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Reunited Worlds: Episodes 3-4

Hae-sung begins to try to piece together what happened to him in 2005 and why he’s mysteriously back. It’s a hard lesson to learn as he realizes that his death was a tragic event to everyone who knew him, and that they’ve suffered from his loss. Every answer only leads to more questions, and increasingly strange events point to much more going on than a simple second chance at life.


 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Jung-won waits while the train goes by, thinking of the day Hae-sung died, completely unaware that he’s right on the other side of the tracks. Once the train passes, she’s so focused on catching a passing cab that she runs right past Hae-sung.

Hae-sung doesn’t see Jung-won either, and he looks like he’s in shock. His friend Ho-bang comes running after him, and tears stream down Hae-sung’s face as he says, “I was dead. I was dead, right?” Awww, he just now remembered.

Hae-sung starts to run off, but he steps in front of a speeding car and freezes when it triggers the memory of how he died. Ho-bang manages to grab him out of the way, and Hae-sung gasps that he was killed by a car in front of their school.

He figures out that this is why he hasn’t changed at all in the twelve years since that night, and he desperately begs Ho-bang to tell him why he’s come back. Growing frantic, he asks, “Who am I? Am I a ghost? Am I a phantom??”

Terrified, Hae-sung screams at the top of his lungs. All around him, signs and streetlights suddenly begin to explode one by one until the entire street is dark.

Back in Seoul, Jung-won settles in for the night, reaching into her fridge for a bottle of water. She finds a note from her friend Jin-ju attached to the bottle with a huge wad of chewed gum (gross).

The note reads: “Your boss confessed his love to you. You better hold onto him. If you let him go, you’re dead!” Jung-won agrees that Jin-ju is right, and she wonders what to say to Min-joon.

She falls asleep with her head resting on the coffee table, and when she wakes the next morning she panics, unable to see a thing. Eventually she realizes that she nodded off onto Jin-ju’s note and that the gum has pasted it to her hair. Ewwww…

The only way to get the gum out is to cut her hair, but just as Jung-won is about to make the cut, a loud pounding on her front door startles her, and she shears her bangs a good inch shorter than she intended. Jung-won is so freaked out by her terrible haircut that she barely registers her landlord threatening to kick her out if she doesn’t pay her overdue rent.

Ho-bang takes Hae-sung to see his gravesite, and he breaks the news that Hae-sung’s grandmother passed away three years ago, but that he hasn’t kept in touch with Hae-sung’s brothers and sisters. Hae-sung says sadly that even little Soo-ji must be about his age now.

Ho-bang mentions that their friends all visited his grave yesterday on the anniversary of his death. Hae-sung asks why they don’t keep in touch with Jung-won, wondering how he can find her.

Changing the subject, Ho-bang says that he knows the office where Hae-chul, Hae-sung’s younger brother, works now. He takes Hae-sung to the building, and Hae-sung marvels that the former family clown works in an office now.

An old classmate of theirs calls out to Ho-bang, but when she sees Hae-sung and reads his name tag, she lets out a bloodcurdling scream and passes out. Several people stop to try to revive her, and on the other side of the crowd, a man watches Hae-sung with narrowed eyes (cameo by Ahn Gil-kang).

Having canceled his plans to study abroad, chef Min-joon goes back to his restaurant and releases the chef he’d hired to replace him. He gets adorably shy when the chef asks why he decided not to go, while nearby, Jung-won eavesdrops on their conversation.

She follows him when he goes to the roof to tend his herb garden, determined to set things straight. Heh, you can see him trying not to laugh at her unfortunate haircut. Jung-won boldly asks if his deciding not to go to Paris was because of her, then she’s momentarily disarmed when he openly admits to it.

Gathering her wits again, Jung-won says that she’s insulted that he thinks she would fall in love with him for that reason, and that she considers his sideways confession from the night before to be a joke. She threatens to ruin his professional reputation if he does anything like that again, barreling over him whenever he tries to interject.

She whirls around and storms back inside, dropping a piece of paper in the process. Min-joon picks it up and sees that it’s a list reminding her of what to say to him, which he finds adorable.

Ho-bang gets Hae-sung something to wear other than his old school uniform, including a baseball cap to partially cover his face. Hae-sung heads towards the building to find Hae-chul, but on the way, he’s passed by three tough-looking men (two of whom are the loan sharks that threatened Jung-won the day before).

They corner a guy who owes them money, and one of the men refers to the youngest as Sung Hae-chul (Kwak Dong-yeon). Realizing that he’s found his brother, Hae-sung ducks into a hiding spot to watch him.

The loan shark tells Hae-chul to explain to the man about staying in touch. After the two older men go, Hae-sung watches in horror as the brother he remembers as a cute kid who was always smiling and joking beats the guy to a pulp.

A while later, one of the loan sharks tells Hae-chul to go collect Jung-won’s money. To his credit, Hae-chul looks like he’d rather do just about anything else.

Hae-sung strides through the hallway, wondering which office Hae-chul is in. Suddenly there’s a painful ringing in his ears, and when the ringing subsides, he can hear every noise inside the building all at the same time, even voices from far down the hall.

He’s only stunned for a moment before he realizes that he can hear Hae-chul begging his bosses to let him collect from someone besides Jung-won. He locates the office, where he hears the sounds of a beating.

Hae-sung opens the office door to see Hae-chul on the ground, with the loan sharks kicking him viciously. He bursts into the room, and Hae-chul takes advantage of his bosses’ distraction to escape. One of the loan sharks tries to punch Hae-sung, but Hae-sung just grabs his arm then tosses him across the room with barely any effort.

