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Witch’s Romance: Episode 16 (Final)

It’s time to say good-bye to the adorable Dong-ha and the delightful Ji-yeon — but I’m not ready! Can’t we keep them around just a little longer?

Thank goodness, then, the final episode is brimming with cute ‘n’ fluffy moments of our favorite couple getting to actually fully enjoy being a couple. Of course, there are a few more hurdles they need to cross — such as whether or not Ji-yeon will decide to stay with Dong-ha or go to England to fulfill her dreams as a reporter. But those are mere details in the grand scheme of things. What’s most important is that everyone in the show gets to have their own moment of “happily ever after.” (Which may or may not include a wedding. Okay, it totally does.)

FINAL EPISODE RECAP

The next morning, a sleepy Ji-yeon wakes up to Dong-ha smiling at her as he holds her in arms. She’s momentarily confused as to why he’s there, but he’s more than happy to remind her with a cute growl (and she’s more than happy to be reminded, if you know what I mean).

Then, because he’s the best boyfriend ever, he makes her breakfast in bed. But as he’s balancing the tray, he accidentally knocks over her bag, spilling its contents all over the floor. He hurriedly tries to put everything back, but the Global Challenge Program acceptance letter catches his eye.

Instead of going straight to work, Ji-yeon stops to meet with Na-rae, who congratulates her: not for all the sexy-times she had last night (and apparently this morning), but for winning the exchange program competition. (I’m pretty sure the sexy-times deserve some congratulations, though.) She’s surprised that Ji-yeon isn’t as excited as she thought she would be, since she’s apparently wanted to be a part of this program ever since she became a journalist.

Na-rae quickly realizes that Ji-yeon is instead thinking of Dong-ha, and what it would mean to be gone for a year (and return a year older). When she tells Ji-yeon to talk it over with Dong-ha, she says he’s busy enough with his school and part-time job — she doesn’t want to add another worry to his plate.

But too late, because he already knows, and he’s lost in thought at his part-time job in the hospital laboratory. He makes a quick call to Young-sik, where he learns how competitive the Global Challenge Program really is, and how much Ji-yeon has been eager for years to win it. Dong-ha doesn’t explain why he’s interested, but Young-sik is mighty suspicious about his interest.

Ji-yeon meets with Director Kwon, informing him she won’t do the exchange program. She tells him it’s because she’d prefer the opportunity to become editor-in-chief, and didn’t want to pass up a chance for promotion. Even though he seems doubtful that this is the right decision, he agrees to it.

While Dong-ha continues to ponder the Global Challenge Program and what it means to Ji-yeon, Soo-chul goes a-wooing at the Trouble Maker office. He delivers a juice order to Eun-chae — and even though she didn’t actually order it, when Rin-ji hurries over to flirt with Soo-chul, Eun-chae immediately takes the drink with a sweet, “Thank you, oppa!”

She even gives a cute wink when she hands him the other drink, just so Rin-ji can’t take it. Soo-chul floats from the office on cloud nine — leaving a stunned Rin-ji holding the now empty drink carrier. Ha.

Ji-yeon’s mother sadly wanders through a flower garden, sighing as she recites Han Yong-un’s poem, “My Beloved’s Silence”:

My beloved has left
Ah, my beloved, whom I love, has left
I am deaf to my beloved’s fragrant voice
Blind to my beloved’s flower-like face

But Director Kwon suddenly appears, and continues the poem:

Just as we worry about leaving when we meet,
I believe that when we part, we will meet again

Then he busts out a passionate rendition of “You are so beautiful to me!” as he reveals the bouquet of flowers he’d been hiding behind his back.

But Mom isn’t so quick to forgive him for being such a neat freak that he’d bail on a date, so he drops to his knee. Still proffering the bouquet, he tells her that she shouldn’t be quick to forgive him, and should take all the time she needs, because that means they can continue to meet. Well played, Director Kwon; well played.

She begrudgingly snatches the bouquet from him, unable to resist his pleading puppy-dog eyes. The look of pure joy on his face is just too adorable.

Once Ji-yeon returns home after work, Dong-ha tells her he knows about the Global Exchange Program. He adds that he’s a little hurt that she didn’t tell him about it, since they’re supposed to be honest about everything in a relationship (his tone may be lighthearted as he says it, but he’s definitely serious).

She didn’t tell him because she decided not to go. It was hard enough for them to get even this far in their relationship — what would happen between them if they were apart for so long? She admits the program is an important opportunity — but he’s important to her, too. So she decided to stay. At a loss for words, Dong-ha pulls her into a tight hug.

As he walks her to her apartment, Dong-ha tells her that his father wants to have dinner with them. Ji-yeon’s a little panicked at the thought of meeting with him since she knows how intense and intimidating his father can be, but Dong-ha reassures her that he’ll love her (all his father knows right now is that Dong-ha has a girlfriend, but not exactly who it is).

But when Dong-ha says goodnight, his smile disappears after Ji-yeon enters her apartment.

At the office the next day, Ji-yeon and Young-sik overhear Team Leader Byun counseling Rin-ji over an error she made in one of the magazine’s articles. Rin-ji’s near tears as she worries about the subject of the article suing for defamation, but Team Leader Byun reminds her how they go about making corrections, and even gives an example from his past about an embarrassing error in print he once made.

Reassured and able to smile again, Rin-ji promises to make sure she won’t make a similar mistake again. Ji-yeon looks on thoughtfully, no doubt as impressed as I am that this show manages to humanize the side characters even up to the last minute.

Dong-ha and a nervous Ji-yeon wait for his father to arrive at the restaurant. As he’s shown into their private room, Dong-ha’s father shows just a flicker of surprise to see Ji-yeon standing there — but he seems mostly surprised that such a successful reporter would want to stick with someone who’s going to be in medical school for at least eight years.

But Ji-yeon surprises him when she says she won’t wait for Dong-ha. Instead, she’ll walk alongside of him. She has her own work and goals to focus on as she encourages him to complete his goals. Papa Yoon is charmed by her answer, teasingly asking if she’ll be okay with such an immature kid. Even though Ji-yeon reassures him that Dong-ha is trustworthy and dependable, she jokingly admits he can be a little immature.

That seems to be all his father needed to hear, because with all the smiles and laughter, it seems he approves of Ji-yeon and her relationship with his son. And I approve of the show giving us a father who trusts his son’s judgment when it comes to relationships, and is just delighted to be a part of his life.

But Dong-ha can’t help but be a little annoyed at how quickly she agreed he was immature, and playfully fusses at her as they walk home. They find Eun-chae waiting in the courtyard, and at her surprise seeing the two of them together, Dong-ha takes the chance to tell (and show!) her that he and Ji-yeon are officially a couple. (Even asking her to spread rumors at the office, heh.)

Soo-chul tries to sneak by with Eun-chae, but Dong-ha pulls out the trademark “Stop!” and confronts his friend, suspicious at the clothes and cologne he’s wearing. He asks if Eun-chae is the mysterious woman he’s been seeing lately. Soo-chul silently answers with a nod and a kiss to Eun-chae’s hand (plus an adorable kiss-by-proxy as he gently puts his hand to Eun-chae’s lips and then his own. Oh, you charmer).

