Wedding bells are chiming and flowers are flying as the couples gear up for One More Happy Ending.
Loose ends are tied and old feelings are sorted to assure that we get a loved up finale.
Episode 16 Recap:
Mi Mo agrees to Soo Hyuk’s proposal. However, it is not in reality but in her daydream. The clock hits midnight and she teleports to her apartment where he storms out with his suitcase. He declares that he’s had enough of her so he’s moving back into 1502.
In the present, Mi Mo walks by the Family Court. She doesn’t want to enter those doors again. Arriving at work, she sees her clients all coupled up and filing for marriage. Her mind ponders about how her marriage failed. She looks a bit dejected.
A client sees Mi Mo. The client isn’t happy with her husband and their wedding. She thinks their opinions clashed too much. Mi Mo advises her to not to fret about the wedding since it’ll be the second one. The client thinks Mi Mo’s words are unfair, as divorced couples should be allowed to be picky. Mi Mo tries to calm her down by saying marriage life is more important than the wedding. The client stands up and is furious with Mi Mo. She erratically leaves the room.
Mi Mo receives a text from Soo Hyuk, notifying her that he’ll be cooking dinner tonight. Da Jung drops by to ask Mi Mo why the client rushed out like that. Mi Mo says she didn’t like her advice. Mi Mo asks Da Jung, “Why do we need to get married?” She wonders why people can’t just love and live together. Da Jung believes it’s a dangerous thought. Mi Mo realised even if you get married to put a label on love; some people still leave. Da Jung says some will stay, like her and her husband.
Soo Hyuk and his hoobae are shopping for an engagement ring. Hoobae says his wife thinks the bigger the better. Soo Hyuk gives his girl the benefit of the doubt. But Hoobae states: “Women are all the same.” A shop assistant helps them out. She advises that women like simple rings for everyday wear. Soo Hyuk teases hoobae about the possibility of his wife selling her ring and divorcing him. He demands for a ring, which Mi Mo can’t say ‘no’ to.
The boys are setting up for the proposal at Soo Hyuk’s place. Hoobae’s got the video covered. While he’s editing it, he tells Soo Hyuk that his gorgeous Mi Mo will turn into the devil after three months of marriage. Soo Hyuk is surprised by hoobae still being married. Hoobae says loyalty is keeping them together. Soo Hyuk also wants to follow his footsteps: falling in love, turning into familiarity and becoming loyal thereafter. Hoobae believes Soo Hyuk doesn’t need to get married to experience those changes. Soo Hyuk says: “I missed out to do all of that.” He doesn’t want to lose his chance this time.
We revisit the end of episode 15, where Mi Mo and Soo Hyuk are watching the proposal video. Soo Hyuk pops the question. Mi Mo doesn’t give a one-word answer. She answers: “Instead of getting married, let’s experience each other.” He is confused. She wants to spend more time to get to know each other. After chasing the goal of a second marriage for so long, she finally understood that she didn’t contemplate what would happen afterwards. She just wants to make they are right for each other. He is left disappointed.
Min Woo sneaks inside his room. He can’t interpret Mi Mo’s indefinite answer.
As Mi Mo goes home, Soo Hyuk just stares at the ring. Min Woo gives him a hug. Min Woo thinks his dad looks very sad because he got rejected. Soo Hyuk denies it, as he is just holding onto the ring for a bit. He blames the sales assistant for choosing an unworthy design. Min Woo doesn’t think the design was the reason. Soo Hyuk praises his son’s intelligence. Min Woo asks what they’re going to do with Ppopo.
Soo Hyuk brings Ppopo back to Mi Mo with a sulky face. He pulls out their marriage registration form out of his pocket. She finds it amusing that he still has it. He accuses her for talking marriage since day one. She’s changed now. He blames her for luring him to become a guy who got rejected. She apologises and throws her arms around him before listing all the challenges they would face if they got married. He can’t stand her.
