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Thirty But Seventeen: Episodes 11-12

Even Chan’s baby chick can see right through his efforts to hide from his growing feelings for Seo-ri. Woo-jin also finds his thoughts constantly filled up with Seo-ri, but for even more complicated reasons than his nephew. Seo-ri finally finds a job that will help her pay for her violin, but that job makes it that much more difficult for Woo-jin to avoid her without being cruel. Woo-jin’s just not sure what to do when his worst memories and his best memories are so closely intertwined with one another.

 
EPISODE 11: “Secret tears”

Chan gets a call from Hee-soo, who asks about the woman staying with them. Chan confirms Seo-ri’s classical music qualifications, so Hee-soo calls Seo-ri next to invite her to the office.

While rowing, Chan’s chest is itchy again. He drops an oar in the water as he realizes the cause: Chan has feelings for Seo-ri.

Seo-ri confirms to Hee-soo that she is the one who took Tae-rin’s note earlier, so Hee-soo offers her a job working on the music festival project. Woo-jin arrives just in time for Seo-ri to announce her new role as his coworker.

Woo-jin takes Hee-soo to the roof to try to dissuade her, but he struggles to explain why he doesn’t want to work with Seo-ri. Hee-soo can’t understand why Woo-jin, who doesn’t care about anything at work, seems to hate Seo-ri. While he can’t bring himself to tell Hee-soo, Woo-jin thinks back to his tearful talk with Dr. Yoo and knows it’s not hatred, but fear of his memories that is driving his protests.

Since he won’t explain to Hee-soo, she stands her ground to keep Seo-ri. Meanwhile, Seo-ri is elated to be working alongside her friend, and even suggests to Woo-jin that he was the one who vouched for her to Hee-soo.

She tops it off with a joke and tells him she put fountain water in the water pitcher, but she gets no response from Woo-jin. She assumes that he just doesn’t like goofing off at work.

Back at practice, Chan’s thirty-year-old rowing coach has a special announcement: He’s getting married. As the boys discuss their coach on the walk home, Chan can’t help but recognize the age gap between him and Seo-ri and the different priorities they may have. So he shrugs, smiles, and offers to buy the boys a snack. Oh, sweet Chan…

Seo-ri eagerly commits to her work, her notebook in hand to jot down everything from her classical music segment assignment to the broken handle on the break room door. She catches everything, even the precise time that Woo-jin left the office.

Hee-soo is upset that Woo-jin left work so early when he was supposed to finish a project by the end of the day, but Hyun takes a peek at Woo-jin’s desk and reports that the job is already done and done well.

Tae-rin calls the office and is further impressed when Seo-ri knows the details of some additional inspiration suggestions she offers. Tae-rin invites the whole office out to attend her concert the next evening, Seo-ri included. As she hangs up, Tae-rin realizes she still doesn’t know Seo-ri’s name.

Seo-ri tries to relay Tae-rin’s ideas to Hee-soo, but Hee-soo tells her that she’d prefer that Seo-ri just work on it herself with Tae-rin and just let the company know what she decides.

And where has Woo-jin ducked off to? He’s returned to the bridge where he saw Seo-ri last night. Ghosts of his past overlay the scene, as he envisions himself when he was younger visiting the exact spot, and young Seo-ri and older Seo-ri overlap in his memories. The sound of a bike bell, Seo-ri’s charm, these images and sounds overwhelm Woo-jin and he begins to panic again.

Woo-jin’s phone begins to ring and he drops it on the ground as he turns and bumps into someone on the street. The call is from the office, and when he finally manages to pick up, it’s Seo-ri calling. She tells him about a meeting the next day and offers to walk home together if he’s headed back to the office to pick up his car. Woo-jin gruffly tells her to just go home by herself.

At home, Jennifer is unprepared for the room full of balloons Chan has set up to congratulate Seo-ri on her new job. Chan blows a party favor horn as Seo-ri walks through the door, and then sticks one in Jennifer’s mouth so that she can add her more stoic cheer.

Chan makes his way to bed in the best of moods, but feels judged by his baby chick who chirps loudly at him. He tries to talk out his feelings with the chick, and he swears that he only cares for Seo-ri as someone who needed a home, just like the chick. No one is convinced, Chan.

While Chan wrestles with his new feelings, Woo-jin spends the night soaked in old ones, reliving the accident over and over again while huddled on his bedroom floor.

Seo-ri folds socks and brainstorms ideas for the music festival late into the night, when she hears a door close. She peeks out of her room, but doesn’t see that it’s Woo-jin leaving early for work to avoid her.

Early the next morning, Seo-ri finds a gift from Jennifer, a new pair of shoes to congratulate her on her new job. Chan is also awake, and surprised that Seo-ri is headed into work before the buses even start running. Seo-ri plans to walk, but Chan says that he always gets up this early to ride his bike and offers her a ride.

This was a fib, of course, and so he heads to the backyard in hopes of finding a bike. He finds his old childhood bike and pulls it around to the front, trying to pass it off as “vintage.”

Seo-ri notes a Pororo sticker on the bike frame, and this triggers a memory. Seo-ri recalls chasing after an individual, one who looks very much like young Woo-jin and is carrying an art tube with a Pororo sticker on it.

Seo-ri tries to hold Chan at the waist, but he breaks out in a fit of ticklish giggles. So instead of the waist, Seo-ri holds his pockets while he bikes. The wind whips Chan’s hair and he smiles as they start going downhill.

But Seo-ri panics at the speed and tugs hard at Chan’s pockets, stretching them across his groin painfully. He begs her not to hurt his crotch as they both yelp down the rest of the hill.

Once at work, Seo-ri discovers that Woo-jin has come in early, already held the work meeting, and left without anyone at the company seeing him. Hee-soo seems to be catching on that this new behavior seems to be a result of Seo-ri joining the team.

One person is excited for Seo-ri’s help though, and that’s Hyun, who enjoys being called a “senior” and having a very diligent coworker who takes the best notes. He wants to celebrate by taking Seo-ri out for a welcoming party. Everyone heads out for meat and drinks, except Woo-jin, who is taking some reference measurements and shots for a design in a park.

At the restaurant, Seo-ri admits she’s never had alcohol before. Hee-soo is surprised considering her age, and everyone is even more surprised when it turns out that Seo-ri really loves the taste of alcohol and eagerly downs her first two glasses of soju. Uh oh…

Hee-soo asks if it’s difficult to live with Woo-jin, but Seo-ri is just grateful and describes him as kind, words Hee-soo is not used to hearing in the ten years she’s known Woo-jin. This piques Seo-ri’s interest, and she learns that Hee-soo went to college with Woo-jin in Germany.

Seo-ri recalls Woo-ijn’s moment of panic in the intersection, and realizes that this is her chance to ask a longtime friend of Woo-jin what that was about. She starts to ask, but hesitates and trails off instead.

Woo-jin gets a call from Chan and the boys, who just want him to come home and eat food with them. Woo-jin is distracted by a blurry shot of Seo-ri amongst his photos on his camera. Chan worries about his uncle’s behavior and asks him if anything’s wrong, but Woo-jin avoids the question and says he’ll see him at home.

