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Age of Youth 2: Episode 9

People are ruthless and hurtful, but that doesn’t always mean they mean harm, as we find out today. There may be different intentions behind the prickly words, and there’s mutual responsibility to unpack what those words really mean. That way, you minimize the wounds and regret that comes with hurting people you care about. It’s tough to hurt people you care about, but no relationship is without scars.

 
EPISODE 9: “I became a scar” #paradiselost

The housemates read the malicious letter Eun found, and Ye-eun interprets it as being addressed to her. Tearing up, she wonders, “What have I done? What I have done to provoke this?” The other housemates watch her silently as she scurries into her room.

Heimdal sets up to protest in front of Oh & Park again, but this time he’s forced by security to stand five meters away from the building. After the security guard goes back inside, he scoots back a couple steps and grimaces as Jin-myung walks past, ignoring him.

Jin-myung submits the four termination contracts to her team leader as well as details regarding Heimdal, then efficiently returns to work.

Eun zones out during lecture, and Ye-ji tries to cheer her up by suggesting that they go eat Eun’s favorite foods. Eun indifferently agrees to everything, and worried Ye-ji demands to know what’s wrong and if she’s so sad to leave Belle Epoque. Eun doesn’t answer, so Ye-ji trails after her, nagging to figure out what’s wrong.

Ye-eun shows the letter to her friends Kyung-ah and Yoo-kyung. Kyung-ah wonders if the letter was written by Eun, since it’s strange for someone to move into the house just because of a random letter. But Ye-eun doesn’t doubt Eun because they have no bad blood.

Yoo-kyung questions whether Ye-eun is the true recipient of the letter, since the letter is addressed to the house, not the person. But Ye-eun seems convinced that the texts and this letter align, and she’s the target.

Yoo-kyung bites her nails as she tries to think of who the culprit could be, and Kyung-ah looks at her suspiciously. Kyung-ah suggests that Ye-eun wait to report to the police, since they probably couldn’t do much to help her with this evidence.

As the friends leave, Eun arrives home and begins to pack. She goes outside to grab a box for her things, and Jang-hoon jokingly asks if she’s moving out. He’s surprised when she confirms that she is, and she asks when he’s going to army. He says he’s leaving on October 23rd, and she tells him to be well.

Eun gets a call from Ji-won to meet on their campus, and meets Eun-jae there first, sweating from running all the way. Eun-jae wipes some of her sweat with a tissue, and her friends watch curiously in the background (oh, misunderstanding alert!). Ji-won arrives and shares their mission: Find the bookstore where Eun discovered the letter.

The trio retraces Eun’s path through the bookstore, and she locates the place where she discovered the book—Delayed Justice—that fell from the shelf. At the counter, and Ji-won requests the contact information of the book’s seller, since they found a “very important” letter and want to return it to the owner.

The bookstore lady is hesitant at first, but they’re in luck—she looks up the information and says that she can find the seller’s contact information by going through their receipts. Things get a little awkward when the lady asks if it was a love letter, dreamily imagining a pink love letter written with a fountain pen.

Ji-won hedges that the letter was pink, and the lady squeals in delight. She gets so into her romantic vision that she disregards a waiting customer to help the trio find the letter’s owner. When she finds the contact information, Ji-won calls the number, but the number is nonexistent.

The bookstore lady says that people occasionally write false information down, but investigator Ji-won identifies another trail: The book’s seller sold 37 books to this store. They take the list of titles and continue their search.

Heimdal meets with Jin-myung and her boss, Team Leader Jo, who does all the talking. Team Leader Jo shows Heimdal the records of the company’s investment in Asgard and says that it’s no use for him to continue individually when the rest of the terminated members have moved on.

Team Leader Jo claims that the company is not doing well financially—they only appear to be doing well for their investors. He brings out the termination contract and tries to coax Heimdal into helping them by signing the contract, since he was a part of the Oh & Park family for seven years.

But Heimdal doesn’t fall into the trap and argues using Team Leader Jo’s own logic against him: that they shouldn’t treating him like this if he was family. He knows that he’s being fired for lack of popularity and says that if Asgard had been successful and wanted out of their contract early, the company would have protest—and so, he has a right to protest too.

Team Leader Jo drops his friendly façade and speaks bluntly about Asgard being untalented and not worth investment. JIn-myung listens in uncomfortable silence to Team Leader Jo roasting Heimdal about untalented ones always blaming others for their misfortune.

Heimdal doesn’t back down and asks why they chose them in the first place if they were so untalented. He demands an apology for misreading their talent and selecting them. Team Leader Jo bites his tongue and apologizes insincerely, then proceeds to ask Heimdal to sign the termination contract. Heimdal refuses and leaves the meeting room.

Fangirls sit outside the building when Heimdal returns to his protest, and they ask him (calling him “ajusshi”) who he is. Heimdal dances and sings one of Asgard’s songs, but the girls quickly lose interest and ignore him. Ouchie, salt to his wounds.

At home, Jin-myung joins the others in looking for clues in the other books that the letter owner sold. Ji-won explains the three cases that a person would sell so many books: moving, change of setting by graduating or getting a job, or cleaning out a deceased person’s belongings.

They look for any hints about the owner’s identity, and Eun-jae reads aloud an underlined quote: “A kind person always blames oneself if someone begins to attack them. Bad people never consider themselves to blame.” Ji-won finds another one and reads it: “The thought that living here is more tragic than dying here drives me crazy.”

