Five Fingers: Episode 30 (Final)
Korean Drama Reactions & Reviews | September 20, 2013 | 370 viewed
Director: Choi Hyeong-Hun
Writer: Kim Sun-Ok
Genre: melodrama; musical; romance;
Starring: Chae Shi-Ra (Chae Young-Rang), Ju Ji-Hoon (Yoo Ji-Ho), Ji Chang-Wook (Yoo In-Ha), Jin Se-Yun (Hong Da-Mi), Cha Hwa-Yeon (Na Gye-Hwa)
Release Date: 20th September, 2013
I’m sure you’ll all agree with me that it’s taken way too long to finally bang out this beast. So without further adieu… LET’S LIGHT THIS PUPPY!
Ji-ho runs downstairs clutching Yeong-rang’s handkerchief plaintively calling for his mommy like a little boy lost at the grocery store.
EvilStep returns home with the halibut sushi she was planning on serving to In-ha, but the police took him into custody as soon as the hearing was over. So where’s Yeong-rang… and why the long face, Ji-ho? Ji-ho tells her she’s gone. Vamoosed. DISAPPEARED. The sushi hits the ground!
Speeding down an Euljiro street, we see Secretary Oh driving Yeong-rang somewhere. She pleads with him to not tell her family anything about her eventual destination. Now that In-ha is in prison, she cannot bear to look at his empty room. She was the one that caused him to pay for her sins, and since she’ll be nothing but a blind burden to Ji-ho, it’s best that Yeong-rang run away.
Secretary Oh says that he never imagined that the infant he took away that night would turn out to be her true son. Dead Burnt-Up Dad only said that he was the child of his life-long love and that Secretary Oh should protect him at all costs.
Yeong-rang is stunned to hear that, as Secretary Oh says Dead Burnt-Up Dad always asked after the boy to make sure he was safe. She mutters that Man-se was such an ass for not even trying to be spiteful, and Secretary Oh says that if he had known, he would have put a stop to the plots right away. He insists to Yeong-rang that he bear the blame for everything that happened since the Dawn of Time!
Yeong-rang tells him nopes, it’s not his fault… and it’s not Dead Burnt-Up Dad’s fault either. It’s all hers for not recognizing her own flesh and blood, and turning him into a monster because of her greed. And they speed off into the night…….
n-ha is released from prison, looking none the worse for wear (and a little chubbier in the cheeks). He looks over to see Ji-ho standing outside his car, waiting. Everything goes into slow-motion as they share a nice bromance-y moment just staring at each other. (Where’s the tofu, Ji-ho?)
But that lasts for all of three seconds, as In-ha rushes into Yeong-rang’s empty bedroom and then rips Ji-ho a new one for not telling him they haven’t been able to find their blind mother FOR A WHOLE YEAR! EvilStep tells In-ha to chill, since they’re going crazy themselves and don’t blame Ji-ho, because his hyung has done everything imaginable to find her. She just ain’t wanting to be found!
In-ha says he’s not giving up so easily since IT’S HIS MOTHER! Ji-ho reminds him hey dude, she’s his momma too. And he’s not giving up no matter what! In-ha cannot figure out for the life of him where she would have run off to.
But holy moley, whouda thunk that Yeong-rang’s decided to move to Jebu-do, into the same house that Ji-ho spent the first 12 years of his life. She finds her way to the table where her phone announces that it is 2:41 PM on 25 November. (LOL nice inside joke, since it was actually 2:41 AM the same morning that the Finale aired when that scene was shot.)
Yeong-rang finds the picture of her and The Boys taken on her birthday oh so long ago, with the captions written in Braille. She asks if her In-ha is doing okay after suffering for so long in prison.
Jung-wook asks Ji-ho if In-ha was released, and Ji-ho says he’s impressed that In-ha stayed in the whole year instead of being bailed out early. In-ha insisted he finish his time, if only to feel at ease once he got out. Jung-wook asks if Ji-ho’s in a lot of pain due to Yeong-rang’s disappearance, as Ji-ho asks how his own search is going.
Jung-wook says he’s on it every day, calling police stations and hospitals to see if Yeong-rang may have been admitted from an accident or something. Ji-ho figures with everyone looking for her in earnest, she’s bound to turn up soon.
Back at Boosung HQ, Ji-ho passes an envelope to In-ha that contains a share transfer contract. Saying he doesn’t need them anymore (wha?), he orders In-ha to come back to work as a Department Head. In-ha tells him he doesn’t want to since he has no right to take back what is rightfully Ji-ho’s spot anyway. He’d rather start from scratch somewhere else.
