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A Moment at Eighteen: Episode 12

The joy of the new couple’s young love contrasts sharply with the agony of a marriage near its end. A very real threat to their happiness must be dealt with and even though the teenagers have a plan, it may not be good enough. There’s uncertainty as well for the class president, thanks to a rumor about an academic scandal that’s spreading like wildfire, posing a threat not only to him, but to his family.

 
EPISODE 12: “Being More Mature Than Adults at the Age of 18”

After Joon-woo’s mother catches Soo-bin and Joon-woo hiding in the kitchen, they move to a cafe to talk. Joon-woo’s mother squeals with delight when she confirms that Joon-woo and Soo-bin are officially dating.

Joon-woo’s mother blinks away tears of happiness but the mood changes when Joon-woo asks why she was at Soo-bin’s house. Joon-woo recalls the matching rice balls that he and Soo-bin had on the school trip and has an idea what his mother is going to say.

As they walk to the convenience store, Joon-woo’s mom explains how she ended up working for Soo-bin’s mother. Mom guesses that now that he’s dating Soo-bin, her job must make Joon-woo uncomfortable but he insists that he doesn’t mind.

Joon-woo’s mom has to run off when she gets a text from Song-hee, but before she leaves, she urges Joon-woo to make sure that Soo-bin’s mom knows that they’re dating. Joon-woo’s mother surprises him when she shouts out congratulations and he watches her fondly as she walks away.

When Joon-woo texts Soo-bin, he finds out that she’s right behind him. Soo-bin tells Joon-woo that she had no idea that his mother was working for her mother but he insists that it doesn’t bother him.

Joon-woo mentions that his mother asked them to tell Soo-bin’s mother that they’re dating and Soo-bin reluctantly agrees. At the convenience store, Joon-woo and Soo-bin wave goodbye but she can’t tear herself away until he finally disappears inside.

A tired Hwi-young arrives home and heads upstairs just as Ki-tae calls him about a post on the class thread. Hwi-young looks suspicious when he and his mother read the anonymous post, “I think Ma Hwi-young in Class 3 rigged his grades.”

At school, the teachers field a flood of phone calls while the vice-principal coaches them on what to say. The vice-principal instructs Ms. Bae to delete the post but Mr. Oh argues that will look suspicious. Mr. Oh suggests posting an official response but the coach informs him that it’s too late, the students have reposted the rumor everywhere.

In Chan-yeol’s room, Soo-bin reminds her friends of a similar rumor the year before. While Chan-yeol urges a depressed Da-hwin to go home, Soo-bin stares at Hwi-young’s number on her phone.

Hwi-young’s mother walks into her son’s room and shuts his computer so that Hwi-young can’t read any more comments. When she urges him not to worry, Hwi-young tells her, “You shouldn’t worry either. And stop drinking.”

When Yeon-woo picks up Song-hee, she mentions how upset the class moms are about the allegation but Song-hee knows that once Hwi-young is ranked #1 again, all will be forgotten. After Yeon-woo notices that Song-hee’s cast is gone, Song-hee reminds her that her assignment isn’t over yet.

As they walk to the car, Yeon-woo mentions that her son has a girlfriend and she’s convinced that Song-hee saw a rat when she exclaims, “Oh my gosh!” Song-hee argues that Joon-woo is too young to date and scolds, “This is a big problem.” As Song-hee walks ahead, Yeon-woo tells herself, “Yes, it is a big problem.”

After work, Joon-woo runs into Hwi-young, who’s on his way home from the academy. They talk and when Hwi-young asks if he saw the post, Joon-woo explains why he didn’t mention it, “I can’t be nice to you.”

On a date with Ji-min, Mr. Oh can’t stop talking about Hwi-young, who he describes as one of his most vulnerable students. Mr. Oh understands Hwi-young’s situation all too well because his own mother always demanded that he had to be first. In a flashback, a young Mr. Oh cried as his mother berated him for an unacceptable score of 95%.

Mr. Oh confesses that he grew up afraid of his mother and when he got into a university, it wasn’t the one that she wanted. After his mother died while he was at the university, Mr. Oh’s resentment was replaced with regret. Ji-min comforts Mr. Oh with the belief that his mother must be happy that he became such a good teacher.

Hwi-young’s parents discuss the rumor and while Dad blames the previous home room teacher, Mom blames Mr. Oh. She’s anxious to get rid of Mr. Oh but Hwi-young’s father argues, “How can we change him again?” After hearing their conversation, Hwi-young demands to know what his parents have done.

Anxious to protect Hwi-young from his father’s anger, his mother sends him back upstairs but he has another question, “There’s someone else I’m suspicious of…that genius that you like so much, the savage.” That savage, Sang-hoon, stares at his phone and chuckles, “Hwi-young is probably experiencing a mental breakdown by now.”

