Rating:
Average user rating 4.6
48

The Good Wife: Episode 16 (Final)

The Good Wife pulled in its highest rating yet (6.2%) for the finale, breaking its heretofore usual “Saturday night slump.” Perhaps everyone wanted to make sure they had the chance to watch Hye-kyung in the courtroom one last time as she goes up against her husband to defend the man (and law firm) that have now become an important part of her life.

EPISODE 16 RECAP

As they sit in the stands of the empty baseball field, Hye-kyung asks Joong-won about the rumors of him bribing judges. He admits that he used to lend money to the guys on his baseball team — nothing illegal, just helping out a friend and teammate. He would also help out on cases for a lowered fee, which led to rumors of him doing favors for other lawyers and prosecutors.

It’s all in the past, though. He hasn’t loaned money recently, and he’s never bribed a judge. He just never bothered to stem the rumors when they started, thinking anything that would help the firm gain new clients would be a good thing.

Hye-kyung asks him for the names of a some powerful judges that was on the team that Joong-won never worked with before, and therefore the prosecution can’t touch.

Tae-joon has already heard that she’s taken on Joong-won’s case, and asks if she’s there to negotiate. But instead she’s there to tell him to only speak to her directly about the case and not spread rumors through the media. She name drops the judges Joong-won just mentioned, adding that she’s received calls about them, and Tae-joon tells her those aren’t the ones they’re investigating.

She insists that somehow there was a media leak, but it didn’t come from her. Which means the prosecution is going to look responsible for leaking the names of judges they’re investigating.

Joong-won meets with Dan, asking her to continue her investigation and find out exactly which judge and lawsuit the prosecution is looking into. Joong-won’s a little nervous, though, because it’s not like he was always the most ethical lawyer.

The DA treats Tae-joon and Chief Prosecutor Choi to lunch, but it’s more to complain about how his phone keeps ringing off the hook about Tae-joon’s case. Tae-joon insists that corrupt judges should be punished, but the DA is shocked to discover that he’s going up against his wife’s firm.

Things get officially serious when Prosecutor Park arrives with some other prosecutors and boxes to confiscate Joong-won’s documents. As his men paw through Joong-won’s office, creating a mess and causing a ruckus, Hye-kyung demands as Joong-won’s lawyer to meet with Tae-joon and discuss the case. She wants to know what her husband’s strategy is, and it’ll be easier to find out face-to-face.

The prosecutors offer Joong-won a one-time deal of just indictment if he tells them the name of the corrupt judge, but Joong-won resists, pointing out that he’ll lose his license to practice law. Tae-joon smirks as he asks if Hye-kyung is recording their conversation, but she points out blackmail is his go-to strategy, not hers. Ha!

She tells the prosecutors that she’s willing to discuss settlement since the case will irreparably damage the firm’s reputation, but first she needs to know the names of the judges they’re looking into. Tae-joon rattles off a bunch of names, but they’re not the ones Hye-kyung knows about. However, Tae-joon seems satisfied, and tells her that he’ll see her later.

He reveals to Prosecutor Park that they only really came because he wanted to see Joong-won’s face as he listed all the judge’s names. He got a flicker of a reaction when he mentioned Judge Moon’s name, so that’s the judge they’ll investigate further.

M&J firm is in turmoil as the senior employees discuss what to do about Joong-won. Meanwhile, he sits in his office, aimlessly tossing his baseball into the air. His clients don’t want to work with him right now, so he doesn’t have anything better to do. Myung-hee tells him that currently the status of the firm is tenuous — the staff is nervous and the clients are skittish.

He offers to step down in his role as co-president and Myung-hee accepts his offer. Now he’s nothing more than one of M&J’s clients. David is eager to pounce on Joong-won’s misfortune, however, and asks if he can have Joong-won’s office since he no longer needs it. But Myung-hee firmly tells him that this is just temporary — Joong-won will be back once the case is over.

As Joong-won packs up his personal belongings, Hye-kyung stays late to work on his case. He pops into her office, asking if she wants to take a break and learn how to play baseball. Baseball date, take two! They’re super adorable as they throw the ball back and forth, and it’s so refreshing to see them laugh and smile together.

Dan meets with Joon-ho over a drink, but as she’s asking him what case Tae-joon is focusing on, Prosecutor Park appears to tell her that she’s out-of-line asking for information about an on-going information. She says it was just conversation between a couple of friends, but Joon-ho’s sad puppy dog face makes it obvious this was a set-up. Dan glares at him, offended by his betrayal, as Prosecutor Park has her arrested and led away in handcuffs.

When she arrives at the office the next morning, Hye-kyung is surprised to find out that Joong-won is no longer a part of the firm. Myung-hee reiterates that it’s only temporary, and that unfortunately, due to the nature of the case, the firm can’t really help him beyond having Hye-kyung assigned to his case.

