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Extraordinary You: Episodes 13-14

Even though she only knew him for a short time, our heroine is completely lost without the friend who’s changed her life in so many ways. Her fiance gets a chance to step up and help, but he has a lot to make up for and she naturally finds it difficult to trust him. A new character shows up in the story, throwing everyone into confusion wondering why he’s there and how this might change the story for them all yet again.

  
EPISODE 13

Kyung makes it back to the school before Dan-oh, and he finds Haru’s sketchbook on the windowsill by his old desk. Taking it to the pool, Kyung tears out the pages and flings them into the water, and when he finds a sketch of Dan-oh, he just tosses the entire book in.

Dan-oh wakes at the hospital, and she runs back to the school in the pouring rain to look for Haru. She goes to the library, but the Secret manhwa is gone from its spot on the shelf. Kyung has it, and he tosses it at her feet angrily.

She realizes that he’s self-aware when he yells that she’s had a crush on him for ten years, and that he knows it’s just her character, but it’s still disappointing. He tells Dan-oh that at first, he didn’t understand what Haru meant about scenes changing, and that he was confused on the day she broke their engagement when she kept talking about characters and how it’s all fake.

But then Kyung found Secret and it all started making sense, and he began deliberately taunting Haru just for fun. He sneers that it’s Dan-oh and Haru’s fault that Haru disappeared, yelling that she won’t become a lead character by doing whatever she wants. He warns Dan-oh that she could disappear, too, because she’s only an extra, and her heart condition is a built-in excuse for the Writer to get rid of her.

Dan-oh picks up Secret and leaves, and when she flips through the pages, she realizes that Haru has been replaced by a different student named Park Mo-bum. She desperately asks other students if they’ve seen Haru, but none of them have ever heard of him before, and they insist that Mo-beom is student number 13.

Do-hwa is worried about her, and she tells him that Haru disappeared. They go to see Mi-chae, who says that he warned Haru this might happen, but Haru chose to help Dan-oh anyway. He says they should be glad that only Haru vanished, because they’ve changed so much of the story that they can no longer predict what will happen next.

Dan-oh has trouble accepting that her insistence on changing the story is the reason Haru is gone, so she runs through the school hallways, calling for him. Mi-chae tries to stop her, but she sobs that searching for Haru is all she can do.

Eventually she ends up in the middle of the soccer field, sobbing her poor heart out. Kyung sees her and fights the instinct to go to her, leaving her crying all alone.

He meets his parents for a Stage at a high-end accessory store, where his father picks out a bag for Kyung to give to Dan-oh. He purposely lingers until Nam-ju’s parents show up, and he introduces himself (he’s been angling for Dan-oh’s father to introduce him to Chairman Oh for quite a while).

Kyung scoffs internally as he watches his father’s obvious kissing-up to Chairman Oh, and his father lies that he insisted on buying a gift for his fiancee from this store. While the parents are talking, Kyung notices Nam-ju’s mother shooting him a nasty glare.

The Stage ends as they leave the store, so Kyung says what he’s really thinking — that his father is using Dan-oh again to make business connections. He says he’s actually starting to pity her, and he throws the expensive bag to the ground and storms off.

Dan-oh sits at home, staring at the picture that no longer has Haru in it. In the morning, she visits Mi-chae again, and she promises not to change anything and play her character however the Writer wants if Mi-chae helps her bring Haru back.

Outside, Nam-ju overhears the Yang bullies discussing whether to invite Do-hwa to play soccer with them. He reminds them that he kicked Do-hwa out of A3, so later, when Do-hwa tries to join them, he can tell from their nervous expressions that Nam-ju warned them away from him.

He kicks the soccer ball in frustration and Joo-da picks it up, triggering a Stage. She mentions his confession at Nam-ju’s party, and against his will, Do-hwa tells her to forget it. Internally, he thinks sadly that onStage, he’ll only ever be a friend to Joo-da.

Despite being offStage, Do-hwa goes to the A3 hideout to play his violin. Nam-ju hammers it home that he’s not in A3 any longer, but Do-hwa says he wanted to play his violin once because he wanted to, not because he was forced to.

He asks Nam-ju what he would do if he had to watch him and Joo-da together, and Nam-ju says he wouldn’t stand by and watch the girl he likes with another guy. He says that Do-hwa is no match for him anyway, and agreeing, Do-hwa says that if he’d realized that sooner, Nam-ju’s party wouldn’t have been ruined, Joo-da would be happy, and Haru would still be here.

Kyung runs into Dan-oh on the way to music class, and he’s annoyed when she hopefully calls out Haru’s name then wilts to see that it’s only him. He stifles his reaction and gives her a strawberry milk, then leaves her alone without saying anything mean.

During music class, Dan-oh again blurts out “Haru?!” when the teacher calls on student 13, then begins sobbing that nobody remembers Haru. Kyung pulls her into the hall, where she begs him to say that he remembers Haru, so Kyung admits that yes, he remembers him. He tells her gently that it’s time to stop this, but poor Dan-oh can’t stop crying.

