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Extraordinary You: Episodes 9-10

Our adorable hero is learning what life is like in the manhwa world, now that he has a friend to show him the ropes. But time is running short for our heroine, whose life literally depends on whether she and her friends can change their story. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that, while she can make changes in the story, she has no control over the consequences of those changes.

  
EPISODE 9

Number 13 stands at the school gates, wondering, “Who am I?” In the library, he stares at a scar on the palm of his left hand as he thinks, “I want to know where I came from, and where I’m going.” He peruses the shelves and sees one book that seems to be floating, and when he picks it up, there’s a shimmering hole on the shelf where it was.

Another time, Number 13 sees a larger version of that same sparkling portal floating over the school grounds. None of the other students seem to see it — except for one girl, who’s standing on the catwalk.

Number 13 sees the girl in class, and he and hears his own voice for the first time when he says her name. Dan-oh seems to hear him, but she doesn’t see him. Number 13 notices his blank nametag and wonders how he knows her name when he doesn’t know his own.

He encounters Dan-oh everywhere, and he begins to draw her over and over again. He doesn’t know why he always sees her: “Tell me why it has to be you.”

We flash forward to the day when Kyung accuses Dan-oh of faking her heart condition to get attention. He snarls that it’s not like she’s dying, and Number 13 — Haru now — punches him. Kyung asks who he is, but Haru tells him, “You won’t remember even if I tell you. The scene will change soon.”

Once they’re alone, Dan-oh asks Haru if she heard him right, and he remembers her. He nods, and says that he doesn’t know how long he’s known her, “But I know that you started it, Eun Dan-oh.”

On his way back to the school, Kyung runs into Do-hwa. He asks Kyung if he’s noticed that he’s the only one that’s wet, and Kyung does seem confused, but Do-hwa tells him he’ll be dry when the scene changes again. Do-hwa says it makes him sad to think that Kyung, Nam-ju, and Joo-da will never become self-aware.

Dan-oh takes Haru to the library and asks if he remembers what happens between scenes, and if he hears strange noises and loses time. He nods again, and says that he also remembers every moment he’s spent with Dan-oh.

Mi-chae glares at one of Haru’s drawings of Dan-oh in the kitchen, but he quickly puts it away when Do-hwa pops up with ice cream (Mi-chae: “You’re not my type…”). Do-hwa says he just has questions about Secret, and how the world of manhwa works. He tells Mi-chae that he talked to Joo-da in the Shadow, but when the Stage started, she didn’t remember.

Mi-chae (who’s really into his ice cream now, ha) says that it’s because the Writer doesn’t want Do-hwa to confess. Do-hwa gets distracted when he flips through Secret and finds the page where Dan-oh’s father cries because she’s dying. He wails that it’s too cruel to do that to an extra, but Mi-chae says, “It’s possible because she’s an extra.”

Dan-oh, in the meantime, is over the moon because Haru remembers her. The Stage starts right in the middle of her Happy Dance of Joy, and Kyung approaches and offers her a new heart monitor to replace the one he crushed. Dan-oh refuses it and says they’re over, and her eyes go wide as she’s shocked by what the Writer is having her say, ha.

She says she wants to stop liking him and promises not to let it affect his father’s business. She apologizes for hurting him with her one-sided crush, and breaks their engagement.

Instantly the Stage ends, and Dan-oh asks if Kyung’s face is okay, saying that it must hurt even if it’s not real. Kyung orders her to take it back, but when Dan-oh asks what he means, he just blinks like he’s not sure, either.

When it’s time to take her medicine, Dan-oh sighs at how many medications she’s on. Do-hwa brings her a strawberry milk and asks if she’s okay, flashing her the sad puppy eyes, and she guesses that he read the bad news in the manhwa.

She tells him that the Writer probably added in the part about her possibly dying for color, but Do-hwa completely loses it and wails, “But you could DIIIIIEE!” Dan-oh tells him to just keep making changes in the Stage whenever he can, hoping to cause an extra-created butterfly effect and maybe change her illness, too.

Kyung is so angry over Dan-oh breaking their engagement that he nearly snaps a smaller boy in half just for bumping into him. He turns to send his fist through a window, but Haru stops him, saying softly that he could get hurt. Kyung just turns his fury on Haru, asking why he cares, and Haru says that he just felt bad for Kyung.

At home that night, Dan-oh smiles at her picture of Haru, then cringes when she remembers closing her eyes expecting a kiss when he was only picking a flower out of her hair. She tells herself that she’s not the least bit interested in him, but every time she thinks of him, she gets the goofiest grin on her face.

Haru spends his night in the library flipping through Secret, but mostly he thinks about how every time he’s around Dan-oh, there are those red flowers nearby. He says again, “I want to know why it has to be you.”

In the morning, Haru approaches Dan-oh first for once. He asks her what she remembers, and she goes into panic mode and says she remembers nothing. Nervous, she mutters that it’s chilly, prompting Haru to start taking off his shirt again (petition to continue this running joke, anyone?). Haru says that Dan-oh told him to do that when she’s cold and she snaps that that doesn’t apply at school, giving herself away that she does remember.

She catches him almost-smiling at her and asks what he’s looking at. Haru says, “You. I have always been watching you. I just felt like I should.” Well, swoon. That makes Dan-oh wonder out loud how much he knows about her, so he says she’s engaged to Kyung, has a heart problem, and recently learned that she doesn’t have much time left (and apologizes for reading the book about that part, so sweet.

They’re interrupted by Sae-mi, who notices Haru for the first time. He tells her his name is Haru, and Sae-mi simpers when he reads her name off her nametag in his smooth voice. Soo-cheol gets a little jealous and tries to glare at Haru, but it’s not easy to glare at someone who’s nearly a foot and a half taller than you, ha.

Suddenly, Haru’s stomach growls for the very first time, surprising him (so cute). Dan-oh takes him to the snack bar, but he can’t figure out how to get through the crowd. Dan-oh uses her small stature to duck through the other students and grab some sandwiches, impressing Haru so much he claps.

Haru asks if it’s always that much work to get food, and Dan-oh whines that being an extra is constant work. He looks surprised when he tries his sandwich, then Dan-oh flusters them both when she reaches up to wipe his mouth.

They turn to see Nam-ju and Joo-da playing out a Stage in which Joo-da pays Nam-ju the rest of what she owes for cleaning his uniform. Dan-oh tsks that the Writer is really dragging out this plotline, and when she notices Haru’s confusion, she explains that Nam-ju and Joo-da are the main characters in their manhwa.

