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Reach of Sincerity: Episode 16 (Final)

We say a sweet goodbye to everyone in this hour, without much drama, but with plenty of sugar and spice, and all things nice. The happy ending for our main couple comes with very little fuss, which leaves more room for happiness and cute antics from all our other characters as well. We even get a nice surprise, with Yoon-seo returning as secretary – what more can you ask for in a finale?

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

After spending the night together, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok continue to bask in the bliss of their relationship. Yoon-seo cutely pretends not to enjoy the breakfast Jung-rok made her, and Jung-rok gets his revenge with a surprise kiss on the cheek. Hee.

Swept up in his happiness, Jung-rok hasn’t had the chance to tell Se-won he’s back together with Yoon-seo. So naturally, Se-won thinks that Jung-rok has been pulling all-nighters at the office, lol. He confides in Yeo-reum that Jung-rok is having such a hard time with the break-up, and they both worry about how they can help their friend.

It’s really Attorney Yeon who is having a hard time, with his burnt hand and broken heart. He pitifully tells the office that he never thought Yoon-seo would date anyone who wasn’t a celebrity – and asks them what Jung-rok has that he doesn’t.

Attorney Choi is (too) quick to rattle off all the reasons – age, looks, his mountain of debt – and Attorney Yeon turns wounded eyes on him. Ha, cowardly Choi scurries off before Yeon can say anything.

On the thinnest of pretences, Attorney Yeon pulls Jung-rok into his office to grill him about dating Yoon-seo. Ohhh no, Yeon has zero chill, pettily ordering Jung-rok about, especially after Jung-rok gets a message from Yoon-seo saying she misses him. Ha, I’m cringing.

Se-won and Yeo-reum plot to help Jung-rok over his “broken heart” – by setting him up on a surprise date. Unwitting, Jung-rok tells Yoon-seo he’s going out with Se-won that night. Yoon-seo thinks it sounds like a great chance to have a date outside of the apartment, since no one will be suspicious if there are three of them.

Jung-rok gets there in time to learn about Se-won’s plan just before Yoon-seo arrives, but not in time to stop it. Jung-rok tries to explain, but Yoon-seo stops him and turns to the date, “I’m sorry, but this man is mine.” And she grabs (a delighted) Jung-rok’s wrist to lead him away. Hee.

At Yoon-seo’s apartment, Jung-rok contritely tries to confirm he had no idea about the date – and Yoon-seo answers that she’s furious. Furious that he’s so handsome, that is! Ha, she complains his face and body are a waste since he’s not even going to be a celebrity.

Jung-rok can’t hide his amusement, and Yoon-seo says that of course she isn’t angry about the date, because she trusts him. In turn, Jung-rok says that he’s the one who should be anxious, because she’s so great. In fact, Jung-rok says he’s worried every man in Korea will hate him – but sweetly promises that no matter what happens, they will be able to overcome it.

They’re going to be tested sooner than they think – Yoon-seo will be leaving for her overseas shoot sooner than she expected (tomorrow morning), and will be gone for a whole month. She whines to Hyuk-joon that it’s too long.

On hearing the unexpected news, Jung-rok flips into determined mode. He declares that they need to make the most of their 20 hours left so he’ll take the day off. Attorney Yeon petulantly tries to stop Jung-rok, but can’t follow through – what actually halts Jung-rok is the news that his client has been arrested.

Yoon-seo won’t let a little thing like that stop her though – so she goes back to work at Always Law as Jung-rok’s special ‘one-day secretary’. So cute. When Jung-rok’s phone runs out of battery, Yoon-seo uses her own phone to wirelessly charge it, and cheesily asks, “Isn’t it just like me, who always recharges your energy?”

The other lovers, Yeo-reum and Se-won are relieved that Jung-rok wasn’t angry over their mistake. Se-won jokes that Jung-rok really seems like a different person these days, since he didn’t even threaten to kick Se-won out of the apartment.

Yeo-reum’s ears prick at this, and she tells Se-won that he should just move out. Yeo-reum says that Se-won should go somewhere he’s wanted, somewhere he can get a warm meal when he comes home. She casually adds, “I have a lot of rice at my house.”

Se-won almost misses the hint, but he beams and grabs Yeo-reum’s hand when he realizes what she’s asking. Yeo-reum gruffly says that she’s doing the right thing since it’s her fault he can’t live with his parents. Se-won sighs, “You’re amazing. I really love a woman who knows how to take responsibility.”

They even get a triumphant moment when Prosecutor Im walks by. Se-won smugly tells Im he’s going to live a loooooong time and be happy with Yeo-reum. After Im leaves, shaking his head at their lovey-dovey display, they go right back to laughing together.

Yoon-seo and Jung-rok finish their work in the evening, determined to end their day together. But, oh no, Hyuk-joon apologetically rings Yoon-seo – he forgot they had an online interview scheduled for that night. Yoon-seo wilts at the thought of their last night being cut short, but Jung-rok just sweetly smiles and tells her that of course she has to go, for her fans.

