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School 2017: Episode 16 (Final)

Is it time to say goodbye already? I’ve become so invested in the lives of our students that it’s hard for me to imagine that we won’t be tagging along anymore on their everyday adventures at Geumdo High. There’s still some loose ends to wrap up before we send our kids out into the world (or at least, their senior year of high school), but I’m going to spend this hour savoring what I love most about the show—the friendships, the laughs, and the heartfelt relationships that our characters have built with each other on this crazy journey called school.

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

After revealing himself as X to the whole school, Tae-woon makes his way to the front of the hall, stopping to face Eun-ho. After a beat, Eun-ho walks toward him, and to his surprise, she plants herself right next to him in solidarity.

Though he looks flustered, Tae-woon proceeds with his plan: Declaring that he’s X, he calls out the school for framing Eun-ho. But Eun-ho jumps in quickly to contradict him, telling everyone, “That’s not true. I did it with him.”

Her confession sends a ripple of shock throughout the crowd. Unsettled at the turn of events, Director Hyun barks at the administrators to take care of things, leading Principal Yang to decide that all students should be sent back to their classrooms for now.

Security guards move to usher students out of the hall, but everyone freezes when Byung-gu calls out loudly, “X is awesome!” That gives other students the courage to chime in with words of encouragement, and soon enough, the entire hall erupts in applause and cheering. As Tae-woon looks around at his classmates in bewilderment, Eun-ho takes his hand, offering her own show of support.

Afterward, Tae-woon scolds Eun-ho for confessing to be X, but Eun-ho defiantly says it’s true that she was an accomplice. When Tae-woon suggests going back to the adults to say that Eun-ho helped him out just once without knowing what she was getting into, Eun-ho refuses, asking him, “If you protect me, what will happen to you?”

Tae-woon’s father interrupts them and pulls Tae-woon away to reiterate that he was supposed to keep out of trouble. Tae-woon responds dispassionately, telling Dad to take care of things as he wants, since he’ll need to make sure that the news doesn’t go public.

Dad asks Tae-woon angrily if this is what he wanted—to ruin Dad’s reputation. He says that this won’t get him to change, and tells his son not to get his hopes up.

In class, Byung-gu and his classmates debrief, marveling at how corrupt the school must really be for Tae-woon to go against his father as X. One student wonders if it’s okay for them to just stay quiet: “Shouldn’t we do something?” Yes. The answer is yes.

Sa-rang has a similar conversation with Bo-ra and Dae-hwi, telling the group that she wants to expose everything that’s happened. Though Bo-ra seems to be onboard, Dae-hwi is a little more cautious, worried about everyone getting in trouble. Sa-rang points out that Eun-ho and Tae-woon have already been exposed, and vows to punish Principal Yang and Vice Principal Park, too.

Meanwhile, the two administrators freak out about their corruption being exposed publicly. Vice Principal Park already seems resigned to their fate, even suggesting that they turn themselves in, but Principal Yang keeps hope alive, telling his colleague to focus on keeping a lid on the truth.

Principal Yang underscores this point to Director Hyun, but unfortunately for them, Director Hyun says there’s been a leak already.

Cut to: Director Hyun meeting with the steering committee, looking cornered as the scary moms basically tell him that he’s on his own. He protests that the committee’s help is needed to protect the reputation of the school, but the parents just laugh, saying they can transfer their kids at any time. They warn the director to fix things himself, and do it quickly.

That evening, Director Hyun orders Principal Yang and Vice Principal Park to punish Eun-ho and Tae-woon according to the rules, and to expel them both. The administrators react with surprise, but Director Hyun doesn’t budge, remarking that the other parents will be furious if Tae-woon receives special treatment.

The next day, Teacher Gu tells Tae-woon and Eun-ho that the administration is leaning towards them dropping out voluntarily, at least on paper. It gives them a weeklong waiting period, rather than an immediate expulsion. As the two nod unhappily, Teacher Gu sighs that he doesn’t know what they did wrong.

Teacher Shim bursts into the principal’s office, determined to give him a piece of his mind about running the kids out of school, but finds the place empty. So instead, he grabs a photo of the principal and delivers his smackdown to the photo instead, calling the principal “broken-down junk” and attacking the photo with finger flicks, lol.

Teacher Shim looks cowed when Principal Yang discovers him at that moment, but he quickly shakes off his fear and makes his displeasure known to the principal. He defends his students’ actions, saying that they did what they did because the school’s such a mess.

Principal Yang threatens to fire the teacher for his insolence, but Teacher Shim comes back with a threat of this own, telling him that the teachers won’t just sit by and watch. He then deliberately picks up some trash on the floor, clucking loudly that there’s so much trash in the office, hee.

Tae-woon and Eun-ho joke about her being perfectly suited to be X’s girlfriend and Eun-ho sighs that it’s a difficult job. When Tae-woon asks if she regrets it, she asks if he’ll take everything back if she does. Taking her hand, Tae-woon says he worked too hard to get her, so he’ll never let go of her hand.

She laughs that they’re so alike—short-tempered and rash—and Tae-woon remarks that she seems too happy for someone who’s getting kicked out of school. At that, Eun-ho changes the subject, wondering to Tae-woon how they should spend their time out of school.

The two end up at their lookout spot, where Tae-woon sincerely asks Eun-ho if she’ll be okay not returning to school. Smiling, she asks what choice she has, then leans her head on Tae-woon’s shoulder, enjoying the breeze. When she says that she didn’t know these things when she was in school, he tells her that she can from now on.

At school, Byung-gu glumly hangs around Tae-woon’s empty desk, clearly missing his friend. One of Hee-chan’s buddies wonders what’ll happen to Tae-woon and Eun-ho, leading Hee-chan to smugly respond that they’ll be kicked out, purposely glancing at Dae-hwi behind him.

Dae-hwi exhales in annoyance and does some provoking of his own, loudly saying that he smells trash. When Hee-chan takes the bait and gives Dae-hwi a shove, Dae-hwi coolly apologizes, only to throw another barb, daring Hee-chan to tattle to the principal again.

Hee-chan responds by asking Dae-hwi what he’s going to do without Tae-woon around, but it’s Dae-hwi who gets the final word: He asks Hee-chan what he’s going to do without someone to help him pick out exam questions, snidely remarking that it’ll be hard to maintain his fifth-place ranking. Burn.

On their day “off,” Tae-woon and Eun-ho head to a café, where they’re treated to a surprise visit from Sa-rang, Bo-ra, and Dae-hwi. Eun-ho lights up to see her friends, and as she happily gossips with Sa-rang and Bo-ra, Tae-woon watches her, a sad smile on his face. Next to him, Dae-hwi watches Tae-woon, looking worried for his friend.

Later, Tae-woon thanks Dae-hwi for helping cheer up Eun-ho, noting just how much she loves her friends and going to school. Dae-hwi tells Tae-woon they should just come back to school, and asks if he couldn’t beg his dad for help on his knees.

Tae-woon dismisses Dae-hwi’s suggestion, saying that it didn’t even work when he’d tried it when Joon-ki died, and that his dad’s reputation always comes before his son. Sighing, Tae-woon says that he felt like he could do anything for Eun-ho: “But why is there nothing I can do for her?”

Back home, Tae-woon faces off with Dad again to ask him to let Eun-ho return to school. This time, though, Tae-woon uses terms that his dad can easily understand: He threatens to go public with the details of the school’s corruption himself unless Dad reverses his decision on Eun-ho.

Furious, Dad calls out Tae-woon for choosing his “puppy love” over family, but Tae-woon says he’s not doing this because of his feelings, but for a fellow classmate. (Um, okay.) Dad says that if that’s true, then Tae-woon should prepare to go study abroad, saying that’s the only way to make it a fair trade.

The next thing we know, Teacher Shim visits Eun-ho’s family restaurant with the good news: Eun-ho can return to school. Though her parents are excited, Eun-ho seems wary of this development, and she asks if this means Tae-woon can return to school too. His smile fading, Teacher Shim hesitates. Argh, Tae-woon took the deal, didn’t he?

Eun-ho wastes no time in confronting Tae-woon about his sudden decision to study abroad, asking if he made a deal with his father so that she could return to school. A grin pasted on his face, Tae-woon denies that he did such a thing, telling her that he wanted to go abroad to study design, and that the timing was right for a new start.

