Drama Recaps
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 7
by | September 1, 2010 | 223 Comments

Such a sweet episode — I awwed repeatedly throughout. I suppose this is where the romantic angle gets going in earnest, but truth be told that doesn’t even matter that much to me. I’ve gotten so much delight out of the growing friendly rapport between Mi-ho and Dae-woong and the mythology aspect that the standard romance stuff is icing on the cake.


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In the spirit of granting Dae-woong everything he wants her to do, Mi-ho declares, “I’m hiding!” just as Hye-in appears on the roof, and jumps off the ledge.

Alarmed, Dae-woong brushes right by Hye-in and runs downstairs, where Mi-ho’s perfectly fine. She asks why he followed her out when she was hiding for his benefit.

He’d momentarily forgotten that she isn’t human, but that very fact makes the cut on her arm that much more jarring. She’d hit it against the action school sign when she jumped.

Mi-ho smells Hye-in approaching (snerk — there’s something so funny about that) and moves to hide again, but Dae-woong holds her arm and tells her to stay. Ooh, looks like our immature hero just put on his big boy pants!

Hye-in sees Dae-woong grabbing Mi-ho’s wrist (urgh) and scowls. She asks accusingly if Dae-woong lied about sending Mi-ho away, and whether they’ve been living together here all this time.

Contrary to his previous eagerness to please her, now Dae-woong answers solemnly without excuses: He was the one who asked Mi-ho to stay. He has to stay with her for now, so he can’t go to Hye-in.

Picking up on the attitude change, Hye-in asks if he likes Mi-ho. Dissatisfied with his answer that he promised to be with Mi-ho, Hye-in leaves in a snit. Buh-bye!

Dae-woong’s in a melancholy mood, so Mi-ho hangs back uncertainly. He says this wasn’t her fault; he just got tired of lying. He recognizes that he’s never been a particularly good guy, but he’s still bummed that this situation turns him into the bad guy with Hye-in.

He notes the irony that he, who has never been a great keeper of promises, has made an unbreakable one with Mi-ho. Contemplating his ring, he sighs that the promise he’d intended to make was with his noona…

So lost in thought is he that when it starts raining, Dae-woong doesn’t even notice until he puts a hand down and feels the wet bench. The reason he hadn’t noticed? Behind him, Mi-ho has been holding the fallen school sign over his head — and for quite a while, at that. (Gah, that is so sweet.)

I love the following exchange: Dae-woong asks if the sign is heavy. With her strength diminished, Mi-ho winces and starts to admit that it is, but he misses that and supposes that since she’s a gumiho, this must be easy for her.

Dae-woong plans to think for a little while longer, so he tells her to keep holding the sign for him. Not wanting to intrude or object, Mi-ho agrees, all the while grimacing in discomfort and alternating arms to deal with the ache.

Finally, Dae-woong reaches a conclusion and wraps up his thinking session. Figuring there’s nothing to hide, he puts the ring back on his finger.

Rising from his seat, he takes the sign from Mi-ho, and I appreciate the symbolism of the gesture: At first she thinks he’s going off alone, but when he indicates that she should come along, she races to join him.

Not only that, she grabs him around the middle and hugs him enthusiastically. Then she sees his reaction — perturbed — and backs off sheepishly, settling for grasping his shirttail.

Dae-woong sets to work to fix the fallen sign by gluing fallen letters back on it. Mi-ho marvels at the sticking power of the glue, which Dae-woong warns her about, since it’s superglue and won’t let go once it’s applied. In fact, it’s rather like her. (Hee. Another Hong Sisters extended metaphor is born.)

He finishes the gluing, satisfied that the letters will never fall off again. That perks her up, but he reminds her that the letters won’t separate, but they will after 100 days. She pouts at the way he makes a point to say he’s going to be counting down the days carefully.

To be exact, they have 95 more days together. Tellingly, Dae-woong says to himself, “Five days have already passed,” as opposed to something more along the lines of “It’s only been five days.”

Mi-ho glues a picture of meat to her bed, chanting, “Don’t fall off, don’t fall off…”

Remembering the cut on Mi-ho’s arm, Dae-wong tends to it with ointment. She tries suggesting that she would heal faster to “hug her bead” than to apply medication, which is hilarious. This fox bead thing is such an awesome excuse for skinship, and I love that Mi-ho is aware of this. But so is Dae-woong, who declines her suggestion by saying it’s okay for her to heal slowly, since they have plenty of time.

When Mi-ho points out another cut and sucks on it, Dae-woong lets out a little laugh and compares her to his family dog. That puts her off, until he says that Ddoong-ja (“Chubby”) is his best friend.

Mi-ho wants to be his best friend too, and he humors her by saying he’ll keep it a secret from the dog (who would get jealous). Patting her hair like she’s a dog, he shakes her hand as though it’s a paw.

Dae-woong and Mi-ho hang the fixed sign on the building, which is when they see Min-sook arriving with a drunk Doo-hong, whom she drags inside with much difficulty. Min-sook is NOT in a romantic mood, and all this trouble has got her on a short fuse.

She can’t get in contact with Dae-woong, so she deposits the director on the rug, and happens to catch a glimpse of Dae-woong’s phone. The background photo is of Hye-in, and Min-sook assumes this must be the girl he’s living with. (I’m sure we all see the sign that reads WARNING: Plot shenanigans ahead!)

