Pride and Prejudice (Korean) Finale: 10 Reasons the Ending is Brilliant

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No—because “Pride and Prejudice” wants to make you think. If Dong-Chi were friends with Oh, he’d probably face reduced charges and simply pay a fine. Three years is appalling to all of us who adore Dong-Chi. But it’s in keeping with his outsider status. The people with power will get back at Dong-Chi one way or another. I didn’t expect the ending to be fair, because the show has highlighted the lack of fairness in the system. Many Koreans believe their justice system exists to serve the powerful, and this show taps into that anxiety.

I did hope for an ending in which the characters maintained their principles. And Dong-Chi proved himself awesome.

(He may also be guilty of Noble Idiocy. Now that we know he’d already figured out he was a killer, it looks like maybe he pushed Yeol-Moo away because he might go to prison. But, oh, the look on his face before he confesses! He looks at Yeol-Moo with so much pain, and she shakes her head to tell him not to do it. For Yeol-Moo, it must be admirable but a little frustrating that he puts Truth and Justice ahead of staying out of prison. I think that’s why he looks awkward in the scene when he gives Yeol-Moo his robe. He made her cry again, darn it—and did it by sticking to his principles. Luckily, Yeol-Moo is idealistic, too. They’re perfect for each other. I refuse to believe the epilogue’s suggestion that they don’t talk for three years. Clearly they write each other long, passionate letters.)

7. No Personality Transplants.

Sometimes K-dramas resolve things by giving a few characters personality transplants. The meddling, evil mother who suddenly turns well-behaved. The confused hero who suddenly changes his mind.

But here, everyone remains wonderfully themselves. Dong-Chi’s stubbornly honest. Moon is misanthropic and looks like he needs a cigarette. Yeol-Moo still doesn’t get that poor Kang Soo likes her. Yeol-Moo’s mother cries a lot (but does it so well). Prosecutor Lee refers to himself as “the team’s ace” and Gwang-Mi gets things done with style. Chan still can’t talk. Kang Soo keeps looking like an adorable lost puppy. (Okay, that last part probably wasn’t written in the script, but we’re all thinking it.)

Even Prosecutor Choi is unchanged, though we see him in a new light. Many episodes ago, Dong-Chi asked Choi what side he was on. Was he a good or bad prosecutor? Choi replied that no one’s a good prosecutor. The position comes with too much power. Any little mistake affects too many lives. I remember thinking it was strange. (Can anyone remember what episode this was? I can’t find it!)

It might not be a happy ending for everyone, but it’s the ending that fits with their personalities and actions the past 21 episodes.

pride and prejudice episode 21 first scene digging large opt8. The random stuff isn’t killing me.

This last episode has a lot of stuff that doesn’t make sense. Most of it is connected to finding two last pieces of evidence: the recording pen that belonged to Kidnapper Baek and the micro-cards on which Song Ah-Reum’s boyfriend recorded Park Man-Geun’s confession. These two recordings show up at the very last minute, a deus ex machina that doesn’t save Dong-Chi or Moon, but at least allows the conviction to stick.

Here’s how I figure the scenes that don’t make sense. The opening scene shows Dong-Chi digging in the middle of the night. The image is eerie, and there’s no explanation. He looks frustrated. (Update: Great deduction from reader Nushie: Dong-Chi is looking for the lead pipe to find evidence of his own guilt. Now that’s thinking ahead.) It’s possible he was trying to find the recording pen that Twin Brother Baek told him about. But he wouldn’t have found it in Kidnapper Baek’s old grave, because Koo senior didn’t bury it. Father Koo gave the recording pen to the young Kang Soo and Grandmother put it in a box with the yellow coat. How did Lee and Gwang-Mi figure out Grandmother had it? The show doesn’t tell us.

The micro-cards were one of the things that Song Ah-Reum ditched in episode 5 at the site of her friend’s suicide. Yeol-Moo finds them in possession of the homeless man who took trinkets from the crime scene. But because he has schizophrenia, I’m not sure how they figured out he had them. Another irritating example of missing scenes.

Irritating, but not unforgivable, like personality transplants or characters abandoning their principles.

9. Karma.

In the conclusion, it becomes clear that a whole series of individuals bear responsibility for failing to prevent Han Byul’s death. Choi is the one who lit the fire. But Yeol-Moo could have walked her brother home. Chief Moon could have grabbed the kids from the trunk. Kidnapper Baek could have refused the order to kill. Dong-Chi didn’t have many options compared to everyone else, but would things be different if he hit Baek with a piece of wood? Or ran in a different direction and didn’t fall? And what if Koo senior had turned to helping the two boys before burying Baek? Or what if Koo senior had hit Prosecutor Choi over the head with a steel pipe before he could commit arson?

The show isn’t saying these people are guilty. Not legally. But they’re morally responsible for their actions, for the things they did and didn’t do. And they feel it on their consciences, with the exception of Choi.

At the MBC awards two weeks ago, Choi Min-Soo, who plays Chief Moon, declined an award, citing the shame of the Sewol ferry disaster. He suggested those deaths are on the national conscience. Moon’s remarks to Choi in episode 21 seemed to echo that statement.

“That kind of behavior is beyond our imagination,” Moon says, referring to Choi’s abandoning Han Byul, “Unless you don’t give a damn about people. There’s no way you would be able to watch a person die in that cold, dark and lonely place.”

