Can Team Evil be stopped?
Legend of the Blue Sea Episode 18 Recap
Chi Hyeon races upstairs to the bedroom of his step-father Heo Il Joong (and Joon Jae’s father). He overhears Joon Jae’s father leaving a message for Joon Jae on his cellphone “If I could be reborn, I’d like to live as your father and your mother’s husband. I’m sorry Joon Jae. I love you, my son.” Crushed, Chi Hyeon starts to walk away but stops when he hears the cell phone drop from Joon Jae’s father’s hand. He approaches Joon Jae’s father. He sees the tea on the nightstand. He knows the tea is from his poison loving mother. He washes the glass. After he has eliminated the evidence of his mother’s crime, he calls the emergency call center to get help for Joon Jae’s father. That sequence of events tells us that Chi Hyeon’s loyalties lie with his mother even in the face of his step-father collapsing in front of him.
Chi Hyeon tells the police that his step-father recently had eye surgery. The police don’t see anything amiss at the crime scene. Chi Hyeon explains his mother is out for the evening. The police want to move the body to the hospital. Chi Hyeon agrees. He puts on a show as he cries when they bring the body downstairs on a stretcher. I’m not saying there isn’t real sorrow but the driver is to deflect suspicion from his mother.
Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) arrives at the house. There’s an ambulance outside. Joon Jae rushes to the courtyard and sees the EMTs taking a body sheet draped body out on a stretcher. Joon Jae approaches the body and removes the sheet. It’s his father. Joon Jae recalls his father’s final words of the message “I love you.” It is his father under the sheet. Joon Jae steps back. He tells his father that it isn’t supposed to end like this. The EMTs puts the sheet back on his father’s face and they carry him away. Joon Jae cries and falls to his knees as they load his father in the ambulance. He yells “it’s not time father! I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” The ambulance drives away.
The police officer steps outside with Chi Hyeon and tells him to prepare for a funeral. Joon Jae spots Chi Hyeon and rushes towards him. He grabs Chi Hyeon and yells his father is dead because of Chi Hyeon and his mother. He promises to kill them. The police officer thinks Joon Jae is nuts and pulls him off Chi Hyeon. Joon Jae declares that he is Heo Il Joong’s son. Chi Hyeon agrees and states the Joon Jae is his younger brother. That enrages Joon Jae and repeatedly punches Chi Hyeon. Police pull him off Chi Hyeon. Detective Hong arrives and intercedes on Joon Jae’s behalf with the other officers. He tells Joon Jae to get a grip. Joon Jae tells Detective Hong that his father is dead. He weeps that he should have stopped it. Detective Hong tells him they have to find out the truth and all of it. Chi Hyeon doesn’t like that. Detective Hong tells Joon Jae to go home with his partner. So glad Detective Hong showed up. Joon Jae was putting himself in a suspicious light with the other police officers by ranting and attacking Chi Hyeon.
Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) paces by the pool. Jo Nam Doo find her. She worried about Joon Jae. Nam Doo asks her why she said that Dae Young can’t remember anything. He asks her if she erased Dae Young’s memory. He asks who she is and what kind of abilities she has. They stare at each other. Sim Chung says she’s Nam Doo’s friend. He says he regularly gets people to think they are his friend and then he stabs them in the back. Sim Chung says she can’t control how Nam Doo acts but she’s his friend. She says if he stabs her in the back she’ll reassess. Tae O runs into the room with the news about Joon Jae’s father. Nam Doo is looking at Sim Chung like she’s something he can sell to the highest bidder. He clearly stated his definition of friendship isn’t pure like Sim Chung’s.
