Given the pace of the last few episodes, I’m not surprised by this ending. It’s like they thought they’d get another season or something. But as I said last week, since they are young, an ending is only a beginning for them. However, I love closure and love to see things actually play out on screen and not in my imagination because if I wanted to imagine, wouldn’t I daydream all day instead of watching a drama?
That said, this episode tied up a few loose ends.
It begins with a callback to the first episode but instead of Seol Chan and Se Yi singing the same song separately, it’s Na Na and Seol Chan singing (him rapping) to the sad song she sang in the previous episode. It’s actually quite awesome.
We’re at the scene of Sun Woo’s epic rejection and after he calls Se Yi’s name, he makes a joke, saying she dropped her money then tells her that he won’t be able to walk her home tonight. I felt a lot more sorry for him the first time I watched it – you know, before I knew the rest of the stuff he does in the episode.
She’s rooted in place as he turns around and walks away. He stops for a moment to state that it hurts to get dumped twice. No shit, Sherlock. But then again, you’re just a glutton for punishment.
Hold up, though. Why is he constantly showing off his mankles? Yeah, I know every inch of you is sexy but these pants are so 2012. You just can’t let anything go, can you?
The crazy PD is spitting mad because Seol Chan won’t be appearing on his show. Why is he so obsessed with him? Did his wife dump him to become a Men In Black sasaeng fan? Since he can’t get Seol Chan, he comes up with Plan B and tells his head writer to dig up dirt on the rest of the Colorbar members. *sigh* The more I see him, the fuglier he gets.
While washing the dishes, Se Yi tells her mother about Adam.
At school, Na Na calls Sun Woo out for looking like death then they smile at each other. Aww. Poor child. Eun Ha and the KyuNam couple show up and greet them. They really are genuine friends now.
Seol Chan catches up with Se Yi in the hallway and I guess their non-relationship is now a relationship because he expected a call from her. He jokes that she didn’t call because she was with another man and since she has no poker face, he guesses she was with Sun Woo. She reassures him that it’s not what he thinks and when he points at her, she notices his calloused fingers.
The rest of the crew walk into school and Dumb Woo pulls a Na Na and walks in between them.
Then he taunts Seol Chan by reminding him that they’ll be meeting in the basement for practice without him.
Seol Chan calls Sun Woo for yet another love triangle talk. And to think I thought these would be over by the final episode. Seol Chan tells him to find a clue and leave Se Yi but he refuses and is going to keep going. I remember watching those makjang dramas of the early ’00s where the crazy, psychotic second lead would do things like attempt suicide or fake paralysis just to keep the lead’s love. But even those nutsos find a clue and start to redeem themselves by the final episode. But not Sun Woo which leads me to believe he’s one of those people who seems very normal, maybe they are a leader in the community/church then the cops find 15 bodies buried in their yard.
Now that Seol Chan realizes that his former friend is going to use the Goddess’s Kiss appearance to stick to Se Yi, he has to find a way to stop that from happening (oh, this riveting story line).
So he shows up to the basement and tells them that he’ll still pick the song and do the arrangement as Sun Woo strums a tune on his guitar. It’s a callback to when Sun Woo was the outsider trying to help Colorbar while Seol Chan protested.
When they leave the basement, Seol Chan whispers to Se Yi that he has some time to spend with her and Sun Woo echoes him. Oh Lord. Then Sun Woo takes her hand and pulls her away with him. What is this? I don’t know how this could be considered great television but sure, Writer. Anyway, if I were Se Yi, the words, “Bitch, get your dirty hands off me!” would have escaped my lips but that doesn’t happen so he drags her as Seol Chan follows and yells after them.
Then we see that Se Yi’s mom has been hiding in the shadows, waiting for them to leave. She goes to see Ahjussi and just as I had been expecting in the last few episodes, Se Yi has got everything wrong and it’s all a misunderstanding. So no major props from me, Drama. Her mother hasn’t cleared things up to protect her. Then we learn that Adam had also blamed Se Yi’s mom for his unfortunate circumstances till he learned that they were having a suffering too.
