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Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 18

Yay for twists and turns and character revelations! The episode serves up gratification in multiple forms, and while there are still questions up in the air that we’ll have to wait on, I found this hour thoroughly fun and satisfying. It’s nice to be surprised by a twist every now and again, and even better yet when it comes wrapped in a caper shell, with a sweet center.

 

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Chi-hyun rushes home to check on Dad, fearing his life is at risk, and hears Dad in the middle of leaving his voicemail message to Joon-jae. It hurts to hear him expressing his regrets for leaving his former family and telling Joon-jae that he loves him.

Then Dad’s hand goes slack, and Chi-hyun rushes to his side, holding a finger to Dad’s nose to check his breath. He recoils when there’s no sign of life, then spots the glass of tainted water on the nightstand and dumps out the liquid, washing the glass compulsively before calling for an ambulance.

When the authorities arrive, a regular glass of water is on the nightstand and Chi-hyun plays the part of grieving son. He answers police officers’ questions about Dad’s medical history and Mom’s whereabouts.

Joon-jae rushes to the house as the body is being carried out and falls to his knees in grief. He spots Chi-hyun stepping out with the officer and launches himself at him, decking him in the face, accusing him and his mother of being the reason for Dad’s death. Joon-jae swears to kill them both, while Chi-hyun puts on his most victimized face as he lets Joon-jae rage away.

The officer shoves him aside, demanding to know who he is. Joon-jae identifies himself as the chairman’s son, but balks when Chi-hyun calls him his brother and punches him again. It takes a whole team of cops to pull Joon-jae off him, but then Detective Hong races in to order them to back off Joon-jae.

Detective Hong gets Joon-jae to calm down, and all that anger turns to self-recrimination as Joon-jae cries that he should have prevented Dad’s death. The detective tells him that it’s all the more reason for him to pull himself together and get to the bottom of this.

At home, Chung paces by the pool, which seems like a terrible idea to me, given how Nam-doo seeks her out here. He asks how she knew Dae-young had lost his memory, venturing a guess: “Did you by any chance do that to him?”

He leans in closer and says that she’s quite a mystery, and that he’s curious to know what skills she possesses. “Who are you?” he asks.

“I’m your friend,” Chung tells him. Nam-doo says that in his line of work, he frequently makes friends with people and then backstabs them. She replies that she dislikes that about him, “But when I make friends with someone, that’s it for me. Whether you backstab or not, that’s your choice. I’ll think about what I’ll do if you do backstab me. Until then, you’re my friend.”

That’s when Tae-oh bursts in with news, and the three of them head to the hospital to join Joon-jae for his father’s funeral. They find him sitting on the ground in the hallway, and the boys step aside to give him and Chung some privacy.

She kneels by him and cradles him to her, and he cries in her arms. He asks Chung to erase his memories of his father, saying, “Good memories hurt because they’re good, and bad memories hurt because they’re bad. All of my memories of my father hurt so much.”

Chung replies, “But I can’t erase them. No matter how much they hurt, you loved your father. Memories of love should be carried with you even if they’re painful.”

Joon-jae blames himself for not arriving quickly enough to save his father, for not hating him a little less, and for not answering that last call to tell Dad he forgave him and loved him. And now he can’t say the words, no matter how badly he wants to.

Chung tells him consolingly, “Some things can be understood without saying the words. He will have known.”

A short while later, Chi-hyun leads his mother toward the mortuary, and Joon-jae stiffens at the sight of them. Stepmom collapses in tears and acts like the classic grief-stricken widow, wailing that she won’t be able to live without her husband. Chung holds Joon-jae’s hand throughout Stepmom’s display, which ends in her fainting in shock.

Joon-jae sits with his mother later, and she sighs that as she ages, the old memories stay with her longer than the newer ones. She adds as an afterthought, “Although it didn’t seem that way for your father,” and Joon-jae asks if she met Dad recently.

She explains that she’d run into him at the hospital and he’d ignored her even after making eye contact, like he’d forgotten her. She chalks it up to him being mean, but Joon-jae tells her of his near-blindness, and then holds his mother as she cries in his arms.

From a hospital bed, Stepmom calls her lawyer to arrange all the inheritance and legal details with cool efficiency. Chi-hyun makes sure nobody’s watching, then asks his mother in a low voice whether she was behind it: “You must tell me. I have to know in order to help you.”

Stepmom confirms it, but adds that if something were to happen, he knows nothing about anything.

Chi-hyun runs into Nam-doo in the hallway and calls out to him. Not far away in his hospital bed, comatose Manager Nam continues dreaming of his Joseon past:

Joseon Nam-doo trains as one of Lord Yang’s many henchmen, the newest arrival who’s known for his fighting skills. Lord Yang assigns him to attend to his son—Joseon Chi-hyun. The two men size each other up…

…just like they do in the present, in the corridor. Chi-hyun asks to talk, and starts by explaining that he knows about Nam-doo because he’d looked into Joon-jae’s activities out of concern. Chi-hyun notes that Joon-jae only goes after ill-gotten gains like slush funds, but Nam-doo has not been so discriminating. Nam-doo readily agrees, and wonders at Chi-hyun’s interest.

Chi-hyun drops to banmal and says coldly, “It means I can put you behind bars tomorrow, or even today. What do you wanna do—do as I say, or rot?”

Nam-doo just smiles and tells Chi-hyun that he’s always on the side of the ones with money. If Chi-hyun stands to inherit everything from his stepfather, Nam-doo has plenty of reason to stand with him, even without blackmail.

Chi-hyun says he intends to get rid of Joon-jae. Nam-doo doesn’t bat an eyelash, and says that there’s something he really wants, and having Joon-jae out of the picture would make it easier for him to take it. He admits to feeling some attachment to Joon-jae, but is perfectly willing to make a deal with Chi-hyun.

Everyone gathers around to hear Dad’s cause of death, which the doctor announces as a sudden but natural death as a result of acute renal failure—not the result of poisoning, which would have caused signs that Dad’s body didn’t have. Joon-jae argues that the use of naturally occurring poisons (say, those in toxic flowers) wouldn’t have produced those signs, and demands an autopsy.

Stepmom protests that he’d be “killing your father twice” by dragging this out, as though he’s a petulant teenager who can’t get over the past. But Joon-jae vows to uncover the true cause of death, and her role in it. Mom acts outraged, suggesting that he’s only interested in his father after years of ignoring him because of the money. She sobs that she’ll give him all the money if he’ll just let his father rest in peace—but Joon-jae is unmoved, warning that her acting won’t work anymore.

Chi-hyun steps in and asserts himself as the only son Chairman Dad acknowledged, stating that Joon-jae only popped up recently when inheritance issues surfaced. He says that neither he nor Stepmom want the autopsy, and the chairman wouldn’t have wanted it, either.

But the next thing we know, a team of police officers and forensic specialists descend upon Dad’s house, led by Detective Hong with his search and seizure warrant. Stepmom seems quite unworried that the search will turn up any evidence (and force an autopsy), until Detective Hong brings up the name Kang Ji-hyun.

