Drama Recaps
Que Sera Sera: Episode 17 (Final)
by | May 13, 2007 | 108 Comments

Although Que Sera Sera hasn’t been the most fun, or “easy” series to watch, I am reluctant to let it go… but also a bit relieved. As with all things intense and involving, when it’s time to let go, there’s a bittersweet relief. Thank you for a wonderful run, QSS!

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EPISODE 17 (FINAL) SUMMARY

Tae Joo rushes to Eun Soo, slumped on the ground in pain, but she shoves his arm away, rejecting his help. Joon Hyuk arrrives and takes her away, as Tae Joo watches them go….


(God, I love what this director does with such tiny moments like this.)

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At the hospital (the miscarriage is obvious in implication, if not explicitly described), Eun Soo seems devastated at her loss — and Joon Hyuk tearfully apologizes for making things so hard on her, for putting her through so much. You get the sense he now realizes the severity of his jealousy and suspicion, and is paying dearly for the toll it took on Eun Soo.

Joon Hyuk continues to apologize and asks her to forgive him, but Eun Soo interrupts: “Give me some time. I think we rushed into this without thinking.” She thinks they need time to think things over. “For now, let’s spend some time apart.”

Joon Hyuk is summoned by President Cha, who asks what he really wants to know. Joon Hyuk answers that he wants to know what really happened between his father and the President, and the President levels with him. It’s true that he’d met his father at the construction site. They’d talked, argued, and even physically fought. But then, Joon Hyuk’s father suddenly disappeared from sight, falling to the ground — and the President saw Joon Hyuk there. He took him home and raised him, always fearing that he’d regain his memory. That’s the true reason that he opposed him marrying Hye Rin — he didn’t want to bring his daughter into a situation whereby Joon Hyuk might one day suddenly regain his memory, then turn on the family.

Joon Hyuk asks why he was so afraid of Joon Hyuk’s memory. The President answers that although he didn’t push his father off the building, there was a moment that he wonders if he could have stopped him, if he could have grabbed onto him. “I’m certain in that moment… I was only thinking selfishly.” All these years, he’s carried this guilt. And so, now, he will do whatever Joon Hyuk wants him to do.

Joon Hyuk fights back tears — if the President had only told him this from the start, he would have understood. “What makes me truly sad, Father, is that you couldn’t trust me.” The President answers that it wasn’t because he didn’t trust him, but rather because of the wrong he himself had committed: “I’m truly sorry for making you so lonely all these years.”

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Hye Rin informs Tae Joo that her father is ready to hand over the department store to them. Out for drinks with his hyung, Tae Joo muses at his good luck, not sounding too particularly happy. It feels too easy. Tae Joo admits: “I feel suffocated. It’s like someone’s hands are tightening around my throat.”

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On his way home, Tae Joo runs into Eun Soo in their apartment hallway. They exchange brief nods before she leaves, and Tae Joo heads to his apartment… but turns back around to chase after her, finding her waiting for the elevator.

He grabs her in a hug, begging her, “I’m truly sorry for letting you go. Let’s run away. Let’s not think of anything else, just leave everything, and run somewhere.”

After a moment in his arms, Eun Soo pulls away, and tells him to stop. “Don’t hurt others anymore. I’m tired of this. Even in ten, twenty years… even if you see me on the street… act like you don’t know me. Lets not meet ever again. Forget everything.”

In the confines of the elevator, Eun Soo cries, just as Tae Joo does, on the other side of the elevator doors……

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Joon Hyuk quits his job at the company, to the displeasure of Director Choi, who demands to know what Joon Hyuk was up to. Was he just playing, this whole time? Joon Hyuk says it was more like he was using him. Just like Director Choi used his father.

Later that night, he arrives home and is both surprised and relieved to see Eun Soo there, despite her earlier appeal to spend time apart. Joon Hyuk tells her of a new job opportunity in the States, and expresses his desire to start over new with her, in a place where nobody knows them. Forget everything and begin again.

Over drinks, Hye Rin tells Joon Hyuk that although it’s not the proper thing to say, she can’t help but be relieved he’s leaving. Although she thought things would be better after Joon Hyuk and Eun Soo married, she’s still uneasy, and it’ll help knowing that Eun Soo’s far away from Tae Joo. Joon Hyuk admits it’s not easy dealing with someone who’s by your side but emotionally miles away… and Hye Rin assures him that she’s not that sentimental. She just needs Tae Joo by her side.

Joon Hyuk warns her not to make the same mistake he did. Hye Rin: “Do you regret it?” Joon Hyuk: “Even as I regret it, I don’t want to let her go.” Hye Rin tells him that over time, everything gets better. All you have to do is wait it out.

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Ji Soo reacts to news of Eun Soo’s upcoming move with hurt and anger. She can’t believe Eun Soo’s not even going to wait for her to be discharged from the hospital. Fighting back tears, Ji Soo tells her, “When I got better, I was so looking forward to spending time with you. Going places and enjoying ourselves. What is this?” Eun Soo, obviously feeling bad but attempting to hold back her own tears, tells her Ji Soo can always come visit in the States. Ji Soo’s not having it though, and says as her tears spill over, “Han Eun Soo. Why’d you even get married?” Ji Soo buries herself under her blanket while Eun Soo tries not to think too hard about that question……

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Hye Rin calls Tae Joo to a board meeting, where they’ll make the announcement that they’re taking over management of the company. As Hye Rin waits, Tae Joo comes to the meeting room, hesitating for a long moment in front of the doors…

…before he makes a decision, turns around, and throws away his employee badge….


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… stepping into the sunlight, walking away from the department store and all its trappings.


(And never have I been more relieved to hear the song “Moonlight” by W & Whale.)

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Hye Rin makes an educated guess and arrives at Tae Joo’s apartment, demanding to know what’s up. Tae Joo tells her he just can’t go through with it:

Tae Joo: “I thought I could win over my feelings… but that won’t work. I can’t do it.”
Hye Rin: “So what are you going to do? Is Eun Soo going to come to you now? The woman who’s about to leave for the States?”
Tae Joo: “That isn’t what’s important.”
Hye Rin: “Then what is important?”
Tae Joo: “Whether you believe me or not, it won’t work because of you.”
Hye Rin: “Don’t make excuses.”
Tae Joo: “It’s not an excuse. Because I know how you feel, I can’t continue on, deceiving you.”
Hye Rin: “Do it anyway. Have I asked for anything from you? Just be by my side. What’s so hard about that? You can have the life you want. Everything you wanted has come true. Why act like this now?”
Tae Joo: “Because this isn’t the end. We have our lives ahead of us. What’s the point in acting like this is the end of the road?”
Hye Rin: “No. I can’t.”
Tae Joo: “It’s my fault for selling out my honesty, and yours for insisting honesty’s something we don’t need. Now that we’ve seen our mistakes, we should stop now. Nothing good will come of us going any further.”

Tae Joo continues: “Why does someone like you, with so much love, with so much passion, act like this is the end of the world?” He tells her that if she’d taken their relationship lightly, he could have handled it… but knowing how she feels, he can’t continue. “Let’s end this. While we can escape, let’s escape. We have to, Hye Rin.”

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At the airport, Eun Soo and Joon Hyuk prepare to leave for the U.S. Eun Soo takes a moment to make a final phone call to Ji Soo, while Joon Hyuk watches her with what appears to be a mix of contemplation and sadness. When she finishes her phone call, Joon Hyuk tells her: “Thank you. For coming this far with me. Even until just a moment ago, I kept hesitating. I wondered if I should just close my eyes and take you away with me. Maybe this is for my good, or for yours, but this doesn’t feel right.”

