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Answer Me 1988: Episode 2

Aw, the friendships are freaking adorable in this drama. Not a surprise, of course—this franchise always does family and friendships in the best way, showing us how people can really bond for life over the littlest of things, and how the people closest to you can be the ones to drive you crazy on a daily basis, and yet come to your rescue when you need it most.

We’re only two episodes in, but there’s one thing I’m happy about in this season so far: Friends and family really do take up the majority of the story, which puts less focus on the romance, and more on growing up in one neighborhood.

 
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EPISODE 2: “The one thing you’re mistaken about me”

It’s late September 1988, and Jung-hwan’s dad busts out the new video camera to shoot footage introducing us to his lovely family. Except his eldest son isn’t home studying like he should be (he’s out playing video games), prickly second son Jung-hwan (Ryu Joon-yeol) shuts the door in his face, and his equally humorless wife puts an end to the shenanigans.

Poor ajusshi. Thankfully, downstairs neighbor Deok-sun (Hyeri), his only ally when it comes to his terrible jokes, arrives to deliver a bottle of oil from her visiting grandma. They greet each other with song and dance, and Jung-hwan shakes his head at them, while his mother tells Deok-sun not to encourage the behavior. She’s in a great mood because she loves her grandma, but says with a sigh that she’ll be leaving shortly. Deok-sun absently grabs a bite of food from the table with her hands, and Jung-hwan snaps at her. She just snaps right back to mind his own business, which is why I like her.

Back at home, Deok-sun snuggles up next to Grandma, who’s sandwiched in between her two granddaughters. Deok-sun is adorable with her grandmother, though Unni always finds a way to spoil the mood. She tells Grandma that Deok-sun’s nickname is “Special Forces,” short for “head especially bad at studying.” Deok-sun points out that Unni doesn’t study much either, since she spends more time at demonstrations than she does in class. That leads to another fight, and Dad gets out of bed to yell at them.

Deok-sun asks Grandma which of her two sons is better to her now, and Grandma says they’re both good, emphasizing how they never fought with each other. Deok-sun says that Unni always starts it, so of course Unni darts up and grabs her hair. Dad must have some kind of sister-brawl radar, because he shows up immediately, this time brandishing a pitchfork, ha.

In the morning, the family sees Grandma off, regretting that she can’t stay longer. Grandma sees Mom throwing away an old vase, and decides she has to take it home because she can’t see it going to waste. She and Dad bicker about it all the way down the street, which is just endlessly adorable.

I’m starting to look forward to Deok-sun’s morning beauty routine. Today it’s a thick coat of hairspray on her bangs and a parade of high-waisted pants and blouses with shoulder pads. She decides on denim-on-denim and runs out the door, and Mom worries for her safety if Unni catches her wearing her jacket.

Deok-sun angles for compliments from the boys on her new outfit, and naturally Jung-hwan tells her to get lost without a second glance. Sun-woo (Go Kyung-pyo) recognizes them as her sister’s clothes, and warns her that they’re going to be late for school.

Deok-sun stops to greet Taek (Park Bo-gum), who says he came home yesterday. He just drinks his morning milk while all of his friends race to school, and Deok-sun pats him on the butt like he’s a tiny baby and coos for him to hurry up and drink his milk and grow so that he can marry her.

Taek says nothing in return, and Deok-sun gets dragged away by Dong-ryong (Lee Dong-hwi) before they’re really late for school. Deok-sun doesn’t care much about being late, since she pretty much spends her school day playing silly name games about celebrity crushes with her girlfriends. I’m suddenly remembering how much time my friends and I spent playing MASH as a tween.

Jung-hwan’s mom and Deok-sun’s mom prepare for tonight’s party in celebration of Taek’s latest baduk victory, and prepare to cook fancy “American noodles,” aka spaghetti. Deok-sun’s mom encounters a crisis when Unni comes home from school early and starts packing for an unexpected overnight trip. Uh-oh.

Mom stands there on pins and needles like she’s waiting for a volcano to erupt. There are a few near misses, but then Unni realizes that her favorite jean jacket is missing. Oh crap. Mom races upstairs to Jung-hwan’s and asks for the phone book, and calls up the high school. She gets her son on the other line, and HA—he reacts with just as much horror as Mom did, and takes off running for the girls’ school down the street.

He busts into Deok-sun’s classroom screaming, “Noonaaaaaaa!” And soon Deok-sun is running like the wind to make it home. The whole sequence is intercut with footage of the Olympics and Jung-hwan’s hyung on the marathon video game he’s been playing all day, with Deok-sun spliced into the game screen.

It’s a big finish as Deok-sun reaches her street and tosses the jacket up in the air… and Mom catches it just in time to take it inside and throw it in the washing machine. Phew! Mom “finds” it just before Unni is about to accuse Deok-sun of stealing it, so she’s safe.

Except then Unni is mad at Mom for washing it without permission, and this time Deok-sun gets mad and tells her to grow up. In the end it devolves into a hair-pulling fight anyway, after all that hard work. Mom and Little Bro just hide out in the yard, not wanting to get caught in the crossfire.

The adults start gathering for Taek’s party one by one, and Jung-hwan’s mom brings out the spaghetti, which she mixes and serves by hand like it’s japchae, hee. Taek’s dad arrives with chicken for the kids, and Jung-hwan’s dad turns on the new camcorder to record the event. His wife nags him to turn it off, so he puts it down, but it’s still recording.

The kids arrive, and it’s cute that all the parents each have their favorites. Deok-sun’s mom loves Sun-woo (who wouldn’t), and Jung-hwan’s dad loves Deok-sun, and everybody fights over Taek when he arrives. Deok-sun’s dad calls him son-in-law, and Jung-hwan’s parents are ready to adopt him.

The parents marvel that Taek is so grown up now, though his dad says that he knows nothing of the world other than baduk. These neighborhood kids are his only friends in the entire world, and they note that to his friends, he’s not a world-famous baduk player; he’s just another one of the gang.

They’re here because Taek just won the biggest baduk competition in Korea, and the parents ask how much prize money he won. His dad says 50 million won, and jaws drop. Taek just answered the same question from his friends, who shout back, “50 million won?!” …And then start chanting for him to buy ddukbokki. That’s it? Ddukbokki?

Sun-woo asks if Taek will be back from China before his birthday, because the boys want him to bring them back a bottle of liquor. Deok-sun is about to tattle on them until Sun-woo sticks his finger in her mouth and warns her not to tell. The other boys insist that Taek gets gifts like that all the time, and Jung-hwan tells him not to hand them all over to Dad, and save just one bottle for them.

The parents have drinks and launch into the noraebang portion of the party, which makes all the kids groan. They know without looking that Sun-woo’s mom and Jung-hwan’s dad are the ones singing, like always.

