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Go Back Spouses: Episode 3

This show cracks me up. Now that Jin-joo and Ban-do have confirmed that their sudden time slip wasn’t some crazy dream, they’re determined to relive their youth the way they’ve always wanted—the way marriage never allowed them to. And with their colorful group of friends, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.

 
EPISODE 3: “Finding spring again”

In the year 2004, sometime in the beginning of our couple’s marriage, Jin-joo is stuck at home contemplating the bills, and Ban-do is running around a hospital trying to complete a sale. All the while, Bo-reum is living it up in a night club, and Dok-jae and Jae-woo are picking up a couple of girls.

Jin-joo narrates that people get certain rights they can enjoy during this season of their lives. Those people get to see the beauty in life instead of the evil. “For us,” she continues, “that passionate and youthful time that everyone enjoyed was like the spring that had passed without giving us a chance to look at the flowers.”

We rejoin our characters in 1999, just after they dispersed from their group date. Bo-reum and Jae-woo have some drinks, and it’s clear that Jae-woo is intimidated. He watches Bo-reum down her drinks like water, while he pathetically sputters as he tries to keep up.

If that didn’t scare him, her disgust with the restaurant’s music does. He shrinks in his seat as she rants about the artist and how terrible it is for the guy to sing about saying whatever he wants as long as he’s drunk and won’t remember it later.

Jae-woo insists that he would never do something like that, which just amuses her. He tells her to take it easy with her drinks… and the next thing we know, Bo-reum is left with a passed out Jae-woo. Ha.

Bo-reum has no choice but to piggyback Jae-woo all the way back to campus, cursing through her teeth the entire time. She dumps him at the male dorms and leaves without another thought.

The next morning, Jae-woo wakes up in the dorm lobby, with no idea as to how he got there. Welp, he’s definitely going to regret that.

A scream erupts from Jin-joo’s room, and her mom and unni come running in to find her with puffy red eyes (after spending all of last night crying about Seo-jin, her son in the future timeline). But Jin-joo is more concerned with the fact that she still looks young.

As Jin-joo puts her goodbye letter to Mom away, her dad cautiously sticks his head in and asks if she’s angry with him. She insists that she isn’t, though her face says otherwise. He offers a bonus to her allowance, but again, she says no and walks away. Dad wonders why she’s been so weird around him lately, and then he stuffs the cash in her jacket pocket anyway.

Meanwhile, Ban-do sits in his room, wondering how long his trip to the past will last. He hopes it’s a permanent thing, only to realize that would mean he’d have to serve in the military again. But he smiles, thinking that would still be better than being divorced. He takes a look in the mirror and figures that it’s time he have some fun.

Ban-do sits his family down and demands that his parents hand over all their assets. They stare at him, their mouths agape, as he promises to bring back a fortune once he invests in neighborhoods that are sure to be big in the future.

But, of course, that only angers Dad, and he stalks off to his room to retrieve a hammer. Mom desperately tries to hold Dad back as he chases Ban-do around the living room, while his noona just sits back like this is an everyday occurrence, lol.

A little later, Ban-do leaves his house with a huge wad of cash. Since his first plan failed, he resorted to selling all his prized possessions, such as his computer, VHS tapes, and CDs.

Ban-do sees his bus take off without him, but he just smiles, accepting the challenge. He breaks into a run and manages to catch up with the bus. Dok-jae sees him out his window and yells for the driver to stop, but when he does, Ban-do runs right past them.

Enjoying his restored energy, Ban-do happily shouts, “All right! I won!” and runs the rest of the way. As he runs down the street, Jin-joo rolls by in a taxi. She tells herself that she should find Ban-do to figure out what’s going on, oblivious to the fact that he’s just outside.

Once she gets to campus, she’s surprised that the taxi driver won’t accept credit cards. She insists that she definitely paid with one yesterday (when she got into Nam-gil’s car), but agrees to pay with cash. But it’s only then that she realizes that she left her wallet in Nam-gil’s car, so she searches her pockets until she finds the money Dad left her.

After she pays, Jin-joo finds a note from Dad saying that he’ll talk to Mom about buying a phone, but she just shoves it back into her pocket. She then catches sight of Nam-gil arriving to school and quickly hides behind a trash can, afraid to face him after their awkward encounter the day before.

