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My Strange Hero: Episodes 21-22

I. Love. These. Kids. Just when I think the big baddies have the advantage, the class of misfit Wildflowers somehow get the advantage back. They can be dense and lazy, like their fearless leader Bok-soo, but when they really set their minds to it, anything is possible. Even… *gasp* studying.

 
EPISODE 21 RECAP

Bok-soo barges into the teachers’ office and tears up Teacher Park’s resignation letter. He turns to Se-ho and tells him that he’s not the owner of this school. Se-ho doesn’t see what that has to do with anything–a teacher falsely accused the school, so he should pay the price. Besides, Se-ho continues, Bok-soo shouldn’t be interfering when he’s just a student.

Having had enough, Teacher Park grabs a piece of paper and writes up a new resignation letter. “Director,” Park sighs, “You know very well that that accusation wasn’t false.” He says that Se-ho can finalize his letter at any time, but until then, he’ll be doing his best at Seolsong. Se-ho takes the letter and replies that Park better think about what his “best” should be. He then leaves the office, with Bok-soo right behind him.

Dropping the honorifics, Bok-soo stops Se-ho in the hall and asks what he’s trying to do by firing Teacher Park and transferring the Wildflower Class. Even if his class left the school, there would be different students at the bottom. Se-ho blankly says that’s not his business.

In that case, Bok-soo guesses the only way to solve this is to get better grades. Se-ho laughs, “You?” and Bok-soo says, “No. Us. If we improve our grades, what will you do then?” Se-ho is willing to take this bet, but only because he’s sure it’s impossible.

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We just have to raise our grades?

 

Vice Principal Song is informed of this bet and tells Soo-jung that the Wildflower Class won’t have to transfer if they can raise their average from 29.5 percent to 50 percent with the next exam. She and Bok-soo head to class and suggest they all start studying, but the kids find the idea ridiculous.

Either way, Seung-woo says, there’s nothing they can do when the owner of the school wants them out. Soo-jung disagrees, as she believes that the students are the true owners. Bok-soo adds that they should at least try to study; they can’t let everyone look down on them. The kids see their point but remain doubtful.

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Oppa, I like you, but you can’t make me study!

 

Bok-soo and Soo-jung get Gyung-hyun and Min-ji on board, and the four come up with a game plan. Since the Wildflower kids aren’t used to studying, they’ll have to start with the basics. Math will be too difficult, so Soo-jung suggests they focus on Korean and English. Thankfully, Bok-soo totally has that covered. He calls Teacher Ma (the English teacher) in and shocks his friends when he addresses him by first name.

Ma smiles shyly and says that it’s him–their old classmate Ma Young-joon. Soo-jung gasps, having had no idea the entire time they’ve worked together, and apologizes.

Meanwhile, Teacher Park sits at his desk, his heart heavy as he remembers Se-ho confronting him earlier. Soo-jung breaks his train of thought, however, to invite him back to the Kang restaurant for drinks.

Teacher Park is worried about Bok-soo’s bet with Se-ho, but Bok-soo reminds him that he was able to raise his grade once, with Soo-jung’s help. Park smiles and agrees that his two former students really are strong-willed.

Our couple leave Park alone with Bok-soo’s mom, who notices he’s not looking so well. He drinks his soju, admitting he’s having a hard time because of a misbehaving student he could never get through to. Mom figures that if he let go of this student by mistake, all he has to do is grab hold of them now. Perhaps their bad behavior is a cry for help. Park nods, knowing she’s right.

Unfortunately, things don’t get any better for Teacher Park. The next day, Principal Kim hands him a list of complaints ranging from parents who question his teaching methods to Ivy students who are still offended from the debate contest. The principal wants him to cease his lessons for now and handle cleaning duties. Though Park thinks this is unfair, he has no choice but to follow orders. Bok-soo finds him throwing out trash and wonders why he’s the only one who has to suffer.

Park says that there’s definitely something going on with Se-ho, and he feels bad that he wasn’t able to help him when he was a student. Bok-soo brings up In-ho and the fact that his entire family had no idea what he was going through–it’s the same with teachers.

Teachers can’t know everything, but they can be that person that students count on, just as Park has always been. Bok-soo suggests he face Se-ho instead of wasting his time worrying about all of this.

