‘Thirty Nine’ Season 1: Ending, Explained – Chan Young’s Warm Goodbye

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Chan Young’s parents have started living with her to spend their remaining time with their only daughter. In the previous episode of “Thirty Nine,” Jin Seok’s wife agreed to divorce him, considering Chan Young’s situation. He can now love Chan Young without feeling guilty about letting down his family. Mi Jo had a disappointing revelation about her biological mother that she wished never happened. In the final episodes of “Thirty Nine,” Chan Young and her loved ones are seen living with fear and anxiety of waking up to the news of Chan Young’s death any day.


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Mi Jo Cuts Ties With Her Real Mother

After Mi Jo met her birth mother in prison, her mother began sending her creditors to Mi Jo to make her pay the debt. When Mi Jo tells her adoptive mother this, she finds out that her mom and dad have been sending money to her birth mother for the past nine years. Mi Jo visits her birth mother at the prison again, for the last time. When Mi Jo tells her that she will not keep any contact with her anymore, her mother replies that it is a child’s responsibility to look after their parents.

Mi Jo gets frustrated and resorts to saying that no parent should abandon their child. Before Mi Jo was adopted by her current family, she was disowned by two families because she was always scared and didn’t talk at all. She met a good family, fortunately, and they raised her like their own child. She could become a doctor thanks to them. She doesn’t need to care about her biological mother because she never cared about her. Mi Jo feels grateful to have got such a caring family because she wouldn’t be living a good life if she was with her biological mother.

Chan Young’s condition has been worsening as the days pass by. She can not live without taking painkillers every day. She had been living optimistically until now, but depression has been taking over her day by day. She lies in her bed all day and refuses to meet anyone or go out of the house. She has a lot of thoughts going on in her mind. She has registered herself in a columbarium and has also gotten her funeral picture clicked. Mi Jo forces her out of the house and takes her for a drive at night. Chan Young tells Mi Jo about all of her worries and her desire to do something for her parents before dying.

Joo Hee helps Chan Young with clicking some natural and happy pictures of her because she doesn’t like the one she got clicked in the studio. She doesn’t want her funeral picture to be the one that she doesn’t like. Chan Young wants to renovate her parent’s restaurant, and Mi Jo, Joo Hee, Jin Seok, Seon Woo, and Hyun Joon help her out. They spend a memorable time together working, eating, and singing songs together like a weekend trip. They create memories to hold on to forever.


A Special Brunch Party For Chan Young

Chan Young’s days are numbered, but as she nears the end, the situation becomes scarier than she expected. She knew she would be in pain but didn’t know how much of it she would have to go through. She gets hospitalized with painful cries. The doctor suggests that she stay in the hospital in case it happens again, but that’s the last thing Chan Young wants to do, literally. She has been recovering in the hospital, but it is suffocating her, and she cannot sleep. While taking a walk, she goes inside a funeral hall, and seeing it makes her wonder what her funeral would look like.

After registering her own funeral spot and taking her own funeral picture, Chan Young has made a list of people that she wants to invite to her funeral. She doesn’t want everyone in her contact book to know about her death. She wants a cozy funeral even though she won’t be there to see it. Her friends and family are frustrated by her behavior like this, but they cannot show it. It hurts them when Chan Young spends her time preparing for her death rituals when she should be doing fun things, enjoying life, and smiling.

She has given the list of people to Mi Jo and wants her to take the responsibility of calling them to her funeral. Mi Jo cannot bear Chan Young’s negative approach anymore and decides to hold a party for her. Mi Jo and Joo Hee call all the people on the list and invite them to a brunch party. Chan Young has no idea about it. She goes out on a brunch date with Jin Seok and is surprised to see all the precious people in her life together. A person meets many people in life, but only some of them leave a mark. At the end of one’s life, when you look back, all the memories that one recalls have these people in them. Chan Young had made a list, considering the same, and all of them gathered to see off their friend in a happier way than a funeral.


‘Thirty Nine’ Ending Explained: Quality Over Quantity

Chan Young’s parents go back to their home and ask Jin Seok to take care of their daughter. Jin Seok asked Chan Young to marry him many times, but she refused every time. Seon Woo has met Mi Jo’s family, and their wedding is on the way. Joo Hee opened her own nail salon next to Hyun Joon’s restaurant, and as Chan Young wanted, they have started dating. Life goes on, and on one cold night, everyone wakes up to Jin Seok’s phone call to hear the sad news they have been painfully anticipating. Chan Young leaves them, and her memories remain.

Jin Seok still lives in Chan Young’s house. He wanted to marry Chan Young so that he would be known as Chan Young’s husband, but they couldn’t get married. He still lives there because they were partners, irrespective of the fact that they were married or not. He visits his girlfriend’s parents often and helps them in their restaurant. Chan Young had asked Mi Jo to visit her parents on their birthday and also make them do their annual medical checkups. She has also made Mi Jo promise her that she will meet Jin Seok every two weeks so that he won’t feel lonely. Chan Young had planned and prepared everything in advance before going to the other world. She made sure that none of her loved ones would suffer.

Chan Young chose to not take the treatment because then she would have been bedridden until the day she died. For someone like Chan Young, even two days in bed at home was depressing. Instead, she counted her days and enjoyed her remaining life freely. She lived a life shorter than most people live, but as she said, her life was worth living. It’s not the number of years that matters; it’s the number of moments that made her feel glad that she was alive, and she had many of those moments. She lived for a short span of time, but the quality was high. She had two best friends for 20 years who still remember her and a man who loved her so much that he dedicated his entire life to her, knowing she was going to die soon. Chan Young left the world at just ‘Thirty Nine,’ but it was a happy ending. She left, happily enjoying her life and leaving happy memories behind for her loved ones.


“Thirty Nine” is a 2022 Family Drama series written by Young Ah Yoo.

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Neha Bhondve
Neha Bhondve
Neha is an entertainment writer who enjoys exploring people, culture, and places through travel, books, and cinema.

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