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Live Recap: Trot Lovers Episode 15

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Our penultimate episode. Willl Soo In finally get what she deserves?

Live streaming link –

http://www.kbs.co.kr/player/player_playlist.php?ch=12#kbs

http://www.kodhit.com/kbs2-online

Character Key for live recap shorthand

Leads

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.05.05 AM Jang Joon Hyun (JH)- Hot kpop star

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.05.14 AM Choi Choon Hee (CH)- loves the unsophisticated trot music

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.05.37 AM Park Soo In (SI)- singer in training at Shine Star agency

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.05.24 AM Jo Geun Woo (GW)- Shine Star’s CEO

Leads’ families

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.20.53 AM Choi Byul (CB)- Choi Choon Hee’s sister

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.20.44 AM Choi Myung Shik (MS)- Choi Choon Hee’s dad

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.26.55 AM Yang Joo Hee (JH)- Park Soo In’s mom

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.21.09 AM Jo Hee Moon (HM)- Jo Geun Woo’s dad

 Shine Star staff

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.06.02 AM Na Pil Nyeo (PN)- Shine Star trainee for 10 years

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 8.55.49 PM Director Wang (Wang)- a director (not film, just a title at company) at Shine Star

Other minor characters

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 9.06.28 PM Kim Woo Gab (WG)- Midas CEO

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 9.07.08 PM Team leader Nam (Nam)- Heads planning team at Midas

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.05.49 AM Seol Tae Song (TS)- Jang Joon Hyun’s manager

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.06.15 AM Lee Chul Man (CM)- loan shark

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.06.24 AM Lee Yoo Shik (YS)- loan shark, Lee Chul Man’s cousin

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 9.06.50 PM Bang Ji Sook (JS)- Choi Choon Hee’s marathon coach and mentor

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 2.06.35 AM Shin Ho Yeol (HY)- Jang Joon Hyun’s rival

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Episode 15 Live recap will be posted and updated as the episode progresses

SI is at the stage where JH’s accident happened, waiting, and she gets back CH’s response to her message- CH had responded, “Of course I remember. Let’s go back when all this is finished.” SI finds out that CH and JH were pretending in front of her.

Right then, JH walks out to the stage saying, “You came.” He grabs the “MJ” necklace off SI and says, “This isn’t yours.” Soo In tries to explain, that JH misunderstood, it isn’t her! But JH won’t take her lies anymore and points out that their eyes met that day. JH asks why SI became this way, she wasn’t like this before. SI explains she wasn’t trying to hurt JH. JH demands to know if it was CH. Is it because of GW? SI screams it wasn’t. It just seemed like CH was stealing everything from her!

JH calmly confessed that he liked her from a long time ago because he liked how she was always working diligently and patiently all those years while she was training. She was the type that didn’t know how to cheat. JH gently holds SI’s shoulders and asks her to turn herself him. Although regretful tears fall from her eyes, SI throws off JH’s hands. She can’t turn herself in. She worked so hard to get here, ever since she was 14. She endured a lot of pain to stand on the stage so there is no way she will walk off it on her own. Disappointed, JH says, “You made your choice.”

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JH leaves the auditorium and SI chases after him, asking if he is going to the police. SI then begs for time, she will turn herself in soon. JH takes out a recorder. He has recorded what she said on stage. He gives her three days.

SI sits waiting for CH inside a cafe. JH had told her to apologize to CH, sincerely. CH comes in, surprised. She did not expect SI to be here. JH had set this meeting up between CH and SI.

SI apologizes to CH. She confesses to CH that she caused the accident. She was blinded by jealousy and wanted to get rid of CH. CH grows cold with anger at the fact that JH got hurt because SI tried to harm her. SI gets on her knees to beg but CH won’t forgive SI- JH almost died then! SI claims she will turn herself in but she needs time. CH has a dad, right? She has a mom that she needs take care of first. If she goes to the police like this right now, her mom might faint.

SI stands in front of the bathroom mirror, wiping off her tears and re-applying lipstick. She repeats, “I just need time.” Coldy, Soo In continues, “Time to take care of things.” Uh-oh.

JH takes CH home and CH asks why JH didn’t tell her about SI, taking on that burden all by himself. JH explains that CH, with her temper, wouldn’t have waited and he doesn’t know how the other side might have retaliated then. He didn’t have evidence against them except his word. CH cups his face and compliments him. JH does the same to CH, thanking her for believing and waiting patiently.

