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Age of Youth 2: Episode 8

Are we really past the halfway mark already? I can’t get over how quickly time flies when we’re hanging with the Belle Epoque girls—just like great friendships in real life, our time spent with them is an amazing combination of laugh-out-loud shenanigans, petty bickering, and moments of deep understanding and connection. Life has really thrown some curveballs at each of these girls, so it makes me happy that at least they have each other to rely on, in good times and bad.

 
EPISODE 8: “I deny myself” #confession

Jang-hoon spends a stormy night watching a horror movie at home. When a clap of thunder coincides with a freaky reveal in the movie, Jang-hoon yelps in fright, then hightails it upstairs to the girls’ apartment.

Eun answers the door with a stoic “What?” Jang-hoon pretends that he’s there to check up on them—you know, in case their lights were out, or if they were scared by the thunderstorm. As the rest of the housemates shuffle into view, Eun smirks and asks if it’s Jang-hoon who’s scared.

Of course, he denies it, so Eun starts to close the door on him. Desperately, he holds the door open and offers multiple excuses to hang out with them, but gets shot down. Eventually, Eun shuts the door in his face, and Jang-hoon scurries back downstairs.

The housemates gather around the kitchen table to stare at the defaced photograph of Ye-eun and Doo-young. The girls react to the photo in the same way as they did to Ye-eun’s nasty text: Eun-jae, Ji-won, and Jin-myung all think to themselves that it’s Doo-young, while Eun thinks it must be the person who wrote the letter.

Unlike last time, Ye-eun’s on the same page as her housemates: Covering her face, she squeaks out that it must be Doo-young. Despite what everyone’s thinking, the girls reassuringly remind Ye-eun that he’s locked up. Even Eun speaks up, telling Ye-eun she shouldn’t be afraid just yet.

When Jin-myung wonders if Ye-eun’s heard any recent news about Doo-young, Ji-won encourages Ye-eun to call her lawyer to find out. As Ye-eun makes the call, Eun grabs the letter from her room and brings it back out.

After hanging up, Ye-eun blankly tells the girls that Doo-young was released on parole three months ago. Noooooo! The housemates look horrified at the news, and Jin-myung tells everyone to be careful, reminding them that in addition to Ye-eun, the rest of the girls could be targets, too.

Clutching the letter, Eun tentatively tells the girls that she’s not sure how to say this, or whether this is related to Ye-eun’s harasser. Just as Eun places the letter on the table, the doorbell rings, causing the girls to shriek in fear and huddle around Jin-myung.

On the intercom screen they can only see the back of a man’s head, but no one’s willing to move any closer to the door. To the group’s horror, Eun peels herself away to open the door, where she finds Jang-hoon—bringing us back to the opening of the episode.

After all that excitement, the girls disperse for bed soon after Jang-hoon leaves (and Ye-eun wonders how Eun knew it was Jang-hoon by the back of his head), and a disappointed Eun retrieves her letter from the table.

The next day, Ye-eun, Ji-won, and Eun-jae go their separate ways on campus, exchanging words of caution. As Eun-jae’s heading to class, she spots Jong-yeol and pulls him away to fill him in on the news of Doo-young’s release.

Eun-jae asks him to let her know if he happens to see Doo-young around. Looking stricken, Jong-yeol agrees, then calls out to Eun-jae and tells her to be careful. Eun-jae watches him leave, then breaks out into a hopeful smile.

In the newsroom, Ji-won makes a beeline for Sung-min to ask, “You do hapkido, right?” She wants him to teach her a few self-defense moves, and Sung-min wonders what mess she’s gotten herself into now.

Ye-eun sits with Ho-chang at his usual spot in his usual café, where she looks at him expectantly. She asks if he doesn’t have anything to say, questioning if he even understood what she just told him.

Ho-chang affirms that he got the whole just-released-from-prison ex-boyfriend story, then leans in to ask, “Does he fight well?” He tells Ye-eun worriedly that he’s a terrible fighter, and Ye-eun asks him disappointedly if that’s all he has to say.

In response, Ho-chang asks Ye-eun how fast she can run. When it turns out she’s a tad faster than him, he says that if the two of them happen to run into Doo-young, she should run away first. Ye-eun asks if he’d run away first if he was faster, and he says he would, so that he could get the cops for her. Ye-eun can’t help but laugh at that.

Sung-min sneaks up behind Ji-won in the hallway, grabbing her in a headlock. He tells her to try out the move he showed her earlier, but Ji-won just smiles blissfully, caressing his arm. LOL.

Then, she smashes her foot down on his. Crying out in pain, Sung-min threatens to stop the lessons right then and there. Ji-won protests that she really needs his help, as she’s the most vulnerable: In the movies, she explains, it’s the friend of the girl being stalked who always ends up dead.

Sung-min assures her that she won’t die: “The annoying character doesn’t die that easily.” At that, Ji-won delivers a hard kick to Sung-min’s knee, so he grabs her ponytail. When he heckles her, telling her to escape, Ji-won kicks at him helplessly, complaining that he hasn’t shown her this move yet.

As the newsroom staff watch the spectacle, the jilted hoobae mutters, “And they still say they’re not dating.” That’s what I’m saying.

In class, Eun-jae catches Jong-yeol looking at her, but he looks away when she returns his gaze.

At night, Eun-jae’s just about home when a figure in black jumps out at her from around the corner—ack, it’s Doo-young! He grabs Eun-jae and demands to know where Ye-eun is, but thankfully, Jong-yeol’s voice rings out, shouting Eun-jae’s name.

Doo-young takes off immediately, leaving Eun-jae to crumple onto the ground. Jong-yeol rushes over to take her in his arms, but his face goes ashen when he realizes that his hand is covered in her blood. Wait, what??

In tears, Jong-yeol tells Eun-jae that he’s sorry and that it’s all his fault, saying she can’t die like this. Looking weak, Eun-jae raises her hand to his cheek, asking if he knew she liked him. And just like that, she closes her eyes, and her arm falls limply to the ground.

