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Boyfriend: Episode 16 (Final)

What can a man do when his lady refuses to see that without her, he can never he happy? He can let her go and be miserable, or he can fight, and our hero has never been one to back down when he knows he’s right. The challenge will be getting her to see that they need each other more than anything else, and if there’s a way to do that, our Jin-hyuk will find out.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Jin-hyuk walks right into Soo-hyun’s office and gives her his fiercest glare. He tells her that he understands why she wants to break up, and when she says nervously that Driver Nam is waiting for her, Jin-hyuk tells her to listen first. He says with determination, “I can’t break up with you. You can do what you want and leave, but don’t expect the same from me. I’m going to keep my promise. I’m going to keep every promise I made.”

She says she made a difficult choice, and he acknowledges that, but he repeats, “You can break up with me. But I’m still going to love you. Let’s make another bet. Either we’ll break up like you wish, or love will conquer like I say.” He notices that she’s not wearing her couple ring, but he just tells her to go home safely.

The next day, Jin-hyuk asks to use Mrs. Lee’s darkroom. She ask if he broke up with Soo-hyun like he said he would, but he says he doesn’t think that’s the answer. He develops the photos in his camera, then arranges them on a display board and takes pictures of his pictures.

It’s Soo-hyun’s mother’s turn to face the press as she arrives at the prosecutor’s office to give a statement about the illegal funds from Taekyung Group. Chairwoman Kim stays calm as her employee tells her the news, but as soon as she’s alone, she viciously sweeps all the pieces off of her chess board and onto the floor.

The news channels are buzzing when it gets out that Soo-hyun’s mother confirmed her husband’s statement that Taekyung Group illegally funded his political campaigns. Worried, Soo-hyun calls her dad and says she’s coming over, but he tells her not to worry because things are finally being put right. He hangs up, and turns off the TV when the newscaster starts talking about how he’ll likely go to prison.

In the morning, Soo-hyun’s mother serves breakfast that she made herself for the first time. She and her husband sit to eat, but soon the doorbell rings, and they can see on the monitor that it’s the prosecutor. Soo-hyun’s father quietly pats his wife as she starts to cry, then goes to open the door.

Driver Nam gets a call on the way to work, and he tells Soo-hyun gently that her father’s been arrested. Soo-hyun starts to cry, upset that she didn’t get to see him first. She gets a text from Jin-hyuk that says, “You must be scared. Don’t cry too much. There are people who love you, don’t forget that. I’m sure it will all work out.”

Soo-hyun goes to her parents’ house to find breakfast cold on the table and her mother frighteningly subdued. She says softly that she resents Soo-hyun’s father, but Soo-hyun just tells her to be strong, because things will get harder when the trial begins. Her mother asks if Soo-hyun resents her for never acting like a mother, and when Soo-hyun says she didn’t expect her to give a statement, her mom says not to be too impressed because she already regrets it.

Soo-hyun offers to get a room at the hotel so her mother doesn’t have to stay in the house alone, but her mom says that she doesn’t want people to see her like this. Soo-hyun says that she hopes her mother can someday say that it will be okay, even if it feels awkward, because it’s what people do for each other.

Still worried about Jin-hyuk’s lack of appetite, Hye-in asks him to be honest about what’s wrong. He tells her that he’s just upset about not being able to help Soo-hyun, and Hye-in says that supporting her is enough. Jin-hyuk just says sadly that he’d like that, and when Hye-in asks again, he admits that Soo-hyun wants to break up and why.

Hye-in shows him the red journal he chose for her years ago, confessing that she only said she liked the color because he liked it. She admits that she liked him, and that she wondered when he’d realize it, but then he got serious with Soo-hyun so she never told him.

But now she says she wonders if she truly liked him, or just the idea of liking him. Now that she’s seen him with Soo-hyun, she believes that she only liked him, but didn’t love him. Jin-hyuk thanks her, and she jokes that he’d better not apologize for not knowing (Jin-hyuk: “Augh, I was just about to say that!”). Hye-in says that she told him because she doesn’t want things with Soo-hyun to end this way, and Jin-hyuk promises that won’t happen.

The next time she sees Dae-chan, Secretary Jang tells him about the breakup. He says he didn’t know, and he doesn’t think Jin-myung does, either. He says it’s bad timing, but he hands her a pair of earrings, which Secretary Jang eyeballs like they might bite her.

She declines the gift, admitting that she has a certain standard in mind for a man, and that she tried, but she’s not someone who can get past her expectations. She says that dating Dae-chan was fun and exciting, but she’s just not that into him, and he accepts her apology easily. He tells her to keep the earrings anyway as a gift from a friend, and she does, smiling.

Jin-hyuk’s mom is waiting for him when he gets off his bus, and he takes her to a cafe to warm up. She says she needs to tell him something, but Jin-hyuk says that he heard her and Dad talking about how she confronted Soo-hyun. He says he was heartbroken, but he understood her position, and that he doesn’t hate her.

He says that she just doesn’t know how much he loves Soo-hyun, so she asks him to tell her. Jin-hyuk says that he loves Soo-hyun as much as he loves the rest of his family, and that he believes she only wants to break up because she was worried about Mom, and about breaking something as precious as their family.

