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Go Back Spouses: Episode 4

Everything seems to be going great as Ban-do and Jin-joo both enjoy the simple pleasures of youth, until memories from the future start to creep in on our time-traveling couple. Scars from experiences yet to pass still sting, all the more painfully so when the past brushes up against them with a dash of salt—and by salt, I mean a certain mother-in-law. (Also, my tears.)

 
EPISODE 4: “Again, my heart beats”

Winter, 1998: 19-year-old Ban-do has just finished registering at his future college and whines to his mother that he doesn’t want to study civil engineering. Registration is about to close, but Ban-do spots a girl running to make it in time. It’s Seo-young, and Ban-do keeps the doors open for her, his reward a broad smile and a thank you. Just like that, he is enchanted.

In voiceover, Ban-do narrates that a thing called a heart lives in everyone’s chests. “It pounds all the time, and makes you embarrassed. It makes us losers who can’t do anything.”

As he narrates, we see Ban-do watching Seo-young from the school hallway as she dances, and he ducks out of sight when she looks at him. He tries to bring her a drink, but on his way in, he trips (over himself, literally), and the drink rolls to Seo-young’s feet.

Jumping up, Ban-do awkwardly shouts that she can just have the drink he dropped before making a run for it. But Seo-young catches up with him and thanks him for the drink, her smile drawing a grin out of Ban-do.

Ban-do morphs into his future self, selling medical equipment to doctors. Ban-do’s narration returns, and he admits that once he became an adult who learned to control his heart, it seemed to stop moving altogether and disappeared.

While he narrates, future Ban-do climbs into bed next to Jin-joo. She wakes at his arrival, but neither turns to the other, scrunched away on opposite sides of the bed.

In 1999, we return to that drunken night club evening, and Jae-woo struggles to get Dok-jae back to the dorms. Dok-jae blames Bo-reum and her drinking challenge for his state, and Jae-woo grins that he thought she was cool.

The dorm gate is locked, and Dok-jae has the bright idea to try to squeeze through the bars. He gets his head through, but his shoulder just won’t twist enough, and he gets stuck. Meanwhile, Jae-woo discovers that the side gate is still unlocked and walks through to the other side.

Jae-woo tries to pull Dok-jae free (and push his face through the bars with his feet), but nothing works. Dramatic music begins to play, and the boys talk as though Dok-jae is a wounded soldier on the battlefield. Dok-jae urges Jae-woo to leave him behind, so that at least one of them will live. Oh, these two.

Jae-woo scampers off and starts to get help for Dok-jae, but he’s distracted by a page from Bo-reum, demanding his presence in room 201 by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. In his excitement over a potential date, he completely forgets about Dok-jae, who spends the night in the rain with his head between the gate bars.

The next morning, a passing bicyclist stops to see if Dok-jae is hurt, but Dok-jae’s zombie-like rasps for water send the man running.

At Nam-gil’s house, his father harps on him again to either change his major to business administration or quit ROTC for student council. His father is indignant when Nam-gil asks if he’s supposed to learn about exploiting other students on the council, but his stepmother sweeps in to calm the two men.

Stepmom has a late birthday gift for Nam-gil, who accepts it begrudgingly before leaving. His father thinks he should stop giving Nam-gil an allowance, but his wife tells him absolutely not.

In his car, Nam-gil recalls his actual birthday the day before, when he pulled over into the taxi line to take a call from his birth mother. His mother’s not calling to wish him happy birthday, but to demand money. She yells at him, and he yells back that she can’t even remember his birthday. He screams at her to stop putting him in the middle and call his father directly for money, then slams the cellphone down into the seat.

Nam-gil is overcome with emotions and drops his head to the wheel, right when a tearful Jin-joo steps into his “taxi.” Slipping back into the present, Nam-gil wonders what was wrong with Jin-joo last night just as he pulls up to the school, and he passes Dok-jae, who’s still stuck in the dorm gate.

A crowd has surrounded Dok-jae, and help has arrived in the form of ambulance workers with a chainsaw. Dok-jae screams as they rev it up, but everyone stops when Ban-do’s voice emanates from the campus speaker system.

We’ve returned to the last episode’s cliffhanger, as Ban-do and Jin-joo argue in the campus radio station, unaware that they’re broadcasting to the whole campus.

Ban-do argues that they’re doomed if anyone finds out that they were married, but Jin-joo says that he’ll be the one in trouble if his first love finds out that he’s a married man. Ban-do stutters out that he’s not married, he’s divorced. The camera zooms across campus to show everyone listening to their spat, including Seo-young.

Ban-do points out that Jin-joo was perfectly happy falling into a younger man’s arms, and the camera zooms over to Nam-gil listening as well. Jin-joo demands her alimony, and Ban-do says that he’s a poor student who can’t afford to give her anything. Bo-reum snarls at this while she listens.

Not far from the radio station, Seol listens in to the argument, realizing who the divorced couple is. Ban-do gets the last dig in as he tells Jin-joo to stop doing things out of character, like clubbing and drinking. Jin-joo huffs away, but Ban-do has one last thing to say and chases after her.

Ban-do demands that Jin-joo turn over the phone number she collected from the doctor last night, and Jin-joo perks up when she hears he’s a doctor “on the other side.” From behind a pillar, Seol has definitely just heard and seen everything.