They keep watching as Joo-da says she wants to be Nam-ju’s friend instead, and twinkly lights surround them. Nam-ju refuses Joo-da’s offer so she runs off upset, and Dan-oh claps sarcastically at Joo-da’s troperrific behavior.

Do-hwa joins them and starts feeling up Haru’s back, saying that he sees why Dan-oh likes it so much. Dan-oh protests but Do-hwa says that Haru won’t remember this anyway. Dan-oh tells Haru that Do-hwa is the third leg of Nam-ju and Joo-da’s love triangle, and Do-hwa asks why Haru is telling all this to a nameless extra. HA, Haru gives him a cute little, “Cheer up!” and offers him the rest of his sandwich.

Do-hwa figures out that Haru is self-aware, and the three head to the kitchen to borrow Mi-chae’s diorama and explain the manhwa world to Haru. Haru picks up the rules pretty quickly, as well as Dan-oh’s plan to change the story.

Suddenly, the scar on his palm starts to hurt, and he drops the puppet he was holding just as Mi-chae walks into the room. Hmmm. Mi-chae picks up the puppet and tells Haru not to touch things that don’t belong to him, ominously pausing before smiling brightly.

Dan-oh shows Mi-chae the scene in Secret where she broke off her engagement to Kyung, finding it odd how her character suddenly changed. Mi-chae tells her to stop making changes, but Dan-oh argues that she can if she wants to, while Haru keeps staring at Mi-chae in a very strange way.

Haru walks Dan-oh to her car, and after she leaves, Kyung (who was watching them) follows Haru back into the school and asks who he is. Haru tells Kyung his name and says again that he won’t remember when the scene changes, which just makes Kyung angrier. He grabs Haru’s shirt and orders him to make sense, but Haru just says, “Stop this, Baek Kyung.”

Mi-chae sits in the library reading the manhwa, and there’s a character who wonders where he came from just like Haru did. But when Mi-chae closes the book, it’s not Secret… it’s a different manhwa titled Flower. Mi-chae follows a strange noise to a bookshelf, where he sees that Secret is missing.

In the hallway, a paper airplane lands at Haru’s feet, and he unfolds it to find his drawing of Dan-oh. Mi-chae approaches and says that someone else seems to be reading the manhwas. He says that Haru seems to have woken up, and he answers Haru’s questions as vaguely as possible.

Haru says he’ll find the answers himself, but Mi-chae says that can’t happen, and that the more he changes the Stage, the more his scar will hurt. He presses down on Haru’s scar to make his point and growls, “Stop Dan-oh. That’s the reason you exist.”

The next day, Kyung notices when Dan-oh walks by without acknowledging him. She says she wants to at least be herself in the Shadow, though she notices Kyung’s confused expression. Kyung demands an explanation, but Dan-oh just says he’ll get hurt.

The scene ~BLIPS~ to the Stage, where the students gather on the school steps freaking out that Nam-ju’s mother, famous actress CHA JI-HYUN (cameo by Ji Soo-Won) is visiting the school. Dan-oh demonstrates to Haru how to act onStage, and his awkward little stomp-clap-woohoo is adorable. He does a bit better the second time, but when Mrs. Cha passes him, he stares at her like he’s seen her before.

She’s unhappy that Nam-ju changed the school trip destination, but Nam-ju’s father praises him for making a decision that makes their school look more down-to-earth. The principal says that Nam-ju is as smart as Hee-ju, his older brother, and while his father preens, his mother looks deeply upset.

Nam-ju’s birthday party is mentioned, and Mrs. Cha says that she’s planning a small, intimate party, no need to do anything at school. But she shoots Nam-ju’s dad a strange, wary look… I wonder what that’s about?

Dan-oh flips through Haru’s sketchbook and asks why he draws. He says it’s to remember, because he wants to know who he is, where he comes from, and where he’s going. He turns a few pages, looking closely at the drawings, but all Dan-oh sees is him.

EPISODE 10

Do-hwa helps Joo-da carry her books to class, and Joo-da jokes that he forgot his wings (because he’s an angel, get it?). Nearby (and offStage), Dan-oh cringes at Joo-da’s cheesy lines. But Haru says it’s not so bad because Do-hwa gets to be with Joo-da a lot, while he always had to look for Dan-oh. Dangit, swoon again.

~BLIP~ Another Stage, this time with Do-hwa and Joo-da eating ice cream on the school roof. Nam-ju joins them, and Joo-da stiffens up at his sarcastic comments about their “date.” Nam-ju asks if Do-hwa is the reason Joo-da said she wants to be friends, and he warns Do-hwa again about touching his things.

He storms off, and as Joo-da follows him, the Stage ends. Do-hwa watches as the sky darkens (it was bright blue for Joo-da’s line about her favorite color) and items start floating, indicating that he’s in the Shadow now.

Joo-da catches up to Nam-ju and says that it’s one thing to bully her, but another to treat Do-hwa that way. She takes the blame for thinking they could be friends, but Nam-ju calls her clueless and asks, “Do you really have no idea, or are you only pretending?”

Do-hwa sighs to Haru over the way nobody notices things like a cloudy sky because their lines say it’s blue. He calls himself stupid for liking Joo-da, and when Haru says that’s just his character, Do-hwa points out that he still likes her even after becoming self-aware.

He wonders if anything would change were Joo-da to become self-aware, and asks Haru what it’s like for him. Haru says he just wants to learn more about himself, and Do-hwa says he’s jealous because without a pre-determined character, anything is possible for Haru, when his role is just to watch Joo-da.

The whole school buzzes with excitement, hoping for invitations to Nam-ju’s birthday party. Soo-cheol cheers when he gets a texted invitation, and Sae-mi carries around a life-sized Nam-ju cut-out just because she likes him. Dan-oh asks her why, and Sae-mi says they’re “just meant to be.”

The phrase triggers a storyboard vision of Nam-ju’s party. Dan-oh sees a long line of people in fancy clothes, then Joo-da in a beautiful gown with Nam-ju kneeling at her feet. He looks up at her lovingly and says, “A birthday present for me.”

Then he’s in the kitchen telling the chef to take extra care with the strawberry-covered cake, because “My woman likes strawberries.” Dan-oh sees a waiter tripping and falling with the cake, and Nam-ju pulling Joo-da out of the way just in time. He announces that from now on, Joo-da is the only woman for him, then the storyboard vision ends.

