Welcome to the recap/review of “The Bride of the Water God” episode 14. Last episode Hoo Ye and Bi Ryeom fought, Jin Geon got hurt and Hoo Ye remembered his sin. Who did he kill? Let’s find out!
Moo Ra and Habaek materialized at the clearing to hear Bi Ryeom’s accusation of killing someone. Moo Ra is the one to figure out who he killed. Mo Myeong. Bi Ryeom isn’t done yet though. Didn’t Hoo Ye say, that he wasn’t a liar? That he was far superior to that? But he lied about this. Seething, Bi Ryeom gets up and walks toward him. For the last 1.200 years, he imagined all the ways he could kill him.
Habaek stops Bi Ryeom. It’s enough. Without a word, Bi Ryeom teleports away, leaving Moo Ra, Habaek and a shocked Hoo Ye in the clearing.
Moo Ra and Habaek took Jin Geon to Bi Ryeom’s apartment. Moo Ra is trying to reach him, but he’s not picking up. There are so many questions left. How did he and Hoo Ye meet? What cave was he talking about? Habaek can’t answer any of them. He is more concerned about Jin Geon’s health. Moo Ra shares that it seems that Hoo Ye didn’t use his full power. Otherwise, Jin Geon wouldn’t survive. Habaek inquires about Mo Myeong. Who is he? He was the twin brother of Jin Geon, Moo Ra answers. Like Bi Ryeom’s shadow. By Ryeom was very fond of him. She should have realized that something was wrong when she didn’t see him anymore. Habaek shouldn’t feel guilty, as him and Bi Ryeom were never close. But why couldn’t he tell her what happened? And how could Hoo Ye use his powers? She never thought he’d be able to do this.
Hoo Ye is leaning against a pillar in his garden shed. His own words haunt him. His memories of what happened in the cave 1.200 years ago haunt him. As do Bi Ryeom’s words.
So Ah connected all the dots. Hoo Ye must be a god as well. Just as she was about to call him, Habaek enters the living room. He tries to dismiss the earlier abduction as a prank. But So Ah has no interest in that anymore. She asks him straight away if Hoo Ye is also a god. Habaek answers that he’s not like them. He’s not happy about So Ah’s interest. But So Ah keeps going. Things which Hoo Ye said in his session pop into her mind and out of her mouth. Were they the ones who told Hoo Ye it would have been better for him to have never been born? Habaek has no interest in answering her. He’s more interested in since when they started to spend so much time together? Did she even want him to come back? Should he leave? So Ah should remember. He’s a jealous deity. He storms upstairs into his room. He plops down on his couch. His restless mind wanders. Is the cave where Hoo Ye and Bi Ryeom met the cave where Nak Bin hid after she cursed him? Back then Habaek asked Bi Ryeom to help him find her. Was he the reason that Hoo Ye and Bi Ryeom met?
So Ah enters Habaek’s room the next morning, but he’s already gone. She calls Yeom Mi to ask about his weird behavior of just randomly getting angry and Yeom Mi tells her that he was angry because he did something bad and she should just finally break-up with him. After Yeom Mi disconnects the call, So Ah receives a call from Secretary Min. Has she seen Hoo Ye? He hasn’t come to work and he can’t reach him. So Ah denies and Secretay Min ends the phone call.
Moo Ra finally found Bi Ryeom. Habaek is the first one to arrive. And he asks the question which has been keeping him up all night. Is he the reason why Mo Myeong died? Was it when he asked Bi Ryeom for that favor? But why, why didn’t Bi Ryeom tell him? Didn’t he tell him, that he didn’t want to help him, because of all the pain Moo Ra went through because of his love for Nak Bin?
Nak Bin happened to hide in that cave. Mo Myoeng was about to take her away when the servant’s of the King entered and a violent struggle broke out. They hadn’t known, who that child was or what he was capable of. When the little boy unleashed his powers, Mo Myeong and the servants were struck. They died instantly. Bi Ryeom had been too shocked to do anything back then. Jin Geon was the one to drag him out of the cave. They left Nak Bin behind and they kept all of this from Habaek. On the orders of the King. Jin Geon, who arrived with Moo Ra on the rooftop, tells Habaek that as the King’s servants they had to follow his orders. Habaek wants to take the guilt of Mo Myeong’s death, but Jin Geon won’t let him. He reveals that either of them was fated to die sooner or later anyway. But Moo Ra is having none of that. She accuses Habaek and slaps him, rather helping him, as Bi Ryeom seems intent on giving him a bashing himself. Moo Ra pulls Bi Ryeom away and they leave a stunned Habaek behind.