At home, Soo-bin steels herself to tell her mother about Joon-woo but she doesn’t get the chance because her mom has some news of her own to share, “Hey…the son of my driver…has a girlfriend…I guess he’s given up on going to university.”

Soo-bin can’t move as her mother’s words sink in and when she escapes to the kitchen for some water, her mom mumbles, “If the post about that rat’s son is true, I hope he gets humiliated once and for all. Yikes.

At school the next day, Sang-hoon catches up to Hwi-young and when he sees the bandage covering his rash, he blames it on their upcoming finals. Sang-hoon wants Hwi-young to know that he had nothing to do with the post about his grades, he’s much too thankful for all that Hwi-young’s family has done for him and his father.

Annoyed, Hwi-young pushes Sang-hoon to the ground. Ki-tae pauses as he passes by but Hwi-young tells him to keep walking and Sang-hoon senses the rift between them.

Joon-woo notices Soo-bin’s concern when Hwi-young walks away with Sang-hoon, who promises to be Hwi-young’s new best friend. Joon-woo mentions that Hwi-young looked fine when they ran into each other the night before.

While waiting for class to start, Pil-sang tries to sketch Ro-mi but he’s not very good. Joon-woo gives Pil-sang an impromptu drawing lesson and impresses the boys with his skill.

Out by the athletic field, Soo-bin and her friends beg Da-hwin to eat, worried that she might actually faint from hunger. When Oh-je walks by with Joon-woo, Ro-mi grabs him by the collar, “How dare you make Da-hwin starve herself.” Ro-mi demands that Oh-je take responsibility for Da-hwin but when he tries to talk to her, she walks away.

Hwi-young meets with Mr. Oh to apologize for the petition to have him removed as home room teacher but he argues that the moms just want the best for their kids. When asked about the online rumor, Mr. Oh expresses confidence in Hwi-young, “Even if something unexpected happens, I’m sure it won’t be because you do something wrong.” Hwi-young wants Mr. Oh to know that he never cheated or changed his grades and the teacher believes him.

During the class announcements, one of the students asks Hwi-young, “The rumors about rigged grades aren’t true, right?” Hwi-young asks the rest of the class what they think and after a long silence, Joon-woo suggests that they should get ready for class.

After school, Da-hwin uses her phone to record her “Breakup Project”. She notices when Oh-je appears in the background as he walks by, his focus on the boy ahead of him. Hwi-young?

Soo-bin goes over her study schedule with Joon-woo and explains her plan — Soo-bin will tell her mother that they’re dating after she does well on the final exams. Joon-woo sketches Soo-bin in the corner of her calendar and cautions, “Things don’t go your way when you try too hard to do well.”

Soo-bin is frustrated that she finds it necessary to hide their relationship from her mom but Joon-woo explains, “It’s because we’re 18.” When Soo-bin wonders if being eighteen is a sin, Joon-woo reasons, “We learned about the most brilliant thing at the most brilliant time of our lives. I guess you could call it a sin.”

Soo-bin wonders if they should just be brave and tell everyone the truth so that Joon-woo won’t have to hide whenever he’s in her neighborhood. Joon-woo confesses, “I’m happy, but it feels weird…It makes me sigh,” and Soo-bin admits that she feels the same way. Joon-woo takes Soo-bin’s hand and leans in for a kiss but before their lips meet, her dad calls.

Soo-bin wants Joon-woo to greet her dad but the call gets disconnected. Song-hee interrupted the call when she snatched the phone from her husband’s hand with a reminder that he’s not to call their daughter without permission.

Song-hee is in a hurry and asks her husband why he wanted to meet. Soo-bin’s father hands Song-hee an envelope with divorce documents but she tosses it back at him. When he reminds Song-hee that they no longer love each other, she laughs that he’s acting like he’s eighteen with his talk about love.

Song-hee returns to her car where Yeon-woo is waiting. Song-hee is surprised when her husband leaves the restaurant with the new woman in his life. Yeon-woo asks, “Should I run them over,” and when Song-hee nods, she revs the engine and lurches forward, stopping just inches from his car. The women can’t help but laugh when Soo-bin’s father yells, “Are you crazy?”

That night, Soo-bin’s snack includes some cookies that her mom’s driver sent. Soo-bin asks Mom if she and her driver are close and Song-hee admits that they’re now friends. Once she’s alone, Soo-bin can’t wait to text Joon-woo with the news along with a reminder that they need to do well on their exams to improve their chances with her mom.

After getting home, Mr. Oh wonders why he hasn’t been able to get in touch with Ji-min all day. He texts Hwi-young a reminder to call him anytime and is annoyed when he replies with a simple, “Thank you.”