Myung-hee asks that she inform her first if Joong-won is actually guilty so she can prepare the firm, but Hye-kyung reminds her that due to client-attorney confidentiality, she can’t reveal that information. Fair enough, and Hye-kyung’s next task is to go get Dan from jail.

She first stops at the courthouse to see Tae-joon, demanding that he release Dan. He tells her that they’re preparing the summons, and Myung-hee will be the first to go on the witness stand. But Hye-kyung firmly orders him to make sure Dan is released by the time she arrives at the police station or she’ll accuse the prosecutors of false arrest. As she leaves, Tae-joon warns her that Joong-won is not as innocent as she thinks.

Although her face is predictably unreadable, it seems fair to say that Dan’s surprised to see Hye-kyung is the one picking her up at the police station. She reveals that, as a favor for Joong-won, she was looking into Tae-joon’s investigation, and she assumes she was arrested in their attempt to get more information. If Hye-kyung wants to know more, she should ask Joong-won directly.

The women ride along in stiff silence until Dan tells her to drop her off at a bus stop. Hye-kyung then asks her why she didn’t tell her about finding Seo-yoon, and Dan says she just didn’t want it to be awkward between them. She helped because she could, that’s all. But Hye-kyung tells her a sincere “thanks,” giving me hope that this friendship can be restored.

Myung-hee meets with Tae-joon, who implies that Joong-won stepped down out of guilt to prevent the firm’s reputation from being too tarnished. She doesn’t seem to believe that Tae-joon just wants to warn her to not protect her brother, for the sake of her firm.

Hye-kyung muses over the case, and it looks like she may have some doubts about Joong-won’s innocence. She calls Chief Prosecutor Choi and offers to make a deal — she wants to know exactly what judge and trial the prosecutors are investigating. Joon-ho slips Dan the information, and then sadly tells her that this is the last time he’ll be able to help her.

Hye-kyung gets home late that night, surprised to see her son still up, waiting for her. He’s seen the news about the case, wondering if Tae-joon is the prosecutor. He tells his mother that she hopes she wins, which delights her.

The next morning, Myung-hee asks Hye-kyung what her strategy is to defend Joong-won — she doesn’t care if he’s innocent or guilty, she just wants to know how Hye-kyung is handling it. Hye-kyung points out that if she tells her, then she’ll be involved in the case, and she specifically said she was going to stay out of it to protect the firm. But Myung-hee’s realized that it’s more important to support her brother as her family and colleague. Aw.

Hye-kyung stops by David’s office — she knows he’s on the witness list. He reassures her that he’s got it handled, but Hye-kyung insists that they prepare his statements. Hahaha, Myung-hee watches in amusement as he petulantly follows Hye-kyung to the conference room, grumbling that he’s her senior and shouldn’t be bossed around by her.

Joong-won is there to discuss the case as well. They’ve found out the specific lawsuit the prosecution is focusing on as proof of bribery is a tax-rebate case that Joong-won won, even though he thought they’d lose. When Hye-kyung asks if gave Judge Moon any money, he admits that he loaned him $5,000 — which the judge has yet to pay back.

Privately, Hye-kyung asks if he really has given bribes. He insists that even if the judge’s rulings went his way, there was no bribery. But he’s been worried about her finding out about the case, since he knows it makes him look suspicious. She tells him that the law is vague, but so are relationships, and she doesn’t believe he’s the type to bribe anyone.

The morning of the trial, Joong-won and Hye-kyung are swarmed by reporters. Hye-kyung tells them that the prosecution’s claims are unfounded, and that while there was money exchanged, the amount was too small to be considered consequential.

As the trial commences, Prosecutor Park brings his first witness to the stand: Myung-hee. His line of questioning makes it seem like Joong-won purposefully took over the case she was working on right after he learned that Judge Moon was presiding.

But when Hye-kyung questions her, it’s revealed that Joong-won took over the case because she was sick at the time, and hospitalized with uterine myoma during the time of the trial. It was a condition she wanted to keep confidential, so her brother offered out of the kindness of his heart take over her caseload. Oh, and his off-the-charts confidence in winning the case is normal for him, no matter what the case or who the judge.

Except Joong-won is shocked to discover that Myung-hee was sick back then. She tells him that she’s always respected him as a lawyer, and the reason she asked him to step down as co-president of the firm was for his own protection. Aw, big sisters are the best. Myung-hee’s time as a witness is over, and she tells Hye-kyung it’s all up to her now.

The next witness is David, and he plays up his foppish character as he explains that an interview where he described Joong-won as someone who was willing to do anything — including commit a crime — to win a case was just trendy hyperbole, and that the discount they gave Judge Moon for his divorce case was due to them working in the same field.

When it’s Hye-kyung’s turn, she reveals that M&J have given “industry” discounts on services to others in the legal field, and if the prosecution is looking at the cheap rate they gave Judge Moon for his divorce, then they should also look at the rate they charged for Tae-joon’s case.

