Drama Recaps
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 12
by | September 16, 2010 | 275 Comments

It’s time for the ultimate showdown: Libido vs. Fox Bead. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will make girlfriday cry?

You know which horse I’m backing, but it looks like Show might have a mind of its own. Gah. What’s a girl gotta do for some smoochies ’round here?

Oh, Show, you big tease.


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Dae-woong sings Mi-ho the gumiho song and pulls her in ever so gently by the hand for a kiss. Girls and their mothers swoon together. Grandmas join in. Mi-ho smiles at him brightly, and he takes out her ring. He tells her that it’s for real this time, and slides it on her finger.

And then, he puts his hand behind her head and goes in for another (omo!) kiss…but is thwarted by the fox bead, pounding away in his chest. Damn you, fox bead! You have the worst timing ever!

He grabs his chest in pain, and Mi-ho assesses the damage. She says that the fox bead isn’t done healing from the time he shared his ki with another woman, and it’s acting up now because he’s “genuinely thinking about mating.” HAHAHAHA. If only all men came with such supernatural indicators.

He lurches back in shock and embarrassment, spitting out that he wasn’t thinking about THAT, nope, not him! Mi-ho smiles at him devilishly, saying that he doesn’t have to lie—the bead tells the truth. She then frowns, realizing that until the bead is done healing, they can’t mate. She pouts, like someone just took away her candy. God, I love her.

Dae-woong holds his chest as the disappointment registers on his face. “Why does the bead have to do that?” Oh. My. God. I think I just fainted.

Dear Fox Bead, I hate you with the fire of a thousand suns. I was thisclose to recapping heaven, and then you snatched it away from me cruelly. Twice. But as a plot convention, I concede that I like you, because you set up a roadblock, making their sexual tension build and simmer. I admit that you’re useful. But I still hate you.

Mi-ho whines that it’s because he’s been defiled by another woman. He balks at that, insisting that he was attacked. Heh, he makes it sound like a wild animal came at him like a snack. Her eyes get wide, as she deduces that if the fox bead isn’t healed yet, he must’ve “done it for real.” Dae-woong: “I pulled back right away!” Keh. And what a great use of the ki / fox bead as a metaphor for sexual experience, or even past loves.

Mi-ho pauses for a moment, and then says, “Woong-ah. If you can take it [the pain], then we can…” Seriously, I love her. Girl wants her lovin’. Whatchoo gonna do?

He nods, bracing himself, and goes in for another kiss. Thwarted again. Mi-ho pouts, then lures him back in for another try, with her best come-hither smile. He goes again, but reels in pain, and finally tells her to sit further away. Ha. It’s like watching a teenager try to initiate foreplay without getting too…excited. Comedy!

Needless to say, Fox Bead: 4 / Dae-woong: 0

Emo Hair turns out to be quite the stalker, having followed Mi-ho and Dae-woong earlier that day, when they met in front of the chapel. He says to himself that he wanted to protect her from Dae-woong’s death and save her the pain, but he can’t stop it now.

At home, Mi-ho writes down a life plan, a list of goals for when she becomes human. They read as follows:

1. Mate with Dae-woong [when the fox bead heals]
2. Marry Dae-woong [when the 100 days are up]
3. Have child with Dae-woong [one year later, then one every year]
4. Live a long and happy life with Dae-woong

Haha. Dae-woong smiles at first, but then when she gets to the kids part, especially at the rate of one a year, the fear sets into his eyes. He starts imagining the progression, ending with a row of kids chanting “Daddy, buy us meat!” He breaks out of his reverie shouting, “NO!” He tells her that he can’t abide by a life plan that has him married at 21 and a baby daddy by 22, and runs away to his room. He secretly thanks the fox bead for putting the breaks on Mi-ho’s life plan.

The next day, Mi-ho asks the chicken shop ajumma about it, who tells her to take it slow on the ten-year plan. She hears that nearby construction tore down a giant tree last night, and Mi-ho wonders what the tree’s inhabitants will do. Cue creepy little boy who sees Mi-ho walk past, and immediately sees that she’s a fox. He follows.

Mi-ho goes to see Dong-joo, who isn’t the least bit happy to hear about her reconciliation with Dae-woong. He sighs that she’ll stop listening to him now, and tells her that he can’t stand by and watch anymore. He’s stayed too long in one place, and is preparing to leave.

She asks if it’s because of her. He admits it outright, adding that because of her, he’s broken a lot of his own rules, getting involved where he shouldn’t. He apologizes for not being able to watch over her till the end.

When he says that he’s thinking of going somewhere remote, like an island, she sighs that she can’t visit him then, because of her fear of water. He’s surprised to hear that, wondering why when other animals are afraid of fire, she’s afraid of water. She tells him that the Samshin Grandmother made her out of fire, which is why her tails glow blue like flames. She tells Dong-joo that before they say goodbye, she’ll show him her tails, by moonlight. She calls moonlight “dal gil,” which you’ll remember is his past love’s name in reverse. He doesn’t react, but I’m thinking that can’t be a coincidence. When they part, he sees the boy follow Mi-ho, and puts on his serious face.

On set, Dae-woong hears that the funding might come through for the movie to shoot his action scenes in China. He frets over the possibility of being separated from Mi-ho for two months.

Hye-in has grown a giant red zit overnight (karma’s a bitch that way), and Mi-ho relishes the coincidental victory. Hye-in tells her she has no shame or pride, sticking to Dae-woong again when she said she’d leave, and Mi-ho responds matter-of-factly that she doesn’t have those things, which is why she’ll marry Dae-woong and live happily ever after. She adds some more hocus pocus and leaves Hye-in stewing.