Deok-sun asks Taek what he wants for his birthday, and they wonder if he even listens to music. Sun-woo remembers that Taek only listens to Deulgukhwa, and asks if he wants Jeon In-gwon’s solo album. Taek doesn’t even need to say a word, and just nods with a smile. It’s a good thing he has friends who can read his mind, because I don’t think I’ve heard him say two words since the show started. The kids sneak out to get ddukbokki, making sure not to disturb the singing and dancing in the living room.

A few weeks later, it’s October and the Olympics have come to a close. Deok-sun is the one taking care of her siblings’ meals because Mom and Dad are in the country taking care of Grandma, who isn’t doing so well. Breakfast is a bit of an ordeal, with Deok-sun and Unni fighting via proxy: Little Bro is the poor middleman who has to convey messages back and forth between them, about how Unni should get her ass out of bed and eat, and Deok-sun should stuff her own face. Hilariously, he includes the hitting while delivering each message. Needless to say, it ends in another fight, this time with buckets of water used as weapons.

At the boys’ school, Dong-ryong reminds Sun-woo that they’re going to the movies tonight. Jung-hwan says they’re playing soccer again at lunch, and Sun-woo refuses to participate in the bloodbath. Jung-hwan defends the sunbae that Sun-woo doesn’t like, and says he’s not a bad guy.

Dong-ryong tries aegyo on him: “But who will score the goooooooals?” And when that doesn’t work, Jung-hwan busts out some aegyo too. Ahahahahaha. Don’t ever do that again. Seriously, don’t. Sun-woo just stares at Jung-hwan and says he’s dead.

At the girls’ school, Deok-sun and her friend have their noses in books—not schoolbooks, of course, but high-teen romance novels, which are their latest obsession. Their friend reads a steamy passage aloud and scoffs that men like this don’t exist in real life.

To punctuate fiction vs. reality, we go from a description of a bare-chested romance novel hero to the boys flinging off their shirts on the soccer field, their minds as far from romance as it gets. Sun-woo really is the best player, and it seems to grate on their teammate, a bossy sunbae who likes to be the star even though he sucks at soccer.

Deok-sun finishes her novel and sighs that it was a weak one—there was only kissing. She grabs the next one, titled “Dangerous Roommate,” and begs it not to disappoint her. Deok-sun panics when she gets called to the teacher’s office, sure that she’s been caught with her contraband novels.

Her friend hides them in a bag topped with pads and tells Deok-sun to say she was just delivering them. But when Deok-sun goes to the office, her teacher hands her the phone saying that she has a call from home. Oh noes, it’s Grandma, isn’t it?

The boys wash up after their game, and the bully sunbae comes by to pick a fight with Sun-woo, finding any reason to push him around just because he’s better at soccer. Sun-woo just glares back instead of backing down, which only makes it worse.

The bully notices the necklace that Sun-woo is wearing and tells him to take it off, and Sun-woo refuses. He stands there stoically while the bully shoves him repeatedly in the head, saved only by the bell when they have to return to class.

Jung-hwan and Dong-ryong get hit too, just by association, and Jung-hwan asks why Sun-woo couldn’t just take the damn thing off for a minute and then put it back on later. Sun-woo asks how, when it’s his father’s necklace, but clearly Jung-hwan doesn’t understand.

Deok-sun breaks down in tears as Unni tells her that Grandma went to a better place. She tells Deok-sun to come home so they can catch the bus out of town, but Deok-sun is inconsolable and just cries repeatedly, “Unni, unni!”

The three siblings take the bus down to the country, and Unni makes sure that her siblings get some sleep and takes all of Deok-sun’s bags so she can stretch out her legs. When they get to Grandma’s house, she tells them to wipe their tears because they have to be strong for Mom and Dad.

The funeral has already been going on for hours, and the sight isn’t what they expected at all. It looks more like a party house than a funeral house, with elders playing card games and chatting away over food. And Dad isn’t a crying mess like they expected—in fact, he’s happy to brag about his kids to the townspeople and reunite with old acquaintances.

Deok-sun asks Unni if their dad is a cyborg, because he doesn’t seem sad at all. Neither do the aunts, and Deok-sun cries all over again because she feels sorry for Grandma.

Back in Seoul, the boys change out of their school uniforms at the train station to go see the new racy movie at the theater, which today of all days happens to be patrolled by cops. They turn away in defeat, but Dong-ryong says they can just go to Taek’s house, because he rented a backup movie just in case.

The next morning, Deok-sun wakes up in a tiny room piled wall-to-wall with cousins and other assorted family members, and sees Dad slumped over like he’s crying. She gets up to go over to him, but then her aunts go to wake him up, and he seems just as chipper as ever.

The boys open up their lunches, and as usual Jung-hwan’s lunchbox is packed with only the best, Dong-ryong’s is slapdash, and Sun-woo’s looks good but tastes terrible, due to his mother’s terrible cooking. They all know this about her, but Sun-woo seems sensitive about it lately.

In the evening they skip out of class to go to the theater again, and this time Dong-ryong has a foolproof plan: army uniforms. It works like a charm, and they buy tickets with no one suspecting that they’re minors.

Except when Sun-woo comes out of the bathroom, he finds his friends lined up with a row of other boys, with a stern teacher pacing in front of them. Caught. Dong-ryong informs Sun-woo that he’s been asked to join them.

Meanwhile the funeral continues, and Deok-sun starts to get annoyed that Dad just gets progressively drunker, singing along with the elders at the table. She doesn’t understand why no one seems sad.

At the theater, the teacher whacks the boys on the head in reproach and it’s not until he gets to Dong-ryong that we find out that it’s his father. Double crap. The other boys who got caught happen to be the soccer bully and his posse, and when Teacher says the only reason they’re saved is because of Sun-woo, it only serves to make the bully even madder.

He takes the boys out to the alley and sarcastically thanks Sun-woo for saving them all, intent on picking another fight. He fixates on the necklace again and tells him to take it off, and when Sun-woo stares him right in the eye instead of backing down, the bully yanks it off his neck. Ack.

Dong-ryong speaks up and says that’s from Sun-woo’s father who passed away, and the bully seems to have enough of a conscience to stop. But then the asshole covers up his own embarrassment by asking, “So what? Are you bragging that you don’t have a father?” You did not just say that.

Sun-woo’s eyes harden, and then suddenly a fist goes flying.

But it’s not Sun-woo’s fist—it’s Jung-hwan’s. He socks the bully right in the face, knocking him down with one punch. Jung-hwan: “Crazy bastard, are you insane? Do you think you can say whatever you want because your mouth is an open hole? Watch what you say, asshole.” OH SHIT. Also, is it wrong that I find that hot?

Deok-sun and Unni clean up what looks to be the last of the tables at Grandma’s funeral. Now only the family members remain, and they don’t know whether the eldest uncle will arrive in time from America. Deok-sun goes over to Dad and tells him to get some rest, and he smiles at her sweetly and says he’s okay.

