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Oh Hae-young Again: Episode 18 (Final)

Do-kyung has learned some very important lessons in his journey, the most important being that happiness is a decision you make, and that every choice has consequences. The choices aren’t necessarily right or wrong, but the decisions you make determine what kind of life you will live. You can choose fear, or you can choose love, but which will you regret as you lay dying?

 

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Do-kyung and Hae-young spend all of their time at Do-kyung’s place, basking in their love, and Hae-young narrates that now that she believes him, she feels at ease. Knowing that the world she sees isn’t all there is makes her feel part of something bigger, and it comforts her.

At one point they watch a television interview of Lee Byung-joon, the singer who was slated to die the same day as Do-kyung. He’s asked to say something to his fans, and he looks directly into the camera as he says, “I’m alive because of you. Thank you.”

They don’t leave Do-kyung’s house until June ends, and they go directly to Dr. Park’s office. He’s a little overwhelmed to meet the woman from Do-kyung’s visions, and he tells Hae-young that everything Do-kyung experienced was true.

They also visit the older doctor, who says that seeing the future is possible, but it doesn’t mean all visions come true. Do-kyung reports that he’s not having visions anymore, and Hae-young is hopeful that they can relax that he won’t die soon, but the doctor says that nothing is ever sure. Everyone dies eventually.

On their way out, Hae-young proposes that she and Do-kyung move in together. She hates knowing that he’s been living in fear, alone, and wants to be with him all the time. Do-kyung says that he was never scared, and promises that instead of moving in, he’ll propose to her.

Just as Hoon and the ducklings are finished moving their equipment to the new studio, they get the call that the old studio has been released back to them. They’re thrilled, but they whine when they realize they have to move all that heavy stuff again, ha. Hoon is so relieved he looks ready to cry.

As Do-kyung watches the red stickers being removed from his property, he gets a text from Tae-jin. It says that he’s done nothing wrong, and wishes him to live with ease and stay away from Chairman Jang.

Tae-jin also breaks ties with Jang, who calls after him that he’s not suited for business. Tae-jin sees Do-kyung’s mother forcing her way into the building, but he doesn’t interfere.

She goes up to Jang’s suite to yank on his hair for messing with her son, and she’s so terrifying that even Jang is a quivering lump in front of her. She says that his money is useless when he never even leaves the house, and entertains himself manipulating young people. She threatens him not to give her a reason to come back here again, and he meekly agrees.

The neighborhood ladies are happy to see Soo-kyung step off the bus these days, but their job has been usurped… by the baby’s father. They’re a little shy around each other, but Jin-sang walks Soo-kyung home, slowly, even carrying her purse for her. So cute.

Jin-sang is dying to put his arm around Soo-kyung, but he can’t bring himself to touch her, so he just ends up flailing his arm around uselessly. He finally takes her by the waist, and she nervously returns the gesture, but they both look painfully awkward.

Still, they’re reluctant to let go when they arrive home. Soo-kyung starts to head to her room when Jin-sang gets a burst of courage, and he grabs her hand, spins her around, and into his arms. Then he looks like he has no idea what to do with her, ha.

He ends up half-dumping her on her butt, and when she finally makes her way to her room, Jin-sang spends the evening wondering why this thing is so difficult. He storms over to Soo-kyung’s room, yells out a Goodnight!, and stomps back to his room to sulk.

Hae-young gets teary-eyed at dinner and tells her parents that she wants to marry Do-kyung. Mom just waves at her to go, now, and starts to clean up her dinner before she’s even finished. Hae-young packs her things, and poor Dad looks torn between his two girls.

Hae-young begs her parents that they have to tell Do-kyung she has their consent, or he’ll never agree to this. Mom finally relents and Hae-young jumps up before she can change her mind, and they all head over to Do-kyung’s place.

He’s currently listening while Jin-sang explains that he finally realized how he feels about Soo-kyung… he respects her. HAHA, he says this like it’s the most upsetting thing ever. The problem is that he respects her so much he feels awkward even touching her.

Do-kyung just starts berating himself for telling a woman who wants to live with him that he’ll propose instead. He didn’t really mean it — he wants to live with her, but he’s sliding back into his old ways, saying things he doesn’t mean. “How many times do you need to come back from death to come to your senses?!” He jumps in his car to go after Hae-young.

She and her parents are on the way to his place, Hae-young begging Mom to look happy about this. Mom just mutters that Hae-young is being ridiculous, making her cry again.

Do-kyung accidentally turns down a one-way street and finds himself in front of the family’s taxi, but luckily Dad recognizes him. They all step out of their cars, but before anyone can say anything, Do-kyung hits his knees in front of Hae-young’s parents and asks their consent to marry her. Whoa.

Dad gratefully thanks him for speaking up first, and says that they’ve already given consent. Mom tells them to go live together from now on, and not to wait too long to get married. She urges Do-kyung up, and gives him a hug. Awww, Mom.

As Do-kyung backs out and the taxi moves forward, Dad looks at Hae-young with so much love in his eyes, it’s lovely. Hae-young silently begs Mom to look at her, and she finally does just as they’re driving off.

Hae-young wastes no time attacking Do-kyung once they get home, and she jokes about how frustrated she’s been sleeping alone at her parents’ place every night. Ha, as they canoodle on the couch, we see that Jin-sang is still there, hiding and looking for a way out.

He’d been there waiting for Do-kyung to return, and had scrambled around as Do-kyung and Hae-young necked all over the house, barely avoiding being seen. He texts Do-kyung that he’s stuck behind the couch, but Do-kyung’s phone fell out of his pocket while Hae-young was ravishing him, and poor Jin-sang is stuck.

They’re interrupted when Soo-kyung knocks on the door, and Hae-young pretends to be just leaving — they’ll tell her about their new arrangement tomorrow. Soo-kyung is looking for Jin-sang, and points out that his shoes are here, which is when they realize that he heard and saw everything.

He sheepishly stands from behind the couch and slinks out with Soo-kyung. Before he goes he congratulates them, then says that starting tomorrow they’re going to… something. But it’s okay, because they have consent. HAHA.

Do-kyung warns him not to sneak over here again, but Jin-sang defends that he was here from the beginning! Um, that’s not better. He gets upset and says that he saw everything, everything, and starts to describe it all to Soo-kyung. OMG, please stop talking.

Soo-kyung takes Jin-sang out for a walk and advises him to reveal himself sooner next time. She uses him as a post to stretch on, which makes him way uncomfortable, especially when she slings a leg onto his shoulder.

An-na nervously waits for a regular customer to come into her coffee shop, and hey, it’s Oh Man-seok! An-na rattles off his complicated coffee order, and calls Hoon over with his script. Man-seok tosses the script on the table and tells Hoon to just describe it, and he’ll see that way if he’s good with words.

Hoon takes a deep nervous breath, and totally kills it. His eyes are fiery and he grows emotional as he tells Man-seok the story, and it works. Man-seok says that Hoon and his girlfriend seem full of energy, and agrees to star in the show. Hoon: “You’re so awesome.” Oh Man-seok: “I know.”

Hae-young calls Mom to ask if she’ll be there when Hae-young formally meets Do-kyung’s mother, but Mom says she’s thrown her away — why should she care? Hae-young asks why Mom can’t just be nice, and Mom is all When was I ever? Good point.

Mom may not be ready to come around, but Dad calls Do-kyung, who hilariously stands and bows even though he’s just on the phone. He has Do-kyung write down a list of ingredients which are good for your health, and hangs up. Hee.

Hee-ran meets with Hoon, and An-na takes over the conversation, making Hoon blush with her compliments. Once they’re alone Hoon announces that he has something really embarrassing to say… “I love you.” An-na returns the sentiment with a squeal, and Hoon dramatically leaps into her arms. So silly, these two.

