School 2015: Who Are You? ~ Episode 6 Recap
Early in the morning i was wondering, should i go to School 2015 or should i go to Bed 2015? I chose my bed of course, not because i couldn’t stand watching the 6th episode of this captivating drama, but because i wanted to sleep first so that i would treasure every single aspect of it after i had gathered all the necessary powers to keep functioning! If i could compare my relationship to School 2015 then it would be something like this, i am a juice, it doesn’t matter the taste, and School 2015 drags on me through the straw sip by sip, episode by episode and the more the sips go on the more i keep on shipping! School 2015, what have you done to me?
So Young recalls her “good” old self and succumbs to violence anew while constantly pushing Eun Bi away, but this time it won’t be so easy to take her down. Eun Bi wrist-grabs her and puts an end to the ongoing assault. So Young tries to slap her and Eun Bi’s personal deus ex machina and guardian angel Tae Gwang appears and holds So Young’s hand still. It’s time for Eun Bi to say a few things as Eun Byul. She refers to herself in third person and leaves behind the internal world of Eun Bi as Eun Byul rises from beneath the surface. She tells So Young that she recently found out about her sister and how harshly she was being bullying causing her to put an end to her own life. As for how she should start treating So Young, she will have to think about it and time shall tell! Eun Byul surrenders to Eun Bi’s internal world as she breaks apart on the stairs.
Tae Gwang keeps recalling all the things Eun Byul told him at the school clinic and everything gradually starts making sense as he’s losing himself in Eun Byul’s presence. As for replying to his teacher, he was usually skipping lessons, why should he pay attention now?! He’s back to his renowned sleep mode inside the class! Lunch time arrives and So Young’s sitting on her own, she asks from Tae Gwang to keep her company and all she cares about is whether he told anyone about everything or not. However, it’s the least she should be worrying about, after all nobody believes him due to his quirky character, she should be worrying more about Eun Byul’s bad temper for own her well-being at her new high school! So Young doesn’t intend to surrender and she’s calling her bullying peasants at her previous school to help her find proof of Eun Bi’s handwriting in order to compare it to Eun Byul’s.
Song Joo’s shining full of happiness, the moment to shoot her fist ad has arrived and the classroom stands in awe, even teacher Kim concurs, but since she’s the only standing, how about solving the exercise too?! School’s over and Tae Gwang’s following Eun Byul, but she’s aware of his presence. She pretty much knows that he has a lot of things he wants to ask her. As for following her around ?He simply can’t hide, no matter how hard he tries, the fact that he’s interested in her and craves to be around her while being worried about her due to the latest turn of events.
At Yi Ahn’s place things don’t seem to be flowing well since his father can’t afford to pay the rent of his workshop for the time being. Yi Ahn becomes aware of his conversation with the enraged renter and it’s not the most convenient event a young man can witness at this point in his life. His father is proud of his son and he can’t get enough of Yi Ahn’s tournament videos. After he took care of his father’s backache Yi Ahn had to make a decision, he’s willing to partake in the ad he was avoiding.
Eun Byul’s spending some time with her mother. Mi Gyeong is aware of Eun Byul’s style in one hand, on the other hand she doesn’t want to force it upon Eun Bi and lets her buy everything she wants to. Eun Byul won’t stay for too long since she has to meet Yi Ahn at a library next to their elementary school where they used to spend lots of time. A more intimate moment takes place as soon as Yi Ahn helps her take a book from a higher shelf, but this is it, a cute scene nevertheless! Eun Bi wants to know about Eun Byul’s memories in case she had mentioned anything about being harassed or stalked, but everything’s still a mystery along with the wound on her neck.
Yi Ahn takes her to the field where they used to play with these plastic propeller-thrower toys (i seriously don’t know how they are called in English) and memories arise; only in Yi Ahn’s mind. After playful football attempts they lean back on the grass and she’s apologetic for being unable to “remember”, leaving him alone in all these childhood memories; “ten years worth of memories.”
