Revolutionary Love Episode 16 (Final) Recap

Revolutionary Love Episode 16 (Final)

Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) runs into Hyuk’s brother and his men. Hyuk’s brother orders to hand over the documents. Baek Joon refuses. Mr. Lee and Ms. Ahn arrive and stand in front of Baek Joon. Other members of the clean team arrive and surround Baek Joon. Hyuk’s brother threatens them with losing their jobs. Ms. Ahn rips into Hyuk’s brother that they won’t succumb to this scare tactic. Mr. Lee urges Baek Joon to leave. She hesitates but then takes off. Hyuk’s brother orders his men after her. They struggle to get through the clean team.

Hyuk’s father can’t believe that the police arrived for Je Hoon, Hyuk and the documents.  He is livid.


Byun Hyuk (Choi Si Won) realizes they don’t know where Baek Joon is. They turn to look for her. The police officer neighbor starts to call her but Hyuk’s father’s security lead interrupts stating no one called the police and therefore Gangsu will treat this as a simple complaint. The police officer neighbor counters that when criminals are caught red-handed, a call isn’t required. The security lead counters that the CEO will go to the station and declare it a non-issue. The police officer neighbor threatens them with obstruction. Baek Joon arrives. She’s taken aback when she’s handcuffed but the smiles from Hyuk and Kwon Je Hoon (Gong Myung) assure her this is part of the plan. They leave.

Hyuk’s father demands that everyone they’ve paid off must be contacted. Hyuk’s father can’t believe it when the prosecutor hangs up on his. His team reports the others they’ve bribed aren’t answering. He is livid.

Hyuk’s brother calls his prosecutor mole and threatens to reveal everyone they’ve bribed in the prosecutor’s office. Calmly the prosecutor points out that would prove the charges. He states Gangsu will be going to court soon. Hyuk’s brother is livid.

The police officer neighbor shows his prosecutor partner the evidence. He’s pleased to see that Hyuk’s father is revealed to be BS’s owner. The police officer neighbor asks what will be done with Hyuk, Je Hoon, and Baek Joon.


Hyuk is sorry that he couldn’t change his father’s mind. Je Hoon is sorry that he didn’t accept Hyuk as a friend earlier. Hyuk smiles. Je Hoon smiles. Baek Joon smiles.

The prosecutor and his team arrive at Gangsu. It’s search and seizure time. Hyuk’s brother watches his office be ransacked. Hyuk’s father watches his office ransacked. Hyuk’s father tells the prosecutor he’ll turn himself in if charges are brought.

Hyuk’s mother watches the news reports and is shocked by charges of slush funds and bribery. Hyuk’s sister is shocked and upset too.


Hyuk’s father recalls Hyuk’s declaration that bribes are old school and won’t work anymore. Je Hoon’s father arrives to drive him home. As he leaves his office Hyuk is there. Hyuk’s father tries to smack him but Hyuk holds him back then decides retreat is the better option.

Hyuk meets his brother in the hallway. His brother is angry that Hyuk’s actions will destroy the company he was set to inherit. Hyuk points out that because they are privileged they need to hold themselves to a higher standard of behavior. Hyuk’s brother scoffs that Hyuk won’t inherit either and higher standards are ludicrous. Hyuk watches his brother walk away.


As he exits Gangsu, Je Hoon and Baek Joon and there. He cries knowing his actions have imploded his family. Baek Joon hugs and comforts Hyuk. Je Hoon smiles proud of his friend. Baek Joon waves Je Hoon to join them. Baek Joon thinks that while this was difficult, good things will happen because of it and things will improve.

The family dinner table is quiet. Hyuk’s father declares Hyuk is no longer part of the family.

Baek Joon asks if Hyuk will go home. Hyuk declares his father will beat him if he goes home. Hyuk’s mother calls.


Hyuk’s mother is upset at the events of the day. On the one hand she agrees that Hyuk’s father needs to change. On the other hand, she’s worried that at 60, prison will kill him. She blames Hyuk for putting his father in this position. She sobs. Hyuk tries to comfort her. Baek Joon watches from a distance.

The next morning the entire household gathers to see Hyuk’s father off. Hyuk’s mother urges him to remain calm and not incite his high blood pressure. Hyuk’s father assures his wife and daughter that he’ll be back soon. But he takes a look at the house and wonders if he’ll return.


Hyuk greets his father as he exits the car outside the justice building. Hyuk’s father angrily reminds his son that BS and bribery is the norm for his generation of CEOs. But he softens and tells Hyuk that he must live according to his own conscious. His father rejects the wheelchair and walks forward on his own. Hyuk’s father even faces the reporters with a smile and promises to cooperate with the investigation. Hyuk watches and thinks that when one path ends, another is taken. Hyuk looks into his father’s eyes and bows. Je Hoon arrives and puts his hand on Hyuk’s shoulder in a show of support.

Nice moment. Hyuk’s father behaved with more dignity and class than I expected. Hyuk’s father has been like the Tasmanian devil when it comes to temper but has enjoyed how Hyuk has pushed the boundaries as he’s evolved. In the end, Hyuk’s father knows that Hyuk loves him no matter what. That is a wonderful gift.


Once inside, Hyuk’s father refuses to talk and tells the prosecutor to speak with his army of lawyers.

Ironically Hyuk’s father’s arrest sends the stock price soaring. Hyuk’s aunt, uncle and brother are all smiles as their portfolios increase. At Gangsu, employees realize that one man doesn’t make a company.

Baek Joon and her mother looks at the official document expunging Baek Joon’s father’s record of bribery charges. Baek Joon and her mother cry tears of joy.

