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Come Back, Ajusshi: Episode 16 (Final)

It’s time to say goodbye to the show and our favorite characters, even as they say goodbye to each other. We all knew it was coming, yet somehow I still wish there was a way for Maya to stop time and just let everyone stay happy for a little longer. At least this time there is the chance to say a proper farewell before being whisked off to that big ol’ heaven-bound train in the sky. Not that it makes it easier, of course, so make sure you have that kleenex box handy, because you’ll need a tissue or two. Or twenty. *sniffle, sniffle*

EPISODE 16 RECAP

Putting the pieces together, Da-hye figures out that Gi-tak is her brother, although she wonders if it isn’t a false memory from Hong-nan’s stories. With tears in her eyes, Hong-nan “confesses” that Gi-tak is indeed Da-hye’s brother, and that she took on Hong-nan’s name when Gi-tak “adopted” her and raised her like a sister.

As Da-hye reels at the discovery of her birth name, Hong-nan reassures her that Gi-tak used that name as a way to remember his sister. But she makes Da-hye promise that she won’t speak either name after this, since Gi-tak would want to know that Da-hye is happily living her life as Da-hye and not Hong-nan. She also tells Da-hye to remember Gi-tak from when he was younger and not think about how he died.

Hong-nan, unable to control her emotions, abruptly leaves the table. Across the room is Suk-chul, who creepily smiles in satisfaction since he now knows who is Gi-tak’s true sister.

Hae-joon walks Da-hye home, and she muses that it seems like everyone she loves is unlucky. He admits that Ji-hoon was the one who found out about Gi-tak first, but because of Young-soo’s death, they didn’t want to tell her. She’s been through so much, but Hae-joon tells her sincerely that she deserves to be loved. She admits that, even though she’s lost her husband and her brother, she’s been able to stay strong through it all because she was loved.

In his office, Jae-gook studies his fancy now-meaningless “CEO” name-plate. Yi-yeon arrives, and, ignoring his snark, she sincerely asks if he wouldn’t be happier without her. She wants to end their relationship for good, since it will best for them (and Young-chan) in the long run.

Hae-joon looks around his office and all his employees, taking it all in for the last time. Manager Ma arrives with his coffee and greets the “interim CEO” with effusive praise. Hae-joon simply asks him to ignore any strange acts he may do in the future. The first of which will be giving Manager Ma a long and tender hug. Aw, it’s the first step in saying goodbye.

Seung-jae finds it suspicious that Hong-nan invited him and Gil out for drinks during the middle of the day, but she explains that this will be the last time she will enjoy the taste of soju with them before she leaves for America. Yeah, sure, “America.”

Gil is totally onboard, agreeing to Hong-nan’s orders that he focus more on his cooking instead of bossing everyone about. But the stoic Seung-jae asks Hong-nan to wait a little longer, because he’s almost found Suk-chul. Except Hong-nan gently tells him that Gi-tak wouldn’t want him to be focused on revenge, and instead he should just forget about it.

Yi-yeon is prepping for a photoshoot when Gil updates her on Hong-nan’s “goodbye” drinks-and-nagging session. Even though her face falls at the realization that Hong-nan is really leaving, she has model-perfect smiles for the camera.

In the corner, off-to-the-side, Hong-nan quietly and proudly watches the photoshoot — it looks like Yi-yeon will be just fine on her own.

Seung-jae tracks Suk-chul through a maze of alleyways and winding paths. When Suk-chul stops to talk to someone, Seung-jae ducks behind a building, but when he peers around the corner, Suk-chul is nowhere to be seen. He starts to run down the alley, but the sound of Suk-chul’s trademark lighter causes him to turn around — it was a trap!

Suk-chul seems amused that Seung-jae is following him, but Seung-jae angrily demands to know if he killed Gi-tak. Annoyed that everyone seems to want to ask him that, he yells that he did, so what? Just as Seung-jae steps forward with his balled fists ready to fight, Suk-chul’s minion leaps in from out of nowhere and kicks Seung-jae in the chest.

The two men battle it out, and Seung-jae has the minion pinned against the wall as he punches him the face. But he stops suddenly, surprised to discover the man just stabbed him in the stomach. As Seung-jae slides down the wall, his knees buckling from the pain, Suk-chul tauntingly tells Seung-jae that Gi-tak’s sister is next, and it will all be over by tomorrow.

Pretending to be someone from a real estate agency, he calls Da-hye, telling her that he’s looking for Gi-tak’s family because they need to rent out his place but it still has his things in it. A surprised Da-hye agrees to come over and pick them up, but she tries calling Hong-nan first, who ignores her call because she’s already said all she can say to Da-hye.

But when her phone rings again, it’s Seung-jae, who gasps out that she shouldn’t go and that Suk-chul is after her. Hong-nan’s eyes grow wide as she realizes what that means.

Da-hye arrives at Gi-tak’s apartment, and is surprised by Suk-chul suddenly stepping out and greeting her. He pleasantly chats with her as he dials Hae-joon’s number, who answers even though he doesn’t know who it’s from. He’s about to hang-up when he hears Da-hye’s voice on the other end as Suk-chul talks with there.

As soon as she’s distracted by looking at the photos, he tells Hae-joon that if he wants to see Gi-tak’s sister alive, he better come right away with the code to the secret bank account. Hae-joon speeds to the apartment as he calls Hong-nan, letting her in on the situation. She tells him it’s all her fault — she’ll take care of it. But he just presses the gas pedal even harder as he speeds to Da-hye.

In the apartment, her fingers gently caress the photos of Gi-tak, and a tear falls as she calls him “oppa.”

Hong-nan runs through the streets, but her first stop is the wounded Seung-jae. Horrified by his bloody injury, she yells at him in worry as she tries to keep him conscious, demanding to know if Suk-chul did this to him. He gasps out that he told her not to come, but through her tears, she reminds him that she told him not to seek revenge. As he passes out, she screams for help.

Da-hye has gathered a box full of items and is ready to leave, but Suk-chul threateningly makes her stay. Just as she’s inwardly calling out for her husband Young-soo, Hae-joon arrives at the rooftop garden. He rushes to throw himself in between her and Suk-chul, who just wants to know if he brought the bank code.

Angry, Hae-joon prepares himself to fight, reminding himself that he won’t die because he’s already died once. Well, that’s one way to look at it. But he’s no matched for a trained gangster, and Suk-chul easily takes down Hae-joon and his next-to-nothing fighting skills. He’s tenacious, though, and every time Suk-chul knocks him down, he staggers back to his feet.

Finally Suk-chul just yells at him to tell him the bank code already — he doesn’t have the time to play around like this. But Hae-joon is the one who doesn’t have time, and he’s learned to endure a lot after his fifteen years working for a company that treated him like crap. Yeah, but that doesn’t protect him from Suk-chul’s upper-cut which knocks him back to the ground. He’s still determined to protect Da-hye, and he clings to Suk-chul’s knees, begging that he leave her out of this.

