Originally published on Dramamilk, May 17, 2018
And here we are, the final episode of My Ajusshi. It has been a wonderful, beautiful, poetic path that I am so glad we rode on; I am also so happy to share this drama with all the My Ajusshi loves who recapped this show with us. Argh, I love this show so much! Today’s episode is supposed to start early, 21:20 and it will be 90 minutes long. So buckled up, we have a wonderful finale to get to!
Shorthand (Shorthand Character Chart)
Park Dong-hoon DH | Lee Ji-ahn – JA | Park Sang-hoon – SH | Park Ki-hoon – KH | Kang Yoon-hee – YH | Lee Guang-il – GI
MY AJUSSHI / MY MISTER LIVE RECAP EPISODE 16
JA sits with her halmae outside with th cherry blossoms falling over them. Grandma asks JA what sound leaves make when they fall. JA says it is a good sound. Grandma says she feels calm and comfortable. It is the first time in her life. JA opens a snack and gives it to her grandmother.
DH is there as well, but he is standing a little bit away. He watches them and nods a greeting to the grandmother. Then he goes back to standing awkwardly.
Grandma talks to JA about DH, he doesnt’ know what they are saying and we don’t know either.
Afterward, they both drive off.
JA – You look like a different person when you drive
DH – Yeah, I am a different person. Wht did your halmoni say? Did she talk about me?
JA – She is thankful to you.
JA was sitting in the backseat while they drive.
They get to the polcie station, YH is already there. DH asks about JA’s friend, what about him? She says he will be there tomorrow. JA walks up to YH and they go inside together. DH stays outside.
JA and YH sit in an interview room. YH tells her that you turned yourself in and I told them that you would cooperate 100 % so don’t worry. I am sorry, and thank you. JA wants to know why everyone says thank you to her. She would hate herself if she was her. She really hated YH. She envied her also.
Meanwhile, DH walks their neighborhood. He urns a corner and runs into his monk best friend. He looks at him for a moment and smiles. Then his friend notices him. They go to a flower shop. DH tells him that he shouldn’t be empty handed when he visits her, let’s go.
He asked what JH said. He said she would burn the temple. DH says he is there becaue he is afraid? Monk says he feels like he owes something to this place. He ditched his family and they felt betrayed, he felt uncomfortable in Seoul because of that and only drove around. he needed to cut his guilty feelings of that.
DH – When you went to the temple, I was happy becaue I could be number one. I was always #2 to you. When I saw you cut your hair, I got scared, I came down and worked hard in the real world. But I lost 100%.
Monk – There is no winning or losing, there is only our own life.
DH – The poorest girl in the world said I was the poorest in the world. I live my life wrong, i lost.
Monk – Now, you should win.
They smile and laugh as they walk to Jung-hee’s. They get there and stop outside. DH gives the flowers to his friend to give to JH. He tells him Bye-bye and walks off. The friend is there alone.
Jung-hee is cleaning in the bar area. She hears the door open and says welcome, wait a second. I am still preparing ~ . But then she sees him and stops. he smiles and shows her the flowers and sits. JH is frozen.
JH – You are crazy.
Cut to JH setting tea on the table for him. She sits there as well.
JH – You left as a young man and came back as middle aged.
The friend keeps smiling and looking around. It looks like he is having a hard time.
JH – What are you looking at?
Monk – Why couldnt’ I come here, it only takes 1.5 hours, maybe something stopped me in my heart. That is why I couldnt’ come
JH – Is nothing bothering you now?……I lived my life suffering, just wishing I become a blocking block in your heart, but I don’t bother you anymore, so what should I live for?
Monk – Be happy and nice….
They both look at each other, not smiling and not frowning, just peaceful.
KH and SH are laughing as they watch TV at home. DH is also there, but he is in the kitchen. Umma gives DH money to buy clothes. The brothers tell umma that they can see that, why do you give only him money?
DH asks his mother if she pities him also. She says, who said that? It is only because you are quiet, that is why I am concerned about you more. SH asks DH why he isnt’ going home, he says he is waiting for his wifes phone call. SH wants to know why. But Umma just tells them to eat.
JA – There was only one phone number in the 2 G phone. That number was DH’s wife, that is why I knew why he wanted to fire DH. He promised to pay me $10k each person.
