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Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 17

Today is packed with revelations, confessions, and bends in the road, which makes it fitting for being the first episode to finally break that 20% ratings barrier (20.8% was the number). Of course, I’m sure the lack of competition had a part in it (its MBC and KBS rivals aired their finales yesterday), but hey, let’s not look a gift ratings horse in the mouth.

 

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

Chung grabs Dae-young’s hand in preparation to wipe his memory, and is flooded with memories from his life, both past and present. She sees how Dam-ryung died in the sea to save Se-hwa, and realizes that Joon-jae lied about their happy ending.

Devastated, she lets go of Dae-young’s hand, and he looks around in surprise, asking who she is and where they are. He looks genuinely confused when she calls him a killer and says that she heard the screams of his victims. He asks who he supposedly killed, while images of his victims flit through his mind.

Chung thinks, Born with blessings and raised as somebody’s family, they fell in love and dreamed of a future growing old with that person. Aloud, she adds, “You took those people’s futures and destroyed them in one moment.”

Dae-young says he doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but Chung says she’ll do the same to him, and turn his life into a blank slate, “So that you can’t remember anything, or receive forgiveness.”

Nervously, he backs away from her as steps toward him, until he reaches the railing of the roof. He suddenly pulls out a knife and holds it up at her, but Chung grabs his arm and easily overpowers him, and the knife clatters to the ground.

She closes her eyes to finish the memory job, and this time, the vision from the past continues where it left off: As Dam-ryung dies in the water, Se-hwa drives the harpoon through herself to die with him.

In the present, Chung clutches her chest as though feeling the same jab, and Dae-young seizes the moment to run. She falls to her knees, doubled over in pain.

Dae-young collides with a pedestrian in his haste to get away, and the man recognizes his face as the fugitive killer. He hurries away, while the man calls the authorities to report the sighting.

Joon-jae faces his resistant father and pleads with him one last time to trust him and leave together. Dad refuses again, and Joon-jae has no choice but to leave him there, turning away with tears falling from his eyes. Joon-jae rejoins his teammates, and they leave the house together.

Stepmom arrives to crash Jin-joo’s gathering, and Jin-joo pretends to be surprised to see her here. She says that she didn’t invite her because she didn’t want Stepmom feeling uncomfortable, and when Stepmom asks why that would be, that’s Jin-joo’s cue to call out for “unni” to join them.

In steps Mom, looking supremely elegant as she joins the table. Ooh, this should be good.

Chung arrives to an empty house and looks around wistfully, thinking how happy she was here: No matter how cold it was outside, it was a warm place I could come back to. A place to talk with you, and laugh, and eat, and play. A place where I could see you anytime, where I could love you whole-heartedly. But I don’t think I can be here, next to you.

At the gathering, Jin-joo tells Stepmom that she may as well stay, since she’s already here. Then she explains why she called them together, introducing Mom as Chairman Heo’s first wife and telling the story of her dramatic reunion with her long-lost son. The ladies are appropriately thrilled by the story, while Stepmom looks sour.

Mom tells Stepmom in a tone of steely calm, “I told you I would find our Joon-jae and restore him to his rightful place. Look forward to it.”

But Stepmom replies that it won’t be easy restoring him to his original place, “Because that place has disappeared.” She announces to the group that her husband recently notarized a will leaving everything to her and Chi-hyun, which startles everyone.

Stepmom tells everyone pointedly that she’ll remember their faces, and that they ought to pray they’ll never need her help in the future. The ladies fidget uncomfortably, and after Stepmom leaves, Jin-joo erupts into incredulous exclamations at how the chairman must be crazy. Mom sits there silently, holding her upset reaction in.

Stepmom calls Dae-young on her drive home, and he answers the call from “J” cautiously, not knowing who she is. He says he’s being chased but doesn’t understand why, and Stepmom thinks he’s losing it because he’s skipped taking his meds. But Dae-young looks around and says, “I don’t even know who I am.”

Chi-hyun returns home and checks on Dad, and asks if anybody dropped by. Dad lies that he was sleeping and didn’t notice anything, which makes Chi-hyun’s gaze sharpen, since the housekeeper confirmed hearing voices coming from the room. Then when he checks the security footage, he hears that there was a two-hour outage in the video and screams in rage.

Tae-oh hands over the files he copied from the chairman’s computer, and confirms to his team and the detectives that the chairman did leave his inheritance to Stepmom and Chi-hyun. Nam-doo marvels at the chairman’s coldness in cutting Joon-jae off entirely, and looks more shocked than Joon-jae does.

But Joon-jae says that there’s no proof that his father reviewed the terms of the will, noting that his father seemed nearly blind. Which certainly fits Stepmom’s M.O. with her previous husbands. Detective Hong barks at Joon-jae for leaving without his father, but Joon-jae replies that his father told him he didn’t trust him because he was a con artist.

Then Joon-jae asks Detective Hong to look into the pieces of evidence he took from the house: the vial from Stepmom’s drawer, which contains a needle; the prescription pills; and the photo of the purple flowers overflowing in her room. Nam-doo recognizes them as wolfsbane, or “stepmother’s poison,” which was said to be used by stepmothers in Roman times to kill princes who threatened the succession. There have been reported cases of people being poisoned with water in which the flower was boiled.

Joon-jae presses for the cops to get a search warrant with this evidence, and while the partner starts to protest that it’s not that easy, Detective Hong shocks him by agreeing.

With nowhere to go, Dae-young huddles to himself in a corner of an alley, and Stepmom comes to pick him up. He looks blankly at her when she tells him her current name, so she switches to her old one, Kang Ji-hyun—and that has a stronger pull on his memory, which flashes back to a childhood scene from the orphanage:

In it, a young Ji-hyun introduces herself to a young Dae-young, who’d just been un-adopted by the same family that will be soon taking her in; he’d been rejected by the family because he’d had nightmares every night and cried in his sleep. Ji-hyun asks if she can be penpals with him, and he agrees. She asks what he’s drawing on the ground, and we see that it’s a mermaid.

Joon-jae comes home to the sounds of loud music from Chung’s room, and finds her lying in bed looking ill. He checks on her in concern, but she pushes him away and says with irritation that she wants him to leave her alone to her thoughts. She’s been struggling to get her thoughts in order, but the idea of him being able to hear them has made her unable to work through anything, and she snaps that she hates the idea that he can hear what she’s thinking.

She says she’ll leave so she can think, and Joon-jae hastily replies that he’ll leave instead, so she can think as much as she wants. But first he pulls her in an embrace, asking if she’s truly okay. Joon-jae says he’ll sleep on the sofa, assuring her that he won’t be able to listen in from there. He even offers to tell her if he can hear anything, to ease her mind.

Joon-jae heads out to the couch where Nam-doo is resting, and says that Chung wanted him to leave so she could think. Nam-doo guesses that Chung’s found out something undesirable about Joon-jae, and although Joon-jae says that there’s nothing left that he’s hiding, Nam-doo contradicts him: When a woman needs space to think, it means the guy has done something wrong, and she’s thinking about how to react. Joon-jae tries to figure out what that might be.

Stepmom urges Dae-young to tell her what he can remember, so he lists them off: the orphanage, Kang Ji-hyun, and various people he doesn’t recognize, all dead with various wounds. “I can hear the screams of dead people,” he says, “but I don’t know why they’re doing that to me.”

Stepmom tells him that even without his memories, “Ma Dae-young is Ma Dae-young,” and describes him as someone who took his revenge, no matter what. That doesn’t ring any bells for Dae-young, who shrugs it off.

So Stepmom reminds him that the world threw him away, and that he always felt like he was being stepped on and therefore took his revenge on that world. She chalks up his memory loss to his anger management problems, saying that it must be a side effect of losing control. The she smiles at him, telling him not to worry, since he has her: “I’ll tell you who your revenge is on.” Sure you will, lady.

In the morning, Joon-jae wakes Chung for breakfast and makes a show of the huge headphones he’s wearing, assuring her that he can’t hear anything. Aw, I love you. You’re sweet.

He keeps the headphones blaring music as he cooks, and proceeds to shout at his roommates. Tae-oh snatches the headphones away, since they’re his, and Joon-jae wonders why his throat is so hoarse. Then Chung shows up and Joon-jae hurriedly shoves the headset back over his ears.

Detective Hong gets pushback from his boss about the evidence against Stepmom being obtained illegally, and argues that Joon-jae is family and was let inside the house without breaking or entering. The boss points out that he was wearing exterminator’s clothing, and Detective Hong argues, “He just likes that kind of clothing. That’s his personal preference!”

He presses his boss, saying that the pills are a powerful paralytic, and that she used them on the chairman before using the needle on his cornea. Still, the boss refuses to proceed with a warrant.

