Twenty-Five Twenty-One season 1, episode 12 recap - adding necessary layers (2023)



An episode that adds necessary layers to the story by adding a focus on characters who operated on the periphery of the plot.

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This recap of the K-Drama Netflix series Twenty-Five Twenty-One season 1, episode 12 contains spoilers.

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Twenty-Five Twenty-One season 1, episode 12 recap

Picking up where we left off, we see Hee-do and Jae-kyung vocalise a plan to visit their father’s cemetery more often, and observe a seemingly newfound closeness as they warmly talk in the car. However, it’s short lived, as before long the mother gets annoyed over the idea that her daughter would not go to college, but rather join a sports team for the sake of money. The next day, Hee-do discusses her potential college fate with Yu-rim, disappointed over the idea of having to score well (for her standards, at least) in a test to have any chance of attending one.

Next, coach Yang shouts at Ye-ji over her alleged “rotten” mindset, something which upsets the young girl who is currently doubting whether she wants to fence or not. “I feel like I’m wasting my time in the gym,” she says, wishing to explore other avenues instead. After some comfort, Ye-ji wonders what would happen if she just stopped attending training. Meanwhile, at UBS, Ji-woong delivers the picture of Hee-do to Yi-jin.

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Back in the fencing gym, coach Yang disputes the idea of Ye-ji’s quitting, stating that managing her kind of mindset is part of her job. Hee-do sticks up for her friend, though, explaining that giving up can be a challenge too. Those words don’t work, but Yu-rim’s insistence that she will not train until their colleague is allowed to leave the team sparks a strike of sorts. “Actions speak louder than words,” Hee-do acknowledges, joining her fellow athlete in their protest.

Flaunting the same t-shirt worn by a famous prisoner, Ji-woong ends up physically assaulted by Mr. Seo. This stirs Seung-wan into anger, as she loudly makes a stand before phoning the police to report the corporal punishment incident. In turn, it all blows over into a meeting which leaves the student on the back foot, as the police confess they can’t do anything about the situation, and go as far as expressing their sympathy towards the violent teacher.

Shortly after, Yi-jin stumbles across the policeman delivering an interview to a shady reporter, discussing the corporal punishment report. He decides to intervene when hearing Seung-wan’s name mentioned, yet finds himself frustrated when his neighbour doesn’t pick up the phone. As such, Yun-seong, the KBY reporter, ends up finding the student and requesting an interview. Fortunately, Yi-jin does prevent the story from gaining legs, interrupting the conversation by claiming Seung-wan is his cousin, and explaining the abusive nature of the teacher, as well as the counter argument to corporal punishment, to the journalist. At the bus stop, the two fake cousins then talk together, with the student feeling stupid over almost being hoodwinked, but expressing thanks towards her friend.

In a meeting, Ye-ji attempts to absolve Yu-rim and Hee-do of blame for their strike, wishing to take on the responsibility. Coach Yang does take some issue with this, though, in addition to the girl’s instance that she be able to quit. There is a compromise to be found, however, as if the student can reach the quarter-finals at the nationals, she will be allowed to leave the club. “Prove to me how determined you are,” coach Yang bluntly states before leaving her office.

Taking the fencer under their wing, Yu-rim and Hee-do begin to train their friend in the hopes that she will be able to quit via achievement. There seems to be a nugget left in these scenes, as it’s obvious that Ye-ji starts to enjoy the sport she became detached from once more.

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As the friendship group watch the fencing documentary on the hangout TV (and Ji-woong gets frustrated that he ends up missing his TV debut due to a satellite outage), Yi-jin branches out in the sports department, covering a baseball game in Daegu. It doesn’t exactly go well at first, with the smudged ink in his notebook leading to an awkward delivery in his report, but when the journalist recomposes, the improvement in skill is clear. Later on, in a hotel foyer, Yi-jin ends up pleasantly surprised by Hee-do’s French skills after she turns into a translator of sorts when helping an anxious man trace his suitcase.

Following on from Hee-do quelling some drunken spectators, the fencer rants to Yi-jin about her frustrations when people say they can do better than athletes. They continue to spend some time together, with the fencer even going as far as to make up a story involving Yu-rim needing milk to extend their conversing. As they walk together, Yi-jin ends up marvelling at Hee-do’s maturity, and states that she’s a different person to who she was the year prior. “I want to stay by your side and watch you grow into a great person,” the journalist adds.

