School 2017: Episode 11 recap

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Ahhhh, I don’t know. I don’t even know anymore. So many things are happening and this drama makes my blood boil. LOL. Getting a good episode from this drama comes around once in a blue moon, but when the drama does deliver and we do get that good episode it makes everything worth it.

Unfortunately, today was not that episode.

Note: I apologize for the late recap! Episode 12’s recap will be up tomorrow.

School 2017 episode 7: Dreams, Sparkly but Unnerving

In episode 10, we ended with Tae-woon and Dae-hwi revealing their identities as X to each other. However, the intense scene is interrupted by a school guard who catches the two on campus late at night. They manage to escape from the guard by hiding in a room together. Once out of the guard’s sight, Tae-woon asks Dae-hwi why he’s pretending to act as X. He lists 2 reasons: 1) Hee-chan knows that Tae-woon’s X but he just needs a confirmation for everything 2) Eunho could be in possible danger because of Tae-woon. Dae-hwi takes off the black sweater and stays behind in the room while Tae-woon leaves.

Add Dae-hwi onto the list of people who know about Tae-woon’s hideaway spot. He enters the warehouse with Tae-woon and together they get into another argument. This time, Dae-hwi’s angry at Tae-woon for being so selfish in committing all these pranks/incidents as X and possibly getting Eunho into more trouble. But Tae-woon defends himself by saying that this all started in the first place because of Dae-hwi who decided to team up with Hee-chan. Tae-woon almost swings his fist into Dae-hwi’s face, but he stops himself and walks away (can you two just please stop fighting? Pleeeease? For just once?). Dae-hwi receives a phone call from Hee-chan but doesn’t pick up the call.

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Tae-woon reflects on Dae-hwi’s words that was mentioned in their earlier conversation. Dae-hwi suggest that Tae-woon just turn himself in as X. Hee-chan and Dae-hwi already know he’s X and hiding it would only get Eunho into more trouble.

Tae-woon looks for Hee-chan the next day only to find out that he’s outside talking to Dae-hwi. While he waits outside near the two and listens in on their conversation, Dae-hwi and Hee-chan are talking about Dae-hwi’s identity as X. It doesn’t make any sense to Hee-chan why Dae-hwi would be X, but Dae-hwi explains that maybe he’s doing this after years of putting up with Hee-chan’s abuse and threats. Hee-chan hopes to use the revelation of X as a reason to warn Eunho how dangerous and powerful he can be. He needs to teach her a lesson so she’ll stop.

Dae-hwi leaves Hee-chan only to encounter Tae-woon not too long after. He steps out from hiding and walks past the both of them.

Tae-woon just can’t seem to catch a break. When he’s not arguing with Dae-hwi or Hee-chan, he’s busy being jealous over Eunho. The same guy who confessed to Eunho in the earlier episode returns again this time and asks Eunho out on a movie date. Of course, our Tae-woonie gets jealous and refuses to let her go with him. He even eats the candy that was originally given to her by the guy (omg haha). Tae-woon also asks Eunho about his confession and what her answer to his confession is, but she awkwardly avoids the subject. She’ll tell him someday what her answer is.

Announcements about Bit-na and Bo-ra’s fighting incident as well as the school violence hearing between Eunho and Hee-chan is posted. Students commend Eunho and Bo-ra for their bravery and win, but Bit-na isn’t too happy with the news.

While walking outside together, Eunho, Bo-ra, and Sarang come across Hee-chan. Eunho demands for an apology from him since she won the school violence hearing, but Hee-chan refuses to. He’s going to file a complaint against her. Wow, he just doesn’t know when to stop.

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But his plans are ruined when Hee-chan’s mother tells him to rather just focus on studying instead. She expresses frustration in providing all that she can for Hee-chan to succeed, but not achieving much. That’s when Hee-chan explodes on his mother. He too is tired and he’s frustrated and suffocating inside. He also can’t do this much longer. Hee-chan’s mother watches his son cry in front of her in shock and agony.

Staff and faculty has a meeting in the teacher’s office room at school. Teacher Jang will be punished accordingly for her unfair evaluation against Bo-ra thanks to Teacher Shim’s re-investigation of the Bit-na and Bo-ra case. But this is a lesson that should be learned in the future. Everyone should be fair and unbiased when evaluating students. Teacher Shim then heads on with his day when a man walks into the teacher’s office room. He watches as the man gives his classroom a moving and heart-felt speech about dreams. He ends the class by encouraging his students to achieve their dreams.

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In Tae-woon’s secret hideaway, Eunho gets excited over the increasing views of her webtoon. Although she acted oblivious at first, she knew all along that Tae-woon was the person behind the comments. Hahaha. She thanks him for being her first fan to her webtoon. Aww. She then asks Tae-woon about dreams and if he has any. Although he claims he doesn’t, Eunho sees the potential he has in being an artist since he is a good drawer.

Eunho’s concerned that she won’t become a successful webtoon artist. There are so many other people doing the same thing as her that she can just easily fail and fade into the background. Eunho worries that she won’t succeed and that she’s not doing good enough, but Tae-woon encourages her to keep trying. Maybe there is some hope among all the competition she’s facing.

That night, Eunho checks her webtoon for new comments and views. She receives a new comment from the username “Nice Guy” aka Tae-woon and reads that maybe the lead character of her webtoon (aka her) should try falling in love. Maybe then the character will come to life. Lol.

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It’s Bit-na’s birthday. Nam-joo gets her a scented candle which some classmates comment looks and sounds cheap. Errr. They then continue to be nosy by asking her about her dad being the CEO of a taxi company as well as about her relationship with Dae-hwi. Dae-hwi, who’s sitting next to them, chimes in that yes, he and Nam-joo did break up. Frustrated, Nam-joo confronts Dae-hwi about it later on at school. How dare he hurt her pride and tell everyone the honest truth? Lol. Nam-joo walks away hurt.

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Eunho finds out from Tae-woon that his dad likes their chicken. Aww, haha. No wonder he’s been getting some for Tae-woon as well. In replacement of ordering delivery, Eunho permits Tae-woon to come over to her house to learn how to fry one chicken. Just one chicken. That’s it. No more delivery orders from him, haha.

Eunho and Tae-woon head out to make delivery orders together (“there are too many weirdos out there”). It’s not until certain girls they deliver to compliment Tae-woon’s looks that Eunho learns to appreciate Tae-woon. Tae-woon teases Eunho for being jealous, but then gets mad at her when she tells him to go date those girls. HAHAHA. The 180 change in his mood is hilarioussss. Tae-woon doesn’t want to date anyone else but Eunho and is helping her deliver chicken because he wants to see her and always be next to her (okay, this is getting a little too cheesy for me. Please, someone stop themmm). He manages to sneak a selfie with Eunho.

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While driving, Tae-woon’s motorcycle breaks down. He goes to get it fixed and waits with Eunho at the shop. While at the shop, Tae-woon takes a look at the other motorcycles and goes off on a tangent about the different motorcycles there and each component of the motorcycle. It’s obvious he has some sort of passion and interest in motorcycles and Eunho looks at him in admiration and awe as he continues to gush over motorcycles (ooh, I think someone’s falling in loveeee). And also, I’ve never seen Tae-woon get so excited over anything other than Eunho.

That night, they have a heartfelt conversation about Joong-gi and dreams. While Eunho still struggles to ride the bus because of the incident with Joong-gi, Tae-woon has been able to ride his motorcycle even after the incident because of his best friend who’s been the main motivation for him to do so. Since Tae-woon has a huge passion and interest in motorcycles, maybe his dream could be to design motorcycles Eunho suggests. But dreams? The only dream that exists for Tae-woon is Eunho.

Eunho has a delicious and warm dinner with her family. Their dad treats them all to expensive but yummy food. Hopefully they can continue to afford these type of food with more job offerings in the future.

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The next morning at school, Tae-woon receives a note from Eunho on the desk in his hideaway spot. The note from Eunho encourages Tae-woon to achieve his dreams and to do what it is that he wants. Eunho gifts him a magazine of motorcycles along with the note. Aww, she’s supporting his dreams 🙂

Tae-woon and Dae-hwi come across each other on campus. They almost get into another fight until Teacher Koo stops the both of them in time. The two boys are punished and are responsible for cleaning up a messy classroom together. They object to cleaning together at first, but Teacher Koo gives them no other option. Before leaving the classroom, he has a simple suggestion for them: maybe making up doesn’t sound too bad.

Although it’s a bumpy ride throughout the whole process, the two boys clean the classroom as clean and neat as it can be. Dae-hwi discovers a huge drawing sketchbook owned by Tae-woon when he used to draw, but pretends he didn’t see it when Tae-woon enters the classroom.

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Dae-hwi and Tae-woon enjoy a drink together while sitting outside. They talk about Eunho for a little bit before being interrupted by a phone call from Hee-chan. Dae-hwi ignores his call though and expresses that he doesn’t regret cutting ties with him. He’s had enough of Hee-chan.

Speaking of Hee-chan, he enters the ex-principal’s office who is still trying to crack down on the X investigation case. He claims that he knows who X is and is willing to give the former principal some details. That following day, the ex-principal visits Tae-woon’s father and asks for a second chance. If he is re-instated to be principal again he’s sure he can find who X is within a week.

After school, Hee-chan’s mother volunteers to give Dae-hwi a ride home like how she used to, but Dae-hwi respectfully declines and chooses to walk home instead. Wow, he really must not want to have to do anything with Hee-chan. Tae-woon notices this change in Dae-hwi’s behavior and decides to approach him later on that day. He ends up taking the same route Dae-hwi usually takes to get home even though his house is all the way on the opposite side. “I’m just gonna go home using this way today!” Lol. Oh Tae-woon.

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Teacher Shim has a meeting with the leader of the 3 bullies. Although he encourages her to do good in school so she won’t get expelled, Officer Soo-ji who is also in the same room as them tells her to do one or the other. She should either stay in school and excel in it or just rebel properly and leave. This angers the students and she leaves.

Lol, omg poor Teacher Jung. In gym class, Officer Soo-ji does demonstrations of how to practice self-defense against perverts or attackers. Teacher Jung at first gets excited over getting to “touch” Officer Soo-ji, but this happiness doesn’t last too long once he gets thrown around and around by Officer Soo-ji. LOL. All the students watch in amazement but pain at this sight. Officer Soo-ji volunteers bully leader to practice the different methods she showed earlier and to everyone’s surprise, she’s actually quite good at it. She manages to flip Teacher Jung on her first try. Officer Soo-ji sees potential in bully leader, claiming she’s good enough she can be a police officer.

Eunho comes home to an angry mom and conflicted dad and brother (oh nooo). Turns out Dad and Brother got scammed and used money that was originally meant for their security deposit. Mom isn’t happy about this, but they can’t do anything about it now. She calls friends and acquaintances for job opportunities so she can make up for the money that they lost.

Eunho quits her drawing class that her dad had been paying for her to take and takes on more hours for work. Meanwhile, her brother goes and tries to find jobs. All this is too stressful and overwhelming for Eunho she breaks down while outside alone at night.

Eunho packs her belongings that were in Tae-woon’s hideaway spot and lies that she’s going to take a break from drawing. We also see her working at a convenience store as her other part-time job. She’s not the best at it, but she works her hardest and tries her best. But it’s not too long until Tae-woon finds out about Eunho’s new job. He wants her to stop working and instead to focus on drawing and studying, but it’s not that easy for Eunho. She’s not as fortunate as Tae-woon and actually has to work to make money.

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At first Eunho tries to explain to Tae-woon why she decided to stop drawing, but it’s too difficult for her. Instead, she asks for Tae-woon to leave her alone before leaving the coffee shop (NOOOOO. DON’T SAY THAT EUNHO).

While riding the bus home, Dae-hwi’s mind wanders back to Nam-joo and all the memories they made when they were still a couple. Maybe he hasn’t moved on like how he acts like he does.

Meanwhile, Eunho and Tae-woon can only think about each other. His patience runs out and he heads out to find her. They end up encountering each other at a neighborhood near Eunho’s house where Tae-woon hands her a laptop. If she claims her computer broke which is why she stopped drawing, then maybe everything will be fixed if she had a laptop to draw on.

But things aren’t that simple. Eunho just can’t simply return to drawing like how Tae-woon thinks she can. Things aren’t as easy for people like her. She grows frustrated and embarrassed over his kindness and makes a final decision.

Eunho wants her and Tae-woon to stop talking to each other. She doesn’t want to be affiliated and involved with him anymore. She doesn’t want him to think about her anymore. That’s her final response in regards to his confession.

My Thoughts:

Wow, I’m so mad. How could the drama even think about doing this to us?! AHHH.

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Before I comment about the break-up, I’ve realized after 11 episodes that the thing about School 2017 that makes me frustrated is its lack of consistency. It builds the entire episode to lead up to the finale moments of the episode and gives us this huge dramatic finish without actually following up with it in the next episode. School 2017 is like that one friend who says they’ll do something for you, but then actually doesn’t do what they said they would do in the end and instead just leaves you hanging. The drama has constantly left us hanging without actually providing us some substance, content, progress on plots that it had been showing viewers.

For example, in the last episode we see this really huge dramatic and intense moment of Tae-woon and Dae-hwi removing the hoodies from their heads and basically revealing to each other their identities as X. It was such a grand finale moment and the episode was basically dedicated to this scene. But then in this episode, we never got anything out of that. What happened to Tae-woon and Dae-hwi knowing that they’re both X now? Why does the drama spend so much time emphasizing on Dae-hwi and Tae-woon acting both as X and then give us minimal content about it in the next episode? The drama literally just teases viewers with cliffhangers for whatever purposes, but doesn’t actually know what to do with them. If you’re going to spend so much time hyping up the entire episode for the cliffhangers at the end of every episode, then deliver. Make it well worth it. Don’t do it just because you need a reason to keep your viewers interested. Do something with it.

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Maybe this might just be me, but now that Dae-hwi has also been pretending to be X and he knows Tae-woon is X and vice versa, I want some real action! I want some real drama! Confront the corruption of the school system up and break it apart. The two boys can work together to break the unequal school system so ingrained in every aspect of the school from the administration to the staff and faculty down to even the students. I understand that there are a lot more risks now that Hee-chan has an idea that Tae-woon is X, but the drama spent so much time and still spends time on this plot but it’s all just useless timing. It’s a repetitive cycle where people suspect others on who X is, but you don’t really ever get anywhere. I want Tae-woon and Dae-hwi to work together in an effort to 1) break apart the corrupt school system 2) unconsciously and unknowingly use this identity as X to make amends with each other again.

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Also, with Tae-woon and Dae-hwi, I know this is literally the thing we’ve been waiting for the past 6 weeks, but why did it take so long for us to get there? The drama spent so much time covering Dae-hwi and Tae-woon’s hate relationship with each other that in this episode when they started warming up to each other I was happy because that was what I wanted, but the impact just simply wasn’t there. It makes sense why Tae-woon is taking the first steps in approaching Dae-hwi again because he’s understanding that maybe Dae-hwi is really changing and he’s not going to be Hee-chan’s puppet like how he was back then. But what I don’t understand is why it took us 11 episodes to get here — to get to this point. We had so many episodes of the same kind of arguments and fights between the two boys, the pacing of their relationship could have been a lot smoother and the pay-off could have been a lot more meaningful and worthy. But I didn’t feel any of those things in this episode and it’s such a shame because the drama did well giving us angst between the two (a little repetitive but I mean they got the point across), but then now that their relationship has switched the drama didn’t deliver all the way through.

And also, why did it have to take Teacher Koo to make a comment about making up for the two boys to actually consider that? Is it because he’s an adult? Is it because he’s a teacher? Eunho – who means dearly to both boys – have been suggesting this for the past few episodes, but the neither of them never listened to her and then it wasn’t until this episode when Teacher Koo suggested it that they then thought about doing it. Eunho means more to them than Teacher Koo does, but they didn’t follow her words. So why make up now? Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad that they’re slowly starting to rebuild their friendship even if that will take some time and some steps to get there which is fine because I’m all about the process and not necessarily the end result, but the impact of seeing the start to this process was lackluster. What prompted the both of them to suddenly change their ways and shift their views about each other so suddenly after months and months of non-stop fighting?

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I think it’s so interesting (and ironic) that Eunho was always the one to talk about dreams to Tae-woon and was in the process of achieving hers and was the catalyst encouraging Tae-woon to follow his, but then with just one decision made by her family she had to give up everything she worked so hard for. It’s the most ironic thing in the world and it’s heart-breaking watching her give up on her dream of becoming a webtoon artist because we all know how passionate she is about it and how much she loves it. She faced so many obstacles just to get to this point and now that she has to give it all up involuntarily makes things even worse.

Okay, now on to the “break-up.” Omg.. I don’t even know where to start. I stand by what I said earlier about the drama teasing viewers with dramatic cliffhangers at the end of every episode because I felt like the drama just wanted them to break-up just for the heck of it – not because it actually really serves any purpose in the plot/narrative. And I say this because in this episode we see Tae-woon and Eunho once again confiding in each other and having real deep conversations about life, dreams, and Joong-gi so you obviously witness just how close they’ve become and how much they mean to each other. But then by the end of this episode, you have Eunho wanting to disassociate with Tae-woon and for me, this just seemed to sudden. I think given her situation and her feelings and thoughts, I don’t blame her for feeling that way. I think her argument about Tae-woon getting things easy while less fortunate people like her have to work harder to survive in this world is accurate and relevant. Her feelings and thoughts are totally valid. My issue is with the pacing though because you have the two being all lovey-dovey with each other at the beginning and middle of the episode and then towards the end she didn’t want to have to do anything with him anymore. It was too much of a sudden change and shift especially after all the little moments of the two the drama had showed us that made you understand how and why they got close. Did the drama just give us a sad ending because it had nothing else to work with? It shouldn’t be though because the show actually has some content or substance, it just lacks consistency in focusing on those many plots.

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Despite my frustration with the pacing and inconsistency with the show, it’s not the characters who I’m THAT frustrated with. I actually enjoy the angst because to me it makes sense. I understand Eunho’s frustration with Tae-woon because he’s naive and he thinks that everything can be settled and solved so easily. For Tae-woon who grew up rich and privileged, he doesn’t understand the struggles people less fortunate deal with and that’s not necessarily his fault, but I could see why Eunho is frustrated with him. But at the same time, Tae-woon doesn’t know any better and he genuinely wanted to help Eunho achieve her dreams. Just like how she motivated him to achieve his dreams of possibly becoming a designer for motorcycles, he wants to return the favor and do the same for her by providing her his support. So I see where both sides are coming from and I understand why this an issue between the two and how it has come about. I’m glad that this dilemma in class/status is what’s causing a shift in Tae-woon and Eunho’s relationship because 1) this is a theme/motif consistent throughout the drama so it’s built into the narrative and continually emphasized upon 2) Eunho and Tae-woon aren’t growing apart because of other small irrelevant issues like jealousy, Dae-hwi, interjection of other characters, etc.

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BUT the thing that I didn’t understand though is her reaction to his support/help. The drama’s going to give us these cute, bubbly, and raw moments between the two this entire time and then all of a sudden have the two break apart. Like why? Maybe Eunho was caught up in the moment and is so stressful and overwhelmed that she just needed some time alone so maybe that’s why she said such hurtful words, but I don’t understand why she wants to stop seeing him. He’s been your best friend the past few months. He’s been the one you spent so much time with and shared your thoughts, dreams, and feelings with. He’s the one you abandoned your original best friend for because you enjoyed spending time with him and maybe found a part of home in every moment or time you spent together. So why do you want to break up with him after all this time? If the drama wanted to give us angst and a break-up between the two love birds, it should have been more logical. If the drama had shown us Eunho reflecting on Tae-woon’s behavior and showed her conflicted over receiving his help and support the past few episodes, then maybe I could see why she would want to break up with him. But we didn’t get any of that at all and we actually got the opposite where the two were always together and on good terms so this break-up just came out of no where for me.

Like I’ve been emphasizing, the drama gives us moments just for the heck of it without explaining why it is or without actually doing anything about it. It builds its entire episode around the finale moment of every episode and then proceeds with the next episode as if nothing happens. I’m definitely sad that the two are “breaking up” and maybe it’s even more hurtful because they weren’t exactly an official couple yet so they parted before they could even start, but the drama just wanted them to break apart just for the heck of it, not because it actually has some use in the overall narrative and plot. Such a disappointment and definitely very sad.

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I know it might seem like I dislike the drama, but that’s not true. I enjoy it. I think it’s fun, quirky, bubbly, and cute with some dose of angst and sadness in there. I like our characters and I definitely enjoy the moments between our characters especially Eunho and Tae-woon. But there are many plot holes with this drama that I just can’t seem to avoid and ignore no matter how many times I try to overlook it so I just feel the need to point them out. I will still finish this drama because it’s not that bad, but I’m also hoping for a lot more improvement in many different aspects.

Come on School 2017, don’t fail me now.

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School 2017: Episode 10 recap

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Ahh, it seems like we’re getting back on track. The X investigation case resumes in this episode and we’re one step closer to finding out who might discover who X is. Along with progress on the X case, we also get character growth and development making this episode a heart-warming and satisfying watch.

School 2017 episode 10: How to Endure the Weight

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In the last episode, we left off with Tae-woon and Dae-hwi talking to each other. Tae-woon warns Dae-hwi to not follow through with Hee-chan’s request of getting rid of Eunho or else he’ll kill him. While Tae-woon walks away, Dae-hwi gets a phone call from Hee-chan but refrains from answering the phone call.

Teacher Shim, Eunho, and Hee-chan all get together for a meeting. Since Teacher Shim’s investigating the incident that happened between them, he wants some details. But Hee-chan refuses to discuss anything and would rather attend his private lessons than be in the same room with Eunho and Teacher Shim. Teacher Shim won’t let him go so easily.

Hee-chan and Dae-hwi are studying together when Hee-chan brings up Eunho once again. He wants Dae-hwi to do something about her just like how he did with Bo-ra the school year before, but Dae-hwi is still hesitant on doing so. The drama then takes us back to the year before after the fighting incident that had occurred between Bo-ra and Hee-chan. Turns out that Hee-chan got Dae-hwi involved in the whole mess by making him give her some money to stop her from revealing everything. Tae-woon witnesses this exchange between the two of them and realizes what’s happening. He’s disappointed in Dae-hwi for doing such a thing for Hee-chan and walks away. Back in the present, Hee-chan bribes Dae-hwi with a membership to summer lecture classes that can help him get into Seoyul University (the university of his choice) to persuade him to follow through with the request. What is Dae-hwi going to do?

Hee-chan’s mother visits Eunho’s parents and brother at their house. She wants an apology from Eunho. If Eunho apologizes, then she’ll forget everything and this will all stop. But Eunho doesn’t plan on giving up. She walks in to the meeting and boldly states that she’s confident she can win over Hee-chan in this case. She and her family then ask for Hee-chan’s mother to leave. Haha, gotta love Eunho and her fierce family!

Dae-hwi drops ice cream off at Eunho’s place. What was just supposed to be a quick visit turns into a brief conversation. The two friends check in with each other. Eunho shares her sentiments about the whole dispute with Hee-chan while Dae-hwi talks about his break-up with Nam-joo. Eunho then asks Dae-hwi about Bo-ra. What could have possibly happened to her and Hee-chan that made her not want to talk and just remain silent about everything? Dae-hwi himself remains silent on this question.

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Tae-woon calls Eunho’s phone but doesn’t receive an answer because she’s too busy talking to Dae-hwi. Paranoid, he heads over to her place and finds the two talking. Dae-hwi leaves upon the arrival of Tae-woon while Eunho and Tae-woon stay behind and play around with each other (omg they’re so cute!!).

While talking to Tae-woon, Eunho wonders if she should just give up and apologize to Hee-chan. If she does then all of this will be over, there’ll be less stress on her family, and they’ll all be able to move on. Tae-woon won’t give up though even if Eunho does. He’ll do whatever he can to protect her and to make sure she doesn’t lose. Plus, this side of Eunho isn’t what he’s used to; what happened to the strong and confident girl that he liked? Haha. Tae-woon encourages Eunho to be strong in the midst of all this (AWWWWW IF THIS ISN’T LOVE THEN IDK WHAT IS).

The next day at school Eunho and Bo-ra have a small talk in the hallway. Bo-ra suggests that Eunho should just consider giving up but Eunho won’t. She’s not going to. If Bo-ra also wants to stand up for justice and do the right thing, she should help Eunho.

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Teacher Shim waits outside of a coffee shop where Bo-ra works (omg Suran’s ‘Wine’ is playing which was produced by my Suga bby!!). She finds him waiting outside for her and asks him why he’s here. Teacher Shim tries to persuade Bo-ra to confide in him and tell him the details of what she witnessed the day of the incident between Hee-chan and Eunho, but she still refuses to. She doesn’t trust teachers. Bo-ra walks away and resumes to working.

