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Fox Bride Star: Episodes 27-28

Armed with more knowledge about Soo-yeon’s condition, our heroine sets out to help him in the only way she knows how – brute force. But she finds that he’s even more stubborn than she is, so it’s going to take finesse to help him overcome his fears. Unfortunately, finesse isn’t something Yeo-reum has much of, but she’s going to have to learn quickly or risk losing him, one way or another.

 
EPISODE 27: “Woman, man, and adult”

After Yeo-reum suggests they go on a trip together for Christmas, Soo-yeon goes home and rubs his arm as if it’s bothering him. “She talks about our future,” he thinks. But Yeo-reum has noticed that Soo-yeon only talks about the present.

Bartender Jang visits Yeo-reum that night. He tells her that Soo-yeon spent eleven years in a wheelchair after his accident, and that it’s only been a year since he got his prosthetics and became capable of moving normally and having an average work life. He says that Soo-yeon has a pure heart and longs for affection, and that he likes Yeo-reum very much, which is why he’s being reckless with his health.

He explains that Soo-yeon is very sick, with a lot of inflammation and internal infection. He asks Yeo-reum, if she cares for Soo-yeon, to please stop him from doing more damage to himself. He seems reluctant to say how that can be done, but Yeo-reum assures him that she’s willing to do anything.

Young-joo arrives home to find Yeo-reum looking despondent. She asks if Yeo-reum is okay, but Yeo-reum just lowers her face into her arms and cries.

Soo-yeon removes his prosthetic and finds his arm and chest covered in large, purple bruises. He takes his temperature and finds it scarily high. He shuffles around his apartment, icing his arm as his voice narrates, “That night, like the flooding fog, our future was uncertain, and even our today was unclear.”

The fog is so thick in the morning that a low visibility warning is issued, and many flights are delayed or canceled. All of the departments rush to make arrangements to accommodate delayed passengers, but they stop to stare out the windows in awe — they can’t see even a few inches past the glass.

It looks like Young-joo and Yeo-reum had a bit of a drinking/venting session last night, judging by the empty bottles all over the living room. The doorbell rings, and Young-joo drags herself off the couch to answer it. It’s Soo-yeon, looking for Yeo-reum, who’s fast asleep on the living room floor, ha.

She whines when Young-joo tries to wake her, but she comes to instantly when she hears Soo-yeon’s voice. She looks around at the empty soju bottles in confusion as Young-joo says with a smile that they created a friendship over drinks. Yeo-reum belatedly recalls alternately venting, laughing, and crying, and eventually they’d gotten so drunk that Young-joo suggested they drop to banmal and be friends.

Young-joo tells Soo-yeon that this is his fault — that Yeo-reum talked about him the entire time they were drinking, and even when the conversation would drift, she’d swing it back around to Soo-yeon. He tells Yeo-reum that she should talk to him if there’s something she needs to say, but she defends that it was only because she was drunk.

The girls consider going for hangover soup before work, but Soo-yeon brings their attention to an emergency text from the airport regarding the dangerous fog. They rush to get ready, leaving Soo-yeon to sigh at the evidence of Yeo-reum being upset over him.

In her room, Yeo-reum holds the compass her father gave her, and she asks him to guide her so that she doesn’t lose her way this time. Before rejoining Soo-yeon, she forces herself to smile.

As expected, most flights in and out of the airport are delayed, and Soo-yeon, Yeo-reum, and Young-joo arrive at the airport to find it full of confused and upset passengers. Dae-ki joins them, and Yeo-reum asks if this will be like last Christmas, when there was a similar dense fog for two days.

Seo-koon directs her team to take the delayed passengers to a prepared waiting area. Young-ran panics when she learns that the gas isn’t working at the restaurants, so Team Leader Lee calls the gas company while Soo-yeon and Yeo-reum are sent to the grocery store for cup ramyun and other emergency foods.