Aww, at his apartment, Jung-rok sighs that he misses Yoon-seo. He turns on the live stream so he can at least see her adorable face – and gets very excited when Yoon-seo says that she will call the fan who can tell her what the plot to her new drama is.

Jung-rok furiously types out a (hilariously precise) summary of the plot, and wins the call. He introduces himself as an attorney, whose nickname is Porcupine, and Yoon-seo smiles when she realizes who it is.

Jung-rok tells Yoon-seo that his girlfriend is also going away for a month, to fulfil her dream. Jung-rok says “I want to tell her to have fun while she’s there, to stay healthy, and that I’ll always be waiting here.” Yoon-seo tells Jung-rok that she’s sure his girlfriend is grateful for his feelings.

Squee, then Jung-rok adds, “My goddess, your goddess, the universe’s goddess. I love you.”

Yoon-seo practically melts onscreen, and she confesses, “I love you too.” Just so her cover isn’t blown, she adds that she loves all her fans. Ohmygosh, too cute. Way too cute.

Yoon-seo leaves the next day. But even though they’re not in the same country, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok continue to act hopelessly in love, calling each other all the time.

Jung-rok might be happy when he’s speaking with Yoon-seo, but alone at night – he flicks through old photos of her on his phone. Wahhh.

Poor Jung-rok is really going to be left all alone, as Se-won packs up and gets ready to move in with Yeo-reum. Jung-rok jokingly warns Yeo-reum that Se-won is her problem now, at least until he gets his own apartment.

But Jung-rok isn’t as unfazed as he seems, as he goes back to his empty apartment, and sighs, “I hope Oh Jin-shim comes back soon.”

Yoon-seo rings Jung-rok, who is delighted to hear from her. But Yoon-seo sounds panicked as she tells Jung-rok that an article has come out – and hastens to tell him it’s not true. Yoon-seo laments that she’s most worried about how the news will affect him, and reaffirms that it’s definitely not true. Yoon-seo tells him she won’t be able to answer her phone, and hurriedly says she has to go.

Concerned, Jung-rok searches online to find out what Yoon-seo was not telling him – and oh no, it looks like reporters caught Yoon-seo and her “kiss master” colleague Ji-ho on a date. Jung-rok is upset… at how thin Yoon-seo looks. D’aww, he frets that she isn’t eating well.

Ha, it looks like the Always Law team care more about the news than Jung-rok does. As soon as he leaves, talk turns to whether it could be true or not. Ms. Yang thinks their relationship couldn’t have changed so fast, but Attorney Choi wisely says that feelings change all the time.

Lol, Attorney Yeon advises Choi he should be more worried about Attorney Dan’s feelings changing – he once saw her fall in love with three men in one day. Yeon asks that the team respect Jung-rok, and keep mum about the scandal…

…and is the only one to sneakily spy on Jung-rok for any clues about how he’s feeling. Ms. Yang sensibly points out it was his idea to not get involved – after she catches Yeon crouched on the floor analyzing Jung-rok’s motives vis-Γ -vis thumping a broken photocopier. Yeon loftily says that he just wants the best for Jung-rok and Yoon-seo. Ms. Yang drily says she never got that impression before.

Yeon’s words about Dan’s wandering eye come back to haunt Choi later that night when she wants to stop for udon – and the owner is particularly good-looking. Choi ushers her into a restaurant run by grannies instead, to be safe.

Except it looks like one of their – handsome – grandsons works there as well. Choi leaves to answer his phone, darting suspicious looks between Dan and the man. Choi’s worst fears are confirmed when he comes back in in time to see Dan giving the young man her number, and Choi staggers against the wall.

Choi pulls Dan outside, and demands to know why she’s giving other men her number. Dan looks momentarily confused – and then answers that the shop does home deliveries, so she gave them Choi’s address since he seemed to enjoy the dish. Woops.

Dan says, “You still don’t trust me. I guess I can’t blame you since I know how I’ve been.” Unhappily, Choi tries to deny it, but Dan continues, “But you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Now I just fall in love with the same person, over and over again… I fall in love with you dozens of times a day, so I don’t have time to fall in love with anyone else.”

Choi looks like he’s about to explode, and he leans in closer and closer, about to kiss… when people walking past scoff at them. Dan and Choi break apart, embarrassed. But not for long – Dan grabs Choi and pulls him behind a tree. Kisssss.

Meanwhile, Yeo-reum considers whether she should move to a less intense job, so she can spend more time with Se-won, because that is when she is happiest. She muses that she will have to move soon when her lease is up.

Yoon-seo heads home early, but gets upset when Jung-rok doesn’t answer his phone, and pouts when Hyuk-joon tells her she needs to go straight home to avoid another scandal.

