As our daydream continues, Joon Jae and Shim Cheong face each other on the patio. In her mind, Shim Cheong explains why she cannot make Joon Jae the promise that he asks for. He hears every word and he asks her to repeat what she was just thinking. She asks him if he is able to hear her voice and he counters, demanding to have his question answered. Neither one is willing to give way until Joon Jae admits that he has been able to hear her voice since the beginning. He remembers everything. He knows what she is. He remembers all of Spain and that he is the man from all her stories. Having given her the answer she wanted he asks his question again. She explains that her heart beats only for him and without him, her heart will turn to stone and stop beating. Her very existence depends entirely on him. The information crushes them both and he distances himself from her, not really knowing what to do from here.
Shim Cheong goes to her room and cries her eyes out, leaving a trail of pearls on the carpet and in the ever-filling bowl by her bed. Nam Doo approaches Joon Jae, who is staring into space out on the cold patio. He asks if the two of them had a fight. Joon Jae tells Nam Doo that he feels he needs to send her away but he keeps making excuses not to. Nam Doo tries again to recall what he’s forgotten and Joon Jae smacks him in the back of the head for his trouble.
Joon Jae makes his way to his room where he can hear Shim Cheong’s thoughts. She is recalling all of the previous situations where Joon Jae protected her from having her secret revealed. She comes down from her room and tells Joon Jae that Nam Doo caught her swimming. She also confesses that she erased his memory of the event. She asks Joon Jae if he was scared when he found out what she was. He tells her that he wasn’t and she is relieved to hear it. She says that having him hate her is the scariest thing she can think of. He begins to tell her what frightens him the most but he stops short.
Joon Jae takes Shim Cheong to the museum to show her what he knows and why. He leads her to the exhibit and the stunning painting of Dam Ryeong. He explains that he is a man who fell in love with a mermaid. He tells her Dam Ryeong’s story and how he drowned as a child and was saved by the mermaid. As they grew, they fell in love but the young man was forced to marry. On his wedding night, he ran to the ocean so that he could meet the mermaid again. She knew that he was in pain and so she erased his memory of her so that he could live his life without pain. They met again later and the man remembered everything. He saved the mermaid from those that would exploit her and intended to live his life with her. Shim Cheong wants to know the rest of the story and Joon Jae lies. He creates a happy ending in his head. He tells Shim Cheong that the two lived together happily and created a good life filled with children and happiness. Shim Cheong doesn’t understand why such a happy story would be something that Joon Jae would be fearful of repeating. He shows her the vase and supposes that Dam Ryeong and the mermaid must have also dreamed of them.
Yoo Ran makes a call to Mr. Nam’s wife but it goes to voicemail. She is unaware that there is someone watching her every move. At Joon Jae’s, Shim Cheong tells Joon Jae that it might be a good idea to erase his memories from yesterday so that he won’t feel burdened. He isn’t crazy about the idea and she eventually has to corner him. Just as she is about to kiss him, he breaks free and runs from the room. They chase one another around the apartment as Nam Doo and Tae Oh watch. Later that night, Shim Cheong is still on about erasing his memory, only now she thinks maybe a few days or even a week would be better. He’s bundled himself like a burrito to keep her from touching him but eventually her cute pouting gets her an invitation to snuggle, which she quickly accepts, with the promise that she won’t erase anything.
The next day Seo Hee shows up at Jin Joo’s house. She is there to gloat at Yoo Ran. Seo Hee tells Jin Joo that she forgives her for her drunken tirade. Jin Joo calls to the kitchen for coffee and Yoo Ran soon appears with a tray for the two ladies. Seo Hee calls her “ahjummah” and compliments her on her cooking. Yoo Ran freezes when Seo Hee tells her that she can come and work in her home. It was meant to insult her but Yoo Ran turns and lets Seo Hee have it. She tells Jin Joo that the woman who was kicked out of her house by a husband-stealing bitch is her. She also lets her know that the husband-stealing bitch is Seo Hee. Jin Joo excuses herself and can barely contain her glee as she makes a phone call to spill the biggest piece of “historic” gossip she’s ever witnessed.