Eun Soo asks what he’s talking about, and Joon Hyuk tamps down his emotions as he tells her:

Joon Hyuk: “I don’t have the confidence to keep living always looking at your back. That’s too damaging.”
Eun Soo: “I’ll try hard.”
Joon Hyuk: “It might’ve been different if we hadn’t known, but we both know all too well. Even if we cross the Pacific Ocean, it’ll keep us apart. You’re not leaving me, I’m leaving you, so don’t feel sorry. For coming this far with me — for leaving the sister you’ve valued so much to come here with me — I’ll be satisfied with that… Let’s not meet again. I don’t have the confidence to be able to see you again. What if I weaken my resolve and hold onto you?… So, if you see me around somewhere, act like you don’t know me.”
Eun Soo: “I’m sorry, for making you lonely. I’m so sorry for hurting you.”

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And TWO YEARS LATER…..

Hye Rin is doing well in her job, still at World Department Store. She meets up with Joon Hyuk for drinks the night he returns to Korea. They catch up on old times and discuss what happened between him and Eun Soo, and her and Tae Joo. Hye Rin asks why he and Eun Soo split up, and Joon Hyuk replies that he got tired of living next to someone whose feelings were far away. Hye Rin expresses her curiosity to know whatever happened to Tae Joo and Eun Soo… and has called Tae Joo to meet them for that reason.

Joon Hyuk’s not pleased to hear Tae Joo will be joining them, and asks why Hye Rin waited so long to meet with him if she was so curious about his life. She answers that she wasn’t ready to face him alone, so is using this as a good opportunity to face him.

Tae Joo looks good, and is glad to see them. Nobody has kept in touch very much over the past two years. Tae Joo’s working for an event planning firm, and although his company works closely with World Department Store, he and Hye Rin have never met. But the mood is light and casual — time really does heal.

Hye Rin asks about Eun Soo, and Tae Joo admits he doesn’t know. He heard vaguely that she’s running some kind of Internet shopping business in Seoul, but doesn’t know much more — that much he learned from his hyung, who still keeps in contact with Ji Soo. Hye Rin says half-jokingly that it makes her feel better knowing they didn’t end up together, but asks why he never tried to contact Eun Soo. Tae Joo answers: “Because she said she didn’t want to see me. She asked me not to even recognize her if we passed each other in the street, so I figured I should at least observe her last request.”

After Hye Rin leaves, the men stay behind for another round. Joon Hyuk asks why Tae Joo broke up with Hye Rin, and Tae Joo answers: “Because I felt it was wrong to her. She needs a good person who’ll love her. And being a chaebol [tycoon]… On the outside, it seems impressive and grand, but being on the inside, I found it wasn’t my style. It’s a headache. I hate complicated things.”

Joon Hyuk admits that he and Eun Soo didn’t work out because he realized you can’t force fate. But he’d always thought Eun Soo and Tae Joo would get back together.

Tae Joo: “It seems love depends on timing. Eun Soo and I let our chance go.”
Joon Hyuk: “Why?”
Tae Joo: “Because I was foolish.”
Joon Hyuk: “Yeah, you’re a foolish guy. Did you really believe her when she asked for you not to recognize her even if you crossed paths? That’s her asking you to recognize her, whenever and whenever you meet again, you idiot.”

Joon Hyuk speaks from his own experience, having made that same request of Eun Soo two years ago, and the realization dawns on Tae Joo that Joon Hyuk’s right.

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That night, on his way home, Tae Joo thinks he sees Eun Soo in the neighborhood, and pursues her. Running through the neighborhood, he eventually loses sight of her, only to turn around and find her standing right in front of him. (Unfortunately, she’s wearing perhaps the most ill-conceived set of hair extensions since Britney shaved hers off in a fit of insanity. Jung Yoo Mi is actually quite a beautiful young woman, but her awful hair looks like a middle-aged woman’s mullet. You couldn’t just give her a wig?)

They exchange brief pleasantries and catch up, happy to have run into each other. Ji Soo’s healthy and studying to enter university in the next year, and her mother’s well, working in a neighborhood beauty salon. Tae Joo’s still living in the same apartment — he’s comfortable there.

After a brief pause, he asks if she’s dating anyone these days. She’s not exactly dating someone, but there’s a guy who keeps asking her out. Tae Joo asks if he’s good-looking. Eun Soo: “He’s not as good-looking as you, but he’s all right.” Tae Joo: “It’s not easy finding someone as good-looking as me, you know.” She asks if he’s dating anyone, and he replies that he’s as popular as ever, but he’s getting tired of it these days — he must really be turning in to an ajusshi.

Tae Joo: “I wanted to meet up with you one of these days. Now that I have, I’m satisfied.” As her bus pulls up and she turns to go, he stops her with: “Thanks. It was the first time for me. I think that’s why I was so confused and awkward. Really, thanks. I wanted to tell you that.”

Although their short conversation has been pleasant and friendly, after Eun Soo leaves, Tae Joo’s walk back home is flooded with old memories… of her tearfully confessing her feelings for him, of their first date, of their round-and-round twirling… Eun Soo, likewise, is caught up in the sudden onslaught of old feelings.

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Down-spirited, Tae Joo makes his way back to his own apartment, only to see Eun Soo awaiting his return just outside his doorway. Just like the day they first met.

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And they’re back at the start… only without all the foolish mistakes they’ve made in the past, because of the lessons they’ve now learned…
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…and maybe this time, they’ll make it.

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Final Thoughts:

To be honest, as the episode drew to a close, I started to worry that the ending would be unsatisfying, or even — gasp! — boring. But the ending scene, and the circular, same-but-not-same sequence at Tae Joo’s apartment, was unexpectedly touching.

No matter how you see these people — however you may dislike the choices they’ve made and the pain they’ve inflicted from their selfishness — each person eventually chose to take the better path. Tae Joo chose not to take Hye Rin’s wealth, not for his own sake but for hers. Joon Hyuk let Eun Soo go, and did not pursue the path of blackmail and coercion of his adopted father. I loved that each couple chose to break up NOT because of feelings for other people, but because of the inherent failings of the relationships. Tae Joo and Hye Rin were going to fail regardless of whatever happened with Joon Hyuk and Eun Soo, and likewise for the other couple. I’m relieved that Tae Joo’s liberation from his job — and the chokehold of promised riches (at the price of his personal dignity) — came of his own volition, and was a choice independent of his feelings for Eun Soo.

Furthermore, everyone went on to live relatively fulfilling lives, even after they’d all lost their respective loves. Because life goes on, and you deal, and if you’re very, very lucky, you get a second chance.

This was a mature, thoughtful, challenging drama, which caught me completely off-guard and won me over with its insights, its emotion, its realism, and its understated, naturalistic but powerful acting. Que Sera Sera will not suit everyone’s taste — but for those of us who fell in love, I’m confident it has left a lasting impression.

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108 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Bunde

    This last episode was very nicely done. Shows could end for the sake of just ending them. But, this one tied things up nicely together. Even to the very end, I thought TJ and ES would not be together and say ‘que sera, sera’.

    The last scene was fantastic! Yes, and the cirular ending was great.

  2. hanna

    What the deuce. i felt like i went on a super roller coaster like askdfjaieaadkfjad1234123 times. i like the ending. keeps me in suspense. now, if this were a japanese drama, there’d be a Que Sera sera II, where tae joo and eun soo get married, blah blah. i think i’m driving myself to insanity, it’s 12:17 and i should go to sleep………..

  3. princess

    wow! this is really the best episode and it was a good drama series…. tnx 4 posting!

  4. gail

    wow. i haven’t even seen the drama (i stopped watching half-way into the first episode), but this ending really caught me. i loved loved how each couple broke up because of the inherent issues in the relationship. And that 2-year gap is used very very wisely.

    and of course, i loved the return-to-the-first-meeting kind of ending. this last episode, even if only through your summary, really touched me.

    maybe i will watch QSS in the future. maybe i won’t. but it has left an impression on me. i feel like i’ve watched the series all along. :)

  5. Ericku

    Phew … I’m glad .. I have been worry for QSS ending and now I smile and have a little happy tears knowing TJ and ES back together ..

