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Chicago Typewriter: Episode 9

Oh boy, I’m practically giddy. This is the episode I needed, one that would tie everything together and fill me with so many emotions I can barely contain. It turns out that remembering the past doesn’t always have to be a painful endeavor—even when our characters think back to the days of the past they would rather forget, they’ll be reminded of the cause no one will ever forget.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

After seeing Seol in Se-joo’s embrace, Jin-oh thinks back to his past when he was Yul. He was confused when Soo-hyun masked half his face, unaware that she was still looking for her masked rescuer.

He lost his primetime singer, but his club’s madam assured him that she already found a replacement: Soo-hyun. Cut to: Soo-hyun being dragged to the back where the madam assured her that her cover won’t be blown—no one will recognize her as a woman on stage.

She laid the guilt trip on her, saying that Yul gave her free room and board for many years. That worked, and Soo-hyun reappeared on stage with her hair down and in a dress. Yul was gobsmacked.

Her new stage name was Anastasia, and Soo-hyun teetered in her heels like a fawn taking her first steps. Jin-oh muses sadly that he was the first one who saw Soo-hyun as a woman, but there’s nothing he can do about it in this life.

In the present, Se-joo and Seol sit on a park bench. He asks if she’s done crying now, and she teasingly replies, “Will you hold me again if I cry?” When asked if seeing her past life scares her, Seol offers to tell him a scary story.

It’s the tale of her own childhood, when she used to live with her mother (who looked just like the club madam in the ’30s). Her mother smiled that her daughter was very pretty, but then young Seol cheerily asked, “Even if I killed someone? I shot someone a long time ago.”

Afraid, Mom brought Seol to Bang-jin’s mother’s door and was told that perhaps Seol was remembering parts of her past life. Bang-jin’s mother felt Mom had nothing to be worried about, and advised Mom to work out her karma by showering Seol with love, reminding her of the saying that a person’s enemies in a past life are born as their children in the next life.

We can hear young Seol’s voice desperately asking Mom not to leave her. Seol says she understands how her mother must’ve felt hearing her child say things like “I shouldn’t have killed that person.”

Se-joo says it wasn’t Seol’s fault for being an honest child, and Seol smiles, adding that her mother actually left her for another man. But she can’t help but wonder if Mom wouldn’t have sent her away if she’d been normal, and when Se-joo asks if she still sees glimpses of her previous life, she lies, “No. I’m totally normal now.”

He walks her back home, and when she starts coughing, he instinctively places a hand on her forehead. The action makes her remember the face in her dream — Hwi-young’s — and before he leaves, Se-joo tells her that he isn’t afraid of her one bit and doesn’t think she’s crazy because he’s even crazier than she is. Heh.

He claims that he doesn’t abandon those he’s allowed into his inner circle because he’s been abandoned by people before too. “So…” he starts, about to say her name, but then he hesitates and says he won’t abandon the dog.

Now that Se-joo lives with a ghost, he takes note of Jin-oh’s behavior, like him watching the boy band survival show Produce 101 Season 2 (“There are 101 boys whose bodies I want to possess!” which yes, doesn’t sound great coming from a grown man) or ugly-crying at a scene of Tomorrow With You. Ahahaha.

Se-joo makes sure Jin-oh doesn’t give himself away, and even has his staff set another place setting for breakfast. Jin-oh is touched by the gesture, since it’s the first time he’s shared a meal with someone in over eighty years.

His first ghostly memory is waking up to find himself inside a typewriter, far from home. He was so happy to see Se-joo in that cafe in Chicago, and Se-joo tells him to eat, and even invites Jin-oh to let him know if there’s anything specific he wants the cook to make next time. D’aww.

Breakfast is interrupted by Ji-seok’s arrival, whereupon he explains that someone is persuading their investors to turn away from them during this multi-billion won project hiatus. But Se-joo is more upset about the fact the project is still on hiatus rather than canceled altogether like he asked, and doesn’t budge on the matter.

He later tells Jin-oh that he’s prepared to take that financial hit, even if it leaves him penniless. He can’t risk Seol reading Chicago Typewriter and figuring out that this story is of her traumatic past life.

Jin-oh argues against Se-joo’s pessimistic outlook, but Se-joo remains firm that Seol should be on a need-to-know basis about the past. And then Jin-oh has an idea.

Ji-seok has to deal with a roomful of angry investors, and is shocked to learn that the project’s biggest investor is none other than Tae-min’s mother. She argues that everyone here is getting restless, threatening that they’ll sue the publication company for fraud and violating their contract.

She also demands that Se-joo explain himself in person, and as if on cue, Se-joo shows up. Next thing we know, the media announces that Se-joo will be resuming the serial novel project. Seol isn’t at all surprised, and now we find out what Jin-oh’s idea was.

Turns out Se-joo handed Seol the typewritten manuscript in person, explaining that he would continue writing as long as it was okay with her. She gasped, and both boys carefully watched her for a reaction as she read it. When she was done, she uttered, “Daebak,” and gave it two thumbs up.

Se-joo leaned in closer and asked her how she felt reading it, and she excitedly said she was moved by the story and that it gave her goosebumps. Jin-oh smugly said he was right—Seol had no idea that this story had anything to do with her.

What Seol focused on was how Se-joo reached out to her, explaining to Bang-jin that he was showing respect to her as his first-ever fan. Tae-min calls just then, asking about a book in her possession, and she hesitantly offers to drop it off at his workspace.

Showing the comments explode online is enough for Se-joo to prove that the rumors about him hanging up his quill are false. The investors empty out, and Se-joo apologizes to Tae-min’s mother for not living like a ghost.

Tae-min has a surprise guest in the form of his father, who suggests that he stop pretending to be the author of a book he never wrote. He means Fate of course, describing it as a guilty prick in his son’s side, and offers to help Tae-min start over.

But Writer Baek is reminded that he too is a guilty party—Tae-min won’t take the blame alone and tells his father to shoulder his part of the responsibility instead of looking for ways to excuse himself.

That’s when Writer Baek mentions that Se-joo still has the rough draft of Fate, adding that neither he nor Se-joo will divulge the truth, so Tae-min should undo his own mess.

Upon leaving, Writer Baek finds himself face to face with Seol, who introduces herself as Tae-min’s assistant. He takes his leave, and Seol drops off the book. She declines getting a drink with Tae-min, but admits she happened to overhear him arguing with his father.

He and his father have always shared a strained relationship and he’d always been second best to Se-joo, Tae-min shares. That story stirs Seol’s sympathy, and we see her joining Tae-min for a drink after all.

He appreciates the company, saying that her presence is calming—she makes him laugh whenever they’re together, and he thinks of her whenever they’re not. He already knows that she feels uncomfortable and asks her to be his friend because everyone else in his life has pushed him away. Maybe that says more about you than them, buddy.

At her silence, Tae-min threatens to keep drinking until she agrees.

At home, Jin-oh gasps to learn that the Japanese General Government Building (which housed offices of colonial government during the Occupation period, and built behind Gyeongbuk Palace) was demolished on the 50th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Japan.