When Ho-jin finds Yi-jin and asks to speak to him, he pulls a stunt centred around wanting to get back with Hee-do to “sound out” the journalist’s feelings for his ex. He speculates that it was Yi-jin who caused the two to break up, and we see a flashback where the fencer admits that she thinks of someone else more than Ho-jin. As the two men continue their back-and-forth, Yi-jin gets emotional, ranting that his friend deserves the best experiences, and that he knows what she is doing. In the background, we see that an emotional Hee-do has eavesdropped on the conversation.

The next day, Ye-ji achieves the feat of getting to the quarter-final, pleasing coach Yang, and more importantly, herself. When told that she may as well compete in the rest of the tournament given it’s her last day as a fencer, Ye-ji still requests that she withdraws, stating that she doesn’t want to potentially take away an opportunity from someone more desperate. Then, she quits, and expresses her desire to try baking. It touches coach Yang, who asks the former fencer to remember this day, and shakes her hand in thanks for her work.

At school, Seung-wan ends up summoned to the counselling office of the school by the violent teacher, and her “pirate” radio show recording, where she exposes Mr. Seo by name, is played in front of her. According to school regulations, she should be expelled, but the staff member throws a patronising bone and says that instead of expulsion, she can just write a sincere apology, read it out in assembly, and be done with it. However, Seung-wan refuses this, citing her shame in the school, and drops out. “I’m sorry,” she later says to her mother when explaining the ordeal, and why she cannot yet learn to be flexible.

When dropping the news of the fact she’s dropping out of school to her friends, Ji-woong takes immediate issue, rushing Seung-wan to the rooftop. He pleads with her, but the stubborn woman doesn’t soften her stance. Thus, Ji-woong begins to blame himself, saying that she is perfect, but that he always ends up putting her in trouble. That’s the very reason Seung-wan is friends with him, though, and she explains so before consoling the crying boy.

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Next, Seung-wan’s mother storms into the school staff room, hot-headed and ready to confront Mr. Seo. She does so in brittle fashion, demanding the papers to sign off on her daughter’s departure, and sternly threatening that if the violent teacher doesn’t apologise to Ji-woong, an official complaint will be filed to the Parent’s Association. Later on, Seung-wan emotionally leaves the class or the final time, hearing of her importance to the cohort, and just what kind of impact she’s made.

As Seung-wan does officially depart, she encounters Ye-ji, who she shares an immediate rapport with, and who helps her climb over the locked gates. Then greeted by cake held by Yu-rim and Hee-do, the two quitters consider their futures, throwing their now redundant uniforms in the air while shouting how they were fed up with the things that held them down.

Flashing forward to CSAT day, Ji-woong and Hee-do embrace their friends’ well wishes, ready to take on the exam that could define their future. There is something ominous here though, as the narration states that from here, “everything started to change slowly,” something which includes the world as they prepared for the year 2000, and the whole Y2K ordeal.

The ending

At New Year’s Eve, the quintet of friends hang out in Yi-jin’s room, wondering what would happen should the world end. It leaves the group worried eventually, as everyone departs to spend their “last moments” with family. That is aside from Hee-do, who stays back with Yi-jin due to the fact her mother is working late in case of a news flash. Watching the news, there’s a tension in the air, and the journalists asks whether there’s anything his friend would like to do in case of the world ending. “Not really,” is the initial answer, but Hee-do soon goes in for a kiss which extends into the new millennium. “I guess I also wanted a change for myself,” she says, before the episode ends with the two gazing into each other’s eyes.

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Why did Hee Do and Yi Jin break up? ›

As both Hee Do and Yi Jin grew up, their relationship failed to grow. They expected it to stay the same when they weren't the same people anymore. Yi Jin understood this fact more than Hee Do, but miscommunication, misunderstanding, and impatience took the best of their relationship.

Who is the husband of Na Hee Do in Twenty Five Twenty One? ›

She calls him Jun-Ho, and what's interesting is that he's played by a real-life Olympic fencer named Kim Jun-Ho. Considering the athlete is portraying himself on the show, his character's last name could also be Kim. This means he could totally be Hee-Do's husband and Min-Chae's father.

