Rating:
Average user rating 4.9
96

A Moment at Eighteen: Episode 2

Our trio of high school students couldn’t be more different but there’s one area where they are similar: they all have parent problems. Huge ones. The class president can’t afford a misstep and this fear drives him to target a lonely transfer student who he considers dispensable. But the lowly transfer student doesn’t want to fall just because the class president can get away with it and in the process, he appreciates the example of his strong mother. But there’s another strong mother who’s determined to see her daughter rise as high as she possibly can, leaving little room for the young girl’s own aspirations.

  
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Hwi-young calls Joon-woo trash but is told that the label suits him better. Joon-woo just wants to know why Hwi-young would blame Joon-woo for his actions. Hwi-young backs away and vigorously scratches his arm before urging Joon-woo, “You can be honest with me. Actually, I knew.”

In a flashback, we see that Sang-hoon planned to take Mr. Sohn’s watch as a prank but it wasn’t on the tutor’s desk. Sang-hoon accused the delivery boy of stealing it since his transfer was blamed on theft. Hwi-young promised to deal with Joon-woo and that’s when he found him tying up the bag.

Hwi-young explains that while he wanted to “help” Joon-woo, Sang-hoon shared his suspicions with the teachers. When Hwi-young pats Joon-woo sympathetically, Ki-tae watches from a distance. Joon-woo confesses that he saw the watch and that Hwi-young is the one who’s in trouble.

The boys are interrupted when Mr. Oh shouts that Joon-woo still needs to turn in his letter of apology. Hwi-young asks if Joon-woo plans to tell Mr. Oh but he’s not sure. Hwi-young goes to a table near the track to treat his rash but ends up throwing his supplies on the ground. A concerned Ki-tae picks them up and returns them to his friend.

Mr. Oh checks Joon-woo’s letter and while impressed with his sketch, as an assistant teacher he can’t afford any missteps and he needs that letter. Mr. Oh worries that Joon-woo’s transfer will reflect badly on him as well and he asks Joon-woo to reconsider. When Mr. Oh is distracted by a text, Joon-woo disappears and as he sprints away, Hwi-young recalls the day that Tutor Sohn’s watch disappeared.

On the way back to math class, Hwi-young overheard the tutor warn Sang-hoon that he’d become stupid if he avoided studying. Sang-hoon bragged, “I’ll still beat Hwi-young in math even if that happens,” and Hwi-young slipped Tutor Sohn’s watch into his pocket. When Hwi-young sighs, Ki-tae asks if he’s all right.

While Soo-bin and her friends try on make-up after school, Soo-bin admits that Hwi-young was right, they should have helped Joon-woo. Ro-mi appears jealous when the other girls rave over how pretty Soo-bin looks after Da-hwin applied her make-up.

Soo-bin has to run off when her mother texts that she’d better not be late for her appointment with a tutor near the school. Ro-mi has to leave too — to join her mother at the spa.

Soo-bin argues with her mother over the phone and is threatened with Hwi-young’s class if she doesn’t cooperate. After hanging up, Soo-bin’s mother texts that all of the tutor’s students have been admitted to Seoul National University.

With just minutes to get back to school, Soo-bin runs…right into Joon-woo, who’s on his bike. Soo-bin learns that Joon-woo works nearby and grabs his bike in spite of his protests. Soo-bin promises to return it and as she rides away, Joon-woo sighs, “I live really far from here.”

The tutor goes over the goals that Soo-bin’s mother has for her daughter. Soo-bin argues that she’s not smart enough to get into Seoul National University and hints that she’s bound to hurt the tutor’s reputation. After the meeting, Soo-bin keeps her promise to return Joon-woo’s bike.

When she reaches the convenience store, Soo-bin peers through the window and is startled when Joon-woo appears at her side and does the same thing. Joon-woo can’t hide his joy when Soo-bin points to his bike. After he checks it thoroughly, even ringing the bell, Joon-woo thanks Soo-bin and tells her, “Bye.”

Joon-woo is surprised when Soo-bin follows him inside and tells him to redo his assignment by the next day. When Joon-woo reminds Soo-bin that he won’t be at school, she argues, “Shouldn’t you do your duty before you leave? Just like I came here to return your bike.”

When Soo-bin slips, Joon-woo reaches out to steady her. Joon-woo notices something and points to his eye but Soo-bin doesn’t understand what he’s trying to tell her. Joon-woo hands Soo-bin a package of wipes and soon she’s busy wiping away her smudged eye make-up.

Soo-bin confesses that she has a question for Joon-woo, “Did you really steal that academy teacher’s watch?” When he doesn’t answer, Soo-bin decides, “I guess not,” and Joon-woo wants to know why she came to that conclusion.

At home, Hwi-young looks at the stolen watch but when he hears his parents approaching, he shoves it in his backpack and nervously waits to greet his father. Hwi-young’s father demands his son’s mock exam results but they’re not out yet. Dad warns Hwi-young about the son of one of his employees, Cho Sang-hoon, “Kids who have nothing but their good brains. They’re the scariest.”

Dad knows this because he had to rely on his brain as he struggled to succeed. Dad walks out after reminding Hwi-young that he expects him to do as well as his brother. After a sympathetic glance at her son, Hwi-young’s mom follows him, leaving Hwi-young to scratch at his arm aggressively.

When Soo-bin gets home, she runs to her room but she can’t avoid her angry mother. Mom reminds Soo-bin how difficult the world is for women and shouts, “That’s why, from your family, parents, wealth, and education to looks, everything counts as your weapons and assets.”

Soo-bin’s mother makes it crystal clear that for the next two years, Soo-bin is to study to get into Seoul National University and then she can do whatever she wants. When Mom shrieks, “We have to work a hundred times harder,” Soo-bin promises to do just that.

Soo-bin asks about her father but Mom barks that he’ll be home when his seminar is over. Soo-bin collapses on her bed as her mother shouts, “I’ll be checking on you at 1 a.m.” In the living room, Soo-bin’s mother glares at the family portraits.

