The past ending of our couple is revealed
Legend of the Blue Sea Episode 13 Recap
Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) quiets Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) worries about his intentions with a passionate kiss.
Later Joon Jae dreams of Dae Young releasing the wish lanterns over the water to draw the mermaid up to the surface so she can be caught. Joon Jae wakes calling to the mermaid from the past Se Hwa. Sim Chung is there and asks if he’s okay. He hugs her, relieved she’s okay. He tells her he had a scary dream. He admits he’s in new territory that he cares for someone and he’s afraid that he could lose them. Sim Chung asks if the person he cares for is Se Hwa. He laughs. She asks who this Se Hwa is. He chuckles enjoying that Sim Chung is unaware that she’s asking about the past version of herself. He confirms Se Hwa is pretty. Sim Chung asks if she’s as pretty. Joon Jae chuckles as says that Se Hwa is Sim Chung. She doesn’t understand. She starts to make her way to the loft but Joon Jae stops her and draw her to his bed for a snuggle. She wonders about the kiss. He kisses her lightly. The other kiss and this kiss is real. He tells her to go to sleep and keep the bad dreams away. She’s stoked and likes the consequences of scary dreams.
After Joon Jae drifts to sleep, Sim Chung gently leaves the bed. She heads to the outside deck where she celebrates Joon Jae liking her. Every building she looks at lights up. Her heart beats with joy. She feels strong and exhilarated.
Joon Jae’s mother makes Ahn Jin Joo soothing tea. Ahn Jin Joo asks her what’s the matter? Why was she drinking alone in her room? Recall Joon Jae’s mother saw Joon Jae’s father at the hospital yesterday, though he did not see her because of his failing eyesight (Joon Jae’s mother does not know about his medical condition). Joon Jae’s mother admits she saw her ex-husband yesterday and he did not acknowledge her even though they locked gazes. She doesn’t understand why he looked at her like she was a stranger. Ahn Jin Joo breaks out the wine and says they need to drink together. Ahn Jin Joo admits she acted like a drunk jerk in front of her friend but wasn’t acknowledged. Ahn Jin Joo says this friend stole her friend’s husband back in the day. That gets Joon Jae’s mother’s attention. Ahn Jin Joo continues that the first wife was chased away without alimony. That gets Joon Jae’s mother’s attention. Ahn Jin Joo continues that no one where the first wife is. Joon Jae’s mother stares at Ahn Jin Joo and asks which family is she talking about. Ahn Jin Joo confides that Heo Il Joong (Joon Jae’s father) is the rich family she’s referencing. Joon Jae’s mother can’t believe it. Ahn Jin Joo frets that she and her husband are being cut out of their latest real estate deal even though they continuously bribed them with side dishes. Joon Jae’s mother cannot believe her cooking went to her ex-husband.
Seo Hee asks Joon Jae’s father’s lawyer to confirm that he altered the will to leave everything to herself and her son Chi Hyeon (who is not a biologically related to Joon Jae’s father). The lawyer states that a small provision must be left to Joon Jae or he could counter sue and overturn the will. Seo Hee says there’s won’t be a counter suit. Hmm, I take that to mean she plans to tell Dae Young to kill Joon Jae. The lawyer worries. Seo Hee assure the lawyer all will go as planned and he’ll be well compensated for the fraud he is perpetrating on her husband.
The lawyer presents the revised will to Joon Jae’s father. He can’t read it but is assured it is as he requested. The lawyer guides Joon Jae’s father’s hand to sign the will with his seal at the proper spot. Chi Hyeon silently observes this from the open door to the office. He leaves. The lawyer smiles. Fraudulent will is now legally signed by Joon Jae’s father.
Sim Chung is thrilled and happy. She rearranges the furniture much to Jo Nam Doo’s surprise. Joon Jae chuckles at Sim Chung’s giddy thoughts. She leaves to get pasta for breakfast. The smile on her face is bright as the sun. She helps people along the way. Her super strength comes in handy!
Jo Nam Doo and Tae O wonder what’s taking Sim Chung so long. Joon Jae hears her giddy thoughts and knows she’s almost home. He tells them she’ll be there in minute. When Sim Chung walks through the door Jo Nam Doo and Tae O stare at Joon Jae not understanding how he knew Sim Chung was near. Jo Nam Doo jokingly asks if Joon Jae has telepathy with Sim Chung. If you only knew, Nam Doo, if you only knew.
