‘손 꼭 잡고, 지는 석양을 바라보자’ Episode 31 & 32 (Final)

Viewer ratings (Nielsen Korea)
Ep 1 & 2      (2018-03-21)    2.1% & 3.4%                     Ep 17 & 18   (2018-04-18)   3.2% & 4.0%
Ep 3 & 4     (2018-03-22)    2.7% & 3.0%                     Ep 19 & 20  (2018-04-19)   3.5% & 4.5%
Ep 5 & 6     (2018-03-28)    2.7% & 3.3%                     Ep 21 & 22   (2018-04-25)   3.2% & 3.6%
Ep 7 & 8     (2018-03-29)    3.3% & 4.1%                     Ep 23 & 24   (2018-04-26)   3.2% & 3.3%
Ep 9 & 10   (2018-04-04)    3.4% & 4.2%                    Ep 25 & 26   (2018-05-02)   2.8% & 3.6%
Ep 11 & 12  (2018-04-05)    3.8% & 4.2%                    Ep 27 & 28   (2018-05-03)   3.2% & 3.4%
Ep 13 & 14  (2018-04-11)    2.9% & 3.7%                     Ep 29 & 30   (2018-05-09)   3.0% & 3.8%
Ep 15 & 16  (2018-04-12)    3.4% & 4.2%                    Ep 31 & 32    (2018-05-10)    2.8% & 3.8%
The storm has finally abated, leaving a sort of happy ending for Do Young and Hyun Joo. Though a miracle seems unlikely for Hyun Joo’s illness at this point, I’m glad we are spared the details. There might be no certainty but at least they can now cherish their remaining time together as a family.

Do Young rushes to the airport but did not manage to catch Da Hye. He is unaware she would be taking a flight to Canada instead of to the US.

I’m still wondering what he had intended to say to Da Hye before she leaves. His downcast expression makes me think it could be either he’s feeling guilty that she ended up this way or he’s sad to see her leave. So what is Da Hye to him?

Dr Jang finally tells Hyun Joo about the tickets to Bali which Do Young had previously given to him. He would let her decide whether to go on the trip with Do Young or with him.

Hyun Joo’s dad hopes that Do Young can return to see Hyun Joo before she leaves for Bali the next day. He tells Do Young not to live with regrets like him.

Do Young is hesitant as he does not wish to add on to Hyun Joo’s burden now that she’s unwell. He has come to realize his shortcoming as a husband who had neglected her emotional needs. How could he ask her to take him back?
Fortunately Do Young did return to their house that night or they would have missed out on their heart to heart talk with each other. He would like them to be together no matter where they might go but she tells him that dying is something one is unable to share. She would like to leave alone with peace of mind. 

With so much still left unspoken, Do Young finally bares his heart to her. He admits to being tempted when Da Hye came back for him, thinking he still have feelings for her but soon realized he is mistaken. He is certain now Hyun Joo is the one he loves.

And finally he tells her what she has been waiting for all these years …..  “I love you”

Hyun Joo feels so sorry to Dr Jang that she’s not going with him to Bali after all. He has planned this trip because of her but if she were to leave Do Young, she knows she will regret it at the end of her life.

I’m a bit puzzled though why Dr Jang has decided to settle down and work in Bali. Isn’t this trip with Hyun Joo meant to be merely a vacation to fulfill her dying wish to watch the beautiful sunset there? Why would he want to stay there for good? Could it be because it would be a place with special significance for him, being the last place they were together if they did go on this trip?
Hyun Joo’s family is worried when they could not find her that morning. Saet Byul lets on that she has already gone to the airport but it’s strange that she did not take her phone or passport. She couldn’t fly off without the latter so where could she be?
Saet Byul seems to know Hyun Joo’s whereabouts but she wants Do Young to figure it out for himself. If he loves her, surely he should know. 
After some prompting, it suddenly dawns on Do Young that Hyun Joo must have gone to the place which is special to both of them. He promises Saet Byul he will bring mum home. 

It did not matter that the road was blocked due to an accident. With happiness in his heart, he starts running to where she must be waiting for him.

It is not a matter of where one might be, it is the love you share that makes life beautiful …..
My thoughts:
What I love about this drama is its great visuals, especially the beautiful scenery.
I had half expected a similar ending scenario for Do Young and Hyun Joo, that they would watch the sunset together in Bali during her last moments. That would be rather depressing so I’m glad the script has left it as an open ending. It would be totally wrong if Hyun Joo had gone to Bali with Dr Jang. But what’s this obsession about going to Bali anyway?
Each of the 4 characters have weaknesses that makes them human perhaps but some of these seems a bit overly exaggerated that it becomes irritating to me.
Do Young … since he is played by Sang Hyun, of course I’m a bit biased. What I do not like most is his affair with Da Hye. He should work hard to achieve success on his own, without having to be maneuvered by the ladies. Even if he were to accomplish this project for JQ, the achievement is marred by the fact that the contract signing was forged. It is good that he did not accept the fees in the end. Still the JQ project has helped put him in the spotlight and bring him more opportunities for success.
Hyun Joo ….. I am sorry she has to suffer the same illness as her late mother. I try to empathize with her emotional trauma of watching her mum die and which has shaped her conviction not to share her pain with those she loves. But then it becomes irritating when it gets replayed over and over. The way she is pushing Do Young out of her life is hurting him just as much. Even if she thinks she is doing this for his sake, it is unfair to him. 
So what’s this fixation with falling in love before one dies. What kind of love can one find and experience within 3 months or less? Most likely an affair which would bring no emotional fulfillment either. Even if Do Young might not have married her for love, surely they have grown to love each other during their 10 years together. It’s not just about the exhilaration of first falling in love but learning to love and care for each other. Would leaving the family to die in some god forsaken place make it any less painful for her loved ones?
Da Hye …. my least favourite character in this drama. An obsessive, controlling and selfish woman out to take what she believes to be rightly hers. No matter what might have been between her and Do Young in the past, he’s married now. What rights does she think she has to ‘take’ him away? Just because she prefers Do Young to all the other men she could have, does that mean he owe her for being the chosen one? Doesn’t everyone have freedom of choice? So what is this talk of Do Young abandoning her for another woman whom she deems unworthy? That’s a mighty warped notion of self importance. 
I don’t know what to say about her obsession to resort to illegal means and giving up her shares in exchange for the contract. Perhaps the idea is for viewers to think she’s willing to give up her all for Do Young because of love, but her character makes me uncomfortable. She does all of this on her own accord but her ‘sacrifice’ becomes a weight around Do Young’s neck …. this is something he owes her as he is the reason she lost everything. 
And of course my pet gripe is her way of taking/borrowing Do Young and then returning him when she has enough. You cannot treat another person like an object my dear. If you really love him, you should love him unconditionally. You want him to be successful, please pave the way by all means. Don’t be the third party that breaks up his family so that you can have him for yourself.
It seems she did not take that flight after all but remained in Seoul. I hope she does not appear before Do Young and make life miserable for him again.
Dr Jang / Seok Jun …. a promising neurosurgeon from the beginning but who ends up being obsessed with his patient. I’m sorry but that is totally unprofessional. It becomes a bit bizarre that he cannot function as his only thought is on Hyun Joo. By then he didn’t seem like a doctor to me anymore. It makes me mighty uncomfortable that he even wants to go to Bali with Hyun Joo when this place is special for her and Do Young.
As his father-in-law advises him, he should first heal himself before he can think of healing his patient. Hope he will get back his passion as a doctor when he settles in Bali.
The end …..
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