School 2015: Who Are You? ~ Episode 14 Recap
It’s official, we are just a few days away before School 2015 reaches the end and with the hand placed there where the heart lies i can assure you that i am not ready for a journey’s end. It was such a heartfelt and exceptional ride so far it’s a shame we’re running out of fuel. I didn’t even notice when 14 episodes already passed and this sudden realization of the forthcoming completion makes it almost unbearable drama-wise that we’ll have to part ways with School 2015 so soon. Gradually all the pieces are being placed on the puzzle one after the other and in a few days we’ll get to witness the full canvas with the hope that the full sight of it will be utterly rewarding. School 2015 have already started its full scale attack on the way that leads towards the two-digit ratings and with 8.1% it feels more secure towards High Society’s 7% whereas at the same time Hwajung remains strong with 11%. “There’s only one way to make time go fast by me, being with you,” School 2015!
Eun Byul wants to know if Eun Bi had a hard time there and So Young enters the conversation letting Eun Byul know that Yi Ahn got into an accident and gave up the tournament while returning back school to save Eun Bi. At that time he already knew that she was Eun Bi and not Eun Byul! So Young would like to know whether Yi Ahn likes Eun Bi or Eun Byul! I like it every time he refers to So Young as transfer student, the way Yi Ahn utters is deeply degrading and paces perfectly well with So Young’s essence! He’s definitive, he has no reason to let her know the answer to her question, it’s not something that has nothing to do with her. So Young throws the ball at Eun Byul trying to make her keep up from where her own thoughts ended, but it’s not working.
So Young considers her a liar and thinks that she should take better care of her facial expressions while lying, it’s something that enrages Eun Byul who grabs her from her from the shirt’s neck and pushes her backwards because nobody messes with Eun Byul, especially when that someone almost killed her sister and is fooling around with Yi Ahn’s mind who’s been close to her more than anyone else for the last 10 years! So Young tries to hit Eun Byul once again, but for one more time our girl wrist-grabs her and lets her know that she doesn’t want to interfere with her hobby, but she should start searching for someone else while she’s still being nice to her. Eun Byul pushes her away and the message is delivered in case she doesn’t intend to follow Eun Byul’s advice. Yi Ahn didn’t have anything to say, Eun Byul took care of everything and left So Young behind boiling in her own dysfunctional torrent!
Yi Ahn is stunned by Eun Byul’s good old grandeur and she wants to know about his shoulder, but he was hurting way before the accident took place. Eun Byul’s curious about Tae Gwang’s attitude in general, she was surprised by the way he reacted when he found out that the girl in front of him was Eun Byul and not Eun Bi and all he wanted to know was her location and left right away to find her in Tongyeong and eventually slept there. She thinks that he went loonier while she was away and if he tries to come near her he won’t enjoy it! Yi Ahn’s lost in his own thoughts while taking into consideration Eun Byul’s information on Eun Bi and Tae Gwang.
Eun Bi wants Tae Gwang to leave for now, but he won’t return to class even if he leaves now! Her reaction points towards one direction, Tae Gwang leaving and he can’t act otherwise but accept her decision! Ra Jin and the other two musketeers will lead Tae Gwang towards the bus terminal on their way to school! Considering Ra Jin way more trustworthy than him points towards the direction that she sees him like a gigantic little kiddo at this very moment and she treats him likewise! Before leaving Tae Gwang wanted to know if she’ll return back to Seoul, but since she didn’t offer an answer he let her know that he’ll be waiting for her!
Min Joon informs everyone that it’s going to be a self-studying day. One of his classmates has some questions and since the teacher’s not there Min Joon’s willing to help him! Min Joon has applied to enter a sports club to learn badminton, his change for the better has already began and he’s also socializing instead of being enclosed in notebooks all the time! Hae Na wants Gi Tae to take off the buttons in order to boast about his T-shirt, but he’s resisting. However, Hae Na’s quirky and forceful reactions let their friends witness their couple T-shirts, the ones Gi Tae wanted to make a few episodes ago! Gi Tae’s losing himself in depths of awkwardness while Hae Na highly enjoys the moment urging him to smile, or else…! Teacher Kim has appeared in front of Min Joon’s father at the police station and it’s all about Soo In’s case. He wanted the school year to end first and then appear in front of justice, but he couldn’t hold back anymore.
