My Beautiful Bride ~ Episode 16 Recap ~ END
My Beautiful Bride closed its curtains by achieving its greatest ratings to date, 1.287%. It was a humble drama apocalypse all along the way and it’s just sad that not many people honored its blissful gloom. I don’t regret a single second i invested in My Beautiful Bride and if i could turn back time i would make the same “mistake” over and over again. If you haven’t been a victim of this drama’s dissonant yet so caressing world i urge you to watch it and find for yourself what you had been missing all this time. “Will you?”
President Kang is at the place which used to be Jin Gi’s lair and Do Hyung goes to meet him. Do Hyung wonders whether he killed Jin Gi or not and president Kang questions him if he’s disappointed he couldn’t avenge Joo Young’s death himself. President Kang refers to all the deaths that occurred around Jin Gi during his short-lived reign and the loss he had to suffer from the revenge he took on Do Hyung’s behalf by taking Jin Gi out of the picture. The reason why president Kang wanted to see Do Hyung is because he thinks they can become really good partners while Do Hyung remains silent and tries to maintain his wrath. President Kang doesn’t want an answer right away, there’s plenty of time for Do Hyung to think about it. Do Hyung points out that all these people died because of him and not because of Jin Gi emphasizing on the fact that president Kang is the man of many flaws since he was in charge of everything.
He would never work with people like him and he’s loyal to his promise in making this world a place where Joo Young would be able to live safely which equals to the end of president Kang since he can’t be forgiven. President Kang compares Do Hyung an immature child who uses pure and naive words instead of taking into consideration the word which brought president Kang to the position he possesses nowadays; profit. He compares his loan-sharking world to the world of a bank where Do Hyung works at and the business of his mother who uses the law to make profit, the one and only word that matters since you either keep the wheel turning or get trampled under it. The answer to president Kang’s question was that Do Hyung will crush that wheel and president Kang himself since none of the aforementioned pathways is an option. The next time they meet Do Hyung himself will force a new verb in his dictionary; forgive. President Kang points out that Do Hyung reminds him of himself when he was younger and he wants director Kim to find the motive that will make Do Hyung move.
Joo Young meets Hammer Head and she wants to find a way to meet president Kang, but he’s too afraid to do so. She doesn’t care how he will find president Kang’s position, but if he doesn’t this will mean the end of his loan-sharking business. Tae Gyu was on his way there and while she was leaving he recognized her! Hammer Head informed him that she’s from S Loan Sharking and that her name is Yoon Nae Il, but it’s hard for Tae Gyu to believe it.
Joo Young meets Hye Jung who keeps drinking and drinking for the loss of love and money. All that’s left is alcohol, but Joo Young warns her that Min Sook won’t tolerate this behavior. Joo Young wants an answer to the reason why she met Do Hyung’s bank director since she kept ths meeting a secret from Jin Sook. Hye Jung refers to the loan, but she doesn’t know any further details. However, she’s well aware that the money will head towards president Kang’s direction. They transformed an existing small firm into a ghost company with falsified records and the money from the first loan were split.
Do Hyung calls the inspection team and he wants more information on Seryo Construction’s loan process. Things don’t seem to be flowing well and Do Hyung warns them that if a problem occurs they will be under inspection too. Do Hyung searches the bank director’s office for more information, but when he was leaving the bank director caught him and demanded explanations. The bank director lets him know that no matter how hard he may try the loan will still get approved by tomorrow. The whole deal takes place in a much higher level than he would ever imagine so any possible attempt would be pointless.
Do Hyung kept searching for evidence and while he was doing some further research he got informed by his colleague that the loan had been approved. The bank director and director Kim are quite happy and Do Hyung intends to trace where the money will be going every day until he finds there real destination.
The investigation on Yoon Mi keeps going on and the internal affairs officer can’t believe she wasn’t aware of Hyeong Sik’s wrongdoings. Yoon Mi is quite suspicious of this attitude and asks him directly if he got orders from the chief Hong. She doesn’t want to be taken lightly since she spent most of her time investigating in a wide variety of places and if he keeps up this pace she’s willing to teach him a few lessons since the head of their police station is a friend of hers. She lets him know that Hyeong Sik worked harder than most of the cops in the field and he did a mistake, but he paid for it. She won’t tolerate any further attempts to belittle Hyeong Sik’s name. She goes back to continue her own investigation and she wants him to report back everything she said.
