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Thirty But Seventeen: Episodes 25-26

The race is here, but is Chan more focused on rowing, or winning Seo-ri’s heart? The only one she has eyes for is Woo-jin and it looks as if their romance is off to a good start. In fact, Seo-ri’s life is finally coming together but as everybody’s paths finally converge, what will that mean for our budding lovebirds?

 
EPISODE 25: “Death and a girl”

Woo-jin and Seo-ri confess that they like each other and share a tender first kiss. Once their lips part, Seo-ri scoots away, worried that Woo-jin will hear her pounding heart. It’s her first kiss but she’s shocked when Woo-jin shares that it’s his as well.

Woo-jin grabs her hand and as they walk away, it turns out that she’s not the only one who was affected by the kiss. Woo-jin has to take a deep breath to calm his pounding heart.

Seo-ri asks,”I was wondering if you could do that one more time…,” so Woo-jin assumes she wants another kiss and pecks her on the lips. When she asks again, he kisses her lightly so Seo-ri clarifies, “I was wondering if you could show me that drawing one more time. Dot, dot, dot.” Embarrassed, Woo-jin echoes, “Dot, dot, dot,” and Seo-ri laughs that he’s foolishly cute.

The next day, Seo-ri thanks the team at the office since her job officially ended with the festival. Hee-soo spreads out a handful of business cards from new clients, thanks to their classical stage design.

Hee-soo offers Seo-ri a full-time position and throws in a company cell phone as part of the deal. She concludes the meeting with an announcement that the team is on a week long break.

Seo-ri and Woo-jin hold hands while she gushes about her full time job and her phone. Seo-ri sees the old woman on her usual bench in the park and apologizes that she can’t play her violin until its broken string is repaired. The woman notices Woo-jin and observes, “Your husband is very handsome.” Woo-jin thanks her for the compliment and then mutters, “I’ll be your husband one day anyway.”

Seo-ri and Woo-jin walk by the display of banners and he suggests, “How about trying everything you can?” When Seo-ri hesitates, he reminds her, “Someone told me, ‘You never know what’s going to happen.'”Woo-jin reasons that since Seo-ri’s aunt and uncle used to live in that neighborhood, someone might have information.

Woo-jin and Seo-ri visit the banner store and when the owner advises them to start with flyers, he readily agrees.

After the stop at the banner store, Woo-jin finally asks Seo-ri why she was hospitalized for so long. Seo-ri tells him what she knows, that she was in a car accident and even though it wasn’t serious, she was severely injured.

Seo-ri confesses that there’s something about that day bothers her — she saw her uncle in the neighborhood even though her aunt thought he was out of town. She wonders if that lie could be behind their disappearance.

Back at home, Woo-jin searches online for information about Seo-ri’s uncle. After he discovers that the uncle’s company went bankrupt, Woo-jin calls his father for a favor.

Seo-ri resumes her violin practice in the park while the old woman listens. As thanks, she sends Seo-ri home with some fresh corn to share with her “husband.”

Woo-jin comes downstairs just as Jennifer is about to leave. A photo falls from her purse and Woo-jin is surprised by the image of a smiling Jennifer. In flashback, we see that on the memorial day, the young woman handed Jennifer the photo with the explanation, “He’d want you to smile like this again.”

Woo-jin didn’t recognize Jennifer in the photo since he’s never seen her smile like that. She tells him, “Smiling when you’re happy, and crying when you’re sad…I don’t have that right.”

As she turns to leave, Woo-jin calls out, “I didn’t think I could either…I don’t know what happened to you, but that day will come. You’ll be able to smile like that again.” His words cause Jennifer’s eyes to fill with tears as she walks out the door.

Woo-jin joins Seo-ri on her walk home and when he takes the corn from her, she happily shares that it’s the first time she’s ever been paid for a performance. Seo-ri bubbles with excitement as she tries to decide what to perform next and Woo-jin is thrilled to see her so happy with her music.

Woo-jin thinks of the house’s sale documents that his father provided, proving that Seo-ri’s aunt signed away the house even though her uncle was her legal guardian. Woo-jin stares at Seo-ri and wonders, “What on earth happened?”

In no time, the banner shop has flyers about Seo-ri’s aunt and uncle posted throughout their old neighborhood.

It’s the day of Chan’s race and Jennifer sends a small sign and a finger heart with Woo-jin and Seo-ri, since she can’t be there. With a serious look on his face, Woo-jin promises to deliver her message. On the way to the race, Seo-ri teases Woo-ji with the flashing lights on Jennifer’s sign until she sees a flower shop and asks him to drop her off.

At the race, Ri-an runs towards Chan but stops when she sees Woo-jin. Afraid that he’ll recognize her, she plops a paper bag over her head and walks away.

Woo-jin finds Chan, who’s anxious about Seo-ri’s whereabouts, but he’s assured that she’s on her way. Woo-jin then awkwardly presents Jennifer’s sign, along with her message, and poor Chan has to endure it.

Woo-jin assumes that Chan must be nervous but he’s actually calm and confident after all of his training. He warns his uncle to be prepared to congratulate him and after a hug, Chan walks away while Woo-jin wonders, “When did he get so big?”

Chan searches for Seo-ri, convinced that he needs to see her for extra energy. He tries to run up some stairs but the pain in his ankle stops him and after he sees how discolored it is, he breathes, “This is bad.”

Chan signs for some painkillers at the first aid tent but before he can take them, Seo-ri calls out his name. Relieved, Chan forgets about the medication and runs to her, leaving the painkillers behind.

Chan’s team calls for him so he asks Seo-ri for a high five. He wraps his fingers around hers and promises, “I’ll make sure I win,” and they share a final, “Don’t think. Feel!”