Soo-bin sits at her desk and when she sees her make-up in a mirror, she thinks of Joon-woo. Soo-bin recalls how happy Joon-woo was when she returned his bike and calls it a piece of junk.

Joon-woo happily rings the bell on that “piece of junk” before heading upstairs to his place. When Joon-woo pulls out his assignment and sees Soo-bin’s notes, he tells himself, “She has nice handwriting.” He’s thinks back to Soo-bin’s arguments in favor of his innocence — Joon-woo is too slow and stealing is bothersome. Joon-woo and Soo-bin couldn’t help but laugh at her feeble explanation.

Joon-woo pulls out his uniform and finds the label where Soo-bin wrote his name. Joon-woo sticks the label to a dresser and as he hangs up his uniform, he protests, “I really, really don’t want to go.”

It’s morning when the alarm wakes Joon-woo from his dream of running with his childhood friend. Soon, Joon-woo is dressed in his uniform and riding through the neighborhood on his bike.

Surprised to see Joon-woo at school so early, Hwi-young laughs when Joon-woo explains that he needs to finish his performance assessment. Hwi-young stops when Joon-woo hints that he may not transfer after all and he thinks to himself, “This punk is toying with me.”

When Hwi-young walks away, Joon-woo assures him, “Don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone.” Hwi-young walks back to Joon-woo but before he can say anything, Mr. Oh joins them. In spite of his best efforts to ignore his teacher, Joon-woo is dragged away but manages another escape. Hwi-young makes a call to Ki-tae, who promises to hurry to school.

Joon-woo is busy looking up references in the library when Mr. Oh waves the apology form at him from the other side of the bookcase. Mr. Oh leaves it behind and Joon-woo smiles at the teacher’s persistence.

During a brief break, Soo-bin leaves the classroom to search for Joon-woo but he’s nowhere to be found. Soo-bin sees Joon-woo on her way back to class and they smile at each other. Joon-woo hands in his assignment with a note that includes a cute sketch.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin turn to the lockers when someone utters Joon-woo’s name. Ki-tae kneels in front of Joon-woo’s open locker and a crowd forms to look at what’s inside — Tutor Sohn’s missing watch. When Joon-woo and Soo-bin approach, Pil-sang calls him a “dirty thief” and Joon-woo glances at Soo-bin uneasily.

Hwi-young finally makes an appearance and Ki-tae explains that he opened the locker because he thought that Joon-woo wasn’t coming back. Ki-tae removes the watch from the locker just as Sang-hoon walks by.

Joon-woo wonders why Ki-tae didn’t expect him because Soo-bin was the only person who knew his plans and she confirms that she told no one. Ki-tae glances nervously at Hwi-young.

The crowd disperses, including Soo-bin, when Mr. Oh, the vice-principal and the coach arrive on the scene. Soon, Joon-woo is seated with them in the office but since he’s already transferring, the challenge is to keep things quiet.

Hwi-young walks in to announce that Tutor Sohn will drop the matter as long as the watch is returned. When Hwi-young tells Joon-woo, “It’s all sorted out now, so don’t worry,” the teachers heap praise on him.

Joon-woo wants to know, “What’s been sorted out? We haven’t even figured out who put it in my locker.” When the vice-principal reminds Joon-woo that Tutor Sohn agreed to forgive him, he protests, “I’ve done nothing to be forgiven for.”

On the way back to class, Joon-woo asks Hwi-young, “Did you really have to do this?” Hwi-young calls Joon-woo out of line, especially after everything he’s done. Hwi-young scoffs, “Right, punks like you… What do I even expect?”

When Hwi-young returns to class, he locks the door. Unable to get into the classroom, Joon-woo sees Sang-hoon’s empty room and finds him in the middle of a relay on the athletic field. Joon-woo runs after Sang-hoon and asks, “Did you really see…me stealing the watch?”

Pil-sang’s friend, Dong, sees the race on the field and drags Pil-sang to the window. Sang-hoon has a reputation as one of the fastest runners at the school but Joon-woo is easily keeping pace with him.

Mr. Oh glances out the window and smiles when he sees Joon-woo. When Sang-hoon has to stop, Joon-woo tries again “Did you see me doing it,” and is asked, “Is that what Hwi-young told you?” When Joon-woo leaves the field, Sang-hoon remembers that he returned to the academy classroom and saw Hwi-young push the tutor’s watch into the bag of recyclables.

When Hwi-young walks outside, he sees Sang-hoon and Joon-woo together. Sang-hoon confirms that Hwi-young told Joon-woo that Sang-hoon witnessed his theft. When Joon-woo joins them, Sang-hoon watches Hwi-young’s reaction and then admits, “I saw it too. Are you happy now, newbie?” After Joon-woo walks away, Sang-hoon whispers to Hwi-young, “Didn’t I do a good job?”

Mr. Oh jumps onto the walkway as Joon-woo leaves and asks why he ran on the field. Joon-woo admits, “I was curious why they did that. Saying they saw something they didn’t. Saying they didn’t do something they did.” As Joon-woo walks away, Mr. Oh yells, “Curious, my foot. You were angry. You squirmed because you were trampled,” and he accuses Joon-woo of running away.

Soo-bin sees Joon-woo on her way to meet her mother at the school gate. Soon, mother and daughter are at Hwi-young’s house to visit Ms. Park, bearing gifts.

Hwi-young’s mother greets her guests warmly and after they dispense with the niceties, she gets to the point, “So Soo-bin wants to be in Mr. Sohn’s class?” Soo-bin’s mother confesses that she can’t find anyone better than Tutor Sohn, but they need Ms. Park’s permission to join his class.

Soo-bin’s mother acts overjoyed when Ms. Park agrees to speak with Tutor Sohn. When Hwi-young arrives home from school, Soo-bin can hardly look at him when he greets his mother’s guests.

