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Legfinish of the Blue Sea: Episode 3by girlfriday
Eincredibly time we open up in Joseon, I battle via wanting to stay tbelow and watch that drama unfold, bereason the emotional and romantic dispute appears naturally fuller in that timeline, also though it’s not technically the primary drama. Today I’m even more conflicted bereason the previous timeline creates its backstory into what I think will certainly become an extremely compelling romance. But the excellent news is that the present-day story has actually begun to mirror the previous in little bit ways, which is certainly the type of thing I’ve been waiting to watch.
EPISODE 3 RECAP
In Joseon, the mermhelp swims approximately the surface as soon as she sees lanterns lit up above—the sign that Dam-ryung desires to view her. He floats in on a little boat right into a valley lit up through numerous lanterns, and asks for the mermaid’s name. At last!
She tells him that her name is Se-hwa, and Dam-ryung claims that he had actually a sister that passed away young called Se-hwa. He starts to describe that the name implies “bideal, shining kid,” but Se-hwa finishes his sentence, shocking him. She claims that there’s a story behind the perkid that gave her a name, and asks if he desires to hear it.
As she narprices the story, we flash ago twenty years to a group of young boys playing at the water’s edge. One is tested to swim a distance, and begins to drown in the process. But as he sinks, he opens up his eyes and also sees a young mermassist swimming towards him.
She takes the boy by the hand also and swims as much as the surconfront, conserving his life. He tells her that his name is Dam-ryung, and also once she doesn’t respond with her very own, he decides to give her a name and also calls her Se-hwa, informing her what it implies. The young mermhelp smiles and they splash in the water playtotally.
Se-hwa narrates that the boy shortly returned to the funding city, but he yearned to go back to the sea and threw tantrums till his father enabled it. The boy took pleasure in bringing the mermhelp brand-new foods items she had never before tasted and flowers she’d never checked out. And over the years they thrived up together.
But at some point as a young man, Dam-ryung brought her flowers and also sassist that he’d have to be married quickly, and also the mermassist normally didn’t understand what marriage supposed. He explained it as living via an additional womale and caring only for her, and also Se-hwa’s face dropped, asking if it intended he wouldn’t return to the sea.
He asked if Se-hwa couldn’t live on land, and also she shelp that a mermaid might do so as an adult—she’d have legs and be able to walk as soon as she flourished up—but for currently she was bound to the ocean. Dam-ryung said he didn’t desire to leave her and marry someone else, however she silently shed a tear and also swam amethod, leaving a pearl behind.
Dam-ryung returned residence and was married, however on his wedding night he ran away, riding on horseearlier for hrs till he got to the sea. He dubbed out for Se-hwa and also walked straight right into the water… and also instantly began to sink. Se-hwa narprices that Dam-ryung knew—the mermaid would certainly sheight at nopoint to save him, knowing that he couldn’t swim.
“But he didn’t know somepoint important—that mermaids have actually a distinct ability,” Se-hwa narrates. As Dam-ryung sank deeper, the mermassist showed up and offered him a kiss, however via that kiss she likewise erased herself from his memory. Se-hwa: “And favor that, the mermassist disshowed up from the boy’s memory choose a bubble.”
Adult Dam-ryung tells the mermassist that his wife passed away early, however she constantly resented him for running away on their wedding night, also though he might never remember why he did it. “Am I… that boy?” he asks. (I understand the answer is evident, however that still gave me chills.) Se-hwa swims up to the side of the watercraft and also looks into his eyes…
In the existing day, con artist Joon-jae sinks to the bottom of the ocean off the shore of Spain, and once the mermassist swims over to him, his eyes widen at the sight of her tail. She pulls him in for a kiss, and also in that minute we go back to the memories they’ve shared, other than time stands still and also the mermassist vanishes into bubbles in each scene, right before his eyes.
She erases herself from all of his memories one by one, till finally she disappears prior to him in the water, leaving him all alone. Joon-jae wakes up on the shore as the mermaid’s voice rings out like a faint echo: “I love you.”
He shakes his waterlogged brain and recalls whatever around the thugs and also the chase and also jumping off the cliff, though all without the mermhelp. He wonders why he’d jump right into the sea like a crazy perkid, and then notices the jade bracelet that the mermassist slipped on his wrist, puzzled around wright here he picked that up. And just choose back in Joseon, next to him on the beach is a small sparkling pearl.
Joon-jae flies earlier to Seoul, and from the aircraft he stares out at a tiny spot in the sea, which offers him pausage. He shakes it off, yet down listed below the mermaid is swimming to save up via the airplane as it flies overhead, and also she looks heartbroken as she watches him fly farther and farther ameans from her.
