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Entertainer: Episode 16

Ddanddara Band has one more obstacle to hurdle if they can hope to realize their dream, and it’s turning out to be the most difficult they’ve faced. Bringing the truth of Sung-hyun’s song and his death to the world will impact more than just them, and convincing others to help them won’t be easy.

 

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Choi Jun-ha had received Seok-ho’s plea to meet with him, and spent the whole evening watching Seok-ho wait for him, too scared to go in the restaurant. But when he sees Seok-ho about to leave he works up his courage, and the two men sit to talk.

Jun-ha tells Seok-ho that he knows what he’s going to ask of him (to tell the truth about the origin of his hit song), but says upfront that he can’t do it. He admits that as much as he loved singing, that one choice made it impossible for him to ever sing again. But it would be worse if he came clean now, and dragged all that back up again.

Seok-ho begs him shamelessly, telling him about his promise to Ha-neul that one day, he’ll sing his brother’s song onstage. That promise has become his whole life, and he needs Jun-ha’s help. But Jun-ha can’t stomach the idea of his family knowing what he did.

He hands Seok-ho an envelope containing every penny of royalties he’s received from the song “Go Ahead, Cry,” and says he wants Ha-neul to have it. Seok-ho gives the envelope back and tells Jun-ha to give it to Ha-neul himself — he wouldn’t accept the money from Seok-ho anyway. But Jun-ha drops the envelope on the table and leaves before Seok-ho can stop him.

Geu-rin cooks a huge meal for Sung-hyun’s memorial day, the same as she’s done every year. The boys are disappointed that Ha-neul didn’t take them to Sung-hyun’s memorial spot, since they consider him their brother now, too, and decide they’re going to meet Sung-hyun tomorrow. They’re so damn sweet.

Seok-ho calls in the team to tell them of his meeting with Jun-ha, and that he refuses to help them. Min-joo says they can always tell the truth themselves, since they have Sung-hyun’s original score, and Mr. Byun reveals that there’s a way to prove its authenticity: He still has the original recording of Sung-hyun singing the song.

He’s kept it a secret all these years, to keep CEO Lee from destroying it, and he apologizes to Seok-ho for never telling him the truth. The video is date- and time-stamped, which would prove that he owned the song before Choi Jun-ha ever recorded it.

Seok-ho looks angry and conflicted, but he decides that he won’t use the video to prove Sung-hyun’s ownership of the song. If they do, it will destroy Jun-ha’s life, and it’s not right to hurt him that way. He says that Jun-ha is in the country for one more day, so they just need to find a way to make Jun-ha want to live again.

They key is to revive his love of singing, but how? Seok-ho orders the team to review every performance, every interview, every appearance Jun-ha ever made for a way to ignite Jun-ha’s entertainer spirit.

But first he pulls Geu-rin aside, knowing she’s disappointed in his decision. He explains that if they start acting like the ends justify the means, it will make them no better than CEO Lee. He sincerely asks for her help convincing Jun-ha, but she’s worried about what will happen if they can’t do it — will Seok-ho reconsider? He says that he will, and urges her to have faith.

He gives her the money for Ha-neul, and the team get to work researching Jun-ha. Mr. Byun gives Seok-ho Sung-hyun’s recording of the song, remembering how beautifully Sung-hyun sang. He apologizes again for not giving it to Seok-ho sooner, and says that he thinks Sung-hyun helped them find each other again, so that they could meet Ha-neul.

Geu-rin is the first to discover something that might help — an old interview about Choi Jun-ha’s first performance, which had nearly been canceled because of a blizzard, and Jun-ha had been afraid people wouldn’t come. He’d been moved to tears when every seat was filled, and he’d sung for hours that night for his fans in gratitude. Seok-ho thinks this information is exactly what they need, and he heads to the airport to intercept Jun-ha’s flight.

Ha-neul is more interested in hearing about Seok-ho’s meeting with Jun-ha than the royalty money, and hearing that Jun-ha refuses to help them has him crumpling up the envelope in anger. Geu-rin understands, but points out the fact that he didn’t spend a dime of the money, which means this has been hard on him, too.

Ha-neul growls that everyone is so selfish, and it’s the dead who suffer. He thinks Jun-ha only gave him the money to assuage his guilt, and his raised voice wakes up the boys. Geu-rin sends them back to bed, promising to explain later.

