Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 6
by | March 31, 2011 | 196 Comments

This episode is a nice set of revelations, confessions, and change-ups, as all the characters reveal a little something about themselves, get further entangled in each other’s lives, and end up face to face with some of those pesky feelings. Yeah, that leads to exactly what you’d expect: it’s called Denial Land, and we all live here, because who needs the truth when you can repress and shout instead?


Min-ho grabs Ji-hyun (in Yi-kyung’s body), his anger and curiosity getting the best of him. He tells her not to look at him with those eyes anymore, accusing her of trying to ensnare him with the impression that she knows him. Well, it’s not totally off base, what you’re picking up on, but from the point of view that she IS a perfect stranger, you are one egomaniacal dude.

Both In-jung and Kang walk up and see the display, feeling the tension. Min-ho refuses to let go of Ji-hyun’s arm until In-jung finally interrupts and makes her presence known. Ji-hyun apologizes and walks away, realizing that she should heed the Scheduler’s warning and be more careful about being Ji-hyun-esque in front of her friends. Well, I use the term ‘friends’ loosely. Backstabbity-ex-friends included.

Over dinner, Kang tells Min-ho that he won’t be doing the Haemido project anymore, and tries to hand over the sketches he’s made so far. Min-ho doesn’t accept the decision, and says that he’s the only one to do it. Selfishly, I want Kang to wash his hands of the nasty scheme, but I suppose the characters’ relationships have to be crisscrossed thusly.

He takes Ji-hyun downstairs and gives her a lecture about customer service, declaring that Min-ho is his friend’s fiancé. Ji-hyun pouts to herself, thinking that Kang is so nice to Min-ho, when he was always so mean to her. Oh, sweet, dim-witted girl.

In-jung is dying of curiosity about how Min-ho took care of the land deal, and asks him to drive her home, feigning sickness. He takes issue with her boldness, both with the ride and with her repeatedly calling him oppa in public, but she insists they’re in the clear.

He tells her about the plan to declare Ji-hyun non compos mentis, and asks her to be patient, because it’s going to take time for Dad to come to terms with the decision. She complains that it’s been two years of sneaking around in hotel rooms and such, and the wedding day was supposed to be the end of it.

Oh, wah, poor cheating princess. Are you tired of all the sneaking around and lying with your boyfriend? Let me get you a tissue.

Min-ho feeds her a few smooth lines about how “location doesn’t matter if they can be comfortable around each other,” (Blech) and that they’re “going to be together for the rest of their lives” anyway (Double blech). That’d be Cheater Line #1 and Cheater Line #2.

She’s reassured, that is until she goes to reach for his hand and he turns away unwittingly. Despite her being a cheater, I do feel sorry for her in that she went this far because she loves him, only to get the cold shoulder after she’s neck-deep in lies.

At the same time, Ji-hyun takes the bus home and deletes all the pictures of her and Min-ho on her camera. But when she gets to pictures of her girlfriends, she can’t bring herself to delete them. She cries, asking In-jung when she stopped being a friend to her. Sad.

She notices her own tears and a lightbulb goes off. She calls the Scheduler and asks if this phone can be used to talk to not-dead people too. He gives the phone a you’re-kidding-me-right-right look, and basically calls her an idiot for not using it until now.

She makes some calls to the people on her list on her way home, and gets spotted by the landlady. She makes a run for it to avoid another encounter, and rushes to go to sleep. Ji-hyun’s soul pops out and Yi-kyung wakes up to the landlady pounding on the door, demanding rent.

Yi-kyung starts to suspect something really is going on, when the landlady tells her she saw her outside, and then reminds her that she was here yesterday. She looks in the mirror, staring at her hair, wondering what the hell is going on.

Ji-hyun watches in fear, and immediately pushes her Scheduler panic button. This time she gets a video greeting in reply, from Scheduler-nim: “This is not an emergency situation,” and he wags his finger at her. Hahahaha. Yi-kyung is suspicious, but lets it rest for now, and Ji-hyun breathes a sigh of relief.

The next day, she comes bounding in to work, and asks Kang to sign her in-time in her notebook, so she can calculate her freelance part-time pay properly. He agrees with a smile, and she thanks him brightly, calling him “ssa-jang-nim,” an exaggerated pronunciation of “Boss.”

He tells her to quit calling him that, but she asks what she’s supposed to call him instead then: “Han Kang-sshi? Or…Han Kang? How about that? Can’t I just call you Han Kang? They do it in America. Jenny, John, Brad, Kang. Hey, Kang!”

Ha. He does NOT look pleased at that, so she puts her hand down sheepishly. I love that as Ji-hyun, she desperately wants to call her friend the way she’s always called him, but she can’t, not in Yi-kyung’s body. Still, he can’t help but smile as he watches her bounce away.

Mom thinks over Ji-hyun’s words that she wants to become a mother like her, and heads to the hospital with a thermos full of ox bone soup (something that she doesn’t eat) because it’s Ji-hyun and Dad’s favorite.

At the same time, Manager Oh’s wife shows up at the restaurant with a pot full of the same soup for the staff. Ji-hyun eats her share to the last drop, and when Kang sees her eating so well, he gives up his rice for her to have more.

Aw, I love his little gesture, and also the connection between Ji-hyun and her mother through this motif, because ox bone soup is honestly synonymous with “mom” for me. It’s a Korean thing. The smell of that soup makes me think of my mother, without fail.

Outside, a little kid breaks a glass and cries, and Ji-hyun goes outside to clean up the mess. The kid throws a tantrum, so Ji-hyun shows him a magic trick with the tissue, making him smile and wipe his tears.

Kang watches, stunned. It triggers a memory of high school, when he joined the magic club because he “had to,” (yeah, right) and Ji-hyun showed him that same trick, over and over again.

He watches her smiling back at the kid, and he actually starts to see her as Ji-hyun, with that same smile. He asks her if she knows magic tricks, and Ji-hyun just says she learned it from a friend and heads inside.

Kang sits down with Manager Oh and starts naming all the similarities between Ji-hyun and Yi-kyung: her eating habits, her nervous habits, her word choice, and now magic tricks too. He adds, “and by feelings too…” which means that she feels like Ji-hyun, but we can read into it another layer: that his romantic feelings for both are being confused.