Min-soo starts to rise, but finds that she can’t. Her butt is stuck to the carpet — with glue! Without a better option, she leaves her pants on the carpet and goes home wearing his trench coat.

With the director snoring away in the loft, Dae-woong and Mi-ho decide to spend the night in the gym. Mi-ho’s curious about this whole movie business, particularly the ones that involve non-human beings. Are there any of those stories where the non-human falls in love with a human, marries, and lives happily ever after?

Commence reenactment! Dae-woong cites one movie between a female ghost and a man, but she doesn’t like the ending because the female ghost disappears, “since she’s not human.” Mi-ho clarifies, “What about one without a stupid girl like that?”

Thinking again, Dae-woong comes up with vampire movies — say, the kind where a sexy vampire (that would be him in the reenactment) seduces an innocent human (Mi-ho), and they fall in love. But instead of marrying, as Mi-ho would like, the vampire is hit by sunlight and goes poof.

She asks for a movie with a happy ending, disappointed when his examples all end with death. Dae-woong gets a little kick out of teasing her, but seeing how she’s genuinely bummed, he tells her that’s just a movie, and reminds her that they’re friends. Hoi-hoi!

Dae-woong can’t think of any examples that end well for the non-human, so she decides she’ll have to ask the “very smart Teacher Dong-joo” for an example. At mention of this name, Dae-woong’s attitude changes, particularly as she extols Dong-joo’s virtues, though he can’t admit that he’s jealous. Acting like he doesn’t care, he tells her to go ask him then. Fine. Harrumph. Whatever.

Not picking up on his tone, Mi-ho answers readily that she already told Dong-joo she’d be by often. When she asks Dae-woong what type of movie he’s filming, he retorts, “Why don’t you ask your Teacher Dong-joo? He may be really smart, but I bet he won’t know that.” Oh, you!

Dae-woong sleeps on a tall stack of mats, while Mi-ho sleeps next to that on a lower mat. In the morning, his body hangs close to the edge of the mat, and Mi-ho chants, “Fall… fall…” and wills him to roll down to her mat.

He doesn’t budge, so she gives him a hand (er, foot) by kicking the stack so he rolls down to her mat, at which point she eagerly snuggles up to him. AS IF I DIDN’T LOVE HER ENOUGH ALREADY.

Unfortunately for her, Director Doo-hong has also awakened — finding himself on the rug next to Min-sook’s glued trousers — and heads to the school to look for Dae-woong.

This cuts short her moment of basking in Dae-woong’s (admittedly unknowing) embrace, and Mi-ho quickly hides out of sight. That doesn’t stop her from glowering at Doo-hong for ruining her moment, though.

In frustration, she kicks the wall, which sends the precariously hung sign crashing down. It hits Doo-hong on the head, and although he isn’t knocked unconscious, it does jolt his memory back, and he recalls being drunk and inappropriate with Min-sook. Goodbye blissful ignorance, hello shame.

Dae-woong returns to the loft and finds Mi-ho eating more meat, and notes the dirty frying pan with chagrin. He tells her to start washing up after herself, and suggests working out a system of living together.

He’d promised the director to look after the action school in exchange for staying here, but seeing as he’s quite busy, he proposes that Mi-ho take on the role of groundskeeper. Understanding the way to her heart, he makes it a point to stress that the position he’s offering her is something reserved for people, which, naturally, makes her eager to do it.

Funny enough, the one instruction she grimaces at is the one to use elevated language (jondaemal) with elders. All this time, Mi-ho has been using banmal with everyone, which appears rude. She protests, saying it chafes her pride to use jondaemal, because she’s a gumiho who has lived much longer.

Dae-woong’s solution? He bows and says in honorifics, “Then please preserve your pride, Gumiho Grandmother,” and she bursts out that she’ll do it. HA. I love that they can manipulate each other equally.

She brags about her new position to Dong-joo, happy that Dae-woong is treating her like a human. Dong-joo guides her through a bookstore to show her more examples of stories involving non-humans.

Flipping through a book with a photo of a panda, she marvels at all the animals she hasn’t seen before. He says knowingly, “There are a lot of things to eat, aren’t there?” She snaps (defensively?), “I wasn’t looking because I wanted to eat it!”

There’s one section she knows about already, and she smiles as she picks up a magazine. She declares, “Mating!” and we see the title: Hustler. HAHAHA.

Dong-joo points her toward the fairy tale section and picks out the Little Mermaid for her as an example of a character who wanted to turn human. He gives it to her as a gift and tells her to read it.

Doo-hong is so impressed with Dae-woong’s fighting sequences that he increases his scenes in the movie. Alas, those scenes have to come at someone else’s expense, and in this case it’s his daughter’s. An agitated Sun-nyeo bursts into the room, ineffectually held back by Byung-soo, to complain about her role being shrunk. (I haven’t mentioned it much because they’re not very plot-significant, but I do enjoy this pair. I like that idol star Hyo-min is playing a dork, and that Byung-soo is the beta male’s even beta-er sidekick.)

Sun-nyeo also asks pointedly if Dad really spent the night at Dae-woong’s — rather than, say, with some hussy — and Dae-woong reads the look in the director’s eye and confirms it.

When Hye-in arrives to ask for a moment with the director, the air is strained between them. Dae-woong leaves to give them room, but doesn’t acknowledge her.