Do-kyung and Hae-young officially announce their marriage plans to Soo-kyung and Jin-sang, not that it’s really a surprise. Jin-sang makes his own announcement, that he and Soo-kyung are dating, and Hae-young does a spit-take to learn that Soo-kyung is pregnant.

Soo-kyung is surprised that Hae-young has her parents’ permission to live with Do-kyung, though Hae-young points out that she and Jin-sang are living together too, technically. An-na and Hoon come sailing in to tell everyone they love each other, and An-na is mostly excited that Hoon can now fart openly in front of her, heh.

Jin-sang wonders how that’s a thing, and Soo-kyung narrows her eyes at him, telling him there are steps to follow. Jin-sang pouts that he and Soo-kyung are the only ones in the room who haven’t declared their love, but Soo-kyung tells him not to say it until he feels it.

Jin-sang deflects attention by throwing Do-kyung and Hae-young under the bus, announcing that they’re living together, which is their cue to go upstairs. They find a care package of food from Mom, with a note “To my future son-in-law.” Awww.

She apologizes for not eating with him more often so she’d know what he likes, but she remembers what he ate those two times they did have a meal. She made all of those side dishes for him, which is so sweet. The note goes on to say that she thinks people marry out of loyalty more than love, but she hopes that they stay together for a very long time.

Mom does show up for lunch with Do-kyung’s mother, who immediately tattles that they’re living together. Mom deadpans that she’s the one who dropped Hae-young off, and Do-kyung betrays a tiny smile. Do-kyung’s mom snarks that Mom is “so American-minded,” but Mom says that they won’t always feel as in love as they do now, and some people never get to feel that.

She looks at Do-kyung as she says that she doesn’t want them to be embarrassed, and just to be happy. Do-kyung’s mom gets nasty as she says that people won’t see it that way, especially considering how they met, and Do-kyung finally speaks up that he asked Hae-young to move in.

When his mother starts screeching about “taking the proper steps,” Do-kyung tells her that Soo-kyung is pregnant. That shuts her right up, and Hae-young and Mom both look like they’re trying not to laugh, ha.

As they leave, Mom says that Do-kyung’s mother isn’t that tough, and she should be easy to manage. Do-kyung’s mom asks if Soo-kyung really is pregnant, and who the father is, and her demeanor totally changes when she learns that Soo-kyung landed a lawyer. Ugh.

The delicate pregnant flower in question manages to clog the toilet so badly she’s ready to just sell the house, and Hoon calls Jin-sang to come fix it. He shows up with a plunger and an air of determination, assuring Soo-kyung that it’s okay, and he goes into battle for his lady. That’s love right there, folks.

The director of the movie Do-kyung’s been working on introduces him to some colleagues, praising his excellent work. Hae-young texts Do-kyung to bring home dinner, then remembers he has plans. Halfway through the meal he excuses himself, and brings Hae-young the pork belly she was craving.

His mom calls Soo-kyung to grouchily congratulate her on the baby, though she seems to genuinely be happy about it. She tells Soo-kyung not to worry about Jin-sang straying, since he’s gotten that all out of his system, though Soo-kyung complains that things aren’t romantic with him. She’s upset that they can’t even hold hands or say “I love you,” and wails that he even touched her poop. Awww.

Hoon is thrilled to have a new sister-in-law, and he asks Do-kyung why he left his meeting early tonight. He’d told Hae-young the meeting ended early, and she’s touched that he came home just for her.

The singer Lee Byung-joon has a small concert, and the older doctor comes by to check on him. Byung-joon asks if he’s trying to save him or the other guy, and the doctor says that it’s both.

Hae-young thinks about her last meeting with Tae-jin, who’d asked how he should explain all this when he eventually meets someone new. She’d said that there’s only one part he should leave out, and he apologizes to her. He thinks now that he was meant to say that mean thing to her, so that she could meet someone better for her. He sincerely wishes her happiness, and she tells him that he really was good to her.

When An-na learns that Jin-sang unclogged a toilet for Soo-kyung, she sighs that it means he’ll stick around for life. She wonders how he could do that when he hasn’t even said “I love you,” and Hoon quips that they’re going through the steps in reverse — baby, then dating.

This is the first An-na’s heard about a baby, which she thinks is terribly romantic. Now they can wait until the perfect time for the love confession. She says that they’ll know the love is sincere, and overhearing that, Soo-kyung starts to relax.

HAHAHA… turns out, Hoon and An-na staged that whole thing to help Soo-kyung feel better about the way things are going with Jin-sang. Not only that, but Jin-sang actually pays them for their little performance. An-na gives Hoon the eye, and says that it is pretty cool to do things in reverse. Hoon’s in trouble.

The two Hae-youngs finally go out for that drink, and our Hae-young asks the other if she hates her. She says that she does, ha, and our Hae-young retorts that she’s hated her since school. The other Hae-young says that our Hae-young is the winner, and our Hae-young thinks they shouldn’t decide winner or loser based on a guy. Good girl.

The other Hae-young says that she won’t be coming to the wedding, and she also plans to find another job. She sincerely wishes Do-kyung and Hae-young happiness, and as she leaves, our Hae-young calls out to her to be happy herself.

Jin-sang and Soo-kyung spend their evening crazy-dancing in the street, until the mood hits them and they lean in for a kiss. Jin-sang’s knee goes out, but he gets back up when Soo-kyung mocks his “rooftop party” booty dance, and he wonders what their baby will be like. Awesome, I’d say.

Hae-young knows that Do-kyung is planning a fancy proposal and tells him not to try too hard, though it’s obvious she’s looking forward to seeing what he’ll do. Do-kyung narrates that he used to live closed up, as if he was determined to be unhappy. Even Hae-young knew he wasn’t capable of feeling emotions, and he never even knew if he was happy or not.

He thinks that’s why he was shown his dying moment, so that he could have the chance to change and live differently. Even after being hurt herself, Hae-young wasn’t afraid to love him, and to ask him to love again. Her lack of fear made him want to be with her, and he wanted to be like her. Now it’s his turn to love her fearlessly.

As he waits outside the restaurant for Hae-young, a car chase comes screaming toward his location, and Do-kyung hears the horns honking as the cars grow closer. Flower petals start to fall around him, and he looks up to see a drama scene being filmed on a rooftop. Just below, a billboard announces that singer Lee Byung-joon has died. Oh no, no no no.

Do-kyung barely has time to register that this is the moment he’s been fearing, when a car comes around the corner and crashes straight into him. The car plows into the curb, and we see that it’s Chan-soo, Tae-jin’s ex-partner, who was driving. Do-kyung thinks that he let his guard down, and that the only difference between reality and his vision is that it’s daytime instead of night.

He thinks about Hae-young, but this time he can remember her happy face rather than a sad one. He wishes for her to hurry to him and hold his hand as he goes, understanding now why characters in movies always struggle to touch each other before they die. It’s not knowing where he’s going, and the fear of being alone. The touch of the one he loves will reassure him that he’s not alone as he dies.

As she dances to her lunch with Do-kyung, Hae-young sees the ambulance and notices the billboard announcing the singer’s death. She immediately realizes what this means and runs, calling silently to Do-kyung to wait, that she’s coming, that everything will be alright.

She reaches him just as he closes his eyes, and takes his hand, telling him over and over that it’s okay. Do-kyung’s last thought is that now, he’s relieved.

He’s rushed to the hospital and into surgery, where everyone they know comes to wait. Hae-young’s parents, Do-kyung’s family, even Hee-ran and the ducklings are there. The waiting room is deathly silent despite all the people, until Hae-young’s mom checks a calendar and says they should set the wedding date for September third.

Everyone looks uncomfortable, but then Do-kyung’s mom says calmly that it might still be hot, and suggests October. Jin-sang argues that he and Soo-kyung should marry in October since she’ll be showing soon, so they all agree on September third.

