Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 4
by | March 24, 2011 | 191 Comments

I like it when the heroine is someone with a lot of growing to do, and not just makeover-style, but real character growth. Ji-hyun is such an interesting heroine because although she’s naïve and dumb and really quite off in her own princess land, she’s also very open and trusting and sweet. She sort of forms attachments despite other people’s reluctance to get involved in her life, and we can already see Reaper Boy and Kang being drawn to her character even in the face of her royally messed up situation.

The drama is speeding along at a nice pace, revealing secrets left and right and giving us great character beats along the way. I’m now fully invested in the characters’ journeys and curious about their pasts too.


Ji-hyun rushes to try and find her official seal before Min-ho reaches the room, but she can’t manage to track it down. Just as he enters, she scrambles out the patio door and (unnecessarily) hangs off the ledge. She can’t hang on any longer, and falls a few feet down to the ground, injuring her ankle in the process.

In-jung goes to the hospital to meet someone she calls “Mother,” though it doesn’t appear to be her own mom. The woman is suffering from dementia, and doesn’t recognize her. She yells up a storm, making In-jung upset. Maybe Min-ho’s mom?

Back at Ji-hyun’s house, Mom comes in, cutting Min-ho’s search short, and he ends up leaving the house with nothing but pictures and dolls. Ji-hyun watches him leave, wondering if he found it, but sees his frustration and rests assured that he didn’t find it either.

As she watches him go, she says, angry at herself: “Shin Ji-hyun, you trusted someone like that. You thought that someone like him loved you.” Aw, it’s probably the first time this sheltered girl ever even thought that people could be untrustworthy, let alone malicious.

She looks back at her house, crying at the thought of Mom and Dad. She wanders the streets for a while, feeling adrift and alone.

She stands on a corner for a long time, watching people pass by, and then in a fit of frustration, she starts hitting her head in that I’m-such-a-dummy way. As if a voice from the sky, the Scheduler shouts, “Why are you hitting Song Yi-kyung?” Oops. She realizes that it really isn’t HER head she’s hitting. She looks for him, and finds him up on a balcony sipping coffee, because really, what’s the point of an afterlife if there’s no coffee?

She runs up to him brightly, and he just tsk-tsks at her when he sees her limping. He yells up a storm, that no one gave her permission to go hurting Yi-kyung. She apologizes, but then smiles eagerly, glad to have someone to talk to.

She grabs his hand as she sits down next to him, eliciting the most hilarious reaction out of him, something like OMG it TOUCHED me. She really might as well be a slime monster, by his recoil.

I dearly love the fact that she thinks they’re friends, while he’s like get it off, GET IT OFF, gedditOFF!

He makes it clear that theirs is not that kind of relationship, (Yeah, let’s see how long that lasts, Reaper Boy.) and she says it’s just that she doesn’t know what to do, and there’s no one else to talk to about it.

She starts laying out her troubles, wondering what on earth Min-ho and In-jung are up to, how much time she’s supposed to dedicate to finding her seal, what if she can’t find it, what about the tears…and he finally puts up his hand in protest to stop her.

He reminds her that he’s not a person, and that he’s not here out of concern for her. He got paged here, because his host-body-injury-dar sounded an alarm at him. Ji-hyun sighs, “Oh…is that why you came?” as a tear falls.

He tells her that he’s got a busy schedule himself, thank you very much. But she reminds him that he gave her that hint last night, about opening the door. I love that she’s sitting there trying to prove their friendship…to him. The Scheduler gasps and looks around, “ME?! When?”

He jumps up from the table and overacts that she’s just making things up now, and walks away. She sits and pouts, saying to herself that he really did give her the hint; she’s sure of it.

As Reaper Boy walks away, he looks back at her with a sigh, saying to himself that she’s slow on the uptake, which is why she’s always getting hurt. AW. He’s clearly been breaking rules to help her. Big ol’ softie.

Min-ho stops by the hospital to drop off Ji-hyun’s things, winning him extra Daddy points. Dad announces that he’s going back to work, which is probably going to make whatever scheme he’s got brewing more difficult.

Ji-hyun wanders some more and ends up outside of Seo-woo’s bakery, and she watches her friend, only now realizing how lonely it is to be without her. Seo-woo recognizes her from Kang’s restaurant, and seeing that she’s hungry, offers her some pastries. It’s a good thing this girl’s got friends in the food service industry; otherwise she’d starve to death.

Back at Kang’s, the other two waiters complain that Yi-kyung is late again, and wonder what’s gotten into their boss, who they know to be a cold stick in the mud. The manager tells them that there’s always more to a person than what they can see.

But when Kang appears behind them and finds out that Yi-kyung still isn’t back, he walks out in a huff, ready to re-re-re-re-fire her. He sees her walking in, stuffing her face with a pastry, and assumes she’s just abusing his kindness and goofing off.

He takes it personally, asking if she thinks he’s a moron, thinking that she’s taking advantage of him now. But of course, in true Ji-hyun fashion, she’s so caught off guard that the last piece of bread gets stuck in her throat, and she starts to choke.

Kang’s concern overtakes his anger (as it always does) and he cries out for help. Everyone comes rushing out to give her water and make sure she’s okay, and a gulp of water does the trick. There’s a nice moment when she looks up and sees everyone’s faces, concerned for her well-being.

In the bathroom, she throws up and takes a minute to gather herself, ending up in tears. She cries, overwhelmed and exhausted. Outside, Kang is waiting for her, and tells her to follow him. She asks warily why, and he just mumbles that she keeps making him concerned, totally put out by the fact that he’s being forced to care. Heh.

She sits downstairs, worried that he’s going to fire her again, but instead he shows up with a bucket…full of ice water and a towel. He puts it down in front of her and looks away, pretending like he totally doesn’t care but… he noticed she sprained her ankle.

Aaargh. So. Cute. Ji-hyun smiles, realizing that it’s a cold compress for her, and wonders to herself if this is really Kang. He tells her that you’re supposed to use a cold compress for that kind of injury, and she just smiles to herself, as she thinks, “Yeah, I’m the one who taught you that.” Kang: “Why do you keep looking at me like that?” Because you’re being CUTE.

