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Manhole: Episode 11

Just when we thought we had the manhole all figured out, the magical sewage topper throws a curveball and transports Pil to an entirely unexpected year. Naturally, a new year means new changes, and there’s one major change in particular that Pil can’t bring himself to accept, even though it’s what Soo-jin wants. And while Pil grapples with the idea of destiny, Jae-hyun’s seemingly perfect image begins to show its cracks.


 
EPISODE 11: “Love always runs away”

We open with quick shots of Tower Bridge and red buses, which could only mean we’re in England, where Soo-jin is studying abroad. While rushing to class, Soo-jin drops her textbook and is surprised to see Jae-hyun pick it up for her. Oh hey, Stalker.

He feigns surprise at seeing her and tells her that he’s currently visiting a friend who attends the same school. Soo-jin beams, happy to see a familiar face so “coincidentally.”

At a police station back in Korea, Pil wakes up from a nap when a drunken man grabs Pil’s hair and hollers for a glass of water. The date is September 2018, which means we are now in the… future? Well, okay then.

Once Pil’s colleagues pull the drunk guy off of him, Pil looks down at himself and sees that he’s in police officer garb. His older colleague informs him that it’s the year 2018, and Pil is gobsmacked to realize that he’s in the future now.

Pil wonders why he’s in the future when normally he’s transported to the past, and then he recalls that it was only 11:00 p.m. (not the usual midnight) when he was in the middle of a scuffle (with Jae-hyun) that the manhole trip commenced. This anomalous instance confounds him, but before he can process it all, he and his colleague set off to do their job and patrol the streets.

They stop to help an elderly woman push her wheelbarrow stacked with paper, and Pil’s colleague laments that their neighborhood used to be nice, but now, residents don’t leave their homes after dark due to a rise in assaults. Soon after, Pil and his colleague get called to another location, where two concerned neighbors lead them to a residence that the tenant hasn’t left in over a month. Fearing the worst, a locksmith is called, and the police officers enter the home to investigate.

The place is dark and dusty, and Pil can’t believe that a novice like him is already diving in to work. He opens the bedroom door and finds a pallid woman lying unconscious on the floor, surrounded by empty soju bottles.

While his colleague calls for an ambulance, Pil takes a closer look at the woman and spots the framed photo of herself with Jae-hyun, realizing that she’s Young-joo, who he recalls seeing on dates with Jae-hyun during a couple of his manhole trips.

She’s rushed to the hospital, and the doctor informs the officers that she fainted from malnutrition and anemia, but what’s more dire is her psychological health, especially if she hadn’t stepped outside for an entire month.

Pil wonders how she became like this and assumes that she’s still dating Jae-hyun. Seconds later, Young-joo wakes up and meekly tells Pil that she didn’t leave the house because she didn’t want to.

At the mention of Jae-hyun’s name, Young-joo grabs Pil’s hand and begs him to call Jae-hyun on her behalf and inform him that she’s in the hospital suffering because of him. She laments that he won’t meet up with her otherwise, and she figures he’ll show up once he learns she’s at the hospital.

As Pil walks out, he wonders how someone who looked perfectly fine could end up like that. He also figures that Jae-hyun isn’t dating Soo-jin currently, since Soo-jin’s studying abroad. But to his dismay, he spots Jae-hyun entering Soo-jin’s home.

Inside, Soo-jin’s parents and Pil’s parents chat over tea. The former proposes that they all travel abroad together since there are many affordable travel packages, but the latter are concerned about money. Soo-jin’s parents remind them that they can ask Pil to pitch in since he’s making money now and add that they, too, aren’t traveling on their own dime.

Just then, Jae-hyun arrives and brightly greets everyone. Soo-jin’s parents update him and mention that they suggested traveling with Pil’s parents (since Jae-hyun offered to fund their trip), and Jae-hyun says it’s a great idea before gifting them with vitamins. As Soo-jin’s parents smile at Jae-hyun’s generosity, Pil’s parents sit uneasily, feeling inferior.

Just then, Pil bursts in and wonders why Jae-hyun, of all people, is sitting cozily inside Soo-jin’s house. Offended, Soo-jin’s mom answers that there’s no reason why a son-in-law can’t pay a visit. Pil can’t believe his ears, and his parents rush him out before he can cause an even bigger scene.

