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Thirty But Seventeen: Episodes 17-18

Last week Woo-jin was dealing with being separated from Seo-ri forever, and this week the guy struggles with being apart for just twenty-four hours. With this brief separation, Woo-jin starts to realize how he truly feels towards Seo-ri, but he’s not the only one to do so. Chan starts putting the clues together as well, leaving Seo-ri as the only one left unaware of Woo-jin’s heart.

 
EPISODE 17: “I want you”

Woo-jin and Chan both arrive just as Chan’s mother (Woo-jin’s sister) HYUN-JUNG encounters Seo-ri at the gate. Before they can formulate a lie or explanation, Hyun-jung offers them the perfect cover—Seo-ri is obviously the maid. Chan is quick to play along, especially when he hears that his mother will only be there for two hours before hopping on another plane, and drags his mom inside the house.

Seo-ri is not so eager to play along with this ruse, but even Woo-jin nods in agreement in an effort to avoid conflict with Hyun-jung. Seo-ri’s efforts to leave the house are thwarted by Woo-jin, who escorts her back to the house.

Inside, Hyun-jung notes that the house feels different. She looks around until her gaze settles on Seo-ri. “This can’t be right… is that really you?” she says, and heads for Seo-ri. “Is this really… Deok-gu?” Hyun-jung pets Deok-gu, who’s nestled in Seo-ri’s arms, and she comments on how much livelier the dog seems.

Hyun-jung wants to catch up with the maid, so Chan drags his mother up to his room to see Chick Jr. Seo-ri wonders aloud at how familiar Hyun-jung seems, but she can’t place her.

Hyun-jung is impressed with the maid’s impact on the house, even noting Jennifer’s spelling correction on Chan’s “Don’t Think, Feel!” sign. Chan makes sure that his mom can’t seek out Seo-ri by lying across Mom’s lap and promptly falling asleep, ha. It seems that Chan has missed his mother while she’s away. She notes the calluses on his hands, signs of his hard work.

Her son asleep, Hyun-jung heads downstairs to finally get her chance to talk with the maid. She notes on her way down the formerly dying plant that has been revived, and Woo-jin proudly shares the secret to its new health.

Seo-ri brings out fruit for Hyun-jung, but now it’s Woo-jin turn to intercept his sister by dragging her to his room. Hyun-jung braces for bad news, so she’s surprised when Woo-jin just asks her how she’s doing.

He then goes on to gush about how well Chan is doing and how sweet and interesting his friends are. Hyun-jung looks on in wonder, recalling her brother telling her not so long ago how he hated strangers in his house.

Hyun-jung spots the plunger and asks what it’s for. Woo-jin eagerly shows her the skylight trick and they climb up to look out on the view. Woo-jin is giddy about it, and this reminds Hyun-jung of a younger Woo-jin, who was excited to show her his latest drawing of the family.

Meanwhile, the real maid Jennifer is having lunch with the young woman who intercepted her on the street. The woman notes the students she saw coming and going from what she believes to be Jennifer’s house, and asks if Jennifer got married. Jennifer softly responds in the negative. When the woman tells Jennifer she’s glad to see her, Jennifer shares that she thought that the woman would never want to see her again.

Back at the house, Woo-jin and Hyun-jung head downstairs, and Chan wakes up and rushes down to see what he missed. It’s time for Hyun-jung to catch her plane, so all seems to have gone fine with their subterfuge. Seo-ri sneaks away upstairs, and Hyun-jung turns back to the stairs as well to grab her suitcase.

There on the landing, Seo-ri retrieves a bandage for a cut she spotted on Hyun-jung’s ankle. Hyun-jung thanks her, both for the bandage and for taking care of her family. Seo-ri insists that she’s only been an inconvenience, but Hyun-jung just smiles at her.

Chan wants to see his mother to the airport, but she reminds him of his “don’t think, feel” mantra and tells him to go practice instead. Chan gives her a big hug, telling her sorry and that he loves her very much, and Woo-jin starts the car for the airport.

Chan is relieved that they were able to pull off their lie, but Seo-ri has reached her limits. She runs after the car, begging them to stop. Woo-jin pulls the car over, and Seo-ri confesses to Hyun-jung that she’s not the maid at all. Hyun-jung has two questions: Was Seo-ri the one who taught Woo-jin about the best spot for the plants, and was Seo-ri the one who showed him how to open the skylight?

Seo-ri admits to her deeds, and that’s all that Hyun-jung needs to hear. She says that she sees that if Woo-jin and Chan are willing to go through all this trouble to protect Seo-ri, she must be important to them. Hyun-jung gives a final gentle punch and kick to her son before leaving. Chan smiles and says, “What a cool mom.”

It’s evening when Woo-jin returns home, where he finds Seo-ri pacing in the yard. She asks what Hyun-jung said, and Woo-jin deadpans that his sister thought about it, and has asked Seo-ri to leave.

Woo-jin lets earnest Seo-ri go on for a few moments before he confesses that he’s teasing her. And then he asks her why she confessed the truth to Hyun-jung, when it was only a two-hour lie.

Seo-ri points out that even after the two hours, they would have had to keep up the lie with her. Not just that—she wasn’t a stranger, but Woo-jin’s sister and Chan’s mom, someone important to this family.

Woo-jin gazes at her intently, and Seo-ri’s own gaze fixes back on him. As they stare, Chan returns and catches sight of the two. Chan hesitates, and then approaches to ask if his mom made it to the airport safely. Hae-beom and Deok-soo turn up with watermelon, and Jennifer arrives just in time to sweep the melons into her arms.

The group of friends sits around the table, spitting watermelon seeds and catching them on their faces. Seo-ri gives it a try, but can’t find her seed when she opens her eyes. Woo-jin has found it though—on his face. Seo-ri rushes over to peel it off while everyone else laughs, and Jennifer starts taking photos.

The group gathers around and they take cute group photos together. Woo-jin’s phone interrupts the fun with a call from Hyun-jung.

Hyun-jung thanks Woo-jin for telling her the truth in the car. We flash back to the car ride, and Woo-jin confesses to Hyun-jung that Seo-ri isn’t the maid, but someone they needed to help. Just as Woo-jin began to drive away, it was at that moment that Seo-ri gave chase to the car to give her own confession.

Woo-jin in turn thanks his sister for saying kind things to Seo-ri. Hyun-jung is just happy to see glimpses of her old brother back. And then she asks him, “You like that woman, don’t you?” Woo-jin stammers.