He wants to see the site for himself, but Se-joo refuses, saying that there are “candles” there now and reminds him of their deadline. Jin-oh hangs his head in defeat, so Se-joo relents. He even offers to open up his closet to Jin-oh, wondering if he needs to burn the clothes beforehand so the ghost can wear them.

But Jin-oh says that’s the old-fashioned way, then examines Se-joo from head to toe before spinning into the same exact outfit. Se-joo reminds him that they’ll work after this outing, which prompts Jin-oh to ask if they can’t invite Seol too.

Tae-min wakes up to a massive hangover and finds a note from Seol explaining that she and the driver brought him home. He calls to thank her, but Se-joo plucks the phone out of her hand to warn Tae-min never to call her again.

Se-joo says they need to go somewhere, adding that he’s willing to wait outside until her shift is over. He heads out to his car where Jin-oh suggests that they return later. But Se-joo says they need to protect her from Tae-min, and Jin-oh looks sad as Se-joo watches Seol work with a smile.

She’s let off early to go enjoy her “date”: a sightseeing tour of Seoul, which is more for Jin-oh’s benefit than Se-joo or Seol’s. At Jin-oh’s loud marvels of the sights, Se-joo grabs his phone so he doesn’t sound crazy when he yells at Jin-oh.

Seeing Seoul Station, Jin-oh asks for a photo, so Se-joo obliges with his camera. Seol thinks he’s taking a photo of her, and he has no choice but to photograph them together. He shows the photo of the building to Jin-oh, though Seol appears upset that she’s not in it.

She doesn’t know that he’s talking to Jin-oh when he describes the fancy technology, and snaps back that he should’ve gone on this date with the old building then.

Jin-oh can’t refrain from enjoying himself on this outing as he grabs a pair of sunglasses to try. Se-joo jumps to take them away from him before people notice the object floating mid-air, then pushes Jin-oh to keep moving while Seol writes a wish asking that Se-joo’s feelings don’t fluctuate anymore.

They take a stroll together (and Se-joo even lets Jin-oh eat some of his ice cream) which is reminiscent of the memories the 1930s Gyeongseong trio shared. Both Jin-oh and Seol bombard Se-joo with ideas of what to do until he can’t take it anymore, asking them to stop calling him “Writer.”

Realizing that his exasperation confuses Seol, Se-joo quickly says that people will start recognizing him if she keeps addressing him that way. He shuts down her first few ideas of what to call him, and pauses when she frustratingly asks if she should call him “hyung-nim” then, reminded that that’s how Soo-hyun addressed Hwi-young.

He agrees to that and belatedly realizes that things have gotten much quieter. Uh oh, where did Jin-oh go? He leaves her to find Jin-oh, who has stopped to admire Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbuk Palace, noting that the Japanese General Government Building is indeed gone.

Jin-oh gets emotional thinking of how their country was eventually liberated, when all they had to offer to the cause was their youth so many years ago. It makes him want to live in the present, in this present where freedom is a reality.

Se-joo remarks that life is taxing no matter what year it is, and society will always have its problems. The world will never be perfect—there will always be something to fight and struggle for, but that’s how they shape the world they live in.

He thanks Jin-oh and his fellow independence activists because their efforts and sacrifices were important contributions toward liberation. He asks Jin-oh to relay to the youth of his era that they worked hard and to thank them for shaping their world to what it is today.

Jin-oh bows his head, immediately putting that request into practice: “You worked hard too—you were one of those youths.” Seol calls out to him just then, and as she approaches, Jin-oh asks him for a favor: to take a photo of him and Seol in front of Gwanghamun.

He knows he won’t appear in the photo since he’s a ghost, but he still wants one. Se-joo instructs them to smile wide and snaps the photo… which only shows Seol. I’m not crying, I’ve just been peeling an onion.

Se-joo asks a stranger to take their photo, and the trio is reunited, if only for a moment.

Later that night, Se-joo asks if Jin-oh is upset that he doesn’t have any actual photographic evidence of spending time with Seol today. Jin-oh can’t say that he isn’t sad, but he can still carry these memories in his heart.

Jin-oh is glad that Seol is still as cheery and brave as ever, but Se-joo says that’s her putting on a strong face in front of the world. He knows the memories of her past life still haunt her, and Jin-oh says Seol would’ve made a fine markswoman had she continued her pistol shooting career.

That prompts Se-joo to ask him how Soo-hyun learned how to shoot. Yul taught her, didn’t he? We’re then transported to the past where Yul conducts a secret meeting with his fellow youth activists.

Soo-hyun lures the lone guard on the lookout to lead her to the location of the secret gathering. Inside, the members ask when they’ll meet the mysterious face calling the shots in their various operations, but they all fall silent when they hear a noise outside.

They reach for their guns, and Yul carefully opens the door and finds himself pointing his gun at Soo-hyun. She demands to be let into the group or else she’ll run to the police this instant, and Yul instructs everyone to leave, calling an end to this meeting.

Once alone, Soo-hyun divulges that she knows Yul and his group aim to teach the Japanese a lesson. She asks to be taught how to use a gun to kill the people who murdered her father, but Yul refuses to let her take a path of vengeance.

Soo-hyun argues that she’ll fight for their homeland by avenging her father’s death, but she’s told that it isn’t Yul’s call to make. He needs to get permission from the leader of their freedom fighter group, and she declares that she’s ready to sacrifice her life.

So Yul does just that, asking their leader what they should do. At first the leader’s back is turned as they talk, but then he turns around, and it’s Hwi-young. He replies that if Soo-hyun is willing and able, they could groom her into a sharpshooter.

Although Yul thinks Soo-hyun is too weak for the task, Hwi-young thinks differently: “Who knows? This could be the birth of another great sniper.”

Back in the present, Se-joo has to swallow the hard truth that his past self was the impetus for Soo-hyun becoming a sharpshooter and that he was the cause of Seol’s trauma with guns.

Now we see that first memory of Hwi-young being encouraged to write something magnificent in a new light. “Could it be…” Se-joo wonders aloud, “that the person she shouldn’t have killed in her past life… was because of Hwi-young’s orders?”

Jin-oh admits that he doesn’t know the answer to that, and Se-joo sighs that it was his fault that Soo-hyun suffered a gunshot wound. We then see the fragmented memories falling in place: Hwi-young was rushing to get his manuscript in on time because his “third-rate” serial novels contained secret messages to the activist group about their next operation.

He assigned Soo-hyun to her first mission, telling Yul that she must pass to be accepted as their comrade. Later, Hwi-young walked by the designated escape route, checking his gold pocket watch for the time.

Just then, Soo-hyun appeared and took him by the hand. They ran through the streets, and Soo-hyun doubled back for his pocket watch. They kept running and she pushed him into the side of a building.

She covered his mouth to shut him up, and seeing his half-covered face, the truth dawned on her. She then carefully removed his glasses and said, “It’s you, isn’t it? You’re the masked man who saved me.”

Hwi-young denied it, and hearing their pursuers approach, Soo-hyun pulled off her hat and grabbed him to kiss him. Letting his glasses fall to the ground, Hwi-young held her tighter and deepened the kiss, entangling his arms in hers.

