Beanie level: Errand boy

Top 3 KBS Drama Specials of 2018:

-Review Notebook of My Embarrassing Days: Great rom-com with a hilariously endearing female lead.

-Forgotten Season: Disturbing and unforgettable thriller set in Noryangjin.

-So Close, Yet So Far: Emotionally charged tale of forgiveness with a killer chemistry between the actors.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Here’s to another great year with the internet’s best community! ❀

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    thnks for suggestions.. embarassing is really nice.
    Watching so close, yet so far.. and well plot is really paper thin.. can’t understand the reason behind actress’s behavior at all..

    if someone did sthg in line of duty , how do you create this push adn pull around it.. either push or forgive and move on.. and chemistry is ok .. but drama doesn’t have enough scenes for a romantic angle for almost the entirety of it

    seasons – not sure.. your recommendation tempts me.. but don’t want to be caught up in sthg so dark and disturbing that it depresses me leaving a wrench in stomach

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      Forgotten Season is definitely not for the faint of heart, it still haunts me! 😂💔

      Is a shame we disagree on So Close, Yet So Far – I thought the heroine’s behaviour was justifiable, since her state of mind was in shreds. I didn’t see it as a romantic story in the end, but that’s okay.

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        what kind of distress are we talking? sexual abuse?

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          No, I’d say it’s more a conflict of interests. She’s stressed about:
          1) The image she has of Seongchan
          2) The history she has with Seongchan
          3) The way the whole situation is affecting her curling.

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          Ah, I see. In that case, what’s shocking about it is that normally Korean dramas are quite nice to their viewers. In this, no good person is left standing, and there is no happy ending for anyone.

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            ok you know what, i just started watching forgotten seasons..
            and back in 2012-2014 , a story won 1st award..

            its a brilliantly written story.. i see the motif here.. and a few similarities. The story was by a pakistani or indian lady. There is a pakistani actor omar somthing.. he also runs some kind of a book club/site where they host competitions..

            i still recall how that story shook me.. this is exactly the same story.. i can sense that

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          Oh, I see. What story is this?

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Bad Drama Descriptions: Falling down the rabbit hole.
(Hopefully this one will actually be difficult to guess. Go!)

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Okay, is it just me, or are all of these comments written by the same person?

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    Could be so or not. I think when it comes to i fans then there are many people who don’t really do a search about the actors/writers or producers. Many are unaware of any news surrounding them. They look by different people to me as I have seen comments like these on asian wiki. But you can never be sure about comments, can be fake too.

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      A lot of them use unnecessary question marks and stuff. It sounds to me like one person bitter that so many aren’t looking forward to his drama, and just posting a billion comments under different names.

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For anyone interested, I’m hosting Sunset in My Hometown on Sunday, 10:00am-12:00 (BST, aka GMT+1:00) for all you beautiful Rabbit beanies. Do I even need to sell this to you guys, though? It’s a movie about Park Jung-min (so happy that he’s taking off) and Kim Go-eun (resident ball of untampered cuteness) going through some classic old-fashioned angst. Who could resist?!

@greenfields, @fatcat007, @neener, @waadmay, @mindy, @estee, @hotcocoagirl, @esther, @kimbapnoona, @outofthisworld, @natzillagorilla, @giegie0384, @cloggie, @hades, @tspmasala, @isthatacorner, @rukia, @suriyana-shah, @sweetiepie54, @pbnjelly513, @jenmole, @lcaro13, @seashell, @samantha1, @parkchuna, @fencejumper, @delphy010, @paperclip, @minnetter, @shindy, @ally-le, @khalessymd, @manohira, @moomoomoondog, @ultramafic, @justme, @earthna, @baieda, @stpauligurl, @tsutsuloo, @kdramaswimmer, @giocare, @obsessedmuch, @vivanesca, @leetennant, @chingu, @sicarius, @coffeprince4eva, @miraalmano, @marybee, @jaelegant, @charlieblue17, @luzitania, @jules, @crysta, @mollyp, @whoopeeyoo, @babybeast, @silvermists, @esther95, @beesgiggle, @zetteceniza, @dokutokunaneko, @feenah9895

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Big Forest seriously appeared out of nowhere.