We dive a bit deeper in the million post-it world of Min Joon. His life is inside books, notebooks, books and… books. Everything he does has in the end of the word the word “book” and it’s not the most pleasant world dare i say. His father is not happy with it, not because his son is losing himself among thousands of pages but because he’s forced to restrain himself to the point of being invincible inside the house! Everything works perfectly fine for his mother’s reputation and ambitions, at last she can be proud among other “mothers” with accomplished husbands. Plus she has her own profit from her son’s struggle, he’s a money-making machine.
So Young manages to steal one of Eun Byul’s notebooks and she almost got caught from Min Joon, but she evades the awkwardness of the moment and compares Eun Byul’s handwriting to Eun Bi’s and it’s the same. Eun Byul, Song Joo and Shi Jin are relaxing and yet another hilarious moment takes place once Tae Gwang appears and drinks Song Joo’s beverage and sweeps it away on her hands!
“The same magnetic poles repel, idiots don’t come near an idiot.”
Song Joo’s moment to shine has arrived and she goes to the shooting plateau, soon enough she realizes that not everything is just the way it seemed to be. Even though she’s happy to see Yi Ahn there she won’t be the main female figure of the shooting. Being one of the many secondary figures torments on the inside as her dreams started shattering one after the other. She can’t even pretend to be wearing a smiling mask and the director is mad at her.
So Young wants to talk to Eun Byul. She says that she’s more of a victim than her and that she was scarred too from what happened to Eun Bi. In another galaxy, in another earth, underneath a different sky while receiving Joseon method punishments maybe, just maybe, i would have believed you. So Young wants to forget about the past and urges Eun Bi to do the same. As soon as she starts approaching Eun Bi Tae Gwang pops up right in the middle as Eun Bi’s protective wall. Eun Bi can tell about having a twin sister while pretending to be Eun Byul, but how it would feel if everyone knew that So Young got transferred because harassing a classmate? It would be quite fair, right? So Young can’t withstand the sudden turn of events and leaves as Eun Bi could barely hold her anger on the inside.
After the shooting process is over everyone’s eating and the differences are more than apparent, the director and the staff are eating alongside the two shooting stars whereas the secondary figures are on a separate table while Song Joo is all alone. Yi Ahn keeps her company and she reveals her disappointment. Later on they’re taking a walk and Yi Ahn tries to make her feel better and refers to his training process during the first steps. At first you have to feel like home inside the water, then you will learn holding your breath, diving underwater and such. More difficulties arise afterwards and if you don’t master them you can’t proceed. Her mood steadily brightens!
Tae Gwang accompanies Eun Byul back home and on his way back he meets Yi Ahn and urges him not to call her out, it’s one of these nights that loneliness takes over. And what a surprise, the next day at school So Young appears with her beloved daddy, such a disgusting moment to witness! The time for the students to change their seats has arrived and Tae Gwang finds himself next to his dear friend, Yi Ahn! None of them is happy and sleep mode takes over as the feelings they nurture for Eun Byul repels them like the same poles of a magnet! The boys are playing basketball and the girls dodgeball! Tae Gwang is not the basketball type and he can’t accomplish even the simplest of moves whereas Yi Ahn pretty much owns on the field! So Young tries to hit Eun Byul with the ball, but she evades it to get hit by Song Joo on the back; symbolic?
The kids inside the class make fun of Song Joo’s positioning in her ad which in fact wasn’t her ad at all. She needs to be alone and Eun Byul alongside Shi Jin comply to her will. It’s the perfect timing for So Young to make her appearance and pretend to be friendly. If Song Joo didn’t make it this time it doesn’t mean she can’t make it in the future and if she wants to, So Young can talk to her uncle at J Entertainment! As promised, Song Joo treats her friends at a cafe, but as soon So Young appears Eun Byul can’t hold back and leaves followed by Yi Ahn.