 
COMMENTS

Yeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssss!! Excuse me while I go do a happy dance. *squeals at a frequency only dogs can hear* I love it, I love this episode so much that I’m honestly worried that I won’t be able to string together any coherent thoughts in these comments. I knew I loved this writer Jin Soo-wan (Kill Me, Heal Me) for a reason, and that her writing requires patience because she’s busy making a narrative web, and oh boy was it worth the wait.

We all knew that the memories from the 1930s would need to converge at some point in the series’ narrative arc, and these final ten minutes were so hauntingly beautiful and broke my heart a million times over. Sure, we could’ve guessed that Hwi-young was the secret brains behind the operation (because what better cover is there in fighting for a cause than living as a struggling writer who would spend his nights drinking and pretending not to care), but much like Se-joo, we now see his memories in a new light. Needless to say, seeing that final kiss and all of Hwi-young’s raw emotions made me feel on a visceral level, and the buildup in the music made this moment that much more impactful.

Even though Jin-oh knows that he may never be able to be with Seol in this life, I loved how he wanted to capture a memory with her in a photo. That made their group photo that much more touching, knowing that Seol had no idea that she was flanked by the reincarnated soul and ghost of her comrades. Hearing Jin-oh speak with such hope and yearning to live in this present deeply stirred my heart, since those who are blessed with liberty and freedom in their everyday lives rarely stop to think of the many lives and voices of the past who fought so fiercely in the hopes that future generations could enjoy such a precious ideal. Se-joo’s passing mention of “candles” in Gwanghamun Square made me think of the many people who marched with candles just a few short months ago at that very location and made a stand. No matter the cause, it’s moving to hear our characters speak of the important contributions made by those who choose to act.

Bringing it back to our story, however, we can see the key difference in Hwi-young and Yul’s opinions toward Soo-hyun. While I understand Yul’s empathy toward her and desire to keep her safe, it was Hwi-young who believed that she was stronger than she appeared to be and knew that she would need to face danger if she even had a shot at survival in their times. And then there’s the present, where Se-joo approached with more caution, wanting to protect Seol from recalling the painful memories of her past life. Upon learning that it was Hwi-young who prompted Soo-hyun to use a gun, there was no distinction of blame between himself and his past life. Instead Se-joo took the blame on himself, and now I’m worried that he might distance himself from Seol because of the guilt.

Which would only be terrible because Seol allows herself to let down her guard with him. I loved how Se-joo told her that he doesn’t abandon those he’s chosen to accept into his inner circle. We can see that idea apply to practically everyone, from his staff (whom he treats with respect) to Ji-seok and even Jin-oh. I missed seeing Se-joo interact with Gyeon-woo in this episode, though I think Jin-oh causing a mystical ruckus in his house makes up for it. All I’m saying is that Se-joo had better keep Jin-oh around until that final keystroke, because I cannot get enough of this duo.

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I may have watched that kiss a half a dozen times or so.

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The kiss is so intense. I didn't remember it being so intense when it was first aired, but I suppose one's past memories can be iffy at times. Woah!

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I don't think it was that intense either, the first time. It seems like this time we got to see a more complete version of the scene--and I wonder if that's indicative of the characters (or at least Se-ju) remembering things more fully? In any case, as someone says below, it was such a well done scene!!

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Yes, obviously they were two different scenes. The first one was Se-ju merely having flashback memory (dream? fantasy?) of the kiss, and this one was the actual Hwi-young experiencing the kiss and it was extended. I quite like how the narrative is unfolding here. The same set up now has a different outcome; the story changes and so is the audience response to the scene, kind of like how My Beautiful Bride did it. Skillful directing.

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I remember some beanies called it "coreography of memory" in My Beautiful Bride, which is an apt description. And the director did it again so beautifully in this drama.

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I love this scene as well! It isn't tiring to watch over and over (playing from different memories) because a new bit of info is revealed each time.

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I feel a bit like a pervert doing so, but hot damn! That combination of Yoo Ah In's 1930s look on top of an unexpected passionate kiss, since we've only seen the version of her just using him to evade her pursuers. It started off as the kiss we've already seen...then Hwi Young dropping his glasses...and then going all in for the kiss! I'll bet he's going to pass it off as making the disguise look realistic.

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Such an intense Public Display of Affection (which was more of a Passionate Devouring of Another) wouldn't be considered culturally appropriate even in modern times, so I think he'd have a hard time arguing it was for realism. But hot damn, indeed!

Now we know why Se-joo has so many pairs of glasses-- he subconsciously knows that he has a tendency to break them while getting caught up in the heat of the moment.

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Uhm... With force to make the glasses fall like that, the glasses will be not break I think :)) *I've done worse to my own glasses*

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Dude, same... I am not ashamed! That was a fierce kiss with their gorgeous 30s styling and emotional background music. Excuse me while I go watch it again...

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Yep! Fierce kiss it was, indeed!

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I collected the gifs just to keep that scene replaying over and over again.

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omg me though I legit stopped cause I felt like a perv XD

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Same here! That was one super hot kissing scene. I kept on replaying it because Yoo Ah In is so sexy in that scene! ?
I really love how the story in 1930s unfold, the memories were short and vague in the beginning but as Se-ju and Seol grow closer, the memories become longer and more detailed (not to mention, hotter).
Can't wait for the next episodes. I love it.

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1930's Yoo Ah In is so hot indeed!!!!!!! <3

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I watched the kiss like 10 times and then came here to check if I was normal. Lol I am glad I did

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yessss. love this recap! basically i'm as giddy as gummimochi :) I've always thought this show had a lot of potential, but I've been afraid that it might not be able to deliver. Even though I've really liked it so far, this is the episode I've really been waiting for; this is what I hoped this show would be. I don't have anything super insightful to say―it just hit all the right notes for me, so I've gotta gush a little. The present-day moments were perfect: "If I cry, will you hold me again?"… Se-ju holding the ice cream at the right angle so Ghost Yoo can have some … Yoo watching TV bahahaha … the heart-wrenching photograph moment with Ghost Yoo and Seol downtown … Se-ju not abandoning those he takes in. love. And the flashbacks to the 1930s were absolutely perfect too (and I want more of these new scenes!): her "transformation" into a woman, her boldness to join the resistance, identifying him by half his face… and, of course, that kiss.

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I love the mini ice cream scene too. I love how SJ keeps holding the ice cream toward Yoo so that he can have a bite, no, several bites of it. It seems he finishes off the ice cream instead of SJ. Haha. So cute.

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Another way Jin Oh resembles a dog! It's almost like Se Joo is feeding a dog under the table.

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SJ admits JO looks like a dog. Teehee!

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first, i'm always a little icked out by the idea of a young individual who falls in love with his/her caretaker. i'm not sure what the age difference was when she first started to live with hwi-young and yul but i'm going to assume it wasn't too big, maybe a few years. that will make me feel a lot better.

that kiss...aaaghhhh...i felt like i was melting in my chair...hahahaha. i liked seeing all the pieces come together. it was wonderful. my heart does break for yul a little because it means he never really had a chance. i wonder how much he knew about hwi-young and soo-hyun and if their relationship ever went anywhere because the past--despite bits and pieces coming together--has pretty much been on repeat for viewers.

