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Age of Youth 2: Episode 12

Sometimes a change of scenery can do wonders for your mood, and there seems to be no better time for the Belle Epoque ladies to head out of town for a short getaway. With fresh air, plenty of food, and lots of uninterrupted bonding time on the agenda, the trip isn’t just an opportunity for the housemates to clear their heads—it also serves as a reminder that family isn’t limited to just the one you’re born into, but also includes the one you make with those who come through for you when it counts the most.

 
EPISODE 12: “I affirm myself” #standbyme

The Belle Epoque ladies are headed somewhere on the train, along with Ho-chang, Jang-hoon, and Heimdal (but…where’s Sung-min?). As Jin-myung looks around at the group, it’s clear that everyone’s in a terrible mood, save for Ho-chang, who’s excitedly fiddling around with his camera.

Jin-myung gets a text from boyfriend Jae-wan that reads, “Apple picking?” Ha, that’s where they’re going? He follows up with two more questions: “All of a sudden? Do you like those kinds of things?”

In a flashback, we see that the trip was Jin-myung’s idea, but no one else wanted to go: Ye-eun said she’s allergic to sunlight; Eun complained about bugs; Eun-jae gave a few excuses, then said she wasn’t in the mood to go home (ah, so they’re heading to her family orchard.) Ji-won just stared blankly at the suggestion.

Back in the present, Jin-myung writes back to Jae-wan that it’s not something she likes, but something that’s needed right now. When Jae-wan asks if she’s the one who needs it, Jin-myung looks at Ji-won and thinks to herself, “No. Ji-won.”

In another flashback, Jin-myung gathered the girls to explain that Ji-won needed this trip, telling them, “She’s acting like nothing’s wrong on the outside, but something’s strange.”

She told the girls of seeing Ji-won at a park that past Sunday, where she watched a group of fourth graders play outside. Ji-won had marveled at how young these kids looked, telling Jin-myung: “Even fourth graders are still babies. Third graders are even more like babies.”

She’d continued, “Whatever I did wrong, I was a baby then, right? I probably didn’t even know what I was doing back then, right? Let’s say one of those kids over there did something wrong. Could you say that kid is bad? No, you can’t, right?” As she looked to Jin-myung for reassurance, Jin-myung told her she was right.

When Jin-myung told her housemates about this conversation, Eun-jae agreed that Ji-won seemed strange, but pointed out that apple picking is actually hard work—not so much a healing activity. At that, Jin-myung admitted that something else happened, too.

In another flashback within the flashback, Jang-hoon did pushups outside of the Belle Epoque while Heimdal mocked his physique. When Jang-hoon showed off his bicep to Heimdal in response, Heimdal one-upped him by pulling up his shirt.

The two boys ended up taking off their shirts completely to compare who’s in better shape. At that point, Jang-hoon was actually more ripped than Heimdal, so Heimdal insisted on comparing leg muscles instead.

Ji-won and Jin-myung had returned home to this scene—but despite the two half-naked men in front of her, Ji-won had just walked by with a simple “Hello,” leaving Jin-myung stunned.

When Jin-myung relayed Ji-won’s non-reaction back to the girls, everyone quickly agreed that something was definitely up, and the apple picking trip was on.

In the present, Jin-myung texts back to Jae-wan that she thinks the trip is something that everyone needs right now. She then puts her phone away to try to start a conversation with her sullen companions.

When she suggests that someone tell a funny story, Ho-chang’s the only one who responds. He starts talking about a Polish mathematician, but Ye-eun crankily tells him to stop, and the group falls silent again.

So Jin-myung tries to lighten the mood herself, telling everyone about a joke that her boss had tried to make at lunch. She awkwardly laughs at her story, but others clearly don’t find it funny at all…except for Ho-chang, who starts cracking up a few beats later.

They finally reach their destination, and Ho-chang excitedly suggests they take a group picture in front of Eun-jae’s place. Jin-myung enthusiastically agrees, and everyone else reluctantly shuffles into place.

The resulting photo is awkward but hilarious: All the Belle Epoque ladies look like they’d rather be anywhere else, with Jin-myung being the only one forcing a smile. Jang-hoon’s looking over at Eun, Heimdal gives his best idol pose, and Ho-chang offers a cheesy smile.

Eun-jae’s mom and stepdad come out to greet the crew. As Eun-jae’s mom gives her daughter a once-over, she comments that Eun-jae’s face has changed (hee, that doesn’t get old). Mom then snaps into action, telling the group to get ready to work.

The boys help Eun-jae’s stepdad carry over apple crates to the orchards, and Heimdal and Jang-hoon try to outdo one another on how many crates they can carry at once. The ladies get an apple-picking lesson from Eun-jae’s mom, then everyone gets to work.

As they’re picking apples, Eun-jae suddenly stops and deflates. When Jin-myung asks her what’s wrong, Eun-jae, with tears streaming down her face, replies: “That bird… that bird that’s chirping. A lark.” Before Jin-myung can ask a follow-up question, Eun-jae just walks away, leaving Jin-myung befuddled.

Jin-myung remembers the night Eun-jae came home soaking wet, just after Jong-yeol crushed her heart. Eun-jae had disappeared into her room without a word and spent the whole night with the covers over her head.

When Jin-myung woke up the next morning, Eun-jae wasn’t in bed—instead, Jin-myung found her in the bathroom, diligently cleaning her stuffed monkey with a toothbrush. Eun-jae said her wet clothes had stained the doll, so she wanted to wash it quickly to make sure the stain didn’t stick. “But it’s too late. It’s not coming off,” she said.

Later, Jin-myung found Eun-jae in the kitchen making what looked to be about a hundred sandwiches, an assembly line of ingredients set up in front of her. Eun-jae said she couldn’t sleep, and the next morning, all the girls diligently ate the sandwiches she made.

The next time Jin-myung woke up, Eun-jae’s bed was empty again. Seeing Eun-jae’s slippers by the entryway, Jin-myung headed outside, where she looked up and saw Eun-jae sitting up on the roof, her legs dangling over the edge.

Back in the present, Eun-jae’s mom interrupts Jin-myung’s daydreaming to chide her for not picking apples correctly. Jin-myung tries to say something about Eun-jae, but Eun-jae’s mom points to Eun-jae and says that she’s doing just fine.

As the morning stretches on, Heimdal stops to check in on Jin-myung. Ye-eun seems to be eating more apples than she’s picking and shoos Ho-chang away when he tries to take a break from moving heavy crates. Jang-hoon and Eun steal glances at one another when they think the other’s not looking.

Heimdal and Jang-hoon race to see who can get the crates back the fastest, then argue over who’s going to push the cart full of apples. They eventually tip over the cart, spilling apples all over the ground, but when Ho-chang tries to yell for Eun-jae’s mom, the other two boys pile onto him to keep him quiet.

