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Answer Me 1988: Episode 19

Here at last, here at last, finale week with answers to be had! Between the last episode and this one, I’m surprised I have any emotions left to feel—Show took them all from me, and now I’m spent. That bastard. The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: Our heroine reveals her heart, and half of us will cheer and half of us will cry ourselves to sleep. Grab a tissue, hold a friend’s hand, and let’s face the music together.

 
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EPISODE 19: “You did your best”

January 2016. Deok-sun and Husband record another portion of their interview, and they don’t know how to answer the question about who asked the other out first. Deok-sun says that it happened gradually, and mentions that nowadays people date and kiss and just call it “some” if they’re not officially dating. Husband is shocked at that, and they both mention learning this stuff from “the kids,” though they don’t say if it’s their kids.

They’re asked when their first kiss was, and they exchange adorable looks. Husband suggests saying it together on the count of three, and Deok-sun says, “1994!” Husband: “1989… 1994! That’s what I said, 1994!” Guess someone’s in the doghouse tonight.

We go back to 1994, where everyone has some version of tofu for dinner because the tofu man came through the neighborhood. Deok-sun’s mom worries about how much Dad is working, but he says that he has to work hard to stay useful when he’s a senior employee who only has a high school diploma. He tells Mom that he doesn’t intend to quit, and only mentioned retirement because he was working so hard on that last case. Mom smiles gratefully.

Taek eats too, and bursts into laughter at Mom and Dad sitting across the table just staring at him like they’re trying to memorize his face and drink him in before he goes poof. They’re so cute.

He’s leaving for another match in Beijing that night, which is where Deok-sun’s next flight is headed too. Her co-worker brings up the famous Choi Taek and asks why Deok-sun doesn’t date him if they’re so close. Deok-sun clarifies that they’re just friends and have been for twenty years. The co-worker asks, “So… why aren’t you dating?”

The moms watch TV and talk about how cute Yoo Dong-geun oppa is, and Jung-hwan’s mom points out that he’s ten years younger than them. Sun-woo’s mom insists that the rules are, if he’s handsome, he’s oppa. Yup, them’s the rules.

The others tease Sun-woo’s mom about calling Taek’s dad “oppa,” and they wonder how a handsome boy like Taek came from a man like him. Sun-woo’s mom swears that Taek’s dad looked exactly like Taek in his youth, and the others decide she’s lost her mind.

We don’t realize until now that Dong-ryong’s mom is there with them, because now she’s staying at home to help take care of her grandchildren instead of working. The other moms suppose that she’s bored of being at home all the time when she used to work so much, but she says it’s okay and rushes off to tend to the kids.

Taek heads all the way down to the air force base to see Jung-hwan, who runs up to him with a giant smile.

Up in Seoul, Bora visits Sun-woo at the hospital and waits nervously for him to tell her what he’s decided about giving her a second chance. He looks very stern and serious, which makes her doubly nervous, but then he finally says that he has three conditions, and if she says okay to all of them, they can date again.

The first is that he’s going to stop using jondae with her, and stop calling her noona if they date. She doesn’t look pleased, but agrees to let him use banmal with her, and he cracks the tiniest grin for a split second.

Second, he asks what Bora considers first place in her life. She thinks it over and admits, “Me.” Sun-woo says, “Now it’s me.” He isn’t asking to always come first all the time, but he doesn’t want to be cast aside when things get rough for her and she chooses herself again. Ouch. Sun-woo says, “I would just like to be one of the important things in your life,” and admits that he was badly scarred.

Bora agrees to the first two conditions and prods for the third, so Sun-woo says that if they start back up again, he wants to date with the next step in mind. Oh, he means marriage, doesn’t he? He tells her not to start at all if she’s afraid of the next step, which gives her pause. She asks for time to think it over.

Jung-hwan takes Taek out to lunch near the base, and Taek marvels when two petty officers salute Jung-hwan on their way in. It’s okay, Taekie, I find it hot too. Jung-hwan asks what brings him all the way down here, and he can tell right away from Taek’s hesitation and serious tone that he’s about to bring up the 20-year-old elephant in the room.

Taek brings up Jung-hwan’s wallet and says he opened it back in the day, and Jung-hwan cuts him off, scoffing at him for bringing up something so far in the past. Agh, why do you always cover up your heartache with jokes? It pains me so.

Jung-hwan: “Go grab Deok-sun. Frustrating moron.” No, that’s YOUR NAME, you frustrating moron! Taek reads between every line though, and the way he smiles at Jung-hwan is just so perfect, like he sees it all and truly appreciates his friend. But Taek surprises him by saying that he didn’t come here for that, and then it’s his turn to scoff at Jung-hwan for thinking he came down just to talk about Deok-sun. But… what else are you here to talk about then?

Back at home, Jung-hwan’s mom tells the others that she thinks she’s menopausal. They realize that they’re at that age now, and Deok-sun’s mom worries that it’ll be hard on her. Jung-hwan’s mom insists that it’ll be liberating, and intends to face it head-on.

So she tells Dad and Jung-bong about it, and declares that she’ll still cook, but not do the dishes, and she’ll still clean, but not do the laundry. Dad and Jung-bong jump to say that they’ll do everything, and that puts a smile on Mom’s face.

Jung-bong even calls Jung-hwan to alert him about Mom, and to remind him to call home often for her sake. Jung-hwan wonders if they should be doing more for Mom, and sighs that it’d be better if she had a daughter for stuff like this. Who needs a daughter when she has a son like you? Jung-bong asks if Jung-hwan is eating well and isn’t lonely, and makes sure he can come home next month for Mom’s birthday.

Then he calls Mi-ok, who tells him excitedly that she’s meeting up with the girls at their old ddukbokki haunt. She worries that Deok-sun and Ja-hyun will have gotten so pretty that she won’t recognize them, and Jung-bong insists that those two girls just tell each other that to make themselves feel better.

Mi-ok is the one who changed the most, and Deok-sun and Ja-hyun gape at her the next day, wondering when she became so pretty. They’re hurt because she didn’t call them once over the last six years, but Mi-ok says that she couldn’t call because she missed them too much, and just looking at pictures of them made her cry. They all burst into tears and eat ddukbokki while crying.

Jung-bong and Dad keep to their word and do all the cleaning around the house while Mom sips tea. Deok-sun’s mom brings cabbage by and tells Jung-hwan’s mom about Dong-ryong’s brother opening a second restaurant nearby. She jokes that sending their kids to Seoul University is useless when Dong-ryong will make the most money of all of them because he’s so good at running a business. Even Dong-ryong’s dad admits that he regrets hitting him so much for not studying in school.

That evening, almost all the kids come home for the weekend. Sun-woo, then Bora, then Taek. He hesitates in front of his gate and turns towards Deok-sun’s house, but then he whirls around again and just goes home. Deok-sun arrives a minute later.

Sun-woo waits on pins and needles until Bora leaves a message for him to come outside. Deok-sun’s mom wonders where both the girls ran off to, and No-eul says that he thinks Bora is dating someone. Mom perks up immediately because she was worried about Bora not caring about anything but work, and when No-eul says that it has to be someone in this neighborhood (because she’s home so often lately), they run through the possibilities.