Friends Bo-reum and Seol surprise her, crouching down to see what she’s looking at. And then, another figure comes by to surprise them: It’s Dok-jae, with Jae-woo close behind, wondering what they’re doing by the trash can.

Jin-joo waves her foot at him, trying to shoo him away before Nam-gil notices them. And sure enough, Nam-gil turns to see everyone crowded by the trash can, with Jin-joo’s leg still sticking out. Not thinking much of it, he goes on his way.

Now that the coast is clear, everyone stands up. Dok-jae is happy to introduce himself to the ladies again, though his smile drops when Bo-reum points out the bandage on his forehead.

She correctly guesses it’s due to the beating he got from the “bomb” at the group date. He asks why she didn’t stop the beating if she saw them, to which she answers that it wasn’t her problem. Heh.

As the girls leave, Bo-reum turns back and tells Jae-woo that she’ll be seeing him soon. Jin-joo also turns back to ask if the boys have seen Ban-do, but they can only shrug.

Dancer Seo-young has her usual group of fanboys crowd by the studio door, though her friends mention that the guy in the yellow uniform hasn’t shown up yet. In flashback, we see that Ban-do had tried multiple times to walk up to her and hand her a drink, only to give up and run away.

Ban-do finally makes his entrance, watching Seo-young from the door. He has an aura of confidence, knowing very well that things are different now. He walks up to Seo-young and coolly introduces himself, much to her surprise.

He gives her the drink he’d tried to hand over so many times, which she accepts. He then asks for her phone number, saying he’d like to greet her as someone he knows from now on. Smooooth.

Ban-do shows off the number to Jae-woo and Dok-jae, but they don’t buy it. Dok-jae dials the number to see who it really belongs to, only to hang up in a panic when it’s Seo-young’s voice on the other end.

They wonder where his sudden confidence came from, and he responds that he’s not the same man he was before—he’s got the wisdom that comes with age and the young body that’s as strong as Iron Man’s suit. His buddies stare at him blankly, having no idea who Iron Man even is.

They ask if he confessed to Seo-young, but Ban-do merely says that there are certain steps you take before you ease your way into dating. Jae-woo and Dok-jae burst into laughter at that, saying that he should just confess and end it right there. Ban-do sighs at their ridiculous logic.

Jin-joo and her friends walk into the auditorium, where she finally finds Ban-do. She walks up to him and the boys and tells him that they need to talk, but Ban-do says he has nothing to say to her and waves her off.

So Jin-joo goes to her seat, staring daggers at Ban-do the whole time. Their professor hands out an assignment where they jot down the name of a person they wish to observe and label all the compartments of the brain as they view them. At this, Jin-joo gets an evil glint in her eyes.

Poor Dok-jae gets his paper filled with insults toward his hair, while Ban-do gets his filled with words like “coward” and “cheapskate.” The word “cheapskate” echoes in his head as he remembers that Jin-joo had called him that numerous times throughout their marriage, and his eyes meet Jin-joo’s as he realizes that she’s come from the future too.

After class, Ban-do drags Jin-joo outside so they can speak alone. He calls her out on ignoring him when they’ve both been here all this time, but Jin-joo reminds him that he did the same thing, calling him a cheapskate again. He shudders to hear those words come out of her now that she’s young again.

Jin-joo says that they should be figuring out why they’re back in 1999, but Ban-do insists that they should feel grateful. He thinks they should live their lives to the fullest now, away from each other. Jin-joo seems a bit hurt by his words, but she puffs out her chest and agrees. And with that, they say their goodbyes.

Once out of sight, Ban-do wonders if he was too harsh on her. He remembers their tearful phone call the night they decided to get a divorce, when Jin-joo had said that she was so unhappy. “Oh, whatever,” he tells himself. “It turned out well. She did say she was unhappy.”

In her next class, Jin-joo can’t stop thinking about Ban-do’s suggestion that they live their lives separately. She snaps out of it when her professor says that they can never get their youth back—and with that said, he has everyone start on a bucket list. Jin-joo gets to writing, though we don’t get to see what the first thing on her list is.

Later, as the girls chill out in their dorm, Jin-joo whines that they should go out instead of wasting time inside. She asks what the kids do these days, which gets a laugh out of Bo-reum. Bo-reum jokes that these “kids” go drinking and clubbing. Jin-joo likes the sound of that, and suggests they go clubbing tonight.

