As our daydream draws to a close and Yu Beom’s trial resumes, Mr. Choi shares an important piece of information with the prosecutors. Mr. Choi noticed luggage in Yu Beom’s vehicle when he was offered a ride by the defendant. Mr. Choi recommends a court-mandated travel ban to keep Yu Beom from fleeing the country. The prosecutors agree and Ji Gwang quickly assigns Woo Joo and Hee Min to file the necessary paperwork with the court while the trial continues.
Soon Woo Tak is in the witness chair and questioning turns to the two umbrellas. He is forced to admit that he is colorblind and a collective gasp sweeps through the courtroom. Jae Chan’s left hand begins to shake and he drops the papers he is holding. He squeezes his hand shut in an effort to stop the shaking. He gathers his papers from the floor and continues his questioning at Woo Tak’s urging. When Woo Tak is allowed to speak again, he tells the court that although he is colorblind, he has a different way of identifying colors. He gestures to Yu Beom’s and tells the court that the umbrella with the curved handle was the same color as Yu Beom’s tie, which happens to be green. He then gestures to Jae Chan’s and tells the court that the smaller fold-up umbrella was the same color as the stripe on the prosecutor’s robe, except brighter. When photos of the umbrellas are revealed to the court, Woo Tak’s descriptions match perfectly. Yu Beom’s lawyer, Mr. Ko realizes that he will lose the case and quits as soon as the day’s proceedings are finished. Jae Chan receives a text from Woo Tak assuring him that he is ok with losing his job because of his testimony. He asks Jae Chan not to feel awkward and expresses the desire for their friendship to remain the same.
In the hallway, Kyung Han is on the verge of tears and he scolds his partner for trading his job for truthful testimony. Woo Tak reassures him that he is alright and that being a policeman was a heavy burden for him. The only thing that made it worthwhile for him was having Kyung Han as a partner. Both men choke up and begin to cry. Kyung Han wraps his arms around Woo Tak and squeezes him tightly. Neither man has seen Hong Ju standing at the end of the hallway with tears rolling down her cheeks.
MY FAVORITE THING!!
In the washroom, at the courthouse, Yu Beom is furiously washing his hands again. When he finishes, he reaches for the handkerchief in his pocket to dry his hands, since the dispenser never seems to have any paper towels. When he pulls the handkerchief out of his pocket, his passport and boarding pass come with it and both fall to the floor. Mr. Choi was right. He does intend to flee the country. Near the courthouse vending machines, Ji Gwang receives word that a travel ban has been put in place for Yu Beom. The message comes from someone labeled in Ji Gwang’s phone as “cute”. A few of the messages end with “be strong” and “Fighting!!” A safe guess says that Ji Gwang’s mystery girl is Son Woo Joo. Ji Gwang reads the message for Jae Chan to hear and then begins to kiss his phone. Mr. Choi approaches and frightens Ji Gwang out of his electronic make out session. Jae Chan thanks Mr. Choi for his testimony and Mr. Choi promises to attend the final trial hearing. The two men shake hands and Jae Chan watches as Mr. Choi walks towards the elevators.
Once outside, Mr. Choi encounters a very angry Yu Beom. Yu Beom tries to spin the I.V. killer case and tells Mr. Choi that he never wanted a reward for it. He asks Mr. Choi why he testified against him. Mr. Choi tries to explain and we learn that Yu Beom shares the exact birthdate as Mr. Choi’s younger brother. Mr. Choi tried to understand Yu Beom to make up for the fact that he was not as understanding to his own brother. Mr. Choi begs Yu Beom to stop running but Yu Beom does not accept his counsel or comfort and forcefully shoves Mr. Choi’s hands away from his shoulders. Mr. Choi reaches for Yu Beom again, and this time we see Mr. Choi’s soldier brother. He tries to convince the young man that any further action will only bring pain and suffering. Now we see the two brothers as they once were, and also as they never were. Both are young but now Mr. Choi tries to convince the young man to calm down and ultimately return to his duty. He does so with love and patience and tries to reach his brother with understanding words and the reassurance of human touch.