Do-kyung’s mom says to keep her wedding gifts simple, and Hae-young’s mom is all, What wedding gifts? She loses her temper when Do-kyung’s mom asks for a mink coat and an alligator purse, asking what the alligator and mink did to deserve it, heh. Suddenly everyone is yelling, everyone but Hae-young, who can’t decide if this is funny or crazy.

But looking back, she found that moment comforting, because they went past praying for Do-kyung’s life and just assumed he would be saved. She’s also sucked into that energy, and she thinks about the beautiful wedding dress she’ll wear when she marries Do-kyung.

In the corner of the waiting room, the television reports that singer Lee Byung-joon isn’t dead after all, and has regained consciousness.

Do-kyung and Hae-young’s wedding day is perfect, and the ceremony goes off without a hitch. They exchange rings and kiss on command, and walk down the aisle hand-in-hand under a shower of flower petals.

Do-kyung narrates that after you have a near-death experience, you live life differently. You know what’s important, and happiness is all that matters. “Right now, I’m as happy as a person can be.”

Hae-young adds that with Do-kyung, the time they spent crying and laughing, the bitter and sweet times, the times they fell and got back up, are the times she’ll look back on when she dies. “And I will say this… everything was perfect.”

COMMENTS

Hang in there for the wedding party dancing to the theme song, it’s adorable!

I really liked the ending, because I really had been lulled into a sense of complacency just like Do-kyung. I think that he wasn’t able to avoid his accident, not entirely, because as the good doctor said, you can’t change everything. But because he was able to change the date and circumstances, Do-kyung was able to alter events to just an accident instead of his death. And this time, if he had died, he would have died knowing he loved and was loved, and with Hae-young beside him. There’s not much more that you can hope for in life.

At first I felt like resolving the whole “will he die or won’t he” issue happened too soon, but now I appreciate where the show was going with that. Do-kyung didn’t just have to decide to live in the present for that small bit of time until he could change the circumstances of his death… he has to keep doing it, every day, as long as he lives. It took so little time for him to backslide and start taking the safe path again, telling Hae-young that he’d propose instead of living with her. I like that the drama explored how easy that could happen, and how Do-kyung had to remind himself not to live that way anymore. Habits of a lifetime don’t resolve so easily, and you have to consciously decide, day after day, to live differently. Because you never know when you’ll die, and as it turns out, his avoiding one accident didn’t necessarily mean he’ll live a long life. Now he knows that you never stop showing that love, and making the best choices you can.

So I’m still unclear whether Do-kyung was seeing the future, or seeing the past, in his visions — I liked the theory that he was looking back on life as he died, but now it seems more as if he was simply seeing possible future events and was able to change them. It makes more sense if he was seeing the future, because if he was seeing the past, he wouldn’t have been able to change anything. And I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed to find that both doctors exist, but it was a fun mind-bendy way to watch the show, unsure of whether they were real or simply figments he invented to help him cope.

I really adore how the show explored so many different kinds of love, and how they’re all valid and worthy. There was Do-kyung’s love for the first Hae-young, based on his pity for her background and desire to make up for the lack of love in her life. His love for our Hae-young was different, more passionate and tempestuous, but in the end it was the love that made him want to change and be a different person. Jin-sang and Soo-kyung’s love was more tentative and awkward, but Jin-sang really came through for her in the ways that mattered in the end. Hoon and An-na had the cutest love, silly and scatterbrained, but no less true than what Do-kyung and Hae-young share. We also got to see different kinds of parental love, with Hae-young’s parents especially, but even Do-kyung’s mother showed her love for her son by threatening the man who was endangering his well-being. At least in the end, she chose her child over herself and is making an effort to be a better mother, so there’s always hope.

Speaking of, I can’t help it — as prickly and harsh as she can be, I just loved Hae-young’s mom so much. Everything she does, even the mean things, are because she loves her daughter more than anything in this world, and wants her to be happy. She can’t always express her love in words, but she always comes around, and at the end when she packed all the foods she remembered Do-kyung eating I just couldn’t stand it. Even when she was against them, she knew this was the man for Hae-young, and made an effort. That’s real love, right there.

This really has been a show where there’s no clear-cut “good” or “bad” characters, and it’s one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed it so much. In real life, very few people are so clearly defined as those in dramas, and it makes these characters so much more interesting. The good people do bad things, and the bad people are sometimes good. Neither Do-kyung nor Tae-jin were Hae-young’s fated-to-be one and only love, and I have no doubt that if she’s married Tae-jin, she would have lived a happy life. It’s just the way things turned out, that she fell for Do-kyung while Tae-jin was gone (and in her defense, it’s not like she knew he would come back for her — she thought he broke up and moved away). It’s made the characters frustrating and sometimes hard to understand, but ultimately their faults and shortcomings are what have made me fall for them so hard. Because they’re not cookie-cutter characters that are easy to categorize, but they’re just like real people who make mistakes and sometimes do the wrong thing, even if they have the best of intentions. It’s been the wonderfully written, realistic characters that have made Oh Hae-young Again such an incredible journey.

 
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What a very SATISFYING ending!!!

I never thought that this drama could have my best romcom ending ever but damn! The dancing scene during the end just made my heart flutter with happiness :)

This drama never felt like one to me. It just seemed like I was having interactions my friend or my sister about their difficulties in life and we try to solve all those problems gradually. Most of the lines that I heard from the characters, I've heard them or said them in real life. That's why it felt like a documentary instead of just a drama.

I just want to thank this drama for bringing me the adorable pair Seo Hyun Jin and Eric Mun. They made Hae Young and Do kyung so real that I was able to laugh and cry with both of them all throughout. Of course, who could forget the all so bizzare pairing of Soo kyung and Jin Sang. Surprisingly, I've already seen most of the others casts on other dramas before and I can say that they are equally and hilariously talented.

I hate to say goodbye to this wonderful drama but after feeling satisfied with the end, I can say that I will forever remember it as one of the best kdramas I've ever come across. I've never liked Mondays coz it's always so tiring but this drama became the main reason why I'm always full of energy during the days of its air. Thank you for making me get through Mondays and Tuesdays Another Oh Hae Young ! The love I have for you isn't 89%, it's 100% :)

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That line stuck with me. Whenever I hear about this drama, I automatically remember "It's not 89%, It's 100%"

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Lovely comment Sam!

Made me smile at just how much of an impact this drama had in our daily lives!

It was special and one of those dramas that will stay with me. Life lessons, personal growth, "epic" love stories, laughs, tears, heartflutterings, family love, good crazyness... ;)

It had all these perfect ingredients... from fantastic actors that make their characters com to life in so many colorful, amazing ways, to director, writer and staff! They made a great team ;)

Yup, Oh Hae Young Again will be missed!

Loved you Show ;)

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YAAY! *Cheers for the finale!*

I had my issues with Show, but this final episode made me very happy. I was worried that it was unredeemable, but Show pulled it off.

Thank you, writers!

P.S. The characters Jin Sang and Soo Kyung became were my absolute favorites. Fabulousness AND awkwardness all smooshed together into a ridiculous, indescribable sandwich of good intentions and weirdness.

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It wasn't a realistic drama. A good one but not realistic. So much overacting on the female lead part. I liked the supporting cast

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I dropped this drama around ep 7 due to many reasons (a big part because I didn't like Do Kyung's behaviour) but one of the things that really lessened my love for it was the slight over-acting of Hae Young's character that kinda just accentuated my dislike of her hard-understand-actions sometimes (the glass breaking...)

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FYI that's right around when his character stopped reacting out of desperation and started to make his own decisions and everything flipped around.

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agree with you complexity. I too dropped the drama instead started reading the recaps here because of same reasons.

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I think it only realistic in like 6 ep??

after that it seems to be feeling driven drama,

"so here's all about the character but here some flashback plot all over again then here's the 2 cop-out without build up for the story
- the DK innocent
- the unknown singer
and oh, the smooches ( a lot) to get the viewer intact cause that woredk in another drama"

at least the production quality is indeed good beside the unrealistic in many part, this drama make me realize how important 1st impression is,
that can highly judge your last impression because of feeling of being wrong in the 1st

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As much as I admire Seo Hyun Jin, I agree with this comment. She did overdo Hae Young's anger, resentment and enthusiasm at times. She could have toned down her performance a bit.

