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I Hear Your Voice: Episode 18 (Final)

Lately I’ve become ending-averse, not that I don’t want shows to end (heaven forbid), but because enough bad endings can make you develop finale-phobia, for fear that one bad hour could undo all the good that came before.

But I’m happy to report that I Hear Your Voice goes out as strong as it came in. It always had a story and a message to tell—though we may have taken two extra episodes to (ahem) pad out said story—the journey feels whole, and earned, and satisfying to the end.

 
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Monni – “소년이 어른이 되어” (A Boy Becomes an Adult) [ Download ]

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FINAL EPISODE: “Stay by my side as light within the darkness”

We resume with post-kidnapping-and-roof-falling hospital snuggles, and oh okay, I guess I can watch you two hug and kiss again. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. We just had better not do another rewind to three hours ago, is all I’m sayin’.

Sometime later, Su-ha moves his books into Hye-sung’s apartment, and she complains that there isn’t enough space for both their books. She doesn’t see why he wants to live here anyway when his place is way bigger. Su-ha: “Then you come live with me there.” Kyaa.

She reminds him that they lived together in the first place because of Min Joon-gook. Now they have no such justification to continue living together. Su-ha: “There is justification,” and he leans in. Rawr.

He raises his we’re-gonna-have-sexy-fun-times eyebrows and leans closer… and she shoves her foot on his chest to stop him. Wha? Why? But… why?

Hye-sung: “What kind of justification is so naughty?” The fun kind! He pouts and grabs the pillow behind her since she won’t let him grab her, and she tells him that as long as he’s living here, he has to maintain certain lines. Boo.

He hits the books, and she asks how he’s feeling about his police university test tomorrow, and he scowls that his mood is in the crapper. She tries to appease him with snuggles, but he nudges her away with a sigh.

Kwan-woo sees Do-yeon heading up in the courtroom elevator and runs over with a wave, and she hurriedly presses the button to shut the door. Hee. This recurring elevator thing with her is so petty and small, but I never tire of it.

Kwan-woo wedges his hand in the door, and thanks her for holding the elevator for him. He asks if she’s taking on the Min Joon-gook case, and she is. Do-yeon: “You’re not… going to represent him, are you?” I’m a little scared to hear the answer.

He says no, he’d have to be crazy to do that. Oh phew. He reminds her that he’s also a past victim, broken arm and all. She says pointedly that she doesn’t feel the least bit sorry for Min Joon-gook AT ALL, and will get him the death penalty.

That gives Kwan-woo pause, and then we see in flashback that he went to go see Min Joon-gook in jail. Kwan-woo says he came to request that Joon-gook not lie to his new lawyer this time, and tell the whole truth and lay it all down.

Joon-gook seems resigned to his fate, and says that the end result won’t change, so he’ll do that… if Kwan-woo will represent him. Ack. This is going to happen, isn’t it? I don’t trust him, but he does seem genuine about this at least: “When no one else would take my side, you did.”

He says he’s not asking for the verdict to change—he’s just looking for someone to listen to his story. Back in the present, Kwan-woo looks up at the blind scales of justice and the request weighs on him.

Hye-sung visits Mom’s memorial and tells her that Min Joon-gook has been captured. She says that there’s enough evidence this time that he won’t wriggle his way out of this, and she leans her head against the glass, asking how Mom feels and if she can rest now.

Hye-sung: “I wish I could hear it one more time, your voice.” So she replays Mom’s last words to her in her head, about not living her life an eye for an eye. She answers Mom again just like she did on the phone: “Okay. I promise.”

Do-yeon begins her interrogation of Min Joon-gook, and they get to the day in the parking garage a year ago. He admits to calling Su-ha there with the intention of killing him, but he says that Hye-sung came on her own.

Do-yeon: “So you stabbed her anyway?” Joon-gook: “I wasn’t the one who stabbed her. Park Su-ha was.” She calls him a liar, but he doesn’t see how that one fact would change anything for him—he’s telling the truth.

At that very moment, Su-ha takes his first test for admission into the police university. Argh, if this keeps him from getting in, I’ll never forgive you!

Judge Kim sighs that Min Joon-gook requested Kwan-woo again as his public defender, and asks his colleagues hesitantly if that would be shameless to ask of Kwan-woo. They both answer, “Yes.”

Kwan-woo sits down and is already halfway there to taking on the case, and asks what he should do. Judge Kim says he’d be grateful if he did, but he’s not shameless so he won’t ask. Oh like that’s different. BAH.

And of course, Kwan-woo says he’ll take the case. I’m going to stop wondering why there are no other friggin public defenders in this universe besides the three that we know, and just accept that this is happening. But seriously, once was one thing, but twice is WTFery.

Pretty the Paralegal gets up in arms about it (thank goodness someone’s voicing my complaint) and whines that this is all wrong. He adds that the office will be shrouded in darkness all over again, “And I hate the dark!” Hee.

Even Lawyer Shin says this is bad, and says he’ll take on the case instead. He asks Kwan-woo if he’ll ever be able to face Hye-sung again if he does this, and Pretty the Paralegal interrupts to say that he won’t be able to, ever EVER. “You can’t do this to Jjang-byun!”

Suddenly a hand goes up. It’s Hye-sung, who’s been sitting there at her desk this whole time. HAHAHA. Okay, that was funny. Hye-sung: “Why do you keep talking as if I’m not here?” Pretty the Paralegal swears he’s on her side, but she says that she’s on Kwan-woo’s side. Aw, that’s really big of you.

Kwan-woo finds her out in the hallway and she says there’s no need for mushy thanks, but instead he points out that her skirt’s turned around. Lol. She flips it around in her usual manner, and then Kwan-woo explains that he’s taking on Min Joon-gook’s case because he agreed to tell the whole truth and admit to his crimes if he did.

Hye-sung says he should’ve said so from the get-go, and he realizes that she took his side without even knowing all this. She starts to explain the reason, but he just says, “Thanks for understanding me.”

At home, Hye-sung takes off her bandage and worries that the scar on her forehead won’t fade, but Su-ha says it will with time, and swears you can barely see it with her hair down. Her solution cracks me up: “Should I wear a giant pin on the other side to distract the eye?”

That reminds him about the necklace though, and he runs in to get it with such giddy excitement it kills me. She opens it up and gasps, and he tells her that he saw that she wanted it. But instead of being happy, she hurriedly puts it back and tells him to return it.

He hears her thinking that it’s too much and now she’ll have to be more careful about letting him see her wanting things. Su-ha: “I still seem like a kid to you, don’t I? I’m young, and immature, and make you worry.” He doesn’t say it with any anger or even any defensiveness—he knows it’s true.

She asks if he’s mad, but he smiles and says he isn’t. He takes the necklace back and promises to return it. But then every single thing Hye-sung has ever said about their relationship having an end, her needing to learn how to not rely on him, planning for a time in her future without him—start to weigh on his mind.

Do-yeon finds out that Kwan-woo is taking Min Joon-gook’s case after all, and she flat-out calls him crazeballs. She swears to mop the floor with him and refuses to answer his calls, even when her secretary points out that he heard everything she said while on hold. She hangs up anyway. I smell hate-love brewing.

And then of course there’s the other matter—what to do about Park Su-ha. She goes by the letter of the law, and Su-ha gets a summons in the mail from the prosecutor’s office. The charge is attempted murder. Crap.

Kwan-woo runs into the office to tell Hye-sung about it, thinking that there’s been some mistake. But the look of horror on Hye-sung’s face confirms that it really was Su-ha who stabbed her that night. She swears it was an accident and starts to panic, wondering how this could happen after what they’ve been through to get here.

She races home and finds Su-ha staring at the summons, and grabs it out of his hands. She tells him that they can’t prove a thing, so they can lie, and she’ll back him up, and no one will know.

He says they can’t do that, but she argues that they can and will, and she’ll go right over to Do-yeon and insist that Min Joon-gook is lying. Su-ha: “I know. I know that you can, but I also know that you shouldn’t.” Awww.

He takes her hand and says this is different from the last time—he remembers everything and he stabbed her, and he can’t lie about it. She argues that attempted murder means that she can’t drop the charges, and could be called in as a witness to testify against him. And the police academy, his whole future, will tank.

He says he’s prepared for that and will find some other future, but she cries that he isn’t listening to her. She pleads through tears: “You don’t have to do this. After how we got here? You can lie. You can do it once. It’s okay if you do.”

Su-ha: “No, I can’t.” He reaches up to wipe away a tear, but she pulls away and runs to her room.

Kwan-woo totally stalks Do-yeon out to her car to try and get a word with her, and she goes running. He finally yells, “Hey, Seo Do-yeon!” in banmal, and it succeeds in getting her to stop out of anger and disbelief, but then she just drives away and leaves him in the dust.

The next morning Su-ha prepares to go to the prosecutor’s office, and sighs at the post-its that Hye-sung once stuck on his schedule for police academy exams, to encourage him. He stops at her door to tell her that he’s going, and apologizes for not listening to her.

Su-ha: “You asked me what I dreamt once. In my dreams you keep getting hurt that same way… bleeding. It must’ve been a warning, not to forget that day. I didn’t heed that warning and now I’m being punished.”

He says that if he tells the truth, maybe he’ll stop having those dreams. He presses his hand against the door, as Hye-sung’s hand hovers above the doorknob.

Su-ha: “Can I ask one thing before I go? If I end up having to leave your side because of this… will you wait for me?” She leans against the door, unable to say anything. It’s the longest silence in the history of silences.

Kwan-woo waits for Do-yeon again (Please don’t tell me you spent the night here. Though by the looks of your hair, you might’ve.) and she hilariously starts to speed-walk to get away from him.

He chases her down and manages to trap her in the revolving door, and poor Judge Kim gets wedged in as collateral damage. She refuses to talk to him about Min Joon-gook, but Kwan-woo says he’s not here about that—he’s here to talk about Su-ha. She’s surprised, and finally gives him the time of day. The whole time Judge Kim is knocking on the glass, Yoohoo! People!

Hye-sung wanders into Su-ha’s empty room and lingers there for a while, flipping through the books he was studying so diligently. That’s when she discovers her old journal, wedged behind his things. Finally.

As she opens it up and starts to read, Su-ha gets a text from the police university saying that he passed the first round of tests. Augh.

Hye-sung reads the entry Su-ha wrote on the day before Min Joon-gook’s verdict (for her mother’s murder, when he was determined to kill him).

Su-ha: If I disappear… I’d like it if you never knew, and instead thought that I was living well somewhere, studying hard, hanging out with friends, dreaming of becoming a police officer. I’d like you to believe that I was living well that way. If I disappear… I’d like it if you didn’t cry. I’d like you to be happy. And once in a while… just once in a while… I’d like you to remember me.

She breaks down in sobs as she reads the entry, as he does the same, thinking of having to leave her all over again.

Back at the revolving door, Kwan-woo’s still holding both parties hostage as he asks Do-yeon to reconsider Su-ha’s charges. She isn’t keen on it either but she asks how she’s supposed to ignore a crime as a prosecutor.

