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Recap: The Heirs Episode 20 (Final)

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Though we may fall again, we move forward.

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Written before live recap

As I look at the smiling faces of the cast, a warm, prickly feeling rises in my throat. I’m going to miss everyone so much. I’m going to save my words for after the episode airs and I finish writing the recap. I want to properly say goodbye to this drama so I ask for your patience.

I know that there will be other fans like me who won’t be able to let go for some time, so I am planning a little rehab program, similar to what I did for Faith and Queen In Hyun‘s man. Hopefully I can get it out by the weekend so keep your eye out for it. If you have suggestions, please share!

This is it! The finale! Oh, how fast it has come. I’m nervous and excited, so I hope my hands don’t shake that much while I type. I’m not ready, I’m not ready!

The order will go like this. I can’t post updates while the drama is airing, unless the episode is moving slowly. I will be trying to capture as much as possible while I am watching the episode.  When the episode is over, I will go back to my notes, fix them up a bit and update part by part on each recap post while waiting for the torrents. If you can leave a link here, that would be great. When the full episode is available, I will fill in more blanks and screencaps, and continue to update. Finally, I will leave my comments.

Episode 20

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Tan and Young Do stand apart, but together, looking out into the city. YD finally breaks the silence: “It’s cold.” He’s describing the weather, but it is also how he feels. Tan adds, “It’s cold…and dark.” Silence falls between them again as they each try to fight off the cold and dark feeling hovering over them because of their fathers.

At a cafe, Tan discusses his situation with a woman, who we learn is a lawyer. Tan doesn’t trust the lawyers at Jeguk anymore, and he wants this new lawyer’s help transferring legal proxy rights to Won from JS for his stocks.

Yoon and Won are busy preparing for battle against JS too. Yoon reports to Won which person has how many percentage of stocks. Won notes that because the margin between the percentage held by JS and her people are close to the percentage held by Won and Tan and their people, it’s going to a battle to try to get the rest of the stockholders to side with them. He calls for a meeting of people who were said to be on Chairman Kim’s side.

Unfortunately, nobody is showing up at this meeting as Won, Tan, and Yoon wait. Eventually, two people who up, still loyal to the Chairman after 20 years of allegiance.

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JS’s meeting of people on her side is a little fuller, and Esther is there too. JS thanks her for being here, but Esther declares that she has not made up her mind yet. She wants to stand opposite to Chairman Kim, but she is not sure if the opposite is JS or Won.

At school, CY is telling ES what happened to Chairman Kim and that Tan has gone with his father to obtain the power of attorney from the overseas stockholders one by one. ES understands that is why Tan didn’t call her yesterday. CY also tells her Tan and Yoon will be gone for ten days.

Tan and Yoon are on a plane, and Yoon asks if Tan knows why he has to go with him to meet these people. Tan replies, “Yes. I am a young boy who might lose his father soon, and the young son that is especially loved by the Chairman.” Yoon affirms- “Because business in the end is about moving someone’s heart and getting that person’s signature.” Tan wonders why his father could have done this for 20 years.

At her house, ES reads a letter that Tan has left with an owl doll. He apologizes for leaving without calling her first, and warns her he might not be able to contact her since he is on a business trip. He adds in Tan’s signature style, “You’re going to die if you cheat on me while I am gone.” Pfft! Fortunately, Tan concludes, “I’m going to miss you a lot, Cha Eun Sang.”

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YD and his dad are having a tense dinner. Worried, YD really wants to know what is going on, and as he is about to ask, his father finally speaks up. He informs YD that he thinks the investigation into Zeus will happen quickly, so he will voluntarily go to the police to be questioned. When YD asks if dad will be arrested, Dad tries to bulk up his son the best way he can. He advices YD to not trust anyone except the vice president of Zeus, to only speak through lawyers, and to go to YD’s aunt’s house if he doesn’t return quickly- “Don’t stay alone at home.” He adds lightly with a smile, “Don’t neglect your kitchen duties just because I am not here.” More seriously, he says, “I will come out quickly.” YD, the young kid that he is, can only weakly nod his head, still looking worried and scared.

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The next day, YD watches the news that tells him that things are not looking good for his dad. He shuts off the TV, and when the Zeus lawyers come to see YD, he jumps out of his seat, worried about his dad. The lawyers reassure YD, telling him not to worry about anything and to go one as usual; they will take care of everything. One lawyer also relays a message that YD’s dad sent: “There has to be rules; there shouldn’t be any cheating.”

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YD has come to see the kid he used to bully at his new school. The kid looks scared to see YD, and asks why he came. YD replies that he came to apologize- “I’m sorry. Truly. I apologize. I am really sorry.” The kid says he is surprised that YD even knows how to apologize, but if he is really sorry, then he should feel guilty for the rest of his life. He declares he is not going to accept YD’s apology ever. “Don’t come see me again.”

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ES uploads a post onto her and Tan’s chat room. She writes, “The Seoul without you feels a little colder.” She sees the news story about YD’s dad on TV. She writes, “I just saw YD’s dad on the news. Seeing a family member’s face on the news that everyone in the country is watching…what is the weight of that misfortune? Living in that world that everyone desires, how hurt were you, Young Do, and the other kids?”

