The Chair season 1, episode 6 recap – the ending explained

August 20, 2021
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Summary

The finale leaves the characters with clarity and a sense of limbo, as recent events at the University finally conclude.

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3.5

Summary

The finale leaves the characters with clarity and a sense of limbo, as recent events at the University finally conclude.

This recap of Netflix’s The Chair season 1, episode 6 — the ending explained — contains major spoilers. 

Six episodes don’t feel like enough for this drama-comedy; many interesting things are taking place, so it will be interesting to see if Netflix quickly commissions a second season.

The Chair season 1, episode 6

The last episode opens with Ji-Yoon Kim (played by Sandra Oh) explaining to her child’s therapist how her mother did not want her to be a housewife and then delves into her failed past relationship with a man. Pembroke gave her everything she ever wanted, but now she is afraid of showing her face on the campus. Due to the drama surrounding Bill, a newspaper article has been released about her claiming she put a gag order on a student of color. It’s a nerve-racking day for the lead character at the university, with students indirectly making statements against her in class.

Meanwhile, a coupe is forming against Ji-Yoon; Joan speaks to the Ethics and Compliance Department about her role; she wants acknowledgement of how she’s been treated as a female colleague over the years. She vows to bring a vote of no-confidence to “the chair”.

As for Bill, he’s offered a settlement, while Ji-Yoon is accused of defending Bill from the school board. Her career is in jeopardy, and she breaks down in tears at home.

Student Dafna goes to Bill’s house, which comically frightens the disgraced professor. He thinks she’s trying to sleep with him, but she’s only there to share her novel. Bill then sees the headline in the newspaper regarding Ji-Yoon, and speaks to her about it, but she’s angry. Bill flips the conversation and explains he wants a future with her; the pair kiss passionately, but then she tells Bill she has to fire him as everyone is closing ranks. Bill then gets irritated that she will not help him, and another argument ensues. Ji-Yoon calls him self-destructive and states his deceased wife Sharon would be ashamed of him.

And so, this naturally takes us to Bill’s hearing awkwardly led by Ji-Yoon. Bill gives a speech about falling in love with stories and literature — he describes a relationship with stories as a complicated and faithful relationship. An emotional Ji-Yoon states that firing Bill will not change things and then raises how she isn’t impartial, so it isn’t a fair procedure.

The ending

Bill is removed from his position at the university, and Ji-Yoon remains. In the “chair” meeting, a vote of no confidence is raised. Despite Joan voting no, Ji-Yoon is removed as “chair”. Ji-Yoon believes Joan should be the next “chair.”

As the episode ends, Bill tells Ji-Yoon that he turned down the settlement and will fight for his job back. He knows if he takes the settlement, no college will hire him. The pair laugh off their recent demise.

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