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[Fix That Ending] Two weddings and a business proposal

It seems a bit odd to complain about a happy ending, especially one that is wrapped up in a nice little bow, but when you view Business Proposal as whole, that bow starts to look like a twisted knot tied by a kid wearing velcro shoes.

Definitely the breakout rom-com hit of 2022, Business Proposal was a joyful exploration — and exaggeration — of the genre. But the last two episodes, which should have been a glorious send-off for our lovable characters, fell flat.

In my opinion, it boils down to three key issues:

1. Grandpa — a fan favorite — was grumpy and disapproving for an uncharacteristically long time. It’s understandable that Grandpa would be a bit miffed at Hari and Tae-mu for lying and making a fool of him, but his desire for great-grandbabies would quickly win out.

2. The subversion of tropes in the finale was lackluster or nonexistent. We got a lot of tropes dropped on us in the last episode, but none of them were used comically. They were taken at face value and created legitimate, serious conflicts. On its own, Grandpa’s illness and the subsequent scenes revealing Tae-mu’s love for his only surviving relative were beautiful, but they were not in line with the rest of the drama. Business Proposal never pretended or aimed to be more than a light-hearted comedy, and it used tropes only to create hijinks and humorously awkward situations for our characters. The finale should have stayed the course and used its final hours to deliver additional laughs instead of melodrama.

3. The finale was missing key scenes that the audience was expecting. No, a writer doesn’t owe their audience anything, but when you create a story that’s rooted in all the rom-com cliches, your audience expects you to hit the common favorites, including a wedding finale. I mean come on! The whole set-up for the story was Grandpa pressuring Tae-mu to get married, so one would imagine the story to end the way Grandpa (and the rest of us) envisioned.

With these three points in mind, I decided to rewrite the ending, picking up at the beginning of Episode 11. Just to note, I have read the webtoon, but I tried not to be influenced by it too much. I feel like the drama characters have their own flavors and would do things differently… but I did throw in one or two easter eggs for those of you who have read it.

So without further ado… time to fix that ending.


Two weddings and a business proposal

After hearing about Tae-mu’s accident, Hari takes a taxi and follows Grandpa to the hospital. When she arrives, Grandpa is surprised and confused, so Sung-hoon steps in to explain that their relationship evolved into a legitimate one. She’s Tae-mu’s girlfriend. Like, for real.

Grandpa’s caterpillar eyebrows do a surprised little jig up to his hairline, but he’s only able to get out one of his signature grumbles before the doctor joins them. Tae-mu suffered a compound fracture to his arm, and he was rushed into the OR for emergency surgery. The orthopedic surgeon repaired the fracture, and Tae-mu has been moved to a private VIP suite while they wait for him to wake up from the anesthesia.

Grandpa and Sung-hoon follow the doctor, but Hari hangs back, uncertain if she should come, too. Grandpa pauses, looks over his shoulder, and frowns before trailing after the doctor. Sung-hoon translates: “You should join us.”

Sung-hoon has to fill out hospital paperwork, so he leaves Grandpa and Hari alone with the unconscious Tae-mu. They stare at each other awkwardly. Hari’s about to speak to try and explain the situation further, but before words escape her mouth, Grandpa’s alarm goes off — It’s time for Be Strong, Geum-hee!

He casts a quick glance at Tae-mu before scooting over to the television. With nothing better to do, Hari joins him, and they watch the drama together with the volume turned down low. On screen, the hero pushes Geum-hee out of the way of a white Truck of Doom and is injured in her place. The next scene cuts to the hospital, where he wakes up with amnesia.

Hari and Grandpa exchange meaningful glances…

They simultaneously look over at Tae-mu’s hospital bed and are surprised to see that his eyes are open. They call for the doctor, who performs a few cognitive tests, and while all his faculties appear to be intact — whew, amnesia trope averted! — Tae-mu is a bit loopy from the drugs.

He smiles up at Hari, and loudly announces to the room, “There’s my beautiful girlfriend!” and then he turns to Grandpa, “Did I introduce you to my girlfriend? That’s her! She works for our company, but — shhhh — don’t tell anybody. It’s supposed to be a secret.”

Grandpa lets out another one of his patented grumbles and looks at Hari, as if to say, “He’s your problem now,” and leaves them alone for the night.

While his driver escorts him home, Grandpa ponders the current situation and has a backseat conversation with himself. His first instinct is to be happy. His little scamp of a grandson finally has a girlfriend, and he chuckles remembering Tae-mu’s drug-induced love confession. On the other hand, they did lie to him, and if Hari is willing to pose as Tae-mu’s girlfriend for money, can he trust that her feelings for Tae-mu are genuine?

The next day, Hari returns to work, but the only rumor spreading through the company is about Tae-mu’s car accident. The extent of his injuries are a mystery, and as Hari waits for the elevator, she overhears someone saying he heard that Tae-mu was disfigured and is undergoing extensive plastic surgery.

When Hari arrives at her department’s office, Hye-ji asks her about Tae-mu, and Kevin is curious why she would ask Hari. “Yeah,” Hari laughs nervously, “Why would you ask me?”

And we flashback to the night Hye-ji caught Hari and Tae-mu holding hands. Hye-ji was drunk, but not blackout drunk. She put together the pieces, and figured out the two are secretly dating. Realizing she’s slipped up, Hye-ji covers by saying she assumed that Hari would have overheard something while on her way up.