At Bi Ryeom’s apartment, Bi Ryeom walks straight to his liquor supply. Moo Ra tries to talk about what happened back then. That it wasn’t his fault. That he needs to stop resenting Hoo Ye. Habaek. And more than anything else, himself. Bi Ryeom tries to get away from her, but Moo Ra isn’t having any of that. Because, after all, isn’t it her fault? Didn’t she tell him, when the High Priest first told them about the existence of a half – god, that he should run away when he sees him? Did her words push him? Is it because secretly he was glad that Jin Geon dragged him away? He didn’t abandon Mo Myeong. He shouldn’t think that way.
Hoo Ye is still in his garden shed. He hears the voice of his little blind neighbor calling out for him. She tells him that she knows that he’s here. She can feel it. Hoo Ye keeps quiet. Even when she falls, he pulls back from his attempt to help her up and the girl leaves, confused. As soon as she’s gone, Hoo Ye has an outbreak of rage and throws garden tools around. A scream of anguish and pain bursts out of his lungs.
So Ah might have finally figured out what Habaek meant with “he’s not like us”. But before we know for sure, Habaek comes home. He asks where she’s going, but she denies it with answering “nowhere”. Habaek hugs her afterward and apologizes for his behavior yesterday. So Ah would love to know the answer to her question but decides not to ask him and rather spend a nice evening together. She tells Habaek to peel potatoes. They’re going to have a curry tonight and she’ll go and buy the curry paste. On her way back from the store, So Ah is abducted, by none other than Joo Geol Rin. Who drives her to Hoo Ye’s estate. He’s concerned about him and hopes So Ah can help him. So Ah slowly enters the garden shed. She calls out for Hoo Ye. Hoo Ye looks at her startled. He tries to get away from So Ah. He’s a danger to her.
Habaek is at Bi Ryeom’s apartment. He’s worried about what happened to So Ah. He found her phone, wallet and the groceries scattered on the street with no sign of her. Finally, he receives a call from her. She’s ok and with Hoo Ye. Habaek wants her to get away from Hoo Ye right away. She does not know who he truly is. But she knows, So Ah tells Habaek. And he won’t hurt her. The Water God shouldn’t worry, she tells him before she disconnects the call. Moo Ra listened in on the conversation the whole time. She tells Habaek that no matter, Hoo Ye won’t hurt So Ah. He anyway, should just let her go and let the two be together. But Habaek has no interest in what she’s telling him. He tries to persuade Moo Ra to teleport to Hoo Ye’s farm. Of course, Moo Ra declines.
After So Ah finished her call, she reenters the shed. Hoo Ye tells her to leave.
He tells her that he could commit another sin anytime. He will never change. That’s not true, So Ah answers him calmly. He’s not that kind of person. Hoo Ye snorts at that word. A Person?
“Then would you rather be a deity? Which would you rather be, a deity or a human? Be a human being. That’s better. A human being suits you better. You’ve helped so many people. You’ve supported so many children. You helped sick people to get better. You saved so many lives. Do know what you are to those people? A god. The work you did as a human being, was work of a god. Let’s say a god is looking down from above. It’d see a tiny human being helping other humans in a tiny country on a tiny planet called Earth. The deity would say, ‘I’m so busy.’ ‘Good job.’ ‘I wish you good luck.’ I once told you the trees you plant would become a big forest. The life you’ve been living will never disappear.”
She tells him that no matter what happens, she will help him. She’ll be his god. Hoo Ye sobs, but before he can answer, Habaek comes in and drags So Ah away from Hoo Ye.
On the way home, in the car, So Ah explains to Habaek that she is Hoo Ye’s psychiatrist. Habaek does not react. Is this jealousy then? She can’t tell, having never been in a relationship with a jealous guy. He takes her hand without a word. At home, So Ah asks him if he wants to eat.
Habaek breaks off the kiss. So Ah is confused. Why did they stop? Does she want to continue, Habaek asks? No, no, she doesn’t, So Ah answers.
The next morning So Ah is struggling to keep it together, after the deep kiss of yesterday night. The after effects are strong with this one.
It doesn’t help that Habaek was working out and now wants to use So Ah’s bathroom. He could just use his tub, but So Ah was against him sitting in there all the time. Habaek understands that So Ah is behaving strangely, but doesn’t get what’s wrong with her. Stuttering she tells him that she has to leave for work. He promises her to accompany her home. Habaek leaves and So Ah plops down on her couch, her face in her hands. What did he do to her yesterday to make her go crazy? Her phone vibrates. She received a message from Hoo Ye who wants to meet with her.
Hoo Ye signs a proposal in his office. He asks Secretary Min to attend a meeting in his name when Shin Ja Ya walks in. She’s here to talk with Secretary Min. He has been avoiding her calls and she doesn’t know why. The reason is simple. He’s angry with her. She was the one made her grandfather kick out So Ah out of her office. He won’t talk with her anymore. He wants her to become a decent human being. Until then, she’s not allowed to contact him anymore.