Dad still seems fine, but then Deok-sun looks up when a man comes through the front door, and Dad’s face changes instantly when he hears his brother’s voice calling out to him, “Dong-il-ah, Dong-il-ah!”

Uncle approaches slowly and clasps Dad’s face in his hands, and that’s all it takes for Dad to break down in heartbreaking, wailing sobs, asking why their mother had to leave them, and why they can never see her again. Ugh, I’m a mess.

The aunts run to hug them in tears too, and finally Deok-sun understands. She narrates that the adults weren’t fine—they were holding on, being strong, enduring.

Everyone is awash in tears, and after the reunion, Uncle pays his respects to Grandma before sitting down with his siblings. And in the corner of the room, we see that vase that Grandma had insisted on saving. She put a plant in it and displayed it proudly, and now we see why—it’s inscribed with Dad’s name to commemorate his employment at the bank.

The three boys trudge home, and Jung-hwan is sporting a nasty bruise on his cheek and a cut lip. They don’t really speak about the fight directly, but Jung-hwan asks Sun-woo what he’s going to do about the necklace. Sun-woo says he’ll just stop wearing it: “What about your face?” Jung-hwan just tells him to worry about himself.

Sun-woo heads home and sees Mom in front of the TV inside. That makes him remember that he didn’t eat the dinner she packed him, so he goes around the corner in their yard and eats it, just so she won’t feel bad. You are such a good kid, it’s unreal.

He eats every last bite, even though the eggs have stray shell pieces and the rice has stray rocks. Deok-sun narrates that sometimes delusions are a good thing—that if eating Mom’s terrible cooking is enough to make her think she’s great cook, then it’s an easy thing to do.

He heads inside once he’s finished, and Mom happily asks if his lunch was good today. He chirps that it was great. Deok-sun (voiceover): “Often times, delusions make us happy.”

At Deok-sun’s house, Dad watches the latest news about Taek winning another championship baduk match in China. Mom says that his mother must be smiling up in heaven, while Dad wonders what use it is when she’s not alive to be treated well by her son now, clearly thinking about his own mother.

When a light bulb goes out, Dad heads out to buy a new one and runs into Taek on his way home. Dad asks him to be his friend while he has a drink, and when Taek pours for him, Dad says he’s all grown up now.

Taek says he’s sorry about Grandma, and Dad chides him for bringing it up and making him miss her. He asks Taek when he misses his mother the most, and Taek’s eyes fill with tears instantly. “Every day. I miss my mom every single day,” he answers quietly.

Deok-sun narrates that an adult-like child has simply adjusted to life where he appears to be grown up: “But an adult-like child is still a child.” She says that mistakes are short but misunderstandings can be long, so misunderstandings should be avoided.

Taek comes home to a dark, quiet house that feels extra empty tonight. But when he opens the door to his room, his four best friends are waiting with a birthday cake and yell, “Surprise~!”

They’re a flurry of hyperactivity while Taek just stares speechlessly. They complain about how late he came home, and how he’s wearing a suit (“Are you a halbae?”), and Deok-sun makes him wear a giant cone hat. He’s ordered to blow out the candles and handed the Jeon In-gwon tape they promised, without much ceremony.

It’s basically a madhouse whenever these guys are together. Sun-woo insists on blaring the TV and the other two boys go through his bag to get at the liquor, while Deok-sun stuffs her face with cake and then threatens to tattle on the boys for drinking.

Deok-sun narrates that Taek was the last of them to move to this neighborhood. We see their childhood in a series of photographs that tell an adorable little vignette: Four neighborhood kids were always together, and then one day a new kid moved to their street.

Taek and his dad moved there after his mother passed away, and Deok-sun says she doesn’t know what it is that brought them there, but that day they made a new friend. As children we see that their personalities were always this way: Jung-hwan and Dong-ryong are naughty, and Sun-woo and Deok-sun are nice.

In no time, their group becomes five. And in a cute little incident, Little Taek takes a tumble down the stairs and breaks his arm because of their games, and the next morning Jung-hwan and Dong-ryong each carry one of his school bags, Sun-woo shares his toys, and Deok-sun offers him a piggyback ride, aw.

Deok-sun (voiceover): “Taek was always with us. Whether we were plotting evil, or doing dumb things, he was always at our side. Of course, always with that expressionless look on his face—but we were always together. A street can make friends with nothing else but time. One quiet child and four loud children became friends that way, and we became five that way.”

Back at the birthday party, Deok-sun makes fun of the boys for getting drunk so easily, and we see them all laid out in a row with rosy cheeks. Jung-hwan says she’d die if she drank it, which she simply accepts as a challenge.

She pours herself a tiny shot and downs it in one gulp, and the boys all gasp… and then laugh when she chokes and crawls her way to the bathroom gagging.

Once Deok-sun has gone home, the boys watch another Joey Wong movie and sigh over how pretty she is. Jung-hwan says that women like her don’t exist in real life, so talk turns to real-life pretty girls.

Dong-ryong mentions all the pretty girls in their area, and naturally, the other guys already know the prettiest ones. But then he adds, “Deok-sun is kinda cute lately, no?” He nudges Sun-woo next to him, who grunts in agreement: “Yeah, a little?”

Sun-woo nudges Taek next to him, who smiles and nods too. Last is Jung-hwan, who bolts up and shouts, “You’ve gone crazy, haven’t you? You’re crazy!” Oh, you are so gonna eat those words someday.

Deok-sun washes the bad taste of liquor from her mouth and heads to her room, and freaks out when she catches Unni near her diary. Unni denies peeking at it, but Deok-sun is like a dog with a bone, still harping on it as they’re lying in bed.

Unni vehemently denies reading it, but then starts quoting verbatim this super flowery passage that Deok-sun wrote about her feelings for a boy (written like it’s from a romance novel), and how she worked up the courage to express her feelings. Deok-sun wrestles her to try and keep her mouth shut, but Unni screams, “Mooooom~ Deok-sun likes a boy! She gave him chocolate!” She devolves in a giggle fit, as Deok-sun hits her over and over.

In the present, Adult Deok-sun (Lee Mi-yeon) reads the diary and cringes at the horribly embarrassing writing. Next to her, her husband grouses that she was obsessed with boys at such a young age. It’s Kim Joo-hyuk!

Deok-sun accuses him of reading her diary, which he denies. But then he asks whom she gave chocolate to, because he never received any chocolate from her. She hits him for reading her diary, and swears she gave him the chocolate. Husband: “It wasn’t me!”

Deok-sun: “It was! …Was it not? It was.” He deflates and tells the interviewer that he’ll be back after a smoke, and Deok-sun insists that it totally was him, and he just doesn’t remember because it was 30 years ago. Though it looks more like SHE can’t remember.

