Lie to Me Episode 16 Recap

If Lie to Me the drama was akin to a lie, promising something that didn’t exist (the normative good script and good execution requirements), then the process of watching LTM transformed the viewers into living the lie within the drama that turned out to house something unexpectedly real. Ki Joon and Ah Jung discovered that a lie allowed them to find each other, a true love blossoming from something untrue. We similarly all discovered a candid truth about LTM – however ephemeral or lacking the drama was, the undeniable truth was that Ki Joon and Ah Jung’s love felt real to us, and the chemistry between Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye was so genuine it might never be duplicated again.

As for the final episode of Lie to Me? It was simply DAEBAK. It was daebak not because it was some sort of well-written, well-reasoned narrative masterpiece. It was daebak because it understood the love story between Ah Jung and Ki Joon and brought them to a tender, sweeping, and wholly satisfying conclusion. The story wrapped up starting with a montage of moments that literally had me bawling like a baby I was so moved because I felt it in my gut that I took this journey with Ki Joon and Ah Jung (and this drama with Ji Hwan and Eun Hye).

The experience of watching and recapping Lie to Me led to me hosting my third consecutive drama party at the playground (the first being Playful Kiss and the second M3). I can’t tell you LTM-fans that this has been the wildest drama-viewing party I’ve ever hosted (it might, but PK and M3 was likely just as passionate and rowdy), but you guys have undoubtedly created your own unique and never-to-be duplicated running commentary and appreciation for this drama that was so very mesmerizing to us who loved it.

Better (and worse) dramas come and go, but an unforgettable experience is an once in a blue moon occurrence that we should all cherish for the love, laughter, and tears it brought to us all who enjoyed this drama. LTM was like that rare solar eclipse that united us all in gazing at the wonder that was the undeniable and scorching chemistry between Ji Hwan and Eun Hye. Will they ever pair up again? Only time will tell. But we will always have this drama to re-watch over and over again. ‘Nuff said, let’s get to the recap!

Episode 16 Recap:

Ah Jung’s not turning down Ki Joon’s proposal for good, nor is she unwilling to marry him. The reality of marrying Hyun Ki Joon 5-Item Set + World Hotel President is just too daunting for her to process, and she’s unsure of what’s going to happen. Ki Joon asks why she’s suddenly thinking this way, doesn’t she love him, to which Ah Jung replies that she loves him. She loves him so much that it’s inconceivable for her to imagine living in a world without him.

The discussion about marriage is making her confused, she doesn’t know if she’s got what it takes to get married right now. She feels like she’s missing something important, and she asks Ki Joon for some time to find it. Ki Joon understands her concerns, and agrees to do as she asks. He concedes he might be rushing things between them. He reminds her not to make him wait too long. Even though he hates waiting, he’ll do it for only for Gong Ah Jung.

I feel like I had the exact same conversation Ah Jung is having with Ki Joon before. So don’t say this is some sort of dramatic contrivance, because it’s not. My situation may not be universal, but I can tell you that this exact conversation happens to countless couples around the world. Since the lie started (no, since Ah Jung lost Jae Bum), she’s been missing her pride. She buried in work, but her self-esteem is pretty shot on a personal level. She needs to find the real Gong Ah Jung – the spunky, capable, and sassy girl she was, before she ought to even consider marrying Ki Joon.

Ah Jung asks for and gets a transfer to Jeju. She leaves for the island with Ki Joon reluctantly sending her off at the airport. He hands her a box which contains a watch, his gift to speed up time. Omo, what a sweet and poignant gift. He reaches out his hand to shake hers, but really it was to pull her in for a kiss. I have a sneaking suspicion that Hyun Ki Joon The Kissing Bandit is back in full force for this episode. SQUEEE. He tells her to call often and not over think things. Just let her mind be clear.

Ah Jung asks to take a selca picture of them together before she leaves. Ki Joon smiles wistfully as he watches her depart. This time it’s Ah Jung who turns around to wave one more time before walking through customs.

We see Ah Jung driving in Jeju, her voiceover tells us that it’s been a month now since she left and it’s been a month since she’s seen Ki Joon. She exchanges emails with Ki Joon every day, the emails like love letters between them. Initially it felt foreign, but she’s settled in just fine and now Jeju feels like home.

Ah Jung asks Ki Joon how he’s doing, and Ki Joon says he’s had a hard time since he hasn’t seen her in a month. She won’t let him visit and doesn’t allow that many calls between them. He warns her to be prepared for what he’s going to do when he does see her.

Ah Jung works at the museum at Jeju. She tells her colleague that she’s been there for a month and she still doesn’t know the entire museum. Her colleague says he’s been there ten years and doesn’t know it all either. In fact, he’s been married twenty years and still doesn’t know everything in his wife’s mind.

Aunt sits down with Ki Joon and asks when he’s planning to get married. Rumors are flying that he got married and got divorced already. She asks what Ki Joon sees in Ah Jung, to which he smiles and says that she’s pretty. I love his flip answer. Ki Joon promises to get married soon. He asks if she has time at the end of the month, he’ll bring Ah Jung to meet her and set a date. Aunt promises to make time for him.

Ki Joon calls Ah Jung and tells her that he can’t visit this weekend. Ki Joon asks why she hasn’t been emailing or calling that often. Ah Jung says she’s been busy. They end the call because Ki Joon gets called away for a matter, but he promises to call her back later.

So Ran finds out from the OB/GYN that she’s expecting, but when she comes home to break the good news to Jae Bum, she finds he’s left her with a note saying that he can’t stand it anymore. So Ran tears up the note and yells at Jae Bum for being a bad guy, knocking her up and taking off.

Ah Jung is laying on her bed practicing her English for work. She switches to writing in her diary, where we see she’s taped a picture of her and Ki Joon inside. Ah Jung wonders what to call the upcoming museum exhibit, settling on Island, Earth, and Cup of Memories. So Ran calls to let her know that Jae Bum left her and that she’s pregnant.

