Crash Landing on You Episode 16 (Final) Recap
Goo Seung Jun (Kim Jung Hyun) makes the final assault to save Seo Dan (Seo Ji Hye). He gets shot in the shoulder. There are two men remaining. He loads his shotgun and shoots one of the men but the other is behind him. He gets shot but not before he shoots the remaining man. Seung Jun falls to his knees. He thinks he won’t die alone. He watches Seo Dan rush to him. She tells him to stay with her. He replies he’s okay. In the ambulance Seo Dan sobs, watching Seung Jun wearing the ring he gave her.
In intensive care, Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) fights for her life. Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin) rushes to the hospital. He stares through the ICU window. Se Ri’s father, stepmother, and assistants watch his fixation on Se Ri. Se Ri’s vitals sag. We hear the equipment indicate a flat line. The doctors try and jump start her heart. Everyone watches in horror hoping Se Ri will respond.
Seo Dan implores Seung Jun to look at her. She tells him she’s willing to give him a chance with her. She tells him he’s made her happy. Seung Jun removes his mask and asks on the day that shared ramen and she said “I like it”, did she mean the ramen, Jung Hyuk or him. Seo Dan admits it was him. Seo Dan cries. Seung Jun says he knew it. He falls unconscious. The medic checks his pulse and doesn’t return his oxygen mask. Seo Dan implores the medic to do something but it’s too late. Seung Jun is dead.
Se Ri’s heart starts again. The doctor tells her parents they’ll proceed with caution. The senior agent tells her parents that he felt Jung Hyuk should be there due to Se Ri’s crisis. Se Ri’s stepmother doesn’t want Jung Hyuk to go away, she believes he’s crucial for Se Ri’s recovery. Se Ri’s father asks that Jung Hyuk be allowed to stay. Jung Hyuk stares at the woman he loves tears streaming down his face.
The fivesome share a meal. Sgt Pyo believes the food is good because they want them.
Flashback…the senior agent tells Sgt Pyo they can return him or they can help him stay.
He brags the agents find him useful. Staff Sgt Kim points out they all got the same offer. Each of them confirms it. Sgt Pyo guesses they didn’t want him to be lonely. Lt. Park wonders what’s happening with Jung Hyuk.
One week later…
The Military Director tells Jung Hyuk’s father that his proposed trade of the North Korea soldiers in custody for the South Korea prisoners they have is unfair and based on his desire to get his son back.
The senior agent briefs others about the North’s offer. The officers agree that if the North Korea soldiers in their custody want to return, then why not let it happen. They suggest asking for reunification with their families can’t hurt.
The Military Director says any negotiations won’t work for North Korea. Jung Hyuk’s father counters that he has a plan. He tosses an envelop on the table. Jung Hyuk’s father states Officer Jo was evil incarnate and those records show he was tied closely with the Military Director. Jung Hyuk’s father asks if the Military Director told Officer Jo what to do. The Military Director denies it. Jung Hyuk’s father makes the point his son would never betray North Korea for a woman. The Military Director agrees to keep silent about Jung Hyuk if Jung Hyuk’s father keeps silent about Officer Jo. His condition is that the military handles the repatriation process including the exchange location.
Se Ri looks out the window of her hospital room. Se Ri’s assistant Hong Chang Shik, former insurance agent Mr. Park and her other assistant enter. They worry she’s looking tired. Se Ri’s stepmother enters. She asks the men to leave. Se Ri’s stepmother reports she’s just learned that Jung Hyuk will be returned to North Korea. Se Ri asks when Jung Hyuk will leave. The stepmother says it is happening now. Se Ri recoils. She remembers her last interaction with Jung Hyuk and his harsh words that seeing her and ruining his life because of her gave him pain. Se Ri smiles and claims she’s happy for him. Now he doesn’t have to keep lying. Now he can return home. Se Ri’s stepmother asks if she wants to say goodbye. Se Ri shakes her head and says she’s said goodbye many times to Jung Hyuk. She doesn’t want him to see her pain, she wants him to return believing she’s okay. The stepmother points out that Jung Hyuk never left her side throughout her entire medical journey after she was shot to the ICU crisis.