But aha—we have the camcorder to tell us who got the chocolate. Rewind to the party at Jung-hwan’s house, when Deok-sun stopped to slip a bar of chocolate in one of the boys’ bags near the front door.

Then the kids file out to go get ddukbokki: Jung-hwan and Dong-ryong pick up their bags, neither of them the one with chocolate inside. Deok-sun leads Taek out by the hand, but they don’t take any bags. And last is Sun-woo, who stops to kiss his baby sister goodbye… and then picks up the backpack with the chocolate bar!

 
COMMENTS

She has a crush on Sun-woo! Okay, so that has no real bearing on the husband, but I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE, KIM JOO-HYUK, LALALALA, and I’m sticking to that! I liked the second episode much better—there were clear story threads taking us along, less introductory exposition, and more time spent with our friends just hanging out together, being friends. And the childhood flashback was a bonus, with those adorable little kids meeting Taek and making him one of their own.

Taek and his father seem so different from the rest of the parents and kids—everyone else is so boisterous, while the two of them are always reserved with their words and expressions. The lonely outsider feeling is pronounced when we see Taek out in the world on his own, and I think I needed that birthday party to reassure me that he was really one of them. I love that they treat him no differently, and that they’re kind of unimpressed by his fame. I was about to be sad that Park Bo-gum is playing a character that doesn’t speak like, ever, but then he got that moving conversation with Deok-sun’s dad and I was moved by the one sentence he uttered, so I can’t really complain.

I fully expected Grandma to die when she showed up out of the blue, but I thought the storyline was a surprise, in that it ended up being about sibling love. Through the experience, we get to see a slightly softer side to Unni when she takes care of the others in a way that only an eldest can. For all their hair-pulling, knock-down, drag-out fights, Deok-sun still looks to her for answers and Unni takes care of them in her prickly way. What was really moving was Dad and his younger sisters, holding it all together in front of their friends and neighbors and their own kids, and then completely breaking down as soon as the eldest brother arrived to be their pillar. I don’t know why, but it’s always so strange to see your parents in a new context—as a sibling and a child rather than a father or mother—and I love that the confusion and newfound understanding is captured through Deok-sun’s perspective.

The boys really got to me too, and I love the friend chemistry between Sun-woo and Jung-hwan. They’re both proud and strong-willed, and when they clash with each other I’m actually afraid they’ll come to blows. I was starting to get mad at the others for teasing Sun-woo about his terrible-tasting lunches (by the way, he’s pretty much a saint for eating them without complaint—that made me reflect on the way I treat my own mother, seriously), and I was pissed at Jung-hwan for suggesting that Sun-woo not wear his father’s necklace just to appease that stupid bully. But augh, when he threw the first punch to defend his friend, I just about died. Can they be the central love story? I really don’t want this bromance to be the end of me. Don’t make me choose, okay? Don’t do eeeet!

 
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The flashback to when they were little kids was all kinds of adorable. So far I'm hoping Jung-Hwan is the husband just because it would be the funniest

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lol sameeee xD

but remember when adult Deoksun in the end of ep 1 said that, “I never imagined I’d marry him. I may have gone momentarily insane,” i mean, if she ended up marrying sunwoo, she's not insane. sunwoo is one hella husband material lol

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Don't believe any "clues" you're given. They only exist to mislead and may not aligns at the end.

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HAHAHAH the advice of a broken person.

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I still bear the Chilbongie scars... TT.TT

Word of advice to those who are new to this: take everything with a grain of salt.

Love,

The Wise Unni

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Na doo....my scars still fresh TT-TT
I don't care about the husband hunting!!

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yes unni you're right

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Though i was team chilbongie.. i still thought it wss pretty obvious that she will end up with trash oppa.. she has always liked trash oppa, plus all the kdrama clichè is pointing to trash oppa

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LOL when it showed that sun-woo got the chocolate my exact reaction was "S U N W O O ! IT WAS SUN-WOO! THAT MEANS--- nothing. it means absolutely nothing, dammit." haha

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hahaahahha I think because he got the chocolate, it means that he can't be the one! not getting on this ship! nice guys finish last in kdramaland, suffered from waaayy too much second lead syndrome to know this already LOL

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I we go by clues and how the series has been with its past seasons, its quite obvious that its junghwan.. its not taek or sunwoo because she said she didn't expect to marry him(the husband).. she mention to taek that he has to grow up quickly for her to marry him.. and both taek and sunwoo seems to be good guys for him to be the husband that she married.. the husband smokes and in 1988 sunwoo's mom guessed that the owner of the cigarrete pack was junghwan.. in all of the past seasons the husband bickers with the girl, so i guess it could be the same, the older version of them bickers too.. i won't ship this time but still try to guess.. though it has always been obvious in all the past sessons.. i just hope this time there will be sort of twist or something

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Hahaha we're all trying, well not trying to get into ships but for all we know, she might end up with Dong-Ryong or something. lol

I am not going to fall for this again... LALALALA>..

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I totally agree with you anon3333.

In addition to what you said Junghwan is the quintessential writer lee male lead. She has a ratings-guaranteed formula on how she comes up with her male leads.

Let's dissect this formula of hers, mathematically and statistically, shall we. Note that the following theorems and postulates coincides with the past two male leads written by Writer Lee.

Let Junghwan = Male Character of Reply 1988.

We can start off strong with a theorem, according to numerous articles and numerous drama websites Ryoo Joon-Yeol (actor playing Jung hwan) is listed always second on the character list after the main lead (Hyeri). We can therefore state that...

Theorem: Ryoo Joon Yeol (actor playing Junghwan) is the FIRST billing of the male actors. (Seo in guk and Jung Woo are listed 2nd billing after Eunji and GoAra, respectively.)

Basing from two episodes we can formulate the following postulates (At least Yoon Jae or Trash Oppa holds the following characteristics too):

Junghwan is
(i) quiet but thoughtful (comes broody to audiences);
(ii) aloof but loyal (see punching bully scene),
(iii) reserve with parents but boisterous when it comes to friends;
(iv) generous to a fault especially to friends (gave up money to buy gift for teacher);
(v) most importantly *gasps* secretly smart!

Now that I have presented the theorem and postulates, we can now just wait for the integral part of our problem/dilemma and complete our analysis, and for us to conclude that Jung hwan is indeed the husband:

Is Deok Sun's Jung Hwan's first love?

(Note: We cannot use DS to fulfill this criteria since this is negated by the camera footage and preview - unless proven otherwise by mistaken bag identity or trolling preview).

If Jung Hwan's first love is DeokSun, we can therefore say that Junghwan is the husband and conclude that Writer Lee never changes.

If Jung Hwan has another first love, we can conclude that Taec or Sunwoo is the husband. BUT WHO ARE WE KIDDING, JUNG HWAN IS THE HUSBAND.

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puahahaha! I love how easily we all fall for this game!

