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Shorthand (Shorthand character chart)
Yoon Jin-ah – JA | Seo Joon-hee – JH | Yoon Seung-ho – SH | Seo Kyung-sun – KS | Yoon Sang-ki – Dad | Kim Mi-yeon – Mom | Kim Seung-chul – SC | Lee Gyu-min – GM | Cho Kyung-sik – CEO | Nam Ho-gyun – HG | Jung Young-in – YI | Choi Jung-mo – JM | Gong Chul-gu – CG | Kang Se-young – SY | Gum Bo-ra – BR | Lee Yae-eun – YE | Kim Dong-woo – DW |
Airing Time: May 19th, 23:00 Seoul, tvN
How to Watch: Netflix
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PRETTY NOONA WHO BUYS ME FOOD LIVE RECAP EPISODE 16 FINAL
A taxi pulls up to a hotel. JH gets out and walks into the hotel. He looks apprehensive as he goes in and walks around the corner. He gets to the stairs and looks up. He sees something familiar. It is JA, he sees he standing next to that guy and looking sad. The man leaves and JA stares off at the wall. JH thinks for a moment then he looks up at her.
JA looks around and sees him standing there, but she turns away immedialtely. JH’s friends show up and they all go up the stairs together. He walks past JA, she doesnt’ not turn araound. JH keeps walking up, stoicly.
JA waits until she is sure that he is gone and then turns to look after him.
Up in the wedding, JH meets SH, they smile at each other and talk about how JH got there. JH says he shouldn’t heare about his wedding from rumors. he tells him anyway, congratulations. He meets with the parents and asks them how they are. He tells them congratultations and they also greet him, though the mother looks embarrassed.
The brother gets married in front of the guests. JA is sitting near the front. JH sees her and watches her.
Everyone claps and then they go straight to the photos. All the family go to the front to take photos. JH’s friends ask him who that person next to the father is. She is so pretty. Why did he hide that his sister is pretty from us, has she always been this pretty? She is my style. You should know her because you are childhood friends.
JH tries to ignore it.
BR is at the table with YE. They play with the baby and talk about how YE’s husband should be more handsome than the groom (YE says the groom is handsome). They talk about assistant chief JA and how JH is there. But one of them say she shouldnt’ feel anything, they broke up.
It is not time for the friends and coworkers photo. So they all go up.
BR takes JA out of teh wedding at that time. She asks her if she has looke at herself, she looks like her dead boyfriend is back. People will know this if they see you. You said you forgot everything. Don’t cry, it will be a big accident. They say they were surprised that he showed up all fo a sudden. Past love is like that, but it is all a mistake. You will be fine tomorrow. Think about this rationally, it is nothing. It is nothing Yoon Jin-ah, what are you going to do?
Jin-ah tries to keep it together.
Everyone claps as they take the friends and family photo. JH is a little shaken as he stands with them.
JA is still outside talking to someone on the phone while on the stairs. Maybe it is her boyfriend. She says he can just work or talk on the phone, choose one. It is not that I don’t understand you. No…..
JH comes down the stares, JA avoids him again. But she looks at him once he walks away.
He goes outside in a huff and lets out a deep breath. Then he takes the first taxi and leaves.
JA followed him out, but he is already gone. She watches the taxi drive away.
“I feel you know from here…our time is not done yet…your’ve given me your fullest heart….we’ll never be apart.”
JH gets to his apartment building. He walks to his old place. He opens the door and has a flashback of JA sitting on the floor outside with the green umbrella. He told her at that time to just come in, she said it was raining, spring rain. he wanted her to stand up. But she can’t because the blood is cut in her legs. He laughs and tells her to stop acting, you knew I was angry. But then we see him back to the present. He is trying not to cry as his friend opens the door. SC lives in his place now.
JH goes inside and SC tells him that he didn’t change anything. He asks him why he was in such a hurry. JH says he was late. JH remembers all the good times in his apartment of JA and JH kissing, when he did her hair and then seh did his hair…..when they hugged in the kitchen and drank beer together that spilled everywhere……she cleaned the beer off of him and then kissed him….she flew her airplane style in his bed….~. JH remembers it all and it over whelms him. But he can’t fully sink into his emotions because his friend SC is there.
