Being the third installment of the Reply me series, 3 seems to be a recurring pattern that appears almost everywhere. We listed the most obvious ones here! Enjoy!
THE SIGN OF 3

 

 

    1. FRIENDS FOREVER
      There are 3 ajumma BFFs. They hang out all day long.
      3 ajusshi drinking buddies who bet with each other.
      Eventually 4 families became 3. And all the BFFs are paired up.
    2. FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL
      Even though the OT5 are a unit, they don’t hang out together all the time because of school.
      3 girlfriends who talk about anything, and hangs out together, be it eating ddeokbokki or reading romance novels.
      3 buddies who share lunches, play football, try to watch R-rated movies in the cinema and even join dance-offs together.
      Even Noeul has his good buddies, making them also 3.
    3. YOUNG COUPLES
      By 1994, the 3 couples who ‘broke up’ in 1989 are reunited after 5 years.
    4. COLLEAGUES ( cr: boguminoona )
      In 1994, we see 3 sets of colleagues. Deoksun and her air-stewardess friends. Taek and his Baduk Center colleagues as well as Sunwoo with his fellow residents – Trash and Michael.
    1. Taek is the third person to be introduced in Ep1.
    2. Deok sun likes to cut up her food into thirds.
      Ep2 Taek’s birthday cake cutting. Ep9 fish at the Chinese dinner.
    3. 3 innocent-yet-suggestive scenes.
      Ep2 Deoksun pats Taek’s butt. Ep10 she teases his lips with her finger, and tells him to ‘Take it off‘(even though its just shoes)
    4. Deok sun gave Taek 3 fish related foods.
      A fish candy to welcome him in Ep2 flashback. A caring dinner of premium sushi that she queued in the cold for in Ep9. A thoughtful supper of fishbread so she have a chance to confirm their date in Ep16.
    5. There were 3 mice in the Chois’ mousetrap in Ep12 that Deok sun helped to throw away.
    6. Taek went from 6dan to 9dan in 1990. A 3 dan jump after winning all the 9dans.
    7. Taek needs 3 sleeping pills by 1994 to fall asleep in Ep19.
    8. DSxTK has 3 hug scenes.
      A victory hug after Taek’s epic win in Ep6. A jacket cuddle in Ep19. A sneaky back hug in Ep20.
    9. DSxTK has 3 big kiss scenes.
      A dreamlike yinyang kiss scene in Ep17. A passionate feelings-affirming kiss in Ep19. A tender commitment-sealing kiss in Ep20, after DS says “I love you.”
    10. Taek is Deok sun’s third and final love interest.  
    11. We see DSxTK OTP at 3 stages of their lives together ♥
      Signof3_OTP
    1. Bora is 3 years older than Sunwoo.
    2. Bora’s birthday is 3 days earlier than SW (and DS).
    3. There are 3 Lee Sun Hee tapes seen in SW’s room in Ep1 and Bora is shown listening to Vol.3 in Ep2.
    4. 3 confessions.
      Ep6 SW confesses to BR during the first snow. Ep9 SW tells BR that a dongsaeng relationship ‘Holds no meaning for me’ and asks her out to the concert again as a ‘man and a woman’. Ep10 BR tells SW that she likes him too, and ‘Let’s date.’
    5. SW walks with BR 3 times in the rain.Ep8 SW sees BR alone in the rain after she quarrels with her bf. He walks BR back home in Ep10 after they sent DR home. SW waits for BR at the bus stop so that she wouldn’t get drenched in the rain in Ep20.
    6. SW covers BR with his jacket 3 times.
      Ep6 when she returned from sending his mum to the countryside, before he confessed. Ep8 when he bought her coffee to warm her up after she was crying in the rain. Ep9 when he went to pick her up when she got stranded. Also before he confessed a second time.
    7. SW-BR almost got discovered 3 times.
      Ep12 by her brother Noeul when she was hugging SW in the alley. Ep12 by SW omma when they were hugging in SW’s room. Ep15 by DR and DS when they were going to JH’s home for lunch, just as SW was cheek to cheek with her.
    8. ‘Coincidentally’, SW-BR’s relationship also got discovered 3 times.
      Ep12 after escaping from BR’s brother, they got caught locked in an embrace by SW’s ‘future brother’ TK. Ep19 DR and DS both learn about him dating BR when he rushes in to tell TK. JH learns about it over the phone. Ep20 All the parents knew about it after the 3 ajummas saw them together in the alley.
    9. SW gave BR 3 conditions to get back together in 1994.
    10. SW-BR also has 3 big kiss scenes.
      Ep11 after SW was the only one who noticed that BR changed her glasses for him. Ep19 after SW saw BR waiting for him wearing the necklace he gave her. Ep19 after they talked and she thanked him for taking her back.
    11. SW-BR has 3 pecking kisses whilst sitting down.
    12. SW-BR also has 3 pecks kisses whilst standing up.
    13. SW-BR also has 3 big hug scenes because of their fathers.

