Forecasting Love and Weather: Episodes 15-16 (Final)
The weather is getting colder, the season is turning, and it’s time to check in on each of our couples one last time and bid them farewell.
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP
In what feels like a week of dramaland finales, it’s also time to close the door on Forecasting. While the storylines themselves concluded nicely and gave us what we hoped for, I can’t say I’m left with any strong emotional response.
At my most unkind I would say this drama had next to no charm and merely told some love stories set to a metaphor-heavy weather backdrop. At my kindest, I would say it left us the message that no matter the obstacles we face in our relationships, there’s always a way through, as long as both parties are willing to do the work and put their heart into it. And now, onto the action!
Despite it blowing up in her face last time, Ha-kyung still feels like it’s her duty to help Shi-woo mend his relationship with his father — especially now that he’s hospitalized and needs a biopsy. He’s still all kinds of trouble, and the cops even show up at the hospital to arrest him for his latest scam, but for the first time there’s a glimmer of humanity in the man.
As much as I don’t really like using what turns out to be his cancer diagnosis to change his heart, that’s exactly what happens. And eventually, Shi-woo finds enough room in his heart to take his father back, and they mend their relationship before it’s too late.
Back at the office, our team has its usual bouts of trouble, like another director freaking out (literally) when they overturn his forecast, a new crop of trainees, Soo-jin deciding to stay with the team, and some knowledge dropping from General Director Ko, who gives us our final metaphor of the drama. He’s not only the forecaster with the highest accuracy record, but he later confides to Ha-kyung that he’s also the forecaster with the lowest record.
What does this mean? We have to be willing to take risks and go out on a limb – in love, and in weather forecasting. It’s this theme that carries us into our final arc of the show, which is Ha-kyung and Shi-woo reuniting.
I’m not sure whether it’s the slowly evolving hairdo or the forearm muscles, but this is the first time in the drama that Shi-woo had some appeal for me — no longer the headstrong puppy we met in Episode 1, he’s now more mature and has grown a lot through his relationship with Ha-kyung.
After coming clean to the office about their breakup and dancing around each other some more, they both come to the same conclusion as the drama comes to a close. It’s the first snow of the season — and Shi-woo and Ha-kyung not only took a chance on the forecast, but on love. They meet up accidentally at the observatory at the same time, and it’s all first snow magic and reignited love.
As for our second lead couple, they also get their footing back after a rocky period. But first, we’re treated to Ki-joon secretly looking up baby stuff at work and melting, and then maybe my favorite scene of the drama, where he and Yoo-jin hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time and everything changes for them.
They might not be perfect — and Ki-joon might still have growing up to do — but Yoo-jin and the baby will surely be the making of him. Their relationship might have started on a lot of misconceptions, but it’s nice to see them settle into a more realistic and mature relationship as the story ends.
For Dong-han, well, it’s a little more frustrating. Despite putting in effort and trying to be a husband and a father, his stupid job demands too much from him. During the scene when they call him back to the office to deal with the director who’s getting violent, I was literally yelling, “Nooo go to Bomi’s birthday dinner! Someone else can deal with it!” Dong-han goes back (and it of course has repercussions on his family), but this scene was really created so that Shi-woo could protect Ha-kyung — and that accidental punch-out was definitely worth the chuckle.
Dong-han doesn’t get anywhere in his relationship until his wife finally reaches the point where she can be honest with him. She says she doesn’t want to hear him apologize – she wants to hear him thank her for waiting for him so many years. He does the thing, and they hug, and we’re left to believe they will stay married. But dude, this woman and her resentment. Why is everything Dong-han’s fault? Every other couple had a reciprocity going on, except this one.
Our final happy endings belong to Myung-joo and her husband (who is now taking responsibility as the man of the house) and to our Penguin Couple. They’re caught by Tae-kyung’s mother, who questions the couple… which leads to a hugely TMI conversation between them. I’m left wondering why this couple was played only for comedy, since there was a lot of depth to dig out of their relationship if they wanted to, but alas. In the end, the Penguin Couple got their happy ending, too, and Seok-ho became the publisher of Tae-kyung’s sub-par children’s book.
I can’t say I’m terribly moved by the ending of the drama and its storylines, but then again I wasn’t emotionally engaged by the story very much from the start. Still, things came full circle for each couple in meaningful ways, and I’m grateful for the positive note it ended on.
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