Beanie level: Wrongly accused fugitive

I… think it says something about my personality that while watching this, it occurred to me that Trash oppa’s lab coat must be very germy. #Reply1994 #Ep13 (Yes, my 5-month drama hiatus is over!)

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    It’s good to see you on DB again! Welcome back!
    Does it also bother you when characters don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom?

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      Thank you! It’s good to see you around ^^ I haven’t noticed characters not washing their hands so far, but I remember someone flopping into bed with their shoes on and I was very disturbed. I can’t remember which drama it was though!

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        You wouldn’t like GOT7’s Just Right MV then. A girl jumps on her bed, like its a trampoline, with her shoes on 😱

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          OMG yes that was it! You reminded me! It wasn’t a drama after all. But I do love that MV, it’s really cute ^^

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Does anybeanie know where we can watch subbed tvN Drama Stage episodes? I’m looking specifically for Crumbling Friendship, the one with Seo Ji-hoon, that aired yesterday!

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    Sadly, tvN drama stage hasn’t been picked up by any subbing sites. Usually fans of certain actor/actress did a fansubs, but I haven’t seen any for the most recent batch.

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*Creeps back onto Dramabeans*

Hi everyone 😬 It has been a whileโ€”work has been consuming all of my time and I haven’t gotten proper rest even on weekends for the past month. I’m glad to see a lot of familiar handles on the fan wall! I miss all of you 😭

I’ve given notice at work, but won’t be back on Dramabeans till I wrap up at the end of November. I just came by to link everyone to a well-written op-ed on the Dramafever saga!

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    Thank you, @purpleteapot.
    I hope that you can find some time to rest….

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    My opinion is slightly different. They shut FilmStruck and Dramafever, so they could combine all those films and dramas into one streaming sites.

    AT&T want to compete with Netflix and the upcoming Disney+, so they need a big collection of titles in hand. And now they have it. I just wished they didn’t shut them down immediately. Would have been better if they did it in phases. Long term, it will be had for us viewers because AT&T will charge us more than Dramafever did.

    Next thing you know, we will have to pay for Netflix, AT&T, Viki, and KOCOWA. All charging us $10 a month.

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    Dramafever 😥
    By the way, I don’t know when I’ll be able to finish Gaksital. I was watching it on viki but then they lost the license. Then I was watching it on Dramafever but they lost the license too… I guess I should’ve watched it faster.

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      That’s okay! I’m not caught up too, it’ll probably take me till end of Dec to get to where you stopped!

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Beanies, I need help! Does anyone know of American TV shows that were either from the 1980s, or set in the 1980s? And any ads (posters/ video is fine)?

Links or simple name-dropping will be great (: I need it for research I\’m doing at work.

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    Off the top of my head:
    Cheers
    Family Ties
    The Golden Girls
    Hill Street Blues
    St Elsewhere
    Night Court
    Married With Children
    MacGyver
    ALF
    PeeWee’s Playhouse

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    Stranger Things takes place in the 1980s.

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    My favorite 80s show: Magnum P.I

    Murder, She Wrote
    Miami Vice
    Moonlighting
    Remmington Steele
    The Wonder Years
    Murphy Brown
    Who’s the Boss
    Dallas
    Dynasty
    It’s a bit anathema now, but The Cosby Show – I loved it growing up.

    Ads:

    https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog/10-memorable-tv-commercials/

    https://thedecoratedcookie.com/famous-80s-commercials/

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      I love Moonlighting!
      I remember I had a huge crush on the boy the Wonder Years. What’s his name, Fred Savage, no?

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      Cartoons:
      Jem – best show ever! ^^
      Inspector Gadget
      DuckTales
      The Smurfs
      Transformers
      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
      GI Joe
      The Real Ghostbusters
      Thundercats
      He-man

      California Raisins: Their many commercials and their eventual show would always play during Saturday morning cartoons: http://mentalfloss.com/article/92643/california-raisins-how-bunch-dried-grapes-became-hit-band
      Who doesn’t love awesome singing raisins??

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        He-man! I watched it again when I was already in primary school, I didn’t understand why my toddler self loooooved him so much 😂
        oMG, Inspector Gadget, I love the theme song.
        I don’t know there’s Smurf cartoon, I only read the comics.

