People with Flaws: Episodes 31-32 (Final)
All is fair in love and war, and sometimes, our leads have learned, war can blossom into love. There are a lot of ends to tie up in a short hour, but somehow the show manages it nicely. If everyone doesn’t get a happy ever after, at least they have learned that living with your flaws is possible with a lot of support and love.
Kang-woo wakes up first after spending the night with Seo-yeon, and he takes the opportunity to measure her arms and ring finger with his hands while she sleeps. He gets the giggles and wakes her up, and she’s so shy that she bounces him right off the bed.
He’s disappointed when Seo-yeon insists on going home before her brothers wake up. She succeeds, but she runs into Jang-mi and Mi-kyung, who are making bibimbap in the kitchen. Mi-kyung follows Seo-yeon to her room and finds the unworn lingerie, which makes her shriek that Kang-woo is really in love with Seo-yeon, hee.
Meanwhile, Kang-woo sits outside grinning like a fool at all the couples he sees. A voice intones that what he’s feeling is just hormones — ha, it’s the real Doctor Kim, who naturally doesn’t recognize Kang-woo and leaves him incredibly confused.
As soon as Won-jae lays eyes on Seo-yeon, he can tell something is different about her, though she denies his suspicion. Seo-joon and Joo-hee run in and drop to their knees, apologizing profusely for “causing trouble.” Won-jae and Seo-yeon jump to the worst possible conclusion, but eventually they get the full story, and Seo-yeon takes Seo-joon to see Hyun-soo and explain.
The truth is that Joo-hee wasn’t wearing heavy makeup and sexy clothes because she worked in the karaoke bar — she’s a fit model for an online store. Hyun-soo is impressed that Seo-joon didn’t put the blame on Joo-hee so that he could selfishly stay at Hyun-soo Entertainment, and reinstates him as a trainee.
But it turns out that when Kang-woo visited the building, he witnessed Jung-ho uploading the video of Seo-joon and Joo-hee, so Hyun-soo released Jung-ho from his contract. Seo-joon follows Jung-ho outside, angry that his former friend deliberately tried to destroy his career. He tells Jung-ho that someday they’ll meet onstage, and then they’ll compete fairly.
Upstairs, Hyun-soo tells Seo-yeon that Seo-joon is good enough to be a top star someday. Seo-yeon only gives him the stink-eye and warns him that if he ever makes Mi-kyung cry, she’ll personally kill him dead.
Kang-woo goes to the school to see Min-hyuk and pesters him until he agrees to have lunch, then Min-hyuk just orders several kinds of cake, ha. Kang-woo fusses about Min-hyuk’s health (and even tries to give him a blood sugar monitor), so Min-hyuk eventually agrees to cut back on the sugar.
Won-seok goes looking for Ho-dol and finds him running the Mr. Potato stand while the owner takes a bathroom break. Won-seok offers to buy one so that Ho-dol can say he made a sale, but Ho-dol wrestles with him and drops his wallet in a bucket of water.
Ho-dol takes apart Won-seok’s wallet to let everything dry, and inside, he finds the picture of Won-seok’s father. Ho-dol grins that Won-seok looks like his dad, and Won-seok preens a little at the compliment. Growing very serious, Ho-dol tells the photograph, “Thank you for helping Hyung-nim live such a great life,” and Won-seok looks shaken, in a good way.
Later, Ho-dol enters Won-seok’s room alone and finds the picture of the mountains that Won-seok keeps on his desk. He takes it to Won-jae and tells him that Won-seok asked him to give him the picture, tearing it up first. Won-jae reveals that the picture is of the place Won-seok had chosen to commit suicide, but he believes that Won-seok sent Ho-dol to Won-jae with the torn picture as a message that he’s no longer considering it.
After Ho-dol leaves, Won-jae texts to Won-seok: I got the photo. Did he change your mind? Won-seok answers almost immediately: He was grateful because I was living my life. (Oh, my heart.)
Won-jae goes to see Kang-hee at work since she’s not answering his calls. She’s inexplicably cold to him, and she accuses him of accepting her proposal too quickly because he’s after her money. She breaks up with him, but Won-jae says she’s lying and reminds her that he promised to stop her if she ever tried to leave him.
Kang-woo attack-hugs Seo-yeon when she shows up at his place after work, whining that he missed her even though they saw each other that morning. Seo-yeon gives him her three Mr. Potatoes, since she’s been unable to get them to grow anything but scraggly brown grass-hair.
Kang-woo is dismayed to learn that Seo-yeon hasn’t told her brothers about them yet, and he insists on going to her place immediately to get their formal approval. Won-seok is running late so Seo-yeon tries to bail from embarrassment, but Kang-woo blurts out that they’re dating, to absolutely nobody’s surprise.
Won-jae asks what Kang-woo does and it’s explained that he designs clothes, though he used to be the chief director at the school because he’s a Shinhwa Foods grandson. Suddenly all the puzzle pieces fall into place, and Won-jae realizes why Kang-hee broke up with him — because Kang-woo is her brother.
