BY Adrienne Stanley | Nov 06, 2015 10:35 AM EST
The penultimate episode of "She Was Pretty" concluded with several surprises and a heartfelt proposal, which increased ratings for the program.
According to Nielsen Korea, the 15th episode of "She Was Pretty" recorded 16.9 percent in nationwide viewership. This reflected an increase of 1 percent from the previous episode.
"She Was Pretty" broke from the K-Drama canon, where a cleaned up and polished Kim Shin Hyuk (Super Junior's Choi Siwon) would use his transformation to announce that he was the undercover conglomerate heir to the company that presided over the Most. Instead, Shin Hyuk remade his image to reveal his identity as the reclusive author, Ten.
Shin Hyuk offered Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) the opportunity to run an exclusive interview, but Sung Joon was reluctant, due to the moral complexity of publishing the story at the expense of his privacy. However, Shin Hyuk authored his own interview, providing the Most with a much-needed boost to reclaim their top spot as the leading Korean fashion magazine.
Kim Poong Ho (Ahn Se Ha) stunned his co-workers at the Most, as the nephew of Kim Ra Ra (Hwang Seok Jeong) and the incoming vice-president of the conglomerate which owned the Most.
Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) was disappointed to learn that Shin Hyuk had chosen to depart from the Most after revealing that he was the acclaimed author. This was a minor point in her character arch, which was highlighted by the hilarious, yet romantic marriage proposal that was mutually orchestrated by her and Sung Joon.
"She Was Pretty" stayed true to its empowering message, as Hye Jin postponed her nuptials to pursue a desirable opportunity as a writer in a children's literature co-op.
Her best friend, Min Ha Ri (Go Joon Hee), is also on the path to a happy ending, after formally deciding to embark on a career as an hotelier.
Meanwhile, the KBS2 program, "The Merchant Gaekju 2015" recorded 10.2 percent in viewership. SBS' murder mystery romp, "The Village: Achiara's Secret" received 5.4 percent in viewership.
Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor at KDramaStars. She is also a contributing music writer at KpopStarz, MTV Iggy and other publications. When she is not listening to "Rhythm Ta," she can be found on Twitter. (@retrogirladdy).
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