Later, Kyung finds Do-hwa moping and asks if he’s sad about Haru, too. Do-hwa suddenly realizes that if Kyung remembers Haru, that must mean he’s self-aware, though he’s saddened that Dan-oh is too upset to be glad about Kyung. Mi-chae watches them, grumbling that he has no idea where this story is headed.

Dan-oh lays on Haru’s desk and closes her eyes for a while. She’s startled to hear Haru’s voice call her name, and she sees him sitting on the windowsill. Kyung enters the classroom and Haru disappears, and Kyung gets angry that Dan-oh is still crying over an extra. But when he sees her distraught expression, his anger drains away.

That night, a wind blows through the open window in the library, ruffling the drawings that Haru taped to the walls. Whoa, his drawings are still there? Beside the drawings is a huge shimmering portal, exactly like the one Dan-oh and Haru saw that day outside the school.

Dan-oh is surprised when she finds Kyung waiting to give her a ride home after school. She refuses, and you can see him struggle to stifle his outburst and ask her nicely. But Dan-oh continues walking alone, so Kyung has his driver follow her, and eventually he gets out to insist she let him drive her home.

Her heart monitor goes off, so she gives in and gets in the car, but she’s silent the entire way. Kyung drops a bag in her lap, and awww, it’s tissues and things to help her feel better after crying so much. Dan-oh ignores it, though, so Kyung takes out a cold pack and holds it to her eyes for her.

At her house, Kyung notes that she’s not eating either, and asks if she’s really that upset, and Dan-oh says that this is all her fault. Kyung tells her that he’ll do whatever “that jerk” did for her, even promising to help her change the story, but Dan-oh says that only Haru can do that. Growing angry again, Kyung asks if Haru made Dan-oh help him change the story.

He doesn’t understand why she wants to change anything since she has a nice life and good friends, but Dan-oh tells him bluntly, “I’m dying. If the Writer draws a scene where I die, I’ll die immediately. That’s my set-up… all of my remaining time is used for main or supporting characters like you. I’m your fiancee and Nam-ju’s classmate, but before that, I’m Eun Dan-oh. You would never know how desperate I am to spend my time for myself.”

A new Stage starts as Joo-da is leaving for school the following morning. Nam-ju’s mother pushes her way into the yard, insisting on delivering all new appliances for Joo-da’s tiny run-down house, sneering that Joo-da should have some dignity as a Seuli High student. Joo-da is surprised that Nam-ju’s mother knows about her sick grandmother and her part-time job, but Nam-ju’s mom says that her son has told her all about their scholarship student.

Joo-da tries to decline any future help, but Nam-ju’s mother tells her snidely to accept it while she’s offering. She says that there’s something in life more important than pride, and lets her derision show on her face for a moment before leaving.

Humiliated now that she thinks Nam-ju was only nice to her because of his family’s company, Joo-da goes to the A3 hideout at school. She returns the shoes that Nam-ju gave her at his birthday party and says she had fun playing Cinderella, but that after everything disappears on the stroke of midnight, it feels pretty awful.

It’s time for Seuli High’s annual Sports Day, where all the classes compete in different athletic categories. HAHA, even Mi-chae complains about all the work the Writer gave him to prepare, and wonders why the students never seem to actually study.

Do-hwa shows up in his terrible class t-shirt, and Mi-chae notes that he seems to feel better today. H flips through Secret, becoming suddenly alert when he sees something startling. Do-hwa goes to look, and his eyes also go wide.

EPISODE 14

Dan-oh has to sit in the bleachers because of her heart, and she watches the girls in her class race. Nam-ju gets carried away cheering for Joo-da, and when she wins, he lets loose a whoop that draws everyone’s attention, hee. He’s practicing an apology when Dan-oh wanders by and catches him. She says with a pout that he’s a lead so he doesn’t need to try so hard.

The day continues with silly games between the classes. HAHA, Nam-ju’s class wins the tug-of-war when Nam-ju takes the front of the rope and the girls from the other class all run at him. Dan-oh mopes that everyone is having fun without even knowing that Haru disappeared.

The announcement of the three-legged race starts another Stage, and Dan-oh sighs to find herself holding a banner that says Baek Kyung loves Dan-oh. Kyung joins her, and she simpers that she’s happy to be participating in her first Sports Day and spending time with him. The Stage ends and Dan-oh tosses the banner at Kyung.

She stands to leave, but Kyung says that she’ll have to stay by his side, though Dan-oh argues that the Writer makes her. Kyung says that the only reason things changed was because Haru came between them, but Dan-oh snaps that nothing has changed, because her true self never liked him.

The ~BLIP~ begins another Stage, and Kyung and Dan-oh wake up to find their legs tied together as they stand on the starting line. The teacher asks if she’s well enough to race, and she grins that she can do anything with Kyung’s help.

