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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 20 (Final)

This final episode of Woohoo Waikiki has a lot of ground to cover, but nothing is forgotten as we follow the Waikiki boys and the ladies they love to the fulfillment of their dreams. They’ve learned a lot of important lessons, but the most important one is that they should never give up, because no matter what happens, they’re not finished yet.

 
EPISODE 20: “Because it hurts”

Yoon-ah gets the good news that she passed her baking licensing test, so Dong-gu runs off to buy a cake to celebrate. While he’s gone, someone calls out to Yoon-ah, and she looks up to see Sol’s father (cameo by Kim Jin-woo), standing nearby.

He’s cautiously happy to see her, and he says he came to ask her forgiveness even though he doesn’t deserve it. Yoon-ah snaps that it’s not necessary and tells him to go, just as Dong-gu returns with the cake. He can tell from the look on Yoon-ah’s face who the strange man is.

He stands vigil nearby as Sol’s father tells Yoon-ah again that he’s sorry, and that he didn’t know about the baby. She says that Sol is her child and has nothing to do with him. She asks angrily why he’s here now, when he was absent the whole time she was suffering alone.

She says, “There’s someone who held my hand during those times, and now, I love him.” She tells Sol’s father again that she decided to give birth and that Sol is her daughter, so she just wants to pretend they don’t know each other.

Back at the house, Seo-jin asks Joon-ki for some time to think about their relationship. He follows her to her room and asks if this is because he had to cancel their date today, or maybe his dating scandal with actress Cindy. Seo-jin says that it’s everything: They can’t go on dates, she never sees him, and she even has to hide that he’s her boyfriend.

Joon-ki promises to tell the reporters that he’s not dating Cindy, but Seo-jin stops him and says that she doesn’t want to get in his way now that his career is finally taking off. She says she doesn’t know what to do, but that she feels pathetic and weak. She yells at him to leave and shoves him out the door, and they both sink to the floor, devastated.

Doo-shik has been working on his web novel again, and he types furiously while Soo-ah shoots glances at him and wonders if she really does like him. She tells herself there’s no way a classy lady like herself could have feelings for a guy who wears sweatpants and writes a web novel.

He catches her staring and cheekily asks if he’s so handsome she can’t look away. Soo-ah freezes, then yells that it’s not funny to make jokes like that. She snaps at him not to talk to her anymore, calling him a pig again, and runs from the room.

Yoon-ah goes straight to her room when she and Dong-gu arrive home, leaving Dong-gu to tell Doo-shik that Sol’s father showed up unexpectedly. Doo-shik is worried since Dong-gu is leaving for Dubai in a week to work on his movie, and Dong-gu just heaves a heavy sigh.

That night, Soo-ah can’t get any work done for thinking of Doo-shik, so she pours herself some soju. She decides to do the NASA compatibility test, but she only gets twenty percent. She does it again, switching the order of their names, and she’s much happier with the sixty-four percent result. Then she realizes that the happy feeling means she likes Doo-shik and freaks out again.

In the morning, Doo-shik finds Soo-ah passed out, surrounded by mountains of balled-up paper, hee. He wakes her and asks what she was up to, but she just calls him a pig again. Doo-shik starts to clean up, and when Soo-ah realizes that he’s holding the compatibility tests, she snatches the paper from him and escapes to her room, only to realize that the compatibility test isn’t there.

Downstairs, Yoon-ah has made Dong-gu’s favorite breakfast, but he seems uneasy. Doo-shik whines that Soo-ah’s insults killed his appetite, and when she scuttles through the kitchen looking for the test and calls him a pig again, he’s all, “See??

Suddenly, Sol’s father walks into the room, having let himself in. Yoon-ah flies at him, yelling that she’s not interested in whatever he has to say. She pulls him into her room for privacy, and he says that he’s not asking her to take him back, but that he wants to earn her forgiveness and make his absence up to Sol. Yoon-ah says that won’t be possible and reminds him that Sol is hers and hers only.

Dong-gu tells the others who Sol’s father is, and a minute later, he stops to say goodbye to them on his way out. But he spots Sol in Dong-gu’s arms, and he steps closer to get a look at her while Dong-gu stiffens protectively. Sol looks at him and says her first word: “Daddy.” Oof.

Her father smiles a sad little smile, then apologizes for causing trouble. He leaves after one last look at Sol. Soo-ah and Doo-shik are amazed that Sol called him Daddy, and Doo-shik sighs that blood really must be thicker than water.

Yoon-ah finds Dong-gu and Sol up in the media room. She apologizes to Dong-gu and promises that Sol’s father won’t return, telling him not to worry. Dong-gu blusters that he’s not worried, but Yoon-ah doesn’t appear to believe him.

Joon-ki tells his agency CEO that he wants to deny the dating rumor about him and fellow actress Cindy, because he’s in love with someone and the dating rumor isn’t fair to her. The CEO tells him that he’s in no position to be so romantic, and that hard work isn’t enough to make someone a star.

He informs Joon-ki that people fail because they lack luck and opportunity, telling Joon-ki not to throw away the opportunity he has now. He makes it clear that if Joon-ki speaks to reporters, his contract is canceled. He also makes Joon-ki to move to another place for now, and when Joon-ki tries to call Seo-jin, she declines the call.

Dong-gu spends another movie meeting preoccupied, and when the director decides he doesn’t like the ending, he calls on Dong-gu for an idea. Startled, Dong-gu reflexively shouts, “Daddy!” The director likes the idea so much that he promotes Dong-gu on the spot, making him the movie’s director and deciding to retire.

On his way home, Dong-gu passes a claw machine and stops to win Sol a toy. It costs him a mint to win it, but when he gets home, he finds the living room filled to the rafters with toys and stuffed animals. Doo-shik explains that they’re from Sol’s father, and Dong-gu hides the toy he won in his bag before Yoon-ah sees it.