“Oh yeah,” Hari responds, going along with Hye-jin, “Supposedly he’s now disfigured.”

Every day, Hari visits Tae-mu in the hospital after work. Grandpa — like a surly romance-blocking gatekeeper — is always there when she arrives, but she bribes him with tea. While she’s there, she also listens intently as he rambles on about deep sea fishing and watches his dramas with him. As the days pass, it becomes more and more apparent that she’s slowly worming her way back into Grandpa’s heart, but he stubbornly refuses to give his approval because he’s pouty that she lied to him.

After she leaves on the third night, Grandpa watches Tae-mu intently as he responds to her text that she arrived home safely. Tae-mu smiles sweetly at his phone, and Grandpa sighs. “You know,” he finally says, “things won’t be easy for her when people find out about your relationship.”

“I’ll protect her,” Tae-mu insists.

Grandpa glowers and shakes his cane at Tae-mu. “Not good enough. You better marry her.”

“That’s the plan,” Tae-mu smiles, pleased to finally receive Grandpa’s blessing, and Grandpa laughs happily with him, the promise of great-grandbabies and Tae-mu’s happiness outweighing his initial concerns.

While Grandpa gives Tae-mu the green light to date Hari, Young-seo’s father contacts Sung-hoon and asks to meet privately at a fancy restaurant, where he’s reserved a private room to give his whole you’re-not-good-enough-for-my-daughter speech. But it just so happens that Yoo-jung is also dining at this particular establishment and witnesses Sung-hoon follow her uncle into the secluded dining area. She wastes no time dialing her cousin, and she tells Young-seo — using English to punctuate the urgency — to, “Get here — like — right nowwww.”

When Young-seo arrives, Yoo-jung leads her towards Sung-hoon, and Young-seo storms inside the room without knocking. The room is tense, and there’s a thick white envelope on the table. Young-seo can’t hide her disgust, and she gives him a verbal undressing better than any kimchi or pork cutlet slap.

Yoo-jung is spying from the doorway in a mixture of horror and glee, and when Young-seo finishes with the promise that she will be submitting her resignation letter tomorrow, Yoo-jung slow-claps in approval.

Young-seo takes Sung-hoon’s hand and leads him out of the restaurant. While Young-seo alternates between cursing and assuring Sung-hoon that her father’s opinion doesn’t matter to her — she’s a strong independent woman who doesn’t need her daddy’s money! — Sung-hoon takes the lead and directs her to his car. She’s so distracted and angry that he has to open the passenger door and coax her into the seat. As he walks around to the driver’s side, her muffled ranting continues. He’s smiling when he joins her in the car.

Young-seo’s father may not have approved of Sung-hoon, but Grandpa is ecstatic when he finds out that Sung-hoon has a girlfriend, too, and orders Sung-hoon to pencil in a family dinner on Tae-mu’s calendar. Hari is, of course, invited, and Grandpa is a pleased peacock to be sitting at the head of the table with a future granddaughter on either side of him.

It’s his first time meeting Young-seo, so he asks her a lot of questions. Inevitably, the conversation turns to her family, and Grandpa comments that he will have to reach out to her father at some point to share how happy he is that Young-seo and Sung-hoon are dating. When everyone at the table goes quiet and looks away, Grandpa demands to know what’s wrong, and Young-seo reveals that her father rejected Sung-hoon because he’s an orphan and Tae-mu’s chief secretary.

Grandpa explodes and pounds his fist on the table. Doesn’t her father know Sung-hoon is his grandson, too?! Young-seo immediately chimes in with her own defense of Sung-hoon, and the two go back and forth singing Sung-hoon’s praises. He’s handsome! He’s smart! He’s thoughtful! He’s a savvy investor! He’s good in bed!

The last statement, which was shouted by Young-seo, causes the conversation to screech to a halt, and she clamps her hand over her mouth in horror. Sung-hoon’s ears turn pink, while Hari and Tae-mu do their best not to burst into laughter. Finally, Grandpa smiles wide and says, “That’s my boy! I’ll have a house full of great-grandkids soon enough!”

Grandpa retires for the night, but it’s still early enough that Young-seo and Hari convince the men to join them for tteokbokki and soju at their favorite restaurant. While they wait for their food, Young-seo asks Hari and Tae-mu how they plan on handling their relationship at work.

Hari explains that they intend to keep it secret for as long as possible to avoid rumors. Her biggest concern about their relationship going public is her fear that people will say all her accomplishments were due to nepotism.

“You know,” Young-seo says, “you’ll be fine so long as you can prove your worth in a way no one can dispute your success.” She elaborates that Hari’s cooking video with Min-woo was a hit, and no one can claim that it went viral because of her relationship with Tae-mu. What if Hari filmed more videos and made a name for herself — and the company — through her online cooking segments?

Hari ponders the idea, but she’s hesitant to work with Min-woo again. Her last encounter with him made her uncomfortable, and she’d rather put him in her past — both personally and professionally. Tae-mu is visibly pleased to hear Min-woo has been downgraded to a former acquaintance, but his smile turns to a frown when Young-seo flippantly claims Min-woo can just be replaced by some other — more attractive — chef.

But then Young-seo turns to Tae-mu and points at him. When no one follows her logic, Young-seo elaborates that it would be a great gimmick for the handsome company president to humble himself and promote his own products via an online cooking show. People would eat it up — literally!