The whole teams gathers inside the conference room and Yoon Mi informs everyone that the only one left is president Kang when it comes to the Shadows. He’s responsible for all the deaths around him and if they want to get closer to him they will have to find the new puppet that replaced Jin Gi. Potential fields of investigation have to be Hammer Head and Jin Sook of S Loan Sharking since president Kang will try to approach them to eventually expand his reign. However, Yoon Mi seems to be fully aware that Joo Young works in Jin Sook’s shadow.
Do Hyung finally met his mother and she’s well aware he’s boiling on the inside since he can’t take care of the whole situation on his own. She points out that all this is happening because he doesn’t have the law on his side just like his grandfather and eventually his mother always did. He asks her if she’s aware of the Shadows and he lets her know that they are the bosses behind the loan sharks and he informs her on their human trafficking, organ-selling and money-making activities and that the one in charge of this plague is president Kang. He accuses her that in the way she uses the law she eventually helps people like him. Do Hyung visited her as her son to ask for a favor since he’s willing to see this fight to the very end and reveal everything in order for justice to be served. She wouldn’t like her to side with them when he progresses his plan so that he won’t be ashamed of her. Last but not least, he lets her know that he’s going to find Joo Young no matter what.
His mother’s assistant can’t change Do Hyung’s mind, so he urges him to shake it up so that the whole world will hear the sound of his battle, then he’ll be able to win. Do Hyung meets Yoon Mi right away and they exchange information on the recent events. She also shows him a picture of Jin Sook with Joo Young who work under the S Loan Sharking moniker.
Tae Gyu lets him know that he saw a woman resembling Joo Young and everything becomes more apparent in Do Hyung’s mind even though he tells Tae Gyu he was mistaken. Do Hyung wants him to meet the bank director and he lets Yoon Mi know of his plan’s progress. The bank director’s not that pleased seeing him and he wants to talk to him somewhere else. Everything went according to plan and Yoon Mi appeared right on time when he was accepting Tae Gyu’s bribery! Not only the bank director gets arrested, but Tae Gyu as well since it’s his only chance to prove that he’s innocent concerning Hak Soo’s murder. Do Hyung is apologetic towards him, but it’s the only way for him to say everything they must know about Seryo construction.
Do Hyung visits Hammer Head who reassures him that the girl in the picture is Nae Il; Joo Young. He contacts her on the phone and after a few moments of silence he can finally talk to her. Since Jin Sook was around she pretended he called the wrong number. She goes inside her room and calls him back and he lets her know that he’s well aware of everything, but he would never be able to hate her. His feelings were always love-oriented towards her. He asks him if he recalls the first day they met and he refers to the very first day they met back in high school. He tried really hard to not remember, but his heart always recalled. Joo Young finally finds out he remembered everything all along the way, but he pretended he didn’t because that’s what she wanted.
Even if he told her he didn’t remember he was always diving in waves of remembrance, but he wanted to focus on the present. Had he told her he remembered everything he was afraid he would lose her and he would never be able to see her again. He’s apologetic, but he wasn’t trying to lie to her and Joo Young considers it her fault as both of them can’t hold back the tears. She misses the fact that they never got to reminisce about their past together. Do Hyung wants her to wait a bit more, all she has to do is to trust him. He also warns her that everything she’s been doing lately is dangerous and she shouldn’t get any closer to president Kang since everything’s almost over.
Jin Sook was waiting for her outside of her room and she knows she was talking to Do Hyung. Jin Sook wants to know who she would choose if she had to pick one between her and Do Hyung. She thinks that Joo Young wouldn’t be able to go back to him since she has gone a bit too far.
Tae Gyu’s behind bars and he’s disappointed with the way Do Hyung treated him as he feels betrayed. Hye Jung keeps drinking, but Yoon Mi appears and arrests her for her wrongdoings. Yoon Mi asks Do Hyung if he really wants her to go public with all the information and she gets the okay. Everything’s on the news and everyone becomes aware of Seryo Construction’s shady moves.