Tae-woon and Eunho try to come up with phrases that she can put on a poster to hang up on on the window of the teacher’s office room. While Eunho struggles to come up with slogans, Tae-woon just relaxes. He draws on the poster a raging Eunho while Eunho returns to writing on the poster. Haha. Gotta love these two.

The two lovebirds finish the poster and hang it up on the teacher’s office room window for everyone to see. Teachers and students sign the poster in solidarity with and support of Eunho. Everything is going well until Tae-woon notices a sticky note that writes, “I’ve liked you for a while. Be strong.” Tae-woon storms into the classroom to find the author behind the note. HAHAHA.

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Tae-woon finds Eunho talking to the guy who wrote the note. He grows jealous at the sight of them two talking and tries to stop them from talking any further. Eunho tries to push him away, but Tae-woon won’t stop. He doesn’t want anyone to talking to his Eunho. Lol. Meanwhile the guy just stands there in confusion, not knowing what to do or who to believe.

Tae-woon drops Eunho home that night. He’s worried that other guys will start talking to Eunho and confessing to her. He even uses phrases that Eunho’s used before to demonstrate his point (“my presence is crazy big”). Eunho smiles at the thought of this and points out that Tae-woon has a good memory. He brushes her away and watches her head home safely.

Nam-joo asks Dae-hwi to talk again. She wants to know why he ever dated her in the first place to which he claims that he dated her because he liked her but that his feelings started to fade when he knew she was lying. It was only because she was trying so hard to keep their relationship alive that he didn’t have the courage to break up with her after a while.

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While on campus, Officer Soo-ji notices a brief but intense encounter between Bo-ra and Teacher Jang. She brings this to Teacher Shim’s attention and together the two follow-up with Teacher Jang to ask about this. Why does Bo-ra seem so uncomfortable around her? Did something happen between the two of them that caused Bo-ra to act like this? Officer Soo-ji even raises questions about the fighting incident between Bit-na and Bo-ra and what Teacher Jang really saw that day as she was the first teacher to have arrived at the scene. But Teacher Jang doesn’t reveal anything and remains indifferent. She didn’t see everything on the day of the incident and plus, not every student likes their teacher. This shouldn’t be a big deal.

Teacher Shim gets to work when he finds out that documents that get deleted actually don’t disappear if they’re not past 2 years old. Maybe he can find notes written about Bo-ra by teachers that can be used to help protect and save her. But while looking up the deleted documents, he comes across something else instead. He finds a document written by Teacher Jang with details about Hee-chan’s assault incident against Bo-ra last year.

Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji brings this to Teacher Jang’s attention and interrogate her, but she finds no fault in what she did. They find it mysterious that she went from supporting Bo-ra at first to placing her at fault in regards to the assault incident. This would also explain why Bo-ra has trouble trusting her and other teachers. Teacher Shim is furious and he’s going to do whatever he can to find the truth regarding Bit-na’s incident and Hee-chan’s assault incident with Bo-ra.

Eunho waits outside of Bo-ra’s workplace to talk to her. She wants to become friends with Bo-ra so that Bo-ra has a support system and someone to lean on, but Bo-ra has a hard time trusting her. She doesn’t believe in that stuff anymore especially after all that’s happened to her. She rejects the idea and walks out in the rain only to later run into Tae-woon who hands her the umbrella he was using for himself. He walks away in the rain.

Even at school things don’t seem to change. Eunho joins Bo-ra for a can of soda in their school cafeteria in an attempt to befriend her while Bo-ra hands Tae-woon back his umbrella.

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Later on that day, Bo-ra run into Dae-hwi while walking across campus. She walks past him without saying a word, but then faints a few seconds after. Dae-hwi takes her to the hospital and discovers that Bo-ra had fainted due to extreme stress and had also been taking antidepressants for the past year.

Bo-ra recovers and returns to school. While looking at all the names and messages of support on her poster, Eunho finds Bo-ra’s name! She discovers Bo-ra walking through the school not too long after and catches up with Bo-ra to express her gratitude for Bo-ra’s support. It means a lot to Eunho to see Bo-ra’s name on the poster.

Hee-chan is frustrated with Dae-hwi for the lack of care and action he’s been taking to get rid of Eunho. Maybe he should just do everything himself. He’ll get rid of both Bo-ra and Eunho. But Dae-hwi grows fearful. He’s afraid that the monster that Hee-chan is right now is what he could possibly turn into if he continues to do all the horrible things that Hee-chan asks him to do. He doesn’t want to be like that.

While in the car with his mother, Hee-chan finds out that the director of the school plans on transferring or expelling Eunho. Since Tae-woon’s been spending time with her all he’s gotten into has been trouble.

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While at school, Hee-chan discovers the former principal’s office. He enters the office only to find clues and hints as to who X is all over the walls on the office. After looking through all the clues and possible culprits, he suspects Dae-hwi as the person behind X. The latest thing X did was expose the former principal’s plans with the math competition and the person who benefitted from that was Dae-hwi so he must have been behind that incident.

Hee-chan has another request for Dae-hwi. This time, he wants Dae-hwi to find who out who X is for him.

Hee-chan asks Eunho about her webtoon series which is based off of the X investigation case. Although she claims it’s fictional, Hee-chan thinks there could be some truth behind it. He knows that Eunho isn’t X, but there’s still a possibility that she’s the accomplice of X. After thinking through all his encounters with Tae-woon and just how protective he was of Eunho or how they both got punished for entering the teacher’s office room the night Dae-hwi was X, he grows suspicious. Maybe Tae-woon is X?

While passing through at school, Hee-chan stops Tae-woon to ask him about X. He brings up his idea of how Tae-woon could possibly be X, but Tae-woon isn’t fazed. So what if he’s X? What is Hee-chan going to do about it? (OOOOH YOU TELL HIM TAE-WOON. YOU TELL HIM). Tae-woon walks away carelessly.

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Eunho and Tae-woon agree to be cautious around Hee-chan. Especially now that he’s so determined on solving the X investigation case, they should be careful around him. This might mean spending less time together to get rid of any suspicions and doubts people might have of Eunho and Tae-woon, but it’ll be okay. It’ll only be for a short while (I HOPE)

(*update: they actually don’t stop spending time with each other)

It’s the day of the school violence hearing for Eunho and Hee-chan’s fighting incident. Just as the vice principal is about to announce Eunho’s punishment, Tae-woon and Bo-ra both walk into the hearing to disclose their accounts of what they saw that day of the incident. At first the committee members doubt Bo-ra’s witness account, but they change their minds once she shows them a video she recorded the day of the incident of Hee-chan throwing Eunho onto the ground. All the staff and committee members are in shock, but Teacher Shim is excited. He uses this opportunity to announce that he’ll like to re-open the Bit-na and Bo-ra case in an effort to find out the truth between what happened during that incident as well.

Tae-woon shares with Eunho how he was able to persuade Bo-ra to side with them. By revealing his identity as X to Bo-ra, he demonstrated to her how sincere and serious he was about protecting her. If he failed to protect her, she can turn him in to the administration. Of course, things worked out for the better because they were able to prove Eunho’s innocence. Tae-woon smiles at Eunho while saying this which causes her to grow nervous. “Don’t smile,” she complains while she tries to hide from Tae-woon. HEHEHE. Why don’t you want him to smile Eunho? Hehe.

Bo-ra files a report to provide her account on what really happened between her and Bit-na on the day they fought. With the support of Tae-woon and Eunho who stand next to her as she files the report, she gathers the courage to finish it.

Hee-chan grows furious at Bo-ra. How dare she file a report? What is this going to change anyways? Still the horrible and violent person he is, he grabs Bo-ra’s shoulders and shakes her violently, but then is stopped by Dae-hwi who throws a punch at Hee-chan’s face (YAAAAS DAE-HWI TO THE RESCUE). Dae-hwi punches Hee-chan in the face and throws at him the membership card Hee-chan had given to him earlier in the episode.

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Dae-hwi takes Bo-ra out to a coffee shop where they have an honest and heartfelt conversation. He apologizes for hurting Bo-ra last year to which Bo-ra forgives him. She understood he was in a difficult position and had no other choice but to do it. They both end on good terms with each other.

Bo-ra is not the same person she was before. She’s now much stronger, confident, and bold. Even when confronted by Bit-na, she’s not afraid. She also confronts two classmates about the dating rumors they spread last year about her and Hee-chan. Everyone watches her in admiration and amazement, praising her for her confidence and audacity. Eunho and Tae-woon watch her in the hallway like proud parents. It was because of them two that Bo-ra was able to finally start believing in herself again after so many years of betrayal by others.

Hee-chan updates Dae-hwi on the X investigation case. He informs Dae-hwi that he’s going to meet with X that night at 10PM after having sent X a text message to meet. Dae-hwi is shocked upon hearing this. Meanwhile, Tae-woon waits for Eunho to head home before going to meet Hee-chan.

Hee-chan’s plan backfires on him though. Instead of meeting Tae-woon who he had suspected was X, it’s Dae-hwi that he meets that night at 10PM (dressed in the large black sweater). Having forgotten that he was recording the entire time, Dae-hwi threatens Hee-chan. What if he told everyone that Hee-chan was the one forcing him to commit all these incidents as X this whole time? What would everyone think about him now? Hee-chan walks away in fear and confusion.

The true X is waiting outside on a bench. He heads to the music room after receiving an updated text message to meet there instead. While walking to the room, Tae-woon comes across Dae-hwi. They’re dressed in identical black sweaters and both have the hoodies covering their heads and faces.

It’s not unti Dae-hwi removes his hood that Tae-woon does the same. The two X’s stare at each other in intensity.

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OMG am I the only one who’s worried that someone might actually be spying on them or watching them? Or that someone’s on campus and saw the two boys revealing their identities to each other? Don’t the two boys know better than to reveal their faces on school grounds, especially dressed as X?! In the past, someone was always at school late at night and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone saw Tae-woon and Dae-hwi outing themselves as X that late at night on school. PLEASE BE MORE CAREFUL YOU TWO X’s.

So we know that Tae-woon is the original X, but that Dae-hwi had also been acting as X to do certain things like steal the answers to the math competition or to prevent Hee-chan from finding out who the real X is. I think this is so interesting because I had originally expected the show to make one of the two male leads X and although that is technically what the show did, the drama is also starting to show both Tae-woon and Dae-hwi as X so the both of them could be X from here on out which would make for an interesting twist. While I absolutely despise and hate Hee-chan, I do give him props for actually putting some thought into the X case and investigating it. He was intelligent to have figured out the relationship between Tae-woon and Eunho and how the two were not just “friends” (aka love birds), but also partners in crime committing these incidents together which made for a refreshing change because everyone this entire time was getting no where or were just kind of making wild guesses here and there without actually investigating the case. It might be too much to ask for, but maybe now that Tae-woon and Dae-hwi know each other’s true identities they can team up to be the X team and rebel together against the corruption of the school. Eunho can also be there to help them carry out their plans, but also be there to break up any fights that the boys might have with each other along the way (she’s had enough of them fighting and I am too). I’m just curious as to when the journey to bromance is going to start. That’s just what I want to know. Hopefully it’ll start now that Dae-hwi and Tae-woon both know that they’re X.

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Aside from the fact that I’m glad we’re back to focusing on the X case, this episode overall was a heartwarming one. Bo-ra finally got the support and justice she seeked and I’m glad that she ultimately prevailed as the winner in the end. Of course, there are still many more challenges and obstacles that she’s going to face in the future and this is just merely the beginning of a new start for her but it was so nice to see this change in her life. She went from being the silent, quiet, and indifferent young lady to a confident, bold, and daring student by the end of the episode. It was great seeing this transition instead of the drama just merely giving it to us and I liked how the drama spend an adequate amount of time setting up this change for us. It spent a few episodes demonstrating her hesitance and fear in speaking up and advocating for herself or others so that when this episode showed her finally mustering up the courage to do something about the injustice that was hurting her it made sense. She’s been hurt and betrayed by so many people over the years that she doesn’t trust anyone anymore so it was satisfying to see her slowly learn to open up again. This character growth was well-delivered and logical and especially after all the stuff that she’s been through, Bo-ra deserves the ending she got. She deserves caring and loving friends who support her as well as a new start away from the toxic people who had hurt her and taken advantage of her. She’s finally at peace with herself and her life and I hope it stays this way forever.

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I do think the whole Nam-joo and Dae-hwi love line is a little bit too much. The drama should just stop with this sub-plot and stop dragging it out for any longer than it needs to be. It had been showing us the same things of the ex-lovers so many times now that when they were talking in this episode, I felt nothing while watching them talk. I had no sympathy for them and instead I questioned why the drama was still milking scenes of them together. It’s confusing because the drama didn’t give us that many scenes of them together as a couple in the first place so to now present us with constant scenes of the two arguing after breaking up made no sense. Their break-up would have been a lot more impactful had the drama actually placed emphasis on their relationship and then showed us the actions leading up to the break-up, but because the drama failed to do that Dae-hwi and Nam-joo post-breakup has no effect on me now. At first it was sad, but now the drama should just stop with their post-breakup drama. Dae-hwi and Nam-joo have broken up and they need to either talk things out to fix their issues or just stop talking once for and all. There are other sub-plots or characters that are more deserving of time in this drama – like Tae-woon and Eunho.

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Speaking of Tae-woon and Eunho, while I still do very much appreciate and enjoy all their interactions together, I would also like for Tae-woon to maybe just chill and calm down a little bit. Some of his actions are borderline creepy (like visiting Eunho’s place just because she didn’t pick up his phone call) or disrespectful (when he was yelling at the guy who wrote the confession note to Eunho). Like I know you’re in love with Eunho Tae-woon and you’re afraid that some other guy might steal her, but don’t worry. Eunho likes you too so all you need to do is just focus on making yourself more attractive to Eunho and you’ll be fine. There’s no competition.

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The other thing about Tae-woon and Eunho that I enjoy beyond just their lovey dovey interactions and moments is the impact that they have on other people TOGETHER. We’ve seen the two do things individually that have helped and saved the lives of others so to see them in this episode work together side by side to help others – in this case Bo-ra – was so satisfying and refreshing to see. They truly were made for each other not just romantically but also in the ways that they use their strengths to balance each other out and then work together to support others. While Tae-woon primarily helped Bo-ra to save Eunho, he did play a role in Bo-ra’s character growth while Eunho herself played a direct role in Bo-ra’s life. It just goes to show that Tae-woon and Eunho are just as strong together as they are individually and that in the end, they don’t need a black sweater or capes to prove that they’re heroes – they just need to be themselves.

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School 2017: episode 9 recap

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In between all the wild ride of emotions and feelings that I get from watching this show, I learn to appreciate both the negative and positive emotions. Yes, some things about this show frustrates me to no end, but there are also other things like Tae-woon and Eunho’s budding relationship that makes me all giddy and happy. I guess there are some things worth watching on this show.

*NEW OST tracks:

School 2017 episode 9: The Weight Rumors Carry

The episode begins with Tae-woon and Eunho hiding under a tree from the rain. Tae-woon protects Eunho by placing his backpack over her head, but releases it as he leans closer in towards her for a kiss. Eunho interrupts him, warning him to stop playing around with her to which Tae-woon responds that he isn’t. He’s genuine about his feelings for her (AHHHHHHH! I’M TOTALLY NOT SCREAMING RIGHT NOW). Eunho stops Tae-woon from moving in any closer to her and runs away, leaving Tae-woon behind.

Tae-woon asks friend Byung-goo for some dating advice. He pretends to ask for “a friend” (aka himself) about what his friend should do now that he’s confessed to his crush. Byung-goo responds that things will get awkward between them so he should try to avoid running into his crush. Tae-woon takes into account everything his friend tells him, but then becomes angry when Byung-goo’s asks Tae-woon, “Why would your friend ask you for dating advice? You can barely handle your own love life.” HAHAHAH. Omg. I can feel the burn all the way from over here.

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Eunho ponders over the “almost-kiss” with Tae-woon later on that night in her bedroom. She questions whether Tae-woon actually meant what he said in regards to his feelings for her or if he was just lying. Eunho’s brother comes into her room – at first asking for money, but then staying once he notices her odd behavior. By the time he leaves the room, he’s figured out what’s happened to Eunho and starts shouting, “Mom! Eunho’s in a relationship!” Haha. Gotta love their sibling relationship.

The next morning at school, Tae-woon and Eunho both head out onto campus early in hopes of avoiding the other. But they end up meeting instead because they both came to school early. HAHAHA. It’s awkward between the two of them and no matter what they do or which way they walk, they end up crossing paths (it’s fate guys, just accept it).

The two finally separate ways again. While walking, Eunho finds a diary on the ground that belongs to Bo-ra.

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In a meeting with Teacher Shim, Bo-ra conveys that she’s planning on dropping out of school so there’s nothing he can do to protect her. But Teacher Shim won’t give up easily and while she takes drop-out classes, he’ll do everything in his power to save her. Later on in class, Bo-ra receives her diary back from Eunho. Eunho gives Bo-ra some words of encouragement and relays to her that Bo-ra can go to her if she needs any help or support with anything.

Tae-woon and Eunho can’t stop thinking about each other. Tae-woon is still just in love with Eunho as he had been, thinking about her while he rests in his secret hideaway. Meanwhile, Eunho can’t seem to sleep at all. Her mind keeps tracing back to Tae-woon and all the times they spent together. She grows frustrated over not being able to refrain herself from thinking about him and from not knowing what her feelings for him are.

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Eunho and Sarang finally hang out again after weeks of not hanging out with each other. Eunho explains that she’s just been busy and so many things have been happening to her. Sarang then guesses that that one of those things is Tae-woon to which Eunho grows surprised. How did Sarang know?! But it’s so obvious with the way Tae-woon follows Eunho around and stares at her at every chance he can get. Haha, aww. Sarang accuses Tae-woon of bothering Eunho, but Eunho just calms Sarang down. No, there’s no need for Sarang to beat Tae-woon up. Haha.

Tae-woon ends the awkwardness between him and Eunho by addressing the issue with Eunho. Regardless of what she thinks or feels, he’s going to keep doing what he wants so she should do the same. They leave it at that.

There’s 10 more days until final exams. All the students groan in dissatisfaction and pain upon hearing this.

Rumors that Hee-chan and Bo-ra used to date spread throughout the school. Hee-chan denies it in front of everyone while Bo-ra remains silent about these rumors.

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Tae-woon encourages Eunho to continue with her webtoon series. She hasn’t been keeping up with drawing the past few weeks so she should probably get started again. In an effort to reach a wider audience, Tae-woon offers to help Eunho out – specifically with the character X of her webtoon series.

Whether it’s next to her or behind her, Tae-woon just can’t seem to keep some distance between him and Eunho. He’s stuck to her like glue and he knows it. Eunho requests for some space between them, but Tae-woon doesn’t budge. It’s not until she pushes his chair away from her that he’s the furthest away from her yet.

While drawing her webtoon series that night in her bedroom, Eunho conveys her honest thoughts about Tae-woon’s confession. It’s not that she doesn’t want to understand and accept Tae-woon’s feelings, it’s just that she doesn’t know how as this is the first time someone has ever confessed to her (omg I’m cryinggg). Tae-woon on the other hand goes back to commenting on Eunho’s webtoon series as he had been doing. While on his laptop, his father enters his room and hands him some chicken to eat before walking out.

The pressure to succeed and rank in first at school is too much for Hee-chan. As if he hasn’t had enough lectures from his mom, he receives yet another one, being told to do well or else his chances of getting into Seoyul University is ruined. Hee-chan has a breakdown that night while studying.

Nam-joo can’t stand the silence between her and Dae-hwi so she asks for a talk. While outside with just the two of them, she blows up. Why didn’t he tell her she knew he was lying? Why did he have to break up with her on their 200th day anniversary? Dae-hwi explains himself and his side of the story, but it’s no use. The both of them are too mad and upset with each other to think properly and to forgive the other. Things just end up worse between the two ex-lovers.

The drama then takes us back to the days leading up to Nam-joo and Dae-hwi’s 200th day anniversary and all those moments when Dae-hwi discovered that Nam-joo was lying. He had been waiting for her to be honest with him and to come out clean, but despite all the opportunities he gave her she never did. We now have a better understanding of why Dae-hwi decided to break up with her and how he came about to doing so.

While eating with Kyung-woo, Sarang overhears some students talk about her beloved celebrity crush Issue. She defends him, refuting rumors that he’s going to get kicked out of his idol group. But the rumors are true to some extent. Issue shares with Sarang that he’s going to withdraw from the idol group, but it’s not because he’s getting kicked out — he’s just leaving first. Kyung-woo suggests Issue to join him in forming a band together (OOOOOH GREAT IDEA!!), but before he can even speak a word, Sarang stops him and walks away with Issue.

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Ex-principal tries to bribe students into revealing who X is to him by giving them snacks and drinks in return. Some students give their guesses, but some others are there just for the snacks. Haha. I would be one of those students there just for the snacks.

While in class, a roommate checks up on Nam-joo to ask her about her dad’s taxi company. Nam-joo struggles to speak up and answer the classmates’s question so Dae-hwi steps in for her to answer her classmate’s question. A situation that could have gone horribly wrong is saved.

Hee-chan and Bo-ra have a private talk outside. He’s concerned that his mother and other students might find out that the two used to date, but Bo-ra reassures her that no one knows. But since Eunho did find Bo-ra’s diary not too long ago which consisted of entries written by both Hee-chan and Bo-ra, there’s a possibility that she might know about the dating history between the two. Hee-chan goes to search for Eunho.

Hee-chan finds Eunho sitting on some stairs drawing. He confronts the issue about the dating rumors with her to which she answers that she didn’t read Bo-ra’s diary nor did she spread any rumors. But Hee-chan has a hard time believing her and ends up throwing her down onto the ground. Tae-woon witnesses this and grows enraged. He attempts to fight Hee-chan, but Eunho holds him back from doing so.

Tae-woon scolds Eunho for injuring herself. Why did she leave his side? He told her to not cause any trouble and to stay with him. Eunho ends up explaining to Tae-woon why Hee-chan could have possibly attacked her, mentioning Bo-ra’s diary that she found that made her a possible culprit behind spreading rumors. But Eunho didn’t spread any rumors though and this makes Tae-woon even more furious. He leaves the warehouse to get revenge, but Eunho stops him. He should learn to control his temper better.

Hee-chan’s mother and Eunho’s mother have a meeting at school with staff and faculty. Hee-chan’s mother demands for a meeting with the school violence commission.

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Eunho is not putting up with any of Hee-chan’s threats or behavior. While in the classroom, she demands for an apology from Hee-chan in front of everyone for how he attacked her. This captures everyone’s attention and Hee-chan himself once again almost attacks Eunho. But he is stopped by Dae-hwi who requests to have a talk outside. Tae-woon enters the classroom in the midst of all this, but doesn’t do anything about it. He just simply goes back to napping at his desk.

Later on that day, Tae-woon warns Hee-chan to never touch Eunho again or this time he’ll really be dead (OMG THIS IS SO HAWT). Once he finishes talking to Hee-chan, he walks away only to find Sarang and Eunho waiting outside in the hallway not too far from where he was talking to Hee-chan. Eunho and Tae-woon exchange small grins with each other before Tae-woon comments, to her, “See? I wasn’t playing around.” Omg she got herself a bodyguard now, hehe.

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Hee-chan takes Bo-ra to a secluded area on campus to demand for her diary. He’s afraid people might know about it or read it. But Bo-ra refuses to and when she gives him her final answer, he grabs her by the neck and prepares to hit her in the face. The drama then takes us back to when they did use to date and the moment when Hee-chan almost hit her. He’s never changed all this time. He’s still the abusive and ugly person he’s always been. Luckily, Tae-woon arrives in time to save Bo-ra and to stop Hee-chan from striking her.

Hee-chan tries to find the diary that night at school, but fails to discover anything. While walking back home, he notices someone in the bushes watching him. Petrified, he hurries home.

Teacher Shim, Officer Soo-ji, and Eunho all try to get Bo-ra to talk about what she saw that day between Eunho and Hee-chan. But Bo-ra refuses to speak and ends up not revealing the details of what she saw. Not even Dae-hwi can persuade Bo-ra to talk. She struggles to trust him, especially since he’s close to Hee-chan and based on all the painful things he’s done to her in the past.

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Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim have a talk about the students. Teacher Shim believes that since they’re young, they can just make up after fights and arguments and everything will be alright. But Officer Soo-ji begs to differ. They’re not young and they’re not as innocent as Teacher Shim thinks they are. The conversation ends when Teacher Jung enters the room to ask Officer Soo-ji to get food with him. Haha.

