Jinxed at First: Episodes 15-16 (Final)
As our heroine senses doom approaching, she scrambles to find a way to stop her terrible vision from happening. But even if she can change the future, there may be a price to pay in return.
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP
The goodbyes start early, as Mi-su moves out to a seaside cottage with Chairman Sun, who’s still unresponsive. Before she leaves, Mi-su says a private goodbye to Seul-bi, urging her to live a normal life from here on out.
The rest of Mi-su’s story is short and sad. After some time caring for Chairman Sun, she’s overcome with longing. Crying that every moment spent with him was precious (which isn’t how I remember it, but okay), she wishes for just a little more time. Then she uses the very last of her power to free him from the curse.
The effort causes her to fall unconscious, and her strength never fully returns. Chairman Sun has to take care of her in the ensuing days until she passes peacefully if sorrowfully. It’s far from the ending I would have chosen for her, but the one tiny consolation is that Chairman Sun has to live the rest of his miserable life alone and full of regret.
Due to the scandal, Min-joon’s prospective mother-in-law calls off the wedding, but his fiancée Jang-kyung isn’t having that. She shows up with her suitcases as soon as her mother leaves the hotel, not at all deterred by the circumstances or her family’s disapproval.
Dong-sik isn’t ready to throw in the towel on his revenge, either. He spreads another rumor through the media, this time that the female shamans are actually witches who cursed and manipulated the leadership of Geumhwa Group to accomplish their own purposes.
Despite having stood up for Seul-bi before, the shopkeepers panic, worrying that they may have already doomed themselves by holding her hands in the past. So when Seul-bi stops by with handmade invitations for them to come visit her at the hotel, they all make up excuses and turn her away.
It takes Hyun-tae and Su-kwang taking them to task and explaining the horrible reality of Seul-bi’s childhood for the shopkeepers to hang their heads and sheepishly accept the invitations. Then they all pretend they never once doubted her.
While everyone is gathered at the hotel, Dong-sik enacts his next plan. He pretends he wants to turn himself in so he can get Su-kwang away from Seul-bi, and then calls her and orders her to come to him secretly and alone. If she refuses or tells anyone, he’ll kill Yoon-ho and Dae-sik, whom he’s kidnapped. Oh, and detonate the bomb he’s set at the hotel.
Seul-bi does as he says, knowing as she does that her vision of Su-kwang’s demise is inching ever closer. When she arrives, he forces her to sit with him as though they’re on a dinner date, saying he wants to own all of her – including but not limited to her powers.
Fortunately, Su-kwang and Yoon-ho were prepared for this. Yoon-ho intentionally got himself kidnapped so they could find where Dong-sik was hiding, and left clues so his assistant could alert Su-kwang and the police.
Su-kwang arrives on the scene just in time to distract Dong-sik from assaulting Seul-bi, but when he reaches them, Dong-sik has a gun to Seul-bi’s head. Su-kwang’s efforts to talk him down just agitate Dong-sik more. Terrified for Su-kwang, Seul-bi grabs Dong-sik’s hand and draws on her power to take control of him.
Dong-sik blames her for ruining his life and calls her a witch, so a life-ruining witch she shall become. Both Dong-sik and Su-kwang stare in horror as she magically forces Dong-sik to aim the gun at his own head.
But before she can kill Dong-sik, Su-kwang pulls her away. He has to hold her tightly and kiss her to bring her back to herself, and then she falls weakly in his arms as he assures her everything will be okay now. And that’s when Dong-sik shoots him. Seul-bi sobs over his lifeless form as Dong-sik flees downstairs, ready to shoot anyone standing in his way – including Min-joon, who’s just arrived.
In her grief, Seul-bi screams for Su-kwang to come back. Summoning her full powers, she stops time just like she did the first time Dong-sik kidnapped them. And then she turns time backward to just before Dong-sik pulled the trigger.
This time, Seul-bi warns Su-kwang about the gun. He dodges and tackles Dong-sik, and they both fall to the ground level. Su-kwang is unharmed, but Dong-sik took the brunt of the impact and can’t seem to move. By the time Su-kwang gets back upstairs, Seul-bi has vanished, leaving only her necklace behind.
Months pass with no sign of her, and life moves on. Dong-sik joins his father in prison, but now he’s completely unresponsive. Looks like the curse found its rightful recipient after all. Min-joon sells Geumhwa Group off and becomes the CEO of a publishing house for Jang-kyung’s novels.
Su-kwang and Yoon-ho don’t give up searching for Seul-bi, but every supposed sighting turns out to be a dead end. Until one day, that is, when Su-kwang gets a call from an elderly woman in a small town. Sure enough, Seul-bi is with her. But she has no memories of who she is, so she’s using the name of the woman’s runaway granddaughter for now.
Seul-bi’s cheery personality has returned, and with it a plenty of sass and wit. She’s had droves of men try to convince her she’s their long-lost girlfriend, sister, wife, etc., so she turns up her nose at Su-kwang and tells him he might as well be on his way.
He sticks around anyway, waiting for her to warm up to him. It takes some time, but she finally realizes they have matching rings (Su-wang gave it to her after her mother left) and decides to give him a chance. They return to Seoul together, but nothing seems to jog her memory – not Min-joon or the hotel, not the marketplace, and definitely not the shopkeepers reenacting a summary of the entire drama.
When none of that works, Seul-bi and Su-kwang decide to just get married anyway. Which is fine, I guess, since they both agreed, but it just feels very weird and rushed, and almost as if it’s not really Seul-bi.
Still, they live happily together and start a family. Five years later, on a visit to the church, their son shows Su-kwang photos he took with Seul-bi – photos showing the same rock carvings she’d found years ago. Su-kwang looks at her with expectation, and she gives him a knowing smile. Her memories are back. (Maybe.)
And that’s how it ends. Which wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, so points for that, I guess? I think what frustrates me the most about Jinxed as a whole are the tiny bits and pieces that could have made a fun and compelling story if they’d been done well and all the other stuff had been left out. Like Min-joon’s entire arc, and Seul-bi growing from sheltered and naïve to confidently taking charge of her own life.
But this is the story we were given, and since we can’t turn back time and change it, I’m at least glad to be done with it and moving on to the next (better) one.