But Kwan-woo argues that the three of them are the ones who started this mess (ha, I love that Judge Kim gets included in this) for letting Min Joon-gook go free in the first place when they screwed up the last trial. He asks how they’re going to correct that, and what they’re going to do about the things that Su-ha suffered as a consequence of their actions. Dude, I’m so back on Kwan-woo’s side right now.

He asks if that’s what the law is to her, and Do-yeon digs her heels in: “Yes, it is! I believe the law has to be cold.” He finally lets her go, and Judge Kim runs after her to say something.

Su-ha arrives for questioning, and Do-yeon begins the formal inquiry. As she does, Judge Kim’s words come back to her. He says that he agrees with her that the law has to be cold. “But I also think the law has to have heart.”

He says that Do-yeon probably agrees with Kwan-woo a little (despite her insistence that she doesn’t) and says he thought he saw a bit of that heart in Hwang Dal-joong’s case.

As she questions Su-ha, she suddenly cuts him off before he can say Min Joon-gook’s name. He catches her thinking that he can’t say that out loud or else she can’t change the charge. Aww yeah. For once I’m glad there’s only one prosecutor and one judge in this world. She declares that there was no intent to murder and the weapon was too short anyway, so the crime is being changed to a weapons-carrying charge.

Kwan-woo finds Su-ha on his way out, and says that he’ll get Do-yeon to unplug her ears and listen to him. But Su-ha says she changed the charge and he got a stay of prosecution on top of it. Yay, Do-yeon.

Kwan-woo beams, and Su-ha thanks him sincerely for everything. “I know how much you like Jjang-byun. And I know that everything you’re doing for me is because of her. I resent it, but I admit—you’re a good person, so much that I can’t ever measure up.” AW. Look who’s grown up. Bro-hug? Asking for too much?

Su-ha adds that Kwan-woo’s such a good person it actually makes him sorry that Hye-sung chose him, and Kwan-woo stops him from getting too mushy. Su-ha promises to be good to her, enough not to be sorry about her choice. Good on you.

Kwan-woo scowls that it sounds an awful lot like a warning to keep his distance from Hye-sung from now on, and Su-ha smiles that if he interprets it that way he’ll be grateful too. Ha. He bows respectfully before walking away, and Kwan-woo smiles.

At home, Hye-sung’s neck-deep in regret, in tears as she reads all of Su-ha’s journal, while wearing her necklace and holding her Good Job Bear. How adorable.

Su-ha arrives in the street down below, and they lock eyes on the balcony. He goes running up to her thinking something’s wrong because she’s crying, and she goes running down because she’s got so much to say.

They meet in the middle and she just runs into his arms, crying and calling his name. He asks why she’s crying and she just bursts into a confession: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for pretending like I didn’t, when I depended on you more than anyone. I’m sorry for not saying it, even though I love you more than anyone. I’m sorry for thinking of the end and being anxious about it while looking at you. I’m sorry for all of it!”

He just smiles and hugs her close, and she just keeps going, saying that she’s going to defend the hell out of him in court and get him acquitted, and he won’t ever go to jail. “But if… if you do, don’t worry. I’ll wait for you.” Yaaaay. She said it!

He finally tells her that he won’t be going to jail because Do-yeon dropped the case because Kwan-woo convinced her, and Hye-sung can hardly believe she did such a nice thing. She hugs him in relief, which lasts about two seconds before the embarrassment at her bawling confession of lurve kicks in.

He totally catches her regretting the overzealous speech, and she launches into this hilarious backpedaling, about how she was caught up in the moment, and not that she didn’t mean it, but… but… And finally she’s so mortified she just runs away. Ha.

But he catches up to her on the steps and then notices that she’s wearing the necklace. He prods, “Say it. You said you were sorry you were stingy with your I love you’s.” This is so cute I can’t stand it.

She tries to wriggle out of it by saying she must’ve been out of her mind a minute ago, but realizes she can’t actually get away with lying to him. She rolls her eyes and purses her lips… and then mumbles a barely discernable “I love you.”

Su-ha: “What? I can’t hear you.” I love how much he’s enjoying this. She finally shuts her eyes: “Fine. I love you. I love you. I love you a whole friggin’ LOT, okay?” He sneaks in a kiss before she opens her eyes.

He wraps his arms around her waist, and she finally smiles again, and throws her hands around his neck and they kiss. And then he eskimo-kisses her three times, like he’s trying to kill me, and gives her a kiss on the forehead.

They gaze into each other’s eyes for a long moment, and the air changes between them. He goes in for a real kiss this time. Oh swoon. As they stand on the steps kissing and kissing some more, we hear another journal entry.

Su-ha: I know why you’re anxious, and I know why you’re always preparing for a time without me. But even if that time comes, I won’t worry. Even when ten years had passed, I recognized you. When I lost my memories, when I had erased you, I came to love you again. Even if ten more years pass, if I lose my memories again, if that time you’re worried about comes… I’ll find you… and I’ll love you again.

Could there be anything better?

Kwan-woo goes over his notes with Min Joon-gook, and he says they’ll tell his full story in court. But Kwan-woo says that despite Su-ha’s father doing something he shouldn’t have, that reason disappeared when Joon-gook killed him. He adds that he has to stop insisting that his mother and son died because of Hye-sung and Su-ha.

Min Joon-gook still believes it to his core, that they’re responsible. Finally Kwan-woo slams his hands on the table and says, “Your mother and son did not die because Jang Hye-sung testified against you. Because you killed someone, because you went to jail, because you couldn’t take care of your mother with dementia and your son—that’s why they starved to death.”

Joon-gook tells him not to speak so easily when he doesn’t know what it’s like to be in his shoes. But Kwan-woo says he’s put himself there every day he’s worked on this case, to see the world through his eyes. He says he’s figured out what Joon-gook really thinks.

We cut away to Do-yeon arriving at home to pick up a few things, and running into her father. It’s clearly been a while since they’ve crossed paths, and he asks about the consequences of the Hwang Dal-joong case—she could lose her job. She says she knows.

Back to Joon-gook, who challenges Kwan-woo to read his thoughts. Kwan-woo says Joon-gook has known for some time that he was the one who started all of this. “You realized it at one point, but you couldn’t stop, because the moment you did your life would become nothing. That’s why you persisted, all while killing people, swearing that you were right.”

Joon-gook asks him to stop, and Kwan-woo urges him to admit it in court, and to stop insisting a lie he doesn’t even believe. “Aren’t you suffering?”

We go back to Do-yeon and her father, as she bows goodbye. Kwan-woo’s words were never truer than for Judge Seo, as he tells Joon-gook that he’ll be the only one who suffers by not admitting he was wrong, “and then one day you end up alone with no one on your side.”

Sung-bin meets Su-ha at the bookstore and declares that she’s going to go to the police academy with him, and shows him her newly painted nails with their initials on them. Su-ha remembers what Choong-ki thought once, about how Su-ha lets her dig her own grave, and this time he decides he has to say something.

He asks if Sung-bin was the one who gave Hye-sung the teddy bear, and thanks her for it. “So then… you know how I feel about her? That it hasn’t changed for eleven years? And that it won’t in the future?”

She nods. He says he can say it then, and starts, “I think it’s time you…” She stops him right there, knowing what’s coming next. He can hear her think that she’ll cry if he says another word, so he does, and just lets her ramble her way out with an excuse, and says he’s sorry. And as he’s leaving, he calls Choong-ki.

Choong-ki comes running over, taking care to cover her skirt with his shirt as she sobs into her knees. She cries that Su-ha once said her hands were pretty, and Choong-ki says when guys say that it means your face isn’t. Look who’s digging his grave now.

She shoves him aside and yells at his poor excuse for a cheer-up speech, and then he persists in following her and saying that it’s true that she’s ugly, but guys who just go after pretty girls are superficial, and a guy who likes you for your insides is way better. What? That’s not how you win a girl over! Augh, somebody yank that foot out of his mouth!

She ends up beating him up with her purse and leaving in a huff, and the poor fool doesn’t even know why she didn’t understand what he meant. And then of course he goes chasing after her, saying to himself that she’s pretty. Pfft.

Hye-sung thanks Kwan-woo for helping Su-ha out, and offers up a handshake. She takes his hand and gives it a kiss, just like he did to her once. He asks what that was, and she says it’s a goodbye (not meant in the literal farewell sense).

“Thank you for everything—for liking me, for being good to me, for helping Su-ha.” He smiles and says he’ll accept that gesture. And then Lawyer Shin coughs from behind his desk, “I’ve been here the whole time.” Heh.

Pretty the Paralegal runs in and announces with glee that Do-yeon is being investigated formally and might lose her job. He does a dance of joy, only to be met with long faces all around, and he’s like, Don’t we… hate her?

Hye-sung runs into her at the elevator and Do-yeon confirms that it’s because of the Hwang Dal-joong case. Suddenly Judge Kim comes running up as the doors start to close, and both girls jump to push the hell out of the button to shut the door. Hee. Jinx!

He makes it anyway, and then awkwardly stands between them as they literally talk over his head as if he’s not there. Hye-sung thanks her for Su-ha’s case and she says it was all Kwan-woo and his annoying chatter.

Judge Kim says he helped too, which gets squarely ignored, and Do-yeon even attributes his heart-speech to Kwan-woo. “I said that.” More ignoring. The girls walk out and Judge Kim finally loses it and yells after Hye-sung, asking why he can’t get a thanks too.

She whirls around, pauses, and then thanks him sincerely. It shocks him so much he gapes, “Oh, you said it!” And then he starts digging around in his robes for a camera to document the moment. Ha.

The girls walk in lock step and Do-yeon asks if Hye-sung isn’t going to watch Min Joon-gook’s trial. Hye-sung doesn’t have plans to, and it shocks Do-yeon that she doesn’t want to watch her mother’s killer go down.

She says that even if she gets pulled off Min Joon-gook’s case for disciplinary reasons, her sunbae will see it through to the end and get the death penalty. Hye-sung: “Is that what you think I want?” Do-yeon doesn’t see how she wouldn’t.

Hye-sung doesn’t really know the answer either, and Do-yeon wonders if she’s being a public defender even now, or if she actually feels sorry for Min Joon-gook. Hye-sung: “What am I, Mother Teresa?” Pwahaha. And this is why we love you.

She says no, it’s nothing like that and she does NOT feel sorry for him. But wishing him dead because he killed her mother—well that makes her feel the same as him, and she hates that. She decides that because she doesn’t want to feel like she’s on his level, she doesn’t want him sentenced to death.

Two months later.

Su-ha does dishes while Hye-sung folds laundry, and she asks if he’s going to hear Min Joon-gook’s verdict tomorrow in court. He says no, since he’s got his police university interview, and she asks if he’s hoping for the death penalty.

He thinks about it and says no, and she guesses the reason—that he doesn’t want to be like him in any way—and says maybe his mind-reading ability has rubbed off on her. She gets all excited about the baseball game that’s about to start, and runs to grab something. Su-ha’s expression freezes in horror: “No. I’m not wearing that!”

Cut to: the pair of them in beer hats in front of the TV. Hahahaha.

Hye-sung and Su-ha begin an exchange of voiceovers about their relationship, as she says Su-ha doesn’t like to go to crowded places, so they don’t go to baseball stadiums. He says she becomes a monster when watching baseball. “I’m sometimes, often, afraid.”