Seo-ri’s aunt returns to her flower shop and notices a notebook on the counter. Her assistant explains that it was left behind by a customer but she drops it when she sees Seo-ri’s name. Shaking, the aunt picks up the notebook and falls when she sees the photo of Seo-ri’s youth orchestra, sending a vase crashing to the floor.

Chan is with Deok-soo and Hae-bum when his rival, (cameo by Jung Jin-woon), approaches and taunts him. Unruffled, Chan tells him, “You look nervous.”

In the water, Chan glances over at Jin-woon in the next lane as he waits for the race to begin. Chan looks down at his ankle and tells himself, “I just need to endure it for seven minutes.”

Once the race starts, Chan fights for the lead with Jin-woon but the pain in his ankle causes him to slow down. Woo-jin and Seo-ri cheer from the stands while Deok-soo and Hae-bum are on the sidelines, along with a strange girl with a bag over her head.

With Jin-woon in the lead, Chan remembers telling Seo-ri his goal, “I have something I really want to do after I come in first place in the national race.” It gives him the strength he needs to gain on Jin-woon in the final meters of the race.

After a close finish, the judges announce that Chan won and his friends and family erupt in cheers, but Woo-jin cries. Still in his boat, Chan looks as his ankle and figures that the pain would be worse without the painkillers. When his coach signals a thumbs up, his victory finally sinks in and with a fist pump, Chan yells out, “I won!”

With the first place medal around his neck, Chan asks Seo-ri, “Did you see me win?” She presents him with her flowers while Woo-jin pats him on the back and Seo-ri whispers, “Your uncle cried.”

Woo-jin calls for a celebration but Chan already has plans. When Seo-ri pulls out her phone for a photo, she realizes that she left her notebook at the flower shop so Woo-jin offers to retrieve it.

Alone with Seo-ri, Chan reminds her to meet him at the park. She reminds Chan that he said that he’s busy and he confirms, “I am. With you.” He runs off with the promise, “I’ll see you later.”

Seo-ri’s aunt is knocked down by some students in the parking lot and Woo-jin helps her up. He sees Seo-ri’s notebook and realizes that the woman is from the flower shop but when Seo-ri calls out to him, she runs away.

Woo-jin explains that someone from the flower shop returned her notebook but Seo-ri wonders why someone didn’t just call her. Woo-jin get an idea and after the race, he drops Seo-ri off at home and explains that he needs to meet someone.

Seo-ri gets a call and goes to a meeting of her own, with Tae-rin. Tae-rin is about to go abroad to study and confesses that she changed her plans because she was jealous of Seo-ri. Tae-rin wants to enjoy her music and admits that her approach until now has been all wrong. In unison, the two women describe Tae-rin’s new venture as an intermission.

Tae-rin gifts Seo-ri with a violin pin for her case and tells her, “I hope you continue to pursue music, no matter what it takes. And, I’m sorry.” Before she leaves, Tae-rin asks to perform Concerto for Two Violins with Seo-ri when they meet again. As she walks away, Seo-ri notices that Tae-rin’s violin case has a pin just like the one she gave her.

Chan waits for Seo-ri with a rented scooter and tries to calm himself with the reminder that he’ll be a salary-earning adult in a few months. The scooter surprises Seo-ri but she laughs when Chan puts on a waist brace to keep her from tickling him, so that she can hold on comfortably.

Chan and Seo-ri enjoy their ride until the navigation program instructs him to make a turn. He misses it and then runs over a nail. Unused to the navigation program, Chan misses multiple turns but the panicked boy assures a worried Seo-ri, “It’s okay. Just trust me.”

 
EPISODE 26: “I did nothing wrong”

Seo-ri’s aunt returns to her flower shop and finds Seo-ri’s phone number. She starts to call but calls the rehabilitation hospital instead. The aunt asks if Seo-ri woke up but when the nurse explains she can’t give out information without identification, Seo-ri’s aunt hangs up.

Woo-jin is outside when Seo-ri’s aunt leaves and he calls out, “GOOK MI-HYUN.” He asks if she’s Seo-ri’s aunt but she denies it. Woo-jin tells her that Seo-ri misses her and asks about her uncle but Mi-hyun ignores him and drives away.

Woo-jin looks down at a business card which lists the florist’s name as Gook Mi-hyun. As she drives, Mi-hyun insists to herself, “No. I did nothing wrong,” but she’s forced to pull over to cry.

It’s dark by the time Chan realizes that he’s completely lost and that his phone is dead. The front tire has gone flat, so the scooter wobbles and falls over, dumping Chan and Seo-ri onto the street. Chan’s upset that Seo-ri scratched her elbow and a look at the flat tire has him unsure about what to do next. A police car pulls up and Chan sighs as his dream date turns into a certifiable nightmare.

Woo-jin picks up Chan and Seo-ri at the police station and when he starts to scold his nephew, Seo-ri insists that the scooter was her idea. Chan stumbles on his way to the car and when Woo-jin checks his ankle, he’s shocked to find it wrapped with a bandage.

Chan’s day goes from bad to worse when he ends up at the hospital. Chan’s ankle is so badly sprained that he needs a cast and has to be monitored to determine if it will need surgery. Woo-jin chases after the doctor to explain that Chan is an athlete and is assured that with rest and treatment, he can expect a full recovery.

Seo-ri helps Chan get around on a crutch when Hyung-tae calls out her name. Chan pushes him away when he hugs Seo-ri and recognizes him as the doctor who visited their house. Hyung-tae exclaims, “I’ve been looking everywhere for you,” just as Woo-jin joins them and demands an explanation.

Seo-ri doesn’t recognize her old friend and is surprised to hear that he became a doctor. He examines Seo-ri and asks about her health until Chan pulls him away and angrily reminds him not to touch her. Seo-ri confirms that Hyung-tae is her friend as she stares at him in disbelief.

