling that School 2017 might explode like TLAHL.. the comments just got crazier and crazier as the drama progressed!

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I lurked the first few eps because ... real life called. 😂 And yes, the story started on wobbly feet but I'm happy with the trajectory now. Not to mention Tae-coupon! 😍

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Tae Swoon 😍😍😍😍

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so many great scenes these last two episodes.. the chicken coupon scenes were truly hilarious and that end scene.. ive heard that they don't let the leads kiss in the school series.. but I will hulk flip a desk if these two dont!!

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Huh, what? Hey why? 야 왜?

I know it's never allowed when, especially the girl lead is still a minor, in any show. And the girl lead girl is normally younger. Because the age restrictions is usually 15 and older only.

But Kim Sejeong is 20 isn't she, but cool oppa Kim Jung Hyun is 27. So I am guessing he'll get the rage of the age restriction setters mostly. Because he is older. LOL!!! Their years apart aren't that bad now that I look at it!!!

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Are you serious!? I would be hella disappointed I mean I guess they could start now ?*puppy face*

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I'm glad that the 2 boys finally started to mend their relationship. And I'm so proud of Dae-hwi for owning up to his mistake and telling the truth to his teachers. The consequences might be bitter, but I'm sure it's also liberating. The lies he told and the debasing actions he did all year aren't worth those small taste of privilege from his rich classmates. I believe there will be another way for him to achieve his dream. Teacher Shim is stubborn enough to make sure Dae-hwi get what he deserved. And now he also has true friends that will support him to do the impossible.

On a side note, my second ship is sailing happily. Insightful Kyung-woo and golden hearted Sa-rang is perfect together. Can't we call them eating on that convenience store as their first unofficial date??

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*all boarding the second ship, get your free tickets here* ✉

The convenience store scene was sooo cute! We need more scene like that!

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Kyung-woo's gaze ... I melted like that cheese in the ramyun. Sarang, you lucky girl! lol 😍

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Hey! I haven't seen you since TLAHL! Don't tell me you've gone back to lurking? Lol!

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Hey there, @ravennightstar! Lol, I had to lurk against my will because ... real life. 😂 So glad to finally find the time to comment again! 😍

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Aw! I understand! Real life can be busy. Glad to see you back and commenting though! :D

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they ARE cute. i really do appreciate it when a drama can show restraint in their lovelines and romantic subplots, but sometimes it just feels /good/ to have a drama like school 2017, where i can just happily ship everyone left, right and centre, and have a ninety percent chance of all my OTPs being fulfilled.

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Yes and double yes. And I like that thee romance is in context of the other relationships, like SaRang and EunHo's friendship changes.

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IKR,that is Sarang&Kyungwoo's 1st unofficial date

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They made ramyun eating swoony. Ha ha!

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This episode, I wanted to throw a glass of water at Dae-hwi's mom and kill Bit-na and her mother. Talk about being insensitive!

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I support you!

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In right behind you with a Kimchi slap for each of them lol

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I'll be cheering on, pompoms and all!

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+1 cheerleader here!

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Joining the squad with kimchi pompoms! 😂

IRL, moms like Dae-hwi's do sadly exist. They are so self-absorbed and oblivious to the struggles of their kids. 😢

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I think I actually hate DaeHwi's mom the most in this whole drama, closely followed by Bitna's mother. It's hard to hate Tae Woon's father because to me he will forever be Joo Gun's hapless uncle who married a richer older woman in the Master's Sun haha. His comedic timing was so good in that drama, and the leads there had as much on and off screen chemistry as Taeunho or whatever their ship name is called ❤️

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THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: Is Byung-gu going to pop out of nowhere?

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I chuckled out loud when reading that part 😂

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LOL milk boy better not show up as i want my otp to kiss so badly :D

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Strawberry milk smell oh oh ...

