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Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 14

Yay, I’m pleased with where we’re heading, and how, every time I worry about possibly dragging out a budding conflict or potential complication, the show actually moves right along and progresses to the next phase. I don’t know if there’s an objective measure for what ideally paced plot is, but I do think this writer is completely in tune with my internal measure of what constitutes ideal pacing, which is why I continue to eat up these episodes. If not exactly crack-like in its pull, it’s at least akin to something sugary and gooey, with a dash of bittersweet.

 

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

In Joseon, Dam-ryung sacrifices himself to save Se-hwa’s life, but then she takes her own. They die in each other’s arms.

These visions from Dam-ryung’s life are brought to the surface in Joon-jae’s hypnosis, and he awakens with tears running down his face. “I couldn’t protect her,” he tells his hypnotist professor. “In the end, because of me…”

The image of Se-hwa driving the harpoon into her chest flashes before his eyes, and Joon-jae clutches his own chest, wrought with guilt. The voices of young Dam-ryung and Se-hwa play in his mind, as she asks if he’d be able to remember their story. Dam-ryung promises, “Even if I’m reborn, I will search for you, and meet you, and love you, and protect you. I will remember.”

Joon-jae is hit with another wave of self-recrimination for forgetting the promise he’d made. “I was reborn, and she searched for me, and met me, and loved me, but I couldn’t remember anything. I only made her cry, and couldn’t protect her.”

While Joon-jae is in his session, Dae-young—a former patient of Professor Jin—opens the door, hanging back when he sees Joon-jae there. He eavesdrops as Joon-jae describes his visions, and how Dam-ryung had been his age when he died. The professor calls it a sad fate, and Joon-jae wonders why he and Chung were reborn and fated to meet again.

Professor Jin suggests, “If someone is reborn, might it be because they have an unrealized dream? That dream could be an unfulfilled love, or it could even be unsatisfied greed.” Well, that explains why Dae-young’s here.

Joon-jae asks why the bad fates have returned as well, and the professor asks, “Which of the two do you suppose is the real bad fate? The one between you and the one trying to kill you? Or the one between you and the one you love?” Uhh… I’m going to go with guy who wants to kill me. Are you sure you wanna listen to this guy?

Professor Jin adds that if Joon-jae and Chung had never loved each other, they would never have come to such a tragic conclusion. (Yes, but what if the killer hadn’t killed!) “Loving each other ends up killing each other,” the professor says. “Could there a worse fate than that?” He suggests that the only way to avoid the tragedy from reoccurring is to stop now and send Chung back to where she came from.

“No,” Joon-jae counters. “The fact that everything is repeating isn’t a curse, but an opportunity—to change the ending.”

Dae-young leaves unseen, this new information bringing a relieved smile to his face.

As Joon-jae drives home, he replays his professor’s last concerns in his mind. Still, Joon-jae had said there had to be a reason he remembered everything, and vowed to protect Chung this time.

He bursts into the house and, upon hearing that Chung stepped out, runs right back out. She’s at the neighborhood toy crane machine, failing again to win a pink octopus. Joon-jae runs up to her and grabs her in a bear hug.

Chung asks if he had a bad dream, and he replies that he’s dreamed them all and won’t have any more. And this time when he looks at her face, he sees the past versions of Se-hwa in it.

Then Joon-jae suggests that they do everything Chung wants to do. She thinks about it, then proposes that they go through “empty formalities and rituals,” which were Homeless Fashionista’s way of describing the dating game. Chung informs him about the three stages of love—romantic love, hot love, dirty love—and how they’re currently in the romantic stage. “But everything is heading toward dirty love,” she informs him solemnly. I’m dying at how seriously she’s taking that advice.

She is still curious to know what dirty love entails, but remembers Fashionista warning that attempting it badly could backfire on her. “So let’s enjoy the empty formalities for now,” she says.

I suppose Joon-jae’s still rattled by his revelations, because he’s sweetly earnest as he agrees to do “the things everyone else does,” and leads her away by the hand.

First on their date course is food, where they feed each other in such a display of affection that others look at them in disgust. Then they draw a crowd at an arcade with their prowess at couples DDR.

On to a revival screening of Titanic, which Chung sobs loudly throughout the whole thing, leaving the ground scattered with pearls for the cleaning lady to find afterward.

At a cafe next, Joon-jae asks Chung what she thinks about the hero in the movie dying to save the heroine, and what she’d do if he, purely hypothetically, did the same. “I’d have to follow you,” Chung replies without hesitation. He chides her for not giving the question enough thought, but she just says, “If we live, it should be together, and if we die, it should be together.”

He sighs, pointing out that it negates the man’s sacrifice, and reminds her of Jack’s last plea to Rose about surviving, living a full life, and growing old happily.

“Heo Joon-jae, would you do that?” Chung asks. “If I were gone from this world, would you meet a nice woman and grow old happily?” He takes a moment to answer, but says, “Yes. I should, obviously.”

She doesn’t like that, but he tells her that if anything were ever to happen to him, she should live happily, without giving up. The morbid talk unnerves her, and he says it’s just a what-if scenario. Still, he wants her promise to live on without him.

Chung won’t make it, though, saying that it feels like it would be inviting something bad to happen to him. She doesn’t budge, and the drive home is tense and quiet, a mood they carry into the house with them.

Joon-jae pulls Tae-oh aside abruptly, and Nam-doo asks Chung curiously if anything happened between them. Hearing about Joon-jae’s “If-anything-happens-to-me” scenario, he nods knowingly, interpreting this as an indication of cooling affections, now that their three-month honeymoon period is winding down. He warns Chung that she could be headed on the road to breakup if she doesn’t handle things well.

Chung protests that Joon-jae’s not like that, but Nam-doo says that Joon-jae is exactly like that, and has never been with a girlfriend longer than three months. Miffed, Chung lets her coat whack him in the face as she stalks off.

Joon-jae directs Tae-oh to up their security and report any disturbances to him. Tae-oh asks if it’s because of Dae-young, and Joon-jae’s look hardens.

Dae-young returns to Professor Jin’s office, and informs him up-front that he saw Joon-jae earlier and that it’s no use lying. He wants to undergo the same kind of hypnosis to see how his past life ended, believing that the key to understanding his current life: “Ever since birth, I’ve felt like living was a punishment.”

We aren’t shown the hypnosis, but when Dae-young rouses from it, he’s hit with a realization. “It wasn’t me,” he says. He wasn’t the one to kill the lovers, and the professor asks who did.

Annnnd then we cut to Chi-hyun, leading an army of executives into a board meeting. No, not you, Chi-hyun! I had hopes for your inner good nature!

Chi-hyun assumes leadership of the company in his father’s stead, which makes the other board members fidget uneasily and ask after Chairman Heo’s health. Chi-hyun lies that his father is ready to step down, coming out strongly enough that the visibly worried executives keep quiet. He gives them the chance to leave if they are unable to work under him, but nobody makes a move.

When Chairman Dad awakens in his hospital bed following his tumble down the stairs, Chi-hyun is at his bedside to assure him that he’s on the mend. Dad worries about his worsening eyesight, but Chi-hyun says that undergoing eye surgery so soon after this accident would be too much for him.

Dad asks if Chi-hyun is in contact with Joon-jae, and Chi-hyun says that he told him about Dad’s accident—Joon-jae must be very busy not to come see him. Aw, why you being so snakey? I’m sad.

The mutual silent treatment continues between Chung and Joon-jae, and as she watches TV, she mentally mutters curses at Joon-jae. She berates herself for being too naive and now resents all the effort she took in swimming all the way to Seoul.

Joon-jae chafes at her complaints and tells her to cut it out, saying that he knows she was cursing him in her mind. She just complains about him being perceptive and continues her internal grumbling, adding that she thought Joon-jae was the only good-looking guy in the world until she saw the TV filled with them.

Joon-jae barks at her to quit it, and Nam-doo comes out tsk-tsking their spat. Joon-jae orders Chung to stay home today, to which she retorts that she has plans. Nam-doo praises her firm stance, but while Chung doesn’t consider his warning of a Misery scenario (obsession, confinement) a drawback (of course she wouldn’t), he says that’s why her honeymoon period is wearing off.