Team Leader Choi watches In-woo working and thinks of the questions his acquaintance, who’s been surreptitiously following In-woo, asked of him last night. Team Leader Choi had told him that In-woo is very smart and works well, but that he has no sense of compassion for others, and is annoying and condescending. He’d learned that In-woo is a Geosan scholarship student and one of Chairman Shin’s “kids,” and that he and Manager Kwon were meeting with Chairman Shin that very moment.

When Seo-koon finds Team Leader Choi looking thoughtful, he fibs that he’s just worried about the fog. He wanders off, but Seo-koon notices that he was staring at Manager Kwon’s office, where Manager Kwon is talking with In-woo.

On the way to the store, Yeo-reum asks Soo-yeon if he’s sick, and she checks his forehead and finds him burning hot. She thinks he should see a doctor, but he jokes that it’s just because he’s alone with her. He insists that he’s fine, but Yeo-reum can’t help remembering that Bartender Jang said he’s actually very ill.

As one plane waits for permission to land in the thick fog, a passenger starts to gasp and clutch at his chest. He suddenly stops breathing, so a flight attendant starts CPR and sends another attendant to find a doctor. The pilot requests permission to land due to a medical emergency, but there aren’t any free gates.

MP puts Eun-seob in charge of the situation, instructing him to find a gate that can be cleared quickly and determine the fastest route for the ambulance to get there. Eun-seob looks nervous, and everyone watches as he works frantically at his computer, but he finds a suitable gate and calls to tell them to move the plane that’s about to be boarded away from the gate.

The gate employee refuses, saying that they need to get the passengers onto their plane. Eun-seob argues that even if the plane is boarded, it won’t be taking off for a while, but the gate employee continues to insist that it’s their turn. With everyone watching him, Eun-seob says firmly that this is about saving a person’s life, and the gate employee backs down.

While doing rounds, Dae-ki notices that Young-joo doesn’t seem to be feeling well. She says she was drinking last night, and he looks a little jealous, wondering who she drank with. But she bristles at his questions and refuses to say, and she declines his suggestion that she rest.

Growing serious, Dae-ki asks if it’s bothersome to Young-joo that he keeps worrying about her. Aw, he looks so scared she’ll say yes, but before she can answer, they get an alert that someone has collapsed.

At the grocery store, Yeo-reum stubbornly loads up the crates of cup ramyun herself, telling Soo-yeon to rest since he’s got a fever. He smiles like she’s the cutest thing ever and picks up a box, but she startles him by smacking his hand and taking it from him, threatening to get angry if he doesn’t obey her. Soo-yeon is left to hover nervously as Yeo-reum does all the work, hee.

Oh no, the person who collapsed at the airport is Ajusshi. Young-joo calls for an emergency medical team, belatedly recognizing the man on the floor.

EPISODE 28 RECAP

Every time Soo-yeon tries to help Yeo-reum with the food, she snaps at him. Finally he grabs the cart and starts to say something, but Manager Gong calls for them to bring the crates and interrupts him, so he’s forced to watch Yeo-reum struggling from a distance.

As Yeo-reum passes out the cup ramyun later, one woman asks about food for her baby, who only eats organic food — and is also a dog. Another passenger tries to start an uprising over the delayed flights, while Manager Gong has to ask some men to stop drinking or they won’t be allowed on their flight.

Yeo-reum continues to forbid Soo-yeon to do anything, and later, he finds her in an empty room, exhausted. He gently doctors her ankle, which she twisted earlier, saying that he can do this even if she won’t let him do anything else.

He asks her what happened last night after they said goodnight, why she drank so much, and why she’s acting weird today. She says she’s just worried about his health, and asks him to go to the hospital since he’s still running a fever. But Yeo-reum gets a call from Young-joo, who says that a man collapsed, and that she thinks it’s the same man who stole Dae-ki’s radio.

Team Leader Choi casually asks In-woo about last night when he left with Manager Kwon, and when In-woo asks if he’s checking up on him, Team Leader Choi says that that depends on who they met with. In-woo claims they just went out for a drink, but he looks up sharply when Team Leader Choi mentions that he heard In-woo is a “Geosan scholarship student” (I have no idea what that means, but it sounds bad).

