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20th Century Boy and Girl: Episodes 1-2

If you’re looking for something fizzy and fun, with a sweet romance and a lot of laughs, then you’ve come to the right place! 20th Century Boy and Girl is an easy watch, with characters you’ll love instantly and just enough conflict to hook you in and keep you interested. This show is pure entertainment, which is just what I’ve been needing to get me out of my drama slump—so who wants to join me?

 
EPISODE 1: “The boy we liked back then”

In 1991, a pair of mothers watch dramas as their 9-year-old children lay nearby in their pajamas. The little boy and girl make faces at each other, poking and fighting like kids do. A few years later, in 1997, the little girl is now a teenager. It’s her turn to watch dramas with her two best friends, and they agree that the 26-year-old characters in the show are waaay too old to get married.

By 2005, the girl, SA JIN-JIN (Han Ye-seul), is 23 years old, and she and her friends are still watching dramas—today it’s My Name Is Kim Sam-soon), particularly the scene in which Sam-soon gets called a spinster at thirty. Jin-jin narrates that at that age, they thought it was a sin to be thirty and unmarried.

But time passes, and the three are 35 years old now, and all of them still single. They toss around questions like “Park Bo-gum or Song Joong-ki?” and argue about which celebrity they’d prefer.

HAN AH-REUM (Ryu Hyun-kyung) asserts that the sexiest part of a man is a sinewy forearm, describing a hard-working, responsible man rolling up his sleeves. Then she starts to chide Jin-jin and their third friend, JANG YOUNG-SHIM (Lee Sang-hee), for “saving” their precious bodies, putting on airs of someone much more experienced and worldly. The friends just roll their eyes, used to Ah-reum’s ramblings.

Jin-jin brings the conversation back to the game, where the final round contenders are Gong Yoo (cue excited squeals) and… Anthony. Ah-reum and Young-shim sigh heavily as Jin-jin does an enthusiastic I Love Anthony dance on her bed. Hee, I love these three already.

The camera pans across Jin-jin’s dresser, which is crammed with photos of her life as a successful idol, model, and actress. She narrates that she’s an unmarried woman over 30, and while she no longer believes that marriage is a happy ending, people still treat her as a fool and send her hurtful, disapproving looks. But she concludes: “I won’t blame myself. Today was good, and I look forward to tomorrow.”

The last picture we see is of the three girlfriends back in high school, as Jin-jin says that she hopes that whoever is listening to her story feels the same way. There seems to be a fourth person in the picture, but they’re covered by a picture frame so that all we can see is their hand.

Back in 1997, a boy in blue-striped sneakers steps up to the school photo case, stopping in front of a large picture of Jin-jin. We don’t see his face, and he stands looking at Jin-jin for a long time.

In the present, the celebrity that Jin-jin was squealing over, ANTHONY (Lee Sang-woo), goes on a radio show, and at home, Jin-jin watches the video of the interview like it’s her job. Her surly little brother MIN-HO (Shin Won-ho) sneers at her, calling her ugly and snapping that her manager wants to see her.

Jin-jin takes her time getting ready, taking great care with her clothes, makeup, and accessories before stepping out of her room.

Meanwhile, Jin-jin’s mom (Kim Mi-kyung) goes to the department store with Ah-reum’s mom, and they both beam proudly at a large ad featuring Jin-jin as the spokesmodel. Ah-reum’s mom mentions to a salesgirl how pretty Jin-jin is, and the girl says that she often comes shopping with her mother.

Jin-jin’s mom is excited to be part of the gossip, until the salesgirl says that reportedly, Jin-jin’s mother looks nothing like her daughter, and in fact is mean-looking. Mom barks angrily that Jin-jin’s mother is REALLY NICE OKAY, pfft.

Jin-jin’s parents run a little restaurant, and her dad seems to be a sweet, soft-spoken man. But when a customer complains about a poster featuring Jin-jin has an apron strategically draped across her cleavage, Dad bellows, “Leave it alone!” HAHA.

On her way to a makeup CF shoot, Jin-jin listens to the same radio show again, where the members of idol group Golden Child fanboy over Jin-jin as their ideal type. Meanwhile, Jin-jin’s manager fields calls from reporters, all of whom want to know who Jin-jin will sign with now that her contract is ending.

Jin-jin’s stylist, MI-DAL, complains about the fact that there will be two models in the ad they’re filming today. The other model, a younger actress named JUNG DA-YOUNG (cameo by Han Sun-hwa) whines to her manager that she wants a big van like Jin-jin’s.

Da-young waits until Jin-jin gets to the studio before making a strategically late entrance, and in front of everyone she blames her manager. Jin-jin isn’t impressed, and things get chilly when both ladies turn out to be wearing the same dress.