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But even if he does, will he have a clue as to what's going on?!?! 🙃

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He won't. He'll ask if they are hiding something from him 😂

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Or he'll shove Eun-ho to the side so he could take shelter under Tae-woon's bag. He's very much capable of getting awkwardly close to Tae-woon's face like he's half of the OTP, while sporting a poker face. 😂

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Hahaha, now this I could settle for if they don't give me a kiss!

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I hope Eun-ho realises that she is hurting Sa-rang and they go back to being BFFs! I really dislike the feeling of being left out of my bestie's life..It is so crushingly real and heart-breaking!

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I love that Eun Ho and Tae Woon are spending so much time together now but yeah, Sa Rang is being left out 😕 Seriously not a good feeling since I personally have felt it when my friend got a boyfriend.

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i love that they haven't sidelined the girls' friendship, and they've taken the time to include sa-rang's hurt at feeling abandoned. it's so common in high school, especially with first relationships, and i'm confident that the girls will make up eventually, but it's just really relatable, in an adorably sad kind of way.

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Actually I'm quite surprised that the drama addressed how Sa-rang felt hurt because Eun-ho didn't spend as much time with her anymore. It's the kind of pain we can easily identified with. And I'm just glad she told Kyung-woo that she felt hurt. That boy is wise and I'm pretty sure she'll put his advice to good use. So yeah, I believe we'll get a nice conclusion for the 2 girls' problem. Hopefully soon.

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I love all the Eun-Ho and Tae-woon scenes, but the scenes became bittersweet for me once I realized that Sarang was feeling left out. She's already different from the other kids by planning to go for the civil service exam instead of college.

Good news is that at least this opens up opportunities for the cute Kyung-woo to hang out with her!

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That convenience store scene was adorable! Double date, anyone?

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Give it an episode or two and I am totally for it.

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That is a real part of school life though which the writer is highligting...what happens to BFFs when one gets a boyfriend. Even though it's not "official" Eunho spends so much time with Tae woon now they might as well be...the fact is naturally she won't have as much time to spend with Sarang, both girls need to learn to re-distribute their time without sacrificing their friendship because if Taeho becomes official then they just have to deal with it

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I'm just dying to talk about the chicken delivery!
I was cracking up like an idiot!! Why was it soooo funny to see Eun ho being bossed around? And the poor soul doesn't even like chicken! Invite me over, Oppa! I'll eat all the 🍗 for you!!
Why does Eun Ho still not get the number one rule!!! If guys tease you..that means he's in ❤...with you!!
Not gonna lie, I replayed that scene on Insta like so many times. And it never gets old! 😂😂😂

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Bonus : Dad might take it as a kind gesture from Tae Woon , hoping this might be the beginning of a new Dad-Son relationship 😊 , new drama Bonding Over Chicken 🍗🤣

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Bonding time over chicken is a good idea. And this is like the rare occurence when a misunderstanding could potentially led into more nice moments.

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But do you think he's redeemable? I don't see him as the squishy, forgiving type..
For all we know, he's been like that with Tae Woon forever..using money and influence to have his way.

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Maybe he was used to be a loving father. But when TW's mother passed away (I assumed she has passed away when TW said he has no mother), his father started to change. If this is the case, I have a little hope he can be redeemed. I want to see some sweet moments between him & his father before this drama ends.

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Hmm maybe. There's been no mention of his mother. I guess we can hope that's why Tae Woon's father changed?

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Maybe, for now. I'm refused to have another real bad character in this drama, well except those rich kids and their moms.

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I'm not delusional enough to hope he'll do a 180 and become a caring and loving Dad since it seems like he's been using money and influence for his own cause for a long, long time. But at least, I still want to see him understand that Tae-woon doesn't want to use his way and that his son values different things and respecting that.

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Look on the bright side, TaeWoon may not be working hard at school but he is quite capable. He is probably on civil terms with his father only so that he can have access to money to pull off the well thought out pranks.

