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A Moment at Eighteen: Episode 11

A new couple has become official, and now it’s time for dates! It’s all awkward cuteness for our main couple as they get to know one another better, and thank goodness, because pretty much everyone else is unhappy. Especially our class president, who is losing allies quickly as his friends realize they may be losing more than they gain at his side.

  
EPISODE 11: “The Emotions I Got to Know Through You”

The buses have arrived and it’s time to head home from the school trip. Joon-woo and Soo-bin sit together eagerly, while Oh-je seems more reluctant to sit next to Da-hwin. Hwi-young stops to ask Soo-bin if she knows she’s supposed to show up to his house for a new tutor the next day. Joon-woo buckles up Soo-bin, and Da-hwin leans over to ask for the same from Oh-je, who fumbles with the belts.

Soon they’re on the road and Mr. Oh chuckles to himself proudly at the silent, exhausted class. That is, until he checks his phone and sees an urgent text from the vice-principal asking to talk. Mr. Oh isn’t the only one looking miserable, as Pil-sang continues to cry after his rejection, Ro-mi dozes at the window, Ki-tae glowers in the seat behind So-ye, and Oh-je stares ahead at Hwi-young as Da-hwin sleeps on his shoulder.

Sitting side by side, Soo-bin texts Joon-woo, taking the moment to explain why she didn’t tell him about Hwi-young’s text at first. She admits that she was afraid that she would still like him even if it turned out to be true.

Mr. Oh orders everyone to head right home once they arrive back in Seoul, and embarrasses Soo-bin by acknowledging her and Joon-woo’s new relationship. Mr. Oh also gives Chan-yeol a smile, and Chan-yeol nearly trembles as she pinkie promises to give him a tarot reading later.

Oh-je takes off with his usual excuse that he has to work, and the girls gather up Soo-bin to go to a jjimjilbang together. Before they get too far though, Joon-woo scurries over to ask that he and Soo-bin get a day alone together. Once alone, Joon-woo gives Soo-bin a ride down the sidewalk on the back of her luggage, the two of them smiling broadly.

They ride bikes together and then sit at a picnic table in the park. Joon-woo expresses how glad he is to spend time with Soo-bin alone. He jokingly asks her formally to care for him from now on, and she returns the request.

Da-hwin takes some friends from middle school to Oh-je’s restaurant, and he’s less than thrilled to see them all, and even less eager to take photos with them. Outside, Oh-je is mad but backs down when Da-hwin shoots back her own disappointment, and Oh-je tries to make excuses about being shy. Da-hwin stalks away, though she turns around after a few steps to continue the discussion. But by then, Oh-je has already disappeared back inside.

Meanwhile, Mr. Oh meets with the vice-principal and discovers that there is a petition from several parents requesting a new teacher assigned to his class. Mr. Oh notes that the petition doesn’t even have a majority of signatures, and he’s also pretty sure who is behind this. The vice-principal doesn’t even bother to deny that Hwi-young’s mom is the instigator, and instead just blames Mr. Oh for allowing this to happen. Even so, Mr. Oh refuses to back down.

Mr. Oh tries to contact Hwi-young’s mom directly afterwards, but she doesn’t even bother to answer his call. Then he sees the bar where he met Ji-min, and finds himself outside the convenience store as Ji-min wipes the windows.

Joon-woo walks Soo-bin home, but he’s reluctant to go anywhere near the front door, even though Soo-bin assures him her mom is on a business trip. He does sneak closer to scare her and wish her a final farewell for the evening though, hehe. They also agree to see each other the next day, and Joon-woo thrills at the thought of seeing Soo-bin every day from now on.

It’s a good thing Joon-woo didn’t walk Soo-bin inside, because her mom is home early. Soo-bin tries to hide her guilty eyes away, while Mom notes how vibrant her daughter looks after some fresh air.

On his way home, Joon-woo stops at a perfume shop to find a gift for Soo-bin. When the clerk asks if it’s for his girlfriend, Joon-woo smiles when he gets to say yes. He selects a scent and they even burn a personalized inscription into the case.

