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Lovely Runner: Episodes 15-16 (Final)

It’s over! But as we’ve learned from our tethered-by-time twosome, it’s never really the end. So, as our leads battle it out for which ending they like best (with a little help from a certain good-looking detective), we get to nuzzle into the fact that love stories like this live long past the last episode. And I, for one, will be watching this beauty again and again.

 
EPISODES 15-16

So, what exactly are the rules for time travel, crime motives, and fated deaths in this drama? Wait. I don’t care! This is a love story for the ages that I will have on replay until my heart literally bursts from too many feels — and that’s good enough for me. From start to finish, our three leads were immaculate, with writing and directing to match. And I know it’s only May, but I’m calling it now: best drama of the year. Get your abacus ready, ‘cause come December, this show will be racking up the beans.

These last episodes gave us back that grown-and-sexy vibe we had a glimpse of earlier, which pulled our characters a helluva long way from where we met them, and made this finale so fun to watch. It’s all about falling in love — again! — but now our OTP has all the experience of the prior timelines to guide them. Maybe Sol liked the original ending for this story, but I sure didn’t — and this time around, the universe is on my (and Sun-jae’s) side.

We open on the Ferris wheel where we left off last week. Sol is suddenly sick and unconscious with fever, which gives Sun-jae a good reason to truck her to his apartment and keep watch by her bedside. In her delirious state, she holds his hand, calls his name, and weeps — and he’s not going to forget about it anytime soon, even if she does.

In the morning, she’s feeling fine and tries to scamper out the door but runs smack into Sun-jae toweling his tresses (hello, Byun Woo-seok with wet hair). They have a little stand-off where she’s upset he brought her there and he thinks he did her a favor. Every second these two are in the same room from here on out he’s hitting on her, and the confidence is just beaming out of him. (How is this the same guy from the high school uniform days?!)

They have breakfast together (since he’s hidden her shoes so she can’t run away), and he tells her he doesn’t want her to quit her job and give up on her dreams. But stubborn Sol just replies that she wants the person she loves to live a long and healthy life, and so, she’s doing it anyway.

When they get downstairs, Detective Tae-sung is in the lobby, investigating the case of the serial killer cabbie. Sol is quick to make excuses for why she’s with Sun-jae at his place so early in the morning and spits out the half-truth that they’re working on a movie together. Sun-jae figures this means she can’t quit her job, which makes him happy. But when she hitches a ride with Tae-sung and leaves him behind, all that happiness turns to a jealous fit as he remembers how sweetly she held his hand the night before. Not only is he gradually remembering their past timelines together, he’s falling for her all over again.

Afterward, Sun-jae realizes that Sol left her medication behind and he’s desperate to return it to her. Yes, he’s worried about her health, but also, he can’t freakin’ wait to see her again. After practicing the best way to seem casual and cool about why he’s stopping by — and then totally screwing it up — he hands Sol her meds, and she’s really touched. Then she hands him her crying nephew, who throws up all over him.

And if anyone deserves thanks this week it’s that crying baby because throw-up obviously leads to shower scenes. The next shot we see is of Sun-jae emerging from the bathroom at Sol’s house, shirtless, where Sol tells him to hurry up and put his clothes on (and I tell her to just give it a minute). But there’s no time because you can’t have a half-naked celebrity in your house when Mom comes home! And so, she forces Sun-jae into her bedroom to hide “just for ten minutes” — to which he replies, “What should we do for those ten minutes?” (OMG, what a flirt. And she thought Tae-sung was bad?) By the time she sneaks him out the door, holding his hand, he’s so smitten and smiley he can barely contain himself.

It wouldn’t be a finale if we didn’t have at least one more mini-macho moment between our male leads. When Tae-sung meets with Sun-jae to ask for his dashcam footage (to search for the kidnapping cabbie in action), they start bickering about Sol. Tae-sung is insistent on calling her “uri Sol” and Sun-jae prickles every time he hears it. To outdo each other, they drink down their boiling hot cups of tea in one shot, burning their mouths and declaring it’s not that hot. Ah, these two. I’m going to miss them.

Before the movie shoot can begin, there’s another meeting to discuss logistics, and the drama gets even more meta. Sun-jae wants to change the script’s ending (hear, hear!), but Sol maintains that it’s the best ending for the characters (booo!). Sun-jae suggests an alternate ending: the man with memory loss should meet the woman in the future and fall in love again — because he just can’t help it. (And we know where this is headed.)

Sol’s boss agrees that it’s a very romantic ending. But Sol is undeterred. What if the man dies again? She keeps saving him and he keeps dying — isn’t it the worst ending? Sun-jae’s attitude is, “Everyone dies.” In his view, it’s better to live with someone you love, even for a moment. But by then Sol is getting so emotional in her argument that Sun-jae concedes. “Whatever the producer wants,” he says, and the way he looks at her is unreal. Even if he doesn’t understand what’s going on between them, he feels it for sure.

After the meeting, Sun-jae takes his shot, admitting to Sol that he’s interested in her and can’t stop thinking about her. Maybe he already fell in love. And, to shut him down, she says she’s in love with someone and that’s why they can’t be together. (Ugh. What a way to twist it.) She asks him sincerely not to approach her again. And he says, okay. She rejected him enough times, he won’t cling to someone who doesn’t like him. (I hate that she’s doing this to him again!)

She says goodbye to Sun-jae with finality, planning to quit her job after all. And Tae-sung gives her a ride, so we can also say a final goodbye to any lingering hopes for our second male lead. He tells Sol that he’s confused. They’ve been friends for more than ten years, but when he’s around her now, his heart says otherwise. “Should we date so I can find out if I’m mistaken or not?” (Oooh!) But Sol doesn’t take him seriously, and he doesn’t press it further.

And then, inexplicably, Sun-jae gets all his memories back from the prior timelines in one fell swoop. The only reasoning we get for this is that even if your brain forgets memories, your soul doesn’t. (This is the moment to just shrug and keep munching your popcorn.) As his memories come back, Sun-jae appears to be in pain — holding his head and stumbling into traffic. And at that very second, Tae-sung is in an all-out car chase with the crazy cabbie and they’re headed straight for Sun-jae.