As they eat breakfast, she says he cooks well because he’s lived alone since junior high. “He must’ve been very lonely.” He says the reason she eats her all-food-in-one-bowl dog food is because she used her precious time working hard. “She must’ve been very tired.”

Su-ha: “I think Jjang-byun still thinks that we might have an end someday. It doesn’t matter if she thinks so. Even if that end comes, I’ll find her again, and start all over, and be happy again.”

Hye-sung: “When I look at Su-ha I’m always anxious that our relationship might come to an end. But to calm that worry I’m going to treat him better and try harder to understand him. I’ll probably remain endlessly nervous, as I spend a long time being happy with Su-ha.”

It’s time for his interview, and it really feels like we’ve come full circle from Hye-sung’s interview to become a public defender. He can hear the interviewer wondering in his head how truthful Su-ha will be, and he surprises them by being truthful about his past.

He says that he couldn’t have made it here alone, and begins to describe the people who helped him along the way. “There’s someone who turned me into an adult…” Cut to: Kwan-woo. Awww.

Su-ha says that sometimes he trusted people too much and acted like an idiot, but that trust also changed people. He couldn’t help but acknowledge him as an adult, and come to respect him.

As Kwan-woo and Min Joon-gook await the verdict, he says, “We’ll file for an appeal if we need to.” Min Joon-gook stops at the word “we,” realizing it’s been a long time since he’s heard that word, and gives just the tiniest genuine smile.

Su-ha says there’s another person who believed too much in herself, as we see Past Do-yeon in all her haughty glory. But he says that person acknowledged her mistakes and apologized for them, as we see her sit by her father’s side in the hospital and draw another portrait for him in his dying moments. He says he learned from her how impressive it can be to admit when you’re wrong.

And then we get to Min Joon-gook, as Su-ha says there’s even someone who showed him a path he shouldn’t take, who gave up living as a person to become a beast. Min Joon-gook faces his sentence, as Judge Kim sums up the case. (This is a random side note, but it cracks me up that Grass Hair has his hair down ever since Hye-sung’s insult.)

He gets life in prison.

Su-ha says there was a time when he almost made the same choice, and he might have, if it weren’t for “that person.”

Su-ha: There’s this person… She’s almost unbelievably snobby, rude, and doesn’t have an ounce of modesty. But that person began to fight for the truth and began to see people. As I was swimming through darkness, she became my light, and my road. Without that person, I could never have made it here. Because of that person, I learned how precious it is to protect someone. Because of that person, I learned how important it is to listen to other people.

He says that’s why he’d make a good police officer. And then we watch Hye-sung in class as she learns sign language, and applies it for the first time. She greets a client by signing that she’ll listen to everything she has to say from her point of view: “I am your public defender.”

Epilogue: As the credits roll, we see Su-ha salute Hye-sung in uniform. She salutes in return and he scoops her up in his arms.

 
COMMENTS

Happy sigh. Could an ending be any sweeter? I was worried the show blew its wad yesterday when all of the truly tense stuff was resolved by the end of Episode 17. But for a finale that brings everything back to character and takes its time to lay out its very hopeful, idealistic, earnest message about love and trust and the good in people, well, what wouldn’t I give for that? I really love that the episode proper ends on Hye-sung just telling someone who she is and what she does—it’s the same job title that she’s had since the beginning, but doesn’t it feel like it took her all this time to learn what that really meant? In the end she’s the best of Kwan-woo and still herself too, but proud of her job. I felt so proud of her, just like her momma was when she did that fantastic dance in the middle of the street. It was so great to watch an entire series loving a heroine from beginning to end, from the way she was played to the way she was written, with realistic flaws and realistic fears, and no pat answers for anything in life.

The epilogue is of course icing on the cake (such sweet delicious icing too) but they made me believe that that future would come to pass even without the little glimpse of Su-ha in uniform, which is what I loved about the finale as a whole. It gave such assurances about the people and who they had become over the course of the show that the details of where they end up and when and how didn’t matter so much anymore. I’m such a fan of this kind of open-endedness, where it feels like they live on as characters after the drama is over, and I trust that they live full happy lives being the still-flawed but best versions of themselves.

Su-ha’s What I Learned From People narration was a really satisfying way to close out the hour, because more than just giving us the final threads of these characters’ journeys, it ties everyone back to how they helped Su-ha grow up from a boy into a man, and how even the murderer taught him something about life. There’s just something about that attitude (evident in Hye-sung too as she constantly challenges herself to learn new things) that really clicks for me—the humility to always learn from other people. It’s one of the many themes in this show that I love so dearly because it’s just so damn true. Everyone is made better by being open to new ideas and new opinions, and I’m totally having a kumbaya moment right now, but dammit, why can’t the world be more like this?

After Voice and Dream High I’m already looking forward to what this writer will do next. She tells a good story with wit and purpose, crafts the journey well—there was a magic about the breakneck speed at which the first half of the series came at us—and I can feel that she genuinely loves each character as much as we do, but it’s her earnest bleeding heart and hopefulness that always makes me think: this is why stories should be told. Her dramas aren’t mold-breakers, but they’re satisfying and entertaining the whole way through, and full of a youthful idealism that shouldn’t be limited to youth.

There were flaws, of course. The pace suffered in the latter part of the drama, not only because of the extension, but the weight placed on courtroom scenes that went on endlessly, and the stretching of Min Joon-gook’s arc without giving him anything villainous to do but send mail. The romance was gripping until Hye-sung reciprocated, and then tension was exchanged for cuteness (I’m not even complaining about this, because damn, was it cute, but we did lose a bit of that omg-omg-omg factor of the earlier episodes). The fact that there were only two prosecutors, three public defenders, and one head judge in all the land was comically unrealistic, and the lawyering was pretty much a fact-adjacent storytelling device, not a thing resembling the actual practice of law. And though I love all the themes we’ve explored throughout the show, they’d make a greater impact if we didn’t cycle through multiple iterations of the same point So. Many. Times.

But the one thing we came back around to time and again that I’ll never grow tired of is how this couple will always find each other and fall in love and start all over again, because we’ve seen it happen. And the thing that always struck me about them was that Su-ha had the superpowers and the strength and even the brains, but Hye-sung saved him from wasting his life on empty revenge, gave him a home and family when he was all alone in the world, and believed in him completely even though she never had the ability to know if he was telling the truth. And somehow even with an entire drama where they take turns sacrificing themselves to protect the other, they managed to steer clear of being idiots about it for the most part, and instead were just plain noble, and hell even better—practical too.

My favorite thing about the finale was that Hye-sung got to read Su-ha’s thoughts for the first time by reading his journal, which finally felt like it leveled the playing field for them. She got to hear his thoughts and find out just how much he had grown up in all this time, and it forced her to stop pretending to be a grown-up by shutting out her own feelings. That’s what I love so much about this noona romance—sometimes he’s a boy and sometimes he’s a man, but she’s just as much a woman and a girl, and when she just laid her feelings bare and cried on his shoulder, I thought it was beautiful that in being true to her heart she could grow young just as much as he could grow up.

 
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First and foremost, thank you, Show, for the beautiful journey and a satisfy ending that you gave us viewers! I appreciate this ending even more after being let down by Shark's ending.
I enjoy this episode so much even though it was quieter compared to the heart racing moments in ep 17. How to say this, this one is the episode of self-reflection for each character. We get the sense of how each character grows into a better version of themselves, and the sense of a good closure.
Also, thank Javabeans and Girlfriday for your recaps! I enjoy them a lot :)

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Sorry for riding, but this is off topic. I've been wondering if any of y'all knew the tracking device app that Soo Ha download back in ep 8 or 9 (episode where he accidentally stabbed Hye Sung) onto her phone and Hye Sung was able to track him down in that underground parking lot.

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The sole and the most important reason for liking this show was because it kind of depicts the true life here and there and an eg. is when in this episode (i dont think it was mentioned in this recap) su ha and hye seong walk down the street and there are voiceovers where su ha says that she doesnt care whether jand hye seong still worries about the end of their relationship and when hye seong says (voiceover) something like she doesnt WANT to worry about the end anything and cherish him (park su ha). It just shows that it might happen that their relationship may end (of course it isnt, and i know its a show and im not out of my mind to think that lee jong suk and lee bo young were going through all of that.....thing, i may be crying over this show ending but i know that its a SHOW). Just wanted to say that. And also when in episode 17 when park su ha reached the hospital and jumped out of the ambulence to look for hye seong i dont know why but i was laughing like hell......i mean i dont know if it was funny or not and i think its not funny.....sorry for the people who think it wasn't! :B

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4 years later and this is still my all-time favorite korean drama! ?

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What can i tell you? I watched it over again recently and am now reading all the comments and recaps, because when on air, i didnt even know about this website!
I have been waiting for a show like this to drive me crazy and it doesnt come....
So i repeat... love LJS and LBY here...
Wonderfull!

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Here as well in 2017!
I watch this drama every year, when I just want to remininsce this great pairing of LJS and LBY.
Really a great show that just knows how to make your heart twinge.

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Wa~ The ending was good. I liked how they used the knife stabbing as a major point to show the differences between the characters. The admission of guilt and being able to live with it.

It connected between Min Jook and Soo Ha and then through Do Yeon and her father. Also between her father and the other Gong Sook. There was symmetry and showed everything to a safe conclusion.

Also showed that Soo Ha's virtual father was Kwan Woo... and how much he learned. (I said so... so the kicking out of the nest comment wasn't off).

It also resolved everything very well down to the last frame at the end of the credits which was a nice resolution.

I don't know why, but for some reason I felt like shipping Kwan Woo and Do Yeon at the end--I think they would make a really good pair for some reason. She's cold and Kwan Woo is warm... I think they could really help each other to grow.

It also hinted that even if Soo Ha goes into the army and leaves her behind she'll wait for him and he'll have faith she will wait for him... and also that when he comes back he'll win her over. It also resolved the story arc a bit about him being so dependent on her and her on him, such that they are individuals in the relationship in a healthy way--by putting him in the police academy and her making steps to listen to other people without his help.

This show had good (even excellent) acting, directing and writing.

I liked how they used Jeong Dong Hwan's role in Nine a bit and leaned on it to highlight the character here. (Though there was a lot less derp.) It's a good manipulation of previous casting... you get an enhancement of sorts.

I'm looking forward to the Running Man episode loosely based upon this series.

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Totally agree with you on all points, in particular, I too really appreciated how clearly defined Su-ha and Hye-sung were as individuals at the end. It was so clear that they don't look at each other through rose colored glasses but know that each other are flawed and love in spite of it. Their devotion to one another doesn't feel unhealthy or unbalanced. I think it is their awareness that keeps them grounded, as individuals and as a couple, and gives them a sensitivity to one another that doesn't feel clingy or codependent.

I think that's one of the reasons I appreciated their relationship. It feels real and faceted, grounded not just in romance and passion, but in friendship and caring.

I also thought Kwan-woo and Do-yeon could be cute together. The way the ended the show with a feeling that the world lived on, I think they might just eventually happen :) Choong-ki and Sung-bin on the other hand...well, boy needs to work on his communication skills a little bit more...

