Bad Love – Final episode

Orchid had to attend to something urgent last night so she was unable to watch the final episode of Bad Love. Thus Liz is stuck with given the honours to bring you Episode 20 of Bad Love…so let’s get on with the recap of this flashback-filled episode!

In the previous episode, the less zombified Na In-jung (Lee Yo-won) and sizzling hot Kang Yong-gi (Kwon Sang-woo) parted ways as promised – right after Yong-gi’s birthday in Spring.

Episode 20 starts off with two children playing on the see-saw, which reminds In-jung of Yong-gi because he lovingly hand-crafted a see-saw-inspired bench for her.

Kids playing on the see-saw


In-jung thinks of Yong-gi when she sees the
see-saw and goes: Yong-gi ah, how are you doing?

She thinks about her ex-boyfriend, how good looking he is and what a great catch he would have been…and viewers are soon informed that ONE YEAR has passed since they broke up.

The Korean words read: 1 Year Later

In-jung has undergone an operation to allow her to play the cello once again and she teaches children how to play the instrument.

In-jung and her kids talk about love…seriously! They asked her
whether she has a boyfriend and when she answered yes,
they asked why they have not seen him before.

Yong-gi on the other hand is at the airport, as he has just returned to Korea after gaining much success as a pop artist in the US.

Kang Yong-gi the pop artist! The picture on the right is
his most popular piece

He’s going to hold an exhibition in his motherland. While walking out of the airport, he speaks English with a Mat Salleh (white guy), but I couldn’t understand BOTH of them.

They speak English here, hence the Korean subtitles, but
I couldn’t understand a word! Note to self: Must brush
up on Korean.

Yong-gi is picked up at the airport by his former driver, who claims to be a famous singer now.

Former driver and comic relief comes to pick Yong-gi (left) up.
He asks Yong-gi if he misses In-jung. Du-uh.

Yong-gi makes a stop at the Daehan Constuction headquarters to meet his good friend Christian and they talk about how well the new CEO is doing.

‘Yo buddy, new CEO handlin’ things alright? Great!
I’m off to Samcheok then. Ta!’

Yes, Yong-gi has washed his hands off the company and is pursuing his pop artist aspirations, with very promising results.

As fate would have it, both In-jung and Yong-gi decide to make a trip to Samcheok, their former love nest, on the same day. The former to “visit” her father’s watery grave (his ashes were strewn into the ocean), while the latter to…I dunno…for old time’s sake?

While driving, Yong-gi sings Queen’s I Wanna Break Free and
recalls the last time he sang the song with In-jung in the car


In-jung takes the bus to Samcheok

While on their journey there – she on a public bus, while he in his expensive Beemer – their paths cross but they never actually meet. It happened so many times, it was funny.

They missed each other while on the road – Yong-gi’s in
his car while In-jung’s in the bus


They missed each other at the rest stop too


But finally meet, phew!

They finally meet at the dock, a poignant moment as this was the very spot where they first met. After going out on the boat, the pair then make their way to pay homage to Kim Joann’s tree. Miraculously, the tree survived after being burned by Yong-gi.

Yong-gi looks at the tree he planted as a tribute to Kim Joanne,
his ex who killed herself

In-jung tells Yong-gi that the tree played a part in bringing them together despite it being a reminder to Yong-gi of his turbulent relationship with the suicidal Joann.

Yong-gi and In-jung leave separately, but not before In-jung informs Yong-gi that Chansuk and Samchun are getting married!

Meanwhile, Kang Joo-ran (Kim Ga-yeon) and her daughter Miso visit Suhwan’s columbarium to wish him farewell. Both mother and child are migrating…one of the reasons is Miso’s crush on a boy named Boram.

Joo-ran (right) and Miso say bye-bye to Suhwan

Yong-gi returns home for dinner with the family – his stepmother, Joo-ran and Miso.

Yongi-gi is happy to be home with the family.
He secretly asks Miso if her Mom still
drinks…Miso says, “Not a drop!”

