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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 19

The end is near, and the truth finally becomes known to all, but not everyone emerges unscathed. Harboring a dark secret for far too long inflicts immeasurable pain, and old feelings die hard. Sometimes it’s too late for forgiveness, but for the corrupt and greedy-minded, there’s no time like the present to exact revenge when it’s least expected.

 

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

With their decoy in place, Dan-tae and Jun-su watch the monitor intently as Uncle enters the hospital room of Dan-tae’s comatose father. Little does he know, lying in the bed acting as Dan-tae’s father is actually the lookalike uncle of Dan-tae’s friend, Ho-joong.

Uncle ominously declares that Dan-tae’s father should’ve heeded him at the arboretum. He proceeds to yank the air tubes, causing “Dan-tae’s father” to convulse before becoming still. He answers a call from his sister, and they decide to meet since she has the money ready.

Once Uncle exits the room, the lookalike gets up, perfectly alive and well. Dan-tae and Jun-su hop into Ho-joong’s car and follow Uncle’s taxi from behind. Ho-joong wonders why they didn’t nab Uncle in the hospital room, and Dan-tae replies that while Uncle confessed to the attempted murder of his father, there’s still no evidence linking him to Jun-pyo’s abduction, so they’ll have to tail him for now.

Jun-su inquires about the status of Jun-pyo’s DNA analysis, but Dan-tae responds that it was merely a lie to frighten Uncle; Uncle’s DNA wasn’t detected on Jun-pyo’s old clothes, and without a bloodstain, a match would prove difficult.

In her car, Jun-su’s mother waits anxiously for her brother to arrive. Uncle pulls in shortly after and enters from the passenger side of his sister’s car. He unzips her bag and finds bundles of cash; Jun-su’s mother confirms that there’s 1 billion won in there (roughly 1 million dollars), per his request, and asks if Dan-tae’s father will finally move abroad and leave them alone after this payment. Uncle assures her that he will.

Dan-tae & Co. are parked right across from them and keeping watch. Jun-su says he’ll bring the black box from his mother’s car later, which will have recorded her conversation with Uncle.

Jun-su’s mother regrets fleeing and not stopping Uncle from kidnapping Jun-pyo. At the time, she thought having Jun-pyo out of the picture was ideal, but now, the last thing she wants to deal with is this fiasco. Uncle admonishes her for having second thoughts and promises that after he hands Dan-tae’s father the money, this will all be over.

Dan-tae’s guesses are correct. Uncle heads to his office to collect his embezzled funds right before his flight. As he’s stowing his suitcase o’ cash in his car, Dan-tae ambushes him and threatens to kill him after what he did to his father. Uncle’s shoved up against the wall until Jun-su arrives onto the scene.

Jun-su socks Dan-tae in the face, allowing Uncle to hop into Jun-su’s car and escape. Police sirens blare, but it’s merely Ho-joong’s car, heh, with a siren perched on top. Dan-tae remarks that it sounded like the real deal and thanks Ho-joong for his great work. Uncle’s suitcase and money bag filled with cash are now in Dan-tae’s hands.

During the car ride, Uncle expresses relief that Jun-su saved him in the nick of time, but laments that his plane ticket and money were left behind. Jun-su offers to retrieve the money for him later and advises Uncle to hide himself for the time being since he won’t be able to fly out today.

He’s got just the place for Uncle: a small, isolated shed that his friend’s father uses on the weekends to garden. Jun-su warns Uncle not to step foot outside this space and to keep his phone off. Now that the airport is out of the question, Jun-su says he’ll look into boat trips and get back to him, much to Uncle’s relief.

Once out of earshot, Jun-su calls Dan-tae and updates him on Uncle. He’ll bring over his mother’s black box footage next and sets off to do that. Meanwhile, Dan-tae sits at home with Uncle’s cash stash on the floor.

Jun-su’s mother is lost in thought until her son arrives. She sweetly offers to make him a healthy smoothie and steps into the kitchen. While she’s away, Jun-su takes her key fob to obtain the black box footage from her car.

Jun-su hands the footage over to Dan-tae and waits outside while Dan-tae takes a look. Dan-tae steps out and suggests Jun-su examine the footage as well; there’s something more important than evidence in there.