If you give a damn about people, you care when people die. You do everything you can to be a good prosecutor or a good person. The higher-ups have the power to get away with murder sometimes, but that doesn’t excuse them. The finale leaves me with a sad feeling about all the people who might have prevented the Sewol disaster at some point along the way. And a sad feeling about the tragedies I might, like Yeol-Moo, have prevented at points in my life.

Do your best. Build good karma. Take responsibility.

10. The Cast.

Since it’s the same cast we’ve had all along, maybe #10 is cheating. But they sold me on this story, and they sold me on caring about Han Byul and his family. After 21 episodes, I could have been bored by another iteration of the story, but I wasn’t. And after 21 episodes of obscurity about who’s plotting against whom, and who was there in 1999, I still like these characters enough that I want to watch every minute.

A lot of the credit goes to Choi Min-Soo and Choi Jin-Hyuk. Choi Min-Soo, for being so damn unlikable yet strangely compelling. His Moon Hee-Man is ironically the moral compass of the finale. He gets the last word in court, saying Prosecutor Choi is guilty of behavior unworthy of a human being. And we figure the morally flexible Moon knows what he’s talking about.

And Choi Jin-Hyuk made Dong-Chi’s character not just plausible, but likable, though on paper the guy could come off as self-righteous. He reminded me of a book I read about people who risk their lives to help others. The writer researched a number of such “heroes” to find out what they had in common. And he found they had nothing in common. Economic status, religious beliefs, marital status, whatever it was, he couldn’t figure out what made them tick.

In the end, he said, the one thing they shared was how ordinary they were. They were like everyone else except for one thing—they couldn’t understand how anyone could not help. Protecting others, telling the truth—why wouldn’t you just do it? Choi Jin-Hyuk gave us that kind of ordinary, extraordinary character.

What unanswered questions are bothering you most? Are you furious at the ending?


35 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice (Korean) Finale: 10 Reasons the Ending is Brilliant

  1. I totally agree – I loved the ending. I’ve been waiting for insightful analysis from somebody! One point that I will debate is number 8. While I do think that the show might have been smoother with one more episode, there were a lot of really subtle clues that will answer almost every question. I bet the first rewatch of this show will be super enlightening, and we’ll see a bunch of stuff we missed the first time around. For example, you mention that we don’t find out what Dong-Chi was digging up in the middle of the night. Based on the implications of his father’s confession in the previous episode (where he admits to burying the evidence), and this episode’s clues (Dong-chi stops digging when he hits something hard, and he later presents the pipe that he used to hit the kidnapper), he dug up the pipe in order to prove that he caused the death and not his father.

    Thanks for all the recaps! I’m looking forward to your future insights. What are you planning on watching next?

  2. @ Nushie: Ah! he dug up the lead pipe! That makes so much sense! I love it! Ah! What an awesome story. You’re right about rewatching. I started posting about this show because I found myself puzzling so much over little tiny clues. Many of my questions have had answers that were well hidden in plain sight. I particularly look forward to going back to find the appearances of the Mysterious Inspector. They never called our attention to him in any way, but they allowed his face to show up just often enough to make me wonder a little about him. He was also well hidden in plain sight.

    I agree that the developments in the finale did have clues, so in that sense I shouldn’t say they are random. But I think some of them will feel random to viewers. I’m of two minds about that. I wouldn’t want the show to be any less complex, but in some places the suspense would be higher with a little more information.

    One of my favorite things about the show is how the only way to understand it is by discussing it with other people! It was such a fun one to read and write about online. Don’t know when we’ll get another show that needs this much investigating! I have a few things I’m looking at for my next uncaps but I haven’t decided yet–the January flood of mental illness dramas haven’t appealed to me so far. But I’ll definitely be writing. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  3. Odessa! I envy you guys! as I am in a very tight schedule now.Hopefully I can have some time it watch it over the weekend.,and yes thank you for the recaps!I think your posts are well written so we could think back what are the hidden clues.Gotta go!

  4. Hi Neo! I hope you have time this weekend. I was thinking about what you said on your site about P&P being a shonen narrative–it definitely feels that way in the final episodes. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think!

  5. I think the scene you are thinking of is in a bar in episode 15 (or 14) I stopped watching after that but I know I saw that scene.

    • @ My2Girls: Thank you! I kept looking at the episodes around 10, 11, 12, thinking it was there. Will check those later ones!

  6. Compelling reasons indeed. I especially liked this: “This makes the ending ambiguous: did Dong-Chi and Moon succeed because they put everything on the line? Or did they succeed because the Mysterious Inspector let them put everything on the line?” OOoooo!

    Even before the finale I was struck by how poor Han Byul could have been helped by any number of people on that fateful day. That message of the connections we have with others is so prevalent in this drama and executed beautifully. Also, so glad the trial was presented in exactly that way – with the criminal defense lawyers pulverizing the prosecutors’ witnesses, until the recordings spoke for them. Just…

    I’m not going to go into the justice system anywhere, but I am glad CMS spoke out about the Sewol tragedy (as have others). If anything, this drama spoke to the fact that corruption in high (middle and low) places always affects the most innocent.

    Odessa, I truly appreciate and enjoy these “uncaps”. Can’t wait to read what you watch next!