Once at home, they wonder if Pil’s drunk, but Pil says he’s totally sober and doesn’t understand how Soo-jin, who’s studying abroad, could’ve possibly married Jae-hyun. His mom exasperatedly tells him that it’s been awhile since she returned and got married, but Pil decides to seek the truth himself.

He visits Soo-jin’s old boss, who’s surprised that Pil isn’t aware that Soo-jin got married and quit working some time back.

Pil then visits Gu-gil at the billiards room and freaks him out when he proves to have no idea that Soo-jin’s nearing one year of marriage. Gu-gil brings up Pil drunkenly complaining about the noise during the “hahm” event, and all the memories — hollering his discontent at Jae-hyun and Soo-jin, Soo-jin handing him a wedding invite, his buddies tending to him after he got knocked out by Jae-hyun — flood back to him.

Pil processes this and deduces that he’s traveled one year to the future from when he first traveled through time via the manhole: “This isn’t a time travel situation. This is reality.”

At her newlywed home that’s decorated with wedding photos, Soo-jin happily packs a homemade lunch for Jae-hyun. Jin-sook and Jung-ae stop by, and she’s happy to see them since the two have been busy with their respective businesses. We learn that Jung-ae now operates Jin-sook’s juice truck, albeit with only a fraction of the customers Jin-sook attracted.

While Pil struggles to come to terms with Soo-jin’s marriage in a park, the three girls catch up, and Soo-jin expresses her surprise that Jin-sook and her boyfriend — his name isn’t mentioned, but we can safely assume it’s Seok-tae — are still going strong. Dal-soo’s been MIA, but they don’t dwell on that topic for Jung-ae’s sake.

Soo-jin shyly admits that she’s happy all the time as Jae-hyun’s wife, and at noon, the trio head out together and agree to see each other at the BongBong Pub later tonight.

Soo-jin’s en route to the pharmacy with Jae-hyun’s lunch, but stops and turns around when she senses something off. She resumes walking when she doesn’t see anything, but we see that Young-joo had been spying on her from behind a tree.

When Soo-jin arrives, she silently admires Jae-hyun patiently tending to the elderly at work before surprising him with lunch. They head over to the park, where Jae-hyun compliments Soo-jin on her tasty cooking. Pil’s not too far away and watches them sadly.

Jae-hyun informs Soo-jin that he ran into Pil at her parents’ place, and that Pil seemed drunk as he bizarrely stated his inability to fathom that they had gotten married. Soo-jin isn’t pleased to hear about Pil’s antics, but Jae-hyun says he agreed to let it slide on account of Pil’s inebriation.

Soo-jin cautiously brings up the idea of reopening her photo studio again, claiming that she isn’t the housekeeping type and is dying to work. But the discontent is apparent on Jae-hyun’s face, even though he agrees to think it over. But when Soo-jin gets up to buy Jae-hyun a drink, she spots Pil lurking nearby.

She chides him for spewing nonsense at her house earlier and instructs him to give up drinking. Pil asks her if she really did get married, and she figures he’s still not sober and just says that she’ll see him tonight at the pub.

Pil’s parents recover from the scene Pil made at Soo-jin’s parents’ house and figure that time will heal Pil’s broken heart. But in the meantime, Pil’s mom eagerly spreads out photos of eligible women interested in going on a blind date with Pil, while Pil comes home and dejectedly heads up to his room.

He looks through the window to where Soo-jin no longer lives across from him and wonders if her marriage was ultimately unpreventable. His mom comes up and shows him a photo of one of the single ladies, but Pil’s feeling utterly defeated and says he’ll just live sad and single forever even if everyone else around him gets happily married.

Over at the juice truck, Jung-ae grumbles that business isn’t doing as well for her as it did for Jin-sook. Gu-gil stops by to buy a glass juice when Jung-ae laments that she only sold three, but she snaps that he was the one that bought the three. He’s still fine with buying another (aw), and mentions tonight’s get-together, though he’s alarmed to hear that she’s not sure she wants to go.

He asks if she’s worried Dal-soo will show up, and Jung-ae warns him not to refer to him again. But Gu-gil assures her that someone as important as Dal-soo won’t show up anyway, so she should definitely go.