Ah Jung emails Ki Joon saying that So Ran is pregnant and Jae Bum left her. Ah Jung can’t understand marriage and this further confirms that she’s not ready for it. Park Hoon delivers to Ki Joon a matter for him to handle on Jeju. Ki Joon decides on a battle plan.

Ah Jung leaves work and walks outside to find Lee Jin Soo Hyun Ki Joon waiting for her (seriously, what’s with Jin Soo randomly popping up in LTM – bad, you get back to Coffee House and stay there). They head to the beach to catch up. Ki Joon asks if Ah Jung feels awkward seeing him since they’ve been apart for some time. Ah Jung confesses it is a little awkward. He compliments her on looking good, but bemoans his dark circles under his eyes. He’s totally turned into Gong Ah Jung’s fan. Ah Jung says he looks even more handsome, wondering if he’s got another woman.

Ki Joon confesses that he used work as an excuse to come see her. Ah Jung thinks Ki Joon is very busy, but he says he’s not busy at all. He’ll get his work done quickly so he can spend the rest of the time playing with Ah Jung. She teases him that she’s really busy. Ki Joon gets a call about his meeting, and he requests the person meet him at the resort.

She tells him to go to his meeting. He tells Ah Jung that he will be staying at the same resort they stayed in last time. Ah Jung says they didn’t stay there together since they had separate rooms. Ki Joon teases that she must be regretting that now. He takes Ah Jung back.

Turns out Jae Bum is also at the resort, oogling bikini-clad ladies by the pool and feeling fancy free about getting his freedom back. Ki Joon sees him and remembers Ah Jung writing to him about Jae Bum leaving pregnant So Ran behind. So Ran calls Ah Jung because she found out Jae Bum is at Jeju. So Ran heads to Jeju and meets with Ah Jung first, then heads to the hotel to find her errant husband.

She sees Jae Bum in the lobby hanging around some hoochies. She calls him Yobo and stakes her claim. Jae Bum claims he took off because he was stressed living with So Ran, with her nagging and bad temper. She tells him that she’ll have to raise “it” alone then. Jae Bum guesses that she’s pregnant, and is actually thrilled at becoming a dad. Mmmm, ooookay, you two are the weirdest written characters ever! Ki Joon comes by and congratulates them on their good news. He asks them for a favor.

Ah Jung leaves work to find Ki Joon leaning against her car waiting for her. Jae Bum and So Ran pop up, and the four of them go out on a double date. At the restaurant, Jae Bum and So Ran feed each other and are loveydovey. Ki Joon looks at Ah Jung with a wanting expression but she just drinks her soju and doesn’t meet his gaze.

They walk down to the pier and take pictures along the way. So Ran puts Ah Jung and Ki Joon together and Jae Bum snaps come truly adorable couple shots of them. They go shopping and Ki Joon holds Ah Jung’s hand the entire time. He wants to buy her more stuff but she shows him the bags of stuff he already bought her.

At dinner, Jae Bum orders juice for So Ran and takes care of her. Ah Jung asks if they are happy now, and asks why they fight and make up? So Ran says that is what a marriage is about – fighting is passion, making up is love (true for the most part, just not the cheating and running away all the time part, at least not in most normal marriages). Ki Joon notes that he wants to know what it’s like being married, too. Jae Bum thinks Ah Jung is the one dragging her feet. So Ran doesn’t feel well so they take off, leaving Ah Jung and Ki Joon alone.

Ki Joon watches Jae Bum and So Ran walk away, murmuring that they seem happy together. Ah Jung is envious. Ki Joon asks if she’s really envious, but Ah Jung says that she’s just happy that So Ran and Jae Bum are making it work. Ki Joon mumbles under his breath that his plan worked! He pulls Ah Jung up and says he’ll take her home.

They walk hand-in-hand back to Ah Jung’s place. Ah Jung says she’s home and tells Ki Joon to go now. Ki Joon uses a bunch of excuses for why he needs to go inside, ranging from he doesn’t know the way back to just give him a cup of coffee to he doesn’t feel well. Just let the man inside, Ah Jung! Ki Joon asks to just sleep together holding her hand, and Ah Jung says no.

Ji Hwan Ki Joon says “you don’t trust oppa? Shit, Ki Joon pulled the oppa card again. I dies. Are you insane, Ki Joon, you two could never just hold hands when a bed is around? That is against the laws of nature. I wouldn’t trust you if I were Ah Jung either.

Ki Joon just drags her inside the apartment regardless. He barrels inside and starts checking out the place. He looks inside the fridge and wonders why she has soju when she lives alone? She wants to know why he’s checking out her place, is he acting like the World Hotel President now? He says if he is, then she’d be fired.

He checks the bed and finds a stray hair, which he says is evidence a guy has been by. Ah Jung points out the hair is long and clearly belongs to her. Ki Joon grabs Ah Jung’s diary which is laying on the bed and flips it open, wanting to see what she wrote about him.

Ah Jung jumps on top of Ki Joon to grab it back, in the process pushing him down on the bed with herself laying on top of him. Rawr. They look at each other, but Ah Jung doesn’t forget to grab her diary back. He asks if she wrote bad things in it about it. She teases that she wrote Ki Joon is ugly and silly and she doesn’t miss him one iota.

Ki Joon is about to lean in and kiss Ah Jung when the phone rings. I KILL YOU PHONE.

It’s a work call that quickly ends, but the moment has passed. Ki Joon gives Ah Jung a sizzling look and tells her to get over here. But she runs off to grabs something to eat. He yells at her that they just ate, is she a pig? He chases after her. Argh, Jungie, you are killing Ki Joon (and me!).

Ah Jung comes back with food to find Ki Joon sitting on her bed and reading her diary. She tries to grab it back, telling him that he can’t read it. They are tussling for the diary when the phone rings. Dad and Ae Kyung have decided to officially marry and wonder how to tell Ah Jung. Dad calls Ah Jung and they beat around the bush about his marriage to Ae Kyung. Ah Jung says “just get married” a few times so Ki Joon thinks she’s talking about agreeing to marry him. He hilariously gets all happy and starts pointing to himself.