While Detective Hong stakes out the Heo mansion with Joon-jae, he fills him in on his meeting with Dad’s doctor. The doctor confirmed that the needle damage could have been the source of the chairman’s deteriorating eyesight, and said he’d need his cornea transplant soon. Tae-oh
hacks into the system to get info on the lawyers involved in the chairman’s will, and Detective Hong sighs at the ease of the hack and closes his eyes (literally and figuratively) to it, saying that he didn’t see anything.

Stepmom checks her pill stash, then calls in the housekeeper to ask if anybody has been in the room. Tae-oh’s hack into the security system allows the stakeout team to hear her conversation, and now that they know she’s suspicious, it puts the pressure on them to act quickly. Joon-jae decides that tomorrow will be their D-Day, with or without that warrant.

When Stepmom brings Dad his medicine, he doesn’t take it right away—Joon-jae’s words have triggered suspicions, and he tucks the pills into a crumpled tissue and tosses it into the trash.

But just around the corner is Stepmom, having seen the whole thing. Ack! Just when I was getting excited that he was onto something! His hesitation to take the pills have made her wary, and now she knows he mistrusts her.

Joon-jae’s mother visits Manager Nam in the hospital, and his wife is happy to hear of her reunion with Joon-jae. She’s afraid to be too hopeful about Ajusshi recovering from his coma miraculously, saying that they’ve never been blessed with much luck. Mom tells her reassuringly that there’s a balance to fortunes, and that they’ve simply used up their bad luck, and have good luck ahead of them.

In his coma, Ajusshi continues to dream of his Joseon counterpart, fleeing with Dam-ryung’s hidden scroll. He trembles as he hides, only to be found by one of his pursuers: Joseon Nam-doo. Ajusshi’s fingers move more as he dreams.

Nam-doo meets with a manager at the aquarium posing as an investor for a new aquarium project, saying that he’s in research mode. He feigns interest in the amounts of money that a whale, for instance, might be worth, and then asks about a real, live mermaid. The manager says that the closest anyone’s ever gotten to one is finding a potential mermaid corpse that was never confirmed to be genuine, but speculates that a real mermaid would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. You can practically see the dollar signs light up in Nam-doo’s eyes.

A brief flashback shows us that Nam-doo had followed his hunch to Chung’s room, where he’d found her jar full of pearls. Then, he’d overheard the late-night poolside conversation between Joon-jae and Chung, when Joon-jae had teasingly called her a flighty mermaid.

Chung calls over her fashionista friend and Yoo-na, and thinks to herself that she wanted to see them one last time before leaving. She knows Yoo-na can hear her thoughts and motions for her not to say anything, then thanks the girl for being her first friend, saying that she occasionally felt like Chung’s unni. She calls Fashionista her teacher, telling her how smart she is: “It was a stroke of good luck that I met you.” Chung pulls them in for a three-way hug.

Shi-ah calls Joon-jae to request a talk, so he meets her at a cafe and opens with the news of his mother. Shi-ah tries to make it sound like she’d felt close to her housekeeper all along and thinks maybe it’s fate that she turned out to be his mother. He asks how that would be fate, and she nervously makes her confession: that she likes him as a man.

She admits that she’s looked more at his back than at his eyes over the years, and that she knows there’s someone else in his heart, but says she can wait. She knows how interesting and appealing Chung is, but thinks she’ll be leaving at some point anyway.

Joon-jae cuts her off to tell her not to wait, and that Chung isn’t going anywhere: “And if she were to go anywhere, I would follow here there.” He urges Shi-ah not to wait for him, and to find someone who will look her in the eye rather than show her his back. He apologizes for not saying this sooner, and Shi-ah blinks away her tears.

Joon-jae finds Chi-hyun waiting outside his house, and the two face off contentiously. Chi-hyun accuses Joon-jae of sneaking into his house, while Joon-jae, angry about his father’s condition, decks him in the face. Chi-hyun tries and fails to punch him back, and Joon-jae socks him a second time.

Chi-hyun sneers that Dad doesn’t want a con artist for a son, and that he’d said having Chi-hyun was enough. Joon-jae grabs him by the lapels, asking why Chi-hyun hadn’t told him of Dad’s eyesight. Chi-hyun replies, “I did tell you. You ignored it.”

“And that it was your mother’s doing?” Joon-jae asks. Chi-hyun stiffens, and Joon-jae guesses that he’d known what she was doing and just (hur?) turned a blind eye. “Why, you crazy bastard?” Joon-jae yells. He tells Chi-hyun to stop Stepmom, warning that he’ll act if he doesn’t: “If you keep going, you and your mother will both die. I’ll see to it.”

Joon-jae starts to walk away, but Chi-hyun stops him with the accusation that he’d used Chung as a distraction to lure Chi-hyun out of the house. This is news to Joon-jae, but he doesn’t betray it to Chi-hyun.

Back in the house, Joon-jae hears more music blaring from Chung’s room and finds her lying in bed again, brooding. He takes a seat next to her and asks her to share all those thoughts she wants to keep him from hearing.

Chung tells him of that jade bracelet she’d found in the sea, which she’d thought a chance discovery. But she realizes it wasn’t coincidence, and that the moment she found it is when their fate began repeating.

“I’d always wanted to know why I crossed that wide ocean to come here,” she tells him. “But that was fate too. One that shouldn’t have started again.” She reminds him of his story about Dam-ryung and Se-hwa living happily ever after, and knows that it’s a lie. In the end, they both died because of each other, she says, in the cold water.

He’s stunned that she knows that, and she explains her encounter with Dae-young, and how she saw his memories as she erased them. She realized then what Joon-jae had meant by his bad dreams, and says, “I was your most feared dream. Right?” And even knowing how their fate ended up, he would have repeated them.

He denies it, saying that they won’t repeat. She says she should never have come, and he asks, “Do you regret it? Meeting me, coming here, and being together?”

A montage reminds us of their time together, from their meeting in Spain to their reunion in Seoul, and all the sweet moments as they grew closer. Chung answers, “No. I don’t regret it. How could I regret it?”

Joon-jae tells her he felt the same when he found out; he couldn’t regret any of it, either. “No matter how I thought of it, meeting you wasn’t something I could feel regret about.”

She says she’s scared he’ll die because of her, but he replies that even if that were to happen, her heart must go on beating: “You should know by now, that even if I’m not next to you, I’ll still continue loving you.”

Tae-oh answers a call from Shi-ah, who wails at him tearfully that this is all his fault. He finds her at the noraebang where she’s working out her heartbreak by sobbing out sad love songs, and watches with some exasperation at first, then amusement. Oh, we’re doing this then? Consolation romance?

She asks if he was this sad too (when she rejected him, ha), and cries that it feels like her heart is ripping apart. Tae-oh takes a seat by her and lets her cry on his shoulder.

Chairman Heo wakes in bed that night and cautiously makes his way outside, stopping when he hears Stepmom telling somebody to stay in the empty basement. She’s in her parlor with Dae-young, and gives him instructions on avoiding being seen.

Detective Hong, still staking out the house from the street, hears this via the hacked security system, and wonders how this person got into the house without their notice. The only way is if someone had been in her car when she came home.

Chairman Heo quietly works his way down the staircase as Stepmom tells Dae-young that the chairman will recognize his voice as his new secretary’s, and instructs him to act like he’s helping him while ensuring that he doesn’t go anywhere, and to prevent him from making any calls. All through this lecture, Dae-young registers no recognition of any of these people or details, and Stepmom exclaims in frustration that they’re so close to their goal.

Dad seems to realize what this means, and hurries to go back upstairs without being seen. Unfortunately, his foot misses a step and makes a loud thump, which draws Stepmom’s attention.

She comes out of the parlor to look around, and shakes aside her suspicion when she doesn’t see anybody—and then catches a glimpse of Chairman Heo crouching in the shadows. Dammit, can’t the man ever catch a break?

Detective Hong replays the audio of that conversation to Joon-jae’s team, but because Dae-young never said a word, they’re left to guess at the other person’s identity. But when Stepmom mentions him not being able to remember anything, Chung speaks up, naming Dae-young, knowing that he has no memory. The detective asks why he would have forgotten everything, but Joon-jae steps in to tell him to ask the man himself.

Chairman Heo turns off his phone and slides it under his bed. Stepmom brings him his medicine and says she’ll be leaving for the evening, then asks where his cell phone is. He says he doesn’t know, so she gives it a call, and smiles in satisfaction at the automated voice telling her that it’s off.

He calls her back with one last question, asking if she’s ever loved him in all the time they’ve been together. She replies that she’s never not loved him, and leaves.

Once he hears the door close, the chairman throws out the pills and takes a drink of water—and pauses at the strange taste, since he can’t see that the water is dark brown. Nor does he see Stepmom, standing inside the room, watching like a creepo.