JY – She threatened me, I tild her I wouldn’t give her money. She denied it. She told me she would fire Director pak. I thought she was a dangerous person so I didnt’ give her money. (Why didn’t you call us?) I am a guilty person, I can’t talk about the affair right?
JA – I put a wire tap in DH’s cell phone (did JY as you to do it?)
JY – Are you crazy? I didnt’ even know that was possible. She did everything, she threatened me. She wire tapped DH continuously and asked us to create a scandal, I didn’t ask her to do anything. She really likes DH.
Afterwards, YH talks to the polcie outside, it looks like JY is saying that JA did everything. JA told the truth. But because of the affair, JA isn’t defending too hard. JY asks JA why she erased all the recordings in the cell phone. She says it is because she had a recording of DH and her and the affiar.
JY meets with JA with the polcie and starts talking loudly at JY. JA holds her own and talks back to him. They argue back and forth but it is one sided on JY’s part. He says she likes DH and wire tapped him on her own because she liked him. You like him right?
JA asks him why he is chuckling at her? When you love someone, are you cynical? Do you even know what people like in people?
JY storms out and tells him lawyer to sue JA and everything.
JY goes to work and walks to his office like something is wrong. DH sees him. In JY’s office he thinks about the thug telling him about all the recordings and giving him $100k. He prepared all the money in a bag and paces his room. He asks his secretary if anyone called him. He says he can’t tell anyone or he will share the file.
Police. JA asks YH why she had an affair, she just wonders, she had someone like ajusshi. YH says she has a thousand reasons but she is not sure if there is any real reason.
Company. DH is working hard at his desk, he is the only one in the office. His phone rings, it is his wife. She is driving. She says they are coming back and it wasn’t easy, they need the recordings. But it is okay, they can just recover the 2G phone text messages. Director Park will petition for JA. YH tells JA not to worry also because Director Park will petition for him.
JA mentions that DH always asked her what she wanted to eat while he was going home and that was the warmest feeling.
YH dropps off JA, JH is outside to meet them. She bids farewell to YH and asks JA what she would like to eat. Cut to them preparing for bed. JA wants to know why she isn’t asking her about Ajusshi and Ajumma. JH says she is just happy that she is back. Thank you! Chul-hyun (their friend) has your things, when should we bring it? JA says she can get her own place. JH wants to know if she wants to live with her? JA says DH won’t come here so long as she is there. Ajusshi never came since she has been there.
GI is copying all the files in the room or moving all the files to a USB drive. His thug friend yells about all the money they should get. It looks like GI and his friend aren’t on the same page.
JA gets a phone call, it is someone who is asking if she is Halmoni’s guardian. She says she is.
DH’s former teammates are using his office as their break room. DH smiles about that. Then he gets a phone call. It is JA, she tells him that her halmoni died.
DH goes to the mortuary with JA, she has to identify the body. the coroner is there and halmoni is under a white sheet. The coroner gently pulls back the sheet, but JA can’t see her, she turns to the window. DH checks the body for JA and nods that it is her. He turns to JA and tells her that it is okay. But she just crumples to the floor and clings to the wall.
He pats her on the back and tries to lift her back up. JA stands again and walks over to her grandmother. She stands there bravely as she looks at her grandmother and cries.
JA – Halmoni…..halmoni…..halmoni…..
JA hugs her halmoni and talks to her in sign language.
JA – Halmoni…I was happy because you were there. Thank you for being with me and for being my halmoni. thank you. See you again..okay…let’s see each other again.
She keeps crying as DH stands in the background.
JA stands at the funeral. Jung-hee comes to pay her respects to halmoni. The brothers come as well. JA recieves all their bows but SH is too choked up. It is only them there, the hall is empty.
SH calls his grandmother and tells her to check in his money hiding spot. She asks him why he hides money here. SH tells her that he hid it in her room, he moved it. Can you check the other one, int he pocket. She says she found it. SH tells her to send it to Ki-hoon’s bank right now.
Cut to flowers getting prepared.
then SH gets the list for the morning soccer team.
Cut to JA’s halmoni’s funeral getting decked out properly. SH is organizing it all. All their friends businesses are delivering flowers (this is so touching). This is just like SH’s dream for their mothers funeral. The hall has flowers all along it.
the entire soccer team shows up and bows to JA. The company people all come and bow to JA.
YH and JA’s friend come and bow to her as well. they all lay a rose for halmoni and JA recieves them all.
JA asks her friend what is going on. Her frien says she will go to the polic station with ajumma now. JA apologizes, he says there is nothing to apologize about, cheer up!
