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Reunited Worlds: Episodes 27-28

As Hae-sung is discovering, it isn’t easy to keep something like coming back from the dead a secret for long, especially when you make no real effort to hide it. But he’s being pulled in two directions as he tries to arrange for his siblings to live comfortably after he’s gone, while at the same time pursuing the truth about the night that he died. If Hae-sung isn’t careful, he could lose someone very important while he’s looking the other way.


 
EPISODE 27 RECAP

Ho-bang looks up the license plate number of the car Teacher Hyun left the gallery in, and discovers that it was Tae-hoon’s mother’s car. He reports back to Hae-sung and Jung-won, and Min-joon sees the three friends talking. He goes inside to the gallery office and thinks about how Hae-sung seems to know all of Jung-won’s friends.

Back at the station, Ho-bang calls Tae-hoon’s mother and introduces himself as a detective. She lies about knowing Teacher Hyun and about being home for questioning, offering to meet him elsewhere instead. When CEO Cha asks her about it, she lies again, saying that an old friend wants to see her.

She meets with Ho-bang at a coffee shop, where she repeatedly insists that she hasn’t seen Teacher Hyun lately. Even when he asks straight out if she went to an art gallery today with Teacher Hyun, Tae-hoon’s mother says that she didn’t, then threatens to call her lawyer if he asks about this again.

At home again, she calls Teacher Hyun to warn her that a detective is asking questions, and may be looking for her next.

That evening, Ho-bang tells Hae-sung and Jung-won about his strange conversation with Tae-hoon’s mother. Hae-sung asks if the two women bought a painting this afternoon, but Jung-won already thought of that, and the only painting that was purchased today was under a man’s name.

In the morning, Jung-won checks her old high school yearbook to confirm that the woman she saw was her old art teacher. She shows Miss Kim, a staff member, asking if she recognizes Teacher Hyun. Miss Kim says that she’s the one who bought the painting yesterday, confirming that Jung-won did see her former teacher.

The only painting sold that day was purchased under a man’s name. Jung-won visits him to ask some questions, and he tells her that Teacher Hyun is his mother, and that she’s staying with him temporarily.

Jung-won takes this information back to the police station to Ho-bang, who sighs heavily when Jin-ju shows up to retrieve her lost phone. She offers to take them to lunch, and as they wait for the bus, Jin-ju muses that her ideal man is one that works for a big company with a cafeteria in the building.

To that end, she takes them to the building where Moon-shik works to meet him for lunch. He’s waiting for them in the lobby, proudly holding up his employee ID, but they walk right past poor Moon-shik like he’s invisible because he’s wearing a suit, ha. The ladies gasp to see him looking so dashing, and Ho-bang snarls jealously as Moon-shik informs them that he’s management now.

He treats them to lunch in the cafeteria, and by now Jin-ju is all but drooling over him. They find a seat, and an older gentleman dressed as a janitor cleans the table for them before they eat. Jealous, Ho-bang picks a fight with Jin-ju and pouts all through lunch.

After eating, while waiting for Moon-shik, the three friends witness an executive talking to the gentleman they assumed was the janitor. He addresses the man as “Chairman,” and they guess that he’s actually the boss. Moon-shik finds them and calls out to the chairman, calling him Father. LOL, was Moon-shik a chaebol all this time?? That’s hilarious.

Poor Ho-bang looks ill as the girls sigh romantically over Moon-shik’s odd quirks, which used to annoy them but now they decide are just proof that he’s untainted by the world, hee. Ho-bang is so flustered that he tries to get on a kids’ school bus, then just runs home in humiliation, ha.

Hae-sung uses the new gallery kitchen to work on his knife skills, and Min-joon tells him that as soon as the restaurant opens, he’s promoting Hae-sung to chef. Hae-sung is thankful, but he says that as soon as the restaurant is open, he’s quitting. He’s vague about why, and despite his disappointment, Min-joon offers his help if Hae-sung needs it.

