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20th Century Boy and Girl: Episodes 23-24

We finally get a glimpse into what makes Anthony tick, and what he’s really thinking about Jin-jin and Ji-won. He’s been a hard nut to crack, but this episode tells us a lot about who Anthony is and what’s really important to him. As trouble looms closer and closer, threatening those he loves, Anthony makes a decision that could change everything.

 
EPISODE 23: “I love you, I’m sorry, thank you”

Worried when Anthony sounds sick over the phone, Ji-won rushes to his apartment to check on him. He finds Anthony laid up in bed, only partially conscious and thinking back to all the times he’s seen Jin-jin and Ji-won acting comfortable together. But Anthony rouses enough to find Ji-won’s concern amusing, and he weakly asks why he’s here.

It reminds Ji-won of the time he found his fiancee with another man, and he’d tried to drink away the pain. Anthony had traveled all the way to Hong Kong to stop Ji-won from drinking himself to death, even though it meant missing his drama shoot.

Seeing his brother, Ji-won had heaved a big sigh and said that he was okay now that Anthony was there. Looking like his heart was breaking as much as Ji-won’s, Anthony had told him that he’d feel better after suffering as much as he wanted, and that next time he’d pray it wouldn’t hurt so much. Ji-won had broken down sobbing.

Now Ji-won spends the night by Anthony’s side, having run to help him like Anthony once did for him. But he thinks to himself that he can’t tell Anthony to suffer as much as he needs to, because he’s the one who caused the suffering.

In the morning, they share Jin-jin’s mother’s soup for breakfast, and Anthony is feeling much better. Anthony tells Ji-won where he got the food, and how it had originally been meant for Ji-won. He grows thoughtful, and he tells Ji-won that the soup must be special because he can’t stop thinking about it.

He continues, “I felt like it was warming me up from the inside. I kept wanting more. It was meant for you. I was eating what’s yours, but it was so good. If I was able to, I wanted to have some more.” I don’t think he’s talking about the soup anymore.

Anthony tells Ji-won, a little sadly, that he needs some time.

Back at home, Min-ho calls Ji-won up to breakfast on the intercom. Ji-won says he already ate, but when Mom takes the phone to ask him why he doesn’t want to eat, he can’t say no to her.

She dotes on him as usual, and she notes how happy he looks lately. She asks if something good happened to him, and when he stalls out, Jin-jin answers that nothing’s happened. Mom keeps digging for information, having seen Ji-won cooing over Jin-jin, but when he doesn’t give anything up, she settles for telling him to cherish the relationships he has now.

In the elevator, Jin-jin and Ji-won nestle into the corner where they can hold hands without the CCTV camera seeing it. Jin-jin offers to take Ji-won to work, but he says he’d rather she pick him up tonight.

He heads to work with a spring in his step, never noticing the reporter in the lobby. The reporter’s figured out that Ji-won is Anthony’s brother, and that he lives in Jin-jin’s building.

A little while later, on their way to a meeting with a producer, Anthony and Manager Choi find themselves in an elevator with that same reporter. They know Reporter Jung, and it’s obvious that Anthony doesn’t like him very much.

Reporter Jung says pointedly for Anthony to keep rowing while he still has water, and to be careful of the water disappearing as fast as it came. He mentions an article he wrote about it being Anthony’s primary job to be Jin-jin’s husband, and earns a death glare from Anthony.

Mom complains to Jin-jin about some skin toner that’s not working as she expected, but when Jin-jin looks at the bottle, she informs her mother that it’s not toner, but cleansing oil. Annoyed, she tells her mother to get some glasses if she can’t read the label.

After their meeting, Manager Choi reads Reporter Jung’s latest article, which calls Anthony a “star for ajummas.” She’s livid, but Anthony tells her to calm down and let it go. She’s on her way to see a friend, someone she thinks of when times are tough, and she snaps at Anthony that times are tough now because of him.

While she waits for her friend, she hears from the landlord of her office space that she’s used up her entire deposit, so he’s kicking her out. She asks her friend for a loan when she arrives, but her friend doesn’t have anything to spare, and Manager Choi acts like it’s no big deal.