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Yoo seems to be quite affected when he realizes that SJ is in love with Seol in the present timeline. I felt quite bad for him. I suppose he will be similarly affected when he learns of their kiss in the past timeline. It's so intense and indicative of their emotions! Rawrr!

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That kiss was just perfection to me. The build up was powerful because we know that the kiss happens; we've seen it in the SeJoo's vision. But its HwiYoung's reaction to it that blew me away. While SeJoo is flabbergasted by the kiss, HwiYoung takes control, showing one, his inner leader, I guess, but also that he sees SooHyun as a woman). I squealed so much!

I watched the beginning and end scenes so many times. I would have watched this drama if it were set in the 1930s alone. I wish they concentrated more on that time period, because that's where my heart is.

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Yes! You've verbalized exactly what I was feeling. The kiss scene was so well done.

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He had that look just before he let go of his glasses and that's when I squealed like crazy. Omo. ? That was smoldering all right! ?

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I laughed so much at our tv watching ghost! I love how Se Joo totally loves him and is annoyed by him at the same time. I also love seeing and understanding more of Korea's resistance history. I don't know why we don't see more Korean dramas dealing with this period.

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Yes! I love the cohabitation hijinks and how SJ is coming to learn more about Yoo's habits and all. And the amount of tv Yoo watches! Haha... enough to allow SJ to be mistaken as a tv addict. Haha.

I love the 1930s period too, but I suppose that's not a popular time period. Because I am wondering why there are no dramas featuring this time period too.

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A lot of Korean movies bringing up the 1930s-1950s period, but not the dramaland. I guess because 1930s period are much more difficult to bring up to the small screen in terms of setting, location, properties, background story, etc, compare to those of common Joseon period stories.

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I suppose it is a very harsh part of history still without a lot of unresolved issues. However, my first insight into this period was Bridal mask which is based solely on that period. You should try it it's eye opening

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If you haven't already, check out "Age of Feeling" aka "Inspiring Generation". Set in same time period. The drama suffers from change of directors and production crew midway through so the story itself loses cohesiveness but if you're a fan of martial arts and period pieces, its worth the eye candy of costumes, scenery, actors and action. Oh! And it has Kim Sung Oh looking dishy and NOT in a comedic role! The plot will make you want to gouge an eye out (either your own or whoever forgot the plot) but if you view it as a video game (think Bruce Lee's "Game of Death" - keep going up a level to defeat a new villain, each with a new fighting style the hero must learn - and it's highly enjoyable. And, of course, there's romance. After all, it is a Korean drama.

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Jin-oh in front of the TV is totally me in front of my laptop when I watch Korean shows, unabashed mood swings and all. I love that the writer gave him characteristics that makes him more "human", like loving TV shows, delicious food and ice cream.

Genuine question, did anyone notice the portrait next to sunglasses-wearing Eugene O'Neill in Se-ju's writing room? Is the actual person supposed to have a hairstyle that looks like he's wearing cat ears hair band, or is the production team trolling again? I had to pause because I couldn't believe my eyes.

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I thought those portraits were pretty ridiculous too.

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The production yeam definitely have so much fun with their props. I love catching all those little details.

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You all MUST watch Gaksital (also called Bridal Mask). It's a fabulous drama made in 2012 and starring Joo Won. Out of more than 200 dramas watched over five years - this one remains in my top three favorites. It is all about the time period 1910-1945 when Japan occupied Korea - even preventing the Korean language being spoken - and the story is about a fictional freedom fighter. You will cry your eyes out and cheer your heart out at the end. THIS is the drama that made me fall in love with Korea.

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I wish they'd do more dramas set during this time period, I'd totally watch it. Or are there any novels written about this period? Would love to read it too, I'm now incredibly curious about it.

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Very interesting period. I'm enjoying the show. It would be nice to see more period piece from this period rather than the boring Joseon Era....

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I felt strangely disconnected at the beginning of this episode, maybe it's because it's been a while since the last episode but towards the end I got back in the groove of things. The date was easily my favourite thing in the entire episode. Yoo Jin-oh is the cutest thing.

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Also, it came at no surprise that Hwi-young was the resistance leader. None whatsoever.

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Absolutely no surprise. Quite expected, since it seemed obvious to me Hwi-young had to play a bigger role in the whole resistance, seeing as he's our main lead.

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Exactly. Were we supposed to be surprised? When I didn't see him in Yul's secret meeting with the resistance fighters, I automatically assumed Hwi Young was their leader.

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I really love this drama! It deserves so much more than it is receiving!!

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True enough. I feel like this drama is quite underrated!

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The ratings are not that great so far, right? I'm a bit confused too, because there's the 1930s topic with the heroic resistance fighters, I would think more Koreans would relate to the story and watch the drama. Or maybe it was just painful history they don't want to revisit. Who knows?

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It looks like ratings are rebounding this week and it still has time/room to grow. I'm hopeful at least since it's such a well done drama.

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IMO it's because tvN put this show in early airtime (8pm/8:30pm) and on the weekends, since they initially wanted to pursue young audience like they did to Goblin. But CT is a mature drama, it's not for teens. It attracts more adults. The problem is, most Korean adults go out on the weekend nights, they don't watch TV around 8-9pm.

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tvN's promotion team for CT is the one to be blamed for the poor rating, as Korean viewers were complaining vehemently in DC inside. To begin with, in what way is Seol is a maniac-turned anti? ! She is in fact the loyalist reader a writer can dream for, and of course the luckiest fan ever. (A lot of YAIs fans were screaming with envy after episode 10 LOL). Also, why didn't they release the preview specifically on Se Jo's tribute to the revolution youths of the previous generation until only hours left before the airing of episode 9, when in fact they could have released it the day before when YAI posted the congratulatory note on Moon's win in his ins? The promotion team of CT is inadequate to say the least.

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Yeaaa...am truly sad it's not doing well and I really do not understand why -:(. Even here on DB... I think it will be on my list of favorite dramas this year and I think am quite difficult to please. I just hope ratings will increase for the six remaining episodes.

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Yessssss! That kiss was everything!
You're right - THIS was the episode I've been waiting for. This episode made that extra week of waiting worth it.

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Second that. After waiting for a week without CT, it came back with a bang!

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I love how the three of them just light up at the sight of others. It made me impatient for Se-ju to finally tell Seol about Yoo because I want our trio to be happy together.

Se-ju's dry there-is-a-ghost-in-this-house narrative cracked me up. He was trying so hard to convince himself that he dislike the fact that they have to share living space. But ultimately, Yoo now has wormed his way into Se-ju's life and become his sorta-kinda-maybe friend and brother. Someone Se-ju absolutely needs, buy also someone he doesn't have courage to searched for all these years.