But when she gets home, there are candles lit and wine waiting for her… and a super-cute Jung-rok jumps out from behind a wall, clutching a bunch of flowers. He arranged the whole thing with Hyuk-joon, the sneak. Jung-rok dispels Yoon-seo’s fears about the scandal and assures her that he trusts her.

Overjoyed, Yoon-seo hands Jung-rok his present (snerk, more Chanel perfume) and the close contact suddenly reminds them they’re alone. Jung-rok asks, “Should we do what we couldn’t for a month?”

Flustered, Yoon-seo asks what he means – and is very much disappointed when Jung-rok squarely replies going over her script with her. Ha, he’s not that clueless though – Jung-roks admits he was joking and he pulls Yoon-seo in for hugs (and more?).

The next day, CEO Yeon upsets Yoon-seo when he refuses to release a statement that she isn’t dating her co-star, because it will be good for ratings. Yoon-seo plaintively asks how this will make her boyfriend feel – and CEO Yeon takes a good long while before he realizes exactly what Yoon-seo is confessing.

Meanwhile, Ms. Kim gushes to Ms. Yang about how excited she is to go to the Yeon Entertainment 10th anniversary party and meet the celebrities. Ms. Yang is confused about one thing though – Mr. Lee’s address on the invitation is wrong. Ms. Kim tells her he moved 3 or 4 months ago.

CEO Yeon storms into the office, and confronts Attorney Yeon about Yoon-seo and Jung-rok’s relationship. CEO Yeon blusters that Yoon-seo was sent here so his cousin would look after her. Attorney Yeon admits that he was upset at first too, since he’s Yoon-seo’s fan – but then adds maturely, “But what could I do? Yoon-seo is a person too. You can’t control her emotions.” He advises CEO Yeon to just be understanding since they can’t change it.

CEO Yeon doesn’t like it, but says he will be understanding of Yoon-seo – but he really can’t accept that she chose to fall in love with a crank like Jung-rok. Attorney Yeon defends Jung-rok. Trying to prove whether they do or don’t belong together, the two cousins bicker over whether Jung-rok is good-looking and successful enough for Yoon-seo – and eventually, who was more hated by the nation, lol.

Ms. Yang tries to work out whether Mr. Lee lied to her. When Mr. Lee reminds her about their date tomorrow, Ms. Yang hesitantly asks if he moved – and is shocked to hear that he did. Mr. Lee explains that he wanted to be there for her so she could fall asleep without missing her stop.

Se-won invites Yeo-reum to look at a new apartment – and takes her by surprise when he says that he has already signed a contract for it. He asks Yeo-reum is she will move in with him – and marry him.

Se-won tells her he dreams of happy times in this apartment, and two children that look just like her. He slides a ring onto her finger, and overwhelmed with happiness, Yeo-reum agrees to marry him. Se-won says, “My happiness is right here too. It’s you.”

Mr. Lee anxiously waits for Ms. Yang to show up for their dinner, but when she does, it isn’t to go on a date. Ms. Yang gently tells him that she thinks love is like a flower that is beautiful, but withers quickly. She explains that she had resolved to ignore love if it ever came along again. Just a little sadly, she tells Mr. Lee not to like her, and meet someone far better. Mr. Lee is left looking crushed.

On the evening Yoon-seo’s drama first airs, Jung-rok shows up at her apartment to watch it with her. Yoon-seo seems tense as the air time grows closer, even though she denies it, being a seasoned actor of 15 years. Jung-rok folds her hands in his, and warmly says, “I know how much you waited for this. Thank you for sharing this precious moment with me.”

Afterwards, Yoon-seo can’t bear to look at the comments, so Jung-rok tests the waters for her – and reports back that all the comments are positive! Delighted, Yoon-seo basks in the praise, until one commenter says that it looks like the leads are really dating. Womp, womp.

Fast-forward to the wrap party, and Yoon-seo thanks the cast and crew for working with her on the comeback drama she prepared so hard for. She says gratefully, “All that I wanted was for my sincerity to reach many people. I feel like I’ve achieved that partly, so I’m happy and feel honored.”

CEO Yeon, slightly tearily, says that he was touched by her speech. With a glint in her eye, Yoon-seo says she’s pleased to hear that – and clasping her heart, she vows, “I’ve wrapped the drama, so from now on, I’m going to do whatever what I want.” Pleased with herself, Yoon-seo jumps away, ignoring CEO Yeon’s impotent shouts about her troublemaking.

CEO Yeon tries to take out his frustration on Hyuk-joon – but ha, Hyuk-joon is just drunk enough to tell Yeon exactly what he’s thinking. He rants that he’s the one who has cared for Yoon-seo this long, and supported her, and basically makes a mess of himself while CEO Yeon tries to calm him down.

