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K-Drama Recap: “Suits” Episodes 15 & 16
Brace yourself as Suits boils down to a climactic conclusion that will throw you into a rollercoaster of emotions on its final week!
All things come to an end – and that includes the story of Yeon Woo and Kang Seok in the KBS legal drama we’ve all grown to love. After being with them as they experienced their countless trials and victories, ups and downs, friendships and betrayals, and love and heartaches, Suits takes a final bow that viewers will never forget.
Here’s a rundown of highlights from episodes 15 and 16:
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Test of Loyalty
Despite Director Ham believing that Yeon Woo is on his side, the associate goes to show where his loyalties truly lie. During a meeting with Kang and Ham’s senior partners regarding Kang Seok’s case and Geun Sik’s promotion, Yeon Woo presents the information he obtained from CEO Seo, courtesy of Director Ham.
However, things don’t end up going in the director’s way when CEO Seo confesses that it was him who promised that he would find a way for Yuno Motors to evade the law with the first case. Yeon Woo also reveals how Director Ham fooled everyone when he planted the fake memo in the firm’s storage room and blamed it on Ms. Hong. He shows a CCTV footage of how the memo ended up in the storage room through Geun Sik, who had just been promoted to a senior partner.
Geun Sik is outraged when he finds out that Director Ham used him to commit a crime without his knowledge by sliding the fake memo in the documents he put back in the storage room after briefing. With Director Ham being obviously guilty of putting the firm in danger, Ms. Kang gets a unanimous vote from the senior partners regarding Director Ham’s dismissal.
She tells him that she’s only demoting him to associate level and will leave him a generous paycheck every month thanks to his years of experience instead of fully dismissing him. However, things are not over for Director Ham as he still persists to bring Kang Seok down. He calls former prosecutor Kim and asks her why Kang Seok hired her. She plays dumb at first, but falters when he reveals the documents about her brother – the same card Kang Seok used to keep her hushed about Yeon Woo’s identity.
Messengers of Good News
After the previous tension-filled encounter during the mock trial, Yeon Woo and Kang Seok head together to Ms. Hong’s residence. She is surprised to find them in her doorstep, and is obviously tipsy as she faces Yeon Woo and Kang Seok.
Kang Seok tells her that Yeon Woo figured everything out and hands her the vacation ticket he gave to her for her birthday which she left on the office the day she got fired. She is in tears when he tells her to take a vacation for a while, and then return to the firm right after because she got her job back.
Yeon Woo leaves the two to give them space, and Kang Seok asks Ms. Hong when she developed feelings for him. She refuses to answer and Kang Seok sets off.
Meanwhile, Yeon Woo heads to the sanatorium and is taken aback when he finds Ji Na and his grandmother together. The two have obviously bonded with each other, which warmed Yeon Woo’s heart so much. He and Ji Na talk outside, and she asks him why he didn’t tell her about his plan regarding Kang Seok, Ms. Hong, and Director Ham beforehand.
Yeon Woo tells her that he kept it a secret from everyone because Director Ham has eyes everywhere and he tries to tell Ji Na about his true identity. Ji Na senses that he is still not ready to tell her, so she tells him that she understands if he wants to take his time, much to Yeon Woo’s relief.
Harbinger of Bad News
Yeon Woo walks into Ji Na’s office and backtracks when he realizes that she has a guest. Ji Na tells her it’s okay, and her guest talks to the associate for a brief moment before Ji Na makes her leave. The paralegal tells him later that her guest was her mother and the law firm Kim and Jo’s CEO.
Ji Na’s mother Ms. Jo didn’t go to the Kang and Ham office just to visit Ji Na – she also came to talk to Ms. Kang and convince her to hold a merger between Kang and Ham and Kim and Jo. Ms. Jo says that almost everyone knows that Kang and Ham is in a rough patch at the moment, and a lot of their clients had been transferring to Kim and Jo.
Kang Seok outright opposes it, and Ms. Jo tells Ms. Kang to think about it. This merger poses a problem for Kang Seok and Yeon Woo, because it will eventually lead to a restructuring that might bring Yeon Woo’s identity to light. The associate also reveals that Director Ham had come to threaten him, saying that he knows about the associate’s identity.
Kang Seok goes to Director Ham and asks him what he wants this time. The director tells him that he must get his position as the managing partner again, or else he will reveal Yeon Woo’s identity. Kang Seok figures that they must stop the merger first because it’s a bigger problem, and he enlists even Geun Sik’s help. Together with Yeon Woo and Ji Na, they try to find a way to convince everyone to put a stop to the merger.
However, Director Ham talks to Ms. Kang and convinces her to go ahead with the merger in guise of wanting to save the company. During a meeting with the firm’s senior partners, Kang Seok and Geun Sik propose to cut down the salaries of the firm’s employees to keep themselves from going bankrupt, but the other senior partners stand still. Kang Seok is shocked to hear that Ms. Kang has already planned to go ahead with the merger after Ms. Jo proposes to hold an amicable merger and make the firm Kim and Jo instead.
Shadow of Doubt
Kang Seok is flustered at Ms. Kang going back on her promise to give him some time to figure things out. He goes back to his office and finds a sullen Yeon Woo, who had been feeling guilty after Director Ham presented him with a pro-bono case regarding recruitment corruption in one company. He sadly talks to Kang Seok and during their conversation, they both find a discrepancy in the case – the firm representing the defendant. Yeon Woo tells him that the case says the firm Taeyang is handling it, but Kang Seok insists that it was Kim and Jo. The top-notch lawyer smells something fishy and meets with Attorney David Kim, who had been recently removed as a senior partner from Taeyang after the case with Yuno Motors. He reveals that there had been talks about Taeyang merging with Kim and Jo, and hands Kang Seok a USB, which passes on to Yeon Woo after.
