Final episode! So what do you think will happen? Seems like Kim Joon is out of the picture now, but will the bromance live to see another day? I hope so. As for Il Ri and Hee Tae, I don’t really mind it as long as it doesn’t happen right away. After the near death experiences, they need to work out their problems and take things slow before getting back together again. They’re still technically married right?
In any case, as long as things are not rushed and are properly developed then I’m fine with whatever happening. I don’t care if Il Ri ends up with Hee Tae, Kim Joon, or alone, it just needs to make sense and not feel like an afterthought.
With that said, here’s the final recap for Valid Love! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and my recaps. I truly appreciate it 🙂 We may not agree, but it’s always fun seeing all of the different points of view about the show.
1. Il Ri and Hee Tae talk to each other.
Show, don’t go into misunderstanding territory for your last episode. After twenty episodes of Hee Tae and Il Ri not talking to each other, please let them talk to each other as adults and not have any more secrets. Il Ri should tell him that she isn’t leaving with Kim Joon and that she’s alone. It doesn’t have to start up something between them, but still…
Hee Tae gives her the chair, but Il Ri doesn’t want it. Considering what she knows about it, it makes sense. He tells her that he felt sorry for her during their marriage and he mistaken that for love. She’s gets the feels, so she makes him dinner. They eat together. They cry together. They feel thankful and Il Ri stays the night.
Aww. Kim Joon may have lost his relationship with Il Ri, but at least he has Min Ki….if only it was Hee Tae 😦
2. Sun Joo has an admirer, only he’s a bit too forward, Ki Tae refuses to be a common law partner to Yi Ri, and Miss Go wants to check herself into a nursing home even though Mr. Jang is against it.
For Sun Joo, that guy drinking her cup and then offering his really proves the difference between an action that someone you like does and some random person. If it was someone you liked, your heart would shake at that gesture. If it’s someone you don’t know, then it’s just creepy and a bit odd.
Poor guy has to work hard if he wants to win over Sun Joo. She’s a classy lady and wouldn’t fall for things like this. Be orderly and keep to the rules if you want her to be your girlfriend.
In other news, Hee Tae walks into Kim Joon’s place so he can see the view. If Il Ri stayed the night and things happened, then for him to go to Kim Joon with an air to his step is kind of ballsy. As long as the bromance lives I’m happy with anything else this show does. He thanks Kim Joon for letting him see his problems in a different
3. Il Ri paints, which further signifies that she’s living her life again.
Instead of sticking to the same dull colour of paint at work, Il Ri gets inspired and decides to let her artistic expression all out and have fun with what she’s doing. And just like the flowers that are all blooming and vibrant with life, Il Ri is finally letting go of pretending and experiencing life once again.
Il Ri decided to wait for Hee Tae outside and then they go in together. To be honest, it kind of feels like they’re still not fully together yet and thankfully Hee Tae’s voice over agrees with me too. They still have feelings for one another, but they still need to work a bunch of things out.
Poor Sun Joo though. She looks miserable, but at least that guy decided to take my advice and say “Hello” to her before anything else. That’s how you win Sun Joo’s heart. You don’t just drink her water and expect her to swoon. You keep her on the hook and dangle it every so often before she’s fully yours.
4. Kim Joon tells the woman who has been trying to see him to stop seeing him, she’s probably his mom.
Giving Kim Joon a family like this is nice, but I wish she would have shown up more often on this show. He’s been tied to Il Ri for so long that he didn’t have a story to call his own, so something like this would have helped him a great deal. Il Ri had Hee Soo, Hee Tae had family problems and Sun Joo, while Kim Joon’s only storyline involved Il Ri. This would have added some really nice depth to his character if his mom showed up more often.
He kept saying that he had no family, while being afraid of calling his immediate family, family. It would have been perfect.
5. Just like how Kim Joon got Hee Tae to meet with Il Ri, Hee Tae did the same thing for him so he can say goodbye to Il Ri.