On the way to the airport Seok-ho watches Sung-hyun’s video, and the sight of his old friend nearly breaks him. But as Sung-hyun’s voice soars, Seok-ho starts to smile, then lets his tears fall again.

While Seok-ho and Man-shik stake out the outbound flights, Mr. Byun approaches the venue of Jun-ha’s first concert to ask them permission to use the stage. The management allows it, but this is their last chance since the venue is being torn down later this year. So now all they need is to somehow get Choi Jun-ha there.

Looking determined, Ha-neul grabs the envelope containing the song royalties, and heads out alone to find Seok-ho. Seok-ho is still at the airport, and he finally sees Jun-ha arrive for his flight back to Australia. Jun-ha isn’t pleased to see him, and says that he understands that Sung-hyun and Ha-neul are important to Seok-ho, but he’s losing patience.

Seok-ho just gives him a piece of paper, and the USB containing Sung-hyun’s recording of his song. Jun-ha promises to take a look, and Seok-ho lets him go. But suddenly Ha-neul runs past him to Jun-ha and introduces himself, drawing a crowd of fans that Seok-ho manages to hold back.

Jun-ha looks remorseful and says he’s sorry, but Ha-neul just snaps back, “For what?” He demands to know if Jun-ha is sorry for what he did to his brother, or sorry for not setting things straight now. Jun-ha says he’s sorry for both, and Ha-neul asks angrily if the money is his way of apologizing.

He doesn’t want the money — he wants the song. As things stand, “Go Ahead, Cry” is still Choi Jun-ha’s song, and will be even after he dies. “Why can’t you return the song?”

Jun-ha hangs his head and admits that he doesn’t have the courage, and Ha-neul retorts that he’s not asking for his brother back, and he doesn’t even resent Jun-ha. “I blame myself for being too young and unable to help my vulnerable brother.”

Jun-ha says again that he’s sorry, but he can’t help Ha-neul. Ha-neul says that he’ll sing that song on Legend Again, and people will applaud thinking it’s Jun-ha’s song, but that he, and Jun-ha, and CEO Lee know whose song it really is.

He promises to pray until the last moment that Jun-ha will change his mind, and the song will find its real owner. “Please, prove that you’re different from Lee Jun-seok.” The mention of CEO Lee seems to rattle Jun-ha, but he doesn’t say a word as he takes the envelope back from Ha-neul.

Seok-ho meets with Jinu, who tells him that he cancelled his contract with KTOP, but he refused the rest of Jackson’s offer to leave with him. He thinks they can just find a new lead vocalist, though Seok-ho doubts that will happen. Jinu’s plan is to study music in England, “the land of the Beatles.”

Seok-ho has something to ask of Jinu — to give the song that they stole from the songwriter back. The idea makes Jinu nervous, since admitting that he stole someone’s song and drove them to suicide could ruin any future music career he may pursue. Seok-ho tells him of Sung-hyun’s song, and apologizes for burdening Jinu.

Man-shik lights up like a Christmas tree when Min-joo brings him a box of vitamin drinks, though she barks at him when he calls her a generous heiress, hee. She’s brought some for Seok-ho too, but neither of them knows where he is at the moment.

She wants to borrow an umbrella since it’s raining, but Man-shik forbids her to take the green one — it’s somehow precious to Seok-ho. He doesn’t know why, he just knows that Seok-ho cherishes it.

Once he’s alone Jun-ha does as he promised, and watches the video of Sung-hyun’s performance. He goes to the venue of his first concert (which was on the piece of paper Seok-ho gave to him) and calls Seok-ho, saying that it hasn’t changed.

He asks if he could hold a concert there before they tear the place down, and Seok-ho says he’d be honored to arrange it. “The fans who were waiting for you then, are still waiting for you.”

Seok-ho updates the band that Ha-neul convinced Jun-ha to help them, and says that the next step is issuing a statement detailing the truth about the song. Choi Jun-ha won’t be interviewed about it, but the entire story will be revealed.

Seok-ho meets with his PD friend to tell her what they’re going to do, and asks for her help in ensuring that Ddanddara Band is still welcome on the show. She says she won’t need to — the whole country will be buzzing about it. She asks if Choi Jun-ha is really on board, and Seok-ho promises that he is.