  7. Wasn’t this drama an awesome surprise? Not a surprise in that it was good, but a surprise in that it went so deep with the themes about power and justice. Without being a “message” show, it has a really interesting way of dramatizing the idea that we have responsibility for each other. It comes closer to how I understand politics than most shows–by showing that social fairness may be precarious but human goodness isn’t. The powerful do have an advantage, but that’s no excuse for the less powerful to shirk responsibility. In the end, I think DC and Moon succeeded because they put everything on the line AND because the powers-that-be let them (rather than, say, sending a more competent assassin to stop DC). Everything is interconnected and each individual’s decisions do matter. It’s still really important that DC pursued the case.

    Even though I “officially” believe in doing the moral thing in difficult situations, I love how this show kept raising the stakes so that I had serious doubts about whether it was worth it. At a couple points, I really did want our heroes to compromise, because I didn’t want them to get hurt! I love the ending even more because I would have wimped out along the way. A beautiful story.

    Thanks for reading along! I started these uncaps because no one else was writing about P&P anywhere on the web, so I felt I had to do it. It isn’t as obvious what show I should do next–P&P was unique. Going to miss it!

  8. I love the part when you said all character stays the same, because in my head the whole time i was thinking by the end of the series Chan will definitely talk. lol

      • But I think they did suggest that Chan would begin to talk, no? At the last episode, around 13:30, when the ahjussi is leaving the hospital in the wheelchair, it seems like Chan softly said something like “ahjchi”, and the grandma even turns around and looks a bit surprised.

        Thank you for the analysis of the drama! It was very interesting. And forgive me if I made mistakes writing, my English is not perfect… =)

        • I have a lot of optimism for Chan. I didn’t even notice when he made a sound at the end–well-spotted! He was such a cutie.

  9. I loved this show too. Great analysis. I was hoping it wasn’t what I hoped about Moon or DC. Sigh. But I guess it’s even more perfect that it ended this way. And one thing did change with the characters: DC’s hair. Lolol.

    But I agree about Moon’s portrayal. I suspected him all the way and yet was rooting for him the whole time. Superb acting by Choi Min Soo and superb acting all around.

    Ahhhh I’m going to go into withdrawal.

    • Yeah, it’s a tough ending. It’s really bleak that Moon pays such a high price, though it’s karma for all the years that he went along with a crooked system. But it’s even tougher that DC pays such a price for not having friends in the prosecutors’ office. I loved this show, though. It kept me guessing until the very end. So good. Even if I can’t decide about DC’s hair in the last scene! 🙂

  10. This is laaate. But, I just finished watching the series today, in between restraining myself from watching Kill Me, Heal Me; I want to marathon it :D, I find that I enjoy a show better if I marathon it at one go, though… I do already gave in to reading recaps. It was pretty hard for me to get into this show during the earlier episode because I couldn’t like the character Han Yeol Moo and the mood of the show is so… cut and dry. Very plot driven.

    First off, I’ve been enjoying your uncaps on Kill Me, Heal Me; my type of show XD very character driven. I like that you give the show a different perspective. Especially since most of them are things I noticed myself too but can’t quite put it down in words as well as you do. It heightens the enjoyment factor (I’ve watched the 1st 8 episodes). So, thank you very much for writing the uncaps 🙂

    Onto Pride and Prejudice though, I want to bring up another possibility on the mysterious investigator and chief Moon. Is it possible that rather than killing him, the reason mysterious investigator is there because chief Moon now takes up the face of Park Man-Geun? Sort of the passing of mask? Aren’t there stories like that? Where the hero kills the villian only to discover that the only way to do it is to take up the villian’s mask?

    That mysterious investigator or perhaps the organisation behind him is the one in charge of the planning and Prosecutor Choi is the mask for the organisation to do the actual deeds. Or maybe, “Park Man-Guen” is the one in charge of strategising but once the current holder of the title’s strategy is defeated by another, the baton is thence passed to the defeater.

    I thought that’s perhaps more in character to Chief Moon. He firmly believes that to achieve something has to sacrifices something else. The (bad) prosecutors involved all firmly believed that their end justifies the mean and I feel like Chief Moon stands on the line for most of the show, playing by the rule without actually crossing the line. And I feel like at the he gave in because that’s the only way.

    I feels like when Prosecutor Choi says “Do you think that Park Man-Guen is just one person?” he perhaps implied that too? And another thing I noticed is Chief Moon’s action of lowering his seat and leaning back, as in your words, “as if to take a nap” isn’t it reminiscene of Prosecutor Choi’s posture when Panda was taking his picture? There’s also that group picture in the mini epilogue and Chief Moon is alive there, it’s possible that the picture was taken beforehand but afterwards seem a possibility too, no? And perhaps the reason that he approached Inspector Yoo in the parking lot is this? To pass the message to Prosecutor Choi offering him the chance to prosecute Prosecutor Choi and lives.

    Well, it’s all speculation but just adding in my perspective on it. This drama sure is reminiscene of the movie ‘The Usual Suspect’. It has that… at the end of the day it’s all a big circle thing going and the unusual suspect is the actual suspect.

    • Hi Ailea! Oh my gosh, I love your theory. I had to pace around for awhile and think about it. You’re right, everything you’ve said is possible. It would fit with the way a group of gangsters works–Moon taking Choi’s place because he defeated him. I figure the Mysterious Inspector approached Yoo with some secret evidence that would help bring down Choi so that Mystery Inspector could become Park Man-Geun. But it’s possible it could have been to discuss Moon becoming PMG. We know Moon would have liked that. He doesn’t worry much about how he gets ahead, though he has just enough of a conscience to support Ku Dong-Chi in front of Choi. And there are the photographs, too.