Hwi-young overhears his mom on the phone with Soo-bin’s mom, gloating in all the praise the woman heaps on her. Hwi-young grows more irritated as he listens to his mother rub her power in Soo-bin’s mom’s face.

Even though they’ve just spent the day together, Joon-woo and Soo-bin flirt on the phone and try to discuss what they want to do together tomorrow. They’re interrupted when Soo-bin’s mom abruptly enters her daughter’s room, and Soo-bin feigns a stomachache as she hides her phone under her bed. Mom suspects nothing, and just reminds Soo-bin to go to Hwi-young’s for the tutor, especially since she hurts from all the groveling she’s had to do.

Joon-woo waits on the line until his own mom comes home. As soon as she sees the sparkling smile on her son’s face, Mom know that it’s not just the fresh air that’s made him so happy. She giggles and demands to hear all about her son’s new romance as they head inside.

Ji-min’s shift at the convenience store ends, and she finds Mr. Oh sleeping at one of the back tables. They head out for beers and listen to one another’s concerns. Ji-min encourages Mr. Oh to stay strong and stand up to the domineering mom giving him hell. Ji-min says that she hears from Joon-woo that Mr. Oh is the best teacher in the world, and that gives Mr. Oh enough confidence to ask Ji-min out. She smiles shyly, but gives a brief “okay” sign of agreement. Next thing you know, the new couple is cheering loudly as they try to win a crane game at an arcade. And that’s when Chan-yeol happens to walk by and sees her crush obviously on a date with another woman.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin have resorted to texting as they try to make their plans for the next day. Soo-bin has to meet the new tutor, so they’ve only got until five. They go back and forth, suggesting earlier and earlier meeting times, until Joon-woo offers the final earliest time of 7:24 a.m. So cute.

Soo-bin’s mom is impressed with her daughter’s early wake up time, and assumes her daughter is getting an early start at the library. But as soon as Soo-bin is out the door, she stuffs her long shawl into her bag to reveal her date dress. It’s not even 7 a.m. yet, but Joon-woo is already there waiting for her. They resume their discussion of what to do for the day, and they agree to honor both of their top picks.

Meanwhile, Joon-woo’s mom Yeon-woo surprises Soo-bin’s mom Song-hee to offer her assistance, even though her job has officially ended. Yeon-woo also tries to return the extra money Song-hee gave her for the extras she provided like food. Yeon-woo protests that she did that because she wanted to help out, not because it was her job.

Soo-bin voted to do nothing for their date, and they achieve that as she and Joon-woo ride on a bus together. Joon-woo says that he used to ride buses like this all the time to see his mom, and he always liked these seats, because he felt like the bus was there just for him.

They arrive at the destination for what Joon-woo wanted to do: Jung-hoo’s grave. Joon-woo introduces his first girlfriend, and Soo-bin greets Jung-hoo and tells him about all of Joon-woo’s accomplishments. She promises to look after him, and when Joon-woo raises an eyebrow at that, she reminds him that she’s been looking after him since the performance assessment. He says he thought it was because she liked him, and she teases that he had the wrong idea.

The two move to the bus station, where Joon-woo talks about how he and his mother got together. Joon-woo says that it’s a sad story because it didn’t work out, but Soo-bin says that she doubts that, since she’s sure his mom was happy when she had Joon-woo in her life. They turn back to their own romance, and Joon-woo asks when she first started liking him. Soo-bin answers that it was when he came back to class after she thought he was transferring again. Joon-woo admits that he’s like Soo-bin ever since the first moment they met, and Soo-bin revises her answer to agree.

Hwi-young stays at home to study, though he’s having a difficult time concentrating. When his mom comes to check on him, he asks her to remove Soo-bin from the private lessons. Hwi-young says he just wants boys in the group, while his mom seems to think it’s because he’s gotten over his crush on Soo-bin, and she seems thrilled about it.