    Thanks Javabeans and all QSS-ers for your support to this drama … everyone AJA AJA FIGHTING!!!!! ^^

  6. jo

    Erm the ending it’s quite disapointing cos there’s not too much suspens in it..But anyway i do enjoy the drama.. i think eric has impoved a lot in acting… Thanks javabeans i think you can become a great writer cos you can write drama summary pretty good!!!!

  7. kas

    It was amazing. :]
    Ahhh the ending. Thank you!

  8. Anonymous

    Hi Javabeans,

    Was checking your blog to read your summary cos the one I watched was not subbed.

    Although I am glad that they had a second chance, but somehow I feel that it could have ended better. Is it just me or did I miss something? Why Eun Soon was able to arrive at his apartment before he did when she was up in the bus, and went quite a distance, while Tae Joo was just downstairs his apartment. How could she have gotten to his apartment without passing him by?? Just a thought.

    Another thing is, I assume that Eun Soon moved out of that apartment? Don’t remember seeing or hearing that part of the conversation in previous episodes. Was it when Eun Soon paid for their apartment rental for 2 years? But was meant for a new apartment, not the old one?

    Overall, it was a great drama with fantastic acting from all the leads, especially Eric. We feel for each and everyone of the protagonists. There was drama, character development, and the emotional arc of the characters were great. We could all identify with temptations and choices that we have to make in life.

    Thanks for your awesome summaries and insights. I am gonna miss this drama. Every week I waited in anticipation of the new episodes.

  9. javabeans

    Anon #8, Tae Joo took his time getting back to his apartment — they show him standing still for quite a while in the street, as he remembers how he and Eun Soo formerly walked that path happily on their first date. I presume he lingered so long on his way home that he took his time returning.

    Yes, Eun Soo did move out of her apartment, but she knew Tae Joo was still living in the same unit, because he mentioned it in their brief conversation. So, she knew where to find him.

    Hope that clears up some of the logic points for you.

  10. 10 TB

    Javabeans, I love love love your screen-caps, always make sense. Pictures speak more than words, and on top of that your words speak more than what anyone can express about this drama, so thanks, zillion times.

    (Uri Jisoo, in your cap, is as beautiful as ever, even when she cries, just adorable, can you please send me the pic pix of it?)

  11. 11 wandergirl

    I’ve been waiting for this!

    QSS has certainly been a treat to watch. Satisfying and realistic ending, I must say. Simple ending perhaps? But I agree, very touching.

  12. 12 its_trish

    That was quick! Thank you for your summary ^^
    I am very glad that both men made the right decision of letting their respective others go.. This drama is very touching. The ending was inspired.

  13. 13 Sally

    Thanks for all the recaps Javabeans!!

    Though I liked the happy ending, I really dislike those “2 years later” type deals. It feels… somewhat of a cop-out or I guess it just seems to ruin the flow. I think anything over 3 months is too much.

    Because in 2 years, so much can happen and change. And it always makes me wonder what they are doing in those 2 years. I mean, just work in introspection? Seems so unlikely.

    Anyway, overall I’m glad it ended on a happy note, but I totally agree it’s bittersweet. Wish they had more lovey-dovey scenes :)

  14. 14 Joey

    The airport scene where JH was letting out all his emotions was incredible! I loved how he played out those feelings. And how up until the very end ES still wanted to stay by his side given what he’d put her through. ES knew it in her heart as well that it’d be too painful to go on with their relationship. It was so touching and sad to hear the truth from him, it shows that we must really follow our hearts in the end.

    As for the ending was satisfying..but I thought it could have been better. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the part where he poked her and all, but I was thinking they could have met in the elevator and it’d be jammed again and they’d share another kiss hehe just like the first kiss they had. But hey, that’s just me in my own little world..haha

    Anyhow, thank you all this time for your time and effort in never disappointing us in your summaries and thoughts. Very much appreciated!! 😉 Absolutely LOVED this drama, haven’t seen anything like this in a while. Now I’ve got to find and grow to love another drama haha!

    THANKS again Javabeans!

  15. 15 Sally

    Quick question, but how long are these dramas when they are aired on TV? For example, Hello Miss’s run time is about 1 hours and a few minutes. So what’s the air time + commercials on TV? Is it 2 hours (that would mean 1 hours of commercials!).

    And is prime time in Korean also 8 to 10 PM?

  16. 16 wintergal

    Even though I didn’t watch QSS, but I’ve been following the episode summaries for it since ep7. Very interesting storyline and fresh, too. I might, one day, watch this drama. Thanks for the summaries!

  17. 17 @Mayday@

    If there were some kiss in the elevator???
    Hmm…. it would be so sweet but also weird too..
    Because I still belive that they still have a little shame for what they’ve done
    to each other…. It’s too weird to do such a sexual thing like that….
    This ending is very Satisfied me ^^…..

  18. 18 Ghalia

    I’m glad it ended well 😀
    Thank you sooo much javabeans for your summaries, they made me love QSS even more!
    Haha I wasn’t even watching all episodes, reading your summaries were just like watching them, if not more enjoyable XD!

  19. 19 Mics

    bravo QSS!!! And thank you so much Javabeans =D I loved this drama from beginning to end!

  20. 20 lollipop2000

    Oh My! Very pleased with the way everything ties together in the end. I am so looking forward to buying the dvds and enjoy the whole series again. Thanks Javabeans for the wonderful recaps and being so fast with them. Will definitely keep an eye on future blogs. Wonder what’s next for you to recap on.

  21. 21 docmitasha

    And so they overcome what is worst in them and show the true human spirit by reaching for the good. Bravo! :)
    Thank you QSS!
    And thank you Javabeans….

  22. 22 ginnie

    Hi Sarah,

    I started just crying reading your summary….can’t articulate anything…

    but wanted to say Thank you for everything you did for Que Sera, Sera and for your time and honesty.

    I’ll come back later to post….

    Just like the last episode is about “letting go”……
    It is hard for me to let go…of their story and pain.

    ginnie

  23. 23 Gin

    They really tied the whole thing up beautifully. I love the ending. It was very refreshing and it marked a whole new fresh start for both Eun Soo and Tae Joo. After so much that had happened, we know now that they would finally be able to start a true and honest relationship with each other. And boy, have they grown from that childish, foolish people they once were. It really surprises me because there were several issues in their relationships which I found myself being able to relate to and understand. Loved your summaries, loved QSS! Thanks javabeans!

  24. 24 Jean D

    Im so happy of the ending. Good Tae Jo realized that money is not everything. After all they are victims of Hatred.

    Thank You Javabeans without your summaries we did not enjoy this much…

  25. 25 Grace

    all back to where they started….so sweet eventhough I havent watch the last episode, just by reading your summary i can feel the bittersweet feeling! lol Thanks for taking some time to do this. By the way I love Clazziquai- Again. Do you know where can i download it? Thanks!

  26. 26 IceBerg

    Absolutely love the ending. It’s nearly perfect for me.
    QSS will always last in my memory.
    I think KTJ is really really lucky. He gets a THIRD chance already.
    Don’t blow it this time, man. Otherwise, I’m the one who gonna kick your ass.
    I don’t know if only I feel this way or not but during the last 5-6 episodes,
    I have the same feeling like the time when I watched Alone In Love.
    It’s so similar in many things. Mature, thoughtful, intense but I can’t stop
    watching it. Maybe I’m starting to get old now that I like these kinds of drama 😛
    Anyway, thank you very much for the summary. I can’t understand this drama
    without you since I don’t understand Korean. You make my day.
    Really really thank you again :)

  27. 27 jade

    thanks again for the summary!
    QSS will go down in history as one of my most-loved K-dramas. :)

  28. 28 Nihao

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !! I wanted Joon Hyuk and Hye Rin to get back toghether !!!!!!!

