Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ending of Secret Garden

Posted by Lil' Sue at 1/22/2011 12:17:00 PM

So sweet..

In the elevator

The kids
Generally...I love the ending of the story....

Seated across the table from his mother, Ju-won calmly tells his mother that he’s lived the first 34 years of his life as her son and will now live the rest with Ra-Im as her husband. At her disbelief, he tells her that he’s only telling her since he knows she won’t give her permission if he asks. When she tries to insult Ra-Im, blaming her for the change in him, he simply tells her that Ra-Im is not that type of woman and that he is incredibly happy right now. The mother retorts that every mother wishes the happiness of her child. However, according to her, Ju-won is not happy but momentarily entranced by Ra-Im. He’s only interested because she’s so unlike anyone he knows. She then mentions that everyone encounters a moment like that in life and this was much the same way she was with Ju-won’s father, which momentarily surprises him. Unfortunately, she continues, it’s not people like them who get tired, but the other person in the relationship who leaves. Ju-won acknowledges that such a time may come, but he’s not going to let Ra-Im leave him the way his mother allowed his father to leave. So, regardless of how long it takes for her to accept them, he will wait until she approves to have an actual wedding. He emphasizes that he is determined to have her at his wedding giving them her blessings. Vehemently, the mother tells him that she will never approve. He won’t be able to “da-da-dan” (notes to the “Wedding March”) down the aisle because she will never approve. He can wake up from his unrealistic dream. At her vicious words, Ju-won respectfully takes his leave of her.
             Outside, at a bus stop, Ra-Im knocks on the car window of Ju-won’s secretary and sympathizes with his plight—spying on her and reporting to the mother in the cold winter weather. She offers him a warm can of coffee, and he offers her his support, despite the role he has to play because it’s his job. He then tells her that he’ll give her a ride to wherever she needs to go. (Love how the secretary is helping out)
             The place that the secretary drives Ra-Im to is a café where she speaks with Ju-won’s psychiatrist, who asks her to explain her medical condition; she’s baffled that someone in Ra-Im’s state could wake up and resume a full life when medically speaking, Ra-Im was brain dead. Ra-Im tells her it is a miracle to which the psychiatrist states that there are no miracles, only yet-to-be-discovered scientific facts. Ra-Im tells her then that these yet-to-be-discovered scientific facts must account for her survival as well as the soul switch that she and Ju-won experienced. She continues by telling the psychiatrist that she spoke to Ju-won, not Ra-Im during that office visit.
             Meanwhile, at another café, Ju-won and Philip discuss Ra-Im. Philip asks Ju-won to take his place and be a father, brother, and man to Ra-Im. Since he’s known Ra-Im, he’s played those roles but now he rescinds those to Ju-won. However, in typical Ju-won fashion, Ju-won refuses and says that he’s only interested in being a man to Ra-Im. (LOL) Philip can continue to be the father and brother to her. Ju-won says enough to indicate to Philip that he knows how important Philip is to Ra-Im, that he’s like her family, so Philip needs to stay in her life and continue being a father and brother to her. Ju-won will take care of being the man (LOL hilarious yet sweet). 
             Later, Ra-Im and Ju-won are driving in the car while Ju-won talks to Oska, asking if he’s arrived with Seul yet. When Ra-Im inquires where they’re going, Ju-won cryptically tells that she’ll know once they get there. At city hall, Ju-won opens the door for Ra-Im (such manners compared to his earlier treatment of her! LOL), who walks inside a bit confused. When she asks why they’re here, Ju-won tells her that if she wants to run away, she should do so now because she won’t get the chance again. She questions what he means by that and then asks him if he’s…? At her questioning look, Ju-won acknowledges that he’s decided to become her husband (typical Ju-won!). Stunned, Ra-Im balks. (Dialogue time…too cute to pass up)
Ra-Im: By whose decision?
Ju-won: Because I just said so. (Ra-Im blinks her eyes widely like a doe again) This is the last 10 minutes before Kil Ra-Im becomes a married woman. Is there anything you want to do?
Ra-Im: You scoundrel. (pouts) “I love you” or such platitudes aren’t said before you marry me?
Ju-won: Why would I say meaningless words? I’m not proposing to become your husband because I love you.
Ra-Im: Then why? Because of society or something?
Ju-won: I’m telling is true that you’re not very smart. It’s not because I love you but because I can love only you that I’m marrying you. I have no choice in the matter, you "amazing" (love the Korean accent) woman, you. (He offers his hand) There won’t be any flowers, candles, wine, or even the ubiquitous ring (referring to the possibility of no wedding ceremony), but will you still be my wife?
Ra-Im: Of course. (places her hand in his and they share a loving look)

