School 2015: Who Are You? ~ Episode 10 Recap
After the emotionally fortified cliffhangers paved the way up to the 9th episode, the 10th one left us with an emotionally rewarding yet highly intriguing cliffhanger which waited for us right in the corner for the right moment to make its appearance! Was it a bit expected? Kind of, but you don’t believe it until you see it and that’s the occasion here. No matter how rewarding and relieving it felt, it never ceases preserving a cliffhanger’s very soul and essence by making Monday so distant once again! School 2015 surpassed yet another barrier reaching 7.1% in terms of ratings proving that it can only get better and win the hearts of a wider audience with every episode. Double digits are not that far but not so nearby either, hopefully enough it can only flow towards that direction!
So Young can’t get rid of the people’s thoughts as they torment her mind, it’s more about what other people think and/or say rather than what she did to Eun Bi and that’s the reason why she contacted Yi Ahn in the first place in order to turn her own disadvantage into a violent playground that would appeal to her more. Yi Ahn can’t help but forget about the race and rush to school, but while passing the street he was hit by a car and got hurt on his shoulder. So Young stares at Eun Bi from the teacher’s stand and starts her speech saying that everyone’s having fun because of her and she actually enjoys it! She finds pleasure in massive negativity! On top of that, she has no respect for her victim making everyone wonder about her own mental health. She admits the truth, but she also refers to the outcast victim that died and asks them if they’re curious about how she looks like! She points out there’s someone inside the classroom who looks like the victim and shows everyone Eun Bi’s photo who looks exactly like Eun Byul and everyone can’t believe their eyes! Tae Gwang takes charge of the situation and asks her how long has it been since she got transferred to this school and points out that she doesn’t know enough about Eun Byul to be talking that lightly about this nonsense. He forces her gently to surrender step by step backwards with a grandiose smile carved upon his face and pats her shoulder in a not so friendly manner as he urges Eun Byul to talk to everyone about her family issue.
Yi Ahn enters the classroom and will speak on Eun Byul’s behalf since her memories aren’t back. So Young asks him who he is to speak on her behalf and Yi Ahn asks the whole class if there is anyone who knows her better than he does! The answers are negative so he proceeds. When Eun Byul was 5 she was adopted by her mother and she recently found out she has a twin sister who was the victim they were reading about in the article, So Young’s victim. So Young tries to talk, but the overall climate inside the classroom is against her. Tae Gwang wants her to answer directly to his questions. He asks her whether the victim is Eun Byul’s twin sister or not, but she replies back that Eun Bi’s not dead and it’s Yi Ahn’s turn to speak urging her to give a proper answer about who died in her place if Eun Bi isn’t dead. So Young has no answer and everyone wonders how can she be so cold in front of Eun Byul without feeling remorse for her actions. The class’ sentiment has turned against So Young for real now and she left in fear. Yi Ahn collapses at the corridor as Eun Bi runs to his side and eventually he gets transferred to the hospital.
Tae Gwang finds So Young and tells her that he had already warned her that the truth would strike her twice as badly, but she didn’t listen to him. If she keeps on insisting that Eun Bi is alive she will have to reveal that Eun Byul passed away and if Eun Byul died because of her the echo of the impact will be even greater. Her constipated grimace in opposition to Tae Gwang’s smiling face was a priceless contradiction! Yi Ahn’s rotator cuff has been ruptured, damaging his shoulder joint and during the impact the muscles and tendons of his shoulder joint were torn. However, the x-ray shows that he had injuries prior to the accident, but nobody was aware of that. The recovery time will be long, but he can start rehab one week after the surgery. The whole process will take about one year for full recovery. Both his father and his coach are devastated and there’s not even guarantee that he’ll return back to normal. The coach acknowledges that Yi Ahn is a strong kid and he intends to help him as much as he can during the rehab.
His father wants to be by his son’s side, but he can’t let him see his tears. However, the urge to be by his son’s side is always stronger and surrenders to his paternal instincts. Yi Ahn asks him if he’s disappointed, but his father would never feel this way, all he wants to know is the truth, but Yi Ahn points out he couldn’t think straight because a friend was in trouble. Yi Ahn’s apologetic, but there’s nothing to be sorry about, it’s not the end of the world anyway and he’s only 18. He’s not allowed to feel depressed and he should never surrender to these obstacles. Since things turned out this way he should rest for now without diving into the maelstrom of thoughts burdening his mind even more. Eun Bi went at the hospital, but she couldn’t afford to see Yi Ahn after everything that happened.