All is forgiven in the Kang clan as Stepmother has accepted Yong-gi and promises to cook his fav fish dish for him anytime he wants. He promises to go golfing with her. They will have to keep each other company since Joo-ran and Miso will be migrating soon.

All is well, Stepmother accepts Yong-gi as her own son now

Yong-gi develops high fever while he sleeps and Miso, who goes to check on her hawt Uncle, quickly alerts Mom. While Stepmom goes to get the Doctor, Joo-ran stays behind and hears Yong-gi murmuring In-jung’s name while in delirium.

Yong-gi goes: ‘In-jung ah, In-jung ah, In-jung ah’

Poor Joo-ran, her late husband called out In-jung’s name as well when he was sick…and now Yong-gi? As a consequence of that, she calls In-jung for one last meeting.

No, we won’t be meeting up for the Chuseok holidays either

Joo-ran tells In-jung: “I hate you so much. I can’t live under the same sky with you. That’s why I’m leaving. It would be better for the both of you.” That’s as close as a blessing In-jung will ever get from Joo-ran to be with Yong-gi.

Joo-ran then walks away into the night, never to be seen again by In-jung…I think. I guess there won’t be a Seollal gathering for the Kang family.

Next, we see Yong-gi sending Joo-ran and Miso off at the airport. Before leaving for good, Joo-ran says to Yong-gi: “This is your life, you should live it the way you want to.”

Bye-bye Miso and Joo-ran

What? Another indirect blessing from Joo-ran for Yong-gi to hook up with In-jung? Well, zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

After seeing Miso and Joo-ran off at the airport, Yong-gi attends Samchun and Chansuk’s wedding.

Congratulations to the bride and groom!

Yong-gi stops in his tracks when he spots In-jung and both of them stare at each other, thinking that this should be their b100dy wedding instead!

Man, this should be OUR wedding

In-jung performs as part of the string musicians and later, Yong-gi informs her that she plays beautifully.

Chansuk throws her bouquet and Yong-gi catches it and hands it over to In-jung.

Take this, it’s destiny. We’re getting married next.

In-jung says she has to leave. Sheesh.

While cooped up in the backroom, In-jung ponders longingly about Yong-gi (flashback sequence!).

In-jung leaves to go grab her purse in the backroom…and
reminisce about the good times with Yong-gi.

Shrugging off her thoughts as wishful thinking, In-jung opens the door of the backroom and lo and behold, Prince Charming is standing there! He pulls her into his arms for a warm embrace.

Omigosh, handsome Oppa is waiting at the other
side of the door!


Hugs…eh, why no kiss?

The on again/ off again couple finally decide to “never let each other go” no matter how difficult things get. They now have the freedom to love one another, what with Suhwan six feet underground, Joo-ran and Miso thousands of miles away and Stepmom being all putty in the palm of Yong-gi’s hands.

Finally, they take a stroll together and actually
enjoy the activity & company

The lovebirds then visit Yong-gi’s house at Samcheok again, walking along the streets hand-in-hand.

As the road winds its way to the house, the bench Yongi-gi crafted for In-jung comes into view and the lovebirds leisurely make their way to it…and sits down.

The lovebirds approach the symbolic bench


And takes a much-needed “rest” on it

They have gone through much (too much) and their love, which has been refined by the harshest of tests, is finally allowed to bloom and grow…unhindered.



Previous episodes:
Bad Love – Episode 1
Bad Love – Episode 2
Bad Love – Episode 3
Bad Love – Episode 4
Bad Love – Episode 5
Bad Love – Episode 6
Bad Love – Episode 7
Bad Love – Episode 8
Bad Love – Episode 9
Bad Love – Episode 10
Bad Love – Episode 11
Bad Love – Episode 12
Bad Love – Episode 13
Bad Love – Episode 14
Bad Love – Episode 15
Bad Love – Episode 16
Bad Love – Episode 17
Bad Love – Episode 18
Bad Love – Episode 19

38 thoughts on “Bad Love – Final episode

  • December 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I rewatched this drama. I really like it or more to KSW. I felt the writer really have a terrible issue on love or relationship. It is so painful…so difficult…and full of hardship. The character especially Injung is so patheticly pathetic. She is just so weak. The storyline is just so so out. But I’ve enjoyed it tremendously, it is refreshing but I wish both character Yonggi and Injung have more time towards the end than just reminiscent the old days.