Next day. Dad quickly hides the medicine he is taking when CH comes out of room. CH is going to sing to the homeless again. Dad asks,”Isn’t it tiring?” CH explains that things have worked out too easily for her, because famous quickly. Comparing this to a marathon, she’s only just run the first kilometer. Even if things start to go well for her again,  she wants to continue volunteering. She feels happy to see the homeless happy and she learns a lot through the experience. CH leaves. Dad (MS) gets a call.

Yang hands MS an envelope. MS slides it back, saying CH isn’t the type of person who would do that, referring to Yang’s lie about CH causing JH’s accident. He trusts his daughter. Yang insists she saw the CCTV recording but MS says Yang must have been mistaken or the recording was tampered with.

GW tells JH that it seems Yang is the one who stole the theater recording and also ordered the photos of JH and CH in her house together. JH asks to meet the paparazzi reporter who took the photos.

SI is with HS (JH’s mom) shopping. SI asks for help, it’s not just CH but JH too. He has his eyes on CH.  There is evidence showing  those two cheated in his room. HS agrees to help, although she says her son is not the type of person to do that.

HS digs through JH’s room, which JH catches her doing from behind the door.

GW and his dad (Jo) eat watermelon together and GW asks Jo how far he thinks SI and Yang will go. Dad explains that he had one principle he kept while running his business. To properly recognize the hard work and talent of people, even if their thoughts are bad and actions mistaken. He believes that if he and GW properly recognized the work and talent of those two people, things would not have come this far. GW whines, “This is hard. I hate complicated things. This job is totally not for me!”

At the TV station, JH walks past his juniors without really giving them a glance even when they bow deeply to him. This changes when he spots CH among the crowd.. He awkwardly says hi and goes into his room. He finds out from TS that CH is there to be an attention diverting opening act before the official recording. JH wants CH to come in so she can rest but TS warms him he can’t only invite CH. So JH tells everyone to come it. Unfortunately, CH is called away, and only the other singers go into room, which makes JH mad. When one of them tries to drink the tea CH makes for JH, JH yells at them to leave and they curse him outside in the hallway. CH overhears this.

Later in his waiting room, CH asks JH to be nicer to people, for her. It hurts her to hear other people cursing at JH.

HS has sent something to SI. It’s the mic that recorded SI and JH’s conversation onstage before. SI listens and there is an extra recording of the paparazzi confessing that Yang hired him to take photos of CH secretly.

SI secretly enters JH’s house and searches. She also finds the CCTV recording of the stage accident. JH comes into his room and informs SI that he already secured everything and shows her his phone. He has sent an email with all the files of the audio and video recording. He asks SI again to turn herself in before this story hits the broadcast.

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In a daze of despair, SI walks past a café and sees GW inside, working. Teary-eyed, she continues on. GW notices her and chases after. He grabs her back  as she walks into a busy street full of cars. SI screams that it’s over and GW shakes her and yells, telling her to get a hold of herself. Finally, GW gets SI to calm down. SI anxiously asks if she will be able to sing again. GW smiles. He responds, “Let’s go.”

At a park, GW seems to be busy playing a game and ignoring SI. But a band starts playing in the back and GW takes her closer to them. GW and SI enjoy the live music. They really a sweet time together, and SI, looking around at the smiling people band, tears up.

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After the performance, GW asks how it was. SI replies she only heard about this stuff. This is the first time she has watched a performance like this. It was good. GW asks if SI was every happy like that band when she was singing. It seems she lost it and lost things should be found. SI smiles. GW tells her not to misunderstand, he is saying this as Shine Star’s head. He doesn’t like SI these days. He liked her better when she brought him a lot of money. She needs to go back to who she was before. He wants to make money, GW half jokes. He says, “I will wait.”

CM (the older loan shark) hands coach a note, telling her he found the first love she was searching for. CM says sadly, “I don’t know if this person was your first love, but you are my last. Please be happy.” CM runs out of the restaurant in tea

CH is in the practice room with other rookie singers. JH comes in with chocolate, saying it is leftovers from a commercial he filmed; they should eat it. CH smiles at this gesture. One of the young singers asks JH for an autograph, and JH, looking at CH, agrees. He allows them to take pictures, too, and CH frowns a little when the other girls hugs JH. Outside in the hallway, CH gives him a little snap on the head for going too far with this being nice thing. JH is left all confused.

JH asks TV producer guy to let CH on a show. Guy agrees to do this if only JH agrees to be a one-day DJ.

SI’s manager tells Yang that she can’t find SI. Yang asks the manager if something happened between JH and SI, but the manager doesn’t know.

CH runs happily into JH’s practice room to tell him that she is going on a radio show. Yang catches CH coming out of room and she seethes. She gets a message from SI: “Don’t look for me for a while.”