The director asks Da-young to change, but she protests, pointing out how the dress emphasizes her fantastic… collarbones. Jin-jin interrupts her wheedling to say in an ultra-professional voice that they should hurry and do the shoot, so Da-young changes and they get the job done.

Afterward, Da-young makes a spectacle of herself, bullying her staff and acting like a complete diva. Jin-jin beckons her over and leans way over, right in Da-young’s face, and tells her about a star who was cursed for acting like a brat. She specifies that she means an actual star, suggesting that Da-young read up on Cassiopeia (a queen who was cursed by Poseidon to be an upside-down constellation, after boasting that she was more beautiful than Poseidon’s sea nymphs).

We rejoin Jin-jin’s best friends: Ah-reum works as an airline attendant, and Young-shim is a lawyer who’s job-hunting. The two talk on the phone about Jin-jin’s twenty-year obsession with Anthony. They can’t understand it, especially since Jin-jin is a much bigger star than Anthony, and she knows she’s not even his ideal type.

On the bus to the airport, Ah-reum is surprised when a handsome young man hands her her bag and introduces himself as Dong-hoon, a co-pilot. He reminds her of a flight they shared a month ago, and she remembers catching him staring at her and thinking he was cute. Dong-hoon mentions that they’re on the same flight today as well.

Jin-jin goes to see her agency head, CEO Jang, who asks her to travel to Hong Kong to film a variety show as a favor for an exec who helped her debut. She balks, not having done a variety show in ten years, but CEO Jang talks it up. He adds that she can stay in Hong Kong an extra night and relax, and she reluctantly agrees.

Jin-jin gets a text from yet another agency wanting to sign her, though she hides it, so CEO Jang thinks it’s from a guy. He tells her to let him know if she’s dating so he can do damage control. He tsk-tsks over the for the way she spoke to Da-young, who claims that Jin-jin made her cry, and clucks that that’s the kind of griping old people do.

After her flight, Ah-reum is surprised again when cute co-pilot Dong-hoon asks for her phone number and suggests they have a beer together sometime. He even gives her a gift of a box of chocolates, and later in their hotel room, her roommate teases her about the chemistry between her and Dong-hoon.

When they arrive back in Seoul, they exchange long looks as they part ways on the bus. Jin-jin pulls up to pick up her friend, who yells excitedly, “Hey, I’m getting married!” LOL.

Jin-jin drives Ah-reum to a doctor’s appointment, where she’s more interested in her doctor’s advanced pregnancy than her own uterine fibroids. The doctor assures Ah-reum that if she has surgery to remove the fibroids, she can still have children safely. Though Ah-reum makes a face like that’s not an appealing thought, she’s very proud to report that she’s not a virgin, hee.

Jin-jin and her friends gather for fried chicken and girl talk, and Ah-reum shares about her newest co-pilot crush. Jin-jin doesn’t think Dong-hoon is that into Ah-reum since he hasn’t made a definite move, but Ah-reum argues that it’s just the age difference holding him back (he’s seven years younger).

When her friends ask what Dong-hoon looks like, Ah-reum compares him to a boy they went to school with named Jung Woo-sung, who was very handsome but also very arrogant. She and Jin-jin argue about which one of them Woo-sung liked, and Young-shim recalls a time when they almost broke up their friendship over a boy.

The girls had been in high school, marking their student numbers on photos. One photo had caught their attention—it showed a boy walking out of the frame, and all you can see is one blue-striped tennis shoe. A sudden tension between them led to a pact that they would never fight over men and be friends forever.

Soon it’s time for Jin-jin to travel to Hong Kong, and she and her team make their way through a gauntlet of reporters at the airport. At one point her stylist Mi-dal stops to tie her shoe and puts down her phone, accidentally leaving it behind.

Mi-dal whines about her phone when they get to Hong Kong that night as they ready for bed. She’s prepared to sleep on the floor, but Jin-jin invites her to share the huge bed, so Mi-dal happily giggles and cuddles Jin-jin as she admires the beautiful view of the city.

The next day, we follow a man on his way to work at a company called National Chemical, where he conducts business in fluent English. The name on his office door tells us that this is GONG JI-WON (Kim Ji-suk), and he’s an analyst and investment specialist. Before long his assistant fetches him for an important meeting, and on the way, they discuss Ji-won’s upcoming return to Korea.

At the hotel where his meeting is to take place, Ji-won spots Jin-jin descending the staircase, looking gorgeous on her way to record her show. He stops dead in his tracks and stares, mesmerized and perhaps with recognition, as Jin-jin smiles and chats with the people prepping her for the show.