Once they’re back in the car, Soo-bin’s mother complains that Ms. Park would be nothing without her husband and sons. When Soo-bin is silent, her mother assures her, “Hey, humiliation doesn’t last long.” She’s surprised when Soo-bin apologizes, “I’m sorry I’m not a top student like Hwi-young. I made you beg to that lady.”

That evening, Joon-woo is waiting for Hwi-young at the academy. They move to the roof where Joon-woo asks Hwi-young, “‘Punks like you.’ What did you mean by that?” Hwi-young asks what school Joon-woo is transferring to and when he hears that it’s in the countryside, he answers, “Punks like you are nothing special.”

Hwi-young defines “punks” as people without hope who just exist, even if no one welcomed them, because they don’t have the guts to disappear. Hwi-young concludes with a laugh, “I pity punks like you.”

Joon-woo asks Hwi-young, “Don’t you pity yourself,” but Hwi-young doesn’t see why he should, he’s different. Hwi-young is about to walk away but stops to answer an earlier question of Joon-woo’s, “…why did I have to do that to you?” Hwi-young tells Joon-woo, “You were making a big thing out of nothing instead of disappearing quietly.” Hwi-young pokes Joon-woo as he adds, ” As if you could do that to me.”

Later that night, Joon-woo gets a call from his mother as he’s about to leave work. She urges her son to focus on his studies at his new school so that he can go to a good university and present himself to his father as a success.

Joon-woo asks his mother if she’s kept in touch with his father and even though she claims that she has, he knows better. Joon-woo quickly hangs up and then rides his bike until he reaches his destination, thinking to himself, “I know. Where his house is.”

As Joon-woo climbs the stairs to his father’s home, we hear his thoughts, “Now that I’m thinking of leaving, maybe I feel more courage…to see him once before leaving. The man who brought me into this world without any blessing. Choi Myung-joon.”

When Joon-woo rings the doorbell, a young boy with sauce around his mouth explains that they’re not done eating their noodles and he tells Joon-woo to come back in thirty minutes. Joon-woo steps aside when his father approaches the door and he pauses to inquire, “Can I help you?” Joon-woo manages to ask, “Don’t you know me,” but he’s told that he must be at the wrong house. Joon-woo’s father opens his door and is greeted by happy shouts of, “Daddy!”

On his ride back to his place, Joon-woo recalls that as a boy, he asked many men if they were named Choi Myung-joon. Joon-woo always wondered what he’d say if he ever met his father.

It’s late when Joon-woo’s mother calls to make sure that he arrived home safely. Joon-woo promises to try harder but his mother argues that he needn’t try so hard, she just wants him with her. She tells Joon-woo about the people who want to meet him but he interrupts, “I’m sorry, Mom…For getting in trouble again. I wanted to do better this time.”

Tearfully, Joon-woo’s mother insists that her son’s troubles aren’t his fault. When Joon-woo asks his mother if she’s crying, she denies it because it would mean that she’s lost. Joon-woo’s mother advises him not to think that he’s running away but when she wishes him, “Good night,” tears spill from Joon-woo’s eyes.

Joon-woo gazes at the city skyline from his rooftop and when he remembers Mr. Oh’s accusation, he wonders if he runs away because he doesn’t care how his life turns out. Joon-woo hears Hwi-young’s voice in his head, “I pity punks like you,” and he sighs, “Punks like me?”

Joon-woo’s mother sobs alone in her restaurant but she laughs at the cute cartoon cat that accompanies Joon-woo’s text message urging her not to cry. When she lies that she’s already in bed, Joon-woo narrates that his mother may be young and immature, but she didn’t run away from him.

In the morning, Oh-je is back in his seat next to Ki-tae when Mr. Oh announces the results of the mock exams — Hwi-young placed in the first tier in every subject. Hwi-young shares some words of encouragement with the class but everyone’s attention turns to the door when Joon-woo enters the classroom.

  
COMMENTS

How can such young students have so many crushing problems? Their timelines are so short that they don’t have the experience and confidence needed to stand up to their demanding parents. With the exception of Joon-woo, who got lucky with his loving, supportive, although absentee, mother. But it in no way makes up for the absence of a father and that first time face-to-face meeting was devastatingly heartbreaking. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Hwi-young basically describes Joo-woo as the lowest of the low, who practically begs to be tossed away.

Joon-woo is so close to sinking into the hole that Hwi-young leads him to, but it’s the thought of his mother’s courage and strength that pulls Joon-woo back from the brink. The young, single mother who raised him and loved him, who was brave enough to face a difficult future. How can Joon-woo run away when his mother did her best for his sake? He can’t and he’s decided that he won’t.

That means trouble for Hwi-young and Joon-woo isn’t the only one he has to worry about. Sang-hoon knows the truth and as we learned, he’s Hwi-young’s strongest competitor. I wasn’t surprised that Sang-hoon backed up Hwi-young’s false narrative about the stolen watch because Joon-woo is set to leave the school plus Sang-hoon’s father works for Hwi-young’s father. But Sang-hoon is not only smart, he’s clever, as evidenced by the way that he planted the idea that the watch was stolen by Joon-woo, even though he saw Hwi-young throw it away. Is he toying with Hwi-young just for the fun of it or does he have something else in mind? I’m keeping my eye on that one.

Hwi-young also had to take Ki-tae into his confidence to plant the watch in Joon-woo’s locker. That means that three people know the truth – Joon-woo, Ki-tae and Sang-hoon. It looks like Ki-tae and So-ye are a couple so it’s only a matter of time before she figures out the truth and then it’s bound to get to Soo-bin.

As much as I pity Hwi-young after seeing his father, it’s no excuse for the way that he treats Joon-woo. Hwi-young is cruel and what’s worse, he enjoys destroying Joon-woo. Hwi-young is a master at manipulating the adoring teachers and staff and even though he acts as if he’s kind and helpful, he’s really just a self-serving punk. And that’s exactly what Joon-woo sees and it partly explains why he’s not willing to go quietly into the night.

