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Falling for Innocence: Episode 16 (Final)

Sweet and bubbly with a pinch of business time, this is a finale that heightens the drama, lays out its separate but loosely interlocking plot threads, and then poofs those threads into a neat little bow. How did we get from Point A to a Point B so full of sunshine that it may as well be listed as a treatment for depression? The world may never know. And that’s okay.

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

After the romantic fishing trip, Min-ho flashes back to Dr. Jo’s dire warnings about the side effects of the immunosuppressives he’ll now be taking. The list is frightening, but Min-ho steels himself with the mantra that he can only feel the pain because he’s alive.

With Hermia’s bankruptcy looming on the horizon, the position of the company’s legal trustee will either fall to Joon-hee or someone Min-ho’s appointed—though Joon-hee feels assured that he’ll come out victorious, as he later brags to Min-ho.

Min-ho just tells him that they’ll see what happens, even though Joon-hee is trying his darnedest to lobby his legal connections, most importantly the bankruptcy case’s judge, to make sure things go his way.

While Min-ho’s loyal advisors wish him well on his last day as chairman, Joon-hee gloats to Ji-hyun that everything is going as planned. Ji-hyun gives him further cause to preen when she tells him that Gold Partners’ marketing team has been pulling double time to get his name out there—that way, when he becomes the legal trustee of Hermia, he’ll have the public’s support too.

Min-ho says his fond farewells to his secretarial staff before asking Soon-jung to help him carry his belongings downstairs. He just wants some alone time with her, though she can’t help but be concerned that he’s only looking sicker by the day.

By way of distraction, Min-ho pulls her into an embrace and stays there. Soon-jung protests weakly due to the public nature of the hug, but Min-ho doesn’t care. As to his new unemployed status, she doesn’t see it as such a bad thing, because it means he can finally take a well-deserved break.

She can’t say no when Min-ho cutely asks if she’ll celebrate his unemployment with him later, nor can she when he asks her to just stay holding him for a little while longer. It takes her some time, but she returns the embrace fully.

Ok-hyun is currently having to serve her probation at a school, where the besotted Secretary Oh joins her to talk about how to stop Joon-hee. Ok-hyun bemoans how she should’ve just gotten that door open that day, but becomes distracted when she spots Secretary Oh sporting a loose cufflink.

In the process of fixing it much the way a mother would her child, she gets close enough for Secretary Oh to kiss her on the cheek. She slaps his lips immediately, then chases him across the schoolyard until her detective buddy calls—he’s found the junkyard where Joon-hee scrapped his murder vehicle.

Min-ho shows up for his plasma separation procedure and immunosuppressive injection dutifully, but Dr. Jo is decidedly less optimistic than his patient. They’re running out of options, and Min-ho is running out of time.

Despite hearing the grim news, Min-ho looks at the situation in his compulsively glass-half-full sort of way, since they still have options they haven’t tried. He’s not giving up hope yet, so neither should Dr. Jo.

Ok-hyun sits Soon-jung down as she prepares to tell her about Joon-hee, even though they haven’t been able to find the car he dumped with the DNA evidence on it.

When Ok-hyun tells her that she wants to talk about Dong-wook’s case, Soon-jung is quick to remind her that the case has already been closed—more for her own sake than Ok-hyun’s.

But Ok-hyun breaks the news that it’s not such an open and shut case, since it wasn’t just a hit-and-run like they’d initially believed, but an actual murder. If Joon-hee’s father took the blame for someone else’s crime to the grave with him, who does Soon-jung think he did that for?

Soon-jung refuses to believe it at first, almost to the point of abject denial. “Why would he kill Dong-wook?” she asks, genuinely mystified. She’s ready to leave without hearing more when Ok-hyun gives her Joon-hee’s motive: He was the culprit behind the product tampering case, Dong-wook found out, and so Joon-hee murdered him to cover it up.

That’s when it really hits Soon-jung, and her desperate attempt to get some air goes awry when she sinks to her knees sobbing. “How could he do that to Dong-wook?! They were best friends. They spent twenty-four years together!” she screams uncomprehendingly. Poor thing.

Papa Ma takes Min-ho out for a meal as consolation for his last day as chairman, taking special delight in Min-ho’s enjoyment of a dish his son always loved. But Papa Ma wants most of all to remind Min-ho to keep his chin up, because he and everyone at the central factory knows he tried his best.

He reminds Min-ho that the way of the world favors those who throw caution to the wind to achieve their goals, and this time, it was Joon-hee and Gold Partners. How could Min-ho have ever hoped to compete against a force like that? “Just as your uncle ended your father’s dream, Joon-hee and Gold Partners are ending your dream using whatever means possible.”

Min-ho still feels responsible, despite Papa Ma’s cheerful demeanor in telling him that he should still be proud of himself. He’s grown up well, he’s a good person, and his employees will forever be grateful to him. Aww. Can’t Papa Ma just adopt Min-ho?

Soon-jung goes home to find Min-ho waiting on the steps, unaware at first that Ok-hyun called and told him about their conversation. She hides her pain by smiling, while Min-ho makes a half-joke about why his terrible fate includes liking her more than she likes him. It puts him at such a disadvantage, he whines.

Even though today was his last day as chairman and he should be comforted for it, he recognizes that she needs comforting more than he does, and will gladly give it to her.

Soon-jung’s reaction to him revealing that he knows about Joon-hee and Dong-wook is surprisingly tame, and she graciously accepts the consoling hug Min-ho gives her. “I’m so relieved to have you next to me,” she admits, which makes him light up like the Fourth of July.

Unfortunately, Min-ho’s go-to consolation methods are an epic fail, since he can’t clean Soon-jung’s ears without poking too deep or cut her nails without drawing blood. Haha.

He pouts cutely that he was just trying to do what his mother did for him whenever he cried, and Soon-jung can’t help but laugh. “You comfort me in such strange ways,” she giggles. “No matter how serious the situation is, you always make me laugh.”

Later, Soon-jung sees a picture of Joon-hee in the newspaper and remembers Ok-hyun telling her that their only hope for the truth lies in obtaining the fish watch that Dong-wook clawed off his wrist. Hmm.

She calls Ok-hyun at her probation job where Secretary Oh has bedecked them with Superman and Superwoman aprons to tell her that she’ll do it—she’ll get the watch out of Joon-hee’s house. Secretary Oh calls Min-ho to tell him what she’s planning, but Soon-jung won’t answer when he calls.

Instead she goes straight to Joon-hee’s house while Min-ho calls Ok-hyun/Wendy in fits. How could she have let Soon-jung go by herself? Short answer: She’s a terrible friend.

Things are pretty awkward between Soon-jung and Joon-hee, mostly because she couldn’t think of any good reason to explain her sudden visitation other than to talk about Hermia’s future.

