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My Secret Hotel: Episode 16 (Final)

It’s here: the end, with all its answers. The mystery of Papa Jo’s death now unraveled, the big questions that have been piling up remain: Who killed Hwang and Young-mi? Why? Where is that misbegotten necklace? Will people stop moping and acting like kids, and grow up? Why did Hae-young lie, dammit? Will Jung-eun get her comeuppance? Will the misunderstanding ever EVER get cleared up? Where on earth is Soo-ah? And the one I care about the most: Does my homey Eun-joo live happily ever after?

FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Morning finds Hae-young alone, preoccupied with thoughts of Sang-hyo. In her house, she asks herself which man she’s crying over.

Sung-gyum drops into the planning offices looking for Sang-hyo. She hasn’t arrived yet and isn’t answering her phone; Jjajangmyun helpfully tells him he needn’t worry, since her husband’s taking care of her. As Sung-gyum leaves, he thinks of his apology to her the day before for not being able to wait for her, and he’s glad Hae-young is at her side.

Except he’s not. Still alone, and now curled up on the floor, Sang-hyo collapses, just like seven years ago, noting to herself she’s doing it again.

At home, Hae-young concludes a phone call about selling the place: He plans to leave the country as soon as it’s done. Gi-chul calls him, wondering if Sang-hyo is sick since she didn’t turn up to work. Hae-young begins to fret but catches himself.

It’s a busy morning at the firm: Shi-chan harangues Hae-young by phone about not being there when they have to prepare for an important client. He asks his friend if he’s has made up with Sang-hyo, but Hae-young just promises he’ll be there soon and hangs up.

Shi-chan is puzzled — did they make up or not? He tells the team to hide their projects until they know whether Hae-young is okay. He’s realized that Sang-hyo is “Samantha” from seven years ago, and tells them Hae-young’s backstory of when he vanished — resurfacing three months later to work like a devil and finish a six-month project in a fraction of the time, before disappearing again.

But when he came back after that, he was a broken man — in a spasm of grief, he tore apart their office and raged at Shi-chan for calling him away. He spent a year combing hotels throughout the U.S., searching for her, but never found her. The next year, he was lost in drink until his dad rescued him.

The team wonder at how he could stake everything on one woman, and one of them suggests it’s possible because it’s Sang-hyo. Shi-chan says it’s possible because it’s Hae-young — because when he falls in love, he sees nothing else: “That’s the kind of person he is.”

Still driving, Hae-young makes a sharp U-turn and heads to Sang-hyo’s. At her door, he rings and knocks, calling out her name, but she’s still passed out on her floor.

At the hotel, Mom confides to GM Lee that she can’t face her son. Sung-gyum cuts their tête-à-tête short, asking if they’re not ashamed to be consoling each other, when one of the two certainly killed his father — are they now trying to renew their past love? He tells her to return to the U.S. immediately, if she doesn’t want to lose her son.

Back at the station, Detective Kim remains unconvinced that Cha Dong-min killed for GM Lee. While Detective Lee is sure it’s case closed, Kim is sure it isn’t over yet.

In some more late-night solitary brooding, Sung-gyum thinks to himself that even if GM Lee is Sang-hyo’s father, he has to pursue him to the end about the two recent murders: “I can’t give up now.”

Somehow, Hae-young managed to get into Sang-hyo’s apartment, and she’s now tucked into bed with an IV. The doctor tells him her fever’s coming down, but it could’ve been bad. After the medics leave, he tends to her, until he’s interrupted by a call from Shi-chan, who’s frantic because some important clients have been waiting for him for hours at the office. Unmoved, Hae-young just says sorry and hangs up.

Turning his attention back to Sang-hyo, he wonders what’s giving her such a hard time if it’s not him.

The next morning, she finally wakes up and sees him. Hae-young explains he came to investigate when she didn’t show up for work the day before. Worried that he’s been there all night, she tells him to go, but he’s unhappy about leaving her alone.

He offers to take her to work but she insists she’s fine. When he’s about to call Sung-gyum to go with her instead, she stops him — the director’s having a hard enough time with the hotel, so she accepts Hae-young’s lift for now.

During the drive, she examines him. She wants to trust him because he seems sincere when he’s in front of her, but when she looks back at him, that sincerity seems like a lie.

About to part ways in the hotel lobby, she turns back to him and asks him not to come looking for her again, even if she’s sick. She tells him that while it may be easy for him to come and go, it’s really hard for her. He quietly contradicts her, saying that it was never once easy to return to her. Rather, leaving was difficult: “Because I lost you. I know what it’s like to be without you.”

Sang-hyo says that it’s hard for her to turn her back to him. But it’s even harder when he wavers and clings to her. She tells him they should be like strangers now, each going their own way. Hae-young checks to ask that she really wants him to go away completely. He accepts it: “If that’s what you want, I’ll do that. Sang-hyo, I won’t come back again… until you come to me.”

Eun-joo collects Sung-gyum’s mom from her suite, to take her to the airport. She claims Sung-gyum couldn’t make it because of a meeting, although what he’s really doing is brooding (again) in his office. On their way out, GM Lee intercepts Mom, and asks if she can’t stay. Kyung-hee watches the encounter from a distance. Hm.

In his office, Sung-gyum asks the GM about the report he just got from Simon. Lee tells him it’s true: He’s protected his mom for 30 years by keeping her secret, but now he wants to protect her another way. Sung-gyum thinks this is nonsense — even if he covered for Mom back then, he’s still responsible for a further two deaths now. Lee denies the charge, and requests Sung-gyum’s blessing, since she won’t accept him if her son doesn’t approve. Sung-gyum can’t allow it, though — he went so far as to give up his love in order to punish him.

In GM Lee’s office, Kyung-hee confronts him about his plans with “that woman.” She cries that she waited twenty years for him to just look at her. She appeals to him with her illness, to just let her be with him, but he denies her: “For Dong-min’s sake, you can’t say this.”

At their firm, Hae-young tells Shi-chan that he’s returning to the U.S., because he can’t leave Sang-hyo completely while he stays. His friend is dismayed and asks if he’s going to ruin himself with drink again. Remembering Sang-hyo’s admonition not to drink so much, he assures him he won’t.

That night, Sang-hyo takes the wedding ring out of her dresser and slips it on, amid falling tears. Hae-young, working late at the office, ponders his own with a sad smile.

The next day, Kyung-hee packs her belongings and gives Gi-chul and Jjajangmyun encouraging words that sound awful lot like a goodbye. To Sang-hyo, she hands in her resignation, which the young manager doesn’t want to accept.