Jin-myung makes the rounds around the orchard, keeping a close eye on her housemates. Ji-won notices Jin-myung watching her and asks, “What?” Jin-myung hesitates, unsure of what to say, but before she can answer, Eun-jae’s mom calls out that it’s time to eat.

As the crew digs into their catered lunch, Ye-eun remarks that she was expecting a more rustic experience. Jin-myung agrees, saying things aren’t like the old TV show Country Diaries at all. When Eun-jae’s stepdad expresses surprise that she knows of the show, Eun-jae’s mom makes a quip about Jin-myung’s age.

Instead of eating, Jin-myung keenly observes everyone around her, looking worriedly at Eun-jae (whose depressed demeanor goes unnoticed by her parents) and Ji-won. Jin-myung’s the only one who notices Eun ignoring Jang-hoon’s request for some tissue and hands Jang-hoon the roll herself.

Ye-eun gets up from lunch first without eating much, saying she’s full from eating too many apples. This raises another flag for Jin-myung, and she thinks back to the train ride this morning when Ye-eun fed all her kimbap to Ho-chang instead of eating it herself.

In the present, Jin-myung watches Ye-eun walk away, only to get called out again by Eun-jae’s mom for eating so slowly. Mom thinks that Jin-myung’s pretty oblivious, but as Jin-myung watches Eun-jae skulk away from the group, she mutters that it’s not true.

After lunch, the gang takes a break, napping or playing with their gadgets, but Jin-myung notices that Eun-jae’s missing. She sets off to look for her and finds her sitting off the side of a trail, looking out into the distance.

Jin-myung asks Eun-jae what she’s looking at. Eun-jae answers, “The wind. If you look at the tree over there, you can see the wind passing by.” As Jin-myung takes a seat next to her, Eun-jae continues, “The wind is coming now.” Jin-myung closes her eyes.

The two sit for a bit, feeling the breeze on their faces. Eun-jae looks cheerier as she tells Jin-myung that she must have had a hard time because of her. Jin-myung just smiles at her housemate, and soon, they’re called back to work.

Back at the orchard, Jin-myung sees Ye-eun with her hand on her stomach and asks if her stomach’s hurting. Ye-eun brushes off the concern, but she lets out a shaky breath once Jin-myung passes by.

Eun-jae’s mom heads inside the house for some rest, but she stops at the door in shock when she finds Ye-eun in the kitchen, stuffing her face with rice. LOL. After Mom gets over her initial surprise, she waves off Ye-eun’s attempt to explain, telling her she didn’t eat enough at lunch.

After plopping down on the couch, Mom asks Ye-eun if Ho-chang’s her boyfriend. When Ye-eun says he is, Mom smiles and says she understands that Ye-eun might not want to eat so much in front of her boyfriend. “I’ll keep it a secret,” she says. “In exchange, you have to keep it a secret that I’m resting here like this, okay?”

But when Ye-eun stands frozen in the kitchen, rice scooper in hand, Mom gets right back up to make Ye-eun some yummy-looking bibimbap, telling her that plain rice isn’t appetizing. Mom starts eating with gusto and urges Ye-eun to dig in, but Ye-eun just stares back at Eun-jae’s mom, as if she’s never seen a mom act this way before.

Flashback to the most recent meal Ye-eun had with her own mom. After taking a tiny, prim bite of her food, Ye-eun’s mom watched Ye-eun disapprovingly as she ate her pasta, then cleared her throat. At that, Ye-eun stopped eating.

Mom mentioned that she heard about Ye-eun’s friend Yoo-kyung sending the malicious texts, then went on a rant against Yoo-kyung, telling Ye-eun that she seemed strange from the beginning. She then did what she does best and blamed Ye-eun for making the wrong kind of friends. Ugh.

Later, Ye-eun met up with Ho-chang and pigged out on ddukbokki. She froze in horror when she realized she cleared the entire plate, then yelled at Ho-chang for not stopping her. Ho-chang leaned in sweetly to tell her she’s really skinny, but Ye-eun said he’d be shocked if he knew how much she weighed. Later at home, Ye-eun worked out obsessively, got on the scale, then went right back to her workout when the numbers weren’t what she wanted.

Back in the present, Eun-jae’s mom tells Ye-eun to eat up, and smiling, she does.

Not seeing Ye-eun around the orchard, Jin-myung starts to look for her. After catching a glimpse of a figure in yellow prone on the ground, Jin-myung gasps in horror, thinking it’s Ye-eun. She runs over, tripping in her haste to get to her, but when she reaches the figure, it turns out to be a scarecrow. Womp womp.

When Eun-jae’s mom and Ye-eun rejoin everyone, Eun-jae nags her mom for shirking work. Mom blames her bad back and whines that Eun-jae’s singling her out. She points to Jin-myung wandering back: “Look, that person’s coming back after goofing off, too.” Ha!

As the group takes a short break, Ye-eun feels a drop on her face and is horrified when Eun-jae tells her a cicada just peed on her. Eun mentions that cicadas only live for about a week, and Eun-jae confirms, saying they live as nymphs for seven years, but as cicadas for only seven days.

When Eun says she feels sorry for the cicadas, Ye-eun says they must cry so loudly because they think it’s unfair, too. But Jin-myung sees it differently, wondering if nymphs live their lives in order to become cicadas: “Maybe they’re happier during the time they live as nymphs…cicadas may be just nymphs in their later years.”

Her words seem to strike a chord with Heimdal, who gazes at Jin-myung thoughtfully.

With their day of work finally complete, the girls head into the house to wash up. Just before she heads inside, Eun stops short, having remembered something, and freaks out to herself. Jin-myung asks her what’s wrong, but Eun says it’s nothing.

Meanwhile, the boys sprawl out in the front yard, tired from the manual labor. Heimdal seems comfortable with this type of work, and when Jang-hoon asks if he’s from the countryside, Heimdal says he’s from Inchon. He adds that he lived there until the ninth grade, when he moved to Seoul to train.

Suddenly, the boys hear Ye-eun exclaiming, “It’s cold!” and they perk right up. HA, it turns out they can hear every word the girls are saying as they shower (and since the girls are all in there together, the conversation does sound a bit racy).

Though the three do their best to pretend they don’t hear what they hear, they can’t tear their eyes away from the door leading to the bathroom. That’s when Eun-jae’s stepdad calls out to them to show them to another bathroom, and the boys jump up, looking incredibly guilty.

Later, Eun-jae’s mom leads Jin-myung away for a private chat while everyone sets up for dinner. She asks Jin-myung if something’s happened to Eun-jae, then guesses that Jin-myung must have thought she wasn’t an attentive mom.