He joins his friends outside, where Sun-nyeo pokes and prods about his deal with Mi-ho. He had told them Mi-ho was nobody and had gone out of his way to hide her, so what’s going on?

Since Dae-woong has decided to stop hiding her, he comes clean and declares, “From now on, Mi-ho is my girlfriend.” As he walks off, Hye-in overhears the announcement.

Oh no, princess, whatever will you do without your vassal-on-a-puppet-string jumping at your every whim? (Truth be told, I never like Hong Sisters second leads, but they are such delicious fun to hate.)

Grandpa drops by the action school where Mi-ho is busily engaged in her new cleaning duties, which he reads as an indication of her kind character. He’s a little alarmed when Mi-ho picks up a meat skewer she has dropped, intending to eat it, but is relieved when she drops it again (she remembers that Dae-woong instructed her not to eat things off the ground).

The shaky sign falls from the wall again, and Mi-ho leaps to stop it from hitting Grandpa, earning her some more brownie points in his book.

Because of her promise to speak politely, Mi-ho upgrades her speech enough that Grandpa is pleased with her address. He heaps praise on her and offers her some organic juice (which makes her grimace — ugh, vegetables!).

He asks some basic questions about herself and fills in the blanks himself. For instance, he clucks in pity to hear she doesn’t have parents. When he gives her a second bottle of juice, she asks if she can give it to someone else in a bid to avoid drinking it. Instead, he interprets that as proof of her generosity. (Ah, we really do see what we want to believe, don’t we?)

Dae-woong drops by home and indulges in a little complaining — his home is pleasant and nice, while the action school has its share of discomforts — which is designed to loosen Grandpa’s purse strings. Thanks to his pleasant interaction with Mi-ho, Grandpa’s feeling quite generous and agrees to let Dae-woong have use of his car, and to reinstate his credit card.

Mission accomplished, Dae-woong drops by the department store with his old friend Mr. Plastic, and goes on a shopping spree. Admittedly he doesn’t think of buying Mi-ho anything until a free gift gives him a cell phone ornament, but he decides to buy her a phone as well.

In a great mood, Dae-woong comes home intending to give Mi-ho her gift right away. However, he notices the book in her hands, which she identifies as a gift from Dong-joo.

Immediately his mood sours, and instead of handing her the phone, he just brings out some beef he bought. So petty, little man-child.

Doo-hong has an awkward meeting with Min-sook, where she returns his coat and he returns her pants. He’s too mortified to make an overture or ask her to stay, so she gets up to go in a miffed mood.

However, Min-sook is particularly accident-prone around Doo-hong, and this time is no different: She collides with a waitress and juice splatters all over her white outfit. Humiliated and feeling rejected, she bemoans her awful luck, about to break down in the middle of the cafe.

Doo-hong swoops in to cover her with his coat in a chivalrous gesture, which reveals his patched-up arms. HILARIOUSLY, the medicated patches aren’t because he’s hurt — he explains that since she said she likes their smell (which she’d said to be polite), he put them all over himself.

Apologizing for his lack of glibness, he bows respectfully and turns to leave. But this admission gives her the encouragement she needs, and Min-sook shyly asks him to stay with her and talk. And thus begins the romance (officially) between this bumbling pair.

Back at the loft, Dae-woong spots Mi-ho’s book lying around, and is provoked enough to use it as a coaster for the frying pan. Ha! Not jealous at all, are we?

He feigns ignorance and pretends he didn’t know he was using her book when she looks at the scorch mark it creates. But Mi-ho’s not upset — in fact, she enjoys having her book imbued with the aroma of meat. Petty revenge thwarted!

He tells her to eat up, but she tells him she already ate tons of meat for lunch — at Dong-joo’s. Irritated, he sniffs that she ought to be best friends with Dong-joo instead of him, then.

In her artless way, she tries to explain why that’s not possible: “If I have to make a comparison, then Teacher Dong-joo is just meat, and you’re cow meat.” Snort! Only in this drama would that be a romantic declaration, and one that makes me aww.

Dae-woong is mollified, then tests the waters by adding that he’d be okay being at chicken level. She assures him, “No, Dae-woong, you’re my very favorite Korean beef!” Thumbs-up.

Gah, not only is the sentiment adorable, so is the way that this totally dissolves Dae-woong’s miffed mood. It cheers him up so much that he decides he’s ready to give her that other present after all, and tells her to retrieve it from inside.

Once indoors, a phone starts to ring, and Mi-ho follows the sound to the source. When she answers the phone, Dae-woong tells her that this is her phone. Furthermore, he points out the dangling bead ornament — it’s his gift to her, since she gave him her bead.

Mi-ho is so thrilled that she doesn’t have the words for it, and there’s no reply when Dae-woong asks if she likes it. But that’s because she’s running outside, overcome with happiness.

She launches herself at him and hugs him, thanking him for treating her like a human and giving her gifts that people give to other people. The sudden hug takes him by surprise, and there’s a little extra awareness mixed in — awareness that unnerves and surprises him.

Mi-ho runs off to test the phones from a distance, and he finds himself waving to her automatically before catching himself. Perturbed, he wonders if he’s crazy to be so excited to be called a piece of meat.

