Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) arrives at Ms. Kim’s memorial service. Hong Du Sik (Kim Sun Ho) greets her. She pays her respects with tears in her eyes. She admires the memory table Du Sik set up for Ms. Kim. They look at the villagers enjoying their time together as Ms. Kim would have wanted. Director Ji Sung Hyun (Lee Sang Yi) and Writer Wang arrive and pay their respects. Once the evening ends, Sung Hyun and Writer Wang walk to his car. He admits he was worried about Du Sik’s reaction to losing a strong mother like figure in his life. Du Sik keeps his emotions at bay. They leave. Hye Jin offers to spend the night so Du Sik won’t be alone. He declines. She notes he may only be pretending to be okay. Du Sik admits Ms. Kim was important to him and he’s not ready to admit she’s gone. Hye Jin takes his hand and rubs his back.
Du Sik finds Ms. Kim’s son alone after everyone has left. He admits that he thought he’d have plenty of time to interact with his mother, but now it’s gone. He notes the child that didn’t pay enough attention to their parents, cry the most. Du Sik shares Ms. Kim got her implants and was a happy woman. Her son doesn’t know how to deal with the guilt of not paying enough attention to his mother. Du Sik shares that Ms. Kim loved her successful son in Seoul and was proud. Her son sobs his pain and loss.
The next day the village turns out for the funeral service.
After the service Ms. Kim’s two friends show up, missing and thinking about their friend. They agree to take good care of themselves and each other, so neither is alone.
Hye Jin finds Du Sik cutting soap outside. She takes him inside and offers to cook. She finds the corn that Ms. Kim brought to Du Sik. He admits he doesn’t want to throw it away, it was the last thing she did for him. Hye Jin urges Du Sik to let his grief out. Under the corn is a note from Ms. Kim urging Du Sik to eat and take care of himself. She remembers loving him as a boy and being proud of him as an adult. She calls him her son and grandson. Du Sik finally lets himself feel the loss and pain of the wonderful surrogate mother. He sobs while Hye Jin comforts him.
The next day the villagers think of Ms. Kim as they go about their day. Du Sik puts a picture of his grandfather and Ms. Kim on his table and smiles.
One month later…
Writer Wang, Sung Hyun and the assistant are tired and pleased when the editing of the show is complete. Sung Hyun joins Writer Wang in the break room. He offers medicine to sooth her. She tells him not to be kind to her and give her false hope. She leaves.
Hye Jin prepares for a 3 day seminar. She overpacks. She and Du Sik declare they’ll miss each other terribly. Best friend and roommate, Mi Seon rolls her eyes.
Flashback…Hye Jin tells Du Sik she won’t be accepting the job offer in Seoul. This village is her home and where she wants to be. Du Sik hugs and thanks her.
Mi Seon has a moment where she believes she’s got a winning lottery ticket. But alas, she does not. Mi Seon and Eun Cheol walk to a point in the sandy cove and observe the town. Eun Cheol admits he once won the lottery and even though he’s donated a portion, he still has funds so they can build a house. She loves the idea of living life with the man she loves. Eun Cheol is thrilled. They hug.
Du Sik and Hye Jin bemoan being separated for 3 long days. Ms. Jo and Ms. Yeo watch their interaction knowing how young love can make you sappy.
Ms. Jo and Ms. Yeo return to her eatery. Ms. Yu joins them. But when Mr. Chang calls, Ms. Yeo leaves quickly. Ms. Jo and Ms. Yu can’t help but smile.
Mr. Chang is touched when Ms. Yeo admits she’s happier now that they’ve gotten back together. Other villagers enjoy each other.
Sung Hyun stops by to see Du Sik. They have pizza and chat. Sung Hyun admits he’s worried about disrupting his friendship with Writer Wang if he moves them out of the friend zone. Du Sik urges him to be bold. He gets a call and leaves.
Hye Jin visits her stepmother and they share a meal. They are comfortable. Hye Jin calls her mother. She’s touched.
Du Sik misses Hye Jin. He’s distracted. When she calls that’s she’s back, they rush into each other’s arms giddy to be reunited.
Hye Jin tells Mi Seon she’s going to propose to Du Sik. Mi Seon shares she’s going to be married next spring. Hye Jin frets about how to propose. Mi Seon advises Hye Jin to remember their shared moments and that guide her.
Hye Jin texts Du Sik to join her on the beach. She sits where she was when they first met. She remembers how she was when they first met, demanding and stuck without money or shoes. She knows he didn’t find her ideal. But things have changed and they love each other. She puts a pair of shoes for him next to the shoes he saved from the sea. She asks him to walk life’s path together and marry her. Du Sik says no. He can’t believe it. He was going to propose today. Hye Jin declares she’s had her say, now it is his turn. Du Sik chuckles at her encouragement.