Hyuk’s voiceover declares he’s willing to wait as things settle down into their new flow.

The tables have turned. Baek Joon gets ready for work. Je Hoon stretches outside his apartment. As Baek Joon comes down the stairs she chides him for not getting a job. Je Hoon teases and asks if she’s worried about him. Baek Joon confirms she’s worried because he’s her friend. Je Hoon declares he’s relishing this break. Baek Joon encourages him to enjoy it. Je Hoon asks when Baek Joon will tell Hyuk. She hesitates and says when the date is set, she’ll let Hyuk know.


As Hyuk walks the hallways of Gangsu, everyone greets him warmly. He smiles as he watches Ms. Ahn (now Manager Ahn) encourage the clean team to do their job well. After the team disperses, Hyuk makes sure that all is well. Manager Ahn confirms the full-time cleaning team is doing well. They both smile.


Hyuk’s brother is nonplussed when Hyuk invites employees into the manager’s only elevator. But he tries to show good grace.

The former strategic manager is surprised when Hyuk’s father asks to see him. Garbed in prison uniform Hyuk’s father isn’t happy that his request is being refused. The former strategic manager reminds him that he helped put him in prison. Hyuk’s father reminds him that supposedly he did that to show him the error of his ways. The former strategic manager asks if Hyuk’s father as seen the light. Ignoring that, Hyuk’s father tells him to return and take care of Gangsu. He trusts in the former strategic manager’s loyalty to Gangsu.

That was unexpected and a pleasant surprise. Hyuk’s father couldn’t admit change but couldn’t let Gangsu suffer without management talent.

As he walks with the guards, Hyuk’s father grouses about the cell conditions and demands a new cell.

The shaman tells Hyuk’s mother to start the ball rolling the parties need to change their locations.


Mr. Lee (sporting a new hair cut) recommends that Hyuk allow employees to purchase Gangsu stock. Hyuk likes the idea. Mr. Lee confirms that his job in the finance department is going well. Hyuk is pleased. Mr. Kim arrives with a new rice bowl. Hyuk tastes it and declares it delicious. Smiles and high fives all around.

Baek Joon goes on a shopping spree for clothes and jewelry. Hyuk calls her and asks what she’s doing. Baek Joon declares she’s working. Is she a personal shopper? Hyuk asks if she has time to stop by. He bemoans his workload keeping increasing.

Baek Joon drops off the purchases with receipts. She’s told they’ll get back with her after they make their assessment.

Baek Joon runs into Hyuk’s mother at the store. She admits Hyuk told her where Baek Joon was working. After confirming that Baek Joon is done for the day, she urges Baek Joon to follow her.

They end up at a local eatery.  Hyuk’s mother gamely eats the food and drinks the soju. Baek Joon thanks her for her kindness. Hyuk’s mother says her family wronged Baek Joon’s family. Her husband needs to pay for his illegal actions and allow his children to live better lives. Hyuk’s mother doesn’t want Baek Joon to distance herself from Hyuk. Baek Joon promises not to. Hyuk’s mother suggests she move. Baek Joon admits she’s planning to move. Thrilled, Hyuk’s mother asks when and where. Baek Joon promises to share when she has the detailed decided.

Hyuk’s mother has been a sweet and kind throughout this series. I’ve enjoyed her enthusiastic support of Baek Joon. She cares and pushes a smidge, but not too much.


When Baek Joon stops by Hyuk’s office she finds him napping. She gently wakes him. Hyuk smiles. Baek Joon smiles. Hyuk sinks against her and murmurs he’ll only rest for a couple of more minutes. Baek Joon pats him gently, looks uncertain, then smiles.

It’s uncertain if a romance will ensue. Baek Joon may need to pursue her own goals first. It’s obvious she cares about Hyuk, but she may not be ready.

The former strategic manager asks Je Hoon to return to Gangsu. Je Hoon bluntly states he’s not sure why he should return. The former strategic manager says he doesn’t want to lose Je Hoon to another company and urges him to return.

When Je Hoon walks home he recalls the past moments with Baek Joon.

Baek Joon books her flight to Norway. She and Yeon Hee discuss the flight selections.  Then Baek Joon buys the flight. She’s thrilled. Yeon Hee is thrilled for her friend. Baek Joon is all smiles knowing her dream of visiting Norway will come true.


Je Hoon watches Hyuk plan Baek Joon’s 180-day party. Je Hoon teases that he’s known Baek Joon 8 years. Je Hoon refuses to share what kind of cake Baek Joon likes. He teases Hyuk that he’ll always no more about Baek Joon. He confirms that he hasn’t given up on Baek Joon. Hyuk declares two friends can’t like the same girl. Je Hoon suggests Hyuk back down. Hyuk won’t.  Je Hoon won’t either. Hyuk isn’t happy when Baek Joon stops by and picks up Je Hoon for their outing. Je Hoon teases that Hyuk shouldn’t get comfortable. Baek Joon and Je Hoon leave. Hyuk can’t believe it.

Je Hoon takes Baek Joon to the apartment he’s considering buying. She likes it. Je Hoon is pleased. Je Hoon says there is no need to stay in his current place now that Baek Joon is leaving. He admits he lived near her to be near her. Baek Joon is taken aback. Je Hoon assures her he isn’t pressuring her for an answer. He had to admit the truth after hiding it for so long.

Bully for Je Hoon for being honest with Baek Joon about his feelings. He didn’t pressure her, but he clearly let her know where he stood.