Mom cries and says she’s sorry, but Jin-hyuk says that he knows both she and Soo-hyun acted out of love. He promises to protect them both, and that he’ll wait until Mom accepts them and Soo-hyun lets go of her guilt. Mom admits that she was scared, and she tearfully gives Jin-hyuk permission to hate her, but he just says sweetly, “I love you, Mom.”

When Jin-hyuk told Soo-hyun that he wasn’t going to give up on their relationship, she’d noticed that she was still wearing his couple ring. She hadn’t responded to his suggestion that they make another bet, but she hadn’t refused, either.

In a meeting, Eun-jin worries that Soo-hyun’s father’s scandal will negatively affect the hotel’s image. Hye-in says that they’ve actually had an increase in reservations, and Han-gil adds that he’s more worried about Soo-hyun herself. Director Kim changes the subject back to their employee event, and Jin-hyuk tells her that he’s been working on the music.

At lunch with Driver Nam, Jin-hyuk asks how Soo-hyun’s father is doing. He asks Driver Nam to tell Soo-hyun’s father not to worry about Soo-hyun, and to let him know that whatever he hears (about the breakup), it’s just part of the process.

Driver Nam tells Jin-hyuk that Soo-hyun would rather suffer than let others hurt, which is why she broke up with him. Jin-hyuk says again that it’s part of the process, and that he thinks it will work out in the end. Driver Nam chuckles that he hopes they all end up happy.

Jin-hyuk starts to say something else, although we don’t hear what he asks. But that evening when Soo-hyun gets in the car to go home, she finds Jin-hyuk in the driver’s seat. He says he’s only here to drive her home safely, promising not to try anything or cause her pain.

When they arrive at her building, Jin-hyuk gives Soo-hyun a plastic film roll case and tells her that it’s not a ring, it’s actually just film this time. He says they’re photos he wants her to see, photos that “contain a version of you that only you are unaware of.”

When Jin-hyuk gets home, he takes out the book he was reading when Soo-hyun returned to him after their temporary break. He has a picture of Soo-hyun tucked inside, the picture he took of her in Cuba before he knew her. She looks lonely in it, and he whispers, “She’s become like she was in this photo.”

In the morning, it looks like Mom has been up all night cooking judging by the mountains of food on the table. She packs it all up and goes to see Soo-hyun, apologizing if meeting again makes Soo-hyun uncomfortable. She tells Soo-hyun what Jin-hyuk said about loving them both and protecting his love for both of them.

She confesses that she shouldn’t have interfered, but that she made a mistake because she was worried. Soo-hyun says that she didn’t break up with Jin-hyuk solely because of what Mom said, or she would have been begging her every day to approve of their relationship.

She tells Mom that she broke up because she cares about Jin-hyuk so much that she didn’t want him to suffer the hardships she’s suffered. She says that breaking up with him is her way of loving him, and for Mom not to feel like it’s her fault.

Mom thinks a moment, then she says she heard that Soo-hyun liked her food and that she must not be eating well because of her father, so she brought her more of her cooking. She invites Soo-hyun to come over for dinner again sometime, leaving Soo-hyun touched.

On the bus ride home that night, Jin-hyuk sends Soo-hyun a text asking if she’s eaten, and that the moon looks pretty tonight. Soo-hyun looks out the window, and she and Jin-hyuk gaze at the almost-full moon at the same time, from different places.

Woo-seok is worried about his mother, who seems dangerously fixated on Soo-hyun. She says darkly that she always thought Soo-hyun was too obedient, and that she always hated that Soo-hyun didn’t seem impressed by Taekyung’s power, worth, or dignity. Woo-seok says that her hate was why he felt sorry for Soo-hyun.

He tries to talk about Chairwoman Kim’s upcoming investigation, but she just wonders if the Cha family did this in order to gain control of Donghwa Hotel. She says that Soo-hyun has changed, and that sometimes she even admires her. She finally looks at Woo-seok as she says that he couldn’t change Soo-hyun, and it bothers her that the son of a fruit stand owner somehow managed what he couldn’t.

Woo-seok tells her to worry about herself and let everyone go back to where they belong. She asks where he belongs, and he says that his place is to protect her and Taekyung Group. Secretary Lee comes in to tell Chairwoman Kim that the prosecutor is here, and Woo-seok says he’ll accompany Chairwoman Kim to the prosecutor’s office.

Soo-hyun visits her father in prison and tells him that she sees her mom often, but that she’s not ready to leave the house. He puts up a good front, saying that he’s eating well and reading all the books he’s always wanted to read. He’s heard that she broke up with Jin-hyuk, but she doesn’t respond.

She says that he probably had a harder time watching her struggle (while she was married) than she had going through it. He agrees that it was difficult to watch her lose her smile, and she says that she was worried Jin-hyuk and his family would end up the same way.

Her dad tells her that while he’s been in prison, he’s realized that he thought he’d tried to live a good life, but that it didn’t make him or his family happy. He says that he knows Soo-hyun wants to take care of the people she loves, but that ultimately, she needs to take care of herself first.

