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Basketball: Episode 18 (Final)

I’d say the end is here, but you’d need to watch the episode to find out why that’s inappropriate. At this point, our best course of action is to just purge this drama from our collective memory in 3, 2, 1…

Darn it, it’s not working. Help! If I can’t forget, that means I have to discuss this episode, which could drive anybody to drink. I’m so thoroughly done with bad shows, do you hear me, 2013? I’m done with them. Next year better be better, or else. *shakes ineffectual fist*

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

San ends up finding a pin he gave his mother in the forest and cries now that the reality of her death has come crashing down.

Meanwhile, Takeshi’s dad tells him that he’s taken care of things so that Takeshi will end up playing in the finals (even though his team lost). But their talk is interrupted when San bursts into the house wielding a bat, smashing everything he can before he demands to know where his mother is.

Takeshi’s frightened, but asks San, “Do you have any proof? Do you have any proof I killed her?” This pushes San over the edge as he starts beating the living daylights out of Takeshi until he’s hauled off by the house servants.

“You murderers!” San screams as he’s dragged away. “Bring my mom back! BRING MY MOM BACK!” Then he’s locked in an upright cell the size of a coffin by the Japanese police.

The good news: since Secretary Kim followed Takeshi’s minions, he was able to save Mom from certain death by hospitalizing her. But Daddy Choi sees Takeshi’s crime as an opportunity to wipe Count Byun off the map for good.

Daddy Choi frets over what to do when the Inspector General entrusts him with getting Mr. Min to sign over his wealth before he’s executed tomorrow, until a malicious idea strikes him. He’ll literally kill two birds with one stone by getting rid of Mr. Min and San, because he still hates him for whatever reason.

Bookie Gong has been held as Daddy Choi’s prisoner all this time, which means he’s more than willing to do anything Daddy Choi asks as long as it means his freedom. Even if he has to kill San.

But Daddy Choi’s doesn’t task him with killing San—instead, he’s to make sure that San actually detonates the bomb during the finals. Ajumma and Mi-sook will be kept as Choi’s hostages until the job is done.

San eats spilled food off the prison floor like a lunatic. He thinks only about his mom and Hong-ki’s bomb-detonating revenge plan, eating as though he’s saving his strength to go through with it.

Sung-won shows the boys how they’ll detonate the bomb by hiding it in a basketball, pressing the switch, and throwing it into the stands with the important pro-colonial spectators and Japanese officials.

For some reason they trust Bok-joo with this sensitive information, while Bookie Gong eavesdrops nearby.

Meanwhile, Daddy Choi gives Shin-young an opportunity to prove herself worthy enough to be his successor, by tasking her (so many tasks this episode) to get Chi-ho to convince his father to sign over his wealth.

So Shin-young does as told, and presents the form to Chi-ho by saying that signing it might save his father from execution. Chi-ho is justifiably outraged (“Is this the type of person you’ve always been?!”) and refuses to sign, but his mother has overheard and is desperate for any way to save her husband.

Chi-ho and his mother visit his father in prison and present him the form. It’s Mr. Min’s wife who does the talking, since she knows the character of her husband well enough to know he’d want to refuse signing it.

I do love her speech, which is not only about respecting him as a husband but as a fellow human being, but all the same entreating him to go against his principles just this once. There are so many people who need him, his family included.

Chi-ho has to help his father just to stand, and he grips his wife’s hands as he tells her, “That’s why… I can’t. Because there are so many who look up to me. The world that our children will live in, at the very least… it has to be better than the world we lived in.” I’m not crying. It’s just been raining… on my face.

He then addresses his son, knowing how hard it must be for him to accept his decision to die, but all the same asking him to think deeply about why he’s choosing this path.

“The reason for my decision isn’t because of any law made by man, but because of the conscience God gave me. My conscience. Your father cannot abandon it.” His decision is made. Chi-ho and his mother watch helplessly as he’s escorted away.

On the dawn of his execution, Mr. Min is visited by his whole family. It’s incredibly moving how he tells his children that he’ll see them all again someday, and entreats his wife to live happily and take her time before they meet again (in the afterlife).

Last but not least, he tells Chi-ho: “Don’t trust anyone who tries to instill hope in you. However, when you meet a person who tries to kill your hope… then you must fight. Do you understand what your father is telling you?” I’m not sure I do, but this is sad.

