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Oh Hae-young Again: Episode 17

It seems obvious that the choices you make in life determine the shape your life takes, but not everyone understands how it works. It’s easy to embrace the darkness inside, and much harder sometimes to take the right path. But the ripples of one good deed can spread and affect others, making the effort worth it whether a person understands how or not.

 

 
EPISODE 17: “I could die today with no regrets”

Hae-young is thrilled by Do-kyung’s love confession, but he cutely hints that he’d like to hear something back from her in response. She hollers her answer: “I also love Park Do-kyung!!” and he immediately shushes her, ha. Be careful what you ask for from this lady.

On the bus ride home, they sneak little grins at each other, and Hae-young moans that she’s so pathetically happy just from hearing him say “I love you.” He stops her from her confession again, so she yanks the window open and shouts it to the streets. HAHAHA, he quickly changes seats.

Hae-young’s mom and dad accidentally witness Hae-young being silly, kissing Do-kyung’s hands outside her house, and Mom makes a noise when they hear their daughter ask if she can go to Do-kyung’s place tonight. That sends Do-kyung scurrying home, bowing apologetically, and Hae-young runs inside the house. Mom is pretty angry about Hae-young dating Do-kyung, but Dad defends her and says that Mom used to act the same way when they were dating.

Do-kyung finds Jin-sang sleeping in his office the next morning, and Jin-sang complains that he can’t go to Do-kyung’s, and all his old girlfriends know where he lives. Do-kyung takes him to a sauna to get cleaned up, and afterward Jin-sang pouts that Do-kyung didn’t even notice that he put his pants on first this time, just for him.

Awww, he’s so vulnerable — he meekly plucks Do-kyung’s sleeve and asks for a compliment. Do-kyung pats his head and listens while Jin-sang vents that he feels like a total bastard lately. He says that he was planning to marry Soo-kyung, but she kicked him out.

He tells Do-kyung how Soo-kyung caught him smoking and knew it meant he was struggling and upset, and sighs that he’s embarrassed. He’s just so distraught, and asks Do-kyung for a hug, which Do-kyung does even though they’re on the street in broad daylight. The contact makes Jin-sang cry, and even Do-kyung looks a little snuffly.

Jin-sang asks after Soo-kyung, and we cut to her doing yoga in her office and talking to the baby. She tells the baby that it may not have a father, but it has a strong mother and a father-like uncle, and if she has to she’ll find it a wonderful father later. A knock on her office door has her swiftly dressing and putting away the yoga mat, and she slips easily into her bitchy-manager persona.

At the studio, Hoon informs Do-kyung that he and the ducklings have no intention of taking the job he lined up for them — they’ll be starting their own sound studio, and expect Do-kyung to come with them. Do-kyung’s mom bursts in to beg him again to apologize to Chairman Jang and break up with Hae-young so that everything can go back to the way it was.

She accuses him of going bankrupt just to stick it to her, which wow, that’s the height of narcissism right there. Do-kyung calmly says that all of this is his own fault, and his mother is shocked silent for once. She’s confused by his unemotional behavior, and calls Soo-kyung to ask if he’s sick.

Hae-young talks to her flowers as if they’re babies, until her coworkers tease her that she looks like a loon. Do-kyung invites her to dinner with him and Soo-kyung, and HA, Soo-kyung just saunters past and shoots a “Tell him to forget it!” at her. He must have called Soo-kyung first.

But the two ladies share a taxi to Do-kyung’s place, and Hoon asks Do-kyung why Hae-young’s here when her boyfriend ruined their studio. Do-kyung retorts that he’s her boyfriend, and forbids Hoon to bring it up. Hoon entertains himself teasing the new couple, earning shy smiles from Hae-young and death glares from Do-kyung.

Hae-young serves melons since Do-kyung said Soo-kyung likes them, and Soo-kyung warns her to never tell him she likes a food or he’ll buy it forever. She mentioned liking melons thirty years ago and he’s still feeding them to her, heh. She gets serious, and asks Hae-young to give Do-kyung a lot of love, showing her own love for her brother.

Hae-young asks if she can keep him, and Soo-kyung tries to scare her off by telling her to take him and keep him forever. Hae-young doesn’t back down and says she will — unless she dies of happiness first, which seems to worry Do-kyung. Hae-young asks where Jin-sang is today, and Soo-kyung says he’s not here anymore. Hoon growls that he’d better not have run away.

Do-kyung and Hae-young head up to his place after dinner, and into his little sound studio. Hae-young asks if they can make their own recording of the song he sang as a child, “The Daydream,” so that they can listen to it together when they’re older.

Do-kyung refuses at first, but he softens when Hae-young says she wants the voice of the man she loves, at the moment she loves him the most, recorded for all time. She’s got him in a backhug, and he slips a bracelet on her wrist, making her ask if it’s a handcuff. Ha, girl’s got a one-track mind.

This time, Do-kyung says that it’s not a gift of something he already had — he bought it especially for her. He’s being so sweet that it makes Hae-young suspicious, and she wonders if she’s just anxious from being too happy. Do-kyung tells her not to think about it too much, and just to enjoy being happy.

Jin-sang attempts to go back to his old party-boy ways, but it’s obvious he’s trying way too hard. Hoon finds him cuddling up to a girl at a club and hollers a loud BROTHER-IN-LAW!!, calling out for him to think about his child. Jin-sang chases Hoon out of the bar, but he sneaks right back.

This time Jin-sang chases Hoon all the way out and down the street, Hoon calling to him that a loveless marriage might not be so bad. He yells that Soo-kyung loves him, but Jin-sang yells back that he doesn’t understand women. They end up wrestling on the sidewalk, Hoon screaming about Jin-sang’s baby the whole time, and they finally collapse in a heap.