      I’m still leaning towards my belief that Moon dies, but the evidence could go either way. Things that make me think he dies: Moon’s stoic look and brief phone conversation in his final scene–as if he expects death–and the image of Han Byul that he’s thinking about. If he’s thinking about Han Byul, he’s thinking about the dead and about his failings of the past. Risking his life for this case was a way of paying back for leaving Han Byul in the kidnapper’s hands. Also, I think when he said something nice to Han Yeol-Moo for the first time ever (in episode 20), he was making his peace with the world and saying goodbye.

      Only one thing makes me think “Park Man-Geun” would have him killed, and it’s just one sentence from Prosecutor Choi. Choi says Chief Moon is in trouble because he promised to work with PMG but then betrayed him. Ku Dong-Chi, he says, isn’t in danger, because he’s always been honest about opposing corruption. Dong-Chi is annoying to PMG, but betrayal is much, much worse. After Choi says this (in episode 19??), Dong-Chi considers dropping the whole thing to save Moon’s life. Moon brushes off the threat to his life. Because he thinks it’s a bluff? Or because he wants to prosecute anyway?

      I think he wanted to prosecute anyway, for karma reasons. Because as corrupt as he is, he draws a line at hurting kids. He feels bad about Han Byul’s death. At the same time, I think the Mysterious Inspector would be a good candidate for the next PMG because he’s a quiet guy who no one ever notices. And earlier in the series, Moon said that the most dangerous bad guy is the quiet one who fits in. That’s one of the things that made me think of the “Usual Suspects,” with that idea that maybe the quiet guy in the background who seems to be just watching the story is actually controlling things behind the scenes.

      Now I can’t wait to hear your ideas on KMHM when you get to it!

  11. I did think that Chief Moon was killed but on the other hand, I am quite sure that there is a possibility that he was still alive since the photograph hanging on the office wall portrays a happy atmosphere indicating all those difficult problems have been settled down. Moreover, all I can remember, they, the public welfare team, did not have much and “proper” time to take such a picture because of many serious cases that made them drown into a number of investigations and prosecutions. The “unsettled” puzzles are also really bothering me and all of your analysis give a new light and a new “discovery” that lead me to “the state of understanding” although some questions still remain questions till the very end. Thank you so much anyway ^^

  12. hello guys, I know it’s a little late but I just recently finished the drama. I was disappointed at first because I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. But after reading your review of the last episode, I suddenly had a change of heart about it. 🙂 Anyway, there are still a lot of things that I can’t make sense of. Who is panda? The kidnapper? or Ah Reum’s boyfriend? Or both of them are panda? Also, I understood why Kang Soo was kidnapped, because he was a witness of the hit and run done by Chief Moon and Ahjussi. Yeah, it is understandable if CHIEF MOON OR AHJUSSI ordered it, but it was Park Man Geum who ordered it, not them. Was Park Man Geum teamed up with Chief Moon and Ahjussi in exposing corruption that was why he ordered to kidnap Kang Soo so their team would be clean if they exposed the corruption or was he one of those corrupt prosecutors? If he was the latter, he shouldn’t have ordered the kidnapping because it was like helping Chief Moon and Ahjussi having clear names, instead he should have let the kid Kang Soo spoke up about the incident so Chief Moon and Ahjussi would be put in jail, and the corruption would not be exposed. Also, who is Hwa Young? I hope you can answer my questions if you won’t mind. 🙂

    • Hi! You’ve asked questions about the most confusing things in this show. I don’t know if I have answers! Easy one first: Hwa Young is a foundation, a non-profit organization of some kind. We never learn any more than that. One of the places they support is a school, so they must be partly an educational foundation. A non-profit can be a good way to launder money, at least in K-dramas. Presumably Hwa Young has an official, noble purpose, but is also where the bad guys like Park Man Geun keep their money for bribes and drugs.

      The nickname Panda also shows up translated as “white bear” in some subtitles. What’s confusing is that two separate characters have this nickname–the killer who was Song Ah Reum’s boyfriend, and then, later in the series, the kidnapper. I’m not sure if they had the same name in the Korean language. I think I saw one version that called the killer Panda and the kidnapper White Bear. But they are definitely two separate people.

      The unanswered question that still bugs me is the one you ask about why Kang Soo was kidnapped in the first place. The show never gives a good reason. It just suggests that the hit-and-run would have discredited Moon and Ahjusshi, so somehow the kidnapping is helping the corruption investigation. What I conclude from this is that Moon and Ahjussi worked closely with Park Man Geun on that corruption investigation. I think that’s probably how Park Man Geun solidified his position as #1 Corrupt Official–by getting rid of his rival corrupt officials in the organization. So he was, indeed, corrupt, but he was also running the corruption investigation.

      I agree with you that the ending is rushed. It did, at least, answer the questions I cared most about, like what side are Moon and Dong-Chi on. But it’s annoying not to know a bit more about who ordered the kidnapping. Was it really the old guy who confessed to ordering it? Or was he just taking the fall for the higher-up Park Man Geun? Sigh. We’ll never know.