Duty calls for Soo Hyuk’s precious hoobae. Hoobae thinks they should make sure they are right for each other. As Soo Hyuk and Mi Mo’s opinions don’t match, hoobae says it could be a sign that they might not last. Soo Hyuk starts considering the outcomes. He asks, “What if I have to let her go again?” Hoobae says he’ll have to let her go because it might happen after marriage.
So Eun visits Min Woo, only to see the apartment romantically decorated. Min Woo apologises to her because she has to give up on Soo Hyuk. He says although he loves her, his dad doesn’t. She guesses that the woman is the next-door ahjumma and interrogates him about Mi Mo. She threatens him that Mi Mo may turn into a scary stepmother after marrying his dad and suggests he should protest against it.
As So Eun exits apartment 1502, she stumbles on her feet. In a dazed frame of mind, she rings Mi Mo’s doorbell. Mi Mo is startled to see her. So Eun moved to work in her company’s Korea branch just to be with Soo Hyuk. She begs Mi Mo to hand Soo Hyuk over, since she’s the more mature one. Mi Mo can’t concede. So Eun gingerly walks off, which makes Mi Mo worried for her health. Suddenly, So Eun faints on the ground. Mi Mo quickly runs over to save her.
The ambulance takes So Eun to the hospital. So Eun is sleeping on a bed with Mi Mo by her side. Hae Joon swings by to check up on So Eun. It’s the first time he and Mi Mo have met since their break-up. Mi Mo greets him with a shy bow.
Mi Mo and Hae Joon sit down together in the waiting room. Mi Mo mentions how she wanted to contact him but she couldn’t do it. Hae Joon agrees that Mi Mo shouldn’t contact him. He abruptly asks: “What if I want to see you again?” She gets slightly flustered over his joke before telling him about Yeon Soo visiting her. He wants her to find an awesome man for Yeon Soo because the ones she chose are all mediocre. He says Yeon Soo thinks Brave Wedding is a scam. She jokes: “It’s partly because of you.” They both let out a chuckle.
Da Jung and her husband are walking along a street. His hand lingers its way onto hers. She smiles brightly. He says: “Let’s hold hands like how we used to.”
The couple visits Yeon Soo for a check-up. All is well for Da Jung. Yeon Soo comments on how great they look right now. Just before Da Jung leaves, she thanks Yeon Soo for giving her husband relationship advice. Yeon Soo says it’s a part of her job. Da Jung says they did their best to make it work and she would’ve regretted it if they didn’t.
After leaving the hospital, they stop by a florist to buy a flowerpot. Da Jung sweetly asks her husband to buy one for her so she can watch it grow.
At Brave Wedding, Da Jung lovingly stares at her flowerpot. Mi Mo barges in and says she got proposed to. Da Jung says she received a flower. After a few seconds, Da Jung finally realises what Mi Mo said. Mi Mo doesn’t know if she wants to experience love or marriage. Da Jung comments: “I think you just want to be happy.” Mi Mo says she’s right. Mi Mo notices the flowerpot, which makes her want to get married again. Da Jung thinks Mi Mo must really like Soo Hyuk for her to contemplate so much about the proposal.
Meanwhile, Jung Woo is trying to convince Dong Mi to keep on dating him with no strings attached. Dong Mi can’t get over being 34 but Jung Woo thinks her age is the perfect age to date. Dong Mi breaks a deal – to give him three years to graduate, get a stable job and get married. He thinks it’s impossible. She can’t wait five years so she insists they can’t make it work. He admits he likes her but hasn’t thought about marriage.
Ae Ran comes over to tell Dong Mi to stop dreaming about marriage. Dong Mi is furious. She hates people like Ae Ran who get married but tell others not to. Ae Ran wanted to talk sense into Dong Mi so she isn’t rapt with the elder’s outrage. Ae Ran proposes two options. One of them is to get out of her comfort zone and to go on low-key blind dates behind his back. According to Ae Ran, this is not considered as ‘cheating’ but ‘socialising’.