While the boys are entangled in a figurative fight to the death, Soo-bin is about to be swallowed up by her mother’s ambitions for her daughter. It’s Seoul National University or nothing. That’s a lot to ask of a young girl who wants to explore make-up with her friends and maybe get noticed by a cute boy. Something is driving Soo-bin’s mother’s rabid pursuit of excellence for her daughter and I’m guessing that there’s something amiss in her marriage.

As the kids navigate their trials, Mr. Oh makes a surprising appeal to Joon-woo, who already has one foot out the door. While I can’t tolerate his sickening praise of Hwi-young, I do appreciate his willingness to extend a helping hand to Joon-woo. Based on the look that Hwi-young shot at Joon-woo when he unexpectedly returned to school, Mr. Oh is going to have his hands full managing his class.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , ,

96

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap!
This episode was beautifully executed but at the same time, quite difficult to watch. People acting out of malice such as Hwi-young here always make for an ugly viewing, but its equally difficult to watch someone be beaten down the way Joon-woo was. Tbh, there was no "entertainment" in watching this episode, and I seriously considered dropping the drama. It's a good thing there's a week gap between the episodes, because i needed to recover from the devastation of last week to carry on. Anyway, I'm still here for now, tentatively.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks @teriyaki

He’s thinks back to Soo-bin’s arguments in favor of his innocence — Joon-woo is too slow and stealing is bothersome. Joon-woo and Soo-bin couldn’t help but laugh at her feeble explanation.

I couldn't help but chuckle because the 1 thing that Joon Woo isn't is slow. He is a fast runner at least and likely to be fast enough if he really wanted to steal anything. Still, I like that Soo Bin believes in Joon Woo, without any reason, from the looks of it. Just like his mum believes in him and generally, I think Teacher Oh too. Teacher Oh did say that Joon Woo was trampled upon, as if he suspected that Hwi Young had not been all above board and was trying to look good at Joon Woo's expense.

I wasn’t surprised that Sang-hoon backed up Hwi-young’s false narrative about the stolen watch because Joon-woo is set to leave the school plus Sang-hoon’s father works for Hwi-young’s father. But Sang-hoon is not only smart, he’s clever, as evidenced by the way that he planted the idea that the watch was stolen by Joon-woo, even though he saw Hwi-young throw it away. Is he toying with Hwi-young just for the fun of it or does he have something else in mind? I’m keeping my eye on that one.

I find that Sang Hoon really looks a lot like Actor Seo In Guk.

Yes, he's someone to keep an eye on. Why did he from the beginning start throwing suspicion upon Joon Woo. It was as if he was testing Hwi Young. To see if HY would take that bait and really put the blame on JW. And now that he has done so, Sang Hoon has ammunition against JW. Scary, these kids!!!

I like that the set up is already done and we know what those kids are facing with their parents. We've also been given a pretty good idea about Joon Woo's personality. He keeps things to himself and thinks it through and he's not afraid to take action. I like that he went up to ask questions, making the other students respond to him. He even went hunting for his father as a kid and thinks he found him.

I'm not entirely sure that the man really is his father, but it's very affecting that he obviously thinks so, and that the man does not think he knows him at all, and has a family of his own. Maybe he did not blurt out that he thinks he is his unwanted son at that point, because he did not want to hurt the little boy in the apartment.

I really like that Joon Woo is mature and thinks clearly. He understands his mother was too young a mum, and was immature, and that she struggled but never abandoned him or ran from her responsibilities. Soo Bin too tells him to be responsible, since his name (the only place where his name is correctly written, aside from the name label Soo Bin wrote for him) is on the Literature homework. And the one thing he is, is responsible. And finally I like that after doing his thinking, he comes to a conclusion and takes action to be responsible for himself, so that he will no longer be the student...

6
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

...so that he will no longer be the student without a name.

I look forward to seeing how Joon Woo's quiet, unassuming ways manage to bring the others to his side and bring some resolution and peace to those troubled youngsters.

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really love the way explained it.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

This was a really painful episode. It was hard to watch this episode because we were shown each of the situations our trio are in and you can see these things happen in real life.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This episode really left me heavy hearted but that last scene gave me a little hope. I don't think things are gonna go smoothly for junwoo for a while. The scene was his father and then call with his mother broke my heart. I'm glad he took strength from his mother.

While i sympathize with soobin, i kind of understand her mom's view point especially regarding women's status in their society.

And ma hwiyoung though...i get his situation with his parents but i can't forgive him yet for what he did and said to junwoo. Kicking him while he's at the lowest...just ugh! I think he has a lot to make up for before i warm up to his character.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This was very good episode that complete the introduction of characters from premiere. For now I mostly pity Hwi Young, he is lashing out at world, because he can't express himself and has keep the "perfect son" facade, Jun Woo is very mature and good observer, I'm curious how he got in trouble, it seems like he stand up for something and got punished for it, that's why he resigned to fade into scenery this time, Soo Bin is a good girl but she is oblivious to others struggles because she has relatively happy family and she just didn't notice the red signs. I think Sang Hoon is similar in a way, he had it easy, he is organically good student and athlete, but he way more observant than Soo Bin, I don't think he set up Joon Woo, he just put the blame on him because he is poor and stranger, the way the reach blame the "help", and connect the dots after Joon Woo asked him about it, and decided to use that knowledge for himself, I assume he will try to blackmail Hwi Young out of the no.1 position?

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

What I love about this drama is that the female lead is just a good student, not the top student or the class dunce as is so common in kdramas. She studies enough to get by and gets good grades (and is smart enough to talk herself out of the tutoring), but she doesn’t have the drive to excel and just wants to hang out with her friends. I actually think it’s a healthy attitude, but she is also escaping from the issue of what will happen after she graduates. I understand her mother’s point of view though and hope that the mother tries to talk to her about what her daughter wants for a change. She has no idea (and neither do we) about what Soo Bin would like to do in the future.

I don’t understand Sang Hoon yet. He’s one to watch out for. I feel for Hwi Young but he’s crossed the line in setting up Joon Woo for the watch incident and calling him trash. Joon Woo sea through him though, and is possibly the one person that can bring Hwi Young to his senses. I can’t wait for Monday.