That evening, Tae-hoon and Young-in walk home after a date hand-in-hand. But when a department store employee recognizes them and stops to talk, Tae-hoon drops Young-in’s hand like a hot potato and lies nervously about why they’re together. From the look on Young-in’s face and the way she rushes home alone, Tae-hoon is in some pretty hot water.

Hae-sung breaks the news to Grandmother that he’s not planning to work in the restaurant once it opens. He tells her that before his accident, he dreamed of owning his own restaurant and supporting his siblings, explaining that he wants to do that before he goes back.

He says that he may not even have enough time, but if he can, he still wants to leave something behind for his siblings. He also tells Grandmother of his plans to tell Min-joon the truth about himself, so she guesses that he must trust and like Min-joon an awful lot.

In fact, Hae-sung and Jung-won have plans to meet with Min-joon to tell him everything. Min-joon does some paperwork as he waits for them, and he accidentally picks up Jung-won’s high school yearbook from her desk along with some ledgers. He peeks inside, noting how pretty she was as a teenager.

He goes looking for Tae-hoon’s picture, too, and runs across the group shot of all six friends, the same one that Jung-won kept on her refrigerator all these years. But Min-joon is startled to see Hae-sung in the picture, looking exactly the same as he does now.

Min-joon remembers Ho-bang saying that the accident victim from twelve years ago was a friend of his, and Jung-won saying that the blue hair ribbon was a gift from a high school friend. He looks up the news reports from the accident, and sees that the student who died is listed as Sung Hae-sung, age 19.

He makes a call to confirm Hae-sung’s burial place, and learns to his confusion that Hae-sung’s body is indeed interred there. He walks out of the gallery in a daze, driving off just minutes before Jung-won and Hae-sung arrive to talk to him.

Hae-sung goes to the office looking for Min-joon, but instead he finds the notes that Min-joon made about him and his accident. He and Jung-won immediately guess that Min-joon somehow discovered the truth before they could tell him. Oh no.


 
EPISODE 28 RECAP

Min-joon drives to Hae-sung’s burial spot, where he stands in front of the crypt staring in disbelief. There’s Hae-sung’s picture, alongside the same one of him with his friends in school, his death date proving that he died twelve years ago. As Min-joon tries to figure out how this is possible, Hae-sung joins him.

Something about Hae-sung seems ethereal and otherworldly as he looks at Min-joon with an expression of deep sadness. Looking frightened, Min-joon backs away, but he allows Hae-sung to explain.

Hae-sung tells Min-joon that he died twelve years ago, and that he doesn’t know how or why he came back. He confesses that he has difficulty with what he is now, but that his friends and family are very accepting. He apologizes for deceiving Min-joon all this time.

He says that he sometimes wishes he was the normal 31-year-old man he would have been if he hadn’t died, and that he’d met Min-joon as Tae-hoon’s hyung. With tears in his eyes, Hae-sung says that he often wonders what his life would be like if he hadn’t died that way.

The guys walk back to where Jung-won is waiting for them, and Jung-won gives Min-joon a respectful bow. Min-joon doesn’t speak to either of them — he just climbs in his car and drives away, leaving them worrying whether he’ll be okay.

Ho-bang tracks down Teacher Hyun, who pretends not to know who Tae-hoon’s mother is. She jumps in her car and speeds off, calling Tae-hoon’s mother in a panic. She tells Teacher Hyun to go into hiding, and she’ll send her whatever she needs.

Despite their taking care to keep their relationship a secret, the gossip about Young-in and Tae-hoon spreads through the department store like wildfire. Young-in denies the dating rumors, making her coworkers wonder who Tae-hoon’s dating, since he’s obviously dating someone.

One coworker says that of course it’s impossible that he’d be dating Young-in, but Tae-hoon’s voice rings out loud and clear: “No, Young-in is the one I’m seeing.” Eeeee! He proudly tells the women that he’s dating Young-in, then leads her to the roof, looking stern and professional.