      ( cr : thank you Kentang for helping with this section ♥ )

 

    1. When DS wanted to go to the Lee Moon Sae concert with JH.
      She asked him 3 times if he will go.
    2. Jung Bong and Mi-Ok finally get together after 3 dates at Banjul cafe.
      Ep14 They met outside Banjul after missing each other. JB even kissed her. Ep15 They had a Secret Garden kiss parody coffee foam kiss. Ep19 They reunited at Banjul in 1994 after playing the same online game.
    3. There was 3 red lights that slowed JH down when he was rushing to the concert where DS was at in Ep18.
    4. SEE THE 3 NOVELS
    5. THE 3 PROPHECIES that all came true:
      Sunwoo’s omma got another (full-grown) son when she married Choi appa.Jungbong will have great fortune before the lunar new year arrived, and it was in the form of his first love, Mi-Ok.Deoksun managed to get into a vocational college after she changed her name to Sooyeon.
      cr. fangurl’s translation:
      Sooyeon when inverted is yeonsoo = training.
      When read in a sequence when Deoksun’s mum tried to cancel the bad vibes when someone called Deoksun many times : Sooyeon-sooyeon-sooyeon which merged into soo-yeonsoo-yeonsoo-yeonsoo-yeon which is subconsciously telling her to train hard. And ironically, once her mum stopped calling her Sooyeon, she got the kick she needed to apply herself to her studies and eventually succeeded after going to prep school.
    6. There were 3 people that became very successful in life without graduating college. ( cr pixiemoondust )
      Taek – National treasure Baduk player
      Dongryong – Franchise owner
      Jungbong – Celebrity Chef

 

 

3Single_holmes

There seems to be a Sherlock fan in this production, because a Sherlock Holmes book is seen on Taek and Deoksun’s bookshelf in 2015.

One of the episodes of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes: Season 3 was called “The Sign of 3”.

One can argue that other than Lee Chang Ho, Choi Taek also possesses some qualities of Sherlock.

BBC’s Sherlock says: ” I don’t eat when I’m working, digesting slows me down.”

Taek seems to have embraced this theory, because he would rather go without eating and only live on coffee when he gets into study mode. He favours easily digestible foods like porridge and soups.

Other parallels: Taek is a genius with an obsession about Baduk.

He is a smoker.

He had a dependency on medication for headaches and sleeping until he started to date Deoksun in 1994.

Also, its been repeated a few times about Choi Taek’s selective memory.
This may have been taken from the actual canon of Sherlock Holmes.
“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

Let’s not forget the last thing: “Brainy is the new sexy.”

What do you think?

