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THE THIRD CHARM KOREAN DRAMA LIVE RECAP EPISODE 12
Rewind a bit to Joon setting up for the anniversary dinner. he makes sure everything is perfectly in place then the bell rings. He immediately says welcome. But he stops mid phrase as he sees that the couple is Young-jae and Ho-chul. But he is more focused on Young-jae.
Cut to him adding garnish to the plates solemly from his kitchen. Then he gathers his strength and takes the plate to them. Ho-chul thanks him for the food. Joon smiles. Young-jae asks him if he would like to sit there with them? Ho-chul thinks it is a good idea as well, they have a lot to catch up on. But he says that is okay and waits outside.
But instead of waiting happily ouside, he is basically destroyed and goes somewhere to sit outside of their view.
Inside, Ho-chul says that he didn’t know egg tart can be served like this. He tries it and says that it has a similar taste to her favorite place. She tells him that he would be good at it because he is meticulous. Young-jae is beside herself with her thoughts. HC says that they met him like this ~. Young-jae agrees.
She takes a sip and says that she used to hate black tea because it was bitter, but now she likes it. HC mentions that she had to drink it when she first came to his place and his mother served her. He hit on her so many times and did everything to get her heart. When he thinks about it, now he wonders how he did that much.
She says that it sounds like it wasn’t that long ago, but a lot of time passed. It’s strange. She takes another sip of the black tea.
At home, Se-eun prepares for bed and happily looks at her ring. She thinks that she thinks that a lot of time passed, when did this start? She thinks back to first meeting Joon at work and seeing that his desk was just like hers, then visiting him in the hospital. He say up to happily greet her and they talked about the yellow peaches but they both liked the white peaches. She told him that she had some white peaches in her room. But actually she bought the peaches right away to have them for him.
VO – When I saw the empty seat, I knew the size of my heart.
She goes to meet him in Portugal and spends the day with him. He asks about her boyfriend and says that she wouldnt’ be there alone if she had one. And she confesses her feelings to him in the airport.
She smiles as she looks at her ring and thinks about the moment he asked her to marry him. He asked if she was crying and she said she wasn’t as she hastily wiped her tears away. Then she pulls out her phone and tells her mom that her daughter will get married!
Later on, Se-eun and Hochul leave. Joon smiles at her as she thanks him for dinner. She tells him that being a chef suits him well. Then she tells Ho-chul that he will be late. HC says it is nice to see him policeman – no, you are a chef now. He smiles and kind of nods as they both walk away.
Joon goes to his door, but turns to watch Young-jae walk away. He has a reassuring smile though as he goes inside.
On the street, HC asks Young-jae if she is okay. She tells him that she is okay. He says it is because she is single. She smiles and tells him that he will be late for the his airplane, so HC tells her goodbye and leaves. they don’t hug or kiss or anything, he just walks away.
She turns and heads home herself. She goes to her empty apartment and sits on the floor. (it is legit empty, nothing is there as if she just moved in). She sits with her knees up and her head against the wall as she thinks about the dinner.
HC – It is out last meal together.
YJ – Yes.
HC – I am sorry and thankful.
YJ – Both of us, it was very difficult for both of us.
She walks to the fridge and looks for something to eat. It is empty as well.
VO – It was difficult getting divorced. But at the same time, it was very easy.
She goes to the convenience store and grabs some drinks, then heads out.
VO – This difficult single life. Will it become super easy as if it is nothing?
She sees a cat on the sidewalks and kneels to spend some time with it. The cat kind of trots away so Young-jae follows it a little bit.
VO – I am waiting for that time where daily boredom comes to me.
In the restaurant, Joon drinks his beer as he looks at the unfinished plates.
Young-jae goes to visit Joo-ran’s place. It looks like it has been awhile since she has been there. Joo-ran gives her a full hug as if she missed her a lot. She tells her that she is still busy and fabulous and doing well. Joo-ran’s place looks like it is doing well. They go sit. Joo-ran holds her hands for a moment and then tells her that her replacement is worse than she was before with torturing the kids. But she makes the most money. It is kind of funny, right?
The woman comes out after berating a young hairdresser and gasps at Young-jae. It looks like this is the girl that wasn’t good at all? But now she is the best? She runs to Young-jae and gives her a big hug then asks her if she is there to do her hair?
Young-jae sits for her and tells her that she can do whatever she thinks is best. The young girl talks hair and then starts doing Young-jae’s hair, but she starts to cry as she does her hair. She tells YJ that doing her hair makes her feel successful now. (Awe, full circle)
Elsewhere, the brother looks through a magazine as he sits with his people. He is super successful now. Soo-jae sees that Joon is in a magazine. His manager tells him that a lot of people want to work with him. But actually it looks like the manager is talking about a star actor. Soo-jae is looking at the photo of Joon. He tells his manager about his new story “The Time of Boy” or “Boys Season” however Soo-jae does not want to use the famous Idol. He thinks it is a cheap scenario. He tells the director that he is the one that made the last story great.