Eun finds another line: “Depression is a whole-body illness—not just a mental illness—so simply moving your body can improve your condition.” Based on the underlined text, they assume that this person must be gloomy.

Ye-eun steps out into the hallway with heavy footsteps, and Eun watches her with a guilty look. Eun asks how to handle rent when she moves, assuming that her departure is a foregone conclusion, but the housemates think otherwise. Eun would need to pay a month’s rent anyway, so they suggest that she stay through the end of that month.

Eun is surprised at the reaction and asks if it’s really okay if she continued to live there. Ji-won says that it’s up to Eun to decide whether to live there or not, and they assure her that they have no hard feelings. Eun still feels guilty about Ye-eun, but they’re interrupted by another quote.

Jin-myung reads: “When scientists conduct experiments—whether it’s bacteria, rats, or humans—they identify new traits and compare them to controls. The controls are not recorded in history. We can never know what would have happened—we can only speculate.” Jin-myung uses that quote to explain that even if Eun had told them about the letter beforehand, they couldn’t predict what would happen. She thinks about Heimdal’s situation and tells Eun not to twist herself up about it.

Ji-won figures that Eun must be so moved by their generosity and asks for her gratitude in the form of ramyun. Eun pretends to be reluctant but goes to the kitchen with little protest.

Eun throws out the trash with a skip in her step, and Jang-hoon looks confused by her smiley mood. She happily tells him that she’s not moving out, and he asks teasingly if she’s that happy they won’t be separated. Eun’s too happy to make a snide comment and simply smiles back at him as she walks into the house.

Heimdal continues his one-man protest, and when he tries to use the Oh & Park bathroom, he’s blocked by the security guard. He returns to his post, where two of his terminated groupmates are waiting, and he’s excited to have company. But his groupmates try to persuade him to give up the useless protest because he’ll only hurt himself in the process.

At Belle Epoque, Ji-won summarizes their findings to Ye-eun: The letter-sender wrote a letter to Ye-eun around Christmastime, thinking Ye-eun ruined their life. They probably hadn’t known Ye-eun’s address until then, and eight months later, the sender began to threaten her through texts.

Ji-won retraces the timeline starting with Ye-eun’s leave of absence from school. Initially, Ye-eun took leave last year because she was more embarrassed than anything, but her real symptoms of panic began to arise in February. The threats only started after Ye-eun’s condition improved, so Ji-won concludes that this person had kept tabs on Ye-eun, and acted once Ye-eun seemed happier.

Ye-eun says bitterly, “That’s fortunate. That means they won’t do anything to me for now.” Then Eun-jae notices a company logo on the bottom of the letter, and Eun supposes the paper could have come from a notepad sent out by a business to their customers, since her mother’s salon does the same. That gives the trio a new lead.

The trio heads out and enlists Jang-hoon’s help, piling their books onto his bike, and he walks with Eun-jae to ask about her progress with Jong-yeol. Walking behind them, Eun glares at them with jealous eyes, while Ji-won asks her to gather information on the company that made the notepads. Ji-won unknowingly fuels the jealousy fire by noting that Jang-hoon and Eun-jae are dressed in matching couple outfits, and Eun looks bothered.

After class, Eun-jae’s friend asks about her new boyfriend, meaning Eun—she’d seen them together the other day. Eun-jae, however, recalls Ji-won’s teasing and thinks she must be talking about Jang-hoon. She looks to Jong-yeol, who he glances at her looking stone-faced as he walks out of the classroom.

When Jang-hoon returns home, he looks suspiciously at a stranger lurking on the steps of the house. It’s Ho-chang, and his nervous behaviors mislead Jang-hoon to think that he’s a pervert waiting to violate the ladies. He attacks Ho-chang and pins him down until Ye-eun runs out at the commotion, and only when Ho-chang waves to her does Jang-hoon let the poor guy go.

Ye-eun and Ho-chang sit on a bench outside, and he apologizes for coming against her wishes. He just wanted to check if she was doing okay. She reminds him that she told him not to come, and Ho-chang gets very apologetic. But she adds that she was also hoping that he would show up, and holds his hand to thank him. Ho-chang sits up stiffly, his hand nervously reaching for his ear.

Ji-won continues to research the letter-sender’s book, Delayed Justice, and Sung-min checks in with her. She vows on her grandfather’s name to catch this suspect, and when Sung-min reminds her that her grandfather gambled their house away, she vows on her maternal grandfather’s name. Ha!

They wonder how Ye-eun couldn’t have any suspects in mind, and Sung-min suggests an alternative target: Ji-won. She vehemently rejects the idea, insisting that she was born to be loved. Sung-min glances at Jealous Hoobae—who’s intensely glaring at Ji-won through the window—and tells Ji-won to continue to live in blissful ignorance.

Heimdal stubbornly keeps his place in front of the company through waves of screaming fangirls and into the night. When Jin-myung leaves for the day, she pointedly asks what he hopes to achieve if he hasn’t been able to achieve success in the past five years. Heimdal asserts that miracles happen to those who work hard until the very end and stays hopeful that he’ll make it big because of his diligence.

Jin-myung disagrees and argues that diligence does not guarantee a miracle, but Heimdal insists he’ll keep trying anyway. Frustrated, Jin-myung asks if Heimdal thinks he has talent, and he responds that he does. Dropping the honorifics, Heimdal tells Jin-myung to worry about herself—she studied obediently, went to a good university, and never discovered what she really likes.