At home, Hwi-young pulls out a photo of him and his brother as boys and asks, “What do I do? I’m afraid.”

Joon-woo is on the phone with his mom when he gets home. She’s back at her place and he promises to do well now that he’s on his own again. When it’s time for bed, Joon-woo turns out the light and in a flashback, we see that Soo-bin suggested he should try sleeping without it. Soo-bin told Joon-woo to imagine her next to him, protecting him.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin have one of their mental conversations and he confesses that the thought of her next to him is making it difficult to fall asleep. Soo-bin lies in bed at home and imagines Joon-woo getting sleepy and when he finally falls asleep, Joon-woo imagines Soo-bin sitting next to him until the sun rises.

The next day, Soo-bin tutors Joon-woo and she’s proud when he solves a problem on his own. Joon-woo is reminded of the story of a princess and a fool named On-dal.

Soo-bin teases that Joon-woo’s nickname should be Joon-dal and hers can be “Bean”. Joon-woo can’t contain his happiness over her suggestion and he surprises Soo-bin with a kiss on the cheek. Soo-bin maintains her composure and when Joon-woo tells her, “I love you,” she calmly replies, “Okay.” Joon-woo complains to himself, “That’s not fair.”

After they’re done studying, Joon-woo panics when he learns that Soo-bin arranged to meet her father. Soo-bin didn’t say anything sooner because she didn’t want Joon-woo distracted while they studied. Soo-bin plans to meet with her dad first and then promises to text Joon-woo when it’s time for them to meet.

Joon-woo waits outside and practices his introduction while Soo-bin meets her dad inside a restaurant. She’s not prepared for his news, “Your mom and I are getting a divorce.” Soo-bin’s dad explains that he and Song-hee no longer get along, they haven’t for some time, but Soo-bin’s mother won’t agree to a divorce because she’s worried about Soo-bin.

Soo-bin looks out the window and smiles wistfully at Joon-woo, who’s still practicing his introduction. When her father reminds Soo-bin that she’s old enough to understand, she points that there are times when kids her age are told that they’re too young to do anything but study, but at other times they’re expected to act like adults.

Soo-bin’s father reminds his daughter that she’s always been mature but tears spill from her eyes as Soo-bin confesses that it was all an act. She only pretended to be mature to ease her parents’ guilt.

Soo-bin joins Joon-woo outside and explains that her dad is too busy to meet him. Joon-woo is scheduled to go to work but he decides to skip his shift so that he can hang out with Soo-bin.

Joon-woo takes Soo-bin to a roller rink and he stays by her side as they skate, fully aware that there’s something bothering her. When they stop at their favorite cafe, Soo-bin asks Joon-woo about his greatest regret, the one thing that he’s kept bottled up in his heart. Joon-woo immediately answers, “Not being able to tell him that it was me.”

Joon-woo explains that when he was about to be transferred again, he went to his dad’s address. Even though he’d always known where his father lived, Joon-woo had never been able to go there but on that day, he found the courage. Joon-woo’s dad didn’t recognize him and he confesses that his greatest regret was not being able to tell his father who he was. Soo-bin proposes, “Let’s go back and tell him. So you won’t regret it anymore.” When Joon-woo realizes how important it is to Soo-bin, he agrees.

On their way to his dad’s place, Joon-woo asks Soo-bin to look at the letter that he wrote but she shakes her head. Soo-bin guesses that Joon-woo included a drawing and tells him, “Good job.”

Soo-bin stands next to Joon-woo in front of his father’s front door until he pushes his letter under it. Once that’s done, Soo-bin wishes, “I hope all your regrets are gone now,” and they smile at each other.

As they walk away, Joon-woo asks Soo-bin if she’s feeling better, “You had something you regretted, so you were trying to feel better by using me.” Joon-woo always intended to return someday and because he wanted to help Soo-bin, he tells her, “I guess today was that day.” While they talk, Joon-woo places his hand over Soo-bin’s head to shield her from the sun.

Song-hee walks past some shops as she and Yeon-woo talk on the phone. Song-hee promises to treat Yeon-woo to something good when she visits and after hanging up, she finds herself in front of a bakery.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin walk up to his rooftop and gaze at the skyline in the distance. Joon-woo is surprised when Soo-bin confesses that she visited his place once before, when he realized that she didn’t trust him.

Soo-bin asks to see Joon-woo’s room but it’s messy, so he has her wait outside while he fixes something to eat. After their rooftop meal, Soo-bin confides in Joon-woo, “The thing I regret most right now is when my mom and dad said they would get a divorce, and I stopped them.”