Soo-ah is still looking for the missing compatibility test, and she wears a head lamp to inspect every nook and cranny of the house. She tells Doo-shik it’s none of his business when he asks, calling him a baboon this time, and he has to hold back from cursing in front of Sol.

He notices that Sol is holding some crumpled paper and starts to open it, and when Soo-ah frantically tries to grab it from him, he teases that he’s even more curious now. Soo-ah finally gets the paper away, but Doo-shik has her by the wrist, so she does the only thing a desperate woman can do… she eats the paper.

She runs upstairs cackling triumphantly, then wonders how Sol got the paper in the first place. It gives her a bad stomachache, and Doo-shik ends up taking her to the hospital. Doo-shik tells the doctor she ate a piece of sketchbook paper, fussing that he doesn’t understand Soo-ah lately.

Soo-ah has to get an endoscopy, and she tells the doctor that anesthetics don’t work well on her. She goes to sleep as expected, but as they’re about to put the camera down her throat, she grabs it and starts singing into it drunkenly, making the doctor be her backup singer.

She refuses to give the camera back unless they bring in Doo-shik, so they have him join them. Once Soo-ah sees that he’s there, she says she has something to say to him: “Doo-shik, I think I like you.” The doctor says that’s the first confession he’s seen from someone under anesthesia as Doo-shik stares at Soo-ah in wonder.

When Soo-ah wakes later, the nurse tells her that she’ll be fine. She giggles and tells Soo-ah that she confessed to Doo-shik while she was anesthetized, and Soo-ah wails that she’s too embarrassed to face him. On the other side of the curtain, Doo-shik still looks stunned.

Dong-gu gets a surprising call from Sol’s father, asking him to meet up. He sincerely thanks Dong-gu for taking care of Yoon-ah and Sol, though Dong-gu snaps that he’s in no position to be thankful. Sol’s father gives Dong-gu an envelope, which Dong-gu assumes is full of money mean to pay him to leave Yoon-ah and Sol alone.

He gets loud and angry, yelling that they don’t even do this in dramas anymore. He rips open the envelope and finds… a letter, which Sol’s father wrote to properly express his thanks. Hee.

Sol’s father drops the bomb — that he wants to take care of Yoon-ah and Sol from now on. He says he still loves Yoon-ah, but Dong-gu retorts that he shouldn’t have left in the first place. Sol’s father admits he’s been a coward, but that he still wants to pay his debt to Yoon-ah and Sol even if it’s too late.

He pleads with Dong-gu for help, but Dong-gu says he really has been watching too many dramas. He asks if he really expected Dong-gu to step back just because he’s Sol’s biological father, thinking himself inferior. He tells Sol’s father, “Listen well. I’ll protect Yoon-ah and Sol no matter what. So don’t ever contact them again.”

Sol’s father says he’ll never give up, and the two men glare at each other defiantly.

Doo-shik can’t stop thinking about Soo-ah’s confession. Dong-gu comes home and invites him to have a drink together, and they go to Joon-ki’s temporary apartment to visit him. The three buddies scream that they’re going to drink themselves silly tonight.

Joon-ki tells the guys that Seo-jin broke up with him, and that he wants to do the right thing, but he hesitated. He admits he got greedy, but Dong-gu tells him to remember that if he breaks up with Seo-jin, he’s dead meat.

The ladies are all at the guesthouse, just as miserable as the guys, and Soo-ah offers to take care of Sol while Seo-jin and Yoon-ah drink. Yoon-ah says it’s nice to spend some time together, and she asks Seo-jin if something happened between her and Joon-ki. Seo-jin slurs that she thinks she likes Joon-ki more than he likes her, but when Soo-ah argues that she thinks Joon-ki likes Seo-jin more, Seo-jin sighs that it doesn’t feel that way.

Over at Joon-ki’s, Dong-gu admits that he’s nervous about Sol’s father showing up right as he’s about to leave the country. He admits that when Sol called the guy “daddy,” his heart dropped, and that he’s anxious about leaving them for a whole month. Joon-ki suggests he propose, but Dong-gu says sadly that he’s not capable enough for that.

Seo-jin asks Yoon-ah if she’s ever regretted dating Dong-gu. Yoon-ah says confidently that she hasn’t, because even though Dong-gu is small-minded and has a temper, she knows he loves her more than anyone else in the world. She says she can see it in his eyes, and that’s enough for her. Soo-ah starts gagging and Seo-jin whines that love is complicated.

Soo-ah sighs that she wants to give it all up, and Seo-jin suddenly figures out that she likes someone. Soo-ah successfully deflects the question, and Yoon-ah asks if they want to play hide-and-seek, hee. She runs upstairs, calling down that she’s definitely not hiding in the laundry room, and Seo-jin curls up on the couch covering her face with her hands. LOL, poor sober Soo-ah.

The guys have gone all philosophical about life. Doo-shik laughs at Dong-gu for caring that some other guy is rich and competent, asking what competence has to do with love. He accuses Joon-ki of the same thing, saying that he has nothing to lose, yet he’s being so cowardly. He reminds Joon-ki that he used to refuse help, wanting to succeed on his own.

He continues that he’s sad at how they’ve changed, because he liked their life the way it was. He suddenly remembers Soo-ah’s confession and tells the guys, but they groan that there’s no possible way it’s true, ha. Doo-shik argues that Soo-ah is smart and pretty, and when Joon-ki scoffs, Doo-shik is all, “Yeah well, you’re dating Dong-gu’s baby sister!” He earned that beating.

In the morning, Joon-ki dresses for the day. He finds the good luck mustache bracelet from Seo-jin in his pocket and remembers her saying that she always supports him. He thinks about their relationship and how Seo-jin is always there for him, even going so far as to break up rather than get in the way of his success.