Finally Ah Jung says that even if she’s opposed to the marriage, her dad should just be a man and get married. This causes Ki Joon’s face to fall and he plops face down on the bed in disappointment. Ah Jung hangs up the phone and pokes Ki Joon a few times. Omo, she even pokes him in the butt. You naughty little minx, Ah Jung. She asks if Ki Joon isn’t going to eat the food she made? Ki Joon mopes that even Ah Jung’s DAD is getting married before him. When he is ever going to get married?

Ah Jung changes the subject and asks Ki Joon if he read her diary? Ki Joon is unapologetic and asks Ah Jung why there are days with stars drawn on them. Ah Jung confesses that it’s a day only women need to know. Ki Joon, you bad bad boy, smirks and says that today’s date doesn’t have any star on it. My god, Ki Joon’s expression is so naughty. But seriously? Just tup her right there, dude. Oh, and this is the same look Ki Joon was shooting at Ah Jung in episode 13 where they flirted across her office table.

Ah Jung and Ki Joon sit on the bed and drink beer. Ki Joon plops down with his head on her lap. He says this place is more comfortable. She tells him to get up, and he says no. She says his head is heavy, and he says it’s because it’s filled with Gong Ah Jung.

She asks if he’s really going to stay here tonight? If so, she’s going to need to buy a toothbrush for him before the store closes. Ki Joon says he was planning to share hers. He just wanted to hold her hand and sleep tonight like that. Ki Joon asks if she wanted to kiss him? Ki Joon wonders if he should just stay here and not go back to Seoul? Just living like this would be so easy on them. Ah Jung tells him to stop being silly.

Ki Joon pouts and asks Ah Jung if she isn’t suddenly disliking him now? Awwww, give the poor boy some affection, Ah Jung! Ah Jung gets shy and then leans down and gently kisses Ki Joon on the lips.

He smiles with his eyes closes. Ah Jung says “how can I dislike you, I like you”, to which Ki Joon lets out a joking sigh of relief since he was worried every day that she rejected his proposal because she didn’t like him. Ki Joon asks if Ah Jung still hasn’t found what she lost? What if it’s in her pocket? Ki Joon tries to search in Ah Jung’s pocket. They tussle on the bed. Ki Joon tickles Ah Jung and then Ah Jung ends up on top of Ki Joon and smacking him on the head. Poor Ki Joon keeps yelling “andwe, andwe” (no, no).

The next morning Ah Jung is still sleeping in bed when Ki Joon comes in with her breakfast prepared. He wakes her up and tells her to eat her breakfast because she needs to go to work. Ah Jung sleepyhead wants to sleep for another 5 minutes but Ki Joon drags her ass up.

He presents her with the breakfast he prepared and happily starts eating. Ki Joon promises to make breakfast for Ah Jung every day after they are married, but she teases that he’s too busy to do this. Ki Joon teases her, asking if she’ll marry him if he agrees to make her breakfast every day from now on? She tells him to use this tactic on another woman.

Ki Joon drops Ah Jung off at work. She hurries inside but he calls her back because they didn’t properly say goodbye, especially after he came all the way to drop her off. He leans out the window, and while she’s embarrassed, she nevertheless leans in and kisses him quickly on the lips. Her colleague sees this and looks away smiling.

Ki Joon and Ah Jung are both working. Ah Jung gets approached by a foreigner asking to get a tour guide who speaks English. The guy is totally picking up on wuri Jungie. Bad man, go away. Ah Jung turns him down and tells him to use the recorded tour tape to guide him. Her colleague comes up and asks Ah Jung to give a personal tour to someone. Of course it’s wuri Ki Joon.

Ah Jung and Ki Joon walk through the museum, with her explaining the exhibits and him asking questions. Ki Joon sees a banner for the upcoming exhibit titled Island, Earth, and the Cup of Memories. He asks what the meaning of the title is. She says it’s about finding out lost memories. Ki Joon says that love is also like that, one needs to find back the memories of love.

Ki Joon thanks her for giving him a good idea. He asks again whether she found what she lost, especially since she’s taking so long. Ki Joon grabs her arm and tells her that he’ll write down a hint for her on her arm since it’s too hard for her to remember it. Ah Jung protests and giggles from the tickle of the pen. Ki Joon writes: time has no end and leaves no trace, space is infinite and leaves no mark.

At the hotel, Ki Joon tells Ah Jung that he has to head back to Seoul now that he’s taken care of work on Jeju. He wonders when he’ll see her again? Ki Joon asks Ah Jung to come to Seoul on her day off so that they can have dinner with Aunt. He hands Ah Jung the necklace again. Ki Joon’s rejected heart has been inside that box for the past month and it’s feeling mighty suffocating inside.

Ah Jung confesses again that she doesn’t think she’s ready yet. He asks her to wear the necklace to dinner, which will reveal that she’s accepted his proposal. He knows she’s not ready yet, which is why he gave her time. But if she wears his necklace that means she’s ready now. He tells her that she can decide not to come, but he still hopes that she will.

At the airport, Ki Joon is about to board his flight and he looks around for Ah Jung. She’s hiding behind a column and calls him. She apologizes for not having the courage to see him face-to-face, but she wants to know what might happen if she doesn’t go meet Aunt.

Ki Joon says that she has to come because he already told Aunt, and if she doesn’t come he will be really upset this time. Ah Jung agrees to think about it. Ki Joon buys a present for his future mother-in-law. Ah Jung sits in her room and looks at the necklace, remember Ki Joon’s request that she come to Seoul. She writes down the date of the meeting in her diary.