In a flashback, a younger Soo-bin ran to her mother in the parking garage and grabbed her suitcase, sobbing, “Don’t go.” As her father stood in the background, Soo-bin’s mom reminded her, “You said you’d understand even if we got divorced.”

In spite of her mother’s assurances that they would love her no matter what, Soo-bin begged, “Don’t split up with dad.” Swayed by her daughter’s tears, Soo-bin’s mother promised to stay.

Soo-bin explains to Joon-woo that she thought that she was doing the right thing but her parents only pretended they were still together for her sake. Soo-bin feels responsible for her parents’ unhappiness and when she starts to cry, Joon-woo tells her, “You didn’t know back then.”

Joon-woo wipes away Soo-bin’s tears and hugs her consolingly until Soo-bin’s mother interrupts, “What are you guys doing?” Soo-bin’s mother sets down the cake that she bought for Joon-woo and demands to know if Soo-bin is Joon-woo’s girlfriend.

Soo-bin tries to explain but her mother slaps her and when Joon-woo shields her, he gets hit too. Joon-woo backs away after Soo-bin’s mother shrieks, “Let go of her,” and he’s stunned when she screams, “What on earth is happening?”

COMMENTS

Joon-woo’s and Soo-bin’s relationship gets discovered by the scary mom, ending in that disastrous confrontation. The kids’ two moms couldn’t be more different and while the episode began with Joon-woo’s mother’s heartfelt congratulations, it ended with a stinging slap from Soo-bin’s mom. When I think about it, it has everything to do with how the woman view their failed relationships. While Joon-woo’s mother remembers her short-lived relationship fondly, Soo-bin’s mother is bitter, her heart hardened against her daughter’s desire to share her heart with someone like Joon-woo. No wonder Soo-bin’s dream is to escape her mother’s control.

Before Soo-bin’s mother learned about them, Soo-bin and Joon-woo navigated some rough waters together and helped each other immensely. Along the way, their first kiss was a miss but Joon-woo did manage to kiss Soo-bin on her cheek and confess that he loved her. As usual, Soo-bin’s response was strangely measured, but after seeing how she’s had to control her emotions around her parents, her subdued reactions make more sense.

We learned quite a bit about Soo-bin’s parents’ unhappy marriage in that heart wrenching flashback. Kim Hyang-gi broke my heart when she pleaded with her mother not to abandon their family. Soo-bin’s raw desperation really came across in that scene and it’s no wonder that her parents stayed together for her sake. But after years of pretending, they now despise each other and Soo-bin realizes too late that her interference hurt more than it helped. There are some regrets that we just have to live with and unfortunately, Soo-bin’s greatest regret falls into that category because she can’t go back and change history.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin did their best to help each other because good relationships aren’t just about smiling sweetly at each other, even though they’re really good at that. They’re actually both very good at helping each other through their challenges and I wouldn’t be surprised if their relationship stands the test of time. But first they have to deal with the fallout now that Soo-bin’s mother knows that they’re together.

As hard as it was to watch Soo-bin’s mother’s meltdown, her reaction makes some sense. Song-hee made a huge sacrifice for Soo-bin and she wants it to be a worthwhile one. In Song-hee’s mind, what would make staying married to Soo-bin’s father worth it is if Soo-bin gets accepted to the best university in Seoul, ending up with an enviable career and a wealthy husband. As a mother, there’s nothing but disappointment in store if there’s an expectation that the sacrifices made in raising a child will be rewarded. That’s what plagues Soo-bin, knowing that she’ll never be able to make her mother happy while Mr. Oh understands the pain caused by unrelenting, unreasonable demands.

Poor Mr. Oh, he’s the original Hwi-young, only his family wasn’t wealthy. It must be why he became a teacher, to help students who suffer with a similar experience. As hard as it was for Mr. Oh to get through to Joon-woo, it’s even harder with Hwi-young but he may get a chance thanks to that post about Hwi-young’s grades. Whatever Hwi-young’s parents have been up to behind the scenes, it’s about to be revealed and maybe we’ll learn more about his brother in the process. With only a handful of episodes left, I have no idea what to expect for the students of Class 3, but I’m hoping for some happy endings, for some of the adults as well as the kids.

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HY's "Freaky Friday" was just too much.

To recast him as an unknowing innocent is too much a re-writing of the early episodes. Does the writer expect us to magically forget HY was fully involved in manipulating the system and even directly asking his mother to intervene.

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I think her reaction would make more sense if she didn't start screaming at them. I understand that she wants Soo Bin to not be dating, but that was a scary reaction. Let's see where it goes.

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I see her as that typical k-drama mom who opposes their kids being with someone who does not belong in “their” class. She didn’t have an issue with Soo Bin being friends with Hwi Young, but she’s hard pressed on Jun Woo since day 1. So her freaking out on Soo Bin didn’t surprise me a bit. She’s masking it as she wants Soo Bin to study first before boyfriend, but Jun Woo is a nobody to her, so she wants him gone ASAP.