EPISODE 2 RECAP

Jin-jin’s team watches as she begins her interview with the host (cameo by critic and TV personality Heo Ji-woong). In another part of Hong Kong, businessman Ji-won meets with a Chinese CEO about acquiring his company. The CEO isn’t happy with the way National Chemical is forcing his hand, but agrees to consider it.

When it’s time for Ah-reum’s surgery, she grows nervous and scared, but the anesthesiologist reassures her that everything will be fine as he sedates her. She’s unconscious when her doctor goes into labor early and is unable to perform her procedure.

At the same time, Young-shim slumps out of another job interview, having been rejected yet again. She runs into a law school classmate who guesses she just took an interview, and Young-shim is too embarrassed to admit that she was already turned down.

During her interview, Jin-jin talks about her two best friends, and she tells the host that she doesn’t have any celebrity buddies. He sets up a video chat as a surprise, saying that there’s one celebrity who wants to be Jin-jin’s friend, and she’s not happy to see that it’s the spoiled brat, Da-young.

Jin-jin says that they only met once, but Da-young gushes that she feels like they’re best friends, calling Jin-jin “my Cassiopeia.” She pointedly asks how old Jin-jin is, and when Jin-jin says that she’s 35, she makes an exaggerated gasp that Jin-jin is more like a teacher than a friend. Oh, you little snot.

Da-young says she needs Jin-jin’s advice on how to handle tabloid media. But it becomes clear she’s really here to take jabs at Jin-jin on camera, and brings up Jin-jin’s dating scandals, including one about her dating an older married politician. Da-young starts to mention plastic surgery before the show’s host cuts her off, and Da-young pretends that that was all just a big oopsie. Yeah, right.

Maintaining her professional demeanor, Jin-jin offers to tell Da-young the way to deal with gossip, as the whole crew looks on nervously. We don’t hear what she says, but after the filming is over, CEO Jang yells at her for looking like she was bragging and risking her reputation.

Ah-reum wakes from her surgery to find a male doctor standing over her bed, giving her mother instructions on her care. She’s too groggy to see his face clearly, so her mother tells her that her doctor went into labor and that man performed her surgery.

Mi-dal knows Jin-jin well enough to see that her encounters with Da-young have rattled her. The ladies decide to stay an extra day and send the guys home, Jin-jin threatening to run away if CEO Jang doesn’t let her do this.

Jin-jin and Mi-dal go out on the town that evening, taking selfies all over Hong Kong and generally acting like carefree tourists. When they decide to have dinner at an outdoor cafe, the place is so crowded that they don’t notice Ji-won there, too, across the room.

Later, they stock up on gifts for Mi-dal’s friends and family, and she decides to go back for more. Jin-jin stays behind, sitting on some steps to enjoy a street busker playing the guitar.

And once again, Ji-won is also nearby, sitting in a bar with his assistant only a few feet away. He sees Jin-jin, and his expression grows soft as he remembers her as a young girl. Flashing back, he remembers her on a date, nervously peeking glances at the boy next to her, then smiling in the sun, sleeping on a bus, and staring at someone intently under the moonlight. As he watches her now, Ji-won looks for all the world like a man in love.

Mi-dal returns and whisks Jin-jin away, and a startled Ji-won rushes out to catch her. But by the time he gets outside, they’ve hopped into a taxi, and she’s gone. Sighing in disappointment, he stands at the spot where she was sitting and sees that she left her purse behind in her hurry.

In the morning, Mi-dal goes to the front desk to check out, and the receptionist hands her Jin-jin’s purse, saying that someone left it for Jin-jin last night. Mi-dal gratefully looks through the purse and finds all of Jin-jin’s documentation still there, plus something extra—a note saying “I’ll be back,” with a drawing of a basketball.

She runs up to Jin-jin, who’s waiting for her on the balcony overlooking the lobby, looking preoccupied. Mi-dal is so excited that she startles Jin-jin, who drops her phone, and they watch in horror as it crashes to the lobby floor.

Ah-reum is making a healthy recovery in the hospital, and her mother tells her that her doctor was very handsome, though Ah-reum scoffs that it’s not important. Her phone alerts her to a message, and whatever it is has her staring in surprise.

Jin-jin’s road manager, Hong-hee, runs into CEO Jang’s office in a wild panic, while at the same time, CEO Jang’s phone starts blowing up with calls. Hong-hee tries to call Jin-jin about whatever is happening, but her phone is broken from its fall, and since Mi-dal lost hers at the airport, neither of them can be reached.

We finally see what all the drama is about as CEO Jang watches a video that someone sent to him. It clearly shows a half-naked man in a hotel room, and although it’s shadowy and hard to see, the woman with him looks a lot like Jin-jin. Oh nooooo.