Ji-hyun goes on her first tear-gathering mission, and goes to see an old high school friend at a gallery. She introduces herself as Ji-hyun’s friend, and asks to film a video message, to provide Ji-hyun a connection to her friends and encourage her to wake up.

She asks for a tearjerker story, and the friend obliges, but there are no tears to be seen. Instead she states quite matter-of-factly that it’s not like Ji-hyun is dead or anything, and asks about what happened with her engagement.

Ji-hyun leaves, realizing that this is going to be harder than she thought. I don’t know why she’s starting with satellite friends instead of at least starting with Seo-woo. I mean, even if you don’t believe that Kang would cry for you, why wouldn’t you start with one of your best friends?

Meanwhile, Kang visits Ji-hyun in the hospital, bearing her favorite roses because he’s perfect. Gah. He sees her toes sticking out from under the blanket and covers them, and says aloud that she’s here…so why does he keep seeing her elsewhere?

He smiles and tells her that she’s supposed to say that he’s crazy. He says it again, that he’s the crazy one, as if trying to convince himself.

Ji-hyun heads to Seo-woo’s bakery, reminding me why it’s harder to gather tears from her closest friends—because they already know her as Kang’s employee, so she can’t double as Ji-hyun’s friend. This is going to get tricky when worlds collide.

She tries to ask about the friend that Seo-woo is thinking about a little too eagerly, scaring her off (with the misinterpreted implication that she’s got romantic feelings for her, no less). She buys some of her favorite pastries, and heads back to work.

Kang sees her on his way back from the hospital, but decides to ignore her. He drives past, leaving Ji-hyun waving after him. She runs to catch up with him, asking why he drove past, and he just brushes her off gruffly, pretending not to have seen her.

She appears downstairs with a pastry for him (his favorite kind), and he has an outburst in response, because he’s a grumpypants, trying not to feel feelings. He yells at her and tells her to get out and stop bugging him, bringing her near tears. Le sigh, if only you’d take your own advice, sir, and realize why you’re being such a hot-and-cold ass.

In-jung gets the cold shoulder from Min-ho, so she asks Seo-woo to dinner. They head to Kang’s, where they run into Ji-hyun briefly. Manager Oh sends her home because she doesn’t look well, and In-jung asks the other waitress if “Yi-kyung” is a good worker, since she gets treated so well. She replies that it’s because the boss likes her—she comes and goes as she pleases.

Ji-hyun heads home, exhausted, and calls the Scheduler to come and get the money that she owes him—the 49 dollars he loaned her in the beginning. He looks rather surprised that she’s already paying him back, but he’s mid-songwriting session, and feeling inspired, so he tells her to come to him, since she’s the lendee.

She reminds him that she won’t be able to touch the money once she’s out of Yi-kyung’s body, but he lays a new rule on her: if it’s intended for him, she’ll be able to. I do love these arbitrary rules. But that means that she can touch HIM, yeah? What? Just checking the rules.

She shows up to the club (And how much do I love that Reaper Boy is a Hongdae club rat?) where he’s singing his latest creation, “Scarecrow.” Ji-hyun listens, entranced, and claps cheerily afterwards. He plays it cool, but totally basks in the praise.

She tinkers with the piano and wistfully says that being a singer was once her dream, prompting a huge laugh out of the Scheduler. She puts on a pouty face and sings a line from the song he just sang, making him eat his words. Surprised, he asks why she never pursued it. She says that Daddy didn’t let her, ’cause he wanted her to get married instead. Yeah, that turned out nicely for you.

She tells him that she made her first attempt at tear-gathering today, and felt totally pathetic. He tells her that it’s a given for a 49er, and reminds her that humans are complicated. He adds, “But you’re better off than a Scheduler…because you have the hope of coming back to life.”

She asks how he became a Scheduler in the first place. He volunteered. She asks why.

Scheduler: I don’t know what it is, but I think I died with something sincerely important left to do. That’s why I volunteered. If I finish my five-year term without incident, I can do that thing. That’s the reason why I live as a scheduler.

She asks what that thing is. Scheduler: “If I KNEW, why would I be scheduler?!” She realizes that it was a dumb question, and adds that he’s got it pretty rough, for being such a young kid. Heh.

Meanwhile, Yi-kyung never made it out to work that night because she got sick from something that Ji-hyun ate. Kyung-bin (the doc) comes by the store asking after her, and the boss says she never showed up or called that night.

Ji-hyun waits outside, wondering why Yi-kyung isn’t coming home from work, and calls the Scheduler, insisting that it’s really an emergency this time. They go inside and find Yi-kyung writhing in pain, and he tells her to go to the hospital, and shoves Ji-hyun in.

She recounts all the stuff she ate to the doctor, who reels in shock and asks if she didn’t throw up. Meanwhile Kang waits at work, wondering if maybe he was too harsh on her yesterday.

Min-ho presents Dad with the Haemido land deal, with the financial backup plan/loophole/hostile takeover soft spot in play. At the same time, Dad starts throwing up. What the? How can dad and daughter have the same food poisoning from different batches of the same soup?

Ji-hyun realizes how late she is for work, and heads to the drugstore to pick up her medicine, and runs to the bus stop. Min-ho happens to be driving out of the hospital just then, and spots her, right when she crosses the street and trips. He instinctively jerks out of his seat wanting to help her, but stops himself.

He watches as she limps to the bus stop and takes her medication, and then decides to offer her a ride. She turns him down with a sneer, refusing to go with him. He tells her that he’s headed to Kang’s anyway, and asks why she won’t take the ride.

Ji-hyun: “Because I don’t like you.” He asks why, and she responds that there’s no reason; she just dislikes him. She muses that he wouldn’t understand because he probably needs a reason for everything—to like or dislike someone.

He can’t let it go, for whatever reason, and literally drags her into the car. Geez, what the hell, dude? This is why people are calling you out on your weird behavior. In the car she notes the picture of him and well, herself, and says without thinking, “She looks stupid.” She quickly corrects it, saying that she seems trusting and gullible.

Kang is of course waiting outside for her to arrive, and freaks out when he sees her getting out of Min-ho’s car. Is it wrong that I’m giddy over the jealous feud that’s about to break out?

By the time Min-ho comes downstairs into his office, Kang is already fuming mad, and he asks why Yi-kyung arrived in his car. Where did they meet? Why did he give her a ride? What’s he doing, when Ji-hyun is lying there like that? Has he already given up on Ji-hyun?