Flashbacks galore of Jung Hyuk not leaving her side.
Se Ri’s stepmother says that Jung Hyuk kept vigil and refused to eat or sleep while she was in crisis.
Flashbacks of Jung Hyuk stepping away so Se Ri wouldn’t see her when she woke. He closed his eyes in pain. He leaves with the agents. Se Ri’s stepmother watches him leave.
Se Ri’s stepmother shares that Jung Hyuk left once she regained consciousness. Se Ri cries with the news. Se Ri’s stepmother encourages her to take the opportunity to say good. Se Ri cries she wants to see him.
The fivesome and Jung Hyuk are on the bus back to North Korea. Sgt Pyo is happy that Se Ri woke. Staff Sgt Kim says he didn’t know that Se Ri had a relapse. Jung Hyuk points out there’s no way they could have known that. Private Geum frets they’ll never know her condition when they return. Staff Sgt Kim says she’ll only get stronger. Sgt Pyo teases that the massive escort must have been difficult to arrange. The senior agent agrees. They know they’ll never return to South Korea but will never forget their time there.
Se Ri’s stepmother drives aggressively to get Se Ri there to say good bye.
The senior agent gets a call. He says they have some time. He looks back to Jung Hyuk. He asks where they are.
The bus goes through the border check. They reach the exchange point. The fivesome realize once they cross the line, they’ll be back in North Korea. The senior agent says it’s time to exit. The fivesome and Jung Hyuk exit the bus. They look to North Korea.
They see the military entourage from the North arrive. The officers exit. The south contingent moves to the north contingent. They all stop at the line. The senior agent points out there are 5 minutes before they have to cross the line. The North Korea officer sees no reason for delay. The senior agent looks to the road but there’s no car with Se Ri coming. He sighs and agrees they can cross now.
The fivesome cross the line.
The South Korea exchange prisoners cross the line.
Jung Hyuk crosses the line.
Se Ri’s stepmother and Se Ri’s car arrives. Jung Hyuk turns. He sees Se Ri exit the car.
Her eyes widen as she sees Jung Hyuk handcuffed. She starts running yelling that he can’t leave. Jung Hyuk knows she shouldn’t run. He yells at her to stop running. She keeps running and yelling that he can’t leave her like this. Worried for her safety, Jung Hyuk pushes the officers away and crosses the line back to Se Ri. They run into each other’s arms.
All the men on both sides of the border draw their weapons. The fivesome watch the reunion.
Jung Hyuk chides Se Ri for risking her recovery. Se Ri demands to know why he’s being handcuffed and arrested. She doesn’t want him to leave under those circumstances. She asks him to stay. Jung Hyuk brushes away a tear and assures her all will be well. Se Ri doesn’t buy and worries something awful awaits him. She cries this is all her fault. He tells her even if something happens, it isn’t her fault. He has no regret. She’s the most wonderful gift of his life. Se Ri agrees and says he’s the best thing that ever happened to her. Jung Hyuk apologizes for his harsh words when they last spoke. He admits saying them hurt him deeply. He asks her not to remember that moment. Se Ri cries and tells him not to worry. She asks if they’ll ever see each other again. She asks what she’ll do, she’ll miss him so much. Jung Hyuk tells her they’ll meet in their dreams. He tells her he loves her. Se Ri tells him she loves him. They hug.
The agents pull Jung Hyuk away. Se Ri watches Jung Hyuk cross the line. He looks back and seeing her tears. Jung Hyuk is handcuffed. The guns are lowered. The fivesome call out their farewell. Se Ri sobs hers in return. They are taken away. Se Ri sobs.
Awk! Tears! Not sure they could have eeked any more emotional out of that scene.
Jung Hyuk’s father learns his son and the fivesome have returned to North Korea. He puts on his uniform. His wife tells him to bring Jung Hyuk home alive. She implores him to be strong and return safely with their son.