HY and CH wait in the radio recording studio. HY looks a little uncomfortable and nervous. In comes JH as the one-day DJ. Both HY and CH are surprised. HY noticeably asks nicer to JH, even calling him hyung.

For the show, CH reads a story sent in by a listener. It’s about a girl who is caught between two men- a temperamental neighborhood oppa and a handsome and skilled cafe owner. HY has to act the part of the cafe owner and JH gets jealous because HY doesn’t just read the lines, but acts them out too.

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In the hallway, HY begs for forgiveness. He thinks JH is mad because of the time he told JH to clean his shoes. But JH is mad because HY, before at the radio show, looked like he was really going to kiss CH. HY begs continuously, saying he can’t have any feelings for CH since she isn’t pretty. He asks JH to help him go on more radio shows again. Now JH is mad that HY just called CH ugly. “WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR CHOON HEE?!”

Walking home, CH thanks JH, knowing that he is the one that put her on the show. She tells him not to do that in the future. She will rise again on her own. Still she is grateful so JH asks for a pat on the head. CH tippy-toes to kiss him on the cheek instead when JH turns to make it into mouth-to-mouth kiss.  Smiling, CH goes into  her house. Outside, JH sees CH’s dad coming home.

JH urges MS to get surgery by MS says he doesn’t want to be separated from his daughters by staying in the hospital. He asks JH to keep his illness a secret. He also asks JH to continue to be with CH. JH replies of course. MS elaborates. He wants to see JH and CH live together in one house (in other words, marry) before he dies. JH tells him to not talk about dying, but MS asks for this favor.

Coach, PN, and TS sit crying at coach’s restaurant. JH and CH come in and find out that TS failed to enter the radio survival audition show, “Voice of Trot.” JH can barely contain his laughter. TS asks JH to tell him truthfully if he really has no potential. JH can’t tell the truth as CH, PN, and coach both look at him meaningfully. He lies that he thinks TS has potential. TS exclaims, “Really? I was going to stop. I’m trying again because of you.”

JH films TS and PN for a demo tape. They perform as a Trot pair.

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CH and Byul listen to the “Voice of Trot” radio show. It is running a “blind” audition for trot singers. CH calls into this show as “MJ” and sings her heart out. After she finishes singing, the emcee asks why MJ auditioned for the show. CH replies that is is because she became a singer too easily and wants to return to her roots. GW hears this broadcast while driving in his car.

GW walks past CH at Shine Star and calls her MJ. CH finds out that GW heard her on that show. She asks GW to keep her auditioning as a secret. She needs to pass this “blind” audition round in order to go on to the final. GW sees JH coming and he deliberately says to CH, “I will keep the secret,” with a mischievous smile on his face. JH hears this and gets jealous. He wants to know what the secret is.

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JH follows GW into a café. JH starts to say that Shine Star has earned a lot of money because of him. GW admits, “Yes,” but elaborates, “Very little,” and tells JH to just ask. JH asks what is the secret between him and CH. GW teases him that CH didn’t tell him. JH is about to walk away but GW calls him back, saying he will tell the secret if JH wins the game.

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Two grown met sit in café playing a rowdy game of “Cham Cham Cham”- the goal of which is to get the person to turn their head the same direction as the pointing finger. JH keeps losing.

Yang is at TV station talking to the news documentary reporters that CH caused JH’s accident out of jealousy of JH and SI’s relationship. They ask for evidence and Yang hands them the footage of JH and CH together at the stream, saying it is evidence that CH and JH cheated on SI.

The drama doesn’t show it, but it seems Yang went on the show to say that CH caused JH’s accident. We only see JH and CH sit with MS, and MS affirms to CH that he doesn’t believe what Yang said. JH says Yang doesn’t seem to know that JH has the evidence.

JH holds a press conference. He turns on the recording of SI admitting she caused the accident. The reporters asks why JH is only revealing this now. JH informs them that he had lost his memories because of the accident. He loves CH, not SI. He doesn’t want the person he loves to get hurt.

Reporters hound Yang at Shine Star and she escapes into her office. She finds HS in the room, however, mad that SI did that to her son. Yang warns HS to be careful. HS is not in the position to be so confident in front of her.

“Voice of Trot” is going on. Judges are blindfolded and three contestants, including CH, go into the room to sing. The senior trot singer who rejected CH before due to Yang’s favor is there. CH sings her heart out. The judges look pleased. During commercial break, CH and the contestants leave the room. The judges can now take off their blindfold.

That senior singer gives her remarks saying she can tell just from the voice a person’s life and attitude. Contestant number three (which is Choon Hee) has a great voice and sings sincerely. The trot veteran names CH the winner of the blind audition. CH comes in and surprises the senior singer.