Though he claims that he’s super happy about the decision, Eun-ho sees right through him and asks, “Then why do I feel like you’re lying?” Tae-woon’s smile falters for a second, but he sticks to his story, telling her that things worked out for them both.

Looking defeated, Eun-ho tells Tae-woon to do what he wants, since he won’t listen to her anyway: “It’s your life. So study abroad, or drop out of school. Do what you want.”

When Tae-woon returns home, Dad reminds Tae-woon to stay out of trouble until it’s time for him to leave. Tae-woon quietly asks his dad if he’s not curious why he became X: “As a dad, shouldn’t you want to know that first?”

Dad curtly says that he’s not interested in Tae-woon’s stupid behavior. In response, Tae-woon asks his dad if he knows what he fears most: “That when I’m an adult, I’ll end up like you.” It’s only after Tae-woon shuffles off to his room that Dad finally looks up, seemingly affected by his son’s words.

Tae-woon submits his withdrawal form to Teacher Shim the next day. Teacher Shim reluctantly accepts the form, but reminds him that it won’t be processed until after the waiting period. Tae-woon nods, then asks him for a favor: to make sure that Eun-ho returns to school.

Eun-ho takes a snack break at the convenience store in the middle of the day, still on break from school. She enviously watches a group of girls in school uniforms having lunch together, recalling the fun times she had with her friends.

Later as she’s distributing fliers, Dae-hwi catches up to her and asks if she’s doing okay. Eun-ho bravely says she is, but Dae-hwi tells her to stop pretending. “Say it’s too hard, that it hurts. Can’t you do that?” he asks.

Eun-ho says she shouldn’t, because admitting the truth will only hurt others. But Dae-hwi reminds her that she’s hurting too, and tells her to say it out loud. He says that way, “Others can say they’re hurting and lean on you too… like Tae-woon.”

Dae-hwi updates Tae-woon on Eun-ho’s status later that night, telling him that despite outward appearances, Eun-ho seems to be struggling—she hasn’t even returned to school yet. Tae-woon pauses, but says that she’ll be fine once some time passes.

Dae-hwi challenges Tae-woon’s decision to study abroad, asking if it’s really for Eun-ho’s benefit. He asks Tae-woon to think about coming back to school, tossing out ideas on how to make it happen and telling his friend that he’ll do whatever it takes to help.

Tae-woon gently interrupts Dae-hwi to ask, “Will you let me resolve this on my own?” As Dae-hwi blinks back tears, Tae-woon reminds Dae-hwi of all that he’s got on his own plate.

Nam-joo receives a text from Dae-hwi saying that he’ll be waiting for her at school tomorrow, and she stares at the message pensively. She’s back in her school uniform the next morning, but she only takes a few steps away from her apartment before sighing and turning back.

That’s when a hand grabs her wrist, surprising her—it’s Dae-hwi! Not letting go of her, he promises to stay by her side at school.

As expected, Hee-chan’s buddies immediately jump on Nam-joo when they spot her back in school. They barely get a few insults out before Dae-hwi forcefully comes to her defense, warning them to stop bothering her. Dae-hwi tells them in no uncertain terms that Nam-joo’s still his girlfriend, and threatens to kill them if they mess with her again.

Feeling bolstered by Dae-hwi’s support, Nam-joo speaks up too, telling the crew that she actually wanted to die because she was so embarrassed. Though she apologizes for lying and promises not to do it again, she says that she’s not trying to cover up what she did.

She says that she’s going to face her lies head-on: “So curse at me if you want, and judge me all you want.” With that, she walks into their classroom, earning herself a thumbs-up from Bo-ra and Sa-rang. Dae-hwi follows her in and brags to them about his awesome girlfriend, and Bo-ra and Sa-rang sarcastically put their thumbs away, heh.

Eun-ho takes her box of webtoon drafts out to the trash, where she’s hit with the memory of Tae-woon telling her not to give up on her dreams. That’s enough for her to pull out her phone and give him a call.

Ha, now it’s Eun-ho’s turn to use chicken as an excuse to see Tae-woon, as she shows up at his house with food, claiming that she’s there because he’s a “VIP client.” Tae-woon smirks at her unique way of saying “I miss you,” and though she denies it at first, she quickly turns serious, telling him that she’ll go back to school.

She says that she’s going back because she really likes school—that’s where her friends, her life as an eighteen-year-old, and her dreams are. “And, I’m going to wait for you,” she adds. “I think it’s my turn to give to you.”

Taking a step closer to him, Eun-ho says she’ll stay by his side, and that she wants him to think about what he wants from life, so that his decision to study abroad isn’t just about saving her, but a choice he makes for himself.

When Tae-woon says that it may take him a while to figure things out, Eun-ho responds that she’ll wait and root him on, no matter what his decision might be. She says that she hopes he’ll find a way to return to school by himself, then leans in sweetly to ask if he can do that for her.

Tae-woon can’t help but smile back at her, and he pinches her cheek as he mutters, “Seriously, you’re really getting on my nerves.”

Tae-woon makes a late-night stop at the lookout to talk to Joon-ki, saying out loud that he’s not sure what to do. He says that he started being X to feel less guilty toward Joon-ki, figuring that he’d cause some trouble and then quit school completely. “But now,” Tae-woon says, “I want to go back to that crappy school. What should I do?”

Officer Han pays Director Hyun a visit to offer him a chance to confess to his crimes and hand over evidence—otherwise, she says she’ll report him herself. As Tae-woon eavesdrops on their conversation, Director Hyun asserts that he did nothing wrong and asks for proof of her claims.

Officer Han admits that she doesn’t have solid evidence, but asks if he won’t resolve the issue for Tae-woon’s sake, and for the students of the school. Director Hyun just scoffs at her and says that she should get ready to be reassigned quickly.

After doing some thinking, Tae-woon calls Eun-ho out to tell her that he’s realized something: His father is the reason he became X, and why he hated school so much. Tae-woon says that he has a lot of things to work out with his father but didn’t have the courage to confront him directly, so he hid behind X’s mask to do so.

Eun-ho says reassuringly that she hopes Tae-woon can resolve his issues with his dad as himself and not X. Looking up at Eun-ho with puppy dog eyes, Tae-woon asks her to root him on by his side.

On his way home, Director Hyun receives a video from Tae-woon: the footage documenting expired food in the school’s freezer. This leads to yet another confrontation between father and son, and Tae-woon tells Dad that he’ll have to take responsibility this time. But Dad’s answer is the same, as he tells Tae-woon that he’s survived much worse.

The next day, Tae-woon enters the police station, only to see his dad there too, talking chummily with the police chief. Tae-woon looks rattled at the encounter, but he does what he came to do, and turns over a USB drive to Officer Han.

Officer Han worriedly asks Tae-woon if he’ll be okay. Nervously, Tae-woon stutters out a “yes,” and then a quick “no.” Taking a shaky breath, he admits that he’s not okay at all, saying he doesn’t really want to give her the evidence. But he refuses to take the USB drive back, telling Officer Han that unless he does this, his father won’t change.

Tae-woon says the thought of losing the father he knew scares him more. Fighting back tears, Tae-woon adds that he actually likes his father, and that Dad’s the only family he’s got: “So please use this to help me not lose my father.” Oh, my heart.

Principal Yang and Vice Principal Park are busy fretting about their futures when Officer Han walks in to announce that they’re being called in for questioning, musing that she’s not sure yet if they’ll be witnesses or suspects in her case.

Officer Han calls Director Hyun into the station next, but it’s only to return the USB drive that Tae-woon gave her—sadly, she says there’s nothing on the drive that proves Director Hyun did anything illegal.

Looking satisfied, Director Hyun gets up to leave. But Officer Han stops him to say that Tae-woon was really afraid of losing his father, and that he turned in the evidence because he thought his dad wouldn’t change otherwise.

She asks Director Hyun to think about how Tae-woon must have felt when he brought that in: “He may act tough, but he’s just an eighteen-year-old boy. Someone who needs his dad desperately.”

Back home, Tae-woon startles to find his dad sitting at his desk, waiting for him. He quickly heads the other way, but his dad calls out gruffly, “What are you so unhappy about? I tried my best.”