Yeon Entertainment’s party looms, and Yoon-seo prepares Jung-rok for a long day ahead of him. First stop? A new outfit! Jung-rok, confused why he would need a new suit when he already has so many, thinks these are too flashy for just an advisory counsel. But Yoon-seo corrects him – he won’t be going as a counsel, but as her boyfriend.

Yoon-seo tells Jung-rok that she is tired of hiding the truth, and wants to be honest with everybody. She asks Jung-rok if he will be happy revealing that he’s her boyfriend, and he enthusiastically agrees.

And so they show up on the red carpet, looking like an impossibly beautiful couple. Jung-rok, in a spiffy tuxedo and rocking a new hairstyle, accompanies Yoon-seo just as if he belonged there.

The whole Always Law family is already there, from Attorney Choi and Dan with their showy displays of affection, to Mr. Lee and Ms. Yang and their quieter understanding, to Ms. Kim taking selfies with the interns. And of course, Attorney Yeon shows up in an attention-grabbing jacket.

When Yoon-seo and Jung-rok step out together, happy and very much in love, everyone gathers round to cheer and clap. Gah, so sweet.

Yoon-seo smiles up at Jung-rok and thinks, “My heart, and my sincerity. Will others see it?”

Jung-rok smiles back, and thinks, “I’m sure your sincerity will reach the hearts of others. Just like it reached me.”

 
COMMENTS

Awwww, the show went out the way it started – with (nearly) every story wrapped up neatly, and lots of adorableness from our couples and friends. I came for Yoo Inna and Lee Dong-wook – and okay, I stayed for them as well – but I grew more attached to the side characters and stories in this drama than I thought I would.

Sure, I felt like it ended slightly abruptly, I wasn’t enamored of Yeo-reum’s out-of-the-blue decision to take a step back in her career, and once again the show threw in new plot lines (the scandal with Yoon-seo’s coworker, Yoon-seo’s erratic and busy schedule) only to completely resolve it without really exploring it. But these are very minor complaints, especially because this show was never about manufactured drama, and explosive twists. It was about a cast of characters being lovely to each other, and growing closer together while honestly trying to do their best in their relationships and lives. Which was why this gentle ride ended on a high, with a touching send-off to all the characters we have come to care about. By undercutting the drama, and refusing to prolong the pain, this episode gave the characters room to honestly express their feelings. And lots of cuteness.

Tying into the overall theme of the show, everyone’s sincerity shone through in this episode. Attorney Dan and Choi may have started as cartoonish, but their heightened and specific reality still had realistic problems we could relate to. What makes them connect so much with them is that they aren’t just played to be ridiculous, and I was swooning right along with Choi at Dan’s speech about falling in love repeatedly with him. Followed by laughing uproariously at their appropriately inappropriate rom-com kiss. Yeo-reum and Se-won, with their own mature and loving relationship, tugged at my heartstrings as well. I enjoyed that Yeo-reum finally trusts Se-won enough to start making her own moves to deepen their relationship by asking him to move in. Though of course, the eager Se-won just had to trump her with that beautiful proposal (even if I did think he probably should have waited to sign the lease until Yeo-reum had a chance to see it).

On the other hand, the bittersweet ending for the romance between Ms. Yang and Mr. Lee might not have worked out the way I wanted it to – but at least they got their chance to explore it. I was torn on whether Ms. Yang was actually serious about never wanting to date again, in which case, I hope the last look they shared was indicative of a slow-burning change of heart because that’s too sad to contemplate. Or whether it was merely an excuse because she thought Mr. Lee feelings (his bus-time habits) were too intense for her. Either way, the shot of melancholy balanced out the more saccharine elements of this ending.

But it wasn’t all romantic relationships that took the focus of sincerity – the Yeon cousins continue to spark delightfully off each other, and Attorney Yeon jumps onboard the Jung-rok-Yoon-seo ship. After he had his mini tantrum, that is. But I get the feeling he will be Jung-rok’s staunchest defender – and as the president of Yoon-seo’s fan club, who is better placed to get the public on side after the truth comes out? Even CEO Yeon and Hyuk-joon had their moment of honesty with each other – and I don’t even think that Hyuk-joon will suffer too much for it, because CEO Yeon is the biggest softie in the entertainment world. Which even Yoon-seo recognizes, because he really does just want the best for her. It’s just that Yoon-seo is now confident enough to make the decision of what is ‘best’ for herself.

One of the greatest coups of this drama was landing the effortlessly charming and likeable Inna as Yoon-seo. When Yoon-seo wanted everyone to feel her sincerity, I felt it because Inna sold it. And her relationship with Jung-rok, even though on the outside it didn’t look like it would work, really did because Inna kept Yoon-seo grounded. And thank you, Reach, for getting Lee to smile so much in this last episode. Every time he did, I did. I fully believe that Jung-rok and Yoon-seo will go on to have a wonderful life together, because they understand the pain of separation and don’t want to go through that again. They know that what they have is special, and are willing to fight for it, because everything they have gone through has just made them stronger together. Which is why the decision to be honest about their relationship was more important than the fallout from it – and we end on their triumphant choice to take that brave next step in front of the world.