Ji-ho calls bullshit on why In-ha thinks he cannot come back to Boosung, since it is In-ha’s to begin with. Ji-ho is the one that shouldn’t be in his position, and he was thinking about appointing an interim CEO anyway. In-ha wants to know why Ji-ho wants out, as Ji-ho wants to go back to composing and performing instead of being a 24/7 desk jockey.
Pleading with In-ha to start over at Boosung, he insists that their mother would want it that way as well. Oh and by the way, she deeded over her own stock shares to be gifted once In-ha sprung himself from the Big House… so what does In-ha think about putting them into Woo-jin’s name instead? In-ha looks like he’s gonna need to think about that.
Nam-joo hears a voice asking for some jackets to be rung up, and as she turns around, sees Jung-wook behind her. She had heard from Woo-jin that he had also been released from prison, as Jung-wook says he was too embarrassed to see her; hence, his lateness in coming by the PPL Store. He also apologizes for not looking out for Woo-jin and Da-mi like he promised, being a sorry sack of shit and all that.
Nam-joo doesn’t agree, as she says the shop is doing well and her kids are doing well. Their wounds are healing little by little thanks to Jung-wook. Oh and by the way for him, how is Yeong-rang doing these days? He admits he hasn’t heard Word One about her for over a year now. Nam-joo is stunned to hear she’s disappeared… but why?
Da-mi meets up with now Resident Woo-jin, who takes her to task for being late. Da-mi proffers some lame excuse about tuning the piano where she teaches kindergarten, as Woo-jin retorts that he’s a busy guy now too, being a weenie doctor and all that. Da-mi insists on them eating at the hospital cafeteria, since she’s saving for her tuition fees, and Woo-jin insists she’s more of a Scrooge than he is. But food is good, so they’re off!
Nam-joo asks Ji-ho if he’s surprised she’s asked to see him, and Ji-ho cannot deny that fact. Saying that he’s looking so thin, Nam-joo mentions his lost mother and has she really disappeared? She dares to ask Ji-ho if there might be a place in the world that has caused pain to Yeong-rang in the past, and maybe she’s hiding there for some sort of repentance?
Ji-ho keeps looking at his hands, as Nam-joo tells him she has finally forgiven Yeong-rang – her family is doing better than before, their wounds are almost healed. And mostly, she believes that Dead Deaf Dad would agree with her assessment.
But that keeps Ji-ho still thinking about Nam-joo’s words. He asks EvilStep if there would be a place where Yeong-rang would feel the most guilt about, as she answers Ji-ho doesn’t have enough fingers and toes to count all the things Yeong-rang would feel guilty over. (*snerk*) But wouldn’t the thing that would weigh most on her mind be the time Ji-ho was living on Jebu-do?
EvilStep goes on to say that she’s sure Yeong-rang would have been heartbroken to hear how Ji-ho lived for those 12 years on the island, especially after she learned he was her missing son. The light bulb finally goes off over Ji-ho’s head, and he rushes out leaving EvilStep sputtering behind. Our Boys hop into the nearest Yoo Mobile and are off to Jebu-do!
Yeong-rang makes a feeble attempt at wiping up her floor, as Ji-ho and In-ha pull up to watch her shake out the floor rag. Ji-ho clamps his hand over his mouth, as Yeong-rang senses there’s someone nearby and calls to them. In-ha walks over and gives her a scolding over her appearance and why she’s on the island all by herself! Doesn’t she remember her two sons who should be taking care of her?!?
In-ha asks why she’s doing this to herself, when she used to be so bad-ass and stuff. Has she exiled herself because of him and his wrongdoings? Yeong-rang tells him she’s fine, eating well and living well so there’s no need for him to worry about her. In-ha thinks otherwise, looking at her hands all bruised and blistered.
He tells Yeong-rang they need to go home now, but she refuses big time. In-ha asks if she plans on dying of old age on a deserted island? Yeong-rang admits she doesn’t have the strength to stay at home in the state she’s in, so In-ha should just play dumb instead.
In-ha then asks if her actions are possibly because… of Ji-ho? Because she feels sorry about hurting his hyung, she’s gonna keep away from the both of them? In-ha turns towards Ji-ho in silent tears wondering if he should tell Yeong-rang of his presence, but Ji-ho just shakes his head no.
Yeong-rang says she doesn’t want Ji-ho to see her in such a state. Even if she dies, she can’t stand to see him hurting because of her. In-ha says Ji-ho will never rest easy if she decides to stay on Jebu-do, so just suck it up and tell Ji-ho she’s sorry and ask for his forgiveness. Yeong-rang screams that is what she is the most afraid of, because a worthless human like her has no right to be called his mother.