Mi Gyeong informs Eun Bi over the phone that the correction for her social security number has been accomplished, it’s something that had to be done in order for Eun Bi to move on as Eun Bi and it was one of the first accomplished steps in their mother-daughter relationship with Eun Bi actually being Eun Bi. She doesn’t want her to worry about anything, she’s aware of her dream to become a teacher and urges her to study hard from now on. Mi Gyeong intends to file an adoption form, but Eun Bi’s at loss for words for a while and Mi Gyeong wonders whether she intends to return back to Seoul or not. Eun Bi needs some time to think and she’s apologetic, but Mi Gyeong is understanding . Ra Jin overheard their conversation and she will probably play her own part in Eun Bi returning back to Seoul and finally being a part of a loving family by changing Eun Bi’s probable decision of staying at the orphanage.
Eun Bi goes to the memorial that was supposed to be Eun Byul’s, but under her own name, it’s an emotional closure. She finds Oh Jung Ha, the girl Eun Bi protected and started getting bullied in her place. Whenever Jung Ha thought of her she was visiting the memorial, but she always thought it might not had been her and that’s why she’s not quite shocked seeing Eun Bi there. Until the day Eun Bi left school she hated herself for being unable to help and ever since she found out she went missing she went out to the beach daily. She was there when the body was found, at first she thought it was her, but even if it wasn’t she wanted to punish So Young who was showing no remorse about anything and she placed there Eun Bi’s name tag that she had found at the school’s yard. She can’t hold back her tears and Eun Bi tries to ease her burden, being bullied and how hard and scary it is; both of them know it really well and she can’t hold back her tears either. Jung Ha wanted to help Eun Bi countless times, but she couldn’t and she’s apologetic for everything. She’s crying her heart out and Eun Bi holds her in her embrace unable to hold back her own tears.
Eun Byul’s hanging around with Yi Ahn and Song Joo alongside Shi Jin join their company! Song Joo wonders whether they made up or not after fighting and they actually don’t know what to say, but Yi Ahn covers it up! Shi Jin thinks that nothing could ever go wrong between them, but Eun Byul disagress, she did something wrong to Yi Ahn, but she’s unable to utter words leaving them wondering where did Eun Byul’s suave side go, especially after she regained her memories and embraced anew her good old rude self!
The coach would like Yi Ahn to be more cheerful, Yi Ahn was mentally prepared to face the accident’s impact on his body while swimming for the first time after all this time and he knew it wouldn’t be like before, but feeling it physically wasn’t the most welcome sensation! Yi Ahn lets his coach know that he doesn’t intend to step back once again, he’s made his decision. That’s the attitude he wants to see from Yi Ahn and the rest will flow according to plan! It’s time for him to rest, but his mind can’t for the time being, he’s wielding the medal Eun Bi gave him and her words echo once again in his mind, her unconditional caring had a big impact on him.
Eun Bi has returned back to the orphanage and he’s wielding her own swimming medal and Ra Jin immediately recognizes that it was the one that was next to her picture at the memorial. Even though it was a present she received back then, she intends to return it to its rightful owner. It’s Eun Bi’s flashback turn to dwell in the recent past and she recalls Yi Ahn’s message after she bid him farewell while leaving with the bus. Ra Jin wants to know if Eun Bi wants to go to Seoul, but even though she’s negative Ra Jin understands much more than Eun Bi thinks, she would like Eun Bi to be with her mother and her friends in Seoul, she’s not worried about her now that she’s alive. She’s well aware that Eun Bi must attend school and see her friends once again and she doesn’t have to stay at the orphanage because of Ra Jin and the rest of her little friends. However, she must promise that on their birthdays, during Children’s Day and Xmas period she will be paying them a visit. Ra Jin is a great kiddo and she deeply loves Eun Bi whom she urges to make a promise that will be crucial for her life.
Tae Gwang’s inside his big but so empty room and he’s reading anew the documents concerning Soo In’s death. Teacher Kim hands over his letter of resignation, but Tae Gwang’s father thinks it’s unnecessary since he will receive a light punishment and there won’t be an uproar. Teacher Kim emphasizes that he will receive punishment by law whereas Tae Gwang’s father disagrees since he considers it an accident and he didn’t leave her there alone on purpose. He didn’t cover it up for his personal gain, he had to do it for the school and the students, but for teacher Kim as well. Teacher Kim points out they hid the incident and even in death, Soo In remained forgotten just like she was being ignored while she was alive. Teacher Kim has violated the child welfare law, Soo In should had bee protected from the school no matter what, but this is not what happened. If Tae Gwang’s father is not willing to move on, Teacher Kim will be the one to put an end to it once and for all.