She keeps her calm, telling him to talk to her lawyer about anything further, and Detective Hong tells her pointedly that she’ll have a lot to say to the lawyer, since that’s her twin. Then he produces an old photo of Stepmom as a child, standing with her twin sister.

Stepmom doesn’t betray her nervousness and pretends she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Detective Hong asks where younger sister Kang Ji-hyun is, then guesses, “Or is that you?”

Alas, the search doesn’t turn up any evidence, and a forensic expert asks if Detective Hong jumped the gun. But Detective Hong is certain that whatever evidence they’re looking for is still in the house—Stepmom couldn’t have removed it without their noticing. He looks around the basement, and the camera lingers on a wooden panel. Too bad the detective doesn’t notice.

Jin-joo hears about the chairman’s death, and it introduces a new wave of worries for her and her husband. They’d assumed that the chairman’s will would eventually get revised to include his biological son, but now that he’s dead, the current will stands—and that means they’ve made an enemy of the winner and stood with the loser.

Even so, Jin-joo ends up accompanying Mom to the mortuary. Stepmom hisses that her presence is unseemly, but Mom says that she’s here to draw attention and make things uncomfortable for her. Mom then pays her respects to Dad, asking if he can see her as she makes her last goodbye.

Stepmom confronts Mom in the bathroom, sneering at her for showing up out of the blue, just like her son did. She insinuates that Mom is sniffing around for money, and Mom delivers a satisfying slap.

She tells Stepmom in a steely voice that she’s the one who came sniffing at the scent of money, and that she should have been satisfied with mooching off of others: “Is the thief trying to act like the owner now? You’re being greedy.”

Stepmom raises a hand to slap Mom back, but finds her hand suddenly caught in a firm grasp. It’s Chung, who asks, “So you’re going to hit her? You’re not in a position to be hitting anybody.”

Stepmom curls her lip to realize that Chung is on Mom’s side, and tries to break her grasp. But Chung easily keeps hold, and says she’s curious to know something. She shoves Stepom back against the wall, still holding her hand, then closes her eyes to concentrate.

Memories flash through their connected minds: Stepmom swapping out the chairman’s pills, boiling water with poisonous wolfsbane, serving that to the chairman. She then steps into the basement and opens a hidden door, revealing the room where she’s keeping the flowers, evidence, and Dae-young.

Stepmom seems dazed when Chung lets go of her, and asks what she just did. Chung replies, “I could have done anything, but I didn’t do anything. I don’t think you should forget all the bad things you’ve done. You should remember them through the end. You’ll have to remember all those things you felt greedy about, for you to feel more pain at not having them.”

Outside, Jin-joo spots the other society moms who’d once been on her side, who are now busy sucking up to Stepmom to weasel their way back into her graces. It only makes her feel worse about her own position, and she simultaneously scoffs at them while looking a bit envious.

Nam-doo joins Joon-jae and asks if he really has to pursue the autopsy, arguing that an autopsy won’t bring back his father. He suggests that it may be best to not stir the pot further and just focus on getting his share of the inheritance. Joon-jae gets angry at the suggestion, while Nam-doo just tells him to consider it.

Chung joins Joon-jae next, telling him of her vision. As they drive over to Dad’s house, Joon-jae says it makes him sad to know that through him, she’s seen a lot of bad things that have become her memories. Chung counters that she’s happy to have something with which to protect him.

The idea of her protecting him surprises him a little, but Chung boasts that as a mermaid, she was really quite adept, evading notice from humans and not getting eaten by sharks. She even adds confidently, “Even if I fought with a shark, I’d win.”

Joon-jae praises her and pats her head, and she’s happy to have made him smile. “I’ll make you smile from now on,” she promises.

Joon-jae replies that such words (protecting someone, promising to make them smile) are the kind of thing men say, and Chung just replies, “I’ll protect you. I’ll make you smile.” Joon-jae takes her hand in his, and she kisses his.

Arriving at Dad’s house, the hear from Detective Hong that nothing’s been found. Recalling Stepmom’s memory, Chung follows those visions to the basement, even though Detective Hong says that they already searched the room.

Chung, however, knows which panel to push to reveal the hidden room inside. Inside is a wealth of evidence, including the bins of wolfsbane and a drawing of a mermaid on the wall, which Chung says is Dae-young’s work—he’s been here.

Armed with this info, Joon-jae leads his team to the funeral hall, where he confronts Stepmom and Chi-hyun. Stepmom tells him to join the family in receiving mourners, and Joon-jae states that he will: “After I see you going to prison.”

With a crowd milling around curiously, Detective Hong announces that Dad’s death is now being investigated as a murder and his body sent for an autopsy. Addressing her as Kang Ji-hyun, he tells Stepmom her rights and announces her arrest.

Chi-hyun challenges the claim, asking if they have evidence or an arrest warrant, and Detective Hong is happy to inform him of the mountains of evidence they found. Stepmom insists that this is a shabby frame job, and that her husband would hate to hear it—and at that, Joon-jae roars at her to shut up and not speak of his father.

Detective Hong cuffs her and drags her away, and on her way out, Stepmom pauses to lock eyes with Chung. Then she yells at Chi-hyun to call the lawyer.

After the ruckus dies down, Chung steps forward to join Joon-jae at his father’s altar, taking his hand quietly and standing with him.

Shi-ah arrives at the funeral, only to cringe when Tae-oh finds her—she’s embarrassed at her drunken display when she’d sobbed over Joon-jae. She forces a casual attitude when asking about the strange vibe in the hall, and startles at the touch when Tae-oh slings his arm around her to guide her out of the crowd.

He fills her in on the details, then offers to see her home. Shi-ah warns him not to get “other thoughts” and accepts, and they end up on a noisy bus together. When she complains about the loud chatter, Tae-oh places his headphones on her ears, and judging from the look on her face, she’s not entirely indifferent to him after all.

During the ride, Tae-oh falls asleep, resting his head on her shoulder. She comments that it’s a good thing he’s asleep since being awake would be too exciting for him (pfft), though she’s the one who notices how pretty his lips are are.

When Joon-jae and Chung arrive home that night, he pulls her toward his bed and tells her to sleep here tonight. She lies down next to him, and as they settle back, she comments on Dae-young remembering the mermaid despite his memory loss—then adds teasingly that he’s better than Dam-ryung on that score. To which Joon-jae replies that Se-hwa was refined and dignified, unlike the girl who shares her face. Chung pinches his side playfully in retaliation.

Then Chung wonders if it’s true that everything from the past will repeat in the present, because in her vision of the past, she saw somebody else in the scene. It wasn’t Lord Yang who threw the harpoon that killed them, but someone else—someone they both know.

Stepmom meets with her lawyer, who assures her that all the evidence is circumstantial, and that there’s no proof linking her to poisoning the chairman. He instructs her to give short replies or none at all when interrogated, to say she doesn’t remember when presented with something incriminating, or take the Fifth to avoid answering. The evidence allows the authorities to hold her for 48 hours, but no longer if nothing else turns up.

