HanaKimi’s “Cheese in the trap” ending ~ point of view

cheese in a trap

Hello Dramajjangers

There is a lot of talk about “Cheese in the trap” ending. Here I am to express how I felt watching the last two episodes. To be honest unlike most people, I wasn’t that disappointed in general, but definitely there was something missing…

Was it because I was interested in all the characters? The fact that I liked how the writers kept unrevealing emotions or lastly that I haven’t read the webtoon? But unlike other endings where my frustration made me want to smash my laptop, this one was surely interesting.

I’m gonna be focusing to the parts that got my attention the most. Firstly on In Ha’s hospitalization. Did I feel bad for her? Hmmm yes that was a bit rough, but her temper really had gotten out of hand. There is difference in trying to help someone by mental support because you care, than helping because you don’t want to get your name involved. Well In Ha didn’t seem changed, after all in the last episode she acted like her usual annoying self. At least she realised the best person to be by her side was the short senior. I Mean I loved how he stayed, at the hospital next to In Ho worrying about her. He even went to Seol for help, that guy is my hero ♥ The other couples were cute too and the stories were lovable a bit short maybe, but that’s what happens when you have three main characters to cover.

Because In Ho was definitely not a second lead. Did it bother me that he got plenty air time in the last episodes? It didn’t. Honesty I loved In Ho’s character and although, similar types in other dramas are loud and frustrating, Seo Kang Joon did a great job. But I wish as much as his personality and story was explained, the same thing would happen with Yoo Jung.

That is what concerns me the most. I never fully got to understand Yoo Jung’s character and I really wanted to. He was the most interesting and all we got where some short summed up flashbacks. How did Seol change him? Was he really changed by the relationship? Why did he leave? How did he settle things? Did he really shorten things out with himself and then read Seol’s mails? All these things, I feel like they stayed questions and where things that needed to be explained.

Another character that didn’t redeem himself was Yoo Jung’s father. There wasn’t a closure to his relationship with his son and the Baek siblings.

In conclusion what I loved in “Cheese in the Trap” was that is showed realistic human emotions and characters. I don’t regret watching the drama and when I get to score it, it is going to get an 8/10 for sure!

What did you guys think about the ending? I haven’t read the webtoon (I wish, but I don’t have time), is it that different and disappointing compared to the drama?


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  1. humbledaisy1
    March 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    I liked the ending – it didn’t seem unusually odd. However, the whole last episode seemed a little short. I just felt like I needed a little more information. Where did Jung go exactly? Did he travel or work or go to extensive counseling? I did like the time jump and the “what happened to so and so” section and I also liked seeing In Ho look at the audience and realize who was actually important to him. Maybe I’ll need some more rewatches in order to make more sense of this all.

    • March 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm — Reply

      Even if you rewatch it, are the answers there? That is what troubles me… I like your take on In Ho and who is important in the audience. I didn’t think of that : )

  2. Sereena
    March 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    I was really disappointed in how Cheese in the Trap ended. When the show first started I pictured the ending to be completely different. Cheese in the Trap really just left me confused.

    • March 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm — Reply

      I couldn’t see the ending from the beginning, but there where many things that where left as questions.

  3. March 4, 2016 at 2:44 am — Reply

    Surprisingly, I wasn’t as disappointed as the others. There were “could-have-beens” but in general, I felt okay. Maybe I was too biased babbling about InHo’s awesomeness that’s why I didn’t mind his screentime so much. From the very start, I always see CITT with three leads. I just hoped Yoo Jung’s arc was explained a bit better.

    • March 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm — Reply

      I agree with you, In Ho was great. I wish I had someone like him, in my life hehehe

  4. March 4, 2016 at 9:01 am — Reply

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  5. Wannie
    March 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    I read the webtoon and i couldn’t continue watching the drama after episode 12/13. For me, the drama somehow lost its sparks and the characters were not as interesting as they were before.

    • March 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm — Reply

      is it different from the webtoon?

    • March 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm — Reply


    • March 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm — Reply

      Interestingly I dropped it by episode 12 and started reading the webtoon instead. Just started so I don’t know yet how different it is, but as much as I liked (and probably preferred) In-Ho, and wouldn’t have minded him getting the girl (on the contrary), Jung’s past was mainly what I was waiting for. The guy was pretty much a psycho, and I wanted to understand why.