Joon Jae and Nam Doo meet with the detectives. They discuss their efforts to locate Kang Ji Hyun. Nam Doo has searched for her but it seems that anyone that might be able to tell them her whereabouts is dead. He did find one interesting piece of information. Kang Ji Hyun is from Jecheon and she went to the same high school as Joon Jae’s mother.
Seo Hee goes to the hospital to pick up Il Joong. He has been discharged but his eyesight is still very bad. She introduces him to their driver and says that he will be handling things for Il Joong while Mr. Nam is still hospitalized. The man driving the car is none other than Dae Young. At Jin Joo’s house Yoo Ran prepares the table for dinner. Jin Joo asks her to sit down and then calls Yoo Ran “Unnie”. Now that she knows of another way to get at Il Joong’s money she is going to help Yoo Ran to return to her rightful place in the Heo household. Later, Jin Joo explains to Si Ah who Yoo Ran really is and that they are going to be taking care of her from now on. Si Ah is completely frustrated by her circumstances.
Tae Oh is gaming in his room when he receives a call from Si Ah. She is at the club and she needs him to come and get her. Tae Oh puts on his coat and Nam Doo asks where he is off to. When he finds out that Tae Oh is headed to the club, a simple pick up becomes a club night out. Once they arrive at the club, Si Ah is annoyed to find they have brought Shim Cheong with them. Si Ah slams back another shot as Nam Doo makes it clear that they are there to dance. Nam Doo makes a beeline for the dance floor and begins flirting. His phone rings. It is Joon Jae. He tells Joon Jae that they are at the club and Shim Cheong is with them.
Before we know what’s happening, we find ourselves in the middle of a dance battle girl fight on the enormous dance floor. Shim Cheong and Si Ah dance around one another as a gob smacked Tae Oh and very happy Nam Doo look on. Shim Cheong is clearly winning, much to Si Ah’s consternation. Si Ah grabs Tae Oh’s beer and takes a big swig and then jumps back into the middle of the pulsing crowd. Joon Jae arrives at the club and Si Ah greets him while attempting to look virginal but Joon Jae tells her to have a good time with Nam Doo and Tae Oh. He immediately turns his attention to Shim Cheong. Joon Jae physically removes Shim Cheong from the club in spite of the fact that she is enjoying herself. Si Ah can do nothing but throw dirty looks after the quickly exiting pair.
Outside the club, Joon Jae and Shim Cheong stand together as rain pours from the sky. Shim Cheong tells Joon Jae that she cannot walk in the rain with him. He tells her to wait and then returns with a pair of rain boots and a large umbrella. He helps her with her shoes and then draws her close as the venture out into the rain. They both smile at the simple pleasure of cuddling close and walking together in the rain.
Later, Shim Cheong meets up with little Yoo Na at the convenience store. She asks Yoo Na how she is able to hear Shim Cheong’s thoughts and also tells her that Joon Jae can do the same thing. Shim Cheong’s homeless friend (who’s character name I cannot find anywhere. Help! Anyone??) arrives at the convenience store to join the girls in their semi-al fresco meal. The homeless woman points out all of the women running in the rain with their “expensive” handbags over their heads. “Those bags” she says “are knock-offs”. She then points to the one woman who is carrying her bag underneath her coat as if it were an “ancestral tablet”. “That one is real.” She makes the point that although the bags may look the same, their owners who know the truth about their value treat them differently. It is an astute observation that is mostly lost on Shim Cheong. She feels that even though the owner of the bag knows that it’s not the real deal, they should be happy and treat the bag well. Little Yoo Na understands Shim Cheong and basically repeats “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Shim Cheong says that even though she knows she doesn’t quite belong, she is going to do things as normally as possible. In the vein, she is going to have a birthday party. Since she doesn’t know her real birthdate, she has decided that tomorrow is as good a date as any. She invites both of the ladies to her party with a smile.
Mr. Nam’s hospital room door opens and a fuzzy figure approaches his bed. It is Chi Hyeon. He seems overly friendly. He tells Mr. Nam that he saw him with Joon Jae and he wonders if he would be able to answer his questions too. His primary question concerns his mother and her association with Dae Young. Mr. Nam’s eyes grow wide and he cannot hide his fear. He is unable to speak or cry out as Chi Hyeon pulls the oxygen tube from his face, setting off alarms.