Min-ho just argues right back, asking why they’re talking about Ji-hyun (whom he thinks Kang dislikes) when this is really about his feelings for Yi-kyung. Kang denies it, and then so does Min-ho, shouting that he has no interest in Yi-kyung.

And round and round they go. I love that either way you go in that conversation, they’re both interested in BOTH girls, making for a whole world of confusion and lots of posturing about how they’re TOTALLY uninterested, and yet, with the shouty.

Min-ho leaves and Kang calls Yi-kyung/Ji-hyun down, and fires her for the last time. He tells her that Min-ho is his friend’s fiancé, and that he has a job to protect her. Ji-hyun realizes that he’s doing all this for her, although she’s missing the part where he’s also totally jealous but refusing to admit it.

He throws down an envelope of money, and she tells him that he knows she won’t take it. With tears in her eyes, she thanks him, and says that she’ll consider it hers, all the care he’s giving to his friend. And with quiet goodbyes to the staff, she leaves.

Outside, Min-ho overhears that she’s been fired, and waits for her to come out. He asks what she’ll do now, and then offers her a job as his housekeeper. Raaargh. I hate the idea that she’s going to leave Kang’s to go work for him, but then I see why she jumps at the opportunity to spy on his secret life.

She asks how much he’ll pay, and takes the job.


That’s going to be an interesting twist to the daily affairs. I can’t say I’m happy about it for Kang’s sake (because his growing crush on her is ADORABLE), but it should make it easier for Ji-hyun to thwart Min-ho’s scheme from the inside. And I do like seeing him squirm around her. I just hope it’s not the end of the cute antics between Kang and Ji-hyun, especially when he’s just starting to put two and two together about all the similarities between Yi-kyung and Ji-hyun.

I like that Ji-hyun for once has the upper hand, as the soul-in-Yi-kyung’s-body, since she’s got the ability to move about in Ji-hyun’s world without anyone knowing who she is. Despite her frustrations, it is a kind of wish fulfillment, to find out what people really think of you. I am kind of concerned at how far the revenge plot might go (giving Kang the wrong idea or even worse, making her bitter and jaded) though I don’t think she’s got it in her to be quite the vengeful ghost.

I also appreciate that there are consequences to using Yi-kyung’s body, and that not resting or overeating is taking a toll on her physically. It’ll be interesting to see if her suspicions will lead her closer to the doctor, since he’s a shrink and she might be crazy. Well, inhabited by a ghost twelve hours a day, so…same thing.

Yay for more backstory on Reaper Boy, who now has a task and a journey all his own. His connection to Yi-kyung is a given (the puzzle pieces are laid out and as he said himself, nothing in his town is a coincidence), but the interesting part will be in his discovery of that fact. And of course the real fun (and drama) will be when it all comes to a head: can he finish his term without breaking any more rules for Ji-hyun, or will helping her eventually keep him from his “reason for being a scheduler”?

Also, is god-lighting one of the perks of being undead, or is that just a side effect of wearing Jung Il-woo?


196 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. itshotintopeka

    Thanks for the speed, girlfriday <3

  2. jchildd

    Whooo. I’ve been waiting for this all day! 😀

  3. blue1004

    @javabeans or girlfriday,
    Did you catch on to JH’s mom’s speech to her husband at the hospital? She said if there is god and he has a conscience, he wouldn’t take away from them their 하나 남은 자식 (one remaining child). Am I reading too much into it in thinking that the parents may have had another child (dead or missing… cough*Yi Kyung*cough)? I need a second opinion. I thought it was a unique choice of words by her. A more conventional thing for her to have said if JH had been an only child is 하나뿐인 자식 or 하나밖에 없는 자식.

    • 3.1 asianromance

      That would make things so awkward later on if JH and YK turn out to be sisters! What if JH is revived and gets with HK…then his sister in law would be YK.

      The sister may also be In-jung for all we know. Really, what was her beef with Ji-hyun to stab her in the back like that? Was it Their group pics seem to show them as close friends since high school, but it looks like she started scheming against JH only 2 years ago.

    • 3.2 Lina

      Somehow, many had speculate that it could be YK but somehow, I felt like wait, what if the scheduler is her long-lost brother instead? I mean, the mother mention remaining child, meaning the other child could be dead or lost … plus the scheduler had mention that nothing in his neighborhood in a coincidence and he did say before that JH and YK are connected, that connection could had been meant for him.

      He could be the long-lost dead brother of JH .. just a speculation .. lol ..

      • 3.2.1 blue1004

        No, you’re absolutely right that it could still be the Scheduler. At first I debated the two options (Yi Kyung or the Scheduler), but then I thought Yi Kyung was a more likely option because of how JH’s mom can’t eat ox bone soup, and on the day when JH ate lots of bone soup at Han Kang’s wine bar while in YK’s body, YK woke up that very night and started vomiting. When JH (in YK’s body) went to the doctor to find out what was wrong, the doctor asked her what she ate earlier. I thought it was possible that YK too can’t eat bone soup like the mom. Also, if YK and JH are siblings, that would explain why they both have the whistles (given to them by the dad).

        If instead the Scheduler is JH’s brother, it’s very much possible that he gave the whistle as a gift to YK as well.

        Of course, this is all under the assumption that the parents did have another child. We could be totally off here.

        • lize

          I was wondering id the scheduler had a connection to Yi Kyung… Why can he not stand the little room she lives in? Was he not the BF who had the accident? There must be a connection …(and of course she aged and he didn’t: which explains the age gap). And obviously he can’t remember the past… which is why he can not remember YK.

      • 3.2.2 mojaslatka

        That’s what I’ve been thinking as well since the beginning because I’ve been wandering how they are connected. I believe it’s more than coincidence that YK’s suicide attempt that caused JH’s untimely death. I thought maybe Scheduler is JH’s brother. But now I realize that if he died 5 years ago, JH would have recognized him/his face unless they were separated from childhood. Then I thought maybe JH’s and YK were sisters and that they were separated from childhood because we know that YK grew up in the orphanage. But for whatever relation they have, I have this strong feeling that these 3 lives are enterwined. We’ll just have to be patient and see where this drama will take us.

      • 3.2.3 gin

        I wish, if it’s true there’s another child, it’s YK and not scheduler. I’m still hoping for JH and Scheduler pairing. They’re just so cute.