They go drink at the couch. SC wants to know if JH forgot that noona yet? he knows he didn’t. He never dated anyone more than 3 months while in the U.S. You shouldn’t do that. She has a boyfriend now right? Are you angry? it is an important point. JH tells him that he…..it is a sinful thing to say, but when I was in America, the things I thought about the most were….I hoped JA was not too happy….It sucks…..(why, because she looks so so happy?)….that would be better…..(does she look unhappy?)….(so when you realized your wish, your heart was breaking? so waht are you going to do? Do you want to do it over in Korea? Don’t do that. Now you are settled down, just live in America.)
JH – hey, jashik, are you afraid of me taking over this place again?
SC – Well you said I can pay you the deposit slowly, I am not saying this because of….after you broke up with her, did you forget how bad you were?
JH – Don’t worry, it won’t happen anymore.
they keeps drinking in the living room.
JA meets with BR in her place. they are also drinking. BR tells her that she looks ten years older than before. Why is she pretending to be strong when you broke up with him. Everything he planned for you didnt’ work out at all, anyone would be sick and tired of it.
JA – that is why I didn’t see him.
BR – You didnt’ see him because he didn’t want to see you.
JA – that is all past, this is just…this-that…it is all mixed.
BR – This will sound like I have another purpose, but your boyfriend, I have to
JA – He works hard and I think he likes me and my family welcomes him a lot so I shouldn’t let him go…..
BR – JH is…..ah, maybe I am drunk.
They are quiet for a moment
JA – I though I forgot everything but, when I saw him today I felt like I dated him until yesterday. If I am a little looser, I could have just hugged him right away.
BR – Well to me, your boyfriend will figure this out at anytime
JA – No, I have nothing so he will figure out nothing
BR – your mind is nowhere else
JA – My heart…it is all a misunderstanding, tomorrow I will forget everything.
BR – Hey, why don’t you just stay with me? It is a good place to live and not think of anything
JA – Go with you togehter? I will jstu get old here by myself.
APPA AND UMMA
They talk about how JH came to the wedding. Umma says not to say anything to JA. She finally meta nice guy. Appa says he thinks they shouldn’t matter in their kids lives too much. Umma thinks they need to matter otherwise they aren’t parents, it was a good decision. Appa doesn’t think so and says to just turn off teh light. She tells him to turn it off since he turned it on. Appa sits up and looks at his family photo. he turns off the light, but he still looks at the photo in the dark.
JA has to go to a meeting that she is very late for. Once she gets there, she also did nt’ prepare the report that she has. She forgot to brng it. The leader asks her if something is wrong, is there a family issue? She says she will make sure she doesnt’ make any more mistakes.
She goes to her desk and sighs. her boyfriend wants to eat with her, he will make some room in his schedule. She just puts her phone down. While at dinner, the boyfriend talks business on the phone all throughout the dinner. he ignores JA. In the car he also talks business and ignores JA. he jokes and says he forgot JA’s present, it was in his locker, guess what it is. But then he gets another business phone call. he wants to hide all the details in their contract until the customer signs it. (Very shady guy)
JA just looks like a shell as she stares blankly ahead.
then she unbuckles and gets out of the car. She walks off. She walks across the street and walks down the same street that JH and JA used to walk down al the time. The hugs herslef as she walks.
Elsewhere, JH is at a bookstore. His sister is there and prepares cake and a drink for him. It looks like this is her new place. He asks her if she can make a living there, it is so empty. She says she makes a living. They talk about JH living in America for good. He says he wants to travel and sketch, he doesnt’ want to stay at SC’s place long. KS basically says she has a room for him. Why did you go to the wedding? No one welcomes you.
JH says it was his friend, why are you telling me this? Everyone is poking me. She sighs and says that JH gives them room. JH wonders if he should just forget about everything then? KS says he always thinks about her. He thinks that is nonsense but she thinks he is nonsense. then a customer comes in and KS has to go talk to them.
Cut to JA drinking coffee by herself. JH is also drinking coffee by himself. It looks like they are at the same restaurant? it is the place they used to eat at a lot. But they are separate as they drink their coffee’s and think. A gorgeous new song plays that is very bluesy. “I got to be somebodies love….I want to be the first one that you see…..”
It looksl ike there are there at different times. It also looks like they might be there on more than one day as they sit at their table together, but at different times.