Yi Ahn states that her old temper is coming out, but it’s not the right moment for playful attitude. Eun Byul’s internal struggle between her real self and the one she pretends to be takes over and she mentions that there are things she can’t tell him, things she doesn’t want to tell him and things she doesn’t want to get revealed to him. Yi Ahn suddenly feels meaningless if she can think that their relationship can be swayed so easily by a just few words.
So Young and Song Joo have already become buddies and Eun Byul finds out that So Young will introduce her friend to her uncle. She tries to tell her that she may not be a person they could trust, but Song Joo, blinded by the grandiose opportunity, tells her she shouldn’t act this way between friends since she never was that way. So Young comes out of the toilet and Eun Byul lets her know that if she hurts Song Joo she won’t get away with it this time. Things are getting complicated, especially when Yi Ahn passes by without even staring at Eun Byul.
Eun Byul’s all alone in the classroom and while teacher Kim was passing by the way Eun Byul was lying on her desk reminded him of something frightening, something he would possibly want to forget. Could it be Soo In related? Tae Gwang appears and keeps her company! The way he stares at her is so filled with caring and sincerity; love too! If by any chance he skipped school, would she miss him? She used to say that he was pathetic and even saying “hi” to him was a waste of her precious time, is he wasting her time now? Eun Bi understands him, she had walked in his shoes before because she didn’t want to be disliked and she had tried all whatever kind of things, like him!
Tae Gwang doesn’t to leave school and he visits his father at his office. He shouldn’t worry by now if he causes trouble since nobody knows they’re father and son. He’s determined to remain at school and Eun Byul is the only reason that keeps him there. The kids inside the classroom have started talking about a girl who committed suicide and pretty much everyone knows that So Young was the one who bullied that girl. By the time Song Joo asks her whether it’s true or not So Young is at loss for words. There are two people who knew about it, Eun Byul and Tae Gwang and she’s having a conversation with him. She shows him the two handwriting styles and wonders whether she should ask her father to officially verify the similarity!
Tae Gwang’s lost in his thoughts and a cigarette feels like his only friend at this point. He recalls Eun Byul’s words which point towards the fact that she’s Eun Bi and rushes to find her. He wrist-grabs her, wrist-grab hand change and there they are skipping class with Tae Gwang leading the way! They enter the same bus Yi Ahn just go out of and he witnesses them. He starts running behind the bus, but the 4-wheel technology is stronger that him at this point and he surrenders.
Tae Gwang and Eun Byul remain silent for a while and the right moment arrives. “Couldn’t there be at least one person? One person who calls you by your real name. Can I be that person?” They are called feels and they send shivers down your spine in times when you least expect it, how can i wait for the next Monday to arrive?!
Thoughts: Have i told you already that i am severely falling for this drama? You must have guessed it by now and i confirm all the rumors to avoid possible scandals! Everything’s flowing in a heartfelt, threatening or devastating tone without hope surrendering, not at all! It always depends on the facts, the interactions, the figures and their background stories alongside the veil of mystery that surrounds the world of School 2015.
The internal struggle in Eun Bi’s fragile yet strengthening core is so immense she can’t always hide it. In one hand she has to learn about Eun Byul’s character in order to maintain her presence as Eun Byul among her friends to avoid any further shock in their daily lives. On the other hand she has to remain herself, she can’t be someone else overnight and Eun Bi is such a kind soul to get waster for anyone’s sake, even if the other figure she has to impersonate is her twin sister. She has to be very careful in the way she interacts with the people close to her, but also with the people who want to harm her.