Mr. Nam’s wife wanders the halls of the hospital. She has received a phone call from Yoo Ran. She is happy to hear from her but must admit that she has lied to her in the past about Joon Jae and his whereabouts. She admits that Joon Jae has visited her husband several times in the hospital. Yoo Ran asks for his phone number and she agrees to provide it but she must first run back upstairs to get her glasses.
In Mr. Nam’s room, the machines are going crazy and Chi Hyeon searches desperately for a way to turn them off. A hand grabs his shoulder and pulls him from the room and into the stairwell. It is Dae Young. Mrs. Nam is walking back to her husband’s room when she notices several doctors and nurses going into his room. She screams and runs to his room to find the medical team performing CPR on her husband. She is overcome with panic and she faints, dropping her phone. As Mr. Nam is dying he remembers his past life with Dam Ryeong and his promise to protect him. He remembers limping back into the magistrate’s office and opening a secret panel in the wall. Hearing someone approach he hides himself in the hidden room and watches as a man with a ring reaches for a book on the magistrate’s desk.
Chi Hyeon is taken away from the hospital by Dae Young. He is outraged that a fugitive like Dae Young is so close to his mother. He begins to shout his outrage but is quickly silenced by Dae Young who tells him to keep his mouth shut and not disturb a table that has already been set for him. Chi Hyeon has no idea that the man in the front seat is his father. At least he comes by his bi-polar psychosis honestly.
Shim Cheong calls Yoo Ran and invites her to the birthday party. At first Yoo Ran declines but then finds out that it is the first time that Shim Cheong has had a birthday. She agrees to attend and the fact that Shim Cheong doesn’t have parents also helped her to change her mind about attending. The next day delivery bikes arrive with party supplies and food. Shim Cheong flits about the house, preparing as her guests arrive. Her homeless friend arrives with a bag of fish, which she passes off to a very confused Nam Doo. She makes herself comfortable on the couch across from little Yoo Na.
Yoo Ran’s phone rings and it is Shim Cheong. She tells her that she is on her way but no sooner do the words leave her mouth than she finds Shim Cheong next to her. The two women walk arm in arm and chat happily. Joon Jae has stopped at a florist just down the street and picked up a small bouquet of flowers. As he heads for home he sees Shim Cheong walking on the other side of the street. He waits at the cross walk and when Shim Cheong sees him and waves excitedly at him. Yoo Ran asks who he is and Shim Cheong tells him that he is her boyfriend. She shouts his name and Yoo Ran can scarcely breathe. She looks across the busy intersection almost in a trance and tells Shim Cheong that her sons name is Joon Jae. Shim Cheong simply says “Heracles Lighthouse” and Yoo Ran looks as if her legs will disappear from underneath her. She remembers telling her son the story about the lighthouse. Shim Cheong finishes the story about meeting those you have been separated from. Shim Cheong turns to Joon Jae and thinks her congratulations to him and tells him that today he meets his mother. Now it is Joon Jae who looks as though his legs will disappear. The crossing light changes and mother and son take slow and careful steps towards one another.
Another solid episode, although the club scene was completely unnecessary. However unnecessary it might have been, I loved it to bits. Seeing everyone in a club environment and how it changed their personalities was fun to watch. The only person who remained exactly the same was sweet Tae Oh. I really hope that he knows more than what he’s letting on.
I’m a bit trepidatious about this giant crosswalk between Joon Jae and his mother. Koreans love hitting people with cars in their dramas. Especially when that person is super important to the main character or has some information that could answer several huge questions for the drama plotline. They are crossing with the light but that won’t stop and impatient taxi from running the light and turning Mom into squashed squirrel. (No seriously, ask me about any cab ride in Korea.)
So how are you feeling about the way things are shaping up?? How desperate do you think Si Ah will be to have Joon Jae? Do you think she will do anything crazy? What will Chi Hyeon do when he finds out that his father is a psychopathic killer? What about Nam Doo? He is sure to remember his encounter with Shim Cheong and when he does what do you think he will do? Let me know in the comments below.