Eun Sang continues. “Because I am the first to arrive at school everyday, I am sometimes able to witness someone drawing in the body outline. I was very surprised. It wasn’t just one person. One day it was Hyo Shin, another day Ye Sol, another day Myung Soo, who appears so bright all the time, and another day it was Rachel. And today, it was Young Do. Was it from the moment I learned that everyone was the culprit? I couldn’t simply just be envious of them or dislike them.” Eun Sang asks the question that weighs on her mind- “Tan. Did you ever draw the body outline alone one early morning?”

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YD has come to his mom’s café. He stares at her from outside the window, but before she can see him, he hides. Tears fall down his face as he stands frozen to the ground, unable to go in.

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Eun Sang’s voice: ” Whether it be too heavy, too severe, or too sad, I hope getting hurt is not the only thing you are able to do. I hope that their weight is not the reason you break apart. I miss you, Kim Tan.”

Tan is back in Korea, visiting his dad in the hospital. Chairman Kim is still in the coma, but Won says he has gotten a lot better. Yoon reports that they were able to get many people to side with them, due to Tan’s help. Won asks Tan to go back to the house together to take care of it since dad is not there.

Won and Tan are back in their house again. There, Won asks Tan to meet YD. He wants Tan to get YD’s help since he will be able to sign and vote in his father’s stead. Tan asks Won to promise, then, to keep doing business with Zeus even if YD’s dad gets arrested. Won promises.

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Tan has come to see ES at her cafe part-time job. ES is surprised to see him as he calls out “You’re working hard, Cha Eun Sang.” He spreads open his arms, and Eun Sang runs into them. They hug each other tight, happy to see one another again.

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Tan and ES sit down inside, and ES asks Tan about his dad, the upcoming stockholders meeting, and if everything went well on the business trip. When Tan answers them weakly, ES tries to cheer him up by reassuring him that she didn’t cheat on him while he was gone. Tan smiles at this, and he asks her to hold his hand. She immediately takes it, and Tan cries out that she should be holding his hand with her heart, not with strength. I guess ES’s grip is strong, hehe. ES confirms, saying her heart is strong too. Tan tells her he missed her, which makes Eun Sang smile. Eun Sang replies, “Stay strong, Kim Tan.”

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Tan has come to see YD, saying he is sorry to come at such a time like this but  that he needs YD’s help. Tan says he will pay him back for this one day, even if they can’t be friends. YD replies that Tan can pay back now- consider this his compensation for the bad thing he said about Tan’s mom. Tan, as a sign of agreement, just informs YD that he doesn’t need to come to the stockholder’s meeting himself, just send the proxy papers through his lawyers. YD tells Tan to leave since he has to go do the dishes. He explains to Tan that this is the only thing he can do right now.

Young Do is washing the dishes, and he cuts his finger on a knife he is cleaning.

Yoon has come to see Esther at her office to ask her a favor. Per usual, there is wit and charm in the way he interacts with Esther, and the two lightheartedly joke around a bit. Esther understands that Yoon has come to get her to sign her vote to Won’s side, and she hands it over. Yoon thanks her, and Esther gently wishes the best for him in the future. Yoon does the same.

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Won meets with Yang, the daughter of BS Telecom and his potential marriage partner. He needs her father’s help, and he asks if she will come to the stockholders’ meeting. Yang points out that it sounds like Won is saying he will marry her- is he okay with that?  We don’t hear Won’s answer.

The meeting starts, putting Chairman Kim’s dismissal up for vote. JS, Tan, Won, as well as Yang are there. People vote, and the results are tallied. The result is in Won and Tan’s favor- Chairman Kim stays.

JS has been defeated, for now. She warns Won and Tan that this is just the beginning. Won replies he learned through this experience which people are the enemies. JS advices him to never let down his defenses. Then, Yoon runs up to announce that Chairman Kim has woken up, and he is in surgery now. JS, who has overhead this on her way out, looks unsettled.

KA, Won, Tan, Yoon wait anxiously at the hospital in front of the operation center. After hours that may feel like days, the surgeons finally come out and announced that the surgery was successful. Now they just have to wait for Chairman Kim to wake up. KA starts crying, and as Tan comforts her, Won gives her a look that is probably the softest look he has given her ever.

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YD has come to his mom’s café again. This time he enters. His mom immediately tears up when she sees him, but  YD can’t look at her in the eye yet. She tearfully calls his name. YD cautiously says hi. She asks him the same thing she wrote on the wall of that restaurant- “Did you get along well?” YD replies, “No.” She walks closer to her son and wipes the tears that have started to fall down his face. She comments on how tall he has grown, also adding, “My son has become so handsome.” YD speaks the words he has wanted to for so long-“Mom. Mom.” She nods, “Yes,” and urgently hugs him. She cries that she was sorry; she is sorry for not waiting longer then. She was planning to go see him again soon after….but….she just apologizes for not doing so. Young Do hugs his mom tighter in response as they both cry into each other’s shoulders.