Hyuk wonders where Je Hoon and Baek Joon went. He calls Je Hoon who tells him to let him have time with Baek Joon. He hangs up. Hyuk is taken aback.

Baek Joon confirms that she’s going to Norway for about a year. Je Hoon is surprised that she’ll be gone that long. Baek Joon declares she’s like her father and wants to experiment with foods and traveling is a great way to do that. Baek Joon declares she’ll work part-time during her trip to cover expenses. Je Hoon asks what happens after a year. Baek Joon admits she doesn’t know nor does she want to plan her future path. Je Hoon is understanding. He recommends she tell Hyuk. Baek Joon admits she’s not sure how to tell Hyuk. She wants Hyuk to live his own life.

As suspected, Baek Joon is going to grab the brass ring and pursue her own dreams first. Bully for her!


Hyuk waits outside the apartment for Baek Joon to return home. He spies Yeon Hee and the police officer neighbor returning from a date. Yeon Hee surmises that Baek Joon isn’t home. The police officer teases that Je Hoon’s car is gone and notes that the trio hasn’t sorted out their love life yet. They head inside.

When Je Hoon returns Hyuk declares he won’t ask what he and Baek Joon did though he really wants to know. Je Hoon chuckles when Hyuk declares that he trusts Baek Joon but not Je Hoon. Hyuk is surprised when Je Hoon admits he’s returning to work the next day.

Je Hoon stands outside of Gangsu. Je Hoon tells himself that he wants to do interesting work and not be mired in the past. He’s surprised when the office staff hid then welcome him warmly. Je Hoon returns as the manager. The strategic manager (now director) welcomes him. Smiles all around.


Baek Joon packs for Norway. She’s excited about finding a different version of herself as she travels. She’s ready to blaze her own path.

Je Hoon meets Baek Joon, Yeon Hee and the police officer neighbor at an eatery after work. Baek Joon asks if Hyuk knows. Je Hoon recalls telling Hyuk that Baek Joon is leaving Korea to travel. Baek Joon looks uneasy.

I’m a bit disappointed that the forthright Baek Joon fumbled on telling Hyuk her plans. That doesn’t quit ring true. I get that she doesn’t want to hurt Hyuk, but her character has been blunt and upfront throughout this series.


Baek Joon waits for Hyuk outside the apartment. She apologizes for not telling him her news. She admits she didn’t want to hurt him. Hyuk wishes her safe travels tomorrow and walks away. Baek Joon calls that she’ll miss him. Hyuk doesn’t respond. Baek Joon sighs.

At the airport, Baek Joon is all smiles for her mother and Hyuk’s mother too. Hyuk’s mother declares she’ll miss Baek Joon bunches. Baek Joon’s mother tells Hyuk’s mother she has the right to be upset more. Baek Joon watches their bickering and smiles. Hugs all around. Baek Joon says goodbye and walks away. Hyuk’s mother suggests a place to eat and drink. Baek Joon’s mother agrees to exchange phone number. They smile and chuckle.

Nice to see the mothers come to a mutual understanding. Hyuk’s mother’s support of BJ has been a pleasure to watch this series. I was pleased the BJ’s mother turned out to be as positive and close to BJ as she was. Initially that distance from BJ seemed permanent.

Baek Joon calls Je Hoon to say goodbye. Je Hoon encourage her to say goodbye to Hyuk. Baek Joon admits Hyuk is upset. Je Hoon admits he’ll miss Baek Joon and looks forward to her return. She hangs up.

Baek Joon calls Hyuk. He doesn’t answer. She walks to security. She calls Hyuk again. She looks for him. He doesn’t answer and she doesn’t see him. She boards the plane and finds her seat. The person next to her has a newspaper over their face. She calls Hyuk but he doesn’t answer. The phone of the person next to her rings. Hyuk reveals himself. He feigns surprise. Baek Joon is stunned. Hyuk declares this is his vacation. She smiles. Hyuk declares this is all by chance he didn’t know her flight itinerary. He smiles and says it is their fate to be together. Baek Joon grins. Hyuk thinks with Baek Joon he was able to become his true self. Wherever Baek Joon goes, he will follow.

They look at each other and smile. Hyuk leans over the kisses Baek Joon. She kisses him back.

Je Hoon watches a plane flying in the sky.

Baek Joon and Hyuk pull away from the kiss. She can’t believe that Hyuk will be traveling with her. Hyuk smiles. She smiles.


Je Hoon smiles knowing his friends are happy and the path of his life is his own to forge.

My Thoughts

Justice was served for Hyuk’s father though his brother avoided any punishment. I’m not satisfied that Hyuk’s brother dodged punishment. But Hyuk’s father faced prison with dignity and his own panache.

Production and Writing. Writer Joo Hyun had the big question to answer – who would Baek Joon choose? We knew that Baek Joon cared for Hyuk but it looked like she would travel to Norway alone. But Hyuk surprised her. She was surprised but not unhappy. I secretly wanted her to find herself then return to Korea for a relationship. This ending is a bit more standard but I’m okay with it. I like Hyuk. I like Baek Joon. They were the match. It was always a question of timing.

Byun Hyuk (Choi Si Won) made peace with his father. Hyuk is a kind man. He was respectful of his father but not stupid enough to go home for a beating after the search and seizure. When Hyuk met his father outside the prosecutor’s office to offer his support and respect, Hyuk’s father did the same in return. Hyuk’s mother couldn’t be happy with her husband in prison but didn’t berate Hyuk (too much). I was pleased to see Je Hoon and Hyuk mended their relationship. I didn’t like the distance between Hyuk and Baek Joon. But it worked out in the end. Hyuk was a man child in the beginning of this series. He evolved throughout. Choi Si Won’s portrayal of Hyuk worked and he is worthy of leading man status. The romance was a bit light, and that worked in Choi Si Won’s favor.