The detective on stakeout spots Stepmom leaving the house and follows, while she makes a call to Chi-hyun to suggest meeting for drinks “in a place with lots of people.” Is she making an alibi? Chi-hyun registers the statement with alarm and declines, saying that he’ll be busy, and then orders his driver home.

In his bedroom, the chairman is hit with massive chest pain and clutches his heart. He fumbles under the bed for his phone, and manages to turn it on and hit Number 1 on speed dial… which, aw, is Joon-jae’s number.

But Joon-jae is out in the living room with his team, while his phone rings in vain on his nightstand. Noooooooo! Why are phones always on vibrate in crucial situations?

Dad gets voicemail, and starts to leave a message. Meanwhile, Dae-young gets to work clearing out all the wolfsbane from Stepmom’s parlor.

Chi-hyun arrives to see Dae-young with the flowers, and hurries inside the house.

Soon afterward, Joon-jae checks the message on his phone, bolting to his feet when his father says in a pained voice, “Joon-jae-ya, I was wrong…” He leaves the house in a hurry, telling Nam-doo that he might not come home tonight… and then Nam-doo eyes Chung with an unnerving look. Uh-oh.

As Joon-jae speeds to his father’s house, we hear the rest of that phone message: “Your father’s choices were wrong from the very beginning through the end. Why was that so hard to acknowledge? Why did it take me so long? I missed you. I wanted to return to when it was us, with you and your mother. Why did I ignore those feelings? What was so hard about saying the words I was wrong? I regret it so much, Joon-jae-ya.”

Joon-jae drives faster, and pulls up in front of an ambulance. He races inside the gate, then freezes to see the medics carrying out a body on a stretcher, face covered by a sheet. Joon-jae looks at the body with trepidation as his father’s message continues, “If I could do it over, I want to go back to being my wife’s husband, and my son’s father. That’s probably me being greedy. I’m sorry, Joon-jae-ya.”

Slowly, Joon-jae works up the nerve to approach the body, and pulls back the sheet. Crap, it’s his father.

“I love you, my son,” the message concludes. Joon-jae flinches back from the stretcher, saying in disbelief that it’s not time yet. He falls to his knees as the medics load the body into the ambulance and breaks down into big, gasping sobs.

“It’s not time yet,” Joon-jae cries. “Dad!”

 
COMMENTS

Poor Joon-jae. Even through the last scene, I was half-expecting the show to twist the scenario and save Dad, for multiple reasons: First, it would give Joon-jae a chance to have a face-to-face reconciliation (that phone message was acceptable, I suppose, but not fully satisfying), and for the chairman to actively denounce his wife rather than merely realize her perfidy quietly before dying, and would also give Chi-hyun the chance to be the better man. (The show has kept him on that verge all this while, and when he denied his mother’s invitation and raced home, I really thought he might have a shot at saving his father.)

But the chairman died, and I suppose it allows the story to head in a different direction and provide Joon-jae with fresh motivation. It’s one thing to fight your step-family for a chunk of an inheritance you don’t really want, but it’s another to be driven to avenge a father’s murder. I feel moved by the death inasmuch as it affects Joon-jae, but to be honest I wish the show had been sharper with this plot point, because I didn’t have a whole lot of sympathy left for the poor chairman after he turned Joon-jae away and gave his poisoner more opportunities to do him in. I did appreciate the chairman’s turnaround at the end, because it was so unequivocally repentant, and there’s satisfaction in hearing him concede to everything Joon-jae had charged him with. But the satisfaction is dimmed in knowing that it came too late, and that he was the foolish one for walking into his own demise. I mean, it’s not his fault that somebody was trying to kill him, and nobody deserves to be murdered, no matter how stupid they are—it’s just that at a certain point, you have a hand in keeping yourself safe, and wearing those blinders sealed his doom.

I was relieved that Chung didn’t run away, as the previous episode seemed to hint, although that doesn’t guarantee that she no longer plans to. Perhaps she still will make the attempt, but I was glad that Joon-jae got the chance to draw it out of her and make all the assurances he could, like telling her that he would continue to love her no matter what happened to him. He also swore to follow Chung even if she did leave (even if he didn’t say that bit to her), so I think we’ve established pretty clearly that it does no good for Chung to run away in order to protect him. Ahem. I hope she’s listening to this.

This does leave me wondering what’s left ahead of us, because the story seems to be winding to a close, and we know who all the baddies are and the path seems rather clear to making a case for capturing them. Dae-young is probably a threat as long as he’s alive, as is Chi-hyun, but the former has been neutralized and the latter is still more reactive than proactive. I suppose that does leave Nam-doo… and sometimes the dormant threats are the ones with the most power to blow things up.

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All I can is Lee Min Ho's acting is great!! LMH rocked the last scene!! Kudos to Lee Min Ho!! ??????His cry scene was SO sad, real and painful!!! ???????
The time that Hoe Jun Jae recalls his dad's statement "I love you Jun Jae my son" and then followed by Hoe Jun Jae kneeling down and crying sadly had the highest rating of 25.4%
??????? Opppa!! We Minoz are proud of you!!

PS Hoe Jun Jae is Lee Min Ho's best character so far!! Thanks to Park Ji Eun writer-nim!! ?????

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Didn't this writer also pen Heirs? Heheheh

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No, this is a different writer.If I'm not wrong, Heirs and Goblin have the same writer.

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Heirs is written by Kim Eun Sook, the writer of DoTS and Goblin. While Park Ji Eun is the writer of You Who Came From the Star and The Producers

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This is writer of my live from another star

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This episode was stressful to Me, going through a stressful few days and this episode was just the cherry on top of the stress cream but it was good regardless

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Yes, I'm starting to stress out about this show too. Nam-Doo is getting scary.

I want my happy ending Dog-gone-it!!

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I realised Nam doo was always scary he literally moved into Joon Jae's house because he thought Joon Jae was dead he was always going to go bad he had something sinister hidden underneath the guise of being annoying

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I suspect Nam-Doo may help save the day in the very end after he makes a mess of everything.

Still wondering how the little girl can hear the mermaid's voice?

Loving this show...it's just so feel good!

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She has a pure heart,more likely that's why she could hear it

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Owwwwwsssshhh!

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Wonder if everything can be covered sufficiently in 3 eps. It's ramping up, but I'm doubtful that it will tie up loose ends the way we want. And man, Nam-doo's getting scary. He'd better not try anything to Chung..aren't they the only two people left in the house at the moment? Manager Nam better get up soon too, hopefully warn Joon-jae about what he dreamt...

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I get a feeling that many things would just be left like that and focus will be racked only on the main people/culprit and the happy ending.

Probably because there's no enough time.

I just don't want it to be rushed badly, like it always happens with K-Dramas.

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Gonna bet that while Jun Jae is way to busy to punish that psyhopath he will totally miss the enemy that was all this time by his side aka Nam Doo,he more likely take the chance and use it to try and sell Chung for money that if the Secretary doesn't wake up and gives him some clues from his dreams...

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3 episodes is more than enough for them to resolve everything, especially because our hero has been tailing the villains for the past few episodes and he's so close to catching them.

Prediction: ahjussi will wake up at the end of next episode (cliff-hanger). Dad probably entrusted him with some important documents that will help HJJ.

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Hmm yeah loving TLOBS!

I agree. I think the 3eps to come will be eventful. ?

Ooo interesting predictions! I wonder what papers or rather scrolls ahjussi in past life has (coz it seemed like past story ended and now I'm thinking did it really??). I hope Nam joo character will surprise us. (By not going to dark side. Thoughni think hes gonna kidnapp our mermaid and so HJJ will go wild looking 4 her. With Nam joo, doesn't loyalty or his friendship to HJJ mean anything? I hope in the end it does. ☺

Anyway, the pace of story has been awesome since the beginning so I have hope he show will end well. Aja aja fighting!✊

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Was anyone else's reaction "NOOOO!" when he arrived at his dad's house at the end? I really didn't think they'd kill the dad (at least before I started watching this episode).
So much sadness all around!

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I screamed: ANDWAEEEEE... AHBUJJIIIII!!!

I thought Chi-yeon would have come in time to save him. But no... (who knows, maybe he ended up helping Dae-young instead... rrrrr)

I never liked Dad. I despised him for ditching Mom and letting Joon-jae go. I wanted him to regret his mistakes and be punished for them. But but but... I never wished for him to die either. In my eyes, he was still redeemable.

Plus, imagine the regret Joon-jae would have! He hadn't been talking with Dad for 10 years. The last conversation they had was a mess. He was so close to saving Dad, but failed anyway. He'd blame himself, even though he had already tried his best and it's not his fault Dad was killed.