Outside, the senior singer pouts and tells CH this is just the beginning, don’t be too full of it just because she was praised today. CH thanks her brightly and loudly and the senior singer smiles as she walks away.

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JH brings CH a list of things he wants to do as boyfriend and girlfriend. 1.  Date in the streets holding hands. CH and JH date wearing matching shirts, sunglasses, and hat. 2. Eat street food. CH and JH eagerly enjoy the food. 3. Watch a movie together. JH and CH sit in the theater. They sit really close together, eating popcorn and drinks. JH explains the movie isn’t important in places like this, it is skinship!

Byul is walking home with snacks. GW’s dad (Jo) surprises her and says they can play badminton together. Byul replies she is going to play with her dad now and Jo finds out that MS is back.

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JH and CH sit in a field at night, eating chicken and JH doesn’t like that this is the romantic mood he expected. There is some teasing from CH. Later, JH sings his song for CH, the one that he composed for MJ. CH adds the harmony, making it a duet. CH compliments the song and JH says of course, he made it for that special someone. CH thanks him. JH asks her to give him something in return. CH says, “Anything.” JH replies, “Let’s marry.” He thought about it, but no one else will do. He puts the MJ necklace on CH, saying, “The necklace finally found its owner.” He tells her not to lose it. They kiss in happiness.

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HS worries, thinking about what Yang said, that if HS keeps her mouth shut, there won’t be any problems.

JH tells mom that he wants to marry CH, and mom calls him crazy- now? There are so many other things giving her a headache! JH asks, “When you married David, did you ask my permission?”

MS tells CH that he recently saw the person who hit her mom with the car. That person was someone who used to sing with SJ before. To resolve this issue with her is the first thing he wants to do. Second is to marry CH off. CH asks if dad is going somewhere, he is talking like he is leaving and she is getting nervous. Dad simply replies that he just wants to see her happy.

JH, HS, and CH wait for MS at a restaurant for he first meeting of future in-laws. HS starts talking about dowry, and JH is embarrassed and tries to get her to stop. Peeved, mom goes to bathroom. Alone, JH tells CH not to worry. Outside, mom complains that she doesn’t like anything about CH. She runs in MS. Shocked and rapidly connecting the dots, MS asks, “Is JH your son?”

CH wonders where her dad is and goes to look for him.

MS and HS are outside and MS is angry, demanding to know why HS did that to SJ (CH’s mom), hitting her and running away to America. HS says it was her car, but she didn’t cause the accident. The car was stolen from her. It was give to her by Congressman Park and she didn’t want a scandal. That is why she ran away to America then. MS won’t believe HS, saying SJ could have saved her voice if she was taken to the hospital quickly. CH overhears all this.

MS tries to drag HS to the police but HS begs on her knees. She asks MS to stop, for her son, JH; he is a singer and can’t have his mom in and out of the police station.

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End of episode, no preview for next episode.

Comments:

Ah, how predictable. At the moment Choon Hee and Joon Hyun find happiness, their Romeo and Juliet story is unveiled. A plague on both your houses for never proving me wrong! I can probably write out the outline for tomorrow’s episode right here.

I take the curse back because I still love Joon Hyun and Choon Hee. Without the nonsense of the current generation’s attempted murder and previous generation’s hit-and-run, Joon Hyun and Choon Hee would be so perfectly normal and nauseatingly sweet as we got a taste of in this episode.

It doesn’t make my past grievances about Choon Hee’s lack of agency go away, but in this episode, we saw Choon Hee take charge of her own future and challenge the “Voice of Trot” survival audition show. Once Choon Hee made her intention known, Joon Hyun gave her the space she needed to do re-establish her career on her own. I also love how we see new growth in character for Joon Hyun, as he tries to be nicer to everyone, not just Choon Hee.

You could tell this is the penultimate episode, with the writer trying to quickly wrap up loose ends and suddenly finding easy solutions to everyone’s problems. Choon Hee’s singing career seems to be safe now with her senior singer opening up to her. Soo In is mysteriously gone while her mom causes havoc. And we haven’t even seen Wang for the past couple of episodes. He isn’t there to help Yang and SI.

Poor Geun Woo never had a chance, and in this episode, he is just the mischievous CEO who once happened to Choon Hee. Geun Woo seems to wrap up his feelings for Choon Hee prettily quickly, and I can respect this, because Geun Woo couldn’t be the guy to force his feelings on Choon Hee. He quietly works out his own feelings and receives comfort from his dad. I am glad that the writer didn’t decide to make Geun Woo the villain in order to create more tension and heighten the “love square” element of the drama. I am glad to see him get along with Joon Hyun, too, but I wish we could have seen more of Geun Woo’s eccentricies.