Jin-sang makes his way back to his friends, claiming that Hoon is just some guy who likes to harass him. But the melon on the fruit tray they’re served reminds him of Soo-kyung, and suddenly he’s not having fun anymore.

Do-kyung drives Hae-young home, and on his way back he sees Tae-jin by the side of the road, so drunk he can barely stand. Do-kyung starts to drive on by, but ends up going back to help. He doesn’t see Tae-jin and gets out to look, and spots him staggering across a bridge over the street, looking like he plans to jump.

Remembering that it’s Tae-jin driving the car that mows him down in his vision, Do-kyung hesitates. Tae-jin stands with his back to the street below, tears falling down his face, and just as he lets himself topple backwards, a hand grabs him by the lapel.

Do-kyung yanks Tae-jin back onto the bridge, and Tae-jin collapses, only seeing Do-kyung’s shoes. Do-kyung leaves him there, thinking to himself that he won’t look back on this as he dies and regret it.

The other Hae-young goes to see Chairman Jang, and asks on her knees for a favor. Jang complains that he used to like her because she never asked him for anything, but she’s willing to put her pride aside to beg for him to forgive Do-kyung. She wants to move on, but she feels responsible for this whole situation, and she can’t move on if he’s still suffering because of her. Jang listens, but dismisses her without giving her an answer.

She runs into Tae-jin on her way out and says it’s childish for them to be ganging up on Do-kyung. Tae-jin is confused — shouldn’t she want Do-kyung and Hae-young to break up? Hae-young admits that she doesn’t want to look that deeply into herself for fear he may be right, so she’s doing the right thing before she gets bitter.

Tae-jin sighs that he also felt that way at first, that he felt bad for doing these things to Do-kyung and Hae-young. But then he realized that he was conflicted because he didn’t want to admit to himself that he isn’t a nice person, so he decided to follow his heart and embrace his anger.

As he turns to go, Hae-young says that now she knows why people say you don’t really know a person until you break up with them. She didn’t know what a great person Do-kyung was until she broke up with him. “But it seems like Hae-young won’t be sad over her break-up like me.” Oh, burn.

As Soo-kyung is headed to a meeting, she hears her name — it’s Jin-sang. She tries to ignore him but he trails after her, fussing at her in French for wearing heels when she’s pregnant, and she retorts that he has nothing to do with it. He replies that he most certainly did have something to do with it, ha.

Jin-sang is nearly frantic because Soo-kyung is ignoring his calls, wondering if her kicking him out means she isn’t his noona anymore. She says that of course she can’t be, and says in French that they slept together, she got pregnant, so how could she still be his noona?

Heh, apparently Sung-jin majored in French, though he pretends he can’t understand a word they’re saying. Soo-kyung waves everyone on, and Jin-sang calls after her that they’ll never see each other again, he’s perfectly fine with that.

Soo-kyung and her group file into the elevator, but the doors are stopped by a hand — apparently, Jin-sang is not fine with that. In French, he says in a manly voice that they should try the kiss again. Sung-jin shoves everyone out of the elevator, and Jin-sang gets in and the doors close.

When the doors open, Jin-sang and Soo-kyung are engaged in a very passionate kiss, and Sung-jin quickly closes the doors again. HAHA, his boss keeps hitting the button to open the doors, but Jin-sang and Soo-kyung don’t even notice. They finally let the doors close when clothes start flying.

As it turns out, our Hae-young has asked the other Hae-young to ask Chairman Jang to stop harassing Do-kyung, and the other Hae-young says that she was happy to do it.

Alone at his office, Do-kyung has another painful vision, again of Tae-jin driving a car straight towards him. The vision is so immediate, Do-kyung tries to get away, but everywhere he turns he sees the car barreling down on him.

It finally stops, but a few minutes later he sees it again, and this time he sees himself running. He goes to his doctors, who discuss how Do-kyung feels like something will happen soon. Dr. Park decides to hypnotize Do-kyung, and Do-kyung sees himself lying in the street as an ambulance arrives.

He notices the cherry blossoms in the air, and he can see a billboard announcing the death of singer Lee Byung-joon (we’ve been seeing him singing on billboards in the background all throughout the show, and interestingly, he’s the same man who was giving advice on the radio when Hae-young told her embarrassing story).

Another billboard announces a sale in June of 2016, but Dr. Park says that it makes no sense — there are no cherry blossoms left in June. He urges Do-kyung to just leave the country, but Do-kyung just drives away without a word. All he cares about is telling Hae-young before it’s too late.

He calls Hae-young out, promising to have her home before dawn, and her mind naturally goes to the naughty place. He takes her back to his place, and asks if she remembers where they first met. She remembers it was at the coffee shop, when he ran into her and gave her a nosebleed.

Do-kyung says that they met on the street before that, and after a moment she does recall seeing him there for just a second. But Do-kyung says that he knew her even before that, from images he saw in his head. He says they felt like memories, and that he even saw her moving into his room before it happened.

He explains that at first, he thought he was seeing the future. But then he realized the real reason he was seeing her: “In the future, when I’m dying, it’s what I’ll think about with my last breath… before I die, you’re all I’ll think about.”

He tells Hae-young that originally, his memories showed that they never got back together after she moved out, and that it was what he regretted most as he died. He wonders now why he was always scared to feel anything, and why he always said the opposite of what he was feeling to her.

So he decided to forget his pride and say what he was really feeling, and it led to their reconciliation. Until now he’s always hidden his feelings, and her emotional openness scared him. “But I liked it. I was touched. If I died without experiencing such love, I’d be very sad.” He says that now when he dies, he won’t have any regrets, and he thanks her.

Hae-young grins at him, happy that he didn’t get married after breaking up with her, and muses that he’s so serious that he must be telling the truth. Do-kyung confirms that it’s all true, and Hae-young decides to believe him.