The second loan shark picks up a bat and attacks, only to find himself swatted away as well. Hae-sung picks him up and demands to know where he sent Hae-chul. The quaking loan shark gives him a business card where he’s written down Jung-won’s address.

During the restaurant’s afternoon break, the employees play the ladder game to decide who goes for shaved ice. Jung-won doesn’t feel like playing, so the waitress asks Min-joon to play on Jung-won’s behalf. Of course he loses, and he sneaks away to avoid Jung-won’s anger.

As Jung-won is waiting for everyone’s treats, Min-joon sits beside her. He apologizes for making her lose, then says he’s here to clear up her misconception that he’s playing jokes or taking her lightly. Jung-won stammers, and when the shaved ice is ready, she grabs it and runs.

Seconds later, a screech sends Min-joon outside, where he finds Jung-won frozen in place with a cicada on her head, hee. He gently removes it and places it back in its tree, and when Jung-won tries to leave this time, he grabs the bags of ice and offers her a ride back to work.

In the car, Jung-won tells Min-joon that he’s only interested in her because he knows nothing about her. She confesses that she’s in debt and has a drinking problem, that she’s forgetful and never cleans, and that she doesn’t have much of an education.

Lastly, she adds that she’s unlucky, and Min-joon thanks her for telling him. But then he says that her honesty just makes her more attractive, ha.

On the bus to Jung-won’s place, the mysterious man that was watching Hae-sung earlier stands next to him and says, “You came back recently, didn’t you?” Hae-sung says he doesn’t know what the guy is talking about, and the man just exits the bus.

Hae-sung is too excited to see Jung-won to worry about the stranger for long. He finds her apartment and rings the bell, but she’s not home. He ends up hanging around the building until after dark, intent on waiting until Jung-won comes home.

While he’s waiting, the loan sharks he roughed up earlier show up with a van full of their cronies. They attack Hae-sung with bats, continuing to beat him long after he’s lying helpless on the ground.

Meanwhile, Jung-won’s bossy kitchen manager makes her stay late at the restaurant alone to finish closing up. Jin-ju video calls her and gasps at Jung-won’s bangs before asking if the loan sharks showed up today.

In Min-joon’s office, he and the kitchen manager discuss the merits of hiring a new cook over promoting one of the assistants. The kitchen manager says that Jung-won could be a candidate if not for her lack of focus, but Min-joon says he thinks she’s improving.

Then they look to the security cameras to see Jung-won shadow-jousting with a carrot in one hand and a green onion in the other. HAHA, Min-joon looks so embarrassed for her.

When Jung-won finally gets home that night, the first thing she notices is that the streetlight outside her door is flickering badly. Then she spots a body lying on the pavement under the light, and she steps closer to get a look. The light flickers on again, and Jung-won rears back in shock when she sees Hae-sung’s face.


 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

The sight of Hae-sung lying there bruised and bloodied startles Jung-won, but after a few seconds, she registers that he’s been badly beaten. She gets him up to her apartment and settles him on the couch, then takes another good look at him.

She starts to call the police, but Hae-sung softly murmurs her name, causing her to drop the phone. She tells the policeman on the line that she’s fine, then tries to convince herself that she heard Hae-sung wrong and that he only looks like her old friend.

It takes her a few moments to work up the nerve to touch him, then she cleans up his wounds and stands to look at him again. The storm outside reminds her of the day of Hae-sung’s burial, when it had also been raining.

In flashback, we see that Jung-won had run all the way to the photographer’s for a copy of Hae-sung’s smiling school photo. Hae-sung’s family and classmates had escorted his casket from the funeral home, with Young-joon leading the procession and holding the standard expressionless photo.

Ho-bang and Moon-shik had worried that Jung-won blamed herself for Hae-sung’s death too much to come to his funeral. But she’d run up in time to offer Young-joon her photo, asking if a smiling picture can be his funeral portrait. Hae-sung’s grandmother had sunk to the pavement, wailing her grief, and Jung-won had sobbed along with her.

Back in the present, Hae-sung is still asleep when Jung-won leaves for the day. She leaves a note on the table telling him to leave when he wakes, and to see a doctor. As soon as she’s gone, Hae-sung’s wounds disappear in an instant.

Jung-won meets up with Jin-ju, who guesses that she can’t go to work because of Min-joon and assumes she can’t stay home because of the loan sharks. She takes a call from Ho-bang, who says nervously that he’s in Seoul and needs to see her immediately. Heh, she threatens to kill him if he’s about to confess to her.

He tells her that Hae-sung is back, and that the friends need to meet up. He tells Jin-ju to pass this information on to Jung-won if she can, then hangs up.

Moon-shik and Tae-hoon show up first, and Ho-bang tells them the news. Jin-ju and Jung-won arrive, Jung-won looking extremely uncomfortable as the guys marvel that Jin-ju has been in contact with her all this time.

Hae-sung finally wakes to find himself in a strange apartment. He sees Jung-won’s note, then looks around for clues as to where he is. On the fridge he finds her old school photo and a group picture of him with all their friends, and he grins as he realizes that he’s found Jung-won.

Ho-bang presents the friends with Hae-sung’s school uniform as proof that he saw him alive and well. They all look skeptical, especially since Ho-bang doesn’t know where Hae-sung is now. Suddenly, Jung-won says she has to go, and she flees the restaurant and runs all the way home.

Her place is empty when she gets home, and Jung-won flops on the couch, disappointed. But then Hae-sung comes out of the next room, and when he sees her there, he breaks into a big, beautiful smile. Jung-won breathes his name, and Hae-sung babbles excitedly about how glad he is to have found her.