Afterwards, David is impressed by how fierce Hye-kyung was during the trial. Hey, it’s all in a day’s work.

Tae-joon asks to meet, and it’s not to talk about the case. He’s heard from the kids that Hye-kyung told them about the divorce. She admits it was hard to tell them, but they understood. She asks when he’ll return the signed documents, and she reassures him that he’ll always have the chance to spend time with their children.

But Tae-joon has another reason to see her, and hands over pictures of Joong-won giving a thick envelope of money to Judge Moon. Tae-joon says these were taken a day after Joong-won found out that they were investigating the judge. Hye-kyung realizes that Chief Prosecutor Choi was actually working with Tae-joon the whole time.

Tae-joon says he’s just proving that Joong-won isn’t the innocent person she keeps insisting he is. He’s determined to open her eyes to the truth, but she just sighs, reminding him that he only starts his investigation after deciding who’s guilty, and then sets traps for that person. But Tae-joon says he’s merely waited for Joong-won to fall into his own trap.

He reassures Hye-kyung that she did well, though, and they’ll offer to cut down Joong-won’s sentence once he reveals the other judges he’s bribed. Amused, Hye-kyung asks if he’s got it all figured out already, and Tae-joon dramatically tells her that he’s only doing it because he was worried about her. He warns her that she shouldn’t bother going to the trial tomorrow — she’ll only be embarrassed in court.

Instead, she points out that he’s not doing this out of concern for her. He’s really only thinking about himself, and would instead love to see her be defeated in court.

The next morning, Hye-kyung is sitting at her spot at the defense table, and Tae-joon warns her that he’ll be conducting the witness questioning today. He calls Joong-won to the stand, and asks him about his recent meeting with Judge Moon. Oozing confidence, he reveals the photo of Joong-won handing Judge Moon the envelope of money, and when Joong-won admits that it’s true, Tae-joon acts as though the case is practically closed.

But he laughs in disbelief when Joong-won says the money is for a UNICEF fund that the judge set up. It’s an awfully suspicious coincidence that Joong-won donated money right before the trial started. Joong-won explains that years ago, he defended a company that caused the deaths of many children, so now he tries to donate to charity as a way to ease his guilt.

Ohhhhh, it turns out it was all Hye-kyung’s idea! Back in her one-on-one meeting, she predicted the way Tae-joon would try to trap them, and ordered Joong-won to purposefully meet with Judge Moon to give him the money, knowing that one of Tae-joon’s men would photograph it as evidence. But she has evidence of her own — the receipt from UNICEF for the amount Joong-won donated.

Afterwards, Tae-joon congratulates her, but she points out the trial isn’t officially over yet. But he knows that she’s won. Damn straight she has. She asks him he still thinks Joong-won is guilty. Tae-joon: “Of course he is.”

Later, she meets with Chief Prosecutor Choi, who warns her that Tae-joon’s career is now at risk due to this case. She tells him to sort it out with Tae-joon, but he hands her an envelope of photos of her and Joong-won looking awfully cozy. If she doesn’t cooperate with him, he’ll release the photos to the press.

But Hye-kyung cooly informs him that he can release the photos, since she’s already started the divorce proceedings with Tae-joon and is currently in a relationship with Joong-won. She’ll take responsibility for her choices, and Chief Prosecutor Choi should pay closer attention to his.

As she leaves, she runs into Joon-ho, waiting outside for his boss. He immediately calls Tae-joon, letting him know that she left the prosector. Chief Prosecutor Choi calls a reporter friend, promising a good story, but he first runs into Tae-joon and Prosecutor Park. Joon-ho slides over to stand next to Tae-joon, making clear where his loyalty lies.

Myung-hee calls Hye-kyung, letting her know the prosecution has dropped their charges, but Tae-joon is arresting corrupt judges that he’d been quietly investigating while everyone else was distracted by Joong-won’s case. Myung-hee: “He’s a scary man.” No kidding.

Hye-kyung then receives a text from Chief Prosecutor Choi, letting her know that the photos won’t be released. Except he wasn’t the one who sent them, because he’s sitting in an interrogation room at the prosecutor’s offices. Tae-joon joins him, handing back his phone — he just needed it to text someone. Ohhhh, you sneaky bastard.

That means that he’s completely unfazed when Chief Prosecutor Choi tries to use the photos as leverage, in an attempt to convince Tae-joon to ignore the evidence that he’s been using the slush fund to bribe judges. Off the record, Tae-joon warns him to keep quiet about the photos and threatens him to give up the original copies.

Joong-won returns to the law firm, much to the delight of his staff. Aw, and David made a cake that looks like the traditional block of tofu to celebrate his boss’s freedom.

His first stop, though, is to see his sister, thanking her for everything she did. Aw, she starts to tear up, warning him that he makes her nervous, the way he works, and is always worried that something might happen to him. He tells her to let him know if she’s ever sick again. Despite how much they bicker, it’s sweet how the Seo siblings clearly love each other.