Kwon Je Hoon (Gong Myung) found his own path. Je Hoon was heavily showcased in the latter third of the series. I liked watching him pull himself from the rut his life was in and find friendship, honestly and respect. Je Hoon steadily grew on me. I never thought he had a chance with Baek Joon. He explanation why he didn’t pursue her was his explanation. It sealed his fate and allowed Baek Joon to be available when Hyuk came around. Gong Myung made Je Hoon dreary when he was in the rut but glowed with inner happiness at the end. I liked his portrayal of Je Hoon.

Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) pursued her own path to travel to Norway. She couldn’t bring herself to tell Hyuk and I dock the character for not being honest. In the end, the shaman was right. They both moved on together. I loved Baek Joon the first two thirds of this series. She was forthright, smart, and her moral compass never wavered. Writer Joo seemed not to know what to do with her once Je Hoon and Hyuk worked to expose Gangsu’s corruption and restore their friendship. In the end Baek Joon was a bit more background than I wanted. Kang So Ra’s portrayal of Baek Joon had the right amount of spunk without cliché. I liked this character.

How did I do on my wish list?
* I want Hyuk’s father and brother to “get theirs” and be punished and jettisoned from the company for their methodology. Granted – Partially. Hyuk’s father was punished but Hyuk’s brother avoided all punishment. Sharing the executive elevator with other employees, doesn’t count as punishment.
* I want Hyuk, Baek Joon and Je Hoon to end up happy friends like the opening credits show. Granted – in the Future. Each one ended up happy and happy for each other. But the rooftop food and movie moment will have to wait until Hyuk and Baek Joon return from Norway.
* Will Hyuk end up as CEO? No. I’m good with that.
* Will Je Hoon end up as a top manager in Gangsu? Yes. I’m good with that.
* Will Baek Joon decide to work full time and make an impact from within? No. I’m good with that. I like that she pursued her dream of travel to Norway.
* At this point I wonder if Writer Joo will defer Baek Joon’s choice of romantic partner. I’m okay with a nonchoice. Hyuk and Baek Joon ended up together though it was Hyuk that made that happen. I was secretly hoping for the “woman finds herself first, then is ready for romance ending” but the plane surprise by Hyuk worked too.
* I’d like the trio of Mr. Lee, Mr. Kim, and Ms. Oh, to be happy and secure. They’ve been a great addition to the show and deserve a happy ending too. Granted. Each was happily employed full-time at Gangsu. I appreciate Writer Joo providing a coda for each of these characters.

Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as terrific. My episode ranking chart is below.

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23 comments on “Revolutionary Love Episode 16 (Final) Recap
  1. Marie says:

    As always your recaps are insightful. I loved the poem when he is watching his father enter the prosecutor’s office. I loved the bromance rather than the romance. I almost had second lead fever but my main man won my heart in the end. What should I watch next? I need another krdrama fix💕

    • I loved the poem when he is watching his father enter the prosecutor’s office. I loved the bromance rather than the romance.
      The poetry and voiceovers by Hyuk were a nice touch throughout this series. Agreed the bromance in the latter third of the series was enjoyable. It did push Baek Joon out of the picture a bit.

      What should I watch next? I need another krdrama fix
      I will be binge watching Because This Is My First Life which has been recommended by readers. I’ll be recapping Hwayugi which starts 12/23. Check out Kay’s December recommendations: https://kdramakisses.com/2017/12/01/10-korean-dramas-you-need-to-be-watching-in-december-2017/

  2. Jane Tilly says:

    I hesitated to watch the final episode, as I hated 🚫💗 to see this guilty pleasure finish 🏁. It was wonderful to the see the Good Guys, namely Hyuk, Je Hoon and Joon “rescued” by Chul Min 🤖👮 arresting them and confiscating the documents as evidence of their break-in.

    LIVID CEO TO PEACEFUL PRISONER – Color 🖍 me 🎊surprised🎉 that despite Hyuk’s dad being livid 😠 about the exposure of shady Gangsu dealings, that he only disowned his son, allowed Hyuk to stay on board and then actively sought to rehire the Strategic Manager, who recruited Je Hoon. CEO Byun hs been enraged to the point of beating and kicking 💢👞 others, including Hyuk, throughout the series.

    KJT put it very succinctly “Nice moment. Hyuk’s father behaved with more dignity and class than I expected. Hyuk’s father has been like the Tasmanian [👿] devil when it comes to temper but has enjoyed how Hyuk has pushed the boundaries as he’s evolved. In the end, Hyuk’s father knows that Hyuk loves [💗] him no matter what. That is a wonderful gift.” 🎁

    CLEANING CREW … CLEANS UP – I 💗 how our Cleaning Crew Trio Mrs. Ahn, Mr. Kim and Mr. Lee have played a vital part in helping Hyuk push ⏩ forward his ethical agenda 📜. He gained their trust early on and they mutually continued to help each other and gained tremendous loyalty in return. Even the extended cleaning crew (Gangsu cleaners) played an essential part in the Good Guys getting and securing the documents 📃. It was sweet 🍬 to see Madam Ahn in charge of Gangsu cleaning in the end. I’d like to think the curmudgeonly 🙁 former manager retired.