Stung, Jin-myung tells him not to belittle her life. She says that she’s better than someone like him, who only blames others and doesn’t think of his own shortcomings. If he had real talent, he would have survived in the business. “You won’t want to acknowledge this, but you’re the leftovers of the leftovers.” Ouch.

Hurt by her harsh words, Heimdal pushes her, and she falls to the ground. The security guard runs out to help her up, and it looks like she’s injured her wrist. Heimdal angrily walks away without an apology, and Jin-myung looks more regretful than angry.

When Heimdal returns to his empty dorm, he hears Jin-myung’s blunt words about his lack of talent. He finds that the lights and water have been shut off, and sighs in defeat.

In the morning, Eun-jae comes out of her room squealing and excitedly shows her housemates her phone. She tells them that Jong-yeol texted her: “Are you sleeping?” They all close in on the phone to confirm, and yup, he has. Meanwhile, Jong-yeol stares at his phone in shock and kicks around in mortification. His mother yells at him for drinking so much last night and demands that he eat breakfast.

At the breakfast table, Eun-jae tries to hide her smile, and Ji-won asks how she won Jong-yeol over. Was it the cute? The sexy? Eun-jae shakes her head and reveals that it was jealousy. She explains that Jang-hoon must have been mistaken as her boyfriend that day when they wore matching clothes.

Ji-won suggests that she jump ship and try to make it work with Jang-hoon, but Eun-jae isn’t interested, calling Jang-hoon a little greasy. Eun gets cranky and pettily withholds the toast, only sharing with Ye-eun. Heh.

When Jong-yeol runs into Eun-jae at school, he blurts that he mistakenly sent the text. Smiling widely, Eun-jae just nods and walks away. Jong-yeol’s friend comments on his long face that just keeps getting longer, and that earns him a collar-grab.

At Oh & Park, Jin-myung works with a wrap on her injured wrist, and Team Leader Jo checks on her after hearing about the incident from the security guard. He orders her to go to the hospital for all the necessary tests and bring back all the receipts, since she was injured because of company work. Though she initially refuses, Jin-myung leaves for the hospital and notices Heimdal standing outside.

Ji-won and Eun search for the origins of the letter notepad, but they’re unsuccessful. Turns out notepads like this are so common that it’s hard to pinpoint anything about it, so they make no progress on that front.

As they walk to get food, Ji-won happily answers a call from Eun-jae, who’s found herself in an awkward situation—Ji-won called Jang-hoon to campus, and now Eun-jae’s stuck with him one-on-one. Ji-won is matchmaking, and she marvels at her own skills in taking care of her hoobae’s love life.

Hearing this, Eun gets annoyed and storms off to campus to find them, and eventually spots them sitting together. She watches them from behind a sign and their forced laughter makes her think that they’re having a good time.

Little does she know that conversation is actually pretty stiltled. Jang-hoon tries to make small talk, but Eun-jae doesn’t watch sports or TV and likes scary movies—all things they don’t have in common. Jang-hoon says that he can’t watch scary movies, and Eun-jae says that Eun is the same way. They finally connect on the topic of Eun—her child-like nature and her embarrassed grumbling—and start chatting freely. Eun watches them happily engage and walks away, deflated.

When Eun gets home, Ye-ji is waiting for her and notices that something is wrong. Eun denies it and walks Ye-ji to the bus stop, looking dejected. Just then, Ye-ji sees Jang-hoon walking back with Eun-jae, and she immediately gets angry for being with another girl. She charges toward him and kicks him in the shin, scolding him for hanging out with a girl when he’s already taken.

Scared Eun-jae rushes to Eun’s side and asks if Ye-ji is dating Jang-hoon. Ye-ji clarifies that Eun is the one dating him, and Eun-jae looks shocked. Nobody confirms or denies this, and Eun quickly escapes the situation by forcing Ye-ji along to the bus stop.

As Ye-ji rides away on the bus, she tells Eun to tell her housemates about Jang-hoon, but that’s not necessary because when Eun gets home, the word has spread. Ji-won starts in on the teasing and asks Jang-hoon what he likes about Eun. He points out her grumbling as her charm and mimics her with endearment, but sensitive Eun storms into the house in a huff.

Jin-myung is summoned into the meeting room, where Heimdal is waiting to sign his termination contract. He agreed to sign under the terms that Jin-myung be present, so Team Leader Jo lets her finish the task.

As Heimdal signs the papers, he says he didn’t intend to hurt Jin-myung. Looking at his signature, he explains that he paid a lot of money for his signature so that he could sign autographs for his fans. But he’s signing the papers now for her… because she was his first fan. Tearing up, Heimdal passes over the signed contract, and Jin-myung accepts silently.

Heimdal acknowledges everything that Jin-myung told him yesterday and says that he needed to do something because he felt wronged. He’s always known that effort alone was not enough, but nevertheless, he worked hard. So when the company suddenly told him to give up, he felt resentful but didn’t know who to take out his anger on.

Embarrassed by his sobbing, Heimdal gets up to leave. But he turns around and apologizes to Jin-myung for hurting her. Once he leaves, Jin-myung sits alone in the room and begins to cry. The clear day has turned into a rainy one, and Heimdal lets the rain hide his tears as he walks away from his dreams.

Ye-eun meets up with her friends to celebrate Kyung-ah’s new job. Oddly enough, Kyung-ah seems uncomfortable, although Yoo-kyung is upbeat and cheerful, even though she was up for the same job opening and lost out. Asked for her secret in landing the job, Kyung-ah just says that she got lucky, though Yoo-kyung assures her that she would have hired her too.

