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Age of Youth 2: Episode 11

It’s finally time for Ji-won to face her demons, and while I was eagerly anticipating this moment, nothing is more shattering than seeing her sparkle start to fade. But nothing is done alone at Belle Epoque, and like Ji-won, our other Belle Epoque ladies all confront the most daunting parts of themselves. It seems like a hot mess of tears, confessions, bruises, and unwanted realities, but somehow these ladies weave together their stories into a quintessential lesson about learning yourself.

 
EPISODE 11: “I betrayed myself” #fall

We see professionally chopped food and sizzling meats, which can only mean one thing: It’s Chef PARK JAE-WAN (Yoon Park), Jin-myung’s boyfriend. He sees a message from Jin-myung on his break, and it asks him to indulge her with encouragement and affirmation that she isn’t a bad person.

At Belle Epoque, the housemates are held hostage by the man who knows “Joanne,” and Jae-wan’s call to Jin-myung goes unanswered in the pile of confiscated phones. The captor holds a knife to Jin-myung’s throat demanding an explanation on how they know Joanne, pushing the knife closer to Jin-myung’s throat. A trembling Eun tells him that they tracked down Joanne as the sender of a mysterious letter.

He orders Ye-eun to retrieve the letter, and she nervously takes it from the refrigerator door and gives it to him. He hands it to Jin-myung to read aloud, and it starts: “You’re the one who ruined my life. It’s all because of you that I turned out like this.”

As she reads, Jae-wan’s encouraging words intercut with hers. He writes, “You are a good person, so don’t worry. Thank you for asking me for encouragement. I miss you.”

The letter continues: “But you became a university student. You laughed and smiled in front of me. Are you happy? I’m sure you’re happy. You’ll go on eating and living well, laughing away, not knowing there’s a person whose life you ruined. Merry Christmas, you say? You XXXX, I won’t let this go. I’ll make it so you can’t smile like that again. I’ll rip apart that smiling mouth of yours. Just like the agony I suffered, I’ll kill you.”

Jin-myung finishes reading, and the captor tells them that whoever the letter was directed to must be a bad person. He wonders which one of them it is and orders Ye-eun to handcuff everyone in zip ties. Ye-eun is frozen in fear, and when her inaction angers him, Eun-jae jumps up to tie everyone instead.

Shocked, Ye-eun retreats back to the floor, and Ji-won tries to assure her that everything will be okay. The captor orders Eun-jae to handcuff everyone tightly, and she apologizes as Eun winces. Ye-eun’s body has gone limp and they have to hold her hands together to tie them as tears roll from her glossed-over eyes.

The captor throws Jin-myung onto the floor and asks which of them ruined Joanne. He looks to Ji-won and asks if it was her, and she vehemently shakes her head. Eun-jae doesn’t know, but that angers him more and he grabs her hair hard. Jin-myung begs him to believe them, since they wouldn’t have gone looking for her had they known who she was.

He lets go of Eun-jae and shows them a picture of Joanne. None of them recognize her, so he looks down at the picture and asks, “Should I just kill them all, Hyo-jin?” At that, Ji-won looks up with recognition.

He gives them exactly eight minutes to come clean, and Ji-won reconfirms Hyo-jin’s name. Jin-myung interjects before Ji-won can react and tells him to ask Hyo-jin who the letter is for instead of threatening them. He retorts that he can’t because she committed suicide: “She’s fucking dead.”

Apparently she died in March, and he says that while she’d always been a gloomy person, she was uncharacteristically bright during her last inmate visit. He reproaches himself for not recognizing the sudden mood shift.

He asks crying Ji-won if she’s the culprit. Jin-myung and Eun-jae try to prevent her, but she nods. He asks what she did to Hyo-jin, but while Ji-won says she knows she did something, she doesn’t remember what. Enraged by her lack of remorse, he slams her head to the ground and he reviles her for not remembering what she did to Hyo-jin.

The captor grabs Ji-won again, and the housemates try to fight his grip when suddenly Ye-eun gets up and calmly walks to her room. The captor lets go of Ji-won and follows her, and she points to the childhood photo of Ji-won and Hyo-jin.

He throws Ye-eun against the shelf, and Jin-myung rushes to her side as she crumbles to the ground. Then, he grabs the photo and asks if Ji-won is pictured there, and she confirms it.

Reading the date on the back of the photo, the captor guesses that the girls were in third grade then, and Ji-won nods. He thinks back to a conversation with Hyo-jin, who’d asked when his life went wrong. He’d responded that his life was ruined from the start, and Hyo-jin revealed that her misfortune began in third grade. She asked him a favor—to kill someone for her—but didn’t reveal who, saying she’d try on her own before resorting to him.

He asks Ji-won again what she did. She still can’t remember, and he figures that he’ll grant Hyo-jin’s dying wish anyway and grabs Ji-won to take her away. Jin-myung tries to intervene, just as a crackling noise sounds—and the captor twitches and thuds to the ground, unconscious.

Ye-eun stands behind him with the taser, and she screams as she drops it. She begins to panic, and Jin-myung coaches her to breathe as she cuts the zip ties. Eun-jae runs to call the police, and Ye-eun screams again at the sight of the captor crawling back up.

He smacks Jin-myung to the ground and stops Eun-jae from calling for help by throwing her to the ground. He picks up the knife, and Ye-eun runs at him with a pair of scissors. But he pushes her against the wall and she falls to the ground.

At that, Ji-won yells at everyone to stop. She looks at her fallen housemates and says that she’ll go with the captor, since she’s the one he’s seeking. Jin-myung tries to reason that they were in third grade—just children—when this happened. He doesn’t care—young or old, if you committed a wrong, you should be punished.

Jin-myung points out another inconsistency that the letter was written in December, three months before Hyo-jin died. If she really wanted to harm Ji-won, she would have tried something in those three months. But the captor looks at the letter and thinks back to Hyo-jin telling him that she’ll request that favor later. He decides that later is now.

The captor grabs Ji-won to leave, but Eun stands in their way, shaking in fear but refusing to get out of the way. He threatens to kill all of them if she doesn’t move, and Ji-won pleads for Eun to let them go. Ye-eun begs the captor not to take Ji-won, insisting that she’s not a bad person. Regaining consciousness, Eun-jae urges Ji-won to come back to them.

Provoked by the housemates’ protectiveness for Ji-won, the captor grabs Ji-won’s neck and raises his knife, ready to stab. But as he wields the knife, some of his murderous rage ebbs away and he asks frustratedly why she was so terrible to Hyo-jin. Finally, he storms out of the house.

The captor throws the housemates’ phones into a planter on his way out, while inside, the housemates huddle together, crying. Ji-won apologizes profusely through her tears as Eun-jae cuts everyone’s zip ties. They sit on the ground, injured, in tears and in shock.

The next morning, the housemates wake up to the new day with injuries—Jin-myung with a cut on her neck, Eun-jae with a sore side, Ye-eun with a bruised cheek, and Eun with discolored wrists. Ji-won, meanwhile, remains asleep in bed.

Jin-myung heads to work with a scarf to cover her injured neck, and Eun-jae comments that it’s strange that they’re going on with their daily routines after last night’s trauma. Ye-eun agrees and says that she expected to live differently after facing death, but nothing has changed. It’s a new day, so they go to school and go to work.

Eun worries that the captor will come back to Belle Epoque if they don’t report him, and the housemates wonder why Ji-won didn’t want to report this. As Eun heads to school, she checks the painted chair, now dry.

At work, Jin-myung reflects on Eun-jae’s words about returning to their daily routines like nothing happened, and it spurs her to assertively search for Heimdal. She talks to his former groupmates, visits the comic book store where he’s a regular, and asks his friends if they know his whereabouts.

The ordeal gives Eun-jae new determination too, and she approaches Jong-yeol with a cold drink, gives it to him, and walks away. Jong-yeol’s friends tease him about getting back together with her, and while he denies it, he doesn’t seem opposed to Eun-jae’s advances.

Ye-eun runs into Kyung-ah in the bathroom and covers her bruised face, assuring her that she just hurt herself (as in, she’s not in another abusive relationship).

Kyung-ah shares that Yoo-kyung is at the hospital after being found unconscious and hasn’t spoken a word since she’s woken up. She informs Ye-eun that the doctor recommended psychiatric counseling, but Ye-eun walks away feigning disinterest.

After class, Eun approaches Ye-ji to talk. Ye-ji assumes she’s mad at her for meddling in her relationship with Jang-hoon and apologizes, promising not to do it again. But Eun comes clean and admits that she lied to Ye-ji—she and Jang-hoon were never dating.