    1. FRIENDS FOREVER
      There are 3 ajumma BFFs. They hang out all day long.
      3 ajusshi drinking buddies who bet with each other.
      Eventually 4 families became 3. And all the BFFs are paired up.
    2. FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL
      Even though the OT5 are a unit, they don’t hang out together all the time because of school.
      3 girlfriends who talk about anything, and hangs out together, be it eating ddeokbokki or reading romance novels.
      3 buddies who share lunches, play football, try to watch R-rated movies in the cinema and even join dance-offs together.
      Even Noeul has his good buddies, making them also 3.
    3. YOUNG COUPLES
      By 1994, the 3 couples who ‘broke up’ in 1989 are reunited after 5 years.
    4. COLLEAGUES ( cr: boguminoona )
      In 1994, we see 3 sets of colleagues. Deoksun and her air-stewardess friends.
      Taek and his Baduk Center colleagues as well as Sunwoo with his fellow residents – Trash and Michael.
    1. Taek is the third person to be introduced in Ep1.
    2. Deok sun likes to cut up her food into thirds.
      Ep2 Taek’s birthday cake cutting. Ep9 fish at the Chinese dinner.
    3. 3 innocent-yet-suggestive scenes.
      Ep2 Deoksun pats Taek’s butt. Ep10 she teases his lips with her finger, and tells him to ‘Take it off‘(even though its just shoes)
    4. Deok sun gave Taek 3 fish related foods.
      A fish candy to welcome him in Ep2 flashback. A caring dinner of premium sushi that she queued in the cold for in Ep9. A thoughtful supper of fishbread so she have a chance to confirm their date in Ep16.
    5. There were 3 mice in the Chois’ mousetrap in Ep12 that Deok sun helped to throw away.
    6. Taek went from 6dan to 9dan in 1990. A 3 dan jump after winning all the 9dans.
    7. Taek needs 3 sleeping pills by 1994 to fall asleep in Ep19.
    8. DSxTK has 3 hug scenes.
      A victory hug after Taek’s epic win in Ep6. A jacket cuddle in Ep19. A sneaky back hug in Ep20.
    9. DSxTK has 3 big kiss scenes.
      A dreamlike yinyang kiss scene in Ep17. A passionate feelings-affirming kiss in Ep19. A tender commitment-sealing kiss in Ep20, after DS says “I love you.”
    10. Taek is Deok sun’s third and final love interest.  
    11. We see DSxTK OTP at 3 stages of their lives together ♥
      Signof3_OTP_mobile
    1. Bora is 3 years older than Sunwoo.
    2. Bora’s birthday is 3 days earlier than SW (and DS).
    3. There are 3 Lee Sun Hee tapes seen in SW’s room in Ep1 and Bora is shown listening to Vol.3 in Ep2.
    4. 3 confessions.
      Ep6 SW confesses to BR during the first snow. Ep9 SW tells BR that a dongsaeng relationship ‘Holds no meaning for me’ and asks her out to the concert again as a ‘man and a woman’. Ep10 BR tells SW that she likes him too, and ‘Let’s date.’
    5. SW walks with BR 3 times in the rain.Ep8 SW sees BR alone in the rain after she quarrels with her bf. He walks BR back home in Ep10 after they sent DR home. SW waits for BR at the bus stop so that she wouldn’t get drenched in the rain in Ep20.
    6. SW covers BR with his jacket 3 times.
      Ep6 when she returned from sending his mum to the countryside, before he confessed. Ep8 when he bought her coffee to warm her up after she was crying in the rain. Ep9 when he went to pick her up when she got stranded. Also before he confessed a second time.
    7. SW-BR almost got discovered 3 times.
      Ep12 by her brother Noeul when she was hugging SW in the alley. Ep12 by SW omma when they were hugging in SW’s room. Ep15 by DR and DS when they were going to JH’s home for lunch, just as SW was cheek to cheek with her.
    8. ‘Coincidentally’, SW-BR’s relationship also got discovered 3 times.
      Ep12 after escaping from BR’s brother, they got caught locked in an embrace by SW’s ‘future brother’ TK. Ep19 DR and DS both learn about him dating BR when he rushes in to tell TK. JH learns about it over the phone. Ep20 All the parents knew about it after the 3 ajummas saw them together in the alley.
    9. SW gave BR 3 conditions to get back together in 1994.
    10. SW-BR also has 3 big kiss scenes.
      Ep11 after SW was the only one who noticed that BR changed her glasses for him. Ep19 after SW saw BR waiting for him wearing the necklace he gave her. Ep19 after they talked and she thanked him for taking her back.
    11. SW-BR has 3 pecking kisses whilst sitting down.
    12. SW-BR also has 3 pecks kisses whilst standing up.
    13. SW-BR also has 3 big hug scenes because of their fathers.
      ( cr : thank you Kentang for helping with this section ♥ )
    1. When DS wanted to go to the Lee Moon Sae concert with JH.
      She asked him 3 times if he will go.
    2. Jung Bong and Mi-Ok finally get together after 3 dates at Banjul cafe.
      Ep14 They met outside Banjul after missing each other. JB even kissed her. Ep15 They had a Secret Garden kiss parody coffee foam kiss. Ep19 They reunited at Banjul in 1994 after playing the same online game.
    3. There was 3 red lights that slowed JH down when he was rushing to the concert where DS was at in Ep18.
    4. SEE THE 3 NOVELS
    5. THE 3 PROPHECIES that all came true:
      Sunwoo’s mum got another (full-grown) son when she married Choi appa.Jungbong will have great fortune before the lunar new year arrived, and it was in the form of his first love, Mi-Ok.Deoksun managed to get into a vocational college after she changed her name to Sooyeon.
      cr. fangurl’s translation:
      Sooyeon when inverted is yeonsoo = training.
      When read in a sequence when Deoksun’s mum tried to cancel the bad vibes when someone called Deoksun many times : Sooyeon-sooyeon-sooyeon which merged into soo-yeonsoo-yeonsoo-yeonsoo-yeon which is subconsciously telling her to train hard. And ironically, once her mum stopped calling her Sooyeon, she got the kick she needed to apply herself to her studies and eventually succeeded after going to prep school.
    6. There were 3 people that became very successful in life without graduating college. ( cr pixiemoondust )
      Taek – National treasure Baduk player
      Dongryong – Franchise owner
      Jungbong – Celebrity Chef

3Single_holmes

There seems to be a Sherlock fan in this production, because a Sherlock Holmes book is seen on Taek and Deoksun’s bookshelf in 2015.

One of the episodes of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes: Season 3 was called “The Sign of 3”.

One can argue that other than Lee Chang Ho, Choi Taek also possesses some qualities of Sherlock.

BBC’s Sherlock says: ” I don’t eat when I’m working, digesting slows me down.”

Taek seems to have embraced this theory, because he would rather go without eating and only live on coffee when he gets into study mode. He favours easily digestible foods like porridge and soups.

Other parallels: Taek is a genius with an obsession about Baduk.

He is a smoker.

He had a dependency on medication for headaches and sleeping until he started to date Deoksun in 1994.

Also, its been repeated a few times about Choi Taek’s selective memory.
This may have been taken from the actual canon of Sherlock Holmes.
“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

Let’s not forget the last thing: “Brainy is the new sexy.”

What do you think?

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