When Yoo-kyung goes to the bathroom, Ye-eun admires how cheerful and sincere Yoo-kyung is, being so happy for her friend even though she didn’t get the job herself. Kyung-ah just sighs uncomfortably. Then Ye-eun gets a text message, and her face immediately falls.

Ye-eun shows Yoo-kyung the text when she returns, and it reads: “Die die die…” This tips Ye-eun past her breaking point, and she says shakingly that she can’t take this anymore.

Yoo-kyung says consolingly that everything will be okay and hugs her to comfort her. But at that, Kyung-ah finally breaks her silence and tells Ye-eun that she’s had enough.

Ye-eun is completely startled by Kyung-ah’s accusations that she holds some blame herself. Kyung-ah says that Yoo-kyung’s dad closed down his store and that Yoo-kyung has failed at all of her job applications, but Ye-eun had no clue. Even though Ye-eun was having a rough time, she also should have recognized that her friends were going through tough times as well.

Then, she turns to Yoo-kyung and tells her to stop too. Suddenly, Yoo-kyung’s worried eyes turn cold, and she sits down. She asks how Kyung-ah found out. Kyung-ah remembered that the scratched-out picture in Ye-eun’s locker was one Yoo-kyung took, but had been in denial that she’d been the culprit.

But when Ye-eun received the threatening texts, Yoo-kyung never asked who sent it—but she was very curious to know who sent the letter. Everyone else thought the text threats and letter were from the same person, except for Yoo-kyung, who was only curious about the letter because she sent the texts.

Ye-eun slowly pieces together the clues, and Kyung-ah cries that she didn’t know what to do because they’re both her friends. The three of them sit in silence, realizing their broken friendship.

Flashback to orientation, where freshmen Ye-eun, Yoo-kyung, and Kyung-ah sat next to each other, all with long curly hair. Ye-eun narrates: “It was coincidence that we sat next to each other. We didn’t have the same thoughts, hobbies, or backgrounds. What we shared was that coincidence of sitting next to each other.”

Freshman Kyung-ah points out that they all have the same hair, and both Ye-eun and Yoo-kyung share that they got a perm as soon as they graduated from high school. Kyung-ah jokes that they all must have been model students at their school, and they all laugh. Ye-eun’s voiceover: “That coincidence was enough.”

Back in the present, Ye-eun cries silently, still in shock. Kyung-ah sobs into her hands, and Yoo-kyung stares off coldly. “That day, we became friends.”

Epilogue

Our housemates are tasked with drawing a self-portrait, and while Eun-jae is reluctant to do the task, Eun gets right onto it. As the other housemates get started, Jin-myung carefully plans her drawing before sketching.

Jin-myung draws a picture of herself dressed in her working professional outfit. Ji-won’s drawing has her hands in the air with a bright smile. Ye-eun draws a side profile of herself. Eun-jae’s sketch depicts only the upper half of her body with light pencil strokes and lots of eraser marks. Eun scratches a simple drawing of herself in a hat, no face, and hands in her pocket.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, the crushing feeling of broken friendships. Something this show does so well is make us empathize with relationships more so than the people. And it’s the relationship between these three friends that affected me more than the individuals themselves. The beauty in the awkwardness of college and new experiences are the lasting relationships that we form with strangers. It’s not that we have many things in common, but we’re in the same place at the same time. It’s a friendship that sprouts from convenience and coincidence, and if cultivated well over time, it can grow into a lasting relationship. But when you’re faced with unforeseen circumstances, how do you deal with all the baggage?

I think Yoo-kyung’s response was a way to cope with all the baggage she accumulated over a tough season in her life. Though the show does demonize her in some respects, we’re given hints on her difficult family situation and stresses in feeling responsible for Ye-eun. No one’s really to blame here—life just gave them some tough shit to deal with coincidentally at the same time, and none of them were ready to deal with more than what they were given. The idea of coincidence is so fitting to describe these friends, and I wonder if coincidence is enough of a foundation and if their grown friendship is enough of a motivation to rebuild what they’ve broken.

Heimdal broke my heart in this episode. The moment he revealed that he was signing the documents for his first fan, my heart was crushed. I do respect his protest, but it was starting to get pitiful, and I think Jin-myung was just trying to save him from devaluing his worth. I think Jin-myung was more concerned with the preservation of his dignity, and those harsh words were just an expression of tough love. There’s something so pure about Heimdal, and it’s not the same as naivety. Even with a deep understanding of his talent and limitations, he remains so dedicated to an art that fulfills him. I hope we’ll get to see his passions manifest in some way because I also believe that diligence can produce miracles.

Now that we’ve established that the letter-sender wasn’t Ye-eun’s threatening texter, I am assuming that this letter belongs to Ji-won. Given that she’s done a bulk of the work of investigating the letter sender, I think it’s fitting that the investigation be fully transferred to her own personal journey. I’m still waiting for many things to happen with Ji-won’s story, but I’m relieved that we’ve made some unintentional progress in the last couple of episodes. There’s so much to unravel with her past, with her current state of mind, with Sung-min… please, let’s get to it.

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I wasn't able to watch the whole episode with subs (just the clips from JTBC Drama's YouTube channel with the aid of our favorite subber, Ryan Air) so thank you for the recap, dramallama!