As Joon-jae arrives at the airport, the local news broadcasts a breaking story around a murderer that escaped police custody. The suspect’s name is MA DAE-YOUNG (ah, this is the guy played by Sung Dong-il in the existing timeline, who was entering the prosecutor’s office in handcuffs), and he happens to be at the airport curb simply ahead of Joon-jae. Dae-young is dressed as a parking attendant and writes a receipt for a man’s vehicle, plainly intending to steal it.
Joon-jae returns to his house to uncover partner-in-crime Nam-doo taking out the trash favor he stays tbelow, looking surprised that Joon-jae reverted alive. Nam-doo swears up and down that he knew Joon-jae would be fine, however he scuttles right into the residence to protect against any more hounding.
Joon-jae scoffs to watch their hacker partner Tae-oh continuing to be there too (Tae-oh characteristically doesn’t also say hello), and Nam-doo tells him to get comfortable choose he owns the area, and also Joon-jae hregarding remind him that it’s HIS residence, not theirs. He numbers that Tae-oh damaged in, and Nam-doo says proudly that there’s no lock Tae-oh can’t hack.
Nam-doo claims their areas have currently been tossed by the scary loan shark CEO Jang and also her henchmen, and the only home untouched is this one that Joon-jae bought newly via a clean identity. Aw, con male sleepover?
What Nam-doo really wants to hear around is that jade bracelet, and also he takes Joon-jae to the terrace to comment on it privately. Of course, Joon-jae has no memory of stealing it from the mermassist or telling Nam-doo all around it, and also Nam-doo gets his feelings hurt thinking that Joon-jae is trying to con him out of his share.
Nam-doo insists that Joon-jae met a weird girl in Spain, and also we reduced to the mermhelp swimming in the sea through sunglasses on, and transferring a large seashell prefer a clutch bag. She waves at her mermassist friends and swims off prefer she’s modeling it, ha.
Joon-jae argues that he never met a weird girl and never sent Nam-doo those images of the bracelet… other than he does have actually the bracelet itself. He deserve to remember quick flashes of utilizing his lighter to take it, but his memory is hazy and he doesn’t quite know just how he pertained to have actually it. He decides to hold on to it for currently, because somepoint doesn’t feel ideal around it.
The mermassist comes over water and also looks at the moon, and she thinks ago to the day Joon-jae told her around Seoul, wbelow his residence was. Talk of home had actually made her look out at the ocean wisttotally, however Joon-jae had eagerly talked up how a lot she’d favor it in Seoul, through its late-night food and also fireworks over the Han River, which is an excellent watch from the 63 Building.
He swore that he wasn’t trying to seduce her into going to Seoul through him, yet he’d wanted her to go, and also as soon as she shelp yes, he lit up and also told her that it was a promise, and also guarantees were made to be maintained.
In his sleep, Joon-jae has dreams of being underwater, and also the mermaid’s voice saying, “I love you” startles him awake. He clutches his pounding heart and also wonders what this is, and also wright here that voice came from.
Three months later on, Joon-jae transforms on the TV and sees CHAIRMAN HEO IL-JOONG offering an intersee about being a pioneer in genuine estate development. The last names can’t be a coincidence, so this is likely his father, and Joon-jae turns the TV off with a sigh.
Chairmale Heo plays golf with an associate, while his wife is tbelow via Shi-ah’s sister-in-regulation Jin-joo, waiting for their husbands. Over lunch, Jin-joo’s husband also Dong-shik puts his foot in his mouth by bragging about his boy and how DNA can’t be fooled, and Jin-joo drags him from the table to warn him that there’s a rumor about Chairman Heo’s heir not being his organic son.
Jin-joo states that according to rumor, that is his second wife who kicked the first wife out, and also the chairman’s kid left residence without a word. The second wife lugged a son into the marital relationship, and also so the chairman’s stepchild is the one working for the agency at current. Dong-shik gapes at the range of the organic son’s rebellion, and Jin-joo agrees that he have to be crazy.
Cut to: Crazy, sighing at the state of his empty fridge. He blows his height once he discovers Nam-doo drinking the last beer and also Tae-oh eating the last ice cream, and also wonders once they’re moving out.
Nam-doo says that they’re still being chased to within an inch of their stays, and also that Joon-jae doesn’t know their pain because the henchguys think he’s already dead.
At the same time, the mermassist has made it all the means to the coast of Korea, and she pops as much as ask some anglers wbelow Seoul is. They allude her in the direction and ask if she plans to swim there, and also when she simply disshows up right into the sea, they freak out and wonder if she was a deep-sea diver, or a gorganize.