The last we see of Mr. Min is him walking down a long hallway to his death.

Daddy Choi tells the Inspector General that San won’t be playing in the finals, and gets the exact reaction he wanted when the man throws a fit and demands that San be allowed to play no matter what. They’ve got to show Japan’s glory to the world.

So San is released from prison to play in the finals, and tells the boys (who’ve been practicing how to pass the Ball Bomb in less than thirty seconds) about Takeshi killing Mom. He decides to join their bombing plot, because he made Mom a promise that he’d show the world that even poor people can have a chance. He intends to keep that promise. I’m not following his logic.

They practice passing an actual bomb this time, which Hong-ki panics and throws to the side when time runs out, narrowly avoiding having it explode in his arms. Are these guys idiots? Seriously? Practicing with a live bomb?

The boys debate among themselves as to who will be the last person to receive the bomb before throwing it, since it’s guaranteed suicide. Sung-won wins the argument in the end, claiming that it’ll give the others time to escape.

Hong-ki sort of works as the voice of the audience during the worst game of hot potato ever, wondering things like “Why can’t we just throw the bomb without passing it?” and “Why can’t any of us just throw the bomb if we have it?” Hong-ki, you should know by now to take your rational thinking elsewhere.

Bong-soon angrily confronts Sung-won over the news that Team Baekhwa will play as a representative of Japan, challenging him over his patriotism and who he really is. Did he ever even love her, she asks?

So Sung-won decides to show her who he really is by showing her the bomb: “I’m an independence fighter.” He tells her how he’s devoted his life to Korea’s liberation and how his resolve falters when he’s around her. That’s why he doesn’t think they can be together…

But she shushes him with a kiss. And then another.

Hong-ki gives Officer Hee-bong a gold watch before he drops to his knees to beg for his forgiveness in order to get his mother released. Outside, he takes comfort in the fact that Chef likes his mom, and seems to be saying his goodbyes when he tells Chef to take her away from the capital and never return.

Mom and Son share a heartwarming moment once she’s released from prison, even though Hong-ki lies that he’ll meet her at home later… when he talks as if he knows he’s going to die. “Was I a good son to you?” he asks, because he knows he’s never done anything for her. His mother says that he’s everything to her, so nothing else matters.

It’s only when Hong-ki tells her not to cry too much and be proud of him that she grows suspicious, but he swiftly passes it off as silly talk for their future together. He waves and cries even long after her car has disappeared and hopes that she’ll live a long and happy life. (Everyone’s going to die, aren’t they.)

Shin-young learns from Secretary Kim that San’s Mom is in the hospital, and takes San to see her. She’s remarkably fine after such a head injury, and the two of them share a tearful reunion.

But when San tells her that he can’t go home with her because he has something he needs to do in order to keep the promise he made her, Mom seems to understand that he’s saying his final goodbyes. She cries briefly before telling San not to worry about her, and that she’ll support anything he does.

While cupping his face in her hands, Mom says, “I’m so grateful to have you as my son.” They both cry together before she sends him off by telling him that she’ll live a long life in the world he’s going to create and join him (in the afterlife) much later. If you’re getting a sense of deja vu, it’s okay—this is maybe the fourth pre-death-goodbye-scene this episode.

But wait! There’s more. San says goodbye to Shin-young with a hug and a “It’s been a joy to love you.”

And yet, there’s still more. Bookie Gong says his goodbyes and sends his two minions off so that they can take care of Ajumma and Mi-sook. Lordy, is there anyone even left who hasn’t said goodbye? I guess Chi-ho hasn’t…

The boys worry about their plot when they find out that there’ll be increased security at the game, but Bookie Gong arrives on the scene and promises to take care of it. He tells them that he was kidnapped by Daddy Choi because he wouldn’t kill San and that he’s tired of living like he has been, so he wants to join their cause.

Remember one paragraph ago, when I said Chi-ho was the only one who hadn’t said goodbye? The show is totally on that, since it’s now Chi-ho’s turn to say goodbye to his mother and sisters by bowing formally to them.

But in the true spirit of Basketball, his mother and sisters are arrested by the guyliner’d cop, who pretty much threatens to kill them unless Chi-ho signs over his father’s wealth… now that they’ve killed his father and he’s the head of the household.