Dan-oh tells Do-hwa and Haru about the storyboard, making Do-hwa worry what will happen to him once the leads are officially a couple. Dan-oh says they need to try to change it, and she and Do-hwa both turn begging eyes on Haru, the only one capable of changing Stages.

But Haru refuses, saying that it’s dangerous. Dan-oh reminds him that she may not have much time left and he’s the only one who can change the Stage, and just when Haru looks about to cave, Kyung shows up and tries to pull Dan-oh away to talk.

She complains that he’s hurting her wrist, but he only twists harder, making Dan-oh cry. Haru grips Kyung’s wrist and says that Dan-oh doesn’t want to talk to him. Haru gently nudges Dan-oh behind him as he and Kyung glare at each other from inches away, then Haru tells Dan-oh, “I’ll go to the party. I’ll help you.”

Later on the tennis court, Dan-oh asks Sae-mi about the confrontation between Haru and Kyung. It happened in front of the entire class but Sae-mi doesn’t remember it, confirming that it happened in the Shadow.

A Stage suddenly ~BLIPS~ into action as Kyung struts onto the court in a halo of light. On the opposite side of the net is Haru, and Kyung lets him serve. Haru’s serve flies way over Kyung’s head, then he barely moves when Kyung serves the ball back, and Kyung complains that he’s bored. The Stage ends, and Haru instinctively corrects his form. This time his serve is on fire, zooming right past Kyung, and Haru asks if he’s happy now, ha.

In the locker room, Kyung takes Haru’s racket and replaces the old, frayed tape on the handle. He tells Haru to play tennis with him from now on, and it actually sounds like an invitation instead of an order. Haru asks why, and Kyung says he wants to know what kind of guy Haru is — but again, the aggression that usually tints his voice isn’t there.

Kyung spends the afternoon brooding in A3’s hideout. Do-hwa guesses his problem is Dan-oh and tells Kyung to be nice to her because she’s seriously ill. Kyung gets angry again, and Do-hwa tells him to be nicer to him, too, since he’s a bigger character, even though they’re in the Shadow.

Kyung shows confusion again at the mention of the Shadow. Haru wanders over and Do-hwa hangs on him, glad for the backup. Kyung asks Do-hwa if he knows that guy, and again, he acts like he’s hearing Haru’s name for the first time.

In class, Kyung is asked to suggest some candidates for the soccer team, so he writes down Haru’s name. He asks Nam-ju if he invited Haru to his party, and Nam-ju notices Haru for the first time.

Secret is back in the library when Mi-chae goes looking for it. He reads the tennis court scene, and at first, the extra that Kyung plays against has glasses and straight hair. But as Mi-chae watches, the panels shimmer, and Kyung’s opponent loses the glasses and his hair goes wavy. Oooh, Mi-chae does not look happy.

Do-hwa is about to cross the street to the sandwich shop where Joo-da works when the Stage ~BLIPS~ into action and he’s frozen in place. He watches Nam-ju pull up on his motorcycle and motion to Joo-da to come outside, where he hand-delivers an invitation to his birthday party. He tells her to come because he has something to tell her, then drives away.

The Stage ends and Do-hwa is freed, but he’s not happy. He says he’s sick of just watching Joo-da, and wants to confess to her at least once.

The day of the party arrives, and Do-hwa, Dan-oh, and Haru arrange to meet outside. OMG, what is Haru wearing?? Do-hwa apologizes for the bright green and maroon suit jacket Haru borrowed from his brother, but they tell Haru that he looks amazing, and his shy grin and puffed-out chest are worth it.

Dan-oh reminds the guys that they need to change something during the party, even if it’s just something tiny. The Stage starts in the middle of her peptalk to stick together, and she finds herself entering the party on Kyung’s arm. She looks back at Haru, but he can’t move until she goes inside and the Stage releases him. He’s stopped at the door by Security, who won’t let anyone in without an invitation.

The Stage ends as Dan-oh enters the party so she looks around for Haru. Kyung notices and grabs her wrist again, and she snaps at him for suddenly caring what she does when he never has before. She’s happy when his two female admirers drag him off, and she tells him to just play the character the Writer gave him.

OnStage, Do-hwa plays his violin while Nam-ju checks a mirror, thinking, “I don’t want to play it, either!” when Nam-ju tells him to stop. Nam-ju tells him that he’s planning to confess to Joo-da today, then notices the upset expression on Do-hwa’s face.

He goes outside to personally greet Joo-da, and his mother stops them and asks who she is. Joo-da smiles nervously, and Nam-ju pulls her inside before she can answer. Do-hwa watches them as he plays with the hired orchestra, and he thinks to himself that everything is still going according to the storyboard.

Nam-ju takes Joo-da to a separate room and gives her a sparkly pair of heels to match her dress. He kneels to strap them onto her feet, and when she objects because it’s his birthday, he says, “Your presence here is a birthday present for me.” He makes himself shy and leaves the room.

Haru is still outside, and he spots some spare waiter’s vests by the catering van. He swipes one and sneaks into the kitchen, where he spots the strawberry-covered birthday cake from the storyboard. The Stage starts up so that Nam-ju can say his line about how his woman loves strawberries, then it ends, and Haru watches as the cake is locked into a case.

He goes to pass out food at the party and look for something to change. Kyung sees him, and Haru heads inside when he sees Kyung frowning at him. He goes upstairs, avoiding Nam-ju, then grabs a tray of drinks from a waiter. He goes to the room where Nam-ju is primping, intending to pour a drink on him, but Kyung has followed him.

Do-hwa joins them and OMG, he has no chill whatsoever, lol. Kyung notices his expression and asks Do-hwa if he knows Haru. Haru suddenly dumps the tray of drinks on Nam-ju, then tells Do-hwa to go to Joo-da, now.

Do-hwa takes his chance and finds Joo-da, pulling her away from the party just as the current Stage ends. When they run out of breath, Do-hwa finally stops and tells Joo-da that she looks pretty tonight. She says it’s the dress, but Do-hwa tells her that she’s pretty no matter what she’s wearing. He finally gets to tell her that he likes her, and she stares up at him in shock.

~BLIP~ Dan-oh realizes she’s in a new Stage, and since the cake has been moved to a table outside, she realizes that she’s missed most of the storyboard scenes. Nam-ju is announced for his big entrance, but he’s not there — he’s frantically searching for Joo-da.