But it’s not time to unpack his boxes and settle into his office. He knows he’ll be reprimanded by the Bar Association, so he might as well take a little sabbatical. Hye-kyung will still keep on working, though — her fifteen year break was a long enough rest.

Tae-joon pulls out the envelope of photos from his desk and rips them up. Still sitting on the bottom of the desk drawer, though, are the divorce papers.

When Hye-kyung returns home that evening, she finds Tae-joon waiting for her. He admits he originally focused on the corrupt judges, but only investigated Joong-won because of her. She’s relieved he’s finally being honest

But he continues, telling her that he can’t give her up. He won’t sign the divorce papers because he needs her. Not just for his career, but also because he’s realized that she makes him “human.” He can’t live without her, and even though she might not feel the same way, he’s sure that she’ll realize that he’ll be beneficial to her, too. He promises that he’ll let her live her life however she wants. He begs her to keep their relationship going just a little while longer.

Hye-kyung practically recoils from his fancy words, telling him that he should think about someone he cares about and try to figure out what he can do to help them. Because that’s what she plans to do. Then she turns and walks into the apartment, leaving him behind.

Three months later, Myung-hee watches a news conference where Tae-joon declares his intention to join politics. He says he could have only made it with his wife at his side. Hye-kyung steps onto the podium, smiling in support of her husband. Wait, what?

But as soon as they’re in the hallway, away from the press, her polite smile drops and she tells Tae-joon to deliver the documents she requested to her office. It’s clear that their marriage is now nothing more than a business agreement between the two of them.

Hye-kyung arrives at the courthouse in time for Dan to give her an envelope of evidence, and the two women stride into the courthouse together (yay!). They meet up with Joong-won, who must have ended his sabbatical, and he asks if she’s going to win. She smiles confidently as she tells him “of course.” Hye-kyung stands strong and proud behind the defendant’s table, ready to tackle her next case.

COMMENTS

Would it be weird to give a drama a standing ovation? Because despite the fact I recoiled in horror when I saw Hye-kyung join Tae-joon on that stage (nooooooooooooooooo!), especially after she made it clear that reconciliation was never going to happen, I actually loved the ending. Loved it.

As someone who’s only seen up through the fifth season of the American version (you could say I lost the, ah, will to continue), I’ve only heard about how that version ended. Let me just go out on a limb and declare that this ending is a million times better. Sure, there might still be plenty of questions left unanswered and details to tie up, but all that matters is that Hye-kyung is happy and confident and showing the world that she’s a truly excellent lawyer, which is really all I’ve wanted for her since the beginning.

How much do I love that Hye-kyung gets to be Joong-won’s knight in shining armor? So much. So very, very much. And I loved that he sat back and humbly allowed Hye-kyung to take charge, trusting her as he simply followed her orders. It’s Tae-joon who didn’t realize how smart his wife truly is, underestimating how well she knows him, too. Then again, he’s still sneakier than we could possibly ever imagine, but I feel like I can almost forgive him for refusing to divorce her for the sake of his career since I’m just going to assume that he’s come to terms with the fact that that Hye-kyung and Joong-won are in love and will live happily ever after, no matter what (and lalalala I can’t hear you if you dare argue any differently).

I did not expect this show to make me cry, but the last few minutes got to me. I’m tearing up again just thinking about the Seo sibling reunion and Hye-kyung’s confident walk down the hallway with Dan and Joong-won at her side. I’ve grown attached to these characters the past few weeks, but I hadn’t fully realized just how emotionally invested I’ve been. My only real quibble with the show, in fact, is that we didn’t get to spend as much time with the minor characters. But in order to do that, then the main characters would have had to sacrifice some of their screentime, and I only want more of them, too! If ever there was a show that I wish could have been a few episodes longer, it was this one.

All in all, this was a very satisfactory adaptation. It managed to remain true to the spirit of the original, yet also managed to bring a new depth and character exploration that kept it fresh (and riveting). Even for someone without any familiarity with the source material, it was a solid show from start to finish. I’m so grateful to the entire cast and crew for making a drama that truly makes me sad to say “goodbye.”

So thank you, The Good Wife — you were truly great.

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , ,

48

Required fields are marked *

This was such a good show. YES for a fantastic and successful adaptation!

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm going to miss this show. I hope shows like this (subtle and realistic) keep being made. In fact, if you guys want to remake Suits for Korean TV that would be A-OK.

I feel like I heard so much about how amazing Jeon Do-yeon would be, and I think it wasn't as amazing as I thought she would be. She was good, but the other side characters were really the ones who sold the drama for me. I mean, Myung-hee is my new favorite drama character (I love you). Kim Seo-hyung, you deserve all of the awards for making her so BO$$ yet caring. Shout out to how shmexy/killing it Yoo Ji-tae was. I mean, I loved you in Healer, but when you turned to the dark side... holy holy moly. Also Nana did way better than I expected, her Dan was pretty kickass.

