I think I’ve turned into a crybaby. I cried through the entire last two episodes of 49 Days (like, who didn’t?), and now I’ve cried through the entire episode of Lie to Me. Except this time it was all tears of happiness. Episode 16 was all about connection – the connection of the viewer to the central love story, and the connection of Ah Jung and Ki Joon to each other. I wish I could write a recap without any plot, because LTM’s plot is really that terrible and constantly obscures what is truly exquisite about this drama. It’s about the connection between me (the viewer) and the sensation of falling in love (with the drama love story).
Love cannot and need not be justified. Love need only be understood to the person in love. It’s not a validation of quality (or lack thereof) that I love LTM. It’s simply because watching Ki Joon and Ah Jung, I was swept away. We have traveled 16 episodes, countless hours, days, weeks, and months, with Ah Jung and Ki Joon, and today we walk to the end of the journey with them. While it is the end for us voyeurs peeking into their world, it’s only the beginning for them, as a relationship predicated on a lie ends on an upcoming marriage based on genuine thought and sincerity.
Episode 16 Baby Recap:
Ah Jung tells Ki Joon that the reality of marrying a rich and prominent man like him is something she doesn’t think she is up to the task. Ki Joon asks if she loves him, and she says that she loves him so much that she can’t fathom living in a world without him. But she’s frightened of a discussion of marriage [right now]. She asks for some time, to find what she lost. Ki Joon completely understands, and gives her the room she needs to find herself again. He tells her that he will wait for her, even though he hates waiting, for her he will do it.
Ah Jung gets transferred to Jeju and Ki Joon sends her off at the airport. He gives her a watch to speed time along, and then pulls her in for a kiss farewell. She snaps a picture of them together before she departs. A month passes and both are busy at work, writing emails that Ah Jung thinks are just like love letters. Aunt asks why Ki Joon isn’t married yet, and tells him that she’s waiting and will make time for it. So Ran finds out she’s pregnant but this time Jae Bum left her after they had another fight. Ki Joon visits Ah Jung in Jeju. They want to spend more time together but both have to head to meetings. Ki Joon sees Jae Bum at the hotel and lets Ah Jung know.
Ah Jung lures So Ran to Jeju and gets the two bickering old-married couple to reconcile. The four of them go on a couple date. When Ki Joon drops Ah Jung off at her apartment he makes every excuse to go inside and then claim that he can’t leave. They hang out and talk and are generally the sweetest couple in the entire planet. No boating though. Ah Jung gets a call from Dad that he and Ae Kyung are finally making it official. Ki Joon makes breakfast for Ah Jung the next morning, asking if she’ll marry him if he makes her breakfast every morning?
Ki Joon gives Ah Jung the necklace again before he leaves, asking that she come to Seoul on her day off and meet his Aunt. If she wears the necklace, that is her answer that she will marry him. Ah Jung is at work at the museum and a display goes missing. She’s frantically looking for it and misses her appointment to meet Ki Joon and Aunt. She finally finds it, and cries that “I found it.” Methinks Jungie found more than a missing vase.
Aunt is pissed Ah Jung stood her up, and Ki Joon is very upset as well. He gets Ah Jung to meet him at the airport in Jeju to hear her explain what happened. Ah Jung doesn’t explain, she just hands the necklace case with a note (but no necklace) inside it. She hands it to Ki Joon and tells him that this is her answer. Ki Joon is upset and doesn’t end up opening the box until much later when Park Hoon accidently opens it and finds the note.
Ah Jung’s note tells Ki Joon that she’s sorry she missed the appointment, but she actually found what she lost that day. Now she can run to Ki Joon. She thanks him for waiting for her, and tells him that she loves him. Ah Jung gets a box from Ki Joon containing all the items that commemorate the memories they have together: tomato juice, coke, a rubber duckie (for the duck boats), money for the hospital bill. She cries and wonders why Ki Joon hasn’t called her after getting her note?
Ki Joon runs to Jeju and finds Ah Jung on the hillside overlooking the sea. She’s wearing the necklace. He asks her if he’s too late, apologizing for not knowing how she felt. She apologizes for making him wait even though she loves him so so much. Ki Joon counters that he loves her more. Major kissing ensues. Ki Joon vows to stay by her side forever, Ah Jung makes him remember that promise.
Ah Jung tells So Ran that she is getting married but So Ran doesn’t believe her. Hahaha, so cute. Ah Jung says this time it’s for real, but So Ran refuses to fall for it again. Ah Jung says it’s for real, they are getting married right away. Ah Jung narrates that from a lie a real love blossomed. Ki Joon narrates that they both changed, and discovered that honesty and sincerity is what love is.