Drama Recaps
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 3
by | August 18, 2010 | 227 Comments

It’s a wonderful feeling to be excited about a drama again. To be excited to download the new episode, enthusiastic to share thoughts about the newest happenings, and eager to see what happens next.

Also: How adorable is this couple? The Hong sisters are so solid at delivering compelling and engaging main pairings, often to the detriment of the secondary couplings. But who needs an angsty love triangle when the lead romance is so strong?

SONG OF THE DAY

My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho OST – “여우비.” The title means “sudden rain” or “sunshower” but if you take the etymological roots it literally means “fox rain,” in keeping with the gumiho motif. Sometimes a drama’s effect is greatly enhanced by the simplest of things, like a background song, and for this drama this track is it. I LOVE IT. It almost brings a tear to my eye on its own, but within the drama’s context it’s that much more powerful. [ Download ]

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

Dae-woong rushes to assure his noona Hye-in that Mi-ho isn’t his girlfriend. Byung-soo shoots him a worried look, and the ladies don’t look too pleased at his clumsy insistence, either.

Pointedly saying that she (Hye-in) has no right to be upset with him for being wrapped up with a new girlfriend (you know, since they’re nothing to each other), Hye-in leaves. Stricken, Dae-woong chases her down in to explain, providing enough half-truths to mollify her.

His story: He went to the countryside for a few days to get away for a spell, and Mi-ho put him up while he was there. Because of her scary-strict grandmother, Mi-ho followed him back to Seoul, which he didn’t realize till she was already here. He feels sorry for her because she knows nobody here, plus she did help him out while he was in the countryside.

Hye-in sighs that Mi-ho took advantage of his soft-heartedness, but at least she no longer thinks Suspicious Thoughts about the relationship.

Meanwhile, Byung-soo clucks in disapproval at Dae-woong’s disgraceful treatment of his girlfriend in front of his noona. Mi-ho, being from a previous era, doesn’t immediately know what “girlfriend” means but she guesses that the word signifies “the one you want for a mate,” and that Dae-woong’s reaction means “he has no intention of taking me as his mate.” Then she grumbles that she doesn’t want him for her mate, either.

Byung-soo urges her to do something and not just let Dae-woong pursue his noona, whom everyone knows he likes. At that, Mi-ho exclaims in dismay, “No, he can’t do that!” and hurries off to act. Byung-soo wishes her good luck.

Dae-woong is happy to escort Hye-in to lunch, but as Mi-ho approaches. Hye-in’s easy attitude becomes pettish in the presence of a rival. (Not that she has decided to return Dae-woong’s affections, but she’s that annoying type of princess who must monopolize his affections, even if she doesn’t return them.)

Dae-woong scuttles over to Mi-ho to press her to stay away while he goes out to lunch, but she gets straight to the point: “Do you like her? Are you going to mate with her?” (Part of Mi-ho’s abundant charm is the way she uses jarringly frank language, much like Anya of Buffy lore, as girlfriday previously pointed out.)

He protests and asks if she’s jealous. Touching his chest, Mi-ho tells him he can’t carry her fox bead and “share his ki [energy]” with another woman, “because that hurts my fox bead.”

He asks for a definition of “sharing ki” and gets back the answer: “to mate.” She won’t allow him to go off with Hye-in, especially since she can see that he was ready to not only share his ki but practically give her his entire soul.

Mi-ho decides she’d better go with him, or he’ll have to give back her bead. Not really much of a choice, is it? She simplifies the choice: “If you go, you die.” Literally.

Honestly, I don’t know if her explanation (“I have to protect my bead”) is truth or whether it’s Mi-ho just elaborating as an excuse to get her way, but it doesn’t matter. In fact, I’d find it hilarious if she’s dressing up the gumiho mythology to suit her purposes (since he has to take her word for it).

Tired of waiting, Hye-in gets pissy and drives off, ignoring Dae-woong who chases after her car.

Glumly, he looks for the silver lining in being ditched: It would have been more embarrassing to tell Hye-in he couldn’t go with her, so it’s better that Hye-in left him behind first. Mi-ho perks up at this admission that he wasn’t going to follow her.

He barks back at her in annoyance, but Mi-ho says in a hurt voice that she’s just trying to save him: “I want to save you from dying, so I’m giving you my really precious fox bead.”

He feels a stab of remorse and says with exasperation that he’s upset because his pride has taken a hit. “Me being upset won’t save your bead, so please just keep your distance and leave me alone.”

Mi-ho’s hungry again, but supposes that asking Dae-woong for more meat will just make him more angry with her. She wonders if his bad mood is because he doesn’t want to buy her food, and trails him at a short distance. She’s starving, but doesn’t want to pester him to feed her.

Watching at a distance is the tortured Gumiho Hunter with the asymmetrical haircut, Dong-joo.

On the other side of town, Aunt Min-sook is determined to bring Dae-woong home with force if necessary, and heads to the action school, where Chow Yun-fat Lite conducts business. (His real name is Ban Doo-hong, or Director Ban.) Min-sook enters just as a stunt is being rehearsed, and in the excitement of the stunt falls from the second floor. Reacting swiftly, Doo-hong lurches forward to catch her, and both parties belatedly recognize each other.

In the ensuing conversation, Min-sook clarifies that the young lady she’d seen him with was his daughter. She’s excited to hear that he’s a single father, and does an adorable dance of glee to realize his availability. On the other hand, he still thinks she’s got a man and tells himself to get over it.