He is the modern day "Robinhood or Iljimae" just his dad is the source of wealth he takes from for the greater good.

It is interesting that such a rich kid isn't really a spoilt brat by heart and is thoughtful even before Joonki died, TW was observed as kind and giving. He is also resourceful and independent and unlike Bitna, who needs "her mommy" to throw her wealth around. TW uses his non-bought people well, like promising Eunho to rig the competiton, gaining her trust, even though she had to work for it. And if his "daddy" were to cut him off for living dangerously he could always draw for Eunho's successful webtoon someday!!!

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The way I see it, I think Tae Won's father does love him. And maybe using money and influence are his ways of protecting Tae Won. There are many different types of fatherly love, although I do not agree with his approach towards Tae Won, I can feel that he only wants the best for Tae Won.

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Loved the coupon scene. And how she smacked the last few in his hand. He totally deserved it!!!

There is no way DaeHwi can come between these two!!!...Well at least that is if DH's trump-card is in existence and is still to be played against TW.

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He totally DID deserve it! HAHA! Soooo good to watch him in love! And add her frustration on top of it!

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Sejeong did well in this scene. Well, her chemistry with Tae woon is unbelievably great even off camera. 😂😍 I can watch them bicker and trade cute barbs all day long.

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I would like to thank that rooftop car park (?) for giving rise to some of my favourite scenes so far, and beautifully shot to boot :')

I was actually surprised the writer thought of showing Sarang's feelings when Eunho accidentally starts neglecting her; the tension when one half of a best friend pair finds a new friend is actually really common irl, but it's not something I've seen explored in dramas a lot.

It's also quite a natural way to introduce a new friendship for Sarang and Kyungwoo (squee!). I absolutely love how naturally the unexpected friendships are struck up in this drama, like Eunho and Taewoon, and now these two. Since Kyungwoo is offering his insight and advice, I'm curious about what Sarang will be offering in return in future episodes.

By the way, is anyone else wondering about what else Daehwi could have possibly done? I know he spots questions for Heechan and gives him notes in exchange for favours, and then there's the stealing of the question paper, but somehow the remarks that Taewoon makes gives me a feeling there's something more. Like TW telling him he should ask what he knows DH uses the master key for, or saying he's hitting rock bottom, or using cheap and dirty tricks. DH is definitely selling his pride to get favours from the rich kids, but it doesn't seem strictly unethical enough to warrant such an assessment. Am I the only one getting the feeling that TW knows more things DH has done that the viewers don't know yet?

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Well, there were scenes where a group of rich brats (Bit Na and Hee Chan, included) texting each other! Idk exactly what's they're doing. I hope the show will clear this out in the following episodes! I hate it that they use and take advantage of Dae Hwi so much 😕 Poor guy, he's been suffering a lot.

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Whatever it is, I don't think it's anything good. They're obviously not a group of X's. Because X is being portrayed as someone who's there for the people. To achieve justice for everyone.
Hee Chan is the opposite of justice...as is Bit Na and the rest.
So I'm really curious as to what else they could be doing!

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And the worst part is Daehwi's self-awareness, he is ashamed he has to stoop to this level but he pushes on because he's desperate. He's just such a layered character. And Taewoon is brutally honest with his taunting, which comes from good intentions but hits a sore spot, so I can see how it's harder for Daehwi to warm back up to him. The writing creates a really interesting dynamic between them.

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This is why it is Eun Ho between them. Eun Ho sometimes might reminded them of their late friend with her cheefulness and bright personality so naturally they are inclining towards her.. I also think it was Joon gi who made them closer in the past because based on both Tae-woon & Dae-hwi currently, neither of them seem will take first step towards each other.

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It's sad that part of that desperation was because of the aftermath of that bus crash. Joong-ki's name was pinpointed as the sole cause of the crash while Taewoon got off scot-free because of his connections. As the audience, we know that Joong-ki was at fault for looking at his phone, but to Dae-Hwi, it seemed like an accident and the rich had the ability to ruin a good kid's name while the poor can't do anything about it.