What happens in episode 12 of forecasting love and weather? ›

Episode 12 of Forecasting love and Weather cuts us back in time as we see Si-Woo on the plane, en-route to the Typhoon Centre. He reflects on Ha-Kyung's words on how relationships change over time. It's all up to Si-Woo over whether they'll be together and he worries about what the future may hold.

What happens in ep 12 of It's Okay Not to Be Okay? ›

Episode 12 of It's Okay to Not Be Okay starts with Kang-Tae waking up to find Sang-Tae and Moon-Young having breakfast and arguing over the future book they are writing. He asks them if they want to go for a ride as he has a day off but they carry on bickering. Instead, he calls Jae-Su and asks him to hang out.

Who is the father of Min Chae? ›

Watch out! This post contains spoilers.

Will hee do and Yi Jin end up together? ›

Soon, the theories about a different end for the two floated in and it became a reality once the show ended on April 3. Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin went their separate ways and many fans were not happy with the outcome of their love story.

Who is Hee-Do's daughter? ›

Without intending to, Twenty-Five Twenty-One has fans on edge during the entire duration of the drama due to Min-chae. She is the daughter of Hee-do in the present time. She finds her mother's diaries and learns about her teenage years and Baek Yi-jin, her first love.

Who is the child of Na Hee-Do? ›

In present day, Kim Min-chae (Choi Myung-bin), Na Hee-do's daughter, quits ballet and "runs away" to her grandma's house. During her stay, she comes across her mother's diary, through which the story is then told.

Who does Na Hee Doo end up with? ›

Seven years later, Hee-do's mother, a reputable news anchor, is looking for a replacement to succeed her, and she chooses Ye-jin, now a successful journalist for the job, so he moves back to Korea. Hee-do, we learn, has gotten married.

Do Hakyung and Siwoo get back together? ›

In the end, it's happy families all round as Um is back with his wife and daughter, Si-Woo and Ha-Kyung get back together when they realize they're really in love, and Tae-Kyung dives into a relationship with Seok-Ho. While it's not a terrible ending, it's not a particularly imaginative or exciting one either.

Is weather report dating his sister? ›

During his teenage years, he met Perla Pucci, his biological sister, and started dating her.

Is weather forecast a Joestar? ›

After Pucci absorbs DIO's bone, Weather mysteriously gains a Joestar Birthmark. He joins Anasui - at the latter's insistence - in their search for Jolyne. Little is known about him as the story progresses until one of Dio's sons, Donatello Versus, steals his memories from Pucci's jacket.

Why is Moon Sang Tae afraid of butterflies? ›

Years Ago. During the childhood of Moon Kang-Tae and Moon Sang-Tae's mother got killed and Moon Sang-Tae focused on the butterfly badge, which makes him scared of butterflies.

Who is the ghost in it's okay not to be okay? ›

It turns out Ko Mun-yeong's mother, who traumatized her so much that she sees her as a ghost during her sleep paralysis, is View Spoiler » To top it off, she's been moonlighting as the head nurse at Ok Psychiatric Hospital, where all three of them work.

What is Zombie Kid in okay to not okay? ›

The Zombie Kid narrates the story of a young boy who was born different. All that the kid ever did was to eat continuously. The mother continued to feed the kid but nothing could appease his hunger. In the end, the mother gave up her hands and limbs to feed him and was left with nothing but a torso.

Who is the father of Mo Seok Hee? ›

Mo Seok-hee (Im Soo-hyang) is the only daughter of the MC Group, a large chaebol (conglomerate). Her grandfather is the founder and majority shareholder of the chaebol and her father, Mo Cheol-hee, is the President.

Will there be season 2 of Twenty-Five Twenty-One? ›

As we mentioned earlier, the K-Drama has not been renewed for a second season. However, if there were to be a second season, our best release date prediction would be Q1 2023.

Is Baek Jin adopted? ›

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Considering he was 23 years old at the time of the conversation, it could mean that he was adopted and became part of the Baek family 10 years ago.

Why did Na Hee break up? ›

The two get into a sad fight under the bridge where Yi-jin tells her how he used to feel in New York and tells her that he didn't want to burden her with his problems. Hee-do tearfully tells him that this is why they are breaking up – they are only lovers during the good times and a burden during the bad.