Then more of this love triangle thing. Jeez, I’m falling asleep. Seol Chan asks Sun Woo why he’s being so childish now and he tells him that he was told (by Na Na) that his lack of childishness was a flaw so now he’s trying to rectify it and play at Seol Chan’s level. Why is this the piece of advice you take? And you know how rich folk are supposed to be very proud and snobbish? How I wish Sun Woo had just a smidgen of that to save us all from his shameless acts.
Se Yi is inside the cafe watching them when Sun Woo turns to her and smiles. Seol Chan notices and decides to show him what real childishness is by waving his hands in front of his face. lol. It’s cute but in real life, his hand would have balled up and made contact with Sun Woo’s face. Then he turns around and cutely waves at Se Yi.
Sun Woo receives a text from Na Na to meet him. He arrives mean mugging at her and Girlfriend, let this boy go. I know he’s hot, but come on. She asks him why he’s acting crazy and he says that he’s practicing. While he can’t let her go yet, he knows that he has to one of these days. Try today, Buster.
We learn that All For One has a hidden card and Eun Ha, Do Nam and Kyu Dong discuss it. When she suggests that Na Na use her underworld connections to find out what it is, her fanboys immediately stick up for her. LOL and aww. All For One snottily passes by and our gang imagine their hidden card as this:
Nice to see Jae Rok rock the Safari (of Heartless City) hair.
While practicing in the basement, Seol Chan receives a call from his mom so he steps out to take it. He’s planning to return to his dormitory but his mom refuses. After the call, he speaks to Adam and tells him that J. Han inspired him to become a singer. Awww, nice of him.
Back at the network, PD and his writer investigate the members. She picks Na Na as her target but since the PD loves his kneecaps, he immediately tosses out the idea when he learns who her father is. Same thing for Sun Woo but for a different kind of power. Then they pick Se Yi because of her relationship with Adam. The writer complains about all the work she has to do so the PD tells her to call Seol Chan and blackmail him, which she does. So basically, if he doesn’t appear on the show, his friends’ dirty laundry will be aired. Sun Woo overhears the conversation but Seol Chan refuses to share his problems with him.
Then there’s this really boring sequence involving a whole bunch of people I don’t care about. Seol Chan confronts the PD who tells him that he will cancel the appearance if he doesn’t appear on the show. Seol Chan doesn’t want that since folks like Eun Ha and Kyu Dong would be crushed. His company president won’t allow him to do it unless he can get an awesome person called Stella to appear as the goddess. So Seol Chan goes to Ari for help since she can influence Stella. Zzz.
At school, Ma Joon Hee warns Sun Woo that the PD is up to no good since he can’t get Seol Chan. Even though he sucks, I do feel bad for him whenever he’s with Sun Woo because he clearly wants him back in his life.
As Seol Chan tries to figure out how to keep his friends’ business in the closet, Sun Woo calls him out for yet another talk. He warns him that if Se Yi (facepalm) gets hurt, he won’t let it go. I can’t imagine being Seol Chan and having to listen to someone threaten me over my own girlfriend. Can someone please give this guy a knuckle sandwich already and bring him back to his senses? Although I think even conking him repeatedly on the head with a hammer won’t do the trick.
After agreeing to kiss Ari’s feet, she relents and helps him. Now Seol Chan can appear on the program.
He goes to the basement and shares his good news with them. Everyone is happy, including Sun Woo because his precious Se Yi is now safe. They practice.
Seol Chan’s president is shocked that he was able to pull Stella and ends up adding Men In Black to the bill. And although Goddess’s Kiss now has an impressive line up, the PD doesn’t relent on dirty dishing because this story line must continue.
The PD continues to investigate Adam’s unfortunate accident and we learn what happened that night. Se Yi’s mom met him to give him her husband’s CD. He acted smug because they used to look down on his type on music but are crawling back to him now that money is tight. It looks like he’s won till she hits below the belt and tells him that his attitude is the reason she didn’t accept his heart. This is when Nawin’s sister asks for a ride.