Over breakfast Jo Nam Doo says he’s got a new target for them to pursue. Sim Chung gives him the evil eye. Jo Nam Doo assures her their new target has hurt people by scamming them and they are getting revenge for the people. Joon Jae keeps the promise he made Sim Chung and tells a surprised Jo Nam Doo and Tae O that he won’t be working this scam. He smiles at Sim Chung. She smiles back. Nice that he kept his word!
Jo Nam Doo talks to Joon Jae and asks what’s going on. Joon Jae revealed their address to the police. Are Joon Jae and Detective Hong buddies now? Jo Nam Doo doesn’t understand how their 10 year relationship is trumped by Joon Jae’s 3 month relationship with Sim Chung. Joon Jae say he promised Sim Chung. Jo Nam Doo reminds Joon Jae that he promised they’d work together until he found his mother. Jo Nam Doo doesn’t like Joon Jae’s priority shift. Jo Nam Doo tells Joon Jae it is wrong to forget old friends when new ones come along. Jo Nam Doo asks Joon Jae if he and Sim Chung fell into the pool, who would Joon Jae save first? Joon Jae smiles and says he’d save Jo Nam Doo first. Ha, he even jokes that Sim Chung would save him. Jo Nam Doo asks what Joon Jae would do about Tae O, the internet whiz kid that Joon Jae lured from Japan. Their conversation is interrupted by a call from Detective Hong. Joon Jae leaves to meet Detective Hong. Jo Nam Doo can’t believe what he’s seeing.
The police meet Joon Jae at the car Dae Young abandoned after the aborted kidnapping of Sim Chung. The car is wiped clean. The only thing in the car is the pink octopus Joon Jae won for Sim Chung. Joon Jae asks the police to search near by trash cans. Then Joon Jae realizes while Dae Young took the time to remove all traces of himself from the car, he couldn’t have done the same at the abandoned hospital he took Sim Chung to. Joon Jae recalls the barrel of water. Joon Jae recalls the past version of Dae Young searching the water for the mermaid. Does he realize that Dae Young suspects that Sim Chung is a mermaid?
Joon Jae’s mother tells Ahn Jin Joo she wants to quit. Ahn Jin Joo is not happy. Cha Si A suggests the Ahn Jin Joo let her go if she wants to leave their household. Ahh Jin Joo asks Joon Jae’s mother to stay until they find a replacement. Joon Jae’s mother agrees. Cha Si A tells both women she will text them an address and they have to meet her there later today. She leaves. Both Ahn Jin Joo and Joon Jae’s mother wonder what she’s planning.
While Joon Jae’s mother walks to the address her purse is stolen by a motorcyclist. Sim Chung runs the thief down and retrieves the purse. Joon Jae’s mother is grateful for her returned purse. She wants to return Sim Chung’s kindness. Sim Chung tells her it was no big deal and strides away. Joon Jae’s mother watches her good Samaritan go wondering who she is. We see the motorcyclist handcuffed to a light post. Ha! Turn your brain off and don’t ask where Sim Chung got the handcuffs.
Joon Jae’s mother meets Cha Si A who gripes that she’s late. Joon Jae’s mother asks where they are. Cha Si A explains they are at her boyfriend-to-be’s house. Joon Jae’s mother is surprised to find her good Samaritan in the house. Cha Si A explains that the woman works at her house. Joon Jae’s mother explains that Sim Chung saved her from the thief. Sim Chung takes the bags of groceries from Joon Jae’s mother and heads to the kitchen.
Cha Si A enters Joon Jae’s room and leaves a package on his nightstand with the note explaining the package contains the information on Dam Ryung. She notes they look alike. She spots a picture of Joon Jae and his mother. She muses that his mother is pretty. Then it hits her, she saw a picture of Joon Jae in her house (in Joon Jae’s mother’s room). She looks at the picture again. She tells herself this must be a coincidence, the people in both pictures only look alike. She doesn’t look like she fully believes what she’s telling herself.
Joon Jae asks Detective Hong what kind of treatment Dae Young received at the hospital. Bipolar disorder treatment and prescriptions is the answer. Joon Jae wonders who is providing the prescriptions to Dae Young now. Detective Hong agrees to check it out. Let’s state the obvious, Joon Jae is a much better investigator than Detective Hong! After Joon Jae exits the car, Detective Hong tells his partner that they are only using Joon Jae as bait to capture Dae Young.