Soo Hyuk seeks Hae Joon for advice. Hae Joon tells him to just try it out first. Soo Hyuk wonders why relationships are always so hard on him. Soo Hyuk thinks others have it easy with marriage. Hae Joon doesn’t agree, arguing that it’s hard for everyone. Soo Hyuk asks if it was easy for him to marry Yeon Soo. Hae Joon says getting married so easily made it hard and hurt. He confesses that they dated because they didn’t hate each other, meaning they didn’t love each other. It even hurts Soo Hyuk to hear this. Hae Joon realises how badly he hurt Yeon Soo and is feeling bad about it now.
Ae Ran is in a meeting with potential investors at work. The investors aren’t impressed by her outdated designs. Ae Ran can’t take their criticism.
Ae Ran walks out of the building. She thinks about the investor’s words about taking the customer’s preferences into mind rather than relying on her celebrity status. She starts to consider building her business with a better mindset.
Soo Hyuk slams the infamous marriage registration on the table. He demands for Mi Mo to agree on waiting one more year before getting married. Mi Mo doesn’t reply. He thinks it’s just a waste if they don’t get married and it doesn’t matter when they start understanding each other. The order is important for Mi Mo because she truly wants to be happy with him forever. She grabs his hand and asks for more time. He takes out the ring from his pocket and tells her to keep it safe. The ring has been crying for someone to accept it. She agrees. He pulls out his sticker card. “If I fill this up, marry me before one year,” he says. She grants his wish. He is determined to make her happy and marry her earlier.
The love fest begins. Feeding each other, acting lovey dovey, disturbing Min Woo and playing games are involved in Soo Hyuk’s quest to fill up his sticker chart. Mi Mo pushes Soo Hyuk’s tolerance by spilling soda in his car. She questions why he doesn’t put her first anymore. He tries to make amends, only to receive a nasty comment from her. She compares him to the apartment clerk.
At Da Jung’s place, she’s cooking dinner with her husband. Tae Yong is cutely waiting for his meal. Dinner is served and daddy tries to feed his son some meat. However he takes it away and feeds it to his wife instead. Daddy childishly asks; “Don’t you know how close we are?” Tae Yong screams, “ I don’t know!”
Next morning, hubby brings in breakfast in bed for his wife. Da Jung adorably refuses to help him and pretends to sleep. He squeezes to slot in closely beside her. She gets a bit shy.
The happy couple takes a night stroll. Hubby kisses his wife on the forehead in front of a beautiful fountain.
Mi Mo and Soo Hyuk are about to fight at his place. Soo Hyuk is holding a huge, eaten pork bone, which he found underneath the sofa. Mi Mo ‘forgot’ about it. He’s mad because it allowed cockroaches to appear in his house. She thought she had cleaned up after eating take-out with Min Woo. He believes she is suffering from short-term memory loss. She is taken aback since he used to think she’s a cute goldfish.
She storms out with Ppopo and her suitcases. He says it’s over between them if she goes inside. She snorts at him and walks in. He calms himself before knocking on her door. He apologises and takes back his words like a tragic whipped boy. She doesn’t answer so he punches in the passcode and enters.
Lying on her bed, she seems rather sad. He slots in beside her and apologises. She sits up and angrily asks him to tell her exactly what he did wrong. She’ll forgive him if he can convince her. That bitch front didn’t actually happen. She gave into him immediately by apologizing for leaving the bone on the floor.
Jung Woo is running off somewhere. His friend catches up to him, telling him he should be preparing for job interviews. Jung Woo doesn’t have time for that and asks where his girlfriend is. His friend thinks Dong Mi must be a good catch for Jung Woo to be so anxious. Jung Woo quickly runs off to find her.
