The ending comes for our baddies but while one leaves begging and screaming, the other goes out with a bang and a smile. Yeo Kyung also atones for her crime and Moo Myeong walks away from it all, leaving Goongnakwon in the hands of the one who’s always loved noodles with her heart and us with a bittersweet feeling because… Tae Ha.
Top 10 Moments:
- He’s dead. He’s actually dead
As Tae Ha lays dying (and my heart dying right along with him. I hate you writer!!!!), and flashes back to his interactions with Yeo Kyung, he tells us that he and Yeo Kyung lied and said words they can never take back. He tells us that friendship isn’t meaningless and that it’s always painful to face the death of a friend and that when you get over the shock, you start to feel the grief. As he says the words, we see all his friends, Da Hae and Dokku inclusive, mourn his loss. Seven days later, Seol Mi Ja walks into Moo Myeong’s office to insist that he come to the kitchen and help a flailing Goongnakwon. Moo Myeong’s of the opinion that the restaurant should be closed anyway, but Seol Mi Ja is all, sure Gil Do killed his parents but they all worked hard to get to where they’re at, at the moment and she wants Moo Myeong to resign from his position (woman, sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up. Tae Ha is fucking dead!). Moo Myeong though isn’t going anywhere. He figures that seeing that he’s the idiot who had been burning with revenge and led his friends into his mess, especially Tae Ha who is dead, he has nothing to lose. He warns Seol Mi Ja not to cross him and she should just wait until Gil Do dies, whilst Seol Mi Ja warns him right back not to bring innocent people into his revenge. She storms off after promising to get Moo Myeong out of his position (wait, you ass is still stuck on this? Woman, didn’t you hear me the first time? Tae Ha is dead!). She goes bitchass crying to Gang Sook who tells her to have a heart and remember that Tae Ha’s dead (Gang Sook. Thank you. I love you). When Seol Mi Ja’s still fixated on Goongnakwon, Gang Sook tells her to stop being a dictator and put people first before the restaurant. Gang Sook then heads to Da Hae’s room where she’s being flooded with her memories of Tae Ha as she cries with Gil Yong in her room, whilst going through Tae Ha’ stuff. She sits with Da Hae outside and apologizes to Da Hae for saying she had bad blood in her. She offers Da Hae her shoulder to cry on should Da Hae have need for it and Da Hae smiles gratefully at the offer. She also points out that everyone will be out for Moo Myeong’s blood and they all have to stand solidly behind him.
2. Gil Do allows himself to be arrested
Gil Do comes back into town and takes a moment to watch a news report of So Tae Sub representing his party. He leaves behind two briefcases by the bus-stop (why do I feel that those contain his gold bars) and the next thing we see, he’s being led by investigators to meet Yeo Kyung to whom he admits that he was at fault. Yeo Kyung doesn’t buy it however and whispers to him that he should stop putting on a show. At her words, Gil Do smirks. He is then led to the interrogation room where Sung Rok is brought to as well. The two former employer and employee toss barbs at each other and Yeo Kyung’s all ready to begin the questioning, starts with Sung Rok stating that Gil Do had attempted to kill him. Except, Sung Rok twists things around, saying he never made such statements. As Yeo Kyung wonders if the two of them have been in cahoots, we see in flashback that the two briefcases Gil Do had left, had been picked up by Sung Rok who now wants to change his statement. Yeo Kyung gets investigator Kim to have Sung Rok escorted from the room, and alone with Gil Do, she accuses him of having bribed a witness whilst he was on the run in order to hide his crimes. Gil Do immediately responds that the only person he admits to killing is So Tae Sub’s housekeeper. With Moo Myeong’s parents, it’s Moo Myeong’s word against his. As for the cheques and the money laundering, Dokku’s been cleared of all charges, meaning that Gil Do can’t be tied to that either. When Yeo Kyung accuses him of killing Tae Ha, he tells her to get her facts right because he didn’t kill Tae Ha.