They figure it can’t be Jung-hwan because he’s away, though Mom says she’d be happy with Jung-hwan. She doesn’t look as enthused about Jung-bong, and Dong-ryong has a girlfriend. Both Mom and No-eul are the most excited about Taek, but then Mom remembers that Taek is afraid of Bora, so he’s out. No-eul says that leaves only one person, but then suddenly Mom’s smile fades as she says, “It can’t be Sun-woo. All the others are okay, but it can’t be Sun-woo. You know why.” What? Why?!

Bora waits out by the steps, and aw, she’s wearing the necklace. Sun-woo looks like he’s bracing himself as he walks toward her, but halfway there he spots the necklace around her neck and relaxes. He marches right up to her and yanks her around the corner to make out, and afterwards she laughs at him for not even waiting for her answer.

He points out that she shouldn’t have worn the necklace then, and she says sweetly, “Sun-woo-ya, Sung Sun-woo, thank you. I love you.” Wait, his last name is Sung too? Are they… related? No, that can’t be it. What the?

Sun-woo runs home and bursts into Taek’s room to tell him the good news that he and Bora are back together after six years, but Taek’s expression stays stiff and awkward, and Sun-woo’s excitement peters out as he wonders why he’s not getting the reaction he wants.

Taek silently nods to point to the other side of the room, and Sun-woo turns around to find Deok-sun and Dong-ryong sitting there with their jaws on the floor. LOL. They call him a crazy bastard and Deok-sun can’t believe it wasn’t just a one-sided love. Dong-ryong does a double take at that because he didn’t even know about Sun-woo’s crush in the first place.

Jung-hwan happens to call right then and Dong-ryong tells him too. Hilariously, Dong-ryong fixates on the fact that everyone but him knew that Sun-woo liked Bora, and he’s so hurt that he gets all dramatic and says he’s not really a friend if he was the only one who didn’t know. Poor Dong-ryong looks like he’s going to cry.

Taek lies and says he didn’t know either, and Dong-ryong narrows his eyes and points out that Sun-woo came rushing in here to tell Taek, and wonders again why anyone loses to him in baduk, ha. They gasp when Sun-woo jumps to Bora’s defense and calls her by name instead of noona, and Taek escapes before the other two pummel Sun-woo for keeping secrets.

Deok-sun has a layover in Beijing the day before Taek’s match, and when she hears from his baduk teacher that he hasn’t eaten anything, she brings over a thermos of porridge that she brought from home. Teacher tells her to drop it off herself, and she jokes that he shouldn’t see her before a big match because he’ll get too fluttery with excitement. He agrees because Taek likes Deok-sun so much, and she points out that she was kidding. Teacher says he wasn’t.

The news reports that banks all over the country are laying off workers and pushing older employees into early retirement, and Deok-sun’s mom worries about Dad hanging onto his job.

Deok-sun waits and waits outside Taek’s baduk match, and finally gets tired of pacing and asks Teacher to call up to her room when it’s over. She waits anxiously by the phone all day, and is surprised when Taek calls himself. She tells him to rest, but he says he’s hungry and asks her to dinner.

She gets dressed up and waits in the lobby, and Taek beams when he sees her. He pets her on the head like always and they head out, but they both look disappointed when they run into the rest of their party and are forced to go eat in one big group.

Dinner is pretty uneventful, but Deok-sun’s roommate gets drunk and heads in early, which leaves Deok-sun without a key late that night. She pounds on the door but there’s no answer, and no one’s at the front desk to give her another key. So she sits in the lobby, and Taek happens to spot her while he’s outside to smoke a cigarette.

She tells him to go up because she just needs to wait for another key, but he tells her to sleep in his room. It’s a giant suite, so he tells her to take the bedroom while he sleeps on the couch. She tries to take the couch, but he insists he wouldn’t be able to sleep comfortably that way, and it won’t matter once he takes his sleeping pills anyway.

She gasps to see how many pills he’s taking these days, and warns that if he takes too many, he’ll start sleepwalking and doing crazy things in his sleep. He laughs and says he’s not that far gone, then jokes, “You never know though. Lock your door tonight. I don’t know what I’ll do.”

Deok-sun: “Why, are you going to kiss me again?” Omo. It was real! Taek freezes and finally says, “It… wasn’t a dream.” He looks over at her, and she avoids his gaze nervously. He asks why she lied about it, and she admits, “I was scared. We’re friends. What if it became awkward?”

A tear trickles down his cheek. Aw, Taek. She says that she can’t imagine things ever being awkward between them. He wipes his tear away and seems to accept it, but then he turns to ask, “What about now?”

Deok-sun finally meets his eyes, and says, “It would be awkward now too… But…” OMO. BUT? BUT?!

Taek doesn’t even wait for her to finish her sentence, and leaps to his feet to kiss her. Damn, this boy is a closer. Her eyes flutter closed as he kisses her again and again. Wow, that conversation did not go the way I thought it was going.

We return to 2016, with Deok-sun and Husband offscreen. She asks how he could say their first kiss was in 1989, and he argues that it’s the right date. She points out that she was just a high-schooler back then, and he apologizes for not remembering since he didn’t go to school(!). He doesn’t think it’s that big a deal, but she doesn’t like the picture it paints, and insists on asking to rerecord that part of the interview.

TAEK. IT’S TAEK. OMG. I’m partly just relieved to finally know, and partly heartbroken for Jung-hwan. I thought I cried all of the tears already, but apparently not.

We flash back to that first kiss, when Taek took sleeping pills and passed out. Deok-sun got up to go home, but then decided to linger a while and sat nearby just watching Taek sleep. This time we see the scene without the fuzzy dream halo, when he opened his eyes and saw her there, and swooped in for a kiss.

Deok-sun was up all night afterwards unable to sleep a wink, and in the morning she came out and practiced how to greet Taek. That’s so cute. But when she came out to the street and told him that she went home right away last night, he’d said aloud that he was relieved it was just a dream. She clammed up about it after that, and he just believed it was a dream.

Back in 1994, Deok-sun has managed to get back into her hotel room, and she tosses and turns and kicks her feet madly under the covers because she can’t contain her happiness. And Taek is sound asleep without taking a single sleeping pill.

Jung-bong and Mi-ok meet for another date, and when she sees him talking about samgyupsal so animatedly, she suggests he quit studying law and do something foo-related. She remembers Deok-sun saying that Jung-bong made the best ramyun she’d ever tasted. Mi-ok says that her father made her go study abroad and learn fashion, but she’d like it if Jung-bong did what made him happy in life.

After their date, we finally get to meet Mi-ok’s scary father… Ha, it’s Go Chang-seok? He’s a cuddly teddy bear! He’s not a gangster at all, but a businessman who runs a successful fabric/tailor shop that has multiple branches, and now that Mi-ok is no longer in high school, he’s totally cool with her dating.

Deok-sun’s mom waits up that night wondering what’s keeping Dad so long, and finally heads outside to wait in the street. She finds just sitting outside, and he tells her solemnly that the bank forced him to retire today. He tells her that he’s sorry and Mom spills tears, but she sits by his side and holds his hand, and tells him that he has nothing to be sorry for.

