Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 5
by | March 30, 2011 | 190 Comments

Oh man, Jung Il-woo whining “Noonaaaaa” in a schoolboy voice is just about my favorite thing. Especially since I can make-believe he’s talking to ME.

We’re hardly reinventing the wheel here, but I like where these characters are going, and how some developments are taking us into places I hadn’t anticipated. Villains aren’t entirely blackened souls — maybe just really, really dark gray — and there’s a lot of amusing bickering going on, with a healthy dose of “I-totally-lurve-you-but-nobody’ll-notice-if-I-cover-it-up-with-gruffness-right?-Wait-what-do-you-mean-overcompensation?” Yeah, there’s a lot of that. It makes me giggle every time.


49 Days OST – “아무일도 없었다” (Nothing happened) by Jung Yeob [ Download ]

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Ji-hyun (in Yi-kyung’s body) beats In-jung in the race to get to her house first to retrieve the seal. She introduces herself to her mother as Ji-hyun’s friend and has the benefit of knowing how to explain her presence to a mother who’s never heard of this particular friend before.

She says she’s a friend from an online cafe, and lent her a magic-trick video that she needs now. She reminds Mom that last year, Ji-hyun performed a magic trick at her parents’ anniversary, which they’d practiced together. Mom’s still wary about never having heard of her, but Ji-hyun says (a little sadly) that it’s because she’s just an internet friend.

Ji-hyun finds her wayward seal in the kangaroo pouch, but in her haste doesn’t notice that the necklace inside gets pulled out. She takes the magic CD, and on second thought, also a digital camera — but she whispers up to the Upstairs Boss that she’s just borrowing it, not stealing.

On her way out, she tears up at the sight of her exhausted mother, and tells her to eat something. She adds that Ji-hyun adored her mother and wanted to become a mother like her, which is just the thing to pick up Mom’s spirits. She’d always thought Ji-hyun was Daddy’s girl, so it moves her to hear that Ji-hyun did love her just as much.

Mom eagerly asks if Ji-hyun said anything else about her, but before she can get an answer, In-jung buzzes the gate. Realizing she has seconds to slip away, Ji-hyun hurries out and ducks behind a tree just in time to avoid being seen.

A flashback shows us how Ji-hyun came up with her plan to retrieve her seal:

The Scheduler had told Ji-hyun to use her head, since your IQ improves while in spirit form (lol, I love these rules — they’re arbitrary, but that’s what makes them entertaining). Ji-hyun had guessed that he must be telling her a hint on purpose, making the Scheduler stammer a denial. Ha. He may be breaking rules for her, but obviously he can’t let anyone find out.

Ji-hyun had thought about it, then gotten the idea that DUH, while she’s in this body, nobody has a clue that she’s Ji-hyun. Man, if this is proof of an enhanced IQ, I shudder to think how earthly Ji-hyun ever functioned in this world.

Thinking of how she has thwarted her cheating fiancé, Ji-hyun goes off skipping happily.

In-jung comes in with the excuse of having left behind her cell phone, but her search turns up nothing in the kangaroo doll. She wonders if Ji-hyun’s mother found it, and asks Mom casually about the dolls. But Mom and the housekeeper are more concerned about In-jung’s suddenly odd behavior; for instance, despite living together “for all those years,” In-jung had forgotten that Mom doesn’t eat certain things.

Considering that In-jung had been Ji-hyun’s bestie for a decade and lived with the Shin family, it’s interesting that she’s handling them all wrong, and arousing suspicion in the parents now. Clearly she’s not going to get anywhere with this doll issue.

Mom sighs that she should’ve fed Ji-hyun’s sad-looking friend earlier, which pings In-jung’s radar. An unknown friend?

When she reports the latest news to Min-ho, In-jung can’t let go of her suspicions about that friend. Min-ho dismisses her concern, pointing out that there’s no motive for that friend to be involved. Nobody knows of their plans, so there’s no need to take that seal. He adds that everyone carries at least one deep secret — a comment that makes her look at him sharply. So what’s his secret?

Time’s ticking, and they have to take care of payment on the Haemido land deal soon. Min-ho assures her he’ll take care of it, sure that he can think up a way out with a little more brainstorming.

At the restaurant, Kang continues to be bothered by Yi-kyung, having run into her at the hospital. He tells Manager Oh about the encounter and concludes that she must really be terminally ill after all. Firmly in denial about caring, he sighs that he wishes he’d sent her along that first day, and wonders why Manager Oh hadn’t stopped him.

In contrast, Manager Oh is totally on to the undertones here and finds amusement in Kang’s frustration. He asks if Yi-kyung worries Kang so much, which makes Kang hasten that he’s not worried, he’s bothered. Yes, of the “hot and” variety.

Manager Oh’s like, suuuuure (he and I are on the same wavelength, we are), and adds, “Trying to hide it doesn’t mean it gets hidden.” Kang sticks to his protests and gripes that she’s just as troublesome as Ji-hyun. Which should be as telling as any positive declaration of interest, really.

Ji-hyun comes to the restaurant despite it being a day off, and searches for a hiding place for her seal, thinking it unsafe to leave it at Yi-kyung’s apartment. She ducks out of sight to avoid being spotted by Manager Oh, and that leads her to Kang’s living quarters, where they both overhear him singing (badly) in the shower. Ha. Cute guys singing well is attractive, but cute guys singing badly? Adorable.

Ji-hyun notes how cheerily he’s singing, misinterpreting this to mean that he doesn’t care at all for his injured friend in the hospital. She gripes that it’s worse because he’s perpetrating this affront to decency to a song she particularly likes. Or, you know, it could mean THAT OTHER THING. Oh sigh, poor, naive and not-so-bright Ji-hyun. One of these days, two and two will equal four.

