Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 16 (Final)
by | September 11, 2011 | 268 Comments

It’s the end of the road, and time for Yeon-jae to say her goodbyes and tie up all her loose ends. Normally I loathe finales that are a lineup of all the players, saying goodbye like a checklist, but when you’re talking about going to the big dance floor in the sky, everything takes on heightened meaning and each hug and kiss feels precious. I guess that’s what makes a bucket list different from a regular list.

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

It’s Mom’s wedding day, and Yeon-jae smiles brightly at the sight of her looking pretty in her wedding dress. Mom sheds tears, overcome with emotion, but Yeon-jae asks her to be happy: “You have to be happy, so that I can be happy.” I love that she marries Mom off. That makes ME happy.

Teacher Kim’s jaw drops appropriately at the sight of her, and they all gather for a family portrait, and include Ji-wook who joins them happily. Yeon-jae gets to cross “Get Mom remarried” off her bucket list with a big sunny smiley face.

She heads out of the house, and pauses when she sees Mom and Teacher Kim washing dishes together, overcome with happiness at a glimpse of Mom’s future, filled with support and love.

It’s the little stuff like this that really gets me in this drama. One look filled with such a wave of emotions – happiness at Mom’s future, sorrow at being unable to stay, gratitude that someone will be her security.

After Yeon-jae leaves, Mom wonders if living together in one house was a good idea, and wonders if sending her to Ji-wook would be the right thing to do. Yes, please.

Yeon-jae goes to visit Eun-seok, and he asks how her bucket list is going. She’s surprised he knows about it, and he says that Hee-joo told him about it once. She says that there’s still a lot she wants to accomplish, and hopes that her body will hold out till then.

She comes over to Ji-wook’s place to make good on her promise to make him dinner, and refuses to let him help. He decides that he’ll just backhug her the whole time then, since it’s not considered helping. Why so cute?

He asks again why she’s not living with him, especially now that Mom’s happily remarried. But she tells him he knows why. He assures her that he loves Lee Yeon-jae, not just Healthy Lee Yeon-jae. But she throws back that he ought to love the Lee Yeon-jae who doesn’t live with him as much as the Lee Yeon-jae who does.

Manager Noh goes about his usual business, taking credit for the Wando Tour in interviews and such, and is startled to get a call from Yeon-jae. He apologizes again for the way he treated her, but reminds her that he already made amends with his butt. HA.

She’s not here to roast him anymore though, and hands him a tour package that she’s been working on. The proposal is called “A Trip Mom Likes,” described as a mom-and-daughter date, as friends and family. Aw.

He asks why she’s giving it to him, and she tells him that she started working on it when his mother passed away, and he regretted so much that he never once took her anywhere. She asks him to turn it into a tour if he can.

Back at the office, he proposes it to Ji-wook, who okays it right away, impressed that Manager Noh came up with it himself. At the last minute he caves and says it was Yeon-jae’s proposal, not his. Wow, he’s growing a conscience!

Yeon-jae takes Mom and Stepdad out for a fancy lobster dinner, and I love that already she and Stepdad have this teasing, knowing rapport with each other, while Mom continues to be overly cautious and wary Mom.

She for instance complains that they’re paying too much for oversized shrimp, but then immediately changes her opinion at the sight of the tasty lobsters. Heh.

Ji-wook comes by to ask why she handed the trip proposal off to Manager Noh instead of doing it herself, and suggests that she come back to work. She knows there are no assurances that she’ll be able to finish what she starts, and doesn’t want to start a project that she can’t complete.

He promises that he won’t let that happen, and sets off to put the plan into action. He asks Eun-seok first if he thinks it’ll be okay for her, or too much of a physical strain. (I love that he thinks to check with the Doc first.)

Eun-seok is honest and says that it could provide strain and be hard on her, but he approves of the plan, because giving her purpose is good. So Ji-wook goes to Dad next, and shows him the proposal.

Dad balks at the idea of bringing Yeon-jae in when there’s no guarantee that she can finish the job, but Ji-wook stands up to Dad, asking how he’d feel if he were diagnosed the same and Ji-wook told him he couldn’t go anywhere or do anything.

And by some miracle, as if empathy just now entered his life, Dad relents.

Mom and Stepdad see Yeon-jae off on her first day back to work, and Mom frets, but Stepdad assures her that it’s good for her, and that he hasn’t seen her so lively in weeks. He even tries to make friends with crotchety landlord, eliciting an almost-smile from the man, possibly for the first time in his life.

Yeon-jae heads back to work to mixed reactions from the planning team, but takes it all in stride. The only thing that rattles her is running into Ji-wook’s father, who gives her a cold dismissal.

The jealous girls at work guess that he must disapprove of her, and she actually manages to win them over slightly by just being honest that she’s not exactly a perfect catch. She tells them that she came back because she really wanted to launch a tour with her name behind it, and assures everyone that she’s here to work hard, not date.

Sae-kyung turns down offers from Dad to go on a blind date (Gah, are you two still here?) and begs him to let her live her own love life like normal people. She goes to see Ji-wook for work, and he thanks her for the save last time, and says he’s sorry.

She tells him to take care of his father on his birthday, since she can’t do it herself anymore, and he offers up a handshake as she leaves. She muses that it seems like goodbye forever, and takes his hand and walks out with a bittersweet smile.

I don’t know if you were supposed to grow on us or something, but good riddance.

Yeon-jae calls Ji-wook over that evening and gives him a present. He opens it up and smiles, saying that the sweater isn’t really his style, but he’ll wear it for thirty years. She laughs, clarifying that it’s not for him; it’s for his father.

He’s shocked she knows it’s Dad’s birthday, but she reminds him that she worked for Line Tours for over ten years. He tries not to accept it, feeling guilty about how his father has been treating her, but she insists he deliver the gift.

She comes in and lies down in bed, and Mom sweetly tells her not to fret over Ji-wook’s father, since she’s dating Ji-wook, and not his dad. Yeon-jae just asks to rest since she’s feeling tired, and Mom worries, wondering if they should go to the hospital.

Yeon-jae insists she’s fine, and when Mom nags her about going back to work and tiring herself out, she tells her that going back to work makes her happy. She asks for a hug and Mom holds her.

Ji-wook contemplates the gift and heads over to see Dad, who’s drinking soju alone on his birthday. Sad. He makes it clear why he’s alone though, as he asks why his son is even here and pushes Yeon-jae’s gift off the table in anger.

Ji-wook brushes it off and puts it right back, telling Dad that he wasn’t going to come by, but Yeon-jae insisted he bring her present over, so he’s here. Dad grumbles that his only child has turned his back on him for a woman who’s dying, and offers snidely that he must be happy.

Ji-wook: There are times I’m sad, and times I want to cry. And there are times it hurts so much it rips my heart. But I’m still happy. Every day used to feel tedious and meaningless. I even thought that I wouldn’t care if I died. But now it’s different. I want to live fully… because of that woman.

[“Live fully” is a broad translation, because he means to live life full of effort, like the equivalent of “work hard,” as in “live hard.”]

He takes out a piece of paper and puts it down. He tells Dad that this is his present – it’s the time capsule letter from Mom, that Yeon-jae helped him find. He tells Dad that in it, Mom asked him not to hate his father. He wishes him a happy birthday and leaves.