I admire Kyung-ah for being brave enough to tell her friends what they did wrong, in Ye-eun's case where she thinks she's the only person with a problem and in Yoo-kyung's case where she thinks it is only right to do those horrible things to Ye-eun. The thing is, the three of them may have only been seatmates from the start, but their friendship grew to the point where they supported each other whatever happens, so I hope that these three will be able to make up.

I'm amazed at how the writer not only made the housemates so relatable, but also the people around them! We only have few episodes left, so I hope we'll be able to see how the remaining stories of the girls unfolds!

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But the real question for this episode (and the upcoming episodes) is: Will Jang-hoon continue to beat up the love interests of the Belle Epoque girls whenever he runs into them? 😂

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This is why it is so important to introduce your boyfriend to people around you🤣🤣 haha maybe when Chef returns Jang Hoon gonna beat him up too

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Will Jang-hoon be the one to beat him up or will he become the one to be beaten? I honestly need my "Chef and Yoon Sunbae interactions" fix on episode 11 since I badly miss those two on screen and I also can't handle the preview.
It's going to be bloody.

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Hahaha, you beat me to writing this. Totally expecting for that to be Chef's welcome back!!!

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I hope he does though! I love the idea of Jang Hoon protecting thes girls as if their guardian angels, albeit tiny himself

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A plot twist I was not expecting, it was the chill friend. The saying "the devil is closer than you expect" is completely true.

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Yoo-kyung being the culprit behind Ye-eun's bullying texts isn't really a surprise since the show has dropped hints previously, however the reveal and consequent fall out were still well executed. Once again, kudos to the writing, especially with the flashback to how the girls first met and became friends, it just gave more weight and poignancy to the now broken friendship.

Heimdal broke my heart this episode. I initially found him needlessly stubborn, but when he finally signed the documents and was spilling his heart out to Jin-myung, I couldn't help but tear up myself. I can finally understand him. He has worked really hard all these years, with the hope of making it big one day, so having to accept the reality of his unfulfilled dreams must be crushing to him.

I need more Ji-won and Sung-min, that is all.

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Ah all the same points for me in this ep.

The writer has been very clever in writing her scenarios, because Yoo Kyung isn't actually evil through and through, she's just overwhelmed by her own struggle and admittedly Ye Eun isn't being the good friend she needs her to be. But of course that doesn't warrant her malicious hate message, but still. For me the twist here is exactly that, that Ye Eun isn't completely blameless. She's just too absorbed in herself to look at others around her, and I think that's the case a lot of times in our life, we rarely look back to ourselves and see that maybe we haven't done our part in treating others with as much care and love to others around us, as much as we'd like to be treated the same.

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I agree with everyone that Eun grumpy attitude is her charm, she is too cute to handle.. And Ji Won, gurrllll when are you going to acknowledge Sung Min?? Even Sung Min is already showing interest in you little by little. Oh the irony, Ji Won is so good at matchmaking her friends but she can't find one for herself😁😁

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Yes pls get together with sung min! He's the only one who loves u for who u are! The Robin to your Batman! Or sidekick to your Wonder woman! Just kiss the man!

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So @ohmydramagods found this gem of info from the AOY DVD set! Thought I'l put it out here so more of you know..

Ji-won's only kiss which she mentions in one of the S1's epilogues, was with Sungmin!!!!! Wheeeee!

@ohmydramagods's full post link here: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/ohmydramagods/activity/249104/

In short it says: During a game in 1st year, as punishment, jiwon had to kiss sungmin. But jiwon slid her tongue into sm's mouth & he was really surprised.

This is followed by the epilogue where sungmin is asked about his ideal type & he basically describes jiwon.. "someone who he can communicate with, would be good if she had her own thoughts, hates it if she acts too feminine or does aegyo...."

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OH MY GOD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THESE TWO ISTG!!!!!!!!!!! JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My initial reaction to the show's decision to edit out the kiss was blinding anger (because how dare they rob us from that pleasure!!) But ultimately I believe it is right for the story that they have not yet kissed seeing how the plot unfolds this season regarding Ji-won's childhood trauma which causes her to freeze encountering real possibility of physical intimacy.

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Very true.. that makes most sense and would be poignant if her first kiss would be with sungmin still but after she has overcome the trauma.

Although I have to admit that my sungmin-jiwon obsessed brain likes to think that jiwon is comfortable with sungmin enough for a kiss? Or this kiss was what began their epic friendship-which-better-turn-to-love-soon and will be shown to us in a flashback on how they become friends in this season..

Hey! As long as they get themselves together this season. I'm happy with any action.. either in flashback or actual happening!

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Even with all the residual anger I had after Heimdal pushed Jin-myung down, it all about left as soon as he started crying while signing those documents. Knowing the full extent of what he was saying was not even necessary. Yeah, it was totally getting pitiful to see him persistently hanging on, but that only made it even more soul-crushing to see him finally giving up. Such a great performance from both Ahn Woo-yeon and Han Yeri.

The reason why I'm not that stressed about Ji-won and Sung-min (though I very much needed more scenes of them this particular ep) is because I enjoy their odd-couple with a side of attraction stage in the relationship so much. It makes sense to me that they'll be stuck in this dynamic for the time while she's still sleuthing about with ease.

I, too, am expecting the letter to be connected to Moon Hyo-jin and Ji-won's forgotten past. And, well, after all that anticipation to get on with her story, now I'm just scared for what it might do to her and everyone around her. The more they build it up, the more scared I become that this will leave Ji-won vulnerable and changed from the vibrant, carefree girl we're used to. If we get development between her and Sung-min, it will most likely happen after she's dealt with the memories she's been protecting herself from. I'm definitely betting on their connection finally developing into something more by the end, but am not really stressed about it happening before the final eps.