        It’s more make sense if it’s YK due to the fact JH uses her body. And the Scheduler is probably related to YK, instead to JH. Perhaps they’re both grew up in orphanage together.

    • 3.3 kay

      i was also wondering about that. i mean YK did grow up in the orphanage…. oh kdramas!

    • 3.4 Ace

      Ooooh…good catch! I like the mysteries of this drama…

      And in response to a comment below, I wouldn’t want MH & YK to end up together. He doesn’t deserve to end up with anyone.

    • 3.5 sophie

      There’s definitely a connection between the Reaper Boy, YK, and JH but I can’t tell which one yet.

      Ugh. Just as of yesterday, I was thinking that the Reaper Boy might have been in YK’s life, but not as her BF. To me, it just seems weird that he’s okay seeing YK (with JH’s soul) but uncomfortable in her apartment even if he has lost all his memories. And what could have happened that apartment?

      But with today’s episode and this extra info (thanks for sharing!), I can see how JH and the Scheduler sometimes bicker/talk like siblings do…

      I’m definitely eager to know the truth!

  4. Anne

    Can’t wait to watch! Thanks again for a wonderful recap~ <3

  5. hankangloverrrrrrrr

    i’m trying ot figure out who would cry, and im guessing its going to be unexpected
    -han kang (obvs)
    -and….um maybe injung? or the man who works at the cafe.

    what do you guys think? i’m pretty solid on han kang and minho
    and another question, what’s the relationship between minh and han kang? are they brothers? its just so coincidental to be that..

    • 5.1 asianromance

      I think they’re just friends who met in America, but I am curious about how close they really are. In the beginning of the series, it seems like he may have been closer to Min-ho than Ji-hyun..with Min-ho being the friend and Ji-hyun as the used-to-be-friend-but-now-my-friend’s-fiance…….but in this episode, he seems to refer to Minho as his friend’s fiance– meaning he refers to Ji Hyun as his friend, while Min-ho is the extension.

      (man, it’s also going to suck for him and Seo Woo to know that In Jung and MinHo are such backstabbers!!)

      • 5.1.1 tunafishy

        what about YJ’s shrink doctor guy? i think if JH goes to him while in YJ’s body, she could definitely get him to cry for her…but then when JH isn’t in YJ’s body and the doctor tries to talk to YJ, YJ is going to be like “wtf?”

        • tunafishy

          sorry I meant YK**

        • asianromance

          wouldn’t that be cheating because he would be crying over YK and not JH?

          • gustave154

            thats the problem must the person cry because of ji hyun or Yi Kyung? i mean how should JH in YK’s body make the person cry while thinking of JH if she can’t even tell that she is JH? (in YK’s body)

    • 5.2 Ettie

      oh really? I was thinking that it might be:

      – HK
      – SW
      – and maybe the Scheduler?? would he count?

  6. pbjtime

    Thanks for the quick recap! Loving this drama so far, it’s got a good pace and great character interactions. Also, Kang is adorable, and don’t even get me started on Sexy Scheduler!

  7. far away

    *sigh* I’m jealous 🙁
    You got to watch the episode first and I haven’t watched
    Episode 3 yet:(

    *sigh* I wish I know korean

    Thanks for the recap 🙂 trying to resist the tepmtation to readi it before wathing the previous episodes :(i

  8. KombatPiggie

    omg. so exciting. wish another episode would air already. thank you sooo much.

  9. Jomo

    Thank you for the recap…the plot really thickens here, don’t it?

    I do wonder, though, why we are talking about MH carrying over his attraction for JH to YK? Wasn’t he out to destroy the unwary bride to be?

    Yes, it would be a love rhombus with all the links to each other, and MH would have been protective and angry at Kang for liking JH, but in a territorial way.

    If MH feels anything for JH in the YK shell it is suspicion and fascination that this ONE person HATES him, for no apparent reason. But I don’t see him liking her. Not yet…

    • 9.1 YY

      That’s what I think too. It’d be ridiculous if Min Ho falls for her considering he doesn’t even know her. I think what he feels is a strange recognition, and guilt cos she’s always staring at him with accusing eyes, and maybe his ego can’t accept the fact that some girl actually dislikes him. But no way it’s love.

      • 9.1.1 MELLIssa

        me three!!!

        MH doesn’t deserve to end up with anyone… don’t care about his reasons…. just the fact that he made KANG AH suffer so much by being JH’s intended (for selfish reasons) is reason enough for me to hate MH…

        i can’t wait to see how KANG will react when he finally finds out how MH and IJ have been cheating/using JH all the time…

        • Jomo

          “how KANG will react when he finally finds out how MH and IJ have been cheating/using JH all the time”

          Hoping we see his inner KANG KONG with (bare) breast beating and me, ANGRY, Ji-Hyun – MY WOMAN kind of stuff…

        • Laeah

          Maybe thats what will make him cry – catching them and realizing she’s been cheated?

  10. 10 Molly

    Thanks for the recap, girlfriday! I really enjoy these but am not sure if I should commit to watching. Would you say it’s better than Dream High/My Princess?

    • 10.1 cookie

      Agree that it’s much better than Dream High but maybe at par with the cuteness of My Princess. Just did not appreciate Dream High.

    • 10.2 Anne

      For me it’s on par with Dream High and slightly above My Princess ^^ You should definitely check it out though! I have been sceptical as well (I’ve been going through Dream High withdrawal and I didn’t want to be disappointed by the next drama I watched) but I decided to start last night and it is absolutely amazing! I am dying to know what’s going to happen next!

  11. 11 Penn

    Poor Yi-kyung. She probably thinks she has split personality. Thank you girlfriday was a wonderful recap.

  12. 12 Schmazel

    And the plot thickens!

    I’m really liking the pace of development of 49 Days. 🙂

  13. 13 asianromance

    Man, it gives me the creeps to think that Min-ho will be JH/YK’s boss.

    Thank you, girlfridya, for the recap! This drama is becoming quite addicting! I’m pretty glad that JH isn’t into any of the guys right now and is focused on getting those tears and living. It’s sometimes drags the story when you have the girl pining over the guy, who is currently in love with someone else.