        May I add,
        Plastic man
        Saint Seiya
        Silverhawk
        Magical Princess Gigi (I was obsessed with her ribbon stick 😂)

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          You were missing out if you never watched Smurfs! Hahaha. It was hugely popular growing up (child of the 80s here)

          I had to google those cartoons. Plastic Man?!? Pfft. I have never even heard of this show. How do people come up with these ideas?

          Magical Princess Gigi- I can see why you would be obsessed! Super cute! (But this and Saint Seiya aren’t American made)

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    Growing Pains
    Full House
    The American Greatest Heroes
    C.H.I.P
    The A team
    Airwolf
    Knight Rider
    Tour of Duty
    21 Jump street
    Startrek Enterprise

    Asian Series
    Legend of The Condor Heroes (I just have to put this here. I hope everyone watch this masterpiece)
    Oshin (this one too is a masterpiece)

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    *having flashbacks!*
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    *having flashbacks!*

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      I kind of wish I grew up during that time to see it! Although the 90s was pretty cool, too ^^

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    @umbrellaman @manohira @eden-figgo @egads Thanks everyone! Sorry for replying 10 days late /o\

    In case you were wondering, I’m trying to find out what marketing language (in terms of words and visuals) were used in the 80s, because the artist we are featuring in our upcoming programme is interested in that time period. It’s one of the more fun research topics I’ve been given, heh.

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Eating cup ramen the right way โœจ I learned from the best 😝 Who knew chaebol romance dramas, with their mandatory “plebeian life experiences”, would impart such important life skills?

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    Lesson learned right. 😍
    I want to try that too. ^^

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    I need to start doing this soon! And practice opening triangle kimbap too!

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      Haven’t seen triangle kimbap opening in action! One day I want to try putting the triangle kimbap in cup ramen, but unfortunately I have a small appetite :c

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    I should put it in the training module too when a trainee secretary is send to me 😝

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How\’s everybeanie? What are you guys watching and loving at the moment? What are you looking forward to in the next crop?

I haven\’t been here much the past month because of a fundraising event at work. My team is tinyโ€”there are four of us, including meโ€”so it was hectic. And to top it off, one of my colleagues couldn\’t fly home because of the typhoon in Osaka. Still, through many late nights, lots of Milo as meal substitutes, and the help of ex-staff, the event went well! We auctioned off all our art pieces and sponsored items at great prices ^^

Now my life is somewhat back to normal, I have to edit my thesis for the final upload, and I should be done in time to check out the first couple of episodes of 100 Days My Prince and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. Can\’t wait!

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    Congratulations on your successful event!

    Iโ€™m currently watching 30 but 17 which is so cute and fluffy, I really like the main characters but Iโ€™m not happy about the pacing of the story… because pretty much nothing happens.

    Iโ€™m also looking for new SIG drama and Beauty Inside You with Lee Min Ki โค๏ธ

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      Pretty sure there are a lot of beanies going heart eyes over The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, not just for Seo In-guk but also because Jung So-min was really well-liked in Father is Strange and Because This Life is Our First! It looks a little dark but also with some comedy (at least from the scriptreading session), so I wonder how that will pan out.

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    Welcome back! I’ve been watching 30 but 17 and Gangnam Beauty. I’ve put Gaksital on hold because I lost interest and I don’t have as much free time right now.

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      Thank you! How is Gangnam Beauty?

      No worries about Gaksital, I will slowly catch up and maybe by then you’ll be motivated to start it again because you have my (very slow) company ๐Ÿ˜€ Did you stop at episode 17?

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        I stopped in the middle of ep 23. Maybe we can try to finish by the end of the year…or the end of next year 😅
        At first it was a total crack drama and I was watching it like crazy but then it got sort of bogged down on one plot point and I lost interest. I do want to finish it though.

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          โ€ฆor the end of next year

          HAHA.

          You’re almost there! I will catch up eventually and let you know heh. I know the romance is probably gonna take up a bigger role eventually because that’s what K-dramas fall back on, so I’m not that thrilled for it.

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          Raon sorry for vanishing on you again! >.< I was having a hard time wrapping up my thesis edits alongside my erratic work schedule.