Kyung-hee says it’s time for her to move on, and tells Sang-hyo about her twenty-year unrequited love for the GM: When she started working there straight out of high school, the GM looked after her through her struggles. She knew it wasn’t exceptional treatment, since he was good to everyone, but that made her like him even more.

Sang-hyo argues that isn’t any reason to resign, but Kyung-hee offers her advice instead: not to hesitate between her suitors, but to follow her heart. Even if it’s a wrong choice or ends in pain, it’s better than wasting time — because there may not be as much time as she thinks. So, she says, “Spend it loving someone.”

Detectives Kim and Lee mull over the whereabouts of the necklace — if Cha killed Hwang and Young-mi for it, how could he just “lose” it? Kim finds the idea of GM Lee using the guard to kill people out of character for a man who forgave him for killing his own nephew.

He concludes that the guard must be hiding something more. Detective Lee says it must be love — why else would he make a false confession if not to protect a beloved? He’s (finally) onto something: Kim remembers what he saw at the hotel before — Kyung-hee crying at Cha’s feet — and runs out.

Kyung-hee visits Cha in custody, and smiles that it reminds her of the first time they met when he was 18, and she and GM Lee had come to see him. She tells him she confessed her feelings to Lee but he refused her. “Thank you, Cha Dong-min, for loving me,” she tells him, “I won’t say sorry, but your heart… I’ll take it with me.”

She turns away and starts to cry. Sensing something wrong, he calls after her, reverting to “noona,” and pounds at the dividing glass.

At home, she folds up a letter… and places the missing necklace of top of it. Nooo, don’t do it!

The detectives hammer at her door but there’s no answer. Kim tries the handle, and inside, they find no sign of her until they simultaneously discover the note and the necklace on the table…and Kyung-hee’s body in the bathroom, with her wrist slit. Both men are saddened and solemn.

Later that night, Detective Kim informs a shocked Sung-gyum of Kyung-hee’s role in the two deaths. In her suicide note, she wrote how she came back to the hotel that night and witnessed Hwang threatening her beloved GM. Overcome by anger, she stabbed him and ran away — and Cha, seeing events from the security office, took care of the body. She didn’t know what happened to Hwang until his dramatic plummet at the first wedding.

She realized Young-mi had the incriminating necklace and tried to get it back, resulting in an accident when the latter tripped and took her fatal fall. Again, Cha covered for her, deleting the CCTV and ultimately taking responsibility for it all. Her last request was that her secret not be revealed to the hotel staff.

Sung-gyum observes that the actions of the three — GM Lee, Kyung-hee and Cha — were ultimately driven by love. Detective Kim turns over the necklace to him.

The next morning, Sung-gyum drops by GM Lee’s office and gives the necklace to him, along with the news that he’s leaving the hotel. In an oblique acceptance of the elders’ relationship, he asks Lee to take good care of Mom.

Ready to leave, Sung-gyum takes a moment to think about Sang-hyo again. Contrary to what he had thought, GM Lee said he wasn’t Sang-hyo’s dad. Sung-gyum remembers Mom saying she could never accept Sang-hyo because she couldn’t forgive her father — that father, the GM confirms, is none other than Hwang Dong-bae. Wait what?! But not in any of the ways that mattered, though — doesn’t that count?

But Sung-gyum isn’t ready to give up on Sang-hyo yet. They meet, and Sung-gyum tells her he resigned, and plans to return to the States after a little break. He asks if she found out about her feelings.

She apologizes, but he says it’s his own fault for trying to hold onto her when he knows her true feelings. Dude, nobody gonna blame you for trying! He remarks how hard they tried to be together, but in the end, her heart was already with Hae-young, It wasn’t Hae-young who tried to change her feelings, but him — because that’s how much he liked her.

In one last effort, he tells her that if she asks him to stay because she needs him, only then will he take her back. Getting up, he says a light goodbye, and takes off.

It’s back to business as usual at The Secret Hotel as Sang-hyo meets new wedding clients — and Soo-ah! She’s here to meet her unni, and tells her Hae-young is leaving for the States. She figured it must be because things are over with Sang-hyo, and she doesn’t think he’ll come back.

She shares what he said when she pestered him to marry her: Would she be okay if he never loved her? In his life, he had only loved one woman, and even though they broke up, she’s the only one in his heart.

Sang-hyo doesn’t know what to do with this information. Soo-ah also tells her that he went back to Las Vegas to look for her, but she was already gone, and the landlady told him she’d left with another man.

Sang-hyo struggles with this startling revelation, and a just-arrived Detective Kim chimes in that it sounds like the truth. He came by to tell her the case is closed, and also reveals that he saw the old photo of her that Hae-young still carries in his wallet. Processing it all, Sang-hyo excuses herself.

Alone, Soo-ah’s and Detective Kim’s words percolate in her head, but it’s Kyung-hee’s words that strike her most, how it’s better to love while there’s time — made especially poignant now by her passing. Sang-hyo admits to herself that she’s still scared.

That night, Hae-young regards the photo from his wallet, which he didn’t manage to burn after all. Singed picture in hand, he wishes Sang-hyo well. When his doorbell rings, he looks up, suddenly hopeful.

…until Jung-eun, much the worse for drink, spills inside. Wailing like an inconsolable toddler, she begs him not to leave.

Sung-gyum sits in front of a campfire, wondering if he and Sang-hyo are really over. His ruminations are interrupted by the news that a woman is here to see him. Please be Eun-joo, please be Eun-joo…

Assa~! He laughs a little to see her (because of course). She admits his mom told her where to find him, and she’s ready to cart him back. He’s not ready to go yet, so she settles down to stay with him instead. He can’t help smiling at her mien, and joins her.

Sang-hyo paces at home, and spends all night mulling everyone’s words. It’s a new day when she finally makes a decision. Running out, she hails a taxi and finally arrives at Hae-young’s door. Oh no.

Ugh, Jung-eun answers, dressed in little more than Hae-young’s shirt. Word for word, the scene replays just like New York as Jung-eun asks her if she wants to come inside. Like then, Sang-hyo, wrestles to maintain her composure, and turns to go.

Inside, Hae-young scolds Jung-eun for taking his clothes. The doorbell rings again and she tries to stop him from getting it, but he snaps at her to get dressed. He opens the door — Sang-hyo came back!

She has one question: “Both seven years ago and now, why is that woman in your house wearing your clothes?” He’s stricken and confused. She tells him she quit her job and went after him to New York. She demands again: Why is that woman in his house, wearing his clothes?