    The ending whould have be perfect !!! (“>o

  29. 29 Nihao

    Well, I can’t be that sad as Tae Joo is back with Eun Soo !! ^^

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu so much for this summary !!! You’re the best !! Luv ya !!! (O’3’O)

  30. 30 addicted

    How perfectly fitting that they ended right where they started. Sigh. My heart grows heavy knowing that I’ll be quite lonely on the weekends now without the pining for QSS. It was simply an incredible kdrama to follow.
    Thank you Javabeans for this blog! You’re now officially my Kdrama guru and will follow all your kdrama picks. I just finished Soulmate and what a mindblowing series it was. SO ridiculously PERFECT. By far surpasses ALL Kdramas that are out there, I even dare say QSS. What a shame there’s NO english subbed DVD versions out for a non-Korean speaking addict like myself. If anyone knows of one, PLEASE let me know immeditately.
    Thank YOU again for everything.

  31. 31 javabeans

    Ty – ?????, ? ??? ????? ?? ???? ?? ?????

    How interesting!

    According to the excerpted script that Ty has posted from the last scene, apparently the writers and the PD intended to leave us with a more open-ended moment between Tae Joo and Eun Soo. They have said that it’s right to interpret that scene as wondering whether Tae Joo has really seen Eun Soo sleeping in his doorway, or if it’s part of his imagination.

    The final part of the script describes the scene mostly as we have seen it, up until Tae Joo pokes at Eun Soo with his finger, and she awakes. A smile lights up his face, and onscreen, only Tae Joo’s face is seen. Whether this Eun Soo is the real Eun Soo, or the one from his memories, cannot be known.

    (I must admit I prefer the way I originally saw the scene! That’ll be the way I remember it. 😉 )

  32. 32 knuts

    I wonder what Ty in post 30 is saying. Is there an angel around to translate that for us? Many thanks in advance.

  33. 33 Ty

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  34. 34 ginnie

    Hi Sarah,

    I read that from Chinese forum too. That this might be all his imagination. =)
    and I am also with you…I prefer to remember this the way I saw it live.

    It is way too cruel to have Tae Joo imagined all this and realized he really imagined all this. That realization would have been heartbreaking…But I think that’s why Eric told a fan that the ending is a “sad ending”…

    But we all interpret it differently I guess. We want a happy ending so badly!

  35. 35 Anonymous

    Miscarriage? What a horribly obvious and convienient plot device >

  36. 36 XENA...

    I have been purposely avoiding posting here. Perhaps I have been timidly selfish enough to presume that if I delayed posting I would delay the closure of, in away having to bid farewell to ‘que sera sera’. Irrational, I’m aware.

    And if I were to be brutally honest, I just can’t seem to gather how I feel about the last couple of episodes.

    It’s preposterous to proclaim, but it broke my heart and left me in a funk. Furthermore I cannot seem to be able to articulate or pin-point exactly why. So, I shall not go there!!!

    Performance-wise Han Eun Soo, Kang Tae Joo and Shin Joon Hyuk excelled in this finale. The scene with Joon Hyuk and his father was long overdue! I kicked myself for not acknowledging his loneliness, sooner. The scene with a broken, tortured Tae Joo and Eun Soo, simultaneously screeching for all they were and are, left me in a state of numbness… He cried, she cried, I cried. He screamed, she screamed, I screamed. You get the picture. At one point I simply could not swallow, without difficulty. The release they guarded themselves from was much demanded, for them as well as for me, it seemed. The scene with Joon Hyuk and Eun Soo at the airport; ‘he thought she loved him, he was wrong, life goes on’… You silly misguided fools! (Man, aren’t we all?)

    By the end of the episode I hated them all. But don’t misunderstand my self-reasoning; I hated them because I truly adored them. I myself am prone to heightened levels of melodrama, you know!!!

    So a very emotional adieu QSS :)

    And thank-you JavaBeans, without you and the promptness of your gorgeous, detailed, scrumptious summaries I would never even have attempted to sit through QSS. The knowledge of this blog left me with the security that I was not venturing into it completely alone or clueless for that matter, lol.

    PS oh what, are you trying to drive me insane with such a sadistic implication that for some reason Kang Tae Joo has manifested his reconciliation with Han Eun Soo?

    My eyes, my eyes!!! I did not just read that…

    Was that intention ‘kept’ or scrapped?

  37. 37 javabeans

    Xena and ginnie, in my mind that intention is merely an intention. If it didn’t make itself apparent when I watched the scene, it isn’t a part of MY interpretation of the ending.

    So in short, I will keep myself in denial. Tae Joo and Eun Soo MAY not live happily ever after — I’m satisfied leaving that question unanswered — but they do get another chance to try.

  38. 38 Ter

    ^Up there, that was me. Anyways, I like the circular way it ended. It’s touching and creative. But overall this drama gets a “meh” from me. The characters were pretty unlikeable (which would have been FINE if it wasn’t obvious that the writers were trying to arouse sympathy for Eun Soo when it really wasn’t merited). I could see the miscarriage coming from a mile away, and while people seem to see it as a symbol or representation of how wrong their relationships were and how it wouldn’t work out, I really see it as a conveinient plot device. Throw in a baby to make things more complicated and interesting… and then throw it out when you realize its not going to make your little everyone-washes-their-hands-of-their-wrong-relationship ending work with a baby in the equation.

  39. 39 XENA...

    Javabeans, I’m petrified because that uneasy crappy feeling of the perfect utopia didn’t sit well with me at all. I hate to admit it but I also pondered whilst watching that moment as to whether or not it wasn’t all just a figment of his imagination. But I dismissed it as too perverse to fathom.

    Reading a repetition of that doubt now has truly rattled me. :(

  40. 40 javabeans

    Ter, normally i’d hate the miscarriage plot contrivance, but I was actually okay with it here, because it wasn’t an excuse for any of the plot resolutions. The baby wasn’t the reason JH and ES couldn’t work, or that ES couldn’t be with TJ, because she refused him even after she’d lost the baby. And they didn’t run back to each other the instant they broke up with their respective partners either, which is another reason I actually liked the “two years later” time skip here, although i usually dislike that device. I think everyone needed to get on with their lives before they (namely Eun Soo and Tae Joo) could even attempt to try again. But you’re free to hate it, of course.

    Xena, the reason I’m okay believing Eun Soo’s really there is because even so, the ending is bittersweet enough. It’s not a perfect happy ending — even if she came back and they got back together, there are no guarantees. So to have it be imaginary is too much.

    Also, I don’t believe the PD/writers are saying that it definitely IS Tae Joo’s imagination. I think what they’re saying is, it’s definitely possible to read it either way.

  41. 41 XENA...

    javabeans, you’re right!

    I also want to believe that Eun Soo was there because I felt it was an ending befitting with the drama. If I were to entertain the latter ending/interpretation I feel I would be reaching and admitting that Tae Joo has ‘lost his marbles’ and I seriously do not want to undermine the character in such away!

  42. 42 javabeans

    oh, and to TB and Grace regarding downloading images or songs — all you have to do is right-click on the picture/song title and select “save as”/”save image as.”

  43. 43 mangoicy

    oh.my.lord. did i just read that?

    *erasing my memory*

    Yes, I will believe what I want to believe. Who the heck prefers the stupid alternate interpretation anyway? *stomps scripwriter’s left foot!*

    ~excuse my language, i’m just fuming with anger right now~

    Now let me go back to my sweet dream and forget what I just read.