Holding Eun-jae tightly, Jong-yeol screams into the night…and then we go back to reality, where Eun-jae’s in class, her imagination running wild as she stares at Jong-yeol with tears streaming down her face. Pfft.

After quickly wiping her tears away, Eun-jae has another thought that makes her face light up.

She imagines herself walking home again—but this time, when Doo-young charges after her, Jong-yeol throws himself in Doo-young’s path, getting stabbed in Eun-jae’s place.

In a reversal of the earlier scenario, Eun-jae cradles a dying Jong-yeol in her lap. Jong-yeol tells her he’s never forgotten her, and before taking his last breath, he confesses, “I like you, Yoo Eun-jae.”

Back in reality, Eun-jae glances back at Jong-yeol again, grinning like a loon, only to have the smile wiped off her face when she gets called on by her professor.

Jin-myung’s about to head out to retrieve Heimdal’s termination contract when she and her team get tasked with a more pressing crisis: a dating scandal involving one of their idol members.

In his dorm, Heimdal stares down at his contract, pen in hand. Just as he’s about to sign, he gets distracted by the filthy kitchen table and wipes it down instead. Afterward, he proceeds to clean every inch of his messy place, leaving the contract unsigned.

At home, Eun tells Ye-ji over the phone that though it doesn’t seem like Doo-young wrote the letter, it could still be possible. Eun says that’s why she’s planning on looking into it herself, but hangs up quickly when Ye-ji starts to nag at her in concern.

Ha, Ye-ji enlists Jang-hoon for help on keeping tabs on Eun—Jang-hoon intercepts the housemate on her way out, telling her that Ye-ji threatened to kill him if anything happens to her. Eun cracks the tiniest of smiles before brushing past Jang-hoon, and he smiles too, before chasing after her.

Eun tells Jang-hoon that she’s on her way to meet with Doo-young to find out if he sent the text to Ye-eun. Gaping at her fearlessness, he reminds Eun how dangerous Doo-young could be, then tells her that she shouldn’t be so confident in dealing with men just because she’s tall.

When Eun ignores him, Jang-hoon grabs her wrist and tells her to try freeing herself. Eun tries a few times to pull her arm away unsuccessfully, and looking satisfied, Jang-hoon starts to lecture Eun about the differences between men and women.

That’s when Eun suddenly lets out a high-pitched scream, causing Jang-hoon to drop her arm like a hot potato. “That’s good, right?” Eun asks, giving Jang-hoon a grin before walking ahead. HA.

At Doo-young’s school, Eun and Jang-hoon ask around about Doo-young, but no one seems have any news on him.

As Ho-chang walks Ye-eun home, he grabs her wrist tightly to shield her from a passerby, then doesn’t let go. Ye-eun’s surprised at first by his protective response, but then she smiles to herself.

Once they reach the Belle Epoque, Ye-eun thanks Ho-chang before turning to head inside. Ho-chang calls out to her (and she turns around awfully quickly, heh) to ask if he visit her place for a few minutes. Ye-eun smiles bashfully and says boys aren’t allowed, but her face falls when Ho-chang reveals the reason why: He really needs to pee.

That evening, Eun and Jang-hoon disappear into a high-rise building, just as Ji-won and Sung-min drive up in a car. Ah, it looks like they’re at Doo-young’s old apartment, and Ji-won tells Sung-min that it’s horrifying to be back.

In the lobby, Ji-won employs an old tactic, rifling through the mailbox to confirm that Doo-young still lives there. Together with Sung-min, she heads for the elevator.

Meanwhile, Eun and Jang-hoon are already at Doo-young’s door, looking nervous. Jang-hoon suggests that Eun ring the doorbell, rationalizing that a girl probably will elicit a better response from Doo-young.

To pretty her up, Jang-hoon takes off Eun’s cap and fixes her hair. He then instructs her to show him a cute expression, demonstrating what he means by widening his eyes and pursing his lips. It takes a minute, but Eun gives him her cutesy face—only to have him burst into laughter.

When she threatens to abort their mission, he quickly tells her that she looks super pretty. She finally rings the doorbell, making her cute face, but no one answers. A few minutes later, though, they hear the chime of the elevator, and Eun sees Sung-min get off.

Sung-min startles at the sight of people in front of Doo-young’s door and quickly turns around, hiding around the corner with Ji-won.

Of course, this raises Eun’s suspicions, and she and Jung-hoon wonder if that guy could be Doo-young. At the same time, Sung-min tells Ji-won about the two “guys” in front of Doo-young’s place—one tall, one short—and asks Ji-won to detail Doo-young’s physical traits, in case one of them matches the description.

Ji-won grabs Sung-min to warn him to be careful. “If something happens to you…” she trails off. Sung-min’s expression wavers, looking expectant and hopeful as he waits for her to finish her thought. But she concludes, “…I’d have to take the bus home.” And poor Sung-min deflates, giving a little bark of frustration.

At the other end of the hall, Jang-hoon tells Eun that he’ll go check out the mystery visitor. The two guys start strolling toward one another, humming to themselves and trying to look casual (but failing miserably).

As the boys approach each other, Jang-hoon notices Ji-won peeking out from around the corner and points at her in recognition. Interpreting Jang-hoon’s move as a threat, Sung-min immediately attacks, and fists start flying.

Ji-won is hilariously slow to make her way toward the boys, unsure of how to break up the fight. Upon spotting her sunbae, Eun rises up from her hiding place and calls out to Ji-won.

Still unaware of the situation, the boys gasp out to their respective ladies to run away. At that, Ji-won just kind of waves her arms around and tells them to stop: “We’re on the same team.” That gets Jang-hoon and Sung-min to pull apart, and they stare at Ji-won in confusion.