This scene also gives us this:

You’re welcome. God bless Korea and their fixation with giving the men gratuitious nekkid shower scenes whenever they return from army duty. Some traditions really are meant to be preserved.

When Kang comes down to the restaurant, to his surprise Yi-kyung is participating in cleaning day. Despite her willingness to continue, he orders her to go home, referencing her illness. At her continued resistance, he takes the matter firmly in hand — literally — by giving her the ol’ trusty wrist-grab and pulling her outside.

The gesture has Manager Oh’s impressionable wife gushing, “He’s even cooler than Kim Joo-won!” Perhaps recognizing the problem with such romanticizing, Manager Oh sighs, “Dramas these days are ruining women.” I’ll say.

Yi-kyung clocks Kang’s ill-concealed worry over her health and quips that he must be feeling sorry for giving her a hard time, and tells him he only has a little longer to put up with her. He jumps to the conclusion that she’s referring to her impending death, with that whole “48 days left” thing. He asks, “That’s not true, is it?” She merely answers, “It’s 42 days now” and calls it a rare disease: “What I can say for sure is, if you stick through just 42 more days, you’ll never have to see my face again.” She offers that as a promise, assuming he’ll be glad to hear it.

To cover up his… hurt? disappointment?, Kang gets grumpy and calls her horribly mean, and gruffly retorts that she can clean or not, whatever, like he cares, hmph.

She’s not fooled though by the facade, and thinks to herself that he’s pretty considerate and gentle with Yi-kyung: “He was heartless only to me.” Inadvertently she’s hit it right on the head, since that’s exactly what he was trying to achieve, given that his problem was his heart.

Kang finds himself staring at her throughout the day while Ji-hyun cleans, trying to ignore her but jumping in to help as needed — which he does silently, as though hoping that ignoring the issue will make it not real. His behavior doesn’t escape the eyes of Manager Oh and his wife, who look on amusedly.

Kang hesitates for a moment when Manager Oh tells him the piano needs tuning, which indicates to us that a piano-related issue/flashback/moment of poignancy is in the forecast.

Min-ho broods over how to fix this land deal problem, and in particular thinks back to his earlier meeting with the doctor, who’d said that Ji-hyun had very little brainwave activity — she’s virtually brain-dead. The doctor had told him that it’s just a matter of her guardians coming to accept the reality of her case.

He does look pretty upset, but one can’t be positive whether it’s driven by sadness over his fiancee’s health or just guilt. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that both are probably at play, though I won’t go so far as to guess which has a bigger role.

He overhears Ji-hyun’s father arguing with the doctor, and in his vehemence Dad grabs his head in pain. He waves his doctor buddy aside, but here in K-dramaland, we know that an older character never experiences mysterious, unchecked physical pain that doesn’t flare up later at the most conveniently inconvenient moment. Daddy Deathwatch in three… two… one…?

Min-ho takes him out for dinner and finally confesses that he didn’t actually complete the contract before Ji-hyun’s accident. Dad is stunned and upset, and with shaking voice, Min-ho tells him the truth about Ji-hyun giving him lipstick instead of her seal. And in order to sell her land without her seal (akin to a legally binding signature), they’d have to declare her incompetent.

Ah, now his tactic becomes clear. Min-ho speaks in a perfectly acted display of hesitation and pain, with enough faux sincerity to make him appear the genuinely bereaved fiancé. He says, “I can’t do it, Father.”

He defers to Dad, telling him to make the decision, saying tiredly, “I just want to be by Ji-hyun’s side” as he submits his resignation letter.

Well, played, Evil Villain. Well played indeed.

Manager Oh presents his wife with a candlelit pasta dinner that evening, explaining that she’s a carb fanatic. However, out of consideration for her health, she sticks to Korean food every day excepting monthly cleaning day.

He sends the youngsters away to eat at a separate table, where Ji-hyun picks at her food, which of course doesn’t go unnoticed by Kang. He also notices how she picks out the bay leaf — reminding him of Ji-hyun’s own distaste for them.

Ji-hyun’s in a glum mood, and the happily married couple provides stark contrast to the truth of her own love life. She sighs that she’s envious of them, and had wanted that for herself.

She catches him staring at her, and he quickly looks away and changes the subject. Ji-hyun knows that he’s just trying to cheer her up, and teases him for it, lightening the mood. Afterward, he gives her her pay, which she receives gratefully.

But the melancholy mood returns as Ji-hyun walks home thinking of how there’s nobody crying for her but herself, wishing that she had just one person in front of whom she could let loose and cry.

That prompts an exasperated exclamation from the Scheduler, who sits on a nearby playground swing dressed as a high schooler (his uniform is embroidered with the name “Scheduler”). He narrates a text message as he types, calling her childish and silly.

Ji-hyun stomps up to him to take issue with his mocking of her, and he looks up with big, innocent eyes, saying, “Noona, I was just tweeting.” Ha!

Ji-hyun joins him on the swings and tells him proudly that she found her seal after all, and that her memory really is better now than it used to be. We know that the Scheduler’s irritation with Ji-hyun is mostly bluster, but that doesn’t stop him from complaining anyway about missing a concert waiting for her.

Sigh, you boys of 49 Days — would it kill you to actually say what you mean once in a while, rather than translating your feelings into Disgruntledese? Getting Ji-hyun to translate it back into humanspeak is about as effective as plugging it into Babelfish, and her meager IQ hardly helps.

Wanting to talk out her feelings, Ji-hyun tells the Scheduler that today was her wedding day. But instead of marrying, she stuck it to the guy she was supposed to marry, and ran off in glee. Funny, ain’t it? The Scheduler replies that life’s a comedy.