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Yes, Soo-Ha finally learned that Hye-Seong is her own identity and that she doesn't want or need a Knight in Shining Armor. This was well shown on the roof top when he had faith in her that she could defend herself and again when he understood her nervousness that he may leave one day. Also shown in her learning sign language.

It was a subtle character growth that I was waiting for.

So many relationships look a little unhealthy in Dramaland (no matter what the country), but this one genuinely seems like it could work. And because of that, you get the extra faith they could make it even if he leaves for military service.

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Does he still need to go to military training for two years? I thought if you graduated from a police academy, you're no longer required to go for the 2 yr. mandatory military training.

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Yes, you still have to go, even in the police. The only way he could get out of it is if you either do something extraordinary for your country--but then you still have to go to boot camp. In another words, Soo Ha is still going. That's what the whole ending was about--that the separation is coming up, but they could survive it.

Extraordinary includes being in the Olympic games and winning a medal such that South Korea gets recognized.

Or you're an adopted person and you haven't been living in the country, but you still have to go to the lectures every year on the defense of the country. (For an hour or more.)

People forget that South Korea is still in a kind of war with North Korea. It's gone cold, but it's still there.

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SH doesn't need to leave for military. Graduates of police academy commute as commander of the riot police for 2 years instead of leaving home and taking military service. Besides, he is exempted from military service because he lost his parents when he was young. I think the writer already thought about this.

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Kathy, In this case I don't think he would go because he is the only male child unless they somehow count his uncle's children as part of his immediate family considering the uncle is a legal guardian (a crappy one) for him. I remember that he was waiting on his monthly money to buy her the necklace.

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Does any one know if in Korea, guys still have to serve in the military if they are in other uniformed forces like the police?

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Suha doesn't have to serve in the military
because he's an orphan!

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No they don't have to

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thank you so much for these recaps. this show will be one that I will miss :(

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This had to have been one of the most satisfying finales I've seen in a while! Whatever it's flaws, this show really engaged my emotions in the best way. Voice: thanks for the tears, laughter, and giddy fangirl moments; GF: thanks for the great recaps along the way!

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Exactly...how cute was she when she opened her arms asking for a hug from our Officer Soo Ha? Awwwww

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It was SO cute! The salutes, and the hug nearly made heart burst from the joy.

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lucky i didn't stop watching till the end because i thought when the credits started rolling out there would be just some repeated sweet moments but then su ha the officer came on screen! what a nice surprise.

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I would have missed it if i didn't came here. When i saw the comments about epilogue . I went back and watched it.

So it is nice to have a place where it helps me to understand the drama better and also get to find out things which i might have missed out if someone else didn't point it out.

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yeah i was gonna skip over that but so thankful that i was able to catch that last part...made me SO HAPPY!!! a truly happy ending ;D

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i died of cuteness overload. squeal.
they are the cutest drama couple i've ever seen :)

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I have replayed that 3 scenes of his uniform COUNTLESS TIMES!!!

GAH AM IN TOTAL WITHDRAWAL !

This hug crops into my mind at random moments and totally spoils real life !!!!!!!

AM BACK AT COMMENTS CUZ I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO !

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im back at comments too girl.
it's the only way to calm myself down arrjak;lsdfjja

its soo cute how HS opens her arms wide open and he throws her up in the air...can we ever get a cuter OTP than them...? answer is no way jose ~

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Finally! I've been refreshing this page for FOREVER. In the meantime, I wrote this up. HEE.

Damn. What a fine finale. DAEBAK. DAEBAK. DAEBAK.

There's so much that I'm feeling that I myself can't even express eloquently or properly. All I can say is that in all the countless dramas that I've watched over the years, there has never been one that has touched me so much. I Hear Your Voice is no ordinary drama. Just when you think you know where the story is, it takes you elsewhere and do so much more than you ever hoped for. This drama has so exceeded every expectation I have had.

I love how every single character had their own unique part to play in this story. No character is left before; everyone has a purpose. It's fantastic how the threads are intertwined. How you see how everyone is affected by each other in a good way. Even the antagonist was not a typical cartoonish villain doing outrageous things just because.

Also, how satisfying was it to have all the storylines wrap up? So many times good storylines can set up but they're never wrapped. While other extensions just create manufacture angst, this drama uses it to flesh out characters. I have never been more satisfied.

Do-Yeon- Ok. I was already to write her off in the beginning as a typical evil 2nd lead. And now? I adore her. She has her own shortcomings - as do all the other characters- but she's come so far. I cried watching her hold her father's hand as he died. So much tears. ;(

Lawyer Cha- Again, not a typical annoying 2nd lead, huh? I loved his dorkiness. I loved how optimistic he was. I will admit that I cursed him out into the heavens (anyone remember my "HE IS DEAD TO ME" screams? :P ) when he defended Min-Joon-Gook. BUT- that was an excellent turning point for his character when he realized what he had done, repented, and did everything he could to right his wrongs. Such a breath of fresh air.

Lawyer Shin- Anyone get as much kick as I do out of his facial expressions? Dude is hilarious. Glad we got to see his backstory, and the closure that he got. He may be gruff and stern on the outside, but he has plenty of lovely smiles on the inside.

Pretty the Paralegal- Is he awesome or what? Always the comedic relief. Poor guy's got rejected by Cha, but it's okay! He'll come around, Pretty. ;) Bromance FTW! ;)

Mom- When she died, devastation does not even cut it. And saying I was moved by her is also an understated. Best Mom Ever. Period.

And our heroin? I LUB HER SO MUCH. SO. MUCH. * thumps heart * I love how outspoken she is. I love how courageous she is. She is not perfect, but that's why I love her so much. Because she grows. She loves. And she cares and protects the ones she love. BEST heroin ever.

And Su-Ha? Damn, there are no words to express how much I love him. He's has a heart like no other. There has been OTPs that I've loved over the year (e.g. City Hunter, Queen In-Hyun's Man, The Princess' Man, and etc.) but this OTP takes the cake for me. The best heroine and hero in my book by a thousand million miles.

Anyways, here we are at the end! * TEARS*

Thanks Girlfriday for the fantastic recaps. And thank-you all with your comments. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with each and every one of you watching this! (Ya'll better will be there when I go through bad withdrawals, too. Hee.)

For the last time, can you say it with me? DAEBAK. DAEBAK. DAEBAK. I will miss you, I Hear Your Voice!! Hwaiting!

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You said it all! Exactly what i have in my mind! I've watched dramas for years (since I could read) and I have enjoyed a lot of them. But, as far as I remember, none give me this feeling like IHYV.

This show has a heart, a sincerity which executed in perfection. It's like perfect writer meets perfect director and they meet perfect actors - Lee Jong Suk, Lee Bo Young, Oska and the rest of the crews to bring this masterpiece to us. (Perfect in my dictionary means = there are flaws, but I love the drama incl. the flaws & it made me a better person after watching it!).

This is a positive show, where there are no jealous 2nd leads act like bit*h...no poor pure heart woman get rich spoiled man...it's realistic in a way that Soo Ha - Hye Sung relationship has to face so many obstacles that it's normal if they break up. The age issue, the murderer and even the stabbing could easily be the reason to mistrust each other and let go. But like SH said "Even when ten years had passed, I recognized you. When I lost my memories, when I had erased you, I came to love you again. Even if ten more years pass, if I lose my memories again, if that time you’re worried about comes… I’ll find you… and I’ll love you again" ... so beautifully written that I've lost words!

I said this so many times already...no show can make me care so much about the side characters like this show. I love every single one of them. I care to see how they become and what they bring to the story. Every character serves a purpose and with every choice they made, they bring the best in one another.

Soo Ha, Hye Sung, Cha byun, Deo Yoen, Lawyer shin, Pretty plegal, 3 musketeers (judge and his 2 followers), Seong Bin, Choongki and even the round revolving door, the court elevator, HS' apartment --> I will definitely miss you all! Kudos to all of you for bringing this masterpiece to us!

PS : I love the scene where Do Yoen's dad was standing alone, watering the yard. It showed the choice he made and he had to live in loneliness for not regretting and repent whereas DY's biological dad did pass away but at the end, he has a daughter who cherishes and loves him...

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I so agree with you when you said that this drama has a palpable sincerity, something that moved my heart quite a few times throughout the show. i definitely agree that this has really made me think about my life and the person i am. i can't seem to get hyesung mom's quote out of my mind: don't waste your time hating someone because life is to short to even love someone. this quote heavily dwells in my heart now because it really speaks to me. not to sound dramatic, but IHYV has definitely taught me a lot about the value of life.

they say all good things must come to and end ... :( i wish this wouldnt apply to this drama.
you will be missed dearly D:

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All this sincerity and love for characters, reminds me so much of dream high.

There too the same love from start to end !
You cared about every character and every character had a purpose.
And that is another satisfying finale I have ever seen !

Hye sung has much similarity to hye mi, both pride and haughty with being selfish at every turn just grow up in the end !
She writes most memorable female characters !

I was proud of hye sung as I was proud of hye mi.

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I agree that this was the most satisfying drama, and the secondary characters were a large part of the reason the show was so perfect. I want a spin-off with Cha and Deo Yoen as the leads this time. I really thought they were going to go somewhere in episode 18. Maybe they need more time to make it work properly. Sign these two amazing actors to another great show. I'm a huge fan.

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I'm so sad there's no confession from Choong ki! I mean, they could have easily have fitted one in. That would have wrapped this whole show up nicely with a big pretty bow.

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Ha, I kind of took his "you're ugly and a guy liking you in spite of it is reaaal noble," -proceeded by him pointing to his heart- as a confession. That fool. :P

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Right, like a girl is gonna be so touched by that!

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I concur. I was so worried and thought that Show was going to go makjang on me. I am so thankful that the finale was wonderful. Nobody is perfect (some r less perfect) in Show and everyone has a story to tell. Lovely.

LJS is definitely in my radar of can act and sizzling hot actors. Thank you all for sharing your views. It has been a great time.

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I haven't seen it yet, I'm still waiting to sub in Spanish so then I start seeing it. But I this again helps me be ready for what to expect when subbing. Thanks GF you made this drama experience enjoyable!

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Oh my god, girlfriday! I thought I was going to go batshit crazy waiting for your final take on I Hear Your Voice! Finally seeing your recap and comments posted was worth it, though, even if not quite as exciting as waiting until the last few seconds of the show to see Park Su-ha in a uniform! YES! :D

Oh, and the hour that came before uniformed Su-ha wasn't terrible, either. It wasn't heart-stopping, Su-ha falling off the side of a building suspenseful, but it was a decent wrap up. We knew that Hye-sung would have to eventually find the Together journal and read it, and the running towards each other, confess all feelings and get rewarded with a kiss *swoon* was worth it. I LOVE that prior to getting dressed that day and putting on the expensive necklace he bought, she was wearing a tank that said "I <3 Boys" LOL! Well, when she reads that journal, she realizes that she's not in love with a boy; Park Su-ha is all MAN. (I'll bet she's totally regretting holding him off with her foot a few nights earlier!) Thank goodness Hye-sung wizens up and tells how she really feels out loud. I think the kiss on the balcony would have been a perfect ending shot, if not for the final payoff of Su-ha in uniform!