      Thanks so much for reading! 🙂

      • Oh thanks! Your answers helped a lot. And yeah, I was also confused on who really ordered the kidnapping. Maybe the old guy was just covering up for Park Man Geun but we never know. The drama left us with a lot of questions that make us think more about it. In short, the drama did well in keeping our interests about it even though it is already over which is, I believe, good. 🙂

  13. I’m still curious.. when baek sang gi open car boots then hold small kang soo out n see han byul still alive then small kang soo runaway.. After that baek close his car boots with han byul inside there then chase small kang soo.. from I saw that film.. my question is .. 1. HAN BYUL a.because I remember koo dong chi got said maybe han byul still alive.. b.Because body of han byul not full investigate so we don’t know and make sure that han byul still alive or not.. 2. MYSTERIOUS INSPECTOR a.Who a real mysterious inspector? (My suspect is maybe han byul to revenge or hwa young’s person)… b. Why he meet han yeol mu in their meeting room and what topic their discussion since we don’t know who is he? And the end he show out when four of prosecutor eating and when he sit at inside in justice room and inside moon hee mun’s car on back side?.. 3.MOON HEE MUN a. about accident.. He take a responsibility kang soo’s mum accident who actually mistake by jung chang gi.. (we don’t know what purpose he call 911 .. stop when 1/2 words and see others come to accident place) make us thinking that he want murder kang soo as witness but actual we saw when he ask baek sang gi ask to send them to hospital.. All of their accident only moon, jung and baek know.. why lee jong gun and others know about it and order to murder yellow jacket’s kid (small kang soo) .. b. What actual character of him?? Sometimes he got help koo dong chi and (episode ? ) when meet lee jong gun got try to ask help kill koo dong chi.. c. End episode .. We can’t confirm he dead or not ? And more have show us their picture together in their office??

    Actually more question about others like song ah reum can’t tell that picture is choi kwang kook/park man geun .. etc… but more excited want to know is questions on above..

    Sorry with my English writing not very well…

    • Hi Lisa! I don’t know the answers to all these questions, but I’ll try.

      1. I think Han Byul is definitely dead. At first Dong-Chi and Yeol-Moo thought there was the possibility he escaped. They thought that if he escaped and lost his memories, maybe he grew up to be Kang Soo. But they quickly learn that’s wrong. Kang Soo had a different yellow coat than Han Byul’s coat. Since Kang Soo is alive and since the police did find the body of a boy at the burned factory, Dong-Chi and Yeol-Moo now believe that Han-Byul really did die.

      2. The mysterious inspector is definitely a mystery, but he is supposed to be a mystery. I think he is with Hwa Young group in some way. In this final episode he seems to be “cleaning up” the evidence that Hwa Young was involved in the case. I think he kills Chief Moon in the car. Moon used to work for Hwa Young and then he betrayed them by working against them. That makes Moon a traitor. Hwa Young has to punish him.

      Hwa Young doesn’t need to kill the younger lawyers. They never agreed to work for Hwa Young so they aren’t traitors. The mysterious inspector does watch them closely. I think he knows he CAN kill them if he needs to. I think when he watches them eating, he’s also watching Jung Chang-Gi. He’s trying to figure out if he should kill Jung Chang Gi too. Remember, Jung Chang-Gi worked for Hwa Young. Then he betrayed the organization by giving the photograph of Prosecutor Choi to Kang-Soo. But Jung Chang-Gi was badly hurt in the car accident. He’s now pretending to have a brain injury and remember nothing at all, not even who he is. But since he was a traitor to Hwa Young, the mysterious inspector is thinking about killing him. In the end, MI lets JCG go, I guess because he has lost his memories.

      The inspector met with Yeol-Moo to ask her questions about her defiance of Chief Moon. She was in trouble because she interfered when Chief Moon arrested Dong-Chi. The inspector’s official job is to be an internal investigator in the prosecutor’s office. Any time someone at the Department of Justice makes a mistake, he looks into it.

      3. Your description makes sense. Moon called 911 to get medical help. In the end we learn he didn’t want to kill Kang-Soo. He just didn’t want the police to come and write a report saying that Moon and Jung Chang-Gi were in the same car together. When Jung Chang-Gi is gone, he calls 911. Their investigation was secret and no one knew they were working together. But I think Moon told his boss about the accident. His boss is the one who decided to “clean up” and get rid of the boy who was a witness. A weird, bad decision. And we don’t learn why.

      I think Moon is a great character because we never know completely what he’s thinking. I don’t think he meant to kill Dong-Chi. I think he wanted to learn more about Lee Jong-Gun’s plans. That’s why he offered to help killing Dong-Chi. I think Moon did respect Dong-Chi some–he wanted the young man to survive. He respected Dong-Chi for being a good lawyer. But he also didn’t really like Dong-Chi. Their personalities didn’t go together well. And they both always think they’re right! 🙂 I really, really think he’s dead at the end. It’s like the last episode of the American series “The Sopranos.” Even though it doesn’t show the death, it shows that it is about to happen. I think the photo was taken earlier. At the end we see the photo in an empty office. It’s empty because everything has changed since the picture was taken.

      I hope some of this makes sense! I think I understood your questions but I can’t be sure. English is tough, but keep it up–fighting!

    • Thank you for ur reply my question .. I think I can imagine all.. nice movie… I saw this movie only 2 days because rush want to know what happened in next episode… finally finished then thinking bot all my questions n thx for ur help to explain it.. nice..
      Thank you..