Joon-hee sighs that that’s all she wants to talk about but obliges her nonetheless, unaware that Min-ho, Ok-hyun, and Secretary Oh have gathered in his parking garage. But because they can’t risk exposing Soon-jung by banging on Joon-hee’s door, they set off his car alarm instead to distract him and give Soon-jung time alone in his place.

She sets to work the moment Joon-hee excuses himself, weirdly searching everywhere a watch wouldn’t be (bookshelves and couch cushions and media consoles, oh my) before she comes across the fish watch.

But Joon-hee’s return catches her off guard, and she’s unable to pocket the watch before he arrives. She hides it under her feet until he’s distracted by another car-related call, and very obviously kneels down to pick it up while he’s on the line.

Still, it’s not enough to arouse his suspicion and she gets out without further delay, making her a bundle of nerves when she delivers the watch to Ok-hyun in the lobby. It’ll take some time to have the watch tested for blood, but Ok-hyun hopes to do it in time to knock Joon-hee down a million pegs, since today’s the day he’ll be named as Hermia’s legal trustee.

Min-ho has his own ace in the hole though, as he makes a call to the newspaper office where he was attacked before. Did Joon-hee not remember that he lives in a digital age where memory cards can be copied?

Joon-hee wins the court ruling to become Hermia’s legal trustee during its bankruptcy and returns to Hermia triumphant, followed by a group of eager reporters. But they all turn their heads when Min-ho shouts from the entrance: “Hey, Murderer!”

In front of the reporters, Min-ho calls Joon-hee out for being Dong-wook’s murderer, as do Ok-hyun and her buddy when they show up to arrest him. Their warrant is based on Noh Hyungnim’s testimony as well as from the scrapyard’s owner, not to mention the DNA evidence they found (very, very quickly) on the fish watch.

It’s enough to have Joon-hee carted off in handcuffs, while a dozen flashing cameras follow his every move. He glares hard at Min-ho until he disappears out the door, and Min-ho glares right back.

Min-ho goes to Ji-hyun next so he can show her the news reports flooding in about Gold Partners’ nefarious plans for Hermia. Min-ho’s responsible for the leak, which is what he took to the newspaper instead of a copy of the memory card. Because no one knows how to make those.

Using his past with Gold Partners as proof, Min-ho in essence threw himself under the bus in order to throw Ji-hyun and Joon-hee under too. The media is scandalized that Gold Partners didn’t have Hermia’s best interests in mind, which is apparently enough for Hermia to be able to sue Gold Partners despite its bankruptcy.

Whatever the case, all the blame now moves onto Joon-hee, and Hermia is in a much more advantageous position than before. Min-ho knew that this could end badly for him as well and prepared for it, enough to tell his boardroom advisors that he’d turn himself in along with the evidence that Gold Partners was manipulating Hermia and self-destruct with Gold Partners in the process.

Min-ho brings it home to Ji-hyun when he dares her to fight him on Gold Partners’ behalf, even though she’ll lose. And Gold Partners will have to pay their weight in compensation fees to Hermia, so, game over. Or something.

On their special set of stairs, Min-ho sighs to Soon-jung that he won’t get away from this case without facing punishment for his past with Gold Partners. He’s okay with that though, because it was all to save the company. (How does exposing Gold Partners for being shady give Hermia money it doesn’t have to sue Gold Partners for being shady?)

Min-ho’s only regret is that he won’t be able to see Soon-jung when he goes to the prosecutor’s office tomorrow, and possibly in the near future while he pays for his past. He lights up when Soon-jung suggests that they spend the night together instead, though of course he wants to know what they’ll do.

Unfortunately her plans to watch TV and cook aren’t as scandalous as he’d like, but he’s all in anyway. They have an idyllic night eating his terrible food and playing silly board games, but end the night lying in bed. They joke about Min-ho’s good looks netting him prison popularity before talking about their future, and all the things on their list they’ll accomplish once he’s served his time.

He tells her that he’ll wait on the stairs where he always waits when he’s freed, and just smiles warmly when Soon-jung yawns that she’s sleepy and half-consciously wonders why Min-ho’s hands look a bit blue. (Is he losing circulation?)

She falls asleep facing him, and Min-ho sighs, “You have to keep on smiling even if I’m late, or if I take longer than expected. You have to smile. That’s the Kim Soon-jung way.” He repeats the same words to her the next morning as they part tearfully, with Min-ho being escorted away in a police car.

In Joon-hee’s interrogation room, Ok-hyun presents him with the confessions of the thugs he hired to brutalize Noh Hyungnim and Min-ho as further charges against him. Not to mention the product tampering case that’s been reopened because of him.

She also adds that Gold Partners has thrown him to the wolves by blaming everything on him, and that all his prosecutor friends have turned against him now that he no longer has Gold Partners’ support. Even Ji-hyun is skipping town to save herself.

Cut to Ji-hyun, who’s upset that Operation: Hermia Takedown has failed and that Gold Partners will have to pay compensation. She undergoes some rigorous interviews on her way to the airport, but methinks that’s all the closure her character gets/needs, and certainly more than she deserves.

Soon-jung gets some off-the-record time with Joon-hee in the interrogation room with one burning question on her mind: “It wasn’t just anyone. It was Dong-wook. It was Dong-wook! The person we were friends with, Dong-wook! How could you do something like that?!”

“I did it because it was Dong-wook,” Joon-hee replies solemnly. “In front of his shallow sense of righteousness, the friendship we had for twenty-four years meant nothing to him.” Soon-jung cries uncomprehendingly, wondering how Joon-hee had the nerve to stay by her side after doing something so horrible.

Joon-hee honestly believed that as long as he won and climbed higher, whatever transgressions he’d committed would be covered up. Even now, he argues, he’s the one taking the fall while the higher-ups are getting away with their crimes. “Why? It’s not because I’m worse than them. It’s because I don’t have any power,” he explains.

Soon-jung just shakes her head as she asks how he became this way. There’s nothing left for him now—his father’s gone, he’s lost all his supporters, he’s ruined his life. “What did you hope to gain by coming this far? In the end, we’ve lost our friendship, and you threw away that precious life.”

Joon-hee’s face contorts in pain before he allows a (very manly) tear to fall. Soon-jung just cries, and for the first time, Joon-hee seems to understand the ramifications of what he’s done.

Due to the severity of Min-ho’s illness, he’s given a short and suspended prison sentence and probation. Soon-jung finds out about his transplant rejection only when the verdict is handed down, which comes as a total surprise to her.

Secretary Oh transports a tired-looking Min-ho to the stairs he told Soon-jung he’d wait for her on, and that’s where she finds him. He greets her when she arrives and reaches out to her as the world turns blurry, only moments before he falls unconscious.

A tearful Soon-jung rides in the ambulance with him to the hospital and looks on powerlessly as doctors try to revive Min-ho’s flatlined heart. All we see is Min-ho’s unresponsive face after a final shock from the defibrillator, and then Soon-jung’s shellshocked face. Is he…?