Seo-ri and Hyung-tae sit outside and she tries to understand how the boy she knew ended up as a doctor. He’s concerned that she’s using formal speech with him and regrets that they didn’t meet when he went to her house.

Seo-ri wants to know why and when her aunt and uncle abandoned her. The question reminds Hyung-tae of the day that Mi-hyun left the house with a suitcase. We see that he called out to her uncle from the house’s gate, to no avail, but in the present he tells Seo-ri that they didn’t abandon her.

Seo-ri argues that they left behind her dog and their belongings but Hyung-tae points out that someone paid for her hospital stay all of these years. When Seo-ri wonders why they haven’t looked for her, Hyung-tae tells her that they went abroad.

Seo-ri next asks about Su-mi and Hyung-tae lies that she moved away and promises to find her. He urges Seo-ri to agree to an examination but she insists that she’s fine and looks around for Woo-jin and Chan.

Hyung-tae reminds Seo-ri to drop the formalities but she confesses that he’s more like a stranger than a friend. Hyung-tae insists that he’s just thankful that he found her and suggests that they take things slowly.

Woo-jin waits impatiently for Seo-ri in her room while Chan fumes, “I don’t care if he’s her friend. How dare he hug her!” He has a mini-tantrum with his crutch and is about to look for Seo-ri until Woo-jin warns, “Your ankle. Are you going to quit rowing?”

Seo-ri returns and runs to Woo-jin’s side while Hyung-tae tells him, “Thank you for taking care of our Seo-ri until now.” Hyung-tae explains his plan to admit Seo-ri for a thorough examination, just to make sure that she’s fine.

Hyung-tae tells Seo-ri that she can go to his place after the exam since he’s always at the hospital but Woo-jin protests that she’s fine at their house. Hyung-tae explains, “That was when she didn’t know anyone. Now that she’s found me, there’s no reason for her to stay there anymore. I’ll take care of Seo-ri from now on.”

Seo-ri can speak for herself, “I’ll just stay at my house with my family. That’s more comfortable for me.” Woo-jin and Chan look triumphant and Hyung-tae agrees to discuss it later.

When Hyung-tae is about to sign the admission paperwork for Seo-ri, Woo-jin appears and identifies himself as her guardian and boyfriend. Hyung-tae asks to talk and when they’re alone on the roof, he argues that Woo-jin can’t know Seo-ri well enough to serve as her guardian.

Hyung-tae explains that he was a terrible student but he worked hard to become a doctor so that he could help Seo-ri. He’s lived for the past fifteen years for her yet Woo-jin calls himself Seo-ri’s guardian after a few months.

Woo-jin explains that in the time that Seo-ri lived at his house, she overcame her challenges like an adult. Woo-jin confides that he’s relieved that Hyung-tae came back into Seo-ri’s life and asks him to look after her as a doctor and her friend.

Woo-jin wants to be sure that Hyung-tae doesn’t rush Seo-ri because she’s uncomfortable around him. Woo-jin explains that her adjustment has been difficult and he doesn’t want Hyung-tae to confuse her.

Hyung-tae asks Woo-jin how he can be so calm and if he has any idea how he feels about Seo-ri. Woo-jin only knows how he feels about her and what it took for him to love her. Woo-jin is calm because, “When you’re certain about something, there’s no reason to be anxious.” Woo-jin then asks why Hyung-tae lied to Seo-ri because he knows that her aunt isn’t abroad.

Hyung-tae runs into Jennifer at the hospital and she explains that she’s there to visit some family members. He joins her in Seo-ri’s room and learns that Seo-ri left behind the mismatched slippers in his apartment.

Hyung-tae is called away, much to Chan’s relief, and soon Deok-soo and Hae-bum join the others to enjoy the food that Jennifer brought. When Hyun-tae returns, he witnesses what looks like a party through the window as Seo-ri laughs comfortably with her friends but when he turns away, she sees him.

Later, Woo-jin tucks Chan into bed as he drifts off to sleep, clearly worried about his ankle. Seo-ri perks up when Woo-jin walks into her room and he guesses that she can’t sleep because she’s nervous. He urges her not to worry and holds her hand until she falls asleep and thinks about the rest of his conversation with Hyung-tae.

When asked what he was hiding, Hyng-tae explained how exceptional Seo-ri was when she was young. Because of the accident, she lost everything and he didn’t want to hurt her even more. Hyung-tae told Woo-jin that he planned to hide the truth from Seo-ri for as long as possible.

Hyung-tae returns to Seo-ri’s room but he stays outside when he sees Woo-jin with her. He thinks about how happy she was with her friends earlier and we see that Seo-ri walked out of her room to talk to Hyung-tae.

Seo-ri explained that when she woke up, she was the one she was most unfamiliar with — she felt like she was still seventeen but she was actually thirty years old. Seo-ri tells Hyung-tae that it took a long time adjust to her present version and a series of flashbacks reminds us what she went through when she first woke up.

Seo-ri admits, “My brain understands that you’re my friend, Hyung-tae but the truth is, I feel uncomfortable with you.” Seo-ri cried as she apologized and back in the present, Hyung-tae stands in the hallway and gazes sadly at her with Woo-jin.

The next day, Chan waits in Seo-ri’s room for her to return from her examination. She returns with Jennifer, who cautions, “Roaming around like this must be bad for your ankle, Chan.”

A nurse wheels in a cart and scolds Chan for ignoring orders. She wants him to return to his room for his medication but when he tells her that she can give it to him there, she orders him to drop his pants. That gets him to return to his room and after he hobbles off, Jennifer goes home to prepare for Seo-ri’s return.

Hyung-tae’s colleague shows up to check on Seo-ri since Hyung-tae is in surgery. He exclaims that it’s a relief that Seo-ri woke up after everything that Hyung-tae did for her and he asks her to treat him well. When he adds that it must have been hard for him to lose two friends at a young age, Seo-ri asks, “Two friends?”