When So Ah enters Hoo Ye’s office, he has a visitor. It’s Min, the blind girl. She almost blabbered out Hoo Ye’s secret. That he’s fallen for So Ah. Luckily Secretary Min comes to the rescue and takes her away. He explains about his little and only friend Min who already lost her parents and lives with her grandmother. He tells So Ah how he couldn’t control his powers when he came to live in the human realm. How the anxiety ate at him.
Since then, he sees Min’s life as his own. Even though what he told So Ah just now was sad, he smiles at her suddenly and tells her that he made a decision regardless of “this woman’s” intentions. Cryptic as it is, So Ah doesn’t understand. Hoo Ye turns away smiling before looking back at her. He wonders if they ever met before. It feels to him as if they’ve known each other for a very long time. Secretary Min comes to pick up Hoo Ye. It’s time for the next meeting. He tells So Ah they will see each other later.
Nam Soo Ri arrived at Yeom Mi’s office. She told him to see her, but she’s in a deep sleep when he enters. Yeom Mi has the exact same dream as before. A drenched So Ah is standing in front of her, but now she can hear what she says. “That person saved me, but…” Is all she hears before the man with the black trainers enters again and So Ah’s voice becomes a whisper. Yeom Mi wakes up and is startled by Nam Soo Ri. When did he arrive? Nam Soo Ri is more interested in her dream. She was very vocal during her sleep. Annoyed Yeom Mi tells him that it was about So Ah bragging about his master saving her. And here she had been thinking that it might have been a bad omen. More important to her is the fact that Nam Soo Ri really enhances her powers. She could hear So Ah this time.
So Ah and Nurse Yoo are preparing the clinic for the re – opening. The new building owner will be visiting them as well, so So Ah wants to make sure for everything to be exceptional. Just then Nurse Yoo receives a call from his best friend. His appendicitis broke. Without a look at So Ah he runs out of the clinic. So Ah calls after him but to no ado. With a sigh, she continues to clean. She realizes that they don’t have enough wet towels and decides to call the water ghost to ask him to bring her some.
Habaek is annoyed with So Ah and her ordering him around. When he walks into the living room, he’s surprised by Bi Ryeom’s presence. Bi Ryeom isn’t happy to be there either but Moo Ra made him come to see Habaek and to hear what he has to say. Habaek knows that Bi Ryeom’s anger stems from him living his life without knowing that Habaek caused Mo Myeong’s death. He apologizes to Bi Ryeom. He also tells him that Hoo Ye probably tried to protect Nak Bin back then. Bi Ryeom answers that he’s not yet able to think that way. Before he leaves, Habaek stops him. Back at the car, Moo Ra asks Bi Ryeom if he wanted money. Of course, Bi Ryeom answers. Money, credit card or a diamond ring. Bi Ryeom declined. Good, Moo Ra answers. Habaek should return back as soon as possible.
So Ah is nervously debating if she should call Habaek to not come today. They could just start anew tomorrow. She receives a message from Nurse Yoo. His friend is ok. But he hasn’t bought the drinks for the meeting with the new building owner yet. Habaek arrives at the clinic. So Ah is not the one waiting for him in the office. It’s Hoo Ye, who is as surprised to see Habaek as Habaek is to see him. Habaek quickly walks toward him and demands to know what he’s doing here. As a landlord, he has every right to be here Hoo Ye replies. Luckily So Ah walks in before things can escalate. Still, she’s surprised that Hoo Ye is at her office. They don’t have a scheduled meeting. Before Hoo Ye can explain, Habaek pulls her away.
He drives off with So Ah. So Ah is teasing Habaek by telling him that he’s still charming even when angry. As she doesn’t get a real reaction out of him, she persuades him to go and see the sunset at the ocean with her. The plan which was previously foiled by Moo Ra. They watch the sunset and So Ah tells him that she finally understands why people go see it. It’s beautiful. She opens up that she actually saw it once before. A long-time ago with her parents. His father was anxious that he left all the orphans at home. Her parents got into a fight about the topic and she felt horrible. Habaek looks sadly at her. He tells her that he’s thinking about the time when she’ll spend her days and sunsets without him. So Ah answer that they should just enjoy the time they have together. Wasn’t that what he said, once upon a time? Habaek doesn’t remember, but it doesn’t matter to So Ah.
This was the recap for episode 14. A lot has happened. Bi Ryeom finally opened up. Moo Ra and Bi Ryeom took their relationship to the next level. Hoo Ye acknowledged his sin but also decided to fight for his human side with the help of So Ah. So Ah got dragged around a lot. But her hallucinations were really entertaining. I like the two of them the best when they are bickering. It feels the most natural to me. Yeom Mi still hasn’t figured out what is going on and will probably figure it out just mere minutes before So Ah gets into trouble.
Just two more episodes! Next week is the final week. I hope we get to see a grand finale. Let me know about your expectations in the comments below.
As always thanks for reading.
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