Since Daddy Choi knows about the bomb plot, he tells his zombie daughter to stay inside the house at all costs.

Chi-ho shows up to make the deal with Shin-young to sign away his father’s wealth, effectively making Mr. Min’s sacrifice 100% moot. I get it, in that Chi-ho’s family is on the line… but seriously? After all that, after ALL THAT, this is what’s made of his sacrifice? I can’t even. Boo. Booooooooo, I say.

Shin-young offers two tiny protests, but may as well not be present. Once it’s over and Chi-ho’s signed everything, she has the nerve to be struck by disbelief that her father did something to Chi-ho’s family. Totally legitimate. I mean, it’s not like her dad has a track record for doing stuff like this, right? It’s not like she gave a dossier on his crimes to an underground newspaper or anything, right? I mean, c’mon. If any of that had happened, she couldn’t possibly be shocked.

She overhears her father talking about using San’s mother as a hostage in order to keep San under control, and finally confronts him about what he’s doing. It’s then that Daddy Choi conveniently word vomits that San plans to detonate a bomb at the game, leaving Shin-young in shock. Now she realizes San was saying goodbye to his mom at the hospital.

The boys are worried when security deflates the basketball Bookie Gong brought, only to realize that he didn’t hide the bomb in there. He got Daddy Choi to sneak it in instead, since no one would dare suspect the Inspector General’s security detail.

Team Baekhwa (now just part of a bigger team that includes Takeshi’s) enters the court, all of them wearing uniforms bearing the Japanese flag. San’s Mom and Bong-soon listen to the game from the hospital radio, while Shin-young cries at home before making A Decision.

Even though Team Takeshi lost the semifinals, they declare that they’ll be playing the finals, while San and his teammates get to sit this one out. The boys fret, since their plan won’t work unless they actually get to play.

Lucky for them, Team Takeshi ends up sucking so bad that they decide to let San play to try and even the odds. Now it’s up to San to play well enough to prove that his teammates should be allowed to play in order to go through with the plan.

Chi-ho hasn’t shown up yet because he’s outside the arena thinking on his dad’s final words, bidding him to fight those who would take away his hope. He thinks to himself that he’ll find a way to fulfill his father’s wishes by living to fight another day. “The sacrifice made by my comrades today… I will never forget it.”

After San scores a few points, he gives the signals to his teammates. Daddy Choi has Secretary Kim deliver the Ball Bomb to Bookie Gong, but he makes it clear that Ajumma and Mi-sook won’t be safe unless Gong hurries with the detonating.

He has to let them know when the bomb is going to go off so Daddy Choi can heroically save the Inspector General, and his urgency to get that info from the boys raises their suspicions.

But Bookie Gong is saved when Sung-won assumes that he just wants to know so he’ll have time to escape, in which case Sung-won will give him a signal when it’s about to go off.

The problem is, only Sung-won is called out to the court, leaving Hong-ki behind. He takes the Ball Bomb with him because there’s no more time, which has Bookie Gong hurriedly flailing the signal to Secretary Kim.

What’s even worse is that Sung-won doesn’t get the chance to swap the balls, and ends up leaving the Ball Bomb on the sidelines.

Chi-ho’s about to walk away from the arena when he sees Shin-young going in. His efforts to stop her are futile, because she claims that she wants to watch San as he creates his brave new world. (Question: Why is everyone acting like the entire human race will change with this one bomb? Did anyone ever explain? Am I taking crazy pills?)

San and Sung-won try to throw the ball out of bounds in order to switch it out for the Ball Bomb, but fail. Somehow, one of their opponents randomly decides to switch out the ball, unknowingly, for the Ball Bomb. Y…ay?

San makes it a point to grab the ball, whereupon he and Sung-won activate the switch while Bok-joo activates the stopwatch on the sidelines. Thirty seconds. Through another series of missed opportunities, Hong-ki ends up with the ball.

Bookie Gong eventually convinces Hong-ki to leave the bomb in his care—he’ll detonate it. In the longest twenty seconds ever, he throws the bomb to San.

But with only ten seconds left, San is detained by Takeshi & Co., who know something’s up. Bookie Gong runs away as San passes the ball to Sung-won. Five seconds.