Yeon-jae leaves the house for her last day of work, and Mom happily tells her that starting tomorrow, she’s to stick to Mom’s side 24 hours a day. They hug each other and Mom worries that she’s feverish, but she says it must be nerves.

The trip launch is a success and Ji-wook takes the team out to dinner to celebrate. Yeon-jae steps out, not feeling well, and when Ji-wook comes out to check on her, he’s shocked that at her fever.

He picks her up and races to the hospital, and even in her feverish state, she puts a hand on his arm to tell him to drive safely. The co-workers wonder where the pair have gone off to, and Hye-won finally tells them the truth, that they left for the hospital.

Eun-seok races down to them in the emergency room, and with a silent look, reassures Ji-wook that he’ll do what he can. Mom and Stepdad have arrived, and Eun-seok sits all of them down to tell them that they’ve managed to get her fever down, but now they face a choice.

The chemo she’s been receiving has stopped working, so they can choose to stop the meds, where they can regulate her remaining days at best. The other option is to try the experimental drug instead, which has an unknown outcome and greater (also unpredictable) risk.

Ji-wook asks Eun-seok privately what the right decision is, and Eun-seok says that as a doctor, he can’t say that one is better than the other. But he does know that Yeon-jae will get through it, no matter which route they take, because she got through the last trauma.

Aw, his childlike faith in her to get through it just breaks my heart for some reason.

Yeon-jae wakes up and asks Mom if it’s bad. Mom tells her no, she got past her fever so she’s better now. Ji-wook offers to stay with Yeon-jae for the day, and suggest the parents go rest.

He sees them out, and Mom tells him that she can’t bring herself to make the decision. He says that he’ll decide, together with Yeon-jae, and that relieves Mom. He asks that they give him till tonight to decide.

Eun-seok comes in to check on Yeon-jae while she sleeps, and he clasps her hand as he thinks of their past adventures. Aw, is it weird that I’m worried most for Eun-seok? I feel like he’s going to take it harder than Ji-wook. Even the quick flashback to the scene in the corridor just makes me cry all over again.

Everyone in the office worries about Yeon-jae’s condition, and Sae-kyung comes by for her meeting with Ji-wook but finds he didn’t come to work. His father tells her that he’s at the hospital.

And then she goes there, for some crazy reason. She braces herself before opening the door, and can’t hide the sting to her ego when she sees Ji-wook and Yeon-jae sitting together, hands clasped, so obviously in love. Well it’s not like anyone invited you to their lovefest.

She asks for a moment alone with Yeon-jae, and then proceeds to tell her that she came by because she felt guilty that the last words she said were vengeful ones. She even apologizes for the ring incident, with the giant caveat, “But it was only logical I reached that conclusion.”

Pffft. So lemme get this straight. You came to visit a dying woman to clear your OWN puny conscience? Hahahaha. Even Yeon-jae has to laugh that Sae-kyung is consistent, which she says may be her only good trait.

Yeon-jae guesses that she likes Ji-wook, and Sae-kyung asks what she’ll do if that’s the case. Yeon-jae tells her cheekily, “Give up. As long as I’m here, you can’t [have him].” Hee. They both laugh.

Oh, I friggin’ LOVE that she’s not relinquishing her claim on her man, even in the face of death. I got scared she was going to ask Sae-kyung to wait around and comfort him or something, which would have made me pull my hair out. Yay for Yeon-jae, finally adopting Hee-joo’s brand of living to the last minute as if she’s going to live forever.

Ji-wook looks over the bucket list and we see a few more: “Become someone meaningful in someone else’s life,” “Leave an impression of my life,” “Be remembered as an awesome woman by the people I know,” “Make a snowman on a white Christmas and get a kiss.”

The desire to leave an impression, some evidence that you were here, is what kills me the most. It’s probably the most universal of all dying wishes, other than leaving with no regrets.

She apologizes to Eun-seok that they had to meet this way instead of just as old friends. She wonders why of all the hospitals she came to this one. He just smiles and says if she feels bad then she should keep her promise.

Yeon-jae: “To live?” He nods. Aw.

Ji-wook asks Eun-seok for permission to take her out on a date, so they head out, and he covers her shoulders with a blanket and tells her that it’s Christmas. She thinks he’s loony, but he wheels her outside, and on cue, a snow machine sends snowflakes down on them.

She guesses that he’s seen her bucket list, and he tells her not to misunderstand – that he’s just doing this because it might not snow this Christmas, so he’s covering his bases is all. How cute.

He tells her that this concludes sixteen of her wishes, and says that she can do the last four much, much later, and they can go dig up the ring together. He gives her a kiss, and she hugs him.

He wheels her back inside, and they’re both surprised to see Ji-wook’s father, standing next to Yeon-jae’s parents. He finally gives a silent nod and smile, and Ji-wook smiles at him gratefully.

That night he holds Yeon-jae as he sleeps next to her in her hospital bed, and he says that they have a choice to make. Ji-wook: “I’m going to choose the one that hasn’t lost hope. Is that okay?”

She tells him it’s okay, and falls asleep in his arms.

In that chapel in Okinawa, Yeon-jae and Ji-wook walk down the aisle and get married to each other. It’s beautiful, but dreamlike, and as we cut back to Yeon-jae lying in Ji-wook’s arms, in voiceover she says, “This must be a dream, right? But it’s a happy dream, so I’ll sleep a little longer…”

Aw, she fulfills the last of her wishes to fall asleep in the end, in Ji-wook’s arms.

Sometime later, Stepdad gets a package in the mail, from Yeon-jae, which surprises him. He and Mom open it up to find couple tees, each one half of a big heart. They smile to read the card that says she’s sending small gifts the important people who were with her in her life.

One by one, people receive gifts with notes. Hye-won gets baby clothes and a note that says she hopes baby takes after Mom and not Dad. The mean girls in the office get clothes and accessories, and a note that says it’d be nice if they were as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside. Heh.


Ramses gets a note that says he ought to be as confident at work as he is at the dance studio, and inside is a toupee! Haha. To Veronica and the rest of the dance class, she sends a box of dance shoes, and a note that says, “They say good shoes bring you happiness. I spent some money!” Cute.

Manager Noh gets a jar of taffy (it’s not creamy like taffy, but I can’t think of how else to describe it – it’s like a sticky, sweet caramel-like substance), but the gift is more of a word pun than anything else. The stuff is called yeot, and when you tell someone to “Go eat yeot,” it’s like a putting a hex on them to have a hard time, like Eat dirt or thereabouts.

Crotchety landlord gets a stuffed doggie (HA) with a note that says: “They say Malbokie is living well somewhere.” That’s the best present of the lot.

Sae-kyung gets Wilson’s ring, and the message says that it’s a lucky ring, so that she can snare a good man. Heh. And Ji-wook’s father gets a tie pin, with a note saying that Ji-wook insisted on picking it out, and she probably should have stopped him.

Eun-seok’s note is another pun that says: “Wow, Poopy-seok’s [ddong-seok] become a warm man! [dda-do-nam]” His present is a new doctor’s coat that has “Warm Man Choi Eun-seok” stitched into it. So cute. Congratulations on graduating from being identified as a pants-pooper.