Bo-reum and Seol are shocked to hear that—Jin-joo had sworn to never enter a night club—but they’re more than willing to break Jin-joo’s rule for a night of fun.

So the girls get all glammed up and make their way out of campus, turning heads as they go. They’re all smiles until they reach a treacherous downward trek, looking down at their monstrous high heels in dismay.

Bo-reum and Seol take baby steps down the hill, but Jin-joo decides to brave it and march down confidently. But she soon loses her footing and starts speeding down the hill with no way to stop.

She yells for everyone to get out of the way, but one figure stays where he is, watching her speed toward him: Nam-gil.

Jin-joo runs right into Nam-gil’s arms, and immediately freezes in shock. Nam-gil then releases her, saying that he probably smells. Embarrassed, Jin-joo says that he doesn’t smell at all, but he just walks past her with a blank face. However, once he’s out of sight, Nam-gil’s expression turns flustered as he wonders what kind of person Jin-joo really is.

Ban-do and his friends stand at the bottom of the hill, having witnessed what happened. Dok-jae and Jae-woo joke that they should wait around to catch more falling ladies, but Ban-do just watches Jin-joo with an unreadable expression. Jealousy, perhaps?

At the night club, Jin-joo is mesmerized by what’s she’s been missing out on. She’s happily dancing at their table, and when she notices other people waving a light around, she picks the light up on their table and waves it, unaware that it’s used to signal the waiters.

When a waiter comes running, he suggests that they try “booking” (a Korean practice in which women are sent to rooms to socialize with men). Jin-joo is all for it, and she allows the waiter to drag her and her friends to a private room.

In the club’s bathroom, future doctor Park Hyun-suk answers a call from his girlfriend and lies that he’s at the library. Afterward, he joins his friend outside and asks if he’s spotted any decent girls yet (ugh, you pig). It’s then that he notices Jin-joo as she and her friends follow their waiter.

Ban-do and his friends are in the club as well, sitting in their own private room. As they ready themselves for socializing, Ban-do announces that all the drinks are on him. That gets everyone’s spirits up, but as soon as they’re introduced to some women, the mood slowly dissipates.

Dok-jae isn’t interested in his girl, and none of Jae-woo’s girls are interested in him. Instead, all the girls flock over to Ban-do’s side of the room. He’s the life of the party as he tells joke after joke.

Meanwhile, Jin-joo and the girls sit with Hyun-suk and his friend, the air awkward. When Hyun-suk asks her age, she almost says “38,” but makes a quick save by asking how old he thinks she is. He makes her blush by guessing that she’s 20, and notes that he’s her oppa since he’s 26.

Jin-joo shyly calls him oppa, earning an incredulous look from Bo-reum. Hyun-suk’s friend likes Bo-reum’s feisty attitude and challenges her with drinks, but the poor fella is passed out before he can even eat his words.

A techno song comes on, and Bo-reum urges the girls to come out and dance. Before Jin-joo can leave, Hyun-suk grabs her wrist and hands her a note with his phone number. “Let’s see each other again,” he tells her. She smiles and nods.

The girls get on the dance floor, and while Jin-joo seems unsure at first, she’s soon whipping her hair around just like everyone else. And only a few feet away, Ban-do and the boys are hittin’ it hard too.

In fact, Ban-do gets so into the music that he accidentally bumps into Bo-reum. He and Jin-joo frown at the sight of each other. Jin-joo tries to dance away from him, but Ban-do actually dances her off to the side to ask what she’s doing here.

Jin-joo scowls that Ban-do must’ve had such a hard time keeping it all in, seeing how much he’s enjoying himself. Ban-do says that as a matter of fact, he did. And he figured that he might as well come to the club if he wants to meet another woman and start a new life.

He looks at Jin-joo’s getup and tells her that an ajumma like her will never get a man looking like that. He dances back over to his friends while Jin-joo watches in annoyance.

Back on campus, Nam-gil stands at the bottom of the hill, remembering his run-in with Jin-joo and his pounding heart as he held her. His friend finds him and asks what he’s staring at.

Nam-gil starts to ask his friend if he’s ever hugged a woman before, but he thinks better of it and suggests they leave. Aw no… You’re gonna break my heart, aren’t you?