Sung-won sheds a tear and passes it to Hong-ki. As Bok-joo counts down from the sidelines, Hong-ki looks at his teammates and thinks, “In our next life, let’s meet in a better place.”

The timer counts down as the ball is passed to San, who then performs a jump shot toward the st—

 
COMMENTS

HOLY FASHIONKINGBIGSWORDANDFLOWERDRJIN, BATMAN!

Do you know what’s worse than all those endings combined? This. This is worse. Cutting off in the middle of a scene is worse. A show’s ending has one job, one job, and that’s to conclude the story. Of course we get our share of bad conclusions, completely unsatisfactory conclusions, conclusions where the writers are clearly flipping the audience the bird—but this? I’m trying to remember how Roger Ebert always said to critique something for what it is, not for what it isn’t. So I can’t say “This isn’t an ending” or “This isn’t worth anyone’s time,” but I can say that it is just so very, very terrible. It’s so terrible I’m almost impressed by its terrible terribleness.

I was worried I’d missed something crucial for a hot second when San was talking about detonating the bomb like it really made sense to him, or like he was really going to create a new world with it. I had literally no idea what he was talking about for an entire episode. He went on and on about how he was going to fulfill the promise he made to his mother, but somehow avoided ever saying how. No one ever bothered to explain how San thought detonating one bomb would create this new, equal-opportunity world. And even if we were to say that their motivation was liberation… it wasn’t. Out of all the boys, only Hong-ki seemed to have slightly legitimate and immediate motivation when it came to killing those men. He was doing it for revenge.

The show half-heartedly tried to argue that Sung-won was a freedom fighter, and that bombing the game was his way of fighting for freedom. Okay, let’s say they earned that point and that I bought it, even if he wasn’t any good at his job. The problem—and this is a big one—is that the main character did not give any sane reason for his stake in the bombing, even though everyone acted like he did. Worst of all, they acted like his ambiguous, amorphous ideal somehow made TOTAL AND COMPLETE SENSE, and that he could accomplish all his dreams by bombing the game. San’s existence was never about liberation or even patriotism, really—liberation and patriotism were things he encountered based on his hardships, but those two ideals didn’t control his existence. Which is to say, the idea of liberation mattered less to someone like him (though it still mattered) than it did to someone like Sung-won. Even then, the show could’ve made the argument that San did care about liberation, and that he cared about it soooo much that he saw bombing as a step toward achieving that. But they didn’t.

The promise he made to his mother was about evening out the class divide. What this show then did, to my complete shock and awe, was completely fail to establish San’s motivations for pretty much everything he did in this final episode. Explain to me how killing Japanese officials and Korean conspirators would help San fulfill the promise he made to his mom, Basketball. Go on.

And while you’re at it, maybe try explaining how Chi-ho planned to do what his father said and fight injustice… by not doing that. Explain how him leaving his friends to possibly die was a noble choice, or even explain why Chi-ho’s last grand gesture had to be a slap in his dead father’s face. What was the point of Mr. Min’s enormous (and for the first time in this show, actually moving) sacrifice when Chi-ho turned around and negated what he fought for a few scenes later? I suppose the argument could be made that Chi-ho did do like his father and follow his conscience in signing everything over to Daddy Choi, but without resolution afterward all we’re left with is that the bad guys won and the good guys lost. Hooray.

Is it even worth mentioning that Shin-young’s character actually got worse over these past few weeks, or that this is all a moot discussion when nothing really mattered anyway? One could point to the episode cut as a reason for this non-ending, which is an argument I might’ve accepted before seeing how End of the World handled its larger episode cut while still managing to tell a complete story. Basketball had weeks (months if we convert that to dramatime) to figure out how to wrap things up. There’s no excuse. So all we got were eighteen episodes of, “Oh, we’re gonna tell you a story. Here’s how it goes, you ready for it? Okay, once upon a time…”

 
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Good BYE Basketball!!!!
Thanks for the recaps !

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What in the what just happened.
D:

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Heads, I hope you get the best drama of 2014 to recap. You've had to put up with too many bad dramas this year.

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Well... Who didnt even bother to read the recap? Meee! The comments section was enough ahaha thanks headsno2!

