eeeeeeeeeee!! here we go! no subs of any kind today, so please bear with me and my lesser understanding. (in the past, i was working with some japanese subs… i know i say this every time, but, just in case…) also.. some of my sentences re-shuffled while i was typing for some reason… odd. i hope they’re in the right place now.
tae gang is in ji an’s apartment protesting… talking about doing what she wants.. he hugs her.
dad is in the store room, looking through pictures of tae gang as a child. his dad wonders where he’s been.
he comes in with a box… “dad” he says. dad says, what? he tells dad, i love you dad. his dad wonder again.. and he picks up the album to hide behind it.
outside, we hear the clattering of pots and pans again as tae gang yells in pain… “dad!! daaaaaaaaad!!” chung baek tries to tells the customers not to worry… as they stop eating to listen…
dad asks why he did it (resigning and essentially not doing the internship)… he talks about wanting to be with them.. and about how he’ll miss ankle. his dad weakly says, i see.. fine then.. and he walks away and out of the storeroom.
tae gang opens up the box.. a care package.. and sees all the non-perishable goods.. he smiles. then he opens a small box inside.. the shoes are inside.. he remembers how she said that these were her first shoes she designed. her inspiration.
he gets a text from her to meet up.
he goes into the office lobby.. and finds her staring up. he stares up with her. she talks about mothering the company (i think)..
he takes the box out and holds it out, open.. he says, this here…
she tells him fine then.. but i think she says that they’re not getting married. she wonders what they should do then..
cue to the VERY END of the previous episode.. where they’re in the lobby with matching clothes.. having their pic taken by people. she nudges him for posing. but he coaxes her to pose herself as well. they decide to head in to work.
he holds a hand out. she takes it, and smiles. they walk to their team office.. holding hands and smiling.
at the team office, the minions are crowding his desk.. going, “is this for real?” he abruptly gets up to get them to quiet down.
ji an sits at a board meeting.. with na ri and the current president. she admits to the father of her baby. he questions her for her stance.. and i think she mentions that the president himself for practically forcing her to get married. na ri snorts as she snickers… they look at her and she stops.
ji an and na ri have a talk outside later..
as the latter walks away, she tells ji an.. “fighting!”
ji an, tae gang, and his dad eat lunch together with their matching office. [UPDATE +12HRS: Did I just say matching “OFFICE”? my brain said “outfits”, my fingers typed “office”… =/] they’re a little low in spirits… everybody seems to be avoiding them..
but then bong soo comes and loudly proclaims that he’s sitting with them. seung mi and da in then sit next to ji an.. the minions come in.. and their smiles falter as they see where seung mi and da in are sitting.. but seung mi beckons them over.. and they sit down with smiles on their faces. ji an smiles.
the gossip gaggle (those guys always chatting in the common room) come by and acknowledge them… and everybody in the cafeteria starts clapping. tae gang stands up.. and starts thanking everybody.. she grabs his arm, asking him what he’s doing. his dad is embarrassed as well.
she’s sitting in front of a committee later.. and they ask her about tae gang. she talks about how he’s the father of her baby.. and about how they’d met because of a bike. tae gang comes up next, who talks about his bike XD… then na ri… and seung mi.. and bong soo.. and tae gang’s dad… until we’re rounded back to ji an. it seems to be an investigation to ji an’s character.
the committee person drops his pen in frustration.
later people mill about a form on the board.. and bong soo and dad see it… (is it a sign up sheet for jake han’s company? it has something to do with the company..) bong soo and dad look worried. (something to do with ji an?)
lady jang and na ri are meeting in her office.. where lady jang scolds her. then tells her about getting rid of ji an. she says, not yet. lady jang asks what she’s been doing. she meekly responds.
ji an comes out to the team meeting table..
the minions talk (but i missed it)… i think da in is asking her sung bae what they think is happening.. she looks upset.
seung mi is talking with ji an as she assigns some stuff. ji an talks about something about being a mother.. and i think an apology for seung mi. she tells seung mi to be a good designer.
later, she’s packing up.. and tae gang knocks. she softly says, “yeah?” he comes in with a smile.
she tells him that he’s been thankful for everything (the understanding?). for seung mi.. for his dad.. for him.
they have a discussion.
he takes her hand.. with his left. he brings his right out from behind.. and puts a ring on her palm. she sighs at first. but he tells her to consider. she doesn’t think his grandmother had intended this.
tae gang studies shoes from his dad at the store room.
then he studies shoes some more at the shoe store… taking notes.
he studies at her apartment, on a laptop. she comes up and hugs him from behind. he pulls her over and sits her on his lap…
tae gang is at the hospital later.. and he’s passing out surveys. dr. yang and eun seong come out.. and they wonder what’s going on. isn’t that ankle’s dad? eun seong draws him away/drags him. XD; he calls back to the patients to fill them out.