On the shore, an ajumma brigade picks up trash, excited to view the moment as soon as the water recedes and makes what looks prefer a sandy bridge in between the mainland and also a small, unpopulated island also. So naturally they’re shocked once the sand also bridge appears through a woguy walking alengthy it—the mermassist, dressed in sweats she picked up off the shore, still transferring her seashell clutch.
The ajummas can’t make heads or tails of her, and also the mermhelp asks if this is Seoul. When they say it isn’t, she lets out an exasperated sigh, wondering how a lot farther she hregarding go as soon as she currently swam till she puked.
Thankcompletely, the ajummas are from Seoul and sell her a ride. They drop her off on a busy street, and the mermassist looks about in a daze before whining, “Tbelow are even more civilization than anchovies! How am I going to uncover Heo Joon-jae?”
Back at Joon-jae’s home, he opens up up a secret compartment in his closet, which leads to a second closet as big as a home. This need to be his batcave, because it’s lined through all sorts of various unicreates. Today he picks the airline pilot suit.
Downstairs, his garage has actually all the vehicles to complement, from ambulance to police car to taxi, and as he heads out via his team, Nam-doo gets all fluttery through excitement at beginning a new project. Joon-jae just tells them that they have to relocate out after this one.
On the street, the mermhelp stops random passersby to ask if anyone knows Heo Joon-jae, which obviously gets her nowright here. And in the automobile, Nam-doo talks around what a coincidence it was to run right into the perkid they conned on a golf course, yet Joon-jae tells him that Seoul is smaller than they think, and you’re bound to cross routes with everyone.
At that incredibly minute, they soptimal at a light, and the mermhelp is simply ahead at the crosswalk. She walks best previous them, focused on the food stand because she’s so hungry, however the vendor transforms her away once she has no money.
Joon-jae’s car whooshes previous her, sfinishing loss leaves flying right into the air, and also the mermassist reaches out and catches one.
She trudges alengthy, growing tired and hungrier, when she comes upon a group of schoolgirls ganging up on a classmate to take her money. Oh no. Thinking that this is how it’s done, the mermassist sidles up to a tiny boy and also bullies her for her lunch money, except the little bit girl is savvy sufficient to call her out on it.
The child buys the mermassist an immediate ramyun at the convenience save and teaches her not to steal people’s money. The precocious bit girl tells her to get a project and also work hard because you require money to live, and the mermhelp asks when you’re expected to be happy if you work so hard that you can’t check out your household, prefer the bit girl’s mother does.
The girl doesn’t have actually a simple answer for that, but she wishes the mermassist luck in finding Heo Joon-jae, and then transforms back to put her last 1000 won in the mermaid’s hand. Aw.
The girl waves goodbye to the mermassist and also rounds the corner… and also walks smack right into Joon-jae of all world. She snaps at the ajusshi to watch wright here he’s going, and Joon-jae gets all huffy at the little bit girl for calling him an ajusshi. Nam-doo pulls him away and also says it’s not favor he’d be her oppa (lol, she called the mermassist unni though), and again Joon-jae and also the mermassist miss seeing each other by mere secs.
The mermassist comes upon the very same schoolgirls still bullying their classmate, and this time she speaks up, having been taught that stealing lunch money is wrong. She asks if they don’t have actually Mom’s crmodify card, which the little girl taught her was “somepoint favor money,” and also insists that they stop stealing.
The girls smirk and also charge at her, but the mermassist simply rolls up the flyers she’s built up all day and whaps them over the head and also sends out the leader flying right into the air.
The mermassist makes them promise not to steal money aget, but one girl swears that they’re friends through the bullied classmate—she states the slang version of “we made friends,” which is literally “we ate friends.” The mermaid’s jaw drops in horror: “You… eat… friends?! You’re not expected to eat your friends! Don’t execute that! Eat something else!” LOL.
The lead bully is fuming mad as they run away, however she answers the phone through a smile as soon as her mom calls. Her mom happens to be CEO Jang, the scary loan shark that Joon-jae conned. As she gets in the elevator, Joon-jae steps in through her, and from the roof Tae-oh cuts the power and stops the elevator on its method up.
Joon-jae procedures in front of CEO Jang and also takes off his sunglasses, and then he flips his nifty hypnotic lighter on, instantly putting her in a trance. He tells her that there’s a ago door in this elevator that opens out, and also that her boy is hanging on the ledge simply bacount, by his fingers.
She cries out to her boy and also tries to help him up, but Joon-jae tells her it’s also late and also renders him fall to his fatality. She collapses in tears, and he tells her to remember this feeling, because the student who committed self-destruction bereason of her son’s bullying had a mother, and she felt this way as well. He tells her to foracquire those who’ve wronged her, and just remember the people she’s wronged, and also live making it approximately them.