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She is the mean mother in law we see in the drama.

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She is also very protective of her, over ambitious for her daughter, wants her well settled so that she can move on with her life.

I am sure she thinks Jw does not have a bright future ahead of him and she does not want her daughter anywhere near him.

Considering they barely knows him, as a mother, I would worry and I would be a bit hysterical to find them in a hug.

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I understand where Soo bin mother comes from. But really what she forgetting is seeing her daughter as an individual person. I mean most of their conversation is about her grades and how to get into the best university. they have never talked about Soo bins school life, her real dream for her future or even having a conversation about dad. Then again because Song hee herself is so closed off emotionally she never could have this type of important bonding conversation with her own kid. It is sad seeing this. No wonder Soo bin is struggling with really expressing herself.
Seeing Song hee reaction at the rooftop what almost like a horror moment... I am really scared what she gonna put Soo bin true next...

this just also show how Joon woo is like a safe heaven for Soo bin. He made her express her feelings and also open up to talk about her scars and about dad.

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Soo-bins mums reaction looked quite over the top to me. However considering the question I think she asked junwoo in the preview to the next episode, her concerns at that point might have not been just about soo bin dating, but soo bin dating and being in the boyfriends house alone where she catches them hugging. Parents🙄

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The same boy whose mother had him at a very young age. Her fear that Soo Bin and Jun Woo are following the path of his mother......

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What's sad is we really haven't had a chance to learn what Soo-bins dreams are regarding school and her future, and it's very clear her mother doesn't have a clue mainly because she has no interest in what her actual dreams are she is so bent on pushing her into a University experience that if she gets in will be painful and disappointing.

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and saddest part is, that because of all that pushing and pressure Soo Bin haven't a chance to figure her option by herself.

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True. She probably feels anything she wants to pursue won't be "allowed", so she doesn't get invested

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She has one goal right now (Episode 4) - to escape from her mom by getting into a university. To live by her own standards and not her mom’s nor society’s. She’s using her mom’s goal for her as her own goal too to get away from her.

Yes, it’s really sad that she hasn’t had the time to think through yet what she really wants to do in life because she needs to get to this goal first. 💔

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I doubt the mother will change materially in the next 4 episodes but I hope she has a chance to soften a little. It should be a wake up call that your daughter's boyfriends first instinct is to protect her from you.

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I figured Soobin's mother would find out before they got a chance to tell her but... do we know if Soobin's mom is aware that Joonwoo is her driver's kid?

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Yes, all four of them ran into each other on the street and Soo Bin's mom was hard judging Jun Woo's mom's purse being fake. lol They were carrying the same purse.

Also, remember they met again when the parents went to school to watch them learn an English class? Jun Woo's mom was the butt joke at the restaurant during lunch with all the moms around. That's why Soo Bin's mom was iffy about making her her driver. She's hard judging Jun Woo and his mom

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And that's probably why she went to Jun Woo's place and brought him some food. She probably wants to be nice to him for once since she and his mom are friends now.

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Ro-mi is shaping up to be the best girlfriend in this show! I don't even remember hating her in the first half of this show because she's growing on me now. HAHAHA

Aside from the things Soo-bin and Joon-woo had to go through at a young age, what makes me really sad this episode is the fact that Soo-bin's Mom and Joon-woo's Mom's friendship might be ruined because of the relationship of their kids...

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I am weird. It’s crazy how fast I changed my tunes with Ro Mi. I am usually not this forgiving with characters who have done my favourite characters wrong. Sometimes no amount of redeeming qualities can make me forgive them. ie. Soo Ah of My ID is Gangnam Beauty.

Thinking more about it, it’s probably because I saw my best girlfriend in Ro Mi. I used to hate her guts in middle school. She wasn’t mean, but she did have a RBF like Ro Mi. In our group, she was the least person I talked to. Then one day, something clicked, she became one of my best friends. She told me in high school she knew I didn’t like her and she felt I always excluded her whenever I talked to our group. LOL. This is making me sound like a bully, but sometimes there’s that someone you just don’t feel like talking to and she was that kind of someone to me. Anyways, I love her to bits now.

I hope Soo Bin and Ro Mi turn into besties! That’ll be a great nostalgia few years down the road.

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Yes! Yes! And Yes! Ro-mi didn't get a full-on redemption arc but it is the little things that she did this ep that made me love her 10000x!

Ro-mi also reminds me of how I used to hate my friends back in high school. The weirdest thing is that, my friends and I became the closest after a big fight. HAHA. They stayed with me through thick and thin and it's wonderful to hear people be harsh and true to you because they love you.