Song Joo decides to talk to Shi Jin and wonders how could Tae Gwang know about Eun Byul’s twin sister instead of them and Tae Gwang appears out of nowhere wondering whether they insulted him or not! Talking nicely about Yi Ahn makes Tae Gwang mad! Min Joon’s mother continues with her consulting sessions to brighten the horizons of other mothers when it comes to their children’s tutoring for a successful future! Money always does matter and they determine the children’s course alongside the best tutors, after all she’s a mother herself and her son’s team is renowned for their knowledge achievements. I felt quite uneasy and disgusted seeing her talking about the virtues of maternity and Min Joon who was eavesdropping the conversation would pretty much agree! So Young let her mother know about the current turn of events and that pretty much everyone knows about her at school and she urges her husband to do something! So Young promised she won’t do it again, don’t do what? Killing another person? She almost succeeded in killing Yi Ahn, she can do it anytime, there’s no turning point! Her mother will be in charge of the situation and So Young acts all cute and apologetic, but we all know she didn’t learn anything from her lethal mistakes.
Eun Bi wants to contact Yi Ahn, but it’s tough being her at this very moment, people around her have been hurt because of her and it wasn’t just anyone, it was Yi Ahn. She decides to visit him at the hospital and Yi Ahn found her at the corridor, since she’s there she should come inside. She’s deeply thankful for yesterday and wonders if she could be helpful. Yi Ahn doesn’t want to talk to her anymore and Tae Gwang appears and tension rises between them, but Eun Bi restrains him since Yi Ahn is hurt. It’s an awkward moment, but emotional still, having its own depth and void at the same time. Tae Gwang wonders whether Eun Bi’s worried about Yi Ahn and of course she is, he put his life in danger for her. Tae Gwang is kind of jealous and wants to stay in her place at the hospital, but Eun Bi intends to stay and it’s one of these moments when Tae Gwang gets left behind.
The coach informs Yi Ahn that it’s going to take one year until he recovers and tells him that many famous athletes have been there before him and emerged victorious after their recovery. Yi Ahn’s devastated, but giving up is not an option according to his coach, unless he considers leaving swimming behind once and for all. Yi Ahn can’t hold back his tears, but he had to leave the stadium at that point, it was highly important to him. Eun Bi bears witness of their conversation and she can’t hold back her tears either. His first night at the hospital is tough, he can’t even open a bottle of water himself and he throws it away, but Eun Bi hadn’t left because she couldn’t leave and stands by his side. Then again, he throws the bottle away, he doesn’t want her by his side, he can neither afford to see her face nor listen to her voice, it’s even more painful than his injury. Eun Bi’s not the only who didn’t leave, just like she couldn’t leave Yi Ahn alone. Tae Gwang couldn’t leave her alone either and as he witnesses her in tears he stands by her side silently for a while placing her face with love on his shoulder as he tries to hold back his own tears. Yi Ahn’s solitude is loud as well inside four walls, that night left three people wounded.
Min Joon doesn’t feel well on his way to school, the world starts turning differently and he decides to leave behind his student duties for today. Teacher Kim notices that Min Joon’s not there, he had already asked him to not inform his mother about his absence. Gi Tae and Tae Gwang are in front of the English teacher, Yi Ahn managed to inevitably escape this meeting since he’s at the hospital. She wants to talk to them about their project which got the highest grade! Both of them are so excited since they worked hard; not! Gi Tae acknowledges that the teacher must had been quite surprised and she was excited until 10 minutes ago when she noticed a logo in the center of the brochure! Their team was called Fail Team, now that’s the most representative name they could choose! Teacher Jung was the one who noticed it and Gi Tae can’t believe she betrayed him! Instead of the greatest grade it’s zero, plain zero!