Jae Chan takes off his prosecutor’s robe and gives it to Ji Gwang before running outside to catch up with Mr. Choi. He sees Mr. Choi in a confrontation with Yu Beom and decides to hang back while the two men finish business between them. Yu Beom separates himself from Mr. Choi and leaves in a huff. Mr. Choi turns in Jae Chan’s direction and it appears that he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mr. Choi stops and looks at the sky. He sees a single Japanese maple leaf floating lazily to earth. It sparks the memory of the day he woke up in the hospital after being saved from suicide by Jae Chan and Hong Ju so many years ago. He stoops to pick up the leaf as Jae Chan begins to walk towards him. Suddenly time slows to a crawl and Mr. Choi thinks to himself “I thought I would have more time”. Without warning Yu Beom’s car speeds through the parking lot, striking Mr. Choi.
Mr. Choi lands on the pavement and blood begins to ooze from his head. Jae Chan runs to Mr. Choi and cradles him in his arms as the police lead Yu Beom away. Mr. Choi tells Jae Chan that he saw this moment in his dream thirteen years ago, and in the dream, Jae Chan had spoken to him. Jae Chan understands Mr. Choi and tells him that if he sees this moment in his dream, he should not meet Jae Chan because if he does, he will die. Mr. Choi tells Jae Chan that what he is saying doesn’t match his dream. Through his tears, Jae Chan starts again and begins to list all of the things about him that Mr. Choi found irritating. He is obnoxious and clumsy, he won’t recognize him, he will have more work because of him, he will ruin his new shoes because of him, he will suffer because of him. Jae Chan cries uncontrollably as he tries to discourage Mr. Choi from finding him. Mr. Choi smiles and confirms that what Jae Chan has said matches his dream. He tells Jae Chan that he knew everything and decided to say by Jae Chan’s side. It was a choice he made knowingly. He tells Jae Chan not to blame himself. The Wonderful Mr. Choi dies in Jae Chan’s arms. As he does, we are shown a memory of the day that Mr. Choi awakened in the hospital with the knowledge that he would meet Jae Chan again one day.
At the funeral hall, friends and coworkers come to pay respects to Mr. Choi. Hyang Mi is inconsolable as she signs the guest book. Behind the guestbook table sits a bag full of letters addressed to Jae Chan. It is the money that Mr. Choi had been sending for thirteen years. After paying his respects to Mr. Choi, Jae Chan briefly stands in the doorway of the dining hall. He hesitates for a moment and then moves away from the dining hall and walks down the hallway, away from the crowd of mourners. Hong Ju follows him and the scene is a repeat from thirteen years ago, only this time it is Hong Ju who is looking for Jae Chan. She finds him in a vacant mourning room, alone. Tears begin to roll down his cheeks as Hong Ju sits by his side. She wraps her arms around him as he releases the overwhelming grief of the loss of Mr. Choi. For Jae Chan, it is the second loss of a father that loved and cared for him without regard for his own comfort or safety.
As Hong Ju’s mother prepares breakfast, the television broadcasts a news report about Yu Beom’s trial. Yu Beom finally confessed to all of his crimes and his final hearing before sentencing will happen later in the day. Hong Ju wakes up and writes something on a post-it note. She takes the note to the empty window that once held so many of her dreams. Now the window has only three notes on it. Jae Chan and his brother arrive for breakfast and Woo Tak’s absence is noticed. Jae Chan says that he will speak with Yu Beom before his final sentencing hearing. Jae Chan’s hand still bother’s him and he squeezes it tightly shut in an attempt to stop the shaking. Hong Ju sees it but says nothing.
Jae Chan and Hong Ju walk to the bus stop for work. Hong Ju asks Jae Chan about his hand and then confesses that she used to have the same problem. She says that she can help him fix it and clasps his hand in hers. She says “I’ll be by your side until the very end.” Jae Chan tells her that he feels he should be the one saying those words and Hong Ju agrees. In fact, he did say those words in one of her dreams.