Woo-jin realizes the Seo-ri photo was taken during their Choco Pie encounter, when she jumped in front of his camera. His thumb hovers over the delete button, but he hesitates as he recalls his memories, both from thirteen years ago and more recent, and Dr. Yoo’s recommendation to disassociate Seo-ri from the girl from thirteen years ago. The camera swings out, Woo-jin’s finger still hovering over the button.

Chan is out pumping iron by moonlight, and that moonlight prompts him to call Hee-soo to admonish her for working her new employee so late. Hee-soo tells him they took her out for drinks, and Chan jumps in concern at the thought of Seo-ri drinking.

Drunken Seo-ri has made her way to the violin repair shop to gaze at her violin and ask it to focus on getting well while she works hard.

Seo-ri starts to stumble home but is distracted by a man singing a song about being seventeen, and that’s where Chan finds her, bumbling through the confusion of being thirty. Seo-ri doesn’t spot him, and Chan decides it’s kinder to follow behind at a distance rather than embarrassing her.

So he follows Seo-ri through a playground and down the streets while she swings her arms like she used to when she was younger. When she stumbles toward a sign, Chan deftly flings his flip flop at it and knocks it out of her way.

Seo-ri jams at the door lock and manages to let herself inside the house with no further intervention, impressing Chan. As Chan sighs about all the adults in the house he has to take care of, his baby chick chirps at him in his room in what he perceives as further judgment.

Woo-jin finds his way home shortly after and heads out to the garden. His solitude is interrupted by Jennifer, who feels talkative in the moonlight. She mentions how quickly it seems they went from cherry blossoms to summer, but Woo-jin says he wishes he could speed through time to a month later.

Jennifer promises that painful times fade at their own pace, and warns that by trying to ignore everything, people can miss out on all of the good things happening too, and regret comes too late to change anything. This reaches Woo-jin, but while he’s now ready to talk, Jennifer excuses herself for bed and leaves him alone in the garden.

Seo-ri gets up in the middle of the night, drunk, disoriented and asking her aunt for water. She finds the pitcher on the table and drinks directly from it before heading towards her room…

Not the room under the stairs, but her old room, now occupied by Woo-jin. Seo-ri doesn’t even notice him sleeping there as she climbs in from the foot of the bed.

 
EPISODE 12: “Did I Do Something Wrong?”

Seo-ri wakes up the next morning face to face to Woo-jin. She assumes such a strange situation could only be a dream. She blows on his face, and that rouses him. She reaches out and gently smacks his face, and his eyes open wider. “This is a dream,” she says. “I don’t think it is,” Woo-jin deadpans back.

Seo-ri jumps up once she realizes she’s in the wrong room, and then scrambles into Woo-jin’s closet when she hears Chan coming. Chan wants to borrow his uncle’s cologne and grey shirt. Just as he begins to open the closet door, Woo-jin tells him the shirt is in the laundry, and Chan misses Seo-ri huddled on the floor.

Seo-ri remains in the closet, where she notes the gifted plunger now tucked into the back, next to a familiar Pororo-adorned art case. Woo-jin opens the door once Chan is gone and asks why they didn’t just tell Chan the truth. Seo-ri asks about the hidden plunger, which Woo-jin dismisses.

Once Seo-ri leaves, Woo-jin shoves the plunger back into the closet. He’s still thinking about his chat with Dr. Yoo, and how he feels like Seo-ri keeps bringing up memories he doesn’t want to recall.

Seo-ri heads downstairs in a daze, where Chan asks if she just washed up and offers her a ride to work again. Seo-ri staggers off, saying that work doesn’t want her to come in that early.

Miss Yellow Shoes is still stalking around the outside of the house. Jennifer starts to suspect someone watching her as she walks out for groceries, but doesn’t spot the woman lurking.

At the design studio, Hyun wants Seo-ri to listen to some music Tae-rin sent them. He grabs Woo-jin’s earbuds and plugs them in, but Seo-ri discovers that in addition to never being plugged into anything, they’re also broken. Hyun rushes to his car to get his own headphones, just as Woo-jin arrives at the office.

Woo-jin grabs his earbuds and turns to leave again, but Seo-ri stops him to ask why he carries around broken earbuds. Woo-jin responds that they aren’t close enough for him to explain everything about himself to her. He reminds her that they won’t have to see each other for that much longer, so there’s no need to get closer. With that, he’s off.

On the rooftop, Seo-ri recalls each moment when Woo-jin seemed to be opening up to her, and those actions don’t match up with his words speaking to their distance.

Seo-ri stops by the break room, surprised to see that Woo-jin is back already. She fumbles and tries to flee, but she grabs at the broken door handle and the door slams shut, locking them in. Minutes pass, and Seo-ri bumbles into things in her panic, while Woo-jin remains completely calm and says nothing to her.

Hyun notices the shut door and lets the two out. While Seo-ri is a bundle of nerves, Woo-jin saunters out as if nothing happened.

Hee-soo tells Woo-jin to take Seo-ri to Tae-rin’s concert later while she and Hyun check on things at the manufacturing plant, but Woo-jin makes up an excuse to go check out a local flea market.

Seo-ri runs outside after Woo-jin to ask him what she’s done wrong. Whatever it is, she wants to apologize and fix it, and also to let him know that she sees him as her friend and hopes that they can stay close even after she moves out of the house at the end of the month.

She insists that they are close, perhaps the closest of all the new people she’s met. Woo-jin says nothing and drives away.

While at the plant, Hee-soo receives a distressing call and tries to contact Woo-jin. When she can’t, she calls Seo-ri at the office and tells her there’s a problem with a stage for a show and they need to repair it fast.

Seo-ri remembers the market Woo-jin said he was heading to and goes there herself, not even taking time to release her computer mouse from her hand. She spots Woo-jin in the crowds but can’t catch up, and gets the idea to page him overhead when she hears an announcement for a lost child.

She and the announcer miscommunicate as she tries to indicate that her lost “child” is a thirty-year-old adult. Seo-ri can be heard overhead asking if Woo-jin is out there measuring things, and this tips off passersby to Woo-jin. Eventually, Woo-jin sees all the people staring at him and realizes someone is calling for him.

They rush to meet Hee-soo and Hyun at the damaged stage. A repair is made. But the material used is different, and this material is slippery, which they discover when Hyun flips and falls, and Seo-ri subsequently slips and falls into Woo-jin’s arms trying to help him up, ha.

While everyone argues over the loss they would experience if they have to cancel the show, Seo-ri hears an orchestra rehearsing and rushes in to ask for some rosin.

She brings the rosin back and they scrub it all over the slippery spot, and problem solved. Seo-ri scrubs so hard that she cuts her hand, but she keeps scrubbing away anyway.

Now it’s time to rush over to Tae-rin’s concert. Because Seo-ri was added at the last minute, someone in the group has to sit alone. Seo-ri starts to take the ticket, but Woo-jin volunteers instead.

Seo-ri is overcome with emotions while she watches Tae-rin play. She recalls the moment that her mother passed down her violin to her, how she promised her mother she would live out her dream for her. Seated behind her, Woo-jin can see the tears falling from Seo-ri’s eyes.