Cha Si A stares the woman she thinks could be Joon Jae’s mother. She recalls Jo Nam Doo telling her that Joon Jae’s mother has been missing for years and that she disappeared without a trace. She watches the repore between Joon Jae’s mother and Sim Chung. She enters the kitchen. Joon Jae’s mother asks when her boyfriend will be home. Sim Chung asks if she’s talking about…but Cha Si A cover Sim’s Chung’s mouth before she can say Joon Jae’s name. Cha Si A tells Joon Jae’s mother they need to leave. Cha Si A rushes Joon Jae’s mother out of the house. She spies Joon Jae coming up the steps to the house. She hustles Joon Jae’s mother in the opposite direction and into her car. Joon Jae wonders who that was as the car drives away.
When Cha Si A returns home she asks Ahn Jin Joo if their maid has a son. This is confirmed. Ahn Jin Joo recalls that the son is good looking at went to a particular school. Cha Si A sags knowing her suspicions are confirmed. She recalls her rudeness to Joon Jae’s mother. She goes to Joon Jae’s mother room and stare at the picture on her nightstand. When Joon Jae’s mother enters her room Cha Si A asks if the boy in the picture is her son. Joon Jae’s mother confirms this. Cha Si A asks if she can call her mother. Taken aback, the obvious question is asked, why? Cha Si A claims that she could be like her mother. Cha Si A considers telling Joon Jae’s mother the truth but declares she’ll tell her later. Joon Jae’s mother stares at the picture of her former family.
Joon Jae asks Sim Chung about Dae Young’s kidnapping her. He asks if Dae Young got water. Sim Chung confirms this. He asks why. Sim Chung THINKS that Dae Young knows that she’s a mermaid from a dream and wanted tangible proof but she doesn’t want to tell Joon Jae. Letting her off the hook, Joon Jae says that she doesn’t need to answer if it brings up unpleasant memories. He hugs her. Sim Chung THINKS she’s scared that Dae Young knows her secret. Joon Jae says that she doesn’t have to be scared. He tells her this will not be a repeat of the past. She hugs him back. She doesn’t ask about his statement about the past repeating itself. Why not?
Joon Jae’s father calls to Seo Hoo, his wife. He walks down the hall and trips down the stairs while Seo Hee watches. Chi Hyeon find Joon Jae’s father at the bottom of the stairs. He sees his mother at the top of the stairs. He calls the Assistant and says father has collapsed. Why didn’t he call emergency services?
At the hospital Chi Hyeon learns from the doctor the surgery went well. Chi Hyeon goes to Joon Jae’s father’s side. He thinks he’s wanted but only hears Joon Jae’s name from father’s lips. He walks away dazed. His mother sees him stride down the hallway.
At home, Chi Hyeon burns all the photos of himself and father. He has a serious look on his face. The music signals this is a dark moment for this character.
Joon Jae reads the information about Dam Ryung. It appears Dam Ryung died when his boat exiling him sank. Dam Ryung has a vision of the mermaid Se Hwa coming to rescue him. He wonders if his past counterpart was able to protect the mermaid he loved.
Sim Chung finds Joon Jae and declares that today she learned that first love for a man is a stamp on his heart. She declares that Se Hwa was Joon Jae’s first love. He says she’s got it wrong. She continues declaring that first love doesn’t last. He stares into her eyes. Little does Sim Chung know that she just declared their love impossible.
Dae Young drinks alone in his room. He accepts a call from Seo Hoo. She berates him for kidnapping a girl and not taking care of Joon Jae. He explains he saw a dream of his past life that included her, Joon Jae and the girl he kidnapped. Dae Young says that girl he kidnapped was a mermaid. Seo Hoo tells him he needs to get back on his medication. She tells him they are close to the finish line. If he eliminates Joon Jae, then the three of them (Dae Young, Seo Hoo and Chi Hyeon) can live together. She tells him to forget the dream. He says he’ll do as she said. You don’t believe him and I don’t believe him either.
Joon Jae tells his doctor about his dreams.
Detective Hong’s partner tells Detective Hong Dae Young’s doctor was Professor Jin. Wait a minute, is Joon Jae’s doctor Professor Jin?
Joon Jae tells his doctor he needs to complete his dream. The doctor worries that completing the dream has a traumatic risk. Joon Jae is willing to take the risk.
Dae Young walks down the hospital hallway. He stops at Professor Jin’s door.
Professor Jin puts Joon Jae under hypnosis.