As they speed down the street, Tae-sung crashes his car into the taxi before it hits our hero, and I can’t help but interject how much more entertaining this whole killer plotline is now that Tae-sung is on the case. (Also, where did he get such a cute assistant?) Unscathed, Sun-jae collapses onto the pavement anyway, as we get a visual recap of all the moments he and Sol lived together in all their timelines. “Is there such a thing as a predetermined fate? Like an inevitable fate, that we can neither change nor deny? If there is, Sol-ah, my fate, no matter which time we meet in — past, present, or any other — is to fall in love with you.”

As Sun-jae lies still, Tae-sung tries to arrest the killer, but he jets away as soon as he’s pulled from the car. Tae-sung gives chase, hobbling with an injury from the crash, and the killer runs into the road and gets hit by a dump truck — which sends him flying over the guardrail and into the water below (just as we saw happen to Sol earlier). In this case, though, he’s conveniently dead.

Sol hears the news that Sun-jae is in the hospital and starts running in his direction. And when he wakes in his hospital bed, he starts running to find her as well. The two stumble into each other halfway between, where Sun-jae asks her, “Do you still not want to change the ending? I think it changed already.” He marches over and hugs her tight. And as she grips him back, he says he remembers everything. They cry together, now that they’ve outdone fate, and then they kiss under the falling snow.

Cut to: couch cuddling! For our benefit and theirs, the remainder of Episode 16 is all love, dating, cuteness, and making up for lost time. Sun-jae says he doesn’t want to be without Sol for another second, and one month later, he’s still stuck to her side, even as she tries to ditch him once in a while to work on her script. He follows her from a café to a library, adorably annoyingly staring at her and touching her face while she’s trying to write.

Since his behavior is too flirty for public, he takes Sol to his place to finally finish what she’s writing. Except, now that they’re actually alone, Sol wants him to hit on her. (Lol.) But he’s really giving her some space this time — offering to take her straight home once she’s done. Sol awkwardly tiptoes around reasons to stay, until finally Sun-jae kisses her (in a pretty good recreation of that up-against-the-wall kiss they had in her doorway earlier). She stays the night, and in the morning, they’re so happy to be together — worry free — that it feels like a dream.

When Sol heads off to work the next day, Sun-jae heads off to the jewelry store with marriage on his mind. In a series of events that include buying a ring, getting the families together to meet, and botching a proposal on a boat, we end up right back under the cherry blossom trees again, where our OTP is ready to catch some petals and make a new wish. Sun-jae helps Sol catch the falling flowers again, but this time, when the petals blow out of her hands, the engagement ring is sitting in her palm. Sun-jae wants to spend every moment with her from now on and Sol of course agrees. When they kiss, they each have a vision of their wedding — just going to show that campus field trip prophecies can totally be trusted.

I can’t believe it’s over. What are we going to do without them on our screens? The journey has been so monumental that I feel like I’ve actually lived all the timelines, eras, and haircuts with them. The protagonists are so lovely and well written, down to their emotional cores — and the actors played them with such perfection — that it really just decimated the inconsistencies in the story for me. I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun getting to know characters — and now I just want to keep hanging out with them.

Tae-sung and Sun-jae’s petty competitions? More please! Sun-jae and Sol going another round in a time loop of falling in love? Sign me up! Sol and Tae-sung continually reversing positions in their one-sided crush forever? Yes! (Or if no, can I keep Tae-sung?) Not only is this my favorite drama of the year (I’ll be handing out awards for best OTP, best bromance, best kiss, best hero/heroine, and best love triangle — if that’s even a category), but it’s also going on my list of all-time faves. When casting, acting, writing, and directing line up, it’s nothing short of a miracle.

Before this drama began, I would have followed Kim Hye-yoon and Byun Woo-seok anywhere. But their performances here have outshined their prior roles, with Byun Woo-seok showing amazing development and range, and Kim Hye-yoon taking on what seems like a typecast role for her and elevating it into something sophisticated. Plus, I’m adding Song Geon-hee to my watch list, and I can’t wait to get started on that. For everyone involved, in front of the camera and behind, I think I’ll be a forever fan — even if I don’t have the urge to piggyback them and run.

 
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Thank you for the lovely recap. I'm sure like Sol we will be travelling back in time to this recap many many times and relive the happy memories.

This is legendary. Live watching a phenomenal drama with all of you lovely Beanies. ❤ May uri Beaniedom shine forever more with the power of double suns Sun Sol, a couple name lovingly coined by @ladykrueger. 🫰

Firstly ... gosh what a ride!!
Thank you the entire cast and crew for their years and years of hard work which as some Beanies have astutely pointed out resulted in this lighting in a bottle experience. We will carry this amazing drama and its experience in our hearts for a long, long time to come.⚡💪🏻

Thank you to our four lovely leads, Byeon Woo-seok, Kim Hye-yoon, Lee Seung-hyub and Song Geon-hee whose decades of hard work made them and this drama an overnight success. 🎯

Thank you for the lovely OST which will be finding a permanent place in our playlists for the foreseeable future. Eclipse apparently has been more popular than even some RL bands. 😂 Sudden Shower for example currently has 10 M views on YT. Spring Snow by 10CM is going to be our forever swoon song.

Just like the cast members including the RL cutie but on-screen killer cabbie were crying at the finale watch party, so were the Beanies all over the world. 😭 It has been a watching experience like no other. I am expecting this recap thread to go on for pages and pages. 🙌

Ah! also thank you to our ever trusty Truck of Doom which found its true calling. Please keep up the good work and help us to keep serial killers off our rom-coms.

Thank you to PD-nim for giving us the iconic Episode 16 which is a rom-com ending done well ... one whole hour of squees and swoons and giggles and just being greatful that ALL our characters got a happy ending.