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Yeah, Her overacting was shown on the latter part of the drama. As I said before, I could not understand how Hae Young acted that way as if she was ready to give up her life-where did all those started? I mean if you have watched Im Sorry I Love you drama, I could really understand why would the girl commit suicide to be with the man, you know. But with Hae Young, where did all the me against the world began? Stop with all the crying and yelling please.
But then, I never hated her much becuase there's one whom I hated more, that's Eric's acting or Eric's characterization of DK. Blah,,,,, even until the end he was like just RECITING all his lines. His facial expression, his body movements and languages, his voice tone, when his happy,angry,sad,confuse,joking,smiling,smirking,getting revenge-whoah acted all almost with the same facial expression!!!

I almost dropped this drama at ep.12 but you know just finish it just to know the ending. I fast forwarded a lot of scenes. The core theme of the drama (vision seen of the future events) has been lost!

True, I said it before here, the magic has lost. It was a drama just like other dramas. Started good but the writer cheated us.

What a waste.

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I beg to be differ that Eric's expressions are the same when Dokyung voice is happy, angry, sad, confuse, joking, smiling, smirking... when he's angry (the elevator scene with the chairman, when he scolded the sound guys, or angry at TJ for asking a Hae Young for a meal out after telling her he hates the way she eats... Or when he threw the phone in anger at the ex-fiancee called him up as if nothing ever happened... his voice and face send chill.

The scene when he was running around looking for his ex-fiancee, his breaking voice and worried turned despair face when he saw a photo of her with another man in Paris.

The beach scene with Hae Young, it was truly happy smiles that we can feel the happiness from the bottom of his heart. Other times when he smiled with constrains, I can feel the pain Dokyung had to hold off his feelings.

I don't know how all those are the same expression & tone..... Not to mention his expressive eyes that emote a lot of emotions.

Dokyung's character is the most reserved of them all and for the most part, often quieter. The subtle acting is harder for people to catch for such character than someone a polar opposite like Haeyoung's very expressive character.

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Finally, someone dares to state Eric's performance is lacklustre. Most of his expressions were wooden, and I don't think because the character DK is supposed to be wooden. He can't even emote troubled/sad so well. Just wooden.

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There were times when I thought the Seo Hyun Jin went overboard, but the overacting worked for this kind of rom-com and her character. It had to be clear that Do Kyung is a character who has trouble expressing his emotions while Hae Young is the complete opposite. I bet the director intentionally required Hyun Jin to act this way.

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Very agreed, if anyone ever watched this director's romcom drama (marriage not dating, superdaddy yeol) all the characters acting are probably made over-acted. I guess it's just his style? It's nevertheless good tho.

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IMHO, you've hit the nail on the head. I am convinced that SHJ was following the director's instructions. The same goes for EM.

I've seen enough of SHJ's acting (108 episodes of THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG; THE PEACH TREE, and part of THE PEAK) to know that she is capable of precise understatement, nuance, and delicacy as well as unbridled joy, heart-rending sorrow, and take-no-prisoners ferocity in battle. She's the reason I watched this show in the first place.

OHY is a character who has great capacity to feel and express emotions... and seems to be lacking that circuit in the brain that allows a person to keep their foot out of their mouth. She tells it like it is, and what you see is what you get. That means that even she finds her own emotions to be too much to deal with some of the time, hence the self-medication with soju -- which for me was uncomfortable as hell to witness. My cringe muscles got quite a workout because of her -- and the rest of the all-too-human characters in this drama.

DK is the polar opposite. When we first meet him, he wouldn't know an emotion if it bit him on the ass. I can understand this character because he is very similar to an earlier iteration of me. I'm acutely aware of the inner work that goes into developing the emotional capacity that DK gradually grew into, and my hat is off to Eric Mun for so deftly and believably conveying that ongoing process. It could not have been easy to stay in character for months as such an inexpressive lead. His ability to convey constrained internal states with his eyes and nano-scale body language was noteworthy. I'd never seen his acting before this drama, and I am impressed.

In fact, the entire cast did a fine job of conveying the humanity of their characters, even the minor ones like the neighborhood watch ladies.

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I couldn't agree more with this. It was a very human performamce from our two leads and the cast.

I couldn't really see SHJ as over-acting. People like her do exist in real life! I think what we as an audience assumed to be over-acting was really just our own reservations about those whom we consider "too much" unable to neatly convey or restrain what they are feeling at any given moment.

I am reminded of episode 3 when she decided that the next person she loved she would love without restraint, she would give 100%. So it didn't come off as a surprise to me that she acted with quite a HARD rebound; But this was her 100%.

As much as I hated her drink till she was numb, cry over everything, act borderline manic at times. To be fair Hae Young was going through probably what may have been the most tumultuous time of her life, and I could absolutely relate to the madness of it all.

Getting up to suddenly dance passionately to music after a day spent in bed with your tears, singing giddy for the chorus then mourning life in the next verse, being genuinely excited over someone to the point of not caring what others think. These are the marks of a hopeless romantic and SHJ nailed it!

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Such lovely comment! I wasn't that crazy with SHJ but, after this drama, I became one of her fan! As for EM, he is one good actor! I read the comment about how "wooden" was his acting, THAT was the acting because that's what the character of DK was supposed to be!

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I'm genuinely surprised by the criticisms of SHJ's acting. IMO, it was one of the best parts of the drama. Her character's behavior, like that of many other characters' in this director's dramas, was often over the top and frequently exaggerated for comedy; also, HY tended to be over-emotional-- but I never perceived SHJ's acting as being too much, only her character's actions.

I really can't imagine anyone else pulling off the role as well as she did (and I'm tickled pink that she's receiving so much acclaim for it).

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It's a regrettable trend to see haters, trollers sharpen their knife in ready-to-kill mood to top discussions as evidenced in this thread. They probably have their text written before the recap is posted.

Different people have different tastes. For those who don't appreciate or understand the layered nuances protrayed in OHYA. I invite you to revisit this drama in 10 years time as you mature.

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I agree with you.

Again and again I am also surprised that people who didn't watch the drama bother to comment.

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Thanks LollyPip :)

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Thanks for recap.

I am gonna miss all these discussions with full of passion and see you guys on some other shows discussion board.

This week I am saying good bye to two shows one is this and second is Game of thrones.

We had a good bummpy journey but reached in one piece.

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What a huge disappointment this drama turned out to be. The first 4 episodes were interesting, then it just turned into a shitshow of varying proportions. At least it's finally over. Here's a more fitting title for this drama:

Oh, Another Asshole Again.

Most of the characters are unlikeable assholes. Both the leads, Oh Hae-Young and Do-Kyung, are two of the most unlikeable leads I've ever had the displeasure of watching in a drama. Just complete assholes. The other characters aren't very good either.

I'll take the little victories though; that laughing doll was hysterical.

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In what aspect would you consider these two people assholes? Do you think that the real world out there is as absolutely good and stable as you think it is? Choosing the person you'd love for a lifetime is as valid a choice as any. In one way or another, you end up hurting people through your choices but that's how life goes, and that's how good this show explore that. And, more than that, these two people have made it a point to make up for their past relationships--finding the time to acknowledge what went wrong and what was right that they can carry with them.

So, if you did not like this show, it really was a matter of the kind of "moral" standard that you bring into it. It's not your fault, and it's not the show's fault. It's just your perspective not meeting its own perspective. I think the fact that a lot of people will walk away from this show with a feeling of fondness is proof enough that it was able to send a great message across.

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Twilight must be amazing then.

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Okay, totally beside the point. I wasn't even fighting you. I was simply replying to your comment, and offering a counter-thought on how other people perceive the show.