Yi-yeon smiles as she studies the selca she took with the photoshoot staff, but then she spots Hong-nan standing in the background. Suddenly she’s off and running through the streets, remembering all the times Hong-nan has been there for her, and all of her words of encouragement on how to lead a happy life.

Back on Gi-tak’s rooftop, Da-hye finds an umbrella which she uses to try and beat Suk-chul away from Hae-joon, but Suk-chul easily disarms her. As he threateningly advances on her, a voice calls out his name: it’s Hong-nan!

She holds up the picture of the young Gi-tak and Da-hye that has the bank account number, asking if this is what Suk-chul came for. Yes, it is, but as soon as Suk-chul reaches out for it, she tosses it aside. Using all her fighting skills, she intercepts Suk-chul’s repeated attempts to grab it, until she finally grabs him by the collar, demanding to know if it’s not enough to kill Gi-tak, Big Boss, and Seung-jae, but now he must also kill Da-hye and Hae-joon. And all for some measly money?

There’s nothing wrong with money, Suk-chul insists, and he refuses to live in Gi-tak’s shadow all his life. Hong-nan grabs Suk-chul’s precious lighter and the photograph, wearily telling him that it’s time to end this.

She tosses the burning photo off the rooftop and Suk-chul instinctively runs to catch it, but it’s too late — the photo and bank code are gone. Angrily, he grabs her and she loses her footing, causing the both of them to topple over the side of the building. Hong-nan manages to grab onto the railing, but Suk-chul’s weight as he clings to her, blubbering that he’s not ready to die, makes it difficult for her to hang on.

Hae-joon and Da-hye rush to the edge and try to pull her up, but the weight of both her and Suk-chul are too much for them. Hong-nan is calm as she declares that it’s time, and she looks up at Hae-joon as she tells him that she hopes that the people she loves will be happy, and that he takes care of her sister until the end.

She stares into Da-hye’s eyes and Gi-tak inwardly tells her goodbye, using the childhood nickname “crybaby,” which causes Da-hye to gasp, “oppa.” Hae-joon does his best to cling to Hong-nan’s arm, but as we watch the flashbacks of Young-soo and Gi-tak meeting on the train to heaven and being given a second chance in their new bodies, she purposefully slips through his fingers and falls to the ground.

Over a montage of favorite Hong-nan scenes, we hear her say that she’s thankful Young-soo loved her sister. One of reasons they came back to earth was because someone up there must have wanted to show them something. One of those things must have been knowing Young-soo.

Hae-joon weeps as Da-hye stares in shock. The only body on the ground is Suk-chul’s — Hong-nan is nowhere to be found.

The rooftop is empty by the time Yi-yeon finally arrives, and she screams for Hong-nan as she searches for her. She sadly realizes no one is there but just then she turns around, and… it’s Hong-nan!

She calmly walks towards Yi-yeon, telling her that she wanted to say a proper farewell this time. As Yi-yeon’s eyes fill with tears, Hong-nan gently places a hand on her cheek and tells her not to cry. Slowly, she leans in, and… they kiss! As she (or technically Gi-tak) kisses Yi-yeon, memories of their happy times together flash by.

Maya appears and sadly watches the couple. Yi-yeon begs Gi-tak not to leave, but he smiles, reassuring her that he’s not going anywhere. He nods when she tearfully begs him to stay by her side, but then he fades into a glittery sparkle and is gone. Just like Hong-nan. Sob.

As Yi-yeon cries alone on the rooftop, any evidence of Gi-tak’s existence begins to fade away. From his photos, to his branded merchandise, to his boxing gloves, to his clothes. All of it disappears, and a dazed Yi-yeon is left standing on what she perceives to be an unfamiliar rooftop.

Back at home, Hae-joon gets word from the police that they’ve ruled Suk-chul’s death an accident from the fall. As he watches Da-hye dream about her older brother, Maya stands with him, informing him that the memories of Gi-tak are slowly being erased from everyone.

The photo of young Gi-tak fades and now it shows young Da-hye next to the car with an unknown boy in the front seat, smiling for the camera. Da-hye wakes up, happy to see Hae-joon standing there.

In the morning, Hae-joon has a stack of gifts for Hanna. The first is a winter coat for her to grow into, the next will be her first bra, and the other some perfume for when she comes of age. He orders to get permission from her mom and grandfather before she gets a boyfriend, and he better be just like her father. Pfft.

But Hanna’s more interested in the sparkly tiara — that’s for when she gets married. Hae-joon tells her that her father would have loved to have seen her in her wedding dress. Smiling, Hanna tells him that she’ll marry Hae-joon, and holds out her hand so they can practice the wedding march.

Da-hye and Young-soo’s father watch them slowly walk down the hallway, and as they do, the memories of all their happy family moments flash by. As Dad pointed out before, you can’t force being a family — it’s just something that comes naturally.

That night, as Dad is sleeping, Hae-joon quietly steps into the room and sits by his bed. Young-soo tells him that Dad has to stay here and watch Hanna get married and have children of her own. Only then can they see each other again. Stifling his sobs, Young-soo quietly exits.

He places all but one of the grape stickers on the picture, leaving the last one to place on a sponsorship card from an orphanage. Awww, the photo that burned up wasn’t the real one with the bank account number, but a fake one. The real one Hong-nan left for Hae-joon to protect, and it seems like he donated the money to the orphanage Gi-tak and Da-hye were adopted from, and he made the donation under Hong-nan’s name.

Da-hye invites him to a specially prepared breakfast for his last day as her tenant. When he sees that it’s curry, she tells him that when she first got married, she couldn’t really cook, so she made curry every day. Yet Young-soo never complained and happily ate it. Today, though, is the first time she’s made it since Young-soo died.

As he eats his last breakfast, Hae-joon tells Da-hye that he thinks it’s best if they ignore each other in the future. If she sees him, she shouldn’t greet him because he’ll ignore her, and if he treats her badly, she shouldn’t cry but instead curse him and walk away. This is, no doubt, to prepare her for the real Hae-joon’s arrival.

He steps into his shoes one last time and walks down the road where he sees Maya waiting for him. He greets her pleasantly, telling her he thought he’d have a drink with Gi-tak on the train. She’s just glad there will be at least one person who will remember him.

He doesn’t have any regrets about coming back or leaving now, except — he looks back towards his home — he didn’t want Da-hye to know who he was, yet he’s somehow disappointed that she didn’t figure it out. And he still didn’t get to say his goodbye.

Da-hye stares at the bowl of carrots Hae-joon picked out of his curry. It’s the same vegetable that Young-soo would pick out of his curry, too. As she runs down the road, she remembers all those moments that Hae-joon felt like family, and in a voice-over reminiscent of one his notes, Young-soo says that he knows he knows how much she’s struggling because of him and he’s sorry that he hasn’t kept his promise to always keep her happy. But he will be the Kim Young-soo who makes her and Hanna proud. “Thank you, and love you always.”