He grins again at seeing her all grown up, and he says that he doesn’t know how he came back. He notices her stunned expression and reaches out to prove that he’s real, but Jung-won recoils from his touch.

It seems to upset Hae-sung, but he smiles gamely like he always does. Jung-won notices that his wounds are gone, and Hae-sung agrees that it’s strange. This time she reaches up to touch him, but her landlord bursts into the room and interrupts the moment.

The landlord yells at Jung-won for being several months late on the rent, and Hae-sung tells her she’s being too harsh. Jung-won grabs his arm and pleads with her eyes for him to let it go, and the landlord says to pay before the end of the week, or else she’ll be evicted.

Frustrated, Hae-sung asks why Jung-won can’t even pay her rent. He mentions the loan sharks and asks what she’s been doing with her life, fussing like he’s still older than her.

Later he goes down to the park to think, telling himself that money troubles are a part of life and that Jung-won surely isn’t happy with her situation. Meanwhile, Min-joon grows worried when Jung-won doesn’t show up for work, so he goes to her place to check on her.

He finds her finishing off a beer on her front step and says he’s relieved that she’s not sick. He assumes she didn’t come to work because of him, but she weakly denies it. She reassures him that she’s not going to quit, and she asks him to treat her as an employee like he did before.

Hae-sung arrives in time to see Min-joon leave after getting Jung-won’s promise to come to work tomorrow. Back inside, Hae-sung apologizes for yelling at her, explaining that to him, it feels like they saw each other yesterday.

He’s visibly relieved when Jung-won says she can imagine how that feels. Excited, he asks if she remembers the last time they talked on the phone, when she’d asked him to get her wallet from the school’s art room. He asks cheerfully if she was playing another prank on him, but Jung-won starts to shake at the memory.

Upset, she asks why he’s bringing that up, and if he came back to hear her apologize. Hae-sung says softly that he was only kidding, but Jung-won yells that if that’s why he’s here, then he should leave. She runs out of the apartment, leaving Hae-sung wondering what he said wrong.

Jung-won sits by the river throwing rocks into the water, remembering one night soon after Hae-sung’s death. She and his grandmother had come home to find neighborhood kids throwing rocks at the house, yelling “murderer!” Jung-won had chased the boys away, screaming at them that Hae-sung would never have killed anyone.

They go inside to find Young-in, Hae-chul, and Soo-ji sobbing in fear. Jung-won had addressed Hae-sung’s photo, demanding angrily that he come back and tell everyone himself that he didn’t kill Jung-chul. Oh no, I was afraid that he’d died, too.

In the present, Hae-sung tries to come to grips with the fact that for everyone but him, twelve years has passed. He steps outside, and finds his brother Hae-chul standing outside Jung-won’s door.

Hae-chul sees Hae-sung for the first time, and he staggers back in fear. He tries to run, but he falls at the bottom of the stairs, and Hae-sung begs him to stay and listen. Hae-chul stammers out an apology, begging him to go away, but Hae-sung pulls him to his feet.

He asks why Hae-chul has become this bad person, and Hae-chul yells, “I had no choice because I’m your brother!” He asks how a murderer’s brother could live a good life when his family is ruined, and he screams again for Hae-sung to leave as he runs away in absolute terror.

Too shocked to give chase, Hae-sung gasps, “I’m… a murderer?”

He calls Ho-bang, who was just about to head back to Chungho, and he asks his friend if he’s a murderer. Ho-bang meets with him and tells him that Jung-chul, the bully he found in the art room with a head wound, also died that day.

Hae-sung insists that Jung-chul was alive when he left to get help, which was when he got hit by that car. Ho-bang believes him, but he says that everyone else thinks that Hae-sung killed Jung-chul.

Hae-sung asks if Jung-won believes it too, but Ho-bang says that she blames herself for Hae-sung’s death, because she’s the one who sent him to the school that night. He tells Hae-sung that Jung-won stopped coming to school for a while and no longer contacted them, and that though he heard she was in therapy for a while, she had a very difficult time.

He also says that Jin-ju told him that before Hae-sung’s grandmother passed away, she was in intensive care for a long time. Jung-won had paid all of her medical expenses, which is why she borrowed the money from the loan sharks. Oof.

Hae-sung suddenly realizes that Jung-won’s hardships sprang directly from her guilt over his death, and that he yelled at her for it. He rushes back to her place to find her packing her things to move, and he tells her, “Jung-won-ah, it’s not your fault. You’re not the reason I died.”

He adds that he’s not a murderer either, so he pleads with her not to run away anymore. Jung-won starts to cry, and Hae-sung reaches out to gently wipe her tears away. In a soft voice that says he’s thinking the exact opposite, he says, “You’re still ugly, Jung Jung-won.”

 
COMMENTS

I can’t even imagine what Hae-sung must be going through right now. It must be bad enough to wake up and find out that twelve years has passed, and everyone you know has grown up and created lives without you. But to learn that those lives have all been negatively impacted in some way because of you must be devastating. Hae-sung was such a sweet, innocent kid, and now he’s faced with the fact that he was branded a murderer after he died, and that the lives of those he loves were ruined while as far as he knows, no time at all has passed. Now I’m sure he’s going to feel responsible for fixing things, which isn’t going to be easy for so many reasons, not the least of which is that he’s still a sweet, innocent kid.

As for Jung-won, I can’t imagine the crushing guilt she’s been living under for over a decade, thinking that it’s her fault that Hae-sung died. She’s been beating herself up ever since then, thinking that if she hadn’t sent him to the school, then he would have never been in that accident. Then to complicate things, the whole world thinks that Hae-sung killed Jung-chul before dying himself, and though it’s obvious that Jung-won doesn’t believe it, it has to have added yet another layer to her already crushing guilt. She probably thinks it’s also her fault that Hae-sung was branded a murderer. No wonder she could barely face her friends after that day.

