SBS apologizes for using news footage of the Gwangju building collapse and the Pohang earthquake in last week’s episode.
Meanwhile, Seo Jin blames Su Ryeon for every bad thing that’s happened in her life. As the police arrive, Seo Jin grabs Su Ryeon and shakes her before she falls into water. Eun Byeol cries in agony as her mother has just potentially murdered another person.
Three days pass and Logan, the twins, Ma Ri and Jenny cry as they watch the news coverage reporting that Su Ryeon’s body has yet to be found and is most likely dead. For real.
Seo Jin has her day in court. She refuses to admit murdering Yoon Hee even as the dashcam footage is played, much to the horror of the entire courtroom. Seo Jin’s defense team maintains she has early on-set dementia.
Eun Byeol is called in and she testifies that Seo Jin is lying. It is true that she murdered Yoon Hee and she murdered Su Ryeon because she knew that. Eun Byeol says Seo Jin is even capable of lying to her own daughter.
The prosecutor asks Eun Byeol to describe what she saw the night of Su Ryeon’s fall from the cliff. Eun Byeol testifies that Seo Jin ruthlessly shoved Su Ryeon to her death.
Though the defense tries to discredit her testimony, Eun Byeol maintains that she saw it clearly with her own two eyes and that Su Ryeon did nothing to provoke her. Eun Byeol says she witnessed the exact same kind of behavior from Seo Jin when she murdered her father and Yoon Hee.
“I’ve witnessed my mother murder three times! My mom is a murderer!”
The prosecutor asks why Eun Byeol is only speaking up now. Eun Byeol says it’s because she is the root cause of all this. Seo Jin committed crimes in order to ensure her good grades, get accepted into SNU and inherit Cheong A. That’s why Eun Byeol has stayed silent. But she feels guilty and begs for forgiveness.
Seo Jin is taken aback by Eun Byeol’s words.
Eun Byeol says her mother was always nervous because she was never able to beat Rona. Now, she has decided that she wants to end it all.
Seo Jin calls out Eun Byeol’s name for the first time. Eun Byeol turns to her mother and says she can relax now. Because she will never be able to meet her expectations, she will never sing again.
Eun Byeol takes her necklace out of her shirt and tells her mother to not sin anymore because of her.
“I’ll take the punishment too.”
Eun Byeol takes the sharp pendant and slits her throat. She collapses to the floor. Seo Jin tries to run over to her.
“Mother, let’s never meet again while we’re alive.”
Seo Jin cries in agony as her profusely bleeding daughter is carried out of the courtroom, saying it was never Eun Byeol’s fault.
When the trial resumes, a convicted Seo Jin is sentenced to life in prison.
Three years later, Rona Bae has returned to Korea after she graduated Julliard early and has been working in Italy. She has been invited to accept an award and perform a special concert.
Ma Ri is working as Chairman Song’s assistant and has successfully bought several properties and will be moving into the penthouse in Cheonsoo District all while also donating to different charities. Chairman Song says Ma Ri might be the only successful member of the Hera Club in the end.
Kyu Jin is now working at a spa and is hounding a man he is scrubbing down for a five trillion won investment in his idea. The man falls unconscious and Kyu Jin carries him to the hospital where the man is saved. The man’s daughter arrives and gives Kyu Jin some sweet potatoes and homemade doenjang for his troubles.
Kyu Jin is hawking his organic Alaska ice product in the park to an interested crowd. Sang A arrives after he calls her. He offers her flowers and a reconciliation. But the police arrive to arrest Kyu Jin on fraud, but not before he steals a kiss from his ex-wife.
Elsewhere, Seok Kyung is teaching a pair of aspiring singers. Though they give her some lip at first, Seok Kyung remains calm and maintains that their parents are paying her good money to help them. Which she already has since they both won their first competitions after starting lessons with her.
After the lesson, Seok Kyung gets a message showing Seok Hoon has sent her money which she is annoyed by. Seok Kyung rushes to her second job working at a barbecue restaurant.