Around four in the morning, Chan wakes up and notices that Woo-jin isn’t in his room. He goes looking for him downstairs and wakes up the rest of the household in the process. Woo-jin has even left his phone behind, but when Chan checks the closet, he’s reassured that his uncle’s clothes are still all there. It seems he hasn’t moved out suddenly, but there’s no indication of where he’s gone.

Hours tick by, and still no sign of Woo-jin. Eventually, Jennifer encourages everyone to stop wallowing and to get on with their lives.

Seo-ri makes it to work, but she is nervous and distracted. When Hee-soo points out that Seo-ri mistakenly purchased two copies of the same book, Seo-ri grabs the second copy and mumbles out that she’ll return it.

Hyun jokes to Hee-soo that perhaps Woo-jin went off to live as a bigfoot again, but Hee-soo is pretty sure that he has reasons not to disappear suddenly.

Halfway across a crosswalk, Seo-ri looks up and spots the missing Woo-jin on the other side. He smiles broadly and waves, while Seo-ri turns back and starts walking down the street instead of crossing.

Woo-jin doesn’t understand her reaction, so he matches pace with her on his side of the street. And then he yells to her, “I’m not selling the house!”

This announcement changes Seo-ri’s sentiments, but she’s no longer at a crosswalk to get to Woo-jin. She begins to sprint forward, until she and Woo-jin meet in the middle of a pedestrian bridge.

Woo-jin says that he’s been to Jeju Island to talk to his dad about the house. He lists all the reasons why he can’t sell it: Chan needs a yard for exercise, Deok-gu does too, and Jennifer needs it to dry chilies. Seo-ri hushes him with a big hug, thanking him over and over. Woo-jin tells her that she can take her time finding her uncle and buying the house back.

Woo-jin asks why she ignored him at the crosswalk, and Seo-ri scolds him, saying that he did the scariest thing he could do to her—disappear without a trace. Woo-jin promises that he’ll never disappear.

Chan finally gets a call from his missing uncle, only to hear from Woo-jin that not only has he not run away, but that they’ll be keeping the house too. Chan is delighted, but he can’t help but wonder what that means for Woo-jin’s nomadic lifestyle.

To answer, we get a glimpse of Woo-jin’s talk with his dad earlier in the day. Dad asks about the half of the year when Woo-jin would leave Korea, and Woo-jin tells him that he intends to stay in Korea permanently and take care of everything. His dad smiles broadly and says that of course they’ll keep the house.

Woo-jin stops in to inform Jennifer of the news, and then it’s off to work. Jennifer, meanwhile, does a little cleaning dance of happiness with Deok-gu at the news.

In the break room, Seo-ri spots a loose button on Woo-jin’s shirt. She grabs a needle and thread and starts to sew it back on. The pair’s faces are close, and they look up into each other’s eyes and then quickly avert.

Just then, Hee-soo interrupts them. At the sound of her voice, Woo-jin and Seo-ri suddenly turn and break apart, Seo-ri’s hard head smashing into Woo-jin’s nose.

Even so, Woo-jin isn’t mad, as he smiles sheepishly with tissue up his nose during their work meeting. He’s off this afternoon to get ideas for the classical program’s stage, and Hee-soo sends classical expert Seo-ri along to advise.

Hee-soo takes note as Woo-jin grabs his things, and then decides to throw away his broken headphones on the way out. Aww Woo-jin, making progress.

Tae-rin has decided to work with her old orchestra conductor for the performance, and Woo-jin and Seo-ri show up just as the orchestra finishes practicing. Seo-ri sets her notebook down on a music stand as she takes photos from all angles for Woo-jin. The conductor spots her notebook, with Seo-ri’s name written in big letters on it.

He calls out her name, a question hanging in the air. Seo-ri quickly collects it from him and apologizes, but then turns back as she recognizes her old conductor’s face. In the back, Tae-rin watches them.

 
EPISODE 18: “A true adult”

Seo-ri recognizes her old conductor, SHIM MYUNG-HWAN, and he recognizes her as well. They escape to Conductor Shim’s office to catch up. He admits that he assumed that Seo-ri had recovered from her accident and gone on to Germany to study.

He asks if she was playing at the workshop before. Seo-ri blushes that it wasn’t very good. The conductor disagrees. He admits that her technique is not what it once was, but her interpretation, resonance, everything else was just as good as he remembers.

Conductor Shim asks if she’s given up music. Seo-ri says that she doesn’t expect to return to her old self, but she’s determined to play again. The conductor has an old photo of Seo-ri when she first joined the youth orchestra, which he gives her to keep.

Tae-rin nervously paces in the practice room, stopped only by Woo-jin, who is there to grab his measuring tape. Tae-rin asks if Seo-ri is still talking with the conductor, and Woo-jin nods. Tae-rin doesn’t say anything further, but Woo-jin notes her nervousness.

Tae-rin’s manager is outside in the lobby, trying to calm Tae-rin over the phone. He spots Seo-ri leaving Conductor Shim’s office, and recognizes her from the workshop.

Seo-ri and Woo-jin go out for ddeokbboki afterwards. Seo-ri enters Woo-jin’s number on a raffle for free food. Woo-jin scoffs that no one ever wins those, but Seo-ri smiles and says that you never know. Woo-jin sees the edge of the photo Conductor Shim gave Seo-ri tucked into her notebook, and he tucks it in more securely. Aaah, so close!

Seo-ri grumps about Woo-jin paying for lunch when she intended to treat him. Woo-jin says that she can give him the present he spotted in her pocket before when she was moving out instead.

Seo-ri begrudgingly hands over the package, which contains new earbuds for Woo-jin. Seo-ri is embarrassed that the gift isn’t good enough, but Woo-jin says that he loves it.

At home, Woo-jin is lost in thoughts of Seo-ri as he touches his repaired button. Chan catches his uncle daydreaming, and cutely says goodnight, and asks his uncle to dream of him.

The next day, Woo-jin gets a text while he’s out working. He’s actually won the free ddeokbboki. He rushes back to the office to tell Seo-ri, but she and Hee-soo have traveled to a nearby island for a music festival.

They’re supposed to catch the seven o’clock boat back, and Woo-jin spends his time watching the time. At seven on the dot, he’s disappointed by a phone call to the office that a storm has prevented Hee-soo and Seo-ri from returning that evening.

Woo-jin calls Hee-soo himself immediately, but she can’t talk while she tries to find a room. Woo-jin arrives home just in time to catch Chan on the phone with Seo-ri. But as he runs at Chan to get a chance to talk, Chan misunderstands and hangs up on Seo-ri. Woo-jin pouts his way up to his room.