He makes a decision, and puts on the bracelet. He tells his manager that he’s skipping a meeting with the CEO to go see his fan, and that the CEO can cancel his contract if he wants. He says confidently that he wants to live like he did before, because even though he was immature, he refuses to be a coward. YES, go get her!

Having slept on the couch, Soo-ah farts herself awake again, ha. She lies back down when she hears Doo-shik stumbling home, and he sees her there and tries to sneak past her. His phone rings, and he fumbles it while trying to stop the ringing, dropping it right on Soo-ah’s head.

He roots around in her hair while Soo-ah helpfully pretends to move in her sleep. She moves so far that she falls right off the couch, and they stare at each other nervously until Doo-shik gets another call. Whatever it is sounds serious and he asks for Soo-ah’s help.

A little while later, Seo-jin sees Soo-ah driving nearby in Rebecca, and she offers Seo-jin a ride to her interview. As soon as Seo-jin gets in, Doo-shik knocks on the window and holds out a huge lollipop. When Seo-jin reaches out, Doo-shik grabs her hand while Soo-ah rolls up the window, trapping it just like the first time she rode in Rebecca.

While all that is going down, Yoon-ah confronts Sol’s father with a moving truck full of everything he sent. She says that she knows he’s sincerely sorry, but that she won’t change her mind.

She tells him that she loves Dong-gu, who helped her when she was suffering. She adds that she doesn’t blame him for what happened, but that she and Sol are happy since meeting the family. She asks him to go so that they can preserve their good memories, inviting him to call her when he misses Sol.

The movie team are packing up to go to Dubai. Dong-gu reaches into his pack and finds the stuffed shark he won for Sol. It reminds him of how much his life has changed since they found her abandoned in the guesthouse, and how much joy and love she and Yoon-ah have brought to his life, and he goes to talk to the director.

Joon-ki holds an emergency press conference, and Doo-shik and Soo-ah drag in Seo-jin just as it’s starting. Joon-ki enters and announces that he’s here to tell the reporters the truth about his dating scandal with Cindy.

One reporter gets breaking news that Cindy is pregnant and getting married to another actor. The reporters rush out before Joon-ki announces anything. Seo-jin starts to leave, too, but Joon-ki stops her. He says he was planning to announce that he’s dating her and not Cindy, but Seo-jin barks that she didn’t ask him to do that.

Confused, Joon-ki apologizes for having been a coward. He says that he’s realized that she’s the most important thing to him, and Seo-jin narrows her eyes at him ans asks if he’s sure. He tells her, “Seo-jin-ah, I love you. I really love you.”

After a moment, she says that you can see how much a person cares for you in their eyes, and that she’s starting to see it a little. Joon-ki assures her it’s not just a little, getting in her face so she can get a closer look, hee. She tells him to stop fooling around, and he beams at her before pulling her in for a hug.

Watching nearby, Doo-shik says that they look happy together, and Soo-ah wonders why they fight so much if they love each other. Doo-shik asks if she wants to go somewhere nice with him for lunch, and they head out together, their fingers almost touching.

The guesthouse seems empty when Yoon-ah gets home, but she gets a call from Dong-gu to meet her upstairs. When Yoon-ah joins him, he opens a box to reveal a pair of matching wedding rings. Dropping to banmal, he asks her, “Yoon-ah-yah, will you marry me? I’ll make you and Sol happy forever. Marry me, Yoon-ah-yah.”

She stares up at him, then says, “No.” Dong-gu assumes it was the banmal and asks her again in jondae, but she still says no. Oh his face, I can’t look, he’s so devastated.

He asks why, but first Yoon-ah wants to know what happened to his job on the movie. He confesses that he decided not to go to Dubai because he didn’t want to leave her and Sol. Yoon-ah asks if this is about Sol’s father, and when Dong-gu mutters that it’s not, Yoon-ah sighs that he’s so high-maintenance.

In banmal, she asks firmly why he’s so anxious (about their relationship), when she’s not anxious at all. She fusses that he doesn’t trust her, then takes his wrists and looks him in the eye.

She tells him, “Don’t worry. Just go. I’ll always be here. I’ll be next to you forever.” Dong-gu echoes hopefully, “Forever?” She nods, and this time he gets to kiss her first.

A few days later, it’s time for Dong-gu to leave for Dubai, and the whole house comes to see him off. He yells at Joon-ki and Seo-jin not to break up while he’s gone, orders Soo-ah to stop scolding Doo-shik, and forbids Doo-shik to date. HA, Doo-shik shoots a nervous glance towards Soo-ah.

Dong-gu’s to-do list for Yoon-ah goes on forever (“Don’t forget to eat and sleep, go to the bathroom regularly, don’t look at other men…”), and he says goodbye to Sol last. He turns to go, but he freezes in surprise when he hears a little voice say, “Daddy!” Dong-gu turns around and Sol says it again, and he almost loses his mind with happiness.

He offers to stay, not wanting to leave just when Sol started calling him Daddy, but Yoon-ah firmly orders him to get going. The last thing Dong-gu does is to tell his little girl, “Sol, Daddy’s going now.” I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Two months later.

Joon-ki stands on a bridge and orders someone to come out of hiding. A person in a really terrible alien suit approaches and cackles that he’s a caring president, but that they’ve already taken over his land and people. The alien and Joon-ki strike identical finger-jab poses — HAHA, this is Doo-shik’s script, isn’t it?

The director stops the scene and runs over to yell at the alien for coughing at a crucial moment. Yup, it’s Dong-gu, and Doo-shik is in the alien suit. Doo-shik complains about having to play the alien when he’s the writer, but Dong-gu reminds him that they’re on a tiny budget.