Jung-hwan’s dad wakes up in the middle of the night to find Mom sitting in the dark. He’s worried about her and asks if she’s okay, and she just quietly admits, “I’m not okay. I’m not okay.” He goes over to her and puts an arm around her and just holds her that night.

Deok-sun’s parents tell all the kids about Dad’s early retirement, and Dad tells them it was his idea to take the extra pension bonus while they were offering it. Jung-hwan’s dad pops by to talk to Deok-sun’s mom, and later the dads gather at Taek’s dad’s store and Jung-hwan’s dad says he got kicked out of the house.

Deok-sun’s dad says that it’ll happen from time, and remembers his wife throwing some punches last year when she went through menopause. Jung-hwan’s mom doesn’t even know why she blew up at her husband earlier, and says she’ll just be irrationally angry one minute and then crying the next.

Deok-sun’s mom says she still dumps a bucket of cold water on her head before going to bed, and that it’ll get better. The other two moms envy her for having daughters at a time like this, especially one like Deok-sun. Sun-woo’s mom says she’d love to have her for a daughter-in-law. Good, ’cause you’re about to.

In flashback we see Deok-sun’s mom go through depression the year before, but Deok-sun came home all the time to force Mom out of bed and take her out on mommy-daughter dates.

She painted Mom’s nails and lifted her mood, and Dad even got jealous of all the attention, muttering that he wanted to be born a mom in his next life. So Deok-sun painted Dad’s nails too, LOL. She left medicine on Mom’s nightstand with little notes, and Mom was so touched to be taken care of in that way.

The news reports on Taek’s big win in Beijing, and Deok-sun runs out the minute Taek calls. No-eul thinks it’s suspicious, but Bora tells him to mind his own business. Taek grabs Deok-sun’s hand and pulls her toward him, and they cuddle like that right in the middle of their street.

Deok-sun says that Dad’s retirement ceremony is tomorrow, and she can already feel the tears coming. Taek hugs her and asks if he can go too, but she tells him to stay home because he’ll become the center of attention if he comes, and tomorrow is Dad’s day. Aw, I love that she’s that thoughtful. Taek tries to wheedle an invite anyway, but she puts her foot down and he complies very obediently. Okay, that’s adorable.

Mom dresses Dad in his best suit the next morning, and when they step outside, Jin-ju and her parents are outside with a bouquet of flowers at the ready, and Jung-hwan’s parents run out with flowers too. They all congratulate Deok-sun’s dad on a job well done, and he heads off to work for the last time.

Bora tells Sun-woo about it afterwards, and she complains that the bank held the most cursory ceremony for the thirty employees who were retiring, and didn’t even give a single gift or plaque to acknowledge Dad’s thirty years of dedication to his job. In the background, we hear Deok-sun arrive and raise a stink, and the three siblings hunch over Bora’s desk to take matters into their own hands.

Jung-hwan calls home and tells Jung-bong not to wait up because he’ll get in very late that night, and he worries when Jung-bong says he’s not sure whether Mom is okay. Jung-hwan sighs that Mom could really use a daughter, and declares himself the second daughter who’s on his way.

But even still, Jung-hwan isn’t prepared when he comes home to find Mom sitting in the dark with a sad, faraway look in her eyes. She doesn’t have the usual reaction to his arrival and just goes to bed, and he’s even more worried to discover every single family photo in their house turned around or put face-down. He puts them all back the way they’re supposed to be, and lingers on his parents’ old wedding photo.

Jung-hwan runs into Sun-woo in the street early the next morning, and Jung-hwan jabs him as he asks how things are going with Bora. Sun-woo just smiles sheepishly.

Jung-hwan is frustrated that no one seems to have any good ideas for a restaurant for Mom’s birthday dinner tonight, when Dong-ryong calls asking him to bring everyone he knows to his restaurant. He had a huge wedding party cancel at the last minute because the bride ran off with her first love (okay, don’t say things like that!) and doesn’t want the food to go to waste. Dong-ryong offers to change the wedding cake to a birthday cake, but Jung-hwan tells him to leave it as it is because he has an idea.

Group by group, everyone in the cast files into Dong-ryong’s restaurant, and Bora and Sun-woo stop to smile at each other, and Taek and Deok-sun do the same. Dong-ryong and his brother seem concerned about their mom, but we don’t hear any specifics. Jung-hwan’s family is the last to arrive, and Jung-hwan pulls Dad aside and whispers something in his ear.

While they sneak off into a side room, a server spills a plate of kimchi all over Jung-hwan’s mom, and mentions that they do have something she could change into. Jung-hwan makes sure that Dong-ryong has the cake and music ready and tells Hyung to be the flower girl, and when he tries to hand off bouquet duty to someone else, Dong-ryong makes him do it because this was his idea. In classic Jung-hwan fashion, he complains but does it anyway.

Dong-ryong enlists Deok-sun’s mom to help coax Jung-hwan’s mom out of the back room, and she comes out wearing a pretty evening gown and feeling silly because she’s now way overdressed for dinner. But then wedding music begins to play, and Dad steps out in a tuxedo and walks down the aisle toward her.

Mom bursts into tears and laughs and cries the whole time, as Jung-hwan hands her a bouquet and Jung-bong sprinkles flower petals in their path. They walk down the aisle together as everyone cheers and chants for them to kiss, and then Dong-ryong wheels out a wedding cake and a photographer takes pictures of the family.

Afterwards Mom asks whose idea this was, and Jung-bong pats Jung-hwan on the back and answers, “Your daughter.” Dad asks how he knew that their wedding photo was fake, because Mom and Dad were convinced that they’d never find out. Aw, were they too poor for a real wedding? And that’s why Jung-hwan did this? Could you possibly be any sweeter?

Mom says that she’s all better now thanks to him, and then bursts into tears all over again. Jung-hwan gets all gruff about the tears and Dong-ryong has to yell at him to keep his mouth shut.

At the next table over, Deok-sun’s dad says it’s nothing to cry about, which is when Deok-sun hands him a present to commemorate his retirement. He opens it up to find a large plaque, and when Jung-hwan’s dad gets too teary-eyed to read it, Deok-sun read it aloud.

It thanks Dad for his years of service to the bank, and says that even though he’ll no longer be called by his job title, he’ll always be Mom’s husband and proud father to Bora, Deok-sun, and No-eul. It lists Dad’s favorite foods, his favorite activities like buying random things and kissing his children, and says, “But what our Dad loves most is his family.”

Deok-sun begins to cry, and so does just about everyone else. “As your daughters, as your son, we’re sorry for not giving you a warm word, for not sharing a drink with you, for not being able to hug you first, for not saying ‘I love you,’ and for not being able to fathom the weight of the name Dad.” It’s signed from each of them, thanking him for being “the dad Bora respects, the dad who’s like a friend to Deok-sun, and the dad that No-eul depends on.”

Of course, the only dry eye in the house is Dad himself, who does not cry in public. He wonders in his grumpy way why they insisted on reading that aloud and bringing the mood down, so Dong-ryong’s dad signals for music and starts chanting for Jung-hwan’s mom to come out and dance. In no time it’s a party again.