In class, everyone talks about the divorced students, but Ban-do doesn’t realize they’re talking about him and joins in on the trash talk… until Jae-woo gets to the part where the man is a cheapskate. Ban-do recognizes his ex-wife’s favorite word for him and learns that the argument was broadcast across campus.

Jin-joo is enduring her classmate’s criticism as well. Bo-reum wonders if the whole thing was a radio drama, which cheers Jin-joo up, but the radio hosts get on air just then to clarify that it absolutely wasn’t a drama. Ha.

In the cafeteria, Jae-woo and Ban-do end up joining Jin-joo and Seol for lunch. The divorced students are still the hot topic, and Seol growls that the guy is a jerk for getting a girl pregnant, her eyes locked on Ban-do. Ban-do is compelled to defend himself and says that the guy didn’t “get her pregnant,” but that they were married, and this only increases Seol’s fury.

Jae-woo comments that both of the students abandoned their child, and Ban-do and Jin-joo both emphatically call that nonsense. Jae-woo thinks the best way to spot the divorcees is to look for the students who are publicly fighting, so Jin-joo and Ban-do make an effort to be overly civil to one another.

After lunch, Jin-joo and Ban-do find a bench for a private conversation and agree to not argue publicly. That agreement doesn’t even last a minute, however, as they start arguing about whose fault the radio broadcast was in the first place. Jae-woo and Seol approach, so they haltingly pretend to be good friends. But Seol’s fiery gaze won’t leave Ban-do until Jin-joo drags her away.

Hyun-suk recognizes Jin-joo in the hall, and she almost slips and calls him a doctor. Ban-do watches as Hyun-suk asks for Jin-joo’s number, and Jin-joo catches Ban-do’s eye before she eagerly writes her number down for Hyun-suk.

Nam-gil tries to blow off some steam in the pool, but he can’t shake Jin-joo and their accidental hug from his mind. A girl tries to catch his attention by pretending to drown, and Nam-gil doesn’t even look as he tosses a kickboard in for her, haha.

The freshmen history students are told to gather in the reference room later tonight for a department event, and Jin-joo glances up to find that Nam-gil is standing in front of her.

In the atrium, Jin-joo thinks she’s receiving a confession, but instead, Nam-gil accuses her of assuming that he likes her. Jin-joo shrugs out that well, yeah, he did ask her out. Nam-gil tells her that he chose her randomly, so she shouldn’t hug him again.

Nam-gil doesn’t realize he’s stomping on a middle-aged woman’s already wilted self-confidence as he walks away, and now Jin-joo is crushed to think that he never liked her, not even in the real 1999. And though Nam-gil put on a hard front, he clutches his chest as he walks away to steady himself.

It’s time for Jae-woo’s date in room 201, which turns out to be where the cheerleading club meets. Bo-reum is a member, and it seems she convinced him to sign up while he was drunk. Ah, so this was the promise he had to keep.

Jae-woo struggles to keep up with the basic exercises, but he’s mesmerized when Bo-reum and the other advanced squad members perform. He can’t bring himself to watch when a male squad member grabs Bo-reum’s waist for a lift, so he’s surprised when Bo-reum then charges right over to the new recruit lineup. Startled, he topples the entire group.

In the ballet room, Seo-young struggles in the exercises, and her instructor accuses her of looking heavy (you must be kidding me). Back in the practice room, Ban-do has brought donuts for everyone, especially Seo-young, but she won’t accept them, citing an upset stomach.

A group of jealous fanboys quiver at the door, but Ban-do just invites them all to join the group. After they’ve devoured the donuts, Ban-do heads for the door, gloating over how well his plan worked out.

He’s almost to the door when Seo-young collapses, and Ban-do rushes back and scoops her up before heading to the nurse’s office.

In the evening, the history department has gathered for their event. It’s a dare to enter the library, which is supposedly haunted by a former history freshman who hanged herself in the stacks. If someone makes it in and finds the red envelope, beer is on the seniors tonight. The freshmen seem nervous, and we jump briefly to Ban-do’s father watching a horror TV show and scoffing at it.

The freshman who have dared to enter the library return quickly and swear that there’s really a ghost in there. The seniors are disappointed that no one’s going to make it this year either, but then Jin-joo decides to give it a try.

Once inside, Jin-joo remembers all the scares from the real 1999, when the seniors managed to send her running for the door. She won’t be fooled this time, and when one senior knocks books out of the bookshelf at her, she sneaks around him and plays the same trick on him.

The senior dressed as the ghost waits to scare her in a line of mannequin heads (seriously), but Jin-joo sneaks up on him as well, and he bolts outside.

At the same time, Nam-gil waits in the stacks dressed as a vampire. He rips off his disguise, thinking that the game’s over, but then he sees Jin-joo.

Jin-joo spots the red envelope on a high shelf and climbs a ladder to claim her victory. But on the way down, her heel catches, and she falls backwards. Nam-gil swoops in like the white knight that he is, and he catches her in his arms and twirls them both safely to the ground.

Jin-joo is the first to pull away, but in her haste, she backs into the ladder, and it starts to fall on top of her. Nam-gil throws himself over her to take the hit himself, earning his second save of the night.