Tae-woon shuffles back in and tells Dad that he knows. He says that he wishes that his dad would be more like other parents and tell him not to lie, or not to badmouth his friends, and to take responsibility for his actions. Instead, he says Dad’s always tried to cover things up or make things go away.

Tersely, Dad answers, “Fine. I’ll do that from now on.” Confused about his dad’s sudden turnaround, Tae-woon stumbles for words before just walking away. Heh. Just before Dad gets up from Tae-woon’s desk, he notices the photograph of Tae-woon with Joon-ki and Dae-hwi and studies it, marveling at how much Tae-woon’s grown.

And just like that, Director Hyun decides to turn himself him and get a fresh start. After asking Teacher Gu to think over his offer to become principal of Geumdo (whee!), Director Hyun shares his plans to move to a small school in the countryside to learn how to be a better educator, and to donate Geumdo High. He asks Teacher Gu to turn Geumdo into a decent school until then.

Happily back at school again, Eun-ho hands Tae-woon a gift, telling him that since he’s no longer X, he shouldn’t wear black anymore. He smiles when he sees the shirt she bought him, but true to form, he pretends not to like it to tease her. That ends up backfiring when he’s forced to ask for the gift back by calling her “noona,” and even though he complies with aegyo on top, Eun-ho just runs away from him teasingly.

As Director Hyun formally delivers his statement to the police, Vice Principal Park stops by Principal Yang’s soon-to-be former office to pick one last fight, using banmal and warning the principal to be careful if they meet out on the streets, hee.

Back home, Tae-woon helps his dad pack up his things. When Tae-woon wonders if Dad’s going to be okay on his own, Dad just tells him not to be arrogant at school, since he’s not the director’s son anymore. Tae-woon replies that he can’t not be arrogant because he’s so amazing, and Dad one-ups him by saying that Tae-woon got his amazing genes from him.

Eun-ho struggles with a broken bike chain again when Tae-woon rolls up with a brand-new bike, dinging the bell to get Eun-ho’s attention. After jokingly asking if the gift is “too easy,” Tae-woon leans down by her old bike to show her how to fix the chain.

Eun-ho quips that there’s no need, since Tae-woon can just fix it for her every day. At that, he pauses, then says that he doesn’t think he can for a while. Wait, why?

He consoles a sobbing Eun-ho up on the roof, telling her that he’s thought a lot about it, but that his dad’s the only family he’s got. Oh, is he moving to the countryside with his dad? Though she can’t stop her tears, Eun-ho forces a smile and says that Tae-woon’s all grown up now, and that she’ll let him go.

Looking emotional himself, Tae-woon warns Eun-ho that she’d better not look at other guys while he’s gone, and she tosses back death threats of her own if he smiles at other girls. He tells her that he’ll visit every weekend and Eun-ho promises to visit him too, only to be told that she probably can’t since she can only get there by bus, ha. As he wipes away her tears, they do their best to smile at each other.

Sometime later, Eun-ho imagines Tae-woon walking up to her in the hall and stopping to lean in close, just like he did when she was first searching for X. In class, Eun-ho takes Tae-woon’s seat, laying her head down on his desk like he used to and staring off into space. Eventually, she’s the last one left in class, and after looking around, she walks out of her classroom. “Just like that,” she narrates, “we became seniors.”

It’s a new year and a new school under Principal Gu, who walks the grounds and stops to help Sa-rang’s mom out with the trash. But as Eun-ho walks the same paths she did with Tae-woon, she notes that the school is just as chaotic as before, and that “the sky is blindingly clear and bright, as we were back then.”

Eun-ho catches us up on the rest of the Geumdo crew: Young-gun’s training to pass the running portion of the police exam as Bo-ra cheers her on, while Officer Han’s held on to both her job and Teacher Shim (to the dismay of poor Teacher Jung).

Kyung-woo and Issue are busking together, still in search of their dreams, and Sa-rang isn’t on the path to becoming a civil servant anymore, and wants to be an “average citizen” now. Dae-hwi and Nam-joo are as close as ever, being super lovey-dovey and grossing everyone out, ha.

Eun-ho continues to use their old hideout to work on her webtoon, which is about her and her friends, but she says that her grades are still terrible, and Hanguk University will probably remain a dream for her. (Sad!)

She says that more kids have started wearing hoodies to school, and that whenever she sees them, she remembers someone that she misses—and lately, she’s really been missing him.

We check in on this certain someone in his new house, where Dad presents Tae-woon with a box of chicken for breakfast. Though Tae-woon grumbles about it, he ends up chowing down on it happily. When Dad asks how things are going with him and Eun-ho, Tae-woon grins and says sheepishly that they’re “hot.”

At his new school, two female students shyly stop Tae-woon to hand him gifts, calling him “oppa.” Taken aback by the attention, Tae-woon takes a minute to say that he has a girlfriend, but before he can actually get the words out, a voice calls out sarcastically, “Look how happy you are.”

Tae-woon’s eyes grow wide as he registers Eun-ho in front of him, looking pretty peeved. She saunters over to Tae-woon and demands that he give the gifts back and winds up like she’s going to break some heads… and then launches in to the most cringe-worthy display of aegyo ever, whining and pouting and using her entire body to indicate just how upset she is to see “opppaaaaa” with other girls.

Tae-woon smiles goofily at Eun-ho like she’s the cutest thing he’s ever seen, gladly abiding when she demands that he tells his admirers (and everyone else around) that’s she’s his girlfriend. Repeatedly. Once his fans take off, he happily asks her how she got here, but Eun-ho suddenly drops the aegyo and asks him if he wants to die, lol.

They catch up at a nearby bus stop, with Tae-woon complimenting Eun-ho on her webtoon’s increasing popularity. She says that the hero just confessed to the heroine and everyone’s crazy for it, heh. She in turn nags Tae-woon about not sending her his new bike design by this week like he promised. When the bus arrives, Tae-woon holds onto Eun-ho tightly as she tentatively steps on, her eyes squeezed shut in fear.

She seems to relax a bit once they take their seats, but that only lasts for a few seconds, and the two hop back off the bus immediately. As Tae-woon coaches Eun-ho on her breathing, she narrates that she still hasn’t overcome her bus trauma.

“Wounds don’t heal so easily. True feelings hidden inside are still fragile,” Eun-ho continues. “But, the fact that you don’t stop walking is as important as arriving somewhere.”

Tae-woon narrates that he hid himself behind the mask of X, “But I learned to take off that mask and to face the world, as my true self, as someone more mature than before.”

And as the two happily walk on, laughing and enjoying each other’s company, they narrate together: “That’s the truth I learned in school.”

 
COMMENTS

Aw, that was a sweet ending for our couple, and for most of our Geumdo friends overall. Though there was nothing earth-shattering about the way we wrapped up our X storyline, I was happy to see that in the end, Tae-woon and Eun-ho’s efforts to fight for justice (along with the rest of our X crew, of course) didn’t all go to waste. As impossible as it might have seemed in the beginning, Tae-woon finally got through to his dad, and they were able to expose the corruption at school and bring about change. And not only that, Tae-woon got what he was really fighting for: a restored relationship with his dad, and Eun-ho—continuing her happy, average life as a teenager, and as his girlfriend, of course. Yay for happy endings!

Now, with that said, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed at the way we wrapped up the series, given just how good the show was throughout much of its run. I think what I was missing most towards the end of the series was the balance we’d seen in earlier episodes between the X mystery, the relationships among our main trio, and the glimpses into some of our more minor characters’ lives. I was really longing to see more of Tae-woon and Dae-hwi in particular, as I loved their arc throughout the series, but with the heavy focus on Eun-ho and Tae-woon’s relationship toward the end (which I still loved, I swear!) it didn’t leave us enough time to go deeper into how their friendship might have evolved after their falling out and reconciliation.

The show did find little ways to remind us of their deep-rooted friendship—for example, in this hour, I loved the way Dae-hwi kept trying to convince Tae-woon to come back to school under the guise of making Eun-ho happy, when to me, it was so clear that he really wanted Tae-woon to come back to school too. But it did feel like their friendship took a backseat to their respective romances, and it felt like a wasted opportunity—their partnership to take down Hee-chan remains one of my favorite moments from the series, and I wanted to see more of those kinds of interactions.

