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Answer Me 1994: Episode 18

It’s an episode all about taking that last chance—for securing your future, reconciling your past, or finding love. As our crew takes their first steps out in the real world after college, they come face to face with some harsh lessons, some universal, and some unique to their generation.

 
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EPISODE 18: “Should I tell you again that I love you”

It’s almost winter in 1997, and Na-jung scouts her department’s job listings for places to interview. She doesn’t seem too worried about scoring a job before graduation, though of course she doesn’t know how bad things are about to get for the economy. Gah, could there be a worse time to graduate from college and enter the job market?

Haitai has just been discharged from the army and returns to school with his old swagger, decked out in the latest fashion and swinging finger guns. Na-jung gapes at the tightness of his t-shirt, and makes him cover up his nipples before he pokes an eye out. They skip along to go eat lunch together, just like the old days.

Wedding, 2002. It’s time for the bride and groom’s friends to come take a picture, and Samcheonpo and Yoon-jin run over to the bride’s side. Na-jung gives Binggeure crap for standing on the groom’s side, and then Yoon-jin nudges her to look at the person who’s standing next to her.

Na-jung jumps back, startled and a little horrified, “What’s that?” Yoon-jin laughs and says it’s a special service for her on her wedding day. Then everyone smiles for the world’s blurriest wedding photo.

Back in 1997, Haitai beams at the massive breakfast spread in honor of his return home. Dad comes out to join them looking like a zombie with a hangover, and asks Haitai if he’s ever heard of that one-way cell phone that only works near phone booths.

Not knowing what landmine he’s about to step in, Haitai says everyone’s heard of that, scoffing that he’s never encountered a product with a shorter shelf life. He prattles on that there were people who invested a bunch of money into the thing, musing that there are all kinds of morons in the world. Ack.

Garbage comes out to whack Haitai upside the head, but Dad cracks and goes from laughter to tears to laughter again, repeating “moron” and sticking the phone in his rice bowl like he’s totally lost his mind. Garbage warns Haitai never to bring it up again.

Na-jung adds that her parents even got a loan on this house and are now in debt because of that phone, but assures everyone that between Dad’s income and her entering the workforce this year, things should be fine.

Yoon-jin worries that she won’t be able to hold a wedding this way, but Na-jung says she found a venue that was half off in January. Oh, that’s soon. Though of course we know she doesn’t make it down the aisle till 2002.

Garbage is back from Busan early thanks to his advisor opening a new clinic here. Yoon-jin already has a job lined up, while Samcheonpo is studying to get into grad school after coming out of active service in only six months, which Haitai rants about especially because Samcheonpo acted like the world was ending when he had to go, ha.

They make plans to have a party for Yoon-jin’s first day on the job, and Garbage notes Na-jung’s forced smile through the whole discussion, putting a reassuring hand on her shoulder without a word. Aw.

Poor Dad loses his mind and starts screaming for the coach’s number who gave him the tip to invest in the phone, and the whole family has to get up to restrain him. After breakfast Na-jung starts filling out every job application she can get her hands on, while the news announces yet another conglomerate filing for bankruptcy.

Haitai mousses up his hair to go to school, solely for the purpose of scoring a girlfriend by Christmas. Na-jung reminds him she has a friend to set him up with, but he insists on getting his own dates.

Yoon-jin tenses up when the news turns to sports and Chilbongie is on TV. She scrambles for the remote awkwardly, but Na-jung tells her it’s fine—he’s always on TV and their stuff is in the past.

Binggeure calls Chilbongie in Japan, who runs out of the shower half-nekkid to pick up the phone. Is he shirtless just to make up for the fact that he’s been missing for so long? I’m not falling for it! Not… gonna…

He tells Binggeure he’ll be coming to Korea tomorrow for a quick doctor’s visit, and they make plans to meet. Binggeure tells him to live a little and do something other than play baseball like date or party, while Chilbongie just tells him not to mess things up with Die-Die.

Na-jung and Yoon-jin simultaneously gasp when Haitai comes home all puffed up after getting a date with the prettiest girl in school (they call her Yonsei’s Jeon Ji-hyun). He swears she seduced him, which the girls call a blatant lie.

We see them lock eyes on the bus earlier that day, and she alerts him to the fact that she’s getting off at the next stop, which he takes as his cue to follow. They share some sweet potatoes in the street and he admits he went two extra stops on the bus just to spend more time with her.

At home the girls refuse to believe it happened, and Haitai swears he’ll make her his girlfriend to prove it.

Chilbongie gets his physical and nervously awaits the results with Binggeure at his side. Oh man, I don’t like the look in the doc’s eye. He starts in on the big speech with a stern brow… only to fake them out with a laugh and give Chilbongie the all-clear. Oh phew. I love that Binggeure yells at the doc for the joke.

He has to play guard on the way out of the hospital because Chilbongie gets accosted by fans, and then the cousins go out to eat. Chilbongie is a little too chipper throughout the meal, choosing to avoid things with a smile.

Binggeure has to ask twice about whether his mom visits often, and Chilbongie finally shakes his head and says he’s seen her twice. He’s up on news about the boardinghouse friends though, because Haitai calls once in a while to fill him in the latest gossip and talk his ear off.

Chilbongie’s the first to bring up the elephant in the room: “I hear Na-jung is getting married.” Binggeure asks if he’s okay, and Chilbongie says he is, adding that it’s not exactly like he’s going to follow around a girl who’s marrying someone else like a stalker. “With time, when more time passes… I’ll be okay.”

Na-jung comes by the hospital to drop off wedding invitations for Garbage to hand out, along with a change of underwear and socks. She demands the dirty set in return (Gross. That’s love right there. Who’d wanna touch that??) and attacks him when he won’t hand them over.

She gives him a peck on the cheek and runs off when Yoon-jin calls with news that Haitai got dumped again. Oppa: “How long did he date her?” Na-jung: “One day.”

Haitai gets drunk and tells the girls that he lost Jeon Ji-hyun to a hoobae, and they gasp to hear which one. A flashback to the noraebang earlier that night reveals Jeon Hyun-moo whisking her away with his singing skills. Hahaha.

Haitai asks if Na-jung’s friend is still available, and she says of course, insisting that he’ll like her—she’s Yonsei’s Uhm Jung-hwa. Ha. So he waits on pins and needles for his blind date the next day, and in walks a girl who literally makes him drool.

The girls hear that things are going well for him, but then he shows up at home just a few hours later with a hangdog expression on his face. They ask what happened this time, and he sighs that they went to a noraebang and he lost her to married man with kids.

Cut to: Yoon Min-soo belting out a song. Hahaha. He puts on a broody performance for the ladies, and then promptly answers a call from Hoo with a big goofy grin. Aw.

Yoon-jin whacks him on the head and says it’s obvious he doesn’t want a girlfriend, while Haitai whines that he’s the one getting dumped. But the girls point out that if he really actually liked any one of the girls, he’d have run after her, held her hand, and pleaded with her to stay.

Yoon-jin just cuts to the chase and asks about his first love Ae-jung, and Haitai freezes. She tells him that’s the answer right there—if his heart still races at the mere mention of her, then he needs to deal with his first love before bothering with other girls he’s not even interested in. Dude, listen to her.

It’s November 21, Yoon-jin’s first day on the job. She gets all dressed up and the whole family sends her off together, reminding her about her party at home tonight. Na-jung sits staring at the phone all day, waiting to hear back from her latest job interview.

Dad tells her there’s nothing to worry about, brushing off all the news about each new financial hurdle, insisting the country will weather the storm.

Just then, the phone rings, and Na-jung lights up to get the word that she’s been hired, and she’ll start her new employee training next month. She dances, Mom and Dad jump for joy, and she calls Oppa to tell him the good news.

