This last week of The Third Charm is a bit womp womp womp for me. It is so surprising how this fun flirty drama was racing away to be my favorite romance of the year, but tripped and fell into misery mud. Then waded in it for awhile. In fact, they are still rolling in it. I am devoted to these characters though, so I want to see how everything ends up. But I should preface that by saying I want to see a happy ending, not just an ending. If they all come together for Joo-ran’s funeral then I’m done.
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THE THIRD CHARM KOREAN DRAMA LIVE RECAP EPISODE 15
We open at an outdoor bar (pojangmatcha). Young-jae is there drinking soju alone. She looks like she has been at it for awhile. She checks her phone and then calls Joon-young.
he is also drinking somewhere and answers.
YJ – Joon-young, it is Young-jae. I wanted to call someone, but I didn’t have anyone to call….
She starts crying softly at her seat.
YJ – Everyone I love ….. is all sick….are all leaving me.
JY – Young-jae, we shouldn’t call~
YJ – I KNOW….I am leaving also….I am leaving…..
She gets up to leave and falls on the ground in a heap as her table also falls. All the people around are alarmed and want to help her right away. Someone must have picked up the phone becuase Joon finds out the location and runs to it.
He gets to the outdoor bar and sees that she is passed out at her table. The owner says that she was super duper drunk and fell. We wanted to take her to the hospital but she did not want us to touch her and would not answer us.
Joon goes to the pharmacy and gets bandages and ointment for Young-jae. He walks back with it and puts it on her table. She looks up at him.
J – Go home and clean yourself off and apply the medicne. Stand up.
She stands and starts to drunkenly leave.
J – Can you walk?
Y – I can walk by myself…thank you.
She takes the bag and walks off drunkenly up the street. But she collapses, because she is a mess, and can’t get back up. Joon looks at her pitifully and holds back his own tears as he looks at her try to straighten up. Then he sighs and walks over to her and helps her up and walks with her all the way home. He steadies her all the way to her front door and waits until she lets herself in.
Y- Thank you.
J – Bye.
He gives her the bag but it reveals her cut on her wrist. he is alarmed and tries to pull it to him to see it again. But she pulls it away and goes inside.
Joon slowly walks out, trying not to let his feelings show. he sits on a bench outside the complex and thinks. he pulls out his phone (it was ringing) and takes a few deep breaths then answers, it’s Se-eun. She asks if he went home okay…he says yes.
SE – I want to tell you I am sorry.
J – What?
SE – I just wanted to say sorry, goodnight Oppa
He almost lets the phone drop from his hands and continues sitting on the bench deep in his feels.
Inside, Young-jae sits in the dark and turns on her TV to watch the same thing she always watches. Footage of her and her child happily playing. She starts crying again as she watches it. Ho-Chul is there too, they are both amazingly happy in the video.
She keeps crying.
Joo-ran gets wheeled into her hospital room. Possibly after a round of chemo. The nurse helps her into her bed and then tucks her in. JR looks pretty weak as she lays there.
Cut to Joo-ran looking like she might be trying not to throw up.
Nurse – The first time you have chemo, everyone is dying with their mouth smells….ah, so sorry to say dying. I know that it tastes bad, but you have to eat it. Your strength is important.
Joo-ran is trying to eat a bowl of something, gomtang possibly? Bhut she canot stomach it and runs to the bathroom to throw up. Later on she lays in bed and looks at her cellphone. She has a lot of missed calls and messages. She turns on her phone.
W – Are you happy going to New York by yourself? The first few days I was happy, but now it is so hard, I am even losing my face fat. Come back quickly, please!
She turns off her cell phone and tries to rest.
Meanwhile, Joon is at work washing his vegetables. But his mind is on Young-jae and seeing her cut wrist first hand. This causes him to cut his finger accidentally so he stops to bandage it. Se-eun comes in right at that moment and sees his cut finger, she is concerned but he says it is okay.