Seo-ri is waiting when Hyung-tae comes out of surgery and she demands to know what he’s hiding. Tearfully, Seo-ri asks, “Where’s Su-mi,” but a nurse calls Hyung-tae back to the OR before he can answer.

Woo-jin returns to Seo-ri’s empty room and he goes off to find her, unaware that she left her phone behind, open on a page about the Cheongan Intersection Accident in August, 2005.

Woo-jin finds Seo-ri outside on a bench, sobbing. Seo-ri tries to tell him about the friend who was with her the day of her accident but she’s can’t stop crying, so Woo-jin just holds her.

Chan is back in Seo-ri’s room when a nurse comes in with more discharge paperwork for her guardian. Chan tells her that he’s Seo-ri’s guardian but the nurse guesses, “You’re her boyfriend’s nephew, right?” Stunned by the news, Chan mumbles, “Who’s her boyfriend?”

Woo-jin escorts Seo-ri to a columbarium and when they get to the room with Su-mi’s remains, she goes alone to greet her friend. Woo-jin stands close by as Seo-ri sees a photo of her younger self with her friend. Tears fall as she announces herself, “I’m here. Sloppy Seo-ri.”

When Seo-ri calls out, “Su-mi,” Woo-jin suffers from another flashback but this time he also remembers that the girl who joined Seo-ri on the bus called her “Sloppy.” He thinks of Seo-ri’s similarities with the girl from his past and finally realizes that they’re the same person.

Tears well in Woo-jin’s eyes as he pulls Seo-ri into a hug. He tells a confused Seo-ri, “Your name was Woo Seo-ri. You are alive. You are alive. Thank you for being alive.” Woo-jin hugs Seo-ri tightly as the tears fall from his eyes.

 
COMMENTS

Finally! He knows! Woo-jin was able to think his way through his latest flashback and all the pieces, past and present, came together. He realized that the girl that he thought died in the crash is very much alive and he was grateful beyond belief. But he’s going to have to process that, even though Seo-ri is alive, she lost thirteen years, and the guilt is sure to set him back in a huge way. It can’t help that Hyung-tae just detailed what a special person Seo-ri was and how much the accident took from her.

I’ve been waiting for Hyung-tae to enter the story since forever, but now that he’s back in Seo-ri’s life, he’s ticking me off. It’s obvious that he’s been anticipating what life would be like once she woke up and he has expectations, but they’re one-sided and unfair. Hyung-tae probably doesn’t realize it, but he treats Seo-ri like a fragile doll, not the determined woman who battled her way through rehabilitation and managed to build a life for herself, in spite of her many challenges.

The fact that Woo-jin didn’t realize who Seo-ri was all this time was actually a benefit, because he never compared her to who she was before the accident. It was just the opposite, since his doctor counseled him to separate Seo-ri from his memories of the girl in his past. On the other hand, Hyung-tae clung to the memory of the young Seo-ri and because he devoted his life to helping her, she’s bound to feel indebted to him. The problem is, he’s like a stranger and she can’t pretend to feel a connection, especially when she has friends who are like family.

It looks as if Chan’s ankle is just a bad injury and I’m relieved that he’s fine, because I need him around to sneer at Hyung-tae on my behalf. I know Hyung-tae is a decent guy, but he’s so used to Seo-ri not participating in life in any way, that he just takes over. After his much deserved win, Chan’s life fell apart quickly, first with his ill-fated date with Seo-ri, and then with his ankle. I laughed when he tried to reassure Seo-ri, even though he was all kinds of lost, by telling her, “Just trust me.” I wanted to scream, “Nooo,” because that’s that last thing anyone should do when they hear those words. I just love watching these two innocents trying to navigate their way through their increasingly difficult worlds. Once Chan resolves his feeling for Seo-ri, they are meant to be best friends.

Before Hyung-tae re-entered Seo-ri’s life, things were going better than she ever imagined. She and Woo-jin were beginning their romance, she got a full-time job plus a phone of her own and Tae-rin finally saw what makes Seo-ri so special. Tae-rin realized why she was jealous of Seo-ri and changed her direction so she too can find joy in her music. It was a mature decision and Tae-rin will be a better person and musician because of it. She left the door open for a friendship with Seo-ri and I’m sure that they will share their love of music when they reconnect. It was a great resolution to what was once a painful memory for Tae-rin.

I’ve been thinking about how everyone has some kind of connection, especially Jennifer. There were two victims in the bus crash, Su-mi and an adult. Is it possible that Jennifer is connected in some way to that second victim? That photo of her smiling contrasts so sharply with her current, controlled persona and her confession to Woo-jin suggests that, like him, she’s been living with profound guilt that weighs her down like a stone. Woo-jin’s guilt has lessened thanks to Seo-ri, but it’s not completely gone, so he and Jennifer still have trauma that they need to work through. He recognized her pain, will she do the some for Woo-jin when he has to deal with the aftermath of Seo-ri’s true identity?

Whatever ghosts Woo-jin has left to deal with, I hope that he doesn’t stray far from Seo-ri’s side because she needs him to help her with her grief over her best friend and to help her find out the truth about her aunt and uncle. Seo-ri can’t really embrace her new life until she deals with her past.

 
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I feel for Hyung-tae. The poor dude has built his whole life around Seo-ri (without her knowledge) only to lose her when she woke up. So I can't really blame him because he missed all the growth she did and how she essentially became an adult. In his mind, Seo-ri is still 17 years old. Nor can I blame Seo-ri for not seeing her friend. Who you are as a 17 and who you are as a 30 year old adult can be worlds apart and in this case, especially since Seo-ri thought Hyung-Tae would be a singer, he is very different than what she imagined him to be. So I wasn't surprised when she said he was a stranger to her.

