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A Moment at Eighteen: Episode 4

A special assignment brings together our loner transfer student and the one girl who’s always ready to help him. As they work together, they get to know each other better as well as a much needed break from their increasingly complicated lives. They share a sense of accomplishment after all of their hard work until a tragedy reminds everyone that happiness is fleeting. These high school students are about to learn the hard way that decisions can have far-reaching consequences.

  
EPISODE 4: “Happiness and Sadness Come and Go Instantly”

Joon-woo and Soo-bin take refuge from the rain in a pair of phone booths. Joon-woo hands Soo-bin a handkerchief that’s crumpled from being in his pocket. When Soo-bin suggests that ironing it would help, Joon-woo explains that his mother has the iron.

Soo-bin finally understands why Joon-woo’s clothes always look wrinkled and dirty. Joon-woo protests that the girls at school said that he looked okay and he gets teased for listening to them gossip.

When Joon-woo falls silent, Soo-bin asks why he isn’t curious about what’s wrong, while Joon-woo wonders why she hasn’t asked why he’s such a mess. Soo-bin guesses that Joon-woo got into a fight again but he insists that he doesn’t get into fights.

Soo-bin asks for an explanation and Joon-woo describes what happened as a matchup. Joon-woo suddenly remembers his part-time job when his phone rings and he and Soo-bin jump when someone yells, ” Hey! Where are you?”

Soo-bin demands to know, “How could you forget going to your part-time job,” and Joon-woo explains that he had an emergency. With the rain stopped, Joon-woo grabs his bike and motions for Soo-bin to get on the back.

As Joon-woo rides through the park, Soo-bin tries to talk about their English assessment. When Joon-woo ignores her, Soo-bin eventually looks up and enjoys the beauty of the park.

Joon-woo and Soo-bin arrive at the convenience store and when the morning clerk asks “Yeong-bae” about his injuries, he claims they were caused by a fall from his bike. The clerk assumes that Joon-woo and Soo-bin must be dating but they answer with an emphatic, “No.”

Hwi-young shows up and congratulates Soo-bin for passing the level test. Hwi-young sees Joon-woo’s face and offers to help if he’s in trouble and Soo-bin has to hide a smile when Joon-woo turns him down. When Hwi-young offers to walk Soo-bin to her first class at the academy, the clerk decides that they must be dating and she calls Soo-bin a lucky girl.

Soo-bin checks in with her mother when she and Hwi-young duck into a cafe to get out of the rain. Hwi-young brought Soo-bin some dry clothes to change into but she insists that she doesn’t need them and adds, “Don’t do things like this. It makes me…uncomfortable.”

At the convenience store, Joon-woo thinks of Soo-bin when he sees his dirty sweater. When he remembers Soo-bin walking with Hwi-young, Joon-woo pounds his fist on the register and then twists in pain from his injuries. When Soo-bin texts about their assignment, Joon-woo isn’t at all happy.

During class, Hwi-young is distracted and when Tutor Sohn notices, Sang-hoon blames Hwi-young’s lapse on his “girlfriend.” A girl in the back row texts Ro-mi that Soo-bin just joined her class.

When Soo-bin gets home, she finds her mother in bed with an ice pack on her head. Mom explains that she hurt herself chasing after Soo-bin, whose excuse is that she couldn’t bear to watch her mother grovel.

Mom weakly admits that she knows that she shouldn’t be so hard on Soo-bin but she can’t help but worry about her only child. Everything hinges on Soo-bin getting into a top university so that she can marry a nice husband and afford to live in Gangnam someday. Soo-bin promises to study hard and when she leaves, her mom smiles, “Getting hurt paid off.”

While Soo-bin checks the table where her mother got hurt, Joon-woo texts that he sent her his assignment. When she checks it, Soo-bin sees that Joon-woo’s English is really bad but she smiles because he did his best.

Soo-bin sends Joon-woo his corrected assignment and instructs him to stay up until he memorizes his script. After seeing his uniform hanging in his room, Joon-woo spits water onto it and carefully dries it with a hair dryer, thanks to a suggestion he found on the internet.

As she studies, Soo-bin recalls Joon-woo handing her his handkerchief and soon, it’s freshly washed and hanging up to dry. Meanwhile, Joon-woo does his best to stay awake to practice his English.

In the morning, Joon-woo wakes up on the floor. When his mother calls, Joon-woo runs to the bathroom to hide his face under some suds before calling her back. Later, when he leaves for school, Joon-woo tries calling Jung-hoo but his friend doesn’t answer.

At school, Mr. Oh sees Joon-woo’s face mask and when he pulls it away, Joon-woo explains that he fell off of his bike. Mr. Oh doesn’t believe him but since nothing was reported to the school, he figures whatever happened must not have been significant.

Hwi-young and Ki-tae walk past the pair and find a quiet spot to talk. Ki-tae reassures Hwi-young that even though the thugs were scared off by the police, “They’ll do it right next time.” Hwi-young asks, “They should be okay, right,” and then worries, “What if it’s not?” Hwi-young shakes off his concerns and laughs as he tells Ki-tae, “Don’t worry. You have me.”

At the lockers, Joon-woo stands tall in his pressed uniform and then slumps when Soo-bin doesn’t take notice. Soo-bin returns Joon-woo’s handkerchief and balks when he’s about to put it in his pocket because she ironed it. Joon-woo places it between the pages of a notebook and then beams when Soo-bin comments on his nicely “ironed” uniform as she heads for class.

In the classroom, Pil-sang tries to ask Ro-mi a question about his script and is told to get lost. Dong sees Joon-woo and loudly announces, “You must have gotten into a fight. Who was it?” Dong tries to get Pil-sang interested but he’s uncharacteristically quiet.

Soo-bin’s friends are convinced that Joon-woo was in a fight, ignoring her explanation that he fell off of his bike. Ro-mi changes the subject and asks Soo-bin, “I hear you’re taking Mr. Sohn’s class.

Hwi-young overhears as he walks in and he explains that he recommended Soo-bin for the class. Ro-mi asks if Soo-bin even took the level test and demands to talk to Hwi-young. When Hwi-young tells her she’ll have to wait, Ro-mi sits down and refuses to talk to Soo-bin. Mr. Oh walks in and immediately picks up on the tension in the room.

Later, Soo-bin catches up to Ro-mi, who takes issue with Soo-bin’s secretiveness. Soo-bin confesses that she didn’t say anything because she felt awkward but Ro-mi is convinced that it was out of guilt for exploiting her relationship with Hwi-young.

Soo-bin expresses confidence that she passed the level test but Ro-mi won’t listen, “It’s so annoying. These special treatments and special opportunities.” Angry, Ro-mi bumps into Joon-woo as she walks away and she doesn’t bother to apologize. When Soo-bin admits that they had a fight, Joon-woo asks if she won and she shakes her head. Joon-woo declares, “Then you won. Losing is winning.”

