Joon Jae sees someone from his past.
Legend of the Blue Sea Episode 15 Recap
After dinner Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) leads Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) to another room She THINKS “my heart only beats if you love me. My heart on land has a limited time. If you leave me or this world, my heart stops beating. Unless I return to the ocean, I’ll probably die.” Without thinking, Joon Jae asks if she’s dying. Shocked, Sim Chung asks what he said. Joon Jae asks what will harden without him. Sim Chung realizes that Joon Jae can hear her thoughts. Joon Jae says she stated her heart would stop. Sim Chung wants to know how long he’s heard her thoughts. Neither one of them cares to answer the other. Angry he demands to know when she will die. She’s angry too and demands to know when we started hearing her.
Joon Jae says he knows everything about her, her beginning, their former encounter, etc. She’s stunned. He tells her he remembers everything she erased. She’s stunned.
Joon Jae pushes her to deal with what she said about her heart. His world is not her world. When she gave up the water for him, she tied herself to him. Joon Jae asks if he dies, will she? Sim Chung confirms this. Joon Jae recalls Professor Jin telling him that their love for each other will kill each other and therefore is ill-fated.
Joon Jae says that Dae Young isn’t the problem, he is. He could be the one to kill her. Sim Chung steps towards him. He steps back. They stare at each other.
Good opening scene. Cards are on the table. Now how do they deal with their new reality?
Sim Chung weaps in her loft bedroom. The pearls are piling up.
Joon Jae wonders if he returns Sim Chung to the sea, could he avoid her death?
Jo Nam Doo finds Joon Jae and tells him that Sim Chung is crying. Joon Jae tells Nam Doo that when Sim Chung sought him out that was her greed. But keeping her with him, that’s been his greed. Nam Doo says there’s something about Sim Chung he just can’t remember.
With hindsight, Sim Chung realizes when Joon Jae began hearing her voice. She wonders why he kissed her. She opens the loft door and sees him stares at her. She comes down to talk.
Sim Chung confesses that Nam Doo because a different person once he knew she was a mermaid. He wanted to use her to make money. That’s why she erased his memory. Sim Chung wants to know if Joon Jae had similar feelings. Joon Jae confirms she didn’t scare him or make him upset. She was unusual from the beginning. Sim Chung admits that knowing that he knows eases her heart and the fear she had that he would reject her. Joon Jae admits that he fears the past repeating itself.
Joon Jae takes her to the museum and shows her the picture of his past self, Dam Ryung. She’s surprised. Joon Jae quips he’s better looking. He tells her that Dam Ryung was a man the loved a mermaid. Joon Jae explains how a young mermaid saved a young Dam Ryung from drowning. He loved her and she loved him. On his wedding night he went into the sea to find the mermaid. She erased his memory so he wouldn’t try and find her again. But they met again when Dae Young captured her and Dam Ryung arrived at the village. Their connection restarts. Joon Jae thinks the dreadful parts of their past life. Sim Chung prompts him to explain what he fears will repeat. Joon Jae stares at the woman he loves, the woman he wants to protect, and remembers a happy moment from their past. Dam Ryung brings Se Hwa her favorite fruit and they watch the first snowfall together. Joon Jae looks at Sim Chung and decides a lie is kinder. He tells her that their past counterparts lived happily every after. She looks at him and smiles. She asks him why she feels sad as a tear falls.
Joon Jae takes her to the painted vase of them kissing. He says that they must have know they’d be together again in the future. Sim Chung doesn’t understand what Joon Jae is scared of. He hedges and says today’s world is different. He’s worried she’ll die. Sim Chung says as long as he stays by her side, she’ll live. Joon Jae pretends his heart is fickle and could change. That’s why he’s scared. Sim Chung stares at him. He stares at her. She wonders why he can hear her but she can’t hear him. Joon Jae says that hearing his heart isn’t necessary. He strides away.
Hmm, how do I feel about Joon Jae lying to Sim Chung. I’m not surprised but I am disappointed. Forearmed is forewarned.
Joon Jae’s mother calls the assistant’s number but the number is no longer in service. A car is watching her.
Sim Chung decides that erasing Joon Jae’s memory of yesterday will put him at ease again. He’s not interested. She presses him against the wall and tells him to trust her. He’s memorized by her. But he breaks the spell and literally runs away from her.
Tae O and Nam Doo watch them chase each other. Tae O sighs not wanting to see their giddy glee and goes to his room. Nam Doo steps away too.
Their playfulness was fun to watch and seemed authentic!
From her loft, Sim Chung tries to cajole Joon Jae into letting her erase only half a day of his memory. He refuses. He reminds her that she thought there were other fish in the sea besides him. She offers to erase that too.
She comes down the loft ladder. He offers to send her to a nice warm ocean and promises to visit often. She doesn’t like that. She suggests they cuddle together. She promises not to erase his memory. Joon Jae wants her near. They snuggle.
Seo Hee can’t believe the Joon Jae’s mother was hiding in plain sight as Ahn Jin Joo’s maid. She directs her drive to take her there.