Jin-hyuk calls Mrs. Lee to see if Soo-hyun came to her darkroom to develop the film he gave her. She says she hasn’t, but promises to call him if she does. He looks at the shoes that he still has from when he met Soo-hyun in Cuba, and he takes out some paper and starts to write.

In the morning, Soo-hyun finds a box on her desk, which Secretary Jang admits came from Jin-hyuk. Inside the box is her shoes, and just the sight of them makes her tear up. She finds Jin-hyuk’s note, which says:

These are the shoes that brought you to me. I believe they’ll bring you back to me. These days, you’re walking on a rough patch. I hope you see these shoes and remember the times we walked happily. Soo-hyun, you are my one and only love. Don’t forget.

Tears stream down Soo-hyun’s face as she remembers Jin-hyuk saying that he’s going to keep his promises to her, and keep loving her. She leaves her office at a run, leaving the shoes behind.

That night, it’s snowing when Soo-hyun has Driver Nam take her to Jin-hyuk’s neighborhood. The street is blocked off so she gets out to walk, and we see that earlier, she’d gone to Mrs. Lee’s cafe to develop the roll of film from Jin-hyuk. The entire roll was full of pictures of her on the day he gave her their couple rings, and in all of the photos, she’s smiling.

She finds Jin-hyuk at his playground, where he’s sitting and watching the snowfall. She walks up behind him and asks what he’ll do if the playground is sold, and he slowly turns around, as if afraid that she won’t really be there. Oof, his hopeful expression when he sees Soo-hyun smiling at him just kills me.

Soo-hyun says that she saw her true feelings that she didn’t know about — that whenever she was with him, she was smiling. Jin-hyuk says that she should keep smiling like that, and Soo-hyun tells him, “I can’t smile without you. Let me stay by your side. I want to stay beside you and keep smiling like that. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I said we should break up.”

That’s all Jin-hyuk needs to hear. He hugs Soo-hyun, both of them crying, and says that she doesn’t need to be sorry. He thanks her for being brave, tells her that he loves her, then kisses her for a long, long time.

They end up at Dae-chan’s restaurant later, where Dae-chan, good friend that he is, drags Jin-myung away to keep him from joining them. Soo-hyun says that they should have gone to her place for dinner, because her fridge is full of food that his mother made for her.

Jin-hyuk asks where her couple ring is, and Soo-hyun pulls it out of her purse in the film case, admitting that she carried it with her constantly. Jin-hyuk jokes that she’s loyal, but she protests that it’s love, not loyalty, as he puts the ring back on her finger where it belongs and makes her promise never to take it off again.

He asks if she knows why he made her a camera case, and she says that it was his way of saying that he wants to be like a house for her. He pouts that she broke up with him even knowing that, and Soo-hyun pouts back at his scolding. She says that she wants to make a camera case for him too, for the same reason, and when Jin-hyuk jokes that it will take a long time, she says that’s fine because he’ll be by her side even longer.

One year later.

The Donghwa PR team has a new employee, and when the kid says his mother doesn’t let him drink, Han-gil (who’s been promoted to Manager Lee’s old job) and the whole team tease that they’ll teach him to drink, one spoonful at a time. He gets his own back when Eun-jin flirts with him and he’s all I don’t think so, lol.

Chairwoman Kim is serving time in jail for her illegal contributions during Soo-hyun’s father’s political career, and every time Woo-seok asks to visit her, she refuses to see him. Woo-seok lives in that huge house all by himself, and he looks miserable.

Dae-chan hasn’t given up on Secretary Jang — he still drags her out of work to buy her coffee, and although she’s grumpy whenever he does it, he points out that she always comes with him. He says there must be a reason for that, and Secretary Jang can’t hide her pleased grin at the attention.

Soo-hyun’s mother ended up buying that art gallery, and she looks more relaxed than she ever has. Soo-hyun visits her dad and learns that Jin-hyuk visits him often, too, and they joke that Jin-hyuk is a good guy, but he can be kinda boring because all he ever talks about is books and restaurants. LOL, I’m glad someone said it.

Jin-hyuk’s mom is annoyed with her son because he brings Soo-hyun to dinner all the time, and she’s running out of dishes to cook for her. She jokingly threatens to make him take the whole family out to dinner one of these days.

Driver Nam takes Director Kim on a hiking trip, which mostly seems to involve dressing in hiking gear and drinking makgeolli at the foot of the mountain. They bicker over everything and nothing, like they always do, which is adorable.

Jin-myung and Hye-in run Dae-chan’s restaurant, complaining that he’s never there lately but they don’t know why. Jin-myung shows Hye-in a picture of a guy he served with in the army and offers to fix them up, but she refuses and beats him with a tray.

When confronted, Jin-hyuk admits to Soo-hyun that he’s been visiting her father. He defends himself against the “boring” accusation, saying that he tried talking about a few different subjects but they had nothing in common.

Now that the Cuba hotel is built, Jin-hyuk asks if Soo-hyun can spare him some time. She asks why, thinking that maybe he’d like to go on a trip to Santiago. Jin-hyuk pulls her close and asks, “Can we go as newlyweds?” Soo-hyun’s answer is a big, happy smile.

