Business Proposal (2022)
Title: Business Proposal
Hangul: 사내 맞선
Writer: Han Sul-hee, Hong Bo-hee
Director: Park Seon-ho
Network: Netflix, SBS
Business Proposal Cast and Characters
Business Proposal Ending Explained
Does Business Proposal Have a Happy Ending?
Business Proposal ends on a happy note with not one but two proposals! Both Tae-moo and Ha-ri and Sung-hoon and Young-seo end the drama happily engaged. Tae-moo’s grandfather recovers from his heart issues and finally gives Tae-moo and Ha-ri his approval. A happy ending for everyone in Business Proposal.
What Happened to Tae-moo?
CEO Kang Tae-moo (Ahn Hyo-seop), finds himself torn between his love for Ha-ri and his ailing grandfather.
He decides to leave for the US for his grandfather’s treatment, asking Ha-ri to join them but she declines. However, Ha-ri suggests that his grandfather’s needs should be put first.
Tae-moo asks her to wait for him as he gets his grandfather treated.
After a year, he returns, his grandfather having recovered, and he proposes to Ha-ri, marking the beginning of their happily-ever-after.
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What Happened to Ha-ri?
Shin Ha-ri (Kim Se-jeong) stands up for herself and her relationship with Tae-moo despite the public scrutiny and Grandpa’s disapproval.
When Tae-moo leaves for the US for his grandfather’s treatment, Ha-ri declines to go with him but promises to wait for him.
One year later, Ha-ri is still working as a food researcher with her team at Go Foods.
Her long-distance relationship with Tae-moo is going strong with the two keeping in touch via video call. But Ha-ri has doubts when a scandal breaks out about Tae-moo and a cellist and he won’t answer her calls.
She decides to confront Tae-moo in person, heading to the airport to catch a flight to the US. She meets Tae-moo there who clears up the cellist misunderstanding (the cellist’s family planted the story about her and Tae-moo).
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Do Tae-moo and Ha-ri End Up Together?
Yes, Tae-moo and Ha-ri end up together at the end of Business Proposal.
Despite public backlash and Grandpa’s disapproval, Tae-moo and Ha-ri continue their relationship.
The two are only separated when Grandpa is diagnosed with a heart problem and Tae-moo accompanies him to the US for his treatment.
Tae-moo and Ha-ri are in a long-distance relationship for a year keeping in touch through video calls.
Business Proposal ends with Tae-moo returning to Korea and proposing to Ha-ri under the cherry blossoms.
What Happened to Sung-hoon?
Young-seo’s father, Chairman Jin, calls Sung-hoon to ask him to break up with Young-seo and to keep it secret from Young Seo.
Sung-hoon (Kim Min-gue) supports Young-seo in her decision to start her own business, even offering to fund her project.
He has a lot of money saved up: 1.7 billion won!
One year later, Sung-hoon is shown building a model home.
Why? I have no idea and the drama doesn’t bother explaining. Sung-hoon didn’t follow Tae-moo to the US for Grandpa’s treatment so he couldn’t work as his secretary.
Maybe he just took the year off work?
It’s not like he needs the money anyway!
What Happened to Young-seo?
After overhearing her father ask Sung-hoon to break up with her, Young-seo (Seol In-ah) quits her job at her father’s company and cuts ties with him.
Young-seo decides to start her own business, with Sung-hoon’s support (business plan pending).
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Do Sung-hoon and Young-seo End Up Together?
Yes, Sung-hoon and Young-seo end up together at the end of Business Proposal.
Sung-hoon proposes to Young-seo and she happily accepts.
The two remain together despite Young-seo’s father disapproving of their relationship.
Business Proposal ends with Sung-hoon and Young-seo engaged, supporting each other in their personal and professional endeavors.
What Happened to Min-woo?
Min-woo (Song Won Seok), Ha-ri’s long-time crush, decides to travel the world.
He admits to Ha-ri that he and Yoo-ra were no good together and that the relationship is truly over.
He asks Ha-ri if they can be close friends again when he returns to Korea but Ha-ri is non-commital, telling him it might take some time.
They part ways with a handshake.
Do Min-woo and Yoo-ra End Up Together?
Min-woo and Yoo-ra remain broken up (thank God).
Do Ms Yeo and Mr Gye End Up Together?
One year later, Ha-ri’s bickering co-workers, Ms Yeo and Mr Gye, are married.
What Happened to Tae-moo’s Grandfather (Chairman Kang)?
After Tae-moo and Ha-ri’s relationship becomes public knowledge, Chairman Kang (Lee Deok-hwa), Tae-moo’s grandfather, tries his best to separate the two but fails.
He fakes an illness initially to try and manipulate Tae-moo, but is later diagnosed with a serious heart issue that can’t be treated in Korea. Tae-moo takes him to the US for treatment.
After a year, he recovers and gives his approval to Tae-moo and Ha-ri’s relationship (off-screen).
Do Ha-ri’s parents approve of Tae-moo?
Episode 12 of Business Proposal begins with Ha-ri’s parents finding out about her relationship with Tae-moo.
Her parents are concerned about the power imbalance in their relationship with the huge differences in their social and economic statuses.
Tae-moo has a heartfelt conversation with Ha-ri’s father and earnestly promises to protect Ha-ri.
After their initial bout of suspicion and worry, Ha-ri’s parents give the couple their blessing.
Business Proposal Ending Review
I’m not a big fan of how Grandpa finally gave Ha-ri his seal of approval off-screen. I enjoyed their relationship when Ha-ri was pretending Geum-hi and I was hoping Business Proposal would mend their relationship sooner so we could get the comedic duo back.
Grandpa’s disapproval and surly attitude while understandable was not entertaining and a bit of a downer in the final episodes.
I do appreciate that despite his anger at Ha-ri’s deception, Grandpa was genuinely looking out for her. He knows the malicious gossip and negative scrutiny Ha-ri will face being in a relationship with Tae-moo and was trying to protect them from that.
What did you think of Business Proposal?