Speaking of, we find Dal-soo dressed in a suit inside a sleek office, looking decidedly corporate. But he’s clearly depressed and bored as he signs off on deals without reading them, since his older brother CEO is the big gun of the trading company. His stifled existence causes him to sigh, and he wonders why life is such a drag. Seok-tae sends him a text reminding him about tonight’s get-together, but Dal-soo’s reluctant to show his face there.

Meanwhile, we find out that Seok-tae is an employee of the civil construction department and that he helps callers with their plumbing concerns. Seeing that Dal-soo didn’t respond to his text, Seok-tae assumes Dal-soo will be a no-show again.

Jin-sook’s skewer restaurant is packed with customers, one of which is Seok-tae. Jin-sook eagerly takes a seat beside him, and he tells her how proud he is of her for achieving her dreams. (The two make a giddy and supportive pair!)

Jung-ae, Gu-gil, Jin-sook, and Seok-tae have already assembled at BongBong Pub, and the bartenders are surprised the group continues to hang out together even after Soo-jin got married. They even order their usual dish, and just one at that, much to the bartenders’ dismay.

Pil takes a deep breath before joining his buddies inside. He notices Seok-tae and Jin-sook acting affectionate and asks if they’re dating, to which Seok-tae matter-of-factly answers that they’ve been dating for just under one year. Pil smiles, thinking back on when he and Jin-sook were once engaged.

Seok-tae also reminds Pil that he wears a suit because he’s a civil servant now, and that Pil should defer to him since he passed his exam before Pil did. Pil notes that a lot much has happened in a year, and he’s having a hard time acclimating to the changes.

Soo-jin finally arrives with Jae-hyun, and Pil says internally that Soo-jin is the hardest to get used to. Meanwhile, Dal-soo pulls up to the pub outside, unbeknownst to the rest of the group.

He quietly enters and overhears his old friends wondering if he’ll show up. Gu-gil defiantly insists that Dal-soo wouldn’t dare show up after abandoning his friends and leaving the neighborhood to work for his father when pretending to be poor got too tough. Feeling uncomfortable, Jung-ae suggests they stop talking about him, and Dal-soo quietly exits. Aw.

Jin-sook says that Soo-jin’s marriage was everyone’s turning point, because afterward, she became the CEO of her own business, Pil and Seok-tae both passed their exams, and Jung-ae acquired a food truck. She falters when she gets to Gu-gil, but Jung-ae chimes in that Gu-gil’s billiards business is doing well, which makes Gu-gil light up.

Jae-hyun announces that he’d like to properly apologize to Pil for the incident — when Jae-hyun knocked Pil out — that occurred before the wedding. He bows in regret, and everyone’s impressed by Jae-hyun’s magnanimity except for Pil, who doesn’t buy any of it.

Jung-ae calls Soo-jin and Jae-hyun the “fated couple” since they coincidentally met in Europe. Pil asks Soo-jin if this is true, and she confirms that she met Jae-hyun while studying abroad, and to this day, she still finds their chance encounter fascinating.

In flashback, we see that after Soo-jin and Jae-hyun first bumped into each other on campus, Jae-hyun asked her out to dinner on a separate occasion, and Soo-jin had gladly said yes.

Back in the present, while everyone swoons at their romantic meet-cute, Pil remembers running into Jae-hyun when he was engaged to Jin-sook and spotting Jae-hyun’s bag, which had advertised study abroad services.

Pil follows Jae-hyun when he steps out for a moment and confronts him on whether his meeting Soo-jin abroad truly was a coincidence. Jae-hyun doesn’t follow, so Pil states his belief that Jae-hyun approached her intentionally and stalked her, already knowing she would study abroad. Jae-hyun laughs and figures that Pil’s unresolved feelings for Soo-jin are giving him ideas. He suggests that Pil stay in his lane, but Pil answers that he’ll see how Jae-hyun does first.

Inside, the crew figures that Pil and Jae-hyun haven’t returned yet because they’re patching things up outside.

Back outside, Jae-hyun’s cool demeanor starts to crack when he gets the impression that Pil intends to replace him if he’s not good to Soo-jin. He suggests they stop fighting and go back inside, but then Pil brings up Young-joo, and we see glimmers of Jae-hyun’s rage upon hearing the name.