I also found the conclusion to Eun-ho’s story a bit frustrating—for all the time we spent on Eun-ho’s dreams and her desire to become an artist, the Eun-ho we saw at the end of the show didn’t seem to have any other dream than being with Tae-woon. Even her webtoon seemed to be more of a vehicle through which to tell her love story with him, rather than a legitimate way to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. I especially hate that she still considers college to be a reach—she was so close to getting into Hanguk through that competition! Can’t she try again? Of course I’m happy that she’s found happiness with Tae-woon, but I still want more for her future!

Despite my issues with the latter portion of the series, I enjoyed School 2017 very much for what it was—a breezy and light summer watch that did a great job capturing what it feels like to be young, a bit directionless, but optimistic about the future ahead. And yes, I’ve complained about Eun-ho’s somewhat regressive ending, but it’s really hard to ignore that this series has created one of the most adorable couples I’ve had the pleasure of watching in any kind of drama, high school or otherwise. I think I’ve already said all that I can when it comes to Tae-woon and Eun-ho’s relationship, but I’ll add one more thought: Thanks to all that leaning and smooth maneuvering courtesy of one Hyun Tae-woon, the show delivered some of the most heart-fluttering moments I’ve watched this year—and that’s really no small feat for a high school show.

Finally, I have to give a shout-out to our three leads for doing an awesome job all around. Se-jung surprised me by consistently turning in a natural, likable performance, and I was impressed with Jang Dong-yoon’s layered portrayal of Dae-hwi’s complicated character. But hands down, my favorite thing to come out of this show has to be Kim Jung-hyun and the way he made Tae-woon into a character all his own—who knew a bad boy could be so goofy and dorky, but oh-so-swoony when it counts the most? All I know is that Kim Jung-hyun has got himself a new fan after this show, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for our young cast members. Hopefully, it’s more good dramas, since we can’t get enough of those.

 
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◾◾ Farewell acrostic poem dedicated to the one and only one :
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? A-rm vein distracted many Beanies, leading to a Tae Fever, then he became an
? E-rrand boy and made us
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? W-orried about his girlfriend as her Tae Knight. That didn’t prevent him from never missing an
? O-pportuniTae to tease her : she had to know he’s handsome, sincere… and so on until InfiniTae !
? O-mo omo omo Tae-bak, in simple words he’s just a
? N-ice guy …who likes collecting chicken coupons but he never forgets to buy her flowers.

◾◾ My post on ep1 recap « Bad boy on a motorbike, prickly but with a good heart just saying ? . There are some exaggerations like the rank rules at the canteen, but I'm taking this drama like a cool breeze in summer : appreciate it without too much thinking ? »
School 2017 review : this drama had weaknesses BUT I enjoyed the ride : swoony moments, characters who changed and grew up throughout the drama, youth & friendship ?
My summer 2017 = Swoon/Squeee 2017 + Tae Fever with other Beanies ?, goodbye my dear cool summer breeze ?, goodbye Tae Swoon ??, waiting for more Kim Jung Hyun in dramaland ?

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◾◾ Now here’s my gift to all School Beanies ? (thank you @Outofthisworld for your help), a Tae-list (credits to all owners who came up with those amazing/hilarious nicknames & posts, also feel free to add the ones I’ve missed ? )
Tae- :
◾ A : abs, aegyo, angry, arm vein
◾ B : back, -bak, ballet, -bbong, bike, bitting, blinded by love, boyfriend
◾ C : caring, chicken, chimp, chocolate, classmate, clingy, clinic, concerned, confidence, coupon, crooner, cult, cure
◾ D : dance, doll, dolphin, draw, dream, dreaming
◾ E : eterniTae
◾ F : fall in love, famous, fans, ferrero-rocher, fever, fighTaeing, flower, friend
◾ G : glue, gentleman
◾ H : heart, hero, hilarious, hood, hopeful, hot, hug, hydranTae flower
◾ I : infiniTae
◾ J : jealous, -jumma
◾ K : karaTae, kiss on the cheek, knight
◾ L : leg, lemonade, linked, lips, long legs show-off, love, loveholic, lovesick, lovestruck
◾ M : magic, maturiTae, Mori Tae, monikers
◾ N : nap, nice guy, night
◾ O : omo, one-track, Oppa, overprotective
◾ P : pants, perfection, power
◾ R : rebel, rooster, rumor
◾ S : sentimental, series, serious, ship, shirt, shower, sick, sincere, singer, smile, smooth, son-in-law, stare, stick, stuttering, sulk, sulky, superhero, sweet, swill, Swoon, syndrome
◾ T : Taecher, Taeddy bear, Taekwondo, Tae-lebration, Tae-livery boy, Tae-nacious, TaErrand boy, tease, teasing, thighs
◾ U : umbrella, universe
◾ V : vain, vein, voice
◾ W : wrap, Woon ?, who ?, wonder, worried
◾ X : X ?

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This is fantastic hahahaha bless you, you're adorable. Your recaps every week on your wall were a must read for me. x

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Thank you ? , I think it's the first I've spent so much time on a drama (culprits are Kim Jung Hyun ? and the new DB site ?) . There's a third post but it's currently awaiting for moderation ?, there's your favorite "Taewel" in it ??

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Ahahaha ah I know that feeling :P :P
Oh yay! hahaha you didn't miss it. (Yes that's write, you said three pages... :P I shall wait expectantly)

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Oooh you worked hard! I will miss yours and other beanies wall spamming with Swoon!

And I dunno if it is in the missing posts but I would like to add Tae-dorable to the list :)

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Thank you ?, yes I've missed this one , oops ?

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Ooh maybe I came up with it! I wrote it in my last School 2017 wall post but one can never be sure about Tae-names :D

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BRILLIANT! You got it in alphabetical order ?

You have graduatAed with 1st class honors ?

Thank you for your hard work.

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ㅋㅋㅋ Thank you ?, I've graduatAed with 1st class honors ?, I'm so proud ??

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Hi, i enjoy your comments the most. Even though am just the few that reads and never comment, you made me enjoy reading and commenting. Keep it up.

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Thank you ?

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You are so welcome.

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This show was one fun ride. With your contribition I laughed and was delighted every week. Thank you and 'so on until InfiniTae' ??

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ㅋㅋㅋ Thank you ?

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I think Tae Cult is the most accurate of these to describe School 2017, hydranTae flower most creative, and Tae Swoon the one I use normally instead of his name ?

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I will miss these nicknames!!! I wish there will be another swoon-worthy drama to dominate DB soon. ?

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I'm not crying while reading this. What are you talking about.
I mean, it's only a bunch of nicknames why would I be cry-

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Awesome as always

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Some Beanies Tae posts
◾ Ships : TaeHo couple, TaeDae bromance
◾ From @outofthisworld ? “Swoon 2017 ❤️ Tae Cap - Tae Comments - Tae Fans - Tae Squeals - Tae Ddicted”
◾ From Sunbae @seralovestteobokki ? "I suspect Tae Woon has a split personality.
We are falling too deep. Too deep. Can't be saved anymore."
◾ From Sabu @ravennightstar ? "We're all sick with Tae-Fever! We need a Tae-Cure! Mon-Sun. 24/7!" Where do we sign ? "Outside Tae-Clinic. There is a cure! It's called Tae-Stare. All we gotta do is stare at Tae-woon and swoon!"
◾ All aboard to all the Tae Fans onto the Tae Ship!
◾ SarangTae, Tae-Woon shi!
◾ Too many characTaers
◾ to infiniTae and beyond : is there a TaeGIF, I'm I asking tae much?
◾ Tae-can't-stop-won't-stop
◾ Tae padam-padam-the-sound-of-her-heart
◾ Tae "X-must-be-really-handsome"
◾ Tae "separating-professional-and-personal-life-is-so-not-me"
◾◾ From me ? @kudoran , the following ones :
◾ B Tae S – Boy in luv
◾ He’s using earphones, is he Tae Wimp ? Nope, because Tae Swoon knows how to counter Tae Wimp : swoony power
◾ It’s Tae hot ? Then you need a TaeWel
◾ Let me Tae a selfie
◾ Mori-Tae balkkeutkkaji Hot Issue !
◾ Never miss an opportuniTae
◾ Tae Lock : It’s over now, you can’t escape anymore
◾ Tae Hair up is my kryptonite
◾ Tae Your smile is my kryptonite just like your hair up
◾ Tae Heart Emoticon is my kryptonite just like your smile and your hair up
◾ Tae Motorbike is my kryptonite after Eun Ho's smile and hair up
◾ Tae Aegyo might become my new kryptonite
◾ Tae Handsome : just a model on his motorbike at school
◾ Tae Handsome and I know it, but also Talented and I know it : so let me make sure you know it
◾ Tae Coupon eats chicken for breakfast : Karma is strong ?