Dae-woong invites Mi-ho to his grandfather’s house for dinner that night, and the little kid sees right away that Dae-woong is keeping Mi-ho’s fox bead. He does a bump pass, and discovers that the bead smells of goblin fire. He licks his chops at the thought of stealing such a delightful treat. He trails Dae-woong, but Dong-joo nabs him mid-hunt, saying he knows what he is. The kid says, “Then you know I’m a goblin?”

Dong-joo pulls him aside to kill him, but the kid pleads for his life. He insists he was just trying to befriend the gumiho, since her bead smelled of goblin fire. Dong-joo reels at his words. It’s the first concrete proof he’s given that Mi-ho and Gil-dal are linked. The kid sees his chance and runs, while Dong-joo stands agape, wondering if it’s possible that their sharing the same face isn’t a coincidence. Dude, you’ve lived centuries. Have you ever met a coincidental doppelganger?

At Grandpa’s house, Mi-ho plays the flute and does a traditional dance, to the utter delight of everyone. It’s the perfect audience for her old-school talents, as Grandpa especially enjoys traditional culture and artifacts.

She eats well, but only sticks to beef, which makes Aunt Min-sook a little upset, as she worked really hard preparing the rest of the dishes too. She insists that Mi-ho try the vegetables and rice, so Mi-ho picks up a pickle, looking at it like it’s poison. Dae-woong comes to the rescue, distracting Aunt and Grandpa, and Mi-ho feeds him while their heads are turned. Gah. Cute.

Upstairs in Dae-woong’s room, Mi-ho is really pleased that she got to use the things she learned when she was waiting for a husband centuries ago…on her future husband’s family. He takes stock in the fact that she really has lived for hundreds of years, making his twenty seem like a blip on her radar.

He asks if she isn’t scared, at the thought of aging, and eventually dying. He says that these are things that she’s never had to face since she’s lived for five hundred years, but that human beings are universally afraid of. Mi-ho says, “I wasn’t living…I was just existing. I want to change, and fill my time as I live.” She tells him that when she was trapped in that painting, she heard so many people’s wishes, and all she ever wanted was to have wishes like theirs. She admits that her life plan may seem trivial and ordinary, but it’s what she’s witnessed as the things that all people ask for.

Dae-woong promises to make new memories with her, and they take a picture together.

Dong-joo visits the Samshin temple, and asks the Grandmother in the painting if she made Mi-ho out of Gil-dal’s goblin fire. Angry tears form, as he asks desperately if he’s repeating his mistakes all over again. He cries as he remembers having to kill Gil-dal. Ooh, I like this development in his character. Much better. I like the dilemma it poses for him, and now he has to factor in his responsibility in the mess. The tortured emo thing is a better fit now, because it’s got some weight behind it.

On their way home, Mi-ho and Dae-woong pass by a couple with their arms around each other, and Mi-ho pouts that even though they’ve become a couple, nothing’s different for them. She accuses Dae-woong of using the fox bead as an excuse to keep her away. Ha.

Dae-woong decides that they’ve started now, so he’s got to up their level (of physical contact). He puts out his hand, and she gives him hers. He checks, and the fox bead seems okay with that, so then Mi-ho links arms. That seems okay, so then she pulls his arm around her shoulders.

He feigns the fox bead’s unhappiness with that, just to mess with her, and keep from over-doing the PDA. She pouts, but when he takes her hand again, this time interlocking their fingers, she smiles, and they walk home swinging their hands back and forth in their usual explosion of adorableness.

Dae-woong stops at the store to get something, and sends Mi-ho home ahead of him. When she arrives, Dong-joo is there waiting for her. He loses himself for a moment, talking to Mi-ho as if she were Gil-dal, saying that it’s been a long time, and that he’s missed her. Mi-ho wonders if he’s here to say goodbye, but no, he’s here to say hello, and says he’ll be staying, to watch over her. He touches her face lovingly, tears in his eyes. Oh dear. Get ready for the angst, people! This isn’t going to be confusing at all.

Mi-ho says that he needn’t worry. She’ll become human and live happily with Dae-woong. That brings more tears to Dong-joo’s eyes, and he says that this time, he’ll protect her till the end.

Dae-woong develops their first photo and buys an album to put it in. He says to himself that they can fill it together, starting now. Okay, I need a new word for adorable. Woongtastic.

On his way home, he runs into Dong-joo, who tells him that his plan to leave has been delayed. Dae-woong cuts to banmal, telling him that’s fine, as long as he still leaves. Dong-joo tells him to keep the fox bead safe, and Dae-woong scoffs, thinking he’s over-stepping his bounds. Dong-joo adds, “And when it comes time for her to leave, let her go.”

Dae-woong: There won’t be a time when Mi-ho wants to leave, and I have no intention of letting her go. From now on, Mi-ho and I are going to live happily, for a long, long time.

Dong-joo watches him go, wishing that someone else were keeping the fox bead, to protect Mi-ho from the inevitable heartbreak. Yeah, you me both, buddy. He realizes that he’ll have to protect Dae-woong while he carries the bead, so he decides that the little goblin must be killed.

The next day, Mi-ho and Dae-woong eat at home, and Dae-woong tries to get her to eat a more balanced diet. She says she’ll start once she’s human, and eyes the veggies suspiciously. Dae-woong tells her that she can eat like this now because she’s a gumiho, but if she keeps this up, “you’ll go straight from a fox to a pig.” Hahaha.

He tells her that eating vegetables will be good for her skin and make her prettier. Mi-ho: “How could I possibly be any prettier? I’m satisfied now.” HAHAHA. Her blatant acknowledgement of her own beauty just cracks me up. And Dae-woong’s reaction just makes it all the better.