Ye-ji asks why, then guesses that she was being too clingy again. Eun doesn’t respond, and Ye-ji takes that as confirmation. Looking stricken, Ye-ji leaves quietly.

Still in bed, Ji-won turns over and looks at her journalism award that reads: “Only obey the truth.” She shows up to the journalism office with big sunglasses, and when Sung-min sees her, he jokes that she’s probably been hit by someone (yikes).

She takes it in stride, keeping up her usual light demeanor as she hands him a pile of prep books for the journalism exam. She demands tears of gratitude, but Sung-min asks if she’s not going to take the test herself and get a job.

Ji-won says she will get a job, but not in media. “I can’t,” she says simply and leaves. Sung-min can sense something off and follows her out. He takes off her sunglasses, which reveals her bruised eye. She tries to stay light, but her smile fades as she says that she found Hyo-jin.

Over drinks, Ji-won tells Sung-min that she’s reminded of a fable about a king ordering his son to deliver a letter. The son endured numerous trials to barely deliver the letter—only to have the letter order the death of the messenger. She feels exactly like that messenger and regrets not throwing that letter away. It was better not knowing.

Sung-min tries to assure her that they don’t know what happened since Ji-won doesn’t remember, but Ji-won can infer that she did something bad. She asks Sung-min to objectively imagine an article based on the facts they’ve gathered so far, without sympathizing with her.

Words fail him, so Ji-won dictates the story for him: “During the summer of third grade, Song Ji-won became a liar. She made up unbelievable lies, and one of them was about Moon Hyo-jin. She doesn’t know why—maybe her rebellious stage came early, maybe she was jealous of Hyo-jin’s pretty shoes. But unlike other lies, the lie about Hyo-jin becomes a problem. A rumor spreads through the whole school, and Hyo-jin transfers out. After that, Hyo-jin’s life is ruined. Her mom dies, she runs away from her uncle’s house, meets a disreputable man, and becomes depressed.”

She thinks to the trip to the spa and continues: “Then, she meets me. That day, I’m laughing and smiling. She writes a hateful letter and commits suicide three months later.” She asks Sung-min if anything is wrong so far as an editor, and he says that she needs to cross-check her references. Ji-won cracks up at his serious criticism, but her laughter quickly fades.

Sung-min walks Ji-won home and asks what she’s going to do now. She says that she’ll anguish and repent for a while, and when she feels that she’s done enough, she’ll move on with her life. Sung-min advises her to take that time and not decide anything in this moment. She forces a smile and saunters back home.

While hanging laundry, Jin-myung finds Ji-won’s journalism awards in the trash. When she asks Ji-won about them, Ji-won nonchalantly says that she threw them away and goes to her room. Eun-jae realizes that she was wrong—things are not the same.

The next morning, Eun checks Jang-hoon’s unattended chair and tapes the fallen “Wet Paint” sign back on it. Eun nears her father’s store and lingers across the street, not wanting to be seen. But when she sees her half-sister walking into the street alone, Eun can’t ignore her worry and stops her to ask where she’s going and where her father is. The little girl replies that he’s been sleeping for a long time, so she’s going to the playground by herself because she’s bored.

Eun’s father is found unconscious, and Eun and her half-sister ride in his ambulance to the hospital. At the hospital, Eun calls both her mom and her stepmom, which ends up in an awkward encounter between the two mother-daughter pairs.

When the nurse arrives in search of the guardian, Eun’s mother claims the title and takes Eun along with her to check on her father, leaving the other mother-daughter pair to wait for the news. Fortunately, Eun’s father has stabilized and no surgery is necessary thanks to the early discovery of the blood clot. Eun watches her father from his bedside and looks hesitant.

Eun’s mother tells Eun to guard her father from unwanted visitors, obviously meaning the stepmom and daughter. But once her mother leaves, Eun updates her stepmom on her father’s condition. Eun agrees to watch her sleeping sister while her stepmom goes home to fetch some of Dad’s things.

Initially, Eun stands there awkwardly, but then she carefully slides her backpack under her sister’s head, waking her up in the process. Eun assures her that her mother will return and warns her not to cry. The girl complains about her undone braid, and Eun offers to fix it for her.

As Eun braids her sister’s hair, she asks if her father did her hair. Her sister nods, and Eun begins to tear up. Her sister complains about the bumpy braid, but when she sees that Eun is crying, she holds her hand to comfort her.

When Eun returns home, she notices that the chair has moved from its usual spot and gets excited that Jang-hoon is back. She walks down to his room and scolds him for not telling them that he was leaving. He asked if anything happened, and she says that something did but remains silent.

Jang-hoon fills the silence by putting words in her mouth—that she was lonely without him and missed him. But she puts those words in her own mouth and admits that she did feel lonely and did miss him. Then she climbs back up the stairs, leaving Jang-hoon dumbfounded.

Jin-myung finds Eun numbly knocking her head against the wall but doesn’t find out more because she’s called by the comic book store owner with information on Heimdal. She ends up at the police station and finds a dirtier and smellier Heimdal there—he’s spent this time homeless and wandering. She claims to be his older sister, and as he’s released from the station, he grumbles that she’s meddling in his life.

Heimdal tries to run away from Jin-myung, but he’s too hungry to run. They go to a restaurant, where Heimdal scarfs down his food as Jin-myung watches in awe. After devouring, Heimdal tries to maintain his cool by saying the food was just okay, and Jin-myung graciously lets him keep his cool.

Jin-myung then brings him home, and Jang-hoon agrees to temporarily house the smelly guest. When Heimdal comes out of the shower, Jang-hoon can’t help but notice his muscular body as he hands him the extra bedding. Heimdal requests an extra shirt, and Jang-hoon promises to get one for him.

The next morning signals a new day: Ye-eun still has a bruise on her cheek, though it’s lightened. Eun-jae texts Jong-yeol about a song that reminded her of him, and Ji-won leaves the house to start her day.

In a montage, more days pass, with Ye-eun’s bruise slowly fading and Eun-jae leaving little gifts in Jong-yeol’s locker, although he doesn’t look pleased about it. Ji-won leaves the house repeatedly but we don’t see where she’s headed, until finally one day we follow her out.

Ji-won sits outside Hyo-jin’s old apartment, and the captor spots her as he walks out. He asks incredulously what she’s doing there, and she replies that she’s thinking about Hyo-jin. He angrily tells her that he hasn’t forgiven her and warns her that he may change his mind one day and kill her after all.

Ji-won acknowledges this, and since she could be gone any day, she asks to know more about Hyo-jin. She asks, “What kind of person was Hyo-jin? Was she pretty?” The captor seems to soften up at those questions and sits down next to Ji-won as they think about Hyo-jin together.

The man complains that Hyo-jin was a gloomy person, and Ji-won asks why he liked her. Then she asks what food Hyo-jin liked. Noodles, he says. Ji-won knows that Hyo-jin liked books, and he nods in confirmation. He presumes that she probably didn’t like talking to someone like him.

Ji-won wonders why Hyo-jin died without getting her revenge. Tearing up, she wishes that Hyo-jin had gotten her revenge and lived.

Ye-eun meets Ho-chang at their usual cafe, but she notices something different about his appearance. He tells her that he bought new clothes (wow!), and Ye-eun drags him along for more of a transformation. Under the direction of Ye-eun, he gets more new clothes, a new hairstyle, and contacts.

Eun-jae walks into class and bravely sits next to Jong-yeol, to everyone’s shock. It’s clear that they’re both uncomfortable sitting next to each other, but Eun-jae holds out and silently reaches for her aching stomach. She narrates: “Inflection point: the point where the curve changes direction.”

Ye-eun happily walks and links arms with Ho-chang, who uncomfortably picks at his new clothes. Eun-jae continues, “A point in the curve has no direction, no meaning.”

Jin-myung works hard at Oh & Park, and we see that she’s almost finished her container of lollipops. “We can only know the meaning of that moment after connecting all the points in that curve.”

After class, Eun tries to approach Ye-ji, but she’s already making plans for lunch with another classmate. “In that moment, you don’t know. You can only know afterwards, after we pass that inflection point.”

Eun-jae rushes to a restaurant to meet Jong-yeol, happy that he asked her to meet. He pours her a shot when she arrives, and she comments that it’s been a while since they’ve had a drink with just the two of them. Before he can speak, she starts by sharing that she almost died, and that near-death experience made her realize what she would regret.

