One More Happy Ending is the perfect show for Kdrama lovers who want a sweet and fluffy romcom. It’s far from perfect but it’s a fun and easy watch for romantics like me. It helps balance all the other kdramas I was watching at the time including the intense Signal and the addictive Cheese in the Trap.
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ONE MORE HAPPY ENDING TEASER
This kdrama show is about the stories of the “Angels”, a popular idol group way back when. See their (hilarious) music video. It’s kdrama gold!
ONE MORE HAPPY ENDING SUMMARY
Girl band “Angels” was composed of Han Mi-Mo (Jang Na-Ra), Baek Da-Jung (You Da-In), Go Dong-Mi (Yoo In-Na), Hong Ae-Ran (Seo In-Young), and Goo Seul-A (special appearance by Sandara Park). They were so popular that their male fans would eat thousands of “pan” or bread just to get rare stickers of their favorite “Angel” member.
Fast forward to the future and the girls, with the exception of Seul-A, are no longer in the entertainment business.
Mi-Mo and Da-Jung formed “Brave Weddings”, a remarriage consulting business.
Mi-Mo jumps from one relationship to the next while getting her heart broken each time in the process. She accidentally meets up again with her elementary friend Song Soo-Hyuk (Jung Kyoung-Ho) and his “princely” best friend Hae-Joon (Kwon Yool).
Da-Jung, in the meantime, finds love early only to lose it to unavoidable circumstances. She has been in a cold marriage since the birth of their only child.
Dong-Mi is an elementary school teacher and her love life is as dry as the desert. She goes nuclear when faced with happy couples.
Ae-Ran owns an internet shopping mall where she models her bikini lines. She is poised to get married to an ideal man.
It reminds me of Sex in the City back when I used to watch it. Mature and campy humor abound!
ONE MORE HAPPY ENDING REVIEW AND FINAL VERDICT
A Stellar Cast
Jang Nara and Jung Kyoung-Ho together with the whole cast did a wonderful performance for One More Happy Ending. I loved how everyone portrayed their roles even up to seemingly evil Dong-Bae and the young BF. (I thought he was going to be a bust.) I even loved the troll wifey!
Interesting Side Stories
Unlike Madame Antoine that dropped the ball on their weekly cases, I loved how each story in One More Happy Ending was handled so well that they could stand on their own. I waited for these side stories to unfold every week. Even the people coming in at “Brave Wedding” were interesting and made me consider people’s different ideas and situations. In this aspect, I’d have to give kudos to the crew.
Good Messages For Women
The re-marriage business of the girls was a good vehicle to show the reality of many singles and couples. More often, they portrayed a harsh reality and I appreciated that. Love and marriage is so cutthroat these days. Still, One More Happy Ending delivers some heart-warming messages especially during the Finale.
While Show had its shining moments, it also had too much dragging, unnecessary, and too-weepy moments. At one point, I thought I was going to have to drop the show. Fortunately, I hung on and that moment passed.
I said earlier that I loved all the characters in One More Happy Ending but I’m wrong. I forgot Hae-Joon. I think he was either written very poorly or the actor was deficient in portraying him. Whatever the case, I didn’t enjoy his phase of the story very much. (I could change my mind if I watch it again in its entirety. But who has time for that??)
Heo Sung-Hee is said to be a new writer and I think it shows. Show was lucky to have had a great cast and a director that worked with the material. I hope Writer-Nim gets more experience and writes even better dramas in the future. Fighting!
Overall, it wasn’t perfect but I still enjoyed so many moments of this drama.
ONE MORE HAPPY ENDING COMMENTARIES
Below are the commentaries I wrote while Show was airing. It’s quite funny whenever commentaries are read after Show has wrapped. Still, great fun!
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Episode 1 and 2:
The first episode of One More Happy Ending totally sold Show for me. It’s nothing original but I totally enjoyed the initial ride. I had fun watching the Angel days of the women. I was right there along with Mi-Mo as I saw her happily anticipating her fiance’s proposal.
I got my heart broken too when she caught her cheating boyfriend with none other than her arch enemy Seul-Ah. And a pregnant one at that!
(On a side note, isn’t Dara of 2ne1 simply beautiful? And amazingly, she can act too! Girl has it all! I hear that they got her to do a special appearance because of her best buddy Yoo In-Na who is playing the funny Dong-Mi.)