Double date! The two couples go out for a coffee, and Dong-ha reaches across the table to grab Soo-chul’s shirt, demanding to know why he didn’t tell him he he liked Eun-chae. In return, Soo-chul grabs Dong-ha’s ears and says he couldn’t tell him, because Dong-ha would tell Ji-yeon and then everyone would know. Eun-chae: “Know what? That you followed me around because you like me?”

Ji-yeon gets a call from Young-sik about an article they’re working on, so she rushes off. When Soo-chul marvels at her passion as a reporter, Eun-chae says that Ji-yeon told her that her dream is to be a “brand” reporter: someone whose articles can be trusted just based on who wrote them. Once again, Dong-ha looks thoughtful at hearing how much Ji-yeon’s career means to her.

Late that night, she finishes writing the article. She gives the Global Exchange Program award one last look before she shuts it away in a drawer, and readies to leave the office. As she walks down the stairs, she notices a slideshow playing the conference room — it’s pictures of her as a little girl.

A recording of Dong-ha narrates over images of her as a reporter and copies of her articles, describing how from birth she’s grown into someone who is considered the queen of breaking news stories as she attempts to bring justice to the world.

The slideshow ends, and Dong-ha steps around the corner. He tells her that he’s really proud that Reporter Ban Ji-yeon is his girlfriend, and that she should continue to be a passionate reporter to expose all the bad people and release exclusive articles. Which means she should go to England.

Parroting her words from earlier, he says that he has the confidence to walk along side her, cheering her on. She gets a little choked up, but fighting back the emotion, she distracts by asking him how he put the slideshow together. She’s surprised to discover that Team Leader Byun is such a wealth of information, since Dong-ha relied on his encyclopedic knowledge of every article that had been published to find her most influential ones.

Dong-ha gets himself invited in “to check on the fish” (yeah, uh-huh, sure). He promises to look after them when Ji-yeon goes to England, and also to visit her mother once a week for dinner and a game of Go-Stop. Seriously. Best boyfriend ever.

He then “innocently” asks her if she’s received a package lately, and if there’s anything she wants to show him (he’s referring to the box of lingerie from the previous episode, in case you’re wondering). They end up chasing each other around the coffee table, and we are left to our imaginations as to what happens next. Darn it!

The next morning, Director Kwon announces the new editor-in-chief, based primarily on Ji-yeon’s recommendation. Team Leader Byun throws a fit, saying it was supposed to be a fair competition between them — and then is stunned speechless when Director Kwon tells him he’s got the job. Ji-yeon sincerely congratulates him, saying that it wasn’t a recommendation out of pity since she’ll be going to England. She truly believes will do well since he cares so much about all the details of Trouble Maker and his kind to his staff. Aw. She also recommends he get out and date, ha.

Mom is busy helping Ji-yeon pack by providing the important things, like roasted brown rice for tea and seaweed chips. She grumbles that Ji-yeon will be forty when she gets back (Ji-yeon: “Like I don’t know that already!”) and Dong-ha will have found someone younger to date in the meantime. But Ji-yeon assures her he’s not that kind of guy, and convinces her mother to stay up all night talking on Ji-yeon’s last night in Korea.

Dong-ha drives her to the airport the next morning, holding her hand as they make plans on how to keep in touch while she’s overseas. And, ha! Soo-chul is happily wedged in the backseat, actively listening in. I feel like he’s just a package deal with these two.

A year later…

The hyacinth blooms in its new pot.

Dong-ha has just completed his finals, and Soo-chul begs him to go on a weekend retreat with him and Eun-chae. Oh-ho, so things have progressed well in that relationship! Dong-ha reluctantly agrees, not thrilled to be the third wheel, especially since it has been ten days since he’s heard from Ji-yeon. Which is unusual, because not a day would go by without some sort of contact.

Over dinner, Soo-chul and Eun-chae are sickeningly adorable in their couple-tees (and couple-shoes!), and as Dong-ha watches a besotted Soo-chul feed Eun-chae, he’s reminded of when Ji-yeon did the same for him. He checks his phone — but still no call from Ji-yeon.

He’s quickly abandoned by Eun-chae and Soo-chul, and is feeling sad and lonely when he returns to his room. But, surprise! Ji-yeon is there, with cake, candles, and wine — all the elements of a big romantic event.

But Dong-ha is having none of it. Angrily, he asks her what she’s doing there — why did she make him worry for ten days with no contact, and then show up without warning? Her face falls…

…and then he pulls her into a hug, all smiles that she’s really there. Both of them are practically glowing in delight at being able to hold each other again, but before Dong-ha can say much more, Ji-yeon interrupts him. For a good reason: “I love you!” She explains that she’s only ever responded to him when he’s said those words — she wanted to be the first to say them, this time.

Later, they sleepily snuggle in bed as they get caught up on their lives. When he notices that Ji-yeon has fallen asleep, he murmurs that he wanted to be the one to say it first: “I love you.” Aw.

Ji-yeon meets with Director Kwon, thinking it’s about returning to Trouble Maker — but it’s actually to meet with Director Kwon and Mom. She gives them the third degree about their relationship, and the two are so adorably bashful as they tell her that they’ve started seriously dating again.

When she later meets up with Na-rae (aw, and her cute li’l baby!), she’s exasperated that her mother is dating her old boss. But Na-rae reminds her that she had to support Ji-yeon growing up — it’s time that she got to pursue her own life. She’s not just a mother, she’s a woman, too. But Ji-yeon’s just stuck on the fact it has to be Director Kwon.

At least he won’t be her boss any longer, because she has no plans on returning to Trouble Maker. There are plenty of other magazines that are eagerly scouting her after her experience in England and the Global Exchange Program.

As she confidently leaves an interview with one of the other magazines, she narrates that for so long, she only sprinted ahead while looking forward. In order to be ahead of everyone else, she couldn’t waste a single second. But now she’s able to slow down and see the beauty of the world, and feel the happiness in life.

Over dinner with his father, Dong-ha is a little surprised to hear his father counsel him about marriage, reminding him that now that Ji-yeon’s back, her family will probably start to push for a wedding. Dong-ha stutters that she’s only just returned to Korea and is busy with her own life. But Papa Yoon points out that women like relationships that are stable.

In bed, Ji-yeon and Dong-ha try to out-aegyo each other — only to be interrupted by the furniture salesman who politely informs them they can’t do that here. HA!

They continue to explore the department store, checking out the electronics (3D televisions!) and housewares. Dong-ha shows off a pot he’s selected, and Ji-yeon pulls out a couple of mugs she considers to be too tacky, until she reaches for a cute little bride-and-groom wedding topper. In her best aegyo-voice, she asks how much it is.

Sometime later, Ji-yeon sits solemn before a vanity mirror, wearing a pretty pink lace dress. Mom enters the room, also lovely in a pink dress, and they both coo at how beautiful they look.

Then they share an emotionally charged moment as Ji-yeon tells her mother she needn’t worry about her anymore, and to instead just focus on living out her life they way she wants, and to be happy. In return, Mom tells her that there wasn’t a time since Ji-yeon was born that she wasn’t happy — seeing Ji-yeon living well is her happiness.

The two women hug and cry. And then I cry, because this is the last mother-daughter moment we’ll get in a show that had one of best mother-daughter relationships ever.