Ji-won is at the airport in Hong Kong, preparing to head home to Korea. His flight is slightly delayed so he settles in to wait. Someone texts him the bedroom video, and he’s horrified to see the salacious comments from men about Jin-jin’s “assets.”

CEO Jang tries to convince the reporters calling him that it couldn’t possibly be Jin-jin in the video, but he orders Hong-hee to find out who the man is so they can look into it. Jin-jin’s brother Min-ho hears about the video while working at his convenience store job, and he rushes home to warn his parents.

Ah-reum tries to reach Young-shim to tell her about the scandalous video, but Young-shim is in another job interview. The man interviewing her just sits there reading her resumé in silence, making Young-shim feel awkward and uncomfortable.

When her doctor comes to check on her, Ah-reum finally gets a good look at him. She stares at him, mouth hanging open in stunned surprise, but when he turns to go she suddenly calls out to him. He turns back, his mouth quirking into a knowing smile, and Ah-reum realizes from the name on his lab coat that he’s Jung Woo-sung, the same boy she knew in high school.

Only, he’s changed. A lot. HAHA, he’s not the model-handsome guy that Ah-reum remembers, though that arrogant smirk still looks the same. Woo-sung asks Ah-reum how the “Four Bongos” are doing these days, mentioning Young-shim and Jin-jin, but he can’t remember the name of the last person in their little friendship foursome.

By the time Jin-jin’s plane lands in Korea, the shocking scandal is all over the country. She still knows nothing about it, so it’s a shock when she arrives to an ambush of reporters, and as they crowd in on her, she and Mi-dal get separated.

At first Jin-jin tries to ignore the reporters and make her way through the lobby. But they surround her so that she can’t move, firing questions at her about the sex tape—and finally, the words start to sink in and Jin-jin realizes what this is all about.

She stands there stunned and frozen, but suddenly someone takes her by the hand and stands protectively between her and the reporters.

Jin-jin looks up, and when her protector turns to look at her, everything around her fades away. She asks, “Gong Ji-won?”

We hear Woo-sung’s voice as he remembers that the fourth friend was Gong Ji-won, and we go back to the boy standing in front of Jin-jin’s picture back in high school, the one wearing the blue-striped sneakers. We finally see young Ji-won’s face, and we’re shown that he’s the fourth person in the photograph on Jin-jin’s dresser. Woo-sung continues:

“He was the only guy, and your food—no, your light. The boy you all liked back then.”

COMMENTS

I expected 20th Century Boy and Girl to be adorable, in large part because both Han Ye-seul and Kim Ji-suk can’t help but be cute as buttons, so it’s no stretch to expect the two of them together to be as precious as a basket of kittens. And so far I’m not disappointed: The show is living up to its promise to be a sweet, quirky love story between two people who knew each other as kids. I wasn’t expecting to learn that Jin-jin and her friends were actually a foursome instead of a threesome, and that Ji-won was part of their tight little circle. I like that twist, because it adds another layer of interest to the fact that something happened, and he wasn’t able to remain friends with them.

I found myself completely charmed by Jin-jin and her quirky little world, but I was surprised by how moved I was when things got serious. Being a celebrity, Jin-jin presents a professional, impervious image to the world, but she’s not cold or unfeeling. She admits, at least to herself, that she’s not untouched when people judge her for still being single at her age. So I’m worried that this sex scandal (which I have no doubt is a fake) will devastate Jin-jin, and I know it will be painful to watch her try to hold her head up and pretend that she’s just fine.

Which brings us to Ji-won, who I’m glad to see is coming back into Jin-jin’s life right when she needs him the most. We don’t know as much about him at this point, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s still carrying a massive torch for Jin-jin. The way he looked at her when he saw her in Hong Kong spoke of something much more than a simple boyhood crush, and then the way he swooped in and wordlessly put himself between Jin-jin and the reporters—well, from that moment on I was totally Team Ji-won. If there was any doubt in my mind that Kim Ji-suk could pull off a romantic leading role (hint: there wasn’t), that moment would have dispelled all of my misgivings.

I wonder what happened back in school to cause Ji-won to break off from the group, while the girls continued to stick together like glue. I have a feeling that it involves the things he remembered about Jin-jin. I’m guessing that Ji-won is the boy she was looking at so nervously in his memories, and I’m assuming that they had feelings for each other, but it didn’t work out and they lost touch.

Obviously, there’s still something there between them, and a part of me hopes that Ji-won is the reason that Jin-jin hasn’t really dated even though she’s in her mid-thirties. Oh sure, there’s her crush on Anthony, but what could be “safer” than a crush on an out-of-reach celebrity?