She confesses to Jong-yeol that she still likes him and doesn’t want to break up, smiling at him expectantly. But he deflates her hopes by saying that they’re done. Her smile drops and she asks why he won’t give them another chance, since he doesn’t not like her. But Jong-yeol works up his nerve to says that he doesn’t like her.

Eun-jae still holds onto hope with the drunk text—that he texted her because he missed her—but Jong-yeol says that it was just in that moment. In denial, Eun-jae insists that Jong-yeol still likes her and admits that she’s working to change because he didn’t like the “old” her, who was passive and hesitant.

She desperately asks Jong-yeol what she’ll have to do so that he’ll like her again. All he can do is apologize, and that opens the floodgates for Eun-jae. As realization sinks in, she begins to cry loudly in the restaurant, and Jong-yeol quickly hands her tissues.

Eun-jae narrates: “It might be like the Nazca Lines, like how seemingly meaningless lines from afar become a hummingbird or an alien.”

Jong-yeol offers to walk Eun-jae home, but she stops him. Her narration continues: “Just today. This moment. These words.” She asks to go to a motel with him, convinced that her hesitance about sex was the reason for their break-up.

That’s Jong-yeol’s tipping point, and he shakes off Eun-jae’s grip and tells her angrily that she just made both of them pitiful. As he walks away, she yells after him, blaming him for moving on without her. Eun-jae falls to the ground in tears, and it begins to rain. “Where’s my inflection point?”

EPILOGUE

We just back to one year ago, when Eun-jae and Jong-yeol were still together. When asked how long they’ve been together, Jong-yeol estimates three or four months while Eun-jae knows the exact day count. As they watch each other’s interviews, they get adorably embarrassed as he says she’s pretty (he acknowledges that she’s hesitant and passive, but says she’s pretty anyway) and she says he’s handsome.

When asked about their ideal date location, Eun-jae suggests a hike or park, while Jong-yeol doesn’t care as long as it’s somewhere far (such as an overnight trip). When asked if this is their first love, Jong-yeol says matter-of-factly that he had a breif relationship before, while Eun-jae smiles bashfully.

But when the interviewers remind her of the adage that first loves don’t come true, Eun-jae protests that it’s just a myth. Then she says it doesn’t matter because her first crush was someone lese (greasy sunbae)—which wipes the smile off Jong-yeol’s face, ha. With that, the couple leaves the interview holding hands and gushing with cuteness.

 
COMMENTS

Ugh, Eun-jae noooo. I strongly disapproved of Eun-jae’s desperation in her final confession, and while I know that she needed to experience this rough heartbreak to grow, I wish she had held onto her dignity in those final moments. Neither Jong-yeol nor Eun-jae is wrong in their response to their broken relationship, but I agree more with Jong-yeol that their relationship was and has been over. There are always some strings attached in the process of growing apart, and the potential for salvaging their romantic relationship is only there if both of them are invested. Unfortunately for Eun-jae, she’s the only one playing this game, and it’s in these moments that I wish our Belle Epoque unnies would have intervened a little more, saved her from this devastating heartbreak, and guided her through this. Of course, it’s not their fault—they surely had their own baggage to deal with—but it was so difficult watching Eun-jae flail in this hardship alone. But again, it’s a game for two, and maybe this is what she needed to truly move on.

But onto our main story: Ji-won. The first portion of this episode was a straight-up thriller, and I have plenty of terrifying screencaps to prove it. It wasn’t uncharacteristic of this fundamentally eerie show, but that doesn’t make it any less cruel—even crueler after making us love our housemates so much, only to put them in harm’s way. But I understood the purpose of such a life-threatening event. Something about trauma elicits truth. It’s the experience of almost reaching death and just barely surviving that shakes up your priorities. Things that hold you back—jealousy, pettiness, hesitance—don’t matter anymore because there’s a new weight to truth. Suddenly, truth is the only thing that really matters and you don’t want to waste time veiling it.

Though that hostage situation was not fun at all, I found the fruits of that experience quite enjoyable. I liked how Jin-myung took initiative to find smelly Heimdal; I liked how Eun-jae confronted her feelings head-on (even though I wish she held back a little); I liked how Eun took baby steps toward her half-sister; and I liked how fierce Ye-eun was in her fight with the captor. That hostage situation was a huge challenge to Ye-eun, who clearly was fighting the anxiety from her previous trauma, and I wanted to acknowledge how far she’s come as a character.

I found Ji-won’s interpretation of her own story quite fascinating and her method of processing even more so. She’s the most objective out of all of the housemates, and, even though Jin-myung comes as a close second, I think Ji-won is really able to separate her feelings from her thoughts. It’s never been as evident as it is now that Ji-won is the most emotionally mysterious one out of all our housemates. She’s always been our source of comedic relief and our reliable source of happy, and I almost forgot that she was also human. But the way she talks about her past like it’s just part of the human condition concerns me. She’s trying to distance herself from her own story, and I fear that she’ll be further from the truth the more she tries to treat her life as a journalistic piece.

While I think that Ji-won is generally correct about the themes in her self-investigation, I don’t think the details are entirely true. Even the captor man seems to agree that something’s off. Ji-won is not a fundamentally bad human, and that throws him off. He’s supposed to hate Hyo-jin’s enemy, but for some reason, Ji-won doesn’t feel like the enemy. You just can’t hate someone who desperately wants to know the person you loved.

I think there’s a similar struggle that Eun has with her half-sister. She tries to make her the enemy, but for some reason, the little girl and her relationship with their father tugs at her heartstrings. Sometimes you can’t hate people you want to hate, and I really hope that we can delve more into why this is the case. Why is it so hard to hate family? Why is it so easy to make yourself your own worst enemy? (Why can’t the writers give us more Eun/Jang-hoon and Ji-won/Sung-min? Why must they make themselves my enemy? I digress…)

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The drama is almost over and Jiwon and Sungmin are still friendzoned, im losing hope every week lol. Please Writer-nim

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I'M GONNA DEMAND A SEASON 3 IF JI WON AND SUNG MIN DOESN'T HAPPEN BY THE END OF FINALE

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Or a SPINOFF for just this pair!

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For the spinoff, writer-nim can totally keep her unique blend of the slice-of-life and mystery storytelling with Ji-won and Sung-min going on trips as undercover investigative journalists.

Oh all the hijinks, more wardrobe changes for Ji-won but no longer has to pretend to be Sung-min's girlfriend. She will sincerely worry about Sung-min's safety and not just because he is her ride! I can use more self-defense lessons not as an excuse for skinship because excuses are no longer needed because, you know, they are in luuuuuvvvv!

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I'm gonna settle with anything as long as I can see them in the same screen again!

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Anything, you say?

What if they end up as step brother and sister?

*snerk*

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They kee trolling us so bad

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Do You Think That Ji Won Loves Him???? I think she only sees him as friend.

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She likes him . She has that fake laugh when she trailed Sungmin and that hoobae
It's just her childhood trauma and her joking coping mechanism make her can't face what she truly feels

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Good point!

I can’t wait to see Ji-won finally be able to be raw and honest with Sung-min (like how she was in this ep) about her feelings for him and the possibilities of them taking their relationship to the next level.

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He is the only boy in her life. Period. 😂😂

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I know! I'm like we have 2 episodes left to get them together and holding hands, etc. Hurry writer-nim

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I feel you!!! I'm excitedly waiting for the episode to get a few minutes and I just go WHY???

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Ikr? This is probably the first time I wish that the writer could see early on in the season how popular Ji-won/Sung-min clips are on Youtube and tweak the script to have more moments for this couple. Maybe she has already done so, but I guess it will never enough to satisfy the craving of the Ssongsung fans. If she did not, I should still respect her for not to caving to the fans and keep the integrity of the story the way she wants it.......

But no, Writer-nim, if you are reading this, there are still 4 days before the airing of episode 13. Can you re-edit to make so many of us happ(ier)? What you created is a sickness, I tell ya......

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Actually, filming finished September 28th. We only can believe in writer.

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I should then plead PD-nim to re-edit to include more footage of them together!

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Aw, don’t lose hope! They’re practically a thing already, but they just don’t know it.

Honestly though, we all know Sung-min likes Ji-won, but I wonder if she feels the same about him. I mean, yeah, deep down, she probably does care about him and appreciates everything he does for her (omg, he does so much for her, I can’t), but we’ve never actually got a glimpse inside Ji-won’s head in regards to her true feelings for Sung-min (unless I’m forgetting some crucial info, which is possible). So while I want them to officially become a couple, I think I know why Sung-min hasn’t confessed his feelings to her–it’s because he doesn’t know if she feels the same way because she’s never shown any obvious signs.