  44. 44 ginnie

    Xena and Mangoicy,

    There are people who prefer to have the alternate ending.

    They prefer to have Eun Soo suffer from the consequences of her action marrying Joon Hyuk and have Tae Joo “lose his marbles” because he started this chain reaction of pains involving all four lives. Some claim that both of them are too lucky if they were given another chance.

    These are usually the people who pity Joon Hyuk and Hyerin mostly. Plus, they do not like Tae Joo and/or Eun Soo.

    I’ve also read similar criticism about “pregnancy” plot being too easily used in this storyline by the writer. To have Eun Soo pregnant and lose the baby too easily.

    I am glad that the last episode is done in the following sequence:

    Miscarriage –> Eun Soo rejecting Tae Joo —> Tae Joo rejecting Hyerin –> Joon Hyuk rejecting Eun Soo

    This sequence means that the miscarriage did not unite TJ/ES, TaeJoo’s Letting Go wasn’t motivated by Eun Soo, Eun Soo leaving with Joon Hyuk isn’t motivated by a baby and Tae Joo.

    Would the plot have worked though if the baby wasn’t included in the first place?
    Why include a baby in the plot?

  45. 45 mangoicy

    Ginnie,

    I can only think of one reason of why they even included a baby in the plot, and that is solely to mislead the viewers. Oh yes, the young and the naivetes.. And we never learned from our mistakes, did we? We kept wishing that the baby was TaeJoo’s.

    Other than that, I don’t see the significance of her short-pregnancy. TaeJoo’s shocked reaction didn’t last long enough to mean anything other than.. well, shocked. JoongHyuk’s uplifting spirit only amounted to not-very-much before his jealousy came back and haunted him… and ironically killed the baby.

    So yeah, the answer is in the mind of the manipulative writer.

  46. 46 javabeans

    To be slightly less cynical, although I can see how this argument may seem apologist, I think the pregnancy did have a purpose. Its loss caused Joon Hyuk to realize how much his own selfishness to possess Eun Soo had harmed her. And it surely played a part in convincing him he had to let her go, for both of their sakes.

  47. 47 ginnie

    Tae Joo: Fine. Let’s go. Let’s take this all the way. Let’s check for ourselves what lies at that end. I won’t be like this anymore, either. Because I’ve suddenly become very curious. to know how you’ll do this, in what manner you’ll live out this decision. I’ll wait and see clearly for myself.

    —-

    I kept thinking about Tae Joo line in episodes before (quoted above).

    Could it be this reason for the baby plot?

    He was challenging Eun Soo to go as far as she could. He wanted to know in what manner she’ll live out her decision. And she proved to him that she’ll go FAR, even to have a baby with the man she does not love.

    That’s why Tae Joo was shocked. He never believed she loves Joon Hyuk and never thought that she’ll really go that far to hurt herself….which in the end hurts Joon Hyuk, Tae Joo and Hyerin as well. Ahh..another chain reaction of events.

    I can see why Xena hates them all for their silly mistakes. I think the PD / writers/ Actors were really bold to take up this project about really flawed characters and really bad decisions made especially Eric and Yoo Mi. They are not very likable relative to the usual main leads in other K-dramas. However, I can tell that Lee Kyu Han’s character is the most perfect of them all. He has the least flaws and even chose to let go generously in the end.

  48. 48 Bunde

    One note is that miscarriage happens so much in the first trimester. Some couples wait to announce for that reason. I sometimes wondered whether JH should have made it so public and felt so certain. I suppose some people can’t wait to celebrate in open while some do.

  49. 49 simi

    Reading everyone’s comments just shows how much QSS has captured our minds and hearts. I never expected to become enraptured by a drama that’s both real and unflinching in it’s portrayal. It’s messy and frustrating just like life, and if we’re really, really lucky…we might get our second chance too. And all this just from reading Javabeans blog!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful summaries!!!

  50. 50 Ter

    On the topic of the miscarriage– no matter the reason for the break-ups in the relationships, the fresh-start ending would still make the baby awfully conveinient. And while Joon Hyuk and Eun Soo didn’t break up because of the miscarraige (I’m sure the writers saw that would have been beyond amature), it still made the break ups heck of a lot easier and much less consequential than it would have been with a baby in the picture.

    Haha, I’m starting to feel like a troll, but, honestly, I perfer the alternate ending. But its not because I dislike Eun Soo or Tae Joo (although, just in case it wasn’t obvious, I do); its because if its his imagination, it makes for a much more poignant and realistic ending. I love its tone. It would almost make up for the convienient miscarraige, because the alternate ending itself is not convienient or happy or particularly clean; at the same time, its not cynical or defeatist. It’s bittersweet; it’s not perfect like a fresh-new-start, but its still infused with hope and good-will without throwing away the weight of their painful history nor exculding the POSSIBILITY of a new start. Oh, and I don’t think it would mean Tae Joo’s gone insane either; the camera would be showing what Tae Joo was imagining, and Tae Joo would be smiling at the memory, not because he believe she’s actually there.

    Hmm…how odd that my feelings for Eun Soo have changed so much… I used to like her a lot, and sympathize with her the most (and I certianly liked her infintely better than Tae Joo). Now its the other way around. I think its because the writers made it abundantly clear that Tae Joo was NO ONE’S victim but his own, and this made me sympathize with him more (as well as Hye Rin and Joon Hyuk).

  51. 51 lyca

    que sera sera stil not over yet for me, hehehee, coz i’m waiting for the subs.

    meanwhile i kept reading the blog from javabeans just to keep me in track.

    i loved ur summaries, i’ve learnt a lot, i’ve gained a lot. i can see from a different perspective now, this drama not only teach me how to face this cruel world and also nobody is perfect.

    bcoz of our imperfection we made mistakes and we learn from it.

    this id the first drama i’ve been into so much, even i cannot understan korean i still watch the episode without subs and patiently wait.

    it’s been a pleasure reading all ur comments here and at the que sera sera tread.
    wist good luck for the production company, casts, crews and last but noy least the viewers, readers, fan, all.

    i wish all of u good luck in whatever ur’re doing. que sera sera, whatever will be, will be alright.

  52. 52 ginnie

    Sarah..I feel as if I am haunting your blog. =)

    ——————————————————————————

    The final part of the script describes the scene mostly as we have seen it, up until Tae Joo pokes at Eun Soo with his finger, and she awakes. A smile lights up his face, and onscreen, only Tae Joo’s face is seen. Whether this Eun Soo is the real Eun Soo, or the one from his memories, cannot be known.

    ——————————————————————————

    The part where it said …ONLY TAE JOO’S FACE IS SEEN.

    However, in the last episode, we saw Eun Soo’s head at the corner of the screen.

    This script might be the earliest version of the script..and from reading your interview with the Fantasy Couple PD…scripts are being altered all the time.

    It is possible that the script was altered because it makes it more obvious that it was TJ’s imagination if it was ONLY HIS SMILING FACE. They’ve added Eun Soo’s smiling face and tears plus it showed her on the screen with Tae Joo smiling, not just his face. =)

    I am curious what the actors thought when they were making that scene. I’ll be afraid to ask that question…just in case…Tae Joo aka Eric tells me in my face that it was his imagination..teehee…

  53. 53 mangoicy

    “I am curious what the actors thought when they were making that scene. I’ll be afraid to ask that questionjust in caseTae Joo aka Eric tells me in my face that it was his imagination..teehee”

    Ginnie, if I have Eric stood right in front of me, I wouldn’t be paying attention to what he’s saying. I’d be lost in my own mind, tilted my head and grinned like an idiot. LOL.