Deok-sun’s parents sit outside that night and reflect on how quickly the years have passed, and Dad says he realized tonight that he was so fixated on the leaves falling that he forgot new fruit would appear. He says that he might’ve gotten laid off from the bank, but did one hell of a job raising his kids.

Mom nods in agreement, though she reminds him that there’s always time for one of them to give them a hard time about something. He laughs and says that one day their children will know their parents’ hearts and answer.

The next day, the moms are gathered and Dong-ryong’s mom says she’s starting work as a cashier at the nearby supermarket. She admits that she ran away from home a few weeks ago, and only just returned last night. She says with a sigh that she didn’t like the idea of her whole identity being Dong-ryong’s mom, and one day as she was taking care of her grandchildren and just couldn’t handle it.

The moms realize now that Dong-ryong’s dad was home because he was taking care of the kids, and we see him in flashback, calling to make sure that Mom was okay at her sister’s house and just taking care of the babies on his own so that she could rest all she wanted.

Bora comes home and drops off some fruit on her way in, and both Mom and Sun-woo’s mom notice a gold band on her finger. Jung-hwan’s mom asks if Bora isn’t going to marry, and Mom says she thinks Bora is dating someone right now.

Two seconds later, Sun-woo comes by with pastries for his mom, and ack, he’s wearing the matching ring. It does not go unnoticed by the two moms, who suddenly aren’t smiling anymore. Uh-oh.

 
COMMENTS

*CRACK* There goes my heart. I can’t believe I had to go through that a second time. Why, Jung-hwan-ah, why? Why did you tug at every single one of my heartstrings and then just give up? The last episode was such a blow that I was waiting for the big reversal today, thinking that he couldn’t just fold like that with one confession, that it couldn’t be the end. I’m still a little bit in denial, but what can you do when Deok-sun has made her choice? Obviously it’s a case where no one would fault her for choosing either of them, but no matter how much I love Taek as a character, I’m more heartbroken for Jung-hwan and his epic one-sided love.

I’m convinced that this writer is just sadistic with her love for the guy who doesn’t get the girl. She did it once with Chilbongie, and I thought he couldn’t be topped until Jung-hwan came along. It was probably a trap all along to rely on the fact that he was written in every way to be the typical leading man, but it’s not like anything would’ve stopped me from rooting for him anyway. I was just a goner from the moment he started crushing on her. He made petty, childish first love swoony and the bromance just as heart-wrenching as the romance. I just can’t help feeling like he was written as the lead with the bait-n-switch in mind, which hurts in a whole new way because I feel like I was led down this path so that the heartbreak would land with maximum pain. I know he’s a good person and a good friend for stepping back when he knew he’d already lost his chance with Deok-sun, and I know that it matters more that Deok-sun loves Taek now and chooses him. I just need to cry some more about it, is all.

I did love FINALLY, FINALLY seeing Deok-sun show her feelings, which were kept at a distance from us for so long to keep the damned husband mystery alive, that I stopped caring much about her feelings in all of this. It was refreshing to be privy to that side of her that we hadn’t seen since her very first high school crushes on Sun-woo and Jung-hwan, and once we got to see her getting excited for Taek’s call and getting dressed up to go meet him for dinner, it was obvious where her heart was. I hope there’s more of it coming, because her side of the romance got shortchanged for it to remain a mystery, and though I get that this is what keeps us on the hook, now I want to see her feelings develop more concretely, whether it’s through more flashbacks or future conflict in her relationship with Taek.

I still didn’t expect their first-kiss conversation to go the way it did though, because it sounded like a rejection at first, the way she said she lied because she didn’t want there to be awkwardness between them. Taek took it like a rejection too, but it just goes to show that the guy who fights to the end gets the girl, because he risks getting rejected all over again to ask her plainly how she feels now, and she throws a curveball at him and at us. And no matter how heartbroken I am about Jung-hwan, I could never complain about Taek being so bold as to go after the love of his life, and seize the moment when she opens her heart to him. And of course they’re adorable together, but that’s always been the case.

As always with this show, the family stories are what really move me. There was a bittersweet thread in today’s stories about Deok-sun’s dad’s retirement and Jung-hwan’s mom’s menopause, and it felt like an entire episode dedicated to aging and mourning one’s youth gracefully. I’m constantly floored by all the ways that these kids step up and care for their parents in little ways, but none more than Deok-sun and Jung-hwan. It’s touching to see how different it was for Deok-sun’s mom to go through menopause and depression because she had a daughter who knew her needs without having to be told, but then I was doubly moved when Jung-hwan overcame that deficiency anyway and found a way to lift Mom’s spirits and show her how much she’s loved. He’s just… he’s not real, this guy.

And who knew that the final mystery would be Sun-woo and Bora’s, or more specifically what reason their parents would have for opposing their marriage. It must have something to do with Sun-woo’s father, and his death? I expected Sun-woo’s mom to dislike Bora for her prickly personality, but this goes beyond that, and her mom seems more opposed to the match, which makes me even more curious. I’m sure they’ll work it out—we only have one episode left to tie up all our loose ends, marry off the couples, and find Jung-hwan someone perfect. Ugh, nope. Not there yet. Still in denial. Maybe a drink (or ten?) will help.

 
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Yes finally! Been refreshing like crazy! I'm dying of sleep but 1988 is more important! Is not like I work tomorrow....a lot..

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Same, same
All I can say is this,...

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FINALLY!!

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Oh I am going to be in so much trouble tomorrow... I'm both terribly sad and extremely happy. I don't know whether to drown my sorrows in wine and ice-cream, or celebrate because Taek got the girl... Coffee is just definitely not going to be enough for me to last at work... OH TAEKIE!!!

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Me too!!! Been refreshing like crazy for 3 or 4 hours until my phone drop dead without battery. Man, I think its the first time for me to wait recap like my life depend on it.

But, but... OMG! Taekie got the girl! I can't believe it, I always thought Jung Hwan is the husband. What a big troll, this production team is. They literally giving clue everywhere for both ship, and when the final come, they just like "nah, don't you know he is the husband? It's obvius."

Jung Hwan with future husbands keep bickering with Deok-sun and that damn hair which similar with Jung Hwan, also because he's the first that we know have a crush to Deok-sun.
And more subtle clue, Taek with future husband smoking, wearing thin clothes, being interviewed, and young Taek awkward relationship with young No-eul.

Yeah, basically, they can pull whichever to become Deok-sun husband (even Dong-ryeong). Damn, and I said I won't be trolled this time.

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It's funny I always knew that it would be Taek, bec previously in soompi the writer I think says that he thinks of Taek, but because of all the Jung Han shippers I had my doubts.. I'm actually afraid to refresh GF's recaps if it is JH bec even though he's a dorkable, I still love Taek and DS, just bec its mutual for them. No one really match DS to Teak, but for DS she choose Taek without hesitation, like when doryoung ask her about who to chose among them.
I'm so relieved!! Whew!! Thanks for the awesome recaps GF!!