Nam Doo, Tae O, and Sim Chung arrive at the hospital. Joon Jae is sitting on the ground outside the mortuary. Nam Doo and Tae O give them space. Sim Chung approaches Joon Jae. He looks at her and starts to cry. She hugs him and offers comfort. He holds onto her taking her comfort. He asks if she can erase his memories of his father. Joon Jae says the good memories hurt. The bad memories hurt too. He cries his pain. Sim Chung says because he loves his father she cannot erase his memories. Joon Jae cries that he couldn’t save his father and that it’s his fault. She assures him this isn’t his father. Joon Jae tells her about not answering his father’s phone call. He admits that he loved his father and wishes he had told him, but he could not. He would give anything to talk to his father one more time and make it right between them. He weeps. Sim Chung holds on tight. She tells him his father knew Joon Jae loved him. Hard to watch Joon Jae blame himself. He does have a simple point. He rejected his father. But his father rejected him too. And his father’s final rejection directly created the situation where his wife could deliver the fatal glass of poison. Nice to see Sim Chung’s support and Joon Jae’s open need for her.
Seo Hee, Chi Hyeon, and the police officer arrive. Seo Hee pretends to sag and mourn her husband’s death. She really puts on a show, yelling, weeping until she supposedly faints. It’s over the top. Recall when Seo Hee told Chi Hyeon that tears of a helpless person could blind people to the possibility of criminal acts. She producing buckets of tears.
Joon Jae’s mother wishes that her ex-husband took better care of his health. She admits she saw Joon Jae’s father a month prior at the hospital but he pretended not to see him. Joon Jae remembers his father’s confession “If I could be reborn, I’d like to live as your father and your mother’s husband.” Joon Jae tells his mother that father had a severe eye disorder and most likely could not see her in the hospital. She cries. He hugs her.
Seo Hee lays on the hospital bed and tells her lawyer to submit the death notice tomorrow. She wants the estate to be transferred to her. Chi Hyeon asks his mother if she’s the reason why father is dead. She admits it. She warns Chi Hyeon not to tell anyone. Wow, I didn’t expect her to confirm his suspicions. I thought self-preservation would outweigh everything.
Chi Hyeon approaches Nam Doo.
Joon Jae’s father’s assistant that is in a coma flashes back to the past…Dae Young tells Nam Doo to be a good warrior and assistant to his son Chi Hyeon.
Flash forward to present day…Chi Hyeon and Nam Doo stare at each other. They find a private spot. Chi Hyeon asks Nam Doo if he’s right to assume that Nam Doo doesn’t have ethics when it comes to making money. Nam Doo confirms this. Chi Hyeon says he has enough information to put Nam Doo in jail. Nam Doo chuckles and says that Chi Hyeon will inherit money soon. Nam Doo always sides to the person with the most money. Nam Doo tells Chi Hyeon that he will side with him. Chi Hyeon says he wants Joon Jae to disappear. Nam Doo considers and says he has a special desire that will be easier to fulfill is Joon Jae is gone. He doesn’t want her upset but declares their relationship would end sooner or later. Later he stares at Joon Jae with a smile on his face. Ah, the smile of evil. I guess the answer is if you were on Team Evil in the past, you are destined to be on Team Evil in the present. Sad to see Nam Doo switch sides without remorse. I wish my suspicions hadn’t been correct about Nam Doo. Chi Hyeon is a complete lost cause, no hope for him.
The doctor announces death was by heart failure not poison like Joon Jae expected. The doctor explains that Joon Jae’s father didn’t have blue lips, didn’t have black death spots, so poison wasn’t a factor. The doctor declares it was a natural death. Joon Jae asks for an autopsy. Seo Hee puts on another show. It disgusts me. Joon Jae says she’s a good actress. But he’s the biological son and he wants an autopsy. Chi Hyeon says he’s the acknowledged son and there won’t be an autopsy. Chi Hyeon disgusts me.
The police search Seo Hee’s house. Dressed in funeral grab Seo Hee tells Detective Hong that he’ll never find the evidence to find her guilty. He stuns Seo Hee when he shows a childhood photo of Seo Hee with her twin sister. She gets a grip and walks away without answering any more of Detective Hong’s questions. The police search is fruitless.
Ahn Jin Joo and her husband discuss Heo Il Joong’s death. They know the inheritance goes to Seo Hee and Chi Hyeon not Joon Jae. They worry what will happen to them. Though her husband wants her to grovel to Seo Hee, Ahn Jin Joo refuses saying she’d lose respect for herself if she did that.