We check back in on Seo-young, who wakes up in the nurse’s office. She swings open the curtain to find that Ban-do stayed with her the whole time, and he now offers to take her out for dinner.

Ban-do takes Seo-young out for meat and soju, but she’s still resisting food. Ban-do tries out a little reverse psychology and says that she shouldn’t eat, since he doesn’t want her to blame him later if she gains weight. He offers her a bite and then yanks it away, and that’s enough for Seo-young to cave. Just one bite, and soon, Seo-young is shoveling food in.

We return to the library, where Jin-joo tries to steady her racing heart. Her attempt at an apology turns into an accusation, and she scolds Nam-gil for not telling her he was hiding, to which he responds, “Then what’s the point of hiding?”

Jin-joo gets up to leave, but she notices that Nam-gil is clutching his ankle. She grabs for it like a mother treating a skinned knee, but he pulls away and asks her why she keeps speaking informally to him. Busted.

Jin-joo ducks under Nam-gil’s arm as he struggles to stand, and she lets him lean on her as he limps out.

At the restaurant, regret has overtaken Seo-young. Ban-do has one last surprise though—he’s bought her a pair of sneakers while she was sleeping, having used her pointe shoes to guess the size. He proposes that they walk off the food they’ve consumed.

On the walk, Ban-do recommends that Seo-young allow herself an indulgence once in a while, and he claims that doctors even say that the stress from restricting oneself is worse than actually indulging. Seo-young doesn’t believe it, and Ban-do almost slips up and tells her that his wife’s doctor said so when she was pregnant, but he quickly changes it to his sister.

The pair end up at a scenic outlook of the city, and Ban-do breathes in deeply, grateful there’s no fine particle pollution yet. Seo-young asks what he means, and he says that it’s famous air made in China, and Seo-young laughs, “Does China sell air?”

Meanwhile, the history students have made their way to the bar. Jin-joo receives a cheer for her bravery, and she waves it off that people are scarier than ghosts. She’s still in mothering mode over Nam-gil’s ankle, and brings him a bag of ice for the swelling. He laughs to himself and wonders yet again why she keeps talking like she’s older than him.

Yet at the same time, Nam-gil can’t keep his eyes off Jin-joo as she cheers and drinks up with her friends. Oh man, he’s officially falling.

At Jin-joo’s table, she notices that Seol’s drinking juice instead of beer. Seol says that neither she nor Jin-joo usually drink, and Jin-joo encourages her to let loose now, since it won’t look good once she’s older. The table cheers, and Seol joins in.

By the end of the night, Seol is drunkenly stuffing fried chicken in her pockets for later and Jin-joo’s face drops onto the table with a heavy thud. Nam-gil’s still watching from afar and winces, but Jin-joo just good-naturedly laughs it off, and he starts to smile too.

Jin-joo sends Seol back to the dorms with the seniors and wobbles off home herself. Nam-gil follows from a distance to make sure she gets back safely. On the bus, Jin-joo turns contemplative and makes a tiny footprint in the condensation on the window, crying as she thinks of her Seo-jin. From the back of the bus, Nam-gil watches this too.

We return to the end of Ban-do’s date with Seo-young. Seo-young’s not convinced that Ban-do’s advice to not hold back in life is good for her, but all the same, she still tells him she’d like to get to know him better. As he sends her off on her bus, Ban-do fist pumps in triumph, but his celebration is cut short when he spots someone on the street.

Jin-joo’s parents, and his future in-laws, walk down the street toward Ban-do. His eyes are locked on Jin-joo’s mother, and he clenches his fist against his bag as they pass.

The next morning in 1999 comes again, and Jin-joo seems disappointed to still be in the past. She looks at her hand, where the mark of her abandoned wedding ring still shows.

Jin-joo washes the dishes against her mother’s protestations. Her mom tells her she can wash the dishes for the rest of her life once she’s married, but Jin-joo argues that Mom will wash them until she’s dead, so she should just rest.

Jin-joo accompanies her mom to the market and encourages Mom to get the grapes that she likes instead of the watermelon that the rest of the family enjoys. Mom forgets to pick up the photos she printed, so Jin-joo sends her home while she heads back for the photos.

Mom arrives at home to find a whole box of grapes at the front door. From around the corner, the culprit, Ban-do, watches. He remembered Mom’s favorite, and now I’m crying.

Mom looks around and almost spots Ban-do, but as she walks forward, a preoccupied young man slams into her and knocks her groceries to the ground. The guy doesn’t even apologize and Mom calls him out for it, and the guy advances toward her like he’s going to start a fight.

But before he can close in, Ban-do arrives and shoves the guy away. Ban-do declares that he’s this woman’s son, and the guy backs down. Ban-do helps Mom pick up her groceries, and she tells him that his mother must be so glad to have him.

At that comment, Ban-do takes us to a flash forward of his wedding. He greets guests with his in-laws and bride Jin-joo, and Mom is just bubbling over with pride for her new son.

An ear-piercing shriek from Jin-joo brings Ban-do back to 1999, and she shoves him harshly away from her mother. Mom wants to explain that this young man helped her, but Jin-joo shoves her inside. Ban-do struggles to take his gaze off Mom, but finally turns to Jin-joo, who asks him if he came here to see her mom.