In the school office, Mr. Oh reviews Joon-woo’s file while trying to arrange a meeting with the boy’s previous home room teacher. Another teacher hands Mr. Oh a letter and after seeing that it’s signed by Shin Jung-hoo, a student from Joon-woo’s old high school, he runs after the boy.

In class, a sleeping Pil-sang passes gas and when he opens the window, Joon-woo hears Mr. Oh calling Jung-hoo’s name. He runs out of class and when he catches up to Mr. Oh, Joon-woo is sent after Jung-hoo.

A bus pulls away with Jung-hoo but Joon-woo manages to get it to stop so that he can board. Joon-woo finds his friend in the back seat and when he sits down, he’s reminded of the day that he confessed to taking money to protect Jung-hoo. The two boys sat together as Joon-woo explained to his friend, “You’ll get expelled if you’re caught again…But it’s the first time for me.” Joon-woo suggested to Jung-hoo that they could start over at another school.

Later, while the boys sit together at the bus terminal, Jung-hoo announces that he quit school. Jung-hoo apologizes to his friend, “I’m sorry about back then. You were falsely accused because of me and even forced to transfer.” Jung-hoo warns his friend to watch out for bullies and Joon-woo reminds Jung-hoo to call him if he’s ever bullied again.

As Jung-hoo is about to board the bus for home, Joon-woo has some parting words, “Our lives are not that messed up after all…Who cares if we were born a bit miserably? We can overcome it. Don’t you think?” Jung-hoo nods in agreement and promises, “I’ll see you again,” and the boys salute each other as the bus pulls away.

Mr. Oh intercepts Joon-woo when he returns to school, “Jung-hoo gave me a letter. He said you were falsely accused and forced to transfer because of him.” When the lecturing teacher steps out of the classroom, Mr. Oh explains that he’s just checking on his sick student and Joon-woo coughs for effect.

When classes are over, Joon-woo texts Soo-bin to meet at the park. Soo-bin notices Joon-woo’s good mood and when asked about his conversation with Mr. Oh, he explains, “Let’s just say he protected me in a way. He covered for me.”

Soo-bin steers Joon-woo to a table to practice for the free-talking test. Joon-woo reads the word “some” as “so me”, and explains to Soo-bin that he must be nervous. Soo-bin gives Joon-woo tips as he talks about his dream to fall asleep in a dark room. When Soo-bin asks if that’s really Joon-woo’s dream, he mentions her dream, “Escaping from Mom?”

On her way to the academy, Soo-bin stops to sketch clusters of grapes on Joon-woo’s script and instructs him to color in one grape every time that he practices it. Joon-woo gasps when he adds up how many times he’ll have to run through it and as she walks away, Soo-bin shouts, “Study hard! Stay up all night!”

Soo-bin’s mother calls after hearing that Soo-bin is paired with the student who was forced to transfer. Soo-bin watches Joon-woo disappear as she explains that the pairs were determined by a random draw, but her mother calls it unacceptable.

When Joon-woo arrives for work, he sees his mother and tries to put on his mask. She cries when she sees his face, “I knew it…you were pretending to be washing your hair to cover this.” Joon-woo doesn’t understand how his mother knew and the morning clerk explains, “Hey, Yeong-bae. Don’t you know that all moms know everything?”

Joon-woo assures his mother that nothing serious is going on but she starts to cry again when she thinks of everything that’s happened. Jung-woo hugs his mother, “Nothing bad will happen. Trust me, okay?”

Joon-woo’s mother makes him promise that he won’t ever get in a fight or get hit. When Joon-woo’s mother has to run to catch her bus, she stumbles while yelling at her son to remember to eat.

Hwi-young catches up to Soo-bin at the academy and senses that something’s wrong. Soo-bin tries to explain what’s bothering her, “I’d appreciate it if you could stop talking to your friends as if I’m your girlfriend. I know that you’re doing it to help me out, but I just don’t like it.”

After Soo-bin’s earlier admission that he makes her uncomfortable and her unwillingness to be his girlfriend, Hwi-young asks what she doesn’t like about him. After class, Soo-bin walks home and mumbles, “This will bother me now.”

Hwi-young stops to shoot baskets after his academy class and contemplates his reason for helping Soo-bin. When he gets home, his mother is waiting to ask, “I hope you’re not distracted from your studies because of Soo-bin.” Hwi-young escapes to his room as his mother reminds him, “I trust you, son.”

Soo-bin’s mother checks her daughter’s academy notebook and is impressed with Tutor Sohn. Soo-bin recalls promising Ro-mi that she’d quit if she didn’t pass the level test and Ro-mi asked, “Can I take the test for the class if you quit?”

Soo-bin tries to discuss Tutor Sohn’s class with her mother but she changes her mind. Instead, Soo-bin asks her mother to keep quiet about the free-talking test but Mom already decided to drop it. Soo-bin’s relief is short-lived when her mother instructs her not to befriend the boy who was forced to transfer.

Soo-bin reviews her script in bed and remembers Joon-woo’s explanation that sleeping with the light on just became a habit. Joon-woo is in bed too and he recalls Soo-bin’s suggestion, “You should practice sleeping with the lights off starting today.” Joon-woo turns on the light and finally admits why he leaves it on — it makes him feel less lonely.

In a dream, Joon-woo finds Jung-hoo standing in front of a nice house with a puppy named Rice, and he awakens with a smile.

At school, the vice-principal informs Mr. Oh that he was bombarded by complaints from parents all night because of the free-talking test. The vice-principal orders him to drop the test but once he leaves for the Education Office, Mr. Oh smiles.

Before class, Mr. Oh has to muster up his courage to enter his classroom. He gets the free-talking test started by randomly selecting the first pair — Da-hwin and Oh-je. Da-hwin shares her dream to become a make-up artist because feeling pretty makes her more confident and she wants to help others have that experience.

When they’re done, Oh-je and Da-hwin get a round of applause but Da-hwin isn’t finished. She tells Oh-je, “I want to be your girlfriend,” and as the class chants, “You should date,” Oh-je whispers, “Yes.”

Mr. Oh is so happy when he tells the class to quiet down and they listen. His triumph is short lived when Da-hwin points to the door. Mr. Oh jumps at the sight of the vice-principal, who puts Hwi-young in charge so that Mr. Oh can come with him.

During clean up duties, the girls acknowledge that everything worked out for Da-hwin. They’re worried about Mr. Oh and wonder which of the parents got to the vice-principal. Chan-yeol has her suspicions when Ro-mi walks up and asks, “Me?”

Chan-yeol accuses Ro-mi of having a guilty conscience and the two girls look as if they’re about to fight when Soo-bin shrieks, “I’m upset too!” Soo-bin explains, “Do you know how hard I worked to teach that fool?” Soo-bin walks away in frustration but when she sees Joon-woo, she asks herself, “Why am I disappointed?”