Nothing is going right for Woo-jin, who can’t even seem to get the skylight window open. He finally gets a call from Seo-ri, but as he fumbles for his phone, he drops it under his bed and struggles to pull it out.

He manages to press the accept call button, but while he can hear Seo-ri, she can’t hear him, so she hangs up. By the time Woo-jin fishes the phone out with the plunger, Hee-soo’s phone has run out of power and turned off.

Chan asks to borrow his uncle’s extra battery, only to find Woo-jin distractedly painting his own finger instead of a figure. Woo-jin tells his nephew to help himself to the battery in his bag, but Chan finds something else there: the polaroid of Woo-jin and Seo-ri on the train.

Downstairs, Jennifer receives a text from the mystery woman that reads, “I hope you can come that day. I’ll be waiting.” Jennifer stares down at her music box.

Meanwhile, Hee-soo and Seo-ri sit down for some beer to pass the evening. Hee-soo comments on how many of Seo-ri’s first times, like drinking beer, she seems to be witnessing. Seo-ri says that she always imagined that she’d be a cool thirty-year-old like Hee-soo.

Hee-soo scoffs and shares a secret: most of the time she feels just as young as she did in college. Hee-soo says that she doesn’t think that there’s anyone out there who truly feels like an adult. Seo-ri offers Woo-jin as an example, and Hee-soo laughs.

Seo-ri asks how Hee-soo and Woo-jin got close. Hee-soo says that he’s always been cold, but she clung to him as the only other Korean abroad in her German program. But then Hee-soo pauses, and says that while she’s always known him to be cold, both Hyun-jung and Chan have told her that there was a time when Woo-jin smiled a lot.

Hee-soo admits that she doesn’t know what it was that changed Woo-jin, but Seo-ri thinks of Woo-jin’s confession on the beach and wonders if that’s the cause. Hee-soo suggests that glimpses of the old Woo-jin have been turning up since Seo-ri came into his life, but Seo-ri doesn’t catch her meaning.

Hee-soo’s phone is charged so she gives Seo-ri a moment to call Woo-jin. But Seo-ri is worried that Woo-jin is asleep and doesn’t make the call. Woo-jin, however, is most certainly not sleeping, as paces his room with phone in hand. He wants to call, but he’s also worried about disturbing Seo-ri’s sleep.

Instead he looks on at his new headphones, and thinks back to the afternoon Seo-ri gave them to him. He asked for music recommendations, and Seo-ri begins to rattle off several rapidly. She finally lands on one suggestion, Erik Satie’s Je te veux.

In the present, Woo-jin has moved to the yard as he listens to the song she recommended. But he’s still lost in the past, as he recalls asking Seo-ri what the song title meant, and she replied, “I want you.”

In her hotel room, Seo-ri is also still awake, her thoughts on their exchange.

The next morning, Woo-jin wakes up early to see Chan off, as he heads to overnight training. He’s uncharacteristically caring, even hands over his credit card to Chan for food. Their exchange is interrupted by a call from Hee-soo, who is still stuck out on the island due to high winds. It’s looking like Seo-ri might not get home tonight either.

At practice, Chan spots a young child playing a little too close to a watery overhang. He’s distracted, however, by his friends’ comments on the age gap of a celebrity couple. A splash turns his attention back to where the child stood, now empty. Chan spots the kid’s ball in the water and dives in after him.

Chan rides with the ambulance with the kid to the hospital, while the neighbors go to tell the kid’s parents, who own the nearby flower shop, about the accident.

At the hospital, Chan leaves with his friends and coach after he’s reassured that the boy will be okay. As he exits, a woman in a pink shirt brushes past him in a rush to find her son. She hovers over the rescued boy, and the camera pulls back to reveal Seo-ri’s aunt.

Woo-jin stills pouts over Seo-ri’s absence. A student in the street asks him for the time, and he sullenly asks why it’s only 6:30. He hears someone call out, “Ahjusshi!” and assumes it’s the same student. But when he looks up, Seo-ri has made it back and stands on the other side of the street.

The two rush to one another and meet again at their pedestrian bridge. Seo-ri gushes, “I missed you!” She backtracks quickly, and says that she missed Hyun, and Deok-gu, and Jennifer…

Woo-jin’s gaze turns intense as he fixes his eyes on Seo-ri. In his head, he hears his sister’s question: “You like that woman, don’t you?”

“I think I do,” he says aloud in response.

Seo-ri breaks first and ducks away for home. Her expression as she leaves, however, shows that she isn’t unaffected by the intensity of the moment.

Chan hears from Hee-soo that Seo-ri has made it home. He also hears about the loose button and Seo-ri headbutting Woo-jin, a detail his uncle neglected to share with him.

Chan calls Jennifer to talk to Seo-ri, but Jennifer isn’t at home, since she’s asked for some leave and will be gone until tomorrow. Chan then realizes that this means that Seo-ri and Woo-jin will be at the house all alone tonight.

Seo-ri and Woo-jin come to that realization as well once they’re home. They bow formerly to one another over and over as they duck into their respective rooms.

Chan is stuck at training with his feelings and the discovery that his uncle may have those same feelings for Seo-ri. Chan tries to run it all out as his mind goes over every clue he’s discovered lately, from the polaroid to the starry look in Woo-jin’s eyes.

Back at home, Woo-jin gets a glass of water downstairs. His continued awkward moments with Seo-ri are interrupted by a huge moth that has made its way into the house. Woo-jin tries to shoo it out, and then he opens the doors and shuts off the lights to let it out.

He and Seo-ri stand together in the dark, waiting for the moth to leave. In the glass reflection, Seo-ri can see Woo-jin’s intense gaze. Seo-ri turns to face Woo-jin. They each move in closer… and then part suddenly when the moth swoops in front of their faces.

As Seo-ri stumbles back, Woo-jin grabs her and pulls up and even closer to him.

 
COMMENTS

Just kiss already! But truly, that was a great final scene, with all the great build-up and almost-moments I could ask for.

While Seo-ri may have been in the dark about Woo-jin’s feelings, she certainly wasn’t unaware of her own, and I think that’s what brings a great balance to this episode and to the overall development of their relationship. No one has been stuck in that one-sided love place, where everything feels so much, while the other gets to breeze through unaffected. These moments are big for both Seo-ri and Woojin, and they’re very naturally coming together on equal terms.

They each bring something that the other needs. Seo-ri has been busy fixing all the broken pieces of Woo-jin: his button, his headphones, and his heart. Meanwhile, Woo-jin is slowly learning how much it means to be person always there for someone else.