          Since my work schedule is so unpredictable, how about we skip the discussions of episodes 11-22, then I'll let you know when I reach ep. 23? Which I hope I can get to by December! Then we can buddy watch 23-28 ^^

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            I’ve already written my discussions for 11-22 because I write them right after watching each episode so I wouldn’t forget anything. If you want to discuss them we can. Either way is fine with me 🙂

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    Welcome back! Good to see you!

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      Thanks korfan! Your constant presence in Beanieland is actually really comforting! It’s like a familiar… well, not face, but handle to come back to, when many previously active Beanies go on hiatus.

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    Welcome back!! Glad to hear everything went well, despite how crazy it was.

    I’m slowly working through BTLIOF and loving every bit, and finishing up ID.

    I think I’m getting better at controlling my drama diet, which is good, considering how busy I’m getting, so despite all the actors I love returning this month, I’ll probably wait for the first reviews before trying them – but I am SUPER excited for The Third Charm. I’m scared that I’m overselling it to myself, but slice-of-life/coming-of-age/friends-to-lovers stuff is my absolute favorite, and Esom and Seo Kang Joon both have my heart.

    Fighting! with wrapping up your thesis!

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      Omg I didn’t know it was a coming-of-age AND a friends-to-lovers. Now I have to check this out! Are you getting busy with school (I somehow remember someone else mentioning you’re quite young)? I think real life commitments are a good way to encourage that drama diet, haha. I’ve never quite been a binge-watcher myself.

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        Oh, yes. Iโ€™m five, so transitioning into kindergarten has been hard. So much less free time! And I have to raise my hand to go to the bathroom!

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          HAHAHA BAMS STOP IT

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            What! Iโ€™m simply expressing my true self!

            (Second-year college student. Yes, Iโ€™m transitioning well! My professors are all super wacky, it makes for a memorable experience. 😂)

            Iโ€™ve never been much of a binge-watcher, either. Unless Iโ€™m watching Stranger Things. In which case. *cough* No, I didnโ€™t watch the second season all in one day.

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            @bammsie It’s cool that your profs are wacky! I have one prof I’m close to, she’s in her 70s and still sprightly, with a wicked, wry sense of humour. I used to pen down her funny quotes on my notes and then tweet them XD What/ where you you study, if you don’t mind me asking?

            (Also, lmao at the Stranger Things bingewatch. How your eyeballs even stayed intact is a wonder to me.)

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            @purpleteapot

            LOโ€™, are you me? I do that with my communications professor! Sheโ€™s in her 60โ€™s, but she sounds exactly like that. I have so many quotes written in the margins of my notebook!

            (She walked up and introduced herself as a dog mom who plays in a rock band, so we all knew we were getting into something great.)

            Iโ€™m actually studying at a community college, for now! I want to knock out a bunch of my general ed stuff, and this way, I can explore more at a lower cost. ๐Ÿ™‚ For example, Iโ€™m pretty sure I want to become a kindergarten teacher, so Iโ€™m taking classes associated with education, but Iโ€™m also taking a culinary arts class, just for kicks.

            And hahaha.. they really didnโ€™t. My eyeballs have never been the same

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Gaksital ep. 9-12 discussion with @raonah in the comments.

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      @raonah Sorry for disappearing for a week >.< I have a work event next week and ended up working late most days, so I'm still watching ep. 11. After Friday (7 Sep) my schedule should return to normal, I'll post my thoughts for ep.11-12 during that weekend!

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    @raonah Will be catching ep. 9-10 this weekend! Please go ahead and share your thoughts (:

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      Eek, a ton of things cropped up for work so I’m behind. But I think you’re a little busy too, so it’s okay! Will catch up with you whenever our timings meet (:

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        I got totally distracted and forgot to post. I’m so sorry!
        Here’s ep 9:
        I loved that we found out Shunji and KangTo’s backstory. I’d been wondering since the first episode how they had become friends and their story was so sweet. It also made sense with both their characters. Shunji has always been very kind and likes to help others. KangTo has been very hardworking and ambitious since he was young. (I think it’s amazing how different hair, make-up, and acting can change Joo Won from a confident police officer into a desperate teenager.)

        I was glad to see that Shunji hadn’t totally transformed into a cold, serious police officer. When he dropped the tough guy act and asked Kang To how he had done, it was good to see that he was still the same Shunji underneath the cold facade.

