MBC’s “When I Was The Most Beautiful” has finally concluded its run to overwhelmingly negative reactions from the fans who stuck around to see if the main couple would end up together.
“When I Was The Most Beautiful” ending saddened fans, and although, most who stuck around could see this coming miles away, it was still a blow to those who wished there would be a silver lining to the main tortured characters.
Today we’re here to quickly recap “When I Was The Most Beautiful” episode 16, the below recap is of the finale highlights, it’s not a detailed recap.
The quick Recap
Hwan asks Ye Ji if she’s ever liked him or likes him, she tells him that she can never answer such a question. She leaves to pack her bags and say goodbye to everyone before leaving the house once and for all.
She says goodbye to her father-in-law and the rest of the neighbors who were with her, she also says goodbye to Jin who at first refuses to say goodbye but gets up on his feet to say goodbye, he admits he’s going to regret not coming back after the accident and not contacting her for the rest of his life. They hug one last time and Jin sees her back as she’s leaving, he collapses on the floor crying while his father comforts him.
Ye Ji’s mother meets with Jin’s mother, Jin’s mother attempts to convince Ye Ji’s mother not to let her daughter get a divorce from Jin because people already assume she fell in love with her brother-in-law and this will taint her reputation.
Ye Ji’s mother is shocked, she leaves to ask her daughter if it’s true, Ye Ji talks about relying on Hwan when things were rough, she knows he had sincere feelings towards her and says,
“I regret getting married, but I was so desperate. I wanted a home, a family and Jin relentlessly tried to win my heart. I was sick and tired of being alone.”
She admits she developed feelings for Hwan and wavered. She tells her mom, “me and him, mom, we have the same soul.” She talks about how he understood her when she was confused and unable to express her emotions.
Hwan leaves his company while his friend Amber handles the last project, Hwan finds out that Ye Ji has left for good; he goes to see her and offer her plane tickets so they could leave for the U.S and be together. Ye Ji’s mother tells her daughter to leave with Hwan if she wants and to live the life she wants.
After giving it some thought, they meet and Ye Ji rejects his offer, she tells him that he’ll live miserably if they were to leave together, he’d lose his family and she doesn’t want that for him. He tries to hold on to her but she refuses, she hugs him and they cry together.
While Hwan is on his way to the airport, his mother calls him to let him know that his brother had collapsed, his plans gets cancelled for that reason and he decides to stay.
After rejecting Hwan, Ye Ji goes to her mother to ask her to be with her and for them to live with each other once again.
Jin and Hwan begin to sort of patch their relationship and forgive each other; their brotherly bond seems to be returning to somewhat normal.
After Carry leaves prison, she’s doing an interview, when the potential employer asks her why she left out that she’s been to prison; she says realized that many women go there because of men and to her she was ‘simply in love.’
Some time has passed; both brothers learn that the mother and Ye Ji left together. Hwan is still curious about whether Ye Ji is doing well so he seeks her friend, she tells him where she is. They meet at the island where she resides with her mother.
After conversing for a short time and checking up on each other, Hwan tells her he’s moving to an island near Bali soon to work on a small hotel project, as he’s about to leave, Ye Ji asks him to stay with her and spend the day together.
They eat together and ride a bicycle together and eventually stay at an inn. At the inn, she tells him, ‘I love you, I wanted to say even if it was at least once.’
Ye Ji tells him she doesn’t expect him to reply but she wanted to tell him that even if it was only once. He thanks her for saying this with tears in his eyes.
Eventually, they don’t even kiss or do anything and Ye Ji leaves first thing in the morning.
Jin starts talking voiceover about how his life has been going well, he’s left with the feeling of longing but can’t tell if its good or bad. He’s now using crutches and seems to be able to walk a lot better.
Hwan and Jin parents seem to be patching their relationship and spend more time together.
Hwan says he doesn’t know how to end this love because he never really started it [in voiceover]. He wishes her happiness and that she’ll remember him.
Ye Ji says [in voiceover] that she’s now happier and can sleep in the darkness knowing it will go away tomorrow. Despite knowing hardships lie ahead of her, she’s happy knowing that she was once loved.
Fans are upset and angry that the drama couldn’t give Jin and Ye Ji a happy ending despite the hardships they had gone through together. Many fans expressed their disappointment with the writer of “When I Was The Most Beautiful.”
What did you think of “When I Was The Most Beautiful” ending? Did you like it or not?
I am gonna be honest with you, I didn’t hate “When I Was The Most Beautiful” ending, I kinda saw that coming and if you’ve likely seen at least 4 episodes you could tell already that the ending wasn’t going to be what you expect.
Dare I say I actually like the ending? I think it was the most logical ending for this drama considering how the entire topic remains pretty disgusting the more you look at it.
Ye Ji was right, being with him will bring him misery. It ain’t worth it to lose your family just to be with your brother’s ex-wife. I saw comments of people getting upset because they thought they should end up together, I don’t know if I should be worried or brush it off. How would this ever be acceptable? And why do you think it’s okay?
I’d like to believe that fans were just too invested in the story and wanted the leads to end up together so badly hence the worrisome comments saying ‘it’s okay to be together.’
The topic itself is very difficult to navigate which is why I am left with one question, ‘why?’ why was “When I Was The Most Beautiful” made to begin with? I don’t understand how the writer thought they could navigate this premise fairly well considering how most normal human beings would find it disgusting and immoral.
Making the plot revolve around the idea of two brothers fighting for the same woman and for one brother to still harbor feelings for his older brother’s wife is simply unacceptable and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even though we know the circumstances and what led to each character decision, it still doesn’t make it okay or palatable.
MBC has had very few if at all any memorable dramas this year (talking about short kdramas 16 episodes or less). I don’t understand what they’re aiming for by okaying such a project to begin with. What exactly was the aim of this drama?
I am not like a good portion of kdrama fans, meaning I don’t demand a happy ending all the time, if a sad ending is more befitting then so be it, my issue isn’t “When I Was The Most Beautiful” ending but the entire idea.
Every actor did their best until the very last scene and I am so proud of all of them. Next time, I pray to God Jisoo picks a better project. He recently signed to a big actors’ agency so I am hoping his choices in dramas get better. He has about a year left before he must enlist in the military and yet his most memorable last role was in “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.”
What saddens me is that he’s so talented and has the potential to hit it big but his choices need to get better. Even if he’ll play the second lead again, he should pick a project that’ll benefit his career.