But then he whirls and grabs Young-in in a big hug, as she weakly complains that this is where they work. Tae-hoon tells Young-in to trust him and not to worry, adorably hanging onto Young-in as long as possible. Finally she says she has to get back to work, and when Tae-hoon pouts like a little kid, she cheers him up with a kiss on the cheek. His reaction is so cute.

Hae-chul makes a call to his daughter Gong-ju, then settles down to a humble dinner of ramyun. He loses his appetite when he looks up and sees Gong-ju’s mother, Yoo-min, standing in the doorway, and he ungraciously takes her outside to talk.

She offers to buy him a real dinner, but he just asks curtly why she’s here. He glares incredulously when Yoo-min says she missed him, then chatters on about how she always wears blue around him because he once said he fell for her when she wore a blue dress on one of their first dates.

Hae-chul growls at Yoo-min to leave, but she continues, reminding him of how happy they were when they were together. Hae-chul retorts that what he remembers is how Yoo-min abandoned him and Gong-ju, when their daughter was just a baby and he barely knew how to care for her.

Yoo-min counters that she didn’t abandon them, and that she didn’t leave because she didn’t want them. Hae-chul’s voice cracks as he asks how she explains six years with no contact, and she starts to say that it was a hard time for her. Hae-chul explodes, showing her his still-fiery temper and reminding her that she hated this side of him, ordering her again to go.

Min-joon stands on a rocky overlook, staring out over the city. A while later a hiker finds his cell phone, but Min-joon is nowhere to be seen. He calls Jung-won to tell her that he found her friend’s phone, and she and Hae-sung race to help look for Min-joon.

They climb all over the mountain, calling for Min-joon and asking hikers if they’ve seen him, with no luck. Eventually they see Min-joon walking towards them, no idea that anyone was worried about him, and he’s surprised to see Jung-won and Hae-sung.

He apologizes for worrying them, though he admits with a grin that seeing them so upset makes him feel better, hee. He asks why they aren’t at the gallery getting the restaurant ready to open, and they remind him that they don’t work for him anymore.

They head back to the gallery to find, to Min-joon’s astonishment, that all of his former employees from the old restaurant are there setting up the place. Awww! They apologize for being disloyal and ask Min-joon to hire them again, telling him that Hae-sung approached each one of them personally.

In private, Min-joon tells Hae-sung that he’s going to call him just “Hae-sung” from now on (he’s been addressing him as an adult would address a child). He apologizes on his father’s behalf for the accident, and forgives him for keeping the truth a secret. He thanks Hae-sung for coming back so that they could meet, and he asks for a hug, which Hae-sung gladly gives.

When it’s time to deliver Teacher Hyun’s painting, Jung-won gets an idea. Meanwhile Ho-bang interviews Tae-hoon’s mother again, and though she’s still denying that she knows Teacher Hyun, he reminds her that she was the one who hired her for the teaching position at the high school.

Ho-bang wonders out loud why Tae-hoon’s mother would buy an expensive painting for a woman she doesn’t even know, but she sticks to her story. He asks what Teacher Hyun has on Tae-hoon’s mother that she would protect her so vehemently.

Hospital Director Sohn seems to be coming around on the idea of Young-joon as a son-in-law, and she even takes him shopping for a suit to wear to a cousin’s wedding. Young-in sees him talking to Seo-won and Director Sohn, and when he splits up from them, she approaches him angrily.

Young-in asks Young-joon if he abandoned the family just to become a doctor and kowtow to rich people. She tells him that he least he could do is live confidently after what he did, adding that this is why they’ve all forgotten him.

From a short distance, Soo-ji watches her sister confront Young-joon, though she only knows him as the doctor she bumped into at the hospital. But she hears Young-in call him “oppa,” which makes her realize who he really is.

Jung-won rides along when the painting is delivered to Teacher Hyun, and Ho-bang meets her at the apartment building. He sneaks into the apartment behind the deliverymen, and when they leave, he greets Teacher Hyun with a cheeky triumphant grin.

