One Spring Night: Episodes 31-32 (Final)
It turns out that nothing can shake the connection between our main couple, so now it’s time to accept what’s meant to be. That doesn’t mean that they have overcome every challenge, but they’re more than ready to become a family of three. Our main couple recognizes their good fortune, having someone that they cherish by their side, and their devotion promises to overcome even the most difficult obstacles.
Ji-ho sits in the closed pharmacy with Jung-in and explains that ever since Eun-woo was a baby, he’s had to bottle up his feelings to survive. Jung-in asks Ji-ho he ever thought of leaving Eun-woo and when he turns away, she breathes, “That’s insane.”
Ji-ho explains that on the day that he got drunk he wasn’t able to successfully suppress his feelings. Jung-in gulps down her tea and tells Ji-ho, “A verbal apology is one thing, but that can’t be all. Let’s go.”
Ji-hi sits across from Jung-in in his kitchen and does his best to explain away his drunken episode, “It was a mistake. Doesn’t that just make me human?” When Jung-in threatens to sign him up for a sober clinic, Ji-ho puts his pen to paper.
Under Jung-in’s watchful eye, Ji-ho reluctantly writes, “No drinking allowed. Engagement with Jung-in to be broken off upon violation.” Jung-in smears lipstick on Ji-ho’s thumb so that he can affix his thumbprint and then posts the pledge on his refrigerator.
During dinner, Chairman Kwon confronts Principal Lee, “So is your daughter going to marry my son or what?” Principal Lee explains that parents must respect the decisions of adult children, “That’s how I’ve treated my daughters all this time.”
Ki-seok haltingly agrees with Principal Lee, “You’re right. Marriage should be our decision.” When Ki-seok announces that he and Jung-in will marry by the year’s end, Chairman Kwon and Principal Lee hide their surprise by emptying their cups.
Over dinner at Ji-ho’s place, Jung-in admits that she always expected to get her mother’s support. Ji-ho appreciates how difficult it must have been for Jung-in’s mother to give him her approval, so he accepts that it will be harder for her father. Jung-in is touched when Ji-ho explains how he copes with her parents, “Because of you. You approve of me.”
Both dads are drunk by the time that dinner is over and Chairman Kwon again asks if their kids are ever getting married. Chairman Kwon admits that he doesn’t trust his own son or Jung-in but he’s offended when Principal Lee confesses that he doesn’t trust Ki-seok either. The men argue about the kids and the dads are about to trade blows until Ki-seok and Chairman Kwon’s driver intervene.
Ki-seok takes Principal Lee home and helps to get him into bed. He sits down with Jung-in’s mother and explains why he had dinner with his father and Principal Lee, “It’s about time we talked in detail about our wedding.”
Ki-seok tells Jung-in’s surprised mother that he has to marry Jung-in because Ji-ho isn’t “decent” enough for her. Ki-seok shares that Ji-ho came to his workplace to threaten him with the photos and concludes that Ji-ho is after money. Mom scoffs in disbelief when Ki-seok promises to guide Jung-in back to her proper place.
Ji-ho is at the pharmacy when Jung-in calls with the news that her mother asked for an official meeting. Ji-ho agrees but he asks if he can bring Eun-woo along as well. Jung-in can’t believe that she didn’t think of it herself and she readily agrees.
When Jung-in tells her friends about the meeting, Ha-rin and Young-joo are impressed by Ji-ho’s bravery. Ha-rin teases that she should buy something at the pharmacy and Jung-in playfully quips, “Don’t forget your wallet.”
Ji-ho visits his parents to discuss his meeting with Jung-in’s mother. They’re worried that Eun-woo’s presence will make Jung-in’s mother uncomfortable but they relax once they learn that Jung-in wants Eun-woo there. When Ji-ho leaves, his father praises him for being a great father and tells Ji-ho that he’s proud of him.
After leaving Principal Lee’s house, Ki-seok goes to see his father. Chairman Kwon can’t understand how Ki-seok can marry a girl who’s with another man and wonders, “Can you still love her for the rest of your life?” Ki-seok insists that staying married is all that matters.