They both sit to eat sandwhiches in the restaurant. But the atmosphere is a bit constrained. She tells him that he left his appointment book int he car. He smiles but doesn’t saw anything. So she continues and says that their parent meeting in tomorrow, it doesn’t feel real. He smiles again. Se-eun then brings up Lisbon and asks if he would like to live there? We were good back then…I just thought…~. He looks at her expectantly.
At home, Young-jae sits lays miserably in her room when the bell rings. It’s her brother, Soo-jae. She helps him in and rolls him inside. He looks disappointed in what he sees. Her place is empty and there is nothing in her fridge. He asks her why she just doesn’t come back home if she is going to live like this? Do you even eat?
He goes into the living area and tries not to cry. Then we cut to them eating together in the living room. Young-jae asks how his work is. He plays with is food and tells her that it is bad, don’t order it anymore. Then he asks Young-jae why Joo-ran is hiding from him. He does not see her anymore, she doesn’t call him, and she does not accept his phone calls. Maybe she was dumped very badly this time?
He tells his sister to eat, she doesn’t look good. His mother told him that he should be a mountain as the big brother. But he had this accident.
SJ – In my brain, I kill myself many hundreds of times.
Young-jae tears up a bit and nods. But SJ kind of tries to makde the air light and clears his throat and tells her, it’s whatever. I read the bible or a book or something.
SJ – Hey, if you ahve a little belief in a tiny grain then you can move this mountain from one side to another. It reminds me of our mother. I can do it, I can move a mountain. I can move with this belief. Young-jae, it is not easy, it took me ten years. Well, I said what I wanted to say so I will start eating again.
Later on, Young-jae walks Soo-jae out. He tells her to go to Halla mountain with the wind and he will take his scooter to Baekdu mountain.
Young-jae looks at him and tells him, Joo-ran is sick.
Cut to Joo-ran sitting outside at her place. She calls Young-jae who is walking outside. Young-jae asks how she is doing. JR tells her that there are a lot of sick people there, it makes her really think that she is a sick person. Before, I talked about love all the time, but I did not know what love was. Missing someone and wanting to touch someone. I thought that was love. But being comfortable with someone and relying on someons is also love.
Joo-ran continues and says that the sick people there do not look sad, they are all smiling. That is funny right? I think that is the thing. They accept that they are sick and release everything. So they can be calm. I should have done it. My pride, I am sick, hug me, I should have said that. Young-jae…we have a very sentimental fall. DOn’t walk around with a sad face, just go home.
Young-jae agrees and starts walking back home.
Joo-ran hangs up and looks at nothing in particular as she starts tearing up. Then she sighs and starts to leave. But she stops when she sees something. Soo-jae is right in front of her. He is upset but holds it in and is carrying a little plant.
Joo-ran inspects her appearance as Soo-jae gets closer to her.
SJ – The flower name meaning is to contain the depth of hardship.
He runs his hands over her hair and tells her that she looks like a pretty boy. She starts crying so he tells her that her tears are this sexy, how can she be cute and sexy? But he tells her that it is cold, so wear your hat. he puts her stocking cap back on her head.
Se-eun’s police officer friend gives her a bit of comfort and says that family meetings are always uncomfortable. A lot more awkward than you can imagine. If I could go back to that day then I would screw up the family meeting and not get married. (this feels like the shows motto, perhaps jtbc’s motto as well?). Her friend tells her good luck and then heads out.
Se-eun walks up the street solemnly and sees a pair of shoes that she really likes. She goes inside and asks to try on the shoes, but she thinks she needs to try them on a size bigger. But the employee tells her that the size she has is the last shoe they have right now.
Se-eun leaves, and walks up the street. She gets a call from Joon and tells him that she will be there. But she does not look happy to talk to him. She doesn’t look upset either, she is just overall sad.
Elsewhere, Joon’s family is shopping. Umma is happy to buy new clothing for this meeting and is also happy that her daughter can buy it for her. Sang-hyun frowns in the background with the baby. She picks something but her Husband says it is too flashy. But Umma says that she is picking it.