Their need to be honest with Hyun-jung was really what sealed things in this episode. While the two started from very different places in this show, Woo-jin cold and Seo-ri childish and naïve, the two have met in their desire to take care of others by being open and honest.

This shared value will likely become very important when Seo-ri’s identity is fully revealed. Woo-jin may feel misled when it all comes out, but anyone can see that Seo-ri is the type of person to be honest and open to a fault. It will be hard to place any blame on her, even those who are heart-hurt and in desperate need of someone to blame.

I was worried we were going to get into some strange side story with Chan’s rescue of the young boy, but it turns out that everything is indeed connected. Seo-ri’s aunt is so close! Seo-ri has been so focused on finding her uncle, that she hasn’t considered that her aunt might be around and in a very different situation from before Seo-ri’s coma.

Things looked murky for Seo’ri’s uncle the last time we checked in with him. He was lying about where he was to both Seo-ri and her aunt, and maybe caught up in something nefarious. So it might not be so surprising that Seo-ri’s aunt remains behind, even as her uncle is elusive. Is her aunt raising this boy alone? Is her uncle still around somewhere? I have a feeling that we’ll jump to a different mystery focus next week, so this will probably remain floating unanswered for a while.

And perhaps the most important scene of this episode: Hee-soo speaks the truth anyone over thirty is thinking as they watch this drama. No one ever feels like an adult. Besides love and recovery, this idea serves as one of the show’s main themes. Seo-ri missed that natural progression from childhood to adult feelings of inadequacy, but that’s why we have Hee-soo to speak for us all. Thirty is just as bewildering as any other age.

 
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It was the Chan show. It is now the Mr. Gong show.

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Mr. Gong's smiles, his being so upset that Seo Ri wasn't back yet and missing her call, and that scene where Woo Jin reacted identically to Seo Ri toward Chan hanging up the phone instead of letting him talk to Seo Ri. Both their identical frustration at Chan during those moments were hilarious. My heart fluttered this week like it was a kyte for the WooRi OTP. Though only having one episode was short, it sure was sweet.

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I want to watch but I also don't want only one episode. Aggghhh, the decision paralysis. Sounds like a delightful one though.

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I'm not sure but may be next week again It's only 1 episode/week. I hate the wait.

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I will not crack. I will wait. I'll start a new one in the meantime

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What???!!! First of, this serie has 20 episodes? (I.e. 40????)
Second: why was it only one episode this week and why also only one next week???

Somebody can tell me???? Please...
Thanks

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Because of Asian Games...

Sport is the worst ennemy of kdrama fans !

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I love how unabashedly emotional Seo-ri is. It’s times when she’s running to Woo-Jin and blurts out, “I miss you!” Or when she is so guilt-ridden about lying to Chan’s mother that she runs after the car to confess that I really believe she’s still at 17-year-old at heart. She wears her emotions in her sleeve while Woo-Jin has hidden his for 13 years that it’s so affecting for him to see. And he didn’t know what to do with it at first because it genuinely scared him. But now he is starting to come out of his shell, a lot. The had tremendous growth this episode, from bubbling over with information about Chan and his friends when he was speaking to his sister, to obviously missing Seo-ri, to giving Chan his credit card so the boys could eat, his innate extroversion and generosity is showing through. And my favorite plant gets a couple lines said about it too! I told you the story of that plant was an allegory for Woo-jin. But my dear, sweet Chan. You’re a smart, caring boy and don’t you let anyone say anything less. I wonder how the writer will let him come to terms that Seo-ri and his uncle are the OTP. But one this did bother me this episode, Tae-rin. Is this woman just going to pace and play with her thumb for another episode? If you’re going to be evil, just do it already! And lastly, just tell us who the woman with Jennifer is, we don’t need another mystery, do we? How many is that now? And what happened to the faithful doctor this episode? I forgot he was even part of the narrative. So too many side mysteries going on for my taste.

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I totally agree with you about Seo-Ri being totally 17 at heart and Shin Hye-Sun is totally nailing the role right now.
I want to know all the mystery part too and Hyun-Tae the writer has just wasted his character up till now. I feel the writer will bring him in to test Seo-Ri's and Woo-Jin's love. I already feel bad for Hyun-Tae.

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I was so hopping you were wrong, lol. It is a waste of an actor, character, and talent to make her like this. It literally adds nothing to the drama and is completely out of place. SIGH

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I feel like even the mystery lady who knows Jennifer has had a bigger role...

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I think the mystery woman is Jennifer’s sister in law. They probably cut ties when Jennifer’s husband died...

For me WJ and SR are just right for each other, so I don’t get a second lead syndrome but oh boy... doesn’t my heart break for Chan. I wonder how he’s going to behave from now on. I want to believe his love for his uncle comes first because the thought of him turning into an annoying second lead makes me a angry! I hope the writer won’t take that route.

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I’m sure Chan will get through it though he loves his uncle more than anything 💕
Chan better pay attention to Ri An, she seems like a good girl just the typical teenager but still she hasn't done anything that's remotely annoying.

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I actually like Ri An, she seems annoying at the times but I think she genuinely likes and cares for Chan (like when Chan looked tired and she said it was ok to cancel their “date”).

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I like her too. She is the less measured version. Of Seo To. She completely wears her heart on her sleeve and her heart is Chan. That takes a certain amount of bravery, so kudos to her.

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But, Ally, you have to agree that all the mysteries keep us waving to know more and tuning up the next time, even though we are frustrated to get only one episode per week 😞😠😂😉
This is a kind of easy going story. If they didn't have those lose ends hanging up there every single episode, then we would criticise it and say, the show has no plot! 😂😂
So, let's be patient and enjoy the fluff 😉😍😉

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I like the show, no question! I just think waking up from a 13 year coma, navigating this future life and finding your past family wherever they are now are enough plot devices to run this show. I want it to be simpler, not more complicated. It just seems unnecessary and the poor actors that have these side stories really don’t have a chance to participate in the narrative.

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Well, that is also true. But sometimes I think drama writers are like me in my job quest. Thinking and thinking how to make every next application right, how to write and re write my resume, and how to impress the possible human resource agent, because I know there is so much competition!!! 😥
Maybe a simpler application or even having less details in my resume will give me a wonderful job, just like it happened to Ji an in My Ajusshi (hello, running 🏃), but I don't know that. I have tried even to write off the fact that I did a master degree because sometimes I have been "over qualified" for whatever, but still I haven't found the job I need.
Anyway, my point is: as a writer I have the feeling I need to keep my audience glued to my drama, so... there you go.