Joon-ki acts like he’s doing them a huge favor by being in their movie, until Dong-gu points out that he hasn’t done anything since his drama wrapped (Joon-ki: “I’m selecting my next script very carefully!”). They argue whether this movie will ever see the light of day until Seo-jin shrieks at them to shut up.

She’s there to write an article about the movie as a favor, and ha, Soo-ah is filling in as crew. The girls think the movie will be a huge failure, but the guys insists it’ll be a huge hit.

Yoon-ah shows up with lunch, and they decide to take a break to eat. But a security guard yells that they don’t have permission to film here, and the six friends forget their fight and take off running together.

 
COMMENTS

Awww, I’m so sad that it’s over! I really feel like I could just go on forever watching these six goofballs struggle through life, making everything harder, but so much funnier, than it has to be. Woohoo Waikiki exceeded every one of my expectations, and in such spectacular fashion, never letting up on the humor or the sweet moments that bound them all together. I’m really going to miss the weekly silliness, endearing characters, and wonderful cameos we were gifted with in every episode.

One of the things I loved most about this drama was how the character growth happened so subtly and naturally, but the characters never lost their innocent silliness as they matured. It’s wonderful how much everyone changed without losing themselves. A great example is how I expected Dong-gu to slink away after Sol’s father showed up, because he’s done that before when a rival for Yoon-ah’s affections entered the picture. But he knows what he stands to lose now, and he’s confident he can take care of Yoon-ah and Sol better than anyone. He made it crystal clear that he’s not backing down from the family he’s built, and I just wanted to hug him for finally being the loving, responsible, confident man I knew he could be.

But I also appreciated that Yoon-ah didn’t just sit back and wait for the menfolk to decide her future… she took initiative, and she gently and lovingly set Sol’s father free from any guilt or obligation. And her rejection of Dong-gu’s proposal — for now — was perfect, because she’s right that he’s not quite ready if he’s so worried that a month apart will change her feelings. She knows him better than he knows himself, and she understands that they’ll get there eventually, so there’s no reason to rush things. In fact, I love that none of the three relationships were wrapped up with a neat little bow, because life is a continuum. Each couple will keep evolving and rewriting their parameters as they figure out what works for them.

I was impressed from start to finish with how Woohoo Waikiki maintained its high quality of humor and storytelling, only suffering a tiny dip for a couple of episodes when they had to fill in time due to the extension. That dip isn’t unusual in dramas, but I’ve seen much worse even in dramas that haven’t been extended. It’s just proof of the overall excellence of this show that the “slump” was barely noticeable, and that for the most part we didn’t lose much in the way of entertaining scenarios and character and relationship progression.

Almost everything about this drama was above-average in excellence — the writing was crisp and hilarious, the directing always used the actors and situations to maximum effect, and the performers were wonderfully funny yet didn’t pull any punches when it was time to get serious and tug at our heartstrings. I think that a lot of the show’s ability to consistently hold our interest was due to the 2-part episode format, where each hour contained two mini-stories that sometimes advanced the plot, and sometimes were just there for the fun of it. And I always looked forward to the cameos in each episode (though I did miss Mutant Man in the finale, why didn’t he come back??) and what image-ruining thing the stars would be willing to do just to be a part of this awesome show. I was never disappointed.

And I was so happy that the show ended on such a positive, open-ended note, with the boys getting back to their original dream. They got so caught up in chasing their dreams of being a writer, an actor, and a director, that they forgot along the way that their original dream was to make a movie together. Even though they found individual success, it didn’t mean as much when it didn’t involve their friends, and they eventually realized that their individual success felt hollow. I’m proud of the Waikiki boys for realizing that success doesn’t mean making money or finding fame, but doing what fulfills you, and doing it with those you love. In that sense, I think they not only reached their dream, but exceeded it.

 
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Best moment: Sol saying "Appa"
What I loved this ep: The lack of noble idiocy between Dong Gu and Sol's real dad.
What I wanted but never got: mutant man!

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I thought mutant man would be the alien in the boys' movie. Maybe he hit it big just like Junki and wasn't available.

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I wish we got to see mutant man one more time. And what is mutant man's actor's name so we can find him in other dramas?

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OH GAB-SEOK. But I don't see a lot of info about him online...

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I was so happy we didn't get noble idiocy! When they sat down to have the discussion I was scared that Dong-gu would give way, but thank goodness he didn't!

And I totally thought Mutant Man was the alien, like @blnmom. Hopefully he's doing well!

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Exactly the scene where Dong Gu goes full on protective mode by saying: "you expect me to back off because I'm not as competent as you and that Sol will be happier with you?.... No!"
I was like 🙌 Glad the didn't drag that out.

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Totally cackled when he went "You've been watching too many dramas. This doesn't even HAPPEN in dramas anymore."

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😂😂
The money envelope still prevails in makjang dramas tho. So does the water slap.

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I love how Dong Gu is aware of the tropes - like the money trope and the noble idiocy trope and decided not to fall for it. Makes sense since he aspires to be a director.

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@asianromance 😂 Oh, how true! That's so nice and to his advantage, then!

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Thank you, Lollypip! Your recaps were marvelous for WooHoo Waikiki!! I LOVED this show, and send a great big shoutout to cast and crew!!

I'd like to comment on the realism (hold in the bellylaughs) I run a similar establishment, and they caught all the nuances of the business. ❤❤❤❤

WOOOHOO WAIKIKI

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A huge thank you to LollyPip, our resident Super Duper Lightning Finger Jab President Recapper! You are literally the best. Also, Rinny with your gifs -- I looked forward to them every week.

I'll miss the gang so much. I cried when Yoonah said she found a family, and then when Sol called Donggu 'appa'. I knew it was coming 3 episodes ago, but still. This drama was super funny but was much more than that, with all the characters taking care of each other and baby Sol at the center. Really, really loved it. The ending was perfect. Waiting for season 2 with toddler Sol!