Eun Byul and Yi Ahn cherished something beautiful and at this very point Eun Bi can’t be the Eun Byul he remembers, but she can’t tell him that she’s not Eun Byul. She tries to warn him indirectly, but the more she expresses herself in a like-minded tone the more she pushes him away. Just like she pushes away Song Joo, she doesn’t want to do so, she wants to warn her about So Young’s real self, but Song Joo’s modeling blinders and the sudden opportunity So Young presented out of nowhere prevent her from reading between the lines. Sometimes your point of view always gets affected by a sudden turn of events and Yi Ahn proved what a grateful son he is by shooting an ad he was refusing for a long time. If his father needs help, even though Yi Ahn doesn’t like fame he sets aside his restrains in order to help him, even though his father would disapprove living off his own son’s money.
Eun Bi with her attitude is pushing away people who love her and these people have started keeping their own distance from her. One could say that it’s not a good strategy, especially now that So Young’s threatening persona is moving even further in the shadows waiting for the right moment to strike and ruin Eun Bi’s safe heaven which has already started crumbling. We are pretty much aware that So Young isn’t willing to draw a line and call it a day, she will see it to the very end and she can use pretty much any method with her father’s backup. She didn’t learn anything from the past and she’s willing to do the same mistakes over and over again, no matter how harmful they may be to others. Deep inside she’s a coward and it’s more than apparent whenever Tae Gwang pops up. When she’s face to face with her target everything’s fine and if she has her peasants around it’s even better. I wish she could stare for once in the mirror and witness the monster lying underneath the mask, but it’s science fiction for now.
We also witness various shades of parental or “parental” figures. Yi Ahn’s father is a working class figure working hard every day for his son’s well-being, he doesn’t want to overburden Yi Ahn with his own problems, all he wants is his son to keep dreaming inside water which he treasures. Tae Gwang’s father still refuses to see the light even though the whole sun stands in front of him. Tae Gwang is a shameful son to him and a waste of space and oxygen and it would be better for everyone to go abroad and remain the shadow he is in his life. After all nobody knows he’s his son, now that’s a paternal figure! Min Joon’s mother is a malevolent facade of a mother, all she cares about is her own well-being and status that is being preserved by her son who’s a knowledge-slave for his mother’s sake. His father still confuses me and i’m not quite certain whether he cares about his son or about the fact that he can’t watch the TV because he has to remain silent! Mi Gyeong is a prototype mother, she loves her daughter even if she knows she’s not her actual daughter who was living by her side all these years. She wants to see her happy as a vivid girl her age should be and she tries not to be forceful, if she forced one thing upon her it was the “Eun Byul” moniker and you can’t really blame her for that, it’s effective for both of them at this point.
Song Joo’s world of dreams collapsed all of a sudden, but Yi Ahn’s example managed to strengthen her. This was simply her first step in the world of modeling. Now is her chance to learn how to hold her breath in order to keep swimming in the vast waters of life. Teacher Kim is somehow related to the Soo In incident, the message he received alongside Eun Byul proves it, but his nightmarish flashbacks that made the earth underneath his feet surrender lean towards that direction. Who was Soo In and how the teacher and Eun Byul are connected to her? Was she really her friend or she was being bullied by Eun Byul? And who is the frightening stalker who used to haunt Eun Byul’s life and emerged from the shadows anew to haunt Eun Bi’s life too?
Tae Gwang is a fragile soul, he finally found a reason to stay whereas he had utterly surrendered to his father’s will to go study abroad. He doesn’t only crave for Eun Byul’s presence, but he also knows the truth behind her traumatic past and everything she had to go through. Before completing the puzzle inside his mind everything was pointing towards that direction, they share a mutual form of sincerity and they can understand each other perfectly well. Eun Bi was an outcast, Tae Gwang is an outcast and for the first time he feels accepted by someone, the same applies to Eun Bi after her previous “life” reached an end. He doesn’t want to leave, not only because of his feelings for Eun Bi, he also wants to be there for her and protect her, especially now that the darkness becomes thicker with So Young’s presence in her life anew. But Eun Byul protects Tae Gwang as well in her very own elegant way, she fills the void within his heart that has started pounding with reason and emotion in School 2015’s surrounding world that becomes devouring once you make a wrong step.