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So . . . who won the basketball game? Did Korea get liberated from Japan?

Was Korea able to outlaw spoiled rich kids and evil rich mothers and fathers, or were they doomed to make TV series and movies about them, over and over again, for generation after generation?

In the movie sequel, 'Inglorious Baskets', I understand that the survivors use basketball bombs to assassinate Emperor Hirohito and Josef Stalin, thereby leaving Korea united and free, if still prone to closed-mouth kissing and showering with towels on.

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LMAO! I haven't even seen the series, but I want to see that movie! :)

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Epic comment :-D

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Sometimes (many times), quiet thoughts are best. LMAO

I thought to wait on this drama and scan through the recaps, but, um....PASS!

Ugh, poor HeadsNo2. May the holidays bring you better dramas to recap sans shower towel or hand towel!

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@Quiet Thuoght
"Leaving Korea united and free" from class struggle. That seems to be the main theme in this drama. Did Hollywood commies invade Kdramas or is it other way around? Hard to make sense of it.
BTW: Weren't Stalin and Japanese Emperor enemies in the WWII?

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The last screen-cap apparently shows a furious network rep being forcible restrained by security as he attempts to shoot the writer dead.

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HOLY FASHIONKINGBIGSWORDANDFLOWERDRJIN, BATMAN!

" It’s so terrible I’m almost impressed by its terrible terribleness." Hahaha. I guess this show tops the WTF list. Cant wait to see the DB ratings on this one. This might be the first drama to go negative. -1/2

Heads you did it :). /salute

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I can't believe that's the end...I waste 18 hour of watching for nothing. ..kang san and min chi ho,pick other drama,ok???

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i didnt even attempt to pick up this show but i've always dropped by your recaps just to see how you're doing.
*HUGGGSSSSSS*
you've made it heads!!

wishing you a better 2014!!!!

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THIS SHOW I CAN'T EVEN

What... How... Why...

Heads, from the bottom of my heart, I salute you. Your bravery will always be remembered. You handled this bomb masterfully, even when you couldn't even know why you kept with this quest. Just like Chi-ho, I bailed soon enough, but my manly single tears will always keep your image as the Brave Recapping Soldier you are.

To you, cheers!

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I don't normally post but I wanted to say thank you for your efforts. I read your posts or at least your comments if I don't watch the show but man.. I feel for you. You have had a bad year with dramas. You definitely deserve the best dramas of 2014!

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Thank you for your recaps. It was very insightful throughout explaining the suffering of the citizens. I learned a lot. Thank you.

[email protected] ju$T [email protected]? Did the whole arena blow up with everyone inside? Self sacrifice to free Korea? Was the bomb that powerful because when they were practicing it didn't do much damage.

So I guess San getting his finger blown off was foreshadowing him getting blown to smithereens?

It was like the writer was so upset over the decrease in episodes that they just stopped filming and used old footage for the last scene. It's sad because now others will have to wait longer to learn more about this dark part of history.

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omg this is really bad bad bad. I have to assume bomb did not go off, because they went to olimpics after all (alive), right? I feel like the writer is mad at something and wanted to mess up the show purposely.
If I try hard and find one good thing in this show (if not, I will be too depressed), cinematography was good and there was not much K-drama cliches.
Thanks for the recap Heads. It was such a pleasure to read your recap as always.

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Wow. Did someone say this is the last episode? Did the writer oversleep and forgot to hand in her last page? Thanks man.

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I feel like the drama writers of this drama just wrote themselves into a corner of ridiculousness, and since they knew they were so deep in sh*t, they figured they might go out with the worst non-ending ever (since everyone is only going to remember Basketball for how ridiculous it all was).

On the upside, at least Shin-young didn't get to marry anyone, for she sure didn't deserve either San or Chi-ho with her flip-flopping heart.

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youve got to be effing kidding me

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I applaud you for your hard work and your perseverance in not only watching but recapping such a terrible show. Will keep fingers crossed you get a good one next year. By the way out of interest why do you continue to recap shows you don't like?

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I'm sorry but Heads, you made me laugh so hard just reading your comments (and curses!) =)))))))) I feel for you so much =)))))))))))) I just wish I could be blessed with your utterly excellent talents in delivering sarcasm.

