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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 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.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 7 and 8)

Whether it’d be a person, event, or self-actualization, the moment that we need something to believe in, life has a funny way of giving us exactly what we want at its own timing. Just when Dan Oh felt depressed for being unable to change her fate, No. 13 makes his presence known and gives her hope that perhaps if they live in a comic book world, then anything is indeed possible.

Episode 7

Dan Oh gets another preview of the storyboard of her getting lost in a forest, further developing Nam Ju and Ju Da’s romance, and having Baek Kyung find and scold her. Despite being with Sae Mi, she goes on her monologue rant towards the writer. No. 13 is seen exploring the forest himself and goes through an off limits section, though what he saw was not yet revealed.

Nighttime comes and the students prepare for the couple trekking activity. Dan Oh decides to get things over with and she gets Baek Kyung to go to the forest with her already. As the stage is set, Dan Oh’s heart starts to ache and Baek Kyung leaves her alone. Once back in the shadow, she explores the forest a little bit until she gets to the spot that she saw in the storyboard. She screams really loudly from there so that right on cue, Ju Da leans on Nam Ju for comfort.

Despite memorizing the forest routes, Dan Oh still gets lost navigating her way among the woods. No. 13 eventually finds her, scared out of her mind, and they end up going to the place that he found earlier. Dan Oh realizes that the story was altered because it was supposed to be Baek Kyung who finds her, but she’s with No. 13 now. The off limits section turned out to be a beautiful secret spot where red flowers bloomed and a waterfall was situated. Dan Oh scoots down near the water and slips while trying to get up, No. 13 also slips and they end up lying on the grass beside each other. She calls him “Ha Roo” (Yes, he finally has a name!), meaning one day, because he has the power to change her day😍 He looks at her intently but before he can respond, a page turning sound is made and Dan Oh switches to another stage scene altogether.

It is the following morning and the class are visiting a temple this time. Being in the shadow, Dan Oh wonders why Baek Kyung is telling her the lines he was supposed to say in the stage if he found her last night, he even asks her if her heart is okay. Ooohh, looks like someone is slowly becoming self aware too🤔 Dan Oh finds Ha Roo and she reintroduces herself again, still thinking that he has probably forgotten about her. She ends up following him and they find a treasure box with a keychain inside. Dan Oh observes that it’s adorned with the same flowers they saw last night in the forbidden area, and Ha Roo suddenly drops it, seemingly getting hurt by touching it.

Another stage scene interrupts their moment and Dan Oh is transported to the train station. Ha Roo and her lock eyes and she feels like he remembers her but doesn’t jump to any conclusions. On their way home, Baek Kyung looks at Dan Oh while she looks at Ha Roo. Once she turns away, Ha Roo looks at her as well.

Episode 8

Dan Oh’s friend, Su Chul, took polaroid pictures of their trip and sells it to his classmates. Sae Mi takes two pictures for Dan Oh and she is excited with one picture of her that has Ha Roo in the background. Baek Kyung asks her why she won’t keep the other picture, one with her and him, and the look of confusion is apparent on his face of her hot and cold behavior towards him. Dan Oh doesn’t understand why Baek Kyung storms off but she just continues to adore her photo with Ha Roo😏

Do Hwa and Dan Oh hang out at the school bridge and he asks her how she deals with their set-up of being extras. Dan Oh is firm that things can change and she tells him to talk to Ju Da since he is complaining that he always just sees her back. He does chase her down and is just glad to see and talk to her. Meanwhile, Dried Squid is informed by Dan Oh of her changing her fate with Ha Roo and he isn’t happy about it. He warns her ominously that naming an extra is dangerous but our favorite heroine isn’t deterred by his words.

Dried Squid is reading the comic book in the library and he notices papers of drawings getting scattered on the floor. He follows the trail and discovers a wall filled with Ha Roo’s drawings. Back at the classroom, Dan Oh admires the polaroid picture while looking at Ha Roo. When he acknowledges her gaze, she is caught by surprise. she mouths the words “What are you looking at?” and he responds with a “You”. They also interact with each other in the library and Baek Kyung gets annoyed with them. He pushes Ha Roo against a bookcase and his head starts to bleed. Dan Oh faints from this encounter and wakes up in the hospital again. Her doctor is hesitant to tell her about her condition getting worse but she speaks ahead and admits that she knows she doesn’t have much time left.

A memory of Dan Oh as a kid is her planting flowers with her mom in their garden. She comes home from school one day and is shocked to see that the flowers are gone and that her father also doesn’t have that memory any longer too. She begins to think about the incident where Ha Roo also got hurt and becomes discouraged. She cries to Dried Squid (Because she is slicing onions, haha) that things are indeed worse because of her and that she will stop talking to Ha Roo No. 13 altogether.

A family dinner between Dan Oh’s dad and Baek Kyung’s family is held sans Dan Oh. Baek Kyung’s father gets annoyed at him because this puts a damper on their business deal with Dan Oh’s dad. He punches his own son because Baek Kyung tells off his stepmother as well and he gets a cut on his lip. As usual, he takes out his frustrations on Dan Oh the next day at school. Out of nowhere, Ha Roo punches him for disrespecting her and takes her hand to get away from Baek Kyung. Down on the ground, Baek Kyung yells out who the hell he is and Ha Roo replies that he won’t remember anyway because:

Thoughts

Sometimes I don’t know on whether I should include the main couple’s, Nam Ju and Ju Da (At least in the comics), development in my recaps!😅 I’m not a fan of Nam Ju’s leading man prototype character of being the aloof jerk who is really a good guy; while Ju Da is tolerable, her innocent doe eyed character is not sitting well with me. Technically, they aren’t this kdrama’s leading characters but I just want to commend the show for doing a fantastic job of balancing their exposures and storylines on screen. With Do Hwa being self aware and having a nice personality, I’m kind of rooting for him and Ju Da. I don’t think that’s possible though, even if Ju Da becomes self aware, so I hope that Do Hwa also gets his own happy ending without a romantic partner.

Is Dan Oh selfish for wanting to change her status in the comic book? I honestly don’t think so because like I said in my recommendation post, it’s not like she’s trying to replace Ju Da as the main character of the comic. She just wants her own story — a life that she voluntarily chooses to have, and not dictated by the writer. She just doesn’t realize the bigger ramifications of her actions yet but with what happened in these 2 episodes, she is making an impact more than she thinks. It can be tedious to watch her go from giving up to immediately having a shred of hope, but given her status of fighting an unknown force of destiny and meeting Ha Roo, I think it’s understandable🥺

I really don’t like Baek Kyung’s character but yes, it is his set-up to be a jerk and getting pressured by his family. I’m not sure what he’ll really feel towards Dan Oh once he learns the truth of being self aware though! Maybe a love triangle is possible but given his crude and selfish nature, there’s no way in hell I am rooting for him and Dan Oh.