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Rescue Me: Episode 16 (Final)

This is the moment of truth for Sang-mi and the boys—after weeks of planning and a multitude of failed attempts, they know that they won’t ever get another chance to overthrow Guseonwon. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been before with both Sang-mi and her rescuers willing to put everything on the line, and no matter what the outcome, their lives will be irrevocably changed.

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

We open on Father Baek preaching to his devout congregation with a lighter in one hand and New Heaven’s Bible in the other. “Now watch and see what is real and what is fake,” he commands as he flicks on the lighter and sets the Bible on fire, much to the believers’ consternation. Dad stutters in shock to a speechless Disciple Kang, and they watch with the rest of the congregation in growing horror.

Father Baek solemnly looks out at his distressed congregation and drops the flaming Bible to the ground before displaying his unharmed hand: “Do you believe that this charred Bible is the truth, or do you believe in me, who the fire did not harm?” The shocked believers immediately rock back and forth in frenzied prayer as he cries out, “From now on, I will be with you. I will spread the truth through you. I will lift your hand and bless you.”

We cut to Sang-hwan waiting for Ji-hee at the boys’ riverside hangout spot. When she arrives, he demands to know where she hid his mother, but she feigns innocence and claims that they moved his mother for her own sake. “Using helpless people to satisfy your own greed makes you no different than that cult,” he seethes. Ji-hee doesn’t even bat an eye as she replies, “You’ll understand later on that what’s real and fake isn’t different in this world.”

Ji-hee reminds him that she told him to bring the damning recording (in which Yong-min confessed to pushing Sang-hwan’s mom) if he wanted to see his mom again. “Your mom seems to miss you,” she remarks with a chilling smile, before turning heel and walking away. Sang-hwan glares after her with gritted teeth as an angry tear slips down his cheek.

When Sang-hwan pulls out his mother’s recorder and plays it, we’re taken back in time to the scene of the crime as Sang-hwan’s devastated mom confronts Yong-min about his affair with Ji-hee. He denies her accusations, and in turn, she tells him to withdraw from the election. When he protests, she tearfully interrupts him: “Our Sang-hwan. I want him to grow up without shame.”

Her expression turns cold as she threatens to turn in the evidence of his affair to his congressional opponent, and she walks away from his frantic pleas in order to call the opponent’s office. When her back is turned, Yong-min’s eyes take on a dangerous glint before he staggers towards her and shoves her off the side of the mountain.

Back in the present at Guseonwon, Father Baek and Sang-mi recite their spiritual marriage vows in front of the congregation. She stares blankly at him as she says, “I will serve you. My salvation, my eternity, my Spiritual Father.” She slowly sinks to her knees to kiss his hand, and the believers break out in applause as Dad closes his eyes in relief, leaving Disciple Kang and Dong-chul to watch with dismay.

In her room, Dad happily shows Sang-mi the white dress she’s to wear as Spiritual Mother. She watches his face pensively before leaning into to softly tell Dad that she pities him: “You don’t know what terrible things are happening here.” Dad takes her hands and earnestly tells her to stop having such thoughts and just focus on the blessings that she’s been given.

Disciple Kang cautiously enters one of Father’s Baek’s rooms and finds a container of flame retardant. We see in a flashback that Father Baek had secretly coated his hand with it before his fireproof act, and in the present, Disciple Kang’s face fills with shock and dismay as she processes this new information. But before she has much time to think, Father Back enters the room to ask what she’s doing there.

Disciple Kang isn’t able to meet his eyes nor respond to his question, and he realizes that she’s figured out what he did. “New Heaven’s God permitted deceit to be used with the purpose of spreading salvation,” he states, and she finally looks up at him as she recalls teaching a similar lesson to the believers.

He questions whether her belief is faltering, and she quickly denies it, declaring that her faith will never be shaken: “It’s not because I doubt New Heaven’s God, it’s because I doubt you.” Father Baek stares daggers at her, and though clearly uncomfortable, she meets his eyes with determination.

“Doubt. Worry. Fear. These are all thoughts of satan the devil,” he glowers, before commanding her to immediately cleanse her spirit through prayer.

At the same time, Sang-hwan calls So-rin’s superior to tell him to release the articles about his father if he doesn’t get in touch with him the next day. Afterward, he rides to hospital after hospital in search of his mother, but to no avail.

Mom sits outside looking lost as she clasps Sang-mi’s note to her chest. She quickly hides it when an ambulance pulls up in front of the sanitarium, and after the driver leaves to find a staff member, she hears sounds of distress coming from the vehicle.

She carefully approaches to find Sang-hwan’s mother on the floor of the ambulance, and though Sang-hwan’s mother struggles to get words out, she manages to convey that she was brought there against her will. Horrified, Mom embraces the shaking woman before agreeing to call the woman’s son, Han Sang-hwan, to let him know of her whereabouts.

Mom slowly walks into the sanitarium muttering nonsense about salvation as she strategically approaches the front desk. The nurse annoyedly tells her to go sleep, and after she leaves, Mom eyes the nurse’s phone.

Sang-hwan gets an anonymous call, and the woman—who we know is Mom—whispers reassurance that his mother is safe and that she’s at the Guseonwon sanitarium. After Mom hangs up on him, Sang-hwan receives a text from Dong-chul alerting him that he intends to carry out his plan (to be ratted out as a mole so that he can find where all the other hostages are being held) at dawn.

In a bathroom stall, Dong-chul deletes all the information on the phone and hides it under his usual panel. He steps out, when all of a sudden, a spade whacks him hard on the head. Dong-chul falls to the ground groaning as Dad lifts the spade for another strike, but Father Baek stops him.

Sang-mi is also watching, and a flashback reminds us that this is all a part of Dong-chul’s plan. He had predicted that once his friendship with Sang-hwan was revealed, he would be locked in the underground cell with the other prisoners, and he’d concluded that this was the only way to reveal Guseonwon’s nefarious deeds.

With that in mind, Sang-mi points to the stall and informs them of Dong-chul’s hiding place for his phone. Bleeding from the head but still playing along, Dong-chul desperately asks why Sang-mi is doing this to him, and she responds by telling him that it’s all over.

After Father Baek has some of the male believers drag him out, he asks Sang-mi exactly what Dong-chul said to her when they met outside. “He told me that if I pretended not to know him, he would rescue everyone in Guseonwon,” she says innocently. Father Baek comments on the foolishness of people, and Sang-mi obediently nods in response.

Dong-chul comes to in a dark cell filled with several other male hostages, all of whom seem to be significantly older than him and weakened by their imprisonment. He fixates on one inmate in particular, realizing that it’s his father. The hunched, sickly shell of a man who begs for mercy as soon as Dong-chul taps him on the shoulder contrasts sharply from his memory of an angry drunkard of a father.

