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Chicago Typewriter: Episode 15

I’m going to be honest: there aren’t enough words in the English lexicon to adequately describe how I feel right now. My heart is still caught in my throat, my eyes are swollen from all the tears I spilled, and my fingers are still shaking from this emotional rollercoaster that fired poignant bullets every damn minute. Let me warn you that this penultimate episode is not for the faint of heart, and even the steeliest of hearts is bound to be broken down by the hour’s end. Good luck, my friends.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Soon after Hwi-young and his comrades start firing into the crowd at the garden party, Young-min and his men arrive to return fire. Meanwhile, Soo-hyun slips away in her usual boyish disguise, but gets caught on her way to the rendezvous point by Young-min. Uh oh.

So instead of meeting her fellow independence fighters, she’s interrogated by Young-min, who is pleasantly surprised to have nabbed the organization’s sniper. She sticks to her story that she was paid off to carry that case on her person and had no idea there was a gun inside. But Young-min sees right through the rehearsed lie, explaining that he had her movements tracked the minute she arrived at the party.

He demands to know who the organization’s leader is, only for Soo-hyun to fire back that he chose the wrong person to question. But Young-min already has a working theory: either Hwi-young or Yul is the leader. What he knows for certain is that both men are in love with her and will come to her rescue.

Elsewhere, an injured Yul offers to stay behind and save Soo-hyun, only for Hwi-young to raise the point that the men they lost tonight were also their comrades. Every one of them made a choice when they decided to fight for their homeland, which includes fighting for their own lives, he adds.

He declares that they’ll stick to the plan to head to Gyeongseong Station and travel by train to Manchuria, but that’s when another comrade arrives with news that the train station and every checkpoint is crawling with police officers.

That comrade has no idea who their mole was, but Soo-hyun gasps when she finds out who it was. Young-min grabs Madam Sophia’s face to confirm if Soo-hyun is the independence fighters’ sniper. She nods.

After ordering the men to stay low and scatter, Hwi-young tells his worried friend that they must attend to his wounds. Since Carpe Diem is no longer safe, Hwi-young and Yul hide in a safehouse and learn that Soo-hyun has been caught and that Madam Sophia rat them out.

When Yul is prepared to go and save Soo-hyun, Hwi-young reminds him that his fresh wound will only expose himself and instructs him to put his gun down. However, Yul won’t be swayed: “If you don’t go, I’ll go alone.”

Hwi-young orders him to stay put, reminding him of their fallen comrades who participated in the bombings and committed suicide to avoid arrest. He reiterates the idea that people must choose what and where they sacrifice their lives for; Soo-hyun is no exception.

The ultimate aim of this operation was to escape Gyeongseong with the funds they swiped to prepare for their next battle. As survivors, they have an obligation to fulfill that mission, and the way to respect the comrades they lost.

Soo-hyun sends Madam Sophia a death glare when the latter arrives with food. She knocks the food away and asks how the madam can bring herself to eat after selling out her comrades. Madam Sophia warns her that these men will continue to torture her until she’s begging them to kill her—she may as well give up and let Hwi-young take care of the rest.

Soo-hyun asks how long she’s been working for their enemies and why she betrayed them. “You were like a mother to me!” she cries. Madam Sophia says she has a son she sent away soon after birth because she didn’t wish for him to be known as a gisaeng’s son, and now that boy is dying in jail, charged for murdering a Japanese officer.

She’s willing to do anything for her son because at the end of the day, he comes before any comrade or country: “Why should I save [a country] that has done nothing for me?!” Soo-hyun screams, “Then you shouldn’t have gotten involved in the first place!”

Madam Sophia is called out, and Soo-hyun hollers that she won’t ever forgive her in this life nor in the hereafter.

Later that night, Hwi-young slips out for some air. Looking at his photo of Soo-hyun, he remembers her younger days when she was scarfing down food because she wanted the strength to earn her keep here.

He was impressed and teased that her unladylike behavior will prevent her from getting married. Young Soo-hyun happily proclaimed that she’ll marry her half-masked rescuer once she finds out who he was because she fell in love with him at first sight.

He brought up that story with her years later, when she was still shoveling food in her mouth. Hah. He rolled his eyes at her confidence of marrying someone who doesn’t even have a say in the matter.

He softly chuckled at the idea that she could be that attractive, then asks how she can stick to her plan: “How many husbands would you have if you married every man who saved you?”

Soo-hyun assured him that there was no need to worry because she would protect herself. Go you.

Hwi-young’s smile fades into tears as he remembers the kiss they shared, and the time he ran into her after she changed into her stage singer disguise. She stopped him to tell him about her masked rescuer who stubbornly never gave his name nor revealed his face to her.

She still remembered his advice to stay strong and not live in suffering, words she had since lived by. And even if she couldn’t marry him, she did want to thank him one day. “Are you sure you weren’t the masked man who saved me?” she asked.

Even though Hwi-young denied it, Soo-hyun admitted that she felt like he was lying to her and that saddened her. Hwi-young sheds tears as he remembers the time Soo-hyun asked him to promise her to do everything he couldn’t do for her in this life in the next.

Soo-hyun thinks of this same exchange and Hwi-young’s order for her to return alive. She silently promises to fulfill that vow.

Yul finds Hwi-young crying outside and jokes that the painkillers nearly knocked him out for good. Smiling, Hwi-young says he was afraid his friend would march out of there if he didn’t—plus, his friend’s life is too precious for such recklessness.

Yul chuckles at that and says he thinks their time together has come to an end—he’ll stay in Gyeongseong while Hwi-young leads their comrades into Manchuria. Hwi-young is against the idea, but Yul assures his friend that he’ll be safe enough here: “I’ll survive no matter what.”

He promises to let Hwi-young have Soo-hyun in the next life if his friend allows him to protect her in this life.

Later, Yul meets with Young-min and cuts right to the chase, asking where Soo-hyun is. He warns Young-min that his family knows important Japanese officials in the government, but Young-min doesn’t take the bait; money won’t be enough to release Soo-hyun.

Then Yul asks how he feels about exchanging Soo-hyun for the leader of the youth freedom fighters. Once Hwi-young learns that Yul has turned himself in, claiming to be the leader, he’s told that they must use this time to their advantage and that Yul’s family will surely save their son.

In the interrogation room, Yul firmly states that he doesn’t know the names of every member in his organization which was built on secrecy. Still, Young-min believes that Yul should at least know the key operatives in the organization, but Yul claims those comrades already lost their lives.

At that moment, Soo-hyun is brought inside, and Yul gasps at her battered state. Young-min orders her to identify Yul, and she replies, “The owner of Carpe Diem.” Young-min: “Is he your leader?” Soo-hyun: “I told you I don’t know who that is!”

Young-min slaps her, screaming how she got her orders then. As she’s taken away, she pleads with her eyes, telling Yul not to utter Hwi-young’s name. “You’ll do that, won’t you? You’ll hold out, right? Answer me, hyung-nim.”

Yul screams Soo-hyun’s name and despite his claims to be the organization’s leader, Young-min knows that isn’t true because the leader has never made the slightest misstep, but Yul checked his watch moments before the bombs went off.