Through Teacher Jung, Officer Soo-ji gets a better understanding of how difficult, exhausting, and demanding Teacher Shim’s position as a guidance counselor can be. As he describes all the things Teacher Shim has to do and put up with, her appreciation for Teacher Shim grows.

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Nam-joo pleads Dae-hwi to give her another chance. She explains to him why she kept on lying to him in hopes that his view about her will change so she can win him back, but Dae-hwi doesn’t plan on giving her another chance. Yes, he liked her, but his feelings for her are different now. Things have changed.

Hee-chan and Dae-hwi have a private talk outside the classroom. He requests for him to “take care of” Eunho (aka finish her) before she spreads any rumors or does anything damaging to them both. But Dae-hwi doesn’t sit comfortably with this request and refuses to do so. But it’s not until Hee-chan raises doubts about Dae-hwi’s future that Dae-hwi grows fearful. If news about what happened between Hee-chan and Bo-ra last school year gets released which Dae-hwi was involved with, then it’ll be over for Dae-hwi. Tae-woon watches and listens in on their conversation not too far away.

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Later on that day he approaches Dae-hwi to talk to him. Dae-hwi simply tells Tae-woon to get out of his life, but Tae-woon refuses to. He exposes Dae-hwi, telling him that he’s not as innocent and kind as he and everyone else thinks he is. Dae-hwi stares back at Tae-woon while the intensity between the two of them grows.

My Thoughts:

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Ahhhhhh. I have such conflicting thoughts. While I appreciate that the drama is giving us context on some of our minor characters and actually did a decent job in doing this, it took away time from the overall plot of finding X and only caused for more unnecessary drama and sub-plots than needed. The drama isn’t as good at handling so many cases, but it keeps adding in more than it can handle and just doesn’t know how to stop which is why I feel conflicted.

If Hee-chan was one of our main characters this episode would have been great. It’s not so much his character itself that I’m praising, but rather more of the way that the drama gave us context on his life, his struggles and worries, his actual personality when at school versus when with Bo-ra, and much more. This episode was dedicated to him and spent a good time introducing more of him to us than it did in the earlier episodes which is why I say that if this drama was focused on Hee-chan it would have made for a great episode. Now we know how much of a douchebag he really is (on top of all of the threats he made to Dae-hwi or ways he treats Dae-hwi) and just how insecure he is about himself, his academics, his life, and even his love life. With that being said, in no way do I have a single ounce of sympathy for him and no matter what the drama decides to do or to pull on us to put Hee-chan in a better light (if it will ever go that route in which I hope it doesn’t), there’s nothing Hee-chan can do to make me think about him differently. He’s just a horrible, violent, and abusive person who has no saving grace. Him threatening Dae-hwi and taking advantage of Dae-hwi for help on his exams was just the tip of the iceberg; now we really know what he’s like and what’s beyond just his concerns of being ranked first and yikes, he is much much worse than we thought he was.

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Because this episode was so heavily focused on Hee-chan and Bo-ra, we weren’t as focused on the X investigation case. The drama so far has been more primarily geared towards focusing on this plot than our characters and so for this episode to have been about about our characters, it confuses me. And then to add onto this confusion, Hee-chan and Eunho are now in this dispute and the whole school violence commission is involved. I like how the drama weaves everything together in a way that makes sense; Hee-chan and Bo-ra’s relationship issues explains why Bo-ra chose not to reveal details of the fight between Hee-chan and Eunho to anyone but it’s frustrating to watch because then this overpowers the plot of the X investigation case. There was barely anything about finding X in this episode other than the one scene where the ex-principal tried to bribe students with snacks and drinks to gain answers, but there wasn’t much time other than that and it’s disappointing. The drama should do a better job of placing emphasis on both plot and characters and weaving that together or it just focuses on one or the other.

Poor Bo-ra just can’t seem to get a break from the school. First with the bullies, then Bit-na, and then now Hee-chan. She’s such a pitiful character and you want her to stand up for herself or for someone to save her, but there are no heroes at her school that can do that. As much as you want her to be strong and to voice her thoughts and opinions, there’s not much she can do because she doesn’t have the power to say anything. So in a way, it makes sense as to why she’s choosing to remain silent and quiet about these issues that impact her so negatively.

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I knew there was something off about this episode when you get more scenes of hate between Tae-woon and Hee-chan than between Tae-woon and Dae-hwi. It was only until the very end of the episode when the drama gave us the love-hate relationship between the two male leads again and not that I liked it because I actually don’t, but I was getting tired of the unnecessary drama between Tae-woon and Hee-chan. Hee-chan’s storyline in itself is unnecessary and shouldn’t have been added into this drama (it also came out of no where so I wasn’t expecting to see more of him in this drama than what the drama gave us) so I’m glad that the episode gave us some time of a sub-plot that was in the drama from the very beginning. Now if only the drama would keep focusing on or actually solve certain plots before adding onto others, that’d be great.

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Rants aside, I’m loving the way that Kim Jung-hyun is portraying Tae-woon as the smitten and tough guy head-over-heels for Eunho. He’s doing such a great job at it and he has great comedic timing as well. He’s so good and I’m absolutely loving every scene he has with Eunho or those conversations he has with Byung-goo where he’s asking for dating advice. It’s the cutest thing in the entire world and is one aspect of the show that I heavily enjoy and will always enjoy. It’s such a great contrast from all the drama and fighting and angst that goes in the drama so I’m glad the drama has been giving us Tae-woon and Eunho moments. Of course, maybe he should be patient and listen to Eunho and respect her feelings as well (disregarding her feelings and doing what he wants to do with her is a big no-no) so hopefully he’ll listen to her from now on and take into consideration what she says about him especially since he’s so in love with her. It’s obvious that Eunho has a big influence in his life and hopefully she’ll motivate him to change some aspects about himself for the better. Tae-woon is willing to do anything to protect her regardless of who or what it is that he’s dealing with and if that isn’t love, then I don’t know what is.

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School 2017: episode 8 recap

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Wow, this episode was wonderful. Everything about it was great. Whereas before the drama might have struggled a bit in being consistent and stable, episode 8 was the total opposite. Everything makes sense and all our characters get their own few moments to shine, but it’s especially Dae-hwi who stands out the most.

School 2017 episode 8: After the Lie

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Episode 8 begins where we left off in the last episode. Tae-woon visits the teacher’s office room to inform Teacher Koo that he was the person who broke into the teacher’s office room the other night. When asked why, he reveals that it was because he thought he had saw X enter the room, but failed to see his face before X ran away. Teacher Koo grows confused, not knowing whether to believe Tae-woon or Eunho’s side of the story but it doesn’t matter. Sooner or later he’ll find out what actually happened that night. Tae-woon will get another punishment for having broken into the teacher’s office room. They leave it at that.

Teacher Shim grows disappointed at Officer Soo-ji for having revealed everything to Teacher Koo. He trusted her to not say anything to anyone about what he heard the night of the accident. Officer Soo-ji defends her by saying that a job is a job in the end and it’s not their responsibility to protect or cover for the students. Instead, they should be teaching the students a lesson by reporting their wrongdoings and punishing them for their misbehavior. But Teacher Shim doesn’t agree and he advocates for the students. Officer Soo-ji leaves the room in anger and disappointment.

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Back in the secret hideaway spot, Eunho suggests that they let Dae-hwi in on what happened the night of the incident, but Tae-woon isn’t so opened to this idea. Eunho then accuses Tae-woon of confessing so as to help cover up for Dae-hwi who was X that night, but Tae-woon disagrees. He didn’t do it to save Dae-hwi. He walks out and slams the door behind him.

Dae-hwi takes a small break at studying to look over his student records, specifically at the merit-demerit section. Dissatisfied, he crumbles up his student records and sigh in stress.

Tae-woon walks to his desk and sits down for another day of class. But today is different as he notices a note on his desk given to him by Eunho. It’s a drawing of X accompanied by a little apology. Of course our Tae-woon gets all giddy and smiley and he’s no longer the angry upset person he was anymore (ohhh the things that love does to youuu).

Tae-woon and Eunho join each other for a bottle of lemonade outside. While Tae-woon dreads being punished for the incident, Eunho worries about Dae-hwi. Will he be okay? What will happen to him? Tae-woon gets jealous and tells Eunho to stop worrying about Dae-hwi. It’s not like he’s the one getting punished.

An announcement about Tae-woon and Eunho’s punishment is displayed at school. Upon seeing the flyer, Sarang grows sad at not knowing what’s even happening with her best friend anymore. Meanwhile, Tae-woon and Eunho also take their chance to glance at the flyer.

Back outside, Eunho agonizes over her student records. If she receives anymore demerit points then she really won’t be able to go to college. Tae-woon argues that they should just report the truth to the teachers and tell them about how it was Dae-hwi who was X the night of the incident. But Eunho refuses to.

Tae-woon walks away and coincidentally meets Dae-hwi and Hee-chan together on campus. Once Hee-chan leaves the two alone, Tae-woon threatens Dae-hwi to report himself. If he also cares about Eunho – who’s been stressing out over this incident – he’ll go in and report what actually happened that night. Before walking away Dae-hwi reassures Tae-woon that he will tell the truth to the teachers. He’s not afraid at all.

Later on that day, Nam-joo tries to cheer her boyfriend up who she notices is obviously stressed out over the situation.

That night, Dae-hwi searches for his money that he recalled was at his desk. But he can’t seem to find it no matter where he searches. It’s not until his mother enters the room that she notifies him that she had used some of his money for an emergency. Dae-hwi breaks down in front of his mother. No matter how hard he works it’ll never be enough.

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Dae-hwi’s ready to turn himself in. He stands nervously in front of the teacher’s office room, but Teacher Shim interrupts him and asks for some of his time. Together they enter the room and Teacher Shim updates Dae-hwi on a scholarship that he could possibly earn. All Dae-hwi will have to do is fill out the application. Before leaving, Teacher Shim checks up on Dae-hwi, noticing his recent odd behavior but Dae-hwi pretends to be fine and reiterates that he really hopes he’ll make it into Seoyul University. He also notices a document opened on Teacher Shim’s computer outlining Tae-woon and Eunho’s punishment agenda.

Tae-woon gets ready to head outside, but is stopped by his father. His father slaps him in the face and warns him to stop causing trouble. Whether it’s because of Eunho or whatever reason, he should stop. No matter what he does, Tae-woon’s father will always find a way to save and protect Tae-woon so he should stop.

Tae-woon heads to the rooftop of the building that he always visits. He recalls memories of when he, Joongi-gi, and Dae-hwi used to hang out on the same exact rooftop. A slight smile appears on his face upon remembering this memory, but the smile fades once he wakes back up to reality. He turns around only to find Dae-hwi standing across from him (OMG WHAT IS HE DOING THERE??!). The awkward silence is broken when Dae-hwi voices for Tae-woon – who almost slips off the edge of the rooftop – to becareful (my fragile hearttt ;___;). Tae-woon turns around to face Dae-hwi again and tells him that what he is doing is more dangerous. Cheating and lying is what is dangerous, but Dae-hwi doesn’t care. He’s been able to get to his position from doing those things and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Dae-hwi walks away in tears.

But the guilt is too much for Dae-hwi. Especially after being asked by Tae-woon how Joong-gi would feel about all of this, Dae-hwi decides that he’s had enough. He marches into the teacher’s office room the next morning and confesses to Teacher Koo the truth. He was the one who broke into the teacher’s office room to steal the answers to the math competition.

Dae-hwi is interrogated by the VP, Teacher Koo, Teacher Jang, Teacher Shim, and Officer Soo-ji. The principal – who’s on administrative leave – is also present, but is of no importance. Just when the Vice Principal is about to announce Dae-hwi’s punishment, Dae-hwi makes a request: cancel Tae-woon and Eunho’s disciplinary action. They didn’t do anything wrong because they weren’t the ones who broke into the teacher’s office.

Eunho (and Tae-woon) wait outside of the hall where Dae-hwi’s being interrogated. She asks him on how the interrogation went and wonders whether Dae-hwi knows whether or not she and Tae-woon lied in order to protect him.

News about Dae-hwi’s punishment spreads throughout the school. He is punished to 7 days of chores (again).

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Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji go for a walk on campus. She checks up on the “lie” that he had told her on the day of the incident.. ya know the one about him confessing to her that he likes her. But Teacher Shim grows nervous and says that it might not actually be a lie anymore. Awww *squeals*.

Nam-joo checks up on her boyfriend and asks for details. What happened to him? Did he really break into the teacher’s office room? Dae-hwi tells Nam-joo the truth. Yes, he did break into the teacher’s office to obtain the answers to the math competition because he was too stressed out from just studying and needed to do whatever he could to place. Dae-hwi shares that this caused him a lot of stress but he had to do what he had to do.

Eunho can worry a little less now that Dae-hwi admitted to his wrongdoing. She’s excited over the increase of comments on her webtoon series, but notices that they’re all similar to one another: they’re short and straight-forward. Tae-woon takes notes of the type of comments Eunho wants. Hahaha.

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The next day at school, Tae-woon asks his friend for some advice on how to write nice, long, and witty comments. His friend gives him some suggestions, but contrary to what he claimed, his friend’s ideas are not so long or witty. Hahaha. This is so funny. I love their friendship.

Sarang is walking home from school but is accompanied by Kyung-woo who joins her. She tries to be as discreet as possible about her dissatisfaction with how things are going with Eunho, but Kyung-woo figures it out. He recommends that Sarang talk to Eunho about her honest thoughts and feelings and how much she misses her best friend. They then go eat noodles together at a convenience store (ooh, new possible couple?).

Bit-na’s mother visits the school along with lawyers to request for a disciplinary hearing. She disapproves of how her daughter was forced to write an apology when she wasn’t the one who had started the fight with Bo-ra. Furthermore she’s worried that this might appear on her daughter’s student evaluation which will affect her daughter’s chances of getting into college. The staff stress out over the situation.

Teacher Shim tries to talk Bo-ra one more time into revealing details about the fight and reassures her that he’ll protect her. But Bo-ra doesn’t reveal anything partly due to trust issues she had with former teacher Teacher Jang who had also promised to protect Bo-ra the year before. She walks out of the room apologizing.

Bo-ra is warned by the 3 bullies to be careful during the hearing. They warn her not to mention their names or else she’ll get into more trouble.

During the disciplinary hearing, Bo-ra admits to being the one to start the fight with Bit-na. Teacher Shim looks at her in disbelief knowing fully well that Bo-ra is lying, but everyone else in the room doesn’t speculate. The hearing comes to a close. Bo-ra is subject to a week of suspension.

Dae-hwi fixes Eunho’s bike and as a token of appreciation for each other, they’ll go out and get some Korean shaved ice together. Tae-woon walks in on the two talking to each other and grows jealous (omg his jealous face is the absolute cutest and funniest). He tells her to not get patbingsoo with Dae-hwi before walking away in jealousy. He recalls all the moments he’s seen her with Dae-hwi as well as the time when she tied her hair up and warns himself to snap out of it. “Snap out of it Tae-woon, snap out of it!” Hahaha.

Later on that day in class after school has ended, Tae-woon and Eunho are sitting in their classroom doing their own things. Eunho gets ready to leave the classroom when Tae-woon stops her and pulls her in towards him. He takes a good look at her face before letting her go and walking out the classroom (omg what was that for Tae-woon??).

Teacher Shim nervously rehearses how he’s going to ask Officer Soo-ji on a movie date. But before he can even offer the idea, Teacher Jung swoops in from out of no where and asks Officer Soo-ji out on a movie date first (someone got cockblocked). HAHAHA. Omg this is hilarious. On another day, Teacher Shim manages to gather a group of students for a hang-out. He invites Officer Soo-ji and together they head out to Subway to eat. Teacher Jung invites himself and also joins them at the restaurant. Lolol.

After eating, they all separate to go home. Dae-hwi, Nam-joo, Tae-woon, and Eunho are all walking together in the same direction when they notice a man yelling at an employee to do his job properly. They stop to watch this, but Eunho notices something different about the man getting yelled at. It’s her father! Tae-woon manages to get the boss to leave while Eunho checks up on her father.

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Turns out that Dad had been coming home late every night not because of drinking but because he had been working. He’s been working late into the night so he can have extra money to pay for Eunho’s preparatory classes. Dad and Eunho share some smiles and tears of joy with each other as she expresses her gratitude for her dad. Aww, this makes my heart warm.

Dae-hwi can’t help but gush about Eunho to Nam-joo as he walks her home. He admires the way Eunho stood up for her father. It was really cool and nice of her to do something like that. It’s even cooler that she wasn’t embarrassed by her father – something totally different from how he used to feel about his mother growing up. Dae-hwi drops Nam-joo off in a neighborhood that he assumes she’s living in and notices how nice it looks, but it’s not until he disappears that Nam-joo takes the actual route to get home.

Teacher Shim nervously paces back and forth with two cans of soda in his hand. He watches Officer Soo-ji walking not too far away and prepares himself to ask her to join him for a drink. But along the way he comes across Tae-woon and ends up giving him the other can of soda. Together they sit down and share feelings and thoughts of what it’s like to have a crush on someone, saying such things like “wanting to see them even if it’s just briefly” or “wanting to share a can of soda together.” Teacher Koo interrupts them by adding in his own comments as well. Haha.

Tae-woon sure does loving teasing Eunho. She delivers chicken to his house for about maybe 10 times because he’s in love with her and wants to use any chance he can get to see her, even if that means making her bike to his house 10 times to deliver chicken that he won’t eat. While he’s having a fun time with the teasing, Eunho grows frustrated and mad. Does he hate her? Is that why he’s doing this to her? Tae-woon flinches at the question of whether he hates her or not. Hahaha. Omg no Eunho, it’s the total opposite girl!

It’s been 200 days since Nam-joo and Dae-hwi has been dating. She waits at a coffee shop for him to celebrate, but he doesn’t show up. Devastated, she walks home only to find Dae-hwi waiting with some flowers and a gift in front of her house.

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The two bursts in tears upon seeing each other. Dae-hwi is frustrated at how consistent Nam-joo has been in lying to him. He walks away without uttering another word and recalls all the memories the two made in their 200-day relationship. We also find out that Dae-hwi knows Nam-joo is not the daughter of the CEO of the taxi company her father works at like how she had claimed. They ignore each other when they see each other at school and don’t say a word to each other either.

In a voice over, we hear Eunho talking saying,

We all lie.. to protect something or to hide something. And we have to be responsible for the consequences of our lies.

Sometimes there’s even greater truth within their lies that they couldn’t realize in advance. That’s what in their lies sometimes.

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The next day at school, Eunho and Tae-woon are walking together on campus. She wonders why X would lie after saving her. Tae-woon replies that it’s because he wasn’t aware of his feelings.. (feelings for who??). But before Tae-woon can continue on with what he was saying, it suddenly starts to rain.

Tae-woon and Eunho run to hide under a tree where Tae-woon covers her head with his backpack. She smiles at him upon his action, but he tells her to stop smiling. “Don’t smile,” he voices. “It makes my heart beat.” AHHHHHHHH. I’M TOTALLY NOT SCREAMING RIGHT NOW.

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He slowly puts his backpack down and leans closer towards Eunho for a kiss. They stare at each other while the space between the two grow smaller and smaller.

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NOOOOOOOO. Why would you stop and leave us there? WHYYYYY. YOU ARE SO CRUEL SCHOOL 2017. Now I have to wait another week to see if they actually kiss or not? *pouts*

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I actually don’t think they’re going to kiss – yet. This would make for such a romantic kiss and is the ideal situation and environment for one, but I have to remind myself that they’re still on school grounds so they might not or if they do, they will most likely get caught and punished once again for their action. But I still do want a kiss between Tae-woon and Eunho even though I know they shouldn’t because everything leading up to this moment has been perfect. Even if they don’t necessarily kiss right now, Tae-woon did end up confessing to Eunho so maybe she might get the hint that contrary to what she thinks, Tae-woon likes her – not hate her. I predict that the next few episodes are gonna be of Eunho questioning Tae-woon’s confession and whether or not he was actually genuine with what he said or if he was just teasing her once again. The next few episodes shall be fun with Tae-woon and Eunho’s relationship and I can see a lot more squealing happening. My voice will be gone by the end this drama ends.

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This episode was probably one of the better episodes, if not the best episode yet in my opinion. Everything in this episode was well-paced, logical, made sense, was not thrown at us from out of no where, and once again touched all the right spots in terms of angst and pain. This episode was depressing, but also had its moments of warmth and love which I think made it out to be a well balanced episode. We had angst and pain in almost every relationship starting from Tae-woon and Dae-hwi to Dae-hwi and Nam-joo to Teacher Shim and Bo-ra. But in between all of this were also really heart-warming scenes such as with Eunho and her father to Sarang and Kyung-woo or comedic moments of jealous Tae-woon with his crush Eunho. The best thing about this episode (and the last episode) was that it was able to weave everything together perfectly to summarize the one message that it had been emphasizing all along: everyone lies. Most of our characters – from Tae-woon to Eunho to Dae-hwi to Nam-joo and even Teacher Shim – all told lies, but did so because like Eunho said to protect someone or to hide something. Episode 8 did a wonderful job in tying everything together and wrapping everything up that by the end of this episode when Eunho was talking about lies, it made total sense because yes, everyone did lie and everyone faced the consequences for their decisions to lie.

We’re finally starting to get glimpses of progress for Dae-hwi and Tae-woon’s love/hate relationship for each other. It killed me when Dae-hwi expressed concern for Tae-woon who almost slipped off the edge of the rooftop because if anything that just demonstrates that he still cares for Tae-woon despite what he shows externally or despite all the arguments he has with Tae-woon. For him to just utter the simple and short words “it’s dangerous” was so bittersweet. You want him to make up with Tae-woon and you want both boys to go back to how they used to be and they’re taking small steps to get there, but at the same time they’re afraid to be the first ones to give in so they just pretend to hate each other. There’s so much potential to return to being friends again or at least on a good note with each other, but Dae-hwi nor Tae-woon know how to be the first ones to do that. They can only throw hate and cruel comments at each other because that’s what their mind says, but it’s obvious that their hearts convey otherwise.

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Episode 8 has to be Dae-hwi’s episode. It was his turn to shine and it was his moment to be in the spotlight. This episode was heavily Dae-hwi focused and I’m glad that the drama finally decided to spend some more time on his character because he’s such an interesting, pitiful, and kind character and someone I want to know more about. He goes through a lot both at school and at home and is surrounded by toxicity where ever he goes. He works his hardest, but often times finds that his effort and hard work doesn’t get him anywhere which is why I sympathize for him when he breaks down or why I understand when he resorts to cheating – such as how he did when he broke into the teacher’s office room to steal the answers to the math competition. I’m glad that he turned himself in though. That despite being the #1 ranked student and having cheated and done something he should have never done, he knows better than to keep lying and cheating which other students at the school should also learn to do. Especially since he doesn’t have his parents to rely on or isn’t the wealthiest student at the school, he has to own up to his words and actions but it’s this honesty and integrity that makes him such a good and interesting person and episode 8 really highlighted these aspects about him. After watching this episode, I also have a lot more reasons to care for him now. Not that I didn’t before, but I felt like the drama was forcing us to care about him in the prior episodes by giving us small hints about his stressful and demanding life, but with this episode, seeing him turn himself in and then be honest with not only himself but Tae-woon, Teacher Koo, Teacher Shim, as well as Nam-joo, he’s someone that I’m fully rooting for now.

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A part of me feels conflicted between the whole ‘we must punish the students to prepare them for the harsh reality of the world’ vs. ‘they’re already living in a corrupt society, we must protect them from the harsh world’ debate. I can understand both sides of the argument and I want to side with Teacher Shim on this one, but at the same time Teacher Koo and Officer Soo-ji do bring up good points about punishing the students to help them prepare for a much harsher and cruel world out there that the students just don’t know about yet. There’s a bit of naivety with Teacher Shim’s thoughts on wanting to protect and save the students from the harsh and cruel reality that is society because the students will eventually have to face the world after high school and college so the teachers and staff at the high school want to best prepare the students for this daunting task. But maybe it’s the approach that the school takes in doing this that I feel a bit iffy with. Getting the students to call one another out for merit points should not be the way to prepare students for the real world. Placing so much emphasis on ranks and merit points to the point where students fight one another and get punished is not the way to helping the students. The teachers themselves are also perpetuating the corrupt system evident at the school that hurts the students more so than help them. It’s as if they’re just punishing the students for whatever purpose and not necessarily doing it because they want to help the students. If the teachers and staff at the school really want to support the students be prepared for the real world, they gotta come up with different methods and approaches instead of acting on these systems and thoughts that only hurts the students more so than help them.