This gives Min-sook an ulterior motive to announce to Dae-woong’s Grandpa (her father) that they should leave Dae-woong alone for the moment. Instead of dragging him back home, she’ll make sure to check on him. Every day.

On the bus, Dae-woong takes a seat as far from Mi-ho has possible, and casts a sidelong glance as she (literally) salivates over an ad for a meat restaurant. She looks at him pathetically, but he pretends not to see and texts Hye-in a “Please accept my apology!” message.

Mi-ho watches the twosome sitting in front of her: A mother tells her cute daughter that she just wants to “eat her up.” Mi-ho wonders why a woman would want to eat her child, and when the girl looks over at her, Mi-ho jokes that she might eat the girl herself. Dae-woong, seeing Mi-ho raise the girl’s hand to her mouth as though to take a bite, panics and drags her off the bus.

Mi-ho says she was just copying the mother’s behavior, reminding him that she doesn’t eat people. Feeling abashed, he realizes he overreacted — until she argues, “If I were hungry, would I eat a little dog? I’d eat something bigger like you.”

Unfortunately, he’s left his cell phone on the bus. He asks strangers to borrow their phone, and while he’s busy pleading with them, Mi-ho takes off running after the bus. Thus when he uses a stranger’s phone to call his own, hoping that a stranger will pick up, instead he gets Mi-ho on the line. She had managed to track down the bus, and brings his phone back, thanks to her superhuman speed and hearing.

He gets a return text from Hye-in that agrees to accept his apology. Note that her response is worded rather haughtily (as though saying, “I’ll accept exactly this much of your apology, but no more”). But since this is Episode 3, silly Dae-woong is still under her spell and exults. On the other hand, Mi-ho is proud of herself for doing something helpful and prods, “Dae-woong, this time you’re glad because of me, right?”

Dae-woong sees that she’s out of breath, a little surprised that a gumiho experiences the same physical reactions as a human. She explains that since he has her bead, she feels the physical exertion more than normally. It’s not until this very moment that he understands, “The bead really is very important to you.”

She’d said as much, but he hadn’t realized it because he can’t sense the bead’s power the way she can. So Mi-ho gathers him up in a hug and tells him to pay attention, and he’s able to feel its pull. He finally understands that she’s a different being — even the passing of time felt different in that moment.

Mi-ho reiterates that he has the most precious part of her inside him, and requests, “Promise me that you’ll treat it carefully and make sure it isn’t injured.” He promises.

That evening, Dae-woong is stuck at home, unable to accept his friends’ invitations to party. He sighs, “Where did my life go? While she’s with me, I can’t do a thing!”

Hye-in drops by while Mi-ho is napping, so he sneaks out quietly to talk with her outside. With a perceived rival now on the scene, Hye-in asks him to declare his feelings for her, giving him encouragement — holding his hand and embracing him — to pressure him into making his declaration.

Dae-woong gives in to the temptation and leans in for a kiss… until he imagines Mi-ho sternly reminding him he isn’t free to do anything of the kind. In his horror-fantasy, Mi-ho growls, “I told you not to mate!”

And he wakes up from this nightmare.

Mi-ho is starting to understand the whole money = meat situation, and also that the chicken place has a promotional deal wherein ten proofs of purchase can be exchanged for a free meal. They’ve got eight, so she heads off to a streetside trash can to find more.

On her way there, she darts in front of a car, which bumps her as it screeches to a halt. It’s Doo-hong, who calls out after her to see if she’s okay.

Mi-ho finds a coupon in the trash, but a gust of wind sends the coupon flying through the air, so she leaps up among the treetops to retrieve it.

A fascinated Doo-hong can’t believe his eyes as Mi-ho leaps in the air among the branches to grab the coupon. As an action director casting a new project, such a display of physical prowess is impressive, particularly without wires or tricks. Finally, he has found the “real action” hero he’s been searching for!

Audition day for Dae-woong. He asks Mi-ho for her opinion on shirts, and she chooses the brown one: “That’s the color of cows!” Dryly, he holds up his other shirts in turn, asking, “So is this pig color [pink], and this one chicken [yellow]?”

Without a hint of irony, Mi-ho agrees, and goes one step further to rate them in order of preference: first place is cow, second is pig, third is chicken. She urges him to choose the cow color, to which he retorts that he’ll wear “grass color” so as not to appeal to her appetite.

As Dae-woong leaves for his audition, Grandpa arrives and overhears his conversation with Mi-ho. His words (that he’d better do well in order to keep her in beef) have a different ring to Grandpa’s ears, particularly when Dae-woong declares that this is all “to support you.”

At first Grandpa is dismayed, but he recalls scenes from Dae-woong’s spoiled youth — such as when the young boy announced that since Grandpa’s so rich, he has no need to find a way to support himself. Or when the adolescent Dae-woong ditched school and said he could just set up his own billiard hall with Grandpa’s money. Or when college-aged Dae-woong asked Grandpa to set up his own management company, so he could become a star, declaring, “I don’t like difficult things. I want to hit it big!”

In that context, Dae-woong working hard to put food on the table for his girlfriend isn’t SO horrible. In fact, Grandpa’s rather pleased at this transformation.

Mi-ho’s superhuman sense of hearing picks up on Grandpa’s murmured remarks, and she tells Dae-woong that someone’s talking about him — someone’s proud of him for his sense of responsibility. (Then Dae-woong shrugs — it must be a different Dae-woong. HA!)