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I know!!!!! I was like so prepared for Jung Hwan to be the husband though i loved Taek! I've prepared my heart for the inevitable. Taek will always be the lovable second-lead. BUT IT'S NOT THE CASE!!! Feel like i've been cheated! My heart's confused but i love it! Off to watch it now

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I started the series thinking JH is DS' endgame, but from Ep 6 where they already showed us hints of TK's interest in DS, and then scenes setup of them together with sentimental/romantic montages in Ep 9-10 (China DS taking care of TK; beach scene), I already knew TK is the husband. JH-DS didn't have any of those romantic montages. It was already so obvious if people were not fixated on only Jung Hwan. I think Duk Seon actually made the better choice between the 2 -- the guy she cared for the most out of all the 4 friends she grew up with, and the guy who always openly appreciated & adored her.

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Well, in the first episode, Deoksun did say Taek was going to marry her. LOL.

And in ep 10 she did agree to take responsibility for him.

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Happy Taek got the girl too. Their differences compliment each other well for nurturing a relationship to grow together.

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I was refreshing like crazy too b/c DF does not have episode up yet, and despite being a spoiler phone, I could not wait to find out what happened. Fell asleep & when I woke up there are already 400+ comments here!

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Exactly!!!!
I am going crazy here looking for the live commentary><
Answer me , my live commentary for ep 20.......

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Oh. My. Gah!!!!!!! I was so shipping Taek and Deok-sun! So glad it happened!!!! Squuuueeeeee!!!!!

I hope it works out for Sunwon and Bora too! K-drama gods, will do it. Lol!

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Glad Taek and DS ship sailed. Lovely relationship dynamics between these two.

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I am happy and heartbroken at the same time. I thought I would be just happy for whoever Doeksun choose, but I didn't think I would be this sad for Junghwan. I keep re watching the scene where Taek and Doeksun being adorable so I could be wholeheartedly happy for them but I can't get over all the dorky and fluttery things Junghwan did. This show is gonna give me heart-attack. My emotions are all over the place. Its elevated at one moment and then all down to the hell next but couldn't love this show more.

thank you for the recap.

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Hey Junghwan fans... so sad about the ending. So I wrote a fanfic to cheer us all up! Hopefully you like this ending!
http://www.asianfanfics.com/story/view/1076725

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For whatever reason, I’m still convinced JH is the husband. And I think, I’m not the only one here.

But the thing is… I don’t want he ended up being DS husband anymore, because after all he has done for her, he only get CT’s ex? Yikes...

At this rate, I want JH marry another girl. Prettier and smarter than Deok Sun, I hope we will get a cameo of Park Bo Young maybe? And I hope we will get a scene when JH get over all of his feelings for DS. So we can move on. But I guess, it will not happen.

We will get the answer soon anyway.

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Me too! Initially I was broken-hearted that JH didn't end up with DS, but after that meh. JH is too good for DS.

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Me three.

My concern on this drama is why make the chemistry between DS and JH electrifying then make her go with the comfortable/safe relationship. This is just like Dr. Stranger.

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I thought the same thing with Chilbong and I am now thinking the same thing with JH. The writer did a good job to get me hook in this series, but I will not re-watch reply 1988 again, just like how i do not re-watch 1994. I, also will not re-listen to all the ost because it jst bring back bad memory. My point is, I dont really like this kind of bait and switch tactic. It gets the attention, but it wont bring me back to re-watch the drama over and over again like reply 1997. I will also unlikely to say its a good drama to my friends. That's it for me and reply series.

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Wow, did you just refer Deoksun as Taek's ex like she's soiled goods?

Come on, the way JungHwan bowed out gracefully told us about how big his heart is, and how dignified and self-aware he is.

And look at how he's treating his family. Getting upset this way because he simply didn't get the girl, lessens JungHwan's generosity and awesomeness.

If JungHwan can wish DeoksunxTaek happy, you can do too.

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No, they really can't. JH is such an awesome character, but a shame about his fans.

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You took the words right out of my mouth! My heart hurts seeing those silly-hatred-filled comments *sighs*

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OMG, your user name. That kiss was awesome.

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best user name, all of Taek and Doekson's kiss scenes are amazing

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Great user name. I stare at the screen without blinking when Taek kisses.

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These comments insulting Doekson for liking Taek and saying Junghwan is too good for Taek’s ex are so offensive. Doekson and Taek have always treated each other well so why can’t Junghwan’s fans be happy for them.

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Hear! Hear!

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Not only that, they referenced JH as "too good" for DS. Last time I checked, it's ultimately her decision as to who she'll accept, not JH's and not CT's. So many JH shippers take all her agency away by these statements. It makes me angry the way they are treating DS.

I agree fully with what you said about fans being upset and that lessening how awesome JH is. When they start badmouthing characters, writers, and the whole drama, it makes me not want to like their favorite as much. I love JH, but I liked Taek a bit more for DS. That doesn't mean I hate JH and want him to suffer. If JH had ended up with DS, I would have been okay with it.

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I liked JH but loved Taek much more for DS. Taek and DS are comfortable with each other like ordinary loving couples who are willing to do simple things for each other unconditionally.

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I know right, Junghwan is too good to be end up with someone inconsistent like Deoksun. He deserves 1000x pretty, smart, and sweet more than Deoksun. How can we not love this guy? His thoughtfulness is what attracts me.

Still can't believe he lose (or give up?) to someone as plain as Taek

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someone as plain as Taek? Seriously? Why are the fans getting more and more ruder nowadays?

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Taek isn't simple at all. He knows what he wants and goes for it so he wins and deserves the girl he loves.

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Thank you! Precisely.

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Taek is a world-class famous baduk player who has apparently learned to kiss like a bandit somewhere. I don't think he's particularly plain.

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"learned to kiss like a bandit somewhere." HAHAHAHAHA
omg, your comment makes my day!

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Kiss like a bandit. *snort*

Saying Taek is plain is like saying Beyonce is a bad dancer.

Do you see his facial bone structure? Do you see his expressive eyes?

Come on, don't hate on other ships.

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um, like someone mentioned... they watched a lot of ...ehm, movies. it wasnt just watching x rated movies. ... it was a study group, in a way.

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I know! Where DID he learn to kiss like that?! That combined with his super innocent face=not so innocent thoughts in my head :P

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inconsistent? so you married your first crush? It's normal for any teenager to have crushes and like different people as they grow up. DS is also a middle child who's insecure and grew up feeling like she lacked enough attention from her family. she's also a romantic like any of us and wanted to be swooped up in love. that's why she was easily persuaded to crush on SW and JH because she believed they liked her and it gave her confidence.

But i think this series took a mature look at love and in ep 14, DR perfectly sums up that love is not about who likes you and that its more important to focus on what you feel regardless of what you know how the other person feels.

also that's just rude and petter to insult other characters just because you didn't get your way.

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I totally agree to what you said. It's natural to be disappointed for DS and JH, after some people rooted for them, however it's just plain rude to demean ones character just because it didn't happen the way some wanted it to be. GROW UP people, LIFE's like that!

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Alpha!!!

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DK IS inconsistent. That's a fact. She can't seem to know what she wants. That's her character. And you know what? It's completely fine. However, people like her need more time to find out what they want to do with their lives, but the drama focused so much on their lifestyle and other unnecessary things that the writers forgot to develop her character. I mean, between the 1988 and 1994 episodes I don't see any big differences in DK's character.

That being said, I don't think that anyone should excuse someone's behavior just because they are a teenager. We are who we are. Age doesn't matter. It's human nature.