The camera fades to the future and Mom’s funeral. Ban-do is distraught, and he cries at the altar with Mom’s photo. He says he’s sorry over and over, and Jin-joo comes over and starts to hit him while she sobs too.

 
COMMENTS

Oh no, why does Ban-do feel guilty about his mother-in-law’s death? And why is Jin-joo upset with him about it? Please don’t let it be anything unforgiveable! I want Ban-do to get the chance to spend some of this time with his mother-in-law too.

This typically goofy show has the ability to wring tears out of me every other episode. This time, it was the moment that Ban-do saw his mother-in-law alive again. Ugh, and then when he delivers grapes for her, how is it I’m crying over a box of grapes? But it’s not just the grapes, it’s also the way that Ban-do can’t stop looking in wonder at Mom. Ban-do obviously loved her dearly, something that’s great to see in a vast sea of nagging mother-in-law dramas, but obviously something went wrong when she died. Was he distracted with work? Callous towards Jin-joo? This has the potential to be so heartbreaking. Am I going to end up crying every week? (Good, because I love a little heartache).

This episode did a good job of balancing that emotional ending with enjoyable fluffy moments with the other love interests, and I think it has the chance to leave no one behind in too much heartbreak, while still getting our main couple back together in the end.

Ban-do and Jin-joo not only have the opportunity to give themselves a second chance at youth, but they also bring with them the gifts of life experience and wisdom for all of their friends. Jin-joo can show Nam-gil that he doesn’t have to be so cold, and Ban-do can help Seo-young not take things so seriously and indulge once in a while. So even though those second leads might not get the guy/girl, they might find something even more rewarding along the way. And Jin-joo and Ban-do may find that even when everything goes right with their first loves/second leads, there might have been something really magical between them that they’ve forgotten since life hit them hard.

I actually really like that I’m fairly confident that the main couple will get back together. It may destroy some of the anticipation of the “will they or won’t they” drama, but I think that gives the show the opportunity to swing some more powerful emotional punches on the topics of the larger family unit. The big impacts have been the feelings that Ban-do and Jin-joo have for others in their lives, like Mom and Seo-jin, and I think that it’s an interesting way to address how a divorce can really rock a family.

I’m surprised that Jin-joo can’t seem to see Nam-gil as anything but a much younger man. I was surprised how motherly she seemed to feel towards him, considering she used to know him when he was this age. Meanwhile, I’m starting to wonder if Ban-do is also actually feeling more paternal towards Seo-young than he is romantic. They definitely shared a successful date and he got the opportunity to feel like he did better than all those moments in the past when he felt like a nerdy failure, but those scenes in the restaurant just seemed so much more like an older mentor wanting to help lend a hand to a struggling student.

I wasn’t expecting to get a more well-rounded look at how Jae-woo became a professional cheerleader, but I really like the direction the show is taking in that. A scene that was played as an embarrassment last week is possibly a huge moment in college when Bo-reum helped Jae-woo gain some confidence in himself and find something he enjoys. I’m dreading seeing how they break up, because I’ve already grown oddly attached to this strange pairing.

I’m interested to see what Seol will do with the information of Ban-do and Jin-joo’s divorce. So far, she seems willing to support her friend without actually calling anyone out, and it also seems like Seol is seeing her friend in a new light. And while she may feel bad for the situation she thinks Jin-joo is in, it also seems to be opening her up to consider new experiences as well.

And finally, as for Dok-jae, how does this guy ever find a wife and girlfriends on the side?

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Although Jin-Joo is enjoying her life she's still reeling from the fact that Seo-Jin doesn't exist. Ban-Do seems less affected, I love it how every time he thinks things are going great, something from the future (Jin-Joo talking about Seo-Jin and seeing her mom) brings him back to reality and makes him realise what exactly he's giving up or feel guilt for the people he's hurt (he seemed really apologetic in the epilogue).

Also, I'm getting major SLS, it's actually really bad. I'm rooting for our main OTP but I'm also rooting for Nam-Gil.

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Also, I get incredibly annoyed every time Ban-Do brings down Jin-Joo when she's just enjoying her time. Like she can't reap any of the benefits of going back to the past, it can only be him. From the previews for next week, I sense a jealous Ban-Do.

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I think Ban-Do and Jin Joo are just in the habit of tearing each other down, so I don't perceive him as being worst than her. They’ve been fighting unfairly, calling out the other in a way that they know stings the worst but aiming at each other’s insecurity (even if the insecurity is not true). They hurt each other because they’ve been hurt by the other person. In any argument they aim to win by inflicting pain. BD knows that JJ is insecure about her appearance (part of her identity worth is caught up in her appearance) and so that’s what he chooses to cut down. Likewise, Jin Joo belittles BD and basically calls him incompetent (part of his identity and worth is in providing for his family). Thus, the cycle of pain is perpetuated with each argument they have, regardless of what they’re fighting over.

Anyways, I think we've seen glimpses of how they could work together if they communicated better, and let go of past wrongs. I hope they can find a way to let go of their past resentment and find their way back to love. :)
p.s. Jealous Ban-Do would not be unwelcome lol...he needs to be shaken up a bit.