The fivesome and Jung Hyuk are led out of the bus. The Military Director gets out of his car. Jung Hyuk asks why they’ve stopped before arriving in the city. The Military Director says they’ll all be executed after their court martial, so why wait, die here and now. Jung Hyuk counters they want the court marital. He declares the fivesome are just late from the military games while he’s committed a crime. The Military Director chuckles. He’s going to kill all of them right now. The soldiers surround the fivesome and draw their weapons. The eavesdropper rushes in front of Jung Hyuk who firmly put him behind him. Shots ring out but the targets aren’t our guys but the soldiers ready to shoot them. Jung Hyuk’s father and his men arrive guns drawn.
Jung Hyuk’s father tells the Military Director an execution without an investigation and trial is not allowed. Jung Hyuk stares at his father tell the Military Director, they don’t need innocent victims. Then Jung Hyuk’s father declares trying to kill his son changed everything. The Military Director knows what that means and draws his gun. Jung Hyuk’s father shoots the Military Director, twice. The fivesome stare. Jung Hyuk’s father cracks a smile.
Wow! I totally agree the Military Director had to die. I’m surprised Jung Hyuk’s father took the hands on approach.
In the car Jung Hyuk apologizes to his father for making him worry. Jung Hyuk’s father says he’s glad he is back and safe. Jung Hyuk’s father asks if Se Ri is okay. Jung Hyuk confirms this. Tears fill Jung Hyuk’s eyes. This surprises Jung Hyuk’s father. He sighs.
Jung Hyuk’s mother hears the door open. She’s ready to take the pill. Instead she sees Jung Hyuk and her husband. She cries and hugs her son.
The eavesdropper walks back to village. He sees his son. He calls to him. His son rushes to him. His wife rushes to her husband. She says she didn’t know if he was alive or dead. He apologizes. They hug, both happy to be in each other’s arms.
Seo Dan’s mother exits her bedroom and tells her brother, Seo Dan still refuses to eat. Seo Dan lays in her bed wearing her ring. Her mother and uncle enter and ask what they can do. Seo Dan tells them they should leave her alone. Her mother pulls her upright and tells her they are here to listen to her, cry with her, and endure the hard times as a family. Seo Dan’s uncle declares he’ll find a much better man ruining the moment. Seo Dan falls back in bed and tells them to leave. Seo Dan’s mother hits her brother as they leave the bedroom. Seo Dan exits her bedroom. She tells them she wants revenge. Her mother and uncle agree to help. Seo Dan tells them they need to find someone first.
That was a lovely supportive moment derailed by her uncle’s declaration.
Seo Dan meets with Seung Jun’s manager who apologizes for what happened. Seo Dan says she’s heard some members of the Chinese gang are still in the country. He confirms this. She tells him she needs to know where they are so they won’t leave the country alive. In addition, she wants to know who financed the gang. She remembers Seung Jun says that Se Ri’s brother Se Hyung was greedy and easily manipulated. Seo Dan believes Se Ri’s brother financed the gang.
Se Ri’s second brother, Yoon Se Hyung, tells his wife Sang Ah to claim she hired the gang not him. Sang Ah pulls out his cell phone which is recording the conversation. She tells him this covert recording has no legal legs. Sang Ah points out she did it all for him. Se Hyung yells that her plans have made him lose the presidency of the company, and he could go to jail. Sang Ah tells him to calm down. She doesn’t believe South Korea authorities would care about something that happened in North Korea. She says the money trail can’t be found, Officer Jo is dead, and they should stop worrying.
Se Hyung and Sang Ah are surprised to find Se Ri at the house when they arrive to meet with Chairman Yoon. They smile when Se Ri informs them she’ll likely face prosecution. The smiles fade with Chairman Yoon declares his attorney will represent Se Ri and a suspended sentence is the expected result. Se Ri tells them hiring a killer carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Se Hyung doesn’t believe she can back up that claim. She calls out. The broker they worked with to engage Officer Jo comes out with the senior agent. He states he was hired by them to obstruct Se Ri’s return and he has the phone recordings to prove this. Se Hyung and Sang Ah yell their indignation. The senior agent says there is a lot to sort out between the police and national security. Agents appear and take Sang Ah and Se Hyung away. Se Hyung calls to his father about the company’s image as he’s handcuffed. Chainman Yoon yells that he is disowning his son. Se Hyung and Sang Ah are dragged away.