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Well donel!

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LOL my keyboard is acting up again. Again: very well said, @Jyc!

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This is an old thread. I'm still in episode 9 and I kinda have to agree with you. The story was compelling at first. But as I go from one ep to another, the characters just seemed too impulsive for me. Not saying that those kind of people don't exist in RL, but idk... It's just hard for me to see two impulsive people with those kind of (somewhat toxic) behaviors ending up together... Still trying to watch until the end to see if it'll change my views about them.

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If you watched the whole thing despite seemingly hating all the characters, you must have found something compelling about it. ?

Or your just a glutton for punishment?

I still maintain that the characters' flaws are what made them feel real and relatable, and made me root for them in spite of it. That's what I'll remember the drama for.

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Yeah, weird that so many haters rush to be among the first with comments on this show.

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LOL! I know! What is up with that? I find that hilarious.

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It's because those who love it, like me, have a hard time putting it into words. Let's not let the criticism get us down :)

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It's also because you don't want to hear something bad about the thing that you love! To each their own.

Did this show have flaws? yes. What doesn't. NOTHING is perfect, but do you love something despite its flaws? Yes. I do agree the pace slowed down, and my love for the show kind of slowed, but again, that mirrors real love. Sometimes you hate the person that you love. It changes, as it should. The crazy passionate love you feel can't last. But I really love this show. Even if everyone else doesn't.

That's love peeps, that's love.

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Right? I'm sitting here scratching my head and wondering...did the people who hated the show refreshed the site nonstop? Haha, weird but whatevs...if that makes them happy.

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I stopped commenting as much simply because of all the instant hate. Criticism I get...the instant bashing not so much.

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Dang! I was wondering why you were so quiet. :-(

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I noticed too. I always searched out your comments, cause I found them really insightful and I always agreed with them.

Although, I will fight you for Tae Jin! He's cute!

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I'm not gone I just don't feel as if I would contribute as much without devolving into a vitriolic fight. I prefer honest criticism and if I can't provide good commentary then there is no point in being snarky. There are other shows and hopefully I see you all there.

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There's an increasing number of commentators who negatively comment on dramas they didn't even watch.

Javabeans, please do something.

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I agree! I loved their characters, flaws and all!

I think when you're watching the drama you have certain expectations on how the characters should behave. Maybe that's the reason why the other viewers didn't like it: 'cos the characters did not behave as they expected them too. But that's what I liked about Hae Young - I may not be similar to her so I don't think I'll do what she did/does sometimes, but SHJ sold OHY to me to be THAT WAY so it was in keeping with her character which I accepted. I may not love the same way in real life as OHY does, but heck that's how she is.

What was great about the show was how much it made you FEEL more than just watching the scenes. I've never had my heart broken as hard as OHY but I cried with her when she did. Likewise when she was happy, I was happy.

The extension did hurt the show what with the fillers and the additional scenes that kinda misdirected the characters a little but I don't want to dwell on them and instead choose to remember fondly what was great about it! ^^

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If someone had not explained that the title is a pun, maybe I would have enjoyed OHYA a lot less myself. Another misunderstanding, not just a second young woman with the same name. Being aware of the likelihood of many and varied misunderstandings made it easier for me to go with the flow. That included Writer-nim's inspired trickery, misdirection, and trolling.

As for filler, the only scene that felt gratuitous and out of place to me was NOHY's soulful dinner date with her garbage disposal.

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Peach, your first sentence I think it completely true. It reminds me of when I was in school (Architecture) and we had to present our final designs. You wanted one of two things to happen: 1) the panel would argue about your project as one half would love and the other half would hate it, or 2) they would build on the ideas of your project.
Both showed that they felt strongly about your project.

This definitely happened with this show. Even the dissenters have strong feelings towards it. But I don't think it detracts from my enjoyment of the show. I just skip/skim their comments and move on.

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I stuck in there for the entire run, and thought the message of living your life loving fully and without regret was earned and wonderful.

When I was a teenager I judged people harshly. Same in college - couples would pair up and I'd think "what the hell does he see in her?" or "he's a moron, she can do better". But as time goes on and I watch these same people and couples go through challenges, I find myself more often than not thinking "Oh. I see it now. THAT'S why he loves her so much." As I get older I'm working on being less judgmental and more empathetic.

I have harsh, prickly friends. I have emotional friends. I have loud and silent friends. I know couples who have the opposite kind of relationship that I have and they bewilder me, but I know enough now to realize that my perfect isn't everyone's perfect. I love Do Kyung, but only through the lens of Hae Young's affection - the Do Kyungs I meet in life drive me insane and I'd drop them in a couple of days. I know a Soo Kyung type who is abrasive to the extreme but inexplicably we click and it makes sense and we're friends, though I know others despise her. So it's really delightful to get a different perspective on what you can like about someone past that top level impression.

I understood all of the characters in this drama. They reminded me of people I've known and people I've been, and I loved them all a little for that.

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I am so glad I have you here to voice the words in my heart. Everything you wrote...just perfect.

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"I understood all of the characters in this drama. They reminded me of people I’ve known and people I’ve been, and I loved them all a little for that."

YES. couldn't have said it better myself. I've related to almost all these characters whether it be their bad traits or not and it was what made these characters so realistic to me. I love this show and am going to miss it so much.

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*insert love song to Miranda*

Thank you. I will just be snarky and you can say all the sincere things I can't.

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Thank you Miranda! I agree +1000000 times!

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I can't help to notice that you've been saying that all the characters in this drama are all assholes for two recapped episodes in the row now.

That's pretty consistent. What's with the hate? Stating your opinion once is always welcome, but is it necessary to do it in every recap of this drama?

That kind of hate attitude is annoying, really.

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Oh, Butthurt Again.

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Wait - am I on the rude All K-pop blog or civilized DramaBeans??? Honestly, children, go to your rooms.

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Hahaha, I have the same mind with you. I think mostly the one who loves to watch drama is the older one some the comments at here was mostly balanced

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My thoughts exactly

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I avoided reading past two recap's comment section because it got me down by all the hate comments...

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even though I think your word is too harsh

but this drama indeed make me remember some people I don't really like in real life cause they are blinded too much by their ego and emotion, "I am expressive now because I've been hurt so bear with me" attitude, not knowing that it mostly their perception and they hardly change in the span of 18 episode,
almost all of the character

they did change but it come when it needs to end a drama

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so why are you still here commenting on a review after 18 episodes if you dislike it so much ? you could stop watching anytime you like, you know. no need to criticize everything and everyone as they're just trying to entertain us. they don't owe u a single cent for not being able to make you happy.

i think you are disliked by many in RL. u should learn from this drama and learn to love more.

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Fantastic. I guess people here are very unidimensional in their viewing of charcters. So they are either black or white. Good or bad. Or asshole and asshole again. And then some comments ask for realism. I think that's where the drama got it very right. No character is perfection here. Hae young is not just a candy heroine - so she does things unfathomable to a typical leading lady. Yes some of her actions were uncalled for and that is what makes her character fascinating. All the evils ain't meant for 2nd lead "villians" like other shows. Both the leads are extremely flawed, and i relate to that cause i am not miss goody two shoes myself in real life. And that is why i like the character growth in this show - esp do kyung's. It requires effort from one's side to improve upon one's flaws and not remain, and stubbornly so, an "asshole". All characters in this show were better people post some hard gain of perspective - do kyung got that through his visions, Jin Sang when he knew Soo kyung was pregnant and Tae Jin when he got to know the truth.
That's what people need in life - a reality check about priorities, whether it is worth it to be stubbornly assholish or just let go. Which do kyung did when he saw Hae young fearlessly "loud". Weird right that their so called imprefections turned out to be attractive for both of them. That for me is real.

But then again we are different people. And different things appeal to us.

As far as realism is concerned. It's a fictional show we are watching so i don't go out there expecting a documentary. If the story telling shows elements of slice of life with touches of reality while driving in a larger message through fictional elements i have no qualms.