So Park ditches his cleaning and visits Se-ho in his office, calling him by name. Se-ho reminds him to call him by his title, but Park says, “No, I’m speaking to my former student Oh Se-ho.” He goes on to say that he’s sorry for not embracing Se-ho back then.

He’d thought that outside, Se-ho looked like a sweet and innocent kid, so he never realized that inside, Se-ho might’ve been screaming. But he can hear that screaming now, and all he wants is another chance.

Park asks if Se-ho regrets the past, and when he snaps that he doesn’t, Park promises that he can still change the future. He concludes that he will continue fighting to make that change, leaving Se-ho speechless.

Elsewhere, Bok-soo goes crazy trying to convince his classmates to study. He tries catching them in the halls and in class, but they keep dodging him. Frustrated, Bok-soo and the Your Favors duo set out to initiate Plan B: Straight-up kidnapping.

LOL, it’s already funny that these three snatch the Wildflower kids off the streets so easily, but what’s even more hilarious is that these kids are genuinely trying to run for their lives, as if studying means death. But soon, Bok-soo gets the entire class to the Kang restaurant, and he immediately begins their training.

Back at school, Se-ho learns from his secretary that Teacher Park tried (and failed) to get the story of Seolsong’s corruption to the reporters. But Se-ho doesn’t have time to think about that–he has a meeting with the mothers of the Wildflower Class, including In-ho’s mom. The moms are, naturally, reluctant to have their kids transferred, but Se-ho eloquently explains how leaving Seolsong will benefit their kids and their grades.

Late that night, Teacher Park heads over to the Kang restaurant to support the kids, and he’s delighted to see everyone (reluctantly) studying together.

When they express how exhausted they are, Park just smiles and encourages them to show the adults that they’re better and stronger than they think. Their hard work will be meaningful because it will make a difference and because it’s spent with their friends.

“To make this time more meaningful,” Park announces, “I’ll treat you guys to jjajangmyun and tangsuyuk!” When the room erupts into applause, Park quickly changes his mind and says he’ll just pay for jjajangmyun, ha. Bok-soo beams, satisfied with the positive atmosphere.

EPISODE 22 RECAP

Chae-min and his minions burst into the Wildflower Class to taunt them, saying they might as well give up and clean out their lockers. Young-min stands, his fists clenched, but Seung-woo warns him that they shouldn’t get into trouble. Chae-min smirks and walks out, making In-ho sigh that he’s getting tired of being belittled.

At home, In-ho’s mom asks him if transferring would really be so bad, and he reminds her that he wouldn’t have any friends if he transferred. His mom nods, understanding his feelings. However, when the other Wildflower kids pretty much tell their moms the same thing, the moms won’t listen; Se-ho’s speech has already gotten to them.

At school, the kids wonder if they can really succeed, when Bok-soo pops up from nowhere and says that they can–they can totally prove their moms and everybody else wrong.

Commence studying, Wildflower edition! The kids are now ready and motivated, though they have to work from a beginner’s level and work their way up. And knowing her kids all too well, Soo-jung rewards the guys with snacks and girls with pictures of Bok-soo every time they get a right answer. She’s pleasantly surprised when Seung-woo gets every question right.

After a long day, Bok-soo offers to walk Soo-jung home. Once they arrive, Bok-soo gets all flustered and asks if she’s really going in alone. If she slept over at his house, shouldn’t he be allowed to sleep over at hers? Soo-jung coolly tells him to stay the night then. As he follows her inside, Bok-soo smiles to know that his girlfriend is so open-minded.

Bok-soo gets comfortable in some ajumma pajama pants (hee) and joins Soo-jung on her bed. Sensing his awkwardness, Soojung says, “Don’t be nervous. We’re just going to hold hands and sleep.” But when they actually interlock fingers, it looks like she’s the one who’s nervous.

Some time later, Soo-jung glances over at Bok-soo, and her jaw drops to see that he fell asleep. Offended, she asks out loud how he could just hold her hand and sleep at a time like this. She regrets ever suggesting a platonic relationship.

“Hey, Sohn Soo-jung.” Bok-soo rolls so that he’s hovering over her, their faces only inches apart. “I was really going to hold back, but I can’t because of you.” He closes the distance between them, kissing her softly as he grasps her hand again.

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I regret teaching you what platonic means

 

The following day, the couple are all smiles as they walk to school. Those smiles fade, however, when they see Teacher Park standing by the gate with protest signs. As other teachers watch him with sad expressions, he explains that this is the only method left. Bok-soo offers to stand out with him, but Park urges him and Soo-jung to go inside and fulfill their own duties as he fulfills his.

