Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 17 – 20)

I can’t seem to catch up with the recaps for this kdrama so I’m going to do a 4 episode summary for now. Hopefully, my recaps will align with the weekly launch of new episodes!

As each stage unfolds and the shadow lurks after, more and more characters are becoming self aware of themselves. What are the secrets that Dried Squid is so desparate to keep hidden and how will this knowledge affect the lives of our characters?

Episode 17 and 18

Our star-crossed lovers have reunited as Ha Roo reassures Dan Oh that he won’t be going anywhere this time. Even Do Hwa is ecstatic and doting that his close friend finally remembers him too, haha! Dan Oh and Ha Roo decide to play hooky one day and ditch their music class to explore around town. Dan Oh swears that this is the last time she’ll try to change the stage for the fear of losing Ha Roo again. They spend the day eating candy, playing games, and even taking pictures together. To add to a list of their firsts, they hold hands as they walk back to school.

While Dan Oh’s luck has changed, the same can’t be said for Ju Da as Sae Mi and the other girls lock her inside a room agian because they know that Nam Ju is going to officially ask her to be his girlfriend. She is pissed off but can’t do anything in the stage. Do Hwa figures out that she was bullied because Nam Ju had prepared something for her in the auditorium but had to postpone it since the balloons, confetti, and poster were ruined. It’s Do Hwa who finds Ju Da in the shadow but as the stage plays out, Nam Ju naturally finds her instead.

Ha Roo gets recurring visions of his former life with Dan Oh in the Trumpet Creeper comics but he is not yet sure what these visions mean. He deduces that the reason he keeps seeing the flower that symbolizes waiting, is because it is telling him to wait for Dan Oh to find him no matter what happens. Dried Squid talks to himself lamenting that the writer has been reusing the same characters, plot, even the lines that they said from the other comic. He is anxious that the same tragedy that happened in Trumpet Creeper will occur here too.

Ha Roo ultimately asks Baek Kyung if he likes Dan Oh (Finally someone asked!) and although Baek Kyung doesn’t give an answer, the former steps up to admit that he does.

Episode 19 and 20

Baek Kyung finds the charred pages of the Trumpet Creeper comic book and deduces that the lines Dan Oh had said to him before in the stage here in Secret are exactly the same with the Dan Oh lookalike in the comics. Dried Squid is mortified when Baek Kyung shows him one of the burnt pages and swears that he’ll take back what was taken from him. In a new stage scene, he yet again gets angry at Dan Oh but as soon as the shadow commences, he immediately walks back to her to try and apologize. He’s not given a chance to at the moment though but he awkwardly tries to say sorry the next day instead.

Getting triggered by people around him, the green-eyed monster in Baek Kyung is heightened as he is constantly being told that it’s better to be an extra like Ha Roo who is not limited by any predetermined set-up. Despite this fact though, he feels that people are adoring and treating Ha Roo like a main character. When Dan Oh’s heart rate watch starts beeping, Ha Roo places it on Sae Mi’s hand instead since he thinks that the scene intended is for Dan Oh to collapse and have Baek Kyung come to her aid. The watch continues to buzz even on Sae Mi so when the stage does happen, Baek Kyung discovers that a person indeed fainted, but it’s Sae Mi who’s on the ground! Ha Roo was able to creatively change the stage once again but Dan Oh still faints; only this time, Ha Roo is the one who brings her to safety.

Nam Ju’s confession to Ju Da is thwarted when his mom intervenes to not do anything of the sort. Ju Da goes to the auditorium where Nam Ju prepared to confess only to find no one there. Do Hwa unexpectedly finds out that Ju Da is not answering her phone and goes to see her at school knowing that something went wrong. Although Ju Da does not directly confess that she’s become self-aware, she does vent out her frustrations that she decided to keep waiting for Nam Ju because he was the 1st person to reach out to her.

With her chest pain affecting her in the shadow too, Dan Oh grows increasingly worried about her time left in this world. She and Ha Roo spend the weekend hanging out at school and make a promise to meet up at the largest tree in the garden there on October 10. Things don’t go exactly as planned though as the succeeding stages has Dan Oh confined in the hospital for more than 2 weeks. Ha Roo senses that something is wrong when Dan Oh doesn’t meet him and tries to see her in the hospital; but whenever he tries to go in the shadow, the stage keeps creating a new scene and he doesn’t make it every single time.

