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Memorials: Episode 14

The past never stays buried and more secrets are uncovered as our couple continues to investigate the problematic Sarang Resort’s past, present, and future. Our heroine was warned that there are two sides to every person and as those true colors come to light, some are revealed for the better while others are exposed as more devious than anyone anticipated.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Se-ra leads Chairman Jo to the Sarang Resort fire memorial she and Gong-myung hid on the roof and he demands what her intentions were in taking it. Gong-myung instinctively steps forward to protect Se-ra but she holds him back. She calmly explains sneaking onto the Area 6 construction site to investigate the workers’ complaint and finding the memorial amongst the garbage – so she rescued it. Seemingly accepting her answer, Chairman Jo walks away. He pauses to watch Se-ra carefully recover the memorial with Gong-myung’s jacket and meets Gong-myung’s silent stare before finally leaving.

April 30, 2002. Chairman Jo sits solemnly with the Aeguk Conservative Party Leader, Choi Goo-pal. The man offers condolences for Jong-dae’s death… and then says the resort is trying to appease the families with a memorial. The families are opposed so he wants Chairman Jo to lead by example, pointedly mentioning Jo’s interest in entering politics.

In the present, Chairman Jo meets with Dad for drinks. Dad says Mom is working but he’s worried she’ll get scammed again, and he’s worried for Se-ra because she’s Se-ra. Hee. He tentatively asks if Chairman Jo has been spending time with Gong-myung, but Jo shakes his head. He sighs Gong-myung took after his mother, wistfully musing Jong-dae would’ve likely taken after his father. Drinking, Jo says Jong-dae followed Gong-myung around, liked banana milk, and definitely took after him.

When Dad gets home, Se-ra is surprised to hear Dad was drinking with Chairman Jo and that Jo remembers Jong-dae liked banana milk. Dad sadly adds Chairman Jo will never know the joy of bringing home his child’s favorite treat after drinking. Sobering, he remembers Se-ra didn’t want to leave Gong-myung alone and suggests she convince Gong-myung to move back with Chairman Jo. Se-ra can’t picture it and quickly changes the subject to the ice cream Dad brought home for her.

The memorial is moved to Mawon Office storage and the following day, an article is printed on it. The office is abuzz over Se-ra moving the memorial from the stie to the office and Gong-myung receives a text thanking him for the tip while at lunch with Dae-cheol and Yong-kyu. The other two gossip about the news and pointedly look at Gong-myung when they wonder how Se-ra moved the memorial on her own.

He confirms he helped and Dae-cheol asks why Se-ra was the only one questioned by police, then. Yong-kyu confirms Q Construction pressed theft charges since it was taken offsite and Gong-myung snaps at them for not telling him sooner as he storms out of the restaurant. Meanwhile, Se-ra sits in the police station, questioning who’s the memorial’s owner to call her taking it theft.

Ignoring her, the detective asks who’s pushing the wheelbarrow and Se-ra immediately clams up. Something behind her catches his attention and Se-ra turns to see Hee-soo strut into the station. Hee-soo introduces herself as Se-ra’s lawyer and Se-ra clings gratefully to her arm, glaring daggers at the detective.

Afterwards, the women get lunch with Gong-myung and eyeing all the tofu dishes, Se-ra quips someone would think she’d been in jail. Hee-soo looks to Gong-myung and he tells Se-ra to eat. She does but questions why Hee-soo decided to help after refusing to represent her with Chief Won’s lawsuit. Hee-soo confesses she’d thought Chief Won would be joining the National Assembly in the near future.

She says things have changed now and Se-ra genuinely replies she’s incredible. Se-ra adds she needs to thank Assemblyman Bong for his sole vote of confidence at her hearing. Hee-soo corrects that the solitary vote in Se-ra’s favor was hers, quickly explaining she just felt it was unfair. She’s concerned Chairman Jo will still try to oust them completely over the memorial incident, but Gong-myung knows Jo won’t take the issue further.

Hee-soo has another appointment, so she tells the couple to enjoy their date on her. Se-ra brightly thanks her “unni” and Hee-soo blinks at the sudden familiarity. Se-ra explains she’s nice to anyone who buys her food and Gong-myung echoes: “Thanks for the food, unni.” Hee-soo sweeps out of the restaurant as Se-ra pats Gong-myung affectionately and feeds him.