Furthermore, Yul revealed his weakness by letting his emotions peek through and he was foolish enough to try and save a woman he loved by turning himself in. Young-min admits he was also a fool for taking the bait of an easy arrest, but then realized Yul’s decision to expose himself was uncharacteristic for the organization’s leader.

“So tell me, who is your leader?” Young-min bellows. Yul softly asserts, “I told you… it’s me.” As the son of an influential family, Young-min won’t dare to lay a finger on him, but warns that he’ll have his men continue to torture Soo-hyun if Yul doesn’t fess up.

The next day, Hwi-young meets with an employee who works for Yul’s family. He learns that Yul’s stubborn claims prevent Yul’s family from being able to pull him out of custody, Carpe Diem has been exposed as the freedom fighter’s hideout, the club madam has gone missing, and most importantly, Soo-hyun is believed to be the group’s sniper.

He keeps his emotions in check while he hears that Soo-hyun is withstanding torture. Back in the interrogation room, Young-min’s patience wears thin at Yul’s continued silence. He has Soo-hyun brought back in, looking worse for wear.

Next thing we know, Yul fills in the names of the deceased in the youth independence group’s organizational chart. He hovers over the box marked “Leader” but leaves it blank, and now Young-min has had enough.

Soo-hyun is brought in again, and Yul shakes upon seeing her bloody and bruised face. He and Young-min are left alone again some hours later, and Young-min decides that he’ll keep Soo-hyun here in this room.

She’s brought inside, blood dripping down her face, and a gun pointed at her head. Yul falls out of his chair while Soo-hyun silently begs him not to fill in that box. Neither of them speak when Young-min demands them to utter their leader’s name, so Young-min finally gets his hands dirty and takes the gun and points it at her head.

As Young-min wraps his finger around the trigger, Yul blurts out, “Seo Hwi-young!” Tears spill from Soo-hyun’s eyes as Yul repeats Hwi-young’s name and sobs.

Hwi-young is busy making plans for his comrades to flee Gyeongseong safely while he remains here, promising to meet them in Manchuria at a later time. When asked if he plans on trying to rescue Yul and Soo-hyun, he tells his comrade to lead their men to safety in his stead.

Despite that comrade’s willingness to have the entire group stay to help, Hwi-young says this is something he must do himself—he cannot risk any more lives. “Why do you try to bear all the burden alone?” the comrade asks. ‘S what I’m sayin’.

But Hwi-young’s mind is made up; he explains that he isn’t going to try and rescue Yul and Soo-hyun as a fellow comrade, but as an ordinary friend to Yul and a man to Soo-hyun for at least one day. The comrade agreed to let Hwi-young fulfill that promise to himself, but made him vow to return alive with Yul and Soo-hyun in tow.

Hwi-young runs down the mountain when he suddenly hear shots fired behind him. It turns out Young-min has raided the safehouse, and he orders his men to scour the mountain in search of Hwi-young.

But the group soon finds themselves under attack as Hwi-young fires at the captors with a “Chicago Typewriter” (a Thompson submachine gun). He then orders his men to stick to the plan, and his righthand man barely takes two steps before being shot in the back.

It’s Young-min and his men, and Hwi-young provides cover fire for his comrades until he’s out of bullets. Young-min is hit in the arm but hollers at his men to pursue, and Hwi-young runs until he reaches the edge of a cliff.

He stands there waiting until Young-min and the other policemen arrive, then shoots down his targets with his pistol. The officers hit him in the shoulder and leg before Young-min pushes his way through, grumbling that he needs Hwi-young alive.

We cut back to the present as Tae-min watches Se-joo fall backward from the rooftop. Down below, Jin-oh leaps into action. There’s a flash and Se-joo is suspended in mid-air before falling down to the ground again… and Jin-oh rolls out of Se-joo’s body. Omo, he actually pulled off human body possession!

Shocked, Tae-min staggers backward and flees while Jin-oh checks Se-joo for a pulse. Then Se-joo ekes out, “I’m not dead.”

He helps Se-joo sit up and explains that today was the first day he’s successfully pulled off human body possession. Se-joo notices him flickering in and out of existence, and Jin-oh marks that as a temporary side effect of overusing his phantom powers.

Suddenly, Se-joo remembers that Seol is still being held hostage. He agrees to go save Seol while Jin-oh goes after Tae-min and finds him shaking in his car.

Jin-oh tells him to get out of the car because it’s time that he pay for his crimes. Tae-min straps himself in instead and slams his foot on the accelerator, driving the car into Jin-oh, who disintegrates.

Se-joo gets an update on Sang-mi from his secretary by the time he reaches his car. He informs her that Seol has been kidnapped, so she relays the message that ensuring Seol’s safety is more important than arresting Sang-mi.

Sang-mi runs when she sees the police outside her apartment. Seol screams when she hears the cops banging outside the door, and they quickly burst inside to rescue her. She’s filled in on how Sang-mi is Se-joo’s stalker-fan’s younger sister and that her kidnapping was likely her way of exacting revenge.

Se-joo arrives at the scene, demanding to know if Seol is safe. Seeing her being led outside, he rushes to collect her in his arms. He’s so relieved to see that she’s alive and safe that he doesn’t notice the blood dripping down his head. He breathes, “What a relief that I wasn’t late this time” before he collapses.

He’s wheeled into the hospital, where he thinks to himself, “Soo-hyun… Yul… I remembered. I remembered how we parted.”

We cut back to the past as Young-min confronts Hwi-young at the cliff’s edge. Hwi-young raises his gun to his temple, saying that he won’t be captured alive.

Hwi-young growls that he’d rather honorably end his life here than to disgrace his cause by falling into the hands of his enemies… and then pulls the trigger.

Back in the interrogation room, Hwi-young shows up looking neat and clean in front of Soo-hyun. Oh god, I don’t know if I can do this. He bends down and caresses her face and softly asks, “It must have been tough… waiting for me, wasn’t it?”

She says no, and he apologizes for allowing her to be left alone and be tortured. But she says she would’ve died long ago if it weren’t for him—thanks to him, she was fortunate to live another ten years.

“Soo-hyun-ah,” he gently calls. “I love you. I’m sorry I was so mean to you. I’m sorry that I also pretended not to know how you felt about me. I won’t do that in my next life. I promise you.”

“Why do you keep talking about the next life?” Soo-hyun asks, tears rolling down her cheeks. “In my next life,” Hwi-young vows, smiling, “I’ll recognize you first. I’ll come back again. No matter what, I’ll come back to meet you. I won’t be late then.” He rises to his feet and turns away as Soo-hyun clutches her chest and howls at him not to leave.

Then we return to the cliff as Hwi-young pulls the trigger and falls to the ground. Blood drips from his temple as he reaches into his pocket to take out the photo of Soo-hyun and ekes out his final words: “I miss you, Soo-hyun-ah.”

 
COMMENTS

Honest confession: I’m an emotional mess right now and currently ugly crying in front of my monitor. Even though I knew that our trio in the 1930s met a tragic end, I still wasn’t prepared for how seeing it firsthand would knock the wind out of my sails. Hwi-young’s last moments were so woefully beautiful that I’m still curled up in a ball, unable to think of the right words to describe them. How can you not love a man who is so noble to a fault that he would stay true to his beliefs and then watch him imprint the image of the woman he loves in his mind before he drew his last breath? God, just thinking about it again leaves me breathless.

