Guessing right away where her husband would "run away" to, Mama Bong is not surprised when she finds Daddy Bong working as a delivery man for a friend that owns a run down Chinese restaurant.
I thought it was kinda fun to have Mama and Daddy Bong "bump" into each other as when they first met years ago.
Surprising an unsuspecting Daddy Bong with a welcome home party, Daddy Bong's siblings beg for his forgiveness. Ready to reconcile with her husband but not about to go back living her old life, Mama Bong warns a sheepish Daddy Bong that if he doesn't treat her right in this next year then she will hand the already signed divorce paper to court.
Walking out of the house after her conversation with Jin Hwa, Mi Soon is mildly surprised when Man Ho declares "I changed my mind. I don't want you to come back to me anymore." Honest with himself and Mi Soon for once, Man Ho explains "If you were to take me back for the sake of our daughters...I am afraid I will go right back to how I was before." Stealing a few shy looks at an amused Mi Soon, Man Ho promises that he will change and asks Mi Soon to give him another chance in the future ...if she is not already taken by Chul Soo or someone like Chul Soo.
As the one who had the smoothest romance in this show, Hae Won continues to use her magic to change the stuffy Lee family. Walking off in a huff when Hae Won disrupts his usually dead quiet house with loud chatters, the perpetually stoic President Lee finally gives the tiniest smile when he sees his wife animated with happiness as she plays games with her son and Hae Won.
Still under the impression that Hyun Ki must be clueless of his impending death, Hae Ryung becomes suspicious when she accidentally sees her wedding pictures among the things Hyun Ki has boxed up to toss away. Rushing into Hyun Ki's study, Hae Ryung breaks down in sobs as she reads Hyun Ki's list...including his last item: Send my wife away. Puzzled to find Hae Ryung crying, Madam Jang soon starts to cry as well once Hae Ryung tells her "That person...he knows. He already knows."
Knowing full well that all the secrets are out now, Hyun Ki and Hae Ryung still keep up the facade that nothing has changed. Forcing herself to nod nonchalantly as Hyun Ki tells her that he is planning to go on a long vacation with his mom and wouldn't be able to keep in contact with her for a long long time, Hae Ryung tries to stop her tears from falling as she answers "I will be really busy as well. So I won't be able to write."
Unfortunately, talking is the last thing our two leads are doing. Tipped off by Ji Gun that Hae Ryung is no longer staying at his house, Ji Gun runs to catch the bus our heroine is on. Sitting down at a seat a short distance away, Ji Gun doesn't try to talk to Hae Ryung but is simply satisfied to see that she is not crying.
Sneaking into the movie theater in the dark, Ji Gun watches Hae Ryung with worried eyes as she sits among the laughing crowd with tears streaming down her face.
Left with no choice but to move on with her life now that she and Hyun Ki has reached an understanding to treat his impeding death as a long trip, Hae Ryung busies herself with the publication of her new cook book. Her attention caught during a meeting with her publisher by Ji Gun's voice, Hae Ryung finds a sheepish Ji Gun trying to display her cookbooks more prominently... despite the poor frustrated bookstore employee's protest.
Hae Ryung would've ended this encounter just as quickly as all the previous "accidental" meetings but stops dead once Ji Gun declares "I am going to leave in a few days so you don't have to look at me with those apologetic eyes and avoid me."
With some uncertainty in his voice, Ji Gun asks "If...I am just saying if, you follow your heart and one day you don't feel apologetic towards anyone anymore...will you hold onto me?"
Later that night as Hae Ryung sits in her apartment alone and thinks back to Ji Gun's question, Hae Ryung mutters quietly to herself "For me to hold onto you...I will need a lot of courage."
Hyun Ki's condition worsens rapidly but that doesn't stop the mother and son's determination to go on their trip. Smiling through her tears as Hyun Ki tells her all the lovely destinations he wants to take her to even as he struggles with every breath, Madam Jang tries to pretend that they have all the time in the world. Suppressing a muffled cry when Hyun Ki's head finally falls limp to her shoulders, Madam Jang refuses to accept what she already knows and says shakily "Hyun Ki, don't fall asleep. You need to eat something."
Oh, cruel writer. Can't you at least wait until Hyun Ki got off the plane?
Time jump...a year later:
Apparently, Mama Bong was quite satisfied with how her husband behaved during the past year. The divorce paper long forgotten, Mama Bong and Daddy Bong are all smiles as their families and friends gather to witness their second wedding vow after 40 years together.
A few quick lose ends to wrap up:
- Sam Sook still looks quite happy with her boyfriend. (I thought for sure they would be married by now but since she was so desperate for the bride's bouquet I am assuming she didn't get married yet.).
- Sam Shik (Daddy Bong's brother) and his wife had a baby girl.
- Hae Won had her baby and looks happy with Kang Min.
- Man Ho is working in Daddy Bong's kitchen now but it looks like he hasn't made any progress with Mi Soon. Sigh...no sign of Chul Soo though.
Hanging up his phone call with his dad at the speed of light, Ji Gun stares at Hae Ryung in disbelief for a moment before asking with a smile "Did you come to see me?"
With a slight nod, Hae Ryung admits "Yes."
Allowing himself a sigh of relief, Ji Gun asks again "Why?"
Smiling as Ji Gun breaks out into a silly grin, Hae Ryung replies "Because this time I am not going to let you go."
Ninja's Final Thoughts
Yeah! Happy ending for our leads! Not that it was much of a surprise but I really liked how the writer tied the ending back to how Ji Gun and Hae Ryung first met. So fitting and so sweet.
As one who usually dislikes the obligatory time jump that some how makes whatever that used to be the obstacle between the OTP becomes a none issue, I actually thought this particular separation between Ji Gun and Hae Ryung reasonable and necessary. Not to say that Ji Gun and Hae Ryung couldn't have gotten back together without the one year separation but I think the time apart just gave our heroine the much needed space to gather her courage to get her man back. What Hae Ryung went through with Hyun Ki was pretty traumatic and I think that's why despite her heart wanting nothing less than the throw herself into Ji Gun's arms, Hae Ryung needed time to convince herself to grab unto her own happiness.
I would be lying if I say I wasn't a bit disappointed with Mi Soon's ending BUT at least it was an open one and she didn't go back to Man Ho. But I can't complain too loudly since I think it fits Mi Soon's character that she would reject Chul Soo's feelings...for now. See, I am still hoping so I am just going to imagine up some happy reunion between Mi Soon and Chul Soo a few years later.
Overall, I was about 80% happy with Happy Home. The two leads' romance and the secondary characters' stories were good and engaging. My main complaint was the fact that Hyun Ki's story line pretty much took over the last third of the show. Granted, the writer was able to keep Hyun Ki's story interesting enough to keep me watching BUT it took time away from
Speaking of Hyun Ki, here is a question I have been wondering: As much as the writer white washed Hyun Ki's mother towards the end, do you guys think she would've changed if Hyun Ki was actually cured after his operation? In another word, would Madam Jang become the crazy mother that stops at nothing to force Hae Ryung go back to her son if Hyun Ki actually lived?
ps. Oh, one thing I really wish the writer granted us fans was a kiss at the end. Looking deep into each other's eyes with a smile is good and all but come on!!! We really needed some kisses.
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