That evening, Chairman Jo meets with Min-jae to offer him his job back. Min-jae admits he hasn’t received other offers since Chief Won was arrested… but has no intention of returning to Chairman Jo. Jo argues he shouldn’t give up after being thrown a curveball and he needs Min-jae for his plans. He offers to give Min-jae time to think.

The next morning, Se-ra drops by Chairman Jo’s office to reiterate she really didn’t mean to cause him trouble (with the memorial). He believes her and Se-ra says those who remember the victims leave flowers at the Sarang Resort bus stop every year. With Sarang being renamed and redeveloped into Smart One City, Se-ra hopes he’ll find a place for the memorial for those people to visit. Chairman Jo agrees on the condition Se-ra can get signatures from all of the families.

Later, Se-ra peddles her juice to a real estate office and picks up a flyer for Smart One City apartments. Meanwhile, Gong-myung taps his fingers as the clock ticks down to 10. When it does, he leaps up and leaves the office. Walking home hand-in-hand, Se-ra tells Gong-myung she misses the chairman’s office and car. Gong-myung says he doesn’t and holding up their intertwined hands says he likes things now. Se-ra beams that she likes him.

Dad looks morosely at the headlines about the memorial and Mom asks if he really doesn’t understand Se-ra’s tenderhearted feelings. Dad snaps Mom should’ve told him (before he blew up at Se-ra and Gong-myung) and she sniffs he barged in before she could explain. Dad thinks Chairman Jo must be distraught, but Mom says he should be more concerned about Gong-myung.

The couple arrives home and Gong-myung uncertainly echoes Se-ra’s “I’m home.” Mom suggests they get to bed but Dad stops them. Se-ra’s arm reflexively blocks him from Gong-myung but Dad simply announces men and women will sleep separately. He adds that neither is to get up to eat in the middle of the night and imposes a household intermittent fasting regimen. Pouting, Se-ra shuffles off to her room as Gong-myung follows Dad.

Later, Gong-myung is so focused on his laptop, he jumps when Se-ra joins him in the kitchen. She grumbles it must be important that he’s working when it’s time for their 3 am ramyun date. Gong-myung says he finished work at 6 but has been studying up on Smart One City while Se-ra visited real estate offices. He says Chief Won was fastidious about documenting meeting minutes, but he’s found a suspicious gap.

Se-ra takes a look and sure enough, after the Smart One City Area 6 environmental report is given, there’s no questions or comments. Se-ra says the same thing happened when she interrupted the meeting regarding the distribution center. Checking the date, she sees these are from the day before the election and Gong-myung says he’ll keep digging. He adds he also plans to go home this weekend and Se-ra pouts.

They don’t notice Dad eavesdropping and Se-ra asks if it’s because Dad snores. Gong-myung laughs, explaining he needs to feed Cecilia and her friends and clean their tank. Gong-myung confesses since moving in, there’s something else he’s loved as much as their 3 am dates – coming home from work and being greeted warmly by Se-ra’s parents. Tearing up, he admits he’ll miss it but he can’t stay forever. They sit in silence as Dad holds back tears of his own. Aww.

Chairman Jo reports to Aeguk Conservative Party Leader Choi that Q Construction will complete the project with no further issues. Party leader Choi also tells him to “handle” the memorial (read “bury”), heavily implying Chairman Jo’s promotion to the National Assembly is dependent on the issue.

A week later, the memorial is still in storage. Dong-chan brownnoses Chairman Jo over ousting Se-ra until they’re interrupted by the Secretariat chief delivering signatures from the families to relocate the memorial. They’ve collected all but two. Dong-chan’s jaw drops as Chairman Jo signs a form for Jong-dae. He says the new location can be discussed after they get the final signature.

Dong-chan immediately reports his discovery to Hee-soo and she realizes the accident he’d mentioned losing a child to at the distribution center rally was the Sarang Resort fire. Dong-chan had thought it was all lies, sympathizing it must’ve been hard watching Se-ra make a fuss over Sarang and suggesting they stick with Chairman Jo until the next regional election. Looking at the form the families are signing, Hee-soo frowns at the line relinquishing rights to Mawon Office.