Speaking of Jin-jin, I’ve decided that she’s officially my new favorite thing. I love how utterly professional she is when she needs to be, but she can be a complete whackadoodle when she’s with her friends. She has a wonderful way of letting go of things that bother her, but she’s not flighty or simple. She just understands that as a celebrity, there’s not much she can do about what people think of her. And it’s awesome that Jin-jin is equally as smart as she is beautiful—her putting Da-young in her place by comparing her to Cassiopeia, managing to insult Da-young’s attitude and ignorance in one fell swoop, was simply brilliant. As much as I’m looking forward to the love story between Jin-jin and Ji-won, I think I could just as happily watch a whole drama about Jin-jin just being her awesome self.

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What a sweet show! Someone on another platform called it, "Age of Youth: Ahjumma version" which I don't agree with - 35 isn't ahjumma age. But it IS amazing to see another show about strong female friendships. Much Happiness.

I'd also like to remind everyone that this show was called 'No Sex and The City' at one point. I can't figure out why the change of name, is it more No Sex and the City or 20th century boys and girls?

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I'm hoping he busts out his German too. If I am not mistaken, I read somewhere that he is actually certified to teach both English and German as a 2nd language.

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he also knows a little french if i'm not mistaken.

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His French sounded hilariously impressive in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN when buddy Do-kyung's inebriated noona commenced parlez-vous'ing and he'd answer her. Even if it were the equivalent of pig Latin, his timing and phrasing was impeccable.

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Oh dear - sorry this seemed a little out of context. I was replying to post 13 @sujeongi - don't know how it got here!! LOL!!!!

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I've been wanting to hear Kim Ji-suk speak German, too. I was aware that he'd majored in it -- but dual teaching certifications? Even more impressive!

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I am majorly crushing on him now if he can speak both french and german. 😊😊😊

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I also call this drama as older version of Age of Youth, because it does give me AOY feels but this time for ladies in 30s.

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I don't find it similar to Age Of Youth i think its more like One More Happy Ending like comment #2 mentioned, 3 30 something female friends, but the difference is those girls are childhood friends which is amazing that they kept thier friendship all those years.

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As for me its more like a Fight My Way kinda set of childhood friends but main leads were separated.

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This show gives me One More Happy Ending vibes, and I like it! :-)

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While I loved the friendships in OMHE, I thought the story itself was bad, so I hope this is a lot better than that show.

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OMHE was good at the beginning and fun, I remember that I loved JNR's character at the beginning too, after 6 episodes it started to go downhill.

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I know I would adore our 3 girls' friendship from the get go. But Jin-jin's cute relationship with her stylist is a delightful surprise this eps. They are just adorable.

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As much as I’m looking forward to the love story between Jin-jin and Ji-won, I think I could just as happily watch a whole drama about Jin-jin just being her awesome self.

I couldn't sum it up better, love Jin-jin and her attitude.
This is also a drama that really shines better when you watch without subs since you can see their acting and how warm and friendly their gaze to each other.

I can see how ji won knows her and how sincere jin-jin to her stylist. It just lovely.

I know I can count on Mon-Tues for my new drama. I like witch court too, it's a triple threat for me in Monday.

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I cannot agree more. And you are right - Witch's Court is also great. Mon-Tues hooray!

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((i love your username))

yes, she was so nice and classy throughout the episode! i'm so happy that the haughty actress is just a cameo, phew. thought she'd be the main antagonist.

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I'm already in love with this show <3 Fingers crossed it stays good!

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This drama is all sorts of lovely - it just feels warm and genuine, perfect for autumn. I'm all over the reunited childhood sweethearts of Jin-jin and Ji-won and the sisterhood of Jin-jin, Ah-reum and Young-shim!

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Thanks @lollypip for the recap 😇 Being a 20th century girl myself, this show definitely hits the spot. Although I started watching for Kim Ji Suk, in the end, I fell in love with the trio of friends. Definitely looking forward for this drama 🤗

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You don't how happy it makes me to see a big star like Jin Jin treat her people well and even have a close relationship with her stylist.

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Yes I loved that she's sweet to everyone around her and isn't a diva in the way actresses are usually portrayed in dramaland. Having people be decent human being in dramas is so rare that when one comes along I cherish it.

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SOS how do I delete a comment ?

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Just click on the 3 dots beside your name and click delete.

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Thank you

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just gonna be reading the recaps for now too many awesome dramas airing this period.

But so far I'm loving the friendship between the actor lawyer and the flight attendant. its quite refreshing knowing that the female lead is not surrounded by people who hate her or fake friend like in TOL.
jin-jin is quite humble for a celebrity and I love her already.
I really wish that the friendship between the girls is not ruined now that jiwon is back in the picture.