He brings her purse from yesterday too, which she doesn’t recognize at first (oops). He asks her about the whistle inside, and she says someone must’ve given it to her for protection, and blows on it.

That brings Kang back to his first meeting with Ji-hyun, when they rolled down the hill together trying to retrieve her bike. He had sprained his ankle, and Ji-hyun had blown on her whistle, saying that her dad told her to use it in emergencies. Heh. So you were always kinda dumb.

She gets up and says that she’s all better now, but he stops her, sitting down to tell her something. He takes out an envelope of money and offers it to her, saying that he can’t handle things that are complicated and messy, and that since the day she stepped foot in there, he hasn’t had one peaceful moment.

He offers her pay for the 49 days she wanted to work, and fires her. Again. She gets upset at his offer to pay her off, and insists that she’s not a beggar. He refuses to give her another chance, and she asks angrily if this is why he was being nice—just to spring this on her (using banmal in her anger).

He gets mad at the implication, and insists he’s just trying to help her out because it seems she’s got someone to take care of at home, she’s got fiancé troubles, and she doesn’t even have money to eat. She still refuses the payoff and starts to walk away defeated…

…which of course our hero cannot abide. Exasperated, he wonders what on earth she wants from him, and she just says with tears in her eyes that all she wants is to remain here. In her head she thinks, “Kang-ah, if you kick me out, then I’m really alone.”

He tries to get her to take the money, but she says she’ll be okay, and that he’s really been there for her. He finally caves at her stomach growling (heh) and sends her upstairs to eat something. She cries, overwhelmed at the gesture, and he stares uncomfortably at her, clearly unfamiliar with…um…girls.

Kang: “Wh…why are you crying?” Ji-hyun: “I’m crying because I have tears!” Kang: “Why do you have tears? I didn’t even fire you!” Ji-hyun: “Because I’m grateful!” LOL.

Meanwhile, In-jung goes to the bridal shop to retrace Ji-hyun’s last steps, in hopes of finding her seal. The woman at the shop gives her a cold dose of reality instead: the day of her accident, Ji-hyun was being especially picky about In-jung’s bridesmaid dress, insisting that it had to be pretty, because she had picked out a hottie groomsman just for her.

In-jung reels at the realization that the friend she was betraying was thinking so much of her that she left wearing that dress just to show it to her. Well, that’s what you get for being a backstabbity friend. And speaking of backstabbers, Min-ho’s land deal threatens to go south, and he asks for just a little more time.

He shows up at Heaven (who let him in?) and Ji-hyun, simple girl that she is, can’t help but be totally transparent around him. She eye-daggers him from far away, and yet shakes in his presence. He notes her behavior and condescendingly tells her not to fuss about near him.

He gets a call from “Secretary Shin,” and steps outside to take the call. Ji-hyun suspects that it might be In-jung, and so she follows him to eavesdrop, hearing him say her name as he tells her to stop crying. He also lets it slip that this is a plan two years in the making.

Ji-hyun wonders what that means, since she met him less than two years ago…

It finally dawns on her that their meeting may not have been as coincidental as she thought. It’s something we suspected from the moment Min-ho showed himself to be a shady bastard, but I don’t blame her for not making the connection because really, who would do that in real life?

Before she has a chance to properly suss out the timeline, Min-ho ends the call and notices her nearby. He tells her to stop, since he knows what she’s angling for, but she’s not his type. Ew, smug much?

She scoffs that he thinks she’s interested in him, and can’t help herself:

Ji-hyun: I thought you were only good at remembering names, but you must be good at being delusional too. Even if I were a good actor, would I be anywhere near as good as you? You have good manners but no sincerity. And your face is not your real one. Since you know psychology so well, you must use people and con them quite well.

God, that felt good, just hearing her say the words. But as she says that last part, her tear necklace starts to glow red and she stops from the pain.

All of a sudden, the Scheduler appears right between them, giving her an ominous warning: she is dangerously close to revealing her identity, and if she does, that necklace breaks. And when necklace breaks, 49 days are O-V-E-R.

She nods that she understands, all the while with Min-ho staring at her like she’s a crazy person. Kang walks up just then, seeing the two of them together. Min-ho asks what she’s doing, and she gathers herself, spitting out that he’s Kang’s friend’s fiancé, but accusing her of trying to seduce him, so she’s angry is all. She whirls around and goes inside.

Later that night, Yi-kyung, driving her own body, notices her twisted ankle and her clean hair. She checks it out in the mirror, when her friendly neighborhood stalker comes in, noting that it’s the first time he’s seen her look in the mirror.

He prods her to take up more of an interest in him, but she refuses, so he tells her that he knows quite a lot about her…why she went to that place, what the scar on her wrist is. She thinks back and remembers him now as a neurologist that she saw, probably close to the time of the accident.

Okay, I don’t know if I’m supposed to be creeped out, but um…I really really dislike the idea of doctor-stalker. I think it’s a coincidence that he started to buy cigarettes there. I’m gonna go ahead and think that, because I kind of have to. Well, at least we find out his name: Non Kyung-bin, M.D.

He smiles now that she’s finally remembered him, but she doesn’t return the sentiment, and tells him not to mess with her; she doesn’t want to remember anything. Hm, I wonder how much of that is literal. Does she actually have pockets of memory missing, or is she just living in denial?

In-jung tells Min-ho that she went to see his mother, and insists that they have enough money to take her abroad and live comfortably. He senses that she’s brought up his mom in a moment of weakness, and she confirms it, saying that this isn’t what she signed up for.

She’s worried about Ji-hyun’s dad, and what losing his company will do to him. So, hostile takeover it is. Though what it has to do with Ji-hyun’s land is still a mystery. Min-ho tells her that this is what they planned from the beginning…

Which takes us back to that not-so-fateful day when Ji-hyun was “rescued” by Min-ho…because In-jung ditched her and set the trap for him to swoop in and save the day. And the same goes for that not-so-coincidental run-in at the theater a week later, of course.