But overall I agree with you. And I like the characters so much! I wish I could have simply more fluff and humour, but... 😐

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I was disappointed that the writer didn’t go to the fake relationship trope by making Woo Jin saying Seo Ri is his girlfriend when his sister asked who Seo Ri is, but I love that the writer reveals the truth to the sister and both of them are so honest, innocent and pure by telling the truth. 🤗 It’s refreshing to see that sometimes it’s better to tell the truth rather than “white” lies.

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THIS EPISODE IS SO CUTE OMG!!! but chan.
Oh my poor Chan! My sweet, pure,considerate and kind-hearted Chan!.
I know it will be too much to wish for you and your Ahjumma Seo-Ri to be together
Your "Mr Gong" deserves her more because he loves her for a very long time already.
Dont get too heartbroken from failing your First Love.
You are not alone. Most first loves tend to fail anyway.
Dont worry True Love from a girl you truly deserve will come find you.

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This episode was filled with so many cute moments! 😍
It truly feels like now they’re starting to like each other but just doesn’t know how to express it. It was so adorable watching them miss each other whilst they were away from each other particularly Mr Gong. 😂
We finally see her aunt which means she’ll be making a regular appearance and it will unfold the drama.
We see all the 13 years of smiles Woo-Jin had accumulated in this episode. He spent the last 8 episodes not smiling mostly and it's like a unending waterfall of smiles from him in this episode.
I dread the coming episodes when he finds out who she is and he retreats back into his sad, guilty, unhappy shell. Hopefully not for long. Because his smile is everything.

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I hope he doesn't retreat into his shell. This time he has SR to support him. Anyway what happened to her wasn't his fault . I've a feeling that even if he hadn't told her to get down at the next stop, she would've stayed back after seeing her friend board the bus. Or that's how I'm trying to convince myself anyway 😂

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I hope that too. But he might feel that her 13 years got wasted. But, I wish they both will stay positive.
I feel the same as you that she would have stayed in the bus. I feel may be she asked Woo-Jin about the stop as she liked him (there's one scene showing her chafing him at the station) I'm just convincing myself about this first love thing.😂

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He won't retreat. I believe the opening of the first episode shows him holding his drawing of her. He looks up, grins widely and is about to get up. So I have hope.

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Both Seori and Mr. Gong are 30 years old, yet they like each other like any 17 years old do, which is so adorable😂

Anyway, your last paragraph is what I am afraid the most😔 but let's not hope that it wouldn't take any longer than 13 years

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Of all episodes to preempt, why did they have to preempt this episode!? Though I am surprised this cliffhanger was in an odd-numbered episode and not an even-numbered episode to leave us pining for a week. (And now we still have to pine for a week.) The onion kiss, albeit heart-fluttering, was an in-the-moment reaction since Woo Jin didn't know he liked her and Seo Ri certainly didn't know he liked her, but today's moth kiss, both are aware of their feelings for each other. Though I would have preferred Seo Ri not notice him starting at her in the window and have the flying moth be the reason she falls into Woo Jin's arms. Yang Se Jong really knows how to look at a person.

I squeed as soon as Jennifer asked for the day off since Woo Jin and Seo Ri get the whole house to themselves. Someone please buy this girl a phone. Noona is awesome especially with her two questions to Seo Ri that I wish she had figured their ruse out on her own. I adore how everybody can see right through Woo Jin: Hee Soo, Jennifer, Hyun Jung. If Dad doesn't know why his vagabond son flew all the way to Jeju Island in the wee hours of the morning to beg him not sell the house, I hope Hyun Jung tattles on her brother.

Chan is really setting himself up for heartbreak. I assumed Chan was going to find Seo Ri's going away present in Woo Jin's bag. What did she write to Woo Jin because everyone else got sticky notes on their presents? I can't wait until Seo Ri stops calling Woo Jin "Ajusshi." But more than that, I wish she would stop calling Chan "Chan Student" since he is her first friend in thirteen years, and the two of them are so close.

A big thanks for the recap, @abirdword!

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There are a select few actors who give that look as you say. Yang Se Young is one, No Chang Wook, Gong Yoo and Seo In Guk are others. 😁

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I loved the WJ in this episode. Right from his smiles to his lost puppy expression when away from SR. He's so cute when he smiles!
On the other hand, his stares- how can they be so soft and intense at the same time?

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Woo-Jin and Seo-Ri are so cute, my heart can't handle that.
Woo-Jin's awkwardness is such a sweet thing.😍

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I hope they don't drag it too much because its so good now,I don't want it to go bad way.But why did a rom com like this has 20 episodes where it can be awesome within 16 episodes , initially it was 16 episodes... anyway I'm enjoying it thoroughly 😍😍

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I thought it was a 16 episode drama but now I feel 20 episodes are fine coz there are so many mysteries to unfold. The doctor friend Hyun-Tae had not at all come into picture, the aunt just made her presence known, about Jennifer's past.
But I still hope they don't drag it out.^^

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Poor Hyung-tae. Think about it: it's been over a month since Seo-ri disappeared. So that's an entire month where Hyung-tae is worrying about where she is and how she's living.

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I know where you are coming from but I think THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN is going along at a good pace.
O/T. Of course after watching Yang Se jong's outstanding performance in DUEL I followed him in his next romantic drama TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. Now if ever there was a 16 episode show stuck in a 20 episode body that was it. At the same time I was watching another 20 episoder [sic ] HOSPITAL SHIP that was interminable. I was still operating on a self-imposed rule of start a drama/finish a drama. That rule has gone by the way side. In DUEL (16 episodes and terribly underrated ) I don't think YSJ smiled until the last episode.
I had no idea he had that killer smile that he is starting to show now in 30B17.

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In Duel, Sung Joon smiled brightly several times in the second half of the drama.

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I first skipped through the first few episodes to see if it was worth watching. Normally when I skip through a drama, sitting down and watching the full episode again bores me.

But to my surprise, I enjoyed Still 17 more the second time around and can see myself going back and rewatching episodes.

Hope the writers keep up the good work and let the drama end on a high note.

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I do think SR already know WJ and his sister before this since she said that his sister looks familiar and the scene where she followed WJ at that airport during their childhood . I have small assumption that SR is following WJ into the bus and she just talked to WJ to grab his attention. So it is not WJ's fault.