Ji-hyun reminds the Scheduler that he told her she’s his third case of the 49-day challenge, and asks what happened to the other person who chose to collect tears. She’s eager to know if that person succeeded, but he reminds her flatly that it’s classified info.

She pouts, but he tells her that it’s not like finding out what happened to the other soul would change her case, so she’s better off planning how to capture her tears.

It’s sorta cute how Ji-hyun chatters on that night to Yi-kyung, despite the whole she-can’t-hear-you thing. Admittedly Ji-hyun can be a little annoying, but she’s really growing on me, like a little yappy dog you can’t quite decide is annoying or endearing.

The Scheduler opts to call Ji-hyun out of the apartment via phone rather than going in himself, which would be easier for them both. All he can say is, “I don’t like that room. I don’t know why, I just find it uncomfortable.”

He takes Ji-hyun to a department store that’s closed for the night, and tells her to pick out anything she likes. He adds, “Isn’t shopping the best thing to cheer up women?” Aw.

(Also? He has the best expressions ever. Cracks. Me. Up.)

With his magical powers, he puts her in various outfits with a wave of a hand. She finds the clothes too short and bare, calling him a pervert and demanding that he take ’em off. The Scheduler may not be human, but he IS male, and he asks pointedly, “Really?”

She blusters that she’s gonna kill him, but he reminds her that he’s already dead. He goads, “Are you that unconfident in your figure? I guess you’ve been letting yourself go.”

She says he’s mean to treat her like this “on a day like this,” to which he counters that not marrying Min-ho was the best thing to happen to her. He has a point, and with that, she approaches her shopping spree with new enthusiasm. She even chops off her hair, proving once again that Felicity was on to something.

The Scheduler comments on her before-and-after transformation, and she says that her good mood comes from realizing that she has two people on her side — him and Kang. He makes sure to say he’s not really on her side, but she’ll take what she can get.

She muses at how Min-ho, once thought to be the best guy in the world, has turned out pretty fearsome, while mean ol’ Han Kang actually has a heart. Isn’t it always the way?

The friends pick at their breakfasts, and Seo-woo indulges in a bit of pity by sighing over what would have been if Ji-hyun weren’t in her accident. She starts to complain about Ji-hyun’s stupid idea to show the bridesmaid dress to Min-ho, and In-jung, already on edge, tersely tells Seo-woo to let it go.

Seo-woo finds In-jung’s behavior strange, and that sets her off too. She cries, “Are you Ji-hyun’s only friend? I am too!” In-jung ignores her and leaves.

Ji-hyun (the spirit) hangs out in Yi-kyung’s convenience store, waiting for her turn to take control of her host, which is when she notices Yi-kyung nodding off at her shift and realizes that her daytime activities are taking a toll on the body. Well, the girl’s not fast but at least she isn’t callous. I can’t help hoping that one of these days Yi-kyung gets some solid rest.

On their way out, Dr. Noh comes up with his usual smile and offers to buy Yi-kyung breakfast, which Yi-kyung pointedly ignores. Ji-hyun assumes this is her boyfriend, but Dr. Noh goes on to say that he was 100% responsible for the death of “that person.” That’s why he quit working at the hospital and came to live quietly in this neighborhood, where “I lived like a dead person for two years.”

He had finally come out of his funk after that, and had seen Yi-kyung working at the convenience store six months ago. “It’s been five years for you. You shouldn’t live like this for so long.” He urges her to let go of her bottled-up feelings, and says he’ll be able to help her as a psychologist.

She turns to face him and declares, “I hate the you who remembers that time. I hate those words, too. I don’t need it.”

He presses anyway, saying she has to unburden herself, and offers to be her friend. That offer raises her hackles, and she rejects him flatly.

At home, Ji-hyun looks at Yi-kyung sympathetically, wondering which loved one died. She realizes that her parents may end up like this too, and that thought brings her to tears.

Once she’s in her body for the day, Ji-hyun flips through the family photos stored on her borrowed digital camera and promises to return to her parents somehow. She’ll start with the list she’s drawn up of possible criers, which includes friends from school and the like.

Unfortunately, she doesn’t have anybody’s phone numbers, so she asks Kang for his permission to use his computer. Not even fazed anymore by her over-the-top requests, he assents.

She finds phone numbers online, and supposes she can contact one person a day. But she has the added complication of working from 11 am to 11 pm — when to meet them?

Min-ho times a fake phone call so that Ji-hyun’s father will overhear him arguing and ask about it. That’s how he re-introduces the pressing concern of declaring Ji-hyun incompetent, because without her land, they can’t carry out their Haemido deal.

Dad returns the resignation letter and tells Min-ho to find another way. Min-ho again plays the reverse-psychology role, insisting that he wants to quit the job and take care of Ji-hyun, while Dad can look after the company.

By taking this approach, he gets to play the good guy — which deflects any potential suspicion away from him — while Dad is the one shouting at Min-ho to man up, instead of cowering at his fiancee’s bedside. The tactic succeeds, and he texts the all-clear message to In-jung, assuring her that everything has been worked out.

Min-ho meets with a certain Director Jung, who calls him impressive for his aggressive handling of the matter. Director Jung and Daddy Shin will cover payment for the Haemido deal, with the additional provision that if they’re unable to pay back the amount within a certain timeframe, they’ll have to relinquish their stake in the deal. A caveat: if they find Ji-hyun’s seal, they’ll proceed with the terms of the original contract.

I’m still not clear on the finer points of the deal, but what I get from these manipulations is that it appears Min-ho is maneuvering Daddy Shin into position to be ruined, so that he can swoop in and take over.

Kang sees Ji-hyun peering down into his office and hanging back, so he cuts to the chase, asking what she wants this time. Ji-hyun has a matter to “negotiate” with him, and reminds him that he’d once scoffed that this ain’t no freelance part-time job. Well, would he be open to making it one?