        I didn’t recognize Damsari at all. I actually thought he was the doctor because he has the same glasses and mustache.

        I’m worried that the same thing that happened with Kangsan and KangTo is going to happen with Shunji and Kang To. Shunji is so desperate to catch Gaksital that he may end up hurting or killing KangTo by accident.

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          Aah has been a hectic week so I’ve only just managed to finish ep 9. I loved the back story too. Although I know Shunji is on his way to the dark side, I found his transformation near the end of the episode a little abrupt. Kang-to was only acting on Kono’s orders, so why is Shunji taking Kang-to’s actions so personally? I wish we saw a little more of the Kimura family dynamics. Shunji was so different from his father and brother, and they aren’t exactly nice, so you’d have thought he wouldn’t have such a knee-jerk reaction to them being mistreated.

          I didn’t recognise Damsari either! That reveal was quite a pleasant surprise. I also enjoyed some of the more comic moments, such as when Choo Do-chi ran around in his underpants. I’m still intrigued by the club madame, and wonder what her allegiances are.

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        And ep 10:
        When Mok Dan was doing laundry, all I could think of was that doing laundry by hand seems like such a pain. The way Kang To was looking at her in that scene was so sweet. I feel bad for him that he can’t show how much he cares about her as either Kang To or as Gaksital.

        Seriously, is Mok Dan really not going to realize that there is someone different under the mask now?!? Kang To’s lower half of his face is totally different from Kangsan’s and he seems a foot shorter and much thinner. How can she not realise this?!? Of course, we’re talking about the girl who didn’t recognize her own dad when he put on glasses and a fake mustache. Maybe she has bad eyesight or something.

        Did Shunji really need to come to the hotel to tell Kang To to guard Mok Dan 24/7 (which was exactly what Kang To was currently doing)??? Also, how did he know they were there?

        How did Gaksital get Mok Dan’s knife and lose it in the river? Did she give it to him? I don’t remember that part.

        Shunji is going to end his friendship with Kang To over Kang To arresting his father??? Kang To only did it because he was ordered to… If he’s that upset over something fairly small, I can’t imagine how upset he’ll be when he finds out Kang To killed his brother.

        Finally! Stuff is happening again! Shunji is smart to set a trap for Gaksital instead of trying to catch him when he appears randomly. Shunji is starting to look more like Kenji. That evil gleam in his eye when he faced Gaksital was unsettling. Kang To clearly doesn’t want to fight his best (and only) friend but he really doesn’t have much choice.

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          Sorry this week really got out of hand, I’ll catch up on episodes 10-12 this weekend! >.<

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          Re: Shunji and the inn–my thoughts exactly! Like how did Abe know Kang-to was at a hotel he doesn’t even frequent, when he was trying to leave the message for Damsari??

          I knew this rift between Kang-to and Shunji was coming, but I think we transitioned into it awkwardly, as you’ve pointed out. Currently, it’s like he just contracted the Evil Eyebrow contagion and suddenly became loyal to his dad. With his gentle personality, I would’ve expected him to first be disturbed by the politics, rather than falling into place on either side naturally.

          I knew there was more to the club madame than meets the eye! I’m hoping we see more of her. Also, I find Masako (the gisaeng who is the between-person for Kang-to and Jo Doo-chi) interesting. I wonder what her stake in it is; is it because she likes Kang-to?

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            Evil Eyebrow contagion 😂
            About the gisaeng, I think Kang To flirted with her enough that she’s willing to tell him anything.

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Okay, you guys. I totally get what the collective wailing over Chilbong is about now. And it has only just begun (I\’m at episode 7). I\’m not taking sides, but this! Such a puppy!

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    Hey! I’m watching this right now too! 😄 I’m on ep 14 or something though. I started it ages ago and then paused it for Gaksital and AYHT. I finally picked it up again yesterday and watched about 10 more minutes of it 😄 It’s going to take me a while to finish.

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      That’s good, though–it’s not a drama to rush through! I’ll be here if you ever want to discuss it ^^ I watch it on the commute to work and back home.

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    No glue in this world is strong enough to mend the broken heart….no kleenex is enough to wipe the tears…no…sigh… *goes on rambling nonsense while playing sad songs

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    All the talks of YYS make me want to watch again!