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Age does matter. It's SCIENCE, the human brain has not developed properly until they're 21.

Deoksun is developed, yes she's manic at times, but she's also compassionate and caring. Yes, she is not quite yet a whole character because the writer's doesn't let us see her feelings because that would undermine the husband hunt.

But hating on Deoksun and calling her names and considering her a bad, flaky girl because she doesn't end up with who you want is wrong. She was good enough for Jung Hwan a couple of episodes ago, so she's fine now.

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@Julia

First of all, scientists seem to believe the human brain is still developing even after early 30's. Second of all, not everyone fits in that category and i dare say it's the minority. Some people's minds can develop earlier in their lives (kids, teens) and some later (mid-30's). And that's why no one should justify someone's actions solely based on their age.

DK's romance with TK came out of nowhere and had little to no development. No one likes a love story that's just happened behind the scenes. We, as an audience, like to see it happened as the story unfolds.

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Did you even watch the whole drama??? or did you watch the parts with JH only???? As a middle child, DS always wanted the love and attention that was lacking from home. So she always went after those that seem to like her. She fell for SW cuz her friends say he likes her, then JH again, for the same reason. Then DR comes along and tells her not to look for someone who likes her, but to find "the one" that SHE TRULY LIKES. And the one she truly likes is TK. She likes him without any influence from her peers. In fact her friend told her that TK takes DS for granted and doesn't care about her. But DS still feels for TK. (unlike SW and JH. DS quit liking them as soon as she finds that they didn't have feelings for her, which means she didn't truly love them.)

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Inconsistent???? Having a crush on a different of guys is inconsistent?? Idolising many idols and actors is inconsistent??

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it takes longer for some people to digest that the girl just doesn't love their boy. Just let it be.

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Yup. He had all the time in the world. Seriously.

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plain? He is the most nuanced character and has grown and changed.

what I think is that the drama really shows us, among other things, how this community accepts and fixes the life of a slightly broken child who lost his mom like you would fix a bird fallen out of the nest.

The result was not unfair or sudden. DS & Taek spent more time together and learned things about each other, they were so comfortable and open with each other. They have been growing towards each other all this time. She was always taking care of him and he was always somehow in her mind. then he showed he can take care of himself AND others and her... not a little helpless chick any more.

JungHwan was a little underdeveloped. But he is a good chap. and I won´t say anything negative about him, not any more. be happy, JungHwan

so, sorry, but not sorry. Fans are ruining their own drama experience, whining and cursing so that they can´t just sit back and respect the hard work the team has put in the drama, and to enjoy the final with a peaceful heart. if you want it that way, go ahead and sulk while others are having a good time.

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I also read that some people say that Taek is not well-written and I'm like, WHAT?

Dude, I am a writer, I know what an underdevelop character looks like, Taek is not it.

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people are forgetting all the great scenes Doekson and Taek had together, like when she was upset by the flasher and he comforted her then waited outside the restroom so she'd feel safe

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Thank you. Taek is not plain. I would have also chosen to fall for Taek over JH.

JH was not only underdeveloped. JH may be smart at school and sweet with friends but he's a loser at finding himself. I'm just glad that Top Gun worked out for him despite it being his brother's dream.

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All you wonderful people, where have you been? Or, where are you now? 'Cause I totally could use a good talk about Taek and how awesomely awesome he is as a man and as character.

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Doeksun is not inconsistent, she gave up on Junghwan after he let her believe he'd given away her pink shirt to his brother, he also repeatedly insulted her, how was she supposed to know he liked her?

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Look...I'm a JH shipper, but I totally agree when a commenter said weeks ago that she couldn't keep on rooting for JH when he refused to play. The commenter was totally right on. My heart is broken, yes...but it's totally foolish not to be happy for DS and Taek. Look how cute they are! As far as not marrying your first crush? The chances of that happening in real life is really low. DS happens to be one of the most warm-hearted, caring, thoughtful character I've seen in a kdrama. To suddenly cast her aside and said she's inconsistent is so incredibly childish.

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She's supposed to read JH's mind and know when he says she's ugly, that really means he loves her and is secretly watching her. Or that when he ignores her, that also means he loves her deeply.

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HAHAHA. This.

Lol. JH-DS shippers fail to see everything from DS's point of view. While to them who are just outsiders, JH is swoon-worthy. To DS who is on the receiving end of JH's frustrating behavior, IT IS NOT SWOON-WORTHY AT ALL.

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This! We as the audience were privy to all the times when JH secretly did cute stuff for DS, or looked at her with puppy eyes from afar and all that. But DS was not, because he never did any of that in front of her! He never made his love known. She had nursed quite a crush on him in her younger days, but he gave her practically no indication that it was reciprocated. HOW was she supposed to know that he liked her?!? I was very much in tune with the realistic tone of the show that she would move on, and not be able to decipher his cryptic actions to be coming from a place of true love (like a normal person)

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Plain is an antonym for Choi Taek. Taek is sweet, funny, and yet, incredibly determined. For me, he was one of the more intriguing characters.

Also, the way that boy kisses could never be called "plain."

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Taek ain't plan. I always root for more Taek scenes. Taek steals the show from the other boys when he's around. Or basically, the gang revolves around him.

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Plain?? Is there a new definition of being "plain"? You mean "Holy", right? Cuz his kisses are just divine.

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Besides divine kisses, sweet persona, cute demeanor and winning attitude, Taek has a certain mysteriousness that pulls people in.

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some fans are the worst haha. for the last however many episodes people have been convinced that junghwan would end up with deok-sun, and now that he officially hasn't everyone's like "he's too good for her anyway" ? such bullshit.

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I cried for JH when he confessed then backed out. I wish JH shippers would accept defeat gracefully as JH did. He was a great character, he fell in love, realized his mistake and let go when he knows it's time to let go. He gave them his blessing and wish them happiness. Do the same and quit this hating, for his sake. This drama is not just about the love triangle. It pains me how some of you are missing what the drama is all about because of this 'shipping wars'.

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JH said it himself that it was all about timing. There were so many TIMES when he missed the TIMING! When they were younger, all he had to do was speak up and DS would have fallen at his feet. She waited for him to DO something, and he never did. Granted, he backed off to let Taekie go for DS, but it was JH's choice to do that. Not saying it was a bad choice or faulting him for it - it was very noble of JH to choose his friendship w/ and his love for Taekie. But nonetheless, it was ultimately his choice and it appears it cost him DS. I was really sad for him when he was racing to her at the concert after he found out the guy she had been dating was two-timing her, only to get beat by Taekie by seconds - again. Either way, DS ends up with a great guy (whether it was CT or JH) and they all still have their friendships. And the friendships of everyone in the neighborhood are REALLY what make this drama SO special. I can't think of a drama in recent memory where the friendships just seemed so REAL. You just really get the feeling that they all care about and for each other, and just want ALL of them to have a happy ending. I was thinking about that in ep 19 when they were having the party - all of the tears - and I was wondering if a lot of those tears were genuine tears, knowing that AM1988 was drawing to a close and how much they would all miss each other. I know it's just a drama (duh), but one can't help but think and wonder about how close they all became on a personal (not just professional acting) level. Their friendships just seemed legit - which is a good sign of some great acting! For someone who wasn't even really interested in this drama when it first started, I'm going to miss it terribly after tomorrow's finale. It's been such a joy to watch.