Completely blindsided and frustrated, Dong-chul lets out a cry and asks his father why he’s there. His father doesn’t seem to recognize him and shrinks away in fear, begging Dong-chul not to hurt him. This only makes Dong-chul sob harder, and he realizes that the reason his father never came home to his grandmother was because he was locked up at Guseonwon.

Poor Dong-chul breaks down next to his blubbering father and swears to destroy Guseonwon before letting out an anguished scream.

Disciple Jo reveals to Wan-duk that Guseonwon’s money is stashed in a safe in Father Baek’s room, and suggests that the two of them steal it after the early morning service, when all the congregants have left the sanctuary.

Inside said sanctuary, Disciple Kang prays fervently, asking New Heaven’s God to protect the Boat of Salvation and stop it from drowning. She pauses for a moment with her eyes closed, listening intently, before she looks up with enlightened ecstasy. She promises to guard the Boat of Salvation and change everything for the better, responding as though New Heaven’s God has just spoken to her.

Meanwhile, Sang-mi sneaks into Disciple Kang’s room and takes the syringe and green tranquilizer that Kang had used on Mom.

We return to the underground cell to see Dong-chul remove a phone that he had taped to his side. In flashback, we see Sang-hwan giving him the phone and telling him to always have it on him so that he could track his location. “I’m not worried at all, because you’re going to come, Sang-hwan. And just like then, you’re going to tell me to stand tall,” Dong-chul says to himself.

Dad walks to Sang-mi’s room, but when he sees that her door has been left ajar, he rushes in, shouting her name. He finds Sang-mi inside, dressed in her white bridal dress, and she calmly tells Dad that she’s going to save everyone here. He smiles joyfully at her, completely missing the underlying meaning of her words.

Sang-hwan runs through the Guseonwon compound, following Dong-chul’s location on his phone. At the same time, Dad leads Sang-mi to the sanctuary, and she slowly follows, hesitating only once.

Sang-mi walks into the sanctuary, where the believers pray passionately in a multitude of incomprehensible syllables. Father Baek smiles widely when he sees her, and he announces to the congregation that when they receive the fire of the Holy Spirit, their dirty sins will be burnt away.

Everyone eagerly stands to receive the fire, and they collapse in groups as he “gives” them the fire with exaggerated body movements. The believers writhe and scream in religious ecstasy as Father Baek preens with satisfaction.

While this is going on, Sang-hwan enters the basement prison and calls out for Dong-chul, who shouts his name in response. It turns out that the large cell is hidden behind some dilapidated lockers, and Sang-hwan struggles to move them.

Sang-hwan and Dong-chul manage to pry the cell door open together, and they check on each other before Sang-hwan’s eyes land on the cowering occupants of the room. Before he can finish asking who they are, they hear a noise from the hall and quickly conceal themselves so that they can jump out and confront their attackers. Luckily for all of them, it turns out to be a terrified Jung-hoon and Man-hee.

The boys agree to split up, with Jung-hoon and Man-hee contacting the police and evacuating the prisoners while Dong-chul and Sang-hwan go to help Sang-mi. Struggling to control his emotions, Dong-chul reveals to the boys that his father is one of the prisoners, and he asks his friends to take good care of him. With a final glance back at his father, Dong-chul rushes off with Sang-hwan.

We find Disciple Kang talking to Mom, and the former muses that she made a mistake bringing Sang-mi’s family into Guseonwon. Speaking tearfully of Sang-mi, Mom appeals to Disciple Kan’gs maternal instinct: “If you were also once a mom, please let us go now.” Disciple Kang tosses a duffel bag of Mom’s clothes at her feet, and avoiding eye contact, she mentions that Sang-mi is about to share a bed with Father Baek. Horrified, Mom grabs the bag and hurries out of the room.

Now alone, Disciple Kang addresses the photo of her with her daughter: “I’m going to burn everything and start anew. That way, I can go to New Heaven with my daughter and meet New Heaven’s God.”

After the wedding, Father Baek welcomes Sang-mi into his room and commands Dad to go pray. “Don’t be scared,” Father Baek grins creepily after Dad leaves, “you’ll learn to enjoy it too.” Sang-mi swallows her disgust before following him into the adjoining room.

Sang-hwan and Dong-chul run toward the sanctuary, but are confronted by some of the male believers, led by Dad. He angrily pronounces them evil spirits and orders them to leave, and Dong-chul quickly tells Sang-hwan to go help Sang-mi while he handles the men.

While Dong-chul fights off the men, Sang-hwan races up the stairs and toward Sang-mi, and back in the basement prison, the inmates are led out by Jung-hoon and Man-hee.

In Father Baek’s side room, which is adorned with a bed and candlelit wall, Sang-mi stares straight ahead as Father Baek leans in close to her, leering. He strokes Sang-mi’s hair and face before his hand slowly trails downward. Alarmed, Sang-mi grabs his wrist, and in return, Father Baek whispers for her not to reject the touch of New Heaven’s God.

Meanwhile, Dad grabs a shovel, and a trapped Dong-chul braces himself for impact. But suddenly, Joon-gu appears out of nowhere and hits Dad across the back with an aluminum bat. Dad collapses to the ground, and the two other believers prove to be no match as Joon-gu and Dong-chul manage to knock them down immediately, only to turn and see another herd of men hurrying to challenge them.

Positioned on top of a helpless Sang-mi, Father Baek explains, “In order for you to erase sins, you have to share your body and soul with me. That’s how I can give you the very best strength of spirit from inside my body.” When Sang-mi glares up at him in revulsion and scoffs about his dirty tongue, he warns her not to disobey him: “That is, unless you want to die at such a young age like Disciple Kang’s daughter, Yu-ra.”

Sang-mi’s eyes widen with horror as she demands to know just how many people he’s murdered. “We’re all going to meet in New Heaven anyway,” he says by way of reply.

“You’re a murderer,” she screams, and in response, Father Baek sits up and slaps her hard across the face. He then proceeds to rip off his tie and eagerly lean down to kiss her as she shakes in fear.

Just in time, Sang-hwan flies in and punches Father Back off the bed. He starts ushering Sang-mi out of the chamber when Father Back attacks him with a candlestick. “Do you really believe that you’re a god?!” Sang-hwan jeers as they struggle. “You’re not a god, you’re just a beast.”

Mom enters Father Baek’s room and tearfully runs to her daughter, and they embrace as Sang-mi reassures her mom that she’s okay. Dong-chul makes it in and checks on Sang-mi before asking about the evidence.

Sang-mi pulls out the phone she had hidden underneath her dress as she declares that she recorded the truth about Father Baek. “Everything’s over now,” pants Sang-hwan, as the boys guide Sang-mi and her mom toward the door.