Meanwhile. Hye-in’s manager gives her tickets to a VIP movie screening and tells her to go with Dae-woong. The manager hopes Hye-in can sway him into signing with their company, although Hye-in evades the topic now that she knows she’s lost her hold over him.

At the loft, Dae-woong rehearses his lines while Mi-ho reads her book. She relates the basic plot of The Little Mermaid, and Dae-woong isn’t blind to the thematic similarities. For instance, the mermaid saved the man, whom she likes, but her feelings aren’t reciprocated.

Dae-woong says defensively that the mermaid hid her true identity, but Mi-ho identifies with the situation and argues that she had a reason for not telling him.

Taking this opportunity to test Dae-woong’s reaction, she asks if the man would like the mermaid back if she admitted she could become human. The answer isn’t the one she wants to hear, as Dae-woong guesses no. He reaches for the book to check the ending, but she grabs it and insists that she’ll read the book on her own. Mi-ho wishes for the mermaid to become human and live happily ever after.

Dae-woong knows the story is tragic, and finds himself worrying about Mi-ho’s reaction to finding out the ending. Finally he gets up, takes the book while Mi-ho is sleeping, and rips out the last part. YA BIG SOFTIE.

Meanwhile, Emo Gumiho Hunter flips through his own copy of the book, musing that the most difficult moment for Mi-ho will be in deciding whether to die herself, or to kill the one she loves.

The next day, Mi-ho is distressed upon discovering her missing page(s). But she doesn’t know how it ends yet!

Dae-woong offers to tell her the ending, ignoring how Mi-ho claps her hand over her ears in protest, and declares, “IT ENDS HAPPILY.” He starts to sing a line from “Under the Sea,” telling her that there’s a famous movie about this story, and the mermaid becomes human, marries her prince, gets the baddies, and lives happily ever after.

This renews her hope, and she breathes a huge sigh of relief. (I take from her reaction that despite not knowing for sure, she suspects it does not end well.)

Now that the subject of movies has been broached, Dae-woong suggests that they go watch one sometime. How about today?

Anything that humans do is welcomed by Mi-ho, so she looks forward to their plans to meet up later that evening at the theater.

Mi-ho shows Dong-joo her phone and says happily, “I’m going to become like the mermaid.” That doesn’t quite add up, so Dong-joo asks if she read the whole book. She says no, but Dae-woong told her everyone winds up happy.

He wishes her a fun first date, and Mi-ho wonders what she can do in preparation. Dong-joo rattles off all the usual activities, all of which she’s unable to do — pay, hold sparkling conversation, be amusing. All she can do is dress up and look pretty.

She’s not satisfied with that (that’s my girl!) and asks if there’s anything more she can do, so Dong-joo advises her to give Dae-woong something he likes.

She mulls this over as she walks home, which is when her supersensory hearing picks up on the distressed cries of the chicken shop ajumma. The woman is arguing with a group of thugs at a billiard hall who refuse to pay for their order.

The ajumma screams at them to pay, which prompts one thug to throw a tissue box at her — which is intercepted by Mi-ho. If there’s something Mi-ho understands, it’s the importance of paying for your meat, and she stands with the chicken lady to teach them a lesson.

We don’t see the fight itself, but the next thing you know, the men bow meekly and hand over the cash, sporting wounds.

Nothing like a gangster brawl to forge some bonds, and afterward the chicken ajumma offers to cook up a chicken for her. You know it’s serious bizness when Mi-ho turns down chicken to get ready for a date. Ajumma looks Mi-ho up and down and offers to lend a hand — she’s on her way to get a perm, and takes Mi-ho with her.

I’m going to assume from the context and the reactions that Mi-ho’s hair is supposed to look good, but let’s just say that requires a bit of suspended disbelief. Example: When Dae-woong gets his first look at her that evening at the VIP screening, he has that dumbfounded look that suggests surprised approval.

Even Sun-nyeo gives her grudging props for her looks (“You went to some effort today”), and Mi-ho returns the compliment.

While Dae-woong is away getting drinks for everyone, Sun-nyeo spots Mi-ho’s new phone and oohs over it. The wallpaper is set to the picture of the mermaid, and Mi-ho says she’s going to become like her. Sun-nyeo asks, puzzled, “Are you saying you’ll die?”

Mi-ho realizes that her idea of the story is the wrong one, and her mood takes a further hit when Byung-soo clarifies that it’s not so much that the mermaid died, but disappeared.

When Dae-woong rejoins them, he hears that Mi-ho went off to buy a book downstairs, and heads to the lobby to look for her.

There, he runs into Hye-in, and they’re both tired of the tension between them and suggest that they should try to be on good terms. It’s not a romantic conversation, but in light of her latest revelation, Mi-ho interprets it in a different way.

Dae-woong turns in time to see Mi-ho standing in the glass elevator, holding a new copy of the book, but rather than stepping out, she stays in as the elevator doors close.

The lights and the bubbles — courtesy of a passing troop of schoolchildren — produce a lovely effect that syncs with the theme, which is narrated to us by Dong-joo as Mi-ho ascends:

Dong-joo: “The mermaid watched the happy prince with the woman he loved, turned into a bubble, and disappeared entirely into the air.”

Mi-ho finds a seat on the roof and sits glumly with her book. Thinking Dae-woong wants Hye-in, she tells herself, “I decided to give him something he likes, so I have to stay here.”

Dae-woong finds her and closes the book. Mi-ho says he lied to her: “She never becomes happy, does she? She disappears, right?”