Ji-ho can barely hold himself silent hearing those words, and Yeong-rang tells In-ha that she would rather have her heart ripped out than have Ji-ho take care of her for the rest of his life. All three of them cry buckets until Yeong-rang composes herself and orders In-ha to leave. Don’t he DARE tell Ji-ho where she is so he can forget her as time passes.
Yeong-rang wanders back inside her cabin, as In-ha takes the wheel to drive Ji-ho back home. Ji-ho finally loses it, and In-ha turns on the radio to mask his hyung sobbing under the Chopin Valse No. 2. They return home to EvilStep and Jung-wook grilling them over why they didn’t bring Yeong-rang home from Jebu-do. In-ha tells them she refused to return with them.
Jung-wook gets pissed and says they should have dragged her back, but Ji-ho’s answer to that is to shuffle up to his bedroom. EvilStep continues to rail and demands to know how two grown men could not win against their mother – tell her where she is and SHE will bring her back home!
And that’s exactly what EvilStep is all packed for, ordering In-ha to take her to Yeong-rang RIGHT NOW. In-ha tells her to stand down for now; he and Ji-ho didn’t come back because they felt like it. EvilStep goes all mental over finally finding Yeong-rang and finally stops when In-ha says she threatened to disappear again if anyone came down to see her. Will EvilStep take responsibility for her running off again?
Jung-wook takes In-ha’s side in keeping EvilStep from running out the door on her own. At least they know where Yeong-rang is and they can check in on her from time to time. Not exactly what EvilStep wants to hear when she misses her daughter so much… as Ji-ho runs down the stairs and out the door.
Yeong-rang turns on the kettle and takes another lutein pill. She gets up suddenly and starts throwing her clothes, some of Ji-ho’s CDs and the family picture into a suitcase, ostensibly to disappear yet again since she’s been found out. And in another I CALL NO WAY scene, she opens the door to find her kitchen on fire. She stupidly tries to put it out with some oily rags and finally gives up, thinking that dying in a fire is not a bad way to go.
Yeong-rang passes out, but Ji-ho arrives just in time and pulls her to safety. She wakes up in her room thinking maybe that whole fire thing was just a dream, but apparently it wasn’t as Ji-ho is hovering over her. He tells her he won’t force her to come back, so stop trying to run away again. Yeong-rang says that it’s late and driving in the dark is dangerous, so maybe he should stay there tonight.
EvilStep fondles one of Yeong-rang’s pictures and then gets a text from Ji-ho saying he’s spending the night in Jebu-do. Less worry spreads across EvilStep’s face, as we see both Ji-ho and Yeong-rang tucked in for the night. Ji-ho falls asleep with a small smile on his face.
The next morning, Yeong-rang jolts awake and starts feeling around for Ji-ho. He comes back in and says they both need to head back to Seoul today. Yeong-rang begins to protest, until Ji-ho says tells her that CrazyGran (remember her?) just passed away a short while ago.
The nurse ahjumma packs up CrazyGran’s possessions and fake-crabs that Yeong-rang could have at least visited once or twice. CrazyGran always talked about how she had the best daughter-in-law in the world, and that she could die in peace after being treated so well. That sets off Yeong-rang into a sobbing ball of I’m sorry’s and I’m the one that deserves to die, yada yada yada…
EvilStep and In-ha wait outside, but Yeong-rang tries to make a run for it until EvilStep stops her and asks how long Yeong-rang is going to treat her like a mere stepmother. Even though she didn’t give birth to her, EvilStep imagined all kinds of horror heaped upon Yeong-rang while she went missing. Just take her back to Jebu-do and treat her like an ahjumma who rents a room instead of a family member, ne?
Yeong-rang says thanks for the nice words, but she’d be more comfortable by herself. If things change, she’ll bring EvilStep to her side. EvilStep grabs onto Yeong-rang and says she’ll be a good mother from now on, so why is Yeong-rang being such a hardass about this?
In-ha guides Yeong-rang down the ocean path, as all of a sudden, Jung-wook appears in front of them. In-ha gives him a glare… but then wanders off to let Yeong-rang walk by herself. (WTF?) She looks up and chides Jung-wook for finding out where she lives now. He’s amazed she knew it was him, as she reminds him she’s only blind but hasn’t lost her smeller – he’s wearing the cologne she gave him on his last birthday. *headsmack*
Jung-wook says he’s missed her and is really sorry he lived like such a fool for revenge when it was all misplaced. Yeong-rang tells him he needs to be a good daddy to Ji-ho from now on, but he demands she return to join him in being good parents instead. Yeong-rang says she cannot do that after all she’s done against that poor boy… she’d rather remain a bad person in everyone’s eyes than be a hypocrite to Ji-ho.