Jun-su listens to his mother’s conversation with Uncle from earlier and learns that she had no part in the attempted murder of Dan-tae’s father; she merely wanted to silence him and send him off with money. It’s clear to him now that she witnessed Jun-pyo’s kidnapping, but didn’t say or do anything about it afterwards.

Jun-su’s mother opens the door to find the gardener who slipped her the note at the arboretum standing outside her home. He shows her a picture of Jun-su and states that he was the one who asked him to hand the note to her. This sends her into a tearful panic, suddenly realizing that Jun-su knew everything all along.

Dan-tae watches the encounter unfold from behind a shrub and thanks the gardener for his help. Meanwhile, Jun-su approaches his inconsolable mother. She can’t bear to look at him as she apologizes profusely and acknowledges her reprehensible deeds. A tearful Jun-su embraces her, relieved to know that his mother’s gravest mistake was failure to act and not attempted murder.

Dan-tae reflects on Gong Shim’s statement about needing an extra day to figure out where she stands regarding his identity. Gong Shim’s at the office, offering to stay late and take on more work even though nothing’s urgent. Seems like someone doesn’t want to go home and face Dan-tae!

Dan-tae decides to give her a call and because she’s still at work, he tells her to simply listen to what he has to say.

Dan-tae: “From now on, I don’t know how my world will change, and I’m a bit frightened by that. Even if I become Seok Jun-pyo, I’m still going to be Ahn Dan-tae to you. I’ll continue to be there as Ahn Dan-tae. I’m still going to pick things up from the ground and eat it within three seconds. I’m still going to do my cheesy winks. I won’t change… I will continue only liking you. Even if you say everything in the world changes, my feelings for you, Gong Shim, will not change.”

His words warm Gong Shim’s heart, and when he adds that he wants to see her now, she shirks the work she was so adamant on completing and bolts out of the office, leaving early, heh. Forget work, Dan-tae’s waiting!

As she’s heading to their meeting place, she spots Dan-tae across the street. She calls out to him and excitedly dashes toward him. Now, now. Let’s look both ways before crossing…

Dan-tae’s superhuman eyesight catches a truck fast approaching Gong Shim, who’s standing in the middle of the road. Girl, why?! He sprints to her and places himself between her and the truck, which luckily screeches to a halt. No impact, all good.

Dan-tae’s clutching Gong Shim, who’s still reeling from the close call. But Dan-tae appears shaken as well. Memories from twenty-six years ago flood back to him. He remembers witnessing his mother get hit by a truck while Uncle was leading him away. The moment Uncle handed him off to his father also comes back to him. Dan-tae tearfully informs Gong Shim that he now remembers everything from his past.

That night, Gong Shim holds his hand and sits by his side as he tries to sleep. He pulls her next to him and warns her not to run into the streets again. As soon as he’s asleep, Gong Shim gingerly removes her hand from his grasp and tiptoes out.

She runs into her father at the convenience store downstairs. When asked where she came from, Gong Shim fibs that she was in her room the whole time, but her father knows better; he saw her coming downstairs from the rooftop and pokes fun at her for getting caught.

The next day, Dan-tae receives a package from the Philippines containing his father’s belongings. As he’s digging through photos and other items, he finds a golden Special Forces ring with a red gem on it, identical to the one found in his chest containing Jun-pyo paraphernalia. He wonders why his father has another one of these rings, but when he compares them, he notices that the numbers engraved on them are different: twenty and twenty-one.

He recognizes one of them as his father’s since he was in the twenty-first class while serving in the army, which means the other ring belongs to Uncle. Dan-tae recalls Uncle asking to see his lost child necklace in exchange for the army ring twenty-six years ago; Dan-tae had marveled at the red gem and thought it was a laser.

Uncle is feeling hot and stuffy, hiding in the shed and wondering when Jun-su will come. Just then, Dan-tae barges in, taking Uncle by surprise. Dan-tae calls for an end and proposes that Uncle turn himself in and confess to his crimes. He holds up Uncle’s Special Forces ring, but Uncle doesn’t believe it’s sufficient evidence.

Dan-tae bellows that he is the evidence.

Dan-tae: “I am Seok Jun-pyo! The Seok Jun-pyo you kidnapped twenty-six years ago is me. I remember everything about your abduction of me.”