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It was sad that the office manager and Secretary Yang didn't end up together but I guess it's more realistic.

Also, did anyone else wish that the marriage proposal was between Yoon Seo and Jung Rok than the two lawyers? I felt like the two lawyers' storyline was never fully fleshed out so I didn't feel that emotionally invested in their relationship.

I thought it was kind of interesting/meta that the entertainment CEO didn't want to put out a statement denying a relationship between Yoon Seo and her co-star since that would hurt the drama's ratings and at the same time, I see a lot of fans on SM ship Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook in real life.

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I totally agree about the meta relationship part. I kept wondering during this ep if they are dating other people irl and how upset some fans would be if they knew πŸ˜„

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Another level of meta is knowing that Yoo In Na dated her co-star from another drama--Ji Hyun Woo from "Queen In-Hyun's Man" and that he declared his love for her in a press conference after the show's airing.

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I knew they had dated but didn't realize he had confessed like that. That's so cute.

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...only to have him break up with her 2 years later, after his release from the army >.< sigh. that aside, the chemistry in QIHM was definitely cute - but TYH has conquered it for sure!

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He confessed that he was really in love with her, and the MC asks Yoo In Na "What is your response?" and she tries to deflect by saying "Isn't our drama's OST great?" and the MC says something like "Nobody is asking about that!" Days later, on her radio show, she said "We have decided that Ji Hyun Woo will go from being Queen In-Hyun's Man to being Yoo In-Na's man". The whole thing was really cute. You can watch it on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roArZyjnUtU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vApjnOFLB4U&t=364s

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So cute! Thanks for the links!

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I was totally thinking about the meta part, actually starting with the ending of episode 15, when Yoon-Seo was explaining to Jung Rok about how kissing on screen isn't really real but made to look real. And then they kiss themselves where it seems to be very real! And now with this part in episode 16, it made me wonder if the show could've done more with these meta moments. And also made me wonder, is the show subliminally trying to tell us not to get too invested in their relationship, because it's not real, or...? But that would be seem to be a strange message from a show that's about "sincerity."

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Cute ending - but I feel like this episode wasn't as strong as episode 15 was. It's like they tied off the storylines a bit too early - like they ran out of plot last episode and only had fluff and filler left for the final, so it fell a little flat to me. I wanted just a little bit more substance. It was very sweet though.
I'll miss these two though, I LOVED Jung Rok and Yun Seo to bits. And can we just all take a hot second to talk about Dong Wook coming out of that limo in that suit? Perhaps I died? Bless you, TvN.

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... and without bangs!!

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And his beautiful eyebrows.

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Episodes 16 are most of the time tricky. They may be good, but you always get the feeling they are abrupt because (if you liked the drama) they are cutting your story and leaving you with nostalgia and a hole in your heart. They may be also very bad, or wishy washy, or pretty nasty or totally ruined (I am thinking of you: pretty noona πŸ˜’).
It must be really tough for the writer and production team to finish the story. I suppose, by episode 16 many are very tired and wishing for small or long vacations...
But let's be nice with this drama. It was very cute until the end. I am sure they did their best. And it left us at least with a happy smile and wanting to see more. If I want to keep on watching or rewatch a show, that is what I call success...

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A sweet goodbye, indeed (even if full of ppl); the last scene reminded me the ending of "Notting hill", my favourite movie when I was a little girl.

I loved the sincerity in the relationship between YS and JR, the way they supported each other and the trust they shared. They were adorable till the end.
And I liked the fact that she led him away from the blind date, and that it was she that bought elegant clothes for him, rather than the opposite.

About Yeo-Rum and Se-Won, just when they were growing on me, she said not to want a too successful career, he chose their future house without asking her opinion, and proposed in a way I found far from romantic...

Jealous Lawyer Choi was so sweet, such as Lawyer Dan's declaration. At the beginning of the drama I didn't think this relationship would be so lovely and satisfying!

And I wanted to see hope in that look between Ms Yang and Mr Lee.

Despite its flaws (above all, the abrupt end of the stalker storyline, that was a so important topic at the beginning of the story), the drama is a solid 8/10 for me.
I was thinking that, even if I liked the other two rom-coms I watched (WWWSK and Beauty inside) more than TYH, I loved them less.

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What a fluffy fun drama!!!

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Ahhh...a sweet ending to a really sweet show. Watching this each week was a real delight.

The cousin CEOs were ridiculous in their attempts to outdo each other in this episode. Loved, loved their relationship. And I'm so glad Oppa finally did the right thing in helping reunite our couple on OYS's return from her trip.