I am disappointed in Soo In until the end because she continued to plot against Joon Hyun and Choon Hee even after she received that warning from Joon Hyun at the theater. She couldn’t see her wrong and ultimately couldn’t turn herself in on her own. While I can make the excuse that her mom going to the reporters probably didn’t allow time for Soo In to turn herself in, I am not sure she ever would have on her own.

I want to clarify that Joon Hyun’s mom said her car was stolen.

What a decision Choon Hee’s dad has to make! Ruin the life of the mother of the man he wanted his daughter to marry or finally find justice for his dead wife. What would you choose?

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50 Comments Post a comment
  1. corn #

    Thanks in advance!

    August 11, 2014
  2. FK #

    thank you 🙂

    August 11, 2014
  3. Dora #

    Sounds exciting so far, thanks Joonni, I am going to miss Mondays and Tuesdays without your recaps 🙂

    August 11, 2014
  4. Dora #

    I was hoping this business with the parents was resolved sooner, hopefully this does not mean any last minute issues between CH and JH 😦

    August 11, 2014
    • Babs #

      We all were! This is a cop out to create tension in the last episode…. Ahhh I hate it when they do this sort of thing!

      August 11, 2014
    • I disagree. It could be a quick last minute issue. Good thing about it HS can be a witness against Yang.

      August 11, 2014
      • Dora #

        I do hope they figure it out quickly. I do understand why MS would think it was HS who caused the accident but I thought he didn’t trust Yang? Hopefully this is resolved within a matter of minutes 🙂

        August 11, 2014
        • Babs #

          Hopefully but we all know some kdrama writers stretch out the conflict to only give us 5 minutes of happiness in the end…. WE NEED THIS STORY LINE TO BE OVER!!!! 😉

          August 11, 2014
          • Dora #

            I am also not holding my breath, I am still traumatised by only getting 5 minutes of happiness at the very end in Hotel King in the final episode, I even had to check recaps if there even was a happy ending, so frustrating. And, now that I think of it, I also saw a similar parents’ scenario in the Taiwanese drama Love Around. At least there they were happy for the last few eps and got married but am not too hopeful here.

            August 11, 2014
  5. Babs #

    Come on, writer-nim!!! we were doing well, they even talked about marriage…. Jesus! And now this, I don’t understand why the conflict cant be resolved BEFORE the last episode, make the last 59 min some Fan service!!! But no, they want me to lose my marbles!!!!! Hopefully the story will be good tomorrow. THANK YOU JOONNI!

    August 11, 2014
    • Dora #

      I honestly didn’t think they would use this as a last minute cliffhanger either. Geez. Do they really think that this keeps the suspense?? Or something??

      August 11, 2014
      • Babs #

        They do…. Which is why I sometimes wish I lived in Korea, so I could go to the broadcasting station and rant!!! LOL

        August 11, 2014
        • Dora #

          Me too, too bad I live really far away…

          August 11, 2014
  6. Well I noticed that the 16 ep became ongoing. There’s hope that they may extend to few more episodes. I saw the latest ratings.
    Ariba Trot Lovers!

    August 11, 2014
    • I think I need to accept that it will end tomorrow 😦

      August 11, 2014
  7. Zaabu #

    Angst in last episode? Just what we need. I was happy the OTP had some sweet moments! Thanks Joonni.

    August 11, 2014
  8. So we have yet another misunderstanding or “red-herring” thrown in regarding what happened to CH’s Mom. *sigh* After this HUGE build-up, can I just say the way the SI issue was handled was completely unsatisfactory? She should be in jail.
    Is there going to be enough time for a wedding and dealing with Dad? Ugh, so frustrated with this writer. Thanks so much for the recap, Joonni! 🙂

    August 11, 2014
    • Babs #

      THANK YOU!!! I had skipped over commenting on the SI issue until I re-saw the episode, but the truth is the way the whole thing was handled seemed as if it wasn’t a huge deal to begging with, unless it becomes something bigger tomorrow. I’m on the same boat as you, I’m not sure an hour will be enough to handle all the things we need. 😉

      August 11, 2014
      • Dora #

        I also suspected that SI would be let off the hook for being a “poor victim” of her mum or something to that extent. I do hope there are some repercussions for her tomorrow.

        August 11, 2014
  9. Corn #

    Looked at the written preview for ep 16 and saw words like “preparing for their farewell” “leave for the United States ” “1year later…” Gosh hope it’s a nice ending

    August 11, 2014
    • Dora #

      I hope the 1 year later doesn’t happen at the very end of the episode and we have to endure watching the parent drama unfold (including dad’s illness) for 55 minutes before that.