Joon-jae visits Manager Nam in the hospital, who is awake but unable to speak. Joon-jae offers to share an unbelievable story with him, and explains how Ajusshi was his good friend even in a long-ago past, always on his side. In this lifetime, Ajusshi was born just a little earlier, to be there for him when he was a child.

He promises to find the culprit who did this to Ajusshi, asking him to blink twice if the man pictured on his phone (Dae-young) is the villain. Ajusshi blinks yes. Joon-jae asks if Ajusshi suspects that someone in their midst is connected to Dae-young, and Ajusshi blinks yes again.

That’s when Chi-hyun shows up, and adopts a false concern as he apologizes for whatever he said over the phone when he was drunk (he’d warned Joon-jae to protect his father, calling it his last act of consideration). He lies that Dad’s health is much better, and that he put Chi-hyun in charge of all his work and went on a vacation.

Then he adds that Dad revised his will to leave nearly everything to Stepmom and Chi-hyun, ignoring Chi-hyun’s entreaties to reconsider. Joon-jae retorts that he can handle hating his father all on his own, without Chi-hyun adding any fuel to that fire. “If you keep at it like this, it seems like you have some kind of motive,” Joon-jae says pointedly.

Then Chi-hyun asks after Chung, which makes Joon-jae stiffen. Chi-hyun asks him to pass along his greetings to her, and at Joon-jae’s hostile reply, he shrugs, “Or not, if you don’t want to.”

Shi-ah mopes in bed, and starts to text Joon-jae about finding his mother before deciding against it. Joon-jae’s mother brings her porridge in bed, and Shi-ah is back to her hilariously deferential mode, trying to earn back some points she lost with all her brattiness before.

And then, she grabs Mom in a back hug, saying, “I wanted to do this once.” Astonished Mom says it makes her uncomfortable, and Shi-ah apologizes again.

Her behavior is so out of the blue that Mom thinks Shi-ah must be quite unwell to act so strangely, although Jin-joo replies that Shi-ah was never normal. Heh, true.

Hearing Jin-joo mutter about Joon-jae’s Stepmom, who’s still ignoring her, Mom hesitantly asks after that family’s son. Jin-joo relays the gossip she knows: that the son working under the chairman is Stepmom’s child, and that the chairman’s biological son ran away ten years ago. That’s a fact Ajusshi has kept from her over the years, and she’s horrified to hear it now.

Mom gets up to leave right away, and Shi-ah offers to handle her duties for the afternoon and babysit the kids. (She also tries to awkwardly call her both Mom and Housekeeper and ends up with Momkeeper, ha.) Then when Jin-joo complains that Mom’s getting lax, Shi-ah jumps to her defense and even chides her for calling the housekeeper “ajumma,” saying that these days it’s not unusual to call them “mother” instead, when they live together and eat together. Then Shi-ah recalls that Mom has been washing her undergarments all this while and wails in mortification.

Mom makes her way to the Heo family house, recalling the day she’d left it as the discarded first wife. She’d run into Stepmom and Chi-hyun on their way in, and Stepmom had said she didn’t intend for this to be the outcome. Mom had told her she had to believe her: “You have to raise our Joon-jae now, so I will be hoping you’re a good person.”

Stepmom had asked Mom to stay away from Joon-jae, to allow the new family the chance to bond, and had promised to raise Joon-jae with love.

Now, a fuming Mom skips the pleasantries and demands to know where Joon-jae is. Stepmom is quick to absolve herself of any blame, saying that Mom should look after her son and that Joon-jae left on his own. Mom asks if that’s the real reason Stepmom kept her away—so she could steal away everything for herself.

Stepmom retorts that Mom gave it all up herself: “If it were me, I wouldn’t give up. I wouldn’t leave my son and run away. Just because you were told not to meet him, you really didn’t meet him? Are you an idiot?” Okay, so Stepmom’s evil but I can’t argue that she doesn’t have a point there.

Mom just gets angrier and uses Stepmom’s old name (Kang Ji-hyun), and vows to return her son to his rightful place: “And I’ll send you to your original place too.”

Stepmom is a bit rattled by the threat, but quickly gets on the phone to put in a call.

Mom walks listlessly down the road, not noticing a passing car coming dangerously close. At the last moment, Chung whirls Mom out of harm’s way, chiding her to pay more attention to cars. Turns out that she and Mom have a grocery-shopping date, and Chung leads her away.

A car stops nearby, its driver rolling down his window to stare after Chung—only to have Tae-oh step in and snap his photo, per Joon-jae’s instructions for him to follow Chung wherever she goes. It’s an order Tae-oh was happy to accept, and Joon-jae had grumbled at him to not let his ears go pink over it, hee.

At the grocery store, Mom gives Chung tips for picking the freshest foods, although Chung doesn’t need her help in knowing the fish aren’t very fresh here—she’s used to much fresher. Tae-oh snaps photos of their market date and sends them to Joon-jae, who lingers on the obscured image of Mom, although he can’t make out much of her face.

He’s at the police station to check out Dae-young’s psychological records, and Detective Hong asks if he knows the name Kang Ji-hyun, explaining that she’s the only link that could trace back to the criminal. Joon-jae doesn’t know the name, but speculates that the woman or the child suspected to be theirs could be covering up his tracks now.

Joon-jae takes the file, saying that Nam-doo’s better at locating people than any detective, which nearly gets him whacked on the head. And it’s now that Joon-jae recalls Dam-ryung’s faithful subordinate in Joseon, and smiles to recognize that he’s Detective Hong. He gives the man a friendly pat on the arm and says he’s a decent guy, which totally creeps out the detective.

Joon-jae recognizes Professor Jin’s name in the file, and that sends them back to his office. The professor is open about having treated Dae-young in the past, but lies that he hasn’t been by recently—although Joon-jae spots his finger tapping nervously.

Chung walks Mom back after their shopping trip, and puts two and two together: This is where Shi-ah lives, which explains the guys’ reactions when they tried to scam the family here and retreated suddenly.

Tae-oh snaps a picture of Mom before heading off after Chung… only to have Shi-ah pop up with a knowing smile on her face. Tae-oh stammers that whatever she’s thinking, that’s not it, which she doesn’t buy for a second. She thinks he’s taking pictures of her gate just to feel close to her, and tells Tae-oh that there’s no room for him in her heart. (“There doesn’t need to be room,” Tae-oh mutters under his breath.)

Then Tae-oh realizes that he’s lost sight of Chung and runs after her, which makes Shi-ah think she hurt his feelings. Heh. You can knock her down, but that ego will break her fall.

Chung is surprised to find Chi-hyun waiting for her outside the house, and he offers to carry her bags in.

Joon-jae and Detective Hong leave the professor’s office together, but Joon-jae turns back to ask something one-on-one. Without the detective present, Professor Jin admits that Dae-young came by yesterday, wanting to see his former life’s last moments. He’d said he didn’t kill Dam-ryung and Se-hwa, but didn’t say who the culprit was. The professor reminds Joon-jae that fate isn’t easily changed, and advises him again to let Chung go.

Joon-jae asks Professor Jin to alert him when Dae-young returns, then gets a text from Tae-oh apologizing for losing his tail on Chung. That has him anxious to find her before Dae-young does, and he hounds Detective Hong to drive faster.

He’s frustrated that Chung doesn’t answer her phone, and we see that it’s because she’s stepped aside; she’s out to eat with Chi-hyun, and he surreptitiously turns the phone off while she’s not looking. He fishes for information, like how long she’s lived with Joon-jae and whether they’ve been alone the whole while. She says they live with friends, and Chi-hyun says to himself, “That’s a relief.”

Dae-young mulls over the memories his hypnosis revealed, which we now get to see for ourselves: Back on the boat, Lord Yang had thrown his harpoon and missed hitting Se-hwa. Moments later, another man had thrown the harpoon that would have hit her, which Dam-ryung intercepted with his body. The man’s face remains tantalizingly out of focus, but he does wear a ring on his right hand.

Joon-jae arrives home just in time to run into Chi-hyun and Chung, and tersely addresses his stepbrother before pulling Chung into the house. She interprets his dark mood as him being angry with her, and he doesn’t contradict her, just walking away quietly.