As sorrowful as this penultimate episode was, there’s something so emotionally cathartic about getting an hour that hit all the right points. I felt like I was in a dream, watching Soo-hyun, Yul, and Hwi-young fight for themselves and for each other. My mind had a love-hate relationship with how sharp Young-min was in his interrogation methods: he knew that both Hwi-young and Yul loved Soo-hyun and knew that one of them would come to save her. Not only that, he caught onto the fact that the leader of the youth independence fighters was too careful and would never let his emotions compromise the mission. And then he used Yul’s soft heart to wrench the truth out of him.

While the objective, practical side of me wishes I could blame Yul for spilling the beans, the subjective, emotional side of me can’t do it because I could imagine the unbelievable mental torture it would’ve been to see the woman you love being beaten to a pulp. Now that we know he uttered Hwi-young’s name, I can’t help but think that that decision implanted a seed of doubt within Soo-hyun and slowly but surely drove her to shoot Yul later on. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was both angered and pained by the betrayal and learned that that was why Hwi-young and their other comrades were exposed. Who knows if she later found out that Hwi-young was planning on coming to their rescue and that spurred her even more.

Should all of that be true, it would make sense that Yul was tied to the typewriter for decades out of guilt until he could be reunited with his buddy in this life and get a chance at making things right. Could Jin-oh being there to possess his friend’s body and save him from death be enough to undo succumbing to their enemies in the past life? Would it write a new chapter of their lives?

I’m honestly a bit worried about seeing Se-joo getting wheeled into surgery because right at this moment, there’s no guarantee that he’ll come out of it to tell his friends what he remembered. Hwi-young’s dying as a martyr for their cause is where his memory (should) end, so now it’s up to Seol and Jin-oh to finish the tale. I trust that Sang-mi will be caught and Tae-min will suffer a painful death, so my full attention is focused on how this story of the past ends. Never have I been so nervous about reaching the last page of any story, but never has a tale captured my heart like this one. No matter what happens, I know that it can only come to a beautiful end.

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Episode 15 was love. The farewell scene will stay a long time with me.

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It's SO GOOD that just reading the recap it draws tears again T_T T_T

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yes. this show started out good, and it got consistently better and better. this ep was amazing---painful and poignant and (as you said) a hard watch---but im with you: i cant tell you how much i loved it.

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AGREED. It got better and better. I have no complaints.

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Farewell, Seo Hwi Young

I love the way you smile
With your cute dimples galore
And I love the way you love your friends
And the way they love you more

I love the way you write
And your noble quest to make things right
The tough leadership that you portray
My fragile heart then goes astray

You look best in black Seo Hwi Young
With your messy hair covers your eyes
With glasses or not Seo Hwi Young
Your awesomeness is never a lie

I love the way you were having fun
Even the way you hold your guns
And I love the way you love
More so the way you cry

Sleep tight, sleep well Seo Hwi Young
You’ve done the best you can
Dream well, dream on Seo Hwi Young
Because you’re one hell of an amazing man.

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Absolutely lovely eulogy. Thank you.

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Aww finally an eulogy for our best leader!
And I'm gonna miss Hwi Young looking frikkin hawt with his hair down <3

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"Ode to Seo Hwi Young" ????

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As one of the Korean reporter remarks, Yoo Ah-in has, again, succeeded in creating another "life character" after Lee Sun-Jae (SLA) Jo Tae-oh(Veteran), Sado Prince (the Throne), Lee Bangwon (SFD).

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What you've written is so beautiful. I cried a bit thoughout the episode but much more reading yours.

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It was gut wrenchingly heart breaking... uff... What makes a person remarkable is their hold on their beliefs and love no matter the circumstances and these 3 are the epitome of it.

the scenes were so beautifully done too - nothing over done or milked too much. just beautiful

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I was blown away by this episode. So good, so sad. Can't believe it is ending soon :(

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That scene is so poignant, so subtle and so heart wrenching. Even reading the recap of that scene again made me cry again ?????

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Oh boy, this episode is really oomph... a straight arrow to the heart ?

Now I really want to watch Gaksital a.k.a. Bridal Mask. It's been on my to-be-watched list like, forever. I always postponed to watch it 'cos I'm not really a fan of war-time era movies and/or drama. But now CT has made me really curious and interested in that period, I think I'll watch it for real right hereafter.

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Have you watch it? I'm curious how you liked it.

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Intense-fully heartbreaking yet wonderful.

Thank you show for not breaking my heart but shattering it into a thousand pieces.
And, no crying me a river but more like drowning in an ocean of tears.

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Heartbreaking.

But now I can see how everything fits.

Deep sigh.?

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Episode 15 with all the feels! My heart was broken at what actually transpired because of Seol's capture, and the tragic ending it led to. The trio had done very well in their roles. I could feel the desperation in Yoo as he struggled to keep the secrets of the alliance, but couldn't do so in the face of a beaten up Seol, how Seol was so furious at Madam Sophia's betrayal that she hissed at her face, how HW decided to end his life on a noble note because he couldn't let the Jap traitors humiliate him by capturing him alive. OMG! I never felt such intense feelings within an episode for such a long time. It is heartbreakingly daebak.

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I am very impressed with Im Soo jung's acting. I really could feel Soo hyun's pain when Hwi young disappeared.

And I am happy that ep 15 spent the most time in the past. Oh the feelings...

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Im Soo Jung killed that scene with Madame Sophia and with Hwi Young. When spirit HY asked if it was tough waiting for him, the way she delivered the line "No" was beautiful. I don't know how to describe it. It was simple, direct, tired, strong, and loving all at once.

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Not only that scene, but always. Im Soo-jung makes it look effortless because she embodies Seol perfectly.

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I love Im Soo-jung's acting style.

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I was actually relieved when we came back to the present, because it felt like a welcome breather. I think it was really well done actually: it served as a reprieve from the overwhelming feelings, reminded us that it was not over for our three friends, gave us a glimpse of Jin-Oh/Yul "making up" for his past life's mistake (gah, it's gonna be so poignant watching him now...) and at the same time made us wish for the 30's storyline to resume even more. It really was like taking a breath before diving head first again.

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When she said "don't go" and wailed, I burst to tears. I cried with her, and even when I recall that scene I still got teary eyes.

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me too... I have cried so much with this and the episode16!
Sooo much pain....

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I was impressed too with ISJ's acting in this episode. How she showed the different emotions when she was captured-her anger, her loyalty, her pain, her sadness. I dare say this episode is her best portrayal of the role to date. I could feel each and every one of her emotions so acutely that it hurts to watch her. She had been so good in the previous episodes I had thought it would be difficult to top that, but top that, she did, and it was marvelous.

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IMO, Im Soo Jung was stealing the show from the boys in this episode.

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I initially felt that that was too easy. Thought that Yul didn't really betray Hui Young and the organization, thought there will be a twist in the end where it wasnt really Su Hyeon who killed him (It's looking like she did kill him) I was hopping that the Joseon Alliance managed to outwit Young Min in the end and that they managed to carry on for the greater cause with Yul ultimately making the big sacrifice and taking the fall by pretending to be Hui Young by getting assasinated in the end and perhaps Su Hyeon might have witnessed it and got it all wrong in her memories

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I also understand that perhaps it's the very reason why he had been stuck in the typewriter all these years and writing the novel with the two who managed to move on to the next life will help him in his own redemption and the chance to move on.