So thrilled, she calls Soo-bin’s mom immediately to take back her offer to let Soo-bin into the tutoring group. Song-hee asks Yeon-woo to turn the car around, and they race to Hwi-young’s house. Hwi-young’s mom is leaving just as they arrive, and Song-hee grovels as she tries to get her daughter one last chance. But Hwi-young’s mom’s attitude has changed entirely, and now she says that she doesn’t think it’s fair to give preferential treatment, and asks Song-hee to stop sucking up to her by calling her “ma’am.”

Yeon-woo hangs back until Hwi-young’s mom jostles Song-hee’s bag to the ground, and now Yeon-woo is there to defend her friend. Hwi-young’s mom is stunned to see them standing together as a force, all while Yeon-woo demands an apology for Song-hee. They don’t get one, but there’s a smile on Song-hee’s lips as Yeon-woo leads her back to the car.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin linger at a park, and Joon-woo delivers the perfume gift. Soo-bin accepts it with a smile, and wonders that Joon-woo is the type who is good at giving gifts. He admits he’s surprised to see so himself, but he’s obviously proud.

Yeon-woo drives Song-hee home and apologizes for butting in to the confrontation with Hwi-young’s mom. But Song-hee says that she appreciates it, even though Yeon-woo’s efforts didn’t change the situation.

Hwi-young’s mom meets with Mr. Oh in a cafe, and Mr. Oh holds his ground against her and the petition. Hwi-young’s mom slips up and asks if he’s accusing her of fabricating grades, and Mr. says that’s not what he was saying (though he should definitely be suspicious now). Mr. Oh says that he hopes that for Hwi-young’s sake, any interference stops now, and Hwi-young’s mom goes on the defensive and tells him that he doesn’t want to go up against them.

Hwi-young’s mom reports it all to her husband afterwards, and he assumes that Mr. Oh now knows that there’s been grade fabrication. Dad promises to do “what we always do,” and orders his wife to make sure that Hwi-young doesn’t find out, since he’s already unstable.

Soo-bin learns about her canceled tutor from her mom, who, though she asks if Soo-bin offended Hwi-young somehow, doesn’t yell about the loss. In fact, when Soo-bin promises to work on her studies on her own, Mom doesn’t badger her, and even smiles at her fists lifted for a cheer of “fighting!”

So the study group arrives at Hwi-young’s without Soo-bin, and Ki-tae is missing as well. The others report that Ki-tae is sick. There’s a surprise guest to fill his absence though–Sang-hoon is here, and Hwi-young’s dad welcomes him into his home as if this is all his own idea.

And indeed, Mom, Dad, and Hwi-young retreat to talk the situation over alone. Dad has included Sang-hoon in the group because he believes that Hwi-young needs a challenge to make him work harder. Mom really doesn’t like the whole idea, and Hwi-young points out that he might turn out like his brother, though Mom insists that he’s so successful now and wishes Hwi-young were like him. With that, Hwi-young grits his teeth as he promises that he will win and stay at the top of the class.

Hwi-young finds Sang-hoon on the stairs, and tells him to just act normal. Sang-hoon gushes falsely at him, but as he turns back to him, he tells Hwi-young not to mess with him. After the session, Hwi-young texts Ki-tae with the promise that he’ll send him copies of all his notes.

Joon-woo, meanwhile, packs up his father’s clothes, and thinks about what Soo-bin said to him about how much his mom loved having him in her life.

Joon-woo manages to sneak up on Soo-bin again the next morning for their walk to school. He’s even left Bumbi at home, and jokes that Bumbi is the third branch of their love triangle. The two hold hands until they get closer to school and Chan-yeol spots them. She runs in to walk beside them, when Ro-mi appears to ask Soo-bin if she was really kicked out of Hwi-young’s study group.

Ro-mi reports that the rumor is that Hwi-young asked his mom to kick her out, and she presumes that it’s because he thinks she’s beneath him now that she’s dating Joon-woo. Joon-woo watches it all, but doesn’t get a chance to ask Soo-bin about it until they’re alone at the lockers.