Dan-oh finds herself compelled to stand and approach Haru, who’s back at the party. He’s walking towards her, too, and when they reach each other, Dan-oh realizes that she saw this on the storyboard… only it was Nam-ju and Joo-da, not her and Haru.

Just as she saw in the vision, the waiter carries the cake down the stairs, trips, and starts to fall. A hand grabs her wrist and pulls her to safety, but it’s not Haru’s arms she ends up in… it’s Kyung’s. Dan-oh gapes at Kyung as he stares directly at Haru and makes the announcement that Joo-da was supposed to make in this Stage: “From now on, Dan-oh is the only woman for me.”

  
COMMENTS

Well, damn, this is definitely a huge change to the Stage. I’m not sure what it means or if I can even parse it all out at this point, but this is definitely going to have huge repercussions. Not only did Haru and Dan-oh change the Stage by having Do-hwa occupying Joo-da during what was supposed to be her big scene, but they somehow got pulled into the Scene themselves in the leading roles. But what does it mean that Kyung saved Dan-oh and not Haru?

Kyung is obviously not self-aware, and he’s still following the manhwa story and fulfilling his character role, but there are clues that he’s noticing the oddities going on around him. He doesn’t know Haru after each Stage wipes his memories from the previous Shadow (How many times did he ask Haru who he is in this episode? LOL), but he still finds Haru disturbingly familiar and senses that he’s a threat to his relationship with Dan-oh. I’m guessing that things are going to get a lot more heated between Haru and Kyung now that Kyung has “met” him onStage, and he should have a solid memory of Haru going forward.

Can I just say that I am so ready for Nam-ju and Joo-da to become self-aware, if only to stop the torturous sexist Boys Over Flower tropes. I really want for Nam-ju to be less of a jerk, and for Joo-da to be less of a Mary Sue. Nam-ju calls Joo-da names for things like not knowing he likes her, except that he constantly bullies her and acts like he hates her, so how is she supposed to know? This isn’t a complaint about the writing, because these things are part of the manhwa and are supposed to be ridiculous and tropey, it’s just that I’m sure that Nam-ju and Joo-da will become self-aware eventually and they’re going to be so embarrassed. Plus, I’m just eager for everyone to become self-aware and see who truly has feelings for whom once they get to decide for themselves.

I just can’t stop marveling at how tightly-written this show is. I keep looking for continuity mistakes, for example someone being recognized by a non-self-aware character when they shouldn’t be, because that would be a very easy writing mistake to make. But I never see it, and it’s frankly astounding. I particularly love that Haru was able to use the fact that nobody but Dan-oh and Do-hwa would recognize him to pose as a waiter during Nam-ju’s party to do his reconnaissance. He’s starting this whole “life” thing from scratch, but he’s pretty damn smart and he picks stuff up quickly, and I can’t wait to see how his character evolves.

Speaking of which, that scene with a Haru-like character in another manhwa is a pretty huge clue, though I think it will be a while before we truly understand what’s going on. I’d suspected that Haru might be a recycled character from another manhwa, and it seems like he is… and that he became self-aware then, too. Not only that, but the fact that his wondering who he is made it into the Flower manhwa means that he was self-aware onStage. I’m positive that this is all connected to the flowers that always seem to be around Haru, the flower-filled waterfall, the ancient hair ornament, and his fascination with Dan-oh, who I’m guessing was also a character in the Flower manhwa. Now Haru’s character is also creeping onStage in Secret, and I’m equally excited and scared by what this could mean for him, Dan-oh, and the manhwa world as a whole.

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Aaaaaaaaaa @lollypip! Using that shot of Rowoon for the title of this recap is just plain cheating. Have mercy for my heart!

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that last screen shot ain't bad either ;)

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That's sort of true.
But what I love is Haru's
1. gentleness (except the wrist grand)
2. Innocence &
3. Nerves of steel.
That image captures 1 & 2 perfectly. ^^

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Gentle, YES. but Innocent? I still doubt that. If he doesn't wear that puppy-eyed & straight face, I would bet all-in that he's a player, a very smooth one. Hehehe. Listen to what he said to Dan-Oh, everyhing is squee-induced and swoon-worthy. I totally understand Dan-Oh reactions. She's basically drooling all over. Hahahaha.

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Now that you mention it....hahahaha! BUT in manhwa-land isn't he supposed to be all innocent? And says those things without meaning to have any "effect"?

On the other hand, I'm watching a lot of behind the scenes as well, and you should see Rowoon! He's tall, handsome and incredibly charming. Player with a capital "P". I may be trying too hard to separate Ro(s)woon from Haru. :D

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He is just honest and one-track mind, Sushin. He meant every word he says. Can't blame him when Dan Oh (and us) 🤤 when he was told to temove his shirt and did accordingly. 😉

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@msrabbit 😏
I would love to believe BUT seeing him teasing/testing Dan-Oh (to see if she really lost her memory about him) by removing his shirt (and showing those abs is sinful by all mean) suggests otherwise. Not that I dislike it, HEE. 😍

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@joosushin Let's be honest. Whose mind are in the gutter in that scene? You can't blame him for your sins, SuShin. 😉

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Am I falling in love to a picture of Haru? YAS! That first and last screen caps 😍😍

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Finallllllyyyy! I have been waiting since Sunday. Oh god, I can't get enough of Haru!💕

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I find it odd that Haru's character said the same lines in the Shadow (Secret) that he said on Stage in Flower. Is he the protagonist of another manhwa, somehow living out that storyline here?

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*Flower manhwa looms ominously in the bg*

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Maybe that other manwha is on hiatus, because the main characters disappeared....

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This is entirely possible.

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Ooooo.....😱 I have this suspicion!

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He's definitely someone important in that other manhwa. Maybe the main character. Also, after Extraordinary You, can we have a sageuk with "Haru" and " Baek Kyung" as leads?? for real, they would nail the roles... (please dramagods!!)

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I watched all of Hip Hop King without subs because I really like Naeun. I'm so glad I started this one. Not only is it subbed (lol) but it's getting so good!! Thanks for the recap :D

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Have you checked out her web drama, A-TEEN?

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yes! I've rewatched S2 multiple times also! Naeun and Bomin are too cute!

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Thank you for the recap, @lollypip.