After the concert, Tae-rin finally has the opportunity to meet Seo-ri. Seo-ri avoids shaking her hand, ashamed of her dirty and bloodied fingers. Tae-rin finally asks her name, and realizes immediately who Seo-ri must be.

In her dressing room, Tae-rin recalls the moment that Seo-ri was selected to join the orchestra Tae-rin was in. She wonders what Seo-ri is doing working at a design company.

The rain pours down as Woo-jin drives Seo-ri home, and he watches out of the corner of his eye while she fidgets with the cuts on her hand.

Chan is relieved to see Seo-ri finally home, but then worried when he sees her hurt hand. She shrugs it off and rushes for bed, but Chan looks around for medicine to help. They don’t seem to have any in the house, so he rushes out into the rain, umbrella flipped inside out in the wind, trying to find a pharmacy that’s still open.

He returns successful, soaking wet, but Jennifer is already tending to the cuts while Seo-ri sleeps. Dejected, Chan heads to his room, where he admits to the chirping baby chick that his feelings for Seo-ri are indeed different than the ones he has for the chick.

Woo-jin broods in his room, his thoughts also on Seo-ri. He recalls Dr. Yoo’s recommendation, to think of a happy experience anytime Seo-ri and the accident pops into his head.

Seo-ri stays up to peel onions, but it’s clear that they are a front to disguise her very real tears. She reaches up to brush away her tears, but Woo-jin is there to stop her before she gets onion in her eye.

Woo-jin reaches out to tenderly cup Seo-ri’s cheek, and he recalls his answer to Dr. Yoo’s advice. The happiest times in his life are the same as the most terrifying—the times spent with Seo-ri. Woo-jin holds Seo-ri’s face in his hands as the rain falls outside the window.

 
COMMENTS

Woo-jin, you surprise me every episode in the very best ways. Woo-jin is a cold character, but he’s different from the typical rich, lonely boy. He’s so obviously driven by fear, and because at his core he is a caring person, he can’t help but slip up and be kind to Seo-ri all the time. Even so, I’m always surprised with how quickly Woo-jin seems to come to terms with things. He knows that Seo-ri is triggering the worst memories that he has, but he doesn’t stay in denial too long and pretty quickly admits that Seo-ri is also making him recall his happiest memories as well. What will this poor boy do when he discovers that she really is the girl from his past? I’m starting to trust that he will be patient and kind and work through it. We’ll see.

Woo-jin might not see yet that he’s becoming Seo-ri’s family though. He may see his kindnesses as small gestures, but she sees everything as a huge demonstration of affection, because right now she has no one else other than these guys who stumbled into her life. She knows better than anyone that her time is running out in the house, and she doesn’t want to go back to being completely alone. And without knowing Seo-ri’s background at all, Woo-jin can’t begin to understand how much of a new beginning this month has been for her so far.

The feelings that Woo-jin are developing for Seo-ri don’t feel rushed when you think of it as a continuation of the feelings he felt when they were both younger. Woo-jin doesn’t know who Seo-ri really is, but he can’t help but feel that exact same pull because she absolutely is the very same person from his past. And now we’ve seen that Seo-ri may have known him in the past too, not just that one meeting on the bus. Of course these setups are always a little convenient, but I want Seo-ri to have stakes in realizing the truth as well. These are feelings that didn’t have a chance to run their full course, so I can imagine how intensely he might feel about her without understanding why.

And then Chan. Oh Chan, you sweet boy. The worst of it isn’t so much that Chan is headed for heartbreak, but his maturity ensures that even he is well aware how ill-fated it is. Even so, perhaps we can count on that same maturity to help him through his eventual heartbreak without too many bruises.

It’s easy to understand how Chan could fall for Seo-ri. He and Seo-ri connected over so many sweet moments this episode. The bike scene was simple and sweet, a scene for two seventeen-year-olds, and ended with a hilarious twist. Even after having his loins mangled a bit, Chan was willing to give Seo-ri a bike ride the next day. The show is just full of a bunch of big-hearted goobers, and I love them all for it.

Things are still moving slowly in the plot department, for sure. But I’m not convinced that it’s a bad thing at all. One of my top pet peeves with dramas are ones that rush through all of their material in the first few episodes and then have to meander through things that don’t matter until they finally get to lie down and die in the finale. Here, we’re taking time to get to know the characters, to build up our love for them, so that when the show finally drags them through some emotional stuff, we’re primed for it.

It’s the little things that I think are going to make this show meaningful. I really enjoyed that they started prepping us for Seo-ri to end up mistakenly in Woo-jin’s bed a while ago. Foreshadowing earlier in an episode, fine, but foreshadowing several episodes before? Guaranteed to get a, “Oh man, that’s right!” from me.

And the hints that Seo-ri might know more about Woo-jin than even he previously knows, all centered around the Pororo sticker on the art tube, are great. I love when seemingly innocuous background objects become meaningful in a big way later. The key is the slow build, and I think the show gets that. That said, I’m ready for some complications next week.

 
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The foreshadowing in this episode that irked was the very clear foreshadowing of KTR's turn to The Dark Side. In a Drama that is attracting raves for being "sweet and fluffy" her character is being painted as almost the only exception. Instead of a friendly supportive mentor which she could have been, we're getting a successful, accomplished professional eaten up with insecure jealousy over a rival who hasn't played in 13 years. It makes no sense, serves no purpose, and doesn't fit with the "sweet, fluffy" tone of the Drama. But I guess K Drama law requires that a character originally written as female second lead MUST be a villain. SMH 😡

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Don't jump into the drama void just yet. Stay here on the fence and wait it out a few more episodes. You never know.

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I do know. In this specific case I actually, literally, know. Not think, presume or expect. Know.

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I love her too. I always notice her no matter how small the role. Are you sure that she has to be an evil second lead?

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Read the rest of my comments. For a hardcore fan like me, it's very disappointing to see this role turn into another Hospital Ship debacle.

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Yes, just like Hospital Ship.

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She's used to feel jealous of Seo Ri and used to be insecure coz of her so it's very natural for her to feel insecure now when realizes the girl with whom her thoughts match used to be her rival. I like how she's not being double face. Till now we have not seen her evil part yet only her insecurities came up. Lets hope she doesn't become pure evil second lead girl on this sweet and fluffy show. :)

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"so it's very natural for her to feel insecure now" no it's really not. She's been pursuing her career for 13 years, while SR has been effectively dead. As you said SR "used to be" her rival. Her reaction does not make any sense. And as I've said, repeatedly, she IS the villain, there is no uncertainty about that. Hence my distaste and frustration

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From pres con. PD and writer said that every character in this drama gonna have their own growth, nobody gonna be missed, so I think she gonna grow out of those feelings for SR and maybe we gonna se her take SR in. I can see them becoming friends, because in the end they both love classic music. I would love at least to see TR backstory to understand her more before judging her.

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Sadly, things have changed since the press conference. Specifically, one thing at least has been changed, the nature of KTR as a character. The only upside to knowing this already is that when it does happen, I will at least get to tell all y'all "I told you so" As silver linings go, it's pretty feeble. 😢

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I haven't written her off as a villain just yet, but moreso than the 13-year coma, it boggles the mind how she can still be jealous of Seo-ri.