Dong Mi is at a singles function and is sitting amongst several decent-looking men. She is flattered as they ask questions about her. A guy comments on how nice her body looks for a picky eater. Suddenly, a voice calls her ‘wifey’ from behind. It’s her baby Jung Woo. She pretends that she doesn’t know him. He pulls her up and takes off her nametag to write ‘Ahn Jung Woo’s girl’ on it. He shows it to the men. She is speechless. He talks about his tragic love story where he dated her, changed her into a new person and only to have her leave him for a rich and employed guy. She takes him outside.
She reminds him that they broke up because she didn’t want to date a guy who had no thoughts of marrying her. His expression becomes serious as he says he never agreed to break up with her. She asks: “Then are you going to marry me?” He looks down so she turns around to get her money’s worth. He holds her back, questioning if she can see her nametag, which says that she is his property. Grasping onto her arms, he asks her to give him one year to make their relationship work. She smiles in delight. But he wishes that she wouldn’t blame him if he makes her live on soy sauce and rice. She believes in him to not let that happen. He swings his arm over her shoulder. She says he is better than all the guys inside anyway.
Da Jung and her hubby are about to go to bed. He hates saying goodbye to her like this every night. She grins like a teenager in pigtails. He wonders when he can return to her bed, since they’re a married couple after all. She isn’t ready because of her scars and her shyness. She adorably swings his arm as they continue to be cuties until a sleepy Tae Yong walks past.
Ae Ran and Dong Bae are chilling on their couch. Ae Ran announces that she wants to study and get a MBA. Dong Bae teasingly questions if she thinks MBA is related to basketball. She is annoyed and starts believing people won’t respect her because even her husband teases her. He asks if something happened. She admits she can’t use the ‘former Angels member’ card anymore at her old age so she wants to study and expand her business. He thinks she is cool, so he couldn’t let her go. He encourages her to study and offers to support her. She gets excited before asking if he’s going to do the housework. He nicely suggests they can compromise as he also has a job. She sweetly hugs him. He says she’ll become sexier, smarter and more irresistible.
Yeon Soo’s current love interest takes out a ring during dinner. He wants to stop wasting time and begin a serious relationship.
After the date, Yeon Soo visits Hae Joon in his apartment lobby. She takes out a pretty hairpin asking him if he remembers it. He remembers that the hairpin was the first gift he gave to her. She thinks it was a random move. They giggle together. She confesses that the hairpin made her heart flutter more than the expensive ring she’s wearing. His eyes dart towards the ring. She admits that she’s going to date the guy for real and believed she needed to gain closure beforehand. He agrees before expressing how sorry he feels towards her. He says: “I wholeheartedly wish you happiness.” She wishes him the same. She advises him to buy more expensive things than a mere hairpin. He laughs and checks out her ring.
Soo Hyuk has one more sticker to go. They can’t believe their eyes. She stands up and he follows her. He bombards her with questions, asking if she’s hungry or wants a 100 handbags like last time. She doesn’t need anything so he declares he’ll find out himself.
After Soo Hyuk left, Mi Mo is calmly patting Ppopo before her phone rings. Her sister notifies her that Soo Hyuk paid for a family trip and asks her to give him a sticker. Soo Hyuk returns with his chart but she accuses him of cheating. She wants to repay him for her family’s holiday. He believes that she keeps on delaying their marriage. She admits she wanted to spend four seasons together first. He says he was fooled by her and runs out.
Da Jung, Ae Ran and their husbands are on a bowling date. The husbands go first. Mr. Da Jung slays Mr. Ae Ran. Ae Ran scores a strike while Da Jung flops. The game continues with inconsistent results. After they finish, they ask a guy to take a photo of them holding ‘V’ signs.
Da Jung glues the photo into her notebook. She talks to Ae Ran about how rewarding the couple camp has been. Ae Ran is amused by their nicknames. Da Jung says things have changed for the better. Ae Ran is happy for them. She reveals that she applied for a MBA course because she wants to study. Da Jung is surprised. Ae Ran wanted to invest into something worthy instead of worrying about ageing. Her thinking impresses Da Jung.
