Yong Pal ~ Episode 16 Recap [TriAngle]
“It was a tragedy created by the 12th floor,
By everyone’s desire for power,
But this is the 13th floor.
If i tear down the 12th floor,
This place will also fall apart.
I just want to climb down from here.
You can be comfortable and enjoy the nice view from here,
But there are people, streams and trails down there.
And there’s also the Hill of Wind.
Everything we need to be happy is there.
So, will you come with me?
Of course, it would be difficult, right?”
∠ ~ Flames of war.
Yeo Jin chose war over chairman Choi’s proposal and she’s heading towards her office while Tae Hyun’s concerned. Yeo Jin wants the board of directors to head towards her office as well, the preparations of the war room have began and Yeo Jin needs only elite members in the field in order to bombard Daejung Group successfully. Sang Chul informed Tae Hyun that Daejung Group is powerful as well, but as soon as he’s around he could take care of them on his own since he’s a martial arts specialist! His only disadvantage is the fact that he’s one year younger than Tae Hyun and he’s apologetic!
The directors think that Hanshin Group won’t emerge victorious from the forthcoming war since the company’s current dynamics don’t have the potential to withstand such circumstances. Yeo Jin enters her office and she repeats everything they were talking about with her combative attitude! She takes off her earrings and she’s getting ready and comfortable for the battle! Eventually, everyone pledges allegiance to her and she lets them know that if they lose ground here then it’s all over. If she had offered Do Joon as sacrifice then everyone would think that she obeyed Daejung’s orders and Hanshin Group would be ignored by everyone.
Tae Hyun’s inside the forlorn garden and once he went back to the mansion to have breakfast he noticed that everyone has taken the war preparations too seriously. It’s something that had its own effect on the breakfast menu as which was the 1/30 of the first breakfast they prepared for him! Tae Hyun’s got an idea and he needs their presence at the greenhouse! He wants the housemaid and the kitchen personnel to help him plant lavenders and make the garden full of life anew!
Yeo Jin wants everyone to wear comfortable clothes and she intends to let them do anything they wantto! However, if they won’t find Daejung Group’s weaknesses everything will be over for them! The main target will be Daejung Motors which is a core company of Daejung Group. Everyone’s relaxing and Yeo Jin would like to listen to some insightful proposals. One of the employees noticed through Daejung Group’s emails that they use a code word quite often; lavender. Yeo Jin could read through the lines and she’s aware that it must be a business that has to do with the secret Sung Hoon stole from Hanshin Group. The company related to Daejung Bio is Alexon Biotech and both of them are under investigation by Yeo Jin’s war unit!
Once the market opened Alexon Biotech became the first target. They have to buy it at all costs and all the subsidiaries of Hanshin Group will have to invest their money into this deal in order to inflict major damage upon Daejung Group! The board of directors won’t be able to leave the building and their cellphones will be collected by secretary Min since the plan will proceed at all costs without any information leaking!
A massage feels essential for a person like chairman Choi and he was at ease since they’ve got a traitor among Yeo Jin’s ranks, secretary Min. The phone call they were expecting was an ominous one and chairman Choi’s enraged with everything going on with Alexon Biotech! The war has officially began from both sides! Yeo Jin became aware that Daejung Group tries to find who they are and since they will eventually find out everything she wants to inform them in the first place and head towards a clean fight! Chairman Choi became aware that Hanshin Group is behind the Alexon Biotech incident and he can’t run away from this war even at the cost of losing everything! Hanshin Group raises the price by 30% and it’s only the beginning! The stakes have reached a higher point and Daejung Group raises the price without listing a selling price. It’s time for Yeo Jin to bid and chairman Choi doubles the bidding. While chairman Choi thought Hanshin Group had surrendered Yeo Jin’s team managed to acquire it and raise the call price by 10%! Chairman Choi took it back and raised it by 20%. Once it got raised by 40% Yeo Jin ordered everyone to cancel the order.
In the meantime, Do Joon was escaping and the security chief called secretary Min who informed chairman Choi’s right hand. Chairman Choi found out that Do Joon escaped and that Hanshin Group gave up at the same time! Chairman Choi wanted to cancel the order as well, but the deal was completed at their final offer! He may had lost the battle, but all the money he lost could be considered the price for Do Joon’s body. Daejung Group spent 2.5 trillion ₩ to buy the company and Yeo Jin thinks that she delivered a powerful lesson for now pointing out that chairman Choi will be quiet for a while!
∠ ~Avoiding fate isn’t possible.