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I agree! I don't even know if in real life I would like someone like OHY as my friend or colleague. I think she might be a great bestie since she strikes me as someone who is fiercely loyal. But then I would have to put up with her idosyncrasies. She is definitely not the best heroine in kdramaland, if ever there was one but I haven't like a female character in dramas like this for a long time.

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Yesss! It is fiction. K dramas are the ultimate fantasy!!! Do you think being chased by a chaebol until you fall in love with him is realistic?? Lol. I think a better approach to dramas would be to ask yourself "does this make sense within this created universe?"

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I like that OHY was interesting to watch as both a character and show. It's probably why I like shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Interesting people are fun to watch even if they are not always/at all sympathetic.

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Is this trolling? Or is this how aggressive dissatisfaction with a show looks like?

P.S. It's nice to see that the DB comment section doesn't have a censoring filter.

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You know what Jolly? I'm gonna let you live! I had all these things I wanted to say about your comments but at the end of the day, it is completely within your rights to hate the show. And you're hating it doesn't diminish how much I enjoyed it. So be blessed and go in peace ✌?️

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I laughed out loud because this is why I dropped it.

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Thank you for all recaps, LollyPip-nim. Much appreciated^^

It's time to say goodbye to OHYA. No more words to say then it's simply the best!

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i loved it... the ending dance was the sweetest

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Thank you!!! Indeed this drama has a very special place in my heart. Love it sooo much!

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Your closing lines were really great: It’s made the characters frustrating and sometimes hard to understand, but ultimately their faults and shortcomings are what have made me fall for them so hard. Because they’re not cookie-cutter characters that are easy to categorize, but they’re just like real people who make mistakes and sometimes do the wrong thing, even if they have the best of intentions. It’s been the wonderfully written, realistic characters that have made Oh Hae-young Again such an incredible journey.

I just knew I loved this show when I know that at the end of it, I wouldn't have it any other way. It made me laugh, cry, angry, and everything else because I was that emotionally connected to it. It's such a lovely journey, and this ending was such a beautiful conclusion to an unconventional story.

Thank you for your thoughtful recaps about this show, Lollypip!

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My favorite moment in the finale was that part when Do-kyung was already lying on the street and Hae-young got to him and held his hand. All throughout the series, and especially in the last 4 episodes, there were always these momentary focus on the hands--when they're simply holding hands, intertwining their fingers, or him putting his hand on top of hers. That moment after he got hit by the car was a reminder that death is inevitable. Sure enough, Do-kyung stopped his almost-death (the one in his vision) but he will still die and only time will tell when. They were not simply trolling us, it's actually always been one of the messages of this show: "wouldn't it be better to have someone hold your hand as you die?" And this is, I think, what that scene was trying to portray.

There were a lot of significant moments which proved to us how much Hae-young and Do-kyung love each other. During the wall kiss scene, we got to see not just the expression of these pent-up emotion but also their physical attraction. When they met up and got away to the beach, we saw them finally meeting each other halfway and willing to compromise. Then the kiss after Do-kyung's confession was a step up the game: they want and will be together no matter what their issues are. Anything and everything after these were small and big moments that showed us their relationship dynamics and each time, it gets stronger as they get through together every hurdles thrown their way.

And then we get to this moment after the accident where Hae-young was just there holding his hand as they wait for the ambulance. This moment was symbolic of their love going past the romance and moving now into the unconditional. Her holding his hand shows that she is there and will be there no matter what happens. It was the growth that I've been waiting for from Hae-young and finally have gotten here: for her to realize that love is not a collection of romantic moments and simply wanting to be together. It is, as I've said, about unconditional--giving your heart fully to that person without asking for anything in return or for that love to be on the same level. You are there to hold his (her) hand no matter what for a simple but important reason: you love that person to the core, stripped of all the things that make him (her) look strong and solid, in the moment of his utter weakness. Because, really, how many people continue to love a person the same way the moment that they see their weaknesses, right? This is also why, despite all their entanglements, I'd root for this couple any day.

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Omg yes! I love that scene too! I kept replaying that part.

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Yes, yes, yes.

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Isn't it great when you don't have to say anything and people just get it. I need to make some kind of drinking game for every time a beanie is super insightful.

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I love it. Just one comment like that makes all the negativity fade away.

Haha, if we ever play that game, here's to hoping we always get drunk ;)

Btw, I saw your comment about healing Tae-jin! Apparently you have some competition...(but also a sign that you have a chance!)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHBEaa-gzon/?taken-by=h2j

Funny. I always thought he looked most jealous when watching Do-kyung with his loyal ducklings...

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.....MUST GET LAP IN LJLSDFHJ FLAJ

*meltdown*

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I love when you notice things like this, makes you love and appreciate it so much more.

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Agreed, remember the episode when mama oh told Do Lying marriage is not about love it is about being loyal...no matter what happens. Very nice recap.

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I'm right there with you Lollypip. That moment with Mama Oh packing up food for Do Kyung made me tear up like crazy. Damn it Mama Oh!

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love that too... but the scene where Mom gave DK a hug (even if a little reluctantly) made me so happy i was sobbing, knowing what a hug means to DK. i was emotionally moved some episodes back but that scene is the most i have cried for the entire show. i don't know why.

thank you so much lollypip for the recaps.

...and also to all the beanies who made this show more interesting with their insightful comments. you guys are the best!

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And watching while Do Kyung was eating. We all thought that Mom was pissed beyond belief, but she was paying attention to what foods he was taking more of. We thought the only moment she was bending in that scene was when she put meat on his spoon, but she was more invested than we knew.

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Yas, actually Mom is even more thoughtful than what we actually saw. I wish they can all be more open up together and go wild together in noraebang!

Anyway off topic, since the average rating didn't reach 10% I guess nobody gets to date Eric even for a day. HAHAHA is this fate

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ROFL, I read this comment then saw the "After the Show Ends, romance blooms and “reality” begins" post. This was the only drama that ended recently so I totally had a "Could it be?!" moment before crashing back to earth.

It's okay. I'll wait patiently for the actual news...

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I love how the drama revisits moments like that one to add another layer of perspective & make it even more meaningful.

I noticed that the writer has a knack for doing this with some of the seemingly unimportant moments of these last few episodes. She finds a way to tie them in again so that they don't end up feeling like unnecessary filler scenes to me. Do-kyung's song from 15 becoming another testament to his growth at the end of ep 17, the high school love letter being revealed as the key to both HYs letting go. I love little touches like that so I ended up feeling pretty gratified by the more recent episodes, rather than bored.

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I've been crowing about her layered approach since the beginning. I love it. Hopefully the writer gets more gigs and with experience (I think this is a first project) can put out some super good Kim Sam Soon/Misaeng level stuff.

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Thanks for pointing that out... Beneath Mama Hwang's impassive (to outsiders) exterior beats a warmly caring and deeply loyal heart cloaked in ferocity...

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I teared up at Papa Oh researching health foods for Do Kyung as well ?

And his look of pride at them before leaving in the taxi.

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We talk so much about Mama Oh because she is such a force to be reckoned with, but, man, do I adore Papa Oh. So few words, but such a sweetheart and always saying/doing the right things when it counts. He is too precious.

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Yas! especially during the scene where he looked at them with a lot of inaudible words right before he hop on the cab, it felt so touching that Appa could convey his feelings with only his eyes too. So heartwarming. Appa jjang!

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I feel like Do Kyung is kind of like Papa Oh. Both the strong, silent types.

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The parallel between mama/papa and dk/oh have been alluded to so many times. They both fit.

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This is probably why our OHY could recognize the unhappiness that PDK was feeling. Her dad is just as quiet with his words, just expresses himself in action. She's used to reading that from pops, so saw it in PDK.

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The characters in this drama are perfectly imperfect and that is why it will always have a place in my heart for a long long time to come. Kudos to the cast and crew for being so united and for creating such a beautiful masterpiece!