Doo-hong’s assistant prepares him for the day’s auditions and points out the leading choice for female lead, but he’s distracted by thoughts of his mysterious real action heroine from the night before.

In fact, Hye-in is auditioning for a supporting character with a lot of action scenes, but she overhears the assistant saying that the director wants to cast a rookie for the lead — something about long hair and a white dress.

On the way to the audition, Dae-woong sees that Mi-ho looks distressed. She explains that they’re passing by water (the river), which is upsetting since large bodies of water are her weakness. He can’t do anything about it, so he draws her to himself and puts her hand on his chest — to put her closer to her fox bead.

She smiles and rests her head on his chest, then wonders, “Woong, what’s a couple?” (Woong is a way of shortening his name, Dae-woong.) He asks why, and she says, “People are calling us a couple” — her sensitive hearing has picked up on the comments of the other bus passengers. Dae-woong balks and pushes her away, so she decides, “It must not be a good thing.”

He fumbles for an excuse to keep her at arm’s length, saying it sure is hot, oh ho, she’d better stand away from him. Wouldn’t it be great if it rained and cooled the heat?

Mi-ho answers that for rain to come on such a clear day, she’d have to cry. (This is a reference to the term “sudden rain” — also the title of the song above — or literally “fox rain.” There’s a Korean saying that the sudden sunshower comes on the fox’s wedding day. I believe there are variations on the tale, with one that explains that the tears come from the jilted fox, others that say that it’s the tears of the lover who has lost the fox on her wedding day.)

Dae-woong asks with some surprise if Mi-ho cries, and she answers yes: “When it rains on a clear day, it’s because I’m sad.” She pouts that she’s about to cry… because she’s so hungry. Dae-woong is in an amenable mood, and suggests they stop by for lunch on the way, bringing an excited smile to her face. (She is so cute.)

How does Dae-woong propose to feed her? Supermarket samples! Since she’s not human, he tells her she doesn’t have to worry about being judged for eating more than one sample, and urges her to eat as much as she wants. Eagerly, Mi-ho makes her way down the aisle, chanting, “Cow! Cow! Cow!”

Gumiho Hunter Dong-joo is also in the store, watching Mi-ho. With a smile, he thinks, “You must be enjoying human life, Ms. Gumiho.” And although he didn’t say it aloud, Mi-ho hears his comment and looks around for the source of the voice. He continues, “You’ve been locked up for a long while — the world has changed a lot, hasn’t it?” He tells her not to worry, as he isn’t intending to hurt her right now… although that suggests he does intend to at a later date.

He challenges her to try finding him, curious to know if she’ll be able to pin him down in the crowd. Following her senses, Mi-ho wanders up to the department store level, where she meets eyes with Dong-joo. The sight conjures up a long-buried memory of her past incarnation, and she makes her way toward him.

Mi-ho can feel their connection but doesn’t recognize who he is, and asks if he was the one who called her. He confirms it. She touches a hand to his face, then decides, “You’re not human, either.”

In turn, he raises a hand to her face and says, “And you’re not the girl I knew, either.” He explains that there was another supernatural being who looked like her, and she asks if that makes him one, too.

Mi-ho supposes that even so, she’s probably stronger than he is, but he contradicts her — while she’s missing her bead, he’s stronger than her. In fact, she has been weakened so much that she can’t recognize his true nature, and if he tried to capture her, she wouldn’t be able to resist.

Mi-ho displays her childlike faith in Dae-woong, assuring Dong-joo that her bead is nearby and safe. Shrewdly, Dong-joo asks if she really trusts Dae-woong not to run off or ditch her. He gives her one piece of advice — don’t trust humans.

As he leaves, he promises he’ll come find her later.

Dae-woong had headed up to the cosmetics counter to primp while Mi-ho ate her fill, and there he runs into Hye-in. She has changed into a white dress and affixed hair extensions in hopes of fitting the director’s idea of a female lead, and greets him enthusiastically.

Remembering Mi-ho’s warnings, Dae-woong tries to disentangle his arm from Hye-in’s naturally, but she notices. When she suggests that they head to the audition together, he hastily makes up an excuse for her to go without him. She doesn’t understand why he’s playing hard to get, but she gets pissy at his reaction, not not knowing that he bemoans the necessity of pushing her away.

Dae-woong returns to the meat counter to retrieve Mi-ho, while she’s upstairs in the clothing department. There, Hye-in sees her (sniffing a leather jacket, then tentatively trying to take a bite), and guesses that Dae-woong had pushed her aside because of Mi-ho.

With her claws out in strike mode, Hye-in approaches Mi-ho and offers patronizing comments about Dae-woong leaving without her. Mi-ho can sense otherwise and is confident that he’s nearby, looking for her, and cheerily contradicts her.

Hye-in counters, “He stood you up. Are you saying I’m lying to you?” Mi-ho doesn’t register her snideness and replies simply, “Yes. There he is!” and points to Dae-woong off in the distance. Mi-ho adds without an ounce of irony, “You must be a liar!”

That riles Hye-in’s temper, and she takes a menacing step toward Mi-ho, who sidesteps her easily. This misstep sends Hye-in sprawling to the ground, her coffee spilling all over her white dress. Dae-woong comes rushing to her side, and Hye-in blames it all on Mi-ho. She plays it up to the hilt, acting the aggrieved party, saying this dress was specifically needed for her audition concept.