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HS gives ES some his books. He thanks her, saying, “Thank you, Cha Eun Sang, for being a heartwarming cut (note: like a cut from a movie) in my brutal high school life.” Eun Sang remarks that it sounds like a goodbye. HS just tells her to study hard and the he hopes she and Tan become a boring romance movie. She asks if he is really going somewhere, but  he doesn’t answer, just smiling.

Esther is holding a meeting with her designers, when R comes in. After the meeting, E asks for R’s opinion about the new line, and R says she likes it, but she wonders if a high schooler’s opinion matters. Esther assures R that she has an eye for such things.

When R comments that she doesn’t like the cold, E suggests that they go on vacation together to somewhere warm. R wonders why her mom is suddenly talking about a vacation, so E reveals that she has noticed that R has been taking her sleeping pills. R explains it is because she can’t sleep, but she doesn’t take it often. Esther says she understands and tells R to get a proper prescription then.

R has come to the hospital to get the prescription, and she runs into HS there. He has just come out of the psychiatrist’s room. R asks why he is coming to this hospital, and HS replies, “To try to live.” He asks her the same, and R tells him that it is her first time here and she has come because she can’t sleep.

HS points out that he and Rachel keep sharing secrets with each other. He also reveals to her that he is going to the military and he hasn’t told anyone else. R asks if HS has a girl that will wait for him while he is on military duty, and HS replies, “Well…”

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Tan rushes to the train station where HS is waiting to go off to the military. As soon as he see HS, Tan starts yelling at HS for going off like this, suddenly and without even graduating high school. Tan wonders how HS’s parents consented to this, and HS reveals that he is going without his parents knowing; his mother should have discovered the letter now. Tan calls HS crazy, tells him to be safe, and pulls him in for a gruff hug. HS hugs him back, surprised, moved, and it finally sinking it that he is really going.

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ES finds her mom sorting beans, and Mom reveals that she is sending the bean powder to ES’s sister. Eun Suk has texted her, saying she found a job. ES appears angry at first, asking for her number and indignant that Eun Suk didn’t anything about the money she took. But when her mom asks what ES will say to her sister, ES replies with a smile that she is going to tell her that mom and her are healthy and happy, so Eun Suk should only worry about herself. Mom asks ES if she is really happy, with a mom like her and having had such a difficult life. ES replies wholeheartedly that she is happy because she is her mother’s daughter- “I love you mom.” Mother and daughter embrace happily, but they have to break apart because ES’s phone is vibrating. ES sheepishly declares, “It’s my boyfriend.” Tan is calling ES to bring her to his father.

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Chairman Kim is awake, talking to JS. He has heard what JS tried to do while he was in a coma. He announces that he wants to divorce her. She agrees. JS says she will prepare to take half of Jeguk and leaves. Chairman Kim orders his lawyer to prepare for divorce.

Tan comes in with ES to the hospital room. She cautiously gives Chairman Kim some books to read. He responds, without looking at her, that there is no need for her to try to look good him, but Eun Sang replies that she still wants to try. She promises that she will pay back the debt steadily so Chairman Kim should be healthy until then. Dad replies he has to live long, then. When ES says she will come back to visit him, Dad tells her she doesn’t have to. But he adds he will read the books well.

Tan and KA are walking the streets of Gangnam together like they said they would. Tan asks if there is anywhere else she wants to go, but KA reveals her legs have lost feeling. Tan chides her for wearing such high heels, but KA declares she can’t give up on high heels because she dreamed of being Miss Korea. (The actress who plays KA was actually Miss Korea.)

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Yoon and CY have come on a father-son fishing trip. While waiting for the fish to bite. CY takes a picture of them together to send to BN, because BN said she can’t breathe if she doesn’t see CY every hour. Click!

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CY asks Yoon if he has no plans to remarry or date, but Yoon just asks again when CY will be ready to support him instead. He talks about the difficulties of an adult life and having a job, when Won’s voice is heard, asking, “Are you talking about me?” Yoon and CY look back and are surprised to see Won and Tan standing there together.

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CY and Tan fish, while Won and Yoon talk over coffee. When Yoon explains that he and CY came fishing because the final exams are done, Won is reminded to ask Tan about his result. Tan is all proud to report that he placed 50th, and Won is happy to hear it. See Tan’s proud face.

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But Yoon is surprised that Won seems happy with just 50th. See Yoon’s shocked face.

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Won asks how CY did, and Yoon rubs it in his face that CY always gets first place so he doesn’t even think about asking anymore. See the face Won gives Tan at this revelation.

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Tan, embarrassed, gets mad at CY and scurries off. Yoon says to Won, “It would be nice if the days were always like this.” He asks Won if Tan doesn’t know yet, and Won confirms. Yoon informs him that the news report will go out tomorrow.

Poor, dear Hyun Joo. She reads the news report that Won is getting to married to Yang of BS Telecom while sitting at the bus stop. She cries quietly, hot tears falling down her face and onto her hands.