That night, Min-jae packs up his apartment. Picking up the framed photos of him with Se-ra and then Chairman Jo, Min-jae takes a deep breath and places both in the trash. He walks away as we see a text on his phone, thanking Chairman Jo for the offer: “But for the first time, I refuse.”

PART 2

Hee-soo visits Se-ra and explains only one signature remains for the memorial relocation. Se-ra thinks they should hurry to get it out of storage, but Hee-soo clarifies the signatures will ensure the memorial stays in storage. Se-ra argues Chairman Jo promised and Hee-soo explains that people signed easily because the memorial was erected to placate them after the fire. She worries Se-ra trusts Chairman Jo too much and as it sinks in, fury overrides Se-ra’s confusion.

She storms out and is caught by Gong-myung. She declares she’s off to confront Chairman Jo over gathering signatures to keep the memorial in storage. Hee-soo joins them and Gong-myung asks her what happens if the remaining family doesn’t sign. From his calm tone, Se-ra realizes he knew. Hee-soo answers it’ll be difficult to prevent them from signing, especially when they don’t know which family remains.

Hee-soo questions why Gong-myung cares when it doesn’t concern him. Gong-myung corrects it does but doesn’t elaborate. He hopes Hee-soo will help them, but she says it’s beyond her power. She tries to walk away but Se-ra and Gong-myung block her. They say there’s someone who would never refuse Hee-soo and mime Dong-chan’s breath spray.

Cut to Dong-chan schmoozing Chairman Jo and offering he and Hee-soo to look for the final family. Se-ra receives a text from Hee-soo and thinks the address looks familiar – the first complaint she’d received, Golf Ball Granny.

That evening, Gong-myung joins Se-ra at a restaurant and when she orders more soju, he has her take a vitamin packet (?) first to combat her drunken antics. He asks if she still can’t reach Granny and Se-ra says the neighbors told her Granny moved out a while ago. Se-ra recalls she’d been the only contact in Granny’s phone when the hospital called her after her fall and wonders where Granny could’ve gone.

Holding back tears, she takes a drink and Gong-myung says they need to find her before Chairman Jo. Se-ra declares: “I’m Gu Se-ra! And that old lady is not an ordinary woman.” She lapses back into a sad silence. Gong-myung pours her next drink and they clink glasses.

The next day, Se-ra calls around to hospitals looking for Granny and finally finds her. As Granny sleeps, Se-ra grumbles that she still carries the helmet around and is about to throw it out when Granny wakes up. Se-ra whines it’s so hard to contact her and Granny snaps she lost her phone while running away. Ignoring Se-ra’s questions, Granny tells her to get apples.

Gong-myung enters and Se-ra proudly introduces her boyfriend only for Granny to tut, “Too bad he has an ugly girlfriend.” Granny giggles and the elderly woman in the next bed asks if Se-ra and Gong-myung are her grandkids. Granny’s face falls and she gruffly denies it. She tells the couple to take her out in the wheelchair and as they walk, Granny says the doctors told her she’s accumulated “bad stuff” in her body.

They told her the dizziness and headaches are due to that and Granny guesses her time is up. Se-ra argues she’d sworn not to leave Mawon and Granny asks if Se-ra is still a district rep. Se-ra nods and Granny files a new complaint – find the Sarang Resort fire memorial. She says once construction started, they moved it and won’t tell her where. Se-ra starts to say she moved it when Gong-myung suddenly asks how long Granny has been visiting that area.

Granny says she’s gone every Wednesday for the past 18 years to tend to the memorial: “All that remains is his name (Kim Won-oh) – how could I leave him like that?” We see she’d been the one repeatedly sneaking onsite to find it. The night Se-ra and Gong-myung took the memorial, they’d been saved when the manager had chased Granny and she’d dropped her phone in the process.

Crying, Se-ra confesses she took the memorial. Granny chases her around in circles until Gong-myung finally gets her to sit back down. He asks when she began to feel dizzy and she glares at Se-ra before answering 5 years. Later, Gong-myung explains Granny is suffering from arsenic poisoning. Arsenic is a heavy metal and Se-ra questions how Granny would’ve been exposed to it. Gong-myung says Yong-kyu’s father also had complained of feeling dizzy before he fell… and both were at Smart One City Area 6.