What they don’t realize is that spectral Ji-hyun is there watching the whole scene unfold, as she witnesses firsthand just how far back it all goes. While I would’ve rather her figure it out on her own, I’m not exactly going to bet my life savings on her brain trust, so I suppose this way she knows (and we know) once and for all.

Min-ho adds that if it had all gone according to plan, he’d have been married by now. He insists that Ji-hyun’s dad has all but given up on his daughter and returned to work (untrue, but it bolsters his argument), and that they need to finish out their plan.

Ji-hyun heads outside for a good cry, and then finally stands up, looking vengeful. I rather like the idea of you being a vengeance ghost, if the tears thing doesn’t work out for ya.

When she returns to the hospital room, In-jung is there alone, and she shouts at her best friend, saying that she thought that being rescued by Min-ho and then meeting him again was fate. At the same time, In-jung looks at Ji-hyun’s body lying there, and thinks to herself, “Forgive me, don’t forgive me…I won’t ask you these things. You had a hand in this too…why I became like this.”

The backstory of the two BFFs is actually more interesting to me than the whole takeover scheme, because I want to know what made In-jung do such a thing. Ji-hyun, still shouting, blames her for the accident and asks if all of this was for money. Out loud, In-jung muses that Ji-hyun always finds a way not to get hurt, and maybe it’s better this way, so she never knows.

She’s like, I’m standing right here, all ghostlike, and tries to hit her through the mystical barrier. It sends her stumbling, which is when she notices the kangaroo stuffed animal that Min-ho brought from her room as his decoy.

It triggers her memory from the last time she used her seal, and remembers placing it right there, in the mommy kangaroo’s pouch. She can’t touch it herself and almost calls Reaper Boy, but then remembers his angry speech about schedulers not getting involved in people-things. She decides to wait, and watches In-jung sleep, anger washing over her as her hand balls up into a fist.

The next morning she counts the seconds until 10am, and then wakes up in Yi-kyung’s body. She calls the Scheduler first thing, but he’s busy working at the local swimming pool…is what he tells her. He’s busy workin’ it is more like it, as he flirts with all the girls there.

He finally picks up his phone and tells her where he is, so she shows up, wondering what on earth a reaper is doing at a pool. Ji-hyun: “Are…all of them reapers too?” Hahaha. Nope, normal pool, normal people. He cheekily asks who would follow a reaper who didn’t have pull (as in, with women)?

She’s come here to tell him that she’s going to the hospital to recover her seal, and then tell Dad about Min-ho and In-jung. Reaper Boy: “So, you’re just going to break all the rules, all at once?” She nods fearfully, asking what’ll happen to her if she does. Will the elevator come?

Yeah, the Express one, he assures her. She asks him to stall the elevator for just one hour, for her. But they’re interrupted by his phone, reminding him that he’s got a soul to reap. He turns to walk away from her, and in a flash he’s fully dressed in a suit.

He walks a few paces, and then an accident happens at the edge of the pool, where a woman falls and breaks her neck. Turns out he really was working. Her soul pops out and he tells her quite saucily that he’s here to announce her “deadness.” Haha. Rudest reaper ever.

She refuses to enter the elevator and makes a run for it. He just sighs as he watches her run. Ji-hyun sees that she’s coming straight for her and panics, but just as she’s about to run smack into her, two hooded grim reapers, old-school style, appear between them. They drag her, kicking and screaming, into the elevator.

Ji-hyun asks why this soul was so different from that guy at the hospital, and the Scheduler just says that you get treated in death the way you lived your life here. Well, it’s only fair.

Outside, she asks if he’ll just hold off on her elevator (since she’s about to break the rules) for an hour, and gets his word. He adds snootily that lying is for humans, so she can trust him.

She asks if she’ll see him again, post-elevator ride. Taken aback, he wonders why they should ever see each other again. Ji-hyun: “I’ve grown attached to you.” Aw, like a puppy? So cute.

That of course just makes Reaper Boy scoff at the absurdity: “Why are you like this?” Hehehe. He wonders why she’s playing cool when she’s usually all weepy, and she counters, “Who cries when they get conned? You don’t cry. You get mad,” she says not quite so convincingly, through quivering lips.

She wonders if her elevator ride will be as scary as the one she just witnessed, and asks if he’ll be there with her, the whole way. She then realizes she’s running out of time, and dashes off. Reaper Boy wonders aloud that she didn’t even ask for a ride or anything.

Aw, were you gonna offer her a ride on your little hipster reaper bike? Your cuteness is killing me right now. She heads to the restaurant first, but finds that the doors are closed.

Meanwhile, Min-ho shows up at Ji-hyun’s house to pick up her parents, as today was supposed to be their wedding day. They head to the hospital, and In-jung takes the opportunity to send the housekeeper on an errand, buying her time to look for the seal.

Everyone else, including Kang and Seo-woo are at the hospital, as Mom tearfully tells Ji-hyun that it’s supposed to be the happiest day of her life. The nurse enters to tell Min-ho that the stuffed animals have to go, because they present a health hazard. (?) Whatever, Show.

Kang heads out, shocked to run into Ji-hyun (in Yi-kyung’s body) at the entrance to the hospital. Using banmal in a fit of panic, she yells, “Ya Han Kang! If you’re going to close the store, you could tell me!”

Her slip doesn’t really register with him, as he asks what she’s doing here. He puts the pieces together and assumes that she must actually have an illness, and is being treated here. She doesn’t have time to explain, and just runs in.

But when she gets there, she has to hide as everyone leaves the room, and she sees Min-ho walk out, kangaroo in tow.

Once outside, Min-ho calls In-jung to check on her progress, but she says she turned the whole room upside down with no luck. He hangs up and pounds the hood of his car in anger, which Kang witnesses from a distance. Min-ho drives off.