The race begins and Kyung and Dan-oh pull to the front, but when Dan-oh loses a shoe, she sees where this Stage is going. She thinks desperately, “This is so cruel. I don’t want to be here. I hate everything that’s happening!” She trips and her heart monitor starts beeping, and predictably, Kyung gets angry and storms off.

The Stage ends and Dan-oh tries to retrieve her shoe, but she trips and falls again. Someone picks up her shoe, and she looks up to see… Haru! She’s elated, but he just looks at her blankly, drops the shoe in front of her, and walks away. What?

Haru catches up to Kyung, acting like they’re the best of friends. Dan-oh joins them and grabs Haru’s shirt, sobbing that she won’t lose him again, but he smacks her hand and tells her not to touch him. He pulls Kyung away by the wrist, leaving Dan-oh stunned. Okay, what is happening??

Do-hwa runs over to show Dan-oh what he and Mi-chae found in Secret… Haru is now listed as an extra. But his character description says he’s a member of the tennis team, and that he’s loyal to Kyung.

Another Stage starts and this time Do-hwa wakes up in the school lobby, watching incredulously as Haru follows Kyung around like a puppy. He’s shocked when Haru says hi — he even has lines! Do-hwa finishes the Stage, but as soon as the Shadow starts, he rushes back to tell Haru that he’s been worried sick about him. Haru has no idea what Do-hwa is talking about, confusing Do-hwa, but Kyung just gives Haru a curious stare.

A table of drinks has been set up outside, which Sae-mi’s father donated. She invites the other girls to take some, but every time Joo-da reaches for one, they knock it out of her hands. They talk about their parents’ Sports Day donations, like food trucks and massage chairs, then load Joo-da’s arms with drinks as if she’s a charity case.

Feeling bad for Joo-da, Do-hwa brings her some strawberry milk once the Stage ends. She calls him her guardian angel again, but he says that a guardian angel wouldn’t stand aside while she’s being bullied. He says she’s like Nam-ju, the same onStage and in the Shadow, and muses that Haru changed because of his greed.

As they wait for the dodgeball game to start, Haru is still acting like he and Kyung are best friends. Kyung suspects that Haru might be lying about not remembering anything, but he says he’ll find out soon enough.

Haru and Dan-oh are on opposite sides during the game, and Dan-oh chatters about things that happened before, trying to get him to remember her. Haru spends the game protecting Kyung, grabbing the ball every time it’s about to hit him. Kyung can see Dan-oh losing faith that Haru will remember, and she stops avoiding the ball and just stands there, the perfect target.

Haru sizes her up, obviously planning to hit her with the ball and knock her out of the game. He winds up, and she cringes… but instead of the hard toss he was planning, he just gently bounces the ball off her hip. It pretty much kills Dan-oh’s hope that the Haru she knows is still in there somewhere.

Later, Haru brings Dan-oh a gift from Kyung. She exclaims over his smooth palm, but he says he’s never had a scar there. He goes to Kyung, who grumbles that he has to give Dan-oh presents occasionally so that she won’t bother him too much.

He mentions the dodgeball game, but Haru doesn’t remember it, even when Kyung says that he won the game by hitting Dan-oh with the ball. Kyung notes that Haru remembers the Stage but not the Shadow, and he asks if Haru is no longer self-aware, but Haru just acts like Kyung is talking crazy.

After the soccer game, Kyung asks Haru if he used to be close with Dan-oh, but Haru says that he only knows her as Kyung’s fiancee. Kyung finally accepts that Haru is telling the truth and doesn’t remember anything, and he decides that he likes this version of Haru.

Mi-chae is concerned that Haru remembers nothing, and that now he has a character set-up and lines onStage. He’s also curious whether Haru really lost his memory or if he’s just pretending. Darkly, he wonders if this will change someone else’s set-up, or even their entire story.

He finds Haru sitting under the flowers that always show up near him. He tells Haru that the flowers symbolize “waiting,” and he leans in to peer at Haru closely. He says it really is him, musing that, “Your personality has changed a bit, but actually, you’re more like your old character now.”

He asks if Haru’s hand has stopped hurting, and he says he’s not sure yet if this is a good thing. With a sarcastic grin, he decides to wait and see what happens.

That evening, Kyung is dragged to Dan-oh’s house by his father, who claims that Kyung insisted on visiting his fiancee. Dan-oh states that she doesn’t feel well, and when Chairman Baek asks if she needs to go to the hospital, Kyung snaps at him for pretending to care about her.

Dan-oh hisses that he’s lost his mind, but Kyung reminds her that their fathers won’t remember this, anyway. He tells Chairman Eun that Chairman Baek is using his sick daughter to make a good impression, and just when everyone is extremely upset, a Stage starts up and suddenly they’re all smiles.

Dan-oh thanks at Kyung for the expensive bag, and the dads discuss setting a wedding date. Once the Stage is over, Dan-oh and Kyung go up to Dan-oh’s room, where she fusses at him for making such a scene earlier. She says that, even if they won’t remember, he should at least feel apologetic that his family is using hers.