On the day of the meeting, Ah Jung is at work when a problem arises when one of the display pieces goes missing. Ah Jung frantically searches the entire museum for it. Ki Joon and Aunt wait for Ah Jung, who ends up calling late to tell Ki Joon that an emergency came up and she couldn’t make her plane. She doesn’t have the time to properly explain to Ki Joon right now, but asks him to apologize to Aunt. Aunt leaves upset, and Ki Joon looks stunned.

Ah Jung finally locates the missing piece inside another display where it had been misplaced. She starts to cry, finally breaking down and saying “I found it.” Her colleague remarks that Ah Jung doesn’t appear to be simply talking about finding the missing artifact. He asks if she was looking for something else as well? Ah Jung cries and says yes.

Ah Jung goes home but doesn’t end up calling Ki Joon to explain because she remembered him saying that he would be upset if she missed the meeting. Ki Joon hands a box for Park Hoon to mail to Ah Jung. He then calls Ah Jung and asks her to meet him at the Jeju airport since he’s headed there for a meeting and wants to hear her explain in person.

Ah Jung writes a note and puts it in the necklace case, sans the necklace itself. At the airport, Ki Joon asks Ah Jung if she didn’t come because she didn’t want to, or because she wanted to but couldn’t? Ah Jung apologizes and hands him the necklace case, telling him that this is her answer.

Back at home, Ah Jung looks at the necklace and wonders why Ki Joon hasn’t called since she gave him an answer already. Ki Joon sits in his office and looks at the necklace case. He’s about to open it when Aunt calls. Aunt asks if he went to Jeju and saw Ah Jung, asking further if she’s not willing to marry Ki Joon. He says he’ll explain later. He puts the necklace case in the drawer without opening it because he’s still upset.

Ki Joon is meeting with Park Hoon in his office when Hoon gets up to grab a seal from Ki Joon’s desk. Hoon opens the case and sees the note, asking Ki Joon what the note is about? Ki Joon runs to his desk and opens the case to find the note in question. He opens the note and reads Ah Jung’s answer to him.

Ah Jung writes: To my beloved Ki Joon, she knows he’s mad that she didn’t go meet his Aunt that day. But on that day, she found what she had lost. Just like that words Ki Joon wrote on her arm about time and space being infinite and leaving no mark, she and Ki Joon are born into the same time period. So they met and fell in love, and she finally understands how special that is. The memories that she lost for a period of time, she’s found it again. Now she can finally run towards Ki Joon. She thanks him for waiting, and tells him that she loves him.

Ki Joon’s eyes start to redden as he reads the note. He takes off without even explaining anything to Park Hoon. Ki Joon races to the airport to fly to Jeju. Ah Jung sits in her apartment to have breakfast. She’s wearing the necklace, and grumbling about why Ki Joon still hasn’t called. She chides him for not keeping his promise that he would make her breakfast every single day.

The doorbell rings and it’s a package for Ah Jung. She opens the box to find it contains a collection of items that mark many of the significant moments and memories between Ah Jung and Ki Joon. And here I start to cry. Big gulping sobs of happiness.

She takes out the bottle of coke.

There is a rubber ducky for the duck boats they rode together.

Next comes the tomato juice.

An envelope containing the exact amount of money Ah Jung paid back to Ki Joon for the hospital bill.

Their lucky pen.

A miniature statute of the giant Jeju statues behind them when they laid on the grass.

An ice-cream cone for when he shoved ice-cream in her face.

Tickets for the traditional music performance he bought wholesale to support her.

A newspaper article of Ki Joon’s public declaration of love for Ah Jung

Ah Jung cries through this walk down memory lane. She remembers that she was the one who gave him the idea to send such a care package. Suddenly her phone rings and it’s Ki Joon.

We see Ki Joon sprinting on the cliffs of Jeju, the camera cutting away to Ah Jung running towards him. They embrace and just soak up the feeling of each other. Ki Joon asks Ah Jung if he’s too late? Ah Jung cries and chides him for calling so late. Ki Joon apologizes for not knowing what was in her heart. Ah Jung apologizes once again for making him wait. She loves him so much. Ki Joon replies that it is he who loves her even more.

*No recap is necessary from this point. Call me when they come up for air, okay?*

After kissing, more kissing, and even more kissing, our OTP break apart. Ki Joon tells Ah Jung that he’s not going to be apart from her for even a day from now on. Ah Jung says that she feels the same way, so Ki Joon has to make it so she can’t move.

Ki Joon leans in for one more kiss (for the road, or at least until they find a room). Ki Joon and Ah Jung embrace as they look out towards the sea. Ah Jung voiceovers to So Ran that she’s getting married soon. So Ran doesn’t believe her, she thinks Ah Jung is lying again. Ah Jung says no, she really is getting married this Fall.

Ah Jung narrates: Love is like a lie that came towards me, and then this lie became love

Ki Joon narrates: And we changed, learning that sometimes in a lie is hidden a truth that is more passionate than fact.

Thoughts of Mine:

There are dramas so well-constructed that the story lingers with you long after the drama has ended. We remember this overarching narrative that delivered awe or angst, an appreciation stemming from qualitative quality. But there are also dramas that make you feel, reaches somewhere inside of you and burrows itself inside your heart. Sometimes both are complementary, but mostly it’s one or the other. With respect to LTM, the schism between the former and the latter is one of the most extreme I’ve seen happen in drama watching.

You either loved this drama (inspite of its fault) or you loathed it (unable to accept its strengths). I have seen better dramas that never rise to the affection so many fans had for LTM, and there are conversely many way worse dramas than LTM that never get eviscerated with such sharp knives of mockery and condescension. I was thrilled that folks kept it civil here, and more importantly, found a happy place to share their love for LTM. While I can’t ask people who dislike LTM to try seeing the other side of why folks rabidly love it (and could care less if they did), having a community of fans sharing the watching experience does enhance it considerably.