    ETHICAL GANGSU – I was glad to see Hyuk’s dad cooling off behind bars 🚔 and rethinking how to run the business in the modern day. OMO I could hardly 😵 believe he contacted the former strategic manager about returning to his position. Hyuk’s dad has mellowed considerably. Just as 🎊surprising🎉 was Hyuk’s MFBEH 🏍 remained calm and didn’t seem to be working on a retaliation plan nor was he prosecuted 😟. While MFBEH 🏍 did not see any legal repercussions for his machinations, I am choosing to believe MFBEH 🏍 straightened up, as I hate to see such a fine specimen 💪👨 of a man be evil. Anyone need to borrow my rose-colored 👓 glasses to see him in a better light?

    I was glad to see Hyuk’s mom calm down from her initial shock 💢 of her husband being arrested 🚔 to recognize he needed to pay for this wrongdoings.

    I suppose Hyuk’s position allowed him to make some changes for the better (ethically speaking). I like that the stock prices were 🆙 with Hyuk’s reformations. I laughed 😹 my butt off at MFBEH’s 🏍 facial expression when Hyuk allowed regular employees on the “Executive’s Only” elevator. MFBEH 🏍 will likely bristle 😒 at many of Hyuk’s reformations. It was gratifying to see Hyuk’s transformation from a Man Child to a Man.

    I wish big corporations would consider employee morale as they make decisions. I work for a Fortune 500 company and I see ALL the decisions being made based on the “Benjamins” 💸.

    MOTHERLY TRUCE – I completely concur with KJT’s assessment “Hyuk’s mother has been a sweet [🍭] and kind throughout this series. I’ve enjoyed her enthusiastic support of Baek Joon. She cares and pushes a smidge, but not too much.” I think Hyuk’s mom would be the best potential mother-in-law of all the Kdramas I have seen. That being said, I can also see why Joon’s mom doesn’t want anything to do with the Byun family, due to Gangsu framing 🖼 Joon’s dad with bogus bribery charges. What a glorious 🌠✨ day when Joon’s father had his honor restored. I believe that went a long way to thawing 🌬 Joon’s mom in her feelings towards the Byun family. I 💗 that these two moms exchanged phone 📱 numbers to get together in the future.

    SWEET 🍭 SECONDARY ROMANCE – I 💗 that Yeon Hee found 💗 with Chul Min 🤖👮. They were a really cute couple! I especially loved their first date when Chul Min 🤖👮 gave Yeon Hee hands-on help in teaching her to rock climb. This is the first drama where I have seen Kim Ye Won, who played Yeon Hee, in a role where she was a nice girl that I wanted to root 📣 for.

    AURORA BOREALIS … HERE WE COME! – I could hardly believe Baek Joon waited until the last ⏳ minute to have JE HOON tell Hyuk about her Scandinavian 🇳🇴 saga. I don’t know how Joon thinks she will work part time jobs as she travels across Norway 🇳🇴 or the world 🌍. You have to have a work visa 🛂 to work outside of your own country AND you need a job secured in order to get a work visa 🛂. Good luck with that Joon. I expected “Revolutionary Love” to end 1 year later after Joon returned from her travels 💼. What a pleasant surprise to find Hyuk in the seat next to Joon! I 💗 that Hyuk came out of his funk 😒 and took action to be with Joon. I 💗 that Joon didn’t push Hyuk away. And I adore 💗 Je Hoon for altruistically making it happen.

    MY SWEET 🍭 JE HOON – I saved the best for last … Je Hoon. I have savored Je Hoon’s transformation from ‘Angry 😫 Gangsu Minion’ to ‘Happy 😉 Tell It Like It Is Man’ who made choices for his own happiness. Each of the main characters have good transformations as they started to discover🔭 who they were and what was really important in their own lives.

    🔹Je Hoon risked EVERYTHING trying to take down Gangsu. He was beaten 🤕 (that hurt my 💗) and nearly charged with embezzlement and then lost his job. There was also a huge ⚠ risk that CEO Byun could have retaliated against Je Hoon’s dad too.

    🔹 Je Hoon let his feeling for Joon fester for 3 years before he worked up the courage to confess 💕 to Joon. Better late ⌚ than never, as KJT said “Bully for Je Hoon for being honest with Baek Joon about his feelings. He didn’t pressure her, but he clearly let her know where he stood.”

    🔹 Je Hoon moved on … literally. I like that he got new, nice place for a new beginning. Will Joon return to her rooftop apartment? Will Hyuk move into Je Hoon’s old place to be close to Joon?

    🔹 Je Hoon SELFLESSLY arranged for Hyuk to travel with Joon. He had the best smile 😊 at the end. While I would have like to have Je Hoon paired with a great partner, Joon was the only possibility and let’s face it, the drama was written for Hyuk to end up with her. Don’t get me wrong, I 💗 Hyuk too, but Je Hoon was better off alone 🚫👩‍❤‍👨 than being paired up with someone less than excellent.

    • Hyuk’s dad… actively sought to rehire the Strategic Manager, who recruited Je Hoon.
      The Strategic Manager rehire surprised me. But Hyuk’s father needed a trustworthy manager while he was in prison.

      I 💗 how our Cleaning Crew Trio Mrs. Ahn, Mr. Kim and Mr. Lee have played a vital part in helping Hyuk push ⏩ forward his ethical agenda
      The Clean Team Trio were a bonus that made this series stronger.

      I am choosing to believe MFBEH 🏍 straightened up
      That’s a positive outlook. Mine was more pragmatic..as long as the stock paid good dividends, he didn’t cause issues.