Note: the only reason I can even acknowledge this show ending is because I've irrationally started to believe we will get season 3, lol.

I have so many words for this show, as usual, but work makes it tough to share them all now. I'll have to wait for ep 10.

Thanks for the recap! These are so much more important to have than usual, what with the subs coming much later for this drama. I really appreciate how quickly recaps for this show get posted while still being so detailed!

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YES PLEASE! I can totally see them doing a season 3. We have still so much to explore with the girls. I want to see more interactions between them. More ice cream walks. More sleuthing. And of course more romance! Seriously though I can watch 5 seasons of this thing and not get tired.

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What do you mean irrationally? I refuse to acknowledge any other possibility. This is how I explain the lack of Sung Min - Ji Won development to myself: It doesn't happen now because alllll of season 3 will be about them :D

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Yes pls!

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I hope no one will make a fake trailer for Season 3 on Youtube because at the moment I am way too gullible and vulnerable to be teased in this way (and also spending way too much time on Youtube to watch everything AoY related.)

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Me too, I know if Ji Won does get Sung Min from the friendzone, things wouldn't be as interesting and shippable as they are now, so I'll be happily frustrated with how the relationship is now.

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get Sung Min out*

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I could really live with one season per summer 😁

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The double negatives more aptly describe how I feel -I cannot live without it.

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I think you're absolutely right about all of this.

I think that Sungmin likes Ji won, and probably has for a long time, but he's waiting until she can reciprocate. For all her sex obsession, the real reason that she hasn't been with anyone so far is that she hasn't actually liked a boy/man yet-- you can see that when the girls imagine their boys in the earlier episodes and Ji won is unable to imagine anyone. I don't think she'll be able to imagine anyone until she gets to the root of her lost memories.

I think it will be a big, devastating reveal for Ji won, since it has been built up to be the biggest reveal of the season- first from the season-long letter business, and her separate investigation. But who better to pick her back up than her roommates and her secretly-in-love BFF who knows everything about her, understands her flaws and still loves her just the way she is? If everyone who went through a hard time had a Sungmin, the world would be a much better place.

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I should not be head over heels for Sung Min because of your comment but I am? My fickle heart.

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The ending of your comment made me tear up T-T

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They can do a season 3 but maybe then the actors who play Sungmin and Ji Won can join the season, its very risky.

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they can't join the season lol my mistake

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I loved this episode, specially Eun happiness when she gets to stay at belle epoque. But it needed more Ji Won & Sung Min.

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Pleeeeease can we get back to Ji-won's story? We're running out of time...

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Well..the thing is..amidst all the super plot points, foremost, I NEED to see my ships sail. Don't misunderstand, Eun..Jang Hoon is alll yours. And C'mon Sung Min- Ji Won! Just do eeet already!

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If waiting for subs is misery, then anticipating the deepening and/or awareness of their feelings is agony. If the ships don't set sail this season, waiting for Season 3 to witness the affirmation of their couplehood would just be too cruel. Now if there is no Season 3, just drown me in my own river of tears.

Hyperbole much today, Kimbap?

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I do agree with all your hyperbole, though! We're nearing the end and jiwon still thinks of sungmin as her friend only. A little nudge there please, sungmin, im afraid of season 2 ending with no satisfying romantic conclusion between #ssongsungmin (yes there is a legitimate hashtag lol)

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Even Son Seung-won uses that hashtag on his IG posts ㅋㅋ

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what's his insta id?

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@nova611 It's 2s__1on ☺

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Yes that's what I'm waiting for too!

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If the letter does belong to Jiwon, only one person that comes in mind. Pretty shoes.

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Pretty shoes is logical from the standpoint of progressing jiwon's storyline but logically speaking two points:
1. Would it be that easy to track down jiwon without her being alerted by parents/ friends that some one was looking for her?

2. If she really held such a massive grudge.. why wait for so long to track her and then only to write a letter and nothing else?

I think the letter maybe a red herring? Just a random scribble in a dairy where we tend to exaggerate our dislike and verbally vent out?

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i don't know how the writer does it, but with one simple flashback, i was a puddle of tears at the end for a pair of girls who had very much only been peripheral for the first half of this season. the breakdown of their friendships in the present juxtaposed with the fresh-faced innocence of their past really just killed me. i was there crying right along with kyung-ah. :'(

on another note though - i need more jiwon and sungmin!!

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It is fun to learn that in Korea the wee hours text is "r u sleeping?" instead of the American "r u up?" I wonder if there are other variations of these in different parts of the world.

I guess "u up" makes more sense, although it is reassuring to know that the spirit of booty calls translates cross-cultural.

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it's like how americans use "netflix and chill" to mean ;) whereas koreans use "do you want to make ramen?" to mean ;)

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I like how you use ;) to mean *wink wink* !
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Not much Ji-won and Sung-min in this episode but Eun being all smiley (when she found out the girls didn't feel offended) and a little stalkerish made up for it.

I have my own interpretations about the self-portrait that they made but a professional's perspective would be really nice to hear.

And yes, we need season 3!