But, I like that we have a very strong and reasonable motivation for Joon-jae to fight with the trio murderer now. Before, I kept thinking that all we need to do was to let Stepmom has all the inheritance (after saving Dad, of course) to save Joon-jae from trouble. He doesn't want it anyway. But now, I'm rooting for Joon-jae to avenge Dad's murderer.

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i have a feeling that they'll flashback to chi yeon arriving in dad's room where he hears him on the phone to joon jae telling him how he made the wrong choice. then chi yeon doesn't go to help him. almost every scene has been like this related to chi yeon, & it is one of the few things about this drama that irritates me. how is his character so weak? he's the only dad he's ever known for 10+ years & he genuinely treated him WELL (better than joon jae as a child!) but simply because he gets hurt by his dad's affection for joon jae - which hes never even brought up to him - he allows him to be hurt & killed?

i don't get why they keep trying to act like chi yeon has remorse because it's one thing to do nothing & ignore bad things around you, & another to be faced with a choice of fixing it or ignoring & CHOOSING to do nothing.

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I think Chi-yeon did get there in time. But after listening to the call with HJJ, he let him die. The kid gets really weird if dad says anything nice about HJJ. I guess we'll see something about how it all went down in the next episode.

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I think all your guesses are right but someone must have called the ambulance so I think likely it's CH. Everytime CH talks to Dad or about Dad, you can see the emotional pain and longing. This guy ought to get a GF! Get a life and just leave the murderous duo for good.

I feel bad for JJ now coz he is gonna be really heartbroken. The dad is an idiot but he doesn't deserve to die. Not like this ...

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Totally agree on the whole get a life and a gf and leave the murders behind!

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I screamed aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! ? Poor Dad.

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That was exactly what I screamed at the TV.... NOOOOOO!!! I can't believe they brought them that close to redemption and let him die. I thought maybe it would be someone else under the sheet...... Like Ma Dae Young?

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Oh em gee, Nam-doo is so shady. Will he join team Ma Daeyoung in the end and turn his back on Chung and Joonjae?

I sense a romance possibly blooming between Taeoh and Shiah, is it just me?

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I like Chi Hyun's new hairdo. It has so much character development.
He did try to kill the Secretary, so he would need to take a stand against his mom if there is any hope for redemption.

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Lee Min Ho is taking HJJ and running wild with this role! His performance today was absolutely amazing in every way. I give him a standing ovation. You've really outdone yourself LMH!

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You think? I've been watching every episode and I just don't feel his connection with any of the characters. Especially don't feel any chemistry with Cheong. Lee Min Ho's acting is fine, I just don't believe it. The most interesting relationships are between Cheong and her band of friends. I also think Won-Ho's character is fascinating and would have enjoyed knowing more backstory about Tae-O.

You can tell that this has been a big budget drama and I enjoyed the overseas scenes. In general, Legend has left me a bit disappointed. It's no Love From Another Star.

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Sadly, I agree with you. I actually stopped watching about six episodes ago. Love both leads, but the story does not captivate me at all. Sometimes even if the story is plotless or boring, but if the leads have chemistry, I'll put up with it. Not with LOBS though. MLFAS is my all time favorite drama, so I think I'll go and re-watch it now :)

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T______T omg, why they need to kill the chairman heo so fast.........
this should be the saddest episode........ #sobbing

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I think the whole stepmom/Chi Hyun/Ma Dae Young thing will be more or less resolved next episode leaving the characters thinking the threats are behind them only for Nam Doo to be revealed as the real big bad of the show. He'll probably try and harm or sell (?) Cheong by threatening Joon Jae. And if he knows she can erase memories he'll know to avoid it this time.

I'm so on board for the Tae Oh/Shi Ah romance. I usually don't care for consolation romances but in this case, I actually think it's adorable because it's been building up for a while. So cute.

And wow, Lee Min Ho killed it this episode. I always though City Hunter or Faith was his favourite show for me but this may win them out in terms of performance. Bravo!

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OMG. Lee Min Ho has gotten so much better in acting, right? It's not just me being blinded by his hotness in this particular role?

I really really hope Namdoo Hyung is not a truly evil person and that Chihyun can be redeemed.

Chungie, please don't leave and give HJJ a hug! T.T

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I think the "no competition" comment is unfair. As far as I know, the drama's rating is consistently increasing since episode 14, from 17.8 to 18.3, to 18.9 and now 20.8! In fact, I thought the drama's rating yesterday will drop because of its 2 competitors finale but it increased instead. I rather call it the drama is picking up rather than no competition to be honest.

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I agree with you absolutely!

This drama has been increasing since episode 13.

I was actually pleasantly surprised when I saw the ratings yesterday, since I had assumed the ending episodes of weight lifting and Guem Bi would affect it.

They've been consistently gathering viewers for some weeks now.

Also, the intensity of the drama has up the level. There were so many surprises beginning from episode 13. Koreans love surprises, a sweet family reunion, and apparently they love heart wrenching moments, all of which I can say I do too.

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Maybe "No competition" on Thurs cos last episodes of WF & GeumBi were aired on Wed. Regardless, the competition is weak with WF's & GeumBi's ratings at 4-5% & 6-7% throughout their runs.

OTH, LOBTS is getting more interesting now.

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What a sad ending for the dad,once again LMH....he is doing so good,his crying made me cry,hands down this is one of his best roles.

Im scared for our mermaid,ND told me is the biggest villian of this drama

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Any bets on how many memories Ma Dae Young recovers how quickly? Because if Nam-doo & Joon-Jae are any guide, Chung's memory wipes don't have a lifetime warranty. Unless it's a short lifetime. Which can be arranged.

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ROFLMAO. Touche!

With special group rates. Cheap for twice the price! Such a deal. ;-)

I think Chung's losing it in the degaussing department. Which says to me that if her concentration is broken, her memory wipe won't stick.

I seriously think she has to go for a two-stage process that finishes with overwriting with a selection of her favorite internet cat videos, with "Almost Paradise" for the background music.

Or would that be considered "cruel and unusual punishment"?

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I've been having a creepy feeling about Nam-doo, and once I saw him and Chi-hyun in their Joseon garb, a couple of things thunked into place.

What if Stepmom and MDY targeted not only Chairman Heo, but also Joon-jae after he left home? Who took him in? Nam-doo. Maybe in Joseon, Namdoo and Chi-hyun were both (illegitimate?) sons of Lord Yang. Nam-doo is a conman, and he may have been fooling Joon-jae from the get-go. Wouldn't it make sense for Evil Stepmom to want to keep an eye on Joon-jae?

Such a past-life scenario would explain Nam-doo's present reaction to learning that Chung is a mermaid (i.e., visions of sugarplum dancing in his head at the thought of all the pearls she could cry).

I'm just glad that Dr. D'oh is busy running his own evil empire at Geosan Hospital. It would be the end of the world if he ever teamed up with Evil Stepmom and Ma Dae-young.

*shudder*

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OMG, wait....DAD DIED? JUST LIKE THAT?

I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONLY A TRAGIC STORY ABOUT THE LEADS. NOW EVEN GOOD FAMILY PEOPLE (LIKE AJUSSHI AND DAD) ARE ALSO INCLUDED?

If Ajusshi won't wake up and help HJJ, I will burn the SBS building.

Let something good happen. :'(

On a side note, I KNEW IT! Tae Oh and Shi Ah would end up. :D

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When you do, please take me with you. I'd love to give SBS a piece of my mind. I think HJJ has suffered enough to the point where a happy ending won't really be a happy ending, as dad will never be able to return. If ahjussi gets added onto that list, I will throw sh*t at SBS!

Happy ending for HJJ and SC please! SC, please, please, I beg you, don't fall into any stupid traps set by ND. HJJ needs you the most right now.

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YES!! Can we do a picket / protest / PETITION?? There's still time to change the ending right??? I mean - is this REALLY a RomCom or a Family Whodunit? Or WHAT???
My heart cannot go on like this ... I REALLY REALLY need SC to KICK MORE ASS right now - she has to team up with HJJ (& HJJ's hypnotizing skills need to come back!!)

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Hahahaha, yes! How about let's all call SBS everyday and bother them (I saw this in reply 1997) lol.

I'll admit though, I hate it but I love it. When a drama can get me this emotionally invested, it's doing something right!

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IKR? They changed the genre swiftly. It still hurts me not to see the initial type of romance and comedy that we used to get.

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The more, the merrier.

Let's all go together. Also, I am really irritated at SBS because of the Running Man controversy.

That last line is my piece of advice to the writer and creatives. Just don't spoil the drama at the end.

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Remember Dam Ryung got married once but left to find Se Hwa on the first night of marriage? I think Cha Si Ah's past life was the jilted wife! And perhaps Tae Oh met her in his past life and consoled her as well XD

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We saw the wife already and it wasn't Si Ah

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According to the historical records HJJ read in the library, KDR's Wife died after being married for about a year?? So the Wife will forever be the Jin Young version (perhaps a young Shi Ah??)