Do-kyung climbs into Hae-young’s arms, and she tells him that she’s been keeping a diary lately because she wants to record her happiness. They thank each other, and kiss, and then there are no more words between them.

Mom is already up when Hae-young tries to sneak in early the next morning, and she tells Hae-young to invite Do-kyung in for breakfast. Ha, busted. Breakfast is subdued, but it’s clear that Mom is trying to accept Do-kyung, and she even puts meat on his rice for him (which he previously told her had touched him). Awww, Dad sees his tiny smile and pushes the entire bowl of stew towards him.

Tae-jin drives his partner, Chan-soo, to the airport, and notices with unease that his shoes are the same ones he saw at Chairman Jang’s home. He also notes that he’s checking the weather for a place he’s supposedly not flying to, and his expression grows hard.

Tae-jin arrives back at the office to find everything being seized by the authorities, and learns that his so-called partner took everything. He finally learns the full truth, that it was Chan-soo’s fault Chairman Jang withdrew his investment.

Chairman Jang refuses to see him, and of course Chan-soo isn’t answering his phone. Tae-jin rushes to the harbor, where he sees his partner preparing to board the ferry. He runs when he sees Tae-jin, but Tae-jin follows him, calling out that he trusted him.

Chan-soo admits that he never cared about the company — he always planned to take the money and run. He breaks into an actual run and Tae-jin chases him, kicking him to the ground and punching him when he tries to fight back. Tae-jin learns that Chan-soo is also the reason he went to prison, having encouraged the investors to sue him.

Chan-soo laughs at Tae-jin, saying that he and Do-kyung are both being played by Chairman Jang. He tries to make a run for it, and Tae-jin beats him to a pulp.

At work, Hae-young starts to remember little things Do-kyung has said to her that seem to lend validity to his claim that he’s been seeing things happen before they actually do. She remembers how her mother told him not to come to her cousin’s wedding if he’s not planning to marry her.

She suddenly realizes that if he’s really seeing the future, he must know that he dies before they can get married. She gets a text from Tae-jin with a simple, unexplained apology, and at that moment, the flowers on her desk begin to drop their petals. Hae-young runs to find Do-kyung, telling herself that it can’t be true but somehow knowing that it is.

As Do-kyung leaves his office that evening, he finds himself in the headlights of Tae-jin’s car. Tae-jin looks angry, but Hae-young’s plea not to hurt Do-kyung runs through his head. Her words fight with the other Hae-young’s comment that he can’t measure up to Do-kyung.

As he hesitates, Do-kyung calls Hae-young and leaves her a message that he recorded that song for her. “I love you. We didn’t get to take a photo together.” Tae-jin hits the accelerator, and Do-kyung drops his bag and runs.

We hear Do-kyung’s voice singing the song for Hae-young, as we watch him desperately run for his life. He runs out of steam and whirls to face the car bearing down on him, and somewhere, his older doctor struggles to hold a man up as he’s hanging from the ceiling.

Suddenly Tae-jin hits the brakes, and his car stops just inches from Do-kyung. He gets out of the car and looks down at Do-kyung’s shoes, recognizing them as the shoes of the person who saved him from throwing himself off that bridge. He breathes one word, “Bastard…” and gets back in his car to drive away.

Do-kyung walks back to his building, and runs into Hae-young on the way. The run to each other and hold each other tight.

The psychiatrist sits next to the singer Lee Byung-joon, who Do-kyung’s vision said would die today but whose life he just saved. The doctor tells him to try to live, and Byung-joon just replies sadly, “To continue to suffer like this…”

Do-kyung and Hae-young cry and kiss, relieved that he’s alive and well. Over Hae-young’s shoulder, Do-kyung sees the billboard from his vision, which now only says that the singer Lee Byung-joon has canceled a concert.

Back in his studio, we see Do-kyung recording the song for Hae-young, his voice shaking and his eyes closed, as he sings his love for Hae-young.


COMMENTS

I don’t even know where to start. I love that Do-kyung’s different choices managed to change his fate, though it makes me wonder – if he’s avoided facing the last moments of his life, how did he have the visions to change things in the first place? The show is so tightly written, it’s been obvious that it’s known exactly where it was going since the beginning, and there have been no cracks in the storytelling up to this point. I hate to think this is an oversight, but I have a feeling we’re not done learning exactly what’s been happening quite yet. The introduction of the singer and his attempted suicide is intriguing, and I’m anxious to see how that ties into Do-kyung’s story.

Tae-jin really came through and did the right thing in the end, and I was actually kind of proud of him. He’s one of those characters I want to like, but he just kept making all the wrong choices. I don’t even think that Tae-jin so much loves Hae-young, as just that he can’t stand the idea of Do-kyung having her. When he had the chance to explain himself and try to win her back he didn’t take it, and his deepest feelings have always been directed towards Do-kyung in the form of anger and violence. Not that I blame him — from his point of view he did nothing wrong, and this guy came out of nowhere to ruin his business, then while he’s serving jail time he scoops his girl out from under him. I think that’s why even Do-kyung doesn’t begrudge Tae-jin his revenge, because he knows that he deserves it (and even though we know Do-kyung wasn’t the reason Chairman Jang withdrew his investment, the point remains that that was Do-kyung’s intent). But I’ve never felt that Tae-jin is upset because he loves and misses Hae-young, just that his pride has taken a hit and he can’t stand to know that he lost.

