In the final episode do our leads meet the challenges?
Cheer Up! Episode 12 (Final) Recap
Kim Yeol (Lee Won Geun) angrily asks Ha Joon if he’s quitting the cheer leading squad because of his feelings to Yeon Doo. Ha Joon doesn’t want to admit his father forced him to quit, so he tells his friend it was because of Yeon Doo. Both of them are angry and frustrated.
When Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji) sees Ha Joon in the hallway with a bleeding hand (he rammed it into a mirror) she’s concerned. He tells her not to bother with him anyone.
Kim Yeol finds Ha Joon and they clear the air.
Ha Joon overhears his father and the Chairman discussing shutting down the cheer leading club. Ha Joon is upset, his father promised the opposite.
Kwon Soo A (Chae Soo Bin) tells her mother to stop interfering, she can make it. The blame game happens at the education hearing and the mothers throw Soo A’s mother under the bus.
Negative publicity about the cheer leading squad goes viral on-line. Soo A’s mother assures her she will take care of everything. But the truth is she’s in trouble and Principal Choi is fired. The assistant takes over as Principal. He is stoked.
The cheer leading club is shut down. The cheer leading instructor, Nam Jun Ah, and Math teacher, Yang Tae Bum (Kim Ji Suk) drink together and are bummed out. Jun Ah points out that at least Tae Bum still has a job.
The kids are not happy to find out the cheer leading club is shut down. They were so close to regionals too. Teacher Nam has a classy exit waving as she walks down the hall.
When Ha Joon confronts his father, they both get heated.
Kim Yeol and Yeon Doo are bummed. The cheer leading squad is bummed.
Ha Joon’s father locks him in his room and takes his cell phone. When Kim Yeol comes to the house to gind Ha Joon, the house keeper lies that he is not there.
Kim Yeol visits Ha Joon’s father and boldly tells him to stop beating his son. That catches Ha Joon’s father off guard.
Soo A and Yeon Doo reconnect.
Yeon Doo suggests that each cheer leading squad member decide for themselves if they want to break the rules, skip school, and perform at the regionals. Everyone has to say yes or they won’t be able to perform. But each person must make the choice that is right for them.
Kim Yeol and Soo A decide to break Ha Joon out of his apartment by watching his parents leave to play golf, setting off the fire alarm, then running away to the distress of the house keeper who calls his father straight away. When Ha Joon stops his father’s car, he tells Soo A and Kim Yeol to go on, he’ll join them soon.
Ha Joon tells his father he’s not afraid of him. Ha Joon blocks his father’s fist. He tells his father he won’t be beaten by him anymore. Go Ha Joon!
Everyone shows at the regionals. Poor Teacher Nam has to beg to get the team reinstated to be able to compete. There are much better teams but that isn’t the point. The routine goes well. Teacher Nam and Teacher Yang are proud. At the end they hold up they message “I am cheering for who I am today.” Lovely sentiment.
They get razzed at school for last place, but they did it together and had fun.
Ha Joon tells Yeon Doo, using gummy bears to illustrate, how someone helped draw out another person, and they became friends. Nice moment.
Kim Yeol and Ha Joon have a nice moment reaffirming their friendship.
Soo A makes a video for her mother telling her she loves her. That touches her mother’s heart.
The cheer leading club is back which makes everyone happy.
Soo A roots from Dong Jae who is playing basketball again.
The parents are dating, the kids are dating, and all is well. We see that Kim Yeol and his father have worked things out.
Everyone is happy!
Episode 12 wrapped up this series. The cheer leading squad became a unit and friends forever. The competition was never the point, it was the team building and over coming their perceived differences.
What were the pluses this episode?
* Yeon Doo – She supported her friends and was true to herself. She and Kim Yeol ended in a good place in the relationship.
* Kim Yeol – He boldly told Ha Joon’s father to stop beating him. Impressive. He was a true friend to Ha Joon. His relationship with Yeon Doo was light and fun.
* Ha Joon – He stood up to his father. His father decided to get anger management treatment. He opened himself to Yeon Doo and resolved the romantic feelings so friendship was all that remains.
* Dong Jae – He got a cheer leader in Soo A.