She’s done her research and is prepared to lower her hourly rate a full dollar, pointing out that his original pay was actually below minimum wage. She says that she doesn’t have many days left to live in this body, and has a lot of matters needing attention. Kang calls her out for borrowing his computer to research minimum wage rates, calling her quite shameless, and asks if she thinks he’s likely to agree.

She ponders the matter and then decides he’s not, and sighs that she’ll have to quit and find a different freelance part-time position, then. Lucky for her, Kang’s bickering is more of the mating-dance variety and not the I-want-you-to-quit kind, so he leaps up to stop her from leaving and says he was just joking. He agrees to the freelance thing, and even increases her pay to the stated minimum wage. Oh, you are so smitten. Gone. Whooped. Hook-line-sinkered.

Min-ho arrives to talk business with Kang, just in time to see Yi-kyung (well, Ji-hyun) bursting into laughter as she admits she was joking, too. Kang even laughs in response.

Back upstairs, he’s bothered at the way Ji-hyun’s expression goes from cheery to glaring at the sight of him. He calls her over and takes her to task for her behavior, saying that if she doesn’t want him to misunderstand her feelings (i.e., that she’s interested in him), she should act in a manner that avoids such misunderstanding. He cites her standoffishness, the way she ignores looking at him, and how she vacillates between friendly and unfriendly attitudes.

He wants an apology, and that really gets her goat — but she remembers the Scheduler’s warning not to break the necklace, and obliges.

Min-ho assumes that her attitude change came upon hearing he was engaged, and asks how she found out he has a fiancee. She asks whether he still has one, and he replies, “I do, but—”

Ji-hyun cuts him off and tells him she’s an employee with no interest in his personal life. Kang overhears this exchange — and we can note that it’s the second time he’s witnessed awkwardness between these two — and steps in just as Ji-hyun steps away.

The boys relocate downstairs, where Min-ho asks what’s up between Kang and Yi-kyung. Kang answers that she’s just an employee, so Min-ho tells him to fire her, because she’s too disdainful.

At Kang’s deflection, Min-ho calls him out for giving her special treatment. Kang turns the question around on him, saying that Min-ho — usually so charming and open with women — is unusually terse with Yi-kyung.

Kang says that if they were to take Ji-hyun out of the picture, Min-ho’s behavior is textbook indication that he’s attracted to Yi-kyung. He recognizes the signs — because he’s intimately familiar with them — of having feelings for her, but being unable to say that and instead engaging with antagonism. “It’s the stuff of childish, immature bastard men.” Well, at least he knows it.

Min-ho bristles at the suggestion and gets all upset, and decides to leave. The thought of being attracted to Yi-kyung hadn’t even crossed Min-ho’s mind, but on his way out, he wonders incredulously if it could be true.

He intercepts her and asks why she looks at him so scornfully. She asks quite saucily if perhaps he interprets scorn in her gaze because on some level he feels he earned it.

Provoked, he steps toward her and grabs her arm. Staring, he mutters, “You’re acting pretty funny.” Just as a third party comes into view.


Ooh, interesting. I like this development a lot, because I hadn’t anticipated that Min-ho would be tripped up by an unexpected attraction to Yi-kyung. Although Min-ho’s still in firm villain territory, I prefer villains to struggle and be confused by their own emotions, rather than being coolly manipulative like evil puppeteers.

It also makes In-jung’s situation more interesting, because I’ve been pretty curious to know more about her as a character. In contrast to the initial implications (that she’d be the standard boyfriend-stealing backstabber), she’s turning out to be a pretty conflicted character, one who just got in over her head. Clearly her love for Min-ho has made her his puppet, and she has gone along with everything he has masterminded. One gets the sense that she has an active conscience, but has allowed him to override it. She probably rationalizes everything despite a growing sense of misgiving, so to see that her anchor — Min-ho — may betray her as well must be a pretty big shocker. Will she break away, or sink into more despair?

Both Kang’s and Min-ho’s feelings for Yi-kyung are really driven by Ji-hyun, which makes sense, since they’d both had feelings for her before. But love (or romantic liking) can’t be sustained by an attraction that is 100% physical or 100% mental, which is where this drama takes into interesting territory. If both boys fall for Yi-kyung, how much of that has anything to do with Yi-kyung herself, and how much is due to Ji-hyun? When the dust settles and souls resume residence in their permanent homes, will there be any residual feelings for the former body-soul arrangements?

As for Reaper Boy, the suggestions are growing that he is, in fact, Yi-kyung’s dead boyfriend. I like that we’re given plenty of hints, but that enough of the story remains a mystery to keep our curiosities piqued. And while Dr. Noh copped to responsibility for the boyfriend’s death, given that he’s a psychologist suggests that it wasn’t a case of malpractice or physically hurting him. Perhaps he means he had ignored signs, or given him bad advice that led to the death. That falls into the theory that perhaps the Scheduler had committed suicide, and that has some correlation to his current Reaping job.


190 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Jenju

    This episode was sooo adorable! IJW just makes this series for me. Yes, I love all the other characters…

    by my heart belongs to The Scheduler…

    fanservice shower scene for him too, please!

    • 1.1 Sarah A

      I second this! Any excuse to see more of IJW is good enough for me. 😀

      • 1.1.1 Rina

        I look foward to this drama all week…mostly in part because of IJW as the Scheduler/Reaper Boy. He’s too cute for words, and his expressions 🙂

        I also agree that he needs a shower scene!