Three months later.

Soon-jung is busily preparing for Ok-hyun and Secretary Oh’s upcoming wedding as Ok-hyun’s maid of honor. Even Papa Ma is coming, which means everyone that needs to come is coming. Except for the person that helped them meet, but that’s a topic Ok-hyun deliberately stops Secretary Oh from going into.

In voiceover, Soon-jung narrates everyone’s separate happy endings, from Min-ho’s dedicated secretaries to Director Yoon and his hitherto unknown wife. Papa Ma received a promotion and now runs the central factory, as well as the sales for the New Product.

“When I think about how you made this happiness of ours possible, I start to miss you,” Soon-jung narrates, as she visualizes Min-ho walking across the street from her like he used to. Even a free lollipop reminds her of him.

It’s the day of the engagement party, and Soon-jung is brought there with the help of a taxi she didn’t call. Hmmm. Similarly, what at first seems to be a reservation mistake at the venue turns out to be an opportunity, as the party is taken outside to be dazzled by decorations someone’s arranged.

They see a figure standing behind one of the white curtains, and the wind blows…

…To reveal Min-ho, looking straight out of a catalogue. They all smile to see him as though they weren’t expecting to, with Min-ho’s cheeky greeting consisting of just, “Hi.”

Turns out they weren’t expecting him because he was supposed to be away on business, and not because he should be dead. “Wendy and Tinkerbell are getting engaged,” Min-ho says as he raises a glass. “Of course Captain Hook must be present.”

The party is a happy one, especially with the knowledge that Min-ho has been reinstated as Hermia’s CEO. He and Soon-jung hold hands at the table, smiling.

They leave holding hands, while Min-ho has his “dessert” in the form of a quick kiss. Aw. He explains that he’ll always make time for love over business, though they only have this weekend before he has to go stateside to finish the expansion happening there.

That gives them thirty-six hours to kill, and as they walk away in total bliss, we hear Soon-jung say in voiceover that Min-ho’s learning how to coexist with the people he wants to protect.

They sit on their stairs and watch the people passing, with Min-ho ruling that he’ll kiss her every time someone passes walking left, while she’ll have to kiss him every time someone passes walking right.

At first all the kisses are his to give, until an enormous group of people passes walking right. Min-ho whoops in joy as he takes off his jacket and shoes in order to ready himself for all the kisses she’ll have to give him. Haha.

Soon-jung giggles when he leans in for his payment, and says in voiceover, “For the rest of my life, I’ll do my best to live beside you and love you. Because this life would be a waste simply to love.”

 
HEADSNO2’S COMMENTS

I can’t figure out whether it’s better that the show introduced the transplant rejection thread only to magically solve it and make it entirely moot, or worse that they put the focus on a really unnecessary plot point without a solution in mind for the sole purpose of causing drama that was then made entirely moot. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Time skips are not a panacea, dramaland!

And that’s especially true for life-threatening illnesses, which aren’t the kind of thing that gets better with time or solves itself the way human relationships sometimes can in fiction/life. Putting aside the fact that Min-ho’s transplant rejection issue came way later than it medically should have, the show put a lot of effort into having us believe that his life really was at stake, so to wipe that away without a real explanation in the final hour feels cheap. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not out for blood or wishing that Min-ho would have died, only that if the point of introducing his dire situation was to make us worry for him so that we’d be relieved when he came out fine, it didn’t land. Mostly because the show wasn’t interested in doing that so much as it was interested in killing time, as Soon-jung would say.

It’s also disappointing that the show chose to go with the transplant rejection story as a source of last minute drama when it used Min-ho’s fake amnesia scene in a very meta way, seemingly telling the audience that it knew amnesia would be the tawdry and overused way to go, but that it was better than that. And then it wasn’t so much. Ah well, can’t win ’em all.

While Soon-jung and Min-ho’s relationship ended on a light and bubbly note, I did find myself wishing that Soon-jung would’ve been given a bit more agency in… well, everything. Where did the smart, capable, driven secretary from the beginning of the show go? Min-ho was right in pointing out that Soon-jung could always be found with tears in her eyes, and that’s probably due to her ending up as such a reactionary character rather than a proactive one. Infiltrating Joon-hee’s office was the most forward-thinking thing she did this entire episode, but even that ended up as a botched opportunity. That moment was all but engineered to make her look cool, and it somehow missed the mark—though Soon-jung had every reason to be afraid of Joon-hee and clumsy because of it.

I really came to love Min-ho over the course of this series, and while he never failed to be cute and cuddly in this finale, it was frustrating that he never gave Soon-jung enough credit to engage with her on a deeper level. He had every opportunity to tell her about his illness but went the noble idiot route instead, which he pulled off, but having Soon-jung find out about another bad thing way later than everyone else again made it seem like we’d gone backward with her. Of course we know that Min-ho did it out of love and his need to protect her, but at that point in their relationship, hadn’t Soon-jung earned the right to not be treated like a frail flower?

That poor thing went through a lot over the course of one series, and only a soulless robot would sniff in derision at the idea of her getting her happy ending. Without going into the frankly ridiculous business machinations or beating the dead horse that is Joon-hee (in that single tear he cried was all the wasted potential of Yoon Hyun-min’s impressive acting capabilities), I can say I’m happy Falling for Innocence never made my blood boil. Being fairly innocuous is better than being absolutely batshit insane, right? Besides, sometimes it’s way more important to just learn how to smile.

 
GUMMIMOCHI’S COMMENTS

Somebody get me a lollipop, because I’ve already got a cavity thanks to these two. As much as I’m delighted that our main couple got their happily ever after, I admit that I was fully prepared for a different outcome, one where Soon-jung would need to continue living her life without Min-ho. But then again, when you’ve got a drama that falls under the newly-coined “healing” genre, it’s near impossible to not get a happy ending.

Speaking of which, it’s always been evident that the show was more about Min-ho than about Soon-jung, despite having her name in the series title. The message was clear: turning Min-ho from his cold and ruthless ways who couldn’t care less about people or life itself into a generous and human being who started living. We seriously have Jung Kyung-ho for injecting life into a hero that was equally unlikable and later on, lovable. Carrying a drama on one character’s shoulders is no by means an easy feat, but Jung’s acting range and stage presence speaks for itself. Even in the times we couldn’t see the inner gears turning in his head (which is more of a writing flaw than an acting performance) Jung could bring us into the moment when it counted.

I wish the same could be said for Joon-hee, whose nonsensical behavior and thinly-strung motivation made him a wet blanket of a villain. Have you learned nothing from how Gold Partners treated Min-ho in your imitation character study, Joon-hee? Perhaps not, since the show chose to draw out self-reflective moments through other characters. But in all honesty, it really is a shame Joon-hee turned out to be a rotting apple because Yoon Hyun-min has shown time and time again that he’s able to draw life from even the most minor of characters. So here’s to hoping that the next drama (still with your best bud Jung Kyung-ho, preferably) is a better one. Or maybe I’m still desperately clinging to Heartless City.