Just then, Father Baek runs out and grabs Sang-mi with a knife to her throat, demanding to know where she’s going. Dong-chul frantically restrains Mom as she screams for her daughter, and Father Baek drags a terrified Sang-mi away and into the sanctuary, where they find Disciple Kang waiting.

He calls out to Disciple Kang, and when she sees him, she sloshes gas all over the altar. Filled with new strength and conviction, she declares that she’s received a clear message from New Heaven’s God: “I’m going to burn all the dirty sin in this place and start anew.” Father Baek calls her crazy and releases Sang-mi so that he can wrestle the lighter away from Disciple Kang.

Seizing her chance, Sang-mi forcefully plunges Disciple Kang’s syringe into Father Baek’s shoulder, and he cries out in pain as he falls to the floor. Disciple Kang is also thrown to the floor, and she stares up at Sang-mi in shock.

In the midst of the chaos, Sang-mi grabs the lighter, and her eyes take on a maniacal look as she challenges Father Baek. Disciple Kang takes this opportunity to escape, and she shakily tells herself that New Heaven’s God is going to recreate this place.

Sang-hwan runs in just as Sang-mi vows to burn the place down. Weakened by the tranquilizer, Father Baek can barely muster the strength to beg for mercy, but a delirious Sang-mi declares that he needs to die. “Go to hell,” she screeches, preparing to throw the lighter onto the altar.

“Sang-mi!” shouts Sang-hwan, momentarily staying her arm. “You can’t do this. If you do this, you’ll become a murderer.” With tears in her eyes, Sang-mi shakes her head: “No. I’m going to end this man’s life with my own hands.”

She attempts to throw the lighter a second time, but Sang-hwan stops her again with his words: “Didn’t you say that you wanted to escape from this terrible place and go back out into the world? Let’s let the law handle this.” He slowly approaches her and carefully grabs the lighter from her hand.

“I… I am New Heaven’s God. I have eternal life. I am immortal!” Father Baek grits out as he helps himself up using the altar, but in his unstable state, he knocks over a candle and sets himself on fire. The altar goes up in flames and the fire spreads as he screams hysterically.

Sang-hwan and Sang-mi run out, leaving Father Baek to writhe and wail in the fire as memories of Sang-mi flashing through his mind. Finally, he looks up to see the flaming red cross of the altar falling toward him, and the screen fades to black.

Once outside the burning sanctuary, Sang-mi declares that it’s finally over. Sang-hwan gently makes sure that she’s okay and holds back his own tears when she states that she’s going to leave this place with her head held high.

Disciple Jo and Wan-duk make their way to Father Baek’s side chamber, and they frantically transfer all the cash and gold from the safe into a duffel bag. “This is New Heaven,” grins Disciple Jo.

Detective Lee heads to Guseonwon with several other police cars, lost in the memory of the moment when Sang-hwan had revealed the connection between his father and Father Baek. Before they can get far into the complex, the police cars are stopped by a mob of angry believers armed with wooden clubs and sharp farming tools.

Luckily for them, Joon-gu drives through on his motorcycle and smoothly opens up a path for the police cars to drive through.

Disciple Jo and Wan-duk run around the side of the building and spot Dong-chul as he leads Mom outside. Dong-chul puts up a good fight, but gets knocked to the ground as Sang-hwan comes running to his rescue—but as soon as Sang-hwan takes Wan-duk down, Disciple Jo hits Sang-hwan in the stomach with a wooden club. He continues to knock Sang-hwan around as he yells at them for ruining things for him.

Just then, Joon-gu swaggers toward him with an aluminum bat and lightly scolds the boys for getting into trouble. Sang-mi hugs her terrified mother and pulls her back into the safety of the building as Joon-gu and the boys take on Disciple Jo and Wan-duk. After the fight is nearly won, Joon-gu winds up for the finishing blow, but Disciple Jo throws dirt in his eyes and limps away into the forest.

Disciple Jo stumbles through the fields and onto the road, where he repeatedly collapses due to his injuries. A police car pulls up, and when Disciple Jo sighs in relief to see that it’s Officer Woo, the latter darkly asks him if he’s thinking of running away alone. Disciple Jo attempts to escape, but he’s too weak to get far, and with one punch from Officer Woo, he lies on the ground unable to move.

Disciple Jo scoffs at Officer Woo, asking if he thinks he’ll be safe, and Officer Woo dryly comments that a crime must be punished as he handcuffs himself to the disciple. He then orders Officer Choi to arrest them both.

Back at Guseonwon, Dad runs into the sanctuary to see the altar in flames, with Father Baek’s unmoving body in the midst of the fire. He turns in horror to Disciple Kang, who has been watching the fire apathetically. She declares that a new era has begun, addressing the voice of New Heaven’s God she’s hearing in her head, and when Dad hesitantly asks if they can really recover from this, she confidently replies in the affirmative.

Outside the building, several cops drag a handcuffed Wan-duk away as the boys and Mom watch. Sang-hwan asks Dong-chul to take care of the rest while he looks for his mother, and when Mom realizes that he’s the son of the woman in the ambulance, she says she knows where his mother is.

The next thing we know, she’s being loaded into an ambulance under Sang-hwan’s supervision.

Before he leaves, Sang-mi calls out to him and thanks him, recalling the day when she had first asked him to rescue her from the Guseonwon van: “If you hadn’t heard what I said in the van that day, I would have fallen apart a long time ago.” Sang-hwan smiles and kids with her in return.

Holding her mother, Sang-mi looks toward the sky and says, “If an omnipotent being really exists up there, he’ll be sure to punish them, right?” Mom replies, “Of course. He will definitely answer our prayers.”

Some time later, news reports reveal that further investigation of the Guseonwon compound turned up corpses of people who died from physical assault. Sang-hwan is also on the news for holding a press conference to reveal his father’s crimes, and he announces his intent to formally press charges against his father.

Yong-min isn’t worried, however, and gives Ji-hee a gameplan to follow. He talks freely until she interrupts him and ends their relationship: “I wanted to see how high you could rise, but I ended up seeing you fall.” He looks at her, stunned, as she gives him a final bow and hands him over to the detectives.

Ji-hee gets in her car as she makes a phone call to a politician in Yeouido in an attempt to secure her next job, but Detective Lee opens her door and smirks that she’s needed at the precinct too. Outside the precinct, a group of believers chant and clap with fervor to show their devotion to Father Baek, and Jeong-gu’s grandmother even claims that she saw Father Baek rise from the ashes and ascend into heaven.

Some time in the future, we see Disciple Kang dressed all in white as she tenderly preaches to a small congregation that addresses her as Spiritual Mother.

Mom and Sang-mi visit Sang-jin’s memorial to say their goodbyes, now that their torment is over. After they leave the building, Mom looks back with a rueful smile and bids her son a final farewell.