Nam-doo chides her for fighting again, but can’t hide his smile—he must be itching for the old Joon-jae back. Chung finds it strange that Joon-jae would be upset that she met his brother, and Nam-doo says that a man not wanting a girl to meet his family indicates that he doesn’t intend to stay with her long-term.

But then Nam-doo registers what she just said and is surprised that Joon-jae had a run-in with Chi-hyun, because he thought Joon-jae was estranged from his whole family. Nam-doo hasn’t even met them, and he’s surprised that Chung has gotten the official introduction. Ha, who’s the outsider now?

That night as Chung readies for bed, she’s hit with a sudden chest pain. She clutches at her heart and wonders why it’s happening, just as Joon-jae enters his room and hears her thoughts. Is it because I haven’t been in the water in so long? she thinks. What do I do?

So Joon-jae orders the boys out of the house for the day, ignoring their protests and shoving them toward the door. He says loudly for Chung’s benefit that nobody will be home all day.

The boys grudgingly head off for the day—but then, Nam-doo pauses to look back at the house, and I don’t like that look in his eye…

Chung avails herself of the pool, swimming around happily—and then looks up to see Nam-doo standing in the doorway. Ohhh crap. What has he seen?

It doesn’t seem like he’s noticed anything amiss, and he just asks if she isn’t cold to be swimming in this weather. He steps closer and stubs his toe on a lounge chair, and then looks over to see the full view of Chung’s mermaid tail. His brow furrows in confusion, and she anxiously waits for his reaction.

But Nam-doo laughs it off, thinking that she’s practicing to be the aquarium mermaid, and chides himself for momentarily thinking something crazy. He marvels at the quality of the costume—and then is hit with all the strange things about Chung that hadn’t added up at the time, like her crazy-fast healing time and the pearls she’d said she made.

“It can’t be,” he says. But the look on his face grows serious, and he vacillates between amazement and uneasiness as Chung leaves the pool and turns back into her two-legged form. Chung’s biggest concern is whether he’ll tell Joon-jae, and Nam-doo says it depends on how she answers his questions. So she confirms how the legs-on-land thing works, and that the pearls are from her tears.

“Then cry,” he urges her, wanting to see for himself. Man, I do not like that manic look in his eye, and neither, it seems, does Chung. Nam-doo gets excited about this “pile of money” they’re sitting on, undeterred when Chung says she doesn’t care for that. Full of get-rich schemes, he proposes launching a mermaid show in Vegas, assuring her that he’s not selling her out but giving her a job.

“Okay,” Chung agrees, suddenly smiling as she extends a hand. Nam-doo cautiously clasps her hand to shake on it—and the moment their hands touch, something happens. The scene rewinds until just before his discovery of her in the pool, and the last few minutes erase from his memory. Aha, so is the mermaid kiss just a figure of speech, and not necessarily a kiss?

Nam-doo comes back to the moment in a haze, repeating the same words about her being cold in the pool and stubbing his toe again. He walks away without further ado, and Chung wonders if Joon-jae would react in a similar way if he discovered her truth. “Should I have asked him first, then erased his memory?” she asks herself.

HAHA, cue Nam-doo finding her in the pool again, stubbing his toe, asking the same questions again and going through the exact same reaction. This time, Chung asks if Nam-doo would treat her differently now, and he readily admits it. She asks if Joon-jae would feel the same way, and Nam-doo exclaims that Joon-jae’s reaction would be more extreme and would run away for sure.

“Then I can’t let him find out,” Chung says. “But it’s too late,” Nam-doo replies, “because I found out.”

Chung laughs, offers a handshake, and says sorry. Nam-doo’s eyes go slack as his memory wipes, and he sits in a daze the rest of the day.

At dinner, he says with frustration that he keeps thinking he’s on the verge of a memory, and Chung asks herself, Does he remember? Joon-jae shoots her a look as Nam-doo keeps complaining and Chung worries that the erasure didn’t work fully.

Then Nam-doo exclaims that the memory is coming to him, and he points over at the patio: “The pool in this house… Chung was…”

But Joon-jae slaps him upside the head, saying that it’s probably early dementia brought on by drinking, and Tae-oh nods his agreement. Haha. Chung catches Joon-jae looking intently at her, but when he breaks the look and ignores her, she takes that as yet more cold shoulder, feeling hurt.

She pulls him aside after dinner to ask how much longer he’s going to avoid her and not meet her eye. Joon-jae asks his question one more time, but before he even gets past “If something were to happen to me,” Chung cuts him off to say her answer will always be the same: “If something happens to you, I can’t live.”

In exasperation, he asks why. She starts to reply, “That’s because…” but the rest of the thought is only finished internally:

Chung: My heart can only go on if you love me. On land, my heart is terminally ill. If you leave me or this world, my heart will stop. That’s why Jung-hoon [Jo Jung-seok] died. The person he loved left, and his heart froze and hardened and stopped. If you are gone, that’s what will happen to me. If I don’t return to the sea, I’ll die.

That’s a stunner of a revelation. Joon-jae’s head whirls, and he asks in shock, “You’ll die?”

He tells her to repeat what she just said, but she’s confused, not having said a thing. He prods, “What will stop and harden—and become what?”

“You can hear my voice?” she realizes, asking how much he’s heard, and for how long. But he’s so agitated that he keeps pressing for answers, practically yelling, “Why would you die?!”

COMMENTS

It’s all out in the open now! At least barring any more mermaid handshakes or kisses to set ourselves back a few steps, which I would hate but am not too worried will happen. And speaking of handshakes, I found Nam-doo’s reaction to Chung’s identity entirely within character, and it made sense to me that he’d assume Joon-jae would run, since before Chung, that was pretty much his M.O. (And as a side note, I was relieved to have Nam-doo shown to be mercenary at worst; I’d really worried he might have a more pernicious streak in him. For now, at least, that fear is at bay.) I also found Chung’s response to his prediction understandable, and was initially worried we’d be in for another bout of misunderstanding while she tried even harder to keep her identity a secret, and am thus glad to be moving on to the next phase with this discovery instead.

I can’t deny that I’ll miss all the comic moments that have been (and still could be) mined out of Joon-jae reading Chung’s thoughts, which I found hilarious and sometimes very sweet. But I’m also fine to move on, because I didn’t want to spend too much more time with Chung’s apprehension about Joon-jae’s reaction to finding out, especially since we already know how he did react. There’s not much to be gained for leaving Chung to labor under a misconception for much longer—it’s much more interesting to progress to having her actually witness his reaction too. I definitely enjoyed seeing how readily he accepted the truth of her identity, and have been wanting her to know what we’ve known all this while and feel validated by his love.

I don’t necessarily think she loves him less than he loves her (or maybe I think it just a little?), but I do feel like ever since Joon-jae found out the backstory, their emotional trajectories have been on diverging paths: Hers is still in the fluttery, early-stage “Does he like me or not?” worries, which gives it a cute, real-life sort of feel. It’s a little ordinary, while also being completely extraordinary given the supernatural element. On the other hand, Joon-jae’s emotions feel like they’ve been deepening and intensifying; he’s already dived all-in and fully committed to her in two lifetimes, but she doesn’t know it yet.

There’s humor in that setup, but I’ve been wanting to have them on the same wavelength, so that the communication goes both ways. He has had the unfair advantage, and I can’t hold it against him since he hardly asked to be given the window into Chung’s heart, but it does keep her out of the loop a little. And it’s her own loop! I find it interesting that her reactions in the relationship have been the more light-hearted, especially since it’s not like she isn’t also confronting some heavy issues—she’s the one with the expiration date! But now that they both know, it feels like we can give their love a chance to grow together, rather than separately.

Knowing how he accepts her nature would also help her understand the real reason for his frustration and avoidance, because I can see how his recent behavior feels like a rejection for her but can also understand why he feels upset about her essentially negating the sacrifice that may be in his fate. He’s seen it literally unfold before his eyes, so it’s not an empty fear. But hey, won’t it be easier to protect someone who knows they need to be protected?

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Shi Ah and the merman, please.

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Merman died. :'(

No chance of him to come back again.

Ahh, why JH? Just why did you have to die?