Stepmom does exactly that during her interrogation, answering “I don’t know” to everything, sticking to this strategy until they’re forced to let her go. Meanwhile, Nam-doo watches Joon-jae’s movements and reports to Chi-hyun, and makes plans to act tonight. Whatever it is they’re arranging, his idea is to strike first before the other side has a chance catch wind of it.

Chi-hyun escorts his mother away from the station, exchanging hard looks with Detective Hong on his way out. A short distance behind, Nam-doo follows Chi-hyun’s car—hm, does Detective Hong notice? Please tell me he notices.

Joon-jae heads toward his car in a parking garage—and doesn’t sense the person sneaking up on him with a steel pipe. Whack! A swift blow to the head takes him down, and then we see the culprit: Nam-doo.

But thank god that Tae-oh’s on alert, and he hacks into the CCTV system to see Joon-jae being attacked. Chung and Tae-oh head out immediately, and when he suggests that it would be too dangerous for her to come along, she tells him that she’s way stronger than he is. He has no idea.

Nam-doo drags a half-conscious Joon-jae into an abandoned warehouse, where Chi-hyun and Stepmom await them. As Nam-doo ties him to a chair, Joon-jae accuses him of betraying him, to which Nam-doo replies that Joon-jae betrayed him first by quitting their work because of a girl. He says he’s gotta keep earning a living, and pulls out a letter, telling Joon-jae that it’ll be the suicide note found in his room tomorrow. In it, he’ll admit to killing his father and then himself out of guilt.

Nam-doo pulls out a syringe and sticks Joon-jae in the leg—the same stuff that killed his father—and Joon-jae can’t do anything to defend himself. He’s only got up to thirty minutes left to live, and the painful effects start kicking in right away.

Chi-hyun says it won’t be difficult to pin everything on him, and then his mother asks for a moment with Joon-jae alone. She’s feeling mighty confident now about getting away with everything, assuring him that dead people can’t talk.

Joon-jae asks how she could do that to his father, who was so good to her. She retorts that she treated him well for seventeen years, only to have him prioritize his biological child in the inheritance. “Is that why you killed him?” Joon-jae asks.

“Yeah,” she replies. “I killed him. Your father was dying anyway. You see, it wasn’t just a day or two that he was taking that drug.” We see flashbacks of Stepmom lacing everything Dad ate with splashes of poisonous water, and he never knew it. He would have died within a year anyway, she says, but the inheritance matter just made her speed up her process.

Joon-jae guess that she killed her previous husbands in the same way, using her name Kang Ji-hyun, and Stepmom admits it readily. She says that nobody caught on in twenty years, and that nobody’s likely to find out in the next twenty either. She cackles to herself, though it cuts out abruptly when Joon-jae joins her in the laughter.

“Do you think that’ll really happen?” he asks meaningfully.

Just then, a loud ringtone sounds, and Stepmom looks around the warehouse in confusion. Suddenly, Detective Hong pops up (aha!) from behind a pile of boxes, as do a whole team of cops with their guns out. Stepmom is handcuffed once again, while Joon-jae is untied from his chair, perfectly healthy all of a sudden.

He pulls out a hidden recorder, then points out how many live witnesses just heard her confession. She’s dragged off screaming, completely taken by surprise.

And then, we flash back to the moment after Nam-doo had been propositioned by Chi-hyun: He rejoins his team and tells them about the deal, and even wonders if he looks like a traitor to be treated like one. Joon-jae mutters at his untrustworthiness, to which Nam-doo points out that logically, Chi-hyun’s offer makes sense since the pursuit of money is his primary rule. Joon-jae gripes that he should just go and follow the money trail, then.

But Nam-doo adds that he has another rule: manners. And Chi-hyun rubbed him the wrong way by talking down to him in banmal. “I use banmal,” Joon-jae reminds him. “Well, you’re the landlord and I have respect for that,” Nam-doo answers. Haha. Just tell him you love him already!

Detective Hong and Joon-jae are taken aback that Nam-doo took the deal, but Nam-doo points out that this way, they get to backstab Chi-hyun.

Later, when Nam-doo had told Joon-jae to consider dropping the autopsy, we see that the two buddies had actually been texting a conversation to each other, and Nam-doo had directed Joon-jae to act angry at his words.

Then when Stepmom had been released from police custody and Nam-doo had followed the car, he’d waved to the cops to let them know he was on it.

Most importantly, Nam-doo had texted Joon-jae the warning that he was going to attack him by his car, and tapped him lightly on the head with the pipe. Joon-jae had made a show of slumping over, and then dabbed on fake blood while being driven to the warehouse. I presume the syringe was a fake as well, because Joon-jae is perfectly fine now, as he watches Stepmom being apprehended.

Waiting outside, Chi-hyun and Nam-doo are taken by surprise (well, Nam-doo fakes his) at the arrival of police cars, and once Chi-hyun sees his mother in custody, he lunges for Nam-doo, guessing where the betrayal happened. He’s held back, though, and looks up aghast when Joon-jae emerges safe and sound. Tae-oh and Chung screech up to the warehouse just as Nam-doo shoots Joon-jae a wink.

But then, Chi-hyun flings aside the cop restraining him, and grabs the handgun from his holster. He knocks the cop down with the butt of the gun, and screams Joon-jae’s name.

Joon-jae turns back, and Chung sees the gun pointed straight for him. Her mind flashes straight to the scene from Joseon, when Dam-ryung blocked the path of the harpoon—and how it had been Chi-hyun who’d thrown it.

Chi-hyun’s face contorts as he points his gun at Joon-jae, and Chung reacts in a flash, racing straight for Joon-jae. She throws herself in his arms, just as Chi-hyun fires. Bang!

 
COMMENTS

Yessss, I knew my illogical faith in Nam-doo would prove itself in the end! (…If we mean by “I knew” to be “I was hoping against all indications that hope was futile,” of course.) It was a real highlight of the episode, for a lot of different reasons: First off, it gave Chung a chance to express her own faith in him as a person, which I found a lovely moment for her. She has every reason to withdraw that faith in him, backed not only by speculation but actual proof, given how ready he was to sell her out before she erased his memory about her being a mermaid. But instead she didn’t condemn him before he did something worth the condemnation, effectively giving him the chance to live up to his best potential.

(Part of me would have liked to see that exchange with Chung play an active role in Nam-doo deciding against betrayal, but part of me is satisfied with the very easy, matter-of-fact way in which he decided to stick to his loyalty. It speaks well of him that he barely considered the alternative, and was so close to figure out a way to use this to Joon-jae’s advantage, rather than the opposite.)

His reaction also gave us a nice twist to the episode in a classic caper setup, painting our team into a corner before revealing the real game in play underneath the setup. I suspect it didn’t come as a complete surprise to some viewers, but it’s enough for me that it blindsided Stepmom and Chi-hyun, who have been the masters of the double play all along; it was satisfying to see them one-upped on this score.