On October 31st, Dan Oh finally gets time in the shadow and she frantically goes to school to find Ha Roo. She searches for him everywhere before breaking down at a spot near the tree. Ha Roo hears her crying and goes to hug her while also confessing his feelings for her. They seal their long-awaited meeting with a kiss on the lips❤️

Thoughts

If this were a horror movie, the ending would probably be that the same set of characters will be created in another comic book, just in a new plot and setting. Everyone won’t be aware again and a devilish smile would be seen from the writer as the same loop of events will just restart all over again. Yeesh, thinking about this gives me the creeps and I am hoping that Extraordinary You is not that kind of kdrama! It would be a daring conclusion but please NO!🙅🏻‍♀️

Before these episodes, I thought that Dried Squid was a gatekeeper for the comics to be stable, but it seems like he could have been a character from Trumpet Creeper too. Given his ominous foreshadowing and constant barrage of warnings to Dan Oh to not change the stage, maybe he suffered a great consequence too. The “tragedy” he mentioned could be a death of a character, I’m just not sure if it’s Dan Oh or Ha Roo. I know that this is a work of fiction but damn, how can the writer be so lazy to reuse lines and characters like this?

Based from the snippets that we are privy to from the other comic book, I think it’s Ha Roo who first fell in love with Dan Oh’s character there. The reason why he can change the stage in the current story is probably because he was the 1st one who became self-aware in his other life and he was also 1/3 of the love triangle so he possesses more power than other characters. I agree with Ha Roo that the book is probably ongoing given that he can change the stage, hopefully the writer does something right this time around and help Dan Oh achieve a happily ever after.

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Unnie Recommends: FAILling in Love

A simple premise tangled with complicated emotions, FAILling in Love, is a kdrama told from the perspective of 2 friends who seemingly like each other but because of wrong timing, awkward moments, and, well… life, getting together is not as easy as it seems.

It’s been awhile since I recommended a new korean drama since all the current ones premiered around the same time. FAILling in Love only has 10 episodes so delving into this when you’ve already got a stacked line-up of TV shows to watch shouldn’t be a problem!

Current Impression

Wanting to have a girlfriend already, the male main character perspective is told by Kang Pa Rang, an 18-year old high school student who has been rejected by every girl he asked out. Feeling fed up, he decides to ask out his close friend, Lee Si Won, who happens to be the main female perspective of the show. Si Won does like Pa Rang ever since they were kids but she’s never admitted it to him. When he asks her out, she denies the fact that she likes him and this leaves him confused.

There’s also a rumor that Pa Rang’s friend, Lee Si Eon, is gay since he has never shown an interest in girls and seems to be rudely affectionate only to Pa Rang. I’m not yet convinced that Si Eon is gay because there are little signs that he likes Si Won. It would be interesting if Si Eon indeed liked Pa Rang more than as a friend but we’ll see as the episodes progess. I like that even in the 1st 2 episodes, we got to know a little bit of each character’s personality already😊 Pa Rang as an awkward teen who has separation anxiety issues, Si Won is a popular and caring friend, while Si Eon is aloof but mindful towards the people he cares about.

FAILling in Love applies the familiar premise of high school students getting their first real taste of love, uncertainty, and making mistakes. The light comedy and subtle display of emotions are fun and not at all boring to watch. If you’re looking for something laid-back to tune into yet still has substance, you can’t go wrong with this kdrama💫

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 15 and 16)

It’s good to have Ha Roo back but Dan Oh isn’t too thrilled as he is a completely different person now. Despite this setback, Ha Roo seems to be still drawn to Dan Oh and tries to figure out why. Baek Kyung uses this opportunity to show Dan Oh his sincerity but will he win over our heroine’s heart?

Episode 15

Picking up the same flower that he sees in his dreams, Ha Roo notices the drawing of Dan Oh on the wall. He is lost in a daze as he meets Dan Oh walking in the school hallway. She does call him by his name fondly but tries hard to dismiss any hope of the old Ha Roo coming back. She’s saddened by the fact that he speaks to her only to say that Baek Kyung has already left.

Girls are fawning all over Ha Roo as Dan Oh helplessly watches him in class. He opens a jar lid for her and she begs him not to be kind to her or she’ll think of him as the old Ha Roo. Baek Kyung interrupts their brief moment probably out of jealousy and to save Dan Oh but he’s just so aggressive that it comes off as a disrespectful gesture. Even the 2 girls who were into Baek Kyung before moved on to crushing on Ha Roo, driving Dan Oh crazy with jealousy herself.

Ju Da runs into Nam Ju’s mom and the latter makes her feel inferior by commenting on her dirty shoes and expressing that she wants a girlfriend for her son who is similar in status. An angle that is only used when our characters have their own thoughts while on stage is displayed on Ju Da. Wait, does this mean she’s also becoming self-aware too?🤔 She even smiles triumphantly at Sae Mi when she was bullied in the shadow by her friends and her.