    Back to business, I do agree with what you’re saying – self denial mode, on -. For me, when TaeJoo poked her, twice I might add, that was his (and our) assurance that he wasn’t imagining things. EunSoo was there in the flesh. He doubted his own sight at first, so he poked at her, then he had that relieved smile, and that’s how we knew that she was real *okay.. i’m totally repeating what i’ve just said. Can’t you see how frustrating this is?!*

    It might be just a smart publicity stunt to keep the hype up, for all we know. Whatever it is, from the number of responses we have here, I think it’s working.

  54. 54 ginnie

    Mangoicy,

    I’ve completely forgotten about that. LOL. I am too engrossed with Tae Joo now.
    *confused*

    However, if I could muster enough resistance to faint or smile giddily, I really want to ask the actors about QSS. I have so many questions. I wish there is more coverage on them as actors and how they went through filming of QSS.

  55. 55 SUNAMMA

    GOD!!
    I’M SO RELIEF NOW TO KNOW THAT THEY ENDED UP TOGETHER AS THIS QUESTION WAS KILLING ME. IT WAS A NICE DRAMA WHERE THE EACH CHARACTER WAS WELLY POTRAIT. I WISH THERE WAS SOME ONE LIKE TAE JOO FOR ME[BOO…..]
    THANKS TO YOU JAVABEANS FOR EVERY DETAIL YOU HAVE WRITTEN FOR US TO READ…..
    N’D THIS DRAMA IS DRIVING ME CRAZY FOR ERIC. I REALLY REALLY LOVED HIM.

    P.S = “TUMBS UP TO YA JAVABEANS”
    LOVE YOU mmuuaahhh…..

  56. 56 Grace

    now i get it! Thanks javabeans. I’m a computer illiterate haha

  57. 57 Marzy

    Sarah!~ ginnie, mangoicy,xena Qssers!! im sooo stupid.i forgot to press submit! lol.i just realized it wheni read back lol. wow about that alternate ending.true enough,peoplecan interpret it many ways. but i like that happy,touching and circular meaning.like before in the thread,its true the ending not too happy but learned.bittersweetin some ways.hahhaha i love how they closed this series.its never typical.

    I am curious what the actors thought when they were making that scene. I’ll be afraid to ask that questionjust in caseTae Joo aka Eric tells me in my face that it was his imagination..teehee

    oh to that,im thinking YooMi is thinking whats up with the hair. ahhaha and eric is like i coulda done better.hahhaa but also if that was me id be staring at eric with this grin. oh like running to him forcing him not to speak.lol.

    THANkS SARAH!! for all the songs,transcripts etc. wonder what’s next.;D fighting!!

  58. 58 melissa

    When i saw her get on the bus and him start walking home and thinking of all of their memories, i knew she was going to end up waiting at his door like the first time they met, it just made more sense to end it that way and also raise the question of was it tae joo’s imagination or not? I like how you can kinda make ur own ending

    I also liked the 2 yr laps also, because it gave them all time to heal and think about their own situations and lives, instead of eun soo and tae joo getting together right after all of the break ups…at that point after all the breakups i just felt tae joo did not deserve to be with eun soo because he was just thinking to selfishly, because it just seemed he always was getting what he wanted in a way…the two yr laps just worked better in this drama

    I was wondering exactly what would happen to end the show, what would happen to everyone, i was a bit scared to see how it ends but i am glad at how they ended it.

    All together, i really enjoyed watching this drama and its ending was very unlike a lot of dramas i have seen, 5 stars all the way from me!

    -Melissa

  59. 59 Ivory

    oOOoo.. I’m so jealous that all of you have gotten to see all of the episodes! I just bought the series from Ebay and will finish watching the series in a few days…or weeks! Thanks Javabeans for writing all your thought provoking summaries. I literally watched all the later epsides without subtitles and then paused it a coupla times to go back and read your summaries so that I would get the gist of the story!

    Overall, I was very satisfied with the ending…either way actually (TJ and ES reuniting in the end OR TJ imagining that ES was at his doorway). I would like to think back to what you said sometime a while ago about a promise of future happiness…did you say it? I hope you did…Cuz even if ES didn’t end up at TJ’s doorway, perhaps we can go on to assume that TJ’s crazy enough about ES now to go after her no matter what. I like the open ended ending because then it makes it seem as though (for the fans) that these lovely characters go on living even after the show’s ended. It’s not happily after…it’s the promise of future happiness, Or in Tae Joo’s and Eun Soo’s case (if they had really ended up together), it’s a start for them.

    It’s also overly romantic how TJ got a third chance with ES, because it can seem as though they are fated to be together; if it doesn’t work the first, second, or third time, there’s always a fourth time. It reminds me of some quotes from the movie, “The Mexican,” with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt:

    Samantha: I have to ask you a question. It’s a good one so think about it. If two people love each other, but they just can’t seem to get it together, when do you get to that point of enough is enough?

    Jerry: Never.

    Thanks again Java. You are now officially my Guru of all Kdramas!

  60. 60 bm05om

    thinking about the ending scenes again,i really,really loved how TJ “thanked” ES for everything before she boarded the bus..FINALLY they had a real “closure” between them,even after two years.and then him watching her leave,and she crying alone in the bus and him reliving their memories..those were really very nice touches for the closure.and because they finally had that closure,i thought only then they would be able to have a new beginning,and for that i want to believe in my interpretation of the ending that they eventually will,and did when he found her in front of his door.i really was satisfied with that ending.it finally ended between them,and the moment it did they began all over again.anew. :)

    Ivory,thanks for posting Samantha’s word from The Mexican. =)

  61. 61 Philippa

    Thanks a lot for the summary! I wanted them to end up who they were with the last few episode, I mean they could’ve worked it out!

  62. 62 Sana

    Thanks so much for the translation!! I watched the series without subtitles becuase I couldn’t wait!
    I love this series, I was afraid of a disappointing ending…but..wow it was great!!
    This was really a very good drama!

  63. 63 Cee

    Hello,

    I truly LOVE this show. Don’t want say in past tense cause I’m still in love with.
    It’s a shame not many people watched this show in Korea,
    but I must point out it has most astonishing reviews online, including you :-)

    QSS is a chliche without chliche, and that’s why I love it.
    There are lots of flaws in narrative if I try to point them out, but well,
    narrative is not everything, isn’t it?
    Mis-en-scene was beautiful, acting was brilliant (personally, I like JH’s character),
    music was awsome, and phychological aspect of relationship was sooo realistic.

    Anyway, it was nice to share my feeling with others.

    Cheers!

  64. 64 Anonymous

    Thx for the summary!!!
    I’m on ep 11 right now, i’m still waiting for the eng subtitle. I told myself not to watch the end until there is eng subtitle, but i couldn’t help it, really want to know the ending. Anyway, thank you so much =]

  65. 65 Ty

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  66. 66 Izzy

    I watched the first Ep when it first came out and wasn’t too impressed but somehow I just kept thinking about it and decided to watch the rest of the series and I don’t regret it one bit.

  67. 67 Ivory

    *sighs* I just received my copy of QSS and just finished watching every awesome episode there was! The last scene at the doorway was short, but it’s truly lovely how no words were needed to express all their feelings. What was most satisfying was that there was no more pain in their faces as they gazed at each other. What was on their faces were actually EXCITMENT, and HONESTY, and probably and most likely (in my world), LOVE. I can’t get over this drama, having just watched it all over again.

    One question for those of you still stalking this blog: Do you think if the people who made this series would have plainly made TJ and ES end up together (like getting married)…do you think that could have cheapened the moral of the story? Would it have taken the magic away from the whole series?

  68. 68 samantha

    QSS was such a great drama and i absolutely loved it, the director and writers did such a good job…. this is one of my favorite kdramas… and thanks javabeans for your summaries they’ve helped intensely to understand what happening in each and every episode…. i wonder whats my next addiction? =}

  69. 69 Ubo

    Hi All,

    Anyone knows what’s the name of the jazzy english song that is the playing at the end of the gathering of the trio (meeting for the first time after two years) – just before the two guys followed the girl to the lift to see her off ?