What happens to back Yi Jin and Na Hee Do? ›

The ending

Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin break up, looking out for each other until the end. Their happiest time, which gave the show its name, Twenty-Five Twenty-One, had come to a painful end. Now, at crossroads they break up, leaving the fans of the show disappointed.

Who is Na Hee Do's mother? ›

Perhaps the most intriguing scene of the first episode is when it's revealed that Na Hee Do's mom Shin Jae Kyung (Seo Jae Hee) has met with Coach Yang Chan Mi (Kim Hye Eun) to talk about Na Hee Do joining the fencing team. While it's not fully explained, it's clear that something caused a rift between these two women.

Who was Hee Do boyfriend? ›

Since Hee-Do is competing in the event, the two finally reunite. Hee-Do invites Yi-Jin to get lunch with her, and he finds out Hee-Do has a boyfriend named Jung Ho-Jin, who Hee-Do has been dating for only three days.

What year is Na Hee Do born? ›

Na Hee-do's birthday is on the 23rd of July, 1981. Most of the main cast members were born in the same decade, before the year that the show takes place in - 1998. The only cast member who wasn't from the 1990s is Choi Hyun-wook, who was born in 2002.

How old is Yi Jin and Hee Do? ›

Hee-do is 18, and Yi-jin is 22. Fans love their friendship but hope not to see it develop into a romance. At the end of Twenty-Five Twenty-One Episode 4, Hee-do and Yi-jin seem to spark affection for each other.

Who does Seo Do Hyeon end up with? ›

Meanwhile, Se-hyeon kisses Tae-o after he discovers that she lives in Song-i's old house. Do-hyeon finally asks Song-i to be his girlfriend. Although they are happy now that they are officially dating, Song-i suggests to Do-hyeon that they keep it a secret from Tae-o, for now.

Who will woo ri end up with? ›

Kang-jae and Woo-ri get married and have gotten a new house next to Woo-ri's house so they can visit her family daily. Woo-ri's mother has also gotten pregnant and Raphael visits Woo-ri's family daily.

What happens to Lee Si Woo's father? ›

Si Woo reminds him that he still has time to be a good father and leave some good memories behind for his son. He is touched by his son's words and returns to the hospital to get further treatment. He is diagnosed with cancer, but he decides to live his remaining life being a good father to his son.

What is Si Woo's secret in Forecasting Love and Weather? ›

Ki Jun had found out about Ha Kyung and Si Woo's secret romance in the previous episode of “Forecasting Love And Weather.” He tells the secret to Yu Jin, but she refuses to believe him, nor is she interested. Ki Jun thinks Si Woo is dating Ha Kyung to get revenge on him, and he wants to prove it to Yu Jin.

Do hare and Taemu get together? ›

Despite all her efforts to do otherwise, Ha Ri ends up impressing Tae Moo, who decides to marry her right away!

Who kills Pucci? ›

Pucci angrily demands that Emporio stop Weather Report from killing him, saying that his ideal world for humanity's happiness would be ruined, only to be told by Emporio that he lost to "fate" and that it's the true path of justice before finally being beaten to death by Weather Report.

How old is Pucci in Part 6? ›

Age. Pucci is 39 in Part 6.

How are Pucci and weather related? ›

Weather was born in 1972 in Florida, United States, named Domenico Pucci, with his brother Enrico Pucci. They were children of the wealthy and influential Roman-Catholic Pucci family.

Is DIO Green baby? ›

The Green Baby is a unique creature made of DIO's bone (actually Jonathan's bone, as Dio had stolen Jonathan's body) and 36 souls. Its birth represents an advanced stage in the plan agreed between DIO and Enrico Pucci, as outlined in DIO's diary.

How did Pucci get a star on his neck? ›

I know his brother Puccini got the birth mark because he fused with the green baby which was made of dios bone which was Jonathan's bone. Pucci's dna got infused with jonathan/dio bone so weather has the birthmark too. Emporio never got the Joestar Birthmark.