So Young has already noticed by now that Eun Byul’s presence at school is quite strong, but So Young wants Eun Bi not to be mistaken since she’s not Eun Byul. They’re in the same level now, everyone knows about So Young as well! So Young tells her that even if Yi Ahn acted this way this time, he won’t be doing so forever and soon he won’t care about what might happen to her. Song Joo bears witness of their conversation and she finds out that So Young intends to make people leave her side one after the other, but Eun Bi points out she should be worried more about herself at this very moment. Eun Bi’s eating with Shi Jin and Song Joo chooses their table over So Young and refuses to greet her back. Who’s the outcast now? Song Joo finds herself in a great dilemma since she was informed that the contract papers are ready and she should bring her parents’ consent form to complete the process.
Teacher Jung wants Teacher Kim to help her with the program and I like the way they look together, but the gym teacher managed to put an end to my shipping journey! However, my sexy noona teacher finds office-dating exciting, even though it’s prohibited! It’s not going to be so easy and teacher Kim found a school book at his desk and it belongs to Soo In. He rushes to Tae Gwang’s father’s office and asks him if he knows anything about it. It’s the book that was on her desk the day Soo In died. Teacher Kim thinks they should have received their punishment back then, but now the past has come to haunt them. Tae Gwang’s father doesn’t intend to stand still and he calls a detective.
Shi Jin wonders how is Yi Ahn and Eun Bi lets her know that he’s not at his finest at this moment, but he’ll recover. She wants Eun Bi to take good care of him, making Tae Gwang explode telling her that if she’s worried that much she should take care of him on her own! But why is he bothering her that much lately, could it be because he… likes her? Awkward moments are awkward! Eun Bi leaves to rush to the hospital and Tae Gwang’s left all alone with Shin Jin who tells him not to follow her! Min Joon’s wandering around the city and he’s more than lost in his own thoughts, the world he preserved all this time which in fact was never his own has already collapsed. Eun Bi arrived at the hospital and Yi Ahn pretends to be sleeping, but she wants to take a walk with him since the weather is nice. It’s another emotionally complex moment for Yi Ahn, he doesn’t even know how to call her and he’s even scared to look at her, telling her to leave was the only option for him at that point. Since it’s his decision, she will leave, but no matter what he says she will be back again tomorrow and if he doesn’t want to see her keep coming he should get better soon.
She’s out of his room and talks as if she would talk to him. Why didn’t she tell him the truth when her memories returned? She knew this would happen had she told him the truth, so she was urging herself to hang in there for one more day and then reveal everything, but the moment of truth wasn’t easy and the days were passing by. She doesn’t feel well for everything that happened, but this isn’t the reason why she keeps coming to see him. Yi Ahn’s been listening to everything she had to say all this time, but a wall is always a wall between them.
The next day Yi Ahn decided to leave the hospital and he’s heading toward school. Teacher Kim takes his school bag and congratulates him on his discharge. He acknowledges that it must be tough due to the injury as an obstacle to his dreams and tries to cheer him up and eventually strengthens him with courage. Even though he’s going to be a bit late for the time being, once the hardships pass it will turn out it wasn’t that bad at all.
Teacher Kim’s having a conversation with Min Joon who was absent without permission. He had lots of time, but nowhere to go, it’s more than representative of what he goes through every day. When he studies time goes by really fast and he went to the library so time would pass. Teacher Kim asks him if he would like him to talk to his mother if he’s having a hard time and his embittered smile was depicting his internal world. Back home, he considers filing a report for high-priced illegal tutoring and teacher Kim’s words echo inside his room and then he recalls his previous interaction with his mother who wanted to exchange his silence with more studying.
Song Joo meets So Young and she wants her to get straight to the point. So Young acts emotionally telling her she thought they were friends, but Song Joo acknowledges she was used to cause trouble to Eun Byul. So Young brings up the contract factor and Song Joo urges her to ask her uncle directly about it. Song Joo tells him directly on the phone she doesn’t want to sign a contract with him, as for the reason he should ask So Young! Song Joo really wants to become a celebrity, but she has more pride towards her friends and she can’t betray them and become a part of So Young’s intentions to take Eun Byul’s friend one by one away from her. Your plan doesn’t seem to be working So Young, right?
A tutoring session with Min Joon and Shi Jin’s team takes place and representatives of the ministry of education from the private tutoring regulation branch have appeared to investigate! Min Joon finally filed the report. Min Joon’s father is enraged since his wife’s name has appeared everywhere in this investigation and she’s putting his career on the line since he’s a police officer. And it’s true, Min Joon was the one who turned her in and the only thing she has to say to Min Joon is to wash up, eat and return back to his studies; she didn’t learn anything.