  14. The series just ended for me and I have to agree that it was one of the greatest korean drama that I’ve ever watched. At first I was skeptical about the plot but in the end, it was what that got me hooked as it made me think. Many k-dramas nowadays are so black and white as to who is good and who is bad that you just receive it as is. I tremendously enjoyed Moon Hee Man’s character and the chemistry between him and Dong Chi. It was an enjoyable watch. To me, the contrast between their personality makes them a perfect superior and subordinate pairing. The actor who played Moon Hee Man blew me away. You could never exactly predict what he is thinking. He was threading on thin line. Playing by the rules, pushing them without actually going over the line. I absolutely liked that Gu Dong Chi constantly challenge Moon Hee Man. He challenged Moon Hee Man’s principle and action. While Moon Hee Man took the more underhanded method to get things right, Gu Dong Chi proved him wrong and does the opposite without using the underhanded method. They’re so similar yet different.

    I do have some question to ask though.

    At the end, what exactly happened to Gu Dong Chi? Was he prosecuted and sent to jail since he indicted himself as the person who killed kidnapper? But then again, it was an act of self defense so would he be jailed for that? Because at the end of the finale, it stated there that they met again three years later. With Gu Dong Chi as a lawyer and Heol Moo as a prosecutor. What is the difference between a prosecutor and lawyer? So, it was a little bit ambiguous. And the picture that they took as a whole department at the end also produces more questions than answer. I do however believe that Moon Hee Man died at the end but the picture stated otherwise. It was sad though. I never imagined Moon Hee Man as someone with a family. But when he spoke to the other person at the end of the other line, I nearly bawled like a little child.

    • What a great comment! I don’t know how much I can add, but I’ll share my thoughts on your questions. First, I suspect the photo in the office was taken earlier, since it’s already framed and hanging on the wall when we see the office one last time.

      We don’t see Dong-Chi go to prison, but I think he serves some time. 3 years would be the standard sentence, they said. Because it was self-defense, his crime was manslaughter, the “mildest” kind of homicide, rather than murder. But most people still go to jail for manslaughter, at least in the US and I assume Korea as well. If he hadn’t angered the entire Justice Department, a good defense lawyer could probably get him probation instead of jail time. But he’d have to be able to afford a good defense lawyer–not sure how much that would cost in Korea. And the show suggests Director Oh (Kim Seo-Jin’s character) will do everything she can to give Dong-Chi the maximum penalty. That’s what makes the courtroom scenes so poignant. Dong-Chi knows it’s not fair. Someone else might be able to avoid jail time in the same situation. But justice isn’t fair and he made the wrong people mad.

      My understanding of the Korean system is that prosecutors are the lawyers who work for the Justice Department and specialize in criminal law. “Lawyers” refers to the lawyers working in private practice, not for the government. Dong-Chi is probably now working as a criminal defense lawyer, instead of prosecuting criminals.

      I think Koreans would understand Dong-Chi’s sentence and his new lawyer job as a criticism of Korea’s legal system. Prosecutors are incredibly powerful because Korea doesn’t have many checks and balances–to use an American comparison, the prosecutors are like district attorneys on steroids. They oversee investigation, indictment, trial and sentencing. So I think a Korean would see Dong-Chi as having taken a big step down in the world by losing his role as a prosecutor and becoming a “mere” lawyer.
      I wrote about the power of Korean prosecutors (and suspicion of them) in an earlier post:

      Choi Min-Soo, who plays Chief Moon, is pretty great. To see him in a totally opposite role, check out the first five minutes of episode one of Warrior Baek Dong Soo. Choi Min-Soo’s swinging a sword and looking like an escapee from Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a total hoot.

  15. Hi Odessa! Thanks so much for these recaps. You’ve fleshed out a lot of intriguing questions that the drama raises, and the web of intrigue was really helpful!

    I learnt a bit of Korean before and I just thought I’d pitch in about some of the names:
    1) As you mentioned in an earlier comment, Kidnapper’s nickname is “bbae-kom (white bear)”, and I recall that Yeolmoo and Dongchi consistently referred to Panda as “pan-da”. So it seems that the subtitlers may have gotten confused in the last two episodes, hence the mix-up in referring to Kidnapper as Panda in the subs. I wouldn’t blame them, the episodes leading up to the finale were so intense and mind-boggling x__x
    2) Deputy Director Oh’s sudden surname change may be due to the fact that the Korean word for deputy chief prosecutor is “cha-jang-geom-sa”. Sometimes Dongchi and co. drop her surname and just refer to her by title, so it must’ve gotten subbed as “Director Cha” by accident.
    3) A kind of cute discovery: the nickname that Grandma and Kangsoo call Jung Chang Gi, “gae-pyeong”, means something like “freeloader”. I love how they call him that like it’s his real name 😛

    The plot has its fair share of loopholes and gaps; when episode 20 ended I thought everyone was going to be killed!! But I completely agree with you and love the fact that the drama never wavered from its theme/ worldview, as depressing as the ending was. The voiceover conversation between Dongchi and Chief Moon drives it home: “Chief, I thought I would live without ever committing a crime.” “I thought there was a great evil out there separate from us.” I thought the continuous shots of the empty prosecutor’s office were a brilliant, eerie reminder of this lesson. They remind the viewer of all that has passed in the drama, and they also suggest that evil can be found in various forms, and in the places it is not expected to be. Dongchi and Chief Moon have always been foils to each other, and this voiceover shows that the lesson they learned is the same one: that moral ambiguity and injustices are often found within oneself rather than without. And the agonising irony is that they are supposed to be the upholders of justice.