I’m so glad I readjusted my expectations on what to expect for the ending of Lie to Me. I know folks have clamored for a Secret Garden fanservice type ending, but 16-episode K-dramas rarely end up a surfeit of happily-ever-after scenes. The ending of LTM was lovely. A simple and honest moment of tenderness and love between two people that bespoke a future built on solid foundation that was initially premised on a shaky lie. I don’t need boating, wedding finery, or babies to confirm that Ah Jung and Ki Joon got their forever after. Oh, of course I would love to see that, but this ending has the hallmarks of the second writer all over it.

LTM ended on wildly romantic reunion and kiss on the cliffs of Jeju that nevertheless felt so down-to-earth. It ended on a promise and a decision. Yes, Ki Joon and Ah Jung never did resolve much of Ah Jung’s concerns about marrying Ki Joon, but what happened was that Ah Jung took the time she needed to find herself. Do you know what Ah Jung found? In addition to her memories about falling in love with Ki Joon, Ah Jung also found her pride, her faith in her own ability, and her purpose in life.

Armed with those things, Ah Jung was able to make the decision that she wanted to marry Ki Joon, because she had faith in herself that she could be Mrs. Hyun Ki Joon and weather any and all situations that should arise in the future. Because she realized how special their love was: a love that was built on so many shared memories between them from the good to the bad.

Episode 16 wasn’t about tying up loose ends with everyone sitting down to have long talks about career, marriage, how to balance between a chaebol wife and a civil servant. Episode 16 was about Ki Joon learning to be patient and fighting for his love, and Ah Jung finding herself until she was certain that she could choose to be with Ki Joon and face whatever issues being his wife would entail.

While I don’t necessarily think Ah Jung definitely found herself in the end, what she did find was that she wasn’t afraid anymore about starting a future with Ki Joon because of how much they loved each other. That was the purpose of an entire episode spent with our beloved OTP. No one knows how married life will unfurl, but with love and understanding, our couple can weather the odds because they have each other.

Episode 16 put a definitely happy conclusion on the love story of Ah Jung and Ki Joon, taking a couple who got involved based on a lie and allowed them to discover how to stay connected through the truth. I loved this final episode, not because it was so darn well-written and wrapped everything up with a bow. But because it was meaningful to see our OTP take that final step together in pondering how to make a lifetime together when there is nothing standing in the way except for themselves.

In my decades of drama-watching experience spanning countries and genres, I have never before seen the type of raw, undeniable, and powerful chemistry between two leads as between Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye. Well, okay, there was something very similar, a movie called Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Did I just compared HwanHye’s chemistry to Brangelina? Yes, I did.

Yes, I hope they do another project together. This type of chemistry can’t be manufactured or forced between any two actors, and it truly stunned me into submission with its undeniable connection onscreen. While rare in K-ent (and much more common in TW and Japanese dramas), but onscreen couples have reunited before. Let’s hope Ji Hwan and Eun Hye have another opportunity to collaborate, next time gift with a stellar script. Nevertheless, I loved LTM as is, warts and all, wasted opportunities and missed chances to do better, because Ji Hwan and Eun Hye did their best, and I felt every emotion from them.

It has been an indescribable ride watching, recapping, and discussing LTM here at the playground with everyone. For those of you who left a comment (or a hundred comments) in any of the posts, I thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me, whether about my writing or about the drama itself. It’s been a pleasure Captaining the good ship Lie to Me, which weathered storms and placid waters, taking pot-shots from all corners, but nevertheless reaching port and safely depositing all its passengers, namely us the viewers.

Always stay true to yourself, and your tastes in entertainment. Good or bad, acknowledge what works and what doesn’t, but ultimately find validation and meaning in things that make you happy. Lie to Me made me crazily happy for pretty much 8 straight weeks, and for that, I bid a fond farewell to the big drama that everyone expected so much of, which turned out to be just a little drama that brought joy and love to a slice of viewers the world over.

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Lie to Me Episode 16 Recap — 527 Comments

  1. “In this endless time, there are no traces. In this infinite space, there are no trails.”
    In that endless time, we are born in the same age.
    In that infinite space to be able to meet and become one with you,
    the FATE is really AMAZING.
    and the MIRACLE is really BEAUTIFUL. -AJ ( for KJ)

  2. Just done watching LTM subbed…hillarious. missing em already… im doing reruns again this weekend…cant get enuf of em…Now im reckless what will my mondays & tues be like from now on :(

  3. farewell Brangelina of South Korea.

    ah, ani. Brangelina has more skinship and torrid kissing scenes and bed scenes. wuri HwanHye is much subtle but has the same intensity. I say HwanHye is better.

    I agree that chemistry between actors are hard to find and can’t be forced, scripted nor directed. HwanHye has it, why don’t K-ent abuse it? hehehe…maybe something “fruitful” will come out after a second project together. awwwww…the hopeless romantic in me.

    to Koala, i’ve been searching for blogs other than yours…but i keep on wondering why this playground has kept me glued from the very first word up to the last word of your recap. Was it because your writing has touched me more than the first scriptwriter of LTM? was it because you clearly makes your point and hits me bullseyed? Are you an english teacher? or a script or a novel writer or a journalist?

    i’ve watched a total of 27 tv dramas from korea, japan, thai & taiwan (aside from the lousy dramas i’ve watched from my home country). This is the very first time that I participated in a blog. I’m really glad I found yours and i’m looking forward in reading more of your future drama reviews.


      • @julieng: i’ve never, ever, ever participated in any forums before, ESPECIALLY if the topic is TV Drama. Except of course when I had the Film Appreciation subject during my university days and when I used to help my sister during film reviews for her previous weekly publications. Those were AGES ago. we are now here in Dubai. My circle of friends here likes watching TV drama from our country (which are all crap for me, really! no exemptions), my sister only likes tv drama and movies from hollywood :-( and at the my age, I REALLY-really LOOK WEIRD when i blush and giggle like a teen in front of my laptop.

        Ever since I followed LTM series and Koalas’ Playground and was caught several times by my flatmates, I am now said to be a weirdo, no one’s taking me seriously this time, I got laughed at and my reputation of having a decent standard for arts & entertainment for them became low … but….

