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[Alternate Endings] Surplus ending for Surplus Princess

By @maripaz

It wasn’t until Cheese in the Trap that I started re-writing disappointing endings in my head, and the one drama I always wished I could go back and re-write was Surplus Princess. I understand the episode cuts, but Ha-ni’s abrupt about-face to get with the male lead and the Evil Ex’s magical redemption and hint that she’ll get Chef-nim were like vinegar and blood in my mouth. Our mermaid deserved better, so this is what I wish the writers had done after they found out about the episode cut.

Episode 9

Hyun-myung sees our mermaid’s tail and staggers off, piecing together all of Ha-ni’s odd behavior. They still come up with the Shake It box idea the next morning, but when they return home, Hyun-myung corners Witch Ahn and reveals that he knows Ha-ni is a mermaid. Witch Ahn tells all. Hyun-myung is devastated about the 100-day curse and asks if there is any way around it. What is true love? Does it have to be reciprocated? What if someone loves you and makes a sacrifice? What if you find love yourself? Witch Ahn doesn’t know.

Meanwhile, Ha-ni goes on a date with Chef. They eat at a seafood restaurant, and she impresses him again with her discriminating taste and knowledge of fish. They talk about their dreams, and she admits she doesn’t really have one. She wants to get into JH Foods to see Chef, and other than that, what she likes to do is watch dramas. She says dramas introduced her to life on land, and Chef says maybe she should do something with dramas instead, although she’d also be welcome at JH Foods because of her great palate.

When they go outside, they pass someone throwing a bucket of dirty water, and she freaks out and hides behind Chef. She’s mortified that Chef is covered in dirty water and can only stammer out that she’s deathly afraid of being splashed. Chef says it’s okay and that everyone has their own secrets. To make her feel better, he admits that he has face blindness and that he’s had to cover up some pretty embarrassing behavior. Ha-ni realizes that this is why he didn’t recognize her from the underwater rescue and brightens up. She says they should work together to overcome their fears and secrets. They smile.

On the day of the presentation, Hyun-myung takes the calming pills and ends up fainting and going to the hospital. Ha-ni does an awesome job selling the Shake It box and when someone asks her how it relates to the globalization of Korean food, she says that the one-minute shaking time is exactly the amount of time it takes for an ad in between dramas. She says they can also partner with dramas and points out that product placement works. “Right, guys?” she says, as she turns back to her group. Big is sipping something and very obviously turns the can so the label shows. Computer guy is putting on man lip gloss and then blots his lips with a Subway napkin. They both nod.

Of course, they win the competition. Later, Chef meets with Ha-ni to congratulate her, and she excitedly tells him it was all because of him that she came up with that drama idea. She wishes she could do something to help him too, and at that, Chef’s smiling face turns serious, and the air between them is suddenly charged. He’s smitten by this magical girl who makes him happy and cares about him. He moves in for a kiss that mirrors the one they first shared. Tongues start wagging, and Chef’s eyes widen in recognition. He suddenly moves her hand to his butt, and it’s Ha-ni’s turn to open her eyes in surprise.


Episode 10

Chef remembers everything but wonders how she saved him underwater when she’s afraid of water. He suddenly takes out the scale and asks if that has anything to do with it. Cornered, she tells him everything, and his eyes go a bit dead. He wonders, does she like him for him or to get out of the curse? Ha-ni is crestfallen.

Everyone is excited to go to work the next day, but Ha-ni remains glum. She and Hyun-myung are the only ones in Chef’s department, and they find out there’s only one full-time spot available that they will have to compete for. Evil Ex gets in Ha-ni’s face and ends up throwing cake at her. They get into a fight a la Ex-Girlfriend Club. Chef and Hyun-myung come in to see them fighting and pull them apart. Ha-ni has scratches on her face, and Evil Ex looks at her bloody fingernails in horror.

Chef takes Ha-ni up to clean her wounds, and the atmosphere is a bit awkward. He tells her the company is moving ahead with her Shake It box drama collaboration and that she’ll be on the team to roll out the idea. Upon hearing that she’ll have access to drama scripts before they air, Ha-ni finally perks up. Evil Ex gets her redemption arc when Hyun-myung tells her he misses the old, nice her. She apologizes sincerely to Ha-ni, but surprisingly Ha-ni doesn’t care anymore.

In voiceover, Ha-ni narrates that for the rest of her 100 days, she was so engrossed in her new drama project that she didn’t have time to worry about the curse. There are scenes of her working hard with Chef, smiling, laughing, and getting close, but also being serious and turning him down to get more work done. On the 100th day, Witch Ahn calls her to see how she’s doing, and she tells him that there’s nothing she can do. You can’t force love in 100 days, and while she does love Chef, she found that she loves this work even more. Even if she turns into bubbles, she wants to do as much as she can to see this project succeed.

We see that Hyun-myung is there with another sad face. Earlier that day, he had handed in his resignation so that the full-time spot could go to Ha-ni. He hoped his self-sacrifice would count as an act of true love.

Who knows what the answer was, but at 12:01, our mermaid finds that she’s broken the curse. In the one-year epilogue, Ha-ni and Chef announce their engagement. Witch Ahn goes to Hyun-myung and tells him he’s sorry. He seems like a good guy, and if only there had been more time, he might have been able to be the male lead. Hyun-myung says, “It’s okay. There are other fish in the sea,” and Witch Ahn nods.