Mr. Oh sits alone near the athletic field and recalls the vice-principal’s decision, “…you’re no longer teaching Class Three. It’s what the parents, their homeroom teacher, and I want…” When Joon-woo sees him, he rolls a water bottle down the stairs, giving him a chance to talk to Mr. Oh.

Joon-woo musters up the courage to ask in English, “What’s your dream?” Mr. Oh confesses that he’d like to be able to buy whatever he wants because he’s a shopaholic. Joon-woo tells Mr. Oh, “You’re a lot like me. You’ve lost your dream.” Soo-bin joins them to complain, “What is this? We worked so hard for the English test.”

After all of her effort to train Joon-woo, Soo-bin wants the chance to give their talk. Mr. Oh agrees to a special test and soon, Soo-bin is asking Joon-woo, “What’s your dream?” Joon-woo gets off to a rough start and Soo-bin calls for a time-out and encourages Joon-woo, “You can do it.” Hwi-young walks by and even from a distance, he can see Soo-bin’s smile.

After Joon-woo shares his dream of sleeping with the lights off, Soo-bin expresses her desire to go to college as soon as possible to escape from her mother. Soo-bin’s mother is always disappointed with her, so Soo-bin dreams of the chance to live by her own standards.

When Joon-woo ends by telling Soo-bin, “I’m rooting for you,” the proud teacher gives the pair an unofficial score of 100 points. Mr. Oh suggests getting pizza to celebrate but as the trio walks off the field, Mr. Oh’s phone rings.

Joon-woo runs into an emergency room where the doctors are trying to resuscitate a badly injured Jung-hoo. Mr. Oh leads Soo-bin away as Joon-woo cries for the young boy who kept him company during a nighttime storm, the friend who bid him farewell just the day before.

In the funeral hall, Joon-woo sits alone in front of his friend’s portrait to mourn the boy who was more like a brother than a friend. Mr. Oh walks in with Soo-bin, Hwi-young and Oh-je but they decide to give Joon-woo some privacy and move into the empty hall. Mr. Oh explains that they haven’t been able to reach Jung-hoo’s father and that his grandmother is in a care home.

Oh-je offers to get some food for the small group but he stops when some detectives walk in with Jung-hoo’s assailants. Joon-woo recognizes the boys who beat him and Jung-hoo but he steps aside as they pay their respects. On their way out, Geon-hyuk tells Joon-woo, “Do you know Lee Ki-tae…He paid us money to get you expelled.”

Joon-woo stares at Hwi-young in horror as Hwi-young’s words come back to him, “You were making a big thing out of nothing instead of disappearing quietly.” Joon-woo charges at him and hits Hwi-young in the face again and again, unable to hear anything until Soo-bin shouts, “Joon-woo, stop!”

Joon-woo stops and looks down at Hwi-young, who’s staring up at him.

  
COMMENTS

Every now and then a drama comes along where I can pinpoint the exact scene that steals my heart. That’s exactly what happened in this episode of A Moment at Eighteen.

As Mr. Oh’s students grapple not only with their English, but with identifying their dreams, Joon-woo finally seems to settle in at his new school. But part of his heart is still at his old high school in the form of his life-long friend, Jung-hoo. Even though Joon-woo’s life was turned upside down when he took the blame for his friend’s crime, he worries about Jung-hoo constantly. After Jung-hoo delivers his confession to Mr. Oh in a letter, the two boys finally have the chance to have a heart to heart talk and Jung-hoo apologizes for all of the suffering that Joon-woo endured on his behalf.

Perhaps it’s because of Jung-hoo’s sincere apology or Mr. Oh’s assignment that has Joon-woo focused on dreams, but as his friend is about to get on the bus for home, Joon-woo has something to say, “We can overcome it.” It’s those words of hope for a fellow “nobody” that really got to me and in that scene, I think Joon-woo discovered his true dream and he wanted it to be Jung-hoo’s dream as well.

That poignant scene only makes what comes after that much harder to get through. After all of Soo-bin’s and Joon-woo’s hard work, they get the opportunity to show Mr. Oh what his assignment meant to them. It gives Mr. Oh some much needed encouragement after being removed as the homeroom teacher of Class 3 and he convinces Joon-woo and Soo-bin to celebrate their accomplishment with some pizza. Until that fateful phone call.

I have to admit that even though there were multiple hints that Jung-hoo wasn’t long for this world, I didn’t expect that he would be gone by the end of the episode and that Ki-tae would already be implicated in his death. As realization washed over Joon-woo’s face, all I could think about were all of the big and small choices, seemingly unconnected, that brought all of those people together in the funeral hall. Joon-woo made a choice to help his friend and was forced to transfer to Hwi-young’s school. There, Joon-woo made an enemy of the class president after seeing a watch in a trash bag, but he decided to stay at his new school rather than be run off by Hwi-young. Hwi-young recruited Ki-tae to get Joon-woo expelled, and after the thugs he hired failed after their first attempt, they were ready to try again. And Hwi-young did nothing to stop them in spite of his concern.

Of course the person who set all of these events in motion was Jung-hoo himself, the culprit who decided to steal some money in the first place. After Jung-hoo returned home, the thugs must have cornered him so that he would summon Joon-woo, just like he did the first time. But I’m convinced that Jung-hoo didn’t want to cause his friend any more trouble and when he resisted, the beating must have escalated, costing Jung-hoo his life.

The second that Joon-woo knew that Ki-tae was involved, he knew that Hwi-young was involved too and he lost it. It’s only a matter of time before someone else connects the many dots and Hwi-young and Ki-tae are implicated in a serious crime. But I’m getting the feeling that Hwi-young is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s Mr. Oh’s removal, the vice-principal’s strong connection to certain parents and the other teachers’ unwillingness to challenge Hwi-young or the vice-principal. I’m guessing that Jung-hoo’s tragic death so early in the story may be the catalyst that unearths what’s really going on at that high school.

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This episode was SOOOO CUTEEEEE, up until the end. The adorable english talking tests, when his friend came and talked to him, his hope for the future, his talk with his mom, and the blossoming crush. It was so precious. I knew Jung Hoo was going to die, but it still hurt. I cried a lot this episode. As for Ong Sung Woo, BRAVA, sir BRAVA. The pain and anguish. UGHGGHG, obsessed.

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Brava indeed. Who thought he had that much depth in him?

Gosh, every small twitch on his face was not wasted because everything happened in slow motion. So, you actually his every emotion. Going from really sad, anger, to despair to rage explosion. Director really trusted him with that process.

It was awesome. I have watched that clip a few times and each time, I burst into crying.

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Coupled with the fact that he didn’t have a single line of dialogue after he found out about Junghoo’s death, and yet, we understood everything.