All For One aren’t happy that the PD’s writer is going around investigating Se Yi. Does he really think that they need the opposition to be smeared to win? So Joon Hee meets up with him and warns him to back off. I love how easily these Ma kids control this PD. Hmm. If I were born a chaebol’s daughter, this drama would have a different ending.
After school, Sun Woo tries to take Se Yi to practice with him but Seol Chan claims his woman, asking Sun Woo if he’s ever taken a girlfriend home. Oh oh, he used the g-word. As to the question, considering this guy has been in “love” with Se Yi since he was under 5 feet tall, I’m going to say no… which, come to think of it, might explain a lot.
Seol Chan brings her home, shocking his mother, as the last person he brought home was Sun Woo. He takes her to his room where she sees her framed note and the sheep doll. She picks it up and asks if she should take it back and he reminds her that she was to return it when she had a boyfriend, once again confirming their status.
She looks at his picture with his parents and says that he looks just like his mom. It’s awkward for him as they aren’t related and she tells him that people who live together start to look alike. Then he asks if that means they’ll end up looking alike since they’ll be spending a lot of time together. His mother brings over some juice and soon after, snacks, to make sure things remain G-rated. And whenever she leaves the door slightly ajar, Seol Chan closes it. How cute. If that were my room, my parents would have left the door wide open and double dared me to shut it.
She eventually asks him to leave it slightly ajar because he’s got a girl with him. Embarrassed, he shuts the door, reassuring her that no hanky-panky will be taking place. Then he serenades his girlfriend with an original song – his apology for bastardizing her father’s song.
It’s a song about letting go of her pain and leaning on him so that they can smile together. And as his partner, she’s become that special person in his life. He’s confessing his love and if that were me, after the song was over, we would really have to lock the door. He takes her home.
When he returns to his home, he tells his mom what Se Yi said about them looking alike which prompts her to come to his room for a little chat. She cries as she apologizes to him. She hasn’t been able to do this for years but she’s really sorry for what she did many years ago when she was at her wit’s end. The truth is she adopted him when she wasn’t ready to be a mother. So she returned him when things got too difficult. How awful. Now this, I get. Rejected by your biological parents, rejected by your adoptive parents… the low self esteem that must develop believing you’re unwanted. There are tears in his eyes when she holds his face and tells him that she loves him. He calls her “mother” and she tells him she hopes to hear him call her “mom” soon.
To make this battle appear less of a nonentity than it is, Colorbar is told that they can’t perform the song they’d chosen and have to pick another one and arrange it in five days. It’s supposed to make the plot more dramatic but since it’s so random and transparent, it doesn’t have the desired effect.
Eun Ha writes about their predicament and gets interested in social justice. I guess she’s going to become a journalist.
Then Nawin shows up at Adam’s. He tells him he’s leaving Korea to tour the rest of Asia. He thanks him for sending him money all these years as it helped him attend a good college. But it’s time to stop now because he forgives him and he’s sure his sister forgives him too. But most of all, he needs to forgive himself. Adam weeps.
Seol Chan and Se Yi go out on a date and do her favorite thing – eat cake and feed each other. Would it really hurt for her to Google for other date ideas?
As Sun Woo leaves practice, he gets a text from Na Na about their 8th coupon and let’s just say he isn’t happy. He goes to the courtyard and the minute she walks in with a gift bag, he demands to know why she couldn’t have said whatever it is earlier. Dang, Boy. Who pissed in your orange juice? She replies, wondering if he’s going to pretend he doesn’t know why. Then she asks him if he’s thought about when their coupons expire. He replies that day. Dang x2. I have to say I didn’t expect it. I thought he wouldn’t give a date and that would be their open ending. Oh well, her first mistake was giving him an option to cut them off.
As tears form, she confirms that there’s really no hope for them. Then she grabs his guitar and asks him to sing a final song for her. She’d previously told him that there’s no use in making a girl laugh a hundred times since she’ll go to the one who makes her cry (glutton for punishment #2). So she asks him to make her laugh and I assume this is her way of asking him to help her get over him.
