Cheer Up! Episode 12 (Final) Recap

In the final episode do our leads meet the challenges?

Cheer Up! Episode 12 (Final) Recap


Dong Jae (Cha Hak Yeon), Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji), Kim Yeol (Lee Won Geun), Soo A (Chae Soo Bin), Ha Joon (Ji Soo)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When Ha Joon confronts his father, they both get heated.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

cu_ep12_15a cu_ep12_15b cu_ep12_15c cu_ep12_15eEveryone 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.

cu_ep12_16They get razzed at school for last place, but they did it together and had fun.

cu_ep12_17a cu_ep12_17bHa 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.

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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.

cu_ep12_120b cu_ep12_120cThe parents are dating, the kids are dating, and all is well. We see that Kim Yeol and his father have worked things out.

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My Thoughts

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.

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8 comments on “Cheer Up! Episode 12 (Final) Recap
  1. […] Episode 12 (finale)  Episode 11   Episode 10   Episode 09   Episode 08   Episode 07   Episode 06   Episode 05   Episodes 03 & 04  Episodes 01 & 02 […]


  2. There is nowhere to leave you a general comment or inquiry? I wanted to ask if you are watching The Villiage: Achiara’s Secret. I am. It is good. But I’d be interested to know what you think and your followers.


    • kjtamuser says:

      I’m not watching this series. I tend to shy away from police centric dramas. But this show isn’t crime of the week but rather the mystery of the village, correct?


      • Its not really police-centered. It has lots of well defined well played characters and more twists and turns than I have ever seen in any series I can recall. Its like a Korean Twin Peaks. It centres around a girl trying to find her identity. It is the most sophisticated Korean drama I have yet seen in terms of plot by a long way. Also the script is fast of course too. It seems a step up in the k-drama genre, a new benchmark. That is why I thought you should watch it. By the way, how can one post a general remark like this on your site?


        • kjtamuser says:

          You caught my interest with the Korean Twin Peaks comment. I enjoyed Twin Peaks (season 1 was better than season 2).
          I don’t have a mechanism for open comments. I’ll have to check into what wordpress offers regarding that. Never thought of it before. Thanks for the inquiry.


          • Well keep me posted if you get into it. This is more twisty than Twin Peaks but the same in that everyone in this village turns out to be weird in some way, except the main girl. Love to know what your expert eye finds.

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  3. Cassia says:

    I can’t stand the second-lead syndrome. It really annoys. I feel super bad for Ha Joon. He’s the one that was beaten by his father, and he still doesn’t get the love he deserves. I can’t stand it. But that’s just my opinion.


    • kjtamuser says:

      The best you can say is that he didn’t cross the line and was a friend to both leads. But yes, this type of plot point lessens the second lead making him a second class citizen.


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