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I’m glad that in between the intensity and build-up of the X investigation, we’re also getting more comedic moments and romantic relationships (Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji are too cute). It’s good to not always be so caught up with the case and to instead have those few minutes where you’re sitting relaxed on your seat and not gripping your hair because you realize that Tae-woon or Eunho can be caught at any moment (though I am wondering how much more they can be punished than they already are). I’m liking the mood and tone that episode 8 presented to us and I’m hoping that the drama will keep staying this way until the very end. Everything about this episode was great and cute and touching and bittersweet – just like how it should be.

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School 2017: Episode 7 recap

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Wow, the stakes just keep getting higher and higher. Staff and faculty are now catching onto hints and the investigation for who X is getting more intense. I was hoping for a little bit more fun and adventures with more pranks done by X, but with the investigation getting more intense and suspenseful itself, I think I can deal with this for now.

School 2017 episode 3: Everyone Lies

At the end of the last episode, a video of Tae-woon receiving special treatment by the principal in regards to the upcoming math competition was leaked to the entire classroom. As he walks out into the hallway with Eunho trailing behind him, students can’t help but stare at him and criticize him for his behavior, but Tae-woon remains unconcerned.

Outside of the building, Eunho stops Tae-woon to speak about the video. What happened? What went down? How did he know what to do? Tae-woon explains to Eunho the details leading up to the incident and admits to committing the incident so he wouldn’t have to enter the competition. Now he has a legitimate reason to opt out. Haha, smarrrrt. When asked about what he’s going to do about the students who are all upset with him, he just shrugs. They can mind their own business (haha, gotta love his attitude).

The faculty and staff have a meeting to discuss what to do about the situation. Teacher Koo and Shim suggests apologizing to the students, but the principal quickly declines that suggestion. There’s no way he’s going to apologize. The meeting is interrupted upon news of the director and members from the School of Education arriving at the school.

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The meeting with the School of Education members is an intense one. The director tries to divert their attention by promising to achieve good results, but the members don’t believe in his words. His school has already received many reports for the harsh and bad things the school has done to the students. He and his staff needs to make sure they’re helping the students, not hurting them.

Tae-woon is brought into the principal’s office to meet with the principal, vice principal, Teacher Koo, and his dad the director. He’s going to receive punishment for what happened to appease the anger of the students, but so will the principal who was involved with the scandal. They conclude that the math competition will still be held, but in an honest and open manner this time.

A public announcement is made about Tae-woon and Principal’s punishment. A flyer indicating the details of the punishment is published at school and quickly gains attention from the students. Tae-woon pretends to be upset by it and by everyone’s reaction while the rest of the students are genuinely upset with how much leisure he’s given with his punishment. One student in particular exclaims that she hopes X will punish him properly. Ha, the irony.

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It’s the return of the 4 students. The drama finally reveals their faces to us. One of the students is none other than Bit-na while the other two are classmates Hak-joong and Jung-Il. The last student is Hee-chan who reassures the other 3 that they will catch X before he catches them and their corrupt behavior and that he will make sure to put Dae-hwi in his place before Dae-hwi can expose anything. Hmm, interesting.

Eunho visits Tae-woon’s hideaway spot as if it’s hers now (haha gotta love her). Curious, she asks him why he’s X. Tae-woon confesses to committing the pranks as X at first just for fun, but after a while began to continue doing them because he realized that they could actually be helpful. He continued to be X to help Eunho (okay, he just basically confessed to her and if this isn’t the smoothest but most indirect confession ever then idk what is). 

The next day at school, Teacher Shim announces to the class details about the new math competition. Additionally, everyone else is still clearly upset that Tae-woon is only getting a week worth of punishments all because he’s the director’s son. But Eunho begs to differ; he must have had a reason for doing what he did.

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Tae-woon and Eunho have a heartfelt conversation about dreams and goals in life. Upon seeing that only one person had read her webtoon series so far, Eunho grows discouraged, but Tae-woon tries to cheer her up. That’s when she shares that her dream in life is to find a job that will allow her to draw forever since drawing is what makes her the happiest. As for Tae-woon.. well, he doesn’t have a dream. A flashback to a memory with him drawing a motorcycle for Joong-gi at a coffee shop crosses his mind for a moment, but he brings himself back to reality. The conversation ends up with Tae-woon literally talking about his dreams: a dream where he teased Eunho many times. OMG. HAHAHA. Why is he like thisssss. But Eunho just shrugs it off and disregards what he said. Haha.

Turns out that Dae-hwi placed first in the math competition – as expected. While walking outside, he comes across an angry Tae-woon pulling out weeds on the school campus at part of his week long punishment. They stop to have a talk with each other that is full of taunting and threats like usual. Thankfully Eunho barges in to stop them both from arguing and from another possible fight from erupting. Dae-hwi leaves while Eunho stays behind to tease Tae-woon for pulling out weeds as a punishment. Omg they’re tooo cute. 

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Eunho asks Tae-woon for more information on his relationship with Dae-hwi, but he doesn’t reveal too much to her. In fact, he has nothing to say. Eunho notes that from her observations of them both, it doesn’t seem so much as if they’re fighting with each other but more so that they’re giving each other their attention because they’re both hurting. Oof, spot on. That’s so accurate. Tae-woon pretends to not know what Eunho is talking about and goes back to minding his own business.

Dae-hwi encounters Hee-chan while walking through campus. Hee-chan congratulates Dae-hwi for getting first in the competition, but the conversation turns sour. Hee-chan’s willing to give Dae-hwi whatever he wants or needs so that he can place first in finals over Dae-hwi for once. Dae-hwi doesn’t feel too comfortable by this bribe though and ends the conversation by saying that he’ll consider this request.

Rumor that X is someone in Teacher Shim’s classroom spreads throughout the school. Teacher Shim gets called into the principal’s office to discuss it with the principal. The only student evaluations that were posted at the school were all from Teacher Shim’s classroom. But Teacher Shim quickly denies the accusations and adds that they can’t reach a conclusion since there’s no definite proof of X being a student in his classroom. Hmm, could there be a possibility that Teacher Shim is also X?

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Back in the classroom, all the students take a guess at who X is. They throw jabs at one another and accuse one another of possibly being X. While they all throw out names, none of them even consider about Tae-woon possibly being X. Puahaha.

Eunho and Sarang are outside sitting on a bench. They bring up the topic of X and who he could possibly be and while Sarang speculates that the culprit is most likely Dae-hwi, Eunho keeps her mouth shut. She lies that she doesn’t know who X is and walks away to catch up with Tae-woon who’s seen walking past them.

Back at the secret spot, Eunho panics that the students have figured out that X is someone in the classroom. She didn’t expect them to think this far. Tae-woon agrees, but he’s not too worried. If he gets caught, so will Eunho who he will claim as his accomplice (but really, we know he’ll never do that. He’s just teasing her lol). As the 2 walk together on campus, Dae-hwi witnesses them not too far away. He has his own speculations as well and thinks that maybe Eunho could be X. Since she’s now a lot closer to Tae-woon, maybe she could have been the one to expose him.

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Tae-woon drops Eunho off home since her bike is broken once again (haha, he should just take her home from now on). As they bid farewell (that involves skinship I might say), Eunho’s brother comes out right in time to see them giving each other headlocks. He at first seems intimidating, checking out Tae-woon’s motorcycle and body to see if he approves of him. But then he breaks the ice by asking Tae-woon the real question, “Don’t you care about looks?” OMG HAHAHA. Eunho’s brother is hilarious. Eunho rushes her brother back into the house as she says bye to Tae-woon.

Back inside the house, Eunho and her family comes home to a drunk dad. Later on that night, Eunho’s brother heads out to the kitchen to find his dad putting on painkiller patches on his back. He worries about his dad, wondering how hard his dad’s been working that he’s putting patches on his back. Aww.

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The next day at school, Eunho catches up to have a talk with Dae-hwi. He asks her if she believes X is someone from their classroom to which Eunho just kind of shrugs it off. She pretends as if she doesn’t know anything. They then listen to music together sharing Dae-hwi’s earphones. The moment is interrupted though by Nam-joo and Tae-woon who watch them in jealousy not too far away. Dae-hwi leaves once Tae-woon approaches the both of them. Once alone, Tae-woon asks Eunho, “What’s your favorite flower?” Ahhhh, don’t tell me he’s gonna get flowers for her. He returns to the classroom though before she could even answer. Aww, someone’s jealoussss. Hehe.

The jealousy seems to be getting the worst of Tae-woon though as later on in his secret hideaway, he blasts music through his speakers while Eunho is busy drawing at his desk. He walks back and forth in anger holding the speaker in his hands saying, “This is how I listen to my music! I don’t use earphones like a wimp!” HAHAHA. OMG. THIS SCENE IS ABSOLUTELY GOLD. Someone’s clearly jealous that they can’t share the same earphones with Eunho to listen to music.

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The principal of the school is fired and his loses his job as principal. News about this spreads throughout the school. While Tae-woon smirks at the sound of this news, the principal himself isn’t so happy. He packs up his stuff in his office and receives a cruel farewell by the vice principal who is now deemed responsible for overlooking the school. Ha, seems like the vice principal’s been waiting for this day for a very long time.

As the principal walks to his new small office on the other side of campus, he comes across Teacher Shim and Eunho. Teacher Shim pretends to sympathize for the former principal, but Eunho doesn’t. Not after everything he’s put her through.

Dae-hwi and girlfriend Nam-joo are studying together at a coffee shop. She decides to spend some time with classmate and friend Bit-na since Dae-hwi is too busy studying. As they shop, she struggles to buy anything and to enter a VIP lounge exclusively meant for VIP members. She doesn’t have the finances nor is she a VIP member as she had claimed. Nam-joo leaves the shopping mall stressed and returns home that night.

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She grows agitated at her father who keeps doing stuff for her and buying her things she doesn’t need or want. She yells at him and shouts in frustration. Why didn’t he work harder like other parents did to provide for their kids? Are they beggars? Why is he so humiliating? Eunho’s father who had just delivered some chicken at an apartment complex nearby witnesses this argument and approaches Nam-joo’s dad. He tries to cheer him up and reassure him that all kids are like this.

Bit-na grows angry over having lost her pen that she spent quite a fortune on. She picks a fight with Bo-ra and assumes that Bo-ra had stolen her pen since Bo-ra had also “stolen” her notes last time. As they get into a fight, members from the School of Education, the Director, and staff visiting the school witness the fight. Bo-ra and Bit-na are called into the teacher’s office room.

Teacher Shim tries to make sense of the situation by talking to the two, but fails to understand what happened. He asks Teacher Jang who was there when the fight broke out for details, but she doesn’t have much to say since she didn’t see the entire thing. With not much, Teacher Shim tells the two girls to just head back to the classroom and to not start another fight.

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Bo-ra speaks to Teacher Jang outside of the building and reveals that unlike before, she’ll never ask Teacher Jang for help or support anymore. Now she knows better.

In a meeting with Teacher Shim, Bo-ra is notified about a school violence hearing that she’ll have to attend since the fight between her and Bit-na was reported. But Bo-ra gives in and concludes that she’ll act as the perpetrator just so she won’t have to attend the hearing. It’ll be useless anyways since she doesn’t have the money for a lawyer or for support. Bit-na will obviously be the winner in this situation.

Teacher Shim blames himself for all the incidents that’s been happening to his students. He’s joined by Officer Soo-ji who sits with him on the bench outside on campus. As he goes on to explain why he feels like it’s his fault for all these fights, he accidentally reveals what he heard that night when two students were hiding in the teacher’s office room (Eunho and Tae-woon). He ends up revealing to Officer Soo-ji what he heard that night which leads her to suspect Eunho as one of the students who was hiding in the room that night. But Teacher Shim has faith in Eunho and doesn’t believe Eunho would help X, especially since she tried so hard to prove her innocence. But maybe – maybe she helped out X because she had no other choice.

Tae-woon and Eunho spend some time together again in his secret hideaway. She grows excited over having received a comment on her webtoon series (I’m thinking it’s probably from Tae-woon). As she prepares to reply back to the comment, she ties up her hair into a ponytail. Tae-woon – who walks to the desk where Eunho’s sitting to search for something – leans down near her only to glance at her neck. He immediately takes her hair-tie off and releases her hair back down. That neck is too dangerous. Hahaha. He ruffles her hair and adds that she looks prettier that way. Hahaha. Tae-woon is too adorable.

Officer Soo-ji gets called into a short meeting with her boss. He tells her to hurry up and find X before the director decides to run an official investigation on who X is. He hopes that asking her to do this won’t be too difficult and won’t remind her of her past. Hmm, I wonder if there’s more to Officer Soo-ji than we originally thought?

Officer Soo-ji goes to Teacher Koo for some advice on how to question students appropriately. Meanwhile that night Tae-woon has a meeting with his father on what to do when he gets called in for his punishment. While his dad goes on and on about what to do, Tae-woon can only think about Eunho’s neck… and how nice it is when she has her hair up. Omg. HAHAHHA. He’s so in love with her.

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Eunho is called into a meeting with Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Koo the next day at school (ahh, so this is why she had asked Teacher Koo for some advice and tips). They pressure her into revealing who she was with that night in the teacher’s office room, but Eunho refuses to answer their questions. Even if that means getting expelled from the school, she won’t tell them who she was with.

Tae-woon paces back and forth nervously outside of the room as he waits for Eunho. The meeting comes to a close and the 3 of them leave the room. Eunho updates Tae-woon on the meeting and is worried that Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Koo might be onto something. They know that she was in the teacher’s office room that night so now all that’s left is to find who else was with her that night. Tae-woon scolds Eunho for not telling them who she was with; she should have said someone’s name at least. He tells her he’ll take care of the situation before walking away.

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The next day at school, Tae-woon marches into the teacher’s office room. He approaches Teacher Koo and confesses to being the student who broke into the teacher’s office room that night. Upon hearing the confession, everyone in the room stares at Tae-woon in disbelief and shock, including Eunho and Dae-hwi who are also in the room.

My Thoughts:

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WOOOOW TAE-WOON? MORE LIKE TAE-SWOON. He was just absolutely adorable in this episode, from all the comedic moments of being smitten with Eunho to standing up for her to prevent her from getting into more trouble. Of course I’m curious now that he’s turning himself in to sacrifice himself for Eunho (and Dae-hwi) and what the staff and faculty will do. He’s already in some how water as it is, but to come forth and out himself even more doesn’t sound all too good for me. I had mentioned that I would like to see Tae-woon use his power of status as the director’s son to help and support Eunho and while I’m glad that he’s been doing that – whether as X or Tae-woon – I also don’t want him to overdo it. It seems like he’s abusing his position at this point and could actually really get himself (+ Eunho) into some real trouble. But I understand he lovesss Eunho and wants to protect her so he’s willing to do whatever he can to save her. Just how much more can the staff and faculty punish Tae-woon than he already is?

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We didn’t get too much Dae-hwi vs. Tae-woon in this episode and if we did, it was to demonstrate Tae-woon’s jealousy which I enjoyed. I had been getting exhausted of their fights that was going in circles and wasn’t getting anywhere, but I really enjoyed the conversation that Eunho had with Tae-woon about the two boys. Her conversation of how the two aren’t necessarily fighting, but rather giving each other their attention because they’re both hurting was so accurate because it’s the truth. You can tell that Dae-hwi and Tae-woon are hurt from both 1) the accident itself 2) the aftermath of the accident and how everything was handled which ruined their friendship. I feel like a part of them want to address the issues to get themselves out of this pain, but at the same time are too afraid to give in and be the first to bring it up so they just go back and forth in this cycle of arguing and fighting that leads them no where. I’m wondering when the boys will make up and how the drama is planning to do that. I just hope that it’s not too far away because I really want to see them make up and then watch them be friends for a little bit.

While I don’t like how the drama has been introducing new sub-plots this late into the show, I am enjoying the parent-children relationships and issues that are now just starting to be highlighted. Maybe it’s because I could relate to Nam-joo’s embarrassment of her father as a young child who has now grown to appreciating every single thing my parents have done for me that I find this sub-plot touching and heart-warming. These parent-children issues are also so refreshing because it’s such a nice change from the school atmosphere and from the X case that takes up the bulk of the episode. Seeing Nam-joo grow frustrated at her father who’s just trying his best to provide for his family was so painful. The father didn’t do anything wrong and just wanted to show his love for his child, but yet it was his fault and it’s something that he shouldn’t do. It’s the saddest and most confusing feeling in the world and I like how the drama is exploring this dynamic because I think it’s relevant and is a challenge that families goes through. It’s reality for many.

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What I don’t understand about this episode was if the drama was going to hype up the math competition so much, why didn’t they actually show any scenes or hints about it? In this episode, we just got the impression that the competition took place and that Dae-hwi placed first. The drama spent the last 2 episodes building up so much momentum and controversy around this math competition where it impacted everybody and then in this episode we saw nothing about it. It was anti-climatic and goes against everything that the drama had been showing us of Dae-hwi studying endlessly for this math competition despite knowing what his chances of placing were. The drama fell flat with this sub-plot (just like it’s done with many others already). It’s a disappointment.

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The drama had been steadily just focusing on one or two sub-plots the past few episodes, but it seems like within this episode it’s starting to overdo itself again by either focusing on other sub-plots or bringing up new ones (such as with Officer Soo-ji and how her job as an officer investigating the ‘X’ case reminds her of her past). This is a huge weakness of the show and I would like for it to go back to how it used to be and just focus on our main characters or give us details that will allow for progress with the investigation of X. While the faculty is making small steps with the X investigation as seen within this episode, these are teeny tiny steps and it seems to be dragging.

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I’m also not so fond of the way the show has been handling the other characters or sub-plots as well. What happened to Eunho’s competition and opportunities of getting into Hanguk University? I don’t think the drama ever addressed whether she got in or not or placed in the competition. What about Kyung-woo and the possible details he could be hiding? Or worse yet, what about Issue who appeared in 2 episodes for a few seconds and that was it? It seems like to me the drama might be confused with the direction it’s going or what it’s doing and I need it to figure out those things soon. The drama understands that the overall plot is about X and has been doing a decent job on focusing on this plot, but in between all of this is a huge pile of mess with unnecessary drama and fights and more Bit-na controversies than needed or wanted. I no doubt do think that the drama is getting more intense and interesting now as more clues pointing to who X could possibly be are given and all the speculations arise, but this comes at the expense of some characters and sub-plots which is unfortunate.

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Come on School 2017. Don’t play with me now. The only thing keeping me going for now is seeing Kim Jung-hyun doing an amazing job as Tae-woon and being as smitten over Eunho as I am for him.

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School 2017: episode 6 recap

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WOWOW. NOW THINGS ARE GETTING FUN. Episode six is another great episode, right up there with episode 4 in terms of better planning and execution. Things are starting to get fun now that we know who X is and all the possible things he can do in carrying out his agenda and mission. Whereas before watching School 2017 might have been a little dreadful, episode 6 was so easy and fun to watch and I actually lost track of time because this episode was so fun. Now that things are finally starting to come into play, I’m getting excited.

School 2017 episode 6: The Real Records of our Lives

Episode 6 begins with Eunho chasing after X. She manages to catch him and finds out that X is actually Dae-hwi! Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji, who are also still on campus late at night, are busy patrolling the campus and becomes suspicious after hearing some noise. Upon seeing Eunho, Dae-hwi runs away without saying a word and just when Eunho is about to chase after him, Tae-woon comes right in time to stop her. He holds her back from chasing after X and instead they worry about the packet that Dae-hwi had dropped on the floor. It’s a packet with the questions and answers to the upcoming math competition.

Tae-woon and Eunho sneak their way into the teacher’s office room to return the packet to where it originally came from. But they stop to hide when they hear Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji approach the room. Officer Soo-ji heads somewhere else to check something out while Teacher Shim heads to the teacher’s office room. In there, he hears some kind of noise and is aware that someone else is in the room with him, but instead of informing Officer Soo-ji about it he stops Officer Soo-ji from investigating any further. While Teacher Shim grabs Officer Soo-ji’s attention by randomly confessing to her and telling her he likes her (hahaha omg the things he’ll do to stop her), Tae-woon and Eunho manage to escape the room just in time. Phew. That was a close one.

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Dae-hwi takes some time to rest after escaping far enough from everyone. He sits in disbelief and regret knowing that Eunho had seen his face. Meanwhile, Tae-woon and Eunho make it safely outside on the campus without getting caught. Eunho guesses that there must be many copycats of X since Tae-woon’s the original X, but Tae-woon disagrees. He reasons that this person who was X was no copycat; they actually needed the packet which was why they went to go get it.

Teacher Shim returns to the teacher’s office room to get rid of his suspicions. He checks all the cabinets only to find them locked and secure. He recalls hearing the voices in the room earlier, but doesn’t actually know who it was that he heard talking. Teacher Shim tries to guess to which of his students the voices belong to, but can’t figure it out.

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Back in her room, Eunho can’t seem to understand why Dae-hwi would do such a thing as stealing the answers and questions to the upcoming math competition. It’s not like him at all so why would he do that?

Back at home, Dae-hwi returns to studying. But a sudden reminder compels him to stop and to instead search for something. He frantically looks through his jacket and pockets, but fails to find the item that he’s searching for.

This item that he’s looking for is instead with Tae-woon. Tae-woon swirls a pair of keys with his fingers as he lays on his bed and recalls the moment he found the pair of keys lying on the floor earlier that night. Dae-hwi must have dropped it while running away from Eunho. Tae-woon knows fully well that Dae-hwi is also X — or at least the X that night.

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Tae-woon returns the keys to Dae-hwi the next morning at school. Since Tae-woon knows that Dae-hwi was the one who committed the incident the night before, he mocks Dae-hwi for doing something so low and unfair. But he adds that he has no interest in reporting Dae-hwi to the authorities; he has better things to do and worry about. Exhausted and fed up, Dae-hwi warns Tae-woon to get out of his life and to never talk to him again. Tae-woon scoffs upon hearing this, but his smirk fades away when he turns around and walks away. His face expression is one of hurt and pain (omg the sudden change in his face expression is so sad).

Dae-hwi approaches Eunho that day at school because he wants to talk to her. But Eunho pretends as if she doesn’t know why Dae-hwi wants to meet with her and instead assumes that maybe he wanted to meet to go over the competition that he was interested in entering. The conversation comes to a close when Dae-hwi’s girlfriend approaches them and Eunho walks away with Sarang.

Tae-woon pleads for Eunho to not meet Dae-hwi once he finds out they’re planning to meet up. But Eunho refuses to listen to Tae-woon and together she and Dae-hwi meet up at a coffee shop.

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The meeting is off to an awkward start because the two are avoiding the elephant in the room, but things do start to lighten up once Eunho decides to just confront the issue. She knows that it was Dae-hwi who committed the incident the night before as X, but instead of scolding him or expressing disappointment in him, she stays encouraging instead. In return for all the support he gave her when she was framed as X, she’ll do the same for him. The meeting still ends off on an awkward note when Eunho receives a phone call from Tae-woon that she doesn’t answer.

The two leave the coffee shop only to find an angry Tae-woon waiting outside for them. As usual, the two start throwing hurtful words at each other, but Eunho tries to stop the both of them (poor Eunho, she’s always getting caught in between them). She bids farewell with Dae-hwi before leaving with Tae-woon to talk to him.

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Once alone, Eunho argues with Tae-woon over what just happened. She wants Tae-woon to stop getting into other people’s business, especially in regards to Dae-hwi being X. But Tae-woon wants Eunho to stop it as well; he doesn’t want her to meet or talk to Dae-hwi anymore. However, Eunho ends the conversation by adding that there must be a reason as to why Dae-hwi did what he did – just like how Joong-gi also had a reason for saving the lives of the people on the bus even if he was risking his life for them. This causes Tae-woon to stop talking.

At school, Sarang hands Issue (omg he’s finally baaaack!) a customized pillow that she got for him as a gift. But it makes Issue uncomfortable so he rejects it. But don’t worry. Teacher Jung is more than happy to take the pillow so he grabs it from Sarang and takes it with him. Haha.

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Dae-hwi’s girlfriend Nam-joo gets a visit from her dad at school. She gets embarrassed upon seeing him in his taxi cab dropping off some bakery goods to her. But just when her dad is about to leave, Dae-hwi approaches the both of them. Unaware that the taxi driver is actually Nam-joo’s dad, Dae-hwi volunteers to give Nam-joo a ride to her academy in her dad’s taxi. On the ride there, he notices that the taxi is from the same company as her father’s taxi company in which she hesitantly admits that it is. Nam-joo confirms that she is volunteering at her dad’s taxi company after being asked by Dae-hwi to which Dae-hwi shows envy. Her student evaluations are good to go with that volunteer experience under her belt.

That night, Eunho’s father delivers some chicken from their restaurant to Nam-joo’s apartment. He recognizes Nam-joo’s uniform and comments that his daughter (Eunho) also attends the same school, but Nam-joo just awkwardly nods and closes the door. Back outside, Eunho’s father ponders over whether one chicken will be enough for her and her family to eat since it seemed like there were many of them (aww, he’s such an angel. So sweet!).