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    It didn’t really have promotions. I randomly discover this drama’s existence on asianwiki. The first episode isn’t even subbed now.

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      Same here, without Asianwiki I wouldn’t have known. I’m curious about it, but clearly even the subbers don’t know about it!

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    It seems to be tvn’s latest experiment (with both the format and the stories they choose). From the synopsis and the cast, I wonder if it would be more like a sitcom than the usual mini-series. Hopefully someone will pick this up because I’m curious enough to try watching the first few eps.

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Thirty but Seventeen, according the Three Cs:
-Charm: In spades. Bucketfuls. Waterfalls of charm are crashing through.
-Comedy: Good.
-Chemistry: Little to be seen yet, since the heroes haven’t had much chance to interact yet. I have high hopes, though.

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    Never heard of the Three C’s but totally agree. I’m waiting for next week’s eps to make a definite decision.

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      Oh, it’s my own standard for rom-coms, since I think these three things are more likely to keep me watching than plot, aesthetic or any other things.

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    i am so looking forward to next episode..

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Bad Drama Descriptions: Interspecies romance rocks the nation.
Go!

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@mary, am I supposed to get a notification if someone who isn\’t a member mentions me in their comment?

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I want to hear some Origin Stories! Anyone have a story behind their Dramabeans handle? Mine is derived from a catering mistake! 😅

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    I’ve always wondered the story behind beanies usernames. Mine’s named after one of my many favorite novels – I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

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      I’ve never heard of that. Is it a classic?

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        Ah…no, it’s not. It’s a relatively new book. It was published in 2013, I think. I’m not usually restricted to any genre so I enjoy any well written book. Autobiography used to be my least favorite but now, Romance (well, strictly romance books) has taken over the spot. I am Pilgrim, an espionage-crime book brought the β€˜crime’ genre out of the ashes for me. It’s a good read if you’re into that kinda thing.

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    a nickname i made for myself because my friends are terrible at giving me one 😅

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    @frabbycrabsisβ€”Wha? You can’t just tease us with “catering mistake” and leave it at that!

    “Tsutsuloo” was my childhood nickname in Zaire, now the DRC. (It rhymes with “Boobooloo,” a name I occasionally call my son using a Yogi Bear voiceβ€”only in the house!)

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      Right, my name is ‘Ella Frances’, and at my christening as a baby the cake turned up and it said ‘Ella Frabsis’, which gave way to a lot of frabby crabby nicknames I grew up with. I just picked a favourite! 🀣

      I guess our handles are similar in that sense.

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        Okay … thank you so much. I love your story to bits. Adding to my mental list of real-life Cake Wrecks.

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          Kukukuku, I want to see that list! 🀣

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            @frabbycrabsisβ€”The Cake Wrecks website is such a happy place for me. I’ll share two stories:

            (1) My first real-life cake wreck happened when I picked up my infant brother’s cake from the bakery and put it my backpack. Looking at the smooshed cake, Mom asked me, “What hell were you thinking?!” My 15-year-old brain thought, “Why did you send me to get it on my bicycle? Did you expect me to walk it all the way back?” Fortunately, my brother was only one-year-old and didn’t give a hoot; the cake was still delicious.

            (2) A decade before the advent of Pinterest, my niece wanted a doll cake for her 8th birthday. My SIL is very creative and figured her bundt cake mold would be perfect for the skirt. She baked the cake and discovered that it only went up mid-thigh on the doll. “Oh, crap. Doll skirts have special molds to make tall, skinny cakes.” The doll’s knees didn’t bend so she adjusted the angle to make it shorter. That kind of worked but the feet stuck out the back, through the cake. Exasperated, my SIL extracted the doll, removed the legs, and stuck it back it. Frosting disguised the broken bits.

            She lit the candles in the kitchen and dramatically walked the cake to the dining table. One of the candles was too close to the doll’s hand. Seconds later, the hand melted into a misshapen lump. The whole cake was kind of grotesque but my niece loved it and it was hit.