    What does JH really do while YK is gone in the middle of the night. Just sit around?? She doesn’t need to sleep as a soul, but it must be mentally tiring to be awake 24 hours a day for 2 weeks. Even when I can physically pull an all-night, I go an take a 1-2 hr nap anyways to keep my sanity.

    and *small voice* I didn’t know you could use that phone to call not-dead people also. So JH, you’re not alone!

    As for the Scheduler- i’m guessing he won’t return to life? =( When he’s done, he’ll probably do what he needs to do, and then go to heaven.

    • 13.1 Leona

      and what’s left for YK?Kang? In first eps I wanted it but now I have a suspicion that he will be with JH
      YK needs badly a change in her life

      Minho needs to live alone for the rest of his life

      if YK and JH are sisters many of the common gestures aren’t only JH’s
      the whole siblings things it would be kinda weird to explain why JH doesn’t know about him/her… the person should be way older than JH so that she can’t recognize the face the only gap in time is 5 years… orrrr again the RULES heavens deleted a bit selective some of her memories

      • 13.1.1 asianromance

        the mother’s raving about “her remaining child” may not even have anything to do with YK. For such a successful family, I’m surprised that they wouldn’t try to have a son to succeed the family line and business. Usually asian families will try and try until a boy pops out. Maybe the mom was prone to miscarriages and Ji Hyun was a miracle – which may be why they dote on her so much.

        • Jomo

          I’m hoping it is as simple as you say and we don’t try to duck tape all the characters together in the past.
          I HATE that.

        • VanillaSalt

          hmm.. but if YK were the mom’s child, wouldn’t she recognize her when she came to get the seal from JH room? I mean you’d think she’d recognize her own child even after all these years, no?

    • 13.2 Bee

      Mmm… maybe if JH and Kan get together, and have a baby, it’s re-born Scheduler? 😉

      • 13.2.1 Jomo

        This theory is a good one, although how would we know that Baby Kang is re-born Scheduler? Does he have a little baby perm?

        • YY

          oh my gosh! I misread and thought you wrote “little baby sperm”!

          • Jomo

            I thought I was the only one that read things like that!

            I’m not sure that is developmentally possible…

      • 13.2.2 MELLIssa

        oh are we going this far already?

  14. 14 churasan

    I really enjoy this drama. This is probably one of the first dramas in a long time that I’ve watched which is unpredictable and doesn’t have the usual love triangles. I love the cast too as their acting and chemistry is great.

  15. 15 Anvesha

    Kang’s reaction to her new job will be worth seeing! I love what you said about both guys arguing for both girls at the same time.. that was awesome (and confusing). It will be sad if they leave the real Yi Koung alone… I like her with Kang but I can see that he fell for Ji hyun’s personality. Nonetheless, it will be wierd to see real Ji hyun with him in the end.

    And finally we get some Reaper Boy story.. he is soo much fun to watch!!!

    • 15.1 lirc

      I agree…it´s understandable to think that kang will be with JH in the end…but if it´s like that, this going to be really really weird…besides, I still have the hope that kang meets the real YK and falls in love with her… they are such a cute couple and I think she´s an amazing actress…much better that the actress who plays the soul (I´m not saying I dislike her)…and finally… I don´t really like the YK-psychologist couple…please not!!!

  16. 16 myweithisway

    I think the god-lighting is because he’s wearing Jung Il-Woo =)

  17. 17 nonski

    really in to this drama…love it…

    thanks for the recaps, as usual, superfast posting!

    lurve the Scheduler!!!

    • 17.1 Hot Reaper Boy

      I love you too

  18. 18 Mac B.

    ahh…I got my daily dose of Jung Il Woo…now I can go to bed 🙂

    • 18.1 Alvina

      I raise my nighttime glass of milk to that!

      Good dreams, here I come! 😛

  19. 19 bekky

    Does anyone have this bizarre feeling that JH might end up with HK and YK with MH?

    • 19.1 YY

      JH will definitely end up with HK. MH will go to hell. I’m psychic. I read this in my tealeaves just befor I posted this.

      • 19.1.1 Jomo

        Problem is the tendency of the writers to treat evil characters like bottles and cans – like Yoon Joo freaking Bot – and REDEEM them.

        Bad pun, I know, but somebody’s gotta do it.

        • asianromance

          LOL!! Love the pun!!!

    • 19.2 Christine

      It would defintely be bizarre!

    • 19.3 MELLIssa

      HK ending with JH is not bizarre – man is in love with this woman. but MH ending with YK is bizarre. i would rather YK dies to be with her dead BF whoever he is than end up with the ahole MH.

      • 19.3.1 Jomo

        Let’s submit a theory that YK cannot end up with anyone that knows her as JH, because it would be unfair to YK.

        YK has to face her own demons, and work through her pain with the doc before there is any romantic involement.

        Meanwhile, I am guessing that for the first time, MH will start falling for JH(in YK shell). It’ll be something he absolutely did not expect to happen. It will shake him to the evil rotten core.

        For the first time, JH(in YK shell) will see the real MH, not his outer shell, and with her, we will learn about his sad sad sad back-story.

        Hopefully all of this learning will include
        1..Minho shower scenes
        2..Somebody seeing someone else nekkid
        3..A romantic unselfish gesture from MH that will melt even us COLD COLD MH antis.
        4..Major KING KANG jealous GREEN HULK activitiy.
        5..Some kissing of any sort, hopefully involving both the white jeans and the pretty lips. Don’t rule out a Minho/Kang ship. Evidence:

  20. 20 Daniela

    Noo! I havent seen this and yestarday´s episode. But thank you very much! I couldnt say thank you yesterday, so Thank you javabeans and girlfriday!!
    I´ll wait for the subs, but the recaps make that task very hard. I want to watch the episodes!

    Altough i didnt want a back story for the Scheduler, the one that he has is interesting and Im happy with it. He is awesome anyways, so yay!

    Kang, such a cutie.

  21. 21 Lina

    I had post this in soompi as well but can’t wait until the scheduler 5 years is up .. I believe his 5 years is up is going to be on episode 10 … but there is a possible that he can come back to life under a different persona since he was able to interact with humans (in episode 4) ..

    But one thing I am pretty sure of is that his important deed / unfulfilled business has got to involve YK .. maybe that important deed that he wasn’t able to fulfilled before he died could be “convey” his love to YK … since I do believe that his song ” scarecrow” is a reflection of his and YK love story … and this line in the song has been etchign in my head that this could be what he was trying to convery …

    “Words I couldn’t say then, words I’m saying now, though it may be too late, My Love I love you” …

    • 21.1 coconana

      Ohhhh, I love that idea, especially as it gives more of a reason for Hot Reaper Boy to sing a song, as a subsconcious connection to his previous life, rather than just really awesome fanservice.