During work, she sees a homeless man longingly looking into the restaurant and Seok Kyung invites him in to feed him. The store owner says her kindness might get abused if she does this. But Seok Kyung says she just wanted to help. The owner tells her the man used to own a hardware store in the neighborhood, but his wife left him and he stayed with his daughter.
After his daughter died, he has been living like this. He loved her so much.
Seok Kyung buys more meat for the man who asks her if she’s eaten. The way he says this chills Seok Kyung to the bone.
Over in prison, Seo Jin’s hair is falling out so she cuts it short. She is being granted a three-day furlough, but she must check-in every three hours. The officer gives her an address for Seoeun Jeil Church in Jung-gu.
It is at this church where Eun Byeol is leading a choir in rehearsals for a charity concert in a few days. A choir member points out that the person sitting in the pews has just left, though Eun Byeol did not see her.
That person is Seo Jin who sits outside for a bit while the choir continues practicing.
Seo Jin checks in to a motel across the street from the church. She heads to the rooftop where she can still hear the singing of the choir. Her furlough officer calls to check-in and asks if Seo Jin was able to meet with her daughter to tell her. Seo Jin shakes her head no. Eun Byeol had not come to visit Seo Jin once in three years.
The officer says when it comes to laryngeal cancer, management after surgery is critical. So Seo Jin must continue taking her medicine.
Ms. Jin is working on a gift for Eun Byeol at the treatment facility from which she is being discharged soon. She has been sending gifts she has made herself in Seo Jin’s name, fearing Eun Byeol would never use them if she knew it were from her. The advisor asks Ms. Jin if she will be attending Eun Byeol’s charity concert, but Ms. Jin says she promised never to see her again. She just hopes her gifts can somehow help Eun Byeol forgive her mother.
“It’s painful to hate someone.”
Ms. Jin does not want to see Eun Byeol suffering. Anyway, she hopes to make two bags, one each for the mother and daughter before she is discharged.
Over at a fancy restaurant, Seok Hoon waits for Rona while listening to BTS on his Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. They catch up since it is Rona’s first time back in Korea in three years. She says she went to visit her mother and checked out the concert venue. Seok Hoon has also just flown in from Vienna especially as Rona asked him to be her accompanist at the concert. Rona laments not being able to see Seok Hoon when she was in Vienna since he was so busy.
Seok Hoon asks Rona what she would like to eat and she says pasta. She asks if he’s forgotten his promise to buy her pasta the night she “died.”
The server, Byung Yoon, suggests a rose pasta for them and also asks for an autograph from Rona. He’s a big fan and he’s enlisting next week so an autograph will really encourage him.
During dinner, Rona and Seok Hoon talk about returning to Italy and Austria, respectively, after the concert.
Seok Hoon gives her a doll present he bought for her from Vienna. But it actually holds a key to his place whose doors will always be open to her. He jokes that he was so sad that he wasn’t able to see her. But Rona says she specifically went to Vienna just to see him perform and had to get back for other schedules.
“I missed you, Rona.”
“Me too. I missed you too.”
Seok Hoon stands and gives Rona a kiss. She kisses him back.
It is the day of the concert. Ma Ri and Jenny meet Rona in the waiting room. Jenny will be studying in Italy next month and Ma Ri asks Rona to keep an eye on her while she’s there. Jenny says she’ll be fine with her best friend.
Ma Ri tells Rona not to book a hotel and to just stay with them at the penthouse at Simwoon Palace. Ma Ri promises to make Rona’s favorite homecooked meals.
Seok Hoon comes in and Ma Ri comments on how she wishes their mothers could see how well they’ve grown up. Jenny asks them to excuse her mother who is going through menopause.
Seok Hoon notices the blue roses among the bouquets in the room and Rona says she always receives anonymous blue roses before her performances. Seok Kyung walks in and says it was their mother’s favorite. Rona says blue roses mean “a miracle.” They all smile.
