Wok of Love Episode 37
Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) asks if Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) will break up with her if her mother asks him to. She says she’s coming back to work tomorrow. Seo Poong won’t agree. Sae Woo declares they must break up if he won’t stand up to her mother. She gets on the bus and leaves.
Bo Ra calls Seo Poong that there’s trouble with Sam Seong. Seo Poong finds Dong Sik trying to punch Sam Seong, who is trying to pack his locker contents and leave for good. In the struggle Dong Sik accidently punches Seo Poong.
He’s not having a good night!
Sae Woo isn’t happy with her mother’s visit to Seo Poong. She tells her mother that she’s going to continue to cook no matter what. Sae Woo isn’t happy with her mother’s interference and belief that Sae Woo is only cooking to be near Seo Poong. Sae Woo’s mother can’t believe her daughter won’t listen.
Sam Seong and Seo Poong drink. Sam Seong reiterates that Seo Poong’s inexpensive lunch menu can’t be tolerated. Seo Poong outlines his plan to make delicious for all ages. Seo Poong calls this kitchen uptight. He only wants happy customers. Seo Poong asks Sam Seong to come back. Seo Poong shares he’ll leave the hotel eatery in 5 years. That gets Sam Seong’s attention.
A drunk Seo Poong heads to Sae Woo’s house.
Sae Woo’s father calls Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) and thanks him for his support. He says he’s ready to repay the loan Sae Woo took out.
Seo Poong rings the doorbell. Chae Seol Ja (Park Ji Young) is horrified to see Seo Poong outside. She tells Sae Woo’s parents she’ll handle the unexpected visitor. But Seo Poong bursts into the house and declares that Sae Woo broke up with him. Sae Woo’s father isn’t happy when Seo Poong confesses he unbuttoned two buttons on Sae Woo’s jacket. Sae Woo’s father orders Seo Poong to leave. Seo Poong gushes how pretty Sae Woo is. He tells her parents to apologize for having a pretty daughter. He passes out on the living room floor. Sae Woo’s parents decide to let Seo Poong sleep it off.
Im Geok Jung (Tae Hang Ho) puts the passed-out Seo Poong in his room.
Sae Woo sneaks in a tends to Seo Poong’s wound (for Dong Sik’s punch). Geok Jung sees her and Sae Woo order Geok Jung to leave the home. Geok Jung won’t. Sae Woo kisses opts to kiss Seo Poong and then leave the room.
Seo Poong wakes, heads to the kitchen on auto pilot to get a drink. He realizes where he is. He remembers what he said. He leaves.
Chil Seong puts on a suit. He and the boys sing to pump themselves up for the auction. When they arrive, they are surprised how many interested buyers there are.
Seo Poong enters the kitchen happy to see both Sam Seong and Sae Woo there.
Chil Seong and Maeng Dal discuss options for their bid. Sae Woo’s father arrives with the money to pay back Sae Woo’s debt. Chil Seong says he’s overpaying the debt. Sae Woo’s father is confident that Chil Seong will probably invest the extra. Chil Seong submits his bid. All the buyers wait to hear the winning bid.
The kitchen is in full swing handling the lunch orders. Seo Poong tries to engage Sae Woo but she ignores him. Seo Poong intervenes back up Seo Poong’s direction. Seo Poong points out that Sam Seong is an expert at these inexpensive lunch menu items even though he doesn’t want to admit.
Chil Seong and his men leave the auction. They head to the hotel eatery and order lunch. Seo Poong checks to ensure everyone is enjoying their food. Chil Seong even enjoys the food (he refused to eat the meal because of his mother’s abandonment).
Sae Woo’s father tells Sae Woo that he invested with Chil Seong. She likes that. But he hangs up when she mentions Seo Poong.
Chil Seong tells the kitten the hotel is his and they can live there. Chil Seong stares at the hotel with a smile on his face.
Sae Woo and Seo Poong argue about their issues. Seo Poong decides to apologize to Sae Woo’s parents about his drunken visit the previous evening.
Seo Poong apologizes to Sae Woo’s mother (Lee Mi Sook) . He offers to cook in their kitchen just like they worked in his. He offers to work like he is one of the family. Seo Poong declares he’ll live their while he’s their cook. He heads to Geok Jung’s room. Sae Woo’s mother isn’t sure what just happened.
Maeng Dal meets Chil Seong at the eatery’s private dining room. Chil Seong says it is time for them to leave this place. Chil Seong identifies the walls of money that are Maeng Dal’s for his loyal service. Maeng Dal is touched. Chil Seong tells him to buy a house and get married. Tears fill Maeng Dal’s eyes. Chil Seong tells him men never cry. They hug.
Wok of Love Episode 38
Seo Poong shares Geok Jung’s room. They both can’t sleep. Then Geok Jung falls sleep.
Sae Woo stealthily enters Geok Jung’s room. Seo Poong is happy to see her. Geok Jung wakes and orders Sae Woo to return to her room. Seol Ja enters and orders Sae Woo to return to her room. Sae Woo doesn’t want to. Seol Ja plants herself between Seo Poong and Sae Woo. Seo Poong asks why Seol Ja and Geok Jung won’t come to work. Sae Woo suggests she and Seo Poong run away. Seol Ja says they need to fight. Seol Ja suggests Seo Poong fight when Sae Woo’s mother. Sae Woo doesn’t want her mother to be mean to Seo Poong. He tells her he’ll work at the house chef for one month. Sae Woo points out they only want to date. Seo Poong admits Sae Woo’s parents are scary but not being with Sae Woo won’t work for him. They coo and make up. They wink at each other. They both recall their conversation that winking was racing. Seol Ja tells Geok Jung they can suffer the cuteness.