And props to Woo-Jin for staying so calm. He really showed his understanding of who Seo-ri is in that moment and his quiet confidence in her was very nice to see.

And Chan. Oh poor Chan. I physically cringed when I saw that ankle because it must have hurt like hell, but trust Chan to focus only on the competition and forget the pain. Oh Chan. I feel for him because I also remember that time in my life when you feel restless and think you are an adult but then life throws you a curveball and you pretend you are totally fine but inside you are desperately wishing for an adult (a real one).

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Thank you for saying what I feel so eloquently!

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Thank you! :D

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The main reason I love this show is that it makes you smile broadly by just watching the characters do their own cute little things while growing and maturing together so seeing this episode full of revelations, tears, and heartbreaks is something new from this show. Did I hate it? Absolutely NOT. Instead, I loved how the show handled this episode perfectly by showing us how the plot could move forward with all the converging paths of the characters.

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When woojin was talking to hyungtae in that calm voice, without showing any anger or annoyance, but still being straightforward... swoon. And then him confessing how he overcame much to choose to love her! I rewatched that scene so many times. And of course, those last few seconds...his hoarse deep throaty voice overcome with emotion and thanking seori. Oof. Another shining moment from the actor. Well done.

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I'm addict to hear his voice, just so nice in my ear. And yes, he is really swoon when talk to Hyun Tae.
May be it's Yang Se Jong charm, he always like that, shining in his act. Even when the story is flat (ehm Temperature Love) he still can bring highest number of audience.
Anyway, I still can't get enough for his voice, can he sing for ost please?

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I said it before in Temperature of Love and I'll say it again - Yang Se Jong has the most soothing voice in the whole of kdrama land

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Also, I think I am in the big minority, but I was not itching for woojin to find out about who seori really was, not was I that anxious about hyungtae finding her... I loved seori’s progression from 17 to adult, and woojin’s Emotional growth together with her, and thought the way it was handled worked well for the story. After hearing his love confession to Hyungtae I am more confident woojin will process the truth better than if he found out earlier...

Of course, if this was real life and i was Hyungtae I’d want to find seori asapasapasap ha.

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Once again I'm impressed by how well this show walks the fine line between dealing with its central conflict and not resorting to unnecessary angst or melodrama. And while I've struggled with the pacing, the time put into characterisation was not wasted in an episode like this.

My poor Chan though - I spent most of the episode on edge for him. The poor little scarecrow.

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I suffer so much second hand cringe with Chan (in a good way). Maybe because what he's going through, we've all been through some form of it. Chan is good natured, one-track minded, mature yet not so mature young adult.

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HAha Second-hand cringe ..... yes. I can’t believe they cast actors few yrs apart to play uncle and nephew who are supposed to be, what, 11-13 yrs apart?

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It's remind me of Kim So Hyun and Ahn Jae Hyun in MLFAS. But Chan really cute and adorable, may be DaeSuk is the best to play any role, he can be adult or teens in the best way.

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This show is so healing, it is so human and tender. I really appreciate how the characters are treated in this show, even Tae ri, who was kind of an evil one. I felt respect and growing... the writer is doing a good job.
Woo jin is such a nice main lead! Even at the beginning when he was at his quirkest, he was a nice person, and seo ri told him without restrain: you are a good person.
How many times have I watched a drama where the main lead is a jerk?, and of course he improves, but around episode 13 and I had already spent 12 hours watching him be a horrible person?? Why? Why??? 😲😱😥
I won't do that anymore.
After some very nice guys like in: Strongest Deliveryman, 20th century boy and girl, A poem a day, My Ajusshi and Still 17, I will only watch dramas where the main leads are kind. It gives me such healing feels, even though they are not real. Because in real life most men are bad, but that is why I am here to find comfort 😅
Anyway... I love this show. It makes me feel good.

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The entire time I was watching the drama, I've been waiting for Woo-jin to realize who Seo-ri really is. And now that the moment has finally arrived, I think it was really perfect timing. Throughout the entire show, Woo-jin and Seo-ri have been preparing for the inevitable angst by demonstrating how much they trust and understand each other, while individually maturing great amounts as well. Even though Woo-jin will feel responsible for Seo-ri's lost time, and Seo-ri might lose Woo-jin a little, I think they'll help each other get through it, together.

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I like Hyung Tae and he is a good guy. I am glad that he finally has his heart at ease that he has found Seo Ri. Poor guy held on for years and I wish him the love of a woman deserving of his devotion.

And Chan sneering at Hyung Tae got me smiling. He is so protective of his ajumma and his loyalty is unquestionable. Gotta love that guy!

Jennifer referring to Chan and SR as her family gave me fuzzy feels. I love how they continue with the theme of family. At the core of it all, the main draw is this ragtag group of people who helped slowly heal each other's sorrows and became each other's family.

Now the remaining mysteries are the identity of the person paying for SR's hospital bills, what happened to SR's uncle and the reason SR's Aunt is avoiding her. Four more episodes left.

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The story being rush, maybe it's true that they would end next week 😢.
Poor Hyung Tae, I'm not blame him for everything he does, he just want SeoRi be happy, comfort and not alone. But he can't beat the fate between Seori and Woojin. From the start, it's always Seori and Woojin, that's their story and their journey.
I hope Jennifer can find a way like Woojin to cope her feeling. She is doing fine with her new family. Anyway, I really touch when everyone called 'family' for each other, even for Chan's friend. That's really lovely. When Woojin said that Jennifer is part of his family, and when Jennifer always feel that she form new family.
Chan always adorable from the start and he learn to be mature is really cute.
This drama can categorized as healing drama and I can't wait to look for the next week

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Thanks for the recap, TeriYaki! This drama continues to be a balm for my soul.