  • December 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I rewatched this drama. I really like it or more to KSW. I felt the writer really have a terrible issue on love or relationship. It is so painful…so difficult…and full of hardship. The character especially Injung is so patheticly pathetic. She is just so weak. The storyline is just so so out. But I’ve enjoyed it tremendously, it is refreshing but I wish both character Yonggi and Injung have more time towards the end than just reminiscent the old days.

  • January 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    You couldn’t possibly know how big of a help this was for me! It’s like being able to fast forward all the boring parts and get to the crux of things. I wish this was the case for all asian dramas! I started looking for episode guides after being sucked up into “you are my destiny” GEEEZUS! I mean that thing is rediculously long…but I’m so hooked I cant stop watching. Anyway I digress, thanks for the sum-up!

  • October 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    firstly, i would like to thank K-pop for having this site and giving episode by episode sypnosis..

    I watch every episode of Bad Love up till ep 9, and becuase i read in other fourms that the ending was quite draggy, i forwarded to the last 2 episodes to watch..

    I wanted to know what happen to Suhwan.. and i guess in the real drama, it was never specified…

    I had wanted In Jung to end up with Suhwan, but when it became clear that the writers of the drama series was going to make him a bad person (just look at the non-existence dialogue he has whenever he met In Jung at the dock… cant even say anything).. i give up..

    I dont know Yong Gi is popular, coz i havent seen his other series, but what drawn me to this drama was Suhwan character – KSS, the actor is darn handsome!!

    Again, thanks K-pop for having episode by episode guide.. keep it up!!!

  • July 16, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for your comment SnowDrops. Welcome to the world of K-dramas! =)

  • July 16, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for the amusing recaps and discussion.. I’ve downloaded all episodes from the web and watched them through the past week (I know it’s a bit late but I don’t get TV channels showing the series here)..

    Actually I�m a newbie to K-Dramas as I�ve watched only 2 series till now: Sad Love Story (not all episodes) and Bad Love.. and with every episode I become a bigger fan of KSW 😀 I guess my next project would be to search for Stairway to Heaven 🙂

    Well I will add my comments as follows:

    *I liked in Bad Love:

    1. The great performance of KSW as Yong gi that I really felt for that tender-hearted character.

    2. The very-quick-to-end love story between In jung and Suhwan. I don�t know if anyone else shares the same view but I felt they were really in love. The first episode had the liveliest scenes for In jung in my opinion.

    3. I liked Suhwan as some of you guys and I really can�t blame him for the lousy script that didn�t give him much of opportunity to.. act! There were scenes were he absolutely said nothing! And in those I don�t think any facial expression would be enough to fill the story plot gaps.

    4. The Samchun and Chansuk couple made me laugh many times 😀

    5. The soundtrack is absolutely AWESOME!! I just can�t get the tunes out of my mind although I don�t understand a word.

    *I hated in Bad Love:

    1. It’s unbelievable how many ‘miraculous’ coincidences they used in the story!! really annoying.

    2. As I reached the ‘annoying’ part.. well.. the great In Jung was really really a pain.. I first thought it was intended to show how she feels lifeless after what she faced in her life so she walked and talked like a robot. But after SOME episodes and in CERTAIN scenes this couldn�t be excused or forgiven. I can�t remember even one scene when Yong gi hugs her and she hugs back! She always hanged her arms down like a statue which is really mood-spoiling and if I couldn�t read the subtitles I�d thought she can�t stand the guy!