And the next minute, I was laughing like a loon at the ocean rescue scene. I was guffawing like a mad cow. That scene is definitely the FUNNIEST kdrama rescue ever.
Ultimately, childhood friends Mi-Mo and Soo-Hyuk find themselves reconnecting over glasses of mixed soju and beer. And getting married! Bwahahaha. The hijinks truly abound.
Which is part of the problem really. Show tries to do too many things at once as I saw in Episode 2. But no matter. I’ve checked out Logic and Common Sense out the door and I’m just ready to ride this wild rollercoaster.
Episode 3 and 4:
I thought we were getting more “we’re married” antics and I’m glad One More Happy Ending resolved that early on. So they’re not really but it was a close close close call. They managed to escape THAT by the skin of their teeth.
These two episodes made me frustrated with our two leads though.
Soo-Hyuk denied his feelings even in the face of a potential rival. Mi-Mo showed herself to be 100% goldfish – getting her heart broken, painfully recalling her first husband the next minute, and falling in love with a new man right after.
It’s easily frustrating, but when you think about it, these scenarios are actually plausible in real life. Soo-Hyuk’s never gotten back on the relationship saddle since his son was born so we can imagine how difficult it is to make the crossover. As for Mi-Mo, my Conscience is nudging me and reminding ME of all the times I’ve acted like a goldfish. Speaking for myself, I think it was part of a bigger problem and that could be the same case for Mi-Mo.
In the meantime, the other Angels’ stories also unfold. I love it. I love girlfriend power. You know, how it’s your girlfriends who are right beside you every time you’re going through something difficult, or painful.
Or going to the local shaman to pray for a man. Lol!
Episode 5 and 6:
I’m a Mi-Mo and Soo-Hyuk shipper so the last 4 episodes have been a chore to watch. Lemme get this off my chest, friends.
First of all, what kind of bestfriend can’t tell when his best pal in the world is lying? Or is in deep denial? Evidently not Hae-joon. Because you know, I can’t understand how he went ahead and said it wasn’t a love triangle anyways.
And at the same time, we can’t really fault Hae-Joon shippers for getting pissy at Soo-Hyuk for getting in the middle of an “official” relationship. Guy has shown no backbone in the last few episodes. In fact, it’s really a hot mess where you can’t blame anybody because everybody’s partially at fault.
The directing and flow has been getting messed up to right along with the writing. It’s too bad really because Jang Nara is being her usual perfect self while Jung Kyoung-Ho is giving it his 101%!!
Another reason I’m sticking around is to get a glimpse of the other Angels.
My heart is breaking for this poor couple. I mean, they’re still in love, right?
And what about Ae-Ran? Ohmigosh!
What would YOU do if the United Nations of Exes came to YOUR wedding? Amazingly, I read somewhere that this type of man is not unusual in Korea (or probably anywhere in the planet.) Innocent and mild like a lamb before the wedding only to show his true self after. (Beware ladies!!!)
Well, at least Dong-mi’s love life is all rainbows and roses. You and I obviously have got a bad feeling about Wook but for now, let’s let girlfriend be happy.
Episode 7 and 8:
Ahhh finally. I’m not sure what happened but I feel the directing for One More Happy Ending is back on track. Show is again tighter and more cohesive. It’s also starting to make more sense.
We see more of Soo-Hyuk’s history and it gives us a sense of the man he is. Less the loser from the last episodes and more the soldier who has survived an ordeal most people would be hard-pressed to surmount. His scenes with his son just melt my heart!!
Dong-Mi gets a shower from a mountain troll.
Ae-Ran gets some much-needed validation from her Number 1 fan.
And Da-Jung finally reveals her sickness to her friends. Finally! I thought she was going off to surgery without telling anybody. I was very happy that she had this group of people anxiously waiting for her safe recovery.
It’s quite telling that I’m not talking your ear off about Hae-Joon. I don’t know if it’s a problem with the actor in the role or the way his story is written. Maybe both?
I hear drama fans kept rewatching the Mi-Mo drunk bed scene (where she kept trying to remove her clothes much to Soo-Hyuk’s dismay). But for me, I was touched by the cute father-son hug scene. It was so funny seeing a dad aegyo-ing for a goodbye hug. So much cute between these two!
(I surmise this is a ritual between the two because even when Min-woo closes the door on him, Soo-Hwuk remains waiting with arms open wide. And sure enough, son returns and jumps in for a hug!)