Seok-ho calls his editor friend to offer Reporter Ma, who’s still upset at being thwarted in scooping Ha-neul’s story, a chance at an exclusive. He’s grumpy, but ambitious, and meets with Seok-ho to find out what he wants.

He perks up when he hears the name Choi Jun-ha, and Seok-ho asks him to write this story, not as a scandal, but as an emotional confession from a remorseful man. Reporter Ma reads Seok-ho’s notes, and practically does the Happy Dance of Joy in excitement.

The Ddanddara boys try to rehearse the song, which now sounds a lot closer to Sung-hyun’s original version. But Ha-neul still struggles to sing the words, so Seok-ho calls Min-joo to bring over the USB of his brother’s performance.

The USB is in the same drawer as Geu-rin’s drawing of the green umbrella, which catches Min-joo’s eye. She makes the connection to the green umbrella that Seok-ho treasures so much, and realizes that it’s Geu-rin (whose name sounds like “green” in English) who’s so important to him.

As Ha-neul watches the video of his brother, he cries, and reaches out to touch Sung-hyun’s face through the screen. Soon all of the Ddanddara boys are sobbing, as well as Geu-rin and Min-joo, as Ha-neul calls out, “Hyung… hyung, why? Hyung!

Seok-ho ignores Ha-neul’s tears, and asks in a calm, firm voice, “Why can’t you sing? Sung-hyun can, so why can’t you? Sung-hyun’s not here, but this song must be sung. Why can’t you sing it?” He says that there’s only one person who should sing this song — Ha-neul.

He reminds Ha-neul that once this press release is out, the song will no longer belong to KTOP, but to Sung-hyun and to Ha-neul. He says that it will hurt, and his heart will break, “But you must sing it well. Because it’s Sung-hyun’s song.” The words aren’t gentle but they’re said with love, and Ha-neul takes a deep breath as his spine straightens.

Later that night Jun-ha reads the angry words of the netizens, vilifying him for stealing Sung-hyun’s song and claiming it as his own. Seok-ho invites him out to drink, and Jun-ha takes a fortifying gulp straight from the bottle before answering his wife’s call.

Despite his fears, Jun-ha’s wife is wonderfully supportive, and tells him he’s done the right thing and his son is proud. Jun-ha texts Seok-ho back to say they can share a drink when Seok-ho visits him in Australia, and he asks one favor, which we don’t hear.

CEO Lee trashes his office in a rage, having recently learned that all of the studios and television stations are blacklisting KTOP artists in the wake of the breaking scandal. He tells his assistant to do whatever it takes to get the contracts back, even if it means giving the bulk of the advantage to the other side.

He orders Joo-han to help, but Joo-han says that as of now, he’s finished with KTOP. He tells CEO Lee that he wants to start over like Seok-ho did, which sends Lee into another hissy fit. Joo-han leaves, and CEO Lee screams, then descends into that creepy demented laughter again.

Seok-ho mulls over Jun-ha’s request, which was to appear on Legend Again. He heads to the studio to talk to the PD, who’s thrilled at the idea. Even better, Seok-ho suggests they make the song a duet.

Seok-ho runs to find the boys, and tells them that the song is now a duet, asking if Kyle can write a new arrangement in the week they have left. Ha-neul is shocked at the idea of singing the song with Jun-ha, but that’s not what Seok-ho has in mind — the song will be a duet between Ha-neul and Sung-hyun.

On the day of the show, the band visits Sung-hyun’s memorial, and Ha-neul finally gets to introduce his friends to his big brother. They all talk to Hyung, joking and making each other smile (Jae-hoon tells Sung-hyun that Ha-neul is better-looking, hee), and even Geu-rin is honored to finally meet him.

The boys are surprised when Jun-ha joins them as they wait in their dressing room before the show. Jun-ha thanks Ha-neul for letting him be here and for helping his leave his self-imposed prison, and Ha-neul thanks him in return for giving back his brother’s song.

Then it’s time for Ddanddara Band to perform. Jun-ha goes onstage first and addresses the audience, apologizing for not coming back after his long hiatus for a happier reason. He explains that he disappeared because he was ashamed of what he did, and that he wants to apologize now. His confession is met with deafening silence, and after a long moment, Jun-ha introduces the true owner of the song.