Back at the comic shop, Gong-myung glances anxiously at Se-ra as he and Han-bi discuss his arsenic suspicions. Han-bi plucks a damp tissue from Se-ra’s sniffling face as Se-ra thinks back to Granny’s declaration to stay in Mawon and protect “it” until the end. Gong-myung moves to comfort her but Han-bi holds up a hand and simply places a fresh tissue over Se-ra’s face.

Turning back, Han-bi admits to overhearing mention of carcinogens while working undercover at the dinner between Best Industrials and the Labor Administration rep. At the time, she’d assumed they were talking about burnt meat, but realizes they likely meant the arsenic.

Se-ra visits Yong-kyu’s father but he tells her he already settled and doesn’t want to get his son in trouble, pulling his hand from Se-ra’s and shutting the door in her face. Gong-myung tells her that of the 6 redevelopment areas, only Area 6 hasn’t handed in an environmental report. He’d requested a new copy, but they keep making excuses. At the meeting later, Se-ra brings it to the attention of the assembly.

She points out that only Area 6 has had repeated accidents and only Area 6 has failed to submit an environmental effect report. Assemblyman Heo sinks lower into his seat as Se-ra requests the missing report be released so she can confirm whether or not there’s a connection. Chairman Jo tries to put it off until next month’s audit, but Se-ra points out someone else could get hurt in that time and the room erupts into chaos.

Afterwards, Assemblyman Heo and the Vice Chief hang their heads in Chairman Jo’s office. Heo explains that the night before the by-election, Chief Won had received the environmental report and demanded what Heo had done to the land. He’d admitted he’d borrowed it to use as a temporary storage facility and she screamed there was over 25 times the legal limit of arsenic, a class one carcinogen. She barks all sorts of heavy metals were detected

Assemblyman Heo had whimpered he thought it would be fine because the lot was empty. He hadn’t wanted to build a facility to store waste, so he buried it. Chief Won threw a fit so Heo moved it to a rural location in Gyeonggi, thinking the land would be fine now. The vice chief confesses the estimated cost to clean the earth was beyond their budget so Chief Won ordered them to cover it up and proceed.

Praising Se-ra for her statement at the meeting, Assemblyman Bong is surprised she’s continued to look after the Smart One City laborers. Se-ra think the issues are the same and Bong warns her that the vice chief – who is currently acting chief – is close to Chairman Jo, so they may not comply. He recommends she come up with a backup solution, noting Mawon residents should be aware before construction continues.

Taking his advice, Se-ra posts her plea for the release of the environmental effect report on social media. Gong-myung stares pointedly at Yong-kyu as Dae-cheol commends Se-ra’s success in gathering enough people to bring the issue to Seoul City Hall. Yong-kyu gripes they aren’t obligated to release the report and will just say they’re not violating any rules. Finally fed up with Gong-myung’s staring, Yong-kyu snaps he and his father won’t help and storms off.

Assemblyman Bong pulls Gong-myung aside, saying he and Se-ra are no longer Chairman and secretary, and therefore should act accordingly. He adds he recently discovered Gong-myung’s relation to Chairman Jo – only one person had the power to transfer Gong-myung to the council secretariat and then return him to Planning and Budgeting and Assemblyman Yang had confided Chairman Jo had an adult son.

He strongly suggests Gong-myung stop involving himself in Se-ra’s business. Recalling how Bong didn’t support Se-ra at her hearing and used the files to sue Chief Won without confirming whether they actually came from Se-ra, Gong-myung retorts that he’s the one who should stop using Se-ra and making her take the lead when he sees fit and Assemblyman Bong purses his lips and frowns.

That evening, Gong-myung peels apples for Granny and says if anyone asks her to sign anything, to call him first. She asks about Se-ra and Gong-myung says she’s busy lately. Granny tells him to break up and then laughs, imploring them to get along. No sooner does he leave, than Chairman Jo arrive, seeing Gong-myung disappear around a corner before he enters the room and greets Granny.