No one says much on the car ride home, though Ji-won keeps looking at Sung-min (and his bloody nose) with an amused expression. When they arrive at Belle Epoque, Sung-min “apologizes” for hurting Jang-hoon with his moves, and Jang-hoon tries to act like it was nothing and expresses his own concern for roughing up Sung-min.

Jin-myung and her team are finally able to call it a day after an article goes live with an official denial of the idol dating news. And in his now spotless dorm, Heimdal sits down in front of his contract once more.

At home, Eun-jae grins at the memory of Jong-yeol telling her to be careful earlier that day. Ye-eun smiles too, thinking of Ho-chang protecting her on their walk home, while on the couch, Eun gives the faintest of smiles as she recalls Jang-hoon telling her she’s pretty.

Ji-won bounces out of the bathroom in a great mood, singing SISTAR’s “Shake It.” When housemates start singing along, she gets weirded out, wondering what everyone’s so happy about.

When Jin-myung gets home, Ji-won gathers everyone around the table to share the intel she and Eun dug up today: Doo-young hasn’t shown up to school, but he still seems be living in his old apartment.

Eun-jae mentions that she saw Ye-eun walking home with Ho-chang and warns her to be careful, lest Doo-young get angry about her new boyfriend. The rest of the housemates are shocked to hear that Ye-eun’s dating, but Ye-eun says they’re not in a relationship just yet.

Still, Eun-jae chides Ye-eun to take her time before dating Ho-chang, telling her, “Don’t date just anyone.” Ye-eun protests that she’s not going out with random guys, but Eun-jae points out that Ye-eun herself said that Ho-chang was strange.

Just then, Ye-eun receives a call from her lawyer with some surprising news: Doo-young’s in Canada, having moved there after he was released. Perplexed at this development, the girls try to figure out who might be harassing Ye-eun, if it’s not Doo-young.

As Eun disappears into her room to retrieve the letter, Eun-jae prods Ye-eun to think of another suspect. Ye-eun bristles at Eun-jae’s wording, telling her that she’s making it sound like these things are happening to Ye-eun because she’s indiscriminate with guys.

Eun-jae thinks Ye-eun’s twisting her words, but she adds fuel to the fire when she wonders how Ye-eun wouldn’t know who might hate her enough to harass her. Ye-eun blows up that she doesn’t know: “I’m a bad person, so I’m hated by everyone. That’s why I don’t know who it is. Are you satisfied?”

After Ye-eun stomps off, Eun-jae tries complaining to Jin-myung, but Jin-myung quickly tells her to stop. Jin-myung then notices Eun hovering by her room and asks her what’s going on. Crumpling the letter in her hand, Eun says it’s nothing.

The next day, Eun tells Ye-ji all about the fight between her housemates and confirms that Ye-eun’s harasser isn’t Doo-young. Ye-ji sides with Eun-jae, wondering what Ye-eun’s doing to be hated so much, but Eun defends Ye-eun, saying she’s been traumatized.

Scoffing, Ye-ji says a text and defaced photo can hardly be described as traumatic. She counsels Eun to move out quickly, in case she’s targeted by Ye-eun’s harasser too, and Eun replies that she’ll leave after telling the girls about the letter.

Ye-eun unloads her frustration and anger onto Ho-chang, wailing at how hurtful Eun-jae’s words were. Ho-chang can only nod and say “uh-huh” in response, so Ye-eun loses her temper, asking him if that’s all he can say.

Seeing Ho-chang lower his head, Ye-eun instantly looks regretful. Quietly, she tells Ho-chang that he could have been mistaken about her—she might not be a kind person. Ho-chang quickly reiterates that she is a kind (and pretty) person. But Ye-eun asks sadly, “Then why do people hate me so much?”

Heimdal approaches the Oh & Park building and parks himself outside, holding up a homemade sign in protest. The sign reads:

“Oh & Park needs an awakening! Carry out the seven year contract! Only five years have passed! It was an unfair termination of the contract! The agency is abusing its powers! Do not crush our dreams!”

He’s starting to attract some attention when Jin-myung confronts him, looking horrified. She tells him that he should have told her if he’d had any demands in regards to the contract, then calls him out for protesting without any kind of notification.

He laughs at the notion of “prior notification,” telling Jin-myung that neither she nor the company notified him of their decision to terminate his contract. Before Jin-myung can respond, she gets a call to come back to the office—the company has gotten wind of Heimdal’s protest.

Ji-won spots Sung-min on campus and jumps on him from behind, crowing at him to try to escape. Sung-min ignores her for all of two seconds before he pushes her off and twists her arm behind her back, causing Ji-won to dramatically cry out in pain.

Luckily (?) for her, Sung-min lets go quickly when he notices someone approaching—it’s Ye-eun’s friend Kyung-ah, who tells Ji-won they need to talk.

Kyung-ah confirms that Doo-young’s not in Korea, then asks if there are any other suspects, and whether Ye-eun’s planning on filing a report with the police. Hmm, suspicious much?

Ji-won looks confused by her questions but answers her—there are no suspects, and Ye-eun doesn’t want to involve the police. When she asks Kyung-ah why she’s not asking Ye-eun directly, Kyung-ah vaguely says that there are reasons.

At work, Jin-myung’s boss chews her out, telling her that it’s a skill to be able to tell the difference between something you can do and something you can’t do. He takes her off the Asgard project, and when Jin-myung sits back down at her desk, she looks like she’s on the verge of tears.

Heimdal’s still outside with his sign when Jin-myung leaves work. After a moment of hesitation, she walks right by him without a word.

Back home, things are noticeably frosty between Ye-eun and Eun-jae. Their passive-aggressive squabbling puts Eun squarely in the middle, making her super uncomfortable. Eun practically flies out of her seat to greet Ji-won when she gets home, and Ji-won reassuringly tells her everything will return to normal soon.

Eun gathers her housemates together in an another attempt to tell them about the letter. She starts to tell them her reason for coming to the Belle Epoque… only to be interrupted again by the doorbell.