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I subscribe to your bus theory. As cliché as it may be, I believe Woo Jin is Seo Ri's first love too. When 17-year-old Seo Ri drew that crescendo on the bus window, I definitely think she was looking at Woo Jin outside the bus.

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Wow. I've never thought of it that way! It is highly possible as we even got a flashback of her liking somebody in the past. Maybe it was a hint?

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Even I feel the same. May be she liked him so she approached. There was also a scene where she was chasing him at a train station.

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I love how they show Woo Jin's side as his feelings progresses, unlike other shows that we only get a glimpse here and there of the male lead's growing fondness. It's like, everything Seo Ri does is a lovable trait for Woo Jin. We even get to see him imagining his moments with Seo Ri! Haha. I hate that this show got cut off to only an hour this week. Can I survive if they would do it again next week? 😣

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Ack why did this have to be a one-episode week!

Yang Sejong really did well with making Woojin's prickly and icy behaviour in the earlier episodes believable, that it makes his recent thawing out so rewarding. I keep replaying all his smiles because they feel so earned, haha.

I really enjoyed Hyun Jung's scenes. The scene with the window and her misty eyes as she watches him babble on and on really pulled at my heart strings. She'd watched her brother withdraw into himself and stay there for years, so now that he's coming back to who he was before the accident... it must be a lot for her. Maybe that's why she was so ready to accept Seori's existence in the house -- something had turned him from a recluse into a man slowly re-entering the world, and the only real change in his environment was her.

Also, I didn't realise that the woman at the hospital was Seori's aunt! I guess she hasn't been in the drama very much until this point, but when I watched the episode I was wondering who that woman was for her to have a significant close up. Now that's all cleared up!

This episode was so cute that I worry more and more for when Seori's identity reveal happens -- like, the fallout won't be huge or permanent but seeing everyone so happy makes me not want to see them hurt. At the same time, though, I'm really eager for it to all be out in the open. Even if the girl he liked survived the accident, her best friend did, and I'm sure that's going to cause some angst for the both of them at some point. Also, poor Chan! His heart's gonna break sometime soon I can tell, which hurts because he's such a radiant ray of sunshine. I hope whatever happens, it doesn't affect their friendship too much, because they were adorable the first couple of episodes.

Anyway, nothing left to do but wait for next week, I guess! Thanks for the recap!

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I so agree about Hyun Jung, her happiness at her brother being back to himself made my heart soar.

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I feel like Woo-jin was prickly, but he was never icy. He was a good brother, good uncle, and a good colleague. I love his scenes with his sister too, and Hyun Jung in general. She's such a warm person too.

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True re: his iciness, though I think there was a little bit there just to prevent people from getting too close. He wasn't ever truly icy, just hiding behind that front until his walls started to come down.

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Love love love this show. Do not like sports very much at the moment, there's only one episode next week too boohoo

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<3 this show. Also, Chan is such a teenage boy. Always eating and forever sweaty. *grimace* And also so sweet and earnest. :)

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Another great episode! Loved watching Woo-jin realise his feelings. It was a beautiful journey. But I don’t think Seo-ri is in the exact same place, feelings-wise. She still has to actively acknowledge that she likes this man and she wants him. So I’m not ready for them to kiss, not yet, since I think Seo-ri isn’t ready, too. I want to see a consensual kiss between two willing people who just really like each other.
And shout out to Ms Kang, the best captain of this ship! Smart, strong, loyal and fun!

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I feel exactly the same. Seo-Ri should realize her feelings for him and then I'll be happy if they kiss. And I'm sure nothing will happen after the cliffhanger.😂

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Thanks @abirdword
I like your analysis.

They each bring something that the other needs. Seo-ri has been busy fixing all the broken pieces of Woo-jin: … Meanwhile, Woo-jin is slowly learning how much it means to be 'a' person always there for someone else.

Both Seo Ri and Woo Jin are wonderful and growing. Seo Ri used to be a rather scatter-brained, only music-focused individual at 17, and a needy patient at 30, but she has embraced being an independent adult, has retained her positive attitude despite her plight, is grateful for every little good thing and knows the right thing to give each person. I applaud her attitude in not feeling sorry for herself, as one who has been abandoned. Her concept of only being in 'intermission' was the greatest.

Woo Jin is gaining confidence that he is not bad news when he is involved in the lives of others, because Seo Ri is so grateful towards him. It's lovely to see him let himself go in natural generosity and affability.. In no longer being afraid to be happy because he probably thought he did not deserve it. I'd like to see him take up again, drawing portraits of those who are significant in his life.

It seems we can add on to the number of near misses. Not only did Seo Ri not see the drawing of herself last time, but Woo Jin does not see the photo of Seo Ri right in his grasp, literally. While in any other kdrama, characters are usually nosy enough to pull out other's photos to look at, in only this one do we have such a considerate character who would push in the photo before looking at it. Sometimes it's so infuriating that I just have to laugh. I have to give the writer props for coming up with so many fresh 'near miss' scenes.

I hope that Hyun Tae, Seo Ri's aunt, Tae Rin and Jennifer's backstory manage to get a little more of an airing and resolution. Giving us these characters without developing the story to include them more significantly up till now, has been the weakness of this show. But there are still 10 more episodes! Fingers crossed!! 😃

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Gosh!! The mushiness is too much but me likey me likey likey. I love how Woojin is opening up more and most especially it’s at a slow pace and it’s great but my breakthrough point would still be when he finally discovers that Seo-ri is His first love and how he’ll manage it

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I have to agree that the last scene had the great build up. Yang Se Jong’s intense stares made me blush a little ☺️ But I think SR isn’t ready for the kiss so she’ll probably break free and run away. I think she hasn’t realised she likes WJ as a man yet. She doesn’t even know why her body is responding like that, so she still has some growing up to do.

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This is absolutely random but I love Ms Kang - she seems like such an awesome lady and I love that she's caught on to Mr Gong's growing feelings for Seo Ri & totally approves.

I'll say, K drama needs more cross gender Bffery!

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Their reunion after the brief separation due to high winds! That bridge! I think I will look at pedestrian bridges very differently now.

And Hee Su speaking what all 30-yr old feels. I am glad she is getting more air time. I really like her and how supportive she is of the budding romance between the otp.

Chan is still my puppy. He loves both of them so despite his own heartache I think he will be accepting of their relationship.

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The bridge and plunger has become a iconic thing in this drama.🤣
I really like Hee-Su's character she's so understanding. I'm happy she didn't tell Seo-Ri that she thinks Woo-Jin likes her. She's a smart women.
For sure he'll be accepting coz he'll forever take care of his Mr. Gong.