        I LOVEEE ITTT!!! the hell with them. hehehe. as long as it’s for Eun Hye & Ji Hwan & koala, i would love it.

  4. i also loved their ‘bedroom scene’…i had hoped for some boating but was very satisfied with their pure interaction. they were just soooo cute and i was grinning from ear to ear.

    KJH is also the BEST kisser! i love how he aggressively pulls YEH towards him during the deep, passionate kisses. i don’t think he did that with the previous actresses?? =) YEH had always reciprocated kisses quite well, in Goong and Coffee Prince.

  5. HOW MANY times has sisters watch the drama? I can’t help looking at it again,l want to get the ice cream cd and the drama dvd..and also picture book if thers is……………..

  6. Such a perfect finale for our OTP’s love story… I really felt that this is a real life love story and not just an illusion… thank you so much for your hardwork recapping this show and for your genius thoughts… I love EYH since PH days and I like KJH’s humor. They might not be the most goodlooking couple but they are sooo gorgeous on their own rights that I felt that they are suited only for each other. They have the most undebatable, undeniable, epic chemistry ever.
    I really enjoy so much camping in this playground reading your recaps, your thoughts and the exchange of thoughts of the readers and of course… the pictures of our OTP.
    Once again, Thank you Ms. Koala. Godbless.

    • sang hee was happy with how things turned out. didn’t that yj say that he looked better? (after he cleaned their studio) and he even offered to paint aj & kj.

  7. On dc said that part of the script which was cut in the final ep~!!!!

    there was going to be a scene of KJ and AJ at the 100 day celebration of their baby~!!!waaaaa
    there was aparently a 2nd vers where they were at the world hotel office and their kid is now 5 years old
    both versions had another light kiss

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh if only they could have fitted more into the episode and that would really make us more happy~!!!

    • I think some parts had to get edited out too because they lost time at Jeju Island due to a storm nearby that kept them from flying back to Headquarters (HQ). YEH said she filmed her last scene at 7am the day OF the finale. I hope they filmed it and will give it to us in extended version (or even add it for the reruns/when it shows internationally).

      • I hope they would REALLY release that cut part!! My broken heart will finally be calmed down once the producers do this!! I love, love, LOVE LTM with all my heart that I don’t want it to end anymore, haha!!
        I love the ending but it broke my heart because I want to see them as Mr. Mrs. Hyeon Ki Jun (my imagination can’t be appeased from imagining the reactions of Ah Jeong’s friends and acquaintances ^^)

        But it would be better if Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye will gret married in real life!! ♥♥♥

    • That would have been amazing to see and hopefully they add it to the Director’s cut or DVD set as a special….

      And maybe they were going to add it to the ending but they didn’t want to cut some AJ and KJ making out time…

  8. The only thing I did not really like with LTM is that the first time they told eachother they love eachother is after KJ proposed. Yes, they said they LIKE eachother before but not LOVE. And they actually told other people first that they love eachother (KJ and AJ) before telling eachother…..

    But besides that, they were adorable!!!

  9. Thanks for doing a wonderful job of recapping the entire drama, Koala. I just love your blog because of your awesome writings, as well as a feeling of fellowship from other bloggers who share their opinions, and comments some of which are so hilarious.

    By the way, anyone notice what happens to that scene when KJ and AJ were pre-schoolers or kindergarteners? When I saw that scene in one of the previews, I highly doubted that the male child is KJ as there is about 3-4 years’ age difference between him and AJ, isn’t it? I suppose there’ve been lots of editing and that’s why we never got round to seeing those cute youngsters. But I’m still wondering whether this scene contributes to the story line any form???

    Though people in Dramabeans are pretty snarky with their comments, I still visit this blog too, after readin Koala’s and Soulsrebels’, just to see how nasty people can get..But thank God, Liars of the whole world are oblivious to all the snides and continue to enjoy the series. I just love the love story of KJ and AJ, nothing can taint it and I’m sure we Liars will go on enjoying this drama second, third time round.

    • LOL, I agree that the almost all people in DramaBeans are too rude. This series is the BEST I have ever seen 😀 I am very happy to find LTM fans over here!! I love you all girls and guys!!

      Quote from you: I just love the love story of KJ and AJ, nothing can taint it and I’m sure we Liars will go on enjoying this drama second, third time round.

      You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! In fact, my sisters and I plan to watch this again ~ I just watched it last November 20 (I just knew about this soo recently). My soul won’t be satisfied if I would just watch this once!!

  10. Thanks very much for all the recaps. Got misty eyes after watching the final episode. definitely it’ll take some time to get over this drama. thanks again

    • Indeed!! I can’t believe the series has already ended in Episode 16 :( I need a part 2! WE need a part 2!!
      I’ve been giggling all by myself from November 20-November 25 by just recalling the fun parts of the episodes I watched… Lie To Me has brought soo much joy to my life (although it made me abandon my school works, hehe, but it’s OK as long as I feel happy). Lie to Me is Number One Most Must-Watch Korean Series!! period 😀

  11. Finally i watched the ending, eps 15-16 together… IT WAS GREAT! Best k-drama couple ending ever!!! I dont care about the other characters but HKJ y GAJ had an excellent finale. It was sooo real and i can totally feel her insecurities, second thoughts and doubts… sometimes love is not enough. BUT the important thing is that she found herself and as a complete person she can be with the 5-item set Hyun Ki Joon! Thanks Koala-unni for all this amazing recaps and being with throughout this journey!

  12. AREN’T THEY REALLY DATING????? looks like they are from the kiss on the last episode at JeJu Island.. wow so passionate… the kiss was more than to say passionate… You will feel the LOVE, Longing, the whatsoever, I rally love this drama coz of the two lea stars… Whoa they reall look good to each other… Well, koala thankz for everything!!!!!!!