Won and HJ sit across from each other at a cafe. HJ has a smile on her face as she asks Won to keep his promise now. She takes out a wishbone and reminds him that he said he will break the bone with her when she has a wish. When Won doesn’t move, HJ designates the sides herself and breaks it. Her piece is longer so her wish will come true. She closes her eyes and silently makes her wish. When she opens them, tears have filled up to the brim. Despite her shattered heart, she bravely declares, “Let’s break up. That is my wish. Even though we sat close together, we were so far from each other. It’s not something I didn’t know, so don’t be sorry.” Still, the only thing Won can say is sorry and he does. Hyun smiles even as her voice breaks as she reminds him, “I said I would wave to you.” She holds up her hand and says, “Goodbye, oppa.”

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Won comes home, and Tan starts asking him about the news about Won’s marriage. Won tells him that he is marrying because the company needs this. This is the weight of the crown he has to bear. He then reminds Tan of the deal that they made before about Tan going to the U.S- he doesn’t want Tan to go the U.S. Won says, “Just stay behind me on my side. This means you can’t dream about anything else. This means you have to properly take business management lessons. Just do that. I’m lonely.” Tan asks if Won won’t be lonely with him here, and Won replies, “I’m still lonely, but it is better than you not being here.”

YD is back at the motorcycle shop, this time for inspection, not for customization to make his motorcycle faster. When the technician takes notice of that, YD replies it is choosing safety over getting a kick out of speed. While looking at helmets, and notices the cut he got from cutting himself while washing the dishes before. A girl comes into the motorcycle shop with chicken delivery and this brings up the forgotten memory of his real first meeting with Eun Sang, not the one at the convenience store. He says, “Our first meeting preceded our memory.” He then remembers ES giving him a bandaid before, and he puts one on now over his cut.

At MS’s studio, YS, BN, and CY play a card game in which they have to describe a them using the cards. CY picks the theme “18 years old,” and they start playing. “At 18, one causes pain to oneself,  is lonely, and sometimes have to fight a great enemy, but has a passionate heart, and has grand dreams. When BN loses and she has to grant wishes, CY asks for a kiss on the cheek. BN turns to do it, but CY moves his face, and gets a kiss on the lips. YS wishes they break up.

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Tan gets his notebook mailed back from his teacher from the US. The teacher has written a question for Tan on the page of his notebook where Tan had written, “One who wants to wear the crown, bears the crown.” He asked what kind of crown Tan was trying to wear- fame, wealth, or love?

Tan writes in his notebook again. “The owner of the study room has changed.” We see Won sitting in the Chairman’s study room, crying as he looks at HJ’s wishbone piece. Tan writes, “Won has reached the place he wanted, he has became firmer, and at night he cries. Isn’t his place of exile this house he has lived his whole life?”

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Tan continues, “And I have become a senior in high school.” We see Tan walking to school. MS takes a picture of him, saying he is commemorating the face of someone who has crossed the threshold of the world. Tan sees Rachel who doesn’t say anything to him as she walks away. He also sees lovey-dovey CY and BN, and they tease him about his low ranking again. Tan then sees YD. They just walk past each other, but both have small smiles on their faces.

Tan narrates, “But nothing has changed. We still don’t know how to skillfully grow apart or make up smoothly.”

ES narrates, “But we know how we each hurt, cried, fell apart, and fought fiercely within the time of being 18 years-old.”

ES and Tan meet up at the bench in school. ES asks what Tan wished for on his birthday. Tan reveals that he wished everyone he knows becomes happy. He starts describing to her what he imagines for them 10 years from now. He going to hold a party in his house…

We are brought into Tan’s imagination of the party ten years from now. Everyone is there: BN, CY, YS, HS, R, and YD. It seems HS has become a director. He invites R to the premiere, and R shyly says she will think about it. YD is talking to MS on phone, because his serving his mandatory military service. YD is working at  Zeus successfully, and Won compliments him. Chairman Kim is still alive, and Yoon is still there by his side. JS is also at the party, looking happy and friendly with KA. ES’s mom is there too, and KA is surprised to find out that ES’s mom is younger than her!

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Tan walks to his room, and we hear, “And even ten years from now, like the way I passionately ran to you when I was 18, I hope that I am standing on the road and you are at the end of the it- that is the wish I made when I blew out my birthday candles.” Tan finds ES in his room- they kiss.

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Back to the present. ES points out to Tan that his picture is full of people who can only laugh together in his imagination. Tan replies, “That is why it is a wish.” Still, ES wishes it can come true, and Tan says, “Maybe. One day.”

Tan and ES walk hand in hand together as the snow falls around them. Tan narrates, “At 18, we fell for each other, liked each other, cried, ran away, knelt down, and turned our backs to each other many times.” We see scenes of Tan and ES turning their backs to each other in the past, hurting each other, and running away from one another.

ES narrates, “Still, at 18, we ran toward each other, held hands, and tightly embraced one another.” We see scenes of Tan and ES hugging.