Soo Hyuk can’t fall asleep. He’s fretting about how long it’s going to take Mi Mo to say ‘yes’. He calls up one of the boys for a coffee and not alcohol. While he’s driving, a sudden red flash blocks his sight so he quickly steps on the brakes.
Mi Mo is sleeping but is woken by a phone call. She picks up and rushes to the hospital.
Running around in the emergency room, Mi Mo asks a nurse for Soo Hyuk’s whereabouts. The nurse points to the left, where a person, who’s heavily bandaged, is sleeping. Mi Mo’s heart sinks, thinking that it’s Soo Hyuk. She walks towards the bed in shock. She reaches for his bandaged face and begs for him not to die. Tears start to fall as she promises to take care of him forever if he survives. She apologises for not letting him hear the words he wanted to hear.
Luckily, Soo Hyuk isn’t the man who is in a critical condition. He is standing behind her, watching her breaking down. Hae Joon joins him to say he’s jealous of Soo Hyuk. Soo Hyuk asks why Hae Joon called her. All Hae Joon said was ‘car accident’ and she came running.
Soo Hyuk approaches Mi Mo. He calls her name twice but she thinks the man is calling her. She finally realises and turns around to face him. On the way out, she gives her ex and current boyfriend death stares. Soo Hyuk blames Hae Joon but Mi Mo is more pissed with him. She struts off by herself before Soo Hyuk follows her. Hae Joon thinks they’re hilarious.
The couple walks home with a considerable distance. Soo Hyuk is in ‘pain’ so he wants move slowly with her. She stops him and scolds him for causing a commotion late at night. After yelling at him she throws her arms over him. She thanks him for being alive before warning him to not ever get into an accident again. He happily agrees.
The Angels are eating lunch. Da Jung drops a bombshell, revealing that she’s getting married. All three are startled. She says it’s going to be a ‘reminder’ wedding. She and her hubby were awarded first place in the couples’ camp, which made him want to gift her another wedding to mark their new beginning. Dong Mi whines about people getting married twice again. Ae Ran is envious of Dong Mi’s single life. Dong Mi isn’t as jealous of them because she only has to wait a year. They’re all proud of Dong Mi’s different view of life.
Mi Mo locks up her office. Soo Hyuk creeps up behind her and states: “Let’s get married!” He thinks there’s no point if they don’t get married now. Mi Mo tries to escape from his grip. She once said she wanted to him to stay beside her. He uses that to his advantage.
In the elevator, Soo Hyuk promises he won’t get sick and lists all the things he’ll do for her. She doesn’t flinch and makes it safely into her apartment. He will nag her everyday until she says yes.
Mi Mo is busy glaring at her engagement ring that she’s wearing. She thinks Soo Hyuk is greedy for promising to do everything. She has a plan to do something for him.
It’s Da Jung’s ‘reminder’ wedding day. Tae Yong is the lovely flower boy. He gracefully leads his beautiful mum and the Angels along the red carpet. Soo Hyuk and his hoobae are shooting pretty photos from the side. The boys and Brave Wedding’s assistant manager are all smiles. Da Jung arrives beside her husband with Tae Yong and they greet the guests.
During the exchange of vows, the Angels are watching on with proud eyes. Mi Mo compliments on how the couple have found love again after spending seven years of hardships. She calls it true happiness. Dong Mi asks if Mi Mo has made up her mind. Mi Mo happily stares at Soo Hyuk who’s busy photographing. He notices her and takes a cheeky snap of her. They share the most lovable smiles ever.
Da Jung is about to throw her bouquet. Her assistant is the only one waiting to catch it. After three seconds, Soo Hyuk intercepts in desperation to catch the bouquet. Everyone is shell-shocked. The assistant screams, “It’s mine!” Soo Hyuk ignores her, as he is too busy fixating his eyes onto Mi Mo. He swiftly moves towards her and is about to bend down.