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The friendship,man. I got teary eyed when Taek visited JungHwan and you can actually feel how hard it was for the both of them to discuss their feelings for Deoksun.

JungHwan trying to lie that it's all over and Taek knowing that it's not but appreciate JungHwan's blessing.

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Agreed!! I respect JH for his level of dedication to his friendship, but this is almost EXACTLY what big bro said to Yoon Jae in R97 - you don't give up love, not for anything. The truth is I think JH really did stand a good chance earlier on in the series, certain things he did for DS clearly made her heart sway (like when he turned up to meet her friends just because she called and asked), but the problem is that he never SAID anything, and given DS's own character I think it's unlikely that she would have been the first one to speak up either. I think that's where this series differs from the prior 2, it isn't as clear or straightforward a relationship (in both the previous series it's fairly clear that the girl has her eyes on only that one guy/even Shi Won was clearly awkward af with big bro) because both guys really DID stand a chance with her. The difference is between the one who grabbed for the chance and the one who backed off so far and realized it too late. My heart does hurt for JH - his love was sweet and genuine, but I feel Taek getting the girl is entirely well-deserved. He earned it.

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"all he's done"? What did he do? Give her an umbrella 6 years ago? Please stop. Most of his love was things she never knew happened in the first place. And really, why must people try to bring down Deok-Sun is all of this? She's not the one who is at fault for that failed ship. Junghwan is.

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YEEEEEEEEES!!!

Even JungHwan realizes that so he bows out gracefully and doesn't blame anyone but himself.

Deoksun doesn't owe anyone because they're nice to her or because they love her, it's solely Deoksun's choice on whom to love.

I get so mad when people do this kind of thing.

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PREACH, SISTER! (or brother) /sends you a jar full of cookies/

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*receives cookies and watched raw ep 19 yet again* Thanks for the cookies.

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I never have picked a ship for any of the Reply Series so it doesn't bother me who she ends up with as long as it's a good story. Still, I just think it's funny how she was good enough for him last week and tonight she's ugly and wishy-washy.

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And used goods, and a terrible character. People are just assholes seriously.

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Yes, JH is at fault for sinking his own ship. DS made the right choice to board a sailing ship with Taek.

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Well, 1994 did give Chilbongie Jung Yumi and she was an adorable character, so there ought to be someone awesome waiting for JH.

My dream picks for noonas are Gong Hyo-Jin, Jun Ji-hyun or Shin Min-a, and I can only think of Kim Go-Eun for dongsaeng.

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All TeamJH fans should petition TvN to make episode 21 exclusively for JH finding the right woman for him.

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This.
This has better conclusion. Move on people. Not that Deoksun doesn't deserve him, it's just that she's not the right one. And I hope they'll show the right one for him.

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Hunh? How could JH still be Deok Sun's husband if the current husband just had the whispered conversation with adult DS about the 89/94 kiss mix-up? I don't remember JH kissing her.

And I say that as someone who was utterly dreading that Taek would marry DS then DIE and the final husband would be JH. But the final husband seems to be talking about the 89 dream-kiss, so...

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That'd be the plot twist I was dreading - but thankfully, it doesn't look like that's going to happen!

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I dont understand when people say that 'after all JH done for DS', 'JH loves her so much, she's so blind' etc etc.
We, viewers knows his love and pain becos we are viewers of the story. What did DS know? How did DS view JS in her POV? He never really show his affection to her and even when she's crushing on him and encouraging him, he hurt her and push her away. Of cos, there's no way DS would continue loving him.
I find it funny how people are now calling DS names and saying mean things about her beocs their oppa didn't win the husband game.
I'm not on any team and watch this drama for families. Never watched other reply series before too. For me, it is obvious the hubby is TK becos of the clues. At first, i tot it was SW but after ep 6, I suspect it was TK. From the early episode, they show the hubby smoke, use left-hand, the date on photo is right bottom cornor, the hubby cn't speak banmal to NL for ten years etc etc so many things pointing to TK.
People say the husband personality is just like JH. But how do we know it is a sure thing when adult-DS is not like DS and even adult-Bora and adult-NL is totally not the young bora and nl.
People were blind by their own ship and their confidence in their ship that they are now calling all sorts of names to this wonderful, amazing and touching drama. Even cursing the writer and PD. That's what I feel piss off most about.

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Haha... God forbid that people grow up and their personalities change after 20+ years. I'm only in my mid thirties but I'd be mortified to find out that I have the same personality I did at 17 or 18.

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People need to rewatch that most of JH's affections remained unseen, even one of them became Taek's (the pink glove), and that's not even Taek's fault. The hints were too obvious that people think some of them are plot-holes like R94. Guess the writer don't do plot-holes this time.

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the most important clue is to follow who Doekson likes, she gave up on Jungwhan cause he kept rejecting her and she thought he gave away her shirt

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I totally agreee with you.. I'm team JH all the way.. JH is to good for DS.. I hope he finds his happy ending with another girl who deserves him.. Writer-nim, please don't make JH end up with DS anyway… Let DS and CT enjoy their happily ever after

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DS is too good for someone who insults her repeatedly and never shows affection

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She really is. Taek is perfect for her. JH is not a bad guy, but he's not a good person for someone like DS. She doesn't have high self esteem, and it's just unappealing watching him insult her like he does.

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yes it was hard for DS growing up the middle child with a super smart capable older sister and her brother who is the only son. It is natural for DS to fall for Taek who gave her positive attention and was always happy to see her. If anything fans should be happy that we finally have a Kdrama where the female lead chooses the guy who is consistently nice to her.

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that's just degrading to put down DS as just someone's ex. even if they did break up and she got together with JH, there's nothing low-rate about that just because you think their love isn't 'pure'.

drama or not, we should still be grounded in human decency and acceptance. DS is an amazing character with a kind-hearted soul as it's been pointed out multiple times throughout the series. it's really small-minded to insult her and look down on her just because she didn't marry the guy you wanted to marry. at the very least accept that even JH acknowledged that it's his fault for losing out on his first love. so you can hate on JH or even the writer, but dont hate on DS or Taek.

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I agree with you but just in the part that I expect things to stay like this: Deok Sun and Taek together and Jung Hwan finding someone awesome. Please writers!!

Jung Hwan deserves someone that loves him deeply, but that does not mean that Deok Sun is dumb or unworthy for choosing Taek, it's just her decision...that I happen to support 200%, Taek has won my heart completely, he is so sweet and sexy at the same time, Deok Sun is a lucky girl!! :D I hope that we see a nice development in their relationship in the last episode...

Sorry guys, last time I was in Chilbonggie's Team and almost drowned in tears so I know how you feel.

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You are not the only one!

I definitely prefer taek with DS. However, I feel that the husband may still be JH. Remember, during the first few episodes. The husband knew of DS submitted a confession to Lee Moon Sae radio programme. Taek was not around, only JH was. Unless there is a hidden scene where Taek WAS around too?