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I am also wondering when SJ would tell Seol of the resident ghost in his house. I love the outing the three had going around Seol in a tram and looking at the different sights, and the phototaking. That was so heartbreaking that Yoo couldn't be seen in the pictures despite being in the photos with Seol, and later SJ and Seol.

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hahah yes! me too. I love how Se-ju is always so grumpy and thinking how much he hates the ghost---but then he orders food for him, holds the ice cream for him, takes him on that tour. perfect.

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Yes! I love it when he asks his housekeeper for another serving for Yoo when he sees him looking at his own. It's so sweet! And the ice cream! Daebak!

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Yoo is a chirping bird that annoys Se Joo constantly. But in the picnic day, when he suddenly stops chirping, SJ notices how silent it is. And when he realizes Yoo is not around, he goes around looking for him. That's so sweet!

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Thanks TVN for such a great drama!! Thanks for focusing on art and content rather than focusing too much on rating and cliches ...

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Yul is so endering and funny at the same time,i want to take him home,the giant like puppy,laughed so much at the ugly sobbing...Love those naration scenes by Se Joo talking about his ghost...Tae Min's Mom needs treatment like now and they should take him as bonus as well...
The moment where Se Joo thanks Yul for what he did for the country and making it a free and better place was so powerful for me...Made me remember the hundreds of people who sacrifieced for us to have a better place,for an ideal,a goal(in my country at least)

I'm really curious how will Seol see Yul,what will trigger that event...

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That was a very touching scene, SJ thanking Yoo for everything they did for the country. I love it. It's such a powerful moment, just as you have said.

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It's also think about not only all the people who sacrificed, but also how young they all were and being willing to risk ending their short life in order to get some headway into making Korea free again. In 2017, many of them would be spending the weeknights and weekends watching dramas, ordering in chicken and beer.

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What's even sadder is that the same age now killing themselves, not for similar idealism.

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I was shookt with this episode. I haven't been this attracted to a guy on my screen for so long, but Yoo Ah-in with that 30s style and that longing look twisted my heart. And then what happened after that... holy s---.

That was HOT.

Su-hyeon's discovery lit the match, but Hui-young fanned the flame. Closer, much closer, and even closer still. Hui-young was like a volcano that's been dormant for so long and finally got the chance to explode.

All I can say is: ???

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Just as shook as you! That kiss was on FIRE!

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your comment says it all "volcano" I loved that description <3

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Dramas don't make me cry often. They are usually just too sappy. This episode did. The photo scene was very touching. Well written and well acted. The young cast is wonderful. Best drama running right now that's a fact.

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I cried during the photo scene, knowing he wouldn't come out in the picture but that he wanted to do it all the same. Just tear my heart in pieces and eat it, why don't you, Show?!

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Very unlikely, but I wish Se Joo can find a 1930s photo of Yul and hire some people to photoshop him in there.

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That last scene tho... that kiss! Omg it gave me goosebumps! FInally 2 leads that have chemistry to be reckon with ✨ usually kiss scenes don't have an affect on me but this.. I FELT IT. Lol ✨?

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That last kiss! So much feels! OMG!

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I came out to have a good time but i honestly feel so attacked this episode gave me all the feels and just...more bromance please? I need more now???

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Hi guys! Truthfully I have nothing to do here, I don't watch CT (I must have read 3 episode's recap), I just got here because I had nothing to do and I was curious! But I have to say that I really really enjoyed this recap! Even if I'm not following this drama and I have no intention to start it, I melted at that kiss and I am truly happy that you got such a great episode! Also, thanks Gummi! I cracked up when you said "I’m not crying, I’ve just been peeling an onion."
Hope that you keep getting such great episodes! (Yeah, I am a little bit emotional tonight lol!)

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Then it's time for you to watch CT ^_^

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I am so hooked on this show!! Gaaahhh. My heart can only take so much and this episode killed it!! ???

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Love the username! I'm super hooked on the soundtrack too. I feel that the music is so perfect for this drama

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I'm enjoying this immensely now! That kiss was awesome, but my favorite moment was their bittersweet group date. Yoo Jin-oh is so precious! And my heart just aches for him.

Now I'm wondering...did they cast Go Kyung-pyo and Yoo Ah-in knowing they would have to both pass as her savior?
It's like they don't even look alike at all to me, but suddenly as soon as she saw it, I could totally buy them both as that mystery man. Must just be some great lighting and somewhat similar eyes?

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In the end I want them to get married and have Jin-oh reborn as their child.

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And then have Dad (Se Ju) and son (Jin Oh) fight over Mom's (Seol's) affections? ;)

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probably the ONLY time marriage & kids is the final outcome I want...but this...THIS is perfect.

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YES! And then they can have father and son arguments! Dad--liven up a little. Son--stop embarrassing me.

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It's not a coincidence that Han Se Jo is played by Yoo ah in, who was among one of the high-profile celebrities who participated in anti-PGH candlelight protest in Gwanghuamin last year.

https://onehallyu.com/topic/431779-kkuljaem-yoo-ah-in-and-lee-joon-joined-anti-president-candlelight-protest-in-gwanghwamun/

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Thank you for this! I'm going to be reading up on all this and likely using your link again in a post, hope you don't mind.
This episode was daebak on all fronts once again!

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Thank you!

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You're welcome :)

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No problem. His participation in candlelight protest was trending on naver for like two days, with 50k upvotes. (But I suspect that the debacle about his MS is the steep price he has to pay for articulating his progressive political view for years. He was a fierce critic of PGH way back during the 2012 election, even though he's from the same hometown as Park (Daegu). For the presidential election this time, the votes from Daegue went to Hong, Moon's opponent.

One day before the airing of episode 9, Yoo Ah In wrote a congratulatory note to the newly elected Moon on his instagram. He also mentioned how Moon represents the era of Gwanghwamun. He says something like "please don't stand above Gwanghwamun, but stand firmly in the center and build a better SK for us..."

Given the context, I was tearing up when Han Se jo tells Yoo that "there is no perfect world and every era has its own problems. We have to keep resisting..." This is the best scene of the entire drama for me, pinpointing why Han Se Jo has to complete the novel, since it's a re-connection not only with his own past life, but with a collective historical memory. I also love how Yoo Ah in chooses *not* to deliver this crucial line in a didactic manner, but a seemingly ordinary but genuine way. That's why it affects me so much...

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That's really interesting, and thanks for providing the background information. As a US citizen, the notion of resistance is resonating a lot with me as well right now.

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I am also an American, which is why this line punches my heart. #resist# is the one and only choice left for us. Can't give up.

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@Ennui Young yes, I think this show and writer get the fact that one of the purposes of art is to give us strength in dark times. Right now I'm definitely appreciating that.

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I was thinking about this too. I wonder if it was one of the reasons he chose this drama and this character. Everyone knows how interested he is in politics and how vocally he is about political issues. His speech about making the country better for the future generation really sounded like Yoo Ah-in and not his character.

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Agree. SJ's speech in Gwanghwamun sounds so much like YAI's frequently political statements in his SNS. I bet this is the reason why he picked this drama.

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In one of early BTS clips, there's Im So-joong who commented that Han Se-joo character is much like YAI's real personality.