To Ye-eun’s surprise, it’s her mom—and she’s not happy. After pushing her way inside, Mom sharply tells Ye-eun that she’s moving back home. She says she knows about Ye-eun’s malicious text, and she reminds Ye-eun about their promise to bring her back home at the next sign of trouble.

After Ye-eun gets dragged into her room to pack, the housemates huddle outside her door in worry as Ye-eun’s mom continues to yell. Mom essentially puts all the blame on Ye-eun, telling her, “These things don’t happen to other girls! What’s wrong with you?”

Looking pained for Ye-eun, the housemates are unable to escape the horrible conversation between Ye-eun and her mom. When Ye-eun protests that she didn’t do anything wrong, her mom says Ye-eun’s too boy-crazy, and reiterates that all the things that happened to her are her fault.

Finally, Mom stomps out, telling Ye-eun to come downstairs with her stuff. When Ye-eun emerges from her room, she apologizes to everyone, then says that for now, she should probably leave with her mom.

Eun-jae seems most affected by what she’s heard, and she’s unable to bring herself to help Ye-eun carry out her things. She doesn’t even look up at Ye-eun when she stops in front of her, and Ye-eun just looks at Eun-jae sadly before heading out the door.

Eun-jae does make it outside to see Ye-eun off, and just before Ye-eun turns to get in the car, she grabs Ye-eun’s hand but still can’t say a word. Ye-eun does her best to smile at Eun-jae, asking, “It was uncomfortable because of me, wasn’t it?”

Eun-jae bursts out that it was uncomfortable, but tells Ye-eun not to go. “Why can’t you say anything?” Eun-jae asks angrily. “You’re someone who always says what you need to say, and you’re good with words. You’re able to say mean things to other people—so why aren’t you say anything now?”

She continues that it was Ye-eun’s mom who was in the wrong, and that it wasn’t Ye-eun’s fault: “You’re the victim. Why is she blaming the victim? Tell her to apologize!” Who else thinks Eun-jae’s not just talking to Ye-eun’s mom at this point?

Ye-eun’s mom gets out of the car, telling Eun-jae to speak to her directly if she has something to say, then yelling at Ye-eun to get in. Now sobbing, all Ye-eun can do is hold onto Eun-jae’s hands tightly and choke out her name.

Calmly, Jin-myung speaks up, telling Ye-eun that she thinks it’s a good idea for her to stay. This makes Mom even madder, and she asks the girls what they think they’re doing, and if they’re ready to take responsibility for Ye-eun.

“No,” Jin-myung answers. “We can’t take responsibility. How can we be responsible for someone else’s life? No one can take responsibility—and that applies to you too.” She says that Ye-eun’s going to be responsible for her own life, then turns to Ye-eun: “So, you decide.”

Ye-eun looks at her housemates, then turns around to look at her mom. When her mom’s car pulls away a few minutes later, it’s without Ye-eun inside.

When the girls get back inside, Eun sees the letter sitting on the table and sighs, but doesn’t bother to pick it up.

As they’re lying in bed that night, Ye-eun asks Ji-won if she’s really seen as someone mean, referring back to Eun-jae’s words about her ability to say mean things to others. Sleepily, Ji-won agrees that she is, leaving Ye-eun troubled.

The next morning, Ye-eun picks up Eun’s letter as she’s cleaning. Before Eun has a chance to react, the doorbell rings—and this time, it’s Eun’s dad.

Outside, Dad tries to introduces Eun to her half-sister, but Eun cuts through his small talk and asks him point-blank what he wants. Dad admits that he needs Eun’s help in convincing her mom to agree to a divorce.

At first, Eun icily asks why she’d do such a thing, but she switches course after glancing down at her sister. Eun says she’ll help Dad, but only if he answers a question: “If you find someone better later on, will you throw away everything and leave again? Will you leave her, and leave her mom?”

She repeats her question a few times, but her dad doesn’t answer, instead telling Eun that he’s sorry. Numbly, Eun watches her dad walk away from her, holding tightly onto his young daughter’s hand.

Eun doesn’t even notice when Jang-hoon pulls up on his bike a few seconds later, ringing his bell at her for being in his way. Still staring in the direction of her father, she says, “Why am I like this? Even I don’t like myself.”

And in voiceover, she says, “That’s why I can’t ask someone else to like me.” Oof.

She continues in this same vein, saying one thing out loud and finishing her thoughts in her head. “If I was going to be mean, I should have been mean until the end, but I couldn’t go all the way,” she says out loud.

Internally, she adds, “Hate that’s awkwardly in between. Regret that’s awkwardly in between. Hope that’s awkwardly in between.”

As Jang-hoon stares up at her in confusion, Eun says that it would have been nice if she was simpler and more honest. Then, to herself: “Maybe, there could be someone out there who could like a person like me…”

But when she looks over at Jang-hoon, she thinks, “It’s useless. He’ll laugh at me.”

As she walks back inside, Eun narrates that it’s better to be lonely than to be made fun of. “If I don’t like anyone, then I won’t get hurt. If I don’t want anything, then I won’t be sad. Don’t have hope that will amount to nothing. Don’t wish for anything. Close the door tightly.”

At home, Ye-eun hands Eun the (unread) letter, returning it to her. Eun looks down at it and continues: “If I pretend not to know, I can go back to the way things used to be. If I don’t show interest, then other people won’t be interested in me, either.”

Finally, Eun tells her housemates why she’s at the Belle Epoque. “It’s because of this,” she says, pulling out the letter. “The reason I came to this house. It’s because of this letter.”

Epilogue

In a lingerie store, Eun-jae gravitates to a rack of pastel-colored bras and underwear, only to be told that she’s looking in the juniors section. Eun walks in next, and she immediately takes a liking to a racy, all-black leather ensemble on the mannequin.

Ji-won goes straight for color, picking out a bright red bra that looks way too big for her. The sales associate delicately asks Ji-won her size, and when Ji-won says she’s a D-cup, the associate offers to measure her.