Dong-chul visits his father in the hospital and awkwardly asks if he’s eaten, and his father returns the same question. Upon hearing that he hasn’t eaten yet, his father asks Dong-chul if he wants to get jjajangmyun, and Dong-chul looks up with a small smile as he says yes.

Officer Woo has joined Jung-hoon on his live broadcast, and their challenge is to eat a giant bowl of spicy jjajangmyun in five minutes. Jung-hoon is enthusiastic and his father seems cooperative enough, but when he can’t take the spice anymore, Officer Woo pushes his son’s face into the food and storms out of the restaurant, much to the viewers’ delight.

At the car repair shop, Man-hee and his brother eat meat with Joon-gu and the chicken restaurant delivery guy. Man-hee finally feeds his brother a wrap, and the atmosphere is warm and pleasant.

Next, we see the boys back together on Sang-hwan’s enlistment day. The boys joke around to keep the mood light and nag at each other with the familiarity of lifelong friends.

Sang-hwan turns to leave, but he suddenly spots a radiant Sang-mi gliding toward him. They smile warmly at each other, and he repeats the phrase he first said to her in high school: “We’re all friends, right?” Sang-mi smiles genuinely and nods in agreement.

In voiceover, Sang-mi’s explains that she was able to survive in Guseonwon because of three things: hope that she would one day escape, hope that there was a true god watching over her, and hope that someone would hear her pleas and respond.

Epilogue. We see Dad passionately evangelizing alone while wearing a sandwich board with a red cross on his back and a large poster with the fundamental tenants of New Heaven on the front. His ravings that the day of judgement is imminent go mainly ignored by the passersby, and with his face contorted, he fervently declares that their Spiritual Father will be back.

 
COMMENTS

It’s been a long ride filled with small victories and heartwarming moments, but mainly frustration at a malicious organization that abuses its daunting power to prey on the weak. It’s strange though, because now that it’s over, I feel nothing but pity for the once hateful leaders of Guseonwon. Father Baek died in a horrifyingly gruesome way, and it’s ironic that the after all the effort he put into pretending that he’s fireproof, he died in a fire. It’s almost as if some infuriated heavenly being was punishing him for playing God.

The scene with Dad alone at the end, with nothing left to sustain him but an all-consuming need to serve New Heaven’s God, also tugged at my heartstrings. I despised him with a passion while he neglected to care for Sang-mi properly, but once stripped of his power and control over Sang-mi, he’s reduced to a pathetic lunatic who means nothing to the world. It’s like he’s taken it upon himself to be a martyr and bear a cross, especially to make up for the fact that he failed to make Sang-mi the Spiritual Mother. I don’t doubt that in his sick, twisted mind, he genuinely thought he was doing what was best for his daughter, and now that he’s supposedly let her down (by not securing her salvation), he’ll push himself beyond his physical limits due to guilt.

Although the cross on his back and the sign on his front may weigh him down physically, I believe that they serve as a shield between him and the “sinful” real world. Guseonwon took him in when he was at his worst and gave him a purpose and the chance to have a happy ending; holding his faith near to him ensures that he still has a shot at that happy ending. I don’t think he’s ready to let go of that psychological safety blanket yet—if ever.

On the other hand, I’m amazed by Sang-mi’s resilience. She experienced unspeakable horrors during her time at Guseonwon, and the fact that she’s able to smile so radiantly is a testament to the strength of her character. It also shows how important it is to have even just one person believe in you; the boys’ loyalty broke down the walls of mistrust and suspicion she built up around herself, and she’s able to see good in the world because they showed it to her in themselves when she had lost all hope.

While the ending of the episode was cute and made me feel all warm inside for our protagonists, I’m still left with a vaguely dissatisfied feeling. There was so much buildup and tension escalating since the beginning of the show, and the finale felt anticlimactic to me. Maybe part of the reason is that there were storylines that were never completed—what happened to Dae-shik and his mom, and also to Joon-gu and the friend who betrayed him? What about So-rin—was her body ever found?

I didn’t expect a perfect ending all wrapped up with a bow, and this episode could be argued as staying true to the tone of the story, but I needed more from the show to be able to justify the hours of frustration and angst I felt while watching it. I needed more closure on the nefarious deeds that were being carried out at Guseonwon and more answers from the writers. Perhaps I’m asking for too much, but I feel like Rescue Me had the potential to be a more complete show.

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Any scene with Sang-Hwan in it, I just imagine Dong-cheol instead. For example, when Sang-Hwan convinces Sang-mi to not kill the Spiritual Father in order to not become a murderer, how much more powerful would that have been coming from Dong-cheol, who LITERALLY WAS IN PRISON. *sigh* I am even more annoyed at the epilogue of the drama. Sang-hwan was the one character I was the least concerned about towards the end. He has money and went to school, what's to worry about (even though it did mirror Taeceyon's enlistment - hehe). What about Dong-cheol? Does he have to go back to his shitty restaurant job? Was he exonerated because Sang-hwan's dad was arrested? He did literally the majority of the work in this show, and just gets to be Sang-hwan's wingman with Sang-mi?????? Grrr. my beautiful, selfless Dong-cheol - I really don’t want to say this - but may all YOUR wishes be fulfilled. HA.

I recently watched the movie "Spotlight" about the Boston Globe running the famous story of systemic abuse of young children by the Catholic Church in Boston (an amazing movie). This show and that movie, based on a true story, mirror each other so well... I don't really know what I want to say with this point, since I don't want to attack organized religion, but I'm not really in the mood to defend it either. I don't even know if it appropriate to start such a complex discussion... I guess it's just important to fight against evil, and understand that power can corrupt even the purest of intensions.

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It's funny to see how a good actor in even a supporting role can so completely steal the show to the point where viewers care more about him/wish he was the main lead instead. Sang Hwan is just whatever and his acting is whatever too, so that's not really a surprise.

I don't think anyone ever heard of DC role or Woo Do Hwan before the drama started and suddenly everyone from db to pann/nate is talking about him. That's real impact. I'll look forward to his future works!

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Not gonna hide the fact that I was one of those fangirling for ❤Dong-chul.❤ I couldn't control myself and had to google on asianwiki to find out who was the actor for Dong-Chul!! Woo Do-Hwan really picked a great role and hit it spot on!
Woo Do-Hwan completely stole the spotlight for Rescue me! I don't care what anybody else things, but Dong-Chul is the main character in this show!!

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I don't think anyone ever heard of DC role or Woo Do Hwan before the drama started and suddenly everyone from db to pann/nate is talking about him.