And speaking of ruined lives, I’m very concerned about Hae-sung’s siblings, since Hae-sung’s legacy of being a murderer will have tainted all of their lives. We know that Hae-chul had no choice but to become a loan shark, and I’m pretty sure that the waitress at Jung-won’s restaurant is the littlest sister, Soo-ji. But where are Young-joon and Young-in? Was Young-joon able to go to medical school?

The whole deal with Hae-sung’s inhuman abilities is really pretty much freaking me out. So far we know he’s stronger than normal, he has the ability to heal in an instant, he has unnaturally sharp hearing, and when he’s upset he can explode streetlights (I’m assuming the light that was flickering outside Jung-won’s apartment was damaged when Hae-sung was attacked). Then there’s the triple comet that appeared when Hae-sung woke up, and the man who seemed to know at a glance that Hae-sung “came back” recently, which makes me think that Hae-sung isn’t the first person this has happened to.

What this tells me is that there’s more to Hae-sung’s return than just a supernatural resurrection — he’s changed. He’s not the same Hae-sung who died twelve years ago, at the very least, he’s fundamentally altered into something that’s no longer entirely human. It could also be a sign that he’s not here to just resume his life, but to accomplish something, and I fear that once he fulfills whatever purpose he was brought back to fulfill, that he’ll be taken away again.

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This show is killing me. I'm going from smiling to crying all the time. Jung Won with the smiling funeral picture shattered me. I knew that's what she was getting. I love that she wanted this bright Hae Sung to be remembered. Especially given that the town thought he was a murderer.

The whole idea of a healing drama really makes sense after these episodes. Hae Sung's death did a lot of damage and I would assume he's back to fix it all. I just hope he doesn't have to leave when he's done. If he does a good job, can he be a real boy?

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Oh man that photo scene was so hard to watch....sigh...you're tough show.

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I cried along in the funeral photo scene, how hard must it be to lose someone like Hae Sung in their lives. That scene was heart-wringing.

And Jung Chae Yeon is a delight to watch. I wish we'll get to see more of her.

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I second this! can he be a real boy?

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This is what i wanted - strong emotional impact. 2005 has strong scenes. Thankfully in current timeline everything is happening fast.
Also this drama is keep me reminding a Japanese drama or movie. Even that white bright light of 2005 reminds of many of J-dorama or anime scenes.

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I love the conflict in these episodes of Hae-sung's uninterrupted teenaged perspective smashing up against the realities of his loved ones' adult lives. It's almost like there's a little bit of a coming-of-age story here, that Hae-sung's path to helping fix the lives of those around him is what will ultimately give him the gift of his own maturity that he never got to experience.

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It would be even more jarring if Hae-Sung had been your typical irresponsible teen, but he was already quite mature, taking care of his family as a 19 year old. He never really got to be a kid, yet he still seems like a kid in comparison with his friends now.

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Lolll, that last line.
OK, now that we understand the bangs, they're kinda cute.
Consider me taught a lesson.

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haha I'm glad to see a kinda cute on the bangs. I've actually liked them since the promos and even more in these episodes with her slight 90s vibe going.

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I used to hate those bangs but 4 episodes in and they have grown on me.

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I think Hae Sung is not a human but some kind of spirit given a chance to “heal” the people who were affected by his death. The story would be more compelling if it went that way and the ending would be him resting in peace after “healing” everyone. A bittersweet ending, so good that it hurts.

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He's definitely something strange though right? When that mysterious stranger looks at him the vision he see's is Hae Sung standing out amongst everyone else.

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The stranger might be in charge of Hae Sung. His mission is to keep him in check and to be sure he's not going overboard. I mean he has superpower !

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But if it is true, I want it to be revealed soon, so we can at least prepare our heart.?

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I agree too. He comes back to help his friends and his family. That could explain why he has supernatural powers.

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i don't think I can accept it... It's kind of what I hated about 49 Days. The fact that she had to stay dead made me want to drown in tears I don't thin koi could handle another sad ending for Jin good character straight after the bittersweet one in Circle where the one we cheered for died and his clone lived on with his memories

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I liked 49 Days for its unusual story, but it left me scarred.
But I'm always strangely attracted to tragic stories. Maybe I'm a masochist.

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I've been so out of it today that I forgot there's new episodes! Hurraaay!!! Why do I feel like I struck lottery?

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I am getting a second lead syndrome for the first time since I am in the K drama world (and it all started in 2009!)... don't get me wrong, I like Yeo Jin goo, but putting him in front of Ahn Jae Hyun... hahaha... anyway, I am also finding interesting the Ahn Gil-kang character... is he some kind of "guide" to people returning to life for some reason? I guess we'll see...

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The only time i got second lead syndrome was in jackpot when Yeo Jin goo was kinda the second lead. He does not have the typical look the korean actors have. He has a unique look and handsome as he is, it's personal preference but i think he looks 1000 better than Ahn Jae Hyun. It's the first time i saw Ahn Jae Hyun and i'm not really up for the anorexic look he has,he does have a handsome, but Jin Goos profile is just perfect. :)

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Well, I am writing this at the beginning of the series...maybe I'll change later on (because of the plot)... nothing's definite... btw, I loved him (YJG) in Circle !!! :) :) Guess there's nothing written about taste or likes :) :)

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Also very curious about the other Sung siblings...and how they ended up in life without their big brother. Hope the other boy was able to do a career in Medicine. But I would love to see the girls having a good future too (and the boy, but it seems pretty clear he didn't, unfortunately, for now!)