That being said, My love for CT is now back on and I can't wait for the last episode. It will be bittersweet indeed

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I had hoped for a nice happy ending in the past like you suggested.. but I think that would have been the easy way out for the show... Having the worst happen in their past lives and still living with strong convictions in the present and facing their past is what makes the 3 of them so amazing. It's also much harder for the show directors/writers to pull off such a sad story and still have us rooting so strongly for them. Kudos to the CT team!

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I wasn't expecting a happy ending, I knew it was going to be a tragic ending for everyone all around :( Since the writing has been consistently fresh and unpredictable, I was hoping that the writer will pull an unexpected twist in the end. I realized now that there's a reason why Yul got stuck in that typewriter and was not able to move on and that every single one of them from Yul to SuHyeon to HwiYouing has acted true to their character. Kudos indeed to the CT team for bringing the story to lofe. I managed to lose a liter of fluids watching this episode. I'm preparing to surround myself with snacks when EP 16 comes out

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Now I understand why Yoo was stuck in the typewriter. Oh, why had he gone to save Seol if he was not going to be able to bear the sight of a badly beaten up Seol, and he was going to spill the secrets of the alliance? At that moment, I was in despair and anger with Yoo for being so weak with his ideals and so emotional with Seol's predicament.

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Soo Hyun was ready to die and take the bullet. I'm sure she would rather just die right there so everyone could be saved, and she would be freed from the torture. But Yool... Ugh..he shouldn't have come in the first place.

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Right? That's what I meant when i said it was too easy, how the Joseon Alliance got destroyed when we have a brilliant mind like Hwi Young moving the chess board.
In the end, CT is all about Shin Yul's remorse and guilt over what happened. He acted true to his nature and it's true that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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I understand you, but still I find what happened very human. Would you stay still while your loved one is facing death? It is difficult to say how strong we would be in a situation like this. He couldn´t make it when he saw a gun pointing to Seol´s head. Maybe he thought that Hwi Young would be already gone to Manchuria... In the end, Hwi Young was so right when he said that love relationships would put them and their organization in danger.

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@Yuki I was hoping Hwi Young and Yul tried to work together instead of acting on their own - i saw it as their way to protect each other which was the most human thing to do. But if that happened, we wouldn't have this incredible story.

Ultimately, this is Yul's journey to acceptance and forgiveness. CT has been a breath of fresh air and I hope to see more shows like it. I will moss it a lot...

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They really brought out the FEELS in me this ep, idk if I'll have enough tears or heart left to break for tmr ep. But BRING IT ON!! ???
Ill be brave and loyal, just like our trio.

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I knew things were going to get tragic and I had so many theories of how things were going to go down, but never exactly this and never expected feeling so utterly gutted. This drama has excelled at making my heart hurt, especially with the scenes of the 1930s , and this episode just went ahead and broke me.

Hwi-young's death scene was so cool, so Hwi-young and just so sad. In that moment, he was both the charismatic leader of the independence movement and a normal man who won't see his love again. When his spirit came to Soo Hyun to say goodbye and made those promises to go to her in his next life, :*( Even though the present day scenes aren't as interesting as the 1930s scenes, I'm really glad they're there as they showed that Hwi-Young kept his promises and HY and SH got another chance at love.

I also sort of understand better now why Seol's mom left. Remembering the past, she must have remembered how Soo Hyun looked up to her like a mother and she betrayed her. She must have remembered Soo Hyun's last words to never forgive Sophia even in the afterlife. With Yul's confession and Hwiyoung dead, the person Soo Hyun killed was definitely Yul. I think even if Soo Hyun didn't pull the trigger, Yul would have eventually killed himself out of guilt.

I also wanted to blame Yul for spilling but Heo Young Min was just diabolical. The longer Yul held on, the more Soo Hyun was going to get tortured. And if Yul never showed up to attempt to rescue Soo Hyun, we still won't know what would have happened to Soo Hyun. Maybe Heo Young Min will find a small innocent child and torture her until Soo Hyun spilled? Who knows!

Besides the writing, the acting and the OST are also so pitch perfect.

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To be honest, I doubt YM would be able to do anything had SH kept her silence. Why would be kidnap a random child and torture him for the sake of forcing SH to spill her secrets? But he would definitely torture her until she dies to get the truth out of her. I love how steadfastly she holds onto her ideals and keeps her mouth shut.

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I know how Soo Hyun must be so angry with Yul that she shoot him later on. Here she was tolerating all the tortures to even getting ready to die under that gun but still kept her mouth shut but then he just spilled out Hwi young's name as the leader. How angry she would be. Even more if she come to know that Hwi Young has died when on his way to save them !! If I were Soo Hyun, I would be damn angry with Yul too !!

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I completely agree with your comment. I think to know that the person you love, the person who helped you survive, the person who is the leader of a group for the betterment of the nation is shot dead because of the secret spilled out by a person close to you (and him) SH must have been very angry to the point that she killed Yul. And that explains shy she always has a feeling that she killed a person she shouldn't have because she killed him out of anger and rage. And the guilty feeling and the understanding of SY's reasons made him stuck in the typewriter of his best friend and the one he betrayed until now. What a tragedy. Eventhough I would like to blame Yul for spilling the secret, I completely understand his situation and feelings when he saw the woman he loved dying from pain. The one I would blame is Madame Sophie. I can't forgive a person who betrays.. it's just that.

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Me too. I literally was holding my breath the whole episode, during the 1930s parts. So poignant, so heart wrenching but oh so good.

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I love the 1930s scenes more than the present timeline. But the present timeline is a little funny for some scenes.

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The core of the emotion is on the 30s, but the present timeline also has its part in making the story so round: it amplifies the tragedy, knowing how the souls of friends and lovers are seeking each other again to solve their unfinished businesses. The present timeline makes somehow the past more precious and gives a sense of longing. I like this formula, but not sure I want to watch another drama like this, it´s too much for my poor heart.

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The acting by the trio was amazing in this episode. I could feel HY and Yul's pain when he thought about SY and when he saw her being tortured respectively and I felt it was IsJ's best acting in the entire drama when she cried for HY. They all were great in this episode even KSY for being such a convincing villian.

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Yeah this! As much as I hate Young-min, he played the villain with perfection! We couldn't have rooted so hard for the 3 of them and even Yul if it wasn't for him. Have to admit he really did use his smarts well.. nice to finally have a villain who was successful with his brains and didnt always get one-upped by the superior brains of the leader.

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YM was played to perfection in the interrogation process, and I so hated him for what he did to Seol and Yoo. He had the right amount of ruthlessness, arrogance and cruelty that he exhibited toward the two of them. He didn't shy away from the violence of it all, nor did he overdo it as the villain of the show. His coldness and badness was calculated and measured, a worthy adversary of HY. I love how this character was portrayed in the 1930s. It is a sharp contrast to the present character, who is a groveling spineless writer. The actor portrayed the two different characters very well.

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I think everyone is amazing here, even all the boys in the youth alliance.

ISJ's acting has been a question mark for me from the beginning of the show. However, she just killed it with her scene hitting the food given to her by Madame Sophie. For me, she killed the moment and her acting has been pretty good in my eyes since then.