Jung-wook reaches into his pocket and attempts to put his engagement ring back on her finger, but Yeong-rang pulls away and says she doesn’t deserve that or having Jung-wook in her life. He tells her that is all in the past now – he’s forgiven her and it doesn’t matter! So please let him stay by her side, okay?
Ji-ho has just dropped the bombshell on EvilStep and In-ha that he’s going away to study… and he leaves next Monday! In-ha asks why so suddenly and what’s going to happen to Boosung? Ji-ho says he’s already found an interim CEO and In-ha should stay as the Department Head, so keep your nose clean as he trusts In-ha to do a good job while he’s away.
EvilStep calls him selfish for running away just as Yeong-rang and he have found each other, but Ji-ho says they need some time to accept each other first. It’s not like he’s going away for good, so stop worrying about him!
Nam-joo shoves different clothes at Da-mi as she protests that she doesn’t need any new clothes, dammit! Nam-joo thinks otherwise, since it’s Da-mi’s first recital after returning to university and she needs to look pretty. Da-mi finally capitulates, since there’s no way of telling her mother NO.
As they both leave the store, they run into In-ha walking the mall with his subordinates. A whopping huge uncomfortable silence hangs over their heads.
In-ha tells Da-mi it’s been awhile since they’ve seen each other, and now they meet by chance. Da-mi asks if he had a hard time in prison, but In-ha just sniffs and says that by being away, at least the world could look a bit more favorably towards him. But isn’t she the least interested in what Ji-ho is up to?
Da-mi says since she has not heard from Ji-ho in over a year, he’s obviously doing well. She thinks less and less about him as time goes by. In-ha tells her that Ji-ho is leaving to go study in Germany. Tomorrow. Da-mi looks like she’s been punched in the gut. In-ha says his flight leaves in the afternoon… and maybe the two of them should say goodbye to each other, no?
Ji-ho packs the World’s Smallest Suitcase with the family picture and the Magic Handkerchief, as In-ha walks in and asks why he’s leaving so early? Ji-ho says he wants to go see Yeong-rang before he leaves and wouldn’t In-ha feel better if Ji-ho disappears again? In-ha bites his lip and says that wouldn’t be good, as he finally feels good to have an older brother in his life. And now he’s leaving? PFFFT.
Ji-ho reminds In-ha that while he’s gone, In-ha needs to tell everyone to pound sand and just concentrate on his music instead. No more competing for Number One anymore so In-ha can focus on his talent, because as soon as Ji-ho returns, he’s not cutting In-ha any slack! And one more thing – please don’t be tacky and see him off at the airport; they should just say goodbye now. Ji-ho sticks out his hand and In-ha finally shakes it without ripping Ji-ho’s arm off with it for a change.
But before Ji-ho walks out the door, In-ha apologizes to him. Ji-ho tells him to stuff it… they’re brothers, remember? In-ha doesn’t have to say it for Ji-ho to know it. He leaves In-ha a blubbering mess as soon as he closes the door…
Ji-ho takes the lid off a pot of stew as Yeong-rang complains that he’s there way too early for him to be there. Not letting on that he’s leaving soon, Ji-ho instead makes the excuse that he wanted to recreate his favorite sausage and egg roll recipe for her. She pronounces it delicious, and it’s apparent Ji-ho’s trip was not in vain.
They head outside where Yeong-rang insists that Ji-ho stop coming to see her so often, and this time, Ji-ho agrees with her… he’s leaving to study in Germany today so he’s going to be gone awhile. She shouldn’t wait for him, but amazingly, that upsets Yeong-rang and, still trying to remain defiant, she bitches that she won’t be the one waiting around for him, so go and don’t come back EVAH.
Ji-ho says oh he will most definitely come back, so she needs to eat well and not get sick. He tries to reach for Yeong-rang’s shoulder, but just can’t bring himself to do it. Instead, he asks if there might be anything she wants to say to him? Sure she does – he’ll be late for his flight, so GO!
Ji-ho looks pained, but hops in his car regardless. With one look back at his mother, he takes off down the dirt road away from the cabin, leaving Yeong-rang standing all alone outside. Suddenly, Yeong-rang breaks down and then starts running after Ji-ho’s car, losing one of her shoes in the process.
