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I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 13

We’re wrapping up loose ends as we head into the home stretch, focusing on relationships and timing as our characters grapple with misalignment and missed chances. Is there really some elusive right time when it comes to relationships, or do we create the right time? A few of our characters are presented with opportunities to redefine or rectify relationships, but it’s up to them whether or not they make a move.

 
EPISODE 13: “Tear-water Tea Recipe”

Bo-yeong treks through the forest on her ridiculous quest to endanger herself so a boy will notice her. She recalls times when Eun-seob was kind to her at school by helping her close a window or giving her his umbrella. She calls Eun-seob, but he’s busy getting a tattoo drawn on him by Hae-won (Eun-seob: “Is this really Gunbam?”) and doesn’t answer.

Bo-yeong, not about to give up on her inane plan that easily, rings the bookshop. Eun-seob answers, and she tells him she’s lost in the mountains. “Can you come and save me? I’ll be waiting until you come.” Ew. What is his “saving” her supposed to prove, other than that he’s a decent person?

Not looking happy, Eun-seob tells Hae-won what’s going on and says he’ll be right back. He’s thrown when Hae-won declares she’ll go instead. “I think she and I need to have a talk.” Ooh, this should be good. Eun-seob sighs in worry as Hae-won marches out to “save” the damsel. So much for that plan, Bo-yeong.

Hae-won doesn’t mince words when she finds Bo-yeong, perfectly fine. Is she disappointed Eun-seob didn’t come? She could’ve managed to get back on her own, Hae-won accuses. Bo-yeong admits she’s disappointed. We flash back to her pining over Eun-seob. Bo-yeong thought of this as her last chance. For what?! He already said he doesn’t like you.

Bo-yeong whines that Hae-won doesn’t know how much effort she put in. Hae-won loses her temper, asking why now? Why like this? Because, Bo-yeong concedes, she couldn’t win his heart. “What was I supposed to do?” Uh, respecting Eun-seob’s feelings and behaving like a grown up would be a start.

Sure, she had lots of chances, but the timing was always wrong. We see all the times over the years she stood by and chose not to approach because someone else, like Hwi or Jang-woo, did first. “That’s why I couldn’t do anything.” Huh? She does realize it’s possible to talk to someone even if other people are there, right?

After Hae-won returned, she felt anxious and more determined. “I, too, wanted to get in your way and spite you.” Wow. Hae-won looks incredulous as Bo-yeong continues that Hae-won did the same thing to her. We flash back to when Hae-won sat down next to Eun-seob that day in school.

Hae-won firmly states that she did no such thing; she never intentionally made a move on Eun-seob to spite Bo-yeong. Hae-won guessed Eun-seob might have been Bo-yeong’s crush, but she never knew for sure. Bo-yeong looks stunned, and Hae-won wonders, “Kim Bo-yeong, what made you so twisted?” Bo-yeong is silent.

Eun-seob calls to check on Hae-won who tells him she found Bo-yeong and will bring her back. Hae-won leads the way with a warning for Bo-yeong to keep up.

The following morning, Hwi bikes while chuckling to herself. Her chuckles turn into something closer to maniacal laughter as she exclaims, “Everyone get out of the way!” She pulls up beside Yeong-soo outside school and walks with him. He asks for the terms of their deal. Hwi leans close and whispers something that makes his eyes go wide. Yeong-soo resignedly agrees to her terms.

In Seoul, Yoon-taek has lunch with Yeong-joon who immediately begins talking about Myung-yeo. Rumor has it, Yoon-taek has been meeting up with her, and Yeong-joon wants his undivided attention as a writer and woman. Yeesh. She magnanimously allows him to publish Myung-yeo’s book, but there’s no need to see her.

He’s distracted by a text from Myung-yeo that reads, “Those words are all true, Yoon-taek.” Yeong-joon prattles on about how she’s just as good as Myung-yeo, so why does everyone say she’s “the next Shim Myung-yeo?” Yoon-taek doesn’t look up from his phone until Yeong-joon asks if he’s heard the rumors.

Prophetically, Myung-yeo texts that all the rumors are true. Yeong-joon continues that, supposedly, Myung-yeo had an affair with her brother-in-law which is why Myung-joo killed him. “Believe what they say,” Myung-yeo texts. Unsettled, Yoon-taek walks out of the restaurant without a word, to Yeong-joon’s consternation.

In a flashback, Yoon-taek chases Myung-yeo down and pleads for a reason. She just tells him to live well. Get married, have kids – be happy. He grabs onto her and cries until she screams, “Let go!” He vows to her retreating back, “I’m going to do everything with you!” He walks up and slides an engagement ring onto her finger.

Myung-yeo stares at it silently for several seconds before returning it and refusing him. She doesn’t let herself begin to cry until she’s almost out of sight. In the present, Myung-yeo sits home alone and exhales a deep sigh.

At the bookshop, Hae-won lovingly watches Eun-seob sleep and kisses his forehead. He wakes right as she goes to kiss him. He’s concerned after her trip into the mountain last night and makes sure she’s okay both physically and emotionally.

He only relaxes once she informs him the talk with Bo-yeong went well. Satisfied, he lies back down for a nap. Hae-won whines at him to get up since she’s bored. He starts pretend-snoring, and they continue play fighting.

Jang-woo, meanwhile, meets Eun-shil at the bus stop in the city. They pass by the flower shop, and Eun-shil remarks the roses look like the ones he bought her that time. We flash back to high school when Jang-woo presented Eun-shil with a bouquet of white roses. He’d nervously introduced himself, and she’d commented he must be a kind, innocent type.