The Idol comes in and apologizes for being late. They all go to a restaruant to talk relaxed. The manager says that they can talk in a relaxed way. The Idol eats well and says that he likes fermented fish. They also talk about how they really lives Soo-jae’s last movie “I Will Kill You” his manager says that he really wanted to be in this role. The Idol wants to pour for soo-jae. But Soo-jae tells him that he is very sorry, he has an important meeting, excuse me. He leaves.
The actor runs outside and catches Soo-jae at his motorcycle. He tells himt hat he really wants to be in the movie. Tell me what is wrong with me! SJ asks his name and then says thta he can say it simply. He has too much to be in this role and he looks too bright. Soo-jae motors of.
While driving, he talks to someone and tells them that they know his password so they can go in first. Then he asks about Young-jae, is she okay?
Joo-ran gets to Soo-jae’s home with Young-jae and sees that the place is a mess. She tells Young-jae that Soo-jae really has a reason why he is not working now, his place is a mess. Then she talks about how all the food is bad in his place, do I have to refill it all the time? Young-jae looks at Joo-ran and smiles.
Later on, Soo-jae comes and eats with Joo-ran and Young-jae. It is the three of them back together again. Soo-jae and Joo-ran bicker back and forth about how they didn’t change. Joo-ran still meets strange men and throws up and tells him that they shuold be the ones to get married. Joo-ran tells him to eat and be quiet.
At Joon’s house, the parents tell Se-eun that it would be nice if they got married before the parents retired. They have to have at least one wedding int he family. The sister is sitting on the couch and sarcastically starts talking about getting to know Joon-young first before getting married since their entire relationship has been long distance.
Joon wants to tell his sister to shut up, but he holds his mouth. The parents say that they showed Se-eun everything about Joon. the maker of the product should explain the product well after all. SH explodes about something probably related to his wife. Everyone tells him to calm it down. Later on. Ri-won puts her baby to bed and then goes to lay on the couch as Sang-hyun does all the kids laundry. She chekcs her phone and asks him why he is so eager to get married.
But she tells him that he is the perfect father for a daughter so she should not break up with him. And his father is perfect and will support their daughter with money and you are good at house work so you are a good person to co-live with.
They start to argue a bit about the daughter taking her name instead of Sang-hyun’s name (because they are not registered). He tells her it is important to get married! I want to get married and wear a tuxedo and tell everyone that you are my woman! She looks at him and says that he used to look so good before and went to the salon to get his lashes done, you were a free soul. She walks away. he is all like, what the what?
Meanwhile, Joon talks to Se-eun, he is outside looking into her car window. They talk lovingly about how he proposed to her and if it took longer than she would not have been able to take it. She is timid and exploded that she loved him in the airport, it was so hard to do. he smiles and tells her that they should visit her parents next.
He goes back inside and sits outside on the pyongsang with his dad. He tells him that he planted that tree after he was born, he is sentimental now. He tells him that he thinks Se-eun is a good wife for him and is actually surprised that their daughter is living a relatively normal life as well. What did he do to deserved this nice life. It is actually strange to me that I am you and Ri-won’s father. It is strange right? My father probably thought the same. When did I become a father and a grandfather?
he happily walks to the tree and looks at it. Joon asks him if he wants him to bring him a jacket? But appa says that he will go inside soon. He picks a pice of fruit and bite it, but it is super bitter so he spits it out and wonders why this persimmon tree is always bitter.
In Soo-jae’s place, Soo-jae talks to Young-jae about how he worried about his friend but saw that he had a nice life now. Young-jae says that he envies that person, whoever that person is. Soo-jae tells her that there is a line in Forest Gump, Life is like a box of chocolate you never know what you are going to get. Why did I make that kind of choice, why did I go there? We can’t control any of these things and life does not make sense anyway. he says something else, but it is hard to make out. then he tells Young-jae that she used to feed him, so she can relax this time.
Young-jae says that she knows he and joo-ran are trying because of her. But you don’t have to do it now. She also asks if there is no hope with Eunnie? Soo-jae says that she is pretty but….it is good for me right now.
But Joo-ran is sleeping on the cough and yells in her sleep, Lee Soo-jae, if you don’t marry me then go away! Soo-jae turns to his sister and says that this is Joo-ran’s charm, she is really cute.
Cut to Joo-ran in the bathroom complaining about drinking and her wrinkles. She goes to a wedding and then goes back otuside to stare at the bride. But she shakes it off and gets back to work.
At home, Young-jae starts to unpack all her things as she talks to Joo-ran. Joo-ran says that her stomach hurts when she sees happy couples. Is it because she does not want to see them? Young-jae asks her how she can drink so much? Why don’t you date my brother?