Dae-woong jumps to set things to rights, urging Hye-in to go ahead to her audition. He’ll find a replacement dress, then bring it with him. He even calls aunt Min-sook for an emergency transfer of funds.

After buying the dress, he races to the audition building, where Doo-hong presides over matters, displeased with the applicants. Hye-in had actually already decided against the white dress, having heard that the director had a specific girl in mind, and auditions for the part.

By the time Dae-woong gets to the building, however, everything has ended. Worse than failing to come through for Hye-in, he has missed his own chance.

Over the phone, he hears that Hye-in made her audition, and tries to say that it’s okay hat he missed his, although he clearly feels horribly disappointed. In all this excitement, he hasn’t even thought about Mi-ho, but thanks to her gumiho senses, she tracks him down to the lobby where he sits in dejection.

She doesn’t understand that he blames her for all this, starting with the meat and the spilled coffee — Hye-in had made it seem like Mi-ho pushed her and ruined her dress on purpose, and Mi-ho hadn’t protested. With grim determination, he leads her away and arrives at a tourist ferry docked at the Han River.

Dinner service is being spread out by the restaurant on board when they arrive. She doesn’t like it, feeling uneasy to be surrounded by so much water, and pleads to go somewhere else. But Dae-woong tells her firmly that this is where he wants to eat dinner.

He leaves to go on a bathroom break, while Mi-ho anxiously stands alone, trying to tamp down her fears. When the food is set out, she helps herself to the dinner spread.

Being surrounded by water dulls her gumiho senses and leaves her feeling defenseless, but she doesn’t want to protest because Dae-woong is in such a bad mood, so she meekly waits. Therefore she can’t sense Dae-woong exiting the boat, running along the pier, and leaving her behind. She only notices when she looks out to the pier and sees Dae-woong speeding away from her.

Now starting to panic, she cries out after him.

Dae-woong doesn’t feel proud of himself, but he tells himself firmly that he doesn’t care what happens to her, that she’s the reason nothing’s working out for him.

On the boat, Mi-ho huddles off to the side, shivering. She realizes, “He abandoned me and left. And after he promised.”

Tears start to fall from her eyes, just as the clear skies suddenly cloud over and the sunshower (fox rain) starts to fall.

The rainfall stops Dae-woong in his tracks, realizing what this means: “Mi-ho is crying.”

 
COMMENTS

Aw, so sad and touching! I LOVE wimpy Dae-woong, and that he blames everything on Mi-ho and ditches her and is basically a big old coward. I’m sure he’ll regret his actions later, but I like that our nontraditional hero is so flawed.

The incorporation of Mi-ho’s tears into the familiar story of the origin of the sunshower is a nice touch — it’s an existing myth, but twisted with the Hong Sisters Touch to fit this drama. It’s like the fox bead, which adds another layer to the romance, because I’m pretty sure it’ll be used as a metaphor for Mi-ho’s heart — if Dae-woong tramples on her heart, or her bead, he hurts her both physically and emotionally.

On top of that, the Hong sisters have a way of making the romance compelling swiftly. In many dramas, I may not feel the romantic pull until Episode 8, or even 10, and that’s not a bad thing. But it’s a curious and admirable thing to feel it in Episode 3, and as strongly as this.

I really don’t have much to say today, because I just loved everything about the episode. It just works for me, and hits in all the right places, both funnybone-wise and heartstrings-wise.

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227 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jennjenn

    first!

    • 1.1 Alex Wyller

      Yippiee…
      Im the first one commenting your comment.. cool. :)

  2. viola

    This is my first time ever being first! Thank you so much for the recap. :)

    • 2.1 yen_nguyen

      Oh, this is still not that first time!

  3. unny

    The entire episode seemed pretty all right to me, light, funny, swift. I am loving the couple though. What I find impressive is how they use such light dialogue and plot yet create a passionate pull between the main characters that extends to the viewers, allowing them to actually believe the chemistry between the two leads. I love that they aren’t arguing just because that’s what viewers like to see in their main couple. I love how the gumiho is so plain and clear and sweet in her intentions, and Dae Woon isn’t TRYING to be a jerk either (other dramas make the conflict between the leads so contrite); he is merely frustrated that this gumiho is invading his life. It all makes sense. Their conflicts have deeper meaning instead of just butting heads because they are meant to before they fall in love. I am really loving the couple.

    With that said, I definitely enjoyed episode 2 more overall because this episode seemed a bit more flitting along, although I enjoyed both a lot. What I love about this episode though is its amazing ending. How emotional it was portrayed, yet the lightness never ceases to exist. It truly captivates the audience. Through out the whole episode, I was interested, but by the end, I was squealing with excitement, wanting the next episode.

    This drama is professional grade, so far. I hope the Hong Sisters’ trend of infusing over-the-top melodrama into their later episodes doesn’t mess this one up like it did You’re Beautiful. For now, I have to say this is one of my favorite dramas, definitely. The Hong Sisters have provided another hit.

    • 3.1 unny

      *emotionally

      • 3.1.1 unny

        gah! Another mistake! I didn’t mean to type “contrite.” I don’t even know why I did. I definitely meant forced, lol. The conflicts between the two leads seems forced a lot of the times.