Also, in the later episodes, it was revealed that the husband had many girlfriends before he married DS. I think this can go 2 ways. Taek DID had many blind dates, but i doubt they can be termed as 'girlfriends', and DS knew that she was his first love and girlfriend. I feel that this description match JH more as JH may really had girlfriends before he got together with DS.

Also, spoiler- i read on another forum that someone saw DS and JH kissing in the airport. I dunno how true it is though.

I think there is a possibility that Taek break up with DS, and DS has another chance to get with JH.

But i will not like this ending. Cos it means both JH and Taek have to go through another round of heartbreak and whatnot.

I rarely commented on this forum for this series because everyone is doing a great job expressing what i feel. Since there wun be another chance to do so after today, let me join in the fun hahas.

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For your first statement, future Deoksun did ask how the husband know about that and he was all "I know everything about you." Taek's not that dumb, everyone especially Sunwoo was all around to tell him everything.

And, Taek had the most blind dates. As you can see that the future couple said that relationship escalated quickly these days. In Korea, blind dates are really something. Like how DS asked for JH permission back in high school days. So yes, they could count it as dating.

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LOL, now that you think about it, future Taek's "I know everything about you." is actually a comeback for all the time Deoksun says, "What don't I know about Taek, I know everything about him."

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The feminist in me just can't stand to read that "someone's ex". She's a good girl, she's loved by her parents, JH and TK and all her friends. She is good kid to her parents, a dependable friend to her friends. She's more than just "EX!"

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yes I agree, it is offensive to refer to Doeskson as just someone's ex, she is a caring and kind person that is loved by her friends, family and neighbors , there is more to Doekson than who she dates or marries

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What's wrong with being an "ex" anyway? Most people are an ex something or other.

An ex in relationships just means you were loved or wanted once too...

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I definitely agree....I need to see JH have a scene(if Taek's really the husband) where he gets over his feelings for DK because I DO NOT want to stay feeling sunk about JH/DK's ship.

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Jung Hwan is still our hero(to me at least).. it just whether he have heroin or not in this reply series... if he had not then it will be same as Fashion King ending( worst ever drama i did watch)..
teak lack the credibility to be our hero... he have sweet character, true.. but not main character trait.. if his character to be hero that mean entire stories is boring.. or his story(or plot or scene whatever) is boring than side character(JH) story...
Deok Sun.. yes Deok sun.. first she like sun wo(crush i think) then Jung Pal(i felt her love to him)(in the scene her end up in same bed with JH, she half asleep asking him to go concert with her, bcoz her disappoint JH dont want to go, so she still thinking about that in her sleep.. sweetest scene in reply 1988..
then teakie.. i dont know when she fall for teak, for what reason? is it is when she take care him in china, felt like teak cannot take care himself, so she fall for him? or when teak princess carry her, by chance? what happen if sun woo who end up carry her, then she will fall for SW again, what about dong ryong who carry her first, although he has haemorrhoid..? it not make sense..

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oh my god!! i thought the same! even i thought of Park Bo Young!!!!!!make it true dramagods!!!! pleaseeee!!!!

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My smile is as big as Taek's right now...
and my tears as great as Ra Mi Ran's.

:D T__T :D T__T

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Taek has the prettiest smile, pure sunshine

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Go Taekie! ❤ kinda feel proud of him for swooping in for the kiss like a man lol.

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yep, I needed that in my life

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oh my i want a kiss too from taekie hehe

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That kiss was perfect. Generally I think Taek's timing and actions have been seriously spot-on: he doesn't shy away from things, and even though he waits for confirmation, as soon as he gets a hint he swoops right in and makes his feelings known. Yay for baduk!

I know a lot of people have a specific pairing they like and have set their hearts on, but from DS's point of view, this seems like a really good story. She crushed on all the boys in her neighborhood, but Taek was so close to her that the spectre of dating him as a teenager actually scared the hell out of her when it was a possibility (despite the fact that she kind of made the first move). It's nice that later on in her life, when she's a little more stable and dating is more serious, he's so decisive.

And the fact is, sometimes you hold a torch for someone else and it just never happens. JH is great, but it didn't happen for him and DS. Taek was there, Taek is the one she's been keeping tabs on, and he's also the one who saw a green light and immediately closed in. It's also notable that he was totally going to let her slide on all of that right up until she said "...but", even though it was clearly killing him. And of course, following it up with him wrapping her in his jacket was just a lovely kind of "these two could definitely make it" scene.

The whole thing's heartbreaking in its own way, but that's pretty much everyone's teen years. Very few of us fixate on those years for the rest of our lives - JH will be fine.

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yeah, it reminded me a lot of 1997, though in that case Shi-won was far more relentless than even Taek here, when it came to putting her feelings on the line and breaking past Yoon-jae's defences. But I love Taek for going for it, the minute he heard that 'but'.

The thing with Jung-hwan is, he's written similar to Yoon-jae in many ways, but with one major difference - he never once actually spoke up to make it clear to Deok-sun what his feelings were, even when she was giving him all the flashing green lights in Seoul. While Yoon-jae managed to confess, even as a final 'get it off my chest' move despite the fact that Shi-won was dating his BROTHER. If Jung-hwan had managed to get past his pride and fear of heartbreak even once to confess to Deok-sun back then, we'd be looking at a very different couple.

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I've been avoiding the these last three episodes till I was back with stable wifi. But just reading the recaps I've been crying and grinning widely so much that my partner started asking, "What happened to the Koreans?" (This is how he refers to all the Korean dramas I watch.)

I would have been happy if DS ended up with whichever boy because I trust the writer had developed the story to whatever it was meant to be.

I think I'm mostly in tears as the show is ending, and it's been so good. After seeing how shows can get derailed from a good start - part of the emotion must be gratitude to the production team for carrying a fantastic show through.

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Now that I've seen the kiss - yup, you've described it perfectly, Miranda!

And I do love it that for someone as committed to baduk and innately competitive as Taek is, we've been shown that he ditched a match to show up for DS at the concern. That says a helluva lot - a guy can be work-driven and ambitious, but he knows how to put the woman he loves first.

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Yo! I retract all that I said last week. That kiss was EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!! SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Yo!!!!!! He swooped in like a man and did the damn thing. I ain't even mad. OMG!

I guess, in retrospect, whenever it comes to DS, he was always straightforward (in his own Taek-ie way) compared to JH .

What an emotional episode. All these boys putting in werk with the lips, yo!

Warning...Thirsty comment ahead...
But why they have JH look so good this episode? I don't know, was it the chiseled chin? The haircut? The skin? But he was looking mighty, mighty good during the last scenes at the restaurant. Thirsty comment is thirsty.

Its 03:35 EST (01/16/16). I stayed awake to watch raw and read the recap. So glad I did.

Good night Beaners!!!!!!

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OHNONONO, JungHwan looked FINE as hell. With the jacket and being authoritative.

The way he flicked his hands to dismiss the petty officers made me laugh.

It occured to me seeing that, he does fit inside the military lifestyle.

Oh, JungHwan is so awesome. I mean if he ended up with Deoksun even though I'm team Taekie and the writers made it believable, I wouldn't be mad. He is such an awesome man and most of all a human being.

Look at how much he loves his mother.