Dae-woong gets the call that the China shoot is on, which means he’ll be abroad by himself for two months.

Hye-in spills the news to Mi-ho, telling her that Dae-woong is hesitating because of her. Dae-woong finds Mi-ho, as she’s pouting, “Wooooooong-ah, Wooooooog-ah” by herself. Sighing, she tells him to go, and not to worry about her.

He sees how dejected she is, so he makes up a list of his own: Nine Reasons Why It’s Good to Have a GU-miho Girlfriend. 1) she’s unique in all the world; 2) you can wander around at any time of night because she’s strong; 3) she doesn’t play coy because she’s frank and honest; 4) if she likes you, she shouts it wherever she wants; 5) this one makes him nervous too, “but have you seen a girlfriend so pretty?” she’s confident; 6) she’s considerate; 7) she knows that two-timing equals death; 8 ) he can trust that she’ll never leave his side; 9) “I just…really, really, really, really, really like you.” He adds the finger guns at the end. How cute that he confesses the same way she did, which is exactly what she wanted. Belated, but all the better for it.

Mi-ho swoons in utter bliss, and as the camera pans, we see that they’ve had not one, but two eavesdroppers. Dong-joo looks pained, while Hye-in just looks pissed. She doesn’t want to keep meddling anymore (it injures her pride), but Dong-joo insists they have to keep them apart.

When Mi-ho visits Dong-joo later, asking if she could maybe go along with Dae-woong if she used her new passport, Dong-joo uses the goblin as an excuse to send Dae-woong away and keep Mi-ho here.

It’s time for Dae-woong to leave, and Mi-ho shows him that she’ll be eating her vegetables like a good gumiho. He gives her the photo album, and tells her to fill it with lots of pictures, so she can tell him about everything she did while he was away.

He leaves, and turns back to say one last goodbye. She looks so sad that he comes back and swoops her for a kiss on the cheek. He promises that once the fox bead is done healing, he’ll kiss her properly. Atta boy!

The look on her face, anticipating that real kiss, is just perfect.

While Dae-woong is gone, Mi-ho documents her time, playing with Ddoong-ja, bonding with Grandpa, Aunt Min-sook, the chicken shop ajumma, Sun-nyeo, and eating her vegetables. After yet another plate of veggies, she declares to herself, “Ah, so tasty…NOT.” Heh.

Dae-woong arrives home on a four-day weekend, excited to surprise Mi-ho. Meanwhile, she’s at Dong-joo’s house, where he shows her the house he’s prepared in Japan. He tells her that he’s going to move there…with her. She sighs in exasperation, asking if he’s going to tell her to leave Dae-woong again. She says that she has lots and lots of life plans with Dae-woong, so he can just forget it. He tells her that because of the goblin, she has to stay away from Dae-woong until the hundred days are up.

While Dae-woong waits outside for Mi-ho, the goblin finally finds his opportunity. He pretends to be hurt so that Dae-woong will come close, and then he whammies him unconscious.

Just then, as Dong-joo drives Mi-ho home, he senses his magical knife start to act up, so he pulls over to go catch the goblin. He tells Mi-ho not to follow, since the knife’s power will affect her too. She realizes that Dong-joo really is a hunter, who catches things like her.

In the gym, the goblin wonders how to get the fox bead out without damaging it. Dae-woong stirs awake, surprised to hear the kid talking about his bead. The goblin surmises that he got tricked by a fox to carry her bead, and tells him that if he carries it, he’ll eventually die. Why thank you, Exposition Goblin.

He asks for the bead and when Dae-woong refuses, he starts to attack him. Dong-joo appears just time, putting his own blood on the dagger, and then throwing it at the goblin. He misses, but he does knick him. The goblin manages to get away.

Dae-woong returns the dagger, asking Dong-joo what that was. He asks about what the goblin said—is it true that he’ll die?

Outside, Mi-ho catches the goblin, who’s too injured to squirm out of her grasp. He tells her the same thing, calling her evil for using her fox bead to steal the ki of a human being. He not only tells her that the human will die when she takes the bead back, but that Dong-joo knows all about it.

She stands there frozen, letting it sink in that if she takes the bead back to become human, Dae-woong dies.

In the gym, Dong-joo LIES to Dae-woong, telling him the goblin meant that if he refuses to give the bead back after the hundred days, Mi-ho will die. He warns him one more time to keep the fox bead safe. Dae-woong spits back that he needn’t ask for things that Dae-woong already said he’d do.

In the park, Mi-ho thinks back to Dong-joo’s cryptic words about living in a world without Dae-woong, and she starts to cry. As her tears come flowing out, it starts to rain, and she asks, “Woong-ah, what do I do?”

At home, Dae-woong catches up on Mi-ho’s days without him, and he looks at the 100-day calendar now with hope, smiling that they’re almost halfway there, till she’s human. Heartbreaking. He sees “Mi-ho’s Life Plan” glued to her bed, and adds “Dae-woong and—” with a heart to the top. Aw.

Mi-ho goes to see Dong-joo. She doesn’t reveal what she knows, but asks what happened to Gil-dal to keep her from becoming human. He says bitterly that she mistook betrayal for love, and he’ll never let that happen to Mi-ho. He admits that he told Dae-woong that if he doesn’t return the fox bead that she’ll die.

Mi-ho looks down at his dagger, asking in a haunting tone if it would kill her. He says it will, and moves it, thinking nothing of her question. When he leaves the room, she decides, “I have to disappear.”

She comes home to an excited Dae-woong, who wonders why her reaction is so muted. He admits to coming home because he missed her, and asks why she didn’t tell him about the fact that she’d die if he didn’t return her bead.