      August 11, 2014
    • It could be So In’s ending.

      August 12, 2014
      • FK #

        how are they going to resolve EVERYTHING in an hour?!

        August 12, 2014
  10. Dora #

    Where is the recap for Ep. 16?

    August 12, 2014
  11. Joonni is having technical difficulties and can’t access her blog so I will be posting the finale recap here when she sends it to me. (I tried to post for her but couldn’t)

    August 12, 2014
    • Trot Lovers Episode 16

      HS begs MS for forgiveness, to keep this hidden, for her son. CH overhears. JH waits, wondering why she isn’t coming. Night, he calls CH, but CH isn’t picking up. She remembers her mom. Her mom not being able to talk. She finally picks up JH’s call. She lies that dad got sick suddenly and just came home, but he is fine now. She will call later.

      HS comes home and tells JH she can’t allow the marriage, saying she doesn’t want JH to have to take care of CH’s whole family.

      JH meets CH the next day. He tells her not to worry about his mom and asks about her dad. Is he not feeling well? CH says lets go somewhere.

      TS is watching JH pack and is jealousy. TS says he will teach JH something. When one man and one woman go on vacation together, share beer. She will become more drunk and start looking expectantly. She won’t be able to hold back and jump the man. That is what woman are like. JH asks what woman was like that. TS is flustered.

      JH and CH go back to their stream. Have fun. Later at night, they bbq by the campfire. After CH plays the guitar and sings CH a song. CH looks on happily. Later, the huddle under a blanket together. CH says she asked to come hear because she had something to discuss with him. They sit holding hands, face to face. CH says it is something serious. CH starts telling him about that day, she saw MS and HS fight. He asks if they knew each from long ago. CH says yes. He asks what did they fight about. CH says she doesn’t know what really understand what happened but she thinks JH should know. She can’t say more so JH asks if it is something difficult for her to say. CH tears up and says yes. JH says he will find out himself then.

      JH enters his building and Yang is waiting for him. She says he pretended well. JH she pretended well. Yang blames JH for SI. JH says it is Yang’s fault that SI is that way. Yang claims she did this all for SI, starts saying bad things about CH. JH tells her to stop, CH is the woman he is marrying. Yang says they can’t marry. She tells him that CH’s mom was hit by HS. JH doesn’t believe her, though, and tells her to watch her mouth. Yang tells him to go ask his mom then.

      JH arrives home. He asks HS if she knows CH’s parents. She lies no. JH asks her to tell it to him straight. Did she do something bad to CH’s mom? Did she hit CH’s mom with the car? HS starts stuttering, saying she wanted to take SJ to the hospital. JH can’t believe what he just heard. Storms out of his house. Goes to CH’s house.

      Outside, he texts here, are you sleeping? Texts shall we meet tomorrow?

      Next day, CH and JH sit together. JH says first, shall we take some time off to think. I heard from mom yesterday. If we stay together like this right now, we won’t be happy. This is hard to say. You must have had a difficult time. Don’t try so hard. I will do all the difficult things. Leave it to me. JH leaves, CH cries.

      At restaurant, PN finds TS phone, calls the ID that says goddess, thinks it is referring to her, but finds out is coach. She finds out her number is saved under drama queen on his id. PN calls TS over and chokes him. She gets a call, however, that says an agency wants to sign TS and PN.

      GW and Jo talk. GW says Shine Star will fund the homeless shelter from now on. Jo asks if he trying to look to CH still. GW denies it. He says, the problem these days is JH.

      JH is at home, playing guitar, singing “I’m going crazy.” TS tells him to get a hold of himself.

      CH comes home. Sees dad sleeping. Sits next to him and tells him she is performing tomorrow on the audition show. Nervous. Times like this JH was always there. Dad needs to be there now. But she really misses JH. Dad is awake and he hears.

      Next dad at radio show, CH sings the song “Life.” A meaningful song. TS and JH hear her singing on the radio. JH smiles.

      The results are out. The final winner of the Voice of Trot is MJ. CH wins! The radio host reveals to listeners that MJ is actually CH. CH says thank you. She will continue to work hard. JH listens to all this and the host reading listeners’ support message.

      (more coming)

      August 12, 2014
      • CH runs into the composer from before, the one who had the wife with Alzheimer’s. He encourages her and CH is grateful. She sits on bus and hears on radio of her continued success.

        People have come to CH’s house with gifts. Fans to support her. They are all ahjusshi and ahjumma. Really sweet. CH sings for hem happily. JH watches her from afar. She sees him and they share a look. JH leaves. CH doesn’t’ go to him.