It works, and also CEO Jang comes out of the elevator in tears, demanding to check out the victim’s mom so she deserve to apologize. The boys strut to the vehicle after a job well done, and also the hyungs speak in their tracks once Tae-oh pipes up and also asks Joon-jae just how he hypnotizes world.
Nam-doo urges Joon-jae to hurry up and also answer his question, amazed at exactly how curious Tae-oh must’ve been to open up up that mouth of his and speak words. Joon-jae smiles and also explains all his elaborate tricks, which basically boils dvery own to mirroring someone a trigger, and turning their gaze in other places where he have the right to manipulate what they think they see.
Tae-oh instinctively lowers his gaze and also doesn’t make eye call once he hears that, and Joon-jae pets him on the head affectionately, saying that you can’t simply hypnotize anyone.
As the boys acquire in the auto, the mermassist is just a couple of feet amethod, digging head-first via a garments donation bin while a homeless woman (cameo by Hong Jin-kyung) keeps watch for her. She offers the mermaid all the tips and also tricks to living on the street, like how she’ll never before leave Gangnam bereason the civilization throw ameans designer garments, and also she’ll offer up on hot meals if it indicates keeping a fashion sense.
The homeless woman sighs to hear that the mermassist came all this way to look for a male who didn’t even leave her a phone number, and advises her to begin looking in locations that he might have pointed out offhand. The mermaid remembers the 63 Building, so she offers her last 1000 won to take a bus there, and also the driver is nice sufficient to let her on also though it’s not enough money.
She sticks her head out the window and also enjoys the ride, while Joon-jae sits on his terrace contemplating the mysterious jade bracelet.
The mermassist stares up at the 63 Building and also wonders if she’ll have the ability to view Joon-jae from all the means up tright here. She manages to slip inside just as it’s cshedding, and also she finds her method to the aquarium, where she licks her chops in glee, relieved that she won’t go hungry. Wait, you’re going to eat all the fishes? She plops into the gigantic tank and happily goes diving for her dinner.
The following morning, Joon-jae’s college classmate Shi-ah asks the housekeeper to make her seaweed soup for someone’s birthday, and also the housekeeper says that today happens to be her son’s birthday as well, and also she made the soup the method her boy likes it.
Sister-in-law Jin-joo teases Shi-ah for trying to seduce her classmate with food, and Shi-ah grits her teeth and also says it’s for a co-worker. But she brings the birthday spread to Joon-jae’s home after all, though he seems annoyed that Nam-doo told her wright here he relocated.
Joon-jae doesn’t seem very enthprovided around his birthday, but one taste of soup has actually him remembering his childhood, and also the distinct area wright here he and also Mom went every year on his birthday.
Nam-doo gets excited around throwing a birthday party and Shi-ah happily argues a area, yet Joon-jae states he currently has plans and just walks off, not providing Shi-ah the moment of day. She allows her smile fade the second Joon-jae is out of the room, and also Nam-doo mutters that he’s not falling for it and passes her a wad of money. Huh. What are you two up to?
Shi-ah worries that Joon-jae’s birthday plans are through a girl, yet Nam-doo claims it couldn’t perhaps be the situation because Joon-jae will never let a woman previous a specific line. Nam-doo gobbles up all the food and also asks if Shi-ah really made this, and she states that her housekeeper did.
The housekeeper looks forlornly at an old photograph of herself via Little Joon-jae, confirming that she’s the mother he’s been searching for all this time.
Mom and Joon-jae’s one-of-a-kind location turns out to be the aquarium at the 63 Building, and Joon-jae arrives tright here by himself. The mermaid has consumed her fill and also wakes up from a nap to discover the place swarming via tourists. Thankcompletely this aquarium features huguy divers in a mermassist show once a day, so no one thinks it odd to see a mermassist swimming about in the tank, though behind the scenes the employees are perplexed to watch the actual diver display up for work-related.
The mermaid is blinded by all the travellers flashing their camages at her, but behind the wall of picture-takers, she catches a glimpse of Joon-jae walking previous. She taps on the glass and complies with him, and also as soon as he rounds the edge into a quiet tunnel, he finally hears her tapping furiously on the glass.
He turns to look, but there’s no recognition in his eyes as he stares at her. Joon-jae just transforms about and also walks amethod, and also the mermaid rushes to the surface to go find him. Above the tank, her route is cut off when the aquarium employees find her and demand also answers.