    • 3.2 dramaville

      Hi unny! Just curious as to which part you’ll felt you’re beautiful started to mess up.

  4. melica

    I find that song so lovely and emotionally resonate in the drama…

  5. Lauren

    MEMEMEMEME is third :D
    the gumiho catcher is pretty cute :P

  6. melica

    *meant resonant… long day *sigh*

  7. _MsAnne_

    I love this drama as much as you! This makes me look forward for Wednesdays and Thursdays :)

  8. sl

    I loved the whole fox rain thing.. and it made me so sad!!
    I love Shin Mina, she’s amazing as Miho.

  9. Jasmin

    I agree with you about being excited about a drama again. Kinda nice to be anticipating a new episode each week. For a while there it seemed like I was about to give up watching kdramas because nothing was really catching my attention. thank goodness for the hong sisters!! loving this show so much and we’re only on the third episode. i feel the extreme kdrama obsession creepin back in.

  10. 10 dannaluk

    YIPEE!!..you’re awsomely fast JB…you spoil us way too much!!…i hope you get treated to lots of cow!!…:P *off to read*

  11. 11 nikka

    I LOVED THIS EPISODE!!!!!!
    sigh, its been a long time since you’re beautiful that a drama has touch me like this and i want more episodes…..

  12. 12 Plexion

    Seeing Miho crying at the end is somewhat heartbreaking =/ Why should Woong leave her for that princess-like Hye-In, is what playing in my mind when i saw that scene. Anyway, an enjoyable and touchy episode, am looking forward for tomorrow’s episode =D

    • 12.1 Plexion

      oh and, i forgot to mention. THIS is totally adorable!
      http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/7233/mihoc.jpg

      • 12.1.1 Sukispop

        Hi Plexion,

        I’m not sure that Dae-woong left her on that ferry so much for Hye-in. I think he left her because he feels that, ever since she’s come into his life, nothing has gone the way that he had hoped or planned, and everything seems to have gotten so complicated. That scene where he raced around, trying to replace that outfit for Hye-in, only to get to the audition site too late(not only for Hye-in, but for his audition as well)…that was a huge disappointment for him, and he blamed Mi-ho for it even though Hye-in’s fall was really her own fault. That was the last straw for him, and what drove him to ditch her on that ferry. As he’s running away, it’s obvious that he feels really bad about doing that to her.

        I loved the pic you linked! I laughed when I watched her doing that. It’s exactly what a young child would be doing while walking down the street. I love Shin Mina as Mi-ho!

        • 12.1.1.1 Plexion

          Hi,

          No matter what he did in this episode, it is good to see that they are back together in the next episode. However, there’s another thing that worries me, what is that Gumiho hunter will do to her =/

          As for the child-like-behaviour you talked about, YES! i totally love this show mainly because of that. She is so in ‘her little own world’ all the while, and that’s too adorable! =D

          Cheers

        • 12.1.1.2 jubilantia

          Agreed, I think he started running because he had doubts to begin with. The coward in him is maybe thinking he can get far enough away that by the time he changes his mind, it will be too late. I think this is where Lee Seung Gi really starts to shine- you could really sense Dae-Woong’s inner turmoil. That, and Shin Mina rocks. So, so much.

  13. 13 tiq

    awh….so sweet…..wonder when a can wacth this serial… :(

    • 13.1 tiq

      sorry…bad spelling….i mean…wonder when i can watch this….hohoho

      • 13.1.1 last_thread

        It’s on youtube without subs, and by now is probably on Viikii with subs for the first episode, and maybe the second

        • 13.1.1.1 Hanna

          All three episodes are already subbed on ViiKii, actually:) They are shockingly fast!

          • 13.1.1.1.1 tiq

            i know…
            but,, i rather choose wait patiently until the end of the show and watch all the episode marathon…
            being so patience with recaps is enough for me, i can’t do it with something that i watch myself….haha….weird..that’s me….

          • 13.1.1.1.2 Alex Wyller

            @13.1.1.1.1 tiq :

            Wow, that would be a long journey you will through.. :)

  14. 14 woah

    nice recap! next one pls! :D

  15. 15 shahi

    OMG i am loving this drama sooooo much.

    “Watching at a distance is the tortured Gumiho Hunter with the asymmetrical haircut, Dong-joo” ROFL… you had to mention the asymmetrical hair. hahahha… loved you recap.

  16. 16 cecee

    love love this drama. great recaps jb. that stupid hyein annoys the crap out of me! I want to slap her now! lols

  17. 17 ktv

    thanks for the recap, Javabeans!! I have a question: why is gumiho scared of water? Is she just scared of water due to not having her fox bead ?

    • 17.1 javabeans

      Large bodies of water are her kryptonite, but when she has her fox bead it’s more bearable. (This probably explains why her temple is in the middle of that big lake.) Now that her fox bead is gone, all her gumiho senses are muddled and she can’t sense anything, so that leaves her defenseless.

      • 17.1.1 ktv

        Thanks JB.

  18. 18 viola

    I listened to this song over and over again! I heart it to pieces :) Javabeans, if it is convenient for you, will you consider posting a translation of the lyrics? Thank you.

  19. 19 danni

    MGIG is still good so far and I enjoyed watching this episode. I know everyone’s talking about the Gumiho Hunter and Lee Seung Gi, but Shin Minha as Mi-ho is too adorable, I love her.

    The ending of this episode was GREAT and now I’m excited for tomorrow’s. Thanks for the recap jb!