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You girls are extremely smart. Yes Shi Ah could be the jilted wife who died a year after their marriage...

I am surprised DR wasn't made to marry again after his wife passed away.

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Ajhusshi will definitely gonna woke up because now he is the only one left (MDY lost his memory)who know all the history about past life he is seeing everything in his dreams so he is gonna help HJJ

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Very very smart, otherwise why the extra plot line....

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Why do I get the uneasy feeling that now, Nam-doo is going to kidnap Chung?

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If he tries, he only knows about the memory trick. He doesn't know about the super strength. I wonder how far she can throw him?

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Unless he administers a drug ... Nam Do is quite smart ... but maybe he might be done in by his own greed ... Maybe SC has to pretend to work with him again ...

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Nam-doo came in after she single-handedly moved all the furniture, so I think he has an inkling of her strength.

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They saw her kick the Doctor/President at the hospital even with a broken leg so Namdoo should know her ability.

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Lol I forgot about that.....I was uselessly worried about cheong she is very tough she'll kick him hard but .....but still nam doo is aware of all those things wonder what he'll do he is very smart he knows his way....

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Because they made it obviously clear that this would be a good time to do so? Hopefully, they'll surprise us the way they did with Mae De Young. I thought he would attack her with the hammer, but did something way smarter instead and hit the water sprinklers.

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Too too too much tears and heartache due to family politics ... wow, is THIS the KDrama definition of a romcom??? Sheesh, I am so gonna get killed by this first KDrama of mine ... sigh ...
The acting is TRULY DAEBAK (both JJH & LMH & Lee Chi Hoon) - but I don't think my heart can suffer more ...
I have a very bad feeling this drama is going to have an open ending and SC is going to leave HJJ - I think she will erase his memories to take off so that they both can be safe ...
This so going to be another SCARRED HEART again ... I didn't even see all the episodes of that horrible melo mess but the final episode did me in ...
sigh ... but if all this family melodrama and heartbreaking tearjerker tropes translate into high ratings, I am very happy for LMH & JJH , and the other actors - DAEBAK acting! I suppose the Korean audience will only watch if there's LOTS of heartbreak, tears & emoting ...
Gawd, I feel worse than a mouse being lured by cheese now - I feel like a stupid brainless fish being netted by this supposed RomCom turned Family Politics Tearjerker cum Whodunit - WHAT. THE. EFFFFFF ... I have fallen hook, line and sinker in VERY DEEP WATERS ...
Maybe I will come back to watch when everything is over ... I really can't cry anymore ...
Maybe HJJ will regain his memories again in 5 years?? (Fast forward) & go to Spain / the place where the lighthouse is located or Boracay to be reunited with SC - who has been waiting patiently... (PLEASE, Writer Nim - no sad ending or open ending, Please ...)

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Andwe! No open ending or fast forward jaebal!

But omg i have this sinking feeling its gonna end either way..

Sorry to break it to you as this is your first kdrama, but most, if not all, kdrama romcoms tend to go that emotional, melancholy route. I don't particularly like it but it obviously draws the attention as you can see with the increase in ratings.

I only wish we get more romantic moments in the coming episodes, which is highly unlikely. Huhuhuhu

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SIGH ... ok, I will sacrifice Dirty Love / Romantic Love/ Romantic moments ... ANYTHING! So that our OTP will have a HAPPY ENDING - I am praying to the Drama Gods and appealing to Writer Nim ...!
I don't know how I am going to bear it if this drama goes the SCARRED HEART route ...

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Okey now Nam Doo is giving me the chils, i didn't want to give big thoughts to this. I thought he'd be someone redeemable, but that's not the case anymore. Now it looks like he is the primary villain of the show seconded by the step-mom/Dae Young team.
Now that chairman dad seems to be out of the picture, i don't know how Joon Jae is going deal with the inheritance problem.

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Well, if Joon-jae cons step-mom & Chi-Hyun out of all their money, certain police detectives might decide they have other more important cases to work on. Or their might be some trick involving Chung's memory wipe.

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I legit want to know if I'm the only one who got the chills from him before he showed his really bad side. Nam doo has never been a good guy he tricked Joon Jae when he was just a teenager then he sold him out to those guys in Spain moved into his house cause he thought Joon Jae was dead he had always been creepy he just got plainly creepier

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Nah. I called ND two weeks ago. (The actor is good, and the direction is subtle, but that's what I get from watching each ep 3-4 times in succession.) I do like the fact that the show is having ND and the mother-son threat to the OTP be from diff angles than their past lives. This makes the main conflict much more complicated (and enjoyable!).

Well, at least CH should breathe a tiny sigh of relief. MDY is *probably* not his father. The murderer in this lifetime is just some nutjob his mother groomed to do her dirtier work for her.

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I was kinda hoping Nam-doo wasn't a threat but yeah... We need to keep all eyes on him. When Joon-jae told him to keep an eye on Chung, I shouted hell no so loud. Let's not put our trust in him. And honestly, I know Joon-jae knows he can only trust Nam-doo to a certain extent but he needs to watch his back a lot more. Hopefully Chung is watching hers!

And that end scene. Y'all. So sad. Poor Joon-jae! I do agree with Javabeans though. Dad didn't trust Joon-jae and exposed himself to more danger. But dang. I was really hoping he wouldn't die. I kind of have a feeling Chi-hyun made it in time but probably heard that message Dad was leaving to Joon-jae and decided to let him die.

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Oh my.

Joon, let me give you a hug.

I had little sympathy for Dad but i really thought he would be saved. And now we have Namdoo making a move on Chung.

The next episode is gonna be sadder. This means no more dirty love... Hmph i want my romcom moments back.

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Ditto! Give us "dirty love" and the rom com we signed up for!

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*Heaving a very big sigh ... you know, at this point, my heart (and eyes) won't be able to take more tears ... I WILL GLADLY give up Dirty Love if Writer Nim will just give out Beloved OTP a CLOSED AND HAPPY ENDING, PLEASE!

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Yeah. I'm almost tempted to not watch until the last episode comes out. After reading the recaps I'll either be mentally prepared for the agony or releaved and watch without holding my breath.

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But i have to give it to LMH, he is just doing great! Daebak!

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Now that dad has died, his entire fortune will go to the evil stepmom and chi hyun. in order for joon jae to get anything he rightly deserves, chi hyun is the show's only hope...my guess is that the death of their father will shake him up enough for him to go back to being good.

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He's let us down before...

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i'm crossing my fingers.. there's too many bad guys in this drama as it is!

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Not really.

If JoonJae and his mom have a copy of the original will, can prove that dad was blind when he signed the new one and that his witnesses were bought, the new will for Kang JiHyun and son will be invalid due to the principle of "not my will (intent)".

Maybe they'll go that route.

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Very good points.

There should be plenty of useful testimony from Dad's eye doctor that his eyesight was already too kaput for him to be able to read it well before the new will was drafted, hence he could not have reviewed and approved it.

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Hopefully dad's death will be a wake up call for Chi-Hyun. About time he sees and DO SOMETHING about his creepy mom! Please please please don't go full evil on us! Till now he hasn't really done anything thaaaat bad yet, except attempting to remove the breath tube (which I think was done impulsively) and lying to Jun Jae about dad's condition . He was nice to Chung (I think he was genuinely being nice) and actually rushed back to check on dad when he suspected things are off when evil stepmom called..

Would love to see Chi-Hyun and Jun Jae fight against evil stepmom/ Nam Doo together ? (pretty much impossible I know)

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The evidence is there: Dad is poisoned, Stepmom aka his wife brought him the poisoned drink, her fingerprint is on the glass, she had a room full of Wolfbane - the poison, she had the paralytic pills etc.

Seriously, the biggest plot hole is that Stepmom got away with all the murders she committed. Are you kidding me? She killed her adoptive family (or indirectly involved), and 2 ex-husbands and the cops couldn't even figure out a single crime of hers? Did they believe in her alibi and non-sense crying just because she's a powerless person (as she claimed)?

And what the hell? She changed her name without leaving a trace? Name changing must be documented by law. And suddenly, a "new" Kang Seo Hee (new version of Stepmom) came into existence without any document of her previous entity? Do people disappear or come into existence out of thin air?

Writer-nim, I beg you to do more thorough research, especially when it comes to complicated topics such as sci-fi, investigation, law etc. to make the plot more logical and plausible.

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my guess about the name change is more chilling... I think she killed her twin and Kang So hee was her twin.

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Yeah, that's a very good hypothesis

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Hmmm, probably, which reminds me of the same plot point in The Master's Sun.

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Wow I was really hoping it was MDY or something underneath that sheet :( maybe Chi-Hyun and dad are faking it to protect dad from evil stepmom?