Hae-sung and Jung-won sit nearby and listen in as Ho-bang questions Teacher Hyun about the night that Kyung-chul died. She admits that she called Kyung-chul to the school to scold him, but Ho-bang thinks it’s strange since she wasn’t even his teacher. Teacher Hyun explains that she caught Kyung-chul hiding cigarettes in the art room, and that she spoke to him at the school gates at around 7:50 p.m. that night.

Teacher Hyun tells Ho-bang that after they spoke, Kyung-chul went into the school with another student. Ho-bang asks why she lied about knowing Tae-hoon’s mother, and Teacher Hyun agrees to tell him everything so that he’ll believe what she said about Kyung-chul.

She confesses that Tae-hoon’s mother was once married to her older brother while studying in the U.S., and that they were divorced after only six months. CEO Cha doesn’t know that his wife was married previously, and the reason Teacher Hyun contacted her recently was to tell her that her brother is back in Korea after getting into legal trouble in the States.

Tae-hoon’s mother had been in a panic to think that her ex-husband might look her up, and Teacher Hyun had wondered why she was so scared after nearly thirty years. Tae-hoon’s mother had said it’s her husband, CEO Cha, that she’s frightened of.

Soo-ji goes to see Young-joon at the hospital, also calling him “oppa,” and asking if he can talk. Her doctor sees them together and wonders why Young-joon claimed not to know Soo-ji when he asked him.

Young-joon doesn’t hide who he is from Soo-ji, who says that she doesn’t like to see her other siblings hate him. She tells Young-joon that she knows where he really was the night that Hae-sung died, and she asks why he can’t just tell their siblings the truth.

Teacher Hyun leaves, but she comes right back to tell Ho-bang something she just remembered — that the student Kyung-chul met at the school that night was wearing a cast on his right arm. After she’s gone, the friends try to remember who had a broken arm at the time of the deaths.

Jung-won remembers the boy, but not his name. They speculate whether he was with Kyung-chul at the time that he was attacked, and whether he may have been Kyung-chul’s real killer.

 
COMMENTS

Oof, I knew we were going to have a problem if Min-joon figured out the truth about Hae-sung on his own — though I have to say, I’m thrilled that someone finally had a normal reaction to seeing a boy who’s back from the dead! For a few minutes, anyway. It hurt to see him so hurt at being lied to – I can’t help it, Min-joon is such a squishy little panda, and there’s something vulnerable about him that makes me just want to see him happy and loved always. I’m actually surprised that he got over his upset so quickly, but I think that he values Hae-sung and Jung-won’s friendship too much to hold onto his hurt for very long.

And I’m happy that the air is finally cleared between Min-joon and Hae-sung, because at least on Hae-sung’s end, you could tell that keeping such a big secret from someone he was growing so close to was really weighing on him. I liked seeing Min-joon decide to relate to Hae-sung as equals, instead of adult-to-teenager, because now it feels like they can truly be friends without that barrier of secrets between them. If I’m being really honest, Hae-sung and Min-joon’s friendship is my favorite part of this drama, and when it’s time for Hae-sung to go, their goodbye is going to be the one that really hurts.

Every time Hae-chul is given a scene, I wish that we got to see more of his story. It’s partly the fact that I pretty much love everything that Kwak Dong-yeon does, and partly that he’s selling the former-gangster-turned-single-father role so impressively. I’m a sucker for stories in which the tough guy is reduced to a marshmallow by a tiny little girl, and I love Hae-chul’s struggle to straighten his life out and be a good father to his baby.

In fact, I feel that most of Hae-sung’s siblings’ stories would make interesting full-length dramas, and I almost wish that there were fewer siblings so that their stories could have been more fleshed out. I know I would watch an entire drama about Hae-chul becoming a better man for his daughter’s sake, or Young-joon denying his family because of an embarrassing past but coming to terms with it, or Soo-ji’s struggles with her illness. It’s like the writer had so many good stories and tried to squeeze them all into one drama, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that they’re all so interesting that it leaves me feeling unsatisfied because we only get bits and pieces of each of them.