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LOL love your detailed analysis.

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Remember guys to only go with the guy the girl likes when she likes him; Do not go and pair her up with a guy she doesn't yet like, you will end up disappointed that way. The past two versions has always been consistent in following who the girl is in love with.

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Thank you.

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Exactly. I wonder why it's so hard for people to do this.

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So did you now pair shiwon and yoonjae in AM97 until shiwon liked him, which was like in the latter episodes?

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shiwon did like yoonjae we all felt it. she didn't know yet

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I just HAD to comment first before reading the recap, lest it vanishes on me again LOL

Loved this episode. Loved the bromance. Don't care about the fact about Sun woo. *still singing along with GF lalalaaa*

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It will NOT vanish time time! Imma watch it like a hawk!! *hawkeyes*

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Ahahaha! I just finished reading your recap, GF (thanks, btw) and can't stop laughing at your " I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE, KIM JOO-HYUK, LALALALA"

Yup, we don't care at all! Hi5!

*lalalaaa*

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So Sunwoo could be the husband..
I also tought it MUST be Junghwan for end game but it could be wrong too. If the writer use the 'same' format, it must be Junghwan, but who knows about a new format (because we had experience the same "who bickering with female lead, he's the husband" in 2 reply series before).
Anyway i loveee this so far, it really is into me. The storyline, their friendship, just touched my heart.

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Yeah.. though the lead girl always end up with the guy she likes, the girl also bickers with the husband.. sunwoo and taek are too kind to be the ahjussi with lee miyeon.. plus the husband smokes, sunwoo's mom guessed that the cigarette pack was junghwan's.. this time im not going to ship but still guess..

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but the cigarettes turned out to be jung hwans mother's. tho thbh i agree i def 100% know it's gonna be jung hwan

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Didn't Sunwoo said that Junghwan doesn't smoke?

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I love sun woo and taek! and Hye ri is giving a good performance here, i love deok sun!;)

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me too. I watch this drama thinking Park Bo-Gum (Taek) will be the main lead. Now very disappointed to know that it seems like he is not.

Just like other people guess, the drama clues does lead to JungHwan. But I love Sun Woo and Taek.

Still hoping she ended up with Taek though. Who knows Taek might smoke when he turns 40. May be I am the weird one.

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I agree this episode was better than yesterday's. Samcheonpo is hilarious in this. I almost yelled out loud in surprise and happiness when Junghwan punched the sunbae, and of couse Park Bogum killed me with his one line. I've never seen Hyeri in anything else but she seems ok to me here. So far so good.

Thanks to JB and GF for the super quick and thorough recaps! Saves me from having to slog through another 90 minutes just for subs...

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I can sooo totally relate to the clothes thing. Has happened to me more than once. . I'm also a middle child with an overbearing sister and it's giving me flashbacks of my painful childhood. Though my whole family was not scared of my older sister like Deok-sun's family seems to be scared of unni. I'm guessing she'll eventually soften up.

I love the bromance and the family love going on. Thanks for the detailed recap since subs still seem to be MIA.

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Omg yes! And like Deok-sun's mom, I could always count on my mom to stall for time until I had the chance to sneak back in and replace whatever I had borrowed lol. My sister has a pretty explosive temper too so this part really hit home for me.

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I'm so rooting for Jung Hwan

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If I get this right I don't mind the hate for being "spoilery": how much do you want to bet that jung hwan is the husband (child jung hwan gets to sit next to deokseon in each pic, jung hwan's overreacting denial that deokseon is cute, his teeny weeny smile seeing deokseon on tv, and grouchy, smoking husband in 2015) Sunwoo is a saint and I love him for that-- I love reliable guy characters... but the way junghwan is written is SO layered my hunch is very strong.

One last thing-- since deokseon can have angst hot bad boy junghwan, can I have Taek for myself pretty please? After he maybe gets his heart broken over deokseon because honestly hearts shoot out of his eyes whenever he looks at her.

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Pretty sure Jung Hwan will be the second-third lead that breaks our hearts, along with Taek - in completely different ways. Because there are four boys, and only one is really out of the running, there's going to be double the heartbreak help.

But I can't be bothered to start guessing. Rolls. I'll just enjoy the run I guess. (I SAY THAT NOW ....)

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From the preview, it looks like there will be a love triangle between DeokSeon, SunWoo and JungHwan. Looks like DeokSeon will be between the bromance.

I really want to know more about Taek!!

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Yeah.. its quite obvious that their the main triangle.. but both sunwoo and taek are too good to be the one she become crazy to marry.

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In episode 2 where DeokSeon mum says that she already bags Taek as a soninlaw I was laughing because what happens if Taek ends up marrying the crazy older sister!

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I'm already all over this love pentagon. I am with you that everything seems to point to jung-hwan being the husband. It seems to fit with the other 2 in the series and he just seems to have the usual lead characteristics. But I love Taek. I love PBG already but his character just pulls at me... Sunwoo is seriously sweet. And I'm not feeling it just yet with Dong-ryong..but the series has time. someone mentioned a triangle with Sunwoo and Jung-hwan..but really this series has time and can explore all of the possible pairings if it wants. This is going to be one hard show to have any ship.. I really hope I end up choosing the right one..

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I agree, sunwoo is too good to be the husband she didn't expect to marry.. sunwoo is too good to be the smoker husband.. remember in ep 1. Sunwoo's mom guess that the cigarette pack was junghwan's because among them, junghwan seem to be the smoker

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Not sure...this looks like a red herring.
And Go Kyung Pyo was announced as the main lead at some point, isn't it?
It's going to be hard because I love Park Bo Gum so much,...I hope he does not fall head over heels for her, I do not want to suffer. Anywat, I'm fine with Go Kyung Pyo getting the girl, he's really sweet. *-*

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Same here. If Park Bo Gum is not gonna get the girl, might as well don't let him fall for her at all. I can't take it if he doesn't get the girl. Of all the Reply series, I am only watching 1988 cos I think PBG is the lead.
Now I am kind of a bit disappointed by the air time he gets in this drama. What's with JungHwan being the main character? gezz..

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Sigh, so sad that there's no way to watch eng subs :( Need to wait for the "official" of dramafever... unless any beanie has a recommendation?

It's so funny seeing "samcheonpo" in a different role...

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AM at its best is always about raw family and sibling relationships. I loved reading the recap. But I'm not ready to watch it yet (ugh.. the husband game!) I tend to pick a side early and get invested .. And I like too many of the guys in this one to go through this again. (Barely survived with Oppa-ya..)

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<3

I wrote a couple of lines trying to list my favourite moments and then realised it would be everything.

All the boys are so damn charismatic. I didn't think I could fall in love with boys with such terrible hairstyles but nup, I'm a goner.

I also love the running gag of Sunwoo's younger sister always biting or drinking into something larger than her.