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Ong Seong-wu's acting in that final scene, coupled with that tear-jerking music really messed me up- I had to take a moment to breathe after watching this episode, something I haven't had to do since My Mister. And, as I'm sure we're all aware, any comparison to My Mister is super high praise. TLDR; This show is excellent and now I wanna cry

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Yeyyy Episode 4 is here!!

Several of us have been waiting just so that we can comment on some fantastic piece of acting by Ong Seong Wu in the last few minutes of the episode. I was feeling nice and harm and happy kinda way after they got fake 100 points in their English assessment and then....

The doom and gloom

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About junghoo, i feel like he was forced to steal something by the bullies rather than for himself. And when he got caught, junwoo took the blame for him. I might be wrong though...

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No, that is what happened. It was money.

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Yeah, that's probably why Junwoo asked him via text if he was still hanging out with bad company.

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I enjoyed the whole awkward talk in the booths. About important stuff like ironing clothes, JW overhearing loud girls commenting he was looking fine, all the teasing soobin was doing in and in the end the long sigh that ways 'i should just keep quiet'. It was so cute.

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He indirectly said that he was quite popular among the girls because they talked about him lol. That was cute

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He is still learning how to charm girls!!!

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And him trying to cover up by saying girls speak about him loudly lol. Jun-woo really is adorable

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This show just continues to impress. Ong Sung-woo is killing it. Actually, I've been impressed by everyone--it feels like watching the Reply series where all these newcomers or lesser-knowns are showcased in the best way.

I loved all the cute moments in this episode where the kids just got to be kids, which had me smiling throughout most of the episode. And I'm really loving the relationship between Teacher Oh and Jun-woo; they're so supportive of each other, and it's adorable. The stark contrast of those lighter moments and small victories earlier in the episode made the ending that much harsher. Can we just give poor little Jun-woo a break?

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I agree with the comment that it's like the Reply series! I do notice that even talented actors like Park Bogum and Seo Inguk managed to shine so much more in 'Reply.' Makes you realise how important a good script and a good director is.

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Exactly! Having a good script and good director can make such a difference. But especially when it comes to directors, I think the importance of their role can get overlooked.

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A director's role is so important, but it often gets overlooked in dramas as you mentioned. The CP here seems to really know her stuff and trusts OSW completely. Moreover, Shin Seungho wasn't all too great acting-wise on A-teen but is really killing it here.

Next year's Best New Male Actor category at Baeksang is going to be tough with both OSW and Shin Seungho probably in the running.

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Oh really? I haven't seen Shin Seung-ho in anything before, but I agree he's doing well here.

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This drama has the perfect amount of angst and cute so it’s not unbearable.
In other words, show, I love you 💛
Also, Hwi-young needs to back off my ship and learn to be a good bean or Joon-woo’s fists won’t be the only ones he’s going to be receiving. (It won’t be punching, fyi. Hopefully it’ll be a fist of papers explaining why he’s been meaningfully written off and doesn’t need to return.)

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This show makes it look easy to write complex character motivations. Honestly.
I mean, Hwi Young annoys me so much at school, but as soon as he gets home I feel my heart break for him. His insane inferiority complex and need to be successful, liked and worthy to his parents makes him manipulative and controlling at school, the one place he can have power. He steals the watch on a whim of jealousy, spurred by his insecurities. I can't hate him.
Jun Woo who's never needed a name, or meaning, or to be anything or anyone, to protect himself distances himself so much he literally disappears, finds himself wanting to be someone anyway, as soon as just one person gives him a name sticker. UGH. And he's so bad at socialising it hurts, but its so accurate too. High School is awkward and messy and not nice.
The reason this reminds me of Sassy Go Go so much is that Chae Soo Bin's character in that is tragically relatable, and acts in similar ways to Hwi Young. Everything she does stems from her deep insecurities, and the beauty of that show is that it has hope and she's no longer the "bitchy villainess" by the end.

Of course, this show doesn't have a Kang Yeon Doo, but I hope it stays this good in its character trajectories, and brings more of that hope that's skirting the edges in.

That was long. Oops.

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I'm hating Hwi Young on your behalf.

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Lol, me too.

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Does your heart not break even the TINIEST bit for him? No? Just me? Ok fine. Come to me my poor misguided children, Aunty Sic will take care of you.

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@sicarius Hwi Young is currently on my black list but I do pity him. I even identify with him, down to his stress allergy. If I had had rich parents who put insane amounts of pressure on me, I might have ended up like him too. So yeah, currently he’s one of those villains that I hope are redeemed.

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I'm the same with HY, I can't make myself to hate him, knowing how his life look behind the facade, I despise his actions, but can only pity him.

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My heart did break a very tiny bit for Hwi Young but then he paid to have someone bullied and he's an impulsive controlling manipulative douche, so 1% pity and the rest is just hate.

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😂😂😂😂 I hope this has a SGG level redemption arc so we all get to cry with him at the end :P :P :P

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I love your long comments, sic!

It totally reminded me of Sassy Go Go and my love Chae Soo Bin. It was partly because I missed SGG that I started this drama. Except in this drama, there’s a bit more angst.

As for Hwi-young, I definitely don’t hate him. BUT, since there are more scenes of him being an a-hope at school than broken and sad at home, I’m currently more annoyed than empathetic towards him. I hope that he becomes a better beanstalk by the end, like Chae Soo Bin’s arc.

Lastly, if Jung Eun Ji cameos as Kang Yeon Doo, I would die.

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*a-hole, but I do have hope for him

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There's definitely more angst! And there's no Kang Yeon Doo, who is honestly one of a kind, and should be a shining example to us all. I may make a gush post about SGG later; I love it so much, and I may just bump KYD up to favourite character status because there's no good reason why she's not there already.

Yes I feel much the same. His power trip at school is getting to the other characters though not just us, which is A Sign.

I too, would die. Also I know Eun Ji just wants to sing but I miss her in dramaland. 😭

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Do ittttttttttttt
Gushing about SGG never hurts anybody so why not?

It’s been two years since Untouchable and I’ve been missing her since then. But good things come to those who wait. And Eunji is definitely going to be worth the wait.

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You're right. Watch out for that then.

But what if she never acts again Bea?! What will I do! 😂

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@sicarius
I will, I will!

I think I read a soompi article about her awhile ago. She said she wants to continue singing and acting but she also wants to try her hand in plays and musicals. So the only thing we can do is trust her and wait.
*sighs* I hope the wait won't be much longer.

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Mine breaks a little. Only at home. The moment he gets out of the house, I hate him. Sometimes, I also feel pity for him. His relationship with Soobin clearly changed without him knowing. I am sure he was sincere when he asked her 'we were close friends once'.

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Depending on how Jung Hoo died, this show may have set the "angst" level to way above the cute.