She tugs onto his collar and tells him to wait. She accuses him for being greedy. “Let me do it this time,” she says. He is confused as she pulls out the ring box from Dong Mi’s pocket. She goes down on one bended knee. He can’t believe it. She looks up into his eyes with the cutest face ever to pop the question: “You’re perfect for me. Will you marry me?” He tosses the bouquet away and answers: “Abso-fucking-lutely!” He accepts the ring and says she is perfect for him too. They both scream in utter happiness before he lifts her up bridal style. Han Mi Mo and Song Soo Hyuk swing their way to One More Happy Ending.
Thoughts of mine:
The entire cast got their One More Happy Ending in a great finale. There’s not much to be disappointed with. Da Jung and Guk Hoon were the most miserable couple but have turned into the shining light of the drama. It was surprising to see this couple getting ‘married’ again. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful wedding for their happy family and the guests.
Ae Ran and Dong Mi also found their happiness after huge struggles. Ae Ran’s maturity was a highlight in the finale. She has come a long way before learning how to cherish Dong Bae and her own capabilities. Dong Mi was always the one complaining about having a dry love life but she actually ended up being the most flowering Angel. Jung Woo is a sweetie, despite him lacking in almost everything in life. His courage and determination to keep his relationship with the 34-year-old is admirable. Sure, a relationship like theirs isn’t likely to last if it was in real life but hey, it was a sheer joy to watch them.
Hae Joon and Yeon Soo may not have gotten back together. They’ve sorted out their lingering feelings and have remained good friends. It’s always been a cool relationship between them. Only late in the drama was when their hearts wavered for each other, which left them wondering why it happened after the divorce.
At last, our main OTP of Mi Mo and Soo Hyuk got their happy ending. It was their destiny to get engaged since the first episode. But they did have their issues along the way – both legitimate and silly. In the beginning, Soo Hyuk was the mature one who held back. Then after they got together, Soo Hyuk became a cheesy and flirty boyfriend while Mi Mo turned into the mature one. In the end, Mi Mo’s proposal capped off a successful love-line that was filled with strong chemistry.
Overall, the drama had a basic plot that was executed to perfection. The story arc of 30+ aged women finding new love or recapturing forgotten feelings has been done a million times. One More Happy Ending did an amazing job in turning a common story into something lively, meaningful and entertaining throughout its 16-episode run.
The acting was fantastic from the entire cast.
Jung Kyung Ho was excellent in this drama, both in comedic and depressing scenes. He had a great bond with Jang Nara and Hae Joon. He’s had a lengthy track record of epic bromances and he shared great chemistry with his beloved hoobae and his son. I’m looking forward to his next drama, in hopes for a melodrama or saguek after two consecutive rom-coms.
Jang Nara is a seasoned actress. Following an impressive turn in I Remember You, she returned to her familiar bubbly rom-com self. Her character was an entertaining one. She held strong values yet was frustratingly oblivious at times. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Nara’s performance as Mi Mo. She didn’t put a foot wrong.
The supporting cast was great. But I must say Yoo Da In as Da Jung and Hwang Sun Hee as Yeon Soo were standouts. Yoo Da In’s character probably had the most complicated story line. She put up a touching portrayal, as it was lovely to watch her sad self transform to a sweet teenager in love. On the other hand, it’s the first time that I have watched Hwang Sun Hee on screen and boy, her charisma made me develop a girl-crush on her. Sun Hee’s character wasn’t super important to the plot but her little heart-fluttering moments, her honest advice giving and beautiful smile proved to be another joy to watch.
Overall, I really enjoyed the drama as a whole. Most of the episodes were exciting and jam-packed with both romance and melodramatic moments. I would recommend this to rom-com lovers or those who want to binge-watch a feel-good drama.