 
COMMENTS

This is one of those rare cases where I’m actually glad that everyone got a happy ending and those who deserved punishment got punished. Boyfriend was so sweet and pretty from beginning to end, but there were times that I worried that Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk wouldn’t be able to overcome the challenges to their relationship. Luckily, they proved me and everyone else wrong, and learned to take their happiness for themselves because nobody was going to give it to them.

Normally after a scene like the one at the beginning of the episode, where one person refuses to break up with the other even when the other has clearly stated their wishes, I’d be all up in arms about pushiness and not listening to what the other person wants. But it didn’t feel to me like Jin-hyuk was disregarding Soo-hyun’s decision, because Jin-hyuk has always had an almost preternatural understanding of Soo-hyun’s true feelings, and he knew, in his heart, that she didn’t want this breakup. I don’t think he was saying that he planned to pretend they were still together, just that he knew she wasn’t following her heart, so he was letting her know that he was going to keep loving her and that she could come back when she was ready. He was telling Soo-hyun that she didn’t need to be afraid he would move on, or reject her if/when she realized that this was the wrong decision, but that he was ready to pick up where they left off the moment she said the word.

In addition, I would generally be annoyed that it took Jin-hyuk’s mother’s apology to make Soo-hyun reconsider breaking up with him, but again, for these characters, it felt very in-line with what we know of them. I think that it was important for Mom to admit to Soo-hyun that asking her to break up with Jin-hyuk was selfish and borne of her own deep-seated fear of seeing Jin-hyuk hurt, and for her to see that Soo-hyun was afraid of the exact same thing. and I’m glad that Soo-hyun was aware that Mom’s fears triggered her own fear of watching Jin-hyuk and his family suffer the way she’d suffered, because knowing how hard it is to see someone losing their smile is what led her to recognize in the photos that Jin-hyuk actually gave back hers.

It was just more proof that Jin-hyuk knows Soo-hyun better than she knows herself, that he understood exactly what she needed to be free of her past — to see proof that their relationship had changed her for the better. It’s difficult sometimes to see the truth when you’re right in the middle of it, so giving Soo-hyun actual proof that being with Jin-hyuk made her a happier, freer person was exactly the right thing for Jin-hyuk to do. And I love that the show ended with as much thoughtfulness as it showed throughout — Soo-hyun had a valid, very personal reason for thinking that they needed to break up, but then she discovered an equally valid, even more personal reason to go back to him, something deeper than just “I miss you so let’s be together.” Because their reconciliation came about after Jin-hyuk proving how well he knows her, and Soo-hyun going back to him of her own free will and with a joyful heart, I’m not left worrying about their future — they confirmed for me as a viewer that this love will last.

I liked seeing everyone just living their lives, not changing much, but just appreciating each other. I’m a little disappointed that Secretary Jang and Dae-chan didn’t work out, but I have to admire Secretary Jang for knowing herself and being honest about the fact that she’s no Soo-hyun who can overlook what she wants. She just wants certain things in life, and Dae-chan is fun and cute and successful in his own way, but he’s not her dream man. It made me happy that she didn’t break Dae-chan’s heart or anything and that they are both happy to remain friends (but I’ll admit that in my head canon, they’re totally going to get together anyway in a few years, lol).

Boyfriend is one of those rare dramas that moves slowly, but never left me bored. I loved watching Soo-hyun and Jin-hyuk falling in love, then trying to keep that love despite the challenges involved, and ultimately realizing that they can’t make everyone happy, so they may as well take their happiness where they can. The drama was lovely visually (and I don’t just mean the actors), and had some beautiful things to say, but the artistry never got in the way of the true beauty — the love that two people can experience if they just make up their minds to fight for it.

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I LOVE the FINAL! I love the show didn't try to make all ships sail.... I love how the show "took" its time for every conflict was being resolved, and how our OTP finally got back together... One of the drama I'd re-watch, with a cup of warm cocoa...

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Me too im craving more from jinsoo couple

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been watching the last episode 3 times, LoL. I did once to "On The Way to The Airport." It's a dramatic show, but it's a heartwarming one... :)

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Oh, it seems we are matching souls! I did the same with OTWTTA (and I'm planning another rewatch during this year...).

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As usual, I'm talked out from the What We're Watching and the fan wall. In summary:

This was definitely a show that existed and that I watched.

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IN summary:
This was a show that existed, I tried to watch, even feel in love (? Is that the right word) but I broke up (Is it even love if I break up?) so I could not really say I finished watching it? But I like the little freetime I gained! (and wasted half of it on complaining about it? Did I even save time?)
Never mind :P

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Agreed

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I'm not watching the drama, and I'm just following the show through recaps. So please enlighten me fellow beanies. How did the conflict with Woo-seok become resolved?