One of my favorite things this episode is having Dan-oh, Do-hwa and Haru together! I absolutely love this trio, they're not only cute together but they finally get to be themselves, real selves with one another, they get to joke, laugh and talk about their feelings with each other! Do-hwa's reaction to finding out about Dan-oh's "limited time" was hilarious but at the same time it shows how much he actually cares about her, I adore their friendship!

Jin Mi-chae definitely knows who Haru is and where he comes from, and I think most of us have already got some sort of a clue to that as we could see the lines that Haru says are in the other Man-hwa "Flower" that Jin Mi-chae has, it all actually falls into place, he isn't an original character of "Secret" he must've traveled through those sparkling black holes and is forcing his way through this Manhwa, maybe that's why he has no memories. Also, he's here to protect Dan-oh and change her fate. I can't say much more because spoil-ers so maybe next recap!

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Actually, I think Jin Mi-chae is also one of the characters from Flower Manhwa. That's why he's angry when Dan-oh finally made a little change in the story. He probably witnessed someone, or maybe it's himself (I suspect the later), changed the story and it didn't end well. I bet he has some painful backstory on his own.

On the other hand if Dan-oh, Haru and Mi-chae really are characters from another manhwa, isn't it kinda weird? Like, why would the author reuse characters from her/his previous work when she/he could draw entirely new ones? I mean, when it comes to writing fiction, your limit is only your imagination, right?

And I wonder, does the author realize that the story change?

I also kinda worry about Dan-oh changing the story. What if she becomes the first lead of Secret Manhwa? Isn't more frustrating as she will have more scenes which means less freedom? And if Dan-oh becomes the first lead her pair automatically will be Baek-kyung, now imagine the torture Haru has to go through every time Dan-oh and Baek-kyung has lovey-dovey scenes even though he knows Dan-oh can't help it.

Gosh I have so many questions which makes the wait for another new episode unbearable.

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On the other hand if Dan-oh, Haru and Mi-chae really are characters from another manhwa, isn't it kinda weird? Like, why would the author reuse characters from her/his previous work when she/he could draw entirely new ones? I mean, when it comes to writing fiction, your limit is only your imagination, right?
And I wonder, does the author realize that the story change?

Maybe the author was going for tsubasa chronicles and cardcaptor salute style story.. Wherein CLAMPverse you have same characters or 'souls' but in different worlds or universe.....

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,*cardcaptor Sakura...

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I don't think the author reuses characters. I think the manwha people are like actors playing parts. They can play a part in this manwha or that one, be a lead or an extra. That's why it may not be a tragedy if Dan-oh has to die. It may just be her exit from this manwha.

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Yes, I also think Jin Mi-chae is a character from "Flower", he seems to know Haru from before and his threats to him must mean something, he knows what is going to happen if they try to change the story, I don't think he's bad but he must've seen things go bad to have a reaction like that to Haru and Dan-oh trying to change the stage, he knows the consequences, or maybe he knows no matter how much they try to change the story at the end the storyboard will be carried out the same way, even if it means pulling other characters in the mix (@gadis).

I think it's possible, I know a few writers who got so attached to their characters, they have them included in their other works, or could it be something like reincarnation, for like like Jin Mi-chae's character? he seems to know a lot more than everyone else, what if he's one of writer's favorite characters from her/his previous Manhwas and has all the memories from his other "lives"? What if the writer has him here because he's a favorite? I don't know if I'm making any sense here, though, LOL!

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Favourite or is he being punished by a never ending reincarnation cycle ala IU in Hotel del Luna?

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Oh! I didn't watch Hotel De Luna but that, too, makes sense! Maybe that's how they get punished for trying to change the story!

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I love the trio too! It's always refreshing to see scenes with 2 hot guys and a girl and not have it be a love triangle. I don't have to feel bad for the "third wheel". And we've already got 2 love triangles.

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Confirmation! Do-hwa's awestruck "His eyes look like those of main characters'" alluded to it, but today's episodes confirmed Ha-ru really is the main character of another manhwa. If Villain(?) Jinmichae read Flower from the library, wouldn't Ha-ru have found the manhwa too since he lives in the library? Does Extra Ha-ru even have a house or family?

My original theory was Ha-ru was the first character (or second after Jinmichae) to become self-aware, and when he asked Dan-oh whether she knew this place at the palace, I presumed he knew, which is why he was disappointed Dan-oh doesn't remember. But apparently, it turns out Ha-ru never knew himself. I wish the four of them would sit down and discuss the moment they each became self-aware. To his credit, Ha-ru asked Dan-oh since when does she remember. As Ha-ru seems to recognize Nam-joo's parents, they must have also portaled over from Flower.

Ha-ru's scar is like Dan-oh's heart: the Writer uses it to cause both of them pain. If they successfully changed the Stage to Baek Kyung and Dan-oh now being the main characters, is Nam-joo now the second lead? During their tennis game, I was wondering if Baek Kyung was playing with a character with no facial features, but we learn the original extra was switched out with Ha-ru.

Dan-oh and Do-hwa's friendship is love: his strawberry milk, choking up at her dying, and back teasing, and her hitting and yelling at him. Thanks a bunch for recapping, @LollyPip!

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In this episode when Squid Fairy saw that the comic book is missing and guessed that someone else is reading it what if it's not Haru but Baek Kyung? During the party I feel that Baek Kyung is already aware that's why he pulled that stunt in the end.
And I love Haru's and Nam-joo's speaking voice haha ☺️

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I think Baek Kyung is starting to realise something is wrong but his character at the party took over the lines of the main character...I doubt he had a choice in it.

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It's interesting because he seems to recognize Haru while he is a waiter. He chased him down because he felt something was off. As well as when he announces that Dan-oh is the only woman for him, he seems smirks KNOWINGLY at Haru.

I'm just curious to see what Baek-Kyung would be like if/when he becomes self-aware. I don't really enjoy BK when he's in the shadow with Dan-oh but I really enjoyed his shadow scenes with Haru and Do-hwa. Depending on how he acts when he finally becomes self-aware (does he try to change his behaviour because he doesn't like himself or does he use that as an excuse for his continued behaviour) will affect how much I like him.

The actors are killing it though. I love all of them

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I am not sure how nice BK actually is. I think all the ones that are aware of themselves are not very different from their stage persona. DO is nice when on the stage and also when in the shadow. The only difference is that she does not like BK. That seems to be her only forced trait. BK might be an asshole either way. He was obviously smirking at Haru and wanted to state his claim even though he does not seem to have romantic feelings for DO. Just like NJ...he treats people like things.

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I’d love to see everybody becoming self aware and start a riot towards the writer!