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@kudoran ???
This list is TaeBak! ??
You should pat yourself on the back?? for doing a great job with the lists and keeping the comment section buzzing with excitement! I know I was excited to read your comments! ??

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Thank you Sabu ? *patting myself on the back ;) ?*

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"cool breeze in summer : appreciate it without too much thinking" < YES. You summed it up so well.

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Thank you ?

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I will miss your fun posts @kudo Ran❤! also thank you beanies for recaping Swoon 2017 until the very end :-)

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Thank you ?

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I love this list!! You summed it up perfectly:D

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Thank you Sabu ? , please check later to see the third post currently under moderation ??

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I will:D I think DB system got Tae-Fever as well. Moderation is the cooling off period lol.

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ㅋㅋㅋ ?

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Usually when I finish a drama I actually feel like writing a small review (466 words) or sometimes a large review (5473 words) on it. I like to pick apart shows you see, what was done well, what wasn’t what I really liked despite flaws.
For some reason I finished School 2017 and didn’t really feel like doing this. I should take this as a good thing, because it means I’m content to leave it as it is, and it gave me what I started watching it for, and that was that.

Nonetheless I feel I sort of owe it to my steadily growing kdrama files to say something anyway. :P

I wasn’t super impressed by the editing, pacing and scene structure of the show, because it detracted from emotional moments and/or dragged. I thought the story telling and plot writing got weaker as it went on, and I thought the secondary and tertiary characters didn’t get enough screen time. But these latter two points are often my complaints about shows. It’s hard to finish a show well. That being said, I was watching for our main couple and I got a more than satisfying ending between those two charmers, and I am content. I was watching for them anyway. And no one can deny they delivered and then some. I also really liked the thematic topics covered, especially in the first half, I thought they held some really good content.
So really, I don’t even WANT to pick it apart that much. I can see where it could’ve done things better, but I will remember it with fondness, and no complex 3am complex emotions. Oh. And A LOT of cute gifs.
Is this my shortest review ever? (282 words… it might be. O.o)

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I do think that Dad's change was a bit too sudden. Up to the very point where Officer Han told him that TW had turned in the evidence, he showed 0 indication of ever being shaken by TW's actions, so I do wish it had been a bit more gradual. But I'll take it, since Dad looked so much more relaxed and happier at the end, and we got to see TW live like a normal 19 year old.

I'm actually really glad that TW was much more than just a back-seat rebel. The fact that he made the decision to move with his dad, the reason why he turned in the evidence, how he insisted on protecting EH's dream... TW's love for his family and friends really speaks of a maturity beyond his years. Our boy's all grown up!

Beyond that, I do wish we'd gotten a bit more of an insight into Nam-joo, even Issue, or a bit more info about Kyung-woo because he was always the enigma... But I enjoyed this show quite a fair bit, and it's been a dry spell in dramaland for me recently, so I'll definitely just remember it with fondness.

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Yeah, it felt too sudden but I'll take whatever they can give. Their relationship is actually pretty relatable. Fathers do seem to have a more difficult time with their teenage sons than say mother-son or father-daughter. Both sides want to show care, concern and love yet what comes out can be quite different. It also doesn't take much to spark off an argument and descend into those "I am your father and you will do exactly what I say!"

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Oh and of course... ALL the Tae-Monikers!

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Of course ??

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(you forgot my favourite... TaeWel ;) ;) ;) hehehehe)

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Nope ?, please see above I've just post about it ;)

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Omo!!! TaeWoon-ah...dnt go ??
I will surely miss TaeHo couple.

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Yes i already feel empty i will miss them too :( and it's kinda hard to find another couple with this chemistry this soon ;)
I would like to share this last making video of the cast sharing their final goodbye messages to viewers...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F51l4ZLj9JM

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I'm gonna miss their couple moments which were the highlight of the show and I'm so glad the show never shyed away from giving them screen time even though they were a high school couple. Their growth individualy and together was such a delight to watch. Here's to #bestcoupleaward at the kbs awards ❤️❤️❤️

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The ending was refreshing and touching. I really didn't want this
beautiful drama to end so fast, it feels like it's just yesterday i started watching it.
Kim Jung Hyun and Sejeong chemistry was super natural and their sweet romance was way better than a lot of adults drama i have watched this year. I never thought i would cheer for a high school couple this much ❤❤❤ Taewoon and Eunho truly were a one hella awesome pair in dramaland ( even with no kiss) i'll miss their interaction..even their making videos were super fun to watch ❤❤❤ I wish for both and to the whole cast a successful acting career...as for Kim Jung Hyun, i am waiting for your next project i want you on my screen soon boy❤

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school 2017 may start on the wrong foot and suffer rating wise, but the drama evolved in heartwarming way. there maybe hiccups in the plot, but the message they try to deliver, its satisfying enough(for me) for a school centered drama.
the OTP act like an adult more than adult can ever be. the evolution of their relationship is more solid than any kdrama OTP ever be. they are one of the best thing happen this year.
So, goodbye School 2017. Goodbye Taewoon, Eunho, Sarang, Daewhi, Bora, the students and the teachers. you guys rocks!! hope you guys will always walk on flower path only, after this.

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Thank you School 2017. I really enjoyed it. I wish the best for all the rookie actors and actresses, may this drama be their stepping stone for more great projects in the future. I hope Kim Junghyun and Kim Sejeong would win couple/s of the year category and maybe rookie actor/actress award too. A duet performance too of not too much. LOL.

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Thanks for the recap @chocolatte
I didn't participate in the recaps of this show, but have just come here to add my farewell to the cute characters and show.

I liked you show but couldn't love you! Many of the characters will stay with me for a while- Tae Swoon, Ra Eun Ho, Sa Rang, the enigmatic guitar guy, strawberry milk guy, Dae Hwi, Bo Ra..

The best part about School 2017- the many wall comments, the names, the swooning! I am gonna miss that!

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Shout out especially to the Enigmatic Guitar guy and Strawberry Milk guy for being favourite characters even though your nicknames were apparently better than remembering your actual names ... kekekek

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Hehhe.. yup! I could remember their names if I tried but they are more recognizable from their nicknames :D

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More iconic that way anyway. If we say Strawberry Milk Guy from now on, we'll all know whose being referred to. :P hehe

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Eun-ho's aegyo was funny, but what was funnier was the immediate switch back to her usual self right after. Although it was quite a difficult watch at first, this show got increasingly better episode after episode. The cast remains as the anchor of the show, with their stellar performance!

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The aegyo was actually a hommage to the producer of this show - parody of Choi Ae-ra's aegyo from Fight for my way ;-)

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Her aegyo clip went viral on twitter and facebook. 20k rts and a million views w/in the 1st 24hr. Lol.

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I love it! ❤️ Thank you Swoon 2017 for making me happy for the past 8 weeks! Though I didn't get to see Sarang and Kyung-woo together, but I'm still gonna make my own ending for both of them. I love Eun Ho's aegyo (though it can't beat Choi Ae Ra's aegyo) and Tae Swoon looks 10x extra hot with the new uniform and new hairstyle. Love love love it! ❤️ Swoon 2017, you'll be missed.

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Still can't believe its over.
I'll miss you tae-school 2017...

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Whew... That was one angsty hour. But the writer managed to balance it with lots of little character moments that made me go 'aww' and grin happily.

It just made me so happy to notice Kyung-woo and Issue hanging out together in the background, Dae-hwi parking himself beside Nam-joo's desk and chatting happily with her, the cute new duo Sa-rang and Bo-ra teasing or supporting their friends, Dae-hwi being the voice of reason for Eun-ho, Teacher Shim scolding ex-Principal Yang's photo, the two ex-principals trading barb in banmal, and Teacher Gu becoming the new caring yet stern principal. And those cute epilogue montages of everyone living happily with their new dreams, friends, and lover just made my day. (Even though it's a pity we never really get to know Young-gun, Issue, and Kyung-woo's full story.)