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      All the Reply dramas are worth rewatching ๐Ÿ˜€ Although some episodes can be reaaaally long… *narrows eyes at R88*

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Gaksital ep. 5-8 discussion with @raonah in the comments. @anothernicole Feel free to join in!

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    @raonah Feel free to post your comments, I’ll fill in mine later! There was a slight delay in my final Secretary Kim review, and I ended up walking around a lot for my first day at work. So I’m a bit too tired to watch anything.

    I’ll catch up on ep. 5-6 on Thurs, and I’ll be back on track with ep. 7-8 this weekend! Now that my review is out of the way, I’ll be able to keep to schedule. Sorry about the multiple delays!

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      No problem 🙂 I ended up taking a break from Gaksital to watch AYHT so we may end up watching Gaksital at the same time as originally planned 🙂

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    Ep 5 thoughts

    Kang To was so cute when Esther woke up from surgery. He looked so happy to see her. She must have been so confused about why the guy who has tortured her, threatened to kill her, and shot her was happy to see her alive. I don’t know why he expected her to recognize him as the kid who gave her the knife. He’s seen her multiple times and not recognized her, and he even has a different name now. What is with everyone having 2-3 names in this show?!

    I love the conflict that Kang To is feeling about Esther. He still wants to use her to lure Gaksital but he can’t bring himself to hurt her. He couldn’t even handcuff her. I think that she and his mother’s death will do a lot to turn him back to the Joseon side.

    I smell a love triangle brewing! Shunji is such a sweetheart, I wish he could get the girl but I doubt that will happen. I’ll be happy if he survives the drama. At least he does have good martial arts skills. I’d forgotten about that before but the fight with his brother reminded me. Kenji’s logic is so horrible: “prove you’re not Gaksital.” That’s not how the law works…

    The girl spying on the circus is the worst. At least Kang To is open about betraying his country but she’s pretending to be loyal while actually working for the other side.

    I’m not quite sure how Kenji came to the conclusion that KangSan was faking his madness and was actually Bridal Mask. Obviously, he was right but I didn’t understand the logic behind his conclusion.

    I couldn’t believe the mom died. I was hoping that Kangsan would either reveal himself as Gaksital and fight them all off or that he would continue his charade and convince them he wasn’t Gaksital. Instead, he seemed frozen in indecision.

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      MOM 😭😭 But I guess the narrative was building up to a more definitive motivation to bring Kang-to back to the patriots’ side. Kang-san was in a very shocking, sudden dilemma, and he has a lot to lose by either confessing or not, so I could understand why he was torn.

      I’m also confused about what led Kenji to guess that Kang-san was Bridal Mask. Perhaps he was guessing that it would be someone close enough to Kang-to? Since his original suspect Shunji is out of the question, he probably narrowed down to Kang-to.

      There were some unintentionally funny scenes, like the one Shunji and Kenji were rolling around on the grass patch. I think it’s because the music was a tad dramatic, and they were rolling a bit clumsily, so I ended up being more amused. But it also made me realise there’s an interesting parallel going on between the two pairs of brothers. I wonder if Shunji and Kenji, too, will become united, just as Kang-to and Kang-san seem headed for the same side eventually.

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    Ep 6 thoughts

    Sorry in advance because this is just a whole bunch of random thougts. It is hard to write coherently adter such an emotional episode.
    Kang To really needs to stop shooting people who are wearing masks. I was hoping I was wrong but I also totally was expecting him to kill his brother. Obviously that’s going to be the most heartwrenching way for it to happen and we can count on kdramas to always do things in the most heartbreaking way. I didn’t expect it to affect me so much though. I cried so much during this episode and normally dramas don’t make me cry at all.
    Why is it that Esther was shot in the stomach and survived but KangSan and his mom both were shot in about the same place and died??? 😭😭😭 I was getting kind of upset during the death scenes. I was thinking don’t just stand there talking to them! Apply pressure to the wound! Get to a hospital! Do something!

    I can’t believe how badly the Joseon people treat Kang To’s family just because of him. Burning down their house was taking things way too far.