    3. Of course the plot was lousy. A lot could have been done better. For instance I thought Suhwan would help the couple get together at least as attempt to correct his sin of ruining the girl�s life. And maybe after that she�d have other thoughts seeing the good side of him and that he still loves her.. Something like that (can you see me as a good story teller ;))

    4. Related to the plot and script, her running away again and again was frustrating I agree. But the more killing step she took was calling the father and telling him all about her past! I couldn�t understand WHY would she ever do that?!! And I thought she really deserves Yong gi to leave her at that point. Grrrrr

    Well.. I enjoyed many parts and I have the episodes to re-watch whenever I want (of course specific ones! ;))

    I just hope there are real guys as the character of Yong gi and that one of them would fall for me one day 🙂

  • March 26, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Thank God for this blog. I had to stop watching after ep13 cos it’s way too draggy, but couldn’t really let go without knowing the ending.

  • March 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Mel & Missyissy,

    My sentiments exactly. I was dying to know why joanne killed herself? Or what mystery illness suhwan had.


  • March 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Mel, Yong-gi’s good friend Christian is still working at Daehan Construction. But the CEO post was conveniently handed to some unknown man. They just shelved the company to somebody capable so that Yong-gi can pursue his artistic dream of becoming a pop artist.

  • March 19, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Who took a hold of Yong Gi’s Father Company? O.O It wasn’t the wife nor the daughter nor the Son nor the Son in Law…. HUmmm…. “Still thinking”

  • March 19, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Loved “bad love” but not completely … thanks for the recaps! Sometimes i couldn’t bare to watch some episodes so i skipped around and thanks to these recaps, i’m able to catch up. But there were so many unanswered questions .. such as why did Joann kill herself? What ever happened to In Jung’s stomach pains? What did Suhwan die from? Who’s gonna take care of that seafood resto while the newlywed are on their honeymoon? And where is their honeymoon? We may never know.

  • March 19, 2008 at 5:53 am

    @ Kim
    ^_^ that last comment was so Right! LOL

    It is going to be Ko Hyun Jung she is going to be playing Miss Seo Hye Rim, I haven’t seen her in any other Drama/Movie. But it seems she is a great actress all we have to do is sit and wait! ^^

    Annyeong! =^_^=

  • March 18, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    @Orchid… yes, that Bad Love episode had 2 unnecessary KSW shirtless scenes, but I was never more attentive in my life. 🙂

    They should have had a shirtless scene in every episode to get the ratings up. Maybe that would’ve worked. 🙂

  • March 17, 2008 at 10:07 am

    @fraulein & mel…i agree, the part where KSW takes off his shirt in his workroom was totally unnecessary. Why would one take off his shirt in the cold winter months unless his aim is to catch a chill? Hahaha…but that act certainly boosted the ratings for that particular episode. 😉

  • March 17, 2008 at 10:03 am

    @Mel, thanks for the introduction. Nice to meet you! Join the KSW club. hehehehe….

    Yes i wrote about Dae Mul before, but at that time, it wasn’t confirmed that Sang-woo sshi would take the role. Glad to hear he will be doing it, although we won’t get to see the drama when it airs because it is on SBS.

  • March 17, 2008 at 4:45 am


    Mianhamnida -.-

    I am the anonymous you guys have been talking to =__=

    Jeoneun Mel-Imnida 🙂

    Regarding the Korean Drama “Dae Mul” yes it has been confirmed that he is going to be the male lead actor in the drama, currently it hasn’t been stablished who the lead actress is.

    Dae Mul 대물.
    This drama is adapted from a popular manhwa of the same name.

    Kwon Sang woo will be playing the role of a male socialite who is ordered to create a scandal to bring down a woman whose the dream is to become South Korean first female president by her enemies

    This is going to be a SBS Drama and is set to air next Summer after Kdrama ‘On air’.


  • March 16, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    @anonymous Yes i remember that scene! It was sometime back. I thought you were referring to KSW taking off his black t-shirt in a scene in the final episode. 😉 Cos i don’t remember such a scene.