I guess the only way to find out is for Sung-min to just confess to her already and see how Ji-won reacts. But why do I have a feeling they’re gonna have such a hard time being serious about the possibilities of their relationship being more than just friends?

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I don't think Ji-won is yet aware of her own feelings toward Sung-min since she is somewhat disconnected to her own feelings stunted by her childhood (traumatic?) experience. The fact that she goes to Sung-min for support whenever she is having a hard time or needs a "partner in crime" speak volumes for their friendship, even if it's not yet a romantic one. I also don't think she followed Sung-min and their hoobae to the restaurant purely just for the purpose to tease him.

Although I am such a sucker for the "friends-to-lover" catnip that I want the writer to make a meal out of it the next two episodes! Yes, confess our boy, the girl of your dream probably needs a little push for her to come out of her emotional shell!

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There is no doubt in my mind that they won't be together even if the series ends with her horsing around again as per usual and him just suffering her madness. I feel like i can spend episode upon episode of them just hanging out for years and years. They're made for each other!

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This episode is super heavy😵 I am actually pretty surprised that Ye Eun can handle the aftermath of the hostage situation, I'm really worried that she's gonna relapsed when she's just getting better..
I was touched when everyone tried to protect Ji Won, especially when Eun Jae tried to cover Ji Won, this is when I'm being reminded that their bond is so strong..
Also Ji Won, I'm really worried about her. I hope she doesn't do anything that will harm her because of her guilt towards Hyo Jin..
AND YEAAAYY EUN FOR ADMITTING YOU MISSED JANG HOON!! I really love it when she's being straightforward like that. Sung Min you better takes note from Eun!

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Re: Ye-eun
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As for Ye-eun, I also expected her to relapse because all those beating mirrorred her last year’s experience too closely. I was surprised to see her actually getting better and feeling comfortable even when she was alone. But then again, human mind is weird and this is how I interpreted it. I think the fact that the incident happened in a place she knows well and that she was together with people she feels most comfortable with help a lot. And she was also the one who tasered the guy and saved her friends, which could be attributed to her feeling in control. She experienced it herself that she actually can handle things even in scary situation and even help others. Maybe that’s what make her feel better despite the new physical injury she sustained.

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I was so surprised that Eun actually ran down to Jang-hoon’s room, and then when he teasingly asked her if she was lonely w/o him and if she missed him, I was waiting on pins and needles because there was that moment of silence and that pause just made me even more giddy and anxious because I just knew that she was gonna say “Yes.”

I was so proud of her for FINALLY being honest to herself and to Jang-hoon! There were so many times when she held back and/or didn’t say what was on her mind, and I was just like “ARGH!” So this was a beautiful moment. Progress, baby, progress!

It was also crucial because I felt like Jang-hoon was gonna slowly give up on his feelings for Eun since she’s never really reciprocated his actions and feelings back to him (also since there was that awkward, confrontational military talk). Now he knows she cares! About him! A lot! Yippie!

Also also, Eun was finally honest with Ye-ji, too! Instead of just pushing her onto a bus and giving her the silent treatment, I appreciated that Eun had a li’l heart-to-heart with Ye-ji. I hope they can talk more and maintain their lifelong friendship.

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Surprisingly, scenes that stood out to me this eps were those about about odd connection. Like Eun and her little sister, and Ji-won and Hyo-jin's man. There was something heart tugging about people who should be at odds, yet somehow manage to reach out to each other. I hope it will also spur Ji-won to finally pursue the truth and be done with it. Because watching our beloved Ssong looked so sad and guilty is killing me.

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I haven't watched the full episode, just some snippets in YouTube, and I was so surprised to see how that man was soften with Ji-Won while talking about Hyo-jin. I feel as if that man also "walked" his memory lane with Hyo-jin.

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Ugh, it hurt my heart so when Eun got emotional and broke down while she was braiding her sister’s hair, asking if her dad braided her hair for her, too.

It’s so sad to think that Eun’s precious memories of her dad braiding her hair is also such a painful memory for her because it was one of the last memories she has of him before he stepped out on her family and now he’s living happily with his new family and it’s just, ugh. I want her to be happy, be loved, and give love. I want that for all our Belle Epoque girls!

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I love the slice-of-life, somewhat meandering pace of this drama, but I cannot understand why they didn't report the man. I know Ji-won has an odd way of looking at things, and her lack of knowledge with what she has allegedly done has been slowly eating her up inside, so I can understand why she wouldn't want to report it....if it only affected her. But this man threatened the life of her friends and actually hurt them.

I find it a bit jarring that their next-day response to being held hostage and almost killed by a madman are life epiphanies. No anger.

And oof, it was hard to watch Eun-jae and sunbae. But I like that it was a very realistic end to a first love. It was just hard watching a couple you've rooted for in the first season dissolve now.

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I love these girls so much that it was really hard to watch them being traumatized as hostages again. Feeling protective of these girls, I cannot help but shout at my screen when
1) the captor followed Ye-eun into the bedroom, someone should have run out the door to get help
2) turning your back away from the unconscious bad guy. Don't you watch movies? Always tie up the bad guy before you do anything else!

I also cannot understand the rational for not calling the police. The man followed one of you home, threatened you, tied you up, and was going to kill at least one of you!! How could you know that he wasn't going to regret leaving and not come back to execute his original plan again?

I understand if this was happening to me, I would most likely freeze and not be able to do anything rationally. The way it was portrayed probably is actually more realistic but it is difficult for me as a fan of the show to think that the hostage situation could be shortened if it was handled a little differently.

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A lot of people don't report assault, whether out of shame or fear. But in this case I think Ji Won might have felt that it was her fault and she didn't care if the man came back for her because she might deserve it.

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Yup, I was thinking of that and took it into account. I was just sort of bothered that not one of them showed anger in the aftermath. I understand that epiphanies and internalizations of fear/guilt do happen after traumatic experiences, but it's a bit disconcerting for me that not one of them were angry at the situation afterwards.

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Thanks for the recap @dramallama. It was really a struggle to watch the episode with the english subtitles. Though i can understand some words, but some deep points are really missed out when it is not subbed.

The start of this episode was really a thriller and I cried for them too and felt hurt. Poor girls, then the next day they didn't report it and just continued their daily life. But I love how they changed after this near death experience. It's really a drastic change.

"It’s the experience of almost reaching death and just barely surviving that shakes up your priorities. Things that hold you back—jealousy, pettiness, hesitance—don’t matter anymore because there’s a new weight to truth. Suddenly, truth is the only thing that really matters and you don’t want to waste time veiling it."

I love these! It's a reminder for me actually. Now off to watch Episode 12. Even without the subs. 😌😌

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*without english subtitles i mean. ^_^

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Agreed! Speak of the experience, an almost death experience can give a person 180 degrees change! And they started to think and priority to what only matters...

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Yes, near-death experience could give you the clarity that you wouldn't find otherwise. Suddenly our priority shifted and we can see clearly what's actually the most important thing in our life. All the other trappings fall back and we finally able to see the truth of our own feelings.

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My favourite couple last season (the maknae couple) is my least favourite this season. I don't feel any chemistry between the actors, even prior to the breakup. I'm not sure if it's a result of the swap, or it's the effect the show is trying to achieve. At least there is a closure now. I hope that will also be the case for the other girls' situations.

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i feel like it could be a combination of both - i know that eun-jae and jong-yeol's dynamic is supposed to have changed, but i do feel like if park hye-soo had retained the role, her portrayal would have been different. the change might've even felt more organic, since it would've been between two familiar faces.

also, i keep feeling like the new actress might only be providing a very surface level read of eun-jae's character - she's pretty palatable to me when she's not chasing or pining after jong-yeol, but the moment she starts getting jealous or petty or angry, it doesn't feel like the original eun-jae anymore. she ends up feeling more like a ye-eun lite, with none of the character nuances the original eun-jae had. but aah well, i've gotten kind of used to the new eun-jae now, and i'm glad she finally got closure too.

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IA completely with your thoughts, but don't you think the change of actress might have also contributed to the writing? I was considering the option that things would have turned out differently for the Maknae Couple if Park Hye Soo were still in her role of Eun Jae. It'd be hard(er) to break that relationship off so definitively, considering the mass amount of chemistry the actors have.