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Hoe Jun Jae is Love! This episode was Great!! :))) The Feedback and comments from Kentizens is Daebak!!!
Lee Min Ho is acting very well! Love him! ❤❤?? In the beginnig, it was so painful seeing Jun Jae crying and sad because he couldn't protect his love. His words are so heartbreaking! ????

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1) CH is a vile snake. Either he was one or has become one.

2) There's a bit more to the story in Joseon era which is certainly hidden. CH is there too, I guess.

3) Shi Ah will definitely fall in love with Tae Oh one day without her knowledge. Oh how I wish he reciprocates too because at least, she's not bad at heart.

4) ND is just shady, but not necessarily antagonistic. He might pose harm, but he's not directly harmful.

5) CH is definitely liking SC. Seems like a love triangle to me there!

6) I love the mushy romance shown here.

7) I was also of the opinion that guys I see in reality were good-looking till I fell into this K-Drama and K-Pop land...and the rest is history! Haha!

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I would add two more points.

8) CH is DY's son. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, you know.

9) Finally, I can say I like Young Hee because previously she did some weird and OTT type characters. Her simplicity and cynic rocks here.

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But either way, she did become good in the end in both the shows. In fact, in YFAS, she did become a good mother near the end who sold her bags for her daughter's sake and supported her throughout.

But yes, those winged eyeliners in Producers, I still remember that. Lol!!

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Butting in, I hated her hair in YFAS. She looked like a colorful bush to me. But in producers, she was smartly dressed. And yeah, eyeliner...hehe...

Also, I guess most of us agree that CH IS DY's and that viler stepmom's son.

I knew it. When the parents are just evil, how can the son alone be good-hearted especially when the Dad is not ready to give him a single pie in inheritance?

But they all deserve it.

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Yes, they all deserve it.

Stepmom- because she broke their family and literally destroyed it.

CH- because he killed DR, so he was born to be vile again.

DY- murderer he is, that too a serial killer.

Dad- because he was too easily seduced.

People who didn't deserve all this are- JJ, JJ's mom, the hospitalized Ajusshi.

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10) CH’s hairstyle also changed. KDramas taught me that when the hair goes up, the attitude and cynicism also goes up.

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I instantly noticed that Chi-hyun ditched the bangs covering his forehead and now has an up-do that makes him resemble Alfred E. Newman. I did a double-take. LOL.

I am so bummed out that he is now appears to be headed down the road to perdition.

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We knew his soul was lost when he adopted Evil Chaebol Hair.

Seriously, the guy had the chance to make things right in this life. I think he was the spear-chucking flunky who killed the lovers in the past life.

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Thanks, javabeans, for your recap and comments!

I'm feeling skeptical about Dr. Jin, who should get into a group practice with Park Do-kyung's Inappropriate Psychiatrist and consultant Dr. Yoda from OHYA. I thought it was weird that anyone entering the front door of his office could barge in on someone else's session. How about a waiting room with a door, for Pete's sake?!

I was also underwhelmed with Dr. Jin's suggestion to send Chung back to where she came from. Granted, he might not know that merpeople have only one love per lifetime. He is seriously uninformed as to how cruel (and fatal!) such abandonment would be.

By Carl Jung's moustache, has the professor never heard of lucid dreaming?! As in consciously changing the content of a dream as you're dreaming it. Doc -- go watch SNOW LOTUS / LUCID DREAM. Better yet, Joon-jae and Chung could watch it at home and develop their strategy for dealing with the baddies. Joon-jae should keep dreaming until he can identify the killer(s) in the Joseon timeline so he knows who to watch out for in the present.

Can anyone identify the origin of that sageuk swordfight in the woods that Chung was watching? DAMO, maybe? (Except I somehow doubt that Joseon policewomen would wear while silk.)

In thinking of parties who might bear Se-hwa a grudge, Dam-ryung's father was probably royally PO'd at his son for running away on his wedding night; ditto for the bride's family. Maybe she had a brother patiently biding his time to avenge his family honor.

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Errata:

1 - Dang. Post Misplacement Syndrome (the other PMS) again. ;-)

2 - 2nd to last paragraph: (Except I somehow doubt that Joseon policewomen would wear while white silk.)

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@ PakalanaPikake

Re the swordfight scene, me thinks it's from Six Flying Dragons between Byun Yu Han's and Han Ye Ri's characters.

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@patinalee,

Thanks! I still haven't gotten around to watching SFD, but it's on my list. ;-)

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I also think Shi Ah would fall for Tae Oh at last. I really want that to happen. Hahaha!

And even I want them to pair up because they look too cute.

Also, I totally agree with 4), 5), 6) and definitely 7). Definitely!

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Haha, can't escape Flower Boys, can we? My definition of "Mr. Perfect" changed after coming here.

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I would like Shi-ah to fall for Tae-oh and he to continue rejecting her, heh.

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Amen and amen! Tae-oh deserves far better than being saddled with such a dim bulb. Maybe Chung has a sister he could fall for? ;-)

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@ rustic
That's smart. Yeah CH could be the son of the merchant in the previous life....sigh..

@ aniloh
CH liking SC? In the past few episodes he definitely found her amusing... and he did try to take care of her (at the sauna).

1. What makes him start looking for her? I mean he never actively seek her out previously ....is it to find out more about JJ?

2. Why does he like her? Because of her personality or simply because he wanna take away everything that belongs to JJ?

3. Does he have time to do so many things? Take away dad, take over company, and now the GF of JJ?

Despite everything he is doing now, I still like CH and hope he would turn out differently ....

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Me too. It breaks my heart to see such things in dramas where you're hoping for someone to remain good till the end and he/she becomes bad near the end. :(

Also, he always looked cute, innocent and understanding (except in the flashback). So maybe, he was always bad. But I am not too sure.

And, I think I agree with point 2) that you've mentioned. He was always like that. When he can't have the inheritance, maybe he could have the girl.

IDK whose son CH was in past life, but this time, he's DY's son, I guess. I strongly guess.

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Good reply, Shuerei. I liked those 3 points that you have posed.

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I wonder if CH really like SC, or is more like taking over JJ life, first he is jealous and mad that JJ dad continue asking for JJ instead of him, who stayed and behaved like his son, because he was craving for fatherly love. So I don't think he truly like her at all. But at the same time I don't like where the story is going as we just saw another drama in 2016 that had almost same set up, of stepson, step dad and evil mom. The only difference here is dad is the one dying not the real son. For me too soon to repeat plot, I kind of fast foward CH seen as there is nothing new here, except for the previews it looks like CH is really turning into the darkside, so I will not skip that seen to see if he does or not.

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I only have one question- if SC tail comes out in water...how does she shower then?

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Honestly, I too had this question. But she gets her tail only when she's either "dipped" in water or when her legs touch the water. Maybe, she might be sponge-bathing all this time. He

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Man, nam doo totally creeped me out there when he straight out told her to cry for his curiosity. I feel like the killer is chi hoon but i dont feel really scared about him when chung has ninja skills and mind wiping abilities XD

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Let's not forget Lee Jae-kyung, now... remember how he did in his older brother? Chills..

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And his ex-wife and pregnant girlfriend (that one was heck scary), Yoo Ra.

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"Man, nam doo totally creeped me out there when he straight out told her to cry for his curiosity."

Yes, me too (shudder).

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I don't know what's worse - when he said it's ok you don't have to cry now if you can't, you can do it for a long time slowly later ?? (I hope my subbed version subbed it right ..)

And mentioning Vegas?? Like she's going to be some circus act or performer for me to reap the cash! Aw man. The depth of his mercenary side

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Chills down my spine, ND creeps me out. His hungry eyes and greed for money is scary!

Praises to the actor! He makes it extra creepy!

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I think the show is going 'who's the killer' reply style direction.

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I'm wondering if it's Nam-doo who harpooned Dam-ryung, too. I went back to episode 13 to see if I could find him in the main boat. In the KissAsian version at 47:22, there's a guy dressed in shades of grey with white edging with a light tan headband standing to the right of Lord Yang; he's holding a torch, and resembles Nam-doo.