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I think yes. The 'master key' is the key here. It seems like he used this key for more than we have seen. And the group of rich kids seem have planned things, but Dae-hwi is the one who has to implement it.

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Who is the vice president of the class? I remember DH mentioning that both he and the VP has the master key.

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I also suspect it might be VP, the one who did something or associated to the group texting.

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I don't know. I might have missed it or there was no mention about who is the VP before.

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I think they were referring to the VP of the school (Daehwi is both class pres and the student body pres, he's the ultimate Mum's Friend's Son ha), but from the official website characters page I don't think they're intending to introduce the character.

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I don't think DH has been stealing question papers before this. He only did it once when he was so desperate to win the math competition for himself since the other rich kids got their answers already. He was studying so hard for it, and it was killing him inside when he intended to steal the answer which is why at the end he confessed. Tae Woon didn't really see who's in the black hoodie, but knew it was Dae Hwi because of his master key which is why TW said DH is already hit the rock bottom for being so low and use cheap trick. TW is also upset at DH for sticking around rich kids, by giving them notes and do their homeworks just because DH needs money and favors in return.

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Oh yes, thanks for mentioning the doing homework part. I forgot that Heechan's mum pays Daehwi not just for test prep but also to do his homework at times (I think I recall Taewoon saying something to this effect).

I'm pretty sure he hasn't been cheating on his other tests, because the show has already established that he got his results through a lot of hard work (and he was already the top student even a year ago when Joonggi was still alive). But I was wondering if he was doing something else for the rich kids, like @bogummyshipda and @seralovestteobokki mentioned above.

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"rooftop car park (?) " I call it truck/car of doom parking lot : it got amazing view, and yes we've got good scenes there BUT it always scares me they might fall anytime 😱

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Awww, that lookout point! I love how DaeHwi cares more about TaeWoon's well being than they both portray outwardly!!!

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Not to forget how concerned TW was while waiting for DH to come out of that hearing. I chuckled so hard when he denied that he was concerned and yet it was clearly written all over his face. That was great acting by KJH. And kudos to EH for not teasing him because I'd surely have rubbed it in his face 😂

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Why does my heart always break at least twice each episode, once for DaeHwi, and once for TaeWoon?

If they were just to bro-hug it out once...is that too much to ask for since our two role-model-bromance boys from School 2013 didn't hug?

But hey losing a best friend in an accident is more painful than losing your life dream right? So hopefully EunHo, their Gugudan-angel, I mean guardian-angel, will force them to embrace. Especially since Im JoonKi, played by Kim Jin Woo (1993)...glad to see he is being credited for his role, inadvertently chose her to be their mediator in the present day if you think about it!!!

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I love the natural way this drama introduces new relationship to the viewers. It reminds me of my high school years. And just like what Eun-ho said, they are 18, the age when they can be friends with literally anyone, when they can form a relationship with almost everyone no matter how strange or seemingly improbable that is.

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!!!!!! THAT!!! ALMOST!!!! KISS!!!!!! who else forgot to breathe?!?! who else has replayed it ten billion times since wednesday?!?!?

sometimes i feel so jaded as a kdrama viewer that no other kdrama couple will ever give me butterflies in the stomach anymore, but then comes along eun-ho and tae-woon in an admittedly very cliche rain-kiss scene, and yet all of a sudden i'm squealing like i'm fifteen again. thank you kdrama gods. :')

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But did they have to sto right there, when they're nose to nose? Not fair, show!

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Totally agree, I'm so used to these fake outs, but this scene is so good I can't wait for the next episode.