After Mom leaves, Dong-ha pops his head in the room, and then jokingly apologizes because he was sure he had the wrong place because the woman in it is too beautiful. Hey, you’re not looking too shabby yourself in that spiffy tuxedo. He gives her his arm as they leave the room.

And it’s a wedding! With everyone there! Min-goo, Na-rae, and baby; Soo-chul and Eun-chae; Rin-ji and Beggar Island; Team Leader Byun and the new lady in his life; and of course Young-sik, who rushes around taking pictures of everyone. Team Leader Byun is the MC for this wedding, and as the camera focuses on Ji-yeon and Dong-ha standing at the end of the aisle, he announces the arrival of the bride and groom.

But fake out! It’s actually Mom and Director Kwon who are tying the knot today, with Dong-ha and and Ji-yeon as their attendants.

Soo-chul serenades the happy crowd as everyone applauds and throws rose petals. Director Kwon throws the bouquet, and Dong-ha catches it. Hee! Of course he would.

Ji-yeon and Dong-ha, still in their wedding finery, take a walk along the a pretty garden path (and he’s still holding the bouquet, aw). He suggests they go on their four-day trip to Jeju Island while her mother is away on her honeymoon, but Ji-yeon just teases him that he’s always talking about Jeju — until she finally promises that they can go.

He then asks when they’re going to get married. She reminds him that he’s still a student, and he protests that there’s no law that says a student can’t also be married. Besides, what kind of woman refuses a marriage proposal three times?

She corrects him — she didn’t reject his proposals, she merely postponed them. Once he graduates, then they can get married. When he chides her (with a smile) that she’s too mean, she asks: “Did you forget? I’m a witch!”

As the two walk along the path, side-by-side, their voice-overs intertwine:

Dong-ha: “I am going to protect this woman forever: a person who’s not ashamed of her own dream. That person is the person that I love.”

Ji-yeon: “Right now, I am dating this man. Now I am no longer afraid of love. Maybe our end won’t be marriage, but I don’t care. Right now, we are doing our best to love each other and are happy enough.”

COMMENTS

What a delightful ending to a delightful show. And how awesome was that wedding fake-out?

I really appreciate the fact that Ji-yeon has grown from being a woman who was so bound up by the fact she was jilted at the altar she expected that anniversary date to be nothing but bad luck, so someone who is content and confident with not only who she is to be able to “postpone” Dong-ha’s proposals until he graduates. She doesn’t feel a pressing need to be married just to be married, either because of her age or that’s just because of what society expects of her.

She’s even totally fine admitting that she’s not sure if it will ultimately end in marriage, but she’s gone from a place of being afraid to love again to trusting that Dong-ha won’t dump her just because she’s determined to marry at a later date, if at all.

And he, the ever-perfect boyfriend, agrees to this. He loves her so much that he respects her decision, even if he still wants to remind her that he will continue to be here, and won’t stop wanting to marry her. Unlike certain other people who shall not be named, he won’t try to force her to marry him — he’ll wait until she’s ready.

Really, though, I love Ji-yeon’s last line: “Right now, we are doing our best to love each other, and are happy enough.” So much more fulfilling than “and they all lived happily after,” because you get the sense that after the two of them spending years being broken and depressed over their lost loves, they are finally able to be happy.

Which means I have no complaints that we got to pretty much spend the last couple episodes just enjoying all the cuteness, fluff, and tying up of loose ends — mostly romantic loose ends, as it seems everyone is paired up now. (Except for poor, earnest Young-sik. Aw, I’m sure someone would snap him up, especially after he’s spent so long working with Ji-yeon!)

I don’t even mind the time-jump (which normally makes me go “grrr”), because not only is it practically Drama Law, but it didn’t actively hurt the relationship. They kept in constant contact, so none of that “we’ll break up before you leave, and if we’re meant to be when you come back, fate will bring us back together” nonsense. There was no fear that their affection for each other would decrease because Dong-ha and Ji-yeon are loyal to a fault. The only real complaint is that we had to muddle through an extra few minutes that didn’t have their cuteness, but Soo-chul did his best to make up for it with his adoration of Eun-chae.

As secondary romances go, I’m rather pleased with how the show ultimately handled Eun-chae. She was all set to turn into the standard petty and conniving second lead, but the show either respected her (or realized there was no way she could compete with the insane chemistry between Uhm Jung-hwa and Park Seo-joon) enough to allow her to grow out of her crush on Dong-ha and be fully aware of what she was getting into with Soo-chul. I love that she’s another “witch” in the making.

Really, I love that this show was able to take many of the standard rom-com tropes and just slightly subvert them. So many times I would be expecting a scene to go a specific way, just based on years of drama-watching experience, and be delighted when it defied expectation. Such as Dong-ha’s father being awesome and supportive and not even blinking at discovering his son is dating a woman fourteen-years older. (Seriously, best Dramaland parents ever.)

There could have been so much focus on the hyacinth finally blooming (because how many shoes love their little symbolic trinkets?), but we just get a time-lapse glimpse of it growing during the “one year later.” Which I was relieved to see the show actually remembered (and to be fair, it was perfectly symbolic of Dong-ha and Ji-yeon’s relationship growing during that year, despite the fact they were on opposite sides of the world).

But that does bring me to the show’s flaws: sometimes characterization seemed to be totally dropped for another story-line (as with Eun-chae), and it was hard to tell if it was on purpose or merely convenience. Sometimes the editing could be confusing, since I sometimes wasn’t sure if something was a flashback, or how much later in the day it occurred, or, y’know, if she ever saw Shi-hoon at that damn airport. The pacing was a bit off, too — most notably with how everything suddenly dragged to an abrupt (and frustrating) halt with the appearance of Shi-hoon. And let’s not even talk about the minor technical flaws, like the “Grobal” Exchange Program.

But all the faults are so easy to overlook because of the amazing cast and characters. Park Seo-joon definitely has made his name as a noona killer, and proved himself capable as a leading man. But for me, the true delight was Uhm Jung-hwa: she made the show for me. I can’t imagine anyone else in this role — at least not someone who would be as effervescent, with the right balance of the comedic (hello, drunk Ji-yeon!) and serious emotion (those mother-daughter scenes are always like a punch to the gut). Not to mention she always had the best lighting, which made all her features that much more beautiful and expressive.

Of course, the chemistry between Park Seo-joon and Uhm Jung-hwa is what will be the most memorable. Because it was insane. Sometimes in dramas, you just have to accept on faith (or what the script tells you) that the two leads actually are attracted each other, but not here: I think you could live on the moon and still totally see that Dong-ha and Ji-yeon are meant to be together.

The sincerity in the relationships are what I’ll remember most, long after I’ve forgotten the awkward editing. This is a show that sticks with you based on the power of its characters.

Because I would love to be plopped into Dong-ha and Ji-yeon’s world, to be a friend or sister or daughter. I want to gossip with Na-rae and eat Min-goo’s fishcakes; I want to cry my heart out as Ji-yeon’s mother holds me; I want to hear all about Soo-chul’s dates with Eun-chae and have him hmph when he stays up late to make sure I got home safe from my own date; I want Ji-yeon to mentor me in becoming an awesome witch like she is; and, if it isn’t too much to ask, can I have a Dong-ha clone?

