What a Finale, What a Drama
Through all 16 episodes of Falling for Innocence there was never a moment we didn’t experience different emotions. Shock, happiness, pain, humor and yes, joy. One thing this drama was great at, was ensuring you were never unmoved.
Whether laughing, smiling or swearing at the screen, this drama made you feel. Most times it was all just bittersweet because we were never sure: would there be a happy ending?
The last two episodes that marked the finale week for Fall in love with Soon-jung had me on edge because on one hand I didn’t want it all to end. But I knew it was time for closure, for everyone. So who came out tops when it was all said and done?
Falling to Pieces
One step forward, two steps back. Make that four or five steps back when you think of how Min-ho always seemed outsmarted and outdone by the evil Lee Joon-hee just when Min-ho thinks it’s the all-clear for him and the company.
Looked like Min-ho just couldn’t win. All his dreams for the company were falling like a pack of cards. And oh, like that wasn’t bad enough, his health had a dangerous relapse.
Was this really the end? After all they’d been through as friends and with fighting to keep the company on track, were the good guys down for the count?
All you needed was the sight of Lee Joon-hee’s smug face in almost every scene to make you wish that this time, the villains got exactly what they deserved.
But it would take a miracle for that to happen. By the end of episode 15, it was clear Kang Min-ho definitely was in need of more than a few miracles.
The Beauty of Sacrifice
The walls were closing in. Hermia was on the verge of bankruptcy and Min-ho was stepping down as Director. His body became like a ticking time bomb health wise thanks to complications with his transplanted heart. Something just had to give, dammit.
In the end Min-ho had to choose to risk it all, so he could save those he cares about. Soon-jung, the Company, the employees and every one he felt responsible for. He’d started this mess, and now he had to be the one to fix it.
There was just one more thing: Ma Dong-wook’s murder and bringing the perpetrator to book. If they could take Lee Joon-hee down for his crimes that would be a mighty step in foiling Gold Partners plan to disintegrate Hermia.
Soon-jung finds out the truth about Detective Ma’s death. It hadn’t simply been an accident but something more sinister. How could she face knowing Lee Joon-hee had a cold-blooded hand in the way her life had turned upside down?
Thank goodness she had Kang Min-ho. He’d become all the more affectionate, even clinging. Almost like he felt time was slipping away from them. She noted his deteriorating looks and feels he isn’t resting enough. When this is over, you need to take time to truly rest for the first time , she tells Min-ho.
He notes it will be tough to be unemployed while his girlfriend keeps her job. But they had bigger worries. Joon-hee was getting off the hook. His powerful friends in the business and legal sectors were making it impossible to get at him. They needed more evidence.
Finally, Joon-hee gets what’s coming. Just on the brink of his victorious entry as legal manager handling Hermia’s bankruptcy scare, he gets seized in handcuffs. Evidence from the bloodstained watch and scraps from the car used in the murder proved enough to take Joon-hee down, permanently. Looks like the only thing he’ll be managing is his cold, lonely prison cell.
At this juncture we’ve already come to terms that Min-ho has lost his seat as Director and would be imprisoned for his negligent acts regarding Hermia. He’d taken the fall believing this was the only way to save everyone.
When just some minutes to the end we watch Min-ho collapse and get taken to hospital we’re almost out of hope. As doctors battle to save his life, it’s almost too easy to believe the worst. Strangely, at this point you feel almost ready to face the tragedy.
Everyone Finds their Treasure
Wendy and Tinkerbell get married! I love how we get this beautiful wedding at the end. I wished the couple was Min-ho and Soon-jung but I’m equally ecstatic that Secretary Woo-sik and Detective Ok-hyun ended up together. But where is Captain Hook?
It was an unpredictable ending to a drama that seemed all too predictable in a cute, loveable way. The last few minutes of episode 16 are the most heart-warming of the whole series. Talk about warm and fuzzy. Anyone who ends the drama without a huge smile of satisfaction on their face might just be in need of a heart transplant. Overall series verdict? I give this drama a 10/10. No regrets.