Thank you @Lollypip for the recap

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Am I the only one who gets a bad feeling about the pilot? I think hes interested in someone else... Maybe one of Ah reum's co workers?

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Same here, I don't like the eye contact between him and the co-worker, which seems to me that it might be prank on Ah-reum over a bet that she would fall head-over-heels for the pilot, or something like that.

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I found him odd too. Maybe he's interested in Jin Jin and somehow he knows Ah reum is her friend.

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I'm actually a little more worried for Ahreum based on her reaction. It's really part of her personality to wear her heart on her sleeve, and he does seem to be giving off pretty clear more friendly than normal signs, so I'm not saying it's wrong for her to think he likes her.

But she's just so emotionally invested already and so convinced that he likes her, before finding out more about his possible motives.

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I think That too, i think Ah Reum might end up with the Doctor friend.

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Yes definitely.

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I think so, too.

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Squeeeeee this is way too sweet! I adore all of the friendships, especially our central trio's, and I love how they're all so in sync and comfortable with each other. This is shaping up to be a world that I'd love to live in.

Also already massively and undeniably on Team Ji-won. He's. SO. CUTE. And Jin-jin's even more adorable--I like that there are top stars (in dramaland at least) who aren't overly carried away by their fame. Jin-jin's relationship with her team is the best.

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I like the warm and lovely look in his eyes when he looks at jin jin.

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This show gives me mostly good vibes, in terms of the the characters' interactions and the storyline. Maybe it's just me, but I felt some parts of the show had some choppy editing. Everything else was pretty solid for the first two episodes, I really like Jung Woo-sung the doctor, I hope he'll get more parts and maybe romance Ah-reum a little? (because the co-pilot seems rather fishy to me.) Can't wait to see more of Ji-won and Jin-jin!

Side note: Was kinda sitting on pins and needles when Kim Ji-seok delivers his English lines, but he did pretty well, phew! Thank goodness the Cantonese was super short because I was reminded of the movie, Perfect Proposal (Yoo Yeon-seok and Im Soo-jung), where I found myself squirming in my seat, feeling confused because I couldn't figure out a single Cantonese word that Im Soo-jung was saying to the other actor (neither a native speaker) in their 2-min conversation at the start of the film.

Side side note: Somehow I thought Ji-won fits Kim Ji-seok better than his real name. LOL.

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Same! I was about to say the editing can be really confusing.

I get that they're trying to withhold some details to build suspense/ curiosity, but the way that they suddenly cut from character to character and clip off scenes at important parts was confusing even for someone like me who knows the setup through the teasers/ highlight video (e.g. who the three friends are, that Jiwon was part of Bonggopa).

Needless to say, it was even more of a struggle to follow for my mum who knew nothing about the drama. There were just a tad too many things unexplained/ left up in the air, like the note that Jiwon left in Jinjin's bag, or why she was spacing out so much that she dropped her phone when Midal called out to her. I love the characters already, but the editing desperately needs brushing up.

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He wasn't speaking in Cantonese to the taxi driver. It was Mandarin.

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I love all four characters!
Jin Jin's a sweetheart and can Kim Ji-suk (Ji-won) be any swoonier?

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I can't wait to find out why JiWon is no longer part of the group when he obviously still holds and cherishes memories of Jin Jin. His swooping to the rescue was swoonworthy!!
What's with the leading men lately? All at their swooniest (NOT that I'm complaining)

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I think what happened was that Ji-won and Jin Jin fell for each other, but before anyone found out, one of the other girls probably confessed that she likes him. Because of the pledge they made about not letting a guy come between their friendship, Jin Jin decided to let him go and told him that she was not interested in him any more. He was broken-hearted and left the group. That's how they probably lost contact with him.

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Very plausible. Although his cryptic note with the drawing of a basketball and the line from TERMINATOR suggests to me that Ji-won might have gotten an athletic scholarship and moved away -- perhaps overseas, hence his excellent English. Then he could have gone on to become a mergers & acquisitions specialist after he ceased playing ball, perhaps owing to an injury or something. ;-)

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sp**l*r alert 🙈
I've read before the sypnosis of this drama, and the reason why JiWon left was becoz his parents broke up and he had to left and go to abroad with his father to study and inherit his father's business.

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Thanks! My silly wild-a** guesses weren't too far off. ;-)

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This show is so sweet, I know I will be making the needed time to watch it, even in this crush of dramas.

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I loved it so much! It felt so good watching this show. I just kept on smiling all through out the show. It’s a really warm show ☺️☺️☺️

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have seen up to the fourth ep, and so far, i am way too touched by the kind of friendship the girls have shown.

hope that this warm, exciting vibe in watching the drama will continue. crossing fingers…

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Me too. It just warms my heart! I love the girls' friendship, I love how the male lead is very considerate, I love that the female lead has a strong character.