He kneels down in front of her and says warmly, “She doesn’t disappear. She survives and lives happily. Don’t listen to anyone else — my words are true, so just trust in them.”

And slowly, she smiles.


Seriously? I might just be dead from all the sweetness.

What I love about all the cute moments is that they aren’t there purely to stoke the romantic flames. Some of them are, and I got a huge laugh out of Mi-ho kicking Dae-woong off the mat so she could cuddle with him, because honestly? Where else would you see that happen? A woman who is frank about her wants and not coy about them is a rare thing in a kdrama, and the gumiho aspect gives this one a great framing device for Mi-ho’s directness about her feelings for Dae-woong. And as girlfriday said in a previous recap, it’s also clever in the way it works with the existing gumiho lore about the sexually forward woman — only, with a friendly twist.

But there are plenty of moments where it’s as much about friendship and plain ol’ caring. Dae-woong is making all the stuff up about Mi-ho being his best friend, but I’ll bet at some point he’ll be startled to realize that she has actually become that to him. The ripping out of the storybook pages and his last words in this episode are out of concern and, dare I say it, love. Yeah, I said the L word, but I mean it in a platonic sense. It’s the kind of deeply thoughtful thing you do for a beloved friend — trying to shield them from emotional distress because the thought of their pain brings you pain — not just something you do for someone who makes your heart go thumpity-thump.

It’s interesting that the drama has built this gumiho-turns-human bit around 100 days, which is a significant number in Korean culture. The 100-day birthday is a baby’s first milestone, which is taken from back in those days when the infant mortality rates were high. If you made it past the first 100 days of life, you’d crossed a big hurdle, and that was celebrated. 100 days is also the first big marker in a dating relationship, and the first big “event” that couples commemorate.

The drama is taking a bit from both sides — the romantic sense and the human-survival sense.


223 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. javabeans


    • 1.1 kixbaby

      what? it’s not even long >_>

      a good read right after dinner : )

    • 1.2 Anonymous

      the longer the better~~
      loving it!
      thanx JB~

    • 1.3 tyasawa

      =D too many lovely things to write

    • 1.4 Sukispop

      Well, because-
      1) It’s not SO LONG…but, rather, just as long as it needed to be…and…
      2) because you didn’t want to leave any important detail, big or small, left uncovered…so…
      3) as always, you worked your butt off, and provided us with yet another amazing recap with your always spot-on and wonderful insight.

      Thank you, JB and Girlfriday, for giving us recaps for MGIAG that are as much a pleasure to read as the drama is a pleasure to watch! And I do love watching this drama! =)

    • 1.5 sunshine

      because it’s so good!

    • 1.6 myra

      Bcause this show is just.awesome.

    • 1.7 nara

      thank you so much javabeans! I look forward to dying form cuteness on Friday…when I can finally watch it.

    • 1.8 CityHunter

      Thank You for posting this recap. I love the Chinese Ghost Story re-enactment and the Mat scene. Still waiting for the sub copy to come out.

    • 1.9 mashimaro

      It’s because the two main characters were on screen almost the entire episode. I think it was deliberate to keep people from flipping over to MBC when the leads weren’t on.

    • 1.10 Elaine

      It’s at a wonderful length 😀

    • 1.11 meve

      i think you know why, javabeans ^^

    • 1.12 kiki

      thank you! awesome recap 🙂

    • 1.13 marmar

      Lmao dnt trip JB.
      The longer the better. Thanks for the summary loved it. Can’t write a long reply cuz I’m using my phone 2day…lol

    • 1.14 ann

      hahahaha can’t leave anything out cause it’s too gud?

    • 1.15 estelle

      It’s not long at all Javabeans… It’s so GOOD. Thank you so much for such wonderful recaps. You wouldn’t know how much this means to kdrama addicts like us! 🙂

    • 1.16 Beng

      you recapped it beautifully. Thanks for not editing out all the sweetness =)

      regarding the curly hair, maybe the writers wants it to be Raphaelite (which will give her a quite soft and romantic look) but it came out that way =).

    • 1.17 zigzag

      it’s perfect! thank you javabeans =)

    • 1.18 junaly

      hey javabeans!! i love you!! and this wonderful blog! 😀 when i feel bored or down i’ll come here to look for posts on my favorite actors and dramas. thanks so much, javabeans and girlfriday!!!

    • 1.19 last_thread

      more for us to enjoy, obvs:)

    • 1.20 starfish

      and the drama, obviously:D

      thank you so much for the recap! always looking forward to them:)

    • 1.21 Twin

      the longer the better!! hahaha, i love it!

    • 1.22 lei

      didn’t seem all that long to me.

      i was growing tired of auntie and the director’s antics but i must say those medicated patches we’re just sooooo hilarious.

      i thought mi-ho’s perm was horrible. i wish they had styled her hair better but then, this is the chicken ajumma giving her a makeover. so i guess the humongous hair fits.

      thanks for the recap! keeping myself from reading ep 8 until i have watched it. let’s see how long i can hold off… 🙂

      • 1.22.1 Alex Wyller

        i love the hair thou’ and dress, and the shoes/sandals… Its better than the last episodes with white high-heals…, i don’t know about woman fashion, but this outfits look better…, casual.