Back to ES and Tan walking in the street. Tan asks when ES is going to buy him the meal she promised, wondering if the reason she isn’t is because she wants to cook him a meal every morning. He asks, “By chance, did I just receive a proposal from you?” ES sticks out her tongue, saying no, and the two continue to joke around with each other.

ES narrates, “We might fall or end up kneeling again. But still…” Tan finishes, “We go forward.”

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Comment:

And so it ends- Eun Sang and Tan’s long battle to overcome their own fears and worldly opposition against their love;  Tan, Young Do, and Rachel’s struggle to have the familial love and support they need; Hyo Shin and Ki Ae’s battle to find freedom; and Won’s upward climb.

Episode 20 was purely a wrap-up episode as it struggled to rapidly tie up all the loose ends of its characters and give us the sweet moments of happiness. The change in YD’s dad was too sudden, for example. Also, why didn’t YD’s mom come back to see YD earlier? The only story that wasn’t wrapped up with a bow on top was Hyun Joo and Won’s story. In the end, Hyun Joo and Won just couldn’t be, as Won chose the company and Hyun Joo couldn’t hold onto him. While their decisions don’t make us happy, it was their own, for Hyun Joo was always ready to say goodbye and Won made a decision that no one was forcing him too. I can’t understand their decision, though, and I don’t think the writer wrote Won’s reason for marrying the other girl very well. You could tell the writer just needed Won to make that decision for the sake of pushing the point of the crown and its burden.

There was a lot of narration in this episode to give the writer time to explain her story, her goal, and the points she was trying to make. There was too much summarization going on, leading to a decrease in the emotional impact of what one well-written ending scene could have give us. Alas, this is what we got, and this is what we have.

Yet, despite its flaws, I was happy to see so many smiling faces in this episode because I have grown to care about the characters. Their joy was my joy; their pain was my pain. I was happy to see Tan smiling happily in front of Won, his  mom, and his dad. I was happy to see YD’s dad finally showing himself as a caring and upright father. I was moved by YD’s reunion with his mother. It warmed my heart as always to see Chan Young and his dad’s warm relationship, and Bo Na and Chan Young’s adorably uncomplicated love. It tickled me just to see R and HS stand next to each other. It made me sad to see Hyun Joo wave goodbye to Won. I almost cried when Tan and Hyo Shin embraced before Hyo Shin left for the military. And I teared up when Eun Sang revealed that body outline is drawn by a different student every day. That body outline was a symbol of the hopelessness and desperation that each of the students felt at one time during their high school lives. It was a silent and secret way for them to express what they had to keep bottled up inside as they tried to appear grown up and mature to the outside world. Eun Sang realized she shouldn’t be envious of these Jeguk High kids because they were just like any other ordinary teenager- sometimes scared and sometimes lost.

So throughout this drama when I saw Tan, Young Do, Eun Sang, Rachel, and Hyo Shin cry, hide, or run away, my heart went out to them. And when I saw them smile, fight, grow up, and move ahead, I cheered them on. And now at the end of this drama, I will continue to do so. 

Thank you, everyone. The past ten weeks have been some of the most exhausting weeks of my life but also the most fun. It was stressful trying to make sure I had the time and energy to recap every Wednesday and Thursday night, but now I don’t know what I am going to do with myself when next week comes along. I’m going to be moping for the next couple of weeks feeling empty and lost without The Heirs and you guys to look forward to and enjoy together. I’m going to be well-rested, yes, but I am going to be weepy. I’m tearing up just writing this. The drama alone couldn’t have sustained me the past couple of months; it was you guys who gave me so much encouragement and understanding that I could keep running back home on Wednesday  and Thursday to recap. Truly, by blogging I have met some incredible people in the past, and I am happy to see that the trend continues with this drama. Your kind words, passionate discussion, and excitement for this drama fueled me through the sleepless nights. By chance, am I going to miss you?

I have to give a special thank you to Softy, who is one of those incredible people I met through blogging. She was there for me from the very beginning, listening to me whine and complain about how tired I was, making all the drama headers, and meeting me every weekend to toast to another two episodes successfully recapped. She even forgave me for falling asleep on her while she was talking. My excuse is that the taxi was warm, I had slept one hour the night before, and my stomach was full of Thanksgiving turkey. She understood. She had also bought me that turkey (bless her heart). Softy will be live recapping Man from the Stars (the drama airing next on SBS) on her blog starting next week, so make your way over to Cadence for some delicious Kim Soo Hyun.

The Heirs was obviously a polarizing drama of which many loved and many disliked, for various reasons. Objectively, this drama didn’t have the best writing, directing, and acting across the board. There were a lot of little story lines that had potential, but didn’t go anywhere or live up to it. There were shortcuts in the writing that skipped over character and plot development. Sometimes the story was stagnant, and sometimes it moved too fast. There were times when the directing lacked energy, and there were other times when the actors couldn’t relay all the layered emotions of a scene to us. One part of me sees all the flaws, but another part loves this drama despite it all.