He smiles as he reads her thank you. And in voiceover she continues:

Yeon-jae: The time that I spent with all of you…in the end that was my life. Thank you for being by my side.

And in the house that he bought for Yeon-jae, Ji-wook sits at his desk, slowly filling out the last of Yeon-jae’s bucket list with smiley faces, as she had done. He gets to number 20: “Fall asleep for the last time in the arms of the one I love,” and draws a happy face.

Wow, that’s heartbreaking.

And then he goes outside…to join Yeon-jae? She didn’t die? Fakeout! Show, you fakey fakerson. She’s totally not dead!

She replants the potted plant she once gave him under a big tree, and he asks if it’s because it has to endure a harsh winter before flowers will bloom. She nods.

He says it’s time to go and he leads her by the hand. They go to see an organ donation organization to seek a transplant, but get denied because of her condition. Ji-wook begins the paperwork to be a direct organ donor.

At the hospital, Ji-wook and Eun-seok sit together and watch Yeon-jae from afar, and Eun-seok says that since the experimental treatment worked, they’ll keep her on it. Ji-wook wonders how much longer she’ll get to live, and Eun-seok says it’s a miracle she’s made it this far.

Ji-wook: “It’s rare, but another miracle will happen, right?” Eun-seok: “Of course.”

Yeon-jae comes up and asks what they’re talking about without her. Eun-seok: “We fought over you. You said it was your fantasy.” Hahahaha.

Yeon-jae and Ji-wook come by to visit her parents, and she watches happily as Mom dotes on Ji-wook.

Later, Yeon-jae sits under their tree and looks out at the world as she says in voiceover:

Yeon-jae: It’s been over six months since I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. And I’m now living my seventh month and second day. How much time will be given to me, I cannot know. Whether days or months, or more days beyond, it’s not important. I just have to live each day that I’m alive, this moment right now… without regret.

She flips through her bucket list and gets to number 20, and finds the happy face Ji-wook drew, along with an addendum at the bottom: “This is being fulfilled every day. Because every day you’re falling asleep in my arms.”

She reads it with a smile, and then she flips to the next page, and begins to write number 21…

Ji-wook sits down next to her and asks if she would have been much happier if she had never been sick. She contemplates the old curly-haired Yeon-jae who was so meek she never said a word, and muses that she never would have taken a trip, never thought to get her mom remarried, never would have gotten close to Ji-wook.

She guesses that she would’ve just continued to barely get through each day, “only dreaming of happiness.”

Yeon-jae: “But me… right now… I’m happy.” She asks what they should do tomorrow, and they sit together and contemplate what they’d like to do, on the seventh month and third day since Yeon-jae began truly living her life.

 
GIRLFRIDAY’S COMMENTS

What a sweet and surprisingly angst-free finale. I didn’t initially understand why she went back to work, only from a finale point of view. I like it for the character, but I regretted wasting precious finale time on her going back to the office and dealing with inane people, when she could’ve done more with Poopy-seok or Ji-wook or her parents.

But I realized that the finale was about Yeon-jae rounding out her life and filling it with purpose, rather than just preparing for the end. That’s what I was doing, bracing myself for the end, forgetting about how she’d spend her days.

I like that the drama stays realistic, despite subverting expectations that she’d die. It’s not a miracle cure, but a chance at lengthening her life, and as she says, it doesn’t matter whether it’s days or months. She’ll still die, but so will we all. What’s important is that she learned to consider each day precious. I thought the message of this drama was to live each day as if it were your last, but really, it’s the reverse: Live each day as if you have a tomorrow.

She learned the first in the beginning of the drama and the arc for her is that she learned to do the second. The people in her life — Eun-seok who childishly made her promise to live and put his faith in her word, and Ji-wook who dared to hope when she didn’t – taught her to hope and dream for her future against all odds.

I love the moment when she writes 21 on her bucket list. It’s such a simple way to indicate that she’s learned to think of a future, regardless of how much time is given to her. Rather than try so doggedly to live out her first 20 wishes knowing they were her last, she’s willing to dream new dreams, which is maybe the biggest triumph of all, and why the ending is happy and not bittersweet.

Usually shows end with a message thanking viewers for watching, but Scent ends with a message for viewers to be happy, which is the sweetest little send-off, and feels like it comes straight from Yeon-jae herself.

JAVABEANS’ COMMENTS

Now this is my idea of a perfect ending — one that doesn’t shy away from the topic of death, doesn’t introduce deus ex machina miracles, but doesn’t hit you over the head with its sadness, either.

It seems fitting, in an oddly backwards way, that a drama where we knew from minute 1 that the heroine was going to die didn’t actually have the heroine die. Diagnosis to decline to death — that’s what we expected. And I do think there are ways to make that trajectory work fine, although the danger of that arc is that it gives the drama an unintentionally macabre cast because then the narrative arc mimics the progression of her disease. (I find that idea rather morbid, that as the character grows, so does the cancer.) But I like the unconventional way the drama worked out Yeon-jae’s character arc, so that it becomes much less about her physical condition and more about her emotional progress.

We still know she’s going to die, but I love that she continues on. Adding to her bucket list was a particularly awesome detail, because she did everything she wanted to accomplish before dying, and some people may take that as their cue to sigh peacefully, “Ah, now I can go without any regrets.” But not Yeon-jae, who just figures that she can accomplish more. Like she told Eun-seok, she’s going to keep living life to the fullest until she can’t anymore. It’s also reflected in Ji-wook telling his father about having once thought that he’d be fine with dying, but now he’s changed his mind and prefers to live his life diligently.

While Yeon-jae has been making an effort to make the most of every minute for the last six months, there’s extra poignancy to the fact that she has exceeded her six-month life expectancy, because every extra day is a day she’s defied the odds. She gets her miracle after all, like Eun-seok mentions, and every day she survives and feels complete contentment is another little miracle.

The drama wasn’t flawless throughout, and there were a few real downer episodes that supplied a certain amount of frustration, but the last couple I give perfect marks, and I’ll put it up there with Flowers For My Life in terms of uplifting endings that deal with death. I know a lot of people liked the resolution of 49 Days, but for me that was the opposite of Scent and Flowers. [SPOILERY] 49 Days was a drama that emphasized the fight to survive, then sprung a death on us in the last episode and tried to temper it with the life-and-death-is-a-cycle motif. That totally didn’t work in my book, mostly because I thought the execution was labored and unsatisfying, and it felt like the drama took an uplifting message and managed to convey it in the most depressing way possible. Scent (and Flowers) takes a depressing topic but leaves us with an uplifting sense of hope, in showing us that while there’s no way to triumph over Death, we can still have our daily victories by filling our lives to the brim.

 
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268 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. superdunz

    THANK YOU!!!!

    • 1.1 Many

      Many thanks.

  2. celinae

    Aaaaaaahhh 😀

  3. Musings

    thank you!

  4. JChung

    Great ending!

  5. Shin mi rAe

    Yey. Thanks. Just in time. Now to reading…

  6. So3

    I just want to share a group hug with fellow SOAWers – live life to its fullest!

    And thanks JB and GF for all the insights and recaps! You girls are awesome!