3. One last job for Sung Rok and Yeo Kyung’s done with being a prosecutor
Whilst in the public prosecutor’s restroom, Gil Do, with money in hand asks Sung Rok to purchase something for him. Meanwhile, the Chief Prosecutor lambasts Yeo Kyung, not just for losing Gil Do but for also making it seem like the prosecutor office has to coerce statements from witnesses. Yeo Kyung asks for more time to put her case together, but the Chief Prosecutor is convinced that there’s no way she would be able to bring anything new to the table, especially against a man like Gil Do who was able to falsify evidence and bribe a witness in just a week. The Chief Prosecutor then brings up Yeo Kyung’s bribe and tells her that although he understands that she had her reasons, she has only two choices: resign or go to prison. Yeo Kyung chooses to resign.
4. Yeo Kyung learns several truths
News of Gil Do’s return quickly fills the news and So Tae Sub grumbles as he read it, calling Gil Do an insect. When his henchman asks if he should handle Gil Do, So Tae Sub tells the man to hold on till after the convention so as not to ruin his chances at becoming president (Wait So Tae Sub for president. Someone hold me whilst I go barf. Ewww). Their talk is interrupted by Yeo Kyung who’s come, asking for So Tae Sub’s help in nabbing Gil Do. When So Tae Sub tells her that she should just accept her dismissal, and find a new job because he knows she will be able to manage, Yeo Kyung insists that she can’t give up and threatens that it’s only by helping her that So Tae Sub would be able to get what he wants. So Tae Sub though is resting pretty as he asks her if she’s sure she has the confidential document she can use to make her bargain. The words get to her and she rushes to her office to bring out the envelope she’d assumed contained the military document (wait, so you’ve never checked its content since you put the document in it? Not even once?). What she finds inside of it instead are all the letters she’d written to Tae Ha whilst he’d been in prison and his reply to each and everyone of them and a note from Tae Ha telling her to read his letters whenever she misses him. At the words, she breaks down in tears. Later that night, she heads to her car where Gil Do pops out having been hiding in her back seat. He warns her never to show her back to just anyone as she might easily be stabbed and informs her that Tae Ha’s death is on So Tae Sub. When Yeo Kyung asks for proof, Gil Do shows her the picture of Da Hae So Tae Sub had sent him and Tae Ha and a recording he’d made of his conversation with So Tae Sub. He tells Yeo Kyung that Tae Ha had gotten to the warehouse before he had, and had met his death there. He therefore offers Yeo Kyung two options. The first being for them to team up for a brief period so he can kill So Tae Sub, Tae Ha’s killer. The second is that she comes after him, the instigator of her parents’ murder.
5. Some things can’t be undone
Back at the dilapidated building where he’s hiding, Gil Do drinks and eats and flashes back to every horrible thing he’s ever done, even down to Moo Myeong telling him that he will take everything away from him. His thoughts are interrupted by a phantom image of Tae Ha who tells him that he can’t blame his upbringing for the way he’d turned out because Tae Ha hadn’t turned into a monster, even with a murderer for a father. When Gil Do replies that Tae Ha knows nothing about his history, Tae Ha replies that he saw Gil Do’s truth at the charnel house, and he advises Gil Do to hold onto that ounce of truth because Gil Do’s the only one who can put an end to things. The next morning Gil Do calls So Tae Sub who calls him greedy for not lying low and being content with his lot. Gil Do answers that So Tae Sub’s just as greedy, it’s just that So Tae Sub has power. He forces himself into So Tae Sub’s office and asks So Tae Sub why he kidnapped Da Hae. So Tae Sub answers that he’d thought Gil Do would come for his daughter but Gil Do proved him wrong. When Gil Do asks why he killed Tae Ha when he could have just taken the secret document from Tae Ha and let him live, So Tae Sub replies it was Tae Ha’s choice to protect Da Hae and Yeo Kyung and smiles as he tells Gil Do that Tae Ha’s nothing like him. Gil Do accepts that though, stating that his life changed the moment he ran into So Tae Sub and now things cannot be changed.