Do Hyung’s mother wants her assistant to meet the bank director and resolve things quietly. If he reveals everything he will serve only two years in prison and he will get 200 million ₩. Do Hyung’s mother met president Kang who’s not pleased with the sudden turn of events since many people were sacrificed for him to reach that point and he’s not willing to comply. Do Hyung’s mother asks him if he wants to spend the rest of his life in jail and informs him that the ones in higher positions have ordered him to leave quietly. If he follows her orders he should think of it as her last present to him. President Kang asks her if it’s because of her son, but she lets him know that it has nothing to do with him since she was only following orders from above. As for being an average mother to president Kang’s eyes, she let him know that she’s well aware of everything he was doing with body trafficking, etc and this meeting was her final warning.
Director Kim wanted to meet Do Hyung’s mother’s assistant. He was thinking of becoming the next president in president Kang’s place and he promotes his quiet way of solving things out. The assistant doesn’t want him to talk around about his intentions until he succeeds. Director Kim has already started his tour and he pretends to be Tae Gyu’s lawyer! He lets Tae Gyu know that the girl who passed away during the fire at the factory was Mi Sook and not Joo Young and he made him aware of Joo Young working for S Loan Sharking.
Joo Young receives a phone call from Hammer Head who informs her that president Kang wants to see her. By the time she arrives she finds out Hammer Head and his men were beaten up and director Kim is there! A fight is about to begin, but she’s willing to comply in order to meet president Kang and she gets captured. Director Kim takes a picture of her.
Do Hyung’s mother arrives at his house and she’s not pleased witnessing around pictures of Do Hyung and Joo Young. He saw the news and he’s thankful towards her, but at this point he received director Kim’s photo letting him know that president Kang is waiting for him. Do Hyung’s mother wants her assistant to follow him.
President Kang’s surprised to find out Joo Young had been alive all this time and he’s pleased with the sudden turn of events since she’s the motive they had been searching for all this time. However, he informs director Kim that it’s all over and that he should set her free. Do Hyung’s on his way there while director Kim intends to sell her off to a wealthy old man.
Shortly after, Do Hyung arrives and he enters president Kang’s hideout after beating up his men one after the other and everything’s between Do Hyung and president Kang. Do Hyung thinks he would never be worth of learning the meaning of forgiveness. Yoon Mi is ready to arrest him, but before that Do Hyung has to find Joo Young’s location. Do Hyung will have to find director Kim first! Do Hyung’s boiling with anger and he can’t hold back his tears as his mother orders his assistant to take president Kang out of the picture.
Do Hyung leaves to find director Kim and that chickenhearted excuse of a man was hiding nearby! He can finally sit in president Kang’s seat and as expected, he’s hungry! I couldn’t stop laughing when he asked “will you?” in the exact same way as president Kang! He’s got some personality issues! He’s heading towards Jin Gi’s office, but Hammer Head was hiding and let Do Hyung know of Joo Young’s location!
Do Hyung arrives and beats up everyone in a fierce battle and he’s more than glad he was finally able to find her! She can’t hold back her tears seeing him harmed, but all he wants is for both of them to go home together. One of the men he beat up tried to kill him, but Yoon Mi’s revolver was faster this time and saved Do Hyung’s life.
While Do Hyung and Yoon Mi were leaving Tae Gyu stabbed him for lying to him about Mi Sook and using him. Once again, he doesn’t receive an answer, but Do Hyung’s apology for one more time. The giant lies on the ground wounded and bleeding. Joo Young presses her hands against his wound as time flows in slow motion.
Do Hyung’s undergoing surgery and even then his world can only be filled with Joo Young. Dressed as a groom he welcomes Joo Young, his beautiful bride, in his life under the eternal vows of love. Along with Do Hyung’s final lasting tear through his kiss with Joo Young and the cardiac arrest that occurred i am pretty certain a bit part of the audience went through a cardiac arrest as well until he came back alive! The “?” on the cardiograph was heartbreaking for a while.
Joo Young’s by the pier in Incheon and Do Hyung appears on his bike! The answer to why he was looking at her was because he likes her and he intends to keep looking at her! Joo Young intends to do the same and happiness blossoms the way it should between them! On a side note, Jin Sook’s the new president and president Kang’s hideout will undergo changes to suit her taste! “Will you?”
I’d do anything for you, noona!
Thoughts: Where to start and where to end, what a drama! I am so glad i never gave up on My Beautiful Bride during the very first episodes where everything was kind of confusing. My patience was rewarded in the best possible way and i have no regrets, there’s only a sense of fulfillment floating all over the place and it’s always related to the flow of the drama throughout the episodes and the rewarding ending.