JA walks to the same place that they met for the first time again. She sees a guy on a bicycle and turns. But it isn’t JH. She puts her head down and then keeps walking.
“We can take on the world if you just get here soon….I got to be somebodies love, somebodies love….”
JH is on the rooftop thinking as the song keeps playing. he goes back down to the main floor and walks out. The music cuts.
JA goes back to the main branch company. JM asks her what the occassion is, he smiles as he talks to her. he says it is the same here, because of her he does dishes all the time, but it is the same.
SY comes up and talks to JA. She asks her if she is really there to quit? She thought BR was bluffing. JA smiles at her and says that they had a lot of things happen between them. SY asks her why she isn’t keeping this job, are you getting married? JA tells her that she always thinks about love, why are you still single? SY mutters playfully that guys are crazy. She asks again what the reason is. JA says there isn’t a reason, seh will see teh director.
JA meets with YI and has her resignation letter. YI is pretty sad about it. She asks if she has been scouted by somewhere else. JA asks if she is knows for being that good? YI says she is famous. JA says she can’t move to the same field ever. YI tellsher that she knows she is probably very tired about the incident, she can accept a one year hiatus, just take a break and come back. JA jokes, ten years and then only one year off? that is not enough.
YI looks at her for a long time. JA says not to look at her like that. YI says she knows she likes her. You look prettier when you are courageous. JA tells her that she will keep that in mind. Then JA meets with the CEO and they talk about having dinner together. When seh leaves, she runs into CG. He greets her and asks what is going on. JA tells him to have a good life, as now.
At the elevator, the CEO tells JA that CG is the same. The decision was made a long time ago and he still says he is a victim. You can laugh as the winner and let it go.
JA goes to KS’s store. She says she is there to say hello. They sit and drink, but it is quiet and awkward. KS closes the store and then goes back to sit with JA, she brings two beers with her.
Why is everyone around me all running away? Is it because I am so scary, is that why you made me think about your feelings? JA apologizes and says she avoided her. They talk about if she saw JH. JA asks her to open the drink. KS says that JH avoids the topic as well. JA says she feels uneasy because she made them like this. KS says that is BS, but JA thinks that it still hurts her conciounce. She wants to know if they can every go back to before when they were friends, seh missed them back then.
JH comes in at that moment and sees the two of them. KS asks why he didn’t call her. JH stutters that he brought something for her. JA wants to leave but KS tells them that they are not strangers, this is my brother, this is my friend, say hi to each other. KS leaves them there and walks around outside. She mutters to herself that they are not little kids, this is there life.
JH and JA sits at the table, not talking. he drinks the beer and looks away. She tries to think of something to say.
JA – I am happy that you look like you are doing okay.
JH – How are you doing?
JA – Yes…
JH – Okay, you are doing okay
JA – thank you for coming to the wedding, I was surprised because you came
JH – you shouldnt’ have been
JA – You are still angry
JH – I dont’ have anything like that
JA – Then you are you speaking like that?
Jh -Maybe it is just because we haven’t seen each other for a long time
JA – I know you are dissapointed in me, but that is all in the past isn’t it?
JH – I didnt’ say anything
JA – It is not easy but, before we dated, can we just live like that?
JH – Do you think it is possible?
JA – I am just saying that it is nice
JH – For whom?
JA – I shouldn’t have started, if you took it uncomfortably, I am sorry. I will leave first.
JA leaves. JH still sits at the table looking upset. KS goes up to JA and asks her if seh is leaving already? Did you fight? It is because he is nervous, it isnt’ the right time. he was alone somewhere where he knew no one. JA apologizes and says this is all her fault, bye-bye.
KS goes inside. JH is still sitting in the exact same way. She sits at the table and says he is a narrow minded guy with a long grudge. Because of SH, we will see each other a lot. JH says, so waht. KS mentions that it still seems like he has feelings for her. He says he still has feelings, he realizes it clearly when he sees her.
KS – she is dating someone, will you get back with her?
JH – I would have already done it if I wanted to, I know it is not right. I am not like you, I don’t want to be like before so don’t force me to do that. I can never ever do it.
JA packs up her apartment. She sees the red umbrella and throws it in the trashbag. Then seh looks at it. She gets a ding dong at her door just at that moment. Then someone bangs on it. JA opens the door and is confronted by a drunk JH.