        JH says to himself. CH, you are living your life according to who you are. I will find myself too.

        At home, JH asks mom to go back to America together. He had been asked before to work in the US.

        MS sits with Jo. MS tells Jo that he meet HS. Jo says he should have investigated into that incident properly that time. He regrets it. He has been thinking these days if there is more to that story than they know. He tells MS all about what Yang did to CH.

        Wang is finally back and Yang yells at him for not being able to find SI. Need to find her first before police. Wang asks if she can ask SI’s close friends. But Yang doesn’t know who SI’s friends are. Wnag is surprised. He asks to report missing person to police but Yang doesn’t want that. Wang asks if she has checked SI’s credit card records. Nope, yang didn’t.

        We see SI and she is resting, looking happy and peaceful. She texts GW to meet.

        She meets up with GW and they go eat ddukbokki at street vendor. Lady thinks they look like a couple. GW gets SI to buy the ddukbokki. Walking together, GW asks what SI did away from Seoul. SI said she did all that she wanted but it only filled up two days. She is surprised. GW says that is life. SI says she will go herself now. GW offers to go with her. SI declines. GW ssays when you return, let’s eat ddukbokki together. I will buy then. SI nods and walks away.

        Wang tells Yang that he found SI’s credit card use in Gangwondo. Right then, SI texts mom to say she is turning herself in right now. Yang runs out to go to SI. But MS is there in front of her car, and he says to her, where you there with HS? You’re the one who left SJ there, right? Yang denies at first but then she confesses. Yes, she is the one who left SJ there. She did it because she wanted SJ to disappear. It’s already been 20 years already. And it’t snot like SJ died. MS says taking voice of singer is like murder. Yang pushes MS hard and he falls, in pain. Yang leaves in car.

        Yang is at police station, begs SI to stop, to say Yang did it. SI calmly says with a smile, it’s too late. SI goes off with the police.

        JH goes to CH’s waiting room at TV station. People around them say something about them being couple, teases them, asks them to take picture. They just calmly along.

        CH is waiting to perform at the Voice of Trot concert. She gets call, however, saying dad needs to go into surgery now. CH starts running and JH chases after her.

        They arrive at hospital. Dad asks why she is here, her show is today. Nurse says dad will go into surgery soon. CH says sorry. She has to leave to perform. Dad tells her to go. She tells him that he is strong, he will survive, come out surgery well. She makes him promise. Coach, TS, and PN come in. CH asks coach to take care of coach. TS and PN says they will be here too, tells CH to focus on her singing. JH tells her to go first, he will see dad go into surgery. Since he is the guest singer at the concert, he has time.

        (more coming)

        August 12, 2014
        • CH has to move from taxi to motorcycle because there is horrible traffic. She arrives just in time. She rushes in. She goes on stage. CH introduces herself. CH sings the same song from before “Life.” ~I carry life and live. My life filled with thorns. If you tell me to live that life again, I can’t. My love and life that has disappeared like the win~

          Everyone waits in front of surgery room. Flashback of CH and JH moments. CH singing, ah love, my youth buried by tears ~ Really moving song. Standing ovation.

          CH rushes back to hospital. Dad is out of surgery, awake and surgery. CH cries, thanking him.

          Yang visits SI in jail. Tells her not to lose hope, she will take SI out of here. SI says she thought till now that mom had ruined her life. But now she thinks she ruined her mom’s life. She isn’t 14 years old anymore. She made her mom’s life difficult. “Im sorry.”

          Yang walks out and Wang is there. He tells her that congressman Pyo is suing her for defamation. There will also be investigation into all of Yang’s wrongdoings. Police come with a warrant.

          Dad sits with CH, tells her that his and her mom’s generation is all in the past. The present is important. He should have told her this before but he was human. He apologizes. He says he regretted this before he went into surgery. CH holds his hand.

          MS comes into his hospital room with CH. HS is there. She gets on her knees. Apologizes- I did something terrible to you and SJ. Thank you for surviving (the surgery). I’m sorry. She cries hard. MS walks over to her and gently puts his hand on her shoulder.

          CH walks out and sees JH sitting in the hallway. He gets up and asks if she has been doing well. She nods and asks the same. JH says of course. He came with his mom because she was scared. CH says it is good that those two resolved their issue now. JH says- between us, I suppose we need more time. He says he is going to the US. CH is surprised- how long? JH says casually I don’t know, might just live there. CH asks, why, because of me? JH says with a mocking tone, I am music god, lots of people want to work with me. He tells her to work hard- in order to date music god, she needs to be queen of trot. “You’re no the one waiting for me, I am the one waiting for you. You gum patch.” They smile.