Yoon-jin comes home that night to a massive feast to celebrate both girls’ new jobs, and Dad pops the champagne, showering them with celebratory bubbles. As the party goes on, Na-jung sees something that makes her freeze, and Yoon-jin follows her gaze to the TV.

Dad is the last one to get a clue, but then eventually everyone turns to watch the news report that the country was in economic crisis.

Na-jung: November 21, 1997. Yoon-jin’s first day on the job. And the day I secured my very first job. The country was ruined, like a lie. South Korea went from Asia’s dragon to its worm, and the shining Generation X became a class that was cursed.

She narrates as we watch the family’s fallout: Dad loses his job with the Twins, Yoon-jin gets told she won’t be receiving paychecks anymore, and Na-jung waits for her call about new hire orientation, only to see on the news that her company went bankrupt.

She eventually gets the official letter in the mail, rescinding the new hire offer. She narrates that she never even got to go to work once before rejoining the ranks of the unemployed.

We watch her slave over new applications in the coming days and interview for whatever she can. Dad watches with a long sigh, and then Oppa comes in to give her a hug of encouragement. She wonders what she’ll do if she just ends up a wife who does nothing but makes food, and Oppa tells her he doesn’t care; it’s Na-jung who couldn’t stand for that.

But then a few days later, she gets a call and lands a job after all. Hooray! The man on the phone congratulates her, and adds that she’s lucky—there aren’t many jobs available, but she secured a position abroad because of her English skills. Oh noes.

She braces herself and goes to see Oppa, who sits numbly after being told. He asks shakily if she accepted the job, and she tells him that this was her last application and her last interview—her last chance.

She’s due to report to the office on January 10 and spend two years in Australia. Oppa points out that their wedding is on January 25. Eep. Na-jung bites her lip before saying it, and then asks cautiously: “Can we postpone the wedding for two years?”

He reminds her they’ve passed out invitations, and adds that he just signed a contract for their new house. She promises to explain everything to the parents really well, and to take care of cancelling the wedding and apartment.

Oppa lets out a long sigh: “No. No.” Aw, Oppa. She tells him this is really important—her life depends on it. But he digs his heels in: “Just stay. I can earn money.” Oh nooooooo, Oppaaaa. You’re killing me.

She gets up and runs off before she bursts into tears, and she cries herself to sleep that night.

Oppa paces outside in the snow that night, and comes to the house first thing in the morning. They sit in silence for a while, and then he finally says, “I was wrong last night. I’m sorry. I’ll wait for you to go and come back.” Phew.

He wipes her tears away and says he thought about it in the reverse, if she had asked him to go to abroad and leave his job for her. He realized it then that he had taken her work too lightly when he couldn’t do the same, and apologizes for it now. Way to come around, Oppa.

They tell Mom and Dad, and then just like that it’s time for her to say goodbye. Oppa drives her to the airport while holding her hand, and she narrates:

Na-jung: We are a special couple. We spent twenty years as brother and sister. We had the sincerity to endure a one-sided love that challenged our strength. And we had the dependability to push a wedding that was a month away to begin a long-distance relationship. We were a very special couple.

She flies away to Australia and Oppa drives back alone. We watch her settle into her new job and call Oppa regularly to tell him how much she misses him. But as time passes, they grow less and less frequent.

Na-jung: That being out of sight puts someone out of your heart—I just thought they were words to describe regular couples, while we were a very special couple.

We watch as calls start to get missed on both sides, emails pushed till later, (Lol, do you actually have an account named Trash Kim?) and their photo starts to get buried under the mountain of paperwork that takes over daily life.

Na-jung: We were a very special couple. But in front of time, in front of life, that specialness was becoming very average. Like anyone, we were becoming negligent and like everyone, we became buried. Eventually we became accustomed to that negligence. Like that, we became a very un-special couple. And like that, without breaking up, we had broken up.

We watch time pass from Samcheonpo and Haitai’s point of view, sitting in front of their computer at home and receiving emails from Na-jung while reading about Chilbongie in the news. Ha, each year there’s a new search engine that’s declared the best, and by 1999 Na-jung is preparing to return home, and so is Chilbongie.

This time Samcheonpo opens up a site called I Love School (which Answer Me 1997’s Oppa invented, if you remember) and explains to Haitai that it’s a way to connect with old friends…and first loves. He nudges Haitai to try it to find Ae-jung, and Haitai mulls it over.

New Year’s Eve, 1999. Na-jung has been back in Korea for a week, and comes home to find everyone in a flurry of activity, getting ready to leave the house. Mom and Dad have a date, so do Yoon-jin and Samcheonpo, and even Binggeure runs out to meet Die-Die. Na-jung tries to butt in to remind them that it’s the turn of the new millennium, but they just run out the door.

Ha, Dad complains that her present to her parents after being away for two years is a pair of Uggs, but puts them on anyway. Na-jung sighs to be left in an empty house.

She heads upstairs and finds Haitai hunched over after sending Ae-jung two messages yesterday online, and receiving no answer. He says dejectedly that if she had replied he would’ve gone to their class reunion party tonight to see her, but now he’s too embarrassed.

Na-jung flicks him in the face and tells him to get it together—that’s not even trying, and not something to be embarrassed about. She tells him not to regret it later, and tells him this is probably his last chance. “It’s your last chance to be sure if you still like Ae-jung or not. Or you can just spend the rest of your life in this room with Sung-kyun.” Ha. If that doesn’t get you up, I don’t know what will.

On their way to their dates, Yoon-jin remembers their ancient promise to gather on New Year’s Eve 1999, and wonders if anyone would’ve remembered. Binggeure thinks that Na-jung might, knowing her crazy specific memory (ha, I forgot about that trait), and then wonders if Chilbongie or Garbage might too.

Samcheonpo says Garbage wasn’t there, but Binggeure says he told everyone about it back then. We watch as Garbage, now a surgeon, finishes up a procedure and returns to his desk. And today’s date is circled in red on his calendar.

Na-jung goes upstairs armed with every kind of liquor in the house, and sighs at the empty room where she and her friends had made that promise. At the same time Chilbongie arrives at the airport, greeted by a crowd of reporters. Do we have a New Year’s Eve Race to Na-jung Part II?

Haitai goes to his reunion and a friend tells him that Ae-jung is living in Seoul now and she probably won’t come tonight because of him, but hands him her phone number anyway to try calling.

As Chilbongie gets driven home, he asks his manager to drop him off elsewhere: “I have someplace I have to be.” Is it…?

Na-jung waits alone at home, and it starts to snow outside. Omo. My heart can’t take it if this is a fakeout.

Garbage gets dressed to head out, and to make things even more nerve-racking, he’s got on virtually the same outfit as Chilbongie. Well, you do have similar taste in other things, so I’ll give you that. Each of the boys looks up at the snow coming down.

Haitai paces back and forth outside the bar, hemming and hawing as he stares down at Ae-jung’s number. He finally decides to call, and as soon as he does, a phone rings from just behind him. She’s standing right there, and answers her phone.

Ae-jung: “Ho-joon-ah.” Ah, finally a name for Haitai (the actor’s own).

Na-jung looks up at the clock as it nears midnight, and sighs to herself as she gets ready to drink alone. But just before she can put the glass to her lips, she hears the front gate open outside.

She goes out to the balcony and sees someone approaching. She comes back in and waits, and a pair of feet hesitates at the bottom of the stairs. We get a teasing shot from overhead, but of course since Oppa and Chilbongie are wearing the same friggin’ clothes, it doesn’t matter. Stop yankin’ my chain!

He walks up… and up…

It’s Chilbongie! She’s surprised to see him, and he looks back at her with shaky eyes that rip me up. She smiles, and he does too. It’s only then that we get the episode’s title card, named for the Kim Dong-ryul song that’s playing over the scene (posted above).