Staring at Sang-hyo in disbelief, he roars at Jung-eun, who hightails it out like a coward. Turning back to Sang-hyo, he asks again and again: “You came? You really came… to me?”

He breathes her name, and folds her into a backhug, both of their faces wet with tears.

Poor Eun-joo shivers in the cold morning, having stayed out all night with Sung-gyum. He suggests they go in now, but she’s determined to duke it out until he gives up on Sang-hyo — and tells him to hurry up (’cause it’s cold!).

He offers her his hand, and after a moment’s hesitation, she takes it — making sure to point out it’s only because he asked. Ohmygaaah so cute how she holds on and follows him like a little duckling. Love her.

She’s excited to find a heart-shaped stone in the dirt, he tells her it’s his — no really! She doesn’t care, she’s keeping it — she has a good feeling about it.

Curled up together, Sang-hyo and Hae-young can’t apologize to each other enough for all the misunderstandings. Sang-hyo says she’ll go with him to New York if he wants her to, or wait if he wants her to wait, which makes him draw her into a wordless embrace.

They visit Kyung-hee’s memorial together, and leave flowers. Sang-hyo calls her “unni” and tells her how much she misses her.

It’s departure day for Hae-young. At the airport, he tells Sang-hyo his work might take a while, and she promises she’ll wait until he comes back.

They say their goodbyes, and to his departing figure, Sang-hyo thinks, “You’re not asking to go together,” while he thinks, “Because I know how much the hotel means to you.” Aww. You’ve come a long way. Once he’s gone, she can’t help crying a little.

But then… Hae-young’s voice calls her name. He didn’t go after all! He reminds her, “I told you I’m not going anywhere without you again.”

Launching herself at him, they clasp each other tightly. He wipes the tears from her cheeks, and smiling into each other’s eyes, they finally kiss.

EPILOGUE: ONE YEAR LATER

Sang-hyo and Hae-young are about to sit down to an alfresco dinner out when Eun-joo takes them by surprise. She’s back from studying abroad, and is delighted that her fake couple are still together. They sit down together, and the ring she casually shows off immediately catches Sang-hyo’s attention: Is she getting married? Who is it?

Eun-joo says he’s coming right now — aww, I know it’s Sung-gyum but it’s still awesome, and it’s a warm reunion. Sang-hyo congratulates him on his marriage, which we find out hasn’t actually happened — yet. Eun-joo’s working on it! The boys high-five, and throwing an arm around Sung-gyum, Hae-young says, “Jo Sung-gyum. I missed you.”

 
COMMENTS

Aww! I ADORE Eun-joo. SO MUCH. Even her choppy locks, which grew on me. I half-expected that to be like the end of Bride Wars, ha! And: I’m so glad we didn’t get sold a stupid time skip, which are my personal bête noire.

Overall: a satisfying, warm ending, and I’m happy with how it wrapped. This episode did a lot to bring us back from the pre-finale makjang upswing and return the show to a better place. I’m not sure now it ever had the ability to live up to the original expectations, though; a complex mystery requires a level of execution beyond your usual rom-com staples, and despite a valiant foray, it didn’t ultimately deviate far from the standard formula.

The endgame couple was never a mystery and rarely truly threatened — it was never a question of “if” but always of “how.” People have complained about Sang-hyo’s character shift, but I think there are legitimate reasons for it rooted in her breakup and subsequent recovery process to become who she was at the start of the show. In a straightforward regression, Hae-young’s reappearance in her life throws her back to that traumatic transition period. In her own words: “I keep going back to seven years ago” — so in a sense the real conflict is between her past and present selves.

They also deliver the important and axiomatic reminder that love isn’t enough. But it’s not about who left or who’s waiting for whom — that’s all window dressing. The problems in Sang-hyo and Hae-young’s relationship boil down to 1) communication, and 2) trust, where the failure to communicate causes the loss of trust. I do wish they had addressed the lying issue, because that’s big — Rule No. 1: If you have trust issues, you need to start by telling the truth. Aside from that point, though, I’m glad they resolved their issues at at the root, because now I can believe they’ll figure out how to keep their lines open and wires uncrossed.

Kyung-hee’s last words to Sang-hyo were moving, falling all the more deeply knowing her days are numbered. “Follow your heart” can sound trite, but what she’s essentially saying is don’t live stuck between things — always keep going forward, come pain or mistakes, because movement is always better than stasis. If you don’t make decisions, it’s as good as giving up your agency, and that is the crux of her advice: Take up your own agency — don’t be passive, live actively. Because life is short. And she’s really the best person to say it.

Writer-change onwards, the show’s coherence as a mystery faltered. It reminds me somewhat of God’s Gift, which was so meticulous and clever in its construction — there were early signs that the quality of our mystery wasn’t going to match, but they felt similar in that both of them set up something bigger than they could sustain and ultimately fell short in their handling. Thankfully, it didn’t lead to a plot-implosion, but it did drag it down, because the show was so busy keeping the mystery a mystery that it failed to develop it properly.

But I’m glad we didn’t end up with the typical birth-secret runaround — which is where I thought it was headed given the previous episode. Contriving that conflict would have been a lazy way to make people root for the OTP by default instead of giving the unconvinced better reasons, so I’m pleased it didn’t go there.

For the eventual culprit, Kyung-hee’s character got badly short-changed. She was criminally underdeveloped (…sorry, couldn’t resist), to then have all the game-changers crammed in at once this episode. Which didn’t work out horribly per se, but it made for uneven pace…but then she had to kill herself? It’s too tragic. I’ve wondered about her since the early episodes — especially since her terminal condition would, in a way, absolve her of consequences — so I’ve always kept the possibility it was her pretty close to the surface. My stumbling point was motive — I couldn’t find one. So absorbed in the nuances of the Cha/Kyung-hee loveline, an alternate one didn’t occur to me, although I also think they didn’t start hinting that until literally this episode. I generally hate “because it’s love~!” as an all-encompassing conceit, but it’s surprisingly compelling as a motive, not only for Kyung-hee — love and the desire to protect. It’s so relatable.

And why none of us could dig up a motive for anyone all these weeks? Because — in a cleverly subversive twist — nobody did any actual murdering! It’s all involuntary manslaughter! Actually, this was something this episode did well: to take high drama elements and wind them down into something quieter and everyday, imbuing eventual weight through emotion rather than melodrama.