He says that he’ll be faithful and return it on the hundredth day, as promised. Mi-ho looks up at him in tears, “I’m sure you would.” Thump. Heart? Meet floor.

Dae-woong wonders why she’s crying, and she says it’s because she likes him so much. He wipes her tears, saying, “When you’re near me, it stops hurting, right? I’ll never leave your side.”

He places her hand on his heart.

Dae-woong: I’ll protect you.
Mi-ho: And I’ll protect you.


Aaaaack! How can my heart be torn in two directions by one turn of phrase? His declaration to protect her is the ultimate manly declaration of love, the perfect bookend to his squee-worthy “You take responsibility for me” in Episode 11. But then her use of it is soul-crushing, because she knows that to protect him, means to give up her life.

This is the kind of dramatic tension that I love. It’s mundane on the surface, but epic in consequence.

How can one mother-frakkin’ fox bead do this much damage to two hearts?


275 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. miniejungle

    yooo hooo!!! updates!! thanks girlfriday!!!!!!

  2. Diadda

    When I saw the first 15 minute of episode 12 I just about died from the cute. How could anyone not? Between the kiss and the babies in episode 12 I knew I needed another short montage of remembrance. Dearest Hong sisters I so Love you.


    OH yeah and an episode 11 vid too. Starts off all somber but music and mood change for the big kiss. Just when I thought I would stop making these…Sheesh.


  3. mmmaggie

    This episode was so good — emotional, game-changing, yet still with the joie de vivre of the earlier episodes.

    Girlfriday, javabeans, I love the “ki” you both bring to your recaps. Potential future competition for the Hong Sisters???

  4. Ace

    Weee! Epic episode! Thanks Girlfriday!

  5. luraaa

    Thanks for the recap! I think I’m loving the Hong sisters more and more. Their first OTP in Delightful Girl Chun Hyang weren’t like this back then, but now, with the Hoi couple, it seems like these two sisters are a tough pair of writers to beat.

  6. hunterbear

    Wonderful recap girlfriday! I believe you may have out done yourself. I just have to ask, you wouldn’t mind “lending” out Dae Woong for a couple days, nay a couple hours would you? I’ll be sure to return him the same way I found him :). The last two episodes have turned me into a giant mass of blubbering mess so here is my last coherent thought.
    Why doesn’t Miho just take the bead out while DW still has some energy left. True that she wouldn’t be able to be human but at least she’d still be alive. Besides her two tails can grow back with the bead back in her. .Right? Or maybe I’m missing something.
    And I think I know what I want noona to die of – incurable ugliness. MUAHAAHA! Serves her right, the evil witch.

    • 6.1 hunterbear

      Oops almost forgot. The hour/sand glass drives me nuts. I can’t wait to smash it, and if it so happens to come in contact with DJ, or noona, all the better :). Yes, this show makes me blood thirsty. sigh.

    • 6.2 girlfriday

      No lending. You’ll have to off me first.

      • 6.2.1 hunterbear

        Sigh. Heartless. Now I know how Miho felt when that bead turned into a cockblocker.

      • 6.2.2 Lahlita

        @girlfriday *Very Intense Stare at no one in particular*
        That can be arranged, unni-yah.
        One can only hold up a mass of fangirls for so long before mysterious accidents befall said person….

        • Diadda

          Ack!!!! NO!!! we need the recaps. Wait till the show is over…then well…uhhh… I’m sorry Girlfriday.

          • girlfriday

            Damn. Who’s heartless now?

          • Lahlita

            Don’t worry, Goddess of Limericks Diadda. Until MGiaG is over, I shall protect uri Girlfriday-unni with my life, for within her lies the Magical Bead of Drama Ki. That is the only explanation for her ethereal recaps, which attain a celestial level of beauty and power.

            But when the show is over, I’m gettin’ some damned sausage!

          • Diadda

            If you are going to hoard the dimple, there is nothing I can do. I have seen fangirls riot for less.


          • hunterbear

            Haha. Maybe we should conspire to over throw gf’s claims of possession. But you’re right. Gotta wait till all the recaps are done.

      • 6.2.3 karen

        girlfriday, you wanted Seung Gi or Daewoong? You can’t have both!!

        Whether it is Seung Gi or Daewoong, i have been in the queue for as long as they are in this world, so please don’t jump queue and take ownership of them.. hahaha..

        anyway, thanks for the recap.. i don’t want anyone of them to die…… and don’t separate them for the remaining episodes… i would rather they spend the next 4 episodes together, thinking that one of them will die… but eventually they are able to get together in the end…

    • 6.3 javabeans

      I’m pretty sure that we’re in one of those point-of-no-return scenarios. Mi-ho can’t take the bead out now and stay alive as a gumiho, because she drank Dong-joo’s blood which is slowly killing her. She’s killing her gumiho self, and only taking back her human-infused bead will turn her human. All or nothin’.

      • 6.3.1 bethany

        hows about some DEUS EX MACHINA????

        i mean, a goblin appeared this far along in the series, who knows what else could happen! maybe the chicken shop ahjooma is actually the grandma in the painting and she has some uber magical awesome remedy.

        one can hope.

        • meve

          the ahjumma bein the gradma would be epic!

      • 6.3.2 ktb

        I was thinking about this, and there HAS to be some kind of out-clause, or some weird and obscure way for there to be a happy ending. There WILL be a happy ending, or I will be seriously seriously seriously (yes, three times compounded) pissed.
        I mean, if its a Hong sisters drama, there’s gonna be a happy ending, right???

        I don’t think I could be happy in a Kdrama world where MiWoong wasn’t a happily-ever-after…

      • 6.3.3 facetious

        Ways this drama could end:

        1. Somehow they both live (presumably through some loophole they haven’t told us about yet), happily ever after setting up a butcher shop. This one makes the most sense, going by the endings of the Hong sisters previous shows.