Tae Hyun recalls Yeo Jin’s words that Do Joon has to die by her hands and he wants Sang Chul’s help. After reassuring him that it’s for the good of the company and the chairwoman and that Tae Hyun will take full responsibility Sang Chul decided to help him and Chief Surgeon Lee will be a part of the plan. Chief Surgeon Lee was conflicted, but he obeyed Tae Hyun’s request by preparing Do Joon’s awakening. Nurse Kang’s replacement couldn’t possibly tell what was going on and Chief Surgeon Lee had to take him to the operating room! On their way there Sang Chul dressed as a nurser took care of the security guards and Tae Hyun managed to take Do Joon with him.
Tae Hyun’s on his way to the helipad where Chae Young keeps waiting for them in order to secure Do Joon’s escape root. Do Joon woke up and he’s freaking out due to the information overload about escaping abroad. Yeo Jin had already noticed that Tae Hyun must have helped Do Joon escape, but she’s also aware that Daejung Group must be after him. Yeo Jin knew that secretary Min was reporting to chairman Choi’s right hand and she points out that she just protected Hanshin Group and betrayed her husband.
Even though Tae Hyun informs Do Joon that things are more dangerous than they appear to be since Daejung Group’s after him, he still intends to cooperate with them and reveal valuable information by making a deal. Do Joon’s back to his ecstatic good old self while Yeo Jin’s about to lose herself in tears and wears her sunglasses.
Right before reaching the helipad Do Joon started a fight and knocked down Tae Hyun and Sang Chul! He thinks that Daejung Group has no evidence about him killing Sung Hoon and he got out of the car to start waving full of happiness towards the cars of Daejung Group! One of the cars hit him while Chae Young was witnessing the whole scene! Do Joon’s on the ground and one of chairman Choi’s men put the chairman on video call to witness Do Joon’s final moments as the knife was putting an end to his life. The last person he saw was Chae Young’s agonizing face but he didn’t have the time to utter a single word while passing away in her arms.
∠ ~The crown of leaving.
While Yeo Jin was eating Tae Hyun returned back to the household and all he wants to know is that it wasn’t her the one who murdered Do Joon, but Yeo Jin tends to differ and most and above all, she’s not lying. She was aware that he would help Do Joon escape and she also knew that secretary Min would inform Daejung Group, so she let everything flow accordingly, it felt like she ordered them to do so. Tae Hyun feels used, but Yeo Jin points out that rather than using him, she needed to create the illusion of someone handing Do Joon over to Daejung Group since she couldn’t do it by herself.
Tae Hyun as a naïve and idealistic humanist was perfect for this since nobody would doubt his good intentions. Daejung Group doesn’t know that she handed Do Joon over to them and Yeo Jin emphasizes on the fact that this is who she really is. She asks him if he regrets saving her from the 12th floor and the answer is positive. Yeo Jin had already found out that his mother had died because of her and she can acknowledge why he regrets saving her while Tae Hyun’s tears had already started flowing.
Late at night Yeo Jin recalls Tae Hyun’s ongoing acts of kindness towards her and all the beautiful moments they shared. Everything feels so warm yet so distand and Tae Hyun is in a like-minded mood as as he recalls all the moments he saved her life. It’s a long flashback scene reminding us why we loved this couple and where they found themselves at the present.
The next morning Tae Hyun found Yeo Jin at the garden and both of them were calm at that point. But it was neither anger nor disappointment on Tae Hyun’s behalf, it was sorrow. Yeo Jin’s apologetic and she intends to help him feel better, but Tae Hyun points out that she’s the one looking sad while she urges him not to leave since she’ll be left in the darkness anew. Tae Hyun doesn’t blame her and he emphasizes on the fact that his mother didn’t die because of her, but he doesn’t blame himself either since his mother didn’t pass away because of his incompetence. It was a tragedy created by the 12th floor through everyone’s desire for power.
Tae Hyun intends to go back to his place, but Yeo Jin would like him to stay and tear down the 12th floor, restructure Hanshin Hospital and do anything he wants to. Tae Hyun is apologetic and he points out that this place is the 13th floor and if he brings down the 12th one this one will collapse as well. All he wants is to climb down from there while Yeo Jin will be enjoying her nice view. However, there are people, streams and trails down below, but also the Hill of Wind where happiness lies. Tae Hyun urges her to follow him, but suddenly it feels so difficult to leave behind everything she acquired as a chairwoman and she’s apologetic for intending to stay where she belongs to, the swamp where crocodiles live.
The moment she pointed out that the picnic’s over Tae Hyun indicated that there will come a time when she will miss these picnics. But when the time comes she could go to him anytime since he’ll be waiting for her. Before leaving, Tae Hyun could only offer her a heartfelt hug and wish her well while tears started flowing.
