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Extraordinary You: Episodes 27-28

Our manhwa characters finally learn the truth about what happened in Flower and the full consequences of changing the story. The warnings have been right all along – changing the story only leads to even more tragedy. Our hero tries to hold off the inevitable, but he’s changed so much that he can only watch as the butterfly effect of his action threaten to take away the thing he loves most.

 
EPISODE 27

To help Haru change Dan-oh’s upcoming surgery, Do-hwa takes him to the hospital and distracts a doctor while Haru makes his way to Doctor Lee’s office. He searches for Dan-oh’s chart, but every time he finds it and tries to alter the notes about her needing surgery, he gets kicked out of the room by Stages happening elsewhere and has to go back in and start over.

Eventually Haru finds a second chart for a patient named Ok Kyung-soon. He switches the patient notes pages of the two charts, so that now Dan-oh’s chart says she doesn’t need the surgery.

Meanwhile, onStage, Dan-oh and her father meet with Doctor Oh to discuss her treatment. When they get to his office, Doctor Lee reads her chart and announces happily that her new medicine is working, and she no longer needs the surgery.

Kyung has been trying to find Dan-oh, and was also getting kicked all over the hospital by Stages. He finally catches up to Dan-oh when a Stage starts up, and he unexpectedly hugs her, sure that she must be upset. But she says she’s fine and doesn’t need surgery, though internally, she feels unsettled.

The Stage continues as Kyung walks Dan-oh home, and he tells her that from now on, she should do whatever she wants and he’ll keep taking care of her. She beams at him, but the Stage ends and her smile drops. Kyung says that she needs to get the surgery, and asks her not to trust Haru or change anything.

Dan-oh says that it’s her choice to like Haru, and to change the story. Anxiously gripping the pages from Flower, Kyung says that Haru will kill Dan-oh, and he gives her the charred pages to prove it. At home, she looks through the pages, recognizing all of the scenes that have been re-created in Secret, and she remembers Mi-chae’s warning that nothing in their world will change.

At school, Haru finally finds the copy of Secret and reads the scene where Dan-oh learns she doesn’t need surgery. At first he’s incredibly relieved, but he notices that there are a lot of blank pages left in the book and worry creeps back in again.

Mi-chae also sees the change that Haru made, and it reminds him of his attempt to change the story in Flower. OffStage, he had shown Soo-hyang the strange book he found, with writing that he couldn’t read but that clearly featured him as a character. They’d tried to change the story by running away, but an assassin had caught up to them in the woods and killed Soo-hyang.

Mi-chae had found himself back at the palace, and Soo-hyang was alive again, but with no memory of him or their love. Kyung had approached Mi-chae and sneered that even if he cherished palace ladies, he shouldn’t leave his throne… okay, so Kyung was definitely self-aware then, too.

Not long after, another assassin (Yang-il looks great in hanbok), had killed Soo-hyang onStage, on Kyung’s orders. This was what Mi-chae had been trying to prevent, and Kyung had warned that he would be next.

Haru found Mi-chae in the library, looking through Flower and crying. Mi-chae had warned Haru that misfortune was heading for him and Dan-oh next. He’d told Haru about the book that somehow predicts the future, and Haru had agreed that it felt like someone was watching them.

Mi-chae had told Haru something he didn’t know — that if someone dies outside of the scenes shown in the book, they return to life, but with no memories. He’d said that his story would end soon, but that he’d hoped Haru could change his story.

Kyung finds Haru in his secret library corner and tells him that the scar on his hand is a reminder from the Writer of the consequences of changing the Stage. He says that Haru killed Dan-oh, and he can tell from Haru’s expression that he didn’t know.

Haru argues that it was Kyung who tried to kill Dan-oh, but Kyung says that he must not have read the ending of Flower and seen how Dan-oh died. He tells Haru that the Writer has no real reason to kill Dan-oh in Secret, and that the surgery would have saved her if Haru hadn’t changed it.

Despite being told that she’s getting better, Dan-oh’s chest hurts on her way to school. She learns from Do-hwa that Haru changed the story and stopped her from needing surgery, and he notices that Secret has more blank pages at the end than it used to have. Strange…

She locates Haru and tells him that she doesn’t need the surgery, all because someone changed her fate. He doesn’t seem happy, and he worries that their story is going as the Writer intends, but Dan-oh says she’ll just keep changing it until they get their happy ending.