Revelation of Secrets
Mr. Ham is seen meeting with Ms. Jo privately, and they are discussing Kang and Ham’s upcoming merger with Kim and Jo. Ms. Jo thanks him for handing her the financial report of the firm, and in return, she gives him documents for his new, already-thriving business in Los Angeles. He packs his things up in his office and looks at his copy of Yeon Woo’s records.
Just when Kang Seok tells Ms. Kang that the merger is a trap set by Director Ham, the document about Yeon Woo being a high school dropout circulates around the firm. The associate, who was just about to leave the building to go home, runs back and finds a furious Kang Seok heading to Director Ham’s office. Kang Seok goes ballistic while confronting Director Ham, who acts like a jerk the whole time. The lawyer leaves and goes back to his office, where he is confronted by Ms. Kang. She asks him if he knew all along, and he hands her his resignation letter, saying he had already prepared it the moment he hired Yeon Woo.
Harshness of Reality
Ji Na is devastated when she finds out about Yeon Woo, and she meets with him to talk. He tells her that he couldn’t bring himself to tell her even if he badly wanted to, and he puts on a tough guy act as they talk. Ji Na tells him that she’s upset not because he’s fake or that he deceived her, but because he’s still lying to her at the moment. She says she’s not ready to forgive him yet if he continues to be like that, but she promises she’d wait.
He goes to his grandma and tells her that he’s going to study abroad for the meantime and might take years for him to come back, which is obviously a lie. He breaks down in tears when she tells him how happy things have worked out for him, and she admits she had known about his situation for quite some time. Yeon Woo goes to Kang Seok after to further discuss their findings about the merger because he sincerely wants to help Kang and Ham despite everything. The associate then asks Kang Seok to take care of his grandma afterwards.
Kang Seok tries to convince the senior partners not to follow through with the merger and to acknowledge what Yeon Woo has done for the firm despite his current situation, and he comes clean about the identity of the associate he picked. He tells them that despite Yeon Woo being a fake lawyer, he had been able to save the firm twice already. The partners come to a unanimous decision to allow Kang Seok as Yeon Woo’s defense lawyer for his trial.
However, Yeon Woo had already turned himself in and he is belittled by the prosecutor during the interrogation. Prosecutor Nam tells him he’d give Yeon Woo probation if he testifies against Kang Seok and says the lawyer gave him the job, but Yeon Woo knows that doing so will put the lawyer behind bars. Geun Sik shows up as his lawyer and swears he’d get Yeon Woo out within two days.
Consequences of Action
While Yeon Woo is put in jail, Kang Seok gets called to the morgue – for Yeon Woo’s grandma has passed away. He takes care of her funeral and mourns together with Ms. Hong and Ji Na. Yeon Woo gets released eventually and heads to his grandma’s funeral right away, where Kang Seok is waiting for him.
Ms. Kang meets with Ms. Jo, and they cancel the merger after what happened. Ms. Jo goes to Ji Na’s office after, where the paralegal reconciles with her mother.
Kang Seok walks Yeon Woo back to the police station, and he tells his associate that he’ll do anything to prevent him from going to prison. He also tells Yeon Woo he’d be his lawyer, but Yeon Woo declines and tells Kang Seok not to put the firm or himself in danger just for him anymore. Yeon Woo says he’ll deal with the consequences of his action, and all Kang Seok must do is to grant his last request – which is to take in the recruitment corruption case Director Ham showed him before.
Meanwhile, Yeon Woo offers Prosecutor Nam to come into an agreement with him. The associate reveals that he was the one who took the bar exam under Prosecutor Nam’s name, and in order for him not to say anything about it, the prosecutor must promise not to touch the now Choi and Kang firm.
Ms. Kang calls Director Ham, who is just about to board his plane to Los Angeles, and tells him he’s banned from leaving the country. She says he’ll pay after his attempts to bring her firm down, and he’s definitely headed for prison.
End of Trial
Ji Na sees everyone heading out for Yeon Woo’s trial from her office, and she tries to ignore it until she sees a note Yeon Woo wrote on her law book which made her tear up. She hurriedly runs out and heads to Yeon Woo’s trial, where the prosecution asks for him to be given a sentence of three years. Kang Seok stands as his defense attorney, and he makes Yeon Woo say his final testimony instead of giving a final statement.
Yeon Woo tells the judge that he knows what he’s done wrong and therefore, he will not ask for his sentence to be lowered. The judge tells everyone that although Yeon Woo pretended to be a lawyer, he was more than capable of practicing the law and gave his best in handling the cases given to him. However, this does not make up for his violation of the law, so the court has decided to give him two years of imprisonment.
He serves his sentence wholeheartedly, and during one of Kang Seok’s visits to him inside, he asks why the lawyer chose to hire him in the first place. Kang Seok finally tells him that it’s because he’s different – he is someone who isn’t tamed yet and can’t be easily swayed. Most importantly, he says it’s because he has a heart, which everyone seems to forget to use when handling cases.
When Yeon Woo is finally released from prison, he finds Kang Seok waiting to pick him up outside and with nothing changing from their old dynamic, they head out together to a journey which they have yet to discover.
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