Ki-seok blames his father for his failed relationship with Jung-in — he never approved of her, he took those photos and picked a fight with Principal Lee. Ki-seok is convinced that he has to force Jung-in to marry him in order to protect his father from Ji-ho’s threat.
Hyun-soo is on the phone with Young-jae while waiting for the elevator at the bank, unaware that Ki-seok is right behind him. When Hyun-soo learns about the meeting with Jung-in’s mother, he exclaims, “We’ll see who marries after Ji-ho.”
Ki-seok asks about Ji-ho and Hyun-soo has to explain, “Oh, it’s just I think he’s getting married soon.” Hyun-soo escapes into the elevator, leaving behind a stunned Ki-seok.
Jae-in arrives at Seo-in’s place while Jung-in and Seo-in set aside baby gifts from Shi-hoon. Jae-in complains, “Showering you with baby gifts won’t change anything. How did he become a dentist with this level of stupidity?” When Jae-in blurts out, “You should’ve pressed charges that day,” Jung-in asks what she’s talking about. Jung-in refuses to be left in the dark, forcing Jae-in to reveal, “Shi-hoon assaulted Seo-in.”
Shi-hoon sits in his office with Seo-in’s divorce petition in front of him. After a great deal of hesitation, Shi-hoon finally places his stamp on the form.
Back at Seo-in’s place, a tearful Jung-in searches for Seo-in, who’s taken refuge in her bedroom. Jung-in hugs her sister tightly and when Jae-in joins them, the sisters all sob together.
On the day of the meeting, Ji-ho’s mother and father watch happily as Ji-ho drives away with Eun-woo. Ji-ho joins up with Jung-in in the parking lot of the restaurant where they’re meeting and introduces himself to her mother. After greeting Eun-woo warmly, Jung-in introduces the little boy to her mother and sisters.
During lunch, Jae-in confesses that she already knows Ji-ho quite well. Ji-ho asks her to be kind but Jae-in teases Jung-in, “How much is it worth?” Jung-in forgets all about Eun-woo when she pulls back her fist and threatens, “Do you want a piece of me?”
After everyone laughs at Jung-in, Jae-in invites Eun-woo to play outside. Seo-in tells Ji-ho that she’ll need pointers as a single parent and he agrees to share what he’s learned, even though his parents raised Eun-woo.
Seo-in has one question for Ji-ho, “What went through your mind as you handled it all?” Ji-ho explains his responsibility towards Eun-woo, “He’s living his life with only me to look up to, so I couldn’t crumble. The same goes for Jung-in. She’s putting her entire faith in me, so I’ll protect her no matter what.” Suddenly Jung-in, her mother and Seo-in are all weeping, moved by Ji-ho’s words.
In a modest restaurant, Shi-hoon eats lunch accompanied by a couple of bottles of soju. Ki-seok happens to walk in and at the sight of Shi-hoon, he asks why he’s drinking in the middle of the day. Shi-hoon confesses that he’s getting divorced and blames Ki-seok, who failed to approve his loan.
Over dessert, Jung-in’s mother confesses that she was flustered when she heard that Eun-woo was coming along but as a parent, she was touched. Ji-ho thanks Jung-in’s mother for her kind acceptance of him and Eun-woo.
Jung-in’s mother warns Ji-ho, “…you have a long way to go to persuade Jung-in’s dad.” Ji-ho is prepared for that but he’s worried about Jung-in. Jung-in assures her mother and sisters, “We’ll get through it. We’ll wait for Dad to change his mind and accept Ji-ho.”
Jung-in promises that she’ll be able to endure the challenging times, “…because I’ll have Ji-ho right by my side.” Ji-ho reaches over for Jung-in’s hand and when they smile at each other, Jung-in’s mother sheds more tears.
Ki-seok has joined Shi-hoon for lunch and drunkenly complains, “Seriously, I never thought a loser like Yoo Ji-ho would…How dare she even compare me to Ji-ho?” Shocked that to hear that Ki-seok had a competitor, Shi-hoon regrets that he’s only hearing about it now, “You should’ve told me sooner…I would’ve told the entire family.”