When Pil says that it seemed like Young-joo was suffering because of Jae-hyun, Jae-hyun loses it and shouts that it’s not his responsibility to help her get over the breakup, adding that he’s the victim who suffered from her obsession with him.

“What do you know about me to say such a thing?” Jae-hyun bellows. Pil answers that he can’t trust a single thing Jae-hyun says, and that the Jae-hyun he knows gravitates toward evil under his innocent facade. Suddenly, Soo-jin steps in between them and breaks them up.

She’s alarmed by Pil’s audacity to say such things to Jae-hyun, who decides to leave the party early in a huff.

Soo-jin follows him to the car and tries to appease him by apologizing on Pil’s behalf, but that gesture only angers him more. Jae-hyun wonders why Soo-jin continues to attend these gatherings and requests that she try not to attend anymore or to show up alone, because he’s exhausted by her friends.

With that, Jae-hyun angrily drives off, leaving Soo-jin speechless.

Meanwhile, Dal-soo pulls up outside his old DVD store/home. It’s closed, so he peers through the door and spots the giant teddy bear he shyly gifted to Jung-ae. He quickly hides when he spots Gu-gil walking Jung-ae to the store, and watches as Jung-ae thanks Gu-gil for making her feel safe and for reassuring her about the juice truck.

After Gu-gil happily saunters away, Dal-soo wonders what the juice truck is about.

Outside their family homes, Soo-jin hands Pil a box containing all their memories, along with every memento. Saddened, Pil asks her why she’s giving this to him, and she says she wants to settle their relationship for good and return his heart, too.

Cool and composed, she says she understands why Pil didn’t show up at her wedding, but she hopes that Pil can respect her decision to be with Jae-hyun, forget the past, and return as her friend.

Pil’s clearly heartbroken, but at Soo-jin’s insistence, he shakes her outstretched hand.

Meanwhile, Jae-hyun angrily pulls into the front of his apartment. Behind him, a middle-aged driver honks for Jae-hyun to move his car and steps out to gripe about Jae-hyun’s lack of courtesy. Oy, don’t poke the bear!

Fuming, Jae-hyun steps out of his car and bellows at the man, “Why are you talking down to me?!” Soo-jin witnesses all this by standing just a few feet away, and she’s stunned speechless to see this side of Jae-hyun. The driver trembles in fear when Jae-hyun orders him to stay silent and still if he wants to park his car.

Jae-hyun hops back inside his car, bangs his fist against the wheel, and growls in frustration. Yup, no more Mr. Nice Guy.

Next, we see Young-joo telling a psychologist that she didn’t allow Jae-hyun to break up with her because Jae-hyun married his new woman out of spite, and not because he loved her. She claims that she’s the only woman who can make Jae-hyun happy, and that if his wife knew his true colors, she wouldn’t be able to handle him.

In his bedroom, Pil opens the box filled with old keepsakes. He picks up a rock with “Soo-jin is ugly” written on it, followed by the camera he had given her. He sighs, feeling completely stifled: “I should congratulate you on your marriage, say that I’m glad you appear happy, but I just can’t do that.”

He checks the clock — it’s almost quarter to midnight — and heads out. As he’s running, he determines that he can’t live like this: “I came back to my reality, and I finally became a police officer like I wanted, but without Soo-jin, my life is meaningless. Soo-jin, I will turn everything around. I will change this no matter what it takes to get you back.”

He sprints through the tunnel, but when he approaches the site of the manhole, the lid is gone, and the hole’s been sealed with cement.

Dumbstruck, Pil wonders where it went. “What’s going on?” he shouts in frustration.

 
COMMENTS

I wish I could answer your question, Pil, but it seems the rules of the manhole — which were shaky to begin with — have officially been thrown out the window. I guess when the idea well runs dry in terms of where and when Pil should be sent next in the past, the only other option is to send Pil to untapped territory, aka the future. But despite an unexpected trip to the future, this episode felt more or less the same as the previous episodes that occurred in the past, because the exact same chain of events happened: 1) Pil gets transported to a different year, 2) Pil has no choice but to quickly get his bearings and recalibrate, 3) Pil struggles to come to grips with how his people and world changed, 4) Pil reluctantly acquiesces because he has no other choice, 5) Pil’s reluctant acceptance turns to despair, 6) Sad Pil gets zapped back to the manhole, and 7) we do it all over again.