Later, Kang-hee finds Won-jae in her office, and he says that he’s figured out that his sister is dating her brother. Kang-hee tells him that she’ll stay with him if he wants, but instead he just apologizes. Kang-hee explains that she’s strong enough to break up but Kang-woo isn’t, and she says she’s glad Won-jae isn’t selfish.
Won-jae leaves, but Kang-hee follows him to give him one last hug. She says that she liked him more than she thought, and that that’s enough for her.
At school, Seo-yeon catches Vice Principal Park eating a bunch of snacks again, but this time he claims that Min-hyuk gave them to him. She takes them back to Min-hyuk’s office (HAHA, he’s testing his blood sugar), but he confirms Vice Principal Park’s story. Seo-yeon sheepishly tries to leave without him seeing them and ends up dumping them all over the floor, and Min-hyuk cracks up.
At his next therapy appointment, Kang-woo ends up with the real Doctor Kim, and he confirms his suspicion that he’s been seeing the non-doctor brother, Bang-gu, all this time. He freaks out, seeing the identical twins together, and he accuses Bang-gu of taking on his brother’s identity to make money.
But Bang-gu explains that Dong-gu, the real Doctor Kim, was missing for five years, so they assumed he was dead. He’d been there to pack up Dong-gu’s possessions when Kang-woo showed up, demanding treatment and tossing around huge wads of cash. Bang-gu apologizes, and Kang-woo promises not to turn him in, since he believes that the real Doctor Kim might not have helped him as much as Bang-gu did.
Ho-dol is having dinner with his dad when Won-seok calls him, and Dad grabs the phone to ask if Won-seok prefers pumpkin or chestnut. Won-seok picks chestnut and is informed that it means he’s stuffy. Ho-dol gets the phone back and tells Won-seok that answering pumpkin would have only resulted in a different insult, hee.
Won-jae comes to the bar to talk to Won-seok, trying to hide his face so he won’t cause a stir among the customers, only to learn that the bar is closed, lol. Won-seok notices that Won-jae’s smile is forced, but Won-jae doesn’t elaborate.
Kang-woo’s mother and grandmother want to have a meal and officially meet Seo-yeon, so Mi-kyung suggests she borrow some heels from Jang-mi to match her dress. Won-jae stumbles home drunk and asks Seo-yeon if she’s happy, and when she says she is, he says that’s enough for him. Awww, best big brother ever.
On the way to dinner, Kang-woo figures out that Seo-yeon’s heels are hurting her. The meal is awkward but friendly, though Kang-woo’s mom makes it clear that this doesn’t mean they fully approve of Seo-yeon yet. Kang-woo is still worried about Seo-yeon’s feet, so when he realizes his mother is wearing flats, he insists they exchange shoes and makes the whole table uncomfortable. ~cringe~
Hyun-soo and Mi-kyung are officially a couple now, and Hyun-soo finally shows Mi-kyung some of Kang-woo’s designs. She thinks he’s very talented but notices that he only designs men’s clothes, and they decide that Kang-woo is definitely a pervert. HA.
While Jang-mi is finally taking down all of her pictures of Kang-woo in her little apartment, Jang-mi’s mother finds her and muscles her way inside. But this time when her mother tries to manhandle her, Jang-mi screams and smacks her back, declaring that she’ll no longer let herself be bullied.
She says that she’ll give up her inheritance if her mother doesn’t treat her better, knowing that the only reason her mother wants control is because without Jang-mi, she’s nothing to Jang-mi’s father. She gives her mother a bank book and promises to deposit money into it monthly, and makes her leave. Good girl!
Min-hyuk meets with the mother of the girl who died due to his superior’s mistake. She tells him that her daughter used to call him Doctor Candy because he was always eating candy, and that because of him, her daughter had fun while in the hospital.
Choking back tears, Min-hyuk apologizes for telling the truth too late. But the girl’s mother says that she’s buried her daughter in her heart, and that it’s okay for Min-hyuk to let her go now.
He quits his job at the school and prepares to go work overseas, similar to Doctors Without Borders. He promises Seo-yeon that he’ll come back someday, leaving her with a friendly handshake.
Seo-yeon watches Kang-woo trim Mr. Potato’s “hair” and compliments him on his green thumb, which puts him in the mood. He picks her up to carry her to bed, but they run into Hyun-soo and Mi-kyung, who let themselves in. They say it’s their twenty-two days anniversary so they’re throwing a party, and Seo-yeon admits that she knew about it but forgot.
Seo-joon and Joo-hee agree to ride to the party with Jang-mi, terrified because she seems to be the worst driver. Meanwhile, Seok-min fails to convince Won-seok to attend the party with him, so he teases that he’ll just take Ho-dol instead, and Won-seok nearly kills him with his brain.
It’s officially the worst party ever, so Seok-min tries to liven things up by offering people his autograph. Not a single soul is interested, so he follows Ho-dol when Won-seok calls him to say he’s waiting outside, hee. Hyun-soo decides to put on some music and accidentally turns on Kang-woo and Seo-yeon’s “warming up” song. Kang-woo tackles him and grabs the stereo remote, and he shoves it down his pants to keep anyone from touching it.