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When you think about the plunger, it unstops things that have been plugged up. What a great symbol!

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Yup. She likes them together but her loyalty is still with WJ. She wouldnt think its her place to tell SR. 😊

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I liked the scene between the son and the father. The father is kind of cute and I was so happy when he decided to not sell the house because his son needed it :)

Just kiss already! I agree ! So much chemistry between them :)

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I miss my chapter!!!....damm you Asian games!!!... i am obsessed with this show and have been waiting it for a very long week.. so just one chapter is not enough!!...anyway all that smiling from woojin ALMOST made up for it.....I love the honesty of them, I am sad for Chan...to many feelings in this show 😳

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If they don't kiss in the next episode I'll have to flip a table or something

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I do not like the projected story path of having our leads running through the trope of the first love, teen crush reveal. It would be a unnecessary forced conflict and pain of WJ regretting that his “decision” on the bus put SR in a coma for 13 years and/or SR blaming WJ for the accident robbing her of her youth. SR and WJ do not need to know they knew each other in the past as teens because SR and WJ have found true mutual attraction and affection as adults. Live in the present and not dwell in the past.

I found it telling that Conductor Shim was aware of SR’s accident, but assumed she had recovered and went to Europe to study music. It would then be logical that Tae Rin also believed that SR recovered, studied music but now has returned to challenge her status as the best violinist. But my theory remains that Tae Rin’s ill will toward SR is because she survived the bus crash while TR’s 38-year old relative did not.

Chan’s saving the little boy from drowning gives the writers the path to reconnect SR to her Aunt. To thank Chan, the Aunt and her son will track down Chan from the police report to the house. They will meet SR who will recognize her Aunt to her shock and dismay. SR will immediately fall for her new nephew just in the same way WJ cared for Chan when he was a little boy. This meeting would lead to the real conflict between WJ and SR: which family will SR choose to live with? Her adopted family at her old house or with her aunt?

The arrival of the aunt brings up a host of questions: 1) is the aunt still married to SR’s uncle? He left in mysterious circumstances 15 years ago. If they divorced because of the scandal, the aunt could have remarried and had a child fairly late in her life (mid 40s?). 2) what happened to DR’s inheritance? If the aunt was not paying her hospital bills, was it the uncle or someone else? 3) why did the uncle and aunt abandon SR at the hospital? If the aunt divorced the uncle (SR’s blood relative), then maybe she felt no responsibility to care for SR. But that would go against her “promise” when SR’s parents died. If the uncle and aunt stayed together, it may have taken them a decade to financially recover, open a business and have a child together. The answers to these questions would weigh heavily on SR’s final decision on who she would live with. Because of SR’s character, she may try to appease everyone, because frustrated and unhappy.

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This show is so sweet, I love it!😍😍😍

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I want to start my comment gushing over how beautiful human being Yang Se Jong is! ♥

Really enjoyed how Woo Jin is starting to live like his old self at the same time accepting that he has feelings for Seo Ri. And oh, don’t get me started with that cliffhanger. I’m really embarrassed to admit that I replayed those scenes too many times ‘coz of YSJ TOO intense stares. Omg! *hides in the corner*

Oh Chan! My poor Chan! I don’t know what to say. Seeing you realized that there’s something between SR and WJ was really hard for me. I can’t even properly look at your face. </3 And please, don’t overwork yourself!

And yey for my girl, SR! Finally, hope she can finally reach her dreams now. Seeing how talented and hardworking she is I have no doubt on that! :)

I’m really curious about Jennifer and her connections to the main leads. And oh! Still no Hyung Tae? Aww. </3

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This episode was great! The missing each other part, their honesty, Woo Jin resemblance to Fang/Deok-gu whenever Seo-ri's around. Yang Se Jeong really pulled the puppy and happy dancing face in one smiley face very great, it feels really worth to wait. after spending most of the previous 8 hours with him brooding to see him smiling in this eps. Not that he is ugly with brooding expression tho. This guy don't have ugly face I guess.
Seo-ri and Woo-Jin being honest with Noona is another best favorite moment for me. It is very admirable for them, and their logic as individual mature person is awesome. Seo-ri might wear her emotions up on her sleeve like teenager, but I feel like most of the time teenager was looking like adult when they didn't shy away from showing it. As you grow up there are more and more things you cant really show blatantly. But then when you started showing it, people will say how mature you are to 'man up' and showing how you really felt. It's actually a teenager behaviour that can be seen as different when someone's old doing it
Another thing I love from this show is how positive everyone are. By now I'm sure even if Woo-Jin knows the truth, Seo-ri isn't going to let him take any burden of his fault. This episode have finally convinced me of this. And Chan, even tho will have his first ever heartbreak, I'm sure will not turn all ridiculously rivalry toward his favorite uncle (don't disappoint me, show). I just really hope that Tae Rin and Hyung Tae will get more closure to completed the positivity vibe everyone have.

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I agree. YSJ doesn’t have an ugly face. He’s attractive even when he’s a total psycho 😅

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Is he ever become a total psycho? I want to see it!

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If you want the see his full acting range, you should check Duel. He plays three different characters there so convincingly that it got confused me all the time. He’s phenomenally crazy there. Duel is his best work so far - in terms of his acting.

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@shinmaryu,
@cherryinbloom aisling,

I totally agree! If you're looking for YSJ's turn as an epic villain, DUEL is the show to watch. Beware that it will be messy.

Yang Se-jong actually ended up giving four amazing performances in DUEL: two clones, one of them impersonating the other, and their donor. It was mind-blowing to see the timid clone impersonate his attacker. He fooled the baddies, but if you watched carefully, you could tell by the most subtle look in his eyes and mannerisms that he was really the other guy. He is terrific at conveying internal emotion with his eyes and body language.

I first saw YSJ in ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM. He plays a tsundere to the max. But even then, there are tiny hints here and there that he has feelings he isn't openly expressing. When he finally smiled for 1.2 nanoseconds after performing a crucial part of a heart transplant operation, you could practically hear all the Beanies on the recap thread jumping up and down. ;-)

He also played a dual role in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY. He did well in both of them. In the Joseon time line, he played the young noble Lee Gyeom (nicely played as an adult by Song Seung-heon). He looked great in hanbok. I'm looking forward to seeing him in another sageuk. He could certainly deliver the goods as a badass villain or a tragic figure. He's got "seja" written all over him.

TEMPERATURE OF LOVE went down the tubes for me plotwise and writing-wise. But YSJ's performance was excellent, especially when he was dealing with his toxic parents. He held his own with Ahn Nae-sang and Lee Mi-sook -- no mean feat.