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            Ahahaha, that’s hilarious, @tsutsuloo! I’m generally unadventurous with baking cakes in case I wreck them, so I stick to what I’m good at. But I decided I wanted to make blondies, because they looked so delicious in the pictures. I tried to follow the recipe perfectly.
            What did I get?
            Very flat bland cakes.
            (This was followed by an attempt to make ‘breakfast cookies’ that became really weird rock cakes. I must have had no mojo that month.)

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            @frabbycrabsisβ€”Your blondie and breakfast cookie exercises sound like you nailed it! πŸ˜€

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    Mine is
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    …my name

    SHOCKER!!!!

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    No story behind my handle. It’s just name. ^^

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    combination of 4 of my initial addictions- supernatural, doctor who, sherlock and harry potter.

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    Mine is from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds because I liked the name Raonah. Current display name is because I went to GOT7’s concert last night and I 💚 them all so much (green is their official color) 🙂

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    Story time: I was at a hipster cafe in Chicago, where a random guy made fun of me for ordering hot cocoa. Fast forward several hours, I’m walking to my car and dude drunkenly cat calls me β€œHey Hot Cocoa Girl!”

    I hurried to me car, but decided to reclaim the name as my internet handle, since it is too fun not to use ~

    Beanies started calling me Coco because they didn’t want to write the whole thing out each time.

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      That’s a great story! 😂
      You know what, it reminds me of how Yeo Jin-gu called Kim So-hyun before his character knew her name.
      “Red uniform! Famous girl! Lee Su-yeon!”

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    Around 11 years ago, I wanted to create a Livejournal after moving on from Blogger. Purple is my favourite colour, I wanted something quirky to add to it, and teapot sprang to mind (and I happen like tea). I’ve stuck with this handle since for a lot of sites, minus social media where I use my real name.

    For more Beanie name origins, Rainbow Unicorn polled us on her fanwall before! Check it out here: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/irishrah/activity/241142/

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Ishihara Satomi is coming back. THE HYPE IS REAL.

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I’ve come up with a fool-proof rating system for rom-coms. Leaving the story and the direction aside, what’s important is the three Cs: Chemistry, Comedy, and Charm. It explains how I feel about Greasy Melo perfectly. There’s Chemistry, and despite how confusing it is sometimes there’s Charm, but the Comedy is not right for me.

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    Great evaluation system!

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      Aw, thank you. Are you watching any of the rom-coms airing right now?

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        Yes! I’m loving Are You Human Too and though its flawed in terms of logic it has all 3 Cs (though less of the comedy: but it does have super cute fuzzy moments though not laugh out loud if that makes sense).
        I’m still hanging on to About Time…which is way more Melo than I though it would be…

        What about you? Are you watching anything besides Greasy Melo?

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          I wasn’t sure about Are You Human Too because I like I might not be in the mood for epic action and stuff right now (which judging by trailers, and the fact its fully pre-produced made me think). I really like the actors, though, so I should give it a try. About Time, however, I was not interested in – even in Twenty Again, where his character was adorable, I’ve never really liked Lee Sang-yoon.

          I’m watching all the Wednesday-Thursday shows. Come Here and Hug Me obviously isn’t a rom-com, and won’t be any day soon, but I think its absolutely lovely. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is also hitting all three Cs.

          I don’t quite know what’s keeping me watching Handsome Guy and Jung-eum, though, because this is what I came up with:
          Chemistry: Sometimes?
          Comedy: Sometimes?
          Charm: Sometimes…?

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Mistress was an amazing thriller with a tonally bizarre last ten minutes.

(Anyone know how I can listen to that epic ending track?)

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    @andy, what did you think of the ending?

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      Whoops, @fencejumper! XD

      The auto-fill thing didn’t come up.

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        😂 No prob!
        I thought the ending would be sad because SH didn’t show up, even though he was tortured by the psychotic YD and suffered through so much. The director however decided to do a switcheroo and bring him back into the picture (literally at the other side of the camera), right at the end. So I was all like 🙌.