Last but not least, I like that the Nam-doo twist gives us hope in the present not following the past down to the letter; his Joseon self was Chi-hyun’s underling, but that doesn’t mean he was bound to that fate here. (That’s in the event that we’re not thrown another twist in Joseon, which I suppose is still a possibility. But I’m working with what we’ve been shown so far.) The parallel lives seem to be drawn along by something—call it a force, or fate, or what have you—that pulls them along in similar patterns, but they’re in no way fixed events. As far as I can tell, Dam-ryung never knew Nam-doo, so I like to think that it’s Nam-doo’s affection for Joon-jae that won out in the end.

As for Chung’s sacrifice, it was a sweet way to mirror the themes of the past life without re-creating them exactly, and to be honest I think the setup works a lot better in the present than it did in the past. (I just find it more believable to go with the throwing-oneself-in-the-path-of-a-bullet scenario than the underwater-spear one, for logistical reasons.) We know that Joon-jae would do as Dam-ryung did and risk himself to save Chung, but it was a nice reversal to see it in action the other way, too. I don’t actually fear for Chung’s life at this point, but I like where this sets us up going into the last couple episodes, now that the evildoers have been caught and the direct threat of the past confronted. Where do we go from here? How will they keep Chung alive and fill out two episodes’ worth of time, now that the only loose ends left are fairly small? Well, I’ve got two words for the show: dirty love.

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YAY, Nam-doo hyung!

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Hahaha yes, this!!! I was soooo excited when Nam-doo hyung proved himself!! :D

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I nearly screamed and threw my phone from excitement when I learned the writer has been trolling us all along. I love it! My apologies to ND! He really came through today.

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This is one of those times that I loved to be proven wrong. Sorry fo judging you too soon Nam Doo! Maybe his Joseon counterpart is a spy...

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Namdoo saying he didn't want to go to Chi-yeon's side since he has no manner was like Joon-jae when he said he's helping Chung with hospital incidence because he hate people with bad manner. Lol

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nam doo hyung is a hero!! hah!

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Yay is right!!!

I was already calling ND a traitor and turncoat halfway through!

Yay for well executed twists!

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YAY, but WAAAH, I was hoping Chi-hyeon's better self would win! After, we've been seeing his second thoughts all along--how horrified he's been every time at what his mother is capable of, or what he himself has done. I guess Show needed either Nam-doo or Chi-hyeon to be an auxiliary villain. *Sniff*

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I know. I was in the camp of "This had BETTER be a set-up!" even though it really didn't look like one. I was thrown off by Tae-oh's surprise.
When ND stabbed JJ in the leg with the needle, I was more convinced it was fake. Sure, you can be greedy and disloyal, but are you really going to murder the guy who you have worked with all those years? Even if if did want to enslave the mermaid and make money off her? (Which, I am not 100% sure he would have been able to go through with it anyway...) (Hopefullly...)

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WHY ARE ALL THE MAGICAL PEOPLE IN MY SHOWS DYING OR NEAR DEATH!! Why can't things just be happy for one. On a side not I'm so glad to be wrong about Nam-doo because it would be too much for Joon-jae to lose a father and a friend.

I really had hoped that Chi Hyeon would come over to the good side since this was the only father he's ever known.

When Tae Oh gave Shi Ah his headphones I SQUEALED OMG THEY'RE SO CUTE!!!!

But damn, there's so much sadness in kdramas ans my heart is too weak for this

Will the final 2 episodes air tomorrow?

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We have to wait till next week for the final episode (according to wiki schedule).

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By magical people do you mean goblin. ??. I am really hoping he is not dead against all odd.
And at least here thete is high possibility she won't die.

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There's no need to be worried about Chung. She has super fast healing ability (only second to Deadpool).

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Hehe! At the Deadpool reference!

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whats the name of the song when tae oh gave shi ah???

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omg when she stood in front of joon jae in the end i cried. i'm also so glad that nam-doo didnt backstab them in the end though

but like, "Well, I’ve got two words for the show: dirty love."

i'm hyped.

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She stood in front of JJ, in hopes of saving him.
But my Qn is: Why is it that 2 detectives can't hang on to 1 white collar guy who hasn't done a day's physical work in his life? And even get one of their guns stolen? Really?

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Well since we didnt get truck of doom I guess we just gotta have the all gun taken from police cliche, there's just have to be at least one cliche, pretty sure in real life it happens *sigh*

On the other hand holy schmoly i didnt exoect nam doo to be a double double person. Wtf! What a great twist. My only problem is that we went half the eps for joon jae to figure all the crae crae stuff and we went until last minute for reunion of family just to be destroyed and this whole thing just solved in one episode! And we cant frigging have 2 episode of dirty love w/o going through the whole heroin-ic scene. Aiyaayayyaa

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Haha, exactly my thought. I think that the cops in this show really did a bad job (except for Detective Hong perhaps). From losing to a white collar guy, to being unable to detect a serial murder like Stepmom, to failing to the fugitive serial killer. Tsk Tsk.

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NAMDO!!! I had complete hope in you! It would have broke Joon Jae heart if you have turned. So I believed in you YAY!!!
How much bromance is that with joon Jae reaction when he sat down and said "your Bro came to me"
His reaction was the same before and after Namdo said the lie and the truth. He was even prepared to forgive him!"sheez you should just take the money and keep quiet"
Awwww
I swore I half expect namdo to fling himself in front of Chung and joon jae at the gun. Like what shoot my mermaid and my Bro!

Nice twist

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+100000

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Can't really bring myself to trust Nam-doo, honestly. I saw that manic gleam back when he saw Chung as a mermaid, and if Chung ends up in a hospital..it's just a good chance for her to be sneaked out and sold off. Hope the ending is eventful and hard-hitting as this episode.

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I think Namdoo told Joonjae the truth-- Chiyeol pissed him off by being disrespectful and threatening him. Otherwise he might have considered the job for the money.

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I like to think that he values their relationship and the banmal thing was just an empty talk.

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I gotta agree with this. I'm glad Nam-doo didn't end up betraying JJ this time and finally the villains can be seen for what they truly are. But I just can't fully trust Nam-doo just yet. That 'manic gleam' on his face whenever he looks at Chung... *shudder* still bugs me. Can't wait to see how the story will wrap up!

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I'm so satisfied when the villains of the show get caught, revenge is sweet.

Is the ship Shiah and Taeoh finally sailing?? I think Shiah already likes him already teehee.

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Sailing on it is!

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Oh, COME ON show! Last week the dad, now the girl? Can't we have a to an episode that's not heartbreaking?! You better not break our hearts come episode 20! *Shakes fist & reaches for tissues*

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Yay, I'm glad I was right about Nam Doo except the part he was dying.

Chung will survive the gunshoot hopefully since she has superhuman healing abilities. I'm more afraid she leave Joon Jae in the end and only comes once in a while to say hi.