I replayed the scene a bunch of times, but couldn't get a bead on him because of so many archers firing into the water. He seems to only carry the torch. He looks like a commoner, so I doubt that he's wearing a silver ring -- which is what leads me to suspect that Chi-hyun as Lord Yang's son is another strong candidate for the one who harpoons Dam-ryung.

Revisiting the early scenes of Lord Yang's shindig with Se-hwa trussed up in the lotus pond might reveal Chi-hyun or Nam-doo in Joseon garb among the revelers.

Nam-doo really creeped me out when he realized the financial implications of Chung's mermaid identity. His mental abacus was about to burst into flame. Noooooo, please don't let greed get the better of you!

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Oops... My speculation re: the preview must have hit too close to the mark. Sorry about making more work for the minions. And thanks for catching that. I really try not to spoil while theorizing like mad. ;-)

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I am thinking now, too, that there is a chance that CH could be a fake out and that ND could be the one. After all they did keep the Joseon killer's face obscured. I think we are supposed to believe it's CH at this point. Whether it's real or a red herring remains to be seen.

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I'm just sitting on tenterhooks and hoping that steely look in Chung's eyes is just annoyance at Joon-Jae, not a determination to erase his memories again!

Whatever measure for ideal pacing you've got JB, I'm on it too. Love that each episode is really taking the story forward now.

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I like how the plot if moving along, we don't linger or pause too much on certain expected points which is a relief (and surprise) to me. So totally agree with Javabeans on the pace! It's working for me as well!

In fact i wasn't expecting the revelation at the end. I'm curious to see how mortified she is that he can hear her (ha!) plus how it progresses her feelings towards him. I do feel she's still very naive when it comes to love and the depth of how she feels for him.

I do also feel robbed of some comedy - joon Jae seemed pretty subdued the whole episode, esp at the date (why wasn't he rolling his eyes at the dirty love progression- that's a whole comedy opportunity missed), I'm not sure if LMH intentionally acts this way since joon Jae had a big relvelation of their fates and it's heavy stuff. But I can't help but think the comic timing on his part was much better in previous episodes than here.
I do like petty joon Jae - esp the scene that she was cursing him - it was funny, but just short of hilarious. Come on show, I get the stakes but give me funny joon jae back. He's the true hook of the drama for me.

Namdo Groundhog Day scenes was stellar. I'm glad the show showed how mercenary he is- in a split second - you could see the greed in him. He saw Cheong not as a person but a merchandise. It was quite scary and when push comes to shove, what will he not do to make her cry for those pearls??

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I've got to admit, I do miss seeing funny HJJ too, especially because I find it ridiculously charming for a grown man like LMH to act so ridiculously cute. However, I guess we have to sacrifice some things to gain others. The overall seriousness of HJJ was bound to happen one way or another. And the timing was absolutely perfect here, since the full truth of his past has been revealed.

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I think it was right how Jun Jae has behaved seriously in some scenes. It is needed! Because Jun Jae Has much more emotional burden and He actually has no one 2 talk to. So when he hugged Chung and then suddenly remembered how Sehwa died, it was really too much for him. It was heavy! So I think when Chung said "Dirty Love", For Jun Jae all mattered was For Chung to be happy!! He asked her "Is there something you wanna do?". In other words, Jun Jae wanted Chung 2 be Happy and at that moment I personally Believe LMH acted well and He didn't need to make it comedy. On the other hand, when Chung was cursing at JJ in his mind, Jun Jae was funny and It matched with the mood of that scene.

But I totally respect what you have said. :))) People have different view points.

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Thank you. Love that we are all peace and no hate in this page :)
I do agree with the logic of the way he react considering the emotional weight of the things he just found out. But I missed joon jae antics and felt he could have let slip a little in line with character and it would have still been logical.

LMH does look tired in this episode and I believe live shooting has taken a toll but I also believe they are all professionals and we can expect the best from them all. At this point I'm just hoping the writer holds up and not slide. Coz in all genuine terms I think she's weaving a nice story here.

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I was really hoping that chihyun-the step brother would not take that path, but the twist with him being there since the beginning might be a good character arc to. I'm curious m-/I hope it's him; it would make much better narrative sense as to his current choices. Can't wait for tomorrow. I was depressed all week waiting for this show.

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Sigh ... haha! Looks like I was not the only one who was depressed all week waiting for the show!! I didn't want CH to turn bad but this adds a twist - Maybe this will bring out another side of MDY's character and he wouldn't just be a cardboard one-dimensional villain! (The actor playing him is such a great veteran actor!)

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I'm still hoping that his reincarnated self won't repeat the same mistakes he did in Joseon era ?? I was rooting for him to stay on the bright side ?

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The bomb has been dropped, and by that, I mean it in the best way possible. CH turns out to be the killer of KDR and the truth is revealed between HJJ and SC.

I absolutely love that there's a twist and HJJ has no idea who killed him in the past. Though he isn't too far behind as well because he had always been suspicious of his stepbrother. I like our hero; he's smart and quick to catch on. He knew right away that CH must be up to something after speaking with him. I much prefer this than to have a hero who's oblivious to all dangers.

Once and for all, the truth is revealed, no more secrets between HJJ and SC. No matter how much I had wished for HJJ to witness SC as a mermaid and that being the very reason why SC can no longer deny it in front of him, I am actually very satisfied with how the truth was told. I like that HJJ's fears and worries made him forget "he couldn't hear her voice." Plus, it helps that LMH and JJH are so good at expressing without words.

I've got to say, this is one of the best episodes ever since the later half of this drama. There's nothing missing from this episode. It was jam packed with great pacing and lots of plot progression.

Episode 15, I'll be looking out for you.

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Do you think there's a possibility Show is faking us out and Chi-hyun is NOT the killer? Show has already pulled the it's-not-Ma-Dae-Young twist.

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It could be namdo or the creepy professor.

Although I do like namdo - let's hope that his biggest vice is just being mercenary and not cruel

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That's why Nam Doo is good at being a conman: he's so likable, and yet he also seems so completely able to feel nothing about hurting people for money (not physically, but like when he took advantage of a vulnerable teenage Heo Joon Jae). How much does he really care about Heo Joon Jae, and how much has he partnered with him just for the money? Does liking people affect his predatory behavior at all?

The actor is doing an amazing job, and I'm applauding the writer/show, too, for providing the tension of that scenario.

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I always thought that CH would turn bitter, especially after his expression changed when he heard that all the inheritance would go to HJJ.

There's no other person to become a murderer and I hardly think NM would kill them. It had to be either CH, DY or the step mom.

Plus, there's no more time to change the killer again. If they change the killer to a new person at the last moment, then people might throw eggs and tomatoes on them.

PS: CH's hairstyle also changed. KDramas taught me that when the hair goes up, the attitude and cynicism also goes up. Haha!

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HAHAHAHA!!

+1000000000 for the hair reference.... I am literally rofling.

And yes, they might get tomatoes and eggs too.

Awesome reply. Hahahaha!!

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Hair change = character change

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Wow, yes, the hair went up! OMG...I didn't see. LMAO!

I loved that point as well...

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LOL x 1000
Yes to the hair. Once the hair style has changed and he gets a new suit - man you know he's entering a new arc in character. Only in dramas!!

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BWAHAHA!!

The hair went up. So, the character changed. Hahaha..!!

Brilliant observation, dude. And yes, it happens in K-Dramas only. HAHAHA!!

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I would also join in to appreciate the aptness of the change in hairstyle. Haha!

Like Woo Bin's hair came down towards the end of the Heirs. He started looking cute, vulnerable and nice, opposite to how he was portrayed earlier.

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Hahaha, not only in Heirs, there are many such dramas. And its mostly noticeable in men.

But the best example, which is relatable right now, is that of Heirs.

In Kill Me, Heal Me too, Shin Se Gi had his hair up because he had attitude, but Cha Do Hyun had his hair down because he was just a normal, polite and kind guy.

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Wow, yes, KMHM...correct!

One more that I can remember is Song Joong Ki in Innocent Man. After becoming an anti-hero, his hair had also gone up. Hahahaha! Oh man. K-Dramas and its logic!

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I would add one example too. Nam Goong Min is also one example.

Whenever his hair is up, he plays a negative character. And when it's down, he plays a positive character.