So not a perfect drama, no; but one so satisfying I wish I could still linger in it just a little bit longer.

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Loved this show :D
Park Seo-joon is such a cute puppy! x3 And Uhm Jung-hwa never disappoints :3

Thank you guys for the recaps~<3

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Can we have an episode 17, just more of those cute moments, PLEASE!

I can totally watch this show again. :)

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That was beautiful <3

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This has got to be the best k-drama I've ever watched! I love everything about it!

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This has got to be the best k-drama ever! I just love everything about it!

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Yay...its finally here..
Thanks.

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Not perfect but i love it...

Im still amazed with how positively the show potrays the parents.

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I love this show. Some parts were boring but it was still great.

Even if it is only fictional, I keep thinking that if they finally marry 7 years later then Ji Yeon would be too old to have kids. Guess the theme is "there's is no guarantee" and that's how their romance comes about.

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Yes, she'd better put her eggs in storage before she goes into menopause.

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I think both of them would be cool with adoption.

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But they want kids?

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Thanks for your review - I love your comments and you spoke my heart - loved all 3 couples - loved broromance - daddy is not only the best dad in dramaland, but can we say best n sexiest - plus I liked the open ending...I thought very realistic like when she went out with the 3 best friends and the age of his new girlfriend came up and also the store clerk thinking that she was anything-but-his-girlfriend....yes, the father did not make a big deal about it but the norms within society will unconsciously judge them...so I thank Witch's Romance for reminding us to let go and follow your heart in love...tomorrow is not promised, so stop worrying...

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Thank you dramabeans for the recap.
I anticipated the fake out wedding since this is also the ending for thr TW drama. However, i also anticipated an alternative ending - they do that in remakes, right? But again, an alternative ending would have been so out of character for JY.
I agree though, could i have a DH clone too?

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Loved the ending! Witch's Romance, you rock! I will impatiently wait for a Jung-Seo reunion coz that's what is my kimchi......

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No doubt this is a cultural bias, but in my world, falling in love, getting married and having children is what we hope for. Sometimes we can have everything that we hope for but in this drama, there is no serious reason why DH and JY can't be married and to deprive themselves of ever being a parents by continuing to defer the marriage seems like a big mistake.

If JY is waiting for another 6 or 7 years for DH to finish Medical school then she will be 46 or 47 by the time that he graduates. Even with high tech help, it is not easy to have a baby in your late 40's.

I think that the writer has the thought that a woman can't have it all...a handsome young husband, a great career, and a marriage with children. It's too much to ask for, so the writer stops short of letting this happen.

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I had this in the back of my mind also, about it being too late to have children then. This happens with a lot of women though, either through choice, or that it's just the way life works out. It's nice to have an example in the media where it's the woman's choice to have a different version of a fulfilling life.

Maybe someday we'll also have a drama example of an older couple adopting kids and loving them as their own and being happy.

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Good point. I have friends who adopted 3 older children when they were already in their early 50's. These kids needed a lot of help and support which their mature and financially secure parents were able to give them.

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That was bothering me also. Is it really 6 or 7 years? I was hoping it would be just a 2 or 3 years since med school is in stages. Like, you have pre-med, med proper, then specialization (in our country at least).

Anyway, I made an alternate ending in my head. I really can't sit still thinking JY will be too old to have kids!

I imagined that after a few years they decide to marry anyway. Or, JY gets pregnant and they decide to marry early. Haha!

I'd willingly watch a Season 2 where they do Nancy Drew stuff and raise adorable kids. :D

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I understand what you're saying but Jiyeon never expresses any interest in having children of her own in the show. Never. Even when Shihoon made the scrapbook for her with things I assumed they talked about wanting for their future (with the treehouse and the dogs), there are no pictures of children or anything child-related. The show made it clear that Jiyeon wanted to get married if she fell in love with the right person but it never had her say anything about children of her own. Only her mother brought it up and her mother is from a different generation and wants grand kids. Also when Narae got pregnant, she was super happy for her and supportive but she doesn't express any jealousy or longing.

There are lots of people who want or at least are open to the idea of getting married but have no desire to have children. There are lots of married couples who are child free by choice. No, it's not the norm but there's nothing wrong with that and their desires are just as valid as those of people who want to be married parents or people who don't want either.

Plus if being a biological parent was a major life goal of Jiyeon's, would she have let go of that dream because she couldn't have it with Shihoon? Possibly not. There are lots of women out there who REALLY WANT to be married and have kids who will walk away from a good relationship if they feel like their partner is dragging his feet on the marriage/kids front when their "clock is ticking". Because for them, getting married and having kids is a major life goal that they don't want to compromise on. I don't get the impression that Jiyeon feels so strongly about either of those things and we really have no inclination (except for an assumption that almost everyone wants to be parents once they're adults) that she wants children at all. DongHa and Shihoon also never mention kids, btw. And even if she wants to have children, surrogacy and adoption are still options. All is not lost just because she can't have children naturally. There are lots of young women who can't have children naturally and if having kids is super important to them, they try other options.

I'm sorry if I'm coming across a bit harsh but as a woman whose version of 'having it all' does not include falling in love, getting married or having children and who actively does not want any of those things to happen, it really frustrates me when people act as though it's a given that these are all things that everyone wants. Some people would really just be happy with good friends, family and a successful career. Not everybody wants to go the love, marriage, baby carriage route and those people also matter. Just because that's what you hope for doesn't mean it's what everyone wants and that's okay cause variety is the spice of life.

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@soprection

I hope I don't sound defensive. But, I also hope that when I made my comment, it was understood that those were my thoughts and I was not projecting them onto everybody.

For the original commenter and myself (and I hope I don't misrepresent her), our children are an important part of our happiness. And because we love JY so much, like a sister or a best friend, hence our comments here.

I hope we can share our thoughts here in the beanut gallery without being judged too much or schooled thoroughly. After all, the variety of comments here is what I come for.

Having said that, please know that I thoroughly understand what you are saying, and I respect your opinions.

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Soprection,
Please don't worry about sounding harsh. I appreciate hearing your point of view.

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+1,000,000, from another lady who is pretty sure that her ideal future does not include children (and who appreciates and respects the people who do have them)!!

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I love this show a whole lot. Tvn's offerings are always satisfying even though they're not without flaws. Always enjoyable.

I discover the charming Park seo joon and liking Uhm jung hwa more and more.

I hope Park seo joon would get more offers so I can see him often. Kill as many noonas as you want, I'll be here to squee all the way.

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I LOVE YOU WRITERS!!!!! This is the first ending where I've had absolutely no problem with it!! The time-jump didn't produce angst, they maintained contact throughout it, and they didn't fall to noble idiocy, even though that's what the Global Exchange Program set up! They talked about it! This is like a miracle. I don't mind having an episode of all cute and nice relationships - it takes away some of the toxicity that other kdramas bring. The dad is awesome, the mom is awesome, the second female lead is awesome, the friends are awesome...how is that even possible? Even the TM staff are pretty awesome. and the lead couple's chemistry is beyond sizzling! :D :D I was just smiling the entire time I was watching this episode! Thank you for that :)

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Dong Ha is too good to be true, even for a K-drama character. His honesty is so rare. As soon as he discovered her answer written in the book, he confronted her about it, instead of hiding it behind his back or shoving it back on the bookshelf. And as soon as he confirmed what the Global Exchange Program was from Young Sik, he expressed his disappointment at her for not being honest with him. What is this? Talking to the other person -- that doesn't happen in K-dramas. We're used to seeing Noble Idiocy and Big Misunderstandings. Dong Ha only exists in fantasies.