    He’s confirmed for Dae Mul?

    By the way, aren’t you going to leave us a name to call & recognize you by? =) An-nyeong!

  • March 16, 2008 at 10:25 am

    @ Kim… I have been trying to find the name of the song but haven’t found anything as of yet..if I find something I will let u know 😉

    @ Fraulein you are totally right it adds nothing to the story of the drama but OMG how I enjoyed that scene! kekekeke ^.^

    Did u watch the drama on television?

    Random thoughts:

    I am dying for the movie “A Destiny” to come out..KSW Oppa looks hot! I believe he is going to be kind of a bad Guy 0.0 , it comes out May 8th in Korea. He is also going to be the lead actor of a drama called Dae Mul the story plot Sounds very interesting!

    ANNEONG =^-^=

  • March 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    LOL at the 12 pack comment ! That scene was totally unnecessary to the plot, it does not do anything except show off his body. And
    they were filming in the dead of winter! Poor oppa!

    I wldnt mind watching eps 2 to 5 again – they were funny. And it seems like they happened so long ago that my memory’s a blur, i only remember the recent scenes. I can’t wait for the DVD to be released.

  • March 15, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    @ anonymous, thanks so much for posting the link to one of the best scenes in the drama. 🙂 i’ve been trying to find out the name of the song (and the singer) that plays in the background of that clip, but no one seems to know so far… It’s a cute song!

  • March 15, 2008 at 9:42 am

    @ Orchid

    How come u don’t remember!!!!??? LOL he shows his 12 PACK [I know I am exaggerating a little bit It is only a 6 pack ;)]

    My Bad it wasn’t a black T-shirt it was a Grey long sleeve sweater ^_^

    Episode4: He was at the old school he bought (his new house were he threw Joanne’s ashes) and he was just waking up… the night before that morning he had been drinking almost an entire Soju Factory! LOL
    here is the link
    ENJOY!! =^-^=

  • March 14, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    @anonymous…when was the part where KSW took his black t-shirt off? all of a sudden i can’t remember that part. when when?

  • March 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Lol I loved the way the last Ep. was described FUUUUUNNNNY…. ^^

    Anyways I gotta be real… this drama was so umm… what is the worddd >>thinking<< oohh yeah Dragging!! and the last Episode... What was that? C'mon!! Not even a kiss?? O.OAll I gotta say is at least KYG or IJ Didn’t die!! LOLAlthough I would watch this drama all over again KSW Oppa is BURNING HOT, OMG the part I loved the most was when he took his black Tshirt off “drooling ^-^”Girls thanks for your hard work here and in facebook..Annyeonghaseyo!! 😉

  • March 14, 2008 at 12:21 am

    @ anonymous

    Yeah I did get the impression the theme of love they touched on did involve growing up and growing thru the love they had.

  • March 13, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I am happy to see Samchun and Chan-suk finally getting married. =)

  • March 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    This show was about different types or perceptions of love…Love that was not realized until it was gone, love that was one sided, love where nothing else mattered, love where the reality of life interfered. All of the main characters had their own views of love and grew to understand other peoples types of love. That’s why I love Bad Love. There was growth and understanding in the characters. Thanks for the discussion K-popped!

  • March 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    At the start of the ep, I wasnt sure if they’d end up together but it was good to see them not moping and getting on well w/out each other, as yong-gi said, they still love each other but dun need to cling to each other. He summed it up saying – it’s the emptiness of being alone vs the burden of being together

    Like Liz, I couldnt understand a word of KSW’s english – it was all slurred together. Oppa needs english lessons – fast.

    I like the funny exchanges between Yong-gi and his former driver – that guy is a natural. Both actors looked like they had fun filming together.

    The many flashback scenes were nice and I enjoyed them.

    I suppose in-jung running into yong-gi at samcheok was apt because they both bonded over her late dad who adored yong-gi.