Later, we see someone sneak into the teachers’ office and snap pictures of the Ivy Class’s upcoming test. We then cut to Bok-soo and Teacher Park meeting at a cafe to look over more evidence of Seolsong’s corruption. Park sighs that this is his business, but Bok-soo firmly states that this is his revenge too. He then hands Park a bag full of cold weather gear. Touched, Park asks that Bok-soo become his son, and Bok-soo snaps that his mom would never marry a guy like him. Oh, you.

They get back to reviewing the documents, not realizing that someone from afar is snapping pictures of them.

The next day, Teacher Park dons the scarf and earmuffs Bok-soo gifted him as he stands out to protest. Se-ho watches, pensive, as all the students sweetly greet Park, some even handing him hand warmers.

Meanwhile, Bok-soo leads his group of Wildflowers through the school, all of them looking ready for battle. They begin their testing, most scratching their heads while Seung-woo zips through each question. Nevertheless, the students have never been more focused.

Afterwards, the Wildflowers are feeling exhausted but surprisingly refreshed. Bok-soo silently hopes that they’ll soon receive a miracle. Soo-jung hopes the same as she braces herself and opens the test results. She gasps when she sees that the class average has gone up to 51.8 percent and gasps even louder when she sees that first place in the whole school goes to Seung-woo.

The students see the rankings for themselves, completely floored to see Seung-woo’s name listed over Chae-min’s. Chae-min is, of course, outraged, but the Wildflowers don’t let him kill their good mood. Soo-jung joins in to make things even better; she gathers everyone around and reveals that they successfully raised their average score.

But it looks like they celebrated too soon. Se-ho calls Soo-jung and Teacher Park into his office to tell them that they’re investigating the test scores. Soo-jung tries to defend her students, but Se-ho outright accuses them of getting information from Park.

Se-ho shows them the photos of Bok-soo and Park looking over documents (though the actual documents are strategically illegible). He also has evidence of someone breaking into the safe, where the test answers were, and the only people who know the password are Teacher Park and Principal Kim.

With this much against them, they’ll have to expel Bok-soo again. Soo-jung blurts out how unfair Se-ho is being, but Teacher Park holds her back. He takes Soo-jung aside and explains what the documents were and why they can’t say anything about them. Furthermore, they can’t let Bok-soo get misunderstood all over again.

Teacher Park promises to take care of the situation and heads back to Se-ho’s office. Se-ho smirks and wonders what he’s in for this time, but Park simply says that he’ll take responsibility for everything so long as Bok-soo doesn’t get hurt.

Tired of hearing about Bok-soo, Se-ho orders Park to just fill out the rest of his resignation letter and leave. Park complies but he’s not finished. “Se-ho, making others suffer won’t make your own suffering disappear,” he tells him. “You’ll only suffer more.”

He starts to leave, but Se-ho shouts that he should stop pretending to be a good teacher and scold him. Se-ho messed with Park and his precious Bok-soo to this degree, so he can’t just walk away.

Park can’t scold Se-ho, though–not when he knows that Se-ho’s heart is still hurting. He brings him into a hug and sincerely apologizes that he wasn’t able to help him. And Se-ho is still as a statue, even as Park releases him and leaves. He stares at the closed door, a tear falling down his face.

In the teachers’ office, Park is cleaning out his desk when Soo-jung places her hand on his, shaking her head and tearing up. Park pats her hand, smiling sadly, and walks past. Soo-jung numbly returns to her classroom and runs into Bok-soo. When he sees her crying, he asks what happened.

After hearing the whole story, Bok-soo finds Teacher Park and demands he hand over his belongings. The two struggle over the box until it falls to the ground. And with that, Bok-soo breaks down, saying he’ll just drop out.

Park holds Bok-soo back and yells that he can’t let anything happen to him. If Park fails to protect him, then he doesn’t know what he’d do.

Bok-soo turns away to cry, and as the bell rings, Park calms down to say, “Bok-soo, you must graduate this time.”

Park then picks up his belongings and continues down the hall, getting teary-eyed as well. He walks out the doors of Seolsong, while Bok-soo can only stand where he is and watch.