I'm probably in the minority, but I really didn't like the ending of this drama. It jut makes me feel,
1. If Hye-kyung is in a relationship Joong-won and pretending to be Tae-joon's wife, thats not ok to Joong-won, and her kids
2. I want her to be freeeeeee. Yes she's a kickass lawyer and then some, but she still pretending to be the same wife at the start of the series!!

All in all, great drama. I'm glad that they didn't try to be exactly like the American version, but decided to make Hye-kyung have a different trajectory and development than Alicia. It made the show worth watching because you knew the general outline but not the full details. Keep it up drama world!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

totally agree with you regarding the ending... it sucks for Jooog Won, but I guess under the circumstances there are no better options. This show has made it to my all-time favorites (along with Signal)!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for recaping!!:D
Been a silent reader for this series all these while and it was thanks to the recap that i finally decided to pick up the drama and i was never wrong with the A list cast that was pick for this drama:D

"since I’m just going to assume that he’s come to terms with the fact that that Hye-kyung and Joong-won are in love and will live happily ever after, no matter what (and lalalala I can’t hear you if you dare argue any differently)." <- I was laughing when i read this because im GONNA SO AGREE WITH YOU<3

I cringe so hard when i saw that last screen cap too but am glad that there is no LOVE but just business agreement with that because im gonna believe Joong won & her are happily tgt<3

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with everything you said except I'm just not sure with the ending part. I am torn between liking its realistic portrayal of HK and TJ's deal and feeling that it's unfair though for JW.

One if not the best ensemble for a drama. Everyone's on their A-game. No dead weight whatsoever.

I'm gonna miss this show so much. Please do another season of you may.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Great ending- the best drama so far. Maybe she will help her hubby to get elected, then they break up? Joong won is willing to wait? Anyway glad she shows everyone how smart she is and she is back - confident and independent. Great acting from everyone

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too. I lost the "will" to continue the Amerivan version but loved this! Maybe a season two?

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love this drama and the cast. Hope there's a Season 2.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's been great! I'm gonna miss this show. It has the women power sense in it and shows how we can stand on our own two feet! Love how it portrays how life is grey n not black n white ☺️

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Fantastic show and I'm thankful that it was worth bringing back Jeon Do-yeon to dramaland.
Yoon Kye-sang <3. Honey Lee you are one lucky girl. Oh wait, they are both lucky.

I'm feeling empty this coming weekend. Both of my favorite shows has come to an end./cry

Thank you so much for the wonderful recaps odilettante <3.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hands down...One of the best kdrama of all time! And agree to your sentiments of why can't it be longer.....T_______T

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

tvN sure got their money's worth with Jeon Do-yeon. But you know what the rest of the cast were amazing as well - it didn't feel like the JDY Show.

Didn't watch the original but I was spoiled by hints here and there on how it ended. But that didn't take away the OH SNAP! feeling I got from the ending.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm gonna miss this show. I've finished so few dramas this year... I find myself dropping them halfway through, not because of lack of time or anything but because the plot either loses the magic that caught me in the beginning or I discover that it never had that magic to begin with. But The Good Wife definitely had that magic for me.

The tight pacing. The lack of predictable character tropes. And maybe just how stylish everyone looked, whether it was Hyekyung's understated glam or Dan's jean-and-blouse casualness!

Overall, there was just a subtlety to all of the actors' performances that I didn't really appreciate until I started a few other dramas and realized how.... OVERBEARING the acting in kdramas can be at times!

I'm not sure if it was just the strong influence of the source material, the skill of the director, or the talent of the actors (or a combination of them all) but this drama really ticked the majority of my check boxes and I was hooked from start to finish.

This is my first time seeing a lot of these older actors on screen so I'm ready to sift through the rest of their work on a weekend binge!

But speaking of first time on screen, I actually didn't know Nana's casting had come under fire before the show aired until I was already a few episodes in and I was quite shocked when I came across the news because Nana brought such a confident, natural ease to Dan that I honestly didn't know it was her first drama! I get that there's this huge stigma against idol actors (and their acting talent or lack thereof) but I think Nana's got the chops to go far. Hopefully The Good Wife will open new doors for her and we'll see her in something else very soon.

In other news, I think I'm now completely hooked on courtroom/lawyer dramas. I'm about halfway through Pride & Prejudice, I'm giving Divorce Lawyer In Love a try and I'm waiting on Woman With A Suitcase with bated breath.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

You should also try "I Can Hear Your Voice" and "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho." Both are very good legal dramas.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the suggestions! I've watched I Can Hear Your Voice already so I'll definitely add Neighborhood Lawyer to my queue.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

waaahhh!!! i too lost the will to continue the original... :(

i kept wondering how this would end and it ended on not too bad a note. the first ep or so made me skeptical but it hooked me thereafter. i only wish they would have made it a little longer.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Such an amazing drama for this year. YKS is a good actor ( never watch his work before ?, only know him as part of GOD member). But YJT hit it! I love his persona and the way he act ( he's damn good being a villain one ?). JDY is a true powerhouse for bringing such a strong lady in messed 15yrs life of lies. And happy with the ending too, never turn back again! TvN such a great cable tv and managed to bring lots of better story against the main channel. Salute!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

odilettante thank you for your recaps of dramas that are not those wildly popular fangirl sort. I read each recap of Dear My Friends as I watched the drama after its final airing. Going to do the same for The Good Wife - have saved it up for a slow watch instead of a live watch. As also Misaeng.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now THAT is how a cast should be!!