Sun Sol - being the best losers in love but also being a top star (and hopefully part-time Eclipse member) and (hopefully award winning) movie director. Also that proposal and that marriage scene. 😍❤👌

Eclipse being this awesome band but singing at Sol's nephew's birthday for friendship but also for an upgraded studio with new instruments and equipment. 😂

Tae Sung being the MVP by saving Sun-Jae and severing the timeloops and twisted fates by his relentless pursuit of the killer cabbie.

As High School Return of a Gangster put it uri Lovely Runner with its fill of cuteness and swoon made our hearts FULL with joy, happiness and life!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Best use of Truck of Doom.

I was afraid they would use it on Sun Jae and we would enter a new timeloop🤣🤣🤣 (Not that I mind another version of the same love story, but that is one too many times to watch Sol be traumatised by Sun Jae's death)

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ToDs usually hunt in pairs. So while cheering for the one who hit the home run within 5 mins I was jittery much like Sun-Jae for the arrival of the second one or a time loop. So greatful it was one and done.

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The first time I watched the ToD with happy anticipation. I got to rub my hands in glee as I watch the ToD do its rare good deed! I wonder if the writer was tired of the usual ToD trope. Also a fitting use of the ToD in a drama that can get meta about drama cliches because the leads work in the entertainment business.

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Whoever picked the "target" for the ToD (surely that's a thing should get lifetime free tickets to Eclipse concerts.

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I was dreading they would use Tae-sung😱

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Yes kind of like Tae Sung interchanging his fate with Sun-Jae so that he could live. Urgh... worst scenario possible. So glad they didn't go down that dark road.

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It was a bit funny how i was expecting TOD to make it's famous cameo and finally taking him out of the picture...Still hilarious how he went into that lake on the right...

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It was as if the drama suddenly couldn't wait to get rid of the bad guy who had nearly impenetrable plot armor for 15 episodes. 😂

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This is such a great final episode comment🥰 we really did have a fun ride with this drama here in DB land both the fan walls and comments were busy places for the last 8 weeks. I hope the original webtoon writer is happy with how their characters played out on the big screen and loved the addition of Taesung and all his character brought to the story.

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I just wanted to start with giving our thanks.
As @marysadanaga has commented below paraphrasing "Sudden Shower" - Sun Sol "were like a gift from heaven to us".

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I too hope the webtoon writer was happy. I love In Hyuk and Tae Sung as much as Sun Sol. I can't imagine this drama without the four of them. We don't know what happened to Tae Sung's friend from high school in the timeline when Sol first went back.

Undying friendship was as much a message of this drama as undying love. ❤

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I hope the original webtoon writer is happy with how their characters played out on the big screen

This could have easily gone wrong like other webtoon adaptations because the pics of the drama shot by the previous PD and his team were lacking the charm and magic shown by the current PD and his team. The old PD used a black umbrella instead of a blue umbrella and Sol's hairstyle was so bad. She has a low bun in school uniform.

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Oh! really! That doesn't look like uri Sol at all. Also the three year wait for casting Sun-Jae.

Now in retrospect it all seems fated. The stars aligned  propitiously and everything fell in place just right and the hard work of everyone involved in the production was blessed with this "gift from heaven". ❤🥰

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Taesung really was the key to changing their fates! Sol did a lot of crucial legwork too by time-travelling, sacrificing, and changing things juuuust enough so that she, Sun-jae, and Taesung could meet in the future and for them all to be in the right place at the right time. A future where Sun-jae and Tae-sung don't meet = dead Sun-jae.

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I really want to know what happened to Tae Sung in the original timeline when he dropped out from school.

This time round it was a perfect set up for Tae Sung to sever the ill-fated connection with the cabbie who's "actual agenda" is still unknown.

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This drama had so much heart and I loved it. Yes, there were highly unnecessary characters (bro and his wife), time-travel rules holes aplenty (why did his memories suddenly return?), bonkers logic (a top K celebrity can walk down a famous cherry blossom path without being mobbed), a killer without a motive (he just unconditionally hated Sol/Sunjae?) but I can genuinely overlook them.

From start to finish, Sol’s unquenchable drive to protect Sunjae from his fate, even at the cost of her own happiness, was beautiful, occasionally maddening, but made sense and tugged at my heart strings. KHS deserves a medal for the amount of tears she had to shed and the energy she kept bringing to her character. Sunjae’s dorkiness and devotion to Sol was the constant theme and it never got boring. BWS’s ability to keep beaming at her (and adoring her from behind) in all circumstances without it becoming tired is a testimony to the strength of their relationship on set and his commitment.

The last episodes decided to give us almost every trope known to K-dramas, but with such aplomb that it was like welcoming old friends. I loved that Sunjae’s dad came round to Sol when he saw Sunjae’s delight in her. I welled up with Sunjae when Grandma simply said the equivalent of, “Well done and enjoy it”. And who didn’t give a cheer that our irreplaceable truck of doom actually was the hero of the drama by managing to hit the villain this time? As the MVP, (s)he needs to be knighted, if not beatified.

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a killer without a motive (he just unconditionally hated Sol/Sunjae?)

He is just a bad guy. That was the explanation given by Tae Sung and his dad. Taxi driver actor also mentioned same in pop up store. I did not mind it much.

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I'm okay with this much exposition of the cabbie character. Don't need or want more. It was like they said in the drama - something like entangled / intertwined ill-fate which Tae Sung severed.

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Thats actually an interesting take on the villain, and personally, i love it. As its been said that sometimes you don’t need a reason to understand the villain and his backstory, he was just a bad dude who don’t deserve our attention, BTW loved how lively how villain is in real life lol.

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There are people like this in real life, for sure

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A rom-com has no place for a villain origin story. 😂 🚫

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The actor Heo Hyung Kyu had great fun playing the "villain" on insta. But during the finale watch party he cried as hard as BWS. 😭

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Yes I liked what Tae Sung said about him. His actions need not be justified, he is just a social misfit and loser that does not deserve any more acknowledgement or be labeled evil or monster.

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I loved Taesung and dad pretty much said - f--- that POS. Because he's dead, other people were saved. No need to spend another moment thinking about him. Even though this makes this killer the most 2D-ish of all 2D villains, I'm glad we were spared having to spend so much time watching him plot and kill and go through the motions of the usual serial killer scenes. In some dramas, you can give the villain pages of dialogue and a ton of screen time and they still come out 2D. Just cut out the fat right there!

