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Thirty But Seventeen: Episodes 21-22

The final push, as Chan’s team prepares for nationals and Seo-ri approaches her debut, means that everyone has to work hard to stay focused. But hard work isn’t always enough, which Woo-jin eventually discovers, and he’s not quite ready for Seo-ri to learn that lesson. Woo-jin knows that he’s changed for the better, thanks to Seo-ri, but he still shows he cares by being protective. For Seo-ri to grow into an adult, Woo-jin needs to learn how to let her stand, or fall, on her own.

 
EPISODE 21: “You are my resting place”

From across the street, Woo-jin can see that Seo-ri is about to get hit with water from a hose and yells out her name. It triggers his memory of the time that he yelled out Soo-mi’s name at the young Seo-ri and he experiences another flashback.

Seo-ri senses something’s wrong and races to Woo-jin’s side as he’s flooded with memories of both the young girl from his past and Seo-ri. Woo-jin manages to look up at Seo-ri when she arrives and drops his head onto her shoulder with the plea, “Let me stay like this for just a moment.” Seo-ri pats Woo-jin on the back and they hold onto each other as tears fall from their eyes.

Seo-ri settles Woo-jin onto a bench but when she sees how pale he looks she announces she’ll be back with medicine. Woo-jin stops her, “Please stay with me. That’s all I need to get better.” He looks at Seo-ri and recalls their day at the beach when he first spoke of his past and thinks, “I haven’t had the courage to tell anyone about it…But if it’s this person, perhaps…”

A now-recovered Woo-jin searches for his doctor, who’s in the middle of a music therapy session. The doctor reminds Woo-jin that his appointment isn’t until the next day, but he’s there to treat him to lunch.

Over their meal, Woo-jin explains how Seo-ri has changed his outlook, “…I no longer want to hide my emotions from others just because I feel guilty about an incident that happened in the past. Especially not to her.” Woo-jin’s doctor smiles at his patient’s significant progress.

Seo-ri’s nurses talk about the latest appearance of her mysterious visitor. The young nurse tried to learn the man’s identity but he left once he learned that Seo-ri woke up and was no longer at the hospital.

The senior nurse wonders if he’s the one who paid the hospital bills but the young nurse guesses that he’s a relative. As she speaks, the mysterious man, who’s covered with a layer of dirt, stops in front of the Haemun police station until he sees the officer posted nearby and walks away.

Back at the office, Seo-ri can’t keep her worried eyes off of Woo-jin. Hyun returns the photo that fell from Seo-ri’s notebook, curious to know which of the young girls is her. When Seo-ri points at the photo blindly, Hyun is convinced that she’s still angry about the carp feeding incident.

Woo-jin catches Seo-ri staring at him and calls her over to hand her a list with a sticky note that reads, “I’m really okay, so you can stop staring. Your eyes might fall out.” On the back side of the note is a sketch of her worried eyes.

Seo-ri is clearly not convinced because she adds the note to several others that Woo-jin wrote throughout the day, all insisting that he’s fine. It looks as if Seo-ri is about to resume her watchfulness when Hee-soo walks in and Woo-jin calls for a meeting.

Woo-jin presents several sketches to the team and explains, “The concept is to be able to see classical music.” Based on Seo-ri’s notes, Woo-jin realized that the more the audience knows about the music, the more it can be enjoyed.

Woo-jin wants to change the background of the stage with every musical piece, just like they do for other productions. Hee-soo and Hyun are excited with his idea and everyone thanks Seo-ri for her help.

Chan and his team practice side-by-side on rowing machines and when the coach ends practice, Deok-soo uncharacteristically shouts out, “Let’s do it one more time!”

After the extra-long practice, Deok-soo and Hae-bum are ready to eat but Chan still has to practice for his individual race. The boys are worried that because of them, Chan has to workout twice as much, but he assures them that he can handle it.

On the walk home, Woo-jin explains that Seo-ri’s comment about seeing her music inspired his design concept. Seo-ri’s so happy and claims that even though she’s hungry, she feels full. Woo-jin points to a fountain and jokes that she can eat there. Seo-ri points to a trash bin and teases, “I think it’s a metaphorical piece that represents a broken soul or something.”

