Crash Course in Romance viewers let go of the few loopholes present in the context of disappearing characters, but the latest episode has them bashing the show for rushed writing.
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The romcom-thriller drama released its second-last episode, number 15, on March 4 amidst much anticipation. The excitement was mowed down when viewers were just 25 minutes in of the 1 hour 15 minute long episode.
The reason behind their disappointment was Ji Dong-hui (Shin Jae-ha), aka the serial killer, killing approximately four people to “protect” Choi Chi-yeol (Jung Kyung-ho) and then jumping off the hospital roof.
On South Korean online community forums and even international Twitter, viewers expressed their frustration with the easy punishment Dong-hui received for his crimes. For many, his death in a suicidal manner seemed useless after multiple episodes of buildup.
"This part has loopholes": Fans call Crash Course in Romance episode 15 disappointing after it closes off Dong-hui’s storyline
Jung Kyung-ho and Jeon Do-yeon starrer Crash Course in Romance swiftly became one of the most trending K-dramas recently. The romcom story, written by Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo-famed scriptwriter Yang Hee-seung, was quickly touted as "one of the comfort K-dramas" as it blended a refreshing romantic plotline with a thriller story.
However, things went downhill when episode 15 was released recently; as the second last episode, it showcased the final confrontation between Chi-yeol, Haeng-seon, and Dong-hui. In the same episode, Chi-yeol learnt about Dong-hui’s real identity, his obsession with him, and even caught him red-handed trying to kill Haeng-seon in the hospital.
The face-off between the two was only for a few minutes, as Dong-hui ran to the roof, had a heated discussion with Chi-yeol, and jumped off the roof as he had nothing left to “protect” anymore. Dong-hui was a wanted man who had killed at least two people that the police knew of (otherwise he had killed four).
Viewers were heavily disappointed to see Dong-hui take his own life in a matter of seconds without any guilt. As one viewer pointed out, his reveal was implied to be the "final showdown" since the show's writers and directors built a murder mystery since episode 1.
Moreover, the rest of the episode showed a time lapse where it seemed that everyone had forgotten about Dong-hui, even Chi-yeol. Fans were also frustrated by this arc, as they discussed how the former was the only real confidante of Chi-yeol but he seemed to never mention him again, excluding the days he was depressed.
Take a look at what fans had to say about episode 15 of Crash Course in Romance:
Meanwhile, as expected, episode 15 of Crash Course in Romance recorded the highest viewership ratings for the show. As per Nielsen Korea, it hit 15.5% nationwide and 18.4% Seoul-wide. It shifted the gears of the show back to a family drama from thriller, as it had another conflict to be resolved -- the return of Hae-e’s biological mother, Haeng-seon’s elder sister.
The popularity of Crash Course in Romance was also evident through Good Data Corporation’s weekly most buzzworthy drama list; the romcom ranked first in the fourth week of February, making it top the list for the seventh consecutive time.