        • Aqua

          The only reason i’m watching this is because of HIM! He always makes me laugh in this show!! “Noona!!!” lol

    • 1.2 Hazel

      watch 49 Days Episode 5 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/04/49-days-episode-5.html

  2. kay

    gah reaper is sooo adorable. why JH picked a similar looking dress when she had all that option, i do not understand. but so looking forward to the next episode when we get some more backstory! thanks JB!!

  3. Schmazel

    I totally LOLed when Han Kang was singing in the shower! Loved that part. It makes out kdrama characters more human and kdramas a wee bit closer to reality. 😀

    • 3.1 Schmazel

      *makes our

    • 3.2 Jesus0saves

      Totalllyyy agree!!

      He actually has an awesome voice….

      I’m soooo frustrated though at the fact the shin ji hyun doesn’t realize the fact the hang kang was singing that song because he was GRIEVING for her…..

      Shin ji hyun only thinks he’s being nice to yi kyung, but in reality han kang is being extra nice to her because she reminds of him of ji hyun…..

      o gosh…. i just hope that Han Kang follows his heart and man up to the one he loves <3

      • 3.2.1 gustave154

        I agree too!!! Jo Hyun Jae’s voice is really nice.. i did some research and found out that he actually debuted in a boy band before he started acting! He was the lead singer for Guardian! now i know where he got his great voice =)

    • 3.3 MELLIssa

      not just singing but dancing too! i had a smile on my face the whole time that scene was on.

      • 3.3.1 YY

        How strange, MELLIssa! Cos I was smiling AT THAT EXACT MOMENT! Maybe we’re long-lost twins separated at birth or something?

        • MELLIssa

          YY, i knew I have a twin somewhere cos all my life i feel there’s something missing in my life… an emptiness that only a twin could fill …. lol

          if you have watched the clip of the shower scene a gazillion times since last night, then indeed you are my long-lost twin!!!

          and since you’re my twin i will share KANG AH with you….

  4. Sarah A

    I don’t know who I want to end up with who, but I like that!

  5. ilikehim

    Jung Il Woo with florals!!!!! ME LIKEY!!

    • 5.1 ilikehim

      Oh, i got around to watching 49 days.
      Man, Nam Gyu Ri is wayyyyyy better in these recaps than in action. BECAUSE SHE REALLY DOES SUCK.
      I read all these comments criticizing her acting and thought you are just being harsh on her…but x.x

      And I am usually REALLY forgiving of pretty faces (like Song Hye Kyo and/or Suzy).

      I ALSO HAVE THE GREATEST SHOE ENVY for Nam Gyu Ri’s nude Louboutin heels she wears with the Bridesmaid dress. Simple and sophisticated. ^^

  6. nonski

    YAY! thanks for the recap…

    been waiting for it the whole day…

    gonna read the recap first… 🙂

  7. turtlegirl

    First! Thank youuu 🙂 Just made my evening so I can finally do some work 😛

    • 7.1 :)

      yeahhh..tq sooooo much for the review.. XDD

  8. jen

    loving this drama
    that is all!

  9. eatsleeplove

    YAYYY THANKS a bunch!

  10. 10 queque


    Minhoo … his eyes are so PASSIONATE toward Ji Kyung…..

    i think he want to KISS Her !! 🙂

    • 10.1 omo

      yup the last scene kinda hot..

      • 10.1.1 queque

        LOL.. sooooooooo Hot

        they even haven’t did anyhing yet, but i feel so HOT XDD

  11. 11 popcorn

    It’s getting interesting. I mean if Kang falls in love with Yi-kyung which is actually Ji-hyun, I wonder what will happen when he actually meets Yi-Kyung at night…

    +_+” The face he sees, the person he recognizes…is not the person he interacts with. Confusing!

    Thanks for the recaps!

    • 11.1 Jesus0saves

      I know it’s totally confusing….

      but i think that han kang will fall for the REAL yi kyung….

      because I think yi kyung used to be really cheerful and bubbly (like ji hyun) before that accident years ago… but now she acts as if shes dead….

      I have a feeling that she will start changing back to her old self once she starts interacting with the other characters as her REAL self….

      dunno if any of that made sense LOL

      <3 han kang <3

  12. 12 bird

    the person who did the 49-day challenge and failed – dyou think it could be scheduler? he did say that it was ‘a 2nd case’, but we don’t know if he meant that in chronological order…

    • 12.1 bird

      also, i LOVE lee yo won but i just can’t immerse myself fully in ji-hyun’s character because the thought of jo hyun jae ending up with nam gyuri at the end of the day is just… i just… can’t… urgh

      • 12.1.1 xyz

        ikr, just the thought of jo hyun jae ending up with her just makes me cringe…

        gah, i hope jhj doesn’t have a kissing scene or sth with ngr.

        • queque

          i also hope JHJ will KISS LYW then..heheheh

          • gustave154

            maybe he would kiss both of them xD

      • 12.1.2 jyyjc

        I think I know what you mean..it’s like….throughout the whole drama it is yi kyung’s body that we see interacting with kang, but then if he ends up with ji hyun in the end, and she’s back in her own body…it’s….weird.

    • 12.2 queencircles

      That’s what I had thought when I heard that. But when I read jb’s interpretation that he’s Yi-kyung’s dead boyfriend, I thought that could also be a possibility. Either way would be very interesting I think.

  13. 13 onomnomcake

    OMG! I hadn’t thought about the fact that the reaper might be Yi kyung’s dead boyfriend until you mentioned it. But now that I think about it, it’s so true! That’s why he didn’t want to go in her room. And probably why he sent ji hyun’s soul into her body!
    Arghh!!! If that’s true then it’s so sad for him 🙁

    • 13.1 Jesus0saves


      i totally didn’t think of that either!!

      but,,, i think scheduler would have been wayyy more emotional and such in front of yi kyung……

      but he did say things like he never wants to go in her house and stuff….

      who knows? -would be a GREAT story line:D

      • 13.1.1 lambayyx

        he said that he doesn’t know why he feels uncomfortable there so i think he doesn’t remember ):

        • Ina-shi

          wooaaah that might even be possible as well!
          it really opens up new worlds for me,
          thanx for all those great comments!!!