I also love the reconciliation between Tae-woon and his dad. (Ha! I know his chicken coupon obsession will bite him in the ass later.) I just wish they explored the two's differences a bit earlier and showed us the conflicted dad figure instead of the seemingly one-dimensional Director Hyun. It would make their dad-son bonding time that much more meaningful.

But all in all, I think this drama has perfectly captured the spirit of youth, the importance of friends and family, and the struggle of being a teacher and student in this day and age. Hats off to chocolatte and hanshimi for recapping this and giving us insightful comment every week. And cheers to more relatable and hopeful coming-of-age stories like School 2017.

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Fly high, Kim Jung Hyun-shi! I look forward to see you in many, many more dramas to come! And don't forget to flaunt your arm veins while you're out to conquer the kdramaland! ❤️❤️❤️

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Thank you @hanshimi and @chocolatte for the recaps, and all School 2017 Beanies for the fun fanwall posts and insightful discussions (looking at you, @sicarius, @snarkyjellyfish and @gadis)!

Although I would've preferred the focus to be less on the main couple like @chocolatte mentioned, I found the finale week more satisfying than expected because it brought the Suspect X plotline back to Taewoon's growth and relationship with his father, rather than making it exclusively about Taewoon and Eunho's relationship. I give all of my love to this show, the characters, and the production team that made this unforgettable and heartwarming drama ♡

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In case you guys missed it, I have a present for you guys on my fanwall! It's a translation of PD Park Jinseok's letter to every student of Class 2-1 :') Link here!

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Omg that was just adorable :') I think from the BTS we could really see how smiley and good-humoured the PD was and I'm glad they all looked like they had a great time while filming.

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Thanks for the shout-out, @purpleteapot. ?
The never ending fan wall, the spamming, and the interesting discussion in comment section are what make watching School 2017 an extra fun experience. I'll certainly miss it.

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Oh heyyyyy. Always appreciate when people like to discuss shows with me :P

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I'll miss them badly :'(

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I was waiting for Hee Chan and Bit Na to get their comeuppance....guess I'll just have the headcanon that one day when they were playing golf, an alligator came out of the lake and ate them (and promptly got indigestion)

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Yeah I was actually hoping that karma would come back and bite all the rich kids in their butts, but I guess the worst "punishment" is that they never got to grow and learn as an individual. We saw most of them grow, including Young-gun, Nam-joo, etc, but the rich kids remained snotty and immature from start to end, and were probably unhappy all the while too.

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This happens all too often in drama land. People can be as vile as they want and rarely ever get any comeuppance. Then again, this is true of real life as well. Just wished it didn't happen like 99.9% of the time in drama land.

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I didn't plan to watch this show. I thought it was just teenage fluff, cutesy romance and school hijinks. Even though I like Kim Jung Hyun a.k.a Mori in Rebel, I almost never watch a show just for an actor. Worse, the initial reactions to the drama wasn't very positive.

On a whim, I decided to watch it one day and the rest is history. I don't know why but I really love it from the word go. Much of the credit got to go to Se Jeong. If I don't like the female lead, I wouldn't be able to continue. Eun Ho was just like a ray of sunshine, absolutely infectious with her youthful exuberance, innocence and courage. Se Jeong is a natural, I love her straight away. Together with Kim Jung Hyun, they are one of the cutest pair of lovebirds I've seen. Who needs passionate kisses when there's so much chemistry in their bickering, teasing, touching and just being together?

Kim Jung Hyun is a revelation here. He's so hot and yet an absolute dork. Look at all the Tae monikers he single-handedly spawned! I like his acting and the fact that he doesn't have the typical Korean pretty boy looks. He's perfectly malleable into a variety of roles. I have hopes for this guy, will be keeping an eye on him.

School 2017 isn't a perfect drama. There are times when a show's strengths eclipse its weaknesses. This is one of them. Whatever flaws it had, they didn't bother me in the beginning or made me love the show less in the end. It was a show which made me nostalgic of my youth, cheered me with their hijinks and even struck me with some life lessons.

To me, Forest of Secrets is the best (all rounded) drama of 2017 but School 2017 is the most heartwarming. That's no small feat.

I must also mention that the recappers hanshimi and chocolatte are absolutely wonderful in their insights. They capture so much in their comments that I often have nothing more to add except Swoon and Swoon some more ???

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Oh and I enjoyed being Tae Shirt.

Nothing comes between me and Tae Bod

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Tae Bod, withstanding Bus of doom (also BOD), lol?

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Same here! Started watching it sure it was going to be meh and the rest is history...
I'm going to start Forest of Secrets bc its not the first time Ive heard its a perfect rounded drama and I'd like to watch something totally different plotwise

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Envious! I am of anyone who hasn't watched and about to start FOS.

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I like his acting and the fact that he doesn't have the typical Korean pretty boy looks. He's perfectly malleable into a variety of roles. I have hopes for this guy, will be keeping an eye on him.

Took the words right out of my mouth.

I would say though that I hated Eun-ho in the beginning but warmed up to her a lot in the end. It's Tae-woon who kept me from dropping this show. Well, that and I made the commitment from the beginning.

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This is my first time watching School series and I am glad I picked it up.

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This was the best one for me, but I like plot twists and turns.

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I really really want to see sejeong and junghyun together again in another drama with a more mature setting, playing adult roles and not as students, so there won't be too much limitations as to what they could do as a couple. With the great chemistry that they have, they can do so much more. I also want them to have an endorsement together and magazine photoshoot.

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My love goes to the cast and crew of this drama! KJH and KSJ, I will definitely be watching out and rooting for these two actors. Thankful to the recaps and the beanies ? I enjoyed the show as much as I enjoyed reading the recaps and hilarious comments here. Until the next swoony drama, fighting!

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Thank you all! It was a beautiful ride of sentiments and retrospections to my high school days. I checked my highschool photos from the late 90's and it was fun and I have to "move my ass" to be as active as in the old days.

All this little characters and the main cast were so amazing I'll cherish you like I've been cherishing Ryu Jun-yeol after the Reply series. Wish you all the best and best of luck!!!

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So, I had a dream about School 2017 where it was revealed that Tae Swoon's dad had also once been a vigilante hero (named Y). But the bad guys had found out who he was and threatened his family, killing his wife and forcing him into retirement and bitterness. This is why he so wanted Tae Swoon to live quietly, so as not to attract the notice of real baddies.

... is it bad sign that I'm dreaming of dramas?

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It just realized that Tae-won had the neurotic habit of bitting his lips. I saw it in previous episodes but I didn't get. I just thought it was from a fight.
Well, let's hope that now he won't be so stressed anymore since he reconciled with his dad. So long, Summer 2017.

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Not so sexy if you want to kiss those lips. Just saying ;)

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I have not watched yet, but ended up reading the recaps. Even with just that I feel invested.....is it weird that I'd love to see what happens next? Five or ten years down the road?

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Episode 16 - On My Way to Meet the Real You fave moments

- Eun Ho standing beside Tae Woon and holding his hand letting everyone know about them, saw the little smile in his face
- TaeHo being happy being expelled…lol
- Eun Ho leaning her head in his shoulder then her holding his hand *kyaa* (simple gestures but so sweet)
- The X gang in the coffee shop and letting Tae Woon pay…lol
- Tae Woon and Dae Hwi is now so open with each other
- Chicken delivery as an apology and promising to wait for him
- how happy Tae Woon when he received the gift but pretending he is not…lol
- Tae Woon and his father’s light bantering… kekeke…
- When Tae Woon brought the bike and asking Eun Ho if he will get in trouble again and her answering that he holds grudges… lmao
- AGAIN me crying like a baby when he told her that he will go with his dad which I kinda understand because he is 18 and he is the only family he has
- giving an update for all the characters though it doesn't sit with me that Eun Ho's dream to enter Hanguk University ends just like that, the writer should at least say will continue to try to fulfill her dream...
- jealous Eun Ho is to be feared, she will kill you first with her aegyo attack to make you back off… Tae Woon totally enjoying all of it…kekeke

Totally totally love this drama, even though it is not perfect but it delivered from start to finish.
Going to miss Tae Woon and Eun Ho moments because the chemistry is totally out of this world…lol and a Sejeong fangirl she can date him for real…kekeke

Congratulation to the entire cast and crew, you all did a great job

#TaeHo #HyunTaeWoon #RaEunHo #KimSeJeong #KimJungHyun #학교2017 #school2017 #KimKimCouple #lemonadecouple

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Thanks for the title as always!!!