    Hence, I don’t really think that Chief Moon dislikes Dongchi. He feels spited when Dongchi disobeys him, but I think he is more frustrated by the fact that Dongchi is too similar to his idealistic younger self. Chief Moon learned the hard way that ideals don’t work, but no matter how the Hanbyul case unfolded or what he says to Dongchi, he can’t make Dongchi accept this painful lesson. So he has to live the double exasperation of seeing this cycle of futility play out before his eyes again. Even more poignant is the fact that this repeat of events proves his own helplessness; 15 years and many harrowing experiences later, he still cannot bring down the corrupt system and organisation.

    I actually started this drama for Lee Tae Hwan (Kangsoo). I watched him in a small role in High School King of Savvy and there was something in the way he side glances that is very intriguing. He had a few awkward scenes in P&P but mostly I was impressed by how he carried the emotionally weighty scenes and expressed them in a subdued but compelling manner. The rest of the cast is simply amazing! Choi Jin Hyuk and Choi Min Soo blew my mind. Although Yeolmoo’s characterisation didn’t allow for much at first, Baek Jin Hee did the confrontation scene with Lee Jong Gon with so much finesse. Detective Yoo didn’t have as many scenes, but I will never forget how Jang Hang Sun managed to express sadness in a simple act of wrapping the lanyard around his ID (when it was announced that the team was dismissed). I want to be BFFs with Gwangmi, and Choi Woo Shik’s impression of Chief Moon had me in fits!

    I’m so glad this drama didn’t suffer from a bad ending, but I think I need to watch something like Hogu’s Love next to dig me out of this trench of gloom that P&P has cast me in :'(

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts, especially on the extra-tricky names and nicknames in this one! It’s definitely a very dark ending, but it inspires me that Dong Chi does the right thing even though it’s career suicide. P&P has a plot that wobbles quite a bit in places, but I love the characters. You definitely deserve something sweet like Hogu now!

  16. Hi i have some questions here can you please answers some of my questions? Thank you

    1. How can the parents do not know whose handwritings in that dong chi’s ripped score paper?

    2. What happened to the homeless in the park? he said he threw boiling water to choi yoon hee and killed her? But there was no burnt mark in the body? And the investigation closed the case as suicide.
    How can that homeless person get the choi yoon hee’s bag ?

    3.where is the evidence that shows panda used the water bottle kim jae shik’s use? I know kim man sik confession prove it but shouldn’t they have more concrete prove? Song ah reum also confessed she gave the water bottle to panda afterall.

    • Hmm, these are tricky because it’s been awhile since I watched, but I’ll try.

      1. I don’t know if anyone saw the ripped score sheet with Han Byul’s handwriting except Dong Chi. I think Dong Chi had the paper with him so the police never had it as evidence.

      2. The homeless man had a mental illness of some kind, and didn’t really understand what happened. Maybe HE thinks he hurt Choi Yoon-Hee. But the investigators know that she, in fact, died of suicide. The homeless man was correct that he took Choi Yoon-Hee’s bag. And because he had a confused delusion that he had caused her death, he was afraid and didn’t tell the police.

      3. Because Panda died of poisoning and Song Ah-Reum confessed giving him the poisoned water bottle, the investigators assume (logically) that he died of poison. They would need a more concrete evidence if they wanted to convict someone of murder. But I think it’s enough evidence to clear up suspicion that Kang Soo killed Panda.

  17. Thank you for the answer i really appreciate iit and thx for the recap too it helps me a lot to understand this drama.

    For the 1st question i think it is han yeol moo who has the piece of ripped paper saying ‘please help me’. Eventhough if dong chi had it, han yeol moo must have seen that ripped piece of paper many times because they are doing investigation about her brother together. It is strange for han yeol moo not knowing her own brother’s writing as she said because of her parents work a lot so she was the one taking care of her brother.

    For the 3rd question, actually i am asking whose bottle water killed panda because both song ah reum and kim jae sik have evidences that showed they both receive order from joo yoon jang to kill panda in a video recording on their phones. I wonder why they do not investigate further about this and close the case as kim jae sik is the murderer as song ah reum also confessed she gave the bottle water to panda. I am sorry my 3rd question maybe confused you in the beginning because i don’t organize my question well.
    Once again thank you for the answers

  18. For the 2nd question i know he has mental illness, but gwang mi decided to take his words and they did met at the park because the homeless took yoon hee’s bag. Idk what happened at the park the yoon hee found death by commiting suicide later in the bathroom.

    This drama really got me headache and has a lot of missing plot here and there..
    But i still love it because i love this kind of plot ^_^

    • The plot holes are definitely a headache if you think about them too much! Sometimes there are answers and sometimes I think the writer got confused. 🙂

  19. I have some more questions here maybe i left out some parts so please kindly help me to understand these eventhough you might not remember much ( sorry for the trouble) however i appreciate it if you are willing to help me.
    I got a headache watching this drama cause there are so many holes in this drama here and there, so we can only guess without concrete answer. however i love this drama because i simply love this kind of story. I Am all over choi jin hyuk

    4. Why chief moon and baek sang gi coincidentally met at the basement car park ? With this, chief moon know lee jong gun kidnap kang soo

    5. What happened to kim jae sik and song ah reum in jung chang gi’s room that both of them fell down from the altitude ?

    6. Why kang dong chi’s transfer being cancelled is it because of moon hee man is trying to kill kim dong chi on his own ?

