Okay, let’s pull this bandaid off quickly. Hopefully we have a happy ending for all of our characters. I know, I know, that is a hard ask. But you won’t get it if you don’t ask right?
Though this drama went sideways, it was still fun to recap it with everyone! We’re not sure if we will pick up SKY Castle, which will air in this time slot. But we are definitely picking up Memories of the Alhambra which airs over the weekend starting December 1st. Hope to see you there!
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THE THIRD CHARM KOREAN DRAMA LIVE RECAP EPISODE 16
Joon and Young-jae sit on the bench from the scene from the last episode. YJ tells Joon that this drives her crazy because it comes into her mind unexpectedly, but she is not going to run away from it anymore so don’t worry about me. I hope you have a happy life, really.
She gets up and walks away. Joon stays on the bench thinking about the moment he saw her cut on her wrist. He runs after her and holds her wrist. She spins around. But He can’t look at her. He is able to look up at her after a moment.
YJ – I received too much comfort from you. i don’t deserve it.
They stand like that for a moment, neither one talking, both tearing up.
YJ – I need to leave.
Joon looks at his feet and then lets go of her wrist. He walks away. She looks at him walking away, but does not follow.
He goes back to his restaurant and sits at the table quietly and deep in thought.
Joon’s parents get ready for the familymeting at home. It is a bright lively and rushed atmosphere as they try to make themselves look as pretty as possible. Umma and Appa joke about their clothes a bit and then go to the living room to see their daughter and her family looking smart in their clothing.
They joke about how Sang-hyun looks really good in his suit and continue talking about their clothing and neckties and how they all look good.
Cut to Se-eun in her place. She is getting dressed solemly and quietly. She puts on her too small shoes, squeezing her feet into something that does not fit and sighs at the comparison to her life.
At Joon’s place, the entire family happily eats breakfast with the little grandchild running around as they wait for Umma to finish getting ready. They talk about how Joon did not come home last night, perhaps he is spending time with Se-eun? he is doing a lot of things he has not done before.
Joon is waiting for Se-eun right now in front of her building. But it is a surprise meeting, she did nto know he was coming. She asks him if he would like to go together. Let’s go. But he tells her, I am sorry, I can’t go there with you.
She can’t look at him and says, because I like you, I trust you. So I thought you would be okay. But it is difficult for me also. I can’t continue it anymore. And oppa, you don’t have to feel guilty or sorry to me.
She looks at him now and tells him, our relationship – I am letting it go. She slowly turns and walks back inside her building. He stays outside.
Se-eun gets back to her place. Her feet are marked by the too small shoes. She stops by the window and calls her mother with her back to us. She asks if she got there yet. When you get here….well…have a nice trip around Seoul. It is better to go back home afterward. I will call you later.
She hangs up, her lip starts quivering and then she starts to cry alone by her bed.
Joon is still standing outside. But then he looks up and takes a deep breath. Cut to his family house. The family is rushing to get into the car when he walks up the street to them. Sang-hyun sees him first and calls his name. Joon looks at them all.
They all goo inside where everyone is sitting in the living room, but in their own spots. It looks like Joon already told them thta he called it off. His appa is so upset that he just sits with his back to everyone as he tries to take a few deep breaths. But then he goes up to Joon and hits him several times on the back. Joon just takes it all.
Soo-jae packs Joo-ran’s things at the hospital, the room is empty. Joo-ran is meeting with her doctor. Her second round of chemo is done. The doctor tells her that it is more difficult to fight herself to not quit the treatment then the cancer cells themselves. She tells her that she is doing well, have fun with other people and laugh a lot. See you two weeks later.
Soo-jae takes Jooo-ran to a getaway. He tells her not to be angry of anything but if she is angry she can be angry at him. he will not cook anything but he saw a lot of nice restaurants on the way there. There is also a delivery service so we can call a taxi.