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That's what I thought as well, that because it would be hard for the audience to root for a new eun-jae the writer decided it would be easier to break them up

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Yep, yep, yep, and in season 1, Sunbae really liked the 'whole' of EunJae, and would always attempt to reach out further to her in communication, specifically, and was hurt when she didn't share her ongoing problems with him. The "pretty" he used in S1 is completely different to the "pretty" he is shown to be using in retrospect in S2; the former seeming like what is usually is in kdramas, the vague word describing how that person is always pretty to you, while in the latter seems like a completely superficial, surface connection. The writer is brilliant with details (case in point with the HyoJin thing being thrown out there in S1) but the 'problems/warning signs/red flags' in the Maknae Couple relationship were vague ones that every couple on the show have had (except maybe the steadfast and supportive love between Chef & JinMyung) so it's not really enough to go back and point to his S1 infatuation as proof of S2 heartbreak.

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yep, that's true. sighs but i guess we'll never know. :(

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i really liked that neat little directorial touch during the scene where jiwon seeks out hyo-jin's ex-lover and asks him about hyo-jin - she's sitting in the shadows, and he's standing next to her in the light, as if he's her beacon to the truth that'll lead her out of the darkness surrounding her past. such a strangely touching scene.

more urgently though, I'M SO PROUD OF EUN. AAAAAH. it's such a huge step in her personal growth for her to take the initiative with her feelings and put herself out there. :')

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Jiwon broke my heart to pieces.. even more than anything else.
She is like the happy virus and vitamin of this show so seeing her falter while still forcing her laughed is just devastating.

I really need my Sungmin-JW couple. They deserve more than this...
although i believe that sungmin really loves her ( they way he looks at her make me squeal) , she needs to face this dark past in order to face her true feelings. Sungmin really needs to just gather up courage and confess to her..
come on be more aggressive

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Ooh it's going to be so hard cos ssongsungmin couple has officially become my favourite couple ever

Praying hard that the last 2 eps will focus on them. Given their popularity... they deserve it

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The hope that for the last two episodes we will get much emotional growth and still have some room left for the cute for our Ssongsung is the only thing that is keeping my frustration in check for the lack of their screen time together for this past weekend.

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So, I might be in the minority here, but I really loved the final break between Eun Jae and Jong Yeol. Their relationship felt real to me, for the first time. And maybe that's because I've been in Eun Jae's shoes, holding on to my first boyfriend, because he pursued me, he LIKED me, and how can someone just stop liking another? And I thought, when I approached him about getting back together, because I hadn't moved on, that he would agree, because why would you date someone, why would you say all those things to me, if only to break up soon later when the other person no longer interests you?

Yes, you lose dignity (no I didn't ask him to go to a motel with me), but in that desperate moment, what is dignity when you're trying not to fail at love? (I cringe when I remember, because I didn't love him, I just didn't want my only relationship to be a failure. Like Eun jae, I thought it made me an unlovable failure)

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I also liked how they portray that final breakup between Eun Jae and Jong Yeol. It WAS harsh, pitiful, desperate and all kinds of embarassing, but it was needed. It was desperately needed by Eun Jae to really accept the truth, lest she'll keep having hopes and make a big deal out of every insignificant glances or drunk messages. But boy am I glad that Jong Yeol rejected her from going to the motel, because she really wasn't ready for that.

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I also really like the breakup scene. The desperation of holding on to one's first love feels real. The only qualm I have for this couple is that if the main reason for Jong-yeol to breakup with Eun-jae is her continual refusal to sleep with him, I felt that the show strung us a little too long for not giving us a clue about this side of him. We could have been spared feeling a little frustrated thinking that she broke up with him due to his increasing inattentiveness and her flip-flopping attitude about their breakup.

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Wait, but I don't think that WAS his reason for breaking up with her. It was Eun-Jae grasping at straws, trying to find anything that could possibly salvage their relationship. I think their breakup just stemmed from cooled feelings on his side.

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I think he was offended when she said it was because she didn't want to have sex. That might've contributed to his lack of excitement in their hang outs, but it was ultimately because, once the physical attraction was no longer novel, they didn't have much to talk about.

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I really hope that it isn't the reason for their breakup, but the epilogue seems to suggest that the main attraction for him is of a physical kind (although in s1 the story does suggest that it is more due to her weirdness, etc..)

If it is indeed the reason this is a very unpleasant and surprising reveal since I really like his character especially in the first season.

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Yeah, it needed to be made clear. Harsh, but when you're someone like Eun Jae who lives in her head and dwell on things, it's what's needed to move on.

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I agree with you. Eun Jae's storyline made a lot of sense and I feel like the reason why most people don't like it chalks up to the fact that they have not warmed up to the new actress. I feel so bad for her tbh since the directors chose to cast her in the role and she has to live up to expectations and try to fit into the character already made. Park Hye-Soo just couldn't fit it into her schedule, so why blame the new girl for not being a 2nd Park Hye-Soo? It's really a struggle for anyone to fit into a already created role so I really admire her for that.

And turns out it was Jong-Yeol who broke up with her! (It was one of the things she was shouting after him as he walked away, saying he was the one who started the relationship and the one to end it, so what does he want her to do) All the time I thought she broke up with him since that was what she told her housemates, hence I didn't know why she was acting that clingy, but now with this context it really better justifies her actions. She was just someone who was hurt by the relationship but never really understood why he stopped having feelings for her, there probably wasn't much closure.

I feel like the new actress (Ji-Woo) shines best in scenes with her housemates :)

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I agree with you, about the new actress getting hate just because it's the same character.

I think Jong yeol broke up with her in the more insidious way of distancing himself and forcing her to ask to break up.

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Yeah, I couldn't get her too, but this episode put her in a new light, she was just bitter hence the passive-aggressiveness. But that aside, she does shine better with the girls than with Jong Yeol imo (But I like her crying scenes, they're impressive).

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When Eun-jae arrived and I saw the look on Jong-yeol's face, I knew it was the real end. He was gonna end it once and for all, someone has to do it & it didn't look like Eun-jae was going to. I was really worried for her but just like what @dramallama said, I too believe this is something she has to go through in order for her to be able to grow and move forward. But mygosh, I felt the pang in my heart when she lost it and told him she still likes him and why would somebody who told you they like you just leave you, right?! Then again, things like that happen, we can't control what others feel. I just hope that the other girls would notice and help Eun-jae move on, slowly but surely.

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I love/hate it. I love that the writing broached this sort of moment and how it's unafraid to broach this ugly, undignified moment in the life of a young woman trying to get over her first relationship. I think it is a very fitting theme and character trajectory for a show called Age of Youth.

And i hate how sad and embarrassed i feel for Eun Jae. And it also made me embarrassed for myself since I was also expecting Jong Yeol and Eun Jae to get back together. I had assumed their breakup to be over some misunderstanding or maybe Jong-yeol feeling cold feet. But it's so sad that it's because he's just not that into her anymore when he was the one who was into our shy little maknae first. And it's sad to realize that they may not have been very compatible upon reflection.

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This had been a very traumatic episode.

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Couldn't agree more. I've just seen it and I feel heartbroken and sad.

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I love this drama. Fills me up with nostalgia and longing of my college years. My heart broke with Eun-jae's. Her first love. Her reluctance and cautious steps. Then the break-up and with it, the need to look cool and unaffected, to hold onto one's pride comforted in the belief that love will come back. Then, the realisation that its over. A final ditched attempt to hold onto love, letting go of one's pride. We all do that at least once before realising no man is worth letting go of one's dignity.

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I think, with the final break, this became the most realistic kdrama relationship to me. If they had gotten back together, it would have been fantasy.

Eun Jae showed outwardly all the swirl of emotions we go through inwardly after a break up. Yeah, it made her seem crazy, but she was with her housemates, the people you can show your pitiful side to.

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I think that pain of letting go her first love is more difficult for poor Eun-jae because he is also the first 'friend' she has. Remember in Season 1, she mentioned to the Belle-Epogue girls that she had no friends at all in high school and that she was hoping that she would make some friends in college. This was when JY was teasing her and tormenting her. So, technically, her first real friend was her boyfriend. And her reason for liking him was because he said that he liked her. Not really a good reason to start a relationship. She also has the tendency to fantasize - when she had a crush on greasy guy, she had imagined them married with kids, names and all. And they barely had a conversation!
As for JY, I already had some misgiving towards him in season 1. When asked why he likes her, he main reason is because she is pretty. Rather shallow a reason. I think he simply found her cute because she was so different from the other girls swarming around him, and she did not like him. It was like a challenge to him, especially when he knew that she liked Greasy guy.
This relationship did not start on a firm foundation. The reasons they started dating were trivial ones. So i was not surprised by the break up. But I do feel sympathy for Eun-jae.