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*exhales*

No, wait. I didn't mean to do that. Did I mean to inhale? I can't remember. Sweet mother of pearl, how do you replace a man like Hwi-Young? No wonder Yul was so heart breakingly puppy-like in this life - neither time was he the one in Soo-hyun/Seol's heart but at the same time he probably really understood why.

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I think this is my favorite episode!!! I loved every part of it, even though it made me cry so much ?

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I was expecting the 30's storyline to end in tragedy. But I will be honest. It's one thing to theoretically expect it, it's another thing to be faced with it and right now, my heart is broken, my throat is sore from all the screaming and the tears just won't stop falling. I don't know how I will be able to endure the final episode.

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Gosh I feel you. I'm in such a crying mess my mind went blank and I kept staring at my wall for infinity after the episode ends.

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I don't wanna move on after watching this episode. I'm still tearing up and I don't wanna do anything >..<

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This is one of the few shows that has been able to pull at my heartstrings. I was riveted throughout this episode, just stared at the screen after it ended. And the soundtrack has been a highlight - adding to every scene. The 3 leads have nailed these roles. Only one more episode left, and I can't bear to let this show go...

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Me too. I was so engrossed in the episode and after that because of all the feels that I forgot my meals. It was just so heartbreaking, so sad, so poignant when you think about it. And thinking about it after the episode ends stirs up your feelings all over again.

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Owwww. That was painful! So often shows get dark and hint at tragedy before swerving back to a happy ending. Chicago Typewriter almost reminds me of Six Flying Dragons in that it set the stakes at life/death and betrayal and then went there unflinchingly. The SH torture scenes and watching them break down Yul was harrowing and realistic.

At first I appreciated the show for being so stylish. Now it will remain extremely memorable to me for the integrity and artistic vision. They had a specific story to tell and stayed true to that story to the end- ratings be damned. Thank you Chicago Typewriter writer, PD, cast and crew. It's been a hell of a ride!

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OMG! CT reminded me of SFD sometimes. And especially when Yoo Ah In as Seo Hwi Young was discussing his plan and ordering his comrades in the mountain cabin, I saw Bang Won all over again!!

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That ending! Ugh! The feels! When Yoo Jin Oh first appeared, i thought he might be a traitor, why else would he be trapped in a typewriter for 80 years while even heo young min gets a chance at a new life. But as the series progressed, I just couldn't imagine our puppy like ghost ever betraying his friends, so i assumed it was the shock of having being killed by Soo Hyun (whom I thought made a mistake). But now, at this ending, everything makes sense.

His character was written perfectly. He was always a live for the moment kind of guy. He'd never confess if he was being tortured, but he just didn't have the ability to see RSH being tortured.

This is the most tragic ending this heroic trio could have had. One betraying the other, the save the third.

Also, I am so impressed with how the writer weaved the story, having us strike out all our maybe-it-was-like-this scenarios one by one, until it came to the very end. Because this ending did take me by surprise.

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I knew Yoo must be a traitor in the 1930s when he first appeared, but his character made it seem unbelievable. The reason for his betrayal was so unexpected, and yet in line with his character. I applaud the writer for weaving that in so successfully, albeit in a heartbreaking way.

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IKR... you cant hate Yul despite him being a betrayer... cuz it was just so heartbreaking! Wah... amazing writers truly!

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Agree, it all makes sense now and it is so sad. Yul loved Hwi Young and Soo Heon. I´m sure Yul was willing to accept torture and die there, but he loved Soo Heon too much to watch her die, so he betrayed them. I can understand the pain of the three of them, it´s so heartbreaking. I see how Soo Heon cannot forgive Yul, but I cannot hate him for what he did, he had to see one of his friends die I guess, so for him there was no good choice. Now it is clear why he became a ghost.

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I just finished watching the episode.
Still crying as I type.

But I must be a masochist, 'cause DAMN, I LOVED every second of it to a fault!

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There are no words for this episode TT_TT

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Well, I have too many, but nothing that makes real sense. It all comes down to "GAH!"

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And that's why I just go around giving thumbs up to the comments. It's my version of handing out appreciation plaques to beanies, for displaying strength to write a coherent comment in the face of ugly tears and snot.

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We knew it was going to be hard but this episode just blew me away. I spent the next hour sitting quietly listening to the OST.

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Wow! It has been so long I was so moved by a drama that has a tragic ending. Wonderfully crafted, so heart rending, that it's worth anticipating to watch it with out and with sub...

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Everyone & everything in this episode was SO good. But I have to give it to Go Kyung-pyo. He broke me in the scene when he finally broke and gave up Hwi-young's name. I felt all of it. Really, really well done.

I hope our favorite ghost can finally find some happiness / peace now.

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Oh and I meant to say THANK YOU!! to gummimochi for the quick and fantastic recap...just a little scattered after that ep! ;)

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This episode belongs to GKP as mcuh as it belongs to ISJ and YAI. He is brilliant as Yoo, who couldn't endure seeing Seol beaten up. The struggle on his face every time Seol is brought into the room, and when he finally explodes in desperation, giving up HY's name in exchange for Seol's life... his pain at his betrayal of HY plainly showed his struggle between giving up his comrade and saving Seol. Kudos for his acting skills at that moment.

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Agree, this episode belongs to all the four leads. GKP, ISJ, YAI, KSY, they ALL did a great job! Not a minute of our time wasted watching them acting with all their heart.

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I must say that I love the scenes when hwi young was sitting alone thinking of Soo Hyun and crying, the scene when he 'visited' Soo Hyun at the interrogation room and when he took out the photo to see her before he breathed his last !! The scenes of 1930s timeline stole all the limelight from the present timeline !!!

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Yeah! That's also my favorite scene from ep 15. Many heart-wrenching moments in one episode, but this one is on top of them. Gosh, imagine how she felt after enduring all the tortures and Yool spilled Hwi Young's name in the end, and then Hwi Young came to say goodbye. She knew he was about to die. And that scene continued with Hwi Young's last moment up on the mountain.

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He effing committed to it. Go Kyung Pyo was brilliant here. As was Yoo Ah In, Im Soo Jung, and Kwak Shi Yang. This was THE episode. The actors did an amazing job and blew me away. These roles and writing are what good actors crave and you can tell everyone was putting their all into these scenes.

My poor heart is still broken after this hour!

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I read the recap and I'm tearing up again. I thought I was prepared for the emotional rollercoaster, but I wasn't prepared for this! Show, you hurt so good!

(silently passing the tissue packets for everyone).

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You might need more. Like two boxes...

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thanks. sniff~

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Thank you, my nose is bleeding for sniffing hard ???

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Yes, the recap was as much a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the actual episode was. I was so filled with the sadness and poignancy, just being reminded of the scenes that happened in the show that I cried. I usually don't cry when I watch shows, but this episode is the exception.

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Thanks. I'll take one. *sniffing while receiving the tissue*

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Thank you so much for the re-cap! I've been waiting for it because after watching 10 minutes of the show I realized I wouldn't be able to get through the episode without bawling my eyes out. Maybe I'll work up the courage to watch it after I see the finale and crave more of this awesome show.

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Anyone else hopes that Jin-Oh gets reincarnated as Seol's and Se-Joo's baby? No? Just me?