Tae-mu ponders the idea for a solid minute, staring directly at Young-seo. Hari and Sung-hoon wear similar thoughtful expressions while they mentally weigh the pros and cons of the idea. Finally, Tae-mu breaks the silence and asks Young-seo, “Do you want a job?”

The scene cuts to Sung-hoon driving Young-seo home. Young-seo excitedly brainstorms ways she can integrate GoFood products into Hari’s cooking segments. She can’t sit still in her seat, so she goes rifling through Sung-hoon’s glove compartment, where she finds a ring box. She gasps, and Sung-hoon tries to remain outwardly calm. But his heart has started beating faster than a marching band drumline that’s been fed nothing but energy drinks and Sour Patch Kids for the last twelve hours.

He pulls the car over, gets out, walks around to her door, and opens it. He takes the ring box from her hand and admits that — when he’d bought the ring — he’d hoped to have earned her father’s approval before giving it to her. She opens her mouth to object, but before she can protest, he explains that — as someone who lost his parents at an early age — he was afraid that she would eventually blame him for being the reason she no longer had a relationship with her family.

Young-seo hugs him and assures him that her father is the reason they’re now estranged from each other. He’d been controlling and unloving her whole life, and his rejection of Sung-hoon was the final straw that made her want to cut ties. She’d much rather focus on building a loving family with him.

He gets down on one knee and officially proposes. Young-seo tearfully accepts. They kiss sweetly, but when their lips separate Young-seo smiles naughtily and whispers in his ear: “How about we go try to make that family.”

While Young-seo is having naughty baby-making thoughts, Tae-mu escorts Hari home. Neither of them want to say goodbye, especially Tae-mu who didn’t get his fill of physical affection during dinner because Hari was too shy around Grandpa. He goes in for one final kiss, but then a screech — the cry of a momma velociraptor — sounds from behind them.

They quickly separate as Mom comes storming at them from across the street. She has a convenience store bag full of beer and snacks in her hand, and she’s swinging it around above her head like a Medieval weapon. Hari shields Tae-mu and tries to calm Mom down, but the sound of their scuffle is loud enough to lure Dad and Ha-min outside to investigate.

Ha-min figures out what’s going on and tries to intervene, but Mom’s yelling drowns out his attempt to explain the situation. Finally, Ha-min yells, “He’s rich!” and shoves his phone in her face. Mom blinks at Tae-mu’s online profile and net worth, which Ha-min pulled up on his phone. She’s instantly subdued, and Dad takes the moment of calm to grab her by the shoulders and direct her inside.

Hari shrugs and gestures for Tae-mu to follow. He’d been eager to meet her parents, but these weren’t exactly the circumstances he’d hoped to make an official introduction. He’d imagined bringing them a nice gift and maybe having Sung-hoon around, too, as a hype man.

Instead, Mom and Dad invite him upstairs, where he and Hari awkwardly sit across from them and answer all their questions. Yes, they’re dating. No, he’s not Kevin. No, he isn’t in his forties. Yes, he’s the president of Hari’s company. No, Ha-min, he will not buy you a car.

After the initial questions are out of the way, Tae-mu explains — leaving out the non-parental approved details, such as their first meeting and subsequent contract relationship — how he grew to love Hari through her quirky personality and their shared love of food. Her parents quietly absorb his love declaration, and Mom breaks the silence by inviting Tae-mu to stay a little longer and join them for a drink.

Dad says he will go downstairs to finish closing up the restaurant, and he’ll be back up in a few minutes to join them. Tae-mu offers to help him, and once they’re alone downstairs, Dad privately admits to Tae-mu that he’s worried about how Hari will be viewed now that she’s dating her rich boss. He knows there will be people who will look down on her because of her poor upbringing. Tae-mu cannot promise that they won’t face scrutiny, but he swears to protect her to the best of his — and his family’s — ability.

The next morning, Tae-mu has a meeting with Min-woo in his office to discuss the termination of Min-woo’s contract. Tae-mu lets the chef know that they’ve decided to go in a different direction and won’t be including him in future cooking segments like they’d previously discussed.

Min-woo is annoyed and assumes Tae-mu is acting out of jealousy and spite, but Tae-mu explains that Hari intended to quit the project if Min-woo didn’t. When it came down to who was a more valuable asset to the company, the decision was obvious: Min-woo was replaceable. Only a fool would not recognize Hari’s worth. (Feel that Min-woo? ‘Cause ya burnt!)

Time begins skipping forward in small increments, starting with a jump to the filming of Hari and Tae-mu’s first cooking video. Everyone is surprised by Tae-mu’s cooking skills and the ease with which Hari is able to converse with him in front of the camera. Their video also goes viral, and the comments about Tae-mu’s good looks come flooding in. Min-woo is a forgotten footnote. The fans are all about Tae-mu and the adorable way he starts to ramble when talking about food.

Tae-mu uses the success of their video as an excuse to pop down to Team One and discuss ideas for their next online segment. He finds Hari alone, and he can’t help but give her a back hug and nuzzle her neck a little bit.

She jerks out of his grasp when she hears her coworkers coming and drags him into the supply closet with her. While Hari presses her ear to the door, Tae-mu grumbles that he’s her boss and there’s nothing suspicious about him checking up on her work. Oh… right…

Hari tells him to wait in the storage room, and she will lure her team away for lunch so he can sneak out. When she leaves, Tae-mu mutters under his breath that he’s tired of hiding in closets. He waits until he thinks the coast is clear and exits, but he comes face to face with Eui-ju, who came back to get her purse. She raises an eyebrow, but she says nothing.