Team Leader Choi mentions that he knew someone else who was a Geosan student, and that his life didn’t end up well. He offers to help In-woo if he needs it, because regardless of the fact that he doesn’t like In-woo, this is a matter of life and death.

In-woo calls Director Jo as soon as he can, upset that Team Leader Choi knows about the meeting between Manager Kwon and the chairman. He’s scared that Manager Kwon will find out and back out of the deal, infuriating the chairman, and making things difficult for both In-woo and Director Jo. He tells a disgruntled Director Jo to make sure Team Leader Choi can’t approach them. In-woo adds that he’ll be issuing the orders until things are under control and Director Jo scoffs at In-woo’s gall.

He hangs up to find Soo-yeon behind him, wanting to know what it is that Manager Kwon can’t find out. In-woo tells him to mind his own business, but Soo-yeon really came to tell him that Ajusshi passed out from pneumonia and malnutrition, and that he’s been taken to the hospital. He says pointedly that whatever is going on with In-woo, he should visit his father.

By evening, the fog is clearing and the airport begins to go back to normal activity. Just when everyone feels safe to relax, Eun-seob’s pregnant deskmate, Je-in, starts to have contractions.

Although the cause of the delays has passed, there are still a lot of passengers waiting for their flights. Seo-koon volunteers to stay overnight to keep things organized, and Manager Gong agrees to stay to help her.

While she waits for Soo-yeon to finish his work for the day, Yeo-reum thinks about Bartender Jang’s talk with her last night, when he’d asked her to make sure Soo-yeon doesn’t continue to exhaust himself. She offers to finish Soo-yeon’s project so that he can go on home and rest, but he takes her hands and asks her to tell him why she’s acting strange today.

She says she’s just worried about him, but when she asks if he has some kind of infection, he realizes that she must have spoken to Bartender Jang. She swears that she didn’t, but Soo-yeon tells her that she talks too much when she’s trying to hide something, which she’s doing now.

Busted, she confesses that she did see Bartender Jang, and that he told her that Soo-yeon is very sick. He also said that an infection is very dangerous for Soo-yeon, so they need to get him to stop wearing his prosthetics for the foreseeable future.

Yeo-reum asks Soo-yeon if he would stop wearing his prosthetics so that he can get better. Soo-yeon’s reaction is… not good — he yells at Yeo-reum to stop talking, then walks away from her angrily. He goes to the Fox Bride Star restaurant and confronts Bartender Jang, who says that he told Yeo-reum everything she needs to know since Soo-yeon won’t listen to him.

Bartender Jang says that Soo-yeon’s infection is spreading to his kidneys, causing muscle deterioration, and that he needs to take off his prosthetics immediately or he’ll lose something even worse. Soo-yeon snarls that there’s nothing left for him to lose, but Bartender Jang tells him haltingly that he could die.

Soo-yeon says that it’s his choice if he dies, making Bartender Jang blink in confusion and argue that he made the prosthetics to keep Soo-yeon alive. Soo-yeon says that he wants to live more than anyone right now, but not like that, helpless and in a wheelchair. Bartender Jang promises to do his best to fix the prosthetics, but Soo-yeon cries it’s his body that’s breaking down, which Bartender Jang can’t fix.

When Young-joo is ready to leave work, Dae-ki asks her again if she’s bothered by the fact that he worries about her. She says it does bother her, but that’s all, she’s just bothered. She says that she needs this job and the stable income it provides, and that she doesn’t want to be swayed by what might be a momentary feeling.

She adds that she doesn’t want to be uncomfortable around him, either, and that right now she prefers to be alone. Dae-ki goes to the locker room to change, and we see that he’s wearing the cutesy socks Young-joo gave him for his birthday as he wonders sadly if he just got rejected before he ever even started anything. At home, Young-joo slides her feet out of her shoes to look at the matching socks she’s wearing. Awww.

Eun-seob finds Yeo-reum face-down at her desk, and he proudly tells her about how he handled the emergency earlier. He asks her what’s wrong, then realizes that she’s crying. But Yeo-reum sniffles that she’s not even the one that’s sick and congratulates Eun-seob on his success, saying that she’s proud of him before she leaves for home.