Han-bi sees Se-ra’s name trending and shows her comments cursing Se-ra for bringing down housing prices. Meanwhile, Chairman Jo meets with the Idiot Trio, who quibble over whether to oust Heo or Se-ra. Unfortunately, ousting Heo tips the votes in the Progressive Party’s favor, so Chairman Jo opts to boot Se-ra.

A week later, Se-ra visits Granny. Granny says Gong-myung visited in Se-ra’s stead… as did Chairman Jo. She says she signed the form and for Se-ra and Gong-myung to stop visiting, turning her back as Se-ra huffs in disbelief. Returning to the office, Se-ra finds a notice posted declaring she’s been summoned by the people to vote on whether she keeps her position.

Ripping down the notice, Se-ra storms into Chairman Jo’s office and declares she won’t give it up as easily as she had this office. Unfazed, he says the residents will decide and she was lucky enough to get this far with her numerous complaints. “It wasn’t good fortune,” Se-ra corrects, “It was more of a miracle.” He warns people will stone her but Se-ra is willing to take it, echoing Gong-myung’s words there’s something she must do that only she can do.

Summer 2005 Middle school Se-ra walks home and sees something to make her eyes widen in horror. She takes out a notebook and writes something down before taking a deep breath and making a phone call. She introduces herself and looking up at a banner announcing an amusement park to be built on Sarang Resort’s location.

Reading from her notebook, Se-ra tearfully declares it’s only been 3 years and building an amusement park there is wrong. We’re told this is her first complaint and her first complaint notebook as Se-ra’s lip quivers.

 
COMMENTS

I think Chairman Jo has a sympathetic story, but damn does he make it hard to like him. He was already working towards politics when the accident happened, and I can understand him clinging to them in the wake of tragedy – one thing that he refused to give up when something precious was ripped away. Unfortunately, the things he should’ve clung to were his wife, living son, and honoring his dead son. Right now, it would seem Gong-myung’s mother left when Chairman Jo sold his soul to Party Leader Choi instead of joining the outcry of the rest of the families over the flippant response from the Sarang Resort after so many lives were lost.

It’s possible it was simply a horrific accident, but the suspicious way the Aeguk Party and Sarang Resort were anxious to bury the incident suggests possible foul play. I may be sniffing for conspiracies, but it’s hard not to when politics are such a shady business by nature. Regardless, the handling of the aftermath of the fire was a grotesque lack of empathy. The same goes for Chief Won upon discovering the land contained astronomical levels of toxins… and deciding to go ahead, anyway. It’s infuriating to watch people place political aspirations ahead of other people’s lives and sets appropriately high stakes heading into the final battle. Something I’ve loved about the conflicts in this show is how they relate. No incident is entirely isolated, nor does it just affect one person or group. Everything is interconnected and creates a chain-reaction of events.

Chairman Jo’s actions 18 years ago are still having an impact today and unfortunately, it would seem rather than trying to correct his mistakes, he’s doubling down. It’s a common reaction – as humans we dislike admitting when we’re wrong – and that’s what makes Se-ra so special. She insists on holding everyone accountable for their mistakes, even herself. She’s flawed, but that doesn’t stop her from trying her best to do the right thing and it makes for such an inspiring heroine because she’s just an average person but she’s making a difference that all of us can make simply by insisting to be heard. My dad always says: “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” and Se-ra proves that with her dogged approach to addressing issues everyone else seems happy to ignore.

As a Beanie pointed out last recap, I goofed while covering the incident at Gong-myung’s and I’m glad it was revisited in this episode with Dad talking to Se-ra – the reason Se-ra was so adamant about leaving and why Gong-myung was so emotional was her abject refusal to leave without him. Se-ra recognized Gong-myung needed her most and despite his and her parents’ protestations, she was going to stay with him. It was truly touching because really, Gong-myung has been alone all this time. After his brother died, he left Se-ra to live with his mother… only for her to die some time later.

To lose his most precious people at such a young age explains why Gong-myung began holding everyone at a distance and is likely the reason he was reluctant to let Se-ra in again – fearing he couldn’t take it if he did and they were separated again. It just makes me love their relationship even more and I was sobbing along with Dad when Gong-myung said he’d miss Mom and Dad welcoming him home. He hasn’t experienced familial warmth in so long and every time Mom is sweet to him, it just yanks on my heartstrings.