  14. 14 muggledor^^

    Reaper Boy is my new Crack!!!!^^

  15. 15 Ace

    Haha! Thanks for the recap! I totally loved the Kim Joo-won reference. 😉

  16. 16 spen123

    Nice episode thanks for the recap…. yep i too feel reaper boy is related to Yi-kyung…especially he mentioned last episode (3 or 4) that he has to his job for 5 years…. it seems like the accident happened 5 years ago…

  17. 17 cinderella

    Can I just say how much I love the chemistry between Reaper Boy and Ji Hyun! I liked Reaper Boy at the start of the series, but now I think I LOVE him! They’ve got this very interesting friendship? going on that is just so entertaining to watch!

    On a side note, I am so glad that Ji Hyun did not have to wear that absolutely horrid dress for the remainder of the series! Her ‘transformation’ is an absolute vast improvement!

    Can I just point out that I loved that scene when Reaper Boy went “Before… After” in the shopping mall scene… LOL!

    • 17.1 Ina-shi

      I cracked up when I saw that one!!

      It’s like a parody on all those magazines and TV-shows
      this drama has pretty smart side blows: Kim Joo-won, “Before…After”…..ect?

  18. 18 minayuki

    Holy shiiiiiiit.
    Kang has a gorgeous body.
    I absolutely loved that shower scene.
    More Kang, please.

    • 18.1 YY


      • 18.1.1 MELLIssa

        me three……..

        more KANG-AH please…….. KANG AH in HEAVEN………… KANG-AH in SHOWER (woot woo!!!) ………..KANG-AH in bed with his stuffed toy (giggle, giggle, giggle)…… KANG-AH singing (swoon, swoon) …. KANG-AH dancing (yeah, baby) ………… KANG AH sketching…… KANG AH with his delicious lips and soulful eyes …………….

        KANG AH!!!!

  19. 19 kpopfan

    Is it possible that the Scheduler is Yi Kyung’s old love or something.. there must be a connection and a reason why he doesn’t like coming to her place.

    • 19.1 kpopfan

      woops. Sorry Javabeans… I didn’t read your final comment about that.. I think you’re right.

  20. 20 bee


    ^ This is my absolute most favorite part of the majority of the dramas I’ve watched, ever.

  21. 21 Phyllis

    The song “Nothing Happened” is really nice. Thank you for making it available.

    This drama is very good. Thank you for the recaps!!

    Your thoughts are brilliant, your writing is impeccable, and your underlying humor keeps us entertained.

    • 21.1 Kiara

      Thats exactly why I love her recaps.

  22. 22 kay

    i’m just waiting for hot reaper boy to show up here and comment about how his swimming scenes were superior to kang’s shower scene. LOL

    • 22.1 Hot Reaper Boy

      I thought it needed no saying that my swimming scene fas superior. And that voice? Horrible.

      This is why mere mortals cannot compete with my abs.

      You can also check out my Noona-scene, I filmed that for all my Noonas out there.

      • 22.1.1 Ina-shi

        C.R.A.C.K. H.I.G.H.

  23. 23 Cindy

    OMG OMG OMG! thats so fast!! thanks a lot

  24. 24 Schmazel

    “…we know that an older character never experiences mysterious, unchecked physical pain that doesn’t flare up later at the most conveniently inconvenient moment. Daddy Deathwatch in three… two… one…?”

    Just wondering if this was why Daddy Shin rushed the wedding? Maybe the call he got at the engagement party was from his doctor?

    • 24.1 omo

      I read someone said he has cancer..

      • 24.1.1 Jomo

        Which would be horrible for JH’s poor oma!

  25. 25 cheekbones

    I’ve been wondering about the question of “how much of Yi-kyung and how much of Ji-hyun” that Kang is falling for. And how the drama would resolve that issue.

    I concur with the last two paragraphs of your comment section, jb. Thanks for the recaps, as always.

    • 25.1 MELLIssa

      “I’ve been wondering about the question of “how much of Yi-kyung and how much of Ji-hyun” that Kang is falling for. And how the drama would resolve that issue.”

      me too, can’t wait for the story to reach that point and see how SHOW will solve this conflict….

    • 25.2 YY

      I still think it’s Ji Hyun that Kang’s falling for. It’s her bumbling, helpless, ditzy yet brave character that he’s drawn towards, and all the similarities between her and Ji Hyun that draw him towards YK. To understand who it is he likes, just imagine him going to that convenience store instead of the doc. Would he fall for the dead, silent, unhappy girl there? I doubt it.

  26. 26 ck1Oz

    You’re welcome. God bless Korea and their fixation with giving the men gratuitious nekkid shower scenes whenever they return from army duty. Some traditions really are meant to be preserved.

    Thank you for the recap.That cracked me up.I am still resisting and not watching.It’s hard holding out though with such recaps.

    • 26.1 Jomo

      Also my favorite quote!

      I think we need to document – collect and store – these important historical photos of Army Abs in Showers and Pools.

      It would be a service to Korea and to the World at Large. Maybe even the rest of the Solar System.

  27. 27 MELLIssa

    love, love, love KANG’s shower scene…. how can he be sexy, funny, cute and adorable all at the same time????

    thanks for the recap

    • 27.1 MELLIssa

      also, Jo Hyun Jae has the sexiest lips I have seen in kdramaland! it’s not just the tilts at the end, but the shape reminds me of cupid’s bow. i keep getting distracted by it, and every time he speaks i keep wanting to take a bite at his incredibly sexy, luscious lips….