9
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, Soo Bin is perfectly average heroine, and that's what I like in her, she isn't the "prettiest girl in school", just nice girl with good head on her shoulders. I'm too curious what Sang Hoon will do with newly acquired knowledge about Hwi Young secret.
I want also add that, I like the set of parents, they are different and plausible enough not to seem like caricatures for now, even Hwi Young mother.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@wishfultoki
Soo-Bin story arc looks to be the dark hose of the drama. ATM it's full of subtle hints, but I suspect it may steal the show if doesn't become bogged down in boys only.

P.S. So agree...Soo-Bin is such a refreshing character. I am so looking forward to what Kim Hyang-Gi can do with her.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Really painful episode. But what made this hopeful at the same time was Joon woo going after Hwi young and sang hoo putting two and two together. Boy is really a good observer and can stand up for himself. Also Joon woo and Soo bin interaction was just so cute. His stolen smile was just to precious 😍

I can understand Soo bin. But also see what her mother is saying, but at the same time her mother do not really talk with her daughter, but to her. That is the problem in their communication.
I also wonder why we do not see Soo bin and Hwi young interact as they are said to be friends. the way she seems to avoid him make me wonder whats going on there.

1
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not sure SooBin really sees HwiYoung as a friend; moreso as a long time acquaintance.

They're said to have gone through kindergarten and middle school together, but when she's at his house, his mom treats her and SooBin's mom like they're beneath her despite the polite veneer - hardly something you expect from someone you'd call a close friend's mom. Even HwiYoung just nods, smiles and goes to his room when he comes back home and sees them. He doesn't even call her over to play or do homework together, so I don't think it's unfathomable that she's awkward around him and starts avoiding him. If she gets too close, his friends will tease her about being his girlfriend anyway, and she's too busy living her best life for that nonsense.

5
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

true, I got the feeling that they are more acquaintance than friends, but for a reason it was hard to put a fingre on it. you said in nicely :)

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, I agree @peeps But yet I do think HwiYoung does want SooBin as his girlfriend even if he doesn't have time for that, and might become hostile if/when Joon Woo and SooBin get close

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh definitely hostile I wonder how much of his aggressively targeting Joo won has to do with her interest in him

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

A lot of it. I'm gonna say a lot, lol.

4

I second Joon-woo and Soo-bin together are precious. Really loving it!

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think she agrees to the title "friend" to be kind growing up together and in classes together shes probably has seen glimpses of the side of himself he'd like to keep hidden. It would explain why she keeps him at arms length despite what he let's others assume about their relationship.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ugh, Choi Joon-woo. Can someone please hug him?
There are some things about him I can relate to, so this feels personal.

I am loving Kim Hyang-gi as Soo-bin. Also, Kang Ki-young as teacher is fun. We haven’t seen too much of him yet, but he makes me smile every time he comes on screen. This is setting up to be my favorite role I’ve seen him in to date.

Does anyone know what the English song at the end of this episode is?

7
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

according to some YT comments , the English song is an OST for the drama not released yet ^^ (but it's not official source so I decline any responsability =P)

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, ok. Thanks!!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is the song
https://youtu.be/iTzu6V-FYgg

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes! I found that on YouTube as well. Glad it’s been released 😀

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Junwoo and teachers connection is interesting. The teacher kept chasing JW for that apology letter and did not seem to give up. It interestingly matches JW's character because when he wants to chase something, he does not give up. His smile when teacher finally succeeded in giving that letter to JW in the library to me was very telling. Like JW respected and laughed at it. It does not mean he is going to write an apology letter but he appreciate teachers effort!!

I loved that smile.

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is a good observation! I did not pick up on that parallel, but you're right. They are similar in this way.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@dramafan100
Kang Ki-Young is playing a blinder so far. For me the best thing I have seen him do.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I volunteer to go and give him a hug!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Finally, currently airing drama that I can watch.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

*squints at second to last screenshot*

...Seo In Guk nim??

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha, I didn't notice while watching, but now that you and @growingbeautifully mention it, I see it a little bit.

Also is it just me or do Hwi-young and Joon-woo's dad look a little alike? Kinda threw me for a sec. Maybe it's the hairstyle?

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

GIRL, ME TOO!!!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ahhh. Thank you for the recap. This episode made my heart flutter a bit, and had me really get angry and then in tears second half....

Junwoo and Soobin are really cute. I am looking forward to their chemistry. But as friends for a while. No romance yet please. Just make my heart flutter for a while.

Junwoo's dad situation is simply hearbreaking. But I also find his mom struggling even more heartbreaking...Watching them take care of each other in their own way is sad and warm at the same time.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Not sure where some of you are watching this drama but I have watched Korean original version and Viki version. And surprised to find Viki changed one of the background song. The song that plays during his entire dad sequence is different in original and changes the whole feeling...I am really curious how that can happen...

4
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, interesting. I watched on Viki. I’ll go find the original and compare the two.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah I had seen the raw version and remember crying buckets without even fully understanding what was going on and half of my howling was the song....Would when I watched subbed version, it totally took me out of the moment because I was suddenly focused on the unfamiliar song.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

😭 What the heck? Why did they change that?! The Viki song isn’t necessarily bad, but the original fits way better. Thanks for mentioning this; I would have missed it.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i think it’s because of copyright issues for international broadcasting.

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

That is too bad. It feels some another party is interfering with the creative choice. I also noticed they blurred that Kakao chat emoticons. They are really cute.

I wish internationals fans are able to watch untouched version.. But I understand if it has to do with copyright issues.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’m not sure they are going to release the song as an official ost. But, in case, if you want to know, it’s Nervous by Gavin James (Acoustic vers.).

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you!!