Tae Gwang’s eating and Yi Ahn goes to see him and while staring at him Tae Gwang wonders whether he’s so good-looking or not so that he can’t look away! Yi Ahn’s aware that Tae Gwang went to see Eun Bi and Tae Gwang let him know that he can’t get in touch with her because she changed her phone number. Tae Gwang wonders whether Yi Ahn is mad or envious because he went to see Eun Bi, but that’s not the case, all he wants to know is if she’s doing well and keeps asking him until he receives a positive answer.
So Young informs one of her peasants on the latest events over the phone and that she’s well aware that Eun Bi’s back to Tongyeong, but Eun Byul overhears her conversation, it’s not only So Young’s benefit! She wants her previous school subordinates to give a proper welcoming “party” to Eun Bi, the resurrected loser! Eun Byul takes the mobile phone off her hands and cracks in on the floor, crushing it with her foot! Eun Byul questions her if it hurts to have hers stepped on and she’s well aware that So Young would like to kill her at that very moment and of course the answer is positive. She asks So Young how was she supposed to feel when she steps on her sister and emphasizes on the fact that she’d like to kill her too over a useless phone. Did she ever think how Eun Byul might be feeling every time she stares at So Young? Apparently she’s at loss for words and wants her to remove her foot, but Eun Byul kicks away her mobile phone leaving her behind in tears of wrath.
Tae Gwang wants to meet Eun Byul and there she is, but she doesn’t understand the reason why since they never were in good terms. Tae Gwang asks her how much does she know about Soo In’s case and if she knows how much the principal is involved in it, but she’s unaware of the details. When the results of the autopsy came out her estimated time of death wasn’t the one everyone thought it would be whereas Soo In’s family believed she died during class time. Eun Byul points out there’s no proof, but she’s unaware of the information Tae Gwang possesses in his hands. They fabricated her time of death in order to make it look as if she died all alone later on that night and not earlier as expected.
Teacher Kim’s drinking soju all alone and Tae Gwang appears and wants to drink too, teacher Kim makes it look as if he’d pour him some soju and eventually hits him in the head with the bottle! Students are not supposed to drink, but he was so happy thinking that the teacher might have poured him some, even if that thought lasted for just a few seconds! Teacher Kim refers to the Soo in incident when he couldn’t protect her back then, if he gathers up his courage by saying the truth he will be taking away another student’s father from him. In order to take away one student’s pain he will end up hurting another student and he doesn’t want that, he can’t differentiate two students because he cares for them equally. Tae Gwang points out that it’s the father of the student who caused the problem, had he been teacher Kim he would say to the student to try to convince his father one last time before it’s too late.
Tae Gwang’s father is drinking all alone and his son goes to see him. He shows his father the documents he photographed and he gets pissed off while referring to Tae Gwang as a son who doesn’t know how to do anything. He thinks Tae Gwang uses these documents as his weakness to threaten him and wants to know what he wants him to do. He doesn’t know the answer, so he wants to know what his father intends to do. He hates his father and he thought that had he fallen into ruin he would be the happiest person on earth, but even with all this proof in his hands he wonders why he can’t do anything. He wants his father to give him an answer while he can barely hold his tears from falling. He leaves his phone there to make the choice on his own, whether he deletes them or acts otherwise it’s up to him, but that will be the answer to his question.
Eun Bi’s little friends have fallen asleep and she’s measuring the weight of her forthcoming decision while caressing Ra Jin’s hair, she’s dear to her heart. The day of the big decision has arrived and she’s returning back to Seoul, it’s time to bid farewell her little friends for now, but in 14 days she will get to see them again! The next morning Tae Gwang’s going to school and witnesses some police officers that just arrived, they are here for his father. Tae Gwang tried to reach him before them taking him away, but they exchanged stares while leaving and silence was more powerful than any words at that moment. Yi Ahn noticed Tae Gwang’s special interest towards the principal.