Without thinking, Jin-myung answers, “Yes,” but then backtracks to say that Eun-jae’s mom seemed to not notice Eun-jae’s distress at all. Mom explains that Eun-jae’s been the same since she was young—if you tell her not to cry, she just cries more, so it’s better to ignore her.

Mom asks Jin-myung again if there’s something going on with Eun-jae. Jin-myung tells her to ask Eun-jae later, but Eun-jae’s mom smiles and says that she probably won’t tell her.

The group sits down for dinner, but this time, Eun is missing. She’s still inside the house, looking nervous about something, and doesn’t move to come outside even as the girls call out her name.

Eun thinks back to when she ran into Jang-hoon on her way out of Belle Epoque, on the morning after she’d told him she missed him. Eun had paused in front of him, looking expectant, but to her dismay, Jang-hoon couldn’t even look at her and instead continued working on his chair.

In the present, Eun is forced to come outside for dinner when Jin-myung comes looking for her. As she heads out, we see why she was so reluctant to go outside—she’s wearing a dress, which she self-consciously tugs at, then tries to cover up with her sweater.

When she appears outside, Jang-hoon can’t stop staring at her, only looking away when Eun’s eyes meet his. Ye-eun comments that the dress looks good, and Eun-jae’s mom explains that she let Eun borrow it because she didn’t bring a change of clothes.

Jin-myung notices Eun and Jang-hoon stealing glances at each other, then remembers a time when she and Eun were hanging their laundry on the roof. Jang-hoon had been there too, and when Jin-myung made an off-hand comment about the length of Eun’s pants, Eun had lost her temper, then run away.

It’s only then that Jin-myung puts two and two together, and her mouth drops open as she looks back and forth between Eun and Jang-hoon, all the weirdness between the two now making sense. Jin-myung hides a smile, then tells Eun to eat up.

On their walk after dinner, Ye-eun makes note of Ho-chang’s glasses. Ho-chang quickly says he’ll wear his contacts tomorrow, but Ye-eun just tells him to keep wearing his glasses. She adds that he should wear the kind of pants he likes too, then apologizes, telling him she acted badly.

But when an excited Ho-chang asks if he can go back to his old hairstyle, Ye-eun immediately says no, hee. She then pulls him closer, and the two happily gaze at the stars.

Eun sits outside the house, trying unsuccessfully to light a mosquito repellant. When Jang-hoon joins her but doesn’t say anything, Eun goes on the defensive: “What? I know it doesn’t suit me. It’s not like I wore this because I wanted to.”

Jang-hoon lights the repellent for her, then says, “It suits you.” He sits down at a safe distance from her, and with his back toward her, he adds, “You’re pretty, wearing a skirt.”

Eun grumps at him to stop, convinced he’s lying, but Jang-hoon retorts that he’s being sincere. “Then why don’t you like me?” asks Eun. “I even told you that I missed you.”

Still not looking at her, Jang-hoon says he’s going to the military. When Eun says she knows, he turns around in surprise, then asks if she’s okay with that. Eun replies that it’s not like he’s being deployed, then grumbles that he’s using his enlistment as an excuse.

Jang-hoon says it’s not an excuse: “I like you, too. I like you, but if I have to enlist as soon as we start dating, I can’t ask you to wait for me. But I can’t not ask you to wait, either.” Awwwww.

When Eun asks what he wants to do, he wonders if she’ll wait for him if he asked her to. She quickly says she won’t—why would she, when he hasn’t even asked? Jang-hoon asks what her answer would be if he did ask her, and she tells him, “Try it.”

Taking a breath, he asks her to wait, telling her he’ll do well when he gets back. Eun cracks a tiny smile, but tells him that she’ll think about it. She then runs away laughing, leading Jang-hoon on an adorable chase.

Jin-myung watches the two with a smile, then accepts some freshly picked fruit from Heimdal when he comes out to join her. He seems knowledgeable about farming—he tells Jin-myung that his parents are not only farmers but beekeepers and innkeepers too, and promises to send Jin-myung some honey.

Looking surprised, Jin-myung asks if this means Heimdal is going home. He confirms it, then jokingly says that she must be relieved. When she asks why he changed his mind, he says it’s just because, but then says that he realized today that he didn’t hate working outside.

He continues that before, the whole situation felt unfair—it seemed like his seven years of hard work amounted to nothing, and by quitting, it was as if he was acknowledging his failure. He adds that he was embarrassed and sorry, since he told everyone he was going to be a celebrity.

“But a nymph doesn’t live to be a cicada, right?” he asks, echoing Jin-myung’s words from earlier. “A nymph would have been happy being a nymph. If I think about it now, I had a lot of fun during those seven years. It might be a mental victory, but I learned a lot, too.”

Smiling, Jin-myung asks who said those words about the nymph. Aghast, Heimdal reminds her that it was her, and ha, Jin-myung’s all, “I did?” She laughs as he gets angry for being so emotional about something she doesn’t even remember saying, and then the two join the rest of the group as they gather for a late-night snack.

Aww, everyone looks so much happier than they did this morning on the train, as they trade jokes, tell scary stories, and play games. Eun and Jang-hoon grab at each other when Eun-jae tells a scary story (then quickly let go, looking awkward but giddy). Even Ji-won seems more like herself as she smiles and joins in the conversation.

As the girls are settling in for bed, Jae-wan texts Jin-myung to ask if everything’s going okay. Looking around at her housemates, Jin-myung writes back that everything’s fine, and that she must have been worried for nothing.

The next morning, Jin-myung wakes up alone. She startles when she sees how late it is, then sheepishly joins everyone else in the kitchen for breakfast. When her housemates say they tried to wake her up but couldn’t, Eun-jae’s mom gets in another pointed remark about Jin-myung not being as meticulous as she first seemed.

Jin-myung asks after Ji-won, who’s not at the table, and Stepdad says she left the house early. Jang-hoon says they should give her a call, but Ye-eun says that Ji-won forgot her phone at home.

And indeed, Ji-won’s phone is on her desk back at Belle Epoque, where it rings with a call from Sung-min. When the call goes unanswered, we see that it’s his ninth missed call.

Jin-myung gets up without eating, telling the group that she has no appetite. The rest of the girls look unsettled as Jin-myung heads outside, and not too long after that, Ye-eun gets up too, followed quickly by Eun and Eun-jae.

After the girls catch up to Jin-myung, the four walk along, chatting and making small talk. Jin-myung thinks to herself how they’re acting like everything is fine: “As if there’s nothing wrong. Truthfully, I wanted to shout. Truthfully, I wanted to run.”