Woo Do-hwan's turn as Kim Wan-sik in SWEET STRANGER AND ME / MAN LIVING IN OUR HOUSE was one that grabbed Beanies' attention and had us rooting for him. Like lead Ko Nan-gil (Kim Young-kwang) and a bunch of others, he was an orphan adopted by a loan shark and brought up to serve as an enforcer. He was #2 to Nan-gil, and later his successor.

I don't want to spoil the plot by saying more. But I will say that Woo Do-hwan was noteworthy in his role despite limited screen time, and elicited fervent wishes on the part of viewers that Wan-sik and Nan-gil would reconcile in a redemptive arc. Everyone was rooting for him to become one of the ManDoods at the dumpling shop.

He did a great job in a minor role that was significant to the plot. Although I did not watch RESCUE ME because I couldn't take the cult aspect of the show (I recall only too well the horrors of Jonestown), I am thrilled to learn that Woo Do-hwan acquitted himself so well.

WDH's career path seems to parallel that of Kim Jung-hyun. The latter's portrayal of the young thug Mori in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE was nuanced and had Beanies rooting for him to join the Noisy Hongs. The character was well-written and played a significant role in the plot, but even so, Kim Jung-hyun's commitment to it turned him into a show-stealer. I'm thrilled to see his career taking off.

I truly think that playing villains, antiheroes, and darker or morally-ambiguous characters gives actors more leeway to stretch their capabilities. It also prevents being typecast as a goody two-shoes early in one's career. WDH's mandoo-making castmate, Kim Young-kwang, is a case in point. His turn as Prosecutor Jang Do-Han in LOOKOUT was absolutely stunning.

Here's looking forward to future memorable performances by Woo Do Hwan. Hwaiting! ;-)

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Totally agree to what you say about Woo Do Hwan, Kim Jung Hyun and Kim Young Kwang. They did great in those roles.

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SWEET STRANGER, while maddening and completely ridiculous, was definitely where WDH popped into the radar. Sometimes the script makes it clear that you're supposed to pay attention to a minor character (foreshadowing), but sometimes you end up focusing on a minor character purely based on the magnetism of the actor in the role. That's what happened with WDH, it always felt like his loan shark character had a much deeper, more interesting story going on than the one the show was focused on. That was all him.

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I felt the same way about Yoo Ah-in from Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Love all of these talented guys!

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You said it so well I was nodding all throught while reading your comment! I absolutely agree! I loved Do-hwan's character in Sweet Stranger & Me and I loved him even more in Rescue Me. I love this kind of actors, the ones who make supporting role look more than just a supporting role, making it look like nobody else would've done it better than him, and showing the viewers his role's real impact in the drama. Do-hwan deserves all the love he's receiving right nooow~

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I know it's not exactly in the script, but the little things in the final episode made me feel like if any of the boys are going to stay close to Sang Mi, it's Dong Chul. The way he sort of grins and rocks back on his heels when she arrives in the final scene, and the way he looked out for her mom, on top of the interactions they had inside the cult - if there were more episodes, he's the only one in with a chance.

The one thing I wish we'd gotten for Dong Chul is some sort of indication that he's going to be able to pursue a career with the police. You'd think that his undercover role in a murderous cult would go a way to overturn his conviction under a corrupt governor, especially if Sang Hwan is already telling the story of his father's double-dealing.

I look forward to season 1 of "Dong Chul: Provincial Undercover Detective". Can even be a sageuk, I'm not picky. Just no cast changes.

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How about "Dong-chul and Sang-mi Go to College" or the sentiments shared by Girlfriday that Sang-mi bakes a cake for Dong-chul and the latter will ask her out to jajangmyun? Then they can do the spicy challenge thingy for Jung-hoon's internet broadcasts. I would watch that 😛

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The way they showed that Dong-chul got his father back as some twisted consolation prize was not what I hoped would happen. While my DC-SM ship never actually set sail, I'm glad that no ships sailed on-screen.

So can we get spin-off season for Dong-chul's arc to help wrap up the stories? Can he get Joon-gu to turn into a PI to help out? I'd watch the heck out of a spin-off.

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The way he looked after her mom was so sweet. He's fierce, intense, loyal and gentle. I think Sang Hwan had a crush "first love" while Dong-chul had a mature caring pull to Sang-mi. I can see the gang wishing Sang Hwan good luck then walking away together with Sang-mi and Dong-chul walking together.

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I think both Sang Hwan and Dong Chul characters are equally important. True, Dong Chul risked his life by joining the cult and become an undercover, but someone needs to be outside Guseonwon to do other things. If Sang Hwan's not there, who's gonna help both Dong Chul and Sang Mi from the outside? I love Dong Chul, but I don't like the critics that have been going around on how Sang Hwan's character is not important to be there. Yes, Sang Hwan has it all, money and school, which is why he's important to be apart of the rescue mission because he could use his influence to seek help from authority. True, he failed few times when he trusted his dad, but if he doesn't do well in law school and come from influenced family, he might not be able to convince Chief Lee to investigate Guseonwon. Imagine if Dong Chul is the one seek help from the police? Will he succeed? If he doesn't trust the police, he might try to do things on his own way, the Guseonwon people might easily crumple him and put him inside the so-called sinners prison as they have power over the authority.

Yes, Woo Do Hwan is swoony-worthy and I couldn't help but rooting for him too. But I think Taecyeon did an incredible job as well being Sang Hwan. He's perfect being Sang Hwan as Sang Hwan's character needs to be someone who's big and has brain to lead the rescue mission. I read before from beanies that the viewers might feel more connected to SH's character if it's played by well-established actor like Park Bo Gum, but I could see the reason why Taecyeon was chosen because who would believe PBG or someone like him to lift up the metal cupboard to save those people in Guseonwon? Or even to fight big Wan Deok?

I don't see any shipwar should happen in this drama. I don't see that DC acts as the wingman for SH. We all know both SH and DC like Sang Mi, but I don't think that they will fight each other to win the girl's heart. I think both SH and DC will respect SM's decision if she decides to be with one of them or someone else. And as for Sang Mi, I don't see that she's ready for any relationship as I think she's too broken at the moment and it might take time for her to heal. When she came to see SH and the boys before SH's enlistment, it's more as an act of gratitude towards SH, DC, MH and JH. They all played their role to save Sang Mi. I also like how Sang Hwan said that "we're all friends, right?" and Sang Mi smiled in agreement. So to me, there may be love triangle (?) between SH,SM and DC in the future, but as the ending, they're all there as friends.

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I liked Sang Hwan, and I liked Taec in the role. In an earlier comments section I said that Taec's great in the role because he really embodies the type of guy who grew up with all the benefits - good family, tall, athletic, powerful father. He fits neatly into every category we think of as privileged, which makes his slow awareness of how he's been blinkered so valuable.