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Well, since the scandal about his mother's affairs in politics broke down, and by then he had realised he would never get SH back (not even because of JH, but because of herself), he decided to sell back his shares to her. Nevertheless, she didn't accept it, because she said it was true that Dongwha hotel started partially because of WS's family and she didn't consider it fair to throw him out. He remained then as a share holder. This show doesn't give evil ones too much screen time (something I like very much), but it is implied he didn't bother her anymore. He ended up alone just like he was at the beginning, thinking that his job was to protect his mother and the name and wealth of his family...
Some people have said JH is boring (Even his father in law, LOL), but man, Woo suck is even more boring. He basically has no life.

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Thank you for the explanation!

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There was no space for negativity in Encounter since it was warm since the beginning. Hence, an overall happy ending was expected. Still, Encounter was a very warm experience for me. I didn't want to watch every single episode, but I would like what I would see. I can somehow relate it to Tomorrow with You. Had I not been live watching it, I wouldn't had like it that much. Plus yes about the thing related to Jin Hyuk, he waited for her to come back rather than following her pretending that nothing happened.
All in all, I really liked this show. It was warm, cute at times slow but just perfect for a winter night, right before sleep.

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Top 3 things I'm satisfied with in this ep:
1. He returned her shoes (after 15 episodes!)
2. People complained about how annoying and boring he is, hah!
3. β€œCan we go as newlyweds?”

I think this is one of those dramas I'd get over very soon after its finale, but the things that will remain in my memory is how beautiful a fairy tale Boyfriend was.

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Omg the shoes! Yessss
That nearly drove me out of my mind throughout the run of this show.

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and itis wrapped in the red box...sosweetttt

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Hye-in was such a refreshing supporting character, she had the opportunity to break up the main couple AND probably could have planted doubts in Jin-hyuk's head, but she put his happiness first even when it hurt to watch from the sidelines. She never became the catty second lead ready to cross the line to get what she wanted... wish Woo-seok would've taken notes on that earlier.

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What else can I say? I miss the drama so much. It's charm is to watch it step by step the beautiful journey of the characters in the drama...It is not slow paced and not boring because it just wanted to relay the every lovely detail of the plot. Kudos to this review, I was moved by your review and teared again. My tears fell when I read about the shoes. I love love love this drama especially the perfect visual couple our #JinSoo Couple Forever.

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Love the ending! Jin-hyuk not giving up on their love while Soo-hyun realizing that she needs to be brave for their relationship. Jin-hyuk's parents sitting in their store, Dae-chan not afraid to pursue Sec Jang, Driver Nam and Director Kim going hiking together, but most of all, Soo-hyun's mom standing up for her family. Tho what she did broke up her family, it also healed her relationship with her daughter.

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Although... I must say, with this two characters I never feel they can be warm to each other... not really, but again, knowing how they are, it doesn't bother me. It would be out of character if just because it is the last episode, they would hug and tell each other sorry, we will be better now, etc, etc... for them, it is good enough if they treat each other with respect and less distance.
So, it is ok. I was satisfied too.
Her mother had to give up her "dream" (which was stupid), but she would have an occupation that was still rewarding, for she liked art from the beginning. I was surprised to discover she was the one who taught SH to like art so much.
She then didn't look like a sensitive person, but she used to be.
I think it was a good way to end her arc.

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When you just want to relax over the hyper war of Sky Castle and unsolved puzzles of Memories of Alhambra then this is the masterpiece you need. It makes me to realize again of what life is all about coz boy it is so packed with life lessons that you would fall into reminiscing your past and what are you going to do with the present and the future. It gives me inspiration again to pick books for pleasure reading and the figurative lessons of poetry ah it inspires me too... Haisst.. It is just so many to tell... And it blew me away the character of Jinhyuk- so loving and full of reasons and understanding. The expert in the industry behind this drama made this so excellent that I am wishing for a 2nd season... Ahhh.. This is a gem. If others can't realize it then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I/We see its beauty and its complete elements. Plus the OTP, oh ,wow, explosive chemistry even the supporting casts, the places of shooting,so wonderful. I love the ending. It is perfect. #JinSoo Couple Forever

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#Encounter is The Best Drama ever...Gonna Missed them already because no more #Encounter tonight 😭😭😭 #SongHyeKyo #ParkBogum

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Some thoughts on the whole drama:

Since I love to read a lot, I don't find PBG's character boring, not even one bit, but I understand why people say he is boring. I understand why some beanies have complained this whole drama is boring. If I would be this show I would answer them: sorry but I am not sorry. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I guess, it is a matter of perspective. It is a kind of light, or the colour of the lenses through which I wanted to tell the story. Me, the writer of this drama! LOL!!πŸ˜‚πŸ™‚πŸ€“
That is, my way of course. That is why I have the freedom to choose which part of the character's lives I want to share with the public. Mostly and mainly the love story between these two people, and bits of the life of their friends and family.

And although also some beanies have complained this drama lacks originality, I have to disagree; me, Javinne again: I found very original the following things:

1. Villains never got too much screen time. Them or their machinations.
2. It actually didn't have any noble idiocy. Even when she broke up, she didn't lie "to protect him"
3. It didn't have annoying second leads. WS was not even a second lead... He was a little bit of a burden for a couple of episodes, but not important. πŸ˜‚
4. It didn't have even one sign of mackjang. The reconciliation was not overly dramatic, but it didn't need it to be.