My major beef with Manhole is the fact that due to narrative restraints and magical manhole “regulations,” Pil is only able to react to everything that gets thrown at him instead of act; there’s too much of the same reactions and too few meaningful actions that Pil takes, because ultimately, everything gets reset — ergo, why should Pil expend energy when the result is ultimately futile? Pil is powerless and always at the mercy of the apparently capricious manhole. Moreover, being so helpless doesn’t look that great for Pil, since he was a directionless slacker to begin with. Fine, his pretty puppy dog eyes can be considered a treat, but haven’t we seen them too many times already?

Pil was spurred to action at the end, and I know I’m supposed to find his determination admirable, but I actually don’t because he’s been gung-ho about Soo-jin since forever, and I know he has no idea how to “turn everything around” and do what it takes to get her back. He has no idea, and we as viewers don’t either, so I wasn’t moved or convinced by his determination. The intent is there, but the plan is absent because the rules of time travel are nebulous. I mean, does Pil eventually become buddies with the aliens and strike a deal with them to get Soo-jin back?

Also, his internal monologue at the end came across as so self-centered to me. Even though Pil isn’t entirely privy to Jae-hyun’s dangerous tendencies, he knew enough to suspect the worst, and I would’ve much preferred it if at the end, Pil’s determination to turn things around came from his desire to rescue Soo-jin from danger because he was legitimately concerned about her well-being. Instead, Pil prioritized his long held crush and his incomplete life without Soo-jin; his needs came before Soo-jin’s safety.

I have to say, it is pretty entertaining to see Jae-hyun’s eyes switch from innocent and well-meaning to dark and frightening. It’s simultaneously fascinating and scary to see actor Jang Mi-kwan seamlessly go back and forth between two extreme dispositions with such ease. As for Gu-gil, Jung-ae, Jin-sook, and Seok-tae, all of them are likable enough, but their stories are so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, which makes it hard for me to stay invested.

I wish there were more aspects of the show that would make me cheer, but unfortunately, I can really only come up with one tiny silver lining: Pil is finally employed. Huzzah!

 
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Now l can't stand this drama.. manhole is so complicated, the plot is going no where.. am thinking of dropping this one

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I'm sticking until the bitter end because I really like Jaejoong. But Pil as a character has become gradually more and more unappealing to me. He never saw the manhole as something precious given to him but saw it as a tool to get his desires for Soo Jin fulfilled. He never learned anything from the time lines and is practically still the same person as in episode 1 obsessing over Soo Jin. So Jae Hyun who married her out of spite or Pil who won't let go of her no matter what? Both sound like terrible options as partners and are clingy and obsessive. Just in very different ways.

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I think that the purpose of these time travels could be for Pil to learn that he and Soo Jin don't belong together and instead should learn that he and Jin Sook belong together. In the original timeline, Jin Sook did like him and has liked in every version of his time travels except the one in which she is dating Seok Tae. In that version, Jin Sook and Pil were engaged, but Sook broke it off after realizing Pil doesn't like her as much as she likes him, but that can be different if the latest version of Pil who realizes that he likes Jin Sook too goes back to the original timeline and confesses to Jin Sook.

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My post was too long, so had to post in more than one part.
In the latest timeline, Pil is at least working as a officer and these two parts of Pil combined equal a version of Pil that I think would be a great marriage between Sook and Pil. Pil would no longer be obsessed over Soo Jin and would love Jin Sook with all of his heart and also be able to contribute some way financially. Pil thought of the moment he was engaged to Jin Sook when he saw Seok Tae with Jin Sook with what I thought was longing at not being with Sook.

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So, the show should go in the direction of Pil realizing that Jin Sook is who he should be with. I know that there is a reset, but that doesn't matter if Pil goes back to his original timeline somehow and he starts dating and marries Jin Sook then. In the original timeline, Jin Sook didn't take the letters, which I supported her taking cause she knew that if Soo Jin received those letters then it would mean her chance of ever being with Pil is over. In the original timeline, she doesn't have a moment of taking the letters for those who think that Sook is at fault.