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FINALLY! A show that caught my attention! Kim Ji-Suk and Han Ye Seul are so darn cute, I just want to pinch their cheeks and hug them and give them food.

Why is Ji Won so swoony? His warm gaze and secret smiles....phew! And Jin-jin reduced to her teenaged self when faced with Ji Won...adorable!

The show is clever with the editing by showing the beginning of something and then concluding it later. We can often easily misunderstand something when we don't know the whole story and then when it is finally revealed, we understand why the characters behave as they do.

For once, the female lead feels real and not someone with a strange quirk or chip on their shoulder. Jin-Jin is smart and savvy in handling her career but one wonders what will ensue when she is faced with love which is the one area she has not had much experience in. This will be a really fun ride to see how she fares.

I also really love Jin-Jin's family and her friends who are given realistic backgrounds and believable families. The veteran actors who portray the family members are superb, just a flicker of the eyes or a downward gaze can say so much!

Hope the show continues with the warm, feel-good vibes it has going now.

For me, this is just the right thing to watch among all the rather depressing and tepid love stories, fantasy re-hash, genius doctors, lawyers and investigators going on now.

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So far this is panning out to be the slice-of-life style I had hoped it would be, and I'm pleased! Although Jinjin is a top star and there's some drama over the scandal, it's depicted from an ordinary perspective which makes it emotionally compelling.

I also like that none of the characters (except Dayoung, but she's a cameo) fall into instantly recognisable "types". Jinjin isn't a diva but rather a slightly reserved, very down-to-earth, confident person who just happens to also be very famous. She's also very appreciative of those around her. Ahreum is like the baby of the group who doesn't hold back her emotions, she's so cute. And Jiwon is very capable but there's also this cheeky side that lends his personality a boyish feeling.

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I love this. I love it. I love it. Oh yeah (went a lityle PSY here 😉😉)
Anyway, episode 2 was way better, although I lost some of my respect for the heroine. I'll say why in the recap of episode 2.

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This whole episode I thought they were setting us up to say the forth friend we didn't see died lmao I'm laughing so hard at how wrong I was

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It is too sweet for me. Maybe I am not really in a mood for this. It may also be because the other shows are a bit darker and have better story like while you were sleeping, witch's court and hospital ship.
Sorry but Monday and Tuesday is booked for tol and WC. Suddenly my week is filled up with dramas again.

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Thanks, LollyPip, for your recap and comments. You perfectly dispelled a couple of details that I hadn't been able to figure out. Yay!

It has been worth the wait for 2OTH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL's premiere. I love the show's vibe, and the Four Bongos' back stories. From what I gathered, Ji-won's mom and Jin-jin's mother must have been friends back when they watched soap operas together. It will be interesting to see how that ties in to the main plot.

It was also a blast to see Hong Kong. I went there on my honeymoon when it was still part of the Commonwealth. Passengers on planes landing at Kai Tak could look into the windows of adjacent apartment buildings -- it was kind of hairy. I also felt as if I were walking around the night market. Well done, Show!

There appeared to be a trio of guys in high school, and we've met two of them. I wonder how #3 fits in.

The cast includes a bunch of character actors whose work I enjoy. Kim Chang-wan and Kim Mi-kyung will be great as Jin-jin's parents, and I'm tickled to see Shin Won-Ho as her kid brother. His hacker role in LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA made him a man of few words, so it's fun to see a more animated persona.

Our OTP hits all the right notes for me. The show's off to a great start. What more could I ask for? ;-)

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Hahaha the trio of guys are shaping up to be darn hilarious, especially Woo-sung. I do hope he and Ah-reum work out in the end!

I loooove Jin-jin's family too. Her parents are so supportive and while Min-ho is all angsty teenager, he's really good to her too. I like the world building and fingers crossed it'll continue being this great.

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Totally my type of show! I've been searching for light and sweet romcom for awhile now and my wait is over. And HYS is so beautiful in that hair ^^

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The friendship is great! I love it.

Back to the scandalous video...right from the first episode really? Who did that to jin jin ugh!

