Yoon Jae In made three wishes at the beginning of the drama – to find her family, to become like Florence Nightingale, and to find true love. I made one wish for Glory Jane – that this drama not end lamely. What do you think happened?
This episode pretty much just tied up loose ends and wrapped everything up (it was Christmas time, after all). It looks like things are back to normal (and by the way, Seo Jae Myung is way dead – not just a little dead, then) and Jae In is back to her smirking, giggling self. She announced to Sales Team 1 that she was taking herself out of the running because she was going to become a nurse. It’s nice that she had that to fall back on – that and her extensive property holdings (I hope she still has them). Sales Team 1 seemed to take that in stride – in fact, it looked like they didn’t really care at all. They can be a hard bunch to read, you know? I think Cha Hong Ju had the most honest response when she said that she’d now look to Jae In for free health care. Come on, you know everyone was thinking that.
Since Seo In Wu and Kim Yeong Gwang also opted out – the former to take over the Geodae Dragons and plot against In Cheol, the latter to become the Home Run King of Korea and get the girl – Geum Bok was the last man standing for the open recruitment. Would he have made it otherwise? I hardly think he hit the nail on the head – figuratively, that is, since they strangely made him do it literally. That wasn’t as random, though, as Kim Jin Ju’s spontaneous coffee shop romance.
In Wu and Yeong Gwang’s friendship seems to have survived the Hour of Pain, and In Wu made good on his promise to get Yeong Gwang back into the minors (really Yeong Gwang?). So this episode was really about Yeong Gwang getting back in the game (what game?) with the help of Sales Team 1, which apparently is where former Geodae baseball players go to die. I almost died when I found out that Joo Dae Sung had been a pitcher for the team – there’s just no way, right? He’s multifaceted, but now he won’t wreck or ravage his hair. So there followed the Training Montage which was just an extended series of scenes of Yeong Gwang missing the ball, often in slow motion for that added shameful effect. But by the end, he was actually the pinch hitter in a major game for the Geodae major league team. Was Sales Team 1 behind the slew of convenient injuries? That would have been much more exciting – that, or thinking that all of the injuries happened because In Wu, the new owner, lacked virtue.
I actually thought the screenwriter would be kind of perverse and have him strike out, but once the magic key sparkled, you knew it was in the bag. That and the fact that this episode’s theme was “9 end, 2 outs” which is a particularly favored metaphor in K-dramas for the underdog making a comeback at the last moment. There was even a drama called 9 End, 2 Outs which was on the lame side but still kind of worth it since Lee Jung Jin was so cute in that one. But still, way to go, Kim Yeong Gwang! He realized his childhood dream of playing for the majors and getting Jae In. After proposing a few times in one episode, that is. I though Jae In was a little cruel just to keep staring at him after each proposal. Not to mention – awkward! But she was a good, demanding girlfriend who kept her promise. What would she have done if he hadn’t won the game? Probably just stare at him some more.
Since Yeong Gwang got Jae In, In Wu busied himself with bringing down Chairman In Cheol who had gotten too big for his britches. It helped that Gyung Ju-Nuna helped him out, but theirs was a marriage of convenience rather than love. I’m glad that she helped to get him arrested for embezzlement (how lame – at least Jae Myung had slush funds), and I’m glad he knew right away it was her, but it would have been nice if she had gloated a bit more, or kicked him. Tacky, but more satisfying, no? Since there would be no In Wu-Gyung Ju loveline (can you imagine those family gatherings?), we left In Wu hanging out with Jae In’s mom of all people, taking lovey-dovey pictures and sending them to Jae In. Ok, kind of random. Well, they must have known each other growing up and Yeo Eun Joo must see him like a son. No, still very creepy. Poor In Wu – did you think that would make Jae In jealous? Please don’t tell me that’s what you thought. She was too happy, anyways, working and being Yeong Gwang’s Number 1 Fan (who didn’t show up to his big game).
And that was Glory Jane. Anyong.
Ok, so I still have a few things to say about the drama. First of all, I don’t think it was awful, and I certainly didn’t hate it, but I was a little disappointed since I had such high expectations. I have absolutely loved two of the screenwriter’s previous dramas (Dal Ja’s Spring and Formidable Rivals), and I even enjoyed her makjang mega-drama, Bread, Love, and Dreams. I’ve also liked Park Min Young a lot since Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and I thought that she was likeable enough to carry a drama. So what happened?
I think that the acting in this drama was one of the weakest points. Son Chang Min who played Seo Jae Myung was positively terrible to the point of being a major distraction. Is he usually a comedian? How else to explain why he was so bad in a dramatic role? They say a story’s only as good as its villain, so maybe he was the one to blame for this drama. The supporting cast in general was pretty bad, such as Yeong Gwang’s mom (I still don’t get the point of the granny’s illness). And the supporting characters, like Yeong Gwang’s dad, were mostly just stupid and frustrating. But not even in a funny way.
Of course Sales Team 1 is exempted, though even Kim Sung Oh (Joo Dae Sung) was better in Secret Garden. I feel he was wasted here, but he’s got a following so I’m sure we’ll see him again. Maybe never as more than a character actor, but I’m cool with that. But who knows – if Lee Min Ki can be a leading man (and I love Lee Min Ki – Kang Tae Bong!), then Kim Sung Oh shouldn’t worry too much.
I was a little surprised that Park Min Young couldn’t really carry the drama (terrible, but true). She was much better in the ensemble cast of Sungkyunkwan Scandal (loved it), and even City Hunter was a better fit for her since Lee Min Ho dominated that drama. To be fair, I think it’s mighty hard to pull off a Candy-type character like Yoon Jae In, so points for effort. I’m curious as to what she’ll do next – I hope it’s something that showcases her funnier, earthier side. But she should be taking a break – I think she’s been working non-stop since Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
Chun Jung Myung was surprisingly good, but out of sync with the rest of the cast so it was kind of wasted. I might even consider watching him in What’s Up Fox? which I had been avoiding because it was supposed to be a little raunchy. Maybe The Duo would be better – I love period pieces. Lee Jang Woo had a hard role to deal with, but I’m sure he’ll make it to first guy really soon since he’s gotten pretty popular. Right now he’s hosting KBS’ Music Bank and he’s on the variety program We Got Married where he’s “married” to idol Ham Eun Jung. I wonder if he put his hair back to normal.
I can’t help but feel a little sad whenever I see the “Last Episode” sign pop up in a drama. Unless I hated the drama – in that case I’m usually happy. But there’s always the next drama to look forward to, which you always hope will be even better than the one you have just finished. Maybe I’m as hopelessly optimistic as Jae In. I really shouldn’t have been so hard on her, I guess.