they talk in his office.
ji an is watching mbc with the commercials on the olympics.. XD; she flips the channels.. it’s one of those lazy days as she lays on her couch..
she’s on video chat with jun hui as jun hui eats..
she gets somebody at her door.. and she gets ccalled to the company president inauguration.
na ri is standing in front of a press conference.. reading something out loud. she sees ji an come in, and puts the thing she’s reading down. i think she says she’s not signing it. it sounds like she’s questioning the bureaucracy.. and lady jang.. in front of everybody.. and then recommends ji an, who’s going to be a single mom to take the helm. lady jang, in her throne, is thrown for a loop.. as is the crowd. lady jang’s eyes practically roll to the back of her head.
as the reporters surround a stunned ji an.. na ri comes over and hugs lady jang.. who asks if she’s crazy. i think na ri tells her not to be upset.. mother.. na ri turns back around.. and lady jang smiles as their picture is snapped.
later, ji an is left alone and slowly walking on their floor by the window where she and nari last talked.. na ri calls ji an as she’s driiving away.. and ji an asks why she did that.
na ri doesn’t want to lose to tae gang.. to become a good designer… i think she talks about her mom having had to quit too..
na ri hangs up.. and ji an is left on her own.
na ri goes to the place where cremated jars are held..with an offering of flowers. she’s there to visit her mom.. she touches the glass with the inscription.. and a shoe.. and a picture of her with her mother. she apologizes to her mother.
tae gang’s dad… lets her parents in to the store room.. apologizing for their conditions.. her mom and dad cautiously look around as they come in.. and she says, no it’s fine..
he brings out tae gang’s photo album.. she fawns over them. and even dad, who shakes his head earlier.. can’t help but look over. his dad continues to proudly talk about tae gang. he’s done tae kwon do? i think by this time her parents are humoring him..
tae gang says something about jake..
i think ji an tells him that her resignation was withdrawn. the air is thick.. but he congratulates her. she talks about the feelings when they did the collaboration.. and then says something about a preparation.
at chung baek’s restaurant. the three musketeers are discussing the new business… who would be president.. would it be tae gang? no, ji an… bong soo says. his dad says it’s going to be him who’s the boss. but bong soo says that ji an would be president.. then dad would be vp.. then tae gang..
tae gang comes in..
chung bake breaks out the drink. the four of them take a shot.
he takes the shot… sadly. while the others carry on.
ji an is in her shoe closet.. remembering na ri’s words about ji an being the president. then remembers tae gang giving her the ring.
she flips her sketch pad open.. she writes a list as to why to take up the position of president..
she’s at a loss when writing reasons for the alternative…
on her next check-up with eun seong.. he calls her on stress.
she still hears “shoes” as ankle’s heartbeat.
later, they sit in his office.. and they discuss her latest stress point… the latest choice she has to make. he asks her what the best thing in life is.
he smiles at her. it’s not going to be easy as a single mother. pregnancy doesn’t make her a mother.. but her heart (?)..
she sits in the park later.. and tae gang comes to meet her. he apologizes for last time.. and notes that he’s fine. the three of them (with ankle) will be alright.
at the shoe closet, she looks at the shoes that tae gang designed.. for the baby and the collaboration shoe. he’s thinking as the mother ji an.. not the worker ji an..
5 months later..? a heavily pregnant ji an comes in to a board meeting, sitting at the head.
tae gang is talking to a few people, in an interview setting. i think he’s trying to sell their shoes. he brings the concept of comfort. the interviewers look a little disapproving.
they all walk out of the room.. with him lingering by the door. they told him that his idea didn’t meet with what they want (i think).. and he leans his head back.
chung baek is whistling… as he, bong soo, and dad work in the tae&kwang shoes store…
fighting! (bong soo has a box over his hand?? o___o)
he starts rearranging the shoes.. and they try to quietly discuss.
as she’s about to leave, her belly hurts a bit.. but then na ri comes in.. and she almost gives birth right then and there, in surprise.
na ri says she’s gotten big again. and i think ji an says don’t she look sexy.
they go to ji an’s office (back up where na ri had ousted her).. they talk.
na ri gives a frustrated smile. ji an gets back up from the desk.. and holds her hand out. na ri takes it, and they have a friendly handshake.
at the hospital.. eun seong arrives.. to meet a whole bunch of women… he comes bearing gifts.
at tae & kwang.. dad is happy to have made quite a few sales. ji an comes in then.. and she checks out the place. she reflects that they’ve done well. the place looks nice.
it’s a little awkward with tae gang..
but then the three musketeers take their leave. and tae gang and ji an are left alone.. he asks if she’s been eating well. it sounds like she’s applying to work there.
he says, really?
he tries to hug her, but the Belly is in the way. he awkwardly tries a couple of times. he laughs and she smiles. finally he just cups her face and starts kissing her. she kisses back.
she has a sad face…and he asks.. and she says that her water has broken.
at the party, ji an is talking to the expectant mothers.. they wonder what he’s doing for christmas. he jokes back.. and they laugh.
he gets a call from a screaming tae gang and ji an.
they wheel her in to the hospital.. tae gang in attendance.
his dad paces.. waiting for her parents.. who come rushing in.