      • March 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm — Reply

        Yeah please let me know, if the webtoon explains Jung’s character better, because I think that in the drama’s prespective he was misjudged.

  6. March 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    if i lived in a vacuum, where i didn’t read recaps and opinions….i think i would have liked the series better. the whole dog & pony show with park hae jin, the writers, the webtoon author, and worst of all- phj’s fangirls….really annoyed me and sort of coated the drama in distastefulness.

    my take on the drama was that from the beginning, i saw the baek twins and yung as the damaged trio with a major backstory; and seoul as the fulcrum by which those three were enlightened, their issues explored, and healing could either begin; or not. thus, inho’s role in the drama was critical to the story and valid. despite screen time issues for phj, and screams of foul by his fangirls. yoo jung’s problem was really quite dangerous to seoul and for several episodes i actively wished she would consider inho; my sympathies, empathy, and affection for his character outstripped that of jung’s.

    where things derailed some, in my mind; was when the writers started externalizing conflict ie; bringing in gangsters to up the tension for inho. bringing in that ridiculous bloody auto accident as a plot device to stop jung in his tracks whereby he would finally realize there were consequences to his psychosis. because it was definitely psychosis; however lovely the man is. the other thing which could have helped the flow was some of the manipulation arcs should have been dropped. there wasn’t enough growth for jung after each arc, he kept repeating the same mistakes until the auto crash shortwired his reflection time; then he went & sorted things offscreen. not the best way to script a drama.

    at the end i can say it was flawed; mainly because it held more potential than most. but it was memorable, and the acting was very solid. all of the more important questions were answered in some fashion; but many of the nuances weren’t resolved which is a shame. the subtleties that were in this drama, however…were still light years ahead of the pack.

    • March 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm — Reply

      I too get influenced by comments and articles and I’m glad, that I didn’t have much time to read them. I finished the drama first and then searched the posts. I mostly agree with you Yoo Jung’s mentality was not healthy like In Ha’s and that was never solved. Maybe more episodes where needed.

      • hariaharia
        March 6, 2016 at 10:17 am — Reply

        That’s why I avoided AM’94 at the first place. I watched it when things had cooled off, fanwars had eventually stopped and people had moved on to other dramas (where they more or less did the same thing because, let’s face it, mass hysteria DOES exist!)

        • March 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm — Reply

          I did the same thing with Reply 2994 (isn’t this the drama you mean)?

    • hariaharia
      March 6, 2016 at 10:32 am — Reply

      Things probably derailed when the webtoon’s author asked for heavy adaptation from her original work, the toon’s fandom wanted to watch the live-action of their beloved CitT, tvN had to deal with two completely different approaches, the PD thought she could prevent the ruckus by giving us more of In-ho’s backstory (besides, this cable loves the Second Lead Syndrome among fangirls) and the actors did what they were asked to do (as it always happens in dramas with no A-list actors to begin with). I’d be extremely happy,if everyone’s careers are saved after this mess (which I doubt).

      • March 6, 2016 at 10:36 pm — Reply

        you think it is that big deal? I don’t know I love all the actors of “Cheese in the trap” and I hope they have good works after that. Also for the guy of “School 2015” that was in “Cheese in the trap”, Joo Hyuk if this is his name.

      • March 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm — Reply

        i don’t think its going to hurt the guys careers…they’ve both got things lined up; or on offer atm. the ratings were high and as they say, bad publicity is better than no publicity. sjk’s social media accounts skyrocketed during citt and phj’s buzz is very strong. its her i’m worried about. she will probably do film, but i’m hoping she won’t stay away; nor be shunted from, drama productions. she is super talented.

  7. March 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    one last bit i should add:
    i felt the writer’s resolutions for the baek sibs was unsatisfying. they were in essence, a part of jung’s family. neither yung nor his father recognized the emotional responsibilities nor the weight that carried in care for these two; and the ending didn’t address it morally or ethically at all. jung visiting in ha at the psychiatric hospital and saying that to her; in my mind; illustrated that he had in fact; not learned a thing. thus, even three years later he didn’t deserve seoul.