He asks about the other kids, who have all forgotten and gone out to celebrate. She muses that he remembered, and he mimics her accent to say that he did. Na-jung breaks the awkward air between them to ask if he isn’t hungry, suggesting ramyun. It does the trick and he laughs.

Back outside the bar, Haitai stops Ae-jung from going inside with the first thought that comes to mind, and asks the dumb irrelevant question if the song playing overhead is from the fifth album. She corrects him, and he finally gets up the nerve to say: “I missed you. I missed you a lot.”

And he pulls her in for a hug.

At the house, Chilbongie comes back with ramyun (ha, he’s the one to cook it, just like old times) and they stuff their faces hungrily. Na-jung asks how much time is left before the new year and he looks up at the clock and says there isn’t much left. Ten seconds, in fact, and he starts to count down…

She freezes mid-chew, her cheeks still full of ramyun, as he counts down to midnight. “Three, two, one… Happy New Year.”

At that, she hurriedly throws a hand over her lips. Pwahaha. He cracks up and says he’s not going to do that, teasing her for going overboard. But he does ask, “Na-jung-ah, what’re you doing tomorrow?”

We go back to the wedding photo in 2002, and the “special surprise” for Na-jung on her wedding day turns about to be Haitai wearing his old 1994 hair just for the occasion.

This time the blurry picture reveals Haitai’s face as a friend of the bride, officially taking him out of the running for Future Husband. Not that he was ever a real contender.

 
COMMENTS

So the pendulum swings back Chilbongie’s way. Despite being happy in the moment when Chilbongie shows up at the top of those stairs, I’m just generally pooped out from this game and no longer see the point of letting myself get emotionally involved if I’m just going to be yanked around till the finale. Which is of course what’s going to happen. That it’s putting a strain on my love for the show is an understatement, so I’m trying to just ignore all the purposeful Hand of Mystery waving, because it makes me want to slap it away. If the characters would just be allowed to live out this love triangle as if the future didn’t exist, I’d be much obliged. Wishful thinking, I know. It’s only more apparent in the final weeks how much this should’ve stayed a 16-episode show.

The IMF crisis played out in a much more impactful way for Answer Me 1994 than for the 1997 crew, and it was a nice way to weave in a particular generation’s set of unique problems. I just can’t even imagine leaving college at the exact moment when your country’s economy goes down the tubes in such a colossal way. I actually wish we had taken up the whole episode on the subject (or even more, heck we have the time), because I like it when our main characters have something else to worry about than their love lives. I could’ve done with Na-jung being jobless for months or even years, since that’s actually more realistic, but it proved to be a nicely developed impetus for her to leave (whereas I didn’t see the need for Oppa to even go to Busan, except to motivate the 1997 cameos).

I like that Dad’s investment folly actually folds into all this despite mostly being played for comedy. If he had stayed solvent, if he hadn’t lost his job, maybe Na-jung would feel less pressured about having to land a job right away. But her family is depending on her to keep them afloat, and that makes her decision easy and responsible and right. It’s also a choice that may not have happened in 1996, which is why it’s motivated nicely with a touch of regret at having been born into your generation, which sucks but is just your lot in life.

I was grateful that Oppa only spent one day opposing her choice. It’s an understandable reaction since it sucks to be him in that situation, but it was still a heartbreaking letdown. Of course he came right back and said the perfect thing, so all is forgiven. Their breakup seemed like a natural progression from her having to go abroad, so I suppose now in 2000 we just reset the whole game to zero, with all three parties in the same city at the same time. The fact that we’re still in this place in the story after so many episodes is a little mind-numbing, but at least this time we’re down to the final years before the wedding? I’m happier about the fact that Na-jung got an episode to just do something for herself and her family, and not be defined by the love triangle. She was also a really good friend to Haitai, which I adore about her. His was a happily ever after I was really rooting for.

 
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I've been refreshing this page like crazy for the past hour waiting for this recap...

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Mee,too

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Chilbong's abs <3 please marry me CB :)

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Dude I was just glaaad that Joon-ah was back and how, eh?!

And, let's all take a moment to appreciate how bloody gorgeous Yoo Yeon Seok is!! Before watching the raw I sat slack-jawed ogling prolly drooling at the semi-nude YYS gifs!^^

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First! I've been refreshing this page for like 6 hours to read this. No English subs = suffering for recap.

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Awww~ Hehehe I wasn't the only one refreshing XD

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Didn't watch the episode yet but this seems like a really heartfelt one. I can feel the show wrapping up just by reading ur recap.

Just wondering, was both episodes 18 & 19 aired this week? Or is 19 &20 being aired next week?

Some ppl over at soompi I think mentioned that episodes 19 and 20 are being aired next week or something (tho I may have read it wrong lol).

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No, episode 19 already aired today. Next week's going to be the finale (episodes 20 & 21).

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18 & 19 this week, 20 & 21 next week.

One episode extension to even out the airing days caused by the preemption of episode 12 (?) during the MAMA award period.

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dundundun and so it goes on

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OMG, now with people by her side, I finally see the atrocity of Na Jung's bridal headgear. It looks like white powder exploded from her head... NaJung-ah...

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Loll. I know right! I thought it wasnt that bad, until you see the bigger picture.

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This drama is a big let down..I'm do dispointed I'm at the point where I'm
Just fed up!!!!!

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Why? I don't think it was that bad to warrant such a breakdown though...........

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Shar didn't say "breakdown". (S)he said "letdown".

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30 ppl "liked" and no one caught the discrepancy, between "let down" and "breakdown"??? LOL.

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Ok, let me get this straight. I do realize that Shar wrote 'let down' and not 'breakdown'.

I was not referring to her 'let down' in my remark. I was referring to how I thought she was expressing herself what with her multiple exclamation marks. It was like she was going crazy and was fed up with the drama series, like her mind is just BLOWN at how the drama had disappointed her.

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i do think the love triangle has dragged on to the detriment of the storyline, but still think its the best drama series of this year...of course it might be since i was watching this with heirs, and anything looks amazing compared to that trainwreck

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the real wreck was Marry Him If You Dare :(

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The Holiday Season is upon us. Our presence is required in the real world. It is nece to put on shoes and an earring or two. I'm glad I've given up on Wang's Family and 1994. It frees up Fri, Sat n Sun evenings, prime time for social occasions. For once, well-timed disappointment is so liberating!

Then someone mentioned YSY's abs. Now I've to go back and look for them! And drool with drunken eyes!

Merry Christmas!

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Diddo seriously if Najung marries Chilbogie I'm goin to hit the ceiling with major frustration

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No matter what happens in the end I have to applaud the writer on how she tied everything together in that last scene. There was so many hint early on that this would happen and timing was stressed so many times. The reunion of CB and NJ was so sweet and adorable and I felt really special.

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And many parallel scenes too. Just as girlfriday pointed out, just like back in 1994, CB is the one who is with NJ on 1999 New Year Eve. The timing was right, BUT the important thing is that he CHOSE to do it.
Oppa, on the other hand, did not choose to go to Sam Cheon Po back in 1994. Ans he is late in 1999. So both his decision and timing didn't work out for him.
Because THE SHOW has been building up like this (not just because of NJ's feeling), I really don't see how T can be the end game. All the themes will be messed up.

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See I don't really see how he can't - if this episode was maybe 5 or 6 episodes ago, that would have given enough time for NJ and CB to fall in love and get engaged AND give Trash enough time to get over NJ and move on enough to go to the wedding.

But there's only 2 episodes left - if CB and NJ get married I don't think I can buy it, it just doesn't fit the timeline properly, it's too rushed. On the other hand, I think it's enough episodes for two people who drifted apart but grew up (NJ and Trash) to reconcile, and for CB to make that bittersweet realisation that first loves don't often last forever.