He tells her to pick a song but she leaves the choice to him. He asks if he can really sing what he wants and instead of her to see the red flag and pick Macarena, Party Rock or something like that, she gives him the go ahead.
He sings When My Love Passes By which I interpret as someone telling a past love who still loves them that they’ve moved on. She cries, calling him a son of a bitch to the very end and leaves. She walks home in tears and this time, when she gets there and her father asks who made her cry, she should tell him Jung Sung Woo and give him his address.
Sun Woo finishes the song then notices the gift bag Na Na left.
It’s battle time and Colorbar members wait in their dressing room. As Na Na walks out, she bumps into Sun Woo in the doorway. They look at each other awkwardly then at the rest of the gang to make sure no one saw. Then he looks away and tells her to do well. She tells him to focus on himself and walks away. He watches her leave then smiles to himself. I honestly don’t know what goes on in his head. He also continues in his madness by getting in between Seol Chan and Se Yi. She gets embarrassed and leaves. Se Yi is acting helpless but despite Sun Woo’s thick-headedness, she can still put an end to it.
As she walks down the hallway wondering which demon possessed Sun Woo, she overhears the writers talking about her father’s accident. Apparently, on that fateful day, her angry dad was speeding and her pleas for him to slow down fell on deaf ears. Seol Chan and Sun Woo appear and her memory suddenly returns. She remembers that she was fighting with him over the radio and they got into an accident. Then her father gave up his life to save hers. She breaks down then runs away. Seol Chan chases after her and Sun Woo starts to then thankfully stops himself. I want to say he’s finally getting a clue but I’m sure he’ll prove me wrong in a second.
Seol Chan looks for her while the rest of Colorbar wonders where she is and it’s a rehash of their first battle with the couple switched. Seol Chan eventually finds her in the park.
Through tears, she apologizes for being unable to sing because after blaming her mother all these years, she realizes she’s to blame for her father’s death. Seol Chan shares his adoption story with her. He tells her his different names – the name at the orphanage, the first name his mother gave him and his current one. The three months he had the second name were very difficult but the moment his mother returned him to the orphanage continues to be the worst moment of his life. So in hard times, he thinks: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
At the station, the show gets underway and we learn who All For One’s hidden card is – some senior called Park Daniel or No Min Woo to the rest of the world.
The performance is great but there’s all this fire around them and I wonder if that’s implies they are performing from hell. Colorbar is shocked that they performed a pop song and not their usual classical music.
Sun Woo continues to hold onto his ancient phone in worry till he receives a text message from Seol Chan saying that they are on their way. Then we see that Se Yi is still sobbing and Seol Chan places a comforting hand on hers. He should have hugged her.
There are fangirls aplenty outside the studio and soon after they arrive, Seol Chan and Se Yi get separated. Sun Woo runs out to get them and after Seol Chan grabs a hand and runs off with its owner, he stays and watches in confusion. Soon after we learn why – Seol Chan had grabbed the crazy sasaeng fan who’d kissed him in the first episode. So they mean to tell us he didn’t glance back once to look at his beloved girlfriend’s face? Sun Woo arrives with the right person, warning Seol Chan to be more careful. Ugh, at this rate, he’ll never let go of Se Yi.
Then Colorbar gets on stage wearing t-shirts Na Na made. Each member sings a part of the intro.
While this sounds more like a victory song/anthem, and each person plays an important role, I preferred their previous performance. Se Yi cries the whole time.
The next day, Adam is watering his plants like he did 90% of the time in this episode. He asks if they won the battle and this is one loose end we’ll all have to deal with. It’s fitting that the inconsequential battle has an inconsequential ending.
Sun Woo smiles at a framed photo of Colorbar in his home. I guess these kids really are his friends now, huh? Then he finally opens the gift bag Na Na left. It’s the jacket she’d been making for “no one.” He tries it on and smiles, saying that he thought it wouldn’t fit him.