Ye-eun brings Ho-chang to the store and asks for his opinion on a lacy chemise, but he keeps his eyes shut in embarrassment. And finally, Jin-myung heads straight to the sale section, efficient as always.

 
COMMENTS

Eun continues to break my heart with every new piece of information we learn about her—in addition to having to deal with her angry mother, we see this hour that Eun’s worst thoughts about herself are being reinforced by Eun’s father, who seems to care much more about moving on with his new life than about being any sort of a parental figure to her. It’s no wonder the girl has such trust issues!

It’s funny—I was so turned off by Eun when she was first introduced, but it didn’t take long for me to come around, and now I find her fascinating. I’ve really enjoyed watching Eun warm up to her new roommates (and to Jang-hoon, of course), so it bums me out that just as she’s starting to open up and acknowledge that she could actually care and be cared for by others, her terrible relationship with her parents is bringing her back to where she started from. I can only hope that our Belle Epoque crew won’t let Eun push them away that easily, and that Eun will slowly start to see herself for who she really is: a sensitive, sweet soul who’s definitely lovable, no matter what she thinks about herself.

I can’t tell you how thankful I was that Doo-young made his reappearance only through Eun-jae’s crazy daydreams and not in real life. Though the threat of Doo-young’s return made for some great comedy (that whole sequence at Doo-young’s old apartment had me in stiches), the show’s been so thoughtful about handling Ye-eun’s post-trauma journey this season that it would have been jarring to have Doo-young come back into the picture to seek out revenge. I much prefer the route that the show seems to be taking, since there’s so much to mine from Ye-eun’s continuing recovery.

I like that we’re spending some time on how others are reacting to and affected by Ye-eun’s experiences, and how that in turn informs Ye-eun’s road back to a normal life. There’s Ho-chang and his undramatic but protective responses to Ye-eun’s experiences; Ye-eun’s suspicious friends are also showing us how a close friend’s support can quickly turn into something negative. And though there’s nothing good I have to say about Ye-eun’s mom, her awful response to the newest threat in Ye-eun’s life gave us insight the kinds of obstacles that Ye-eun continues to face as she attempts to move forward with her life.

But what surprised me most about Ye-eun’s storyline this hour was her conflict with Eun-jae. I have to admit, I almost forgot that Ye-eun’s kidnapping had traumatic associations for Eun-jae too, and that she’s coming out of that experience with physical and mental scars of her own. I still didn’t love that Eun-jae’s reaction to Ye-eun’s budding relationship with Ho-chang was negative from the get-go, but I understand where she might be coming from. It was good to see that hearing the harsh words from Ye-eun’s mom actually helped Eun-jae see what she was doing to Ye-eun, and in turn, apologize in her own way by helping Ye-eun stand up to her mom.

Like all great slice-of-life shows, the best parts of this series are underscored in the little moments our housemates have with one another and with others. I especially love that the girls remain true to the characters we’ve come to know over the course of a season and a half: Eun-jae’s still in her head, self-absorbed, and sometimes unpredictable in the things she does or says. Jin-myung continues to be the steady head of the household, all the while keeping a tight lid on the external pressures she’s facing at work. And Ji-won, oh Ji-won. She may be the funny mood-setter, but when it matters, she’s fiercely supportive and loyal. Now, I’m getting a little worried that something dark’s on the horizon for her, given last episode’s epilogue and her reference this hour about being the supportive friend who gets killed first. But I’m going to wave those bad feelings away and just hope that we’ll get more scenes of her and Sung-min annoying one another, because really, there’s nothing better than that to make me feel like all’s right in the world.

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LMAO Heimdal is showing what procrastination is by cleaning and not signing that contract same dude

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I wish my automatic response to procrastination is cleaning. It is usually watching dramas, followed closely second by talking about dramas on DB.

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you must be procrastinating right now. ;P

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Third response to procrastination is reading all the comments other Beanies make about dramas I love.

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The hight of procrastination for me was when i started going through the recap archive. Cause "i don't have time to start watching somethijg.. but surely a little mental break reading the recap should be okay" xD

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Have I said it enough how I LOVE this Show???

As we continue to know more about Eun, you just can't help but love the girl! She needs a group hug!

Eun-jae, that daydreaming sequence was gold! 🤣

Lee Yoo-Jin is really doing a job! It's not over-the-top acting and just the right awkwardness. I hope the k-netz are praising him.

As for Yoon sunbae, I want to see her doing aegyo in front of Chef before the show ends.

And lastly, Ji-Won and Sung-min, ohhh you two 😍😍😍 we're starting to see a LOT of signs that SM really likes JW. I mean, it was evident before but that scene at the apartment, he was totally expecting JW to say "I like you". But no, we're talking to JW here 🤣😂😆🤣

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Ikr its JW we're talking about here, of course it wasn't gonna be the cliche drama line hahaha

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"I'll have to take the bus home." I laughed so hard! That is a real fear!

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Ikr, especially when theres lots of people in there. Its like one big happy sardine-themed party.

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I'm waiting for the episode when Ji-won realises that she likes Sung-min... it's gonna happen right??? Right???

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It's gonna happen! .......right? 🙃

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I wonder how Ji Won will be expressing her feelings for Sung Min.. Or does she really have feelings towards Sung Min?? Hope the directors show something that makes her realize her feelings or bring out the transformation from friendship zone to love zone.. Has it got only 12 ep?? If yes, will we hv season 3?? A year after this?? OMG!!! so many questions in me about this drama..

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yes we definitely need at least ONE (more?) cutesy senior yoon moment!!!!!!!

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I was so done with Eunjae and wanted to smack her until she stood up to Ye-eun's mother for her. I'm glad all the girls backed her up and told her to stay, I know talking that way in front of a Korean mother could be a death sentence lol

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I was shocked that she was saying all this within Ye-Eun's mom's hearing! And really proud!