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Very well said. 👏👏👏

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Sol's "golden" brother and best friend + sister-in-law were totally expendable but the kids were cute ... also important to the plot. What upchucking to get Sun-Jae in Sol's house to shower is *ahem* PLOT!!

I think all loopholes, timeloops, this and that ALL get ignored in the collective luminosity of the four lead. This drama is an embodiment of the art of Kintsugi where all its broken pieces are joined together by the four leads.

I love how you've described KHY and BWS. I think a Beanie described that he's acting like he has six months rent due. They both literally out-acted themselves to their last nerve. I was crying along with them both in the drama and in the finale watch party. Heh! even the killer cabbie cried at the party. 🙈

I will happily sign the petition for knighthood or beautification of the ToD. 🙌

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Kintsugi

Ooo beautiful!

I think 10 months of working together bonded them for life. I hope they remain good friends and give us reunion pics like other popular kdramas.

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That would be awesome. My wish is that they hold Eclipse concerts!!

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That actually used to be a thing back in the day. There was a concert held after YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL ended as well as DREAM HIGH S1

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The finale of Secret Garden too was a live concert which they then edited and aired later that day. That is why OSKA is still one of my favorite acts. 😍♥️

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I admit I'm feeling mixed with this thought.

On the one hand, it would be fun to watch Eclipse in live, on the other hand, there are so many bands in Korea who struggle to get attention, it makes me sad for them.

I wonder how they could perfom live. The director said he was grateful to have LSH for the scene of the concert because he helped with this part.

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@Kurama I understand your conflicted feeling. It would have to be at a small event (if live) or just a little segment in a variety show. I confess to being a little taken aback each time I see the songs being credited to Eclipse.

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Also the band of The Best Hit had a live at the Music Bank no less! Iirc it was before the show even aired, Cha Tae Hyun had arranged it as a promotion for the show.

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This might have worked as pre-planned promotion, but no one expected the show to be such an attention-getter and it's probably too late to make the arrangements now. I'd like to see the songwriters and musicians behind Eclipse get some love, too, but because the four guys who played the band really did perform the songs - and totally sold them - it's not much different to me from any pop group whose music and lyrics are written by others.

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Alongwith uri dear recapper we all will be "watching this beauty again and again".

OTP and general cuteness trumps all. Any and all "rules for time travel, crime motives, and fated deaths" can go take a flying jump alongwith the killer cabbie.

Not just three all four leads are "immaculate". In Hyuk is the best-est of best friends one can ever hope to have.

So glad the drama sided with Sun-Jae's idea of a Happy Ending with all the bells, whistles, ribbons, bows and confetti! 🎊 😀 Which sadly poor In Hyuk had to collect after happily sprinkling it all over during the failed proposal. What a fail it was. That made the really real proposal even more epic for being so simple and heartfelt and flowery and just right for uri Sun Sol.

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lol I will happily set up a one-woman irl fan club for In-hyuk if I have to. Between being an engagement ring hand model and 'how to propose' instruction manual complete with squishing Sun-jae's cheeks, he got me, but truth be told, he had me long before that.

Normally, anyone interrupting a moment of unresolved romantic tension between a couple with as much chemistry as SolSun would have me wanting to chuck tomatoes but my some magic, In-hyuk in episode 8 actually IMPROVES it. He had me from that first drunken head tilt and goofy grin at SolSun on that bed followed by "hey are you with a GIRL????!!" and the entire scene including flashbacks, Sun-jae's Sol-obsession being ruthlessly outed to a just-out-of-sight Sol, and for the cherry on top, Sun-jae princess carrying him out of the room and pitching him into the tub, is pure gold.
(I also have a soft spot for In-hyuk's drunken interruption in episode 15 with bonus Eclipse members lol, the "hey have you got a girl in there??! I though you liked me!!" gets me every time)

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I'll jump eagerly to join you in the In Hyuk fan club. 😍❤😎

He takes care not only of drunk Sun-Jae but also bonus Tae Sung mooning over pine cones (Sol) and singing karaoke. His look of exasperation is real. 😂

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I love how that look comes out every time he's forced to witness Sun-jae and Tae-sung acting up over Sol 😂

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That montage of Sun-Jae visiting Sol's house and crying his eyes out for years together had In Hyuk following him each time to rescue Sun-Jae with a corresponding exasperated look. 🙄

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Sign me up for In-hyuk's fan club! He got me with his scene on top of the roof with the fan blowing petals at Sun-Jae during his 1st confession 🤣 OR was it with his face expression after witnessing Sun-Jae throw kisses at Sol🤔🤣

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I think the petals came after the flying kisses. Also when Sun-Jae turned around to throw flying kisses at him, In Hyuk just froze and dropped his bag. That was funny.

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Lee Seung-hyub's comic timing is 10/10, for sure.

I have to say, in a lot of dramas they try to force a bromance and I don't really feel it because the actors just don't have the chemistry or the relationship isn't well written, but Sun-jae/In-hyuk meet the Go Nam-soon/Park Heung-soo gold standard with ease.

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yayyyy I'm not alone!! @ Cera is right the flying kisses to Sol came first, the face he made 🤣 he really got me with the fan and petals though, and a little more after that with each time we saw him (he broke my heart with that timeline 2 phone call to Sol after Sun-jae's death, but his activating 'stay away from Sun-jae!' protector mode when she returned, both to high school and their 30s in timeline 3, was both touching and hilarious)

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Wow ... School 2013 would not have been my first reaction but yes, I get where you're coming from. 😊

In Hyuk was always trying to protect Sun-Jae. Even in college - dropping truth bombs like she hates you and don't waste your life - just show his genuine concern and love for Sun-Jae.

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I agree about In Hyuk being such a great and supportive bestie.

It just goes to show that the best proposal does not need to be grand but heartfelt.