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Plus CB is moving back to America so is NJ gonna give long distance relationships another shot, especially one that doesn't even have the foundation that she and Oppa had.

There's plenty of running themes that they've had for both sides. For example, the same two songs played when SCP-YJ and NJ-Oppa got together - To You and Magic Castle.

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I believe if cb is the end
it have enough foundation if they did flashback
lots of missing scene of nj pov regarding cb affection

but there's nothing more to developed in oppa pov

if the end is oppa, the writer have to show all nj reaction towards cb cause the only one is her hug that so emotional
there's should be something but it still have higher possibility in cb than oppa because in the narrative of nj and the missing scene,
all cb confession is left unanswered
we might be in the point when we see, nj-oppa relation is all that, reply scene over and over with same moment
but when she meet cb, it's all the same moment but they acted different, respond different

so if i remember all nj-cb beautiful cinematography scene
there;s enough time, and there's enough foundation

what funny is we never see when oppa fall for her, but we see countless time how nj fall for oppa and cb fall for nj

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*there might be some spoiler from ep 19* About running themes/similar scenes There are some for both sides, but there are definitely more on CB's side.

Ex:
1. drinking game: SCP and YJ are set up together. CB has the confirming kiss.
2. NYE at SCP: SCP/YJ's and CB/NJ "first" kiss
3. Collapsing building: SCP/YJ's and CB/NJ's hug
4. The night before Millennium: CB and HT's first love reunion
5. CB's 2nd confession: CB buys coffee, and NJ looks at him with deep thoughts after the conversation with her mom. This scene reminds me of the one where YJ started seeing SCP in a different light after he helped her mom at the bus station.

Also, the ramen (ep 4), the soju (ep 14), the first snow (ep 9 and ep 14), the NYE's kiss memory (ep 10) are all brought back in ep 18. I feel like the writer is setting up a very big comeback for CB here.

I think one of the reason why what happened in this ep didn't happen 5-6 eps ago is because the writer wants to remain the suspense. If NJ is shown to have a clear feeling to CB. It's obvious that he is the endgame already.

Onto the long distance relationship matter. I think one advantage that CB has over T is that he is an athlete. Once in a while he can take a break and visit NJ while T can't be taken away from his duty as a doctor. Also, 5 years apart and he still love NJ. B asked if he has been lonely and told her to go clubbing or meet other girls but he just brushed it off. Also, based on the motto "it ain't over 'til it's over" and many proofs so far showing how "persistent" he is, even if NJ might be a little bit slacked off in a long distance relationship, I believe CB's personality will complement that part of her :x

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Still though, because this discussion is opened to both sides, I will be reasonable and rephrase my words and admit that there are possibilities for both guy to become the husband (because everything is up to NJ's decision now).

It is ridiculous how last week, all the CB's shippers was trying to do is saying that there is at least some possibility, yup only POSSIBILITY, that he is going to be the end game, but most, if not all, T's shippers completely disregarded it, and flat out said that CB/NJ's ending would be "unbelievable" and "absurd".

Speculation is subjective. Let's all agree that there are chances for both guys for now. It's the writer who has the fate of all the characters in her hand anyway :)

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Alert: Something shippy again ^^

Speaking of paralleling scenes, there are a subtle pair that I don't know whether most people have missed.

After NJ's confession to T during the first snow in 1994, she went out of his room and she bumped into CB there. After CB's farewell to NJ during the first snow in 1997, T is shown being in his room, and NOT with NJ => It is all about timing!

Also, I read some posts saying that T didn't care for NJ when he decided to not go to SCP in 1994. I have to disagree. He has his own friends, so it's a normal thing to do. The thing is this "unintentional" decision became a part of fate. Fate also let CB talk to SCP's grandma and realize that he has to confess or he will regret later. Fate also let NJ insist to go to the bus station with him (even though he thought that she was sleeping when he tried to leave, and he later told her there was no need to walk with him to the station). Fate also make NJ ask CB why he came, which triggered his confession.

If T had not chosen to hang out with his friends, if CB had never talked to SCP's grandma, if NJ had not been with CB when that NYE moment approached, we might not have seen CB's confession AT ALL. But of course, those events happened, and NJ became aware of CB's love for her. Fate and timing have done CB a great favor (regardless of NJ's reply to him, which we haven't gotten to see). And because this is a drama, and "fate" and "timing" are obviously under the writer's control, I personally think the writer has planned out something else in mind, too, to tie up everything that has been set up in CB's direction.

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I remember crying hard while watching 'collapsing building' episode. That moment was just... I feel like I'm on 1995. And NJ's crying when she hugs CB, gyaaah. Glad he's okay <3

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I don't know how they are gonna play out the next 2 ep's if Chilbongie is the husband. I don't want it to be rushed... i want all the lovey dovey moments...

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I was thinking that too. If Na Jung and Chilbongie do end up together, it'll be right at the end so we won't get any of their actual relationship. That will be a pity. I still think Oppa is endgame though, although at this point, I don't actually care, I just want them to pick someone already! lol

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I believe if cb is the end
it have enough foundation if they did flashback
lots of missing scene of nj pov regarding cb affection

but there’s nothing more to developed in oppa pov

if the end is oppa, the writer have to show all nj reaction towards cb cause the only one is her hug that so emotional
there’s should be something but it still have higher possibility in cb than oppa because in the narrative of nj and the missing scene,
all cb confession is left unanswered
we might be in the point when we see, nj-oppa relation is all that, reply scene over and over with same moment
but when she meet cb, it’s all the same moment but they acted different, respond different

so if i remember all nj-cb beautiful cinematography scene
there;s enough time, and there’s enough foundation

what funny is we never see when oppa fall for her, but we see countless time how nj fall for oppa and cb fall for nj

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But just imho... if the show was to finally catch up via flashback of all Najung's reactions towards Chilbong... it will pretty much makes her a flirt and unconscious 2-timer when all this while, she was shown that she was steadfast in what she felt for Oppa. If its gonna be edited that way... well, I will be disappointed in the drama. I do agree that Chilbong's confession went unanswered especially the Samcheonpo one, but when we see them count down to the millenium, her first instinct was to cover her mouth when Chilbong wishes her Happy New Year... that should be hint enough that kiss years back in Samcheonpo might have(my guesses) ended up with Najung, in shock then pushing him away...

We never actually saw how Najung and Oppa fell for each other, its more of gradually realizing... since they grew up together... Najung with her bad back at the hospital and narrating about her dead brother and the role Oppa plays in her life... And Oppa during the sort off face off with Chilbong during their play catch session, which he address that it hurts him that Najung is in a limbo because of him and he admit he does like her as well... Hurting is real indication of Oppa's love for her.

Disregarding one guy or another, I just hope Najung gets her happy ending and that its her choice and her happiness.

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I'm not really bothered by it. NJ and T had plenty of time and I never got to see many lovey-dovey moments. There were some cute scenes, but in average they were acting just like they used to before they were dating. So yes, I think a lot can be done in two episodes.

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Chilbong's baaaaack!!!!!! I hope he stays for good and eventually be the husband hehee

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yeeeeeeep. he's broken heart enough kkk. I wanna see him get the girl~

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Cannot wait for next week. My brain is exhausted with the guessing game!! Fighting!! Thanks for the recap.

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I've stopped guessing but like gf, I HATE to be yanked around...But i still love this show...sigh....

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Can i just say how much i cried in this episode?! Maybe its just me but najung and oppa's long distance relationship felt so real that I could truly tell that the distance between them.

To be honest I dont know where I stand anymore.. Oppa? Chilbong? Oppa? Chilbong? Chilbong? Oppa? both of them deserve a happy ending.. At first i was pretty sure that Trash oppa is the husband but eversince Minjung came into the picture, i'm like damnnnn she isnt here without a purpose.. but thats how good the writer and director are. freaking confusing my mind.