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Jiwon and Sungmin <3 I could watch (read) about their interactions all day!

I am a bit disappointed in Eunjae this season. I don't know if it is the actress' portrayal or her storyline, but I have problems relating to her (unlike last season). I hope all her misstep leads her to come to her own and continue her journey to be more assertive, confident and independent.

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I think Eunjae is definitely more annoying this season but I also think it's because she's more out spoken and less timid. She was a bit annoying last season too but she kept most of her annoying thoughts to herself. Her outburst with Ye-eun this episode reminded me of last season when she yelled at her mom and told her she needs to thankful to her (although kind of justified)

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To be honest, i think that is just who EJ really is. She was timid and uncomfortable when we first met her- now shes more comfortable and can show her true colours with no facade covering anything.

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She would probably still be timid in front of strangers...

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I totally agree! I think her real personality is just showing more now that she's no longer the shy new girl. I think that the first season the weight of her father's accident and her belief that it was her fault is what made her so timid. Once theinvestigation results came out clean, I think she was able to be freer.

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I wonder if that's what it is too. The first year she was trying to make a good impression. And now that she's a year older, she's getting just slightly more comfortable in her own skin. I like the idea of the girls being together and supporting each other through thick and thin (with EJ's breakup being a thin moment).

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I'm not sure I agree. EunJae had annoying moments in S1 (as did all the girls, really, barring Jin Myung Sunbae) but her freshness, introspection and general lovable quality masked them. This season, she's not quite...that same character, I feel? It's like she's the amplified Ye Eun of last season, except less interesting/real? I don't know, she never was the overly conservative/judgmental one that she's made out to be now. She originally even sided with Kang Unnie in not wanting her to move away when the prostitution scandal rocked the house.
I guess what I'm getting at is the combination of truly missing the character EunJae used to be, but probably even more missing Park Hye Soo.

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I'm missing Park Hye Soo as well. She had this mysterious aura around herself and she was aware of her "strangeness" and as we saw them in the little girls forms she's been all her life like that. Current Eun Jae is kind of creepy Ye Eun of last season. The actress tries hard to imitate the first Eun Jae but it's like current Eun Jae trying hard to be sexy or seductive or doing aegyo.

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Me too, I can't even classify her as a timid person this season, I feel like she's just being passive-aggressive most of the time.

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The lingerie store epilogue was hilarious 😂 I thought Eunjae was in the grandma section but apparently it was the juniors section lol

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After the epilogue of last episode of foreshadowing everyone's death (No!!! Ji-Won!!), I am glad this epilogue returns to the comedic tone. What a great scene to display every girl's different style and how fantastic to find out Eun goes for the sexy leather ensemble with the lacey choker without an ounce of self-consciousness.!

The only thing I wish for the this epilogue would be having Sung-min there with Ji-won lingerie shopping together, but I guess I always want to see them together more.......MAAAAWRRRRRRRR

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OMG HAHAHAHA I thought the same thing about Jiwon and Sungmin! Just to imagine their interaction and Sungmin's face made me squeal and laugh all by myself
But tbh, I would love to see all the boys shopping lingerie with their pairings lol It would be so funny!

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Jiwon is a liar... that last episode's epilogue was a lie made by her.... i hope so.. 😁

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Ji won and Sung min are killing me. Please get together already!!! 😍❤️😍

Only two weeks left 😭😭😭 Can we have 50 more episodes please?

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I thought it's going to be 14 episodes?

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Oh right it's 14! Watching 568 dramas at the same time makes it difficult to keep track of the epidsode count, LOL!

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and it doesn't help when some of them are X2 (half an hour ep), LOL...

e.g. "I'm at ep 28 now" when in reality it's only 14 hours of your life

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Waaaaiiiitttt??!! So it is a 12 episodes agaainn?? Ughhh, I need Ji Won and Sung Min to speed things up!

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I read on the soompi forum that the writer has already completed the script for 14 episodes before the start of the show. So I thought there would at least be 14 eps.

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@ohmydramagods is right. 14 episodes. 3 more weeks!

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It's actually 12 episodes, but in Korean age it's 14 ;)

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The threat message was definitely a blessing in disguise, we get to see these epic scenes, and NO JOKE SUNG-MIN AND JIWON'S SCENES HERE ARE GOLD. Cmon now JiWon, show something more, he even shed blood for you and all you did was dismiss his bravado? (Which was hilarious >< ) Also Jang Hoon making pretty faces, lol.

And I'm always in awe by Son Seung Won little facial expressions, so minute, so telling! That little bark of frustration was him and all of us.

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Yes, we've been praising Park Eun-bin a lot, but Son Seung Won deserves so much credit for every exasperated expression and hopeful little gaze he gives her. I replayed that bark of frustration and his "aissshh!" about a thousand times, hehehe.

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Son Seung-won is a man of a thousand exasperated expressions. Never thought a little frustrated huff can be so sexy.

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That was one of my favorite moments too!
It reminded of when they visited Ji Won's old elementary school and got mistaken as parents. Ji Won blamed his old looking face. lol! Sungmin does have that old man grumpiness and weariness when Ji Won is really being extra.

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His aish was so damn adorable!!! <3
I would love to see a scene where he can sing, his voice is beautiful!

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I just feel so bad for Eun! She's been handling her mother's anger and her father's betrayal ever since she was young. Speaking from personal experience, that really gets to you and your emotional well-being. I really hate parents who direct their problems to their children. If you have problems with your spouse/ex, don't put your child in the middle. It's not fair to the child. Eun doesn't have anything to do with whatever shit happened between the two parents, why does she have to be the one to clean up their mess? I hope the parents mature enough to see what they're doing to Eun.

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Exactly! No matter what happened between the two of them, they're both still her parents and owe her basic parentalTLC....bit its like they've forgotten that shes human and not something they share which can be used to reach an end...