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Maybe they filmed all 20 episodes and when the count was reduced to 18..they simply ended it there....you know..cliffhanger for ep 18 :-D

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HeadsNo2, I sincerely wish you get to recap a good show next. You deserve it after going through so much crap shows.

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I was just reading recaps, and at that ending scene..

A parade of curse was heard. I really salute you, Heads. Shark was not that bad (Thank you Yi-Hyun and Soo hyun),Sword and Flower cause headaches, and this drama..cause me to curse out loud. I really wish you the best luck on 2014's dramas.

Oh, on side note, am I the only one who looked illfill with Shin young? Especially because she was kinda expressionless, lack actions, and only all smiles ?

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Maybe the writer and director didn't get the memo that there would be no season 2 and wanted to make a cliffhanger so that everyone would tune into said season....

Ok, I've got nothing.

I really feel for you Heads, after this and Dr. Jin, you deserve some sort of award for recapping the crappiest of crap.

Though, I guess there's a bright side. At least you didn't have to also recap Mirae's Non-Choice.

Good luck with future drama recap choices!

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wow what an awful ending, the drama crew really threw in that towel huh?

Thank you so much Heads for recapping this mess, but hey, at least you didn't had to do it for 24 episodes.

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WOW. Are you serious? Is this real life??

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Thanks for recaps.
Glad I never watched it. Basketball wasn't my thing if there's no good story love line behind it. I read the ending of this ep.... I gotta say... WTH?!

Thats all. The end.

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HOLY FASHIONKINGBIGSWORDANDFLOWERDRJIN, BATMAN!

OK, adding Basketball to my list of dramas to avoid.

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Okay. My jaw dropped at the ending. Literally.

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I'm so glad I bailed on this 10 episodes ago, especially if the ending is like this, or not like this...what is an ending? I've had enough of terrible endings this year *coughMirae'sChoicecough*, but more so, I keep going back to the first episode of this show and wondering, "Did anything matter?" We're still pretty much where we were in the beginning: Takeshi is still a douche, San is still poor (although now 9-fingered), San's mother is still suffering, Chi-ho is still taking the easy way out, Byeo-Ri is still in dire straits, Daddy Choi is still evil, Bookie Gong is still wishy-washy, and most of all, Shin-young is still Shin-young (still terrible). I just don't get it, unless this show's point is that nothing could change during the Occupation, and that includes people. That's rather a bleak sentiment to be dealing out, Show.

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Loved, loved, loooooooooooved that first paragraph in the comments. Am so glad I gave up on this. Thanks for enduring it so I wouldn't have to.

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Heads!!! We love you!
Thank you for being persistent putting this drama out here. Too bad its another WTF drama.
I cannot even say 'there's so much potential' when its just downhill from earlier episodes..

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Oh Heads, I feel your pain. *pats pats* It seems like you always end up with train-wrecks. Seriously, it's almost like seeing Kim Nam Gil starring in a drama and wondering half seriously if he's going to die this time too :P

But to go back to this episode... I actually laughed out laud when I read the ending. Talk about unexpected umm... last scene. I was wondering for weeks how it'll end and they did THAT.

On the "glass half full" side, at least it was consistent with the feeling of frustration we had after the cut? "We don't have time to cover the Olympics and LIberation Years... so we wont" followed by "We don't really know how it'll end.. so we won't end it" :P

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My. God.

*hand you all the alcohol on the Internet*

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After the episode "ended," I just sat there saying, "You can't DO that!"
Seriously, after all that time we devoted just for the sake of finishing, and they wouldn't even let it finish? They couldn't even manage a standard Kdrama Time Skip? Just five minutes, Show, and maybe we'd be a tiny bit forgiving. Maybe.

Thank you, Heads, for sticking with it. I echo your pleas for really great shows in 2014.

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I wish I'd get some handy Drama Amnesia so I could forget all about "Basketball".

Thanks for your effort recapping it!

@HeadsNo2: Are you going to recap "I Need Romance 3"?

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Hugs to you... I stopped at ep4.. thought I could pick it up sometime in the future.. but reading fashion king, big, sword and flower dr jin in all caps, I'll delete it on my hard drive. I like Batman though...

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I watched diligently all 17 episodes and finally gave up before the very last one when I decided reading the recap is more than enough. The best thing about this show were the recaps by HeadsNo2, it takes a talent to write so well about something so bad.