If there’s one thing I’m really mad about, it’s the topic of Sang-hyo’s supposed dad. 1) It’s practically irrelevant (didn’t stop Sung-gyum, did it?), and 2) I don’t see how they can drop that little stinker without telling us who her MOM is. For a while, I thought it might have been Kyung-hee (or even Sung-gyum’s mom) — we can probably nix that theory since it doesn’t make sense for several reasons — but it does leave this ANNOYING mystery.

Whether they successfully integrated the romance with the mystery is probably a matter of opinion. I think they dovetailed at best — the same world and set of characters, but different stories. There were crossovers from romance to killing and back, but they were two fairly distinct trajectories, that converged more at the end. I think for a real integration, the murdering had to have had some immediate and meaningful consequences for the romance/s (other than stopping weddings), instead of being the side-dish to their primary concerns.

Too much time was spent on the romance’s backs-and-forths; it could have been halved and had its impact sharpened. Instead, the will-they/won’t-they suffered too many iterations, and the show often shot itself in the foot by working up to something, only to undo or mitigate it shortly thereafter: For example, the hospital-fight seemed like a turning point for both characters and story, but got a reset by the next episode, rendering it irrelevant. With a misunderstanding so big, spanning years and continents (lives ruined, blood shed…oh wait, wrong show), I would have liked a bit more denouement to give depth to that resolution.

I’m disappointed that my secret wish of Sang-hyo and Hae-young emerging as crime-busting amateur detectives didn’t materialize — because what’s the point of a “killing romance” if the romancers aren’t investigating the killing? Although maybe it’s better that way, since we didn’t have enough of our entertaining detective as it is. He deserves his limelight whole.

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Yeah ze end...

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It's finally over!!

Thanks for the recap Saya :D
I guess the ending kind of makes up for most of the drawbacks of the drama. I wish they told us what happened to Soo-ah and her driver though. They kind of left if just hanging there.
The epilogue was cuteee :)

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Oh nooo please don't compare this to God's Gift!
This show is downright bad. I guess the substitute writer didn't have the same vision or any vision for that matter.

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In the end, it was really a killing romance, but not because of the main leads

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Sorry you had to suffer through this for your DB recap...

I still don't know why I should be rooting for Hae-yong and Sang-hyo as a couple. Everything "cute" that Hae-yong does, isn't cute. He can tend to her a gazillion nights, but if that involves "somehow" getting into her place, it's just creepy and obsessive. And so he finally threw out Jung-eun... but how do even get into a situation where a woman stands there in her underwear and your shirt? Seriously, I think Sang-hyo would have been better off by herself.

Real pity that the "mystery" aspect of the drama totally evaporated. I would have much preferred something with more dark-murder-mystery and the romance taking a backseat, rather than the other way around!

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Oh come on, just because Jung-eun tries to stick close to Hae-young, get him drunk, sleep with him in his appartment and run around in his clothes doesn't mean there is anything going on between them.

Hae-young is way too honest and unsuspecting to think that Jung-eun might actually try to do anything that might not be acceptable by his potential girlfriend. How could he think that? It's not like he's ever been in a similar situation, is he?

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I'm not suggesting there's anything going on between them, but if you keep hanging around people that stick a little too close and cause you trouble, you're inviting misunderstandings. It's called boundaries.

He may be blind to all of it, but Sang-hyo could have easily not knocked a second time (and I wouldn't have blamed her if she hadn't).

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Sorry, I wasn't serious. He of all people MUST know what Jung-eun is doing because he tried the EXACT SAME THING with Sang-hyo during their forced cohabitation.

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Okay, I thought that you might have been sarcastic... but wasn't entirely sure!

So difficult to pick up on sarcasm on the internet!

:-D

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Yeah, sorry, I should stop that, English being my fourth foreign language and all ...

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While we're on the JungEun subject, I was hoping SangHyo would chase her down and slap the smugness off her face for bringing misunderstandings into the mix both 7 years ago and now...
But I guess Sanghyo is above that, I certainly am not though lol.
Thank you for recapping this series.

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About Hae Young getting into her place, I'd assume that out of concern for her, he could get the landlord to open up the door with a master key. It would be what people in investigative work do. Not creepy to me as it would be a relief to know that if I was alone and unable to move, someone could still reach me.

It's true though that it's hard to understand how Jung Eun could get the clothes Hae Young laid out when he went to shower. Does he not have a lock to his room and bathroom?

His easy going acceptance of so much nonsense from Jung Eun, Shi Chan (lying for him), even Soo Ah and Ki Ho, is also to blame for so much of the angst, wasted time, interruptions and misunderstandings and for nullifying the few little steps forward in the OTP relationship - in fact in setting it back many big steps.

I would have liked a more 50:50 ratio between mystery and romance, with both Sang Hyo and Hae Young either together or separately helping Detective Kim along, and in the process growing closer together. Now, THAT would have been a DREAM killing drama!

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I find it creepy because of everything he has done before – like pushed himself onto Sang-hyo and not respected her boundaries (hugging her when she didn't want to be hugged, sneaking into her bed, taking pictures of her while she's sleeping).

The drama tells us it's all good because he's doing that because he "loves" her and of course they end up as the fated couple, but project all this to a real-life scenario and it's super-creepy. There are a lot of people that do things because they "love" the person they are pursuing, every stalker would happily do these kind of things and claim that's out of "love".

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Well, I think it's just a drama. Why we talk about it seriously while the actors and actresses were just acting.
I don't mind if jin yi han sneaks to my house and creating scenes :D.
In real life it wouldn't happen for sure, when you love someone of course you have manners and having your own boudaries to make someone your love comfortable, because it's love not obsession..

Anyway thanks Saya for recapping. I love you!

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Except that it does sorta happen in real life... I know an intern who's receiving emails everyday such as "you're pretty today" and so on and so forth from a married man, and all the girls from the office are like "omg he's so nice and so cute loll", but really, he's just harassing her and she can't tell anyone because he's kind of her boss and is liked by everyobody elese, since he's cute.
What if the man hadn't been the male lead but ket's say someone ugly? Is it still something not to mind? What id she hadn't been sick in her appartment but showering or masturbatin or having sex with someone else or crying her her heart out or cooking pasta or not here at all? Her place, her life. He doesn't have any rights to intervene except the show tells us, yes, because he saved her life, she was so weak and at home and alone like all women on earth, can't do with an overprotective and almost abusive clichéd man.

So, showing on TV people stalking and sexual harrassing people as ok because the man's in love, they'll end up together by the end of the drama so it's not love obsession, no, it's not okay. It sends the wrong message to men and women watching that show (and almost every other kdrama). And if your loved one does that when you like being left alone, well, it means they don't have boundaries. It does happen an awful lot in so many countries around the world and it usually doesn't end well.

