Twenty Five Twenty One (스물다섯 스물하나)is a Korean drama TV series directed by Jung Ji-hyun and starring Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona and Lee Joo-myung, alongside other cast members. The series has 16 episodes. Twenty Five Twenty One episode 2 has a runtime of 73 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
In a time when dreams seem out of reach, a teen fencer pursues big ambitions and meets a hardworking young man who seeks to rebuild his life.
– Twenty Five Twenty One Episode 2 recap contains major spoilers –
After going through her mother’s diary the other day, Min-chae talks to her grandmother and sneakily gets to know that she had, in fact, not sold her wedding rings way back in the day. Min-chae grumbles that Hee-do should’ve first confirmed that the rings were gone before jumping to conclusions. When she gets a text from her mother, she tells her that she’s checking out grandma’s rings and to leave her alone. Hee-do, seeing the rings, feels a bit awkward.
As Min-chae and Jae-kyung go off to the store, we are transported back to the past where Yi-jin delivers Hee-do’s papers and the latter excitedly tells him about her school transfer. At the school, much to Hee-do’s chagrin, Jae-kyung takes over her but she manages to get away and makes acquaintances. However, her main focus is the gym and Yu-rim’s entry seems like her dreams are coming true. She trains with the team but her sole focus is Yu-rim, who seems to have demons of her own.
Hee-do excitedly talks to Yu-rim in the lockers and tells her that she’s a huge fan. However, Yu-rim destroys her and essentially tells her that she will never be a good fencer and to give up on her deluded dreams. Meanwhile, Yi-jin’s family problems seem to be looming over his head, however, he makes the best of the bad situation. He knows Yu-rim as well and is affectionate with her mother. His relationship with Yu-rim, too, is quite sweet.
Later, Yi-jin and Hee-do hang out together and she asks him how he knows Yu-rim. They discuss why they were together and he says that he likes that she doesn’t hide her tears. Their interactions are so wholesome, and I love how Yi-jin reminds her that it is not suited for them to date since he is much older than her. Either way, Hee-do is heartbroken that Yu-rim is cold towards her to the point that she ignores her totally. Venting, Hee-do confides in her internet friend and they promise to meet. And, of course, it turns out that Yi-jin is her internet friend.
The next day, the two meet again at their math academy but before their conversation gets too far, she rushes off to face off against Yu-rim in their practice match. The music accompanying their fight is intense as is their fight. After a while, Yu-rim remembers that she had fought Hee-do 5 years ago and Yu-rim had lost. She remembers being afraid of her in that fight and in this one, she loses to Hee-do again.
A pep talk from Coach Yang later, Yu-rim asks Hee-do why she likes her. She tells her that she likes how graceful and on-point her moves are and the fact that she always wins. Yu-rim tries to talk down to her again, but Hee-do tells her to cut the nonsense and take care of her ankle since she knows that she was playing safe because of it.
Anyway, at the broadcasting room, Hee-do comes across a tape from 1994 when Yi-jin was studying in the same school. Apparently, he was famous – he was young, fun and rich and everyone liked him for it. Hee-do says that he seems more cheerful in the tapes but he’s the same Yi-jin that he knows. We then get a rundown of what happened to Yi-jin. The once happy Yi-jin’s life takes a hard turn thanks to the IMF and he goes from having everything to nothing overnight.
Either way, that night Hee-do goes over to meet Yi-jin at home but finds two of his father’s employees (probably?) asking where his father is so that they can get their money back. However, Yi-jin doesn’t know where they are and is left apologising and promising that he will never be happy again and will think of their financial burdens. Nam Joo-hyuk is just so good as the heartbroken Yi-jin who literally has nothing he can do about his father’s financial troubles.
Hee-do then goes out with him and they discuss life and dreams. Yi-jin tells her that he wanted to work at NASA while Hee-do tells him that she heard his radio program and that he sounded happier than he does now. He tells her that he likes her recklessness and misses the stupid things he used to worry about at her age. If he could turn back time right now, he would.
In a bid to cheer him up, she takes him to her school where they have fun with the water fountains. Yi-jin forgets everything for a moment and really does have fun and Hee-do tells him to have fun like this with her. It’ll be their little secret.
Final thoughts: Twenty Five Twenty One Episode 2
Twenty Five Twenty One gives me major Our Beloved Summer vibes. The series has become quite interesting and has thrown a bunch of difficult situations that the characters have gone through. The misunderstandings and troubles that they face and how they choose to overcome them gives the characters depth and makes us root for them. On the other hand, the more cheerful moments result in taking us out of the heartbreak and adding a nice balance. I am excited to see how all of these characters turn out because Yi-jin and Hee-do’s relationship seems to have started already thanks to that little dance under the fountain; they just don’t know it yet.
Twenty Five Twenty One is streaming on Netflix.
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