I'm glad Woo-jin got a glimpse of the sorry emotional state that Jennifer is in. Her saying, “Smiling when you’re happy, and crying when you’re sad…I don’t have that right.” broke my heart. Hopefully the gang will find out soon that Jennifer's husband was the other casualty in that accident and that she subsequently lost her baby. Operation Heal Jenniferrr needs to begin soon!

Chan worked SOOO hard to earn that date with Seo-ri-- I really feel for him! Well, at least he didn't have to go through the pain of confessing and being rejected. Someday, that date-from-hell will be a story they can laugh about together.

And poor Ri-an is turning out to be the biggest loser in terms of screen time. I think she got about 10 seconds this episode, and half of that was spent with a paper bag over her head.

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Poor Ri-an indeed!!!! 😂😂😂😂

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1) How did Hyungtae find Seori? He certainly knows what she looks like as an adult because he'd been visiting her while she was in a coma, so him recognizing her is absolutely believable. But there was no scene at the hospital where had a clear view of her. He came Around the corner and called her name. How???

2) Woojin putting the pieces together about who Seori is wasn't convincing. They should have positioned him behind Seori when she was paying her respects so that Woojin sees the picture of Soomi and Then put everything together. Otherwise, from where he was standing and hearing Seori call out Soomi's name, the only conclusion he could have come to is that Seori was friends with the girl he had a crush on and whose death he thinks he caused.

Alright, then let's say that he did somehow figure it out based on that one word, "clumsy." Why doesn't he turn to look at the picture before or while embracing Seori? I really don't like the way this scene was done.

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1. I fanwanked that when she got admitted somebody recognised her name and told him so he went looking for her. A lot of people at the hospital knew he was trying to get her admitted.

2. From where he was standing, Woo-jin could see two photos - one of Soo-mi and Seo-ri and a single one of Soo-mi indicating she was the dead Soo-mi. So it was a combination of the two the helped him put it together.

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Actually, I was puzzled by the same thing... it was Chan who got admitted, not Seo Ri, so how did Hyung Tae know to start running up to her and calling her name. A bit of plot hole there, I guess.

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The sunbae doctor must have looked for her while Hyung tae was away. He was looking at her all throughout Chan's admission with big bulging eyes.

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Thank for the wonderful recap, I always looking forward to you recap especially this series, I can’t help but delurk and say a piece of my mind. I thought I’m the only one who doesn’t like the doctor friend Hyun Tae, I have waited for him just because I want him to reconnect to her and she will finally will know the truth about her uncle and aunt but he disappoints me when he started to lie to her, ok I understand that he wanted to protect her but I feel like he devoted his life of having obsession to her as if he is the knight and shining armour and when she wakes up she will be falling head over heels about him! He even forsake what he really want in his life and focus on Seo Ri even with knowing the consequences.
And I’m glad that Woo Jin knows about the truth it will be another tough time for the couple but I’m glad that the writer revealed so that they need to go through this together.

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Thanks for your great recap, TeriYaki. This episode was jam-packed with revelations, not to mention the long-awaited national rowing competition. I was so glad for Chan's photo-finish, and the team's bronze medal.

The ill-fated date from hell was a hoot. Someone please tell Chan that it's okay to ask for directions. We'll still love him. ;-)

I appreciated the mending of fences between Seo-ri and Tae-ri. It was a nice grace note. Here's hoping we actually get to hear them make beautiful music together, and have fun while they're at it. Thanks to her mother's unceasing pressure and perfectionistic demands, Tae-ri has been in need of healing, too. Music isn't a cerebral zero-sum game. Who better to learn that secret from than Sloppy Seo-ri, whose big heart is keenly attuned to the full spectrum of emotions.

Finally we get to see Hyung-tae again after a long hiatus. I really feel for him. He may come across as overbearing, but please cut the guy some slack. Seo-ri and Woo-jin are not the only traumatized teenagers walking around in thirty-year-old bodies. Hyung-tae lost two friends in that accident. He chose to cope with it by buckling down and studying to become a neurosurgeon so he could actually do something practical to help Seo-ri, even though he was not much of a student. That sounds like a recipe for never having a life. Not to mention a very solitary road, given her condition. Somewhere along the line, the happy-go-lucky social butterfly morphed into a caterpillar. I respect him for standing by her through thick and thin.

I can understand how Hyung-tae would be fearful on Seo-ri's behalf when her aunt and uncle disappeared. He was basically left holding the bag -- and only too aware of the implications for neurologically-impaired patients without legal guardians. A lesser person would have given up long ago.

The only difference between Hyung-tae's unrequited crush and Chan's is that the latter actually has been able to speak with her from the start, whereas the neurosurgeon only has their middle school banter to fall back on -- which is more than Woo-jin actually had in the beginning. Now that she has awakened, Woo-jin has been able to speak with her at great length and get to know her. The one person who has been most consistently by her side since the accident is the one who has been totally deprived of communication with her.

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Hyunh-tae has also been witness to her abandonment by her family. I understand why he has been lying to her about that and Su-mi's death. I don't agree with it, but I can see where he's coming from. He may have M.D. after his name, but that doesn't have anything to do with emotional intelligence.

I'm hoping that he can reclaim his joy. It may come about through his housekeeper. I don't recall if we've ever been told how he met Jennifer or if he knows her history. I have a hunch that those two may be in a position to help each other come to grips with their losses. Perhaps they'll even let Seo-ri and Woo-jin join them in the New Lease On Life Club.

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I agree. Now that Seo-ri is awake, Hyung-tae needs to reclaim his life because from what we have seen so far, he doesn't seem to have much of one.

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Thank you! You said what I wanted to say but was too tired to figure out how to express it-- and you articulated it much better than I would have. I especially love "Somewhere along the line, the happy-go-lucky social butterfly morphed into a caterpillar. Yes, Hyung-tae is desperately in need of healing, too. Like Jennifer, he gives the impression that he's a fully functioning adult because he's so competent professionally, but emotionally, he's still traumatized, too.