They go get the husbands clothing next. While looking for clothing, Appa tells SH that he needs to wear new clothing as well. He is always in sweats. He smiles and says that he is a stay at home appa, he has no reason to by new clothing. But Ri-won shows him a suit on a manequin and wants him to try it on. However SH thinks it is too expensive, it is their months expenses. They can pay for a lot with that money. She tells him that she makes a lot of money. But he still is not into it.
RW sighs and tells him that he does not have that much charm, but one of the charming things he had was how his clothing fit. She has not seen it in a long time so I miss it. That makes him so happy so he tells her that he should try it on and starts undressing the mannequin. The parents smile in the background.
Meanwhile, Joon looks sad as he sits outside his place thinking. Se-eun sees him and looks equally sad as well. She sits next to him without saying anything so they both sit quietly. Joon speaks first.
J – The heart is…I can’t control it like I want….I lied to you about one thing. Yesterday, I was with young-jae.
Se-eun’s head drops a bit. She takes a breath.
SE – If you were not an honest person, then I would feel better. So now, I hate you so much.
They keep sitting quietly.
Cut to Joon’s family eating at his place. He prepared a pretty big French meal for them, but his mind is elsewhere as he touches his bandaged finger. His parents talk about getting use to French food. Umma is not use to it but Appa thinks it is just his style. But they need different alcohol.
Joon perks up and says that he will get it and leaves.
Appa tells the family that Ri-won made fun of Joon-young since he was little, but Joon always took care of Ri-won and always took him around. My son, he is always good. He does not change. Umma says that he did not want to eat when he was little so I had to follow him around. But now I never expected him to be a chef. Appa jokes that it wasn’t Joon, it was that her food was bad. Umma is all like, yeah, that was it. They all laugh.
Joon gets the drinks, but waits outside at a bench before heading back. When he walks back, he sees his sister standing outside and looking at their family through the glass.
J – What are you doing?
RW – I thought living together was good enough. Getting married does not mean anything. But seeing mom and dad so happy like that…maybe it has some meaning. Sang-hyun wants it but I am not sure yet. I cannot answer something that I am not sure of. Is it not good for me is it not good for the other person? Perhaps time will change it. But you are getting married before me. Now you are the head of the family so I shuold at least call you oppa.
Joon looks like this is the closet thing his sister has ever told him. She tells him that it’s cold, lets go inside and heads in first. Joon stays outside a bit, his eyes are red and teary so he has to take a few breaths befroe going in.
Cut to the family leaving. Appa is drunk and tells Joon that he should take care of his wife….you grew up like this without any trouble….*hugs*…Umma tells him to get in the car already. But appa keesp with his drunken druvel and tells Joon that he is happy he is moving forward step by step, that makes him so happy.
Umma is finally able to wrangle appa inside the car and tells Joon that they enjoyed the last meal with teh original team but they left a big mess for him. Joon tells her not to worry at all. He watches them drive off and then garuffs as he puts his hands on his face.
Meanwhile, Se-eun talks to her mother about them coming in the morning on the first bus. She tells them to have a safe trip. But she looks contemplative as she hangs up and stares at nothingness. Flashback to when she read Joon’s organizer. It made her happy tosee that he marked their 1500 days together. But, she saw him leaving frantically to go get Young-jae. She didn’t know it was to Young-jae though. She was in her car and called him after awhile.
SE – Did you go home okay
J – …yes.
VO – My suspicion finally made a lie.
J – I called you because I wanted to say sorry. Good night Oppa.
She hangs up and starts crying in her car.
In the present, she think about that in her room and also thinks about Joon telling her that he lied to her.
Se-eun lays in bed looking at photos of her and Joon on her phone. The new shoes she bought are on the floor ready to be worn the next day.
Elsewhere, Joon is at his restaurant cleaning up. But he stops mid cleanup to also stare at nothing.