At Se Ri’s apartment, she finds the notes Se Hyung left for her. She finds the food. She cries.
As she goes to sleep, she plays Jung Hyuk’s recording of his piano playing. She receives a text that makes her sit up in bed. It’s from Jung Hyuk! She’s stunned.
Flashback…the senior agent shows Jung Hyuk how to create a text for a future delivery date.
Jung Hyuk’s text says he still has much to say and these texts are his method. He tells her to look at her bookshelf. The titles spell out I love You Se Ri. Recall Se Ri did the same for Jung Hyuk in North Korea before she left. Jung Hyuk states this is his reply to her message. Se Ri chuckles that he copied her. In the morning she considers different outfits. Another text comes reminding her to eat, which she does. She imagines Jung Hyuk eating an apple to. He even provides driving advice which she abides by.
Jung Hyuk smiles thinking of the text.
Jung Hyuk advises her to eat regular meals. Which she does.
Jung Hyuk and foursome eat together at his house.
Jung Hyuk tells Se Ri to take a 30 minute walk at 12:30 and he’ll do the same. Se Ri takes the walk.
Jung Hyuk takes the walk at the same times Se Ri does and thinks of her.
Sgt Pyo declares he was a natural in Seoul. Staff Sgt Kim, Lt. Park, and Private Geum admit electricity, hot water and good internet was awesome.
Seo Dan’s mother arrives at the village. The Colonel’s Wife greet her along with the other village ladies. Seo Dan’s mother says that Seo Dan is moving out today. She gifts all the ladies with limited edition products that are customized with their likenesses. Seo Dan’s mother explains these are Se Ri’s new products. The women are thrilled. Seo Dan’s mother says that she’s no longer mad at Se Ri. She admits that Se Ri doing this for the village ladies shows what kind of person she is. The ladies can only agree.
Later the ladies admire the products with their likenesses. They are happy Se Ri is well, hasn’t forgotten them, but wish they could let her know the same. The eavesdropper’s wife believes Se Ri knows. They all look up into the sky as they sniffle.
The furniture is removed from Seo Dan’s apartment. She looks at Seung Jun’s jacket. She remembers moments with him wearing that jacket and his claim this was their first date. He even sang making her smile. Seo Dan clutches the jacket to her and cries. Her mother finds her sobbing over the jacket and cries too.
Se Ri walks the bridge where she and Seung Jun walked. She remembers him telling her she’s pretty, amazing, and made him want to be a better man. She remembers him kissing her. She cries.
Seo Dan’s mother visits Jung Hyuk’s mother. She bows to Jung Hyuk’s mother. She says she’s apologizing in advance. She says Seo Dan isn’t the right woman for Jung Hyuk. Jung Hyuk’s mother asks if it’s their family. Seo Dan’s mother says Seo Dan no longer wants to marry Jung Hyuk. Seo Dan’s mother points out that Jung Hyuk’s past actions upset her but she feels differently now. The engagement is off because it is her daughter’s wishes. Jung Hyuk’s mother says circumstances were complicated. Seo Dan’s mother says that Seo Dan loves another and he loves her back, more than his own life. She cries. Seo Dan’s mother says love trumps all. Jung Hyuk’s mother agrees. She apologizes to Seo Dan’s mother. They bow to each other.
Dignified and deeper discussion than expected. Awk! Tears!
Seo Dan visits Jung Hyuk at his home. She explains she used his home while he was gone.
Flashback…Seung Jun slips the engagement ring on her finger.