    • 1.23 ViPrimadonna

      only this way u can FEEL the episode!!! squeeeeeeeeeee!! i cant wait for my semester break to watch the episodeeeeeeee! agggggh!

    • 1.24 SadieStarr

      xD ..its never long enuff for me D:
      but it was tottaly awsum&worth reading

  2. lovenyc52

    haha i don’t know how people comment SO FAST. i swear i JUST refreshed to find this new recap posted and there were 3 comments already lols. granted JB was the first lols. thanks for the recap JB 🙂 can’t wait to read this and watch the ep as well!!

  3. blue_rose

    soooo FAST……………….OMG!!!
    thank you soooo much I need to savor this to bits.
    you are AWSOME!!

  4. miniejungle

    loving this!! thanks for the great work, javabeans!!!!

  5. Anon

    Thank You

  6. anon

    great recap
    as always
    you made my day 🙂

  7. hunterbear

    javabeans! you spoil us! I stayed up for this!! haha hopefully I don’t fall asleep during my presentation. Thanks though :).

  8. jamzjelly

    thx. i love ur recaps! Her hair looks err.. not tht good. Curly is not her style and OHH SO CUTEEE

    • 8.1 peaceycrazi

      yeah. the hair’s supposed to look good…? the straight hair was prettier.

  9. bebe

    I can’t decide whether or not her hair looks good or not..

    • 9.1 selena

      i like it, but she looks better in straight hair. oh, and Doo-Hong and Min-sook, are the funnist couple EVER!!!!

  10. 10 cutie

    looks sweet 🙂

  11. 11 Ace

    Thanks! Been waiting for this for the last six hours after I’ve watched it unsubbed. =)

    • 11.1 Ace

      All I can say about the hair is that it made me remember nurse Kim Bok Shil from Sons of Sol Pharmacy. 😉

      • 11.1.1 junaly

        now that i think of it, they’re so alike!!
        but i hope they’ll change her hair back.

      • 11.1.2 peaceycrazi

        it did!

  12. 12 deannadsc

    JB, you spoil us too much!!! thanks for the uber FAST recaps!!!

  13. 13 xiaoSxin

    THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!! I love this episode.. after a long day of work, this makes me smile at the end of the day.

  14. 14 jacq

    Cute episode as always. Regarding her hair, I was like “HUH??? REALLY???” I like her WAYYY better in straight hair, but she is GORGEOUS either way!

  15. 15 pandadoll

    no playful kiss??? :((

  16. 16 ems

    i’m actually reading it during office hours.
    thank you javabeans~!
    made my mind turned away from the busy-ness of career life.

    • 16.1 Alex Wyller

      LOL, dont let your boss CATCH you read this tho’… Especially if you’re a bro…

  17. 17 poo

    I dunno y…i guess am not gonna continue with this drama…it is getting too typical and boring.

    • 17.1 flo

      then dont… more awesomeness for us who’ll watch it…

  18. 18 pn

    Don’t forget what Dae woong set as his ringtone on Mi ho’s phone! The lyrics to the ring tone are about loving Korean beef!

    • 18.1 :P

      r u serious? thts hilarious

      • 18.1.1 Lily

        I know! And sooooo cute! The ringtone is a little girl singing “I love Korean beef.” It’s adorable!

  19. 19 leslie

    I am waiting for a piggyback ride…HOI HOI **

  20. 20 tildy

    Thanks for the recap!

    I’m also kind of undecided on her hair. There’s something pretty in how riotous it is but the shape and volume are off.

  21. 21 cheanne

    I love long recaps…..Thank you.

  22. 22 LeeLey

    The recap is so long ’cause every scene was worth writing about. Since the sub is not out yet, it was really helpful.. thanks!!

  23. 23 Diadda

    I was all “what the heck” about that freaky hair until they brought up the book again, and then I saw the brilliance of it. They gave her a little mermaid make-over and manipulated the story with the fight scene with the ahjumma in order to do it. Bravo! Such a setup for dramatic effect at the end is truly praise worthy.

    • 23.1 R

      @Diadda I didn’t notice it till you mentioned

  24. 24 kaedejun

    LOL – your first comment is to yourself on why it’s so long – HAHAHAH!

    ugh (in a good way) – sweetness overload – WHY AREN’T THERE PEOPLE LIKE THAT IN REAL LIFE?!!??!!?!?!? 😛

  25. 25 asianromance

    thank you so much for the recap! I haven’t watched it yet and had fun spoiling myself with your recap! it sounds like a really fun episode! The part with ripping the ending from the mermaid book- a total win!! I’m loving this couple so much! I can imagine them growing old together and doing the Hoi-Hoi!

    I’m guessing the happy Disney version of The Little Mermaid isn’t too popular in Korea- seems like everyone thinks of the original story first.

  26. 26 kara elayne

    Thank you so much, javabeans! I don’t mind reading a long recap – the longer the better, hehehe!

  27. 27 Melkim

    While watching this episode, I realized the Disney version of Little Mermaid was prob not the real version! What da? The mermaid disappears while watching the man she loves declare love to another?

    • 27.1 brookeeve

      Honey, I hate to break it to you, but Disney changed the ending of every single fairy tale it could find. None of them are happy. Don’t look them up; your childhood will be completely ruined.

      • 27.1.1 MLkim

        aawwww i wiki’ed it and the drama version is the correct version. sadness.