She reaches Hae-joon and flings her arms around him, pulling him tight in a back-hug. She tells him that he’s worked hard today, which are the exact words she would use to greet Young-soo when he would come home from his long days at the store.

Hae-joon tries to quiet his sobs as he gently pats her hand before carefully releasing her grip on him. With a final “good-bye,” he steps forward, walking down the path without looking back. Da-hye cries as she watches him go, wishing him a safe journey. Maya and Young-soo walk along the road, side-by-side, as Young-soo says that’s it’s okay — this is enough. Then they fade away.

Top star Yi-yeon is in the middle of an interview (where it seems like she’s still married to Jae-gook), when one of the interviewers ask about her latest movie. The theme is unconditional love — has she experienced that sort of unique relationship? She admits that she’s not sure, but it feels like she’s received unconditional love from someone, which has given her a warm sense of peace.

Gil introduces Yi-yeon’s new road manager — it’s Seung-jae! He’s alive! Aw, he admits he doesn’t have much manger experience, having worked in a kitchen previously. As he dutifully follows behind his new boss who chatters on the phone to her son, he pulls out his phone that has a picture of his mother. Omo, is that Maya? No wonder she was so attached to him.

Someone who looks exactly like Hong-nan jogs by them just then and Yi-yeon doesn’t even blink, but Seung-jae stops and turns. Could there be a lingering memory left, somewhere? Please?

Hae-joon arrives at the department store and is greeted by all the salesgirls, who are delighted to tell him how great the employee lounge has been for their health. Except of course it’s the real Hae-joon, who has no idea who they are or what they’re talking about, and continues on his way. Pffft, he has a sheaf of dried seaweed sticking out of his briefcase.

Manager Ma reminds them that Hae-joon was in a hit-and-run accident recently (which is true), but it means that he has some glitches in his memory and may not act the same as usual. Ms. Wang watches him, smiling as she remembers Young-soo’s Hae-joon telling her to divide up his shares of the company stock amongst the employees, effectively turning the department store into an employee-owned company.

When the real Hae-joon arrives at his office, he finds a note from Young-soo, telling him that for the last two months, he’s borrowed his name and ruined his plan to sell the store. But he won’t apologize for it because he’s given him a staff that respects and admires him. He hopes that the real Hae-joon will forget revenge and instead live a life of love. Ha, he signs it from “a friend who could be a twin.”

The real Hae-joon sits down with Jae-gook and Chairman Cha, and while Ms. Wang translates the chairman’s wondering why Jae-gook is there, because he’s still fired, Jae-gook just says he just thought he could of help to Hae-joon.

Hae-joon says that he hates him, as he always has, and then calls him brother, which completely throws him off. He turns to Chairman Cha, calling him father, adding that he’s wanted to call him that at least once. This emotional outbreak is not what they were expecting from Hae-joon, and as Chairman Cha exchanges glances with Ms. Wang, she finally bursts out that she has no idea what he’s trying to say, ordering him to actually have a normal conversation for once. Ha!

As Young-chan kicks around a soccer ball, Jae-gook asks Yi-yeon to dinner — he’s got enough time on his hands now. She won’t live with him as a wife and mother, knowing that they’re best apart, but she’ll accept his effort to act more like a father. Speaking of acting like a father, Ji-hoon hands Hanna some milk (that had better not be banana!) as he tells her how much he admires her father — he was a great man. Aw, Hanna asks if Ji-hoon will some day teach her to dance.

The elevator doors open to reveal Hae-joon standing there, and Da-hye hesitates a moment before stepping in. She’s amused at the way he ignores her (and munches on his seaweed), and tells him that she’s going to file for workman’s compensation (for Young-soo’s death). He stares at her blankly, but she just smiles as she exits the elevator.

Later, Hae-joon makes his way through the lobby and runs into a woman — hey, it’s Hong-nan with short hair! Or someone who looks exactly like her. Their meeting is exactly the same as their first meeting, and they have a cute moment before the annoyed not-Hong-nan storms off. Hae-joon glances back to see her adjust the wedgie from her stockings. Yep, that’s our girl.

Epilogue. Young Gi-tak asks a man to take the photo of him and young Da-hye together. Awww, the man is none other than Young-soo’s father. That means the boy in the front seat is teenage Young-soo, and he’s the one who replaced Gi-tak in the picture.

The show ends with a quote from Hermann Hesse’s Knulp: “How lovely it had been, how lovely in joy and sorrow.”

COMMENTS

Ahhhh, it’s over! My darling little drama that admittedly wasn’t perfect, but it did pack so much into each episode — laughter, tears, pretty cinematography, amazing characters and their beautiful relationships, however broken they might be.

I know Gi-tak’s decision to reveal himself (and thus cause him to disappear from memory) may seem like a harsh and unnecessary decision, but this is the man who called himself a coward despite his gangster bravado. Here he was able to do one final brave act — to save not just the love of his life (and Seung-jae’s life), but his sister’s life, too. Both in the literal sense, in making sure Suk-chul could never harm her again, but also the emotional sense. The discovery that she had a brother is a joy tinged in sadness, since it is yet another family member lost to her. But by wiping her brief memory of him, she can live in peace — the nightmares will be gone.

This, of course, does make me wonder how that last little epilogue can happen, if Gi-tak ceased to exist. Or perhaps it was the true memory of the moment, before Maya brought them back. Maybe because it’s also Young-soo’s memory, there’s still a part of it that lives on, if only in Heaven. Or maybe I’m overthinking things.

I do feel like, in general, we got a reasonably worthwhile wrap-up of what could have been a very complicated ending. While I may still wonder about the details of Gi-tak ceasing to exist, I’m pleased that things are relatively the same. In this new reality, Yi-yeon may have never had a relationship with Gi-tak, but she can still sense his love. Jae-gook is still fired and while the new Hae-joon isn’t the same as Young-soo, it seems like his time being stranded on the island was transformative to the point where he might be receptive to Young-soo’s proposals and plans put in place before his arrival.

While I know Maya specifically isn’t supposed to create new bodies in the likeness of anyone else, I am happy that there’s another Hong-nan out there. Yes, she isn’t the same Hong-nan, but she’s out there and maybe she’ll run into Seung-jae and that poor orphaned puppy will be able to smile more than once in a blue moon (although he definitely can keep that leather jacket, just sayin’). Then again, maybe she was creating her son’s dream woman and just didn’t know it. Yeah, not over that little reveal any time soon (and now I’m going to have to go back and rewatch her scenes with him and bawl my eyes out even more).