YR comes to the funeral as well and goes inside.
YH tells DH that she is heading out. DH says he will stay with JA ands she says that he should since she has no one. the friend also bows to DH and says, thank you.
In the dinner area DH says he will pay SH back. SH tells him not to ruin this moment. He has never been prouder of himself than in this moment. DH smiles. He is bankrupt from now. One of the company people opens the soju like he is at a bar and toasting, DH is all like this isn’t a bar….. They all apologize because it is their habit when they drink. it is playful though.
They all notice that YR is there. they ask what his brother does to have YR as a boyfriend. DH doesnt’ say. KH is all like, why can’t you say it? Then KH tells them that he cleans for a living. YR says that is just for now but KH says it isn’t.
They ask if JA ate something. DH says she isnt’ in condition to eat anything now, it is okay to skip a meal.
The janitor comes, CD. He pays his respects to Halmoni and JA. they have a moment where they just stand in front of each other. CD looks out at all the people at the funeral and DH. It looks like it warms his heart.
CD – She is a lucky woman. Your halmoni is a lucky person.
Afterwards. Everyone is playing soccer outside at the funeral. DH calls to arrange the cremation a couple days later. JA sits outside with YR and KH as the soccer team beats the other guys who are playing. KH decides to join them in the game.
KH asks JA where she will go on New Years Day. JH also says she has no where to go to either. Would you like to meet twice a year, New Years Day and Full Moon Day. JA says she likes that. JH says her lifes work is done. If you have someone tomeet on New Years Day and Full Moon Day, then that is all you need.
KH gets up and joins the soccer team.
DH sits with JA and says they arranged teh funeral cremation. JA asks why he is so nice to her. DH says he didn’t do this, his hyung did it all. Just let it be, he has never done anything nice before. he tells her to go inside, her halmoni is alone.
JA says, when you told me, when my halmoni dies, to call you, it really comforted me.
The soccer team calls to DH, hyung hyung, we need one more person here, come in! DH gets up and asks them, why do you play soccer here. He starts to play with them. JA thinks back to what her halmae told her that was secret from us all.
Halmae – It’s a good relationship….and a precious relationship
DH is playing soccer
Halmae – When I look at it, everything is fate and relationships, everything is precious.
The friends and family keep playing soccer, JA watches them. They show each ajusshi one by one as they play soccer together.
Halmae – You have to repay that. Live happily, that is repaying the debt. (JA nods at her Halmae and smiles.)
In the present, her eyes fall on Dong-hoon as he smiles on the makeshift soccer field.
What was the voice like? JY says it was a young guy with computer skills. The detective thinks it is GI.
Cut to GI and his friend. A lot of thugs show up at their building. The friend spots them from the window so they have just enough time to pack up everything, but they can’t leave. the thugs get to the two of them and they have to fight their way out.
It is a big brawl as they try to protect the USB and computer and get out of the building. GI tells them that he is not going to let them have it. They take off running and are followed byt the other thugs.
GI breaks the computer in front of them and takes off running again. The other guys follow him as he dashes through the alleys. GI manages to get away, but only momentarily. Another guy sees him walking away and runs up to catch him.
But he isnt’ able to catch him, GI really gets away!
It is the end of the funeral so everyone is walking in a funeral procession to the cremation. It is still the very large crowd from before and I think this should be 2 days later. JA says a prayer and puts her halmoni’s ashes in her resting place. It is decorated with her favorite things and pictures of the two of them from baby hood all the way to adulthood. JA gieves her halmoni one last goodbye as seh touches her head ont he glass (like when they touch their heads together).
the always drunk friend walks and says he cried so much when his halmoni died. he thought it ws more detrimental to take an exam than when his halabogi died. SH says he was stupid. they joke a little bit, but then they say they shouldnt’ joke so they stop.
SH thanks JA, he says because of her he had the best time in his life. They tell him not to say that. But JA says it is okay, it was the best time inher life also, really. She will repay it. They tell her not to repay anything, dont’ live your life too cleanly like that.
the buss driver says to come! They have a lot of traffic! Everyone runs to the bus. Even JA runs to the bus. Then they all sit in the bus. KH gives DH some Ray Bans and tells him that they will wear it later. And lets take a photo later, that is our older brothers wish.
SH smiles and is wearing his glasses as well.