Jae Chan sits in the interview room with Yu Beom. Yu Beom slips into his usual ” I know more than you” attitude and begins to lecture everyone in the room as well as those that he knows are behind the observation glass. He warns them that they all could be in his same position because they have all made mistakes on different cases. Jae Chan corrects him and lets him know that he didn’t make a mistake but he willfully chose to fabricate evidence and consistently pursued the wrong conclusion. It is the reason that Yu Beom expressed such anger at the other prosecutors, he was angry with himself because he knew that what he was doing was wrong. At the final hearing, Jae Chan asks the court to give Yu Beom a life sentence for willfully ignoring the truth to seek his own gain. In the courtroom, Dae Gu watches as the man that wrongly convicted his father, is sentenced. There is an empty chair in the gallery where Mr. Choi would have been and Ji Gwang wishes that Mr. Choi was there to see Yu Beom sentenced.
The next day, Jae Chan wakes to find Hong Ju in his room raiding his bookshelf. She is going to take Jae Chan’s law books to Woo Tak who will start law school soon. Jae Chan and Hong Ju arrive at Woo Tak’s to find a scruffy Woo Tak in desperate need of a bath and a housekeeper. Hong Ju explains that the law books are for him and he is surprised to think that he would begin law school at his age. Clearly, Hong Ju had a dream about his career path. Woo Tak wonders how Hong Ju and Jae Chan managed to transport so many things without a car. Soon we see Ji Gwang on the bus talking to his sweetheart. He allowed Jae Chan to borrow his car and he is doing his best to be happy about riding the bus to his girlfriend’s house.
After the aforementioned bath and housekeeper, Woo Tak hits the law books with a renewed sense of purpose. Later that night, Seung Won rushes to Dae Gu’s convenience store to share the news. Yu Beom has been sentenced to life in prison. Dae Gu drops to the floor and cries. His tears are a combination of relief and loss. Seung Won sits down next to him and is a bit confused by his reaction. Dae Gu asks Seung Won to pass his thanks on to Jae Chan. Seung Won gets a call from So Yoon. Dae Gu overhears the call and when Seung Won confirms that he is dating the famous pianist, Dae Gu does not believe him. Why would Korea’s beautiful famous concert pianist date Seung Won? Seung Won shows Dae Gu the background photo on his phone of he and So Yoon but Dae Gu accuses him of Photoshopping the picture.
ONE YEAR LATER
At Hong Ju’s house, the breakfast club talks about an upcoming wedding and the correct etiquette for a guest who is friends with both the bride and the groom. Jae Chan opens a kitchen drawer, presumably looking for a utensil, but instead finds a small notebook. It is the same notebook that Hong Ju’s mother always carried and it appears as though she was keeping score between Jae Chan and Woo Tak. Jae Chan confronts Hong Ju’s mother who refuses to answer his questions in spite of Jae Chan chasing her like a child and calling her “mother”. It is adorable future son-in-law behavior. Later, Hong Ju’s mother takes food to Woo Tak’s house before stopping by the dry cleaners to pick up Hong Ju’s blouse for the wedding. On her way out of the cleaners, she is almost run over by a motorcycle deliveryman. Dae Gu moves her out of the way just in time.
On his way to the wedding, Mr. Park has a small fender bender with Lee Han’s cab driver father. The two men talk on the curb and when Mr. Park says that he wants to pay for the damages, Mr. Lee tells him that bumping is what fenders are for. He asks Mr. Park, that if he encounters a similar situation, he should not make a big deal about it. Both men smile and go their separate ways.
Hyang Mi leaves the florist shop with the bridal bouquet but on her way out she almost crushes the flowers between the heavy closing doors. Fortunately, Cho Hee, the cute barista now with her hair cut in an adorable bob, stops the doors from closing on the irreplaceable bouquet. Hyang Mi expresses her relief and her thanks to Cho Hee and the two women go about their errands.