0

Viki doesn't alter the dramas. They only do subtitles. The production/broadcasting company probably had to switch the song out because of copyright issues, so they sent Viki a different version.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You’re probably right. Either way, it’s unfortunate. That original song is so good.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

How did Joon-woo, a delinquent, transfer to their elite magnet school? How did Da-hwin whom her mom gave up on and troublemaker Pil-sang get admitted?

Despite sympathizing with Hwi-young for his strict father, his parents' unfair comparisons to his successful brother, and his unrequited love of Soo-bin, he is irredeemable in my eyes. When Hwi-young locked the back door, I wish Joon-woo walked through the front door since every classroom has two doors. I know Ki-tae is complicit, but I really like him.

On top of being a genius, Sang-hoon is a star athlete too? Sang-hoon is a ticking time bomb. I refuse to let Joon-woo get close to him, but I hope Joon-woo starts running track because besides having natural talent for it, running may give him a purpose in life.

While cliché, I thought Soo-bin would at least rank second in school behind Hwi-young, but her rank is twenty-eighth. Why does she keep going against her mom and refusing tutors?

Has Joon-woo considered that maybe the man is not his father? Joon-woo never asked him, "Do you know Choi Myung-joon?" as he was sleeping on the subway. I need to gripe that Viki changed the OST, which abruptly made this scene lose all emotions.

Thanks a bunch for the recap, @TeriYaki!

3
16
reply

Required fields are marked *

The question of how Joon-woo made it into an elite school went through my mind as well.
I second the OST gripe. Not cool, Viki.

0
13
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not sure it's an elite school... when Hwi Young was giving Joon-woo the tour in ep 1 he said something like it's better to go their kind of school and do well. Not sure though, everyone seems pretty well off except Joon-woo.

I will add to your questions:
1) I wonder how Joon-woo became a delinquent in the first place.
2) I wonder if something happened with Tae Ho, the student that left before our story started, and whose locker Joon-woo inherited. Why did Hwi Young insist on making Joon-woo wear his uniform?

2
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, I missed the part where it was Tae Ho's locker as well. This is interesting. I didn't think much of it, but there could be a story there.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmm... I wonder if Tae Ho thing was forced. It felt like Hwi Young was trying to procure free uniform and someone in the store found what fits.

Though I wondered why the 'free' uniform need and why Hwi Young was trying to get him a free uniform.

I have a feeling a few things in the drama are going to be mostly about 'how JW does not care' and how HW is perfect' feels rather than details of how he gets the uniform but I could be wrong.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The vice-principal called it an elite school in ep 1.

1) I am sure Joon-woo was framed for theft at his old school like he was for stealing Hwi-young's teacher's watch. I hope we get a flashback of why he was transferred once Joon-woo opens up to Soo-bin.

2) The name on Joon-woo's inherited locker
says "Han Chul-wan (한철완)," so it was not Lee Tae-ho's locker. The teacher gave Hwi-young Tae-ho's uniform because it was the newest. Joon-woo would have to leave school to buy his uniform, so Hwi-young put in a favor as class president because the teacher had unused uniforms lying around.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think it is simply on a good street. I was going to a public school in the city center and nearly everyone was well-off. It was also called elite school because rich parents=more opportunities for kids=higher chances for successful future

3

Oh, thanks for the correction on the locker. I must have misheard or misread the subtitles.

1

@nerdy I got the impression it was an elite school from the school banner, which the subtitles translated as

학력향상 우수학교 선정
Magnet School for High Achievers (Viki)
Named Best School for Learning Improvement (Viu)

0

HY was doing his usual moves...being polite and helpful in order to get the new kid to be his new minion but he miscalculated with JW. JW was thankful but not to the point of becoming his new minion (like the rest of the guys that follow HY). HY comes from a powerful family that can help kids get into those after school academies (as we saw SB's mom try to get her daughter into one). I wonder if his friends actually like him or if they hang out with him just because of that.

1

@wishfultoki

From a viewer's perspective, I don't think the drama has fully proven Joon-woo is actually "delinquent". Accused and pleaded guilty of it - sure. However, the real story...too many things bring that into question.

I have been suspecting that JW being given the name/possessions of the previous student is deliberate. (Who-Young is marking him - as he knows JW story...and Soo-Bin trying repeatedly to take the name tag off - as if to free him)

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was touched by how much the name tag bothered Soo-bin.

2

@kat23
You too? She is like a reflection on a very deep pond at the moment....light but a very unknown depth.

I fear Soo-bin is involved in the previous student's story somehow...good or ill is as yet unknown.

1

Judging from Joo-wons behavior and the show itself it seems as if it was a similar situation where he was targeted as one of the "have-nots" one or some of the parents of his former classmates may have facilitated his move Far away to to lessen the chance of whatever happened hurting their kids
But I guess I'm being silly with all this speculation when the answers will be coming soon(I hope)😁 I'm already so invested, Hwi-young makes me So Very angry

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I know that in Asian culture, if you had to leave a previous school because of potentially embarrassing or damaging reasons, most students and their parents will work really hard to hide it from everyone at the new school, because as soon as people at the new school find out, the whole place becomes a rumor mill and people start to use that info. against you. Image is important in Korea, and if you have the image of a thief (for example), even if the image is unfair, people will use it as an opportunity to turn you into a scapegoat for their own misdeeds. It's not uncommon in Asia for a student to have such a reputation follow and plague them through multiple schools and even into adulthood. I doubt Joon Woo's previous school was anything special or out of the ordinary since the admin of the new school had never heard of it before, and I doubt that he actually committed any crime, or if he did it was for noble reasons. I think probably what happened is Joon Woo was accused of a crime someone else committed then forced to leave, and now this 'reputation' is being used against him.

3

I'm pretty sure Viki did not alter the episode in anyway. The production/broadcasting most likely had to change the song due to copyright issues so they sent Viki an altered version of the episode.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

that explains alot, and it reminds me of the high rate of suicide in S. Korea> With that kind of unrelenting pressure it must feel like a reasonable waybto escape. I shudder at the thought of my teenage years I cannot imagine how it would be with that kind of stigma

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I cherish JW's relationship with his mom. It is heartbreaking because he actually understands. Like if he was bitter about it and resented it and turned out to be not JW, that would be the cliche. But he actually turned up right.

