Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cheer Up! Episode 12 (Finale)

Hello dear friends and future friends! We've come to our last Cheer Up! post. I know, I know, I'm sad too but I'll be back creating memes and giving recaps for more dramas before you know it. So without further delay let me give a recap of this final episode.

When we last left off Yeol had confronted Ha Joon about quitting the cheerleading team, accusing him of quitting because of Yeon Doo. Ha Joon lies and says that he's right. Even though he likes Yeon Doo he's only quitting to save the cheerleading team from his father.

After his row with Yeol, Ha Joon goes off and punches a mirror. Yeon Doo finds him and is concerned about his hand, which just makes things harder for Ha Joon. He keeps trying to forget her, but she keeps being sweet to him. Yeol can't stand things being weird between him and Ha Joon so the next day he goes and finds him and tells him that he's just as important to him as Yeon Doo is and Ha Joon tells her that he'll get over Yeon Doo. 

Soo Ah's mom comes to visit her at school and instead of giving into her manipulation, Soo Ah tells her things are going well in her life and to essentially butt out. But her mom was actually there to see the principal as the two of them both are under investigation by the education office. The other moms teamed up against them and verified that they were spec-stacking. 

As a result of this, the education office decides to disband the cheer team, which they only learn about by an announcement posted in the common room. The coach and Teacher Yang are furious. They go to the principal's office to beg her to save the cheer club only to learn she's been fired and her wormy butt-kisser has become interim principal, but there's nothing that either of them can do. 

Because the cheerleading team is being disbanded, it also means that the Coach has been fired. The cheer team is sad to see her go. Through the time they spent together, it was her that was intrumental in turning them from a bunch of trouble-making misfits to a group of friends, but she leaves with a smile on her face and tells them how proud of them she is. 

Ha Joon finds out that even though he quit the cheer club, they were still disbanded and he is furious with his dad. He goes to confront his dad, but his dad just scoffs at him and tells him that it was for his own good.

Yeon Doo knows that everyone expects her to have the right answer, but she doesn't. She's followed her heart up until this point, but there is no clear path for their group to take this time.

The group all discuss how even though they were forced to do cheerleading at first, they grew to love it and more importantly each other. They still want to do the cheer competition, but know that they would be risking getting in a lot of trouble if they did.

As always Teacher Yang offers some wise advice to his students, knowing how much distress they're going through. 

To prevent Ha Joon from causing trouble, his dad has locked him in his room at home.  Yeol goes to check on Ha Joon and can tell that something strange is going on.

Not only does Yeol not buy it, but he also takes the time to give Ha Joon's dad a piece of his mind about how monstrous he is.

Yeon Doo has the weight of the world on her shoulders and it's Soo Ah who takes notice and takes the time to talk to her and encourage her. She tells Yeon Doo not to give up and tells her that she'll help her with whatever decision she makes.

The next day Yeon Doo assembles the cheer team and tells them that she can't make the decision for them as to whether they want to compete or not. She announces that she will be at the competition a half an hour early waiting and whoever shows up will go on stage and perform. But tells them to not judge the others if they don't show up; everyone should make their own choice and respect the others'. The thing is, if even one person doesn't show up, they can't perform.

Worried about Ha Joon and not wanting him to be left out, Yeon Doo and Yeol go and retrieve him from his apartment where he's locked in. Thanks to some quick thinking, they pull the fire alarm and the maid has no choice but to let him out. They take the opportunity and take off, but his father finds out and is there waiting when they get to the auditorium where the competition is held.  Instead of shirking away, Ha Joon stands up to his father telling him that he's going to compete whether he likes it or not. His father tries to hit him, but Ha Joon stops him. Ha Joon tells his father that he made him feel worthless and hate himself, but he's not going to let that happen anymore. That he's not going to hate himself because of his father and rather is going to start loving himself. It's quite beautiful really.

When Yeon Doo gets to the auditorium a minute after she said she was going to be there, she's disappointed that not a single member is there. That is until they all come running in. Every single one. Because she was late they thought she wasn't coming and ran around looking for her. They are all touched to see that not a single person stayed behind. They go to register only to find out that their registration was cancelled and therefore it's too late.  We think they're out of luck until the coach shows up, somehow knowing her students would be there. She gets on her knees and begs the officials to let them compete, which he seems to agree after enough begging.

It doesn't take long for the cheerleading team to realize that they are far from the best team there. There are teams that are professional level and have been competing for a long time, but it doesn't dissuade them when they remember that they came to have fun together.

They get up to perform and the sneering and whispers from the crowd are audible even on stage at the gall they have to show up after their spec-stacking scandal. But Teacher Yang who is in the crowd cheers them on at the top of their lungs and they're visibly encouraged.

They give their performance their all and put all of their heart into it and end their performance with their signature sign-message move.

Later, when the cheer team is back at school we find out that they got last place, but take it in stride.  They may have lost the competition, but what they won is so much more. Ha Joon confesses to Yeon Doo that he does like her because she noticed and cared for him when he needed it, but that he doesn't want anything from her and that she doesn't have to feel bad because he's grateful to have her in his life.

If it wasn't enough that things remained cool between Ha Joon and Yeon Doo, things with Ha Joon and Yeol are equally cool. They don't let liking the same woman come between them at all and are just as close as always.

Things end absolutely perfectly with this drama. Ha Joon's dad is investigated and gets a restraining order issued against him, Soo Ah's mom is investigated for corruption as well but she and Soo Ah become close and they learn to lean on each other in times of trouble. Wormy loses his principal position almost as soon as he gets it, which is great because he would not make a very good one. Soo Ah started stealing Yeon Doo's strawberry milk from Dong Jae- an inevitable future for those two.  Yeon Doo's mom and Yeol's dad resumed their relationship but Yeon Doo and Yeol are still together too. WHAT!?! I didn't even know that was a possibility in a Kdrama, but it makes me so happy. Yeol is trying to figure out how to get his family registration switched over to his mom's side so that he and Yeon Doo won't be related on paper. What a creative solution to allow our characters to be happy without hurting others along the way.

Most importantly, the cheer team is as close as ever. They spend all their time together be it in class or after. Essentially, they are the 13 best friends that any ever had. There could seriously not be a better ending for this band of characters that I grew to love.

Well, sadly that's where we leave Cheer Up! This will go down as one of my favorite Kdramas of all time and I don't have any regrets about the time we spent together. Fare thee well, Yeon Doo, Yeol, Ha Joon, and the rest! Any thoughts or comments on the finale? Let's hear them! In the meantime, if you want to catch up on the rest of the series, check out my Cheer Up! main page below. Until next time, friends!

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