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Since Sol is a baby, and her vocabulary is limited, I would like to think that she was introducing her biological father to her real dad Dong-gu.

Otherwise, this was a really great show, and I enjoyed watching it, and talking to the beanie community about it!

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So, it turns out that 2 cast members have been dating for about a year:
1: Adds a few extra layers of irony to the secret-dating scenes in the show. Especially since the character who couldn't tell people who he was dating was played by the actor who didn't tell people who...
2: Being able to act naturally enough to keep it secret just shows what good actors they are.
3: Gotta assume that it isn't a coincidence that the news broke as the show was ending. They say they were keeping it secret so it wouldn't effect the show, but revealing it after they finished filming would be safe -- and maybe boost the final episode ratings.

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Nah, 3 is not the reason.
The reason is that there was a big "dating scandal" between 2 A-listers that was going to be revealed, but at the last moment it got cancelled.
So they released this one since they needed something.

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How do you... cancel a scandal? I need to know.

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I’ll never understand why 2 single adults dating is a scandal... smh

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It's disturbing how the press has backup "scandals" all primed and ready just in case the big one falls through.

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Thank you @lollypip for the marvelous recaps and commentary! And to all the beanies who made gifs to capture the moments along the way ^_^

This final episode did so many things right, I think it should be looked at as an example as to how to end a drama! The storylines had closure by showing us the paths the characters would keep moving forward on. The writers gave us many moments of the characters just being together, which is one of the things that got lost in the week to week episodes but was always one of the strongest aspects.

The sleepovers were so great, seeing uri Waikiki boys just hanging out together and talking about their dreams. I loved it when they said that they knew they were losers, but now they try to be more than that, and feel cowardly because they are afraid of losing again. And it is fitting that their happy ending is to just go for it, make their movie, and accept whether they win or lose that they are following their dreams. They are a family, so they are winners regardless!

I just wish Mutant Man had been in the movie!

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Awww, I liked it >)

Congratz to Waikiki for being the first drama of 2018 that I have finished. Everything was good here >D

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I haven't been able to watch this week's episodes but I just want to say this is one gem of a show. To think that I had almost discarded it after the 1st episode. I don't know why it rubbed me the wrong way but it doesn't matter because after I gave it a second chance, I never looked back. I am so glad I did otherwise I would have lost a treasure.

Everyone knows this show is hilarious and its comedy over the top but I find it more meaningful than some of those shows which take themselves so seriously.

I love actors who don't care about ruining their image. The trio and the girls are all so wonderful in this aspect and barrel after barrel of laughs were delivered each week. The cherry on top was no doubt Sol, the cutest cutest baby ever!

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I spend each Tue & Wed morning convulsing with laughter as people avoid me on public transport. As tears stream down my face and I jerk uncontrollably like a maniac.

I'm already feeling that Waikiki shaped void in my heart. A drama that's real, that isn't afraid to let all it's characters develop, that features wonderful actors who who give every single scene 110%. And that made me realise the importance of friends who are more family than family in some instances. I wouldn't hesitate to call this story my favourite drama in the last 2-3 years. I'll miss you Waikiki :(

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I appreciated that Yoon Ah did not try to cut out Sol's biological father completely (as so many mothers attempt to do). He seemed like a decent guy, and more stable than Yoon Ah or Dong Gu are (at least at this point in time). Pretty hard to hate a guy who didn't even know about the baby, but wanted to take responsibility once he found out.

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I was glad she said he could call if he wanted to see Sol because up to that point I was getting seriously annoyed with the “Sol is mine and mine alone” stuff.

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Me too. Was the only one thing that annoyed me on the final. I mean, Sol has a right to know (if she wants) her biological father; and the guy didn't know about her so whatever problem she had with her child's father, she shouldn't do try to forbid him to see his daughter; but I let it go of the issue when she allow that he doesn't disappear completely of their daughter's life

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I liked that how he wasn't a jerk. He was a nice guy who was cowardly at the wrong moment, and I liked how Yoon Ah saw that. There are some guys out there who would have demanded custody and feel possessive over their newly discovered kids. It made sense how Yoon Ah softened her stance towards her ex after he showed how much he cared for them both and kept a nonthreatening distance.

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Aww! Another open ending for SSW? Although it's better than aoy, still..anyway I hope that those two goofballs can and will figure life out together.
This was a great show! Props to the entire cast and crew for such a wonderful show and thanks lollypip for the recaps.

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Thank you as always, @LollyPip! You are the raddest of rad.

Farewell, dearest, silliest, wonderful Waikiki. I've adored watching this crazy ohana learn and grow and become closer to each other.. And still Sol is more mature than any of them. Thank you for the laughs, the secondhand embarrassment, and your ability to combine the absurd with utterly heartwarming feelings.

P.S. I totally cried when Dong-gu hid Baby Shark in his bag... and then again when Sol called him "appa".

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"Ohana means family. Family means no-one gets left behind, or forgotten."

Except mutant man. XD

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Bahaha, I was all about to tear up for you using the Lilo quote but then you mentioned Mutant Man.. 😂 Poor Mutant Man. He is not forgotten.

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Yoon-ah gets the good news that she passed her baking licensing test, so Dong-gu runs off to buy a cake to celebrate.

So the first thing he does once she's officially qualified to bake cakes is -- get one that she didn't bake. Right. Waikiki.

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It always tastes better .....when someone else does the work!