She doesn’t realize that CEO Jang happens to be at a nearby table, and he’s heard their conversation. He slinks out of the coffee shop, and once Manager Choi is alone, he re-enters and pretends to be surprised to see her.

He takes her to his office, pretending that he brought her there to pass off some of the fan gifts sent for Jin-jin and Anthony. Manager Choi notices how huge and fancy his office is, and he says it’s all due to Jin-jin’s hard work.

But he complains that it’s too big, and that he’s having trouble finding someone to take over the extra space. He asks Manager Choi if she knows anyone who’d like to use an office rent-free. Okay, could this man be any sweeter?

Young-shim watches as Kyung-seok gives a consultation to a woman whose husband was fired for having an accident while making scooter deliveries. He promises to see what he can do, and when she asks what she owes him, he says there’s no consultation fee.

Worried after the call from the loan department at the bank, and concerned about the general shabbiness of the office, Young-shim decides to do something. She puts up posters stating that they require a fee for consultations, and some time later she walks into the office to find Kyung-seok holding a poster and glaring at her. He raises his voice at her, asking who told her to put those posters up, then throws it down and storms out.

Jin-jin gives Mi-dal a ride in her car, and she hesitates when a call comes in from Ji-won. She decides to answer, only to stammer that she’s not alone when he croons in a baby voice, “My Jiiin!” LOL. She quickly hangs up, but Mi-dal is no idiot, and after they park she teases Jin-jin for having such a cute boyfriend.

Jin-jin hurriedly shushes Mi-dal as she mocks Ji-won’s voice, and she denies everything, not that Mi-dal believes her for one second. They don’t notice that Anthony is in his car next to them, listening to their conversation, and he looks troubled. Later he texts Jin-jin to ask her to see him tomorrow.

She picks up Ji-won and they head to the Bongos’ meeting place. Jin-jin worries how Young-shim and Ah-reum will react when they find out that she and Ji-won are together, but Ji-won isn’t too concerned.

When they tell them, the girls cheer loudly, then abruptly stop and ask, “Is that how you thought we’d react? We already know.” LOL, the looks on Ji-won and Jin-jin’s faces. Ah-reum asks if they’re getting married, but they both just look sheepish.

She says she guesses that exceptions to their “no marriage” pact could always be made, which sends up red flags for everyone. They all peer at her closely, and she coquettishly asks what they think of Woo-sung.

She even confesses that she kissed him, making Young-shim cringe and Jin-jin crack up laughing. As proof, Ah-reum shows them the text from Woo-sung asking her out on their first date.

When they all split up to go home, Ji-won wishes Ah-reum good luck on her date, making her and Young-shim run away screaming. They’re so cute. Ji-won walks just ahead of Jin-jin, wiggling his fingers at her behind his back, luring her forward to hold hands as they walk home. They don’t notice Reporter Jung taking pictures of their cuddles.

 
EPISODE 24 RECAP

The following morning, Young-shim finally manages to be at the office before Kyung-seok, and he still seems uncomfortable about their argument. She tries to talk to him about it, but he cuts her off and just asks for some files. He does it again later when she tries to broach the subject a second time, practically running out of the office to avoid the conversation.

It’s the day of Ah-reum and Woo-sung’s first date, and Ah-reum spends a lot of time picking the perfect outfit and doing her makeup. He picks her up in his car, and she worries about how uncomfortable she’s feeling once they’re together. Woo-sung holds out a hand expectantly, but Ah-reum misunderstands and instead of holding his hand, she gives him a mint. HA.

While going over scripts with CEO Jang, Jin-jin picks one that particularly interests her. Hong-hee tells CEO Jang that it’s about a princess whose mummy is found 500 years after death, buried with her love. The man is either the son of a powerful minister or her loyal bodyguard. The story is about which man became the princess’s husband.