Speaking of Young-joon, now that the truth about that night twelve years ago is looking more complicated than we expected, I’m not so sure that he’s guilty of anything besides witnessing something he shouldn’t have (and kudos to the writer for playing out the mystery so well that it keeps me on my toes!). Every clue changes my theories on what happened that night, and at this point I’m thinking that Young-joon was a witness to both Kyung-chul’s murder and Hae-sung’s accident. I still think that CEO Cha paid his way through school and is banishing him to the U.S to keep him from telling anyone that CEO Cha was really driving the car that hit Hae-sung, but I can’t help but wonder how Kyung-chul’s death ties in to CEO Cha’s involvement, or why CEO Cha would tell Hae-sung that Young-joon killed Kyung-chul. I do love that the mystery is a real mystery, and how with the addition of a new possible killer, everything changes. There’s nothing more tedious than a predictable mystery, and if nothing else, Reunited Worlds has given us a mystery that is truly confounding.

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Just when I thought of dropping this drama, this drama dropped the bomb of Min Joon knowing Hae Sung's real identity. Ahh now I'm sticking in to this drama for the moment. I'm actually quite surprised with Min Joon's reaction to Hae Sung's identity, yes he was surprised and all, but I thought he'd hold a grudge or something, but he didn't.

I burst into laughter when the show revealed that Min Sook is a chaebol! Heol. ? And Ho Bang's reaction after that is so funny! Hahaha.

I knew that TH's mom and the art teacher's plot is another red herring to keep dragging this drama. I was a bit disappointed, but at this point, I take this drama as more of family drama vibe considering how everyone's related to each other; hence, it's understandable if this show is going here and there. So I've decided to watch this drama slow and steady just like how I'd treat a weekend family drama.

Anyway, Young In and Tae Hoon ❤️ I was a bit disappointed with Tae Hoon when he immediately released Young In's hand when he got caught by one of his employee, but he redeemed his action by admitting to Young In's colleagues that they're dating. Now I really really really hope his parents won't get it the way of their relationship though it's highly unlikely that his mom would just accept Youn In. I'm also looking forward to Soo Ji and Young Jun's conversation. I love how Young Jun is treating the maknae better compared to his cold treatment towards Hae Sung and Young In.

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I agree about the vibe of this drama, it feels very weekend family drama-y. Also, Min-shik's revelation was the biggest plot twist this drama has thrown at me so far. It was also the first time throughout the episode that I laughed really hard.
I feel like I'm watching this drama out of loyalty now rather than some vested interest in what really happens in the story. I saw this stagnation coming when the writer moved the plot at the speed of light in the first few episodes. And, it also feels like Lee Yeon-hee's acting gets worse with each passing episode. I liked her at first and I didn't think she was that bad, but right now she's downright horrendous.

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Her acting reminds me of Shin Se Kyung... it's very affected and "stagey". Acting opposite Yeo Jin Goo just makes it worse because he has a much bigger range of emotions he can convey, while still seeming natural.

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too bad too bad... I am losing interest in this drama, too many side stories and definitely feel like watching a weekend family drama. The writer can't seem to stay focused & I am not satisfied with the little bits & pieces of siblings issues ? Thanks Lollypip for recapping.

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HAHAHA!!! The three discovering Moon-shik's real status was just hilarious. I always knew there was something more to him than just being an aircon technician.

Something's odd with Hae-chul's baby mama. Either she was forced to abandon them because was sick (doesn't strike me as currently dying though) or someone was threatening Hae-chul and the baby's life back then. I still don't want them back together. Gong-joo has her father and her aunts, it's all that matters for now.

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maybe now JinJoo will stop trying to beat him / "educate" him when he says insensitive things. but it really beats me how your childhood friends of 20+ years won't know you're a chaebol / from a rich background???? usually mannerisms start to show after a while. either that or this is a case of Absolutely Great Parenting which is likely, as seen from how the Chairman himself is rather humble and pretending / working as a janitor??