        2. Either Mi-Ho or Dae-Woong dies. (My money is on Mi-Ho) Thousands of women around the world call in sick to cry their eyeballs out at home. This is quite a possibility, because the Hong sisters might want to try a different kind of ending than their previous ones. And you have to admit, it’d make a pretty epicly tear-jerking ending.

        3. They both die. The Hong sisters end up being assassinated by rabid, bawling fangirls. This one’s the most dubious, but I’m not going to rule it out completely.

        • nzgirl

          4. DJ needs to give up his bead for miho to live and he dies, and everyone else lives happily.

  7. last_thread

    next week is too far away ;__;

    • 7.1 kristin

      no kidding!!!

  8. lovenyc52

    thanks GF… another great recap!!!

    Woongtastic indeedy!!

    We’re in the last stretch… i can’t wait to see how this all [happily!!] ends!! 😀

  9. Kender

    I spent the entire episode ranging from “OMG SO ADORABLE” to “OH GOD WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS TO ME.” I’m pretty sure my brother thought I was going crazy, especially since I was screaming at the computer in Korean..

    GOD, this show is getting heart-wrenching. If it has a sad ending, I may have to kill myself. (I must put all of my faith into the Hong sisters’ ability to end this well. I must!)

  10. 10 serenity56

    oh my you’re really fast girl friday! i love every recaps of yours!
    i love dong joo. he’s hot. and i love how he’s character is improving…
    aw, daewoong and miho totally inlove.

  11. 11 Soyachan

    yeh. Thank you for the recap. I’ve been refreshing this page for the whole evening 🙂

  12. 12 totokoko

    it is weird that i like reading the recaps way more than watching the actual episode?
    thanks for the recaps! great, entertaining writing!

  13. 13 Addicted

    I LOVE YOU!!
    now i can go back to my homework!

  14. 14 Butet

    Imma take it that Javabeans is not going to be happy again cuz she didn’t recap this episode

    • 14.1 Butet

      and THANK YOU!

      and dang.. now my head is spinning with more theories.
      I do feel some sort of heartache for Beautifully Emo, all he ever wanted was to be loved by a Gumiho. Is that so hard to do?

      But so much adorableness and sexual innuendos, I gushed and awed and felt heartbreak in such a short time.

  15. 15 :P

    this episode is “Woongtastic.” ahaha getting the dirty episode again? THNK U!
    but i still dont understand the connection btwn miho and the old goblin
    and tht kid-goblin is creepy.
    Hoi-Hoi/Dimples Couple!

    • 15.1 serenity

      I think Miho was made out of a spectacle/part of Gil Dal (old goblin). I think when Gil Dal perished and turned into dust part of it was taken by the grandmother and made the fox bead out of it.

  16. 16 rich

    I’ve been a frequent visitor of this site lately because of this drama. I love it to pieces… Thanks for the recaps!

    Dae Woong and Mi Ho are super cute! But the plot thickens from here… I feel sad for Emo Hunter though.

    I’m so looking forward to the next episode. For me, this is the best drama so far.

  17. 17 jossy

    Daebak! now so, umm, where can I get a fox bead? hehe
    awesomeness 3000 as usual GF!

  18. 18 someone

    never have i squealed and giggled so much from watching a kdrama aaaak! if i was a gumiho, i would have lost all my tails and died already with each episode becoming more and more woongtastic! come to think of it, mi ho should have her own word for all her awesomeness 😀

  19. 19 fangirl

    thanks thanks… been waiting for this

  20. 20 Lahlita

    This episode was seriously Woongtastic! And Girlfriday is totally beach-slapping Javabeans when it comes to getting the awesome episodes. Also mad props to ViiKii for being amazingly fast with the subs this week. If there’s anyone reading who is a ViiKii Viking, I salute you!

    The only thing I didn’t like about the episode was Exposition Goblin. His sudden arrival on the scene to spill all the secrets was really inorganic. (I can’t believe I’m talking about inorganic in a show with an otherworldly premise). Hunter should have made one more cryptic comment, and Mi-ho should have put it together, thereby keeping the origination of conflict firmly within. But that one gripe is peanuts in the face of all of the wonderful … I don’t even have words.

    I don’t know how they’re going to both make it out alive, but they have to. If they don’t, Lahlita is going to go to Korea and punish some Hong Sisters. And the end of the episode, when Mi-ho said she would protect Woong-ah, I would like to state for the record that I did NOT cry. It’s just that there was something in my eye. And in my other eye. Is all I’m sayin’.

    OMGash, so much more to say, but none of it is particularly meaningful. Just random squeeing and being simultaneously joyful and heartbroken, and loving on the show really hard. Le sigh. L’epique sigh.

    • 20.1 nom_kitteh

      I agree — the goblin was unnecessary. Mi Ho could very well have been made to figure it from…oh, I don’t know, notes sexy-vet-doctor scribbled on a prescription pad for doggie vitamins or something during one of his sitting-in-the-darkened-room-emo-episodes. Also that creepy horror movie-esque quality to the evil boy was really disconcerting.

      But it has still been a fantastic 6-8 episodes so far.

      So to protect Woong, Mi Ho has to kill herself, right? So someone’s gonna die regardless. Well, damn. Damn, damn, damn.

      This is gonna be one those hong gil dong shows, isn’t it?

      • 20.1.1 Ojou_Belle

        Oh, pleeeaaase, not one of those Hong Gil Dong shows! I cried buckets at the end of Hong Gil Dong! I’m guessing my hottie-hot-hottie emo sweetie’s gonna give his bead to MiHo. I have this theory that he was the one whom Gil Dal originally gave her fox bead to but she fell in love with someone else, hence he had to kill her or something.