Romantic Hong-hee hopes it’s the bodyguard, but practical CEO Jang thinks it’s the minister’s son, while Jin-jin just says that her love is constant and refuses to give any details. She decides to do the drama and heads out to her meeting with Anthony.

He’s sitting at the Subway where they first met on We Got Married, remembering the moment when he saw Jin-jin here for the first time. This time it’s Anthony who’s sitting at the window when Jin-jin walks up, and they smile to see each other.

As they eat, Anthony says that Jin-jin seems to know everything about him, but he knows nothing about her. She tells him how she used to wait here every day to see him, and ended up eating so many sandwiches that she vowed to never eat a sandwich again unless it was with Anthony.

Ji-won runs into Jin-jin’s mom on her way back from shopping and carries her bags upstairs, fussing at her for going out in the cold weather instead of calling him for a ride. He notices when she has trouble finding the right key for her door, and he starts to look worried for her.

Woo-sung nearly bores Ah-reum to tears with a long speech about Chopin as they drive. He complains when she takes him to eat at a pork belly restaurant, thinking they should go somewhere more romantic for their first date, so she says that all he needs to know are her three favorite things: cow, pig, and chicken.

Woo-sung asks, “What about me?” and Ah-reum fidgets and changes the subject. He makes a valiant effort to curb his perfectionist germophobe tendencies, and even tries to feed Ah-reum a piece of meat from the grill, but he only succeeds in burning her tongue. He’s trying so hard, but it just makes Ah-reum even more uncomfortable.

Over a beer with Anthony, Jin-jin sighs happily that another of her wishes, to have a drink with him, is coming true. He asks about her other wishes, but she says she’ll only tell him if and when they come true.

She says that it was only after becoming a celebrity herself that she understood what Anthony went through, how people misunderstand you and don’t listen when you try to explain the truth. Anthony asks if he can listen to her secrets for her, but she says shyly that they’re nothing special. He settles for asking if they can always be honest with each other.

As soon as Jin-jin agrees, he asks if there’s someone she likes. She says there is, and that she was planning to tell him. He says the guy must be a good person, but before Jin-jin can say who it is, Anthony interrupts and says that he feels as though they’ve gotten close, because he knew before she said it.

She starts to mention We Got Married, but again Anthony interrupts to suggest that they quit the show. He says they can’t do it right away because there are a lot of other people to think about. He acknowledges that waiting will be difficult for her, but he suggests that they both do their best until they drop out. He holds out a hand, and Jin-jin shakes it.

Jin-jin and Ji-won are both preoccupied later that night as they watch TV together. Earlier, Ji-won had asked Jin-jin’s mother if her eyes are failing and urged her to see a doctor. She’d agreed, but she’d asked him not to say anything to Jin-jin about this.

He can tell that Jin-jin is also thinking too hard about something that’s bothering her. But instead of asking about it, Ji-won makes bibimbap and tells dumb jokes to make her laugh. Best friend ever.

The next day, Jin-jin gets a drink of water while in her parents’ kitchen, and she frowns at the streaks on her glass. She fusses at her mother to wash the glasses properly, and Mom is dismayed at how dirty she left the dishes.

Back upstairs, Jin-jin checks her two lucky bamboo plants. The second one, the one from Ji-won, is thriving, but the leaves on the first bamboo from Anthony are beginning to wilt and turn brown.

Ji-won leaves work early to take Jin-jin’s mother to her eye doctor appointment, and she complains that growing old is hard on the body. He reassures her that the doctor will just run some simple tests, and Mom looks at him lovingly, marveling at how thoughtful and kind he is.

Reporter Jung cackles as he works on his latest scandal article, which gets the attention of one of his coworkers. She frowns at his computer when he steps away, then takes a picture of the screen with her phone.

She just happens to be the friend that Manager Choi met with previously, and she sends Manager Choi the photo of Reporter Jung’s screen. It was the picture of Ji-won kissing Jin-jin on Jeju Island, and as soon as she sees it, Manager Choi calls Anthony.

She has difficulty telling him about the picture, feeling betrayed by Jin-jin and Ji-won. Anthony just tells her to calm down, and she sends him the picture so that he can see it before the article is printed.