Even from the start, i knew JDY would be great, i knew YJT would be great and it was a pleasant surprise that much of the cast delivered (Nana, sorry for doubting you).

I felt like everyone fed off from each other which gave out a solid performance of the ensemble. I mean, if you are constantly around the greatness that is JDY, some of it may rub on on you. It would be an insult to not put out your best effort.

The Big three could learn a thing or two about how tVN is doing things *coughMoonLoverscough* - no matter how strong your 2 male leads are, they can't carry the burden of the entire cast who lacks.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I never thought I'd actually finish a courtroom series. I try to avoid this genre (also the horror stuff) because I feel it's too draining and require alot of braincells (which i do not have ample supply of) BUT this one really got me hooked. *patsback*

The recap was also alot of help with all the legal jargons and how goid guys was able to one up the bad guys and etc.

good job everyone :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm so glad that this show has finally ended because I'm hooked from ep 1 and can't bear the wait every week for the next couple of eps to air. Now that it's all out I can sit back and do a marathon.
I think I'm going to feel major withdrawal at the end of the final ep, and I do agree with some poster above that subtle and realistic shows like this need to be made more frequently.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap!
What an excellent show. Even though I felt something (usual K-drama feel) lacking a little, it was so well done without even one minute of boring moment. And I love the curtain call at the end like this was a grand stage play. Good job show!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is hands down one of the best dramas I have ever watched! This I will keep up in my pedestal besides Signal, Misaeng, Reply...❤

Truly an amazing drama. I love the ending! We saw how HK grew to be the bad-ass lawyer she is now, from being so careful and meek in the beginning to growing a spine made of steel as she became stronger and more aggressive as a lawyer. And I found it fitting that in the end, she ended up using Tae Joon as much as he was using her. It was time for her to look out for herself and if he helped her further her career, so be it. So she can just divorce him when she's done!

And I was just thinking before the final ep how much of a waste Tae Joon would be if relegated to villain and just forgotten so I was so delighted that he and HK became partners of sorts! I find myself still firmly in Tae Joon's camp until the end even though I know its JW who will make HK truly happy in love. He's a scary prosecutor but damn I can't help but admire how good he is.

The whole cast did a stellar job, everyone's acting was just on another level. Truly a great job to everyone! But the 2 characters that stuck to me the most were Tae Joon and Myung Hee. Yoo Ji Tae and Kim Seo Hyung were just awesome! ?

This show wasn't black and white when it came to people's attitude and behavior, it was starkly realistic in portraying how people react to things thrown at them. No one is just good or just bad. And I enjoyed every minute of it! I truly wished there were more eps!

And thank you so much Odilettante for the recaps!

I'm curious about the US version, did it end the same way?

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Am i the only one who HATED the ending? I love love love the drama so much, right up to the point where she gave that mini lecture to Taejoon when he didn't want to sign the divorce papers. Then BAM she didn't get a divorce after all?!

The whole drama is about her journey to grow and live true to herself. That's why she chose to divorce Taejoon- it was a difficult and decision for her to make, after a long thought-out process. And then suddenly she back-pedalled? Even minutes before she refused to cut a deal with the Prosecutor to give him info about Taejoon to prevent her photos from being released (I take it it's against her values/morals), she suddenly decided to have a "business deal" with Taejoon? What about the poor Joongwon - is she being fair to him to keep their relationship a secret, and he's ok with it?! come on! No way!

I find this sudden about-turn extremely jarring. To me, it goes against the narrative flow of the story and is inconsistent to her characterization. Somehow it feels like the writer just wants to have this open ending so that it's possible to have a Season 2 in future a.k.a she still has to be the "good wife". Ughhhhhhhhhh. I didn't watch the US drama, but this ending deviated from it right? arghhhhhh i hate the last few seconds of the ending!

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm totally with you. I HATED the ending. Curtain call was ridiculous and everything from the three month jump on was WTF. What so she decided to stay w her husband to further her career?! And now that she's found a true and caring partner, she's going to keep him hidden away in the sidelines? I'm more annoyed w the former than the latter.

I know the show was not supposed to be a romance but a more holistic drama about a woman who has a sea change in career/family mid-life. So I'm ok with this not ending w a focus on her and JW and their new life together, but the fact that she would ride her husband's coattails to rise in her own career and become as mercenary as he is to achieve her objectives, that's a real letdown. That doesn't hold true to the kind of attorney I thought she was striving to become throughout the show.

