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Youth of May: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread

My emotions are all over the place this week, as our couple try to navigate their forbidden love. They have to decide if their one-month romance is worth it, if they can really deal with the consequences. Their hearts are saying yes, despite how dangerous it is, and that’s what kills me.

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

I haven’t really talked about the acting in Youth of May yet, mostly because I get so immersed in the story. I think that in itself, though, is a big compliment to the actors and their ability to breathe life into their characters. Lee Do-hyun and Go Min-shi’s chemistry, in particular, is so good (oh, so good!) that I even enjoy the sad, angry tension between the couple. There’s a lot of that in Episode 5, after Myung-hee asks Hee-tae to get engaged to Soo-ryun.

Beforehand, Myung-hee met with Soo-ryun and admitted she likes Hee-tae, but Soo-ryun just burst into tears and begged her friend to convince him into the engagement. We see in flashback that when they were high school students, the girls handed out propaganda flyers and Myung-hee was the only one punished. She was forced to take all the blame and drop out of school — and to make it worse, her father told her to accept it and live quietly.

Ever since, Myung-hee has accepted whatever people told her to do with a “Yes,” like a reflex. So when Soo-ryun asks Myung-hee for this favor, she says “Yes.” And when Hee-tae asks if she’ll be okay with him getting engaged, she again says “Yes.” Naturally, once the engagement is set, no one is okay. Hee-tae and Soo-ryun are the picture of an unhappy couple while making preparations, and Myung-hee can only think of Hee-tae while spending time with the oblivious Soo-chan.

As the engagement ceremony nears, tensions continue to rise. Ki-nam senses his son’s misery, and knowing the tie to Myung-hee, he “assures” Hee-tae that he can still see other women when he’s married. Hee-tae fires back that Ki-nam must be speaking from experience. Later, Soo-ryun’s group discovers she’s marrying the anti-communist investigator’s son and accuses her of being a spy. She’s surprised when Hee-tae steps in and stands up for her. At least now, she doesn’t see him as a jerk. When they’re alone, the two even have a sincere conversation about their late mothers.

Since Hee-tae is still tutoring Jin-ah at the boarding house, he often runs into Myung-hee. Every time, he gives her the chance to change her mind, and every time, she disappoints him. Finally, he blows up, saying he’s only enduring this for her. He hates that they’re wasting time when she’s leaving soon, but apparently, he says, she doesn’t feel the same way.

Teary-eyed, Hee-tae concludes, “I’m not going to write letters to someone who won’t write back.” He walks away, and it happens in slow motion, making the moment feel that much heavier for her. As if Myung-hee wasn’t already emotionally worn out, her father drops by and finds a propaganda flyer, mistakenly assuming she’s still participating in protests. It’s the last straw for her, and she sobs in her room, alone.

Then comes the engagement ceremony. And, oh my god, this has to be my favorite part of the drama so far. Myung-hee finds Hee-tae sulking outside the venue, and he almost ignores her. But something stops him — she’s wearing the shoes he bought her on their blind date. With one last bit of hope, he asks if she’s okay. “No,” she tells him, crying. “I’m not okay. I don’t want my May to be without you.”

That’s all Hee-tae needs to hear. He takes her hand, and they beam at each other before turning and running out of there. Away from the ceremony, away from everyone else. I can’t describe just how happy I was seeing them so happy as they disappeared into the night together.

Now, having confirmed their feelings, they look forward to spending more time together. Hee-tae asks to take one of her earrings, to have when he misses her, and wanting something of his, Myung-hee shyly takes his bowtie from around his neck. (It is so freaking cute.) They almost kiss, but an officer interrupts, warning them about the curfew. I’m letting it slide, since my heart needs a break anyway.

Myung-hee has the next two days off, but to Hee-tae’s annoyance, they have to spend the first day babysitting their little brothers. The boys totally pick up on the couple’s romantic vibes, and being good kids, they merely tease them. The four of them have a fun day at the amusement park — or rather, Myung-hee and the boys have fun, while Hee-tae carries all the bags like a tired dad, haha.

Unfortunately, reality kicks in, much sooner than I would’ve liked. Multiple people saw the couple leaving the engagement ceremony, including the Lee siblings and the couple’s mutual friend Hye-gun. Soo-ryun confronts Hee-tae and Myung-hee separately, calling them careless. And then Soo-chan confronts them separately, understandably furious.

Being out of the loop, Soo-chan thinks that Hee-tae is the bad guy taking advantage of his sister and innocent Myung-hee. Myung-hee firmly tells him that she’s already made her choice to be with Hee-tae, but he still thinks she’s being used. So he takes matters into his own hands and tells his father that Hee-tae is seeing another woman.

Soo-ryun comes home to find her father, brother, and Ki-nam waiting for her. They ask her about the situation, Ki-nam demanding to know if she knew about Myung-hee. She quietly replies that she didn’t, which urghhh. She can’t keep telling Hee-tae and Myung-hee to take responsibility for their actions when she can’t even do that. She has to know this is unfair.

Our couple goes on their first official date, this time brother-less. They’re together the whole day laughing, holding hands, and just enjoying each other’s company. As smitten as they are, they can’t help feeling sad, and they make sure to voice this. Myung-hee suggests they be honest with each other and share everything, whether good or bad.

Usually, Hee-tae puts up a wall, so I like that he falls vulnerable here. He admits that he’s never had this kind of happiness before, and he’s scared he’s going to lose it. Touched, Myung-hee stands up on her tippy-toes and gives him a quick kiss. She immediately backs away, embarrassed, but he pulls her back for a real kiss. Gah… *pauses to flail*

They’ve gone their separate ways, when Hee-tae pulls out Myung-hee’s earring and sees that it’s broken. He gets a bad feeling… Then we see Myung-hee approaching home, only to be grabbed and stuffed into a car by Ki-nam’s men. Let me tell you, this is getting increasingly hard to watch. But I wanted a good melo, and that’s exactly what I’m getting. The sweet smiles and kisses always come at a price.