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Awww! It's over and it was good! First things first, thank you @lollypip for all these amazing recaps. I always like to watch the episode and read the recap right away so I could hear someone else's opinion. Thanks @Dramabeans for the platform in which to discuss dramas with others😁
As for Waikiki I really liked the ending. Some people call it the Korean Friends, but I didn't watch that show and don't find it relatable to my life,but I did watch/reminds me of How I Met Your Mother or in this case Father (Appa?!). I liked the sitcomy feel Waikiki had, I laughed a lot at all the crazy antics, I really loved the friendships between the guys and girls and in-between, plus there was a cute baby. As for the finale, I was pleased how it ended. I teared up when Sol called Dong-gu appa, it was just a really touching moment. As for the three ships, I’m a happy sailor. Seo-jin and Jun-ki are back together and will stay strong. Dong-gu and Yoon-ah will be great parents to Sol. Doo-shik and Soo-ah are in a some and will totally end up together. I will gladly welcome a second season only if everyone who worked in the first comes back. Goodbye show. Thanks for good laughs during my hard times.가자! Let’s get it!

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Why don't you post the recaps for Ajusshi :(

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I'm recapping My Ajusshi... the show airs on Wednesday and Thursday, and I can't post recaps before I see the episode :)

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We sarang you, Lollypip! May your ships always sail and your chosen dramas always be interesting! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Thank you for all your recaps lollypip.
Ah it's finally over. Will miss all the comedy T.T

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Aww it's over T__T

I really loved each characters and their resolutions but Lee Yi-kyung as Lee Joon Ki really shined for me, his comic timing is perfect and i hope to see him get lead parts in future dramas.

Also, thank you so much for recapping this show, it really added to the fun of watching our Waikiki crew.

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That epilogue is everything I need to cap off this hilarious but heart warming drama. I love that they all have changed and yet also didn't change that much. And like what Doo-shik said, they might not rich or famous or successful, but they do led an amazing life, and that's more than enough.

P.S. Considering what some beanies called "Seon Seung-won's curse in dramaland", I'm actually happy that at least Doo-shik and Soo-ah get their off-screen dating scenes. No death involved this time around, which personally, is a huge accomplishment.

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I know right? After Healer and AoY my boy Seung-won finally got the girl, haha.

Also, watching this finale made me realize just how much the characters had matured throughout the drama. For a relatively episodic comedy, it is impressive how naturally and subtly they evolved as people. It felt more real then even the more serious dramas!

Ahh! I’ll miss my weekly dose of Waikiki!

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Well, technically he got the girl in both dramas too: I Healer he married her and they were together for, like, fifteen or twenty years? And in AoY 2 he and Ji Won implicitly had a daughter... The fact that in Healer she just loved him like a dear friend and left him when she did know what he had done and in AoY 2 Ji Won implicitly died five years after (like WTF Drama???) are just little details XD
No, but seriously, I loved Doo Shik/Soo Ah so I'm pretty happy with their resolution ❤❤

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Well hopefully this one doesn’t end in tears also, haha

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True true!

And he technically shouldn't have gotten the girl in Healer, since he had thrown away her daughter.

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AHH! The scene from AoY with him and his daughter.... *cries*

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what is this nasa compatibility test? someone please explain to me

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Not sure - but an ex Nasa systems engineer has created a dating app based on 'science, algorithms, and big data' - https://www.dailydot.com/debug/nanaya-dating-app/. Its called Nanaya. Dunno if there is a link though.....

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I would have liked a smidge more action in the Min Soo Ah/Bong Doo Shik Romance. I thought Lee Joo Woo really excelled comedy wise when they moved her character away from annoying, slightly selfish ex and more towards valuable housemate/comedic foil/love interest for Bong Doo Shik. I will miss Kang Dong Goo though.......

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I came to love both the character Soo Ah and the actress who played her. She did a great job with the wacky comedy!

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This show was really different and unique and what started out to be casual laughs became a serious attachment. the show just ended, but i'm dreading next week. Had a mini-depression this morning. Thank you @lollypip for the recaps. I love your comments in the end and interjected everywhere in the recap. and thank you for the community here for making the experience that much more enjoyable.

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First of all I loved it!

But when Dong Gu said he didn't think marriage was viable at the moment, and then Yoon Ah had that great scene where she spelled things out for her ex, I thought/hoped maybe Yoon Ah was going to propose to HIM. And it was a sweet scene with her rejecting him because they didn't need a formal commitment to be together forever HOWEVER, I think my lawyer sister has started rubbing off on me too much, because then I immediately started thinking that while the family that Yoon Ah and Sol have found couldn't be more loving and wonderful, if something were to happen to Yoon Ah (even temporarily), there might be an issue with guardianship of Sol, and since they already had a ceremony, couldn't they just register their marriage and take the steps to make Dong Gu Sol's legal dad without too much expense? For Sol's sake?

Excuse me while I go yell at my sister for making me overthink this! lol

But seriously, it was a great finale, and while I wish they would continue it into another season, that epilogue would be a pretty perfect way to send these characters off if I can't get that wish!

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When people say they don't need the paper marriage, I always think about the medical and guardianship stuff too. Legal marriage offer certain rights and protections.

I think it's fine that they keep things as is since they only got together a few episodes ago and marriage is a whole other level of commitment than love. I like to think they would register their marriage in a few years.

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Thanks LollyPip!

I loved this show! I'm going to really miss this cast. There were no screaming in laws or tragedies, no revenge plots or betrayals. Just plain friends living together and being extremely funny. Thankfully the sad moments didn't last too long and they were always followed by some hilarious scene. This cast was excellent. I hope they all have amazing careers. Doo- shik and Joon-ki, I will miss the most.