So overall, I loved the drama, have a HUGE girlcrush on JDH now and think the cast was brilliant. Will try to forget that ending and superimpose my own where she becomes a kickass attorney, beats TJ to a pulp, gets her divorce and forges a new life with JW and kids. Bye, bye GW, will miss you!!!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Here's my take :)

- I think the title itself is an irony/oxymoron or whatever it is they call it: HK thought she was being the good wife before the craziness with TJ started and she realized her idea of "good wife" wasn't what she thought it was - giving everything of herself to the point that she lost who she was. What really is the definition of a good wife? She started as the clear "good" character but in the latter episodes we see her realizing that there are times you need to venture into the grey area too. She need not become as ruthless as TJ, but she's learning to spot opportunities and use them.

- The drama for me has been realistic in the way it portrayed human nature/reaction given a certain situation. So given how high-profile HK and TJ are, announcing a divorce will bring all the craziness back which is most punishing for their children as we saw in the beginning. She'd been vocal about this and in one of the eps even told her son not to tell anyone because there are a lot of people watching them and just waiting to bring harm to them.

- On that same note, I think JW might be ok with it too. She hadn't actually divorced TJ yet when they started their relationship in the 1st place so I think it's in keeping with the realism that they act according to the situation. Maybe what's more important is that HK chose to be with him.

- It's the same with her kids, who thankfully are older and more understanding. I loved how as the drama progressed, they too realized that their parents were not the perfect people they thought them to be, especially the son. As long as they know what the real deal is since HK already told them of the divorce, I think it works.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well, according to Wikipedia, her husband wasn't a main character. He becomes governor, and then resigns after being indicted for corruption. Joongwon's character gets shot and dies before the last season.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love this show! The characters stand out on their own with no one's purpose is wasted. The acting was superb, extra clap goes to Yoon Kye-sang, I really think he shines in his role. Thank you for recapping the series :)

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What was not to love about this show -- this is now officially my all time #1.

I really hope more kdramas of this caliber continue to be produced -- the subtlety, acting, writing, plot, chemistry, lighting, sets -- everything was first class all around. It was a masterpiece. Congrats and deep respect to all those who worked on this production!!!!

And I totally loved the ending. It was so refreshing not to tie it up in the same predictable way (divorce, husband skulking off, bad feelings all around, etc etc ... boooooring). Instead the show surprised me with an unexpected win-win solution, showing in the end that the wife was just as clever and manipulative as the best of them! You go girl!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Fantastic ending to one of the best dramas 2016 (only behind Signal) for me. The acting was superb with not even one unstable hole in it that disrupted the flow. Nana surprised me because she really nailed the sexiness/smoothness of Kalinda's character.

Everyone did an outstanding job but the MVP was Yoo Ji Tae for me. How he could perform a character that is outright disgusting and selfish on paper with so much charisma and magnetic pull. His chemistry and banter with Jeon Do Yeon was so good that I couldn't get into her pairing with Yoon Kye Sang because I didn't find their lovey dovey dynamic exciting.

Tae Joon kept his ambiguity until the end. I do believe it when he says that he needs Hye Kung and can't be without her. Whether it's really because of love or more for his career is another question. But it can be both right?

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I felt the same way! How can you hate a guy who seems mean but is so loving with his family? It was so conflicting.

I also didn't feel the HK + JW pairing much because as you said, HK + TJ had sparks flying everytime they were together on-screen.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

In this episode Hye Kyung was supposed to be really alienated and absolutely worried by Tae Joon’s witch-hunting of Joong Won. It should have felt like a bitter fight with only negative feelings on Hye Kung’s side. Yet it felt like a little funny game between Tae Joon/Hye Kyung about who could outsmart the other in court.

Their interactions felt like witty banter and flirting to me. Even when Tae Joon said he wouldn’t divorce her you would have expected her to be really angry and fuming since the writing has stated that she chose Joong Won. But Jeon Do Yeon played Hye Kung in that scene mildly surprised and amused as if she is glad that Tae Joon finally admitted that his prosecution was of personal nature and not professional. Like a woman wanting her romanctic partner to declare jealousy.

She knew that she understands and knows Tae Joon the best. That she can stand on even grounds with him in court also keeping up even best him. It’s like the entire time she wanted him to know that too more than actually separating from him. For a woman crazy in love with Joong Won and completly no feelings for Tae Joon at all anymore her behaviour (or rather Jeon Do Yeon’s acting) give off a completely different vibe.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG, I've been waiting for your recap on this final episode! I LOVED this drama and I am having withdrawals.. I wish there is another season of this drama... It was a superb quality acting and production put together in one whole package. I will definitely look for other projects with Yoon Kye Sang and Yoo Ji Tae. I knew Jeon Do Yoen's work and her reputation but I was not too familiar of those two guys... sigh.. now I'm on the hunt for new drama to watch. Let me know if anyone has any recommendations.