In the city, Young-jae feeds a stray cat in the park and smiles as she looks at the cat eating. Then she takes a ride somewhere on the bus. Her destination is not known, but then we see that seh went to her families old octapang. She looks up at it from the street and remembers happy memries with herbrother.
Then she walks to the spot where her brother used to sell coffee. She spends a moment there and then walks to the cafe where she and Joon had their blind date meeting. She remembers those things fondly. Then she continues on and goes to the amusement park and watches the ship swing and the bumper cars and the seated merry go round, she remembers Joon and her happy time there then leaves and walks by the old hair salon.
While looking at the hair salon, she remembers her first kiss with Joon.
Elsewhere, the little table restaurant is closed.
At the sisters house, SH tries to call Joon but he is not taking phone calls. he wodners if he is okay. The sister says he isn’t, of course not. He is probably in a chaotic state. SH worries about his in laws.
Cut to the parents at home. The mother silently cleans up the kitchen a bit. The father is outside in the cold staring straight ahead as he sits on the pyongsang. Umma uses jongdaemal and tells him that they should eat. But appa just keeps staring. So Umma sits next to him.
ONE TABLE RESTAURANT
Joon is inside his restaurant, perhaps he slept there that night. He hears a knock on the door and opens his blinds to see his mother standing there.
Umma and adeul sit at the table quietly, but thens he starts talking.
U – I knew I could not control my children. Well, I thought you would get better when you got older. I am sad for everything. Not because you are getting older. Life is like that. When I was little, when I did not get my birthday present, I was so sad. But when I get older, I am sad if you do not remember parents day. But, I know that you are not disrespecting us, so it is okay. DOn’t worry about your father. Parents job is to worry about kids.
J – I am sorry. (his voice cracks)
U – It is okay. You are having a hard time. (starts tearing up) you do your best to worry only about yourself.
J – It is difficult for me also….I try hard to avoid it and tell myself that it should not be like this, but when I have a wrong first step I cannot control myself. I cannot help it, it is my choice. I am responsible for all this pain and agony. I am really sorry to Se-eun and her parents and my family (really crying now). Really really sorry.
Umma tries not to cry, she puts on a brave face for Joon who is near balling and asks him if he is hungry. She hasn’t eaten because of appa, you said there is a good kimchi chigae place so lets eat first.
Joon kind of nods.
JR and SJ sit outside beside a bonfire as Joo-ran thinks it is funny what she used to talk about before. It is not a month go but it feels like forever ago. She will take time to read books and watch movies, like you before. If I don’t have hope then I won’t have any despair. I won’t have anything to laugh about but I won’t have anything to cry about either. I won’t be able to date so I won’t be dumped either. Also, I will save money for shampoo, that is cool right?
SJ smiles and says this reminds him of back then when he told her those things. She told him not to give up especially on dating. He thought, this woman does not know anything about me, why is she telling me this? But I went to bed and somehow my heart moved and I cried. This kind of thing is comforting. When someone has despair enter their life, then someone to comfort them comes as well.
He gets a bit emotional and sniffs then asks her if she wants to go inside because it is cold. But she says she would like stay outside. she feels alive with the fire. So he moves closer to her and gives her his jacket. Then he adds wood tot he fire. he asks, why do all the women I know say “sorry” instead of “thank you” (she might have told him sorry since he gave her his jacket). In a classic movie he says that there is this line “Love means never having to say sorry.”
They go inside and rest. SJ gives her Organic L-Eclat to brush her teeth and tells her to only use good things for her body and have happy thoughts. He goes to the room and says he will make the bed and he can sleep on the couch.
She looks at him in the room and then tells him, thank you. He turns around and starts chuckling. She smiles as well.
Christmas comes to the city. Joon’s family puts a tree in the living room and circles around to hang ornaments. Appa is still depressed with that failed family meeting, so he is sitting at the table. They try to send the grandaughter to him to put on an ornament. Halabogi smiles, but then goes to his room.
Elsewhere, Joon is on a ferry headed to that island where they volunteered together. He is all bundled up and walks around the island alone. He walks to all the spots they spent time at together and takes a moment to look at each of them fondly as he remembers the time they spent there.