    Times my heart broke in this episode:
    When Kangsan was feeling guilty for not being able to save his mom.
    When Kang To realized he had shot his brother
    When Kang To was calling for his mom
    When Kang To realized his mom was dead
    When Kang To realized he had killed his brother while his brother was trying to avenge their mom’s death
    When Kang To saw his house on fire with his mom and brother’s bodies still inside
    When Shunji saw Kang To kill his brother (I don’t think they will be friends anymore once Shunji finds out Kang To is Bridal Mask

    I think that Kang To is currently taking on the Bridal Mask persona to get revenge but I hope that, as the story continues, he will also discover a love for his country and will fight for it.

    Kangsan should have trusted his brother more and told him the truth. Seeing how KangTo has reacted to Esther, I doubt that he would actually have turned his brother in.

    I still can’t believe he actually shot him. Especially after he suspected that he was his brother last episode. 😭😭😭

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      Oh, my goodness. This episode and its layers of grief that you’ve summarised. I admire the fact that hyung’s death was this heartbreaking not to milk pathos. Kang-to sold out to provide for his family materially, for very much the same reason hyung became Gaksitalโ€”to protect his family, albeit emotionally. Kang-to needed something this devastating to force him to change his course of action.

      It wasn’t until the change of scenes to the hospital that I realised I don’t really care for Mok-dan’s part of the story. I like that she’s a strong girl, but I don’t feel for her as a character, nor am I invested in the love triangle. It’s hard for her to shine against the ambivalence and moral complexity of Kang-to. I also think the writing makes her passive; what is it that she wants to achieve? Obviously, she hates the Japanese and Kang-to, but it’s not like she’s doing anything for her dad’s cause, or has any arc planned out for her other than being Kang-to’s love interest.

      And welp, that ending! I knew Shunji would be turned against Kang-to eventually (got mildly spoilered through reading a Javabeans/Girlfriday interview some time back). But I never thought it’d come this soon, and not for this reason. Ahhh! Someone pass me a spare heart to tide me through until my real heart recovers :'(

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        I agree about Mok Dan. She isn’t given much purpose in the story besides being bait to catch Gaksital.
        This episode was my favorite episode because there were so many big things that happened. Other episodes have felt kind of slow or repetitive in comparison.

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    Ep 7 thoughts

    I thought we were done with tragic bromances since Kangsan died but now we have another one: Shunji and Kang To. I wonder when and how Shunji will find out the truth. Will he understand if he knows the circumstances? I think even if he’s able to understand why Kang To did it, they won’t be able to be friends anymore once Shunji knows the truth. Before Shunji always seemed really sweet but when he was trying to avenge his brother, he got an evil gleam in his eye that was really scary.

    I kind of disagree with JB and GF’s ideas about Kangsan as Gaksital. They make it seem like he’s some pure hero but he was also motivated by revenge. He does also do other things to help the Joseon people, but his main goal was avenging his father’s death.

    Moments that broke my heart:
    Kang To calling out the people who beat up his brother and remembering that he was ine of those people too.
    The kid saying Kang San had told them Kang To isn’t a bad person.
    The bicycle ride of broken bromance.

    I’m so looking forward to all the ironic moments that will come from Kang To having to still act like he hates Gaksital 😂

    Will anyone notice that it’s someone different under the mask now? Kang To is significantly shorter and has a much smaller build than Kang San.

    How does no one recognize Kang San and Kang To when they put on the mask?!? I can recognize my favorite oppas based just on the lower half of their face. I would think these people would be able to recognize their brother/best friend, especially since they can also see their hair, height, build…

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      The bicycle ride of broken bromance.

      This description is perfect. I loved the scene for how rich with irony it was, but also, keep stepping on my heart slowly with a stiletto heel, won’t you, show? And when Kang-to cries like that, he looks like a helpless little boy. Joo Won plays him with such finesse.

      Like you, I was baffled by the practicalities of Gaksital. I also wonder if Kang-san ever kept spares of his mask and rod around. Given the nature of his exploits, it’s surprising if he never lost the items even once.

      This was a slower episode, and I started to think back, and these questions came up:
      – What’s Kono’s deal? Why does he trust Kang-to so much, and distrust Taro even before Kang-to found the photo of Taro as Kishokai?
      – I’m curious about the club madame. She looks shrewder than she lets on, and she’s clearly suspicious of Rie’s motives in joining her club.
      – Did Kang-san know early on that Mok-dan is Boon-yi? Is that why he kept saving her, because he knew how much she meant to Kang-to?