Eager to change the subject, Woo-jin suggests that they continue home but Seo-ri lingers and remembers, “I saw a fountain like that…The music and lights would come on, and the fountain would dance with it.” Woo-jin tells her that there are many fountains with music and lights but Seo-ri calls him a liar.

Woo-jin takes Seo-ri to a fountain near the Han River and it springs into action just after they arrive. In time to classical music, the water dances and lights flash as Seo-ri gasps in delight. Suddenly the music changes to a waltz and both Seo-ri and Woo-jin recognize Je te veux (I want you). Seo-ri is happy to learn that Woo-jin listened to the piece after her recommendation and the two share a magical moment as they enjoy the water show.

After the show, a vendor offers to sell them a mat to sit on the ground and when he refers to Seo-ri as Woo-jin’s girlfriend, she gets flustered. Woo-jin buys a mat and walks off with a big smile on his face while Seo-ri tries to calm herself down.

Woo-jin sees a dog that looks just like Deok-gu and he motions for Seo-ri, “Come here! He looks just like our Deok-gu!” Seo-ri stares at Woo-jin and when he returns and asks, “Why are you looking at me like that,” she answers, “Because you’re pretty.” He smiles when she adds, “It seems like you only shrink objects now. Not your heart.”

Seo-ri sits on the mat while Woo-jin returns with bags of snacks. When he pauses to pour water on a potted tree, Seo-ri remembers a boy from her youth, with a tube slung over his shoulder, covered with stickers.

Seo-ri tells Woo-jin that he reminded her of someone and is about to ask him a question. When she recalls that Chan and Hee-soo mentioned that Woo-jin studied in Germany, she changes her mind. Nonetheless, she wonders, “Why was I suddenly reminded of that boy?”

Chan and his friends talk about their coach’s wedding as they enter the house with blended coffee drinks. Jennifer has them exchange their drinks for freshly squeezed juice and when they sit down to dinner, she wheels in a whiteboard with a complicated table, labelled “Diet Project”.

The boys are completely lost as Jennifer explains the ideal diet to optimize their performance and improve their chances for a medal. Deok-soo wonders about Jennifer’s background and the boys stare over at her as she enjoys a cup of tea, accompanied by a stack of books.

Woo-jin and Seo-ri get caught in a rainstorm on the walk home and they take shelter on the playground where she spent the night after she left the hospital. She admits that she never imagined that she would return there with Woo-jin, of all people.

Seo-ri puts out her hand to see if it’s still raining but Woo-jin holds it and suggests, “Let’s stay here a little longer.” Seo-ri pulls back her hand and while she looks out at the rain, Woo-jin recalls what he told his doctor, “I think I should wait for her and support her for now. Telling her how I feel as soon as possible and becoming her boyfriend aren’t important. I’m certain and ready now so I’ll have to be patient and wait for her to be ready too.”

In the morning, Hae-bum places a face mask on a sleeping Woo-jin. He wakes up, startled at the sight of Hae-bum in a face mask so the boy explains that he’s getting ready for the coach’s wedding. He thought that Woo-jin could use one too since he’s been working such long hours.

Woo-jin gets up and smiles at the sight of the mat from the night before. He recalls how desperate Seo-ri was to find her uncle when he first met her so when Hee-soo calls, Woo-jin lets her know he’ll be late.

Chan walks out of his bedroom to find Hae-bum ready for the coach’s wedding. They bow formally when Deok-soo joins them, looking very mature in his father’s suit, but he’s all teenager when he produces a bag of donuts.

Of course Jennifer appears the second they bite into the sugary treats to ask if the reception will serve steak, which fits their diet. The boys think they’re in the clear when Jennifer walks away, unaware that the sugar on their faces gave them away. Jennifer turns around and holds up a single finger as she informs the boys, “This is your first warning.”

The boys descend the stairs and overhear Seo-ri on the phone discussing details of her performance. Impressed, Deok-soo and Hae-bum comment that she sounds like a real adult which causes Chan to grumpily push past them. He’s not happy when Seo-ri points to some sugar on his mouth and teases that he looks like a baby. His friends laugh while Chan looks stricken. Poor boy!

Seo-ri’s words torment Chan as he dresses for the wedding. He blames her comment on his silly t-shirt and turns to Chan Jr. for confirmation, crushed when the young chicken ignores him.