      What a glorious 🌠✨ day when Joon’s father had his honor restored. I believe that went a long way to thawing 🌬 Joon’s mom in her feelings towards the Byun family. I 💗 that these two moms exchanged phone 📱 numbers to get together in the future.
      Agreed, the honor reinstatement was an excellent attention to detail moment by Writer Joo. I’d like to see the Mom’s drink soju together.🍾🥂

      This is the first drama where I have seen Kim Ye Won, who played Yeon Hee, in a role where she was a nice girl that I wanted to root 📣 for.
      She must have loved the change as much as we did.

      I expected “Revolutionary Love” to end 1 year later after Joon returned from her travels 💼. What a pleasant surprise to find Hyuk in the seat next to Joon! I 💗 that Hyuk came out of his funk 😒 and took action to be with Joon. I 💗 that Joon didn’t push Hyuk away. And I adore 💗 Je Hoon for altruistically making it happen.
      I expected the 1 year later epilogue too. But you could see that Joon didn’t want to leave without talking to Hyuk and when he appeared next her she was shocked but pleased. The fact that Je Hoon knew and approved was perfect.

      Je Hoon risked EVERYTHING trying to take down Gangsu
      I hoped that his father would make a bold statement with his son. But his willingness to stand alone was powerful.

      Je Hoon moved on … literally. I like that he got new, nice place for a new beginning.
      That showed he was over pining for Joon. He moved into the apartment to be near her. Moving to a new apartment was a clear signal he knew that ship had sailed.

      Je Hoon SELFLESSLY arranged for Hyuk to travel with Joon. He had the best smile 😊 at the end. …Je Hoon was better off alone 🚫👩‍❤‍👨 than being paired up with someone less than excellent.
      I was pleased that show ended with a happy Je Hoon that supported Joon and Hyuk. Truly all three of these characters cared for each other, and were sensitive to each other’s feelings. It was refreshing to see the second lead happy and alone at the end. It’s more important to be happy with one’s self than in a relationship.

  3. Beez says:

    “Anyone need to borrow my rose-colored 👓 glasses to see [MFBEH]in a better light?” Jane Tilly
    I do! But I’ll settle for just looking at him and imagine him as a robot, devoid of personality so I can enjoy staring at him. He should’ve done 3 months in jail – no 3 months wouldn’t bring about any humility. Nine months in jail. Even if he has no proven crimes. He just needs to go on GP and hopefully get spiritually reborn.

    I really enjoyed the first 15 episodes but I have nothing but sour grapes for the last one. And not because I held out hope for JeHoon (alright I did but that’s not the only reason).

    I didn’t like that Hyuk showed up on that airplane because Joon might have wanted to enjoy her long-awaited travels alone. I would feel differently if the show had shown me that Joon was really into Hyuk and -no anbiguousness- absolutely wanted to be in a relationship with him. But it didn’t. So that makes Hyuk a stalker or, at the very least, an annoying friend.

    I saw Joon’s heart beat rapidly after Hyuk kissed her that ONE time but anyone that handsome kisses a young woman who hasn’t a lot of experience with men and her heart will speed up. I saw nothing but friendship and the potential openess in Joon. But I felt there was just as much potential still with JeHoon. But even if there was no JeHoon in the story, I did not see Joon giving out enough signals that a man would show up to follow her around the world.

    I’m not adverse to that type of romantic ending when it’s obvious the couple’s deeply in love but something has been keeping them apart and the hero shows up in an airplane seat next to the heroine to show us that he made the decision that she’s the most important thing in his life so we go out on that romantic commitment choice knowing the heroine is ecstatic that he’s there with her. I didn’t feel that here, even though they did show Joon was happy to see Hyuk. But that looked more to me like she was happy because she didn’t get to see him to say goodbye and this proves he wasn’t angry or dismissive of their friendship.

    If there were more signs that Joon reciprocated, then clue me in please (cause y’all know I be noddin’ off sometimes and missing scenes).

    • Jane Tilly says:

      Yep Beez, MFBEH really should have paid for his evil deeds. I hope CEO Min went down with Hyuk’s dad too.

      The name of the series was Hyuk’s (meaning Revolutionary) Love. While the series was about Hyuk’s romance, I didn’t find the “love” in this drama to be “Revolutionary”. While this drama has been a guilty pleasure to watch, the last episode left me a little flat, but no sour grapes 🍇😫 for me. I suppose I’m spoiled into thinking a rom-com with “love” in the title would develop into a little more compelling TWO-SIDED love.

      Joon seemed to lack passion or even receiprocation of Hyuk’s passion, even to the very end, which disappointed me. What happened to the self assured Joon who confessed to Je Hoon first three years earlier? How could she be afraid of getting rejected when Hyuk confessed first? I concur with Beez that I would have liked to have seen Joon either be receiprocative to Hyuk or be assertive about she wanted, instead of waiting until the last minute to ask someone else to break the news to Hyuk of her leaving the country. Clearly her desire to follow her dream and see the Aurora Borelis was more important than Hyuk’s love, which I don’t have a problem with as I think each person should follow their dreams … Just DON’T peddle a story about a ONE-SIDED love as “Revolutionary”, no matter how likeable the characters are. Hmmm … maybe I do have some sour grapes 🍇😒 afterall.

    • He should’ve done 3 months in jail – no 3 months wouldn’t bring about any humility. Nine months in jail. Even if he has no proven crimes.
      Agreed that he should have paid with time for his crimes.

      I didn’t like that Hyuk showed up on that airplane because Joon might have wanted to enjoy her long-awaited travels alone.
      I had expected Writer Joo to give Joon the 1 year travel then she’d return to Korea and get romantic with Hyuk. I would have preferred to have Joon follow her dream as an independent woman. BUT Writer Joo elected to go another direction.