Ji-won waits anxiously while Mom undergoes a series of vision tests. The results show that her optic nerves are damaged from glaucoma. The doctor tells Mom that there are some things she can do to slow or halt the progression of the disease, but there’s a chance she may go completely blind.

On the drive home, Mom tells Ji-won that she wants to be the one to tell her family. She thanks him for making her go to the doctor, otherwise she would have just gotten some reading glasses and gone slowly blind. He reassures Mom that she’ll get treatment, but he’s worried by the way she looks at things as if it could be the last time she ever sees them.

After seeing the picture of Ji-won kissing Jin-jin, Anthony goes to Reporter Jung’s office to confront him. He looks thunderous, and when Reporter Jung angrily pokes his shoulder, demanding to know how he found out about the article, Anthony grabs his arm and orders him outside to talk.

Reporter Jung taunts Anthony, asking if he knew about his brother’s romance with Jin-jin and kept it a secret because of We Got Married, or if he feels like his brother stole his wife.

Anthony doesn’t speak until Reporter Jung asks what he expects him to do about this. Looking both determined and resigned, Anthony gets down on his knees and begs.

Ji-won takes Mom home and makes a cup of tea for her, then goes to make himself a cup as she answers the phone. Whoever is on the other line doesn’t speak a single word, but Mom sinks to the floor where she stands and breathes a name: “Ho-sung.”

Mom talks to the person she’s sure is her long-lost daughter. She asks Ho-sung why she didn’t call last month, saying how worried she was and telling her to take care of her health. The person hangs up, and Mom sits there for a long time, softly talking to Ho-sung as if she’s still listening.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you, day and night. Ho-sung, don’t you miss me? I went to the hospital today, and the doctor said I’m very sick. He said I might not be able to see my daughter anymore. That can’t be. I want to see my daughter. Ho-sung-ah, what if we never see each other again? Let’s make sure we meet before that happens.”

At some point, Ji-won slips out the door to give Mom some privacy. He stands in the hall, shaken by the news. Jin-jin arrives home and invites Ji-won in, but when she reaches for the doorknob, he stops her hand. She looks closely at his face and can see that something is terribly wrong.

COMMENTS

Oh, my heart is breaking for Mom. No wonder she’s never given up hope for Ho-sung all these years. It sounds as if Mom gets these calls about once a month (and it suddenly occurs to me why she’s never changed the locks in all these years — it’s in the hope that Ho-sung comes home), and that although the person on the other end doesn’t speak, Mom knows instinctively that it’s her long-lost daughter. I’m still so curious why Ho-sung would just disappear into thin air when her family seems so loving, but it’s even more mysterious if she’s been calling home regularly all this time. And now there’s a deadline looming — if Mom is going blind, she may never see her daughter again even if Ho-sung does come home. Someone needs to find her and bring her home before it’s too late.

On the subject of Mom, how great is she? She’s becoming one of my favorite drama moms of all time, because she always thinks of others (but never in a martyr sort of way), and because of how much she loves and relies on Ji-won. I think it’s adorable how she takes care of him since his own mother isn’t nearby, and how she obviously likes the idea of Ji-won with Jin-jin. It’s going to be so painful if we have to watch her go blind, though I’m glad at least that it’s nothing life-threatening.

I’m happy to see Young-shim and Kyung-woo’s little romances starting to go somewhere, though they both took a step back in this episode. I was actually glad to see Kyung-seok lose his temper, because he’s adorable, but he’s also frustratingly closed off about unpleasant things. He never brought up Young-shim’s tendency to be late until he got drunk, and even when he corrected her to think about her client more, he did it in a really vague, roundabout way. He knows she’s worried about their finances, yet he doesn’t say anything to reassure her, so while she was wrong to make a decision about his business without talking to him, I can understand that she thought she was helping. Young-shim is very direct and she says what she thinks, as soon as she thinks it. Kyung-seok is going to have to meet her in the middle, and start communicating with her.