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*cue black hole to poof them away into rl where they live according to their own way*

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*then I bump into either Kyung or Haru* *flips page*
*MY very own Kdrama starts*

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Pwahahaha. I SUPPORT!

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Thank you thank you *dramatic bow*

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I feel conflicted. On one hand, I want to see what happens when everyone is self-aware. Will they revolt against the writer? Can they move to another story like Haru? Will world of Secret collapse and everything gets reset? 😱
In the other hand, I don't want those BOF reenactments to end. Those are my cracks. Plus, Do Hwa and his teary violin performances, of course. I'll miss those!

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Me too!
As a drama viewer, I also want to see everyone become self-aware and live their own life the way they choose. But, (if that in fact happen) does that mean there will be no manhwa whatsoever again? That would be so sad. TT

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I totally lost it when the writer had DoHwa perform on his violin at Nam-ju's birthday party. He really can't escape that violin!

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Be careful about rebelling against Writer. Remember the typical response of a powerful kdrama person who decides that someone is no longer of use to them is to get rid of them. And who could be more powerful than Writer? What could be easier for Writer than to just drop someone from the script. No muss, no fuss - doesn't even require a knife to an artery (whoops, wrong thread).

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I feel like Haru is the anomaly in this story. He took over in the tennis match. We saw the Fairy guy read the manga and how he was surprised to see that the guy Baek Kyung was supposed to be playing against changed and turned into Haru. The fact that Haru is no longer a bystander (like he was at the beginning, following DO and trying to talk to her even if she could not see/hear him) is changing the storyline. In my opinion it is not something Writer is doing but something that happens because of Haru's actions. If Haru is not a part of this manga, maybe Writer has no power over him. But at the same time Haru might loose his real "identity" (the one he apparently had in Flower) and that is what is causing the pain? Maybe this universe is where manga character live and the wormhole we saw was how Haru ended up in this alternate manga universe that is not the one he was created in. He lost his memories of his own identity because he is no longer in the right book.

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"And who could be more powerful than Writer?"
Investor?

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Editor?
Publisher?

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Editor maybe...
For sure the black hole we see appearing every now and then must have some meaning.
Maybe it is the writers block...the writer being stuck and not knowing how to go on with the story.

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I actually like the idea that the characters can change their fate against the writer.

As someone who likes to write in her spare time, I've planned out a story only for it to change once I start writing because my characters are acting in a way I never thought about until I wrote it. Sometimes, I'll go back and change it but sometimes, I keep it. It's an interesting feeling to experience and that's part of the reason I love this concept.

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says that he also remembers every moment he’s spent with Dan-oh

It always bugs me when someone says he remembers (or knows) everything, which happens pretty much every week in kdramaland. If he forgot one encounter with Dan-oh, how would he know? If you don't remember something, you usually wouldn't know it happened for you to not remember it (?) And next time someone says he knows everything, ask him the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

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Lord Cobol questioning life here.
But very logical questions i must agree

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He could mean that all his memory ever since he wakes up in 'Secret' world is the moments with Dan-Oh in it. (If that makes any sense, HEE)
#HaRuProtectionSquad

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You rang? 😂 @choijunu

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HARU WILL ALWAYS BE SAFE IN THE HANDS OF THE VIRTUOUS KDRAMA BOY PROTECTION CORPS!!!! 🤝🙌🙋‍♀️

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Wow! Should we set up an official special troop?

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Huh? He didn't remember everything. It says every moment.
I read it to mean he retains his memory from Stage in Shadow because he is self aware. Because other characters, who are not self aware, don't. That has been a butt of joke in this drama numerous time, especially by Do Hwa. And that is also an evidence that one is self aware.

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Should we start looking for 42 then?

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Dan-oh and Do-hwa dragging Haru into their mix and teaching him everything about the manhwa world was the cutest thing. Haru was very much a lost puppy, but behind his innocence I detected a potential danger. He was completely at loss about his existence one moment, and then he seemed like he knows too much the next moment.

I'm also curious about these awakened characters' real personality. Dan-oh was pretty much a complete opposite of her character, but Do-hwa largely stayed the same. Meanwhile Haru looked like someone who learned how to live for the first time: we saw him regaining his voice, slowly collecting memories. With each step, he became more and more alive, and yet there's always these instances where he looked around and absorbed what happened around him with a curiosity of someone who experienced everything for the first time. I wonder if the real personality they awakened depended on how thoroughly the writer created their character development (which means extras will have more room to deviate from their character), or probably there's more to Haru and Dan-oh's past that what we've led to believe so far.

It's interesting that Haru seems to go out of his way to help Kyung at times. I can understand when it concerned Dan-oh. But there are also other encounters when he warned Kyung that he'll get hurt (and I don't think he meant it physically), almost like he knew how much Kyung is going to regret his outburst. Am I reading too much or does Haru seems to talk from his own experience??

I was surprised by the latest developemnt. Why did the storyboard seemed to be 'alive' now? It clearly did its utmost to tell the story it wanted to. I thought once Nam-ju, Ju-da, and Do-hwa became unavailable to play their part, the story would follow them with the changes Do-hwa made. Who would have thought that the storyboard would be that stubborn to retain its original story and simply dragged characters who has the requirements needed for that particular plot? Suffering female lead Dan-oh, jerky male lead Kyung, and brewing triangle-of-doom with Haru and voila! we got a new development. The thing is, this development came from nowhere and a complete 180 from their previous story that I'm sure it'll affect so many upcoming plot and possibly some characters' awareness.

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"I wonder if the real personality they awakened depended on how thoroughly the writer created their character development (which means extras will have more room to deviate from their character)"
I like this and I think this explains why Bae Kyung is still a jerk in the shadow and why Do Hwa's personality is pretty much the same in the shadow as on stage!. (Because they are main characters their personality is more developed by the writer but because Dan Oh is a side character, the writer didn't spend much time on developing her personality and thus she has more room to deviate).

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I want to know the meaning of those red flowers as well

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Mi chae looks more grim as more characters become self aware, it's like he knows that the consequences won't be good.
What do you know Mi chae???? Tell usssssss

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Fairy’s well of information seemed to have dried up. He was very willing to share knowledge of the manhwa world at first but now he’s as helpful as a dried squid. I’ve had enough of his cryptic non-answers and warnings, so I cheered when Haru said “You won’t answer my questions so I’ll find the answers myself”.