He even goes to Halabogi’s house and asks if he remembers him. I fixed the radio 5 years ago. halabogi is all like, wow, did you plan to meet each other here?
Young-jae comes out to Joon’s surprise. halmoni died, but the radio is working fine. He hasn’t listened to the radio since his wife died because it reminds him of her. People tell him that he should be happy that she died becaus he was a burden. But they don’t know, after she died, I prepare my own meals and eat and sleep, but it all does not matter, waking up does not matter. I have nothing to do. My kids worry about me dying after their mother died, so I went inland. Yeah, I should forget and shouldn’t hold onto the death or she will not be able to go to the other side, but living does not mean that I can forget her. So I remember her all the time. So I came back, I am comfortable at home, my own home.
He smiles and says that he still smells his wife there. Then he chuckles and grabs the goguma (sweet potato). he tells them that he cleans as if she is alive and sleeps as if she is alive and lives like that. Trying to forget is harder. If you want to remember, then remember, if you want to forget, then forget. Then he tells Young-jae that his wife had a nice haircut and took a nice photo because of her, thank you. She was very pretty when she stayed with me. YJ tries the goguma and thanks him for it.
Later on, Joon and YJ walks away together.
J – In a few hours, this year is over
Y – Yeah
J – DO you remember when I took a picture of you here?
Y – Yes, I remember. Nothing changes here, outside changes but no time passes in this place.
J – *coughs*
Y – Are you cold with that much clothing on?
He says that winter is cold or maybe she says it, she gives him her gloves to put on.
Y – We have known each other for 12 years, but I did not know that you got cold in winter
J – We never spent winter together
Y – I didn’t know everything but I thought that we were different, not a good match
J – Yeah, we did not know each other fully
It starts to snow, so they stop to watch it.
J – It is strange, when you wish something, it does not mean that it comes true
Y – The future is the most important, we should try hard
They keep walking as it snows. YJ comments that it looks pretty as they keep walking under the snow.
Joo-ran frets in the hospital bathroom. It looks like she is about to have her surgery, so she is taking a moment to herself. But SJ asks if she is ready which makes her go out to the room. He asks if she is okay and then pats for her to sit on the bed.
SJ – I…well…before I had my leg injury. If we met each other…hmm…do you think you would like me???……Um, if you weren’t sick like this, would I be this brave…hmm…good timing. This universe helping us for us to meet each other. Your crazy hair and your makeup like dokebi. Now I see your real face. You have a good head, tha back of your head is pretty.
She smiles but then the nurse comes in to see if she is ready to be taken to surgery. Soo-jae accompanies her to the surgery room and tells her that he will wait for her right there, he will not move at all, so do a good job. He holds her hand reassuringly and then she is rolled into the surgery suite.
He finally releases all the emotions he held close once she is in and tries to take a few deep breathes.
Young-joon moves back into her brothers place (their old place) with only her luggage and plant. She takes a deep breath and smiles as she looks around with the plant in her hands.
She sits at the desk her brother used to work on and looks out the window.
Joon gets back to his restaurant and pauses for a minute just inside the door as he takes in the space. Then he looks around and sets his bag on the table. he turns on the lights and opens the curtains as if he is preparing to open the restaurant again.
Cut to the Idol signing his contract for SJ’s movie. He is so happy to put his stamp on the contract. he thanks SJ and tells him that he will not disappoint him. SJ tells him that he is thankful that the Idol broke SJ’s own prejudice.
Young-jae visits Joo-ran in her super huge hospital room. They hold hands as she asks her if she is okay and how she feels. Joo-ran says that she is okay, but after seeing her she feels a lot better.
Then all her closest employees come in crying and worried. They tell her that she should have told them, this was too far, I thought you were shopping in NY city. Such a bad sunbae. They hug her. JR looks at them and jokes with them about who is watching the store. Smiles all around.