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After episode 9, Korean viewers left comments on naver saying that now they finally realize why YAI had to choose this project against all odds. I strongly approved his taking this project at first but now I am more than happy that he, again, takes a meaningful project after SFD.

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I was being skeptic when he picked this project, but now I'm so glad that he took it. It's very meaningful for him personally, and also for viewers.

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This episode was worth the wait! I'm looking forward to watching the next ep <3

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The scene with the three of them twirling around in the past juxtaposed with them walking together in the present was heartbreakingly beautiful. I had been disturbed by my inability to connect emotionally with the characters in this story, but I'm glad to say the previous episode warmed me a lot to the drama and this episode just sealed the deal for me. Now things are finally beginning to make sense, to what seemed to be the writer's scattered approach of connecting the past to the present.

I was really touched by the care with which Se Ju took of his ghostly friend: feeding him ice cream, making sure to look for him when he couldn't find him was very sweet, and showed a caring side to Han Se Ju. I half expected him to he overwhelmed with the presence of Seol and that Jin oh would be the third wheel but that was far from the case. I'm loving this friendship trio and hoping that it wasn't a mere love triangle that made past Seol commit such a tragic mistake of shooting a person she loved.

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I'm here not for the kiss (not discrediting either, it was great), or the cute ghost Jin-oh moments (although GKP is sooo adorable in this role), but for the beautiful poignant moment of Jin-oh wistfully saying he wants to live in 2017, and Se-ju saying that all eras have their own problems (referring to the current social injustices happening in Korea), and thanking the youths of 1930s for their sacrifices. Such a great piece of writing, with perfect tone and delivery by the two actors. Topped with the photo of the three (two visible) of them together in front of Gwanghwamun, it is one of the most touching scenes in my K-drama viewing history. Bravo, Chicago Typewriter, this is the episode that makes me say, "OMG show, why are you sooo goood???"

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Yes, I love this episode the most because of what SJ said to JO. It's the reflection of the youth and Koreans. When JO asked about what happened to the place in Gwanghwamun, SJ said it has “candles” there now, which is referring to the massive candlelight rally against former president Park Geun Hye last year. This drama is a woke.

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Omg I totally chocked at that wistful moment. I'm not Korean, but it somehow feels related to me. It's such a simple issue if the value of being youth and being free, but it cut straight to my heart. It made me reflect myself of what I've done for my country, and whether it helps in building a greater country. I know I'm being patriotic right now, but it hits me so much so I keep on questioning whether I've done enough. This is why this particular scene impact me the most.

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Your comment made me tear up again. Admittedly, this drama has some missteps in previous episodes with regard to pacing, but this sequence alone seals my love for the drama. It's poignant precisely because such a profound historical message is conveyed in such a natural, quiet, and subdued manner, through mundane details like a multitude of anonymous heroes/heroines missing from the photo, and by extension from historical narrative. Also,as Yoo bows to Se-ju to acknowledge his contribution to the independent movement in the previous life time, it strikes me that Se-ju indeed is slowly transforming into a "leader" as he was in the 1930s. Compared to an egomaniac writer, he's more of a caretaker how who looks out for Yoo, Seol, the editor, and even the Baek family that betrays but nonetheless raises him (as in episode 10). I love how YAI subtly blends in these two lives together, without losing the childish quirkiness that is the character trait of Se-ju while obtaining a new layer of strength and dependability.

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Now BOTH of us are crying LOL. When Yoo bows to Se-Ju, I could feel the pride they both have for their country, being in different time and different era, but respecting each other, and acknowledging their roles and responsibilities in ensuring freedom for the country, despite the different context each of them faced. Perhaps I could relate because it is too common here (and everywhere) to be reminded that we should remember what our forefathers did for the country, how they fought to get to where we are right now etc.. One thing that Se Ju and Jin Oh clearly highlighted was that WE in the present is important too. WE do things for our country too, and WE would fight to keep this freedom too. WE love our country too.

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I love that YAI is sporting different haircut as SJ and HY, and made both characters look like they are played by 2 different actors. They totally give way different vibes. And as you said, as the story progresses, SJ is becoming the better and better person, and slowly transforming into a leader as he was in his past life.

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Absolutely loved this episode, especially the gratitude to the independence fighters and that kiss. Couldn't remember what happened in the last episode though, so it was a bit confusing in the beginning.

The OST Satellite by Saltnpaper was just fantastic. It gave me a very western feel, then I found out the singer was from the US.

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Yes, the music in this show is amazing. It adds so much to the moments in the show. I can't believe how much I love the songs because of the moments they are tied to and the emotions they bring out of me.
Very seriously considering getting the OST when this is all over if it keeps being this good!

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Loved this episode! Such a satisfying payoff.

Ok this is a little OT but here is my rant: Viki subs have been sooooo slow for this show. I know it's all done by volunteers, but maybe Viki should consider paying subbers, esp since they bought exclusive rights and we can't watch the show anywhere else. (I have subscriptions for both Viki and Dramafever.)

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yeah i noticed that too! did you watch Bo Dong Soon on viki? they did their subs SO fast for that show that im wondering if i got totally spoiled...

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Totaly agree! Viki used to be fastest subbing website few years ago! But nowadays they are the slowest ever. I'm going to cancel my membership unless they hire subber

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I've watched the show at kissasian. The subs are faster there

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The highest rated shows always get subbed quickly, but the other shows are slower. They must put more subbers or more urgency behind certain shows.

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I don't know anything about the different sites... but dramahood seems to have the fastest subs on this show. It was fully subbed about 3 hours after it aired live.

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Watch this in dramanice. It's super fast.

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I mean "dramanices". There's another fast subbed site too called "yesmovies".

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thanks so much for all these recommendations everyone!! episode 10 is only 13% done on viki and the recap will be up later today! im going to check out some of the sites you mentioned. <3

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This episode brought back all the feels and my love for the show! ❤️

It had its moments- lighthearted funny ones- new ghost dressing techniques heyhey!; really heartfelt touching ones- the phototaking, Jin Oh falling for Soo Hyun, the revelation for Jin Oh that his life sacrifices were not in vain; and then the show had to one up it and blow my mind by making Hwi Young the boss of the youth resistance! ?

Am I the only one floored by the implications of this?? That the lasidasical laid back appearing writer is actually the boss? I got to go back and rewatch those shaded scenes of Jin Oh talking to his boss about Soo Hyun, and also that scene where Hwi Young saved her.

Also, this just made already very hot 1930s Hwi Young, sky rocket and become a thousand times more swoony, because *be still my heart* he's suave, cool, and now I know is driven by a huge important purpose in life, and omo he kisses like there is no tomorrow.

I now see the same type of confidence in him that is so much part of Se Joo of the present, that I felt was lacking before. I thought previously that Soo Hyun was going to inspire him to join the resistance, but oh my, he's in charge?? This is so much better. Thank you writer nim for gradually peeling back the layers on your characters. I love it!