My Beautiful Bride was a victim, a victim of its own capabilities and the fact that it was a proper drama far away from idols and flowers, hence it wasn’t given the attention it deserved. It’s sad that people may watch a drama that is not worth their time simply because of a face while setting aside a drama that has the potential to make them enjoy its story, cinematography, acting and other parameters that make a drama worth watching. Enough with this paradox, let’s head towards My Beautiful Bride again.
Do Hyung and president Kang’s verbal confrontation in the very beginning was essential. It presented the collision of two different worlds. Do Hyung’s universe was the one where purity of emotion does exist and preserving it to the fullest is a matter of life and death. He put his life on the line to protect the meaning seemingly idealist or naive words possess, words that have partially lost their meaning nowadays, but in Do Hyung’s dictionary they shine with the brightest of letters.
President Kang’s world was the one resembling a mire filled with negativity and blood for profit’s sake. It’s always about profit and it doesn’t matter how you acquire it as long as you achieve your ultimate goal. He wanted to affiliate Do Hyung because he could acknowledge his value and stubbornness when it comes to a higher cause, but president Kang’s cause was the lowest of the low and someone like Do Hyung would never want to prosper in a place where Shadows lurk and degrade human life countless times a day.
Do Hyung neither wants to keep the wheel rotating nor he intends to get trampled by the wheel itself. He intends to shatter it, it’s a part of his promise so that the world will become a place where Joo Young will be able to live without fear, but with passion for life. That’s when all of their stolen moments will be able to blossom and breathe anew under a brighter horizon.
Yoon Mi took care of the useless internal affairs officer who was ordered to make her life more difficult. She was well aware that what Hyeong Sik did was more than wrong, but apart for that he was an exemplary officer who lurked too much in the world of Shadows and he was unable to resurface without losing everything that was dear to him, Yoon Mi and his life as a police officer. He paid with his life for all the crimes he committed while protecting her and leaning towards the righteous side after 3 years of disclosing information.
We never received an answer to the reasons why he helped the Shadows in the first place and let’s take into consideration the fact that he was enraged towards Do Hyung and his family’s wealthy background that can achieve everything. I will stick to my arch assumption, since his mother was at the hospital and he couldn’t pay for her treatment, that’s why he started cooperating with the Shadows in order to be able to do at least that much for his mother’s health, but once you enter this world there’s never an easy way out.
Do Hyung’s mother had quite an important role during the ending episode of the drama. She may not have acquired Do Hyung’s cooperation as he was willing to see it to the very end by any means necessary, but she was always one step ahead of her own son. She definitely wanted to help him in order to remain alive in this power struggle, but she also wanted to preserve her own status by protecting the ones in higher positions and taking care of everything when it comes to the ones below. Once Do Hyung didn’t comply to her will, her assistant moved on with her side-plan by urging him to let everyone know of the whole truth by using the media as a powerful weapon and his mother moved on according to plan.
She was the illegally legal missing link between the higher grounds and the underworld and she took care of everything in a civilized yet threatening way. She’s someone whose presence and power would convince remorseless people like president Kang step back and set aside everything they had accomplished so far, even if the cost was far too great to reach that position. She was straight forward towards president Kang and his reign was over by the time she left his hideout.
Ko Sung Hee has a long way ahead, but she was definitely better and way more expressive than her role in the parody of a drama named Night Watchman’s Journal. She has progressed for sure and i am curious to find out which her next steps will be. Throughout the episode Joo Young was always trying to find a way to get closer to president Kang as a part of Jin Sook’s plan. She was determined to see it to the very end even though Do Hyung’s phone call seemed to have halted her advance.
It was a heartfelt conversation between two figures craving for one another in their lives, but the present was too ominous to be together. Do Hyung didn’t only warn her, but he explained everything in detail for her to wait for him a little bit more until they cross paths again once and for all. Joo Young became aware that he knew everything all along the way and even though he tried, he could never erase Joo Young oriented memories from his mind.
After all she was his whole life, how could he forget each and every moment they met and each and every word they exchanged? He could only pretend he didn’t remember since it’s something she wanted in order to rewrite her life. What hurt the most was the fact that under these circumstances they never got to reminisce about the past together as it was a common secret that everything began 3 years ago.