When did I fall in love? When in episode 4, Tan sits on bench at his school campus with his arms hugging his knees, and his notebook laid out in front of him.  This young boy who is living alone in a big empty house in foreign country,  forbidden to dream, thinks, “I always thought about the people who are lonely because I exist. I wished that those people felt lonely because I wasn’t there.” To his imagination of his aging father, “I want to come home, dad.” To his pathetic mother, “I miss you, mom.” To the image of  Won, “I want to believe that you felt pain deeply at least once after sending me away like that.”

It was at that moment I understood Tan’s youth and pain, the same burden that Eun Sang, Young Do, Rachel, and Hyo Shin carried. These kids were forced to live like grown ups, due to their wealth or poverty, and the different family situations they each were in. They were all asked to carry a burden that in a ideal world, they shouldn’t have. The mistakes they made, the foolish actions they took, and the passion they did all of that with were what they could do at that age. Only seeing what was in front of them at that moment and feeling like tomorrow wasn’t going to come, Tan, Eun Sang, Young Do, Rachel, and Hyo Shin gave all that they had to that single day. Such recklessness and passion resulted in foolish decisions and sometimes more unnecessary pain, but it was all part growing up and learning what it is in life that is worth fighting for and what is worth bearing the weight of.

Young Do, Tan, and Eun Sang learned that they are the architect of their own lives, and they have to choose what they are going to build it out of. Will it be wealth, hopelessness, loneliness, anger? Or will it be love, friendship, and joy? Will they walk the journey of life holding someone’s warm hand, or will they keep taking one painful and lonely step one after another? While these kids will continue to grow and face different trials in life, I am happy to see that they have built a good foundation for the rest of the journey. Tan, Eun Sang, Young Do, everyone, I’m going to miss you.

Let me borrow the words of “Only with My Heart” once again:

Smile brightly.
I am only thankful
I have memories with you.
I will hide them well.
And take it out alone to see.
They will give me strength when I miss you.

As I have blogged, each episode, each week, and each drama have become verses, pages, and chapters in my life, as the stories filled my head, the characters came alive, and I shared with other drama lovers. I’m so happy to have The Heirs bookmarked in my life, and I look forward to more. Thank you, everyone, for writing the pages with me.

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  1. deels #

    Dear Joonni,
    Thank you once again for your hard work and precious time recapping for us 🙂 I haven’t finished watching Heirs yet but have been anxiously following your recaps week after week. I agree with you & a lot of others here on the flaws of Heirs, but I must say they did choose the right actors for each role. It must be quite nice for LMH to be working with Eun Sang’s mum (can’t remember her name) again after Faith 🙂 Believe it or not, I didn’t watch much of Boys Over Flowers, nor do I feel inclined to ever finish it. But all of LMH’s dramas since then (except City Hunter which is in my to watch list!) have been vastly entertaining and I hope to see more of our LMH in the future. PSH is PSH I expect. I wish she’s be in a more challenging role as a woman in her future projects. It just seems her expressions & roles are much about the same really. But I do love her dancing!!! 🙂 Anyway, much love for you Joonni from England & hope to see you recapping again here soon!!! xxxxDe

    December 14, 2013
  2. LAMBTEO #

    After reading all the comments in the blog. I agreed that The Heirs has ended abruptly in the last 2 episodes. To kill the curiosity and the interests of the viewers, we should have season 2 for The Heirs. I just love LMH & PSH together.

    December 14, 2013
    • Comment #

      Agreed!!! Season 2 Season 2 ~~

      December 21, 2013
  3. Jasmin #

    Hi joonni!!
    2 days after i watched the final episode i am now having separation anxiety. I have enjoyed reading your recaps even before the episode has its sibtitles. I loved lee min ho as kim tan (though i love him whatever character he portrays) for me young love should be about fighting for itagainst all odds.i will missed looking forward to my thurs and friday nights me time. Hope to reading more live recaps in the future from you joonni. Fighting!!!
    Jaz from United Kingdom

    December 14, 2013
  4. Bella #

    Hi Jooni,
    I am inclined to tell you that I’m having early withdrawals from Heirs, however I thought that I had enough time to reflect on what I need to do next. To my surprise I have a lot to do hahahaha. I am in a position to take on a new role in my career and I think that I will go for it. I also have an opportunity to advance my education and It’s imperative that I do it for a just in case thing. In the meantime, to ease the pain of not seing the cast of heirs, I have the hallmark channel on. It pales in comparison to heirs but that will do for now until I see Min Ho’s or Shin Hye’s next project. Hopefully, by then I would have accomplished what I have set up to do. Thanks Jooni for the recaps.

    December 14, 2013
  5. Thank you very much, Joonni, for all the recap… I really enjoyed reading them…. Merry Christmas!!!

    December 14, 2013
  6. I enjoyed all the recaps and did look forward to it every week…. Although am kinda sad that this drama is done….nothing to look forward to anymore!!! Boo hoo hoo……. Anyways…. Hope to find something else worth camping out for…. Thank you very much, Joonni…

    Merry Christmas….