      But even if there was no JeHoon in the story, I did not see Joon giving out enough signals that a man would show up to follow her around the world.
      Writer Joo diminished Joon’s strength of character in the romance department. She had a romantic dream about Hyuk. She responded to Hyuk (eventually) in their kiss. She got flushed thinking about him. BUT all that happened “early” in the series. Then Joon pushed away romance and chanted the “just friends” mantra a million times.

      I fault Writer Joo for making Joon a chicken and not telling Hyuk about her travel plans. That does NOT fit with this forthright heroine.

      IMO at the airport, Joon was upset that she couldn’t say goodbye to Hyuk, not as a friend, but as a place holder for the potential for the future.

      Joon was stunned when Hyuk revealed himself. I wouldn’t call her overjoyed but I did think she was pleased to see him after she got over the shock.

      I fault Writer Joo for writing Joon’s affections to be more nebulous than clear. That was a disservice to those rooting for Hyuk and Je Hoon.

      • Beez says:

        “She had a romantic dream about Hyuk. She responded to Hyuk (eventually) in their kiss. She got flushed thinking about him. BUT all that happened “early” in the series. Then Joon pushed away romance and chanted the ‘just friends’ mantra a million times.” kjt

        I must admit that I’d forgotten about those early scenes but you’ve jogged my memory. But even with those scenes, I still felt that without Joon’s express interest (and even with her interest, there wasn’t anything/enough established) to justify Hyuk being on that plane. If it was anyone not as handsome and charming as Choi Siwon, under these circumstances we’d be calling “stalker!”

  4. Beez says:

    @JT Yessss. Come over to the dark side. lolol

    • Jane Tilly says:

      Beez, I felt a bit dissatisfied with the main romance, although pleasantly surprised with the sweet 🍭 side romance with Yeon Hee and Chul Min, which ended up being the best TWO-SIDED romance in the series. As I put my thoughts into text, I began to realize that as much as I adored the characters and the story, I did have sour grapes 🍇😒 about the romance. The writer made Hyuk have a revolutionary transformation in her personal life and at Gangsu, but the only thing revolutionary about his love was her chose a sweet and lovely girl outside of his social caste who was not a golddigger … Hmmm I think we’ve all seen many dramas with this theme, so maybe not so revolutionary.

      I think the writer missed the opportunity to capitalize on the “revolutionary love” theme and especially missed the boat 🚢👋 in developing Joon, the female love interest. Joon continued to resist Hyuk’s unabashed affections 💕 towards her, while the viewers saw that they did have an impact, but Joon’s character didn’t seem to develop romantic feelings for Hyuk or Je Hoon to the end (끝까지) of the series.

      There was a pseudo-love ❤🔺 triangle with Je Hoon, but how can there be a love ❤🔺 triangle when the female didn’t seem to be interested in either guy? Don’t get me wrong, I love the friendship and teamwork that developed among the characters. I thought Joon was a very likeable character who evolved throughout the series and actress Kang So Ra did a nice job of portraying Joon, but I had higher expectations for the female love interest in a rom-com with “Love” in the title … Like falling in love with one of the men who adored her, logically Hyuk, since the name of the drama was named 변혁의 사랑 “Byun Hyuk’s Love” translated to be “Revolutionary Love”. I think I would have preferred an epoligue ending where Joon made it clear she was in love AFTER she fulfilled her dream. Otherwise my sweet 🍭 Je Hoon moving on had no meaning.

      • writer made Hyuk have a revolutionary transformation in his personal life and at Gangsu
        Hyuk’s “revolutionary transformation” was prompted by his romantic interest in Joon and evolved into Hyuk finding his inner strength and standing strong with Je Hoon to bring justice. I found Hyuk finding his own strength and becoming a true friend to Je Hoon as the strength of this series.

        the writer missed the opportunity to capitalize on the “revolutionary love” theme and especially missed the boat 🚢👋 in developing Joon, the female love interest. Joon continued to resist Hyuk’s unabashed affections 💕 towards her, while the viewers saw that they did have an impact, but Joon’s character didn’t seem to develop romantic feelings for Hyuk or Je Hoon to the end (끝까지) of the series.
        Agreed that Writer Joo did a disservice to the romance portion of this story. In some ways I wish that it had been 3 friends without any romance because what little romance there was was botched.

        Joon did have a physical reaction to Hyuk in the kiss, dream, etc. but that was all shown early in the series. The Gangsu story took over wiping out the romance. When Je Hoon declared himself by the perfect day of all Joon’s favorites and finally saying he moved to be near her, she was afraid of hurting Je Hoon with her rejection but her heart was not his.

        Joon’s desperation to say goodbye to Hyuk (a mess Writer Joo put in her) tipped her feelings for Hyuk. She didn’t want to leave without having things right between them. I don’t think that meant she wanted him to join her. She was ready to follow her bliss. But Hyuk showed up and stunned her. Her reaction was happiness that Hyuk was still on good terms with her. Then Hyuk moved into romantic territory with by kissing Joon. The kiss was not overly romantic BUT Joon did shut her eyes, the “signal” in kdrama kisses that the girl is into it.

        I fault Writer Joo for writing Joon’s affections to be more nebulous than clear. That was a disservice to those on Team Hyuk and those on Team Je Hoon.

        • Jane Tilly says:

          “In some ways I wish that it had been 3 friends without any romance because what little romance there was was botched … I fault Writer Joo for writing Joon’s affections to be more nebulous than clear.”

          Aptly put KJT, aptly put‼. Problem solved‼ They should have kept our trio as they were depicted in the opening credits.