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@pakalanapikake
You nailed it! I wouldn’t put it better into words. YSJ is phenomenal despite the fact that he debuted only 2 years ago. The thing with him is that you never feel like his acting is amateurish even in his first dramas or opposite senior actors. He has a really strong onscreen presence.

I know he probably wants to establish himself as a leading man material but to be honest I think he’s wasted for typical rom-coms. He should play villains and dark characters more often. And I agree he should sign up for sageuk next!

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Thank you @cherryinbloom and @pakalanapikake !!! Sorry i just see your comment and answer it now. Duel will likely be prioritize in my list even tho I don't really like this kind of drama, but I'm thirsty for YSJ performance I'm so curious about it.
My mom watch romantic doctor and saimdang, both are not my genre too so I don't watch it with her, ah I started to regret it :((
I actually know YSJ from ToL even tho I don't watch it because I've heard the story are quite messy. And to be honest, I actually annoyed of him in here *peace* I just surprised that there is new actor outside my radar that suddenly rising and become popular and I know nothing about this guy. I hate that calmy face he make and was like "wth with this man how can he looks so annoying blablabla" and now I started to love that calmy face of him I hate before so much. As a result, karma-god punished me with this newfound love of YSJ *ashamed*

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@cherryinbloom, @shinmaryu,

You're most welcome. ;-)

To be honest, DUEL isn't one of my favorite dramas. It was okay, but not captivating like SIGNAL, LIFE ON MARS, or ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM. (Your mileage may vary.) I really tuned in for Yang Se-jong's performances, and they were worth it.

He's adept at portraying layered characters. And he has great chemistry with his cast mates. RDTK was dandy in part because of his rivalry with Yoo Yeon-seok, and strained relationship with mentor Kim Sabu, impeccably played by Han Suk-kyu. I'm not a fan of hospital dramas, but RDTK isn't a typical one. Think of it as a character study that takes place in a hospital, much as LIVE is a character study that is set in a police station.

In TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, YSJ bestowed lovely, realistic smooches on Seo-hyun-jin, whose character was trying to be too cool for school. He served up warm and fuzzy bromance with his kitchen crew and business partner/frenemy that had more pizzaz than his mis-matched romance did.

I agree that garden-variety rom-coms might not be the best use of YSJ's acting chops -- but I don't think he's actually been in one yet. Most of his roles to date have been in melodramas or thriller/action/mystery with a side of hospital and sageuk.

Anyway, I'm staying tuned to THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN. It's been getting interesting, although with the preemptions for the Asian Games, I feel kind of cheated. ;-)

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The epitome of impatience is declaring on OT you "might" watch this episode this weekend, only to succumb a few hours later. As punishment I'll have to wait a couple of days AND only get 1 episode this week... Honestly, why do you all live watch????! :O:P

Chaaaan, you are such an adorable son! I have never met a 19-year-old boy that (back)hugs his mother, snuggles into her lap, or says "bye mommy!" on the phone (end previous episode) in such a genuine and enthousiastic way. That boy is indeed cuter than any mountain ;)

Hyun-Jung is a cool mom, so I would fawn over her as well ;) Speaking about cool ladies, I declared Hee-Soo my queen for the hope she gave to all adults under 30, me included. It is strange that society expects so much of us while that same society only contains people who have no clue how to adult :)

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I continue to really enjoy this drama and all of it's great characters. My only complaints are that I dislike the whole Tae-rim storyline as her character sucks all of the fun and joy out of the drama and the missed reveals as to Seo-ri's identify are getting old. But overall, a sweet, cute drama.

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OK EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER IN THIS SHOW STOLE MY HEART. IM COMPLETELY IN LOVE.

i love how equal emotionally woojin and seori were (just a few weeks ago we were saying chan and seori were equals). Our poor bean Chan is putting the pieces together. Please have enough maturity to get over this without being too hurt by your Mr Gong. I love the main couples' openness to each other. Ohhh and how my heart fluttered in this episode

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THIS EPISODE WAS SO FUNNY AND MR. GONG HAS BECOME MR. SQUISHY

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This episode sure makes me squeal and love every single bit of it, almost all of the characters are warm and having nice personality--especially the Gong family. I can see why Woojin in the past was a bright children that everyone become disappointed once he secluded himself, he grew up in the very loving family and he also loves everyone earnestly.

Woojin and Seori are 30 years old, but both of them have feelings for each other as they were just experiencing first love like any 17 years old do which makes me want to draw crescendo in the sky. Poor Chan that now he just realizing things. I hope that he just focused on his practice and let his uncle be happy. I think that even if he win, he will confess to Seori as he promised but ask her to be happy with Woojin.

As for Taerin, I hope she will stop before things going too far because Seori is not her competitor anymore. If she still feel insecure about it, she should just keep practicing to become unrivaled.

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Thanks for your recap, abirdword. If you hadn't mentioned it, I would not have recognized that the mother of the boy Chan rescued is Seo-ri's aunt.

Amidst a ton of squee-worthy moments in this episode, the one that really gets me is Chan's zonking out in Mommy's lap. Ahn Hyo-seop has me totally convinced that he's a gangly mama's boy (in the best sense of the word) who is just becoming aware of a Girl. What a bundle of affection.

Mr. Gong's return to the land of the living has been fun to observe. Noona's recognition of that fact was done so nicely. I loved how she immediately noticed Deok-gu's new lease on life, the flourishing plant, and Woo-jin's delight over being able to open the skylight. His trip to Jejudo to confer with Dad about keeping the house was the icing on the cake.

We're not quite to the half-way point, and there are numerous mysteries awaiting resolution. It has taken a while, but the stage has at last been set for the revelation of hidden relationships. Maybe I've been watching too many thrillers. I can't help but wonder about the accident that claimed Seo-ri's parents. Here's hoping that languishing side characters will at last get their moments to shine on stage.

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I read Shin Hye-sun had been in 'Legend of the Blue Sea' but I just couldn't remember her. So I went back to the series to take a look. There she was, standing there speaking her lines, and I STILL couldn't recognize her! Her entire persona was completely different. Sometimes when you watch a series you can forget that the actors are ACTING.

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Can somebody help me identify what brand and model of the watch is Woojin wearing? I have a close up puc of it but cant attach it here. Thanks for the reply.

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what an actress-Shin Hye Sun blows me away with the way she captivates us with her character. This is the second series I've seen her in and can't wait to find more of her.

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