Finally in regard to Jh being boring. The thing is: I believe we are soooo used to have those heroes in dramaland who are amazing at everything. Intelligent, successful, charming, sometimes even a little bit of a jerk, but because they come from a dysfunctional family, bla bla bla, but they are good at everything and plus they are amazingly handsome. The best party out there. All women fall for them.
And JH is not like that. He doesn't even seem to have material ambitions or someone who would climb up the ladder as fast as possible in any job he has. He is just not interested in doing that. He is a quiet person, he enjoys his family time, he has friends and is nice to his colleagues at work... that's it. He is a very average guy, but extremely handsome which kind of confuses us if we don't pay attention on why. If he would look like just a random guy, nobody would criticize him, but because he is so handsome, I feel like automatically people are expecting him to be also successful, amazingly smart and all that wonderful our dramaland heroes usually are.
I have met lots of people similar to Jin hyuk in their personalities, people that when you ask what kind of music they like, they answer: just everything... And they lift up their shoulders. People who are satisfied with just one job, and people who think if they find a partner and get married and have a couple of kids, they are happy. They just don't look handsome like Park Bo gum! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
So, my point is: Jh is not boring, he is an average sweet guy who comes from a loving family (which to me, actually, that makes him not average at all, but...

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So, my point is: Jh is not boring, he is an average sweet guy who comes from a loving family (which to me, actually, that makes him not average at all, but that may be because I come from a dysfunctional unhappy family). And he is a guy who loves poetry and art! How can that be boring!
Soo hyun is the boring one! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But seriously, guys. This drama was sweet and just ok. It is not a masterpiece, but I am satisfied because I didn't expected it to be. And it is a drama I could re watch at least once for sure. I will give it a 7/10!

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A really good point about Jin Hyuk. I love the point about undervaluing what’s perceived as β€œaverage” qualities and expecting a person to have it all. Jin Hyuk was and Soo Hyun were two very realistic persons both because of their qualities and lack thereof.

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I agree. How can a man who likes to travel and read and discuss big ideas be boring? People with no inner though life are boring.

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@CS, this falls within his mother's inane theory about the kind of woman Jin hyuk would fall in love with. You really think your son, you college education, world traveling, corporate employed, well read son would NOT fall for and marry someone like Soo hyun.

Woman, what is wrong with you.

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Great points. That's what I loved about this drama--showing how an average, sincere guy could be better than those "amazing at everything" guys.

Those "amazing at everything" guys are the classic Cinderella fantasy, being the prince and knight in shining armor, rescuing the woman from her miserable life.

But what if a woman doesn't need to be rescued, she is perfectly capable of rescuing herself and already has a good life? Then she doesn't need or want someone to solve her problems. She wants someone who will stand by her side and support her while she solves her own problems.

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The show was great and I am still sad that it is over now. Loved the pairing. They were all kinds of wonderful and sweet. And loved the chemistry between the actors. A perfect fit, a least for me.
Thank you so much for the awesome recapping and reviewing, LollyPip. Were always looking forward to them, second to the show of course ;-)

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Thank you, Lollypip; your recaps perfectly captured this gem of a drama. I had no intention of watching Boyfriend, yet I was there for each episode, totally immersed in this warm bubblebath of simple genuine happiness.
I loved it in spite of myself.

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Yay, the final recap is here! Thank you, Lollypip, for recapping this series. Reading your recaps and Beanies' comments added to my enjoyment of the series.

I really enjoyed this finale, and the series as a whole. I especially liked the way it was wrapped up: happily ever after but with a gentle joke about reality (SH's father finds JH boring, LOL! and JH's mother is tired of cooking for SH).

I also like the open promise that Director Kim and Director Nam may end up together. I remember when Director Nam confessed to Soo Hyun that he didn't have the courage to go after Director Kim when they were younger because of his big head. In the hiking scene, he makes another comment about the large size of his head, and she mutters at him something like, "Is it always going to be about the size of your head?" So she is fully aware of his crush, and why he never confessed; and them going hiking together shows they may work through this.

I think there is still a promise that Secretary Jang and Dae Chan may end up together, as well. She is still seeing him, and clearly she still likes him; and that scene where Jin Myung and Hye In are running the snail bar has them speculating he is trying to franchise and open another place. So Dae Chan may be stepping up his game and trying to be more successful, in a way that Secretary Jang might appreciate, but on his own terms.

And Woo Seok...I feel sorry for him, but realize he is in a prison of his own choosing, at that point. He couldn't help the family he was born into; but at that point of his adulthood, he chose to stay and be the lonely prince in a cold, empty castle. He made the filial choice, I guess? I still feel sorry for him, though.

Especially as compared to the happiness of our lead couple, who looks so relaxed and ordinary, walking and talking and joking about what to make for dinner, and whether SH will ever make that camera case. This was a perfect ending for me, that left me in a happy glow of contentment. :)

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Yes, I like that he teased her because it was already a year on and she didn't make the camera case. He is a teaser, but she likes to be teased. I know couples like that... successful all way long.

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Boyfriend is one of those rare dramas that moves slowly, but never left me bored.