I hoped I’d be able to drive-by the central murder case like Innocence did in this finale, but there isn’t much I can say about the suddenly super efficient investigation apart from noting that Ok-hyun is a terrible friend and an even worse detective. I can’t give her any credit when her partner did all the work, and there’s a tiny satisfaction when Min-ho called her out for endangering her friend’s life by sending her into the lion’s den. Though I honestly had nothing to fear because Innocence was able to sap the dramatic tension from its conflicts by its third act anyway. By the third or fourth Hermia takedown, we could see the show building up pressure-point moments to then swiftly sweep them under the rug. Innocence is by no means the worst offender of doing this, but it saddens me that by doing so, it undermines the opportunity to draw out key moments of emotional attachment to our characters and the importance of said obstacles in this dramaverse. Although, bringing Min-ho back from the dead without a proper explanation is difficult to overlook.

In fact, that’s exactly how self-awareness worked in this show—with people speaking into other people’s lives. The strange thing wasn’t that hearing the truth would benefit the other character, but rather it felt like the person spoken to wasn’t even aware of the truth until someone told it to them. It’s an odd merry-go-round way to draw out decisive moments in our characters, especially when your villain seemingly sounds like he’s making sense because he’s spouting the truth about another character for the latter’s character development.

Even though it took some time, everything else seemed to fade once Min-ho and Soon-jung finally got to be together. It’s no secret that they’re too cute for words, and you know that they’ll be taking wise advice from Papa Ma over bowls of makgulli and three packs of ramyun for the rest of their lives.

 
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i love this drama, makes my heart flutter.
thanks to JUNG KYUNGHO

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Jung Kyung Ho is one great actor. I will realllllly miss you, Min-ho!

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This drama was everything i ever wanted even with the terrible ending. I had wished that Soonjung would be the one to snap Joon Hee back to reality to see his ways and i wanted him to be the one to betray Gold Partners for Hermia, but i got none of that ): I didn't understand why they had to scare the audience with Min Ho's last minute hospital scene -_- the ending felt way too rushed imo.

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Totally agree. Although I liked this show and its main story line and the acting was superb....that last episode - really the last two were so rushed, sloppy and manipulative in a bad way. Medically it was nonsense- the rejection would have been immediate, so that was stupid, and then what? A miracle, and new cure? What??????

Then the contrived voiceover of missing Min-ho as though he is dead.....seriously.....these writers must be on crack. Sure everyone wants the OTP to be together...BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH TO WRAP UP THE STORY. Cuteness is cute, but not a license to throw a bunch of storyline spitballs against the wall and go with the one that sticks. Too bad that the writers could not carry this to the finish line. They had great actors who could have brought it in. Instead, they had to babel nonsense and make the best of a lazy finale script.

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You talk so much @larrafine that means you didn't understand everything.
For me the part were Min Ho got unconscious is not nonsense..remember the episode 15 where the doctor confirmed that his body starts to reject his transplanted heart due to his head injury? there's a possibility that he'll get unconcious or he'll gonna die, that's what happened to him in episode 16 when he approach Soon Jung and collapsed on her lap. But Kang Min Ho survive it, he lives very healthy for soon jung!

I salute the writer of this drama, she never fails the viewers. She did everything to make the drama had a happy ending..

Lara, you have to understand that this is kdrama, most of the writers doesn't like detailed ending! They like a rush trilled ending..they do this so that the viewers will think so hard on what happened..

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despite my affection to this drama, I do admire the story, characters, etc, one thing is dangling in my head: how did Min-ho survive from his immuno rejection?

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Kang Min Ho survive it because of Soon Jung's prayer. Did you notice when she's looking at him with tears? She's praying that time to God. GOD HEARS HER PRAYER..so I can say he was survive becaude of miracle..

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Overall it was very satisfying finale for me. Sure there were misses throughout the drama but I don't know maybe Jung Kyung Ho's acting or the amazing chemistry beween leads, they don't seem to a big deal to me. It will one of the dramas that I want to rewatch again and again ( lots of unforgettable scenes for me such as lovesick puppy's dealing with a break up)
My only complaint might be that we could have one episode more to watch our OTP's happiness. Still I'm happy what I got. Hearing that the drama was the writer's first script, I'm hoping to watch more project from her because I love what she did with characters development,well mostly Kang Min Ho. Secondary characters were also memorable for me like Papa Ma and Woo Shik who become life coach of his boss all of a sudden ( LOL, his tricks seem to be working as he ties the knot with Ok Hyun)
The final scenes almost killed me but I was relieved to see Min Ho was there, cheating death once more. I'm not going to lie if she had been the only one to see Min Ho, I would think that she was dreaming! LOL
So I would recommend this show who want to watch a cute metamorphosis story flavored with business stuff=)

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I decided to watch this drama because of the recaps here. And just finished watching this yesterday after 3 days and I would often read the comments here after I finished watching an episode.

Thank you for the recap I wouldn't know this awesome drama if not because of the recap here :) Really love this drama. It's kinda addicting. Kang Minho is love. Jung Kyungho did an awesome job!!! Looking forward on his next drama.

ps. WINNER's Jinwoo looks like Jung Kyungho ?

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yes, I agree with you...^^

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So cute ending...

I'm gonna miss you kang min ho (jung kyung ho) and soon jung (kim so yeon)

The drama is daebak, amazing....from episode 1 - 16...

Good job...

It's best drama - January - May

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I know now I want to watch everything that has Jung kyung ho in it...^*_*^

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For something much less melodramatic, I highly recommend Smile, You.

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What a fabulous ending! I was quite impressed with how all the little threads wove together nicely.

This has been my favorite drama so far this year and it all comes down to Jung Kyung-ho's excellent performance and some very good writing.

It's not often that the dramatic thread is so believably matched with a romance and the growth of a character. The business plot and the bumbling detective work were both surprisingly accurate. It's a drama, so they were a little over the top, but more or less accurate in how influence peddling and legal machinations are effectual in the corporate world. And, well, if you've ever had the police investigating something on your behalf, you'll discover that the Ok-hyun's of this world are pretty common.

This background allowed the transformation of Min-ho to believably flourish. And what a wonderful job Jung Kyung-ho did with that. Also wonderful was Kim So-Yeon's emotive performance with such a withdrawn character. That's truly an acting feat.

The supporting actors were also a delight. I quite loved Papa Ma, Secretary Oh and the every bumbling Detective Na.

If I have one disappointment, it's with Yoon Hyun-min's performance. In 16 episodes he never found a way to credibly portray Joon-hee. I would have loved to have seen this villain in the hands of a more capable actor. There was plenty of material there for an excellent performance.