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the problem is both leads are carrying the baggage of accumulated wrongs that they can’t seem to let go. however if they let go & with self-reflection they might find an ugly version of themselves that lead to their divorce… you know the splinter in another's eye without noticing the beam in your eye…

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I completely agree with this. Though Ban-do's insults come off as worse, I'm struck by certain moments when he shows signs of self-loathing or lack of confidence in his ability to provide in the future. It comes out in small moments, in between all the fighting & blaming + first love chasing, but he'll sometimes think things like "don't ruin your life"/"get involved" with someone like me, which makes me think he really does take her words about not being happy because of him to heart and that's why he throws it back at her all the time.

I think he feels like such a failure to his family right now and that's why a part of him wants to leave it all behind and act like it's for the best for both of them to stay in the past. Eventually, that loss is going to get to him though.

That still doesn't change how his behavior towards her is problematic right now, of course. I hope the dose of sobriety that Mom provided at the end has an impact on his attitude, at least, because at this point I do think he's the first one who needs to soften.

Haha, actually, something I appreciated this episode was that Ban-do wasn't just merely motivated by jealousy with Dr. Park, he genuinely cared about Jin-joo not ruining her life with someone like him. But, yes, more jealousy soon please, hopefully motivated by the real threat! 😉

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Oh yeah for sure! They both have issues that flared up during their marriage. I don't think that Ban-Do is necessarily the evil between them but every time they've bumped into each other, she's ignored him and doesn't say much to him but him on the other hand takes every chance to put her down. It comes off really mean, not that Jin-Joo is any better but she hasn't actively sought him out to put him down. Other than when she revealed that's she from the future, she hasn't gone out of her way to put him down.

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Meh, I personally don't feel SLS. Tsundere male with daddy or mommy issue is overdone cliche that I don't feel attracted to him at all. I think some people who feel SLS just like his pretty face because our lead isn't that handsome. He doesn't feel like a three dimensional character and just like a typical second lead character without anthing new to him. Booring. I'd rather see our main couple. At least the female second lead has some kind of personality. When she said that from now on Bando doesn't have to do that, I cheered. The male however was sooo second lead that I rolled my eyes everytime he appeared.

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Yeah, there isn't anything particularly new about him but I still find him swoon worthy. It's been a while since I've seen a tsundere character lol

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Second this. Also, I don't actually feel that he's any more worthy over Ban Do - the guy has his own issues, and hasn't spent 18 years with Jin Joo.

Er..also, I think our lead is plenty handsome. ^^; I said this somewhere else as well but - Son Ho Jun, as Choi Ban Do, is the textbook example of the kind of man I find irresistible - his looks and causal style of clothing, in particular. True, he hasn't gone on to do so well later in life - maybe I need to reconsider the type of men I like? >_<

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I actually like him more because he's not the typical handsome lead, and his face is more realistic(?). :) I'm sorry if his fans is offended, but actually that makes it easier for me to relate to him. Not-a-pretty-boy male leads are rare in korean dramaland when you compare it to jdrama or hollywood.

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I get what you mean. While I find him attractive, it's in a realistic sort of way. It's weird, but I like that he doesn't seem like he's trying to be charming in every scene (lol, not like the writing gives him as much of a chance of that...). It makes him feel like a real guy. I notice whenever he does do something endearing or charming though, I instantly notice (or remember?) how attractive he can be to me. He has such a great smile.

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I find Son Hoo Jun handsome. He has the charisma and he is really ready to be the male lead. His chemistry with Jang Nara is overflowing especially when they stare and smile to each other

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I think they are both handsome. Jang Ki-yong has his height going for him plus the uniform, but imo Son Ho-jun is more "traditionally" good-looking with big eyes, prominent features and all.

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That’s the thing that bothering me with Ban-do. He seems less affected by the fact that there won’t be Seo-jin if he chooses not to be together with Jin Joo in their current timeline. He seems to be enjoying the every moment he gets with his first love, while Jin Joo has been wanting to go back to 2017 timeline because she wants to be with her son. I realized that when she sighed when she woke up because she’s still in 1999. I’m having SLS too, but like you said, I’m rooting for main OTP too because I want them to resolve their issues together, even if they just end up being friends after divorce. At the same time, I’m rooting for Nam Gil’s happiness. If he doesn’t end up with Jin Joo (which is highly unlikely to be so, unless the writer wants to reunite them in 2017) I want him to be happy with other girl and not being lonely and single in 2017.

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i think the otp is the end game, just for the fact that they have seo-jin popping out in every other episode, which leads me to crying every single time...

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Frankly, Ban-do only seems to think about his son when Jin-Joo reminds him of it; while you sense Seo-Jin is with Jin-joo constantly, even when she is dancing wildly or enjoying her friends.

Does Ban-do even realize that his eagerness to get a fresh start and a future without Jin-Joo means that his son will cease to exist? He has zero interest in getting back to his real life; I admit it was a crappy one, but, still...is he really okay with never seeing his son again?

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Now that they settled down, they feel more mature when they are around another people.

Perhaps this is exactly their problem, they are stuck in their past whenever they are together and they need to go past that for a better relationship.

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HAHA I LAUGHED SO HARD AT YOUR LAST COMMENT. How did Dok-jae manage to find a wife AND a girlfriend, indeed. LOL.