And suddenly, Sung-hyun is onstage, playing the opening notes of “Go Ahead, Cry.” They’ve used the video to make it appear as though he’s right there in person, and the effect is breathtaking. After Sung-hyun sings the first lines alone, the lights come up, and Ha-neul is there too, finally singing onstage with his brother.

It’s almost as though Sung-hyun is looking at Ha-neul as they sing, and the band starts to play with Sung-hyun as his voice melds with Ha-neul’s in the chorus. Ha-neul takes the lead in the second stanza, and Sung-hyun seems to watch him with a look of pride on his face.

Ha-neul sings to his brother, missing him, the lyrics taking on special meaning:

You must have been in a lot of pain
Like my heart that’s all burned up
Now I know it all
The tears you held back
The times you struggled to stand
That you tried so hard to hide
You, who always stayed by my side
I won’t let go of the hands I’m holding
It’s okay if you can’t hold back anymore
I will always hold you

It’s okay to cry out loud
It’s okay to cry louder for you
Your sad eyes are speaking to me
This dream-like love is speaking to me
It’s okay, cry out louder
It’s okay, cry all you want for me
Your sad eyes are speaking to me
This dream-like love is speaking to me

Backstage, Seok-ho simultaneously cries and smiles with pride, thinking, “I miss you, Sung-hyun-ah.”

COMMENTS

That was so much better than I ever expected… I knew that Ha-neul’s version of the song would blow us away, but I never thought about putting Sung-hyun’s recording into the song so that the brothers could sing together. I’ve been looking forward to this performance, but it was so much more beautiful than I imagined.

I much prefer Hyung’s plot line to Ha-neul’s assault case, though I do understand the need for that background and the way it dovetails into the quest to redeem Hyung and his song. But this last couple of episodes has had me connecting to the characters in a way I hadn’t before, because of the way Sung-hyun’s betrayal and death has them all coming together to mourn, then pick themselves up and mobilize to make things right. I love how Sung-hyun’s desire to make music meshes with Ha-neul’s love of performance, and the idea that it’s Sung-hyun’s song that could propel the Ddanddara boys from a probably-fleeting popularity to stardom. It’s saddening to think what could have been, if Sung-hyun had lived to write more songs, both for himself and for his younger brother.

With the direction the show has been going for the last few episodes, focusing on the grief of loss and the quest to make things right, it’s like Entertainer has elevated itself several notches.The acting is improving in all areas, the story has gained a depth and piognancy that were lacking at the beginning, and I find this plot highly compelling and satisfying. And how beautiful is Hyung’s song?? I well up every time it plays. I wish this drastic improvement could have happened sooner before people dropped the show, but for those of us who are still hanging in there, I believe it’s been worth the investment.

It wasn’t apparent until recently, but I’m finally understanding the overarcing theme of Entertainer — that people can make terrible mistakes, but it doesn’t make them evil or irredeemable. Ha-neul is a force that advocates forgiveness, and his influence is spreading to all those around him. He’s been able to forgive anyone anything, as long as they show true remorse. Ji-young, Joo-han, Jun-ha, and especially Seok-ho have all found themselves facing Ha-neul and repenting the wrong they’ve done to him, and to his credit, Ha-neul pulls no punches. He’s clear about what they’ve done wrong, and doesn’t soften his words in letting them know they’ve disappointed him. But he also allows them to realize their mistakes, and when they do, he’s the first one willing to say, “I forgive you, and now it’s time to forgive yourself.” He’s a wonderful young man and an incredibly compelling character, and Kang Min-hyuk gets all the credit for playing him so perfectly.

The only person Ha-neul can’t forgive is CEO Lee, which also falls in character, as Lee is the only person who not only doesn’t regret his actions. In fact, not only does he not see his actions as wrong, but he continues to double-down every time he’s given the chance to do the right thing. His hate and prejudice directly caused Sung-hyun’s death, and yet he still sneers and calls him a “cripple” to Seok-ho’s face. We did see CEO Lee struggle with what to do when he made the decision to betray Sung-hyun, and that one moment of humanity almost made me feel sorry for him. But he took the wrong road and never looked back, and over time he’s even come to enjoy watching the suffering he causes. I don’t blame Ha-neul for promising to make sure he suffers for what he’s done.