  
COMMENTS

No, no, no, no, no. I will not tolerate this! How dare this show mess with my feelings! Things were going so well for our Wildflowers, and once again, Se-ho had to snatch it all away. I want to be furious with this man, but anytime he gives me a reason to hate him, he just gives me another reason to pity him. I’ve praised the show (and Kwak Dong-yeon) for the complexity of the character, but I’m tired.

I’m tired of going back and forth with him, just as Bok-soo and Soo-jung must be. They’ve tried so many times to get through to him, to try to fix what was broken nine years ago, but he keeps giving them reasons to hate him again. It’s like Se-ho wants them to know that he’s broken, but he doesn’t want anyone to come near him, much less fix him. He’d rather brood in his office, alone with his own suffering.

I wonder if Se-ho has ever realized that his actions were only making him feel worse. Sometimes he seems self-aware, but other times, like when Teacher Park embraced him, he doesn’t. He’s a smart person, so he has to know to some degree that ruining the people around him won’t make him happy. Because once those people are ruined, what is it that he has left? His cruel, patronizing mother? His dark, corrupted high school?

There is no reward for those who simply want destruction. Yet all Se-ho has done is move forward, tearing down Bok-soo, then Soo-jung, and now Park, the only teacher that’s really cared for him. He keeps telling these three, and himself, that he doesn’t want to live in the past, but that is literally all he does. He lives with the hatred he had with 2009 Bok-soo, the longing he had with 2009 Soo-jung, and the overwhelming feeling of neglect he had with 2009 Park. If only he could learn to communicate with the 2019 Bok-soo, Soo-jung and Park.

It’s hard to tell, but I think Se-ho is starting to crack. While everyone else has tried to get to him with threats or challenges, Teacher Park approached him with kindness and sincerity. Park continues to do so, no matter how much Se-ho talks back, because he sees the hurt little kid hidden in the shadows of this cold, calculating man. That last scene with Park and Bok-soo broke my heart (the two actors are truly amazing together), but if anyone brings Park back to Seolsong, it better be Se-ho. Park is an important asset to Seolsong, and Se-ho needs to see that.

But enough about Se-ho–I at least want to stay mad at him until next week. Right now, I want to talk about the awesomeness that is the Wildflower Class. I have never seen that many students that desperate to avoid studying; it was the funniest bit in the show by far for me. And though it took some time, I’m glad that the class came to their senses as a group, as if they fight as one. In this school, they are one force, and they are a force to be reckoned with. Sure, we hit a speed bump in those last few minutes, but I have no doubt that these kids can prove themselves. Again.

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Ooooooh yes baby! That header made want to pick up the drama again. I sort of dropped it two episodes ago because we weren't seeing enough of Wildflower Class.
I'm off to watch and then will read the recap. Thank you @sailorjumun! :D

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Mom figures that if he let go of this student by mistake, all he has to do is grab hold of them now

Grab hold of him by the throat, maybe? Or by the...

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Not surprised at all that Seung Woo ranked the highest, we've been given multiple hints that he's failing on purpose & now I really can't wait to see why. He lives alone, has a job, & is ignored by his mother? He has to be rich, but opted to abandon it altogether maybe for less pressure? His story is the most interesting to me among the students aside from Young Min.
I just love love LOVE Kwak Dong Yeon (been a fan for a while now) and each time he just surprises me more & more. I'm glad he's gaining experience with such versatile characters (he's only 22!). Se Ho is such a complex character, you know his past & why he is the way he is yet you just want to punch him because he's such an ass. I do agree with your assessment that he's starting to crack, his outburst at Teacher Park showed it. He wants to be scolded because he knows what he's doing is wrong & he deserves punishment, but he's still writhing with jealousy that he's refusing to back down. He knows he's being unreasonable, but he also wants to please his mother & is aware this is a way to do it. His mom is corrupt so why not be like that? Why not torture the people whom I blame for my problems because it's easier? Se Ho will become aware that he's the reason for his misery. Yes his mom is a bitch, but he had good friends & a teacher who genuinely cared about him which could have counteracted whatever he was getting from her. So Ho wants what Bok Su has, but instead of trying to be a friend he pushes everyone away. In the end, Oh Se Ho will be lonely and only have paid/forced loyalty like his mom.

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Seho or rather Kwak Dong Yeon really stepped it up this week (although his performance has been stellar all around).

I kindof love how destructive and how selfdestructive he is - he doesnt seem to have any will to protective him self, as long as he gets to destroy others.