Woo-jin visits the police station to ask about a search for Seo-ri’s uncle. The same policemen that Seo-ri spoke to are on duty and they have a sense of deja vu as they explain why her missing uncle isn’t a police matter.

Woo-jin passes by corner with all the banners and he questions the same attendant that Seo-ri spoke with about putting up a banner of his own. When Woo-jin calls a banner shop, he has to explain that he doesn’t have a photo of the missing person.

At orchestra rehearsal, Conductor Shim apologizes when he calls Seo-ri a student. He confesses that he made the same mistake with Tae-rin since he worked with both of them when they were young.

Seo-ri excitedly runs up to Tae-rin and explains that she just found out that they were in the youth orchestra together. When Tae-rin doesn’t respond, Seo-ri assumes that she must not remember her. Seo-ri asks for Tae-rin’s help but her chilly response is that it’s not the kind of thing others can help with.

The festival chairman arrives with beverages for the orchestra and offers two to Seo-ri, who’s surprised when he asks about her condition. The chairman urges Seo-ri to come to him with any problems while Tae-rin looks puzzled over his interest.

 
EPISODE 22: “The phone call”

Still in his suit, a discouraged Chan gets a call from Hae-bum to ask why he left the wedding. He and Deok-soo want Chan to rejoin them at the reception but he sends them ahead without him. While Chan waits to cross the street, a young boy calls him, “Ahjussi,” which reverses his mood immediately and he runs off happily.

Chan waits for Seo-ri’s bus to arrive and when she steps off, he’s positioned under a tree as if he’s there by chance. His suit gets the desired response when Seo-ri exclaims, “You look amazing.”

As they walk together, Chan can barely contain his joy and thinks, “I bet we look like a couple. Of course. I’m not wearing that immature t-shirt anymore. Who’d think we’re eleven years apart?” His bubble bursts when a woman tries to return a dropped card and refers to Chan as a student. She then calls Seo-ri his older sister and when Chan corrects her, to his horror, the woman guesses that she’s his aunt.

Seo-ri explains that she has to go to the office and leaves just as Chan gets a text from Deok-soo, who’s excited about the school’s lunch menu. He looks at Seo-ri’s retreating figure and mutters, “The office. School lunch. The office. School lunch,” and finally realizes how huge their age gap is. Chan remembers the photo that he found of Woo-jin and Seo-ri and his uncle’s explanation that someone mistook them for a couple because they’re the same age.

Back at home, Chan recalls how impressed Deok-soo and Hae-bum were with Seo-ri’s adult demeanor and he digs out the business card for the director of the professional rowing team. With renewed purpose, Chan does pushups and recalls the director’s promise that training with adults yields better results, the card now taped to his motto, “Don’t think. Feel!”

Seo-ri shows up at the office with snacks and looks around for Woo-jin, who walks in just when Hee-soo drags her away to look at the stage models. It’s late when Seo-ri finds Woo-jin and she urges him to go home. He’s more concerned about her because his research revealed that Seo-ri should get regular checkups. Woo-jin offers to be Seo-ri’s guardian so she can visit a hospital after the festival and she agrees.

Seo-ri excitedly shares that she knew Tae-rin when they were students but Woo-jin remembers how anxious she looked when Seo-ri reconnected with Conductor Shim. Seo-ri comments that her fellow student accomplished so much and turned into a cool adult.

Seo-ri vows to make the best of her opportunity and shares, “I feel like it’ll turn out well.” Woo-jin thinks of the banner shop’s warning that it would be practically impossible to find a missing person after so long without a photo. Aware that the concert is Seo-ri’s best chance to find her family, Woo-jin sincerely wishes, “I really hope everything turns out great for you.”

Seo-ri practices her violin at a park where an older woman claps appreciatively. When she notices the darkening sky, Seo-ri scoops up her violin and makes it home just as rain begins to fall. Seo-ri worries that Jennifer, who is at her part-time job, will be caught in the rain without an umbrella.

Jennifer is about to leave Hyung-tae’s apartment when he walks in and greets her warmly. Jennifer apologizes that she had to send someone else in her place when she was injured, which explains why she didn’t take her payment after her last visit. Hyung-tae compensates her with some vitamins and Jennifer only accepts them when he insists it was a buy one, get one free offer.