She gives Kyung back the pages from Flower, saying that if she ties herself to the previous story, the Writer wins. She asks him not to tell Haru that she knows anything about it, and Kyung asks why she wants to be with Haru when she has to keep so many secrets from him.

In the middle of their conversation, they’re transported to a new Stage. Haru and Kyung sit on a park bench waiting for Dan-oh, and when she arrives, Haru moves away to give them privacy. Kyung brings out his mother’s ring and proposes, and Dan-oh happily accepts, telling Kyung, “You’re my beginning.”

On the inside, all Dan-oh can think is how cruel the Writer is to make Haru watch this. She thinks that it’s cruel to Kyung, too, as he knows how she really feels and that she’s only acting as the Writer wants.

Later Dan-oh returns the ring to Kyung, knowing how much he treasures it. Kyung confesses that he wanted to hate Dan-oh because he was forced to be in a fake relationship with her, but she kept liking him no matter how mean he was, which eventually made him like her back.

“The only time I’m myself is during the Stage with you,” he tells Dan-oh. “In the previous story and in this world, during the scenes between you and me, drawn by the Writer, that’s the real me.” Dan-oh says that she’s sorry, but she won’t follow the storyboard, and she regrets that he’ll be hurt in the Shadow like she’s been hurt onStage.

In the classroom, Joo-da scoffs when Sae-mi loudly daydreams about Nam-ju proposing to her someday, and announces that she and Nam-ju are officially dating. Joo-da says she feels sorry for Sae-mi because all she can do is be a bully, but it doesn’t take away the hurt she’s caused her, and that she’s glad she’s the main character and Sae-mi is the villain.

A Stage begins so that Nam-ju can waltz into class and make one of his cheesy announcements, this time telling everyone that he and Joo-da are officially a couple. Sae-mi starts to go after Joo-da, but Joo-da skips over to Nam-ju and leads him out of the classroom by the hand.

That ends the Stage, and Joo-da angrily tosses away Nam-ju’s hand and complains that she gets bullied because he makes his feelings for her so obvious. He says that he won’t let them bully her anymore, because he likes her and will do anything for her, but Joo-da says she’s tired of his “help” and walks away.

She finds Do-hwa’s violin in the music room and tries to play it. Do-hwa comes in and offers to help, but Joo-da gives up after producing a horrible screeching noise. Joo-da asks him to play “Love’s Joy,” and he says that you have to have a certain feeling to play it, and confesses that he likes her. He plays the song, and as he’s playing, Joo-da asks sadly, “Do you think we can be together just until the end of the song? No, probably not.”

She ~BLIPs~ to another Stage, and this time Nam-ju gives her back the shoes he gave her during his birthday party. He mentions that she called them Cinderella’s shoes when she returned them to him, because Cinderella goes back to her life after midnight.

He says that she’s his Cinderella because she came back to him. Joo-da looks happy because she’s onStage, but then she gets a call from the hospital saying that her grandmother needs an operation. The Stage ends and Joo-da drops the shoes and tries to leave, but Nam-ju stops her.

He offers to pay for the surgery, but Joo-da scoffs that he thinks money solves all of life’s problems. He repeats that he likes her and will do anything for her, and Joo-da sighs, “You don’t even remember.”

While working on her bucket list, Dan-oh notices that Haru seems upset. She blames his worry that she’ll die on the Writer using the same characters over again. She yells up to the Writer, “Be honest, your readers all complain about you, right” LOL. She promises Haru that she won’t die that easily.

She shows Haru her bucket list, and he suggests they cut class to do some of the things on the list. At first she’s disappointed when he invites Sae-mi and Soo-cheol along (“Haru, you’re an idiot…” hee), but the four of them have a great time having a picnic and playing games all afternoon.

Later they go on a bike ride, and Haru is adorably bad at it, though he proves that he understands the spirit of it when he tells Dan-oh to wrap her arms around his waist. When they stop for a break, Dan-oh suffers another bout of chest pain, worrying Haru even further.

EPISODE 28

Nam-ju goes with Joo-da to the hospital for a Stage, but when it ends, he stays kneeling in front of her and promises to make sure her grandmother’s surgery goes well, because he likes her. Joo-da grumbles that he just repeats the same lines, but then he says something new: “Joo-da, you can cry when you’re with me. I like how bright you are and how you smile all the time. I like everything that you are.”