I originally started out this drama just with the intention of watching it for all the pretty faces, but I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining and meaningful the show managed to be. I’ve laughed until I’ve cried, and cried until I’ve… cried… even more… yeah. My heart has been broken and it has been filled by these amazing characters. Everyone was so perfect in their roles, but Rain and especially Oh Yeon-seo never made me stop believing that they were really two ajusshis, just in different bodies. While no one else may remember Gi-tak/Hong-nan, I know I will, and be forever grateful for the brief time they were in my life. How lovely, indeed.

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Come back ajusshi-s! You were great.

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This finale was so sad and bittersweet. Hong Nan/Gi Tak was the best character IMO &it was hard to let her go in the way she did but it WAS in her character to do so. I'm a little sad to say goodbye to a drama that had me laughing hysterically so many times but also provided its fair share of heart. Rain and Oh Yeon-Seo were wonderful together, would love to see them reunited in another drama together! And Seung-Jae and his unspoken crush was so beautiful. ? I'd like to imagine he and the new Hong-Nan got together but it looks like the show hinted at a love triangle with the new Hae-Joon. Will miss this drama! ❤

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Wouldn't that make a great sequel?!
I have always adored Oh Yeon-seo, but I think she made a very deep impression in this drama. I hate saying goodbye to Hongnan most of all. I was really disappointed that we didn't get to see Gi Tak and Young-soo get on the train to the here-after together. But Maya as Seung-jae's mom absolutely broke my heart. Good show.

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I seriously thought that Maya did put a spell on Seung jae and made him married to Maya( is it possible for her to come back to the earth, right?) and had a son, thus he had a picture of Maya and a boy in his wallet.

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I don't think Maya is married to Seung Jae, I think Maya is Seung Jae's mom and the little boy in the picture is him when he was a kid so that's probably why Maya loves and adores Seung Jae so much

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Or, we can have twins of Hong Nan so that the two boys, especially Seung Jae can experience the difference between being loyal and being in love (and being loved too!) :D

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+1 THIS!! :)

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I enjoyed the drama, but I was really surprised by how moved I was at the finale. I didn't think saying bye to our two ahjussis would be so sad. Even while knowing that our two main leads had to leave, I still cried. Gi-tak's farewell was self-sacrificing and in-character to the end. Young-soo's was bittersweet and touching. His final moments with Hana made me cry (even while reading it, I choked up again).

Thank you odilettante and dramallama for recapping!

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I will remember Gi Tak/ Hong Nan too i will never forget her, it was so sad to see Gi Tak disappears like that he has the most unfortunate fate in death or life,
This show was so entertaining, can't forget how much I laughed, but the las 4 episodes were so serious,
the epilogue was a surprise it was fate that they met in the first place it was a good closer
However i really enjoyed thos drama one of the best this year

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<3 rain, but hated that hair color on him...

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And hated the way his hairdresser shape 3 odd bunch of separated hair on his head. I was quite emotional on his departing scene when I notice his hairstyle, and I was like, "What was that?" And continue to look carefully on the screen to confirm if what I saw on Rain's hair was real.

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Ha! Me too.

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+1!!
When I saw that 3 weird bundle of hair, I was thinking: is it deliberately? The newest trend in Korea??

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this drama will remain as one of my favorite this year. Come back ajusshi you will be greatly missed.

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The finale definitely left more impact that what I had anticipated, the last 30 minutes were so heartbreaking with all the final goodbyes.

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Da Hye's goodbye to Young Soo had me bawling. Man, the feels.

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In the middle of the whole drama, I was wondering how on earth they're gonna wrap this show? I mean everybody wants a happy ending, but happy ending was never a thing when a drama involved a dead soul returning back to earth, I mean if the writer still valued a make sense ending, you can't never have a happy ending when it involved someone that your love is dead. And I knew it was gonna be sad ending, but so far the storyline was so good so unpredictable, so I was expecting an unusuall ending. And I was right.

Erasing HongNan/GiTak was probably the most harsh decision and the most make sense ending for this drama.

In the middle of this drama, it seems that HongNan/GiTak problem on earth was already solve, Yiyeon regain her confidents again, he found his long lost little sister, he even regain his old restaurant, he was never one who questioned his dead, he was the only one who was accepting his dead, I mean the only reason he jumped from the train was because he was with Young So, and the only reason he decided to comeback was because he left so many unresolved things, like his restaurant and his minions, Yiyeon and also unintentionally, his sister. He never want to stay, he just want everybody to be happy, even without him.

But as we go deeper in a couple last eps, we realized, this whole drama was revolving around Gi Tak, the source of happiness and also pain in this drama was Gi Tak /and Hong Nan.

The only way to stop a scar from it to keep bleeding was to finally close it forever, no matter how much it remind you of your greatest or happiest moment, you need to close it. Like one saying, your source of power was also your source of weakness.

Well done writer, for the most make sense ending for a drama about a returning dead soul, you did good, unlike the other kdrama *cough..49 Days..cough..

The only things that I feel bad was Gi Tak never had his happy ending, I just wish in another life Gi Tak found his happy ending, maybe even with Yi Yeon and Dahye and Young soo, or even better with Seungjae dating HongNan. Well there's always fanfiction, right guys? :)

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yes, there is always fanfiction. Now we have to wait till someone writes it to satisfy our needs.. :)

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This was probably the best 2016 drama I've seen so far (yes, it beats DoTS imo). I think I'll have to do a marathon rewatch one day, because I did get a little confused at times - plots like these are really not ones I should follow on a weekly basis, I just forget too many things.

The ending was pretty much as I expected, in the sense that our two main guys did not have a happily ever after. And boy am I glad they didn't. Which sounds awfully cold-hearted, but honestly, the show would have ended up a huge disappointment if they'd taken the coward's way out and suddenly made an illogical plot twist that allowed for the guys to keep living anyways. I can't even describe how much I love that Gi Tak actually ended up being erased! That's such a bold move and keeps the whole "be careful or you'll end up never having existed"-thing from being too random. (I did also have some issues with how the world with no Gi Tak looked though, some things didn't quite make sense, but eh. I'll roll with it.)

Loved the acting and the fact that there were no love triangles (*brings out imaginary pom poms to cheer* It's just so rare!) and the overall unique plot.
AND AWESOME FEMALE LEADS! YESSSSSS!!!!!!! Even though the most badass of them was technically a guy, Honey Lee's character was also pretty tough despite being vulnerable and Da Hye had so much inner strength even though she might have seemed fragile. The way she carried on after Young Soo's death was pretty admirable. There weren't really any bumbling heroines or plain janes and I adore that. It's time for dramaland to find new ways of writing female characters and this drama was definitely a step in the right direction! (:

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Despite making me appear like a loony with very rapid mood swing(crying one moment then laughing after a minute or maybe laughcrying) I don't think I will ever regret choosing to watch this series first over DOTS and I will surely miss this drama.