      • 27.1.2 theedie

        What? No they didn’t. They altered a lot of them, but most of the endings to their movies are still the same as the originals. Or at least half half. Snow White has always been woken up by a prince and marries him. Cinderella always has the slipper fit and marries the prince. Beauty has always fallen in love with the beast and turned him human (and marries him). And so on and so forth.

        • brookeeve

          Then maybe I just read the bad versions of those stories. I didn’t mean to contradict or offend you.

          • Nanci

            Lol, I’ve read the bad ones that had to do with rape and body mutilation.

          • Nanci

            NOT that rape or body mutilation is funny, I was laughing at the irony of reading ‘fairy tales’ that are really grim, not at the bad stuff that happens

          • meve

            yeah actually some “original” written fairy tales had bad endings…or even worse story plots…but, true, if you don’t want your childhood ruined, then stick to Disney’s! ^^

        • Fasiris Fay

          I’ve taken a children’s literature course, which dealt with fairy tales and while the endings were happy, they weren’t always meant for children. As Nanci said, they did have a lot to do with rape and body mutilation… among other things
          For example, Cinderella’s sister cuts off her big toe in order to get her foot to fit into the slipper, in one version.
          And the many versions of Little Red Riding Hood often include rape of the little girl (by the wolf).
          Just thought I’d impart some knowledge here…lol

          • Nana

            My God!! this is really scary .. ah thank God I read and saw the happy endings ones

          • yuu

            I was scared for life when i got to know about cinderella’s stepsister cutting off her toe just to fit in the glass shoe. (saw the reenactment to it somewhere, and boy was it gory).

          • Indah

            Yes, the original stories by Grimm Brothers are really scary.
            They inputted a lot of extreme brutality inside their stories.
            Anyway their stories are legendary, we thank them also (and Disney) for their imaginary stories that everlasting.

          • hoihoi~

            I never knew…!!! It’s scary! I always thought that Disney versions were the original but after I saw MGIG I had to look up Little Mermaid original version of the story.

    • 27.2 Bengal

      and you know how korean culture is famous for the melodramatics… (hint hint the kdramas we all love)… they wouldn’t think twice about using the saddest version of Little Mermaid 🙁 but hey… this version is truly meaningful… as adults we can totally see where the story is going and the moral of the story is (drumroll) : buy korean beef and love takes sacrifice

  28. 28 MelMel

    First off, awwwwwwwww! And thank you so much for this long detailed recap, I loved it! The more detail the better for dramas like this 🙂

    I have to say though, dear god please let her get rid of her perm AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE (or should i say gumihoi-ly). This is not a good look for you Mi-ho.

  29. 29 trixicopper

    Thank you so much for another wonderful recap. Another great episode.

    The scene where Mi Ho kicked the mats was one of my favorites in this episode. Lots of skinship, especially for a Kdrama. I love how MH is so open about things and DW is always the flustered virgin.

    Cracks me up every time! 🙂

  30. 30 Anonymous

    The elevator scene was really sad and symbolic..Korean netizens are commenting that this scene foretells a tragic ending for this drama.I REALLY HOPE NOT !!! I trust Hong sisters will put all the delightful twists in the plot and it will be a HAPPY ending !! PLEASE..

    • 30.1 nara

      why? what does the elevator scene symbolize?!!!

      • 30.1.1 aberdeen_angus

        I suppose the netizens and Anonymous are referring to the “mermaid turning into bubbles while her prince is marrying the other girl” ending of the classic tale. In this case, as Mi-Ho goes away, all the bubbles appear, etc…

        I, for one, don’t think this is gonna end in tragedy ^^

  31. 31 Ella

    I LOVE your analysis of the significance of the 100-day thing and how it ties to this drama. i love everything about this episode and this drama (:

  32. 32 allen5371

    thnks JB.. you are awesome as always.!

  33. 33 puela

    Now all I need are subs ^^v (wink wink withs2) 😛

  34. 34 brookeeve


    I couldn’t find a sub, and I’ve been having the shakes. I was starting to seriously worry that I was going to start withdrawl symptoms. I guess I’m gonna have to learn Korean…

    I can’t wait to watch this episode!!!

    Y’all are the best, JB and GF!!!

    • 34.1 Lahlita


      You are a crap stalker, you know that? I’ve been chasing you all over this darned website trying to give you a present: http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/08/open-thread-150/comment-page-2/#comment-289489

      I hope you like it!

      And yes, this episode was the best ever. Every episode is the best ever. Not sure how they do it. These last two episodes have been thinner on plot and rich in character moments, which I don’t mind at all. But then I realized that there’s probably a reason for that. I bet this overdose of sweetness means that something really, really effin’ bad is about to go down. If not in the upcoming episode, then next week. We’re at the halfway point, after all.

      I just realized something ironic. Eventually Director Ban is going to find Mi-ho and know that she’s the “real action” girl he’s been looking for — right when her gumiho powers are almost completely dissipated. I wonder what her reaction will be when she realizes that she’s truly becoming human, with all the frailty and vulnerability that that entails. She’ll be happy for what she hopes to gain, but probably also a bit wistful for everything she’s losing.

      • 34.1.1 brookeeve

        I’m sorry! You’re the first person I’ve ever stalked, so I just need some practice. I promise I’ll get better!

