This could well be labeled the “luckiest drama of 2015”.
In a run of a few weeks, it completed its world domination of our hearts and imagination.
Boasting an enviable fan following, a winning all-round cast, and a warm-hearted storyline sweetly told, She Was Pretty could do no wrong.
Only in fairytales do you get such perfect symmetry, but then hasn’t that been the premise all along?
A Cinderella story of our age, this drama gave us a finale to top all happily-ever-afters ever seen in a Kdrama in recent times.
Episode 16: More than an afterthought episode
Must be a Zeigarnik thing, but I thought to myself, had to finish what I started, on the She Was Pretty journey.
My sentiment at this point, when my second lead fixation had to finally bite the dust!
So despite the slight disconnect I felt – from since episode 13, can’t deny I stuck through to the very end of episode 16, the finale.
And even with all the shock reveals, heartbreaks and hookups from the blue, our favorite romcom is certified worth the whole freaking watch!
This smile takes me to such a happy place…Ok, now I think I can finally finish this!
Before the sugar-coated, cavities-inducing episode 16, first the highlights from the insanely emotions-driven preceding episodes 13 – 15.
Secret identities exposed? Love confessions made? Proposals out of the blue? Check, check and check!
Episode 13 sees our “first-love couple” officially hook up. I also call the subsequent episodes the attack of the forehead kisses, because by my final count it felt like Sung Joon bestowed at least 125.4 of them on Hye Jin.
Of course for now they keep their relationship a secret at work. But that’s not even the main concern right now.
Somehow, the Most team finds out the truth about the 1st Place or Die ultimatum. Yep, Most Korea would actually be offed for good if they don’t top the spot this edition.
I love how Editor Cha speaks her mind and tells Sung Joon what someone should have told him ages ago. Bruh really messed up keeping the whole 3-months deadline to himself all this while. Think what the team could have worked to achieve if they had known what they were really up against.
Is it too late to make things right again or will Sung Joon, Hye Jin and Shin Hyuk be all the Most Korea has got left?
Episode 14 builds the suspense to a fever pitch.
There’s a mystery writer everyone can’t stop talking about. Who could just be the way to save the crucial magazine edition – if only Most can get a hold of the secretive author (known by the mononym ‘TEN’)
Time is of the essence to Most editing team, as the 20th Anniversary edition needs to hit the no. 1 target
We do see some side characters developing in great strides. Ha Ri is ready to take charge of her life and not be a “little rich daddy’s girl” anymore. Can she really do it?
While my favorite surprise couple do a 360 and end up together: super-cute Joon-woo and Han Seul!!
Things go from gooey to downright dreary as the Most staff come to terms with this possibly being their last spin as a team.
You can tell they tried their best, but forces against their control have left them with a less than confidence-boosting edition.
It would take a miracle to make first place against New Look with this effort. Is this really the end?
Do I imagine the slight twang of regret in Hye Jin’s eyes?
Episode 15 was the ultimate all-rounder.
Questions we didn’t even know we had were all answered, and secrets all aired in the open.
We discover our chaebol heir is Poong Ho while Shin Hyuk is the mystery author TEN.
By now we’re just ready to get to the point where those who can be happy, get their happy ending!
So much for my hopes for a Mr. and Mrs. Kim
Is Most finally saved? Can Hye Jin and Sung Joon tie the knot and just ride into the freaking sunset already?
Sung Joon finds it impossible to believe Shin Hyuk is the celebrated TEN. Can’t really blame Sung Joon though.
Shin Hyuk played too many gags to make it stick that he’s actually a famous Korean author everyone has been curious to know the true identity of.
Sung Joon’s face be like: “If you’re TEN, then I’m the Maharajah of Kapurthala”
Never has a second lead POV been so heartbreaking to watch unfold. It seems almost cruel to see Hye Jin and Sung Joon so happy, while Shin Hyuk hurts so rawly.
But we get over it (and hope Shin Hyuk soon will too! ), as we watch Most surpass their rival to win 1st position.
Remember Shin Hyuk already tried to leave once? Well this time it’s for good, and he has a farewell video for the guys to give even more bittersweet edge to our closing episodes.
Hye Jin was meant to follow Sung Joon to the United States and get married, but she surprises us.
We get to see her choose to make her writing dream a reality. Lucky for her she has just the job waiting.
Sung Joon agrees to wait another year, because hey, he’s practiced enough waiting all these years without Hye Jin. Can the one year move fast enough?
By the last episode, most viewers want a wedding and an epilogue with a baby. Well, we get this and a whole lot more.
Sung Joon can’t stay the whole year away from Hye Jin. A few months later he’s back, since this long-distance romance was never his thing. We enjoy their syrupy sweet courtship and it’s like watching two kids in love, aww.
Ha Ri is back to university getting the qualifications for her career in hospitality. And fending off those Noona crushes from college boys. There are worse things in life I guess.
While Joon-woo and Ha Neul warm us up some more when they decide to get married.
My ROTDF moment was with Shin Hyuk of course. He’s some sort of traveling writer possibly hiking around the world.
He scares a would-be fan off with a fake spider and it’s hilarious. Not sure how this drama would have done without him.
I love the beautiful wedding of Hye Jin and Sung Joon, and also getting to see her published along with the team of co-authors.
Even Ha Ri gets to make it into the workforce on her own merit. Win!
TEN is still awesome, still writing and Hye Jin is taking matrimony in her stride, lucky wench
Wasn’t sure why Sung Joon chose to get back to working at Most, but I guess that’s where he feels at home the most… (?) OK I don’t care what direction the drama takes at this juncture, since episode 15 felt like a final episode anyway.
Even Kim Ra Ra hooks a love interest. Does it begin to feel like it must be raining hot men in South Korea?
I guess what matters is that, Hye Jin wasn’t a ‘peeping girl’ anymore, lost in the background – but the main feature in her own masterpiece.
I’m glad she found her place in life, because don’t we all wish for the same?
Hehehe funny…to think this guy could have been my dad if only…
Kim Hye Jin came a long way from waiting tables and just letting everyone walk all over her. She did herself, her family and loved ones proud.
Like most of the other reviews and recaps I’ve done on the She Was Pretty drama, where I’d either been half-asleep or in a rush to get it done quickly before life took over…this was another adrenalin-pumped ride.
When I think of the many times whole edits would disappear and I’d have to begin a fresh recap post, I cringe at how many hours and effort I pumped into this!
But do I regret it, no way. This was a drama you could honestly root for.
Just don’t be like me and fall face-flat for the one most likely not to get the girl!
At least in my dreams, I got my Shin Hyuk hug and it was surreal because later I saw myself in Hye Jin’s body but it felt so life-like…
Okay may have to do therapy to wean me off Shin Hyuk’s character. But I felt like Choi Siwon was telling me it’s allright, it’s 2 years of military service and he’ll be back with a killer drama to cure all the hearts he broke in this series!
Till then, will remember everything he taught us, such as: life is simple, don’t take things so serious, and catch a laugh as much as possible. There’s always tomorrow to do better. If not then shrug, and have a pickled radish.
And lastly, if you always face the world with a smile…then you’re already a winner!