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I think Jin Sook did take the letters in the original time line. All the time travels back to the past are the past of the original time line. In ep 8, he found out that Jin Sook took the letters and he confronted her. So during the next time travel back to the past (of the original timeline), which was JinSook's birthday, he now knows of the letters and tried to steal them without letter Jin Sook know. Also in the original timeline, Jin Sook has never told Pil that she likes him. He only learnt of it himself from his time travels. Jin Sook taking the letters made a big difference in Soo Jin's attitude towards Pil. In the original time line, nobody knew about the stolen letters and Soo Jin disliked Pil after army up til the her wedding with Jaehyun (ep 1). But as we can see from the ep 10, the future of after Soo jin knew of the letters, Soo jin is not marrying Jaehyun and still likes Pil even though Pil is getting married to Jin Sook. So we can see the outcome of SooJin knowing of the letters = she still likes Pil & she's not marrying Jaehyun. Outcome of JinSook stealing the letters & Soojin not knowing about it = original timeline of SooJin giving up on Pil after army.

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Think SooJin knows JinSook likes BongPil since highschool . . She also confirmed it to JinSook ih that sad eps . . Its just that confirming it factually makes SooJin relents and back off

It shouldve continued to the future though . . But that BadMan following her to England might just ensure her that she's not meant to be with BongPil . . She shouldve known marriage was off even if she is out of the country

Hahaha someone needs to chart what changes what news comeup and whats temporary

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What i don't understand is, why are people hell bent on making pil choose JS.. and why is JS the right one for Pil

a) heart likes who he likes. Same can be said about JS. ST likes her and she should make note of it instead obsessing over pil to an extent that she hid the letters from him and her best friend who keeps sacrificing for her (or whatever Uee does)

b) Pil is an idiot . Period. Fine let me throw away the purpose of learning something from the time travel and let me also get shallow as pil is.. BUT pil should atleast do what he needs to do.. now you know for a fact that Uee has always been in love with you, she confessed, she asked you to marry her in the future..

AND STILL you lack the confidence of telling her you love her??

Frustrating characters

c) Uee: first you are not oliver from popeye. stop being a cartoon. Next if JS is important then stop flirting,caring or being around Pil. This woman's real need is to get recognized as Mother Teresa by JSook.

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Pil can like who he wants, but the story hasn't revealed a credible reason why he likes Soo Jin. At least, Jin Sook has a reason for liking Pil, which started as he helped her grandmother (he actually helped another grandmother in this week's episodes too in a similar case). In addition, the early chemistry between Sook and Pil was amazing, but then weird timeline changes made it so that chemistry went away.

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@alasecond. I love you!
Olive Oyle. And I was thinking all this time "who does she remind me of, who does she remind me of...?"
Pil is borderline autistic in his lack of communication skills. If we were told upfront that he is a mental patient maybe we wouldn't be as frustrated and we would pity him a bit more (but even the autistic lead in Good Doctor knows when he must make a move!). As it is, Pil and his beloved come out as "Dumb and Dumber".
And the other characters fail to get our sympathies:
The two snake friends who tamper with correspondence are pathetic and unlikeable and the other three friends leave me coldly indifferent, I cannot really invest any energy in their story or worry about what happens to them.

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She did take the letters in the original timeline. Which was low of her, considering how much Soo Jin loved her as a friend.

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Nah, Pil smiled when he knew Jin Sook is dating Seok Tae. It's not longing, but rather relief that he didn't have to handle Jin Sook's heartbreak again. Plus, Soo Jin gave up on Pil because of Jin Sook during that timeline. With this timeline, Soo Jin has no reason to reject Pil for Jin Sook since JS is happy with ST.

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Think this timeline is a continuetion of latest eps where JinSook broke it off and being tended by SeokTae . . If the resets rule doesnt apply for future timetravel . . in which JinSook moved on

Imagine the aliens screaming around cos the 맨홀 is being closed then hurried BongPil away . . to the future no less hahaha

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I don't think this episode is the continuation of the last episode where Jin Sook broke off her marriage with Pil and ended up with Seok Tae because he was there to comfort her. If yes, then the writer is too drunk to realize his own script because in this episode, they did say that Soo Jin and Jae Hyun's marriage is the turning point on how their life changed (last year, 2017). Seok Tae and Pil passed their civil exams, and Jin Sook managed to open up a business and sold her food truck to Jung Ae. If we follow the previous episode's timeline, Seok Tae already passed his exam and became civil worker and Jin Sook already opened up a business and that's the time when Soo Jin went to study abroad. So yeah, no. The timeline doesn't fit with the script. It's hell confusing, I don't even know which event happened, which is not.