A couple months later, the success of the videos has grown exponentially. Kevin has been given his own team and taken over the Team One’s previous product development projects so that Eui-ju, Hari, and Hye-ji can focus on creating recipes for the Hari and Tae-mu video segments, which have grown to become a key marketing strategy for the company.

Hari even started a series of “Food Hack” videos, which feature Hari and Ta-mu taking one of GoFood’s frozen products and embellishing it with fresh ingredients and side dishes. Kevin storms into Team One’s office, annoyed that they would take one of his team’s products and hack it, suggesting it needs improvement. Eui-ju, his now wife, just rolls her eyes.

He storms out of the office with his team trailing behind him, but while they board the arriving elevator, Kevin circles back to apologize to Eui-ju and explain that his tough-guy behavior was just an act to keep up appearances in front of his subordinates.

On his way back to the elevators, however, he spots Hari and Tae-mu coming out of the stairwell and — he rubs his eyes — are they holding hands? He takes off his glasses to clean them on his shirt, but when he looks back up, Hari and Tae-mu are standing five feet apart. Hari loudly — and entirely for Kevin’s benefit — explains that she will get “right to that request.”

Meanwhile, Young-seo is becoming impatient about a little thing called marriage, but Sung-hoon isn’t the problem. See, when Hari started dating Tae-mu, Young-seo began daydreaming about having a double wedding with her bestie. Since her man and Hari’s man are like brothers, it seemed like the perfect plan, but — much to Young-seo’s disappointment — Hari doesn’t seem to be in a rush to skip down the aisle. Despite all Hari’s recent accomplishments, she’s still concerned that they aren’t enough to fend off the gossip and speculation that her success was handed to her by her rich boss boyfriend.

Without Hari realizing it, though, Young-seo has been helping to carefully craft Hari’s image by directing the film crew to edit the videos to feature the romance between Hari and Tae-mu. Oh! Did Tae-mu just pick a random carrot out of Hari’s hair? Yes, camera man, let’s zoom in on that frame.

Between all the onscreen flirting and not-so-subtle hand holding at work, Hari and Tae-mu’s relationship has become the worst kept company secret ever. Funnily enough, Hari is so busy that she isn’t aware that the employees have already started to gossip. The couple’s chemistry has netizens going wild with speculation, and most viewers ship them as the world’s cutest foodie couple.

Well, Young-seo doesn’t have to wait much longer because Hari and Tae-mu’s successful video series came with an unexpected complication that neither of them anticipated: they’re now online celebrities.

And — gasp! — a fan took a picture of them while they were out on a date! And… let’s just say… there’s no believable way for them to pull the ol’ “we’re just friends” card.

Hari is terrified about how the scandal will affect her at work, so imagine her surprise when she walks into work following the scandal and finds out that her relationship is “old news.” She spends the whole day wondering when the other shoe will drop, so when she’s summoned to the chairman’s office, she just knows something bad has happened. The board of directors is probably mad at Tae-mu.

She is on edge, so when she opens the door and Young-seo pops open a celebratory bottle of champagne, Hari immediately falls back in surprise, extremely confused why everyone is gathered and… happy?

Turns out their leaked romance was the good kind of scandal, like when news broke that Sohn Ye-jin and Hyun Bin were dating in real life. The public is painting Hari as a modern day Cinderella, and they’re rooting for her and Tae-mu! The company has even seen a spike in sales since the fan photo was leaked on the internet! Hari is so overwhelmed by the news that she cries a few happy tears.

Tae-mu decides to celebrate with Hari by taking her back to his place so he can cook for her, but when they get to his apartment, their excitement turns into passion. They move from the kitchen to the bedroom, and sexy music begins playing in the background — as if we needed an auditory clue to signal that Tae-mu was about to unleash his inner archaeopteryx and escort Hari — and Rachel and Samantha — to Pleasureville…

…off screen and out of sight. (What did you think I was going to write!? This isn’t Netflix!)

The next morning we’re treated to a gratuitous chocolate ab shower scene because a drama so entrenched in tropes would be remiss to exclude one. Following his shower, Tae-mu gently nudges Hari awake and escorts her home. After dropping her off, he begins planning Operation Marriage Proposal.

The anniversary of their fake one-year anniversary arrives, and Tae-mu takes Hari on a recreation of their first (non-blind) date. This time, while Hari shops for a dress, she makes Tae-mu try on suits. They both settle on a new outfit to wear to dinner, but before Tae-mu swipes his unlimited card, he advises Hari to do a few stretches to test the strength of the dress. She playfully hits his chest but humors him by doing a few jumping jacks to prove she won’t be having another wardrobe malfunction.

Next stop is the restaurant. Once again — because Grandpa owns it — Tae-mu and Hari have the whole dining area to themselves. The staff clears the table in preparation for dessert, and as Hari thanks the waitress, she knocks her purse to the floor. Tae-mu sighs and rolls his eyes. “You’re always doing that and getting into trouble,” he says and stoops down to get it for her.

But instead of picking up the purse, he kneels and opens a ring box. Hari gasps, and Tae-mu gives a squee-inducing speech about how he fell in love with her on their fake anniversary. Before he met her, he was a workaholic who’d forgotten how to live, but ever since she crashed into his life and called him an archaeopteryx, he’s never been the same. Hari accepts his proposal, and the staff brings out a celebratory cake.