Jin-joo is off getting drunk by herself while the girls hang out with Ban-do and friends. Dok-jae makes the mistake of challenging Bo-reum to a drinking competition (seriously, when will these guys learn?) and ends up choking on his drink before declaring her the winner.

As Dok-jae passes out, Ban-do can’t help but laugh. Bo-reum takes offense to this and asks if he’s trying to challenge her too, but he knowingly refuses and says that he’s definitely not as strong a drinker.

Bo-reum smiles at that, and then her gaze goes to Jae-woo. She asks him if he remembers the night they went out. He stutters that he does, and Bo-reum clearly sees through the lies. She says that if he remembers, he should keep the promise he made. “Promise?” he asks, unsure.

Just then, a waiter comes barging in to tell them that their friend has gotten way too drunk.

Jin-joo sways over to the DJ booth and switches the music off, getting the attention of all the club-goers. She grabs a microphone when Ban-do and Bo-reum come running out to see what’s going on. Jin-joo spots Ban-do standing up on the second floor and holds up the slip of paper with Hyun-suk’s number. She brags that a nice oppa said she was pretty and points Hyun-suk out in the crowd.

Ban-do’s amusement is wiped from his face the second he sees his future boss. He almost looks like he’s about to march over to him when Jin-joo’s tone turns serious. “What are you going to do about Seo-jin?” she says into the mic. At that, Ban-do’s blood turns cold. He looks back at Jin-joo, tears forming in his eyes… and then Dok-jae comes out of nowhere and starts puking over the railing. Ha! Also, ewwwwww. Way to ruin the moment.

Dok-jae is quickly thrown out of the club, along with Ban-do and Jae-woo. As Jae-woo tries and fails to pick Dok-jae off the street, Ban-do watches Jin-joo being taken away by her friends.

Jae-woo asks who this “Seo-jin” guy is that Jin-joo mentioned, but Ban-do doesn’t answer. He takes off, wanting to walk back alone. With Jin-joo’s words still in his head, Ban-do is overwhelmed with the reminder of his son, and he stops walking as he lets his tears fall.

The next day at school, two radio show hosts switch on their next song before scurrying off to the bathroom. Outside, Ban-do finds Jin-joo and drags her into the room, insisting that they need to talk.

To Jin-joo’s confusion, the first thing Ban-do says is to hand over “that guy’s” number. He warns her that Hyun-suk is complete trash, but she doesn’t understand why he’s suddenly trying to butt in when he was the one who suggested that they live separate lives.

Ban-do says that Jin-joo’s the one who had to go and announce their divorce to an entire club. He says that she might as well put up a sign that they also have a kid. As he continues that they’ll both be doomed if this news actually gets out, we see that the microphones in the showroom have been getting their entire conversation.

The entire campus listens as Ban-do and Jin-joo argue, Seo-young and Nam-gil included.

Epilogue: The honeymoon phase in 2004.

In a continuation of the opening scene, Ban-do and Jin-joo relax with some beer after a long day. Since they’ve used up this month’s expenses, Ban-do worries how they’ll get by. Jin-joo smiles and says they can get by with her love, making Ban-do lean over and kiss her cheek. Jin-joo kisses his cheek in return. Cuuuute.

Jin-joo wonders what they’d be doing if they weren’t married, and Ban-do says that they’d be spending frivolously like everyone else. Jin-joo nods, saying she wants to do that too. Ban-do asks if there’s something else she wants to do, and she asks him the same question, so they agree to say their answers simultaneously.

At the count of three, they both declare that they would want to go to a night club, only to laugh at their identical answers. They continue to smile at each other, their eyes filled with love.

We see Ban-do and Jin-joo dancing in the night club again, having the time of their lives. Jin-joo narrates, “Our youth, which was like the spring that had passed without giving us the chance to see the flowers, went around until it found us again, even more passionate and intense.”

Back in Jin-joo’s home, her journal sits open, with the first thing on her bucket list being to go to a night club. Her mom places a withering cactus back on her desk, saying that she could still revive it.

 
COMMENTS

What a fun episode! And that’s the best compliment I can give this show—it’s so fun and active that there’s never really a moment where I feel even slightly bored. I love that our couple thinks that since they’re “older,” they’re more mature than their college-aged friends. Yet at the same time, they seem as immature as ever. Or, at least, Ban-do does. He’s a hoot to watch, but man, is he a man-child. I’m starting to see why Jin-joo got so frustrated with him the further they were into their marriage. He’s a charming guy, but it’s obvious that he’s kept his mindset from college all this time, and it’s not the mindset one should be having when he’s a husband and a father.