        Yay!!! I love my pictures! I am really going to need a cold shower now, and I’ll probably have to say a couple Hail Marys and Our Fathers to make up for it. Bless me father, for I have sinned…

        I hate the idea of Mi Ho losing her powers. Her powers kind of define her and make her special, but I like that they are developing her character sufficiently enough that she will still be interesting and cute even when she isn’t beating up bullies and lifting soda machines. And did I just call the act of lifting soda machines cute? Maybe those pictures injured my brain…

  35. 35 miss_procrastination

    Amazing recap for a fantastical episode. Thanks!

    The Hong Sisters have created some poor second leads…but they are there for you to loathe. I immensely dislike Hye-in almost as much as Tennis B*tch from My Girl. I despised her. Why thwart true love?

    This drama is filled with so much cuteness that it’s like being suffocated by a teddy bear. It is adorable.

    • 35.1 dubusangtae.

      haha i agree with you on disliking hye-in as much as Seo Hyun
      but i still think the most hateful of the second leads in Hong sister dramas goes to Chae Rin(Jae Hee’s noona) from Choon hyang hands down

      • 35.1.1 Adriana

        LoL I’m agree with you I think Chae-Rim is the most hateful second female lead, I don’t know how many time I wanted to hit my screen when she appeared

  36. 36 reverie

    it’s long but entertaining as usual.
    thx, JB

  37. 37 michaelmas

    Where is everyone watching right now? I can’t find it translated very much anywhere, which is weird because Viikii normally has it done by now…

  38. 38 fiey

    thanks JB for this wonderful recap!!

    i love this episode! aww, i cant get enough of this couple!
    cant wait for Ep8!

  39. 39 Anonymous

    Another great episode and another great recap JB. Thank you~~

    Show, you are killing me with tons of cuteness! Don’t change!

    Oh…and on the subject of this mermaid tale, i was wondering so what was the real ending to it? because my version of the little mermaid tale was always on the happy side. Was it really a tragic ending?

    • 39.1 Anonymous

      Yes,it is a tragic ending in the original story by Andersen.In Disney movies,it got changed to a happy ending.

    • 39.2 Ojou_Belle

      Yes, the original fairy tale by Hans Andersen ended up with the mermaid turning into sea foam because she couldn’t do what was needed to turn back into a mermaid (which was to kill the Prince that she loved). This is probably the reason why Korean netizens are sayng this is like a foreboding.

  40. 40 Fayt890

    AWWWW. I just loooove this drama!!! Dae Woong and Mi Ho are SO SWEET. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of watching/reading about them!! I’m going to watch it right away after I post this comment!!! Seriously. You’re drama recaps are one of the things I look forward to the most after a hard day of work. Thanks Javabeans!!! Keep of the amazing work!! I don’t know what I would do with out your recaps and drama news!! 😀

  41. 41 Anonymous

    Thank you for the recap~
    I love this episode~!!!

  42. 42 Adeline

    Excellent recap and totally looking forward to watching episode 7. Thanks.

  43. 43 theedie

    Why doesn’t he just show her the darn Disney movie? Instead of all this book nonsense, they could watch animated princesses and anthropomorphic animals sing and dance to a happy ending!

    • 43.1 ACD

      He wasn’t the one who gave her the book, it’s the Dr trying to tell her something without actually saying it. I am still unsure about what his motives are, it seems he is just torturing them because his past love went badly.

  44. 44 Katiegirl

    I’ve been reading your site for a while and so, so appreciate your catching all the little things in drama recaps. (Of course, it helps that you’re recapping a great story!) The best part of reading these recaps is getting little angles that a non-Korean or Korean-American wouldn’t easily see because they’re not deliberately incorporated parts of how romantic love or friendship are expressed – like the mosquito bit a few episodes back! Thanks for your work.

  45. 45 skimmy99

    The bit about Teacher Dong-joo being just meat and Woong being cow meat was too cute, especially because it was a shout-out to Shin Min Ah’s infamous TOP coffee CF with Won Bin. SQUEAL. 🙂 Some girls are just so lucky!

    • 45.1 skimmy99

      I meant famous, not infamous! My bad.

  46. 46 ck1Oz

    I squealed so much reading it….as good as watching.
    Do you feel the love? From you and GF as well….it’s always a joy when you have fun recapping cos’ it’s even funnier 🙂

    “No, Dae-woong, you’re my very favorite Korean beef!”

    Oh my lord….ROFL.

  47. 47 Jenju

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

    I wish I could say more at the moment but I think I’m just going to reread the recap now lol

  48. 48 Anonymous

    Haha,this drama is filled with soooo many parodys…One of them is; If DongJoo is just meat,you are cow meat-which is parody of very famous coffee cf where Shin Min Ah& Won Bin costars.In the CF,Won Bin tells SMA “If she is just plain coffee,you are T.O.P.coffee” You can watch this on YOUTUBE.

  49. 49 Hikary25

    Thanks I really like long Recaps hahaha… I was going crazy in not knowing what was going on since the eng subs are not out yet aaah

    Thanks for the recaps really….
    And so happy the ratings are still high for MGIAG

  50. 50 Jobz

    I’m having a hard time controlling myself from reading this. Thanks for the fast recap again. Gonna wait (im)patiently for the English subs to come out. 😛

    • 50.1 sajor

      me too 🙂

      • 50.1.1 Jobz

        Hoi hoi! 😀

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