He recounts how Uncle used the phone number engraved on Jun-pyo’s lost child necklace to call the house and demand money while Jun-pyo was playing with Uncle’s “laser” ring. Dan-tae states that if he weren’t Jun-pyo, he wouldn’t have been able to distinctly remember such specific details.

Uncle grabs a knife and swipes at Dan-tae, but he misses. He tries to skedaddle only to find police officers, Grandmother, and Jun-su all waiting outside. Uncle gets arrested immediately for the attempted murder of Dan-tae’s father and the abduction of Jun-pyo. Grandmother furiously strikes him in the face before collapsing into Jun-su’s arms.

Uncle yells at a grim-faced Jun-su for betraying him and defiantly maintains his innocence even as he’s pushed into the police car. Dan-tae emerges and Grandmother affirms that it’s finally over. He assures Jun-su that he’ll explain the rest at home and hops inside Grandmother’s car. Jun-su’s the only one remaining at the scene, numb with shock as he processes the fact that Dan-tae was Jun-pyo all this time.

At the Seok family home, Jun-su’s parents get on their knees before Grandmother and beg for forgiveness. Jun-su walks over and joins his parents on the floor, eyes brimming with tears. Jun-su’s mother sobs as she acknowledges her fault in staying silent about Jun-pyo, but Grandmother is unmoved by their repentance.

Grandmother wonders how Jun-su’s mother lived in this house for twenty-six years and had the audacity to tell her to discontinue searching for her grandson when Jun-pyo was right by her side all this time. Jun-su’s parents look up to see Dan-tae standing next to Grandmother and are stunned by this revelation.

In a room to themselves, Dan-tae apologizes to Jun-su for keeping his identity a secret from him for so long. He explains that in order to find the culprit, he couldn’t tell anyone. Jun-su cries and can barely look Dan-tae in the face as he apologizes. He doesn’t expect Dan-tae to forgive his mother, but Dan-tae replies that it’s not up to him to forgive them; the truly regretful will ultimately be forgiven.

Jun-su states that he and his family will be living quietly and perpetually repenting, but that’s not what Dan-tae wants. Dan-tae wants for them to get along as well as they did in the past. Jun-su says that his request seems too meager in comparison to their crimes, but Dan-tae urges him to try.

Dan-tae’s aunt announces to her still-comatose brother-in-law that Dan-tae has finally found his family on his own. She urges him to wake up soon so he can tell Dan-tae how proud he is and greet Grandmother.

Dan-tae returns to the Seok home and calls Gong Shim, only to realize that she had lost her phone when they nearly got run over. Grandmother stumbles out of her bedroom and encourages Dan-tae to pack up his belongings and move into her home soon; she’s been waiting far too long to live with him. Dan-tae guarantees that he’ll do so.

The next day, swarms of reporters surround Dan-tae’s home as breaking news reports of Dan-tae as the long-lost grandson of the Star Group fortune spread like wildfire. Gong Shim’s parents are shocked to hear that the peculiar man living above them turned out to be the Star Group heir. Gong Mi can’t believe it either.

Gong Shim tries to go up and see Dan-tae, but the barrage of inquisitive reporters outside her door forces her to head back inside. Gu-nam obliges a few reporters and comments that he and Dan-tae are quite close.

Grandmother is not pleased to hear that Uncle can’t be convicted for Jun-pyo’s kidnapping due to the statute of limitations, nor can Jun-su’s mother be held responsible for her part. However, Dan-tae tells her he plans on conducting a thorough investigation into Uncle’s attempted murder of his father so he can be properly condemned.

A maid informs Grandmother that Jun-su and his family are waiting downstairs, but she refuses to see them off. They leave quietly with suitcases in tow, their swanky abode no longer home.

Jun-su’s parents and grandmother are at the airport to catch a flight to Sydney where they’ll start anew. Jun-su won’t be joining them as he has his own business to tend to in Korea. He puts on a brave smile and bids his family farewell.

Concerned by the news reports, Gong Mi tries to call Jun-su, but to no avail. The media’s still abuzz with the story of the third generation chaebol who lived in a rooftop home, in addition to what this means for Star Group and the Seok family.

Dan-tae and Gong Shim worry about each other since the media blitz has kept them apart and cooped up in their respective homes.

A food delivery man in sandals, wearing a motorcycle helmet — Hi Dan-tae, I see you! — steps off his bike, makes it past the media crowd and arrives right outside Gong Shim’s door. Gong Shim’s parents are puzzled by the door banging since they didn’t order any food, but the delivery man insists that they did, barges in, and whips off his helmet.