YES! This was definitely one of my favorite things about the drama. The quiet and reflective tone, along with the stunning visuals always filled me with calm. It was wonderfully unhurried.

But I'm bitter about all the angst in the last two episodes and wish the writing had been better in that aspect. Our OTP went through a lot of hardships together, it just felt like they should've known better by ep.15.
Something else that I'm a little disappointed about is how Woo-seok's arc ended. He was a really interesting and complex character, but by the end he just felt 2-dimensional.

However, in this particular last episode, I really liked that Hye-in finally confessed her feelings. That whole scene was so well and genuinely acted! I'd love to see more of that actress.

Lastly, thank you so much @lollypip for this recap. It was the closure I needed.

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I thought this show was boring and slow for a long time, but by the end, it touched me unexpectedly somehow.

In the beginning, I thought it made no sense for a CEO like SH to take any interest in a guy like JH. But by the end, I was convinced that JH's sincerity and gentleness was exactly what SH needed.

Even though JH had no money or power, his love had the ability to protect SH. I think that is what moved me...in a world where money and power are often seen as everything, this drama shows that having a person who truly loves you by your side is the greatest source of strength.

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Like Don Henley says in New York Minute When you find someone to love you'd better hang on tooth and nail.

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You'd think a story about a divorcee in her sexual prime (early 40s?) and a young lanky bohemian meeting in Cuba would carry more 'HEAT' than the story did. All that drama for a couple who apparently only did it *once* months into their relationship. The show didn't even try to imply additional off-camera intimacy with a wink-and-a-nod.

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I loved the ending! It's also one of the rare moments that I'm happy they fast forwarded to a year later to show how everyone has settled. For once the time jump doesn't involve the main leads in separation stage only to reunite later. I'm also glad almost every character had some form of closure to their stories.

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I stopped at episode 5. Beautiful actors but the show is kind of boring.

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Thanks for all the recaps, LollyPip! I liked this drama. There were no screaming people, no water thrown, no tables upended (well, just the one chess set). Everyone was more or less reasonable, in their own way. I like watching wacky and crazy shows like Waikiki and Last Empress, so it was interesting that this show kept my interest the whole way through.

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@blnmom
I liked how WS' mum stared at the chess set whenever she was thinking of Soo Hyun or her mum. They were chess pieces to her that she thought she could manipulate as she wished. I really liked that the chess pieces checkmated her!!! 😈 😆

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Thank you for covering this drama LollyPip. I really enjoyed your reactions and analysis.

I just wanna say, this drama made me cry a lot because the social situations and acting were so real. I think this drama was about forgiveness, acceptance, generosity, and moving on. So beautiful.

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Beautiful drama from start to end! Watching this drama makes me feel happy and in love. One of my fave drama now and will be my #1 rewatch drama list.

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I loved the finale. Thank you dramabeans. On to the next one !!!πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ₯°

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Thanks, @lollypip. I really enjoyed your commentary for this show! This is the first one this year that I've finished live-watching with everyone and I'm glad I did! Some final things that I really enjoyed and didn't enjoy about this show:

1. The art work. From the animations, to the actual art PPL in the show, I think that the art was another character that lent authenticity to this drama. I know I missed some symbolism going through this, but the most obvious symbolism I saw was the single women or girls in all the art pieces in SH's office, bedroom, living room reflecting her loneliness throughout this show. Loneliness that she couldn't abandon until the very last episode.

2. Park Bo-gum. Really, this guy. It took me a while to desensitize myself from his smiles and facial features, because GAH!, they're more distracting than 100 kids with ADHD at a circus. But once I did (about episode 7-8) I was able to appreciate his acting more and the rest of the show more. I don't think he can do any wrong. He takes his craft seriously and it shows. These last two episodes, especially, he wasn't afraid to wallow in the misery, and then in the ecstasy, and it was glorious.

3. Song Hye Kyo. Truth be told, this is the first show I've ever seen with her. I'm left wanting more. I really wished that she would have broke down more in the last episode or even this one--maybe not in front of JH, though. I would have liked to see her bawling in pain in her room, on the floor, or something. Because had I broken up with JH, against my better judgement, and then seeing my dad thrown into jail, even as reserved as I am, you better believe I would be crying bloody hell on the bathroom floor.

4. Jin-Hyuk's family. I just loved how normal they were. Even his mother who tried to break them up. Their family was bits and pieces of families I know and the writer did well with conveying that sense of love and protection.

5. Chan's Whelks. Mr. Whelk CEO grew on me and I adored him by the end. The twinkle in his eye every time he flattered Sec Jang, so cute and endearing.

6. Driver Nam. What a hopeless romantic. He's the fairy godfather SH never knew she had. When his eyes smiled, his whole face smiled, and I imagined sparkles and rainbows around his head every single time. His smile was infectious and I smiled along with him without even realizing it.

7. The story. Sure, the story wasn't as imaginative as the animations, artwork, or the initial episodes would have had us believe. It was the typical kdrama melodrama, and didn't really set itself apart by being anything else. I was kind of disappointed that ALL the mothers were against the match, although not surprised. I had hoped JH's mother would have been more reasonable and less traditional and let her son make his own decision without her interference. Although JH was gracious (as he would always be) not very many sons would be. Yay for...