Tae-mu drives Hari home, and he escorts her inside her family’s restaurant so they can announce the happy news together. They both stop in their tracks, though, when they see Grandpa seated at one of the tables watching Be Strong Geum-hee — it’s one of those 200+ episode dramas — with Hari’s dad. Grandpa cheers when Geum-hee uses one of GoFood’s products — a box of frozen white kimchi dumplings — to smack the woman trying to seduce her man.

Grandpa notices Tae-mu and Hari gaping at him, and he explains that he couldn’t wait to meet his future in-laws. As Grandpa bites into his chicken and grumbles in pleasure, Dad smiles at them, and it’s clear any concerns he had about Hari being accepted by Tae-mu’s family are dissipated.

The day of the wedding finally arrives! Hari and Young-seo greet guests together in the bridal room and pose for pictures with their friends. Yoo-ra and Min-woo are noticeably absent (because they weren’t invited), but the Gossip Gals mention in passing that Yoo-ra and Min-woo are engaged… after first breaking up and getting back together again. (Let’s be real, the fart kazoo and underwear stain deserve each other.)

Eui-ju, Kevin, and Hye-ji are their next visitors, and Eui-ju warns that she’s not going to give Hari any preferential treatment just because she’s married to the boss. Guests continue to drop in on the brides until it’s time for the ceremony to start, and Hari and Young-seo walk down the aisle on either side of Hari’s father. He hands them off to their respective grooms, and the couples exchange vows.

After the ceremony, Grandpa takes the brides’ hands and looks at them with pleading eyes and says, “I’m not getting any younger, so I’m counting on you to give me great-grandbabies soon.”

“Well…” Young-seo says quietly, looking in Sung-hoon’s direction. Sung-hoon shrugs, giving her silent permission to reveal that she’s already pregnant! Grandpa is so happy he starts crying happy tears.

The drama ends with the brides, grooms, Grandpa, and Kevin doing a choreographed dance routine to Gugudan’s “Not My Type” (because meta).

And they live happily ever after.

 
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YES! This is the ending Business Proposal should have had! I completely agree with your reasons for why it didn't work. And I love how your ending picks up all those threads that the ending dropped, like how Grandpa and her dad were both watching the k-drama and how both Hari and Tae-mu love to cook. I especially love your truck of doom amnesia concern and then Tae-mu being loopy and confessing his love. Hilarious! And also, Grandpa calling them both his grandsons. Thanks so much for this ending :)

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Kathykat, I also like to see the scene that Grandpa and Har's Dad watching "Be Strong, Geum-hee" together in the chicken restaurant. It showed their common interest in the show, meanwhile linking to Hari who used to be in disguise. Moreover, Grandpa seemed to have expressed that he would like to meet his future in-laws in a restaurant like this.

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Nice, applause, a major improvement over the original -- Hari actually develops feelings for Tae-mu, instead of remaining stuck in her obsession over Min-woo and only pursuing Tae-mu out of jealousy.

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Oh man, why wasn’t this the ending? So good!

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I'd like to remember Business Proposal only this way. This was so good DaebakGrits. Where do you work again? Is it administration? Besides being a writer at Dramabeans you should give scriptwriting a serious try. Loved every bit of this recap as I've loved the entire show. It's totally on par with the rest of the show and is clearly a more suitable ending.

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I second everyone’s comment: this is a much better, in fact a brilliant, version of the ending. The original last two eps were awful it affected my feeling for the whole drama very badly.

Your version is very fun even to read! I loved that you chose to keep some bits that actually WORKED in the original (e.g., how HR’s father concerned about how his daughter would be viewed by the employees once they learnt of the relationship), and created your new, better version for the rest. I imagined the ending as you suggested and it should be so much better than what we were given. Really, come to think of it, the last two eps made me believe they were written by someone else entirely. They put all the tropes there and made the show become so serious. How it lost its spark in the last two eps has puzzled me a great deal.

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So good. Fixed so many loose threads! I'll just assume this was the ending from now 👏👏.

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YES YES YES!

CAN WE GET A REMAKE OF THE LAST TWO EPISODES? BRILLIANT!!!!!

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p.s. Can't you CGI the girls into wedding dresses???

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The girls were CGIed into wedding dresses. Tae-mu and Hari are What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, and Sung-hoon and Young-seo are True Beauty.

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@daebakgrits I admire your keeness! You even used Photoshop to make it better! Thank you for this ending.

I agree with your points. I don't understand how the writer couldn't see the evidence, it was so easy. It's not like the story and the characters were deep and needed a complicated closure...

Wedding and grandkids always were the purpose of this drama!

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Thank you! <3 I had way too much fun playing around in Photoshop. hahaha

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And now this is our ending to 2022 cliche romcom Business Proposal. Incorporating all the pivotal and side characters was just ✅.
I definitely have peace of mind with this at the back of my mind, replacing the last two episodes. The melancholic vibe that was added really offset the mood.

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YES, @daebakgrits, YES!! Thank you for this perfect ending that kept within the spirit and humor of the drama. I love how you wrapped up loose ends and even utilized the annoying Yoo-Jung for good. THANK YOU for all your hard work and giving us this gift!
🥰💝👏🏼👏🏼

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Lonestar Girl, I also like how Yoo-Jung was used. She liked Sung-hoon so much that she became an ally of Young-seo, and her speaking style is such fun to watch and hear.