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Too many things to love about this episode!

Completely agree with javabeans, the last two episodes should be dedicated to "dirty love." Hahaha.

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Yes because all love is dirty love in the end ??

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The thirst for dirty love is real. Hahaha

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Hahaha, can't help it, they've been teasing us all along, now give it up! LOL.

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They are always teasing us with words like "dirty love" or "option number 4"... But in the end there is no such thing. :(

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I love the last sentence of this recap, lol. JB, you bad!!!

Okay show, you've heard our requests, don't 'Master's Sun' us now, after all the skinship.

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Yay Nam Doo! I was so worried when he whacked JJ. This may be a sign that maybe history won't repeat itself but then again, we don't actually know how their previous life's were. That story between past ND and CH is incomplete. Maybe ND was somehow good in the previous life too and history may repeat itself again :(

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Lee min ho cries beatifully...wow...his breakdown draws me in...like i can feel his sadness...dissapointment...rage..desperateness...i feel like crying and angry at the same time..the start and the last scene are the hightlight for me...so much feel and satisfaction in this eps...and the twist..wow...surprisingly well done...and outsmart us..the viewer...i'm gladly inform that last night more than 30.000 people watch this show online streaming in youtube including me...wkkkwkkkk...what a massive number...:)... lets enjoy this beautiful ride till the end beanies...luv u all..

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Of course +10000000........everything was perfect... LMH is rocking in every episode... ;)
I will really miss this show really..... :)

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Wowwwwww! Awesome fact!

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I wasn't sad the dad died - just angry he's so stupid not to include in his last voice message that he left everything to Joon Jae. If he's so stupid his whole life, he should be doing something smart with his last dying breath - wouldn't he suspect his will may have been changed if his current wife is really killing him off? Stupid till the end and do not deserve sympathy or respect.
As for the girl, I think she will survive. They probably need to dump her in the sea/ocean for her to recover faster. Keeping my fingers crossed this series will end on a happy note. After all, Namdoo turns out to be a good guy even though he's been giving off the bad guy vibe all these while.

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"They probably need to dump her in the sea/ocean for her to recover faster."

Lol at ur comments though it's pretty plausible for JJ to ehem 'return' Chung to the sea at the end of episode 19 for her recovery.

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haha i thought the same thing about the dad!! & also why didn't he say that the mom poisoned him in the voicemail when it was pretty clear he knew she did something??
i also wondered why joon jae didn't play the voicemail for the cops to prove that chi hyeon wasn't "the only son he acknowledged," but it wasn't necessary thanks to chung haha.
oh well, drama logic usually isn't logic at all >__<

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I found dad finally really relatable at that moment. After finding out all about his wife, knowing that he is dying and that he was so wrong towards his son, I would not have swollowed the hook if he behaved rationally.
He said all that held inside. It was heartbreaking to hear him, even though he didn't behave much like a father before. Money was not what he missed, he missed his son.
Maybe I find parallel with my disfunctional family, where there are things I want to say and there are too many barriers. Loosing the opportunity to say it in person seems so harsh. So I cried for father too.

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Haha....Exactly he said all those slow motion dialogue he should have said that'HJJ I'm leaving all my property to you or I'm inheriting everything on your name .....why why!!? Why he can't say and acted stupid at his last time too

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I think the reason why he didnt mention to leave the property to HJJ because he thought he already leave most his property to HJJ?

In previous ep, HJJ's dad already asked the lawyer to change the will where most of the inheritance goes to HJJ while Chi Hyeon and the stepmother. But the stepmother asked the lawyer to change the will. Thats why when the dad need to stamp the will, they didnt really allowed him to read the will because he already.

I'm sorry if my memory somehow wrong (this is because I'm too lazy to re-watch previous ep to check >.<")

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**correction
In previous ep, HJJ’s dad already asked the lawyer to change the will where most of the inheritance goes to HJJ while Chi Hyeon and the stepmother only got alittle. But the stepmother asked the lawyer to change the will. Thats why when the dad need to stamp the will, they didnt really allowed him to read the will because they already changed the will according to stepmother's instruction.

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Exactly! I didn't feel so bad for Dad! He sorta deserved it.. . But I also hoped he had used his last breath to bequeath everything to his son and ex-wife! All hail redemption. Dont u just love redemption when it is done right? Alas. Hahaha

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Hi, im not sure what episode it is but there's that episode that Chairman Heo signed his will knowing that it says there that JJ will receive everything. So of course, he's kinda like confident about that fact right coz he trust the lawyer who notarized the will.

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such a great great episode. lots of superb acting. love the scene with JJH and LMH in the hospital by the morgue. LMH really shone and JJH was a strong complement. Gosh I hope these two appear in a movie.

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SC comforting HJJ was sweet and heartbreaking. LMH has been crying a lot in this show and I feel his pain everytime. But please writer-nim, I can't stand another sad episode. Please give a happy ending for this two-- like JB, i wish for dirty love. And yes, a movie project for LMH and JJH would be awesome!

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Nam-doo... I was holding out so much hope this episode that you wouldn't go to the dark side and I'm glad my suspicions were right. Whoooooooo.

So when I saw the gun, I figured Chung would be the one to save Joon-jae this time. They basically shouted it out loud the whole episode with Chung stepping up and taking charge. I am not worried she is going to die. I'm more worried about how these next two episodes are going to play out.

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Na. doo!

Just knew it!

I just knew she would throw herself at it! Could have done without the slo-mo effect tho...

My thing with slo-mo effects is that sometimes it takes away some of the adrenaline for me... it's a delicate balance for slo-mo to get one pumped...like I get pumped at all slo- moes in legit action flicks like Mission Impossible or the Fast and Furious franchises... not here tho... here I just want them to paliiii!

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Oh my goodness this show is amazing:) I was holding my breath and hoping that Namdoo would be good. I was soooo happy ? when he turns out to be on joonjae's side!

I was actually not gonna watch this episod today because of sadness from last episode and goblin; trying to heal with bokjoo marathon, but then I read javabeans' intro, and was like oh that's insteresting let's watch it first. Oh and I'm so glad ? I did. Just amazing and feel so satisfied. This show knows how to catch its villains..

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Bokjoo :( I miss you!!! lol

I was also very glad to see that Nam-doo was a good guy :) I can't wait for the next episode!!!

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I am so excited that Nam-doo proved himself to be a good guy!! I was going to be so sad to see their bromance break up.

My hope is that (if Chung gets shot), she has some magical ability that Joon Jae doesn't to heal himself? Also, it's her protecting him rather than him protecting her in the present timeline so maybe things will happen differently since it's not happening exactly as before?? I need a happy ending!

Tae Oh and Shi Ah I didn't ship at first, but now they're slowly growing on me! They were so cute together in this episode!