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Their not-kissing or almost-kissing is sometimes more exciting than actual kissing. And if you watch the behind the scenes footage, I think they said that this scene was inspired by the previous behind the scenes footage where Kim Junghyun sheltered Kim Sejeong with his bag in the sudden rain ( how to not ship these two ?! ) . They even joked(?) that he actually meant to shelter himself not her but she ran into his arms ( at least that's what I think he said cause there are no English subs )

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That rain bts (first one) was swoon-worthy! Indeed, how not to ship them for real! 😍😍😍

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And the preview that dropped today ....

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Omg I love love seeing Tae Woon's attempts to make Eun Ho happy! And it's so funny to see him being confused and frustrated about his feelings for Eun Ho. I'm dying to see their first kiss ❤️ but I think after that, there would be hilarious awkwardness between them!

On another note, I love how other characters got their moments - like Kyung Woo and Sa Rang being together! Even the teachers are beginning to have romantic developments with their colleagues 😂 And it's such a good thing for Dae Hwi and Nam Joo to stop lying to each other and be honest. I was honestly surprised to hear Dae Hwi say that he liked Nam Joo! He doesn't really show it and their relationship is seems so unhealthy.

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I think in Dae Hwi's case the old saying, "you can't fully love someone else unless you love yourself," comes into play. He is so disgusted with his actions and focused on just surviving, that he really has nothing left in him for Nam Joo. I think when he stops and just starts enjoying life like he used to when he was the three muskateers with TaeWoon and Joongji, then he can start to enjoy a healthy romantic relationship the way it is supposed to be.

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musketeers* goodness me I need to slow down haha

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-The last scene 🙈🙈🙈😻😻😻 I think there will be no kissing scene, yet. But it's perfect reason for Eun Ho to start realize her feeling. But kissing in the rain will become the sweetest memory of first kiss, though. hmm

-The chicken deliveries scenes are so funny - now he got a new nickname Tae-coupon. His evil laugh and face really crack me up.

- Eun Ho & her appa moments - It made me teary. I never expected to get this kind of beautiful conversation in this drama but now I got one.

-I have a little hope for Dae-hwi & Nam Joo. I want to believe Dae-hwi actually liked her, but these two are so secretive with each other - so their relationship is based on perfection. They don't share their sadness & problems.

-Sa-rangggg! I feel bad for her, but I hope she will take Kyung-woo's advice. I don't want them to be more distant due to misunderstanding. And yes to my side couple. 😘😘

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And they she can work out a way to mend her relationship with Dae Hwi.

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I'm a bit worried about Nam-joo once Bit-na learns about her. Urghh I hate Bit-na so much. I don't want her to be redeemed in this drama. Let her quit this school and go to chaebol's school.

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The least she can do is tease her. We'll just have to hope that she has Dae Hwi by her side then. He can be there to support her and let her know that it's ok what Bit Na says...and that he likes her just the way she is.

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Sabu and Sunbae sorry to ride this comment, just wanted to give you two a gift :) http://www.dramabeans.com/members/kudoran/activity/192434/

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I hope they do go bankrupt!

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If rain kiss fails, we'll get 1st snow kiss ? *wait that doesn't make sense in summer 😜* , @seralovestteobokki now I'm wondering what was the theory you talked about after live watched the show 🤔 ?

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Wait? What theory? lol! Why I don't have a memory about it 😂😂😂😂

Well if there's Goblin in this drama, snow during summer makes sense..

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Snow in summer would be so lit 🔥
My bad memory sorry, it wasn't a theory but something bothering you http://www.dramabeans.com/members/seralovestteobokki/activity/187382/#acomment-187454 so let me adjust my glasses and take a doctor look (lol ) , I'm listening Sunbae :) what's bothering you ?