Let's say she didn't know Seo-ri fell into a 13-year coma, the fact that she hasn't encountered anyone saying the name Woo Seo-ri in the last 13 years means that Seo-ri never "made it" in the violin world. And she had only been around Seo-ri like that one day 13 years ago. It wasn't some long rivalry. So what gives?

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Exactly my point! Regardless of who the actor is, the writing of the character makes no sense. SO pleased someone else, unburdened with bitterness, can see the same thing I've been saying.😁👍

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Her reaction, as we have seen it so far, seems outrageously extreme. As a viewer, I will be disappointed if the character is a villainous based on jealousy from 13 years prior. Especially since she is now a successful and accomplished violinist. I know imposter syndrome is real, but come on, that's a bit much.

The show has managed to make multilayered characters and motivations thus far with most of the main players, so I will reserve judgment on the writer's capabilities, as well as the character herself, until we have a better grip on what exactly is driving her.

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I dunno, I'm not saying it's cool but if she was semi-traumatized from her childhood (even if it seems ridiculous to others for her to be insecure) and she was jealous as a child, if she's been on top since she last saw WSR, it's a shame for her as a person that she never had anyone challenger her much, but I suppose she could/would get worked up. She sees this girl she had as the ultimate rival in her mind, now she's grown and plus Seo Ri is so dang cheerful. I'm not saying it's not a stretch, but it doesn't irk me too much YET. I hope she ends up calming down and not being crazy.

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@egads LOVE your username, by jove! As for what ELSE could be driving KTR, besides the ludicrously implausible jealousy of a potential rival met briefly 13 years ago, what else could there be? As far as we know, they've never actually interacted at all, and the interview flashback scene definitely made the competition win the first time KTR had even seen WSR. Unless, of course, the writer chucks in romantic rivalry, somehow! It's little wonder WJW said in her latest Instagram post that she feels like crying.

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I am completely addicted to this show! Love the pacing of the story especially the romance (some recent dramas have couples getting together too fast and then I feel bored later) I prefer the slow build-up of feelings and the courtship.
There are some genuine funny scenes in this show that don't seemed forced. Like the plunger falling on the head and the bike scene. Shin Hye Sun is really the Sun of this drama! She lights up the screen with her presence. Wish her all the success future. She worked hard to be where she is now.

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I love the pacing too.
They don't need to force closeness with accidental falls.
The best scenes between this couple have been when they are intentionally caring toward one another.

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What will this poor boy do when he discovers that she really is the girl from his past? I’m starting to trust that he will be patient and kind and work through it. We’ll see.

I would love that too, but this is a K-Drama after all, and it needs that "conflict to force the requisite separate/reconcile scene--with a dash of noble idiot."

Things are still moving slowly in the plot department, for sure. But I’m not convinced that it’s a bad thing at all. One of my top pet peeves with dramas are ones that rush through all of their material in the first few episodes and then have to meander through things that don’t matter until they finally get to lie down and die in the finale.

Totally agree with that entire paragraph.

The one thing that is really bugging me is the "so close but so far away" bit. Like when Seo-ri was looking at the moon through the rabbit lens for the longest before Woo-jin saw her. Or when she was in the closet and the drawing tube was right next to her. Argh.

Lastly, it's rare that I like Korean comedies. I love the comedy in this drama, mostly. Way more than something like Waikiki.

Oh, forgot to say. Poor Chan.

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I do dislike it when the show is trolling us with "so close but so far away" bit.....like in the last episode Seo-ri leaving Doc's apartment when he was coming back, and then again followed by her returning to his apartment to pick up the money while he was taking a nap in the bedroom. The show used a similar trick earlier with Chan's friend losing the Doc's business card.

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Yes, lots of "missed chances" in this drama. Woo-jin has also missed Seo-ri doing her finger rabbit a couple of times.

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"Missed chances" might have been a better description as it led me to the Missed him by that Much. I could see it kinda sorta being a variation of that trope.

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I wonder the same thing too when Woo Jin finds out who Seo Ri is because he's so traumatized by the accident that I feel like even if he knew that she didn't end up dying she still lost 13 years of her life lying in comma when she could've probably be a world-renowned violinist at this age and in his belief that would still his fault.

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If I could have liked your comment twice, I would have! I'd never thought about this, but you're absolutely right. We've already had scenes with SR mourning her lost career, and lamenting the "if only" - knowing he didn't "kill" her may be scant consolation when he starts having similar thoughts. Well-spotted!

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I hope everything works out for them in the end without much of noble idiot separation trope.❤️🤣

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It would be refreshing twist that WJ not find out about who SR was to him. When SR tells him about her coma, WJ can tell her that her friend died in the crash. WJ would not admit he had a mistaken one-side crush on the person he thought was dead. Instead, WJ can fall for SR for whom she is today.

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It would be but the writer and director is already following that script of him falling for her without him knowing she's the same one.

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That really would be refreshing.

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The screen cap of Chan and Seo-ri on the bike heading downhill is in my opinion one of the most hilarious screen caps in DB history.
Followed by words I thought I would never see in a recap:

Even after having his loins mangled a bit

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That scene was freaking hilarious.🤣🤣🤣🤣

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😂😂😂 it was hilarious. But poor Chan!

Speaks a lot about his dedication though. He was still willing to take SR to work the next day.

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Mangled, only just a bit. You know, Ahn Hyo Sub sold the pain and torture. I give him an A+.

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I wish that Chan could get the girl. He's always so sweet and supportive of Seori. He doesn't change how he treats her based on his mood like Mr. Gong does.
Oh wait. I realized I just described every second male lead vs first male lead ever. Chan's love is doomed isn't it.

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"Chan's love is doomed isn't it." Not entirely. I have a strong suspicion he'e going to grow out of his crush on the ajumma and fall for his "girlfriend", realising that there's more to her than he thought, and accepting the reality that their similar ages makes the relationship more viable. I think that's why we saw so much of the surprisingly erudite "girlfriend" this week

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I hope he gets a happy ending. He deserves someone as amazing as he is.

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I think you can count on pretty much everyone getting a happy ending, except Kim Tae Rin.

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I'm not sure the doctor will get a happy ending unless he's given up on his dream of marrying her.

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I need to see him in many more dramas to come!!!

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@ndlessjoie,
If the Show gives us heartbreaking montage of the Doc being by her bedside for the last 13 years taking care of her, reading to her, talking to her, looking at her softly forlornly it might just make me jump off the Poop Ahjussi Ship (and even the Chan Ship) to board the Doc Ship!

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Hmmm. I'm not really rooting for a ship in this one. I think they've hit us over the head several times already to tell us which ship is sailing. Doc is 3rd lead at this point.

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Will be a change for this writer to give the second male lead a happy ending with his own romance - didn't happen in either She Was Pretty or High School King of Savvy. Would be a pleasant surprise if it happens here.

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The only thing I know with 100% certainty is that Tae Rin is a "villain", but I do think the increased prominence given to Chan's "girlfriend" might well be a signal of a direction the Drama could go in. Possibly open-ended, as in him realising that it wasn't going to work with the ajumma and beginning to reconsider his schoolmate in a new perspective

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It's too bad because this drama has enough material without a villain.