His father's non-reaction at Ji Yeon's age is so refreshing, and even encouraging his son to marry her. And her mother took a liking to Dong Ha the first time she met him, knowing he's younger but not how young. Soo Chul cracked me up in that scene. Mom: "Are you 33? You have such a baby face." Soo Chul: "I'm going to take this to go."

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Not only is his honesty rare, his lack of ego is also rare.
Yet he's confident enough not to care what people think of him.

He doesn't give a damn what the world thinks of what he is doing, he just does it from that right place in his heart.

His lack of ego is what also keeps him down to earth, and thus able to open up to communicate and be direct.

I like he's direct yet sensitively tactful and thoughtfully observant at the same time.

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Disagree! What a cop out. Not charmed by the wedding fake out even when I knew it was coming. Separation period, aren't Koreans getting tired of this meme yet? First of all Koreans and being hung up on age. Our lovely heroine could have easily played a women 5 years younger. Would marriage then be easier for them to accept? If you're going to do a noona romance and a good one at that, why leave us with a flat open ending? Maybe they should just stop with the noona rom coms. There are plenty of hot Korean male actors in their mid 30s to 40s.

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if you want to be sour do it on your own.

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Redfox, one of the things that is most enjoyable about reading Dramabeans, is the broad range of opinions. It would be pretty dull if we all agreed about everything. Please, let's be courteous when we disagree.

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Exactly.

There is an ocean of difference between disagreeing and dissing. Back in high school, I knew some classmates who attempted to impress teachers by never speaking first but shooting down others as soon as they speak up. It did fool a few teachers, but it backfired more often.

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But noonas rom coms are my favorite genre since "Kim Sam Soon", i don't know what would i do without those :´(

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while i don't agree on everything else, i do so 100% agree with you on giving the hotties in their 30-40's a chance. After watching Roommate, all i can think is.."i would not mind washing Mama shin his boxers" ;) Shin Sung woo! the man wil be 50 soon but i would not kick him out of my queen size http://www.allkoreanstar.com/2010/10/shin-sung-woo.html

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the last two episodes were a bit over the top fluffy and cute overdosed but I still liked it and I kept grinning like an idiot. the Dad is so adorable! How he was bonding with Ji yeon instantly. They both got each other and the other parent that they missed.
the mother-daughter exchanges here made my heart ache. such rare thing.
I just wish everyone tried to be a little kinder like Dong Ha. I see so much brutality and so many uncaring, self-centered people every day that it makes me depressed. cmon, people, try to be better.
they are all GOOD PEOPLE and there are no villains in this drama. the only threats come from inside ourselves. our own restraints, doubts, worries, envy etc. and if we let them go we have no obstacles to live exactly the way we like.

thank you, everyone, who made this drama.
I did not have to be disappointed in this remake and it had its´own character. somewhat like My Queen, but in parts different and perhaps more whole.

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so where is the web page where you can mail-order such parents.... not that I wouldnt like mine, but it is good to have a spare pair...

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it's a total injustice to Witch that every ep i watched, i subconsciously compared it to My Queen (a personal fave)... because Witch definitely stands strong on its own :)
i totally love Witch <3 apart from the amazing chemistry, the korean production was tight with the story breezy and doesn't hover too long on emo territory. unlike the original version, a lot of ridiculous sub-plots have been trimmed & it has made the story more compelling and cohesive.
of course, lollipips & odilettante... you guys shared my enthusiasm for this drama & i can't thank you enough :)

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Such a great drama

Best Parents ever...Best Boyfriend ever...Best Best Friends ever

I adore Uhm Jung Hwa so I'm so glad it was so fabulous

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It's hard to believe i didn't like this show in the very beginning. I find it overly cheesy and end up skiping scene. And now, it may be the best drama i watched this year. It's definetely not perfect, i was so annoyed during the "Polar bear period. It lasted way too long. Yet, this drama was able to make me care about these characters (ALL the characters, minus Polar Bear)so much that it's now hard for me to let them go. And it's been a while since a show succeed to make me feel like that. <3
I'm thankful to the cast, the writers and thankful to you guys for your amazing recap every week. It's was very insightful and enjoyable to read your thoughts and the comments following. ^^

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You're not alone.

I was rolling my eyes at the high-school dressing, her heavy make up and the Santa scene in Ep 1.

OTT was my first impression, and the whole package didn't exactly endear itself to me. Not Dong-ha either
Her dress sense also didn't help much - those primary colors were so harsh on her (thankfully the heavy make up, hair and everything else toned down as the drama went on).

By the end, I think my preference is foer Witch, rather than My Queen, which dragged (even without the long polar bear scenes of hte T version). The side characters weren't anywhere as enjoyable as Witch either, as typical with most Tdramas for me.

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Okay so I know this drama was getting great reviews and heard pretty much everywhere its such a delightful run, but I just didn't have time for it and kept it aside for a late, just for that perfect rainy-stay in-pyjama weekend.

But reading your final comments, makes me wanna get home this instant and pretend its raining and just watch it !
Even though I didn't watch it, I loved your final comments.

Dramaland with all its so called improvisation by mixing up of genres , feels like always lacking a good rom-com, I can see this is one drama filling the void.

I am waiting for that one day(its always around the corner) which would just make me wanna get lost in a Korean romance dramaland(screw the reality) , and show, you will be my first choice !

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Here is my pitch: Season 2

Na Rae & Min Goo are on to their 2nd baby except that Na Rae wants to have all the pregnancy effects, but doesn't instead it's Min Goo who gets to be the emotional roller coaster and eat 2 mountains of food per meal with dessert in between. (Only because Min Goo is just as awesome and deserves a little something)

Eun Chae is in witch mode at Trouble Maker, with Soo Chul wrapped around her finger (in a good way) and Soo Chul well he's still just his awesome Spinach self and sharing that awesomeness in a relationship with Eun Chae and Dong Ha & Ji Yeon

Mama Ji Yeon and the Boss are happily married with all their cheesiness

Dong Ha's dad will still be around, if anything for being quite possibly most awesome dad to show up for like less than 20 mins

The Trouble Maker team will still be around and maybe even see Young Shik get a girlfriend other than his camera

And for Dong Ha and Ji Yeon, will show us flashbacks of their courtship and wedding, and in current time will be married, balancing their respective careers, and while loving but also being annoyed at their kid for getting in the way of their sexy beer time.

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Ok now how I feel about this show... I just adore it to pieces. Yes editing was a bit off at times, but it doesn't even matter. The story and message of this drama was perfect, even down to the side characters.

I love the fact that Ji Yeon and Dong Ha made responsible choices, realizing that love is not the only dream in life and that as you grow, your goals and dreams can change. I really like that they use the time jump as a means for them to all grow as individuals together, and not some angsy fake out of a "i'm leaving because it's better for both of us" crap. Down the line, there won't be any regret from decisions made or chances missed.