I was really satisfied with how Do-yeon's story played out, having her realize she needs to take responsibility and not turn out like her lying false father. Just enough time was spent on this parallel story. And how heartbreaking was it at the end to see her in the hospital by her real father's side in his last days?

I guess we're supposed to feel all warm inside that Attorney Oska and his bleeding heart was able to get through to a cold-blooded murderer like Min Joon-gook, but I really didn't care anymore. Still hate Min Joon-gook, even if he realizes he was wrong, but absolutely adore Jung Woong-in and his AMAZING portrayal of a complex villain here. THANK YOU, writer, for not making us watch another court scene with Min Joon-gook in the last episode, although I'll happily watch Jung Woong-in in court on ep. 157 of Running Man.

In the end, this drama shot up near the top of my all-time favorites. The extension messed with the fantastic pacing some at the end, but can we really complain when it gave us two more hours of screen time with one of the best love pairings ever?

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I object to the use of "false father" and "real father" in this context. Do Yeon treated both of them as her "real" father. She still called them both Appa in the end. Plus it's kinda tripping into adoptism, and really, do we need to make the same mistakes as Lee Soon Shin after we saw what a crapfest of saying that you can only love one parent if they are labeled "father" or "mother" is?

Please don't do this...

She clearly treated both fathers as *different* but equally the same. She still treated her father that raised her as her father. People were arguing that it was because he adopted her under extenuating circumstances and that he didn't love her. But I think he did. He defended her in the fireworks incident. The difference is that it's part of his *character* rather than a quality of his ability to love her. He does--otherwise he wouldn't be so strict and want her to live to his ideal. It's just that his ideal is a bit out of place with her own moral compass.

Attributing it to the person rather than the quality of love is important here. The drama went to long lengths to prove it was part of his personality and self rather than his ability to love her.

People love others in different ways. His was just stiff as if he never learned it even before he adopted Do Yeon.

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Sorry I touched a nerve with you, but this isn't real life; it's dramaland. Plus, if Judge Seo adopted a baby, knowing full well that the father was innocent and would never have given up his daughter if Judge Seo hadn't sentenced him to life for a murder that was never committed, I think I can call him a false father here in comments.

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I don't think she she called him a "false father" because he was the adoptive father. I think she called him a "false father" because he was false in his intentions and attitudes. He only adopted her to save his reputation and, while he may love her, he's still being false to himself, to his family and to her birth father by not admitting his wrongs. I'm pretty sure that's what the OC was getting at rather than the adoption issue.

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The problem is the "false" father VERSUS "real" father in this context. It's just a huge no-no. It's not the quality of "father" it's the quality of "person" that the drama is questioning.

If your relative does wrong, do you attribute it to them being their title, or do you attribute it to who they are?

That's a huge difference. In this case, the drama went to long lengths to say it was the Judge, himself, rather than anything to do with his title of "father" to Do Yeon.

And the excuse that's it's just fiction as a defense is lousy too... it doesn't give people an excuse to say prejudiced things. Because the prejudiced things aren't coming from fiction. It's coming from that person's mouth.

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It's just comments that people type out quickly. It is not a debate during an official occasion. Take it easy.

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I was sure that we were going to spend a good portion of this episode in court so I was really pleasantly surprised to find this wasn't the case. I think most of us would agree that the court sections weren't always the strongest parts of the show so it saddened me to think that the show would end on a weak note. So glad to be proven wrong. Like you, the only court scene I want see is the new Running Man :)

Too true about the extension. It didn't do the pacing any great favors, but I appreciate that at least it didn't cause any crazy weirdness either. Just gave us more opportunities to spend with the cute. Guess at the end of the day if we walked away with far more positives than negatives, why focus on them, right?

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Hear! Hear! Totally with you on the expecting to end up in the courtroom. Am so glad it wound up the way it did, and this show did so many many things well, I'm more than willing to overlook its flaws.

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I am seriously going to miss this one. Su ha in uniform is swoon worthy. Glad that everything was tied up neatly.

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Suha is swoon worthy, in or out of uniform, shirt or t-shirt!

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+100
I think I posted somewhere that I had always found him odd looking, then this drama happen and I fell head over heels for him. When is this swimmer movie coming out? I don't want to suffer withdrawals

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Haha yes I had always found him odd looking too. Particularly because he always looks so pale/anemic. Unlike other korean guys in dramaland who are also pale, he seems weaker?? Definitely found some appeal in his looks in this drama alone.

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me too! I find the obvious nose job distracting at times but his Soo Ha feels so real that he won me over...

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hahaha, same here.
this drama gave LJS a 180 spin. i watched him in his other dramas but IHYV really carved him into an unforgettable and incredible character. i thoroughly enjoyed seeing him flesh out so many raw emotions during those intense scenes - it was so refreshing to watch actors move my heart in such a short amount of time :)

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IHYV makes me believe that there are still shows that could start off very good AND also end amazingly. (hear that, Gu Family Book?!?)

Many, many thanks GF, really. IHYV is worth your recap and you did amazing.

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Agreed. I don't think I've been this happy with a finale since like...ever. I've actually formed a dread of finales because of how badly I anticipate them going. I've started dropping shows with 1-2 episodes left because of this (i.e. Heartless City/Monstar)

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so true. And IHVY also makes me believe, that the extended might be work in oh so great and worthy. I'm even wanting for more.. #an extra-extended, mwahahaa

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I know. It sort of encourages and uplifts you, doesn't it? (The irony of being motivated to sit on a couch and watch television is not something we'll get into). But nothing, not even Su-ha in dress uniform, is going to make me approve of extensions. Although I think that bit was probably the original ending too.

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I'm gonna miss this show. My crack drama since forever.

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Oh, and apparently somebody took a lawnmower to "grass hair" before the final episode. :D

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And it still looks like turf hair!

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Ha, I noticed that too! I think someone was feeling a little sensitive and decided to make a change :)

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LOLOL i know right? i was like wth is going on with his hair!? he looks like a wee little boy now.

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This drama is going down as one of my favs. Kept me wanting more each and every ep. Thanks for the recap.

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Haven't watch, going to read the recap first

God Bless happy ending!!!

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Entirely satisfying series. Love all characters except the villain (though he was written & acted well unlike other recent drama villains). 4/5 stars. ;)

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Forgot to add Congratulations to Lee Bo-young on her upcoming wedding to bf Ji Sung!

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Wow, they're finally getting married after years of dating? That's fantastic news for both of them, congrats and best wishes! They are two of my favorite actors and such a cute couple.

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i just heard too! but i kind of wish i didn't because now it dampened the hope of SH/HS :( i know they're just characters but still... it would have been nice to fantasize about them just a bit longer

on and jisung is so hot o.o Bo is so lucky to have him and same goes for him! hehe

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I said yesterday, that i will not watch last night's finale.
I have kept my self-promise. I have been refreshing DB since 6 hours ago. What?? i didn't say i wouldn't read. XD

Now that I have seen the last cap (kkyyyyaaaaa....so much lurve~~♥), i'm off to read and watch and savour every moment of this wonderful wonderful drama. I give it 5 stars out of 5 even though i haven't watched the finale yet. Off to watch now. *skips*

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No one died. They r together. That's good.
Not to be ungrateful, but I can't help but feel that the final ep is anti-climatic. Is it true that in SK, you can charge sb w attempted manslaughter on the say so of a murderer? It is somehow incredible and terrible. And it is up to the prosecutor whether to bring charges or not? Isn't that a system made for corruption?
They make such a big to do about this pt and then Poof! it just goes away bcos DY thinks better of it. In a finale, that's lame.

Suha appears in uniform but for a split second. What about fan service? We need to get a clear look of him in his new police uniform, you hear?!

I'm kinda mad cos this ends too soon. But why is HS so Uneasy about their relationship, to the end, in voice over? You need to tell us why, cos we are not at all uneasy about it at this point, you hear?!

I'm thankful for this show that has been so good for 9 weeks tho. Cos everything else in dramaland has sucked for months now. Suha, you look fantastic. LJS, you r shaping up as one fantastic actor. See you around, soon!

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I kinda wonder also as to why does HS feel anxious about her relatioship with SH.. Is it because of their agr gap n she being the female n older hence is feeling insecure.. Show should at least give us some hint if not not full answer on this..

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I was wondering that too because HS brings up that insecurity during the last few episodes...I think it's a variety of reasons: age gap, the possibility of losing each other again (when SH lost his memory), the possibility of something happening to either one of them, etc. I don't blame her for harboring these feelings because look how much they went through. It would make sense for HS to feel a little uneasy or insecure about the stability of their relationship, which is normal for any couple. But at the end, both of them say that they are willing to still love each other and simply stay happy together.

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The ending was sweet. But another example of the cons of extensions. I wanted just a wee bit more with the side characters. I was just screaming at Choong Gi to just confess his feelings to Sung bin and kiss her already. I was also shipping Do Yeon and Lawyer Oska.

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Lawyer Oska!!! You just made my day!!! I shipped them too. I also shipped "Lawyer Oska and pretty the paralegal (quoting girlfriday lmao)

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haha. Kwan-woo was a really sweet second lead and i'm glad drama didn't make him nutty after Hye-sung chose Su-ha. i was hoping for a loveline between Kwan-woo and Do-yeon too! maybe if there's a sequel...

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That ending felt like a full course meal...satisfying and gratifying, it was that good peeps!

Question. I noticed getting into the Police Academy is a big thing in Korea. If one gets accepted, are they still required to do the 2year duty?

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If not, then EVERYONE would go for the ppolice academy, right?

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I did some searching and find that Su-ha is indeed exempt from the mandatory military service because he lost both parents before turning 13 years old, according to Korean law.

Not sure about other cases relevant to the Police academy.

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Do you get to wear the uniform that Su-ha's wearing after you graduate and ready to enter the force? Or you are allowed it immediately upon becoming a student? It would be the former, right?

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I wonder about that too.. Anyone can shed some light here?..

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I'm going to miss lawyer Oska. He's my hero.

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This was a prime example of a great ending. The main couple gets their well-deserved happiness now that the villain is out of the way. Each individual's growth in character was perfect in a way anyone can empathize; Su-ha's response at his interview was powerful and resonant with the themes of love, forgiveness, and growing up. It did amazingly to summarize the important values of the drama as a whole.

I've seen other Korean viewers mention that it would've been nice if the show went the slightly extra mile and had Su-ha propose to Hye-sung, but I'm glad he didn't - their monologues reflecting their promise to each other, that they'll be happy and at peace with one another for as long as they can keep that promise...did much more than any dinky, typical proposal could ever hope to amount to. Couples like these are rare to come by in most drama, in my opinion, the ones who are bound by the thread of fate and through a bond that is strong enough to withstand the weight of time. As opposed to ones that are attracted to each other by looks and the like, I mean. Every little interaction between Su-ha and Hye-sung warmed my heart over.

I'm on Hye-sung's boat about Min Joon-gook, though: I'm rather glad that he wasn't sentenced to death. Wishing for another's death because they killed someone close to you would sink you to that person's level, and it's not worth that. People like Joon-gook have brought pain and suffering to far too many, for far too long to have his way out through a simple death sentence anyway. He needs to live out the rest of his days in solitude, surrounded by no one to love and no one to love him, reflecting on his actions and drowning in his own guilt - that is the ultimate punishment.