Tae-jin himself spelled out the difference between himself and Do-kyung, and the reason that he lost the girl all on his own merit — when it came time to choose, Tae-jin chose the vindictive, mean side of himself. He gave in to his anger and hurt, and stopped trying to be nice. Do-kyung had that same choice, but he choose the good half of himself, and that path led him to love and happiness. We all have good and bad sides of ourselves, but it’s all about which wolf you feed, and in the end the happy person is the one that decides to feed the good wolf. Do-kyung got the girl, not because he’s a better person than Tae-jin, but because when it was time to decide what kind of man he wanted to be, he chose the side of himself that led to love. Hopefully Tae-jin’s decision to spare Do-kyung’s life in thanks for his own will be a new turning point for him.

What I’ve really appreciated about Do-kyung’s journey is how it didn’t really change him as a person — he’s still the same taciturn, guarded man he always was. He didn’t have some sort of dramatic personal turnaround, or turn into a different guy. He’s just more aware of himself now, making conscious decisions rather than going through the motions of life, doing what scares him the least. While I do think he cared for the other Hae-young, I think that he mostly planned to marry her because he felt that that’s what you do when a relationship gets to a certain point, not because she was a Great Love in his life. Even he admitted that mostly what he felt for her was pity — and while that was a way to love her, it wasn’t the same as what he feels for our Hae-young. Loving (and being loved by) our Hae-young has forced Do-kyung to really think about what he says and does, and to make more conscious and meaningful decisions. But his driving force isn’t even love — it’s that he no longer wants to live with regret.

I like that the overall theme of the show isn’t “love conquers all,” but a lesson in living life consciously, and doing the things you know you won’t regret when you’re on your deathbed. It’s so easy to do what we think we should do, to follow social conventions and take the smooth path in life. But Do-kyung’s learned that he doesn’t just want to live an easy life… he wants to live a life he’s proud of, and that’s a pretty wonderful way to be. No matter what you do in your life, if you can look back and be proud of the person you are, that’s a real gift.

 
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I'm frustrated how this drama ties everything up in a nice little bow - DK didn't really cause the ruin of Tae Jin, it was CEO Jang and the good for nothing business partner. That's a cop out - if you are going to start a drama with that as the premise then let's go all the way and ride out his remorse and recompense - not absolve him of any wrong doings so our hero isn't actually tainted!! I'm bummed for what could have been a powerful drama with a strong and meaningful message - now it's just fluff to me!

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BUT it makes a difference when the show decides to keep that information away from the person involved. Up until this moment, he didn't know that he was the one who caused it. And the fact that people still hold him accountable because of his intentions is still a persisting matter today. It isn't a cop out if the hints were already there from the start. It's just the truth in the show. And in fact, knowing that he did not cause it was never a breather for me. It's just a fact.

Even after knowing this, it was never fluff to me considering that a lot of people are suffering (suffered) because of everything that's happened. The main point has always been about taking responsibility of all your strides, I think. Whether consciously or unconsciously. Hence, I'd go so far as to say that the show made a choice. It's up to you whether you accept that choice or not.

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I think a twist is great except when it detracts from the story and doesn't continue with the same feel or theme. In this case I think it actually hurts that they added information that absolves DK of any responsibility and the story is dramatically altered from the perception we started with. I was hoping the storyline would continue with his efforts to make amends for his wrongdoings and I believe the message and drama would have ended in a more powerful and dramatic way!

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I guess, just as I said, that it would really matter on our own preference. But in this case, I just really appreciate how the writer made that choice and also lived up to it.

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I actually thought it made things better to know that Dk wasn't the cause of the problems. All of the choices people made were not because of external issues. Every person makes a choice and just like in real life the choices don't really change because of a different sequence of events. I think people are to used to the idea that simply because dramas show an event differently the consequences should be different. There is no absolution here for anyone. You (the audience) decided to absolve DK of guilt. DK never absolved himself nor did he avoid any of the MULTIPLE beatings TJ gave him.

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I totally agree with u.

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Exactly! It started out so unconventionally -at least for korean rom coms- and dwindled down to standard fare. I don't know why the writer felt the need to make it more commercially appealing by taking the characters on a more traditional route when the drama was doing well in ratings even before that.

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Yes, this is exactly what I am feeling!

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I agree with you completely.

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But if you honestly think about it, there is no way someone would pull out an investment just because someone they barely knew asked them too. Also, that wouldn't really be a reason for Tae Jin to go to jail unless there was something sketchier going on behind the scenes.

In the end, it doesn't matter who actually did it, because even though it wasn't actually Do Kyung's fault, he still took responsibility because he thought it was his fault. His intent is what matters, and he did intend to mess with Tae Jin financially, and for that intent, he wanted to pay the price of punishment.

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Personally, I think it would've been ridiculous and dumb if the greedy and egotistical CEO would actually cancel a business deal JUST BECAUSE some young guy, that he happens to know, asked him to do so. "Pretty please?"

Haha yeah right.

Also, the fact that PDK actually wasn't responsible, but was willing to take all the responsibility and blame until the very end, makes this deliciously ironic, and reveals A LOT more about his character than if he were just someone who felt a lot of remorse.

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Thank you show!!! You really scare me ahaha. Well the more i watch it i really think the plain oh hae young is kind of classic east asian beauty while the other oh hae young is hmm how should i say this... modern standard beauty i think. Hahaha reeeally love this show

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I can't wait to go back and watch the final ep. Work is holding me up from my fave pair.
I'm left in despair.

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Damn,that elevator scene...Glad Tae Jin found out the truth...

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including this episode & having watched the last episode... I was still confused. LOL
WHERE DID THIS SINGER COME FROM!? (and how is he related to Do Kyung...)

on another note, I REALLY love Hoon + Jin Sang "BROTHER IN LAWWWWW~" <3 literally cracked up while watching that part.

ahh i didn't feel like this was the penultimate episode.
really sad it's ending. (actually, kinda glad it's ending LOL. time to focus on new dramas now hehe)

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No relation...Do Kyung had a vision when he tried to find out more detailes about the date of his upcoming death and on the news was that the singer died,also he's the one who was at the radio when Hae Young called that time...more likely the singer was a patient of the doctor or the doctor contacted somehow and saved him knowing he might die...