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Absolutely!! Heartfelt emotions between a couple is more important than a public proposal which almost forces the person being proposed to accept. Of course this was a private yatch with no passerby / onlookers but still was little OTT. It goes to Sun-Jae's credit that he pulled the plug on it to ensure Sol doesn't feel burdened or pressured in any way.

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@dramaddictally Fabulous recap! If we were to jump timelines and I were to forgot all the enjoyment I got from reading your recaps, the moment I get my hands on your recap I would instantly adore it, just like Sun Jae falling in love with Sol again and again ❤

I think this will be the first Kdrama that will give me my first withdrawal syndrome because I am not even able to start the new kdramas that released last weekend. In my watch experience, I couldn't have possibly wished for a better drama than this (Insert Sun Jae's flying kisses). A big credit goes to the director who in every BTS was giving suggestions and directions that I had 0 complaints and 0% stress every monday/tuesday. Of course, if the leads' talent had to be measured in gold, then there isn't enough gold on earth because on paper the story looked basic and dime a dozen.

Happy that Byeon Woo Seok got the recognition he deserved and the poor guy was overwhelmed by the love during the watch party. Also, during the scene where Sol's halmoni patted Sun Jae and said he will live long, it really looked like BWS's real self crying. Either he must have been immersed in his character or was emotional because they were nearing the end of the shoot. Speaking of character immersion, character, Im Sol always belonged to Kim Hye Yoon as much as she belonged to Sun Jae. IDK if they used tear drops, but BWS mentioned he was in awe of KHY's control over her tears, which pooled and flowed like a dam. That is a beautiful metaphor and shows KHY has really honed her skills (not that she was any less incredible before because she made me root for the iconic Kang Ye Seo character in "Sky Castle", which was my first drama of hers. It instantly put her into my favourite actor's list). However, I was sad on hearing she did not receive that many calls when LR rose in popularity. How much longer should woman struggle? :(

I also am thankful to the cast, even down to the actor who played the annoying older brother. I finally understood that his entire arc is supposed to be as bad as his lead acting job where he had to lay comatose.🤣🤣🤣

From In Hyuk and manager, Sol Mom and Sun Jae dad, Tae Sung and Sunny to Halmoni and her adorable grandkids (plus Sol's bestie) everyone did their part in bringing a wholesome experience to our screens ❤

I don't know what else to add, so I am listing down my favourite scenes from finale:
1. The sofa cuddle. Squee. I have never seen this before in any kdrama.
2. Tae Sung and his dad conversation
3. Sun Jae thanking Tae Sung
4. Byeon Woo Seok's visual as Sun Jae, especially when he entered the restuarant for Sol's nephew birthday party.
5. Sun jae hugging Sol by wrapping his entire coat around her.
6. Sun Jae asking if he should kidnap her and run but ending up lifting Sol while her ankles dangled in the air. It was cute.
7. The birthday party and Sun Jae's dad being happy for his son.
8. Ferry proposal with the two doofus (In Hyuk and...

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8. Ferry proposal with the two doofus (In Hyuk and manager)
9. The cherry blossam parallel scenes and the petals bloen away to reveal a ring.
10. The happy wedding premonition during the kiss.
11. BWS and KHY's visual in the imaginary wedding scene.
12. Spring Snow Ost by 10cm. Bonus: The singer even had a matching yellow umbrella and watch during his concert :,)

Memories don't disappear. Where do you think all the countless memories that you see, listen and feel in your life go?It is smeared in your soul. Even if your brain forgot them, your soul hasn't. It has been keeping every piece of it.

With butterflies in stomach, a fluttering heart and a breathless romance to remember for years, I thank the recapper and beanies who partook this journey alongside me.

Are you crying? No...no..no! I want to sign of with a smile. The taxi driver in his insta posted a pic of Sun Jae lying on the road at the end of Ep 11. Geon Hee commented: Stop taking pictures and get out of the car 🤣🤣🤣

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Thank you for listing out all the beautiful moments of episode 16 which should be taught to K-drama writers as - how to end a rom-com and make everyone Happy. 😊

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The cabbie has great insta game. 🙃 😂

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Can I please add in your list the scene of Sun-Jae selecting the ring for Sol and having In Hyuk and his assistant model the rings on ALL ten fingers.

Showing them Sol's pic.

Making In Hyuk sing on the phone while pretending he's in his studio for rehearsals. Which BWS totally did IRL.

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Loved your two comments. Beautifully said.😃

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I'm wondering if the emotional reaction from Sunjae when halmeoni patted him is from BWS himself. Remember watching a clip where he spoke about the death of his own grandmother being one of his life regrets. Bet it was pretty hard not to react when a grandmother figure was beaming at him and saying well done - too close to home maybe? I agree the reaction was very real (and apparently the director wanted it without tears, BWS couldn't make it through without them, and so they left it as it was).

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It was very impactful. Without tears perhaps it would have had the same gut punch.

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I think that was my favourite scene.

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That was a favorite scene for many and for a reason🥰🥹

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Hands down one of my favourite scenes! It was so unexpectedly beautiful. I legit choked .

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100% true! Based on BTS, seems like BWS hugged halmeoni with his teary eyes, most probably he did reminisced about his grandma. The recent clip is from Yoo on the Quiz program. Must be hitting home so close (and I though there is no more tears in last episode. Damn it 😭!)

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Emsel what lovely comments. From now on "lovely" isn't just a word used by prim English ladies but a word which in Beaniedom signifies the magnificent brightness of uri two suns - Sun Sol and ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Insert gif of Sun Jae's wink at the cafe.

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Yes.I need those GIF as well 😉

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For me the tug on the heartstrings came when SJ started crying while thanking Tae-sung in episode 16 - I know in my head that it’s all acting, but that really looked like BWS was crying instead.

The coats - especially SJ's - really had some great action scenes.

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Seriously outstanding coat action 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽, Goblin-level!

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👏👏👏👏❤🥰

The recaps are 💯 so *lovely* that we would fall in love each and every time.

Same, I haven't been able to start new k-dramas and have to yet again beg pardon from @claire2009 as I'll be late in responding to her super-awesome and fabulous Community Watch posts for 19th Life. 🙈

The PD-nim really carried the show on piggyback and ran with it. I wish and pray that ALL our four leads, especially our Sol - Kim Hye-yoon get accolades, recognition and shows worthy of their immense talent.