        I wasn’t expecting JH’s husband to be her murderer because his psychological condition came out of nowhere. But in hindsight, considering how everyone else was cleared, I should’ve suspected him. I’m glad YD died because it seemed like he was immortal! (He didn’t die when he fell out the building, nor at the attempted drowning, JS (his wife) had to hit him in the head with a brick.)

        I felt like the ending teased a second season. Who was that lady? Another mistress? Another one of YD’s wives? She bought the building which was the hair saloon/candle shop (both owners were murdered) so does she know this and did she purposely buy it? Is she related to JH? Was she part of the candle making meetings that the other ladies would visit? Or is she SH’s wife who was supposed to have committed suicide? SH’s wife’s sister(the florist) seemed super shady when SY visited her for answers.

        So the ending was a cliffhanger and maybe they purposely didn’t reveal JW’s baby’s father for the second season? Either way I loved the thrill Mistress had and the focus on the 4 leading ladies. In 12 eps they managed to make the mystery tight and compelling.

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Fluffy hair is probably one of the cutest things ever. Proof:

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    Because of KGE in CITT, I’m not shame again with my curly and messy hair. I proud of my hair, after that many people complement my blavk amd healthy hair.

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      omg me too, my hair is very similar to hers in this drama…she’s one of the most relatable kdrama heroines ever for me πŸ˜€

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NO-ONE TOLD ME THAT JUNHO LIKES NAM SANG-MI.

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    This specific scene needs to be watched unwarned and unexpected 😍

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    It’s cute how they present him as this super accomplished and confident prosecutor/executive but then he sees her once and literally melts.

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      Poor Baby. It looks like the shop is shinking, though. Ha-kyung may have feelings for Chief Kim, and JUNHO had figured out she’s a spy. Oof, is this gonna be really hard on me?

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        No, it shouldn’t be hard on you.

        Possible spoiler:

        There is no romance in this show.

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          Hm… Now I don’t know what to feel.

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            It’s such a good drama. One of my favorites. This drama isn’t about romance it’s about the characters and their story. The romance is only ever hinted and implied, but it still leaves you satisfied.

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    It’s love at first sight, how cute his crush on her.

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(gif) Cheeks are the best human feature. Proof:

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So, I heard about the food, the bromance, the sweet workplace friendships, the great comedy, BUT NO-ONE MENTIONED GWANG-SOOK.

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Hey, anyone wanna gush about Mistress with me? As far as I\’m aware, there isn\’t a thread for it anywhere…

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    Yes! Loving it so much. I’ve caught up to the latest ep! 💖

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      I just finished episode six. At first, I wondered how on Earth all the stories were going to be integrated, but things are starting to come together now!

      Which of the women is your favourite??

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        There will be plenty of reveals that’ll make you wonder at how ingeniously crafted everything is. I like ES most for her level-headedness and quick thinking (I didn’t like her initially but she blew my mind at her smartness in putting everything together and being the support pillar for the 4 friends), the HY (for her sassy, put together nature), then SY and lastly JW (who I still like but not the most cause of her rashness).

        Apologies for using their initials but I watch the eps raw and depend on recaps that use initials. I then watch an ep again once it’s subbed. I’m hooked 😊

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          Until now, I’ve actually liked Jung-won best. Her impulsive behaviour always backfires on her and she puts herself into stress and turmoil over it every time. I find her so pitifully relatable and human. I found Eun-soo the least interesting until now, but she’s starting to take action over words so I’m warming to her.

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            The next few eps will change your perspective because JW was my favourite until ES outshined her. The drama has been incredible so far so I’m sad to see it end next week. 😭

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          Wait, wait, it ends next week? What, how many episodes is it??

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            12 eps after which Life On Mars will air on OCN 😊

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          On one hand, I’m sad. In the other, I’m sorry excited for Life on Mars!😂

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            Same LOM has such an interesting premise and great teaser trailers. Both dramas are remakes of UK TV shows. Must be an OCN trend!

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        What are your thoughts about the revelations in ep6?