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It definitely has. But you just ignore my tears and me replying the cute scenes over and over until I can handle the sadness. Maybe then my grandma will think I’m not crazy and I’m merely watching a cute youth drama.

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I have seen several comments on other places saying the bullies killed him. I keep thinking they may not be it...Like, will the writer actually go ahead and write that into the drama plot?

I feel perhaps he was not murdered. Perhaps he got into bus accident. But Junwoo is really really sad and when he learns HY had caused some of it - if not the death - but quite a bit of this, i can see him explode the way he did.

But I feel, when things quiet down, i hope we will know what actually happened to him and what responsibility HY has in all of this.

I need repercussions but i do not want him a murderer.

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It’s late and I have so much to say but it will have to wait until tomorrow. But basically, the key to understanding this episode (and also an important life lesson) is found in the opening phrase. “Happiness and Sadness Come and Go Instantly”
Truth.

Thanks for the recap @teriyaki!

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....“Happiness and Sadness Come and Go Instantly”...

How I wish this were true.

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This episode is both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Jung-hoo's death hit me so hard.

Ong did a great job with that final scene. The shift of emotions was in his face and you can actually feel every emotion Joon-woo had at that moment.

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So I started this show on a whim, for Ong mainly, even though I didn't really enjoy Girl's Generation 97, but it didn't take long for me to get invested in these characters at all and catch up.
It's like every angsty dark part of every school show I've seen ever, thrown into one. And it's gonna hurt in the best possible way.
I've seen several comparisons thrown around but honestly the first thing I thought of was Sassy Go Go, but minus ... minus the happy.
Some characters just stick to you like glue. Jun Woo is one of them. And the micro expressions at the end there? Just wow. (I now have an excuse to share all my Ong pictures.) And points for the directing too because I feel like I can get inside his head and see what he sees without a voiceover.

Something I guess that will be confirmed in the next episode though: There are three possible causes of Jung Hoo's death?
1) Suicide, I guess.
2) A car accident, or bus accident, good old Vehicle of Doom type shit
3) Ki Tae mentioned earlier that they wouldn't fail a second time, implying that he was gonna get the bullies to beat up Jung Hoo a second time, to get Jun Woo expelled. Perhaps the bullies beat him up again, and rather than the injuries were so severe he suffered a brain hemorrhage and died or something. Not direct murder, but definitely cause of death was being assaulted.

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I wonder if bullies actually did that, if they would have come and told JW that KTae gave them money to expel him.

In the ep 3 scene when they bully his friend, the way they were talking to JW was not like he was a looser. It appeared like they have fought before and kinda have that 'who is the jjang in the area' kind of mindset.

It makes think they not have murdered him.

I actually thought he was going to commit suicide but his chat with JW was positive. So, it will be really interesting to know what happened to him.

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It just seems weird for the assailants to show up WITH detectives if they weren't involved somehow? Why would they show up a week, two weeks after beating him up the first time to his funeral?
I don't think they outright murdered him but I'm just wondering if they were involved somehow. I don't know.

Pre suicide conversations or notes can be very positive especially if it's a last goodbye, they want to end on a good note.

Guess we'll find out next week... O_O

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This point: Hwi-young and Ki-tae walk past the pair and find a quiet spot to talk. Ki-tae reassures Hwi-young that even though the thugs were scared off by the police, “They’ll do it right next time.” Hwi-young asks, “They should be okay, right,” and then worries, “What if it’s not?” Hwi-young shakes off his concerns and laughs as he tells Ki-tae, “Don’t worry. You have me.”
It's like implying that those bullies are assaulting him again after they failed the last one. But this time Junghoo didn't call Junwoo and the bullies took it too far. What confuses me is, did they followed him on purpose and assaulted him? Why though? He moved town, and quit school but they still assaulted him?

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Welcome aboard @sicarius!

I second what you said about Joon-woo and the directing.
Also, all three of the death scenarios you mentioned went through my head as well. We shall see.

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*seriously voiceovers should be used WAY less*. But they are an easy way to show POV if you're not good or creative enough to think of other ways to do so...

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I honestly thought he committed suicide, because of the letter and the warm send off, the presence of police and bullies didn't surprised me because I read about similar cases, just found the article https://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/20/world/asia/south-korea-bullying-sentence/index.html bullies can be arrested and sentenced if bullying lead to suicide, so for me that was the case, I wonder, how it'll resolve in show.

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Ah!!! Option 4, being a combination of 1 and 3. That would also make some sense. although how they knew he was being bullied... eh whatever. We'll find out next week.
I thought like all three at once to be honest pfft.

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It was months or years worth of bullying, everybody knew, just looked other way.

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I think Jung Hoo was called back to Seoul by the bullies (the hospital he was taken was in Seoul, right?) by maybe blackmailing him, telling him they’ll get to Jun woo if he doesn’t come. And when he did come, the bullies told him to call for Jun Woo but this time, he refused. And that’s where things got ugly. I think there’s been an accident that the bullies didn’t expect too. Just my theory. Lol.

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I guess we’ll find out next week but from the fleeting looks of hi the he didn’t seem to have committed suicide. Unless he plunged a dagger into his side?
All in all I thought Jung Hoo really just to meant to leave and start over somewhere else. Maybe I’m very slow at catching on but he didn’t look like he was saying goodbye forever.
I don’t know how he ended up in a hospital in Seoul though... unless the bullies were on the bus. Option 5: the bullies accidentally threw him off the bus right into ToD’s path.

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I meant to say “from the looks of his wound” 😖

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Does It remind any of you to Shut Up! Flower Boy Band? I can't shake the feeling that it is similar. Just without music/boy band.
Poor main hero gets transferred to an elite school, likes the nice popular girl who the class "president" has a crush on. Later on, the main lead's best friend is killed and the second lead is somewhat partly responsible for that.

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Yes!!! That's the other one it reminded me of.

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Yes! Right now I’m getting School 2013, Reply 1997, and Shut Up Flower Boy Band rolled into one. Which is three of the four high school dramas I’ve seen, haha. I’m too invested in these characters to be bothered by some of the predictability though.

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An appropriately named episode.

Tragedy strikes just as things seem to be looking up a bit for Joon-woo as he finds new friends and is beginning to smile more.

I knew something was coming at the end of this episode because I’d seen some comments hinting towards such. Although various scenarios ran through my head, my gut feeling was that it had to do with Joon-woo’s friend. Even though it would have made this scene even more painful, I wish we had gotten to know Jung-hoo a bit more. I also still want to know more about what exactly happened with the stealing situation at Joon-woo’s old school. They could still develop this storyline though, so I’m going to hold out.

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one a bit confused over Jung-hoo’s cause of death. I thought maybe I missed something. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops. Whether Hwi-young was directly involved or not, I hope this serves as a major wake up call for him. Ki-tae too.