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thank you for the recap!! x
this week drove me nuts with the ups and downs— the heart-wrenching angst and the incredibly sweet date laced with anxiety and guilt. above all I just wanted to say that YoM does not shy away from its reality, which is what makes it that much more difficult to watch since it’s not fantasy or imagination. Soo-ryeon really disappointed me this week and I’m not sure how I can root for her anymore. she really is just so selfish, unloading her concerns on Myung-hee and then expecting her to make a decision that would benefit herself, even though Myung-hee told her she wanted to be with Hee-tae just seconds ago. and the way she lied about being blindsided when the entire situation transpired because of her initial decision not to go. getting mad thinking about her character again 😡 not sure if Soo-ryeon is going to develop feelings for Hee-tae ;;

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If Soo-ryeon starts to develop feelings for Hee-tae,I have no more words towards her.

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Hee-tae and Myung-Hee are super cute together. I like their scenes (even if I found the direction a little bit too much).

But Hee-tae is smart and he knows his father. I'm kinda surprised he ignores that or he's so naive. Yeah, they have a beautiful relationship but the consequences are pretty dangerous for one month of love...

Soo-ryun is a coward. She has big ideas but she can't assume them in public, so she uses Myung-Hee. She lied to her father and her brother making the couple the villains of the story.

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I'm also puzzled by Hee-tae nonchalant attitude on his father. He should know better the level of evilness his father is capable of. Surely the guy can strategize better? Rather than squealing with happiness when he grabbed Myung-Hee hand, i was yelling 'nooooo what are you doing out in public'. And sure enough, all hell breaks loose.

I feel the writer being a meanie. They could've give us more sweet moments but we're going straight into angst territory 😓

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How cute are our couple!! The way Myung hee takes the neck tie. Hee tae definetely swooned at that. But I'm so afraid for our couple in the next week's episodes. I think this is the end for the cute and the happy. I like how there is always this undercurrent of anxiety over the couple and everyone. And Lee do hyun is love!!!

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I am so anxious I can’t even enjoy the cuteness wholeheartedly 😭

Both LDH and GSM are doing an amazing job here. LDH definitely felt things when she took of his bow tie.

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Go min shi is sooo beautiful here I wonder whether she is the same girl from Sweet home where I hated her. That shows how good she is.

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She's very versatile between her roles in Hundred Million Stars From the Sky, Secret Boutique or Love Alarm.

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That bow tie scene was *heart eyes*

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I don't normally care much on side stories/fillers. But i must say that Jin-ah tutoring and the two boys friendship are cute, funny and very much needed to give a bit of balance to the overall sombre tone of the drama. Shout out for those young actors.

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I am so pleased on how the story of the boys has changed.
Myung-soo is such a sweet boy and it annoyed me to no end that as soon as he joined the training group the kdrama bullying trope made an appearance. Little Jang-tae although having much more materially than Myung-soo seemed more burdened and we found out why when he finally had a heart-to-heart talk with Hee-tae. Thank you writer-him for bringing the story around to where boys can be boys. I don’t know how long that will last however. Also I hope Myung-soo has finally learned to tie his shoes!
I agree with you @yn00na the young actors are giving a fine performance.

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Annnnnd, BAM! Just when the romance was starting, Myung Hee gets kidnapped by evil secret police guy... I am bracing myself for the next 6 episodes.
The dongsaengs are great, I hope nothing bad happens to either of them...

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Omg. This show. My heart. A roller coaster of emotions. I can’t even wholeheartedly enjoy the sweet romance without feeling a tight knot in my chest. Like we don’t know when the sky will fall on our head kinda feeling.

Gosh. Why are the lead actors so good?. Why is the music so good and heartbreaking?
I am a little disappointed with Soo Ryung and I hope this phase is short lived.

@pickleddragon pointed out that the song that plays in the cafe is John Denver’s Annie song.

*lyrics*
You fill up my senses like a night in the forest,
like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain,
like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean.
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.

Come let me love you, let me give my life to you,
let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms,
let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you.
Come let me love you, come love me again.

You fill up my senses like a night in the forest,
like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain,
like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean.
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.

💙♥️💔

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I wasn't at all surprised when she was kidnapped. I was like come on y'all, just no. Ki Nam is a great brother, but his jealousy got the better of him here. As for Soo Ryung, she is really selfish. Sigh, I knew this would happen with this drama. My poor heart.

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You certainly were not writing it as an open thread, today's content felt like you were tempted to turn it to a full recap but stopped halfway after realizing it.
Youth of May got me swooning and gushing over Lee do hyun, where on Earth will I find such a man?

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The cuteness didn't even last an episode with that ending TT__TT I knew angst was gonna happen but I didn't expect to be THIS frustrated towards the friend character. Soo-ryeon was too selfish and I guess that's what happens if you grew up getting whatever you want.

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I was so upset when she completely bypassed Myung-hee’s words - that she wanted to date Hae Tee- and started pouring out her worries and went straight to her problems.
I would understand if she acknowledged it or even had a conversation about it with her. About her leaving in a month and then talking about her issues.
Her sense of entitlement was apparent in that scene. It’s not that she is a bad person.
She really doesn’t have the emotional maturity and at this point she comes across as a girl playing dress up with the movement. I want to be proven wrong.

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Totally agree! And she even went as far as guilt tripping her for trying to ruin everything. I do agree that the OTP running away was a bad move but girl, try to understand your friend.

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