    • 19.1 aiqcn

      I totally agree with you. Shin Minha is too adorable. She looks very pretty with that pink lip color.

  20. 20 yoyo

    Me gusta the goblin

  21. 21 asianromance

    I loved this episode! I laughed so hard at the aunt and Director Ban scene. Every one of their scenes is EPIC. And then cried by the end of episode 3 when Dae-woong left Mi-Ho there. LSG is doing a great job at being a cowardly jerk, who can still gain the audience’s sympathy. And Shin Minah is just so wonderful as the open and childlike gumiho. It makes one really appreciate all the little things in life that defines human life. I love how she delights in being human. And I really like the theme of “being human” in this drama.

    The only negative so far is Hye-in. She’s like a rehash of the 2nd lead female characters of Delightful Girl Chunhyang and Fantasy Couple. (but then with how out of touch with reality Daewoong is, I guess it’s not a surprise he would fall for a girl like that). I thought the Hong sisters have been moving towards more interesting 2nd female leads with Hong Gil Dong (that girl was sort of creepy) and You’re Beautiful (showed the male lead her arrogant, snooty self). Even Park Shi Yeon’s character in My Girl had some sort of back story.

    • 21.1 asianromance

      And thank you for the recap, Javabeans!

    • 21.2 nerisa

      her hairstyle reminds me of eun hye’s in my fair lady, i found it funny her name is eun hye (in) too in the drama.

    • 21.3 Jane

      Yes, that’s what put me off big time watching the first two episodes. No matter how cute and funny things are, I feel like I’ve seen majority of these characters in previous Hong Sisters’ dramas.

      So for me, this drama is already overrated. lol.

    • 21.4 UJ

      dont forget about UEE from YAB…she is truly the first second lead i enjoyed watching…

    • 21.5 Laica

      She does seem to have something of a backstory, although I don’t know how interesting it is – when Byung Soo tries to get Mi Ho to not give up on Woong, he starts to mention something about how he’s liked her for a long time, but… and Mi Ho cuts him off to go and stop him from giving her his ki (lol). So there seems to be some kind of story there. It could be that she just takes him for granted and has been stringing him along, though, nothing too dramatic.

  22. 22 nixxochick

    love it!

  23. 23 ndegeocello

    I liked Byung Soo and Sun Nyeo in this episode.

    :/

  24. 24 posit

    this drama just keeps on pulling me in. it’s so fresh and nicely paced. and p.s. did anyone else notice how HUGE the gumiho hunter’s hand is when he touched mi ho’s face? seriously, it’s humongous on her tiny face! haha.

    • 24.1 Viola

      I noticed!

    • 24.2 Leona

      yes but the guy is like 183 cm or more… if you remember Lee Min Ho looked that huge near Goo Hye Sun

      btw I already have Second Lead Syndrome(with Hong sisters this is the 3rd time when I fall for the second guy) although I loved him in Pasta even he overacted a bit -I was paying too much attention to him… maybe

      1st time -YAB
      2nd time -Hong Gil Dong-even I didn’t like the series I loved Chang Hwi

      and in Delightful Girl CH I had a love and hate relationship with the second lead who was Uhm Tae Woong-he was the most hateful second lead of Hong sisters… even so you had to love him… so this time Dong Joo even he will do bad things to our GUmiho I don’t think we will hate him all the way like we will do with Second lead girl-coffee scene reminded me of UEE’s char in YAB

    • 24.3 92 sa

      haha i wen back to check the pic of it and his hand is so HGE especially compared to her hand on his face
      it made me lol when i realized

  25. 25 xiaoSxin

    you are right JB. It is a wonderful feeling to be excited in watching a drama again. My HAPPY DAYS are back!!!!

  26. 26 Fayt890

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

    I just watched this episode and I’m so in love with Dae Woong and Mi Ho!! Mi Ho is just so adorable!!! I agree with JB. Seeing the strong romantic ties between the leads is so refreshing! In most dramas you had to struggle to see if they seemed like a good pairing and sometimes you aren’t even awarded to SEE the romance in the relationship. I’m glad the acting is superb in this drama. At the end I was so pissed at Dae Woong for ditching her!!! He better make it up to her in the next episode!! I’m eagerly waiting for it… I want it to be Thursday already!!! T___T It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited to watch a drama!!! Kudos to the Hong sisters for an amazing start to the drama and I can’t wait to watch more ^^

  27. 27 leslie

    don’t you think fox rain is like Final Fantasy VIII between Squal Leonheart and Rinoa??

  28. 28 sunshine

    I’ll be completely honest. I don’t really like the series, and it has a lot to do with Woong’s character. His habit of blaming ALL of his problems on Mi Ho drives me up the wall. Umm…want to try taking some responsibility for your own actions instead of blaming it on others? Like misinterpreting the bus situation on your own and leaving your cell phone there on your own? I know that his character is supposed to be flawed. I get that. But I think it’s just that with a drama series, having a character display such glaring flaws “in the beginning” means that they’ll be displaying those flaws for a good 3+ hours which, frankly, is kind of hard for me to sit through. I can’t wait until his character becomes more responsible, and I know I’ll fully enjoy the series at that point. But until then, my enjoyment of the series is tamped down by my annoyance at the male lead…and Hye In too…

    • 28.1 imel

      hehehe..reading your comment…I agree with you..
      but then seeing Dae Woong…I just need to adjust my perspective to enjoy this series. I just think that Dae Woong’s life is following one rule… “When things can get worst, it will get worst”…and he’s really a kid trapped in an adult body. Please be understand…hehehe

  29. 29 ilukd

    love love love this EP 3 … MI ho is such a cute character … one more time Hong sisters making me happy …. lets celebrate happy time … Javabean and girlfriday …. fighting … lets all together enjoy this awesome drama ….