Unfortunately for him, earlier that day, she’d agreed to go out with someone else. “Sorry. I guess our timing didn’t match,” she offered. She spotted a card in the bouquet and plucked it out while Jang-woo spazzed at her to put it back. “It’s not for you.” Ha!

Eun-shil thanked him and turned him down. “Guys, I turned him down,” she announces to the horde of students hiding nearby. Poor Jang-woo runs away while everyone jeers that he got rejected.

In the present, Jang-woo asks what would’ve happened if she hadn’t already agreed to date someone else. “Of course, I would’ve said no.” He wasn’t her style back then; she was into bad boys. She interrupts his musings to state that she’s going to follow him to the fun place he’s going later. Ooh, is she coming to the book club?

Elsewhere, Bo-yeong’s mom and a neighborhood ajumma are gossiping about Hae-won’s family. Bo-yeong enters as they discuss Myung-joo returning recently and how both she and Myung-yeo are spiteful like their mother. The woman belatedly remembers Bo-yeong was close to Hae-won. Outside, Bo-yeong breathes heavily as she thinks back to when Hae-won confronted her about breaking her trust and spilling her secret at school.

Speaking of secrets, at the bookshop, Hae-won stumbles upon Eun-seob’s private blog/diary through the bookshop’s website. She clicks on the top post: the love letter. Eun-seob comes downstairs and catches her reading. He snatches his laptop away, and Hae-won marvels, “Irene was me?”

Frozen, Eun-seob clutches his laptop close as Hae-won recalls his lies about the keychain and Irene being Hwi. Eun-seob insists the phrase “Goodnight, Irene” is a lyric from a song he likes and nothing more. “Why am I Irene?” she suddenly asks. Flustered, he replies, “Because you gave me the keychain.” Whoops. Hae-won cracks up at his slip.

She finds it cute he keeps a diary, and she’s enjoying his discomfiture too much to disclose how much she read. Hae-won only realized after reading the diary that he was the kid who gave her the beetle and slept at Hodu House that time. He rapidly explains that Hwi got sick, so he slept over while his family went to the hospital. “Ah, so that’s why you fell in love again with a fairy like me.” Heh.

“This is so fun, Eun-seob!” Hae-won exclaims gleefully while Eun-seob sits dismayed. He drops his head to the table after she admits she read most of his posts, including the one where he detailed the river incident. She promises not to tease him but then starts dramatically quoting from his diary. Ha.

Yoon-taek takes the train to see Myung-yeo. He doesn’t want to believe the rumors about her affair. Myung-yeo doesn’t think it matters anymore what anyone thinks. The affair, the murder – the outcome is her brother-in-law is dead and her sister went to jail. No matter what, she’d still be a mess. “Whatever you believe is the truth.”

Yoon-taek disagrees, so Myung-yeo states unequivocally the rumors are true. Even if it’s true, shouldn’t she lie about it to him? Yoon-taek believes it’s the least she could do. Myung-yeo apologizes. “I’ve … wilted,” she confesses defeatedly. “We’ve all wilted,” Yoon-taek counters.

Myung-yeo removes her sunglasses and faces him. Yoon-taek looks at her in sorrow. “I’m the only one who’s completely dead, Yoon-taek.” As she walks home, he follows at a distance. Yoon-taek breaks down as Myung-yeo’s voice recites:

I will cut off the tips of my five fingers and draw a staff with my blood.
I will be alone tonight, but I won’t be lonely.
And tonight, I will shed tears.
The first glass is for you, who left me.
The second glass is for me, who is already so pathetic.
Another glass for our eternal love.
And the last glass is for the Almighty who foresaw and decided everything in advance.

At the book club meeting, Eun-shil enthusiastically introduces herself while Jang-woo frets in the background. Of course, Hyun-ji points out his odd mood to the group, and everyone messes with him, per usual. Eun-shil reads aloud the poem “Love” by Cho Chi-hun about missing the chance to tell someone you love them.

Little Seung-ho is confused when Soo-jung says the poem makes her heart ache. Is love painful? Eun-shil claims it isn’t for her before turning to Jang-woo. “Is love painful for you?” Jang-woo does a spit take, and Eun-shil cheekily wonders if his unrequited love broke his heart.

Hae-won runs upstairs to get tissue for Jang-woo and uses the opportunity to peek at Eun-seob’s laptop again. Hae-won’s face falls as she reads an entry titled “The Bookstore in the Ocean” about how she will leave again one day. Hwi pops in to say Bo-yeong is on the phone for her.

Downstairs, Jang-woo is defending himself, swearing he’s never been heartbroken. Seung-ho pipes up that unrequited love is sad – or that’s what he’s read, anyway. Ha. They all start teasing him about how knowledgeable he is and whether he has a girlfriend.

The next day, Hwi primps while she waits for Yeong-soo to ride up. When he shows, she unceremoniously hops on the back of his bike. He sighs and keeps riding as she exuberantly yells her famous, “Everyone get out of the way!”

Meanwhile, Hae-won and Bo-yeong meet on the bus, sitting seats apart in the back like they’re about to trade international secrets. After thinking about what Hae-won said, Bo-yeong agrees she was right. She hated Hae-won for cutting ties after a single mistake without hearing her out or giving her another chance.

When Hae-won still wouldn’t talk to her years later, Bo-yeong wanted it to seem like Hae-won was spiteful, and she was pitiable. Ugh. Hae-won takes issue with Bo-yeong’s interpretation. It may have been one mistake, but it had a huge impact on Hae-won.