On her way out of Ji-hyun’s house, In-jung sees a stuffed toy dangling from her cabby’s rearview mirror, and it triggers her memory. The day that Min-ho had given Ji-hyun her kangaroo, with jewelry stuffed in the pouch—she had called it her new treasure box.

She rushes to the hospital to look for it, and finds it already gone, and Min-ho isn’t answering his phone. In-jung and Ji-hyun both hail cabs and race towards…somewhere. It’s the Wild Kangaroo Chase! Just like a safari, but different!

Ji-hyun ends up in front of her parents’ house, as she braces herself and rings the doorbell. Mom asks, “Who is it?” Ji-hyun: “I…”


Well she’s not going to reveal herself right now, so the bigger question is, what’s Min-ho going to do with that kangaroo? Such a funny thing to make the object of such drama, especially when they do close-ups of Kangaroo’s face, like it’s taunting them with its super-secret pouch of legally-binding goods. Ha.

I’m really liking Bae Soo-bin in the evil role, because I’m so used to seeing him be the prefect not-the-guy second lead so many times. It’s refreshing to see him be delightfully unsympathetic, so that I’m happy to hate him. In-jung, on the other hand, is actually sympathetic in comparison, though she’s of course just as guilty.

The thing that interests me about her character is that she doesn’t seem to be very cold-hearted, so she likely went along with Min-ho because she loves him (and has loved him for god knows how long). But then, how on earth did she keep up the façade for that long, if she really did care about Ji-hyun? I like that theirs is the relationship with more backstory that has yet to be revealed.

Kang is adorable, and what’s great is how different Ji-hyun is around him. It shows a different color to her personality entirely, and it makes me hopeful that he’ll somehow make the connection that Yi-kyung is Ji-hyun. And even if he doesn’t, she gets to see a whole new side to him too, that he’s kept hidden away for all these years.

And Reaper Boy is just my new pet. I love their odd-couple relationship where he’s trying desperately to have some professional distance (he has his reaper pride, after all) but Ji-hyun is just such a trusting person that she’s already attached, making him so delightfully uncomfortable. Also, can he reap souls at the pool every day?


191 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Sarah A

    Yes! I’m really liking this drama so far.

    • 1.1 dramaaddict

      on what website are you all watching the show (with subs)? Can’t find a good site yet…

    • 1.2 Hazel

      watch 49 Days Episode 4 English Subbed here: http://kimchidrama.blogspot.com/2011/03/49-days-episode-4.html

    • 1.3 Rika

      One thing I’m really liking is LYW’s acting. The bubbly Ji-Hyun personality doesn’t match with the Sad Yi-Kyung body. But when she is in Ji-yun mode, For some reason, I really believe that another soul is inhabiting her. She is taking on Ji-hyun character so well. I’m seeing the character and persoanlity not an actress putting it on and trying to sell it.

      Make sense?

      • 1.3.1 Rika

        I’m look forward to the episodes where they give Yi-kyung more of a character and more story.

        Both women are meant to help each other right?

  2. Hanni R.

    Yay! Thanks for the hard work, GF!

  3. eatsleeplove

    thank you so much:D

  4. Ace

    Thanks! So far I like the characters, pace, actors in this drama.

  5. gin

    I so want Ji Hyun-Scheduler couple if it’s possible.
    Thank you for the recap.

    • 5.1 Yeoniie

      IKR !I want them to be together so badly ; but I guess there is no much chances >.< she'll probably end up with Kang *sigh*

    • 5.2 kiwichan08

      me too!!! I ship them so hard.. but I know it won’t happen ):

      • 5.2.1 Rachel

        aw don’t give up so easy.

    • 5.3 Rachel

      and I thought I was the only one. They make such an adorable couple. It clearly seems like Jung Il Woo spent some time at a fitness since unstoppable highkick, with the drool-eliciting chocolate abs being an inarguable evidence.

      Is it just me, or Ji Hyun is more likable when she’s played by Lee Yo Won? I’m still uncomfortable with Nam Gyu Ri’s acting.

      • 5.3.1 Lilian

        now that u say it…I agree too! I prefer the crybaby played by Lee Yo Won =)

  6. lordj

    Thank you!!! Been waiting all day for this!!!! Now back to top…

  7. ninimi

    You know right now i avoid any recaps, but i still visit your blog, just wanna read your review..

    and great !! seems like the Show is getteing BETTER and BETTER !!!

    can’t wait !!

    i hope i can wacth epi 3 and 4 ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. WooHigh

    Please super Hott Reaper Dude! Get with Ji Hyun. Break all the reaper rules that you can to get her!

  9. maechan

    It’s interesting how I tought Min Ho was going to be the sympathetic one and In Jung the back-stabbing awful bitch… I’m liking this show

  10. 10 jinkzz

    Hhahahaha… i love this drama…thanks for the recap… I have a feeling that :

    1. Kang and Yi- kyung will end up together
    2. Ji Hyun and the scheduler will get together

    … or, at least, I hope so…hehehe

    • 10.1 Jesus0saves

      I second that x100000000

      I think Han Kang will for sure be one to have true tears…. and I have a funny feeling that the scheduler might also be one who will be sheding a tear!!!!

      <3 HAN KANG <3

    • 10.2 :D

      i think/hope so too!
      what about stalker-doctor? i wonder what’ll happen to him…

      • 10.2.1 MELLIssa

        he will go to another convenience store to stalk another convenience store clerk….

        • yumi

          Ha, ha.

    • 10.3 Natalie

      Thanks for the recap GF!

      I really love those couples too.. Something about the boy who wants nothing to do with the girl only to realize he actually loves her … sigh. Plus their bickering and annoyance with each other is cute. Scheduler and Ji-Hyun FTW

      I’m really enjoying Kang’s character as well though.. lets hope everyone ends up happy in the end haha

      Looking forward to ep. 5!

      • 10.3.1 hookedonmonix

        I hope you mean Everyone except Min-ho.

