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Youth of May: Episodes 3-4 Open Thread

As spring brings our couple new possibilities, feelings grow stronger and hopes get higher. They want to be together, no matter how short a time, but one lie threatens to end things before they’ve even started. And it’s not just their relationship — their very lives could be on the line.

 
EPISODES 3-4 WEECAP

Going into our second week, Hee-tae and Myung-hee’s sweet romance continues to blossom despite being tangled in Soo-ryun’s fake dating scheme. Everyone thinks Hee-tae and Soo-ryun are the ones happily dating, when in reality, they can’t stand each other. They bicker like annoyed siblings, Soo-ryun even warning Hee-tae not to pursue Myung-hee. She has no idea, however, that Hee-tae and Myung-hee genuinely like each other.

After an awkward family dinner at Soo-ryun’s, Hee-tae and Myung-hee secretly meet to clear things up. Myung-hee apologizes for lying, saying he wouldn’t want to be with her anyway since she’s poor. To that, Hee-tae replies that he was born out of wedlock — so what? It’s because of their pasts, he says, that they grew up to be strong people. He’s making it really hard for her not to completely fall for him, but she’s still hesitant.

Eventually, Myung-hee has to tell Hee-tae that she’s going away to Germany in a month and that she plans to stay there permanently. So she wants them to stop now, before things get serious between them; she’s just happy to have met him at all. Hee-tae is, of course, heartbroken, and this only makes him hate the fake dating scheme even more.

One day, everyone gathers to celebrate Soo-chan’s new pharmaceutical business, and Hee-tae’s father Ki-nam notices Hee-tae eyeing Myung-hee. Ki-nam remembers seeing Myung-hee years before — in his interrogation room, desperately claiming her innocence to her father. This in mind, Ki-nam orders his men to spy on Hee-tae. He also visits Myung-hee’s dad and threatens him to keep Myung-hee in line.

Though Ki-nam put me on edge, our couple’s scenes still manage to send me directly to swoon city. Myung-hee is surprised to have Hee-tae show up at her boarding house, and her nervousness causes her to fall on top of him. Heartbeats go wild, including mine. It turns out Hee-tae is there because he agreed to tutor her landlord’s daughter Jin-ah (who develops a huge crush on him).

After the tutoring session, Hee-tae ventures outside and fiddles with Jin-ah’s guitar, earning Myung-hee’s attention. He plays her a song — the one he wrote after their first date — and the way he hums along makes me melt. It’s like he’s singing his feelings, and as Myung-hee thinks over their time together, it seems like those feelings coincide with her own.

When he’s done, he admits that her leaving Korea will be hard on him. Even so, he asks if she’d at least like to date him for the remainder of May. She’s more tempted than ever, and she promises to give him an answer when she’s ready. It’s super cute because the next day, while she’s at work, the thought of last night makes her blush.

Myung-hee finds Hee-tae at the hospital getting agitated as he tries to finalize his friend’s transfer. She’s taken aback by this, especially when he switches back to happy mode the second he sees her. She’s always enjoyed his bright personality, but it seems like she’s starting to realize that he often overcompensates with humor.

Meanwhile, there’s tension in the Hwang household, as Hee-tae’s stepmother keeps his half brother Jung-tae’s athletic training a secret from Ki-nam. Though Hee-tae isn’t all that close with this side of the family, he still covers for them. And at the training camp, there’s some progress with Jung-tae and Myung-hee’s brother Myung-soo.

One kid mocks Myung-soo’s dad’s limp, and Jung-tae punches him, having experienced his mom getting similar treatment for being a mistress. (I’m assuming Ki-nam was married to a completely different woman and had an affair with Hee-tae and Jung-tae’s moms at different times.) Jung-tae and Myung-soo don’t become instant besties over this, but the hostility between them does disappear.