“I didn’t think that far,” Bo-yeong interrupts. “I’m sorry.” Finally. From her perspective, it was one mistake, so she hated Hae-won for her reaction. Bo-yeong claims hate is born of liking someone, and she really liked Hae-won. She doubts Hae-won felt as strongly about her, seeing how she dropped her so easily. She gets up, takes one last look at Hae-won, and gets off the bus. Hae-won reflects on the early days of their friendship.

Eun-seob gets a call that sends him running to the hospital. Gil-bok collapsed and, worried about the bill, wants to be discharged against recommendation. At the hospital, Eun-seob comforts little Seung-ho who’s scared his grandfather will die. Eun-seob promises he’ll be alright. (Why do people promise things they can’t deliver?)

Eun-seob drops Seung-ho off at Hodu House. It’s more crowded than usual with Eun-shil and Hae-won’s friend Ji-yeon there too. After Hae-won and Seung-ho do some skincare PPL, they go downstairs to join the others. Seung-ho shares the book he’s reading called “Owl at Home” by Arnold Lobel about an owl who collects the tears he cries to make tear-water tea and forget his sadness.

When little Seung-ho calls Myung-yeo noona as opposed to the age-appropriate imo (“aunt”), everyone rants about how uncomfortable Myung-yeo’s insistence on always being called unni and noona is. They try to get Seung-ho to admit it’s awkward, but he’s too sweet. Later, when she’s alone in her room, Myung-yeo ruminates on her emotional conversation with Yoon-taek.

In the morning, Eun-seob comes to pick up Seung-ho. After Hae-won sees them off, she goes inside to wake her aunt. Hae-won enters Myung-yeo’s room to find her unconscious on the floor. As Hae-won rushes to her aunt and cradles her head, Eun-seob narrates that he’s prepared for Hae-won’s leaving but hopes she can do so gladly, without a heavy-heart. Myung-yeo’s eyes flutter open for a moment before closing again as Hae-won desperately screams her aunt’s name. Ack!

Eun-seob’s Blog Post

Irene saw my private diary. Darn it. I think she saw the bookstore diary section. I’m not sure how much of it she read. Since she teased me about the marshmallow story, I think she read up to where she arrived in Bukhyeon-ri. How much did she read after that? It’s not like anything’s going to happen even if she read it all. But I almost lost my mind from sheer embarrassment.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, they’d better not have anything happen to Myung-yeo. We do not need more tragedy up in here. Everyone is finally facing their demons and moving forward, so can we just give them a break? Clearly, there’s more going on with Myung-yeo than just the glaucoma. Those headaches haven’t been mentioned in a while, but I doubt they’ve gone away. If we go the cancer or fatal illness route, I will not be happy.

On the topic of health, things aren’t looking so hot for Gil-bok. I’m assuming Seung-ho is being raised by his grandfather since we’ve had no mention of his parents. If something happens to Gil-bok, Seung-ho would likely be left completely alone. Although, I’m sure he’d be taken care of by everyone in the town if something did happen. He’s a sweet kid, and it’s clear everyone loves him. But he seems particularly close to Eun-seob, which is cute. I wonder how they got to be so close.

The role of timing in relationships took center stage this episode. How much does it really affect? In the case of Eun-shil and Jang-woo, timing has had a significant impact. At the start, young Eun-shil wasn’t in a place to appreciate Jang-woo’s sweetness, but that seems to have changed. By her endearing looks and smiles, as well as how much she loves teasing him (like Hae-won does to Eun-seob), I’d say Eun-shil is interested. But timing can also be a convenient excuse to sit on the sidelines, as we saw with Bo-yeong. She had years’ worth of chances but wasn’t brave enough to take them, blaming “timing” for her failure instead of her own inaction.

Ah, Bo-yeong. She finally apologized, which is good, but she still managed to make it mostly about her. I’m convinced this woman is incapable of being unselfish. Her whole woe-is-me spiel in the woods had me rolling my eyes, but I do like how it was resolved. Hae-won was no-nonsense, as usual, and put Bo-yeong in her place with a much needed wake up call. Bo-yeong has been acting like a spoiled child who can’t stand for anyone to have anything she likes, but, thankfully, it seems like Hae-won’s words got through to her a smidge. Not fully, but what can you do?

I loved that we didn’t get the typical meddling second lead situation. Yes, Bo-yeong tried to meddle, but it was wildly unsuccessful. Her whole plan fell apart the moment Hae-won stepped in to “save” her. What a great reversal! Thank goodness we didn’t get the conventional lack of communication leading to misunderstandings; Eun-seob didn’t hide what was going on and immediately informed Hae-won of the situation. Then, although he didn’t love the idea, he stepped back so Hae-won could handle it. Despite the fact that I do worry about the imbalance in their relationship – Hae-won initiates everything while he stays passive – I do like how they support, trust and respect each other.

Now for a relationship I’m not so sure about: Myung-yeo and Yoon-taek. They obviously care about each other deeply, and I want Myung-yeo to have someone she can lean on. But those flashbacks of the early days of their relationship from a couple episodes back were concerning. Myung-yeo was condescending and controlling to a degree that was not okay. It felt borderline abusive the way she demeaned him as he worked tirelessly to please her. Of course, we only saw a snippet, and we don’t know if that dynamic continued into their older years. As it stands, that makes me too uncomfortable to fully root for them as a couple. But, for both of their sakes, I do want Myung-yeo to stop lying to him and give him the truth he so desperately wants to hear. She needs to unburden, and she has a willing listener (and, likely, supporter) in Yoon-taek. It’s time to let it go.