Ahn Jin Joo is happy to see her and asks if she’s agreed to forget how she behaved when she was drunk. Ahn Jin Joo calls for coffee. Ahn Jin Joo tells Seo Hee that she’s quitting. Joon Jae’s mother brings the coffee out. Seo Hee says her family enjoyed her cooking and wonder if she’d like to work for her. Joon Jae’s mother is blunt, she lived as if she were dead because she feared for Joon Jae’s safety. But that’s no longer a concern. Joon Jae’s mother tells Ahn Jin Joo that Seo Hee is the witch that stole her husband and she’s the first wife. Ahn Jin Joo is shocked.
Ahn Jin Joo calls a friend and begin to gossip about what just happened in her living room.
Seo Hee strides away livid that things didn’t go as she planned.
Joon Jae, Nam Doo, Detective Hong and his partner look at paperwork together. Joon Jae asks if Nam Do found Kang Ji Yeon (Seo Hoo’s original name). They discuss the two husband’s who died and other family members too. Nam Doo speculates that she changed her name. Nam Doo reveals that she went to the same high school as Joon Jae’s mother.
Seo Hoo guides Heo Il Joong (Joon Jae’s father) from the hospital into the waiting car. She introduces the driver as the new assistant. It’s Dae Young!
That surprised me.
Joon Jae’s mother tells Ahn Jin Joo that she’ll be leaving the household after dinner. Ahn Jin Joo bats her eyes and tells her to stay as if they were real sisters. She cooes that she loved the drama she witnessed today. Ahn Jin Joo declares she will help Joon Jae’s mother return to her rightful place next to Heo Il Joong. Joon Jae’s mother isn’t interested. Jin Joo declares she’ll help her anyhow. Why? Because having Joon Jae’s mother become powerful will help Jin Joo’s status.
Jin Joo goes to Cha Si A’s room. Jin Joo chides Si A for not telling her that the maid was Heo Il Joong’s first wife. That stuns Si A. She can’t believe the Joon Jae is Heo Il Joong’s son.
Si A calls Tae O and asks him to pick her up from a nightclub. He shakes his head but agrees. She titters that he’s not to get any ideas. He rolls his eyes.
As Tae O puts on his coat he tells Nam Doo that’s picking Si A up at the water club. Nam Doo wants to go too. Sim Chung wants to go too.
At the club the men are gobsmacked by Sim Chung’s short dress. Si A sees Nam Doo and Sim Chung and asks Tae O why he brought “the unwanted” with him. Ha! As Nam Doo dances he gets a call from Joon Jae who isn’t happy to learn Sim Chung is having fun without him.
When Joon Jae gets to the club, he sees Si A and Sim Chung having a dance off. Sim Chung isn’t above pushing Si A out of the way. Love it! Joon Jae literally drags Sim Chung off the dance floor. She doesn’t want to go.
As they wait for the rain to abate, Sim Chung says she can’t walk in the rain with him. Joon Jae brings boots and an umbrella. He tells her she can anything. He puts the boots on her and they walk arm in arm in the rain with the umbrella shielding them. Lovely!
Later Sim Chung tells the little girl, Yoo Na, that Joon Jae can hear her thoughts. We haven’t seen Yoo Na for 4 episodes. I wondered if we’d see her again. Sim Chung admits she likes that Joon Jae knows her thoughts. Now she can live a normal life. Yoo Na counsels that “normal” is easier said than done. The homeless lady joins them for a snack. Sim Chung admits even though she feels like a fake person, she deserves to be loved too. Yoo Na says the inside of someone is what matters, not the outside. They all agree. Sim Chung declares she’s decided tomorrow is her birthday. She invites them to the house for a birthday party.
The assistant’s wife leaves her husband’s side for a moment. Chi Hyeon enters the room. He asks if the assistant can answer his questions in the same manner he answered Joon Jae’s questions yesterday. Chi Hyeon says he overhead that Dae Young was the person that injured him. He asks if Dae Young is working with his mother. The assistant can’t hide his reaction. Chi Hyeon smiles and holds his hand. The assistant sees Chi Hyeon look at the life support monitor and the fear registers on his face. Chi Hyeon says that his mother is happy the assistant can’t talk. But Chi Hyeon is worried because his mind is functional. He worries the assistant will betray his mother. He removes the oxygen tube from the assistant’s face.
The assistant’s wife gets a call from Joon Jae’s mother. She gets to the point. Did Joon Jae leave the house and not study abroad. The assistant’s wife apologizes for lying about that. She thought it would upset her too much. The assistant’s wife shares that her husband is in the hospital and Joon Jae visited. She asks for her son’s phone number. The assistant’s wife says she’ll get her glasses and so she can read the phone’s small letters.
The assistant can’t breath. Chi Hyeon is freaking out. A man pulls him out of the room and into the stair. It’s Dae Young! Evil dad meet your evil son.