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I never thought I would end up loving this show so much. And at the end, to be crying tears of sadness as it ended. IT was the best when it came to comedy, but at the same time tear jerking in the sad scenes..
Sigh.
I love you show. U brought out all the feels.. Thanks. Now I have to go buy more tissues.. Hongnan was seriously the best character. She. Was. Awesome.
Although I didn't really liked the ending. Like is the new Hongnan and Haejoon going to get together, or will she go with Seungjae? And why was Daehye laughing? Will she end up with Jihoon instead now? Ugh, but everything was good.

Thanks for the recaps!

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Im super late but actually there were two versions of Hong Nan in the alternate version. The one who runs past by Seung Jae was the long haired one. The other one had short hair and met Rain's character.

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I really appreciated this drama. Every episode was a different adventure to explore with all it's happiness and sadness, like life itself.

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I wish, I wish, I wish so very much that the real Young-soo had been walking Hanna down the aisle in their home. I wish, I wish, I wish that he'd had that back hug with Da-hye, the same way that the real Gi-tak was able to kiss Yi-yeon goodbye. I feel like I got more closure from Gi-tak's goodbye than Young-son's.

Other than that, I think this finale was wonderful. Gi-tak's sacrifice was not surprising even though that hit really deep for me. I can't imagine that he just never existed! It's so very sad and melancholic that someone's existence can fall into oblivion. That's like the biggest fear of humankind, and it's definitely something I've pondered.

Kudos to this cast! Such a good ensemble drama, really needed all the right actors to make this a worthwhile show. I agree with many people who say that Oh Yeon-seo is the best thing about this show. She was simply marvelous.

Thanks for recapping! It's actually the recaps that made me start this show in the first place, so really, thanks!

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I think there was two Hong nans because the one SJ saw had long hair and the other one had short hair. One for each of the guys.

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Ooooh, had not considered that! That'd be great. Hong Nan could be shipped with basically any character on that show, but I most wanted her to be with both Hae Joon and Seung Jae, so if there are two of her? Gaaaah daebak!

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this comment made me feel so much better because when the ending happened i kept thinking, "noooo! hong nan is for seung jae!!" i'm soooo on board the hong nan/seung jae ship. he's just so adorable and they make a cute pair.

can we get the actors in a drama together some time soon!

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Maybe they are twins?!

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The ending is bittersweet and very touching. In the end, I came to appreciate all characters, including Da Hye and Ji Hoon.
I love the cast, the story and the ending! One of the best drama I watch this year definitely!

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One thing I noticed was that (gasp!) Hae Joon and Da Hye never had any liplock action. Not because they weren't attracted to each other, but because Da Hye was still in love with her husband that she couldn't be with anyone else. For me, that made the final embrace and the "you worked really hard today" all the more poignant.

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Oh c'mon this drama has join my hall of fame drama... I so damn love it can't just with for more happy ending than this...
Although they cheated Gi Tak he deserve happy ending than that harsh punishment...still kudos to the story write.

When i realise this drama end @ episode 16 i almost cry...

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I found a new actress to look forward to --> Honey Lee!!! Her acting before Gi Tak leaved was spotted on!

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I agree. You know how many times I re-watched that last goodbye on the rooftop? Over and over. Her face was so emotive. It was so real. You could feel her heartbreak overflowing from her face. This drama is so amazingly well made.

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omg yes! I so so love the way she played her character~ didn't know she was a miss universe runner-up. I just cant get enough of her beauty! #newgirlcrush

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She was wonderful, i'm looking forward to her new dramas.

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Yes, honey lee did great job here !
Even Rain interest with her character as yiyeon. Because her character the most difficult than other.

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If you've watched your fair share of Korean dramas, you know that even the best ones tend to fall apart at the end when everyone is zombie-tired and the screenwriter's brains are completely fried. So you get fluffy, half-assed endings without much content, unrecognizable to what started off as strong and promising dramas, thus dampening the whole experience. But not this one. Not Please Come Back, Mister. No, we have a solid writer here who keeps a gentle and firm grip on how the story should be told from beginning to the end. I think part of the success can be attributed to the fact that it was based on a novel. The drama started off on healthy legs that have been through many phases of revision from novel to movie to TV movie to drama until we get this near-perfect product. So we have a lot of people to thank here. Don't forget the director, who worked on Rooftop Prince. Beautiful work, sir. This drama is such a gem, and whoever missed it because they were watching the OTHER drama airing at the same time - I feel sorry for them. Rarely do I want to go back and re-watch a drama, I think Please Come Back, Mister is the first one that makes me want to watch again. This story is so beautifully written acted with charming nooks and corners that I want to run my fingers along again to appreciate their fine workmanship. With that said, I felt that Rain and the actress who played his wife were miscast. They were not emotive enough. You might disagree with my assessment, but this is based on years of watching dramas. Plus, Rain's hair, both the color and style were terrible to look at. I just did not want to see that orange bowl cut episode after episode. It's just not very photogenic, that's all. It did not enhance his facial features, made his eyes look small, and his skin tired and washed out. And his wife - I enjoyed her acting in family style dramas where she gets to do more talking (she's really great at that) she's a very bubbly actress not so suited to these roles where she has to look sad and emote with her face. She's just not right for this particular role, God bless her bubbly sunny heart. I really got tired of watching her pretend to act sad. She wasn't feeling it, she never really got into character like the way the other actors did so naturally and her acting was distracting.

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i fast watched this and was confused about why gi tak disappeared until this post made it all click. the lightbulb finally turned on. :D

gi tak's final sacrifice was so beautiful. it was true to his character and i appreciated that. in revealing himself, he transformed the lives of those who had loved him. sniff, sniff

i agree! i need to go rewatch the scenes of maya and seung jae. the first thing that comes to mind is him carrying her on his back and just looking sooooo friggin tired! hahahaha... seung jae you cutie!

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i always knew the ending would be bittersweet, but it still really hurt. i don't think it would have hurt nearly as much if gi-tak hadn't chosen to be forgotten. that was what really hurt—everything that he had done for everybody was forgotten.

maya being seung-jae's birth mother totally puts her comical scenes with him in a whole new light—i'd laughed so much then, but now we know that she had been so fond of him because he was her son—whether she knew it or not. ack, must the show make everything bittersweet!?

seung-jae (lee tae-hwan) is such a cutie. hoping he gets more good roles in the future. i'd seen him before in pride and prejudice. he'd acted well there too, though i admit i was more impressed by his good looks. and i remembered him from high school king of savvy—which i only watched bits of, but i also recalled thinking that he was better looking than seo in-gook, haha. however he looked way too good in a suit in this drama for me to forget this time! i'm even rewatching high school king of savvy (and enjoying it so much more this time around) because of him.

overall such a good watch. it had its flaws, but i doubt my jaded self will enjoy few shows this year as much as i did this one. it's just really, really too bad that it had to go up against DOTS—it deserved more attention :(

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such a good drama but i'm so disappointed by the ending!!! like after all that everyone just forgets about gi tak?? whats the point of revealing himself and having that moment if NOBODY remembers it???

and i'm unsatisifed with both the ahjussi's endings. i expected a little bit more oomph to why they wanted to go back to their lives and i honestly felt like there was no closure

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The viewers will forever remember Han Gi Tak ;A;

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I loved the ending but i'm going to miss Hong-nan and Yi-yeon so much, they were my favorite characters.