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I loved this episode (especially since the last few were definitely lacking). The IMF crisis was portrayed and dealt very well in this episode, and it definitely affected the storyline beneficially.

I liked how we saw everyone dealing with the crisis. If anything, the show is best hands down on portraying the realism, mystery be damned. I was heartbroken over their struggles, worries and fears. It was so relatable and sympathetic, and I felt for everyone: Dad losing his job, Mom drinking soju to numb the pain, Yoon Jin's exhaustion and frustration, and most of all, Na Jung and Oppa's relationship. I definitely understood Oppa's reaction, and I loved how they were able to resolve the solution. I was so sympathetic towards them, and it honestly made me teary. However, I was sad to see Oppa and Na Jung drift apart, even though that is almost inevitable when it comes to long-distance relationships, and that just makes the realism even more accentuated.

And the reunion! It was so sweet, not to mention the fact that he remembered! Those little moments up to the new year, the almost replayed scene five years ago, and Na Jung's reaction and breaking the ice even more between them. I know I said I'm for Chilbongie countless of times, but honestly, it's the little moments of the show that I like the most.

BTW, is it officially stated or portrayed that Oppa and Na Jung broke up? They definitely drifted apart, but I just thought that Oppa did not know Na Jung returned.

P. S. Thank goodness for YYS's abs!!!

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Great episode, great recaps! Am officially loving this show again! :)

I honestly don't mind who Na Jung ends up with, as long as she's happy. Chilbongie seems to be better husband material, but NJ and Oppa grew up together and practically lived like a married couple in the boarding house, so after all their history together, I'd think things would be a bit awkward with Oppa if Chilbongie ended up as the husband...

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After the debacle of last weeks episode, I was debating if I should comment. But I am back because I love DB and their insight.

Just want to say that the groom stand in is super tall. I think he is taller than CB and Oppa. Oppa is about 5'10 and CB is 6 ft. But the stand in is more like 6'2 or 6'3.

I can see why they blurred out everyone because we could guess who the groom is by seeing who the friends are. But it seems like the the group just split into one side boys the other side girls except the close friends. If it is Oppa than where is CB. He is taller than everyone else he would stick out? If he is so close with the groom to be in his photo wouldn't he be close to the groom? Maybe even be next to BG? If it is CB that is the husband, Oppa could be in the family pics so there is no need to be in the friends pics. But is he is in the friends pics would be stand next to his Masan friends or with the group? This picture is going to be the death of me.

Peace my friends.

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I haven't watched this episode subbed but from the little Korean I understand it is quite telling when NJ asks Grae where he's going (when the group pic is being taken) SCP mentions something about the husband. Is he repping the groom's side as they're related?!

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but if the hubby is garbage, then he might go that side because of his hero worship?

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Yeah it could go either way with Bing. Bongie is his cousin but Oppa is his Hyung and his colleague.

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Thanks for the recap. I watched an incomplete episode, I knew there had to be more to it.
I knew, OK, I hoped along with the lot of you that CBie would remember and return on the eve of 2000.
Loved the bit where she covered her mouth.

I am glad they showed that NJ was one to not give up, and that she does have smarts and talent that made her stand out from the crowd to be hired in a tough economy. Go, Najunga!

Three more left. I won't survive. CBie's return will end up being just more smoke and mirrors, and I will drown my sorrows in my own New Year's drinking next week.
Cheers!

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Loved this episode :D although i am tired of all the uncertainty about who the husband is, my heart still tells me that it's Chilbongie, and that's who i'll be rooting for until the end!! Yoo Yeon Seok is a work of art haha <3

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I really like that we saw how a relationship can deteriorate with space, people take it for granted that their love is special it'll withstand anything and yet we have one in Dramaland which is stressed by the distance.

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Did the company that NJ works sent her off to Australia because her English is very good?How and when did she learn to speak/understand English well enough to be sent off there ? Isn't it a bit far fetched ? Once we are hired, then we have to stay a while to be sent away abroad. One need an in- company training, unless one is hired in an offshore branch.

Maybe the sub was wrong but when NJ came back home from Australia, her mom said that she was wearing a dog fur. I hope that she was kidding. Or is it all right in Korea to wear a dog fur???

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It's not super far-fetched for Najung to have good English skills if she studied in a school like Yonsei.

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Thanks for answering my question. I guess she was studying hard for TOEIC exam.

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I agree with maldita, yonsei is one of the top three schools in Korea and najung was also shown to be really smart. The guy who called to give her the offer mentioned that she was picked to go because of her good grades.

Also, regarding the dog fur, in Korean dog fur is gaetul, which doesn't literally mean dog fur lol ew. It's just a saying that it's cheap stuff like faux fur, not the mink that najung's dad thought it was.

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Thanks for the reply. I was a bit shocked that they could wear a dog fur. I took it literally !

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Thanks for the recap since the Viki ep did not have the wedding picture scene in the beginning, and completely cuts off as the group leaves for their respective new years Y2K celebrations.

That being said, Im tired of the shenanigans; tell us now so we can brace ourselves for any fallout.

I like the realistic devolving of Oppa's and Na-Jeong's relationship, kind of a karmic "you aren't that special" reminder. I still think Oppa makes his third wheel appearance at the boarding house.

Can I also rant about where in the hell is this younger brother? Shouldnt he be in his toddler years? I thought toddlers are also up to no good! Nary a hair of him is seen! For shame.

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I thought the same thing.
A child that young becomes the center of the household whether he needs to be fed, entertained, changed, potty-trained, etc. They are NEVER invisible.

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Yeah I've been wondering re: baby brother too.... too troublesome to keep hiring different child actors for the part perhaps?

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Since i've already seen episode 19, i'm afraid my comment may unintendedly become spoiler-y so I will save most of my thoughts for the next recap.
However I have to say that although Najung and Oppa drifting apart was heartbreaking, it was very realistically done and I can definitely understand why it happened having been through it myself.
Oppa's initial knee-jerk reaction to Najung's move was also understandable given that the wedding was already in planning - with invitations out, lease signed and everything. Unlike some comments I've read, his reasons don't support the theory that he was being selfish/ possessive/ hurting Najung thoughtlessly. He was thinking about their future which shows from how he explained that he thought it was about being able to support themselves financially. And he came around the very next day and took responsibility for talking to the parents. I think I cried a bucket of tears when he kind of turned his face away and wiped his tears with the back of his hand. Gosh, Jung Woo killed me this episode (and destroyed my soul in ep. 19) Also, when he stepped out of the hospital looking so exhausted :(

The scene where they popped the champagne and were celebrating until the IMF news dropped was also well done. It gave me the same feel of the time when all the beepers started going off during the Department Store collapse.

Happy for HT! His hairstyle changes makes him look more mature but it was nice to see it all back up and HIGH during the wedding photoshoot.

CB's return. We (or I guess SOME of us) always knew he was going to make it back to ring in the Millennium and the focus would be shifting to him in these last few episodes.

Now, the end.. well all I have to say is that it seems like it's now Najung's turn to have her feelings hidden from the viewers for the sake of the "husband game", so i'm giving her the benefit of the doubt.

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All of this. I cried when Oppa and Na-Jung had that fight at the hospital when she told him she's going away. And the scenes where they were constantly busy and missing each other was heartbreaking because it is realistic for most people that have long distance relationships (I was in one but thankfully we survived!) Unfortunately their special love did not overcome that for now. Now it's Na-Jung has to come to terms with her heart and we'll see how this will unfold.

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Hey girlfriday,
where did you watch this episode? I think when it aired, it cut off the episode so we were missing the last few scenes. Today's episode even had an apology. Please let us know!
Thx!

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It has been fixed on Viki

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A nice story,which made me mad,happy and Even sad .
They can trow my Feeling back and forth.
Love Cbg

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Has anyone else noticed that the Na Jungs brother disappeared from the show? I literally have not seen him since he was born. I mean surely he should be around the boarding house right? Growing up going to school. Has the writer just forgot about that particular plot point???