Joon Jae’s mother and Jin Joo show up at the funeral much to Seo Hee’s dismay. Joon Jae’s mother doesn’t care what Seo Hee thinks and strides forward to the memorial display. Joon Jae’s mother THINKS that she had many reasons to hate him but his end has brought her sadness. She wants him to watch her.
Seo Hee approaches Joon Jae’s mother in the ladies’ restroom. She suggests that Joon Jae’s mother attended the funeral in hopes of getting money. Joon Jae’s mother slaps her. She tells Seo Hee she’s the leech. Seo Hee tries to slap Joon Jae’s mother but Sim Chung blocks the blow. In fact, she refuses to drop Seo Hee’s hand. Instead she pushes her against the wall and sees Seo Hee’s actions poisoning Joon Jae’s father and hiding Dae Young in the basement. Sim Chung releases Seo Hee’s hand and tells her she did nothing to her, though it was tempting to do something. Sim Chung says that Seo Hee needs to live with the memories of her sins. Sim Chung leads Joon Jae’s mother away. Interesting that Sim Chung was able to control her power by only exploring Seo Hee’s memories and not erasing them. This little trick could have helped her much earlier in the series.
Jin Joo watches her friends take care of Seo Hee. She wonders if sticking to her principals was the right thing to do.
Nam Doo tells Joon Jae that not doing the autopsy is the right choice. Joon Jae can’t believe Nam Doo’s suggestion. Sim Chung and Nam Doo stare at each other while he walks away.
Sim Chung tells Joon Jae that she saw Seo Hee’s memories. Joon Jae isn’t excited that memories of terrible things are now in Sim Chung’s head. Sim Chung wants to protect Joon Jae using her skills. Surprised, Joon Jae repeats “protect me?” Sim Chung assures him that she can protect him. She’s not the silly mermaid from the sea. On her turf, she was popular, smart and capable. She boasts she can fight a shark and win. Joon Jae has to chuckle at her prowess. Sim Chung loves making him smile and promises to keep doing so. Joon Jae protests that protecting is a guy’s job. Enter the modern world Joon Jae, ladies can protect their men. Your mother protected you from the moment you were born. Granted her choice to leave you was subpar but the point is women are protective. Even the dreadful Seo Hee protects Chi Hyeon.
Joon Jae and Sim Chung arrive at Joon Jae’s father’s home. Detective Hong says the search was fruitless. Sim Chung has flashes of Seo Hee’s memories and knows the basement holds the key. Detective Hong protests that they searched the basement. But Sim Chung reveals the hidden room. In the room are the flowers that are the basis for the poison and a hand drawn picture of a mermaid on the wall. Sim Chung declares Dae Young was here.
The police, Joon Jae and Sim Chung arrive at the funeral. Joon Jae tells Seo Hee that her lies have been revealed. They know she killed his father. She blusters and doesn’t believe him. But Detective Hong calls out and says she is under arrest for her husband’s murder. Seo Hee is shocked. Chi Hyeon demands to know what’s going on. Detective Hong says the evidence they found in the house was plentiful. He handcuffs Seo Hee and drags her from the room. Seo Hee stares at Sim Chung as she leaves. That was satisfying. Seo Hee’s easy lies about caring about Joon Jae rejoining the family have been gagging me.
Now Joon Jae approaches his father’s memorial. Sim Chung joins him and holds his hand. He stares at his father’s picture. Joon Jae has a small smile. I like the support Sim Chung is offering and Joon Jae is accepting.
Cha Si A arrives at the funeral and cringes when Tae O approaches her in the hallway. She remembers the drunk karaoke and sobbing on Tae O’s shoulder last night. She cringes in embarrassment. She asks Tae O why the mood is grim. He puts his hand around and her shoulder startling her. They exit the building. Si A can’t believe what Joon Jae is going through. Tae O smiles at her. He asks if she drove to the funeral. No, she took the bus. He offers to see her home. As they sit at the back of the bus, Si A is annoyed by a gaggle of girls talking loudly. Tae O startles Si A has he puts his wireless headphones on her. Now she only hears a pretty song not the annoying girls. She smiles. Tae O smiles and closes his eyes to relax for the remainder of the bus ride. In fact, he falls asleep and puts his head on Si A’s shoulder. She muses that Tae O is prettier than most girls. When she reaches her stop, Si A doesn’t have the heart to wake Tae O and stays on the bus so he can sleep. Color me surprised, but that interchange worked between Tae O and Si A. He wasn’t forced to hang out with her, he chose to. She wasn’t obsessed with Joon Jae while they were together. Tae O sharing his headphone, which are a symbol is his shield, was telling. Do I want them to become a couple? Not really, but I enjoyed the sweet moment between them.