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          Sorry to butt in. There was something definitely off about SH but after the revelation, I wasn’t surprised.
          But the salon owner definitely surprised me.I couldn’t understand at first as to what was her role in the whole thing but after the whole story came together…WOW!
          I’ve finished ep 7 till now. Who would’ve thought a totally obscure character, who was only shown properly once, will become the center of the mystery and connect everyone?

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            SH always seemed a bit creepy but then as you said, heaped the story and I was like ahh ok his motivations make sense. I always thought the salon owner was suspicious (taking pics and interrogating the cafe worker) but I wasn’t prepared to find out how she was related. And I agree- I never knew “she” would be at the center of the mystery and start the chain off. HY aced in ep 7!

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          I feel pretty bad for Se-yeon at this point. She’s just being betrayed left, right and centre. But she is getting harder. I was so shocked to discover that Husbando had been hiding in the warehouse they killed the man is. It ramped up the tension during the scene tenfold.
          At first, I was certain they must have killed Mr. Insurance but now he’s starting to seem more genuine and the only man I’d ruled out, Min-gyu the Adulterer, is starting to do concerning things.

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            Exactly SY has it worst because all the suspicious people are targeting her and in the future (1st ep) she mentions she’s changed- became less sweet and more angry. MG was so sweet initially but then he blackmailed JW- like why? UGH. I want to know who they killed? So many guesses at the moment.

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      Episode Seven: I had an inkling suspicion that Hwang Dong-seok knew more than he was letting on. God, he’s creepy. Also, how awesome was it that Hwa-young practically trained Fake Wife to be obedient to her?

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        Yes about DS! Exactly HY killed that episode, she pieced everything together with Eun Sook and then went to fake wife’s apartment and made her spill. I love her confident, bad-ass vibe

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Welp, I made it out of the sageuk hole unscathed and only slightly traumatised. 👍

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    We are totally writing that fan fic remember? As therapy

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      Why did she have to die! It makes no sense! She was the strongest of all of them!

      Two prospective endings for her :
      -She replaces Jin Se-yeon as the heroine. During the three years apart, Hwi’s feelings for Ja-hyun died down and he found himself drawn instead to his bravest and loyalist comrade.
      -She and Gi-teukie get a tentative happily ever after, where they go travelling together so she can get over her feelings for Hwi.

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        It did not make any sense. I knew from the start that she wouldn’t survive though. Hwi always took her for granted. I was upset that he and Ja-Hyun said they would have wanted to dress her up in nice clothes and marry her off. It’s not what she wanted; Hwi never understood her it seems.

        Don’t know if I was unfair to JaHyun’s sudden friendship for Ru Shi Gae, but I wish she hadn’t been at Ru Shi Gae’s deathbed. She could have let the trio be reunited one last time. :'(

        I’m writing fan fic in my head for Option 2. Poor Gi Taek also deserved a happy ending.

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          Poor Gi-teukie blamed himself for being unable to protect and it took him ten years to recover! That’s a long time!! She never saw him at all, not even at the end when she needed to say her goodbyes…

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I love this song. It’s just so gentle and subtlety sorrowful.

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    Oooh yes, me too! INAR had a great OST. I also really like the songs by Stella Jang and Vincent Blue!

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IT’S FINALLY HERE! *hyperventilates*

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    WHHHHAAATTT??

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    OMG 😮

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    I just hope no scenes or music were cut/changed…

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      Oh damn I never thought of that, they always change the music and ruin it…

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      As far as I can tell, they’ve left everything the same! Which is good, because Save the Last Dance for Me is too good to be ignored.

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    That’s wonderful and terrible news all at once. I live in the US where Netflix never does simulcast. We always have to wait for the show to end before it gets released.

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      I’m in England. We’re lucky enough to usually get simulcasts, but they waited until long after it had ended to release Age of Youth 2, so I figured Pretty Noona would get the same treatment as a JTBC drama.

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        I saw somewhere else here that it’s being released here at the end of May. So, at least I don’t have to wait forever and a day like zi did for AoY2

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    Lucky you! I’m happy though that some are at least watching it.
    I still hate you Netflix.

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      I think we can all agree Netflix sucks and needs to stay out of our business, but hey, better late than never! -_-

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