             Walking into city hall to register for marriage, they are congratulated by Seul and then Oska, who crankily tells Ra-Im that she’s the only fan he’s standing in as a marriage witness and that (lightening his tone) makes him incredibly happy. (LOL. I love the way that man speaks!) The four of them look at each other with happiness. Ju-won and Ra-Im then sit down and sign their marriage license with Seul and Oska looking on as witnesses. While Ra-Im begins to sign, Ju-won gently tells her that he would like to hold off on the wedding ceremony until his mother approves. Ra-Im tells him not to worry about something like that because she, too, would like his mother there giving them her blessings. Ju-won’s relieved and thanks her, but then in typical Ju-won fashion again, teases her on why she’s taking so long to fill out her portion of the license. He wrote his super fast. (LOL) Ra-Im just looks at him indulgently and says that all she needs to do is sign her signature. Once done, the license gets passed to Oska and Seul who are a bit sickened by the way Ju-won and Ra-Im signed their names (with hearts! recall the way Ra-Im signed Ju-won's signature while in his body) At their quizzical looks, Ju-won and Ra-Im both shrug their shoulders as if to say we’re a couple now, so sue us (LOL…cute). In reply, Seul and Oska sign their signatures like stars/autographs on the official document and then shrug their shoulders/smile when Ju-won and Ra-Im look at them in much the same way. Taking the license from Oska, Ju-won shows Ra-Im the license and says that she can now squeal in her cute way “Ack!” She does so, much to the disgust of Oska, and Ju-won announces that he’s going to process the paper now so that the entire world can know that Ju-won and Ra-Im are now a married couple.
             Later that night, Oska and Seul are at Ju-won’s place, preparing the setting for a memorable first night for them. They bicker playfully about Oska’s memory and their past. Oska repeats that he’s going to be a good boyfriend this time and that he’s hoping she’ll direct his new music video. Seul warns that she’s going to be asking for a lot of money, to which Oska replies that he’s going to be giving her a lot of money and then hugs her. Although pleased with the way their relationship is progressing, Seul jokingly asks Oska why he keeps hugging her at random. Before he can answer, though, Ju-won walks in with Ra-Im and asks what they’re doing in someone else’s house. Breaking apart, Oska replies in his irritated voice that they were preparing the wedding night room. Ju-won points out that Oska was doing something else when they walked in. Oska defends himself and says that it was only for a moment, just a tiny moment (Seriously, I’m going to miss the cousins and their verbal spats). Oska then tells Ra-Im that this is their wedding gift, gesturing to the bedroom. Ra-Im thanks them while Ju-won mentions to Seul that it would have been nice to have met Seul when he and Seul were 21 (ah, the riling of Oska just never stops with Ju-won). Although Ra-Im just gives Ju-won a look, Oska threatens Ju-won, asking him if he wants his first night (wedding night) to be his last night on earth (love the way Oska speaks). Ju-won clarifies that he was only implying that Seul is too good for Oska. He then tells them they should leave since he and Ra-Im have something to do, but before he can properly finish his sentence, Ra-Im checks him out of embarrassment and etiquette. Oska and Seul get the message, nevertheless, and happily leave still bickering with each other. On his way out, Oska asks Seul how she’s going to get home when it’s so late at night. (LOL) Once they leave, Ra-Im tries to scold Ju-won for his embarrassing comment, but Ju-won dismisses her concern, saying that they are a married couple now. He opens his arms and motions for her to come to him. She refuses. Irked, Ju-won reminds her about the nursery rhyme he’s been saying to himself all this time and tries to capture her. She again evades his grasp and pushes him on the bed, in effect making the first move on him, and they spend a happy and blissful wedding night together. 