That said, analytical appreciation of the show is different from assessing the characters in context. Dong Chul is the one with spot-on instincts and clear morals; Sang Hwan has to slowly and painfully strip away his comforting protections to get to the same place. When he does it's amazing, because when Sang Hwan isn't blinded by privilege and power he becomes kickass, doing stuff like entrapping Apostle Jo and predicting his own mugging. But if I were Sang Mi? Sang Hwan's redeemed himself and more, but Dong Chul has been reliable at every step of the way. (And her mom probably already loves him, so.)

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...and I don't want this to come across as an insult*, but I think Taec was better in the role than someone like Park Bo Gum because Sang Hwan needs to be a bit dim at the start - you know, "book smart, not street smart". And there's something about Taec that sells the "big lug" element in a way most other guys can't pull off.

If PBG had been in the role I would've expected Sang Hwan to be savvier, or would have seen the character as completely naive. With Taec he came across as a good-natured golden boy who cheerfully would never, ever have looked under these particular rocks without Sang Mi's arrival. But she did, and Sang Hwan had to do the difficult work of repeatedly making mistakes about just who was trustworthy in his world. With Taec, I BELIEVED Sang Hwan was slow to catch on. With someone else I think I would've been frustrated they hadn't put the pieces together much earlier.

*I really do like Taec, though I know this analysis is not completely flattering. Still! Sometimes you can't help the signal your appearance sends, and Taec does look like he could be a meathead.

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Oh hell no to PBG in any role for this show. With his recent scandal about him being a part of a religious cult, he'd be best at playing a role for the bad side.

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That would be hella creepy if he played a role as an apostle or someone from the cult. It would be just cruel to cast him for that.

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Eh, I do have to defend PBG a bit on that -
just because you're in a cult doesn't mean you're a bad person. More than anything it means you're gullible, or at least not curious about contradictions.

Given some of the video I've seen of the church PBG apparently goes to, it seems like it's bordering on a personality cult with a charismatic pastor. Considering in the US we've got megachurches pushing the prosperity gospel, some religious groups going to court to fight for faith healing and vaccination exemptions, and Pentecostal groups where the member speak in tongues and dance with snakes... Well, I have a tough time really going after an individual just because they're a member of a wackadoo religion, rather than focusing on the things they're doing/advocating.

Yes, PBG does have an expanded responsibility to vet his church if he's now promoting it to his fans. But just because he's a follower (and has been since birth, which is damn hard to shake) does not mean he's a bad guy. If anything, he's probably slightly bewildered that "Rescue Me" has started a conversation proving some of the things he views as normal church activity (exorcisms, speaking in tongues, Spiritual Fatherhood) is viewed by most of his homeland as telltales that you're a cult.

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@miranda,

Your comments on Taecyeon's performance and character arc are so convincing and nicely phrased, I almost wish I'd watched the show. ;-)

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I am really impressed with what you have written. Agree with your observation completely.

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I honestly teared up a little. Thank you! I've been saying this for the longest time but I'm really upset at how some people are taking Sang-hwan's character for granted. His role in the show is very important. The character is layered and someone I can connect with. Taec is perfect for the role. What's more upsetting is that putting Sang-hwan down to emphasize how awesome Dong-chul is. Like, seriously?

Anyway, I agree about Sang-mi not being ready yet for a relationship. Girl has been through so much. I'm just happy that she now has friends whom she can lean on to and that they're all happy.

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Ooohh I like your comment! I LOVE both guys. I was so excited they both finally got roles that fit their abilities so well. Their socio-economic differences, friendship dynamics, personalities and experiences were absolutely important to making this show work.
Have you seen their behind the scenes?
Personally I think Sang-mi does need to heal and Sang Hwan will probably stay a very good friend. I think Dong Chul would offer her friendship and care for her family in till he becomes a part of it. <3

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Lol. I guess there's almost no payoff for all the things that Dongcheol suffered. His grandmother died, he was wrongly accused and thrown in prison, he lost his chance at education, he lost his chance of landing a good job. After all his effort to save Sangmi and destroy the cult, the city should've award him something because I'm pretty sure that this incident was reported on national television.

I've watched that movie too. All I can say is that people in powerful position have the chance to take advantage of the helpless one, and it's up to the law and the regular people to hold them to a higher standard. But when there's large corruption in the institution that's supposed to enforce the law and the head of certain religion are more concerned with their public image than actually resolve the problem, it's difficult.
I also watched a documentary in Netflix called The Keepers. It's about the unsolved murder of a nun Sister Cesnik. She was a teacher in a catholic school and it was presumed that the authorities covered up her murder because she suspected that a priest at the school was guilty of sexual abuse to his student. The case is still unsolved now.
To prosecute someone like a priest is difficult, especially when there's not much support from the police and the community itself might think their priest is innocent. Maybe that's why I think the takedown of cult in this drama is unrealistic. I can't believe that these people who's able to fool an entire village for years can be so stupid that they're outsmarted by a small number of boys. It's so easy to infiltrate their cult (they don't do background checks?). They're also supposed to have connection with hospital, police and politician but apparently they don't guard their place at all (Sanghwan and friend can come and go as they please).

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Honestly, I'm just thrilled he's not dead. Right up until Episode 14 I was convinced Dong Chul's death would be the motivating factor to push Sang Hwan into gear.

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I love this show but the ending could've been better.

There was so much tension built throughout the series and it fizzled out during the last couple of episodes. I was hoping they would carry the tension all throughout the end also, I'm kinda sad that Baek died the way he did. I know the death is symbolic and an act of karma but I would've loved to see everybody crush his soul in court. It would be maddening and hilarious to try and use the, "B-But I'm a god.." argument in court but I know there wasn't enough time for that and this isn't that type of drama. I just think he should've suffered a lot more.

ALSO HOW IS KANG NOT IN JAIL?!
She had an incredibly important role in all of this, how she isn't in jail is beyond me. It would've made way more sense to see her trying to rebuild and spread the word of the new world in jail, it's more tragic that way. How Sang-mi didn't have a conversation with Dong-Chul in the end was baffling to say the least, he was there with her and got to see what the cult was like. There should've been some exchange between them.

Also, what about So-Rin? Why wasn't her presence acknowledged at all? I know the reporter asked Sang-Hwan's dad about it but is that it? She was the only other person who was there for Sang-Mi inside the cult. There should've been more acknowledgement and emotion in regards to her death.

I felt like everything was falling into place too quickly, their plan went too well and made the cult look very dumb (which they are) and less menacing. I know that she has to escape eventually but the stakes should've been higher.

A minor issue but did anybody find the slow-mo a little weird?

As much as I'm complaining, this show has elevated my standards for thrillers. For a rookie writer this was really well done, everything from the writing, directing, music was phenomenal.