Some really good acting from LMH at the end too! Also congrats on 20%! :)

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Oooh, I like that! Chi-hyun could have brought in a medical swat team to tranquilize him and make it look like he died. Poor Joon-jae doesn't know this, so his honest reaction will help sell Dad's death to Stepmom.

Thank you! I feel much better now. ;-)

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nooooo :( dad didn't deserve to die!

1. interesting that ma dae-young's first instinct was to whip out a knife, even with his memories erased.

2. that said, is erasing his memories really the worst punishment for him? i think he's had a pitiable life—i actually felt bad for him in his childhood flashbacks. there was also something strangely heart-wrenching in the way stepmom called out to him when she went to go collect him. it's like he's the only person in the whole world who really knows her, understands her story... knows where and what she came from. the child stepmom only wanted a family who could take care of her.

anyway, wouldn't erasing memories of dae-young's miserable life actually be a gift to him, and an opportunity to start afresh? although stepmom isn't about to let anything of the sort happen.

3. i wonder if stepmom's new name "seo-hee" is her twin sister's name? did she do away with her twin too?

4. the actor playing chi-hyun is really good. i've seen him here and there but this role is really making him shine. i think he out-acts lee min-ho in their scenes together—he's the one i find more interesting and fascinating to watch, though i did think the nice-to-evil transition was a bit abrupt.

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2. Eventhough he had his memories wiped off, he still remembered the faces of the people he killed and I think that's gonna haunt him for the rest of his life.. and I have a feeling that why MDY is filled with so much hatred (the evil one before his amnesia) is heavily influenced by the evil stepmom. She seems like the really manipulative kind that would say/ do whatever to achieve her target.

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1. interesting that ma dae-young’s first instinct was to whip out a knife, even with his memories erased.

Muscle memory in action.

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One of the loose ends (or writer oversight) that I'm still not understanding is how Chung found that jade bracelet in the ocean off the coast of Spain when the ship carrying the doomed Dam-ryung went down off the coast of Korea. Can someone PLEASE enlighten me? Lazy misses in script continuity and plot holes drive me crazy until they are resolved. HELP ME!

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The simplest answer is ocean currents/ the movement of water. The bracelet wasn't on the boat, it fell off Chung's arm and just wondered the ocean for 400yrs.

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Have you never heard of MH370? They're still looking for that missing plane.

Or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

The seas are magical places.

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She is meant / destined to find it - because she's the reincarnation of Se Hwa Golden tailed mermaid - sooner or later she will find it and she found it at the appropriate time too, when HJJ was near where she was living in the ocean.
However, I never understood the 'last mermaid' part - there were footages of her with her mermaid friends - when she said goodbye to them before her long swim to Seoul (all stylishly decked out with shell-rimmed sunglasses & carrying a clam clasp bag!) plus the flashback scene of her having a facial session with her friends (when Jin Joo interrogated her about her dermatologist!) - so, how is SC the last mermaid??

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It must have been the Kelp of Doom! - it just came out of left field and snatched the thing up and flung it half a world away.
*sigh*

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The Tsunami of Doom?

In the belly of a whale?

Sponge Bob?

Flipper! It had to have been Flipper! Not only intelligent, but a fashionista, too.

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LOL
Easier to believe than ocean currents

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Yo. Who else totally called that dad was going to die after the last episode when he refused to leave the house. I called it.

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The better question is who didn't. After that last episode, I was like Dad you are on your own.

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Its like he just gave and waited for death to come. He must be feeling so guilty.

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Guess my heart is made of stone. Serves Dad right to finally get the consequences of his actions. I guess I have no soft spot for man who ditched his wife for another woman. At least I don't want him to rot in hell like the Ohlala Couple husband since his karma was bad already.

The wife/Mom is also no better by ditching her son easily too. Hope Chung doesn't follow the same footsteps.

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Agreed. I don't wish Dad to die or think he deserves to die but I think that he reaps what he sows. His karma is already bad.

Seriously, he probably had a change of heart -- that happens in life. But ditching his first wife, kicking her out of his house, probably empty handed (as she needed to work as a house-keeper after that), and treating your biological sun like garbage. Are you heartless?

I think his ending is partly because he has made both his new and old family feel like they are worthless to him. I reckon Chi Hyun heard his final message to HJJ, felt heart-broken and let him die.

But still, Chi Hyun - you shouldn't have let your father die. That man raised you like his own child, and he has the right to love his biological son. It's natural that he thought his decisions are wrong: his second wife killed him, and his non-biological son colluded with his evil second wife to kill him.

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when Joon jae mom dressed like a madam
It reminds me of Cheon Song Yi mom
and it would become a hilarious twist if her character change into CSY mom

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When I saw her in that outfit I was like 'heyyy Choon song yi Eomma!'

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Question has been pestering my mind:
How and why did Joon Jae's family broken up? What was the real reason? I know that creepo lady is the sole reason but what power does she have to chase Joon Jae's mum away??! Did she blackmail her? Threatened JJ's mom to leave JJ's weakling of a father? I think it's high time the script writers reveal the true reasons.

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The dad got rich and got manipulated by Sohee

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I was hoping that dad is not dead yet. The police rescued him on time. That only just their act to caught the evil stepmother and Ma Do Young.
Huhuhu. Now back to crying again.

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Ehh... I wish Dad had a chance to reconcile with Mom. She is amazing in this drama. Also, LMH shows a lot of dramatic acting and less showing-off which is awesome. Did anyone notice the pun ND threw about a mermaid he knows? ND is too good for a villain. I really hope there is a way to give the bad guys from Chosun a chance to be redeemed. Even MDY.

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“You should know by now, that even if I’m not next to you, I’ll still continue loving you.”

---- all my ladies.... , swooon collectively

Joon Jae is the best character in this drama - I can't say LMH is the best actor around (let's be fair there are not many more good looking then him but many better in acting) but he's the one lifting this drama. Very unexpected as JJH should be the one with a stronger character premise. I do feel that their chemistry can be better but it's ok enough and alone - he's stunning.
He does do father dramas very well yeah? It's like city hunter all over again.

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You know, I was thinking the same thing about JJH's character not being as compelling, and wondering how LMH was overshadowing her. After all, it's not like he's a better actor than her (he's good, but JJH on a good day could outshine the sun).

I think it's because there's not really much for her character to do. It took her some time to learn how to human, during which we were all enamored, but once she caught on there was little progression for her character. She already loves the main lead, she is self-sufficient and has super strength. Whatever she learns doesn't really change her character, just her character's base of knowledge. This makes it hard to root for her because she's already where she needs to be, right? Things just need to work out in her favor.

I had a similar disconnect with the supernatural character in You Who Came From the Stars. He's smart, wealthy, and can stop time. He's a lil cranky, but once he melts and starts loving the main lead, there's not much for him to do except go home or not. JJH's character, in the meantime, still has a lot of growing to do. I remember loving Cheon Song-yi and not really feeling Do Min Joon as much towards the middle/end. I chalked it up to me just liking JJH better as an actor, but I find history repeating itself with LOTBS.

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I have to agree
I did fall hard for Do Min Joon but its Cheong song Yi who walked into my heart.

I'm just wondering - what made LOTBS love story less compelling - the stakes are there and both leads are capable of chemistry and charisma. was it the premise that it lacked the "I can't stand you but I can't help falling in love you part" - in MLFAS and many other dramas it's best when the feelings are both mutual in that part and there is this little dance of you are enemy I hate you yet can't can't falling in love - and sparks fly.

Here the mermaid seemed fixated loving joon jae right from day 1, yeah it's fate but it could have been a little more fun if it wasn't so easy for her to fall in love with a conman.
But of course if we didn't have that, we won't have joon jae part of having to deny his feelings constantly and falling flat on his face (words) - which was to me the most hilarious part of the drama and made him endearing. So we can't lose that can we ...hmmm.. well it's not my job to write a good story so I'm not going to wreck my brain on this- but just to say it's a shame. I felt the romance here lacked something - it wasn't bad or anything and didn't sink the drama because joon Jae got to shine through but it does make me think it could or should have been much more compelling.

And I think some of his hard core fans are going to revolt on this but i do feel - LMH and JJH looked good together - in stills in posters even in short clips where they were cute but as a whole it was lacking something. It's like you could have replaced JJH with any other actress and he would have still acted the way he would, or replaced LMH for another actor and she would have still been the same. It's not that kind of OTP that you feel it HAS to be him, it has to be HER, it has to be THEM. (You and I know there are OTPs just like that) - yes I like LMH as joon Jae to bits and JJH makes the perfect mermaid but I don't love them together as much as I love them separately.

Does this make any sense?

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This story just doesnt have the typical push and pull between otps, which makes their romance very simple and lighthearted. I feel like they dont really need to make an effort because they were fated from the start.