I also loved the little history lessons in the show, as I know nothing of korean history, but I'm going to be doing some googling after this. Can't let those past sacrifices be in vain, and I should learn more about the country whose dramas have completely enthralled me and bring me so much joy.

Can't wait to watch the next episode! I'm so loving this Show! ❤️

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K-dramas has gotten me invested in Korean history. It's always a fascinating read. The Japanese Invasion were dark times leading up to the Civil War that separated the north and south.

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This writer knows what she's doing... I love this show! It's also gotten me very interested in Korean history, too.

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Hwi Young made me think that all the independence fighter was hot and bothered like that ❤️❤️❤️ PS: I have read the independence fighter history a bit, and his character does remind me of Kim Won Bong, the leader of Korean nationalist underground organization in 1930s.

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The moment I was already satisfied having the sweet happy go lucky lazy bum handsome man Hwi Young, then bam! They give us the hot sexy charismatic brilliant leader Hwi Young. If they up their game in next episodes, my heart's gonna burst from all the feels!

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Goodness! Is it possible? I never thought I would find a drama where the heroine was not increbibly...or even somewhat annoying. I just love how Seol is not your typical clueless, not to mention Candy eventhough she's worked a dozen part time jobs. I love love this show. More Gyeon Woo please and not in the doggie house. I want bromance action with these trio!!!

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Right?! Seol is awesome. I also like that there's no bitchy queen bee female second lead. That stereotypical character is in almost ever show and it just gets so tiring.

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Yes, thank goodness there's no bitchy/jealous female second lead. Seol's got spunk and she's not dumb, she's smart and totally knows something is off about Tae-min. I love her budding friendship with Se-joo that is just BLOSSOMING. I love all these characters so much!

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I love Seol too. I think tvN's promotion/marketing wasn't done right when it first introduced her character just as another typical "crazy fangirl" in the teasers. Some viewers already had prejudiced that she would be that typical candy girl, and this is not good for the show's marketing itself. As a matter of fact, to me she is one of the best written female characters in the KD world. She's smart, wise, doesn't hold grudge and doesn't judge others, she listens and she feels. Seol has soul.

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and she is STRONG.

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Thinking back to how her character was marketed...*cringe*. I really like how she feels like she has her own life and is smart and educated. Not sure how it's like in South Korea, but in the US, the amount of education and training to become a vet is incredibly strenuous.

And this is sort of shallow, but I'm glad she has long black hair. Seems like the heroine hair is usually short and/or dyed a lighter color.

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This episode had all the feels.

When they took the picture and Yoo didn't show up totally got me in the heart.

I have a solution: Se Joo and Seol get married in the end, and have a kid that is Yoo. (Just as long as he doesn't remember his past life...that might squick him out).

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I've never had second lead syndrome before. I don't see the point. In this though, I would be happy with either of them, especially with Go Kyung-po's puppy eyes when he looks at her. That scene where they were taking pictures. omg...So cute!

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Okay, so I just watched ep 10 and I'm not going to give any spoilers but in this ep, you might find yourself staring at yoo ah in's lips for no reason at all ❤???. You people need to watch ep 10 ASAP. It's just AMAZING *won't give any spoilers* ?

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First off: Holly guacamoleee!! THAT KISS!!! I screaammmmmm *inhale exhale inhale exhale* What an effin long intense hot kiss, show!

So this explained Soo Hyun’s knowing/secret smile towards Hwi Young’s back while she was singing in episode 7. Because they just kissed earlier that night!

Got goosebump when it was revealed that Hwi Young is the head of the rebel organization. Wow he really hid his identity well!

LOLed at Ghost Yoo new addiction: TV! So funny he loves Produce 101 XD Aww Se Joo treats him better now. Yes, Ghost Yoo looks like a giant dog.

The whole picnick is soo cute and hilarous, I’m smiling ear to ear watching it, and it ends so touchingly that it put tears in my eyes.

I loove this episode!!

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*picnic *hilarious
Sorry for the misspelling since I was too excited!

Thanks for the recap @gummimochi <3

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I cried in the photo scene too! And i thought that was the highlight of the episode until... Omg he kissed back. And soooo intensely! Like, desperately longingly intense!

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There were so many good moments in this episode! Totally worth the wait, as hard it was going without CT for a week.

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I love this show. The way it weaves together the personal and the political. The directing. The acting. The obvious love of both art and justice, and the recognition of just how hard both are.

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Such a great episode! That kiss! The begrudging but totally sweet way that Se-joo is taking care of Jin-oh! The mutual gratitude that was finally expressed 80 years later! And, once again, that kiss-- it deserves all the exclamation points!!!!!

The scenes with Jin-oh are becoming increasingly bittersweet for me. I'm pretty sure he's gonna find peace and "move on" by the end, and it's gonna be so hard to see him go.

I'm wondering if Bang-jin's mom's comment about our enemies becoming our children in the next life means that Club Madam betrayed the Carpe Diem gang and perhaps led to Soo-hyun/Seol's shooting tragedy.

Thanks, gummi! It's always a treat to have a (practically) giddy recapper.

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As much as i love the trio in present timeline, wouldn't it be more amazing if we got a full show about them in 1930s struggling for their country? Like how Bridal Mask did before which I loved. I connect to the past timeline more than the present. I was drawn to the romance, the tense, the poignant moments. The characters in 1930s have so many interesting layers and (some untold) backstories which I crave more. (pardon me being a broken record here ?)

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I have dilemma here. At first I was craving the past/1930s part, but as the story progresses, I finally love both their present and past scenes. It feels like a balance to me. Their present is light and represents how things got better than the past. Their past is dark and heavy and full of struggles, and it hints that things will get worsen. So, the present scenes feel like a break to me ? ?

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A viewer writes in her SNS: "From episode 1-8, I prefer Se-ju over Hwi-young, because Se-ju is deeply flawed but intimately real while Hwi-young is too picture prefect. But then episode 9-10, Hwi-young is also flesh and blood, with his vulnerabilities and pain. I really have a hard time choosing between Hwi-Young and Se-ju"

Another viewer responds, "Just take Uhm Hong Sik (YAI's real name) instead."

LOL.

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lmao I had a good laugh there!

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This is my favorite episode so far !

If Baek Tae Min was not a psycho animal abuser I would feel sorry for him. His father belittled him for not being talented enough and his mother is one crazy woman ! With this kind of parents, no wonder he ended up messed up. Seol is clearly uncomfortable and when she accepted to be his friend I screamed “Nooo don't go near that psycho !!”

The Seoul Tour/threesome date was both cute and heartbreaking. Han Se Ju is a total tsundere with Jo Oh and can't hide his smile when he looks at Seol. Cute.
I loled at Seol's wish “Please let him be stable.”. When Se Ju said to Seol that he abandons nobody and concludes with the dog, he was talking about her but he also takes cares of the ghost like a puppy !

Hwi Young using his article to pass secret missions is really cool ! He literally used his writing for independence like Seol wanted. I'm getting even more nervous about who the person Seol killed. Jin Oh doesn'y remember how he died and he isn't like the idea of Seol becoming a sniper. Maybe otheir missions went wrong, Jin Oh died and she shot Hwi Young.