    Thanks.

  70. 70 msboxster

    I just got finished watching episode 15 (in L.A we get everything later) and after the pregnancy announcement i jumped on the internet to satisfy my craving! I know i cheated but i could not take it anymore, i was driving myself CRAZY just thinking about having to wait a full week! I don’t know how I found this blog but i’m happy i did. Not only because I couldn’t deal with not knowing but because javabeans I hope where ever you may be that you are a writer by profession. I started watching K-Dramas because i don’t have cable and they’re subtitled. I’ve been hooked for the past 3 years and everyone thinks it’s the weirdest thing to have this african-american record label working, chick always at industry parties, unwilling to leave the house on Fridays because a Korean Drama is on! The looks i get when i tell people “What time does it start? I can’t miss my drama!”

    Javabeans you are awesome! Thanks so much for all of your wonderful insight.

  71. 71 Amy

    Thks! Good summary….thrs one thing that I would love to comment about this series..it seems so real, like I’m watching a real-life relationship going on..and not like the typical fairy tale love story where the hero seems too good and romantic for real and the girl too innocent and naive. I like how mature the Tae Joo’s character is and the fact that such guys may exist. However, as for Joon Hyuk, I was kinda taken back at his sudden realization and the decision to leave for the states alone, and also for the fact that he was so distrustful towards the president initially; due to his vague past that led him to such unfilial act and resentment; but then turned the table around and trusted him wholly when he finally revealed what actually happened. Isn’t that too good to be true? Can a person’s heart change so quickly? And that if it was that easy to trust him, he should have clarified the whole incident with the president wisely in the beginning… anywayz, I like how she ended up in front of his house falling asleep again. Good drama. And hey, I saw one post on Thank You– that’s a GREAT drama by the way, for one. And it’s no typical sad drama with ending like autumn in my heart, for two– no…this is way much deeper. (AIDS- do you think she’s gonna die in the end? I shall give you doubts about it now..) In fact it left me such a great impression that I’m really overwhelmed by it. Cuz that drama taught me a lot of things. It’s that good.

  72. 72 CJ

    I too watched on L.A. channel 18. I happened to catch this show while channel surfing and because it was subtitled I could watch it and got hooked. I found this great blog which helped me catch up since I came in weeks late, because I’m not Korean and also because channel 18 cuts up the episodes! They showed two episodes in a block of a little over an hour and a half each week. So they cut out a lot. For example, they cut out Tae Joo at the two year meeting of the three – I didn’t even know he met up with Hye Rin and Jyun Hyuk. They cut out the scene of TJ and ES at the elevator (both crying). So coming here I can fill in what I missed and learn some Korean culture too. So thank you so much! I really loved this show and it’s Eun Soo that drew me into this drama – I thought she was great. And I rooted for TJ and ES all throughout and thought the ending was quite nice. All that angst and they can finally both smile. :)

  73. 73 Noemi

    Thanks,

    Best Drama I have Seen I Loved All the Characters And The Music. I Wish They have A Continuation Lol To See How Everyones Life Turned Out.

    Thanks Again!!!!!

    QSS Lover!!!!

  74. 74 javabeans

    I’m so sad to hear that LA’s channel 18 butchered the episodes so badly! I actually caught an episode because I was curious about their translations, and was really very dismayed to see THE pivotal episode (ep 9 in singapore) slashed to ribbons.

    Que Sera Sera is a drama that, in its untouched whole version, requires some patience — I can only imagine how fragmented and awkward it must be watching it for the first time in a badly edited version. I mean, they actually discarded Tae Joo’s “I love you” confession! That moment elicited an audible gasp from me when I first watched, and they didn’t see fit to include it. Bad, bad, bad.

    QSS is like a fine wine — you have to air it out and sip slowly, not chug it down in gulps. If someone dislikes the drama for its own sake, that’s perfectly fine — but it’s too bad if someone’s turned off because they didn’t get to see some very important scenes and conversations. Well, if these summaries help fill in the gaps, it eases my dismay slightly.

  75. 75 bee

    Thanks so much for doing these recaps! I started watching QSS because I saw you did episode summaries and I’ve always been mildly curious about Eric’s dramas. And even though I couldn’t fully finish the series because english subs haven’t been produced, I read your summaries for the last two episodes and was fully satisified. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can’t wait to see more of your Coffee Prince summaries! =D

  76. 76 sam

    hey there dramabeans…i don’t know how much to thank you for this…i have been waiting for the last two episodes to be subbed and got tired for waiting and was nearly going to give up waiting till somene directed me to your site….and boy was I GALD!!!…i thought that reading it wouldn’t be the same as watching….WAS I WRONG??? Yes i was…with the right music in the right scene you made it worth the wait…and i got to add that you have the gift of writing…thank you so much for this…

    sam

  77. 77 jindarae

    Hi! Sarah, I finished QSS already, 2:10am this morning (and I have an 8am work.. ughh!), and I am crying to the end. Got a swelling eyes when I woke up… I love the drama, I can relate to so much of the scenes (how can love be so painful)… Anyways, I’m into reading the whole summary you posted also. By the way, if ever you know the second song they sing (between Eps 9 & 10) in the Norebang, the song next to Neun Nehgae banneseo, please please can you post the song! Thanks again, you are really great!

  78. 78 hiutopor

    Hi

    Very interesting information! Thanks!

    Bye

  79. 79 katwoman

    Hi Sarah,
    I loved QSS and your recaps.
    I’m a johnny-come-lately fan of Eric of now. I seriously love Kang Tae Joo.
    So, if I may, can I ask your opinion on watching Eric in Invincible Parachute Agent? Btw, he didn’t make that big an impression in Super Rookie. Kooky brother and friends stole the show for me.
    Thanks.

  80. 80 judy

    wow, you wrote that so well! i had watched this based on your review. i finished the last episode this weekend. your translation is so much better than the site that i watched it on. yours make a whole lot more sense. after reading your review, i understand more and i’m happy that i watched it. :)

  81. 81 Jane

    I loved watching the drama while reading your screencaps for your articulate insights, as always. I was a little dissapointed that they never explained who that strange kid that was following Ji-Soo was but they probably forgone that storyline in favor of more substantial ones. Too bad that takes screen time away from the interestingly quirky Ji-Soo. =]

  82. 82 sleeplesssinwgtn

    A real terjerker – that scene where ES is in the lift and TJ is outside the lift door.

    I am more inclined to believe that the ending is real, not TJ’s imagination.

    I loved reading your summaries and the commentaries. They give me a deeper insight into the drama.

    THANKS!

  83. 83 Laura

    What a good drama this has been. I watched the first episodes way back, but for some reason did not continue watching until a few weeks ago. I went through episodes 2-9 pretty fast but after that I just had to take a few weeks to breath. It was getting really intense (which is not a bad thing, but for some reason I was dreading what was coming in the next episodes). So a few days ago I decided to continue watching and I’m so glad I did. The show was as intense as ever and kept me on the edge the whole of its duration.

    And I loved the ending, how it all came back to the beginning. And I know that they were given a secong chance and that they made it..

    Thanks for the recaps, Javabeans. I love reading them after I finish watching an episode…

  84. 84 Anu

    I just finished Que Sera Sera and it was so amazing I ‘m glad I decided to watch it. At first I read your re-caps and then for some reason I wanted to read them again but instead I decided to watch Que Sera Sera and now that I finished it I’m going to add it to my favorite dramas list.

  85. 85 p3rk3le

    All the while I was thinking I would rate this drama 8-9 but somehow after I watched the last ep I was thinking: 10. Haha, I loved it, a big thanks for everyone’s hard work!!