And finally, on one last very positive note - the editing, the music direction and the cinematography were all really top notch. Together they set a tone that mixed light and heavy without either one dragging or seeming out of place.

Well done!

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I really love this drama and the lead actor is awesome, i should try endless love. after the "punch" this is the only drama that dragged my attention, i fell in love from 1st episode. good worknow i'm waiting for "mask" :D

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+10000000000 agree......i'm sooo grateful that they end this show this way...i'll be on tears at least for a week if min ho died ...for me every episode is precious and wonderful..i'm truly enjoy this drama to the fullest..its an amazing experience to watch his beautiful series...and the castings are amazing...about the story i don't want to complain...maybe because the acting is superb its completed the story...i simply love it.....just don't use too much logic to analyse it...just enjoy it...FFI we'll gonna miss uuu sooooo much...

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That flatline thing got me panicking. I thought they were going for the last minute death plot...
But seriously, this show should be named Falling For MinHo. Fell inlove with Jung KyungHo all over again with this drama. If only Smile, You wasn't a 45-episodr drama I would watch it again just for him.

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I thought the same thing, thank god it didn't end that way. And I'm totally with you for the title, the drama should be renamed "Falling for Mino". Jung KyungHo did a marvelous Job.

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We can watch tv on 2 levels: a gut level and a more cerebral level. We all know that KDs appeal more to the eyes and emotions. The West Wing or Downton Abbey they Never are.

I think we are all more or less guilty of loving KDs for the eye candies, the cute love-lines, a hero or more often a (lowly) heroine to root for..., so that's what they give us time and time again.

Fortunately or unfortunately, they also have to add some angst, and some ways to get from pt A to pt B; I've come to sense that plot development is at times an afterthought, or is done by formula. It's like painting by nos., esp. where cliffhangers are concerned.

On the gut level, we can't quite fault this drama, and it's mostly bcos of Jung Kyung Ho. How can any guy be more cute, sexy, funny, loveable all at once? And I can gladly watch that for another 4 eps. Plot-wise, it is not the most coherent or subtle thing out there.

On the one hand, the deficiencies of the show are glaring. The danger that Hermia faces seem artificially set up and clothed in business-speak so that viewers don't notice it right away if they don't think too hard. The murder case is there to make JH a villain, whereas there are better ways to handle it, as we discussed earlier. The investigation is 'funny' in a way that it shouldn't be. The last 2 eps in particular show clear as daylight that the so-called plot is only there to push our emotional buttons. They want us to fear for MH's life, so he got bludgeoned on the head. Miraculously, he's completely a-okay and is released w/i 24 hours. Hospitals keep you for observation for 4 or 5 days if u enter so much as having abdominal pain the cause of which is not obvious. They've been scaring us w MH's dizziness, and only tell us in the 11th hour that it's his body rejecting his new heart. Then w/i 1 ep, he goes from near death to perfect health, to going back to work full time, as CEO, at expanding the business overseas! None of it feels kosher, cos it's all done by 'hear-say' or voice over. They push our emotional buttons and then don't even have the courtesy to make the outcome seem organic. I go into a drama knowing that my feelings will be toyed with, but I resent it when it turns out that the manipulation is not done expertly. It is not worth my while feeling the angst or fearing for the chars.

On the other hand, this is KD: scripts are bought and sold on a basis of a synopsis and 1 or 2 fully written episodes, not much more. They are live-shoot. Shooting begins only when the production companies can scrap by enough money to start work. Stars and writers can end up not being paid. Those are the realities. They don't excuse the poorly written scripts but what u gonna do? Scripts won't get better until writers are required to sell Finished scripts, shooting allows some time for tough-ups in the writing, and so on.

Meanwhile, I thank this PD company for bringing to us JKH in the...

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The ending itself showed beyond any reasonable doubt that this particular Industry has all the flaws that you've already mentioned.
The last 2 episodes have clearly been there for the audience's satisfaction alone. I got the Princess' Man's slight sadness again. I could see through the "happy ending" the original one inside the writer's head once again and that's worse than the worst finale she/he could have layed out.
After all this emotional roller coaster the HEA was inevitable but left behind plot holes as big as a volcano. Why? Coz the initial idea might have been something quite different. The strong probability is that MinHo dies after getting his (and DW's) closure including all the people around him (them), the company, the murder, friends and foes, mistakes of the past and the(ir) eternal love for SJ.
Nevertheless, the writer invented a universe (Hong Sisters' way) where everything was under its own rules and that's fine with me. I can definitely watch again a drama with such a great acting, a unique chemistry between the leads and (of course!) a happy ending.
So perhaps it's not so much the writer's fault as the production's desire to keep everything lighter and breezy ( it's springtime, after all) with as less dead actors as possible. Well, personally,I draw the line at two deaths...and I also believe in miracles; otherwise life is no fun whatsoever!

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Meanwhile, I thank this PD company for bringing to us JKH in the form of Min Ho, and 16 hours of viewing pleasure, i.e. a lot of fun if somewhat dumb in places. LOL.

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JKH has a brilliant comedy timing, he should show that side of him more often. Now I'm really tempted to rewatch Smile, You mainly for him(although everything was marvellous in that drama).

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Can someone explain to me you the suspended prison sentence. So did he serve 2 years or didn't he?

Overall, I love the drama, especially the OTP. JKH is an amazing actor, whether in the comical scenes or the gut wrenching or emotion scenes. He always nailed them without overacting.

I will forever remember his juvenile behaviour in trying to deny his love or trying to act "cool" after their kiss.

Looks like I have to go watch Heartless City.

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A suspended sentence means that you are convicted of a crime and sentenced, but the sentence is not enforced. In other words, Min-ho did not have to serve any time in prison. He also probably didn't have to serve any of the probation time as he was allowed to leave the country.

You didn't ask about this - about the recovery from the heart rejection - but since many people seem confused about this, I thought I'd answer it as well. Yes, Min-ho can actually just get better from rejecting his heart over a very short period of time. Normally it's as simple as changing medications. In drama-land he's a special 1% case - so it may have been harder for him - but still entirely possible within a few weeks to a month. The real issue is whether he waited to long for treatment and damaged the heart. In that case, poor Soon-Jung may not have him for a very long life.

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i love the last scene on the stairs ....its perfect and the best execution to wrap up the most wonderful show this year for me....thank u KD for filling my empty heart with the very addictive...adorable....heartwarming....cute..sexy..and handsome...JKH....

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The saving grace of this drama was really Min Ho and Jung Kyung Ho. Jung kyung Ho acted Min Ho, who really was the most important character, in such a way that falling in love with him was a given. And by extension, the drama survived because of the main leads chemistry.