      I just hope we see more of Yi-kyung as Yi-kyung, even more so I’d like to see how she was prior to her current state. As it is, I’m loving Lee Yo-won’s acting, but realize that an overwhelming portion is her portrayal of JH in YK’s body. At some point, I want to feel more connected to the actual character of Yi-kyung in a more substantial way.

      I know we’ll get to YK’s backstory and (hopefully) all these loose, sometimes-overlapping, sometimes barely-touching threads all tied up before this drama ends (seriously, I think about this story being a long string of yarn that’s currently unraveled haphazardly on the floor, but all universally part of the same skein), but I’m just hoping the *character* Yi-kyung gets some presentment soon… and not just tacked-on in the last few episodes or so.

      With Yi-kyung seemingly catching on that something’s not “quite right” perhaps it will be sooner rather than later.

  22. 22 S

    Thanks GF for the recap.
    I prefer reading you gals’ recaps to actually watching the drama. The drama itself is missing the pull for me to watch ep after ep but the story is interesting.

    My two cents gonna be a bit off since I don’t really watch it but anyway..
    I think the reason Kang is drawn towards YK is not YK herself but the actual JH’s soul.
    For reaper boy, the attraction is YK’s body not JH’s soul and the reason he’s helping her has to have ulterior motive to which he even himself hasn’t noticed yet.

    I sway towards the idea of reaper boy as YK’s ex and YK as JH’s lost sister as blue1004 mentioned.

    At the end of 49 days, there maybe permanent soul-body exchange. JH’s soul cannot return into her body coz she is brain dead almost. but JH’s soul will reside in YK’s body permanently and YK’s soul will get out of her body. That way her parents will get their two daughters at once (sounds silly I know) and Kang will be with JH who he truely loves.

    YK has a dead wish and reaper boy is working for YK to come to him I think. so YK’s soul will be with reaper boy if that permanent change happen.

    Anywhooo…. I sound like a complete lunatic. I KNOW.

    • 22.1 bird

      anything goes for me so long as nam gyuri goes, so i’m with you hahahaa

      • 22.1.1 Alvina

        lol. She’s as pretty as a doll. Which also makes her equally creepy. Which is fitting imo. If only she wasnt as “brain-dead” when she’s acting

        • YY

          I like her but she’s got creepy eyes. So round and black and big they fill up the whites. So from afar at night sometimes it looks like they’re all black. Like those Jap horror movies with the longhaired creepy ghouls and blackkkk pits for eyes. I just jump sometimes when she walks about in that frothy dress and with those eyes. Are those eyes for real? Or maybe she’s wearing contacts or something?

          • j

            Well name gyu ri did fix her face so she probably made her eyes bigger. And she’s probably wearing those circle lenses.

    • 22.2 Marie


    • 22.3 tunafishy

      you know, that actually makes sense…i think you’re onto something 🙂 love the unpredictability of this drama! i’m so psyched for next week. can’t wait for wednesday…

    • 22.4 bee

      Why couldn’t he return to her own body? I just figured that she was basically brain-dead because her soul is off doing whatever, so her soul has basically left her body an empty shell… =/

      • 22.4.1 S

        Well, you just started the question of whether mind aka soul is attached to the brain or it is related to the whole body rather than the brain alone.
        Brain is organic organ.
        In medical field, brain dead means that person is basically dead and cannot be revived and only for organ transplant.
        It is different from vegetative state.
        And I’m not onto something just in the withdrawal state. U know just lack of crack drama.

      • 22.4.2 Jomo

        She’s not just almost brain-dead, she is almost brain dead in a Drama, where science and facts do not get in the way of Story.

    • 22.5 Joly

      I agree with your idea of YK was reaper boy’s ex ,and he want to make her happy and he will done his wish for her.If the end of this drama Kang will end up with JH
      this will make me disappoint only he will know everything about her fiance and help her solve problem
      JH will RIP.

    • 22.6 silka

      I actually love the idea of the schedule come back to life and confess his feeling to YK… and YK eventually let go with her life and goes with the hot reaper boy… and kang and JH has to be together…

      about the 3 tears…
      1. Kang for sure
      2. MH.. may be he realized that he was indeed love JH even though he has betrayed JH
      3. IJ

      just guessing…

    • 22.7 helterskelter

      I’m also enjoying reading the recaps but i haven’t finished watching a single episode yet. The acting in general is a bit off. I even find Yi Kung awkward or maybe a bit forced? I would have loved to watch this with a more competent cast 🙁

  23. 23 Hot Reaper Boy

    The worst thing about this job is I keep forgetting stuff. Like this morning I forgot to put on my underwear. Got on my bike and rode two blocks before I felt a draught. It’s a good thing I’m invisible. I think.

    • 23.1 kay

      nope. i saw you good and clear!

    • 23.2 lei2010

      u make me laugh, hahaha

    • 23.3 asianromance

      go see Sam-dong from Dream High. I’m sure he’ll lend you the pair he’s wearing. he’s cool like that!

      • 23.3.1 mary

        Uhm. He doesn’t have any. He just borrows from Jin Gook.

  24. 24 Jesus0saves

    Han Kang FTW~!


    Love where the plot is going….

    cannot wait till next episode…. LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT!!! AHHHHHH

  25. 25 Eva

    Love it!

  26. 26 noras

    just got an idea. Is the Scheduler has any relation with Yi kyung since he started to his job as a scheduler five years ago. Pretty much at the same time when Yi kyung lost someone.Just a crazy idea. =)

    • 26.1 Anne

      Woah! I didn’t even realize that =_______= haha that’s so sad.

      But I think your on to something! YK and Scheduler have to be connected somehow.

  27. 27 ohemgee

    YIPEE reaper love! hahah that sounds twisted.

  28. 28 MELLIssa


    • 28.1 YY

      Kang arghhhhh *dies*

      • 28.1.1 minsun

        I agree…
        Kang ah!!! pa bo ya!