I love all these characters and was so excited by the reveal Hee-soo voted to keep Se-ra. It shows some growth in Hee-soo as well as the duplicitous nature of Assemblyman Bong. My affection for him as the upright mentor from previous works was so effectively deceptive that while I’d been anticipating a twist, his one-on-one with Gong-myung was jarring. I’m not sure where he feels he has the right to tell Gong-myung what to do, let alone tell him not to help Se-ra, but he even seemed to be threatening Gong-myung with his identity. I love Gong-myung flat out telling Bong he’s the one who should stop trying to manipulate Se-ra, which is exactly what it felt like when Bong told her to come up with a backup plan. He wanted her to expose the issue, knowing that in doing so she’d draw fire. It shows anyone can be two-faced without being evil. All of the characters inhabit varying hues of that gray area and it’s so human that I’m continually impressed. Cheers to making it this far, y’all and fingers crossed this drama does us all proud in the finale!

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Man, do I love this drama! Thank you, Sunny for your recaps. I am so thrilled with this whole production from director, actors, screenwriter, cameraman and producers. The story is so intriguing, with each week's new reveal about not only the past tragedy but how it's buried secrets continue to impact and hurt the present. And our intrepid couple never disappoints cuz they never quit or give up. I fear Chairman Jo is beyond redemption at this late date and will just be a sad pathetic example of a man who chose influence instead of family.

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The breadcrumbs trail from the moment we met Golf Ball Granny until the reveal of Heo + Won conspiracy is indeed intriguing and well done!
The reveal of Chairman Jo basically taking advantage of his son's death makes me feel horrible. Am guessing this is the cause of the divorce and Gong-myung disowning his dad.

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Ok, I know there is so much more to potentially talk about, but I just really need a comment commemorating how Gong-myung/Park Sung-hoon says "aigoo". Like, I've always loved the sound of that word, but he somehow has managed to elevate it for me. Weird, I know, but I just felt it needed to be addressed.

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Woah, I love that we both posted at the same time teehee :3

Which also reminds me when Nana stays "Gong-iyah, yepioya" in a cute tone! Also their skin-ship is amazing too, they feel like a real genuine couple. Glad that their chemistry off screen translated onscreen!

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Not a lot of people can pull that off, but there's something so genuine about the way she does it! They really feel so remarkably real. It's a testament to their amazing synergy in these roles.

I also love how they've attached more and more importance to the phrases they've shared that have had impact on them like "I have something only I can do" and "life's a match with 3 tries".

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Despite their small screen time, the writer has done a good job with writing the background characters. I remember the recap for Ep. 4 (?) and Sunny and other beanies (like me) were worried that the second leads here would be 'evil' and try their darnest to separate our couple. But shockingly it hasn't occurred and that idea is dead, shocked b/c majority of K-drama rom-coms do this, so no complaints from me :)

I love our leads so much, I know this show also revolves around the Sarang Fire (I like the full circle moment for that), but I love it more as a slice of life drama for our two main leads. I watched other rom-com shows and its been a while, finding a solid rom-com where our main leads are front and center w/o any silly love triangle/SML hijinks (Which again the second leads here feel more like supporting characters).

Even with their small screen time, they haven't teamed up to scheme on our characters to separate, but instead they are grey, Hee-soo in a bad drama would've been the 'villain' taking away Gong-myung from Se-ra. But here, she's a political first and foremost, and it was cute how clueless she was to them dating. Min-jae seems like he's also done w/ doing the dirty work too. I like the shades to them, and thank god they did their jobs and not get into stupid crap hurting the main couple. Sorry just burnt out b/c an ahem drama I'm watching, is just compared to ITR makes me sad at seeing those hijinks come into play.

Overall, solid characterizations for both Se-ra and Gong-myung. Her parents are crazy but so wholesome. They add the perfect amount of jest to this show! Judging by spoilers for Ep 15, everything seems to be coming into place and our couple seems fully intact :) Thankfully, I don't forsee any stupid noble idiocy here!!

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Min-jae stepping out of the politic stage makes me feel sad, feels like he is somewhat underutilised as a character. But yay for no villainy second lead and no noble idiocy!