Gong Shim’s parents are pleasantly surprised by Dan-tae’s sudden appearance and yell for Gong Shim to come see him. Inside Gong Shim’s room, the two lovebirds hug and express how much they missed each other. Desperate to hear her voice more often, Dan-tae gifts Gong Shim with a brand new phone. He laments that he’ll be frequenting the rooftop less now that Grandmother is alone at her house.

Gong Shim tells him to close his eyes, and he does with a goofy smile. Thinking he’s getting kisses, he puckers up. But Gong Shim surprises him by removing her wig and revealing her natural hair sans bald spot! He congratulates her and gives her a quick peck on the lips. He tries to snag another kiss, but Gong Shim rushes him out so the reporters outside don’t get suspicious.

Uncle sits in jail, wearing a brown jumpsuit, and reads the paper. The top story is of Dan-tae’s romantic relationship with Gong Shim, featuring large photos of both of them. “Did you think I’d stay still?” Uncle wonders aloud, his tone menacing.

Gong Shim is alarmed by the movers lugging boxes from the rooftop. Turns out Grandmother had sent people to move Dan-tae’s stuff. Dan-tae apologizes for not letting her know in advance; he only just found out, too. Gong Shim goes upstairs and a mover accidentally knocks over her beloved sunflower plant, shattering the pot. Ooh, foreshadowing?

At the prison, Uncle’s go-to minion pays him a visit. Holding up the newspaper featuring Dan-tae and Gong Shim, Uncle smirks as he expresses interest in the next top stories, making sure to point to Gong Shim’s picture, and getting a nod of understanding in return. Uh-oh.

Grandmother holds a board meeting at Star Group and apologizes for the family fracas. She introduces Dan-tae as her long-lost grandson Jun-pyo, and reassures the board members that there will be no handouts for him. She announces that Jun-pyo will be studying business management in the U.S. before returning, but based on the look on Dan-tae’s face, it seems he never got the memo.

He inquires about the study abroad plan, and Grandmother suggests that Gong Shim travel with him, too; while he studies business, she can concentrate on art. Dan-tae decides to discuss further with Gong Shim.

Dan-tae happily shops for couple rings and confirms a dinner reservation for two. He texts Gong Shim to let her know that he’ll be waiting for her outside her office. Jun-su speaks to his father briefly over the phone and expresses concern for his mother.

Gong Shim eagerly waits outside for Dan-tae, but several feet away from her, Uncle’s minion sits behind the wheel of a black sedan, looking straight at her. Uh-oh. She looks up from her phone upon hearing screeching tires. Gong Shim is the target, and the black car is speeding straight towards her.

 
COMMENTS

Dear Gong Shim! Sidewalks exist for a reason so please use them. Rose-tinted glasses can obscure vision and affect common sense, but if you want to live happily ever after with Dan-tae, it’s a good idea to stay alive. Just a thought.

We are so close to the end, but it wouldn’t be a K-drama if the road to a happy ending were nicely paved and unobstructed. The show threw in some curveballs — which we saw from a mile away! — in the form of near vehicular collisions and a ruthless uncle. While stationary damsels and oncoming vehicles are nothing new, I did appreciate how the common trope was used to bring back all of Dan-tae’s lost memories. Gong Shim’s close call with the truck triggered the painful recollection of the moment Dan-tae’s mother perished before Dan-tae’s eyes twenty-six years ago.

This wouldn’t be Beautiful Gong Shim if the titular character died so I’m not at all worried that we’re going to lose our female protagonist. I have a feeling Jun-su will pull a Dan-tae and save her from the minion’s car since he’s nearby. He’ll most likely get hurt, but I doubt the injuries will be life-threatening. Fingers crossed. Poor Jun-su has suffered enough already, and we all could use a flash of his megawatt smile.