  29. 29 Hankangloverrrrr

    Oh and would a kind soul please explain slash translate the next ep preview please? I’m usually good at understanding but I got so confused in this one!
    Tellll meeee I’m dyingggggggggg~

    • 29.1 kay

      YK is not sleeping during the day, so JH can’t use her body. she asked reaper boy for help, who in turn phones in his sunbae, asking if he can use option #3 and then we see YK looking shocked.

      maybe option 3 is letting YK know JH’s presence? i’m really curious myself.

      • 29.1.1 YY

        ooooh I like that! They can help each other.

    • 29.2 poppy

      i don’t know whether this is right, i also don’t rly understand the preview, but from what i see is Ji hyun goes panic bcos Yi kyung didn’t wan’t to go to sleep till morning which means Ji hyun can’t enter her soul to go to work. Yi kyung is reading a book that jihyun put in her house for her to read. XD

  30. 30 strawberryfieldsforever

    i think i have the biggest crush on the cutest scheduler/reaper EVER! 😀

  31. 31 Marie

    Just hope this drama will be extended to 20 eps…

    • 31.1 MELLIssa

      it is 20 eps

      • 31.1.1 lei2010

        24 to be exact as stated in dramasub and mysoju

    • 31.2 YY

      If it’s 20, they’d better hurry up and get something resoved fast…like THOSE TEARS???!!!!! At least get the first tear!!!!! It’s driving me nuts! If they dwell too much on the first part of the show, the rest of the drama will be rushed. I don’t want a crap ending!

    • 31.3 The April Fool

      I have granted your wish.
      You’re welcome.

  32. 32 webfoot

    S said: “Thanks GF for the recap.
    I prefer reading you gals’ recaps to actually watching the drama. The drama itself is missing the pull for me to watch ep after ep but the story is interesting.”

    I so agree. All day I’ve been trying to figure out how I can dislike the drama, the characters, the actors even *ducking flames*; but adore the recaps which are so engaging. I mean, re-watched Personal Taste recently but quickly got bored, but I reread the recaps and was entertained all over again. *ducking PT fan flames*

    Thanks jb and gf. Dramabeans is one of my fave sites!

    • 32.1 Alvina

      absolutely. As odd as it sounds, I tend to skip through the drama when I “Watch” it.

      Oftentimes, I spend more time reading (and squealing) over the recaps than I do actually watching the drama. Which is a shame, because it honestly shouldnt be like that lol…

      maybe this just points to how awesome the recaps are? 🙂

      • 32.1.1 coconana

        JB and GF are the Hong Sisters of Recaps, that’s for sure!

    • 32.2 helterskelter

      Haha, I feel the same way. The recaps are awesome, but I can’t seem to finish watching a single episode. The lead actors aren’t very good save for the scheduler perhaps. I really find this frustrating as I want to watch the drama, and not just read the recaps! 😛

    • 32.3 leila8mae

      Unexpectedly, i fell inlove with this drama.. It turned out just the way i want it.. I hope show will keep up until the end..

  33. 33 dany

    thank you!

  34. 34 lei2010

    i think im going to be crazy watching this drama, so many mysteries.. aigoo!!!

    guys im wondering why is Minho after the land of JH is there some way that the father of JH committed something in the past that’s why Minho is doing this as some kind of revenge thing or is it that he’s after JH land for money becoz he jst wants it to life comfortably for the rest of his life with IJ???

    • 34.1 asianromance

      I wonder how the land came into JH’s possession in the first place.

      • 34.1.1 Jomo

        I assumed that it was a gift from her Dad, non?

  35. 35 riceball

    if you look at some of the posters that were released there are some implied pairings (scheduler/jh & hk/yk, as well as the now obvious mh/ij).

    i don’t believe that the scheduler would be ji-hyun’s brother (or any other kind of relative, for that matter) simply because i think that they’re going to somehow end up together. i mean, love that transcends life and death…how romantic would that be?

    plus, nam gyuri/jung il-woo & jo hyun-jae/lee yo-won look more age compatible to me. i know that stuff like that doesn’t always have much of an impact as far as otp is concerned, but it’s still something to consider.

    anyway~ scheduler+ji-hyun ftw! <3

    • 35.1 riceball

      whoops, link didn’t post.

      if you look at some of the posters that were released there are some implied pairings (scheduler/jh & hk/yk, as well as the now obvious mh/ij)

      • 35.1.1 riceball

        akkskksjfksjsldjs ok, just look up “could there be any more stills from 49 days?” on this site.

    • 35.2 asianromance

      We still don’t know if poster’s LYW/YK’s body is really YK or just JH in YK’s body. And it makes sense that the poster will be of them because they get the most screentime together and are the leads (even if the character YK, herself, is not the lead). And JH is probably placed next to the Scheduler because he’s the only person she truly interacts with. It could be that if JH gets with HK, she won’t interact with him in her own body till the end.

      And like you mentioned, the coupling in the pics look more age compatible.

  36. 36 * Lady Romana *

    Hey, I really think that the Scheduler is Yi-kyung’s dead boyfriend.
    Look, in ep 5, the doc said to YK that it has been 5 years until when her boyfriend died. And in ep 6, the Scheduler said it has been 5 years that he’s a scheduler. Too coincidal, don’t you think? hum…

    • 36.1 The April Fool

      I don’t think they actually say the word “boyfriend.”

      • 36.1.1 silka

        yes.. the doc said ‘that person’.. not ‘boyfriend’.

        • Biscuit

          Perhaps the scheduler died trying to save Yi-Kyung? YK witnessed something and the scheduler died?

          Like, there might not be any romantic link, but perhaps something else?

  37. 37 lei2010

    now that there’s a twist in the story letting JH works to Minho then it would mean Hang Kang is off the hook with JH, then what if he look for YK becoz he miss her or something like pity/guilt (confuse feelings is getting his nerves) and then he discovers that she’s different from the very beg.. (becoz it was YK he is seeing and not JH) alas that would confuse him so much… (these is jst my thoughts)

    i also have a foreboding question here, how come JH knew that YK works in the hotel? (does S told her to, i seem to miss that ep i guess) if she jst knew it with YK brain then how come JH doesn’t knew about YK past knowing that she can read her brain or something…

    • 37.1 kahlanrich

      he was told by the Pervy Scheduler on episode 2 about YK’s background before she used her body as a host.

      • 37.1.1 Hot Reaper Boy

        Who you calling pervy?

        • kahlanrich

          oh come. check ep 5. when they were in the department store.