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My main complain is with the fact the reporter wasn't acknowledge. She did help Sang Mi and she risked her life. I was saddened by her death and can't understand why she wasn't mentioned at all

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I know, right? The lack of urgency to find/save her when she was missing was a bit disappointing. I wish there was some closure regarding her death, not just through some fleeting moments like when her sunbae was showed briefly asking the mayor's opinion on her case. It would be nice if, say, there was a scene where Sang Mi and the boys paid their last respect to So Rin.

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There might not be enough evidence to do much with Kang. She didn't embezzle, she didn't take money from people, and most witnesses to her acts are either dead or still true-believers. Dong Chul could say he saw her injecting the reporter, as could Sang Mi with her mom, and I guess Mom could say she felt forced to take the pills... But there's probably also plausible deniability that Kang knew anything beyond working in a hospital and being devout.

Basically: if Dad's still roaming the streets after beating people in prayer (most of his victims will have survived in the basement), then I'm not surprised Kang got away with far fewer direct witnesses and a more ambiguous form of assault.

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That's true but Jo could've testified that Kang killed her husband. He seems like the type that would drag everyone with him, so it seemed odd.

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I'm no lawyer but if she's injecting them with tranquillisers without their consent and giving them medication they don't need, there should be some sort of charge against her.Also, wasn't Sang-mi's mom kinda awake when she was given the tranquilliser? They could have her testify against Kang. They could even manipulate the people who were working in the hospital to out who was giving them commands to feed them pills. The only thing I can think of is that both of them did go to jail but for a shorter amount of time and what we're seeing is them after jail.

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Sang Mi's mom could testify, but she's the only one who was legitimately mentally ill right up until the end - tough to rely on her testimony. Kang could also claim that she (as a nurse) was only administering drugs she'd been told to administer (there were doctors signing off on the scam).

If I were a prosecutor I'd look to flip Kang (lighter sentence, no jail time) to make sure Jo's conviction was as harsh as possible. She's the one who can give an account of his actions from Daegu to Muji, and from the police viewpoint he's the most important player to get off the board.

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The slomo at the end was there so that people would have more material for fan made videos of Sangmi and Dong Chul 😁💕

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Omg Kang preaching from jail would have been an amazing scene! I'm actually just going to pretend that's what happened in my head.
I think Kang, Dad and others didn't end up going to jail because politicians and officials were linked to the church so they probably got sweet deals to make everything go away. Which is AWFUL.

I wanted Sang-mi and Dong-Chul time too....

For a rookie writer this was GLORIOUS.

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I enjoyed this drama even with unanswered questions, but the plot/theme was hard to watch. Woo Do-Hwan kept me glued to the screen. I hope to see more of him soon.

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The ending felt a bit childish and naive. And making Sang-hwan be front and center with the rescue was not a very good move. Taecyeon still lacks the gravita and ability to do nuanced or emotional acting to pull it through.

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I like Sang-Hwan as a character, but yeah... Taecyeon just doesn't have the charisma as an actor to make his journey believable... but I guess these dramas need a famous actor to give them some news

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This is a genre of show I never thought I would explore, so eerie and with so many wicked characters. The actors (well, most) were so convincing in their portrayal that my emotional journey throughout each episode mirrored theirs. While the finale did not maximise the show's potential, I still think that Rescue Me was quite well executed on a whole. I do hope that Seo Ye-ji manages to recover from this acting stint!

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I agree with you! It's my first time to watch a drama with this plot and intensity, I can't even believe myself for finishing it. I found it very creepy and too eerie (mygosh the Spiritual Father & the apostles!!) but I also couldn't help not watching it and waiting to see how everything will pan out & how Sang-mi can get out of it with the help of the boys. The last few episodes could've been better and could've given us more but as a whole, I was okay with it. Just honestly glad none of the friends died and I got to see the five of them smiling genuinely at one another at the end.

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I think Sang Mi and Muji boys' happiness are all that matters. I love the ending because they all get to be with their loved ones at the end. I'm so satisfied that Baek died miserably, it's so fitting as prison time is not enough punishment to me. I love that Sang Mi stick with her words that she'd never forgive her dad at the end because her dad is too long gone. I also love that Dong Chul is finally not alone and he's reunited with his dad. Other than that, Joon gu turns out to be one of my favorite supporting character and I love that he's finally found his place together with Man Hee's family. This drama may not be perfect, but I love all the feels that it gave me for the past 8 weeks. It sets high bar for thriller drama to me. Save Me production team, thank you!

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this was honestly one of the best thrillers so have aired this year the stakes were so high and i was on the edge of my seat throughout the series. though the finale was kinds anti-climatic it still offered closure for all the characters so I'm happy

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I don't have one iota of sympathy for the father and I am glad that Sang Mi and her mom kicked him to the curb like he deserved. There is weak and helpless and there's weak and pathetic and delusional. Sang Mi's father destroyed what was left of his family just so that he could make himself feel better by finding a purpose for his life only. I think he had a happy ending. Jail is where he belonged along with Kang. The finale gave me satisfaction. I am proud of Seo Ye Ji. I remember saying over and over again that she is good and she did prove that. Now, please give us more amazing dramas in the future. Same goes for Woo Do Hwan. This was his breakout role and I see him just rising slowly post this show. Taecyon has a long way to go still but he tried his best here. The rest of the cast were pretty solid. And they should all be proud of the work they put in this show. I look forward to their individual dramas in the future.

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All I can say is thank you for introducing me to Woo Dohwan, show.
I love you for that. Haha

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Called Father's Baek's death in episode 12. Though, I did think the entire compound was going to be burned to the ground.

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I liked this drama and liked its ending. The actors did an amazing job. I was baffled by how believers still believed Father Baek would come back and that he's not dead. I guess that's how wicked those cults are, they make you believe the impossible. I know it exists but to see people actually exploit the poor and the weak still has an impact on me. Truly humans are capable of both good and evil. I really pity people (both in real life and in the drama) who unfortunately got trapped and ended up believing such nonsense that makes them spend lots of time and money on it. I just want to add that I'm happy the drama makes a distinction between a cult and a religion because clearly a cult disguises itself as a religion to exploit people.

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Thought: Is Dong Chul exempt from the draft? He's been in jail for 3 years, I think that means he's not going to get conscripted.

If so... Everyone else is about to be in the army and he and Sang Mi are going to be alone in Muji for two and a half years. Ahem.

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I also think that's a good chunk of time to try to get his record taken care of.

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I know its it not good to wish anybody harm but I was super glad when Father Baek caught on fire....👏👏👏👏👏 He deserved it! At least now he realizes that he is not a god even when everyone in his cult believed him to be. I know, reality hurts, ha!

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I'm so glad that, firstly Sang-mi was able to get out alive, but secondly that she had Mom by her side. Escaping alone may have broken her, but they have eachother now.