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The singer was something of a touchstone. Another event that changed because of choices made by people.

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This was Dokyung's episode, but it was also the supporting characters' episode. Everything I have to say about DK has been pointed out so I'm just gonna talk about the others.

Jinsang and Sookyung's journey may seem dreamy since both of them can be so 'out of this world' because of their antics but at the same time I really feel their struggle. I love how they constantly switch from 'let's just get married I'm sure we can be happy' to 'but god we're practically siblings for heaven's sake' because if I were them I wouldn't have been able to take a stand so quickly. Their story is tangled and confusing in a good way, and I love how Sookyung is the one who guides Jinsang like the noona she is, but Jinsang is actually the one who makes decision all the time although he seems like a lost puppy. They complete each other, and it's so beautiful. They probably have the best second-leads side story in the entire dramaland. And honestly I can listen to them blabber in French forever!

I was pretty shocked at Taejin's blunt statement about him choosing the bad side since he really cares about his image. He admits it, even though deep down he's not all happy about it (he once said that although he's doing a great job in ruining DK's life, he doesn't feel happy) and that may be the most honest thing he ever said. When he spares DK's life, I know he pretty much changed his statement. I don't think he doesn't love Haeyoung at all. He does (or he did), but his ego did come in the way. I've said this before but there were times when Taejin just seemed hurt to me, instead of angry and feel cheated. I'm pretty sure he decided to marry HY because he indeed loved her.

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two shoes that changes Taejin's life, the pair that ruins him, the pair that saved his life.

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Hah, true that. That's a succinct way of putting it.

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Lol. I was just laughing at some of the netizen's comments saying he should open up a shoe business...

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LMFAO! Really made me LOL with that idea. xD

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He does notice the shoes. Hmm...maybe he's gay...maybe I can heal him....

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Haha I was going to say that HTJ must have a shoe fetish... At least he did a good job noticing them!

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i am so glaaad it doesn't turn out to be schizophrenic theory. but still lollypip is true that the explanation of having vision isn't clear yet. or am i the only one who still confuse about doctor's and PDK theory? hmm..

annnd i love the way lollypip interprets that the theme of this drama isn't just about love. it has deep meaning from the beginning. choosing the right one, the different side of thinking and all so human being. feels so real.

i am hooked with this show. so awesome. i really didn't mind about slow pace causes of extension..

last, eric really needs a nap.. sigh

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So I see it somewhere that this story is related to korean native religion, Mugyo,CMIIW. And the vision, Sookyung's premonition, and all that kind of thing are based of the Mugyo belief.

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Lol, it seems the show doesn't want to end it hahahhaa, the final episode doesn't look like a final. Might be due to the writers get used to write many episode daily drama

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Wahaha..♥
I just finished the last Episode but I'll just keep my comment when the recaps about it comes out.
As for Episode 17, all I can say is that the elevator scene was so FUNNY!!!~ HAHAHAhaha

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Just finished the last episode so I'm still just absorbing all the feels and can't talk much now... LOL

This episode was great too. The story is making me laugh a lot again like the elevator scene. This show has a TON of steamy kisses if yall didn't notice..... xD

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the latter is the thing I care for the least though...

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Me too! Watched the last ep and i was omg omg omg omg..
Can't wait for last episode recap to come out to comment! Dear Lollypip, thanks so much for your speedy recaps and intriguing insights! :)

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I'm just here to say that I really love this drama and this episode made me forget to breathe for the moment. The sequence from Haeyoung's realization to the chase and then to the hug was absolutely heart-racing. As if I couldn't love this drama more ♡

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All the misunderstanding have been cleared. So we’re left with one episode and thinking, “ah it’s going to have a happy ending for all of them.” Hopefully there won’t be any shocking plot in the final episode, cause the story has been going really well.

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The reason why that singer was related to Dokyung' death is just becuase they both died on the same day...
That's why if the singer not die, neither do Dokyung.

Btw thanks LollyPip for the great recap! So happy to read it ??

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Still have no idea how is the singer related to Do Kyung. I have just finished watching the last episode and I'm having withdrawal syndroms right now. Their chemistry is so good onscreen and offscreen. ☺

Oh and by the way I see a lot of familiar dramas I watched while they were adding sounds in that studio.

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omg was waiting ALLL day for this recap and kept refreshing the page! finally! yay!!!!!

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Oh God! Can't believe its over. Following this show was a crazy ride.. I loved it and hated parts of it to extremes and the last episode definitely left a bittersweet feeling...SHJ and Eric should totally become a real life couple...their chemistry is just awesome and as for the writing and directing..hands off to the creators...forgetting the extension..all's well that ends well.

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Heeehehhehe...i see I've written hands off instead of hats off...

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Okay, linking DK's life with the singer's life seems so out of left field; so random; so unnecessary. Why are we heading in this direction? Drama, please don't disappoint me.

Hoon=love! Awesome dongsaeng!

Soo Kyung=the best!! I can't remember the last time I enjoyed watching a character this much. It's a silly character but soooo fun, thanks to the actress.

I think Tae Jin is the one who should be seeing a therapist, not DK. That boy has a seriously violent mean streak. Yeah, I get that his anger is justified but, jumping Jehoshaphat, attempted murder?! Yes, murder. It was premeditated. Get that boy some help! (Btw, it's amazing that the actor still manages to make TJ sympathetic.)

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And oh, although TJ's violence is worrying, that beat down he gave Chan Soo was soooooo satisfying! Hmmm, maybe I need a therapist, too. Lol.