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Eun-sil dumping Jang-woo because Baek Kyung asked her out was hilarious, but Jang-woo's "I guess Baek Kyung was kind of bad" was even more hilarious. Eun-sil is one lucky girl in high school; she has Lee Jae-wook AND Lee Jae-wook asking her out. 😂

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oh shit how did i miss that meta reference!!! thats hilarious 😂 🤣😂 🤣

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Ah I missed that reference and wondered who Baek Kyung was out of nowhere.. HAH!

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ok so i was rolling my eyes hard at Bo young in the start of ep scenes...like i get when u r a teenager a boy or best friend being your whole world....bt when u r an adult i missed my timing coz there were other people there doesnt fly.....as if the only way she wld have talked with eun seob was if they were alone in a room and all doors were locked...it doesnt work that way you twit!!

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True, Bo-young is very annoying, and if I have a complaint on this drama, it would be the screenwriter wrote every character very lovely except Bo-young ...

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you can' t judge what works or does not..

you can't judge what one feels towards someone else, degree of fear of loss you can't assess... and lastly you can't assess the cultural context, her background, her personality , and her dynamics with all actors in her life..

if adult life was pre-designed template.. all of us would be very comfortable, no?

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Well, can we have this show going on for ever? I'm going to stick to what I always say, this show is sweet and cuddly, I even feel warm when it comes to colder times, even when someone's heartbroken... I like to be one of them and sit with them and read a poem of my choice and then maybe tease Jungwoo a bit :)

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So much to talk about in this episode but I want to start with Bo-young. Gosh, I hated how she acted last episode and was very annoyed when she was the first person I saw at the start of the episode. However, as we get to see more of what happened and the episode goes on, I understood her more. As opposed to just dismissing her feelings because I do not agree with her, I came to sympathize to what she's been through.

It felt like a lot if her actions stemmed from wanting to be loved. At home, she doesn't seem to be much appreciated, always asked to do stuff for her brother and her interactions with mom were not ones I'd call warm. Yes, she's totally being selfish and sounds like she's making herself the victim but I mean, haven't we all been like this at least once? It's normal to put your feelings first. It's normal to think of yourself first.

If anything, I'm sure she liked Hae-won. Before, I thought she just befriended her for clout but she genuinely wanted to be friends with Hae-won. It drives the point home when she said "You can't hate someone you don't like." Made me stop and think. It's true. I understand bothe sides, Hae-won's and Bo-young's.

Plus that confrontation scene on the bus was amazing. I've never seen that before but it's so cool and so like Bo-young to do so.

Even the thing with Eun-seob. I felt like all the things that Bo-young did were not much about Eun-seob as it was about Hae-won.

So yeah, it was very easy to hate her character but I think she was actually quite nicely written into the story.

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I feel like I’m seriously out of step with other viewers in the way I saw this episode... am I just reading everything wrong? First of all, I thought it was absolutely unacceptable that HW read ES’s private diary, let alone that she taunted him about it... in addition to the fact that reading anyone’s private writings - even those of your partner - is a violation, this is a man with serious and deep-seeded reasons for being reluctant to express himself, and her complete lack of respect for those boundaries was insensitive. In fact, if a friend told me a new romantic partner had done that, I would tell them to run screaming! Also: how is the revelation that someone has been writing about you and obsessing over you for years simply an opportunity for lighthearted teasing and cuteness? It MATTERS that he used to follow her on trains, doesn’t it? Doesn’t she have questions?? Doesn’t this change things somehow for her?

So there’s that. And the other thing: I know little about Korean culture in this respect, and no Korean at all... but I read that bus scene as BY finally admitting both to herself and to HW that she has been crushing on HW in high school. And the scene was followed by those flashbacks full of admiring looks, and comments about how pretty HW was, and the cute umbrella scene that could come straight out of stories showing male suitors pursuing girls. Lord knows high school friendships, perhaps especially among girls, can be confusingly intense and libidinous - and it seems like saying “I really liked you” in kdramas almost always means “I’m attracted to you...” wasn’t that what BY said, or is something lost in translation? I would really like this plot twist for BY, honestly - that her crush on ES, so passive and non-threatening, was really just a distraction from more confusing feelings about which she’s finally being honest. But I guess I’m wrong?

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I think you are wrong about HW's and BY's attractiveness other than the friendship one. BY needed a friend with who she could have a clean, affectionate and deep unconditional friendship and that was only possible with a stranger HW was so far. She messed up big time but she thought as HW's bestie she could be forgiven. She was fighting for her right to have a good friend just she wasn't one to keep secrets. When you're are interested in gossiping you can easily give a log to make bigger fire. But she did burn all those tiny threads because she caused uncontrollable fire with her revelation. I have few very good friends with who we had this kind of "love at first sight" and could seem lesbians to someone who's not used to this kind of behaviour. Maybe this is one of the little things which draws me to korean culture.

I understand your concern for ES and his diary. I don't think that people would appreciate your inner thoughts read like that, it's like going through the phone of your partner but if he didn't want to be found out he could make a different account on his computer with his personal stuff and lock it.

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@Pfooferpfeffer,
You're not alone. I was totally turned off by Hae-won's invasion of Eun-seob's privacy when she read his diary, not once, but twice. And then razzed him about it repeatedly. I found it appallingly high-handed and tone-deaf. In this regard, she is as dismissive towards Eun-seob's rights and feelings as Auntie has been towards Crybaby's (what an awful nickname), which I have also found horribly denigrating. (It has bothered me that Auntie has been like that since long before she killed Hae-won's dad. Did someone drop her on her head when she was a baby?!) I detest this kind of betrayal and transgression of boundaries, regardless of who's doing the infringing.