    December 14, 2013
  7. Evangeline B. Meteoro #

    Jonni, thank you so much for the hard work. Inspite of the tiring effort you continue to help us understand even before the english subtitles. You make not know it but I have to read your recap before I able to watch the latest episode. I couldn’t agree more when you said this drama made our hearts warm yet weepy because it has already concluded. We’ll miss this drama but that’s how dramas are. No matter how beautiful it must come to its end. I’ll miss your recaps with the hope that soon you will be recapping another beautiful drama. Kudos to you.

    December 15, 2013
  8. John #

    To download the complete series from here

    https://www.facebook.com/Heirs.2013.korea

    December 15, 2013
  9. joy #

    Well i like the story but it was kinda rush towards the end.hope that LMH and PSH have another project in the future that more matured character.these two is good together. And KWB is showing an improvements to his acting. But again i love all tha cast anyways. Thank u jooni for all tha hard work. Much love from MN USA

    December 15, 2013
  10. dharini #

    its been 2 days since heirs ended….alredy feels lyk 2 years….dang its hard to let go of an addiction

    December 15, 2013
  11. Cece #

    Thank you Joonni. I like this song by Lena Park. Love from Malaysia 🙂

    December 15, 2013
  12. Lisa #

    Hi Jooni, I’ve been meaning to ask but keep delaying it but now that the series has ended what the heck. Why is Kim Wo Bin (Young Do’s) hands are so red? Compared to his skin complextion which is very white his hands looks like he burnt them but it cant be as he wont be able to move them. It doesnt look natural as his previous series arent like that nor are his advertisment photos. Anyone know why??

    December 15, 2013
  13. my dear Joonni…. i’ve just done watching last Saturday…. really feeling like i don’t want to watch the last 2 episodes because i don’t want it to end. I’ve watched all dramas of Lee Min Ho and every time it ends it was always hard to move on, i don’t know why? this time will be another hard-to-move-on, this HEIRs Syndrome is killing me. But you know what joonni, every time i watched kdramas i make sure i downloaded all their OST so that when the dramas is finished i will keep on playing their OSTs for me to ease my feelings of missing them. Now that HEIR finally ended, indeed i have their OST already and i think i will play everyday these songs for months for me to recover, right now eversince i started working i the office this morning i am listening to Park Shin Hye’s “STORY” and Lee MIn Ho’s PAINFUL LOVE. My dear Jooni, thank you for the friendship we had here on your blog, and to all of your commentors, thank you for your comments…. i really enjoyed reading them. And for this time let me introduce to you myself…. i am a 50yr old ajjumma who is fond of kdramas, kmovie and surprisingly even kpop, i am from the Philippines and working in a government office… again thank you for updating and hope to meet you again of the coming blog you’ll make. GOD BLESS

    December 15, 2013
    • cosmo #

      Hello… nice knowing that there are people like you whom I share the same worthwhile (?) pastimes… that of watching kdramas, esp. LMH and PSh’s dramas… am also from the phils,.. am 60 yr. old family man who lately become an enthusiast of kdramas(!) my wife and i had also followed this series from day one to the last day of its showing…

      January 12, 2014
      • Nice meeting you here in jooni’s blog cosmo, and also to your wife, looking forward for exchanging comments on the next project of LMH, magandang araw po sa inyo 🙂

        January 13, 2014
  14. Hi,
    I just want to say thank you for all the awesome live recaps of Heirs. After my usual place for reviews turned more into a place for spreading the dislike about this drama, I was glad to have found your blog which helped with my heirs addiction. So thank you for recapping Heirs even though you had a busy time with holidays and RL.Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀 I hope you get some well deserved rest and wish you happy holidays and a happy new year 2014!

    December 16, 2013
  15. Saj #

    Hey Joonni!
    First thing first, I wanna thank you for writing all these recaps ever since the drama started. With your help, I have understood more and in a way I’m watching the episode all over again. While I may not be good with words but you definitely are and I found myself agreeing with you. I didn’t thought I could possibly shed another tear since the fact that I’m crying too much ever since it ended but I don’t know, I just teared up again after reading your last episode recap. I just couldn’t move on and every time I thought of watching another Korean drama, my mind wanders towards The Heirs. It’s awesome that I’m not the only one still not moving on. Like you, I fell in love with the characters and it was good to see there was a happy ending. But to see the other characters (Kim Won’s exile, Young Do’s and Rachel’s loneliness), I feel for them and when I imagine what could happen next, it wasn’t pretty. Yes, they will be happy eventually but the process going into that, would involve a lot of sadness and that breaks my heart all over again. Even with its flaws, I keep coming back for more cause I guess I had gotten used to them like as if we are part of the whole story. You made what I’m feeling easy to express even though it’s just a drama. I wanna thank you so much for that. I keep telling myself to move on to another drama but I just couldn’t. Now that it’s over, I keep listening to their OST and watch their BTS to help me. I miss them a lot. And I never felt like this ever since City Hunter and The Master’s Sun. And because you seem like someone who understands how this feels, I take this chance to blurt it all out. Anyway, I wish you all the best in your next drama recap-with you taking the time to do it for all of us, I appreciate it a lot! And FIGHTING! 😀 Best of luck, Joonni!