Hyung-tae notices Jennifer’s matching slippers and thinks of the mismatched ones that her substitute left behind. He’s about to inquire after that person but then changes his mind.

Jennifer is in front of Hyung-tae’s building when the rain begins. Seo-ri hurries to the apartment building with an extra umbrella but Hyung-tae covers Jennifer with an umbrella and urges her to take it. He’s on his way back inside by the time Seo-ri arrives, and when Jennifer explains that the doctor she works for provided the umbrella, Seo-ri says he sounds like a kind man.

Jennifer comments that the large raindrops are an indication that the rain will soon stop and Seo-ri thinks there’s nothing that Jennifer’s doesn’t know. Jennifer admits that she just reads books, but not necessarily for enjoyment.

Jennifer remembers the day when she was pregnant and found herself outside of the local library. She went inside and watched the rain from a window while in the present she explains, “It’s not that I read books. I just read the letters.”

Jennifer returned to that library, no longer pregnant, time and again to read book after book. She explains to Seo-ri, “When you read something you can endure everything without having any other thoughts.”

Before Seo-ri can question her, Jennifer gets a text with the dress code for the music festival and zeroes in on the need for neatness. Seo-ri confesses that she listed Jennifer as her emergency contact but the housekeeper is more concerned with Seo-ri’s disheveled appearance and instructs the girl to follow her.

Back at home, as the two woman say goodnight, Jennifer observes, “The word ‘neat’ finally suits you a little better.” After Jennifer goes to her room, an exhausted Chan finally gets home, but he’s not too tired to notice Seo-ri’s hair. She admits that Jennifer treated her to a salon visit to prepare for her concert.

Seo-ri sees how tired Chan looks and complains that he’s overworking himself but he simply answers, “I wanted to go a bit faster.” She thinks he’s talking about rowing and Chan doesn’t correct her.

Hee-soo and Woo-jin meet with the festival chairman at a restaurant to present their design. He’s away with a call when it’s announced that his car needs to be moved, so Woo-jin offers to find him. CHAIRMAN BYUNG is busy with the call and doesn’t see Woo-jin, who steps out of sight when he overhears the conversation. Whatever is said causes Woo-jin alarm and he clenches his hand in anger.

Chairman Byung and Woo-jin rejoin Hee-soo at the same time. When the chairman apologizes for taking so long, Woo-jin warns, “You should stay away from doing something you’ll be sorry about.”

Chairman Byung ignores Woo-jin and gives the stage designs another look and calls them “classy”. To Hee-soo’s horror, Woo-jin responds, “You don’t seem to be the type to value class.” Chairman Byung decides to end the meeting and promises to call Hee-soo later.

Tae-rin is interviewed by a reporter who asks how the new star of the concert has affected the atmosphere at rehearsals. When the reporter mentions that the new star will sell lots of tickets, Tae-rin remembers how confident Chairman Byung was about sales and his keen interest in Seo-ri. Tae-rin realizes that there’s more to the story and asks the reporter to join her for lunch.

When he gets back to the office, Woo-jin orders Seo-ri to withdraw from the festival and pretends that it’s affected their work. Everyone is confused by Woo-jin’s attitude but when he tells Seo-ri, “Quit immediately,” she grabs his hand and protests that she doesn’t understand him. Woo-jin throws off her hand and insists, “I don’t care if you don’t understand. Quit immediately.” Seo-ri refuses and grabs her violin for rehearsal.

Woo-jin escapes to the roof where he can see Seo-ri drop to the ground in anguish on the sidewalk. She recovers and leaves for rehearsal while Woo-jin looks on helplessly.

Hee-soo finds Woo-jin and tells him that he must have a good reason for his behavior. When he confirms that she would agree with him if she knew the details, Hee-soo promises that if he’s wrong, she’ll kill him for sure.

Chan’s rowing team’s extra practice pays off because they’re in sync, no matter what they do. When the coach sees them in the water, he’s surprised with their improvement. Deok-soo and Hae-bum talk excitedly about their results on their way to the bus until Chan suddenly stops, just as he’s about to board. There’s something wrong with his left foot, but Chan ignores it and gets on the bus.

At rehearsal, Seo-ri’s violin is out of sync with everyone else so Tae-rin suggests a break and uses the opportunity for a private talk. Tae-rin notes that Seo-ri looks troubled and reminds her that she can’t disappoint the people who want to see her overcome her hardship.