I actually felt something when they had that conversation in the attic. It had the feels and i was really expecting a kissing scene. But to my dismay it didnt come so i was disappointed.

Baycity is right about this being a story more about a human loving a mermaid.

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Yes! I feel the attic scene had the right feel and it was also nice and deep. It was weird to not have a OTP kiss at that point. You know, when you get a solid OTP, there should be those moments (kiss or no kiss) where the audience should go "rawwwwr" but it just somehow doesn't click here. Yes it's sweet and swoon worthy , and I felt that the writer at this point has done enough for this scene with the writing but JJH seemed a little disconnected and LMH a little polite. And this is LMH we are talking about who doesn't do those polite kisses or hugs, whey?

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There is definitely chemistry between LMH and JJH. Not many people feel it because the mermaid is written too simple minded and fixated on loving HJJ from day 1, therefore lacking typical push and pull in a relationship, like Startdust and Moon said. On top of that, it was heavy on the lightness, like the writer wanted to make fun of everything and everyone. did not let some emotional moments sink in (She probably though they would be too cheesy,she was better than that!)
For example the attic scene was honest and moving then cut quickly to SA scene where she bawling her eyes out. we did not have time to feel the depth because almost every character carries comedic part.

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I agree with many points you brought up, especially the last point. LMH and JJH don't have "the" great chemistry. I feel like with a fitter partner, I could feel a stronger chemistry between 2 leads. I did feel that in YFAS. Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun's chemistry is so visible and it touches my heart.

I couldn't really pinpoint what exactly LOTBS or its romance lacks: female lead's character could have been more developed, LMH's acting could have been more in-depth, romance shouldn't have been too obvious (even though they were fated)... I do feel that each aspect/ dimension of the drama is not completely well-done and could have been better.

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Tbh, I'm not really happy with the way our mermaid character is written, too simple minded with no background, come to land just for love. Therefore her character is not as compelling and relatable as HHJ. I think the writer did not want JJH to outshine her partner like YFAS, so she focused more on HHJ ( his family, conman, dreams..) In the last 10 episodes, JJH was not given much opportunities to let her character shine. When I think of LOTBS, it's not really the mermaid's story, more like a story about a human who loves a mermaid. I still enjoy LOBTS very much but I wish some of the aspects could have been written differently. Well..

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I agree with you all.. JJH was not given much opportunity except for the first 3 to 4 episodes. But she is doing her best in the scenes she is given. I still can't think of any other actress in that mermaid costume, looking as beautiful as SC. Same goes with LMH. Both the characters look like it was written keeping exactly these two actors in mind. That can never be denied.

And about the chemistry and romance, I think it's more of cute love and not dirty love ?.
"You should know by now, that even if I’m not next to you, I’ll still continue loving you, and the lines he wrote on the gift card,cute little hugs, I just love them all. Matured HJJ with innocent SC, the way in which he doesn't misuse her innocence, actually makes their love soooooooo good. Everytime when we think he will kiss her, but when he doesn't and treats her so gently, it just makes me respect him and fall in love with the character HJJ ?. HJJ is a pure gentle man (may b gentle con man ?haha) if u see it this way, they have a beautiful chemistry, enough for me to wish for someone who will look at me the way, HJJ looks at SC.

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Thank you! Someone who understands me!

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Well said! HJJ is a gentleman he won't take advantage of SC's innocence.

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Well said. Cosign 85% of this only because I didn't lose interest in DMJ after he was in love with CSY. He still had his nemesis to deal with. And he and JJH had really good chemistry.

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It's the way the writer set up the drama. She creates a character out of this world which gives them automatic charm! On the other hand, the other character is a human being which makes them less compelling than the former mentioned. However, the story solely revolves around the human. If it had been another actor, one not at big an actor as LMH, ok, I would understand if the story revolves around the mermaid. However, this is LMH, why would anyone in their right mind hire him to act, at his price, just to stick around? And why would LMH accept to begin with? The main difference here is that the mermaid character is never forgotten because she is extraordinary from the get-go. The same thing can be said about MLFAS. DMJ's character was given the automatic attention but the story gradually became CSY's.

I honestly think the problem here is that some of us have initially thought the story would revolve around JJH because she's JJH after all. I can very well say that the first 8 episodes were definitely about exploring the mermaid world, so they were hers. But the later half has overturned and it's now about HJJ.

I'm sorry but can we just give credit where it is due? LMH is doing such an awesome job and he can very well carry this drama by himself too. Just like how everyone was expressing how JJH carried the drama at the beginning, and everyone said LMH could not outshine JJH even on a good day, no matter what! But he is now so people are angry? Just like how people are saying that JJH is not given much in the later half so naturally, he outshines her, the same can be said at the beginning. His character was definitely not given much to do at the beginning as opposed to her's. What I am saying is, he's proven he can very well carry the drama himself. I'm actually quite happy because everyone doubted him.

Also, am I really reading what I'm reading. People complaining there is no push or pull? Lol. People complain all the time when there is push and pull. So why complain now when there's none? Shouldn't we be happy no noble idoicy?

If LMH was made for the character HJJ and JJH was made for the character SC, then there is not other HJJ and SC without them. So I'd disagree, you cannot replace either of them with a different actor and have the same outcome.

Lack of chemistry? Nope. The chemistry is there, just not the skinship.

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Well, the chemistry is there, but it lacks. There are a number of OTPs with less skinship but they send better chemistry than Sim Chung - Joon Jae.

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I think it totally depends on the person who sees the drama . The main reason why people don't find chemistry is, right from the beginning people keep on comparing LOTBS to all other finished dramas.
But I think it's one of its kind. Only person who understands this enjoy the drama as well as the chemistry.
Everytime I see a new episode, I just wait for the part where both the leads come together in screen. But since they show only limited scenes like that, it just makes me want more. And I think that's a sign of good drama.

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Thank you soo soo much @outfromlurking for saying all the points what I wanted to..... LMH is doing a great job here even JJH is amazing she is a charm but if HJJ is getting more screen time you can't blame LMH for that..
Some people not like LMH its okay its your opinion but now they are feeling uneasy because he is doing great here !!!
I think we should appreciate him and he is having lovely chemistry with SC
HJJ and SC are love :)

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Some of us were discussing about the issues with the mermaid characterisation and what is lacking in the story. We did not discredit LMH performance or blame him for having a more endearing character. I have never watched any of LMH dramas before, but I've come to like him a lot here. I really enjoy LMH acting as HJJ and DR.
TO have a compelling love story and OTP, we need both characters to be well written so that both can shine equally and carry similar weight in terms of emotion and story development. Instead we have a past mermaid damsel in distress and a SC who has never played an active role in the story, more for comedy purposes from ep 1-7. The mermaid sole purpose is to be loved. What we have been shown is a human protecting, feeding, buying clothes for the mermaid, getting jealous, dealing with family drama, all sorts of things. I think SC could have been created with more depth, less dim while still being innocent and pure.
That' why some people like lunactic4kd think JJH is so bland and boring. She is the reason of having "no chemistry" with LMH. I don't think JJH is hungry for fame. She doesn't need to outshine any of her co-stars but she should not become 2 fiddle. Its after all the story about the "legend" mermaid
I'm glad LMH has proved to be a good actor to anyone doubting his acting skills. I only have problem with the writing.

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Yes, it's been a relief for me to see LMH shining here - and in the beginning, everyone was all over JJH. I thought she was OK when mugging her comedy bits but (it may be just me) she's been flat ever since - one expression all the time. People complain about IU but I find JJH really bland and boring here and, because of her, there is no chemistry with LMH. He's creating it all by himself!

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Sadly my mind says to agree with you but my heart don't (Because she is the finest actress I have ever seen maybe its LMH's shows cause everything is connected with HJJ....

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I have to agree with lunatic4kd here...

Seriously... close enough analysis should be enough to show one that JJH is the holdout here... OMG LMH is churning out a whole lotta chemistry all by himself.... even with Chung was falling all over him in the first half JJH was still a wee bit short... has JJH been perfect in every single thing she's done? I dunno... Maybe. I've only seen My Sassy Girl, Thieves and YFAS. As first I wanted to chalk it down to how Chung has been written but I seen some of JJH's acting and it's enough to see that she is sorta holding back a teenie weenie bit....especially in the second half when LMH also fell into her deep waters... it's slightly disconcerting... but I'm not mad about it... hehehehe! I still love her.. and maybe it really is because of how Chung was written.. Maybe she's less enthusiastic for the period they are in
.... HJJ's family situation and knowing their past truths... the reveal to her in the past was less dramatic than I hoped... I know... it was pretty dramatic ...but I expected her to practically keel over... she's dealing with it all way more calmly than I thought she would... not necessarily to run off and away from HJJ but perhaps... crying spells and more of locking herself away from HJJ...