In a flashback in ep. 7 (13-14), we saw that teenage Hyung-tae bumped into someone who looked like Jennifer as he was racing towards the hospital entrance right after the accident. They probably met shortly after that.

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You're welcome, @risaa. ;-)

Hyung-tae has gotten such short shrift that I had to make a case for him. I bet that he hasn't even gone to a noraebang since the accident. Back in the day, he was as much of a live wire as Chan.

Thanks for the pointer to the scene in which he bumps into Jenniferrrr outside the hospital. ;-)

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I thought the reason SR got on so well with chan was because unconsciously his personality is the same as HT. Speaking of chan I really don't like his character nd he really annoyed me this episode. I have a problem with ppl excusing his overbearing attitude towards SR coz he's cute, it rubs me the wrong way.

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@sharon Yanca,

As in real life, in Kdrama we sometimes meet characters who ruffle our feathers. And that's okay. It's what makes a horse race. ;-)

You're correct that Chan initially reminded Seo-ri of ebullient 17-year-old Hyung-tae. But in 2018, Hyung-tae is a far different person from who he was before the bus accident. Emotionally, he's still in desperation mode, continuing to single-handedly hold the fort after Seo-ri's aunt and uncle disappeared.

During the course of this show, nearly everyone has been changing to some degree, with Hyung-tae and Jenniferrrr still frozen in the past. Chan and his fellow athletes, on the other hand, act their age, although Chan has also been affected by Mr. Gong's trials and tribulations, and dreads his uncle's going off the deep end again. The adoring “little” nephew is growing up, and has discovered romantic feelings for Ahjumma, his beloved kindred spirit. Yes, he's pushy. Teenage boys can be like that, but they usually grow out of it as they mature. That's why I'm giving him a pass. In a show in which so many characters' emotional growth has been sidetracked by tragedy, Chan is coming into his own in relatively right timing. He has been a kind, caring, and thoughtful child and adolescent. I have every reason to expect him to grow into that kind of adult. ;-)

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It's very sad how this accident ruined so many lifes. Woo Jin felt guilty and isolated himself from everything, Seo Ri lost 13 years, Hyung Tae "lost" the girl he loved and dedicated his life to help her for "nothing", Jennifer seemed to have lost her husband and the baby...

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Exactly. My heart goes out for them. So much precious things were lost.

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@kurama
What struck me also with all the loss is that so many of the characters are tied down by that past or their past, and unable to get out of the rut. This series is riddled with them!!

- Jennifer is still suffering guilt for some reason and refuses to smile or loosen up.
- The aunt is horrified that Seo Ri is awake and also guilt-ridden.
- Someone has been paying the bills and is still coming to the hospital to look for Seo Ri.
- Hyung Tae seems to be stuck in the past, as if Seo Ri was the only girl in the world, and he has dated no one?
- Tae Rin held on to insecurities despite her successes.
- Woo Jin only just got out of the worst of the trauma, but there's no telling if he won't just crumble and go back into hiding.

In the end, it seems the one who was in a coma, was the one who really able to let go of the past and move on. Probably, she'll also be the one to help everyone get out of their ruts. Seo Ri, Fighting!!

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Am I the only one who feels like this episode quite in rush? (maybe I felt like this because of the delayed airing schedule). Suddenly all pieces connected like puzzle but I like it though.
First K-drama that I’ve watched that reveals so many things in 1 episode. And its not even the last episode yet. 7 episodes to go.
I love how Woo Jin is so smart to put up the puzzle piece in right places. i thought it would lead to a misunderstanding that she is Sumi’s friend, but it did not. And I’m okay with that.
I feel so bad for the doctor, he waited for her for so many years and he became a doctor for her and I thought she'll be so happy when they meet but so awkward that's not what I expected I can understand her. Seo Ri barely just accepted her own situation and was still weirded out by her own appearance awhile ago. How can she just accept this Hyung Tae that's nothing like the one 13 years ago. It's bound to be awkward.
He is a friend who was there for her all this time. He is a friend who never abandoned her, my heart is broken for the doctor. His character had so much potential.
Finally he got to know that she was his Seo Ri all along! Finally!! Yeeeeee!!
And also kudos to these two, their acting is soo natural! When Seo Ri was crying, it clearly showed how heart broken she was over her friend's death. When Woo Jin realized the truth, his expression was full of agony for not realizing it sooner. I am totally in love with these two actors! They can't be more perfect for these roles!

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I think it's pretty well confirmed now that the season is 16 episodes, not 20. I'd say that the episode count wasn't bedded down until now. That happens sometimes and it often leads to shows being written like this - creeping along with almost no plot progress and lots of filler because it's possible they'll have to fill 20 episodes and then BAM, it's 16 and they have to bring it home.

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on Wiki it's still showing 40(20) episodes and on Asianwiki it's showing 36(18) episodes. If it's really 16 they shoul have thought about it from the very beginning. I love the show but last 2 weeks i felt it was slow and this week all the revelations came together.

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This episode and last week's did feel rushed. But I'm actually glad they cut it to 16 eps. That way they wouldn't stretch out the angst for too long, or throw in a conflict in the last arc like so many shows have done.

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I actually did like the way the writer laid out this episode, without being to mellow but still being true to the shows nature. also how our lovely character reacted true to their personality. so many time they suddenly those something out of their character when stuff hit the fan. also we could see how their growth and maturing was a big part in how they handled this big revelations (even more so for the aftermath in next episode).
I am impressed with Woo jin being calm and I like how he said that when he finally did take the step closer to Seo ri he was firm with doing so. no turning back. I think this is a big reason way the writer did wait for the revelation, because I don´t think he could be like this if he had know earlier.
But my heart was breaking for all of them 😢

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Did I cry? Of course. Finally the mile was taken and what a glorious mile it was. I do feel bad for Hyung Tae, but it annoyed me when he lied to her. I'm so glad she found out, so she could grieve, oh Su Mi, the most impactful silent character.