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"You're still ugly" HAHAHA had me from tears to laughing out loud

Ahh I was worried that Hae Sung would be wrongly accused of murder in the last episode... but what was Jung-chul doing in the art room anyway? Was it an accident or was there someone else before hae sung arrived that attacked him?

My suspicions are on that art class guy that was hitting on Jung won

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That art class guy will appear in the present too, right? who/what will he be?

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I wondered if he would too. He has to right? If they are going to investigate the murder?

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Or probably HS' younger brother, Youngjoon. He wasn't at the surprise party that JW was then organizing for HS.

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oh for sure I wonder how that reunion will go down.

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I am not gonna lie, I did not think for one minute that this drama was gonna be a ghost story, so I was HEAVILY destabilized and disappointed by the first episode.I reconciled myself with the idea, and I fully enjoyed episode 2, even if I am readying myself for the multiple future heartbreaks...T_T

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Huh? But did you not watch any preview or read any synopsis at all before starting this drama?

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The man seeing only him in colour + what he said = he's a ghost (with superpower) but that also made me realize that it's not a "simple" time travel in which we could have the hero returning in the past and then life goes on, in this one he's clearly dead so that means at the end he will have to go forever ? and reached the same ccl as Lollypip

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Wow. It's been a while since a drama made me feel this many feels...I practically cried along with the characters. But, it is overall, a surprisingly upbeat drama considering the subject matter.

Note: now we can rest in peace that those horrible bangs were meant to be horrible hahaha

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Love love looooooove!

So glad that Jung Won got to hear Hae Sung say that it wasn't her fault that he died, and that he wasn't a murderer.

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I won't crack my head over all the logic in this showshow, just sit back & enjoy because there is so much LOVE!! Oooh the feels. T.T

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip! Don't overwork yourself okay!

Falling for the show more with each episode ? It's amazing how coherent the internal logic of the narrative is.
- Haesung checks on his family > accidental trespassing > brought to the police station > bumps into Hobang.
- Hobang is working in their hometown, but it's not that much of a stretch for him to possibly know where Haechul works up in Seoul, since illegal moneylenders might have had run-ins with the police.
- It's a coincidence that Jungwon's loans were from the bunch Haechul works for, but it wasn't unlikely for her to get into debt trying to help their family, out of both love and guilt > Haesung gets to trace down Jungwon's house.

I like that the show doesn't drag the setup, and focuses on getting us to the moments between the characters. It may be slightly odd that Haesung isn't in more shock at having travelled 12 years into the future, but I must say that change between 2005 and 2017 isn't as different as say, the 1990s to the present (like in The Best Hit). But the story trains more focus on Haesung's shock at the present situations of his loved ones (Jungwon unable to afford rent, Haechul as a gangster), which are tied directly to his sudden death. It is really more about the relationships than Haesung's own experience at having leapt across time.

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I guess it's safe to say that.. I ALREADY LOVE THIS DRAMA!
I already cried buckets of tears and we're only in the 1st week! ?❤️ take my heart show!

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me too. hope drama stays good till the end.

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why do people bash so much on lee yeon-hee's acting? i think she is doing perfectly fine.

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Hope haters stay away. She is doing fine and i cried when she cries and i love Lee Yeon Hee.

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I wonder if it's because the younger version of Jung won has so many engaging scenes with Hae Young so far and it's like a comparison thing between the actresses who play young Jung won and older Jung won?
I mean I'm not super sold on lee yeon-hee so far but I'm going to keep watching and I'm willing to be fully won over.

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this drama gives me a strong japanese drama vibe.. is it an adaptation or a remake?

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I think it has some similarities with Anohana.

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I feel like there are two shows here – one is the sci-fi melodrama that totally gets me, the other is Jung-won's rom-com with her boss, which, I admit, I'm much less interested in (even if it gives some relief of all the heavy stuff). Just seems lame to me that a secondary lead would give up on a life-changing opportunity for a girl that he has a one-sided affecton for. I mean, maybe in another drama (if that were the focus of the story line), it seems like such a sideline in this story, where what Hae-sung's story and the pain of the people left behind is what much such rich story material.

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I really don't understand what they're doing with Jung won and her boss yet. I mean he's handsome but his affection for her doesn't make sense yet.

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He gave up a huge career opportunity for someone he barely knows, as she pointed out. It's just a weird storyline.

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Haha true. They shouldn't have bothered to insert a plot of giving up career opportunity now, not until we are convinced why he wants to do so.

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Yeah, I don't get it either. So far you could remove him from the story and nothing would be missing.

He's such a non-entity right now... maybe if he had never given up that opportunity but was simply crushing on her as someone in Korea. Maybe if they already were in a relationship.

Unless he is someone from Jung-won's (or Hae-sung's?) past and there's some back story? But wouldn't Jung-won know that (she interacts with him like someone she only knows from the restaurant and has not known for all that long).?

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The purpose of the Paris trip was just for him to confess and let the audience know he's determined right?

Removing the Paris trip and having him confess to her earnestly and saying I'm determined would have accomplished the same goal. He would have been more adorable instead of super confusing.

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Although she said that he barely knows her, I think it's mentioned that she's been working there for 5 years?

So maybe from her point of view, she doesn't really know him, but he's observed her for 5 yrs and crushed her for don't know how long.

Not trying to justify him giving up that wonderful opportunity but I thought it might explain a bit why.