Re: the couples -- I always felt the office manager's love was entirely one-sided and so wasn't surprised as to how that played out.
Se-won, you stealthily became the MVP of this drama for me. I'm so doing a πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ that you got Yeo-rum's yes to that lovely proposal. You deserve all the happiness in the world.
Attorney Dan's confession was ❀️️❀️️❀️️❀️️x1000. I'll miss our ukelele couple. And I don't think I'll ever look at a ❀️️-shaped post-it note without thinking of our wonderful pinku pinku couple.

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About Ms. Yang turning down Mr. Lee.
Its a good thing the series is advising its viewers to have low expectations on their one-sided workplace crushes. In the real world a working mother of a teenager with a full schedule and a long commute is probably not going to jump into your arms just because you have a crush on them.

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Excellent pointβ€”she's not obligated to return his crush.

It was Ms. Yang's decision to completely turn away from loveβ€”not just Mr. Lee's affectionsβ€”that saddened me. I didn't quite get her reasoning. Is she finished with love all together? Does she not feel deserving of love?

My divorced friends and acquaintances who are single parents still hope for companionship to share the burdens and joys of life. (Now, if you're happiest being solo, that's another thing. I didn't get that's what she was saying here.)

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I didnt mind her turning him down. I just wished she had done it sooner. I dont know if its true or not, but it looked like she showed up late for their date and then told him she wasn't interested. I just think about Mr. Lee waiting, excited for his date, jumping up in nerves and expectation every time he hears the door open only for her to finally get there and its to tell him the date is a no-go.

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Well, I'm gonna pretend that episodes 13 and 14 don't exist and that this drama remained sweet and fluffy throughout it's entire run. Jung-rok certainly didn't try to get a previous client of his convicted for the very crime he defended her against. Nope. That would be ridiculous.

This show did leave me with some questions. Jung-rok, why wouldn't you talk to your girlfriend before you decide that breaking up would be 'for her own good?' Se-won, why wouldn't you talk to your girlfriend before signing the lease on a freaking house? Why was the entire murder trial a hot mess? Why hasn't anyone on this show taken a single law class?

I know it sounds like I don't have any love left for this show, but truly, I do. The first half felt like having pure unadulterated sugar poured directly into my veins. It was movie dates disguised as study sessions and heart-shaped post-it notes and broken elevators and wine-addled confessions. It was nothing but pink fluff and it was glorious.

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More questions:
Why did Se won and Yeo Reum break up in the first place?
Was the stalker case actually taken to court?
Where was Mr. Choi's mother? I really wanted to meet her. Why didn't he tell her about his new girlfriend?

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So, my husband once bought a house for our family halfway across the country before I ever had a chance to see it. He knew I would love it and I did. It was my dream house in so many ways. Now, 2 houses later, I still miss it. I think Sewon knows her at least that well, that she would love that apartment too. And that she would say yes to his proposal.

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I wouldn't like to be kept out of the loop of such a major decision. Maybe that's what romance will look like for me: being included in the process. I think it just goes to show that love can look different for each of us, and that it really is about knowing what your partner would like.

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"Yoon seo owns joon gyu's heart". CEO Yeon is the king of fanboys. I will miss him so much.
I really really wish we had gotten more screentime for our second couple. And Sewon, you don't buy a matrimonial home without consulting your future wife.
Ms. Dan and Mr. Choi couple have my heart and soul.
Poor Mr. Lee got rejected. I am not surprised but still.
The red carpet scene made me realize just how good looking both Lee dong wook and Yoo Inna are.
I am officially a fan of Yoo Inna. Can't wait to see what she does next.
Goodbye drama. Thank you for all the laughs.

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What a wonderful little show. I liked that the cases were never stress-inducing, wrapped themselves up within an episode for the most part, and never detracted from the main story of two people from opposite worlds figuring out how to be together. But I ended this episode engrossed in The Dan/Choi Show. My heart melted when Atty Dan confessed. And they should have just kissed in public, a goofy, cheesy, totally not sexy, kiss. And I wanted his mother to meet her! That’s a loose end I would have liked to see. She would have objected because Atty Dan was a career woman and Atty Choi would have defended her as I’m court, silencing his mother! All in all, it was a very welcome show for me. Now, I think I might have enough happiness to continue β€œRadiant.”