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Jin Mi Chae seems to lead a very boring existence. He's either in the kitchen or in the library and except for the very first episode, interacts with no one except for our trio. Why doesn't he want things to change?!

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my poor research (basically on Twitter) tells me that it is a Chinese trumpet vine which is a symbol for 'waiting'. There is also a story that comes along with it-
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"there was a court lady named SoHwa who was loved by the king in the palace. However, the king was no longer interested in her and she was only waiting for him.She left a will saying “Bury me, even if I die, I will wait for the king. He would come soon”. After her death, all her quarters were filled with these flowers.
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Quite a sad story 😅

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I deleted my previous post because it had spoilers about ep 11-12. But thank you for this info @dramap0tat0. So the red flower means "waiting"! This gives weight my theory that "Flower" is a historical comic with a sad ending, and that possibly our characters were reincarnated/recycled in this modern comic "Secret". How I don't know.

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Hope this doesn't count as spoiler: considering the next ep, your theory is most probably right

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I like your reincarnation thought.

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Loooooots of chat re the flowers on my wall! http://www.dramabeans.com/members/saner/activity/904144/

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I can't help but still feel bad for Kyung. Yes! He is a jerk. But he is also so confused by now. All we have seen so far is a short blip of Dan-Oh becoming self-aware and then characters AFTER they became aware. Watching Kyung being confused and pulled in all directions really pulls at my heart strings. On the other hand. Good. I need him self-aware so he stops being such a d******. I hope the "Nice-Kyung" version we saw after tennis, is his actual version. Also Kyung was not self-aware from the start, is practically confirmed.

I did think that Joo-Da and Nam-Ju wouldn't become self aware. But now... I think the writers of the show want their drama and hijinks. So they probably will. And as much as I like Do-wha I hope that Joo-Da doesn't go for him instead of Nam-Ju. I want a true subversion. Like her falling for Soo-cheol or even Dan-Oh (how couldn't she). I think that would be so much more interesting. And I would just love it, if Nam-ju got an actual personality.

My babies! I love them. I HEART them. They are all so cute. Yes. They are the romantic vibes between Dan-Oh and Haru but I dig the friendship between all of them even more. I hope they can expand their circle of friends even more. Especially since my fears of Mi-Chae seem to be right. My suspicion that he is a character that has been used in other manwhas and has been self-aware the whole time, stand its ground. He is really starting to worry me. There is something dark behind his eyes. Kyung may be a jerk at times. Mi-Chae is dangerous.

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yep, with you on this. I don’t like Kyung’s general aggressiveness/meanness and I agree when everyone says he’s taking it too far with the way he talks to Danoh/other characters in the world. Buuuut I’m still holding out that all those traits/characteristics are things that the writer has forced onto him and become habitual for him, so HOPEFULLY when he becomes self-aware and gets over the initial culture shock, he’s going to be different. Of course, this doesn’t mean to say that I think the behaviour he’s exhibiting is justifiable. It definitely isn’t. I’m just on team He’s An Unwilling Participant and keeping my fingers crossed!

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The last screenshot😍😍😍

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I know almost everyone in the comments section will talk about Rowoon and his swoon-worthy screenshot (which I did, for a week). But I will talk about it again. LOOK AT THE DUALITY ROWOON IS SERVING IN THE FIRST AND LAST SCREENSHOT.

Also, I love love love the friendship and camaraderie between Haru, Danoh, and Dohwa! Seems like the friendship of A3 is just a setup! I'm living for all of the scenes of these aware friends! Hehe

I won't theorize that much in this recap, but as someone who has read the manhwa, this show is definitely going on a different path as seen on this episode, which I don't hate.

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From now on, we will all call Rowoon Roswoon. I don't make the rules.

Also, if you're interested in joining the amazing Lee Jae-wook's eyebrows cult, just mention me. 😂

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It’s hard not to think of him as Roswoon since even his throwaway micro-expressions are swoon-worthy ♥️

Jaewook’s eyebrows are IMPECCABLE. Wish mine were as crisp 👌🏽

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I love Haru so so so much, he's such a cutie and when he came to Nam-ju's birthday party in that green suit I burst out laughing, he looked so clueless and adorable not knowing that his outfit was a bit too much for the occasion HAHA.

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip! This drama had me theorising like crazy all week, and I’m nowhere near understanding the manhwa-writing logic, but these are some speculative thoughts:

Joo Da may be the candiest Candy ever, but her dress was so pretty! Nam Joo gave her shoes though... the laws of kdrama dictate that giving shoes to someone means they will separate soon. What did the Writer originally intend once Nam Joo made his official announcement? What if Joo Da rejected him/tripped/fainted/was called away by an urgent loan shark matter and they kept “flirting” for a few more episodes? Boring. Could the writer actually be in control the whole time and is using Dan Oh’s rebellion to spice up the story? As much as they try to change the storyboard, the tropes have to be played out by someone.

It’s sad for our characters if I’m right about an all-powerful writer, but without seeing the manhwa writer at work (and creepy Fairy is no help at all) I can only assume he (she?) decided on a sudden plot twist to make the story more interesting. Even if it doesn’t make sense. Mix it up with some second-lead angst courtesy of Do Hwa and probably Ignoble Idiocy from Nam Joo.

My only evidence for this is the line given to Dan Oh earlier: to break up with Kyung. Dan Oh was surprised to speak out of character, so this makes me think the writer was already planning to change her storyline.

Random note, but I screamed when Kyung wrote down Haru’s name on the football team list. That means there’s written evidence of Haru’s existence, and it could trigger memories for Kyung later.

Finally: IT’S WEDNESDAY!! Maybe I’ll have some answers later today, or probably even more questions. 😂

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Ok loved the "called away on an urgent loan shark matter.."!!!! One of the mightiest tropes of all.

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Hehe, it can happen right?

So, on second thought I think the original storyboard was mainly following the classic angst setup where the evil mother in law hates Candy and plots to keep them apart. Most likely Nam Joo's mother would have been furious and concocted up something (glass of water and envelope included) to have Joo Da break up with him. She did have a minion look into Joo Da earlier so she was poised to start interfering...

I'm not really sure where their story is going next. But at least there's no meddlesome parent interfering yet?

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Oh wise one, tell me, is this all a metaphor for becoming self aware after going thru puberty, a la Pleasantville?

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Quite possibly, although I was thinking more biblically, as in eating fruit from the tree of knowledge, and suddenly becoming aware of your nakedness...