He asks why she didn’t tell him about it, and she responds that she wasn’t upset about it, since she never wanted a tutor in the first place. Joon-woo is still sullen, and Soo-bin follows him around to chase the look off his face. He’s smiling again by the time they walk to class, though the mood sours again when Hwi-young meets them in the hallway.

Joon-woo leaves them alone to talk, and Hwi-young tells Soo-bin that he’s uncomfortable being around her, and admits that he was the one who asked her to be removed from the team.

Outside, Mr. Oh talks with Ji-min on the phone, as Chan-yeol spies from overhead. He spots her as he hangs up, and realizes that Chan-yeol must have seen him together with Ji-min. He asks what she thought of his new girlfriend, and Chan-yeol tells him that she seemed beautiful and kind. She manages to hide her hurt from Mr. Oh and returns to class.

Chan-yeol isn’t the only student feeling low in class. Da-hwin completely ignores Oh-je’s attempts to mollify her this time, and after class, Ki-tae tells Hwi-young that he can’t accept the spot in the study group because he can’t afford it. Ki-tae promises that he’s still Hwi-young’s friend, but Hwi-young lashes out and tells Ki-tae that he is no longer welcome to his class notes or study cafe.

Da-hwin and Oh-je try to sort out their feelings as well, but in the end, Oh-je asks if they can go back to being just friends. Oh-je promises that it’s because he isn’t good at being a boyfriend, not any fault of Da-hwin’s, but she still takes it hard as she walks away from him.

The vibes are still good for Joon-woo and Soo-bin though, who meet up at a cafe after school. Soo-bin asks how Joon-woo has changed since they started dating, and then demands no cliches just as Joon-woo tries to profess that his whole world has changed, haha. Instead, Joon-woo says that he looks in the mirror more now. Soo-bin teases it’s because he’s admiring how handsome is, and he jokingly agrees, and then says that it’s because his face seems so much more excited than it used to before they were dating.

Then he shyly says that he’s sure that Soo-bin knows that she’s pretty, and she teases him for it until he manages to say it clearly. They also trade the little things they’d like to know about each other, like what Soo-bin looks like when she sneezes, or whether Joon-woo knows that one eye crinkles up when he smiles. Ah, young love.

Joon-woo’s required at work soon and Soo-bin offers to walk him there, with a brief stop at her house beforehand. While Joon-woo is waiting, he gets a case of the hiccups, and Soo-bin offers him water inside. Joon-woo remains reluctant to enter her house, but she swears that she just spoke to her mom and confirmed that she’s at work. Joon-woo follows her, but refuses to go any further than the entryway. He drinks down his water, but finally lunges for the kitchen when the door chimes that someone else is entering.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin duck behind the kitchen island, and Soo-bin wonders if it’s the housekeeper (oh no). They sigh in relief when they assume that she’s left, and right then the housekeeper jumps out to scare them. It’s Joon-woo’s mom, and he stares up into her eyes in shock.

  
COMMENTS

And they’re caught. Although, they’ve been caught by the more understanding mother, so what will come next? I can’t imagine Joon-woo’s mom being at all upset by this union, so instead, I wonder if Joon-woo and Soo-bin will struggle more to learn that their moms have a working relationship with one another. Soo-bin has never seemed caught up in issues of class at school, but it might still feel awkward to know your boyfriend’s mom is working for your mother, especially when you want to keep your relationship a secret. It will be interesting to see how everyone handles this.

I think we’re starting to see Soo-bin’s mom finally coming around, so perhaps this is the perfect timing for the truth to come forward. No longer beholden to Hwi-young’s mom, with a loyal and caring friend in Joon-woo’s mom, Song-hee seems to be experiencing a sense of freedom that may have been lacking in her life for a while. Now that groveling with Hwi-young’s mom isn’t an option, it’s like the skies cleared and she can see that her daughter needs her support more than she needs to be pushed.

