This is it, the final confrontation, where among other things, the full background behind Gi-tak's death is confirmed. After the rather goofy way Yeong-soo died I have to admit I never really considered the idea that Gi-tak's death was anything more complicated than what it looked like- a high speed chase gone wrong. That notion seemed bolstered by how Gi-tak himself lost interest in searching for his real killer fairly quickly. Yet in the end, Gi-tak is forced to decide whether he's willing to break the revenge rule or not.
Fortunately events immediately afterward are such that technical questions of whether or not such and such action constitutes revenge end up being a moot point. While "Please Come Back, Mister" has never been that good with the exact definition of rules, it does manage decently well with the emotional scenes, and that's exactly what we get. Both Gi-tak and Yeong-soo get strong send-offs well befitting their stated goals in afterlife. To the extent they had stated goals anyway.
Gi-tak, for example, is shown as always being this big influence from the sidelines. He's never actually cared that much about himself just so long as the people in his life have been able to get along all right, and that's the standpoint from which he leaves the story. Yeong-soo is more of a direct steadying influence, and seen from that angle, the weird sometimes creepy way he's been hitting on Da-hye does kind of make sense, even if it still probably wasn't the best use of screen time.
Even the villains mostly get off without too much hassle, the exception being the one guy who was finally outed last episode as being the one causing all the trouble. Even the Jae-hoon's weird family dynamics are exposed for the curious farce they are, and apparently from that point onward we're just supposed to hope that the real Jae-hoon, post castaway adventure, will be able to deal with any possible problems.
The sentiment in the last episode of "Please Come Back, Mister" is sweet and effective when it counts, although that alone isn't enough to save the drama from its overall tone and continuity issues. The epilogue, while cute, technically does not appear to be canonically possible in this universe anymore. Although really, trying to guess what happened to the supporting cast at all considering the big decision is difficult enough. And also, probably unwarranted.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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