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I don't wanna say goodbye to this drama. It feels like an old friend. ?

I think the execution of the show was very much like its characters. A little messy and a little flawed, but god so full of heart and humanity. I wholeheartedly agree that the characters flaws, and their efforts to overcome them and better themselves, are what made me fall in love with each and everyone of them.

The thing that made the frustrations that came along with them feel worth it was that I could always understand the characters' feelings and motivations, even if they were selfish or not morally up standing.

It's this level of sympathy that makes OHYA a rare gem despite its shortcomings. And why I will dearly miss it.

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YAS I agree. The show and the story just blends in the character of being human. I really love OHYA so much, I don't see the flaw as bad, but I think that the flaws are the important in details of being realistic. I really will miss this show so much. I will definitely rewatch it again. ops. OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN AND AGAIN.

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I can't even find the words I need to send this drama off right now. But your comment captures a lot of what I'm feeling! Especially this:

"I think the execution of the show was very much like its characters. A little messy and a little flawed, but god so full of heart and humanity." - This drama just had a chaotic sort of grace to it that I can't quite explain. You just either respond to it or you don't. I certainly did.

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I started out watching this drama because of SHJ, and then was thrilled to learn the actors playing her parents and Jin-Sang would be Lee Han-Wi, Kim Mi-Kyung, and Kim Ji-Suk -- each of whose work I've enjoyed in other dramas.

Yes, OHYA does feel like an old friend... one I'll miss a lot. One I'll visit in the future.

For anyone going through withdrawal, take a gander at SHJ's performance in the title role of THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG. It's the drama that got me totally hooked on Kdramas in general and sageuks in particular.

And yes, I could understand what made the characters tick. At times I was immensely frustrated with them, but I kept tuning in because the ways in which these fallible, very human characters were developing rang true. I also got reeled in by the show's supernatural aspects. ;-)

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Indeed, King's Daughter was excellent. I was very upset that the drama was cut shorter due to the Olympic! The drama could have gotten a better ending.

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@atz,

Glad to meet a fellow SBH fan. ;-)

Yeah, the Sochi Olympics really put a crimp in it. Even so, I think the resolution worked out fine.

Would I have loved to actually see Seolnan (SHJ) and Myongnong (JHJ) tie the knot? Of course... But for me it was enough that they prayed for each other and ultimately found their way back to each other... during the blossoming of the Centennial Fragrance tree.

The entire cast was top-notch, and they went all-out to the final curtain. And the music -- evocative to the max.

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HAE YOUNG'S PARENTS ARE THE BEST. ❤

That is all. ?

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Yes! Love them in all their imperfection. Hearts of gold.

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I never really understood the craze behind the show...maybe because I couldn't quite get into the leads much and I hoped this would be another Marriage Not Dating (which ranks in my top 10 most loved shows ever)....so needless to say, I was very disappointed I didn't love it as much as I did.

However, I managed to hang on and actually finish the show (with a little fast forwarding here and there) and I realized there was very much a lack of plot in the second half of the show - much of the later episodes were a snooze fest...nothing of substance was happening. I almost wanted to see what Pretty Hae Young was up too since she had a more interesting story line in my opinion.

Anyway, what's done is done...onto the next drama!

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This is a show that had plot for maximum 12 episodes and they stretched it all the way to 18. The lack of plot for the second half of the show was too visible. This show had solid 8 episodes that had lasting impact, sadly it ended on a somber note for me. This is Healer 2.0 for me. There is nothing particularly wrong with the cast but the story lost its charm for me, if not for the characters I wouldn't bother finishing it.

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I would have liked to see a bit more of Pretty Oh Hae-Young's storyline too.

Pretty Oh Hae-Young - challenging the assumptions of a 2nd lead; the paradox of pretty (aesthetic validation vs. shaming one for owning it); being smart/top of the class/a brainiac; sensitivity to the disconnect/lack of a tight-knit family situation/connection growing up as a child of divorce essentially separated and distant from one's parents.

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Really love your last line of comment. Yas this drama is so beautifully written, and it's my this year most fav drama. Idk but I really feel both sad and happy, sad that it ends but happy that it ends happily.

I'm glad that the ending is mixture of everything, a lil bit melo, comedy, (passionate)romance, crazy. Really like they put Jinsang in the room and making the whole thing not so passionate but really funny enough to be a romcom. I swear Sookyung just have this dangerous fetish and increasing dancing fetish because of Jinsang. When Hoon did the jump hug to Anna, I was like CUTEEEEEEE really love that they last since episode 1. And I can't even sense their age gap. Just so cute together. Really wished Taejin and Other OHY will be happy too, it was sad that they weren't in the wedding ending scene.

When I saw the ending, it seems that Jinsang was the solo most enthu dancer! hahahaha and Chairman Jang was there dancing, I was like whaaaaaaaaaaat are you doing there. HAHAHA whatever the more the merrier. Tho I wish they could show more after wedding life, which is yknow, babiesss

Oh oh oh and the ending short comment they wrote, "We sincerely thank you for all the audience who loved Oh Hae Young not 89% but 100% wholeheartedly." I just lollllllll how troll can they be. I love them, the whole OH HAE YOUNG TEAM. Please make a comeback soonnnn

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Absolutely loved this show, the characters and their journey of growth.
While some viewers may be bitter they lost the "crack" addictive factor after about 10 episodes, while I felt the slow down too, I never lost the love for this show, and am totally behind the message it was trying to tell. Live a life full of love and without regrets.
Great acting, great writing and absolutely loved the beautiful cinematography. The cast dance was the icing on the cake.
Thanks OHY Again for the ride!

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yes! it might have slowed down in the last couple episodes, but still good nonetheless and true to its theme of living life with no regrets!! loveeeed the dance scene at the end!!

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Am i the only one who is a bit confuse ant the whole Byung-joon thing?

For instance there was a scene where he asked "who are you trying to save me or him?"

And Byung-joon isnt even elaboratley explained his exsistence in the story..im soo confuse

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Honestly, I kind of like the mystery. I was very, very intrigued halfway through the run when I realized how frequently he was showing up in background images or media displays, and it's really cool that there is some sort of unexplained connection.

Clearly there's some sort of connection between the two of them, and it's alarming to think that Byung-joon is so much older that Do Kyung and they're apparently dying simultaneously, but there are just things you can't explain in life and I'm kind of happy to think the older doctor is kicking around, trying to untangle it somehow.

Could be that Do Kyung is an embodiment of Byung Joon's hope/spirit, could be that Do Kyung is somehow Byung Joon's dream - no idea. But I can say that I'm okay with writing it off as a mysterious connection rather than a plot hole. It would have felt wrong to end the story on a scifi note - Do Kyung doesn't care about that anymore. He just cares about living life to its fullest, and he's not going to spend it monitoring Byung Joon's health just in case.

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I'm not bothered by the openness of the visions.

Only a little disappointed because I had SOOOO many crazy theories that now I feel like tin foil hat loon connecting everything with red string in a basement. ?

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Ha! I can't help but think they wanted us coming up with crazy theories right up until the very end.

I admit, I always wanted it to end up like this. I'm too invested in the development of all the characters for it to be DK's imagination or a coma, etc. That said, a part of me was always excited at the thought of them coming up with a twisty ending that satisfied me just as much in this regard. The lovely simplicity of the resolution fits much better with the theme of the drama though.

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I breathed a sigh of relief that we didn't get Sixth Sense'd

Truth to tell, I wasn't expecting a near-death experience in the final 15 minutes, but I knew at the end of Ep. 17 that things were too good to be true. Another show was going to have to drop, and it was well done.

I was also getting some Bridge of San Luis Rey vibes with Byung Joon, but finally had to give theorizing a rest.