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Honestly while IA with that, I have been burnt on villainy second leads whose only role is to torture our mains lol/separate them. So I've no qualms haha! Serious note: Am glad that ITR finished filming altho 2 days before the last 2 episodes were airing/before Covid-19 started to get ahold of their cast/crew.

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Poor Sera, she's the toy of Chairman Cho, now Assemblyman Bong... I was happy that CM was direct with Assemblyman Bong.

Every politician has his/her own goals and they're ready to close their eyes to obtain what they want. But they're not necessarily bad people, just human. I like it. Hee So did wrong when she voted for the name, but she's not a bad person and she agreed that the vote against Sera was wrong.

What was the point to find the Granny, to tell her to sign nothing, to stay with her when one discussion with the first person made her sign the form... Poor Sera, everybody around her signs what they shouldn't!

But in all this frustrating situation, the couple is still wonderful! So I'm happy :)

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I had to rewatch Gong's ''unni'' a few times!

Why have I not watched a Park Sung-hoon drama before this? But then I read that he played a villain xD

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Me too, I replayed that scene lots! Love it! It feels like an ad lib, and it's quite unlike Gong Myung!

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It was so cute! If that was an adlib then Nana's response to that was equally adorable.

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Se-ra's comment about the all tofu meal and Hee-soo's pointed look at Gong-myung made me think he probably ran to her crying something like "you need to get Se-ra out of jail!" to make her appear in the police station ><

Golf Ball Granny's story is so sad T_T So true about @sunny's comments about Se-ra holding everybody including herself accountable, and it broke my heart seeing how guilty she feels to granny even though all she did was rescuing the memorial from a trash pile. Mom is a self-proclaimed softie and dad is a closet softie, no wonder Se-ra ends up being who she is. Everyone who has her on her side is doubly lucky, and so glad Gong-myung is included because he really needs her in his life.

Laughed over Han-bi quip about burnt meat will cause cancer, but finding out the deeper meaning behind it is so cool. Am flabbergasted with the reveal of major cover-up done by Assemblyman Heo & Chief Won, are they seriously condoning mass poisoning for money? Their conscience is totally dead.

Saving both final episodes to watch in one go, aw, so sad it'll be show's last week...

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Thank you for the recap!

To celebrate our Gong being boyfriend goals again and again, some examples:

Our Gong did not just attempt to protect Se-Ra from Chairman Jo while on the roof. He hissed. At his father.😎

Our Gong opened up about his feelings and loneliness when he told Se-Ra he could not stay at her place.😢

Our Gong goes on to call his pet Cecilia and HeeSoo Unni, because that is how Se-Ra addressed them.🤣

Our Gong was worried and eager to comfort Se-Ra, before Han-Bi stopped him.🥺

Last but not least: our Gong poured her a drink, offered to clink their glasses together and waited for her cue to drink.By taking the initiative in this little ritual, our Gong shows his deep respect for his girlfriend and his determination to always follow her lead. He has been doing a great job both at work and in their relationship, but it was kind of him to reassure Se-Ra when she was feeling sad.❤️

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I think Gong is one of best boyfriends in Kdramaland. I don’t remember if there was a character like him in other dramas before.

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Thank you for the recap! I cheered when Hee-soo showed up to get Se-ra out of the police station. Her support is highly conditional but I'll enjoy it while I can lol

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed we're heading into the final week without more of an understanding of what goes on in Chairman Jo's or Min-jae's head. Maybe we're not supposed to? But I don't understand Min-jae at all and I'm finding it hard to connect the Chairman Jo that got so upset over Se-ra taking the memorial and the Chairman Jo who's fine leaving it in storage forever. I suppose he really did just sell his soul for political gain but I'd like to know more on why.

It was really cool to see how Golfball Granny return and all the pieces set up leading to the Sarang Resort memorial though!

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It's true that show keeps Chairman Jo vague still, maybe he was upset with Se-ra because he really wants people, including himself, to forget forever about Sarang Resort fire. But that's painting him in a very bad way, so will there be no reconciliation..? And hoping for a proper closure with Min-jae too before we say goodbye to the show.
LOL about Hee-soo's conditional support, that's an apt phrase!