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Can someone please tell me waht the background music playing at 57:21 is? I have been looking for it but couldnt find it. Thanks in advance.

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is it not a slow version of starting instrumntal piece of ost 3 by B14U

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Its not the ost sadly. The one im talking about is i guess a musical that starts with a piano then later there is violin playing to.

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They just released the OST for that part!
"With You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqOLTHkTSFM

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started with proposal operation.. but now is becoming a twisted version of TUNNEL...

the whole point seems to be finding the bad guy.. and well tunnel is where time travel happens..

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I feel so annoyed in this episode when Pil ran to manhole, trying to go back to the past as he said his life is meaningless without Soo Jin. ?? Even if Pil has a hunch that Jae Hyun is a bad guy, he shouldn't provoke Jae Hyun that way. I don't know, if we as viewer didn't know about Jae Hyun's bad side, I see nothing's wrong with Jae Hyun planned his meeting with Soo Jin in London. At least he's making an effort to be with her. Pil saw at the park how happy Soo Jin and Jae Hyun are, so somehow I feel like Pil is the one who made Soo Jin and Jae Hyun had the misunderstanding at the bar. So tell me again, what make Pil any different from Jae Hyun because of them seem to be obsessed with Soo Jin? Just because Pil doesn't have any anger issue, so it's okay for Pil to travel to the past and present all for his "love" (more like an obsession) towards Soo Jin even if Soo Jin has been rejected him a few times? Hmmm.

Anyway, I'm sure I'm not the only who cringed during Jin Sook and Seok Tae trying to be cute together. ?? After ep 11, it seems like I dislike almost all characters in this drama including Soo Jin's parents and Pil's parents. I think the only person I like right now is Jung Ae alone. Never in my life that I watch a drama with too many annoying characters in one drama. This one seems to break the record. I feel bad for the actors and actresses in this drama for having such a bad project.

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I've given up. I just read the recaps. Thank you for that, Dramabeans.
The show itself is just plain terrible. I kept trying and trying until I finally asked myself why in the hell am I trying so hard?

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I only managed to watched half of episode 1 then I skipped through the other half. I've just been reading the recaps and comments since then. I think it's actually the first time that I've only read the recap for a show.

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I am confused. I thought I was following it well but I am confused now. So this is the future of the original timeline from the first episode right? But I thought Soojin only went abroad to study in the changed "future/current" (ie 2017) where Sookjin & Pil were engaged? And the time when Pil saw Jaehyun with the studying abroad bag was also from that changed timeline? So how is it that Pil is now still accusing Jaehyun of following Soojin abroad based on what he saw in that changed time line... In the original timeline did she also study abroad?

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Confusing as hell, repetitive elements, no character development (pill). I am boycotting this writer's dramas from now on.

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I think this show is not bad at all. Or is it because I mostly read the recaps, while watching some random episodes out of curiosity? I just thought that the story is interesting, but I have no time to watch a serial drama. I'm really waiting for the time when Pil and SJ got together successfully, and I wonder how the story will end

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I refuse to believe this is a continuation of ep 1 timeline o_O still thinking this is an alternate world... why does the ex-gf even want Jae Hyun back? She should be happy he's gone out of her life

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Unreasonable notions about love in this drama, in all k-drama, and in the comments:
1. You should love the person who is more kind-hearted and loves you more, because this person "is good for you" and will make you happy (how can you be happy if you only have lukewarm friendly feelings for your partner?)
2. If you love someone but you want to sacrifice yourself for your friend (noble idiot style), you step aside and your lover will automatically stop loving you and fall in love with your friend (out of all the possible partners out there).
3. You should love the one who saw you first.
4. You should love the one whom you knew as a child, even if you saw each other only once back then.
5. You should love the one the commenters like.

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I lost hope with this drama. I am only reading recap to see what happened. At this point, I don't want him to end up with anyone. The story is so exhausting to follow. I know the plot is about getting Soo Jin but I don't see any connection between them. And why they should be together other than they like each other for a long time. Other side characters' are all so repetitive too. We only have 4 eps left and I haven't see any development since the beginning.

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