The forced wedding put me off from the episode it was introduced and it prevented me from liking the show and keeping up regularly. I'm sorry to say the ending feels so wrong to me, the main character lost all her sass and, well, she lost herself. I understood that she changed to protect herself and all, but really, I didn't like the way the show turned out. You could say it turned out poorly.

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I agree. Hae Young is down right creepy. It is like a bad case of ex-boyfriend who still thinks he owns Sang Hyo even though they broke up 7 years ago.
Yes, there was a misunderstanding. Yes, there was communication problems. But did he not have her cell phone? Couldn't he just TEXT, CALL or WRITE to Sang Hyo and tell her that he will be back after work? Did he not know any of his wife's colleagues and could at least ask for her whereabouts?

And even if he did try all of that. After 7 years, when Sang Hyo is finally about to start fresh, he had the nerve to barge in and try to ruin things. Everything he does is so forced and so unwanted. I just don't get how he ever thought anything would be romantic or loving. ugh.

Should have went with the director.

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I agree, Hae Young really was too dense for tolerating Jung Eun's delusional, meddling and stalkerish behaviour for so long. Poor Si Chan.

Or, given that she's not a very realistic character to begin with, maybe the writer was too dense for not showing JE the door long ago?

I'd much rather they spent more time on the Winky Mermaid Detective (but glad we get to see Ahn Kil Kang again so soon in Tomorrow Cantabile!)

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"I would have liked a more 50:50 ratio between mystery and romance, with both Sang Hyo and Hae Young either together or separately helping Detective Kim along, and in the process growing closer together. Now, THAT would have been a DREAM killing drama!"

There's a Mary Stewart novel, "Wildfire At Midnight"with exactly that premise: exes meet again at hotel, where there's a series of murders, everyone's a suspect, and the wife is the next target of the murderer.

When they first announced MSH, I half-expected it to go along those lines. It's kinda trite to set up the damsel in distress scenario, but at least it would have made for a more compelling show if there was even the remote possibility that their lives might be on the line. As it was, the "killing" was so unrelated to the "romance" that it was like watching Wimbledon - I got whiplash from trying to follow the separate storylines.

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Why did Goo Hae Young hang around Joo Jung-Eun all these years (from NY, at his office, at his residence, to Secret Hotel) and think nothing of it? (**cough**) Birds of a feather flock together. (**cough**)

Joo Jung-Eun was certifiably a stalker. The mere fact that she gets interfere and insert herself in their relationship and simply walk away freely without receiving any type of punishment or having to atone for her actions is a horrible message to send out. [Even if/despite the fact that My Secret Hotel is fictitious.]

Definition of a Stalker:
• A person who stealthily hunts or pursues an animal or another person.
• A person who harasses or persecutes someone with unwanted and obsessive attention.
• A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all [For example: a past boyfriend or girlfriend or a stranger].

What is stalking?
• Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
• When a person repeatedly watches, follows or harasses you, making you feel afraid or unsafe.
Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.

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Respect to those who watched this to the end.

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well, I did :D
though people hates this drama that much, but this drama becomes my favorite :X

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I did look forward for this drama every week. Watched it til the end. I liked it. I just sat and watched.

One can't enjoy a show if he over analyze it.

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I guess you are right here..some watch and over thought..but I only thought of yihan...omg

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My question is: where are her adoptive parents? Did they die? Was that explained and I just... missed it?

Thanks for the recap(s), Saya!

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Okay, I need a shower, that's definitely the biggest writing mess I've been watching to the end since "Nine Time Travels" (which was, of course, much much worse).

My deepest condolences to the brave recappers.

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I actually enjoyed Nine Time Travels because it had a charm to it. This...man, even reading the recaps is pretty confusing.

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Lol it's Se-mi from You From Another Star.

And OMG it's the evil Chan Jae Man! Somebody kill him :o

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To be honest, I was really disappointed with this show. It had so much potential!
Every element were paralleled in a straight to goodness drama; the actors, the music, the scenery, even Yoo In Na's clothes!
But the writer just had to screw it up and mess with the audiences' mind.

Why include a birth secret that was so irrelevant and pointless to the story?
So does this mean Sang Hyo never knew that Hwang was her father?
What happened to Soo Ah and her driver-lover?
WHY DIDN'T THAT CRAZY STALKER JUNG EUN EVER GET PUNISHED?

A lot more questions were left in my mind long after the finale. I loved this show -at the beginning and only stuck by it just to see how the writer planned to conclude this could-have-been-a-good-show.

To be fair, the ending was somehow . . . nice? I mean, at least, Sang Hyo finally decided to choose, the killer (?) was revealed, and Eun Joo ( my favorite) got her happily ever after. And thanks to the fact that this ending could have been worse like the other kdrama (cough* Big* cough*) I was thankful that in the end, it was able to redeem "some" wonderful things that the show first offered in the first few episodes.

P.S. I still LOVE Jin Yi Han though. :3

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Blame the evil Chan Jae Man!

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mteeee I couldn't believe they didn't wrap Soo-Ah's storyline up like not even a quick mention about them at the end. I also don't get why the Security guy try to run San Hyo over? like what was the point of it?

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Yes, Yoo In Na's outfits, she usually wear shorts and minis. Her wardrobe changed since You Who Came from the Star...

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I soldiered through this because of the promise of the set-up and my liking for the actors. Here's hoping the original writer had better plans for them, because we had a serious case of Characters in Search of an Author.

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I soldiered through this because of Yoon In Ah's pretty clothes.

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LOL! I can't say I soldiered on, but one objective of watching faithfully, was that I was constantly on the lookout for the latest length of skirt or interesting earrings. Also I'm from a hot country, going to visit a cold country in the Winter and I was looking at Fall fashion to get an idea of what to buy.

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The ending is so very disappointing. Although it was expected, how can we root for such a disappointing leading character? He was weak willed, always just sitting there crying, and manipulative.
Also, Sung Gyum shouldn't have ended with that annoying woman!Bad!

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Whaaa? So Kyung-hee becomes the writer's scapegoat essentially. She could have reasonably been the culprit if it was built up better. Well that and a million other things.

We broke SY's work appropriate attire record in last episode when Soo-ah comes to meet her; too bad. and I guess Soo-ah gets no closure, just exposition; where'd the ditsy go?

Actually overall the ending could have been much worse. it didn't bomb in and of itself, it was an adequate ending to a sub-par show. On to the next one.

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Calling it adequate is still pretty harsh, all things considered ...