It was wonderful to see Seok-ho pull himself together and be the manager that Ha-neul and the boys needed, when Ha-neul couldn’t sing. I’ve grown so used to seeing Seok-ho give in to his emotional turmoil, and it was a shock, in a good way, when he got it together and said what needed to be said. He’s been so many things for Ha-neul and the rest of the boys — friend, manager, hyung — but until now, he’s not been a leader. And they desperately need a leader, as new as they all are to the entertainment industry, and facing so much opposition so early on in their career. They need someone to teach them and guide them, and I was starting to worry that Seok-ho couldn’t be that for them because of his own demons. But he proved, when it really mattered, that he can be exactly the man they need.

 
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Thank you for the recap...
This drama may not as 'heavy' as Ji Sung previous works, but he seems really enjoy his role as Seok Ho.
Wish all the boys get their own happy ending, including Ha Neul and his 'one-sided' love... :)

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That duet is the most beautiful thing I've heard in the longest time.
Best OST ever.

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I watched this raw and missed the part where Sung Hyun was going to be part of the "duet", and frankly it was better for not knowing before the reveal. I wish they'd not mentioned it, because seeing him light up onstage and then seeing the band light up a minute later was a huge emotional punch.

Good episode, but I get a weird feeling that they "extended" the run by copying and pasting "[character] cries for a very long time" through the scripts for the back half of the run. There is a lot of crying.

And I want my single dad/reluctant chaebol romance! C'mon, show!

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You are not kidding about the crying. I actually fast forwarded through the crying scenes. It may seem cold-hearted but I found them frustrating.

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I agree with you completely. For episode 15, I watched all the crying scenes, but after so much crying in episode 16, I had to skip the crying scenes.

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Their duet was absolutely beautiful ? I was looking forward to it all week so im glad that they didnt disappoint me ?

I am curious tho as to how they're gonna wrap things up in 2 eps... kyle's character arc (im still convinced that his arc isn't over yet), haneul's revenge, seok ho x geu rin have yet to be explored (well in seok ho x geu rin's case, explored more in depth). Hopefully it'll all flow naturally and not feel too rushed.

Although I'll be sad to see Entertainer go next week (and yes, I did thoroughly enjoy this drama unlike some ppl), I feel like 18 eps of it is enough. It has been an amazing ride ?

Ps: Cant wait to watch "Wanted" after Entertainer ends!

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That was so beautiful. I'm glad I didn't drop the show and I'm glad there's very little of the Geu Rin and Seok Ho romance. I wanted a touching underdog fight back story and I got one! Kang Min Hyuk is really slaying in this role. I can feel every emotion he is bringing across, even though it's through a camera lens and in a language I do not understand without subtitles. Good job! The other Ddandara band boys are brilliant too and I wish they had more screen time.

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Thank you so much for the recaps.. i love your comments so spot on esp in both ep 15 and 16. Your right these 2 eps was the best that Entertainer has offered. Haneul duet with his brother was so creatively captured. I love it and cried along with the casts. What a memorable and emotional scene. Though I was very tempted to drop this show Im glad I didnt. Kang Min Hyuk has proven its not a one man show afterall.

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Oh my goodness. That duet took my breath away. Not just the talent but the sheer beauty of seeing both brothers singing together. Something they wanted but was snatched from them. And the way it seemed that Sung-hyun was looking right at Ha-neul just broke my heart (in a good way). And it's true that Seok-ho has changed. Before he ran away from a problem, now (after a period of self-loathing and encouragement from Ha-neul) he was able to get up and rally his troops like a true leader. Now all that remains is for them to knock CEO Lee off his pedestal once and for all (and some criminal charges would be nice).

Last week when Min-soo kind of "attacked" (I use that word loosely) Geu-rin for wanting to go to Seok-ho I wondered if she harbored a crush on him and it kind of looks like she might after finding that picture (and she didn't seem very happy to see Geu-rin at the studio). But I hope she lets that go because she really should get with Yeon-soo. Btw, where has Chan-hee been recently? I haven't seen him, not even at the house. I miss the little guy and the way the entire band is all father-like with him.

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I assume CEO Lee has kidnapped him.

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ha ha ha ha ha! (The sad part is, I wouldn't put it past him.)

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Maybe was busy filming his parts in beautiful gongshim at the time? He plays the younger version of the male lead in that.
And yesss the only love line I support is MinjooxYeonsoo so hope it happens!