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Okay, my turn. Whatever you guys are playing, I will join too. Haha..Lol!

Kim Hyun Joong- His hairstyle in BOF and PK is all down and in City Conquest is all up.

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I have one!
In YTBLSS, Shin Joon-ho went up, too, after he gave up on his get successful quick project. I was mighty relieved to get rid of the bangs. He looks way better hair up.
I remember it because of JB comment, "Is your new haircut your Felicity moment?" hahahaha

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I have one as well!!

Eric Mun.

When he played a jerk in Que Sera Sera, his hair was up. But when he was fine in Oh Hae Young Again, his hair was down.

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@8.1.2.6.6 tingting,

But when Park Do-kyung and Oh Hae-young married, Eric's character switched to a foxy up-do and looked terrific at their wedding, without reverting to his old self.

Perhaps this is the exception that proves the rule? ;-)

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LOLOLOL...

The hairstyle changed, damn! Haha...

+1000

Also, I think CH is the most feasible option right now. And I agree that there's no time to introduce more characters or to change focus. Also, PJE has always been consistent.

Howmuchever Baek Seung Chan played with Tak Ye Jin in Producers and tried to change the ship, when it was known that BSC has to end up with Cindy, he HAD to end up with Cindy. Period.

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Good point. Agree with the analogy drawn with Producers.

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OMG, I am grounded by such nice replies regarding the last line (about the hairstyle). Haha!

Thank you everyone.

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AGREE..!! +100
hair change = character change.. and it only happened in Kdrama,,!
especially in Heirs... Kim Won changed his hair at the end of the drama.. and also woo bin also changed his hair near the end of drama.. ahahahahhaa... Kdrama totally cracks me up..! fortuneatly, we didn't find truck of doom in LOBTS..hahahahaha..

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There was the car of doom that had hit SC earlier. So, yeah, that one is also fulfilled. Haha!

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Was it not the failed Truck Of Doom attempted-wreckage that led to the sad truck realisation in one of the Beans of Wisdom?

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@Flightey Gazelles, Yep, sad truck started from LOBSTER #5, because the CoD was driven by a chaebol, so a truck wasn't a fit for the VoD part and thus missed out on the rare opportunity to hit a mermaid.

There's actually a lot more to the story than what I posted during the responses to responses round, but I'll save that for another day. I'm still laughing now remembering it. Good times!

I never thought I'd be a fan of ToDs (any VoD, really), but maybe because they are always typecast as the villain, they captured both my imagination and my heart.

I should go back and look at the W ToD bits again. Everyone was brilliant with that. I can't recall who started it, but I really should thank them.

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I second you, TOTALLY!!

The hair one cracked me.

Kekeke ~~

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Okay, so I was reading this entire reply thread carefully. And amidst that I came across that hairstyle reference sentence and I literally rofled. Haha! So true! Avid K-Drama fans know what it means when the hairstyle goes up or comes down. Hahahahaha!

Good point, @AniLoh

@Outfromlurking, I agree with all your points. I don't think I have to type a new comment since you mirror my opinion.

@Jamie, I also think that there's no more scope/time left to rack the focus. Despite my desire of not wanting CH to be the killer, "his hairstyle has changed", actually, and we all know what this means. :(

His eyes and looks and glares have also sharpened. Idk what to think.

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"His eyes and looks and glares have also sharpened."-
Yes, correct. This is actually as significant as the hair.

His glares have sharpened, his words have become icy and his stance has become confident. Like he's no more uri Chi Hyeonie whom we knew.

On a less serious note, I am glad to know that I made so many people feel amused. Haha!!

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@Sid: I think that since the Show has tricked us before with an obvious suspect (Ma Dae Young), it is also deliberately misleading us now with scenes of CH's jealousy, plus his new hairstyle and demeanor. It's too easy! (I could definitely be wrong, though.)

Or it could be that CH was the killer in the previous life, and will redeem himself in this one. What is reincarnation for, after all?

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I hope so, Jamie. :(

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Agree with the hair comment
hair up = villain-level up
hair down = villain-level down (repentance)

See: Young Do in Heirs for reference

But I must say Chi Hyun (Lee Ji Hon) is so freaking hot with hair up.. ugh, why did he turn to evil?

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IDK why but guys with their hair up that way look fab.

I don't know what makes them appealing- that their stance changes or their face looks hotter or maybe "good girls like bad guys" theory works psychologically.

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I've said it before that Lee Ji Hoon is a cutie but now he looks even more handsome.

He kinda reminds me Yoo Ah In in some angles.

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HAHAHAHAHA...THE HAIR REFERENCE! IT IS THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE READ SINCE THIS MORNING!

And I guess everyone likes that sentence because it's 200% true. Hahaha!

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I will also praise that hair comment.

Hahaha, loved it!

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OMG, THIS IS WHAT EVEN I THOUGHT TOO...

Once the hairstyle changes, the personality also changes, which is why I fear that CH has also turned to the dark side.

:(

Good comment. xD

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Whoa! So many great replies for that comment? Aww.. :')

I am thankful, beanies. :')

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I finished the episode, came to DB and here I am, reading this comment and finally wondering:

"Exactly, the hair! How did I miss it?"

Something's not right when the hair goes up. :/

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Don't forget the super sexaaay Lee Hyun and his smart ass cynicism at the start of IRY and his hair coming down when he started softening, getting closer with everyone.

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I definitely have my doubts. I keep thinking, is the director tricking us into believing it is CH? No matter how much I look at the blurred face, it looks like CH. But who knows, they might be doing that only to reveal to us later that it isn't him. They can pull any card on us.

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Yes, exactly. Agreed. The blurred face looked like that of CH to me too.

I hope so too. CH becoming a killer is just so sad. :(

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I had the feeling that Chi hyun is up to no good ever since that episode where they showed the flashback scene in their teenage years where Young Chi Hyun gave Young Joon Jae that evil smile. He definitely learned the ropes from his mother. What happened in Joseon that made him evil and why is it repeating again? In the Joseon storyline, DR grew from a very rich family so here's my theory: Is CH an illegitimate son? Did this make him want to have everything that DR had? If so, it's possible that he killed DR so that he can inherit the riches of the family.

What on earth did that evil stepmom say to JJ's father that drove him to divorce his wife? Like, seriously?

Also Dae Young... I was def right in thinking that he's now living a life like he's being punished for what he did in his past life.

Can't wait for Ep 15! I'll watch it raw again. Thank God I'm learning Korean. I can understand at least 10-15% of their conversations now. haha I can always check on Dramabeans to see if I understood the scenes correctly.

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I know, right? That flashback scene was actually always confusing me. Whenever I thought that "I am sure CH is good", the flashback scene would come up on my mind.

Again an illegitimate son? In that case, could he again be Lord Yang's son? I am not quite sure thought.

Whatever she must have had said, there is always a certain trust in a family, which he was devoid of partially in my very honest opinion.

Hehe, I understand about 80% Korean, but I still prefer subtitles because I have no confidence in speaking Korean, although I can write and read well and understand a bit.

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By illegitimate son, I mean, Chi Hyun being DR's half-brother... or he could be a cousin.

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The blurred face definitely looks like CH. But I think there's room for redemption of his character. His jealousy of Heo Joon Jae is clear and has prompted some very nasty behavior on his part, both as a teenager and as an adult, but he has clearly been troubled by his mother's behavior at points. He also seems to genuinely like and be intrigued by Shim Cheong's quirkiness (and let's face it, her looks: anyone who was plain and that quirky would just be written off as an oddball). That aside, he's probably also motivated by jealousy and competitiveness in his behavior there as well.

I like that the show keeps exploring the various shades of gray in human nature.

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@ Jamie

"He also seems to genuinely like and be intrigued by Shim Cheong’s quirkiness (and let’s face it, her looks: anyone who was plain and that quirky would just be written off as an oddball)."

LOL. I love your comments above. Many times CH's expressions bordered on amusement and attraction. Who wouldn't? Even our cute TH has a crush on her and the four guys who asked for her number:dates..still counting..

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I mean, even I am smitten by her even though I'm a straight female( although some women have been making me question that lately).

That Tae Ho is so cute, I wanna pinch his cheeks

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Professionalism at its best!