        • linkyo

          >> I have this theory that he was the one whom Gil Dal originally gave her fox bead to but she fell in love with someone else, hence he had to kill her or something<<

          Hm…. Your theory does make sense. But I was thinking: maybe the same thing happened to gildal and dong joo, as what happened between miho and daewoong.

          So, maybe gildal gave her bead to dong joo, but because she loved him so much and couldn't see him die so gildal asked dongjoo to kill her. So now Dongjoo is half human because he has that fox bead inside….

          And maybe… Maybe… Because miho was made from gildal's goblin fire as what the recaps said:

          ""Dong-joo visits the Samshin temple, and asks the Grandmother in the painting if she made Mi-ho out of Gil-dal’s goblin fire. ""

          So…. That means dong joo has a part of "miho's life source"–gildal's fox bead– so maybe the way out is for dongjoo to take out gildal's fox bead for miho (so, she will have an energy source) while daewoong will have miho's bead remaining inside him… Ugghhh??? Dongjoo… Dies? ^^;;;; ahhhh no no no hong sisters need to make a better way out

      • 20.1.2 Lahlita

        Shallow as it is, I’m going with the theory that sharing ki will save them, but it has to occur before the 100th day. There’s got a be a reason why Dong-joo kept beating Mi-ho over the head with the fact that she’s not allowed to mate with Dae-woong. Maybe it was to ensure that Dae-woong’s life force gets drained 100% since he won’t receive any additional ki?

        OK, that doesn’t make any sense and it’s a really shallow resolution, so I’m thinking that Dong-joo will have to give up whatever life-force is within him. If he does indeed have Gil-dal’s bead within him, that would be an appropriate sacrifice.

        I must say, this entire situation is rife with dramatic possibilities, but I don’t see a separation for anyone. Here’s why:

        1) Dong-joo wants to keep Mi-ho safe and ensure that she lives. He will want to protect Dae-woong until the 100th day, and then remove the bead (kill Dae-woong) so Mi-ho can live. So he’s not letting Dae-woong out of his sight.

        2) Mi-ho has made up her mind to protect Dae-woong, which means she won’t allow the bead to be taken out of him at the end. So she’s not letting him out of her sight either. Plus, now that she has decided to die for him, every minute is precious. She won’t leave him.

        3) Dae-woong is crazy in love with Mi-ho, and understands that (a) losing her tails to become human is an excruciatingly painful process that will only get worse, and that (b) the pain is more bearable for her when she’s with him. So he won’t leave her.

        4) At some point, Dae-woong is going to find out that he and Mi-ho are doomed, that “neither can live whilst the other survives,” and about the choice Mi-ho has made. It’s going to be gut-wrenching. He won’t leave her.

        Dong-joo is beautiful, but if he has to die to save them SO BE IT. He started this mess by not telling Mi-ho up front what would happen if she went this route, thereby depriving her of the chance to make an informed decision. She would never have put Dae-woong at that kind of risk if she knew beforehand. Bad Dong-joo. You’re beautiful, but no. You — and your emo hair — are just going to have to die.

        • Ari

          Cruel as it may be, I’m counting on that.

          That, or Grandma will come down from the heavens a weave a miracle for these two.

        • hunterbear

          ok sharing ki it is! Hah. I can’t wait for that to happen. Their babies will have the cutest dimples ever! swoon!

        • Gumiho

          I agree with you Lahlita. I also have the theory of sharing their ki because Dong Joo always told Mi Ho not to mate with Dae Woong.

          My theory is when they mate, their ki will be one? I dunno. Gosh, the Hong Sisters are making me think too much.

          But the Dong Joo theory could be possible. It’s just that Dong Joo’s identity is stil vague.

          I just can’t afford to think that this drama won’t have a happy ending. Gosh. I want a happy ending. Please!

          GF, what’s your theory about this? The “neither can live while the other survives” thing reminds me of Harry Potter. I don’t know what to think. I don’t think that Dong Joo is kind enough to sacrifice himself if he has Gil Dal’s bead. He’s too selfish.

          • Treep

            I think at the end of the day (episode) DJ would (should) sacrifice himself for both MH and DW cause its obvious enough that DW and MH are head over heel with each other.DW wont let MH kill herself for him neither do MH There is no room at all for DJ and we might as well erase our memory of that evil noona. Since DJ had killed his lover hundreds thousands years ago, he realized that he doesnt want to repeat the same mistake again this time. Or maybe he already became tired with i-cant-live-at-one-place-for-a-long-time policy.so enough is enough. let just let those two lover hoi-hoi couple make their own love story and perhaps he will eventually think that by letting DW and MH live, he actually let gil-dal live.

            So there you go, my theory(dream). I pray so hard every week hoping for a happy ending for our hoihoi couple.
            *starry teary eyes*

        • xiaoSxin

          Oh my God.. Sharing ki… now that is one good twist.

          like the scenario would be..

          both of them knows their predicament that one of them will die.. but in an effort to have one blissful day as normal humans, they spend the day as a regular boyfriend and girlfriend or lovers.. date.. movie.. dinner or overnight vacation out in the beach overnight, sweet romantic night..

          i could giggle watching that episode..

          then sharing their ki will mean the powers of the bead will protect them both and give them life..

          • linkyo

            I would love to have the “ki sharing” plot. If it is going to be like that… Was wondering “then, Daewoong will have to endure some pain during the mating” right? I mean, her fox bead inside him is still healing (the duel between daewoong vs fox bead). But maybe it’s the matter of timing? (100th day before the full moon?) Heh… Still having no idea where the story is going to turn LOLz. Oh, Hong sisters! Entertain us with great ending please!

