Extraordinary Attorney Woo – K-Drama Episode 16 Recap, Review & Ending Explained

Though Unusual and Peculiar

Who is Tae Su-Mi’s son?

Episode 16 of Extraordinary Attorney Woo starts with a slightly different change of pace. We follow Tae Su-Mi’s son, Sang-Hyeon, who’s somewhat of a genius. He’s won awards for Cybersecurity, he has numerous solved Rubik’s Cubes across his shelves and his favourite food is also gimbap.

While he eats, Sang-Hyeon overhears the Raon case on TV, including how In-Cheol (the CEO) is still unconscious.

As his mother watches, Sang-Hyeon steps up and admits he’s responsible for the hack. Su-Mi implores him not to say anything and to keep all of this a secret between them. Su-Mi is desperate to get the Ministry position and demands he not turn himself in. However, Sang-Hyeon throws a curveball when he mentions Young-Woo.

At Hanbada, Jang is still in charge but he reprimands Min-Woo, Su-Yeon and Young-Woo for their part to play in the Raon case. It’s still not over yet, despite winning the first trial, and CEO Han actually jumps in to be part of their group too.

What happens to Raon?

At the same time, it’s all change over at Raon as a new CEO in Mr Kim Chan-Hong is brought forward in In-Cheol’s absence.

Speaking of absence, Su-Yeon and Mon-Wo show up to meet Myeong-Seok in hospital. He has a facemask on but he seems to be healing up. Apparently the surgery went well and he’s been taking better care of himself for his ex-wife, who shows up prompting the lawyers to leave.

Ji-Su and Myeong-Seok talk, with the latter seriously contemplating quitting Hanbada for her in order so they can have a relationship. According to Ji-Su, this is the only solution so they can be together without work getting in the way.

Does Min-Woo betray Young-Woo?

Meanwhile, Min-Woo meets with Su-Mi and feeds back what’s been going on with Young-Woo. He brings up her failed relationship and admits now’s a good time to take her down.

Min-Woo is not the one to do it though. He’s had a change of heart and decided to start living like a fool instead. Of course, this ties back into Su-Yeon and her words last chapter.

That night, a representative from Taesan Law Firm stops by and give Young-Woo a brochure with a promotion to Taesan Office on, including a professional counsellor all paid for, along with double her current salary. Jun-Ho listens to all of this and he’s shocked, eventually deciding not to follow through with his confession of love.

Inside, Young-Woo speaks to her father, who admits that her parentage is going to be made public and this is basically Su-Mi’s way of trying to get rid of her.

When Young-Woo drops the brochure on the table, Gwang-Ho already knows about this of course and believes leaving for the States is in Young-Woo’s best interest. But what does she actually want to do? Young-Woo certainly doesn’t understand why she needs to hide right now, that’s for sure.

What happens with Sang-Hyeon’s confession?

At Hanbada, Sang-Hyeon appears and admits to his big sister that he’s the one who hacked into Raon. He also brings up that a guy called Chan-Hong was the one who hired him to do this and steal the files. Chan-Hong wanted to remind In-Cheol of the “developer spirit”, given he had turned too far into a businessman instead.

Chan-Hong’s thinking is that he wanted to use this attack as a way of convincing his colleague to invest more in security. Sang-Hyeon made it seem like North Korea were the culprits through some well-placed red herrings. The reason he’s coming clean now though is because In-Cheol is in hospital and got hurt.

The thing is, if Young-Woo comes clean with this, then it’s against her own client’s interest leaving her in somewhat of dilemma.

Either way, Su-Mi’s son does record a video of his confession about the hack, just in case Hanbada decide to use this. CEO Han wants to use this as leverage against Su-Mi, stopping her getting to the position of Minister. As Han claims that it’s like “killing two birds with one stone”, Young-Woo suddenly gets a lightbulb moment once more.

How does Young-Woo resolve the case?