I’m happy to report that I enjoyed this episode. It was well-paced from start to finish — except for that scene in the parking garage in which Dan-tae has Uncle pinned against the wall for what seems like an unnaturally long and dialogue-free beat before Jun-su arrives — and there was a good balance of drama and levity. It reminded me of earlier episodes that were an easy, breezy, and fun watch because they weren’t bogged down by birth secret technicalities. The fallout of Dan-tae’s birth secret was a long time coming, and the repercussions were for the most part expected, but totally conceivable, which I liked. I was, however, surprised by the swift exit of Jun-su’s family, along with Grandmother’s lack of mercy toward them, although I do understand her sentiment. I’m not sure why Jun-su’s family relocated to Sydney of all places, but I hope the exotic fauna and dingo puppies will delight Jun-su’s father. It just occurred to me that he and Gong Shim’s father are now long distance, and I’m so bummed!

Jun-su has been one of my favorite characters — who doesn’t love a chaebol with a heart of gold? — because he’s been consistently good even though he could’ve easily turned villainous. He and Dan-tae made a great crime-solving team (Ho-joong was an invaluable member, too!). His tearful moments with his mother were surprisingly touching, and it hurt to see him suffer as a result of his mother’s mistakes. When he found out his mother had nothing to do with the attempted murder of Dan-tae’s father, the relief that washed over him was satisfying to see because the mother he loved wasn’t as evil as he feared she’d be. Jun-su and his mother were always quite close, which made their farewell at the airport that much more bittersweet.

One of the major beefs I’ve had with this show was Dan-tae not opening up to Gong Shim sooner about the Jun-pyo business, but I actually found his phone conversation with Gong Shim to be sufficiently gratifying. He wasted no time in admitting that he was scared of how his world might change, but that his feelings for Gong Shim remain fixed. He also used the same line Gong Shim used on him — “I only have feelings for you” — which was a nice way to echo her sentiment. Instead of waiting for Gong Shim’s reaction to his identity crisis, he took initiative and called her first. Oh, and then afterwards, he saved her from getting hit by a truck. Dan-tae is definitely shaping up to be solid boyfriend/husband (?) material.

Uncle has been anything, but a wily villain. He’s not very complex, definitely not the sharpest crayon in the box, but he is very reckless with his “act now, deal with it later” attitude that’s never actually helped him. Given the fact that he’s not the least bit contrite, and he ordered his minion to kill Gong Shim from prison, it seems like he’s itching for revenge no matter how bad it already looks for him; I guess he’s got little else to lose. Again, he’s a two-dimensional, one-trick pony who’s already in prison, which means Dan-tae will have no problem making sure Uncle gets the appropriate punishment.

Since we’re just one episode away from the end, I do regret that my wish to see Gong Shim act as the Watson to Dan-tae’s Sherlock will never be fulfilled. Had she been more of a sidekick to him throughout the show, we would’ve seen more of their amazing chemistry as well as their physical comedy chops. Dan-tae’s and Gong Shim’s storylines rarely crossed, and when each character was left to their own devices, it wasn’t nearly as fun to watch as when they were together. Oh well.

I’m glad Gong Shim’s bald spot is growing some hairs, but I’ve grown fond of the wig and felt like Gong Shim wasn’t completely Gong Shim without it. I guess when you’ve got a perfectly fine head of hair, there comes a point when the wig just needs to go, and if that’s the case, I’ll begrudgingly support the tossing of the wig since it’s a metaphor for discarding insecurities and becoming comfortable with who you are.

I hope Dan-tae’s father wakes up, that Gong Meanie never ends up with Jun-su (because that just doesn’t make any sense), and that my favorite friendship trio can enjoy a good laugh together and make up on the basketball court. Like old times. With Gong Shim’s father and Jun-su’s father crooning in the background.

 
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I can't believe this drama is over! I will miss it.

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"A tearful Jun-su embraces her, relieved to know that his mother’s gravest mistake was failure to act and not attempted murder."

Good lord. The woman lived in the same house as a frantic, grieving grandmother and just decided not to speak that entire time? That's the kind of cold you just don't forgive.

I have decided that uncle's minion is actually the main character in a completely different drama about an illegitimate son of a soldier who becomes a cop to be like his anonymous father, then when his mother gets hit by a bus he tracks down that father, becomes corrupted by him, gets dismissed from the force, loses his wife to a chaebol heir, and then the man ends up doing odd hit jobs for his dad as the only family he still has. That is the only way I can explain the insane devotion that Uncle's minion seems to have for him, a felon behind bars who's lost his source of wealth.

Gong Shim. Get out of the road. Get out of the road when a car's speeding towards you, get out of the road when a truck's honking at you, get out of the road when you're inexplicably wandering a few feet into it to obliviously play with your damn phone. Avoid roads altogether.