Of course Seo-ri has no idea what Tae-rin is talking about so she asks for an explanation. Seo-ri looks devastated when we next see her, as she walks away angrily from rehearsal, and we hear Tae-rin’s explanation, “Seo-ri, your story is quite special. Even if you weren’t chosen for your violin skills, this will be a good chance for you. Don’t you think so?”

Chairman Byung talks with a reporter over the phone and asks for the article about Seo-ri to get published right away to generate interest in a televised appearance. Woo-jin confronts the chairman and in a flashback, we hear the phone conversation that upset him.

Woo-jin overheard Chairman Byung instruct the reporter to spice up the story about Seo-ri, so people would want to see the pitiful girl. When asked if she was any good, the chairman bluntly answered, “She’s been asleep for over ten years. How good could she be?” The chairman was clear that Seo-ri’s only purpose was to sell tickets and if the public turned against her, they would too.

Woo-jin insists that Chairman Byung shouldn’t splash Seo-ri’s story across the media. The chairman retorts that she’s just a part-timer who can’t do anything and then nods knowingly. Woo-jin can’t contain his anger any longer and grabs the chairman’s shirt as he asks, “Do you call yourself human?” Woo-jin angrily admits, “If I knew you were such a scumbag, I wouldn’t have worked with you.” He threatens to stop production on the festival’s stages if Chairman Byung proceeds with the article.

As Woo-jin walks away from Chairman Byung, he remembers Seo-ri’s tears of grief when she saw Tae-rin perform on stage. She later told him in earnest, “If nothing had happened, I would have been able to do that. I want to stand on that stage. I want to work really hard and earn the right on my own.”

Alone at the office, Woo-jin wrestles with the demand he made of Seo-ri, to quit the festival. She walks in and confronts him, “You knew, didn’t you?” Seo-ri wants to know what’s wrong with being used to sell tickets if she’s all right with it. Woo-jin doesn’t understand how she can agree to such a thing, but Seo-ri insists it’s her chance to do something that she loves and if her uncle sees her, he might come back.

Seo-ri insists, “So what if I’m being used? I’m okay with it. I’m willing to be used, so who are you to butt in?” She’s surprised when Woo-jin admits, “The woman I like getting hurt is the last thing I want.”

 
COMMENTS

Hmmm, that wasn’t quite the confession that I imagined for Woo-jin, but his heart is mush where Seo-ri is concerned and he couldn’t hold in his feelings any longer. Even more of a surprise was Seo-ri’s partially misplaced anger. True, she had reason to be angry because Woo-jin demanded that Seo-ri quit the festival rather than hurt her with the truth, but he’s always been the protective sort. I think Seo-ri’s mostly angry with herself though, because in her excitement, she ignored the truth. The fact is that she was in a coma for thirteen years and her talent has suffered as a result. Seo-ri is anxious to make up for her lost time and the short cut that the festival offered was too tempting for her to pass up. That’s why she won’t allow the truth that she’s merely a marketing tool to stop her, she’s desperate, and that’s never a good position to be in.

For his part, Woo-jin has spent years trying to avoid pain, so he automatically tries to protect Seo-ri. Unfortunately, they’ve both been stunted because of their pasts and in order to be free, both Woo-jin and Seo-ri have to suffer through some hard knocks. Seo-ri needs to look at her situation realistically, something she was exceptional at when she was young. It’s why she attended a regular high school instead of the arts school, she was able to discern what was best for her. Seo-ri needs that kind of clarity again so that she can make good decisions, not desperate ones. Woo-jin has to take a step back and allow Seo-ri to grow up, and that means allowing her to make decisions even if some of them don’t turn out well. That’s how kids gain experience and grow up. There are no shortcuts in life when it comes to experience.

abirdword commented that Jennifer is the group’s rock, and I couldn’t agree more. If Jennifer is the rock, that makes Chan the heart, and I fear that both are in for some tough times. We’ve already seen that Jennifer suffered some kind of a loss, but in this hour she admits that she’s used books to hide from her pain. All those facts bouncing around in her head are her way of keeping her mind occupied so that she doesn’t have to deal with reality. Like Seo-ri, Jennifer has to face her truths so that she can move on.