Young-Woo determines that as Sang-Hyeon gave the personal date he stole to Mr Kim, he encrypted the whole thing so nobody could actually access the personal data. This means the damage due to personal data breach hasn’t occurred yet.

Young-Woo echoes these same sentiments in court, as a video is played just to those involved to show Mr Kim is the one who organized the hack. Not only that, but the Board of Directors decide to cover the whole thing up and play damage control, dismissing Chan-Hong from the board of directors.

However, a recovering In-Cheol decides to go one step further and actually take legal action against Chan-Hong. Despite all of this, the defendants and the Judge decide not to use this video as evidence after all.

Through all of this, Sang-Hyeon messages Young-Woo and confirms he won’t be testifying as he’s moving to the US. This is obviously Su-Mi’s doing. CEO Han believes the workaround for this is to leak the video anyway and try to win the approval of the public.

How does Young-Woo convince Tae Su-Mi to let the evidence stand?

Young-Woo is against this, given it’s going to cause San-Hyeon to be vilified. Instead, Young-Woo decides to take matters into her own hands and convince Su-Mi herself, meeting her at Taesan Law Firm.

On the way there though, Jun-Ho speaks his piece and talks about why he likes being with her and all the things he’s grateful for. From the twinkle in her eyes to holding Young-Woo tight; these things make Jun-Ho happy. He also urges her not to break up. And as a result, Young-Woo tells him she agrees, and thinks they shouldn’t break up after all.

Young-Woo confronts her mum and tells Su-Mi that she likens herself to a narwhal. She sees herself as a valuable, rare and beautiful commodity, wanting Su-Mi to see those same values and do what’s right. She pleads with Su-Mi to be a good mother to Sang-Hyeon, making up for what she didn’t do with her and actually reprimand Sang-Hyeon properly, letting him come clean with the video. It’s a big moment, even for Young-Woo, who starts crying after such an emotional meeting.

Is the Taon case wrapped up?

This meeting does the trick and Sang-Hyeon is allowed to testify. There are terms, of course, and one of those comes from the fact Young-Woo is the one who has to question Sang-Hyeon. Young-Woo does just this, questioning Sang-Hyeon in court. He’s pretty forthcoming and even apologizes to Raon for what he’s done. Tae Su-Mi is in attendance too and she silently watches on while her son is questioned.

Tae Su-Mi steps up in front of the media and tells them all she’s sorry for what her son has done, and even stepping down from the Minister of Justice position. Han gets her way but at the same time, Su-Mi learns some humility and will hopefully double down on actually being there for her son now.

With the case resolved, all our characters gather together for food and to celebrate. A recovered Myeong-Seok shows up with Ji-Su and he’s asked whether he’ll return. He tries to wink at Young-Woo, insinuating he will be coming back, but she doesn’t get the hint so Myeong-Seok sticks with a “maybe” for now!

How does Extraordinary Attorney Woo end?

The next day, Young-Woo learns that she’s been given a full time contract at Hanbada. Her father is unbelievably proud of her and watches as she leaves for the law-firm. “My daughter’s all grown up” Gwang-Ho says proudly.

As for Young-Woo, she heads back on the subway once more, in a lovely throwback to episode 1 when she saw that whale pass by the train outside. As she skips into work, Young-Woo greets Jun-Ho and admits she’s feeling a sense of fulfilment.

The Episode Review

So Extraordinary Attorney Woo bows out with a pretty good final episode, one that wraps up most of the big plot points while brushing over others so it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but is certainly more positive than negative.

Min-Woo’s character has been pretty poorly handled and by the end, he almost gets a redemption but I would have liked to see some resolution with his actual career. Even one scene (unless I missed something obviously, in which case comment below!) to show him getting a contract at Hanbada would have sufficed.

Jun-Ho’s character is also another that hasn’t had a whole lot of depth, but beyond that everyone else has had a really solid arc.