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Thanks, javabeans! As soon as I finished watching the episode, I hopped over here to read your recap! It's like enjoying it all over again... :)

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I always look forward to reading JB and GF's recaps. I kept refreshing the page to see if they have posted (for LOTBS, that would be around midnight). Not only do we get to re-live the events but I enjoy reading their reviews and reactions on each episode.

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Anxiously waiting for today's episode. We might be in for some dirty love people hehe

Chi hyun has always been shady to me and this episode confirms it. Creepy...

Love the last scene and the new ost.

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@Javabean, I think you have also mentioned that why KMR is faster than the harpoor

I remember some where saying "Is Kim Dam Ryung faster than the harpoor?"

So in this episode we realized that it was NOT made young's harpoor that Killed Dam Ryung. But it was another person who threw it! So first MD threw it but he failed!! Then a little later another guy threw the second harpoor. That explains Why Kim Dam Rung reached Sehwa faster. :)) After all, this is City Hunter's director! He wouldn't make such a mistake.

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Ok I'm commenting too much but can't help this!
Yes- my apologies to PD nim for doubting your abilities Hahaha I was one of those that said come on how is it possible that he swam faster than the harpoon.
So it's not that harpoon it was someone else. Nice twist!!! Nicely done drama. When I think ahead of your audience, you are doing good! Let's maintain this ok! I have now higher hopes haha

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Ok, so here's the question I have now, with this new scenario: was the person who threw the harpoon aiming for Se-hwa or Dam-ryung?

(P.S. I am relieved the director is not so inept as the original scene made it appear: as someone else noted, like a Joseon Superman, Dam-ryung seemed "Faster than a speeding harpoon!")

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Probably Dam-ryung, since he dived in to save Se-hwa from Lord Yang's harpoon, so whoever threw in another one already aimed it to hit Dam-ryung.

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Now we can all sit back and clap because we all doubted that KDR would be able to travel faster than a harpoon.

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Yep. I was relieved to see a plot hole filled.

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So if Dae Ho's doppleganger didn't kill Dam Ryun and Se Ha, then is it.....?

I can't wait to see what will happen to Shi Ah when Mom realises the reason to her sudden change in attitude.

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Yes, CH...and that's the breaking news right now. Haha!

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So many things that scared me in this rpisode, Namdoo, Chihyun, even the doctor scared me too (my imsgination went wild with ma dae young killed the doctor and stand beside joonjae instead of the doctor)

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hahaha when I saw that scene in the pool, I knew that Chung was going to erase his memory! haha

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Thanks for the recap, JB!

It was interesting to learn that MDY wasn't the ultimate villain/culprit. I had my suspicions only cuz when he threw the harpoon as Lord Yang back then, DR was still on the boat and couldn't have reacted quickly enough to reach the waters to block SW. So, it makes sense that the first one missed her and it was someone else who shot the second one.

Wish CH didn't have to turn evil... I knew ND was up to no good. Thank goodness Chung erased his memory.

So glad that JJ's mom finally learned the truth and plans to look for him. Hope they will meet soon through Chung!! I love how JJ's mom already likes her so much. Their grocery shopping together was so cute, like a mother-in-law teaching a daughter-in-law. XD

TO is so cute and enjoyed stalking Chung on JJ's orders.

LMH is doing great here. The opening crying scene really gutted my heart. And then, the ending when he finally let on that he can hear her real voice... Those words by Chung must have felt like being hit by Thor's hammer on the head. He never knew the dire consequences and now he knows!! So excited for tomorrow!!

P.S. How great to be that cleaning lady who got those free pearls. XD And couple DDR plus that solid punch by Chung that smoked the machine was amazing.

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Hahaha! When she was crying at the movie theater, I was like, "Chung! Don't forget to catch your tears!!!" Wish I was THAT cleaning lady. I would've made a small fortune. Those were BIG tears. Ahhh... I can def relate to Chung. I cried a lot when I watched Titanic for the first time. lol

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Haha! She forgot her black plastic bag!!! And yes, Titanic is a classic and I still remember watching all those years ago. Definitely recall those feels.

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But can you imagine the looks Chung would have gotten if she were wearing a black plastic bag hanging from her ears?!

And just how are you supposed to eat your popcorn when a tear-catcher is deployed?

Aside from the maritime theme of TITANIC, "My Heart Will Go On" might be a bit of hopeful foreshadowing for Chung in particular.

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I'm not ashamed to admit I was wondering if she was catching them in the popcorn bucket.

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From the beginning this show never dissapoints me...i like the pace when alot of people say its very slow and dragging...i think the writer will peel the story step by step per each episode so just enjoy it...why so much complain...honestly for me just lee min ho and jun ji hyun are enough to make me watch this series until the end....lotbs..fighting....rating wise please...

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I agree. I too was happy and never had any problems with the pacing of this drama. I really liked the story, comedy and the OTP sweet and cute moments. I enjoyed each episode and was never bored. The endings and epilogues are the best and PD nim is doing a great job.

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Such a soul-satisfying episode this was! Finally something worthwhile happened and now I love this drama even more.

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THANKS so much, Javabeans, for the recap!! And thanks to all commentators! I am so grateful for this site!! We can all analyse / scream / cry / giggle together after each episode!!
Yes, the plot THICKENS! As much as I didn't want CH to be the villain, he's the most logical choice!
Also, did you all watch the Episode 15 preview?? I wonder what SC has up her sleeves! And I think in the modern version, SHE should be the one protecting HJJ!
I am very new to KDramas so my apologies if I make certain assumptions. As much as I KNOW, it's ONLY a drama, plus I do not want to impose Western-centric feministic lenses on my very first KDrama, (I am FALLING very very hard under its spell and this KDrama has actually prompted me to check out OTHER KDramas ... Omo ... Oh Noes rather ...) I do feel that it could be feeding into the stereotypes of damsels in distress needing protection from the 'princes'. The irony of course, is that in both the original (HC Andersen's The Little Mermaid) and this KDrama versions, it was the MERMAID who saves the male protagonist first.
Sigh ... sorry, I am doing my MA in Children's Lit, and sometimes it really undermines my enjoyment of fairy tales!!
Then again, LOTBS is not just a Joseon era saguek adaptation of Andersen's tale, so I am hoping the writer will up the amp on SC's character, and allow JJH to shine more. I was not a LMH fan (I didn't even know who he is!!) but now I am because he's a fantastic actor. I sign onto this drama hoping to see more of JJH and her acting! So, I am really looking forward to more of her via SC!!

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Welcome to the blackhole( and redhole, and pink fluffy, sugary squeeey, frustrating, tearfesty hole) that is Kdrama. There's no turning back, Muahahahaha!!!!

re: Anderson, I recently watched God's Gift 14 days and discovered the dark story poised as a children story was also written by him.
This man again! I also remember one story whose name's escaping me that was just as twisted about some cursed and bloody feet. What's wrong with him? Morbid fellow!

Still, I'd like to know more of his works. I think they can be wonderful adaptations of character study.

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Welcome to the giddy madness.

There are quite a few shows that have fairy tale/myths as undertones and outright parallels. I've learned quite a few Korean folklore bits as a result.

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I still love this drama, but I gotta say that I'm pretty disappointed about two things:

1) Chihyun going dark. Yes, he did some awful things as a kid, but you could chalk that up to teen brattiness. I wish dramas wouldn't always do that "bad parents = bad kids" trope, especially since it's not like he was raised that way. (His mom kept her antics hidden and he didn't even know his dad.)

2) Joonjae's mom. I always thought it was pretty pathetic that she was "thrown out" of the house with nothing (woman, can't you stand up for yoursel??) and even cut contact with Joonjae. But I thought she would have some reason--like that witch and her murderer lover threatening Joonjae's life if she hung around. But it turns out she just believed that witch would keep her word to treat Joonjae well? That skanky fox swiped your husband from under your nose, did you honestly think you can trust anything she'd say?? Noble idiot with emphasis on idiot. Her declaration now to put that witch in her place comes waaaaaay too late.