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We'll probably know more about Mon-joon's back story later. In the character teasers, he hasbeen described as someone who went through a traumatic event but managed to have gotten over it, hence the attraction to JW. He has also been described as someone who has been previously linked to the past JW & HS.

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Wait so he may be the art student?

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My sister, who watches the drama with me, thinks that he might have been in the car that killed HS.

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I did think about that he might be the art student (the jealousy parallel was there), but I still don't get the Paris thing.

One-sided crushing, sure, but giving up a huge opportunity of the sort that could change your career and that doesn't come every day to 'watch over' a girl you one-sidedly like is, the longer I think about it, just creepy/stalkerish behaviour.

The guy comes across as sweet and doesn't feel threatening, but he gave up that opportunity AND he told her that she is why she did it... that's a pretty heavy burden to put on someone else and personally I'd be freaking out. If they were in relationship already, I could see it, if he had given up the trip for some other reason (ill grandma, whatever), I could see it, but this reason, just no. And that's not even considering the fact that he's her boss and boss pursuing employee is always fraught with power imbalance and likely to backfire for her, but not him.

I really think they could have done this one-sided crush without the Paris scenario and it would come off a whole lot better (still not great if someone hits on you, you say 'not interested' and he continues to declare his affection, but at least it would be one step down).

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It is clear that this is no normal time travel story. It doesn't even feel like time travel. It is more like a second chance given to HS to 'heal' people that affected by his death ala 49 days. He will go back to wherever his from ehem dead ehem at the end. HS is freaking 18 while other are 31.

It break my heart to see first love HS-JW ain't happening but MJ is cute. Sorry Yeo JinGoo...

The superpower feel a bit out of place for me. What purpose does superman like power serve HS and his quest to do amend.

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MJ looks good but he is too thin for my taste. I like guys when they kind of a macho looking like Yeo Jin goo!

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Oh gosh, drama is awesome. Hope he stays forever here. Or they live together and have a kid and leaves peacefully like Universe's star with Suho and Ji Woo.

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I thought this could be light but its heavy emotional again. With 7DQ, the emotion on Wed-Thu is to devastated. I fear of whats coming next.

The raining scene did beautifully and really touching.

Yeo Jin Goo & Kwak Dong Yeon. Im sure they gonna have fun on set, but KDY doesnt seem to have much screen time though.

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I seriously need someone like Jin-joo in my life to dole out advice on love and money matters. Heh.

My heart broke for HS when he told JW that it feels as if they are meeting again on a Monday after not seeing each other for 1 day. Ugh. 1 day for him while 12 long years for JW.

I'm very much impressed with Jung Chaeyeon. I was bawling my eyes out at that funeral scene. Love the contrast also from the young, vibrant and carefree JW to her grown up version that has been through a lot. Hearing Ho-bang share the suffering and trauma that JW went through after HS' death was just heart wrenching.

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I love the actress Park Jin Joo since I discovered her in The Bride of the Century ( that was also a nice role!!) and then I saw her in My unfortunate boyfriend (if I recall well and I am not mistaken)... I agree ... I need a friend like Jin Joo nearby!! --- but I would love to see her on an evil role!!!

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Omg, that short funeral scene just killed me.

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Man, I get a bad feeling I'm not going to like the ending of this drama. Just the way things are set up, it feels like a happy ending will not be happening. I really hope I'm wrong since I'm liking this, and don't want another heavy or bittersweet ending.

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You can use peanut butter, vegetable oil, olive oil, etc. to remove gum from hair. I used this WAY before the internet (yea, I'm OLD), nowadays with a simple search these are to be found online. She didn't have to cut her hair.

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You know I thought she did it because she was in a rush and had to go to work but I don't know maybe it was to show us she doesn't really know how to work a problem.

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Lol, maybe she didn't think that far+ wasn't that fond of her haircut.

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Gah, this is only the second episode and already this show is hitting me hard in the feels department. I knew the moment Hae Sung started blabbering on about what he thinks was only yesterday to Jung Won that it would make her throw an outburst at him. It is really interesting to see the facial expression Yeo Jin Goo makes, ranging from that radiantly beautiful smile of innocence to the look of intense realization and the hurt that spurns from those realizations. I am super excited to see what the show chooses to do with our not-so-human hero and his superpowers. I'm also really glad that the show is putting the romance factor on the backburner, focusing instead on getting the audience some of the answers to the bigger questions at hand. I like that they put a few scenes of romance in the episodes (jealous Hae Sung is my favorite so far) and keep it to a minimum. I am excited to see how much the romance picks up and how it will play a part in Hae Sung's mission.

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I kept marveling at Yeo Jin Goo's facial expressions. I even replayed a couple of scenes just to watch the play of emotions ripple across his face. He's so young and it's exciting to know he will only improve from here.

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I also have done this many times, replaying the scenes to watch how Yeo Jin goo's facial expressions change! It's fantastic how he shows so may emotions within seconds!

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His eyes pretty much sold that scene of his with the young JW fixing his hair. It definitely conveyed how much he liked her and how much JW's nearness disarms him.

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My boy finally get new clothes, and now he should get a handphone. I think he will work at the restaurant too, since he cooks well. I can't wait for his reunion with his siblings but that gonna be so hurt, especially if they believe him as a murderer.? The bangs still looks weird but I think maybe after some more weeks I will get used to it. I'm more invested with Hae Sung's story for now, and skipped some unnecessary scenes particularly at the restaurant, I'm not a hater, but I'm trying to save some time to be used for other drama by skipping some scenes in this drama.