Shi-hoon comes up with a plan that he insists is a win-win for him and Ki-seok. Shi-hoon wants to inform Seo-in’s parents about the divorce, convinced that they’ll step in to delay it until after Jung-in and Ki-seok are married. That gives Shi-hoon time to fix his marriage.
Even though he’s drunk, Ki-seok finally sees Shi-hoon clearly. Ki-seok stands up and after he slips on his shoes, he tells Shi-hoon, “Let’s just figure things out separately.” Ki-seok walks away and leaves Shi-hoon behind.
Jung-in’s mother and sisters seem at peace after meeting Ji-ho. Seo-in added a photo of her and Eun-woo to the journal that she started for her baby. Written under the sonogram photo is Seo-in’s wish, “I hope you only see, listen, say and dream beautiful things.” Seo-in sits at her desk to add her version of Ji-ho’s words, “I promise you that I’ll protect you forever.”
Jung-in’s mother smiles as she strolls down a street lined with shops while Jae-in drinks beer with Young-jae by the river. He asks what she’s thinking about and Jae-in confesses, “The reason I came back to Korea,” which she just realized had nothing to do with her studies.
Stopped at a light on the drive home, Ji-ho confesses that he can’t believe that this day actually came. Eun-woo asks, “Are you and Ms. Lee getting married?” When Ji-ho answers, “Yes,” Eun-woo wants to know, “Then, is she going to be my mom?” Ji-ho and Eun-woo smile when Jung-in answers the young boy, “Yes, I’ll be your mom.”
Surprisingly, Pharmacist Wang isn’t thrilled with Ji-ho’s good news, “You’d better not get married. I won’t go to your wedding or give you a money gift.” Ye-seul guesses that Pharmacist Wang is worried that Ji-ho will quit so he promises that he’ll remain at the pharmacy, no matter where he lives.
When Pharmacist Wang asks Ji-ho to sign a pledge, he escapes to the back room. Ye-seul is amused that Ji-ho is taking his pledge so seriously but Pharmacist Wang reminds her, “He’ll be such a sucker for his wife.”
Principal Lee visits Chairman Kwon’s office and both men apologize for their drunken behavior. Chairman Kwon takes the opportunity to offer Principal Lee a director position once he retires but Principal Lee asks for some time to think about it.
At the library, Jung-in ducks into the break room to answer a call from her father, who asks, “Is there no chance for you and Ki-seok anymore?” Jung-in knows that her father’s heart aches whenever he sees Seo-in and promises that if he’s patient, he’ll soon see her living happily. When Principal Lee leaves the school for the day, he walks away with heavy footsteps.
Chairman Kwon is at home when Principal Lee calls but he doesn’t answer his phone. Instead, Chairman Kwon calls Ki-seok and tells his son, “You’ve done more than enough.” Jung-in is alone at home when Ki-seok texts her, “I’m sorry about everything.”
Ji-ho arrives at his place with Hyun-soo and Young-jae, who are laden with drinks and snacks. Ji-ho makes it clear to his friends that they must leave after watching the soccer game. Young-jae explains that Jung-in won’t let Ji-ho drink and Hyun-soo complains, “She has him wrapped around her finger.”
Ji-ho does try not to drink that night but he can’t resist. He calls Jung-in as she’s going to bed, claiming that his friends left after the game. Jung-in thinks that Ji-ho sounds down because he couldn’t drink but he explains that it’s because he’s already in bed. Ji-ho tells Jung-in, “I love you,” before hanging up.
When Ji-ho walks out of his bedroom, Hyun-soo and Young-jae praise him for successfully fooling Jung-in. Ji-ho feels guilty and is about to call Jung-in to confess that they’ve been drinking but Young-jae takes his phone and pushes Ji-ho back into his bedroom. Hyun-soo uses Ji-ho’s phone to order delivery while Ji-ho is trapped.
Young-joo pokes her head out of her window when she hears deliverymen running up and down the stairs. Jung-in wakes up when she gets a text from Young-joo, “Is Ji-ho having a housewarming party today?”
In the morning, a taxi drops Jung-in off at Ji-ho’s place. She finds Ji-ho, Hyun-soo and Young-jae sprawled out in the living room littered with empty beer cans and soju bottles. She opens the door and slams it, waking up Young-jae who then wakes up Ji-ho.