The moment Yeo Jin noticed the revived garden within the garden she could only shed her bitterest tears after she found out that Tae Hyun made it happen. It wasn’t easy for Tae Hyun to leave, but he had to do so and he left everything behind and Yeo Jin ordered Sang Chul to take care of him! Tae Hyun’s inside Sang Chul’s car and since Tae Hyun has a place to stay and Sang Chul doesn’t they could become roommates! Chae Young’s last farewell to Do Joon takes place and her tears keep burning her face; ashes to ashes and dust to dust.
◎ ~ Circular view.
Alright, it’s official, we’re one week before Yong Pal closes its curtains and i am not ready to say goodbye. The 16th episode reached 20.2% and Yong Pal shows that it established itself above 20% as it walks towards its final airing week. Could it be possible that it will break yet another personal record during the 17th and/or 18th episodes? It’s almost certain dare i say, it’s Yong Pal after all!
Whether it was definitive or temporary, the 16th episode brought twofold closure to many aspects of the storyline leaving us lying in utter uncertainty of what could possibly happen during the last forthcoming episodes in a week’s time. It’s this very specific type of a cliffhanger that lessens your patience and intrigues your drama survival instincts.
Yeo Jin would never pace with chairman Choi’s flow, war was the only option and it was a major challenge for her to test her leadership capabilities as a combative chairwoman. Daejung Group was stronger at that point and everyone knew it, but arrogance is never a wise consultant. Yeo Jin was aware of it and she entered the chessboard willing to play the opponent’s game and defeat him in his own territory by using his most powerful card as his one and only weakness.
She became comfortable for the fight in order for everyone to be at ease so that everyone would pour their minds without further stress into the higher cause which was no other than emerging victorious. The threat was there that if the battle was lost it would be over for everyone, but as a chairwoman she was there for everyone to witness her during every step of the battle in order to make the crucial decisions while always being at the front line.
Yeo Jin was mocking Daejung Group’s grandeur and kept on bluffing up to the very end to the extent of surrendering the right moment. Exiting the game didn’t mean defeat simply because the opponent found himself in a raging torrent that devoured tremendous amounts of money while Yeo Jin was proving her worth by securing her present for an even more productive future when it comes to Hanshin Group. Now that Daejung Group’s out of the picture Yeo Jin’s temperament will be able to shine in the world of business amid important political and economical circles.
Tae Hyun had to save Do Joon at all costs, he could foresee that things wouldn’t flow well for him, but what he wouldn’t witness was the fact that Yeo Jin would shamelessly use him for her own cause. Having Sang Chul and Chief Surgeon Lee by his side he managed to take Do Joon out of the 12th floor while he had arranged everything with Chae Young. Everything was flowing well until Do Joon woke up. Now that he was finally free he could set aside all of his recent fears and emotional concerns, but also the sense of clarity that had overran him temporarily.
Capturing a beast will only make it reveal its most humane side since the world it knew had collapsed and it should acclimate itself after finding itself in a hostile and foreign environment. Once the beast returned back to the jungle it knew its real nature will reveal itself anew. This is what happened with Do Joon. However, i still think that Do Joon’s rare heartfelt moments we had the chance to treasure were sincere regardless of the outcome.
Once he found out that he would escape abroad his plans to reclaim everything would automatically vanish overnight. He couldn’t surrender to Yeo Jin, his ego wouldn’t let him even though Tae Hyun had warned him that things have changed to the point of no return. His arrogance along with his ambitions wouldn’t let him read through the lines even though everything was crystal clear before his very eyes. What he saw as the vehicle that would enthrone him anew by revealing valuable information was the implement that would knock him down and drain all life out of his body.
Seeing the cars approaching in such ecstasy was Do Joon’s real nature which was proving how blinded he was by all this negativity running through his veins. He was only finding happiness through the void that was harming everyone around him and that void was the one that silenced him once and for all. In a manner of speaking, he paid for his crimes through an irony of fate while bringing gruesome pleasure to the eyes of his executioner through a video call.
Chae Young had to go through the same scene twice in such a limited period of time, but the last one was fatal. At least Do Joon departed from this world in the arms of the only person he ever loved after reconciling with her and the fact that he didn’t have the chance to say anything before passing away was encapsulated in his final lasting tear which is what i will keep from Do Joon’s shameful course. Chae Young’s arms would be the one and only proper hearse for him and it was the most cleansing closure for someone like Do Joon, even though it was a lethal one. Yeo Jin’s tears while knowing what would happen to Do Joon were highly representative of her internal struggle. Instead of making the right choice she decided to use her sunglasses as the veil that would hide the sincerity of her eyes and her soul eventually.
Tae Hyun didn’t want to believe that Yeo Jin had ordered Do Joon’s murder and he needed to believe that she was lying, but Yeo Jin was disarming and sincerely sharp. She was aware of each and every step taking place behind her back and her fake ignorance served her purpose well. Tae Hyun’s humanitarian nature was the most ideal illusion she could create in order to conceal any aspect of her crucial participation in this violent plan. She was the mastermind of two successful missions at the same time, she won the war and she also took Do Joon out of the picture, bu the cost was more than she could bear.