        • Natalie

          Ahaha. Yes I believe he is excluded from that wish

          • gustave154

            Shouldn’t Ji Hyun’s “best friend” In Jung be excluded too? maybe both Min Ho and In Jung can be unhappy together =)

  11. 11 Louise

    I ship reaper with Ji Kyung (Ji Hyun BUT in Yi Kyung body). He have much better chemistry with the actress playing double persona than the real Ji Hyun.

    • 11.1 reyna

      if it’s reaper boy and JH in YH’s body…then were would that leave YH’s soul?

      i hope they dont give YH the doctor/stalker as a “consolation price”…he wasn’t even on the list of main characters.

    • 11.2 helena

      Have to agree on this. So I’m not the only one thinking Scheduler-Jihyun interaction feels more lively and natural when she inside her host Yikyung. I like their dynamic flow more. However this leave me confused, which one I ship really? Jung Il woo and Lee Yo won or Jung Il Woo and Nam Gyuri? Arrrrgh….

      • 11.2.1 gustave154

        I think Ji Hyun is the one that reaper boy likes since we don’t know how Yi Kyung personality is like… But why about Han Kang??? Ahhhhhh I am going crazyyyy!

  12. 12 theedie

    this is the first thing that popped into my head:


  13. 13 lalala

    “The nurse enters to tell Min-ho that the stuffed animals have to go, because they present a health hazard. (?) Whatever, Show.”
    it’s true, b/c there’s a lot of dust and bacteria on the fur which is bad for critical condition patients.

    and i saw a picture on sbs..
    but yi kyung is the reaper’s sister!

      • 13.1.1 :D

        hmmmm so potential “incest”?

        • lalala

          no..i think the real yi kyung. ya know how she’s always sad and thinks about that accident? i think it’s when her brother (reaper) died! :[

          • :D

            haha no i mean it might be like incest if the reaper falls for JH when she’s in YK’s body 😛

          • :D

            if they’re siblings that is…

          • lalala

            that would be very weird….hahaha ^^

      • 13.1.2 JeSsBeL

        My guess was almost close…. a tiny bit close…

        Dang, I thought Reaper boy was Yi-Kyung’s dead boyfriend.

      • 13.1.3 silka

        now make me think.. is that doctor/stalker maybe the one who treated the reaper when he got into car accident?!?

    • 13.2 jinkzz

      Stuffed toys are actually allowed in the ICU but flowers aren’t

      • 13.2.1 lalala

        it depends on the condition of the patient and also hospital policy.


        • jinkzz

          i’ve worked in Medical ICU and Respiratory ICU for over 10 years…we allow stuffed toys but no flowers because of the pollen

          • lalala

            guess it depends on the hospital/region/state bc where i volunteered, they didn’t allow either. Lol.

          • lalala

            lol. whh are we even arguing about this….

          • gustave154

            drama logic is the best anyway >.<

    • 13.3 yumi

      I felt there might be a connection between Yi-Kyung and the Scheduler.

      I though Yi-Kyung’s lover had died and that who she was mourning. And I thought the Scheduler was her lover and her grief was keeping him bound to this plane.

      But him being her brother works also.

  14. 14 e

    now.this is getting interesting 🙂 oh reaper boy..i second the motion of having him rip souls by the pool or whatever activity that he needs to be topless :0

    and btw yes stuffed animals can be a health hazard especially if its old it can contain dust,bacteria, at times even fungi which can be detrimental to patients in a compromised state like in a coma..it can lead to BUT does not directly cause pneumonia(which im assuming is the health hazard) or whatever..haha

    • 14.1 e

      ohh lalala has already posted..

      • 14.1.1 lalala

        yup~ but you’re is much more detailed. keke

  15. 15 ohemgee

    JIW at the pool for the win.

    i am liking this show far too much. it isn’t as gripping as many other recent hits, but i like the pace and characters a lot!

    also, i don’t think we should be creeped out by the stalker-doctor. at least, i hope not!!

  16. 16 :D

    ji hyun/scheduler interactions are so cute! pleasseeee let them become a couple, drama!
    also, a bit shallow, but…
    dayummm reaper has a hot bod!

  17. 17 christine

    Why is it that there’s this possibility that Ji Hyun will end up with the Scheduler in the end?

    Great drama. And all along, I thought there won’t be any other drama for me when Dong Yi and Secret Garden ended.

    • 17.1 Alvina

      because everyone likes a romance where a hot girl gets a hot guy haha.

      Once you’ve been exposed to K-drama lalaland for too long, you start pairing up everybody regardless of storyline. And if there’s no romantic pair, you make one up in your head XD

    • 17.2 joicy

      why not? rapper boy can guide JH how to become a rapper girl or a rapper intern/ assistant. did he say about his 5 year intern or probation before becoming a real rapper? sure we know he’s a soul after the accident.

      • 17.2.1 Agatha

        I was wondering about the five year thing too. He said he had to complete his five years without a hitch so he could live again didn’t he? Maybe Ji Hyun will end up with him, you both of them regaining their lives. Then again I can be grasping at air just because he is hot….

  18. 18 asianromance

    thanks girlfriday! This series is getting better with each episode. So sad that I have a paper to write tonight and can’t watch this episode until Saturday morning.

    LOVE the screencap of the kangaroo. I LOLed at it. It really does look like it’s taunting them! Nyah nyah!

    All the Scheduler scenes *swoon*!

    Felt so frustrated when Ji-Hyun couldn’t hit In-jung. would love to bitch slap her and then run Min-Ho over with a car. At least I’ll be comforted to know that when he dies, 2 grim reapers will drag him to hell.

    I really hope we get to see more of Yi-Kyung, outside of the convenient store. I wonder if her bf’s death was really her fault and she had suppressed her memories. And I guess her admirer wasn’t so mystical after all….

  19. 19 nonski

    a long and wonderful recap…made my day…

    thank you!

    i really like how the story is going…and surely love the characters now…

    will go back later after i read the recaps

  20. 20 weekender

    *scrolling pictures*…….YAAYYYY
    so…the gossip is in fact real….LOL

    my patience is lesser than i thought
    can’t wait to watch …… *looking for eng-subbed*

  21. 21 Francesca

    yay! I’ve been waiting for the recap. I watched this episode without Eng sub. Very interesting drama. I don’t know which couple I’m rooting/wishing for good. Both girs Ji Hyun and Yi Kyung are equally charming! Don’t know who lucky guy take who.