At the police station Tae Gwang’s father handed over the original document of Soo In’s autopsy and not the falsified ones used to cover up the incident. He intends to receive the whole punishment on his own since he was the one who tried to cover up the fact that she died during class time. The officer mentions that teacher Kim knows the truth about the whole incident as well since he was her homeroom teacher, so he can’t escape punishment for the crime of remaining silent. The principal states that teacher Kim didn’t remain silent and that he was the one to have stopped him with his power and authority every time he tried to reveal the whole truth and he wants the police force to leave him out of the case.
Yi Ahn’s out with Eun Byul and she wants to know if his rehabilitation’s flowing well, Yi Ahn can only be positive about it! Eun Byul wonders how well Yi Ahn thinks he knows her. He thinks he knew everything when they were younger, but for now he can’t be sure. Before all these recent events came to the surface he didn’t even know about what she was going through. As for Eun Bi, he points out that she must be happy since she has a sister like Eun Byul who watches after her. Eun Byul points out that Eun Bi started getting bullied because she protected someone from getting bullied whereas Eun Byul was the other way around, she turned her back on a friend in need. She wants to know Yi Ahn’s opinion on who he thinks is the most unhappy out of the two, but his answer is diplomatic making Eun Byul question him if he’s disappointed in her, but he must have expectations in order to be disappointed! Eun Byul points out that she feels a lot better now that she’s come clean to Yi Ahn and smiles at him, but we can’t say the same for Yi Ahn who’s lost in his thoughts.
Eun Bi asks Mi Gyeong about her stuffed animal, Eun Byul had put it in her mother’s room since she sneezes a lot when there’s fur and dust! Mi Gyeong’s curious about who gave it to her and she says that it was a gift from a friend! Eun Bi passes by Yi Ahn’s training center and left something for him at the reception, but Yi Ahn appears! Both of them want to say something and Eun Bi lets him talk first and lets her know that he started rehabilitation, making Eun Bi quite happy who thinks he did it because Eun Byul returned back home. Even though Eun Bi thinks she wasn’t the one to have made him do it she’s still happy for him. She hands him over the box which has the medal he had given her in order to return it to its rightful owner, it’s a promise he made and he should keep it.
She wants to know if it’s better now that he sees her face even though Eun Byul’s return doesn’t change the fact that she lied. Yi Ahn states that he really had a hard time because of her, but he changes the way he wants to present his thoughts. He admits he was confused and said harsh thing to her, but he would never want her to leave, it would relieve him. She’s thankful for that and points out she won’t be avoiding him anymore! Both of them are relieved and happy!
However, while Eun Bi was waiting at the bus stop she noticed the news on Tae Gwang’s father getting arrested and calls him right away on the phone, but he doesn’t answer and in fact he’s not sleeping, he’s in pain, physical pain. Eun Bi insists and he manages to answer the phone, but he faints and Eun Bi notices that something’s not right. Tae Gwang gets transferred to the hospital with Eun Bi being by his side. At that moment a phone call from his mother arrives.
Eun Byul’s at home and she found out the card-note Soo In’s ghost left for her that even if she pretends not to see her she’s still her best friend. Tae Gwang’s mother comes to see her son and shows part of her affection towards him, but she doesn’t stay long. On her way out Eun Bi was waiting for her and introduces herself. His mother’s aware that Eun Bi probably knows a lot about Tae Gwang since she’s not surprised to see her. She refers to Tae Gwang’s past and that he was such a bright and happy child. After they got a divorce Tae Gwang’s world collapsed and he went though a lot of heartache. Because of her job even, though she was aware of Tae Gwang’s pain and hardships, she couldn’t be there for him unaware of how much she would scar her child’s fragile soul. She says she doesn’t even have the right to be regretful, but on a day like today she’s glad that Tae Gwang has a friend by his side. She’s thankful towards Eun Bi and she wants her to give Tae Gwang something.
Tae Gwang wakes up and finds Eun Bi by his side who was worrying about him, but he’s more than glad she came without him calling her. Even though she was so worried about him Tae Gwang states that she can’t even like him and how could she act like that. It’s something that makes Eun Bi question him if she should go, but the answer could only be negative from Tae Gwang who was thankful towards her and placed her hand in his, now he can be at ease and rest.