Why are you here
JH – Are you sure, you want to go back to before, noona-dongsang, that is what you want? As if nothing happened? Can you live like that?….I…..do you want me to be a dongsang that you buy a meal for?
Why are you ding this
I am talking to you. I am asking you!
The neightbor comes out.
JA pulls JH away.
JH – Noona!….noona!….
She pulls him outside and tells him he is too drunk. Tell me when you are sober.
JH – I am drunk, but it will be the same later, I want to hear the answer, tell me. Go back like nothing happened? Can you see me with no feelings? Can you?
that is the best
For whom? Not the best for me. Even If you kill me, I can’t be like that
I can do that. It will be uncomfortable at first. But we will be okay, we will get used to it.
You are a bad woman. You are a super bad woman.
He walks past her and leaves. She is left outside taking in what he said.
JH goes to his old place, he is still super drunk. SC helps him in. JH finds the alcohol and goes to drink some more. SC is a little concerned about that, you are going to drink some mroe?
JA is in her apartment thinking. But then she hops up and puts on her coat. She comes out of the elevator and is at JH’s building. She walks over to his room and rings the bell assuredly.
SC opens the door, JA asks him, JH is there right? Can you excuse me for a moment? She goes inside and talks to JH.
JA – SJH, stand up. Wake up! Wake up!
JH is in bed and rolls over.
JA – yes, I told you something stupid. I wasn’t sure but I told it to you. Why? Like SH’s wedding, we will see each other somewhere. In those moments, I don’t want to be nervous or have my heart drop anymore. It is difficult but I want to see each other a little more relaxed, that will make it a little less painful, is that that bad? Is it bad enough for you to tell me I am a bad woman?
JH – Good job, good job.
JA – what did I do that was so wrong, what did you do better! What should I do when you told me to leave! You just didn’t want to face everything! That was your excuse! if that wasn’t it, then what was it! You left like that, do you think I had a happy life? I was standing on the edge of a cliff alone. How people looked at me. It drove me crazy and I really hated it, but I still hung there. I hated myself. I was hatting myself every day, that is how I survived. I thought that was the prize for the pain I gave you and KS. I cursed myself and I deserved it. Do you even understand how hellish that was? Do you understand?
She storms out.
JH – Why should I understand it! How you live your life, I dont’care! It is none of my business!
JA looks back at him and then leaves the apartment in the rain.
SC chases after her with the green umbrella. He wants her to take it. She says she is okay. he says it is better than getting wet.
She keeps it and walks off. We see her leaving the building and walking to the street. She looks at the rain and then looks at the umbrella. But she doesnt’ open the umbrella. She jsut stands there for a moment as seh looks at a cab. then seh hops in the cab.
The cab takes her all the way to her place. She leaves the umbrella in the car but the cabbie tells her to take it. She reluctantly takes it from him then seh goes upstairs to her place.
She looks at the umbrella and takes a few steps into her apartment. Then seh looks at it again and puts it in the trash with the red one.
JH is still at his place smoldering in his rage.
JA tells her parents that she is going to live at Jeju island. Umma hates the idea. You are this old, why are you doing this kind of thing? You quit your job and are going to Jeju?
She tells them that she doesnt’ want to get married. Umma is so upset. Appa tells her to just stop.
Appa asks her about her boyfriend. JA says they broke up. Umma tsks and tries to ask her to tell her the truth. this is because of me right? it is because I opposed you and JH?
JA – you want me to tell you honestly, it is lying if my hatred toward you is all gone. JH and KS still have pain that I can’t repay. I can’t even say sorry until now because I don’t deserve it.
Umma – that is all in the past, should I say I am sorry.
JA – I am not blaming you, that is why I am sitting in front of you. You always say that I am not young, that is why I am going to live well. Dont’ worry. My life is also important to me.
Appa – yes, your life is on the line, think a bit and decide later.
JA – I will not change my mind, bye-bye. Appa, dont’ come out. Umma, I will call you.
Umma is left holding in her dissapointment/sadness as JA and Appa leave the couch.
JA walks out of her parents building and turns to look back at it for a moment. Then she walks down the street.
But then umma chases after her. JA wants to know what is going on.
Umma – I am sorry.
JA – It’s not like you, why?
Umma – I have a duty as a mom, I can’t just let my kids do whatever.