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As i see it, her mother treats Eun as an extension of her ex-husband thus, she pours some of her hatred on Eun whereas the father, based on what was shown so far, does not try enough. I mean, Eun is very soft-hearted girl. If the dad really put enough effort to fix his relationship with her, then Eun would have at least one parent she could depend on.

ughh, I just wanna hug Eun and tell her that she's a very pretty and likeable person. Thank god she's in Belle Epoque. The girls and Jang-hoon will help her heal ❤️

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<I really hate parents who direct their problems to their children.

Her dad's being completely manipulative. Bringing the little girl – that's putting two kids in the middle of things that the adults should be dealing with (Eun's an adult, but her parents' mess is not for her to clean up!).

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I agree. The parents are too selfish to see that they are being toxic to Eun. That's why I am so relieved that she moved out of her mother's house. At least in Belle Epoque, she would have people whom she could call as 'family' in the truest sense of the word.

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+infinity to everything you said. Where I'm from, it's very common for parents to diss their spouse in the presence of their children. Men are quick to insult their wives when their children misbehave and women are quick to diss their husbands when their children misbehave. You hear things like "it's not your fault, you have your mother's blood" or "your father's family is unfortunate (the actual word used does not translate as harshly into English), so I was biting my lips and trying to keep angry tears at bay while watching this scene because I was in a public place. It's too bad because children are not the ones who chose who you got married to. It's so unfair that Eun is being put in this position between her parents.

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Exactly. The children should never be involved with the parents' issues. They also should never be put in a position where they have to side with one parent or be pulled into opposite directions because of the parents. Eun should not shoulder her parents' marital baggages and the parents owe it to Eun to at least be civil around each other. I believe that no matter what happen between two partners/spouses, their first priority must always be their kids.

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Anyway how did Ye Eun's mom knew about the text message? I'm guessing the culprit sent a message to her, like the one Ho Chang got too?

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My guess is her not-so-good friend (the one that probably sent the message herself!) snitched to mom... under guise of "concern" for Ye Eun.

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maybe it's the friend, Kyung Ah who told her mom after finding out thte Ye Eun won't make a report for the threat. I was wondering why she approached Ji Won in the first place.

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It didn't make it into the recap, but her mom said she found out about the text from the lawyer.

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Eun Eun Eun Eun....

Can you guys drop your opinions on why you think she finally decided to reveal the letter now?

Could it be because she decided to be brave (that was what i was thinking as i read the recap - i havent been able to watch the show so ive been following it only through recaps) since she has a sort of family with the girls and wants to help -

Or was this her sinking back into her shell and not wanting to be a part of things , not getting attached so as to not get hurt (but then why even bother showing the letter?)?

But whao....
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I was expecting boxers and sports bras tbh hahaha

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i wished Jang Hoon was there..

and why would Ye Eun bring Ho Chang to a lingerie shop with her in the first. I can't even step into one with my boyfriend *too shy*

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I was thinking something along the lines of "What are you trying to do woman?, give him a heart attack?!" hahaha but oh well.

Jang Hoon would probably blush red but still try to brave it out haha

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I liked that scene with Ye-eun in the lingerie shop, it feels like her old self. She's the type of cutesy girlfriend who drags her boyfriend around shopping and carrying all her purchases, all "Does this dress look cute on me?" for 2 hours straight. And then she aegyos him over lunch and he's gonna do it all over again.

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Hheeyyy its the infamous Mary!!

Yeah, she seemed much more like her old self in that scene, which is nice to see.

She really is the cutesy-cutesy aegyo type...

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When they gathered together the first time after the FB! message she wanted to present them the letter but she didn't have enough power to reveal it. Second time after the photo and the last time when she was sure it couldn't be the ex she needed everybody to pay attention to this matter and she revealed it. She had her monologue how it was easier to love or simply hate someone but she can't now, she knows there are so many shade of gray between black and white and she cares about all the girls.

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I need some Ji-won closure, and I need it now. Please say there's something more she can do to find out what happened to her?
I also need Heimdal and Jin-myung to be okay - what I'm hoping will happen is that she'll use her position as his biggest fan to push him back onto his feet, maybe even help his petition? That boy is so brave, he breaks my heart.
The banmal between Ye-eun and Ho-chang was a little odd, but cute. Now that both of her friends are suspicious, I don't know what to think.
There was way too much Eun-jae daydreaming. I hope that isn't all the Doo-young cameo will be used for!
And I love Eun. No more, no less.

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The friend was casting suspicious looks on the balding friend in some scenes. I'm guessing she suspects the other friend but wasn't sure yet so she'll probably investigate it herself and tell Ye-eun later.

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Eight episodes in and I finally accept and even love Ji-woo as Eun-jae. The whole scene with the girls, Ye-eun and her mother had me in tears. First angry tears at her mom blaming her for the assault, and sad/happy tears at Eun-jae indirectly scolding Ye-eun's mom for victim-blaming. I really, really love how this show manages to slide in real life issues without any bells and whistles because those things happen in real life and they don't come with alarm bells that tell you this is a huge moment that we should all be aware of. That scene hit very close to home for me. I also feel very heartbroken for Eun. She's such a sweet girl and when her dad came to her to tell her to convince her mom to sign the divorce papers, I was furious. It can't be the first time she was caught in the middle of their conflict, the immense selfishness on the part of both parents is both mind boggling and unsurprising.

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P. S. I think that one Ye-eun's friend is the one who's sending all those nasty messages. I wouldn't be surprised, she's suspicious as all get out.

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OHMYGOD, I need Subs NOWWWW!!

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I still haven't sorted out all my feelings for the episodes this week. How can the writing hit so close to home for me? Lol, I'm like Eun, taking notes on each character and relationship and, ironically, this week, most of my thoughts are for her (and Ye-eun). It's almost surreal to have a show that so accurately portrays the way people deal with the conflicts and feelings presented here. Both Ye-eun's and Eun's narrations really resonated with me. I love that the writer is exploring how it feels to hold yourself back from even trying to connect with people out of fear that you might not be adequate enough.