And geez Hwi-young’s mom, way to give away all your dark secrets to the first teacher to tell you no. Mr. Oh isn’t exactly brilliant, but he manages to be smarter than Hwi-young’s mom, and that seems to be all he needs to stay ahead of things. So far it’s seemed like we were just dealing with unyielding parental pressures, but now it sounds like we have a full-on scandal. Ki-tae, if all this is true, getting far away from Hwi-young is the best thing you ever did for yourself. So-ye probably just saved your academic career.

Just as things are getting really intense, Hwi-young isolates himself as a final push to be truly ruthless. He understands that his “weakness” is wanting friends and real relationships, and so when everyone starts pulling way, it’s easy for him to retreat and take his “gifts” with him. We already know that he’s been suffering with severe anxiety for a while, but his mother hinted at a past incident that might be even more heartbreaking. And it sounds like it’s not only Hwi-young who suffered, but that perhaps his brother was somehow permanently affected by their parents and the stress of achievement. I would love it if somehow, Sang-hoon ends up being the one to help Hwi-young see what’s going on and stop doing his parents’ bidding.

I couldn’t help but notice that while Joon-woo’s whole world has widened with this new relationship, Soo-bin’s in some ways has narrowed. Her best childhood friend is pulling away from her, Ro-mi takes every opportunity to try to weaken Soo-bin so that she can rise above her, and Soo-bin doesn’t even feel comfortable telling her mom yet about Joon-woo. Soo-bin has a much more complicated entry to this new relationship. I think that she shares Joon-woo’s enthusiasm, but the world seems more set against her than it does him now, a bit of a role reversal from when we first started.

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To a large extent, this episode was all about the dating. So, you started with the smile or a grin and some heart fluttering thrown in there etc. It was just really really cute. Just what I needed.

But I enjoyed that in that cuteness, they closed certain topics.

Junwoo lost his best friend and now he closed that chapter. That moment felt like it had weight. We did not see him grieving for more than an episode so, it always felt like it was not closed but I was glad that it is over. And we need to move on from that.

I also loved their conversation around "what changed for you?" it is a simple question but the answer is all about the character development. I enjoyed Junwoo's answer - "I see mirror more often and the reflection always looks exciting". I think that is lovely writing.

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I hope writer will not spend time on "Relationship with maid's son". I don't think there is time to explore that plot. But there could have been a story there for sure.

I was curious why Writer wrote than in. Was that to make moms friends? Or something else?

Now that JW mom knows the relationship, she will go away quickly so that it is not uncomfortable for the kids. But it was a curious development. I wondered about the reason for the plot.

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I have been a little iffy about the tone in Ma Hwi Young's house. Writer is making is clear now and emphasizing that all the big bad things were orchestrated by his parents and he does not know. But what bothers me is; writer is making his parents almost normal parents in recent episodes. What happened with abused mother, the tension in the house etc.? That tonal change has been a bit jarring for me. But I guess some changes have to be made for the drama to keep going forward. we only have 4 ep to go and so many things to resolve.

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Because sadly that how abuse works, victim and abuser can be and act as perfectly normal family in most of the time, especially when other people are around.

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sad but true. As a matter of fact, although Hwi Young's mum is indeed abused by her husband, she is also very much complicit in the emotional stress and abuse that her son faces. This woman enjoys the power that her husband's name/title offers as much as the next devil, motherly-love and all.

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just wandering in the thread and reading, but i think dramas have a problem with being clear about that sometimes. it's a shame because they get the abuse aspect so well, but the tone can be so awful

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Chan-yeol's crush on Mr. Oh was cute but this girl is just as pure as sunshine so I was really sad to see her get hurt.

Both Da-in and Oh-je are at fault but I would love it if they remained friends. Da-in needs to understand Oh-je better. A relationship shouldn't be a one-way road.