Ah! Okay I get your comment about Sol's brother. Annoying as he was he did have his moments. My favorite was when he asked Sun-Jae if he was Sol's boyfriend and our best ML ever iconically replied - Not yet!! 😘❤

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@emsel 😂 this is the loveliest compliment ever. Thank you!

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To paraphrase "Sudden Shower," Sun-jae and Sol were like a gift from heaven to us. From the very beginning -- the radio show, the hug at the pool -- we didn't want this shower of loveliness to stop. And fortunately, we'll be able to return to this precious drama again and again.

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Spot on. It really felt like a gift.

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Also. Sun-Jae Suddenly Coming out of Shower was a gift to us, fans, as well. That scene of him slowly stepping out of a foggy shower room was really well done. Sol’s reaction to him was so funny, like she had lost her memory too and hasn’t seen him in and out of the swimming pool for a dozen of times. Cute.

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Fan service maximus. 🤭🥰

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Er, I mean important plot point.

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I want to call my bean of greatness and bean of swoon now. Lovely Runner takes them all. If I get started, I will write volumes and won't finish what I want to say about this gem. Acting, writing, directing, OST, light-hearted tone, and a happy ending. Hooray! I have never been this desperate and happy for a couple to get their happy ending. Lovely Runner is making history here. There were some issues that I won't deny, but I am gladly looking the other way because no drama has made me feel this good before.

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The imperfections in the drama only made us appreciate its perfections even more. As you rightly said we would gladly look the other way and just focus on the good, very good, excellent and frankly iconic stuff. 🥰

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Yeah. It set the bar even higher and now I doubt I would find another drama that would meet up my expectations that are soaring high right now.

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True. All our leads will have to live up to our sky high expectations. 😂 But as the sun lights up the sky, I'm sure our four leads will shine bright in the days to come.

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It has been such a long time since I anticipated a drama that way. I would wait with bated breath until the new episode was dropped and feel sad having to wait for another week. I can feel the void in my heart and the withdrawal syndromes. I am almost tearing up. But at least we can imagine Sun Sol living happily together and come back for a rewatch without worrying about the ending.
Lovely Runner will remain on my top 10 list if not top 3.

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I've been watching bts, hanging out in the recap, decorating my fanwall with all Sun Sol gifs and generally just eating, breathing, drinking Sun Sol.
The withdrawal is going to hit me *hard*.

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It is the first time I want to buy fan merchandise so badly. I can totally understand you.

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Just imagining Sun Sol being - well Sun Sol i.e. the most epic losers in love makes me smile. Thank God for In Hyuk and Tae Sung. How would Sun Sol live without them. 🙃🥰

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In-hyuk has his work cut out for him literally.

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@bunnysonaki Oh! You've changed your username. ❤ Please teach me too. Perfect choice. 👌👏

I literally love In Hyuk. Him a RL idol and the guy got just one line of song to sing in the drama. 😂

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Just like when I was watching episode 16, I'm smiling from ear to ear while reading the recap!
I can watch them cuddling for the entire episode and will still give it a perfect 10.

I just love how this drama rekindled my love and bias for Kdramas. From actors to OST for me its so perfect!

I just hope I'll have enough money to see BWS in Manila for a fan meet!

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So true the *feelz* of this drama were definitely on another level.

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Let me say I loved this kdrama as I thought in the beginning and the share is 60% to our leads and rest to writing directing. To start with the negatives the storyline was so intriguing for first 10 episodes but it did took the easiest way after that. They milked the series killer for 16 episodes 😂 and to kill him just like that. But I'm glad it was tea sung who did it, BUT I WOULD HAVE LOVED IF THEY SHOWED HIM AS A IMPORTANT VARIABLE THAT HE IS. A little more impact for him cuz he's the one who changed their future. But alas, putting that aside this kdrama delivered THE ROMCOM. It lived to it's genre and really gave an amazing romance with comedy that I rarely like in kdramas. I didn't love it till the end as much as I loved it in the beginning but I'm not disappointed. Mostly I enjoyed this ride too...thank you for the recap.

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IIRC, some Beanies correctly predicted many episodes ago that Tae-sung might become a cop and play a role in eventually stopping the serial killer. And this would have come about because of Sol’s positive influence on him back in high school — befriending him and encouraging him not to drop out. So she did save Sun-jae in the end, just indirectly through Tae-sung. That said, I’m completely on board with wishing for more screen time for everyone’s favorite SML.

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Yes I know they showed he's the variable in episode 3 with the fire thing ,but what I meant was there was no momentum for him, a little more impact of him saving was necessary.

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I never thought I would say this about the killer cabbie but you have such a great point about him being an important variable. It would have really elevated the drama to say cut some scenes of Sol's brother and bathroom humor etc. and given us a little more background and link of the killer with the timeloops and Sun Sol.

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I meant tae sung to be the variable cuz he changed the future..but you're right about cabbie too..

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I understood when I re-read your comment. 😅

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😝😝😝

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I vote for more Tae Sung. I loved him in all his avatars.
- OG Eclipse bassist,
- OG influencer, clothes horse and store owner. He didn't even need models to showcase his clothes!
- Police Detective

He was indeed that X-factor needed to sever the link between Sun Sol and cabbie.

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💯💯💯

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That was a pretty satisfying happy ending, although the screentime given to all the nice wrappings-up came at the expense of making sense of how time travel and memory recovery worked, including the origins of the watch and clock and their powers, or how mutually exclusive alternate timelines could exist in one person’s memory. SJ was holding the clock in his hand or his pocket when all the memories came rushing back, but that’s it. Even one throwaway line about multiverses or wormholes or whatever would have helped, but in the end, the time-travel mechanism collapsed down into watch = time, clock = memories. Neat enough but inadequate.