They may not be together, but the bromance here….. *wipes tear* If only.
The former affair couple smile as they say goodbye and then walk away from each other. I wonder why Kim Joon has to leave, but oh well. He’s going to be working with other people this time instead of by himself so he won’t be so lonely there.
Yi Ri is leaving abroad for a year and tells Ki Tae to wait for her.
Miss Go and Mr. Jang share a meal together with Hee Soo there with them.
Hee Tae then narrates the following quote,
“Is there an invalid love in the world? We’re weak enough to fall in any kind of love. We break and shatter because we’re weak, but grow bigger in the process. Is that why the silver of sunshine on the inevitable spring day is so welcome?”
To answer your question, there are some invalid loves in the world…I just won’t mention it here because this isn’t the time or place.
And that’s the end. We see another painting from Il Ri and just like last time, there are tons of flowers in bloom around it.
Final Thoughts & Review on Valid Love:
I think Valid Love tried to tackle a topic of infidelity, of the emotional kind, and show the human aspect of it. There are no good guys or bad guys on this show (other than those bystanders) and I think the show was very true to that. Instead of painting any sort of picture or pushing us to root for one couple over the other, we’re presented with very flawed characters.
Being flawed will make you hate them, love them, and care for them, because they feel real. Other than Hee Soo and Sun Joo, I don’t think there was any character on this show that didn’t annoy me at one point or another, but even though they did I still understood where they were coming from. I don’t know if the writing was always on point, but the acting sure was and boy did the actors on Valid Love sell every scene that they were in.
I know there will be a lot of angry fans, because Il Ri and Kim Joon didn’t end up together and even though the show pretty much told us that they would never happen (since the beginning) I do understand their frustration, only in a different way. Because we saw Il Ri and Kim Joon develop a relationship, it felt more viable than Hee Tae and Il Ri. For the actual couple of the show, we didn’t really see much of their love story. They started off as student and teacher then they got married, then the affair happened, and then they got end they’re back together.
If you are a Hee Tae and Il Ri shipper, then you didn’t really have anything going for you other than the fact that they were married. Can you really ship a couple in a drama when the only thing they have is marriage, but nothing else? Even though I enjoyed the show, for the most part, this is my biggest complaint against it. We never saw Il Ri and Hee Tae’s love story, which makes rooting for them a struggle because there’s nothing there. Maybe this was the writer’s intention though. Just like how the couple never communicated with each other, their romance wasn’t communicated with us as well. All we knew was that they were married and that there were problems.
In the end, they both realized that they had a lot of repairing to do, because their marriage wasn’t a real marriage. Was this what the writer was trying to convey? How do you tell an epic love story about a couple who never opened up to each other during their marriage? What if the only time they did was when they first met? That would explain why they remembered their high school days so fondly and nothing else. I just wish this was explained more.
I mentioned this before, but I think the storyline involving Kim Joon’s mother should have been more prominent. She just shows up in the end so that he can have a family. It’s kind of a cop out, especially since this would have brought so much needed depth to his character.
There are some other issues, like Hee Soo’s story never being fully expanded on, or how Sun Joo, while awesome, serving no real purpose to the story. If she wasn’t in the show, then nothing would change. But other than a few things here or there, I did enjoy the story. I don’t know how I feel about the ending, but it does make sense and didn’t feel rushed. I appreciate that.
I don’t think Valid Love will be for everyone, but I think it did an okay job in showing flawed people deal with their problems. If you look at it from this angle, then the show is an enjoyable one. If you’re into shipping, then maybe take a step back and then watch it. It’s not bad and in terms of cheating kdramas, I do find this one to be one of the better ones.
Plot – A few misses, but overall enjoyable – 7.5
Characters – Flawed, but real – 8
Writing – It was okay – 6.5
Acting – Top Notch! – 9
Overall Score – 7.75/10
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to read my thoughts on this!