      • Beez says:

        @JT Dit to the toe (Ditto) 😃

  5. BunnyBelle313 says:

    I just finished this show last night and WAS SO HAPPY to come across this discussion!! I agree with you all so much!

    First let me say, I thoroughly enjoyed this show on many accounts. I think they did a lot right with the storyline, acting, comradery, and wonderful character development.

    I appreciated that the Byun Hyuk’s mother was similar to her son (and had his endearing demeanor) and was rooting for his relationship with Joon oppose to the stereotypical mom we usually see in kdramas.

    The side romance story with Yeon Hee and Chul Min was completely delightful. I’m glad the writers included their story into the show, it was a wonderful bonus. I smiled with every scene the characters shared.

    But seriously, what the hell happened to the main “love triangle”? I feel like it never really took off.

    Honestly I had high expectations for how the love triangle would play out (I’m a big fan of all 3 of the actors and was excited to see them in these roles).

    I don’t think it was completely terrible but it was a disservice to the characters and made what could have been a GREAT show into a good (but I’m slightly bitter about the ending) show.

    There should have been more flashbacks for Je Hoon and Joon, and Je Hoon and Hyuk. I would have loved to see more about both of their relationships and gotten a deeper understanding for Je Hoon and Joon’s “missed relationship” in college and Je Hoon and Hyuk’s bromance.

    It was clear to me by the 3rd or 4th episode that Je Hoon was never really going to get a chance to be a contender for Joon, which I found immensely disappointing. Especially because they kept giving glimpses of their backstory but, in my opinion, no real scenes to showcase their current chemistry. It was heartbreaking to watch how much they cared for each other (and Je Hoon suffer silently) without them ever really getting a chance to develop until THE VERY END.

    Also, Hyuk should NOT have hijacked Joon’s trip, it was not a trip meant for both of them to take, it was Joon’s chance to find herself. An opportunity that Hyuk had already had. It downgraded both of their character’s development for me. For once, I was rooting for the “One Year Later” time lapse, I think it would have fit better with the story and led to a more satisfying ending.

    Another alternative would have been to have Hyuk simply be accompanying Joon to London (so they could say goodbye), OR, taking a 2 week vacation to be with her before letting her go on her own. This could have easily been applied in a few lines of dialogue on the plane and would have stayed truer to the characters development.

    Lastly, I would have liked a better understanding of Joon when it came to her feelings for Je Hoon and Hyuk or romance in general. Why was she so afraid of her feelings for Hyuk? And, what were her feelings for Je Hoon? I think this was too much of a mature and developed story for the romance to feel so one-dimensional and undefined in the end.

    • Welcome BunnyBelle313!

      I appreciated that the Byun Hyuk’s mother was similar to her son (and had his endearing demeanor) and was rooting for his relationship with Joon oppose to the stereotypical mom we usually see in kdramas.
      Hyuk’s mother had her own special charm. Her loving support of Joon was wonderful.

      The side romance story with Yeon Hee and Chul Min was completely delightful.
      That proved Writer Joo could create romance. The actors milked the most out of every scene they had, much to our pleasure.

      It was clear to me by the 3rd or 4th episode that Je Hoon was never really going to get a chance to be a contender for Joon, which I found immensely disappointing. Especially because they kept giving glimpses of their backstory but, in my opinion, no real scenes to showcase their current chemistry. It was heartbreaking to watch how much they cared for each other (and Je Hoon suffer silently) without them ever really getting a chance to develop until THE VERY END.
      Good point that any chemistry between Joon and Je Hoon was not shown. Did Writer Joo believe by NOT showing anything besides friendship on Joon’s part, it was clear and acceptable to have Je Hoon suffer quietly until he finally made his feelings known?

      For once, I was rooting for the “One Year Later” time lapse, I think it would have fit better with the story and led to a more satisfying ending.
      I agree. I wanted Joon to “find her bliss” solo then return and begin a romance with Hyuk.

      Another alternative would have been to have Hyuk simply be accompanying Joon to London (so they could say goodbye), OR, taking a 2 week vacation to be with her before letting her go on her own.
      Good options. Hyuk could have been waiting for her just before she entered the secure area, wish her well, kiss her, and let her “find her bliss” knowing he’d be waiting for her when she returned.

      Why was she so afraid of her feelings for Hyuk? And, what were her feelings for Je Hoon? I think this was too much of a mature and developed story for the romance to feel so one-dimensional and undefined in the end.
      Well said, well said. This plot point was a major miss by Writer Joo. As you noted, it does downgrade the overall drama.

      • Beez says:

        “Hyuk’s mother had her own special charm. Her loving support of Joon was wonderful.” kjt
        My only fault with the woman was she should’ve grabbed MFBEH by the ear and cuffed him for his behavior. Although it was obvious they were children that each just took after one parent. 🙂

        This WAS a cute rom-com and had a chance to not do that frustrating blow-the-whole-story-with-the -last-episode thing but alas…they forgot to include the “rom”.

    • Beez says:

      Hi, BunnyBelle313 and “yup”.

    • Jane Tilly says:

      Welcome BunnyBelle313, sounds like we are on the same page.

      “Revolutionary Love” was overall enjoyable, but it missed its potential to be excellent. I like all the actors AND their comradery, so I put the blame on the writer for not defining Joon’s feelings and giving us an unsatisfying ending. This reeks of a soju 🍾 inspired ending, which never a good idea.

      • BunnyBelle313 says:

        Thank you, Everyone! It’s so fun having people to discuss this with! You’re all so on point!

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