        • Dayan

          Hm, then lets make that Smokin’ Hot Pervy Scheduler. Is that better? (:

          • Hot Reaper Boy

            Likee. I love you too.

          • kahlanrich

            that’s definitely better!

  38. 38 Jodasg

    This show is getting more interesting. ESP when I dun know who is gonna end up with who. Woohoo

  39. 39 Qwenli

    Yes the story is getting ever more interesting:

    1) are the 3 tears ever going to come?
    2) whose tears would it be?
    3) who is reaper boy actually?
    4) is kang going to end up with Ji HYun or Yi Kyung?
    5) is Min ho going to get found out?
    6) and what is the doctor’s role?

    very interesting, and I love all the guys in this show! Min ho is the bad guy, but well, he practically smoulders!!

  40. 40 Reaper I LOVE YOU

    The doc said his also responsible to the death of “that someone” which YK change into zombie mode. YK change her lifestyle and all the stuff she wear was put all in the box…. i wish JH discover some diary or photograph of “that person” that died on march 15th.

    I feel JH and YK have the same behavior, sister-like when it comes to girly stuff they use… and Scheduler is somewhat attracted to JH.

    Scheduler had said that his uncomfortable to YK house… probably the apartment was originally his home when his alive and YK prefer to live there when died….

    oh what am i thinking…… Love the drama!!!!

    • 40.1 * Lady Romana *

      Scheduler said that he is unconfortable to YK house, surly because he is Yi-kyung’s dead boyfriend. But he can’t remember his life, when he was alive.

      Look, in ep 5, the doc said to YK that it has been 5 years until when her boyfriend died. And in ep 6, the Scheduler said it has been 5 years that he’s a scheduler. Too coincidal, don’t you think? hum…

      And in ep 1, when YK tries to make suicide, and remembers her dead boyfriend, dead on the road; her boyfriens looks like the Scheduler.

      So in the end, the Scheduler will live again, and go out again with YK; while as Kang will go out with YH.

      • 40.1.1 cookie

        Agree with your “theories”. Thinking same way as you do.

      • 40.1.2 Mai

        I think it’s impossible for the reaper boy to go back to life…because he’s been dead for 5 years..i think the hot reaper boy is YK’s younger brother.

  41. 41 MELLIssa

    Am i the only who feels freaked out when MH dragged JK to his car? And JK allowed him? Even entered his car? I was totally freaked out by that scene.

    MH is an a–hole, imo.

    • 41.1 Lea

      I agree. Glad that I’m not the only one getting annoyed at that scene. That is a serious violation of personal space. If anyone tries to grasp my arm and drag me like that, he will get a punch in the face from me for sure.

    • 41.2 Biscuit

      I’m sure this doesn’t happen in real life, but for drama purposes, there “has” to be a way that YK ends up in the car.

      Writer’s Conflicting Thoughts to Self:

      -Hmm… there HAS to be a way for Yi-kyung to be in the same car as Min-ho!

      -Can’t Yi-kyung just get in when he asks?

      -No! No! No! Why would she so easily agree?

      -Because he’s hot?


      -Well for goodness sake, if there’s no logical way she’d be willing, use force! USE FORCE!!! Aren’t you a k-drama writer!? Don’t you know that if you can’t think of any other way to make the female do something, as the writer you have the grand power to cheat and make the males use force!?

  42. 42 jyyjc

    Does anyone besides me wonder if jihyun-in-yi-kyung’s- body ever has to use the toilet? I mean, when she’s in yk’s body, she can feel, she can taste etc, surely she’d need to use the toilet. And if that’s the case, isn’t it super weird to y’know..use the toilet while you’re in someone’s body…? ok I’ll stop.

    • 42.1 MELLIssa

      lol, yours is the funniest comment so far….

    • 42.2 Alvina

      lol, one of those drama mysteries that never gets answered.

    • 42.3 Anne

      To me it’s the showering that I thought of first. So awkward…

  43. 43 Francesca

    Gahh…this makes me sooo curious to see what happen next!!

  44. 44 afifah

    I think there is a relation between the scheduler with yi kyung,I think the scheduler is someone who died and make yi kyung living like that, anybody feel the same way?

    • 44.1 Yeoniie

      I think everybody feel the same way , but the question is
      Was he her ‘Boyfriend’ or her ‘Brother’ ?

      • 44.1.1 afifah

        oowww,I want the scheduler to be her boyfriend,that would be really cute!

      • 44.1.2 abc

        i think he is her fashion consultant/hairdresser

  45. 45 abc

    i wanna know who han kang is gonna choose? ji hyun or yi kyung?????????

  46. 46 Ani

    I’m trying not to read too much of the recaps (scanning them for the most part) because this I definitely want to watch. But cute nonetheless. Thanks for the ‘caps.

  47. 47 Usi

    The Scheduler left something “important” behind and it is nearly 5 years? Sounds like a bit too much a coincidence.

    I really like that turn in the story. I want to see the other side of MH. Why he is doing this. I can’t believe that Kang is mistaken so much in trusting him as friend.

  48. 48 Isabella

    They just might be long lost sisters, because remember her mother doesnt eat bone soup, which is Ji Hyun’s and her father’s favorite… and after eating bone soup, Yi Kyung’s body got sick.

    We were all assuming that it was because of too much eating, but what if like her mother, Yi Kyung, cant eat bone soup. I just think in a drama like this, we have to take every word someone says into account because saying “remaining child” is a VERY specific expression.

    Which worries me a little because even though they werent raised together, then that would make Yi Kyung, blood related to Ji Hyun, making her possible tears at one point, not valid to help Ji Hyun come back to life.

    • 48.1 Mai

      i also had the same thought about YK being the third person to produce real tears…If they are sisters by blood then it won’t be possible for her to be counted but there’s also a loophole they’re only related through blood but merely strangers in the truest sense…so yes they are family but they are not aware of it so i think that’s enough excuse for YK’s tears to count in the end…

      wat u think?

  49. 49 ninimi



    i dunno it is official or not, but just enjoy this

  50. 50 me my self

    i think the scheduler is the yk boy friend that die on the traffic at the first ep you know hi said that he become a scheduler from 5 years ago and the doctor that always at yk work place also said that she has already sad for him(the scheduler) since 5 years ago. and about the relationship between jh and yk maybe they are sibling who know?

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