Thanks the recapping this show!

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Gi-tak/Hong-nan live on in OUR (the audience) memory! Bye bye 4th wall?

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Good one. O.o

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I'm so, so happy I watched this show! It is now one of my all-time favorites.

Normally I don't cry at dramas or movies. But this one, oh my, the waterworks! And it felt so good! I now know why some people love makjang dramas, though I would never consider this drama to be one. It was just so well written that all the emotions it brought up felt so natural, uncoerced. While DOtS was so obviously trying to pull at out heartstrings, this simple little story accomplished all the feels without any conscious effort. Great job, writer! And great acting and directing. I was never a huge Rain fan, but this helped me appreciate his talent.

And I loved the womance as well as bromance. It reminds us that PEOPLE are important. Not things,but people. And Suk-chul made such a wonderful evil foil to illustrate that.

And thank you odilletante and dramallama for recapping. "You worked hard today!" :)

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Thanks odilettante, dramallama, javabeans, LollyPip, and HeadsNo2 for changing your minds and recapping all 16 episodes of Come Back, Ajussi (aka Please Come Back, Mister). A wonderful drama that succeeded in balancing the serious (the death of a loved one, coping with grief, the effects, responses, etc.) with laugh out loud humor and delivered very touching and warm-hearted moments and so much heart. Especially family moments like the Father/Daughter scene of Young-Soo/Hae-Joon/Han-Na on the ferris wheel and of him walking her down the aisle as they practiced the wedding march). It's really quite unfortunate that Come Back Ajussi's time slot was opposite DOTS (Descendants of the Sun).

A++ acting by Oh Yeon-Seo as Han Hong-Nan/Han Gi-Tak mimicking the mannerisms and style of speech Kim Soo-Roo. Rain as Lee Hae-Joon/Kim Young-Soo, Honey Lee (aka Lee Ha-Nui), Lee Re, Lee Tae-Hwan, Kim Kang-Hoon were all awesome and on point with their acting in the drama too. And last but not least, the real ahjussi's: Kim Soo-Ro (Han Gi-Tak), Kim In-Kwon (Kim Young-Soo), and Lee Moon-Sik (pilot).

Yeah CBA (aka PCBM) has it's flaws (**cough**Young-Soo's behavior was sometimes baffling to us.) - still, to experience a full range of emotions spanning from funny to serious in the blink of an eye with multiple characters almost every episode - overall what a rare, delightful, and bittersweet drama for us as fans/viewers. Encore, Encore, Encore Oh Yeon Seo, Rain, and Honey Lee! Hope we hit the jackpot with them together again in another good drama project.

I truly enjoyed watching CBA and I am pleased with how the writer tied everything together. The finale episode ended a lot better than so many other kdramas of note recently & years past.

The quote from Hermann Hesse’s Knulp that CBA ends with: “It was beautiful. Happiness and sadness were all beautiful.” Truly indeed!

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And.. i found my self fall in love with seung jae.. hahahahaha.. that handsome boy..! Love him soooo much..!

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Awwww
A beautiful drama is over, it tugged at my heart, pulled my heartstrings, took me through a rollercoaster ride and wave of emotions, though underrated but a splendid drama.
Kudos to the cast and crew.....
Thanks a lot dramabeans for recapping

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aaaaaahhh!!!
this drama ending is so frustrating yet so lovely because quite a lot of its characters end up like what i expect. like i actually really glad yi yeon end up still with jae gook and he seems in a lot better 'situation' with his father and the real hae joon finally act like normal family.
and seung jae actually 'meet' the real hong nan though i wish they would at least glance or even talk to each other. but overall i'm glad he's alive :)
but the funny thing is.. the original romance pairing is Rain and LMJ which is super rare or even never happen in k-drama history never kissed, instead OYS did all the job :D

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank You for recaps this drama!

First, when I heard this drama I'm not really into it. Mostly because the actors not in my favorite list. Maybe only Choi Won Young (JaeGook) that give me some 'hope' because of Hello Monster. But, I'm glad that I choose this drama & patiently wait every week to watch this.

I love all the characters here including supporting roles but I hope 'Suk Chul' will not tied to play villain/evil after this. As I remember he play in 3 drama as villain/evil in 2016.

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this drama was so beautiful. I'm looking forward from the writer next work. and thank you for all your recaps! ^^

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Thanks for the recap! Thanks show for giving me so much laugh (and awww moments). Best thing about this final episode was Seung-jae's reveal (Maya is his mom!!!!!). I am happy with the ending even though I wished we had some final scene where Maya, Young-soo and Gi-tak looking down their loved ones from heaven happily (and bickering).

Here is some from the interview with Oh Yeon-seo who did a bang-up job as Han Gi-tak. [OSEN/koreadaily]
Q: Drama ended, how do you feel?
A: I feel I should still go shooting. I had hard time doing almost all of action scenes myself. Now I like it because my body can rest finally. As always, I feel sad and happy. The comical scenes that I did with Jung Ji-hoon(rain) oppa required lots of physical energy. After doing action scenes, we both joked that we couldn't do it anymore. Oppa said it was harder than him doing the concert stage.

Q: What action scene did you do?
A: Even though I have acrophobia(a fear of heights), I did the wire action. It was more fun than I thought. I learned the action so quickly that stunt actors told me how about learning it professionally. I was shocked to get approval of my action acting talents from them.
Q: You played a man's role. Any difficulties?
A: I had lots of stress in the beginning. I knew the viewers have to be convinced, but playing Kim Soo-ro oppa was not easy. Fortunately I don't have much of feminine personality. I played comfortably. It bothered me to wear skirt and sit with legs spread though. Comical acting was fun. Ji-hoon oppa told me to treat him without care so I did comfortably. I was grateful.

Q: Is there anything changed after CBA?
A: I am happy that I gained many more female fans. These days female fans ask me to hug them. After doing 'Shine or go crazy', there were lots of male fans, but these days it is different. I am really thankful.
Q: You earned the good reputation that you play a man's role well.
A: There were lots of romance line with Lee Ha-ni unni, but I felt comfortable because we worked together in the last project(Shine or go crazy). I thought myself as a man rather than we were woman and woman. I did many melo acting as a woman, but when I did the melo acting as a man, it was different. With man, there is this side to protect his woman and just watch quietly.

I played with a thought "I want to be loved by this kind of a man". I tried to play a man whom a woman likes from my point of view. I asked and got lots of advices on expression and behavior to be seen as a man. Since real man and a man I imitate could be different, I really paid attention. If I hear something like I am not pretty, it does not bother me because I think that's personal preference. But if I hear I can't act, I get upset. Then I thought I should try harder since my occupation is actress. So I tried harder.