I'm reminded of my dismay at the way BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST unfolded with another emotionally-vulnerable male lead taken advantage of by a woman I could only regard as manipulative – and by the end of the show, downright predatory. I'll admit that my reaction was not the majority view of that drama. (See my comments in BTLIOF ep. 15 recap, mainly in threads #44, #49, #73, #74.) I'm not saying that Hae-won is the same as Ji-ho was, but she does have her own self-centered streak. It didn’t help that she took it upon herself to roust Eun-seob out of bed when he just wanted to sleep. Coming on the heels of her snooping, that really pissed me off. I didn’t interpret it as teasing. Er, has anyone seen my sense of humor? I seem to have misplaced it. ;-)

On the other hand, Eun-seob left his diary file unlocked. Maybe he's so used to being alone that he failed to consider that Hae-won might be nosy? Or perhaps he really did want her to read it so he wouldn't have to speak with her about his inner thoughts? He may be much more comfortable expressing his thoughts and feelings in writing than in real-time speech, and that is his prerogative. Even so, Hae-won should have asked his permission first. How would she have felt if someone invaded her privacy that way? Considering how bent out of shape Hae-won has been at Bo-yeong for revealing the secret about her mother, she strikes me as a big fat hypocrite for snooping on Eun-seob. It serves her right that she read something that rattles her chain. Hrmpf!

I hadn’t considered the possibility that Bo-yeong could have had a girl crush on Hae-won when they were in high school, but now that you mention it, it strikes me as plausible. You make a good case for it by citing the scenes in the flashback. It’s also possible that she was more comfortable expressing closeness to a female friend than going out on a limb and telling a guy how she felt, especially one as inhibited and standoffish as Eun-seob.

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Same here, I was really put off by Hae-won's snooping in the diary and then her teasing, neither of which are mature or respectful. When we were raising our 3 daughters, one of our rules was that there would be no teasing of siblings allowed. The way we explained this was that the outside world could be cold and harsh, filled with bullies and mean girls and people who just did not care about anyone but themselves - so that the home should be the refuge, the one place where they could escape all that. Especially as they became teenagers, I think they really appreciated that rule. So I hate to see Hae-won run roughshod over a gentle soul for the sake of her own amusement. Tone-deaf, indeed, and it makes me feel like she doesn't quite deserve him.

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I wrote my comment before reading yours, but im happy i found someone who agrees with me regarding BY. (sorry i dont have many kdrama friends to talk to lol)

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I'm impressed with your capacity for empathy. I just cannot find it in me to empathize with BY.
While I don't feel the same about BY, it was interesting to read your thoughts.

I do agree though that her character was NOT badly written. It's just her motivations that don't make sense to me, and I hate that she was playing the victim until the very end.

At least, Hae-won got some closure, although I don't think she was ever waiting for BY to give it to her.

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I work with kids and some of them are from very stressful environments. Every behaviour means something, sometimes even a call for help. When I first started, I do get annoyed. It's so easy to say that a child/person is problematic just by judging the way they act. But then I learn about their background and what they've been going through and everything started to make sense.

We honestly don't know much about Bo-young from other people's perspective. She seems like someone with low self-esteem to begin with so the way she sees herself would be lacking. Hae-won dislikes her so her view of Bo-young is also not very good.

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I think we've already commented this on the fan wall (I commented this with someone, I know), but I liked that I could understand better BY, and I'm glad she's realized what she did (she didn't at first). I also believe she liked HW at first and she wanted to be friends, but when she messed everything up, once again she didn't know how to handle it.

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I agree with you to a certain degree. I understand where Bo-Young is coming from and have seen enough of her in real life, but that does not mean I like or can even accept people like them.

I must say that Bo-Young and Yeong-joon are two of the same kind, eh? They are both self-centered and could not see beyond their small little world of ME.

Just as I was hoping for in previous comments, I am so pleased that Hae-won took the Bo-Young issue and took it out of Eun-Soeb's hands to resolve. I think both HW and ES have this tacit understanding that BY's attitude and actions are equally about HW as it is about ES, but since HW was more heavily invested in a relationship with BY (ES has practically nothing on that front), I totally endorse her action to confront BY. It also speaks of her strength and bravery - atta girl!

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Bo-young has the unfortunate combo of being extremely self-involved and also extremely un-self-aware. She feels pain, longing, anything negative and has no idea how to process it herself so can only push it out as being caused by something outside of herself (Hae won, "bad timing", etc). I would have rolled my eyes into the back of my head if on that bus she would have started sobbing and apologizing and saying how wrong she was. What we got was a tiny scoot in the right direction. She is starting to understand herself a little better. This is how real growth happens in real life. I wouldn't want to be her friend, but I think her character is extremely well-written.

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Dropping this drama.. I don't understand/relate to some of these characters' reactions/actions. And the whole drama still feels all over the place :/

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I don't know where to begin... so many things happened in this episode...

First of all, BoYoung. I still think that she's mean, but at least we've got to see her side of the story and I thank the writer for giving us that. She even realized that she had been mean, and apologized and I believe she was sincere, yet, his apology was mainly about her and her feelings. She still choses to be mean, but maybe there's a light at the end of the tunnel and one day she will understand the way she handles things and emotions is not the right way.

YT and MY. I bursted into tears with that alley scene. Please, show, have mercy on these two. They need each other, they need to heal, specially MY both physical and psychological. Please, don't hurt MY anymore: she's being in her own prison for so long, please let her taste life again.