I'm going to replay that kiss again and again until I will get tired of it ! My heart fluttered when he pulled her closer >_< I need to watch the BTS !

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That kiss!!!
Kne thing that has bothered me since the drama started was yoo ah in's hair. I really love Hwiyoung's hair paired with those glasses, and I am a bit sad Se-joo's hairstyle is what Yoo Ah In has during promotions of Chicago Typewriter.

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I'm assuming he cut his hair in preparation to go for service then found out he couldn't because of his health.

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HOT DAMN THAT KISS. That scene was perfectly orchestrated, with the change of POV from what we saw earlier in the drama, going from Soo-hyun using the kiss as a cover to Hwi-young taking it a notch further. Add up the musical scoring of Satellite, and bam, I'm a goner.

I also love, love, love how the bromance between Se-joo and Jin-oh is becoming stronger, with SJ reciprocating and sharing his life with JO. That part where SJ was thanking JO for sacrificing their youth so they can have the freedom they have today was such a heartwarming scene. And then ending it with the bittersweet bit where JO was having his photo taken with Seol, but he wasn't appearing in the photo, aw man, that broke my heart. I just want to reach out to all three of them and give them a hug.

This episode officially put the show as crack status for me. What a beautifully written drama!

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"I just want to reach out to all three of them and give them a hug." -- That's exactly how I feel!

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Agree with you, @gummimochi~~ That final kiss and all of Hwi-young’s raw emotions are so perfect that I can't describe with words. I was squealing hard. Props to Yoo Ah In, even with half face covered, he conveyed a lot of emotions through his eyes! I think besides that, the Gwanghamun Square scene is done so beautifully. Indeed, it’s moving to hear our characters speak of the important contributions made by their ancestors and heroes with full respect, and how they can relate with the struggle with today's situation. I love love love this show!

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I’m such a fan this new discover about Hwi-young. Not only does it create some great tension between Se-ju and Seol in this present timeline. I love the guilt and responsibility he starts to feel for her. Oh the angst! He caused her the pain! But he profits from it in his writing!

It also helps me see these two incarnations as the same person. I was always able to see how present Soel and past Soel were the “same” person (or present Soel is the reincarnatin) because they are quite similar in their personalities, but I member felt the same connection with Se-ju and his past life. I considered Se-ju to be more calculating and cold, with a gooey center, but Hui-young was more one-dimensional in the sense that he didn’t have as much conflict going on inside of him. Yea, he was ejected from his family, but it clearly wasn’t the focus of his hardship, and his stories weren’t very life and death in the context of the time. I like this new development because you sense his true nature as a courageous hero (which Se-ju hopefully will become!) along with the same calculating, cold exterior that Se-ju has.

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SInce we have established in every CT thread that Hwi Young is so, so handsome, I just want to say that in this episode he's not just handsome, but he's also good looking, brilliant, genius, amazing, hot, sedy and basically all other similar synonyms in the dictionary.

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I mean sexy! Not sedy. I seem to be losing coherent typing ability when it comes to Hwi Young. ?

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Oh yes, we have to make an Ode to Seo Hwi Young in every single episode <3

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And most importantly, Hwi Young treats women as equal and sees Soo-hyun as a potential comrade in the independent momvement, not only a protegee under his or Yul's wing. This is also what sets him apart from Yul. He also appreciates her input as a reader of his writings. That is to say, he sees Soo-Hyun as his intellectual equal. Little does Soo-Hyun know that the third-rate novels Hwi-Young write convey secret codes between independentists.
In an interesting parallel, Han Se-jo, although protective of Seol for not wanting to evoke her trauma, also tells Seol that it is her "fear" that prohibits her from shooting in episode 5. I also love how Se-jo never tries to pry open her secret or pain, like when she got really drunk in front of him in episode 8. He lets her call the shots.

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Agree! I love how Hwi Young treated Soo Hyun as equal, and respected her for who she is and who she wants to be. Interestingly, since Yul seems to be more protective of her. Perhaps he sees her as someone he needs to protect. He's not entirely wrong, given the view of women in the 30s. But Soo Hyun is a woman of her own mind, and it's just that perhaps she's just not the woman Yul envisioned her to be, and it's a given that she needs a guy who are on par with her intellectually. I'm not saying Yul is not, but fate has it that Hwi Young stands out more, given how they alway banter with each other and Yul was the voice of reason between them. A woman like Soo Hyun needs someone who constantly challenged her and push her, and Hwi Young did just that.

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Yul is not wrong at all. They just love Soo-hyun differently in their own ways. From Yul's own perspective as in his retelling of his own memory, it is him who first sees SH as a woman. But ultimately Yul is an unreliable narrator, to use a common literary lexicon. Have you noticed that the love story between Hwi-young and Soo-Hyun is unfolded and woven by Se-ju's and Seol's own evoked memories? It's more than likely that Yul is not in the know for the secret love brewing between HY and SH long before. At the same time, all the visual attention to the modern literary figures like James Joyce aim to reminder viewers that the narrative of memory is filtered, selected by individual consciousness and it does not necessarily cohere or proceed linearly.

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Oh yes! So far we've heard from Yul as the main narrator, and only choppy memories from Se ju and Seol. But once all three memories' are evoked, what pieces are we missing? I have more questions than answers now. Why wasn't Yul being reincarnated like his friends? What major 'sin' has he done to deserve being a ghost with nowhere to go? Why can Seju see him, and not Seol? How can Seol see him? What's going to happen to him once the story ended?

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Oh I love this. HY and SJ definitely have something in common when they treat SH and JS. They are compatible.

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Yul just squeezes my heart. The look on his face when he sees SY in her feminine garb for the first time. Just...ooof! And then when he looks at SJ & Seol - so wistful but never jealous, always resigned as if he knows things they dont and that no matter what lifetime this was always the expected outcome.
And OMG that kiss. it was so well done. jsut from those 30 sec i felt i could understand that it was a result of a slow burn over many years - SY looking for her girlish/childhood hero and HY watching her grow, pretending to be her grudging friend, all leading upto this moment. It was lovely.

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The way Hwi-young drops his glasses while kissing Soo-hyun ?

I'm loving that the trio of friends are slowly coming together with their memories, we might find the missing piece sooner that i'd imagine.

Thanks for the recap!

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Definitely... Yoo ah in never disappoints us in a kiss scene.... That was one hell of a passionate kiss.....
JinHo is so beautiful..... He is the typical good guy second lead who watches the leads being happy despite his sadness.....

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The last 10 mins of the drama... Wow... it was just beautiful. I still don't get why this drama's ratings are not skyrocketing. I hope people do realize what a gem they are missing and start watching from the rest of the episodes remaining.

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Because of the kissing scene popped up everywhere in the IG, I ended up watching episode 9 and then got hooked! Glad I didn't decide to hold this drama since I have no feelings for serious drama right now. Yoo Ah In is amazing as usual and watching Im Soo Jung for the first time is a breath of fresh air. Now I'm eager for the next episode, wishing it's always Friday and Saturday. Oh, the kissing also hot ><

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