Lastly, I loved how Nam-doo was making fun of Joon-Jae putting fake blood on the front of his face when he got hit from the back! haha

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Ohh, forgot to add this to my post. Why didn't they also arrest Chi-Hyun when they arrested his mom? He was totally in on the plot so shouldn't he also have been arrested when the cops came?? If they had arrested him, this whole cliffhanger wouldn't be a thing :P

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Omg. Exactly. It makes no sense that he was able to even get the gun. He should have been quickly arrested as soon as they got to him. Instead, they let him stand there for a good minute before he went beserk. SMH. Incompetence for the sake of the plotline, I guess.

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Yes.. . CH should have been arrested or harbouring a criminal....or aiding and abetting....whatevs... they only grabbed him... and not even tightly...when they noticed how agitated he looked! What!

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History repeats. Chi Hyun killing SH and SC. The first accident when he knocked down SC, perhaps that was meant to happen.

By the way why did stepmom kill her two husbands? For money or because they were bad to her?

I dunno what to say about CH. This episode reveals him as an active perpetrator ..sigh

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So on point! That first accident! That was CH too! This reveal has me gobsmacked! The way the show went about showing us CH was our guy all along whoa! Mind blown....

New mystery needing solving asap is why o why did CH want Dam Ryung killed in Joseon Times?!

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its two bad tomoro wont b a double episode. im waiting for the series to end to marathon at a go. but seems like the schedule says finale is next week.

I'm refreshing dramabeans and hoping to see recap of Missing 9. wonder who would be recapping.

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How will they keep Chung alive and fill out two episodes’ worth of time, now that the only loose ends left are fairly small? Well, I’ve got two words for the show: dirty love.

Now THAT would be awesome indeed. It's like the 4th option in W- two worlds. :P

This aside, Nam Doo Hyung!!! That grin, that dimple, that wink (did he wink? His face is such that I always think he is winking!). I like that the mermaid trusted him as a friend. Also, this shows that the past and present are going hand- in- hand unless changed by knowledge of the events to follow. So I am guessing the ajusshi would be saved in the past as Nam Doo was the one who discovers his hiding place in the last episode.

Anyway, I love that this show has steadily been getting better and better! l)

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Oh forgot to add- the best thing about this episode was the role reversal. "I will protect you", "I will make you smile" etc. sound so much better when the girl is saying them. Specially if the girl/ mermaid is actually capable of doing what she professes.

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I love the roles reversal here as well. I also love that SC is such a badass character and she is able to defend herself. In addition, I love is that she helped catch the villains.

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And the quick pecks on JJ's hand from SC. I died ?

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So glad the evil stepmom makjang parts are wrapping up. I pray that the last 2 eps will focus on the mermaid again.. For the last few episodes the drama and its many revelations felt a bit contrived.. Like daytime soap. Lost a bit of the contemporary/fantasy sparkle which drew me in initally. I'm confused about this drama, the characters do the darnest things without considering their priorities and hence the overall narrative logic doesn't flow very well. The scriptwriter is good at light hearted fluff (stick to it!) but is amateurish at doing suspenseful plots.

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Thanks, javabeans, for a dandy recap and commentary.

I'd been hoping against hope that Chairman Heo hadn't bitten the dust. Alas, his demise is the real deal after all, and a bummer for Joon-jae. Hats off to LMH for his touching displays of grief.

What a relief that Nam-doo is still a good guy -- who pulled off a perfect sting. I hope he was well paid for it. I liked very much that earlier scene between him and Chung in which she told him that when she makes friends, they are friends first and forever, unless they give her a darned good reason to change her opinion. After that set up, it was gratifying to see Nam-doo put one over on Chi-hyun and his horrid mother.

I think it goes to show that Chi-hyun isn't a criminal mastermind, as further evidenced by his father having to drag him out of Secretary Nam's hospital room when he pulled the plug on him. Before Chung erased his memory, Dae-young would have done it himself instead of contracting out the hit. The boy isn't an accomplished killer, and I hope he remains that way.

As for Chung throwing herself in the line of fire, I'm hoping her mermaid strength and speed enables her to tackle Joon-jae to the ground quickly enough to avoid the bullet. On land they don't have to fight the buoyancy of seawater. Gravity may just do the trick.

In his hospital bed, Secretary Nam's hands are moving a bit more. Will he awaken in time to supply a crucial bit of information before it's too late? Such as the secret location of the latest valid will?

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I’m hoping her mermaid strength and speed enables her to tackle Joon-jae to the ground quickly enough to avoid the bullet

I like that. Literally dodging a bullet saves awkward questions about how fast she recovers from a bullet wound. And tossing her in the ocean to heal faster like someone suggested would raise even more questions. Alternative: those snubnose revolvers are hard to shoot accurately, so Chi-hyun could just miss - except that isn't dramatic enough for a drama.

Meanwhile, I hope they make Dae-young hard to catch. I need the last episodes to have more tension than just seeing which couple happily-ever-afters.

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Lord C,

those snubnose revolvers are hard to shoot accurately, so Chi-hyun could just miss – except that isn’t dramatic enough for a drama.

Good point! Plus, Chi-hyun has never struck me as someone who's ever set foot on a pistol range, and here he is trying to aim single-handedly when the coppers themselves use both hands.

We could be getting misdirected again. I fear for Nam-doo, who is standing to Joon-jae's left. Chi-hyun might aim at his betrayer at the last second when he sees Chung blocking his shot at his erstwhile brother. Yowzer!

Are we going to finally see that in Joseon, Nam-doo was Dam-ryung's undercover operative sent to spy on Lord Yang? I feel another twist coming on like a one-two punch.

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Ooooooooooooh!

Why would CH ask Nam Doo to do that tho?!!! Oooohhh more questions to be answered!

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Awwww Nam do way to gooo

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What a satisfying episode. Nam Doo is a good guy after all. As long as he quits trying to sell the mermaid to the circus, that is. Even though I got whiplash at his sudden turn to the dark side, this twist came as a surprise to me because I assumed Chung meant Nam Doo when she said it was someone they knew. But manners maketh man. Was Tae Oh in on it? He sure did hack into the CCTV at the most opportune moment. I love how Chung didn't mince her words at how he would barely get out alive if a fight broke out. Tae Oh's sweet actions towards Shi Ah makes me melt.

Dad didn't deserve to die, but he only has himself to blame for cheating on his wife and getting himself a shiny new family. I still can't reconcile Stepmom's previous marriages. Did she marry her first husband when she was pregnant with Chi Hyun? And immediately married her second husband as soon as she killed him? Then seduced Dad and kicked out Mom all before Chi Hyun was a teenager? This woman gets around. If she was only after an inheritance, why marry the first two husbands who didn't seem rich?

Thanks lots for the recap, javabeans!

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I think with stepmom, the implication is that she's been using her marriages to gradually raise her social status? So the first two husbands weren't necessarily that rich, but she needed them to get higher on the social/wealth ladder so that she could marry dad later?

Or maybe she's just a psychopath lol

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Yeah! Previous husbands were small fishes used to catch big fish. I want to know what strong force(reason) made dad to marry the evil step-mom.