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Yeah I miss Chanhee. I enjoyed this episode but I didn't like they gave hint that Min-joo might have a crush on SH (why all of sudden in last and this eps?). I need more scenes of Yeon-soo and her.

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@ LP Ep 15/16 wrung me out. I never gave up on the show and found the drama refreshing, not run of the mill. I wish SBS was not so forthcoming about lovelines before the drama even started then there wouldn't have been so prejudice and hate toward the show. With so many characters, writer had to show justice for each. However, editing could have been better. Sometimes it flowed nicely but many times, it was haphazardly cut from scene to scene.

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Episode 15 had me crying so much but I thought, whew - at least that is done. But then episode 16 came along and that duet happened - so beautiful and moving.

Props to Kang Min Hyuk for doing such an amazing job conveying grief and loss.

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The performance by SungHyun and HaNeul reminded me of the Immortal Songs 2 performance by Jung DongHa for Kim HyunSik's Like Rain Like Music. It was amazing, and I definitely recommend it.

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I remember that episode. But I was thinking of Kim Jinho's performance of SG Wannabe's Saldaga 살다가 on Immortal Songs that he did in memory of his former member Chae Dongha who committed suicide. It wasn't a duet per se, but it definitely had the same emotional impact.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P6IXyHIxERo

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OH MY.. I never expect that anyone else would had same exact thinking with me.. I also slightly reminded about SG Wannabe's Kim Jinho' 살다가 performance in Immortal Song when I wad watching 울어도돼 duet by Jo Sunghyun & Haneul.
It had the same bittersweet feeling and both were so, so beautiful.

Jo Sunghyun's life story successfully turns this drama from a mediocre into worth-watching one. The brothers duet stage was the BEST thing ever happened in this show.

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For anyone looking for Jung Dongha's performance: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44ClIrqspzw

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Such a gorgeous episode! I cry every time I replay the duet, and what a beautiful piece of music it is.

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Beautiful episode! I decided id watch when they say it was a drama with music but I was sold the moment they mentioned Min Hyuk's name for this drama because Im that biased. Nonetheless, I was willing to drop it if it was bad but I happened to like it since the 1st ep. It was heavier than I thought but the story is meaningful to the point we get to see Hyung perform his beloved song with his beloved brother in the end... Who would have thought that? Im glad many of us believed in this story and didnt miss that moment.

The only thing I have to complain is YS and MJ's love line! Theres only 2 eps. Lefttt! They better give it to me! And I missed Changhee so much

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Really not feeling the whole older brother story-line as it seems artificial/forced where one notes how one is supposed to feel than actually feeling those emotions.

Just don't buy into the notion that Sung-hyun wanted to sing/record that song for Ha-neul - and when that opportunity was taken away from him, SH thought that the thing to do was to kill himself.

1st off, SH had to be convinced by Seok-ho to go to KTOP - so it wasn't like entering the entertainment industry was something he wanted or needed.

2nd - SH was doing it for his younger brother - just didn't ring true that SH would think that killing himself and hurting Ha-neul many times worse was the answer (to go from HN would be disappointed and hurt that I didn't get to record the song to so why not kill myself and really hurt HN just doesn't make sense or feel credible).

Also, seems strange that Seok-ho didn't realize that “Go Ahead, Cry" was SH's song from the start.

Even if SH couldn't read music - he still should have been able to read the lyrics (or at least the title, it that hadn't been changed); evidently, since then SH learned how to read music as the band was awaiting his approval on the new arrangement.

Unlike, say, in AM1988 - where father and daughter (Bo-ra) happened to run into each other as Bo-ra was driving away to move into the dorms so she could study w/o interruption and the emotion and feelings were palpable and felt real - the emotions and feelings here just felt forced.

In AM1988, the event wasn't even that big of deal (daughter moving out temporarily) compared to reveal that a friend's/brother's death was not what it had been presented as and was much worse.

But in the former, really felt the emotions and feelings and here, didn't feel much even as watched various characters cry and break-down.

Seemed more like an exercise by the writer in wanting to get the audience to feel the same things as the characters, but didn't quite work.

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Thank you so much, LollyPip!
I am a long time reader, even though I somehow reluctant to give any comments on each episodes' recap that I've read.
But today I decided to write one, since I feel particularly grateful that you still hanging here, watching as well as recapping this drama when everybody hasn't.