And I felt so bad for Ah-reum on her date with Woo-sung, and it was even worse to see Woo-sung trying to hard to overcome his desire to run screaming from the (he thinks) dirty restaurant, just to make Ah-reum happy. They seem to be crossing signals now that they’re dating, in a way they didn’t when they were friends, and hopefully they’ll work their way out of this stage.

I can’t believe it took me this long to realize that the conflict I keep seeing on Anthony’s face when he looks at Jin-jin isn’t because he has feelings for her, but because he feels guilty for having feelings for her. Of course he knows full well that Ji-won has feelings for Jin-jin, but it wasn’t until he talked about how guilty he felt eating the soup that was meant for Ji-won that it hit me what’s really going on with him. He’s having feelings for Jin-jin, but he knows that if he pursued her, then he’d be taking something that belongs to Ji-won. And I don’t just mean Jin-jin herself, although Anthony understands better than anyone how devastated Ji-won was when another man stole his fiancee.

I think that more than his own feelings for Jin-jin, Anthony doesn’t want to see Ji-won broken over a lost love again, or to be the person who puts Ji-won through that kind of misery. So he’s choosing to step away from Jin-jin so as not to even give Ji-won a reason to hurt. I was touched when Anthony got on his knees to beg Reporter Jung not to print his article, because that showed more than anything else what kind of a person Anthony really is. The most important thing in the world to him are the people he loves, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they’re happy, even if it means sacrificing his pride, and even his career, to do it. I hope that Anthony gets a break soon, whether it’s landing a drama role that isn’t connected to Jin-jin, or finding a woman to love him the way he deserves to be loved. He deserves to be happy, too.

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I am in love with all the relationships in this show, between siblings, between friends, between lovers, even between those who work together. It's very heartwarming to see everyone treat each other kindly and even have disagreements in sensible ways without resorting to yelling and/or blackmailing.

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This! Rom-com is my favourite genre, but so often it feels almost like the couple is in a social vacuum. More rom-coms spotlight family, but this is probably the first one I've watched that has had such cute co-worker relationships (I just love the way Taehyun keeps pestering and teasing Jiwon, and how Midal can tell Jinjin a dress she likes makes her torso look too long without incurring her wrath).

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I was sold from the minute Jin-jin told Mi-dal to sleep in the bed with her when they were in Hong Kong rather than letting her sleep on the floor. Jin-jin has such a good heart but she also has a temper. I love that in spite of being a huge star, she's still very much herself and very down-to-earth. Too often in dramas about celebrities, we see them treat their staff like crap and it's supposed to be a quirk or something, like Cheon Song-yi in My Love From The Stars or Dokko Jin in Best Love, but it's always made me uncomfortable because those are the people you're supposed to treat well the most, they can destroy your career within minutes. I love that even CEO Jang is such a sweetheart that it's no wonder Jin-jin won't leave him and sign with another company. He doesn't treat her like all she's worth to him is just a few dollar signs but like an actual person.

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I know, it's like, hi your staff are people with feelings too! And I guess the kind of devaluation goes the opposite way like you said too; often actors and singers (esp. idol singers) are treated as cash cows more than people. Jinjin really found a gem of a person in CEO Jang; young women are so often exploited in the entertainment industry, I wish more CEO Jangs existed in reality.

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awww mum

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Oh no, I knew the cute and happy we were getting in the last episode was just to cushion us for the crap-hits-the-fan moment.

I was so busy worrying about the effect of the scandal the reporter was trying to brew and how it would affect Jinjin's and Anthony's career, I didn't realise the implications it would have on Jinjin being chosen as the model for Jiwon's company. Of course we know that the selection wasn't done by Jiwon, but to the public, it's going to look a lot like she got the job because Jiwon is the CEO. And then there's the thing with him rejecting the chairman's niece, agh, everything is stressing me out!

Also, I'm worried about Jinjin's mother, but I hope this will make Jinjin's attitude towards her change. She's really patient and kind with everyone else, so I don't really understand why she snaps at her mum so much. I understood (though not approve of) the time she blew up at her mum after the scandal, but I don't really get the way she demands food from her mum or has to angrily tell her to get reading glasses.