  7. risk4

    awesome!! this drama end with smooth and beyond my expectation consider the strory. Tears on ep 15, but ending with smile……hope we can through our life with positive thingking like she did. Thanks for all of dramabeans crew and Scent of Woman crew. Great Job!!!

  8. Wise Kamiko

    OMG >.< SO SWEET AND TOUCHING!

    I can not believe she made another month T^T

    The sweetest ending ever. Made my day, was waiting for this. Sad it ends, because my questions have not been answered. Like, what will hapen to Yeon-jae after this? How long will she live? But hey, these questions are better left unanswered, because my head says it will explode if I find out, and I want my brain intact xD

    It was a good run from start to finish, even with the bumps. 😀
    THANK YOU Girlfriday and Javabeans!

    • 8.1 mollywinks

      I feel the same way! Kind of wishing for a sequel, but knowing that it would be a) impossible and b) too angsty for me to deal with.

      Thanks so much, Javabeans and Girlfriday – I loved hearing what you had to say about SoaW!

  9. ck1Oz

    THANK YOU!!

    I’ve watched it and off to read now.Can I tell how totally awesome I thought the whole episode and the whole ending was?

    Love love love the writer.

    • 9.1 ck1Oz

      It’s “Us Again,” the song posted up top:

      From amongst so many people, I had to find you
      Take my outstretched hand
      In this difficult time, I had to meet you
      All I have are poor memories, hold me

      Even without speaking,
      even without knowing everything,
      I can feel it
      With love, even without speaking,
      just looking at each other,
      We can be as one

      Even with the pain after we part ways
      I am far away
      Accept me into your heart
      The sadness still lingers
      I can forget you
      I can become a new me

      We can believe, our two souls
      Wherever you are, even if we’re apart,
      My heart is the same

      • 9.1.1 ck1Oz

        I am reposting that from ep 14 since I’m listening to the song during the recap.

        Sigh.

        • 9.1.1.1 houstontwin

          Thanks for the translation. They really sang so nicely together.

  10. 10 abc123

    Yay!! It’s here. Thanks so much for the recap.
    I love the ending, how everyone get their happy ending in a realistic way and she just not magically cured.

  11. 11 Yer Vang

    Thanks, off to read the recap

  12. 12 kashisaiko

    Thank you both so much.

    I started sobbing when she was having her wedding dream…. It was an awesome drama, even though I promised myself to never watch sad dramas again.

  13. 13 Elena

    At last. Thanks so much. I’ve been waiting for this all day, I cannot put into words how much I really appreciate your recaps.

  14. 14 Sandu

    Glad someone survived cancer today.

  15. 15 Eliwen

    Thank you for the recaps JB and GF!

  16. 16 maku

    The “Greatest” ending ever, and not the usual ending in all Kdrama land..I certainly applaud the writers/directors. I personally believe that they took note of viewers/fans’ point of view/ideas. They did not left us wanting. I hope stations/others will take note on how SOAW was beautifully done and should receive awards and accolades it deserves. Thanks for recapping dramabeans crew! 6_6!

  17. 17 h311ybean

    YAAAAAY! I knew it was going to be a happy ending! It was very clever of Show to keep us guessing all throughout.

    Having said that, what a wonderful ending. I am excited to see it all played out before my eyes, and I am definitely going to recommend this to my mom (who loves Lee Dong-wook – and now I know why), and to my grandmother.

    Thank you so much for the recaps!

  18. 18 stephanie

    what a satisfying story. Well done!
    Thank you for great recaps

  19. 19 sawq

    thanks for the recap!

    such a touching ending

  20. 20 Alvina

    Hear hear!!! Thank god I didnt have to leave this drama bawling my eyes out [too much] unlike a certain tricky trickster drama this past season (grr you 49 days. I’ll never forgive)! 😀

    But really… thank god. This was amazing.

  21. 21 Helena

    I was in such a dread reading the recaps and now I can breath, I know she lives on borrowed time but thanks for that, we must not witness her heartbreaking death. We can be optimistic and hope that another cure will let her live more, and who knows?
    Thank you for your magic recaps, you kept me 8 weeks on my toes, I loved every moment of it. You are doing a great job!

  22. 22 DEE

    THANK YOU…
    GREAT DRAMA!!!

  23. 23 Hanare

    Wot a endin hats of to the writer…this episode makes me cry a lot just luv tht at the end they leave msg like there is a hope and miracle around the conner.

  24. 24 nnaiy

    WOW what an amazing drama, can’t wait to watch it after my final exams are over!! I love this ending :) Thank you so much Javabeans and Girlfriday for your very insightful analyses. That’s the reason why I keep coming back to dramabeans to find out what shows are worth watching.

  25. 25 cv

    Thank you for all the recaps! :)

    I love the ending. It’s not bittersweet/sad. It’s reality where she can still die, not today, or tomorrow, but someday. Defying the odds and survived that long gives people hope that yes, there can be miracles.

    This drama is one of my top k-dramas of all time!

    :)

  26. 26 zsa

    I find this drama really uplifting and precious even though it deals with death. I confess if it wasn’t kim sun ah (I didn’t especially felt for lee dong wook before Scent), I would not have starting watching. But I’m glad I did, and I could not ask for better leads, chemistry, and ending. This drama has definitely left an impression on me, and it’s placed at my favorites, right next to Sam Soon. Now it’s our turn…..here’s to living LIFE!!! (Cheers!)

  27. 27 Musings

    beautiful

  28. 28 x0mi07

    I love that they didn’t kill her off. It’s inspiring without being totally unrealistic. It was also hopeful… and I think that’s what hits me the hardest.

    Last year, my uncle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. They said he only had six months to live. He’s been living for a year now… and while there are days when he’s so sick it’s scary, most of the time he’s rocking out and living his best life.

    The show isn’t perfect and I feel like some characters were under-utilized or shouldn’t have been there to begin with; some plot lines that dragged on or shouldn’t have been an issue in the first place. I’m thinking that’s why I felt the show was too short. But the wonderful ending totally surprised me. And like I said, it’s not unrealistic for her to survive. So I’m thankful they showed the viewers that.

    Thank you so much JB and GF for the recaps and wonderful commentary. Keep rocking!=3

    • 28.1 np

      hwaiting to your ucle!

  29. 29 wandergirl

    I watched the ep without subs then I checked if the recap was already posted. I wasn’t expecting Yeonjae to be alive after seeing all those gifts so it was a relief when she suddenly appeared on screen.
    Good ending and i was pleasantly surprised that my expected death didn’t happen. Despite a sad premise, this drama gave me another way of dealing with the inevitable possibility of death. I’m satisfied with the ending :)

  30. 30 stars4u

    Woahhh! Time drama flew… I can’t believe it ended already. I’m going to miss Eun-seok!!!

  31. 31 smokes

    Thank you for the recap! I’ve really loved this drama. Thanks for your awesome recaps and insights into the show.^^

  32. 32 elle loves kdrama

    I was so happy with the ending of this drama. I am not usually a big fan on open ended storylines, but this was just perfect. Adding the 21st wish (AND not showing what it was) was the perfect touch to a great ending.