A stage scene has Nam Ju in the broadcast room announcing to the whole school that Ju Da is the only woman for him. So the intended stage scene for them still happened after all, with Dan Oh and Do Hwa accepting what just transpired easier than ever before. Dan Oh tries her hardest to deflect Ha Roo, who unconsciously sits across from her in the library. He moves to another seat because of Dan Oh’s annoyance, but admits to himself that she is on his mind. He has a dream of catching Dan Oh falling while getting a book on a bookshelf: it’s their characters from the Flower comics!🌸 Talk about déjà vu as the same thing happens to them a few minutes in the library.

In a surprise visit, Baek Kyung goes to Dan Oh’s house early morning and they spend the time actually having a good conversation. Baek Kyung narrates that when they were kids, she would take her medicine because he casted a “spell” on her (like Cinderella’s fairy godmother) that would give her a healthy heart. She is surprised that he even remembers such a memory and Dan Oh thanks him for his sincerity. She confesses that she’ll try to forget Ha Roo, Baek Kyung’s rudeness, and how she tried to change the story. All of this happens in the shadow so props to Baek Kyung for making an effort to build a decent relationship with her.

When Ha Roo witnesses Baek Kyung tell Dan Oh in school that he’ll pick her up again tomorrow, he instinctively utters “No” and places his hand on Baek Kyung’s hand. Baek Kyung is of course annoyed, Dan Oh is shocked but says nothing, but it’s Ha Roo who is the most stunned when he tries to figure out why he just did that. In class, Ha Roo has another dream of his alter ego in Flower buying the same floral ornament in the market. Apparently, the flower is called “Trumpet Creeper” (Sounds creepy and not at all romantic but okay) and he wakes up from his dream smiling as he clutches it in his hand.

Episode 16

Baek Kyung steps up his making amends game by gifting Dan Oh with presents. This would have been a perfect redeeming moment for him if only he hadn’t had Ha Roo go to where they are as an errand boy to buy a bouquet of roses for Dan Oh. Damn, just when you think he’s trying to be a better man😒 Dan Oh coldly tells Ha Roo to leave and she walks away from both men in the park.

A few seconds after, a stage scene sets up Dan Oh and Ha Roo buying a gift for Baek Kyung at a sporting goods store. Once they are out of the stage, Dan Oh explains that it’s only her set-up that she needs to like Baek Kyung. When Ha Roo says that she can just change what’s already determined, she adamantly states that she doesn’t want to anymore because she doesn’t want to lose him. Ha Roo is confused because Dan Oh keeps repeating that he isn’t the same Ha Roo and doesn’t explain any further.

Going back to the comic’s leading lady, Ju Da doesn’t disclose to Nam Ju that she is at the hospital visiting her grandmother. They flirt (again) over the phone and Nam Ju confesses that he has a wish that he wants granted but he needs time to prepare for it. Ju Da sighs as she sees photographs of stolen shots between Nam Ju and her as a threat from his mom reminding her that they are the ones paying for her grandma’s hospital bills. She is clearly lonely and looks at Do Hwa’s picture on her phone. She’s already self-aware at this point I think but it’s just that no one can help her get through it.

Having another argument, Dan Oh keeps rejecting Ha Roo’s act of kindness towards her. He is also getting infuriated at the fact that she keeps saying that he is not Ha Roo when that is his name. She is upset at this fact because she said that to him in the shadow, which means he is now self-aware. Just not aware enough to remember their memories. I can’t imagine Dan Oh and Ha Roo getting into a lovers spat ever since they’re always so considerate towards each other but I understand that they are in a special kind of situation.

Taking matters into his own hands, Dried Squid burns the Flower/Trumpet Creeper comic book since Ha Roo has already accidentally touched it while Baek Kyung actually read 2 pages of the book. On the same night, Baek Kyung and Dan Oh’s families have dinner together as dictated by the stage. She declares to everyone that she can marry Baek Kyung the next day, something that he read in the Flower comic book as well. Dan Oh never falters to tell him that her words and feelings in the stage are not real, and Baek Kyung gets irritated by this because he has real feelings for her.

Walking alone at night, Dan Oh observes other people on the street for having stories of their own but they have no choice but just to succumb to the writer’s set-up for them. Dan Oh contemplates on what if she only remained as a clueless extra. Just then, Ha Roo speaks that if that happened, then he would also just be a nameless No. 13. Dan Oh is crying with her mouth open from the shock as Ha Roo takes her hand in his… revealing the scar that he has on his hand. Finally, he’s back!!❤️

Thoughts

Each episode reveals the fate of our characters little by little so if on the previous recap, I say something different from the current one, please forgive my changing comments too, haha!✌🏻 I feel bad for Ju Da because even though she’s the lead in the comic book, her life doesn’t scream sunshine and rainbows. I’m not saying that Dan Oh’s feelings are not valid but it’s not as if Ju Da is living her best life too. Dan Oh’s situation is pitiful too because of her heart condition and being an extra, but if she took the time to observe Ju Da’s position, maybe she wouldn’t feel that life is so unfair for her.