Eun's one-step forward, two-steps back approach to grappling with her growing care towards the girls or her attraction towards Jang-hoon just really gets to me. You can tell she wants so much to be able to hope for those things, but doesn't know how to confidently put herself out there when she's lost pride in her identity. Her parents are entirely to blame for that and I hope the girls and Jang-hoon can help her to break through those walls she keeps trying to put up.

I know that Yeji cares intensely for Eun, but, unfortunately, she's so focused on not wanting her to change that she can't see how Eun is hopelessly confused on who she wants to be and how she fits into the world. It's great that she supports her and sincerely wants to protect her, but her idea of how she should be doing that, as a friend, is problematic. I just hope she'll be able to accept Eun, changes and all. I've had this happen before, when I'll have friends I care for and have a history with, but have to cut out because their idea of who I should be and how they make me feel for not fitting their standard, creates too much of a negative strain.

There's something so raw about the sweet burgeoning connection between Eun and Jang-hoon, probably due to how much it means to her. And that makes me that much more desperate for them to have some development, more than most OTPs out there, tbh. Just as every little moment of progress between them has the power to make my heart soar higher, every little bump or sign of resistance, pains me more and more each time. It's like, I just need her to have some love now, please!

He's definitely starting to understand that she has a lot more insecurity than she lets on, but I like that he doesn't hold his words and is trying to figure out just what her deal is. He's a very frank and perceptive individual, so even though he may not always say the perfect thing she needs to hear, he's constantly trying to see her for what she is. I'm getting the sense that he probably won't take initiative to break completely through her wall though. She's going to have to do some of that for herself. Still, I hope he doesn't give up and continues to be persistent in showing his interest towards her.

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AGREE WITH ALL. Eun's narration at the end definitely hit close to home & brought out the waterworks for me. & I am also rooting for her and jang hoon more than any of the other ships on this show.

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I've been so proud of Ye-eun this season for facing her conflicts head-on, even if it means relying on help from the people around her when she needed it. She may have some amends to make and some consequences to deal with from her year of dependency on others, but it's still better than suffering on her own.

I won't get too into why her trajectory has been so cathartic for me to watch. Our situations were very different, but we both went through traumatic experiences in our college years. Only I was much more like Song Ji-won in how I went about my life after (without quite so much of the excessive lying, and more deflecting/focusing on other's problems + a sudden aimlessness & lack of direction). I didn't want to put people out or deal with other's perception of what I'd been through and what it said about me, so I've admired YE for letting herself reach out for help when she needed it.

I'll admit that I was a more considerate person than Ye-eun in general before, but it's still been very interesting to explore how this experience is getting her to reevaluate herself. Thanks to Eun-jae and her fellow roomies, she can evaluate her past behavior without necessarily blaming herself for what happened, like her mother would have her do. Nothing she's ever done deserves this much hate, especially in light of what she's already been through. Still, she's taking the lessons these sorts of hardships bring in with a maturity I hadn't expected from her.

I think Ho-chang will be really good for her character growth, since she seems to really desire to be the best version of herself with him. Just being seen that way has given her a solid incentive to continue to grow more considerate and perceptive of the people in her life.

It's fascinating how each girl is experiencing several of the emotions and struggles I've been going through in my twenties, just each with slight variations. Some I connect with more on their experiences, some, on their thought processes, others, on their outward personality and actions. I feel both envious of them for having each other, but also grateful that I have rescued myself from many of the struggles they're still experiencing. Park Yeon Seon's Mixed Up Investigative Agency that aired 10 years ago made me feel similarly comforted by the characters and their journey so I'm not really surprised. I can't help but feel like her main goal in writing a story is making the lost souls out there feel a little less so. And it's something that even those who aren't so lost anymore can still feel deeply, because we've all been there, at one point or another.

Thanks for the recap!

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this entire dramatic episode happened and all i could about was "there is no way a lawyer wouldn't contact their client if the man who kidnapped and tried to kill her was released on parole in the same city"

like it doesn't make sense. 3 months and her lawyer didn't call her or send a letter??????

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the case was already closed months ago so I think that was possible. normal lawyers have so many on going cases and it is really difficult (or maybe not normal) to still be updated on a case that was already closed even if they have legal associate. they are paid on an hour basis including counselling, studying the case and defense, attending trials etc. but I don't think they will still be paid if they monitor the assailant's status months after the case. so not informing the client, Ye Eun in this case, about the release might happen in real life.

Idk about korean law but Doo-young's sentenced must be so short that he was released on parole after just few months.

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Does anyone know if Eng sub is up anywhere for this ep?

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It's up in fast drama!

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That last screenshot of jiwon and sungmin is the best. Given no context at all, it can be interpreted in a violent/romantic way but noooo it's song, of course, and it just means she's annoying him so much. Aaah this show ❤

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That whole scene witih Ye-Eun's almost-departure and Eun's scene with her dad and the self-loathing she feels - I haven't cried at a kdrama scene in quite some time until those 2 scenes.

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Ah... I'm late to the recap T___T Someone made a (really good) fake teaser for a rom-com featuring Liar Song and Sungmin:

https://twitter.com/garosukil/status/909304528410779648

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I LOVED THIS VIDEO!!! and all the other ones of Jiwon and Sungmin, the editing is crazy good!

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Can you guys help me - what song was playing during Eun-Jae's crazy daydreams??

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Could the letter sender possibly be......

I have a hypothesis

But SPOILER tag first.

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Anyone who thinks the same way?

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paper + handwriting = female sender. It's absolutely one of Ye Eun's "friends."

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anyone know song playing when ye eun ang ho chang in the cafe 00:10:36?? help me please

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Bingewatcher's Comment:

So emotional... full speed ahead to 9

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The scary show Janghoon is watching is from ep 4 of Mirror of the Witch! The first season of Age of Youth took over the time slot when Mirror of the Witch ended.

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