But Eun-seob grabs her arm, stopping her. He asks her not to go because he needs her, just for today.

As Soo-yeon sits on a bench with his phone, probably debating whether to call Yeo-reum, a couple of cars pull up and Director Jo and his lackeys get out. Director Jo calls In-woo to tell him who he’s “found,” then he hangs up. Looking scared, In-woo tries to call back, but there’s no answer.

Director Jo tells Soo-yeon that he almost didn’t recognize him looking so normal, since he was so broken the last time he saw him (standing over Soo-yeon after his accident). He mentions that he heard about Soo-yeon beating up his friend, the stalker who cut Yeo-reum, and he wonders how that’s even possible.

He gives his men a signal, then heads back to his car. His henchmen circle Soo-yeon, brandishing clubs and baseball bats, while Director Jo settles in to watch the show.

 
COMMENTS

Ask me how relived I was when Bartender Jang didn’t ask Yeo-reum to break up with Soo-yeon! K-dramas have me so conditioned to expect an unnecessary breakup that I was bracing myself for that to be his request, because I can see how it makes convoluted sense that if Soo-yeon doesn’t have Yeo-reum to impress anymore, he might be willing to take off his prosthetics and stop literally killing himself. How nice that all Bartender Jang asked was for Yeo-reum’s help to keep Soo-yeon from overexerting himself physically and to consider not wearing his prosthetics for a while. Of course, we knew that would never work because Soo-yeon’s issues run deeper than just what Yeo-reum thinks of him — he’s too prideful to go back to the shame-filled life he had before he got the prosthetics.

Speaking of which, it explains so much to know that Soo-yeon has only been using the prosthetics for a year! I’ve been assuming that he’s had them for years and wondering why he’s suddenly being so irresponsible with them, but if he’s truly had them for such a short amount of time, then it makes sense why he doesn’t understand their limits and is so determined not to go back to his wheelchair. He spend over a decade being unable to work or appear “normal” to others, and after his prosthetics enabled him to live like everyone else, I honestly don’t blame him for being unwilling to go back. But now it’s serious, and the prosthetics are literally killing him.

The big problem is that Soo-yeon has a choice to make, and neither of the options are good. He can keep wearing his prosthetics and continue to seem normal… until he dies from the infection they’re causing. Or he can stop wearing them and go back to his wheelchair, which will render him a shut-in again. And you know that if that happens, he’ll break up with Yeo-reum out of shame and insecurity, because he won’t be able to believe that she loves him regardless of whether he’s physically whole or not. I suppose there might be a third option, that Bartender Jang can alter the prosthetics so that they’re not so dangerous, but all he has said for now is that he’ll try to repair them so I’m guessing that he doesn’t have the technology to completely fix the problem.

Soo-yeon even said it out loud, that he would rather die than go back to being wheelchair-bound, because he can’t stand the way people pity him. So the obvious answer — go back to his wheelchair, stay with Yeo-reum, and find a way to be okay with the reality of his situation — isn’t even going to occur to Soo-yeon as a possibility. It’s going to be up to Yeo-reum to convince Soo-yeon that she doesn’t care if he’s in a wheelchair or not, that she loves him for the person he is on the inside, and that he can still live a happy life without the fantasy of normalcy that his prosthetics provide. That’s not going to be easy after Soo-yeon spent eleven years hating himself for his disability, but for now, it’s the best hope he’s got.

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Kdhsgsgha when i thought Sooyeon x Yeoreum and Daeki x Youngjoo couldn't be any cuter, there come Youngjoo and Yeoreum being the cutest! Awww and I love how Youngjoo just give it all once she let herself chill around someone. Here's to the friendship 🥂

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More than physically dangerous, I thibk that prosthetic Soo-yeon wears is more emotionally damaging for him. It warped his sense of self in the span of a mere year he has been wearing it. I feel like he couldn't define himself beyond the ability to use his right arm and leg normally anymore. When Bartender Jang revealed that Soo-yeon has used wheelchair for 11 years before, it suddenly occurred to me that his disability never really hindered him from getting the best specs in the past. And it's almost mind boggling how the smallest taste of 'normalcy' suddenly limited his definition of being alive. I wonder if we'll get to see him making peace with his condition as part of his arc.