6. Yeo Kyung enlists Moo Myeong’s help and Gil Do sees Da Hae
After leaving So Tae Sub, Gil Do goes to his car where he sees the bubbled wrapped handgun that Sung Rok had gotten him. Meanwhile, Yeo Kyung having decided to team up with Gil Do calls So Tae Sub, but the shady congressman doesn’t pick up. Next she goes to meet Moo Myeong to ask him to set up a meeting between her and So Tae Sub. When Moo Myeong asks as to the reason, she tells him that So Tae Sub was the one who killed Tae Ha and she can never forgive the man. Moo Myeong, wary of losing yet another friend tries to warn her but Yeo Kyung believes that it’s not right to Tae Ha to let it go (and I agree with you on that Yeo Kyung). Moo Myeong agrees to help and invites So Tae Sub to his restaurant where he makes the man’s favourite lotus noodles and then asks him to meet with Yeo Kyung. When So Tae Sub asks how he and Yeo Kyung know each other, Moo Myeong lies that he met her through the many times he was summoned with regards to Gil Do’s case. So Tae Sub buys the excuse and agrees to meet with Yeo Kyung. Meanwhile Gil Do shows up at Goongnakwon requesting to be served, personally by Da Hae. She’s pissed when she realizes it’s him and tearful as she asks him if he was the one that killed Tae Ha. When he replies that he didn’t kill Tae Ha, she bursts into tears and Gil Do pulls her into a hug for the first time to give his daughter comfort. She doesn’t accept it for too long though as she blames all the bad things that Gil Do has done for the reason why Tae Ha’s dead. She further shocks him by wailing that he should have been the one to die, not Tae Ha who’s done nothing wrong.
7. So Tae Sub dies (and boy am I thrilled to see it).
Yeo Kyung meets with Dokku to tell him that she found the person who’d kidnapped Da Hae and killed Tae Ha. Dokku’s all chomping at the bits to get the guy, so when So Tae Sub arrives at the agreed location and is informed that Yeo Kyung’s there to see him, he has his bodyguards go down the stairs to make sure that it’s only Yeo Kyung that comes upstairs. Except, no one is a match for Dokku and soon he and Yeo Kyung are up with So Tae Sub. When he asks what they’re up to, Yeo Kyung tells him that Tae Ha was her friend and So Tae Sub killed him. So Tae Sub doesn’t bother denying it and asks if they’re there to hurt him then. Yeo Kyung replies that neither she nor Tae Ha nor Dokku can kill someone and So Tae Sub relaxes as he states that it’s not that they can’t kill a person but that they won’t. He reminds Yeo Kyung that he’s a public official and should he be hurt, he will make sure they disappear. Yeo Kyung smiles as she tells him that they might not be able to kill him, but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t others who aren’t like them. And with that, she says goodbye and walks away with Dokku. And So Tae Sub is left trying to call his bodyguards whose numbers aren’t going through. When Gil Do reaches him, he accuses So Tae Sub of being responsible for his life getting derailed 30 years prior. So Tae Sub though states that Gil Do would have just kept mimicking and then stealing people’s lives. Of course all So Tae Sub’s bravado fades away when Gil Do brings out the pistol. He starts begging and pleading, promising to offer Gil Do a gold Congress badge, ten if that’s what he wants. Gil Do though isn’t interested and the gun rings out as Gil Do walks away and the scum that’s So Tae Sub lies dead on the ground (one baddie down).