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I'm not gonna lie, I actually thought for a moment it would be his mother that would die. And that would be even more rough for the kid but yeah.

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There's still time...

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We'll just diagnose him with cancer too while we're at it shall we...

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At first I was confused as well but when Mr. Oh said the words "assailants" I realised that the guys paid to beat JW up, tried again to get it right. I assume it all got out of hand when JH refused to involve JW and the guys just kept beating him until it was too much.

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On a lighter note, Joon-woo’s ironing method though 😂😂😂

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he lives in 2039 😂

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What? That’s how we’ll be ironing our clothes in 2039?!

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I remember I used to spray water from a spray bottle and use a hair dryer to iron my clothes back in grad school so it was nice seeing him do the same thing, albeit a little differently lol.

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i know that method because i tried it before and it works but i didn't expect him to spray it from his mouth lol did his mom take away his spray bottle too 😂

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Haha, yeah him suddenly spewing water from his mouth was the part that got me. So unexpected!

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I'm hoping no one takes this as a good idea. Spray bottle or steam > spit.

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Like any youngster he used google for help. very realistic IMHO

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Finally, the much awaited episode 4 recap!

I’m going to echo what a lot of commenters have said here re: OSW’s acting. I was a fan of Wanna One and he was the group’s main dancer and one of the four core vocalists so I had my doubts on how well he would do acting-wise even though I knew he was an acting trainee for a bit. I’m happy to see how he’s killing it here, every expression, every nuance is well thought out. I’m so proud of him!

I believe the preview for the next episode showed Hwi-young panicking and trying to place all the blame on Kitae. Also, Jun-woo tells his teacher about what happened and Oh Teacher goes to speak with the bullies himself and try to find out the truth. I’m glad Oh Teacher is shaping up to be a father figure in Jun-woo’s life, but I’m wondering (and dreading) how much more it’ll hurt Jun-woo when he finds out that he’s no longer his teacher.

I don’t see any scenario where Hwi-young might be implicated, but I also hope they don’t drag this storyline out for too long. We still have to figure out what Oh Je is hiding (anyone else felt bad for the poor guy when the whole class was pressurizing him to say yes to Daheen? Public confessions are the worst imo) and the chart released ahead of the pilot showed that Soobin’s friend who was envious of her also develops feelings for Jun-woo. We need time to explore those plot lines to make them believable.

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I wonder if subin's friend will develop genuine feelings for junwoo or will it be only because she wants everything subin has?

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from the beginning of ep 1, subin's friend (romi) has been showing signs that she is constantly envious of subin and everything that she does. in ep 1, her new bag which she asked if it was a knock off (rude) and when the other girls gathered and praised subin because she looks pretty with the makeup, romi wasn't happy. and she also asked subin if she is getting a new tutor and how much it cost. in ep 2, when subin left the makeup store. romi also left right after (i infer it as she didn't feel the need to be there anymore since subin left). so i guess she might start liking junwoo for the 2nd reason you stated but who knows it might actually become an actual crush?

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I think so too. Romi seems to want everything Subin has (or is going to have, in Junwoo's case). It'll be interesting to see how that comes about because rn, Soobin's friends seem very indifferent to Junwoo.

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The whole episode was so light and fluffy, i knew something bad was coming and yet the turn of events at the end still hit me like a truck. Ong Seongwu blew me away in the last scene. There were no words spoken, only his face and body did all the work. I could tell every emotion junwoo was feeling with just his expressions and body language. For a rookie actor, he is doing an amazing job.

I can't wait to see what happens from here. I think there's gonna be a time skip? In the previews, they are wearing summer uniform in some scenes.

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Booooo me no likey time skips!!

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Me too :( I hope it's a good one at least

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throughout most of episode 4, my heart was at ease looking at the adorable interactions between subin and junwoo. junwoo was in such a good mood after meeting his friend, junghoo and successfully concluding his english test with subin. this was until the last few minutes of the episode which really left me devastated. its like i never prepared myself for this even though I knew that dream was a sign but I got carried away by the happy scenes. his bestfriend's death and the way he grief over him really triggered me because it felt so personal(?). i just couldn't stop crying. after the episode ended, i was just struggling to stabilise myself because it was too much to handle. now thinking back, i wanna laugh at myself for being a mess because of a drama but its just so realistic T_T (also note to myself: i really need to take episode titles seriously now)

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and honestly after this, i dont know how hwiyoung and kitae can even think of going to sch with junwoo from now on. they need to be punished even if his bestfriend's death was an unexpected incident and that they were not directly involved with it. i was wondering why junwoo didnt lash out towards the assailants but i realise that the assailants were alr apprehended (since the detectives were with them at the funeral) and only hwiyoung & kitae are left to answer for their crimes. also i understand that junwoo would be angry to find out that his bestfriend had to be dragged into an issue that he wasn’t supposed to be a part of + hwiyoung’s persistence in causing harm to junwoo since d-1.

in the preview for ep 5, i find it funny that hwiyoung said to kitae “are you crazy to give the kids the money?”. as if he didnt expect kitae to do that. but it scares me to know that hwiyoung might not be aware of the consequences of his actions and how serious it was.

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I picked this drama up because I was on a Hyanggi drama/webdrama marathon and thought why not, it seems lighthearted enough. Boy was I wrong and am actually grateful for it.

I wanted to wait for the 4th episode before I can fully commit so with this recap, I can definitely say that I am on board.

The plot/story isn't anything new but what drew me in was the presentation. From the acting to set design and scene direction to the superb writing, the drama feels very simple but lived in that it doesn't feel like a tv drama at all. The writing, specially, is notable. The drama is doing an amazing job at pacing and actually writing for the characters' age. Most times, the writers write teenagers like they're adults cosplaying as kids, like "This is what I would have done when I was at that age," making the characters feel so out of place. I love that in this drama, the writer seems to know how to write actual teens and actual teen feelings and romance. Not all romance need to be complicated where they start from hating each other and antagonizing each other and bickering like cats and dogs to a ton of misunderstandings and obstacles. I'm sure those will come to our budding young couple too but I like that here, the start of their romance feels very true and real. Sometimes, two people just naturally gravitate to each other and develop feelings and like each other. There's not much drama to it, really. Just feelings. Especially for this age, it feels very appropriate and believable.

The recap last episode asked: "Are we rushing the romance here?"

And with this episode, I can finally answer it confidently with – not at all! The pacing is just perfect for their age. I don't even think the romance is the main focus of this drama. More like, the romance is part of the life of teens at 18 years old. It's not everything, but it's a big part of it, a motivating factor for many things, actually, but it's not all there is to it.

I'm looking forward to watching the next two episodes next week. I hope the rest of the drama continues to be just as good as the first 4.

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The romance is definitely not moving too fast at all, I completely concur.
All it is at the moment is smiles and wanting to hang out with one another. They're more like the friend the other needs than anything else right now. Yeah they're crushing but they probably don't even know it properly yet.