Jealous Eunho was totally daebak, I am a bit scared to say that Kim Jung Hyun is in my top 10 actors to follow in years to come, she will probably beat me up!!!

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I'm not sure if I agree with what you say about Eunho's "regression." That long road that she and Taewoon walk on in the end, for me it's a symbolism of possibility. Eunho sort of gives up on Hanguk university, but who says she can't achieve her dreams if she goes to another university? Her webtoon dream can still be achieved without her going to a prestigious university, especially since she's gaining more readers now. I think, like the long road in the end of the episode, this is a possibility she can and will try to reach, of course with Taewoon by her side.

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*sigh* Why do I feel disappointed with this ending? There must be something wrong with me since everyone else is raving about it. I did like the drama, but I will say the main reason why I didn't love it: the drama delivered on the relationships front, but fell flat on the dreaming front. I thought the drama was about 18-year olds dreaming and living average lives, with all their daily relationships and struggles. But the only student that was shown fighting for some dream at the end was... Young Gun. An open ending is fine by me but the drama didn't say enough. Basically I'm saying the conclusion could have tied everything together better: 'some of us still don't have a dream, for some of us the dream seems unreachable, but we are doing what we love every day and spending time with people we care abou... what we learned in school is...'. Maybe that's too cheesy, but you get the picture (I hope).

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I really like this show and very happy with the main couple.
I just wished we have seen more of the X squad interaction in the end. Especiallu between TW and DH. I was disappointed that HeeChan was not outed for his terrible abuse of Bora. That sort of thing should not be seept under the rug. I was expecting to see some sort of resolution and him losing the 2nd spot in the school will not cut it. Was hoping he at least get some counselling and healing with his mother. Was too much to hope I guess.

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Wow, what a ride! School 2017 may not have the perfect plot ever, but it just captured the heart of its viewers. Maybe sometimes a drama is not just all about how it stimulates your brain with its "mind boggling" plot but how it makes your heart FEEL while watching it. I salute all the actors, PD, writer, staff for making us believe the genuineness of the "feels" each scene is trying to emanate. That is why I enjoyed it so much.

The ending was pretty satisfying for me. I love how the writer summed up the whole X plot as Tae-woon's rebellion to his dad. I am happy that his dad finally realized that in the end and fixed their relationship. And I was happy knowing that even his dad approved Eun-ho too as Tae-woon's girlfriend. I am glad also that the other relationship in this show had a good closure especially for Nam Joo and Dae Hwi; oh, I wish I could see more of their lovey-dovey scene! I am happy that Bora had repaired her friendships. Though I was waiting for some comeupance for the rich kids, especially Bit Na and Hee Chan, I am just satisfied that finally Dae Hwi now has the courage to stand up against them, to fight for himself, Nam Joo, and even for his friends; and for Bora who finally repaired her friendship with Youn-gun. There is so much more to be explored in this drama actually if only we are 4 episodes longer, it would be amazing if we can know more about the other characters. But still it was a great 16-episode run, I am sure the PD and writer gave us the best they could do to give us this memorable drama. Thank you School 2017! I will watch out for many more projects for Se Jeong, Jung Hyun, and Dong Yoon!

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yes i hope too..that Kim Jung Hyun can show us his good acting in the future with more good drama......." I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for our young cast members. Hopefully, it’s more good dramas, since we can’t get enough of those." i'm more than agree with that...thanks for a good refresing show its cooling and breeze the hot summer indeed. thank u PD Park and writernim.. we enjoyed so much...

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The episode where teacher Shim shows us just how awesomely-daebak he is by darting at principal Yang's photo like that. ?

{THE BUS— also known as The BOD, and I don't mean TaeWoon, JoonKi or DaeHwi.

The best scene was TaeWoon helping Eunho get over her PTSD, so adorable with that bus scene...lol...they should do a medical drama...breathe just breathe!!! It reminded me of a whole other drama though.

And for the sake of scene-closure each literary device or 'vehicle' gets it's own write up in the kdramaddictionary short for; "Korean drama 'addict' dictionary" – of course:

'n., BOD, an abbreviation of Bus•of•doom, as previously coined probably here at dramabeans from plenty another drama's car•of•doom, COD, or truck•of•doom, TOD.'}

Contrary to popular negative commentary about the X-fiasco — I am really gonna miss the X plot line, and wish that it is done again, it doesn't have to be a 'School-series', and in a different way of course.

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What a beautiful journey. At first I just wanted to try and see if the negative feedback I've read for the pilot week were true, that the plot was ridiculous and Sejeong's acting was over the top. Then little by little, I found myself looking forward to seeing Eunho and Taewoon's scenes together. And then next thing I knew, I was hooked. Didn't expect I would love this show so much. Came in without any interest and expectations, didn't know it would give me so much happiness that I'm really finding it hard to let them go now. It was literally like a happy pill to me and it's been so long since I've had this feeling. I miss them so much already. How did time fly by so fast? It felt like forever waiting for new episodes every monday and tuesday but now that it's all over, it feels like everything just went by so fast, it's crazy. Take me back to the day the pilot episode aired, I would gladly go through the wonderful journey all over again. I would also like to thank whoever thought of casting Kim Junghyun and Kim Sejeong. They're the main reason why I fell hard for this drama. And God bless Kim Yoojung for rejecting the lead role. Junghyun and Sejeong were perfect as Taewoon and Eunho. Now I'm just waiting for updates about their next project. Especially Kim Junghyun. I hope his agency picks a good drama for him soon. Although it would be sad that Sejeong won't be her leading lady anymore. I just wanna see him act again already.

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I can say that I'm satisfied with the final episode. Maybe except for the fact that they didn't have a real kiss. After all those teasing.. Sigh. They didn't have a hug scene either. I'm talking about real front hug. There were many moments in ep 16 where they could have hugged. Another thing I'm kinda bitter about is why weren't they holding hands while walking during the ending scene? Seriously. It would have been more beautiful if their hands were intertwined during that scene. Anyway. That's just my personal opinion.

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It doesn't sink in me yet that this drama has ended. Once it does, I believe, I will feel as if I lose my ray of sunshine.

There are two-three letdowns in this episode (I'm not saying dissappointment, though) which make hole in exposition, as well as lessen the emotional punch. How Taewoon's Father snapping back to his sense is rather way too fast and easy in my opinion. People changes, but in most of cases, not that easy. I still accept it, nevertheless, because Father is just probably a novice parent who doesn't know how to show his love in the right way, and unfortunately, his wife is no longer present to share the responsibility of parenting with him.

I don't want to overcritical, because it reduces the fun. So I will just left other letdown things in corner of my mind. What drama is perfect, anyway? The more important thing is that even with those missing punchlines, the overall show still provides the fun to me. Like, really really much.

This drama has lovely characters who are full of love. I like that most of occured confrontations here are out of concern. Taewoon loves his father that he is willing to stop him at all cost. Eunho loves Taewoon that she voluntarily stands by him during the roughest time in his 18 years old life. Sarang loves his Mom that she takes a spy role. Even Taewoon's Father, regardless his unethic way of doing things, also strives to provide the best he can give to his only beloved (handsome) son because of love. And let's never forget Byunggu who loves Strawberry Milk so unconditionally.

I will really miss killing times just to wait to live-watch this drama. I don't think I will miss them pretty soon, because this drama is still gonna linger on my replay watch list, until I find another drama with equivalent swoon worthy factors, which is hard to find.

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And many many thanks for production team which has made this awesome drama, hanshimi & chocolatte for their beautiful insights, and all beanies who have joinnes the Tae bandwagon - without you guys, shipping won't be as thrilling. ???

Anyway, I finally posted my first Fan Wall with TaeHo fanart. ? Only a rough sketch, though.

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Am I the only one who really wanted the students to band together and do something to help Eunho and Taewoon out? It looked like they wanted to, but their drive just wasn't expanded on. :(

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oh the young love !