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Ohh this one. Forgive me for my memory loss temporarily haha! Too busy fangirling made me forgot other things 😋

OK at first I thought our ship is safe but then actually I can't be really sure until I see the same signs from Eun Ho. She is for now is oblivious about his feeling. So until I see something positive on the preview, I think I should take back when I said our ship is safe 😂😂

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*nodding head like a doctor* Mmh okay I get it now, let's wait and see how this evolves 🤔 , as for now here's your prescription : take 2 Tae Swoon shots per week (at least 😆) also eating any healthy fangirl related stuff (BTS, pic, etc.) might help as well , just like sharing Oppa's love on DB 😘 *laughing hard, can't believe I've written that puahaha 🤣) , sorry for the delay , too many Oppa war noti 😅 *

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Too many oppa noti bwahaha 😂😂

Yes I will surely do that..And after watching the preview... I think we are safe!

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The preview 😍 TW Oppa 😍 , yes you can say we're safe 🤗

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I'm proud of Dae Hwi for confessing his crime and I love when both Eun Ho and Tae Woon wait for Dae Hwi to get out from the hall. Aww, this trio ❤️
Writer-nim is teasing us with such ending! I was screaming "faster, I don't need this slow-motion and repetitive effects! Just kiss already!" But there you go, we all have to wait one more week for that scene.

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I agree. DaeHwi confessing his crime was really good growth. TaeWoon so worried about DH as Eunho catches that worried look on his face. The best.

Also when TaeWoon nearly slipped at the edge of that lookout, why was he on the edge again? ...feelings of invincibility TW? And DaeHwi was something like whoah watch out, I cried because this is the first glimmer of hope TW has that DH might still want to be friends with him no matter what really happened.

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I was doing the same thing! I don't need the 50 repeats of the approach to kiss shot from 50 different angles; give me that kiss!!! Also, the swooshing sound alerting us to an upcoming significant event is becoming a pet peeve across all dramas. But I suppose if that's all I have to whine about, then things are good!

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I'm confused as to WHY Dae Hwi didn't say why he was stealing the questions. Nobody has mentioned that the other kids had them. Why???

Loved that he confessed though and that Eun Ho and Tae Woon were waiting.

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I thought I have a lifetime immunity against Bad Boys until Kim Jung Hyun came along.

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Haha, so true.

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What? I am not immune. What drama helped you? Lol, I don't think I will try to get that immunity though!!!

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Ugh, AGREED. He's one swoony guy.

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My other ship is sailing too. Sarang & Kyung Woo ❤️

I ask for Kyung Woo-Sarang-Issue love triangle, but what I get is the love triangle between Teacher Shim-Officer Han-Teacher Jung. Lol, nice play writer-nim.

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I can't wait for the day when Teacher Shim learns to be assertive in his love life too!

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I'm tickled they used the bts for the ending scene!!!
Who else watched that bts over and over again!!!!

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Me, me, me!!!
I love the way they responded to each other. The way he shield her from the rain looked instinctive and I just love how she naturally just leaned into him 😍
And of course I can't help but adore this writer for noticing that and utilising it in the drama. Swooonnn

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Saved it on my phone already! 😍

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0zbHOmnW8Hs
They even addressed it in this BTS... KJH even said that he doesn't even realise it that he just did it by instinct(?)(I don't know the exact meaning of what he said)

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KBSWorld is hopelessly slow with subs so I'll translate it since it's short! Starting from 1:34 onwards.
*Director tells JH to put his bag up etc.*
SJ: Where have we seen this scene before?
JH: (To viewers) You'll know when you watch the Making Film 4.
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JH: I wasn't intending to do something mannerly... I just did it...
SJ: Because I went under the shelter so naturally so it came out that way [like he was lifting the bag up to cover her in a gentlemanly fashion], isn't it?
Actually oppa was going to shelter himself, but because I ducked under the bag so it came out like he was holding up his bag for me.
JH: Actually I was supposed to hold up my bag higher, but in the midst [of doing that] Sejeong went underneath.
Caption: Because [they're] shy, let's just say that this was what happened... (Production staff are on board the ship too wahaha)

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Omg!!!! Thank you so much. You're the best @purpleteapot @miniminimin

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@PurpleTeapot

Thank you, you literally saved my life. I probably will loop this until Sunday night. School 2017, Hwaiting!!!