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It seriously bothered me that they didn't let her wash her hands after they got all dirty and cut up from putting rosin on the floor. Where's a sweet wound cleaning/bandaging scene when you need one???

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Jennifer would totally disapprove. No no no.

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I mean, I know they were running late but would it really take that much time?

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At a classical concert, once the doors close to begin the music no late comers are admitted. It would be rude to the performer and very disruptive. That's why they couldn't let her go and wash her hands. She would have been locked out and missed the performance.

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I'm enjoying this drama and all of it's characters, except Tae-rin. She's a sour note in an otherwise sweet drama.

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As Phineas would say, "why yes, yes she is" A pointless, illogical, badly written sour note.

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I love Phineas & Ferg, hence the reference. But while my remark gained some thumbs up "likes", I most emphatically do NOT like how the writer & producers of this Drama have betrayed my beautiful balletic bias by shrinking her role to nearly nothing, and then added insult to injury by rewriting the nature of her character to make her a villain. This was not what the actor signed on for, and leaves me with only one thing to hope for, that they end their perfidy quickly by writing her now pointless character out of the Drama altogether. 👎

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Well if I remember correctly she wasn't as evil in Fated To Love You as her counterpart in the Taiwanese version of the drama.

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You're right. That was one of many things which made the K version better than the TW original, along with her actually having BEEN a ballerina, and the male lead not being a chauvinist troglodyte.
But even though her role was a negative one from the start, she was still second lead.
Here, she signed on and was announced as second lead, then they added a whole new character, Jennifer, slashed the original second lead's screen time (a combined total 5 minutes in 6 hours airing so far), AND rewrote the character to make her into a villain. All of that after the contracts were signed. Egregious behaviour.

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The last scene where WJ touched SR's face to wipe her tears were so beautiful. I fell in love with this couple right there. I'm so ready for their romance.

Plus I'm really loving the added layers to Jennifer. Someone made a point about Jennifer always feeling like somebody is following her, and maybe somebody is. Maybe, it's the yellow woman. I'm more convinced that she's there for Jennifer.

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A. I agree, that scene was beautiful in every way from music to acting to the rain that made it even more poignant.

B. Random question but I don't know where else to ask this question. The system randomly won't let me repost my comments that I deleted myself in #8 b/c I wanted to make a small edit. Does anyone know how to overcome that? Or know where your repost of your comments go after you delete your original? It keeps saying I have a double comment, but I don't even see my original comment anywhere.

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I've gotten that before too. You could try rewording your comment a little more so it will recognize it as different.

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Thanks, Ra On Ah. I took your advice and it worked.

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The spam folder ate two of your comments! Sorry :'( You can also wait for one of the admins to fish it out of the spam folder.

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In the last scene, Woo Jin chooses to be close to her, a genuine and very big thing coming from him. I loved that scene too. 😍

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It was a beautiful scene, but my ship sailed before that scene lol. So I'm all in. I don't know if it was when I saw how stunted he was emotionally when he tried to stop her crossing the street or when they were both looking out of the skylight in her room, but I am fully on board.

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Two scenes I absolutely love in this episode:
1) Jennifer's words of wisdom about time, pain, and regret in the garden. To Woo-jin they might be also words of comfort. Please bask in the moonlight as much as you can to inspire your talkative mood, Jennifer. I love you.

2) Seo-ri mistakenly ends up in Woo-jin's bed and waking up next to him in the morning, with beautiful sunlight coming through the skylight (Woo-jin's opening to the world) and soft light seeping through the blanket. They staring into each others' eyes, not quite believing that this is a dream.....only followed by a little slap on Woo-jin face. Well done.

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I love that moon bathing scene as well. It hit quite close to home though. I love Jennifer's message to WJ. That housekeeper is very perceptive on the goings on in that house. 😊

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I love that scene too.😍 I want to know Jennifer's story.

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I want to know more about her too @jillian and @mimu1234!! What does she like to read the most? Why does she have such badass karate chops? What makes her such a boss as wielding leek sword? Why does she only wear black and white but still ends up looking like an effortless fashionista? And how does she keep all the white shirts so crisp and clean cleaning and cooking all day? I need answers Show!

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and what's the meaning behind that ballerina statue? how does she excels in everything that she does?❤️

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@kimbapnoona all that and more. 😊 but maybe we will not have enough screen time.

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There are so many reasons I like this show, it's not perfect, but tiny little moments put together makes me enjoy my watching time

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I like the leads, they seem to compliment each other.
And HA, Woo-jin's unbothered face when he finds Seo-ri in his bed 🤣

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I love his reactions to everything. People laughing because it looked like I pooped, whatever. Waking up with a girl in my bed, whatever. I wanna be like him, except without the PTSD.

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Ikr, I love his unaffected face.🤣 He's so swag 😎
And I love that his expression changes only for either Seo ri or you Chan ☺️

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I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove itttttttt!
The small things are what get to me.
The slow, but intentional built.
The development of these characters.
The surprises, and funny moments, in between.
I know we're only at episode 6, but ... I cannot help myself ...
I'm all the way in!!!!

Thank you for recapping this gem

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I agree with everything abirdword wrote in the recap. Plus I also think that the Pororo stickers triggered blashback is very significant. Teen Seo Ri chasing teen Woo Jin at the airport (we assume it's him because we see is his drawing tube covered in Pororo stickers), her telling her uncle on the plane that she lost her violin because she was consoling a crying child. I would bet good money that it was cutie pie young Chan who got separated from his uncle when he was coming to Korea for his annual visit.

I think that Seo Ri knew who Woo Jin was when she approached him on the bus that day of the accident. I think she was as interested in him as he was in her, but they just didn't know that about each other. It seems the fates meant for them to get to know each other and fall in love from the beginning and they are just finishing that destiny that got interrupted for 13 years. Not just their destiny with each other, but their destinies to become the artists and people they were meant to be if not for the bus accident tragedy.

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Oh Chan, why you're so sweet. He is tge real adult (beside Jennifer) in that house. I'm glad that Ahn Hyo Seop decide to focus on this drama and drop the other drama that may be overlap in schedule (despite that that is his first lead drama, I still glad that he choose to focus on 30but17). He is take step by step in his career and start to building his spot. I still remember his drama like father is strange and ring of romance.

Kim Tae Rin know her identity, and this would be add new flavour in this drama. I can't wait to see how woojin and seo-ri hrow up together. Both of them just trap in the adult body but still teenagers inside their body. It'll be nice to see them growing, being mature and more stronger.

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Yang Se-Jong made me cry today. I just finished this episode a few hours ago. My friend on the plane kept asking me if I was crying “No. really, I’m not. *Sniff*.” And then I’m laughing and she’s asking me if I’m crying. 😂 I love this show. I’m totally on board this OTP as well. When Woo-Jin has his flashbacks, I totally believe and understand why he can’t function and let people into his life. He’s been living in this sub-clinical depression/ near Ptsd the last 13 years and Se-Jong emotes sadness so well. These two are perfect for each other. Him and his obsessive compulsiveness and her in her absentmindedness. She’s adorable. He’s adorable. The scene under the covers I loved and also the end scene with him wiping her tears gently just made me melt. They both know something is up with the other, but he doesn’t trust anyone else to share his trauma (he didn’t even tell his parents) and she is still maturing into her 30-year-old self. This show will be about them trusting each enough to share their traumas, and I’m just fine with this. I do wonder what’s going to happen to the doctor though. I’m not as worried about Chan, he’s so lovable, and I’m sure more than one girl will turn his head.