  22. 22 kay

    ughhh now we have to wait a whole week.
    if only real reapers were that adorable, who’d mind going?

    • 22.1 Agatha

      My thoughts exactly. If death looks like than, I don’t mind going…. Especially if I get alone time with him….

  23. 23 anna

    it’d been awhile since i’ve seen a friendship between a female and male character without any romantic interest. i hope this is the case for Reaper Boy and Ji-hyun. i think they’re adorable together in a friendly way.

  24. 24 Rina

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recaps (and all the screen caps of Reaper Boy!!!). I think they should have a show just following around the Scheduler, just so that I can have plenty of Jung Il-woo eye candy 🙂

    I really think the back story of In-jung and Ji-hyun is interesting, b/c although In-jung has betrayed Ji-hyun, there is more there than being a plain old villain.
    Min-ho keeps reminding me of Show Luo.

  25. 25 someone

    i’m liking where this drama is going. just the thing i need, something good to watch after dream high withdrawal.

    as for the couple pairings, i actually don’t care who ends up with who right now. i like the reaper’s not-friend relationship w/ ji-hyun, so cute and funny (plus i don’t sense anything romantic there). as for kang, well, it seems like he should be w/ ji-hyun (since so very little of the time is spent on the real yi-kyung, we have yet to know what’s up w/ her). i’m still waiting to see how everything progresses before getting on a ship lol.

    for once, i’m watching a drama where i’m actually interested in the plot and am excited in finding out what happens to the characters. not to imply that all dramas have no plot, but a lot of romantic comedies usually lack on plot, and it’s really the characters that drive the story, which is fine by me, but this story is a nice change and just so interesting to me. of course i like the characters here too, so that’s even better. it may be too early to judge, but i have hope!

  26. 26 pv

    Awesome!! I can’t wait for ep 5 and 6. Thanks for sharing =)

  27. 27 nonski

    i’m so hooked with this drama…

    i would like a reaper-jihyun pair…

  28. 28 Hot Reaper Boy

    Do I look hot in that last pic or not?!!! Hm….maybe I’ll go shirtless when I ride my hot reaper bike next ep….stay tuned!

    • 28.1 Han Kang

      Not fair. I also want to go topless.

      • 28.1.1 Hot Reaper Boy

        Er….you gotta work on the abs first, dude.

        • Han Kang

          Go to hell.

          • Hot Reaper Boy

            I’m already there. HAHAHAHA

        • A Soul to Take

          *stares… drools… puts on a goofy smile* I’ll give you my soul if you let me touch your abs.

        • kay

          but he already did his time in the army. i’m sure he’s got abs to show!

          • Han Kang

            Thank you for believing in me, kay. My abs are o-kay, kay.

      • 28.1.2 Jomo

        I will volunteer to assist you in making this happen.
        Just say when and where. We can meet in Heaven.

    • 28.2 joicy

      yeah right, in this weather of Seoul you should,

  29. 29 pink blush

    the plot is fresh and very interesting. can’t wait to see what will happen next!

  30. 30 randomfacts

    i found JIW and LYW have more chem than with Nam gyu ri,,

    i think i feel nothing with them two, but when i see Jung Il Woo and Lee Yo Won together on Screen,, whoaaa……
    Kiss Her Kiss Her, Reaper Boy !! 🙂

  31. 31 laya

    Yay! Thanks!

    What is with those big hairclips! It’s the first thing I noticed. First Seol’s ribbons and now this, lol.

    That said, I wish with all my heart that scheduler will fall in love with scheduled… I mean Ji-hyun. 😛 Maybe part of what makes him freak out is that he feels something for a soul that is in his sister’s [?] body? And that could also be why he’s so interested in this particular case beyond the call of duty, if his sister’s gone zombie partly because of him, he’d want to make amends somehow.

    And Min-ho’s [Grh, I keep thinking of Lee Min-ho] dark side is really coming out now. Wonder what happened with In-jung… did Ji-hyun happen to do something that she really hated but she couldn’t tell Ji-hyun, or something?

    Will kangaroo doll become another bestselling item? XDD

    • 31.1 pumpzz

      I’m with you. I hate the fact that his name is Min-ho. Ugh.


  32. 32 M

    yup i saw screencaps of the pool scene
    WHO KNEW ..grim reapers worked out…:D

  33. 33 Daniela

    I love all the Scheduler scenes with her(when she is a semi-ghost and when she is in Yi-kyung’s body) and all the Kang/Ji-hyun in Yi-kyung’s body too.

    The scenes with In-jung and Min-ho are just a little boring for me. They are important to the story, but i preffer reading them.

    Aw, Scheduler. I want him to be her friend, or at least he accepts that he is nice to her. Im hoping so hard he doesn’t fall in love with her.

    Thank you for the recap!

  34. 34 guini

    “Also, can he reap souls at the pool every day?”

    ….aye I second to that!

  35. 35 omo

    When I saw the pic of JIW in the pool waving his hand, I can’t believe GF picked this one, we can’t even see his abs. That’s weird. Aaand when I reach the last pic. Who am I kidding..

  36. 36 Qwenli

    i just knew the last pix in the recap will be the bare upperbody!!!!

  37. 37 tikagecin

    yeah, more and more lee yo won.

    i found nam gyuri’s face and acting a little bit weird.

    i’m rooting for this drama.
    Han Kang and The Scheduler wins my heart.

  38. 38 Kate

    Did the reaper really flirted with the girls in the pool?(takled with them and so on) how is it possible if he isnt visible?
    and how will LYW ride his morobike if it isnt visible either?I dont understand this moment xD

  39. 39 gumiho lover

    i have a question. what is going to happen with yi kyung? i mean does she even end up with someone? who is paired with who? does yi kyung even get a proper story line (PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE WITH THE DOCTOR)…i know its strange but i somehow wish yi kyung would end up with kang…….=P

    • 39.1 lirc

      I totally agree!!