The Stage shifts to Do-hwa, who’s forced to run all over looking for Joo-da even though he already knows she’s at the hospital. His Stage ends when he sees Nam-ju and Joo-da together, but even though they’re in the Shadow, he notices that Joo-da is still letting Nam-ju comfort her. Oof.

Soo-hyang approaches Mi-chae and says that she wants to be friends with him because he seems oddly familiar, and she promises to visit him in the cafeteria soon. Kyung notices the way Mi-chae looks at Soo-hyang, making Mi-chae nervous again.

Do-hwa mentions to Haru that Joo-da’s grandmother had to have surgery, and that he wishes they’d done something about her storyline while they were at the hospital. Haru realizes that the chart he switched with Dan-oh’s must have been Joo-da’s grandmother’s chart, which means that Dan-oh now suffers from the illness that Joo-da’s grandmother had. Uh-oh.

Kyung corners Soo-hyang at her locker and asks if she and Mi-chae are close, but she just acts confused. Mi-chae runs over and stands protectively in front of Soo-hyang, then snaps at her to leave. He warns Kyung not to mess with her in this world, inadvertently giving Kyung a clue that something must have happened in Flower.

He says that Soo-hyang doesn’t seem self-aware, and Mi-chae sobs, “You killed her. She died twice because of you! It’s very convenient not to remember. You took away her self-awareness, and you killed her again when she returned.” Mi-chae tells Kyung that if a character dies onStage they disappear from the story, but if someone dies in the Shadow, they return without their self-awareness.

While with Haru, Dan-oh has another spell of chest pain, and she says it’s strange that onStage she’s fine, but offStage she keeps having these episodes. She suddenly wakes in the infirmary in a Stage, with Kyung sitting by her bed, and it’s over in seconds. Kyung tells her to rest while he gets her things from the classroom.

A frantic Haru finds Dan-oh in the infirmary, but she tells him that her collapse was onStage and she’s fine. But her heart seizes up again, so she asks Haru to get her medicine, but Kyung is already back with it.

At the lockers, Joon-hyun approaches Kyung, who asks if he really remembers everything about Flower. He tells Joon-hyun what he learned about dying onStage versus in the Shadow, but Joon-hyun already knows.

He says it would be sad to go back to being un-self-aware, but Kyung counters that if you aren’t self-aware, you won’t know to be sad. He doesn’t think it sounds too bad to only feel what the Writer wants you to feel, especially in a world like theirs.

On the way back to the infirmary, Kyung sees Haru leading Dan-oh out of the room. A Stage starts up and their roles flip, with Haru watching as Kyung leads Dan-oh away. The Stage continues while Kyung drives Dan-oh home, and she says she’s happy that her heart is getting better and Kyung is by her side.

In the morning, Haru waits for Dan-oh outside the school. As soon as he sees her, he remembers more from Flower — Haru warns Dan-oh that Kyung is trying to frame her father as a traitor, and promises to save her. In the next Stage, Dan-oh has brought some food for the king from her father, but she remembers Haru telling her that the king mustn’t eat anything she gives him.

When that Stage is finished, Dan-oh begs Mi-chae to spit out the food. But he says calmly that he can’t escape this death, and he tells Dan-oh that it’s not her fault. Later, Dan-oh and Haru try to escape in the Shadow, with Kyung following closely behind them.

Suddenly, Dan-oh is alone, and the guards capture her and bring her to the palace. Lord Baek demands her execution for conspiring against the king, but Haru shows up at the last second and fights off the guards.

Kyung steps outside and orders the guards to halt. He stalks towards Haru and knocks his sword away. He tells Haru, “Prove it. Prove you didn’t deceive me. Prove you didn’t covet my woman. Prove that you serve me.”

He puts his own sword in Haru’s hand and orders him to kill Dan-oh. Haru turns to her, then his sword plunges into her body. Haru kneels and grips the blade, and he uses all of his strength to defy the Stage and pull the sword free. He catches Dan-oh, and the Stage ends as she dies.

Horrified at the memory that he killed Dan-oh, Haru starts to distance himself from her for fear it could happen again. He walks away when she tries to speak to him, even ignoring her when her heart acts up.