Dae-hwi is busy tutoring Hee-chan for the upcoming math competition, but reveals to his friend that he’s also planning on entering the competition himself. Tae-woon – who’s sitting not too far away from them – groans out loud in frustration and stares at Dae-hwi as he drinks his soda in one go.

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The drama then brings us to the good old times. The good old times of when Tae-woon and Dae-hwi were still friends and when their best friend Joong-gi was still alive. They’re together celebrating Dae-hwi’s birthday and having a good time with one another on this special day. We return to the present with both boys looking at the picture of them 3 when they were all still friends.

Teacher Shim is meeting with students at school over their student evaluations. He has a short meeting with Sarang’s mother (who’s a custodian at the school) about Sarang and her student records. Since Sarang is planning on taking the civil servant exam, she doesn’t need to stress out as much over her student evaluations. But Sarang is still concerned and wants to make sure she can make her mom happy.

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Teacher Shim and Teacher Koo join each other for drinks that night. Teacher Shim’s in stress after finding out that his students have been cheating on their student evaluations by making stuff up and basically doing his job for him. Teacher Shim expresses this insecurity and concern with Teacher Koo and in return, Teacher Koo also ends up sharing with him some of his experiences as a teacher. That night, Teacher Shim returns to working on the student evaluations despite the conflicting thoughts he has about it.

The next morning, Eunho’s brother finds Eunho’s student evaluation and notes how empty it looks. Eunho snatches it away and comments that she’ll add stuff to it…eventually. Worried, Eunho’s mother attends a seminar/information session on student evaluations that day hosted by Eunho’s school. Afterwards, she joins some of the other mothers in a meeting at a restaurant, but still remains confused about college applications and student evaluations. Eunho’s mother is clearly the outcast in this group of mothers.

Eunho’s mother comes home that night feeling devastated. She’s now learns that it’s the parents who are the ones fighting to get their kids into college, but she realizes that there’s not much she can do for Eunho because they don’t have enough money. She drinks her sorrows away.

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The next morning at school, Teacher Shim meets with the steering committee and principal. The members – who are mom’s of some of the students at the school – want to look at their kid’s student evaluations. However, it’s illegal to do that and when the members demand for access to the evaluations, Teacher Shim refuses to give them the evals. It’s against the rules and he won’t allow that to happen.

Afterwards, Teacher Shim heads outside to get some fresh air. He ends up joining Tae-woon in playing some basketball to clear his mind. However, he’s reminded once again of the trouble he’s gotten himself into once he receives a call from the principal.

In the meeting with the principal and vice principal, Teacher Shim is told to either give the parents the student evaluations that they asked for or get fired. Tae-woon hears their conversation from outside of the principal’s office.

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Later on that day, he asks Eunho for her availability that night. It seems as if he’s on to his next prank, but wants the support of Eunho to help him. But when Eunho reveals that she’s not available, he readily goes on his way and minds his own business.

Tae-woon marches to his hideaway spot in his black sweater. Meanwhile, Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji head over to the abandoned warehouse that Officer Soo-ji had been eyeing for a while now. She opens the door to the warehouse with the keys she was able to find for it, but unlike what she expected the warehouse is empty. There’s nothing in there. It’s clean and neat.

Turns out that the warehouse actually isn’t Tae-woon’s secret hideaway. Or maybe he moved to a different spot after what happened last time with Teacher Shim and Officer Soo-ji. Regardless, Tae-woon is safe and sound, sitting in peace in his new secret spot.

But that new spot is only actually the empty warehouse below the original one he was in before. HAHAH. Wow, so much for moving. And we find out that Tae-woon had asked for Eunho’s availability that day at school because he wanted her to help him move. Hehe, so cute. He’ll do anything just so he could spend some time with her.

At school the next morning, Vice Principal panics to the principal that someone has posted all the student evaluations all over the school. They head over to the hallway where the evals are posted and finds the students reading their own evals – mainly the comments of them that were written by Teacher Shim. Teacher Shim describes each student with accuracy and positivity, saying good things about each student and pointing out traits about them that stand out. We then find out that the principal’s ID was used to access the student evaluations online making him a possible culprit behind the incident (hahah, that’s what you get!).

In the midst of all this chaos, Tae-woon and Eunho stand on opposite sides of the hallway, secretly giving each other a thumbs up in a totally not obvious way (smooth Tae-woon and Eun-ho, smooooth).

In the next scene, Tae-woon is seen overlooking the answers to the math questions for the upcoming math competition. Maybe he’s planning to enter it after all?

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Okay just kidding because in school the next morning, all the students receive a video through their phones of the principal in a meeting with Tae-woon basically revealing that the math competition was created just for Tae-woon. All the students stare at Tae-woon upon watching the video. So if Tae-woon was reported on by X as seen in this video, he can’t be X. So who is X then?

Tae-woon yells at all the students to stop staring at him and while most of them turn their heads away upon his demand, two students don’t even budge at all: Dae-hwi and Eunho.

My Thoughts:

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OOOOOOOOOOOOH THIS IS GETTING GOOD. I’m not really sure what it is that is making me all so jumpy and excited considering that X has been doing this since the very beginning and has been pulling pranks since like forever (before School 2017 even existed). But I don’t know — there’s just something there that is pulling me into the drama and is making me even more excited now than I already was. I think it’s because we now know that Tae-woon is X so we can just sit back and watch him pull these pranks and make the faculty miserable and the students entertained (whereas Dae-hwi was only X that one time). And then to make things even better, seeing Tae-woon’s reactions to his own pranks as well as Eunho’s reactions knowing fully well it’s Tae-woon who committed them makes me so happy and giddy. That one moment they shared in the hallway while everyone else was busy reading their student evals or while the faculty was panicking was probably the sweetest moment yet in the drama and one of the most adorable scenes ever in a drama (it was sooo cute! i will never get over this scene).

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I love School 2017 even more now knowing that THEY know about X and therefore can start committing more pranks as a team. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Tae-woon has up his sleeves, hopefully with the help and support of Eunho. Of course, it’s all fun and laughs, but at the same time it’s good to be reminded of why Tae-woon is doing these pranks in the first place — to get a message across at school and to break down the corrupt system at the school. So yes, these pranks are funny and entertaining, but at the same time they have a purpose and it’s up to the students and faculty to figure out what this purpose is more so than who’s committing them.

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I’m really loving Teacher Shim in here just because he’s so down-to-earth and different. He loves and cares for his students, but struggles to receive the same type of support back from his students who fails to take him seriously. He wants the best for his students, but some of those students don’t want the best for themselves as much as he does. Teacher Shim abides by the rules and laws and doesn’t bow down to anyone even if they’re more powerful and wealthier than him, but for his students he’ll break the rules just to protect them.

I think it’s so interesting that he’ll do anything for his students just to save them even if that means breaking the rules set in place, but won’t break any rules when it comes to dealing with adults like the mothers who wanted to look at their kids’ student evaluations. And I think this love and care for his students is what sets Teacher Shim apart from the other teachers at the school and what makes him someone you root for. Being a teacher is not the easiest thing and in fact, for him he struggles constantly. He’s always in conflict over whether to break the rules or to stay complacent in a corrupt and broken school system, but he has always done what he believes is right from the very beginning and has been winning lately.

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I think it also helps that Tae-woon is there to help carry out Teacher Shim’s plans by acting as X and ultimately protecting him. The small moment they shared at the basketball court could be a small foreshadow or clue to the future: Teacher Shim is the one who’s shaking things up, but it’s gonna be Tae-woon who will finish the job with his pranks as X. It makes for a great plot as well as teamwork between the two and I hope to see this combo come alive especially since Teacher Shim has already been protecting Tae-woon and Eunho.

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I do wonder for how much longer the drama plans to drag out the Tae-woon and Dae-hwi love/hate relationship though. At first, it was interesting because you wanted to know how they got to that point after having been best friends, but as you get more and more glimpses of how their relationship came to be you start to lose more and more of that interest. I’m no longer as curious about their relationship as I used to be and I don’t care for it as much anymore either. At this point it’d be great if they could either move on and go their own ways or find a way to make amends and heal. I’m pretty sure the drama will eventually get the two boys to forgive each other and return to being friends, but I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to take until we get there.

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I do still think the same way about their relationship as I did before where I mentioned that Dae-hwi and Tae-woon resent each other with what happened to Joong-gi, but probably do miss what they had or the past that they were once so happy in. I think a part of them wants to go back to how things used to be when they were still friends, but because they have so much hatred and resentment towards each other they can’t seem to be able to take the first steps towards doing that. It also doesn’t help that the both of them are so stubborn that they won’t say how they actually feel or they won’t be honest with their feelings and thoughts. At this point they’re just misunderstanding each other and need to have a real and honest talk about what went down that night of the accident. Hopefully after doing that, the boys will have some kind of closure and maybe be able to move on with this part of their life that they’re clearly still stuck on.

I do have to admit that the storyline with Dae-hwi’s girlfriend Nam-joo is a little intriguing to me. Why does she seem so embarrassed when Dae-hwi brings up her dad or how she’s volunteering at her company? Is she embarrassed? Is it because her dad isn’t a rich powerful man or the CEO of a business? Does she not want to talk about it because she thinks Dae-hwi won’t be impressed with what her father does as a living? I’m curious as to why she seems so hesitant every time he talks about her dad and if there’s more than what meets the eye.

While I was watching this episode, I realized just how beautifully shot this drama is. The cinematography is so vibrant and colorful and each scene just breathes life. If this drama wasn’t any good we could have at least agreed that the drama is beautiful and shot very prettily, but since the drama does have some good elements to it, it’s both so pretty and interesting. So far so good.

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The drama still hits all the right notes in terms of sadness and angst, but through this episode the drama’s also starting to learn how to build up momentum and excitement which I’m really enjoying. The editing towards the end of the episode when Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim are about to open the warehouse that Tae-woon had stayed in made it seem as if he was going to get caught, but as illustrated he was actually in the warehouse under the original one he stayed in. It’s just small things like those that gets you sitting at the edge of your seat and gripping onto your hair and this episode did a good job in building that excitement and maintaining the intensity. The camerawork also adds some flavor to the tone and I especially enjoyed the scene where the camera’s zooming out on Tae-woon’s face and back as we see him just casually resting in his warehouse while the music plays in the background. The scene just oozes mystery, darkness, chills, and anticipation and that’s the type of stuff that I want to see in School 2017 – especially if we want it to seem like our characters are at risk or are in danger of getting caught. We gotta make it seem like they’re going to even if they’re actually not.

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I’m really loving all the cute moments that we’re getting with Tae-woon and Eunho. They hate each other, but like each other so much as well and it’s so fun watching them go back and forth in this push-and-pull relationship. It seems like Eunho is also starting to warm up to Tae-woon a little bit more now which is always good news as Tae-woon has been doing the same to her since forever. I still think it’s so interesting that Eunho can get Tae-woon to stop talking and arguing with her just based off of one word: Joong-gi. She manages to make him stop everything he’s doing whenever she mentions his best friend – NOT to tease him or to hurt him or to torture him, but rather to prove a point. She’s aware of how much pain and anguish he’s still going through a year later since the accident, but she doesn’t use that against him. While Eunho realizes and acknowledges that agony and trauma, she uses it to encourage Tae-woon or to get a point across to him when he’s being stubborn and close-minded. I’m also really liking how their relationship is growing. Whereas before Eunho was angry that Tae-woon was X because she suffered so much because of him, she’s now come to warming up to the idea and has even been supporting him in small bits here and there. She’s come around to supporting him and forgiving him and I wonder how things are gonna look like for them now that they’ve hopefully moved on past the resentment and more towards the love.

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School 2017: Episode 5 recap

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Oof, this episode is a hard one to swallow. Just when you thought everything was over and things might start looking better for our characters, it doesn’t. Things are just barely starting for our characters instead and it doesn’t seem like it’s gonna get any easier from here on out. Identities are revealed, stories are shared, and secrets no longer remain secrets. For how much longer is it going to be like this?

[Note: I apologize for the late recap. I was quite busy today so I didn’t have that much time to finish the recap any earlier. Also, I’ll be starting work soon so I won’t have as much free time to recap as quickly as I used to before. However, I will still be continuing recaps of this show unless anything comes up and I have to stop. I hope this is okay with y’all!]

School 2017 episode 5: Something the Student Evaluation doesn’t record

In episode five, we begin with Eunho chasing after Dae-hwi, confident that she’s caught the person as X. However, just right when Dae-hwi turns back and is about to find Eunho chasing after him, someone grabs Eunho just in time to save and hide her. Dae-hwi looks back to find no one after him and joins the other in the chase after X.

But of course X is actually with Eunho. They face each other and X reveals himself. It’s Tae-woon! Once Eunho processes who she’s standing with, she refuses to believe that Tae-woon is X. However, all her doubts goes away when Tae-woon shows her his secret hideaway: the empty and abandoned warehouse on campus that Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim had wanted to look into. Packed with tools that were used to prepare the pranks as well as a picture frame of Tae-woon, Dae-hwi, and their best friend Joong-gi, Eunho comes to accepting that maybe Tae-woon really is X.

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Although she’s not too happy upon finding out. She’s frustrated. She’s mad. While Tae-woon had been acting as X just for fun and out of anger, she suffered so much because of him. And there’s a small chance that Tae-woon will be punished because this is his dad’s school after all. Eunho fights back tears as she breaks down to Tae-woon.

But the moment is interrupted by Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim who try to break into the warehouse from the outside. Tae-woon panics inside while Eunho stands there carelessly, waiting for them to enter the warehouse. However, Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim are unable to do so and leave. Eunho leaves the warehouse a little bit after, but still angry at Tae-woon. Before bidding farewell, they threaten each other and end off on a bad note (oh nooo, my otp :/ ).

Tae-woon returns home to find the principal and his dad talking about the school. They agree that all they should focus on right now is finding X and making sure that whoever X is will be punished for his illegal actions. Tae-woon overhears their conversation and stays cautious before making his way into his bedroom. Exhausted, he reflects on the painful words that Eunho shouted at him earlier that night and grows mad that she’s assuming things about him being X when in reality she doesn’t know anything. Meanwhile, Eunho does the same while she’s in her bedroom. She’s reminded of Tae-woon’s statements from earlier and also grows mad. Although they’re angry at each other, they also deeply consider the words that the other said to them and ponder over what to do next.

The next morning on the bus ride to school, Dae-hwi encounters his girlfriend. While sitting next to each other on the bus, Dae-hwi brings up the topic of her dad’s company in which she grows nervous and concerned. She finds it hard to remain calm and says nothing when Dae-hwi asks her about her dad’s company. Hmm, why is she so nervous?

Teacher Shim asks for the students to look over the self-evaluations they filled out last school year and to make necessary changes to it accordingly. Eunho panics and asks Teacher Shim for assistance; her self-evaluation is a mess. The drama then does another parody. This time, we see Eunho being transferred to the ER room in a hospital accompanied by her family members and “doctors” (aka the teachers and principal). While her family members cry in concern over whether Eunho will “make it or not”, the rest of the doctors and surgeons head inside the ER room. They discuss Eunho’s self-evaluation and raise concern over what her chances of getting into college are. She doesn’t have the best student record; she’s barely participated in any extracurricular activities and hasn’t taken any academy classes. She’s nothing too impressive and plus, she’s in tier 6 meaning her rank is not the best.

This information translates over to the present where Eunho explains the situation to Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim. Teacher Shim extends his support by looking over Eunho’s self-evaluation and student record with her at the teacher’s office room. Things aren’t looking too bright, but Teacher Shim doesn’t have the courage to admit it that to Eunho. He then suggests contacting Sunbaes in college for advice.

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You know what that meeeeeans! Eunho contacts Jong-geun sunbae from Hanguk University to meet up, but is unsuccessful. Turns out Jong-geun’s gonna go on a backpacking date with his girlfriend (say whaaaaat?). So much for Eunho wanting to go to Hanguk University for Jong-geun. Ha. While Eunho hangs up on Jong-geun, Tae-woon who had overheard her conversation with Jong-geun while sitting on his motorcycle not too far away from Eunho makes a mean comment about Jong-geun that captures Eunho’s attention. They then bicker over him causing trouble as X to which Tae-woon admits that he did it to save Eunho from more trouble, accusations, and even possible expulsion. Eunho grows soft at his confession, but warns that she’ll still keep an eye on him. She walks away to her bike and is about to leave campus when he stops her. If she’s gonna keep an eye on him, then why is she going away? She should do her job properly and watch over him. HAHAHHAA. OMFG I FREAKING LOVE TAE-WOON.

Together they head to a manhwa store. Eunho brings up the topic about X again to which Tae-woon comments that he acted as X because he felt suffocated at school and wanted to do something about it. Annoyed, Eunho hands Tae-woon a comic book before walking away and Tae-woon following her. Of course, the boy who claims that he’s not interested in comic books ends up enjoying it the most. Tae-woon laughs in joy as he reads the one that Eunho gave him.

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(AWWW ISN’T HE SOOO ADORABLE??)

Because she’s still keeping an eye on him, Eunho drags Tae-woon to her part-time job. He helps her hand out flyers in front of a test preparation academy to people on the street. Tae-woon struggles at the job so Eunho is left to doing it by herself. While Eunho does her job, Tae-woon can’t help but stare at Eunho in admiration and awe at how beautiful she is at how good she is at her job (just kidding, he’s staring at her because he likes her).

At that time, Dae-hwi shows up at the academy with his best friend Hee-chan (ya know, the one who betrayed Dae-hwi by reporting him for merit points). They talk to Eunho and Tae-woon for a little bit before the intense atmosphere between Tae-woon and Dae-hwi causes them to leave. Dae-hwi hands Hee-chan homework assignments that he had finished for him knowing fully well he shouldn’t do it but still continuing to engage in this behavior. Hee-chan meets with a counselor at the academy over his student record.

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Dae-hwi also meets with the counselor and contrary to what everyone expected, it’ll be challenging for him to get into the university of his choice despite being #1 at school. His student records are impressive, but he wouldn’t stand out too much from among the pool of applicants. As Dae-hwi leaves the counselor’s office, he can only look in agony at Hee-chan’s mother who continues to discuss with the counselor about her son’s student record and his chances of getting into college. Poor Dae-hwi 😦

The principal of the school reveals to members of his school committee that he plans on holding competitions soon before finals as a way for students to get their ranks up. Meanwhile, Hee-chan grows frustrated over being in second rank. He’s so close to being #1. He’s reminded once again of his rank by his mother who scolds him for always being #2 and never beating Dae-hwi.

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It’s the 3 bully girls. Female classmate Bora who they bullied last time informs them that Teacher Shim wants to meet with them to go over their student records. They end up going to visit Teacher Shim, but shows no interest since they don’t plan on going to college anyways. Yikes.

Dae-hwi and Eunho are looking over their student evaluations. Dae-hwi suggests that Eunho turn her webtoon drawings into a series so that she’ll have a better chance of making it into Hanguk University. Before she can agree to the idea she’s reminded of something – their cleaning punishment!

Tae-woon, Eunho, and Dae-hwi get scolded by Teacher Koo for not doing their jobs correctly. The 3 apologize and head out the teacher’s office room only to overhear a conversation that classmate Bit-na is having with a teacher. Turns out there was an art competition that Eunho wasn’t aware about. She asks the teacher for more information about it, but since Eunho isn’t even a top rank anyways the competition wouldn’t have helped her. Enraged, Eunho gives the teacher a lesson: it’s not only the students at the top of the school whose future matters. Every student matters. Tae-woon – who’s standing behind Eunho the entire time watching her – is impressed by Eunho while Dae-hwi can only look at the teacher in disgust.

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After leaving the teacher’s office room, Eunho walks on ahead leaving Dae-hwi and Tae-woo behind with each other. The hate for each other is still there as they continue to taunt each other: Tae-woon is a puppet to his father while Dae-hwi remains a puppet to his friend Hee-chan. Thankfully no fight between the two breaks out before Dae-hwi leaves and walks away.

Tae-woon’s father visits Tae-woon in his bedroom revealing to him that there will soon be a math competition held at the school and handing him the answers to the exam. However, Tae-woon refuses to take the math exam; he tells his dad to give this opportunity to other students who are more desperate. But Tae-woon’s dad also refuses and throws the packet of answers onto Tae-woon’s desk knocking down the picture of Joong-gi. He won’t let Tae-woon live this way.

We then rewind back to the day of the accident 1 year ago. While Tae-woon remains frozen and numb at the hospital, his dad is busy speaking on the phone with reporters and essentially blaming Joong-gi for the accident. Meanwhile, Dae-hwi’s at Joong-gi’s funeral ceremony with his mother and the two are the only ones there. The only visitor is Tae-woon’s dad’s employee who had come by to the ceremony to hand Joong-gi’s mother some money. While Tae-woon escapes from the hospital and hurries on over to the ceremony, Joong-gi’s mother shares with Dae-hwi the impact that he and Tae-woon made on her son’s life. They both shed tears over these memories and words that are being spoken.

Tae-woon enters the room to find Dae-hwi and Joong-gi’s mom crying together as well as the envelope of money that his dad had given Joong-gi’s mother. Tae-woon grows even more furious when the next day at school, his dad refuses to allow Joong-gi’s mother to enter the school with her son’s urn. She just wants her son to visit his school one last time, but Tae-woon’s dad won’t allow it because it’ll distract the students (omfg are you kidding me? URGH).

Tae-woon marches to the principal’s room where his dad is and gets on his knees, pleading for his dad to allow Joong-gi to enter the school one last time. If he does, Tae-woon will listen to and obey his father from now on. But Tae-woon’s dad just walks away without saying a word to Tae-woon (oof this is so hard to watch).

We return to the present with Tae-woon in his room staring at the picture of Joong-gi. He decides to meet up with Eunho that night to relieve himself of his sadness and stress. They sit down at the roof of a building and their conversation leads back to Joong-gi. Eunho reveals that the reason why she’s working so hard in life is for Joong-gi. He lost his life while saving hers; the least she can do is not waste her time and to actually just live. She encourages Tae-woon to do the same. Live.

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The next day at school, there are flyers everywhere announcing the math competition that is set to take place at the school soon. Hee-chan asks Dae-hwi if he’s planning to enter in which Dae-hwi reveals that he is. With that, Dae-hwi gets right to business and starts studying for the math competition. He has to win this competition or else he won’t get into the university of his choice.

However, all the studying is just a waste of time. Dae-hwi finds out through Hee-chan and his friend that the answers to the math exams have already been revealed and that Tae-woon has access to them. Tae-woon will basically win the competition anyways so there’s no point in trying. Fed up, Dae-hwi rips up all his textbooks and throws them away at school while he cries in front of his mother once he gets home. He’s had enough.

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Even a meeting with Teacher Shim seems hopeless. There aren’t many competitions that Dae-hwi can enter that will make his student evaluation look impressive enough to get into the university of his choice. Just right before he leaves the teacher’s office room, he notices a teacher placing all the exams to the math competition in a cabinet in the corner of the room.

That night, Dae-hwi reflects back on the math competition and the things Hee-chan told him in regards to the competition. He then pulls out a pair of keys – keys that would allow him to enter the campus.

Tae-woon and Eunho are in the empty warehouse discussing about her webtoon series when she leaves to get a breath of fresh air. While walking around on campus, she spots a person dressed in a black hoodie on campus. She follows him to the teacher’s office room where he’s caught stealing a pack of the questions and answers to the math competition. Once X realizes that he’s being chased by Eunho, he runs away. Not too long after Tae-woon joins the chase as he witnesses Eunho running after X.

Eunho manages to successfully stop X by taking a detour instead of running after X. They meet and she gasps as she realizes who it is in front of her as X. In front of her is Dae-hwi.

My Thoughts:

This was one sad episode. So sad. It was heart-breaking. It was probably the saddest episode yet because we finally get a glimpse of how the plot with Joong-gi is intertwined in the lives of our 3 main characters. You’re given a reason to care for them and so much more.

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I’m surprised that we got more context and background story on the accident just because I thought the drama had showed us everything already. While I enjoyed how the drama showed us the aftermath of Joong-gi’s death and was able to weave the impact of his death carefully into the present with our 3 main characters now, I’m hoping the drama won’t drag out this plot for too long or at least offer us something new or surprising out of it. But I also do enjoy that Joong-gi serves a different purpose or role in the lives of our 3 characters. Because of Joong-gi, Tae-woon is rebelling as X. He’s doing this because he wants to get revenge on his dad after the terrible way his dad treated Joong-gi and his mother. It’s a reasonable excuse for me to understand why Tae-woon would do things as X and I actually support him. It also makes me wonder whether he’s going to repair his relationship with his dad or just resent his dad for the rest of his life.