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Yes, Soobin definitely doesn't even know what she's feeling but she does have an inkling but the idea hasn't been realized in her head yet. Junwoo seems more aware of his feelings but still just a crush. I like that this is how they start. Lately, been musing about romance depiction in popular media and how the cat-dog dynamics seem to be such a popular choice. And just in time, this drama comes by. It feels fresh, somehow.

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Re: the romance, I also love that the two of them are really taking their time to get to know each other. Junwoo knows about Soobin's need to escape from her mom, Soobin understands Junwoo's simple wish of sleeping with the lights on and so forth. It's not a Romeo-Juliet romance where they fall in love just by looking at each other (though in Soobin's case, I do think looks play a part in her attraction, as it would with any teenage girl lol).

A concern of mine prior to the drama was that Seongwu was too old to play a high school student. Both him and Shin Seungho were born in 1995, but at least I had some experience seeing the latter as a high schooler in A-teen. Given the fact that I stanned Wanna One and Seongwu always seemed so much older that the *actual* high schooler maknae line of Wanna One, I was concerned. However, maybe due to his acting, he doesn't look out of place here and his romance with a much younger Kim Hyanggi doesn't look awkward now as well (though I was having trouble adjusting to it in episodes 1 and 2)

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(though in Soobin's case, I do think looks play a part in her attraction, as it would with any teenage girl lol)

And who would honestly blame her. Ong is very cute.

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maybe in ep 1,2 he didnt have that much happy scenes and he looked down most of the time. but when he smiles, and his gaze which is full of love, be it with subin or with his mom, it is so adorable and heart fluttering. i also like his mannerisms like the pout he does every once in a while, his awkward stance & his clumsiness. he definitely brought warmth to his character which was described to be emotionless. it makes me want to take care of Junwoo

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As someone who doesn't know Ong Seungwu's age and has only seen bits and pieces of clips of him performing and in some variety shows, I can definitely say he doesn't look out of place age-wise playing a teen. He looks the part so I think it may be just because you were used to seeing him as himself rather than his character here.

For the romance, I definitely like that they're both bonding over knowing something about each other. I think Soobin's openness to Junwoo is partly because he's new and isn't incorporated in the politics of the class and the school so she can be a little bit more honest than with someone who knows her mom, whose mom also knows her mom. As for Junwoo, Soobin's draw comes from the fact that she was never malicious with him like the others are, and she has been paying attention to him from the beginning. In a place where he's both the new kid with the reputation and a nobody, these things feel more important to him. I really like how they're handling both characters.

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Yeah, I think Soobin's open acceptance of him is what makes Junwoo so drawn to her.

And regarding OSW, I think my 'hyung' image of him is too strong given that he used to baby an actual 18 year-old Bae Jinyoung in Wanna One and I always thought that was adorable.

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Teens being written as "adults cosplaying as kids" is one of my pet peeves, so I'm thrilled that it didn't happen here. So many times I can't take a teen drama seriously because the characters are not like any teens I've ever seen, and it's frustrating. But the kids feel like kids here, in all their messy, insecure glory.

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The end of this episode really surprised me. I did not think that JH's death was connected to HY and I really hoped that this sad circumstances would help to create a friendship between JW and HY...but, oh boy, was I mistaken.
At first I thought it was just a normal accident...wow.

How can HY come back from this? I know it will be all covered up by his family (if his involvement would be discovered) but what consequences will this have on his mental health/stability?

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That last scene was amazing acting wise, this young actor is definitely someone who is worth looking forward to in the future project.
This episode was the best one so far, so many sweet and bitter moments, I loved Teacher Oh trying his best at being good teacher despite opposition from parents, other teachers and students, he seems like airhead but clearly he isn't teacher by accident.
I didn't even considered other option than suicide, because it seemed like logical follow up, but now I'm wondering which storyline the show will follow.

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Oh man, this is going to make things so much worse for JW. Not that I blame him for his beatdown of HY, but it was pretty much exactly what HY wanted. Just look at his face in that screenshot: it screams “You played right into my hand”. I wouldn’t be surprised if he instructed the bully to tell JW that KT paid them.

Because even though JW (and the audience) knows the truth about what happened, all anyone else will see is the troublemaking delinquent just viciously beat up the upstanding class president who was only ever kind to him and tried to help him.

And if JW tried to explain, most people wouldn’t believe him. It’s his word (and that of a criminal) against golden boy HY. Maybe KT would be implicated, but I’m sure HY would be more than happy to throw him under the bus.

It all reminds me of when HY taunted JW by poking him and saying JW can’t do the same thing to him. I’m sure it will work out for JW eventually, but the interim is going to be hard to watch.

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Apart from the heavy ending, I want to talk about how natural Soobin x Junwoo scenes feel. I don’t know how to express it but when I watch dramas there are moments that make me feel as if it’s not acting but genuine feelings; especially in awkward times but those kind of scenes are really rare. But I can feel it when Junwoo and Soobin is together, Hyanggi’s laughs and Seongwu’s way of talking doesn’t feel forced and I love it. Surely there’re cliches and all but the conversations feel so real....

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Someone mentioned somewhere that Soobin's character may be the dark horse in the drama. In random conversations, the writer has implied time and again how girls are being viewed in the society. Hwi's mom says 'beautiful girls will distract boys from study'. Soobin's mom saying 'you would not have gotten in if not for them'. Her classmate saying 'all these connections and privileges'.

Soobin is about to explode soon I think. She really really wants to be her own person and he hates it when someone says 'you did good because of him'.

I am looking forward to her true arc too. It will be interesting.

I love the soft feminist aspects that are woven in there. Nothing about this drama is loud. But all the undercurrents... Exciting possibilities.

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@dramafan100
I am happy (and relieved) Soo-Bin's character is living up to that potential "Dark horse". Her story is a beautiful slow burn, and given the groundwork the writer has laid, I hope we are talking about her as much as the main story thread by the end.

The show's strength is that it is so full of undercurrents. This is really where this writer excels, everyone has their story and the cast comes to life. You can just see them infusing every action/reaction with purpose. It allows the young cast to play way above their experience and gives the veterans such complex roles (Kim Sun-Young in GG79 was epic).

KDrama has started to suffer from 1 story shows that didn't have enough breadth for their 16ep run. We all know those dramas...the ones that just end up spinning their wheels in ungrounded tropes and contrived circular angst.

Its time for the Beanie Awards to really start recognising writing more..."Best Ensemble" is not an actor award - it's writing.

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I was expecting a light and fluffy teen drama but then someone died because of bullies, I was blown.

This might be unpopular but somehow I love and pity for Hwi Young. Not that I'm saying it was right for him doing that to Joon Wu. I blame it for that, but some parties have responsibilities in his bad actions too (like his parents). Seung Ho played Hwi Young on point that makes some people angry yet pity towards him.