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Thank you for the recap! :)

I enjoyed this episode more than the pilot, I admit. I'm not sure what changed (maybe my own expectations?), but I'm here for it now. I'm so curious about the older man who spoke to Haesung on the bus. Is he a guide? Did he also return from the dead? Who else has returned from the dead? Will the bully? Also looking forward to Haesung finding the rest of his family and reconnecting with them!

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I'm wondering if that man might be some type of medium.

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I'm leaning more towards him being a returnee from the dead also. Perhaps he was allowed a second chance at life and this could happen to HS also? (I am still telling myself that is possible for this drama to have HS continue on with his second life. )

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Yen jin gura is such a cute boy. That smile of his, so bright......

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ERMGERSHHH. I don't know why or how this show is giving me all these feeeelllzzzzz, but it's doing it spectatularly and beautifully well!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 This show is just blowing my expectations out of the water. and DON'T even get me started on the OST!! It's simply just so beautifulllll. I can't explainnn it. I'm in love with this show.

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I liked ep 3-4 more than 1-2 too, because 1-2 had some scenes that were just... stupid. I like shows where the story flows and everything is logical instead of over-exaggerated and unrealistic.

So Hae-Sung's siblings suffered not only from the lost of their caring oldest brother, but also from the fact that he was branded a murderer post-humous. I wonder how that is going to turn out? It's not like he could go to court and declare himself innocent. Also the evidence really does speak against him, there was nobody else present (were there no cell-phones yet in 2005? I'm pretty sure I owned a cell-phone years before that?), he had his fingerprints everywhere, and both him and the other boy died that night.

Even if they do find out the real culprit and bring him to court (I suspect it's his other brother though, who's not really related to him, so I don't think they will do that), it's not like it will have such a big media impact that everybody will realize that Hae-Sung was innocent, also 12 years have passed and his siblings have grown up and it's not like they can start everything anew.

I'm guessing that the other brother made a run for it when life got hard, after all, he was not even really from the family and why should he suffer the repercussions of his not-brother being called a murderer?

I'm guessing that the chef might have known them when they were younger, it seemed that the murdered boy had siblings too who hated Hae-Sung's family (or were they his siblings?), maybe he is one of them?

The drama will probably be about Hae-Sung finding the ppl he cared for when he was still alive and helping them through the hardships of their lives, also healing them since he died so suddenly and many things must have been left unsaid.

Btw the only thing I thought was illogical in ep 3-4 was how he got beaten up so easily. I mean he has super powers, he could have thrown half of them halfway across the street in a minute, but he only got beaten up. Oh well.

Looking forward to the next episodes and hoping with all my heart that this show will get better and better!

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Hae-sung was probably too poor to have a cell phone and the thugs that best him up probably just caught him offguard. After all, even he doesn't understand the full depth of his abilities yet.

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<Were there no cell-phones yet in 2005? I'm pretty sure I owned a cell-phone years before that?

I'm pretty sure there were cell phones but I don't think they were that common to have, and especially a teenager wouldn't yet have such an expensive item. No iPhone yet back then, much clunkier phones and Blackberries.

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Haesung definitely doesn't own a phone back in 2005, when he calls Jungwon (who has a cellphone), he just borrows the telephone from the restaurant. I'm assuming it's because their family is poor.

Also the thugs whom Haesung beat up are also in-shock to see him not showing off his super powers. Their reaction when the other thugs are easily beating Haesung up goes something like, "What happened to him?" So maybe there is gonna be a future explanation, maybe his super strength only comes in when his emotions are triggered.

He is just happily waiting for Jungwon and he gets caught unawares when the thug starts beating him up, while the 2 instances when he got to throw people with his powers — he was being threatened by the fisherman and the other time his brother was being beaten up by the loansharks.

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I'm wondering if the man in grey is there to keep tabs on spirits who return to the human world so that their superpowers don't cause too much trouble.

Haesung throwing the fisherman backwards was purely an accident, but he hit the loansharks knowing he possessed superhuman strength. So maybe his powers got lifted for a period of time, and he couldn't fight back against the thugs. This may also explain why his wounds didn't heal as fast as the previous time.

But it's all speculation, so we'll just have to wait and see! It does seem like there's a logic behind it, maybe we'll find out soon.

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LOL! I thought the man in grey was a Grim Reaper at first! But then he wasn't wearing black, so that thought left my head as soon as it came hehe. Do you think he's just another ghost/phantom too? Since ghosts can recognise each other...
Ooh that's interesting. Maybe his powers are there for him to only defend himself, instead of willingly use it to harm others. I like your theory!

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He definitely isn't pure human, since when he first appeared his vision was weird (greyish tunnel vision that focused only on Haesung). But I'm guessing he isn't just another returned dead, because there's an air of authority around him. So that's why I guessed he has some kind of responsibility to survey those like HS!

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Same! I can't believe how much I enjoyed seeing him with super powers. I don't know why/how he has them but boy does it look awesome!

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Yeo Jin Goo must have the most beautiful smile! :D Such a bright smile!

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I know! His smile is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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I don't think you need a light bulb in a dark room if Yeo Jin Goo is smiling. What a beautiful child...erm...young man. His smile is what got me when I first watched him in Iljimae.

I am happy that I'm loving the drama so far. I want to see him reunited with his siblings and it's such a pity his grandma died. I am also preparing my heart for when he departs at the end. But for the next show....can our smiling Jin Goo please just be a normal boy?

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Just hoping that he won't die this time! And that the show won't run out of scripts in the later half.. Do good show, at least for the sake of YJG..

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And was that haircut really necessary? :S Have to say though, loving YJG-LYH's chemistry. YJG is the new noona killer I guess? Lol. And is 'death' the new flavor of the season? Everyone is dying left and right. -_-

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That is also what I am hoping for. That scriptwriter-nim will not run out of material for the whole series. Other writers would probably already have made a whole drama just by the material in the first 4 episodes alone.