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I don't get why must the writer or director make Gong Shim forever stand on the road??? Like seriously, you're a grown up adult, yknow you're not supposed to stand on the road just to wait for someone?? twice in an episode. the road is for the cars for god sake.

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Right? And right after she was almost mowed down by another car. At this point, I wanted the car to hit her, so that all the little Korean boys and girls could learn to NOT STAND IN THE STREET. Sheesh.

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Was yelling "Bang her, bang her, bang her!!!" at my screen.
Without knowing that people were giving me weird looks all the time.
Augh, cringe :-:-$

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Haha. She used to always be on pavements using her bicycle bell, and now with the pavements empty she somehow wants to walk on the road. Lol.
This drama has set a new record for me- the female lead being almost run down by a car TWICE in an episode!

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I forgot about her bicycle bell... I was totally going to steal her genius idea for when I'm trying to get around in London.

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There was a pikachu there in the road. ;)

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OMG....finally pokemon go has spread to DB too.
P.S. miranda I would actually love seeing that drama

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What you said about Junsu's mom, word.

Not only did she stay silent to cover up a kidnapping and arguably manslaughter, she berated Granny for not giving up the search, plus her silence indirectly led to the attack on Dante's dad. I'm all for forgiveness, but I feel like there should be some legal consequences.

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I feel like her older brother was pressuring and manipulating her. Once Jun-Pyo's mother had been hit by the car and she didn't immediately rat on her brother, he was probably spinning lines about her being an accessory to murder and how they'd all be immediately kicked out and then her son would get nothing and yadda yadda. Doesn't make it right, but I can understand how she'd go down that wrong road and not be able to turn around.

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Rules to follow if you want to survive a hit and run drama trope:

1. Don't stand in the road.
2. If you see a car/truck speeding towards you, move out of the way! (This is for your safety and the safety of the hero who will ultimately push you out of the way so he can get hit instead.)

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Whenever I sense that a drama hero is about to push a damsel in distress out of the way of a speeding vehicle, I mute the show and yell "Get out of the way, this is MY car!" like a diva trying to hog the limelight.

And then I yell "WHEEEE!" as his body flies through the air. (I would feel bad about being so callous about a pedestrian collision, but we all know comas are like sleeping and totally easy to recover from.)

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Hahahahaha!

Thank you, this will make future vehicle-of-doom scenes more fun for me as I imagine you doing this. Although people around me might wonder why I'm laughing hysterically at someone getting whacked by a car.

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I think this is will be my new thing to do. Brilliant!!!! I (clearly) love it!

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Thanks for the recap Chickachunga!

Can I request for you to send the last scene you described to SBS? The trio playing basketball with the Dads crooning in the background? I'd pay for a special episode just of that!!

Also, for those who miss these adorable dorks like me, check out Minah's Instagram for his super hilarious picture of the trio.

https://instagram.com/p/BG6nfAvHyLe/

One more last episode recap before we have to say goodbye ?

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Gutted that Gong Shim wasn't the Watson to his Dan Tae - can you imagine how cute that would have been?

*Dan Tae is doing broody glarey glare at the arbotereum*
Gong Shim: Byuntae-sa! Ahh...kuge....Dan Tae-shi. My wig has been trapped in the bushes. Help Me?
Dan Tae: *broody broody glare glare, then pause, then points and laughs at Gong Shim*
*cutesy untangling scene unfolds as Jun-su sprints past the distracted not-yet-lovers*

Would have added some lovely levity and comedic moments to some heavy dramatic moments as well as giving us a reason why everything took so dang long!!

It would have also tied in nicely with the rich and poor thing we had at the beginning (Jun-su's mother being snobby at Gong-Shim, only for her to be embroiled in a scandal that questions the legitimacy of her position), as well as making Dan Tae's info keeping feel that little bit more hurtful.

I don't even want to talk about that car. I hate victim blaming with a passion, but seriously. Pavements, my love. Use 'em.

Je Su-ho can't be sacrificing for everybody, y'know.

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Well... Its a Double Truck / Car of the Doom combo! In a single episode!

I guess there was super sales at the Scriptwriter's shop : "Buy a truck, and also get a free car!"

