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 8 has a runtime of 72 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 8 recap contains major spoilers –
Looking back at the old news telecast of Yi-jin defending Hee-do, Min-chae talks to her grandmother and asks her whether it was difficult for her to talk about her daughter like that. As Jae-kyung tells her granddaughter that she loves her, we go back to Da-eun telling Yi-jin that she loves him and everyone just looking stunned. Anyway, Hee-do and Yi-jin, now awkward thanks to that revelation, talk to each other about her recklessness and how much she worries him. She, however, does thank him for helping her.
The next day, though, Hee-do, obsessed with finding out who Da-eun is, goes on a hunt but is unable to find out who she is. A partial photo is hardly enough, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Yi-jin gives some money that he has saved to one of his father’s creditors. The latter, however, tells him not to keep the promise that he made to him – that he should find happiness. He goes on to meet Yu-rim and her mother where they talk with each other about the craziness that went down at the Asian Games finals. Yu-rim says that she didn’t know that exercising her right as an athlete would cause this much of a ruckus and she isn’t happy with how people are treating Hee-do. Yi-jin, however, tells her that she doesn’t get to choose how people react to news or how they support her.
He further asks Yu-rim to help him find a place to stay since he has decided to move back to the town. Seung-wan and Ji-woong, however, aren’t happy that Yi-jin wants to move back to Seung-wan’s house. Nevertheless, all four of them decide to help Yi-jin back into his room. Hee-do is, hilariously, so jealous about the attention he gets from women and the fact that he had two girlfriends in the past. Kim Tae-ri is just so adorable as Hee-do. The face she makes when she’s jealous is to die for. I almost died laughing!
Funnier still, however, is when Hee-do tries to show off how strong she is but ends up breaking a window instead. However, Hee-do catches feelings when he carries her away from the broken glass. Unfortunately for her, her mother comes in and berates her for collecting stickers which is a weird hill to die on. Hee-do challenges her instead, asking whether what she said on TV hurt her at all. Either way, the discussion ends in Hee-do locking herself in her room.
The next day, Yi-jin has a bad day at work where he completely freezes up and hangs up the phone during a live show. Jae-kyung admonishes him and tells him that if he’s not quick on his feet then he’s going to have issues on the path of being a journalist. Embarrassed, he goes home to find a gift from Hee-do waiting for him, which embarrasses him even more.
On the other hand, Hee-do and Yu-rim are disciplined for their conduct in the Asian Games. It’s a three-month suspension, so they got off easy, however, it really makes Yu-rim’s life difficult, especially since life at home isn’t that great either. That night, Hee-do comes across a sobbing Yu-rim who jumps into the swimming pool all of a sudden. It’s a bizarre and odd thing to see, honestly, and quite scary. Hee-do feels very sad seeing her like this and realizes all the other times she unknowingly found Yu-rim crying.
The next day, Chan-mi tells the two girls that it was apparent what would happen but at least they can take part in the next international game. She, further, tells Hee-do to stay a bit far from Yi-jin, since you can never trust reporters. Hee-do comes across Yi-jin in the bus but she can’t bring herself to say hi to him, with Chan-mi’s words ringing in her ears. However, Yi-jin wiping ice cream from her face gets her all awkward and “in love” which is, honestly, adorable.
Surprisingly, Hee-do doesn’t take Yi-jin’s little prank well and tells him off for behaving like she’s a child. Yi-jin tries to put a word in but isn’t able to. Hee-do, back at home, realizes that her and Yi-jin are growing distant since he’s living a very different life than her. Hee-do’s caring nature towards Yi-jin is what will get you to care about her, but it’ll also make you feel sad for the miscommunication that is happening right now between them.
The next day, Yu-rim and Hee-do decide to meet each other finally, from the chatroom. Both are excited, unaware of the other’s identity. At the park, Yu-rim sees Hee-do first but she panics and runs, giving her rose to Yi-jin, who is then seen by Hee-do. Of course, she assumes that he’s the person she’s been talking to for so long. It makes perfect sense to her, and to us, and without waiting for his response she just says that she has to have him, comforted by the fact that she’s enough for him.
Final Thoughts: Twenty Five Twenty One Episode 8
Ah, I love this series so much. Just so heartwarming in all respects. Although the last episode was full of heartbreak and thrills and chills, this one’s more laid-back and gives us updates about everyone’s lives. A lot is going on with everyone and all of them are trying to live their lives with what they have. I love how much care is taken to give everyone an equal chance to showcase themselves. I mean, just because Yu-rim is not the star of the show doesn’t mean that we aren’t given reasons for how she acts and her motivations.
The episode is an easy watch. No fencing this time, just a good ol’ fashioned K-drama with lots of heart.
Twenty-Five Twenty-One is streaming on Netflix.
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