  30. 30 jenknight18

    I love this drama.. I’m hooked and just reading the summary makes my heart hurt and tingle .. what more if I watch it with subs… the plain story doesn’t need much elaboration just to gain interest.. it being plain and simply charismatic draws me all too excited .. Now I’m counting the days to Wednesday and Thursday,,

    Shin Mina is carrying the story.. her acting style is of different league already.. and Seungi has been able to manage to handle his character well..

    I love them.. I’m not watching much of Kim Tak Gu because I really don’t like too much melodrama but I’m glad because I can watch it later.. for now my heart belongs to the Gumiho Couple

  31. 31 rav

    I really love this series. I love the OST, the fox hunter is so hot, and Shin Minah shines in this drama. She’s very pretty as the Gumiho. Can’t wait for the next episode, this is my current favorite Kdrama series so far.

  32. 32 mina

    I’ve been visiting the site the whole day waiting for your recap! Thanks java…^^ I watched it earlier and all the emotions I haven’t felt in any recent dramas are certainly being awoken by this genius penning of Hong Sisters! I can’t wait for the next episode!

  33. 33 Maggie Y

    It was kind of sad when Miho was crying after she saw that Dae Woong left her there (kind of an ass move…)

    The mystery guy looks pretty o_O It’s kind of weird. Hahaha

  34. 34 marmar

    Man I gotta watch the drama because reading up on the episodes is just not enough i wanna watch it for myself…lol
    seriously this episode was sad. Hye In is an *itch..well it’s expected there always gotta be one evil *itch in a drama except Coffee House (which I love) everyone was sorta good.
    Anyways I actually like the Gumiho Hunter more. He is just so cute/hot. Their story must be a very sad one.
    I wonder if he was suppose to be the guy she was to marry but it turned out he was really a hunter & had to kill her for she is a Gumiho.
    Woong is such a jerk he abandon her after she saved his life. Can’t he just suck it up til his body is fully healed & he can return her fox bead but no he just needs to have it his way. Look forward to reading what happens next.
    I’m really enjoying this drama.

  35. 35 poo

    i am loving this series…i love her in d first pic…her hair is so soft.

  36. 36 K4Ice4Thu

    the ending just broke my heart…poor MiHo getting abandoned like that…

    i really don’t know what else to say except i’ve been hooked since last week and now i’m pretty much addicted to this drama!

  37. 37 shirubang

    aw, i haven’t even watch this episode yet… just reading it already made me cry. that’s so mean dae woong!

  38. 38 poo

    This drama is becoming very interesting…she looks so naturally cute in all the pics and i love her hair.

  39. 39 dinar

    sorry for being narrow minded, but.. the lead male actor…, I guess all the good looking male actors are (or soon will be) in the army …

    • 39.1 rumba lumba

      ROFL are you serious. Seung Gi was the first actor to be cast in this drama on 2009. clearly, you dont know his work. the variety show that he’s in hovers around 30%+ every week in ratings. his talk show Strong Heart on a tuesday evening hovers around 20%. his drama Shining Inheritance last year had a 47% peak rating. plus, he’s selling alot of albums and digital song downloads. he’s #2 in CFs (commercials) right behind Kim Yuna (the figure skater olympics girl) oh, and his apartment costs around $2 million. Seung Gi is so big in Korea right now. like, ridiculously big.

    • 39.2 dramafan88

      hey lee seung gi is not bad looking and he is korea’s beloved singer with quite a huge fan base of all ages locally and internationally as well.

      • 39.2.1 :P

        he’s known as the guy tht all the korean girls AND THEIR MOMS have a crush on, hahaha he is great in MGIG, yeah LSG is rly big, prob the top male-celeb right now in Korea he isnt necessarily manly-looking but he looks adorable and nice, which i personally think is better than ‘manly men’ rah for pretty boys! but plz dont denounce Kim Yuna as just ‘figure skater olympics girl’ she deserves more credit than tht something along the lines of ‘olympic gold medalist’ wud b more appropriate

        • 39.2.1.1 alert

          So true.

          Ages ago, I also wonder why LSG got all the hype and love by everyone – mums and no mums….. until I found myself religiously, and unconsciously watching 2D1N, and fell under the same spell. How and why, is still a mystery to me.

    • 39.3 silent

      It’s not fair to judge seunggi like that.In Korea ,he is loved by everyone.Even a little kids can’t resist his charm..If you watched 1n2d,everytime they go to remote area,the villagers never failed to recognize him.That the power of seunggi..His looks is just a bonus but what make he loves by everyone is because his attitude.Smart,humble,honest, hardworking,talented and the list will go on .That why his fansbase is wide.I suggest you to watched 1n2d to see how cool he is.

      • 39.3.1 Osi

        Yes..
        I totally agree with you.
        He’s smart, humble, has beautiful voice, and the most important thing, he can ACT.
        He’s one of few who succesfully tranform from idol to actor.
        I can’t stand pretty actor who act like a corpse.