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Joon-woo and Soo-bin is ❤❤❤

Joon-woo's Mom and Soo-bin's Mom's friendship is ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Chan-yeol's crush was brief, subdued and cute. I'm glad they didn't make a whole exposé of it, to be honest. there's nothing that I like less than a High School Teacher-Student relationship. Unless you're Gong Yoo & Gong Hyo Jin. LOL

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I forgot Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin were a student-teacher couple in a drama! Only they can make it work...also maybe because they have a small age difference. GHJ was the teacher but she's actually younger than GY. Haha

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exactly! ha ha ha ha ha

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I was really happy the way they resolved it. I definitely did not want a lengthy teacher crush arc. Considering there is so much left to do. But it was still very cute and handled well.

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I was grinning in all JoonWoo-Soobin scenes.
It’s like I’m getting the fluttering feelings that I didn’t manage to get while I was eighteen and it’s a pleasure for me.
ps. I seriously think the luggage pulling looks so uncomfortable.

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the luggage pulling reminded me of Gu Wei Yi & Si Tu Mo in "Put your head on my shoulder" in an airport scene. So cute. Contrary to that show though, I suspect that pulling on it must not have been very comfortable for Joon Woo... the things Writers will add to shows in the name of romance! LOL

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Lately, this drama is all about first love. Probably, because I was never too invested in this ship I skipped the majority of it. It isn't that there is something wrong with this couple, I simply have all these statistics of high school sweethearts breaking up and I can't take it seriously. I also feel like a lot of storylines were dropped for the sake of it, e.g. Jin Woo's high school friend.
Sure, Jin Woo was sad about it, but if we compare it to Shut Up: Boys over Flower it didn't have ANY impact on the story or character. Jin Woo was moody for an episode, threatened Hwi Young and that's it. Him closing doors wasn't even mean because we didn't see any consequences or him grieving all that much. His crush smiled at him and that's how all the grieving ended.
Also, I am tired of everyone threatening Hwi Young and never actually seeing any results. It is episode 11, for God's sake. Now, the show is also trying to portray him as a poor boy who just needs love and help. Sure, he is a poor boy from abusive family but for the first 10 episodes, he was also the lying, arrogant asshole who actually committed a crime on at least two occasions (robbery, body harm). After what Sang-Hoon said about his mom saving his ass, I am pretty sure there was more harm done. He needs to grow up but by taking responsibility and preferably by seeing a psychiatrist. It is not something you make right by suddenly becoming more open to fe~elings. Should I give him a free pass because he is from an abusive family? Is it what show is asking me to do? Because I don't plan to, the majority of people who commit crime are from abusive families as well, this doesn't allow them to walk scot free.

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I have a feeling that MHY was not meant to be perceived as audience perceived him. I think somewhere in the script, few details got missed out and he became this vicious villain.

For example, the watch, if you recall, he did not really steal it. He threw it in trash. It became bigger because that academy teacher decided to accuse JW for the theft and then it was quite difficult for MHY to come out and say 'I threw it, it was an error'. But he tried hard to make there was no official complaint.

Also about bodily harm. JW was annoying him - he was too peceptive and HMY did not like it. So, he wanted him gone. He actually never really gave direction to cause him bodily harm. There might have been an implication of 'if he gets in trouble, they will transfer him' but he did not know what he was doing then.

In any case, I feel apart from showing arrogance and HMY has not really done anything really 'bad' or 'criminal'.

However, I think script was a bit strong. Audience was so much into protecting JW that anyone who caused him any stress was an enemy. I think his parents need to be put in place and he will need to understand what has happened. And he definitely needs counseling.

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Theft is the dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another, with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.
Sure, it might be treated differently in different jurisdictions, but I am pretty sure throwing away someone else's property is not okay.
Also, it was body harm. Hwi Young is anything but naive, there is no chance Jin Woo could get in trouble without anyone getting physically harassed. The only thing that he was actually surprised about was that Ki Tae paid them to do it.

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You are right about that. I guess perhaps what drama is trying to say is, he comes from a troubled environment where parents are unable to tell him right from wrong. Even his school environment has been controlled by parents influence. He did not turn out to be a great person.

But here is an opportunity. He is 18, he is learning the impact to himself and to others. The fear he is going through currently, the 'friends' he is loosing and the isolation he feels are all his punishments and learning opportunities. So, perhaps writer wants us to be kind like the teacher.