There is a box that has no sender name. The teammembers recieve it. IT is a pouch.
Cut to GI running away. He goes to the qick delievery service and quickly signs for it and throws a lot of money down. He says, if you dont’ deliver it right then I will kill you.
Company. DH reads the note and smiles a little. He says, E-jashik, he still thinks I am a manager? Cut to GI walking the streets. JA says he was a good guy, back then, his eyes weren’t like they were now.
Cut to JY listening to the recordings at the police station. this is all the evidence that they need. The police tell him that it was him.
In the office, the woman that spreads all the rumors is spreading this rumor around.
Cut to the team eating together with DH. They are all somber. DH says it is boring, just say something. But they are just drinking and eating. One of them says, it is my honor that JA slapped me, she was really sexy. Another one says seh was a super loyal girl, seh made us embarrassed, can you make a seat with JA? I want to hug her super tightly, no just high five her, I love Lee Ji-ahn. they laugh. They talk about how they were bad, I was nice to her. How does a part timer rule over full timers?
DH gets a text.
JA: Can you buy me some dinner and drink?
DH walks to his friends place. JA is already there and talking to the friend. DH enters and smiles. His friend says, he is there. They sit and JA says the chairman bought her lunch today. DH is all like wow! What did you eat. She says she didnt’ know, it looked expensive and it wasnt tasty. DH says expensive food is like that.
JA – I am going to Busan, the chairman entroduced a job to me. He knows I am under investigation, but the chairman is his bestfriend so they have a job for me.
DH wants to know why she is going so far away. She syas it si just in case she sees him. She knows that he will be happy without her(?). She says she wants to live somewhere else and go somewhere where no one knows about her and she doesnt’ have a past (maybe she put on lipstick?).
JA – When we see each other coincidentally, I am happy that we can meet. While I was running around, the saddest thing was that if I see you on accident, I would have to avoid you, thank you so much for letting me forget about all my past. Thank you for being nice to me.
DH – You…(smiling), maybe you came to this neighborhood just to save me. I was almost dying, you were the one that revived me again.
JA – To me, after I saw you, I lived for the first time.
They both smile to themselves.
DH – From now, let’s really be happy.
He holds his cup up to toast. they toast and drink. DH smiles. They keep sitting there together in the moment.
At the company, JY is fired. His secretaries are packing up his things. Director Yoon is also fired. He packs up his own things. Director Park comes back and sits at his desk.
None of the ajusshi’s want JA to leave. JH tells them that she has to wake up early to catch the train. The brother says this is a pretty neighborhood inth day also. When you come to Seoul, just come here and contact us. This is the last time they will walkaround the neighborhood together.
they all start to walk around together. JH holds JA’s arm.
they get to their spot. SH tells her bye-bye, see you again. JA bows a deep bow to him and tells him thank you. DH tells his brothers to go ahead and leave. DH walks off first and JA and JH follow him. The brother turn and smile as they leave.
DH gets to the spot where it is time to say goodbye to JA and JH.
JA looks at DH for a long moment.
DH – Bye-bye.
JA – Can I give you a hug?
DH smiles and walks up to her. He gives her a hug. She puts her arms around him. It is a small hug. they look at each other with teary eyes.
DH – Leave…go…..
She doesnt’ leave, so DH walks off. JA turns to walk away. But then she turns back to DH and says, Fighting.
DH turns away with a warm smile and says, Fighting.
Then he sees her turning to walk away.
they both walk to their homes. DH gets a call. He says he is on his way home, do you need anything?
YH looks at at that phrase. She says she would like beer.
DH puts the phone in his pocket as he keeps walking.
DH tells him Umma that he dropped YH off at the train station? It looks like she is looking for a school to attend for YH. She will stay with the son. The brothers are there as well. Umma thinks she should be there as well. SH went to AR’s family event, so it looks like they might get back together.
KH asks how JA is, is she doing okay? DH says he dosnt’ know. There is no phone call? DH says she doesnt’ have to. KH says there is a movie that no one knows about. The mother ditched the kids and the kids survived on their own. I watched for 5 mintues and turned it off. the oldest was 12 and asked around for money, I thought I could’t watch it because it was so sad. I want to break into the TV and raise them myself. I am a movie director, but Ican’t even watch this? So I watched it the next day. the kids were strong.
Montage of DH eating and doing everything by himself.
KH – People have their own abilities to heal themselves.