They pass by a sign that warns against swimming or going in the water due to drowning accidents, and Jin-myung continues, “If I shouted, I thought I’d be found out. If I ran, I thought I’d be chased. It felt like the misery that had been hiding like the ‘it’ in the game of tag would come grab us by the ankles. So we had no choice but to walk slowly, using all of the strength we had.”

As a group of children play on a field, a little girl sees a figure crumpled in front of the school and screams that it’s a person. The kids all run toward the figure, and ack, it’s Ji-won. The kids wonder if she’s dead, but when Ji-won starts to stir, pulling herself upright, they scream and scatter in fear.

The children go running outside the school, where they run into the housemates and tell them about the “body” that they just saw. That gets the girls running toward the school, and when they arrive, they see Ji-won stumbling toward them, rubbing her head.

Ji-won looks glad to see her housemates, and she tells them that she passed out for a minute. But everyone else looks incredibly panicked—Jin-myung even crumples to the ground from the stress—and Ji-won looks surprised at her housemates’ reactions.

Ye-eun grabs Ji-won in a tight hug, while Eun-jae asks her where she’s been, adding that they’ve been worried sick. Ji-won apologizes and says, “I must have been passed out for a long time.”

Ji-won explains to her housemates what happened after she woke up early that morning: She’d headed outside for a walk, then stumbled upon the school building.

As she walked past the colorful building, looking into the windows, a series of images had flashed before her: a white curtain blowing at a window, sculptures from art class, her and Hyo-jin as kids, and the pretty shoes.

In the present, Ji-won says that’s when she fainted. “And, I remembered,” she adds. Looking around at her housemates, Ji-won says, “I didn’t lie.”

On the train ride back home, Ji-won’s the only one who doesn’t fall asleep, as she stares contemplatively out the window.

The next thing we see is a flummoxed Sung-min talking to Eun-jae’s mom, unable to believe that everyone had left earlier that day. Eun-jae’s mom asks if Sung-min came up to work too, then asks him what he’s brought. Sung-min, holding nine takeout bags, tells her it’s chicken.

Epilogue

The girls are put under hypnosis and asked about their past lives. Jin-myung describes a busy marketplace full of Korean independence fighters waving flags. She’s there too, shouting something, and the therapist writes down the guess that she’s Yoo Gwan-soon, a famous freedom fighter. Then suddenly Jin-myung barks in Japanese, “Kill the Korean!” (The hypnotist immediately scratches out Yoo’s name, ha.) (This gives new meaning to the adage Selling out your country in a past life to explain your current life’s suffering.)

Eun-jae was the queen of Joseon, and as her bedding is laid out, a court lady tells her that the king has gone to visit a water maid. At that, Eun-jae’s eyes snap open and she screams, “What?!” Shades of Jang Ok-jung?

Ye-eun happens to be that water maid, as she smiles and says that the king is visiting her room. (Hee, she’s Dong-yi! Fyi, Han Seung-yeon played that role in Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love.) We flash back to Eun-jae screaming, and Ye-eun cowers.

Eun’s on the battlefield, looking for a baby to return to his father. She gasps in horror when the father tosses the baby aside, and cries out to the baby. (Turns out her nickname “General Jo” is literally true—she’s general Jo Ja-ryong from the Three Kingdoms period, aka Zhao Yun.)

Ji-won describes a pleasant night and says they’re on a dangerous path somewhere. She says she wants to say something… then whinnies and blows air through her mouth, because she’s a horse.

 
COMMENTS

Thank goodness for Jin-myung, our resident housemom—if it weren’t for her, where would our girls be? While it’s true that everyone’s going through a lot in their personal lives (including, you know, recovering from being attacked in their own home), I’m so glad that at least Jin-myung was perceptive enough to notice that Ji-won wasn’t as okay as she pretended to be. I really enjoyed that the majority of this episode’s storyline was told from Jin-myung’s vantage point—it was fun to get a glimpse into her rational and measured personality, and seeing her observe, take notes on others, then add all that up in her head to draw her conclusions. While there were instances when Jin-myung seemed to worry over nothing, most of the time, we saw that Jin-myung’s sense is spot-on (despite what Eun-jae’s mom happens to believe, heh.)

I thought it was a refreshing change of pace for our characters to spend some time away from the Belle Epoque—after that traumatic last episode, even I needed a break from that house. In addition to forcing them out of their daily routines, the trip also provided the extra bonus of making most of our main characters all spend time together, with nowhere else to go. Forced proximity in an unfamiliar environment—there’s nothing better to help you see something new about yourself (or someone else you’re with), or to spur you to do something you wouldn’t otherwise.

I was so proud of Eun for working up the courage (again!) to confront Jang-hoon about his non-reaction to her confession—thanks to her stepping up, it looks like we’ll be treated to an actual romance in the last two episodes, which is nothing but good news. I also thought Eun-jae’s mom was well-used here—I was never her biggest fan, but we saw a different motherly side to her than we’ve seen before. I particularly loved the part when she showed Ye-eun what it looks like to have a positive relationship with food—that look of wonder Ye-eun gave her as she was eating was just so hopeful and sad all at once, and I hope it’s the beginning of Ye-eun addressing her issues with food, and of course, her own mom.

Just like last episode, it was really tough to watch Ji-won be a shadow of herself for most of this hour. After all, who is Song Ji-won if not the wacky, inappropriate housemate who can liven up any atmosphere? I’m relieved that she’s recovered some of her memories about what happened with Hyo-jin, as hopefully, this will help her recover and return to her normal self—even if that may be a slightly different version than what we’ve known in the past.

I certainly don’t like that she continues to have these fainting spells (I’m hoping they’re psychological and nothing else), but what I’m even more unhappy about is the lack of Sung-min this hour. I mean, would it have so hard to bring Sung-min along on the apple-picking trip? Imagine the shenanigans that could have ensued! More seriously, think of the support he could be providing her during this difficult time! I know we only have one more week to go, but I’m still keeping the faith that we’ll get some satisfactory progress between Ji-won and Sung-min. I’m not even hoping for much here, but I’m hoping for something. Don’t disappoint me, show!

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Quoted " I mean, would it have so hard to bring Sung-min along on the apple-picking trip? Imagine the shenanigans that could have ensued! More seriously, think of the support he could be providing her during this difficult time!"

EXACTLY!!!

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Even Chef Jae-hwan had more screen time interaction with Jin-myung without actually being present than Sung-min had with Ji-won! :(

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i don't understand the writer, they're the favorite and most popular couple and the writer is trolling us all the time. Koreans were angry as well, the lack of screentime is annoying.

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I am kinda glad to see some progress in Jiwom and Sungmin's relationship. Clearly Sungmin is the other support apart from the Belle Epoque family. NOW KISS. and give us a 3rd season.