Joon-jae gets a text from Nam-doo saying that he simply ran right into their frifinish Thomas (the con artist at the church), who proved him proof that Joon-jae was with a womale in Spain. The picture makes Joon-jae’s eyes widen: It’s him via the mermaid he simply saw, and she’s wearing that jade bracelet.
The mermaid is cornered by the aquarium staff and also ends up throwing among them right into the tank because she can’t manage her very own toughness, and she runs off via an apology.
Joon-jae runs with the aquarium looking for her, and also goes past a small boy that then runs right into the mermaid’s arms. When she gets up again, Joon-jae is standing at a distance looking best at her.
He progressively walks over to her, his actions and his breath echoing loudly in his ears. All he does is walk to her, yet by the moment he reaches her, the mermaid’s eyes are brimming through tears.
As they gaze into each other’s eyes, the mermaid flashes back to the beach in Spain wbelow she left Joon-jae. She sassist she was sorry and also put the bracelet on his wrist, informing him to store it because she knew he favored it.
Tears spilled down her challenge as she shelp he wouldn’t remember her now, but she vowed to keep her promise and also go to him: “Whether a storm comes, or the sun is also hot, or I’m lonely, or afrassist bereason it’s a road I’ve never taken, I will endure it all and also go to you. I love you.”
That’s the voice he heard as he was coming to, yet by the time he opened his eyes, she was gone, and also all that was left behind was one shining pearl.
I didn’t think this episode was as fun because we had actually to spfinish many of it with the couple acomponent from each other, but bookending it with Dam-ryung and Se-hwa’s backstory and then Joon-jae and also the mermaid’s reunion and also parting was a good method to save me emotionally invested. Tright here were some sreduced components in this episode—family exposition to slog through and some basic reestablishing of the world—however in its entirety I think I’ll end up enjoying the story in Seoul bereason of the con male trio and the witty banter between Joon-jae and also Nam-doo.
The two partners have a really exciting dynamic wbelow they’re plainly incredibly excellent friends however always distrusting and also on guard in some means, and also now we know there’s possibly one more long con in play with Nam-doo and also Shi-ah. Are they after Joon-jae’s inheritance? Using him to get to Chairman Dad? Or is tbelow something stranger going on? Whatever it is, I favor this twist, since it’s a lot more interesting than a 2nd lead pining over a man that obviously doesn’t treatment for her. I’m unexpectedly incredibly curious around Shi-ah, her connection to Nam-doo, and why she leads this double life.
I could’ve done without all of the coincidences in this episode, bereason they were piling them on pretty high. I understand that this is fantasy with and through, and there’s a really solid element of fate right here, but every little thing simply happened to loss right into area and also lead the two lovers ago to each various other, and also the ease of it all kind of diminished the whole I-will-endure-the-storm speech. I know, she swam for 3 totality months and crossed the globe, which is no little feat—it’s simply that we didn’t watch any of that, and also it appeared fairly straightforward to gain to Seoul and also find one dude tbelow. Obviously I care more that the leads are together, provided that the drama is about eighty percent less exciting as soon as they’re not sharing the display (okay, it’s really that it’s much less amazing without Jeon Ji-hyun onscreen), so I’m happy with the outcome, in any type of situation.
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The mermaid’s fish-out-of-water hijinks proceed to be amutilizing, though I discover it even more enjoyable as soon as Joon-jae is about to witness her crazy. Regardless of it being early in their love story (as much as we know), I think the amnesia was efficient. It’s a nice way to tie in the classic mermhelp mythology of vanishing right into bubbles, while utilizing a classical drama trope—it creates an ardent one-sided love that the mermhelp should carry alone. And bereason the trope is supplied twice in parallel storylines on both Dam-ryung and also Joon-jae, the eactivity actually builds cumulatively, making us feel for the contemporary mermassist because we’ve watched Se-hwa live the exact same fate and also erase herself from the boy she loved, and then carry a torch for him for two decades.
I mean that the emotion builds for us as viewers, considering that I don’t think of her as the same mermaid living from then till currently. Until the drama tells me otherwise, I’m going to think that Se-hwa and also the contemporary mermassist are 2 different civilization, despite the comparable sacrifices they produced love. Or maybe it’s what I hope—that Se-hwa just ever before loved Dam-ryung, and also that our mermaid will similarly just ever love Joon-jae, and that it was Dam-ryung and also Se-hwa’s ardent (and also probably tragic) love that made the second romance possible. The mermaid’s tears at the incredibly finish carry out make me wonder though—did she fall in love that hard, in that short a time? Or have actually they known each various other for a lot longer, the means Se-hwa remembered Dam-ryung by herself? Maybe once you love a mermassist, you deserve to never be certain as soon as Day One of your love story was.