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Soo Kyung can be my boss. my current one is always on vacation it seems, you can never get a hold of her, she doesnt give any advice and she has no passion.
Soo Kyung is hands down one of the best and most well.-played characters this year.

I still don´t know why they can´t just start a trend and be casual parenting partners, but oh, well...

not going to comment on the solution to the life threat, except I like how in this drama all the characters act like in life. Life is not a drama after all. These are realistic solutions. actually killing someone is much harder than one two hit! both the other Hae Young and Tae Jin turned out just human in every way. I like that we didnt get the typical second lead bitch or a cheesy love rival or purely jealous ex. they were people in their own right, not story tools.

yeah, well, I might say all that but Soo Kyung still wins with her boss yoga. on one hand she is not realistic on the other hand: what do we know of people? there are many sides to them. hard to juggle between your roles. our personalities, social connections and professions are different things, but you can have them all and also cake.

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LolliPip, your comments on this drama enhanced my viewing experience. Can't wait to read your comments for the last episode.

Fighting!?

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TJ seems all of the places, it makes me feel that he is indeed a plot device for DK,
at least POHY has some journey, she is not that bad, it feels like we saw her from the view of someone that already paint a negative feeling to her so everything is not right when she's not that bad,

then again TJ seems to only exist for the benefit of the OTP, he is so swishy washy than others character,
from a victim into violent perpetrator (with no prior violent indicator background), from a hurt little man to a revenge antagonist, from the noble idiot (that prioritize OHY alongside his ego) into someone that only want to win,
you can't describe him with one sentence, people who sympathize and see how hurt he is paint him in favorable light while people who only see what he did after getting out of jail only focus in his violent (which a bit understatement since the drama itself is very violent imo, from DK to the mom), TJ has done everything to make PDK happy,

and I still think the vision is just the writer way to make it more mysterious with no proper build up, I bet half of 1st seeing viewer will not know how it solved

it's underwhelming to see a drama abandoned what makes it unique into something that just unique out of viewer loyalty.

but at least it's end

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I don't think TJ existed only for the OTP. The fact that he didn't have a lot of huge development in his personal story has more to do with the fact that his story was about letting go of his anger/pride. An uncomplicated but difficult thing to do for someone like TJ. He didn't require a huge amount of fleshing out to be who he already was. A prideful angry man who was left wounded after a prison sentence that was undeserved.

TJ's Anger Issues:
He went to prison. I know most Kdramas have the actors come out looking like a thousand bucks form prison but no one gets out of there unscathed. No one is going to come out unchanged. I think it's pretty consistent when they how his violence after prison.

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Aw, Tae-jin, I knew I could trust you to come to your senses. I loved the moment when he stopped that car so much. And, Do-kyung, I'm just going to believe you didn't dodge because you wanted to give him the chance to stop himself (because, otherwise, running in the middle of the road, just to turn around like that? Seriously?).

I LOVED how he turned around and helped Tae-jin early on in this episode. Even knowing that he could die, he'd rather that than live making choices he'll regret. It's not necessarily amazing that he stopped Tae-jin (because if he hadn't, that would have been horrible), but it does mean so much more when he helps the guy, even knowing he could die at his hands. I personally think Tae-jin still would have stopped, whether he suspected Do-kyung of saving him or not. The realization only served to reinforce how senseless his revenge was.

Jin-sang and Soo-kyung. I've actually been pretty quiet on them because, even though I adore them together, I can never figure out whether I ship them romantically or not. And now I'm convinced they can't figure it out either & I kind of love it. Now, I think they bizarrely belong together as a pair of life partners that will have occasional nights of passion whenever they can get past the unbearable awkwardness. But they'll never be 'romantic' in the typical sense, but, after awhile, they'll find their rhythm. And, perhaps, that's what makes them so special. I really, really desperately wish we could see the kid these two raise together.

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LMAO

"Now, I think they bizarrely belong together as a pair of life partners that will have occasional nights of passion whenever they can get past the unbearable awkwardness."

You describe them perfectly.

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I luff them together, speaking French and fighting, dancing and making out. Life goals! <3

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Plus, Jin Sang parties in English! (I laughed so hard at his "Party party! Crazy time!" or whatever it was in the nightclub.)

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I kind of think of them like Lennon and Yoko minus the talent. I'm pretty sure he's gonna end up raising the kid while noona does work.

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I wanna see a spin off show of these two (plus baby)...no angst, no love triangle, just these two blabbing in French, being awkward and dancing around all day, oh and Ye Ji-won add-libbing like a maniac. Ha, that would be such a hoot.

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@Chandler

Spot on about Do-kyung running in the middle of the road:D I just couldn't take the scene seriously, like what the...It's like Rickon all over again.

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lolol and I was yelling the same things at the screen, too ?

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Hahahahaha! Me too!!! I was like OMG don't you run Game of Thrones style please?!!! Try zig zag running or something!!! ???

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hahahaha really anticipating to see their kids turn out to be some french martial arts dancer kid. HE WILL BE A LEGEND

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Why is there no post and news of Park Yoo Chan's scandal in dramabeans??
I have been checking back and forth but there is no single news here.
Before I noticed the posts regarding Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young dating back in 2011. So dramabeans isnt merely about recaps.
I didnt know where to leave my message so I came here.
I think it would be good if we could have discussions about in dramabeans..
Please make a post..

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It's a rather sensitive topic and you can just have discussions about it in other websites.

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look for reddit mega thread

lot of people discuss it under r/kpop subreddit

https://www.reddit.com/r/kpop/comments/4oj5zz/park_yoochun_sexual_assault_accusations_megathread/

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Thank you!

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It's a pretty involved and on going story. Commenting on it at the moment is difficult without involving a lot of gossip. Once the investigation is finished I'm sure we'll see something.

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Some people have been talking about it in the Open Thread.