    For me, Juran’s cter has completely redeemed herself. Even though she never explicitly said ” get back together” it was good enough that she approached them separately.

    The writers always remind us thru out the series that the boy loves the girl more (this being a main KSW vehicle made for him ). Even Juran says it isn’t a good thing for girl to like a boy more than he likes her back.

    And it was heartwarming to see yong-gi and stepmum getting on well. What’s with his mystery ailment in the middle of the night that disappeared as quickly as it arrived ?

    ” I was waiting for In-jung to grab Yong-gi and snog him, but she didn’t!? That woman’s insane ” – LOL, it can be renamed ” Mad Love “

    I agree that their expressions, esp In-jung’s, could’ve been much happier in the final scene!

    I am glad it’s over ( I dun need to be a Bad Love slave anymore!) and even gladder it ended well = )
    Given the title, many thought it’d end badly.

    Little Miso is cute, minus the ajumma curls. Good thing she and her mum both lost the bad hairdos

    Parting shot – come to think of it, if Juran didnt forgive In-jung, In-jung’s burden may not have been eased and she may not have accepted Yong-gi again.

    All’s well that ends well = )

    Thanks so much K-popped for the excellent recaps.

  • March 12, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    That was a fantastic recap, I particularly liked the parts describibng all the hawtness, and all. It was good real good.
    Im sad she got with In Jung or Gigi or whatever the hell in the end cause I liked SuHwan. Oh well, when this goes down in my life you know which man Ill choose.

  • March 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    @Orchid, i’ve had the same look In-Jung had on her face when Yong-gi grabbed her and hugged her while getting a root canal. 🙂

    as much as i’ve been hooked on bad love, i’d have to agree with arin and orchid… the finale did not deliver.

    the ending could’ve developed to be more than just copying/pasting a gazillion flashbacks and voice overs. and were they serious with the last scene with the two of them sitting there awkwardly and still so serious? shouldn’t they have been a tad bit happier that they can be together? disappointing…

  • March 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    @kim and Orchid, yeah I was waiting for In-jung to grab Yong-gi and snog him, but she didn’t!? That woman’s insane.

  • March 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    but is it just me or were the leads more affectionate with their previous lovers than with each other? The lack of passion throughout their relationship was kind of a bummer.

    @Kim…i agree with you on that!

  • March 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    OMG, what an excellent recap of the final episode… very funny! Thanks so much!

    I’ll miss this series, but is it just me or were the leads more affectionate with their previous lovers than with each other? The lack of passion throughout their relationship was kind of a bummer.

    Thanks again, K-popped!

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks Liz for the final episode recap. I had to resort to reading this entry, then viewing online without subs.

    The final episode of Bad Love was very bland to me. It was just tying up loose ends without any “oomph” to the drama. Lee Yo-won’s In-jung didn’t look happy enough to finally be with the love of her life Yong-gi. What is that? Her deadpan look continued…even when Yong-gi couldn’t stand it any longer and showed up behind the door. He grabbed her into his embrace but she did not look too eager and did not hug back or kiss him or anything. Her acting was just too bland.

    Little Miso was the star of this episode. She’s just so cute!

  • March 12, 2008 at 10:32 am

    herm. the last episode wasn’t that interesting to me! No offense, but it was dull to me :sweat: hehe. but overall, sometimes the drama gave me the chill too on previous episodes. 🙂 ahh. Now, I don’t know what to watch on TV. I didn’t follow Hong Gil Dong from the beginning, huhu =(.

  • March 12, 2008 at 9:51 am

    thank you K-popped! for these recaps.. i love both leads in the series. the show didnt rate well in Korea but i guess it’s a feast for ksw and lyw fans..

    again thank you and more power to this wonderful blog… (n___n)

  • March 12, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Love K-popped! I’m sad Bad Love is over. Can anyone tell me why fingers are not interlinked when holding hands? Oppa needs to do more butt exercises. It’s too flat!!

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