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oh thank you!!! I was waiting for subs!!!!

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@stuffed @Sakura @madkdr You're welcome! The pain of waiting for subs is real. More incentive to study Korean, everyone :D

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Thank you so much - I didn't see this before commenting earlier about this : / I think kbs world has forgotten about subbing the making films - they still haven't done the previous one where she said he bought vitamins for her (?) or he changed to match her clothes

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Sejeong said he bought her a vitamin / vitamin drink something like that which has Kim Tae Hee as the endorser. ( I guess it must be quite expensive since the model is Kim Tae Hee.) Junghyun said it is 1+1 (buy 1 free 1), so he gave 1 to her. But Sejeong said it is written for female lol. So at the end Junghyun can't say anything anymore haha!

About the shirt change - at first he wore black / dark colour shirt- then Sejeong said their clothes have no chemistry. Since it is dark at night, Jungjyun might not looking good in that shirt. Junghyun said he actually wore brighter shirt, and that black shirt is not his. So both of them went near to the camera to see their faces - next Junghyun said 'let's change the clothes'. After he changed, Sejeong said she doesn't know what to do with him, he said he want to wear couple outfit (so that's why he changed to white shirt instead, the same colour with Sejeong) 😂

They have been low key flirting behind the scene..😂

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@Sera The Ms Temper thanks for explaining ! I noticed that she even calls him "oppa" now previously it was "junghyun sunbaenim"

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Purple Teapot

I can read and write a little Korean, but that is about it.

It started easy but it gets difficult to concentrate on the verb changes and sentence order. I will settle for memorizing my best actors and actresses lines. So it comes in handy on a rewatch!!! Lol!!! When I feel like a cry it's Misa, when I feel like fun it's one of my new fav's School 2017 of course!!!

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Is there really no hope for a kiss next episode? 😯😯 The way he looks at her... I won't be satisfied without one. Lol. I sound like a pervert.

So many things I love about this episode. With the cliffhanger from ep 7, I thought TW was gonna confess that he's Student X. I'm sort of glad he didn't because otherwise DH wouldn't have own up to his mistake.

If I were teacher Shim, I'd probably dread going to work the next day thinking what other 'surprises' I would be getting from my students. And I really don't know how he can help Bora because there seems to be no way to fight against the injustice. I just hope she won't end up committing suicide or something.

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I was so sorry for BoRa. How can she have any hope and trust teacher Shim if she feels that the situation is repeating itself exactly?

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Yeah. I had an inkling that the female teacher had somehow disappointed her and was hoping that teacher Shim can dispel this. But after seeing the flashback, I can imagine just how helpless Bora felt at that moment. I would have no sense of trust too if I were her.

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@stuffed

I love your current "Eunswoon avatar".

Can I just say that EunHo and those leaves. I wish there was a "leaf caught in the hair emoji" and "camouflage face emoji" but how do I hide my face out of embarrassment waiting for episode 9!!! I hope TaeWoon doesn't do something stupid again, like say he has caught the flu in mid summer!!! Although TW earning a punch or smack from Eunho is always entertaining. These two though?, why the writers recreate real-life with the rain, or was this written first and it is just a coincidence that it happened in real life? Lol!!!

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Awww.. You noticed? 😍😍
That image was the very reason why I clicked and started reading the recap for ep 3. After that I was a goner.

Lol at your theory because that sounds very plausible. But I hope he'll man up and really go for it. Gosh why is it not Monday yet? I'm excited yet scared that I might be disappointed

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Ooh I forgot to add.. love love love your comments @chocolatte
They're all on points especially on the friendship between the trio. It felt weird everytime I see the flashbacks when DH and TW were smiling and laughing at each other. It felt so foreign because all they did was scowl and frown. I wonder if DH realised the actual reasons why TW and EH tried to cover up his acts.