  13. I think KJH looked extra cute in this episode specially when he was wearing casual clothes. I thought that he was so good looking in the airport with the stolen kiss, and the hotel lobby scene when he gave her the necklace. Of course the bed scenes were undeniably sweet (both evening and morning scenes).

    To all LTM haters, I feel so sorry that you couldn’t understand the feeling of just being happy watching both HKJ and GAJ and how their true love developed and become strong. You don’t know what you’re missing. Believe me. Oh well. I guess you can’t miss what you don’t know.

    Koala, thank you thank you thank you (a thousand times) and to all the LTM fanatics, enjoyed all you have written. Will miss LTM and you!

  14. KOALA ur is the best, Every Time I read the synopsis LTM I kept Laughing and Smiling and I can’t stop doing it and whether you can write a synopsis of the others in the Indonesian language

  15. the end part they could actually get a drawing of ah jung and ki june maybe witha babyshown on the screen ……drawn by shan hee ?that won’t take 3 minutes to get the whole stories perfect.

    • Hehehe! Let’s make alternative endings 😀
      (After 2 years) Ah Jeong and Ki Jun will be seen going out from the gate of their home with Ki Jun holding a bag of trash. He puts it down while Ah Jeong smilingly watches him. When they get inside, Ah Jeong will turn her back to the gate and wink…. then end 😉
      Kang Ji Hwan ♥ Yoon Eun Hye Forever!!

  16. Koala unni, thank you so much for your recaps. I normally read your recaps as a translation for raw video since I can’t wait for eng subbed vids :p. But I’ve been a bit busy with work and other stuffs this week and also I was dreading to say goodbye to LTM so I’ve only just watched the final episode with eng subs. But after squealing at the hand-shake-grab kissing scene and “don’t you believe OPPA <3 ?" line, I had to come and check your playground for full LTM experience :D. And we did squealed at the scenes 😀 !!! And the butt poking bit, I couldn't believe my eyes so I had to rewind for confirmation lol. I doubt the script would say "poke HKJ/KJW's butt" ! She must be comfortable with him to do that knowingly (i.e they are at the butt-poking level at their real relationship :p) or her unconscious attraction must have triggered her to do that !!!! I hope they either do get together and have a reality show where we can enjoy more of YEH <3 KJW or have loads and loads more of romantic dramas together :D.
    This drama was a brilliant ride, loaded with romantic squealers 😀 😀 :D. Thanks again unni :D. I have been your regular blog-visitors since 49 days, and I will continue to remain so until the foreseeable future 😀 . xxx

  17. when Jae Bom shouted “Freedom!” I suddenly remembered Cha Dae Wong from MGIAG when Mi Ho left him the first time… :)

  18. Thanks Koala for sharing your thoughts and views regarding LTM. I truly appreciate it and forever thankful for being fair. Even if LTM had been poorly judged by others, you never give up and continue to give us high hopes about the show. As a regular here in your playground thank you.
    For two months, my boring days especially Monday and Tuesday became so lively thanks to LTM.
    LTM, YEH and KJH make a huge impact in my daily life. Acting like a teen going gaga over Korean actors, staying up late just to watch the new episodes in raw, waking up so damn early to catch any news, previews, English subs videos before going to work and even ignoring friends invitation to meet up afraid of missing news about LTM once I stayed out late. Can’t even focus on a friends problem simply because my mind was occupied by LTM, no time to concentrate on what she’s saying hahaha! What a bad friend am I?
    LTM finale shows the tenderness, acceptance, sincerity, faith and love between two people who starts with a lie but ended up making that lie as truthful and real as possible as can be.
    We’ve seen the transformation of AJ and KJ relationship. Total strangers who fell in love who along the way but both discovered what they’re lacking. Qualities they never know they possess. Character they never know they can portray. And love they never know they can accept and freely give without pretension and conditions.
    AJ and KJ showed us that in love nothing is possible. That falling in love has its ups and down but love will conquer it all. That even though AJ and KJ are just characters the intensity of emotions that they shared to us audience, is mind-boggling. Is it acting or is it real? (Borrowing AJ’s line from episode 8) Who knew?
    Physical attraction is very evident that more it attract our attention to anticipate what will happen next whether it is AJ and KJ or YEH and KJH.
    No one will ever duplicate AJ and KJ nor YEH and KJH. The chemistry they created will forever be in our heart and mind.
    LTM (cast, crew, PD and Directors) thank your adding a spice in my life. Ratings are damn! Who cares about it when it was very obvious that everyone just can’t get enough of it and responses overseas are overwhelming and astounding.
    KJH thank you for giving us KJ, although he’s just a character he opened a possibility of standard of what an ideal man/prince could be. Every woman dreamt of having you around even for a day.
    YEH, I’ve been a fan since Goong and I would definitely say you never failed to amaze me. I don’t want to sound bias but for me you’re simple the best. Thank you for giving us another character that we will forever loved, thanks for AJ!
    Thank you everyone for the love and good vibes here in the playground.
    After a week of recuperating over LTM, it’s time to bid LTM goodbye
    Paalam LTM, hanggang sa muling pagkikita. 😀

  19. Is it just me or Kang Ji Hwan in this series looks an awful lot like a better looking version of Park Shin Yang in Lovers in Paris? His looks, the way he delivers his lines and facial expressions…keep giving me a familiar feel which I couldn’t work it out until way later. Pity the series didn’t as well as had hoped, but it was very enjoyable regardless.