He is eighteen now and he understands now that she had him when she was his age. He understands how hard it must have been and he is probably now more mature than her.

And as a child, you should not have to be. And that is why it is heartbreaking.

6
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

The last sentence is so spot on.

It's amazing how Joonwoo is such a nice kid who managed to grow up well despite an absent father and a mother who doesn't live with him most of the time.

4
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

@midnightblue
Apologies, but this has been bothering me since I read it...but finally I had to reply.

...."despite an absent father and a mother who doesn't live with him most of the time"...

This plays into a belief that goodness is a function of parents. It subtly dooms those who fate has left without parents. I know you probably didn't intend it that way...but in this drama, this is where the rubber hits the road.

If there is a tendency for children without parents to be disadvantaged - that is a comment on society who doesn't /won't pick up the slack when the dominant family structure fails. (part of a tl:dr discussion)

Sadly, I know terrible adults. However, I am lucky enough to also know many beautiful people who have opened their homes and hearts to children in need. If you want to faintly praise anyone, it would be the child who grows up kind in a brutal family environment...that breaks the mould and is often an act of both defiance and will power.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

@SadKDramaLama

Fair points, I should have worded that better. What I was trying to convey is that it is a testament to Joonwoo's strength of character to be able to grow up well practically by himself. I was not alluding to him being disadvantaged.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@midnightblue

That is a much more interesting reading...it shows he has inner strength no-one else would be expecting.

The only person who would really understand his true potential (and threat) would be Whi-Young's father - who has said exactly that...scary.

0

Whoa...I really liked this comment. I think when we comment, we are so into the drama-universe and cliched story lines, we make comments we do not necessarily relate to in real life. In real life, if someone comments this about another person, i would be very offended and now I feel bad that I did not feel offended :-(. This comment just made me think about it and...

just feels deeper than the comment ...if that makes sense. Thank you for pointing it out. This comment made a difference to me.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Recap is out!

This episode is so heartbreaking </3 My heart aches for Joonwoo when his father didn't recognize him and when he tried to hold back tears when speaking to his mom on the phone. I was so angry at Hwiyoung for kicking him down when he's already so broken and jaded with life.

I'm glad we also got some cute moments between Joonwoo and Soobin, the part where she stole his bicycle was so cute and I love how Joonwoo who is usually fast in running was having problems catching up to Soobin when she ran away with his bicycle, aw young love..

The part where Joonwoo said his mom didn't run away from him when she was younger was so heartwrenching and so real I'm glad they dared to tackle that subject albeit in a not in-your-face preachy.

Now that Joonwoo decided to stay and fight I hope this will mark more character growth from him, him being more open to people. It's just especially sad to see someone so young yet so jaded with life.

Can't wait for this week's episodes!

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@midnightblue
The father scene was problematic for me as it changes the rationale for JW's issues. It subtly plays into SK's attitudes about family, blood ties, and filial piety. Even if its subconscious, the domainant SK moral is still reinforced - a boy without a father is problematic. (To me this is the unspoken part of what Whi-Young meant when he said ... "Punks like you".)

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

still on the fence whether to jump in this drama or not. Now, I’m just checking it for Ong and Hyang Gi. Not too interesting, still not boring, imo.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have not seen previous work in Shin Seung Ho but boy, he is really doing a great job at making me hate his character. His fake-ness is really well played. I did see his moments of him wondering 'how can this guy be to upfront and honest?'. I am sure it really hurts him to see that honesty considering how dishonest he is.

I hate him but I am looking forward to character growth.

At some point, he would have to own up and I am sure it will be hard.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You might want to check out the webdrama A-Teen (2018)! Shin Seung-ho is currently best known for his role as Nam Siwoo, a sweet and quiet guy who's pretty much the opposite of Hwi-young here. I did enjoy watching him alongside Shin Ye-eun on screen.

When I saw that he'd come to take part in filming this drama I got skeptical that he'd be in "yet another high school show"... However, he's already done more than enough to prove that he can play more than one type of character, in a most convincing manner too!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh my heart! Joon-woo is such an easy mannered kid who has always been alone and the only reason he seems to be making a presence in the high school is because of his rumored theft and past. His life is so quiet that it stirs something in me. I’m loud! I’m an introvert, but around my circle of people, I’m really loud. Sometimes I feel like being quiet, but it’s expected of me to be loud now that I can’t. They ask what’s wrong and I don’t want to share so I act like I’m okay and continue to be loud. More than once I’ve wished to live alone, but while seeing Joon-woo just sigh when he ended his call with his mom it made me realize I wouldn’t be able to stand the silence. As much as I want quiet, I’m so used to the sounds all around me. Good thing Soo-bin looks like she is going to be a good friend and someone that stirs a change in him. I also want to see Mr. Oh be the adult he can count on.

3
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’m also an introvert but kind of the opposite in that I’m really quiet. Sometimes I want to be loud, but I hold back because my reputation is the quiet girl.
Joon-woo is such a moving character for me as well. I see some of myself in him, and I’m already attached.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, I’m attached as well and I really look forward to seeing more of his journey.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is not Joon-Woo's natural personality we are seeing, we are witnessing someone in the after affects of event/s so socially damning that no-one will talk about it.

If you have seen a rescued dog (particularly one that has been mistreated) this is what we are seeing. That quiet is a response to experience of brutality (probably repeated). His well mannered responses are most probably pavlovian from a hierarchal social system that doesn't tolerate the downtrodden fighting back.

SK has a history of severe brutality following victims even if they move. This is part of ensuring that no one speaks out...there is no safety even in leaving.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I see what you are saying and you are probably right. There is something we don’t know and I’m already scared in a way to see what it is.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@pbnjelly513
:D This is the KDrama curse...its reveal will either be something so brutal we will all be permanently scarred or not so big and we are all confused.