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Gosh its awesome how with just one line PBG made me cried along with him. Seriously this kid. Sigh. And I suuupppeeerrr love that birthday surprise! It was heartbreaking to see him go home to an empty-dark-house on his birthday. I find it as a big contrast to Sunwoo who arrives home with mom waiting for him, while Taek goes home to an empty house. I love each pf the boys and Deoksun almost equally. Well Taek is number one so far, but I looovvveee these 5 friends.
I love the friendship, I love the family, and I just hope they won't drag the husband issue too long. Oh I love these two episodes so far!
Thank you for the recap :)

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hahaha we all know the writers are trolls. So even thought she says she gave him chocolate, maybe she did a mistake, or she did gave him chocolate but later - another scene they'll show us.

I bet the husband is Jung Wan! It just fits. She already has someone she likes this early? I bet they won't get together, either because he'll go to army or get a girlfriend.

Also the smoking hint. Jung Wan must smoke, I'm sure and her husband also smokes. xD

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Yep.. smoking hint, the husband went for a smoke break and sunwoo's mom thought that the cigarette pack was jungwan's because among the friends he seemed to smoke.

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Yay thank you for the recap!

I'm falling more and more for the show now. It really is focusing more on friendship and family. I also love the fact that the kids in here reminds me of and are just as adorable as Reply 1997 crew were!

The gang's super tight, got each other's back and know each other well. At least Taec didn't have to spend his birthday alone with no one remembering it nor buy other people a cake on his own birthday (*pats Chilbong sadly*) xD

That code red situation with the top dog - crazy Unnie's jacket's scene was so hilarious I can't. I was lol-ing all the way during the scene.

And then show made me cry with Grandma's passing - dad and siblings finally break down when eldest bro came home. And it gives me hope to see full of wrath unnie has a soft side to her.

And ahhhh Kim Joo Hyuk! I didn't know much about him or his previous works but fell for him in the Beauty Inside so it really is a nice surprise to see him in 2015 scene *___*

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I just read the actor playing Jung Hwan is 30 years old...

WHAT! ?

Btw, korean fans agree that

In both answer 1994 and 1997 the husband was the one the main liked

(This helps because you need to focus who the main girl likes, not who you want her to end/like)

Fans also think Sun-woo is her first love and Jung-hwan is the husband because the hints (Husband smokes, the way he talks - same as young Jung Hwan, she mentioning she was insane for marrying him. This just makes me think there is no way sweet Sun woo will be her husband. Doesn't fit.

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Lol Junghwan doesn't smoke either though. And his argument for that bully sunbae not being such a bad guy was that he doesn't smoke.

It was the 80s. I'm sure all of their thoughts on smoking have become more malleable since then. Especially considering current Korea.

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I think it's best not to rely on clues on the drama, especially the scenes when they are older as the writers are trolls.

it was subtler in AM1997, but in AM1994 all the clues mostly lead to chilbong (it was his house where najung lived, oppa-ya's wallet shown in some scenes were different from the husband's wallet, etc. etc. aka http://film-enthusiast.blogspot.com/2013/12/answer-me-1994-clues-2.html) which fueled the ship of the other fans but those ended up as red herrings.

also, south korea very rarely strays from the first love theme, so whoever deoksun is in love with when she's young, that's probably her husband.

character-wise the leads of the AM series are like sunwoo, the "mom's friend's son" so to speak, so that's probably where this story goes.

we'll see. we might be surprised as the writers may end up doing things differently, but somehow, they seem to be the type to follow formulas to the letter.

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Some people actually said that tue endgame was supposedly chilbongie hence the adult clues and wedding pic clues but early on the drama, kfans liked trash oppa so they changed it..but it was obvious that najung liked trash oppa and didn't change her mind, she never really thought of chilbongie anyway, she only liked trash oppa.. the format was that the female leads always bicker with their future husbands, and always jokingly say that they somewhat regret they married them.. well all of this points to jungwan.. because who would regret marrying the perfect sunwoo and the quiet and kind taek?? The smoking hint as well, in episode 1 sunwoo's mom thought that if it wasn't her son's the cigarette pack must be jungwan's.. also they bicker alot.. but well, it still too early to guess and they might have change on how they chose who the husband is

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In AM1994, trash oppa was najung's first love, yet she also said jokingly that she regrets marrying him. trash oppa is also a catch as an all-around good guy and a successful doctor, right?

So in AM1988, it's possible that deoksun's first love is sunwoo, and then the future her will also say jokingly that she regrets marrying him.

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I'm rooting for sun woo! I love go kyung pyo. I want him to hv a happy ending :)

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Great recaps thank you so much!!!

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is it only me that think maybe just maybe kim joohyuk is taek???? or is it just my wish

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Don't wish anything. Or your heart may be break....

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CRIES .... I already love taek... But but you can see from miles away that he's going to be the poor sweet puppy with his heart trampled on. Two episodes in and I'm already hurting for Taekie.

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Aahh i thought am the only one. Me too ! I really don't want to fall for every male character but Sunwoo character touched me. He's deep and have so many wounds because of his father i think. Thats why he's so well mannered and there to protect his mother feeling and take care of his sister. Cmon we've seen a "familiar" character for the husband on reply 1997 94, why can't we have a "good guy" character this time?

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I have my bets on Taek

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I agree, he would be the only surprise. Everyone else would be kind of obvious. Also it would be a change from 1994 ND 1997. Taek would be the least obvious choice. We don't know his smoking habits and presumably he'll finish playing Baduk. So my bets are on Taek, but maybe I will be surprised.

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Well, if he's the husband it would be new but the husband doesn't seem to be as good and quiet as taek was, but he might have change.. but remember that adult girl said she didn't expect to marry him and that she must've been crazy to marry him, but young girl says that taek has to grow up quickly to marry her.. so.... but oh well, it still way too early to guess

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I WILL BE SURPRISED (IN A GOOD WAY) IF TAEK TURNS OUT TO BE THE HUSBAND..I. HOPE TO SEE MORE OF HIM & HEAR MORE OF HIS FEELINGS. COME ON AM1988, SURRISE US.

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*SURPRISE

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Dude I will make a sacrificial offering to the drama gods if hubbie turns out to be Taek.

Am too scared to hope though....

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Ops... u and I have same nick and both of us rooting for Taek...haha...

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I am praying hard for Taek too. I will be disappointed with this drama, if Taek is not the lead!

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I still can't decide if I should watch the series now and go mad because of the husband game (we still love you chilbongie) or watch it when its over. Have a clear answer and save myself from another PTSD...
I mean never have I felt the angst of who it could be that R94 gave me ever in any tv shows in my entire life...

Any suggestuions anyone??

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This show always deliver the reverse harem, and you ladies are all complaining on who she ends up with. Enjoy the process.

P/S: Chilbong in the fictional universe is now most probably an ace in the major league, and having his own groupie harem. Stop feeling sorry for him.