It just feels really tiring when evil is so effective (murderer dad keeps getting away, everything is going Chihyun's way and witch stepmom has nearly EVERYONE in dad's circle working for her, like WTF) and good is so impotent. It was like that even in the Joseon arc. And yeah, I do know that good will always have a harder road, but still. I want to see this evil family start to get cornered and get scared for once. They've been too smug for too long.

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I find Nam Doo to be so sketchy, I think that guy is up to no good... He might betray them at the end, who knows. I'm glad Chung wasn't naive enough to buy his crap of how they'll make money for all of them.

I think it was Chi Hyun's past self killed Damryung and Sehwa?

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Anyone wondered why Cheong heart hurt this episode?
I'm sure joon Jae loves her back so it's not just abt love - I know some have said she has to feel loved but I don't think him being petty or ignoring her a bit makes her feel that "unloved"
Is there some universe rule that is yet to be revealed?? That regardless going on land kills her anyway? Noooooo...

Plus I can't wait for JJ reaction - I mean how is he going to react that he needs to make her feel constantly loved and can't even slight her one bit? Ha!

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I logic that it must be because she feels insecure and does not trust his love because she has not been able to reveal the truth to him. I believe her heart will continue to beat on only if HJJ loves and accepts her as she is. Right now, SC does not know or feel that's true.

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Im going to bet chi hyun fell in love with se hwa in the joseon timeline. And he probably was aiming for dam ryung and not se hwa. i cant wait for ep 15!

Nam doo really changed my view of him when he said, 'Cry' to Cheong. That was seriously creepy...

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I also think the same. Oh how wonderful it would be then! hahaha..plot twists!

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I find Namdoo harmless compared to CH. Now CH being jealous of DR-SH would be an interesting twist in the plot.

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As much as I love this drama, the scenes with the evil stepmother, murderer father, and the son boils me inside. I get angry every time they appear on screen. I just hate watching them win every time, especially that stepmom. Her situation is so similar to reality where X marries I, O, and Y and each dies unexpectedly. Why did no one catch that?

Like all dramas, I'm sure that when they lose, they lose hard but in the mean time, I was to claw their eyes out. And from the preview, did that devil son knock out his dad?

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I don't think it's the dad he pulls the oxygen from, I think it's the driver!

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I going between two people that could possibly thrown the harpoon...and I hope it is neither one of them T.T

but I am really enjoying this drama and I can't wait to see where it goes...just don't break my heart plllleeeaaasseee!!!

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Gosh. pls tell me. it couldn't have been chi-hyun right? he couldn't have been the one to throw the harpoon right? it'll be sad.

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Thank goodness its finally out that she knows he could hear hier thoughts. and he knows her heart would harden and die.
I've been finiding ep 8 to 13 slow. And i find tat at the expensese of the cute, the fluffy and the funny, it took away from what would and should be a deep unparalleled loveline. It feels like JoonJae is the one with the deeper love while Cheong is still flitting in out in her mind with the refrain Ho Joon Jae likes me. Like i said its cute, but i want the intensity of lovem the one i feel for DamRyung and SeHwa.

LOBS was a drama that i really liked from the initial plotlines to the trailer. And both leads very likable too. But unfortunately while i do like the drama, im not really hooked. It didnt give me the rush nor make me chase eaqch episode.. although ive been wishing it did

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I do feel like stepbrother isnt the main villain tho. I mean he could be but my bet is still on namdoo. I mean they show the real killer with blurred face And then they cut to a CH scene. Its like 'oh look the trick is happening over here but the real trick is happening somewhere else.

And while theres no reason why namdoo would want to kill KDR/HJJ and SC/SH i think it would be good if he was the killer because theres a lot of character development?... on his part. And i quite like him... sometimes... so it would be heartbreaking for me and HJJ if the killer was his closest friend. And the show wouldnt be changing the killer twice because they never actually said it was CH.

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come to think of it, it might be true cuz if there is someone who also opposes JH and chung relationship it will be ND. I wish not anyway cuz that will severe the bromance.

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The way they set things up in the flashback about how Nam Doo and HJJ met, it's obvious that HJJ helped him step up his cons to an entirely new level, and why would he want to lose the gravy train?

It will be tragic, but I totally would understand, especially after his near euphoric reaction to planning what he would do with Chung once he found out she was a mermaid (TWICE!)

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But that blurred face had Chi Hyun's look in it :/

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Yep, the face shape is what I found myself focusing on and came to the same conclusion.

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probably. It maybe any of those two. Nan Doo is driven by greed and jelousy and CH is that way too. I think Nam Doo is shady and HJJ shouldn't trust him cuz he took advantege of him and didn't help him to find his mom. Nam Doo, we don't know his past character. and CH probably wad a loyal to Yang. and maybe that is why he reborn as his son.

The writer is now sending all of us in a good mistery.

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I was initially raging at how trusting Chung was with Nam Doo, praying she would lie her way through his questions. So it made his memory wipe that much more satisfying. I had suspected mermaids could erase memories without kissing when Chung offered to erase bereaved mom's memory, but was amazed to learn they can choose the exact time period to erase. It did cross my mind, however, as Chung made Nam Doo relive the moment over and over how dangerous this could potentially be, since Joon Jae eventually recovered his lost memories. Or is Joon Jae special because they have a history together?

My love for Lee Ji Hoon may be blinding me, but I still trust Chi Hyun. He was adorable parroting her internet slang ("call"), and "That's a relief" sounded like genuine interest to me. He looks so good with his hair up.

Tae Oh was the cutest today being given permission to openly stalk Chung. I hope he finds the driver working for Stepmom with his kickass hacking skills. Shi Ah is so going to fall for Tae Oh at this rate.

A big thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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I am so proud of my LEE MINHO???

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CH is too greedy.with his stepfather's connection and his education he can make it but he wants the wealth that is not his.i even think it's too late for him to have personality change.i don't think i've watched any drama where we know the villian at the latter half of the drama.there are supposed to be signs.Has anyone seen Namdoo,shiah and taeoh in the past life??

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javabeans: Aha, so is the mermaid kiss just a figure of speech, and not necessarily a kiss?
Waaaay back in the beginning, the fisherman only said the mermaid had to touch folk to steal their soul (that's the sub I remember), no kissing mentioned, no memory loss either, although I could see some feeling like having one's memory erased would be like having at least part of their soul stolen.

I know we're in the wind down time, and there's a lot of story line ground to still be covered in the show...

HOWEVER...my one earnest wish is that we at least have one last super funny bit where HJJ has to keep avoiding letting Chung touch him because she wants to wipe his memory rather than have to ask him if he's been keeping her around despite knowing she's a mermaid so he can use her as Namdoo was babbling on about. Call me shallow and juvenile for my wish--I don't care! My k-addict heart wants what it wants, so no sense denying it.

It would give a nice twist to the push-pull in romance. Chung: "Oh, but I want a kiss/cuddle/hold your hand", HJJL "No you don't! You just want to erase my memory again!" XD

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Omo! Me too!
This will be gold comedy - we should have this or I'll be disappointed!!!

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I'm actually glad at how the writer chose to frame the reasons she wanted to do it better than I suspected it might go.

I'll talk about it more in the ep comments, but woo that was fun to see.

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Now....the tone of this show start to be more serious and dark....and its freak me out that may be..its just my assumption..chungs heart hurts because it signs HJJ in danger? ...remember when HJJ fights with MDY in ep 10 and HJJ barely saves and find her in the seashore...Chungs heart was also hurt at that time....happy ending please PD nim....

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When will SC get her pink octopus?? She deserves it already for perseverance alone :P

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I'm telling you!!
Do mermaids eat octopus? Why is it so determined to never reach her hands? Even when Joon Jae finally caught it, he got arrested before he could give it her.

And she keeps on trying but Octopus is all, "you'll never get me alive!!". Stubborn mofo!!!!!

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When HJJ is "teaching" her how to drink, she wails about how awful humans treat octopi. The sub I saw had her say that to her, an octopus is like a dog is to them, as in, a pet that is a wonderful companion.

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Heh my mom just asked me who's the main actress in LOTBS. I told her 'Jun Ji Hyun' and she's like 'she's such a natural in the characters she's in! It feels like she really IS the mermaid'. She was a fan of YWCFTS and is now following LOTBS hehe.