And I agree, he knowa hes being completely unreasonable and is crying for someone to stop him. I guess it makes sense ina twisted way: if there is justice in the world SOMEONE will stop him. If nobody stops him, the world is terrible and deserves what hes doing to it.

I still think he can be saved and make things right. But I also think he screams tragedy, so we'll see how much deeper and darker he still has to go.

Have I mentioned I love this show? I love this show.

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My kingdom for an edit button.

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😄😄

I feel like saturtledaisy vs typos is an ongoing saga.

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Typing on a phone is not ideal :(

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Se Ho's mindset is amazing tbh He's so self-destructive & while he knows what he's doing isn't right, he also isn't trying to stop. I think Teacher Park will be part of what breaks him, his speech got to him so it's only a matter of time before he really starts to go off the deep end.

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I wasn't surprised either about Seung Woo. I don't know if this was discussed in previous threads, but anyone who can pick all the wrong answers on exams to make sure that they get a zero, knows all the right answers.

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I think it was discussed before, maybe last week? Yes, if someone purposely gets all the answers wrong, they know it all. I want to know why he's failing on purpose.

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Why Seung Woo must be rich?

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Based on everything we've seen of him, I'm willing to bet he comes from money (maybe not rich, but not poor either). Maybe he comes from a similar type of home like Se Ho but managed to escape unscathed.

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I got totally different vibe, that he is from poorer background and neglected by parents or orphan. He acting very disillusioned so he saw darker side of life imho.

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There's something interesting about his past & I don't see how he's acting disillusioned? It's obvious he's living on his own & is very smart, but choosing to fail. This shows me that he was once a top student somewhere & transferred to Sulseong to not feel pressure.

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@shai21, to me it was sign of his disillusion, picking always bad answer, because for somebody like him, who is unprivileged, good grades don't matter, and maybe a little cry for help, to have teachers notice that something is wrong, but alas, because of his background no teacher until Soo Jeong ever pay attention to him. He is living on his own in rather sordid condition and his earning power is very limited so I don't think it his choice.

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If this show doesn't make Best Direction somewhere by the end of the year, I will lose my shit.

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In love with the Wildflower class :D
Seung Woo topped! Yay!!
lol at Chae Min's face
And let me add.. YSH can KISS
Also teacher Park :'(

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Teacher Park trying (and failing) to bring attention to the corruption at Seolsong was heartbreaking. When not even the people whose literal job is investigating corruption will help, what do you do? It also let me see more of the world Se-ho lives in; when money vanishes away the consequences of your actions, when you've never been held accountable for anything,how do you develop a moral backbone?

That said, I don't think "oh, but his childhood!!" is going to cut it as an excuse for his actions. There is no excuse. If every single one of use with wounds from our childhoods (Bok-soo included) lashed out at others the way he did, the world would be a nightmare.

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The relationship and their interactions between Se-Ho and the Teacher were really touching. I like how the teacher realized that he failed Se-Ho in the past but he won't give up on him in the present. I'm still curious what is the real deal with the school for Se-Ho. He wants the Windflower classe aways because of Bong So but it looks like he want to use the school by smashing it because of his mum.

I'm happy that Seung Woo has finaly accepted that he's smart :p

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Was I the only one who clapped when Teacher Park gave SeHo a hug?
That boy needed a hug....He needs several hugs! They all just need to group hug him and not let go.
I can't say that I hate him, I dislike his mother more, but he does make me angry. Like Sailorjumen said before, he makes you want to slap him and hug him at the same time. He's such a complex character (shout out to KDY for his exceptional acting), you see all the pain behind everything he does. He's not just evil for evil's sake (like his mom), but there's some major stuff going on with him.
More HUGS!

P.S. I'm really intrigued to see what his end game is when it comes to the school, and his mother.

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Nope. I totally cheered. He needed that more than anything. Kdramas need more hugs in general though, ha.

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I look forward to more Wildflower squad shenanigans in the future!

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Dangnabit, show! You're just determined to make me feel for Seho. No, no, no! I won't. I refuse. He's a broken little man-child. He's responsible for his own actions. No, no, no*

*I kind of do
*sigh

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When Kwak Dong Yeon finally gets a lead role, I am going to be disappointed, unless the lead is well written. He is truly a spectacular actor.

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The recaps missed the crucial part where Boksoo literally announces he is an actual SUN.

I feel called out. I love this show.

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