He did something useful to Subin by getting her out of that study group. He heard his mom say 'yes, i am doing a favor to you, you should pay me back etc etc' to Subin's mom and we saw his discomfort with that. I think he told mom to get Subin out because of that, which was one selfless act.

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Hwi Young is an instigator in a lot of this Show's incidents. He may not get his own hands dirty, but he sure is good at making requests for "obstacles" to be removed from his path. Feigning innocence now because "But I didn't know they were gonna go that far" really isn't an excuse.

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*plays Urban Zakapa's I Don't Love You as background song to Oh Je and Da-hwin's scene*
So Hwi-young totally gave up on Soo-bin? I thought he was determined not to lose Soo-bin to Jun-woo last episode? Maybe he saw them hugging and just gave up but it was not shown. Well it's better that there's no more love rivalry.
The single me cannot relate to the dating scenes but Im happy to see Jun-woo and Soo-bin happy together. They're so pure aww. Jun-woo is so giddy I cant believe it's the same Jun-woo we know. I hope it also works well with the other couples.

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I think Hwi Young is steeling himself for a bigger battle now - cutting himself off from everyone and everything to prove that he can be the best and he didn't rig his grades. Kind of shows that his 'love' for Soo Bin isn't really 'love', which Soo Bin is already aware of. I'm not sure why he is so offended in this episode and he seems to be unaware his parents did something... I mean didn't he literally ask him mom for help when he realised Sang Hoon got the question right and not him? And then later the question was removed, did he think his family had nothing to do with it at all? Or did I miss something here?

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I wondered about that too! Why is Hwi Young suddenly so unaware about his parents' meddling?? Isn't that how he got off being blamed for stealing the watch? How he got off being associated with the other kid's indirect & untimely demise?

I'm quite sure he's not aware as to what extent his parents would go to, but his "innocent" act is questionable.

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Yeah, I think he is aware that parents use influence to clean some of his messes but I'm pretty sure he and we don't know how far they went to ensure his "No.1 Student" status. And boy probably lying to himself with all his might and blame others for what happened.

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Didn't he also ask his mother for help about the assault on Jin Woo's friend? The next day the witness even rejected the claims.

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Yes he has asked his mom for help a couple of times so I think HW is aware of his mom's influence and power - but I don't think he is aware of how far UP it goes.

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In particular, I think he was surprised that his parents went as far as doing something so terrible that it lead to the illness of the first HR teacher that Mr. Oh stepped up for. He may also not be aware of the gift giving.

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Am I the only one who wanted to buy that luggage ? It must be so tough :-)

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Chan-yeol is the cutest! She's a super good friend, she handles her one side crush alone.

I'm not a super fan of the new friendship between the mothers because Soo Bin's mother still ranks people by their background. She's very good to act friendly and thinking in the same time they're not in the same category.

Now Sang Hoon is back, I want hom to be smart and understands his ennemy is Hwiyoung's father and not Hwiyoung, even if he did bad things and should be punished for it.

We still don't know Oh-je's secret. He said he didn't like somebody else. As a person who is not convinced by his love for Hwiyoung, I'm curious to know if he lied or not.

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I think his secret is really that he's gay. His conversation with junwoo at his house seemed to imply that. He seems to be affected by hwiyoung's presence and even defended him in front of junwoo's salad. I don't know what he sees in that guy lol

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Great episode! My smile was from ear to ear watching Jun Woo and Soo Bin have the time of their life. The quiet talk at the cafe was def the highlight of the episode for me. Indeed, abirdword, such young and innocent love - this perfect moment right here at eighteen.

The constant emphasis on Jun Woo’s mom’s first love story is troubling me. I hope it isn’t a foreshadow. It was a sweet, extraordinary experience, but can only be a part of her memory. And Jun Woo is her reminder that something beautiful had happened in her life.