He fires back that he goes along with the way things are written. He asks if she wants to be more than just an extra, or if she wants to change her set-up of being terminally ill… or if it’s because of Haru. Kyung tells Dan-oh that Haru can’t change her story, but he can because he’s her partner in the story.

Another Stage starts as Kyung and his father walk to their car. Chairman Baek praises Kyung for successfully convincing Chairman Eun that he cares for Dan-oh, then in the same breath, he threatens to cut Kyung from his life if he refuses to marry Dan-oh again. He gives Kyung a thick handful of cash as payment for the good work he’s done, then the Stage ends.

Freed now, Kyung drops the money and sneers that he’s just a character who lets his father use him because he doesn’t want to be abandoned. Chairman Baek punches Kyung, but when he pulls back a fist for a second punch, Kyung shoves him away.

He walks alone to the school and finds the copy of Secret, and he’s surprised to see Haru at his locker. He asks if Secret looks familiar to Haru, but Haru frowns and says no. He looks worried when he notices Kyung’s split lip, and Kyung sneers that when someone is finally worried about him, it’s Haru, of all people.

In the kitchen, Mi-chae remembers how Haru said before his disappearance, “If there’s no answer to how I came to this world, I will make my own answer with Dan-oh.” Dan-oh comes to tell him that Haru returned, but that he has no memory of her. Mi-chae asks if she plans to try to make him self-aware again, but she says no.

She says that she loved it when they changed the story together, and she didn’t care if it messed up the story, because it gave her hope that she would live. But she admits that she’s been scared ever since Haru disappeared, because she wants to accept life as an extra but she’s afraid to die.

At the same time, Haru is leaving the school, and he’s startled by the sound of quickly flipping pages. He follows the sound to the library, and into the deserted corner where his old sketches are still on the wall.

The shimmering portal is also still there, only this time, two people who look like Haru and Dan-oh in Joseon-era clothing can be seen. The girl says, “I will make my own answer. With you.”

Haru turns the corner and sees the portal, and his eyes go wide.

  
COMMENTS

Well, that pretty much proves the theory that the characters in Secret are recycled from the Flower manhwa, and maybe even from other stories before that. And as this drama tends to do, answering one question only leads to many more. Why is the writer re-using characters? Is it the recycling that’s causing them to become self-aware, possibly just because they’ve existed for so long and eventually they were bound to remember something? Why some characters and not others? And does the Writer even know this is happening?

My primary questions, though, concern Haru. What about Haru makes him special to the point that he’s able to change the story when none of the others can? Why did he have that scar, and why did it disappear when he came back without his memory? What’s the significance of the flowers and the fact that they symbolize waiting? I also feel that there’s something connecting Haru and Mi-chae, though at this point any guesses I have about Mi-chae’s existence are just guesses, and not because of anything we’ve seen or been told. But what did he mean when he said that Haru is more like his “old character?”

Kyung was given a chance to shine with Haru gone, but he didn’t do much to redeem himself. I get that Kyung is scared to lose Dan-oh, either to another guy or to her heart condition, but that’s no excuse to treat her so hatefully. He’s capable of being gentle and caring with her, but then he does something else that’s so mean, I just can’t bring myself to like him. He shows promise, such as when he gave Dan-oh some things to help her feel better after crying for days, and when he offered to help her change the story, but then he turns around and says hurtful things again.

But at least he’s said some things that clue us in as to why he acts like he does. I think that mostly, Kyung is scared to care about Dan-oh because he lost his mother to a terminal illness. He’s also not trying to buck the story, because in his mind there’s nothing that will change his life for the better, so he may as well go along with his character as he’s written. I do think that Kyung cares about Dan-oh, which is why he’s offering to help her change her set-up and in the process make her forget Haru. He’s just never had to be nice to anyone before, so he doesn’t really know how — but you can see him trying.

I have some theories on other characters who are either self-aware, or on the way there. First and foremost is Joo-da, who mostly sticks to her character both on and offStage as Do-hwa noted. But there are tiny moments when I think she’s starting to wake up. I also suspect Kyung’s stepmother as being on the way to self-awareness — this one is mostly a hunch because of the way she’s objected to her husband’s behavior at times, and instead of lashing out at her like an abuser would do, he doesn’t seem to notice. But I’m pretty sure that Kyung’s stepbrother Joon-hyun is fully self-aware, and may have been for quite some time… he’s very interested in Dan-oh’s actions, and he’s urged Kyung several times offStage to be nice to her. Something about him just reminds me of Mi-chae with the way he observes everything so closely, but keeps himself out of the story as much as possible. I think that the more Dan-oh and Haru learn about themselves and their own pasts, the more the self-awareness will spread among the characters until the entire manhwa world is blown wide open.

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wow.. reviews are so behind.. 3 episodes behind

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Woah ... that's not a nice thing to say, better way could be: thanx for writing a new review @LollyPip. We all have our live and struggles, so someone taking his time and heart to write essays we all wholeheartedly enjoy is not a givin' . just sayin' ^_~

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Sorry, it's 'life' not 'live' ... too early for correct english

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hear hear! Thank you @Lollypip!!! Lollypip isn't just transcribing he said this and she said that and that happened, but there is a secondary storytelling that happens in her writing, along with some great commentary that adds a lot of value to the drama watching experience!