Joo-da sits with Do-hwa in the school garden and tells him that she’s not caring for the flowers anymore, since the Writer controls whether they die. Do-hwa asks if Joo-da wants to change the story like Haru did for Dan-oh, but before she can answer, she’s whisked away for another Stage.

She’s back at the hospital with Nam-ju, who says he’ll take care of her grandmother from now on, on the honor of A3. He gives her a strawberry milk to cheer her up, but when the Stage ends, Joo-da tells him that she actually doesn’t like sweets.

Confused, Nam-ju asks what she does like, and she says honestly, “Money,” though she clarifies that he can’t buy her love. She admits that she just didn’t want to feel the same way as her character in the manhwa, but that in the Shadow, he’s not so bad.

In the school’s foyer, Dan-oh tries to run to Haru, only to drop to her knees when the pain grips her again. Haru starts to go to her but Kyung gets there first, and Haru stops in his tracks. Dan-oh calls Haru’s name pleadingly, but he turns his back and walks away.

Dan-oh follows him and asks why he’s avoiding her, and he says with tears in his eyes, “If the scenes we changed so far have been hurting you all along, what am I supposed to do?” Dan-oh is pulled away by another Stage, where Kyung waits for her at the hospital as she gets a check-up.

Dan-oh says that she’s so happy it almost scares her, but when the Stage ends she walks away, wanting to get back to Haru. Kyung argues that she doesn’t need Haru anymore now that she’s well, but Dan-oh tells him firmly, “Haru isn’t just someone who can change my fate — Haru is my fate.” She tries to leave but has another spell, and this time it knocks her unconscious.

Do-hwa hears about Dan-oh’s collapse from his brother and rushes to tell Haru. Haru’s been reading Secret, and Do-hwa sees that Dan-oh’s illness isn’t in the book, sending Haru into a panic that Dan-oh might die in the Shadow.

Kyung is with Dan-oh in the hospital, and he thinks about the fact that if she dies offStage, she’ll lose her self-awareness. He reaches out tentatively towards the mask that’s helping her breathe and begins to lift it… then he stops as a terrible memory comes to him.

In Flower, Kyung orders Haru to kill Dan-oh. When Haru turns to face Dan-oh, Kyung grabs the sword hilt behind Haru’s hand and stabs it into Dan-oh, letting Haru believe that he killed her.

Now Kyung recoils in horror, gasping, “I killed you.” He reaches out for her mask again, and a few minutes later he passes Haru in the hallway. Kyung says in an emotionless voice, “I wasn’t going to change the story. I just couldn’t change anything. Just like in the previous story, my character hasn’t changed.”

Haru runs to Dan-oh’s bedside, where he takes Dan-oh’s limp hand and tells her that in the manhwa, her heart is healthy now. But she’s still very sick in the Shadow, and Haru watches the monitor as her vital signs begin to fail. He starts begging for the Stage to start so that she doesn’t die in the Shadow, pleading to let Dan-oh live until the Stage begins, but she flatlines.

~BLIP~

Haru is at school, in the background as Nam-ju and Joo-da plan their first date. He’s freed when it’s over, and he’s thrilled to see Dan-oh walking down the hall towards him. He calls her name, but she looks through him and keeps walking.

Haru grabs Dan-oh’s hand, but she shakes it off, irritated, and runs to meet her friends. Haru is left facing his worst nightmare — Dan-oh is no longer self-aware.

 
COMMENTS

I should have seen that twist coming… of course it was Kyung who killed Dan-oh in Flower. She was going to die that night anyway for poisoning the king, but Kyung saw the opportunity to punish Haru for falling in love with her and trying to leave him by making him think that he did it. At first I was confused why Kyung would remove Dan-oh’s mask and let her die in the Shadow, but then it hit me… if she loses her self-awareness, she also loses her memories of Haru, and she would still be in love with Kyung. He was ready to let her become a pawn to the Writer again, just to gain her love, even knowing that it’s not real.

The true test of Kyung’s character now, and whether loving Dan-oh has changed him for the better, is what he does now that he’s gotten what he thought he wanted. Will he let Dan-oh mindlessly love him, or will he try to help her become self-aware again even if it means losing her? Will he tell Haru the truth about Dan-oh’s death in Flower and ask for his help to restore her memories, or will he keep it to himself and claim Dan-oh now that her memories of Haru are gone?