Young love in my teenage years was beautiful and memorable too, but just like most of first love stories, it had to end. So while I'm extremely loving these sweet moments, I think I should prepare myself for the worst case scenario of where this drama is heading to - the events are simply a story of what happens at eighteen. They will all grow up, get into the real world, and these moments will turn into a trip down the memory lane; the good things come to an end.. Oof!

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I've been seeing some foreshadowing too!

same as you, I also think this is where the Show will go:
Soo Bin and Joon Woo will indeed not end up together, but I suspect it won't be a bad break-up. The focus the Show has had on Joon Woo's artistic prowess seems to indicate he'll follow that path, and I think it's going to be the education/career path that will separate our two sweet love birds. I am fully prepared for a time skip where they bump into each other and think back on their "moment at 18", with a smile and an open ending with lots of sunshine.
the end.

yes? :-)

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Augh as heartbreaking as this sounds, I couldn’t help but agree. They’re so young, so many opportunities ahead of them. Mom looking back on her first love wasn’t bitter. She’s accepted life happens. She’s now got a son and her first love has a family of his own. Even these two didn’t seem like they believe first love lasts....

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I think Mom talking about first love so hopefully might also have something to do with him accepting his dad situation a little better and also having less regret about his mom taking care of him. By telling him the first love was precious, I felt she was trying to tell him, he was born out of love. She has no regrets and he should not feel as if he was a burden etc.

Actually, to me, I prefer to see this drama as a slice of life. These characters went through these emotions when they were 18. Whatever may happen to them in the future, these times were precious. I am not even interested to know if their love is going to be forever or not. I kinda don't care. So far as their high school ends in a manner that gives these characters personal growth, to me, that is happy ending.

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very astute observation, re: Joon Woo being born out of love. I like it!

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I find myself listening to its OST again. Reading your guys thoughts made this OST more fitting for Soo Bin and Jun Woo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss58iFw7dK8

We were young and fumbling
Everything fades away
Let it go by with a flow
Really wish I could stay
But you know me
All the moments we shared
Are not going anywhere
Never quite understood it
When you told me
Just close your eyes
And I be right by your side
Cuz memories don't say goodbye

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Again, it's very reply series. I really wouldn't mind an older couple cameo looking back to all of these moments at eighteen. I still also hope JW and SB will marry. Maybe they'll meet again in the future at a better time, when their successes have been pursued.

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Chan Yeol, what a precious girl. She us just a ray of Sunshine. She reminds me of Joi Won's mom, just a genuinely good person. As for Joo Won and Soo Bin, they are beyond adorable. Be still my heart.🤩😍🥰❤💞💓💗💖💝💘❣

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I just love Jun Woo and his Mom's relationship. They care deeply abt each other, and they are very close too. I love how the Mom knows her son so well, that she can read through him. That scene when she was teasing him abt his first love was so sweet. Hope i'll be that close to my son when he is a teenager!

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I want a son just like Jun Woo, too. :)

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I am proud of Oh-je for breaking up with Da-hwin and proud of Ki-tae for breaking up with Hwi-young. Hwi-young took it as hard as Da-hwin since the boy has only one friend.

It was so cute when Soo-bin checked the time on her phone and saw it was only 6:50 a.m. My heart skipped a beat when she looked up and saw Joon-woo already there waiting for her.

Ki-tae glowers in the seat behind So-ye

Ki-tae was moping, not glowering. Pil-sang crying on the bus was so sad. Thankfully, Go Dong was there to comfort him. These poor heartbroken puppies.

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Joon Woo's smile (and unevenly squinted eyes, as Soo Bin later pointed out) was sooooo bright, it was blinding!

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With all this break ups it felt like it was the theme of the episode, with only our main couple getting together.

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Maybe we can take that to mean that our otp beat the odds against failed first loves? *Fingers crossed

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make Season 2 for this series..

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Serious question: how did Choi Joon Woo pay for atelier cologne? Its like 10000 won ($78)!! Its not practical!

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Joon-wo is "rich"! Lol. I recognized the Atlier perfume right away. They have some lovely scents but are easily more than $100usd per bottle. Product placement strikes again.

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