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@Peach,

Oh, man, what an image of red strings! I'm right there with you, although I'm actually sitting inside a Faraday cage! The good news is that I didn't resort to drawing flow charts. ;-)

As for Byung Joon, Oshi suggested in the Ep. 17 comments that his character served as a touchstone. That makes sense to me... Maybe we have to chalk it up to quantum entanglement. Or maybe they have a karmic relationship from a past life (woo hoo!). Or maybe a monarch butterfly flapped its wings in a rainforest in Yucatan and caused it.

I actually think that there's no connection between them, and that it was a fluke that DK saw the news report of the guy's death in a vision of his own death. He latched onto it as a simultaneous event. Maybe Writer-nim was trolling the doctors Park and Yoda... as well as the two guys. What an underhanded trick... And I loved every second of it.

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It took me a while to untangle myself from all that red string... not to mention the time it took to fill out the application to Trollees-R-Us, 'cause I had so much experience to put down... :D

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I like it too!

I do actually think the mysterious connection between them likely ends with the fulfillment of this particular 'fate' of theirs. I believe these moments in their lives were just connected and they still had to occur together, one way or another. You can change the journey, but not the destination. The lessons you open yourself up to on your journey could end up changing certain circumstances of the destination and how you respond to it once you reach it though. This is definitely what happened with Do-kyung, but with the singer, it's a bit more ambiguous and left up to interpretation.

If you think deeply about it, it was Do-kyung's continuous change that eventually led to the singer having someone to look out for him. Perhaps their fates are interconnected eternally, or maybe it was simply Do-kyung's growing will to live and his decision to finally get hypnosis that allowed him to help save a soul other than himself. It could be Lee Byung-joon was saved simply because the doctor was just keeping a closer eye on him this time & was able to get him help sooner. And, perhaps, Do-kyung survived because he chose to fully disclose the circumstances of his fate to Hae-young so that she was able to see the signs soon enough to run and grab his hand before he lost consciousness.

I'm still left wondering, but in a good way. Perhaps because it's beautiful however you look at it? I can't quite explain it, but with our leads off in their own world, securing their happiness, I loved seeing their fate connected with a lonely soul who's lovely song and video was a backdrop to their important moments. It's a subtle reminder that there's still a world beating outside, filled with lonely people who need to keep on keeping on. In the original vision of their deaths, both Do-kyung and Lee Byung-joon died on the same day, with a loss of hope in life & human connection. Do-kyung was given a chance to secure a happy life for himself free of regret & full of love, while the singer was still left struggling with his loneliness up to this moment. It's lovely to think that Do-kyung's renewed will to live had a ripple effect large enough to save someone who still didn't have that will in this altered future. In fact, it's part of the reason why I truly felt the drama's ending message to the audience: "Please live. We are grateful that you are alive."

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I like your suggestions very much. Wish I'd seen them before posting above.

The ending message really got me, too -- but your thoughts have cast an especially lovely light on it. It could just be the "message in a bottle" that someone somewhen needs to see.

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+10000. I always love reading what you have to say.

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Aw, shucks, manam...

I hope our paths cross again here at DB.

I'm thinking I'm going to try to catch up with MOTW -- which I didn't dare try watching in real time while my brain was getting sprained by OHYA. But as long as I'm in Mugyo mode, I might as well go for it. ;-)

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@PakalanaPikake @manam

Thanks, you guys! Haha, I wrote a lot so it's really nice to see it appreciated :) I loved reading your words, as well, and I hope to meet you both again on dramas in the future. Still not quite ready to say goodbye to this one...

I'm probably joining the MotW recaps now. I was always busy with watching/commenting on OHYA that I haven't had time to comment on the others I'm watching. Now that can finally change :)

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I've loved so many of your comments, Chandler-- that last paragraph is especially exquisite.

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Aw thanks! Your comments kept me going back to episodes and looking for clues right up until the very end. I really loved reading all your theories & your views on the characters. It kept my excitement up when the energy on recaps dropped.

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I don't know the writer's purpose for this character but I loved the contrast between him and DK. Byung-Joon wanted to die while DK chose to live. And not just live, but live a full and rich, emotional life. Contrast that with the advice given to OHY earlier during the radio call - get up, eat, sleep, and keep doing that over and over. She may have been alive but she wouldn't have truly been living.

It is too easy to live our lives on autopilot. Jobs, kids, all the other responsibilities that we have - they have a way of sucking the life out of us if we let them. We have to consciously choose to enjoy life, to really embrace both the good and the bad, and allow others in to help us keep our perspectives straight. DK didn't change his outcome on his own - he had so much help and support from others. Life isn't meant to be lived alone - we need all the help we can get to make it the best it can be.

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I love your words!

So true, we often live our lives in auto pilot mode on. It's so refreshing that a drama can remind me to just seize any day.

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There's been some subtle commentary throughout the show on keeping up the will to live...from Hae Young's seemingly passive "I want to die" comments, to Byung Joon's suicide attempt, and (as you said) Do Kyung's resolution not to live on autopilot.

The message at the end of the show:

"Please live, we are grateful you are alive." (Viki Subs)
"Please stay alive. I’m grateful that you’re alive, honey." (DF Subs)

Maybe it's supposed to be a message from HY to DK, but it made wonder if maybe the PD/Writer had someone close to them that attempted to take their life...I always appreciated how the show presented the characters' sadness and emotions as valid and took them seriously, I wonder if that was maybe an influence...

Even if it isn't meant to have that deep of a meaning, I think that "life isn't meant to be lived alone" is a very good message to leave the drama on.

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I also had a feeling that the message had an extra meaning because of the fact that a weekend before a finale, there was this actor who died after the attempt to commit suicide. Apparently, he worked with Seo Hye Jin before in Three Musketeers, and one of the photos from the fan camera caught Hye Jin at the hospital , really sad and serious. I probably read too much into it, but maybe it is not a coincidence.

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*Seo Hyun Jin

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I thought about his suicide too. I actually had this hilarious Three Musketeers BTS bookmarked for a while because of that actor. He was hilarious in it and it just goes to show that you never know what could be going on beneath the surface :(

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What a beautiful, imperfectly perfect show. I so appreciate the effort that went into creating these unique characters and the story-line. For me, it seemed as if every single character, on screen and behind, poured their heart and soul into Oh Hae Young Again.
This show had something real and deep to say and it poured everything into telling us what it believed. That we choose who we are and how we live, that dying is a given but what comes before it is up to us.
Thank you for the recaps and for taking us all on this wonderful ride.

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Thanks heaps Lollypip nim. Some hate and some adores this drama, I always believe that haters are fans coz they read the recap or watch the drama to pinpoint faults. Plus, it's good to have both sides of opinion about things ey.
I love this OHY so much, her character is such an inspiration n I agree these characters feels so real that I feel like I'm peeping them through a hole. Now, I can't wait to watch lets fight ghost! What's your next drama lovely people?

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W! can't waitttt

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The Ending was so satisfying and happy.
But, I have a doubt about the Singer Lee Byung joon and Do-kyung's life being connected. It's like he will die when the singer dies.
It's upsetting to even think about it.

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I loved the show and agree with those who found the characters deeply flawed and terribly real. One of the realest scenes for me was everyone waiting outside the OR, silent with fear when Mama Oh marches up to the calendar and diverts all that pent up energy into 100% mayhem over whose wedding is when, who is getting (or not) what gift, who will sing at the weddings, etc etc. I've been in terrible tense situations that someone diffused in similar ways and I thought it was sooooo in character for her to do it. Plus, it was hilarious.

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That scene was so bizarrely beautiful and pretty much captures why I adore this drama as much as I do.

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It was one of my fav scenes too! it's totally hilarious but yet realistic in a sense that there are people who cope with very stressful situations in such a manner. I laughed so hard when Mom asked what wrong did an alligator and mink commit?

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Yes! I loved Mama Hwang's question about the death sentence for innocent animals. Much a I would have been tempted to feed Evil Mom to a hungry gator, it would have been unfair to the beastie...

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