Which brings me to Chan. I fear there’s more to that fainting spell than exhaustion or indigestion and now there’s something not quite right with his foot. I don’t think it’s an injury because as an athlete, Chan would be familiar with those. No, it’s something else, but he’s so busy with training and distracted by his feelings for Seo-ri that he’s not paying attention to his symptoms. I can imagine all kinds of terrible things, especially with a neurosurgeon in the mix, so I’m hoping it’s nothing major but this is a drama. I’m hoping that Chan won’t be seriously ill but maybe a crisis will teach the lesson that everyone needs to learn. No matter what curve balls life sends your way, as long as you have the people who matter next to you, you have all that you really need.

 
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Woo-jin: “I think I should wait for her and support her for now. Telling her how I feel as soon as possible and becoming her boyfriend aren’t important. I’m certain and ready now so I’ll have to be patient and wait for her to be ready too.”

I was so glad when Woo-jin said this line so I really did not expect this episode to end with Woo-jin's sudden confession because he clearly wants to wait until Seo-ri is ready to accept his feelings and start a relationship (as an adult). These two have been through so much pain in their lives so they deserve a proper moment to confess their feelings to each other! Give us fluff and love next week, show!

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I liked how Woo-jin made that conscious decision to hold off. The confession just happened to slip in the moment where he desperately wants to prevent her from getting hurt. I noticed that even by episode 22 (11 in the days of 1 hr long episodes), they haven't kissed yet. I remembering worrying maybe around week 4 that the writer would progress their romantic relationship too fast and therefore take time away from Seo-ri figuring out how to get back onto the stage again. I love the progression we have gotten.

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I think I've already gif'd half the episode so I'll restrict my comments to my poor Channy who is about to get both his heart and body broken at the same time. I've really liked how this show refuses to opt for melo in the face of tragedy and I only hope it does here too. Because seeing my poor Scarecrow grow up so fast is going to be painful enough.

One thing that struck me about the show's message this episode is that it's not actually about trauma at all. It's about the fact that growing up means reconciling your dreams with the reality of life and about your own limitations. You can't control your physical limits any more than you can control whether a bus crashes. What matters is how you deal with, reconcile and move on from these realities.

It's a message I can really get behind, especially since it's not pessimistic but ultimately hopeful - you can still be happy and fulfilled in your adult life whether you achieve your dreams or not. And I hope that's a lesson Chan learns quickly when reality hits.

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And speaking of Chan, can we just admire how my son looks so handsome in a suit?

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Oh, he certainly did! ;) But I also adore that Pink Panther T-shirt! Where do you buy his clothes, oh fashionable mother of Chan Dearest? :)

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No one believes me, but JC Penny’s. I ship them to Korea. Actually, really, all my skinny son’s suits fit him like a glove and they’re all from Penny’s. 😂

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He should even wear it for rowing.
Poor dear.

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YAY! The recap is out! Thank you @teriyaki ! What should we call this couple? #teencouple ? #17couple? #honestcouple? im really bad with coining names. I loved the whole episode but what really stands out the most was Seori's cry in the end. It comes off as someone desperate and it was so passionate. Loved it. I've been saying this for a while now, but I don't see her as a child anymore. Sure, she has the childlike innocence, but I believe that that is a part of her integral personality.

And my poor bean Chan. We all know what will happen to him, yet it doesn't take away the angst. It's only building up more and more. Why do you have to be lovable a relatable with your caring and hard work?

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The best I can come up with is #BridgeCouple and that doesn't convey the cute. Unfortunately #PuppyCouple is taken.

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Bridge couple sounds is so smart!. Opposite street couple works too hahaha (but too long)

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I would go for ahjushii-ahjumma couple 😂😂😂😂

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Mystery Queen is the Ahjumma/Ahjussi couple.

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Oh...taken 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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It's all so hard.
I just can't see #OverpassCouple taking off.
And mostly I'm trying so hard not to call them the #FinseCouple right now.

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What about Crescendo couple? That’s pretty unique and distinctive couple name ☺️

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i like crescendo couple as unique as they are ..

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Bridge is part of a violin too, and a musical term

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Good point!

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What about #intermissioncouple?

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This one has my vote.

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nice!!! (how do you guys think of these!) Its a toss up between that one and bridge couple for me!