Episode 9 and 10:
Something exciting came up for One More Happy Ending this week, drama friends! It’s Conan O’Brien on the Show. Yeay #teamcoco!
I’m a big fan of the hilarious Clueless Gamer on YouTube so it was a treat to see Conan in a kdrama. His scene added nothing to the story but I’ll just let that slide. *wink*
Here is Conan in Episode 9 as a goldfish. I enjoyed this scene. Mi-Mo couldn’t get her mind off Soo-Hyuk and had hallucinations of being called a goldfish by her goldfish (who suddenly grew a Conan head). LOL.
I thought that was that but Conan makes a lengthier appearance in Episode 10. There he gets besotted with Mi-Mo and repeats Soo-Hyuk’s requirements for his ideal woman. I cringed when he said “Love overcomes everything”. Too much cheese!
Here is a photo of Conan with our beautiful Jang Nara. Boy, he’s going to get in trouble with his wife when he gets back! he he he
And here is a funny interview where his hair mesmerized me. I was dying when he was doing his hair trick.
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Back to talking about the Show, folks.
This week was pretty brutal for Mi-Mo. We saw how the Angel break-up caused real trauma for our gal when anti-fans relentlessly attacked her. Scary stuff. I think I saw razor blades come out of an envelope. I guess they really wanted her to kill herself.
Everybody’s story moves forward this week but the highlights for me are Ae-Ran and husband reaching an understanding.
I am SO happy with how the story of Dong-Bae (Park Eun-Seok) worked out. He’s a good guy after all. However, he needed to get the upper hand on the willful Ae-Ran somehow and that was his game. Ultimately, he succeeded because now that Ae-Ran doesn’t see him as a doormat, he is suddenly sexy to her eyes. Their dance-grapple scene and bench talk were two sweet moments!!
“If I promise to be devoted to you, will you live with me?” In the context of their story, those words melted me like a popsicle on a hot day.
My personal favorite Dong-Mi is still bring the quirky-cute. Here she is tip-toe walking with the bag that Ae-Ran thoughtfully lent to complete Dong-Mi’s outfit for her date.
(And did she really score that 28 year old guy?? I gotta go to that shaman! No pics of Young Guy yet as I am a bit cautious. Just like Dong-Mi is being right now after that cad Wook!)
For this week though, the character who struck a chord in me was ex-wife. (I forgot her name). She told Hae-Joon that he is so used to just taking, but not giving. “While you were smiling, I was rotting inside.” This gal always speaks Truth!
(This is a note to myself to be a giver and not just a taker…!)
And lastly, here are Mi-Mo and Soo-Hyuk finally realizing their feelings. Sad face. Mi-Mo wishes she was a tad slow and Soo-Hyuk wishes he was faster with his feelings. What’s gonna happen next??
Episode 11 and 12:
I’m so glad I didn’t drop One More Happy Ending midway. After the obligatory conflict which reduced our love triangle into miserable, sniveling adults, we’re finally past that stage and moving forward full steam ahead!
I actually have so many favorite scenes from these last two episodes.
All the Min Woo scenes are, of course, gold. They have such a beautiful father and son relationship going on that it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling every time they’re on the screen. (I always say that children of single parents are a bit more mature than other kids especially if you’re open with them.)
Dong-Mi’s 28-year old BF is found out to be a 25-year old after all! It’s funny how they both white-lied about their ages. I wish this pair had more screen time though. I really want to know why and how Young BF fell for Dong-Mi. (Though I can see her quirky appeal.) Or if it’s real!
Speaking of Dong-Mi, wasn’t she an adorable friend when she sat between couples Ae-Ran and Dong-Bae? I can’t quite get Dong-Bae’s game. If I were to guess, he’s trying to get the one up on Ae-Ran in order to keep her attentions. (Remember, Ae-Ran found her husband weirdly attractive when she found out what a playboy he was compared to when she saw him as a softie doormat.)
These episodes seem to be celebrating awesome friends as we find out that Hyun-Gi had been secretly protecting Mi-Mo in the absence of Soo-Hyuk. That chin tickle was so cute! Tee-hee!
And of course, I can’t leave out that super petty ball fight between our two bestfriends. Show had us all wondering if they were really besties but this cute scene affirmed that, as well as made us relieved that both boys are patching things up between them.