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Seriously!!!! They are the most popular couple and is it so hard to include SM?

The only reason i can think is, SM and JW connection is deeper than anyone else. SM knows JW even more than the girls..
If he were there , they won't get to show how the girls bonding to find missing the JW.

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I'm in love with this season because of Sung-min and Ji-won! I want them to get together so so so bad. PLEASE! ;_;
Waiting every week for the tidbits of this couple is difficult enough, this week they didn't even include him in the trip UGH

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I feel exactly the same ! I love this season mainly thanks to the beautiful chemistry between Sung Min and Ji Won. I really want the writter to give more scenes to that couple in the last 2 eps.

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Fghjghjghjghj. The epilogue killed me. Hahahahahaha. I can so see Eun-Jae as Jang Ok-jung and her crazy eyes as she screamed was gold. Plus this just makes me laugh harder at the thought of her pulling at a sleeping Ye-Eun's cheek in episode 1 (I need to go watch that scene again. Hehehehehe). I love how this episode was all Jin-Myung. Seeing her being the mother of the group, watching and providing support to them was such a beautiful thing to see. She and Yi-na are the oldest in the group and the way they interrupt and help their housemates (or ex-housemate in Yi-na's case) just fills me with all the feels. And yes to more Sung-min. Dammit show. We need our Ji-won and Sung-min pairing up. You've got 2 more episodes. Make it count!!!

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Sung-min, bless him. Is this a sign he's just not going to get the timing of love right? *Reply 1988 flashback ensues*

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Yoon Sunbae ❤️❤️❤️ our mama bear! The way that she took notice of each girl was SO sweet! I love how she has her own headcount and if one is missing, she immediately looks for them. When she found out what was bothering Eun the whole time, her knowing expression 😅😅

Sung-min got like 5 secs for this ep. I want more and of course, with JW!

Eun and Jang-hoon! How cute can you get??? Him asking Eun to wait for him was the cutest! It went from banmal to jobdaemal (?, not sure about the spelling 😅)

Still can't believe that we only have 2 eps left. We all need a group hug once this season ends 😢😊

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Yeah, I'm secretly thinking the writers only putting him in here because she's scared of a death wish from the fans.

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They will get one if nothing happens at the last two episodes about Ssong-Sung. xD

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"I love how she has her own headcount and if one is missing, she immediately looks for them."

I LOVE THIS. I didn't even notice it when watching the show, until you pointed it out.

I remember some comments from the first few episodes that said Jin-Myung's arc this season doesn't seem to be that compelling (and/or dramatic), but now I see why her presence is still crucial. I loooove her as the mama bear of the group, and I think she is a steadfast figure in all their lives.

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IKR! She looked for each girl in the whole episode! Which was so cute!

I love what they did with Heimdal and Yoon sunbae. And Belle Epoque without her or any of the girls doesn't feel right.

Season 3 with Kang Unnie!

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Oh man poor Jin-myung trying to watch out for everyone this episode. She's such a great unni and I love how Eun-Jae's mom tells her she had no nun-chi when she's the only one whose perceptive to everyone's behavior that shows that their not feeling ok

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I was waiting for this. Thank you chocolatte. :)

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Wait--when did Hochang and Yeeun get together?

And Im so proud of everybody for taking their own steps to healing, no matter how tiny it may seem to others. And Jinmyung! I know it seems that her character's in a stagnant phase right now (because the most heartbreaking part of her story is done), but I'm thankful that she's there as the quiet older sister who has everyone's backs.

I love these girls so much.

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Also: here to recite the requisite #ssongsungmin please. We need development, stat!

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I think they never officially said they were dating but it just naturally developed into a relationship

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Yeah, and I really like that. It's just what I expected from them.

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I agree, gadis! Hochang's the sweetest and the cutest and the pair is becoming a fave of mine.

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Oh, I thought I missed something important. Thanks!

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Two more episodes before it ends but I still imagine (and wonder) whether the housemates get confused because Eun Jae has changed her face. Haha.

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OMG I was so excited to see that this week was not the end of Age of Youth 2. I thought it would finish at ep 12 but we have 1 more week! I really enjoyed the development of our couples from Hochang and Yeeun to Eun and Janghoon. I hope next week we will have some closure with Sungmin and Jiwon and I hope Jinmyoung's BF makes an appearance and we see all our couples together.

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Good to have the funny and wacky back this hour. But show, why the lack of Sung-min??? 😭😭😭

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I was expecting this episode to offer some closure to Eun-Jae and Yong Jeol's breakup but I think the show is going to just leave it where it ended in the previous ep. Looking at Eun Jae now, I think she has moved on. She's clearly heartbroken but at least she's no longer in that stupor.

I also thought the show would move speedily on Ji Won's mystery so I was surprised they only touched on it in the closing minutes.

I am not complaining though because this episode was simply lovely. My heart went out to Jin Myung for being so perceptive and caring. When she tripped thinking the prone figure was Ye Eun, I was moved to tears.

I was increasingly frustrated at Eun Jae's mom for failing to notice her daughter's state. So it was a nice surprise to know she did see it after all. Neither did I expect the show to reveal more about Ye Eun. There was one episode where Ye Eun remembered how she was showered with love as a child and found it difficult to reconcile that people would hate her. Well, her childhood can't be as perfect as it seems with that mother of hers.

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YeEun's mother makes me choke in frustration. Eish!

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The prone figure had me really confused because I saw a hand but where's the legs?! That hand was extremely man-like

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OMG, where did you read that??
How legit is it??

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Omg you can't drop a line like that without further explanation o__________o

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Seriously!! You're just going to say that and not even share any details.
At least give us a link pweeasseee

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DID THEY KISS ?? DEAD FISH OR PASSIONATE KISS ??? TELL ME NOWWW!!!!

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Please no spoilers here.

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Why the above comment has been deleted what was there?

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Because it was a spoiler.

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I can relate so good with Jinmyung tbh. She looks like she care less about the other's feelings, but deep inside she's such an observer and she knows best when she needs to do stuff. And lol, the indicator of Jiwon not feeling well is she had no reaction to shirtless guys omg she's my spirit animal. But seriously the last two episode felt so so so dark because the Jiwon we always know isn't around, prove just how crucial her role is.

*ps. GIVE ME JAEWAN AND JINMYUNG REUNIONNNNNNNN. And tbh the only epilogue I hate was the urn one the others are HILLARIOUS!

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Right? Like 'yeah what's wrong with staring at some 4th graders and contemplating her childhood life, whatever. But she passed the chance to gawk at shirtless man?! This is serious!' Loll, and Jin Myung's immediate reaction was the funniest really

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A frickin' horse in her past life, LOL.