    December 16, 2013
  16. Joonnie when you will be back recapping more KDramas I already miss reading your blog . Now I’m watching Prime minister is dating wao I wish you could recap that one too. Anyways thanks for everything miss you !! Sarangeeeee

    December 17, 2013
  17. Silent_Reader #

    Please vote Lee Min Ho for Best K-Drama Actor of the Year 2013. Park Yoochun leads ahead of Lee Min Ho as per latest result. Voting will last this December 21, 2013. Vote now via http://vote.kdramastars.com/20131208-best-actor-k-drama

    Thanks Joonni!

    I love your blog so much.

    I’m just a silent reader that wish The Heirs and its cast will win the Best K-Drama of the year 2013.

    Thank you 🙂

    December 17, 2013
  18. eva #

    Thanks for bringing me on this journey with you! I always read your recaps before watching the episodes.
    I really enjoyed this drama and all the characters. I cried, laughed, and yelled at my screen many many times.

    The one major improvement for this show that I think could have helped make things A LOT better is the pacing!
    The overseas episodes could have been wrapped up quicker with the same emotional impact and a lot of the middle episodes could have gone on a faster pace. If the pace was quicker we would have gotten a lot more of the story instead of having it all crammed into the last two.

    the change in Young do’s dad really was too sudden and I wanted to know more about Myung Soo’s story.

    GREAT drama with great actors and characters!

    December 18, 2013
  19. shinymagi #

    hello jooni,
    i missed minhye couple so i thought of seeing their offscreen videos
    at that time i came across this cute video i understand that he is sharing something cutely but i couldnt get it pls help me….will you translate it for me???pretty pls

    iam your silent reader ..i still cant believe the fact that heirs have ended

    Lee Min Ho video message to Park Shin Hye in Kiss of Angel Thailand
    thanks in advance..i hope you see my request
    shinymadi from india

    December 19, 2013
  20. Yer Vue #

    HELP!!!
    People are trying to make Lee Min Ho lose because they dislike him 😦
    Please vote for him here.
    Thank you!!!
    We love you Lee Min Ho OPPA ❤

    http://vote.kdramastars.com/20131208-best-actor-k-drama

    December 19, 2013
  21. CutieJumper #

    Hi Joonni,
    I just heard that’s on 25 Dec, SBS will air The Heirs special for 2 hours from 15.40 KST.
    If you are able to watch it could you do recap on that ?
    Thanks in advance.

    December 22, 2013
    • ceclia #

      ! great ! thanks for tell us 🙂

      December 23, 2013
    • CutieJumper #

      Your welcome,dear.
      Now wishing and hoping Joonni will be able to do the recap on that.
      Merry Christmas, everyone
      Cheers….

      December 23, 2013
  22. Juz Mie #

    Hi, Joonni & All

    I misses LMH & PSH a lot.. Do hope The Heirs Special is real….

    December 23, 2013
  23. riuenu #

    Merry Christmas guys!! some great news to share, there is an 2 hours Xmas special for heirs!! credit to crazy 9 drama for the sharing!

    http://crazy9drama.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/drama-news-the-heirs-christmas-special/#more-2964

    December 23, 2013
  24. Fitrie handayani #

    Dear joonni.. The Heirs special Christmas episode will be airing on dec 25. Would you mind to write the recaps for us here in indonesia?
    Actually I’ve missing your writing so much..
    Thank you dear joonni

    December 24, 2013
  25. May #

    Just want to share this with you.
    Quote:
    The Heirs will be presenting fans with a Christmas present by airing a special episode on December 25.

    In order to return the love of the fans, SBS decided to include a special edition of the drama under the title The Heirs Christmas Edition with the subtitle ‘Withstand the weight of love,’ instead of the original ‘Withstand the weight of the crown.’
    It has been reported that the special episode will mostly feature the romance between the characters.
    For fans who are still suffering from withdrawal symptoms following the finale of ‘Heirs’, good news because the drama will air a special on Christmas Day!
    The SBS’ ‘Heirs’ Christmas special titled, ‘Heirs Christmas Edition – Bear the Weight of Love’, will air on the 25th at 3:40 PM KST. The special will be filled with two hours of extra footage focusing on the love stories of your favorite cast.
    Make sure to check out this extra Christmas gift on the 25th!

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    Admin/Sorina ∞

    December 24, 2013
  26. Oun da #

    Hi, Joonni ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014. I wish you all the best.

    December 24, 2013
  27. pratikshya2 #

    Loved your words… really, we drama lovers need a rehab… missing the characters is painful.. do visit my blog….just posted a little bit about Heirs…
    http://pratikshya-magicmoments.blogspot.com

    December 31, 2013
  28. Hi! Thanks fro your recap! I always look forward to your recap before the eng subs are out! Anyway, I have a favour! On sbs drama awards, they did a tan-do love story ver. Do you mind help to translate it and post it on your blog? The link is below! Hope you will be able to take some time to do as I have been curious and there isn’t any subs. Thanks in advance!

    January 2, 2014

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