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i don't think this is a spoiler so i'll let you know - he appears for one scene in ep 19

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He does? In what scene?

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it's a scene where mom is going back to Masan to visit a friend. she takes little joonie with her

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Lol at the blurred groom picture! The height difference is so obvious if they're still trying to be ~mysterious~ We had obvious stand in before right? Maybe now they're finally let the REAL groom stand there. That's definitely Chilbong.

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in A1997 they only knew in the last episode who the husband was.

Plus the groom seems taller, too taller to be even CB. There is something really off about that picture.

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Thank you for the recap, Girlfriday, Viki's episode last night cut off when NJ was left home alone--so I didn't even know about CB coming back for Y2K!

I do agree that the writer has control of the details, and even if people are weary of the mystery aspect, I'm enjoying the ride. Oppa is such a well developed and loveable character, and the break up was both realistic and natural. I still suspect that for both he and Haitai, first love is will be last love. Or for Oppa, maybe it's the other intern who has been taking care of him all along. Food for thought, but now just reveling in the prospect of CB being back in the game!

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I havent watched the episode..but I'm happy for haitai..finally he is reunited with aejung..even without najung, my haijung ship continues to sail..muhaha

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Am honestly more interested in how they'll rekindle their friendship-oppa & Bongie, cuz the bromance between them is long gone at this point. Bring on the finale!

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I too watched an incomplete episode. I thought I had missed something. Everything felt so real in this episode and I love it! I couldn't stop giggling ^_-

Like I said 2eps will not be just 2hrs for the writer. I just hope they wrap this up nicely as a Christmas present to us due to all the angst we've been going through.

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Yes I watched an incomplete episode too :-(

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PLEASE LET CHILBONG BE THE HUSBAND

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Oh wow...didn't realize how much was missed from the episode on Viki...I thought there were parts cut out but wasn't sure till now.
About the episode, I loved it as a whole and was really affected by the drifting apart/breaking up scenes. It was heartbreaking and although I love Chilbongie to pieces, I felt awful for Trash (liked him first) and NJ. At this point, I've accepted that Trash is endgame for NJ and while I understand that there should be some conflict or trial for them, I will not be getting my hopes up for Chilbongie to be the husband. I am in a long distance relationship myself and the scenes were very familiar to be. As I am currently contemplating ending my relationship, those scenes bright me close to tears.
Despite all that, I'm glad I've ended my break from AM1994. This episode is the first I've seen since the 13th episode. I realized how wrong I was to base my feeling about the show on how close Chilbongie is to bring happy. While I do want him to be happy, the show is still very special and heartwarming. I missed it so much and was laughing withing minutes of the episode starting. I'll have to go bac and watch the episodes I missed now that I've accepted that Chilbongie can be happy without marry NJ. I really wanted them together but I can live with Trash Oppa because he's just as awesome. I was screaming no when he told NJ not to go to Australia but he redeemed himself shortly after.

I'll miss this show when it's over...

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Does anybody know the name of soup that Chilbongie has with Binggeure? Chommal mashiso!!

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It's Kamjatang aka potato soup.

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Where are you guys watching the FULL episode 18 with eng subs? Because I usually watch it on viki but it was cut off, and the 2002 part was cut out in the beginning. And I can't find it anywhere else.
Please help!!! I missed the whole Chilbongie part!! :(

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Ondemandkorea is where I'm watching w/o subs.

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i'm sorry to say this but i prefer reply 1997 to 1994 i actually found myself by episode 16 exhausted,i just recaps now.didnt know i was rooting for chilbonge till i read they broke up,wdnt it be great if she didnt end up with either of them....tired of the yanking

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I totally agree with out. I watched AM1997 because of Joon Hee (Hoya's character) and also because of all other side stories.

I started watching 1994 because of Baro's character and all the other characters which I thought were hilarious. I thought they would greatly improve Hoya's story from 1997 and present it with Baro with 1994. Then Poof! Baro is not gay and ends up with a GF.... BIG DISSAPOINTMENT. Also this silly guessing game of who is the husband got very tiresome for me since the first couple to episodes.

Now I read the recaps as well... Hopefully the ending is not as bad as I think it will be.

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I'm calling BS on the so-called "mutual" breakup. Someone always pulls away first and I'm guessing it was Trash. It's completely in line with his personality. Plus, we've been shown many times how his tendency to completely over-think things result in him sending mixed signals. Add in NJ (who usually takes these mixed signals at face value) and YIKES! We better get some flashbacks to show what really happened.

Also, I'm with the Korean viewers on this. There's absolutely no way Trash is going to a CB/NJ wedding, let alone grin like a (noble) idiot in a groomsmen photo. Even without taking into account that there's only 2 episodes left, there's only 2 years until the actual wedding. Just 2 yrs for NJ to get over Trash, for NJ/CB to date, for Trash to get over NJ, for NJ/CB to get serious, for Trash to reconcile with CB (and vice versa), for Trash to reconcile with NJ (and vice versa), and on top of ALL this, Trash has to become OK enough with both NJ/CB to show up and be a part of his ex-fiancee's wedding to the guy who told him that he was gonna steal away said ex-fiancee.

CB's presence at a NJ/Trash wedding is significantly easier to explain.

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I would argue that it would be more difficult for CB to be at a T/NJ wedding. It's been shown during the drama that he was avoiding Na-Jung while he was away on Japan out of respect for the couple. He never contacted Na-Jung at all that time he was away, except of course when he came back for New Year's Eve 1999 which was suppose to be an agreed meeting for everyone else. I would think Na-Jung would not be comfortable with him being there either. Also, the only tie he has with them is their common friends and he's in no way obligated to show up to his first love's wedding.

Also, ( and I mean no snark) do Koreans really think that having a CB-NJ ending is not realistic for them? I mean come on now.... If they can watch something as crazy train as Aurora Princess and be ok with that, then why not something as real life as this? Oppa will always be a part of Na-Jung and Na-Jung the same with him. This is a serious question.

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If Chilbong doesnt end up dating Najung(and i personally dont see them dating) then his presence at the wedding is waaaay more understandable than Oppa. Najung is his first love but najung and oppa were mutually in love for a good number of years, engaged to be married and im betting a lot of the same guests will be invited. NJ and CB have to resolve whatever it is between them for good this time since the cards are already on the table so i think it will give CB enough closure to be okay enough to attend the wedding. OPPA on the other hand is still deeply in love with najung (as u will see) and with 2 more episodes to go, i just dont see how he will get over her enough to be part of the wedding photoshoot and everything

As for your serious question, i think you are forgetting that PA is a makjang drama that thrives off unbelievable/ ridiculous situations while the Reply series is loved for its slice of life stories that bring back nostalgia and situations that viewers can relate to. Which is why most of the Korean viewers (not all) find it unbelievable that CB cam be the husband and Oppa can move on so quickly and go back to being Oppa (not when feelings, families, engagements etc. were involved)

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if nj isn't with cb
there's no way cb is in the housewarming party
but oppa is there because he is oppa after all
big brother

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Korean viewers are overwhelmingly Trash/NJ shippers, so they have insisted before Trash/NJ even got together that a CB/NJ ending would be unrealistic. So, it's been easy to their perspective as shippers being bias. However, at this point, I think they're right (biased, but right). In order to show a realistic CB/NJ ending after EP17's proposal, the show would have had to tread carefully.

Instead, Trash who has been good at setting boundaries in these situations (the first love, Minjung) is gone while CB is already back in the fold. CB's return makes it exponentially harder for Trash to return in the event of a CB/NJ ending. If Trash is not the husband, I honestly don't see why he has any (realistic) reason to come back around given his personality and past actions in these situations. If the opposite had happened (CB staying away and Trash being completely OK with everyone after the breakup), then I would disagree with the Korean viewers.