If there’s something about destiny that Dan Oh can fully embrace, it’s the fact that she and Ha Roo have somehow found their way back to each other. I’m not sure if they were meant to be the leading lady and leading man of the other comic or if Ha Roo was actually the 2nd lead. Is it possible that they also became self-aware characters in Flower and they both tried to change their stage there so they both disappeared and ended up as extras in Secret as punishment? Now that he’s regained his memories, I hope they find a way to still change the stage.

Unnie Thoughts: Self Love is a Continuous Process

It’s no secret that the generation today is in need of a healthy validation that assures them their feelings are valid. I, myself, have read a lot of self-help and self-love books that at first, I wasn’t sure if I ought to be proud of it because I thought, “What if people think I’m depressed?” But as I learned when talking to different people and reading more and more books, you can be an okay person and still find yourself looking for advice every now and then— a voice aside from the people that you know. Maybe even constantly if you need it.

I try to apply and preach self-love whenever I can, but don’t you ever get those random days when you just feel a little sad? One minute you feel on top of the world, and the next, your self-esteem and confidence shoots down like a popped balloon. Do we simply just think too much sometimes or do we need to stop feeding our minds with doubts and just tackle our days for what is is? Our mind is a powerful tool that can either break us or help us get back to a path of healing and recovery. We need to practice feeding ourselves with positive thoughts, “we can do this” mantras, and if the weight of our problems are just a bit too heavy to carry… let’s remind ourselves that it’s okay to rest.

There have been countless of times where this up and down swirl of emotions have latched onto me and I’m not really sure how I get out of the rut. I think that we just need to live our life day by day and eventually, when we find ourselves doing something else, the feeling of loneliness and anxiety just dissipates. Spending time with family, talking or going out with loved ones, working hard, solving problems, sleeping in on the weekends — life will not let us be stuck on a downward spiral forever. Our situations won’t change overnight though but we can heal in between the hardships if we allow ourselves to.

It’s almost the end of another year, 2019, and when I look back on all my experiences, I can’t say I’ve had a bad one. Don’t self sabotage by allowing your mind to wander endlessly through a loop of insecurities. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, trust that the life you have been living, shaped by your own hands and heart, amidst the negative energy, has a sturdy and good foundation

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 13 and 14)

Distinguishing what’s real and what’s fake can get blurry in the comic book world and with the stage changing, there’s no telling what can happen next. Ha Roo disappearing hits Dan Oh hard, even Do Hwa starts to contemplate what he truly wants to do in the comics. Will this finally be the trigger for our self aware friends to stop changing their destiny?

Episode 13

We backtrack a little bit and get a glimpse of Baek Kyung’s perspective the day that Ha Roo went missing. It turns out that he was the one who tore out the drawings in Ha Roo’s notebook into the school pool. Baek Kyung also knew for quite some time about the truth and even lectures Dan Oh about being bold enough to change things when she’s just an extra. Jerk!! Dan Oh and Do Hwa talk to Dried Squid about the situation and he gives it to her straight that it’s because she wanted to change the stage that’s why Ha Roo disappeared.

Baek Kyung starts acting up in the shadow now that he knows his family’s memories will be erased once the next stage scene commences. Dude has a lot of pent up anger, I almost (but not quite) feel sorry for him. Dan Oh is devastated and crying at the loss of Ha Roo and she asks Dried Squid for help to find him. He only repeats his words that the consequence of her altering the story lead to this.

Things don’t look too good for Do Hwa as well because even if they somehow altered the story between Nam Ju and Ju Da, the stage dictates Do Hwa to tell Ju Da to forget about his feelings for her. Do Hwa apologizes to Nam Ju in the shadow as he feels awful about everyone affected with what happened at the party. For a second lead, he is perfect as a leading man. Maybe in another comic book?😁

Dan Oh constantly thinks about Ha Roo and is in a somber mood all day at school. Surprisingly, Baek Kyung tries to comfort her, in his own methods, and volunteers to help her change the story. Dan Oh explains that she can die anytime when the writer wants her to but instead of being able to spend the time she has left for herself, it’s used to build up the main or supporting characters of the book. I think this is the 1st time that Baek Kyung actually understands why she’s trying so hard to change her fate😢

Episode 14

It’s a sports festival at Seuli high school and everyone but Dan Oh is excited to participate in the activities. A stage scene has Dan Oh and Baek Kyung competing in a three-legged race but along the way, she loses one of her rubbershoes and her heart rate starts to increase. To make matters worse, Baek Kyung leaves her in the middle of the field. Dan Oh cries in despair when suddenly, someone approaches her to give back her shoe. It’s Ha Roo!! But is he the same person we knew from before?