Joon Jae and Sim Chung arrive home exhausted. Joon Jae tugs Sim Chung to the bed and asks her to sleep with him tonight. She quips that Dae Young doesn’t have his memory but remembers a mermaid unlike Dam Ryung (Joon Jae’s past incarnation) who didn’t remember. Joon Jae counter quips that Se Haw (Sim Chung’s past incarnation) was so sweet and demure. Does the same face guarantee a similar personality? Sim Chung playfully pinches him. She tells him when she ran through Dae Young’s past memories she saw he didn’t throw the fateful killing spear, someone else did. Joon Jae is surprised. Sim Chung says they know the present person of the past incarnation. Glad that Sim Chung is telling Joon Jae that Chi Hyeon threw the fateful spear.
Seo Hee’s lawyer coaches her to keep her answers short when the police interview her. He tells her that they can only keep her for 48 hours.
Seo Hee does not cooperate with Detective Hong’s interview claiming not remember.
Detective Hong tells Joon Jae that Seo Hee’s denial keeps her ability to inherit everything alive.
Nam Doo watches Joon Jae leave the police station. He calls Chi Hyeon and suggests they strike at Joon Jae tonight. Nam Doo wants to move while they have the element of surprise. Nam Doo, you disappoint me. People don’t matter unless they can facilitate lining your pockets.
Seo Hee is released by the police after 48 hours. Chi Hyeon glares at Detective Hong. Team Evil has another win. Nam Doo pulls away from the police station.
Joon Jae walks to his car. Someone hits him on the back of his head with a metal pipe. OMG! It’s Nam Doo! Wow, that is low, low, low!
Tae O sees it happen on the CCTV feed and is taken aback. Sim Chung comes into the room and Tae O tells her what happened. As they drive Sim Chung asks why Nam Doo attacked Joon Jae. Tae O doesn’t want Sim Chung to get involved. Sim Chung tells Tae O she’s stronger than he is, a lot stronger.
Nam Doo drags Joon Jae to a waiting Seo Hee and Chi Hyeon. Joon Jae can’t believe that Nam Doo did this to him. Nam Doo counters that Joon Jae’s involvement with Sim Chung stopped the work that provided his cash flow, so in Nam Doo’s mind Joon Jae betrayed him first. Nam Doo holds up a suicide note that will be found in Joon Jae’s bedroom tomorrow. The note will claim that wracked with grief Joon Jae could not go on. Nam Doo then injects Joon Jae with the SAME POISON used to kill Joon Jae’s father. Holy smokes! I thought Nam Doo was low hitting Joon Jae on the back of the head with a pipe, now he is committing murder! Seo Hee and Chi Hyeon smile. Chi Hyeon taunts Joon Jae that they’ll be able to frame him after the fact for the murder of his father. Joon Jae feels the pain of the poison. Seo Hee tells Chi Hyeon and Nam Doo to wait outside.
Seo Hee approaches Joon Jae. She tells him that dead men won’t tell tales. His father won’t and he won’t either. Seo Hee says that his father wanted to give the inheritance to Joon Jae and that wasn’t acceptable, so he had to die. She admits to poisoning his father over a window of time. Joon Jae asks if she killed her previous husbands the same way. She confirms this. She laughs knowing she’s killed him and her father. Joon Jae laughs. Detective Hong and a bunch of police pop out behind boxes. They arrest her. Joon Jae taunts her that it took a village to make her confess. I’m relieved and surprised. Joon Jae hands his recording device to Detective Hong. Seo Hee is taken away yelling.