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can't he come to the wedding as part of the "family"? he's treated as a real son. whatever happens na jung would still remain his family no?

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at this current moment, he "could" be asked to come to the wedding as part of the "family" but it would be mighty selfish to inflict the pain of seeing NJ marry someone else on him when they were set to get married as well. He is still in love with Najung and seems to want to make up so even if he does let her go for her happiness, imho Mom and Dad would have the insight to not let him have to go through that pain. He's avoided them for 2 years despite how much they mean to him so they understand how hard it would be for him. I want to cite reasons to support this but they are from episode 19, so maybe revisit this question again in next episode's comments?

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LOL no.

They are insisting NJ and CB aren't a couple and endgame because hmmmm writer spent 18 freaking episodes of NJ and trash loving each other and NJ seeing CB nothing more than a friend.
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I believe if cb is the end
it have enough foundation if they did flashback
lots of missing scene of nj pov regarding cb affection

but there’s nothing more to developed in oppa pov

if the end is oppa, the writer have to show all nj reaction towards cb cause the only one is her hug that so emotional
there’s should be something but it still have higher possibility in cb than oppa because in the narrative of nj and the missing scene,
all cb confession is left unanswered
we might be in the point when we see, nj-oppa relation is all that, reply scene over and over with same moment
but when she meet cb, it’s all the same moment but they acted different, respond different

so if i remember all nj-cb beautiful cinematography scene
there;s enough time, and there’s enough foundation

what funny is we never see when oppa fall for her, but we see countless time how nj fall for oppa and cb fall for nj

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not korean viewers, korean netizens. there's a difference.

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This. I think Chilbong shippers are adamant from the point of view of seeing the couple being him and Na Jung for a while as we followed his POV and put less importance in the fact that Na Jung and Oppa were about to get married. How could Oppa be happy and have come to terms with it for a 2002 wedding for Na Jung and Chilbong. Realistically would you go to your ex-fiance's wedding in a span of two years after breaking up? Really?

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I don't know. My sister congratulated her ex-fiance when he (and the girl he cheated on my sister with) had their baby, so for me, anything is possible. I couldn't even congratulate the bastard because he broke my sister's heart.

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and trash is like their family.. so i think it's possible

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the moment trash confessed and asked NJ out, he made clear he would not go back to that family as a brother if things didn't work out. That is why he spent so much time deciding to date NJ or not.

Because once he made it, there would be no away back to being an oppa to NJ.

Well, episode 19 explains it cleary. I hope people realize how his reasons were never ''lame and an excuse''

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Chilbongie said so himself in this episode when he brought up Na-jung's marriage that he'd let her go (albeit as time passes), because he wouldn't wanna be hanging around a married woman like a stalker. So the chances of him showing up to the wedding or even hanging out sooooo comfortably with the rest of the gang in 2013 if he's not even married to Na-jung is even more odd, uncomfortable, and painful (on his part).

There's no doubt that there'd be some awkward air with Oppa as well, but remember that he can and will always fall back on his role as her "brother". First and foremost, his role in the Sung family has always been that of a (surrogate) son and brother. So as awkward as it'd be for him and in spite of everything that has happened between him and Na-jung, their close familial ties will over come that.

Chilbongie on the other hand? The only reason why he'd stick around would be for Binggeurae but I seriously don't think Binggeurae is a strong enough reason for him to be physically hanging out with the gang and his first love, after her marriage.

Just my two cents.

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Unless CB finally let his one-sided first love go (and if she marries Trash it would be a one-sided love). And realised that actually, he and NJ are also (apart from him loving her) really good friends. Which I think get's a bit lost in all the who's the husband palava. I actually really like their friendship.

2 years is enough time to try and move on and get over someone, if you actually make an effort - which I don't think that CB has ever really done before. Yes I know he physically moved away, but he mentioned her in interviews, turned up on NYE etc etc, so I don't think he truly tried to get over her.

It might be that although he lost her in love (although I may argue that he never really had her to lose) he doesn't want to lose her in friendship. In that case Binggeurae isn't the reason to stick around, NJ is.

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NOT insisting that this will happen but playing Devil's Advocate --
what if CB's moved on by 2013 and has his own wife and family etc? If NJ and CB end things cleanly for once and for all right now in 2000 before he returns to America then that gives him enough time to move on until the wedding. Last week people were insisting that CB is just as woven into the Boarding House family and is close to everyone/has been keeping in touch while in Japan etc. -- and now some of the same (not you specifically) are insisting CB's only link to the friends is Binggeurae.
IF and i mean, IF Najung makes it clear to CB that there's no chance of them being together but she would want to stay friends with him, it would be more strange and petty for him to stay away from the gang just because of that. Oppa, on the other hand, has a more legit reason for staying away. Maybe it's even the other hostel kids who have been avoiding contacting him (besides Binggeurae) because they don't want to rock the boat.

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chil bong avoided na jung but kept in touch with the others.

he went back that new year's eve because it was for all of them, the group, he just happened by chance to meet na jung alone on that day.

if chil bong is not the husband, he can continue avoiding na jung and trash, and still be friends with the others like phone calls, get together with the others (without na jung and trash).

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I already replied to someone earlier about this but to clarify further, I think Korean NJ/Trash shippers are extremely biased. However, I agree with them despite their bias because CB's return puts him several steps closer to being in the 2002 groomsmen photo without being the husband. Without getting too into EP19 spoilers, Trash's actions make it harder for him to realistically be in the 2002 groomsmen photo if he's not the husband. Plus since we don't know anything concrete about the breakup, we also don't know if NJ would even want him there.

For a NJ/Trash ending with a CB appearing as a groomsman, all the show really needs is a CB/Trash reconciliation. With CB's return to the boardinghouse, that's significantly easier to do. Plus, CB only cut ties with NJ. He still communicated with the other people in the boardinghouse. To get Trash in the groomsmen photo if he's not the husband, it's not that easy. It took him over a year to respond to NJ's feelings for him. Even after CB challenged him to a head-to-head match for NJ's love and moved into the boardinghouse, he still waited THREE MONTHS to actually respond to NJ. If NJ and CB get together, there's even less reasons to Trash to come back. CB, on the other hand, is already back.

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well the comments in response to this already state what i thought. i'm fine with people gunning for chilbong but to say it makes LESS sense for him to be okay and at the wedding than na jung's ex-fiance and long time love is reaching. it's much more plausible that someone with a one sided crush could move on within a span of two years and be at a place where he could send her off with a smile than an ex-fiance. like can we just label them person a,b, and c and list the scenario? i would think an objective view would say the guy with the crush would be more okay than the ex-lover/fiance

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are we ignoring that he has kept in touch with most of the gang besides na jung/oppa and that if he had gotten over her in the span of two years then he could be comfortable in the future when he's sure the window of opportunity is closed and has moved on and/or found someone else. his thoughts about how he wants to go forward and now when he is still harboring feelings for her

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i was just wondering. why is it so hard to believe that either CB or T (whoever is not the husband) would be at najung's wedding?
"CB couldn't possibly be there because he was so in love with najung all these years. he can't stand the pain of seeing his FIRST LOVE/ONE GREAT LOVE get married!!!!" or or or "T couldn't possibly be at the wedding of his EX-FIANCEE/ONE GREAT LOVE!!!!" is it not a disservice to both these characters (and the writers) to box in these characters' reactions and growth (when we're not even sure at all about anything. lol.)?
well this is what i think: both men were friends(/a brother) with NJ first and they both love her very much. And I think they care about her happiness and well-being above their own romantic feelings. i can very much see either of them turning up at the wedding if NJ asked them to. i see them both being mature enough to be the bigger person and be there FOR NJ, FOR THEIR FRIENDS, FOR APPA AND OMMA SUNG. because put simply they are family. everyone! yes even T and CB! these are the people who shaped their lives and made life meaningful, whether it be better or for worse.
to say that either T or CB wouldn't go to the wedding and use this reason to write them off as the husband is just not right, imo. cos then that would also mean you are viewing NJ (and T's or CB's feelings for her) simplistically: NJ is just their GREAT LOVE (which btw is not confirmed for either T or CB. why does NJ have to be their ONE GREAT LOVE? can't she be just another love in their life, albeit a real and meaningful one? she doesn't have to be their one all, be all) and nothing else. and that is just not true, is it? she is also their friend, their sister, their supporter, their family. one whose wedding they would make the effort to attend.:)

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Serioulsy?