Eun Byul went to Soo In’s home to find teacher Jung there. She goes to her room where she spent lots of time with Soo In and by the time she sees pictures they got together were still there at the bedside table Teacher Jung lets her know that ever since Soo In left them she kept organizing her room, her blog, her journal and she would find Eun Byul’s name everywhere. The time Soo In spent with Eun Byul was filled with her happiest memories. We dive back in the past where we witness Soo In and Eun Byul listening music and singing together while having fun, Soo In had even recorded this happy moment!
Eun Byul recalls some moments she turned her back on Soo In and she can’t hold back her tears as she goes through Soo In’s recorded thoughts. How many feels are hiding in that scene? These recordings were the reason why teacher Jung was being so stubborn about it because Soo In considered Eun Byul her only real friend. Had she approached her a little bit more things could had been different, that’s the only thing teacher Jung ever wanted. Eun Byul cries her heart out on her knees and teacher Jung takes her in her embrace recognizing that it must had been very hard for her as well. She’s apologetic towards Eun Byul who can’t stop crying.
Yi Ahn’s medals possess lots of memories. He recalls the first time he wanted to give it to Eun Byul that night at the field trip and with the other medal he dives in the mind-awakening moment with Eun Bi when she unconditionally lifted his spirit up and didn’t let him look down on himself. It’s a tough crossroad for him and he places both medals in a row.
Tae Gwang’s back home, but he doesn’t feel like eating and calls Eun Bi pretending to be so sick he can’t even lift his chopsticks! They hang out together and they’re picking up the crabs they are about to eat and tells her that one of them looks like her, after the dumpling it’s the crab! Tae Gwang eats as if he hasn’t eaten for days making Eun Bi ask him if he really doesn’t have an appetite! Tae Gwang points out that it was probably because he couldn’t eat alone and back home he really didn’t have an appetite! If he faints this time she won’t come so he should better start taking care of himself now! Eun Bi wonders if he’s alone at home, but there’s still the housemaid that cooks and cleans, nobody else! She lets him know of his mother’s presence at the hospital and hands him over her present, he opens it up and sees a tie in it. He doesn’t seem that bright and urges Eun Bi to keep eating in order to avoid any further reference to his mother.
Yi Ahn’s all alone lost in his thoughts, he picks up one of the medals and rushes to find the own whose memories are attached to it. Tae Gwang takes Eun Bi back home and she wants to tell him how to make time go by faster when he’s all alone, but Tae Gwang thinks that the only way to make the time go by fast for him is being with her. Tae Gwang approaches Eun Bi and kisses her on her cheek, it’s something Yi Ahn’s very soul and essence can’t handle as time stands still for both Tae Gwang and Eun Bi.
Thoughts: The 14th one was yet another great episode in a row preserving the 13th one’s grandeur. I will refer to it one more time, the director is doing an exceptional work when it comes to closeups, but except for them i always take into consideration the distance factor which paces perfectly well with the characters and their interactions as if it was some sort of emotional mathematics. Everything’s well-conceived and well-executed. The distance always changes between interactions and we can easily witness how close or how far some characters may get during one scene.
One very characteristic example has to be Tae Gwang and Eun Bi’s affectionate interaction at the very end of the episode. At first they kept their distance from each other and then Tae Gwang minimized it to an emotional climax to let it flow anew backwards with a different and slower aura from both characters. And there’s always Yi Ahn’s presence whose distance is omnipresent from Tae Gwang and Eun Bi, a distance that emotionally lengthens as seconds pass by. The sense of distance and the way the screenwriter, the director and the characters maintain it is exceptional.
A very important aspect one may distinguish throughout the flow of the drama have to be the position, the tension, the softness and the interactions of characters’ hands as an extension of their personalities. As an example, we’ve witnessed Tae Gwang’s hand trying to hold Eun Bi, but restraining himself, then it was his hand wrist-grabbing her but eventually letting her go after taking into consideration her decision. Another example has to be Yi Ahn’s hands and the tension they possess every time his world collapses, but he always loosens them whenever he sees through his emotional blackout and searches for answers. Of course, they hold their own sense of affection whenever required. These were sparse examples throughout the drama, as for the 14th episode, we had plenty of them commemorating a sense of defensive surprise, discouragement, soothing longing and promise.