Just before the wedding, So Yoon arrives and surprises Dae Gu by verifying that she is indeed Seung Won’s girlfriend. She even returns his fallen necktie to him in Hong Ju feme fatal style. When Hong Ju and Jae Chan arrive, Hong Ju asks So Yoon if the water pressure overseas can handle her poop. The two girls renew the poop argument while the boys leave them to it.
Seung Won asks Jae Chan how Ji Gwang and Woo Joo hid their relationship from their coworkers. Jae Chan explains that they managed to get caught in the most ridiculous way. Ji Gwang was conducting an interview while the other prosecutor’s watched from the observation room. After a round of questioning, Ji Gwang put on some lip balm but didn’t realize that he picked up the wrong tube. He actually grabbed Woo Joo’s lipstick and put it in his pocket instead of his regular lip balm.
The wedding commences and when it comes to the kiss, considering how their relationship was revealed, the crowd asks for a more passionate one than the first. Ji Gwang enthusiastically obliges.
When it comes to bouquet throwing, Woo Joo has terrible aim and she manages to miss Hee Min twice. The first time, Jae Chan catches the bouquet and on the re-throw, Hong Ju catches it.
We flash forward in time as Hong Ju wakes up next to Jae Chan. It seems that she has had an unsettling dream and Jae Chan tries to comfort her. He tells her “Don’t worry. I will be by your side until the very end”. He realizes those are the words that Hong Ju told him about over a year ago. He continues to reassure her and says that often, the things that we believe are so large and so devastating soon seem like nothing once we get past them. The happy couple kisses and cuddles surrounded by pictures of happy times. Hong Ju asks Jae Chan if there is a choice that he has made that has no regret attached to it. He tells her the morning at the bus stop when they first spoke to each other is a choice that holds no regrets for him.
OMG! I’m still crying and it’s hours since I watched the last episode for the first time. I hate, hate, hate that they killed the Wonderful Mr. Choi but I understand why it worked for the story. Besides, I’m pretty sure the writers wanted to completely rip our hearts out. I adored his character and appreciated that the writers waited so long for the reveal of his identity. Also, I’m so glad that we got to see Ji Gwang and Woo Joo’s wedding and not Jae Chan and Hong Ju’s wedding. Well played on the ol’ switcheroo!! I’m also so glad that the female characters in this story (except for the serial killer of course) weren’t evil witches constantly trying to get in the way of Jae Chan and Hong Ju’s romance. I loved it that Hee Min was not really competing for Jae Chan’s affections. She was all business and wasn’t unnecessarily bitchy. Sometimes, having a harpy in a story, just so you can say you have one, gets boring.
All in all, a solid drama with solid characters. Great good guys and great bad guys. Not one of them too over the top either. Yu Beom was believable in his ambition and never strayed into the “twirling mustache, tie them to the railroad tracks” kind of villain that a few dramas like to employ every now and then. Our second lead, Woo Tak, was achingly adorable and there were times that you wished that he would try harder to get Hong Ju. I totally took the bait when the writers tried to make it look like Woo Tak might be in love with Jae Chan and, to be honest, I wouldn’t blame him. He was more of a wingman than a second lead syndrome character if you ask me. Even though he was falling for Hong Ju, he did things that would put she and Jae Chan together and ignored his own feelings out of respect for hers.
My only real criticism of this drama comes from the legal side of things. There were a few times that Jae Chan would not have been able to participate in the case due to a conflict of interest because either his girlfriend was involved or he was involved in the case on a personal level. I know that laws are different in different countries but it is doubtful that Jae Chan or even Ji Gwang would be able to prosecute Yu Beom’s case for the pure and simple fact that they both have a history with him. For the sake of drama, I did my best to ignore this inconsistency. I hope everyone enjoyed this drama as much as we did. I am rewatching it with a friend and I fully expect to cry my eyes out again in all the right places.
Happy Dreams Daydreamers!!
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