  86. 86 crappycaller

    totally agree with your review… i watched this series in the internet only. it was not shown here in the Philippines :( .. did it have a good rating in Korea? but I hope i get lucky to find a nice site again to watch this drama. I think Que Sera Sera is for the 25 to 35 year old audience. I find it really good because the story combined the drama inside the corporate world and the love and lies that happens inside. highly recommended ^_^

  87. 87 Anonymous

    i really love this series…it touched my heart..and it’s realistic

  88. 88 jackie

    oh, my god. i watched the first four episodes of this drama and gave in: i skimmed the rest of the recaps. this drama is way more intense than i ever imagined. i think i’ll have to wait a couple of years before being able to watch it and really understand it. holy shit. just.. wow.

  89. 89 Mel

    I just got introduced to Que Sera Sera via your recaps and cuz the DVD’s on sale, I bought it. I don’t regret it. This drama’s very different from others, I feel. It’s such a thinking drama and yes, you said it right Javabeans – for those of us who fell in love, it does leave a lasting impression. In love, we can all be foolish.

    Thanks for introducing me to Que Sera Sera :-)

  90. 90 Andromytta

    Not sure how I feel about the ending, although I would have liked to see it end differently…perhaps the two women running the department store (and using the line Eun Soo recommended) without a thought for the men. But maybe that’s just me.

  91. 91 Allia

    Vaya.
    You know, actually, I’ve been avoiding Que Sera Sera for half a year now, ever since I started watching k dramas. I’m from Argentina, so the spanish title immediatly catched my eyes, but after reading some comments I was worried that it would end up being too intense for me. Then, the other day, I saw it again on my “Dramas-To-Watch” list and decided that I shouldn’t be so coward.
    I’m so glad. So terribly glad I saw it. And at the same time I’m sad, because now my conception of what a “good” drama should be has changed, and from now on I fear that it will be a lot more difficult to fall in love with other dramas again.
    Thank you so much for your recaps.

  92. 92 Liza

    True. This drama is not for everyone. I remember watching it when i was younger and i suppose ‘less into the cirlce of realism’ so this drama completely threw me off. I didn’t understand it and i hated what each person did to the other but now that i look back on it, this drama is for the more emotionally stable ones.

  93. 93 Jubby

    I am truly truly going to miss this drama so much..
    The characters, the story, the music. Everything. I was satisfied with it till the very end. Thank you QSS for not disappointing me! And that ending scene has got to be the cutest (and nearly perfect) ending scene I have ever seen! :) What a great way to end the series.

    Although I feel a little heavy-hearted now that it’s over, I also feel a bit relieved… Great job to you, Javabeans for the recaps!

  94. 94 HS

    The ending is beautifully made.
    It is like the scene when ES is drunk and spins around TJ .

    It nearly made me cry imagining how TJ would feel going back to those days ( earlier Episodes) and seeing himself treat ES so lightly when he loves her and wants her so much at the end.

    LAST EPISODE: very saddens me that deep inside my heart somethings telling me that it is his imagination.

    It is wise to intepret this way because the whole drama has taught the 4 characters that some actions, words and feelings are irreversible and somehow TJ feels it when he approaches her* ( the imaginary her) infront of his door. The fact that he still lives there could be because he cant forget about the memories he shared with ES.

    and i would also like to feel that it is his imagination because even though i have cried and prayed for TJ and ES, i do not want this particular drama to feel cliched.
    If you know what i mean.

    But anythings possible.
    Que Sera Sera it is.

    But suddenly i am SO angry at TJ.
    If he loves her so much , why cant he be a man and confess honestly? surely ES hasnt forgotten about him.
    and it was what ES wanted him to do 2 years ago.

  95. 95 Superapple

    Wooow ! That was an end.
    Hahaha i’m so glad, after crying when she simply takes the bus i just guessed what the end would be, and it was wonderful thank god !
    But i’m a bit disappointed, the boys are the only ones who understood what the right thing to do was (and they did it well thank god), hey girls wake up !
    Happily, to catch that up, i found that Eric was becoming more and more handsome over the episodes, maybe it is because his personality is doing the same.. And the soundtracks are awesome !
    In brief, thank you for making so much reference to Que Sera Sera in others recaps, without it i would probably had missed a surprising, great drama.

  96. 96 jat

    I just finish reading QSS recap , I tried to read them first b4 watch them to know what its all about that it’s different and not everyone’s type, coz I like different . I read it and like it, and I will def watch it. thank you for your recap and rating, it help me to decide which drama to watch. and I also think its worth that 9 point.

  97. 97 marion huang

    QSS is one of the most understated dramas I have watched. I watched it again this weekend and came away with brand new perspectives of Hye-rin and Joon-hyuk

    In the airport parting scene on the 1st watch, I pitied and cried with JH. I still do, even more than before but this time I felt his loneliness even more. He embraced (and possibly fell in love with) Eun-soo because she noticed and felt his loneliness. He let her into his life because she took him out of his loneliness so to speak. JH has always been somewhat an outsider, he came to Hye-rin’s family as an orphan ; although he was treated as part of the family, he somehow never got the acceptance or treatment a real son of the family got. He was smart, good looking and capable but never really part of the circle, hence he felt lonely. Along came Eun-soo, who isn’t exactly like him but similar enough. And innocent at that. Like Javabeans said, I like how the couples separated not because of other people but because of their respective relationship’s inherent failings. JH realised that even if he and Eun-soo were to move across the Pacific, there will still be a wall between them because he will always be looking at her back and over her shoulder. I like it that he knows she is not over Tae-joo but does not express it explicitly. So he is back to being lonely and all by himself ( as he always has) again. Minus the trappings of a CEO now

    When I watched this drama the first time round, I disliked the Hye-rin character intensely but this time round, I actually sympathised with her more than before. I won’t go so far as to say I like her character but at least now I don’t loathe her like before. My earlier impression of her was a clingy b*t** – yes she loved Tae-joo (who doesn’t) and wants him for herself but this time I saw her a woman who needs love and wants to be loved back by the man she loves. In other words, I saw the more human and needy side of her. Maybe it’s because I am older now. She understands why Tae-joo needed to stay away from JH and ES’s wedding and gave him the needed space. She defends her man from her mum’s criticism and above all, she loves him wholeheartedly, sometimes too much for her own good. I used to think she was selfish and hated the little moments of affection between her and Tae-joo. I wanted those moments to exist only between ES and TJ, but I’ve come to understand she needs him and more importantly, he needs her too. While I do not support the Hye-rin / Tae-joo coupling, I think it was good that they were briefly married (or was it just engaged ? ) for them to enjoy the brief moments of bliss.

    I am one of those who believe ES came back to TJ and it was not his imagination or hallucination when she came back and camped outside his flat

  98. 98 Nia

    Omo… u made me love Eric, Javabeans! I hate him, well his role actually, in Myung wol. But I happened to fell in love with him in this old drama. Haaa… Since I visit this site, reading drama recaps is much more interesting than reading a novel or watching kdrama on tv.. dunno why.. but I really love this recaps…

  99. 99 Enz

    I just marathoned this drama and love it almost unreservedly ( the fashion and hairstyle was a little distracting!). Very intense, beautifully crafted story about love and the choices we make and how nobody really needs to die of broken hearts and if we give time, time, even the deepest pain will be overcome.
    I also loved how the director told the story. In parts, it felt like a play. Just so happy that I came across a gem like this that moved my heart and made me think about life at the same time

  100. 100 TechnoKeats

    Thanks to your drama ratings/ravings 😛 I came across this one of a kind story. Never before I’ve seen a drama with characters who stayed true to themselves till the end. Keep up your good work d(^_^d)

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