          PN’s CD has come out. TS is now her manger/boyfriend, husband? PN is expecting.

          GW and CH shop for food at the market. He is still as strange as ever but the two appear really friendly. GW thanks CH for helping him shop. CH says I will meet you in Shine star.

          Byul and MS see on news that JH has returned, successfully debuting in the US market.

          CH sees SI. SI asks if CH has been doing well. Says she didn’t like CH and truthfully, still doesn’t like her that much. However, she is truly sorry for what she did. Can CH also forgive Yang. SI says she will start from the beginning again, work hard to become CH’s rival. CH says she will wait. They both with each other hwaiting.

          JH has come to GW’s office and GW asks him to go someplace with him.

          Byul and CH play the story telling relay game again and it is a happy ending. Byul adds, the ahjusshi who went to US came back home again! CH’s face turns serious. To herself in bathroom, she says Jang Joon Hyun, how could you not call for a year.

          Loan sharks and coach are helping serving the food to homeless. CM asks coach if coach met her old first love yet. She says no. He asks will she soon. Coach says, maybe, depending on what CM does.

          CH says to herself—and Jang Joon Hyun returns. Right then, JH comes and back hugs here. I’m back, he whispers. CH turns back. She smiles to see him. JH does the same. He cups her face. Happy. GW and Byul are outside the room, smiling. He leaves with a smile and cool wave. Byul says and like this Dad, Byul, Ahjusshi, and Byul all lived happily ever after.

          The end. Credits roll. We see CH and JH sing trot together.

          August 12, 2014
          • FK #

            Aww ❤ an amazing ending! Thanks for the recaps!

            August 12, 2014
    • Dora #

      Oh, I figured there must have been something wrong. Thank you for posting it instead, Softy 🙂

      August 12, 2014
      • The live recap is still Joonni’s work so I’m just glad everyone can enjoy the finale this way. 🙂

        August 12, 2014
        • Dora #

          Thank you both 🙂

          August 12, 2014
        • Kandiboo #

          thanks Joonni and Softy!! 🙂 I was wondering what happened 😛
          now finally you can rest on Monday and Tuesdays!

          August 12, 2014
          • Dora #

            Joonni, it was a pleasure to have read all your recaps, I loved the ones you did on Heirs and these ones have been just as enjoyable. Hope to be able to read more of them for any other shows in the future but now rest first 🙂

            August 12, 2014
            • joonni #

              Craving sleep~

              August 12, 2014
          • *pretend I’m whispering* Actually Joonni said she might recap Three Musketeers if it’s good and wasn’t certain yet, but I sure was excited to hear she might. 🙂

            August 12, 2014
          • joonni #

            yay!

            August 12, 2014
  12. FK #

    thanks!!! 🙂

    August 12, 2014
  13. Zaabu #

    Thanks so much Joonni and Softy

    August 12, 2014
  14. Dora #

    Am so glad to see that SI has turned herself in and accepted responsibility for her actions, I was worried the show would somehow ruin it. But, still, I was hoping for more happiness for our OTP, not just the final minutes as it seems. They really should have dealt with this issue before.

    August 12, 2014
  15. It is 8:30PM here Jooni, I am waiting for your live recap.
    I am so excited!

    August 12, 2014
    • Dora #

      Softy is posting it above, just look up the comments.

      August 12, 2014
  16. Corn #

    How are they gonna finish the ending man omg

    August 12, 2014
  17. I see and read our post a bit late. thank you so much…to Jooni and softy.
    This is what you can call excellent service. giving your best come what may.

    August 12, 2014
    • joonni #

      We try our best to feed the addiction!

      August 12, 2014
  18. Dora #

    I guess we really got just a few minutes at the end and something at the beginning. Ah well, at least he did the “I’m back” thing again, I am just a sucker for his backhugs 🙂 I was still hoping for a wedding instead 😦

    August 12, 2014
  19. Joonni said she will keep trying to access her blog and give you updates on her progress on twitter. If she continues to have technical problems, she will send me her final comments and I will post them here so everyone keep checking here please. 🙂

    August 12, 2014
    • Dora #

      Thanks for the heads up, Softy, hope the technical issues are resolved soon 🙂

      August 12, 2014
      • Poor Joonni is frantic with worry about how to update her finale post and considering all options about where to post the updated scenes. Keep your fingers crossed she can finally access her site. 🙂

        August 12, 2014
  20. joonni #

    My blog is working for me again!!!! Here is the proper post now https://joonni.com/2014/08/12/live-recap-trot-lovers-episode-16/

    August 12, 2014

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