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The problem is with you if you choose to associate negativity with that comment

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Thank you for the supportive comments :) A stomach flu has been rampaging through me and my family, but we're getting better and I'll catch up as quickly as I can!

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Get well soon, @lollypip ♥️

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Take a look at how many shows LollyPip is recapping right now. There's only so many hours in the day. Le sigh.

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What is wrong with you guys..
or is it like you guys missing daily dose of making yourself feel good..

Writer will write when the writer has time and whatever the understanding writer has with dramabeans.. that doesn't change the fact it is 3 episodes behind.. which again is merely a statement on an observation

chill !

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Oh, I'm sorry, if my words offended you, that wasn't my intention at all - I just wanted to express my gratitude towards @LollyPip who is doing a marvelous job with recapping. It's not that I want to force you to explain your statement, I just felt like it sounded a bit harsh. Just stating a fact could come across as a little bit incoherently. Again - I'm sorry, and Chill!

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Yes.. instead of lecturing me on what I should have written and going as far as drafting the statement for me, you should have validated if your assumptions were right...

anyway.. not worth dragging this

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My comment contained a similar type of phrasing as yours. I'f you're going for the "misread" gambit, so am I.

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和气生财
Sometimes retreat is the better option. lol
The comment is nothing serious at all - there are far more important things, like enjoying recaps ^_~

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lol..
you don't get to tell me something directly and then call it an observation or play misread card

You came in trying your morality propaganda on me with "take a look" .. what did you want me to take a look at? there is a clear assumption built in which just shows how your narrow mindedness of categorizing things into the negativity bucket

You were rude... and i am definitely not taking in your rude remark

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I'm sorry for piling on, alasecond. I guess I had primed myself to get riled up like this after just having had a conversation about a frustrating situation with an overly nice and generous friend and made assumptions. I've made my share of neutral-no-meaning-behind-it observations in real life that have rubbed some people the wrong way.

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I appreciate this post..

yes, it was nothing more than a mere observation .. atleast i was thinking about how i can't talk about new episodes on this thread

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I didn't take anything back. I behaved towards you the same way you behaved towards LollyPip.

Chill !

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what do you want to take back?

And dude/lady whatever.. watch your own words..

How did you behave towards me? Exactly how or why was that statement rude? No, the real problem is how you take things... and like i said.. you ain't nobody to give me morality lecture.. but if you attack me, i am not going to take it silently

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lol the reason people got so mad at you for this comment is because the wording comes off rather rude and demanding. and before you come in with another "it's your problem if you read it that way"... no, that's not how that works. think about the way you phrase things before blaming others for reading it a certain way.

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Brilliant.. so now you will tell me that your interpretation trumps everything else.. which word was rude..

you guys have serious problem.. where you can't accept that you ganged up without much ado..

And yes, that's exactly how it works.. before you point fingers, you must be sure of what you are pointing finger at.. you need to think about whether the words are rude or your interpretation makes it rude!

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get over yourself

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aha!.. were you at it since last few months..
are you done over evaluating yourself?

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Okay everyone, that's enough please. This is not what Dramabeans is about.

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Seems like there's some truth in my previous theory about the degree of the real personality each self-aware characters awakened in themselves. Watching Kyung this eps reminded me of Do-hwa in his early awakened state. I can see that Kyung cared about his friends, Dan-oh, and his broken family in his own way, but as expected, he couldn't say even one nice thing about it all. He isn't as cold and cruel as his stage persona, but he never really going out of his way to be kind either. He worried, but it came off as harsh scolding. He wanted to hang on to the relationships he has, but he couldn't stop twisting it into them needing him instead. He hated how cruelly manipulative his dad was, he clearly despised how he has to take a part in taking advantage of Dan-oh's terminal illness, but he is just as violent and full of pent-up rage as his father whenever he expressed his disagreement about it. And don't even let me start about that green monster of jealousy that seemed to have him in its tight clutch. Sigh... Kyung...

It's interesting that Haru came back as Kyung's loyal follower. Given how at times, Haru seemed to be cared a lot about Kyung when he was self aware, I wonder if that was what prompted the manhwa to give this kind of role to Haru now. Or maybe in the previous iteration (long before the drama started), there's already some close relationship between the 2 boys. But all in all, I'm excited to see what kind of dynamic these 2 will bring to the story. Wouldn't it be nice if Kyung managed to change a bit and be nicer not because of Dan-oh and his complicated feelings for her like so many other romance stories out there, but instead because he has loyal friend like Haru at his side?

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First Kyung throws the book at Dan Oh with a scary look, convincing me he's the real villain of the show... Then he throws the drawings into the pool and yep, I write him off as a no-good jerk... But then he gives weepy Dan Oh tissues and offers to help her change the story (which she ignores) and I start to think he's redeemable... After that he speaks up to abusive Dad in Shadow scenes and I'm cheering for him... But then he gets confrontational with Haru and I'm back at thinking he's a jerk. *sigh*

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I had exactly the same reactions. It's quite sad really.