I absolutely don't pity him, though. He was blinded by his vengeance for one death, that he tragically forgot that two still-breathing lives needed him. I will stand by my belief a thousand times over that nothing justifies his murder of all those innocents - his one chance to explain himself flew out the window the moment he gave himself in to that beast within. I can sympathize with him that the injustice of Su-ha's father's actions was enough to drive anyone over the edge, but it shouldn't actually have, and that's where he fails. Yes, his wife perished as a result of sick sycophancy - but his own mother and son also perished as a result of his lack of control and reason. He has no one to blame for that but himself, not Su-ha or Hye-sung. Like Lawyer Cha said, the truth is that the man came to realize the truth behind his actions, but plowed onward regardless just to satisfy his purposes...because he knew it would all have been "for nothing" otherwise. A tragic existence indeed, but that tragedy is also self-induced.

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In an episode full of great moments, the best for me was when Hye-Sung found and read the diary. Just like you GF, I thought it was a leveling of the playing field. She finally knew his thoughts and as a result was able to fully confront her own. Then her genuine apology AND confession to Su-ha was just so wonderful. I was already pretty sure going into this, but it is official now: Hye-sung is my favorite K-drama heroine to date. She was consistent and imperfect throughout even as she grew and I loved making the journey with her.

Awesome added bonuses:

-The revolving door conversation...it always comes back to those revolving doors :) I'll never walk through one the same way again.
-Hye-Sung saying thank you...and she didn't even cringe!
-Those kisses.

Thanks so much for covering this and everyone who's commented along the way. I've enjoyed reading and learning from a variety of perspectives. I feel like I didn't actually watch alone :)

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I've been trying to think if there's any other drama heroine I like better than Hye-sung, but I'm coming up empty. I think I've got to agree with you: Hye-sung is also my favorite K-drama heroine to date. :)

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She's tied with Hee-jin (from QIHM) as #1 for me. SH is definitely the #1 male lead (I still cannot believe there was no noble idiocy in the end - it was like anti-noble idiocy). And Do-yeon/Oska were definitely the best second leads ever. Actually I think pretty much all the characters were the best _______ ever. Even the villain. :)

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LOVE QIHM...And I love Su-ha, but I think Boong-do still takes the cake for me a favorite hero. Safe to say that Su-ha is definitely in my top 5 though.

So with you on the great round up of characters. Though Kwan-woo and Do-yeon had their own occasional missteps and moments, for Kwan-woo at least, where we feared petty 2nd lead syndrome was developing, their flaws made them just as real as the leads and endeared them to me all the more. All of the characters had this quality about them, including our villain. He made his choices, but there was a real person behind them, not a caricature.

I loved the character arcs and developments in Dream High as well and I feel like the writer has grown even more through Voice. This one's definitely on my radar.

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Aae Jung (?) from The Greatest Love now has some competition, cos' boy, I fell hard for LBY's Hye-Sung. Definitely a keeper!

I started out the series feeling lacklustre about LJS/SH (in fact, I mentioned before that I would have preferred Jung II Woo or the dude in Me Too, Flower. Ironic, as I would later find out, all three actors were in different seasons of High Kick) BUT he eventually improved in his acting and did a good job of portraying man-boy SH.

And a shout-out goes out to the supporting cast, because for the first time, I liked everyone on it (save for DY's parents, but their roles were so minor so...). Lawyer Shin, Yoo Chan the Paralegal, the double Ms (Mani and Mechanic), Do Yeon and MGK all get extra hugs from me!

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The name Park Su-ha is going to be iconic/symbolic in K-dramaland just like the recent Baksa Adeul or Anthony Kim, Kim Joo Won, Dr. Jin, etc. :-)

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You know.....in most kdramas, it's usually the male leads that has that narcissistic-i'm-fabulous streak. I wouldn't say Hye-Sung is a narcissist, but damn i love that girl and her i'm-awesome-pep-talk-paired-with-hair-flip!

Most kdrama heroine's tend to be candyesque, and even if they're abit into self-praise (read that as in 1 or 2 occasions), they are written with a ditzy personality to make it more acceptable. Hee Jin (QIHM) works for me in this case cause a girl's gotto do what a girl's gotto to do not to miss out on the kisses. lol

But with Hye-Sung, that girl teaches you how to live it. Now when i see a heroine does the hair-flip, i'll always think of Hye Sung. She owns it. Dayum.

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IKR. And usually with noona romances (though I try and refrain from thinking of IHYV as one), the female leads usually suffer from a bout of broken-women-left-on-the-shelf syndrome, with everyone around her, including the male lead, constantly telling her she's a has been blah blah.

HS? She no gives no fuqs yo.

And I'm seriously glad that the writer didn't veer into makjang territory because honestly, there were MANY times she could (mom's death, age gap relationship, etc etc) and I commend her for making the emotional relatively realistic. And even when there was a lil wangst on the characters' part, it was over and done with in a heartbeat.

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Now, about the skirt turning? HS is definitely the ONE. She owns it...Thumbs up for LBY...

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hye sung has this indescribable meh-ryuk about her... ^^

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I have to add...Baek Yeo Chi from History of Salaryman. She's my favorite female lead ever! Though Hye Sung certainly deserves to be tied with her from my point of view.

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yeah, and yeo chi. she's badass too. how can i forget

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Hye-sung is a fantastic heroine, love her. Re other genuinely likeable heroines who grow as much and feel like real people? I... can't think of - no, wait, I liked Eun-chan from Coffee Prince. Shin-young in TWWSWTM. And Jung-in from Vampire Prosecutor. And Hee-jin in Queen In-hyun's Man.

I feel like Hye-sung is one of the best, though, because her arc and our understanding of her character is so thorough.

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Yup, loved Hye-Sung as well, with her making it to my top list of favorite k-drama heroines. And that includes Eun-Chan from Coffee Prince and Hee-Jin from QIHM. In that list, too, is Shin Mi-Rae of City Hall.

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I'm really so glad for the mad love for LBY's HS :DDDD

Cos' yunno, usually the male lead gets the bulk of the adoration.

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Awesome compilation of great roles. Thanks everyone!!!

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loved loved loved hye-sung. she is def my #1 heroine and not just for the typical reasons. i love how you guys mentioned that it was her flaws and imperfections that drew you to really appreciate her character growth. so true. not only that, but i felt like i grew alongside WITH her...and no other heroine has made me feel like that.

now whenever i see someone doing a hair flip, i immediately think of hye-sung. love how this drama doesn't over-do her sassiness but keeps it in balance with her aura of confidence, bravery, and virtue.

go HS!!!

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It has been a wonderful journey with Park Suha and Jang Hyesung.

Thank you Girlfriday for the wonderful recaps.

And yes, I will look forward to the writer's next project.

Dream High and I Hear Your Voice are included in my top favorites.

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Totally agree! Can't wait for the writer's next project!

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i definitely have high expectations for her next project. oh the anticipation! but i doubt that it will top IHYV...c'mon, this show has got to be the top 3 of all drama. lol! :P

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I had a bunch of stuff I was gonna say, but gf said it so much better, as did other commenters, so I'll just say: THANK YOU to Show, to gf and jb, and to all the other ICHYV-lovin' beanies out there. It was such a pleasure to laugh, cry, hold my breath, and squee with y'all.

I'm happy to hear the news about Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung's finally tying the knot-- I bet they have a lot of fun together.

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I mean that they finally set a date to tie the knot (Sept. 27th).

A couple more THANK YOUs: to Kim Hae Sook for creating an exceptionally beloved character who broke my heart at Earnest-Bot levels (a rare feat), and to Pretty for being so pretty!

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Best Mom in kdramaland.

Also, one moment to appreciate another good mom in kdramaland: Do-yeon's mom. I was pleasantly surprised that she left her husband after she found out what he did and although we didn't see her much, she seemed to have a loving relationship with Do-yeon.

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Good point. I kind of forgot about Do-yeon's mom but now that you mentioned her, I realize that she had some strengths as a mom. I cheered her on when she had the courage to leave her husband and ultimately look out for her daughter. you can tell she loved do yeon as much as momma loved hye sung. if we had more on screen time with her, i bet we would have seen an exceptional side of her as a mother :)

oh and duh, OF COURSE. best momma out there, hands down. i have her words etched into my head now (the phone call dialogue)

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Such a nice wrap for a wonderful drama. *tears*
This would be in my top 10 dramas!!!
I'll miss my Su-ha and Jjang-byun! Such unique characters!!!

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Hm. It was good. I quite liked the show. And in a few years from now, we'll probably be seeing a Lee Jongseok-Kim Sohyun pairing. Ha. 'Til then...

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LOL kim so hyun w/ lee jong seok... SO TRUE!!

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OMG how great would that be!?!?! And what if Yeo Jingoo climbs up to second lead status by then?

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Just so freakin' happy that this drama stuck the landing! Oh happy dance!

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I waited SO LONG for this lol... OMG. it's over. OMG. my life's over too (luckily i started gaksital which is taking up SOME of my brain)

Why show are you so AWESOME?!?!?!!!?!?!? With Gu Family Book's ending stuck in my head (unpleasantly) I was not really looking forward to this drama, but then it REALLY surprised me by being... amazing. It was different from most of what I watch, and it was well executed. I especially loved the couple, and the niggling decade-age-difference-issue was off my mind soon after a few episodes of cute bickering.

I oddly really liked Cha too, though I usually don't care for second leads (they're either bitchy or bland but sweet.) He was actually an interesting and fun character, along with the rest of the lawyer office.

Do Yeon was one of my favorite characters, because I could really relate to her, and she learned from her mistakes, and her relationship with her 2 fathers was really heartbreaking (more the Hwang Dal Joong father, but you can't help but feel bad for Judge a little, a WEENY TINY BIT)

Of course, there's Min Joon Gook, one of my favorite villains of all kdramas. At first, I really really wanted him to just CHILL (or like, GO DIE IN A HOLE) but he was a really interesting and SMART (for once) villain, and I liked him even more after his past was revealed, and the fact that the main reason he became like that was because nobody listened to him.

Of course, there's the main couple, who were one of the most friggin cute couples I've ever seen in dramaland (they're SO CLOSE to beating Dae Woong and Miho, but not quite.) They were always there for each other, though Hye Seong didn't always reveal that she liked him (she pissed me off quite a bit during the amnesia episodes) The noble idiocy on Hye Seong's part also pissed me off, but at least Soo Ha had enough sense to call for help. And also, did I mention that they're SO CUTE TOGETHER? (yes I did)

All in all, this was a great drama that I won't forget for a while. After all, where else can you watch a mind reader giving thumbs up in court? Thanks girlfriday for recaps every week and raving about what I rave about when I watch these episodes!!

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I can't believe it's over! I loved the ending. I've grown to love our OTP so much that I was kinda sad to see them go, but I know the story's been told and it's for the best that it ends here (though a proposal won't have hurt;))

Been refreshing since morning! Thanks for the recap.