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Either they never really got to know each other's families growing up (except for Hae-sung's) or Moon-shik's modest lifestyle as taught by his dad kept him under the radar as a chaebol. Now Jin-joo's all fascinated with him much to Ho-bang's consternation. Haha!

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thank you for the really fast recap Lollipip!! your metaphores / descriptions sit really well with me and i really loved how you described MJ as a "squishy little panda" and HC as a "tough guy (who) is reduced to a marshmallow by a tiny little girl". I think the plot is really getting thicker and more interesting now, it seems as if there are way too many loose threads leading out of the stories and i'm interested in seeing how the writer will pull all these and tie them into a neat knot in the end (hopefully) it'll be a waste if the writer just ends up piecing a half hearted ending.

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"How?" "How?" When Min-joon kept asking those questions after seeing the yearbook with Hae-sung's picture in it, I said to the screen: "Thank you, Min-joon, for asking what everyone else should have been asking." LOL! All considering, however, he was still relatively calm. I wonder how everything will come together in the two (or four mini) remaining episodes.

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I thought this drama had 20(40) episodes to go.

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I believe it ends next week.

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I just looked it up, the drama has 40 episodes.

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My mistake. Thanks!

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That scene with Moon Shik being a chaebol and Ho Bang's reaction was gold!!! I was literally ROFL. ????

I almost thought they hit the dead end upon discovering that Tae Hoon's mom's secret was about her having a previous husband. I am starting to suspect that the chairman is not TH's father. hmm...

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There are only 2 more episodes, right? I'm getting pissed at HS for not telling JW that he's going to disappear. It just seems incredibly selfish at this point.

At first I understood, he was shocked and still processing the news. But he's robbing her of the opportunity to say goodbye and make an informed choice about where she wants to take their relationship.

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Isn't this a 40-episode series? Or are the online wikis unreliable sources of information?

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I think you are right. I thought I saw a website a while ago that said 32 episodes but asianwiki now says 40- through Sept 21.

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Oh how I adore Min-joon❤️️ He is one of the most likable and decent second leads I have ever seen! A gentleman through and through❤️️

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Ho bang has some competition! :D

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We're getting close to the end and I don't see it as a happy one. I will be heartbroken whatever happens.

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...Holy hell, we're 28 episodes in and I have just realised that Hae-chul is played by the same incredible guy who played Byung-yeon in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. I cannot even I need to rewatch this I cannot believe I did not make the connection until now >>

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i know a lot of peeps here do not really like min joon, but i really like his character. he's one of the most decent and likable second leads. he may or may not end up with jung won when hae sung goes, but i do want him to be happy in the end.

not really rooting for a jung won + min joon ending, but i do think it is likely. jung won needs someone like him by virtue of him being so much like hae sung. i'm guessing it's either going to be an open ending for them or they'll end up together.

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Has there been much romance in this drama? And where does most of the plot focus lie? I was intending on starting this soon, but I'm trying to gauge if I can expect a sad or happy ending. Need something lighter after the past few dramas I've seen.

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Haechul's history reminds me of Tomorrow Victory.

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I'm loosing interest in this drama T.T I can't help but notice how min joon's reaction to seeing an identical hae sung in the year book was 'huh?? hae sung??' Shouldn't the normal reaction be 'huh?? Does hae sung has an older brother??' I'll continue reading the recaps bt not tuning in to watch.

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Looks like they decided to change it back to 20 episodes again... perhaps to give more time for While You Were Sleeping. They already said this would be a 16 episode thing, so now they are just putting in filler after filler to push it up to 20 episodes. This drama has made me care for its characters, and while it's nice enough for a light watch, this would have been a better drama with shorter amount of episodes.

I feel like the writer is just putting in whatever to fill up 20 episodes while scrambling up with the live shooting. Same with the directing. Everything looked so gorgeous and well thought-out in the first 2 episodes. But the cramming for episode after episode is becoming more obvious.

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I'm watching this drama absolutely not for the story, but solely for the weekly dose of a happy Yeo Jingoo. I can never say no to that. :D ♥

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