Dan Oh catches up to Ha Roo who happens to be talking to Baek Kyung. It’s a weird sight to see Ha Roo be nice and comfortable with Baek Kyung but cold towards Dan Oh. Do Hwa comes running to them and he shows her the comic book with a new addition to the list of extras — Ha Roo. This is not good😐

Secret’s comic book leading lady gets bullied as usual and Do Hwa comforts Ju Da over strawberry milk. He also apologizes to her as he continues to mull over the changed story, especially now that Ha Roo has a different character altogether. I know I said that even if Ju Da was self-aware, she’d still choose Nam Ju. But with how mature Do Hwa is handling things, a small part of me wishes that she’d fall for him in the shadow.

A dodgeball session plays out and Dan Oh tries to jog Ha Roo’s memory of him saving her from getting hit by the ball last time. He doesn’t protect her this time but he does lightly throw the ball at her. Baek Kyung is suspicious about Ha Roo’s new attitude and tries to test him if he has really forgotten about his past or if he’s merely pretending to forget. It seems that for now, he really has forgotten about his previous appearance in the comics.

Later that same night, Dan Oh visits Dried Squid to talk about the comic’s latest development. She shares that she had a good time whenever she and Ha Roo changed the story and that maybe she could change her set-up of having a terminal illness but ever since he disappeared, she’s become afraid. She could live her life as a quiet extra but she fears getting killed off as well. I feel bad whenever Dan Oh becomes sad because she’s such a positive and persistent heroine that doesn’t deserve this, huhu😓

On the other side of the school, Ha Roo finds himself drawn to the library. He finds himself at the spot where he used to tape drawings of the comic book world and Dan Oh. The mysterious portal that keeps popping up from time to time is there and it showed a scene with Ha Roo and Dan Oh, but they’re wearing what appears to be Joseon period garments. Dan Oh utters a line that she has said in this comic book world already. So both of them are from the Flower comics after all!🌸

Thoughts

Since there’s a rule about the stage being an inevitable occurrence in this world, it’s excusable for Baek Kyung to be a jerk because that’s his set-up. It’s only natural that his brash and mean spirited character can spill over to his shadow so it’s sometimes hard to blame him for being who he is. I don’t know if Baek Kyung really likes Dan Oh for who she is or if it’s like Do Hwa’s feelings for Ju Da, who since he likes in the stage, he also learns to admire her in the shadow. Since Baek Kyung is used to Dan Oh liking him in the stage, it is second nature for him to think that too in the shadow. But for our heroine, Dan Oh, she deserves someone who is kind and patient to her, no matter how sincere one’s feelings are for her.

If Dan Oh and Ha Roo are characters from another comic book, does this mean that they were reincarnated/reused for this one? Maybe the reason for Dan Oh becoming self-aware is not by chance but because she was the leading lady of another tale. Ha Roo disappearing momentarily was possible perhaps so the writer can give him a new character to include him in Secret but not to Dan Oh’s preference. For whatever reason, I don’t think this writer likes happy endings… but Secret is supposed to be a romcom genre. But if Ha Roo can alter someone else’s story, e.g. someone’s free will, then maybe one’s destiny isn’t as predetermined as we’re led to believe. I hope that Ha Roo can remember Dan Oh and they, together with Do Hwa, fight back towards the writer.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 11 and 12)

With an all new stage and Ha Roo starting to have a more prominent role in the comics, things are finally going on a positive trajectory for Dan Oh. She remains oblivious to the threat that something will go wrong if she keeps changing the intended storyboard and someone else might have to pay for her actions.

Episode 11

Cheers erupt as Baek Kyung makes his announcement for Dan Oh. Ha Roo’s hand start to ache again and he drops the tray with the champagne glass on the ground. Baek Kyung tries to stop Dan Oh from leaving but the former tries to process what the latter said that she never liked him willingly and that it’s only what the writer wanted. Dan Oh catches up to Ha Roo and she is hopeful that they have definitely changed the stage this time. She doesn’t see Ha Roo’s concerned look though as this is the 1st time that he looks genuinely scared of their actions.