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Yes, Yoo-jung was hilarious! I loved every minute she was on screen, so I had to give her a proper send-off!

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yeah! big clapping for this!

Thank you for this much better ending!!!!! You blended it in perfectly, so I'm just going to choose this as the real ending rather than what we got.

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I loved this show. It may be the only time I have ever looked forward to a Monday.

I also submitted an alternate ending for BUSINESS PROPOSAL- but Daebakgrits obviously got hers in first (I just emailed mine yesterday). So, you will probably not be seeing it published as two alternate endings would definitely be redundant. But I did want the people who had noticed that I had promised to do so that I kept my promise.

Of course, DaebakGrits had the advantage of having written the 'Squeecaps' that we all appreciated so much. I absolutely loved them.

I like this alternate ending. The key to ending this great show well was to draw on what actually happened in the previous ten episodes and then simply make a logical extension to a logical resolution based upon what had happened before and the actual characters as we saw them before. The most glaring example of this was the Grandpa we saw in the first ten episodes and the completely altered Grandpa we saw in the last two.

It seems possible that the actual collaboration between the webtoon authors and the screenwriters had actually ceased before the eleventh episode. That is why we were given a mashup of standard tropes that simply did not really flow that well from the previous story. It may be that it was hard for the webtoon writers to imagine an ending to a webtoon which has not actually concluded yet: Episode 115 of the webtoon will post in 4 days.

Daebakgrits was absolutely right to call this the break-out romcom hit of 2022- and not just because of the ratings which clearly showed that. There is a good chance that it will lead to better Korean rom-coms in the future as entertainment executives take note of what happened. It turns out that trying to add makjang, thriller or corporate and political corruption angles to a romcom will actually diminish its appeal and reduce the audience share. You can bet that there are other webtoons, mangas, manwhas and web novels out there that have the classic elements needed to repeat the success of BUSINESS PROPOSAL. I would be shocked if there were not already a small host of junior executives out there who have been tasked with finding those which could be successfully adapted to a live action show. So, with a bit of luck, this show may prove to be more than a one hit wonder but rather transformative or at least a step forward for K-dramas.

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OldLawyer, I agree with what you said about the logical connection between the previous ten episodes and the last two. Grandpa demanded Tae-mu's blind date and we shall return to him, and finally see the change of his mind and attitude. I especially applaud BP's classic elements, one of which being the growth of man in love, at such a stressful time.
Thanks.

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Just seconding everyone here. Why didn't the show hire @daebakgrits to write the final episodes?

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A hearty Amen to that thought.

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Oh, wow! With this ending, this would have been the best rom-com ever!.

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That’s really true, it would have been.

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In any language at that

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😂😂😂
This made my night,I am laughing like a loon right now, and though I enjoyed the original ending, I really wished we got this ending too. Thank you for this ❤️

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Why every happy ending romance story has to end with wedding? Wedding is not life achievement or equal with happiness/sadness for some.

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In play writing the classic saying is that "every tragedy ends in a funeral, every comedy ends in a wedding". No one would suggests that a wedding is a lifetime achievement- not even the Grandpa from this comedy. It is simply the fitting end to one story.

Nor does even have to be the ending of this kind of story. MISCHEIVIOUS KISS: LOVE IN TOKYO, the best version of the classic manga "Itazurra Na Kissu" has a second season- which is the story of what happens after the wedding. It is actually the best part of the story- the one where we really see our characters grow.

In real life do we always get happily ever after, after w wedding? No, but there are plenty of dramas that tell that story. But those stories are not comedies- and this one was and that is why the ending fits.

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Sorry to be party pooper 😂 I really dont know which happily ever after love story fits with wedding ending which doesn't. I think ABP ending is just fine.
Wedding is overrated LOL

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Well, no it's not. But Business Proposal has original source material where THE WEDDING is the origin of the story. So when THE WEDDING was not shown in the drama (just hinted that it will definitely happen OFF CAMERA), the viewers felt cheated. When the premise was built as if THE WEDDING will definitely be shown (but it wasn’t) so yeah, felt like the writer just threw the emotions you’ve invested following the drama every week out of the window. It’s a happy ending but it’s not a satisfying happy ending to watch.

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Ahh the webtoon ends with wedding. I see

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I agree with you, 100% (and I even maintain that couples not ending up together is still a happy ending (ref.2521)). However, for ABP, it has unabashedly used trope after trope but still managed to subvert them for great comedy for almost its entire run. Thus, a double wedding trope (with a dance routine as @daebakgrits has written) would have been a fitting funny send-off.

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Thank you so much @daebakgrits! I love ❤️ this ending so much more. You've ticked all the boxes for me!

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You’re the best, @DaebakGrits! If we can't watch your ending, then the next best thing is to see it through Photoshopped pictures with subtitles. What was even the point of making Grandpa a fan of Be Strong, Geum-hee if he was just going to turn into the mother-in-law, or Dad if not for our in-laws to bond over the drama? I adored the throwbacks of Yoo-jung's English whose voice I can hear in my head and Ha-min's fixation on his brother-in-law's car. While Young-seo had an ulterior motive for her own wedding, her masterminding the public's acceptance of Hari and Tae-mu's relationship deserves a raise, which her boss can pay back with more embarrassing video of Sung-hoon.

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They really did drop the ball on the drama-within-a-drama plotline! It was one of biggest peeves about the finale, so I had to fix it!