And I know that Ong was an actor trainee, but didn't expect his acting was this natural. I mean, acting as a loner can be look stiff but his loneliness didn't look stiff at all. I love how he gives some gimmics like eyes movement, jaw clenching, pouting his lips, so on. He was more "showing" (with action and details) rather than "telling" (with words).

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What have you done to me, show.

I can't believe they lulled us all with the puppies and kittens and rainbows for almost an episode only to shoot us down with angst at the end when we least expect it.

Joonwoo and Soobin are not only adorable together but also kind. I think it was mentioned before how they are more mature than their parents; that maturity was so obvious during the cancellation of the English test. Joonwoo approached Teacher Oh when he was sitting glumly on the steps and got him talking about his dream and how he forgot about it. Then when Soobin joined in and asked for an impromptu test because she spent all that time training Joonwoo (!!) when we can tell they were doing it mostly for Teacher Oh. These kids are perceptive and kind and I love that about them.

I already started tearing up when Joonwoo sent Junghoo on that bus, their little dialog was SO hopeful and it just made it even more devastating when Junghoo died. The last scene was so well-acted and I was in literal tears watching it. Ong Sungwoo is very very promising.

I'm holding my judgement about Hwiyoung and Kitae until next episodes; honestly if they were directly involved in Junghoo's death I don't think I will buy any redemption arc thrown their way unless one of them saves Joonwoo from being hit by an oncoming truck.

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I am really curious, what did you think was being hinted at about past events?

For me, Whi-Young was always dark. The uniformity and totality of deference to him was so scary - nobody gives that much power to a class member out of kindness.

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When an episode tells you early on that it will be sad....

I like how JW and Mr. Oh 'partnership' especially how Mr Oh commented about his injury and makes him cough on cue. And he did, which makes it cute. At least there is an adult that care for JW. I like his co workers too despite they only popping here and there. Seems like they ok enough with him to gives him some lunch time with mom and asked if he is ok. Who knows, maybe that girl actually call and tell mom about the fight.

When we knows how close those two were, that last scene was hardbreaking. They were family and from the look of it, left alone from young age to take care themselves since mom and dad were busy working. When JW send JH on the bus, I thought he lost his best friend but that's it. But no... show had to make it permenant and extra painful. JW is just find a bit of footing at school and making friends, my heart ache for him.

Ong Seung Woo need a para for that ending scene performance tbh. His horror realization of what happened to that burst of anger, his expression said it all. Every emotions on that scene, he did a good job.
I dont know how the director know that OSW capable of giving all what his character need since this is his first drama but she cast the right person.

I wonder what makes SB so uncomfortable with HW when they are close enough to msg each other frequently and she knows his mood by his msg alone. It will be interesting to know what about HW that makes her feel that way. It cant be just because of his mom, right?

HW continues to drain all my empathy and sympathy. He was having a reaction when those bullies walked in. Which is interesting. Pretty sure it wont come back to him since Kitae was the middleman. Was he shocked JH died by their hand? Was he afraid his name come out? I wish JW get a couple more hits before SB stop him because HW deserves it.

And I didnt know that there is a detective in that group. I thought all are bullies being a fecking basta** by coming to JH funeral. I need to rewatch that part.

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As soon as Joon-woo gains a sliver of hope, life has to yank it away from him. Why was Teacher Oh called for Jung-hoo's injuries? Jung-hoo does not know Teacher Oh. I love Ki-tae, but now with Jung-hoo's death, he has hired a hitman. I find Ki-tae's relationship with So-ye sweet. I hate Hwi-young, but his childhood crush on Soo-bin breaks my heart. "You know that's not why I do it."

Their dreams are so personal to be free-talking about them in front of the whole class. What was Oh-je's dream? I hate how Da-hwin put Oh-je on the spot to force him into being her boyfriend. I felt sorry for Pil-sang because he wanted to work for once, but Ro-mi is nothing but mean to him. Did Soo-bin actually pass the level test or not?

Can we give "the clerk" a name? Her name is Kim Ji-min. Heo Youngji is killing this role. Thanks lots for the recap, @TeriYaki!

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I was wondering as well why the called teacher Oh but then I thought that maybe JH had his address and contact details on him (maybe in his pocket or jacket from the day he went to the school to leave the letter).

I don't know if SB passed the test, maybe HW asked the teacher to make an exception for her, because he wanted her to be in his class. He wants to spend time with her without JW.

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Glad I am currently watching this drama. Breath of fresh air seeing these high schoolers, somehow makes me feel young again. But it sure seems hard to be a high schooler in South Korea with the studying part and the society expectation part.

But again I am so happy to watch Kim hyang Gi in a drama and these other young actors in their roles. Really sad thing what happened to Jun Woo's friend. How they will take the story from here.

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I think being a high schooler in Asia (korea, china, japan) must be hell.

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@tesshan
If you are squeamish, don't look up 왕따 (wangtta).

I repeat...don't do it. You won't watch school dramas the same way ever again. We on the outside have no idea.

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I cried over the river in this episode, so much pain in my heart. And again, I am so surprise with Ong Sung Woo acting. His new but man, he can act really good. It's like he already in this drama world forever!
Can't wait to the next episode!

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Apparently I’m really good at avoiding spoilers because even though the recaps are out and its almost been a week I did not see the ending coming. I seriously thought Joon-woo’s friend was going to be fine and the conflict of the story was going to be something else. But wasn’t he on his way home? Did the accident happen in the bus or did the kids follow him and beat him up to death? Hwi-yeong’s life is being stirred up because of his own fault in not leaving Joon-woo alone. His own actions are coming back to bit him.

But, how cute are Joon-woo and Soo-bin! I love how they are looking out for each other and their teacher! I want Mr. Oh to grow into great teacher and be respected in his class and I’m sure Joon-woo and Soo-bin will help him get there.

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ARgghhh.. and they had to rip my heart like that..
I feel for all the kids, I even felt for 'Hwi Young' until some point, but I am not so sure anymore. I think Soo-Bin sees him for what he is.. He doesn't care about others. It's all about him. How he is perceived, what he wants and how things should go according to his way. It's not just others, he doesn't even respect people he likes.
Soo Bin told him not to pull strings for the academy and he did it because that's what HE wanted.
I know he has it hard at home, but thats no excuse. When these 2 kids, probably born out of wedlock, went through enormous insults/degrading in the society but they still turned out to be decent human beings. So am not excusing Hwi Young.

That last scene was well directed. Ong Sung-woo really brought out his best acting at that moment.

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I am late to this party watching this drama and this is the first time I comment. What can I say??? This drama gives me chills, and take away from the the hope that there is future in youth. The world is wrecked and corrupted from the beginning.
This story is depressing.

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