In my opinion the way they used the truck was smart ( help Dan Tae recover his memory), but concerning the last scene... Gong Shim what are sidwalks meant for? Especially after having a "near truck experience" 35 minutes earlier!
Sigh...

I also didnt know that car Black box also record voice ( its somehow rare in France).

Enjoyed the episode anyway. Cant wait for the last recap!

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I also liked the truck scene, it was a smart move. But the other car accident... Seriously? I got a disagreeable Lucky Romance vibe here!

Do we have backbox camera in cars in France? I never saw any of them!

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Yep Black boxes exist also here in France, but they are still rare. (I discovered this only recently)

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"Since we’re just one episode away from the end, I do regret that my wish to see Gong Shim act as the Watson to Dan-tae’s Sherlock will never be fulfilled."

Agree 100%! I really thought they were going to go with this - it was perfectly set-up. But I guess it may have been more difficult to have GS fully realize and grow to love who she is using that storyline. But it would have been nice if they had carried it on a little while longer.

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I've never cared for the grandmother. She was never caring or really even very thoughtful of Jun-su. I get that they're not biologically related, but they're legally related, and they lived as grandmother/grandson. I understand that Jun-pyo's abduction (as well as the fallout) was a huge loss, but Jun-su's only crime was to have his birthday party on the day that Precious Grandson was kidnapped. She even commented on his birthday that there wasn't really anything to celebrate. That's just cold.

When she rediscovered Jun-pyo, she was all about revealing everything right away so that they could live together. But I felt like he had to remind her several times about finding who hurt his father.

And speaking of living with Jun-pyo, she just disregards basically everything. She keeps bugging him to move in with her and then, when he doesn't do it fast enough, just sends people to pack his stuff up and move him. Which he finds out about at work. And after all is revealed and she's actually living with him, well, we're going to send him to America to study. Again, without asking him or even warning him ahead of the announcement. Oh, and your girlfriend? We'll just send her too.

tl;dr The grandmother lived with grief for a long time, but damn is she self-centered and disregarding of everybody else.

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I also was surprised by the grandma. Like you said she is self-centered and basically forgot that while Jun Pyo lived away from her home, Dan Tae had his life settled as a lawyer and he was quite happy. I get that she missed him and wants to live with him but she shouldn't forget about his current life. I think I was astonished by the "study abroad plot". Even if he needs to study business management, don't they have school in South Korea? What's the big deal about studying in the US? And that Dan Tae considers marrying Gong Shim just for the sake of bringing her with him is beyond me. I don't think Gong Shim wants to live in the US, she's more into Italy. And she has a life in Seoul too! I'm glad I'm not the only one who did not appreciate the grandma's ways.

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There was not much of a comeuppance for Gong Mi as anticipated, but I'm glad that in the next ep, [SPOILER].

oic, a brand new mobile phone can be delivered in a jajangmyeon delivery box, and don't forget to go buy Nivea Extra White and eat subway. lol :)

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The Nivea thing killed me! I was like "Why is the guy asking his client what a freaking deodorant is for?". What kind of product placement is that lol

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That Nivea product has been in other dramas recently too! I saw it in Beautiful Mind! I think... Or was it Doctors ? Sometimes my medical shows get all mixed up.... Lol.

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In Beautiful Mind, it was among the items dropped out of Min Jae's bag.

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I saw that too! And the guy who picked her stuff up told her something like "this is something important to someone like you" or something. So funny.

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Did anyone catch the mover's face when he knocked over the sunflower? I laughed out loud. He could not have cared less as he called out his lazy I'm sorry.

Also, goo Nam must live at the convenience store. He should just move to the rooftop. Lastly, I was shaking my head that gong shim pulled an oh hae young twice in one episode. Who stands in the middle of the road? In Seoul? Good thing I don't watch this for the plot, haha!

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The vehicle of doom should have been a Nivea Truck, and the driver should have been munching on a Subway sandwich.

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You made my day, Wag_a_Muffin! Ten minutes after reading your comment and I'm still laughing! Thank you!

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And THAT, friends, is how you PPL.

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Yeah, impact guaranteed and impression long lasting ! :)

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This episode (and the whole series, really) was very well-paced and satisfying, I can't wait until the last episode comes out!!

That being said, I still don't understand the point of Gong Meanie?? Everything she did just seemed to be either a) pointless or b) mean. It's annoying because I've seen Seo Hyo-rim in other stuff and I know she can act so that just leads me to believe there's something lacking in the character.