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Also, has anyone else figured out why Jiwon thinks he caused Anthony's suffering? I know that Anthony was troubled by thoughts of all the clues building up about Jiwon and Jinjin when he was ill in bed, and Jiwon realised that he saw the speeding ticket and knowing his hyung is observant, probably pieced everything together. But what caused him to be physically ill?

I thought it was food poisoning at first, but then he ate the same soup the next day, so it wasn't.

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I feel like he's mostly heartsick because of everything that's going on. He feels guilty about liking Jin-jin especially after finding out that his brother loves her, and he also feels guilty about it seeming like he wants to use her to get back into the spotlight. He felt better as soon as he was able to get everything off his chest with Ji-won and Jin-jin. He's a really reserved person and people like that tend to bottle everything up and make themselves literally heartsick.

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Your general point is well taken (and I agree that soon she'll reflect on the inadvertently things she's said, like you pointed out), but I see JJ's mom as the one person she can kind of be immature in front of. Because she's mom, you know?

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That's true, but it makes me feel sorry for Jinjin's mum because she cooks for her and JJ sometimes doesn't even come down to eat, and her mum cleans her house for her too and is generally gentle and sweet to her.

I guess maybe I'm thinking of my own mum and how she finds household chores and cooking tiring, but she does it for us, so the least I can do is not speak to her in a tone that can be hurtful (except maybe very occasionally).

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Mum!!! She is breaking my heart T.T and it doesn't help that she also plays the mum in go back spouse *sobs*

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Kim Mi Kyung is such a great character actress. She takes a part that could be forgettable and makes it something to remember.

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This!! Also she plays my favourite ajumma in Healer ❤

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Ajumma in Healer is the ABSOLUTE best.

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Loved her in Healer!

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My introduction to Kim Mi-kyung was in the role of Court Lady Choi in FAITH -- as General Choi Young's badass auntie. I have loved her in every role I've seen her in since then (aside from the hellion art gallery owner in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY. She did a great job, it's just that the character was odious.) Aside from her beating up on her daughter too much in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, she and Lee Han-wi were another memorable parental unit. Her dancing away her frustrations with plain Hae-young was hilarious and memorable. I'm appreciating her Mom role in GO BACK COUPLE, too.

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She’s killing me with both Go Back Couple and now, with this show 😭😭

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Oooff. This episode was a punch to the heart. T_T

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MY JIIIIIIIINNNNNNN!

That's all.

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XD My mum and I laughed so hard at that part we kind of flapped our arms at/ collapsed on each other.

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Thank you for the recap and commentary, @LollyPip!

After seeing that flashback to Ji-won's post-breakup distress and Chul-min's roaring off in the middle of a shoot to comfort him in Hong Kong, I now understand how Anthony's career may have hit the skids. It had to have been a contributing factor. He probably said nothing about his true reason for bailing out suddenly, which would have made him look like an irresponsible diva or worse. On the other hand, it is a testimonial to his love for his brother, which has been nothing but touching. His not wanting to cause Ji-won a repeat of his engagement trauma prompts him to forgo a potential relationship with a fellow celebrity who has been in the business long enough to understand the toll the profession takes on personal lives.

In my book, this isn't Noble Idiocy, but Selflessness. I have a feeling that even if it were someone other than Ji-won, Anthony would back off anyway, because that's the kind of honorable guy he is. I imagine that the rest of the scene of Anthony begging the reporter to withdraw the story will find him asking that his brother be spared.

If the story does get published and all hell breaks loose, there may be a way to turn it around into the true saga of two childhood sweethearts who were reunited after many years -- and the loyal brother who stepped aside. Maybe, after consultation with Ji-won and Jin-jin, Anthony will give the reporter the scoop on the true story.