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I ADORE dok jae, the guy is so stoopid and does shameless stuff, but because it's him, I don't mind. 😂😂

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I laughed so hard at that comment too! Thanks for the recap, abirdword!

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Oh man. That last screencap of Dok-jae still has me rolling xD

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He's both the best and the worst, simultaneously. It's great.

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It's like he's getting punished in the past for his future philandering sins ;D LOL

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I feel weirdly compelled to defend my SLS so here it is: You can have SLS while still rooting for the main couple. I agree with a lot of people that Jin-joo and Ban-do have a lot of shared history that both pull people together and tear them apart. They could go back together. They also could not. I think if they learn to appreciate each other and have better communication skills, it will be amazing for them to open up to each other again in spite of all the hurt they've both weathered and caused in each other.

On the other hand, I have intense SLS (haha sounds so much like a real disease) because I'm in love with how intense Nam-gil's first love is. For him right now it's mainly the hormones talking but he also keeps seeing Jin-joo in moments of vulnerability which makes him feel closer and therefore more attracted to her. He's thrown by everything she says, moved by everything she does, and there's no stopping any of his emotions. It's beautiful because it's so strikingly the hallmark of young love, something that you only experience when you're younger and everything is bright and full of potential. Of course, I'm not blind, and the actor being exceedingly handsome also doesn't hurt ;) I will say though that I like how respectful the drama has made him so far. He's in love, but he's not pushy, and I appreciate that.

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I totally agree with everything you said! This is why I am loving Nam-gil as well. I said this in another comment, but I had the same feelings for Jisoo's character in Angry Mom. Its amazing to see the effects of young, first love. So I have SLS, not because I hope Nam-gil gets the girl in the end, because I just adore him and is new emotions. I personally don't see him as one dimensional like one of the previous comments had said...but, again, I'm not sure if I am blinded by the pretty, but I like to think I'm not lol.

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Jae Woo is officially a terrible friend. He left Dok Jae out there all night? In the rain? Like that? Hr forgot because of a call from the girl he likes?! That's no excuse. Just because it's the middle of the night doesn't mean you don't inform people and do something about it.

I'm ridiculously put off by him. I know its a drama, fictional and all, but I'm seriously, ridiculously put off by this. The rest of the show remains awesome.

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Jin Joo and Seol's senior is giving me bad vibes for Seol. I have a really bad feeling something bad is going to happen to Seol.

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Yes, yes! I felt that too! The thing that Seol said about hating not being able to control oneself when being drunk seems like a cue something bad is about to happen when she is being drunk (aside of putting chicken in her pocket ofc).

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Right?!?!?!?! When Jin-joo left her alone with these drunk collage boys, while she is none too sober herself . . . Lets just say I am really hoping this is not why Seol mysteriously disappears from Jin-joo's life.

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Yeah, I caught that too. Definitely makes me nervous.

I feel like if the leads ever go back to the future after working things out, one concrete thing they'll change is figuring out what happened to Seol.

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I don't think anything bad is going to happen for the time being. Since old Jin-ju wasn't a drinker, this particular event shouldn't be the trigger for Seol's sudden disappearance. I was worried for a while there too, but if something bad is going to happen to Seol it cannot be because of this gathering. But we'll see.

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I didn't mean this particular gathering, it seems to be foreshadowing. Idk, it just gives me a really bad feeling.

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I thought it might have been foreshadowing that Seol got so mad that she thought Ban Do left Jin Joo pregnant. I was just thinking...oh please don't let that be the reason she disappears.

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Exactly.

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I hope Nam Gil can have a happy ending. If it isn't for Seo Jin I will really root for Nam Gil. But to think that there will be no Seo Jin in the future tugs a string ini my heart. Watching Jinjoo crying over Seo Jin, I cant imagine how heart broken she will without Seo Jin.

Ah, but I do love Nam Gil and Jinjoo together -___-". I think I'll need to prepare my heart from now..

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I just love Nam Gil as well and I happy that he will hopefully help Jin Joo re-realize her attractiveness and, though she doesn't need a man to have self-worth, hopefully it will be a start in the right direction.

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Thanks for the recap. Can't wait for the next episode!

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I think Seol has something going on in her own life that her friends don't know about. Remember that she suddenly leaves the group without explanation. I hope this time around they can change that and help Seol through whatever is going on in her life.

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Omg YES I love that! If Nam-gil can end up with Seol my life will be complete.

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I was thinking the same, I don't know watching her behavior in this episode made me think that she might gotten pregnant that's why she dropped out.

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Just curious but does anyone think that the SL's (Nam Gil) living room looks just like Jung Hwan's from Reply 1988?

Ps. So having the SLS right now.

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I cry laugh during the horror scene, and how jinjoo said "People are more scary" that's like grandma level of confidence. And seeing how she actually did in 1999.

And i thought of different approach than some of answer i read, that even if they are with other person, they still getting a divorce, too dark? No?

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My thoughts too, being with another person doesn't mean happiness either, you will never know what happens in the future, Maybe the current partner despite his/her flaws are much better than the other choice. but we as humans can't help but think "what if"?

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Anyone else amused that Jaewoo and Boreum are reuniting after that daily drama 'All is well' a few years back? They were each other's first love there too! It's like just yesterday I was cursing the hell out of that couple, lol

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Haha. I noticed it too! Thank God this time she's playing bad ass role💃.