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Dramabeans is not a gossip news website, and talking about a confirmed drama couple dating (from a drama GF and JB were obsessed with) is vastly different from the Yoochun stuff.

Just as they said when people were talking about the Park Shi-hoo stuff, Dramabeans is not the place to discuss such things. That's what allkpop and soompi are for. Leave Dramabeans for the FICTIONAL dramas.

This is a place to discuss the professional side of actors and their dramas. You might see them mention it briefly in a post years in the future as Yoochun tries to make a comeback, but it will just be to wonder whether viewers are ready to see him in their screens again. Nothing more.

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Loved your personal comments on the episode LollyPip!

I have to say that I've really enjoyed the way the show has insightfully explored the themes of love and pride. It's set the show apart from a lot of other rom coms IMO.

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Finally! We learn that DK's dark-haired sound guy with moustache is named Joo Il (per Viki subs). The other two are heavyset Sang-Seok and red-haired Gi Tae.

160625 Oh Hae Young Again Parody @ SNL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArCsTpveCD8

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Ok that was involved but funny as hell.

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i'm about to watch the final episode with subs ! love this drama and thank you as always for your great recap lollypip.

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I had a feeling that things between JS and SK would improve once they started speaking French to each other again.

They sure could have used some of Leroy Jethro Gibbs's elevator-fu from NCIS.

Dr. Yoda's nameplate on his desk was hard to make out, and it almost appeared to have images at either end (which looked vaguely like dragons to me). From left to right, there were 7 small syllables, then a larger character for what I suspect was his surname. Maybe it was a visual pun, because it reminded me of an Egyptian ankh (which signifies life). The middle of the nameplate was blank, and then there was one more name syllable towards the right end. Was anyone able to read his nameplate? Writer-nim has messed with our minds so much already that I don't know what to simply ignore. ;-)

DK's rescue of inebriated Tae-Jin reminded me of how Dr. Eun-Soo saved the life of a 16-year-old kid with appendicitis in FAITH -- who in the far-distant future would kill the love of her life, General Choi Young.

When Mama Hwang gave her Crazy Bitch soliloquy in an earlier episode, I couldn't help but wonder if she'd been a wild woman in her youth -- and had gotten grief for it. Sure enough, Daddy Oh reminds her that she did the same kind of stuff when they were dating. Hehehe. So OHY is really a chip off the old block. No wonder they lock horns so much.

The scene with JS asking DK for a pat on the head as they were leaving the sauna was very sweet. JS's admission that he was going to marry Noona but she threw him out was touching -- DK's eyes widened ever so slightly when he heard that. JS's request for a hug paralleled DK's request to OHY for one.

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Regarding Dr. Yoda's name on the nameplate, actually they just used his real name Woo Hyun, no trolls hahahaha

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@starnger,

Thanks or clearing that up. One trolled, twice shy! ;-)

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Anyone else feeling trolled that the psychiatrists are not DK's imagination? xD

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Me.

So they're just your typical dramaland docs that pull diagnoses out their butts... XD

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Haha. Loved reading the very imaginative stories from beanies! Writers, take note. ?

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I'd said way back that for me the acid test of Doc Park's (and later, Doc Yoda's) existence in real life would be DK taking OHY to his appointment. But to be picky, that didn't happen in this episode.

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Thanks, LolliPip, for yet another detailed and insightful recap and commentary. I appreciate your mention of "feeding the wolves," which I hadn't thought of in a long time.

When Doc Park first told DK about love and fear, it brought to mind Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky, MD, which I think I read many years ago. I just read the introduction to the third edition over at a certain online bookseller, and it really ties in nicely with this drama.

When DK stopped running from TJ, it reminded me of a phrase whose origin escapes me at the moment: Turn and face the tiger. I think it was in relation to lucid dreaming. Sonia Choquette's The Psychic Pathway comes to mind... but I've lost the pointer. Something along the line of facing your fear and living proactively instead of in unconscious reaction to fear.

One of the things I've most enjoyed about this drama is observing the characters' growing pains. None of them magically received personality transplants. Some of them didn't change at all, while others evolved incrementally. NOHY and TJ fall into that category, and IMHO, were believable. A change of heart doesn't have to be earth-shattering.

As you so aptly noted, DK remained a man of few words -- but when he had something to say, it was worth hearing. Truth to tell, I was about ready to throttle OHY at the beginning of this episode when she wouldn't cease her kvetching about two umbrellas long enough for him to get a word in edgewise. (Grrr...) When he later started telling her about his premonitions and visions, she held her peace -- and gave him the benefit of the doubt.

I appreciate the role of redemption in the show.

During the family dinner at Chez Park, I couldn't help but catch an oblique reference by OHY to BUNGEE JUMPING OF THEIR OWN. The last thing on DK's mind was ending his present incarnation, thank you very much. He literally wasn't about to bail out after working so hard to find her.

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Thank you, Lolly pip, for the wonderful recap!

I love this drama, it has been perfect (so far) and I can't wait to see how it ends.

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I thought this episode and episode 16 were some of the best recently. 14 dragged since it was mostly just them being lovey dovey (even though it was still entertaining, they are super cute together).

I love all the character development all around - Tae Jin, Other Hae Young, even Do Kyung. And Jin Sang and Noona are just hilariously awkward. At first I really liked the idea of them splitting up and her continuing to be awesome on her own, but I kind of like them together (even though I doubt they'll ever fully get over the awkward). The actors are hysterical.

The fake-out accident was great and could have served as a finale, in my opinion. I'm trying to avoid talking about the final episode, which I'm still processing!

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Do Kyung's core decision is love. His primary driving force is love. Knowing that he's being offered such an amazing love and could probably die not fully experiencing it prompts him to change his ways. Regret is a feeling one feels when one is not following their heart. Deliberately, he chooses love over regret.