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1) I had to pause the video about a third of the way through and give my kid a bath and I seriously considered not even turning it back on. I was like, this is stupid and nothing that is happening even matters. I should have followed my instincts because it was stupid and nothing that happened even mattered.

2) Doyeon has proven time and time again that she is the smartest person in this universe, which is why it makes no sense that she seriously thought that stupid knifing was worth prosecuting as attempted murder. For one, I'm mad that she just took the word of a murderer who has lied to everyone within a hundred mile radius for the past 11 years without even investigating (and why do the prosecutors do the investigations on this show anyway? Aside from the obvious reason that the police are useless). Hmm... could it be possible that a man who has lived his life in search of revenge might make up a story to frame a kid who he's tried to frame before? It makes no difference that what he said was technically true. I'm disappointed that she just up and believed it. Also, he conveniently left out the part where she ran into the knife.

3) SHE RAN INTO THE KNIFE!!!! That's why this whole plot line was so stupid. For one, no one bothered to tell her that he didn't stab Hyesung, she ran into the knife (not so subtle and very important difference). And secondly, even if the case had gone to court, it would have come out that she ran into the knife. That's why this plotline was so very stupid to me. Don't try to convince me that the stakes were so very high. And that nonsense about not being about to go to the police academy if he has an arrest for attempted murder on his record is bogus because he already has an arrest for real murder and no one seemed to mind.

4) At least the funny parts of this episode were HILARIOUS. I laughed for a minute strait at the scene where the Pretty and Lawyer Shin are raging at Oska Byun for betraying Hyesung and she's like "Guys I'm right here."

5) The only thing I learned from this episode is that Oska Byun is the only lawyer in Seoul who is not allowed to recuse himself from a case (even if he's the victim).

6) It's totally jarring when the call Pretty the Paralegal Yoo Chan. I'm like "Doesn't everyone call him Pretty the Paralegal? Why is that not his legal name?"

7) Pretty the Prosecutor combed down his turf hair and that made me sad.

8) I'm going to pretend that this series ended at Episode 16.2 (you may know it as Episode 17, but lets face it, that was a 45 minute flashback of Episode 16 with one or two new scenes peppered in for good measure).

9) Even though the last 4 Eps were pretty disappointing for me (that was more a problem of pacing for 14 and 15 and all out shenanigans for 16-17) I thoroughly enjoyed this show. So very much fun times and sad times and scary, scary times. Definitely one of the best dramas I've watched in a long time.

10) I'm very heartbroken that Doyeon and Hyesung didn't hug it out but their last elevator scene was pretty epic and I think it is safe to say they are Besties!!

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I agree on the attempted murder charge... it just didn't make much sense to me at all, like Doyeon looked only three details (there was a knife - Suha was holding the knife - Hyesong gets stabbed by that knife = attempted murder) and then immediately drew up the summons. Honestly, an attempted murder charge on MJG would have made more sense, but Hyesong? With Doyeon knowing all the individuals involved, what happened to them and that Suha would never kill Hyesong, given that he's just dedicated 11 years of his life trying to protect her from being killed? Fortunately this bit took up relatively little screen time, so it's easy to ignore it (and I still love Doyeon's character just as much).

In terms of everything law related, this show just made me feel that it isn't the truth that wins in court, but that judges, prosecutors, lawyers and public defenders just get together and hash it out, however it pleases them.

That said, that's pretty much my only complaint with IHYV...

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No, actually, it isn't nosense at all and DY was kind right.

I'm not sure how it is on Korea, but here I live this is the case of Aberratio ictus.

It is ''even though the intended victim in a criminal act was not directly harmed, the actual victim who was harmed is assumed for legal purposes to be the intended victim. ''

Like doesn't matter if SH hurt HS instead of MG, because the criminal act was done, attempted murder.

SH intended to kill/hurt MG and even though he hurt another person in his place, his intent was there: to kill the person, even though he hurt HS instead. So, for law, it was an attempted murder consumed, it just changed the victim.

Just imagine if HS wasn't there, he would kill/hurt badly MG anyway, because if not for HS, old SH would kill MG.

Even thought we know he wouldn't ever hurt HS, what matters in this case is not the person but his intention.

I was so proud of SH when he decided to not lie and go confess. You go SH!

DY letting it pass : well, HS would not testify against SH, plus she wasn't badly injuried and the knife could not kill like DY said, and they didn't pull the blame onto MG (I know he did many cruel and unforgivable things, but I would be disappointed if HS and SH did it).

That is why when DY questioned SH she didn't want him to talk about MG, because then they could indict him for attempted murder against MG. DY was not wrong.

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But Min Joongook had already admitted that he lured Suha there to kill him so, at least given the amount of information that Doyeon had, Suha was wielding the knife in self-defense anyway. I just think it's stupid that she went ahead and charged him without doing any investigating to figure out what was really going on.

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What I think of the law in IHYV: they solve their own loopholes.

You know how as students we get all these hypothetical questions and then we solve it? That's how it is in IHYV - they throw out a ridiculous premise just to dismiss it on their own.

Oh wells, while the law sucked in the show, I commend them for semi-trying. I know they had to alter the law bits to fit the emotional arcs, so I try to alter my rational self to see the emotional as well.

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First, it was a Summons to answer the question of whether or not a crime - attempted murder - took place, and whether or not it was something that could be prosecuted. This WAS the investigation. He wasn't formally charged - he was summoned to answer questions. (Otherwise, he would have been arrested first.)

Yes, MJG lured him there, but one, he went willingly without informing the police, and he went there with the intent of killing MJG. We also saw from HS's earlier trial with the woman who killed her abusive husband that self-defense as a defense is very difficult to win - and even in the case of Hwang Dal Joong, the way jury trials are in SK, even if the jury unanimously proclaim not guilty, the law can override the jury's decision anyway, because it's the law. Do Yeon's act of withdrawing the charges wouldn't have happened if anyone else was prosecutor, and it's why she got into trouble.

Yes, they were very loose with plenty of legal elements during the trials (though comparing SK law to US or other democratic legal processes is wrong on our parts, too) and the shoddy forensic investigations were laughable, but the principles themselves weren't faulty.

It was Do Yeon's duty to INVESTIGATE, regardless of where the information came from. Plus, we already saw time and again that she was pretty shrewd at telling when the accused was lying. Even with Sung Bin, she clearly lied about bullying "Double Nose" during Do Yeon's questioning. Which is why Su Ha was summoned. The statement made by MJG was part of her official records - she had a duty to follow up on it. Which she did, and decided not to pursue attempted murder and reduced it to illegal possession of a weapon and suspended the prosecution instead.

Even here in the US, the Attorneys General and DAs investigate just like this to determine whether or not to bring formal charges or settle, depending on evidence and extenuating circumstances. But the point is, Su Ha did in fact attempt to commit a crime. If HS hadn't stepped in, it would have been at a minimum attempted murder against MJG. Yes, she ran in to the knife, but that just nullifies the fact that he attempted to murder HER. It doesn't negate the fact that he did make an attempt to murder MJG.

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Thanks for the recap.
Well, that was a nice ride.

The final episode felt anticlimactic, but not in a bad way. It felt as if the gift had been put in the box previously and the writer was using the extra time to choose lovely wrapping paper and affix the bow. Even the question of Su-ha being charged with attempted murder against Hye-Sung couldn’t add suspense to the episode. [Come on, would Hye-Sung have stood for that?]

1- The series was gifted with a truly stellar cast. I cannot remember a weak link in the ensemble. The closest to weak links in the ensemble would have to the two extra judges that make up the tribunal. But I wouldn’t fault the actors’ work so much as I would blame limited performance on not having enough to do beyond playing sounding boards. Among the brilliant performances I’d give the MVP award to Jung Woong. I know that Lee Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk were wonderful, but we (I) went in expecting to root for them. But Jung Woong was a surprise and a revelation to me. He gave an amazingly complex performance. Even as the character laid waste to so many lives the actor never allowed him to be one dimensional. When I consider the other narrowly focused villains in k-drama, [the nutjob in King2Heart comes to mind] Jung Woong showed what a talented actor can do with a cliché of a role.

2- This series not only had a strong plot, it had wonderfully realized characters, all of whom had an arc that was satisfying. Everyone grew, except for Seo, and that exception was meant to prove the writer’s the point—I think. In many ways I think this was be best, most respectful and satisfying treatment of a male second lead. Yeah.

3- One of the great ironies of the series is how the law was portrayed. It seems the writer had such respect for the nobility of the legal system and the people working in it, yet the way she portrayed the legal system made a mockery of fairness. She presented a legal system that had on structural safeguards and whose fairness depended on the personal integrity of the people. While I know it is true that any system is only as good as the people who make it up this presentation of the Korean judicial system makes it seem ridiculously capricious. [How can a person be allowed to prosecute their father and then drop the case because they think it is the right thing to do? How can there be no other public defenders in Korea so that someone has to defend the person accused of killing his co-worker/girlfriend’s mother?—weird]

Anyway this was a great way to send two evenings a week this summer.

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This was such a sweet and satisfying end. This writter I can't wait to see what she would do next. I was happy that puppy and his lawyer got a happy ending. I also like that they still manage to touch the topic of pride. How yes, you can be prideful but you have to admit when you are wrong. It was very sad to see Do-Yeon's dad end up alone in his big house. I'm going to miss this show.

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Thank you for your recaps girlfriday!

This show pretty much singlehandedly brought me out of my kdrama slump. It had it's flaws (coughlegalaspectscough) and the extension did kill the pacing, but I think it's still my favorite show this year so far, and Soo Ha/Hye Sung my favorite couple (I was sad we didn't get more makeouts, but oh well). It had a lot of hope, and a lot of heart.

And I LOVED that neither Sung-bin or Do-yeon fell into the typical Evil Secondary Female role. Something I also noticed from Dream High -- this writer actually knows how to write female characters.

Also: congratulations to Lee Bo-young and Ji Sung on their upcoming wedding!

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I love them...honestly i was so sceptical about their chemistry at the beginning, but i was sold as early as episode one....and I love the writer and I think she has left very little to be desired in a good crack drama...

Lastly, I love love love that rooftop kiss!!! Whoa!!

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I loved this episode, definitely one of the best drama final episodes: wrapped up all the loose ends, was interesting, no ridiculous time jumps, and lots of cute scenes with the love line. Even the villain had some redemption by admitting his crime and accepting punishment.

Also the scene in the bookstore where he said they could see her panties was hilarious.

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Article Titled: Look Away “I Hear Your Voice” Real Life Shippers: Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung Are Getting Married!

Posted by Clockwatcher on Thursday, August 1, 2013

http://couch-kimchi.com/2013/08/01/look-away-i-hear-your-voice-real-life-shippers-lee-bo-young-and-ji-sung-are-getting-married/

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P.S.

Dramabeans is listed under Couch Kimchi Blogroll on the bottom of couch-kimchi.com website

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for a while i thought you died of happiness when i didn't see your recap this morning girlfriday ... :D
couldn't agree with you more, the drama didn't feel rushed and was able to wrap-up in the most awesome way imaginable ...