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Yes, yes, yes!!! And you fixed it brilliantly - I now *so* want to see a white-kimchi-box slap! Standing Ovation, @daebakgrits - a sublimely happy and appropriate ending that kept the humour strong to the end. Ah, what might have been...

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Well, this is simply BRILLIANT and I laughed from the picture of Grandpa’s eyebrows all the way to the cockroach. @daebakgrits, you make this look easy but I know how much work you must have put in here, it’s stupendous! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Thank you, @bbstl! It didn't feel like work because I was having so much fun.

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Oh, I’m glad! It shows that you were having a blast, thanks for sharing it with us!😄

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I lift a shot of soju to salute you @daebakgrits and upend the glass over my head to testify to a perfect finish! From now on I will pretend that this was really a 13 episode show and your script is the finale. A Daebak-director's cut, if you will.
Not kidding about the soju - I found some!

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If I had some soju to solute you back with, I would. Instead, I raise my coffee mug to you! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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I think it's okay to bring conflict and goes to serious tone in the second half to give the drama abit realism and not too fairytale like without addresing the issue. because let's admit it, The problem is not lie in super rich meet commoner, more about CEO date one of His coworker. in reality, you will get alot of nosy and jealousy coworker and they have a point of why it look like the award give to her due to her connection dating President Kang.

At to the point, they havent resolved with Min Woo Hari and Yoo ra storyline that should be take the screentime more to give resolution before dating Tae Mu. Yoo ra has a point of why she insecure about hari relationship with Min Woo. For me the second half shoukd be treatbmore serious tone instead of unnecesary hide and seek dating that drag the plot so much. a serious tone doesn't mean it turn into melodrama.

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Missjb, I agree with you on the the Min-woo and Yoo-ra storyline. I also expect the couple to be invited to the wedding. In the original version, it was touching to see Hari reflect on her own stalking Min-woo for seven years. She was kind and courageous.

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There is no proper closure between Min Woo-Yoora- Hari. It's all ambiguous even till the end. I wonder if too much delete scene make drama feels incomplete.

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Love this!! 💕 My memory for drama endings that were soso is not good, so this will definitely live in my head now!

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@daebakgrits
Ahhhh this is the ending I'm going to remember. Bless you that was so fun and it fit perfectly with how I see the characters. I missed awesome Grandpa.

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Katrina, I also would like to see more of how Grandpa accepted Hari and had good time with grandchildren and in-laws.

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It's been forever and a day since I've commented. But had to give this a hearty two thumbs up.

There's only one thing I'd suggest changing: the sloppy Netflix-required sex scene (even if it's only implied they have sex).

There's two reasons why.
First, because that's where the original script went astray. It adopted the Hollywood formula that people sleeping together is the dramatic resolution and finale that the audience is looking for. But it isn't. The emptiness felt at the ending of this show proves that. We WANT to be wooed by romance of the heart; and for the dramatic tension to be resolved by all-in, no-holds-barred, you're-the-only-one-for-me commitment.

The second reason I wished they hadn't included a sex scene is because of the dynamic between the leads. It's just my take, and isn't a criticism of the actors, so please don't get offended by it. But it seemed that the leads had very different levels of comfort expressing sexuality in front of the camera. She was willing to express passion onscreen, while he very clearly felt uncomfortable with it.

I saw that as refreshing. It was like he didn't feel honest doing what he was being asked to do. And it made him tense. I found myself wishing they left it out entirely. Because in a weird way it felt abusive.

It makes sense if you think of how the romantic scenes must impact the actors on a personal level. Either you're amoral and will sleep with anyone. Or you have to figure out a way to keep your emotional distance during the physical contact. That normally results in sex scenes that are crude, sloppy, animalistic, and painfully unrealistic.

I applaud him that he clearly didn't want to 'go there.' And for the fact that he didn't need the sex scene for his character. He was able to get hearts beating faster through actual acting...the artistry of genuinely adoring looks, the tension of first-crush skinship and the joy and promise of a simple lingering kiss. Truly that's the magic of Kdramas.

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Kim Se-jeong said the bed scene was improvised because it was only implied in the script "They kiss and now it's morning." The leads do sleep together in the webtoon, so it wasn't a Netflix requirement since it's SBS, but I agree that the drama didn't need it because the allure of their romance was sweet compared to the second couple who was steamy. But if this scene had been on their honeymoon, then at least we wouldn't have been robbed of our wedding.

I'd change her clothes especially her bathrobe in bed to a tube top to give the illusion. When he was staring at her sweetly, I really wanted him to say, "I wish I could wake up to this sight every morning."

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Loved the image of grandpa and Haris's father watching the drama together!!!!
Thank you soo much! I loved it!

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DaebakGrits, I really enjoy reading your version of ending. I especially resonate with you on the following two points--
1) A changed Grandpa. He accepted Hari and even prompted Tae-mu to marry her. He would also feel happy for Sung-hoon and Young-seo. He would join the accompany of Hari's Dad, for they could watch their favourite show together and he did enjoy dining in an ordinary restaurant as in the show.
2) Young-seo's involvement in Go Food is brilliant. Planning a cooking show was not only her expertise, but also a clever way to create a modern Cinderella and an anticipated marriage.
However, I might treat Min-woo and Yoo-ra differently because of who Hari is. In the original show, even after Yoo-ra harmed her reputation, Hari was forgiving when she tried to put herself in Yoo-ra's shoes.
Your ending really makes the story funnier, and more memorable with the right logic.
Remaking the ending not being possible, we can thus expect a Season 2 with these brilliant ideas?
Thank you.