  20. This is the first time for me to say that I love Korean drama (just LTM, I guess) because I’m just watch other dramas for so-so. Who knows that lies can turn something good in life? Well, fate is surely playing around and waiting for being catch…that is what I have noticed about this drama…

    p/s:whatever it this..this is the real DAEBAK…

  21. Dear Ms KOALA,
    Thank you so much for maintaining koala playground. my love affair with korean romantic comedy started years ago when my two daughters introduced me to Princess Hours. From then on i have been a fan of Ms Yoon Eun Hye. Lately I watched My Fair Lady in one of the major TV networks here in the Philippines. Impatient that I am , I decided to go to my favorite Korean DVD stall and bought one. There, I accidentally found a copy of Lie to Me. As it was a Yoon Eun Hye starrer, I readily bought one. It took about 2 weeks before I decided to watched it.
    Amazingly, it has now turned out to be my favorite among Ms Yoon’s romantic
    comedies. And of course I became an instant fan of Kang Ji Hwan as well. I agree 100% that indeed there was that electrifying chemistry between the two main actors, KJH and YEH, to the extent that you are mesmerized, forgetting that they are acting out parts. The rapport between the two of them was so flawless and real. Lie To Me may not have the best storyline and script but the two actors’ effort to bring the drama to the final end was so admirable. (the way they discussed how to handle some scenes and all that collaboration as seen in the BTS).

    If only….the earlier episodes were at least written and the script handled, the way episode 16
    was , it could have made a lot of difference. For that my congratulations to the writer of the last episode.

    Thank you so much for the recap. I buy DVDs with English subtitles. I like listening to the actual Korean dialogue, though. Many instances, the English subtitle does not give justice to
    the original dialogue. Your recap and the analysis that went with it were more than enough. While watching the episode where Ah Jong was asked to explain what symbolizes Jeju Island, in just one word and she said mother, how I wished i could understand Korean. (I did not discover Koala playground yet by then).
    While trying to surf the Net for more info about KJH I came across a news item which stated
    that he was quite embarrassed with the ratings of Lie To Me. And that he was thankful to have Ms Yoon in the drama with him and that they are trying their very best to make the drama better.
    How I wish KJH and YEH would have the time to read your blog, particularly this final episode
    to find how their work and tandem were appreciated by so many;
    Indeed, ratings mean a lot in the entertainment industry but the fact still remains that Lie To Me have made many many viewers even outside Korea very very happy.

    JustI wish just like you that in the near future they would have te chance to work together again to really give justice to their acting skills. i hope just like Ah Jong we, who clamor for this would also have a fairy godmother listening and make this wish come true.
    Really hoping fairy godmother make KJH and YEH visit your playground too.

    For now, I bid Lie To Me goodbye until such time that a fairy godmother takes action and give us another KJH and YEH tandem.
    Thank you so much Ms Koala. I will keep in touch and follow your blog and hope you help
    me find more korean drama to watch through your recaps and reviews as I continue my love affair with Korean drama..

  22. stumbled in to the post today, and saw that that there were 499 comments, wnated to make it 500.

    Wonder when we will see these two together again

  23. Hi,

    question to anyone and everyone: How old is Goong Ah Jung? Since she says that she last met So Ran and Sanbae 3 years ago when she took some sort of exam I counted: 19 + 5 years at college + 3 so that means 27. Which sort of is what her dad said that she’s close to 30 and should think of marriage.
    So that means she’s younger than Sang Hee and Yoon Joo who are 28? And the age difference btw her and Gi J. is 7 years if he’s 34 (which is actually how old the actor is too)?

    My question is, is it usual for Korean actors to be playing “their” age or is this just a coincidence? Because Yoon Eun Hye is also 27 I think.

  24. Nice post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I’m impressed! Very helpful information specially the final phase :) I handle such info much. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  25. Yes i agree i really want them to have another one drama.i cant help it but to watch again and again this lie to me together with my sis we really like you Yoon eun hye and you handsome kang ji hwan…..

  26. Yes i agree i really want them to have another one drama.i cant help it but to watch again and again this lie to me together with my sis we really like you Yoon eun hye and you handsome kang ji hwan…..

  27. thank you so much for doing recaps. this helped me a lot!
    thank you for making koala’s playground. i love your blogs cause you make me understand kdramas more <3
    keep up the good work and til next drama…

  28. Bravo! Im your avid fan. I enjoy your reviews and it makes my day! I will always visit your blog for K drama reviews. Love it!

  29. i like the ending episode & how KANG JI HWAN kisses YOON EUN HYE at the last episode, seen him how he lifted her towards his body while kissing her, to me that was FOREPLAY, like how i felt when i watch them do the COLA KISS in episode 8, theirs was the purest passion i have seen on screen, & thank you captain koala for your blog, for telling so much about LTM… hope to see more of them together in the near future…

    • i really liked how he pulled her to himself, too! he is such a good kisser! i also hope that they have another project again soon. i really want to see more of them together.

  30. i saw a preview of episode 16 and there is a portion there that isn’t included in the movie. has anyone scene deleted scene when kjh & yeh were sitting in a restaurant and kjh is being cute and childish while yeh is trying to appease him? i really want to see that part but it wasn’t shown in the DVD 16 th episode. Please help me!

  31. i know my comments are really late now but i just cannot forget this series! i keep on reading and watching it over and over again! i love u all :)

  32. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is
    added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Bless you!

  33. Hihi.Ms Koala. Thanks for the LTM writeup.I have been watching the drama and reading your blog a few times. I really love the chemistry between YEH and HJK. Hope both will act in same drama again.

  34. Although its very late that I found this drama but I felt in love with this drama so I googling just want to find the recaps then I found this bog…Love the way you tell the story so much…. Thx koala…. (҂’̀⌣’́)9

  35. Oh my gah! I just watched this series this year (I just re-discovered k-dramas this year) and I’m officially in love with Kang Ji-hwan and I love Yoon Eun-hye too. I began reading the recaps on DB (awesome site) but then they stopped recapping so I started looking for somewhere else to read recaps and then I stumbled across your blog. I love your writing and your writing just made me love LTM more. Thank you so much.

  36. wow it’s been years since this drama has been aired and I’m still rewatching it and can’t help that smile whenever I see them together 😀 I keep pictures of em to look at so I start the day with a smile lol Reading the whole recaps though from ep 1-16 is such a satisfying experience, i like how lively you are when you do each recap and I love love love it when you decided not to drop LTM :)

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