Seok Kyung says she won’t be able attend the concert as she has work, but the tickets are also expensive. Anyway, Rona invites Seok Kyung to dinner at Ma Ri and Jenny’s home. “Whatever,” Seok Kyung says as she leaves. Both Seok Hoon and Rona say they sent her a ticket, so they’re sure she will be in the audience.
Outside, Jenny asks her mother why she would bring up Su Ryeon. But Ma Ri says she feels like Su Ryeon could rise from the dead at any moment.
Just then, Min Hyuk comes in, having been discharged today. Jenny makes fun of him for having to enlist for three years instead of the usual 18 months. But Min Hyuk says he’s now more than qualified to date her. He has a present, but not for Jenny. He hands Ma Ri some presents as a thank you for helping to take care of his mother after the divorce.
Sang A comes running in and excitedly hugs her son.
The mother and daughter leave the reuniting mother and son alone. But Ma Ri suddenly sees someone who looks very familiar.
Rona meets with Logan who congratulates her on her first hometown concert. He says her mother would be so proud of her. She says she is just so happy to see him smiling as she thought he would still be sad about Su Ryeon.
At the start of concert, Rona thanks Simwoon Arts director Logan Lee for making this all possible. He dedicates Simwoon Arts Center to Min Seol A and hopes to nurture more great new talents.
Rona goes on to remember her mother whose death anniversary is today and remains an inspiration to her. Her first song is one her mother loved so much.
Everyone is in tears listening to Rona’s tribute to her mother. She receives a standing ovation and she and Seok Hoon take a bow.
One of the people in applause is…
Su Ryeon looks down at the audience. She finds her daughter Seok Kyung. Then looks up at Logan who is shocked to see her.
Meanwhile, Seo Jin goes to the church as Eun Byeol is leading the choir in another practice for their charity concert. Seo Jin smiles, but is unable to approach her daughter.
Seo Jin again goes up to the motel rooftop and watches as Eun Byeol and the choir are getting on a bus on their way to perform at a women’s penitentiary. One of the choir members asks why Eun Byeol has dressed up so nicely and she replies that there’s someone there that is very hard to please. Eun Byeol adds that she has not seen this person in three years.
When Eun Byeol turns to look up at the motel, Seo Jin collapses out of sight. The bus leaves.
Seo Jin has dropped a bottle of pills and a note for Eun Byeol.
The note has Seo Jin apologizing and saying she won’t burden Eun Byeol any longer, wishing she lives a happy life and not to live like her. “I love you.”
Logan leaves the concert early and waits outside where he is in disbelief that Su Ryeon drives up in a fancy sportscar. She invites him in and they speed off.
Rewind to three years ago. Yoon Cheol’s final wish is for Su Ryeon to find a way to have Seo Jin live, at least as Eun Byeol’s mother. Yoon Cheol feels guilty for Seo Jin having met someone like him.
“I will pay for everything she did.”
Later, Su Ryeon tells Logan about also feeling guilty. If she hadn’t started her quest for revenge, Yoon Hee and Yoon Cheol would still be alive. And children wouldn’t have lost their parents. Logan says it is not her fault at all.
Su Ryeon says she wasn’t completely human either. But Logan says once they’re done, they can leave together. No matter where that might be, they will be together.
Setting their plan in motion for the night, Logan gives Su Ryeon a special life jacket and GPS tracker just in case she falls into the water. No matter what, she will be found. Su Ryeon thanks him and they separate as Logan goes to pick up Eun Byeol.
“Wherever you are, I’m always with you.”
Logan gives Su Ryeon a ring and says he always has her back. He leaves and Su Ryeon cries.
At the cliffs, Secretary Hong tells Logan that the GPS tracker is not working and they cannot locate Su Ryeon. Logan cannot believe it.
On the third night of the search, Logan goes to Su Ryeon’s hotel room and finds the ring he gave her and the unused life jacket and GPS tracker.
Logan hurries to the lake where Su Ryeon’s body is supposedly found. He lifts the covers and it is indeed her cold, dead body.
