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4.3 - Episode 3 of 25, 21

Today, we’ll be discussing Episode 3 of 25, 21, the hit K Drama on Netflix starring Kim Tae-ri as Na Hee-do and Nam Joo Hyuk as Baek Yi-jin. We discuss:

  • The songs from our recap: Existence by Wonstein and Warrior by Daniel Ri.
  • How Na Hee-do and Baek Yi-jin’s relationship is getting closer and deeper.

  • How this was a tough episode for Baek Yi-jin. He has lunch with his brother, who is getting bullied by classmates. He nearly misses seeing his dad. He gets caught between Na Hee-do and Ko Yu-rim. He is embarrassed when Ji Seung-wan recognizes him and remarks that she thought he was rich.

  • The work of Brené Brown on shame, which she calls a master emotion. Shame is the fear that we're not good enough, that we’re not worthy, which is exactly what Baek Yi-jin is feeling and why he promises to never be happy again.

  • The contrast between Baek Yi-jin’s stoic and sad countenance, and Na Hee-do’s confidence and unfailingly cheerful personality.

  • The big news that Na Hee-do will get to compete for a spot on the national team.

  • How Na Hee-do is furious with Ko Yu-rim, so furious that she tosses her Ko Yu-rim scrapbook into the trash and takes down the clippings from her bulletin board.

  • The crazy revelation that Injeolmi is Ko Yu-rim!

  • The K Drama elements that we see in this episode:

    • Wrist grab

    • (Almost) piggyback ride

    • Product placements

    • Food

  • Our favorite lines from this episode

  • The comic book Full House and the popularity of movie and book rental shops in S. Korea during the 80s and 90s

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K Drama Chat is a weekly podcast where we take one Korean (K) Drama each season and and recap and analyze each episode. K Drama Chat is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher.

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