Everything progressed according to plan, Hye Jung and the bank director were arrested alongside Tae Gyu and everything was on the news. Tae Gyu felt betrayed by Do Hyung since he didn’t expect this turn of events, but it was the only way to protect him until he had confessed the whole truth that was needed for the case’s closure. Director Kim played really well his Tae Gyu card and made him feel completely used by Do Hyung to the extent of suddenly finding out that Mi Sook was no longer among the living. A desolate man’s mourning was used as a weapon by the most coward figure in My Beautiful Bride. It was the beginning of his foul ambitions and short vision’s end, especially after he kidnapped Joo Young and triggered Do Hyung’s massive rage.
Do Hyung’s furious threnody in front of president Kang in order to find Joo Young’s location was boiling all over the place. His distress was so immense he could only cry in order to get rid of all this unrequited tension within. Hammer Head played his own part as a deus ex machina and Do Hyung delivered welcome amounts of pain, but he received quite a few powerful blows as well. He wasn’t at his finest since his mind was diving in Joo Young oriented depths more than ever before, he couldn’t afford to lose her at the very end, but he took care of everyone on his way in order to save her.
When Joo Young’s revolver was fast enough to save Do Hyung’s life, Tae Gyu’s jackknife was faster. His blurry mind could only think of Do Hyung as someone who deserved punishment, that’s when director Kim lost any right to become the president, but i am more than glad Jin Sook’s elegance held the scepter of the Shadows. At least things are going to get a bit classy on the surface while all that stench will keep nurturing itself in the outskirts of life! In the end, Do Hyung may not had crushed the wheel, but he shattered a few of its easily replaceable cogwheels. The circle never ends, only the faces change and eventually the masks.
The titan may had embraced the ground after Tae Gyu’s powerful blow and the “?” on the cardiograph sent us to hell and back, but i loved the scene. Do Hyung didn’t see his life passing before his very eyes while his pulse was getting weaker and weaker. It was always about his wedding with Joo Young, a kiss and the end could follow. But he was stronger than death because love was his everlasting motive and this is what kept him among the living so that he would be able to treasure Joo Young’s presence in his life.
We had to wait for 16 whole episodes to witness Kim Moo Yul’s brightest smile, but it was worth the dystopia and the devastation inside My Beautiful Bride’s craters. Do Hyung’s smile was his reward, but it rewarded the audience as well in the most exemplary way as it was depicting everything that passed and most and above all, everything that lies ahead for him and Joo Young! The fact that the ending was by the piers of Incheon was a wonderful idea, it brought the most beautiful closure. It was the place she went to after she disappeared from his life and it’s where he found her again.
My Beautiful Bride was Moo Yul’s personal business and he proved it all along the way with his unerring interpretation in such a physically and emotionally demanding role. He surpassed any possible expectations concerning Do Hyung’s presentation to the extent of making himself an irreplaceable and integral part of the drama itself and its success.
Most of the villainous figures were presented in an exemplary way with their own characteristics by the actresses and the actors behind them and president Kang’s “will you?” can become legendary already. I liked Lee Si Young’s interpretation and role, after all she wasn’t the main figure since the drama was Do Hyung oriented. Given the circumstances and the fact that her investigation was always being held behind by Hyeong Sik’s actions everything started gradually rolling after she put her trust in Do Hyung and his intentions. She was helpful in her own way as she was heading towards her unavoidable hurt given Hyeong Sik’s background. Lee Si Young’s expressive stare was always representative of the emotional depth of the circumstances.
I loved My Beautiful Bride for all the thick darkness through cracks of light, it was delightful in its overall gloominess. There was tension all over the place and explosive fight choreography, but there were soothing aspects and a sense of eloquent yet heartrending romance along with moments that would let the story flow. The drama owes a lot to its soundtrack for entrancing the scenes with tremendous amounts of feels and eventually completing them in an unerring way. Another key factor has to be the cinematography through which the world of My Beautiful Bride was depicted, the closeups were delivering the characters’ internal world in a more vibrant way whereas the angles and perspectives were completing the whole scenery. It’s one of these dramas you watch only once since it won’t possess the same dynamics the second time, but the whole time you spent with My Beautiful Bride throughout its 16 episodes was all worth the journey and the destination!
Home is where the heart is.