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I like it. My only problem with Intermission Couple is it sounds like it'll ends once the show resumes.

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Another missed connection between the doctor and Seo-Ri? When will they meeeet? I can't believe it's already ep 11 and they still haven't met.

Also Aww for Jennifer. :( We had already guessed as much when she went to the funeral last week but watching her reading those books and her saying that it distracted her from her pain still broke my heart. She is a deeply caring sweetie under that emotionless facade and I hate to think she carries all that pain around with her. Also wondering what happened to her child? She was clearly pregnant during the flashback.

Also Chan waiting to grow up faster so he can be an adult like Seo-Ri. <3 <3 <3 What a cutie!

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Lots of missed connections in this drama. At least one in every episode. And mystery shoes.

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Let's not forget the shoes. So significant which I find hilarious because I have two pairs so if someone was looking for me, they probably could recognize my one non-sneakers, non-slippers pair of shoe.

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I don't want Chan to be sick >_< they all already suffered so much and Chan is so full of life, it will be sad. The surgeon and Seo Ri nearly met, why make the poor Chan to be sick to let them meet.

How many times they will pass by the truth about the past. It's so frustrating. But I guess it's good that Woo Jin can heal of his guilt not only because of the fact it was not her, but because it wasn't his fault.

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Things that got me excited on this episode:

* WJ confessed! He told his doctor that he will wait patiently by her side until she is ready.

* Chan was really happy to be called an Ahjusshi by a little kid. Then bummed when we called a young man by an older woman. He doesnt realize that is normal. For a kid, everyone is a mister. For an an adult, everyone who is younger is a kid. 😅

* I can't believe that guy for using SeoRi like that to sell tickets for the festival. Then for him not to care if the public will hate her if she is a terrible violinist. Jerk!

* And the near-miss with Hyung Tae! I want her to meet her old friend so badly. We have a lot of time to explore this in later episodes. But I hope its sooner, I want him to be relieved of his worries for her.
Hopefully they will all come to her - Hyung Tae, her Aunt and cousin, her Uncle and anyone else she knew when she was younger.

* Poor Chan. Don't overexert yourself. I was so afraid that he would hurt himself by pushing himself too hard and looks like it has happened.

* Books! I understand Jennifer escaping through books to deal with the pain of her loss. (So that's why she knew a lot of random stuffs.)

* I now suspect that SeoRi had a crush on the young WooJin. Her having clear recollection of young Woo Jin in a crowd and watering that plant only solidifies it. There is no other reason for her to latch on those memories unless it meant a great deal to her.

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Honestly, Seo-ri getting to perform at the concert just seemed bizarre to me because there's no way she's going to be good enough in the time available to her - or at all. The show had done a good job of showing that she needed a lot of hard work to regain the strength and flexibility in her hands so I thought this was a bit of a stretch. This reveal made that whole thing made sense and I really love how they dealt with the plotline.

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That bothered me too. Since she was just recovering from her coma. Its great that they handled it well and still had her participate in a small and cute capacity. She looked absolutely thrilled being part of that orchestra.

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Young SR definitely had a crush on WJ though she never learned his name. And I think she followed him on that bus and asked for the directions just to start the conversation.

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@cherryinbloom Agree with you! She definitely talked him up. I can't wait to see her side of the crush.

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Yes. Thats a distinct possibility. Both of them were trying to make the most of that meet up.

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Who wouldn’t have a crush on him? He’s adorable. My high school self would have been right there on the same bus too!

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I really liked the episode because it showed us to recognise our limitations for own good. I don't think think the indigestion and the foot are related. I think the indigestion is related to exhaustion but the foot is actually an injury. Granted, as an athlete Chan will be familiar with an injury but I think that his preoccupation with winning the race and Seo Ri is making him ignore his injury. There have been several cases of athletes who have owerworked themselves because they were so desperate to win

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I’m pretty sure it would be a stress fracture common in repetitive motion injuries in younger athletes.

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Thanks to TeriYaki for pointing out the foot injury and Ally for your diagnosis. It struck me during these episodes watching Chan and his crew on the river and with him so thin that I wondered if a guy with his physique would be on a high school rowing team. After a cursory look at some pics of high school rowing teams the answer is yes. I know nothing about rowing but I found out at this link that Chan's position in the boat is called the "stroke". This is a nice short introduction to rowing:
http://archive.usrowing.org/about/rowing101/11insights
(PS I have to remember Ahn Hyo-seop is 23 years old and giving a fine performance as Chan.)