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Thank you LollyPip for the lovely recap. But I enjoyed your analysis most of all.

I totally agree with you 100% when you said :

"What I’ve really appreciated about Do-kyung’s journey is how it didn’t really change him as a person — he’s still the same taciturn, guarded man he always was. He didn’t have some sort of dramatic personal turnaround, or turn into a different guy. He’s just more aware of himself now, making conscious decisions rather than going through the motions of life, doing what scares him the least."

That's the beauty of the whole show. It is that realism that has grounded this show for me and the consistency of the main characters. They are so well portrayed that they make me feel for and with them.

And your comment really opened my eyes to the message to be aware of our choices and resonates with my own belief to follow what your heart tells you:

"Loving (and being loved by) our Hae-young has forced Do-kyung to really think about what he says and does, and to make more conscious and meaningful decisions."

"I like that the overall theme of the show isn’t “love conquers all,” but a lesson in living life consciously, and doing the things you know you won’t regret when you’re on your deathbed."

Though coincidentally I have to say that I actually screamed in hope that "love conquers all" at the end of episode 17 and anticipating the finale. At this point, I'd have to differ in that at the end, I do think it is this love for Hae Young that is driving him not to live a life of regrets.

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i think the best thing about this drama is that all the characters are written so REALISTICALLY! like, come on, all girls know that they feel exactly what is going on in oh hae young's head whenever they like a guy, but everyone is just afraid to admit it or say it with fear of being embarrassed, too open, or taken advantage of...

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I like that both the 2nd leads really got called on their shit and had to make (for them) hard decisions to not do the wrong thing. I especially got more respect for More Popular OHY after this episode and it doesn't feel random. It feels like everything come to a point and she made a good decision specifically because she wanted to be a better person. Oh and that burn on Tae Jin. Whooooa.

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My theory won out. Mugyo wins. Sorry, boasting a little.

Mugyo (AKA Muism), Dream Record and Kishōtenketsu are the basics of this plotting.

I knew all that studying was worth something or other to parse stories.

The story to replace Another Oh Hae Yeong will no doubt use Mugyo. Looking forward to that too.

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@Kim Yoonmi,

Thanks for your pointers re: the plotting of this drama. I was able to find information on Mugyo and Kishōtenketsu, but Dream Record will take more digging. It sounds intriguing. What is the Korean term for it? I'd be much obliged if you could point me in the right direction. ;-)

Kishōtenketsu sounds really interesting. I've never read manga. A plot structure that does not rely on conflict is downright refreshing. Hmmm. It reminds me of an interestingly calm film I watched a while back called ONE MORE STEP TO THE SEA. After briefly reading a couple of articles on Kishōtenketsu, I think that was the structure of the film... It was refreshingly lowkey.

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You can find it here: https://books.google.com/books?id=76fAGdFW8fgC&pg=PA152&lpg=PA152&dq=Dream+Record+Korean+story&source=bl&ots=D5_ZBnA5Lg&sig=XZO6MlTJLvsOjbh5HERa3xK43Hk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBjKPDztLNAhUO7GMKHef_CEsQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=Dream%20Record%20Korean%20story&f=false

In basics (though reading the thing is better) It's recalling your life through death. It became popular with the book Dream of Nine Clouds. Though he wasn't dead, there was still an element of that. Unyongjun (EonYeongJeon in revised) is another version of that... and also has info about Palace Ladies, that I think people would love reading if they are into Sageuk.

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Many thanks! I just took a peek back here after seeing your post in OT-454... Was still recovering after OHYA finale, so am sorry I didn't check back earlier.

I really appreciate this and your earlier posts on Mugyo, Dream Records, and Kishōtenketsu. They open doors to understanding Korean culture that would otherwise have remained beyond my ken.

*off to read your comments in OT#454, thread 30*

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I was recently listening to OHYA OST and I love that song by Ben. So I searched her up, ends up that she has sung songs for all the dramas I ended up liking in past few years.

Marriage Not Dating
Healer
Producer
Oh My Ghostess
I Remember You
Oh Hae-young Again

So cool!

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Haha, I noticed that too! Funny that the first time I heard her was from my first drama from this PD.

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She has sung for that mess called "Bad Guy" also but really right from MnD her track record has been clean.

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yes i love all the songs she sings!! especially the one in oh hae young again!

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Do tyou know the name of the song that Lee Byung Joon sings? I have loved it since a few episodes ago, but I can't find it.. :(

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It's actually The Black skirts who sings the song. It's a one-man band.

https://youtu.be/kmS3GMz1jK4

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Oh!, thank you very, very much! :)

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"We all have good and bad sides of ourselves, but it’s all about which wolf you feed, and in the end the happy person is the one that decides to feed the good wolf."

I like this statement, LollyPip. *I Remember You/ Hello Monster Feels*

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I must say this episode really made me proud of BOTH Oh Hae-youngs. First, our protagonist. I was prepared for her to kick Do-Kyung out and never forgive him after discovering his supposed role in her ruined marriage, because it is totally understandable. Instead she proved to really understand what true friendship is and cherish it at that -- after all, Do-Kyung was the one who was there when it mattered most, and that says a lot. Of course people can say obviously she should do that, but it takes an iron will to really be able to look past all that pain, and she deserves an award for being able to pull it off.

As for the pretty Hae-young, much of the show has painted her in a despicable light, always doing everything for an ulterior motive, which not only never works out as planned but is also plain disgusting. If she was to redeem herself, she would have to genuinely do something to help Do-Kyung, without any care as to what would happen to herself for that. So it was absolutely heartening to see her do precisely that in this episode. Never mind it didn't work out, more importantly you are now living in a way that is truly honest to yourself and those around you. Go girl!

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