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Baek Kyung has feelings for Danoh even if he never expressed or recognized them. He always was jealous of Danoh-Haru relationship, the fact Danoh wanted to be with Haru and she didn't care about him in the Shadow. Danoh has no idea what it's happening in his head, so she can hurt him without realizing it. But he's acting like a jerk. He doesnt' take in count what Danoh wants but what he wants, he's happy with the situation. He likes their relationship set-up and wants to use it to have Danoh for him. I hope he could learn that love is not like this.

The disappearance of Haru was pretty abrupt, was he punished because he saved Danoh? Did she have to die in this swimmingpool? The writer showed that he has all the power by resetting Haru character in new one.

The return of Haru made change their love triangle in a pretty funny way.

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That first sceenshot. Ah. I loveee it. I have watched all the episodes so far, and I will say it again. Baek kyung and Danoh's chemistry is off the charts. Danoh and Haru are terribly sweet together, but when she is with Kyung, omg, they sizzle. I think it has a lot to do with Kyung. He is so many things and keeps changing, and I don't know what's happening. One minute he's a villain, the next he's sweet and hurting puppy. One minute he's a bully, the next he's so tender towards Danoh. I am confused. But the height difference between Danoh and Kyung in that pic is just so heartflutteringly swoonworthy.

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I'm right there with you. Though I do feel, from Dan oh's perspective, Kyung is the WORST and totally toxic, I just can't write him off. The tiny glimmers of not-so-badness make it seem like there is potential there - he just needs an attitude makeover.

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That was a very nice recap. I think that I may have missed a few things so I'm glad you're doing the recaps. I am continually intrigued by the mysteries in the story, and the existentialism of the plot. It seems to be pointless and yet why are they all there? I myself was a bit behind in watching the show, but I recently caught up, and honestly, I'm no closer to cracking the mystery of this world. What I fear the most though, is that this world that we're watching is truly finite, with a beginning and an end, with all of the characters ending as well, and poor Dan Oh will not be able to experience the rest of her life.

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If the story ends, will all their lives disappear or will the Shadow go on forever?

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It will go onto the next story. I wonder if the drama will involve the writer at some point. Like break that wall into the real world. It feels like the only way the story can change is if someone convinces the manhwa writer to stop reusing lines and characters.

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I keep expecting the writer to show up, or I should say, a character appearing that turns out to be the writer. Who it could be I have no idea, but I suppose it could be someone who loves having the same trope show up over and over, LOL.

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I have no idea where the story will go but I'm here for DohWa reactions (and his violin), he has the best inner voice commentary.
But I think in the other story Kyung was second lead to Haru's main, and that's the source of their competitiveness against each other.

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I feel like there is a protective element to Haru's relationship with Kyung. I wonder if Haru was a bodyguard or even a friend to Kyung in the previous life (but then became enemies).

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Angsty episodes tend to get looked upon unfavourably around here, but when the angst is relevant, necessary and doesn't overstay it's welcome, I love it. Dan-oh's best friend effectively died, and no one could grieve with her, and I found that so heart-wrenching. Not Haru can go away, though.

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Thank you for writing this! I felt like the angst was done very well and I agree, Haru effectively died and no one except DoHwa, Fried Squid (who didn't care), and Kyung (who also didn't care) remembered him. It was already sort of sad that Haru didn't have a name at first and no one could remember him in class. Then just when he started to have a presence - poof! Gone! And Fried Squid was telling this 17 year old girl that this is her fault and showed zero sympathy.

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I am not a fan of angst (especially of the drummed up kind) and often will drop a show right at that point, but this is angst done very well as you said. I was transfixed.

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I thought Dan-oh's grief was well portrayed, but I did hope Haru's disappearance and reappearance would be explained. It's like he fell off Cliff of Non-Doom and came back (with amnesia) all within one episode.

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I'm happy not to know the rules of this universe, since the characters don't, but that one definitely could have done with some explaining. At the least, it would have been nice if they could have tried to show it from Haru's perspective or something.

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The horror lurking behind the fun manga set-up!

I can see why this is the ultimate horror for Dan Oh, who fights for her own individuality and passionately desires her independent existence. Not only is she grieving for Haru, and despairing for herself, in a world where she can't process either of those things with those around her. She has to feel responsible for blotting out another individual's life/personality. (She isn't--she didn't know and Haru made his choice--but I see why she feels that way.)

Kyung acts like an abused child, which is what he is: blinded by his own pain. He's very contradictory, constantly switching from 'you'd better do things the writer's way/my way' to 'I can totally help you rebel.' (He doesn't actually try to help her rebel, just wants the status in her life of being the one who WOULD. While clearly not prepared to make the sacrifice for her Haru did, making him the one who actually would.) I have great sympathy for Kyung, who is clearly acting out of his wish not to be abandoned, but more for Dan Oh, and she owes him nothing.