While I would've probably hated the drama if they killed off Min Ho, I'm not quite sure I like this approach. They could've done Scent of Woman route or at least mentioned another miracle... something/anything to address the rejection issue would've been nice.

Of all the plot holes/inconsistencies in the story, the one I've a problem with is Joon Hee. He could've easily become a complex villain, but I could not understand why he became evil Min Ho 2.0. Min Ho got the girl when he changed.. not when he was ruling Gold Partners. I liked his ambitions but somewhere he became one of those one-track bulldozer type villains.

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I think it wpuld have been way more believable if he had died rather than getting a miracle in the form of a new heart (or a time skip) because you can't just cure cardiac insufficiency (and possibly tissue necrosis) just like that. Without logical explanation. Then again, I want Soon Jung to have her happiness again after Dong Wook died and Joon Hee turned into a monster. Speaking of which, both Soon Jung and Joon Hee's character were wasted.
I've started watching Heartless City because of this, and boy do I miss the adorable Min Ho. Four episodes in and I love it for its darkness and intensity.

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I never tried to comment on every recap not even once! Since I decided that I'll wait until the end and what do you know? that ending has finally arrived. What can I say?

It was one hell of a ride!!!

I will surely miss Min-ho and his adorableness.

Now, I can finally watch the whole series.

Thanks for the recap! ♥

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Jung Kyung Ho nailed ever single emotion, every frame was perfect, Min Ho's antics make most plot holes forgiven. After watching every heartbreak Soon Jung has been through i really couldn't handle another one, so i don't mind being cheated (forever cheated by kdrama) and having MH miraculously healed in the end, finally together with SJ, cavities and all. And ofc the Peter Pan family; TinkerBell, am going to miss you. Thank you show. <3

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Try to see JKH on act Manhole film of 2014. Maybe your impression will be gone

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While the near death defibrillation scene went nowhere-- I am willing to forgive it because the (albeit cavity inducing sweet) ending was so satisfying

Overall I've learned from this drama that Jung Kyung-ho is an amazing actor (and strangely hot)... although still it would have been nice to give Kim So-Yeon more to chew on, because she definitely has the chops to match up with him.

And now I need to get a BF because that left/right kiss game is fantastic!!

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+1 at the kiss game at the end~
Thanks for the recap! I still think plot was meh, but I loved the show because of JKH.

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It's so adorable the way Soon Jung says yes to every things Min-ho said, no matter how ridiculous it is. Well, the left/right kiss game.

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Thanks for the recaps, Heads and gummimochi.

As a very devoted fan of the drama I'm no longer able to stay objective despite the elephant in the room that consists of transplant rejection, imprisonment, botched investigations, Soon-jung's diminished agency, etc etc. In short, unlike the two reviewers and probably many other commenters who always watch shows with their analytical minds at the ready, I am much, much more forgiving when it comez to the show's flaws.

Then again I have to say that I disagree with statement in the recap that Yoon Hyun Min's acting skills were wasted in the story. I don't think that he wasn't given an opportunity to breathe life into Lee Joon Hee's characterization. If he appeared to be inhumane and lonely, then it is the actor's nuanced portrayal that makes the character believable. Even the smallest gesture, the flicker of an eye, etc shows that there is a very insecure man named Lee Joon Hee underneath the mechanical facade of Director Lee. And that wouldn't have been possible if the production team didn't give Yoon Hyun Min the opportunity to act properly. We aren't talking about villains of Gaksital's Kimura Shunji's dimension here, but this character isn't a confusingly superpowered villain ither (and I'm sorry to say, one of these is Lee Soo Hyun of Hyde Jekyll Me).

Last but not least, I agree that the cinematography and music of this drama, including the background music, is good. There was one editing flaw in Episode 7 when a mic suddenly appeared in a supposedly solemn scene, but apart from that and a few other glitches (hand positioning, etc), no major catastrophe happened.

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On a lighter note, could anyone perhaps tell me what's the song in the scene when Wendy, Soon-jung and Tinkerbell shopped for Wendy's engagement dress? Thanks in advance.

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Thank you for another great set of recaps and comments. This, like some other series, has gotten me to not only watch it, but other series discussed as well.

I watched Heartless City (aka Cruel City; Undercover) because of some comments and, even though I don't generally watch those types of dramas often because the type of genre, I must say THANK YOU to those people who mentioned it. I really liked it, even though the ending left me scratching my head like some other dramas I know.

I have now watched several other dramas because of this site and really enjoy reading the recaps/comments to shows I've already watched or am deciding to watch. Thank you for stopping from watching a couple failures as well (^_^).

I will also overlook the glaring plot holes and problems, especially the repetition and sudden maybe, possible, not real death of the main character that some series have a fetish for for some reason.

Overall, it was a really good series with a very good cast, good music, and some really great scenes.

On another note: Although many people commented on Heartless City, I noticed that there were no recaps for that series to read on Dramabeans. Oh well. I still appreciated the info. given during the recap of this series since that series also had a great cast and music. The main lead went from bada$$ in that series to ubercute in this one and I give him props for that range of acting.

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Let's go to the longest comment I've ever written! :D

When the fish watch was almost the only evidence aside from the car disposal thing etc., I was rather disappointed (yeah, maybe when you dare to expect, you have to be ready for any consequence, lol). It's because I thought it would be delightful to smartly trick JH by having a copy of the memory card delivered somewhere, to the police station maybe, in case of an emergency or unexpected situation. Noh was totally dumb, then, by calling JH barking that the ONLY memory card was with MH. Omo! Maybe, maybe, since it's a kind of romcom drama, MH needed no worry to rush to the newspaper office as well and chose to wait for SJ coming although he might know that the key to arrest JH was in his hand, haha.

I don't know actually what the meaning of JH's tear was. Was it because he failed to climb higher and get more power, felt being abandoned and left behind all alone, ended up losing SJ, lost his precious life, or realized his wrongdoings? But, I doubt the last.

The resolution for the problems was a bit too over-rushed (but it's okay. I still write comment here, though). And, I have some questions:
- How was Noh's wife?
- Would MH really take care of Noh's children?
- Would MH still have a nightmare of the death scene after the culprit was arrested?
- Why would Secretary Yoo move to Russia? There was no prior hint on this matter. Besides, Hermia wouldn't totally collapse.
- Why was Gold Partners apparently only represented by Ji-hyun? It almost felt like it was a fictional company.
- Was there no "punishment" or something for Ji-hyun? It seemed like she was the luckiest villain here, moving abroad while having her assets handled by his driver (?).
- Wasn't Director's Yoon wife like coming out of nowhere, exactly in the very last minutes? Taadaaahh...! And she's finally there.
- What if, what if, what if SJ didn't find the fish watch in the last episode? She's surprisingly fortunate. I kept watching the mirror expecting (while holding breath) JH would see "something" through the reflection on the mirror and SJ got caught. Arrrggh, I held my breath when JH stopped her, calling her name.
- Could having a DNA test and its report be that quick?
- Why should there be a body rejection case in the eleventh hour? I don't think I get the explanation what the "other" possible treatment for MH was. He was amazingly survived, almost like a fate.