Thank you!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Didn't like the ending either. How can she stand beside TJ when she is already in a relationship with JW. Everybody is praising her character but to me she is as crooked as TJ. She portrayed the role as a "Good Wife" but in reality she is not.
She likes fame too like TJ that's why she agreed to support him and that's as dirty trick, Poor Joo Won!!!!If you are in a relationship be true to that relationship, no shady dealing with the soon ex. This is upsetting to me. Don't get dme wrong. Everybody did a good job. Stellar performance by all.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks odilettante for recapping The Good Wife. A gem of a drama well worth watching! So glad all 16 episodes of TGW- K were recapped here. I'm satisfied with the ending.

Kudos are in order for the Korean version/team! Condensing a 7 season legal and political American television drama series into 16 graceful and praiseworthy episodes was not a small feat nor should it be overlooked. In some aspects, the Korean version was just as good if not better than the American version.

Yoon Kye-sang - undeniably sexy...you do smoldering sexy so well. I hope you continue picking good drama projects.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Feeling a little lost without this awesome drama and actors, to tune into today.

THANKS Odilettante, for providing these interesting reviews in between waits with bated breath, for the next juicy captivating episode.
THANKS all for the wonderful reads, and insightful comments.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I liked this show but I disagree with her "polite smile" dropping.

They looked like now equal standing adults who respected the deal they had for the better of the both of them - no messy media crap, hindering the legal firm (reputation drop) and he gets to pursue his political career. They both smiled and said good bye in a very friendly way, opposed to strained...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Will there be a subsequent seasons? I certainly hope so, as this is one of the best dramas I have seen. One area of improvement is the court scenes -that they mirror actual court procedures.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ok, nothing more can be said after all these comments. I've always loved Yun Kye Sang and Yu Ji Tae but with Jeon Do Yeon between the two is a fantastic combination. I love this drama and I love that makes me forget what drama I've watched before this. The script is very good and the characters are profound and realistic portrayed. Nobody is perfect. Even though we all wanted that JW and HK end up married, this must be a new story. It takes time for the children to admit and accept JW and JW himself seems to feel somehow embarrassed in the presence of her children. In the same time HK is not the one who will destroy the TJ career even though she was betrayed by him an that's why she is "the good wife".

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I started this drama two days ago and my love for it kept increasing with each episode. Love, love, love it. Everything. Including the ending. I actually found my self clapping at the last scene. What do i watch now? Sigh.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I not really like the ending! I'm TJ-HK shipper. I would love it they back together as a family. The two child finally feels an attachment as thye spent so many times with their father. So i think it will better if they stay being a good husband-wife. Hope there is season 2.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

A little bit late but I still finished it!

That last photo in this thread certainly happened right after they shot the last scene!

I loved this drama and only a little sad that we didn't get to hear much from Myung-hee's muscled man.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was kinda disappointed with the ending. She held herself as a conscience for both men, yet she ended up being like them - trading information for career advancements. But overall, I loved the whole show. Very character- and plot-driven and solid acting by the 3 leads.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i am going to ignore last 2 minutes of final and pretend it didnt ever happened .what was the point of this journey ?do it was to heroine become a jerk like his husband and use him just like he use her?she was great in court she became someone independent and strong and what the hell she choose get involve in his husband game again?!!! and what about children who must see their parent in this situation what they feel ?... i just pretend it never happen cause i like this show and dont want to feel it stab me on the back just in the very end .

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Superb drama!! Cant wait to see if there is Episode 2 for The Good Wife.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

might have been 2 years late, but I was glad that I managed to finish watching this. It was a well made drama, and not a moment of dullness. I am not familiar at all with the original US version, but I don't think that matter. I just loved how awesome each characters were. Even the spiteful husband. I was literally screaming NOOO when Hae Kyung walked into that room full of media and joined hands with her husband. I was like, what about Joong Won???
But then I realised that this might have been the better ending. I hate to see prosecutor husband NOT in power, because he definitely deserved the position and honestly seem like a very just man, who wanted to punish higher ups who had done wrong.

I just have to imagine the world where Hae Kyung and Joong Won went on a date and be happy, and later she went home to her kids, without her husband.
Just like how they were doing. And later when Tae Joon's power solidified, he would finally granted her the divorce, and Joong Won and Hae Kyung would ended up together, for real.

Standing ovation to everyone involved. Such a well made drama.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

“you could say I lost the, ah, will to continue”
I haven’t laughed that hard in days.
Girl, same. You could say they killed the heart of the show.
Know that I know this one doesn’t end terribly, I’m gonna add it to the list.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Currently Airing

Prime-Time Shows This Week
Monday-Tuesday (May 25-26) Wednesday-Thursday (May 27-28) Weekend (May 29-31)