EunShil and JW. Oh, how cute can they both be. Because it's not only that JW is a puppy, both of them are!! They are bright, and honest and charming. They need to be together. And I feel they will be, because the timing is now perfect for them.

Hwi and Young Soo. Has anyone ever doubted this girl gets what she wants? Oh, that scene, she waving to the crowd as the queen she is, and poor YS's face of concern, haha. Unicorn, you've lost the battle and the war.

Seungho and Eunseob are just the cutest. SH is a very especial kid who's sweet and witty. I believe ES is so attached to him not only because he's a good person, but because he can put himself in the kid's position. It's clear to me that SH's parents aren't around and he's raised by his grandparent. ES can relate to that feeling of having "another" family taking care of him. I just hope Gil Bok will recover soon.

And finally our OTP. I found a bit intrusive the way HW read ES diary and then teased him, because it made him feel bad, but at the end of the episode he was ok with it, in his blog he didn't talk about being exposed or feeling bad because HW read it, so I'm fine with it.

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Yes Hwi has her man and our Unicorn has lost the war. And this is a good thing, particularly for Young-soo. He was in real danger of simply becoming an academic drudge, living only a half life at best- to the end of his days. He is young so he probably does not yet realize how much he needed a Hwi in his life- so that he could live a truly full life. Hwi sees him as the Youngman she needs- and she is right, but Young-soo actually needs her more- which is why he has no effective defense to ward her off.

We should all be so lucky to lose such a war.

And I can not agree with you more over YT and MY. It is heartbreaking to watch them.

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I admit I was reluctant to start the episode. I actually dreaded the idea of watching Eunsob save Boyeong and the consequences of it in his relationship with Haewon. I really appreciate how they turned it into a window of opportunity for Haewon to knock some sense into Boyeong's head. If she needed saving, it would be from herself and her pity party.

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👏👏👏
Very aptly put! Couldn't have said it any better

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She indeed needs to take care of her self and to start loving herself. There's no way she can love someone else until she loves and cares for her.

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You are right- Bo-yeoung has only one enemy. Unfortunately it is herself.

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I like Hae Won's character. I like the fact that she went to pick up Bo Young instead of Eun Seob, for once we have a proactive FL in a drama !! Bo Young on the other hand is still incredibly immature and selfish, HE DOES NOT LIKE YOU. What's more to say ? Just because you tried hard doesn't mean the other person has to like you in return...
On Eun Seob's diary matter, I think it is kind of inappropriate to read it, although I would have been tempted to do it as well... But I'm wondering if we don't have a cultural difference on that point... I mean I feel like the way Koreans deal with privacy is different from my European way... Like checking who is calling your BF/GF or asking what message you received, eavesdropping private conversations... so I'm wondering if there is some cultural difference also ? because from what I remember,there is some kind of invasion of privacy in every drama I've ever watched... So maybe an easy trope for writers but also maybe a cultural difference that makes Koreans less sensitive about this issue ?

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Had the same doubt, but then realized my country's soaps are also rife with eavesdropping and mobile phone indiscretion. I guess that probably Koreans respect people's privacy as much (or as little) as (at least South) Europeans, and it's just a very convenient plot device

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I didn't like it, not totally, but then ES wrote in his diary that he didn't mind that HW had read it. After all, his blog is open to the public... I wonder who reads it.

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The parts with Bo Yeong were a good opportunity for me to practise deep breathing exercises and ease my neck pain by shaking my head incessantly.

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@marylou lately,
ROFLMAO! You have a gift for making lemonade out of lemons. ;-)

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Thank you, I am trying my best here. Inhala - exhala.

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I wasn't not very fond of this episode. I think I didn't like the behavior of female characters.

If I liked the Extraordinary You's reference, I don't like Eun Sil. The way she behaves with Kang Woo is not fun. Nothing from her was selfless when she was with him.

Bo Young never grows up... She's acting like a teenager. If she missed some occasions to talk with ES, she could create occasions to do it but she didn't. It's only when HW came back, she felt the sudden desire to talk to him. I was happy she apologized.

The Mother, the Aunt and HW have the same way to make everything about them without really thinking about people around them.

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@kurama,
Eun-shil treated Jang-woo like crap in high school when he gave her the flowers. The way she set him up in front of everyone was the pits.

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The way she asked him in the book Club about love being painful was petty. She's an adult now, I find weird she took so much pleasure to torture him with a highschool crush.

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It was a form of teasing which looks like it is intended to embarrass, and does. But the deeper meaning is that she is acknowledging to him that she knows that she once hurt him.

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Yes, she did do that and yes it was humiliating. She was a thoughtless teenager then. But now she is the one who is putting herself out there and risking humiliation by literally following after him. She is deliberately changing places with him from 10 years ago- to show him that she has changed her mind.

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I don't agree. She did nothing for him now. She's still teasing him, having fun to remind to everybody that he had a crush for her. She didn't show any remorse or anything.

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I am not sure if I agree that Bo-yeong is selfish. I think she is unaware of herself and her feelings. There are a few things in this episode, short moments, that tell us a lot. One of them is Bo-yeong's mother gossiping about someone elses problem instead of focusing on her own daughter. Some people grow up without that maternal/paternal love, and this is why I think she s more unaware/attention seeking that selfish.

Lots of things in this episode, in general, ok. Im starting to understand the charisma around Seo Kang Joon. 'Thank goodness we didn’t get the conventional lack of communication leading to misunderstandings', i was just thinking the same thing by the end of this episode and hoping this wont happen next week.