Nam Doo approaches Joon Jae and Detective Hong. He explains that Chi Hyeon wanted him for a job. Nam Doo candidly states he took the job because Chi Hyeon will inherit but Joon Jae won’t. Nam Doo reaffirms his creed money first and money second. Joon Jae asks why he’s telling them this. Nam Doo admits because manners are his third creed and he didn’t like how Chi Hyeon spoke to him using informal language even though he was younger. Joon Jae points out he’s young and speaks to Nam Doo informally. Nam Doo state because Joon Jae is the home owner, he deserves respect. Nam Doo admits it was his idea to hit Joon Jae in the back of the head. Joon Jae and Nam Doo stare at each other.
We now learn that when Nam Doo suggested that Joon Jae abandon the autopsy they were actually play acting verbally and communicating via test. Nam Doo texted Joon Jae that they were being listened to.
We now learn that when Seo Hee left the police station with Chi Hyeon that Detective Hong told his partner that it was time to get ready. When Nam Doo pulled away from the police station he and Detective Hong waved at each other.
We now learn that Joon Jae knew that Nam Doo was going to pretend to hit him in the underground parking lot. We see Nam Doo coach Joon Jae to apply the fake blood logically. Joon Jae complains that the hit on the back of the head hurt. Nam Doo snipes that it wasn’t a real metal pipe.
As Seo Hee is dragged away by the police, Chi Hyeon realizes that Joon Jae betrayed them. Sim Chung and Tae O arrive and are surprised to see Detective Hong thanking Nam Doo for his help. When Joon Jae walks out, fine and obviously poison free, Chi Hyeon gapes. Nam Doo winks at Joon Jae who smiles.
As Seo Hee is placed in the police car, Chi Hyeon snaps. He takes Detective Hong’s gun and points it at Joon Jae.
Sim Chung remembers that the past incarnation of Chi Hyeon threw the fatal spear at Dam Ryung.
Sim Chung starts to run to Joon Jae. With a crazed look in his eyes, Chi Hyeon pulls the trigger just as Sim Chung flings her body in front of Joon Jae. It’s a full circle moment, only this time Sim Chung makes the move to save Joon Jae, where in the past Dam Ryung made the move to save Se Hwa.
The betrayer only pretended to betray. Nam Doo didn’t betray Joon Jae. His rationale wasn’t impressive but all that matters is that he worked with Joon Jae to bring down Chi Hyeon and Seo Hee. I was surprised and relieved.
Side characters notes. Tae O had a sweet moment with Si A when he escorted her home via bus, gave her his noise cancelling headphone to block the teenage chatter, and fell asleep on her shoulder. I like Tae O. Si A has grown on me. I still don’t see them romantically involved but like their tentative steps into friendship. Ah Jin Joo is similar to Nam Doo. She’s frustrated that she chose Joon Jae’s mother over Seo Hee. But she refused to flip flop more than twice. She has her standards you know.
On the evil side of the house, Seo Hee got hers. Seo Hee was annoying this episode with her condescending talk to Joon Jae and the police. Good to see that her boasting to a “dying” Joon Jae put the noose around her neck. For a split-second I wondered if the writer would have both Nam Doo and Chi Hyeon working against his mother, but no. Chi Hyeon is firmly evil and more than willing to watch Joon Jae die. Dae Young escaped the basement so a final showdown with him is imminent.
Dam Ryung / Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) almost died but didn’t. I was fooled by the double cross. I believed Nam Doo had betrayed Joon Jae. I was glad to see that Nam Doo sided with Joon Jae. I liked that Joon Jae had a moment of triumph when Seo Hee was arrested at the funeral. With that taken care of he could honor his father. Joon Jae leaned on Sim Chung for comfort. I loved that. Lee Min Ho emanated believable pain and grief that Joon Jae was feeling.
Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) supported Joon Jae during his initial grief. She offered her unconditional love and comfort, allowing Joon Jae to feel his pain without shame. That was lovely. I liked how she reminded him that she is capable. Joon Jae has an old-fashioned view as the male protecting the helpless female. Sim Chung chided him to drop view and realize that she could protect him too. Sim Chung proved that when she threw her body in front of Joon Jae’s body.
The 11th song of the OST is “Love Road” by Min Chae.