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Just... ditto to everything about their relationship. I felt serious alarm bells when she started liking him simply for liking her, but it's also such a true-to-life situation, especially for someone so young and inexperienced. Then they were so cute together and he was so good and patient to her, so I started to think it might actually work out. It did for a good, long while, too- how many people's first relationship lasts over a year?

The only place we disagree is that I loved JY in the 1st season. Less this season, but I do still like him; I think that overall he's a pretty good person. Yes, he was harsh to Eun-jae in that scene, but that's what she needed, and he could have taken advantage and *then* been harsh. A lot of men would have. Ultimately he's not right for Eun-jae (as someone above said, they never had much to talk about aside from her problems), but he will be right for someone. And Eun-jae will love again. Heck, maybe she can go back to liking greasy, cheesy sunbae. He's still around, hahaha!

One of the things I love about the show is how multi-dimensional all the characters are. No one is completely good and bad (in this episode we also saw this with the captor/Hyo-Jin's friend who, instead of killing Ji-won when she returned, gave her what answers he could). Good people do some crappy things. Bad people do some good things. Crap happens but we have to deal with it and move on. I hope the next episodes have very little crap happening and a lot of moving on. =)

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I''m really shipping eun and Seo Jang hoon. They're so cute together!
While Ji won was definitely the highlight of the episode I think the episode was a huge challenge to Ye eun. I wish they would have spent more time on her. And it's good to see that Ye ji is finally trying to keep into the boundaries. ( though I actually have to admit that there should be someone who's pushing the two together)

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i feel like the writers didn't want to focus on her bc it would be very repetitive especially when they don't have many episodes left to resolve and tie up a LOT of loose ends. i think it's purely strategic that they didn't talk about ye eun bc if they made her relapse it'd be a very serious thing that they would have to dedicate a lot of screentime for because they can't fix her quickly and with such little space, they couldn't focus on her so they tried to make her 'deal' with her trauma differently which may as well affect her later on but i understand why they didn't want to rehash the trauma again for strategic reasons

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If Ssong Sungmin stay friends till the end of the series, I'm sending hate (or pleading) letter to JTBC

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Count me in! 🙋🏻

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WHY IS JANG-HOON NOT THERE WHEN THE GIRLS NEEDED HIM THE MOST?

Kidding aside, this was a very heavy episode (and the heaviest this season). Everything made sense that I had a hard time putting my thoughts in here. I'm soooo overwhelmed that I just bawled my eyes out while watching this episode (raw!). HAHA. By the way, Does Writer-nim have a thing for making episode 11 a thriller?

PS. Since this episode was very heavy (at least for me) I'm soooo ready for the fluff next episode!
PPS. And I've already made myself ready for the upcoming fluffs in the following episodes!

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And is no one going to talk about how Jang-hoon did not beat up Heimdal when he first saw him? Does this mean he will never be a love interest of one of the girls? I mean, I badly wanted Eun-jae to be a strong independent woman and move on from her Sunbae, but I also lowkey wanted to ship her with Heimdal. Am I the only one?

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Yeah I think we can count him out from being a love interest. Jang Hoon beating someone up is kinda an initiation ceremony.

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Can't wait to see if he is going to do that to Chef too this week. 😜

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I miss Chef soooo much that I don't mind if Jang-hoon gets beaten up by him. (Because admit it, we all love Chef and it'll be a fun plot twist if Jang-hoon gets beaten up instead!) HAHA

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Seeing Chef this episode was such a happy scene even if he wasn't in the same screen with Yoon sunbae 😊 Can't wait for Friday, that hug in the preview 😊😊😊

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As our favorite subber Ryan Air points out that the girls have no time for the display of fragile masculinity in the show, and it is so hilarious that Jang-hoon is evolving to be the one who is the loudest chest-thumper (and also that the guys never deny anything when asked about the ambiguous relationship status with the girls 😜)

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This episode made me tear up, broke my heart, squeal with delight and sympathize all in an hour. Their protectiveness towards each other teared me up. Eun even said sorry for being the only one unhurt aww :(

But I squealed real hard at Eun confessing being lonely and missing Jang Hoon. That took some real courage Eun bravo! They are so cute together urgh.

And Ji Won, poor poor Ji Won. I'd really like to be friends with her irl, because she's so energetic and bubbly but not senseless. And I worry that she'll coop things up inside and blame herself for what's happened. But I trust the Belle Epoque girls and Sung Min to protect her *I'dwantaSungMinmyselftoprotectme* .

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Hi dramalama, great recap..! I have a request... Since the websites are extremely slow at showing age of youth 2 episodes with English subs (fail to understand the reason, the show is so good) ... Could you please recap the next coming episodes asap? As soon as they are shown... ? Sorry for my bluntness but my excitement is not running along the showcasing of the episodes ( it takes more than a week) TIA 😬😬

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But ep11 was only 4 days ago...

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Agreed but the other's recaps are posted only after a day or two... Plus I wouldn't have asked if English subs of the episodes were shown on the other websites...

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Recapping takes alot of work, especially ones as good as the recaps done on Dramabeans. I think it's best to just appreciate whenever the recaps are available, because all the recappers don't do this as a full time job. There are other places which tend to do spoilers and simple recaps, such as the Soompi forums. I find the communities there to be super active and some members are very generous in translating things super fast so everyone can share the excitement. Hope this helps.

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Thanks dramallama.

After last episode's cliffhanger, I had to watch without subs to end the suspense, since this show does not seem to have an English subbing team. I guessed correctly (yay!) some of the stuff in their dialogues, but it's nothing like knowing for sure by reading your recap. 😆

I've been wanting to know the full contents of that letter all along and at last we hear it. It saddened me that, that young girl wrote it and asked for someone to be killed. The real tragedy is that the unknown Hyo Jin let hate and resentment fester most of her young life, that she wanted revenge, that she refused to let go of her pain, never had hope and killed herself.

If only she had allowed Ji Won to know that she was near, even if at first it might have been to take revenge on her, she too would have found some closure. Maybe she would even have re-found friendship with Ji Won, and made some new friends with the Belle Epoque girls.

Ji Won's loudness, over-bearing sociability and her lies, seem to me, to be part of the persona that she created while distancing herself from her own feelings and self-knowledge. I wonder what happened to her in 3rd grade that her personality changed. I wonder if we'll only ever guess what happened to Hyo Jin and whether Ji Won can fully come to terms with her unknown past and it's effects on her once best friend.

There's so much left un-explored in this 2nd series, and with just 2 more episodes, it's unlikely we'll get to see events unfold in detail. Will Heimdall ever meet Chef Park Jae Wan and won't we ever see Jin Myung and Chef Park together on a date? Will Eun be able to have a better relationship with her step-sister, with her dad and her mum? Will Jang Hoon always not mind being shorter than Eun?

But most of all, will Sung Min and Ji Won every cross the friendship hurdle into romance and will Ji Won find her true self? Not necessarily the loud and brash person that we have seen, but the truer Ji Won that has been hidden since 3rd grade? 😔 😄

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Hey GB! ^_^

Let’s hope for a taller Jang-hoon (couple of inches would be enough) after his military enlistment. LOL

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I love how unique that we get a couple in Dramaland with a tall girl and a short guy!

No need to wear shoes with heels. Stay just as you are, Jang-hoon, you are ❤️❤️❤️ !

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IKR.
He is ❤️! And he doesn’t seem to mind the height difference anyway. :D

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Hey Giegie! 😘
Great seeing you here.

I like that episode when Jang Hoon put on shoes that made him taller (although not taller than Eun) and acted all nonchalant. 😂 Eun stared at his feet for a bit and had this look on her face. I hope they take photos of themselves together standing side by side! 😆

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Likewise GB! 😘

That was hilarius. Futile effort by Jang-hoon, and Eun noticing it made it funnier. 😂

Let’s see in episode 13. ;)

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I think we'll be able to know more about Ji-won and Hyo-Jin in the finale. Hopefully, it won't feel rushed like any other dramas that ends. But this is a gem and I don't think the writer will do that to us.

Like other beanies here, if nothing happens bet Ssong-sung couple, I'll send a lot of messages to JTBC to make another season or special episode 😅

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Hi neener! This is one show that should really be a franchise. It's a sure money maker with a captive audience. There's enough story to tell for a new season. We just need to follow the girls' lives until they've 'grown' and left the nest. 😄

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First and last scenes were both hard to watch. Poor girls. I cringed when Eun-jae desperately begged Jong-yeol for a second chance. That was harsh rejection, but she needed it for her to stop acting like a pathetic ex gf who can’t get over with her ex.

Eun’s confession though. Yay! I love her.