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Q: How was it like playing with Jung Ji-hoon/rain?
A: Ji-hoon oppa is cool Hyungnim. Oppa also considered me as his younger brother. Actually when I slap his face, or I pinch his bottom I could feel embarrassed. But Oppa's personality is really nice. I also thought him as my Hyungnim. Oppa and my gag worked out well. Oppa really acts hardest. He had many scenes and had hard time, but I have never seen him throwing fits or feeling difficult. I learned a lot from watching him acting passionately and being nice to other people.
Q: You played with Jung Ji-hoon, Lee Ha-ni etc, which pair you had the most affection?
A: I have affection for all. There was bromance with Ji-hoon oppa who played my afterlife alumni. Of course I wasn't a man. I felt like we understood even when we didn't talk each other.
Even though it was not love, the friendship was moving. I wondered how many people exist who can embrace each other like that. When I shoot with Ha-ni unni we laughed so much. Ha-ni unni has really easy-going personality. It was so much fun when I did funny scenes with unni.

Q: What was the most impressive scene for you?
A: The scene when I tried to take off Ji-hoon oppa's pants, and the scene when I was in awe on his chocolate abs. It was Ji-hoon oppa's idea. Even though I was embarrassed to no end, It was fun. And on The scene when I saved Ha-ni unni, both of us cried continuously. That was not a deep love scene, but we were even more emotional because it had woman and woman.
Q: Were you not worry about controlling the level of being comical?
A: Hong-nan could've been overacting. But it had to be exaggerated to add power on the situation that a man became a woman. Even though it became burden, I was glad. Since I usually enjoy gag, I had fun. I thought If you became a woman out of blue after you've lived as a man for 40 years, this wacky stuff could happen.
Q: There are many discussions on your non-existence ending.
A: I was sad about non-existence ending, but because of that(sad?) I liked it. The ending that I disappear from people's memory was really sad.

Q: Did you really kiss Lee Ha-ni?
A: No. Ha-ni unni said in the chat room 'Unni is going to kiss you, so make sure you use mouthwash before you come.' before the shooting. Also when we were in the shooting site, she said 'Unni will kiss you' as a joke. But once camera started rolling, scene was so heavy and sad, we could not be playful. I just kissed on my finger. Soo-ro oppa and Ha-ni unni did it for real. I left it for Soo-ro oppa.(laugh)

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Q: Unlike good response, you had low ratings. How was the shooting atmosphere?
A: Shooting atmosphere was really good. We kept talking in group chatting room. There were many laughing incidents. I think ratings is up to heaven's will. You don't get high ratings because you work hard, or you don't get low ratings because you don't work hard. It is the part you can't do anything about it. We just told each other to focus on acting and make a good
project to the end. Our drama has unique plot and has the story reminding you of love of family. I think it was the drama making you think about affection and love toward your family and appreciation to people around you.

Q: Is there any new habit you've gotten after acting a man?
A: The way I talk became man's way of talking. People shocked and told me not to. And I sit with legs spread. People say not to do it. It is fortunate that I don't wear skirt often.
Q: Your personality must be easy-going.
A: Yes. I usually don't wear skirt. I am far from being feminine. Actually people think I am snobby. Maybe I have hard-to-please image. They misunderstand thinking I am a person who does not know about having hard time. There are some actors who do a project with me worry. I've heard they worry if I don't work hard, or I have stuck-up personality. They say many ask about my personality. It is disadvantage coming from my looks. I try harder to break that misunderstanding. I am not that way-I don't have that personality. I chose 'Jang bo-ri' to show my easy-
going personality. I wanted to get rid of my conceited image. I wanted to show "Oh Yeon-seo had this kind of side?' to them. I think when I keep trying to change like that, I might be able to play more various roles (and change image too?).

Q: What is your goal this year?
A: I wish the movie 'National team 2' becomes Daebak. Later this year if I do a new project, I'd like to show different side of me. I'd like to act non-stop. And I'd like to show different character every time. My wish is to work enthusiastically. I am still learning and would like to show my progressing persona. I'd like to be an actress who the word 'actress' fits well, who always challenge.

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Thanks 4 sharing the interview. Appreciate it. ^-^

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Hello there! Thank you so much for sharing the interiew. May I ask if you're the one who translated it? If not, would you mind sharing me where you get this interview from? Thank you so much. :)

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Thank you!
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Thank you fan for translating the interview you're the best

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After this I really hope we see Lee Tae Hwan in a big role soon! And of course Honey Lee delivered another fantastic performance. She should get a scene stealer award for this series. Everyone really delivered good performances in this show.

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Adore Song Jongki, but Come Back, Ajusshi with Oh Yeon Seo brilliantly slaying the Hongnan role and the spot on performances of the rest of the cast, (only 1 role was miscast IMHO), was my preferred drama 4 that time slot. It's easy 2 see why OYS is named the "Chemistry Queen", she's emotes beautifully and throw herself into each role (Jang Bo-RI..Shin Yool (SOGC)..Mal-sook (MHGAF) etc. Easily my FaveDrama this year. Thanks so much 4 the recaps Dramabeans.

PS- Shout out 4 the "Perfect angel"

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Thanks, odilettante and dramallama for recapping the whole show!

If I were to describe the experience of watching this drama, it would be "OMG so pretty! Wait, what's going on? *laughs out loud* Huh? What, now? *sobs hardcore* What's going on? *laughs out loud again*"

I was about 80% confused the whole time but it hits me emotionally in all the right spots. The ending is a nice wrap up and it had a hint of happiness instead of dread. Overall, it was a nice ride and I enjoyed it. I miss Gi Tak/Hong Nan so much!

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Thank you so much!

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Omg, I pretty much cried through this whole episode. When Gi-tak revealed himself and his existence erased was just so sad and brave. Without his existence everyone's lives seemed to be with less pain and complications - it made me sad to think that they were better without him and he seemed to think so too.

While reading Suk-chul's name I definitely misread and saw "F*k-chul" but it does seems veryy fitting!! LOL

Oh Yeon Seo is my newest girl crush. She's just so beautiful, I can't help but be in awe.

Thank you for all the recaps! Shows are much more enjoyable with them :)

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If I'm honest with myself, I was disappointed in the last few episodes for reasons that have little to do with how this drama ended. While it seemed like Hae-joon had finally come to his senses about what he wanted to accomplish, and while the storyline with Hong-nan stayed engaging... the writing and editing of these episodes was not in sync with the unfolding story. I found myself playing mental catch up to the awkward jump in sequence of events, which at times felt like a handful of isolated scenes patched together to make an episode. It's as though the writers realized they were running out of time to wrap up the character arcs and decided to take each crucial plot point that would get them to the end, condense it to a few words in an all-too-brief scene, then string those scenes together to get us across the finish line. Constantly I ended up wondering, "wait how does this moment connect to the last one?" or "what's just happened, how did we get here?" I'm okay with a few seconds of confusion here and there throughout a drama but when it happens multiple times during one episode and then episode after episode, I'm left feeling kind of jilted. So all in all, though I enjoyed the premise of the show, I enjoyed most of the acting and many of the hilarious hijinks, this was not a drama I would label as one of the highlights of the year. I hope the writers have learned something about proper pacing and narrative flow from this experience. Maybe next time they'll do better.