Ju Da tells Do Hwa that she likes him too, but only as a friend. She admits that something feels off and this is where Nam Ju finds them both. He decides to cancel the party and is in a sulky mood when his mother scolds him for being MIA. Later that night, Ha Roo visits Dried Squid and he says that the pain indeed is getting worse when the stage changes. He divulges that both Dan Oh and the flower (The one in the keychain and the one present in the school garden) feel familiar to him. Dried Squid cautions him again that even extras have levels, like Dan Oh, and that Ha Roo is the only one who’ll disappear.

Do Hwa feels bad for both Nam Ju and Ju Da seeing them miserable as a result of what happened last night. He mumbles that he thought confessing his feelings would make him feel better, but I guess in the end he feels worse for having interrupted the comic book’s OTP romance. Meanwhile, Ha Roo continues to ponder about his fate until Baek Kyung decides to provoke him by mentioning that he’s just playing with Dan Oh’s emotions. Man, I cannot believe how rotten this guy truly is! And this is in the shadow too.

Ultimately, it’s wanting to protect Dan Oh that makes Ha Roo decide that he wants to continue helping her change the story. He feels happy seeing her smile and I think Dan Oh’s determination to change her role as a dying extra has infected him too (in a good way). He professes to Dried Squid that he couldn’t keep his distance from Dan Oh and that he’ll find the answers that he’s looking for with her. Awww!❤️ This doesn’t bode well with Dried Squid who thought that Ha Roo finally conceded defeat and won’t aid her anymore.

Feeling something beyond friendship, Dan Oh’s heart rate increases whenever Ha Roo is physically near her, haha! With a cleared mind and mission, Ha Roo is becomes more comfortable in talking to Dan Oh and he even (handsomely) initiates saying “Hi” to her at school. The sparks between these 2 are definitely evident and endearing to watch⚡️It’s too bad that things are not going well for our other self-aware character as Nam Ju informs Do Hwa that he doesn’t need Ju Da anymore and this leads to a confrontation between the 2 of them. Do Hwa punches Nam Ju in the face while reiterating that he likes Ju Da. Unfortunately though, the stage takes control and the exact opposite happens as it’s Nam Ju who ends up punching Do Hwa because the latter cannot declare his feelings out loud for anyone to acknowledge.

Episode 12

Little by little, the butterfly effect is working its magic on the comic book’s stage. Nam Ju announces that Do Hwa is now out of A3 and that he’s looking to add a new member to the group, even asking Ha Roo. Ju Da tries to fix the issue with Nam Ju but the latter misinterprets her gesture as concern for Do Hwa and walks away. Baek Kyung consoles Do Hwa about him getting kicked out, not realizing that his words (again) about not remembering anything could be triggering Baek Kyung’s self awareness.

Ha Roo is getting noticed in class for having aced an exam, playing the flute really well, and being a natural at painting. His classmates even know his name already and Dan Oh notices that his name tag is already visible too. This time, it’s Ha Roo who gets nervous around Dan Oh as she unconsciously sits near him and motions her face very close to his, haha! I just don’t know if Ha Roo becoming a character in the comic book is a good thing since this means he can change the stage more often and the consequences for that must be bad.

Baek Kyung asks out Dan Oh to the movies as part of a stage scene. Sae Mi helps Dan Oh get ready and even gives her tips to flirt subtly for her date. On the way to the movie theater, Baek Kyung states that he doesn’t think he can marry Dan Oh. His father is enraged and orders him to get out of the car which in turn leads Baek Kyung to call off his date with Dan Oh. Devastated in the stage but once in the shadow, Dan Oh nonchalantly wipes her tears away and is back to normal, haha!

Before she leaves, like a true prince charming, Ha Roo suddenly shows up and rescues Dan Oh from having a dateless night. It’s the two of them who end up watching a movie and Dan Oh is flustered when they accidentally fulfill Sae Mi’s flirty tips😈 It turns out that the conversation between Baek Kyung and his dad happened in the stage because he now comes running inside the theater to look for Dan Oh. They don’t even realize that he must be self-aware at this point to have gone to the movies, but Dan Oh doesn’t think to much about it.

Another stage scene sets up a face-off between Nam Ju and Do Hwa. It’s a swimming competition to see who finishes first but before the race ends, Dan Oh notices that Ha Roo’s name tag in his school uniform is disappearing. UH OH. The school’s alarm suddenly goes off and everyone evacuates the gym. Dan Oh is pushed into the water by accident due to the chaos and Ha Roo dives in to save her.

When she wakes up, she sees Baek Kyung beside her, sobbing and being genuinely worried. He has a flashback of his childhood days where his mom was also in her deathbed in the hospital and he mutters that everyone eventually ends up leaving him. I’m not sure if this scene took place in the stage or shadow but when Baek Kyung comes back to check on Dan Oh, she has already left the hospital. Raining and gloomy, Dan Oh desperately tries to find Ha Roo in school. Still in her hospital pajamas, she is shocked to see another classmate sitting on Ha Roo’s seat and claiming that he is No. 13. When she goes to the school pool, she discovers Ha Roo’s drawings ripped out and floating on the water.