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When she was first introduced and marveled at HW who couldn't see any social differences between coming from a mil owner's family Vs having a pensionette,I wondered if she felt resentment for the privilege of good family and looks that afforded HW that purer world view and if spilling her darkest secret was a way to show HW the ugliness of the small town world that BY has been privy to all her life. I really appreciated how they clarified that teenage BY really was sincere towards HW and wasn't just clout chasing or knowingly backstabbing HW. I'm sure there's a part of her that thinks HW has it too easy. HW still got the popular boy's attention despite being an outcast, she is artistic and got to live for the big city, HW also has no problems walking up to the guy she likes and confessing her crush. Bo Young by comparison seems to limit herself - she never is shown to stand up to the gossip that surround her crush in the present or her BFF in the past. Her insecurities seem to have kept her at bay and she has decided that HW was the villian in her story.
There was a lot of potential to explore the complexities of HW-BY relationship and I feel that the actress certainly would have been interesting to watch had the show decided to go that route. But as it is, her character was never fully integrated to the main characters' lives for viewers to know or care much about her.

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BY may have low self-esteem, but it's still all about her. I was going to cut her some slack when she apologized, but then she said that it's HW's fault that BY felt so bad, because BY liked HW more. Alrighty then, it's still all about you.

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beautiful said. i agree.

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BY needs to learn to love herself, and only then she will be able to love someone else.
I don't think she feels loved by her family.
Her mum never pays her much attention, so that's why she seeks it in others.

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Bo Young, thankfully this seems to be the last of her. What an awful character, well done writers. Hwi continues to bring light to the darkness of this drama.

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"(Why do people promise things they can’t deliver?)" This!.
Also agreed with your sentiments about the aunt and her boyfriend! The power dynamic in their relationship was so bad in the flashbacks and the aunt was abusing it. However, I feel like the latest episodes have shown growth in her character.

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I really am curious about their relationship dynamic as well. I don't like what we've seen from their past, because that appears to be outright emotional and verbal abuse on Myeong-yeo's part. For that reason, I find it hard to root for them as a couple.
But we've only seen one side of the story, so maybe that behavior has a reason???

I do want both of them to finally find the peace and closure they seek, they need some healing. Maybe the could renew their romance the right way.

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They had been together for 20 years, so... I guess there were good moments they shared.
There are couples exactly like that, that keep always fighting. I couldn't do it, no way I could but there are people addicted to that kind of conflict.

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Erm I am not as taken aback by their relationship now that we have a lot more context on MY and her life. It's never nice in any relationship if one person seems to hold all the power.And I certainly understand how ET's "kicked puppy" routine in their younger days tilts our sympathies to lie flatly with him but the more we see of MY, the more we realize that she speaks in codes
MY has always been abrupt and mysterious. I saw her constant "let's break up" to be a short hand between the couple for when ET was annoying her.
She isn't just that way with ET. Remember her famous line to "get back to Seoul" to HW for the first few episodes. Her niece, her BFF Se Jong, her childhood friends and villagers all seem to b used to her cryptic and curt way of talking.
We are slowly shown that the younger Shim porcupine has affection for everyone that belies her cold words. The fact that ET stuck with her for years and even now actively wants to be close to MY show that he understood and accepted her for who she was.

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I think this is perhaps my least favorite episode so far.
I feel nothing for Bo-yeong's story and all her sorry excuses. She makes my blood boil and I think she frankly doesn't deserve to be the focus of an entire episode. Her story was well and done in the first half, and I don't think we particularly needed her POV, it didn't add much to what we already knew.
In its penultimate week, this episode felt more like a filler on our way to the finale week.

However, I do like that even when the focus is on other characters, the glimpses that we get of our OTP showcase the development of their relationship dynamic. I love their playfulness, HW's wicked sense of humour and ES's continued adorable awkwardness. They're perfect together. 🥰

And for all my reservations about this episode, I do recognize that part of the focus on Bo-yeong is due to this show's committment to explore AND tie up its secondary characters' stories. And this is something I really love about this show, because not only does it give us fleshed-out secondary characters, but it also cares about seeing major plotlines to completion.

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I love how the show are leading with all the side characters, giving us insight and living their story not only to serve our OTP.

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In fact I really like seeing more stories on the side characters and in many ways the townsfolk is the centerpiece of this drama with the OTP being the thread to link the sub plots together.

And, to me, the aunt's plot is the most compelling drawing the most emotion out of me. MJH's acting in this drama is phenomenal and award-worthy.

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Yes! It's not very realistic to make it seem like the leads are the only people that exist in the drama. This one really does feel like a small town. We even know the neighbor's getting married to a Math teacher and stuff lol

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Yes, I literally didn't have patience enough for 20 minutes for Bo-yeong's story. She is maximum 2 minutes worth for me. 🤣

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This episode seems disconnected but is not- this episode is about courage.

Quirkycase is right: Bo-yeong’s “missed opportunities” were nothing of the sort and her missing them was all in her head- she did not want to risk a public rejection so she did nothing. Such is the price of cowardice. Even if she has been rejected she would then have been able to move on- and might be very happy with someone else. Instead she became (or already was) twisted.

In contrast Jang-woo actually did approach Eun-sil in high school and was publicly rejected (and humiliated). This is why he is so hesitant and awkward now. In high school Eun-sil was into bad boys and unable to appreciate Jang-woo then. But she has grown up and now realizes that bad boys stay bad boys- and will hurt you one way or the other. Now she appreciates the value of a good man. In short, she is not just interested- she has changed her mind about Jang-woo. But she is also smart enough to know how hurting him then makes it difficult for him to try again- she already once told him no. Eun-sil has the courage to do something about it- and now has. Jang-woo’s courage then is paying off now.