I do hope that the writer will take a look at the comments of this FFI lovers on the internet for her better writing. As a newbie, it's been good so far. I wouldn't be able to write such lovely cute detail things myself. I'm expecting her new works in the near future. Good luck, writer-nim!

Ah, let's go to the discussion (or compliment? :) Maybe the latter lol):
- I love MH-Papa Ma's relationship (after Papa Ma officially found that his son's heart was inside the little puppy). They're really cute together as...

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they're cute together as if they were a son and father. How lucky indeed MH! We also could see more on Papa Ma's facial expression rather than in the early episodes.
- Hey, I also love Doctor Jo's expression in this episode. It's deeper, both love and sadness when looking at MH... He was like a very patient uncle to him.
- I like it when both MH and SJ just lay on the bed. It's sweeter this way since they're both facing hardship. Chatting, doing insignificant things, playing silly games were cute, instead of just jumping on the bed doing what MH might previously have anticipated in mind.

Despite its flaws (come on! again and again followed by "but I love how..." haha), it's MH character which makes this show stand out! I must 100% agree to those saying this should be entitled Falling for Min Ho. After watching the last episode, I kept smiling all day long: when I was riding my motorbike, when I was just walking, even when I was taking a bath! Seeing me that way, people might thought I had been losing my mind, lol... The ending though a bit cliche (as expected happy ending so that's why I love the way it is) gives me a hope on life: smile whenever and whatever bad things happen, be grateful for being able to experience all kinds of feelings for it means you're alive, stay strong and keep moving on since this is what life is like--you know how it feels to be happy since you've once experienced sadness, and vice versa.

This is the first JKH's drama for me (I've checked his earlier works later on, haha) and I instantly fell in love in the first minutes of episode one.

Jung Kyung Ho! Surely, YOU'VE GOT A NEW FAN HERE!

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Jung Kyung Ho was great!!!

Finale: Crazy!!!!!!!!

Everyone loves a happy ending, no denying that but...

Can someone with medical expertise explain how a person with a very serious heart complication / condition be very healthy in just 3 months? I don't get it.

Giving the viewers a happy ending should at least be reasonable with the flow of the story.

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I agree with you. The ending didn't ring true at all...

I wouldn't have minded if Min Ho had died, if it had been consistent with the story... If he was going to be alive and fit as a fiddle three months later, why bother introducing the plotline that his body was rejecting his heart at all?

The story is rife with inconsistencies, which I find very hard to overlook. As much as I am madly in love with Jung Kyung-ho because of his performance in Heartless City and loved his chemistry with his leading lady Kim So Yeon and real life bestie Yoon Hyun-min, sloppy writing and an implausible plot ruined this drama for me.

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Really enjoyed this show. Every time I finish an episode though, I end up with Olly Murs' "Heart Skips a Beat" stuck in my head. LOL.

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I read somewhere the writer is a man. As for how can Hermia sue Gold Partner for compensation without having money. How could they not, they are clearly now at an advantage. There is probably not enough time but I wish they show what a huge damage it has done to GP. The compensation will be huge, it'll damaged their credibility internationally. Min Ho confessions will probably causes all the other who where wrongfully cheated by Gold Partners to sue also. And Ji Hyun probably did not get off unscathed, in my fantasies when she get back to GP head offices either she'll be sacked because it happens during her watch or demoted to the end of nowhere. As for the heart rejection, my theory is because he was overworked and that SJ leaves him makes him to forget to take his medicines. And whatever miracles that he is still alive three month later, He is still a heart patient. They did not say if he is totally cured. I guess that the message they want to convey is that no matter what happens in the future it is also important to live in the present.

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I am so happy for Min-ho and Sung-joong because they got their happy ending but the thought of how he survived keep bugging me. It would have been better if the show explained at least that part. When the body rejects the transplanted organ doesn't it mean that the patient needs a new one? But other than that, it's a fun show with an unforgettable character (that is Min-ho loves) and it intruduced me to Jung Kyung-ho.
Thank you gummimochi & HeadsNo2. ^^

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I love you show for KANG MIN-HO. But I'll never forgive you for those 5 minutes tricking me into thinking he possibly didn't make it! UGHH. SMH. I need a long time to get over this, because I was damn happy to see him back on my screen.
I'm a little sad that Golden got away so easily, but on further thought, they aren't the ones who killed their friend in cold blood AND were fine when their father killed him self and took the blame for it. How could a character like JH start out so wonderful and turn into a psychopath within a few episodes. The guy had no remorse whatsoever; feel bad for his father the most.

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This show ends with me completely in love with JKH and more in love with Yoon Hyun Min. Beyond that - it was a pretty big mess! Oh well, By now I realize that signing up for kdrama often means entering a world of near-complete make-believe where even business and medicine work in their own unique way. I can get behind that! :)

Because of FfSJ, I also watched Heartless City (loved it) and Age of Feeling (for YHM). Heads, thanks so much for the recaps of AoF, they were great. It's a bit more than a year later, I hope your injuries are all healed from the accident.

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I loved the cast, but have really struggled to finish watching this. Our hero's character made no sense veering between sharp businessman and mooning adolescent, our heroine was so demure as to be uninteresting, and our villain would have been better served by a redemption arc, since the dynamic between him and Min-ho was more interesting than the romance.

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even the ending is a bit disappointing, still i love this drama so much..this drama so sweet, warm and somehow teach us about the warmest love.truly beautiful and awesome..great casting.i root for every cast till the end..i hope i can watch new project of JKH and KSY soon..anyways thank you for the sweetest drama this year..love FFI.can't get enough of it

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Thank you HeadsNo2 and Gummimochi so much for choosing to recap Falling for Innocence. A welcome treat when the both of you grace us with your parting thoughts and words in the finale recap.

When the initial casting news broke about Jung Kyoung-Ho, Kim So-Yeon, & Yoon Hyun-Min spearheading a drama together, I was so excited. So glad that my excitement and interest in FFI never waned and remains solid.

Jung Kyung-Ho & Yoon Hyun-Min: You've spoiled me with your bromance in real-life and in Heartless City (aka Cruel City). So of course, if given a choice my preference is to see a bromance relationship between the two of you guys again instead of the adversarial relationship like here. Watching Yoon Hyun-Min as Joon-Hee continue to self-destruct was hard sometimes eventhough I knew he was just acting/playing a character. Watching JKH & YHM onscreen together — it's a pleasure — I have such affection for both guys.