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Okay, I'm really confused by the world of manhwa and how their characters are beeing 'used'. Do they have a stock of characters in the warehouse and pick the ones that suit for the story out in each manhwa? What about the sparkling black hole? Can the characters 'travel' between manhwa on their own? What happen if the character is self-aware in their previous manhwa? Will they keep that state of awareness if they are 'reused'? Ahhh... this is killing me. And you better explain that in detail, show. Please.

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And Baek Kyung.....

He's changing, bits by bits. But his changes are so subtle and happen during the time where major changes are also happening. He becomes a little bit softer. Like, his tone of voice when he tells Dan-Oh, when she mentions Stage ans Shadows antics, to explain in the way he could understand. And the others, the three musketeers in particular, are too busy with their mission to take the time to notice this change and sit him down and talk to him.

Unfortunately, for now, he is still this aggressive-rude-spoiled brat on and off Stage (I mean look at the smirk at the end). So, he is really lonely with no one on his side (incliding me). But I do feel sorry for him, though. Really curious what direction his character will go when he becomes awaken, which I expect to be anytime soon.

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Based on my experience, dramas tend to leave the inner workings of their fantasy worlds unexplained. Or they create rules as they go (which can be worse). So we shouldn't expect a lot of explanations, is all I'm saying. I still secretly hope this is not the case and that the drama writer is genius who will surprise us with a plausible explanation.

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I finally managed to catch up and I really like this drama.
The constant switching between stage and shadow was funny at first but now it seems that there is a lot happening in the shadow.
I wonder if the 2 main stage characters will ever become aware of themselves. I am afraid that if that happens the whole comic would implode. I mean, someone still needs to be there to hold up the real structure of the comic, no? If you take away their only purpose of existing...how can they go on? When DH finally confessed his feelings to JD, she just looked at him like her brain was about to implode. lol

I wonder if Secret and Flower are somehow connected...like a spinoff or something. That would explain why Haru is there and why he feels DO is so familiar to him.

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This drama is so good! I love the humor, the romance and the fact it makes me curious about a lot of things.

Danoh and Dowha teaching their new puppy is so nice and fun to watch! I love their interactions. Haru is really innocent about how things work but he's very determined. He can change the scenario if the writer didn't choose him a role in the Stage.

Baek Kyung is so confused. I hope he won't profite too much of his role in the story to be with Danoh.

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I hope Dan Oh will have her kiss :D She's so cute!

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Sometimes I think Joo Da seems to be faking it in the Shadow ie pretending to be clueless about both Nam Ju & Do Hwa liking her but when push comes to shove, she ends up chasing after Nam Ju. Does she REALLY like Nam Ju or does she like him for his fame & fortune? Whatever the case is, Do Hwa is too good for her.
If anyone wants spoilers on Joo Da, see her character description by MBC. In fact, you can find this and other spoilers (eg why Dan Oh can see the storyboard while the others can’t; whether Haru & Dan Oh are in other manhwas; Dried Squid Fairy’s dark secret; Nam Ju’s secret etc) in another popular forum on this drama.

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Yeah, I totally believe that Joo-da is self aware and is just playing both sides of the coin right now. Even Candy's aren't that clueless. It is screwed and it makes her now interesting. So is makes me wonder what Do-hwa is gonna do because she is definitely gonna go for the bigger fish with deeper pockets.

And Rowoon was working that jacket. No one can pull it off but him.

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Thank you for this recap! There are so many scenes that made me smile, including the opening in ep. 10 when Haru mimics Danoh's hand movements (it's in the screen shot!).

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Rowoon LOVEs to imitate and tease Kim Hye-Yoon with her signature hand movements. Check out their bts. There's not a single one that goes without this antic. It's so adorable.

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I was checking every day for your recap @lollypip. Thank you! It is even more fun to come back and see everyone's comments. This, like Hotel Del Luna, is best enjoyed together.
I was watching this week and it suddenly hit me: Kim Hye-yoon's Eun Dan-oh reminds me of Kim Sam Soon! Partly, it is the quality of her voice, but I think it is also the way both characters create their own path while staying true to themselves.

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if Jooda turned out to be totally in love with someone else entirely? I keep thinking of Taming of the Shrew where Bianca is seen as perfect but turns out to be a very snippy bitchy character. I know character is the one thing that can't change so Juda will probably be a sweetie, but one can hope.

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I don't know, it's been repeated several times that Dan Oh is very different--like perhaps some characters might stay in their accustomed roles but some might rebel from them with force. Would be hilarious to see super polite Nam Ju, soft-hearted romantic Kyung, or wicked queen Joo Da.

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It's late in the game to be really getting to know our hero, and I do hope the focus stays on our adorable heroine, but I must say... I love he. Do Hwa, Dan Oh and Haru are the true A3, the little stars, and I was wrong to doubt Do Hwa for even a moment. As soon as he knew Dan Oh was truly at risk, he ran to her and wept real, not fake violin tears, for her.

Interestingly, Haru is a pushover for Dan Oh and Do Hwa, shy with Sae Mi and Nam Ju, adversarial but not getting up in his face with Dried Squid... but he's very firm and authoritative with Kyung. (And they really get up in each others' face! I was like, 'uh, the rare true love triangle?') It's a marked change of demeanor, and I wonder what it means. (Why so daddy all of a sudden, Haru?)

Kyung's slow struggle to awareness is interesting to watch, as Dan Oh is the one good at spotting people are aware (Do Hwa, Haru) but she hasn't got her eye on Kyung because he hurts her, and she's used to turning away from him in self-protection. Very interested to see what Kyung might become, who everybody might have been, and whether the writer's mind is being changed (adjusting storyline to spin out plots, give side characters richer/deeper interactions) or the storyboard itself is being adjusted but falling into a new pattern...

And I admit... 'I always had to look for you' got me in the heart. Even though I wouldn't enjoy clinginess IRL!

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Am I the only one confused why our 3 main leads didn't just get blipped back when the new Stage started? Were they already in the middle of a Stage when they left the main party area? Or will this be explained later maybe? Hmm

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By the 3 main leads, do you mean Nam-Ju&Joo-Da&Do-Hwa? And why didn't they join the new Stage where Baek Kyung officilaly announce his relationship with Dan-Oh?

They are in the new Stage of their own with Do-Hwa gets to confess his feelings to Joo-Da and Nam-Ju get to witness it leading to Do-Hwa getting kicked out of A3.

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