But again, he’s just so damn funny. A lot of the comedy here works so well and it hits us so often—there was a point where my cheeks hurt from laughing too long. Ban-do and Jin-joo are great together, and when you add their crazy friends and family to the bunch, they’re even better. The families really interest me, Jin-joo’s in particular. I’m curious to know why she’s so angry with her father—he seems like a nice enough man, but she’s so cold toward him that my first instinct is to believe that he did something terrible like cheat on Mom. Or, who knows, maybe it has something to do with Mom’s death? I want to know!

The friends were the true highlight of the episode, though. Bo-reum is fierce and badass, and Dok-jae is… well, poor Dok-jae is a hot mess, but he’s quickly becoming my favorite character. Anytime Lee Yi-kyung shows up onscreen, I get the urge to laugh, and not just because of those luscious locks of his. As funny as he and the other side characters are, I hope they’re not just here for the comedy. With our main couple going through some serious issues, I’d like to see everyone—the girls and the guys—step up as friends. I didn’t get a good sense of Dok-jae and Jae-woo being all that supportive in the present timeline, so I’ll be looking for some change there.

But getting back to our couple, they’ve been viewing this experience as an opportunity to escape each other and live brand new lives. But, of course, changing the past will change the future. So the question is, are these two willing to erase their son from their lives? Now that they’re both considering this, I wonder where it puts them. I’m actually glad that the drama brought up this kind of topic. This couple hates their present lives, and I get that, but having a child in the picture changes everything.

This places a lot of responsibility on their shoulders as they play around in the past. And I can see that they’re starting to wonder if a “better” life is worth losing little Seo-jin. I don’t know how this will affect their relationship with each other, but it’s sure to put some guilt on their minds as they chase after new love interests. If anything, I at least hope that Ban-do and Jin-joo put aside some of their pettiness and figure out exactly what they want to do. We may not know how this time travel works, but methinks Fate saw how unhappy these two were and allowed them the chance to fulfill their bucket lists. As they continue down their lists, they’ll be sure to come back to each other, right?

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Thanks for the recap @sailorjumun!

I marathoned the first four episodes just two days ago and I'm so glad I chose to watch this one. Amidst the nine shows premiering a couple of weeks ago, I'd somehow missed this one. And it's such a gem!

I love the humor here. But more than anything, I found the moments Jin Joo and Ban Do remember their son - in episodes 2 & 3 - so powerful and so emotionally charged that I cried along with his parents. Does anyone know which song/OST is played in episode 3 when a drunk Jin Joo asks Ban Do "What about Seo Jin? What are you going to do about Seo Jin?" It's a simple piano piece.

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I'm not entirely sure, but it should be So Hyang's Wind Song. They've only released two OSTs and this is the sad one.

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That epilogue though. Can’t wait to see our OTP like that again. But for the meantime, I’ll enjoy Jin Joo-Nam Gil hijinks. That heels in slope and then trip-hugging scene was so adorbs I had to watch it over and over again!

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Right! That was what dreams are made of right there.

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Beautiful, long-legged Nam-gil with his sad family life and pure, flustered crush is KILLING ME. STOP IT SHOW ughhh 2nd lead syndrome whyy

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First time ever to have SLS for me! I've never seen this guy (actor) before, he's great. His uniform doesn't hurt, either.

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Pssst... He's also great in The Liar and His Lover. :)

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Omg! I didn't realize at all! It's our In-ho!
He looks so different here!

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He also had a small part in It's Okay, It's Love.

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Hahhaha... look at @sailorjumun being all cute.. Kinda expected when it comes to TLAHL :P

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Jang Kiyong he's a model actor. Same agency as Nam joohyuk.

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I love the main couple until a nam-gil scene and then I'm SLS all the way...actually, it's reverse. I'm in love with jin-joo/nam-gil until i see the main couple's happy times and then I don't knwo what to think

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No SLS for me. I'm all for the OTP. They've been through so much together, and seem to still like each other, so I want them to work it out. 'Course, if the other potential pairings help them realise what they truly want from one another, and that they want to work on what they have, I'm all for pursuing the rivals - for a short while.