Kang-hee arrives unexpectedly to see Kang-woo, and awww, Won-jae’s whole face just lights up. They sit at opposite ends of the bar texting each other, and as the night goes on, they creep closer and closer to each other. By the end of the party, they’ve agreed that eventually, after Kang-woo and Seo-yeon are married, nobody will care if they start dating again.
Min-hyuk comes to the party but stays outside (“The atmosphere is really weird in there,” LOL). He and Kang-woo get into an aggressively brotherly shoulder-check contest until Min-hyuk almost knocks Kang-woo into a wall. Min-hyuk is leaving tomorrow, and Kang-woo pesters him until he promises to call occasionally.
Three months later.
The siblings complain that Won-seok is always out on dates with Ho-dol, leaving them stuck with the boxes and boxes of sweet potatoes that Ho-dol’s dad keeps sending them. Awww… apparently, Ho-dol’s dad has come around, and he really loves Won-seok (Won-jae: “Won-seok should tell Ho-dol’s father that we’ve had enough sweet potatoes.” Seo-yeon: “He did. Twice.”).
Seo-yeon is annoyed with Kang-woo lately, because he’s always busy and won’t let her in his studio. She’s still keeping snacks in Min-hyuk’s old office — sweet potatoes, PFFT — so she’s happy to get a package from Min-hyuk with all of her favorite snacks. She takes the box to Kang-woo’s place, but when he doesn’t seem to be around, she sneaks to his studio and finds him there.
Kang-woo blocks the door, but Seo-yeon ducks under his arm and runs inside, ignoring his protests. She finds herself face-to-face with her wedding dress… the one that Kang-woo designed for her back when they were kids. Wow, it’s gorgeous.
Though it’s sooner than he’d planned, Kang-woo starts to ask Seo-yeon to marry him. But before he even finishes the sentence, Seo-yeon interrupts: “Yes. I’m definitely going to marry you, Kang-woo. No matter what.” Eyes sparkling, Kang-woo takes her hands and asks her never to let him go, and she agrees.
We see that everyone is still cheerfully living their lives — Hyun-soo and Mi-kyung are still together, Won-seok and Ho-dol go on dates in public and don’t care what anyone thinks, and Won-jae and Kang-hee are patiently waiting their turn. Seo-joon practices for his eventual debut as an idol, Joo-hee is still running, and Jang-mi has taken over feeding Antoinette the Invisible Stray Cat.
Kang-woo and Seo-yeon stare happily into each other’s eyes, and Seo-yeon thinks, “We complete each other.”
Oh yay, everyone got a mostly happy ending, and with a minimum of fuss and drama, which is exactly what I wanted from People with Flaws. Everyone’s story was wrapped up in a satisfying way — Kang-woo and Seo-yeon will get married, Won-seok and Ho-dol have found enough confidence and support in each other to openly be together, and Won-jae and Kang-hee will find their way back to each other eventually. Hyun-soo and Mi-kyung finally got together, Min-hyuk found fulfillment in his calling, and even Jang-mi was able to break away from her horrible mother and take control of her life.
The show was fluffy and adorable from start to finish, though I’m glad that it dropped the toilet humor and let the characters’ “flaws” shine through. Those flaws are what make them so endearing, as (I believe) is the case with everyone in this world, and the key to happiness isn’t to fix your flaws and be perfect, but to accept yourself as already perfect, flaws and all… and maybe, to find someone whose flaws mesh well with yours.
My main complaint about the drama, and I’ve mentioned it before, is that it had waaay too many characters. And that’s hard to say because I loved them all, but a lot of them really didn’t contribute much to the story, and could have been removed completely without affecting the plot at all. It’s no insult to the actors, who all did a great job, but honestly, I think that Jang-mi, Seo-joon and Joo-hee, and both the real and fake Doctor Kim’s, could all have been culled. this would have allowed the show to really lean into other lovelines that I’d have enjoyed seeing more of, especially Won-seok and Ho-dol. In fact, I wish the character of Jang-mi had been saved for her own drama, because a mistreated illegitimate chaebol daughter trying to break free of her abusive mother by finding refuge with an average family is definitely a drama I would watch.
All in all, People with Flaws was exactly the sweet, fluffy show I needed after a string of very serious, very dramatic dramas. Sometimes you just want to watch a show that’s easy to follow, with cute characters and low stakes, and this show fit the bill. I was never too worried that anyone wouldn’t get what they wanted in life, and although many of them had dark backgrounds, they were able to find their way out of it and carve out their happiness for the future. But People with Flaws was far from simple, offering tough situations for the characters to weather such as the cultural acceptance — or not — of gay couples, and putting a lot of detail into its storytelling (for example, once Kang-woo and Seo-yeon got together, they always wore the same color). In particular, I was impressed with Ahn Jae-hyun’s acting… he’s been through some rough personal stuff lately, but his comedic timing was perfect and he made what could have been a very annoying character completely endearing and lovable. He stood out to me, but all of the actors did a great job (Cha In-ha was another standout, may he rest in peace), and made the drama enjoyable in a really unique way. I’ll miss them all!
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