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        I’m wondering how Kangsan chose the rod as his weapon of choice. It seems so impractical. Why not get a sword or a gun? The only thing I can come up with is those would’ve been too expensive.
        I don’t think Kangsan necessarily knew that MokDan was BoonYi. I think he would’ve saved her just because she needed help no matter who she was. I always thought the police placed too much importance on the fact that he saved her. They took that to mean she must know who he is but I always saw it as a hero doing his hero job.

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          I agree that the police over-read into Kang-san saving Mok-dan, but then again, three times is one too many for it to be considered a coincidence. Because we never quite saw Gaksital saving anyone else (although he did help the stall owners get their money back), it’s hard to say whether he really went out of his way to save her, or whether he happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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    Ep 8 thoughts

    After so much happened in ep 6, eps 7 and 8 felt kind of boring in comparison. It feels like ep 6 closed the first act of the drama and 7 and 8 are setting up the second part. We’re seeing how the characters were changed by the events of ep 6.

    I love how KangTo is embracing his role as a Japanese officer. It makes sense for him to react that way given the official story of what happened that night is that the Joseon people started the fire that killed his mom and hyung. No one is going to suspect that he is Gaksital since they all know how much he hates the Joseon people.

    When Mok Dan told Kang To “A jerk like you should be dead and Gaksital should be alive” I felt so bad for Kang To. He’s probably had the same thought so many times since hyung’s death.

    Shunji is slowly turning evil and I don’t like it. I hope he gets redeemed in the end.

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      Agreed about the momentum flagging a little. I found myself skip-watching certain scenes, and just reading the recap to fill in. I know Kang-to just upped his jerk police persona, but that updo is doing strange things to me. He looks so handsome in that white suit 😳 Also, it’s funny how Kimura Kenji’s permanent Eyebrows of Villainy got transferred to Kang-to.

      When I saw the preview for this episode at the end of ep. 7, I thought Shunji’s transformation was too sudden. But when I actually watched the episode, it made sense that his change begins with good intentions, that is in exchange for Mok-dan’s release. But it’s a cruel world, and without Kang-to on his side, Shunji is sure to be broken by the system. It’s only a matter of time, and it hurts to think of that.

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I\’ve been falling out of love with What\’s Wrong with Secretary Kim for a couple of episodes, but fortunately episode 14 came along. It has just the right amount of serious and silly that drew me to the show in the first place.


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I swear I looked at Young-joon the way Mi-so did, but not for the same reason.

If you insist on driving with just one hand on the wheel, AT LEAST KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD! At all times! 😱

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Guys, remember the presentation/ interview I went for last week? I got the job!! o(โ‰งโˆ‡โ‰ฆ)o It\’s a curatorial internship at a small non-profit arts organisation. I\’m not sure about the chances of becoming a permanent hire, but it\’s a start, and I\’m thankful.

To other job-seeking Beanies out there, it\’s tough but hang in there. Rest up, search around, and don\’t be afraid to talk to acquaintances about their work. You never know where a simple conversation may lead you, so keep an open mind.

Most of all, never let the rejections make you believe you\’re less worthy than you are. Even if you lack formal work experience, you surely have qualities and other experiences that you can capitalise on. You just need to find them in unexpected places, and practise putting them in words. Believe in that, and you\’ll be able to convince a prospective employer eventually.

Passing on the luck that other Beanies wished me to you guys! 💙

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Was handed this flyer yesterday. No prizes for guessing what song started playing in my head the moment the dessert caught my eye (โ—”แด—โ—”) #ToJenny

P.S. Yes, alcohol is very expensive here 😬 Good thing I’m not a big fan of drinking.

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I thought today\’s date looked a little familiar. Can\’t believe it has been exactly a year since School 2017 started airing! Missing this bunch very much.

I was so happy to see that some of the cast are still in contact. The PD + some of the actors promoted Gugudan Semina on their Instagrams, and Ahn Seung-gyun (one of Kim Hee-chan\’s rich bully friends in the drama) was recently in a play and Seo Ji-hoon, Park Se-wan, and five other School 2017 actors went to support him :\’) (Links to the posts in the comments!)