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Nope, not just you! It came to my mind too as I watched!

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There's no way he would reincarnate. He betrayed his own friend, his leader, his comrades and his organization.

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Why? Is there a rule where a betrayer can't reincarnate? Even YM and Madam Sophia got reincarnated. I dont think he is any different than Madam Sophia.. in terms of betrayal.

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Yes Yul is not a baddie anyway. The baddies even got reincarnated. So unfair right.

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I think his betrayal is uglier than Madam Sophia, because he was HY and SH's best friends. What I meant was he would not reincarnate as Seol and Se Joo's son because that's so absurd. I'd rather him to reincarnate as someone else.

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Putting a gun to your temple and pulling the trigger will kill you instantly. Except in dramas where there's always time to take out a picture and utter your last words.

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It can, but it doesn't always.

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Because this is dramaland and not in real life.

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I know, he should have reached the picture before pulling the trigger, it would have been more realistic and equally sad...

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I am so happy you finally recapped this episode, because I need to get a place to pour out my desperation, admiration and unbelievable amount of love for this drama especially this episode
It is a perfection. Reading recap is not enough because you need to watch it and see how amazing (if that word is not an understatement) their actings are.. how their emotions felt so real that it hurt so much.. especially when yul watched suhyeon got beaten (I had to skip that part a little, poor heart), when hwiyeong remembered suhyeon and cried that night, that last moment when hwiyeong died and one last tear escaped his eye.. oh my, it's perfect
This drama is surely one of the best in my whole life
I am so mesmerized and broken to watch how tragic the ending for those brave youths who sacrifice their lives for greater goods.. and I reflect on my own life, surely need to level up my own game
For the final episode, I hope we can get satisfying closure and be content with whatever Chicago Typewriter delivers.. and I believe it :")

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Hwi-young being the respectable leader that he was set for a compelling and original conflict when Soo-hyun was captured by Young-min. Especially since he showed a vastly different reaction than Yul. He loved her as much as Yul did, and that makes me admire him more when he stated that she won't receive any special treatment when it comes to their action and cause. They knew that they were responsible to save their own life.

I can see Yul's betrayal from a mile away. I understand his anguish and deep desire to save the woman he loves, but at the same time I can't help but think that by doing so he didn't respect Soo-hyun as a fellow comrade. She knew she needed to save her own self. But with Yul there, claiming to be the leader, he just inadvertently made it harder for her. Young-min knew she wouldn't budge under torture, but he also knew there was a possibility to make Yul crack by using Soo-hyun. I keep thinking that maybe Young-min would kill her sooner if it wasn't for Yul.

On another note, Seol's mom is just as despicable and weak-willed as she was as Madam Sophia. I love how Seol told her that everyone also have their own personal stories. That doesn't meant it should excuse what she did to her other comrades. It's clear that both Sophia and Mom's interest were always to herself first and foremost.

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"I can't help but think that by doing so he didn't respect Soo-hyun as a fellow comrade." -- THIS. Soo Hyun would rather die than spill the secret of their organization and sacrifice them all and she expected her comrades would do the same. She has begged Yool not to tell the leader's name, but he succumbed because his feeling was too strong. I full understand now why she would kill Yool in the end.

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She was too much in pain to actually speak. But the way Yul couldn't tell what SH was thinking also proves why HY and SH are the OTP and not SH and Yul. I'm sort of surprised they didn't run through all possible scenarios to prepare and communicate what they were going to do if SH got caught and tortured and what SH would want.

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Yul should know that soo Hyun wanted him not to talk and spill the beans. If she wanted to say, she would have say it and not wait till she was so much torture after a prolonged time. What I mean is that Yul should be smart to know that SH will never betray them but seeing her being tortured and nearly killed make him follow his heart instead of his brain. So to save her from further torture and even death, he spilled the beans.

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And just to add, I thought I saw Soo Hyun subtly shaking her head while keeping eye contact with Yul (it simply means that she doesn't want him to say out who is their leader, isn't it damn obvious already ?)

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Watching this drama raises some questions for me. Are we born to retain our traits and repeat our behavior from our past lives? How much does the past life affects our present? I don't know anything about my past life, but I am interested to know how similar my past life is with my present, and how much I retain my traits from the past. Madam Sophia and Seol's mom show that they put themselves first and foremost to other people. YM is still the rat he is, albeit in a different form. Now he steals people's work and doesn't have the courage to admit it.

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Actually this was the one aspect I didn't like about the show.. I hoped they would have atleast one character who showed a different traits than in the past - you know a hope that you can break out of the limitations/traits of the past (be it in the present life or past lives). I was actually hoping till the end that Tae Min would have a redemption arc in the present where he actually admits to his faults & clears it up... but that never happened.

Same thing in Legend of the blue sea... but well... CT did everything else so amazingly!

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I second this. Normally what I see from dramas is that they tend to let a villain reborned as another villain and good guys being reborned as good guys again. I hope I could see a difference in this aspect in the near future. That should be more intriguing to watch.

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I can't believe I still have some tears left to spill while reading this recap, I thought I've emptied my eyes out watching this episode ? The 30's storyline is sooo beautifully tragic. Especially when ghost Hwi-young visited Soo-hyun for the last time ? You can have my heart now, writer-nim, I don't need it, it's been crushed, attached and smashed to pieces repeatedly anyway. I'm sure it complements all the other broken and bruised hearts you've collected so far ?

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Girl, I'm with you ? ? ? ? Yoo Ah In and Im Soo Jung just nailed this scene. I haven't had enough of them two yet. I wish they team up again in another historical drama/movie.

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I love this scene too. When he visited SH at the interrogation room. I don't know if that is his soul OR maybe it was just SH imagining it. It was beautifully done. This scene also reminds me of another beautiful scene in "King 2 Hearts" (another of my fav kdrama), when lead gal (acted by Ha Ji Won) was captured by China and in jail, then she imagined lead guy (acted by Lee Seung Gi) visiting her in the jail and telling her to tolerate, hold on, remain alive and wait for him to rescue her from there) ..... Sorry for any spoilers for those who have not watch "King 2 Hearts"....

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I think because Hwi Young and Soo Hyun are the real "soulmate", his soul transcended through space to reach her soul. So, Hwi Young who came to her in his last moment was his own soul, not just her imagination. It was beautifully done indeed.

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THIS SHOW. THIS FUCKING SHOW. MAKES ME SWEAT OUT OF MY EYES.

What a complex and perplexing question this episode raises. Is it more important to fight for your friends/family or your country?

While Madam Sophia may seem like a villain, who can really blame her for sacrificing everything for the sake of her son? In a differently painted drama she could even be viewed as a heroine. For Hui-young his country comes above all. I commend him for the difficult choice he has to make in giving up his love for the sake of his cause. We always see in dramas heroes sacrificing their belief for love, and its refreshing to see a hero understand how difficult this choice is and still choose his country. Again though, who could blame Yul for fighting for his love? It’s heroic and romantic. I want to hate Yul for the choice he made giving up his best friend for Soo-hyun, but who could say they wouldn’t do the same if they saw their loved ones tortured in front of them?

What choice would you make if you were in the position of these characters?

