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Fans Left In Tears Finding The Open Ending Heart-Touching-Record Of Youth Ep 16

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Park Bo Gums Leaves Fans In Tears

Although it’s been almost a whole day since we had to bid farewell to TVN’s  Record of Youth .We haven’t reached the heartwarming end yet. Park Bo-gum stars as Sa Hye-joon, an aspiring actor, Park So-dam as Ahn Jung-ha, an aspiring makeup artist. And Byun Woo-seok as Won Hae-hyo, also an aspiring actor, but born with a silver spoon.

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Youth Record Ep 16 begins with Hye-joon attempting to persuade Jung-ha not to break up with him. But the latter is determined to establish his own course. Jung-ha tells Hye-joon how she wants to be remembered as his youth’s “beautiful memory” . She too needs her dreams to be fulfilled. While Hye-joon is heartbroken, he also comes to the conclusion that instead of delaying it. He needs to enlist in the military and finish his “homework.”

In addition, Hae-hyo beats and enlists his best friend in front of him. But without asking his girlfriend, Kim Yi-young (Shine Ae-ra). After receiving a letter from her son, she finds out the next day, which leads to an emotional breakdown. Hae-hyo meets Jung-ha before he leaves and informs her that he’s just hiring to get a grim reaction from his crush. Well at least he was trying and the second lead syndrome is still going on! For telling his mother that she has a son she can be proud of. Hae-hyo also gained brownie points.

Moreover, considering their class disparity and how they will not be able to go against their parents, Kim Jin-woo (Kwon Soo-hyun) eventually agrees to break up with Hae-sister hyo’s Won Hae-na (Jo Yoo-jung).

Jung-ha is continually aware of her past relationship with Hye-joon and finally continues to wear the personalized sneakers that her ex-boyfriend gave her. Thanks to Lee Tae-beef su’s with reporter Kim Su-man (Bae Yoon-kyung), Park Do-ha (Kim Gun-woo) gets into some more debates. Hye-joon persuades his mother, Han Ae-sook (Ha Hee-ra), to leave her work in the Won household to the disappointment of Yi-young. Even Jin-woo persuades his mother, Lee Kyung-mi (Sung-yeon Park), to leave her job at the Won Household.

A Life Changing Moment For Hye-Joon

Though initially hesitant at first the family of Hye-joon eventually comes to terms with Hye-enlisting joon’s. While he also renews his four-year contract with the Jjampong agency of Lee Min-jae (Shin Dong-mi) to the delight of the agent. Min-jae also shares with Hye-older joon’s brother Sa Kyeong-jun (Lee Jae-won) a hilarious but endearing series. While the latter’s amusing one-liner to Jin-father woo’s Kim Jang-man (Jung Min-sung) on how to finish people asking singletons for marriage had viewers laughing out loud.

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In a ‘art parallels life’ moment, we see Hye-joon going to Instagram Live to announce to his fans that he is enlisting with an uplifting message (Bo-gum himself enlisted in the military on August 31, 2020). Bo-gum fans were left in tears because they thought that the actor was telling them those words, not just the character.

Two Years Later…

Then we take a jump two years later, after the discharge of Hye-joon and Hae-hyo from the military. As planned, while Jung-ha is now a major makeup artist, Hye-joon gets a big drama deal. The friendship of Hye-joon, Hae-hyo and Jin-woo still remains intact as they meet at their old place when the grandfather of Hye-joon.

Sa Min-gi (Han Jin-hee), receives an award for his modelling career with the entire Sa family. Min-gi dedicates the award emotionally to his son, Sa Young-nam (Park Soo-young). It leads to an emotional breakdown for the latter. Young-nam approaches Hye-joon in a moment of epiphany and apologises for not being there for him. A big highlight was also the heartwarming father-son moment with those endearing smiles.

We see Hye-joon, on stage, in the final few moments, greeting Jung-ha as the two reconnect after two years since their split. Jung-ha likes to wear the sneakers that Hye-joon gave her and jokes to her ex that it doesn’t mean she’s really longing for him. As they catch up on the missed time and leave viewers with an open ending to weave their own imagination. The two get back to their simple camaraderie. The final shot is a throwback sequence from Gateway, the medical drama starring top star Lee Hyun-soo (cameo by Seo Hyun-jin), to Hye-sequence, joon’s which made him a household name.

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