Cheol Ho retains the honour the rat bastard who I hate more than Sang Hoon himself. Things go from bad to worse “W” style. It’s Seong Moo’s turn to have an existential crisis and Chul has Yeon Joo make a difficult choice.
Top 10 Moments:
- Everyone’s in “W” for the final episode (uh-oh. This is going to be bloody)
We pick up from Chul telling one of the men who’d rescued him to call him a taxi. The man had run back inside to give the others the news, but by the time they came back outside, Chul had disappeared. Turns out that he’d been yanked back into “W” for the final episode, just as Cheol Ho was driving by the very same spot (shit. Seriously show? We have to see more of Cheol Ho and his torturing? Not again!). Over at the real world, Seong Moo finally reads the newest episode of “W” and the minute he reads that Yeon Joo regained consciousness, he goes running out of the house to catch a cab. Except the cab disappears just as he’s about to enter it, and next thing we see he is in “W” and the “final episode” chyron shows up (shit). Then it’s Yeon Joo’s turn to be yanked in, and she heads into the hotel lobby to make enquiries. She’s stunned though that it’s been almost a year since she was last in “W” and she approaches So Hee. After she introduces herself, So Hee recognizes her as the woman who’d helped Chul with his escape. She then fills Yeon Joo in on what’s happened and as she speaks we see it happen. After beating Chul up some more, Cheol Ho had had his boys drop Chul in front of a hospital. The police had therefore realized that Chul faked his own death, and now Chul is in jail awaiting trial for a slew of charges, the biggest of which is Hyeon Seok’s murder charge that he’d been framed with from the very beginning (Fuck!).
2. The “W” court system’s intent on giving Chul a death sentence (damn)
The next morning Yeon Joo hurries to the courthouse as it’s the day for the appeal court to give out its sentence. So Hee had told her the previous day that the initial sentence Chul had gotten had been death and so right now, they’re appealing the verdict. She however, won’t be around to hear the result as she’s traveling to the States (wow. Well that’s one sure way to confirm that she’s no longer in love with Chul). And so Yeon Joo walks into the courthouse where Do Yoon is surprised to see her. When he calls her name, Chul turns around and smiles. The verdict is later read out and the high court dismisses his appeal of the death sentence. Before Chul is led away, he asks for a moment with Yeon Joo who explains that she came to “W” immediately she woke up and was surprised to learn that a year has passed. Chul jokes that he’d been worried that she’d decided to forget all about him because he’s now penniless and a criminal. Yeon Joo though doesn’t find the joke funny and wonders why Chul hadn’t attempted to return. Chul replies that he’d tried several times, consistently over the past year, but he can’t seem to return. He figures that it’s because they’ve finally reached the last episode of “W”. As Chul’s led away, Yeon Joo tells us that whilst on those steps, after seeing Cheol Ho show up yet again, Chul had had the thought that he was tired and just wanted the webtoon to be over, and for him to stop being the main character. It was at that moment that his thoughts had brought about the final episode of “W”. And so, they will have to stay in “W” until the story ends either sadly or happily.
3. Chul makes his escape yet again (seriously, who’s pulling the behind the strings? I’m starting to get really confused here)
Chul’s awaiting transport from the courthouse when out of the blues, the key for his handcuffs are drawn onto the handcuffs. He unlocks them, and then someone draws a gun into his hand. Next thing we know, Do Yoon, who is driving Yeon Joo to the penthouse so she can stay there for a while gets the call about the prison break. And Cheol Ho who’d spent the afternoon kissing up to the cameras at a kindergarten school receives the “Chul’s escaped” phone call as well.
4. Yeon Joo asks the one question we’re all wondering (Chul, what the hell is wrong with you?). But of course Chul’s too cute and distracts her (*sigh* he distracts me too)
Cheol Ho’s also informed that Yeon Joo, Chul’s formerly dead wife showed up at the courthouse, very much alive. Thinking on the incidence has Cheol Ho wondering if maybe Chul has the tablet at the moment (does he? Isn’t it meant to be with Seong Moo? Speaking of Seong Moo. Isn’t he meant to be in “W”? Where the hell is he?). Yeon Joo meanwhile confirms what Chul had already told Do Yoon: there’s a separate world that looks identical to the current one they’re in and Yeon Joo is from that world. She then has him stop her at a coffee shop and tells him to tell Chul that that’s where she is, should Chul call Do Yoon. And so, she’s waiting at the shop when Chul drives up (so does he really have the tablet? Did he draw himself the car or did Do Yoon arrange it for him?). She gets into the car and when Chul greets her by asking how she feels about being a heroine in a thriller, Yeon Joo lays into him and asks how they could possibly get a happy ending if Chul keeps committing crimes (thank you Yeon Joo. Please tell him!). Chul replies though that he figured that they wouldn’t get their happy ending they way they’d planned it because Cheol Ho can’t be caught legally. When Yeon Joo tries to bring up the crimes yet again, Chul turns the talk to how beautiful she looked in his memory, although he teases her that she doesn’t look as beautiful in reality. Yeon Joo teases him right back that he’s aged and the two lovebirds laugh it off.