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Beautiful end to a very sweet, fun and heartwarming drama. I'm gonna miss it lots.
I kinda miss a few recurrent characters (Kyung Joon and Mutant Man) but the end was all about the family and I loved it; it would be funny if instead of running they would go on Rebecca (so happy to see her making a cameo in the final too!) after everything, she is part of the family too!!
Props for to the writer and PD for making every character develop and make me care about every aspect of their lives, and even make me love a gag that used to annoy me before (I thought that Dong Gu's rejection of the idea of Joon Ki/Seo Jin dating was bothersome but in the end the wink to the storyline made me smile fondly).
I thought that everything about the end was perfect.
Thank you to all the crew and actors (regulars and cameos) for making this beautiful drama, to @lollypip for recapping this and in so short time too, and all the beanies that commented; even when I was a silent lurker I loved to read all your comments.
This is not goodbye Waikiki, this is just see you soon; second season or not, you will stay in my heart ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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I miss them all already.

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Unfortunately, this episode hit one of my pet peeves. I hate it when a person decides that a child is their exclusive property and that the other parent has zero parental rights, especially when the other parent didn't even know that a child existed. A romance breakup does not equate to the rejection of the child. While I certainly don't believe that Yoon-ah needed to get back together with her ex, I did disagree that Sol was hers and hers alone.

Overall, a very enjoyable drama with truly fun characters. I started watching this drama solely for the laughs but ended up rooting for the 3 sweet romances.

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Totally agree. Even when I loved the end, that part rubbed me the wrong way, it felt like she was using Sol to take revenge on him for whatever wrong he did to her; even if she didn't want to have anything to do with her ex (wich she is on her every right), she doesn't have the right to negate him of his rights and even more, she doesn't have the right to decide for her child.
I'm thankful that she kinda relented at the end if she didn't me feeling about the end would be wholly different, but given that she did, I left the drama with positive feelings

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I didn't feel it as a vengeful move, but one borne of trauma. She was a single mom with no friends or family. She likely went into labor all alone and then admitted herself to the hospital. Even with a loving, supportive partner by your side, taking care of your first baby is a terrifying experience, especially that first night out of the hospital and you've never been alone with any baby before.

Given what she must have gone through, I can see how she felt like Sol was only hers. The bitterness of the relationship also caused her to push Dong-gu away.
There were probably feelings of not wanting the ex to support them out of guilt and worries that the ex could unintentionally cause harm (i.e. will he ghost us one day?). She cooled it with the emotional "Sol is mine" defense once she recognized his sincerity. I liked how she knew he would miss Sol and encouraged him to call. Like, who wouldn't? There are a lot of toxic families in kdramas, and I'm glad how open and accepting the Waikiki family is.

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At @ar that's what I thought too cause initially I was against Yoon Ah but then I thought of her reasoning and I'm glad she relented.

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@Thanks @lollypip for the recaps!

As you've said, the show didn't forget the boys biggest dream: becoming actor, director, and writer. For the last a few episodes, I was wondering why Doo-shik didn't write anything as he's busy helping Soo-ah to run her shopping mall. I'd thought the show has forgotten his dream.

Sol's calling Dong-gu "appa" had me tears. I know, he's been teaching Sol "appa" for a few episodes now.

As for Soo-ah, this character grew on me, from a materialistic girlfriend to annoying ex, to a "crazy" girl. Her confession to Doo-shik was the first time in Dramaland!

I will miss this shenanigans on my Monday and Tuesdays nights. Am I too much for hoping a season 2?? :)

Thank you show! You've made my days!

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There was so much that I loved about this drama. While I don't see myself re-watching this season, I'm totally down for any new misadventures the gang faces. I'm really not ready to leave them.

A couple of things that left an impression on me: 1) The show never harped on Yoon-Ah being a single mother. It was a fact and everyone embraced it. Yoon-Ah wasn't seen as morally loose, no questions were ever really asked about Sol's dad, and Yoon-Ah was fully committed to making a better life for her child. This is huge! Yoon-Ah was incredibly well-written and her character needs to be celebrated.

2) I loved how committed the gang was to each other. Everyone accepted the other's plight and everyone was committed to each other's improvement. It's rare that a show portrays an entire ensemble cast collectively working towards the improvement of the group. Even in Because This Life Is Our First, each character's growth was individual or towards the development of a particular couple. Waikiki was all about the group dynamic and that was central to the story.

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Bye Bye show you will be greatly missed :'(

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I'm gonna miss this cute drama although it is silly most times, but somehow it got me in the heart. I especially love Lee Yi Kyung, who is so great in comedy. Despite the ridiculousness of his situations, he never overacts and always does it with heart. I only started to notice him in Go Back Couple and he doesn't disappoint. Now he's in Dangerous Beyond the Blanket, he's such a nice boy in real life too, just minus the silly antics.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! I wonder if Soo Ah's anaesthetic shenanigans was a cheeky poke at Defconn's anaesthesia-induced sleep-rapping in 1 Night 2 Days. Hey, she even refused to go to sleep like JongMin who gave his big wide pabo smile after the anaesthetic shot! (He happens be part of the 3% of Korean Citizens who actually become even more alert after anaesthesia 😂😂😂.)

JoonYoung was so freaked out he absolutely refused to do his colonoscopy under anaesthesia and I cried laughing when Defconn grabbed JooHyuk's sleeve mid-rap and asked if he wants to go home together.

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WHAT.

They did colonoscopies on 1N2D? I have to see that.

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Yep. Just youtube search "Defconn Colonoscopy".

Colonoscopies on Korean National TV is the best.

After 1N2D's shenanigans, I'd rank Oh MinSeok's from We Got Married after that followed by Lee ShiEon from I Live Alone. Haha.

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Thank you @lollypip for doing all the recaps for this drama!