  33. 33 ajbny

    I am really pleased with the ending. I hoped it would be more flowers than 49 days. I go back and forth about 49 days and I go back and forth with flowers, and probably I’ll have a different opinion about scent after I sober up, but I don’t feel angry at all.

  34. 34 Dodo

    I love the writer of this drama because the end was so beautiful…..how can the end be so perfect. I think it is the first time I see(did not watch the drama, only read the recaps her) a melodrama have happy ending. Thanks for the recaps JB and GF.

  35. 35 Noemi

    I have to admit, I haven’t watched Scent of a Woman at all, but I’ve kept up reading all your recaps. Even reading the recaps, it was very uplifting, so thanks so much for writing them! JB, I like your analysis of the ending of SOAW vs. the ending of 49 Days. I loved 49 Days but I can see how the ending for SOAW was executed better.

    Random: the scene where Ji-Wook makes it “snow” for Yeon-Jae’s Christmas wish is very similar to the fake-snow Christmas scene in Park Bom’s “You and I” MV…anyone else think that?

  36. 36 Deasy

    Huuuuhhhh, It’s happy ending…

  37. 37 writtenwordaddict

    Yeon-jae’s mom…you are a babe. i loved your wedding dress.

    as for the show and recaps…FANtastic.

  38. 38 mntnh

    Thank you for the recaps!

    *sobs*

    That was truly one of the best finales ever. EVER. Midway through the show I wanted the PD to stick to her guns and let YJ die, because I was afraid she might rewrite too much on fans’ insistence. I am so glad I’m wrong, because the PD has given us an ending beyond expectations.

    My heart is so full now.

    Thank you Scent Of A Woman cast and crew, for giving us something so special.

  39. 39 Oasis

    I’ve been following ur recaps of this series but this is my first comment!!!
    Thanks a thousand for ur GREAT work as always!!!
    I was embracing myself for the worst when I’m Up to the part where everyone receives her presents as if it was her final goodbyes!! But thanks GODDNESS!!! she’s still alive n fighting the odds. Its such a huge relief….
    Even though we know she shall die sooner or later but her being alive till now gives the viewers a bright light and much hopes…..

  40. 40 Shin mi rAe

    Thank you for the recap. When i watched it last night, there were a lot of conversations that i didnt understand. Thank you for enlightening me. I cried a lot last night, especially during that fake out death. When her loved ones started getting gifts from the mail and ji wook draw the face on wish 20, im crying so much i can hardly see the scene on my monitor. Your recap did me in again. Good thing im alone in my office because it will be difficult to explain to my colleagues why i am crying. Thank you so much GF and JB for guiding us in the 16 episode journey with LYJ.

    • 40.1 Jomo

      Same for me. Rereading the recap in the empty office – crying and trying to hide it, I mean, my allergies…

  41. 41 Michelle

    Outstanding series! Made me cry at the end and have a sense of relief and joy for Ji-wook and Yeon-jae. Yes, Yeon-jae may pass away tomorrow or 50 years from now, but I think it’s so powerful to see her want to live for tomorrow.

    The writers/director/producers should be commended for their great work as well as Eom Ki-joon, Kim Sun-ah, and Lee Dong-wook for bring their characters so much life and purpose.

    Such a great show. Thank you both so much for the wonderful recaps!

  42. 42 writtenwordaddict

    What should i watch now? City hunter? Protect the boss? or maybe I should re watch something. maybe MARS. …suggestions anyone?

    • 42.1 lenrasoon

      Everything you listed i loved, but i’ll go with City Hunter first since Javabeans also wrote the recaps ^^

    • 42.2 cv

      After this drama, you may want to watch Protect the Boss–a more fun/comedy show rather then about death and dying.

  43. 43 lenrasoon

    i can’t wait to watch the last episodes, i’m gonna miss this drama

  44. 44 Anna

    Loved Girlfriday’s quote: “she’s willing to dream new dreams”…so very true. Hardest thing to do sometimes is to believe you have a future.

    Thank you so much for recapping. This drama went so far beyond my expectations. I don’t even know what to watch now or do with myself. lol

    • 44.1 maria

      i love the word “willing”, because it comes from the word “will”, which is so often brushed aside as JUST a word that indicates a future TENSE, when it does something much deeper: it indicates a FUTURE, period. will–> to have made a decision stemming from a desire and determination to achieve that desire. to desire for tomorrow is so simple and beautiful, that it’s almost elegant.

      today, i learned Andy Whitfield died, and then i read this post. i cried quite a lot, and then i picked up the phone and told my mom i love her. i ran out and now i’ve just come back from my old alma mater where i picked up an application form for medical school. one day, i WILL become a doctor.

  45. 45 Mia

    I’m gonna miss this show :(

  46. 46 meowying

    thank you so much for the recaps! haven’t been able to catch the drama because of school, so i’ve been reading your recaps instead (waiting for the time when i can marathon everything!). thanks so much for the hard work! =D <3

  47. 47 yumi

    Thanks for the recap.

    I check then returned 35 minutes later and there were 48 comments.

  48. 48 E Bee

    super! I cried! what a sweet ending! Surprisingly not depressing. =)

  49. 49 asianromance

    Thank you, girlfriday and javabeans, for recapping this series!

    Incredible ending! When I was watching this series, I was sure that an ending in which she lives would be unsatisfying and too fairy-tale-ish, but this ending proved me wrong. Yeon-jae lives- but no one really knows for how much longer. We’re all just grateful for the extra days. And who knows the extra month may lead to an extra two months…to an extra 6 months..to an extra year…and so on.

  50. 50 meta

    gladly the woman not dead, great drama

  51. 51 EvaBoo

    I’ve always wanted to say this – Having Cancer doesn’t mean it’s the end of life :)

  52. 52 ladida

    My show has ended…my show has ended…but it’s ended so well, and I’m happy and glad.

    Sometimes I feel silly for investing so much time and thought and emotion into fiction that isn’t in book form, into TV shows and movies that tickle my sweet tooth (ahem, shower scenes) as much as my longing for narrative cohesion and fulfillment, but then something like Coffee Prince or Scent of a Woman–even with its flaws–comes along, and I wonder why I ever feel like that at all.

    Thanks for the recap, and thanks for the wonderful show k-dramaland!

    • 52.1 Jomo

      I wonder, sometimes, if emotionally investing in fictional characters does me any good other than entertain.

      But as you said, a SOAW type story – with YJ and JW dealing with real life and death issues – can add to my understanding of my life and my death.

      What would I do if a prognosis of terminal cancer was handed to me?

      I would be tempted to take my laptop and hide in my room until I die. Screw the universe and the force that did this to me!

      Shows like this give us training wheels to deal with “god forbid” scenarios. We tentatively climb onto the bicycle with the heroine. We wobble around on our emotions falling left to despair and and right to selfishness. We look ahead at the possibility of a head-on collision that’ll end it all. Fortunately, the path we ride together has more than one choice up ahead, just like real life. Which way will I go? God, I hope I can do what YJ did and stay upright until the end. Go out with the wind flying in my hair and a big smile on my face.