And like stated by our recappers, I really love how this show took us the route of so many drama plots and then just turned them on their head. There were so many moments where I was completely surprised by the change in the direction that completely worked.

Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon need to be sold in pairs now when pitching a drama idea, like seriously, they belong together. And not only was their chemistry out of this world, but everyone in this drama was fantastic together. Even the side characters that had like no lines in Trouble Maker (like Begger Island or the other assistants in Team Byun's world) worked well with each other.

And can I just say that Ji Yeon looks fab in that pink dress? And that red magician assistants outfit. Dong Ha is lucky she doesn't dress like that often, or he's going to be out buying her more clothes to cover her up.

I'm so not ready to say goodbye to Ji Yeon, Dong Ha, and Crew yet. :(

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I like your pitch! I think DH would be an advocate for adopting if they decide to have kids.

odilettante - great recap; there were some odd & annoying issues, but I enjoyed the series so much! Makes me happy. The bed in furniture store scene killed me! I'll miss mom & the bromance as much as DH & JH.

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I'll be very honest, I prefer Secret Love Affair more in the context of a noona romance. That drama was flawless but it was such an exhausting journey.

Witch's Romance is completey different; it explores with (some levels of) depth when it comes to overcoming the age barrier and does so in such a cute, heart-warming and light manner - much appreciated after SLA.

These two dramas has changed my views and opinions on noona relationships. Before I really disliked them. Alright, yes, guilty of society's expectations and the stereotypical judging of a young male being immature and in need to be taken care of, leaving the noona more like a babysitter. SLA and W'R has fixed my narrow mind. For this reason Witch's Romance would also much like SLA, hold a special position in my heart.

In other news, I'm now a new fan of Uhm Jung Hwa! This woman is amazing! Park Seo Joon's acting is getting day by day - it's nowhere near perfect but he's definitely one to watch!

Thanks for the recap!! All of you guys did such a fantastic job! I hope you guys are here to stay!

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aww i really loved this drama, flaws and all.

thanks for the recaps!

PS: Do you guys think i should watch the Original Taiwanese drama?

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I would recommend the original Taiwanese version, it took me a couple tries to get into it, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I think you'll have fun comparing the two and seeing how the other couple dealt with their issues. I thought the Taiwanese couple had great chemistry too, but the really interesting thing is how Ethan Ruan's energy is so different from Park Seo-joon's.

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Definitely not a perfect drama but I agree on the insane chemistry. I love the extreme cheesiness and lovey dovey stuff between the two leads, they felt so real. I think the polar bear arc took away too much of the plot development, they could have thrown conflicts at us instead of trying to resolve a sunken 6 years old ship. I felt bad for Shi Hon because he was definitely still in love but I hate him for wasting our precious time. They ended up wrapping up everything slippery smooth without real conflict. The only thing I'm not complaining is their full blast aegyo with each other. I could watch that a whole 16 episode.

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My overall verdict is that this show was pretty good, especially in avoiding some tropes, but not everything worked for me.

Sometimes I found it to too silly, especially some of the people in Ji-yeon's office. The whole Polar Bear thing still annoyed me greatly, particularly because the 6 six years of contact were made into such a non-issue. To be honest, it was at this level that I couldn't always relate to Ji-yeon – how could she not ask him about the what & why after he awoke from the coma. (And her wardrobe left me shaking my head 99% of the time).

Dong-ha, meanwhile, was wonderful in every aspect. Paired with Soo-chul even better. Lots of the supporting characters were great, Eun-chae (as the non-rival, yeah!), the fishcake couple, Mom! An of course Dong-ha's dad, as little airtime as he got.

I thought the time-jump was unnecessary and didn't add anything at all. They could have had the "we are not getting married yet (b/c we have to see how things work out first" right away, and avoided the stupid reason of not getting married to a student instead (????).

One thing though: why the 10-days no contact? Honestly, if you pull a surprise act like that, the best thing to avoid any suspicion is NOT to change what you are doing, i.e. keep calling, keep emailing. I've done this sort of thing lots of times, and I swear the moment you change your behaviour the surprise is OUT. Plus, I don't buy that Dong-ha would even pretend to be angry after a year of not seeing his gf. He'd just break out in a smile right away. (I also think they'd kiss more passionately after a year.)

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1) Yes, thanks for bringing that up - that 10 days bothered me too. Why introduce it, and so what really happened? If she went MIA during the flight, fine. But TEN days?

2) I don't like the whole polar bear resolution too, from the manipulative handling of the re-start of relationship to his calling the shots to end it, but it's digestible for me.

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I'm guessing the ten days was a random thing to have Dong-ha feel 'anxious' and 'worried', reinforced by the contrast with Soo-chul/Eun-chae's happiness.

However, I think it was completely unnecessary, they could have just had a Dong-ha that's pining for Ji-yeon since he hasn't seen for a year and it's a whole week more before she return.

I think probably these writers have never had a long distance relationship or pulled any showing-up-early surprises. That surprise was so predictable, precisely because they were insisting on the "haven't heard from her in 10 days".

Uhhhh on Polar Bear. Again, I think it's something that they could have done in a better way – all flaws in the writing (not the acting).

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- MUCH THANKS! lollipips & odilettante for all your enjoyable recaps and insights.

- Easily one of the best dramas and chemistry coupling, in the current season offerings out there.

- Though among the enjoyable PG-13 fluff, they lost some of more of the earlier steam sexy tension.

- Amazing chemistry, super-convincing acting from Park Seo-joon, despite my intial skepticism on first view. I have long enjoyed Uhm Jung-hwa for years all her movies, so no worries in that direction. It goes without saying DH must have been crafted by a female writer = he's perfect!

- With its pace, Witch actually flowed along more enjoyably than My Queen. Even as we complain about the K polarbear, the T polarbear scenes were way more unbearably long.

- I had NO issues with the ending. It was realistic, among the fluff.

Afterall there are no guarantees in life, or after signing on the dotted line.

I see these two enjoying their relationship, maintaining that respect and fun. Communicating, sensitive to each other's needs and considerately caring for each other way more so than any conventional couple who heads for the altar.

She gets to enjoy her career, he gets to forge ahead to being a doctor. They get to enjoy each other's company and keep nurturing their relationship. Their hearts are in the right place, and supporting each other. YES!

The ending where the conventional couple has that cute little house (with possible financial mortgage stress, especially with DH being only an intern), and adorable kids (parenting and childcare woesm time and career sacrifices) ... reality checks to contend with, beyond the happily ever after fairy tale package.

LOVE this drama! Yay to the modern independent woman, with an understanding mother, a genuine bestie (you don't need a whole crowd of b*tches like her ex classmates), and a heaven-sent supportive understanding partner.

Beautiful!

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"Though among the enjoyable PG-13 fluff, they lost some of more of the earlier steam sexy tension"

Yeah, that was another thing that was a little odd. I mean, they could have had some cute scenes, but then also some more steamy ones like in ep 2. You don't cute-kiss your gf after a year!

Maybe this would have been a drama that would have been a bit more consistent overall (finely polished) if not produced under a live-system?

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Agree 100% about the lack of steamy scenes!