P.s. Can we please move on from that gangster subplot now? Because it's really not adding anything except more unnecessary dramatics.

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Ugh, yes, I am so disappointed in and disgusted with the gangster subplot, and especially the need to beat on SY.

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the gangster subplot is really boring. If it's meant to add dramatics, it's failing.

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i had a similar thought about soo yeon and his aversion to living without his prostethics. then i remembered when i had an appendectomy earlier this year and had to suffer a few hours with my lower body entirely numb- it was SO damn scary even though i knew it was only temporary. after revisiting that memory i could totally relate to soo yeon. it's just a terrible state to be in and i think we can partly blame the society (as portrayed in this drama) as a whole for making him feel pitiful and "bad" different for over a decade

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I swear, this drama is so beautiful except all these gangster stuff! But thank God this drama which means this gangster stuff will be resolved.

SIDE NOTE THO daeki and youngjoo are so so so so so so so cute <3

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Soo-yeon is very seriously ill but will not stop doing what makes him sick. This is not noble idiocy, it is just idiocy.

Young-joo has just cut Dae-ki off. Not because she is mean but because she has a situation that she feels requires her to avoid distractions because she has to have a stable income. Dae-ki doesn’t know what hit him but his sad expression as he stood there said it all. We then we see that he was wearing the socks that she gave him- and then we see her at home wearing a matching pair of socks and a sad expression that matches Dae-ki’s. Before I thought that she had simply been hurt but now it appears that there is something else going on. There must be a back story to Young-joo – one that is crippling her life just as much as Soo-yeon’s injuries rippled his. Like Soo-yeon, Young-joo is apparently unable to see a way out of whatever situation she is in. I am hoping that Dae-ki can find a way o help her- because this part of this episode was the saddest moment in this show.

At the end of episode 28- Why are these gangsters so stupid? How does Director Jo gain from beating up or killing Soo-yeon?

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Note: Get myself a guy that will look at me the way Soo Yeon looks at Yeo Reum even when she’s a stinkin’ hungover mess still half asleep—ON THE FLOOR, no less—and trying to gather her bearings 🥰
That is all.

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but but we have to wake up as pretty as yeoreum first with that messy hair, even her sleeping on the floor she still looked beautiful, I can't relate XD

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😅😅😅😅😅

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@lollypip, like you, when we were told that Soo-yeon had only been able to walk for the last year, after 11 years in a wheelchair, I suddenly understood why he is fighting to keep his prosthetics and doesn't want to give them up. It's not just about his relationship with Yeo-reum, but about a whole sense of freedom that he must have got from being able to walk. This makes it much more interesting.

And yes, I wished they had told us that sooner.

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Isn't it strange that the only way he could get prosthetics was through this back door?

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Actually, the 11 years in a wheelchair really doesn't make sense. What was he doing all that time? Working? Why would having to spend a day in a wheelchair recently have been so difficult - you would have thought someone who had been in one for 11 years would have a strategy for getting back things that he had dropped without falling out OR he would already have been introduced to ordinary prosthetics. Once they start to get into the details, the premise that it's these superhero prosthetics or a wheelchair starts to fall apart.

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And if he wasn't able to work all those years, how did he just start out with this nice airport job? Through SK?

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I guess that he spent part of those 11 years at university, getting that degree that Yeo-reum was so jealous of in the first couple of episodes. Then he probably did a desk job. He started at the airport a couple of months before Yeo-reum joined the department

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Doesn't anyone think its very irresponsible of Bartender Jang to subject SY to prosthetics that are very likely experimental and never tested on humans? Judging from SY's bodily reactions, that thing is doing more harm to him than good, regardless of how life-changing he may deem it to be.