Do Hwa's a gem, and I like that he too was changed by Haru's disappearance, thinking of Joo Da and Nam Ju rather than himself (even though it must be easier to think of the unself-aware as less like people). Haru's selflessness inspired Dan Oh and Do Hwa to think more of others, and Kyung took baby steps toward selflessness too... but then he takes steps back, like leaving Dan Oh on sports day, only to leave the way open for an (even unwitting) Haru's return. The ripple effects the aware characters leave on the world and others is so interesting, and does make me wonder where we're going with Kyung's brother, or Joo Da...

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Agree so much with all this.

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You have Kyung down. I just ache for him but it is also time for him to become self-aware in the true sense. I have hope from the most recent episodes. I want him to find healing through his own growth arc.

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Thank you for the recap @lollypip!

Oh, Kyung. I want to believe so badly that you can be better. It sucks having to watch him move an inch forward and then 2 miles back. I just want him to make peace with whatever’s going on. To me, he looks like someone who feels completely and utterly alone, and doesn’t know how to cope with that now that there are people starting to hold him accountable for the way he acts out.

Pleeeeease, writers, let him have his redemption!

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I feel exactly the same. I am going to be very disappointed if this character growth is not forthcoming.

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Well Haru disappearing gave us all a scare but new Haru gave us a greater scare

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Tbh i thought this might be like W drama & he'll never remember & only find out everything through the manhwa & fall in love with her again....~~~

PS thanks for the recap Lollypip. Been waiting for this ^^

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Me too! I didn't watch W but I remember the "reset" that made beanies howl with rage, and was worried that would happen here...

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I believe that’s not not Joseon But got Yeo era.

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I meant goryro era

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Goryeo. Damn the autocorrect.

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Even though he is still a jerk, self aware Baek Kyung is a way better Baek Kyung. I finally care about him as a character. He is still rude to Dan Oh at times and I seriously wish he stops. He genuinely seemed worried for her when her heart monitor went off and I liked that he atleast tried to make her feel better. Now there is hope for him.

And Aww Do Hwa cares so much about his friends even the unaware Namju. His musings were quite sad this episode. And hah, Mi Chae wondering why no one seems to study was so funny.

I missed Haru already in the first half so when Mi Chae and Do Hwa looked at the manhwa surprised I thought 'It's him isn't it and he is also included in the cast isn't he?." When BK said to Haru that he couldn't believe Haru of all people was worried for him, I thought "He showed worry over you before too, twice." So that and Mi Chae saying he was back to his older self was related to the previous Manhwa? Interesting theory about BK's stepmother and stepbrother. Didn't think of it that way. I simply think it is an in story thing. But that actually makes sens

Lastly about Eun Dan Oh. While I was irritated at first over her crying I am not anymore. Being an emotional person who cries easily out of frustration I actually understand. I mean I cry over the death of fictional characters knowing it's fake but as far as DH is concerned he's real and he just disappeared. It's just that I like DH better when she is fun.

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Oh, the crying. Yes, it was hard to take but understandable when you realize that she is grieving the death of a friend and loved one.
Do Hwa is just the friend you want. I sense that self-aware Joo Da may actually like him more than Nam Joo. And though I feel for Nam Joo, I do think Do Hwa is the better one for her (at least as far as we know of her character now). Can the second lead please get his heart's desire at least once? If self-aware Joo Da is worthy of him, of course.

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I wish I could comment on Ju Da but have yet to see this week's episode. I hope she is not a bad person then cause if not then DH deserves better.

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Time to share my favorite comment I saw about this episode:
"baek kyung got the girl AND the guy"

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HAHAHA! my drink burst out of my mouth reading this. Right you are!

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I always laugh so hard at the scenes where Dan Oh in the shadow tries to go away from Baek Kyung, but with a blink she is on stage being all lovey dovey with him. Like in this episode, where she turned to go away during the sports event, when Baek Kyung said that she has to stick with him, and the next minute she was tied with Baek Kyung ready to play the three-legged race.
They do have chemistry, but i never want her to end up with a temper guy like Kyung. His character has long way to go for redemption. I just wish we can see both of them in some other drama. They do look so good together, but Dan Oh belongs with the all lovable Haru.

It was heartbreaking to see Dan Oh trying to find her Haru. Once she found him, he was such a different person. It hurts when the person who was so close with you to turn to a stranger the next minute. Finally Haru has gotten the lead character aura. He was shining,even though he wasnt the old Haru.

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First of all: Excuse you @lollypip, that ‘terrible class t-shirt’ was my love epiphany for Do-hwa! Yup, out of all things it had to be that T-shirt… :P

I am fully aboard the Haru ship, but I cannot help but throw some lifebuoys overboard for Kyung.

I really loved this episode because we got to see Kyung as a self-aware character. He has potential both as an ally and as a villain and for everyone’s sake I hope he becomes the former. Just imagine Do-hwa, Dan-Oh and Haru doting on him in a platonic way!