Elsewhere, Soo-ryun gets caught for trying to help a protester on the run. She does her best to stay cool and collected, but Ki-nam is just too good at his job. He reminds her that they’re going to be in-laws soon and that her family is gonna need his help. When she’s released, her dad pretty much says the same thing, that he doesn’t care if she doesn’t want to get married; they need the Hwangs’ support for his failing business.

Though Myung-hee hasn’t given him an answer yet, Hee-tae still wants to spend as much time with her as possible. He tags along with her to volunteer at an orphanage, hesitantly agreeing to do check-ups on the kids. However, he accidentally gets a young girl sick, having given her food she wasn’t supposed to eat. And he’s brought right back to that awful day…

We learn that a while back, Hee-tae’s university buddy Kyung-soo used to bring injured protestors to his dorm (since it wasn’t safe to get treated at the hospital). They were relatively minor injuries until the day Kyung-soo brought Seok-chul, the friend that’s currently hospitalized. Hee-tae struggled to resuscitate her, and to make things worse, Kyung-soo got arrested when he went out to seek more help.

Hee-tae finally reveals all of this to Myung-hee, saying he doesn’t deserve to be a doctor. But Myung-hee disagrees. She wisely states that they’re all doing the best they can and that certain things are just out of their control. That night, when he walks her back home, she says she’ll give him her answer tomorrow, after she takes care of something.

The drama does a good job of really reeling you in, making you feel that hope of Yes, they’re going to get together and they’re going to be happy, dating scheme be damned. I want that so bad for them… but alas, outside forces must keep them apart. Soo-ryun meets with Hee-tae, requesting that they keep up the act until her dad’s business is stable. Hee-tae refuses. After all, their parents are talking about marriage here. They need to back out before it’s too late.

Hee-tae is firm with his decision, as he later states in a letter to Kyung-soo. We see that Kyung-soo was sent to the army after his arrest, and Hee-tae has been writing to him ever since. This time, he writes that Seok-chul will be in Gwangju soon and that he’s ready to move forward. (Unbeknownst to him, Kyung-soo is unable to write back because of his abusive superiors.)

With flowers at the ready, Hee-tae excitedly heads out to see Myung-hee. And oof, seeing the look on Myung-hee’s face, you just know she talked to Soo-ryun. The first thing that comes out of her mouth is, “Can you get engaged to Soo-ryun?” His excitement crumbles, that being the last thing he wanted to hear. I’m feeling some fear creep in, knowing their innocent love is only going to intensify as this pretense goes on. Knowing their love makes them more vulnerable to the danger ahead.

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This drama is about to get worse for my heart. UGHGHGISAHOEWH. I knew it would be tragic and it lived up to it. Am I the only one who feels bad for Lee Soo Chan. He clearly genuinely likes Myung Hee, but doesn't want to stop her from her dreams, so he stays silent and sweet. That being said, I do like our OTP though.

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It was a relief to see that both the ML and the 2ML haven't tried to dissuade the FL from going abroad, and are trying instead to make the most of whatever time they have with her.

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His scene with the match-making auntie was fantastic! He did such a good job of being flustered and embarrassed and just wanting to MAKE. IT. STOP.

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Yeah, lol, him finally shoving her out while simultaneously trying to prevent her from picking for him. Awwww, he really has my sympathies. They all seem to adore Myung Hee, as they should, but social caste is a hell of a thing.

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This is a really good show, but I still wonder if I should just drop it now while we're "ahead". I don't like sad endings and the more likable the leads are the more I think this will be one of the saddest ever :(

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Yes this is me too! I hate shows that don't have HEAs :(
Except that I don't want to drop it. I am already addicted 4 eps in. It's just so good.

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I'm dreading the sad ending as well especially since our characters are so likeable in their own charming way. I'm trying not to get too attach with them but its so damn hard.

To be fair this show gave us a fair warning since the beginning. We have corpse as our opening scene afterall. And no matter how cute and swoony our OTP, the sinister backgrounds are always looming.