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As for Eunho, we see that although she didn’t personally know Joong-gi that well she has so much respect and love for him that she’s doing things because of him. Because he saved her, because he died in the process of saving her, because he inspired her, she lives and she’s living because of him. The drama does a good job in revealing that detail to us in this episode and I’m hoping that Eunho can also help inspire Tae-woon to do the same. He’s right now just kind of here and there without any dreams or goals in life especially after the death of Joong-gi. The accident has impacted his life to the point where he’s just existing, not necessarily living. So maybe the talk with Eunho will get him thinking and motivating him to do something beyond what he’s doing right now (which isn’t much). I want to see Tae-woon grow, not only for personal development but in honor of Joong-gi as well.

Then as for Dae-hwi, losing his best friend hit him really hard as well. It might even be more difficult for him to process and understand the death of his best friend just because he actually wasn’t there to know or witness what had happened. In the back of his mind he will always have lingering questions that he will probably never get the answers to because he knows how Tae-woon’s dad handled everything and there’s nothing he himself can to do change things now. Maybe that’s why Dae-hwi despises Tae-woon and has this intense relationship with him now. He hates Tae-woon’s dad for framing Joong-gi and he hates Tae-woon for not saying anything or defending Joong-gi and instead remaining indifferent to what his dad did. It makes you wonder why Tae-woon didn’t say anything back then when his dad made these decisions to the reporters. Did he just stay quiet? Did he not say anything against his father? Or maybe he did say something to his dad but just got ignored? There are so many questions regarding Dae-hwi and Tae-woon’s sour relationship that’s left me thinking.

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Dae-hwi is probably the most pitiful character in this drama just because he’s playing the game by the book when it’s been emphasized and shown over and over again in this drama that there’s no such thing. And even if there is, people will always find a way to cheat and win. While some others have the advantage of having money and financial stability, Dae-hwi doesn’t have any of that so he has no choice but to actually study and work hard to be successful. Maybe that was how he was able to become the top rank at his school — he did what he was supposed to do and didn’t cheat his way up to the top. But as the drama illustrates, you can only be at the top for so long if you don’t have the money or wealth to keep you there. And unfortunately for Dae-hwi he doesn’t have that privilege so he had to resort to breaking inside the school to stay on top. If everyone’s cheating and no one seems to be saying anything about that, then why can’t he cheat too?

I actually enjoy the scenes of our 3 musketeers together whether that’d be them cleaning or messing around with one another. I actually didn’t notice how much I missed them until this episode when the three were being scolded by Teacher Koo. Haha. I’m also hoping that along with more scenes of them together, I want to see their relationship as a group transform into something positive and big. Would it be asking for too much if they somehow all got close to each other and teamed up to become Team X or actually became friends halfway into the drama? Maybe Joong-gi’s death can play a role in merging the 3 to go from enemies to friends or frenemies.

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I had mentioned in the last recap about how Joong-gi’s death would serve as a reason for Tae-woon and Eunho to become closer and would add another layer to their budding relationship and you definitely see that within this episode. Although they obviously have some sort of resentment for each other because of misunderstandings in regards to X, the one time where they can actually sit down and listen to each other instead of bicker is when they talk about Joong-gi. I love this softness and understanding evident in the two’s relationship because we rarely get to see this side of their relationship, but it’s the side that I love, want, and am enjoying the most. They’ve been relying on each other as a vessel or anchor to help them process and move on from the accident that’s scarred them both and has made them feel guilty. Just like how Eunho said in this episode, Joong-gi is one of the many reasons why she’s living and she encourages Tae-woon to do so. After hearing this, I wonder if he will go through any changes and maybe change his lifestyle or thoughts in regards to life.

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I wish the drama gave a reason to care for our other characters though. I really don’t have a reason to care for any of them or to feel any sort of sympathy for them. I actually had a discussion with my older sister about School 2017 and we agreed that the show just simply has too many characters who don’t actually serve any kind of role or purpose in this drama. They’re just kind of there and are only used when the writer needs to show frustration between the classmates (that leads to fights) or for whatever minimal purposes. They’re just extra characters and while I understand that they’re not our main characters, the writer still chooses to have them in the drama but for what reasons? Kyung-woo was barely in any scenes in episode 5 and Issue hasn’t been around for such a long time. Why have so many unnecessary side characters that takes away rather than add to the show? Why not just build a stronger and more tight-knit drama with just a few multi-dimensional characters? Sometimes having less is better.

I could see through this episode the cracks of the acting by our actors and while it’s not too horrible to the point where I can’t watch this drama, it does take away a little bit from the drama for me. Sometimes there’s long unnecessary breaks in between conversations or it sounds like the actors are just simply reciting their lines without putting in any emotions or reactions and this distracts me from being emotionally invested in the moment or that particular scene in the episode. I understand that the cast members are relatively still new at acting and only have a few projects under their belts so here’s to hoping that they will improve and get better. This is such an interesting contrast to the adults who are all veteran actors and have played in many other dramas and movies before.

Now that Dae-hwi is also X, I wonder what’s gonna happen from here on out. Here’s to hoping for more 3 musketeer scenes, more cute but also raw moments between Tae-woon and Eunho, and a stress-free Dae-hwi who remains at the top because he’s honest and hard-working — not because of money.

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School 2017: Episode 4 recap

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Watching this drama is such a roller coaster. One second I’m squealing and screaming over Tae-woon and Eunho moments and then the next I’m sighing in frustration and then I’m back to crying because Eunho and Tae-woon are too cute for me. And there’s only 4 episodes out so far. How am I gonna put up with the rest of the drama? *nervously laughs*

[Listen to this!]: New OST track

School 2017 Episode 4: Encounter

Episode four begins with Dae-hwi and Tae-woon fighting each other in the classroom alone by themselves. Eunho tries to stop the two from hurting each other any further, but she fails to do so. It isn’t until Teacher Koo witnesses them fighting that the two boys finally stop.

The three are brought into the teacher’s office room for an interrogation. While in the office, Teacher Koo gives them two options to choose from: they can either decide to settle this issue with the school violence commission or they can be unofficially punished through Teacher Koo. The three choose the latter.

Their first punishment is to run laps around the gym. Even while running the boys are competitive and still angry at each other, pushing and shoving each other. Eunho finishes her twenty laps but can only focus on Dae-hwi and Tae-woon. She notices how even though they’re still angry at each other, they’re also torturing themselves in the process and that even though they individually might be going through their own problems in life, Eunho is somehow still intertwined in both boys’ lives.

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Eunho receives a letter from Hanguk University notifying her that she’s made it into the finals for the competition and goes over it with Teacher Shim at school. As usual, as long as she places third in the competition and submits her portfolio and student records, she has a shot at getting accepted into the university. However, her student record is the problem so together Teacher Shim and Eunho plead for the principal to get rid of her demerit points. But it’s of no use as the principal will only eliminate Eunho’s demerit points if she catches X.

Eunho is suddenly reminded about her drawing sketchbook that had originally been taken away from Teacher Koo. She’s planning to use that as her portfolio, but had forgotten about it this whole time. However, when she asks Teacher Koo about her sketchbook he tells her that it got stolen by X (oh noooo). He then commands Eunho to bring Dae-hwi and Tae-woon to the gym.

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The triplets are in the gym again receiving their second punishment from Teacher Koo. He informs them that their next punishment is to clean every corner of the school for the next ten days and if one of them is missing the day won’t count as valid. Tae-woon would rather receive demerit points than physical punishments, but Eunho disagrees. She can’t afford to get any more demerit points than she already has right now. Teacher Koo leaves and the three are alone in the gym. Eunho makes a suggestions that raises both boys’ eyebrows: help her find X. She explains to them that she had her sketchbook stolen by X and would like their support in finding X or else her chances of making it into Hanguk University will be gone forever.

While Dae-hwi is opened to the idea, Tae-woon refuses. He becomes bewildered when Eunho calls X a psychopath and walks out the gym only to be stopped by Eunho. She once again asks for his help, but instead of answering her question he asks her something else instead, “Will you go out with me?” (UM EXCUSE ME??? I WAS NOT READY FOR THIS).

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“Then how about you kiss me?” (OMG I’M SUFFERING. THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR ME. TAE-WOON WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME YOU WERE GOING TO ASK EUNHO THOSE QUESTIONS FIRST??). Tae-woon is going crazy because of Eunho’s request to help her find X and when he’s about to leave the gym, she holds him back. They have to clean the gym together; it’s a joint responsibility between all of them. So they start cleaning, but not before Tae-woon goes chasing after Eunho with mops (omg they’re so cute! and he grabbed the largest mop there was and was chasing after her I’m crying).

Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim are still working together on the hunt for X. She notices a big red warehouse just sitting in a corner of the school dirty and unused. She requests for Teacher Shim to find the keys to the warehouse; they’re gonna look into it.

Tae-woon and Eunho walk to their bikes and motorcycle together respectively. Before leaving on his motorcycle, Tae-woon notices that Eunho got a scratch on her arm and hands her some bandage. He notes that he carries the bandage around because his friend got it for him to help him heal any possible injuries he got from riding his motorcycle. Upon mentioning his friend (Joong-gi who passed away), Tae-woon stops talking and just rides away on his motorcycle (awww, poor Tae-woon).

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We find out more about behind the broken relationship between Tae-woon and Dae-hwi through Sarang who spills the details to Eunho over some drinks. As we saw in episode 3, the two used to be best friends with Joong-gi until the motorcycle accident which then caused their friendship to shatter. Sarang explains to Eunho that the bus she was on was the same bus that Joong-gi saved people on and that Tae-woon’s dad had framed the accident to be as if it was Joong-gi’s fault it happened when really it was Tae-woon’s (oh nooo).

We return to the scene of the accident that happened a year ago. We find an injured and terrified Tae-woon sitting on the side of the street. He calls his dad to inform him about the accident and then leaves the scene. Dae-hwi arrives at the scene and calls out Tae-woon’s name upon seeing him, but there is no answer.

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We return to the present in Dae-hwi’s bedroom. He tries to focus, but finds it difficult as he can only think about Joong-gi and the accident. His mother comes to visit and brings up the touchy subject to Dae-hwi, saying Joong-gi’s family probably got a lot of money for what happened – especially since the media made it out to seem like the accident was Joong-gi’s fault when really it wasn’t. This angers Dae-hwi and he asks for his mother to leave or else he won’t be able to study and will become powerless just like how his deceased friend was.

Eunho also researches for more details about the accident, but finds no mentions of Tae-woon’s name anywhere in the articles and reports about it. Joong-gi was really blamed for what happened.

The next day at school, the triplets are cleaning a classroom together. Eunho shares with Dae-hwi that her wish is for X to punish the principal by doing the exact same thing to him that he’s been doing to the students – capture any bad habits he’s doing and give him demerit points (aka give him a taste of his own medicine!). Dae-hwi just nervously laughs at Eunho’s wish which raises her suspicion even more.

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Sarang reveals more details to Eunho about Dae-hwi and Tae-woon. When it was Joong-gi’s funeral procession, Dae-hwi didn’t attend because he was busy studying for exams. Upon finding out, Tae-woon grew furious and confronted this issue with Dae-hwi at school. We return to Sarang and Eunho and the two discussing any possibilities of Dae-hwi being X. It doesn’t seem like he can be X. Maybe he might be doing this to relieve himself of stress from studying, but he also didn’t attend his best friend’s funeral. Why would someone like him fight for justice as X?

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In the next scene, we find 4 students texting one another in a group chat. It’s the same 4 students that we saw in the earlier episodes. They mention talks of trusting Dae-hwi and letting him into the plan and then concluding that it’s time to hurry on with their plan. Hmm, what’s gonna happen and who are these 4 students?

The merit-demerit system continues to stress everyone out including Teacher Shim. He can’t seem to catch up with how many pictures students are sending him of other students caught doing bad habits just for merit points. It’s too much for him and he gives up.

Teacher Shim then hurries to his classroom to make an announcement about a new rule that will only apply to his students: for every report from his students, he will run a lap around the schoolyard. He hopes that by doing this, it will motivate the students to stop attacking one another and exposing their friends just for merit points. It’s unhealthy and he doesn’t want his students to act that way. Upon hearing this, Eunho chases Teacher Shim outside of the classroom and together they share a moment of encouragement and hope.

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Back inside the classroom Eunho finds the drawing sketchbook that Teacher Koo had taken away from her inside her locker! She shares this with Sarang later on that evening at her house and together they discuss whether it was Dae-hwi or Tae-woon behind the action since only the two of them know about Eunho’s missing sketchbook. While they discuss the reasons why either Dae-hwi or Tae-woon could be X, Eunho’s brother and father leaves the house in a rush leaving Eunho to be responsible with making deliveries. Unknowingly, she arrives at Dae-hwi’s place as that was where she was supposed to deliver. She arrives to find an angry Dae-hwi protecting his mother from the landlord who’s mad at Dae-hwi’s mother for not paying for rent on time.

Dae-hwi and Eunho head out for some fresh air and refreshing drinks after the chaotic situation. Eunho cheers Dae-hwi up by reassuring that he’ll be fine and that he’ll have enough money because he’s smart, but Dae-hwi is still concerned. Will his intelligence and rank in school really help him and his mother become financially stable? While Dae-hwi and Eunho sit in silence, Dae-hwi’s girlfriend notices them from across the street after having gotten off the bus and scoffs in disbelief.

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Teacher Shim stays true to his words and run laps around the yard as he said he would if his students continued to make reports on one another. Some of the students watch him as he runs, concerned and worried for his health while some others just stay inside the classroom, in denial that something like this will stop the students from participating in the merit-demerit system.

While walking to her bike, Eunho overhears Tae-woon arguing with his dad outside. Tae-woon confesses to his dad that he wants to turn himself in because the guilt over Joong-gi’s death is too much for him, but Tae-woon’s dad refuses to let his son do that. Eunho saves Tae-woon by interrupting their conversation and asking Tae-woon to get food with her. Tae-woon’s dad walks away and the two friends go out to eat at Subway.

Tae-woon and Eunho bicker back and forth over who’s gonna pay for the sandwiches (hehe they’re like a couple already). He then decides to take her out for some ice cream after the sandwiches, but along the way they stop at a shop to fix Tae-woon’s broken watch. While waiting for the worker to help them with their request, Eunho takes a look at the watch and notices that it looks awfully similar to the watch she saw a year ago on the day of the accident.

We return back to the day of the accident the year before. Tae-woon and Joong-gi are enjoying their motorcycle rides when Joong-gi becomes distracted by his cell phone. He almost crashes into a car, but luckily swerves to avoid the vehicle falling on his motorcycle along the way but still safe. Tae-woon does the same after having witnessed what happened to Joong-gi and together they find themselves down on the street.

Tae-woon’s leg is stuck under the motorcycle so he’s unable to move, but he tells Joong-gi to save those in the bus first. Joong-gi manages to save almost everyone on the bus – including Eunho who was in the bus at that time – and heads back to save more when the bus explodes in fire. Tae-woon regretfully watches his friend die as he struggles to move the heavy motorcycle that’s on top of his leg. Police officers arrive at the scene, but it’s too late to save Joong-gi. The bus is already up in flames.

We return to the present with Eunho and Tae-woon sitting on the rooftop of a building (aka their secret spot). Here, Tae-woon discovers that Joong-gi had saved Eunho on the bus that night which was why the watch looked so familiar to her when she finally had a chance to glance at it – it was because she saw it when Joong-gi saved her on the bus on the day of the accident. They can only steal glances at each other and empathize with each other as they mourn over the accident.

It’s another day of school and Teacher Shim is still running laps for how many reports are made. More and more of the students show support and concern for him, but there are still students left in the classroom indifferent.

There’s only 2 more days left until the deadline of the competition. Eunho stresses over what she should do: should she protect Tae-woon and Dae-hwi who could either be X or should she protect herself and report who she thinks is X so she can get into Hanguk University?

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It’s the day that everyone is dreading. An assembly with everyone is held to catch X. The top 10 students with the most demerit points are to stand in front of the entire school and confront the question of whether they’re X or not. Of course, Eunho is first with the most amount of demerit points.

As the VP calls out the names of the 10 top students, another prank is pulled by X. As a film plays on the screen in front of them, the principal and VP releases the guards they had hired to find X and go after him. While they do that, everyone else focuses on the film that is playing. Consisting of pictures of the principal and the amount of demerit points he should get for his bad habits, all the students laugh at the film. But then the film also turns it the other way around. Yeah, the principal has done things that he should get demerit points for, but what about them? They’ve done the same exact thing. Taking pictures of friends and classmates just for merit points. They’re not any better. Everyone’s smiles fades and they stare around in guilt and nervousness.

Just then, the guards are seen chasing after X. X – once again in his black hoodie – runs away to escape from the guards and teachers chasing after him. Eunho also joins them, but heads another route different from the one that X is taking. She then bumps into X, but instead of holding him back to expose him, she helps him instead! She finds a hiding spot for him which he uses to hide and then leads the teachers and guards on a false trail to get rid of any suspicion. Eunho let X go even though she had the perfect opportunity to turn him in to clear her name.

The next day at school, Eunho sits in the classroom while observing her classmates interacting, talking, and having fun with each other. She reveals that even though she could have revealed the identity of X to everyone, she ultimately chose not to because she’s made friends through this school and although these friends might not be heroes like Joong-gi, they’re all at an age where they can be friends because of their ability to relate to one another.

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At school that day, Teacher Shim does the unthinkable. He tears down the chart indicating how many demerit points each students has to demonstrate the end of the merit-demerit system. All the students rejoice at this news, but the principal is furious and he yells at Teacher Shim for even thinking about doing such a thing.

Eunho and Sarang are at the library studying when shouts of X running around is heard in the hallways. Eunho hurries out to join the chase and finds herself chasing after Dae-hwi who’s in his school uniform. She’s confident that he’s X because he was the only one who knew about she wanted to give the principal demerit points to prove his corruption too (which had happened at the school assembly).

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Dae-hwi is unaware that Eunho’s been chasing after him though and stops to glance back at him just in case he finds anyone suspicious. Eunho is about to get caught when the actual X pulls her to the side and hides with her. Dae-hwi finds no one and joins others in the chase.

Meanwhile, Eunho releases herself from X and faces him. X then reveals his identity by taking off his hoodie.

X is none other than Tae-woon. Eunho can only gasp as she discovers who X truly is while Tae-woon remains unfazed.

My Thoughts:

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Wowow. There is a lot of running in this drama huh? And just how fast and smart is X that he’s able to outrun everyone every single time. And also, can’t he be a little bit more discrete? Jokes aside, I’m surprised but satisfied that we found out who X was pretty quickly. I was actually expecting the drama to drag out this sub-plot a little longer, but I’m glad that it didn’t because it was starting to get old and boring. In a way I’m not surprised that Tae-woon is X and I do believe that he has his own reasons for committing the pranks/incidents. Maybe this is a sign of rebellion against his abusive and crappy father or he really dislikes the way the school is operating and wants to play around a little bit to mess things up. Whatever reason it is, Tae-woon is the total opposite of what Eunho had been assuming along – Tae-woon is a fighter for justice.

I’m wondering if Tae-woon is actually X though or if this is just a fake set-up. The group of 4 students make me suspicious because it seems like they could be the one behind the pranks/incidents and have mentioned talks of trusting Dae-hwi so I’m not really sure who to believe or how to react to the discovery of Tae-woon as X. Maybe this could be a false lead or Tae-woon is merely just one of many X’s throughout the school and this is a collaboration between several students on campus. But then again, now that I think about this episode, it also makes sense that Tae-woon is X because 1) he got mad that Eunho called X a psychopath so of course this would make sense if he’s X 2) he overheard Eunho’s wish of teasing the principal with demerit points even though she thought she had only said that to Dae-hwi because he was actually in the same room as them when she said that. Regardless, I’m definitely interested to see if this discovery holds any truth at all or if the drama is just leading us on only to reveal who the actual identity of X will be later on in the drama (I’m really hoping X will be someone we totally didn’t expect, but if it’s Tae-woon that’s fine with me too).

It was great to see Teacher Shim stand up for himself and advocate for not only himself but the students. Once again, his determination and passion for justice showed tremendously in this episode and he risked his own life in the process to end the corrupt system that was heavily affecting the lives of his students. I know he had been building himself up for this moment the past 3 episodes so it was so great to see him step up and do what he had only merely imagined of doing. Of course, he was reprimanded for not obeying the rules at the school but he did what he thought was right (and what was right) and now that he did what he thought he could never do, maybe this will be the push that will encourage and motivate him to have the rest of his students join him in rebelling against the school altogether.

I’m also glad that Teacher Shim hopefully put an end to the merit-demerit system. Not just so the drama can move on with something else, but because it was really stressing the students out and wasn’t doing anyone any good. It even backfired on the principal in the end so I’m hoping this system will die and the students can be a little bit more at peace.

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While there are things that the drama doesn’t do as well such as repeating the same kind of situations that makes the drama unappealing or inserting random scenes that doesn’t flow with the rest of the episode, I discovered through this episode that the one thing that School 2017 does do well is all the sadness and angst. You could feel and understand the pain and hurt that Tae-woon and Eunho felt as they mourned over Joong-gi’s death with each other. Tae-woon even discovered that Eunho was also affected by the accident which I think allowed and will continue to allow him to open up to her in the future because they have something so important in common. I would even argue that they were able to bond and become even closer to each other after becoming aware of this fact. Tae-woon and Eunho both cherish Joong-gi for their own respective reasons and I think this will become a motivating factor that will allow the two to be each other’s rock and hope, not only when confronted with memories of this accident but also in the future when they’re faced with their own issues and obstacles.

Through this discovery, another layer is yet added to Tae-woon and Eunho’s budding relationship. In addition to losing someone that they both appreciated and cherished, they also saved each other multiple times in this drama which I loved. Now it’s no longer just Tae-woon saving Eunho, but Eunho saving him as well so I think these incidents will give hopefully bring them closer to each other to the point where they become used to it and fall in love with each other.

All in all, I’m really enjoying the tone and mood of melancholy, nostalgia, and sadness in this drama. It does a fairly good job of setting that tone and maintaining it when necessary and I hope the drama keeps this up for many episodes to come.

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I don’t blame Eunho for not catching X and revealing his identity to everyone. Although she obviously wants the best for herself and is doing the best she can to get into Hanguk University because that’s one of the only options left in store for her, she is also so selfless at the same time. And I would argue that she cares more about others than she cares about herself. She basically gave up her shot of Hanguk University to protect X which I’m pretty sure none of the other students would have done if they were in the same situation that she was in. Eunho is really one of the only students left in the school who remains selfless and continually shows care and support for others – whether that’d be indirectly as seen with the whole X thing or directly. It’s unfortunate that the other students don’t see this though and don’t realize the effort that she’s putting in to save them. I wonder what it’s gonna take for her to improve her image and prove to others that she’s not who they think she is. But then at the same time she doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone because they probably won’t believe her and because Eunho is great as she is.

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I know that some are confused as to whether Tae-woon or Dae-hwi is the male lead and although both of them are our main male characters, after watching the first 4 episodes I’d like to think that Tae-woon is the male lead. He’s had a lot more interactions with Eunho than Dae-hwi has and has received maybe a few more spotlights than Dae-hwi (also it just seems like the drama is setting him up to be Eunho’s love interest). But that’s not to say that Dae-hwi hasn’t had his time to shine as well because through the last two episodes we’ve gotten time to know his story a little bit more. I actually find his story intriguing because even though he’s viewed as the perfect model student, he’s going through his own problems and is living proof that being the smartest and most successful doesn’t necessarily guarantee a carefree and easy life. There are plenty of worries that Dae-hwi is facing and it’d be interesting to see how he continues to endure with all the pressure and difficulties he faces both at home and at school. Maybe this is why he isn’t exactly in love with his girlfriend even though they’re “together.” He has other priorities that he rather worry about instead and I can understand – at least in this drama – why he’s not as concerned about the relationship as his girlfriend is.

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Now that X has been revealed (or has he?), it’ll be interesting to see what happens from here on out. I can foresee more conflicts and dilemmas for Eunho who’s already had to deal with many situations deciding whether to be selfish or selfless. Is there any way that she can be both so that other students and Eunho herself gets a happy ending?

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School 2017: Episode 3 recap

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Can the school just learn to be peaceful for once and can everyone just be friends? Why does that seem so hard for the students at Eunho’s school to accomplish? It doesn’t seem like things are getting better and in fact, it’s not. Things are only getting worse. Survival and the road to survival at the school is real and very well alive. Here’s to hoping that everyone will eventually learn that maybe in order to survive (and thrive), ranks and status isn’t everything and that maybe – just maybe – communication is how you get there.