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I think this storyline wasn't well thought-out. The idea that he could only have a normal life with these superhero prosthetics that he got in a underground kind of way -- this is a dramatic premise with all kinds of dramatic possibilities -- but when you start to think about the details, it doesn't hold together very well.

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admittedly, that's the whole premise to trial medicine. There are tons of experimental drugs and solutions out there and there's always someone willing to try them, in order to have a better life, at the risk of it not working. I guess SY is THE 1st human to have the prosthetic tested on?

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I can understand Soo-yeon. No one could force me to sit in a wheelchair. I would rather die than doing it or I would just be lying in the bed all day and literally haul myself only to the bathroom and then back. Disability is a black-and-white issue for me. Either I can move freely on foot or I won't even budge at all.

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-11 years trapped is not an easy thing to get over especially after you've had a taste of freedom again. For Soo-yeon, one more month of normalcy is better than a lifetime partially paralyzed. And to an extent, I can understand his feelings. To have one year or even one month without my illness, even if I died at the end, is tempting. But I've got loved ones who need me so dying isn't an option for me, and that is something SY needs to realize as well.
-Last episode I noticed something about In-woo. When SY confronted him about Director Jo, IW reminded SY that he told him to quit and IW looked like he was almost pleading in his gruff way. I can't help but wonder if the reason he is pushing SY away now and 12 years ago is because he is worried for his safety. No matter what IW says, I know he cared about SY, you can't fake that brotherly affection. And maybe that's why he doesn't see his father because anyone close to him is a potential victim if Dir. Jo gets upset.
-And Drunk Yeo-reum and Drunk Young-joo are my two new favorite things.

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I can see the Writers trying their best to squeeze in a redemption path for In-Woo... I just don't wanna buy it... :-(

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I passionately do not want that. I hate the: I'm-nasty-to-you-for-your-own-good storylines, where having a conversation & warning him would be so much more helpful

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I HATE that too. it's total b*llsh*t.

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Ask me how relieved I was when Bartender Jang didn’t ask Yeo-reum to break up with Soo-yeon!
YYEEEESSS!!! Me too!!!
Just like you aptly said, @lollypip , I am soooo conditioned for secondary characters to annoyingly request OTP break-ups, that I truly thought he'd ask that too! So glad Bartender Jang didn't!! Phheeeeeww!
That said, I am rooting for Yeo-Reum to be strong and stick to insisting he remove the prosthetics. We've all seen the terrible purple-ish colour of his skin underneath his arm and ouch! He neeeeds to remove it!
At the same time, there is so much more to the prosthetic than just his newfound love with Yeo-Reum. Clearly, Soo Yeon loathes his disabled condition to the point of preferring death to returning in a wheel chair, which seems extreme but is obviously a sign of deeply rooted insecurity in his current condition. Maybe he needs a psychologist or psychiatrist, to unload all the mental burden he's been carrying?

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I stopped watching this show a few weeks ago but I still check out the recaps. And my opinion still stands, Seo-yeon is a idiot and that has not changed. I just can't with him.

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I'm too close to quit this one.

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I think Soo-yeon getting beat up by the thugs will get him back into his wheelchair whether he likes it or not.

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omg i died during the socks scene lol

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Wait, I think there’s a discrepancy with the timelines. Correct me if I’m wrong guys. In this episode, it’s revealed that Soo Yeon has only been wearing the device for a year. However, in a previous episode, during a flashback of Soo yeon and Yeo reum’s lives, Soo Yeon saved Yeo Reum from a flying car that’s about to hit her with his super strength wearing the device when Yeo Reum was going for the interview for the job at the airport. Yeo Reum has been working at the airport, established in episode 1, FOR 3 YEARS! Which means, the interview was THREE YEARS AGO and that also means Soo Yeon MUST HAVE BEEN WEARING THE DEVICE THEN, THREE YEARS AGO. I’m confused. Hahaha! Don’t get me wrong guys, I SUPER LOVE THIS DRAMA, TO THE BONES! It’s just that, this particular situation is WEIRD.

PS. Soo-Yeon Yeo-Reum couple FIGHTING!

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