But then that might drag things out! Omona!
Viewers! Never satisfied ?

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So true viewers never satisfied :)

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JJH is one great actress, nobody can argue with that. But this drama really showcased LMH's talent and charisma, and more people connect with him, not because JJH is doing a bad job but i think it's how the characters are written. LMH really shined in the later episodes but as you said you dropped the drama so you won't know what we are talking about. I agree, to each his own. There will be biased fans as well as anti's. For me, I really enjoyed this drama beacuse of both leads and their chemistry. The only thing that's missing is more skinship!

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I have to agree with lunatic4kd here...

Seriously... close enough analysis should be enough to show one that JJH is the holdout here... OMG LMH is churning out a whole lotta chemistry all by himself.... even with Chung was falling all over him in the first half JJH was still a wee bit short... has JJH been perfect in every single thing she's done? I dunno... Maybe. I've only seen My Sassy Girl, Thieves and YFAS. As first I wanted to chalk it down to how Chung has been written but I seen some of JJH's acting and it's enough to see that she is sorta holding back a teenie weenie bit....especially in the second half when LMH also fell into her deep waters... it's slightly disconcerting... but I'm not mad about it... hehehehe! I still love her.. and maybe it really is because of how Chung was written.. Maybe she's less enthusiastic for the period they are in
.... HJJ's family situation and knowing their past truths... the reveal to her in the past was less dramatic than I hoped... I know... it was pretty dramatic ...but I expected her to practically keel over... she's dealing with it all way more calmly than I thought she would... not necessarily to run off and away from HJJ but perhaps... crying spells and more of locking herself away from HJJ...

But then that might drag things out! Omona!
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Would be more 'swooning' moment if there had been a kiss ... even if it's just a chaste one ... but maybe not, because a kiss could be a BAD OMEN - like how KDR kissed SH ... (I wish there were more PASSIONATE KISSING between KDR & SH - SH is a lot wiser & less 'innocent' than SC ...)

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When this drama started all I could think was how much of a better actor JJH was than LMH. I still think that. Which leads me to the same conclusion as most of the other posters, it's the drama that's the problem. I feel that she's dialed back the charm and effort a little--that she's still charming and isn't completely lost next to LMH is a testament to her star power, but she may skip the dramas for another log spell if she's going to be written as 2nd fiddle instead of co-star. Wonder if that's why she didn't show up for the awards show.

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@Cooler Now that you mentioned about the award show, it got me wonder why JJH didn't show up in SBS Awards. The award show was in the evening around 7pm to 12 pm, who would shoot underwater scenes at that time? It looked like a make-up excuse to hide other possible reasons.

As far as I know, JJH seldom shows up in any award shows except they are very prestigious or JJH wins a daesang (SBS Awards 2014 and Baeksang Awards 2014 for her CSY character in YWCFTS).

In my honest opinion, JJH doesn't think that her character in LOBS is great enough for her that she didn't deserve the award. So she decided not to come and then she didn't get the awards.

In that kinda show, it is not that I-win-so-I-come case but more about I-will-come-so-I-will-win-an-award one.

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JJH is a new mom. Being a new mom myself I can attest to how much it gladdens me to have the least amount of free time with my son since I have a demanding career as an attorney..

Maybe she just wanted to stay home with him... not get all glammed up and sit at and awards show for 3 hours.

I will agree that JJH is a bit of a second fiddle to HJJ here... hehe I used LMH's screen name... but I should think that she was the centre of attention for a good half of the entire series... I think there is a sufficient enough balance... just that HJJ has more story going on...

Now maybe if the show was set under the sea... we would have more of Chung's story.
But I think it's fine how it is nonetheless.. .

And most A listers don't attend awards shows unless they know they are winning or it is a very prestigious show... all over the world. I feel like some of these ego trips define being on the A list and have no qualms about it...

Not saying JJH has a big ego though... but hey she is an A lister...and the show is not over yet. Maybe she feels mixed... wore a dress and got out of it... fell on her bed and snoozed the night off! ?

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I figured she didn't attend, not because she wasn't winning, but because she knows her role isn't worthy of an award. Being given an award when they know they don't deserve one--particularly when they have a reputation to uphold--is condescending and damaging to their brands.

Staying at home with a newborn is probably more work than getting dressed up and going out. I figured that she just didn't want to attend because she knows.

And the show is NOT balanced right now. It was actually more balanced in the beginning. Both had mystery behind them. He was clearly hiding out. She was other worldly. And she out-shined him. Now everything is about him. Which, thanks to another poster, I realized the that drama actually told us the story is about a boy who loved a mermaid--not even a love story between a boy and a mermaid. Grammar matters.

I guess now, I'm left wondering why any top actresses would ever sign up to do another drama with LMH. It makes sense for newbies and middling characters, but not for his equals.

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i wonder what this show would've been like if JJH wasn't a new mom. i think she didn't have energy and was probably really tired. and it's cold which she doesn't like haha.

i think so many people are analyzing this because they wanted this drama to slay so hard but it didn't. yes it was great, and yes we love it. but we wanted it to kill everything else in the ratings and be the best drama of all time - well at least for this year haha. but it didn't reach that epic status. and it's not that we had obscene expectations, we all knew the elements were strong to begin with. the epic fated love story. the glamorous gorgeous actors. by the way, LMH and JJH look so good together. esteemed writer with previous history of producing a hit drama. but we feel it was a bit lukewarm rather than sizzling hot. i 100% blame the writer and director. no matter what the circumstances were they could've written a stronger script with stronger characters and balanced the story better. villains were weak up until like the last 4 episodes. granted the playful relationship of LMH and JJH kept me going, but we wanted every aspect to blow us away. so it leaves us scratching our heads like what happened. what was missing. like i said this drama is great, but we wanted it to be spectacular. well at least i know i did.

LMH really did an oustanding job, especially towards the end. dramatic and comedic acting. JJH was solid throughout but the writing kind of muted her in my opinion. but these two prove they can show raw emotion really well. especially their dramatic scenes together were intense.

so i say put them in a movie. a bonnie and clyde type of movie. oh man give them dramatic redemption because they really deserve it. i want them to be in a major blockbuster together.

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Nam-doo is preparing to attack, isn't he?

It's a good timing since everyone will be busy catching Dad's murderer.

I'm confused though. If Dae-young is only a red herring and Nam-doo (and/or Chi-yeon?) is the big bad guy all along, why Dae Young have been the one who's having visions of the their past life?

And, why Nam-doo and Chi-yeon wanted Dam-ryeong's death in Jeoseon? I hope the show actually has given us hints and clues here and there about this, only that we haven't noticed... because so far, without any explanation or revelation of any back story yet, Nam-doo and Cho-yeon being the bad guy in the past feels out of nowhere.

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Dae Young is having visions because in the past he promised to hunt the mermaid and kill it. He's ultimate desire carried on to his reincarnation.

I think Nam-doo and Chi-yeon are just related to them to past via master-worker roles

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CH and ND's connection to Lord Yang in the Joseon era is really occupying my every waking thought! Thats why it needs to be next week already... ugggghhhh

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Reading this recap made me realize that Stepmom actually SCRATCHED Chairman Heo's cornea with a needle. I never took that in before. I thought it was the pills making him blind. I never felt bad for the chairman before because, um, he basically brought this on himself, but ohhh man if there had been a scene earlier on of Stepmom feeding him a paralytic and taking a needle to his eyes, I would have been wayy more sympathetic. As it was, when he died I was sad to see him go mostly because he can no longer right the will on his own or apologize to his first wife face-to-face. I feel like she deserves that.

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Is that even possible?
I mean the needle part...
Can something like that happen and how sick is that??

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IKR. Just sad ?

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That's why his doctor kept asking HJJ's dad if he some how hurt his eyes. If he accidentally poked them, even i realized this today and felt chills as if someone poked my eyes.

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Thats truuueee... oohhhh?

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Does MDY remember Chi-yeon? I have a feeling something bad happened to him as well.. MDY stopped and made his "kill" face when he arrived, I mean he doesnt even remember stepmom's new name, right? What a gut wrenching blow this is for stepmom if Chi-yeon was killed(!?) by his own father(!?)...

I'd be happy to be proven wrong its just that I can't find previews for the next episode.

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I don't think MDY remembers CH yet...

I know Chung's memory erasing ability is subject to wear and tear but it certainly does last awhile... he might need a trigger to figure out who CH is from here on out...

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DAD IS ALIVE!

I think (and am hoping) that Dad is alive! He must be pretending to be dead and is in cahoots with the EMT's so he can be taken out of the house. He will reveal himself later on and take revenge on the evil wife, and that lying, spineless stepson! He will review his will and change it back. He will put back Mom and Joon Jae in their right place!

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