She didn’t only betray Tae Hyun whom she dearly loved, she also made his character’s purity look like a puppet on her bloodstained hands. It’s something that made him regret saving her in the first place and he did save her life quite a few times to be honest. Tae Hyun never truly regretted saving her life and that’s why his eyes were closed when he gave voice to these words. He’s not the person that would regret saving one’s life, it’s one of the parts that define him. What he really regretted was his inability to tame and eventually silence Yeo Jin’s vengeful beast with love. Tae Hyun’s tears at the end of the scene were falling like razors from the shattered mirrors of his eyes simply because Yeo Jin’s reflection wasn’t the one that was originally carved upon the retina of his eyes.
Out of all their solitary yet always connected nighttime presentations this one was the most heartrending of all. It was in the wake of both our figures’ emotional devastation and the fact that they were reminiscing only beautiful moments was making the warmth of all these heartfelt scenes even more distant, like an unattainable dream. The whole flashback scene reminded us of the reasons why we loved this couple, but it was also reminding us the dreadful present under the sleepless stare of the uncertain future.
Last night’s tension and emotional collapse had surrendered and both of them could be emotionally sincere. Yeo Jin’s beast left this world behind along with Do Joon and she was rushing to walk the pathway upon which she met Tae Hyun. But it was too late and the ongoing present would never be enough to counter everything that happened recently. Tae Hyun was neither angry nor disappointed, he referred to sadness. Of course he was sad, but the real sadness he was referring to was the one which was breathing through Yeo Jin. Even at that point he was still thinking of her in his renowned selfless and always caring way.
He could see how devastated she was since she wasn’t being herself while she was being overran by vengeful thoughts which led to sickening actions even though she was trying to convince everyone that this is who she really was. At the end of the day, she failed to convince the most important person except for Tae Hyun, herself. She was always in conflict with herself even though she was trying to hide and eventually consume it and even if she did, she could never digest it.
Even though Tae Hyun can’t have Yeo Jin by his side, this violent ride was cleansing for him. He doesn’t blame Yeo Jin for his mother’s death, but the most important part of the story is that he finally had the chance to reconcile with himself and embrace the fact that she didn’t pass away because of his incompetence. It was the 12th floor’s wrongdoing which was being fueled by everyone’s desire for wealth and power. Tearing down the 12th floor and restructuring Hanshin Hospital were two aspects that Tae Hyun was looking forward to, but it was an option before these crimes took place. The 12th floor’s sickening essence had emerged victorious and if he had to tear it apart at the present it would make the 13th floor collapse as well and it’s Yeo Jin’s last vanguard of her world’s remains. Being surrounded by so much green and so many flowers was a great contrast to their personal blight.
Tae Hyun values the simple joys of life and he wants to climb down from the 13th floor. Tae Hyun held out his hand in order for Yeo Jin to follow him there where beauty lies and fulfill the promise they sealed at the Hill of Wind. However, she can’t leave behind the new world she built with all these cruel methods. The 13th floor is the deepest pit in reverse, it may be seemingly up high, but it’s only the reflection of a place where life perishes. I hope that Yeo Jin’s escapism won’t blossom anew in Tae Hyun’s absence and i hope that the lavender garden Tae Hyun brought to life with love for her will progress its healing process and it won’t turn into another ghastly memory for the second time. It was the most beautiful part of that “war” and Tae Hyun made it happen even though Yeo Jin’s fragrance was losing itself in the mud.
All these beautiful memories Yeo Jin forged with Tae Hyun could only appear like a blissful picnic to her at this very moment. However, Tae Hyun was well aware that there will come a day when she will miss the very soul and essence of such enchanting picnics and he will be there, waiting for her. Tae Hyun could only depart with one of his renowned heartfelt hugs while Yeo Jin would cry her bitterest tears inside the lavender garden. The lavender didn’t bloom in Provence, it bloomed somewhere much closer than she would ever expect and being there in black clothing felt like she was mourning the loss of something far too great, but through loss comes rebirth.
Tae Hyun indicating that he will leave after washing his face was a powerful yet simplistic metaphor that he wanted to leave that place as pure as possible, that’s why he didn’t take anything with him. He will have Sang Chul by his side so that Yeo Jin will make sure Tae Hyun will be fine and i foresee either a drama time jump or a sudden turn of events deriving from Chae Young’s decisive mourning stare at the very end of the episode. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, along with Do Joon’s body Chae Young bid farewell herself, the one she formed the moment she married him, the one she lost the moment his body got engulfed by flames. As for Chae Young, were they flames of renewal or flames of a forthcoming desperate act of revenge?