On a more positive note I absolutely love Junsu's family, maybe it's just because I've seen other dramas wherein his mum and dad act as a couple but I feel like they complement each other well. And Junsu!! My non-problematic cute chaebol second lead, where have you been all my k-drama watching life? I'm pretty sure I haven't liked or rooted for a second lead this much since Greatest Love.

Side-note, as an Australian (and a Sydney-sider) I couldn't help but cringe at the mention of exotic fauna and dingo puppies especially as Sydney is about as metro as you can get. And then I imagined Junsu's dad chilling with the bush turkeys and the possums and I couldn't stop laughing.

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Thanks for the recap.

That last scene made me so annoyed at GS.

Wonder if the writer wanted to set up GS so GM could look better to her haters?

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Thanks for all the recaps, chickachunga! I enjoyed them a lot and look forward to your next drama!

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Sadly for me this drama is limping to the finish line and I'm kind of bitter about it. Nearly every drama has 'what-could-have-beens', but this one has so many and for a drama titled 'Beautiful Gong Shim', GS kind of feels like a third wheel now.

Ah well, maybe the finale will pull through.

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This is the episode where we reach climax and the rest and last episode should be resolution in regards to Dan tae's birth secret. Unfortunatemy the big deal is so underwhelming and there is no hype at all especially because since a while ago there's no mystery involved. Without that they should have made the lead up to the reveal worth it at least. But nah, Dan tae's identity reveal to everyone except the uncle was so underwhelming (I love it when he told the uncle that his very existence was evidence against the uncle though. NGM so cool!) I thought the idea to have him remember his mother's accident was good but overall it didn't live up to my expectations either. This show and writer is so lucky to have casted the right people and to have great characters because the plot itself is so weak. BGS would have stood out if it focused on being slice of life with Gong Shim instead of a makjang plot, although perhaps that had to do with NGM being a more veteran actor who could carry the show more with his acting and character. I bet they gave NGM a lot of leeway with his character (can't imagine them putting his cute 'waa~ kasamida' into the script). Although dissatisfied, I still love this drama though and for once I'm just happy our hero and friends are so smart and plans worked out and all.

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Key takeaways from this show:

a) Jun-su has set the standard for the nicest chaebol son. He is genuinely flawless.

b) Koreans have special visa arrangements and study schemes with foreign universities. They can flit away to Australia at a moment's notice, and don't have to write the GRE exam or write statements of purpose to be accepted at a US university.

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Thanks for the recap chickachunga. That pesky white truck/car of doom—tsk, tsk.

My two cents (my 2¢)...hate to admit it (runs and ducks for cover) but about a month or 2 ago we had a fire drill at work. After descending 10 flights of stairs (with my fellow coworkers & building visitors) to exit the building, I stepped off the curb/sidewalk to cross the street. Not even midway across the street, low and behold a truck emerges speeding toward us. I tried to get out of the way but my legs and feet simply would not bulge for the life of me. Couldn't and still can't believe I literally froze with a deer in the headlights look as the 'truck of doom' sped toward my way. Well the good news is it was a red fire truck joining the others already on site.

That's not all! A week later, I was waiting on the light to change so I could cross the street. It did, but out of nowhere a 'car of doom' emerges speeding in my direction at me. Again I froze up unable to move my legs and feet no matter how hard I tried to get out of the way. (And yep, the car was white.)

What in the world? I've been a city dweller all my life and have managed just fine crossing the street, or simply judging if I need to hurry or wait a bit longer for the right moment to cross. A good track record until this happened. Unfortunately there are drivers who disobey the rules of the road (for example, not stopping so pedestrians can cross the street). W-H-O-A, Talk about the last habit one wants to pick up or duplicate in real life. I've been watching too many kdramas.

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Oh, goodness. Maybe you should stick to sageuks for a while? Unless that leads to you getting run over by a horse.

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this drama made me notice how well shaped Namgoong Min's rear end is, especially in jeans and khaki pants.

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That expression is soooo much like guem jan di expression

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I've not actually following this show, only the recaps - but seriously, why is she still wearing the wig?

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am i the only one who want to kick the laptop (or tv for some cases) when the accident (about to) happen. i mean.. seriously! everyone angry when hong seol hit by a car, but this!

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