Like a woman possessed, Dan Oh hurries to the library to find the comic book. As she goes through the bookshelves, she is met with Baek Kyung who throws the book on the floor towards her.

Thoughts

NOOOO! Ha Roo’s gooonnnee🥺 Just when Dan Oh and Ha Roo are growing closer, they are separated direly from one another. Dried Squid never explicitly stated to Dan Oh or Do Hwa what it would cost Ha Roo if he helped them, but that’s not much of a relief no matter how they spin the truth. Now that Baek Kyung is fully self aware, I’m curious to see if he’ll help or stop Dan Oh navigate through the comics. Whatever he decides to do, I’m sure it won’t be pleasant.

It just also occurred to me why Dan Oh is the only one who gets a preview of the storyboard. Not Do Hwa nor Ha Roo can have these visions, so why her? I know that Dan Oh is special not just because she’s this kdrama’s main character; but I have a feeling she, like Ha Roo, might actually belong to another comic book where they are the main characters. I’m not sure how she ended up in Secret but perhaps it’s the writer who intended them to split up.

With this new development, I am also wondering if we’ll ever get to see the “writer” of Secret. Ha Roo was erased from the comic book world because he kept interfering with the stage but why let it happen in the first place? Shouldn’t the writer be powerful enough to prevent this he/she wrote the book? I hope he finds a way to come back and be with Dan Oh🙏🏻

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 9 and 10)

Getting what you want by working hard for your goals ought to be a rewarding experience but in this kdrama, is it considered a good thing? Dan Oh, Ha Roo, and Do Hwa take on a new challenge to change their predestined lives this week but they’ll learn the hard way that every action elicits a consequence that one must be ready to deal with.

Episode 9

Opening this episode is Ha Roo as his first few days in the comic book world of Secret is highlighted. He doesn’t know who he is and wanders around Seuli high school, eventually seeing Dan Oh from afar. He is drawn to her somehow and even knows her name at a time when she was still not yet self aware.

Do Hwa runs into Baek Kyung and asks him innocently if he doesn’t wonder why he is the only one drenched (From the scene earlier because it rained) while other students are not wet at all. Do Hwa comforts him that he’ll be dry once the scene changes and Baek Kyung looks confused.

Dan Oh is ecstatic that Ha Roo actually remembers her, hahaha! Another stage scene happens and it is Baek Kyung asking Dan Oh for forgiveness. She wants to end their engagement and also says sorry to him because a one-sided love is also tormenting to the person receiving it. Once the stage scene ends, Dan Oh does a complete 360 of her attitude just a few seconds ago as she feels incredulously happy that her character had the balls to say those things to Baek Kyung. She walks away and bumps into him, his gift of a heart rate monitor watch dropping to the ground, and he goes after her. Baek Kyung tells her to take back what she said but she just dismisses his order and leaves him.

Back at the classroom, Do Hwa gives Dan Oh strawberry milk and even cries because he read the part about his brother telling her about her heart condition getting worse. Hilariously, it is Dan Oh who ends up reassuring him that an extra like her can create a butterfly effect and change this world. Baek Kyung is furious at what Dan Oh said to him and goes on a rampage against his classmates. Ha Roo stops him from punching the glass window and tells him that it’s because he feels bad for Baek Kyung. Sorry but I can’t imagine a scenario where Baek Kyung will be a viable contender for Dan Oh’s affections, ugh!

Dan Oh and Ha Roo talk more comfortably the next day at school with Sae Mi and Su Chul joining them. Dan Oh teaches Ha Roo how to buy food at the snack bar since the line is always ridiculously long and she ends up cutting her way through to buy soda and sandwiches for the two of them. They eat their snacks outside and Do Hwa joins them. Dan Oh explains that he is 1/3 of the love triangle between Nam Ju and Ju Da, who they saw a few minutes ago.

At night, the self aware trio hang out at the school kitchen as Dan Oh imparts to Ha Roo knowledge about the comic book world’s rules. Dried Squid comes in and doesn’t look happy again and gives a forced greeting to Ha Roo. He even reads a new comic book entitled Flower where Ha Roo is a character as well! Wait, whaaaat?🤯 Could the mysterious portal that they have been seeing a gateway to another comic book world? Once alone in the school hallway, Dried Squid is dead serious in warning Ha Roo that his pain will only get worse and that his purpose is to stop Dan Oh from changing the stage.