      • 27.1.1 YY

        MELLIssa, you said everything I wanted to say.

        1. Shower scene: Best surprise everrrr! And he sang too!! Two in one! It’s like instant coffee….but a zillion times better! I drank it all in…abs, wet hair, wet lips, wet lashes, that nice deep voice and WHOOSH! instant adrenalin RUSHHHHHH!

        2. Yeah, cupid’s bow lips! You describe those lips perfectly. Curvy at the sides with a very slight tilt, and bow-shaped like Betty Boop’s, minus the botox and the scarlet lipstick. how can a guy’s lips look so delicious? He’s got such an endearing little-boy-lost face that makes me want to cuddle him. And those eyes of his…..

        • MELLIssa

          and let’s not forget how absolutely gorgeous he was wielding that duster!!! i didn’t realize before that a duster could be a prop to make a man sexy until i saw KANG AH with his duster last night….

      • 27.1.2 Linda165

        I don’t mean to incite violence, but I’d love to see a show down between MELLIssa and JOMO for JHJ’s lips 😉
        And what is this??? Is uri YY a possible contender???

        • Jomo

          Why fight? He has two.

          On second thought, I’ll take what’s behind the white jeans.

          • Linda165

            OMO O___o

        • Linda165

          “I don’t mean to incite violence” Oh, who am I kidding?? FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! I’ll wait for the dust to settle and take on whoever is left 🙂

  28. 28 ros'

    my god ! the story is like a novel ! i really love it ! i all the episodes ! keep your recaps ! i love it so much thanks a lot especially i like the character of jung il woo 🙂

  29. 29 mee

    thank you for the recap! entertaining as ever =)

  30. 30 Isabella

    Aww, I waited for this recap because I watched the live broadcast and I needed to what was going on :).

    Im on the same board as you, Ji Hyun is really growing on me. Her acting is not the best but there is something likable about her dim brain. I guess I like the fact that whilst everyone else is so serious and engrossed in their own problems, we have some comedic relief when she acting like a dummy…

    • 30.1 Isabella

      Also, some people criticize the OST for being boring but I find it really nice and calming… I listened to it like 5 times in a row ^_^

      • 30.1.1 Schmazel

        I second that. I find that the OST really suits the mood of the drama.

        Another OST song I really like currently is from ‘Crime Squad’, sung by Insooni. If you like songs like this one by Jung Yeob, you should give Insooni’s a listen. 🙂

  31. 31 JD

    “Kang’s bickering is more of the mating-dance variety” CHORTLE. so cleverly phrased

  32. 32 pooh

    no words to say………….. i am just loving this drama.
    BEST drama of this year. way to go………….. 🙂

  33. 33 So-In-lurve

    Hey!!! dis drama is damn gud!!!
    i mean afta SG i was on my drama nil case but den dis drama popped up n i m havin al da “luv da drama” symptoms- eagerness,daydreamin, waitin for recaps n watchin raw evn if i m not gud in korean n jus name da symptomz i got it all!!!!
    aw i jus luv it!!!!
    THe reaper is so damn adorable n kang in da shower is da stealer!!!!
    I M HOOKED!!!
    if i am to die let da scheduler be jus as hot n handsome as jung il woo n okae my last wis wud b to watch dis drama till da end….(n who knows til den my scheduler might fall in luv wid me)….<3 it!!!

    <3 da reaper n kang as well!!!!
    But as for fans service i am in for more showcase of JUNG IL WOO!!!

  34. 34 ffffffffffffffffff

    thanks for this 😀
    i cant wait for subtitles to be out

  35. 35 pooh

    i am loving it. love all the characters of this drama.
    Thanx javabeans. thank you very very much 🙂

  36. 36 Isabella

    Oh! I forgot to say that Im a total JH/Scheduler shipper :P. Dont kill me people… its just… i think Kang looks so good with Lee Yo Won that I hoped that they end up together.

    Also, NGR seems to have better chemistry with JIW than with the other males, or maybe im just totally biased because of the promo stills and conference pictures…

    • 36.1 Yeonism

      argg IKR ! Nam Gyuri & Jung Il Woo are…perfect!
      Their chemistry is undeniable ! I really really hope they end up together >.< but I know they won't !
      I also think that Kang looks more suitable with Lee Yo Won !

      • 36.1.1 gustave154

        Han Kang and Yi Kyung shipper here xD
        Reaper Boy and Ji Hyun shipper too xD

  37. 37 almondherb

    Yay JB! Thanks for the lovely recap.

    And yay for the shower scene. A good one I can tell. His voice is pretty nice too. =)

    I want the reaper boy all to myself. *dies*

  38. 38 ffffffffffffffffff

    its like 3 love triangles that ji-hyun is involved in.
    Her (in the girls body)+fiance+kang
    Her+fiance+’best friend’
    Her ( in the girls body)+fiance+ ‘best friend’

    AND her and the schedualer because it seems like he likes her too LOL

    • 38.1 Qwenli

      u r absolutely right!lets see how e scriptwriter will write out the entanglement! Hope it wont be dissapointing!

  39. 39 YY

    Have you all ever realised the significance of who Ji Hyun falls in love with? If she falls in love with Kang, she chooses life, and will awaken from her coma. If she chooses the Reaper, she chooses Death, and will never wake up. Similarly, if the Reaper falls in love with her, he wouldn’t want her to leave him either. Oh dear….