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I think Park Eunbin broke out of the character at that last cut she was laughing after doing the horse impersonation xD

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Thanks for the write up! I am waiting for the episode to be subbed and these recaps explain alot to me I might have missed (more the details) as my Korean knowledge from watching 13 yrs of dramas is not that awesome. I get the jist but that is it. I have yet to watch the episode. I am glad to hear that we get JM persepective. I love that Eun steps up and confronts JH for his lack of reaction to her confession. YE and HC romance is sweet and glad she let go and allowed him to wear his glasses and no more skinny pants. LOL. Thanks again! I am sad no much SM and JW time! Please give us more next week! Sad to see this drama go!

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I'd rather he be there but I actually find Sungmin missing the apple picking party kind of hilarious, considering the party he bailed on and the time he went back to sleep instead of visiting Jiwon at the hospital like all the other guys in Season 1. Plus, there's something very real about a prospective couple missing each other rather than constantly bumping into each other like they're magnets.

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You're right. Though I miss him at the apple picking trip, I think it's kinda like retribution for Sung-min for missing the girls' party in season 1 and not going to the hospital for Ji-won.

Perhaps this is why Ji-won feels that she can't show her heart to him? Those were two times when she really needed him in season 1. The first one, to save face (heh) and the second, when she needed some tlc. It was made worse cos on both occasions, the other girls had guys with them, especially the hospital one, when all their concerned guy friends/bfs showed up.

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When I noticed he missed the apple-picking, I snickered since he also missed the girls' party last season. He's just destined to miss parties. Matches his annoyed, old man aura! At this point, the only people who have met Sungmin are the two newbies this season (Jang Hoon and Eun).

It was thoughtful of him to bring all that chicken. I hope the train ride wasn't too long!

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Yes. It seems real. I kind of like this pacing between the two. Frustrating but deliciously so. It may be both of them know little about love. We don't even know Sungmin's history. Do we?

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I read somewhere that he's described as a doesn't-even-date kind of guy, not sure where though.

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No, that's is Kwon Ho Chang.

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We seem to know background stories of the girls. But we do not know why Sungmin doesn't date. Maybe he has trauma or fears of his own? The show doesn't focus on the guys' stories. But it should be interesting to know a little more about them. Sungmin's story to me, is more mysterious than the autistic HoChang, the caring Chef, broken but healing Heimdal, the funny n sensitive Landlord/Caretaker. Sungmin? He is there, sometimes, he is caring too. But I can't seem to pinpoint who he is exactly.

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The way I see it, he doesn't date anyone because he has someone he likes for a very long time. But of course he cannot confess, because that girl is Ji Won. They seems to have known each other for a very long time, and maybe he doesn't want to destroy their 'comfortable' relationship? I might be wrong since we don't see much of him but that's how I see him and I think that's how the writer intended to write about him...

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Repeatedly watched Eun-Janghoon “wait for me” scene because they’re just so cute. 😊

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What i found interesting is how the dynamics changed between the housemates because of Ji-Won not being her usual direct and talkative self. Cause usually Ji-won points things out and gets the others to open up about their problem. It's the reporter in her, always trying to get the story. But with out her Jin-myung doesn't really know how to get the others to open up so she takes action instead and waits for a chance to be of help.
Also I'm hoping the next week we get a lot more sung-min!!!

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I agree with this. Since Yina's left, I more concretely feel like Jin-myung is like the working father and Ji-won is usually the pesky mom meddling in her children's lives. It felt like Jin-myung didn't know what to do without Ji-won getting involved in the other girl's lives.

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Thank God for responsible sensible Jin Myung! Everyone else was struggling with something, but Ye Eun's issue with food wasn't highlighted much before, so I was a little confused with it in this episode.

And how precious is it that Jang Hoon saying that he likes Eun was passed like a fleeting wind, no cute music, no dramatic cue, because we all know it for a fact. But I was like, people, he's saying it back to her!! I need some music here hee. But they're both adorable just breathing in the same air so yeah

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In an earlier episode's epilogue, it was mentioned that she was chubby as a child and her mom was upset about it. It was played for laughs, but now this episode revealed its darker implication. I think having a boyfriend again had her unconsciously revert back to old Ye Eun, who was really concerned about looks and really wanted to please her boyfriend at the expense of herself. After that bibimbap moment, she had realized what she was doing.

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i disagree that yeun's food issues haven't been highlighted much - it's probably very obvious to me because i have watched season 1 like 3 times and have rewatched all season 2 episodes at least once lol kind of obsessed with this show! but yeah, ever since season 1, yeun is always making little side comments about how much she is eating and expressing concerns about her weight; and in the episode where she first meets ho chang, her "friends" point out that she used to be fat in high school. in one of the epilogue's this season the girls go to a bath house, and when they weigh themselves yeun freeeaks out. i just know it's happened a lot because i've always noticed it and wondered why they keep hinting at her unhealthy relationship with food but never actually making it a plot point... but of course, this show never disappoints and they follow through with layered and complex stories for all the characters, as usual <3

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I adored this week's episodes, especially because of the way this one unfolded, with Mama Bear Yoon sunbae looking out for everyone. I kept replaying the part when she was attempting to bring up the mood with a joke. It was the cutest thing and then Ho-chang's adorable snort laugh, hehehe! I actually love Han Yeri's brand of comedy in this role. She is so adorable when she's trying to be funny.

Particularly loved the little scene when Jin-myung and Eun-jae sit out together in the wind, because it reminded me of all the moments in between when I've made the resolution to let go of things.
Every now and then I'll find myself dwelling on those things of the past that I had already decided to let go of. This scene allowed me to remember that it's useless to think of those things again when I already decided to be at peace and move on.

Not gonna lie, sometimes I feel like I'm laughing with the writer and the PD when they do just one little scene with Sung-min like they did at the end of this episode (why do I feel like they know how obsessed we are and enjoy holding out on us?), but then I remember that I'm in denial about this drama ending and am probably unconsciously expecting the 14th episode epilogue to just go on and on, indefinitely. I want to be spoiled with scenes of them, but I actually don't care about them having any more than a hint of romance by the end of the season. This is officially the best/worst friends-to-lovers pairing, because I'm legitimately questioning whether they'll make it out of the friend-zone by the end of the series.

It's a testament to how great Sung-min is with Ji-won that they probably didn't have him here this episode. He just has a connection with Ji-won that the other boys don't have yet with the girls and he would have completely changed the dynamic. Lol, you could say they have a connection that surpasses her obliviousness and his bad timing, lol (something he also suffered from last season).

This episode was for Jin-myung and the other girls to come through for Ji-won. That restraint on the show's part makes the self-discovery this episode feel more her own and is going to make next episodes super awesome for shippers right? Now, that Ji-won's had the revelation necessary to bring her fire back a bit, I'm expecting him to be by her side figuring things out with her.