5. Seong Moo’s losing his mind (shit! I knew him accessing Sang Hoon’s memory will lead to no good)
Yeon Joo finally brings up Chul’s escape and Chul admits that Seong Moo drew everything for him. From the key, to the gun, to even the car. Yeon Joo is surprised and Chul fills her in: Seong Moo had also been dragged into “W” a year ago. After Chul made his escape from the courthouse, an address had been drawn into the the car. He’d followed it and arrived at Seong Moo’s house in the “W” universe. Except, by the time he got in, it was to find Seong Moo tied up. He was even more surprised when Seong Moo admitted to tying himself up, and Seong Moo had cried about not being able to know whether or not Yeon Joo survived. Chul had then filled him in that he just saw Yeon Joo moments before, and she’s perfectly fine. Seong Moo had burst into tears of relief, and in flashback we see that ever since Seong Moo had been transported into “W”, his memories started to bleed into Sang Hoon’s and so he switches between Sang Hoon’s murdering tendencies and a desire to kill Yeon Joo, and Seong Moo’s crying that he killed his own daughter. And it’s such a frequent switch-up that he was put in a straight jacket and sent to a psychiatric home (poor Seong Moo. Imagine going through that for a whole year). He finally escaped the previous day and went searching for the tablet. Turns out that just like Sang Hoon had done, Seong Moo had also drawn an extra tablet and hidden it in the webtoon. And so when he finally got out of the institution, he headed to his house (the webtoon version) to go retrieve it. Upon hearing about Chul’s trial, he set out to get Chul out of his handcuffs and help him escape.
6. Chul just can’t catch a break (even in the midst of normalcy, tension still finds him)
Chul leads Yeon Joo to Seong Moo’s hideout, and she bursts into tears to see her father tied up, especially when Chul explains that Seong Moo had been the one to ask him to tie him up. Seong Moo thankfully regains consciousness and sheds tears of happiness when he sees Yeon Joo alive and well. Later that evening, whilst Yeon Joo’s making dinner, Chul and Seong Moo have a conversation with Chul tearfully telling Seong Moo he can’t do ‘it’, whilst Seong Moo begs him to do ‘it’ (why do I feel like the ‘it’ they’re both referring to has everything to do with Seong Moo asking Chul to kill him. And that would be a very painful thing indeed. Shit!). By the time dinner’s ready, Seong Moo is back asleep and Yeon Joo and Chul have a moment of normalcy where she grumbles that he never compliments her, and he decides to compliment her by stating facts about her features, i.e. her hair is very long and she’s very tall (hahaha. You suck at this Chul). Yeon Joo sighs and Chul suggests that she start being polite. After all, he is now older than her (he spent a year in the webtoon, she didn’t). Yeon Joo then brings up Chul and Seong Moo’s conversation and asks Chul exactly what it was that they discussed. Chul however, refuses to tell her anything (which is expected. How exactly is he meant to break the news to her? Nothing spoils a romance than a declaration that your lover’s going to kill your father). As he does the dishes however, he flashes back to his conversation with Seong Moo and Seong Moo telling him that they can’t both have a happy ending (but why?!!!!!), because they’re destined to be on opposite sides. And so, when Chul is happy, Seong Moo’s sad and when Seong Moo’s happy, Chul’s sad. Seong Moo had showed Chul his hand that is now real and he’d explained that it was that that way because he killed one of the nurses so he could make his escape (ha. So Seong Moo’s now the new “W” villain?) He’s lived a sinful life and can’t comfortably exist in the real world, and so he wants Chul to bury him in the webtoon (shit. Sometimes I hate it when I’m right).
7. Seriously, Cheol Ho needs to die. I need him to die as much as I need air to breathe. He has to die!!!!!
Cheol Ho walks into a warehouse where this time around, he has Do Yoon tied to a chair and beaten to within an inch of his life. His men inform him that it would seem that Do Yoon really doesn’t know anything about Chul or Yeon Joo’s whereabouts because he didn’t respond to any of the drugs they gave him (wait. You assholes gave him a truth serum. Argh!). Cheol Ho therefore sends a text to Chul, telling him to call Do Yoon’s phone immediately.To keep from his number getting traced, Chul drives some distance from the house and places the call. Cheol Ho gets straight to the point. He’s using Do Yoon as leverage because he knows that Chul would want to get revenge on him. He’d let Chul go the last time because he’d erroneously believed that Chul didn’t have the tablet. Now though, he wants Chul to tell him everything. And how Yeon Joo and Seong Moo factor into things. He also wants Chul to bring the tablet along with him as well, and Chul has to do so in an hour otherwise Do Yoon dies (I repeat. Cheol Ho really needs to die).