Seo Dan explains she and Seung Jun were here. Jung Hyuk is pleased saying Seung Jun was a great help. He asks where Seung Jun is. Seo Dan says that Seung Jun went far away and won’t be back. She doesn’t know why but this is one of life’s mysteries. She says she didn’t understand why Jung Hyuk took pictures of scenery when she visited him in Switzerland.
Flashback…Jung Hyuk takes pictures of scenery during his time with Seo Dan. She wasn’t overly thrilled.
Seo Dan admits now she knows why he took so many pictures. She gives him the camera he used in Switzerland. She tells him she got the camera fixed. Seo Dan says when she looked at the pictures she knew why he didn’t get involved with her in Switzerland.
Alone Jung Hyuk looks at the photos on the camera. Sure, there’s beautiful scenery.
Flashback…Se Ri is on the same train as Seo Dan and Jung Hyuk. She views the same sights. Jung Hyuk sees Se Ri recording the message to her family and takes a photo of it.
Jung Hyuk smiles and strokes the photo of Se Ri from long ago.
Se Ri gets a text saying today is seed planting day. She smiles. She receives a flower pot. He tells her to water it and watch it sprout in 2 weeks. Se Ri wonders how much water is enough; how much sunlight is enough. She’s told to say 10 nice things to the plant each day. She groans but complies then 10th item is Jung Hyuk. She’s pleased to see the plant sprout.
Jung Hyuk smiles at the tomatoes plant. Recall his moniker “tomato cultivator” when he gamed Private Geum.
Mr. Hong tells Mr. Park that Se Ri is doing better than expected.
Se Ri dances to give herself a break from her desk during work house per Jung Hyuk’s text.
Mr. Hong says Se Hyung no longer snaps at her team.
Flashback…Se Ri is undisturbed when someone’s cell phone rings during the meeting. She recognizes the ringtone as Chopin and smiles. Then she suggests it is time for a break. Se Ri reads through her texts from Jung Hyuk.
Se Ri smiles when Jung Hyuk sends another text about enjoying flowers of the season. Se Ri takes her team out to dinner and declares they’ll go home early today.
Se Ri thinks that Jung Hyuk’s texts were like sweet gifts in her life. Because of them she learned how to be happy.
Se Ri gets a text from Jung Hyuk wishing her happy birthday. He apologizes due to the one year limit this is his last next. He hopes the flower bloomed. Se Ri looks at the edelweiss flower and smiles. His text says it is an edelweiss. Se Ri smiles knowingly. Jung Hyuk says they should meet in the country where the flowers bloom. Se Ri is surprised at the suggestion. Jung Hyuk says maybe fate will be on their side. Se Ri says the timing is vague.
The ladies are back to normal thrilled to be invited to Jung Hyuk’s house. The ladies bring food for the party, happy that spring is there (though it is cold outside). The ladies tell the fivesome and Jung Hyuk that being together is fun. Jung Hyuk informs them he’s been chosen as a pianist for the national symphony orchestra and therefore will be discharged from the military. He asks them to take care of the new captain. The ladies are taken aback. They’ll miss him. The Colonel’s Wife asks who the new captain is. Sgt Pyo is now Captain Pyo. He smiles and says he’s heard they are generous and kind to the military men. Wol Sook declares they are stingy and unkind. Jung Hyuk promises to invite them the next time he performs in the city. They all eat. The ladies are solicitous to Jung Hyuk ignoring the others. Still it’s a happy occasion. Jung Hyuk looks at his friends and smiles.
Jung Hyuk looks at his house one last time. He walks away in civilian clothes.
Se Ri, Se Ri’s eldest brother Yoon Se Jun and wife Hye Ji enjoy time with Se Ri’s stepmother. Se Ri compliments her brother for having the smarts to let someone else manage the money. Se Ri suggests he establish a foundation for low income children and believes sponsoring them in music and perhaps to study in Switzerland would be optimal. His brother and wife think it’s a great idea. Se Ri is pleased. They are pleased.
One year later…
Se Ri walks the streets. She admires the scenery at the lake where Jung Hyuk played his brother’s song. But Jung Hyuk isn’t there.