I also hope Soo-bin and Ro-mi become besties!

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Yep sometimes you are friends with them again just like that amidst the nasty dramas. I think that's why Ro Mi's quick shift in character didn't feel off to me. It's fitting knowing girlfriends were there for her during her lowest point especially when that was of her own making that she`ll return the favour this time to them.

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It's nice for RM to want to be a better friend but she was very wrong in everything she said to OJ but he was again too polite to stand up for himself against a girl. If he had waited on DH I think she would have started planning their wedding and just because the guy rejected her in the nicest possible way she has decided to starve without sharing with her friends what their relationship was really like, which is simply a non-relationship. Mistaken RM tells OJ to take responsibility when they guy just did that and to return what he received, not knowing it was more like a person imposing something on another.

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@lixie that’s why I thought it was hilarious that the one time she tried to be a nice friend, she still ended up being in the wrong. She jumps the gun and opens her mouth without fully understanding the situation.

I won’t argue on Da Heen’s actions. She got too obsessive with Oh Je, went on a hunger strike post-breakup. But her reaction over breakup isn’t too far off with how some people cope up with breakups. She reminded me Oh Hae Young ngl.

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I was pleased to see Ro-mi do something positive for her friends but feel so badly for Pil-sang, he finally mustered up the courage for a proper confession and she savaged him

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But I'd rather have Ro-mi be frank to Pil-sang than fake her feelings for him just because he's a chaebol. hahaha. I hope Pil-sang also grows from this experience.

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True I was impressed that she wasn't swayed by his money/social status
but even so she felt unnecessarily harsh I thought.

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I am so glad that they didn't have her change her mind for money.
I'm of two minds about it. I admire that Pil sang just put it out there like that and his crying face hurt. However, Rom mi has never ever given him any hope at all.
And, you know, with Pil Sang's behavior I'd not want to date him either, he reminds me of how boys act in middle school, lol.
Now that he asked and she said no he needs to back away.

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Saaaame. I normally grow too much amount of hate if an actor starts as the annoying and overly jealous character but Ro-mi is just too cute to hate for long. She’s a softee and one of the best bff inside. ❤️

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The real Ro-mi is a frank softie. I love her.

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Romi is now - everyone knows me now. I don't have to pretend to be the queen. i am just going to do whatever. And suddenly, she is all about friends.

You know, they did not do a in depth study on her. I am all good. Now i thinks he is kinda cute.

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Ro-mi is now cutest in their gang (it used to be Chan-yeol for me HAHAHA). I love her.

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Soo-bin's mom is way out of line. Rather than screaming and hitting children, why not have an actual conversation? Children, no matter their age, have thoughts and opinions. Listening and trying to reason with a kid is going to get you a lot further than commanding them without letting them express themselves. I understand Soo-bin's mom's concerns about her daughter's future, but her approach is demeaning and, I believe, emotionally abusive at times. If she tried to have a real conversation with Soo-bin, they might be able to reach a middle ground, since Soo-bin is rational and not rebellious by nature. Soo-bin just wants to feel heard and loved for who she is. I really hope Jun-woo's mom can be a good influence in that regard, since whatever her parenting faults, she respects her child and makes him feel loved.

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Exactly. I was just starting to warm to her. Joon-woo’s mom’s presence seemed to be softening her a bit, but as soon as she found them on the rooftop, she went right back to how she was. I understand her concerns and why she would freak out in that situation, but the hitting and screaming is too much. I hope she sits down and really listens to Soo-bin before this drama is over.

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that last scene was like a thriller for me. Although Soo Bin’s mum reaction is too much, I think it’s understandable considering how she sees Joon Woo as a delinquent.
I really hope the drama doesn’t follow a typical poor-boy-controlled-by-his-family arc for Hwi Young since his action in the early episodes are not justifiable for any reasons.

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Im amazed that despite only knowing each other for a short time, Jun-woo and Soo-bin have a deep understanding of each other. Watching them go on dates and being sweet to each other (that 😘) is heart fluttering and cute but I liked more the scenes of them having meaningful conversations. A good communication is a key to every relationship which unfortunately Soo-bin and her mom doesnt have.
I never thought I could also relate to Soo-bin's family's situation. I remember my dad said the same things as her dad when he breaks the news of their divorce. Before that I also begged my mom who is already leaving our house with her luggage to not leave us. My parents also argued coz my mom doesnt want to sign the divorce papers. They told me not to worry and all that I need to do is study. Sigh tough times. Good job to the actors esp Kim Hyang-gi. I really felt for her character.
That end *traumatized by the screaming mother and Jun-woo's reaction* I understand mom's worries esp that she caught them in that situation but poor those kids. 😣

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If the adults handled most troubles the same way Jun Woo and Soo Bin did, I'd guess they'd still be together now. The title of the episode is accurate. Sometimes 18y.o. just display more maturity than the adults.