Ji-ho mumbles that they didn’t drink..that much. Jung-in pulls Ji-ho’s pledge from the refrigerator but Ji-ho stops her before she can leave.
Ji-ho isn’t the only one in trouble. Jae-in is at Seo-in’s place but that doesn’t stop her from shouting into her phone, “Young-jae, are you not going to study? I’m really going to break up with you if you don’t pass the exam again.”
Back at his place, Ji-ho kneels in front of an angry Jung-in. Ji-ho argues that Jung-in is being too harsh and when she doesn’t relent, he claims, “My stomach is upset.” Jung-in has to stifle a smile before asking Ji-ho if he got that move from Eun-woo.
Ji-ho promises that he’ll never drink again but that’s not why Jung-in is angry. Jung-in wants an explanation for all of the lies he told her when he called and Ji-ho admits, “I didn’t want to be scolded.” When Jung-in asks, “Did you really think you could fool me,” Ji-ho smiles and admits, “Yes.” Once Jung-in laughs, Ji-ho turns on the charm, “Forgive me just this one time.” Jung-in agrees but she grabs the pledge and informs Ji-ho, “I won’t marry you though.”
Jung-in tries to escape to Ji-ho’s bedroom but Ji-ho is right behind her. Jung-in jumps onto the bed to keep the pledge away from Ji-ho but soon they collapse onto the bed where they laugh and kiss.
Jung-in exits the flower shop next-door to Ji-ho’s parents’ house and asks Ji-ho if she looks all right. Ji-ho has never seen Jung-in so nervous but she’s worried, “What if they won’t let me marry you?” When Ji-ho’s parents greet them, Jung-in hands his mother a bouquet and an excited Eun-woo jumps into her arms.
Jung-in’s mother is on the phone with Seo-in, discussing Jung-in’s meeting with Ji-ho’s parents, but she hangs up when her husband walks in. Jung-in’s mom sees how low her husband is feeling and suggests how they should deal with their daughters from now on, “Let’s neither expect too much from them nor pressure them in any way. Let’s be that kind of parents.” When Jung-in’s father sighs heavily, Jung-in’s mother invites him out for a nice dinner.
Ji-ho’s father can’t take his eyes off of Jung-in as she looks up dinosaurs with Eun-woo. Jung-in perks up when Ji-ho’s father asks if she drinks but when he offers something to Ji-ho, she announces that he quit drinking.
Ki-seok across from the assemblyman’s daughter in a restaurant. She asks Ki-seok when he had his last relationship but he answers that he doesn’t remember. When asked if he’s interested in marriage, Ki-seok answers, “Obviously, that’s why I’m here.” Ki-seok adds, “I was just thinking that I’m glad I decided to come here today,” but when the assemblyman’s daughter isn’t looking, his smile fades.
After putting Eun-woo to bed, Ji-ho rejoins the party and recognizes that Jung-in has had a lot to drink. Eager to put Ji-ho’s parents at ease, Jung-in promises, “We’ll be considerate of each other and be happy together. And I’ll do my best to be a good mom to Eun-woo.” When his mother starts to cry and his father has to look away, Ji-ho takes Jung-in’s hand and nods approvingly.
In the morning, Jung-in wakes up in Eun-woo’s bed and moans, “Oh, no.” She grabs her phone to call Ji-ho, who’s been watching her through the door. When Ji-ho walks in, he has to explain that he couldn’t take Jung-in home because she insisted on staying there for the night.
Ji-ho teases a worried Jung-in that his mother is angry, “She said she can’t let you marry me.” Ji-ho adds that on the other hand, his father is thrilled that he has a new drinking buddy.
When Jung-in asks how to sneak out, Ji-ho hands her some paper and Jung-in suddenly complains that her stomach hurts. Jung-in can’t keep from laughing when Ji-ho insists that she has to write down her pledge.
At her place, Jung-in grabs a water bottle from her refrigerator where Ji-ho’s amended pledge is posted, “I will never lie. Engagement with Jung-in to be broken off upon violation.” Jung-in’s pledge is posted on Ji-ho’s refrigerator, “I, Lee Jung-in will marry Yoo Ji-ho no matter what. If not, I’ll stay single forever.”