Flashback…Dam Ryung realizes he can no longer stay his end. He tells his assistant they will meet again as friends. He is lead to the exile boat. The King’s guard accompanies him. Dae Young has the villagers set off wish lanterns while he and the fisherman troll for mermaids. Se Hwa sees the wish lanterns which are the established signal between herself and Dam Ryung. She swims towards the surface. Dam Ryung watches the moon be covered by the clouds. He sees the wish lanterns. Dae Young sees the mermaid. The nets are thrown into the water. Dam Ryung asks that the boat be turned around. His request is refused. He draws a sword. The soldiers draw their swords. Dam Ryung says if he can’t protect the most important person in his life, there’s nothing to live for. The King’s guard orders the swords dropped and the boat turned around.
Dae Young orders his men shot arrows at the water and capture the mermaid. Se Hwa is shot! Dam Ryung’s boat interrupts. Dae Young refuses cease and desist. Dae Young’s men see Se Hwa blood rise to the surface. Dae Young order her shot again until they capture her. He laughs a terrible evil laugh. Dae Young’s men shot arrows into the water. Dam Ryung leaps like superman to Dae Young’s boat and starts fighting. He’s struck unconscious. The King’s soldiers enter the fray. Dae Young sees Se Hwa and lifts his spear chuckling his evil laugh. Dam Ryung wakes and sees Se Hwa in Dae Young’s sights. He calls to Se Hwa. Dae Young laughs and throws his spear. Dam Ryung leaps like superman into the water. He reaches Se Haw. He shields her from the spear which pierces him! Se Hwa hugs Dam Ryung. She looks at him knowing he’s mortally injured. He dies. She hugs his lifeless body. She takes the spear and pushes it into her body!
Flashback…young Dam Ryung and Se Hwa are discussing if they will go to the same heaven if they die. Dam Ryung was confident they would be in the same place. Se Hwa wishes that if they meet again that they would be reincarnated versions of themselves so they could recognize each other. Dam Ryung agrees with her wish. He promises that if they meet in the future, he will meet her and protect her. He promises to remember this conversation.
Se Hwa dies. The jade bracelet slips from her wrist.
The past end to our lovers is finally revealed. Dam Ryung died saving Se Hwa from Dae Young’s spear. Se Hwa pushed the spear into her body and died. They drift into the ocean entwined.
Why doesn’t Sim Chung remember the past? Joon Jae remembers. Dae Young remembers. Why doesn’t Sim Chung remember? This has bothered me in the past and it was like a neon sign this episode.
It was time to reveal the past ending. I was surprised (and not surprised) when Dam Ryung moved lighting fast to save Se Hwa. I was surprised (and not surprised) when Se Hwa chose death over life without Dam Ryung. These actions make sense to set up a repeat of this tragedy or as a young Dam Ryung told a young Se Hwa another chance for him to protect her.
On the evil side of the house, the past Dae Young was confirmed as the evilest of men as he hunted Se Hwa with the intent to kill for capture. I’m bothered that Dae Young has the easy path in the past and present. Past Dae Young out maneuvered Dam Ryung and got him exiled while he was allowed to hunt Se Hwa. To put it bluntly, past Dae Young won. Evil beat good.
Present Dae Young remembers the past fully, is revealed to be bipolar and Joon Jae’s doctor looks like his doctor. He tells Seo Hee about his past dreams which she dismisses out of hand. She urges him to eliminate Joon Jae so they three of them can live together. That appears to confirm that Dae Young is Chi Hyeon’s father. I pity Chi Hyeon. Did I feel bad when Joon Jae’s father called for Joon Jae not Chi Hyeon? Not really. Joon Jae’s father has favored Joon Jae from the beginning only seeing Chi Hyeon as a placeholder but not the heir. Do I feel that Chi Hyeon is a bad person for watching Joon Jae’s father signing a fraudulent will? Not really. Joon Jae’s father was fooled. Joon Jae’s father rejected Chi Hyeon. The fact that Chi Hyeon did nothing doesn’t surprise me. Would Joon Jae’s father lift a finger to help Chi Hyeon?
Dam Ryung / Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) continued to keep Sim Chung unaware that he could hear her thoughts. He’s enjoying having the edge with her. When will he reveal he can hear her? Dam Ryung sacrificed himself to save Se Hwa. Will history repeat itself? Joon Jae vows it won’t but can he stop it? Chi Si A realized that the maid was Joon Jae’s mother. How long will she keep this a secret?
Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) saved Joon Jae’s mother from a thief. I liked that Sim Chung unknowingly helped Joon Jae’s mother. Needless to say, Joon Jae’s mother approved of Sim Chung. Past Seo Hwa choose death over life without Joon Jae.
Check out another instrumental OST song “The Last Time”.