Btw, am I the only person who thought that the "romance revelation" ("you really came to NY?") was a glorious final screw-up by the writer?

Because the question whether she went to NY back then or not is actually the least of the current problems those two have right now (compared to, you know, like, being dishonest to each other and to themselves all the time and stuff that's still not even addressed). If taken seriously, those two would split up in less than three months for sure.

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I love your sarcasm. And yeah everything about this show is questionble.

Now I am just wondering about the ratings in SK? Wish TvN had pulled the plug from this one than their other drama that was decent but had low ratings. I guess that's not how it works.

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I mourn all the things this show could have been.

Thanks for the recaps, Saya and Odilettante!

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Thanks Saya and Odilettante.

At the risk of contradicting myself, I have to admit that despite the disappointments and frustrations, I

still enjoyed this drama, for the leads alone, if for nothing else.

You have rightly said, "For the eventual culprit, Kyung-hee’s character got badly short-changed. ... So

absorbed in the nuances of the Cha/Kyung-hee loveline, an alternate one didn’t occur to me, although I

also think they didn’t start hinting that until literally this episode." However not only Kyung Hee in herself, but all the side characters got short-changed and so also we, the viewers. Character and mystery plot development, there was none.

It was only in this episode that the producers decided to throw in everything they left out previously with regards to the deaths. If they did it out of sheer forgetfulness or inability to juggle so many sub-plots/motives for killing then it is a case of ineptitude. Bad, but let's hope they improve.

If they did it on purpose to keep secrets just for the sake of keeping us in the dark and not to help the

story along, they are culpable of the murder of our interest and good will. Extremely bad indeed!

Inexplicably they included screen time for useless things like Sang Hyo typing in the visitor registration

at the columbarium while leaving out scenes of Kyung Hee giving GM Lee longing looks or some such

hints of how she felt.

Even the Cha/Kyung Hee loveline merely got ... a couple of minutes and maybe only twice before this

episode.

The writer/producers seem to have a wonderful facility for negating elements that kept the interest level up. As you said, "And why none of us could dig up a motive for anyone all these weeks? Because — in a cleverly subversive twist — nobody did any actual murdering! ... Actually, this was something this

episode did well: to take high drama elements and wind them down into something quieter and

everyday, imbuing eventual weight through emotion rather than melodrama."

I'm not too sure about "eventual weight", but what I feel this drama has amounted to is false

appearances and that it has led to wasted emotion and loss of satisfaction. It implied a murder which

wasn't, so the satisfaction in solving it vanished, especially with poor Kyung Hee's suicide. It implied a

love triangle with arrogant Soo Ah which wasn't, so the satisfaction in seeing her one-upped by Sang

Hyo could never be. It implied the unfaithfulness of Hae Yong which wasn't, therefore deprecation of his

immorality becomes a mistake and satisfaction in Sang Hyo winning back his love is non-existent. The birth secret did not really need to be kept a secret, etc, etc.

What was fun, however was the unexpected Soo Ah-Sang Hyo relationship, the wonderful (for a change) chaebol parents-in-law and of course the great commitment and chemistry of the leads which bring us to a happy end with a cute love quadrangle.

Thanks to all...

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Thanks to all who've shared too! Your thoughts have made journeying with this drama less a chore and evoked laughs and much empathy!

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My Secret Hotel is a disappointing drama. After watching episode 3, I give up cause I kinda knew where the show was going. The actor Jin Yi-Han wears one expression throughout the whole show, which is kinda boring. Yoo In-Na just looks pretty and wears beautiful clothes. Her performance in Queen In-Hyun's Man was great. In fact, she was so good in Queen In-Hyun's Man that I had to watch that show three times because of her. To be honest, I thought the show was going to be like God's Gift - 14 Days.

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I'm sorry but is that the same coat that cheon song yi wore before in one of the episode?

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What a waste, JYH and YIN had really good chemistry, apart from being awesome separately. But the writing was the worst I have seen ever...maybe because it is the first time I force myself through a mess like this, all because of Jin Yi Han, haha!!
The characters were unrealistic and they had no clear motivations or any consistency in their behavior. The story was awfully presented, repeating plots unnecessarily and skipping important parts for the understanding of the story. I wonder where they get these so-called writers, is the lack of good professionals so bad??
Well, still loving Jin Yi Han and his sexy voice. I hope he and Yoo In Na have better luck with their next projects. :)

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The plot hole I wonder about, and that nobody has brought up, is why did they drop the body through the skylight onto the wedding? So Hwang got accidentally killed with his own ice pick. I'm not surprised, the way he was waving that thing around. But you'd think Cha would have disposed of the body in a quieter way, not dropped it onto a wedding and caused bad publicity for the hotel. That wasn't explained at all.

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lol he placed it on the roof or something that was made of glass or something and it just broke at the wrong time it wasnt planed for lol

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I'm happy that Eun Joo got her happy ending!

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Thanks to the recappers and for their will to keep recapping this show even after it got way south. I kept watching this show even after all the inmature stalking from the male lead. The thing that put me off was the episode where the male lead imagines Sang-Hyo with Sung-Hyun in her apartment three times and taking something like 7 minutes of the drama. If the writer have so much time to repear a joke until it is no funny, why he can't develop characters a little more?. This show was a real mess.

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This bad drama inspired me to re-envision it as something different, with different pairings and more than one wedding. I removed unnecessary characters who don't contribute to the show in any way, and concentrated on the main characters' development. I knew the show was bad when nostalgic scenes from 7 years ago kept being shown, as if to convince us that we can get pulled back to that time and re-live it in the present. Wrong. No one can pause their lives for 7 years and resume in the present without undergoing a change. They refused to show growth in the relationship of HY and SH in the present. That was the cue TVN had no creativity in where this was going. They relied on rehashed scenes and talents to keep viewers attention but many mature audiences hated the convoluted mess. This show's summary should be about live-in exes who got together after a week for three months but never matured in the present. The wedding and killings were side attractions with no bearing to the main story of how two kids never grew up as adults, they just got older. The detectives were practically useless, just charming us so we don't tire of the three leads.

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Well I guess this drama proves that just because you a fan girl or guy of one of the leads still can not make you see a sow's ear as a silken purse.
Did any one else flinch when Sang-hyo was speaking at Kyung-hee grave...after all she did kill her father, though I guess no one bothered to get around to telling her!
It did explain why Hwang seemed 'like' Sang-hyo when he seemed to pretty much hate everyone else in the world

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It's a shame Gyung Hee was the killer i mean i love her character and the way she gave insightful advices... during the first episodes i even thought that she and the GM have a relationdhip and impossible it may seem i thought she was SH's mom. I still kind of confused how she was HDB's daughter and who is her real mom..why was she gave up for adoption and how GM Lee became her guardian.