The mystery about the family and then the violin-lady doesn’t really concern me. I’m in this for the OTP and their growth together.

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Same Ally! Agree with everything.
Love the little family in the house & I'm not really concerned with the "lady-who-has-only-one-pair-of-shoes-and-dress"
I'm just really interested in the OTP growth & the sweet Chan cheering on everyone & Jennifer showering knowledge ^^

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yang sejong is so good at emotional scene..he made me cry...chan oh chan i cant bear his gonna have a big break heart later..
at this point dont care the plot development because it seem doesnt connect to me...im gonna just watch for the character

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Both Woo Jin's and Seo Ri's crying scenes were very convincing. Unlike some crying scenes where I feel the actors just put in fake tears to flow, these two look like they really felt and really cried. Their eyes turned a bit red too. Daebak crying scenes... got me tearing up as well. 😆

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This is my #1 show now, ahead of Life... I love it.

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My small essay on onions and why these were very good episodes. But also why I didn't like that final scene, even though I did. Because, onions.

It'd be hugely reductive of me to say that the onions in this show are Seo-ri's trauma. Because they're more than that. They're like the layers of her life that she's missed - all the things stand between her and the lost hopes and dreams of her youth. But I'm going to call them her 'trauma' because otherwise this will take too long to type.

One the one hand, you have Seo-ri and her new 30 year old self and on the other you have her broken violin, signifying both her lost youth and the achievements she thought she's make between 17 and 30. And in the middle of all of that, you have onions. I mean, you also have socks and her other job, but mostly you have onions.

Seo-ri is peeling the onions (her trauma) to get back her violin (youth/music/dreams). And it makes her cry but each time she does, she gets a little bit closer to her whole self, a little closer to reconciling who she is now with who she wanted to be.

So there were two things that struck me about these episodes. The first was that she finally started to try to move forward with her new life (she's peeling those onions) but also that she's not capable of doing this (peeling all the onions) alone.

The scene where they all sit down together in the playpen and peeled onions while wearing the masks was amazing - not just because it symbolised the loving environment she's found herself safe in and not just because it symbolise that she's not dealing with these issues alone. It was amazing because they tried wearing masks to stop the crying and had to take them off because they were suffocating. That is, the point is not just that she needs to deal with her trauma with the help of others, but that she needs to cry to do it. She needs to grieve for what she's lost.

This led into the other two scenes with her crying - the one where she's in the theatre listening to the performance and the one at the end where she is once again crying and peeling onions - but doing it by herself.

So when Woo-jin comes in and wipes her tears, he's finally joining the others in the house helping her with her onions.

So this is why I like the scene at the end.

Why I don't like the scene at the end, is that this is an intensely intimate act and I'm still not completely invested in the romance plotline. To be clear, I'm not invested in it as it's being sold to me now. I would probably be invested in these two as a couple later. Again, this feels contrived and it feels rushed and that's why I am still... on the fence.

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So beautifully said! I agree with the onion analogy. Just like she’s peeling back the layers of her life, he is too, but I see the plant in the middle of the room as his symbol of regaining his life that he’s allowed to wither away. I think when the plant was dying and then came back to life, Woo-Jin started coming back to life too, and started seeing her as someone who brought that life back to him like she did the plant. And last episode when he told her to not move the plant because it needed to bloom was him opening himself up a little more, but then getting frightened again and closing himself off this episode. The less he’s around her, the more closed if he is and the more he goes back to that withered life. She’s his sunlight and he’s starting to realize this. I’m using that plant as a barometer for Woo-Jin. He doesn’t say much, but he’s a thinker and I think that he is intrigued by this person who suddenly showed up in his house, and is a ray of sunshine in his otherwise darkened life. How many times did we see him smile last episode? Every smile is another leaf on that plant coming back to life. And every smile was with her or while he thought about her. He feels deeply and has since he was a boy. So I can see where he’s falling for her and falling fast. He just has started admitting to it to himself now. But they still have a LONG way to go. I also didn’t see the last scene contrived, I saw it as one torn soul seeing another torn soul and reaching out to commiserate with it.

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I also didn’t see the last scene contrived, I saw it as one torn soul seeing another torn soul and reaching out to commiserate with it.

I completely saw it that way too. My problem is that, when the show is trying to shove a romance down our throats, we can't just see a scene like that and say "that's a beautiful moment of connection between two damaged people". Suddenly it's framed as an "OTP moment" and that's where the contrivance comes in for me. If this show hadn't done previous things like the window trip then it wouldn't be so jarring for me. But it has. So we're clearly supposed to go, "ooh, romance!"
But as Jennifer says, "No, no, no".

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I see your point there. I’ve just gone with it, because this is a kdrama after all and those scenes are part of it and part of the charm of kdramas, for me anyway.

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I love how you put meaning in her odd jobs and the progression of the various scenes with the onions. I do agree that SR is reconciling with what she wanted to accomplish at that age when she was 17, from the reality she is facing now.
As much as plot go, I am in a hurry to see whats next. But i see ur point of wanting it to be organic.
I personally think that they both need to resolve their own issues. But I also see that they best work together. SR brings out joy in WJ and WJ somehow makes SR feel more secure. I see that scene as WJ finally accepting SR regardless of who she reminds him of.

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That was so nicely said. I didn't even notice any of those details.

Thank you so much!

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I really appreciate the thought you've put into this. The onions have been nagging at me and now I understand why.

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I enjoy the drama but find that seo ri as a character is extremely painful and frustrating to watch. Her character development is so slow, and by the 12th episode I stopped caring about her altogether. She is the character i can’t sympathize with. She doesnt make any real effort to be an adult and instead just rely on luck and innocence to get by. She’s almost too cheerful and even her pain is not really pain at all - it’s just childish disappointment for not getting what she wants.

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Jennifer:
- Some sort of investigator - looking for aunt & uncle?
- Robot ? A new face for Namshin 3 or Aji 3 (why are they both 3) ??
- Seo-ri's aunt (after some surgery)?
- Seo-ri's mom (after some surgery)? So what if she's supposed to be dead. It's a kdrama.
- Seo-ri's uncle (after at lot surgery but he needed it to hide from the investigators)?
- Thief planning to steal the violin?

Miss Yellow Shoes: whatever Jennifer isn't?

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I vote for the uncle, too-- that would be daebak. (Thanks for the laugh, @lordcobol!)

When I saw a glimpse of love in Jennifer's eyes as she was looking at SR during the watermelon scene, I went back and watched their first meeting to see if there was any chance that she could be SR's mom (as LC says, this is a k-drama, and using a tunnel collapse as a way to kill off SR's parents means there's almost certainly more to that story). I didn't see any hint of "OMG! You're my daughter" in Jennifer's eyes, but it did seem like it might've been a meaningful moment for her. Welh has another theory that sounds very plausible down in comment #28.

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So, the "lots of surgery" comment made me laugh like a crazy woman in my office cube. Thanks for that!