School 2017 Episode 3: Suspect Your Friend

Episode 3 starts off with scenes of the culprit preparing the pranks that he pulled at the school the past few months. In addition to the drone one that he committed in last week’s episode, he’s seen decorating and ruining a car parked at the school parking lot. Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim watch him carefully from away and attempt to sneak up from behind him to catch the culprit, but a noise that Teacher Shim makes alarms the culprit and he runs away with both adults chasing after him.

It turns out that Eunho still faces the consequences of getting demerit points even though it was proven that she wasn’t the culprit. As she bids farewell to Sarang and is about to bike her way home, she sees Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim chasing after the culprit. She joins them in the chase and just when it seems like it’s impossible to catch the culprit, he gets caught – not by Teacher Shim or Officer Soo-ji or Eunho but by Teacher Jung (Min Sung-wook, aka the creepy boss in ‘Age of Youth’). Together, they all anticipate who exactly the culprit is as Teacher Jung pulls back the hoodie on the culprit’s head.

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In the next scene, we find out that the culprit is one of Teacher Shim’s students, Duk-soo (Choi Sung Min)! However, he claims that he is not the actual culprit and that he was only actually copying what the actual culprit has been doing. Another student who is also replicating what the actual culprit has been doing is brought in into the principal’s office. It seems like this may be a trend at the school and will only make catching the culprit even more difficult (which one is it?!).

As the chase for the culprit gets more intense and time is running out, the principal becomes more strict and irrational. He announces that in exchange for clues or reports about the culprit, he will give students merit points. So basically, he wants the students to report each other and he will reward them by giving them points. Wow, just wow. He also adds that whoever has too many demerit points will be punished through suspension or expulsion. Of course the students aren’t too happy with the new system and although they mention talks of trust and reliance on one another, nothing is guaranteed and no one is safe.

Eunho is once again stuck in a difficult position. She blames herself for the new system that the principal created, recalling the meeting that she had with the principal prior to the announcement. Because she refused to catch the culprit herself, the principal then turned to the rest of the students to make them responsible for catching the culprit instead. Eunho worries that she won’t be able to graduate and attend college if she gets too many demerit points.

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But that’s not the case as a counselor she meets up with comments that Eunho can still make it into Hanguk University as long as she earns third place in the competition (yaaay! something good is happening to Eunho for once lol) and submits her student records. But that’s what is holding Eunho back – her student record. She plans on catching the culprit (who the drama has been referring to as “X”) to get rid of all her demerit points.

Eunho catches up with Kyung-woo (ahhhh!) at school and together they discuss about X. She notices that he talks about X as if he is the culprit himself, but he refutes any possibility of him being X. He comments that there are things he knows, but that he just won’t tell anyone. Hmm, maybe Kyung-woo knows who X is.

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We return to the ending scene of episode 2. Eunho discovers a note in her locker that hints how Dae-hwi nor Tae-woon were found to be anywhere at the site of the drone incident. Just when she finishes reading the note, both boys confront her in the classroom. They talk about the culprit and taunt each other in the process as if to scare the other about getting caught. Dae-hwi ends the conversation by offering his help and support to Eunho, leaving Tae-woon to get flustered and march out the classroom.

Eunho brings this detail to Teacher Shim’s attention, but he dismisses it. On the day of the drone incident, he had given Dae-hwi permission to leave to work on a school banner and Tae-woon was away because he wasn’t feeling well.

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As Dae-hwi walks on campus, he passes by Kyung-woo who’s practicing on his guitar. Kyung-woo stops Dae-hwi to ask him about the drone and the banner he had apparently be working on. Dae-hwi seems flustered at both questions and walks away in a hurry.

Tae-woon joins Eunho outside on a bench where they then converse about X. Eunho is drawn to the possibility that X flown in the drone to possibly save Eunho from being further punished, but Tae-woon doesn’t believe so. Why would X want to be associated with someone like Eunho? While this doesn’t help answer Eunho’s question about what the intent behind X’s doing was, she is certain about one thing: Tae-woon is definitely not X.

Eunho shares the note with Sarang and together they discuss the possibility of either Dae-hwi or Tae-woon being X. But it’s impossible. Dae-hwi is the #1 ranked student in the school and he’s the President. And then Tae-woon is the director’s son who even teachers bow down too. So why would neither of them do something to the school? Things get confusing as they try to dig deeper into it. Although they conclude that X isn’t Dae-hwi or Tae-woon, there’s still a small possibility that either of them can be X as both of them weren’t there during the actual incident.

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This conversation extends over at dinner with Eunho and her family. They start making guesses on whether X is Dae-hwi or Tae-woon but is shortly stopped by Dad who grows frustrated at the lack of attention he’s getting over his cooking. To cheer him up (and to be able to eat the food), Eunho and her brother praise their dad’s cooking.

The next morning at school, Eunho walks through the halls of the school only to find Tae-woon entering the principal’s office. She recalls the conversation that her and her family had the night before at dinner about X. Her brother justifies that Tae-woon could possibly be X because he had the money to purchase a drone in the first place. Alarmed, she also enters the principal’s office to catch up with Tae-woon, but to her surprise fails to find him in the room. It’s empty. Where did he go?

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(OMG CAN YOU HEAR THAT? THAT’S MY HEART BEATING)

As she looks around the room, she hears the principal getting closer and closer to his office. Terrified, she rushes to find a spot to hide. Someone then grabs her arm just in time to prevent her from getting caught. The principal enters and leaves his office without noticing anything and we discover that it was Tae-woon who had grabbed Eunho to hide with him (oooh okay Tae-woon, I see what you did there). He explains that he was sent by his dad on a mission which was why he was in the office.

They exit the office only to get caught by the Principal and Vice Principal (Park Chul-min). Tae-woon reasons that he was in the room because he came to drop something off from his father. While they both let Tae-woon go, the principal and vice principal become suspicious of Eunho especially since she’s still questioned to be X. But Tae-woon comes to her defense. There’s no way she can be X or be an accomplice of X. Who would want to work with someone as dim-witted and slow as her? This surprises both the principal and vice principal who was not expecting this from Tae-woon at all even after he walks away.

Eunho grows angry at how Tae-woon called her dim-witted. But Tae-woon argues back that he only said that to save her from the dangerous situation she was in. She finds it hard to believe at first, but quiets down when Tae-woon suggests that maybe he can report her to the principal in exchange for merit points.

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The principal and vice principal are in the office deciphering what Tae-woon meant before he walked away. Earlier, he had told them both that he would “tell his father” before leaving and walking away. But what did he mean by “tell his father” and what exactly would he report to his father? The realm of possibilities worry both principal’s, but they reassure themselves by mentioning about the trap that they have set up. All that needs to happen left is the culprit biting the bait they have set up and everything will be finished. Uh-oh… what’s gonna happen now? This is making me anxious. (I would also like to note how comical and funny the two veteran actors are even though this situation calls for seriousness lol).

Teacher Shim is alone in the teacher’s office room working. But too many things are on his mind that he can’t concentrate. He’s especially frustrated over the new merit system and in order to relieve himself of the stress and frustration, he role plays the staff and faculty members and what they would possibly say in regards to the merit system. Principal and Vice Principal believe it’s a great idea and the other teachers don’t find any faults with it (omg he’s doing such great job mocking everyone hahaha. This scene is gold! And he’s so good at this. How was the actor able to do this??). But the one-man role playing comes to a stop when Teacher Koo gets out of his seat in the teacher’s office room. HA, so Teacher Shim wasn’t alone the entire time. He shares a few words with Teacher Shim before leaving, causing Teacher Shim to be even more stressful and regretful. Maybe check next time to see if you’re actually alone Teacher Shim! Haha.

With the new merit system intact, charts indicating how many demerit points each student has is publicly displayed at school. Sarang has zero, Eunho has 39, and Dae-hwi has five. How does Dae-hwi have five? Who could have possibly reported him?

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Turns out that one of Dae-hwi’s close friends Hee-chan had reported him. He did it with the thought of his rank in his mind as he is only one rank below Dae-hwi so if Dae-hwi gets enough demerit points he’ll fall in rank and Hee-chan can come out on top. Other students grow frustrated and mad at the demerit points they got and start questioning each other. One student in particular confronts Teacher Shim about his points, but finds out that he was caught smoking at school which would account for why he got the points. Teacher Shim still doesn’t seem comfortable with the idea of the new merit system, but there’s nothing he can do about it. Teacher Koo emphasizes that they’re just preparing the students for the real world – the real world that is even more harsh and violent out there.

The student who had been caught smoking returns to the classroom angry. As he tries to find out who the person behind the picture is, he gets caught up in a fight with another classmate only making things worse. Classmates have gotten so used to these types of situations that they don’t have any energy left in them to care anymore. Tae-woon heads back to nap while Eunho continues to focus on her drawing.

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In Eun-ho’s drawing, she focuses on the new merit system and the corruption behind it using the style of ‘The Wailing’ (OMFGGGGG I’M SO MAD. THEY DID NOT JUST GO THERE LOL I’M LEGITIMATELY SCREAMING). Teacher Shim plays Kwak Do-won’s character in the movie as an officer who visits the school to investigate the cause behind a student’s death at the school. Eunho plays Chun Woo-hee’s character and accuses the principal’s merit system as the reason for the death (she even throws rocks at Teacher Shim! I’M SO MAD omg lol). Tae-woon and Dae-hwi then show up as X and confuses both Eunho and Teacher Shim on who the culprit is. The best has yet to come as Sarang pops up from behind them in a classroom window and takes pictures of them using her phone, portraying the devil’s (?) role from the actual movie (all of this is so genius and random and I’m so confused right now. Why is this happening? Why this movie out of all movies?). The movie ends and we return to Sarang and Eunho back in the classroom (phew thank goodness. I was enjoying the little parody but I was also getting nervous. Memories of the actual movie came back).

Eunho and Duk-soo do some schoolyard cleaning in order to reduce the amount of demerit points they have. While working, Dae-hwi visits them to give them some refreshing drinks. While Duk-soo is grateful, Eunho grows suspicious. Dae-hwi tries to divert her attention by suggesting that he ask the principal if there’s any way they can reduce their demerit points.

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It’s class time and the students have been assigned to recite the poems they created out loud to the class. Titled “This is all because of X”, Eunho recites her poem saying:

This is all because of X.

Wrongful demerits.

Risk of expulsion.

Student record stinks.

I gave up on college.

Mom came to the teacher’s college

Made to kneel because of someone.

The one who ruined our beloved senior year is a person called ‘X.’

X.

When I call you by your name, you will… die for sure, got it?

Eunho steals glances at different people while reciting her poem, first Tae-woon and Dae-hwi then Teacher Koo and then back to the two boys. She repeats the line “you will die for sure” as she walks back to her seat. HAHAHA. Gold!

When Eunho witnesses Teacher Shim giving Dae-hwi a master key to all the classrooms, she begins to get even more suspicious of him. If he’s one of the only 2 people (the other being the VP) to have access to the master key, maybe he could have used it on the night of the incident to enter the teacher’s office room. Alarmed, Eunho follows him as he leaves the classroom confident that he’s off to do something fishy. However, it’s nothing like what she had expected.

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Turns out that Dae-hwi had left the classroom to meet up with his girlfriend in secret! Just as they’re about to kiss, Tae-woon shows up and distracts Eunho. They leave Dae-hwi and his girlfriend alone and walk off together. Dae-hwi’s girlfriend Nam-joo is upset that he seems to only be with her for her looks, but he proves his love for her by kissing her on the forehead (okay this scene was really random, out of place, and too makjang for me..). Meanwhile, Eunho asks Tae-woon if he’s ever had his first kiss in which he bluffs that he has. HAHAHA. OF COURSE YOU HAVE TAE-WOON, OF COURSE YOU HAVE. He grows jealous when he thinks of how Eunho could possibly date and kiss Jong-geun Sunbae (Kang Min-hyuk’s character from episode one), but that jealousy stops when his friend interrupts their conversation (aww man).

As Eunho studies in her bedroom, her parents and her brother take turns visiting her. Her dad brings her some juice followed by her mother who brings her another cup of juice and then finally her brother who rewards her with some money. Hehe. Such a loving family.

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The next morning, Sarang and Kyung-woo meet each other while waiting at the bus stop. She shows him clips of her favorite idol Issue (played by SF9’s Ro-swoon Ro-woon my precious bby) and compliments his dancing and vocals. But Kyung-woo the guitarist isn’t impressed and claims that her celebrity isn’t all that talented. Offended, Sarang snaps back at him for daring to even attack her favorite idol (LOL WHY DOES SHE REMIND ME OF ME).

At school, students prepare for exams. Sarang and Eunho are talking to each other when Teacher Shim stops the class to make an announcement about a new transfer student. Upon seeing who the transfer student is, Sarang stops everything in her tracks and can only focus on who’s right in front of her. It can’t be. This can’t be real. How does one get so lucky?

The transfer student is none other than Sarang’s favorite idol, Kang Hyun Il AKA Issue. He introduces himself to the class, but all Sarang can focus on is him and gushes at the sight of her favorite idol (HER FACE IS ME WHEN I SEE BTS HAHAHA. I CAN SO RELATE).

Eunho gets ready to head out to the drawing competition at Hanguk University. But her bike tire is flat once again so she has no way of getting there. Luckily, she catches Tae-woon who is also preparing to leave school and asks him for a ride on his motorcycle. But the only way he’ll take her to her competition is if she asks him politely and refer to him as “Oppa” (OMGGGGGGGG HE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. STOPPED THIS SECOND).

In the next scene, we see Eunho and Tae-woon riding on his motorcycle (OMG SHE CALLED HIM OPPA I’M CRYING). He drops her off at Hanguk University just in time for the competition. Eunho thanks him before running off but forgets to take her helmet off. He shoots her a reminder through text and waits on his motorcycle.

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Bit Na and another one of Eunho’s classmates are in the teacher’s office room, questioning Teacher Shim on the merit-demerit system that has been stressing the students out. Some teachers in the office room overhear them and start blaming Eunho for the creation of the system. Since she didn’t want to catch X herself, the principal created the system so the students could. Upon hearing this, Bit Na and the classmate march over to the classroom bewildered. Everyone founds out that the system was created due to Eunho through Bit Na and when Dae-hwi tries to stand up for Eunho by claiming that it’s not Eunho’s fault Bit Na discloses that it is because of her. Teacher Shim said so.

Shocked and hurt, Eunho heads outside to take her mind off some things. She keeps herself busy by drawing, but is interrupted by 3 Sunbae students who blame her for the merit-demerit system that is stressing them out. Angry, they take away her drawing sketchpad from her to get revenge. But this bullying doesn’t last for long when savior Tae-woon swoops in to save the day. He grabs Eunho’s drawing sketchpad back and manages to get the 3 bullies to flee. Eunho is handed her sketchpad back, but she isn’t too happy. She feels ashamed and embarrassed.

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Eunho returns to the classroom only to find one of her notebooks in her locker soaked from water. Angry, she marches to the principal’s office and reminds him once again that if she was to catch X he’ll get rid of all her demerit points and even write her a letter of recommendation. Outside, Eunho even snaps at Tae-woon who asks that she thank him. But she’s not and she doesn’t. She’s not thankful at all and tells him the same thing she told the principal – she’ll catch X and when she does, she’ll kill him.

It’s a sad day for everyone. Tae-woon spends some time alone on the rooftop of a building, reminiscing about the past memories he had with his best friends Dae-hwi and Joong-gi. It was just supposed to be a normal fun day, but on that day, things took a turn for the worse. While riding their motorcycles, Tae-woon’s friend Joong-gi gets into an accident and passes away. Tae-woon cries, feeling heart-broken and guilty for the accident. Eunho also takes the time to remember Joong-gi, placing a bouquet of flowers on the same street that he passed away on.

The day is familiar to Dae-hwi as well even as he’s busy studying for the upcoming college entrance exam. Also glancing at the watch that signified his friendship with Tae-woon and Joong-gi, he thinks about his friend who passed away and comes close to crying as tears form in his eyes.

Tae-woon’s father wants him to stop riding the motorcycle as it just brings back bad memories of the accident, but Tae-woon refuses to stop.

It’s another day of school. Everyone’s minding their own business and doing their own thing when Tae-woon finds his bag and watch on the floor in the classroom. He becomes even more furious when he notices that his watch broke. Who was the one who threw his stuff onto the ground and caused his watch to break? As he questions the classroom for answers, no one dares to say anything or speak up. Everyone is too afraid. Everyone except Dae-hwi.

Dae-hwi yells at Tae-woon to stop and then commands everyone in the classroom to leave. All the classmates head out in a hurry including Eunho who is dragged out by Duk-soo.

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(OMG I CAN FEEL THE INTENSITY FROM HERE)

It gets more intense between Tae-woon and Dae-hwi. Dae-hwi calls Tae-woon’s beloved watch “garbage” which angers him even more than he already is. They get into a long and intense fight with each other with Dae-hwi calling Tae-woon a murderer and Tae-woon exposing Dae-hwi as the potential culprit.

They’re at each other’s necks again when Eunho barges into the classroom, shocked and worried by the horrible and scary sight she sees in front of her.

My Thoughts:

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. SO INTENSE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY OR HOW TO FEEL.

I’m glad that we got some background context and story on what happened between Dae-hwi and Tae-woon. While I expected the drama to provide us with their back story, I didn’t expect it to be so soon into the drama. But I think the amount of time they used in this episode to cover it was adequate enough and made me satisfied but still crave more. We find out what happened that caused them to drift apart and go from best friends to enemies without seeing exactly everything else that unfolded after the accident (which I assume the drama will hopefully show to us in later episodes). The episode did a good job in introducing the problem and now what’s left is to see the aftermath between Dae-hwi and Tae-woon and then hopefully a solution where the two boys return to being friends (or at least just not enemies).

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I think what’s the most interesting and touching to me is that even though Dae-hwi and Tae-woon are obviously no longer as close as they once used to be and in fact show hints of hate and despise towards each other, we can tell that they still highly value the friendship that they once had with Joong-gi and how traumatic and affected they were by the accident. Yes, they might not like each other, but they still can’t forget about what they once had and used to be and I also would like to go as far as to say they miss how things used to be. I’m curious as to what happened after the accident that left the boys in a position where they’re grabbing at each other’s necks and punching each other in the face when before they had their arms around each other and had friendship watches. Instead of supporting each other at the news of their friend’s death, why and how did they come to hating each other?

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I enjoyed the pacing of this particular sub-plot in this episode because it didn’t give away too much but still gave away enough for us so that by the end of the episode when Tae-woon and Dae-hwi were throwing punches at each other we understood why they were doing that. While I enjoyed this episode and thought for the most part it was well-paced, I did notice that it didn’t have too much substance to work with and that they were dragging the whole merit-demerit system plot which had already taken up the majority of the episode and can only go on for so long. So in a way I’m glad that the episode brought in another sub-plot and focused on the complicated relationship between the two boys so that we were also occupied with something else and not just the usual merit-demerit system stuff.

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Speaking of the merit system, wow, the principal is really going at it isn’t he? It’s like the school version of the hunger games. Of course, our Eunho is still heavily affected by it, but she’s no longer affected by herself. Now the rest of the students are also facing issues and challenges with the system and everyone is impacted in one way or the other. I like how the chase for X just keeps escalating more and more. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse it does. Not only is Eunho at risk now, but everyone else literally is as well and they’re willing to let go of friendships or bonds built with other classmates to save themselves. While Dae-hwi’s 5 point demerit came as a surprise to many, it wasn’t really a surprise that his close friend was the one who reported him – especially when the drama has emphasized over and over again just how crucial and important ranks are at school. It makes for an especially interesting case when you see the lengths people are willing to go to save themselves even if that means risking the friendships that you have with others. People aren’t always who you think they are.

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(omgggg look at the way he’s staring at her *swoons*)

My wish was answered and in this episode Tae-woon did play a bigger role in the whole “let’s-just-blame-Eunho-for-everything” conflict. Before I had voiced that I would like to see him do more for Eunho and be more involved by advocating for her using his position in power to do that so I was so satisfied to see what he did for her multiple times in this episode. While I would ultimately like to see Eunho be the winner in the end and stick up for herself because I know fully well she’s perfectly capable of doing that and doesn’t necessarily need anyone to do the saving for her, she has so many odds stacked up against her right now that a little help from someone who genuinely cares about her wouldn’t hurt. I think of Tae-woon as that support network that is invisible and empty not only for Eunho but at the school in general because everyone’s so busy battling against each other for merit points. I’m glad that he offered her his support even if at times she didn’t want it or refused to acknowledge that help. I especially liked it even more that he didn’t help her just in regards to the X situation even though the majority of his help stemmed from that. He also showed her support in other aspects like her dream of winning the competition by giving her a ride to the competition. All in all, Eunho’s in a difficult position right now at school because everyone is against her – from the faculty to even her own classmates. No one believes her and everyone hates her. So it was nice to see someone help her when it seemed like things were getting hopeless. Sometimes not all hope is lost when you think it is and for Tae-woon and Eunho, they’re each other’s hope (and I’m so happy we got more Tae-woon and Eunho scenes in episode 3! More please! More!)

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While I enjoyed this episode, I noticed that there were many things happening that at times it felt disjointed. The majority of the drama focused on the merit-demerit system which I appreciated for consistency. Yes, it is ruining the lives of the students and everyone hates it, but they necessarily can’t do anything about it because it could help boost their ranks which they want. I think the drama did a good job in setting this up and getting this particular message across. However, the sudden shift into Tae-woon and Dae-hwi’s complex friendship towards the end of the episode was an abrupt change that I wasn’t expecting. Eunho spoke about catching X so often and then in the next scene Tae-woon was thinking about his best friend who had passed away and so was Dae-hwi and Eunho. While this plot does involve our main characters, it’s a plot entirely on its own and if the drama can find a way to weave this storyline into the overall drama in general without making it too choppy like how it did this episode then I think the drama will turn out fine. I also didn’t like the one particular scene of Dae-hwi and his girlfriend meeting at school in secret. It seemed so out of place and as if it was a scene from another drama. It really didn’t go well with the rest of episode at all and I hope the drama never attempts to do anything like this ever again. Lol.

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Some of the characters in this drama are frustrating as well. I don’t really have a reason to care for any of the other characters other than our main characters, but why does everyone have to be so dramatic and always gotta be picking fights at each other? I understand you’re mad, but does there have to be a multiple fights in one day or everyday? It gets especially boring and frustrating to watch when this is all that is happening (especially in this episode alone) so I’m glad that the drama brought in the Dae-hwi and Tae-woon friendship plot. Also, we have the addition of a new character Issue (I wished he was given a much better stage name. Why did they give him that name?!). I’m a fan of SF9 and Ro-woon’s at the top of my bias list so I’m glad to see him here. I wonder what kind of purpose he’ll serve in the drama in relation to X or if he’s here rather more for Sarang and to serve as a possible love interest for her. It’ll be interesting. And as usual, I’m still very much in love with Seo Ji-hoon who plays Kyung-woo. I become smitten every time he’s on screen with or without his guitar and his character is still as interesting as he was in the first two episodes.

I’m still in disbelief (in a comical and jokingly way) that the drama dared to do a parody of ‘The Wailing.’ Never in a million years would I have imagined seeing familiar scenes from a horror movie in a youth school drama. It was so funny and awesome, but still scary because of the original movie. I can’t stop thinking about the parody and think it might just be one of my most favorite parodies ever in a drama because it was actually well-done and made sense. Props to the writer (or should I say Eunho) for weaving in the parody not only in an entertaining and hilarious way but in a way where it made sense by connecting the parody back to the larger issue of the merit-demerit system. It was an excellent execution and could have gone wrong in many ways, but it didn’t because everything made sense and the issue was in the parody just like how it’s an issue in the actual drama.

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Also, am I the only one who feels a bit iffy and bothered by Sarang? For the most part, she seems like a cool character, but I especially hate it when she points out Eunho’s rank and school records as if Eunho isn’t already aware, embarrassed, and insecure about it. She doesn’t have faith in her best friend getting into Hanguk University and is constantly reminding Eunho that she’s basically a failure. I don’t know – this made me upset. I’d like to see Sarang be a lot more supportive towards Eunho especially in regards to her academics. Yes, the girl has a shot of making it into college even if she’s not the smartest or successful student. Stop putting her down please just because you’re doing better.

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(LOOK AT HIS PRECIOUS SMILE. ISN’T HE SO PRECIOUS? HE’S ADORABLE!)