  53. 53 bishbash

    i must be alone coz im oddly disappointed at the ending. it’s good to convey the message of hope and live life to the fullest, but on the other hand i think it’s kind of misleading.

    to kill YJ off would be more of bringing a closure, but it wouldn’t mean that people around her would forget her because she made an impact on everyone she loved.

    but it’s just me. =X

  54. 54 cingdoc

    Silly me…I was all ready for a good cry as I was anticipating the ending of the drama all day at work…I still cried,but it was happy tears…Thank you PD for not giving us a “patsy” ending-either YJ dies on JW’s arm or that she survives the cancer.
    I actually am very happy about the realistic ending…she tried the experimental treatment(there’s NO guarantee of its success),but she gained more time…more time to be with her JW,more time to find another treatment(whether it’s an organ transplant(from JW??) or another course of chemo). For any cancer patient,more time is a miracle in itself…
    YJ & JW,yes,think about what you two want to do tomorrow…yes plan away…& have fun…

  55. 55 Helen

    So thrilled that I found dramabeans while watching Scent. It really made it so much more of a complete experience watching the eps, reading your informative recaps and finishing off with the comments sections. Don’t know anyone in person who watched this drama but came here and found others of like mind.Yay.
    Also loved today’s song! Gotten to know more korean singers too.Thanks so much.

  56. 56 KIMCHI

    My congratulations to the writer(s), PD and cast and crew of this drama – awesome story, awesome ending !! Fantastic work guys

    And to fellow SOAWers, we live on… until the next, great Kdrama in the sky

  57. 57 KIMCHI

    My congratulations to the writer(s), PD and cast and crew of this drama – awesome story, awesome ending !! Fantastic work guys

  58. 58 Zoe

    I loved this! And I understand what was meant that we expected her to die: it’s a drama with a heroine with cancer.
    So, when he walked out to YJ, I totally went:

    WHAT THE F—?!!

    Lol I had tears in my eyes from the precious little gifts she sent, so I was just so surprised. Like, a blank shock–purely surprise rather than angry or even happy.

    That was a perfect ending for a series like this, in my opinion.

  59. 59 Minty V

    thanks for the recaps… and yes, i agree about the awesomeness of small details… i loved Ji Wook’s expression when he was called to join the photoshoot… i laughed when i saw malbok stuffed toy… and went WOW when she wrote ’21’ and the meaning of it sank in…

    i’ll certainly watch the drama again :)

  60. 60 Ani

    Dude, I totally thought she died like A Walk to Remember. Really nice ending there drama. X)

  61. 61 sosoxrah

    I’m so happy Yeon-jae didn’t die. I was wondering if they were gonna do an ending like “Kim Sam-soon” where they make it like the future is uncertain and you just gotta really live and cherish your life. So, it was good to see that “Scent of a Woman” ended it with an uplifting note. I wanted to feel content, not sad or depressed, and they thankfully gave me the hope and contentment I needed. I also loved the Malbokie stuffed toy scene. The ending really made the cranky grandpa into a lonely child who just needed a friend. haha This is prolly one of the best endings I’ve seen in awhile since it has such good closure without it feeling so constrained with all the emotion and inevitability of death. This drama is definitely one I will re-watch in the future.

  62. 62 yumi

    A satisfying series.

    While watching the finale I was convinced Yeon-Jae died in Ji-Wooks arms in the hospital dreaming of her wedding. And the look on her stepdad’s (Teacher) face when he got his package confirmed it for me.

    I feel like everything after Ji-Wook stepped out of the house and found Yeon-Jae in the garden was fan service to protect the writer from the fist of the fans who have been threatening to react badly if Yeon-Jae died.

    Despite feeling that Yeon-Jae’s survival was less than organic to the trajectory of the story, i think the save was well done and i don’t regret that they threw the audience a life raft and towed us in to a happy ending.

    • 62.1 shin mi rae

      i think the writer may have prepared for this bluff. for example, wish 20 could have been written as “to die in the arms of the one I love”. but no, she wrote it as “to close my eyes in the arms of the one I love”… we just interpreted closing her eyes to mean dying.

      maybe even writer Noh is unsure how the series will end when it was started, hence the double meaning in the use of “closing my eyes” in wish 20. but i like this ending more. its uplifting. its hopeful. cancer does not equate to death. and even people without cancer may die anyday. so we should live life to the fullest each day and hopeful on what new things tomorrow will bring. im buying it Writer-nim. well done.

  63. 63 Stardust

    YAAAAY thank you for the recaps!! I been living on them since I was too scared to watch the drama itself.

    YAAAY again for the experimental drug they keep harping about…. hinting here and there, I am so glad the ending is as nice as it can be…. =D

  64. 64 Lise

    Thank the good Lord for that ending! My friend just passed away from a car accident yesterday morning and there was no way i was gonna deal with another death (real life or otherwise) She was such a vibrant and vivacious person and her passing and Yeon Jae’s impending one have reminded me to live life to the fullest and leave with no regrets…RIP sweetie!

    • 64.1 maku

      Condoloence Dear…RIP to your friend..

  65. 65 Ashley

    Beautiful. I cried like a baby.

  66. 66 J-Pooh

    Thanks for the recap – it helped me fill the gaps in the parts I didn’t understand. ^^

    I must admit I pegged this drama wrong – thought it was about dealing with death…about letting go…in fact, it’s the opposite: it’s about dealing with LIVING and how to embrace things in you life…

    I am glad she didn’t suddenly die for a shock factor in the middle of the ep, and the drama ends up dragging it to tie up loose ends – like Ji Wook moving on and his voice-over talking about what he’s learned. Or that slooooooow lingering death – in the end sweetly done but oh-so-cliche.

    And for there is that touch of reality too. Just ‘cuz a doctor says you have 6 months to live, they and you know that’s not a accurate forecast. Treatments can work…my mom diagnosed with cancer had 6 months but lived for another 5 years – so, on that part it rang true to me so I didn’t feel cheated.

    I don’t know I left this drama feeling nice…but still felt something missing – perhaps last hot kiss between Yeon Jae and Ji Wook? ^.~

  67. 67 Minty V

    now i want a video compilation of 2 things from SOAW…

    1 – all the tango scenes

    2 – Kang Ji Wook’s 1001 facial expressions

    anyone up to the task? 😀

    • 67.1 flowerpot

      Made an mv previously of all tango scenes in the series with Ji Wook and yeonjae only. Was not able to include the one in ep 15 though.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn58l4vGAiM

      • 67.1.1 Minty V

        thank you! and congratulations to you and your hubby :)

  68. 68 laura

    a very stupid drama!!!!!

    never saw a drama with ending episodes ratings declining. that showed how stupid the ending was!!!!