Your turn Sung-min.

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@dramallama, I agree with everything that you're saying, especially that last part in parentheses...hah. Where is my #ssongsungmin!!! 😂

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but is the reason why we haven't seen much of Jongyeol is that it's symbolic of how his feelings are different from Eunjae's? I found the whole thing a pity? A waste? Because they were so cute last season. But then again--will cuteness be able to make a relationship last for a long time? It just made me acknowledge the fact that not all things are sunshine and rainbows and that couples do break up--contrary to what kdramas portray--and that's one of the things I love about this slice of life (-ish) show.

(Though I would have wanted it if the show actually showed us a bit more development on how Jongyeol's feelings turned out that way.)

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I appreciated their relationship this season, because when I was re watching clips from first season I thought to myself, they are cute but prolly wouldn't last in real life, since she is so serious and intellectual, but he is bright and practical. I like that he's not a bad guy per say, but he easily slid into liking her based on her cuteness, and she is someone whose feelings grow stronger the more time she has to dwell on them.

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I agree, I also appreciate that the show went there. Someone above said that upon reflection, they were too different from each other. And again, it was cute, but was it enough?

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I cried every time the camera focused on Ye Eun during the whole ordeal. Those glassy, dead eyes killed me :'(

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But Ye-eun did well in the terrorising situation. This time, she was not as helpless a victim as she was when she was kidnapped. She kept her head, and used the taser (so glad the taser actually came in handy. Ho-chang must be proud of himself). Later, she even tried to use the scissors. I'm glad that she has come this far.

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This episode was heartbreaking, mostly because Ssong was in so much pain. You see it, you hear it, you feel it. Her eyes when she found out that the letter was from Hyo-jin and every time she spaces out, you just want to hug her! (I'm a little mad at you Sung-min for not hugging her). When she ends her sentences with 'Right?', 'Will it?' in her conversation with SM. 😔😥💔 I was glad that she was able to confide in SM.

All praise and respect to Park Eun-bin! 👏 I cannot imagine any actress playing this role other than her. Song Ji-won is Park Eun-bin!

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The Chef cameo came as a happy surprise!

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Eh...doesn't anyone suspect that one of the reasons why Jong Yeol broke up with Eun Jae was because she repeatedly rejected his requests for sex?

It probably isn't(I hope so!) but the show does want us to suspect that might be the case. In the epilogue Jong Yeol's answers were more superficial than Eun Jae and there's JY's preference of an overnight trip, like it was all that matters.

I'm sure Eun Jae didn't make it up. However, it might not be the reason. She's just clutching at straws now. Everything I've seen of Jong Yeol last and this season gives me no reason to suspect him until this episode. I hope I am right but will I ever know? I wonder if they have time to include some closure on this couple. Sometimes, there is no closure, there are things which we'll never know.

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i remember during last season's epilogue, jong yeol said the same thing (that she was pretty for every question asked) and i laughed at it because i thought he was just too smitten to actually answer properly but now this epilogue leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, i'm trying really hard not to hate the writer for what is being implied of jong yeol because maybe that's who he always was but i'm so disappointed in our maknae couples storyline, i went into this season 100% sure that they were going to get back together but now it's the opposite... now if the jiwon/sungmin or eun/janghoon couple don't happen i'm demanding a season 3 (not that i'm not demanding one anyway)

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i took it as more of a representation of jong-yeol's personality - he's always been a very simple, outgoing, spontaneous kind of guy, while eun-jae is definitely more hesitant and timid and tends to overthink. so his feelings for eun-jae are like that too - he doesn't think about why he likes her, he just likes her. it's the contrast between how they process their feelings for each other - jong-yeol likes her because he feels that innate attraction and doesn't bother to analyse it any further, while eun-jae is more introspective and actually /thinks/ about her feelings more.

also, the writer is usually so thoroughly consistent with her characterisations that i find it really hard to believe that she'd suddenly do a 180 with jong-yeol like that. i have too much faith in the jong-yeol from season 1. :(

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I wish I had saved my comments from first season, but the character has been consistent.

1- The party that changed it all: in the first season eun-jae wasn't thinking much of jong-yeol until his confession ...his X-rated thoughts about her.

Now something important to keep in mind when watching this relationship was Eun-jae was desperate to be loved, to date. The girls call her out on this in the first season when they question why she is only dating him because he likes her.

2. I love greasy guy...he wasnt greasy at all actually he was a poetic cornball who helped Eun-jae with her bag and waxed his poems on a bench. I loved even more when he made an appearance in the last ep and confirmed my suspicions; Eun-jae still was attracted to him LOL. That scene was really interesting, she is walking and talking, while Jun-yeol in his head is NOT listening and just thinking about the overnight trip or whatever.

Communication was NEVER the strong part with this couple. Jun-yeol was superficial and when he (to be fair) tried to grasp for a deeper relationship Eun-jae never opened up about her mom or dad. because Eun-jae also entered this relationship because of a superficial reason-someone likes me.

3. I actually really disliked the actress for the first season and almost now wish she had stayed on for this season so that people didnt play the needed character arc of growth on "bad acting". It also pains me that the kiss scene between the maknae couple was seen as cute in the first season and now painful like the way Eun-jae face was as she robotically turned away. One person watched the scene and thought it was cute...Ye-eun... the girl that Eun-jae looked up to the most for having a boyfriend...and well we all know how Ye-eun ideals turned upside down after that scene.

Just read the script not the actors faces for the scene on the bench for the first kiss and *warning!! bells* should be going off. Jun-yeol not bringing eun-jae out because of his jealousy/ownership of her body is NOT cute.

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i know eun-jae didn't like to be too physical with jong-yeol (their classmate even pointed that out during one of the earlier episodes in this season), and i'm not saying that that /didn't/ contribute to their relationship failing (physical compatibility is also a thing after all), but i still don't believe that the main reason they broke up was because jong-yeol was only in it for the sex. i still think it was because they were just two very different people who worked and thought in fundamentally different ways.

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I'd definitely be up for greasy and EJ to date, especially now that he got a haircut and updated his clothes. I think they'd be adorable together!

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I think sex might have been part of it, but definitely not all. If that was everything JY would have gone with her to the hotel and not looked so disgusted/insulted at the idea. I say more about this up thread, but the short version is that JY is a good guy, but he's not perfect. Plus, he's a teenage/early twenties guy, of course he's going to think about sex with his girlfriend! That doesn't mean it's the only thing he likes about her; if that was the case I don't think they would have dated as long as they did. In the end the maknae couple wasn't compatible and they broke up, as happens in the majority of relationships.

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Yeah I agree with you. A lot of people are criticizing him and calling him an asshole but I don't see it that way. I thought they were mega cute last season but not all relationships will last. It's quite understandable and normal for feelings to cool and for college couples to break up, it's just how life goes :/

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Park Yeon Sun <3.
Loving the fact that the girls are facing their own demons head on without being rescued by the boys/men around them.

Eun-jae's desperation is realistic when it comes to first love. Something I can relate to.
It's pretty darn hard to get over him and you eventually move on but never forget.

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I have such a love/hate relationship with what they did with Eun-jae and Jong-yeol this season. Also, a bit bothered that the production left out a pretty integral deleted scene this season that depicted the change in their relationship really well. Luckily, the view-count for that vid shows that it got a good amount of exposure to fans, so I'm not too worried.

That said, as frustrating as it was to watch at points, I really need to bring up how impressed I am with the writer. Because, real talk, the signs that this pair could head this way were always there between them in the first season. I acknowledged them at the time, but still loved them anyway. I loved how he represented some of her most positive points of growth in the first season. They're an example of a pair that had a really cute and sweet chemistry, but that, even since the beginning, have always kind of been on a different wavelength.

I do agree that Eun-jae has been playing this game mostly by herself and that did go on for a bit too long so I actually liked that the writer took it this far if she was going to spend so much time on Eun-jae's more problematic behaviors- namely, trying to change too much for someone else. Of course, we WANT her to hold onto her dignity. But this is her first relationship at college. I find it really realistic that someone who came to college with the need to get out of her shell more, might start to lose sight of what that growth should entail and who it should be for.

Because of the show's clear intent to have all our ladies' main conflicts culminate in some strides forwards this episode, after the attack spurned them on, I think Eun-jae's storyline got dragged out a little longer than necessary and that's why it's the only one that crashed-and-burned like this. Because it was definitely time for a wake-up call.