He’s not taking this too well himself, as Ji-ho tears up as he drives away. Yeong-rang continues to feel her way up the hill to the main road to catch him, but gets lost and ends up on the path to the cliffs instead. FINALLY we hear her tell Ji-ho that she’s really really really sorry for hating him and tormenting him. Falling down several times (and losing her other shoe), she begs the wind for forgiveness and begs her son to accept her apology.
Inching ever so closer to the cliff’s edge, Yeong-rang promises Ji-ho that she will wait for him until he gets back… then slips on some loose rocks and goes tumbling down to the water below.
EvilStep arrives at the cabin with a parcel of mul-kimchi to find no one at home, but Yeong-rang’s Braille book open and a plate of unfinished fruits instead. She being no dummy, EvilStep immediately surmises something’s wrong and runs out to search for her.
She runs screaming Yeong-rang’s name all the way up to the cliff, where she finds one of the shoes she left behind. Pretty much asking her to not keep playing hide-and-seek anymore, EvilStep demands Yeong-rang show herself NOW!!!
Ji-ho walks through Incheon Airport to his gate, but gets a feeling that makes him accidentally drop his passport and plane tickets. We see Yeong-rang on a gurney trying to be resuscitated on her way to the emergency room.
But back at Incheon, Jung-wook is there to say his own goodbyes to Ji-ho while asking if Ji-ho finally found the cojones to call Yeong-rang his mom yet? Ji-ho promises him he will do that the next time he sees her. Jung-wook is satisfied with that answer, but asks if Ji-ho could allow him a hug before he leaves?
Ji-ho complies and tells Jung-wook to stay healthy until then, as Jung-wook tells him not to worry since he’ll take good care of his mother until he returns. But as Ji-ho gets ready to walk away, he looks up to see Da-mi staring at him from across the gate area.
After a good long time staring back at each other while listening to The Position warbelling underneath, Da-mi just turns and walks away. I guess that’s enough of a goodbye for Ji-ho, because he doesn’t run after her for once.
Back in the emergency room, Yeong-rang finally regains consciousness as EvilStep demands that she find the strength to stay alive. She pulls out her phone to call the boys, but Yeong-rang tells her to let Ji-ho leave in peace by not knowing she’s at death’s door. As his mother, even a petty little thing like dying shouldn’t get in the way of his future.
EvilStep begs and pleads for Yeong-rang to hang on because she can’t die before her, but Yeong-rang asks her to take care of In-ha and tell him she’s going to ask Dead Burnt-Up Dad for his forgiveness now. Even suffering massive internal injuries, Yeong-rang still has enough strength to thank EvilStep for taking care of such a horrible person.
EvilStep decides to call Ji-ho anyway, and then gets an earful from him when he hears that his mother is wandering around outside by herself. EvilStep puts the phone up to Yeong-rang’s ear as he tells EvilStep to take good care of HIS MOM while he’s away.
Yeong-rang voices over her thanks for Ji-ho finally calling her ‘mother,’ and with a couple of last gasps, flatlines out. Her boys go on with their lives as EvilStep cradles her dead stepdaughter for the last time.
A small girl accidentally runs into Ji-ho and drops a flower bouquet. Ji-ho picks it up and tells her to be careful, as she apologizes and runs off. Ji-ho stays still for a few minutes, as we’re all left to wonder if the writer has thrown us a bone over any possible Ji-ho progeny. But alas, it is not to be.
A bare stage except for two pianos. From one side walks in Ji-ho, and from the other walks in In-ha. In-ha is pleased that after three years (drat!) he finally gets to have a recital with Ji-ho, who is pleased himself that their Mom will be happy to see them both on stage again. In-ha’s face suddenly goes dark.
Ji-ho wants to know if she and EvilStep will be there, and it’s all In-ha can do except to nod and grunt. Ji-ho tells In-ha that since Yeong-rang had sent him an album every month, the songs he’s chosen for the recital are all from those records. In-ha is glad too, since they are all pieces he likes as well.
In-ha says to Ji-ho that as soon as they’re done with the recital, the both of them are going out to get shit-faced drunk afterwards. Ji-ho agrees with him, and reaching out his hand, tells his dongsaeng to break a piano string. In-ha accepts his handshake and tells Ji-ho to do the same. (What, no buzzer or whoopie cushion? LAME.)
Our Boys launch into the Liszt La Campanelle one last time, but at the end of this performance, they’re smiling warmly at each other instead of wanting to rip out each other’s throats. And that’s a wrap!
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