Jung-in smiles when Ji-ho texts her at work, “Thank you for coming to me.” Ji-ho is just as happy when Jung-in texts back, “Spring brought you to me.”
It’s dark when Jung-in passes by the street crew working outside the pharmacy. Jung-in recreates their first meeting when she asks Ji-ho if he has medicine for hangovers. Ji-ho offers to open the medicine for her, but warns, “I don’t do it for women who brought their wallets.” They both laugh when the jackhammer starts up.
Ji-ho needs to finish before he can leave and while Jung-in waits, she gets a text. When she looks for Ji-ho, he pulls her into the back room and they pass by the doorway many times, hugging, laughing and kissing.
I’m so grateful that One Spring Night didn’t let its viewers down, concluding with a very sweet and satisfying ending. The finale mirrored the relationship between Jung-in and Ji-ho, it was committed to the pair at the heart of this drama to the end. Honestly, I want to go back and watch it all over again.
One Spring Night tackled so many difficult subjects but it never felt too heavy. That’s in large part due to the well defined characters who were at the center of the controversies, especially the Lee sisters. They are three loving sisters who inspire and uplift one another through the tough times and together, they look forward to a more promising future with a new generation. Even though she didn’t explain it, I’m positive that Jae-in returned to Korea because she missed her sisters.
While Jung-in’s and Ji-ho’s commitment to each other and to Eun-woo is undeniably solid, there are lots of adjustments to be made as they face marriage and become a family of their own. Like many bachelors, Ji-ho has to learn how to behave with his friends so as not to cause problems on the home front. Since Ji-ho is the first one in his circle to settle down, neither he nor his friends have any experience with that so it was only a matter of time before they would clash with Jung-in. What’s funny is that Jung-in has similar struggles and Ji-ho is more than happy to point that out, as evidenced by the two pledges.
There’s no doubt that Jung-in will be a demanding wife, she’s admitted as much, but only someone with such a strong personality would be able to defy established norms and date a single father. Ji-ho’s calmness helps to temper Jung-in’s feistiness and they continue to prove what a good match they are. Jung-in’s mother and sisters got to see this firsthand when they met formally which is why there were so many tears and a sense of peace in the aftermath. Jung-in may not have made as strong of a positive impression on Ji-ho’s parents thanks to her overindulgence, but her love for Eun-woo buys a great deal of goodwill.
So now, we launch these characters into the future. It’s a given that Ji-ho and Jung-in will get married and that Eun-woo will now have a mother of his own plus a loving maternal grandmother and some pretty awesome aunts. Young-jae had better pass his civil exam if he wants to continue his relationship with Jae-in, who’s easy, breezy attitude has morphed into Jung-in’s toughness. Seo-in finally got her divorce and now everyone in her family knows what a brute Shi-hoon really is. Sadly, Shi-hoon hasn’t changed a bit, but surprisingly, Ki-seok has. Thanks to Shi-hoon, Ki-seok finally saw how pitiful it was to cling to someone who has moved on and he accepted that his future doesn’t include Jung-in.
I found it really hard to watch the breakup of Jung-in’s father, Principal Lee, and Chairman Kwon. It honestly broke my heart. These two men, who had gotten used to each other over the years, realized how much they meant to each other as their children’s relationship fell apart. Principal Lee really wanted to work with Chairman Kwon after he retires and I believe that was in part because they’re so used to each other. And Chairman Kwon, as much as he may have disapproved of Jung-in in the beginning, he sincerely appreciated her qualities and envisioned a future with her and a continued future with her father. When Principal Lee walked away from the school after his conversation with Jung-in, it was clear that he had accepted that his relationship with Chairman Kwon would be a casualty of Ki-seok’s and Jung-in’s breakup.
What I appreciated the most about Jung-in and Ji-ho’s relationship was its focus on simple, stolen moments of happiness with the right person by your side. That’s the goal, to go through the ups and downs of life with your best friend while being good to each other. I can imagine Jung-in and Ji-ho growing old together, surrounded by loving family and friends. I can’t ask for anything more.
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