8. Seong Moo’s so far gone, he’s trying to kill Yeon Joo (again)
Whilst Chul is outside, Yeon Joo gets to work drawing. She’s hard at it when Seong Moo wakes up and she explains to him that she’s drawing a CCTV camera in the warehouse where Cheol Ho had tortured Chul. She hopes that taking the tape to the cops would be enough to put Cheol Ho behind bars and they would all finally get their happy ending. At the words, Seong Moo’s eyes harden and the next thing Chul sees when he heads into the house is the sight of Seong Moo strangling Yeon Joo as he screams that he’d killed her once, so why is she alive again (creepy!). Thankfully, Chul is able to pull him off of Yeon Joo.
9. Things just keep getting worse (seriously, it’s like in “W”, when it rains, it pours)
Seong Moo finally returns to himself (whilst fully tied up) and wonders if he’s hurt Yeon Joo in any way. Yeon Joo denies it, but Seong Moo doesn’t believe her. He makes his plea once again to Chul, calling himself a monster, and begging Chul to carry out what Seong Moo had asked him to do. Yeon Joo on the other hand is distracted by Seong Moo’s hands flickering into a cartoon drawing and back again. And it gets even worse when she sees the very same thing happening to Chul. But the bad news doesn’t stop coming as Chul tells her about Cheol Ho having kidnapped Do Yoon, and about her father being wanted for murder (damn. That’s a whole lot for the poor girl to swallow). And time really is running out as the police get directed to the house that Seong Moo’s currently staying. Yeon Joo meanwhile tells Chul about her plan to send the file of Cheol Ho’s bullying to the cops. Chul however tells her that it wouldn’t work because with a happy ending like that, her father will cease to exist (urgh! Seriously though? So what are we going to do? You can’t continue to suffer like this Chul. What’s the game plan?) And so, whatever happy ending Yeon Joo chooses, it will be one where Chul and Seong Moo cannot exist side by side. Meanwhile, over at the warehouse, Do Yoon has confessed about there being two worlds and that Yeon Joo’s from the other world. Cheol Ho immediately guesses that the world where Seong Moo had grabbed the tablet from him is the different world that is being talked about (shit. Why’s everything deteriorating so quickly?). And outside the house, the cops arrive and spot Chul’s car. Immediately, they pass on the report that Chul and Seong Moo are holed up in the house.
10. Yeon Joo has to make a difficult choice (seriously writer-nim. You couldn’t have been kinder to the girl? Seriously?)
Yeon Joo acts fast and draws a wall to cover the entirety of the house. It’s just to buy them time however as Chul figures the cops would soon break in. The plan therefore is to rescue Do Yoon in 30 minutes but Yeon Joo has to make a choice. To make it an easier one for her, Chul slips her wedding ring off her finger (noooooo), and slips his off his finger. He places them both on the table and explains that it isn’t fair for a father to have to face extinction in order to save his daughter. And so, he intends to stop thinking of her as his family from that moment on, as he figures that that would keep her safe no matter what happens (but how can you be so sure Chul?). He then poses the question to her: what will the ending of “W” be? We then cut to morning in the real world as Professor Park gets on the elevator. Someone mentions that “W” has ended and the ending was quite surprising, and Professor Park runs to his system to read it.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
In fact, I would rather just kick him in the face. A bitchslap is too tame for an asshole like him.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Gin and Tonic. Pretty okay, but not up to the explosive standards of the previous episodes. I blame that primarily on the fact that so many things were thrown at me in this episode and I felt at the end of it that we’re back where we started. That elusive happy ending still eludes us and the Seong Moo-Sang Hoon switch gave me whiplash. What I do love about this episode though is the ending. I find it remarkably symbolic that even though Chul has no idea of it, “W” has come back full circle. It is Yeon Joo, the girl who first came up with the character that started the ‘world’ that Seong Moo believes he created, that now has to come up with the most fitting end for that character. And that is why I have faith that it will be a happy ending. Because previous attempts at a happy ending had been conceived first by Seong Moo, then by Chul. But none of them is Chul’s creator, and so technically they don’t have that power. The person who’s most suited to that role is Yeon Joo, and I’m delighted that it’s now up to her to get the job done. Now, all that’s left is for me to bite my nails and keep my fingers crossed that I do get that happy ending.