I miss the drama already
I agree with you ChoCOlatte , Hands down my most fav couple this year and they might me in my top 5 of all time
no mean feat !

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Beautiful show! Enjoyed all way through as started marathoning it last week. I think its the best Ive seen in 2017 and not bc of plot, editing etc.. just bc as the recapper said, Tae woon and Eun Ho made my heart flutter, made me believe in them and feel them. Eun ho's family made me cry and the whole show exuded warmth all over and put a smile on my face.
Feelings: love, flutter, anger, fear... I've come to realize thats why I watch kdrama, they are amazing at making you "feel" when its done well.

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It's...over...it actually ended.....I mean I knew it would end but it just....ended...how do I recover...

In all seriousness though, what a great show. Wow. I love...so much. I'm pretty satisfied overall with the finale, although I do wish they focused more on minor characters. *whispers* maybe they should make another episode....or maybe even a season 2 of senior year...just sayin'.
I agree with your point on Eun-ho's ending...I was pretty disappointed that her dream was kind of just a background thing throughout the series and then didn't amount to much in the end. Same with Tae-woon, they could have done so much more with his motorcycle design dream. I did appreciate that they left the finale pretty open-ended though..may the cute live on!

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Ahh..so many goals in this series : family goals, friendship goals , relationship goals , squad goals.. Gonna miss this show.
Kim Se Jong better do more dramas. I am in love with her !

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I really enjoyed this drama. Sejeong's acting was really good \o/
I'm not sure if I missed it but did they ever find out who put the note in Eunho's locker at the end episode 2?

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I don't think it was confirmed:

Characters with possible motives for doing that.
1.) Kyung Woo (Eunho had asked him if he knew anything, so he may not have wanted to be linked with X, he was rather concerned and not in on it ( who X was).
2.) DaeHwi ( May have placed both his, to avert suspicion that DaeHwi, himself, sent the note, and TaeWoons name on the note because at the time he wanted to make TW look bad.
3.) HeeChan (wanted to make DaeHwi look bad, also he placed TaeWoons name on so that his motive wasn't to obvious).
4.) Officer Han (she may have wanted Eunho to have figured out who X was between the two boys).

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Tae Woon used the same method of cutting and pasting letters in the sushi letter to the principal... but I can't think why he would want to send Eun Ho that message.
My impression is that the drama was going for something sinister with that group of students led by an evil voice early on, so my bet was on them placing the note in the locker. But then the drama changed course and just made them rich snobs, so that was left a mystery.

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Oh I can't believe school 2017 is gone, I felt like crying when the pictures of the casts where shown at the end of this wonderful movie.

I will miss all the cast from our hero Tae woon to our heroine Ra Eunho down to Dae hiw, Namjoo, Sarang, Bora, Bitna, Hee chan, Kung woo, Young gun and her bully friends, Issue, Bung gu,
Teacher Shim, Teacher Jang, Officer Han, the most annoying pair of school principals, Director Hyun and many more.

Lots of hearts to the cast, crew, KBS WORLD, Drama beans and all my fellow beanies.

Thanks for the recap ☺.

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Thank you for that roller coaster but swoon-infested and full of heart ride, Swoon 2017! ?

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Oh I can't believe school 2017 has ended. I felt like crying when the cast were shown at the end.

I will miss our hero Tae woon, down to our heroine Ra eunho, to Dae hwi, Namjoo, Bora, Heechan, Bitna, Sarang, Kungwoo, Bung gu, Issue, Young gun and her bully friends, the most annoying pair of school principals, Teacher Shim, Teacher Jang, Officer Han, Teacher Gu, Director Hyun and many more.

I will also miss those Tae woon Eunho moments.

Lots of hearts to the cast, crew, KBS WORLD, Dramabeans, and all my fellow beanies. ??. ?

Thanks for the recap @dramabeans.

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Many thanks for the recaps, @chocolatte and @hanshimi - although I wasn't able to partake in any of the discussions, I enjoyed every single one of your recaps and the comments that followed - all that swooning made me one happy camper!

I must admit, this wasn't my favourite school series (I don't think anything will beat School2013 for me), but it sure got rid of that sour note left behind by School2015.

I may have found a lot to be lacking, like the pacing, the emotional trajectory, certain character developments and a more cohesive narrative structure, but damn did this drama dish out one of the best OTPs I've had the pleasure of watching in a long while. The youthful romance was downright swoonworthy and acted so well by actors whose future works I most definitely look forward too. If School2013 gave us Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong-Suk, then this one became a serious contender by giving us Kim Se-Jung and Kim Jung-hyun. Both absolutely adorable and talented young(ish) actors!

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awwww, it's over! Thank you @chocolatte and @hanshimi for your recaps - I haven't been able to participate in every single one, but you were very much appreciated (and I love how both recappers and commenters just ran with Tae-swoon, lol).

I don't think the ending was perfect, but like the end of School 2013, it does give a sense of continuing life for these kids (though I would have preferred Eun-ho to still be working on getting into Hanguk university, instead of giving it up altogether - but I like that she continues to pursue her own interests with the webtoon, and that that is gaining traction). I also liked that she's dealing with her bus-related PTSD, and that Tae-woon didn't magically make it go away in one shot. And that Dae-hwi looks so much happier, as does Bo-ra (and Sa-rang less stressed).

I do agree with the criticism that the show lacked cohesiveness at times, but it's mostly been so charming that I didn't quite notice until I came to the end. That's mostly thanks to a fantastic cast - we've seen Jang Dong-yoon and Kim Jung-hyun killing it in Solomon's Perjury and Rebel, but the real surprise package was Kim Se-jung - this drama would not have become my weekly must-watch if I didn't like the female lead, and she did a great job, which deserves even more compliments since this is her acting debut. It takes a certain amount of skill to carry off playing a girl-next-door type without being bland, and she did it (and Tae-swoon wouldn't have been half as swoony if the girl he was directing the swoon at hadn't been so lovable in her own right). I'm also looking forward to seeing Park Se-wan and Han Bo-bae's future projects too, they both killed it in Sa-rang and Bo-ra's arcs. I'm a little sad Z.

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That screenshot of the angry-mom gathering made me realize… Hee-chan's mom looks like Hilary Clinton and that's why her face looked so familiar to me! Okay, onto less random things…

I'm going to miss our Lemonade Couple a lot -- definitely some of the most swoon-worthy scenes I've watched. I have to agree though that this last episode was a bit disappointing and I have a lot of things that I wish the show had addressed more, including:

- The episodes were packed with stories so I understand not being able to flesh out other characters but I wanted more scenes for Issue and Kyung-woo & also more backstory on Officer Han
- I wish there was ONE scene of Nam-joo being nice to her dad :(
- I wanted a bit more clarification about what happened between Bo-ra and Young-gun in the past (I know they briefly mentioned Bo-ra trying to stop an escalated altercation) but how did it get to the point that Young-gun was bullying her?
- Wish there was something more to the evil-rich-student story (i.e. their secret phone chats)… turns out all they were doing was just texting each other? LOL. I was hoping there was something more devious in the works, so that they would get in big trouble & get what they deserve for being such bullies
- Taewoon's dad changed way too drastically from just one scene. Also, how is he allowed to work for another school when he admitted to all that corruption…
- I agree that I wished Tae-woon & Dae-hwi had more scenes towards the end… however, I also would have liked to see just Dae-hwi's personal progress. He was studying himself to death in the beginning and they didn't really address that in the end. Is he still working towards that dream college goal of his?

Overall though, I really enjoyed all the main characters. Looking forward to watching more shows from this lovely bunch of newcomers!!

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Am so happy they resolved the nam joo and DW arc or else nam joo would have been a more unimportant character than she already was .... And their relationship meant a lot to me and my feelings towards DW...

Sa rang , issue and the guitar guy where a love triangle musical drama waiting to happen ...

I loved this show but I felt like apart from the three main leads and maybe Sa rang I hardly know anything about anyone else in the class the others where half developed and the rest was left to our imagInation... I which less time was spent on romance and more time on the other students ...

Most of the other students where just passer bys and I which more time was placed on other school issues ...

But all in all it was a good show and worth the Watch plus I found many new adjectives for the name Tae swoon ... Am sorry spelling that name without the S is impossible and this is my first drama of the actor and I loved him in it ....

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