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@naomi316 I'm glad you liked my alternate ending! Other than Yoo-ra/Min-woo, of course. ;-) Honestly, my logic behind how I concluded their story arc in my alternate ending was rooted in the fact that I feel like we got proper closure for them in episode 10. When Hari told Min-woo to go back to Yoo-ra at the wine bar, she acknowledged her role in their relationship issues, and I felt the moment was also symbolic in her sending him away from her as both a friend and a crush. I don't really think much more is needed than that because I just see them naturally drifting apart after that, as Hari intentionally sets boundaries and focuses more on her career and relationship with Tae-mu.

Maybe, they would have have been invited to the wedding, though, so perhaps I was remiss in saying that. Although I do see Tae-mu putting up a fight about inviting Min-woo, and even if Hari had gotten her way and invited them, I don't think Yoo-ra (and Min-woo) would have accepted the invitation. hahaha.

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Episode 10 is not closure at all. It's even more add fire to their relationship. That meeting is one of the reason that make Yoora even feeling more insecure.
Hari Confess to Yoora, she regret not to tell Min Woo Yoora two timing in the past. It can be means, If she tell MW about Yoora being two timing, She has a chance to be together with Min Woo. No wonder the girl insecure, add to MW's reaction.

More over, Hari's feeling towards Min Woo is still ambiguous even until the end. She confess she has feeling to him in FINAL episode. Their scene is very short, but once their scene appear, It never resolved the issue.

I don't get about Writers intend to their story. It makes relationship between Hari and Tae Mu in awkwards situation, iMO.

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Well maybe her feelings about Min Woo seem ambiguous even in the final episode, but … as we now have read, that was in the WRONG ENDING ! 😉

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@daebakgrits I also think Min-woo / Yoo-ra would not accept the wedding invitation:)
Thank you for your brilliant recaps, a double joy that accompanied this wonderful show!

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100 PERCENT this is the exact right ending! You nailed this...everything we wanted is here. Especially more of Grandpa, and everyone watching the soap opera. Thank you.

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Holy cow, @daebakgrits! Amazing! THIS IS THE REAL ENDING. I refuse to even remember that there was another possibility.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Thank you @daebakgrits for fixing the ending of BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
One thousand percent better than the one writers-nim gave us.

I hope the writers are not in la la land (speaking of which would you care to take a shot at fixing the ending of DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL?) and think because the ratings remained high that everyone adored the ending they provided.

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I appreciated the little redemption arc for annoying cousin Yoo-jung. I am assuming she was invited to the wedding/reception. That would have been an interesting table.

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I love this ending 😃. Thank you!

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YES! A thousand resounding yes.
How do we get this made.

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Oh my. This is 1000x better than the one we got! Love how detailed this is and so true to the characters and the story. Of course, I couldn't expect anything less of @daebakgrits. Your love for the show just oozes in your writing. There's a rumor that SBS will release extra episodes. If it's real, hope it'd at least be half as good as this.

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Perfect.

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HA HA! I think I will remember this as the ending.
The funny thing is that as I was reading it, there were multiple places where I thought, yes! this is the ending! and then it kept going, lol!
The only thing I would change is that I would skip the wedding and just go right to the afternoon BBQ with babies and toddlers in tow, all fawning over Grandpa.
And I might even include the ex-boyfriend-cook with his own babies and toddlers in tow. Just to have an overall happy ending, which is what this drama deserves.

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Can we send this ending to netflix for them to do a special episode? But tbh, I wish the scene where Taemoo gets over his trauma is in here too. But, love love the video segment idea that I wish I could watch for real.

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What a great recap !
This is really what I wanted to see.
Thank you so much for providing us with these good episodes retaining the trope submervise and fun atmosphere of the drama.

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Delurking to say this is an awesome awesome ending, way better than I could have ever imagined myself! Yes, Grandpa said at the start of the show that he would love to meet his in-laws at a chicken restaurant how could they not have that scene?! He's such a scamp, he would have charmed the socks off of Hari's parents. I love how your alternate ending is so detailed. Brilliant idea for Young Seo's new job to be a cleverly orchestrated video campaign with multiple purposes - selling more food and selling Tae Mu and Hari's relationship, squee!! Thank you for your recaps and this alternate ending, I enjoyed them very much.

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This is such a well written ending! Thank you SO MUCH for tying all the threads and letting our imaginations go wild and happy! The edited graphics with subtitles do so much to make the scenes real!! Bravo!!

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The premise was to get these young people married. It was ridiculous how much time was wasted on wrapping up side plots while merely side-swiping the main plot line. I agree about the reasons it didn't work. This show DESERVED to give viewers a wedding to conclude the plot....and great-grandchildren, too! Time-skip should have been to the maternity ward.....

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Wow, @DaebakGrits, you really gave this ending some thought and, as both @Naomi316 and Bong-Soo point out, you've brought the fathers/grandfathers-in-law together and you've redeemed Yoo-jung. I love how you created mystery and anticipation around Tae-moo and Ha-ri's online cooking show by getting Young-seo to harness the shipping-power of netizens. Such a brilliant use of tropes that, as you sussed out, were sadly missing from the original last two episodes. And thank you for finding and creating such fitting visuals to go with your ending. This is a worthy ending!

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Glad you enjoyed my alternate ending! <3

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