9.9 Billion Won Woman: Episodes 29-32 Open Thread (Final)
I knew I needed to prepare myself for the finale week of 9.9 Billion Won Woman, but I don’t think I was ready for the full heart-pounding extent of these final episodes. Both our hero and our heroine are presented with the thing they desire most, be it wealth or revenge, and how they respond to this temptation truly determines each of their fates.
EPISODES 29-32 WEECAP
Leon’s been playing Jae-hoon, but the game is finally up when Jae-hoon discovers the Caza del Zorro wine — actually a terrifying signifier of Daniel Kim’s real identity (Leon), and his real motive (cruel revenge on Hee-joo). I know Jae-hoon was kind of a jerk, but the drama is not kind to him: he’s slaughtered on Leon’s command.
In a wonderful and moving bit of redemption, though, Jae-hoon is able to tell his wife how much he loves her — and he’s also able to tip off Seo-yeon to the fact that Daniel Kim = Leon. It’s a HUGE piece of intel that wraps all our plots and people together for the final act in our drama.
Tae-woo and Seo-yeon are united once again (YES!) with the knowledge of Leon’s true identity, and soon, Hee-joo is on board as well. It’s a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and I love how all our characters are joining forces to take down the megalith that is Leon, once and for all.
There’s a lot at stake, and a lot of history under the bridge — not to mention the fact that Leon is responsible for the deaths of many people that each of them loved (little brother, big brother, and husband).
Leon’s plan is to use his VIP investment club in the same way he did three years ago, and use fraudulent investment rounds to make a fortune at the price of everyone else’s ruin. Jae-hoon was his first pawn, and Hee-joo is his second.
Seo-yeon is amazingly brave and persistent here, playing the double agent and insisting to everyone that punishing Leon is the only way she can atone for her sins. But when she gets made, Leon confronts her over her theft of the 9.9 billion won, and it’s all in the open now. It’s a terrifying scene of realization for Seo-yeon (and me!).
You might think Leon would kill her on the spot, but he’s actually turned on by the whole situation — the fact that she both saved his life and stole his money, and the deep-seated greed that he recognizes in her. Leon tries to pull her to the dark side, luring her with money and power (and even Tae-woo’s life).
It’s a gorgeous scene that digs deep into the moral of this entire story — and it’s an even stronger moment when Seo-yeon turns away from the 9.9 billion won and says she will not turn into a monster consumed by greed.
In between the heart-pounding scenes of this finale week are some really lovely and quiet scenes between Seo-yeon and Tae-woo. I swear these two were made for each other, but even though they recognize what they have in common, they agree to go their separate ways. Tae-woo tells her that he doesn’t hold Tae-hyung’s death against her, and in a way, you can tell it makes her more precious to him, since she heard his last words. My heart can’t take much more of this.
The inaugural meeting of the VIP investment group is where it all goes down — it’s the final trap for Leon set by our crew. I was skeptical at first, since everyone has been outplayed by Leon thus far, but they use his own greed against him. It works like magic: Seo-yeon and Tae-woo gain access to his accounts which is the equivalent of cutting off his blood supply.
The scene is suspenseful to begin with, but once Leon knows he’s ruined, it turns into a shoot-out. Seo-yeon rushes to protect Tae-woo, then Tae-woo does the same for her, but finally, it’s In-pyo who turns up on the scene and has the final (and fatal, for both of them) struggle with Leon.
Seo-yeon was tested earlier, when she was presented with the 9.9 billion won again, and she passed the test; here, it’s Tae-woo’s turn, when he turns a gun on the man that murdered his brother and ruined his life. But Tae-woo is a good man, we know this already, and he passes his test too.
With the bad guy exposed and definitely dead, it’s time for everyone to put their lives back together. Tae-woo gets reinstated as a policeman, Hee-joo is secure with her daughter, and Seo-yeon gets a loving embrace from Grandma Jang before she leaves for Tahiti. But really, the loose strand I want to see tied the most is the relationship between Tae-woo and Seo-yeon. Happily, the drama focuses on their story at the end, and they share a lovely, hopeful, and open-ended goodbye at the airport.
Although I’m sorry to see this drama end, I have enjoyed every minute of it. From the very first episode, it invited us to skydive into a crazy story with a heroine whose motives were more than questionable. If you took the skydive, though, you’ve had a wonderful, adrenaline-driven plummet through the depths of human greed (and crazy plot reversals!) — and now we’ve come out on the other side.
We’ve seen our characters at their very worst — but we’ve also seen their humanity, morality, and love win out over the darkness. There’s nothing like a story that champions right and light over hate and greed, and with its wild ride, 9.9 Billion Won Woman followed through beautifully on its theme from start to finish.