  40. 40 Jomo

    Thank you for the wonderfully funny recap.
    Favorite moment:
    “while he’s like get it off, GET IT OFF, gedditOFF!”

    I want Kang’s niceness to Ji-Hyun to turn into niceness to real Yi-kyung.

    Yes, I do understand that this is not possible, currently.
    So that leaves me wondering, as Ji-H goes wandering around in YK’s shell, what hope there is for poor YK?

    She has no idea that she is being used.
    She is still miserable.
    Now she thinks she is crazy because her ankle gets hurt and hair clean, but cannot remember how.
    Dr. Stalker appears and threatens to remind her of something horrible.

    We have guessed that she lost someone dear, and cannot let go of guilt, pain, loneliness…What/Who will save her?

    Looking at Hot Reaper Boy makes me very happy, too.

    • 40.1 missjb

      omg me too! I want Hang Kang really fallin in love with the real yi kung! Is it possible?

      She is so lonely…. I want more Yi Kung’s story, please!…. I hope Hang kang will meet the real Yikung, the sooner, the better.

      • 40.1.1 gustave154

        nooo if Han Kang marries Yi Kyung then that would mean Ji Hyun will die!! but maybe if Ji Hyun becomes Mrs Scheduler than i can accept it =)

        • Jomo

          Ji Hyun won’t take the elevator if she gets the three tears.

          So, let’s says JH gets the three tears, goes back into her own body. Where does that leave YK in the end?

          And if Kang’s love for real JH gets transferred to JH’s soul in YK’s shell, how does he feel for real YK?

          This leads me to beleive that Kang will be the first human to learn the truth. He has to be, as he already recognizes the finger picking, running style and whistle owning.

          He will be so happy finally to be close to real JH, and will end up helping her get the tears.

          Which would be GREAT if he could PUNCH Minho as HARD as possible for us all.

      • 40.1.2 pumpzz

        same here!!

    • 40.2 YY

      I want my sad, cute, confused Han Kang to end up with Ji Hyun, the real one. I just get a feeling sad YK will sacrifice her life for Ji Hyun. She’s so unhappy I think she’d willingly let go of her mortality.

      I’m watching this show solely for my sweet Kang. I love it when he widens those big innocent eyes of his in shock, and those tilty lips open in astonishment. Pls can we have more Kang moments? Like those scenes of sad YK eating instant noodles are so depressing. Instead can we have Kang slurping ramien instead? Sad YK sleeping sadly can be replaced with Kang in full slumber splendour (bet he wears cartoon jammies to bed).

      Btw did anyone notice that Kang rhymes with Kangaroo? Just saying.

      • 40.2.1 Jomo

        She’s so unhappy I think she’d willingly let go of her mortality.

        Chultae andwae!

        Then depression wins. Dramaland will never allow her to give up, because we are not allowed to give up.

        I am on the Kangwagon, too.
        More Kang!
        More Kang!
        More Kang!
        More Kang!
        More Kang!

        • Hot Kang-aroo

          What about me? I’m a Kang too.

          • Jomo

            You are a mother attached, sort of, to your child.

            Shouldn’t you be more interested in Owl or Eyeore?
            (Not Rabbit, he’s kinduv a dick.)

        • YY


      • 40.2.2 MELLIssa

        i have been rocking my brain why SHOW had to use a kangaroo… it could be a teddy bear or a stuffed dog or a kitten… but no, it has to be a kangaroo….

        now i know because it is KANG-aroo!!!!

        • YY

          Kangaroo Kang….nice ring to it.

      • 40.2.3 MELLIssa

        It would be so sad if YK gives up her life…. i want her to get back on her feet again and get on with her life….

        but i am still on the fence whether to ship KANG-YK or KANG-JH.

        so little of KANG in epi 4! I want more KANG !!!

        • gustave154

          i hope we get more Han Kang in the next episode and not Kangaroo xD

  41. 41 Mac B.

    Jung. Il. Woo!
    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  42. 42 supah

    Spent pretty much the entirety of this damn episode shouting at the screen… ”NO! Show, no, no, noooo! Don’t you dare do this to me… Doooon’t…Showwww…”

    It’s official, I’m in love with Jo Hyun-jae. Don’t know what it is about him, he’s not the greatest of actors or anything yet in this and another show, he just has this pull, this magnetism and… ::angg::

    And I’m totally shipping him with Lee Yo-won’s Yi-kyung and NO WAY Ji-hyun. Is it going to happen? Oh God, if it doesn’t?
    The last time I was this in love with a couple was Prosecutor Princess, I was so enamored with Han Jung-soo and Kim So-yeon and then it didn’t happen, and I dropped the drama and swore to boycott the writer forever and ever … Yet here I am.

    Jo Hyun-jae and Lee Yo-won: make it happen, So Hyun-kung, or… Or… I’ll have another bitchfit, like this time last year.

    • 42.1 MELLIssa

      ”It’s official, I’m in love with Jo Hyun-jae. Don’t know what it is about him…….. he just has this pull, this magnetism and… ::angg::”

      the French has a nice phrase for someone like JHJ – je ne sais quoi (i hope i got this french phrase right….)

      Welcome to the club!!!!

      • 42.1.1 minsun

        Me too! I totally watched this show for him. He is so cute! I’m so torn. I like the actress Lee yo won, but I want him to get together with Ji Hyun….can they swap bodies forever??

      • 42.1.2 Joly

        I agree with U.Yeh! Je ne sais quoi He has special something that you can’t tell.
        I want him(Kang) end up with Yi Kung not Ji hyun too.May be I don’t appreciate Ji hyun’s charactor.
        Yeh we are the same club.
        Thanks for Recaps.

  43. 43 malta

    I like the premise of the show a lot, but this is going to be hard to get through. I kinda dislike Ji-hyun which of course makes the show really hard to watch because I get distracted by her ridiculous personality….I feel like Ji-hyun’s character is bludgeoning the audience with the clueless princess act.