Who knows… this might be just the thing that Kyung needs to make him loosen his iron grip on Dan-oh. He’s going to get to experience All-Stage-All-The-Time Dan-oh, the Dan-oh who likes him and wants to be with him even in the Shadow. But I hope that his knowledge of his past deeds in Flower and his feelings for Dan-oh in Secret are enough to make him realize that having Dan-oh isn’t worth it when he knows that her feelings aren’t her own, and that if she had a choice, she would love someone else. I want Kyung to understand that having Dan-oh all to himself means nothing when he knows perfectly well that it’s not what she truly wants for herself, and that having her as a self-aware friend is better than empty love.

So much about Mi-chae and why he’s been so hostile about Haru changing the story makes sense now that we know the whole story of their past. In Flower, they had both tried to change the Stage and save the women they loved, only for Soo-hyang and Dan-oh to die anyway but under much more heartbreaking circumstances. I see now why Mi-chae keeps telling Haru to stop changing things… he’s out of his mind with fear that Haru will cause something even worse to happen this time around, as well. And now the worst has happened — his changing the story did get Dan-oh killed, and she’s back but without her self-awareness or memories of him. Let’s hope Haru can find a way to bring her back, like Dan-oh brought him back once before.

(Just a quick reminder: I know the finale has aired by the time that this recap is published, but please try to avoid any spoilers. I’ll have the rest of the recaps finished soon!)

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I know it looks like Kyung killed her...BUT...he put the mask back on after that flashback...after he passed Haru in the corridor, when Haru goes into the room, her mask is back ON... she flatlined after Haru talks to her... yes I know... it’s a technicality. But she wouldn’t also have been in that situation had Haru NOT gone ahead of switch the files. She needed that surgery to fix her heart. He changed the scene... she died in the shadow because her heart condition wasn’t fixed.

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There are some things we could never know for sure. Putting a real medical perspective aside, maybe it was those few seconds kyung when kyung removed her mask that caused her to die in the shadow. So he mightved caused her death or maybe not.
Im not sure dan oh wouldve been cured had she taken the surgery and i want to believe haru did save her. My reasoning being is that Dan Oh did see herself dying with that surgery and the author does seem to have it out for her. BUT it is possible that had she had just gone on with the surgery she would’ve survived. We could never know. But that would mean what Haru did was for nothing?

Am i thinking too much? Im way too invested.

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Yeah. We’ll never know for sure. We didn’t actually see her die in her flash forward either. It was all interpreted to seem like she did? Did she flatline in that flash forward? I didn’t hear or see it. The monitors were not setting off alarms when HR walked in and talked to her so I read that to mean she was stable. It was only at the end of that scene that the alarms were going off and then it ended with a flatline. There was no intent in HR’s actions. He acted to save her.

Moot point though. She died in the shadow but the HR fulfilled her rock wish for her. She lived in the stage now fully cured but with her memories wiped.

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If Secret mimics Flower then she prob did die in surgery per her premonition, just like Squid saw his love dying.

Though omg I did not even realize that when I watched the episode. Or that HR did not know BKs sword was on the hilt and wanted HR to think he killed her. Thank goodness for recaps!

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Yeah but that’s where the plot falls down. I expected her to die on stage as well in Secret. But she didn’t. Squid’s lover died twice. If they wanted to mirror it, then DO should’ve died a second time too on stage but she didn’t. She only thought she would in her premonition. She lived in Secret, writer decided to let her live.

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My heart went out to Kyung this eps. He has mellowed down a lot, so much softer and there is this inexplicable aura of sadness around him these days. It surprised me that it's not only happened when he was with Dan-oh, because his relationship with his brother has improved a lot and he isn't that antagonistic towards Haru and Mi-chae anymore.

That last scene in the hospital killed me. Kyung has the knowledge that there's 2 types of death and watching Dan-oh struggling with her heart condition in the Shadow, I don't think he can just stay silent and do nothing. It's a crazy, desperate act from him. And yet, I understand that he must thought that unaware Dan-oh wouldn't even realize that there's something missing in her life, and that would be so much better than non-existent Dan-oh. It's probably selfish of him, but the moment he realized that he was the one who killed Dan-oh in the "Flower", much like what he did now, it broke my heart. He was like a wandering, lost souls who didn't know what to do with his life anymore and I desperately wanted to see how he is doing now that the next Stage has finally arrived.