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Thank you so much for this. I can be at a little ease

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The last scene was so intense. Great acting on both parts. Definitely made me tear up because Seo-ri's emotions felt really raw and real and ugh...
Oh, and the scene where they teased each other about drinking fountain water and art objects. Oh my, too cute!

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Been dealing with RL stuff so haven’t seen this episode yet, but did want to thank all of you for posting things on your respective fan walls about it. It’s keepibg me sane until I can actually see it!

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Ha, so I ended up being kind of right about the intentions of the director, though I didn't think they'd be that mean-spirited, and I didn't think they'd be found out until during/after the festival. I guess it's not that big of a deal, guessing a pretty obvious plot twist but I'm usually rubbish at predicting stuff like that so I'm kinda proud, haha.

I liked Woojin's maturity about waiting until Seori was ready before telling her how he felt. The confession at the end did seem a bit out of step with that, but since he also said that he wasn't going to hide his emotions anymore, I suppose it still made sense. I guess from a delivery standpoint, it wasn't quite... emotionally charged enough (unless I'm misremembering) to sell it to me as an "in the moment" type of confession. But I'm not really complaining, because I wasn't expecting them to deal with their feelings for each other so soon, but at the same time they've danced around so much in this drama that it's nice to have things be said blatantly, and out in the open like that.

I was a little surprised at Seori's response to the way she'd been used, particularly towards Woojin, but thinking about it, it does make sense. She'd lost so much control over her life from the minute that accident happened, and having someone try to take what little control she's started to regain, regardless of the intentions behind it, would have been stressful and hurtful for her. She was definitely stinging by the situation as a whole and ended up firing off all that emotion towards Woojin, even if it wasn't 100% meant for him. Ah, I feel for her. She's trying to navigate this life that probably still doesn't feel is her own.

I worry for Chan, as usual. He's a kid who's so in his head and in his feelings about Seori/winning in order to confess to her that he's ignored his health. I just have a bad feeling that things aren't going to go well for him, and that hurts me. He's so bright and pure, so when he's not doing so well, I really feel that.

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SIGH, I guess we will continue to inch along. That being said poor poor Chan. I hope his heartbreak is handled well.

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The 2/3 of the show that was not flashbacks was sunlight on my dark soul. But, still, at least 1/3 was unnecessary flashbacks. They just don't have enough plot to fill 20 episodes. But at least it means they've had time to nail down the OTP.

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'don't have enough to fill 20 episodes' - maybe that's why it's only 16

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According to STILL 17's wiki page the 40th and last episode will air on Oct. 2. We have a ways to go.

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Umm... no. It really is 16.

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Both Viki and Dramafever say 16 episodes (finishing 18 Sept), Asianwiki and mydramalist say 20 (finishing 2 October).

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@cloggie - both viki and dramafever pay money for licences so they would definitely know for sure when it ends more than wikis. mdl is really bad with drama episode counts and has been for years. the sbs website has fox bride star starting on october 1 now too

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So why can't Woo-Jin just tell Seo-ri the truth about the chairman instead of inventing hurtful lies. Did he think the truth could be any more painful than his lies? This seems to be a common trope in k-dramas: I'll hurt you with a lie so that you don't get hurt by the truth.

But I'm still really enjoying this drama!

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I don't remember lies. He wouldn't tell his boss what the problem was which not fair to her or being professional.
Not being direct with Seo-ri (and his boss) does fit in with being a kdrama trope and I agree with you there.
These episodes had a lot of unasked and unanswered questions.

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I took it as a lie when he told her to quit the festival as it was affecting their work, making it sound like she was at fault/causing issues/problems.

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I think I had praised Yang Se Jong a few episodes ago, but Shin Hye Sun was perfection in that ending scene. I was struggling not to shed any tears.

The synchronized scenes were hilarious. Usually I don't enjoy non-OTP scenes, but I love the scenes of Chan and his buddies doing their rowing thing.

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aw i actually really like the confession scene. i feel like we've been building up to this moment that we really needed a scene to push it out of theme and did this exactly that.

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Awe! Chan in a suit!

Swoony ending :D

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