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hahahahaha Chilbongie's harem

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"Enjoy the process."

I'm just reading all these comments and thinking the same thing tbh.

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Personality wise, although I can only hudge from the recap since I haven't watched the episode subbed, Joohyuk seems to be Junghwan. And regarding the pattern based on the previous installments, if this follows, then Deoksun will end up with the main guy...which is Sunwoo. I mean, yes, the other guys are main leqds, but from what I remember in the news when the cast was first reported, Kyungpyo was labelled to be playing the main guy...so if Junghwan is indeed the hubby, this installment will not follow 1997 and 1994, which I welcome. Unfortunately, that leaves Bogummie heartbroken again. Seriously, dramaland, you enjoy torturing certain people, don't you!? DON'T YOU!? ???? Taek, if Deoksun will reject you, please come to me. TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ??????????

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but.......... we're not sure that Taek will has a love line with deoksun, right...?

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Well she did say to Taek to hurry and grow up so that she can marry him...

*nope, still not playing the guess who's the husband game, just laying the facts out there :-D

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Yeah.. actually though deoksun says he has to grow up to marry her, he seems to similar to baro and hoya's character.. the similar one to trash and seo in guk is sunwoo, who is responsible and caring and jungwan who bickers with the lead, then we have dongryun(is this right?) Who seems pretty similar to the others who are close to them but has a life on his own, like haitai(is this right?) Who has his own story that isn't told that much but we do know he have a girlfriend, samchunpo who have a loveline with dohee and the jiwon who have his own girlfriend too..

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I almost die laughing! Come on girl, we can share Taek! With those eyes, 'oh no!'

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Why do I get the feeling that someone is going to die?

Hope this feeling is wrong!!!! Awesome show so far

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I get that feeling too! Sweating bullets, can't lie.

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I think sun woo's little sister is gonna die.Don't know why though ..

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Was thrilled to watch this when I heard Bogummy was casted (even though I wasn't too happy about Hyeri being casted but I do not really mind her now) thinking he would be the main lead, then thought he could have been the Chilbong to Go Kyung Pyo as Trash only to realise that so far that the real contenders are actually Ryu Joon Yeol and Kyung Pyo :O:O Nevertheless I enjoyed the recaps of the first two episodes.

Not gonna lie, I could accept Kyung Pyo as the lead but not Joon Yeol at first. But these two episodes kinda sucked me in that I'm liking Jung Hwan a tad more, he has this indescribable aura.. Well, I guess the Reply series makes the unknown famous which was kinda evident as Trash got more well known and especially our heart-breaker Chilbongie!! And Taek, with his sad puppy dog eyes. Oh my heart breaks..

Here's to another 18 episodes of smiles, laughter and heartbreak with these beautiful friendships and family bondings. Let's enjoy the ride and may the sham husband guessing games begin!

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Taek is like binguerae and hoya...

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I am soooo agree with you, at first i was like, ryu joon yeol 'who is he?'. But then, it only take 2 episode to make me fall for jung hwan's character hahaha. Daebaaak,, aplause for the casting team.

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Thanks GF! you save me for watching 2 episodes w/o sub and then watch it again with the sub.

I'm so into AM1988 already, as usual it haunts me in all aspect. Friends and family and the future husband.

Come-on we all liked it don't we? from 1997 to 1994 we all ship at someone and we're more happy and dyingly waiting for a week before the next episodes!

So let's enjoy the ride and have fun!

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I also have an inkling that someone will die..nooooo T_T

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I don't care who Kim Joo-hyuk is, but I'm very happy they got Kim Joo-hyuk to make an appearance. I just looove him!

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Me too!!! I'm so happy to see him on tv!!!!!! <3

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I literally squealed right the second he shows on screen, like even before he speaks a word. IT'S KIM JOO HYUK OMG!

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I'm disappointed they have gone for the Husband guessing game again, but my biggest problem with the last series was due to the length of the episodes. I love the show for it's "slice of life" nature, but a lot of 1994 episodes really dragged. It's weird to think when 1997 first started the episodes were around 30 minutes long. It's worrying that 1988 is already clocking in at 90 minutes an episode.

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Also per wiki they are suppose to be 20 episodes.

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I also have a feeling someone is going to die. For some reason I think it's going to be Taek. The way future her spoke about him always being there with them, I don't know, just a feeling.

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We me too.. i feel like he is going to die or something when she mentioned that, but lets hope its not like that.. like for example, he is in another country or some shit.. he also seems to be similar to hoya and binggeurae's character

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Although the strong candidate is jun hwan, i think it could be sunwoo.
Doesn't you think the clues are too "open". Like why is it named 'guess the husband' when we can confirm that jun hwan is the husband because hints are so jun hwan? just don't really see clues as clues because this is reply series after all. Clues could be there to mislead seriously.
But anyway just enjoy the ride because so many episodes left for us to find the husband and so many other positive things we can get from this drama, about family and friendship.

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I actually think they said there's no mre husbang hunting because they are going to be very obvious to who he is,.

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omg! blabla thats was i though first. i think someone gonna die. but my feeling say he was JungHwan or SunWoo. i dont know why, just my feeling.
btw i ship DeokSun with SunWoo though hahahaga

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I feel that too.. and i feel like its taek.. she mentioned he used to be with them and everything.. :( but its going to be sad.. let us hope thats not the case and that he's just going to be abroad or something, its quite obvious he isn't the husband.. his character is also similar to binggeurae and hoya

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My money is on Jung Hwan. Sun woo seems like the ideal second lead material and too perfect unlike Jung Hwan who has his flaws.

Argh I can't believe we're being forced to play guess-the-husband game once again.

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Yoon jae was quite boring though.

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Yeah, i think so too

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Is it just me or what....but I get the feeling that they will make Park Bo Gum's character like Hoya's in AM1997??? Ahhhh...the angst!! Lol.

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Yeah.. his charscter is similar to hoya and baro's character.. the gang's cute little puppy

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I'm going with Sunwoo. female lead's first love is all the way in this Reply series.

I'm stuck between tho, i love Go Kyung Pyo and saint hearted Sunwoo, but geez Junghwan is so can-be-related-teenager that is fit the bad boy image, and we have Taek who is always the last to mention in everything but everyone's favorite.

and it's Kim Joo Hyuk! Like no matter who he WAS, I love who he IS! hahahaha
and yeah, don't waste time seeing the clues they give. Writers can flip the whole plot in one whole last episode.

But you just can't really ignore it, can you?
So, I think, if the husband is Junghwan, then it's true that Deoksun is the one who forgets whom she gave the chocolate for.
...Or if it's indeed Sunwoo, i think someone ate the chocolate even he realized it.