    2011-07-23 01 13.9 (5th) 15.8 (5th)
    2011-07-24 02 13.9 (8th) 15.1 (8th)
    2011-07-30 03 13.1 (5th) 15.4 (5th)
    2011-07-31 04 12.5 (8th) 13.4 (8th)
    2011-08-06 05 16.2 (4th) 18.5 (4th)
    2011-08-07 06 17.0 (4th) 18.6 (4th)
    2011-08-13 07 16.8 (2nd) 19.6 (3rd)
    2011-08-14 08 16.7 (3rd) 19.7 (3rd)
    2011-08-20 09 17.8 (2nd) 21.5 (1st)
    2011-08-21 10 18.6 (2nd) 21.9 (2nd)
    2011-08-27 11 16.7 (2nd) 18.8 (2nd)
    2011-08-28 12 16.4 (6th) 18.7 (4th)
    2011-09-03 13 16.4 (3rd) 19.6 (1st)
    2011-09-04 14 16.1 (4th) 18.1 (4th)
    2011-09-10 15 15.7 (4th) 17.1 (4th)
    2011-09-11 16 14.1 (4th) 14.9 (3rd)

    • 68.1 Minty V

      oh you again… funny how you still stuck around till the end LOL…

      methinks somewhere in kdramaland, a bridge is missing it’s troll…

      • 68.1.1 ck1Oz

        Me too and to take the trouble to compile. Happy Chuseok everyone in case you’re. a fan and wondering why it dropped .That’s. still 7.5million Koreans. who watched it excluding online and. overseas viewers. like us.

      • 68.1.2 Jomo

        LOL!

    • 68.2 MJ

      If you never watched Scent of a Woman from the Release Date: July 16, 2011 – End Date: Sept. 11, 2011 why do you call this show stupid just because the ratings say so. Don’t rely on ratings. Who cares about the ratings. I guess you are the only one that does care about ratings. Feeling sorry for you.

    • 68.3 tomo

      So “stupid” that you spent time looking up the ratings and commenting here. Makes sense.

      Chuseok, the biggest Korean holiday, was this weekend.

      Additionally, some people may have been fearful of what seemed to be guaranteed last episodes of continual gut-wrench and tears. I actually did not watch the past 4 episodes because I couldn’t bear to stomach that right now. I was an absolute mess after 49 Days, even though I thought the ending befitting (minus the unnecessary birth secret). And so I only hesitatingly read the recaps, something I don’t normally do as I tend to abhor spoilers.

      As an aside, this is why I’m so scared to start the Princess’ Man, despite hearing about how good it is.

    • 68.4 omo

      Hi Laura,

      How about writing your own ending and we’ll judge whether it’s stupid or clever?

    • 68.5 Jomo

      A show that deals with cancer and death will “lose” a large portion of the audience before it starts.

      The ratings posted actually show a gain.
      For it to end up 3rd – that is of ALL the shows broadcast that evening – when it was predicted that the heroine DIES on screen, is a success in my book.

      I think this one will end up being purchased and given as a gift a lot. I know I will buy it.

    • 68.6 m

      If you’re going to casually throw out a word like “stupid” to describe the drama, at least back up your use of the word.

    • 68.7 jastinel

      Why are you here in the first place…Laura!
      What a stupid way to comment!

    • 68.8 Amy

      In case you never got the memo,

      Ratings =/= Quality of Drama

    • 68.9 etee7114

      Hi, you must be Sae Kyung.

  69. 69 Samantha G.

    Thanks once again for your recap/observations about this drama. Scent of a Woman will be greatly missed. The ending was not too melodramatic. The writers really knew how to tug at their viewer’s hearts. Kudos to the writers, staff and actors of this wonderful drama. I’m just curious though, which one is your favorite K-drama so far for 2011? Many thanks and more power dramabeans!

  70. 70 Stella

    I love how the ending goes. Truly, it gives us hope and faith while we are living. It is really amazing kdrama and certainly it taught us a lot of lessons. I salute to all the writers, directors, staff, actors, and actresses for the awesome job. Kamsahmida! Thanks Girlfriday for your hardwork in making these recaps possible. Thanks a lot. Always be Happy! Have a blissful Life!

  71. 71 Pamilah

    What a beautiful ending! I expected death and so much angst, but I’m pleasantly surprised to be crying over the warmth and inspiration of how she continued to truly live. I also like that the ending was somewhat ambiguous as it allows me to think about what happens the next day . . .

    So for me, I imagine Yeon Jae going into remission, finds out she is pregnant, gives birth to an adorable baby girl, takes another vacation with her family, dies a quiet yet happy and fufilled death, living bright in the memories of her loved ones. The end. In my mind that’s the ending for Yeon Jae. :)

  72. 72 zgznoona

    Thanks for the recaps.
    When I saw this episode this morning I couldn’t help to cry, but the end was so unexpected, beautiful and appropriate for the drama that it left me full of peace.
    The writers did a great job with the last two episodes

  73. 73 Silvergirl

    Thank you javabeans and girlfriday! I am glad that you took time to recap this drama. And I am really satisfied with the ending…

  74. 74 zIA

    sooo sweeettt…..

  75. 75 niza

    Thanks for the recap…been waiting for this from this morning, now finally, can get to read it! this drama is great, such a great ending and I didn’t shed to many tears for this final one. I love both of them…very sweet~

  76. 76 everriell

    wow! best drama ever! thanks to jb & gf.

  77. 77 laya

    AWWWWWW! *blubbers* I love the ending!

    Thanks for the recap! <3

  78. 78 laya

    AWWWWWW! *blubbers* I love the ending!

    Thanks for the recap! <3

  79. 79 Maracarrero

    I couldn’t watch the live finale because of Hee Jo’s death
    (which left me crying for hours). To have to see Yeon-jae die would have ruined my Sunday. Si I went about my
    business and went to church and just couldn’t concentrate
    on the mass (forgive me Jesus but I was in mourning for
    Yeon-jae due to the preview posted on the www). I had
    such a pain in the pit of my stomach. Later I searched the web to see any recap which would tell me the outcome. After reading the outcome, I tried to get myself
    not to watch the unsubbed version, but it didn’t work. Your recap now made my day complete and gave me peace “cause I finally correctly understood the conversations. Your recaps are the most complete and
    made my goodbye to Yeon-jae easier. RIP SOAW. :-(

  80. 80 germaineora

    “Live each day as if you have a tomorrow. ” nice one!

  81. 81 sora

    Nice ending. I like!!!!

  82. 82 Scheduler Is Mine

    *deep sigh of contentment* I was chewing on my fingernails in anticipation that this would end with her death, but this ending… it’s perfect. I love this finale!

  83. 83 SS

    One word, perfect. The open ending seems to be the best choice, it didn’t leave us depressed or angry at an unrealistic conclusion to the drama. Great work SOAW team! And thanks for the recaps GF and JB.

  84. 84 Noelle

    SUCH A GOOD DRAMA

    I’m gonna miss these characters. Especially Eun Seok. I can’t wait to see these guys in their next drama. Kim Sun Ah unnie please rest up and get a new project stat! Same with Eom Ki Joon! Hopefully, Dream High 2. *fingers crossed*

  85. 85 Jasmin Rice

    Thank you, girlfriday and javabeans, for recapping this series!

    You 2 should be writers. :-)

    You make the dramas so complete now.

    • 85.1 Jomo

      JB and GF are writers.

      • 85.1.1 babyfat

        i second that JB and GF are writers – i’m a fan.

  86. 86 webfoot

    Love the gentle landing and the message of hope. Love the hotness that was LDW. Love Bucket List #21.

    BUT something is niggling at me.

    I feel like we’vee watched “Cancer: defanged.” Cancer is one of the ugliest, most demeaning things that can happen to humans, and while we saw LYJ’s emotional suffering we saw very little of her physical suffering. Not that I wanted to see it (seen plenty of my own). However, there are ways to cinematically work around it without giving us the actual blood and gore.