So Young’s mother has come to the teacher’s office to meet the board director. She doesn’t even follow the procedures and goes to meet him directly, it’s a privilege of high society i guess not abiding to rules and regulations. So, she doesn’t have a name under these circumstances, she’s the prosecutor’s wife! She shows him all the evidence about Eun Bi and reverses the truth saying that she was the one bothering her daughter who has to deal with her twin sister, making things hard for So Young. Both of them being in the same class is a no-no and whether it’s a withdraw or a transfer it doesn’t matter as soon as it gets resolved. She wants him to remove Eun Byul from the school, but first he wants to find out what’s going on.
Yi Ahn’s sitting with Shi Jin and Song Joo and Eun Bi sits next to him while Tae Gwang sits on the other side of the table. Eating is not easy for Yi Ahn at this moment and Tae Gwang put some food on his spoon, but he let it fall! Then he gives him his water and Yi Ahn eventually decides to leave. Awkwardness! The detective Tae Gwang’s father wanted to see is actually Min Joon’s father and he brought the list of everyone who was there during the Soo In case, but the only student was Eun Byul.
The teachers are having a small conversation on the missing notebook case in his class and they talk about grades and rating and how they affect students’ lives. The principal wants to see teacher Kim’s class’ attendance book and teacher Jung volunteers to bring it to him. She notices that the papers on the table refer to her sister’s case and Min Joon’s father seemed to have recognized her or at least recalled that he had seen her before. She calls her mother telling her to wait a bit longer, their plan moves on and soon it will reach completion.
So Young’s mother’s lies echo in the principal’s ears once again and he started the transfer procedure right away without even questioning the student herself if all this is true or not. Teacher Kim is enraged and rushes to meet him, but the principal says that being absent without permission from the school trip, threatening a karaoke owner and getting involved in the locker theft incident are enough reasons to proceed.
Tae Gwang wants Eun Bi to get on that automatic next generation monocycle, but she’s not that pleased with the idea. The loser of rock paper scissors will carry it to the bus stop and she can’t disagree! At that moment Tae Gwang’s father notices that his son is in good terms with her. And… Guess who’s alive, yes, you guess correctly as you’ve been assuming correctly all this time, Eun Byul. She visits Eun Bi’s memorial which was supposed to be hers and witnesses Yi Ahn’s medal behind the mourning glass.
Thoughts: So Young’s plan to condemn Eun Bi in solitude inside a new outcast status failed tremendously. In reverse, it had the opposite outcome than the one she desired and eventually she surrendered to her precious parents’ help. It doesn’t matter if she forced one oh her classmates take her own life, her prosecutor father had already managed to fix the whole story to his own measures in order to preserve So Young’s well-being while equally neglecting his duties as a prosecutor, a father and a human being. It doesn’t even matter if Yi Ahn could had easily been her second victim had the accident been even fiercer and it doesn’t matter either if his dreams have been put in the ice for now. All that matters is So Young to live long and prosper and do anything she wants to do with her parents’ backup concealing all human emotion.
So Young thought she would expose Eun Bi and everything would be fine since everyone would neglect the fact that she was the one to cause lethal harm on a classmate and would start talking about Eun Byul actually being Eun Bi while finding out that Eun Byul could be the one to had possibly passed away in Eun Bi’s place. She didn’t expect that both Tae Gwang and Yi Ahn especially would support her to the fullest. Even Song Joo turned her back both on her and the contract because a friend’s life is way more precious than a paper promising fame. Song Joo and Shi Jin’s relationship has been partially restored and Song Joo under the sudden turn of events finally got to see the truth and place friendship above everything else, even though she still can’t believe how could Eun Byul hide from them the fact that she had a twin sister.
Once again we witness various contours of parents. Yi Ahn’s father is an exemplary father and cares about his son’s health and well-being more than anything else in the world. Even though it breaks him apart seeing him on a hospital bed with his dreams lying shattered on the ground and even though he can’t hold back his tears he stands by his son’s side encouraging him to the fullest. Tae Gwang’s father intends to fulfill So Young’s mother’s request without consulting Eun Byul to find out the truth, it was a decision based on connections and excuses of events. However, witnessing Eun Byul being under such good and playful terms with his son might had put him in a thoughtful mode. If Eun Byul has the power to help his son become a proper young man instead of an outcast it would be a fatal blow on their already shattered father-son relationship. I deeply hope he will start seeing things differently and logic and emotion will preserve over sheer blindness, careerism and connections.