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Yeah, I want to know that "strong force" too. I find it hard to understand why a successful man with a happy family so readily ditched his wife, broke his family apart for another woman. A change of heart, stepmother good at seduction etc. but where's the responsibility? I have serious doubt about Dad's judgement all these while. With such bad judgement, how come he even became a chaebol in the first place?

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But the only reason Stepmom was even able to meet Dad was because she went to the same high school as Mom. So it wasn't like they ran in the same social circle, she was merely connected through Mom.

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They did say that stepmom used to sell insurances' policies so I think she killed them so she could get the money from their insurances.

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Ha! Dirty love. Good solution Javabeans ?

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Chung has grown and developed so much since we first met her.. The mermaid who wanted to erase the memories of the woman she met at the hospital because it seemed too painful is now the one telling joon jae that keeping memories of loved ones whether good or bad is important.

I have to say up until the scene where chung said that she will treat nam doo as a friend till he proves otherwise, i really thought he would betray joon jae but after that scene i started to hope differently..
I feel like her words had an effect on him coupled with his friendship with joon jae because when most people expect you to take the wrong path, that one person that just wont crucify you when you have not actually done anything wrong yet, that faith hoping u will choose to do right can be a strong force in steering you rightly.
I cheered so much when it became obvious nam doo was in on it! Way to go hyung!

And seriously stepmums Acting Prowess..Somebody give this woman an Oscar already except she might be in jail before the awards.
Lastly we all know that there are some kdramas rule you just don't break..
Rule no ** Tragic past life necessitates a happy ending in present life..So our resident mermaid we all know you aint going nowhere.. I mean you have swum this far!

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What a pleasant twist! Last week's ep was like choking on goguma but this episode was washing it down with cider ~

and my theories were completely off. I expected chi hyun to redeem himself and nam doo to turn to the dark side, didn't expect the opposite to happen.

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I had the same theory as you did.

Thank god I was proven wrong.

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Those two words, YES PLEASE!

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wow what an interesting episode, in the end chung will pull through because of her superhuman abilities.

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I LIKE the two words >.<

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Did anyone else notice Nam Do give Joon Jae just a slight shift of the eyes after speaking to the bro? Right there I started thinking the con was on but was still unsure if the writers would do it. So glad they did. You're right, JB, this was a great episode.

Just want to plug Introverted Boss and The Voice on here while I'm posting. Didn't think I'd lime either of them, but their first two episodes were daebaek! The first is stylistically so clever, the heroine not just spunky but funny too, the hero a cutie. The second - I was on the edge of my seat! Great run of dramas on now!

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@Barbrey,

OT: I replied to your query about THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG, in the Hong Gil-dong thread over here:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/01/the-bloody-battle-for-the-peoples-hearts-begins-in-rebel/

2.1.2.1.2 PakalanaPikake January 19th, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Thanks for your comments on HGD, too!! ;-)

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I dont know how to express what I really feel watching this show, I do like it but a part of me feel that something is seems off I'm starting to think is the writting which leads to our actors to their acting, something is missing and I can't point that it is that is not making me really love this drama, beside this i like our OTP and how they support each other. Glad that ND didn't betrayed JJ as I really think he love him and even he is a conman and he is greedy at the end he will not betray JJ as he think of him as family.

Ok so now the question is will Chung save JJ and not get shot at in the process or will save him but get shot. I think is will be the later and somehow she will need to return to the ocean to be possibly "die" and we will have the angst separation that almost all kdrama love to pull at the end and then happy ending. There is only 2 more episodes left so is a good betvto say that regardless of Chung been hurt by a bullet the writer maybe go for the classic separation before our OTP be reunited.

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I'm with you, @Cidorta - I'm not willing to accept this drama as "great" just because we're being water-boarded into it!

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I absolutely adore the detective who's been helping Joon Jae. What other dramas is he in? He looks so familiar.

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Park Hae Soo was in dramas SIX FLYING DRAGONS and MUSHIN / GOD OF WAR / SOLDIER, and two films. More details at: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Park_Hae_Soo . This seems to be a more complete filmography than AsianWiki's.

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Wow, great episode, but it was really the side characters Nam-doo and Chi-hyun that shone. I lost interest in the main couple a long time ago, but the Nam-doo and Chi-hyun parallels perfectly embodies what “the struggles of the human heart is the only thing worth writing about” is. Both characters are shades of gray that could have either gone to the dark or the light, and we were shown exactly how all those little things that happened shaped their choices. Let’s start with Nam-doo, we don’t know much about his past, but we do know that he is a con artist and so he is certainly capable of deceit and betrayal. He is also obviously mercenary and loves money as shown when he first found out Chung is a mermaid. But I think that deep down, he wants to trust and be trusted by someone, not just anyone though, but someone who would do the same for him. When he told Chung that he could betray her, it almost sounded like he was testing the waters to see what her reaction would be and expecting the worst. Then, instead of judging him based on his past, she told him that she will trust him unless he proves himself untrustworthy, I can see how that would give him the incentive to live up to her trust. Then Chi-hyun comes along and threatens him, treats him with contempt, and expects him to betray his friends because he is an untrustworthy con artist, it’s no wonder Nam-doo would double-cross him. As for Chi-hyun, he was constantly torn between loyalty to his mother and to his adopted father. He loves his mother, but doesn’t want to be like her. He wants to be a true son to his adopted father and did everything that Joon-jae did not do as a good son, but in the end, it was not enough as Dad only considers Joon-jae to be his true family, and there is nothing he can do since he can’t just go and change his DNA. It probably did not help matters when being on Dad’s side also means being on Joon-jae’s side, who never gave him a chance at being a true brother. Joon-jae had good reasons not to trust him, but it probably stung when he immediately accused him of intentionally trying to kill Chung as soon as he found out that he was the driver in the car accident. He established a sort of rapport with Chung, but in the last episode, we saw that he figured out that she asked him out to eat just to draw him away from the house, that probably reads as betrayal in his books. So in the end, when the push came to the shove, he chose his mother because she puts him above all others.