      • 39.3.2 jubilantia

        Agreed, but… wait a second! People aren’t like that in real life! Maybe he’s actually a jerk in real life. Yeah, I’ll keep telling myself that.

        • 39.3.2.1 alert

          yes, he may be a jerk in real life, who knows. But maybe, we shouldn’t judge him as much as we don’t like being judged ourselves.

          Besides, that’s the image he’s been selling, and that’s the image I’m willing to buy.

          • 39.3.2.1.1 jubilantia

            Oh, I’m sorry. Sometimes I forget people can’t hear my tone of voice on the internet. Wasn’t judging him; I don’t actually believe that anyone is that good of an actor. It’s just that the list struck me as similar to some of the profiles of the stars in some dramas- similar to UEE’s character in You’re Beautiful. We never know for sure, and I think that’s part of the reason why we like watching stars. The whole “I bet he’s a jerk!” thing is kind of my joking mechanism for coping with the humongous silly crushes I develop on hot, famous guys that I will never meet.

          • 39.3.2.1.2 alert

            I don’t actually believe he’s that good of an actor either (LOL – got what u mean with tone of online voice – this is sounded so harsh typing it out than saying it in my head :P)..Am sure he has some skeletons in his closets too – everybody does. But I think one of the reasons why he won so many hearts is because of that stints of honesty he has and portrays, together with his already great image. That’s why we all fell under the same spell. :D

          • 39.3.2.1.3 hbfrack

            “The whole “I bet he’s a jerk!” thing is kind of my joking mechanism for coping with the humongous silly crushes I develop on hot, famous guys that I will never meet.”

            LOL i always say this to myself too to prevent from going crazier…:) but of course, i always fail, i ended up, liking them more…

    • 39.4 Hannah

      lol

    • 39.5 Soyachan

      really, beauty(handsomeness) is in the eye of the beholder. In my opinion, he’s very attractive and good looking.

      I like his facial expression and his smile. By the way, I don’t know he’s that big in Korea. This is his second drama I watch. The first one was ‘Shining Inheritance’. I just finished it last month.

  40. 40 :D

    i basically love everything about this drama, including the background music, especially “fox rain” :D

  41. 41 joann

    I loved it!
    Hopefully, this is going to be one of my favorite dramas. I actually look forward to this one and that makes me excited. Shin Mina is just adorable and Lee Seungki makes it great. However, I still wanted to slap Daewoong at the end of this episode. -_-

  42. 42 Abby

    i just love the drama to an extreme extent!
    and im so crazy to see the next episodes!

  43. 43 Beng

    i cried…

  44. 44 skimmy99

    I love how the second male lead reminds me of Park Hyo Shin. That makes his character so much more memorable for me (not to mention HOT!).

  45. 45 yukihime

    oh, Noh Min-woo, “tortured Gumiho Hunter with the asymmetrical haircut..” why can’t i remember that you were once ‘Rose’ of the TRAX???? hehehe…

    this drama keeps getting better!!! :D

    • 45.1 Leona

      because he looks so different right now… but I can’t decide yet if the asymmetrical haircut is a wig or his real hair

      when he was in TRAX he was blond with cute manicures and he did lots of wild faces… and he was the drummer of the day… now he looks to me so obsessed with acting thing that he sings only for his daily living and not as career (he was even in “A frozen flower” with just one line-the 36 guards were chosen if taller than 180 and if looked pretty)

      • 45.1.1 Iselin

        Im totally mesmerized by the Gumiho Hunter! how can he be so good looking?

        Oh, and Shin Minah is awesome…I love this show!!!!!

  46. 46 Hachi

    Thanks again JB, your recap is great
    the drama is a sweet departure from what is out there right now…the gumiho hunter is beautiful to look at, his character is indeed mysterious, Miho (Shin Min Ah) is an awesome “Gumiho” payback for Dae Woong will be a “B” shameless coward………..he gets that the bead is somehow helping him to live, but doesn’t get it that she has sacrificed something important that sustains her…what a brat……

  47. 47 tonia

    Never was a fan of Shin Min-ah but here I am falling for her. I knew that she was a good actress but here she just pulls you in…I am loving this series more and more. Much more that Baker Kim Takgu but then again that is just me. Thanks for the recap. I love that I have some series to look forward too after my You’re Beautiful and Chuno….Thank you so much.

  48. 48 brookeeve

    I hate Dae Woong. I was okay with him, and I kept expecting to fall in love with him, but when he abandoned her I just lost it. He had better do something pretty spectacular to make up for being a big poo-poo head, or I’m just not going to dig him.

    Mi Ho is freakin’ awesome! She could be on the show by herself and I’d watch.

    Also, Auntie and Chow Yun Fat Lite… the way he caught her in front of the Gone With the Wind poster… I had to pause the show and go potty or I woulda wet my pants.

    And Mr. Goblin is pretty, but he needs a new haircut.

  49. 49 elisa

    lololol but i think the most ironic bit is that it’s like rain though = water. she’s crying, making it even more water around her than there needs to be~~ the previeww omgggg a;lksdfja;sldfkjas;ldfjk. daewoong is so bad, keeps hurting poor miho ;___;~~

    but i think above all i’m the most curious about what’s going to happen with dong joo…..!

  50. 50 parsifal

    i love this drama!!! and the ‘fox rain’ song was so touching…i dont know korean, can somebody tell me what the song is about?

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