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sighhhhhhhh once in a while a drama like this comes around. something fun. something light. never over the top. just gives us what we expect of it, how can an old formula still be refreshing, like this??? the YIN-LDW chemi is really strong, but all the minor characters are also written well too. up until the end, these characters have their own thing, at the same time they really helped with steering our main characters to the direction ALL the viewers want to see. the story is nicely consistent too. right from the start, we know it'll be a cute little slice of story we wait for every week and it is like that until the end.

the male lead is of course a quick work with romantic developments. the female lead always bubbly and bright. even though up until the end, kwon jung rok spoke like those korean recording mp3s that comes with korean language learning books TO EVERYONE, i still find him endearing. honestly, i take note of all the times he drops the formalities a little and become cute.
i also watch some of their BTS scenes and i notice that LDW, as usual, is very very funny on set and tries to keep up with the funny antics of the characters at Always Law Firm. but the director asks him to always tone it down. i can imagine how much funnier the scenes would be if the director didnt hold him back or NG those scenes. kinda like how playful the yook sungjae-gong yoo-ldw combo was in goblin set. BUT then again, the story might change drastically!! but i noticed that in the last episode, jungrok became more playful. maybe the director let ldw become more himself??
also, HOW CAN YIN do all those cute things and not make me wanna hurl my laptop through the window???? the show uses old formula aegyo courtship but I NEVER MINDED THIS AT THE LEAST???

my heart dropped and cheered so loud when they got off the limo in slow-mo. i will really miss the endorphins this show gave me. my guilt-less, PPL-filled, shallow bliss every week.

CAN YOU ALL SUGGEST me a cute little drama like this? i can't think of one right now. not What's Wrong With Secretary Kim please. i'm still scarred from that one.

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Have you watched heart to heart? its got Chun jung myung and Choi kang hee. its not entirely drama free but these two are just so super cute to watch as they fall in love.

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One of my favourites.

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i just read the recap for episode 1!! it's cute

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and so ends this love of our drama lives - at least for the past 2 months 😭😭 this drama was such a joy and delight; it truly shined thanks to LDW and YIN's chemistry, the elements of cute in between (a la WWWSK), and great camaraderie amongst the rest of the cast, especially the team from Always Law Firm. yes, it had its moments (looking at you, noble idiot JR πŸ˜’) and some plotlines that weren't as well defined, but this was certainly the fluff of fresh air that we've needed amidst some of the more heavy-hearted dramas as of late. thank you to Dong-wook oppa and In-na unnie for bringing these adorkable characters to life, and to the team for giving Sunny/Reaper the 4th life that many could only have dreamt of (or written as fanfiction haha).

my only grouse - while it was nice to see the different storylines being tied up, kinda wish the 'going overseas' portion was tackled in ep 15 instead of 16? why throw in a dilemma/cause for concern towards the end (even if the impact was minimal)? in any case, it made me want to have this fellow as the head of my welcome home committee: https://imgur.com/XKq1xAv πŸ˜‰ (where do i sign up!)

here's wishing our RoS couple(s) much love and happiness - through this lifetime, and the many others to come. thanks to all for being a part of this sweet journey and Team DB for recapping! 😍 #TeamAlways

locations:

Yeon Ent party: Aston House (μ• μŠ€ν†€ν•˜μš°μŠ€) https://koreandramaland.com/listings/walkerhill-hotel-and-resort-seoul/

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For the last 2 months this has been my favorite show.

The last episode was a nice wrap-up. (except for the cowardly Secretary Yang- but it is realistic that some people simply do not have the courage for love).

Our main couple have now gone public. We do not need a marriage proposal here- that will inevitably come.

Our Prosecutor couple are going to get married. A major subtext of the whole series was the story of Se-won defying his family and working hard to win back Yeo-reum. That is real love.

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couldn't have put it any better myself :)

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Yes, Se-won was amazing on several levels and his single-mindedness in pursuing and winning Yeo-rum back, despite the parental roadblocks, made me love him even more. I like that the drama didn't bring THAT drama into the frame, and instead just showed us how it could be handled well. I am very impressed with how Se-won's character was written and played out.

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I'm still thinking that the main plot was meant to go in different direction - stalking powerful guy, but following recent events with Burning Sun it had changed and it was swept under the carpet and introduced other cases. The attitude of Yeo Reum had changed - at first she was portrayed as a sharp prosecutor who doesn't try to climb a ladder but stands for the truth but it changed abruptly as the scandal with BS heated more.

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This drama has my heart <3. I came for Lee Dongwook and Yoo Inna, and I'm so pleased that everything I had hoped for in their onscreen romance and chemistry was so explosive with pinku-pinku hearts everywhere. EVERYWHERE! My romcom cup is full with this drama and with JR and YS's romance <3 <3 <3 and also getting to know some of my fellow beanies better (@kimbapnoona and @tsutsuloo, looking atchoo!) This is one drama that I'll continually take out to watch when it's a cold rainy day and it's time for snuggling under the blanket - not the least because I think I missed half the dating scenes because I was cringing SO HARD for Jungrok with his #AwkwardDating *shudder * --- acting was SO GOOD because those scenes were SO, SO BAD AND CRINGEY. Lee Dongwook, good on you for pulling those off without your hair standing on end.