Turns out it was Su Ryeon who grabbed Seo Jin and pulled her to the cliff’s edge just as the police arrived and could witness the whole thing. Su Ryeon threw herself into the water.
As she floats down to the bottom of the lake, Su Ryeon remembers all the lives that have been lost. She believes Seol A brought Logan to her. But she also remembers Na Ae Gyo, Yoon Hee and Yoon Cheol whom she hopes to meet in the afterlife to apologize to them.
“I don’t think we died in vain.”
Su Ryeon thanks Logan for keeping his promise to Seol A to make her happy. Thanks to him, she was able to live a happy life.
A memorial service is held on the cliff’s edge where a memorial for both Yoon Hee and Su Ryeon is built. Eun Byeol offers flowers and an apology, while Seok Kyung has also left a letter asking to relay an apology to Seol A.
Fast forward to 2026. When Rona visited with Logan earlier, it was with his portrait and a memorial at the concert hall showing he died on July 24, 2026.
Turns out his bone marrow cancer had returned. Ma Ri and Sang A talk about how he kept it a secret from his family and gave up on treatment. He had been so down since Su Ryeon’s death.
But he still helped Rona prepare for this concert.
Ma Ri tells Sang A that she feels like it was Seol A who called them up to heaven.
Su Ryeon drives Logan to a beautiful landscape. Their hands are tied by a red string. And the newly reunited couple walk toward the light. Su Ryeon brings him to meet some people who are excited to see him.
So, I know many people are going to absolutely hate this finale because most people want the beautiful, no loose ends ending. But I honestly thought this was a great finale. I had wondered what kinds of explosive twists would happen in this final episode after they seemingly exhausted all the shocks in Episodes 12 and 13. But it turns out, it wouldn’t be explosive shockers, but actually emotional ones.
This episode certainly wrapped some loose ends (left others wide open) and worked to do so in a way that was like the calm after the storm. And they still managed to include a pretty unexpected twist. Maybe one of the biggest twists of the entire series.
And that twist being that there actually was no twist. Su Ryeon did indeed die. And she committed suicide at that. When Su Ryeon’s ghost first appeared in the audience, I was ready to accept that it was her plan to just get Seo Jin convicted and she’s been in hiding all this time.
But at the same time, framing Seo Jin and then turning up alive would negate everything and Seo Jin would just walk free. So sacrificing herself would at least bring justice for Yoon Hee’s death.
And again, Yoon Hee’s death is probably the biggest shock for me in season three, if not the entire series. I still cannot believe they actually killed her off that soon. At the time, it wasn’t shocking because we knew, as loyal viewers of Penthouse, that she would most likely end up alive sooner or later. But when the episodes flew by with no Yoon Hee resurrection, it really got me so confused and surprised.
Really, my main thought was that Eugene is one of the three lead actresses of the series. And Yoon Hee is obviously one of the biggest drivers of story. So I didn’t think her relevance to the story would just end there. But it kinda did. It’s really fascinating to look back and process that moment.
At the same time though, without Yoon Hee’s death, there’s no reason for Seo Jin to go to jail. No evidence for any of her other crimes. So it would seem like they needed to kill Yoon Hee to justify Seo Jin’s ultimate karma. Which is kind of refreshing (?) when other shows try to justify a character’s misdeeds in an effort to redeem them in the end.
Su Ryeon’s suicide also works in a narrative sense in a way that is typical of most revenge dramas. When one is consumed with revenge, they end up doing questionable and evil things themselves. And doing those things can take a toll on that person quite profoundly. Many dramas have seen protagonists seeking revenge descend into the depths themselves and turning into what they are fighting against.
Su Ryeon said as much to Logan and that likely led to her decision to sacrifice herself in order to bring Seo Jin to justice and to end this cycle of death and abuse once and for all.
With Seo Jin, I thought her suffering from laryngeal cancer (which has been foreshadowed long ago) is quite the karma for her. Though I thought she would suffer a bit more rather than also commit suicide. And I also thought she was going to jump from that “Trip to Paradise” rooftop as well.