Lol, I feel like Sung-min's finally gonna show up in front of all the roommates soon and they're all going to be immediately on to him (and probably roll their eyes at how Ji-won's been complaining of no boys being interested in her, lol). I'm convinced this is why they are holding out on scenes of him with the whole group. I'm ready for either the girls to clue Ji-won in on what she's been missing or for Sung-min to finally take initiative after Ji-won resolves her issues in the final eps.

Eun and Jang-hoon are LOVE. Actually have much more to say on them, but I'm much too content with their...

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...developments right now.

Thanks for the recap, chocolatte!

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I really love that scene when Yoon Sunbae and Eun-jae sitting on the hill and 'watching' the wind. It feels like a point when Eun-jae finally make peace with herself and her 'history', saying goodbye to her first love and moving on with her life. I like the fact that the conclusion of her story with Jong-yeol didn't need him to be present because it's more about Eun-jae forgiving herself for being naive and clingy to him, it's about her acknowledging that even if it was bitter, she learned something precious from that experience. And now she become the more mature Eun-jae who is ready to tackle the next adventure in her life.

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That quiet moment felt very in-line with Eun-jae from the first season. It was such a relief after how tense and sometimes, embarassing, Eun-jae has been all season.

Our Eun-jae has grown a lot since the first episode of season 1.

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TOO LATE, SUNG-MIN. YOU'RE TOO LATE.

I honestly don't know if I should laugh about the fact that Sung-min is always absent whenever the boys of the show gathers together with the Belle Epoque girls.

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I'm a big fan of Sungmin and Ji Won couple but in the same time, I like the fact she is strong and can do things alone. Girl power ! :p

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The way Ji-won's been acting is scaring me. I can't believe there's only one week left of this show! Why can't it be longer?! Or at least have a season three!

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Watching this eps, I realized that Ssong's particular lie to Eun-jae in the 1st season about the reason Ye-eun has low self-esteem actually wasn't completely off the mark. Then, she told this elaborate lie about Ye-eun having a much prettier and smarter twin sister. Apparently, she only need to change the term sister to mother and Ta-da! she practically has the whole picture right.

At first, I thought Ye-eun's obsession with strict diet was because of peer pressure and she wanted to satisfy her boyfriend. But turned out, it's a much deeper problem than that. Hearing her mother constantly belittling her for every aspect in her life on top of having to deal with her trauma musn't be easy. It squeezed my heart to see her wistful gaze when she ate together with Eun-jae's mom. You can almost hear her thinking "What if this person is my mom." and imagining the easy acceptance she would get. I don't know if the writer would have enough time to address it properly, but at least Yoon Sunbae noticed that tidbit during their outing and she now also has a sweet boyfriend that would told her she is a nice and pretty person the way she is.

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You are right about Ji Won's lie. This prettier and smarter twin sister could also be who Ye Eun wants so badly to be in order to meet her mother's expectations.

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I think this is a better interpretation. It could also be a projection of the kind of daughter that Ye-eun's mum wants. The invisible, non-existent twin sister who is always prettier, brighter, better.

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I'm definitely gonna marathon S1 and S2 before the year ends and take note of every 'lie' that Ji-won said. xD

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I think what they're going for now is to try and address the issues with Ye Eun's self esteem and why she might have ended up in an abusive relationship in the first place. You can see the parallels with Go Doo Young and her mother... both of them she likes and desperately wants to please so they feel the same way about her as she feels about them. The pattern of changing herself or subverting her own needs to please others started with her mother.

In a way, her whole arc this season has not only been about overcoming trauma, but discovering what she likes and what makes her happy, independent of her trying to satisfy other people (and recognizing that need in other people, which is why I was so so happy she apologized for Ho Chang for the forced makeover in episode 11. Anyone else notice she made him over to look exactly like Go Doo Young? I swear, in season 1 he even wore the exact shirt she picked out for Ho Chang). So Ye Eun is, for the first time, figuring out the kinds of friends and boyfriends she likes, the kind of personal appearance she wants to have, what she is comfortable or not comfortable with. And in the process, she's learning that she's not superficial, that she can fight back when she's scared, that she wants loyal and kind people around her rather than pretty jerks, etc., etc.

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I felt like Jin-myung had been sort of sidelined this season, so this episode was very welcomed. She hadn't felt very present, but this episode showed that she IS present and is looking out for her roommates, not only during those scary moments, but those sad, quiet ones too. When she collapsed after finding that Ji Won was okay, I cried. And then more tears after Ye Eun hugged Ji Won.

And Jang Hoon and Eun are just adorable! I'm so sad he's going off to the army. With the way Eun teases JH, she's a natural flirt :) Though I hope to get another one of Eun's signature walk+disapproving-look-at-Jang-Hoon move before the series ends. She's so good at it.

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my god, i loved this episode. i've been antsy about eun-jae's and jin-myung's stories in the past, but the small, understated resolutions to their arcs in this episode were spot on for me. i really liked the quiet moment on the hill where eun-jae and jin-myung just watch the wind blow - not a single word about jong-yeol or her messy breakup was uttered in that scene, but you could tangibly feel eun-jae finally make peace with it. the heimdal/jinmyung conversation on the porch about the crickets was the other scene i loved - the idea that one throwaway comment from someone could inadvertently inspire the beginning of a new path for someone else was such a lovely tribute to the connection these two had built over the past few episodes. and heimdal's indignation at jinmyung forgetting she'd ever said that comment was so endearing, hehe.

but the kicker has to go to jiwon's scene at the very end - nothing outright emotional happened, but somehow i STILL had tears in my eyes, because it marked the beginning of her finally having to face her demons upfront. the ost really hit the spot in that scene. :'(

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ALSO, just wanted to add: i love how the show consistently has all these little blink-and-you-miss-it character and background details inserted into certain scenes. in that brief scene where the girls are eating that huge pile of sandwiches eun-jae made, you can see that eun's picking out all the danmuji (i think that's what it was at least??) from her sandwich. so cute. :D

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ahhhh at the same time i'm craving for more Sung-min, I found it perfectly fine that he's missing from the apple picking trip. Totally made their relationship more realistic to me, sometimes the important one just couldn't be there all the time, that's how life goes. And the fact that he couldn't be there but still checking out on her and ended up actually get there (even bringing 9 bags of chicken for people he wasn't that close with) was actually pretty sweet. Just imagine how busy Sung-min is that he had to miss the trip, and then can't call Jiwon and got all worried AND THEN so confused how should he show up that he finally ended up bought bunches of chickien XD
I was so worried tho bc my streaming site labeled Ep12 as the final episode, but seeing the preview, there could actually be even Ep14 right?
Also about the real secret behind the Mun Hyo Jin case, could it be that she actually sent the letter to the Belle Epoque house because she wanted Jiwon to help with all of her revenge kinda thing? After all, Jiwon is the only person that possibly knew what happened in that 3rd grade period

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I wonder how sungmin knows where they were and the address too.