These two were so hot in episodes 1 and 2 that they set the screen on fire, or when they were angsting and Dong-ha pushed her up against the wall in the spa scene (me-OW!). So I was really disappointed when they finally started dating and their kisses were so playful. Of course playful kisses are lovely, but I wanted them interspersed with deep, sexy kisses and was pretty peeved when I didn't get that.

Also! I feel like the show had such a great opportunity in the "7 days of lingerie" set-up! They could have SHOWN us Dong-ha's reaction to one of Ji-yeon's sexy outfits. Now THAT would have been awesome!

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Thanks odilettante for the fun recaps. This kdrama just plain made me happy to watch from beginning to end. I got a friend into kdramas with this one, and she marathoned to catch up so that we could watch the last 4 eps together apart (she lives elsewhere). She asked what to watch next (one like it she said) and I suggested INR3. The truth is all the characters came through and filled in to make this a colorful kdrama.

I'm going to miss our Dong-ha and his even, cute, and generous personality ♥

As others have suggested, a season 2 would sure hit the mark - love it ! All the same characters, please :)

Please check out my rendition of Dong-ha and Ji-yeon at http://www.cimiart.wordpress.com

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Interesting blog!

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Thanks for checking it out!

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Great recap, thank you very much ! I enjoyed reading it along with the drama, you did a good job !!

What I'll remember is that this show just made me so happy. I was smiling and I felt really good when it ended. Thank you, witch, for this moment !

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Oh, btw, now I want sound effects. If Spinach had sound effects I deserve to have them as well. I need them. (and I dont mean farting).

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Now that I've finished Witch's Romance, I am going to marathon My Queen. Going into this drama (having not watched the original), I presumed the story was about Ji Yeon's internal struggle to accept a man 14 years her junior. From what I've read online, the age difference was a Big Deal in the original. In the remake, however, I felt the age difference was never an obstacle for them. The principal conflict here was Ji Yeon sorting out her lingering feelings for Shi Hoon sunbae, rather than her hesitating to start a relationship with Dong Ha because he's 14 years younger than her. In comparison, in Big (I know, I know), I could feel Gil Da Ran's internal struggle due to Kyung Joon's young age (added to the fact that he's in high school and her former student). Witch's Romance, on the other hand, seemed like a drama merely about a love triangle instead of a pure noona romance. It was only until after they got together when external forces reminded her of her age, but the age gap wasn't the reason why Ji Yeon rejected Dong Ha; Shi Hoon was the reason why Ji Yeon rejected Dong Ha.

Polar Bear's scenes were excruciatingly boring, but Puppy kept me watching. Dong Ha stepped straight out of a fantasy -- he is as perfect as perfect gets. In any other K-drama, he would have been the second male lead. This drama definitely reinforces my love for Park Seo Joon. I love the way he talks -- not his voice, which I do love, but the way he talks. His mannerisms. "Keujyo? Uri cheoreom" from episode 7 is the most swoon-worthy line I've heard in a long time. The leads' chemistry was out of this world, so much so that I completely forgot he is 14 years younger. They were so, so cute. From their natural interactions with each other, Park Seo Joon and Uhm Jung Hwa must have grown really close during filming. The bromance between Dong Ha and Soo Chul was the best. I hope Park Seo Joon and Yoon Hyun Min became friends in real life. Uhm Jung Hwa was born to act, and every time she cried, I wanted to cry along with her. All in all, the cast made this drama enjoyable for me (Na Rae, Umma). I'm glad Byun Team Leader got recognized for his loyalty to Trouble Maker. The ending was satisfying. I didn't necessarily need to see them get married, but I did want to see them finally go on their Jeju do trip.

Many thanks for recapping the entire drama, odilettante and LollyPip!

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Am so ready for the next noona-dongsaeng romance, who's up next? Bring it on!

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Episode 15 will remain for me my favorite in all of Kdramaland romances.

A few people have mentioned how they hated Ji-yeon's wardrobe; I liked it, not because it was something I wanted to wear, but because it accurately reflected her position as a reporter, her wages, and lifestyle. It wouldn't make much sense for her to have a wardrobe like the lead in You From Another Star, as that character was a big movie star, and had the designer wardrobe to match.

Also, Uhm Jung Hwa has a tiny but very curvy body, and a lot of high-style designer clothes are not complimentary to that body type, but flatter a more tall, slender build. It can be difficult for women with her body type to find clothes that don't make them look fat, matronly, short, or like they're trying too hard to look younger than their age. Uhm Jung Hwa obviously works very hard to keep her figure and I think the costume designer/stylists/dressers did a wonderful job flattering it while keeping in line with the character. Anyone with this body type could learn from the way they costumed her in how to accent the waist without making her appear top-heavy, how the jackets fit through the shoulders and hit an exact spot at the hip or waist, and how she wore the clothes with attitude. Uhm Jung Hwa has been in this business a long time and no doubt had a say in what would work for her and what wouldn't.

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Interesting comments. I don't know much about fashion so I appreciated your insights.

I also really liked Jiyeon's wardrobe. Yes, some specific pieces were a little out there but generally I thought she looked well dressed, fashionable and always appropriate for whatever setting she was in. She would be dressed down and comfortable (but still attractive) at home while she looked polished and chic when she was in a professional setting. But if she went on a stake out, she usually dressed casually. It was all very fitting for her character and her outfits definitely worked well for her figure. I loved that outfit she wore to the magazine interview in this episode.

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I agree about this maybe being my favorite kdrama last episode ever. It just kept getting better and better: you gave me a happy OTP and now you're giving me his Dad's blessing, too? You gave me Spinach and Eun Chan and I also get Mom and Boss tied up with a bow? Boss singing, and DH getting caught snuggling in the furniture showroom too? It just went from smile to smile. They even managed to make me stop hating Team Leader Byun! Luckily I never finished My Queen so the switcheroo wedding was an extra fun surprise. Yes, the Polar Bear Hours were painful but I didn't even mind seeing Park Seo Joon with nothing to do but be sad. *sigh* he has completely slain this noona :)

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Thank odilettante and Lollypip so much for doing an incredible job recapping this wonderful series. This ride will be much less joyful without all the witty and thoughtful commentaries from you two. Odilettante's conclusive remarks are so beautifully written that it's even harder for me to say goodbye to this lovely drama and all the great characters.

When I began watching this drama, I kept comparing it to My Queen and nitpicking every little mistake WS made However, somehow along the way, I just let go of the original and appreciate WS in its own right. In fact, I love WS more than MQ, even though I am originally from Taiwan.WS lacks the dramatic intensities that MQ has, but it is the understated style that makes WS a delightful light comedy with its charm. Most importantly, the acting and chemistry between the entire cast are just perfect. In particular, the chemistry between UJH and PSJ oozes off the screen to the degree that sometimes I had to turn my eyes away from the computer. The sparks between them are blinding and yet not saccharine overdone.
With such a perfect character as DH, PSJ has made his first successful step being the leading man. I will look forward to PSJ's future projects. His warm voice and sincere, sometimes shy, aura are his biggest assets. I hope that he can retain these assets as long as possible. The actor who plays Spinach has the impeccable comic timing and is always on par with all the veteran actors and actresses. It’s more impressive that he plays a completely different kind of character in Cruel City. He is one actor to look out for.