OK, enough criticism. No one cares about my timey-wimey predilections anyway. This is the OTP of the year, the decade, the 21st century to date. Both leads were amazing. Sure, SJ had a few moments of excessive pushiness in these last two episodes, but he was a different SJ in the timeline where he didn’t have Sol’s tempering influence and once he magically recovered those memories, he was back to being Perfect Boyfriend (although I’d have smacked him down in the library). And we also got the most appealing, worthy 2ML I can recall, a second 2ML who needs his own show, and ToD in one of his rare appearances in a superhero cape.

The OST really deserves all the praise it’s getting. I won’t think about how the version of Eclipse that created those songs doesn’t exist, either in the final timeline or in real life, I’ll just hit “loop” on the soundtrack - and go back to obsessively refreshing MDL to see what the next projects are for these actors.

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Oh yeah - I also loved the way the show turned the classic ML rain trauma trope on its head.

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No one cares about my timey-wimey predilections anyway.

The director and writer making notes for their next drama after reading Elinor noona's comment: Add more kisses and cuddles next time. More shower scenes. Show OTP being happy from Ep 15 and not save it for Ep 16.

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I thought to myself, if SJ looked like Harvey Weinstein and we didn't know their connection, we might not have appreciated him taking Sol to recover in his apartment. Dobler-Dahmer. On the other hand, we did see he already felt their connection even in this timeline, which lessened a bit of my objection to his pushiness.

I also remember how many Beanies felt Sol was pushy toward SJ in the early timelines, and I probably excused her a bit because she also knew more. I guess they're both alike when it comes to each other.

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yeah I don't actually have a problem with how forward Sun-jae is in the present, because the story makes it clear that not only is he irresistibly drawn to Sol despite her having excised their first meeting from this timeline, he's also got some kind of subconscious awareness of their past from the previous ones.

And like you said, they really are just like that to each other but I think they're also quite alike in temperament generally which is not a common thing in kdramas.

(I admit I still snickered every time SJ was bummed by the idea that Sol might already be taken, though, whether it was watching Tae-sung try to hit on her outside her house/pouting over how she held his hand in her sleep if she already had a bf/his relief when he realises she's puking baby's auntie and not the mother)

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They're a good fit for each other!

I experienced it through the Dobler lenses, but the Dobler-Dahmer theory came to mind too. Goes to show that guys rarely ever think about appearing like a Dahmer to women.

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My take on the merged memories is the K-drama staple - Love cures all. While at it I'm surprised they didn't shoe-in a Joseon love story or past life / lives connection for Sun Sol too. 😉 After all it's quite the trend.

"ToD in one of his rare appearances in a superhero cape." 🙌  👏 👏 I hope you can hear my claps and whistles all the way to round your side of the world.

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About the merged memories thing, I think it's that there are no multiple universe/timeline. Whatever Sol is doing is happening in the same TL like editing,the post remains the same but now edited.
That is why Sunjae was able to recover his memories (and also becoz of power of plot ) becoz it was his actual self who went through those rather than some alternate self

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Ah! That makes sense. Thank you. Sol's changing fufure memories make more sense now.

But what about Sol-19. She had a blank memory of the time Sol-34 first inhabited her. As @jhonsberger noted last week do Sol-19's memories also get updated to show she likes Sun-Jae and not Tae Sung. It didn't happen the first time and hence the (not) noble idiocy of episode 13 where Sol-34 pretended to have "gone back" and ditched Sun-Jae who was left crying on the train.

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So are we to assume Sol-19 and Sol-34 are separate / alternate entities but Sun-Jae is the same!?

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Hmmm yes I think so, because Sunjae never time travelled he experienced all the years every time something was reset (his soul remained the same).
But in Sol's case she occupied the body of 19 year old Sol, So 19 year old never experienced the same things.
So yes sol-19 and Sol-34 being separate makes sense, they merged when she returned to future for the final time. But for Sunjae there was no separate self he simply lived his timeline but his love for Sol was so ardent, honest & pure that he broke through barrier of changed memories and remembered everything

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@healer99101 I like your explanation. It's a little twisty but it seems more plausible when you try to reason it out. 🫰

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I'm surprised they didn't shoe-in a Joseon love story or past life / lives connection for Sun Sol too

lol the closest we got was when Sol time-jumped to herself as an impromptu Joseon-costumed extra in Grownup Timeline 3 (and of course Sun-jae's sageuk drama poster showing up onscreen in episode 6?)

but what the drama gods won't actually give us, fans will provide. At least going by teatro's edit of KHY/BWS's past sageuk scenes to make one very swoony four-minute drama (posted on my fanwall, it's wayyyy too good).

I really hope they do another drama together someday and that it's a romance worthy of being the successor to this one.

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That edit was really god-level 🙌 good editing. 💪🏻👌

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In my *fan-fic* both Sun-Jae and Tae Sung jam with Eclipse every weekend as singer and bassist respectively. At least Sonaki exists in this timeline.

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You need to post that fanfic for us 😂

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🙃😂😱❤

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I think in the first five minutes of #16 we had the truck of doom, the deep fall into water, lovers running to each other while the world disappears. But my favorite trope was amnesia. Mine! I also forgot all about the plot holes, unexplored themes, grating secondary characters and the like, and just enjoyed the frothy rom-com Lovely Runner remained till the end. I loved that it retained its humor: SJ and TS having a ridiculous face-off in every timeline, secondhand embarrassment from Sol, In-hyuk's priceless eye-rolls. And that the romance crackled till the end, with a proper (if overlong) epilogue for our happily ever after couple.

It's true that the show can be seen as a glass half full, but for me, the SunSol chemistry fizzed so much the froth filled the empty half and overflowed. 🍻 Cheers Lovely Runner. 🍻

I hope to see SGH use his considerable charm as a lead in his next project. KHY gain all the credit she deserves and ditch that school uniform and baby voice in her next role. And BWS play a slightly less perfect romantic character because we have been spoiled and need to reset our expectations.

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The truck of doom takes best cameo for the year this time. If there is such a category in this year's awards, I will totally vote for it.

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A lifesaving Truck of Doom??!! definitely a pioneer and deserves an award.

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The Truck of Doom had a redemption arc

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Certainly deserves the redemption arc of the year award.