    • March 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm — Reply

      Hmmmm yes. I as well was dissapointed about leaving things in the family like this. More than Yoo Jung’s visit, his father was way worse. It seems like Yoo Jung somehow let them go in a peaceful mind, his father didn’t even care about them , after living with them for many years.

  8. Elena
    March 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    I agree with your review almost 100%, hehe! 🙂
    Maybe it’s because I never read the webtoon. I enjoyed how they put the focus not only in Seol and Jung, but also paid attention to In Ho, …I even found In Ha’s character to be interesting. In general, I missed more development for all of them and the final felt a bit rushed, but I am quite satisfied with the story.

    And overall, I fell in love with In Ho *-* Never considered him a second lead, he was more the 3rd main lead here and his story with Seol was much more than the romantic side. They were not meant to be together but Seol was so important for In Ho, she brought him back to life. I loved their story, even if I prefer Seol being a couple with Jung…

    All the actors were great and I will miss them. Seo Kang Joon stole my heart, but Lee Sung Kyung, Kim Go Eun and Park Hae Jin were also fantastic. I will look forward to their next projects. 😀

    • March 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm — Reply

      Yeah I couldn’t agree more with your comment : )

  9. Noor
    March 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    It is weird how the flashback of Seol X Jung relationship at the end made me smile like a silly and at the same time made me think…after all people who warmed your heart once always have a very special place even if you deny.. same goes for cheese in the trap, it warmed my heart and so it is not going to made me regret watching it! But i wanted more and more yet i wanted to feel satisfied… well i am just conflicted!

    Come back soon after your migration! 😀

    • March 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm — Reply

      I know I don’t regret watching “Cheese in the Trap” either despite the ending and the last rushed episodes, I consider it one of the good dramas, I’ve watched.

  10. Me
    September 2, 2016 at 5:26 am — Reply

    In ho really was out of place, in the end his attempt to engage Seol as a girlfriend was a waste of time. It stole the full development of seol and jung which needed about 60 more minutes to disclose and have closure for the viewers. In ha was useless.
    All the players had some psychosis, not just jung. Jung knew how to make things happen, the reality is that people do what they have to do effect a desired outcome, most often some folks are overpowered because they don’t have the power to play the game but they want to be on the playing field.
    In ho and In ha only had good endings because they received help from Jung; they were not his responsibility.
    In the end In ho and In ha caused Seol to suffer, In ha did not make any positive contribution to her growth; it was Jung that contributed to her growing the bit she did grow. She never entertained having a paramour relationship with In ho, she helped him because she was trying to help Jung.

    • September 5, 2016 at 10:33 am — Reply

      The ammount of time thats was spent to Baek siblings, really left no space for Yoo Jung -the main lead of the drama-. This was the biggest issue I had with the writers. In Ha indeed existed, only to make trouble and play the evil bitch role. I think if Seo Kang Jun wasn’t such a good actor, I would propably be bothered by In Ho’s charatcer. Well let’s hope the movie will be better and and hopefully Park Hae Jin will have the chane to develop Yoo Jung’s charatcer.

  11. Kawai
    September 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    Okay, so i just finished the drama today and daammmnn! i was really dumbfounded at the ending. I really didn’t see that coming. It made me confused as well but mostly i was kinda hurt and almost threw my phone after seeing it. I got invested in the drama, i love the chemistry of the characters, no one outshone the others, they just blended well.. I just loved it, and i feel like i was betrayed. Anyway, I do hope that the movie will be good and please, please let us know if Hong Seol will find another boyfriend, or are they going to get back together or are they going to have any closure, anything, just please dont end it again with showing a notification that Sunbae has read Seol’s email message. I am really frustrated! Although the sad thing about the movie is someone else is going to play Hong Seol and it will never be the same. But im still waiting for it!

    Gosh. This drama is definitely on the list of my all-time favorite K-dramas.

    • October 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm — Reply

      I understand how you feel, it was so good that you invested in it and in the end this… I don’t know why the last episodes of “Cheese in the Trap”, were less well written, compared to the beginning. I think it was mostly because Yoo Jung, didn’t have the time and the story a main lead deserves. There will be a film and Par Hae Jin will play Yoo Jung again, unfortunatelly another actress will be portraying Seol’s character. I have a feeling this time, we are going to get the proper romance we need.

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