    7. What happened to kang soo after the funeral and before the kidnapping? They only show us scene per scene, so we can only guess that after the funeral kang soo gone missing and didn’t remember his own name( based on what dong chi said ) and met with police officer park soo bae and finally got kidnapped ?

    8. Why han yeol moo and goo dong chi did not summon park soo bae as a suspect of attemping murder to goo dong chi ? I think they have already got the evidence from kim jae sik’s phone and in chief moon hand before he brought the phone to lee jong goon.

    9. So chief oh support 2 person at the same time? Sung moo young and lee jong gun ? She appears to switch side pretty easily. What is her motive ?

    10. did lee jong gun knew from the beginning that han yeol moo is han byul’s sister? This was not mention into detail however chief moon did say that lee jong gun knew from kang soo’s case that goo dong chi has researched from a while. However this statement from gong chi contradicts itself because chief moon was brought into the special welfare team to stop presecutor koo. So i think lee jong gun know from the beginning right ? If not than how could he put chief moon into special welfare team ?

    11. How can the killer still chasing koo dong chi when his father kill the killer inside the factory and killed him in an instant ? I know we can only guess maybe it is because he has some time before his death, but why does he not kill the father instead of chasing goo dong chi ? And does his father do not immediately chase the killer if he knew that he is getting up to chase his son ? Whoau there are so many missing plot. In ep 20 there is a scene that show the father hit the killer on his head then the killer is lying on the ground, we can persume he is dead but fascinatingly he still can chase goo dong chi outside the factory.

    In the end i think park man geum wasn’t really trying to kill goo dong chi and the rest of them because look at this episode 19 for example when park man geum trying to kill ju chang gi and kang soo, he only crashed the car but not making sure that they really die and get away from the site. Also there are many many chances to kill them but he actually miss it. Not like some other drama usually i can see when there is this villain trying to kill his enemy. For example 3 days and the chaser they make it so real and so tense. Idk if it is because of the writer or they intentionally make it look this way. However there are so many surprises in this drama which is good because it makes me curious to watch the next episode. They put the surprising parts well in the film.

  20. I am new to Korean dramas/comedies, but I became intrigued with Choi jin hyuk and have been tracking down all known shows. Now I am hooked. Each show I have watched seemed superior to the next one, and this last drama of Pride and Prejudice blew me away. I think I most appreciate films that leave a realistic, ambiguous taste in your mouth like this one that makes one question one’s own value systems and that what really happened is somewhat open to interpretation.

    A long time film aficianado, I had no idea what was going on with Korea. As a social anthropology graduate now educator, I have been taken on a Korean odessy where I am reading about all aspects of Korea, to understand and appreciate more deeply both their intrinsic values and culture that come across whether I am watching something like Fated to Love You, Emergency Couple or this. I then wanted to see if anyone was intelligently writing about these dramas and was so happy to come across this site, and you, Odessa. Please recommend other shows I can track down that show true character, whether as romance comedy or quality drama and thoughtful critique of society such as this one. I am now semi-retired, so I have fallen into binge watching because the shows have been so fascinating.

    Having seen the entire show within a few days, I was surprised at some of the comments, but that is perhaps because many commenters were having to wait a week in between. Even so, your commentary help put me more at ease at what I found a somewhat abrupt ending, and found it more fitting than when first watched. The possible romance between the two lawyers. It gave just enough importance on their possible further connection without ruining the show’s message by making it about them.

    I have to admit, I was always wondering if they were going to show that somehow Kang Soo would have turned out to be the brother, as shoes and toys could have been switched to living child for some reason..(as they showed them switching toys, etc. which I think that was a device to keep us guessing, (since no one ever ordered blood tests ) Of course, that would have negatively impacted the depth of the film. I also love that all characters must come to terms with ideals versus human nature, unavoidable circumstances and frailty. Thank you for this site!!

    • Thanks for your comments, Silvani! Despite a ton of technical difficulties with the site this month, my fascination with Korea continues. My background is in Middle Eastern studies, and I thought I knew a lot about what was going on in the world–then I discovered Korea’s explosion of creativity and couldn’t believe no one had alerted me to it. How did I not know?!? Like the great Hollywood B-movies of the thirties, these K-dramas sneak so much good social commentary into their entertainment. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend “I Remember You,” because it conceals a great exploration of historical memory and human nature under a snappy police procedural. (It’s rich with echoes of the weirdness of living in a nation at civil war since 1950–unfortunately when I wrote about it here I included lots of spoilers, so watch it first.)

      I’ve watched as many shows as I can with Choi Jin-Hyuk and he never disappoints. P&P also made me a big fan of Choi Min-Soo, who played Chief Moon. I watched all of Warrior Baek Dong Soo in large part for him–it’s a wonderful wuxia martial arts saga that I recommend if you like Alexandre-Dumas style action melodramas with the additional bonus of ninjas. Choi Min-Soo is the heart of it. I also get a kick out of most shows with Ji Sung and Seo In-Gook, who either have really good agents, or just share my taste in fiction–they pick good projects, with heroes who aren’t bound by conventional rules of masculinity–and yet definitely qualify as heroes, for their moral fiber and endless supply of charm.

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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