How many kids does DIO have? ›

Dio Brando
FamilyDario Brando (father) George Joestar (adoptive father) Jonathan Joestar (adoptive brother)
ChildrenGiorno Giovanna (son) Donatello Versus (son) Rikiel (son) Ungalo (son)
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What personality disorder does Ko Mun Yeong have? ›

There is Ko Mun-yeong, an author of children's books who has antisocial personality disorder; Moon Sang-tae, a big fan of Ko Mun-yeong who is on the autism spectrum; and Moon Gang-tae, the younger brother of Sang-tae whose life has revolved around the care of his older brother since childhood.

Is the head nurse Ko Mun Yeong's mother? ›

We're just gonna go ahead and say it: the kind Head Nurse Park Haeng-Ja is Ko Mun-Yeong's mother, Do Hui-Jae? Yes, it's true! Probably one of the biggest reveals of the series, the truth about Ko Mun-Yeong's mother unfolded at the end of Episode 13.

Who is obsessed with Moon? ›

Selenophile : a person who loves the moon.

Is Ko Mun Yeong mother alive? ›

Mun Yeong's father passes away after his battle with a debilitating brain tumor. But then we're given the BIGGEST PLOT TWIST OF THE DRAMA: Mun Yeong's mother is alive and it's none other than OK Psychiatric Hospital's head nurse Park Haeng Ja (Jang Young Nam). Say it with me now: WHAT.

Is the ending of its okay to not be okay sad? ›

The troublemaker trio finally went on a camping trip only for Sang Tae to depart with Sang In on his journey to become a full time illustrator of children's books. The show ends on a happy note for everyone; a well-deserved and hard-fought happy ending.

Who killed the mom in it's okay to not be okay? ›

But the evil woman continues to persist in It's Okay to Not Be Okay episode 15. Do Hui-jae tells Gang-tae the story to prove it was Mun-yeong who was at fault for his mother's death. His mother sees a young Mun-yeong looking at a bird with a broken wing. Mun-yeong asks Gang-tae's mother if she should kill it.

Is NAM a half zombie? ›

Why is Gwi Nam half zombie? Yoon Gwi-nam is the main antagonist in the first season of the 2022 South Korean TV series All of Us Are Dead. He is a disgruntled student of Hyosun High who is the archenemy of Lee Cheong-san. After the zombie apocalypse, he gets infected and becomes a human-zombie hybrid.

Is Nam on Jo a zombie? ›

However, the answer to the mystery of On-jo's infection status is simple: she's not a zombie nor a halfbie because she was only scratched - not bitten - by the zombie. It wasn't On-jo, but the nurse who got bitten and started the spread of the virus outside of the clinic.

Why was Jin Su'a zombie? ›

In the original webtoon, Jin-su was infected by a worm containing the virus while fishing with his father in a river. Plus, he was not a bully victim. Indirectly, his revenge came true as all of his tormentors (with the possible exception of Yoon Gwi-nam) were killed by the same virus that was made to protect him.

Who is Jeon Mi Do's husband? ›


Who is the father of Na Hee in was it love? ›

We then cut back to when the last episode left off as everyone finds out about the article revealing that Ryu-Jin is Ha-Nee's father.

Will there be season 2 of twenty five twenty one? ›

As we mentioned earlier, the K-Drama has not been renewed for a second season. However, if there were to be a second season, our best release date prediction would be Q1 2023.

Is Mido and Falasol a real band? ›

Mido and Falasol (미도와 파라솔) is South Korean band from the drama Hospital Playlist. The group is composed of five members: Jo Jung Suk (vocals & guitar), Yoo Yeon Seok (drums), Jung Kyung Ho (guitar), Kim Dae Myung (keyboards), and Jeon Mi Do (bass). Artist descriptions on are editable by everyone.

Is Hospital Playlist real? ›

Because the main characters are so kind-hearted, some viewers say the series is an unrealistic "fairy tale for grown-ups." However, main characters Kim Jun-wan, Chae Song-hwa and Ahn Jeong-won are in fact based on real-life doctors: cardiothoracic surgeon Yang Ji-hyuk, ob-gyn surgeon Oh Soo-young and pediatric surgeon ...

Is Song Hwa really tone deaf? ›

Although her character Chae Song Hwa in the drama is tone deaf, the actress is well known as a talented singer, and she's shown her vocal skills in musicals as well.


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