Hwi lives her life courageously. She also lives honestly. It is working. Yeong-soo is a very lucky young man.

In contrast, Myung-yeo did not have the courage to stand for the truth when she (justifiably- self-defense did apply in that case) killed her brother in law and then also did not have the courage to live a good life as her sister asked of her. She knows this and that is why she sees herself as the walking dead- not even willing to seek medical treatment when she has a problem. It is very clear to me that she stopped writing as a punishment for her lack of courage then- not because her talent deserted her. She has hurt herself, Yoon-tek, her niece and her sister.

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Thanks for another wonderful recap @quirkycase.
This episode more than others had character moments and inconsistencies that took me out of the story at multiple points. let me put my gripes down first
*HW- HW reading ES's private journal..arrgh look I get that she accidentally read a page but to continue reading is icky at best. I felt so nauseous on behalf of ES .It would be totally different if he had given it to her to read. She now basically knows he has been in love with her for almost a decade. As it stands, they both got robbed of the opportunity for him to say those words to her.
She also seems weirdly ok with the knowledge that this boy she barely knew existed in HS had been responsible for saving her life.🤷 This also extends to how HW is shown to be extremely confrontational about her love life but seems equally afraid of thinking of any of the darker stuff surrounding her family - Her aunt's health problems, her father's abuse, her mother's disappearance act all seem to have dropped to the side once the loveline started in earnest. It's totally plausible that she's hiding from these darker truths in the afterglow of her new found love but a throwaway scene or two showing these concerns do exist for her would have been nice instead of the head first dive tat we now would most likely be taking thanks to MY's unavoidable health crisis.
*BoYong - the whole BY story line seems to be wrongly mapped. By dropping her from the story after first few eps without giving us any context of her apart from HW's POV and then dropping her back in to create 10-20 minutes if story seems to be very thoughtless in an otherwise thoughtful show. I was also puzzled by HW's strong proclamation that she didn't know ES was Bay's crush. Didn't an earlier flashback or two show us BY confiding in HW that her crush was the class loner. Unless the subtitles were wildly off the mark or there were multiple loners looming in that HS batch, that was straight up weird. Not that HW owed anything to BY just because she knew ES was her crush from ages ago when she hadn't made a single move in 10+ years but it just felt a bizzzare.
Also the spontaneous bout of gossip at BY's mother's mill about how MJ is back in town(when in the story's timeline she should have come and gone atleast few weeks ago?) just to induce a sudden realization of the impact of her act on BY🙄

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Phew now on to the good stuff:
*MY's story is ramping up. We are all holding our breath for the inevitable revelation that will have to happen for her to begin again,(please show ,let her begin again)
*JW finally has his favourite lady in his sights. Moreover she practically told him the moment she landed that their 'timing is finally right'. If one of those puppies will not make a move by the next episode, I will revolt.
*Hwi my love..♥️ YS should have known our girl would extract her pound of flesh (and then some) for letting him attend that meeting. Her glorious bicycle ride is the stuff teenage dreams are made of. The teacher's look of disbelief and YS's quiet head duck of acknowledgement were just adding to her clout.
*ES's embarrassment was golden even though I have strong thoughts about the way HW came by the material to attack him with.

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I'm just tired of this drama. What I look forward to is jang wook and eunshil interaction.

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The comments regarding the lack of respect for personal boundaries in this episode reveal a fundamental difference in Asian cultural norms. Korean does have somewhat of a word for privacy; where I grew up in Japan the word doesn't even exist. They have borrowed the English word and call it "puraibashi" but have no term of their own.

There is also no word for trespassing in Japanese, and not directly in Korean either, it seems. A sign for no trespassing in Japanese merely says "Entry forbidden." In Korean it would say "Do not enter without permission."

Culturally there is no concept that people have a RIGHT to have their privacy and personal property and boundaries respected.

No one is likely to scream about violation of privacy if someone read their diary (especially since the vocabulary doesn't exist). They are more likely to react like ES and feel extremely embarrassed and blame themselves for leaving stuff out where people could find it. To get angry and demand your personal rights would mark you as a petty, unreasonable person who thinks the world revolves around you.

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Thank you for this insight. It explains a lot. Given many of the comments here it is obvious that many people did not know this.

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Yes thanks for this! I commented without reading the comments. And me too felt a bit uncomfortable as Hae Won read Eun seop private blog posts. Explained this way, I understand it better, and it made me wonder whether the concept of privacy in my own culture is also borrowed from the Western culture. I have to go search! Thx!

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This episode was quite disappointing for me. I just could not understand Bo Yeong's story, to me it was just 20 minutes of wasted time. Her excuses on wrong timing, wanting to get back at Hae Won, etc. just didn't make sense, and I wonder why she was included in the story at all. The second characters of this drama are all interesting but her in particular was poorly written and developed, from beginning to end. Also, I felt a bit uncomfortable at Hae Won reading Eun seop's diary. As a diary writer myself, though I would not feel hurt if my significant other ever reads my diary, I would feel hurt if he makes fun of what i have written and uses it to tease me. But, i am putting my feet in ES' shoes. It didnt seem to be hurt by it and as someone who is not really expressive, he probably perhaps felt relieved that she read it. But why would she sneak around again and read a second time?? Also Auntie, pls just give it up and unburden yourself: just tell the truth to Yoon Taek!

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Maybe I am not following the flow properly because of all the flashbacks, but doesn't Bo young all but spell out Eun-seob's name when she tells Hae-won that she has a crush on the loner in our class that likes reading. (EP5)?

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Thanks for the recap.

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