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"take your rational thinking elsewhere." nailed it.

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Mother Father Gentleman!

I was looking forward to this together with AM1994. Got bored by E02, read recaps but dropped that too when I found the bits I wanted to see weren't going to happen, plus all the news I've read of how LE is a terrible actress.

So here I am wanting to know what happened to the last episode if it's maybe worth revisiting in the future like Gaksital (which I also didn't watch in full because it was too long, found the first half boring, had too much torture scenes, and just plain find Joo-won overrated). But what the hell, Show? Not even an ending to give a little bit of happiness to those who stuck to it despite all the flaws? Tsk, tsk, tsk. Can't believe tvN allowed this to mar their awesome record of wonderful shows.

Thanks, Heads for recapping. Hope that you'll get better dramas next year. Let's just all drink and forget about the bad dramas this year.

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@Heads - just in case you get another bad drama next year *knock on wood*, why don't you do weecaps instead or have Santa visit and write the recap for the terrible episode. I miss Santa!

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Courtesy of genesis (from old MSOAN comments)

(Sung to the tune of Jungle Bells)
Crap,crap,crap
Crap,crap,crap
Crappy all the way
Oh what pain it has been to watch
This horrible nightmare-eh

Crap,crap,crap
Crap,crap,crap
Crappy all the way
This terrible turkey
Drove me crazy
Santa take memory away

(sung to the tune Santa Claus is coming to town)
You’d better go run, you’d better go hide,
You’d better go shout, I’m telling you why,
Basketball is coming to townnnnnnn!!!!!!!

Don’t see this when you’re sleeping,
Don’t see this when awake,
Go see this when you’re mad or screwed,
So be smart, for goodness’ sake!

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Awwwww Heads! May you get the best BEST drama of 2014!

Just to remind you of better times: I finished White Christmas last night, and god SO frickin wow. You recapped that! I loved your recaps. Let those make up for these ugh ones. (Then again, maybe retrospective recapping is the best choice in a slew of poop)

(The unrelenting misery of Basketball put me off 2.5 episodes through, because I am a wuss.)

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Lol ! Sword & Flower and now that. Should we avoid the dramas H#2 choose to recap as a rule ?!!

No compliment sandwich will help me swallow my disappointment... Those 2 shows were so promising !!

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Does Heads ever get a good drama to recap? :D You deserve better.

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I couldn't bring myself to actually watch the show because I had a bad feeling from the start but I've read the updates every week... thank you for making my day with "HOLY FASHIONKINGBIGSWORDANDFLOWERDRJIN, BATMAN!" lol

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Series like this remind me why 'Monstar' was the only drama I watched from start to finish this past year. And I'd watch a sequel if they did one.

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They say there making season 2 next year. :)

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Wow, and to think that I was going to follow Basketball...What a disappointment :( I'm sorry that you had such bad luck this year, having to recap bad dramas. However, thank you for recapping this one and I hope you get better dramas to recap next year! :)

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Maybe this is some kind of joke. Maybe there is one more episode waiting to be shown next week with the real ending?! And the producers are just laughing their heads off somewhere right now. This ending, this is not what we've been waiting for for 18 long hours of misery and pain. I am sooo disappointed. :(

But thank you for the recaps, Heads! Thanks to you we did not have to suffer alone. And I hope you'll get better dramas in 2014!! :)

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HOLY FASHIONKINGBIGSWORDANDFLOWERDRJIN, BATMAN!....hahhah that is priceless. I gave up on sword and flower .. i cannot believe they ruined such a great show from episode 1 with that stupid music... i totally forgot about that lol.... i waited to watch this show but i think ill skip it.. I skipped fashion king, dr jin.. so i am on the right track... this year in dramaland they had to many horrible drama .. pray 1214 will be better ...

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I dont care with the drama.
Just wanna give support to Head. Thank you for ur hardwork

Side note, though Fashion King was such a awful horibble mess, it led me to Yoo Ah In. He's a talented actor.

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I sincerely thank you HeadsNo2 for you hard work in recapping this drama. I stopped watching a while ago but I hoped the ending would at least give us some good moments.

I really hope these actors can get a better drama next time, particularly those who played Chi ho and San.

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