Also, I just keep thinking. Those yellow shoes aren't really an "everyday" kind of shoe... Who wears yellow sling back pumps every day? We've now seen them lurking around on several different days and I am worried about this woman's fashion sense.

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This show so cute and awesome.❤️
I'm just enjoying the cute and funny pace of drama as of now and not much thinking of what's going to happen in future.
I love Chan and want to gift wrap and take him to my home. I need Chan in my life. I absolutely love how he takes care of everyone. My heart going to break into pieces over my second lead syndrome.
Junior Chic is so cute.
ohh!! and I want Dr. Hyun Tae to meet Seo Ri asap. He's so damn faithful.

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My most favorite scene in today's episode was when they realised it was not a dream when they were sleeping next to each other.
I love how they didn't scream at each others faces initially because that almost always happens when the leads get this kind of scene. This is so calm and cute and when Seo Ri realized it wasn't a dream her reaction isn't over the top, it just shows the innocence a 17-year old girl possess and I love it. Also, love Woo Jin's reaction when she lightly slapped his face. One would think he'd be annoyed or irritated because of his cold demeanor but he's just so chill about it, he's so cute.
Okay they are so cute, I love them.😍😍

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I would love to see those flashbacks in the latter half of the drama where they show this scene and how much it affected him.😍 🤣🤣

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It is just additional proof to me that WJ is a warm, nice guy who just pretends to be aloof. Even Chan's friends know he is a marshmallow and they just met him like 2 weeks ago.

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I rewatched that scene so many times,
It’s absolutely lovely and hilarious all at the same time.

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Chan’s chest is itchy again. He drops an oar in the water as he realizes the cause: Chan has feelings for Seo-ri.

So, not some sort of embarrasing infection? Next time maybe the writer could stick to some tired and traditional signs of lovesickness that are harder to creatively misinterpret?

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From holding the chick.

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Yes, that! A contact allergy 🐥 LOLOL

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Hahhaha Chick Jr is to blame and he is not really inlove 😆

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Bird mites! The little bloodsuckers cause intense itching.

Another option is ringworm (tinea corporis), the same kind of fungal infection as athlete's foot, just on a different part of the body.

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Woo Jin is so hot and cold with SeoRi. No wonder the girl is confused.
Although as audience we know his reasons. WJ need to start opening up to someone other than his shrink (hopefully SeoRi) so the pieces of the puzzle will cone together soon.

Maybe its the subs or how I interpret that scene..but Rin Kim wondering what SeoRi was doing there was very suspicious. Makes me think she knew where SR has been all this time. Or maybe kept tabs on her.

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I know quite a few people feel that Seo Ri is a lot more mature at 17 than at 30 (but 17), but I actually feel like it makes sense, maybe it's cause I feel like I was a lot more mature at 17 than at my current age though. Real adulting is hard guys.

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Haha same. I was also more mature when I was younger and became so childish when I grew older. Maybe coz when I was young I was eager to become more adult already coz adults seem cool but now that Im an adult I wish I was still a child instead. Adults have lots of responsibilities. I rather be a child again lol.
This drama has characters who are physically adults but are trapped by their child's self past.

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Seriously!!! Why did I want to grow up so bad.

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I think I was more mature in some ways when I was 17. Braver and more disciplined and wanting to seem cool and together. Now, sometimes I'm like I have zero effs to give. I'm a child in my 30s, so whatcha going to do about it, huh!

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Thanks @abirdword
This has been a wonderful set up. In the last 6 (11/12) episodes we've been allowed to get to know more about our main characters, to be engaged by them and feel for them. And there are so many hints as to the future action, as well as to the tropes that will play out. So now we can look forward to a clear plot and/or sub-plot, err... right, Show?

I hope I speak for viewers generally when I say that there's a whole lot of stuff we're hoping for in the next 10 episodes.
1) Woo Jin gets over his trauma and allows himself to fall in love.
2) Seo Ri grows to become more like an adult and restarts her dream in performing.
3) Chan and friends get their medal and Chan find happiness of his own.
4) Jennifer loosens up a bit and gets her story told.
5) Tae Rin gets closure.
6) Hyung Tae gets closure.
7) The house manages not to get sold and Seo Ri gets to stay.
8) Seo Ri finds out what happened to her uncle and aunt.
9) Deok Gu stays strong and healthy and chick gets some feathered company.

Is that too tall an order? 😅 😃

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A great list, but point 5 requires a highly specific definition of "closure" 😊 KTR is a "villain", so for her "closure" will mean losing - almost certainly losing to SR in some sort of contest, and quite possibly losing her part in the story entirely.

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@Aotearoa Ajeossi
I'm more hopeful, not possibly accurate, but hopeful. How's this for a wishlist for Tae Rin. She strangely feels a little threatened by Seo Ri, but finds in her a friend instead, who is more a grateful fan. She comes around to being a mentor to Seo Ri, (maybe it charms her to be the generous sunbae!) ... helping her get a chance at a little concert, and in the process, runs into Hyung Tae who's still (for no reason other than that kdrama's constant first love trope demands it) hanging around Seo Ri. Tae Rin and Hyung Tae hit it off and get together after the de rigueur push and pull. Unlikely, but possible? 😉

What I want in all dramas, of course, is that in the normal course of the plot, the side as well as main characters get a chance to grow. What you've laid out is the usual path that we've come to expect. But might we hope for a twist to the unusual for a change?

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The reason for my insistent pessimism about KTR is that I have an acquaintance in Korea who is close to someone working on the set of the Drama. That person said to my acquaintance "Wang Ji Won is playing a villain, again"

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Our only hope then is that if this is a live shoot, they change the script. Not much likelihood, I know, because I don't foresee a whole bunch of viewers in SK up in arms to protest on Wang Ji Won's behalf.

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@growingbeautifully - Yep, there is no hope of a change to the script, that's already happened. Rather than repeat myself ad nauseam, I've put an explanation in my profile, if you want to know more :)

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Show, please don't go terminal illness on uri Deok-gu! I know he is already at an advanced age, but he deserves to live out the rest with BOTH eomma and appa (and Chan samchon) by his side.

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Yes, me too. And I'd like for all the near misses to stop being misses from the next episode onwards, or I'll be peeved. 😒 😆

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😒😆 not to mention, quite cross. 😾

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I think some people keep focus on wanting Woo-jin to realize his No Su-mi is actually Seo-ri, but forgot that even if he do, didn't he still going to feel guilty? Maybe not as much as knowing that he caused the death of his teenage crush, but being the good man he is, what if he thinks that Seo-ri lost her 13 years life and her dream is on him? I want him to realize who Seo-ri really is as well, but just can't get rid this idea I have if this revelation is still going to crush him.
And then again, isn't knowing the truth also means that Seo-ri will find out her best friend already dead for the last 13 years? Then it will crush her too, right? With this angsty scenario I got on my head, I want them to be ready and trust each other enough when the time come. I'm seriously invested on this couple and I want them to be strong and be there for each other to tell that it's fine and they can get through this together.
Anyway, I really love their bed scene in the episode. It felt so dreamy and sweet. And the last scene too, good, it make me cry so much for both of them

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I agree-- WJ is a very sensitive guy. Of course he'll feel some relief when he learns that SR is still alive, but he'll also be acutely aware of all that SR has lost, including her best friend. Like you said, he'll have a whole new burden of guilt to work through.