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I haven't watch subbed Episode 9 yet T.T
So I just read the recaps...
Thank you, dramallama

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I haven't seen this episode yet, but I was interested about poor heimdal, so just checked the update on his part. And after this, I want to vent a bit about one weak link in this story. I'm talking about jin myung, it's like over the course of two seasons, she had grown the least. We saw in season one how she struggles and works hard to be someone, she lived alone, on her own terms, though her mom and her brother in coma affected her, her way of dealing people still is as rough as before. To me, it seemed like the way she treated heimdal is more because she couldn't stand heimdal facing so much hardship and trying to retain his last bit of self-respect. His way of protesting isn't a bad thing IMO. Like the reviewer, I don't think it made him pitiful or such since it 'is' his right to not get sacked in an unlawful manner. It was his right to get justice and even if the contract needed to end, they should have dealt with it with giving them their due. But the whole fiasco kind of gave the assumption that those people with power are right and struggling bands like heimdal and his teammates are wrong. Which they are not. I'm sure they had talents too which needed proper grooming. By keeping them for seven years and letting them go before the contract even ended, they made it quite clear of what sort of people they are. And by lashing out at heimdal, jin myung kind of proved how selfish she is, and to her only success matters, whether what kind of work you do, to earn that success or whether you have to butter up your boss to get promotions, I guess that isn't unethical to her. It doesn't hurt to be nice to someone and jin myung should know better after all she had to go through. Being rough and tough is all impressive, but in the long run, she would lose credibility and friends if she is always this cold and insensitive towards people. Like even at the end, Heimdal apologized to her while she did nothing and stayed silent since pride is more important than admitting your mistake? I would rather appreciate someone like kang unni or heimdal who owned up to their mistake rather than someone as insensitive as jin myung any day.

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I was disappointed by the Jin-myung's harsh words even if they are motivated by "tough love" with truth behind them. If she wants him to protect his pride and last shred of dignity, then she should at least be respectful in her delivery. I expect that she would have the opportunity for redemption in the upcoming episodes. All the shared understanding of ambition and struggles must prompt her to fight on his behalf, at least I hope.

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I can believe that Jin Myung's harsh words are from her tough love, that's the only way to get through to him, imo. But pity that she doesn't offer kind words afterwards and encourage Heimdal or something. I trust Jin Myung to be more than this.

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@kimbapnoona Yeah, exactly. She should have been softer in her approach and not act so harshly which would hurt him more. That's what we want to hear after all, when doors are closed on the face. She must have known how hurt he was since he refused to accept the defeat. Anyway, there is all kind of people that's the thing. I do hope yeah that she be a better person and change her strategy while dealing with people. At least if you are trying to show tough love, at least tell people that you have their best interests at heart and that you care. By the rate the season is going though I doubt all the loose ends will be tied up. So there better be a season 3 lol. I want a full closure on song ji won and sung min. :'(

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I think you're definitely right to feel disappointed in Jin-myung. Her breaking down in tears tells us that she feels horrible about it, though, so to write her off as insensitive or as a weak link when this is simply a part of her personal growth this season is a little much. Sometimes you have to experience regret to fully come to terms with the mistakes you've made in life.

"and to her only success matters" - And I definitely have to disagree with this. Survival and security matters for her. It's not like she's buttering up to her boss for a promotion or anything. It would be one thing if she was in the company for long, but she's just started working after years of struggling to get by. And though she's finally in a secure place and beginning her path to success, I doubt it feels like something she can trust in yet. So she still wants to keep a distance and even acknowledges in episode 4 that this is a lonely experience, but that she chooses it anyway. I feel like the point of her arc this season is to challenge that.

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i agree, also with her being new to the company, it honestly doesn't make sense for her character to stick her neck out and potentially risk her job to save the career of a guy she only just met and had only a handful of interactions with especially if she's working at an entertainment company where the turnover rate is fast.

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@chandler She's not buttering up to her boss but the way it's going, she doesn't want to strive for the underdogs either. There are only two episodes left, so I wonder when we will see that growth. Also, I totally understand why anyone won't like to interact with those colleagues, but the way Heimdal has been with her since the very beginning, I never saw any kind of appreciation reciprocated, except for that time when she bought him the energy drinks. It's not that I don't like her at all, but her behavior pattern changes so drastically when she's with the other girls and when she's with Heimdal, that I couldn't help but feel frustrated about it. She had a choice here and to at least tell him how she felt about the whole thing. When he was so down and depressed after all that happened, she could have given him some words of encouragement, or comfort. But nope. So that's the part which I felt was a letdown coming from her, since to the girls she has this image of being wise and considerate of other people.

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I want Chef & Yoon Sunbae,Eun & Janghoon and man,Jiwon & Sungmin get a move on,ASAP!

*still in denial we're close to the end..

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I always tear up whenever Yoon sunbae cries. I know she's a strong person. Eh handles her emotion so well and for her to cry, it means it's already too much for her. Her character grew so much to me since season 1.

Aww...we only have 1 scene from my favorite SsongSung couple this episode. We normally see Jiwon approach (then annoy.lol) Sungmin, but this time it was Sungmin who approached her. I think the last time we saw that was on the last episode of season 1. I bet Sungmin now looks for her whenever she's not around.haha

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Poor Heimdal. It's precious how he have this ideal look on the world, and how things will go his way, but alas, we don't always get what we want. I wonder how it's affecting Jin Myung - to pursue her dreams? She's always been such a realist. Not that i mean it in a bad way.