Given the kdrama track record for messy endings, I'm glad this drama belong squarely in the realm of good, satisfying endings. The newly arisen conflicts with Sol's dad and Junki and Seo-jin's relationships didn't bog down the drama like I had feared. The resolutions were quick, but made sense. Sol's dad acted like a decent human being who understood the boundaries. Yoon-ah had enough confidence for two in her relationship with DG. I thought it was sort of neat how the Junki and Seo-jin conflict wasn't mainly due to Junki's celebrity status getting in the way, but it's more about natural early relationship worries that aren't being helped with a busy schedule and communication. After they talked that out, I felt confident that even if Junki hits it big, he and Seo-jin will do fine. That twist about Cindy's marriage and pregnancy was hilarious!

All of Soo-ah's dreamy reminiscences of the "Best of Dooshik" moments had me going all moony-eyed for Dooshik too! I fell for him even more after he gave Junki and Dong-gu a talking-to!

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I cried when Dong Gu proposed despite Yoon Ah turning him down lol
And his happiness when Sol FINALLY called him daddy and him referring to himself as such completely melted me into a puddle of goo

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Will miss this show. They promise us Season 2 rite?

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All in all, the ending of this show was phenomenal. I missed Hyun Joon though! He was such a decent guy and I would've loved to see him and Dong Gu develop more of a bromance and more shenanigans :D. And where was Mutant Man? Wish we saw more of him too!

This drama barely had any hicks throughout it, even with the episode extension. It was a bit awkward with the extension, but barely so. I just wish throughout the drama there was more involvement of Sol herself in how the characters developed and how they grew together as a family. Also, there were some plotlines that were funny but didn't make a lot of sense in consistency with the characters (Jun Ki's stalking of his fan, Jun Ki and Dong Gu's jealousy of Du Shik's girlfriend). Regardless, I enjoyed this show more than I thought I would ever. It brought me laughs, and I know that I'll now have a Waikiki shaped hole in my heart. Maybe one day there'll be a season 2 with toddler Sol!

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I wish I could express to the cast and the writer how much joy this show brought me. I was kind of worried when the episode started kind of melancholic but then it slipped back into the happy pill it usually is. Going to miss this show very much. I dont think I could ever chose my favorite character. I think all the characters had their time to shine equally and so i love all them (perhaps with the most soft spot for dong gu😂 ). Bye Waikiki!

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This was a thoroughly satisfying ending. I loved everything they brought back: the drunk hide-and-seeking Yoonah, the arm-eating car window and finger-jabbing American President Bruce Lee.

My favorite might be drunk hide-and-seeking Yoonah. Or maybe it was drunk Seojin covering her face thinking no one can see her. Or exasperated but indulging Sooah?

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I can never look at Kim Jung Hyun the same way again (like without bursting into giggles).

Like everyone here but the star is definitely 100% baby Sol.. ^.^

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The writers surprised me and defied convention with their (happy) ending to the story of Joon Ah and Dong-Gu. Joon-Ah’s past did indeed show up- but no kaboom. More like a very satisfying fizzle. Dong-Gu does not do the noble idiot thing- in fact he is prepared to fight for his new family with everything he has- even sacrificing his career But he doesn’t have to. Thanks to Dong-Gu and to their friends Joon-Ah has grown from a helpless wretched outcast to a woman who is strong enough to fight this battle herself. Which she does by telling Baby Daddy the truth- real love is spelled TRUST. And Baby Daddy’s abandonment of her was the ultimate failure. I love the fact that in the end it is Joon Ah who protects her new family- while understanding that Dong-Gu was also willing to do so.
I was a little bit disappointed that we did not really get to see more of the development of the Woo-shik and Soo-Ah relationship- although Soo-Ah’s confession while under the influence of sedation may be the funniest of all time. Frankly, the writers could have dumped the Joon-ki as stalker story and used that time on this couple instead. As much as I initially hated the idea of Soo-Ah getting Woo-shik in the end it made a lot of sense. Frankly he needs someone like her- just as she really needs someone like him- their relationship is fundamentally symbiotic.
Still, I am sad that this is over. Or is it? There was a lot of unfinished business here. Could we eventually see a Woo HooWaikiki 2? I sure hope so.

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I'm a little late to the party, but I don't think I'll ever get over the hangover from this show. 😭 I started WW wanting to find out how Yoon Ah and Sol ended up at the guesthouse, then ended up not really minding that they never truly explored that. The simple joy of watching our beloved fools turn everyday situations into "that escalated quickly" moments was more than enough. 😅 It takes some kind of magic to make a show gel as well as this one did. I think we mostly agree that the writing was on-point, but the cast was also about as perfect as it could get. Either some genius put together an incredibly well-rounded set of actors/actresses who could each do a different type of humor and/or the writer was able to play to everyone's strengths. God, I'm gonna miss this gem❤️

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I wanted to drop the show after ep 4 but I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T! It took me a long time to finish cuz each half ep was so fulfilling and frankly I got tired of watching just one story being dragged out for 20 hours instead of 1/2 an hour. This was refreshing.
Lee Jun Ki became the light of the show for me cuz he's the most extreme in practically everything. Sol make me giggle every time she appears on screen cuz of how adorable she is. Cameos are always fun even when I don't know the celeb. Running gags, I always look forward to (like KAZZA, GwAeNcHaNa, you will no longer be alive, Donggu's accidental genius in the editor's meeting, Mutant Man, etc).
Ah, talks of Season 2 are in and it seems that only Lee Yi Kyung is considering taking the role in the main cast again. Yay, but :( I can't say anything about Kim Jung Hyun cuz yeah... :(

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Hoammmmm amazing

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what happens to yoon ah and dong goo in season 2?

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It had to end and in waikiki 2 there are some othere characters i recognise them but dont like it i just like the previous characters in waikiki but now there are diffrent people of course one of my favorite charactrr are there but its not complete without the other family i really had hoped that waikiki two would be with them
While i was watching waikiki o was rest assured that there was a season 2 but then its without the other fams

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Baby is awesome vow so cute and reactions ,smile vow so so cute ...all the characters superb and the drama comedy nice

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