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I couldn't actually bring myself to watch this show, but I followed religiously by recap, and I honestly think now that I missed out by being such a wimp. I'm proud of the actors for choosing this project, and hope they all move on to even better (and less traumatic) things.

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@frabbycrabsis,

I know the feeling only too well. I stuck it out through VOICE, which was intense and distressing as hell. I gave CRIMINAL MINDS a shot -- but had to drop it, despite my fervent desire to see Lee Joon-gi in just about any role after MOON LOVERS. Having watched the original CRIMINAL MINDS, I knew I couldn't withstand total immersion in sociopathic killers.

What I do regret is missing Woo Do-hwan's performance. He was one of the show stealers in SWEET STRANGER AND ME -- along with the ManDoods. I'm just glad to read that his career is moving right along. Here's hoping his next vehicle is suitable for wusses like me. ;-)

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Oh you could watch Rescue Me for Woo Do-hwan alone. He is such an amazing talent.

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I am just happy that both SangMi and her mom were safe, and that Father Baek experienced the most painful way to die.

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I liked Taecyeon since Dream High. He is not the charismatic type but he seems genuine and hardworking, as can be seen in the Three Meals series. I think he did well in Rescue Me, just like in his last drama Bring It On, Ghost.
Woo Do Hwan's Dong Chul really steals the show, just like Hong Jong Hyun in The King Loves. So they truly deserve all the accolades.
In all, I think every one of the cast deserves our praise in bringing a successful closure to this drama.

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I had a weird experience about a religion in korea. So,this is a true confession.
When i visited my sister who's married to a korean in Gunsan jeollabukdo,i was approached by a lady from a neighboring apartment who was a church member. Elated that i got to speak english with a korean,i tagged along. But that's just one time tho,i never went back after hearing about their leader who,according to them,was the REINCARNATION of jesus. And yeah,they do all the shit like worship him like a true god and they also worship their 'spiritual mother'. Creepy,i know. For the life of me i couldn't remember the name of the church.

I think the unification church founded by Sun Myung Moon is similar to this belief that their leader was the reincarnation of jesus lol.

Some religious members in korea are rude as hell. One time,someone knock on our door and pretended to be the landlady,when i open the door,they were strangers so i immediately close the door but they forcefully barge inside the house,and so,i took my wallet and housekey and told them i was on my way out,they reluctantly leave. When i think about it now,it's funny but back then,i was mad as hell.

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i have to go anon because first,what i experience was embarrassing and second,nobody might believe me lol

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you're surprisingly not alone here. I've never been to Korea so I haven't experienced it but loads of people have shared stories of how people try to recruit them to their churches. It's pretty crazy.

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Rescue Me is a show that I can't exactly figure out how it will end. I have my theories but I wasn't sure how they will end it. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the ending. It was oddly satisfying and fitting for each character. Seeing Sang-mi smile at the end, ahhhh. I've been waiting for that for a long time.

I've never been so happy to see someone burn to death the same way I maniacally laughed at Baek setting himself on fire. HAHAHA. That was so darn good! He freaking deserved it. Apostle Kang and Sang-mi's Dad were not arrested and yet I feel like they are in a prison of their own. Both of them messed their family up and I think deep inside, they couldn't forgive themselves for that. They are holding on to their faith as a sort of scapegoat. I'd say it's a sadder ending than being locked up in jail.

I loved the sequence of Sang-mi and the boys finally having peace of mind and being happy with their lives. I could go on and on about this but bottomline is I'm really happy about where they all ended up in.

What an awesome drama. It ended in a hopeful tone in contrast to how dark and hopeless it's been throughout its run. Going straight to my all time favourites list.

And Taec, have a safe service!

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I've actually come to appreciate Sang-hwan as a character A LOT. Yeah, he may not be as compelling as Dong-chul -- that's okay. I really liked that he was someone with a lot to learn, and we got to see that he learned some hard lessons over the course of the drama. He also acknowledged that he had some advantages and used them well to help the people he cared about (with varying effects, but he learned how to better wield that "power" in later episodes). I don't know, I just really admired his sense of justice and I couldn't see anyone other than Taec in this role. Sang-mi and Dong-chul ended up being my favorite characters, but I think Sang-hwan deserves a lot of love too!

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Thank you for the recaps! I only watched the final episode and read the recaps for the first 15. I was already really anxious with this episode so i don't think I would have been able to deal with watch every tense moment for the earlier 15 hours.

I was irked when SH stopped SM from killing Father Baek, but decided it was the right thing to do so that SM can resume a normal life. I really like seeing SM stopping by to see SH off. My assumption is that she and her mom moved as far away as they possible could (maybe to canada or the US since they said goodbye to her brother's ashes) and SM made this special trip to send SH off.

I appreciate this drama for its unique plot and for not making SM fall in love with any of the boys and not making the boys fall in love with her, though they all care for each other very much. Comrades.

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Thank you, Show! I love the final episode, although we still left hanging with some un-answered questions like whether the police has found So-Rin's body.

The final episode to me is just like a sweet dessert after a heavy meal. I stopped watching he series in episode 7, and swore to finish if Dong-Chul stays alive and Sang-Mi made it to be saved. I was a little traumatic with "Lookout" where Prosecutor Jang died in that way, unexpectedly. The show is too dark, and I don't think I can handle if DC is dead. Thankfully, it didn't happen, and I'm able to continue finishing this wonderful show. Yay!

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Ohh man I've been avoiding those Lookout spoilers so well...

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Add me to the chorus of people singing Dong-chul's praises. Part of it is simply the writing -- the character received one of the more compelling stories in the show. But that actor: HOLY MOLY, he was incredible! He really stole the show for me, and I'm trying to find anything else he's been in. I have a feeling he's one who's going to elevate a lot of what he's in, just by being in it. What an exciting young talent!

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Woo Do Hwan is great! I first saw him as a side character inc Sweet Stranger and Me. I think he also just got casted as a lead..

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I just finished this with my siblings. I enjoyed the ride but was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. A lot has already been said about dissatisfaction and I agree with most of it. So just let me speak to the satisfaction I have for Rescue Me... for all the scare, heart attack inducing scenes and urgent breaks to catch up with our normal heartbeat and breathing that this drama caused. I'm satisfied with the ending because my heart can finally get a rest.

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Thank you so much for your recaps! It helped me with the tense moments in this show.
I agree that the story could have had a more satisfying ending by completing more storylines, but I did like it. Probably because I was so relieved that they didn't kill Dong Chul lol

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Dong cheol was a powerful character. Loved his storyline. Love the actor that played him. He's so good.

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I’m sorry but I’m one of the fan girls who was hopping it was going to be 💖Dong-chul.💖

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