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Oo, like he was somewhat upset because he was losing control over the narrative of the resort fire. That's a good point, and it fits with his style of politics. Maybe no reconciliation but that might not be a bad thing since it would be a little last minute. Besides, Gong-myung's got Se-ra's family now :D

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The leads are adorable and the rest of the drama ain't bad either. Honestly that is all I ask for in a drama and this one delivers.

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I so agree! Good acting is important to me! I hope Nana & Park Sung Hoon reunite as a couple in another rom-com, or they cameo as Sera & Gong Myung in another drama!

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This episode was so emotional to me, I couldn't stop crying: from the moment Chairman Jo remembered his son wishing he would take after him, to the helmet ahjumma taking care of the memorial, and GM telling SeRa how warm it feels to be welcomed home. You are right, Sunny, GM has been living alone for so long... I'm so happy SeRa's back in his life.

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Saddest episode I should cry for... and I'm sad today because of today's finale. So, it's time to say goodbye to Memorials/Into the Ring's leading characters of Nana and Park Sung-hoon until their next drama (either separated or collaboration).

Some real occasional floods or real rainy days continued in South Korea resulted to end this political dramedy today and I think it could be prophetic to say, that it felt like happened in fictional Sarang Resort's fire during the final half of episodes. I didn't think we have a Memorials/Into the Ring happy ending due to nick of times between factual and fictional castastrophes.

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I love Sera's notebooks! Young Sera is a lefthander while grown-up Sera is not.... hmm... haha

Has anyone ever seen any customers in Hanbi's bookstore? I don't recall seeing any.

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Thanks for the recap, Sunny!

"Bring me honey water"
"We're all out!"

Lol, gotta love the attention to detail in this show. The honey is still at Ggong's, hahaha.

Lmao, Hee-soo tried so hard to stay off the team, but finally broke down and helped them when they really needed it. I've really enjoyed her character, especially how she remains guided by her own principles. She might clash with Sera the majority of the time, but she supports her when she has good reason to, like when she voted against her dismissal.

Even with the reveal that Bong isn't as supportive of Sera as he's let on, I'm still surprised he wouldn't vote for someone who shares his beliefs on many matters, if not all, and risk placing Cho back in position. Obviously, nothing would have changed and she would have been ousted anyway. Still, I'm glad Gong-myung called him out on it.

I know some don't like the small-world coincidences, but I loved the return of Golf Halmoni. I absolutely love her bond with Sera. They have such fantastic chemistry. A lot makes more sense now too, like why she lived alone and why she refused to move. The reason her connection to the memorial works so well for me is because it urges us to look outside ourselves and help others when they're in need of it, as they could be suffering from the same pains as us.

On a lighter note, I live for her sense of humor. And her crazed laughter at her own jokes. Lmao, Sera and Ggong can't handle it!

I'm still in denial about this wonderful show ending. It snuck up on me to become one of my favorites of all time, with what might be my absolute favorite OTP.

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Also, I know that "thank you unnie" is the ultimate highlight of the episode, but the OTP's in-tandem impression of Go Dong-chan came very close. Have I mentioned how much I love them?

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Oh, Gong's voice breaking when he said saying "I am home" meant so much to him for the first time in a long while... that really got to me.

Chairman Jo's emotional reaction to the memorial at first was something out of character at first sight. But perhaps after that he just remembered that his soul was sold to politics anyway, so there is no point in going back.

Min Jae on the other hand - I haven't seen the final episodes yet, so I am curious if this really was his swan song. His character was really mysterious and how Se Ra could be in a relationship with him for 9 years... I wonder if the actor had his own ideas about his background story? Must be hard to play such an enigma.

On a last note, I hope Cecilia is well and he had a fish sitter for the time he was away. Otherwise, I am a little concerned for her and her roomates.

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I thought I misunderstood when he said "thank you unnie." LOL. They are so funny.

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Where in the drama did they mentioned Gong-Myung’s mother had passed away?

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In episode 5, after GM walked away from the family dinner. He mentioned it to SR.

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Thank you

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This is 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington' except Jimmy Stewart doesn't accomplish what he wants and the corrupt system stomps on him. One's power to shame politicians into doing the right thing is limited when those politicians are shameless.

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