After ep 7 they should have let GHY and NSH start all over again and to retry their married life but not in a forced way. Sung Gyum could be a third party in a way that he is always there for NSH when she needs a friend. (Like the love square in Full house) not like a tug of war kind of relationship.

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Bad. After episode 4 it has been a downward spiral for the show but I ploughed along in the hope that the romance would get interesting and the mystery would well.. Be worth the wait ? And yes I do love YIN. However, I felt completely let down by the show.

I absolutely detested both the guys after a point, for entirely different reasons ( though I would be unhappy if Song hyo ended up alone as well. Oh well)
Hae young got onto my last nerve by being an absolute and complete pushover. He let everybody walk over him and got manipulated and used and did nothing substantial to get her back . His redeeming qualities of course were that he had a good heart and he loved her desperately.
MD on the other hand was extremely dominating and tried to push song hyo into doing things instead of letting her take her time. His redeeming quality was that he loved her as well.
Song hyo herself was a mess honestly. But I can understand her predicament so it was ok.
Things became so bad that the only one I was rooting for was Eun Joo. Lol atleast she knows what she wants and gets it directly without going behind the backs. Considering how much HY and SY needed the push i can't even blame her for her intrusions.
Everything else was so meh and unappealing. Disappointed.

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sigh.. just sigh..why did I spend my time downloading and watching this drama. I've got high hopes on the mystery and romance but it failed me. I endured watching because the actors were great. I didn't know that there was an epilogue because I was so disappointed and closed it while Hae-young and Sang-hyo are still kissing.

I deleted it right away from my hard drive as my punishment!

Thanks for the recap!

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First time watching Jin Yi Han and he kinda grew on me. I think I have a teeny tiny crush on him, but not his Goo Hae Young character. How is this possible?? Heh.

The drama is wayyyyy to draggy but the ending seemed a little rushed =.=

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Loved a lot of things about this drama - fashion, music, aegyo.

But it definitely wasn't the "killing romance" that was advertised at the outset. As Saya mentioned, nobody did any actual murdering! The "killing" and the "romance" essentially remained as 2 separate genres, which is a pity, 'cos it sounded like a cool new genre!

It's no surprise that Jung Eun was at the root of the trouble. Just don't really get why they had to have her stick around until the very last minute for the misunderstandings to be cleared up.

Big thumbs up and thanks for the recaps, Saya and odilettante!!

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I wasn't going to bother with commenting since this drama has been such a huge disappointment, but seeing Sang-hyo and Hae-young finally communicating is worth the reply, I suppose.

I wish I could be happier with the ending because it gave me my OTP and of course they're adorable together and actually really love each other. But then I kept thinking, this is all it took? One single question asking him why there was another woman in his place wearing his shirt in New York? That's it? It takes about 20 seconds to ask that question, and if only Sang-hyo asked, then maybe they wouldn't have spent the past 7 years trying and failing to move on.

My issue with this drama is that everything seems so orchestrated in a way to stretch a rubber-band that broke a long time ago. Most of us knew Sang-hyo never got over Hae-young. We also knew she's obviously going to end up with the person she loves because he loves her right back. So the push and pull felt forced - irrelevant. They had infinity chances to sit and talk, and they didn't because the story would end if they did? That's the crappiest way of narrating a perfectly interesting story.

Also, I have to rant about the crazy journalist. So that's it? Thats all? WTF! She screwed over two people's lives (albeit they helped very much, of course) and when confronted she sneaks away without an ounce of consequence whatsoever?!? You have got to be kidding me! It's plain ridiculous that she gets away without some sort of punishment - anything at all - just because the writer decided to push the damn reunion to the end. UGH!

Everything aside though, I love the backhug and the fact that this time Sang-hyo was ready for him and he was ready to push aside his work for her. It was what screwed them over 7 years ago, and I'm glad its something they realize and promise never to let happen again. I've never once doubted their love for each other - in both the flashbacks and present. Their actions may have been frustrating but their love was very obvious, so I'm just happy they got their happy ending.

I can't believe I got through this for the leads. I thought of dropping it numerous times like I usually do for anything that pisses me off. So its all Jin Yi-han's talent that got me to stick to this. He's awesome as awesome can be and I hope he gets to star in a drama that deserves his awesomeness!

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Btw, as it was extremely prominent in this drama, what's with that "dislocated shoulder fetish" in Korean drama?
Not only do all the men constantly try to do this to the women in their respective sexual catchment area, the women actually like it most of the time.
Still, after watching about a dozen dramas, I cannot figure out why yanking at your wrist with the apparent purpose of dislocating your shoulder is considered foreplay in Korea.

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I've always thought that tVN has been consistent with the quality of their dramas...
... looks like I'll have to re-evaluate my line of thinking.

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Thanks for the recap Saya.

“Potential has a shelf life.” ― Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

Based upon Episodes 1 - 4, the potential was there for the romance and mystery in My Secret Hotel to turn out differently. If only writer Kim Ye-Ri could have completed her version of MSH before her death in March of this year.

I'm excited for Yoo In-Na & Nam Goong-Min whenever they are given the opportunity to play leads in a project. Too bad this drama project deviated course and the potential for what it could and should have been became worse for wear. Better luck next time with the your drama selections.

Things My Secret Hotel Did Right:
• Music/OST's
• Styling/wardrobe selections for Yoo In-Na
• Setting and interior design of Secret Hotel as a luxurious hotel reminiscent of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency
• Visuals and Cinematography
• Promotional Posters and Video teasers

Maybe my memory is a little fuzzy, but I thought sure...

* In Episode 4 when Sang-Hyo, Sung-Gyum, Eun-Joo, & Team Leader Cha are at dinner, there was briefly a hint of Cha Dong-Min having a crush on or trying to flirt with Yeo Eun-Joo. That's totally dropped and Team Leader Cha's unrequited love/one-sided love for Yang Kyung-Hee is suggested/indicated indirectly in Episodes 14 - 15 and finally revealed in Episode 16.

* In Episode 6 it's revealed that Hae-Young's motive for marrying Soo-Ah is so that his father will stop postponing his heart surgery. However, in Episode 16 Soo-Ah tells Sang-Hyo that she begged Hae-Young to marry her.

You Can't Be Serious: For Hae-Young make up for his immaturity, chauvinistic tendencies, and stalkerish behaviors, an apology to Sang-Hyo was all that was needed from him.

