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.
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.