Suddenly, a Ha-ni lookalike stumbles onscreen dressed in an odd assortment of clothes. She cries out to Witch Ahn, “Witch Ahn! I heard Ha-ni unni broke the curse so I wanted to try too! She works with dramas, but I want to be an actress.” Then she notices Hyun-myung and says, “Oh, hello. Nice to meet you. I’m Jo Boa.” Hyun-myung breaks the fourth wall and smiles.

End chyron: No one is surplus. Everyone has a place. If someone tries to cut you down, keep standing tall. When you do your own thing, you attract others who like the same. Thank you to our audience! Fighting!!

 
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Love it! Thank you! Makes me want to watch it again (minus the end). It was all good except for the whiplash in the sudden change of love interest.

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This was sooo good!! I laughed put loud at your ppl and subway napkin bits! 😜 My heart broke for chef at the original ending so this makes me really happy that he got his happy ending too! And that he recognized her with the kiss and did his own little butt grab! Thanks for writing this!! It's really quite perfect! 💜💜

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That works! But I would kinda miss the last minute of the original version.

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Wow, this is so good and funny! Even though I was happy with the original ending (unpopular opinion probably?), but now I do want to see this alternative ending too!

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What a cute ending! This drama needed another one. There really is not time for her to change the guy she loves in one episode. I loved your PPL and the way you got chef to remember the mermaid.

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well this is perfection!!! This is exactly what I wanted haha. I love the way you ended it with Witch Ahn telling him that there just wasn't enough time for him to be the lead. I really wish they had used that version instead...or there to magically be more episodes for them to tell their original story. OH well.. this ending will serve to ease my broken heart about this show.

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Thanks for your alternate ending, @maripaz!

I have not seen SURPLUS PRINCESS in its entirety, and was only introduced to it because of the spoof video of Hitler ranting about the ending. I love how you put together a great scenario that had me flashing back to mermaid lore in LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA. Your use of product placement was absolutely inspired. If only Kdramas were so deft. ROFLMAO. Best if all, it gives me a cute image of Jo Bo-ah to supplant her screechy, conniving harridan roles in SWEET STRANGER AND ME and TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. ;-)

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Hahaha... I love your alternate ending. Yay for Chef and Ha-ni end up together. They are just so sweet and have many meaningful scenes together that I was bummed when they suddenly turned their love into an unrequited one. I also like your idea of giving Hyun-myung a hint of happy ending with Jo Bo-ah. That suits the drama's quirky tone and meta sense perfectly.

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Very good ending, especially if you compare it with the way writers ended this dorama. I hope I can forget current ending and believe in this one.
I from the begining didn't like Hyun-myung, and liked Chef much more. It broke my heart when Hani prefered Hyun-myung.
I also liked Ha-ni and this more happy ending suits her much more!!

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Oh, this is definitely the way the drama should have ended! WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Thank you, maripaz! Now I can't wait to see what mary says about it 😉

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Lol “if only there had been more time, he might have been able to be the male lead.” Too true, I really loved Chef and Ha Ni together. But on the other hand the noona romance with Kim Seul Gi was a great consolation prize

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I would've expected Mary to have commented by now unless she's the one who wrote the entry XD

I loved this alternative ending. Especially the shake it drama box and second lead getting with the real Boa since that's what happened in real life :D

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Fabulous alternative ending. It's certainly a thousand times better than the train wreck that the screenwriter/director came up with (and the big FU that they gave to all of us at the end).

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Shi Kyung and Ha Ni were cute when they were together. It was so sad at the end when it showed that he had a piece of her scale, like he'll always be searching for the one - which was her.

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Love the alternate ending! I always told myself she actually ended up with Chef. I 'interpreted' the ending as the curse was not broken because Hyun-Myung was not her true love and that is why she disappeared. When she came back it was because she was given a second chance to break the curse with Chef because that is who she was meant to be with!

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This would've been perfect!!!! I've held a grudge over the ending of Surplus Princess but this kind of warmed my heart lol

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This drama is one of my most favorite rom-com, because the comedic element were so entertaining that I laughed so much in each of their episodes (part of it was because Kim Seul Gi's character in that drama)

I was a Ha Ni - chef shipper and I felt cheated when I found out that Hyun Myung was the 'real' male lead..

I hate the second female lead and all I could remember about her was that she looked like a Moon Chae Won doppelganger for 95% time

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@maripaz I really loved your imagined episodes. 🤗 The Idle Mermaid was short but you gave it a sweeter touch! I also enjoyed your wider intepretation of the curse. And no, the second lead should never receive the unkind second female lead as a consolation prize.

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Oh wow, what a nice surprise! Thank you dramabeans staff for coming up with more pictures!! Sorry if the ones I attached were copyrighted or poor quality, etc. Even if this weren't being posted, I was happy to just have an alternate ending to replace the sadness I felt thinking about how it actually ended.

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I remember watching the ending and thinking “What is this?!”. I didn’t know at the time that the series had been forced to drop episodes.

Regardless, it was a mess. Your alternate ending would’ve been great!

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Omg. Can we redo this drama and use your ending for it? I was really upset because of the episode cut. It could have been so much more.

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