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Wait so I'm confused... did Da-hye figure out that Hae-Joon was actually Young-Soo? Why was she laughing at the end? Because HJ was treating her like he said he would? Or because she knows this is not the HJ she knows??

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Most underrated drama of 2016. What a wonderful job by the writers and actors. Yes, there were some questionable character motive parts, but considering how they could've screwed this up. They actually stayed pretty consistent right to the end. Gi-Tak/Hong-nan is definitely my character crush of this year. Love both the actor and actress playing the part. The scene when Hong-nan parts with Yi-yeon was heart aching. These two female leads rocked their parts.

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It hurts knowing that Gi Tak's existence was slowly forgotten and erased from the memory of those beloved ones. But, maybe this is the best part: that every decision brings a consequence. With this scene, this drama is not just a typical drama but something that gives us a food for thought in our drama watching experience.

No wonder Maya loved Sung-jae so much. I previously thought that she wanted to take SJ' soul, but he's actually her son. Oh my...

Ok, the real JH with the real HN, DH with JH (maybe in the future because Han-na seemed to like her real father and I believe DH could fall in love with him), Yi-yeon reconciled with her husband, Sung-jae with.....me? lol

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What a DELIGHT! I could not predict how on Earth they would end it, but it was just as lovely as the rest of the drama.

I was a bit confused about the world after they left (Seung Jae's deal especially), but this helped with that. The only thing that I am still quite confused about even after reading the recap is the Hong Nan look alike(s) that appeared in the end. How is that possible? She was just created out of the blue?

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didn't expect to fall in love with this drama but i did and am sad that it's over now. =/ favorite were hong nan scenes with all of the characters. oh yeon soo did a great job.

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And it's over! Such a memorable drama, great job to the cast and crew! I'm glad they were able to say goodbye, that tiara scene was just so heartbreaking! Knowing that Young Soo won't be there anymore for those moments...wah! And Gi Tak ceasing to exist was regretful, but I think was fitting for his character. The ending was just right for everyone. What I appreciate the most in this drama is that Young Soo and Gi Tak were so unselfish: they didn't come back because of regret of what they haven't done for themselves but for OTHERS. So much so that in this last ep I was the one feeling selfish on their behalf for what they'll be unable to do and what they'll be leaving behind ?

What MADE this drama are the characters and the actors who played them because plot-wise, there were some holes (things happening suddenly without reason to drive the story and such) that made it far from perfect. I really appreciate how the actors threw their all into their roles: Rain who played the beta-male-in-an-alpha-male's body so well he was very endearing. OYS as Gi Tak was damn sexy, I have a girl cush on her. Honey Lee also did a great job, her crying scenes were just wow. I have always been a fan of Kim Soo Ro and in the little screen time he had he manages to make you feel so much with just a look or a gesture.

Thank you drama! 16hrs well spent!

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I cried so hard after this ep that I still hasn't get over it lol.. def the best drama ever for me...

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I think this drama was quite entertaining... I love the chemistry between Rain and Oh Yeon Seo (I wish they would have a romcom drama together). I also love the chemistry between OYS and Lee Tae-Hwan. Actually... I love how OYS seems to have chemistry with all her co-actors from Rain to Honey Lee. I wish they'll have a drama with Rain, OYS, and Lee Tae-Hwan. Triangle love story for the win. =)

Anyways... I found Lee Minjung's character to be too bland. Maybe... I'm just so use to her bubbly characters? Like she's the only character who always seem so sad. The other characters also had sad scenes but, how do I explain it, they did it in a way where it didn't feel like lazy sadness? Like... their sadness had layers of emotions. Lee Minjung's sad face... is just that... just sad... like a "I'm bored sad."

On the other hand... though the story was very entertaining and fun to watch... there were several situations which annoyed me. I get it... it's a drama... particularly a K-Drama. But, do you really have to make it where common sense actions are not common sense?

For example... is Han Gi-tak's place supposed to be a public property, where anyone, even criminals can come in and come out? I mean... come on... no one bothered to change the password/passcode for the house... even with the impending danger... even after Cha Jae-Kook trashed the place?

How can a subordinate, namely Jung Ji-Hoon, act so disrespectfully (openly at that) towards someone who is higher in position than him and who also happens to be the son of the CEO? I mean... he was more respectful towards the other lower manager, Ma Sang-Sik, than the son of the CEO.

How is it that for someone who is so openly evil and who kills people... Na Suk-Chul seems to be very meek towards Cha Jae-Kook? I mean... he met up with Jae-Kook without his lackeys etc. It's funny how it's so convenient that he has lackeys one day and then the next time he has none. It's funny how he simply takes the degrading actions of Cha Jae-Kook towards him; without wanting to physically hurt the guy... but then he's capable of hurting everyone else (even murdering).

For a crime that is as grave as murder, as hit and run, I'm surprised that there were not a whole lot of police involved... just one investigator.

But... all in all.. those annoyances were not enough for me to dislike this Drama. Other things are far more annoying... like girls, clinging to guys, having so much power over an ex and creating unbelievable and insurmountable problems for the leads, like they were given Godly powers or something.

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I just finished this drama from a recommendation of a friend, and binged watched this despite needing to cut back on my data usage. *coughs* I have no regrets however, because I feel so moved by this show that I needed to relive it, and your recaps have saved me more excessive data use. Hahaha. My favourite here had been Hong Nan and Yi Yeon and Seung Jae. I really appreciated the fact that the show didn't shy away from the love scenes between the two women. I think it's pretty courageous, given there is still the obvious homosexual stigma. I just felt the message that love is not a bond across opposite genders but between souls. I did feel for Seung Jae's loyalty/crush and appreciated the theory that Maya-omma might have been designing Seung Jae's dream girl! The ending honestly was dissatisfying because I supported Gi Tak so much but he had to be the sacrificing hero. /sobs but I do appreciate how thoughtful the writers were, and how credible the end was. I also applaud Rain's character for being faithful to being the wuss but sincere Young Soo. Ah. This was so good. Now to imagine Seung Jae finally meeting the new Hong Nan. Hahaha. OTL

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It was a strange but enjoyable drama. I liked the 'fun' parts but the 'sob' parts were boring, I mostly skipped those. Maybe I hoped it'd be more comic when decided to watch the drama.
And they tried way too hard to connect everything in the end.

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