          • Momolito

            Maybe if min ho get pregnant, she will have human energy inside (the baby will become her bead). Thats why im hoping they mate and she gets pregnant. Thats my theory

        • linkyo

          Oohhhh!!!! Now I kinda get it! After thinking about it… Basically, how does “retrieve the bead back after 100 days and she’s already a human (almost?)” Since miho wouldn’t be a gumiho anymore at the end of the 100 days, I think, the way to retrieve the bead is indeed to “mate”…. (I mean, you can’t do hocus pocus to retrieve the fox bead when you’re a human already) –maybe that’s why dongjoo forbid her to mate with daewoong? Or…????

        • kappy

          Thank you for laying these points out so nicely, Lahlita. These twists in the plot takes me back to my confusion with Pirates of the Caribbean and the whole heart in the box thing (still haven’t gotten that one straight).

          I like your ki-sharing idea. And if that is shallow, well then, Show… give us shallow! And/or Emo Hair will have to play the sacrificial lamb and make his exit. His being mostly honest with Miho just doesn’t cut it – he will have to pay.

        • viola

          Oh god Lahlita, way to break my heart there! I know that there is no way His Preternatural Prettiness can survive, but I was busy coming with wildly implausible scenarios where everyone gets their HEA. You just shattered my lovely dreams *pout*

    • 20.2 asianromance

      it does make me wonder how many non-humans are just wandering around in the MGIAG world….

  21. 21 miss_procrastination

    I am floored. How can there be so much cuteness mixed with absolute dread? There are so many possibilities for how this will end…I really hope that the Hong sisters will keep to the happy-oh-my-goodness-too-cute.

    Thanks for the recap!

  22. 22 hazelbeans

    omgomgomg – I legit squealed continuously while reading your recap, I don’t know what will happen to me when I actually watch the episode.

    Dear Shisus,
    If this drama does not end well, I swear I will give up watching k-dramas for good. If it does end well, I will throw a goodbye party, so give me Miho’s and Daewoong’s wedding and babies.

  23. 23 Orion

    Damn that gorramn fox bead! It’s driving us (as well as Mi Ho and Dae Woong) crazy. XD

    Well, Dae Woong has done quite a few bad things himself so let him wear the chastity belt, I mean bead, for a while.

    • 23.1 Cristy

      Orion, are you a Firefly fan?

  24. 24 Nan

    Thanks for super fast recaps!!! 🙂

  25. 25 Heilie

    Ogosh I dont want this drama to end!

  26. 26 cheanne

    wow …..very good…..I really love the story……

  27. 27 cattey

    Thank you so much for the recap, Girlfriday!!
    This episode made my heart race in excitement at the beginning and in the end, it just stopped and broke after the fact that Miho now knows about the consequences of her becoming a human. I can’t help but worry for them, but I know it’s all gonna turn out just fine.

  28. 28 vis

    OMG! What an awesome episode! It’s just getting better and better (and our hoi-hoi couple is getting even cuter, which I didn’t think was possible *heart*) XD I really can’t foresee what will happen from now on. How will DJ ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself? Also this episode felt long in a good way because so many things happpened over the course of one hour.

    Thanks for the recap! Gonna be a long wait ’til next wednesday…

  29. 29 Hajung

    I think I was so caught up in the hilariousness of the first half hat I didn’t really get how angsty and sad the second part is. But after reading this I’m so sad!
    I’m hoping for some mysterious, magical way for them to both survive. They can’t die! It just cannot happen!

  30. 30 :D

    you had an even better episode than javabeans! lollllll

    • 30.1 anon

      again lol!

      • 30.1.1 javabeans


        • Balletbabe

          Aww cheer up JB your recap had the much anticipated big kiss which thanks to the darn bead won’t be happening again any time soon

    • 30.2 girlfriday

      Actually, I think in terms of emotional throughline and dramatic tension, Episode 11 was better. It was so well-constructed that I felt carried along. 12 was good, but 11 made me squee like nobody’s business. When HE asked HER to take responsibility for him? I died.

      Not that I would want to trade, as the hoi-hoi banter in 12 made up for it in leaps and bounds.

      • 30.2.1 pohonphee

        I think Drama God is really on your side, ha, ha, ha…true eps 9 is better than eps 11, but eps 12 is still better than eps 11.

      • 30.2.2 Ace

        I love this scene…the background music was Super Mario Brothers…”go…clear…level up!…” hahaha! so cute!

      • 30.2.3 facetious

        Just curious, why’s the reply highlighted in green?

        • Cristy

          Probably because girlfriday is the author of the original post.

  31. 31 Diadda

    I have my own speculation as to how this will end. Demon Hunter Vet MD will sacrifice himself for the girl he has always loved and break her cycle of pain once and for all. At least this is what I am thinking will be the best solution. It gives the angst of a major characters death but the love of our primary couple is still safe. Doctor Emo will be able to do it since it was his blood and magic spelly things that started all this.

    Tragedy with happy ending….At least it better not be one of the mains. I’ll join the rest of the posters here in a mass revolt.

    • 31.1 Tushka

      Since Dong Joo made the deal with MiHo to become human, I always suspected that he sacrifice himself for her. As soon as she touched his face (in the mall cafe) he was dead in the water.

      Dong Joo no longer wanted to put MiHo back in the picture or kill her. Sure, he thought nothing of playing with her life but slowly wanted to make her happy, even if it didn’t include him. Now, he wants MiHo for himself. My heart breaks for him.