8. Gil Do dies (but he goes with a bang)
After killing So Tae Sub, Gil Do heads to Goongnakwon next, gun in hand and covered in So Tae Sub’s blood. When security makes to stop him, he shoots into the air and everyone, from the workers to the customers all scatter. He walks into his old office where Moo Myeong’s waiting in the secret room and drops the gun by the altar for Tae Ha and Ha Jung Tae. As he looks at both names and states that they’re both now where he was born, he tells Moo Myeong that there was only one time he’d ever regretted his actions, and that was when he’d pushed Ha Jung Tae off the cliff. He continues that he lived the happiest when he had Ha Jung Tae’s identity and when Moo Myeong snaps at him that his family had to stay miserable for Gil Do to have that happiness, Gil Do states that he’s sorry that he isn’t sorry because all he did was survive. He pulls out the noodle recipe book he’d stolen from Ha Jung Tae and hands it to Moo Myeong. Next, he pulls out his pistol stating that there’s only one bullet left, meaning he will either kill himself or kill Moo Myeong. He points the gun at Moo Myeong, then brings it to his head calling out the irony that he will be dying at the place of his birth. When Moo Myeong insists that Gil Do can’t go that easily, Gil Do tells him that this isn’t Moo Myeong getting his revenge, but Gil Do deciding to end the things. He brings the pistol to his head and even as Moo Myeong screams the word “No”, Gil Do smiles and pulls the trigger, splattering the walls with his blood and dying on the same table that holds the plaque for Ha Jung Tae and Tae Ha. Meaning, when Da Hae runs into the room, it’s to find yet another person she loves, dead. (Poor Da Hae, but that’s baddie number 2, down).
9. Yeo Kyung turns herself in and Moo Myeong leaves
Away from all the madness at Goongnakwon, Yeo Kyung walks into Prosecutor Ahn’s office and turns herself in for the murder of the Sarange Orphanage director. Even as Prosecutor Ahn is dealing with that information, Yeo Kyung reads out the myriad of crimes she’d committed even as a prosecutor, from destroying evidence to being an accessory to murder. In the meanwhile, Moo Myeong takes off his name badge and his noodles uniform, and after giving the room a final glance walks out with his bag in hand. He meets with Da Hae who’s sad that yet one more person is leaving her and Moo Myeong hands her Ha Jung Tae’s recipe book, stating that Gil Do had stolen his from his father but he is giving it to Da Hae (awwww), because he knows she’s the only one who can make noodles with her heart and not just her hands. He tells her to put it to good use for Goongnakwon and leaves.
10. Finishing with noodles (what else did we expect?)
Three years later and Da Hae is now the Head of Noodles at Goongnakwon (awwwwww. Proud of you Da Hae), whilst Gang Sook and Dokku look proud and happy. Seol Mi Ja, not so much, although she is impressed when after Da Hae gives her speech about the kitchen staff working together to make Goongnakwon heal from its scars, she follows it up with Moo Myeong’s words that everything she says after that point is a command, not a request and she wouldn’t tolerate disobedience. After her induction, she heads to the charnel house with flowers in hand and stops first at Tae Ha, putting his bouquet in front of him as she cries (I’m crying too), and tells him that she didn’t run away but had stayed strong and held out, just like he had wanted her to do. She tells him that she intends to continue to do so and asks him and her mother who’s also in the same channel house to watch over her. Next we see Yeo Kyung coming out of prison. There’s nobody there to receive her (kind of like with Tae Ha. Oh Tae Ha….), but she finds her way to Moo Myeong’s fish restaurant where she smiles to see him and asks for a bowl of noodles. As she eats her noodles, she smiles as she asks Moo Myeong if he remembered the noodles all four of them had eaten at Chimyeon restaurant, back when they’d united to bring Gil Do down. The words take her straight to when the four of them had eaten noodles, from the same bowl, at Chimyeon and they’d spent the afternoon teasing each other, and then she goes further back to the past when they were kids eating their noodles from one bowl. She flashes again to the Chimyeon restaurant noodle eating session where they were all happy and Tae Ha was very much alive and then, we go to black.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Headache inducing moment:
This episode’s a Cinquecento. Sweet with the satisfaction of our baddies going down, although at that point, I wanted So Tae Sub dead even more than Gil Do, soft with the interplay of emotions and watching Da Hae deal with her grief and keep her remembered memories alive and bitter because let’s face it, no matter how soft and wistful we felt at the end, with that remembered image of Tae Ha alive and well and laughing with his friends, he’s still dead, and there will always be a Tae Ha shaped hole in my heart.