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I want him to stay. He needs to stay. I think I might need to wait until the show is over and them find out if he stays before I continue watching. If I spend 16 hours on this show, loving it, only to find out he dies again I'll never get over it. Getting over 49 Days was tough, getting over Hae-sung dying a second time would be impossible. ?

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Where in the US can I see this show?

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Kocowa. It's a new streaming site. As I understand it, it is owned by the Big 3 Korean broadcasters, and they will be putting all their stuff there rather than licensing it to Viki or DF. You can remember the name and spelling: KOrean COntent WAve.

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Thanks for the tip. I had a hard time finding it at first as they're using the title "Into the World Again."

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Just from reading the recaps it reminds me of the American TV movie and tv series "The Crow". I haven't had time to watch this one yet but the recaps make it seem like a great show.

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AJH's acting does not impress me.... he looks fine, but not my type :-( If YJG has to return to heaven, then the second lead may get the girl... this will be such a sad ending for me, I will cry!! I don't want the second lead to get the girl in this drama...

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Has that ever happened ? the second lead getting the main girl/boy? just wondering, really...cause I don't remember watching a drama where that actually happened. would be a new thing in my experience watching K dramas. Not sure if I would like it or not....but it sure would be different or strange... :)

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i just watched the 4 episodes today -- what a wonderful start, this one is a keeper for me... the leads are great, love the ensemble cast, too! this is going to be another bittersweet one, isn't it...
*sniffs*

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Muah,muah,muah,muah. Im watching this because of yeo jin GU and I'm loving every bit of it.Thank you yjg for gracing us with your presence

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Those scenes alongside train tracks gives me a lot of Makoto Shinkai vibes J movies like 5 cm/sec...

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Also the comet was probably borrowed from Your Name. Instead of the characters changing bodies, the coming of the comet brought back to life someone who was already dead.

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Lollypip~ you are working hard as Yeo Jingoo now! Thank you so much~ hope both of you are getting enough rest. ❤️

I really loved the part when Haesung realizes he actually died and is so confused as to what he really is. Poor Haesung.

And Jung Chaeyeon's amazing in the two scenes during Haesung's funeral and when she's asking him to come back to tell everyone he didn't murder the other guy. I wish him and Jingoo could have more scenes together.

And actually... I've already come to terms with Haesung being actually dead and just returning to heal everyone else's wounds and leave once again. Actually his character in Potato Star is called Hyesung, which means comet. And they foreshadowed that his character is just someone who is going to come and leave — like a comet. Of course Haesung is different from Hyesung although it makes me wonder if the show is also gonna go this route.

One thing for sure, Yeo Jingoo just has this special magic to get to me whether through his painful tears or beautiful smile.

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This show is such a good tearjerker ???. If the show chooses this plot direction, making Hae-Sung returns to the future as an opportunity for him reuniting the broken pieces of his family and friendship, go ahead show, I’ll embrace the sorrowness that comes with it.

Tbh, kind of hope to see Jung chae-yeon in the future plotline as well.

Thanks LollyPip for the Reunited Worldsrecaps. ??

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While Hae-sung and young Jung-won create an almost perfect match, I think that Min-joon and old Jung-won seem be more suited for each other as compared to Hae-sung and old JW. Of course this might be because the world has continued to change 12 years from HS's death and yet he returned to this world the same as before. At least there'll be a proper closure now, right?

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The funeral photo scene was heart breaking.
I cant wait for the friends to meet hae sung-- should be super fun.
Btw the haircut scene had me in splits cause I did the exact same thing when in school..my mom made me go to school with that ridiculous hair to teach me a lesson. Needless to say I have never ever attempted a haircut at home again!!

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He did die in 2005. So the Hae Sung that has come back now is superpowered with super hearing and healing ability and with a dash of fighting power.

I am also intrigue as I have heard Yeo Jin Goo voices in interviews on entertainment shows for his movies and as I recall his voice can go a notch deeper. And he said during those interviews his dad also has a similarly deep voice. I just wish he speaks in this series with a deeper voice. It is so sexy coming out from that young boy.

I wonder how his voice was in Circle as I have yet to watch it.Speaking of jumping from one drama to another I can see Yeo Jingoo has eyebags even now.

There must a story of unfulfilled things in correcting Jung Won's life, his friends and siblings for him to come back. And the guy who talked to him on the bus likely to be guiding him somehow in the future, so I think that will be an extended cameo or recurring role for the ajusshi actor.

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Wow, this is a rather unusual story. Thanks, LollyPip for the recap!

I reckon he's come back because of some unfinished business. But the guy is alive, in his own flesh, er, that's kind of supernatural. So he's not human nor a ghost. Is he only given a short time on earth? I guess the other guy who must be like him, "who just returned", would give him some pointers. Maybe he would be given time to help his ruined family and help Jung-won to have some closure and finally be able to let go of him. He would also probably be able to clear his name by taking down the real culprit. Is the murderer Hae-sung's bullied brother? I'm also curious as to where Hae-sung went after he died? Was his soul comatose in limbo that he could not remember anything after he was hit by the car? Is the driver of the car the culprit? This story is so riveting. I love the set-up, I love how the writer shows the present then the past and then back and forth. It's so heartbreaking though. I love Hae-sung's high school friends and well, I love Yeo Jun-gu...he delivers such great acting. He just lives it, this young guy is just amazing.

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I think Jung Won and Hae Sung are just going to start their love story not some kind of closure. Child versions havent started yet officially.

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