Then Sun Woo narrates over a montage of pivotal moments of the show. He talks about how love appeared in their lives and became deeply rooted in them. And as time passes, it continues to live in them. Seol Chan joins Se Yi who’s crying in the basement and wipes away her tears. Don’t cry,
Shop Sheep Girl. Gosh, I’m such a sucker for this gesture.
I won’t bother to list the loose ends we’re left with because it just feels like a waste of time. And isn’t this like the stingiest writer ever? She just gives the absolute bare minimum of what we actually want while there’s an excess of things we don’t want.
As a dabbler in writing, I understand the appeal of an open ending because you hope it makes the characters linger longer with the reader/audience but as a viewer, can you freaking give me closure so that I can move on to the next book/drama?
For me, this drama is like this really amazing, hot guy you meet. The first month with him is such bliss that you are floating on air but then soon afterwards, you realize that he’s really not as amazing as you thought. That car he picked you up in? Rented. The amazing date he planned? It was straight out of a drama. Even though he claims to love romantic comedies, he falls asleep every time you see one together. And all those super-hot nights you spent together? He got some help from a little, blue pill. But he still has some good points – he makes you laugh sometimes, when he forgets the pill, it’s not that bad and he’s a generally nice guy. Upon this discovery, if you choose to stay with him, there are two options: adjust your expectations, and while he might not turn out to be the love of your life, you can have a pretty good relationship, because hey, it’s not like you have anything better to do on a Friday night. Or continue to hold onto the fantasy and die of frustration. I chose the former and in the end, I thought this was a nice finale despite the lack of a climax. I think the writing has been on the wall for a while – we knew we were going to be left hanging to a certain degree.
Of course, I already knew that a lot of people were dissatisfied with it so that might have even lowered my expectations more but I enjoyed it. The more dramatic conflicts were addressed and while the viewers probably actually care about the little ones more, we know they’ll be all okay.
Na Na/Sun Woo shippers, the story moved from “seeing” to “fitting.” I know many are upset but I think they left a big though vague hint with the jacket. Na Na continued to warn Sun Woo (well, in the last few episodes) that he wouldn’t succeed if he changed to fit someone else’s taste. Since he’s a stubborn mule, he kept doing it and failed. But in his very last scene, he wears Na Na’s jacket – something he wouldn’t normally pick – and to his surprise, it fits him. Just the way he already is.
In addition to that, we also have the scene in the doorway where they both look away awkwardly/shyly. It’s strange that they placed that scene so close to his awful “serehating” but I think it was to remind us that their story isn’t over. In fact, in a sense, it’s just beginning. Despite this, I want Na Na to really move on from him. Regardless of his reasons, he was pathetic in this episode (with like 15 different personalities) and she’s too fly for a pathetic guy.
The reason I avoid makjang dramas is that I prefer to end the drama laughing with my heart singing instead of crying with a heavy heart. This was neither but I really would have preferred to see Seol Chan and Se Yi smiling together instead of her crying as he wipes her tears. They will be each other’s strengths and carry one another through their hard times but I think we already got that message loud and clear. Having said that, I’m happy for them and glad the finale centered around them since in my opinion, they were ignored in the last few episodes. Of course, it would have been much better to not have Dumb Woo around them but clearly, the writer or director thinks this is a highlight of the drama. Damn. What a way to run a character into the ground.
All in all, I started this drama really liking Seol Chan and ended it loving Kang Ha Neul. I’ve got my bias against girl groups but Da Hee really is talented – she feels like a solo artist. And how lovely was it to see Ha Neul and Da Hee cutely singing happily in the BTS of a heavy scene? I just love these two and hope they work together again. I honestly felt that Ha Yeon Soo’s acting was the weakest but I clearly know nothing since she’s the breakout star (as well and Kang Ha Neul to a lesser extent). The rest of the cast did well and I love how different Kang Eui Sik is from Kyu Dong – I felt his acting was the most consistent and his character the best realized. I didn’t feel sad when I first watched the episode but as I write these final words, I feel a lump in my throat. I’m going to miss watching this group every week.
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So no major rant from me this time. Monstar is done. Finito. Finished. Now it’s on to the next drama.
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