    • 31.2 Ojou_Belle

      I agree! As I said somewhere above, I have this theory that my hottie-hot-hottie-sweetie Park Dong Joo is the guy whom Gil Dal offered her bead to hold on to for 100 days. He says he’s half human which is probably th eeffect of the fox bead in him.

      • 31.2.1 nara:)

        I think so too! I thought Dong Joo was a non-human up to now. But when he told Hye In in episode 11 that he was only half, this makes me speculate that he was the one Gil Dal sacrificed herself for.

        • asianromance

          and now it would only be fitting for Dong-joo to sacrifice himself for her to make up for the betrayal. poor DJ, he’s going to die…. maybe he’ll be reborn as one of MiHo and Daewoong’s many children.

      • 31.2.2 choieyen

        i don’t think that dong joo has got gil dal’s bead…i mean, isn’t dong joo supposed to be a supernatural being already? i think the bead of gil dal was in the human who betrayed her that was why gil dal begged dong joo to kill her himself. gil dal wants to save the human she was in love with.

    • 31.3 facetious

      That….makes a lot of sense. O_O Now I feel like I just read a spoiler for the ending of the series. -__-

  32. 32 jyiskool

    I wish emo hunter has a happy ending. omgosh he makes me swoon more than dae-woong.

    • 32.1 Anonymous

      oh,yes,he’s a real hottie….I hope to see NoMinWoo in better & nicer roles later in other dramas~~

  33. 33 memei

    Aaaaakkk! Maybe they just have to mate and share the ‘humanity’ in order for her to become human without killing Dae-woong.

    I’ll be disappointed if the answer is true love. Eeeeek, I want skinship galore!

    MATE. NOW.

  34. 34 Gen

    GF, you’re truly Woongtastic!!! I was laughing out loud at the recaps, and I watched the first 5 minutes of this episode at least 5 times!!! Can’t this series not end???!!! We want more!!! Great recap, never laughed so hard over a recap! I’m seriously losing my mind!

  35. 35 ilukd

    @GF …. namu…. namu….namu..namu..namu…..namu…namu chuwa

  36. 36 Jenju

    Okay, I need a new word for adorable. Woongtastic.


  37. 37 CityHunter

    Thanks for the fast recaps. Viikii is the best when it comes to subs.

  38. 38 miniejungle

    i love how Miho plans out her human life with Daewoong, haha, a whole team of children!!! i think everyman would be scared of this future, *woot* How are Hong sisters going to solve this case and let both of them live happily together? i want to see them mate 😛 again, thanks for the recap, ladies, you rock!

  39. 39 alert

    Damn you fox bead, for making me cryyyyyyyyyyyyy so very bad that I have to skip lunch for fear others will see my puffy eyes. *sob*. will comment later once I have my melted heart back.

    girlfriday, this recap is woongtasticly good!

  40. 40 xiaoSxin

    “Woontastic?! ”

    “Thump. Heart? Meet Floor.”

    Gosh Girlfriday you have one heck of a sense of humor!! I was ROFL reading your recaps (during the fun moments) and yes my heart finally made it to the floor on this episode.

    I LOVE IT!!

  41. 41 kiki

    CAnt wait till the next episode. cutest. couple. exer.

  42. 42 Jobz

    Awesome recap as usual! Now I have to cope with the impending doom. T.T

  43. 43 alice

    lee seung gi is so cute. i wish i had a boyfriend like him. the little goblin boy he looks like the little ma jun kid from Baker King Tak Gu.

    • 43.1 Anonymous

      He’s the same kid~

    • 43.2 leodicean

      he is the little ma jun kid i think.. and calling lee seung gi cute is the biggest understatement of the century.. cute is too tame a word for dae-woong and mi ho..

  44. 44 anna

    Heartbreaking, that last two lines.
    This can’t have a sad ending though, either they both live, or both of them die.

  45. 45 imaddictedtoyou

    im sad for dong joo..sad for miho..poor dae woong for being clueless. sad~

  46. 46 chessy03

    me too…love this one…the drama keeps switching between mello and comedy romance…which I like of course, I just hope that the ending would be good…

  47. 47 Ani

    Today, at noon, on the sky being clear and it being sunny, it started to rain and guess what the first thing that popped in my mind was? That’s right my fellow friends, I thought MiHo was crying. Dude really? I think kdrama is knocking a couple of my screws loose. XD Thanks girlfriday!

  48. 48 queu

    wow!marvelous recaps…
    i,once again fell in love with dae woongie…and miho as well….
    seriously,they just the cutest couple ever…i mean ever…. i love the conflict of this story…we are totally clueless about what’s going to happen next….
    great job mgiag production…i LOVE u guys…
    seunggi just completely great actor….each expressions were just nice….
    miho too looks so pretty and cute and cruel as well…..haha (when she fed dae woong)..oh my!!!!! totally cuteness overload!!!!
    and looks like fox hunter in the same line as noona???oh i hate them….
    as far as people kept saying he IS hot,i would rather have my dimples seung g!!!gigles3.haha… i don’t know… he’s just probably too hot???
    cute seunggi vs hot fox hunter???
    SEUNG GI all the way yeah!!

    • 48.1 Osi

      Seung Gi, FTW..^^

  49. 49 Koreandramasrock

    Aish!! That darn bead and that darn hunter for putting it in oori Woong-ah! Thanks for the GREAT recap girlfriday!! I loved and sniffled (I did NOT cry! I’m saving that for the next ep! =.= ) all over again!

  50. 50 bethany

    while i can’t wait for the next four episodes (which will be aired at a heart-wrenching rate of two per week… seriously, if you ask me, dramas this good should just air every day. heck, why not play em all at once!)…

    i’m devastated that there will only be four more. SOB!

    2010 seems to have been a great year for dramas.

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