Min Joon’s life out of the world of books is empty. Taking one day off proved how lifeless he had been all this time and it was his mother’s fault who was the thief of her own son’s life in order to accomplish her own goals. Filing a report wasn’t just a mere excuse of revenge, it was a lesson towards his mother since she never intended to listen to him in the past, but she didn’t seem to have learned anything, but maybe, just maybe something has started popping up to the surface. Soo In’s mother alongside her other daughter, teacher Jung, move on with their own plan of revenge. The ultimate sense of mourning has turned into blind rage with or without cause and they intend to make everyone around Soo In’s death pay the price of their actions. We have yet to find out the background story of Soo In and how everyone was involved in her passing away turning mother and daughter into the living ghost of Soo In seeking revenge.
Yi Ahn’s emotional dilemma is omnipresent. Even though he was devastated finding out that Eun Byul was Eun Bi and taking into consideration that Eun Byul was dead he couldn’t prevent himself from not helping Eun Bi and he preserved it to the fullest, even while being hurt. However,he can’t see her face and he can’t withstand listening to her voice because they are a reminder of Eun Byul whom he thinks he lost forever and recently got to mourn silently in front of her memorial. He can’t even listen to his name coming out of Eun Bi’s lips because it sounds the same yet so different. Eun Bi’s indirect confession while breaking apart in front of his hospital room with Yi Ahn bearing witness of everything she had to say was a heartfelt scene and it was as powerful as the wall between them.
Eun Bi won’t leave Yi Ahn alone no matter what even though he pushes her away, even at the cost of pushing away Tae Gwang at times. Tae Gwang is used to it even though it hurts. He realizes it’s essential for Eun Bi to be honest towards Yi Ahn after the truth was revealed, especially know that he put his life on the line to support her. Tae Gwang’s love and caring are unconditional and deeper than jealousy, even though he can’t help it but be jealous at times, making the overall ambiance more hilarious and comical with Sung Jae’s priceless facial expressions. Tae Gwang’s loving hands and ironclad shoulder are always there for her to forge an emotional barrier for her tears. It’s not a coincidence Eun Bi can only portray her most sincere smile in front of Tae Gwang simply because he is the one to evoke its most delightful essence among the overly gloomy ambiance.
Eun Bi’s swimming in a lake of guilt. First of all she considers herself blameworthy for stealing away Yi Ahn’s memories and planting the seeds of fake hope within his heart. Then, he got hurt in an attempt to stand by her side at the most difficult moment of her new life. However, she didn’t keep going to the hospital out of pure guilt because she felt obliged visiting him, the “so…” part of the sentence she didn’t get to complete left an inkling as if she has started seeing him differently, but i wouldn’t place my hand in the fire that this is for sure, it’s just a slight assumption. All three of our main characters are in emotional dilemmas due to the fast forward turn of events with Tae Gwang keeping his own deeper on the inside, he has to be strong, always for Eun Bi.
I highly enjoyed the fact that we got to see some characters through their reversed reflection. Of course i’m referring to teacher Jung through the principal’s table, So Young at the table of her living room and Min Joon’s silent opposition to his mother at their own table. It was showing the sudden turn of events in their own lives with teacher Jung moving on with the plan and steadily coming to the surface, So Young being unable to step back from hurting Eun Bi even though she pretended to be a kind daughter, Min Joon realizing that being a studying machine isn’t his goal in life and the world of her mother collapsing in a blink of an eye. Eun Byul’s presence was essential because it was a sparkle in the dark preventing us from making assumptions on whether she was alive or dead. She’s pretty much alive and kicking even though we have yet to find out her moves in the background and witness her presence at the very present and in the way she will interact with all of the other figures. I guess the purple handkerchief will be the distinctive point between Eun Bi and Eun Byul from now on. If i said i am not looking forward to the next episode of School 2015 i would be lying, it’s the reason that brightens Mondays!