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Gimme a pair of killer heels! I'd roll down a hill every day just to end up smack in Nam Gil oppa's arms.

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This one of my favorite drama... i love it

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Thank you for the recap! I love this show its my current crack drama.. but I have one thing bothering when reading comments, people keep talking about SLS, what is SLS? Please someone enlight me.. thank you..

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SLS is second lead syndrome, where you end up rooting for the second lead instead of the OTP. :)

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Ouch.. hahahah.. ok.. thanks for the info..

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Tried to root for Ban-do in the beginning, but his behaviors are not helping and with the hug scene between Jin Joo and Nam Gil. SLS game is too strong here. Ban-do keeps on chasing his first love and only remembered about his son when Jin Joo asked him. Hmmm

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Is it possible to have SLS AND root for the OTP at the same time? Nam-gil is just so adorable at the moment, but I'm waiting for the poignant moments between Jin Joo and Ban Do, too - I'm sure the show will reveal those eventually.

In the meantime, I'm kind of surprised by how much I'm enjoying the show. As much as I like the romantic arcs, what really draws me in is the family. The most touching detail in the ep for me was how the dad snuck in the money into Jin Joo's pocket. That was such a dad thing to do. Hoping more people will realize how enjoyable this show can be!

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I so agree! Everything about this show is so adorable. I think it hits the mark on most all fronts, romantic/friends/family. And, yes to rooting for the SL and the OTP at the same time. I just want it all!!! haha

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Not gonna lie. I am now watching this for the second lead guy. Purely superficial.

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FYI he is also in the drama the liar and his lover. He is the drummer of the band crude play in the drama

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Reallyyyy. Off to search for youtube clips!

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Thanks for the recap, SailorJumun! I was so second hand embarassed for them when they were arguing in the radio station for the whole campus to hear!

Mom's death is so intriguing, her death seems to have estranged relationships left and right. Also the epilogue was adorable, but i am wondering if both of them wanted to do the same thing, why didn't they do it together? Also, did jin joo work before seo jin was born?

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More than the two of them getting married young, I'm annoyed at JinJoo not working while married.

BanDo can't bring in enough income according to her (though SeoJin's room looks kinda overfilled with toys for a couple that's supposedly struggling financially) and JinJoo hates her "housewife life".

So she could have gone and get a job, get a life and BanDo's mama can babysit SeoJin cos it seems like all she does is stay at home. They live near each other! And BanDo can go change jobs because he sucks at his current one and is pathetically miserable at it.

Win-win-win!!! And we still get baby SeoJin.

It takes a village to raise a child you know. Not just two confused adult-kids.

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That is such a great idea! Why jin joo is not working is such a mystery to me. I can understand if she had quit after seo jin is born. but so far we have no evidence of whether she worked at all. Even if she didn't have any job prospects, she could have worked some part time job. I hope the show gives us some insights on this in the upcoming episodes.

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My thoughts exactly. They met at 20, and now are 38. But Seo Jin is very young - 2 to 3 years old at most. That means he was born when they were around 34. What was Jin Joo doing in the meantime?

I definitely think Ban Do has his faults, but so does Jin Joo, and that's why I have no SLS. Nam Gil hasn't done anything much to justify the love he's getting, but Ban Do has weathered so much with Jin Joo. Together.

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it's different in some asian countries. Especially in my country Once you get married the husband have this pride that they are the provider and the wife is a full time housewife.

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He can go sit in a pile of steaming hot poop then, if his pride is worth more than his wife's happiness. I don't think BanDo is that kind of person.

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It sounds like an easy solution, but you're assuming that these options haven't ocurred to them and they are stupidly suffering for no reason. You're assuming, for example, that BanDo's mother would be fine with babysitting full time for years and years (from the time he's born until he's old enough to stay home by himself) without pay, or with so little pay that JinJoo's extra salary would cover it and then some. And on top of that, Korea doesn't have the best reputation for being an easy place for working mothers (not that the US is so great). For example, I have a friend in Korea who has a master's degree but hasn't worked since she had her baby years ago because the child care situation wasn't workable, even if she wouldn't be expected to work super long hours, which of course, she would be. (You're also assuming it would be easy or possible for BanDo to change his job just because he wants to and that the toys aren't a lot of gifts).