    Why oh why kdrama land must you be populated by naive ditzy princess girls who you force us to cheer for and love just for FINALLY getting a clue about life 16-20 episodes later? Tis the burden we carry for being kdrama addicts I guess….It would be interesting though to start with someone where the emotional growth that they need to go through, although transformative, isn’t sooo bludgeoningly obvious to the audience right from the get-go.

    • 43.1 momosa

      I have the same feeling about Ji Hyun. It is strange that I’m totally ok when she’s Ji Hyun in Yi Kyung!

  44. 44 malta

    …also reaper boy is hot.

  45. 45 Lahlita

    This drama looks interesting! I will certainly have to start watching it when I get time.

    And now for something COMPLETELY different. And weird. Girlfriday, did you seriously spell “naïve” with an umlaut on the i?
    *sobs to self and hugs pillow, pretending it’s Girlfriday* Where have you been all my life, Unni-yah? Why are you so excellent, and yet so far away from me? *sniff*

    • 45.1 girlfriday

      Because ümlauts are fün!

      On an unrelated note, why doesn’t umlaut have an umlaut in it? An oversight, doncha think?

      • 45.1.1 Lahlita

        That is QUITE the oversight. I think you should complain to those Germans. You know, at my last company we had a German-American director named Günther who was way too gorgeous. All the women wanted his babies, but we couldn’t openly talk about our lust for him, so I nicknamed him Umlaut for our lusty talks, and it caught on. Soon every woman on the fourth floor was calling him Umlaut. I think everyone in the company knew that Umlaut was Günther. Except for Günther. God, I wanted him. One day I was thisclose to asking him to dot my vowel … but that would have been wrong. So I didn’t.

        Why did I share that? Yikes! I gotta get back to watching K-dramas.

  46. 46 Kaye

    oh this show. makes me happy. I’m liking the prediction that hot reaper boy is yi kyung’s dead brother though. that leaves him to be with ji-hyun and yi kyung to be with kang. and everyone’s happy! or at least I would be.

  47. 47 YY

    I think Kang will find out that she is Ji Hyun soon. He’ll probably tail her home and meet the real YK soon who will not recognise him. And I think YK will realise soon that something strange is happening to her. I think they will communicate through notes with each helping the other.

    It’s obvious that the two baddies have an axe to grind with Ji Hyun’s father. Similar to PP. Even the father is the same actor!!!! The father must have done something terrible that drove the bad guy’s mother to madness, maybe caused his father to commit suicide/go to prison? Omg, it’s PP all over again!

    The three tears will be Kang’s, the good friend’s, and YK’s last.

    • 47.1 Jomo

      Innerestin…How will YK communicate with JH?

    • 47.2 MELLIssa

      I have a feeling that HK will realize it is JH by next week. I also predict first meeting of HK and YK to happen next week.

      agree with you about the source of the 3 tears….

    • 47.3 missjb

      I’m sure the writers creative enough to make some twist. Maybe JH’s father not doing something wrong, it just misunderstanding. The writers has make it different already compare to PP, This time, the character who make a revenge is not the main lead, but 2nd lead instead. And the heroine has found out his scheme earlier. And until now, the female character beside him is the one who feels guilty with their plan, not the dude himself. So the theme has change.

    • 47.4 MELLIssa

      “I think they will communicate through notes with each helping the other.”

      but if JH starts communicating with YK wouldn’t that be a violation of the rules of HEAVEN (hehehe from now on everytime i write HEAVEN i will think of KANG)? JH is not supposed to tell anyone that her soul is back….

      another thing – when KANG finds out that JH’s soul is back, how will JH confirm his suspicions when she is not allowed to tell anyone that her soul is back?

      • 47.4.1 Jomo

        If someone other than JH spills the beans, like Kang, for example, JH can be herself.

        I still don’t see how, though, YK and JH would “meet.”

        Video proof of YK’s shell doing something as JH would convince YK that something funny was going on, but YK may also just think she is INSANE and having black outs.

        And why would YK want to help JH. She would more likely be resentful.

    • 47.5 YY

      Ok guys, you’re right. Forgot about the sworn-to- secrecy pact between JH and Reaper Boy. But somehow, I feel sooner or later, YK’s going to realise something’s up. First the shampoo, now the sprained ankle. I was hoping that JH could leave notes at night for YK like SORRY I SPRAINED YOUR ANKLE or I SHAMPOOED YOUR HAIR THIS MORNING but I guess that won’t be possible.

      Jomo, I really don’t think Kang and YK would fall in love; to do so, YK would have to be herself and quit the convenience store job and take up a day job. As it is, I doubt their paths would cross until towards the end. I really think that Kang’s going to be more and more aware that the girl he’s concerned about is displaying a lot of weird similarities to his comatose beloved, and all those things she’s blurting out like cheating fiance and best friend, will come to haunt him later. But I do wish the show would move it a bit, cos I’m worried the ploddy progress at the beginning would lead to a rushed bad ending later, like so many dramas.

  48. 48 minnieme

    Loving the drama, not so much Nam Gyuri. Btdubs, did anyone notice that there’s a lot of cast overlap? Jo Hyunjae and Lee Yowon starred in two SeeYa (Nam’s former music group) music videos. The actor playing Nam Gyuri’s dad played Bae Soobin’s dad in Shining Inheritance.

    • 48.1 MELLIssa

      Jo Hyun Jae and Lee Yo Won also appeared in a historical drama together….

  49. 49 tjack

    I really hope the last tear she gets is from reaper boy.

  50. 50 kpopfan

    I love that Bae Soobin is playing a bad guy this time. He’s always the nice guy who doesn’t get the girl. Finally, he’ll be the bad guy who doesn’t get her either.

    I didn’t think i’d like this drama , but I agree with girlfriday that the story line is unraveling in a good pace that keeps you hooked for more.

    And how low tech were those ghouls from the underworld?

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