What I find truly sad is the fact that the whole relationship between them has lost the brightness it once had. Jong-yeol probably was still somewhat attracted to her, but likely has already accepted that they are incompatible. This is why there have been a few moments when she's gotten realistically confused by his response to her. It can be tough when someone gives up on a relationship as soon as the initial fire is gone, and I can't help but feel that Jong-yeol is at a point in his life when his instinct is to move on as soon as the honeymoon phase is over.

Throughout most of the first season, Jong-yeol was focused on how pretty she was, rather than on what she had to say. His answers in both epilogues from this season and last mirrored that sentiment. He's a simple kind of guy, so I don't fault him too much on that alone. And I definitely don't think he's done something as concretely bad as breaking up with her because he wanted to sleep with her (though that was clearly a strain in their relationship). However, when you give love freely for such frivolous reasons without endeavoring to love the real...

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(cont.)

....person, then you're doing them a disservice, by giving them a chance to love you deeply or become dependent on the relationship while your feelings will likely quickly fade. If there's one thing I fault in Jong-yeol, it was probably this. He was a bit thoughtless, but, other than that, Eun-jae has to learn that there are plenty of people who date in this way in college. It's just a part of life.

Lol, I don't even care about this storyline as much as the others, but, for some reason, I really needed to get my thoughts out so that I can finally move on from the Maknae couple that I remember loving so immediately in the first episode of last season.

Thanks for the recap!

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You spoke my mind! I share the same sentiments.

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These are precisely my thoughts! I thought they were cute first season, with maybe enough chemistry to overcome incompatibility (it's a kdrama so I didn't over think it). This season actually seems like a natural progression of the characters ~ Jong yeol isn't a bad guy, he's just simple and practical whereas she is heady and intellectual, and totally immature in relationships. Which, she's a sophomore in college, it would be fantasy to be otherwise.

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Okay what vid are we talking about here :O

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It showed up on one of the previews, but then the actual scene only got posted on the youtube channel. I always found it weird that it wasn't in the episode because it gives so much context to why Eun-jae acts the way she does this season.

Thankfully, the wonderful Ryan Air subbed it for us:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgzTekh3uvA

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Oh dear, that first screencap of Ji-won hurts me so much. @dramallama’s right–while I was anticipating this moment, too, it was just too much. Our poor girls! Seeing Ji-won be anything but her energetic and wild self is just too sad.

At first, I wondered if the show forgot about her storyline with her mysterious childhood friend, and just brushed it under the rug, but boy was I wrong. Not only did Show not forget about that subplot, but it was already part of the existing mystery of the letter from the start. Why do our Belle Epoque babies have to suffer through so much trauma? I couldn’t believe they were all present during the whole ordeal, but then again, thank goodness they were together because they were able to get through it all because they were together and had each other.

I watched this ep raw because I just HAD to find out what happens next. I’m so relieved that our girls are ALIVE. That ep 10 ending with the girls screaming “Ji-won!!!” had me thinking of the absolute worst.

If there’s a silver lining to this calamity, it’s that it gave (most of) the girls courage and motivation to do things they were too afraid to do before the incident. Because YOLO? But gah, Ji-won! Come back to us, soon, please!

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I'm reeeeeeeeally not ready to say goodbye to the Belle Epoque girls with merely three episodes to go.
#Season3 #Season3 #Season3

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Same. I need moar moar moar of our girls (and guys)! A season 3 would be AMAZING. <3

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i'm annoyed to see eun jae to be like that 😫
how happy i am for eun finally say YES 🤗🤗🤗
jiwon fightiiiing!!!!!!

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Eun-jae's story line has annoyed me this season (and it has nothing to do with the actress) but this week, my perspective has completely changed. I am not sure if any of this has been discussed in any other comments (if so,I apologize) BUT as much as I wanted Jong-yeol and Eun-Jae's relationship to be sunshine and hearts as it was portrayed as in season 1, there were also signs in season 1 that they weren't meant to last. Like at the party in s1 ep6 when they weren't even dating and they asked him how far he's imagined going with Eun-Jae and replied something NC-17. And also the part in s1 ep7 where Ji-won asked Eun-jae about when she started to like him and she replied that she likes him because he liked her first. He started to like her and give her attention and therefore she liked him almost by default. This was her first boyfriend and she didn't really even start liking him naturally. The epilogue in the last part of the episode just proves that they weren't on the same page. This wasn't his first love, he only really liked her because she was pretty and he hinted at the bedroom (again) and he was her first love. I feel her heartbreak, I really do, but better ships will come her way.

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Same here. I was annoyed by Eun Jae and the new actress early in this season. Over time, I still got annoyed by Eun Jae's obsession over recovering her relationship but got more used to the actress. But it's this episode where both character and actress got to my heart.

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I read everything and you're all so eloquent and what else can I say but I love this show even when it's being dark and true and painful and I love the way its fans discuss things. I'm gonna miss it again when it ends. T_______T

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Hear hear Mary!
AoY Beanies are simply awesome! ❤️
What fantastic recap parties we have had! 🍾🎉🎈🎊

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Omaigod,I loved this episode! I breezed through the last 5 episodes after i stopped watching for a while due to real life issues. This season is even better than the first one. I cried together with them when they were faced with the captor. My only complaint is there's less of Jang hoon-Eun interaction in this episode. Give me more!! They are my favourite couple. Song sunbae and her adorable hero come close. A great drama!

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Although Eun Jae and Jung Yeol's relationship was one the easy reasons that got me hooked to this series, it wasn't apparent to me how much I shipped them to be together until this episode. I caught myself (desperately as EunJae) clinging on to hope up until Jung Yeol chugged his last soju and rejected EunJae's feelings. It's hard to reconcile the besotted and silly JungYeol of season1 who could see through the walls of EunJae to this douche that seem disgusted of her in season2! And yet, maybe the writers were on point all this time! We were as dumbfounded and clueless as EunJae just like we would if it were to happen to us. Especially when you thought the relationship was going so well. You get consumed by the happy moments that you forget how long ago they've been. There were a lot of chances where JungYeol could've went back together with EunJae. And I was itching to find out what's holding him up?! Clearly he's not the type to let some "greasy guy" get in the way so why hasn't he get the move on! And then it dawned on me, maybe it's because he just doesn't like her anymore. In spite of it all, I'm proud of EunJae and how vulnerable and humiliating she let herself be to get some closure. I think it's easier to move on from someone when you know you've exhausted all your resources and all that you are for the sake of the relationship rather than leave that door open for "what ifs" and more pointless daydreaming. One day she'll look back at this, and be proud of herself. After all, it's the one that hurts that carries all the burden in the end not the one who was hurt.

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I can't complain about Sung-min can't confess his feeling - although it's so obvious. Why is that so? Because a person like Sung-min DOES exist in the real world. The same goes to Belle Epoque girls. I can relate myself to one or two characters in Belle Epoque.

By the way, anyone miss the Halmonie? To me, she's like Korean version of Audrey Hepburn! And today, I came across article about her (Moon-sook) and her life. Her life is pretty interesting, and I think Halmonie character so fits to her.

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I think Ji Won and Sung Min is a great idea but is probably something we won't see until Ji Won has wrestled her demons and redeemed herself in some way. Not that any of these would matter to Sung-min. I think he's way beyond realizing he's got feelings for Ji Won. But he also seems to see that any chance they might have would be fleeting especially when Ji Won is broken like this. I love how he would just hang back and doesn't judge nor dictate the course that Ji Won should take. He trusts her enough to know that she'll figure it out herself eventually.

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EUN JAE WHY YOU SAID THAT

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in this ep, I really like eunjae character despite she begged for jongyeol back...she is still the bravest in a sudden shock situation like when she did in season 1 with ye eun ex-boyfriend. She is very timid but when it's come to her friends she can do anything. Eunjae, I hope you can have a boyfriend who truly loves you. For Belle Epoque girls, HIMNAESAEYO!!

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there will probably be a season 3...

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'Why can’t the writers give us more Eun/Jang-hoon and Ji-won/Sung-min? Why must they make themselves my enemy?' LOLOLOL MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY OMG

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BC: Gosh. 3 more episodes and my dreams of Eun-Jae getting back with her ex is dead :'(. She looked extremely crazy in that final scene. I hope she finds closure.

Ji-Won is pretty hard on herself. She can't know for sure if she lied. I feel sorry for her. She's carrying all this guilt of something she doesn't remember. I hope this ends up at least with a slight glimmer of light.

Jo Eun is precious. That confession caught Jang-Hoon off guard. I love this ship.

Yoon Unni is so sweet....

Binging contines...

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Eun Jae has been getting on my nerves the entire season first they changed the actors and now she just being thirsty for her ex’s attention.

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