During the whole episode we went through Yi Ahn’s wide variety of emotional trials. He was eagerly waiting to find out where Eun Bi was and all he wanted to know was if she had been well all this time. Eun Bi’s presence during her absence from his life grows stronger as time passes by. Yi Ahn doesn’t miss Eun Bi because of her unconditional caring, he’s not an emotional beggar. He misses her because of her overall warmth and bright personality that gradually started shining differently upon him, especially in his darkest hour.
It was omnipresent during the scene when he placed the medals the one next to the other among his flashbacks that were highly representative of his feelings. Eun Bi was presenting the day that has dawned in his life anew, Eun Byul was the night lying in the past, presenting an emotional sunset. Eun Bi and Eun Byul have the same yet so different faces to his eyes and he can differentiate between them, it’s always about the temperature they evoke to his heart. He didn’t let Eun Bi know that she was the one who made him want to exercise and dream once again because at that point he didn’t want to progress his feelings and act rash. He also didn’t want to traumatize Eun Bi’s happiness due to her sister’s return by ruining Eun Bi’s idea that Eun Byul was the one that had that vibrant impact on him.
Eventually, it was inevitable for him to remain silent and all he could do was to go and find her, but he was taken aback by the sudden turn of events in front of his very eyes that made time stand still for him and not in the most favorable way. The end of the 14th episode left Yi Ahn wounded at the most crucial moment of his emotional life after having made his decision and it was apparent that he was moving towards that direction. His interactions with Eun Byul were typical ones and they didn’t possess the necessary magnetic vibes. Yi Ahn wasn’t absorbed by her since Eun Bi was always occupying both his mind and his heart.
Even though Eun Byul showed a slightly more considerate side towards Yi Ahn, it would never outweigh the impact Eun Bi had upon him and that’s why their interactions were neither moving nor exceptional and they were always pacing with the flow of events. However, Eun Byul managed to push back So Young’s harmful plans. At first there was a warning and then a more offensive approach since So Young didn’t manage to take into consideration Eun Byul’s words.
So Young is so shameless she only sheds tears over trivial things such as her remorseless ego being shattered like the screen of a useless mobile phone. In a symbolic tone, It was a screen that had to be shattered since it possessed So Young’s harshest assault towards Eun Bi behind the classroom curtains before deciding to end her own life. Eun Byul could have punished So Young physically countless times, but the mental slaps she delivered were even more powerful and delivered all the necessary messages. All that remains for So Young are some acts of desperation before her downbeat reign reaches an end once and for all, one way or another.
It’s all about forgiveness and redemption. Eun Byul faced her greatest fears and let Soo In’s ghost pass unto the other side with due respect, remembered and not forgotten. Eun Byul shed her most sincere tears and cleansed herself from the haunting horrors of the past. Teacher Jung is a shattered figure, she couldn’t stand all this time that even in death Soo In was forgotten just like she was being ignored while she was alive. Due to her insightful interactions with teacher Kim and after she found some peace of mind she was finally able to forgive Eun Byul and leave the past behind as both of them cried in each other’s arms. Soo In will never be alone again and the burden of her remembrance won’t be a burden anymore, but a loving memory.
Teacher Kim and Tae Gwang always had deeper interactions whenever the occasion was asking for it, it’s beyond a teacher-student relationship, one could refer to it as an insightful bromance in the darkest hour of the soul. Tae Gwang is teacher Kim’s personal deus ex machina when things get awry. Tae Gwang doesn’t really hate his father, even though he wanted to hate him with all of his powers for all the reasons in the world. He longs for paternal love and since he can’t have it he wanted to at least make him take the right decision without forcing him to do so.
It was one of these rare moments when he chose his son’s will over wealth, power and prestige, but he also followed teacher Kim’s lead and became once again the exemplary teacher he used to be. He acted like a responsible adult regardless of the consequences and took all the blame on him for the pain and suffering he cause through his deathlike silence. And why not, he acted as a father at least once after all these years, even indirectly. Teacher Kim’s sacrifice won’t be in vein and it was mind-awakening alongside Tae Gwang’s approach on the whole matter.
Eun Bi had probably decided to stay at Tongyeong alongside her little friends. They mourned her loss in the past and their very soul and essence got revived after their longing for Eun Bi to return shined brightly in front of their very eyes. Ra Jin loves Eun Bi and holds her in a dear place within her heart, even though she’s by their side she wouldn’t like her to sacrifice her dreams and her new life among loving people. After all, it’s not like they won’t see her again and inevitably everyone would grow up one day while paving their own way.