Se Ri tells her mother that she didn’t meet Jung Hyuk on her trip. But she’s pleased the music focused foundation is doing well. She hopes the Jung Hyuk will see the news regarding their once a year concerts in Switzerland. But she doesn’t know if he sees the articles. She is firm in her belief that one day Jung Hyuk will find her again. Se Ri’s stepmother agrees and holds her hand in support. She leaves after sharing that Se Hyung is divorcing Sang Ah.
Se Ri looks at the edelweiss.
Se Ri walks the streets and thinks for Jung Hyuk. She hopes one year they’ll meet.
She hears the song! She sees Jung Hyuk playing the piano and smiles. She walks to him and watches him play his brother’s song. But it isn’t Jung Hyuk. She walks away disappointed.
Se Ri decides that her life is meeting, leaving, and waiting to meet Jung Hyuk, the love of her life. On a beautiful day, she paraglides off the mountain. As she glides alone the Swiss alps, she enjoys the scenery. There are other paragliders. She lands a bit hard and material covers her. She grouses the she doesn’t land well. Jung Hyuk says her landing wasn’t bad. Not recognizing his voice, she complains her ropes are tangled. She looks up and sees Jung Hyuk. She’s stunned. He corrects himself. She descended not crash landed. Recall she told him that in the opening episode. He smiles.
Tears fill her eyes. Jung Hyuk says he missed her. She cries. She rushes into his arms. They hug. Se Ri says she knew one day they’d meet again. One day he’d find her again. She’s thrilled he’s there. She worries his journey was dangerous and difficult. Jung Hyuk says he got on the wrong train and that train brought him to her…his destination. He brushes back her hair. They kiss.
The fortune teller tells Seo Dan’s mother and uncle she’s recently been possessed by a spirit that gives great dating, marriage, etc. advice. Seo Dan’s mother asks when her daughter will get married. The fortune teller says there’s only one man for Seo Dan but that man left 3 years ago. The fortune teller says that Seo Dan’s trips abroad will reflect her success. Seo Dan’s mother wants her daughter to find love. The fortune teller says Seo Dan could find love in the city in month, 6 months or a year. Seo Dan interrupts the phone call. Seo Dan tells her mother being single is satisfying. She says she’s headed to the city to rehearse for her upcoming trip to Russian. She leaves. Seo Dan’s mother says she wants meet a man within a month. She orders a talisman for herself!
Seo Dan walks with her cello toward rehearsal. She smiles into the sunlight.
The eavesdropper’s wife tells the village ladies she’s moving to the city. The Colonel’s Wife’s remarks the fortune teller foretold their move. The eavesdropper’s wife says her husband new job is due to Jung Hyuk’s kindness. He’ll be working at a film studio.
The eavesdropper stands in the middle of field and records the sounds of nature. He smiles.
At the market place Captain Pyo and the threesome ask for body care products from South Korea. Staff Sgt Kim says assures they won’t arrest her. She offers Se Ri’s choice shampoo. They are thrilled. Private Geum says he misses her. Lt. park wonders if Jung Hyuk is gone. Staff Sgt Kim say he’s gone and if luck holds, he’ll be reunited with Se Ri once again. Big smiles all around.
Se Ri tells her team they’ve done well. She says that she’ll be out for 2 weeks and won’t be reachable so they can decide what to do in her absence. They tease her about going to Switzerland like clockwork every year. Mr. Hong wonders who she’s meeting…again..
Se Ri drives and checks into the hotel. She heads into the event room. She meets her music foundation counterpart. He tells her some of the students are from North Korea. Se Ri smiles and says this two weeks is the best part of her year.
The students play during the concert to a packed room. Se Ri smiles. Jung Hyuk turns the corner and enters the room. He sits next to Se Ri. She tells him the pianist just started. Jung Hyuk smiles. They hold hands. They smile.