We saw NJ as well ignored Trash calls and emails, it wasn't one-sided. Both were trying, but it isn't a easy thing to do.

Both are at fault, why blame Trash ?

I think people just love to put all the blame onto Trash.

Gosh.

Nj is at fault too. Misunderstandings from both parts, distance, no real communication = drif apart, both sides at fault.

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You don't end up with the rebound guy.

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someone please help me out here!! i watched the one from viki but parts were missing :( i didnt know how much until i read this D: can anybody tell me where i can watch the full one online with eng subs???

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The writer isn't going to give any of the ships to heal is she? It's going to drag all the way to the end. Episode 21 should be called Slow Torture.

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Which is why I stopped at episode 12, and am waiting for the series to finish ^^ It was too much! :(

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Oh man, watching this episode was so difficult for me. Na Jung and Oppa made my heart ache to the point of it being almost unbearable. They are two people who are so good together, who are so dizzily in love, and who are understanding and supportive of one another's struggles and plights, and yet they completely crumbled under the weight of a long distance relationship. Sometimes, actually a lot of times, love alone is not enough, and there are mountains that people who love each other unconditionally just cannot overcome. I haven't seen a more real and authentic depiction of a long distance relationship, and devastated as I am, I'm also extremely impressed that the writer/pd/actors were able to pack so much punch with only a few scenes. I think that is why it hurts so much to see Oppa and Na Jung not be together anymore, because I can believe that they just drifted apart due to the long distance, the time differences, the missed calls, and the unanswered emails. I believe that they love each other a lot, but also understand that sometimes 'out of sight' does unfortunately end up in 'out of mind'. I do not for a second believe that they don't love each other anymore, but they failed at their relationship, and they failed badly. They thought they were special, that they would be able to weather the storms, but they failed and I don't think they can face each other right now knowing that they both let each other down. This is just such a real, potent conflict, and I hope it gets resolved with as much care and thought as it has been handled with so far. Oppa, Na Jung fighting!

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Jaekyung and Woori's cameo pleasantly surprised me.

I didn't start the drama until recently, so I've mostly been skimming to catch up, but watching some of the important scenes and reading the recaps on here. I'm still not sure how I feel about the show though. It's good, but something still seems off about some parts. I think the show could benefit overall with less focus on the mystery. The Reply series seems to do best with instilling some real relatable scenarios with some nostalgia.

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I understand why they skipped so many years... They wanted to incorporate the economic crisis, but I can't help but feel like we are missing a lot of emotions that happened between the years. Then again, the writer just wants a big ? Hanging over our heads. At least we know she picks someone. Cuz if it was another Mi Rae's choice, I'm gonna bang my head against the wall.

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CHILBONGI IS BACK, woooooooooohoooooooooo!!! Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! am so glad cos I missed him to pieces and OMG that body YYS is gorgeous pls give us more YYS's abs they yummy.

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Is this show's way of apologizing to CB fans for shipping him off? By showing off his gorgeous, yummy,delightful,sexy,heart stopping abs? Well just showing dat just made me love u again.
I find it 50% unrealistic and 50% realistic that CB ends up being the hubby. Given that oppa and NJ where once engaged to be married and they apparently loved each other so much, well I guess that it would be hard for oppa to be happy at the wedding if CB is the groom,cos I don't see how NJ and oppa will cleanly breakup. I mean what will be their reason for breaking up long distance relationship aside,will it be that they realized that they loved themselves as brother and sister,so what with all the passionate kisses and does it make sense that they are just realizing that cos what if they had gotten married, that would have completely ruined the close familial relationship and been really annoying. So as much as I (secretly) want CB to be the hubby I want oppa and NJ to get back together cos it would be cruel if CB isn't the husband and I don't get to see how CB meets his future wife,also show keeps getting my hopes up.
Trash can totally come to CB/NJ wedding and vice versa. Two years is enough time to move on and be okay with ur ex-fiancee getting married and u attending cos life is short and same goes for CB but seeing that after all this years he still has feelings for her,normally it would be more realistic for him to move on but with the show giving both CB and his fans hope I guess it would be hard but also possible. CB or oppa might attend the wedding as a way of showing that they are alright and even if they are not they could pretend to be. Two years is also enough time to fall in love with someone new, so please just enjoy the moments ur ship is at advantage and its ok if u hate that she is with the other guy but pls its NJ's choice. However I will forever be team CB. CHILBONGI I love u and I want u to move on but I also like u with NJ.

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I literally cheered when Hai Tai showed up at school. I knew I missed him but I never really just how much until he came back to me. I was a little sad that he is officially out the running. Not that I thought he would have won in the end, but he's my favorite character of the whole show and it was nice to think of him as a Dark Horse. Also, I'm really going to miss his '94 hair.

Where is baby Joon? He should be a toddler by now. I seriously want to trade him in for my own toddler because he is literally the best baby in history. He has cried all of two times in the past three years... or is a four? This show plays so fast and loose with time that I can't remember when he was born.

The viki video cut out some scenes and also cut to another show about 10 minutes early, so if anyone knows where to watch this ep in it's entirety, help a sister out.I didn't get to see any of the wedding scenes or Chilbongie's triumphant return.

One more time, WELCOME HOME HAITAI!!!!

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Where did everyone watch the full thing with subs? Is it out on Viki yet.

Oh, Chilbong's reunion with Najung was so sweet, but I'm kind if sour over how long this husband thing is going now. I'm still 80% sure it's Trash, so bringing back Chilbong now, lovely as it is, seems sorta cruel... Nonetheless, I'm really enjoying all of their scenes together. If it IS Chilbong I'm curious as to how the writers going to tie everyone together nicely.

One thing I don't reaaally get is the aftermath of Oppa and Najung's breakup. Or even how they broke up. I mean, if she's still emailing Haitai and SCP, and still on good terms with them after she returned, wouldn't it at least be the same with Oppa? That makes me believe it was him who maybe half-initiated the break up. But at the same time, he seems more affected than she is. I find it hard to believe either of them would just let it be that easily... Unless of course, the point of this episode was to show exactly how illusionary their relationship was.

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Abled ~

Speaking of Viki, they cut the show short. The last scene they showed was when Na-jung was seeing her parent's off. It cut to the commercial and that was it.

I thought I'd missed something and rewatched it and nope, it cuts off when Dad's complaining about the boots.

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Oh and Go Ara looked FIIIIIINE in her business clothes.

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I'm eagerly waiting for 19th episode's recap.
Saying that this show is really testing my patience.The format of the previous season was much better.A better drawn out format.

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Yaa, where did everybody watch the full episodu? I will settle for the raw episode. Plzzzz

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Where can i watch full episode 18 ? i am based outside of usa and canada and cannot access ondemandkorea. please help if anyone can locate. thanks

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i watched this episode with my dad, so i couldnt squee much in front of him...but as soon as it ended i immediately went into my room and started silently screaming. chilbongie ftw!!!!

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@guest

Let's not generalize. That is not the standard truth in anything. You also don't always get to marry your first love.

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