I can't agree more with LollyPip that Anthony deserves his own happiness, be it romance or belonging. He may not realize it, but Mom will continue to roll out the red carpet for him as Ji-won's beloved hyung, and figure that she got a twofer when Jin-jin finally comes to her senses and marries Ji-won. ;-)

The little interludes of everyday life are one of the most appealing aspects of 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL. I particularly enjoy the intimate moments between Mom and Ji-won. He was a fixture in all their lives for so long that his return to the fold after half a lifetime away has been cause for rejoicing by all hands. The warmth and depth of their caring is such a treat after all too many Kdrama monsters-in-law.

Ji-won notices that Mom's eyesight seems to be off and actually does something about it. Because her vision difficulties creep up gradually, the rest of the household fails to recognize the symptoms. (I call it “Boiled Frog Syndrome,” as a frog in a pot of cold water allegedly cannot tell it's being cooked alive until it's too late.) Because he's no longer living with them, the changes are more apparent, especially to someone who pays attention the way he does.

The revelation that Ho-sung has apparently been calling home once a month ever since she ran away came as a surprise. Maybe we really will finally get to learn why she took off in the first place. But why the heck didn't Mom hit redial and tell her what's going on? Caller ID to the rescue, especially after Ji-won...

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Caller ID to the rescue, especially after Ji-won tells Jin-jin.

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Accepting the premise that acting on a show like "We Got Married" means that the actors also have to limit their private lives (A concept that must be uniquely Korean) then SJJ and Anthony should quit the show. Anthony might take a bit of a blow to his seemingly dying career as a celebrity, SJJ maybe not so much. But that seems to be it - why all the angst? Is there even a question which is more important?

There is not really any ethical issue for SJJ to be a model for Ji-Won's company as she is perfectly qualified to do so. Once they established their relationship, then JW and SJJ could have a straightforward conversation that she should not be the model just to avoid any bad publicity for her and himself. Again, this seems to be the adult and rational thing to do. It is simply professional (they're both seasoned professionals) and there is no need for emotional angst. Her not being a model for the company isn't about to send the company into financial distress nor does it appear to be a major blow to her finances either. You know, the unique concept of adults making adult decisions?

Unless JW believes that Anthony is some kind of serial "falling in love" (Shipsapa?) person, there was also no reason for him to assume that Anthony would develop real feelings for his co-star. It cannot be the first time Anthony EVER EVER acted in a romantic role. All three of them behaving like there is some big secret or something shameful about meeting others professionally and personally... seems odd and unnatural to say the least.

My point is, the drama has a lot of "real life" material to use for dramatic tension. Why manufacture this more childish and unnatural things for the characters to deal with? For example: should SJJ get married and quit her career to start a family? SJJ and JW's jobs don't give them enough time to spend together? Paparazzi getting in the way of their social lives?

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wish I could delete my comment. It sounds too negative. Have to tell myself "Just watch it, or don't". Not much is going to change at this point....

Silly me

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@tummy,

You should be able to delete it by right-clicking on the 3 vertical dots to the right of the time & date stamp (where you get the permalink) to access the drop-down menu.

On the other hand, you brought up some valid points, which is why I gave you a thumbs-up, in particular for adults acting like adults instead of arrested adolescents. Jin-jin's half-baked attempt to get her manager to let her quit should have been honest about her falling for Ji-won. It's also weird that Ji-won has not thought about the possible fallout from a scandal involving his company's new spokesmodel, which would look like nepotism to an outside observer.

It may be that some of this nonsense is underscoring the strange world of rabid fandoms, the ruthlessness of the yellow press and paparazzi, and social expectations that 35-year-olds live their personal lives like ascetics. ;-)

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What happened to Young-shim's trial? Wasn't that going to be 'the next day' in the previous episodes? I don't need a court room scene, but I'd like to know if she's won her first case. Am I the only one who cares about this?

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@Cloggie,

Nope! You're not the only one, especially as Young-shim's first trial has been given such a big buildup.

And what the heck gives with her boss anyway?! Is he smitten with her idealism? More shy than she is? About to lose his office? Just a tsundere? Arrgh!

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He's totally a tsundere.

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