On the light plot, I think the drama made the best it could out of a bad situation, what with Se-won's character changing actors suddenly, and then the Burning Sun scandal taking over Korea. I suspect the change in actors may have led to the Yeorim/Sewon relationship taking backseat, and for the suddenly-truncated ex-boyfriend storyline. However, I think the Yeorim/Sewon story was made better because putting it in the background gave it room to breathe, even though we're given hints at their problems - his father did not approve of her, her father was on trial which Sewon may have had to prosecute for, and which he took a personal/professional exile for, and then there was some strain in their relationship which made them break up and Yeorim changed as a person when she used to be bright and happy before... I'm good with all that being in the background, because we never truly know all our friends' stories fully, don't we?

What I would have liked was seeing some flashback scenes to see how these three became friends in the first place; I love Sewon and Jungrok together; it's like happy smurf and grumpy smurf together in a gruff bromance. Sewon is the best wingman ever, and together with Yeorim you can tell they love Jungrok a lot a lot - friends like that are hard to come by, and even harder after a failed crush.

The other lovelines were cute to watch and like others watching have mentioned, Choi and Dan are cute as buttons, Secretary Yang and Mr Lee are a bit of a heartbreak - but I have hope that the lingering look and the meaning of the flowers that "my love runs deeper than yours" means... 'one day' rather than 'stop'.

This drama has made me so happy over the last 2 months <3 Now I'm just left with staring at the last screencaps of Jungrok and Yeonso because they both look so incredibly beautiful - individually and together. Perfect ending with the public declaration of coupledom!

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It wasn't bad, it was just kinda boring. It felt like every scene of Jung Rok and Yoon Seo in the finale was purely built around product placement...like they'd really run out of story after they got back together and just rushed to place stuff in and get their PPL quota up. Red Ginseng, Samsung, Beer, Chicken, Subway, Chanel (oh god the Chanel PPL in this drama haha). It was lovely and sweet, but just felt insincere to me. The wrapping up of the side stories also felt rushed and like filler rather than a real part of the ending - and I thought the sides were adorable. I think all the side actors did a fantastic job with their storylines. Although I was disappointed with Mr Lee and Ms Yang storyline, the actors nearly had me crying by how well they sold it....it just felt rushed and like it wasn't properly explained or explored at all. Like the whole drama we see him doing see stuff for her and her not really noticing, then it all builds up to a rushed rejection (which was beautifully done) and that's it. I feel like it would've been better if they had it a couple eps ago and we could've seen them interacting afterwards. Ms Dan and Mr Choi were just adorable. Overall an alright drama - good fluff haha - but kinda disappointing given the potential -it was an amazing cast and beautifully shot I just think the editing and writing let it down a bit.

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Loved this drama a lot! Even if it was kinda uneventful, that left so much more room for the romance which I really appreciated!

However, if there's one thing that irks me, it would be the lack of experience in the relationship department for both our leads.
For Yoon Seo it might be slightly more believable that she has never actually dated despite being in her early 30s. It's a bit of a stretch, especially considering she is so pretty and mentioned to be the ideal woman of many celebreties and regular men. So she must've been asked out a lot. I cannot really believe she never as much as agreed to a date or fancied anyone. But, as she is this adorable innocent character in an industry so quick to judge, where dating news is called a "scandal", I am inclined to let it slide.
However, with Jung Rok, it's a completely different story. How could a man in his mid 30s never even held a woman's hand? Obviously he does show interest in romance in general, considering that, after all, he happily threw himself into the relationship with Yoon Seo and did have feelings for Yeo Reum during university. I don't say you have to have a list of at least a dozen romantic partners by the time you turn 30, but being a *virgin* (remember, he was said to not even have held a woman's hand until Yeon Seo) at his age is extremely rare, and I find it hard to believe.
Sure, he had his innocent moments, and from his behaviour you could suppose he is not that experienced (I mean that he acted in a pure way often times), but suddenly being so smooth when it comes to (what I assume happened) first time? I don't buy it.

Man, this came out as a small rant...but it's in general a problem I see in K-Dramas to depict their characters as overly innocent and pure. A character can be a likeable and innocent without the aduience being asked for suspense of disbelief when it comes to their non-existent romantic past...

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such a nice ending to this show. This show was based on the amazing chemistry that Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na have and morphed into a cute love story. I loved the elements that the two leads explored in their characters. The OST was spot on! (I mean they had a song by Day6 and by an on-the-rise duo called 1415 who have done great OSTs)

Were all the side characters fully fleshed out? no. But it was still very enjoyable to watch them. The premise of this show wasn't a legal drama, or much drama at all. It was cute. and cute it delivered.
After Queen In Hyun's Man it was fun to see Yoo In Na play an actress again and she nailed it! Lee Dong Wook was so adorable to watch. Going from serious lawyer to doting lover!

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This drama is a feel-good kind that’ll I’ll probably re-watch for a light and fluffy feeling. Thanks for the recapping this one. 😊😊😊

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Made it to my list of favorite rom-coms and among my favorite couple in k-dramaland! Funny, adorable and oh so sweet! It had all the ingredients of a perfect rom-com πŸ’•πŸ’•

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