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Based on the (spoiler-free) bits and pieces I’ve seen here and there, I gather that Shunji is going to break my heart, isn’t he? It’s early yet, but I just want him to stay this sweet and kind forever 😭 #Gaksital

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Caught the first episode of Gaksital and was happy (but also slightly baffled) to see so many familiar faces! I can’t shake my mental images of:
– Lee Byung-joon as Teacher Anthony in God of Study (which I watched at least 6 years ago, gosh)
– Son Byung-ho as Ae-ra’s dad in Fight My Way
– And Kim Eung-soo as the ridiculous Principal Yang in School 2017 😳

Also, I can’t believe Kim Hyun-soo was even younger here than she was in My Love From Another Star, and already so good! As if this unnie fan here needed even more convincing.

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    You’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

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    OMG GAKSITAAAAAAAAAL! Please keep us updated on how you’re liking it. Personally, I adored it. 💜

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      Personally, I adored it.

      I can tell from your username XD Will do! The music is a teeny bit tacky, but the story already has a ton of heart and grey areas to explore. I’m excited!

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        Haha oh yeahhh I momentarily forgot about my username. I honestly just had a blank on the music but yes! the story is very gripping and seeing how everything unravels is a real treat.

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    I love this Show! Happy watching! <3

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      Thank you!! I gathered it was a Beanie favourite, which bumped it up my impossibly long to-watch list ^^

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    Same here. Even weirder was that I’d seen some of them in shows with Joo Won before. The circus guy in the white suit was a piano teacher in Naeil’s Cantabile with Joo Won. Shunji’s evil dad was in the Good Doctor as Joo Won’s mentor and Hyun Soo was also in that as a patient.

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    Oops, I realised Son Byung-ho was Dongman’s dad, not Ae-ra’s!

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Suddenly I can’t remember any other drama confession I’ve ever watched. Excuse me while I squeal to Pluto and back. (Pluto will always be Pluto to me. I refuse to reduce it to a number.)

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Spoilers for ep. 12 of Secretary Kim ahead, scroll past quickly if you haven’t seen it!

Ah, so this conversation between Sung-yeon and Young-joon is probably the scene the original writer said she was looking forward to. I know Lee Tae-hwan still seems a little stiff at times, but he’s grown a lot since I saw him in High School King of Savvy and Pride and Prejudice. He held his own against Park Seo-joon. I think this was a long overdue moment, not just for the brothers, but for the viewers, to understand Sung-yeon as a character.

I do have a question, which I hope someone can help me with: When Sung-yeon apologised for “not being himself” because it seemed like the only way he could survive, was he admitting that everything was an act? Or did his memories really get altered by his shock and guilt?

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    This was actually my second favorite scene of the episode. Lee Tae-Hwan did well here. My favorite scene was when Young-joon was explaining everything to his parents. Park Seo-joon was SO GOOD. And also, how could you let a 9 year oldโ€™s maturity determine the mental health of your whole family? My thought on the older brother is that he did think he was kidnapped, because the guilt of him causing the kidnapping was too difficult for him to bear, like he couldnโ€™t fathom it. The only way that he could survive was taking on a different identity, just like Young-joon also did. They did the same thing, really, and they both need years of therapy to figure out who they really are now.

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      Hmm that makes sense! I got a little confused because Young-join looked a bit shocked at Sung-yeon’s apology. But I guess it’s because he never expected SY, who has seen himself as victim all his life, to apologise, especially for something he didn’t do on purpose.

      I wish we got his family dynamics fleshed out a little more evenly over the course of the drama, but I don’t mind that it’s all packed into ep. 12, if it means we do get anything this heartfelt at all. We were led to think their parents were incompetent, but put into context, I now see how it was a very difficult situation for them to decide what was right to do. They made a mistake, but it’s the kind of mistake you only realise the extent of in hindsight.

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I survived my interview and presentation o(โ‰งโˆ‡โ‰ฆ)o

To.Jenny subs arrived just in time for me to unwind. But I totally did not expect it to be so. funny. Less than 5 minutes in, I was in stitches over an emotional ballad about eating samgyupsal wraps and realising the rest of the restaurant is filled with couples.

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