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Yeah. They've shown us enough ridiculously cute flashbacks of earlier in the relationship that I am still rooting for them, but we really need some hope for them in the now. Soon. If they keep tearing each other down at every chance they get, there is no reason to think they will be happy together in the future, no matter how lovely they were past.

I'm ready for my character growth now, please.

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This episode had me laughing one moment and crying the next. There was so much I liked about this episode, from Jin Joo's convos with her mom, Ban Do's reaction at seeing his in-laws, Jin Joo crying on the bus because she was thinking of her son, Seol's reaction toward Ban Do during lunch....

The moments between Jin Joo and her mom are so touching because they really are just made up of all these seemingly mundane moments that have a greater meaning in light of what Jin Joo knows will happen. All I have to say is, I'm fully appreciating Jang Nara in this role. The way she treats Nam Gil as just a young kid is so hilariously great. Really can't wait for the next ep!

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I think the idea of the drama is to show that despite getting young again, they still stuck with thier old mind sets

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I never really thought about their feelings towards the second-leads as parental, only less romantic, but that's a really good point! I still want the otp together, but so far these early episodes are making a strong case for the second-leads. Nam-gil trying to act cool is hilarious, and I appreciate that Seo-young has her problems despite having a perfect image on the outside.
I'm actually curious about where the Seol storyline will go - even though they were married in the future, they definitely weren't in 1999, much less have a baby like their argument revealed. Is this just a way for the friends to eventually believe that they came from the future. It's also super unsettling that Seol hasn't been mentioned in the future, unless I missed that somewhere :/

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Seol apparently dropped out of college and disappeared for reasons unknown.

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I don't think it's 100% parental on their part though, at least with JinJoo, due to the fact that when Nam gil caught her in the library, she was a little weirded out with herself that her heart was beating because of Nam gil. haha. I just thought it was cute that in her head, he's a young guy, but she is still obviously attracted to him. and yes the Seol storyline is going to be sad....I feel it.

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I'm getting addicted to this show to the point that it's visiting my dreams as well. Not complaining at all! So good to have my dose even while sleeping. HAHA!
I love the story, cast and everything. Like most of us watching it right now, I'm having SLS while rooting for the main OTP as well.

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Oh no, what happened with mom??

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That's what I want to know. I'm hoping her death will be prevented this time around, but if it was some sort of disease, that might not be possible.

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If its a disease then nothing can be done about it, but why was jin joo hitting her husband at the funeral...? That's what worried me the most. Just.what.happened????

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I haven't had the time to watch this drama (yet) but I've been reading the recaps. I think mom's death was the root of their "failed" marriage. Bet that's when things got awry between them.

I also can't dare myself to watch this cos of the SLS. Can't get myself to fall for Namgil more than I already have by only reading the recaps.

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This drama has surprising heart. I never expected it to be so poignant or so funny. I’m not a fan of time travel at all, actually I loathe the genre with some few exceptions (Faith, Queen InHyun’s Man) so I picked this drama up for Jang Na-Ra only, and boy! She never disappoints! I swear the woman must be a vampire, she never ages! How they managed to make her look younger than a teenager in some scenes is beyond belief!

Her acting is excellent as usual, along with the male lead and the rest of the cast. The fish out of water antics of their 40 year old selves in their 20 year old bodies is quite hilarious. I’m going to have a fun time with this drama. And need I say I have second lead syndrome? I don’t want him for our female lead, I just want him for myself, 😂 lol.

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"I don’t want him for our female lead, I just want him for myself"

- Hahaha, exactly this! There's just something so classically handsome and swoony about him. I can't resist him, even if I'm more invested in the couple resolving their issues, while helping out some others along the way!

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The scene where nam-gil followed a drunk and crying jin-joo just to ensure she got home was really sweet.

nam-gil is so swoon worthy! **shakes SLS thoughts outta head**

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Abirdword, thanks for the recap. The show moves easily from humor to heart thumping romance back to heart break, each portion balanced out so one doesn’t overpower the other. Nam-gil and his father have opposing views but they don’t dwell on it. Yay!
Had some good laughs at Dok-Jae’s antics. Jae-woo is totally under Bo-reum’s spell. I can’t blame him, I’d have been mezmerized by her too. What is the mystery surrounding Seol?

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My question: where was dok jae this episode and who the f got him out of that gate? :D

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Yay thanks for the recap! I am loving this drama so much - it's hilarious and also heartfelt. I actually think our leads feel mostly like parents/mentors towards the second leads. Nam Gil is adorable and needs a friend and to loosen up, and Seo Young clearly needs someone to take care of her. The attention they are getting from them seems like mostly a self-esteem boost for both of them, since they are so insecure in the present. I really hope it stays there too, since they clearly still love each other. Ban Do is being a jerk to cope, but I am still rooting for them to get back together.

The friends are hilarious! I want to know more about Seol and why she lost touch with them. It's hilarious that she knows that Jin Joo and Ban Do were the arguing divorced couple. Dok Jae is pure comedy gold in every scene.

Every scene with Jin Joo's mom breaks my heart!