The next morning, Seo Poong makes breakfast with Seol Ja and Geok Jung. Sae Woo’s father thinks it is tasty. Sae Woo’s mother isn’t interested in eating Seo Poong’s food. But she ends up eating it and orders Seo Poong to do the dishes before he leaves for work.
Chil Seong and his mother (Lee Mi Sook) sit outside the hospital. She spots man and declares he’s sexy. She tries to interest Chil Seong in the woman next to the man. He’s not interested. She wishes she could see him married. He tells her to live long. She agrees.
Sae Woo’s parents discuss Seol Ja and Geok Jung. Sae Woo’s father wants Seol Ja and Geok Jung to be able to work. Sae Woo’s mother is worried he’s leaning toward accepting Seo Poong.
Maeng Dal brings Seol Ja to the walls of money. He declares they are his. She’s stoked. She wants him to buy a house. Maeng Dal lists all the things he’ll do with the money. None of them involve a house they could live in. Seol Ja leaves unhappy.
CEO Yong Seung Ryong (Kim Sa Kwon) is arrested.
Maeng Dal and the men prepare Chil Seong’s new office in the hotel. Chil Seong enters the hotel. The hotel and kitchen staff greet him with big smiles and cheers.
Sae Woo cleans the kitchen after dinner.
Seo Poong stares at a gift for Sae Woo.
Sae Woo calls Seo Poong detailing her kitchen duties. She tells Seo Poong to go home. He decides to see what’s she’s doing. He finds her cooking. They cook together. Seo Poong kisses her. She wants to cook. He wants to have fun. Seo Poong pulls her to him and suggest they have fun together. Seo Poong says he wants to sleep in a different room. They kiss.
There is a line of customers for the hotel’s eatery. The customers love the food.
Chil Seong and his mother pose for a photo.
The kitchen is humming. Everyone contributes.
Geok Jung and Bo Ra have fun working the noodle dough. Geok Jung is sweet to Bo Ra. She loves it.
Maeng Dal takes Seol Ja to a hotel room. She admits she’s nervous. Maeng Dal assures her he knows what to do. Maeng Dal pulls her into the room.
The kitchen is firing on all cylinders. Seo Poong calls out the last order of the series. They all cook as an integrated team. Seo Poong watches his team with satisfaction.
When the kitchen is empty. Seo Poong offers Sae Woo the box. Inside it is THE future cookie. She reads THE future that in front of her is her true love. She realizes what it is. Seo Poong admits he was afraid of the future then but he isn’t anymore. He asks Sae Woo to marry him. Sae Woo agrees. They smile and kiss.
All’s well that ends well. Everyone ended up happy. Writer Seo ticked most of the boxes and wrapped up the important stories for the characters in an affable manner. Another way to put it (albeit blunt)…this was an decent finale that capped off an underwhelming series. Writer Seo never took the story, the characters or the series to a deep level nor was the series written in a consistent manner. This series was more cotton candy fluff than a series of consequence. Done well, I enjoy fun fluffy series. Wok of Love it had moments, but overall it was like a pleasant appetizer not a full robust meal.
Chef Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) finally had harmony in the kitchen. He convinced Sam Seong to cook with him dangling the carrot of head chef in 5 years. Sam Seong dialed back his bullying of Sae Woo which was a relief. Seo Poong won over Sae Woo’s father but her mother wasn’t converted…yet. Seo Poong revealed the mystery fortune that he’d kept from Sae Woo. He topped the fortune with an offer of marriage.
Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) refused to stop working in the kitchen. She kept on going ignoring anyone else that told her to leave. She won the prize when Seo Poong proposed just after revealing that the secret fortune identified them each other true loves. She happily accepted.
Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) came to terms with his mother. Writer Seo penned Chil Seong’s final act as a man that successfully bid to buy the hotel (with a cash influx from Sae Woo’s father to thank Chil Seong for caring for his daughter while he was in jail), a man that walked away from his loan shark and gangster professions to start a new career as hotel owner, and a man who was finally comfortable with the mother that abandoned him long ago. I enjoyed it when Chil Seong allowed himself to eat the meal that he’d refused to eat because it was the meal he was eating when his mother abandoned him. When Chil Seong gifted Maeng Dal with several of the money wallpapered rooms, Maeng Dal was thrilled and hugged his friend. When Chil Seong sat outside the hospital with his mother, it was obvious that they were moving forward. As they compatibly chewed their gum together, took a photo together, you could see a positive future for both of them. I’d bet that his mother beats cancer.
How many wishes on my wish list were granted?
* Granted – Seo Poong has a competent staff that supports his dream for the kind of eatery he wants to create.
* Granted – Sae Woo gets to pursue her dream of cooking in the kitchen next to the man she loves.
* Granted – Seo Poong and Sae Woo come to the realization that their love and support for each other is what matters. Forget what other’s think they should do or be.
* Granted – Chil Seong comes to terms with his mother. I don’t want her to die. That would be a major bummer.
* Granted – Chil Seong succeeds in purchasing the hotel and tosses CEO Yong out.
* Not Granted – Chil Seong realizes that maybe just maybe the vet is a woman worth exploring and decides to pursue her. Writer Seo missed the perfect opportunity to have the vet be the woman on the bench next to the older man his mother noticed. Then Chil Seong and the vet would have met one more time and been fated. I shake my head.
* Not Granted – The show ends with a Seo Poong, Sae Woo, and Chil Seong happy and comfortable in their mutual friendship. Instead the show ended with a kiss by our leading couple Seo Poong and Sae Woo agreeing they would marry and forge through life together.
I rank these episodes (on a scale from 1-10) as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.