As for Tae-woon, I’m in love with Kim Jung-hyun! I actually think he’s becoming one of my favorite newly discovered actors. I had never seen him in another drama prior to this so this is my first time seeing him in a drama ever and I think I’m falling in love with him! I love the way he portrays bad boy Tae-woon, pretending that he doesn’t care about her but waiting for her when school ends and giving her rides on his beloved motorcycle. Or like how he was a little jealous just thinking about Eunho and her college sunbaenim and what they could be like together. He’s so cute and adorable and while I don’t think he’s the greatest actor, he’s definitely growing and have sharp acting skills. I have a feeling I’ll be just as in love with Jung-hyun as much as I was with Seo In-guk when I watched ‘High School King of Conduct’ (and I was IN LOVE with Seo In-Guk during that drama. Like I was lowkey obsessed with him). It seems like history might be repeating itself over again x)

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I really hope that Teacher Shim will one day have the courage and audacity to say what’s on his mind and speak up. Of course that’s a lot easier said than done and he isn’t necessarily in a position where he can say how he feels without being punished for it, but I think he’ll get there at that point one day. I think the drama is making him out to be a weak and hesitant teacher who wants to advocate for his students and the corruption behind the school and struggles to do so, but in later episodes he’ll transform into a strong teacher who is able to garner enough courage and support to finally advocate for himself and his students. He’ll transform from the weak and underestimated teacher to a strong and confident one who’ll give up everything he has to stand up for what’s right even if that means losing his job in the process.

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Of course, I don’t think this is going to be possible without the help and collaboration of the students though. In order to get to a point where the corruption and suffering stops and everyone is stable again, maybe – just maybe – everyone needs to stop thinking for themselves and instead come together to rebel like how the culprit did. Hopefully the students will realize that in order to survive, it’s not exposing and calling each other out that will help them. It’s understanding that their one enemy isn’t each other but rather the unequal system set up by the principal and when they come upon this realization, then they can merge and align with one another. So instead of trying to find out who X is and giving up everything that they built for themselves along the way to do that, they should instead all collectively become X so that they can earn the the win they want and deserve in the end.

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School 2017: Episode 2 recap

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Honestly, I think the hardest part about recapping is not so much summarizing each scene or the entire episode or writing how I feel about each episode or finding a good screencap for each scene that can be used to illustrate what’s going in with that scene. Through this episode, I’ve come to realizing that often the most difficult aspect about recapping for me is finding the perfect screenshot to use as the primary screencap of each recap post (you know, the very first one of the post). There were so many great shots in today’s episode that I was screenshotting everything and then had a difficult time choosing one. But I’m content with the one that I chose above because I think it captures the emotions of our characters and the optimistic outlook they have in life despite everything that they might be facing and going through in life. Sometimes in life you go through challenges and obstacles and it seems like these problems are never-ending, but at the end of the day, no matter what you’re going through you’re not alone.

School 2017 episode 2: The Innocent Delinquent

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Eunho’s in the teacher’s office room looking for her drawing sketchbook that was taken away from her by her teacher. Once there, she discovers someone else also in the room dressed in a black hoodie burning pieces of paper. They face each other, but before Eunho can get a word out of her mouth, the person breaks the window and escapes just in time. Eunho is left alone in the room and is also about to also escape when teachers and police officers come barging into the room just in time to witness Eunho near the broken window ready to jump. Eunho is caught and unable to escape.

Rumors start to spread that Eunho is the culprit behind the incidents. Students praise her for her boldness and audacity, but Tae-woon and Dae-hwi aren’t buying it and have a hard time believing that she’s the culprit behind the incidents.

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Eunho is brought in for an interrogation with the principal, teachers, and staff. No matter what she says or explains to the staff about being in the room just to retrieve her sketchbook and that the actual culprit who committed the incident had escaped, none of the staff but Teacher Shim believe her. They refute her arguments and put her down, warning her that her two options are to either come clean or lay low before she gets dropped out of school. Poor Eunho 😦

Seeing how distraught and stressed Eunho is about the situation, Teacher Shim talks to her and tries to cheer her up. He even goes as far as to talking to Teacher Koo who had witnessed Eunho in the teacher’s office room that night to persuade him to reconsider the situation. However, it’s of no use as Teacher Koo still believes that Eunho is the culprit and that maybe – just maybe there was even an accomplice who worked alongside Eunho to commit the incident.

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Tae-woon also goes out of his own way to cheer Eunho up. They bicker back and forth before Tae-woon gifts her with some lemonade knowing fully well that that’s her favorite drink (omg I’m squealing! Tae-woon, how did you know that?!). They’re tooo cute.

Dae-hwi and his group of friends are sitting around talking about the Eunho incident. While his friends compliment her for doing something so brave, Dae-hwi comments that the culprit might not be her as you never know what a person is like just by looking at their physical appearance. Kyung-woo who’s sitting not too far from them halts his guitar playing and encourages Dae-hwi to do the same: to be in tune with his feelings and emotions and be truer to himself. Hmm, what could this possibly mean? (but omg, he finally spoke his first lines! hehe).

Despite everything that’s going on, Eunho still doesn’t stop drawing (yaaaas, I love that passion girl!). She doesn’t have the time or patience to stop focusing and doing what she loves best. She is still determined to do good in the competition so that she can get an award and therefore get accepted into Hanguk University.

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Teacher Shim, Teacher Koo, and Officer Soo-ji return to the classroom. They instruct the students to wait outside in the hallway so that they can conduct searches of the students’ belongings. After the search, some students who were found with prohibited items are punished and their items are confiscated by the teachers. This frustrates the punished students who lash out at Eunho because they believe she’s the reason behind all of this. One student in particular continues to yell at Eunho, but Dae-hwi stops her before a fight between them both erupts, warning the student attacking her to stop once and for all. Angry and bewildered, Eunho marches out of the classroom.

Nothing seems to be going well for Eunho at all. Her bike is broken and she has no way of getting home. But Tae-woon offers to give her a ride and together they get on his motorcycle. Sitting hip by hip on the rooftop of a building while staring out at the beautiful view of the city in front of them, they reveal to each other their dreams and the things most important to them – to Eunho, it’s her sketchbook and to Tae-woon, it’s his motorcycle. They stay there for a little bit longer in silence before Tae-woon drives Eunho home in the evening. She gives him a coupon to her family’s chicken restaurant as a gift of gratitude and appreciation to Tae-woon, but he just quietly puts it away before commenting “I don’t like chicken” and drives away. Oh Tae-woon, you never fail to make me laugh (and squeal).

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After dropping Eunho off, Tae-woon returns home to find his dad and the principal of his school talking to each other in the living room. He overhears their conversation and discovers that the principal is willing to take care of the Eunho situation by using Eunho as a scapegoat and expelling her so that the other students are aware of the consequences they could possibly face if they were to rebel as well. Tae-woon, furious after hearing this, leaves home but doesn’t hesitate to break the side mirror of the principal’s car before doing so (this is why I love you Tae-woon!).

Back at home, Eunho’s mother expresses interest in the webtoon drawing class that Eunho had talked to her about before. She suggests visiting the principal of Eunho’s school to check in on that and if the webtoon drawing class will actually help increase Eunho’s chances of getting into Hanguk University, but Eunho then becomes hesitant. After all that she’s been going through at school, the last thing she wants is her family to find out that she’s in trouble. So she kindly rejects her parent’s suggestion to visit the principal and lies that she’s not in trouble at school or anything (I’m already dreading to see what their reactions are when they find out what she’s been up to at school).

Eunho can always depend on her drawing skills to help her with anything. After some intense thinking, she draws a replica of the person that she saw the night of the incident in an effort to catch the culprit and clear her name once and for all.

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Along with best friend Sarang, they stop their male classmates the next day to try to find the culprit. Using the drawings that Eunho drew, they compare it to the faces of the classmates specifically focusing on the lips. Eunho finds her drawing similar to the lips of Dae-hwi, but Dae-hwi refutes any possibility of the culprit being him. Of course it’s not Dae-hwi. He’s the #1 ranked student in the school. He would never do anything like that. So Eunho moves on to the next person who coincidentally happens to be Tae-woon. She once again compares her drawing to Tae-woon’s face, focusing on his lips. As if they weren’t close enough, Tae-woon leans in closer towards her lips as if he’s going in for a kiss. But he stops and asks if she’s nervous that they’re that close to each other (UM TAE-WOON I THINK I’M THE NERVOUS ONE HERE) and then shoves her out of his face before walking away. Phew, that was a close one.

Outside of the principal’s office, Teacher Shim rehearses his speech that he plans on saying to the principal in regards to Eunho’s situation. He’s nervous as he clearly knows he’s the only one on Eunho’s side regarding the incident, but he has to do this. However, he finds Sarang’s mom (who’s a janitor at the school) inside the principal’s office instead and the principal outside out of his office speaking to a school official about Eunho’s situation. It turns out that the principal wants to expel Eunho but can’t do so because he’s not in the position or authority to do so. Teacher Shim overhears this and panics.

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Wow, it’s a Subway PPL! I knew there would be one sooner or later (throwback to the Subway PPL in ‘Goblin’. Yeah… I’ll never forget that). While at Subway, Teacher Shim tries to get his class to sign a petition in support of Eunho. The petition would help support prove that Eunho isn’t the culprit and prove to Eunho that there’s an army of people supporting her behind everything she’s going through. But the classmates aren’t interested and Teacher Shim only succeeds in getting a few petition with signatures back from the class. Even his co-workers aren’t supportive of the petition.

Three female classmates (I’ll just call them the ‘bullies’) are outside threatening and attacking another female classmate for her resistance in not complying with the demands of the bullies. They’re about to punch her when Officer Soo-ji comes in saving the poor girl and beats the 3 bullies up. Teacher Shim witnesses all of this and advocates for the 3 bullies without knowing exactly the full story behind why Officer Soo-ji is beating them up. But Officer Soo-ji doesn’t give up and stands with what she did. She’s even able to make Teacher Shim’s heart flutter through a quick move she pulls on the teacher. Ooh, yeah. I think he’s sold.

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Teacher Shim solves the issue between the 3 bullies and the female classmate by having them apologize to each other. It seems like everything is okay until a fight erupts in his very own classroom. It turns out that the notes that Bit Na (Z. Hera) claimed was stolen by her classmates were actually stolen by the 3 bullies so in order to return the notes back to her, they pressured the female classmate into doing it. Furious and enraged, Bit Na yells at the female classmate for stealing her notes and is about to fight her when Eunho tries to interrupt them. This concludes in a fight between Eunho and Bit Na which Teacher Shim is responsible for. Called into a meeting with Bit Na’s mom, the principal, and a few others, they demand for Eunho’s expulsion from school despite Teacher Shim’s words in defense of her.

Eunho and the female classmate Bora are punished and sent to detention. They have a heart-felt conversation about being labeled delinquents just because they’re not the richest and have poor grades. But Eunho doesn’t care about what others think about her and refuses to give in to being disciplined (that’s the spirit!).

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Officer Soo-ji and Teacher Shim look at the CCTV clips from the night of the incident. Although they don’t reach a definite conclusion on who the culprit is, Soo-ji does conclude that the culprit has got to be someone from the school. They then both go out to get noodles with each other.

We return to the test preparation school where the 4 students in episode one were. Here they are again, texting one another in their group chat and worried about being affected by the incident (I would like to note that the drama doesn’t show us the faces of the students so we don’t know who they are, but the drama is trying to make us suspect these 4 students could be the ones behind the incidents). But one of the group member reassures them that they just need to lay low and they’ll be fine (Hmm, I’m definitely having my guesses on who these 4 students are).

There’s a new hint and update on the investigation of the incident! After breaking the window and using the window to jump out of the room, the culprit accidentally slit the side of their body on a piece of the window, leaving behind blood on that window piece. If they can determine whose blood this belongs to, they’ll find who the culprit is.

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Determined to clear her name, Eunho keeps her eyes out on potential culprits. She watches Tae-woon, Dae-hwi, Kyung-woo, and their friends play basketball while eyeing the sides of their body for any scars or scratches. After failing to find any scars on the body of her male classmates including Dae-hwi (she even lifts his shirt up it was so funny), she moves on to Tae-woon (yaaaay!). But he is also innocent as his (very sexy and fit) body is spotless.

Eunho’s mom is informed about Eunho’s incident and hurries to the school to try to talk Teacher Koo out of it. As he explains to her that Eunho’s only option left is to drop out of high school, she begs for him to please reconsider Eunho’s future and give her another chance. Fed up and exhausted from everything, Eunho cries for her mother to stop begging him when she wasn’t even the one who committed the incident in the first place. Oof, the pain. This is so heart-breaking. The day ends with Eunho’s mother walking out of the office dejected and in tears and Eunho trailing behind her concerned and also in tears. Mom scolds at Eunho to return to class before walking away.

In a meeting with the principal, Teacher Koo brings up the fact that they don’t have concrete evidence that Eunho was the one who committed the incident. But the principal is stubborn and wants to do whatever he can to kick Eunho out of the school. Even Sarang feels hopeless as neither Dae-hwi or Tae-woon step up to do anything about the poor situation.

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Eunho admits to her mother that she wants to drop out of the school. The teachers there are too mean and harsh and discriminatory against the students, especially to those who are seen as delinquents. But that’s exactly what happens when you have a low rank in school Eunho’s mother comments. You get no respect from people if they don’t see you as someone worthy of being respected.

Eunho meets with the disciplinary committee consisting of hella rich mothers and makes her fill out a withdrawal form for school. As she sits inside the empty classroom staring at the form, she overhears Kyung-woo and his fangirls singing to Roy Kim’s ‘Bom Bom Bom’ outside. She shifts her focus back onto the form and expresses dislike over how in school you always have to write for everything. Where are the options for drawing? Why do schools make you write for everything? She eventually fills out the form and hands it in to Teacher Koo, but after giving it a glimpse gives it to Teacher Shim. Upon reading the first few words, Teacher Shim chases after Eunho who’s already outside in the hallway walking away disheartened and broken.

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“Getting bad grades,” she speaks, “meant you had no right to go to school. The most devastating thing amidst that discrimination was that I didn’t meet a single adult that said that this isn’t what a school is about and that it was wrong. Not a single one.” In between this voice over are scenes of the 3 bullies still bullying Bora and a mother from the disciplinary committee coming into contact with them but not saying any word to them but instead walking away. The scene ends with Teacher Koo reminding Teacher Shim how cruel the world can be and Teacher Shim adding that that’s exactly what they’re doing – they’re sending these students out to the harsh cruel world.

Teacher Shim has a drink with Eunho’s father and together they blame themselves for the regretful situation that Eunho is caught in. It’s a bittersweet moment between the two who obviously yearn to do something about the situation that Eunho is in but is unable to because of how powerless even adults like them are in society.

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A school assembly is held to discuss the updates concerning Eunho’s circumstance with the incident. While the principal is talking, a drone with a trashbag marked with an X on it as well as a picture of the principal’s face taped onto it appears into the gym where the assembly is being held. This drives the staff and teachers crazy, but the students are excited and entertained by the drone. Eunho is relieved and cries in tears as this proves then that she’s not the culprit behind the incidents! While the students chase after the drone, Teacher Koo spies the person controlling the drone and chases after the person.

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The chase for the drone comes to an end as it flies away. Meanwhile, Eunho places her focus on the person behind the drone and chases after them, ending up on the rooftop of the school building. Once on the rooftop, she meets Kyung-woo who had come to the rooftop to grab his guitar. She questions whether he’s the culprit to which he continually denies it. With the CCTV clips, it turns out that he isn’t the culprit as he was with everyone when they were out chasing after the drone. So who the culprit be?

A clue placed in Eunho’s classroom locker could provide her and everyone with the answer to the burning question that’s been on everyone’s mind. Just as she’s finished reading the note, both Dae-hwi and Tae-woon enter the classroom at the same time and walk towards her. As the note indicates, both Tae-woon and Dae-hwi were no where to be seen during the assembly or outside when everyone else was chasing after the drone. So where were they and could one of them possibly be the culprit behind the incidents?

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They both gaze intensely at Eunho as she crunches the note in her hands behind her back and stares back at both the boys, close to crying as tears form in her eyes.

My Thoughts:

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I knew the drama was going to go this route and bring us to this point, but why am I so torn? Upon seeing Kyung-woo on the rooftop, I for a second thought just how exhilarating and a thousand times more interesting the drama would have been had it actually been Kyung-woo who was the culprit. I mean, that would just shock and confuse the hell out of people because he would be the last person anyone would expect to be the culprit behind the incidents. And then when it was revealed that he wasn’t the culprit, a part of me broke inside (okay I admit, I was very excited at first when I saw him on the rooftop and then became disappointed when we found out he wasn’t). Just because I so wanted him to and because it would have been so freaking awesome had he been the culprit. He’s definitely an interesting character so far because the drama hasn’t shown us much of him within the 2 episodes aired so far except for clips of him playing his guitar. It makes me wonder whether there’s something more to him that we’ll see later especially because it seems like he’s hiding something or knows things about certain people (like Dae-hwi for example) that he’s just not telling anyone. Even if he isn’t necessarily the culprit, I can see Kyung-woo playing a much bigger role in the future episodes and I’m so intrigued by him because he’s so damn mysterious. The drama’s making him out to be this popular and talented musician-student, but I have a feeling he’s so much more than that. That maybe he has a dark and evil side to him that others don’t know about or he’s hiding something so crucial and important that it could potentially expose everything. I don’t know. Maybe I’m overthinking this or because Seo Ji-hoon’s character in ‘Signal’ is bringing back memories, but oh I was so excited when I saw him on the rooftop. Are the chances of him being the culprit totally eliminated? Because I would still love to see him as the culprit because it would make for a much more great and interesting drama. Maybe it’s just because I’m biased towards the actor, but Kyung-woo is definitely one of those characters that I’m keeping my eye out for just because he’s so damn mysterious and intriguing.

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If episode one was Eunho’s spotlight time (along with the rest of the drama), I would argue that episode two was Teacher Shim’s episode. Here we get a better idea of the struggles that he faces as a normal teacher at the school and the obstacles he faces as someone who cares for his students but someone with so little power and courage to do much for them. Even for adults like him there is a hierarchy that’s even harder to break because there are a lot more things that are on the line if one was to break that hierarchy and rebel against it. It was painful watching him want to advocate for and support Eunho, but not being able to do all that he could do because his position as a teacher prevents and limits him from doing so. You want just at least one person to stand up for Eunho alongside her and help her out and the closest person to doing that was Teacher Shim, but he too was met with obstacles along the way. I think that’s a challenge that the drama did a good job in shedding light on in this episode which is that teachers are met with the dilemma of caring for their students and wanting to help them as much as they can but also being puppets to a corrupt and unfair school system whose priorities are not their students. It’s a difficult situation and decision for Teacher Shim and as a teacher, there’s only so much he could do to support Eunho which was why he felt so regretful and guilty towards Eunho’s father. I would argue that the other teachers also probably wanted to do something for Eunho (like Teacher Koo), but couldn’t because they’re not in the position or power to do so. It was heart-breaking watching Teacher Shim struggle, but I also commend him as well for trying and being that one person who stood behind Eunho the entire time. He stood his ground from the very beginning and never changed his opinion about how Eunho was innocent because there was no concrete evidence that proved she was the culprit. He’s a smart, logical, naive, and kind man, but at the same time it’s those exact traits that are also his weaknesses. He knows that he can’t be that type of person in a school setting where there’s bound to be corruption, power, and wealth involve in almost every aspect of the school. But he still fights regardless and does what he believes is right even if it doesn’t necessarily get him anywhere. That’s a characteristic of his that is admirable and I think this determination for justice is what will eventually help propel Eunho to be proven innocent to everyone.

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Speaking of Eunho, please give our little girl a break! Give her some time to breathe and just draw. She’s going through so much and everyone either doesn’t care about her or they believe she’s the culprit. The scene where she cried for her mom to stop begging to her teachers because she wasn’t even the one who committed the incident in the first place broke my heart. Because it’s true. Why apologize for something that you know you didn’t do? And it makes it even more heart-breaking because no one believes in Eunho even though only she knows the truth. It truly is suffocating that she’s the only one who actually knows what happened that night, but everyone else stays close-minded and refuses to listen to her. Eunho’s comment to her mom about how she’s seen as the culprit because she’s viewed as a delinquent was also so painful because it’s so true. If she had been within the top tier and ranked high up, maybe the most she would have gotten as a punishment was some sort of discipline and that’s it. Not any talks of expulsion or drop-outs and definitely not a crying mother begging the school teachers to let her daughter stay in school. Once again this just goes back to the whole notion of how your rank literally determines everything for you at school and I like how the drama is using this idea as an underlying reason for everything that’s been happening. It’s weaved well into the drama and the first episode did a good job in creating that foundation that now that it’s so apparent in episode two, it all makes sense.

I know some viewers had been complaining about the use of the ranks in this drama so far and how it seems a bit over exaggerating to use people’s ranks to determine something as mundane as getting lunch. Maybe it’s because I went to schools that didn’t focus on ranks that I don’t see this being an issue, but I’m also viewing the rank system as more of a factor for drama progress than for its realistic use. I know that in real life, schools don’t use student ranks to determine whether they’re gonna eat or not, but in this drama they have it built into the narrative to emphasize a point. They do it to get some kind of message across and they work this concept into their narrative so that then it makes sense as to why some characters are treated in certain ways or why even low-ranked student Tae-woon gets a pass for everything. So to me, I’m not bothered that the writer would do something like write about the use of ranks for access to services even if schools in actuality don’t necessarily do that (and they shouldn’t). There’s only so much reality that is portrayed in this drama to some extent, but my response to that is that this is still a drama in the end and if these certain aspects drive the drama and makes sense to me then I’ll buy it. And the drama is doing a good job so far in using the concepts of ranks to push the drama forth with progress and movement.

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I can see why the drama is setting up either Tae-woon or Dae-hwi to be the culprit. They’re our two male leads, but they also have that status and power from either their ranks or connections that they can use to protect Eunho from being expelled. If either of the boys were to either claim themselves as the culprit or actually be discovered as the culprit, I’m not expecting them either to be heavily punished for it because they are in a strong enough position to not be which once again just goes back to the whole idea of how your rank determines what your life will be like as a student. But I wonder what will happen to Eunho now that it’s been shown that she’s not the culprit behind the incidents. Will they still go through with the plan and expel her even though she didn’t commit the pranks or will they release her and let her go?

The last ten minutes of this episode was the most fascinating, intriguing, and gripping yet out of the 2 episodes so far. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see who the possible culprit could be and then actually fell off my chair when Eunho was on the rooftop with Kyung-woo (I’m so bummed out he’s not the culprit. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that, especially because the drama did such a great job in setting it up to make him look like he was the culprit). The drama did a good job in maintaining the suspense and momentum until the very last second and unlike what I had originally thought, I guess Eunho didn’t actually see the face of the culprit so now I can’t wait to see what’s gonna happen next. The cast members are still a little green, but the director is working around their weaknesses and flaws so no one is too jarring for me right now. I’m especially enjoying Kim Jung-hyun as Tae-woon because he’s… kind of swoonworthy. This is my first drama that I’m watching him in and I like the way he’s portraying Tae-woon. He’s kind of like your bad boy type of guy who’s also lowkey a sweetheart on the inside because he cares about Eunho enough to do things for her. And their scenes together in episode 2 were just absolutely gold! From the rooftop scene to the almost kiss scene, I was squealing and squeaking so much. But I loved it! Give me more drama, give me more!

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A part of me likes how Tae-woon is trying to cheer Eunho up by giving her rides to places on his motorcycle or giving her lemonade to drink. It’s those kind of small gestures and thoughts that makes a really big difference. However, I wonder if he’s going to play a bigger role with the whole Eunho incident and a big part of me would love to see him advocate for Eunho and maybe even actually save her by standing in for her. Like episode one emphasized, he has the connections and the status whereas she doesn’t and because she doesn’t, nothing she says will persuade anyone to believe she’s not the culprit. She tried that this whole episode in multiple ways but still failed in the end. It’d be nice to see Tae-woon do more and be more involved. Knowing how he is so far, he probably won’t, but also having seen the small little things he’s done for Eunho in the midst of all this chaos makes me optimistic that he has the potential to do something even bigger and better for her.

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(they dared to even include this in the drama so you know I just HAD to screencap it and place it in this post for…purposes)

Maybe I’m just being hopeful, but I think he could put some good use to his status as the son of the Director by stepping in for Eunho and helping her, whether to support her or to even claim that he was the culprit. Maybe this might be too far-fetched and the drama won’t even go this direction, but it’d be a perfect example of what the drama has been heavily emphasizing on so far: your ranks and connections determine everything. Obviously if claimed to be the culprit, Tae-woon wouldn’t get into too much trouble because well.. he’s the Director’s son and he has all the power that is associated with that. And I doubt the teachers and principal would even dare to expel or kick Tae-woon out of their school because that’s just something they wouldn’t even think about doing. So I’d like to see our Tae-woon do something bigger and braver for once and help Eunho from the bad situation she’s stuck in right now. Please Tae-woon, put some good use to your status as the Director’s son. Be a hero.

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