Being brave is so multi-faceted, the “right” or “moral” choice isn’t always the one presented on the screen. Just because a drama points you to believe that a character made a wrong decision, does not always mean they ACTUALLY made a bad decision. TV can only show us a linear perspective, one point of view, one mindset at a time. For me, the talent in this drama is that I can’t hate these “traitors.” Did they betray their country? Yes. But did they try to save those close to them? Yes. Are they bad people? Nothing is that simple.

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Fantastic points! What is the point of having a country without family? When you fight for your country, you technically fight for building a better, safer life for your family - but the return on investment for that is more delayed.

In SH's convo with Madame Sophia - both had valid points. The idea of country can be vague and what has her country done to protect her son. Before the Japanese occupation, it wasn't as if gisaeng life was all that great and free either, especially if she had to give up her son so that he wouldn't be tarnished with the bad rep as a gisaeng's son. And SH also had a point that Madame Sophia shouldn't have gotten so involved if she was going to betray them.

I feel like the only person I could see as a bad person is Heo Young Min. I hated how he relished hunting them down.

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In addition , now I can fully understand why Hwi Young do not want to be romantically involved with SH. Because when you have someone you love, lovers / family members and such, you would have a weakness that the Japanese could use it against you. That's why when fighting for the country's independence, it is better to have no one with you (no loved ones or family) so that you could be clear and objective in your mind and not led by your heart (e.g. in Mdm Sophia and Yul's case of spilling the beans to their enemies - their weakness is her own son and the woman he love, respectively).

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Though I see your point in this, I still think that Madam Sophie made a terrible decision. Nothing is wrong for trying to protect and save the ones you love, but why involving in this then? Because you want to protect the ines you love so you sacrificed the ones others love? It is indeed a very complex think to think about. I'm not sure if her son was captured for the right cause? If he was indeed captured and tortured wrongfully, then that is another issue here.

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I know. It's okay to have different opinion. Btw they did mentioned that his son got captured cos he killed a jap who raped a Joseon gal.

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Again, as much as I like Yoo Jin Oh, I don't like Yool for throwing his comrades under the bus, on top of that, his childhood friend who already thought of him as his own brother. I don't know how someone can see that as romantic, especially in times of struggle like that. I've read many times in history that some people chose to kill themselves than exposing their friends/comrades. Being brave is multi-faceted, being coward is too.

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Isn't a shot to the head an instantaneous death? Which means technically, he couldn't have reached into his pocket to pull out Soo Hyun's picture to look at it, right? Sorry to nitpick about this, but those little details really bug me. I've watched too many thrillers, I guess.

And I suspect that Hwi young knew that Soo Hyun wouldn't get broken by the Japanese no matter how much she was tortured. He knew her love for him was so strong that she'd never out him, but he also knew that Yul could be broken if he saw Soo Hyun tortured and that might be why he tried hard to prevent Yul from going to rescue her. It was a tough decision he made to stay away and put the interests of the group first, and what hurts me is that his sacrifice was all in vain as all his comrades were killed. Madam Sophia, Soo Hyun and Yul all drowned in guilt from their actions in their past lives and the only ones to have somewhat of a clean slate were Se Ju and Tae Min.

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I had that same thought about him shooting himself in the head, Adal! It honestly pulled me out of the moment for a few seconds as I thought to myself---ummm....exactly how thick is his head? Did he somehow miss? Why is he still able to move about when he shot himself in the stinkin' head? But then the blood started trickling and the lone tear dribbled down his nose and I.Was.GONE.

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As for the shot in the head: I guess he could have survived a few extra seconds longer if his shot was off the mark a little. this is a stretch, but maybe his medical degree and his excellent marksmanship allowed him to figure out the precise spot in the brain where he could give himself 10 seconds to fish out SH's pic? It's super rare, but there have been people shot in the head before - with the bullet in the brain- and survived. It depends on where in the brain the bullet lands. I loved how he took out her picture and looked at it as he died, so I tried not to think too much about it.

I'm not sure if HY knew SH would never out him. But she was made of tougher stuff - as seen in the flashbacks. Her father was killed; she lived the rest of her life pretending to be a boy; and she became a sharpshooter. If there was a possible scenario where she outs him, it would be long after the alliance has made their escape. HY loved both Yul and SH. I think he prevented Yul from going because he didn't want to lose Yul too. I think he eventually let Yul go because he cared about Yul (who would feel tortured by not even attempting to rescue SH) and he wanted to give SH some chance of escape. It was sad that even though he had been all logic early in the episode in saying they wouldn't go back for SH, he eventually decided to go rescue Yul and SH.

I'm glad Se Ju got a clean slate. But man, this guy was trying to save a country and karma made him an orphan in the next life. =/ Good thing, he and Seol were reunited.

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Ohh Ooops! Makes sense then :D

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Oh. My. Gosh. Y'all. I ugly cried over this show last night. I sat in front of my monitor and cried tears and muttered to myself, "How could you hurt me like this? What did I ever do to you?"

Chicago Typewriter is just getting better and better. Why does it have to end?! You know, Man X Man is getting a prequel. Maybe Chicago Typewriter can have one too? I am so curious as to how the Joseon Youth Alliance came to be. How did Hwi-young become the leader? How did he meet Yul? Why did those jerks come and kill Soo-hyun's father in the first place? See? So many questions. Lets have a prequel. Written and produced and directed by these same people. These same actors. And when they rip our hearts out in 1930s we can all just rewatch Chicago Typewriter. And let them rip our hearts out again. It'll be fine. Right?

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Yeahh! and truthfully ManxMan is just lame in comparison with CT.. and similarly can we pls just have a season 2 for Mystery Queen?!?

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Hahhaa... now that I am starting from the beginning, so many of your wishes came true..
Mystery Queen will have a 2nd season na?

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I second that idea of having a prequel featuring the 1930s of CT. It would be great to watch a show set in that era, and I am interested to know how HY came to be a leader of the alliance and how HY and Yoo met each other and became friends. I am also interested in Yoo's background, and how he came to terms with that. I want everything that happened in the 1930s among the trio.

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I'm crying again from reading the recap. So sad, and so inevitable. I can't blame Yul: it was impossible for him to be any other way while watching Soo Hyeon be tortured. Hwi Young was just... amazing. That he didn't live to see a free Joseon is heartbreaking.

I'm really torn right now: I want to see everyone to heal in this life, and I'm not willing to let go of these characters. I don't know if I'm ready to say goodbye to them tonight.

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This whole episode is one big bittersweet heartbreak.

Yul planning to save Soo-hyun in this life and promising to give up on her in the next shows his love and loyalty to both Soo-hyun and Hwi-young. He's the kind of friend you'd want to have in your lifetime so it was very, very painful to watch him struggle with wanting to save Soo-hyun versus wanting to be loyal to their cause (we have Go Kyung-pyo's to thank for that excellent acting!). I guess it all came down to the psychological torture and emotional stress that he finally came down to the decision of revealing who the Joseon Youth Alliance leader is. Given how much he valued his friendship with Hwi-young and Soo-hyun, it's only natural for him to feel regret for what he did, why he's not at peace and why his soul got stuck in the typewriter.