All of what you're saying might be possible for the couple, but it also might not be, just like for many people in real life it's not that easy. At this point, until we have more information, it makes more sense not to assume that they were ignoring easy answers to their problems. After all, millions of couples find themselves in similar situations all the time, and it's not because they haven't thought about the wife working or the husband changing jobs.

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You're right SailorJumun It is really a fun show, indeed there's no moment that you would feel bored, no f/f or distract myself by surfing my phone while there's a boring scene or a characters that I don't like thier scenes, every character is entertaining even the parents.

I loved how Nam Gil cought Jin Joo it was awesome specially that he's wearing that uniform, I've never seen a better catch in dramaland.
But i don't like the writer approach by making everyone in the school hear thier conversation and made it well known for the whole school that there's a divorced couple, looking forward for the upcoming episodes.

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I really really love this drama. Hope more people aware of this awesome drama. Can't wait for next episode!!

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I'm really enjoying this show. It's funny and so relatable. Having gotten married at 25, and now, quickly approaching 32 I sometimes wonder why I lived so carefully in my 20s. Why didn't I live just a little more cairlessly when I didn't have any responsibilities? Why did I never go clubbing or drinking? (It's mostly for fantasy sake and not something I dwell on) Though, I can totally see why the leads would act like children, because they now don't have the responsibility that would require them to act otherwise. They have the hindsight perspective now understand that the youth they had was fleeting (so why not let their hair down). I guess they'll come to see that the grass is the same shade of green on the other side and hopefully have less regrets.

It seems that the show is going to dive into the history that has lead to much of the resentment Jin Joo has against Ban Do (perhaps mystery surrounding mom's death?) I'm curious to see where that story line leads. Most of the comments here and elsewhere have people talking about SLS, but despite how super sexy the second lead is, I don't think that Jin Joo would be happier with him. Both Jin Joo and Ban Do have some really unhealthy and detrimental habits that would destroy any marriage over time. They both neglected to show each other respect and took each other for granite. They didn't communicate well and caused the smallest arguments to turn into personal attacks. I'm curious how the show is going to address these types of issues, if at all, and to a lesser extent, how will that still be entertaining to watch.

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I wanna smack BanDo upside the head if he calls JinJoo an Ahjumma or if he belittles her dressing again.

And I wanna fine JinJoo for every time she calls him "cheapskate".

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100% agree with you.

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Ha! The way jin joo's dad is so cautious around her when she's angry is exactly how my dad behaves when I'm mad at him. Lol when I'm super mad at him & order him to leave me alone, he just shuffles away like a poor sad man & later on approaches me to ask if its ok to talk to me now hahaha XD

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this episode ya.. i almost wet my pants because laughing too hard.

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That epilogue was beautiful !! seeing them being so sweet and not calling each other names was the highlight of this episode for me.

I really want our OTP to realize they still care about each other faster just so the adorable seo-jin can be born.

remember your son ban-do and make jinjo fall for you again.

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Thank you for the recap! I absolutely adore this show! Something about it hits all the right spots for me, and I kind of wish I hadn’t started it yet so that I don’t have to live the next few weeks in agony waiting for new episodes :(
I’m definitely swaying towards Nam-Gil here (especially in the next episode - I could watch his flustered face all day), but I also really want to see Ban-do and Jin-joo develop a healthier relationship.

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Something that i really dislike about Ban-Do that was highlighted in the club scene is that he kinda acts like he's the only one getting a fresh start here. Like he shuffled Jin-Soo off the dance floor because he thought she shouldn't be in a club because of her age and being a mother? She's young again too buddy and you've both decided to try and keep out of each others' lives so stop telling her what she can and cannot do.

Also he keeps insulting her looks and her ability to attract a man (in ep 4 too) which i find really annoying - especially since Jin-Soo had so many insecurities about her appearance in the future :(

But otherwise... I absolutely love this show - it's whacky, it's funny and so relatable and heartfelt at times that I've legit cried at least once every episode.

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The way he be-littles her makes Ban-do a first class jerk in my eyes. I really hope he changes.

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Wow, this drama is such a gem. I love our main couple and I ship them wholeheartedly. I think Seol (Jin-joo's friend) is a mystery, I hope to see why she would suddenly go of the grid and lose contact with her friends.

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This show really speaks to me, especially this episode. The narration is true to every word. I'm 20 years old now, in the best time of life but I've always been holding back due to my family circumstances. Sometimes I just want to let my hair down, have fun and forget my responsibility. I already regret a lot of things, I can't imagine how I would feel when I am 38.