It is a shame that he cannot voice his needs in a mature way, because he would be a better guy if he could do that, and it would not be so painful to watch him fall in an unrequited love. He even smiled a couple of times on Stage! ;) I kept wondering why anyone would call that scowling jerk a puppy, but I had not seen WWW or his smile before, I totally get in now! :P

Then again, his pain results in some delicious snark, so if Dan-Oh is too upset to sass, I’ll gladly accept savage Kuyng as her replacement! :p

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Thank you @lollypip for the recap.

Am I easily impressed? I just loved seeing the Ha Ru 2.0 because it demanded a difference in acting from RoWoon. I find it fascinating when actors can use just their eyes to communicate. It was obvious just from his eyes that there was something different about HaRu even before the reveal. Good for RoWoon!

Kim Hye Yoon is extraordinary as usual. I would like to not see her in tears anymore; I don't think my heart can take it.

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Yay, a recap! Thanks, @lollypip - I've been looking forward to this.

Dan Oh: “I’m dying. If the Writer draws a scene where I die, I’ll die immediately. That’s my set-up…"

Why would the writer of a high school romance comic have Dan Oh's character actually die? I get that it might make the plot more interesting to have her chronically ill with the threat of dying young (I guess) - but to actually die?

Maybe I just don't get it, as I don't read manhwa myself...but I feel like I've seen a fair number of them adapted to shows now, and it doesn't feel like that would happen.

If the writer really wanted to do away with someone abruptly, there's always Truck of Doom...

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It's pretty common I think. It's most likely a writing strategy to make Baek-kyung a better person in the end, by taking care of her, possibly rebelling against his father and crying over her when she's dead. Dan Oh doesn't have any purpose for the writer except to further the OTP romance and Baek-hyung's character development.

(The bad boy redemption+terminal illness actually reminds me a lot of the film A WALK TO REMEMBER. Anyone remember that flick? *sniff*)

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Oh, to make Baek Kyung a better person - I get it now. Thank you for the explanation, Wishful Toki.

I wonder if (in the comic) he would marry her before she dies...

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It's interesting how these kids copes with yhe fact that they're just mere manhwa charaters depending on how their character set up. Dan-Oh started from denying to give in to be just a terminally-illed extra. Do-Hwa, also, wants to at least try to do something to change his second lead's fate. But for Baek Kyung, he seems to be okay with what he was given. He copes by lashing out on those who wrong him in the Shadow. I even feel like he also enjoys this newfound ability. It's like he can take control, not only his own life and others' too, for the first time.

One thing is that he can be nice if he wants to. Too shame, that kindness is so selective and wouldn't last longer than 10 seconds before his temper blows evrrything up again. I'm happy when he's caring, but not because of him being nice but because Dan-Oh has been hurt more than enough.

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Despite being caught up on this show and how Kyung's character has, er, "progressed", reading this recap reminded me how much I kept thinking about Beauty and the Beast while watching these episodes.

Kyung's obviously the Beast in this scenario, slowly but surely attempting to learn how to "woo" a woman. Watching him struggle to be decent to Dan oh had me hearing Mrs. Potts serenading in the background: "There may be something there that wasn't there before..."

A gal can dream, can't she?

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ugh i love this show. though i do miss haru's wavy hair

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I love the way this show pokes fun at youth romance cliches. I am so wanting both girls to end up with the nice guys. We have watched drama after drama of the kind hearted girl (Joo Da & Dan Oh) being treated really badly and abused by the cold guy (Nam Ju & Kyung) whereas nice guys (Do Hwa & Haru) are relegated to good friend/ second lead territory. I really want a better ending for Do Hwa, watching him confess again and again to be rejected exactly the same way felt like watching Groundhog Day. Let the nice guys win for once dramaland!

As jerky as he is I am glad Baek Kyung is turning into an interesting and complex character - both for my own enjoyment as well as puppy Lee Jae Wook's career (and yay! he just signed up for his next drama which is another one I want to watch: I’ll Find You When the Weather is Nice). With his memories of his mother's death his dislike of Dan Oh's illness is well explained. His father is the real jerk though and I wonder what was the point with the scene with his brother. I do like that he is finally self aware which is funny because besides the other supporting characters and extras only the leads remain unaware. Kyung started saying things to his dad that he must have kept bottled up for so long. It must be such a relief. But rather than being punched for it I wish he just punched him back once. His father won't remember anyway. I feel sorry for Kyung.

I find it funny that as time passes on Dan Oh started treating her stage time as motions she needs to go through. Watching her feels like watching a film being shot. As soon as the scene is over she is out of character and acts totally different, LOL.

I am really curious about the second comic, Flower.

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I'm looking forward to I’ll Find You When the Weather is Nice in a way that has me worried, lol. I would love a nice cozy warm hearted slow moving winter watch. One that leaves you feeling satisfied and happy. Also, I'd love no second lead pining but storylines for all the characters. These are 3 very charismatic actors so I hope they let them all shine.

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