Keeping Eun Bi chained at the orphanage while a life she needed was blossoming in her absence is something neither Ra Jin nor the rest of the little musketeers would want. The bond is there and the promise has been given, nothing will separate them again, not even the distance. In addition, their interaction with Tae Gwang was priceless, both when they were protective towards Eun Bi and when Tae Gwang became yet another one of them by preserving his most innocent and playful side!
What one can easily notice is the fact that even though they want to see each other they try to push away one another. Eun Bi even though she would like to meet Yi Ahn she tried to prevent herself and tried to deliver the medal in an indirect way, but Yi Ahn appeared in front of her leading to an interesting conversation in more a soothing tone. It’s something both of them wanted, to see each other and both of them were relieved after this interaction, even if they probably didn’t refer to everything they’d want to. It was a scene that encrypted a silent emotional longing, you could sense it in their eyes and in the blooming tranquility of the moment.
Eun Bi appearing at the memorial that supposed to be Eun Byul’s under her own name was an aspect of the past that was craving for closure. She needed to bid farewell the devastating aspects of the recent events and finally be able to stare at the future with brand new eyes. Her interaction with her friend was essential not only story-wise but also on an emotional level. It also delivered the message that silence is never an option when it comes to bullying, it can only perpetuate this violent act. One solely cannot solve this matter either, the voices have to be many and united.
Tae Gwang’s pain was probably an immense stress aftereffect due to his father turning himself in, he may have taken the right decision, but this doesn’t mean that Tae Gwang wouldn’t feel hurt seeing his father being taken by the police. Tae Gwang is a highly emotional person and his supposed hate towards his father was the inverted mirror of his love towards him and the longing for him to be a father instead of a faceless stranger in his life. His love for his mother is strong as well, but that’s why he keeps his distance from her, he wants to remember her with the eyes of the child he used to be before this parents got a divorce. Had he interacted with her on a personal level their relationship could have possibly turned into the same void like his relation to his father. On top of that, he doesn’t want to ruin his mother’s life and marriage with his own presence. That’s why he had always been discreet and that’s why he’s not touched by his mother’s present either.
His mother is well aware of the scars she caused to Tae Gwang’s childhood soul, scars that never healed, but with Eun Bi’s presence in his life the bleeding has stopped and the wounds are gradually healing. Even though he’s aware that she won’t like him back the he wants her to be by his side, even holding her hand was a humble delight for him. He was deeply touched by the fact that she rushed to help him in a time when he most needed her and without asking her to come to his aid. Their bond of mutual caring cannot be torn apart and they have proven it many times, especially Tae Gwang.
Tae Gwang as an adolescent revives his childhood years to a brand new level, he feels like a child around her, she’s all over him, he’s the child he never had the chance to be and that’s why he’s playful and emotional, caring yet obedient, supportive and omnipresent. On top of that, by her side he matures and his everlasting love towards her face and the person she is burn twice as brightly every time he sees her and he constantly angles for his presence around her, not in a forceful way, but with longing and love.
His kiss was the utmost visualization of his affection towards her and always in the vein of Tae Gwang. It was unexpected but elegant, observant yet sincere, necessary and charming. It was a kiss with due respect to a person he knows she won’t like him back, the most sincere “thank you” Tae Gwang could offer towards Eun Bi for being by his side at the hospital and spending the day with him. It could also be a heart-awakening moment for Eun Bi as well who was taken aback by the sudden infusion of brave amounts of love.
School 2015 is the proof that people don’t fall in love with a face, but the personality and the soul within. Just like Tae Gwang never liked Eun Byul, he was absorbed by Eun Bi who has the same face as her sister, but they are opposite characters. And just like Yi Ahn loved Eun Byul, but was craving for a different side of her eventually found that side in Eun Bi, they may have the same face, but it was her personality that attracted him not in the first, but in the second place, after interacting with her even though he didn’t quite want her around at some point in his life after the truth came to the surface. School 2015, i am looking forward to the last two episodes, but i will miss you. At this point all i want from you is a rewarding ending so that i will remember you in the most heartfelt way.