Finally, like odilettante, it is Uhm Jung Hwa's phenomenal, effortless and yet multifaceted acting that makes me fall so hard for this show and her. If DH is the prince charming projected from a female writer's fantasy, then JY, with all her imperfections and indecisions, makes this drama tethered to reality. Her character arch is a rather gratifying one for a rom-com heroine. Yes. She should have acted on her will and dumped PB, if we insist projecting our feminist impulse and wanting her to be a strong levelheaded woman consistently, which in fact does not happen much in our real lives. And precisely because of her blunders with regard to PB, when she says I love you to DH, I was moved to tears like DH. Our witch finally learns that love can be lighthearted and joyful without sacrificing your awesome fun-loving self. Besides, you gotta love a show when it gives us a real career woman who demonstrates professionalism. For instance, JY doesn’t go back to Trouble Maker because it's not adequate to work for your mom’s husband. She also puts her personal grudge behind and recommends Team Leader Byun to be the editor-in-chief. This is our modern witch with confidence and abundance of love.

I will remember the show for a long time. It’s by no means perfect, but it is full of heart and fun. Thank you show!

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I still wonder why they cut of the airport scene but it all pays off with the wonderful chemistry from Uhm Jung Hwa & Park Seo Joon. I have to say that this is the first drama that I watch where the main lead chemistry is just unbelievably good not to mention that Dong Ha is just too perfect for a boyfriend/person.

That aside can I get a Dong Ha to go? Or Park Seo Joon in another drama where he's the lead? I miss this couple already, I need my weekly dose of Dong Ha >___<

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Aw, it's over. :') Such a satisfying ending though. :D

I love this show so, so much. I love the characters and how refreshing it was to see people be honest with each other and talk through issues instead of letting misunderstandings drag on forever. The exception to that, of course, is what happened with ShiHoon but I'm okay with that because it was one way of showing that his relationship with Jiyeon didn't work as well as it should have. Even when things slowed down after Shihoon came back, when the show wasn't as fun and sweet anymore, I kept tuning in because I cared about these characters and I wanted to see what happened to them.

I loved the parental relationships. I loved how easygoing and supportive Dongha's father was. A SUPPORTIVE FATHER IN A K-DRAMA!! AND HE LIVES! It's positively magical. And of course, Jiyeon's relationship with her mother was so beautiful and authentic. I couldn't help tearing up at all of the scenes between them in this episode. There was just so much love and support and kindness between them even when they didn't necessarily understand each other's decisions or actions.

And I love how this show treated its women. Jiyeon's mother is older and a single mother and an 'ahjumma' but she's still a woman who has desires and feelings and who isn't afraid to go after what she wants and the show doesn't make fun of her for that. And omg, I could have sang when Jiyeon said that she wasn't sitting around passively waiting for DongHa but that she has her own dreams and goals and she's going to work towards them while also supporting DongHa. YES. That's what I'm talking about! Here's a woman who loves her career and is passionate about it and isn't ashamed of that or trying to dismiss or downplay it. And now she's finally gotten to a point where she has a healthy work/life balance. Yes, she loves her work but she has time for all the people she loves and she has people who love and support her for who she is on her side. That makes me so happy. Uhm Jung Hwa did an amazing job breathing life into her character and i love her even more as an actress now.

And of course, all the wonderful friendships. Narae and Soochul were SO awesome and I wish they were my friends too! I love that the show used everyone for comic relief at different times. It made me so happy to see them humanize Byun (and show that he's not incompetent!) and to see EunChae and Soochul become an official couple, aw.

I'm glad they didn't get married at the end. I feel like it would have been too soon and unrealistic given that Jiyeon was gone for a year. But I like that we got a glimpse of them together in wedding finery so we've got the idea. The final VoiceOver to me was really fitting. They're just letting themselves be happy and working on learning how to be together as a couple and that's perfect for where they are right now. I'm so glad Jiyeon didn't feel like she HAD to get married anymore just because...

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Oh no, my last few comments got cut off.

Anyway I'm glad Jiyeon didn't feel like she HAD to get married just because she's older and she's allowing herself to be happy.

I just wanted to say thank you so much to LollyPip and odilettante for your great recaps! I really liked hearing your insights about the show and I agreed with a lot of what you said. You guys did a great job. :D

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I seriously need a Dong Ha for myself. Loved the drama, wished it didn't end. :)

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Awesome and realistic ending.
I'll continue to hope that when I'm 39 & if I'm still single that a handsome and mature 25yr old guy pursues & confesses to me. :)

I would have loved another 2 episodes, though. It would have been cool to see more of the best dramaland parents ever and to see everyone's friendships grow or even to see Dong-ha graduate and have ended it with him asking Ji-yeon to marry him again & it cutting out right before she answers and leaving us with a voice over monologue.

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Ditto on another 2 episodes.

This is one drama I really wished had an extension.
They didn't show us any Jeju 4D3N ... that would have been so fun.

What do I supposed to do about the void on Mon and Tues now?!? This was easily the best drama out there for me all week.

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Seo In Guk's "High School King" is taking over the time slot. I'm looking forward to it. Haven't seen Lee Hana in any drama before but love Seo In Guk from Answer Me 1997 and Lee Soo Hyuk in Vampire Idol.

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Thanks for recapping the series! Much as I love the OTP, SooChul was such a revelation! Besides the impeccable comic timing and bromance, his singing was also so beautiful. I was surprised to learn that he was a pro baseball player who made a switch to entertainment starting with musicals. Thanks to the Crazy Ahjummas who posted this interview on their FB page: http://youtu.be/OJUxg5_4p3o

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Wow, thanks for that! Now I have to watch his other shows.

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Loved this drama- and yes - she will be too old to have kids- and that's fine- seems like her career is very important. I loved the supportive parents. But for a dad with an only son who doesn't want kids- seems like that's unrealistic . But seems thus dad only doesn't want his so to waste his life . He perhaps feels grateful that this woman led him to move in the right direction.

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I was watching Big Man episode 13 and Dong Ha's dad was in there too!

There's no mention at all about Dong Ha's mom, right? As for Ji Yeon, probably her dad has passed away?

Does tvN have year-end award shows? I sure would love to see Witch's Romance win some awards. Hope they'll get nominated for next year's Baeksang awards.

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Loved it- and was sorry to see it end. For me, what happens next is this: Ji-Yeon gets pregnant (a big oops) and she and Dong-ha get married while he's still in school. Her mother offers to take care of the baby when it arrives, and the Director is delighted to help. Naturally the baby will be a girl, so she can grow up to be her own witch! It was definitely one of the better dramas I've seen in a while. I'll look forward to seeing Soo-chul and Dong-ha together again - those two are so much fun! Finally, one thing I'd like to see in the REAL news - Uhm Jung-hwa and Park Seo-joon dating! What a gas that would be!

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What song was Soo-Chul oppa singing at the wedding? I've heard it somewhere before...

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I'm going voting crazy!

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i really was looking for this drama but i am so disappointed. i think it's overrated it didn't bring anything new. it's just a nona/ajuma romance story i can't wait for it to finish. i will never remember it.

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I love this drama. My only complain was the lack of legit bed scenes. I thought they would do something steamy for real and outshine their sexy time in ep 2 when they decided to have a relationship. Haha!

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This is my second drama of seeing PSJ as the lead and I am so proud of him. All in all it was a great storyline.

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