But backing up a bit, my first tears during this episode came when Eun Byeol slit her throat. Little did I know it would be the first of several suicide attempts this episode. But I feel like the build up to that moment was just pitch perfect. It encapsulates the heavy, emotional burden the show has put everyone through for three seasons.
Though I knew it was coming as soon as Eun Byeol said she would end it all, the emotions running through that scene are a perfect way to cap that thread of Penthouse. The greed and selfishness that engulfed most of the characters encapsulated in that moment where both Eun Byeol and Seo Jin finally realized their sins. The last of the characters who needed to do so.
But again, I think it was a necessary moment to help further Seo Jin’s road to her own death. Seo Jin has continued to act like the devil because of her need and want for Eun Byeol to succeed. But now, Seo Jin finally sees that what she had been doing has actually harmed Eun Byeol the most. And it was time for it to end.
In the end, Seo Jin died alone on a rooftop. And will certainly not be invited to Su Ryeon’s heaven penthouse anytime soon.
And speaking of, the Logan fakeout was nicely done. Though it would’ve gone a long way to show him suffering emotionally a bit more over the three years, him getting picked up by Su Ryeon was pretty good. The kind of cool, character-specific heaven transport that you see in many a drama as well.
Logan essentially giving up on life and accepting his fate when his cancer relapsed also fits with his character. He loved Su Ryeon and the show made it painfully obvious with that red string scene. They were destined. And he could not wait to be with her. He did say during their last living moments together that they would be together forever, whether it be heaven or hell. And that ended up being the case.
Elsewhere, we got neat little bows for Seok Hoon and Rona. And even Jenny and Min Hyuk. It was nice to see Kyu Jin heading back to jail (deserved!). Ma Ri being successful. Ms. Jin recovered. And Seok Kyung working hard on her own.
BUT! While watching the episode, I didn’t even take a second look at the homeless man Seok Kyung fed being Dan Tae. Like, at most, I thought he just reminded her of him. And while the man was apparently played by Uhm Ki Joon, I will just believe that it was not Dan Tae. Some people are saying it’s seed planting for season four (which I don’t think will happen). And while I don’t think Dan Tae surviving is completely impossible, I think keeping it a mystery forever is more in line with what this finale overall was striving for. And I think succeeded in doing so.
This episode was uncharacteristically character-driven for Penthouse. But much of it worked because of the wild ride we have all experienced for three years. The soapy shocks and awes coupled with legitimately interesting characters (whether you loved them or hated them) helped to make this an emotionally affecting finale.
I came into Penthouse after season one had wrapped. Seeing all the comments and tweets and TikToks about the show intrigued me. So my family and I caught up with season one before the start of season two.
We had lots of fun watching the show. It was just great, mindless fun. A typical soap opera. And after years of Filipino soap operas just not cutting it and even more years removed from American soaps like Days of our Lives, getting engrossed by an over the top soap opera like Penthouse was welcome.
This wasn’t your typical healing drama. Or family drama. Or romcom. Or fantasy series. It was pure soapy goodness and you just needed to hop along for the ride.
If you want more of this torture and suffering, watch Korean daily dramas. Though they don’t have the budget Penthouse had, they feature much of the same stories and characters that keep you hooked (as well as frustrated, upset and relieved too lol).
But it’s that crazy ride that keeps you coming back for more. Penthouse wasn’t so much a groundbreaking series as it was one that tapped into what the audience has been missing out on in recent years. You didn’t see something like Penthouse often. Other (popular) heavy dramas over the last few years either focused on school-related issues or adultery. Penthouse took all of that and then some to form this complete narrative package.
And when you couple that with a strong, charismatic and charming cast as well as high production values, you’re going to get a winner.
This last year with Penthouse has been one helluva ride. Best drama ever? Goodness no. Was it exhausting, crazy, enjoyable, exciting, upsetting and fun? Absolutely. And I don’t regret getting sucked in one bit.