Later on, Young-jae and Joo-ran sit in her bed. JR tells her that all the doctors are super smart but they don’t know why this disease came or if it can be cured. But one thing they are for sure about is that living with people and eating well and laughing a lot and thinking about good things is the best medicine.
JR – Young-jae, I did not do this for you. Thank you for being next to me.
Yong-jae puts an arm around her and they continue to sit together.
Meanwhile, Joon goes home. His appa is drinking soju alone in the kitchen and looks up at Joon. Joon bows to him but appa ignores him and takes another swig of his soju.
Joon takes off his jacket and makes ramen for him and his appa. His appa sits at the table ready to eat without having to be told to. Then he pours Joon a shot of soju. They share the glass as Joon pours him a shot as well. Then they quietly divide the ramen. Appa makes Joon’s bowl for him and then gets a tiny bowl for himself. They eat silently together. Umma peaks out the door and smiles.
Radio – The long winter ended, it is spring now.
Cuts of spring scenery. We go to Ri-won’s apartment, SH is playing with his daughter and tells her that she will be in full day Kinder now. Riwon comes in so SH tells her that he is so happy at the prospect of all this free time. Riwon tells him that she has something for him. SH is all like, really? A thank you gift! You didn’t have to!
She gives him a positive pregnancy test. He is all like, this is my gift? But then she gives him a sheet of paperwork and tells him this is her real gift. It is a marriage document. But she says she does not want a marriage because it is too corny to wear a wedding dress. SH is so happy and tells her that he wants to wear a tuxedo so lets get married! Thank you thank you! He gives her a big hug.
At Joon’s home, Umma dyes Appas hair. Umma tells him that she heard about a Jeremy Irons looking Geology teacher was at the school which was pretty amazing to her. He chuckles and says that he heard about a math teacher that looked like Meg Ryan. They both laugh. She tells him, Jeremy Irons, that he looks cool after getting old. He tells her that she is also cool. But he said her name (Ham Soo-mi) so she is all like, why did you call my name?
He tells her that they are retired now so they can live with their own names. She chuckles and calls his name, Oh Chun-soo. Then they talk about going on a date.
Cut to Joon putting on a dress suit.
Young-jae is also somewhere putting on make up for an event.
We see a lot of people walkin on Yong-jae and tells her that it is nice to see them again. How have you been?
Everyone is gathered for Soo-jae and Joo-ran’s wedding. It is a small ceremony where Young-jae is the MC. She reads the usual wedding ceremony and says that she thinks they will be a good couple. She says she is the only sister of the groom and the bride, on behalf of everyone sitting here I declare that you are married.
Everyone cheers and the festivities get underway. Joon is in charge of the food for the event so he checks to make sure it is all delightful. Then he goes to stand next to Young-jae. He gives her a wine glass and smiles as they look at the Idol singing.
YJ – He wanted to have a small wedding, but we have a famous chef for the food and an International Idol star for the party. It is not a small wedding.
Joon laughs and Young-jae laughs as well.
Afterwards they walk around the location.
J – How is your new spring beauty shop?
Y – Yeah, I was sentimental so I made the contract. I am doing a lot of ajummas hair now.
J – But you look good.
Y – That neighborhood is boring but it is good. Nice air, and I can be a bit more relaxed. I can walk around the market and eat ddukbogi. What about you> Oppa told me you are going to New York, when?
J – Next week.
Y – Wow, you are the head su chef of that famous restaurant? Ohn Joon-young, you are famous now.
J – I will live my life busy, like a real person living.
Her VO – After time passed, we became adults, but we are still clumsy and still make a lot of mistakes. So, that is why we comfort each other and worry about each other and embrace each other.
Her VO – All the pain and hard time made us grow up, with all the happiness we enjoyed together, maybe that is why we keep walking. To be our fulfilled self.
They keep walking.
THAT IS THE END? F*********************CK. Why did I watch this entire show? Why. Someone tell me.
The top Image is from DC Inside and edited using PicMonkey.