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I had the opposite reaction of...wow...still a sociopath. Glad the memory of killing Dan Oh actually smacked him back to reality and stopped him murdering her again. What I love about this story is the abusive jerk is the second lead.

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Amnesia again at the eleventh hour? Amnesia (Ha-ru's) was the reason this show went downhill in the first place. I was horrified Kyung actually considered murder. I can lie to myself that Kyung knew if Dan-oh dies in the Shadow, she wouldn't really be dead, so this isn't murder. Or if Dan-oh loses self-awareness, she would stop refusing to get surgery, so he was killing her For Her Own Good. But clearly, Kyung's selfish intent was new Dan-oh would like him again.

Joo-da, stop being mean to Nam-joo! I feel so sorry for Nam-joo being on the receiving end of Joo-da's resentment and not knowing why. Like Kyung who became self-aware after Dan-oh, Ha-ru, and Do-hwa kept talking about the Stage and Shadow, I hope Nam-joo can put two and two together from Joo-da's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Haru realizes that the chart he switched with Dan-oh's must have been Joo-da's grandmother’s chart, which means that Dan-oh now suffers from the illness that Joo-da's grandmother had.

At first, I interpreted Ha-ru's panic-stricken reaction as "OMG, he killed Grandma!" since Dan-oh was supposed to die during surgery, so naturally, Grandma would be Dan-oh's stand-in. My imagination went dark that once Joo-da finds out Ha-ru changed the Stage and caused her grandmother's death, she gets revenge. I like Joo-da best as a gray character.

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11th hour Amnesia....Boring. BOF had it too but the stakes felt higher because it was the first and only time it was used.

Anyway, I also thought “OMG he killed Grandma!” So what happened to Grandma?

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I was wondering what grandma then i remembered Juda's grandma. You can ask Juda by emailing [email protected] >.<

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Lol 😂

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We can email Dan-oh at [email protected] to tell her the ending of Trumpet Creeper. 🙃

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Grandma pulled through her surgery from what Nam-joo said before Joo-da heartlessly shoved his strawberry milk back at him as soon as the Stage ended. I was irked Ha-ru never cared about Joo-da's grandmother after he realized whose chart he switched when he could have killed an innocent person.

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When Haru switched up the charts, I thought that now someone else is going to end up with the heart condition, as we already know (especially through Kyung) that there has to be a stand-in for the stage. Then I noticed Ju Da's name and realized they were related but I had forgotten about her grandmother (oops).

I felt bad for Nam Ju for the way JD treated him as it's not his fault, cause even though he isn't self aware doesn't mean he doesn't feel bad and get confused by her reaction, even though I know he will forget it. And JD did realize that he isn't so bad. But I feel bad for her as she doesn't want to be controlled by her Manhwa character either and I do want her to end up with Do Hwa.

I felt so bad for Haru and I teared up when he thought he was the one who killed Dan Oh in Flowers, as I thought, 'was it not Kyung?' cause we didn't exactly see who it was before. But it did turn out to be BK and I started crying cause seeing BK realize that was heartbreaking.

BK did try to take of DH's mask but then he had the memory, so I think even though he actually removed it, the fact that the mask was back on meant that it was his last ditch attempt to try and stop what he tried to do from happening. But I think we'll find out exactly what might have occurred and his thought process the next episode (hopefully). I don't know what to think about the fact that he tried to kill her in the Shadow. I honestly don't know how to process that.

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I read that in the webtoon JD’s grandma does die? I can’t be sure coz I haven’t read it. I don’t think they had time to explore that here. Apparently the webtoon had volumes. 😳

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Yang-il! I thought that assassin looked familiar and joked that he probably appeared in Secret…how right I was! I like the eyeliner :P

Jin Michae is giving Haru a run for his money in the overprotective boyfriend department and actually gets away with yelling at Kyung :P

Speaking of Kyung, I was crying because I thought he was going to hold her hand in the hospital at the end, after struggling with it for so long…and then his hand moved up towards her oxygen mask. :O Needless to say the panic made me scream at him to stop and then he remembered everything and I was a complete sobbing mess. :( His emotionless state in the hall afterwards really frightened me, I hope he will not harm himself or anyone else in that state.