DH’s mother prepared a lot of side dishes for him and he bought instant rice and is eating it. But he can’t eat it so he cleans it all up. His house is very quiet and bachlory. He goes to the sink and turns on the faucet. Perhaps he had a tear fall? he wipes his face and then goes to his bathroom.
But we dont’ see him. We only hear him in the bathroom.
Then he comes back out and turns on the TV. he looks really sad. he tries to watch the TV, but it deosnt’ look like he can. he is slowly starting to let all his feeling out. then he just breaks down and starts sobbing into his hands. He can’t stop himself, he just lets all the tears fall as they may as he sits alone in his place.
KH tells someone on the phone not to ask him to do the movie again. He doesn’t want to go back to the movies! It is so hot! Just stop!
Let’s just quit, just kill me, I dont’ want to go back to the movies, just tell me that you dont’ want me to be a cleaner!!!!
Okay, dont’ come to Jung-hee noona’s it feels strange and awkward, we broke up…dont’ cry, it is good that you broke up with someone like me. Have a good life…okay.
KH hangs up the phone and starts crying as he sits alone at home. He puts on his headphones and starts singing at the top of his lungs “I BROKE UP…IT’S RAINING OUTSIDE…I CAN’T SLEEP…I FEEL LONELY” Umma comes in and tells him it is snowing outside, pabo.
The brothers drive to work. They see huge billboards of YR everywhere. She is a huge star now, her face is plastered everywhere. SH tells KH that he dumped a huge star. He is something. KH tells him to just go.
It looks like DH might have made his own company? All his people are there and the place looks completely different. Yes! It is Dong-hoon construction! On his desk it says president and there is even a photo of him and his brothers in their raybans.
Cut to JA at her company, she is a lot nicer and lives happily. She even has other friends that she eats with. She is also a sign language teacher and jokes with the sign language.
the teammates drive around and look at their old Company building. they say that it was their old memory. If you worked one year straight you would have gotten a gold. they joke about that.
then we cut to JA, she is in Seoul. She sees the company building and looks at it. Then she continues down the street. All the while, we haven’t seen her face, only the back of her head.
KH goes to the movies to watch YR. YR’s cursing acting is really good. Everyone laughs as they watch the movie that she was working on while she was dating KH. YR talks about how she will love that guy,she will love, she will love.
The usual suspects are at JH’s and having a good time. KH shows up and grabs a bottle of soju. He purs himself a shot. JH tells him that YR came by yesterday. the friends talk happily in the background as KH drinks his shot.
Then we see KH at home. He is at his desk and pulls out a yellow notepad. then he starts writing. “Not – Notting Hill, It is Hoogae Hill” He starts to write his script for his movie. “I came to the Grand Canyon.”
Elsewhere, JA is at a restaraunt with her friends. We hear DH’s voice, JA looks around and then turns back to her freinds. But she hears it again so she walks off. Her friends ask her where she is going and says that they will order her drink for her.
JA walks off and sees DH happily talking about work with another person. He looks ike he is having a happy life. The friend looks over his shoulder which makes DH look over his shoulder. He sees JA looking at him and laughs very brightly for the first time. they happily walk away and talk.
DH tells her that the chairman says that she is a good worker, when did you come to Seoul? JA says it has been a few days. DH tells her that he opened his own company. Come by, we have all the old guys with us too. they smile brightly at each other.
then JA’s friends call to her, let’s go Ji-ahn. DH smiles at them. then DH asks her for a handshake. They shake hands and she tells him that she wants to buy him dinner.
JA – I will buy you a meal sometime, I want to buy you something nice. I will call you.
DH is so happy. JA runs off to be with her friends. DH watches her go then turns to walk away. JA turns to look at him and then turns back to walk away.
DH – JA, now you reached a comfortable point?
JA – Yes….yes.
They walk off happily.
Thank you for recapping with us!
What a wonderful ending. I am so overjoyed.
I am so glad we stuck with this show. The first episode was so dark which made me wonder why we should recap it. But then I was hooked with a special spark in the second episode that pulled me into the company storyline. I am so happy that grandmother got her wonderful sendoff, that KH started writing again, that SH moved back in with his family, that YR is a big star again, that DH started his own company, and that JA moved to Seoul.
I hope they have that wonderful dinner together that she can purchase for him and their lives together continue outside of public view. From how happy DH was at the end, it seems like it will be that way. Thank you so much for enjoying this drama with us!