Outside, Young-jae walks around. But she stops and looks ahead.
Cut to Yong-jae and Joon sitting on a bench.
YJ – I couldnt’ continue living, that is why I ran away. Sometimes it is clear like yesterday. But sometimes it is like it was a long long long time ago.
Flashback to the accident, the funeral, and the misery.
In the flashback, we are privy to Ho-chul and Young-jae’s relationship deteriorating. Ho-chul tries to give her space and comfort, but Young-jae cannot be comforted and turns to alcohol.
One day Ho-chul gets home and sees an emoty bottle on the counter. He has a feeling so he takes off running through the neighborhood looking for her and calling her. He runs all over, this is a long scene of him running.
He finally finds her at their kids gravesite. She is fine and is just sitting at the site. He sits with her.
Y – It is because of me, right? It is all because of me.
HC – Don’t think about that.
He holds her close to him.
Cut to YJ with a fever. Ho-chul takes care of her at her bedside. He tries to softly feed her juk so she can take her medicine but she coughs and does not want to because it is terrible to eat and try to survive. It makes her feel so terrible. Hochul tells her that it is not her fault, it will be better, it all will be better.
VO – As time passed, it became worse.
Young-jae drinks herself into a stupor all day long. Ho-chul tries to keep her from doing it but that makes them get into a huge fight (one sided on Young-joo’s part). Their frame breaks on the ground as Young-joo yells and breaks away from him as he tries to hold her.
HC – Why didn’t you just buy her that cat!
But he knows that he should not have said that and takes it back right away. She looks at him like he is a literal devil.
Later, HC and YJ sit on the floor in their living room. They sit apart from each other across the room. Ho-chul falls asleep briefly. When he wakes up he goes to check on YJ who is not on the floor anymore. He knocks on the door to their bathroom but it is locked. he bursts in, thinking the worse, and is greated by what he probably was imagining.
Cut to Yong-jae in the hospital with her wrist bandaged. Ho-chul holds her hand. She apologizes to Ho-chul.
YJ – I am sorry, to see you outside of the house like this, I am really sorry.
HC – It is okay.
YJ – But in that house, in our house. I can’t think of anything else. In that house I don’t have anywhere to hide. The couch, the dinner table, the restroom, your face, your eyes …. Sulhee is there.
She starts softly crying.
YJ – Ho-chul…let’s get a divorce.
Ho-chul looks crushed.
In the present.
YJ- I know it does not work, but many many times in the day I want to turn the clock back to when it will end. It should not end. But I am okay now. Well actually not 100 percent, but…. sometimes it comes to my mind and drives me crazy but at least I wont run away from it.
A single tear escapes from Joon’s eye.
YJ – Joon, you don’t have to worry about me. I have Soo-jae oppa, Joo-ran eunnie…I have people that worry about me. I will live thinking of those people.
They are silent for a moment.
YJ – I hope you do well and live happily and truthfully.
Joon nods, though he does not look at her. She gets up to leave. Joon remembers all the times Yong-jae looked miserable. It looks like he regrets how he acted.
Joon gets up and walks off while thinking of YJ telling him that she wanted to call someone but did not have anyone to call….all the people she loves all leave her.
Joon takes off running until he gets to Yong-jae and holds her arm lightly, she turns around. Tears all around.
YJ – I had too much comfort? I don’t deserve it.
She starts crying a bit more as Joon looks at her and wonders what he should do. They don’t hug , they just stand there with him holding her wrist.
Yj – You should leave now.
He lets go of her arm.
Good Lord, just depressing.
YJ – It has been 12 years since I have known you. I didn’t know you got cold easily.
JY – Because we never spent winter together.
YJ – I didn’t even know everything about you, but I thought we weren’t a good match. We were too different.
SJ – You dont’ have to move your finger tips at all, just sit like a painting.
SJ – I will wait for you here without moving at all. Be brave and do well.
SE – I like you oppa and I trust you oppa.
JY – Se-eun…