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Yes, so sometimes I want Woo-jin to never found out the truth, sometimes I want him to just recognize her already. But mostly, I don't want the guy to carry another burden because being traumatized for 13 years is already enough for him

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Im thinking that young Woo Jin mistakenly thought that young Seo Ri was the one who pressed the bell to get off the bus when it really wasnt her and she was actually going to get off at the next stop. Woo Jin instead was saved from the accident coz he got of the bus. Or maybe he should feel guilty after all coz he accidentally got Seo Ri's rabbit keychain which could be her lucky charm? Seo Ri was so ditzy, she's lucky she hasnt gotten into a major accident until that bus incident.
That bed scene, Woo Jin is so chill maybe because he has woken up earlier and knows that she's been sleeping beside him but didnt drive her away anyway lol.

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Hmm interesting. I guess there is that possibility too, that it was never really woo-jin fault from the first place, but everything just should happened​ that way anyway. One of the fate thing?
Lol woo-jin chill expression is everything in that scene

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Every good mystery gives us clues to find the solution before the reveal.
The character of Jennifer is currently the biggest mystery.
She is too educated to be merely a housekeeper. She acts more like a German philosophy professor. She can speak English well.
Her obsessive color scheme for her clothing had to have come from a strict upbringing, perhaps one where one only had one dress or work outfit.
She knows too much of the housemates backstories for a person who was just hired as WJ’s parents left the house.
She is overly protective (for a housekeeper) of SR. She generously gave all the money for cleaning HT’s apartment, which in itself is too coincidental, to SR, as well as her own clothes for her first job interview.
We do not know Jennifer’s real name.
The Lady in Yellow has worn the same outfit for several days. Thus, she shares the same clothing compulsion as Jennifer.
All SR’s main characters have “Hyun” in common, which means “dark” or “mysterious.”
SR’s dad was Woo Seong-Hyun. SR’s mom was Kim Hyun-Jin.
SR’s uncle is Kim Hyun-Kyu, the brother of her mom.
SR’s aunt is Kook Mi-Hyun. In English, “kook” means “eccentric.” Both the Lady in Yellow and Jennifer can be considered eccentric. An educated guess based on these clues would mean that Jennifer is the Lady in Yellow’s sister (or SR’s “other” aunt that she forgot about because she lived in Germany during her youth.)
It would make sense that after SR’s uncle’s financial downfall, another family member (Jennifer) would pick up SR hospital care for the next 11 years. Jennifer would have kept the payments secret so her sister's creditors would not find her. Also, Jennifer keeping her identity secret to SR would make sense since SR is not yet emotionally stable enough to handle her uncle and aunt's downfall and abandonment of her.

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Wow, I hadn't picked up on the fact that SR had another aunt-- your theory makes total sense. I wonder what Jennifer's connection to HT is.

Thank you so much for explaining the significance of "Hyun" and "Kook"-- that's super helpful.

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Au contraire on the strict upbringing and fashion choices. Many people, including creatives, actually dress monochromatically or choose a type of work uniform. It really streamlines dressing and shopping.
Here's an old article about someone who did:
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a10441/why-i-wear-the-same-thing-to-work-everday/

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Great article, @bbstl.

Although I didn't dress monochromatically, I wore suits for years specifically because it felt like donning a work uniform. It was a non-verbal cue to myself to get my head in the game for the day. The book "Dress For Success" had also made an impression on me. I bought the best wool suits I could afford, and wore them 3 seasons a year. Just like men used to.

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😁 I'm grinning from ear to ear at the reference to "Dress for Success", that historical tome from pre-"business casual", leggings and so many other current fashion essentials 😂😂😂. Like ironing.

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I suspected that you would enjoy that blast from the past. John T. Molloy was my hero. However, I avoided the excessively Green Bay Packers-style shoulder pads as much as possible. ;-)

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Thanks @welh This is extremely interesting. It would be nice if she was in this show and in SR's house, not only for comic moments or to provide a convenient solution / good advice, but to be important and more closely related to the core of the show.

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Maybe Jennifer was a former ballerina?

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And now she gets her kicks with taekwondo. ;-)

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I demand that Chic is listed as a cast member on Asianwiki just like Deok-gu!! She is entwined with the development of Chan's character, and is a catalyst in his growth. Chic seems to speak the truth to Chan at all hours of the day and for an young'un it is at the expense of its own growth (talk about unconditional love!) Most impressively, she seems potty trained. I mean I raise chickens so it is no fake news that they choco-pie a lot!!

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Wouldn't they have to list a whole group of chicks? There must be several so she/he can remain cute and fluffy for the duration. She/He could be CC - Counselor Chick.

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😂 good point! I also wonder if the PD would pay enough attention to make sure that the passing of time shows on the growing size of our chic. By the end of the one-month cohabitation contract, Chic should be at least 3 times its original size!!

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OMG one thing more embarrassing about misspelling a word is misspelling the word again and again. I was running short on Ks today.
CHICK!!!!!

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LOLOL! That was a very chic slip of a 'k'. Or that was just a very chic chick and your subsconscious just knew that!!! 😂

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HAHAHA yes!!!! I love (and am surprised) that you brought up the chick's potty training! I'm amused at how every shot it's a clean paper towel in the house. He'd have to change it every few minutes XD

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Thanks for the recap, @abirdword!

This drama is climbing up to my top list of on-going dramas. So warm and fluffy! ♥

Though Seo Ri is still a 17-year old in a 30-year old body, I don’t think she’s totally immature. This episode proved it to me. How she silently cried about her lost dream, how she told Woo Jin that he’s the closest person to her and how she’s striving to work and earn money in preparation to leave Woo Jin’s house. That’s why I think the pairing will work for me. That’s why I’m screaming for that cliffhanger. I really love them both. ♥

I really lost it when Seo Ri cried watching the recital and remembering her past. It’s really sad. :(

P.S. Oh, Chan! My poor Chan! </3 I don’t know what to say. I just want to hug you.

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Woo-jin doesn’t know who Seo-ri really is, but he can’t help but feel that exact same pull because she absolutely is the very same person from his past.

Beautifully written, @abirdword! Shows get a lot of flack for misusing the "childhood connection" trope, but in essence, this is what it should be. Seo-ri was literally a stranger he saw in the distance and felt the need to get to know. There are so many emotions wrapped up in such a narrow moment of time that Woo-jin is still dealing with. He would definitely remember that draw he felt from her, especially since it's pulling him again.

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Chan's falling in love with his future aunt lol! This show is too cute.

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Thank you for your recap and comments, abirdword.

The scene on the bicycle has to be one of the funniest in recent memory. What a wedgie. ;-)

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this drama is my current crack

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Saaame! I just watched the following episode with a massive smile on my face the entire time. I don’t think I’ve experienced this with any show in a long time 😊

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Is it possible not to have a villain? Can't we just have this beautiful triangle try to sort themselves out? Sigh.
Patiently impatiently waiting for the next recap.

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I knew the Noona Crush was coming full force! I love this show and everything about it.

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