The assistant’s wife sees the medical team rushing into her husband’s room. They administer CPR. The assistant remembers Dam Ryung and how he said they’d meet again. The assistant remembers someone entering the room he was in to take a ledger from Dam Ryung. Wanna bet that was Chi Hyeon?
Chi Hyeon is driven away from the hospital by Dae Young. Chi Hyeon asks who he is. Dae Young says cutting off oxygen sets off an alarm. Dae Young says he’s lucky it was a shift change or he could have been caught. Chi Hyeon wants to know why he’s driving his father’s car. Dae Young tells him to keep quiet like his mother. Chi Hyeon yells that he doesn’t want a dangerous man around his mother. Dae Young yells back that he should stay quiet and accept his support.
Joon Jae’s mother gets a call from Sim Chung inviting her to her birthday party. Sim Chung explains that this is her first birthday party. Touched, Joon Jae’s mother agree to come and support her friend.
The house is a flurry of activity to get ready for the party. Nam Doo tells Joon Jae that it is crazy at the house. Joon Jae laughs and says he’ll be there soon. He leaves the florist’s shop with a lovely bouquet. Nam Doo is taken aback when the homeless woman arrives.
Joon Jae is happy carry a bouquet of flowers and a gift for the woman he loves. Could anyone else rock a PINK coat with a gray sweater and pants like Lee Min Ho?
Sim Chung meets Joon Jae’s mother as she walks to the house. Sim Chung is surprised Joon Jae’s mother brought food including her sea urchin seaweed soup. Joon Jae’s mother says the food was her son’s favorites. Sim Chung declares she feels reborn today. Joon Jae’s mother says she want’s to find what she’s looking for too.
Joon Jae sees Sim Chung walking with a woman from across the street. He smiles. Sim Chung doesn’t see him until they reach the cross walk. She waves. She tells Joon Jae’s mother that her boyfriend, Heo Joon Jae, is across the street. The name shocks his mother. She stares at Joon Jae. Tears fill her eyes. She tells Sim Chung her son has the same name. Sim Chung stuns his mother when she shares the Joon Jae once called himself Heracles and told her about Heracle’s mother. Flashback to Joon Jae and his mother sharing that story. Sim Chung says she’ll meet her son again. Joon Jae’s mother grabs Sim Chung’s hand for support. She looks across the street at the man she loves. She THINKS “Joon Jae, the legend is true. Those that get separated will meet again. They meet again and love. Congratulations. You now meet your mother.” She smiles. Joon Jae looks stunned. He looks at his mother. She looks at him. The crosswalk light turns green. They walk to each other. Lovely moment!
Joon Jae finally sees his mother again. I was surprised what an emotion packed moment that was. I was not overly fond of Joon Jae’s mother but she’s showed some moxy these last two episodes. What made that moment work was Sim Chung and Joon Jae’s emotional connection. It was perfection that Sim Chung used her thoughts to communicate to Joon Jae that his mother stood next to her. Sim Chung looked at Joon Jae with love brimming in her eyes. She knew this was a big moment for the man she loved. Joon Jae’s stunned expression was softened by the love of discovering the mother he thought he’d never see again.
Side characters notes. Nam Doo happiness at taking Sim Chung to the dance club was fun. Tae O got the pickup call from a drunk Si A and he felt obligated to help. Ah Jin Joo’s joy at realizing that Joon Jae’s mother was actually a once powerful woman was perfect. Si A’s horror when Jin Joo told her that was fun to watch. I loved how Si A and Sim Chung got physical while dancing together.
On the evil side of the house, Dae Young got Chi Hyeon out of the hospital before he was discovered tampering with the assistant’s oxygen. Does Dae Young know that Chi Hyeon is his son? I’m over Chi Hyeon going instant evil, it is the writer’s prerogative. Chi Hyeon was menacing as he stood over the helpless assistant. How many times have we seen son’s willing to cover up their mother’s evil ways? It’s a drama standard. I did enjoy Joon Jae’s mother telling Seo Hee off. Her irritation was nice to see. It was bold for Seo Hee to bring Dae Young as her husband’s new assistant. Team Evil should clasp hands and yell “evil powers activate!”
Dam Ryung / Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) lied to Sim Chung that their past counterparts lived happily ever after. I wasn’t thrilled with the choice but it is the writer’s prerogative. Joon Jae could argue he’ll make their dream of happily ever after come true. Lee Min Ho and Gianna Jun have created a couple I care about. I want this couple to overcome the three evil forces in their lives. Will they? We’ve got 5 episodes to go. Team Evil will make a concerted effort to hurt our couple, his mother and his father. Is happily ever after a possibility for all?
Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) got over Joon Jae’s omission quickly. And why not? We are down to the final 5 episodes and I don’t want our couple bickering about this item. Gianna Jung makes Sim Chung a breathe of fresh air in every scene. It was nice to see the little girl, Yoo Na, the homeless woman, and Joon Jae’s mother all come together to support their friend Sim Chung. She’s a lovely person. Who couldn’t help but love Sim Chung?
The 9th song of the OST is “Day By Day”by Park Yoon Ha.