Give Me A Break: Hae-Young quits being an alcoholic cold turkey simply because Sang-Hyo told him to stop drinking so much.

You've Got To Be Kidding Me: For seven years Nam Sang-Hyo & Goo Hae-Young lived apart and severed ties with one another. They went so far as to have separate lives from each other. Sometimes on the same and/or different continents. Yet when its time for Hae-Young to head to New York for a year of work, Sang-Hyo stoops to crying at the airport.

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I want to say I don't know why the word Feminism popped in my mind as I watched My Secret Hotel but I do know why.

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” ― Cheris Kramarae

“Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” —Janis Joplin

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron

Feminism = the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

Why Feminism Is Needed?
* Promote bodily integrity and autonomy for women.
* Advocate workplace rights for women.
* Patriarchal cultures exert male dominance over women.
* In many cultures, men do not believe that a woman has the right to reject a man's sexual advances or to make an autonomous decision.
* Fight discrimination against women.
* Protect women and girls from domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

“Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” ―Unknown

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because what’s the point of a “killing romance” if the romancers aren’t investigating the killing?

Exactly! My response to this finale:

THE HELL???

The mystery got a bare minimum finish (I mean, honestly, this show was supposed to be a murder mystery!) It was almost an afterthought - and yeah, it was like they suddenly remembered they had to wrap it up, so they just randomly picked a suspect. GAH.

Since the replacement writer came in, the pacing has been all skewed, and this ep was no exception. There was too much filler, so that fight over the stalker chick - which should have been explosive and cathartic for Sang Hyo and Hae Young was instead a 30 second whimper. The hell? I've been waiting how many episodes to see how that was going to come out and THAT'S the treatment it got? GRR.

I think the detective needs a spin-off so he can actually investigate mysteries and wink suggestively at suspects without all that relationship stuff gumming up the works.

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One of the under-appreciated delights of this drama was Soo-Ah. What an annoyingly cute character she ended up being. Ha Yun Joo did a great job of scene stealing in the few opportunities she had. While she initially was introduced as the insufferable fiance, she later added much needed levity to the angst between our two main leads. Couldn't help but smile when she showed up, no matter how annoying she was.

One of the odd/funny moment for me was at the very beggining, when I said to myself....'Hey, there's Tal Tal"...only to see many other viewers with the same exact reaction. Wonder how long he'll be known for that role?

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The drama was utterly enjoyable even though it wasn't what I had expected. I do see the missed opportunities, though! I was hoping that Sang Hyo would be the investigator at the hotel but alas it didn't work that way. It would have been cool to see her team up with the Winking Detective and have Hae Young kind of tag along in all her sleuthing because of his love for her and need to protect her. Like, it would have been hilarious if, instead of the detective's partner, Hae Young was always the one saying that Sun Gyum was the murderer. He would. Plus, it would just fall in line effortlessly with Sang Hyo's character to have her do it--since she loves her job so much and would do anything to protect the hotel.

What I got, though, wasn't bad either. Honestly, I really loved it from beginning to end even though I do wish the romance/mystery aspect could have been done 50/50. I don't know about anyone else but I figured that Kyung Hee was in love with the General Manager early on. I don't know why, I guess it was just that she seemed to be annoyed every time Security Guard Cha brought him up. I always felt they were connected and I'm glad they finally let that out at the end. I think the drama would have benefited from introducing these connections and some of the characters (like Sun Gyum's mom) earlier in the show, however and then piecing things together as everyone became intertwined and their secrets in danger of being exposed by proximity.

Who know what would have happened if the original writer had not passed (RIP), but I still think what was given was really enjoyable and a pleasure to be a viewer of. Hope this means will be seeing Jin Yi Han as a lead more often and can't wait to see what Yoo In Na and Nam Goong Min do next. Such great actors, all three.

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Actually, im so dissapointed that sang hyo and jo are broke up. I hate hae kyung. If I know the ending like this I don't want watch the drama. Huhh I've always got angry when I watched it.

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Hae yoong terlalu berlebihan mengejar sang hyo. Terlalu kekanak kanakan. Suda dikatakan hny pernikahan palsu masi aja memaksa. Wtf!

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I'm going voting crazy!

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Wouldn't it have been great if the last scene had been on the plane, where stalker girl, Jung-Eun, jumps out of the bathroom "Cha Chan!" and finds an empty seat!

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Finally they are together. ....happy Ending I like that

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So Ki Ho never came back after all..

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hate this drama coz too much pushed in storyline and she can't move on from the past...wtf!!

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the ending is the worst.. i hate the ending

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Very dragging story
Actors n actresses are good but its a waste. 80% is like on the love rs of the couples
That reporter,,, who will be friends or invite people who wrote articles to harm their loved ones?

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I like the story and the characters. I was so engrossed with this my secret hotel movie that I was always daydreaming

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Hmm, to be honest, I liked this show! It had a lot of cliche tropes in it... and at the same time it didn’t. It was cringey at times... yet I couldn’t help myself to keep on watching X3
My only regret is kind of that Sang-hyo ended up with Hae young.. don’t get me wrong!
My heart ached for everything they went through, all the hurt and misunderstandings and basically meeting at the wrong time in life: when they both were still working so hard to make a name out there for themselves, and thus unable to give up either of their careers for eachother... They are a cute couple!! But I kind of felt like it could have been more fulfilling to me if Sang-Hyo finally got the relief she needed to truly heal her scars and start anew and fresh and strong...

There were some times I just thought the relationship Hae young was pushing for just wasn’t really healthy anymore; he overstepped his boundaries so many times and irl I’d probably just downright call him a creeper. Lying and tricking the poor girl into staying with him even though she clearly was trying to move on, hugging her when she didn’t want to, taking pictures of her in her sleep....

I’m still having a hard time seeing that as ‘cute’ or ‘romantic’... I know for a fact that if this happened to me, I would NOT be happy, regardless of which past relationship I had with someone.
I’d feel violated and sad because I’d feel as if they had betrayed my trust somehow, I’d no longer feel, well “safe” I guess? When it comes to relationships, consent and communication is important, always, no matter how long you’ve been together or have known eachother...
Though I get how in a kdrama this can make for a good plot—
Aish... look at me rambling...
^^, Sorry! Just wanted to get that off my chest, was all... ^^,

Anyways, overall I liked the drama, even though there’s always some things you’d like to see differently or some minor plot holes you’d like to see filled, but it was nice while it lasted!

Whelps! Moving on the next Kdrama now! Hwaiting!

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