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How can anyone stop by 2nd episode? The story line is so engaging, particularly every courting scene between Lee DoHyun and Go MinSi.. even the litle brothers are so engaging.... By the 10th Episode I wish this drama is the usual 16 Episode long but....

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Love, love, love our OTP. The chemistry between them is mesmerizing and I cannot look away from the screen when they’re together.

I was actually kind of irritated by Soo-ryun in episode 4. I get that her family’s business is failing and that she’s in a precarious situation, but that doesn’t give her the right to hurt the feelings of two other people and use them whenever it’s convenient for her. They don’t really have a stake in her family’s issues so I find it cruel on her part that she basically forces them to keep up a charade for her sake.

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I was waiting for this thread to be up to comment that exactly around the same time, a few thousand miles away, my youngest aunt was very much hating my (now) uncle for ACTUALLY teaching her stuff instead of just using her as the excuse to date my oldest aunt.
It's a family anecdote teaching kids to steer away if he is in one of his "academic" moods. (He used Hee-tae's strategy and succeeded in both marrying the girl he loved and making her black sheep sister pass her exams)

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That's such a great story! Hahaha. And I thought these things happened only in dramas...

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Love during analog times were the best. And this isn't even the most dramatic tale of love in 80s in my family. Apparently my oldest Aunt's ex sent a telegram to my uncle (who was abroad at the time), saying she died, to prove to her that he didn't love her enough. 🤣

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Wow, that's pretty dramatic. :D

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Thank you for the excellent weecap, sailorjumun. I am unhealthily smitten with this show, and I don't know why.

In the weecap, I'd just add the small scene between the fathers of the FL and ML. The pocket watch reminded me of the opening scene of the show, which showed a similar watch being found near the skeletal remains. So whose body was that? I had thought it was one of the leads', but now I'm thinking it's Myung-hee's father, who maybe sacrificed his life for that of his children?

Next week is the halfway mark of the show, I already feel like 12 eps is not enough to tell what seems to be a really layered and complex story. The show has really packed a whole lot of stuff into these four eps already: politics, university protests, romance, adolescent rivalry, workplace troubles, family tragedies, conscription travails, medical drama... Oof.

I love that ALL the characters seemingly have a role to play, and are not there as mere props, even the sidekick protestor, the cop (who didn't reappear though), the boarder landlord ajusshi and his daughter.

I keep thinking of reasons why I should not enjoy this show, but I can't. And I'm dreading, absolutely dreading, the end that is to come. I hate shows that don't have happy endings, and yeah, this one isn't going to have one, and I'm not happy about it, but I am still watching. I feel like there's something wrong with me. 

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Relax. Maybe the skeleton is Jimmy Hoffa...

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naw man. they're never gonna find jimmy hoffa's body, didn't u watch the irishman? *scoffs*

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I had to google JH. But hahahaha. Yeah. Breathing easy now.

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I noticed the pocket watch too. The skeletal remains could very well be Myung-hee's dad or perhaps he gives the watch to Myung-hee down the line.

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I'm not a big fan of Soo-ryun. She acts without thinking. She knows that Hee-Tae loves someone else but she doesn't care. I was happy that Hee-Tae opened up to Myun-Hee because it was becoming tiring how he lied to her about everything important in his life.

Now, I still have the same issue. Sometimes, the direction of the couple scenes don't feel natural. It's a little bit too much with the music and the slow motion.

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These two episodes were the best so far. I am finally witnessing that Lee Dohyun's comedic charm that I've been hearing about for months. I've only ever seen him in small serious roles so far (Hotel del Luna and Sweet Home). His expressions kill me. And what was that wave with that puppet-like body bobbing? So cute but also so random.

Go Minshi is also amazing. I have to keep reminding myself that she was in Sweet Home and The Witch. I thought it would be weird to see them play potential lovers so soon after watching them play siblings but nope. Real chameleons these two.

I really hope the romance doesn't get too frustrating. Tragedy is already a given due to the historical setting...could we not add too much love triangle drama please. Let's keep it at a minimum.

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