(i’m gonna laugh if she gives birth to a shoe… _-_;)
they do the typical thing where she grabs at his ears and hair in pain. he asks what’s going on. they tell him that they have to operate.
they try to draw him out.. as he lets himself get dragged out.. he tells her to hang on.. then weakly, makes the heart shape sign (mcdonald’s sign XD) saying, hwang ji an, i love you.
he comes out looking worried.. and the parents rush to him asking how it’s going. he says they have to operate/do surgery.
eun seong arrives at the hospital.. and gets to the operating room. dr. yang is heading the procedure.. eun seong asks what’s going on. dr. yang apprises him of the situation.. eun seong then says that he’ll do it. he tells her to wait for ankle..
the operation finishes, and they put her in a room. i think eun seong tells him the operation went well.. to everybody’s relief. but she’s out cold.
they stare at her.
somebody knocks on the door.. and a nurse brings the baby in.. her mom keeps going.. aigoo. the nurse approaches tae gang.. and says, you’re the father, right? he says yes.. the nurse transfers the baby to his arms.. with her mother putting an arm underneath to make sure the baby doesn’t get dropped.
they all gaze happily at the baby. and he greets his princess. (he literally calls her “princess”.. how precious!)
he turns to look at ji an on the bed…
then.. dream sequence? or?
ji an is wearing a pink dress, with short hair (that looks really good on her) and she’s walking in a field.. there’s a long runner.. with shoes lining each side… she smiles.. and continues walking barefoot… until she stops in front of the shoes that tae gang had made for ankle.. including the replicas.. she pics up the replicas.
she hears a “moooom!” and tae gang is there carrying their.. 5 (? 7?) year old (i’m not good at guessing age.. ) they wave at her as she smiles. he lets their daughter down.. who comes running to her.
she squats a bit so she’s at her daughter’s level. says, you’re ankle? ankle says, yes, mom.
she takes her daughter’s hand.. and the three of them walk off into the distance.. hand in hand.
we get a voice over… reflecting on choices.. and the future.
(am i the only one who’s a little afraid of the ending? the way that’s framed, it almost seems like she’s in a coma… or that she just woke up from a coma… she’s probably not… but i expected that final scene to be much lighter/happier and even if not full of laughter, there would stillbe some.. but we have some fairly sentimental music.. tae gang is smiling but quiet.. she’s VERY quiet, but serene.. then they walk off… with the line of shoes still there??? along with the shoes they had made for ankle?
i think it’s because she asks if the baby is ankle? but that could be a usual question for them.
or maybe it’s just because i’m sleepy again…)
[UPDATE +7HRS]: i can see clearly now, the rain is gone? lol… a little blurry earlier. but i just saw a clearer clip of the end.. it wasn’t a runner she was walking on.. it’s an actual path. i maintain that they left all the shoes there, though…. cuz they certainly weren’t carrying anything. XD; also, is it interesting that they’re walking towards a crossroads in the path while the voiceover talks about choices?
in any case, it could just be my feeling. the ending gives a sense of finality to the series, but it’s still so open to interpretation. i really don’t think it’s that clear what was going on with the last scene… i think the point is just that she made a choice and took a risk… and she gained something. and that’s just how life is. it’s really serene. as i noted to tena below “they give us no promises.. no clue as to what’s happened besides the fact that they now have their daughter. we don’t know if they got married.. where they’re working.. if their careers are doing well… if tae gang ever made shoes for the two of them… if either of them are still designing. but it’s about choices.. and open future because of choices…”
also.. as of episode 15, i feel like fandom just about died and went to heaven… cuz fans unexpectedly got what they wanted: tae gang wasn’t going to america. ji an quit the company.. tae gang and his dad quit the company.. and there’s the prospect of starting their own. but we got to episode 16.. and we see that even with that, not everything is perfect. and again… that’s just how life is. anyway… too much talking. can you believe there’s so much i want to say over what is actually a fairly “simple” story? and most of them i haven’t said already… love this show so much. i’ll make sure to post thoughts once the formal recaps are posted to comm….