That scene where Hwi-young was breaking down and remembering his moments with Soo-hyun was also brilliantly executed. He was so steadfast in his belief that the country should come first, and for him to later decide and give up his leadership (and even his safety) was another act of loyalty that most likely took a lot from his part. And then we get that kickass scene where Hwi-young was fighting off the baddies on a one-man show - you just know he was born to lead the rebel group.

I know I say this practically every episode but man, Yoo Ah-in is blowing my mind. He is so, so good at what he does! I was clutching my chest at Hwi-young's farewell scene with Soo-hyun and his death scene, both were viscerally painful it felt like I had to hold myself together just to make it to the end. That act of defiance in the end, shooting himself then reaching in to his pocket for one last look at Soo-hyun's picture was executed so well, down to the pause in music and the way that little tear fell down at the same time the blood was dripping from his wound.

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Also: virtual hugs for everyone! I feel we all need it after episode. :(

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Very well said <3

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I cried when watched the show and cried again reading the recap! ?

That part when hwi young said his last good bye to su hyeon, such quiet raw emotions from both of them. *applauds both of their acting*

Sigh I better get the tissues ready for the last episode.

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Out of those beautiful emotional scenes, this scene made my heart break the most ???

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Woah I'm not even watching the show but I'm heartbroken at what just happened ?

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You reaaaallly should watchh! it's heartbreaking but soo gorgeous and beautiful and stylish and just brilliant in general!

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[yeap that's how incoherent I got after watching.]

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"My heart is still caught in my throat, my eyes are swollen from all the tears I spilled, and my fingers are still shaking from this emotional rollercoaster that fired poignant bullets every damn minute." @gummimochi are you me?

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This episode had me really balling my eyes out. Gaaahh! How do people deal with this episode?? I felt so devastated. It was painful, depressing to watch and I just cried when each of this trio cried.
And sorry, let me hate the stupid Yool and his stupid decision just now!! You're snitching to save a girl who has more balls than you cause she ain't said shit yet and would rather take the bullet in her head!!! You chose to save a woman than the whole comrades!!
Gosssssh, Heo Young Min was right. The leader of Joseon Alliance would never reveal his emotion or being dumb enough to walk into the general government for the sake of his love to a woman!
And I'm still crying mess every time I see the gif pictures and the heartbroken scenes: Hwi Young's farewell and love confession to Soo Hyun, him recalling their past, and his suicide. Oh my god. Everyone's acting like there's no tomorrow. We already knew that Yoo Ah In, Go Kyung Pyo, and Im Soo Jung being so good playing their characters, but this time I just discovered Kwak Si Yang's acting skill. He really nailed that heartless executor.

I know this is inappropriate to say now but Hwi Young looked frikkin hawt with his hair down!

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"I know this is inappropriate to say now but Hwi Young looked frikkin hawt with his hair down!" Oh, nothing inappropriate when it comes to admire his beautiful yet tragic ending with that hair!

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I don't deal, I just came to read the recap and bawled my eyes out all over again.

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Thanks so much gummimochi! You've taken my feelings and given them life with your words.

I'm so blown away by this episode. It was so good, while painful, to see how everything unfolded and to understand why. To know why things are as they are in the present and how they follow on logically from what went on in the past. Best of all is to be able to feel so much for everyone. So much warmth and pathos and the feeling of a great loss. This story is not my history or anything close to my life, but I can identify with the characters so well... what wonderful story telling this is!

And you know what sticks with me, is that look in Soo Hyun's eyes when she looked at Yul... it was not fear or pleading, but a determined look with an unspoken order: "never reveal his name." In the end, Yul was right. Soo Hyun would never betray Hwi Young, but he probably never did think, that he would, instead.

I kind of miss the funny, lighter mood of first episodes, even as I know that with the later reveals, near death and crime, there can no longer be the same light-hearted tone. Still, I'd so love to have an ending where not only will it be beautiful and sweet, but not quite so sad, you know?

And as you said: "there aren’t enough words in the English lexicon to adequately describe how I feel" except that it was sooooo good. I trust that we'll have a great finale with lots of hope. (I'm going to watch it now!!!).
Still.... tissues at the ready? (check)
Pillow to scream into? (check)
Door closed and family safely out? (check)
Lots of water to replenish the tears? (check)
Let the Ep 16 begin!!! ? ? ?

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Dang. I cried when I watched. And now again when I read the review. Hwi Yeongaaaaaaa...

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This episode turned me into a total mess. But wow, what a beautiful episode. That scene at the end where Hwi Young's ghost visited Soo Hyun, that was just too charged. How can you not love a man like Hwi Young?

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I don't know how you guys could still write long comments coherently after watching this. Heo Young Min, I'm gonna beat the life outta you, bastard!! I cried and cried when Hwi Young committed suicide and cried hard when he told her that he loved her and said goodbye to Soo Hyun. Yoo Ah In and Im Soo Jung are simply awesome! I really really hated Yool too for exposing his organization, but then, he's got the punishment by being a trapped ghost and he's got to fix his mistake by saving Se Joo's life in the present.

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Btw, when Bangjin's mom said she felt an evil spirit, I knew it was Yool. But she didn't feel the same way when she invited Yool to her house. Hm. Anyway, kudos to all the lead actors for showing their awesome acting skills! That includes Kwak Si Yang!

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Thanks Gummi for your wonderful recap. Honestly, I've been behind like 8 episodes as I don't have enough time to watch. I follow the trio update from your recaps.

And I'm tearing up now ???????. So tragic ending for our trio in the 1930s.

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This episode was amazing!!! And sooooo heartbreaking!! ㅠㅠ The emotional acting from our trio was so good. The ending scene had me bawling hard. ㅠㅠㅠㅠ I had a vague idea that they would have a tragic ending, but I didn't imagine it would be like this.

At times, I feel like the penultimate episodes in some dramas are not executed well. Sometimes they drag things out or add too much filler. But here, the writer/PD did an excellent job building up to the finale. I'm glad most of this episode was spent in the past too. It was important for the viewers to see the full story back then.

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Why can't we have all 16 episodes only for the 30's timeline ? Yoo Ah In stole the show and Hwi Young's love for Soo Hyun was something he potrayed so tragically without ever uttering a word until his death , it got me right in my heart.

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A lot of people think so too, wishing we have full 1930s timeline. Yoo Ah In did marvelous job here. He's gotta play another revolutioner-period drama.

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Just finished the episode, didn't even have time to wipe my tears but I rushed here to read the recap. Now, I'm crying again. Aren't we all glad Im Soojung came back to dramaland for this? She's really good!

Hwi-young!!! I was speechless when he pulled the trigger. I couldn't believe it. It's like someone punched me in the face. But my goodness, Yoo Ahin is just freaking hot in this. I honestly couldn't focus.

Off to watch the last episode! Grabbing on to my Kleenex box.

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Actually still can't make myself watch the last episode. Like how do I do this? I don't want it to end. Am I even ready for this? *internal struggle* *does a thousand repetitions of mindful breathing*

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I'm not ready for the last episode yet. I'm having an emotional meltdown that CT ep 15 haunts my head even while watching other dramas. Need some pick me up eps from other dramas too, so I could go into the final episode prepared. Hopefully I'll be able to watch before the next recap is out.

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I'm watching The Best Hit for now. I still can't get myself to accept the fact that Chicago Typewriter ends after I watch the next episode. ㅠㅠ

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