KDrama just doesn't do middle of the road.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

For real😂

0

JW's smile when he got his bike back was soooo cute!
HY really got unsettled by JW. I assume that he never thought anyone would be able to see through his mask of perfection and the fact that this loner did, is making him do all sort of crazy things. Deep down he seems to be a good kid but the environment he is in, is just pushing him to be a jerk.

JW finally decided to stop running. I am very curious to see how his character will develop. I really hope he is ready for HY's revenge.

I am curious about Sang-hoon. He either wanted to cover for HY or he wanted to see how far he would go with his lies to cover up his mistake. I think Sang-hoon realises that there is something going on with HY and that he is under immense pressure. In my opinion he wanted to rattle HY in order to see a human reaction (to see the mask crack).

3
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think HY may suffer from some kind of "imposter syndrome", he is seen as "perfect student" among peers and in school, but at home he is not good enough for his parents, I assume this dychotomy drives his insecurities and make him act the way he acts.

4
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

No doubt. And the constant comparisons with his older brother and Sang Hoon’s geeenius brain don’t help at all. It still doesn’t justify what he did to Joon-Woo, but it explains it. When he talked about trash or “guys like you”, I even wondered if he was talking about himself.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm stil not sure what he meant by the "guys like you", was it about social status or him trying to blend into background?

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don’t know, maybe both? Joon-woo took him to the rooftop just to ask this. Maybe it was Hwi Young lashing out irrationally, trying to directly bully Joon-woo into leaving by insulting him, since setting him up for theft had failed.

4

I think the "trash like you" reference comes from what he hears from his father who is all about social status and power. HY might be a good kid but he grew up rich and entitled. At school he still is number 1 although at home he is not praised for his achievements because his older brother is the number 1. He needs someone he can lash out to and JW fits the bill because he is someone HY cannot control.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's why I pity him, kids like him rarely have a chance even if they aren't inherently bad.

2

I have no such sympathy for HY. The original mistake and even him lying I understand even if I don't like it, but his callous and superior attitude towards someone because the weren't born with his advantages (instilled by his horrible patents) was something beyond covering his ass it was a hateful display of privilege over decency.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah. I tried to be sympathetic for as long as I could, but what he said to Joon-woo on the rooftop really crossed the line.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Exactly, I kept hoping for him to redeem himself. With his history and his parents pressure I never really expected him to admit what he'd done to the teachers and administrators at school. But Joo- won gave him the benefit of the doubt as long as he could in assuming he had reasons for what he did, he just wanted to know what they were. He really blew it and I'm thoroughly disgusted with him

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

This episode is difficult to watch and I was whining at it while watching. I thought it supposed to be fun but it getting heavier by the ep and we only at ep2.

I feel like Joon Woo settled to be the wallflower/background not because he not capable but it was comfortable to him. He was quick in deducting who do what and actually directly confront them, which is good job JW~
I actually feel sorry of HW for a hot minute because clearly, he is stressed in trying to fulfill his parents' expectation but he took in to far by being so malicious and actively try to pin in on JW. Enter SH that for sure will use it to his advantage since he is smart too (probably smarter than him not only in math?), I guess now HW will get his hands full with JW, SH and the other guy, I forget his name.

And JW weirdly reminds me of Nam Soon of school 2013.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

We're only two episodes in, but I'm really enjoying this drama so far. It's simple but layered, and I really love teen dramas that tackle teen issues in a way that's honest and real without being too silly or non-sensical or unnecessarily dramatic, and this drama's definitely getting that right.

The writers have done a fabulous job setting up the Joon Woo/Soo Bin pairing while simultaneously giving us plenty of reasons not to want Hwi Young and Soo Bin together (something I appreciate as I would tear my hair out if they tried to make me amenable to a Hwi Young/Soo Bin pairing; in the immortal words of Regina George 'Stop trying to make fetch happen. It's not going to happen'). As obvious as it is that Hwi Young is going to end up being a very sympathetic character, he's also not a person worthy of admiration right now. In fact, he may be the one out of our three leads in need of the most growth. And as much as I want Soo Bin to continue to be his friend and hopefully be a positive influence on him, I want just as much for her to be careful around him and not put her trust in him too much, because as we've seen, he's not entirely trustworthy, and I don't think being his friend will automatically shield you from his potential malice. (I almost wonder if he'll retaliate against Soo Bin once it inevitably becomes clear that she's not ever going to be interested in him as more than a friend.)

It was upsetting to see Joon Woo being treated the way he was this episode and to watch him give up on himself, but I personally didn't find it difficult to watch like others have commented. This kind of stuff is infinitely relatable to me, and in some ways, gives me a lot of personal comfort, so I while I was sad, I also felt like someone really saw and understood me and that's really all I want these stories. I also don't feel too worried about what all Hwi Young is going to do to Joon Woo just yet (although if this whole stealing thing goes on for more than about half an episode, I'm going to start getting concerned) as I think he's going to realize eventually that by bringing about Joon Woo's destruction, he's really only going to bring about his own. Not because people will find out what kind of person he really is, but because He will find out what kind of person he really is, and I'm not so sure he actually wants to be that kind of person. That's not to say that I think he's done trying to tear Joon Woo down, because I don't think he is, but I don't think the synopsis for this drama is lying when it says that he will eventually come to respect Joon Woo and maybe even treat him as a friend. He just isn't in a place where he can do that right now, because he feels trapped and doesn't know how to free himself.

Personally, I think Sang Woon might possibly end up being the real threat among our teen characters. At the least, he's going to prove to be a real thorn in both Hwi Young and Joon Woo's side. So far, he appears...

1
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Very nice comment (though I believe it got cut off). I agree with much of what you're saying :)

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally forgot about the word limit, and now I don't remember the rest of my comment. Well OkAy TheN.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’m a bit paranoid about this, so when I think I’ll have a longer comment I write it in notes or a word document first then copy & paste 😀

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've got to get myself into that mindset, because I write waaaay too much not to, lol.

1