In the next episode we definitely (you must! please Drama God) are going to have

1) Chef visiting (hope janghoon can has some bromance moment with him too)
2) Janghoon asking Sungmin if he likes Jiwon - i heard it in preview
3) Kiss! or please Kisses (EunXjanghoon, JiwonXSungmin, HochangXyeeun, JinmyungXChef).. poor eunjae..
4) is it too much to ask for Season 3?

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Not really by the way it goes and we nearing the end of season 2 with many more gaps in relationship status i guess there will be season 3..

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I took Sung Min's arrival as proof that he was invited on the trip and couldn't go but drove there the second morning after not being able to reach Ji Won by phone. I was only disappointed that he didn't appear to bring chicken for Eun-Jae's parents 😦

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Maybe it's because I am watching The King Loves...what if Ji Won sees Sung Min only as a friend and nothing more? We know for sure he is interested in her but how about Ji Won?

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but unlike Won from The King Loves, Sung Min is not that pushy, Sung Min is very caring without shoving in her face and confess his feeling over and over like Won. Besides, Sung Min does not have a fierce competition like Rin! I hope Sung Min will get Ji Won but if not, there would be Age of Youth 3 to see more of them.

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I am not comparing the characters but rather it occurred to me that while we are all so excited about Sung Min and Ji Won, I realized I am not sure about how Ji Won feels towards Sung Min at all. Like how San just loves and cares for Won but only as a friend.

They are so cute together so I do hope Ji Won will see that the one she's been looking for has always been by her side.

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(Sigh. I started typing this comment YESTERDAY, but am only able to finally post it now. Smh.)

Gah, I don’t wanna read this recap yet, even though I already watched this ep raw a couple nights ago (I’m SO weak, y’all). Thank you, @chocolatte for the recap! Off the top of my head, here are some of my fave moments from this ep:

- OF COURSE MY BABIES EUN AND JANG-HOON. They’re both such awkward turtles w/ each other. But GAH, I’m so glad they’re making progress! I was so bummed to find out that after Eun’s “I was lonely w/o you, I missed you” confession, Jang-hoon couldn’t even face her. I thought the two avoiding each other was just them being their awkward selves, but it was just Jang-hoon because Eun totally shot him a cute, hopeful smile, but he just ran away. Anyways, thank goodness for this spontaneous trip because it brought them closer together and made things official. YAYYAYYAY!!! *throws confetti in the air and happy dances*

- Eunnie wearing a dress!!! Omg, I’ve been very diligent with avoiding spoilers, so I did NOT see that coming. I was so confused to see Eun all anxious and fidgety; I thought maybe it had to do with that time of the month or something. But when they revealed that she was wearing a dress, I was like, “AWWWWWW.”

- Sung-min: “Chicken.” LOL! Omg, poor Sung-minnie! He’s so nice to have bought everyone chicken. Pwahaha, that image of him holding like, five bags of chicken in each hand will never not crack me up. He’s a keeper, Ji-won! But I’m sure she already knows that.

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I like this episode. How jinmyung be the older n act as their mom. How eunjae heal her brokenheart. How jiwon deal with her past n know what she do in past. How yeeun get moving on from her trauma. N how eun be courage to speak about her feel n think.. Hehe

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That last scene is def done to torture us and makes us go crazy!!!! He is trolling us so badly...

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I think it would be very good to have jin myung sunbae and her chef get married as the ending. And of course our fav couple ji won and sung min have to make their relationship official!

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This is seriously a wonderfully beautifully written and directed show. The writer must have lots of knowledge about the complexity of psychopathology, childhood history/development, trauma, and personality. Each character is written and realistically portrayed with a lot of depth... Really really one of the best dramas around!

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What started as a the most depressing "healing trip" turned out to be just what our favorite housemates needed! I feel like things have shifted for all 5, (even for Hae Im Dal) in subtle but important ways. JinMyung, who has always distanced herself from things that can derail her progress in life, found herself scrambling for ways to keep everyone in check and out of harm's way. Ye Eun found another mother figure in EunJae's mom and let herself, for once, be more snug under her own skin (weight scale be damned!). Eun Jae seems to find closure from her first heartbreak and realize that some things are meant to just pass you by (like the wind)-- doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Eun wore a freakin' dress and aegyo overload ensued! Perhaps the most profound change happened to Jiwon (who needed it the most). Even in her reckless times, we'd see her pause and comment on how she feels like she's forgotten something important. Jiwon's case is without doubt, the best example of how wonderful a human's mind is and how it would go to any lengths to protect us. With Jiwon finally remembering what happened to Moon Hyo Jin, I see some of her old self come back to her. I'm sure that although her shine has been dulled, she'll transform into another gem-- sturdier, more beautiful, shakingly weathering life.

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Aww my girls! So thankful for this episode. Cracked up on their behalf a few times, someone's gotta do it! I like corny jokes oke
The only way I can accept this trolling -by withholding Ji-won&Sung-min from us- from the writer is that she's building up other relationships preparing for a 3rd season. Still, I expect the final episodes to be all about them, damned.
Eun-jae hang in there, hun. I think she, the show, and us would benefit from never seeing that ex of hers ever again. Ugh.

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Am I the only one voting or does this drama really have an average of 5 stars?? # JJANG 💓 💓😍😍😍

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the epilogue was so great LOL!!! Jiwon being a horse in her past live, I laughed so much! It's so good to see that while they're all going through such stress and emotional turmoil, they still have each other to rely on. (I'm still a bit irked that that abusive attacker just gets away with how he hurt them?! like he really just walks away and the girls don't report it?!)

On another note, Heimdal's growth is really heartening too, so much of the time ppl tell you to be realistic and know when to give up on a dream, but even if it isn't the most successful route, you just gotta do what you love to do and there is value in that (even if other ppl will say you wasted your time). idk, as a college senior I'm realizing that now, a little too late perhaps? I just love all the girls so much, I can't bare the idea of it ending with only 2 more episodes!

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Does anybody know the game Heimdal and Janghoon were playing when they were resting? And Eunjae's mom said they were too loud so they had to move somewhere else. It looked like a race game and I saw a Kakaotalk character in it?

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BC: YAYYYY!!!!!

Das it.

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i know this doesn't relate to the story, but does anybody know the name of the game that jin-gwang and jang-hoon are playing? it looks like kakao and everybodys playing it now but cant find it anywhere

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