By the way, when DH told his mom he worked so hard to protect this thing, what was it that he was referring to?

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I think it's about his study and savings. He needs the money for extra tuition during summer. He really wants to excel, go to university and change his life.

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It must be then. I guess I must've watched too many mystery shows thinking that DH and his mom is trying to protect something secretive 😅

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I felt thatDH was referring to his future in his mention of protecting something. I'm really glad that I graduated from high school 20 years ago and from college 4 years after that. I don't know that I could survive in schools today!

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Half way mark...,

TaeWoon's magnanimity is by choice, throwing himself under 'that' bus as it were, and not because he is forced to. He takes the blame for the greater good even if it means his living friend DaeHwi will be lost to him forever. And TW is choosing to live his life recklessly but still in the name of Joonki. Kim Jung Hyun! Need I say anymore?

DaeHwi has however reached the most difficult point in his life. Figuratively his two 'best friends', TaeWoon and JoonKi, are standing with him at the edge of their lookout-spot. And smart DH knows that he is at the precipice of his life and that he is suffocating with his studies, the severe loss of friendships, noble idiocy - being the receiver of - from TW on more than one occasion, money trouble, class mates who treat him badly, except for TW because he only teases DH so that he can open his eyes to see how others treat him. He is using his hatred for TW as his driving force in his life, but such negativity will only drown him. Jang Dong Yoon is doing a great job at portraying DHs frustrations.

Eunho doesn't want to ride the bus. Huh^^~? I 'swoonder' why? I would also have a hang up with taking a bus, after TW tells me to call him 'oppa' before riding with him on his motorcycle.

Lol, I meant I would also 'not' want to take the bus and feed into my anxieties if I witnessed that bus blow up knowing I was the last one saved in the nick of time. Jovial, Kim Se Jeong, has restored my faith in the lovely, lively, likable female lead and I hope she will portray Eunho so well till the last scene!!!

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If EunHo wasn't traumatized from being in the bus accident, I would say that it was a way to secure TaeWoon's bike services. But hey, it is still useful. Though sad.

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She doesn't have to worry about a severe crash with TaeWoon. His biceps will cushion her fall, hehehe!!!

He owes her that, because of the time she got hit by his arm in the DaeHwi-TaeWoon fight.

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@allphryne

Nice current avatar!!!

Is that Ahjumma ...Minja, was it? From 'Healer'

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Yes. She is my first kdrama girl-crush :)

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Also I have the same morning hair.

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Hehehe, I love how you can just tell which drama is a certain 18-year-old boy's secret best: Healer?

The way TaeWoon is always messing with Eunho's hair or not helping her fix it if a leaf is caught in it. Or is it by the Yoo Ji Tae-style-hidden-videocamera he planted to catch out "big bother" as Principal Yang wanted to be the omniscient narrator getting away with his part in the state of the school's affairs.

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i originally though Dae hwi and Eun ho will be the OTP..so i guessed wrong

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originally thought i mean

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I thought so too during first two episodes because they have good chemistry off-screen during the promo and press conference.

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I think after Kim Se Jeong, it was /is always Kim Jung Hyun first before Jang Dong Yoon from the promotional materials etc, so it is quite explaining who is the OTP.

But until now actually there's no real confirmation as well, about Eun Ho's real feeling and we are only guessing based on her reactions and treatments towards these two boys. She might later realize she actually likes Dae-hwi even there was not many moments between her and Dae-hwi. *shudders*

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No no please Ms.Temper, TW and EH needs to be end game. Although I've been burned by love triangles before

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😂😂😂

I need some signs from Eun Ho in next epi. I mean I really need it, to stay safe in my ship.

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I'm gonna flip tables if suddenly Eun Ho ralizes her feelings towards Dae Hwi. It. Has. To. Be. Our. Precious. Tae-Won.

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Ack, don't even hint at that! Tae-woon had better be the other half of the OTP. That is all. 😤

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