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fathers and godfathers who believe in their children (I have one too)! We all knew love and JH's tenacity would prevail by the end and as any good fairy tale would have us believe, they (of course) lived happily ever after.

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Woo Suk, that chair becomes you better than it did your mother. I'm so proud of you!

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Thanks @lollypip for faithfully recapping and reviewing.

I usually have a terrible track record when it comes to romances that I find are slow or nor progressing or that have no other interesting side stories. I'd usually have thrown in the towel a few episodes in, but I had absolutely no problem slowly humming along with this show. Without dramatic reveals or great plot twists, this show was able to keep me riveted by the sheer force of thoughts and emotions that were portrayed.

It was interesting and heartfelt all the way, with so much going on without words as well as with, with so much to feel and notice, just watching people making the best decisions that they could with each new hurdle.

Kudos to all who made the show beautiful. For the music and the art, the great cinematography and colour, and to all who participated in executing such a simple and yet mesmerizing love story.

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I think I have written everywhere that I love this show, but... I love it, actually.
And I loved all of this last episode.

The quiet efforts JH made not to lose SH, the first scene, the shoes with the letter, the photos, all were satisfying.

And I liked the fact that JH's mum cooked for SH and invited her to dinner, and that we didn't have some pathetic scenes between SH and her mother, or last minute regret from Chairwoman Kim; all the characters remained coherent.

The little things were perfect: the chessboard, the silent comfort SH's dad gave to his wife, the comparition between the sad SH in Cuba of the past and the sad SH of the present...

This was really a beautiful show...

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I was hesitant to watch the finale mainly because I didn't like ep. 15. But am glad I finally watched and I can gladly say that Boyfriend/Encounter was a very nice drama. Just watching JH and SH love each other was really nice, the actors did a great job. I think this could potentially be one of my favorite romance! Thanks @lollypip for the recaps and your commentaries that I always appreciated!

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Thanks to LollyPip and the commentators below, of which I shared many reflections. Boyfriend for me represented a moment of inner peace and pure visual joy, not only for the attractiveness of the protagonists, but for the entire ensemble. Every landscape is so beautiful to see, even the simple room of Jin Hyok, so full of life and memories. Or the aesthetic perfection of the house of Soo Hyeon, elegant but lifeless ... It is the story of a man who saves a rich woman who has everything from her life without love, in which the only achievement worthy of this name is just love : of a companion, of a friend, of the family. Faced with such splendor, I really do not understand why professional haters are working hard here to comment on saying absurdity. Are they fans of the rival drama or actors? Boyfriend is one of a kind and the two actors are so good that every malice slips on them. Or fans of other couples? JinSoo is a well-matched pair on the screen, but each has its own distinct real life. By the way, how nice it is not to read the shippers's comments. Perhaps the haters are arid people who refuse to understand the inner world of the two protagonists. I do not know really. Boyfriend is a rare gem in this current landscape of adrenaline-stressed or stressful or vulgar k-dramas, a legacy that the Koreans should spread around the world and I hope they do.

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Beautiful, perfect, well acted. It is a singular drama, different from the others, so well taken care of in the details. Some passages, like the second trip to Cuba, may have seemed a little forced, but the fairy tale aspect made it possible.
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I have read that Bo Gum has been called the artisan of kisses, in fact strikes me his expressive intensity even in the sweetest moments.

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I didn't expect the series to end on a *creepy stalker* note. Guys, do NOT barge into your ex-girlfriend's office after she breaks up with you! Do NOT hang around her office door all night waiting for her to walk out the door. Do NOT keep sending her gifts, especially of used shoes.

I laughed out loud when imprisoned dad said JH was 'boring'. I was wonder what he and Soo-hyun would have to talk about when they've stopped continually professing their undying love.

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I love this drama too. I cried secretly while watching. Despite of the age difference, both actors were able to portray their individual roles.

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I love this team up. I never thought I will love another series after DOTS. Bo Gum prove me wrong and Song Hye complimented his acting. I think most of the actors paired to Kyo before shines even more. But Bo Gum has his own star and he did shine the most here. Kyos kissing scenes show how professional she is just to make the story realistic and made her fans happy. Bo Gum's character is such an ideal boyfriend and his acting is superb! I never saw a korean series whith a happy ending!!! ( nobody died and got sick lol) The director just focus on love and bravery of 2 characters. This must be the series that Kyo had a lot of kissing scenes compared to her other series! I never expected she will do it after she got married but boy she prove me wrong! I cant help to think about her husband, at the back of my head its acting but he is also human. No matter what, this is her best series yet and the most daring too. Her character is so relatable and she smiles a lot here! 😊 I enjoyed every scene I kinda forgot Joong Ki. (sorry Joong Ki). Every scene is straight from the heart. I read many fans in Korea dont like the pairing and decided not to watch the series cos of fact that its taboo but I can say they missed half of their life not watching it!!! Also, just remeber Kyo and Bo Gum are only actors.❀️😍 #supportkyo #bogum #encounter

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