    I do appreciate KSA’s effort to half starve herself to show the physical toll of cancer on her body, especially in visual comparison with Hee Joo, who died while looking like the perkiest healthiest cheerleader.

    But there really is a lot more in the physical suffering that further impacts the emotional suffering. For example, LYJ’s fear of KJW seeing her as a ‘sick person’. Can you imagine what that does to a romantic relationship? That worry went pretty much ignored as the story progressed.

    So, as well written as the story was at the end, it still took the safe entertainment route.

  87. 87 kit

    ‘I thought the message of this drama was to live each day as if it were your last, but really, it’s the reverse: Live each day as if you have a tomorrow.’

    that’s so beautiful.

    thank you so much for the recaps.

    • 87.1 Susy

      agreed.

  88. 88 memgyfan

    Thank you, recapper, and thank you very much, writer, for giving us such a great ending!

  89. 89 mnstpdu08

    I’ve been reading the recaps (thank you!), so that I means I’ve been missing out on the emotional ties with the visual, sound of the drama, which probably affects my perspective of the drama. It’s really strange that I’m going to say this, especially since I love happy endings, but I’m going to be the anomaly and say that I actually do not like the ending for this drama. It certainly sends a message that not everyone dies from cancer and to continue living regardless of the future; but I rather they had ended it when she fell asleep in Ji Wook’s arms. It seems like her life came to a closure and she seemed content, so it was a good time to go. Her life was extended for another month, but can you live everyday of your life knowing (you don’t have to think) that you could die any day? I really don’t know how to express my thoughts; it’s probably because my opinion on death. When I die, I would like to go peacefully and content asleep.

  90. 90 tomo

    Thank you GF and JB. I’m so relieved at how it ended. I was worried for a minute that maybe they were going to say that she was cured, but instead they kept it more realistic, and for that I’m very thankful to the writer. Keeping the eventual death out of the episode keeps things lighter and gives us more hope.

    GF, I love the message you drew out from this, “Live each day as if you have a tomorrow.” It’s so beautiful and a poignant reversal of what we always hear of living each day as our last.

    Now that I know that I won’t be beating my chest howling in agony at the finale, I will be going back and actually watching the last few episodes. :)

  91. 91 JheartsK

    Liked the ending but did anyone else feel this drama lost a lot of energy half way through?

  92. 92 babylind

    thank you very much for the recaps.. this is such a great drama… gives us a good lesson about life… very inspiring… i’m going to miss this… again, thank you! =)

  93. 93 Cynthia

    Thanks for the excellent, insightful recaps, ladies!

    Now this is a perfect ending -Show leading us all down the path of gloom and then BAM! The clouds of sadness part and the rays of Godlight come streaming down on our characters, illuminating the need for hope and joy and peace that it brings.

    I have only one question – maybe I missed something, but what was the business with the organ donor stuff? And Wookie wanted to be the donor? What was he donating?

    • 93.1 shin mi rae

      wookie, can you donate your great bod to me please????

  94. 94 Susy

    great and promising end. will definitely miss the characters!! thanks for the great subs and always enjoy reading your comments java bean! :)

  95. 95 jm12x26

    thank you soooo much javabeans and girlfriday for the recaps of this drama…i was sobbing almost the entire time i was reading the last recap for this while i was listening to the background music us again…i know i’ll find it hard to watch another series that would give me as much as inspiration as what yeon jae has given me…i had my own bucket list now…

    yeon jae is very much like jamie (mandy moore of a walk to remember)…both characters were ill…both found their true love…both have their own bucket list…i thought that yeon jae would pass away like how jamie went in a walk to remember…but it was great to know that she continues to live…

    i love this show…i love all your recaps and screenshots…i love yeon jae, ji wook and eun sook… i love kim sun ah…

    thank you sooo much … ^___^

  96. 96 gazzy

    I read this, and I was so happy. And then I find out about the Spartacus guy an hour later, and now I’m just sad again. I wish real life was more like kdramas…. :'(

  97. 97 flowerpot

    I literally woke up today with a bittersweet feeling when i remembered this ending.

    I felt happy and hopeful that even if Yeonjae is still sick, she is surviving and that she has been given more time to make her life more meaningful and to die without regrets when the time comes.

    However, there was also an unexplainable ache in my chest when i remembered that really this show is over. No more Saturdays and Sundays of spazzing and crying and ranting and raving with fellow SOAW addicts, no more Yeonjae-Jiwook sweetness, no more SunAh-Dong Wook candid offcam moments.

    It pains me that this is not the kind of drama where you can repeat over and over without feeling some kind of depression or angst while watching it. I loved every minute of this show but i think i need to prepare myself first before watching it in its entirety all over again. Probably i should start with the sweet Yeonjae-Jiwook moments. :)

    The ending was spectacular. Superb even.

    I love how the writer didn’t pull a cockamamie story of how a miracle happened and Yeonjae got to live but rather that she is still alive because she has the will to live and fight her disease and while doing so she’s living everyday like it is a gift and making memories with the people she loves to the best of her ability.

    It was so realistic and at the same time so hopeful too.

    We see it happen to people we know and we marvel at their bravery and optimism and their zest for life despite the odds that fate has thrown their way.

    After all, no one really knows when the end is coming.

    I remember what JiHeon said to HeeJin when he broke up with her in My name is Kim Sam Soon, that we all get to die someday but we still have to live despite that. That even if we know that we might end up leaving this world someday, we still have to put our best effort in the life that we have right now because what is the use of living if not really for that.

    In my head, i am imagining Yeonjae bravely facing her treatments and surviving.

    She has that kind of willpower and such a strong support system that it is not too farfetched.

    It may be a long, hard road that she’d have to take to get there but i’m sure with Jiwook and her mom and her friends beside her, she’d make it.

    • 97.1 Silvergirl

      well said flowerpot…

      the dilemma now is what is there to watch next?

    • 97.2 jangerr

      @ flowerpot

      Agree! You’ve put it so nicely – that the ending was realistic yet so hopeful…

      This calls for a group hug too, don’t you think?

  98. 98 kacamata

    Thank you very much for the recaps….I missed SoW already….a very nice and unexpected ending…love it very much…

  99. 99 mtoenlob

    One deliriously satisfying ending!

    Death is inevitable. It will surely come to anyone and everyone. When and how is what we have no control of. Until then, we still have the choice to live the life we ought to. Yesterday is gone and there is no point in going back. Tomorrow is still unknown. What matters is the moment, the now. How you are going to live the moment is yours. The decision is yours and yours alone.

  100. 100 Carinne

    If this show really wants to ring out the last glass of tears from me then they could’ve put more emphasis on the majestic tree landscape, dig out the engagement ring, and JW slip it on YJ’s finger. Throw in some uncertainties and I’ll be crying like a lost child.

    Sure, the ending was nice and seems perfectly smooth, but in reality, those things rarely come through in sequence. I too understand the point was to fulfill her bucket list, and most importantly finish what you start to the very end. I suppose I shouldn’t complain, however I don’t think this type of ending deserves to sweep awards like the Golden Globes. I think the scriptwriter has a really kind heart to spare innocent viewers’ heart condition from ugly situation, and in turn sacrificed her chance of snagging an award for this show.

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