I always wait for your recap every week, and when It is finally here, on Dramabeans, I keep rushing to read it. I love your comments too! It is something that I won't miss!
Your comments feel like what my friend would tell me after we watch a movie together, except that none of my friends watch this drama. So yeah, I kinda stuck with you haha :D

Okay that's all about my "love" for you :D
Well, It is truly a beautiful episode, and yeah, I keep getting teary eyed when I hear the "hyung" song. so beautiful yet so sad.

Thank you for recapping this episode!

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You're right Lollypip! Thankfully the show got better. Now thinking back... Wow these guys have come a reaallly long way.

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Did anyone else think that Min-joo's romantic subplot (I guess it is at least? Or is it not?) felt a bit weird in this week's episodes?

I mean, it's like the writer was giving hints about it till like episode 6, then forgot about it and focused on Min-joo x Yun-soo for 10 episodes and reintroduced it again this week. We were given at least four scenes about it (e.g. the one with umbrella at Man-shik's place, the one when she treats Geu-rin coldly after seeing the drawing etc.) and I don't know what is writer trying to accomplish here, unless he/she decided to switch the lovelines last second and change the pairings.

Anyway, episodes 15 and 16 were definitely a highlight of this drama so far. We still have Lee Joon-suk's fall and a resolution of all the entangled romantic subplots to witness next week. That's a lot to digest at once and I fear that it may come out stacked together and result in a mess of a finale week.
Nonetheless, I'm anticipating it, I'm curious how the writer decides to end this drama.

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"I don’t know what is writer trying to accomplish here, unless he/she decided to switch the lovelines last second and change the pairings."

Well, I wouldn't mind if Min-Joo and Seok-Ho end up together.

I like Hyeri's acting much more than I thought I would, she's basically very likeable. But I can't see Geu-rin and Seok Ho as a romantic couple. For me, the chemistry isn't there. I don't see her as a couple with Ha-neul, either.

Maybe, with age inappropriate coupling being all the rage, the writer will pair Geu-rin with Chan-hee in the finale.

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I wouldn't mind it either, I was just dumbfounded by sudden-ness of this development.

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I agree. It seemed like the writer thought, "holy cow! I meant to have more of a triangle with Min Joo, but I forgot about it for 5 or so episodes."

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LMAO, so true. I don't know how the romantic side of the drama will unfold to be honest, but Seokho-Geurin is a no-no for me.

I'd much rather have an open ending without anyone ending up with anyone than have them together.
Haneul-Geurin/Minjoo-Seokho or nothing for me, I don't see the third option here (excluding the one in which only one pair ends up together of course).

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My take on this is now that the big secrets of the show are revealed, the writer wants to remind us that we have to wrap up the lovelines as well. Frankly I would be okay if that never happened, but I assume we will spend the next episodes focusing on the love triangles.

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Totally agree!

I honestly prefer we just drop the love lines. I think the actors/actresses are all doing a great job otherwise. When I see SH & GR, I squirm. They work better as mentor relationship than love cuz honestly I can totally see the age difference. I think the show is doing a great job without the love stuff (although the crush YunSoo has is kinda cute but still not seeing that as an end either).

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Only two episodes left. I have thoroughly enjoyed this show and will breathe a sigh of relief if we can make it through next week without any development in the Geu Rin and Seok Ho "romance line". It just feels so wrong. I mean, I love Ji Sung and enjoyed Hyeri in Reply 1988 but I do not believe one moment longer for the existence of any real romance between them in this. I've got my fingers crossed we end the show happily without anything indicating they are together.

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they just dropped the love line in the end - if they wanted to they should've just done it earlier and not lead us on...

so glad this show redeemed itself though!

the song was great!

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

What a heartbreaking ep and it was Seokho and Haneul again with the crying scenes. Minhyukie really delivered the scene of watching his bro's recording and you can just feel how much he misses his hyung and how painful it is to watch this image of him on a laptop. I love that he was hugging the laptop while trying to wrap his head around what was happening.

The duet was beautiful and I'm so glad hyung finally appeared on stage with Haneul. This was an amazing idea for the stage and it's so touching to see how the truth of the composer was revealed.

Hope the story will wrap up well in the final week.

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