Episode 10

Shifting focus from our main supporting characters, the main comic book love triangle also progresses. Ju Da and Do Hwa get to hang out at the school rooftop and Nam Ju walks in on them. He threatens Do Hwa that he hates it when other people touch his things and Ju Da goes after him when he leaves. They have a heated argument even further with Nam Ju looking genuinely hurt that Ju Da is clueless about his feelings for her.

Getting another preview of the storyboard, Dan Oh forsees Nam Ju confessing his feelings to Ju Da at his birthday party. She lets Do Hwa know and they plan to change his stage with Ha Roo’s assistance. He’s becoming more and more anxious of his role as the 2nd lead and is upset that his set-up prevents him from confessing his feelings to Ju Da. Uh oh, I’m all for Dan Oh changing her fate as an extra but attempting to modify the main love triangle’s direction could be dangerous🤔 As pointed out by Ha Roo, he doesn’t want to get involved because of the possible consequences meddling can entail. In the middle of their conversation, Baek Kyung tries to talk to Dan Oh forcefully but Ha Roo steps in between them as she doesn’t want to talk to him. Getting protective over Dan Oh, Ha Roo then declares that he’ll go to the party and help her.

Poor Baek Kyung as he grows more confused when Do Hwa scolds him about being nicer to Dan Oh. He keeps rehearing the words stage, shadow, and not being able to remember or do anything that unbeknownst to our self aware characters, he is slowly becoming one himself. Do Hwa vents out his frustrations on Ha Roo who happens to pass by them and Baek Kyung is surprised that Do Hwa knows who Ha Roo is.

It’s the day of Nam Ju’s birthday party and everyone is dressed to impress at this exclusive event held at his house. Dan Oh, Ha Roo, and Do Hwa talk about their plan to change tonight’s storyboard despite Do Hwa’s uncertainty in being able to do so. Once the stage is lit though, Do Hwa is already inside with his violin in hand and Dan Oh goes inside with Baek Kyung. Once in the shadow, he is unsuccessful in getting Dan Oh to stay with him outside the garden since she wants to look for Ha Roo and his 2 fangirls come running to him.

Ha Roo pretends to be a waiter to get into the party and he is successful in getting inside. Ju Da arrives at the party but before Nam Ju’s mom can interview her, he takes her hand and leads to her a private room. Just like in the storyboard, he gifts her with a gorgeous pair of custom made shoes and helps her wear them. As the party continues, Ha Roo tries his best to prevent Nam Ju from confessing but Baek Kyung stops him from doing anything at first. Do Hwa arrives and is shocked at how Ha Roo sneaked inside and with this short distraction, Ha Roo spills wine on Nam Ju’s shirt to buy time. Our 2nd lead runs off to confess to Ju Da and he is finally able to admit his feelings at another spot in the house. Nam Ju calls Ju Da’s cellphone desperately and he eventually finds her and Do Hwa together.

Without control, Dan Oh stands up as a reflex and walks towards the stairs in the garden… just like what she saw Ju Da did in her vision. Before she knows it, the waiter holding a strawberry cake trips and Baek Kyung fills in for Nam Ju as he takes Dan Oh in his arms and saves her from getting hit. Ha Roo is right beside them when this happens and Dan Oh is stunned when Baek Kyung proudly announces that she is the only girl for him.

Thoughts

Could there be an Extraordinary You multiverse?👽 I didn’t expect Ha Roo to be a character from another comic book but for now, that’s my theory based from these 2 episodes. It explains why he doesn’t have a character description and why he doesn’t know who he is in Secret. I can’t pinpoint though if he’s the main character in Flower though or just an extra that can be used to float around between worlds. The argument that I have though is why allow characters to become self aware in the process? Surely, the forces that came up with this comic book world is smart so wouldn’t he/she/it/they (hahaha) have thought that characters would want to change their fate?

As much as I hate Baek Kyung, I do feel sorry for him because the people around him are spewing out aspects about the comic book world but to him it sounds like gibberish, haha! It’s the opposite for him and Dan Oh because the latter likes him in the stage but hates him in the shadow. For Baek Kyung, he hates Dan Oh in the stage while he might learn to like her in the shadow. I feel like he’s the one who will step up to stop Dan Oh from changing her fate once he becomes self aware.

Now that it’s Baek Kyung and Dan Oh who took the storyboard’s scene, I’m wondering if that means she’s finally successful in making herself more than an extra. I have conflicting feelings for Dan Oh’s mission now because at one end; I’m happy that she was able to (finally) change the stage 100% but at the same time, the main story has become messier. I don’t think she’s going to replace Ju Da though but her butterfly effect has indeed happened — and just like a movie and video game that uses this theory, the results here are also dire.