JA – I understand because I wasn’t a perfect daughter for you. So why are you doing this today, just do whatever you did before.
Umma – I don’t want to see you, leave (sarcastically)
JA – Umma, lets have a hug.
They hug it out.
JA – Umma, I am okay now.
Umma – when you have a hard time, just come back anytime.
JA – With you, we dont’ have good fortune together, so we should live separate (jokingly). I will stop by when I have time. Go in, I will call you.
Umma – you will be late for your airplane.
JA – Bye-bye
JA walks away and Umma cries as she watches her go. JA doesn’t turn back.
Someone is riding their bicycle on the coast. It looks like it might be JA. We cut to BR’s coffee shop and see JA and BR both working. JA serves coffee to the patrons with a smile.
Then she waters their plants outside. BR goes outside and asks her what she is doing. JA waters BR with the hose and they laugh about that and play with the water.
Elsewhere, JH packs up his things again. He is listening to music, but then JA’s love recording starts playing.
JA – I was holding your cellphone and I just had something to tell you. Thank you for adoring me and loving me. I never knew that someone would lvoe me this much. You never know how much I am thankful for that and how happy of a time I am having. I learned a lot. Love is endlessly for someone, it is a heart that gives everything for one person. So when we love, we should love like Seo Joon-hee. Joon-hee, I love you a lot a lot a lot for a long long long time.
JH goes to JA’s old apartment with a quickness. he is looking for J, but she isn’t there anymore, no one lives there now. He runs up to the apartment and sees that no one is there. The owner is showing the room to somone else.
JH rests his hands on his knees as he thinks for a moment. then he goes outside and calls SH. He asks her where his noona is. Where is JA!
Cut to JA in Jeju. She is happily putting the coffee shop back in order after a long day.
BR says that she is enjoying this moment of relaxing, that is why she quit her job and went to Jeju. JA sits with her and they drink wine together. JA is still wearing the necklace that JH gave her. BR asks about it. JA says she just found it, that is why she is wearing it.
BR says it dosent’ have its own will (?). JA says she can do this because she has no feeling and no regret. BR says seh doesnt’ want to make her upset, but really, do you ahve no feelings? Nothing? You know, when you hear the name and your heart pokes you. is there a better explanation for it?
JA – people say that there is no fate (it is not fate). I couldnt’ eat, I couldnt’ sleep. I couldnt’ breath everyday. I want to avoid that situation, people say, without that person they will die. But they actually want to survive, I thought about one thing. that was the end of our fate. Only that much fate.
She looks out the window and then miles and says the wine tastes so good.
JH has arrived! he walks out of the airport and looks at the rain in front of him.
JA closes all the window due to the rain. Then she gets a yellow umbrella and goes outside to take the board inside. She runs withthe baord to the front and then turns back around.
She sees JH come in!
They stare at each other. He doesn’t have an umbrella.
She puts the umbrella aover his head.
JA – What, again? Do you still have something more to say? Are you here to argue? Just tellme, what?
JH – Where is my umbrella? You gave it to me.
JA – I didn’t take it, SC gave it to me.
I don’t have an umbrella, just take this one and leave.
JH – This one is not mine. Did you throw it away. Nonsense.
JA – Hey, you are the one that is making no sense, finny guy, why do you come all the way out here and talks nonsense?
They stare at each other. JA turns to leave. But JH pulls her into a big hug. he is happy.
JH – You are still tiny.
He hugs her very tightly
JH – It was all my fault, I am sorry…..I can’t live without Yoon Jiin-ah.
He looks at her and softly touches her hair.
JH – Can you jsut give me a break, just once?
JA starts hitting him. F-you! Give you a break! Nothing!
She pushes him and he laughs. He tells her she is not laughing, why are you saying it is funny?
He picks her up and spins her around. BR is happy as she watches from the window.
JH puts JA down and looks at her in the rain. they look at each other and he hugs her again. She starts crying and hugs him back.
he kisses her many many times.
JA and JH are still together as they watch the sun set on the beach. They walk hand in hand over the rocks. He hugs her and she laughs and they turn to watch the sun completely set.
Thank you for recapping this drama with us!
Loved that ending. Love this drama. There is so much love in the world today. Happy Royal Wedding day everyone! I feel full of so many feelings. Kisses to you all!