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A wonderful episode. I am so annoyed that practically the first thing out of Dr. Kim Hyung-tae's mouth to Seo-ri was lies. Ugh!

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo
That's one of the drama things that are so usual... maybe it happens in real life too... but it's annoying, this thing about lying to protect a person. The truth will out sooner or later, and it's better that a person is prepared for and given all the hard truths. Then he/she can learn to deal with it and get on with life, never wondering or unnecessarily behaving inappropriately, because they did not know the truth.

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Hi @growingbeautifully. I agree with you completely.
I was so glad to see Woo-jin call out Hyung-tae on his lying.

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The story with the aunt is very weird...she knew all along that SR was at the treatment facility but she just decided to give up on her completely? How could she do something like this? She sold the house and just run off like that? If she did, I would have a very hard time forgiving her if I were SR. Even if she divorced the uncle, she should have still visited her niece or at least check up on her once a month.

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I cackled on my fan wall about how Woo Jin was acting all smooth while he was as affected by the first kiss as Seo-Ri was. I am glad this recap mentioned it as well! Woo-Jin continues to be an amazing character and Yang Se-Jong is doing a great job. There is nothing I can say about him that has not been eloquently worded by another Beanie yet, so I‘ll move on to the other men.

I have to agree with beanies who defended Hyung-Tae. Yes, he is overbearing, but the episode reveals a lot for both characters and viewers in a small time frame, so with his story arc it is understandable for him to latch onto her out of fear of losing her again. Even as a teenager he was very eager, but he never meant harm. I know some people like him who give off a bad first impression because they seem too eager and rush things, but once you get through them they calm down and become the best wingmen you could wish for. Hyung-Tae seemed to really acknowledge what Woo-Jin and Seo-Ri told him and he promised to take things slowly. I believe he will back off a bit for her sake, but he will not give up on their friendship. I guess both Woo-Jin and I hope that his friendship with Seo-Ri can be rekindled. Besides, No Su-Mi back then and Jennifer now seem to be the type of ladies who will only allow the best of men near their Seo-Ri, so he cannot be that bad, right?

My precious Chan… I was a proud auntie when you won that medal and turned back into a smitten teenager when you confirmed the date with Seo-Ri. Swoon runs in the family, it seems. The guy who has a crush on you asks a high five and tricks you into intertwining your fingers, then says confidently that he will win with a meaningful look and tone. When he does win he declares with that same confidence that he will be busy all day celebrating his victory with (only) you. Maybe my standards are low but I turned into a teenager again during those scenes. It is easy to overlook with the Chan SLS we all suffer, but think about what a great boyfriend he would be!

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Yes to everything you said. Thank you for reminding us that Hyung-tae was avery eager teenager who came on strong then, too-- he was already talking about marrying Seo-ri, and they weren't even dating. Seo-ri seemed to think that overzealousness was cute then. Teenage Hyung-tae was rather like Chan-- utterly devoted and adorable puppies who can't contain their enthusiasm.

Hyung-tae has been considering himself to be Seo-ri's guardian-cum-family for 13 years-- it's only natural that he would see Woo-jin & co. as strangers, and assume that he would take over the role as Seo-ri's main support system.

👍 and 😊 to "Swoon runs in the family".

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Oh Chan...😢😢😢

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Thanks @teriyaki
Finally all the reveals are coming through and at a furious pace. But first that kiss ... when Woo Jin said it was the first kiss for him too, I LOLed at her shocked: "What have you been doing with your life!"

From the beginning, when Jennifer went about like an automaton, she reminded me of Suspicious Housekeeper who was also robotic (even more so) because she also believed that she did not have a right to laugh/smile or even cry. Is it cultural that there's this guilt-induced decision to live as though not alive, believing that one does not have a right to feel or enjoy life?

I'm so pleased that Tae Rin gets a nice resolution with Seo Ri and that she decided to be better and more mature than she has been for so long. Taking the trouble to say farewell to Seo Ri and encourage her with that gift and promise to play music together was really sweet.

Pity about poor Ri An... I'm glad she is not entirely forgotten, but her parts have been practically cameos. I guess her bigger part comes up soon, to nurse Chan's broken heart.

Back to the reveals: so now Hyung Tae finds Seo Ri (how come he knew she was there and came running up to see her? How did he recognise her from so far off?) and she gets to know about Su Mi, Woo Jin gets to recognise Seo Ri, Chan gets to know about the OTP, Woo Jin gets to meet Seo Ri's aunt. PHEW! It feels like the writers have been holding back for so long, giving us heaps of near misses, only to let it all out in one fell swoop!

There's still the mystery of why the aunt ran off, where's the uncle, who's been paying for the hospital bills and what Jennifer's backstory is. So we're all set for the last few episodes with all the reactions based on these reveals. I'm so excited!!!

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It appears that the uncle is the evil foil in the story. As SR legal guardian, he controlled her assets (including the house). At some point (probably when his business was failing), he transferred the house to his wife and his name in order to take the net sales proceeds and flee his creditors. The aunt was complacent in the transfer and sale as she signed the sales contract. She may have thought it was for SR bills, but learning the truth she left her husband when he took the money for himself. Still, she did nothing except divorce her husband. She stayed away from SR because she did not want to get involved in a scandal as the police and/or creditors are still looking for the uncle.

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The heart in this drama is everything.

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aw so many heartbreaks in this episode

poor hyung tae. tried so hard and did so much for his friend, just to see her building up her life without him in it....poor guy. timing just aint his best friend

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