    • 39.1 MELLIssa

      “If she falls in love with Kang, she chooses life, and will awaken from her coma.”

      but for her to awaken she has to get those 3 tears first, and so far she’s still zero in that department. i hope drama starts getting on with the story

      • 39.1.1 gustave154

        Han Kang is definitely one of the tears.. maybe her friend? and last might be Reaper Boy, though i don’t know if reapers (or scheduler LOL) can cry genuine tears.

  40. 40 Ina-shi

    Did anybody notice that dramabeans puts the Reaper Boy on nearly every front picture for 49 Days xD I would do that too though ^^

    • 40.1 lulu

      LOL yeah i realized it too! Hope they can post the compilations of the hot reaperrr picts all together in one page after this drama ended. KYAAAAA!!! XDDD

  41. 41 Trent

    My first idea was that someone else in this drama might be posessed by a 49er, that’s why the information is “classified” – it’s not available yet, since two schedules of 49 days are dripping through two hourglasses.

    Best regards,

    • 41.1 Dory

      wow interesting, haven’t heard of this before, maybe…

  42. 42 lulu

    The story is just getting intense. I shocked when I know that minho may be attracted to Jihyun now. This drama keeps getting better and better each ep. YAYY!!!

    And for YK boyfriend’s death, i don’t think it’s because the bad advice the doctor gave that led him to commit suicide as JB said. I think it could be because maybe the doctor crashed into him or smtg which lead to a traffic accident in the road that day. I’m not sure tho XD

  43. 43 kit

    wow, all i can say that yi kyung was certainly blessed with her boyfriends and that i’d be in a heartbroken daze for five years if someone like the grim reaper died. ;_;
    does that mean he was one of the three who had to collect tears? or am i way off? (i’m only reading the recaps, so my info is a bit sparse).
    this just gets more interesting by the minute aaaargh.

  44. 44 YY

    I don’t know why, but I like the Kang-Ji Hyun pairing. I find both of them very sweet and innocent in Kang’s schooldays recollections. There is something very touching in the interactions between the gauche and sullen Kang, and the eager and chirpy Ji Hyun. I may be the only one who wants both of them to end up together LOL. There is a freshness and sweetness to Ji Hyun that I don’t find in YK. Maybe it’s cos the real YK is so dark and depressed that even when she’s playing happy, cheery YK I just tell myself that’s not the real YK. I think NGR is doing a fine job, and I find her really appealing.

    • 44.1 Christine

      This is what I foresee:

      Kang will end up with YK

      The reaper ends with JH

      Min Ho ends up with no one.

      I know that the doctor is somewhat stalking YK for whatever reason but I do hope that he ends up with someone too. (how about JH’s friend, the kind one who manages Paris Baguette).

      OT – I love Paris Baguette by the way. That’s the only place I buy my bread & pastries when in Korea.

    • 44.2 peanut butter

      I’m actually right there with you! I love their schooldays recollections and their contrasting personalities. Aside from the freshness and sweetness, a bit of naiveity or innocence, too. I’m rooting for the Kang-Jihyun couple as well.

    • 44.3 asianromance

      I also want them to be together too! I think it would be weird for Kang to fall in love with/end up with the real YiKyung after being in love with Ji-Hyun in Yi-Kyung’s body.

      NGR was hard to swallow at first, but I think she’s gotten better since episode 3. I think once she stopped looking bewildered and perpetually dim and started to exhibit other emotions like anger, hurt, bitterness, disillusionment, and joy the doll face doesn’t bother me as much. She may even be a better actress once she gets rid of the circle lenses and let us actually see her eyes.

  45. 45 Linda165

    Somewhere JOMO is staring at her computer monitor.

    • 45.1 YY

      Haha Why does this sound so ominous?

      • 45.1.1 Linda165

        LOL! Noooo I mean… it’s her Kang in the shower scene she’s been waiting for 🙂

        I must confess I WAS staring 🙂

        • MELLIssa

          plus there is Kang in TWJ, so yes jomo must be staring!!!

          • Jomo

            Sorry it took so long to comment because my mouse wouldn’t scroll much lower below the SHOWER SCENE PHOTOS.

          • YY

            Check your eyes, Jomo….worried they’ve gone all big and starey and glassy like Changmin’s in Paradise Ranch.

          • Jomo

            I’m telling YYou, to see the O_O eyes EVER, you have to watch Giant when Kang-mo grows up to be Lee Bum Soo.

        • Linda165

          I KNEWW IT!!!

  46. 46 sabrina

    one confusion though…how come Dr. Noh has anything to do with the reaper’s death in real life if the reaper’s death is caused by an accident, right?

    haha love the shower scene, shopping scene and everything!!!!

    MOAR and MOREEE please!!!!

  47. 47 Janet

    “God bless Korea and their fixation with giving the men gratuitious nekkid shower scenes whenever they return from army duty. Some traditions really are meant to be preserved. ”


  48. 48 dany

    Thank you for the recap, I really like it when you enjoy yourself so much while watching how men in this drama fall in love.

  49. 49 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap!

    I am loving this series so far. Episodes 1-2 were very watchable. Episode 3 was great. And by episode 4, I was addicted. Even Nam Gyu-ri has become a bit better in my eyes. Haven’t felt this way since Secret Garden.

    I’m glad that JH is being more curious abt YK and sympathizing with her. I really want these girls to be friends!! I feel like this drama is more abt the women. YK, JH, and IJ are all very compelling her. Feel a teensy bad for JHJ because he doesn’t get as much to do except be hot (I love how he looks at JH in YK’s body).

    I wonder if MH will try to kill JH. Maybe slip in a little poison or something. Remember Secret Garden? Apparently, kdrama hospitals aren’t that safe. You can walk out with an unconscious body out of the hospital and no one would notice for hours.

  50. 50 Ruky

    Is it just me or those someone else feels there is a connection between the scehuler and sad yi kyung!!!!

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