Du Sik admits he was attracted her from the moment they met on the beach. He never thought he’d fall in love with her. He shows her the diamond necklace he bought for her. Hye Jin loves it. Du Sik teases her not to sell it like the other diamond necklace she bought. Du Sik shares his dreams have them together and enjoying a myriad of moments. He asks her to marry him. They declare their love. They kiss.
The tide rolls in and takes on of Du Sik’s shoes. They dash into the water to fetch it. They frolic.
After cleaning up they write down the martial responsibilities. Hye Jin will not cook, but will do laundry. Du Sik will clean but not be responsible for their dental hygiene. Hye Jin encourages Du Sik to consider upwardly mobile positions in the village. Du Sik laughs. They discuss what she should call him and love the selected name. Their thoughts turn to expressing their love in the bedroom. They race to the bed.
The next morning Du Sik prepares and feeds Hye Jin breakfast in bed. They coo at each other. They agree two children would be optimal. When Du Sik sees the time, he declares they have to join the others cleaning the village. Hye Jin suggests they go another round. Du Sik hustles them outside.
They announce they are getting married. The villagers are thrilled and offer their congratulations to the couple.
In Seoul, Sung Hyun asks Writer Want to share a meal, just the two of them. He admits that he wants to enjoy everything life offers with her. Tears fill her eyes and she smiles.
Everyone gathers to watch the premier of the show Sung Hyun filmed in the village.
The next day Mr. Oh gets a call about appearing on a TV show highlighting blast from the past singers. He loves it. Everyone in the village has a good day.
Sung Hyun pitches an idea to Writer Wang for a show about friends who leave the friend zone. They smile.
Du Sik readies his camera for wedding photos of himself and Hye Jin. When she appears in her wedding gown, it takes Du Sik’s breath away. She admits while the wedding will be in Seoul, the photos should be taken in the village that brought them together.
When they exit to take the photos, various villagers join them, all possibilities of private photos are dashed. Eventually our couple makes a dash away from the crowd of well meaning villagers. Everyone smiles.
Our couple ends up on the hill next to Du Sik’s grandfather’s boat. Hye Jin notices the boat’s name. Du Sik shares it is her grandmother’s name. He offers to put her name on the front of the boat. He notes it won’t always be blissful and the seas of life will be rocky at times. Hye Jin declares they’ll get through anything, as long as they steer the boat together. They take their wedding photos.
Both Hye Jin and Du Sik receive calls from people needing their help. With broad smiles on their face, they dash down the hill back to the village and those that need them.
After Ms. Kim’s funeral, this was a victory lap episode. Writer Shin Ha Eun grounded the first segment of the episode with Ms. Kim’s memorial and funeral service. The entire village turned out to mourn and celebrate her life. Du Sik finally allowed himself to grieve when he read the letter where Ms. Kim called him her son and grandson. Du Sik was able to comfort Ms. Kim’s son who felt guilty about not spending enough time with his mother. Then there was a transition to wrapping up each of our couples, with our OTP taking center stage. Lots of cute moments. I loved that she proposed first. I loved that their division of labor discussion lead to love making. I loved seeing our couple in their wedding finery taking photos in the village that brought them together.
Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) committed her love to Du Sik. Hye Jin did a wonderful job gently but firmly encouraging Du Sik to admit the grief he felt when Ms. Kim died. She understood her man and helped him overcome. Shin Min Ah looked lovely in the wedding dress. She had good chemistry with Kim Sun Ho throughout the series. Their connection was key to the series success.
Hong Du Sik (Kim Sun Ho) committed his love to Hye Jin. Du Sik finally grieved in all its messy pain and anguish. It was long in coming. Hye Jin did indeed become his rock. He deserved a woman that understands and supported him (as he did her). This couple, while different in many way, were well suited to each other.
Where the wishes on my Wish List for the final episode granted or denied?
* Du Sik and Hye Jin finish strong. GRANTED. This couple’s double proposal on the beach was lovely. Writer Shin wove their past connections into their present perfectly in the episodes with a deft hand. We the viewers enjoyed this cute couple get the victory lap they deserved in the final episode.
* Our bonus couples finish strong. GRANTED. #1 Mi Seon and Eun Cheol – agreed to marry the following spring. Eun Cheol was revealed the by the mystery man that won the lottery years ago. #2 Writer Wang and Sung Hyun – they moved their relationship out of the friend zone. Sung Hyun had to make the move. After much consideration he did. Hesitation was an underlying part of this character. Glad to see him decide take the chance with Writer Wang.
* Ms. Kim’s funeral unites the village. GRANTED. The funeral/memorial service was the setting for the now familiar villagers to gather and unite in love for her and each other. Writer Shin wisely focused the opening scenes on Ms. Kim, an integral character to the show.
I rank this episode as almost terrific, 8.5 on a 10-point scale.