Plus, I love every single moment Sunwoo kiss his little sister. Like every single one^^

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I do really want to like jh but somehow can't.But you're right about one thing ..if kjh is the one he ends up being,then good enough lol.
But sun woo is such an unnoticed unsung character that I want to cheer for him,though he does have all the second lead qualities.

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OK I feel like people are CHOOSING to focus on the husband hunt at this point or maybe it's just a habit that's hard to shake at this point.

I've only watched AM 97 and I remember barely caring who the husband was till the end but AM 97's writer deserves credit for that.

Hopefully the plot and characters outshines the husband mystery for the majority of this drama.

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lol they are. See the comments. People are complaining about it while picking her future husband already. You can just ignore it. It wasn't even a big part of this episode. Just go with the flow and stop trying to guess from clues and you'll soon realize who she really likes.

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it seems everyone's already guessing who the husband is.. At first, it seems all is light and fun..that is, until they start fleshing out the characters... forming the deep relationships.. stirring up feelings and in turn, creating ships.. and then, eventually, towards the middle to end war starts breaking out.. and hearts get broken. Anger, sadness, and tears.

AM1988 should not have done the husband mystery this time around, because as much as we fool ourselves into thinking we WON'T get attached, who are we kidding? They'll suck us right in!

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Thanks for the recap!!

Do you guys know where I can watch it..? ?

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my Intuition is telling me Taek could be the husband.

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STOP SAYING TAEK WILL DIE! (Sort of panicking after reading the comments about Deoksun recalling how Taek became part of the gang and now seeing it in a new light, too...)

ANYWAY, STOP KILLING OFF BOGUMMIE!

SERIOUSLY, DRAMALAND! FIRST, YOU SEND HIM TO WAR (Gaksital), THEN YOU SINK HIS FIRST-SHIP (Wonderful Days), THEN YOU INJURE HIS BEAUTIFUL HANDS AND THREATENING HIS FUTURE AS A MUSICIAN (Cantabile), THEN YOU GIVE HIM ONE OF THE SADDEST BACKSTORY AND DRAMA CHARACTER EVER (IRY). SO IF YOU KILL OPPA OFF HERE... ... ... I ... WILL ... HUNT ... YOU ... AND ... THE DRAMA WRITERS ... DOWN !!! ??????????????????????????

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Hahaha your post made my day. I wholeheartedly agree....poor boy deserves a happy ending for once! :)

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Yeah.. but maybe he is in abroad or something hence "we used to be with him"., his character is similar to hoya and baro, the group's little cute puppy

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?? I so badly want to watch this drama, but I don't know where I can find it with English subs. And Dramafever is not available in my country ??

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The siblings fights totally hit close home to me, only that instead of my sister was my cousin who lived with us.
We were always fighting for clothes, I remember almost screaming to her when we were in a friend's house because she was wearing one of my favorites blouses.
But at the end of the day we were there for each other just like unni and Deoksun.

And also, idk if this says something but in the character chart they only show Deoksun and Junghwan family...

http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/drama/images/3/3f/Respond_1988tvN2015Cuadro.png/revision/latest?cb=20151106044434&path-prefix=es

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Ok girls. I'm really damaged Chilbongi shipper and i tell you that: THE MAIN HEROINE NO ONLY ONE GOOD GIRL IN THE WORLD! There plenty out there so for our good guys will be another girl. If the writer spare us TT

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Reply 1988 ost is all sorts of awesome. It feels so nostalgic

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Hmm....

Well, I'm guessing it's either Junghwan or SeonWoo.
Go Kyun Pyo is the better known actor so it would make sense that he would be the lead. But at the same time other Reply series made unknown actors famous, so...

In both reply series, the future husband lived with the girl, and in this one doesn't Deokseon live below Junghwan's house?

But like everyone else said, usually the girl's first love = endgame. So in that case it would be Seonwoo.

Ppl say Seonwoo seems like a 2nd lead, being nice and all, but I think Jung Hwan's angst would also make an extremely awesome 2nd lead. Anyone remember School 2015? Yeah, the 2nd lead was the one with all the layers and angst but guess who the girl ended up with???

But when they grow a bit older (after high school, like other Reply series shows), Taek could come out of no where as a total hottie and could end up being the husband. (Park Bo Gum is a pretty well-known actor so it would make sense).

I could see a scenario where in high school it's between Seonwoo and Junghwan with Junghwan being the 2nd lead, but then something happens to him... and then later when they're in their 20s, it's between Seonwoo and Taek, with Taek being the super sweet 2nd lead.

Sorry, I'm totally going off on random tangents here.
But I love Go Kyung Pyo's character so far. So, I'm rooting for him!

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I think Sun-woo's little sister will end up with one of the boys... I hope its Taek!!

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Aw..i like it if that happen.
Taek look like the magnae here, and everybody treat him like a baby brother already, especially Sun Woo. So it will be fit if he end up with Sun-Woo's little sister.

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lol... Looks how we already pair them up :)
Ughh...actually I don't want to end up in husband-hunting-game. But since they give us so many lovable characters, we ended up do the matchmaking stuff anyway...

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If i not mistake when they throw the party for Taek, Deok Sun's dad says that Taek will be their son in law, but then Sun Woo's mom cut in to say Taek will be marry her daughter (Sun Woo's little sister). Well they just love Taek so much..LOL
But then anybody see the character chart in Dramawiki?
The character chart show that the main lead is Jung Hwan.
There is written "The picture describes relationship between main characters and their family"
But in the picture they just show Deok Sun and Jung Hwan's family chart.

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Yeah.. his character is similar to hoya and trash's little puppy binggeurae.. it will be really cute if he does end up with sunwoo's lil sis..

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I'm going to make a guess that it is neither Jung Hwan nor Sun Woo. In episode 1, Sun Woo specifically told his mom that he does not smoke and neither does Jung Hwan.
So unless that piece of conversation is a red herring, I'm inclined to take Jung Hwan and Sun Woo out of the running.

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They are still undersge in 1988, but mom said that jungwan among the friends seem to smoke..if we will consider that those 2 are non smoker, well taek seem not to be too good to smoke, so we're left with one

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I (very) lowkey (since anything can change at this point) would like Husband to be Sunwoo, mostly because it'd differ from the other Reply end-game pairings, but also because his character is kind of heartbreakingly compelling. But, having said that, I have zero expectation of it happening. The husband is most likely Jung Hwan, lbr. It's always been the most obvious candidate, and JH is pretty easily it, not to mention that SW's character screams 'too good and selfless to do much but suffer all throughout'. I can't really see any of the other friends as a serious contender -- certainly wouldn't mind it, but present-day-husband could realistically only be JH or SW...and even then, the latter is reaching. But, who knows! Lots of things can happen in the span of nearly 30 years, including massive personality changes. What currently worries me is fan theories that one of the main friends (SunWoo mentioned most of all) dies -- and I'd say a gigantic no thanks to that.

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Lol thought I was the only one rooting for sun woo

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