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Joon-woo and Soo-bin continue to be adorable. I hope they can survive Soo-bin’s mom. While I’m not complaining about all the scenes we got with them (seriously, I could watch them all day), there is still a lot the show has left to address. I made a whole list (see below). I want a satisfactory ending to all the storylines but am concerned about the time in which the show has to do it in. *fingers crossed*

I am also a bit confused about Hwi-young’s arc. He is aware of his parents’ influence and has asked for it at times. Though he may not be aware of the full extent, he isn’t ignorant. I want a redemption arc for him, but not without his wrongdoings being addressed. I’m going to wait this out though. Hopefully the show will provide some clarity next week.

I am glad Sang-hoon is still around, but I’m confused about Hwi-young’s dad letting him stay. I thought the whole point of promoting Sang-hoon’s dad to Singapore was to get rid of Sang-hoon and the threat to Hwi-young’s top student status. But now Hwi-young’s dad is letting him stay so that Hwi-young will have competition? Is this because of Sang-hoon’s threat to expose their secrets?

I am glad Ki-tae is distancing himself from Hwi-young a bit. I’ve been waiting for that - although I wish Ki-tae would have been able to do that on his own instead of because of a girl.

I wish we could have had more scenes of Joon-woo and his mom together while she was staying with him, but what we did get was nice. Love those two.

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I wonder where they going with HY arc too, my best guess that they'll try to show that he is a victim of his parent, but I hope they'll not exonerate him totally, and it's seems that his brother wasn't that perfect cookie cutter son as we were led to believe at first.
And Sang Hoon, I wonder if he strike some kind of deal with HY dad? As HY dad mentioned earlier he is very similar to him, and in this eps it was very visible.

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I wonder if his brother is actually in a mental institution abroad. HY looked close to him but they were never shown calling each other. I wonder if the being a department head aspect about his brother is a lie. His parents were also surprisingly articulate about HY's mental health.

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That's interesting, although his mother seemed quite proud of older son achievement, maybe he had nervous breakdown and cut his family out?

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Things that show still needs to address:

-Hwi-young breakdown, redemption arc, relationship with JW, SB, Sang-hoon, Ki-tae, parents
-HY’s wrongdoings (stealing, treatment of JW, Jung-hoo, using parents’ influence, being overly controlling of class)
-Ki-tae character arc, relationship with HY and So-ye
-Hwi-young’s parents, corruption, abuse, brother
-Old teacher
-Oh-je (relationship with Da-hwin, HY, was there going to be something about his mom?)
-SB’s future, relationship with mom
-SB’s mom dealing with divorce, friendship with JW’s mom, letting SB breathe a bit
-JW’s future (art?)
-Ro-mi character arc
-Pil-sang (closure about Ro-mi?)
-Sang-hoon
-Teacher Oh character arc, fight against corruption, romance with Ji-min
-is delivering the letter the last of JW’s dad’s storyline?
-outcome of JW & SB relationship

Is all this going to fit in 4 episodes? Did I miss anything?

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I'm okay with not resolving all of this however I'm guessing Sang Hoon will play a pivotal role in unraveling all of HY's skeletons on a flick. I actually like that JW isn't exactly the ultimate archenemy of HY.

Poor HY. He is losing to Sang Hoon on the brains department, and losing to JW on the EQ department. Now he's even losing Ki Tae. I wouldn't be surprised if this kid commits suicide at this point but rather than suicide, it looks like he'll be lashing on everyone. Mr. Oh and JW might be his only saving grace. But I'd rather it's Mr.Oh.

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Looks like Hwi-young's breakdown is close. They would have to show that else the drama will be incomplete. Hopefully, they will address more than the 'parents fixed my exam results' and also address his other anger issues.

It feels like Ki-Tae's arc will end soon. He started putting a distance between him and Hwi in this episode. I am sure they are not going to make a big case out of it.

I feel Romi did not have a character arc. She just became friends again...I wonder why worked as a trigger for her. She is not very strongly written character.

I miss Sanghoon. There was a lot of potential there, more bromance or tension. I hope remaining 3 episodes gives us something solid with this character. I do think they could have done more with this character.

I still feel most may get resolved and some might have implied resolution.

I just need the last 15 minutes showing where everyone is headed. They still have one more year to go in highschool I think right?

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Yes, that guy playing Sanghoon is very good and his character is interesting but the story itself only uses him against HY, he is not real. Same with OJ it's like they won't have the courage or interest to discuss him.