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Awwwwww....i haven't watched it yet. usually skim the recaps first before watching (like yesterday...it prevented me dying in front of my laptop by repeating to myself "it's ok, all ends well..it's ok!"). lol

i lurve good endings...:)

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Thanks so much for recapping IHYV :)

That last episode... God was this satisfying =) (especially after the very disappointing ending of GFB) I LOVED IT! There were sooo many great moments but the one that really got to me was Su Ha's narration at the end when he thanks all the people who helped him grow up and starts with Kwan Woo > Tears! (and I did a little fist bump^^ yay for bromance)

I could watch the cute between SH and HS all day long even if it means that I'll become a puddle of goo :D

I am really going to miss this drama but I hope that one of the new ones is going to rock my world like this one did ;)

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I am so deeply in love with this show. It deserves to have a cult following.

I'm sad that its over, but so relieved and happy with how it ended. I couldn't ask for more!

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omg, yes. i will join you in on that cult...
even with the show over, i'm still obsessing/insane over it.
i don't think the feels for this drama will ever dissipate for me which is why it has earned the #1 spot for me in dramaland! ;D

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Ok, I have to say it - I am, mostly, just relieved this is over and how that happened didn't suck, and that no one died, and that I got to see Su-ha in uniform (because I really thought that wasn't going to happen once it got to about 50 minutes in and was getting pretty annoyed about it). The tension the show tried to milk from the attempted murder charge held no weight for me whatsoever, so the time we spent on that felt wasted...blaming the extension for that. You really needed the speed of the show pre-extension to sweep me up in the nonsense legal procedures of this show. I did watch this raw, though, and there was a lot of talking in this episode so I think I'll enjoy it better once subs are out (and I've stopped worrying something ridiculous will come out of left-field and ruin everything).

I loved the synchronized elevator-jamming and the beer hats. Genius. Also really happy Su-ha got his way and moved in (how often does that happen?!)

All in all, well done Show. Our time together was brief but intense. In a good way. But you still owe me a manicure.

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Every time I think I should save the recap for later but I get tempted… I am just so sad that such a fantastic drama ended… on a happy note! Thank GOD! I have all these mixed emotions… Now I’ll go and watch the drama and come back for commenting…

Thank you GF for the lovely recaps. We all have been together on such a roller-coaster ride. Thank you so much... <3

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Oh my! What a journey it was! With so many feels… I am going to have a massive withdrawal symptom now… I re-watched Ep. 18 like 5 times already and kept replaying the kiss part. The ending is one of the BEST I’ve ever watched and it was wrapped up very nicely.

It would have been nice to see marriage or babies but I am not complaining. Lee Jong Suk in Police uniform is total swoon worthy! Also now that he is very much in legal age with a job, we can assume that they did end up marrying and living together for the rest of their life… Not that in their world marrying is important since their relationship is above all and deeply connected by fate and destiny, they are bound to be together for eternity…^(cheese)^….sob…sob…sob…

While Episode 17 left me hanging for more, Episode 18 summed up everything so nice and tied up all the loose ends before going…

The kiss was so sweeeeeeeeeet… I love ‘LOVE’ such as this; deep, soulful and sweet.

All the cast and crews did a tremendous work. The writing was great and so was directing. The acting was spot on. While Lee Jong Suk could work on his dialogue delivery some more… After this drama, he is a star already. He has a great screen presence and acts well, is charismatic and has the looks so I wouldn’t worry much. Initially his nose was distracting but he is such a sweetheart that it doesn’t matter and I understand how Korean industry (read companies) works with all plastic surgery agreement and those insecurities…so I‘ll pass on this one for good acting and being so adorable!

Lee Bo Young was great! She did full justice to her role. In later part of Episode 17 and throughout Episode 18 her voice majorly sounded hoarse like she cried a lot or has a cold and this added more to the scenes… I liked her from a drama that I saw long time back “People of the Water Flower Village (2004)” and always thought she is very pretty and elegant… Her role as Jang HyeSung just showed what a good actress she is and that she can play 4D characters as well. She is aging well (not that 34yrs is old)…
Acha! Congratulations on her upcoming marriage! Why do I feel, I saw it coming…. ;)

The Judge made me laugh out so many times… the comic relief is very much appreciated.
Seo Do Young with her dying father had me in tears and so did the scene where Park SuHa is crying sitting outside the coffee shop thinking about the impending separation...

Overall…I am very happy and I am going to miss waiting for IHYV every Thursday and Friday (in India).

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First of all, I would like to say a super big Thank You, Kamsahamnida, 감사합니다, to GF and Dramabeans for the most timely and excellent recaps and thought-provoking comments, as well as to all the fellow Beaners who have contributed such intelligent, entertaining, and empathetic posts here about the hit show of the year!

This is the first time that I've been actively commenting throughout the whole series, even though I've been watching K-dramas for several years now, since this show really tugs at my heartstrings, and I'm a fan of the writer's other works (glad I didn't pass on Dream High, hello!).

I was looking for a nice rom com, and although this show was so much more than a fluffy rom com (suspense, a bit of drama, creepy, crazy murderer that earned a tiny wee bit of my sympathy at the end), it never deviated in its main theme and message: love, justice, redemption, and a more optimistic (than White Christmas) look at the human psyche on whether "monsters" are born or made. I'm a lawyer, and I tend to leave my "lawyering" hat outside this drama's courtroom, so the sometimes less than realistic take on cases never really bothered me, especially since the message and lessons to be learned in each case all tied up so neatly in the end.

I can't say enough about the superb cast and the actors' stellar acting; I am SO thankful that each character is complex and likable in his or her own way (even the villain was so aptly portrayed). Our OTP, SH and HS, never disappointed. Throughout the crazy roller coaster ride, they always went back to each other, putting each other first, and showing us that true, unconditional love can weather any storm...or in this case, any serial killer murdering spree.

I Hear Your Voice: best show of the year thus far! (In my humble opinion).

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Ooops, I meant "Beanies" not "Beaners," sorry :(

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Loved reading your analysis!

(how are ya'll so articulate with your words and sound so very intelligent...)

anyway, i loved when you mentioned one of the themes of IHYV: the human psyche on whether “monsters” are born or made. i learned that it is indeed entirely up to the individual to choose how to live their life and the moment he or she is driven my malicious emotions and motives is the metaphorical death of their humanity. a horribly tragic event shouldn't veer a person off into insanity and a vengeance so strong that it leads to a committing atrocities but rather a lesson to improve as an individual, just like soo-ha.

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What a delightfully satisfying ending! Couldn't have asked for anything better. Swept me right off my feet, what with all the emotions and sweetness. Now I can relax!! Thank you for the recap Girlfriday - the journey was always twice as sweet and thrilling because of them. Kudos!

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I'm so happy! They didn't screw up the finale. It gave me everything I wanted (and more! - I didn't think SH would become a police officer). Thank you, writer! I am definitely definitely following your future dramas.

I kept switching between laughing, squealing at the cute, feeling sad, and feeling apprehensive but somehow it all transitioned seamlessly. And like I've said before, I like every single character (except Do-yeon's adopted father and MJG though both got their punishments in the end so I don't mind). Each character is developed well and have their individual quirks/flaws/strengths that make any set of interactions have flavor.

Also, I really like how small things get brought up later (Grass Head!) and characters are consistent/things aren't all fixed up (Seo Duk still didn't apologize or admit he was wrong).

Lastly, I get why people wouldn't bad for MJG but I can't help but say my heart hurt a bit at how he reacted to the "we" and how resigned he looked when Lawyer Cha was telling him it's his fault his family died. It's hard to admit that kind of truth, especially when you've basically gone psychopathic in your attempts at denial.

Thank you Show for being awesome. I will probably re-watch you several times in the future. And until then, I will be facing withdrawal from lack of LJS/the puppy-love couple. (I know I've gushed less about them recently, but only because I feared I'd annoy people with all the repetition xD)

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Hahaha, no no. I loved reading your gushing comments lol! It comforted me that there is another person who adores HS/SH just as much as I do :)

But in all seriousness, I'm going to scurry back to this forum if I see myself breaking down from our puppy-love couple withdrawals.

Meep

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Awwwww... wonderful heartwarming drama! So happy for the finale, but somehow I feel like, 'What am I gonna wait for next week?' LOL. From the beginning until the end, this drama jjang! Hope there'll be more drama with good writer like I Hear Your Voice (ah, the greedy side of me...).
Thank you so much for the recaps with hilarious personal comment, which I almost always agree all the time, and how can I thank you enough for inventing 'Pretty the Paralegal', Girlfriday?

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Well..I'm still smiling bcz of the last scene but then a few minutes after that I got my jaw drops after the fact that Jjang Byun n Soo Ha don't make it through 10 years..n this time is not bcz of lawyer Cha..it's bcz of another man called Ji Sung! Lol
Anyway..congrats LBY-JS..Bless ur marriage. .
Also,IHYV is really a great drama..it's too much if they didn't win the best drama in 2013. Gonna miss this drama for sure.. <3

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Someone else commented along the same lines as you: they just got MJK taken care of, and out sprung Ji Sung. LOL

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LAWL. It's sad that SH got his noona in dramaland but LJS didn't get his noona in dramalessland.

(Of course, I don't proclaim to know LJS personally but I had a niggling sense that he had a teeeenyyyy crush on LBY.)

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hahaha i also got feeling that LJS had a total little boy crush on her. they were adorable in the bts

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hahaha! This is what i love about dramabeans, i get to always say...

Me too! I always thought LJS seemed to enjoy kissing LBY too much! Whenever he gets a chance for a real kiss, its the open mouthed kind with the full intention of relishing the taste of her lips.

Now why do I sound like romance novel? I mean, it was so lovely to see, that little crush he had on her. How lucky for LJS toget to kiss his noona crush, how come we mortals don't get to have the same chance?

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LOL! I was kind of sad when I heard about their marriage announcement (don't get me wrong, Jisung and Bo look SO good together - power couple right there!) because it shattered all my hopes of our puppy love couple :( Now reality has struck. Booooooo.

I need to rewatch some scenes of HS/SH to make me feel better lol!

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Girlfriday for all your recaps of this series. Your witty, eloquent and often funny story telling has provided a rich layer to this drama watching experience. You are correct, this drama is by no means perfect. But I love it mainly because of the characters - Su Ha and Hye Sung may be the best OTP in my entire k-drama watching life. Their love was... sublime. I also love the other characters, Kwan Woo, Deo Yeon, Mom, and Lawyer Shin.

It has been a great ride. Unfortunately, it's the end of this journey and we all have to disembark. I thank everyone in this forum who shared this experience with me. We all laughed, cried, wrung our hands and heart, froze in nervousness, worried, squued and squealed, and awwwed, and in this virtual world, we held hands together. I cherish you all. I look forward to seeing you again on another trip. Kamsahamnida!

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LOVED the ending!

I wish every extension could be this worthwhile - one of the most frustrating things about K-dramas is seeing all the loose plot threads remaining untied. I hate it, it smacks of lazy writing (hi, SHARK!) and I want my hours of devoted watching to be rewarded with sensible endings. Happy, sad, whatever. Just answer the damn questions to give me some kind of closure.

Thanks for the recap, GF - it's been fun!
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GF thank you so much for the recaps, and to IHYV i love you, thank you for not breaking my heart, i can't really remember the last time that i liked a finale, well fell in love is more accurate.

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