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I only started watching this drama recently so this is a late reply, but wow, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love this narrative you've woven for Nam Do. His double-cross in this episode was a real surprise for me because I had never once trusted him ever since episode 1, but it is indeed as you say--because I just always expect him to backstab Joon Jae, even though he has done very little against JJ (notwithstanding their first encounter and his attitude/scheming towards Chung of course). It goes to show what an excellent actor he is (I really need to look up his name!).
Chi Hyun, on the other hand, I've always seen as a grey character. Although his current trajectory makes sense, perhaps because I have a soft spot for Lee Ji Hoon (fond memories of him from School 2013), I had wished that the writer went above and beyond and made him return to the good side. He has such an interesting set-up (if only we get to know Nam Do's background too) at the beginning. I like the fact that the writer made it clear that his turn to the dark side was a decision he made, and not simply because both of his biological parents are murderers. His mother, however terrible of a human being, didn't actively raise him to follow her footsteps. Chairman Heo was also a somewhat kind father, even if not always attentive (not knowing about his shellfish allergy, yikes). It's not nature (I believe humans are born with a blank slate), and it's not even nurture either. Isn't that such an intriguing set-up for a antagonist? That is why I had hoped the writer would take it a step further, by allowing him to momentarily make terrible choices, but then realize his error, and returned to good. Because being a passive bystander was easy, but to actively commit murder requires much heavier motivation, which I didn't feel he quite had. Those betrayals--his dad's, Joon Jae's, and Chung's--stung, yes, but I'm not sure that is enough to turn him completely evil.
But then again, I'm speaking on a high horse, passing off moral judgments on characters (people) like him, when I have not been through such experiences myself. Who's to say I do not have the propensity to turn evil if I am ever placed in such a situation?
It is as you said, OP, "the Nam-doo and Chi-hyun parallels perfectly embodies what “the struggles of the human heart is the only thing worth writing about” is." The human heart is a complicated convoluted mess of an organ, capable of so much that we can never accurately guess what it might spur the body into doing. That's what makes life so interesting, doesn't it? This nugget of unpredictability in humanity?

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So that's why they made manager nam coma. It gave us chance to see what happened in joseon time through his dream

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YESSSS to the DIRTY LOVE!!!!

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Yes please to dirty love. Cant wait ❤️

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Nam Doo ?? Why you fool me? You twit!

For once I'm glad that the writers proved my speculations of Nam Doo and Chi Hyeon wrong. Maybe this is why they say when you decide to trust someone, completely trust them, give them your all, make no room for them to doubt your love, so that they would think twice before double crossing you. I thank the writer for keeping their (Joon jae, Nam Doo, Tae Oh) bromance intact.

And that actor playing step-mom deserves special applause. It is one thing to be a villain and another thing to make the audience loathe you and wish that you would eat mud for your evilness.

Din't Joon Jae, Chung, Nam Doo con Shi-ah's brother and his wife? Din't they realize it while watching the news report with Joon Jae's mom? Major flaw!! LOBTS, I love you so much that I want you to be perfect ? Anyway show bring on the long over due Dirty love ??

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I think in the drama they showed that part as to show us what happened again, but in real Nam do, Joon Jae or cheong weren't shown in the news report on TV?!

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Jin joo still hasn't met the trio tho! Which TV news? HUH?? ? Missing something here
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Is there anyone else who wishes that they used less foundation on the face before the crying scenes?
I hate t when they cry big fat tears that wash all the foundation. I mean hello! We watch hd version where according to Chung Seung Yi even the pores can be seen!

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Yeah - Lee Min Ho's thick foundation was really obvious in this episode. Can't they let a guy's skin breathe a little so he looks more natural?

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Thanks JB for the great recap, I always love to read your comments and insights on the episodes.
Also, I love that the top comment is girlfriday's "YAY, Nam-doo hyung". ?

I just wanted to comment to say that the actor playing Chi Hyun is doing such an amazing job. His reaction when he realised his stepfather was dead felt so real/raw. And I love that you can always see the conflict inside him playing out on his face. Though I think Lee Min Ho is doing better here than in anything else I've seen him in (namely *shudder* The Heirs *shudder*) I still can't help but think that Lee Ji Hoon out-acts him. I will definitely check out whatever else Lee Ji Hoon has been in.

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Actually his acting is great here...
Nam doo also he is also doing a great here
Everyone is best....

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For a second I thought Jin Joo was more faithful than Nam Do.... Soooo sorry Nam Do Shi!!! Should have known you better...

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i love this one

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Wow wow wowJo nam doo you were rocking.... Love the twists and turns earlier I was cursing him but when the past flashes were shown I was like yo yo yo my boy yo nam doo ssi love you just hope you'll got to cheong.....
First scene where both were alone at home and suddenly ate ho came I shouted thank you tae oh you came on time,when nam doo said he'll do what chi

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Continue.....
Chi hyun will ask him too I was grinding my teeth....
When he hurt HJJ I was nooo you dash dash but he was having something else in his pocket
Though he has wicked smile but these episode I want to dedicate to you JO NAM DOO ;) claps claps
I got more happier when the ture killer was spotted and thanks you were not a killer JOO NAM DOO !
This show really played a game with viewers....JO NAM DOO was a good man in past(hope I'll not take this words back)
Wonder about maa dae young.......
Hope shim cheong will get well soon

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I mean good to cheong....!!!

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When HJJ was walking towards funeral (sorry not getting a word) I shouted HJJ team fighting! Nam doo stay out of it.....but now I'll say you are in I take my harsh words back...
And when. ND said he didn't like how chi hyun talked to him informally and he is in HJJ side ...Of course how he'll like if his student will talk to him in an unmannered way....you did a right thing TEACHER..... :) ;)

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Shi Ah & Tae Oh are so cute together! I adore the OST that plays during Shi Ah & Tae Oh's scenes too. It made their interaction so much more interesting.

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Lol he didn't even gave those headphones to his hyung but he gave those headphones to shi ah(condition he would have also given that to SC also)... ;)
Love the sweet romance :)

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I've been rethinking that manic gleam in Nam-doo's eye, and now I'm beginning to wonder if he hasn't got a bit of a crush on her the way Tae-oh did. Since it's the ultimate in bad form to crush on your hyung's woman, maybe he had to sublimate it by envisioning the profit potential of a gen-u-wine MermaidTears(TM) scam. Just trying to give Nam-doo the benefit of the doubt. ;-)

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I think there isn't a crush

.... he's a legit money grubber and those were legit dollar signs in his eyes... maybe he thinks HJJ is a safer bet to get more money....hihihi

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Brilliant! Brilliant is all I can say! Ha! This show keeps fooling me like crazy, but I love it! Also three cheers for Nam Doo hyung! Hip hip! Hurrah! Hip hip! Hurrah! Hip hip! Hurrah! :)

(okay my sentences all ended with ! but hey, this was a blast of an episode!)

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Exclamations all through!

This ep was pretty solid tho so feel freeeeeee

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Haha hip hip hurray! Hip hip hurray! Hip hip hurray! :D

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Tae Oh have shia ah now.. I hope nam doo would end up with homeless fashionista too..

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Hahahahhaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

The ship of my dreams! Through and through!

Nam Doo and homeless fashionista!

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Not gonna lie....

I was putting off watching this so cos I don't want too say goodbye to MPH and JJH...but boy oh boy am I glad I succumbed and broke my own self imposed restriction!

This ep is not only fast paced....it has one of those twists I just love... the one where who you suspect turns out to be innocent!

The supporting cast really shone here

Nam Doo and Chi Hyun s stories during Joseon era aren't done yet... oooohhh more fodder for next esp

Dirty love could be slated next... shehehhw

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you'll gonna jo nam doo in this episode! lol
and that I ship si ah and tae ho! <3 <3 <3

cheong should ran to chi hyeon and not to joon jae!!

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lol the header image of this recap looks exactly from Man From the Stars XD

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