Joo-ran tells her that she never said she liked him, she is just playing. He has a prince complex. But she has to go inside the hospital for her appointment. The doctor tells her that all this might be about her body getting older. Perhaps menopause?
At home, Young-jae continues unpacking. She takes out a tea pot and makes herself cup noodles. But she has nothing to eat with it, no silverware or anything. Her place is seriously empty.
Scene change to Joon-young shopping for food and walking around. He goes into a place to shop. Young-jae is in that same place shopping for everyday house hold items and a lot of instant food. She gets everything she needs and goes outside.
But a kid almost gets hit by a car which sends her into a falshback. Perhaps someone she knows got hit as well. She helps the child and then throws her coffee at the driver who was a B that complained about his car being scratched and then drove away.
Cut to her at the police station. Someone also calls Joon. It looks like his old partner called him but he is not at the station right now. The couple complains about their car to the partner as Young-jae stands there stoiclly. Joon shows up.
The partner goes otu and talks to Joon about how he thought she looked familiar so he called him, that is you old girlfriend. Should I not have called? Joon says he did a good job, it is good to see you. He can’t just let her get sued. the partner talks about Young-jae’s temper and then says that Joon changed as well. He is like a mature adult now. Joon asks if his partner changed too. The partner says of course, he prays a lot and stuff lala.
Teh angry couple leaves while still complaining. Then Young-jae leaves. the partner says that they can all go out together. Young-jae calmly says that she did not know Joon would come. How come they always meet at the police station like this? He asks her if she would like him to carry her things?
they end up carrying her things away. YJ asks if it makes more sense that a car is more important than a person? Joon says it makes no sense. Then he says that he saw she changed because she looked like a rich married woman, but she is actually the same. He sees her bag and jokes that she shouldn’t buy all instant food as a married person. Doesn’t your husband get angry?
The bag breaks suddenly. He stops and picks it all up. She helps and tells him that she is divorced. This makes him pause but he gathers himself and says that he will go get a plastic bag. As he runs off to get it, he is lost in his thoughts of her saying that she is divorced.
He goes back and helps pack everything into the plastic bags. Then tells her that sheshould eat rice, not all this instant food like this. they walk off together. He walks a bit ahead of her.
Soo-jae happily plays basket ball with some people at a community center. Joo-ran sits on the sidelines and watches. Though she gets amazingly excited whenever Soo-jae scores and tries to hold it in. Afterward, she tells him that she came back from the hospital and found out that her diagnosis is that she is officially old. How are you living life backwards?
He tells him that she is menopauses. He is all like, already? She tells him that she lived her life well so she has no regrets. He asks her if she would like to go on a drive with him? They take off together and drive around in the vespa.
At work, Se-eun shows everyone her ring. hey all congratulate her.
But, elsewhere, Joon took Young-jae to his restaurant. He is cooking for her. She looks around a little bit and then sits. He works.
He prepares all the food systematically without them talking. It is very quiet inside, only the sounds of food being cooked are heard.
Then he sets her table and puts his dish out for her. It looks like a type of seafood stew. Young-jae is impressed and tells him that she never tried this before. She takes a sip and tells him that it is good. He says it is his restaurants signature food.
She asks what restaurant? He says the place’s name. She asks, in Lisbon? He is all like yes. She tells him that she used to Live in Lisbon. He is all like, what? I lived there as well. We wer close by. She tells him that she went there everyday, how come they never saw each other. It is a small world.
he asks if she knows Motsa(?) if you lived nearby. She says…well….he tells her that the egg tart tastes good. We learned how to make it from that patisserie.
Flashback to Lisbon, Young-jae lived there with her child. They passed by each other, it looks like her child might have liked that egg tart from the same place. they just missed each other.
In the flashback, we cut to a scene that looks like it is a very sad scene. Perhaps their child died and they are coming to terms with the loss though it is not specified how much time has gone by.
Young-jae takes a sip from her drink as she comes back to reality. She tells Joon that a lot of time passed, he became a chef from a policeman. You have been decisive since you were young. How did you become a chef? It shouldnt’ have been easy. He thinks for a moment and tells her that it was during a time when he was very lonely and had a hard time in Portugal. He ate a soup in Portugal that was so warm.
Flashback to him eating that soup. He gobbled it up like it ws his last meal on earth. The owner came back out and gave him some more and smiled.
JY – Food is not for getting full. It can make your heart warm and be comforting as well. It was really cool. I hope my restaurant is like that. What about you, what did you do?
Cut to Young-jae drinking a lot for her misery. Her marriage starts to fall apart.
She tells Joon that it was the same. She did what she wanted to do. What about you, did you get married? He says he will get married soon. She tells him congratulations. He says thank you. The music is so depressing.
Then his woman comes in and the music lights up.
Y’all, this episode just ruined the love story for me. I think that Joon should be as far away from Young-jae as possible and live happily every after with Se-eun. It really seems like Young-jae ruins everything she touches.