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I didn't really like the first couple of episodes. I thought that it was a bit draggy. But, I said that I would stick it out for another week and read the recaps and my fellow Beanie's comments. I'm glad to see that Da Young is just a cameo and we hopefully won't be seeing too much more of her. A Beanie had pointed out that her presence was probably to highlight the difference between her bitchy-diva attitude and JinJin's delightful adorableness but for me all of that was overshadowed with the emphasis that was made with both actresses ages. It seemed like they were setting up a 30something vs 20something drama which I am not fond of. And then I saw (and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one) more hints of it when the copilot asked for the phone number of the flight attendant. It seemed like he and the younger flight attendant were having some weird eye contact (Which I read as why is he asking out the older woman when there's this Pretty Young Thing right and she was gonna cause some trouble--which I only read that way because of the set up with JinJin/Da Young). I think I'm the only Beanie who wasn't sold right away on this drama :/ But, I'll give it another week and see if I feel better about it now that so much of the bitchiness in the first ep can be waved away.

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Glad to see Han Ye Seul back <3 I like that the premiere was about Sa Jin Jin and her entourage. It's great to see that our lead is not only defined by being a love interest or just waiting for the man of her life to come. She has great friends, great workers and a great family. Only a great man is missing but I feel like even if she didn't meet her old friend, she would still have lived well.

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I've been waiting for this since the announcement of Han Yeseul being casted and adding JiSeok, his first lead role, ugghhh finally its been broadcast!

This is totally my catnip. ❤ After Fight My Way, this is the only romcom I'm really looking forward to and did not disappoint.

Though we know somehow where this story will leads, I'm glad its taking slow and we got to appreciate every character and their life.

Side note: The fangirl heart of JinJin and not wanting her oppa to date until 80 was really realistic 😂 delulu fangirls can relate!

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Well, I wasn't going to watch this one, as I was trying to save myself the heartache and sleep depravity from watching all the dramas coming out...but this recap changed my mind. Who needs sleep? I don't.

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I'm in love with this show already! Yes I agreed with you that Jin jin is also my current lovable character. I love how she's presented as a famous actress that has a normal live too with normal friends and family, which makes it different than dramas that tend to present a main character as famous celebrity with outstanding and different life than us.

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This show is AMAZING. I hope it remains that way the whole time. It's such an easy watch and I'm already super invested in all the characters.

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I really like this show. The leads are really likeable and looking forward to find out why they are no longer in touch with each other.

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Han Ye Seul is so sassy and adorable here.. I hope she will stay the same throughout the series and not becoming bland female lead at the end of the story. And why Kim Ji Suk's character, Gong Ji Won, is so swoony? I felt in love with him already.

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i like this show. kim ji suk can do leading man character now :D
the friends story are cute. Still waiting for more story about jin jin and ji won.. and mayba a bit about Anthony which JinJin really like.. Im pretty sure one of her friend will end up with the doctor jung woo sung

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This sounds adorable and seems like my type of show based on first impression! I'm gonna wait for more episodes of this and Witch's Courtroom to come out before I start watching. I'm glad that Kim Ji Suk finally got a lead role. He and Han Ye Seul make a cute pair here.

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I confess, I read this recap first. The positive feedback and the characters now convinced me to add this drama to my Watch List. Woooow, after a long drought, I'm into WYWS, this drama and I'll definitely check out the TVN drama of Siwon and Kang Sora! JinJin looks super adorable and lovable to me already, the charm just oozes out, even from the still pictures in this recap.

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I'm liking it so far cos it's an easy watch. But I have a little problem with the pacing. Hope it picks up from there. I love the otp but I'm not really liking her 2 girlfriends, i think they lack presence and charisma.

I'm so glad Kim Ji Suk has finally gotten a lead role after so many years being 2nd lead. I hope the drama is a hit.

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As someone who is in her 30s and still single, while maintaining an adult professional life by day and fangirling with my girlfriends once work day ends, I can relate so much! Now I wish I have a Gong Ji Won too.

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I haven't seen the episodes yet (my sister already has it on queue) but this recap has me sold. Maybe it's because the characters are now my age and that most of my friends are still single until now. Too relatable and I love it!

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Loving the cute and close friendship between the 3 ladies.
Haven't seen Han Ye Seul in anything before, but I'm excited to see her here.

I'm already falling for Ji Won. His adoring looks at Jin Jin was so sweet.

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this drama is a peerrrfect replacement after age of youth. i was almost got into drama slump.

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watched up until episode 4. and i think i'll stay. i like the main characters. and finally a star who is grounded and not haughty in dramaland.

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As much as I like Jin-jin, I'm loving Ah-reum. When I saw her in her flight attendant uniform she looked like your average beautiful woman espc. body figure wise. When she unbuttoned herself a bit to get comfortable, I was completely sold on her.

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The friendship between the three ladies is really lovely. I also like how Jin Jin treats the people around her so so well. Like how she treats her stylists like one of her friends. Also, the way Ji Won looks at Jin Jin makes me swoon a little! You can really see by the way he looks that he has feelings for her. Much less when he saved her in the airport. Looking forward to more eps! Thank you for the recap, Lollypip!

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