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I find it really hard to feel much sympathy for Ye Eun's friend. No matter what you're going through, sending texts like that to purposely trigger someone with ptsd and make them think that their abuser is back is a whole new kind of effed up, and possibly rivals the abuse itself. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy, nevermind someone I claimed to have a lingering friendship with. How are your friends supposed to know that you're having a hard time if you don't communicate that to them? I feel like the first episode of season 1 demonstrated exactly why that's unrealistic and childish.

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I can't care less about Heimdal and his story arc, seriously really boring. I need more Sungmin-Jiwon.

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i feel like they shouldn't have made him an idol, it makes him really unrelatable even though his plot touches on topics that im sure a lot of idols and alot of fans of idols go through, but the whole theme of the show is to be relatable to kids in their 20s specifically students/job hunting so having an entire plot about a new side character AND to have it be about an idol is kinda boring. Plus there are SO many dramas about idols and contracts etc etc.

it would've been so much better if they focused on jin myung in a new environment and having to learn to open up and have relationships with her co-workers and going through the same bullshit we all have to go through when we start a new job we're unfamiliar with.

it's just so strange to have a plot in AOY that is centered around the side men than the main girl.

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Can you please also translate the results of their self-potrait drawing test? I saw the explanations at my ig's tab explore but they were all in Hangeul (seems like you can read it on the website of AoY). I'm dying to know the interpretation~ please help. (>_<) Thank youuu...

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my guess is that the letter sender is the girl who lived at belle epoque before eun jae moved in S1, the girl with the ballet shoes. she only ever appeared once that season, when eun jae tried to speak to her in the bathroom and she stiffened and ran off, she never answered eun jae's question about why she moved out so clearly there is something left to be answered.

season 2 started with the girls trying to find a roommate and learning that there are rumours about how unapproachable they are, so i wouldn't b surprised if the note is of similar vein, and the four girls unintentionally caused a lot of pain to the old roommate and she vented it out in the note and never sent it? the question then would be if it was one girl who caused the problem or if it was all of them.

i frankly can't think of anyone else now that we know the letter isn't from the ye eun's friend.

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That's a good idea.. it could be one of the temp roommates.. but i wonder if short stays are enough to hold such a strong grudge .

The ballerina roommate had to leave the house cuz she got pregnant & her mum made her leave.. but this was said by liar song so can't be absolutely sure that's what happened. ( this is briefly mentioned after eunjae has het first outburst in S1).

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Omg this gave me an idea. What if that is a lie and Ji won told it to other people causing them to believe that the ballerina exroomate really was pregnant even when she wasn't? And the letter is her form of revenge?

Or maybe it will be like old boy? Haha

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The girl who wanted to date Sungming, the girl who seems to hate Ji Won, i don't know but she's really suspicious to me. Probably nothing lol

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honestly i haven't felt that connected to this season as i have the first one, i don't know what it is but i guess the growth has been slower since it is a continuation and it feels like the characters are going nowhere and everywhere at once.

however there were two moments in the series so far that really blew me away in how relateable they were. the first was when yeeun was waiting for the elevator with one of her friends (this was early in the show) and there was someone with an impairment and she backed off. in the voice over she had this beautiful sentiment about how when you encounter things that are unfamiliar to you, you become scared of them. although i felt wrong about it in context of someone with a disability, the overall message really hit home and was something i connected with.

the second moment was in this episode with yeeun and the flashback with her friends. the honesty of how they basically became friends out of convenience and not because they actually liked each other or had anything in common is so Real. how many of us floundered around on the first day of classes, esp in uni or college, and just made friends with the first person who seemed nice and you just stick to them bc now they're someone you know? you don't choose those friends bc you want to be friends, you choose them bc you just need someone and those friendships don't last long bc there is no depth or bond. those two moments really hit me

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So.....is it too early to hope for a Season 3?

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I love the "Lovely Complex" couple of this drama so much. Well, Otani Atsushi is a lot shorter than Koizumi Risa (15 cm of height gap) so he kissed he when they were sitting on the ground, while Jang Hoon is a bit shorter than Eun (abt 7~8 cm I think). He can just tiptoe to kiss her, there no need to use a chair to stand on haha.

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Thanks for the Recap!!!..

Honestly, i didnt like Heimdal's scene here it sounded so pathetic.. Not to offend but i felt like it was attention seeking & Self Sympathetic..

Looking at the phase it goes as for Sung Min & Ji Won i feel there will be Season 3, probably she will realize her true feelings for him in this season end and that will blossom in the next season, if that's the case c'mon are u asking me to wait for one more year to see them together? I want atleast a kiss at the end of this season btwn SM & JW

Moving to Eun-Jae & her Sunbae, are they going to be together again?
I miss Kang Unnie & Chef.. Though there is a scene in next ep, i feel had Kang unnie been there it would have been more fun..

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Pray that the actors can be available next year, you never know.

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any subtitles pleaaaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Wah... I cannot find any flaws about this show. The characters, the script, the directing, the music, everything. Super good!!!

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BC: This show is fire. I'm officially a fan of Writer Park Yeon-Sun

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I cried for Heimdal in this episode, that I can't stop myself from commenting here, to release the pain Im feeling for him. The pain where you are forced to give up on your dream, eventhough you are giving your best :( I hope he can reach his dreams!!

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Up to ep9. 5more to go to finale.So tempted to read upcoming recaps.

I also feel letter is for Ji wom and from that girl Moon hyo jin who may have caught a glimpse of her being all happy that recent Christmas while her life turned out the whatever way it did.

Excited that I see Kang unni in the preview.

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