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lollipip, thanks so much for the recap. I was having a hard time following all that happened and you fixed it for me 😁

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I agree - thanks, @lollypip! I, too, was having trouble figuring out when they were in a Stage and when they were in the Shadow, as they were blipping in and out so fast.

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Thank you for the recap!

-Haru trying to change the charts: My heart broke for his desperation, but I was also so nervous and I was right to be nervous. It looked like Dan-Oh's surgery could have gone successfully anyways? So did Haru just make things worse?

-Sageuk Kyung was a monster.

-I'm glad Joo-da brought up the issue that Nam-ju's feelings for her were getting her bullied. Happens to so many manga heroines.

-Nam-ju in the Shadow seemed more quiet and considerate.

-Haru and Dan-Oh's date :)

-Dan-Oh getting progressively sicker in the Shadow while on Stage she was fine. :( It sort of makes sense for characters who have changed too much to get killed in Shadow since it resets them and prevents further changes. Especially once you get so close to the end of the novel, there is a clearer vision of how the story should continue and end.

-Even though, Dan-Oh didn't really die, when she died in the Shadow, I was really sad. Even though the stakes aren't as high as a final death, the drama got me to feel that the stakes are high.

-I was iffy on having Dan-Oh be not self-aware anymore since it seemed like a retread of when it happened to Haru and also I didn't like this hairstyle on Dan-Oh.

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I have to admit I prefer the bangs on Dan-oh as well, and for some reason she looks super cute to me with long hair. It could just be that I prefer girls with long hair, LOL.

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This is one of the most unique takes on the amnesia trope I've ever seen. Usually it involves a truck of doom or blunt force trauma to the head. But death in shadow is a new one! Anyway, thanks so much for the recap.

I feel for Mi Chae, and I am amazed by his ability to hold back. I would think that once he knew that Baek Kyung was exactly the same character as Trumpet Creeper, he wouldn't have tried to kill him in some way. Although I suppose he couldn't do it on stage, and Kyung would just come back (albeit without awareness) after a shadow death. I guess the most he could do would be to have Kyung have himself tormented for killing his beloved, and I believe killing himself and Dan-Oh in Trumpet Creeper.

Still, (LOL, am I arguing with myself?) I guess he can't fully blame Kyung because he's just doing what the writer wants, not what he technically wanted.

I will wait for the final recaps, as I can't remember or maybe missed if Kyung's younger brother knew him before this story or not. Again, thanks for the recaps, since sometimes (not because of the show) I fall asleep and miss some parts now and again.

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Seriously Mi-chae? You know Kyung is bad news and you decide to supply this oh-helpful piece of information that would allow him to get back Dan-Oh as a puppet. Really?

Also the only thing more annoying than the one amnesia trope is the two amnesias trope.

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I'm happy that Haru saved Danoh. She would have died in Stage like in Flower and disapeared. On the beach, she wanted to change her destiny and she wrote her wish to live instead to be loved by BK on the destiny stone and it's Haru who built the tower for her, to realize her wish.

They're so cute on their date :)

I really like how they filmed the both of them lying on the desk.

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ah, I forgot about the stone, and yess haru built the stone tower for her and he made her wish come true.

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God, I was crying so hard during that hospital scene in the near end. Everything about it was just so heartbreaking. Kyung crying because he was thinking if he wanted a Danoh with no self-awareness that just goes by what the Writer wants, who will no longer remember any memories she had before. And trying to really kill her in this manhwa and then seeing what really happened back then.
All this time, Kyung believed he was the innocent one and Haru was the one who killed Danoh in Trumpet Creeper, so I felt really heartbroken for him when he realized that the belief he stood by all along was false and that he was the cause of Danoh's death back then. His cries of despair really got through me and even his emotionless conversation with Haru at the corridor where he said he actually never changed. That his Secret and Trumpet Creeper character are similar to each other....

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Hey there, just wanted to let you know that someone is posting your recaps on Wattpad (https://www.wattpad.com/806282254-extraordinary-you-extra-1) and is claiming it as their writing... Only the author can report it, so I wanted to share that with you here.

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@frabbycrabsis Thanks for the heads up on this! We're looking into it.

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That's great! I'm glad I happened to be here 😆

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