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Soo Bin mum lost me this episode, I would get over hitting and screaming, but slapping is extremely humiliating and something hard to forgive imho. I get that she lose it, but going straight for slap is a very telling how she see Soo Bin, in that moment she was no better that HY dad.

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@shach
Ouch....but that's a fair reading.

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As much as I worry for Soo Bin and Jun Woo, I worry more about Song Hee's friendship with JW's mom. Would it also affect them? It looks like there would be space between them, for now.

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i was out most long weekend so, i am going to make lots of comments very late.

Things that annoy me -

The drama has definitely adjusting something.

Here is the thing about HMY's character description - 'he Junwoo's rival but is a good kid. He is so innocent that you can not hate him'.

The problem though, the scriptwriter made us hate him. The actor played it hard - as if he had no vulnerabilities. He was rude to people, he was bossy and writer did not do a good job separating his parents from him. This has created this strange situation where almost everyone hates HMY.

I think that is why writer is creating some distance between the characters to handle it with 'with time, and other things going on, you will forget it'.

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I must say, i was ready for Subin's mother's reaction. Actress is fantastic in expressing her fury. Her noticing how Subin, looked at Junwoo and junwoo signals her to go down etc.etc was well shown. I know things are not going to get better immediately for them. May be they can find time for others in remaining episodes.

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I was particularly moved by the whole Dad and divorce conversation. Hyanggi is a phenomenal actress but I am most impressed by the script. Dad says 'you are old now, you can understand' and subin is distracted and looking outside where junwoo is practicing saying his name. We get very innocent and bright shots of him. And then back to that table. Subin smiles and dad thinks 'she understands'. So, he has a smile because he things it is going to easy for him to explain now. And then Subin goes off....

I found that sequence extremely well directed, emotional and hit the right points. I think it is so easy to get lost in this drama in romance and other stuff, but there are directing/scripting nuances that move me so much that i tend to watch about 3 times just so that i am not missing anything.

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I especially liked that scene too - Soo Bin tuning her dad out when she spotted Jun Woo outside. This boy she likes is preparing his lines and practicing his manners, but here is her dad breaking the news and deflating her excitement to introduce to him the boy who matters to her.

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The writer started toning down Hwi three episodes ago i think. They are not giving him a lot of time in one episode but he is being given time to breathe a bit I am seeing he is standing up to his parents now, less afraid of them. I do think his desire to stand first may be disappearing. His need to interfere with SubinxJunwoo relationship appears to go away. PD is not showing us a lot of introspective moments directly but him toning down signs are everywhere. I hope when the big apology happens it will feel cathartic except, Jw would have moved on so far ahead and the apology will just feel very late.

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I think Soo Bin asking him to think hard how much he liked her made him really take a step back from going neck to neck with Jun Woo. He knew she was right - he wouldn’t hurt her if she mattered more to him than his pride.

Also, I believe school remains to be more important to him than Soo Bin and there is also that fact that he fears his father’s wrath.

Perhaps Ki Tae turning his back on him could be his wake up call now. He really has nobody on his side. Even his own father has started mentally abusing more by bringing Sang Hoon closer to him.

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Hyanggi is top notch with her emotional acting. It is not just about crying right, but also showing those interesting nuances....or reacting just the right way on things.

Not sure if this was or the pas episode, they are sitting on the roof top and talking some nonsense about how in summary, you can you cold water in your head and put your head outside the window and how it feels nice and then Junwoo goes - in winter you can do do that. you know, your hair stands straight. you look taller but it you can't do that'. Total nonsense really - just the way two friends just talk randomly. But the way they talk, teasing each other was so cute to me. Small moment but I think about it, i smile.

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@dramafan100
I know what you mean about Kim Hyang-Gi. It has been so good that I have been on a little bit of a KHG binge.

Watching @18 at the same time as "Sweet Revenge" was so fun...it sort of merged into a single KHG experience.

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I wonder what is the message after this drama....I mean, will parents change? probably not. I heard, after sky Castle, demand surged specialized consultants.. Not sure, despite making so many dramas to show case what they are doing wrong in schools, nothing really changes. In the end, i think it is the consumers who have to change which means, students simply have to rebel at some point with help of good teachers. May be there will be revolution of some sort but their shool system is too ingrained.

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@dramafan100
I have been thinking about how many years before SK is able to make its version of "Daria". Then I realised I don't think Daria could be made now.

Culture is a tricky thing and the hardest part to break is where we internalise these injustices and we do the work of oppression and corruption ourselves...often it's we just can't see it. Not to mention there are just too many vested interests in keeping them going.

The Enlightenment took some the greatest minds in history to bring into being and we are watching it disappear in a puff of fear and for as little as a bag of beans. TL:DR.

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