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It's funny but this drama is so realistic with the main couple's view towards the school life after the time travel happened, but I can totally relate to jin joo, and ban do, as in how they don't see their potential love interest as threats or something hard to win anymore. I have finished school, but back in the days, I remember how awestruck I would be in the presence of my crush lol. I would freeze up [ not like the dummy that ban do appears as,] but still it was crazy stupid.. and hilarious, now that I think about it. So yeah I feel amused every time jin joo goes at the boys, omo omo 😂😂, or how she feels totally at ease in their presence or when ban do laughs at the seniors in his club and doesn't see them as invincible as before. So I totally get where she's coming from, and that's why watching her ventures in the college life has been particularly more entertaining. 😂😂

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I want to upvote your comment a 100 times but I'm only allowed to do it once. :D

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hindsight is really 20/20!

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So Nam-gil acts like a stereotypical Frenchman (being "rude"/brutally frank to Jin-joo) while Ban-do is into French films (Leon: The Professional and Blue posters in his bedroom) 😛

Seriously though, it is just unexpected that the second leads came to like the leads through mundane moments. Seo-young's comfortability with Ban-do and Nam-gil's budding attraction towards Jin-joo felt so real and natural. That being said, I'm having SLS feels. Ban-do should step up his game STAT!

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Dear Sriracha, the second leads falling for the mundane moments shared with the main leads are anything but unexpected. Both of them are in their separate Rat Races: the male is a tool for his father who wants an heir and to his birth mother who sees him as a walking wallet. The female is in a highly competitive career which requires so many sacrifices, she even abuses herself. Both of them feels like tools in their respective worlds rather than persons with dreams, fears and goals. For both of them to find someone who cares for their wereabouts and their well-being to be utterly attractive is not only natural: it can't be helped ;) .

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spot on commentary abirdword!!!

this drama had me crying during the bus ride of jin-joo:( she clearly misses their son, i want to pinch his cheeks:)

i luv how jin-joo and ban-do are giving insights to their friends on this re-do, i just hope they would also see each other in a much better light, but it seems like it might take awhile.

the scene of ban-do w/ his mother-in-law makes me wish that the story would delve more into this couple's happy moments. it seemed like she really loved ban-do like a son, but that ending was just hard to watch. was that the inflection point? when everything started going downhill for this couple?

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Go Dok Jae’s head stuck in between gate and Ma Jin Joo scared the seniors who pretended to be ghost instead are the funniest moments in this episode. LOL 😂😂

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The possibility of the non-existence of Seo Jin really hurts, especially because the baby actor is adorableeeee. But besides that, I actually like seeing Bando and Jinjoo happy with different people. Sure, it may not last long, but theyre now with people that make them feel good about themselves, and this show has made such perfectly adorable additional leads that I would not really mind our main couple staying apart from one another (although seeing them love each other again would be amazing too). I just enjoy each episode so much, because I laugh like crazy and cry as well (especially when Jinjoo's mother is involved). I hope this show does not take some extreme turns that make it overly light or unbearable gloomy, for example, with the upcoming explanation of the story behind Jinjoo's mother's death.

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I'm really loving this drama and how it can be so unexpectedly emotional wrenching. I love that Jang Nara is really knocking it out of the park, especially given that I really love most of her roles but this one has been one of the more fleshed out and interesting roles I've seen her in. There's just something about her wide-eyed gaze that makes her perfect for this role, but at the same time, watching her crying scenes reminds me of the woman that's experienced life and it's grind. I think that's also what's drawing Nam Gil to her and piquing his curiosity because he's witnessed her crying twice now. I'm really liking how their story is developing because I can see it really help with her self-confidence which we saw in the first ep she was starting to feel insecure about. I think it'll help him learn to open up and get close to someone as well.

Right now, I'm watching this purely for her storyline because I'm not really feeling Ban Do's journey yet... hopefully that changes, but otherwise... gradually going to start FFing. I feel like Jin Joo has so far approached the rewind as a way to live the experiences she never had the chance to before, spend time her late mother and inspiring her friends and peers to live courageously (PS. really curious about what happens with Seol!) It's been an emotional and inspiring journey. I kind of wish we got to see Ban Do choose another career path or something else that would've prevented him having to become a pharmaceutical salesman which seems to be a major source of despair in their future. Right now, he's just chasing after his first love... I don't know how that really links back to his future self? I guess it's showing his renewed confidence, but that was never really a massive problem considering he did end up meeting Jin Joo and marrying her around the same time frame.

Actually, I'm not that interested in any of the friends stories either, except maybe Seol. Jae Woo and Bo-reum.. I'm not feeling the chemistry and generally don't really like this kind of dynamic between a couple. Dok Jae seems to be here to be the comic relief so there's nothing really interesting there yet either. I'm mainly curious about the family aspect and how that unravels. I hope the reason behind Ban Do's guilt isn't so bad, because I'm already not that keen on seeing them get back together based on how Ban Do's been treating Jin Joo.

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Anyone know what music title played when JJ cried on the bus and when both JJ and BD sobbed at JJ's Mother's funeral? Are they the same title? Have been googling but got nothing. Thanks

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So Hyang - Wind Song

https://youtu.be/bMWqmn1CNvo

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Thanks

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BUT I WANT NAM GIL!!!!

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