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This comment makes me want to give you a big hug. Since I don’t know you it would be irresponsible of me to give you any unsolicited advice. My hope is that you don’t dwell on that regret. Unlike our main couple, we can’t go back and change our past. I made a bunch of stupid decisions when I was in my 20’s but when I look back at the person I was, most of the time I did the best I could as that person.
Anyway, I hope you use your 20’s in way that you love! Enjoy yourself, learn about yourself and the world and grow! Fighting!!!

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It's okay, it's your first time being 20.

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I'm 38 and I wish I had played around a bit more, but it just isn't my personality and I have no doubt if I did it all over again I wouldn't really change much! I think modern life tells us we should be irresponsible and just have fun, but is that really the right thing for us as a species? I doubt it!

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I think the show has a really good flow, and practically zero boring points. I really appreciate it, since I'm watching 20th Century Boys and Girls and that show is just choppy and incoherent at times. Go Back, on the other hand, feels really well-executed. I don't think the story itself stands out since we all know they must get back together, but the show just feels slick. The mysteries, romance and comedy are all done right.

That said, I'm not exactly interested in Ban-do and his first love because she's just way too dull. Then again, I wonder why I don't feel the same about Jin-ju and Nam-gil. Definitely feeling the SLS in this drama, but I'm also looking forward to the OTP scenes too. I think JNR has great rapport with most of her male costars (except Shin Ha-kyun) and it makes shipping really difficult. I'm constantly wavering lol.

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yup, JNR has excellent chemistry w/ her co-stars!!! i've watched her w/ KRW, DC, JKH & SIG and they're all believable as OTP:)

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Everything you said is exactly how I am feeling right now about this awesome gem of a show.

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The epilogue is so heartwarming. Jang Nara and Song ho Jun's chemistry in that moment is overflowing. It felt like they are really married and love each other those stares and smiles...

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so true! coz you can feel that they were happy eventhough they didn't have enough...

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Go Back Spouses provides a fix for Reply series that I'm not aware that I have one.

I must admit this show has a good balance of humours 😂😆😂 and hearts 💖❤️💖.

Thanks @sailorjumun for the recaps. 💐💐

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I like this drama a lot. Thank you for the recap sailorjumun! I'll wait patiently for episode 4 recap. The end of ep 4 and its epilogue was sad and also introduced more questions.
I think the drama is doing a good job balancing the fun and emotional parts while keeping me intrigued to know more about jinjoo, bando and their family.

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This is my favorite show that is airing right now. I just can't put into words how much I adore this show. I already know now Nam gil is gonna pull my heart out and stomp on it. Similar to how Jisoo did in Angry Mom. I know they aren't gonna be together...but I just want him with happy with his love! But this show really just pulls on my heartstrings all around. One minute I'll be laughing my head off, then the next I'm crying buckets. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Keep it coming!

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hi SailorJumun, thanks for the recap!

this episode feels like a set-up to epi 4, which i luv-luv! so will hold off on the next recap per commenting policy:)

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Loved the bucket list theme this episode and hope they revisit it in other episodes, but, yeah, I'm mostly waiting for ep 4 recap
since there's so much good stuff there!

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I enjoy this show for the feels. I do have chronic SLS, so yeah, Nam Gil oppa all the way. LOL

I do sometimes wonder what time travel stories moral. Is it satisfying the desire to hit reset on one's decision? Or is it consoling the victims of fate? I mean, I don't believe in fate, but it appeals to me academically speaking. I usually do not like time travel stories (going to the past specifically), as reality doesn't work like that? Life is unfortunately not a game where you can reload... it's just a bad premise for me... I have, however, strong tolerance to magic, dragons, etc... but not resurrection or time travel. lol. You have to draw the line somewhere.

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I wonder if Jin -joo is mad because her dad remarried?

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One really telling moment in this episode was when Ban Do sold all his treasures. When he first saw them all he blamed Jin Joo for making him get rid of them all. But he parted with them himself without backward glance. It's easy to blame someone else for things we didn't do or things we gave up, but really it's usually our own decision.

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Hi. Thanks for the recap! By any chance, does anyone know which are the two dance songs that play during the club scene? They are really catchy :P

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does anyone know what kind of uniform does nam gil wore in the drama?

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