Jung Hyuk puts the flowers she picked in a vase and looks at the gorgeous scenery. Jung Hyuk walks up a hill. Se Ri smiles when she sees him. Jung Hyuk holds flowers for Se Ri. She joins him at their picnic site. They smile at the flowers. Se Ri puts the flowers in the vase. They smile and hug. They look into each other’s eyes and kiss. The camera pans back to the lake scenery of Switzerland, the country they met in years ago and the country where they meet to celebrate their love for two weeks every year.
It wasn’t an easy episode for our couple. Writer Park Ji Eun decided the path to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for our couple. While I understand that, this entire series has been unrealistic, to inject more realism at the end was a bit of a jarring turn for this lovely series. Though everything was wrapped up the episode wasn’t zippy and didn’t have the joy of previous episodes. On the flip side there was tons of emotional content in this episode. My bottom line…the finale was not as satisfying as the bulk of the series but our couple found a way to be together.
Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) lost Jung Hyuk then patiently waited to meet him in Switzerland each year. Se Ri had the dramatic goodbye at the border and it was tear inducing. Writer Park utilized delayed messaging for Jung Hyuk to communicate with Se Ri for one year after he left her. I enjoyed the darling messages sprinkled in the episode from Jung Hyuk, the near perfect leading man. I was pleased to see Se Ri learn to enjoy life, not be so demanding on her team, and have a good relationship with her stepmother. Se Ri never stopped believing that they’d be together. She kept going to Switzerland, hoping he’d be able to come one day. Her patience paid off.
Captain Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin) found a way to communicate with Se Ri and for them to be together for interludes. Jung Hyuk is the lynchpin of this series. It all hinges on him. Writer Park created the perfect leading man in Jung Hyuk. Only his harsh words to Se Ri when he lied about his actions to the senior agents was out of step. But otherwise Jung Hyuk was the most devoted, caring, white knight leading man I’ve had the pleasure to watch. Jung Hyuk’s father boldly saved his son. Jung Hyuk’s mother was gracious when Seo Dan’s mother broke the engagement. Jung Hyuk’s retirement from the military facilitated his travel outside North Korea and into Se Ri’s arms. Their reunion scene in Switzerland couldn’t have been in a more picturesque location. I’ve never been to Switzerland but watching this series, now I want to go. In the end, they carved out two precious weeks together a year.
Goo Seung Jun (Kim Jung Hyun) died after saving Seo Dan (Seo Ji Hye). I don’t believe that Seung Jun had to die. But Writer Park killed this character just as he and Seo Dan gelled as a couple. This left Seo Dan dangling in grief and flexing her tear ducts. She grieved and then decided to get revenge though we didn’t see that happen. The scene where she returned Jung Hyuk’s camera to him was good closure for this once engaged coupled. The fortune teller scenes weren’t my favorite in the early part of the series nor in this final episode. But I like the idea that Seo Dan was happy being single and her enjoyable scene stealing mother decided to find love again.
How did I do on my wish list for the final episode?
- Everyone lives. NOT GRANTED. Seung Jun’s died. I was bummed at Writer Park’s choice to kill this character. Why was it necessary?
- Our couple finds a way to be together. GRANTED. Jung Hyuk returned to North Korea and his father saved him from the evil Military Director’s assassination attempt just as Jung Hyuk and the fivesome were about to be executed. Then Jung Hyuk’s music talent allowed him to leave North Korea and find Se Ri again in their origin country of their couple hood, Switzerland.
- Seung Jun and Seo Dan find a way to be together. NOT GRANTED. Writer Park elected to have Seung Jun die early in the episode.
- The fivesome live happy lives. GRANTED. We got a taste of their lives. Sgt Pyo became Captain Pyo. The threesome; Lt. Park, Staff Sgt Kim, and Private Geum, did well. The eavesdropper’s new job as a sound guy for a film company was particularly satisfying. I also enjoyed Se Ri’s outreach to the village ladies with the products with their likenesses.
For this finale episode it’s fitting the last song featured is IU’s lovely “I Will Give You My Heart”. This is her first OST song in 9 years and she agreed to it because of her relationship with Writer Park, who wrote Producers which IU starred in.
I rate this episode as better than very good, 8.5 on a 10-point scale.