Speaking of Lee Joon-Hee. He engaged in self-detrimental / self-sabotage / self-defeating behaviors — continually doing things which were bound to lead to his own failure and downfall. The strategy of modeling himself after Min-Ho was counter-productive and self-defeating. In the end, the trade-off wasn't worth it. Joon-Hee just couldn't stop the cycle of self-destructive behavior. He deliberately and inadvertently caused pain to his father and Kim Soon-Jung, the one relationship that meant the most to him. Lesson to take away: misconceptions about the nature of ourselves, life, and others has the potential to cause harm and lead to unhappiness.

Alternative narrative I would liked to have seen:
1) The drama could have done without the physical force/violence Kim Soon-Jung experienced from Kang Min-Ho in the earlier episodes.
2) Why couldn't Han Ji-Hyun have been the villian/nemesis throughout (whether vs. Hernia or Kang Min-Ho) and the ultimate fall guy for Gold Partners?

Falling for Innocence: overall, I enjoyed it. Jung Kyung-Ho, Kim So-Yeon, & Yoon Hyun-Min - another job well done again. :)

As is the case here, sometimes for me it's all about the casting. That is, the actors/actresses in terms of my like/dislike, appreciation of or for a drama particularly when the drama falters in critical areas (for example like the storyline, writing, tighter narrative logic, character development, plot holes, maintaining believability, etc.).

As others have expressed throughout the FFI recap threads here, this drama series very well could have been named Falling for Min-Ho too.

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@August

I agree with you re. Han Ji-hyun. I remember that in Ep 1, in one of the earliest opening scenes when Kang Min-ho was rushed to the hospital, she was there with Oh Woo-shik. She was panicked and sad like a friend, instead of a business partner, would.

Of course, one could argue that perhaps she was scared for the Hermia Downfall Project more than for him, but for me her emotions in that scene were so humane. The stylist even did the actress' hair that made it look like she went to the hospital in a hurry.

That, for me, was an indication that perhaps she was originally written as a more complex character than the witch we saw her as, throughout the drama.

Wouldn't it have been great if she was portrayed as a friend of Kang Min-ho's who later betrayed him? It would mirror Kim Soon-jung's struggles in facing Lee Joon-hee's betrayal, minus love in the equation.

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Wouldn’t it have been great if she was portrayed as a friend of Kang Min-ho’s who later betrayed him? It would mirror Kim Soon-jung’s struggles in facing Lee Joon-hee’s betrayal, minus love in the equation.

Selenette, that alternative definitely would have made things interesting for sure.

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This show had its flaws. The murder non-mystery sapped away lots of dramatic tension, but somehow, I still loved this drama to pieces. The ending was a bit disappointing, I expected better from the writer who had managed to craft the relationships of the characters so well.

But at the end of the day, this is one of my favourite dramas of the year. it made me squee and root for the couple in a way that only few dramas manage to do. I will always have happy memories of the delightful Soon-jung and her wonderful Min-ho.

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To be honest I'm not bothered about the last minute plot hole because I was holding my breath the whole show praying he wouldn't die and when I saw him standing at the wedding venue, I let out a thank you Jesus, which just shows how much I forgot it's just a drama but seriously though I think I would have cried and suffered from depression for a few days.
I'm wondering if the number of comments is a reflection of the ratings, I thought there was a large number who enjoyed the show, atleast I hope there was and maybe we would get a whole podcast dedicated to minho,to discuss his cuteness.wishful thinking but it would be awesome.
Also the first half of falling for innocence has already been turned into Dvd in the country I live in, I took photos of the Dvd store wall of dramas, it's beautiful Lol,I uploaded it on instagram @samshika loves nutella incase anyone wants to admire the beauty, this is why it's so hard for me to go back to my home country.

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Watching falling for innocence again and I seriously can't believe how different min ho was before the surgery, it's like night and day.also alot was introduced in the first episode that they didn't follow through with, oh well who cares,the cute made up for every flaw.

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@klava

I agree with you that some of the things in the first episode were not followed through.

Some of the things I noticed after rewatching were:
1. Han Ji-hyun in a distraught state (opening scene, Min-ho being rushed to the hospital).

Was she originally written as a more complex character instead of the power-crazed witch we came to know her as?

In my opinion, as I told @August, it could probably mean that she was initially written as Min-ho's friend who betrayed him later (in a way that mirrored Lee Joon Hee's betrayal to Soon-jung). It would've been somewhat fascinating to forge another bond between Min-ho and Soon-jung by this emotional scar.

2. Madam Kang's extra marital affair.

I was hoping to see her as the chairman's skeleton in the closet. I also wanted to see her as a lousy mother, which would have left the newly reformed Min-ho to shoulder the burden of parenthood for his two young cousins Sung-min and Ji-min.

I feel like it would've been an effective way for Min-ho to experience a wider range of responsibilities as an adult, and an alternative to cut the vicious cycle of revenge. Not to mention that by becoming a parental figure, he would've been able to build a more complex relationship with Soon-jung, who had always been the two young cousins' fairy godmother of some sort.

3. Soon-jung and the whole secretary hierarchy within Hermia.

Grudgingly, I feel that the writer and the production team reduced her potential networking capabilities when only Woo-shik, Mi-roo and Yoo-mi remained as her support. It probably had something to do with shooting budget, but it is still regrettable.

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@klava

But like you, I still love the drama to pieces.
I can always resort to writing fics for myself :D

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Just finished watching this drama and I ABSOLUTELY loved it. Although kt would have been better if they explained medical aspect of Min Ho's survival. But I am so thankful that it is a happy ending. And I am officially a super fan of Jung Kyung Ho now!! So jealous of Sooyoung that she has him ?

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kang miho ur acting was so good. I love ur charisma. which i could see u act one more time. love u

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On the October 17th broadcast of MBC’s “We Got Married,” couple Kwak Si Yang and Kim So Yeon held a housewarming party. For the special day, Kim So Yeon invited friends Yoon Hyun Min, Jung Kyung Ho, and Lee Shi Un to her new home. She became close with these actors as they had filmed the drama “Falling For Innocence” together earlier this year.

http://www.soompi.com/2015/10/17/kwak-si-yang-is-jealous-of-jung-kyung-ho-and-kim-so-yeons-friendship-on-we-got-married/

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Me too got a cavity cause of their sweetness..
Why am I just know this drama now? Never recognize Jung Kyung Ho before but now on will never overlook him.

Kang Min Ho, why are you so cuteeeeeee???

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lovely jung kyung ho i really love your acts in the different films you've acted

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What if in the end we don't know if min ho is alive or not? What if he really died and soon Jung, after narrating everyone's ending, just imagined hers to be the way she wanted it to end.

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I just watched the drama and it was OK. I loved Min ho, but i really didn't like the actress. Her crying was awful and she just fail at making me feel sympathy for her.

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I found the whole thing weird because Soon-Jung looks like Min-ho's mother, rather than his girlfriend.
And he's so very androgynous... I enjoyed it, but it looked strange.

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