*Sigh* I think this is all I can do tonight.  I hope you enjoyed what I was able to recap! But for those of you just dying to know what happens, here's a quick run down of the major points for the rest of the episode:
*Ju-won and Ra-Im spend quality time together as a couple
*They go to get support from the grandfather who surprisingly tells them he won't approve until the mother approves.
*They hear news that the mother's been hospitalized because she heard the news of their marriage. Ju-won isn't surprised since he sent her the marriage license. 
*At the hospital, he and his mother come to terms: she "disowns" him but he can keep his job as president of the dept. store since he's the best person for the job. (I don't think Ju-won was really expecting her to concede defeat and then disown him like that)
*Ju-won then seeks out director Park. He acknowledges Park's skill as a businessman and would like to place his faith in him as long as Park agrees to not scheme for Ju-won's position. Ju-won plans to help him reach the highest position possible as long as it's not his. (LOL)
*Director Park is thrilled at the reinstatement as well as the acknowledgment and returns to work. He snubs Oska's mom who had ignored him when Park was unemployed. He tells her that he's the type of person to hold grudges (his over-the-top manner of speaking is actually endearing now)
*Ra-Im announces to the action school family that she's now married, so she's now technically "older" than her sunbaes (alums). Her crush is crushed by the news (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) and runs out. 
*Some of the action family go to visit Ju-won at his office and threaten him in typical Korean-older-brother-protecting-their-younger-sister style...some priceless Ju-won liners.      
*Tae-sung helps produce Oska's new album...and boy, Oska doesn't sing too well live. 
*Oska goes to film his music video and realizes that the storyline of the music video is when he and Seul first met.
*Ju-won works hard at his job while Ra-Im continues her work as a stuntwoman. 
*Oska holds a concert and regains a firm footing on his career. 
*At the concert, Tae-sung leaves because he can't stand to remain by Oska's side while Seul and Oska get back together again. When Seul tries to detain him and convince him to remain as Oska's friend, he declines and tells her that his gift to her is the title song, which is about her and Oska's love.  :) She tells him that if he ever needs help, to look her up, because she'll help him any way she can.  
*Returning to the concert, Seul holds placards during the concert that tell Oska, while he's singing Tae-sung's title song for the 7th album, that she confesses the roasted chestnuts were her but not the cheesecake. She then confesses that she loves him, too.
*More cute scenes of the Ju-won/Ra-Im couple...and she even wears a matching blue sparkly tracksuit (that tracksuit's never going to go away, huh? LOL)
*There's a scene where she gets into the elevator and Ju-won follows her in, only to be caught kissing her in the elevator by his executives. (Love how secretary Kim takes out his camera)
*5 years pass...they have 3 kids and still no wedding. The kids cry in front of their grandmother's house because their parents refuse to buy them a treat. Ra-Im realizes this was Ae-Young's dream; no evil meaning as previously feared. The grandmother opens the gates and coldly ignores the couple and takes the three grandkids into her house for a playdate. Time nor the grandkids have not mellowed the mother out toward the couple.
*Ra-Im become director of the action school and show her power in a number of scenes. 
*Oska proposes to Seul, who at first thought that Oska was cheating on her.
*Secretary Kim, walking along the Han River, finds the bottled message he wrote to Ae-Young back when he was on Jeju Island. Ae-Young is completely touched by this and hugs him...happy ending for them. :)
*Philip meets Son Ye-Jin, who tells him that she's very much interested in casting herself in his script. Apparently, Philip's efforts to get his script filmed/produced has been stalled for the past 6 months. She's interested, much to his disbelief. 
*Ju-won and Ra-Im try to get their three kids to sleep so that they can spend some time together, but the oldest one refuses to sleep and insists on sleeping with Mommy. (LOL...gotta love the competition between Ju-won and the son for Ra-Im's attention...Ra-Im's a bit "unfeeling" in her response to her firstborn, though.)
*The series ends with Ju-won and Ra-Im walking back to their house/bedroom after their kids fall asleep and enjoying the falling snow. She asks him if he's never going to tell her about the time he visited her after her father's death.  He then explains that he spent the night with her exhausted, sleeping form at the mortuary because he couldn't tell her in person how sorry he was for her loss, which happened because of him.



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