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I'm so glad to have a romcom finale that didn't forget what we were all in it for and actually delivered by taking full advantage of the leads' chemistry, which was basically the main thing covering all the plot holes (I'm fine with cabbie just being a random psycho and the mysterious return of SJ memories from all timelines, just give me more SunSol and we are good).

I'm with you on hoping Kim Hye-yoon can finally ditch the school uniforms, though I have to say she played Young Sol (both OG and time-travelling versions) masterfully - in the hands of pretty much any other actress, the character could have been incredibly grating but KHY really invests her with a loveable side that is pretty much all from her portrayal and not the writing. She's so incredibly talented, I hope the fact that she's basically carried the story of this little dark-horse drama on her back gets her the higher profile and better projects her skills deserve.

(I also hope for a reunion between KHY and BWS as leads of another future romance drama, but I can wait a few years for the drama gods to bless me with that particular dream coming true - I get that they'll want to move on and do other projects for now)

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She did well. I was a little late to the Extraordinary You party and saw it just a few months ago. So the characters kinda blended together for me. I haven't seen much of the rest of her filmography.

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It was definitely Kim Hye-yoon's drama to sink or swim and boy she swam like an Olympic gold medalist. 🥇

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Totally with you on the last paragraph. I need WooSeok take more broad roles (either
a thug/psyco/delulu/thief one), Goen Hee for full detective drama. Hye Yoon is already wonderful in her acting spectrum, she proves that she is one of the best actress in YZAlpha generations.

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His next role will very likely be opposite Kim Jiwon since there is a huge demand in the industry to pair them probably because of how close their dramas aired and how big their popularity trajectory was. Either way he would definitely be flooded with offers for films, dramas and endorsements so it’s going to be a busy year or so for him. If Song Hyekyo or Jin Jihyun didn’t already have confirmed upcoming dramas I would have assumed he’d be in one of those but most likely whatever he picks next would one of those big budget 40-50 billion won dramas with overseas shooting and what not. He’s really made it and just needs another hit drama to cement his superstar status. Now that I think about IU and Kim Taeri are also potential options. Suzy definitely but she has back to back projects till the end of the year so maybe not yet for a Suzy Byeon Wooseok pairing.

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I’m putting down Suzy and Byeon Wooseok for the next Park Jieun drama which won’t happen till 2027 most likely but my bet is on these two when it does happen.

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is any of this reported in an actual Korean news outlet or is it just fans engaging in some wishful thinking/speculation?

Kim Ji-won isn't known for picking dramas in a hurry (four dramas in the last seven years) and Park Ji-eun takes years between dramas and never casts leads - especially male leads - who aren't solidly A-list i.e. ones with multiple ratings/box office hits behind them (Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Hyun Bin...) - love BWS but he's not in that league of stardom yet, virality notwithstanding. Of course I hope for good things for him and KHY, he's a good actor and I would indeed like to see him opposite Kim Ji-won someday but as his next project? Unlikely. I still hope he chooses well and establishes himself further though.

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His exploding fame isn’t the usual breakout star level. He’s been put on the same pedestal as Kim Soohyun and Kang Dongwon by media outlets. The entire success of the drama is central to his character of Ryu Sungjae and that is the narrative his agency is pushing because currently we are living in the era of Ryu Sungjae syndrome. His rise to fame is stratospheric which why it’s a huge deal right now because this level of fame has not existed in years and especially with an actor who isn’t in his 20s. He is selling out newspapers just by having is picture in them. He could hold a fan meeting in a stadium and it would sell out in seconds. He’s not even an idol but he’s already gained hardcore sasengs.

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Well, I just noticed proof of BWS’ exploding popularity on DramaBeans! Guess who’s just leapfrogged to become the most viewed actor on DB’s Celeb page?

https://www.dramabeans.com/celebs/

DB Staff: His page needs an update.

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I have to amend my comment. It was BWS’ villainous turn in Strong Girl that first put this drama on my radar. (Tho that drama was not for me.)

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Same. I had planned to pass on this show because it sounded like a silly high-school/fangirl romance and that's not to my taste at all, but then I saw some short clips of BWS evilling in Strong Girl. Even though that show looked dreadful, he was magnetic.

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Was it this video edit of BWS in Strong Girl?https://youtu.be/bQXRPfPs4w4?feature=shared

If not, I may need to see yours. 😊

But I have to amend myself again because I would not have clicked on the fan edit if I hadn’t read the roast of Strong Girl passionate defense of BWS’ character @darkcc made on their fanwall.

https://www.dramabeans.com/members/DarkCc/activity/1494751/

PS “eviling” 😂

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How come this show is just an overbearing romance for 16 episodes straight and I can’t remember one moment in the entire drama that convinced me that those two should be together. Sun Jae is just another manic pixie nightmare guy. He likes Sol because he has to. Getting obeses—, I mean, falling in love with her every time he sees her is the reason for his existence.

But Sol… she likes him because after fighting seven evil exes, I mean, after fighting such nonsensical time travel plot, because of him, she has to? If she was supposed to completely give up on herself for him, I need more than level 1 or 2 of attraction to understand.
There wasn’t anything else going on, at all, since everything was about their love. So why did their romance feel so shallow? Maybe I did get something from this show: to “forget” everything they mentioned in the first few episodes. The dumb travel got to me.

Anyway, I’m just happy it seems like the cast has a bright future ahead of them. Good for them. And someone give my Tae Seong his own show, but without the whole cop thing.

PS. I can’t believe the show borrowed a halmoni from Atypical F just for those last 10 minutes of the show. I know everything in Sol’s life (career, family, friends, accident) was simply a plot device, but the halmoni knowing everything seriously should go to TOP 5 not-even-makjangs-do-this creative decisions.

Oh, boy.

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I found the romance shallow, too, and that's ultimately why I dropped this two weeks ago. Like I said in one of the early recap threads, I hate insta-love. That and I couldn't handle more of Sol pushing away Sun-jae.

BUT, just so my negativity doesn't bring down the mood of those who loved this drama: I still love the soundtrack. I listen to "Sudden Shower" a lot.

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