The rest of the show has been pretty well written and the cases themselves have certainly been one of the better parts of this series. There’s a consistent effort across the board to bring this back to the slice of life drama that made the early parts of this so endearing, and that’s what we get through this final chapter.

With an extended run-time at 1 hour 22 minutes, Extraordinary Attorney Woo does well to bring everything back around, with that visual of Young-Woo riding the subway and seeing the whales outside. Whether there will be a second season or not is left up for debate, but one thing’s for sure – this has been a wild rollercoaster ride of a K-drama over the weeks!

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11 thoughts on “Extraordinary Attorney Woo – K-Drama Episode 16 Recap, Review & Ending Explained”

  1. Renden,

    Jun-Ho uses the phrase about unrequited love (as in with a cat), because cats are known to allow affection from their human only when they want it. If the cat isn’t in the mood for affection, it will do anything necessary to get away from whoever is trying to give it to them, like they are being “smothered”. As the mother of an autistic child, I can tell you that it can feel like your autistic child does not want to be touched in any way, even as a simple loving parental gesture, like a hug, or a pat on the hand. Holding their hands in places where they need immediate and constant supervision, can cause them to react like you’re forcing them to hold a snake. So, it does sometimes feel like we love someone who doesn’t love us. However, we know it’s not true. The do come to us for affection when they want it, much like cats do.

  2. Magical relationship evolved between the leads. I could physically feel their emotions. Cases were interesting and informative. Graphics were great, beautiful !! English dubbing was great, especially for those who can’t speed read captions. Voices were a good match, especially for Jun-ho. Kang Tae-ho is massively impressive with his warm, sincere smile, caring facial expressions, and his strong physique. This is the best series I have ever seen, and the only time I have ever commented publicly. LOVED the integrity of the characters and the comradely of the team. Great “clean” programming. THANKS

  3. A note to the recapper. For someone from the West keeping all the Korean names clear in one’s head – beyond the 3-4 most important one, is fairly difficult. More so, when the family name comes first. It would’ve been great (note for future seasons) to more often add to the name who you are talking about – like girlfriend, father, mother, uncle, brother of the neighbor etc. Makes it easier to read when one does read to catch up on an episode without watching it.

  4. Best Series, all around, I have seen!!! Amazing acting, legal issues
    Show of humanities true nature, both hideous and amazingly wonderful! Tried watching it with English voice overs, much lacking! Went back to original Korean with English subtitles. The actors that dub over are NOT near the quality of the original cast so I just learned to read a bit faster than normal!
    LOVE THIS ! So hoping for a season 2 of the same quality!!!

  5. Love this series. It has me crying, laughing and feeling angry at times at those who mistreated Young-Woo. Good story lines. Hopefully there will be a season 2!!!

  6. Excellent show, well done. Actress playing Woo-Young-Woo is superb. unfortunately the translation on episode 16 either lagged or was missing. sad about that. will watch again in few weeks to see if it was my connections fault or something else.

  7. Will someone please translate the Korean for Jun-Hos confession to why he thinks his relationship is ” unrequited like a cat”? This cannot be true!! Everyone is entitled to be loved back, & for such a kind and popular guy, I can’t believe that would be ok with him! There must be something in the language I missed! Thanks!

  8. I love this show, however I would like for it to be spoken in English instead of writing dialog. I still loved it!! Good story writing.

  9. This has been the most emotional series I’ve watched. I cried, laughed, loved, got angry, forgiving and fulfilled. Overall, I found the quality of acting, production, presentation and skill amazingly extraordinary too. Congratulations and gratitude for a brilliant show and wonderful way you handled autism in such a compassionate and down to earth way bringing a tactful yet powerful awareness to us as viewers. Thank you. Thank you.

  10. True! I agree. Usually, there’s a small depression that follows whenever a great story (or kdramas, in this case) reaches its finale. But with this one, I feel like Woo Young’s feeling of fulfillment is rubbing me off too when I watched the ending.

    It’s been a thrilling roller-coaster ride!

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