Finally, the kiss! Mi-Mo didn’t run headlong into this relationship this time around. Like her friend Da-Jung noted, Mi-Mo was not acting like her reckless self. And it’s a good thing. It shows that our OTP’s relationship is different from all the other relationships of Goldfish Mi-Mo.
I was a bit scarred by the awkward kiss in Madame Antoine so I’m happy these two gave a squee-worthy kiss. (Note to self: Jung Kyoung-Ho can kiss! Yeah!)
Did you notice Jang Nara’s shoes in Episode 11? She did several shoe changes and there were strategic shoe shots. I’d normally get annoyed but they were BEAUTIFUL shoes!
And gotta say, Soo-Hyuk’s new haircut (and new wardrobe) makes him look so young and snazzy!
Episode 13 and 14:
Show is getting more and more adorable, folks! I’m so happpeeee! Other shows usually became train wrecks at this point but for One More Happy Ending, it suffered a dip midway and then started going strong again. It reminds me somewhat of Witch’s Romance. (You know, that part when the ex-bf came in and put a dampener on everything.
It’s turning so good that if I listed ALL of my favorite scenes, this would turn out to be a recap! So, I’ll have to be VERRRYY discriminating and really pick through my fave fave parts.
Let’s see. Oh right! Oh my, Jung-Woo (the young BF has a name) and Dong-Mi are too cute for words! First, he swoops in for a kiss after he confronts Dong-Mi at her school as to why she’s avoiding him. Jung-Woo heatedly tells a defensive and suspicious Dong-Mi, “No one else in Korea can be this cute at 31!”
Then, Jung-Woo is so very proud of her in front of his friends. “If you take care of yourself, you’ll be cute like Dong-Mi, even after 10 years.” If looks could kill, Dong-Mi would have been dead several times over courtesy of Jung-Woo’s jealous female pals! lol
He was even blind to all those sexy young things gyrating in front of him and was such a puppy when it was Dong-Mi’s turn. Never mind that she wasn’t the best dancer or the skimpiest-clad. Look at that face! He’s like thinking, “My Dong-Mi is so cute it’s killing me!”
For the record, you’re cute, unique, and adorkable, Dong-Mi! Don’t ever change!
Here’s a small glimpse at what’s been happening with Da-Jung and her husband. Spot our pair! That’s right! They’re the only couple in this counseling seminar wearing couple shirts! Tee hee…
And our OTP? They’re finally together but are navigating the challenges of moving towards a real adult relationship. They’re so darn happy (and cheesy!) together!
Episode 15 and 16:
The series is finished! Off the bat, I was frustrated to see Mi-Mo still crying up till these last few episodes but on the other hand, it was actually a good strategy to try out “married life” first before tying the knot with Soo-Hyuk. It was so funny to have Soo-Hyuk flipping out over a huge bone that Mi-Mo left under the couch.
And I’m so happy to have a wedding — Geun-hak and Dae-Jung’s! They SO deserve a happy ending. I kinda liked Mi-Mo’s thoughts during the wedding. About how this couple didn’t give up on their marriage and are now finding new happiness. I’m glad that Show delved on this aspect of love and marriage.
I also loved Dong-Mi’s self-realization. She realized that once she relaxed and didn’t stress out about finding a boyfriend or husband, she could enjoy herself more. Her ending is open-ended but we have no doubt that Dong-Mi will find the perfect man for her down the road.
And we can’t leave out our cool couple Ae-Ran and Dong-bae. Ae-Ran decides to take a big step in growing herself and Dong-Bae supports her whole-heartedly. I’m so happy that Dong-Bae didn’t turn out to be a big douche-bag. He REALLY did love Ae-Ran. (And he’s such a cute homebody.)
I was getting pissy with our OTP but that bouquet snatch was just Awesome! Quite reminiscent of the hilarious ocean rescue by Soo-Hyuk. Their poor officemate was so disappointed not to get the bridal bouquet. “That’s mine,” she said sadly. But what can she do? Soo-Hyuk snatched it from her seemily sure grasp. Mi-Mo’s gasp was so cute too!
And that’s a wrap for One More Happy Ending!
ONE MORE HAPPY ENDING RATING: 3 stars out of 5
It would have been perfect in the hands of a veteran writer but I still enjoyed One More Happy Ending thanks to a stellar cast.
How about you? Did you like the Show? Have you watched it yet?
My love to you,