Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 11
by | April 20, 2011 | 161 Comments

My favorite thing about when people in dramas Find Out About Stuff is that this new information naturally causes people to adjust their behaviors accordingly — the discovery necessitates a recalibration of relationship dynamics. After ten episodes, we’ve gotten wise to the pattern of blustering-jealousy-bickering regarding Ji-hyun’s various relationships, so it’s a refreshing change to shake that up a little.

Also? It means a whole new side of Kang-ahhhhh. And the more sides I get to see of him, the happier I am. Rawr.


Park Ji-yoon – “바래진 기억에” (In faded memories). The previous post alerted me to the fact that there was an album I didn’t know about from Park Ji-yoon, who’s the latest addition to the cast of Lie To Me. It’s too bad I didn’t know about it sooner, since it’s already my favorite — I like her recent, more mature songwriting style even more than the pop songs she was famous for earlier in her career. [ Download ]

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So we have Ji-hyun at the end of her rope, praying for help from above. She wants to live but despairs of any hope, believing herself unloved and forgotten. And it’s then that she gets her Sign — her first tear appears in her necklace.

To answer the question burning in all our minds, we flash back to Kang’s discovery of Ji-hyun’s seal. He and Manager Oh confirm that it’s hers, and try to figure out how it got to Heaven. Since Ji-hyun has never stepped foot inside Kang’s personal quarters, he realizes that his niggling feeling about Yi-kyung was right after all, despite her earlier protests to the contrary.

Convinced of his hunch, he hurries to the hospital and tells the unconscious Ji-hyun, “So it was you.” And that’s when his tear (finally!) falls.

(Thank god! I was afraid they’d drag out this was-it-or-wasn’t-it question for the entire episode, which would have driven me batty.)

Curiously, at the same moment that his tear falls — and the necklace gleams — Ji-hyun’s vitals spike up for a second on her life-support machinery, just before settling back into their normal pattern.

Taking hold of her hand, Kang whispers, “It’s good to see you, Shin Ji-hyun. I have no idea what’s going on — but I’m glad to see you.”

He hears from the nurse that a young lady had just been here, which makes him guess that it was Yi-kyung. Racing to Ji-hyun’s house, he gets the housekeeper’s confirmation that a tall, slender friend had recently visited.

Meanwhile, Ji-hyun (as Yi-kyung) walks along happily, thanking the heavens for this one mystery person who loves her. The Scheduler pops up to sing her a congratulations song — replete with pom-poms, a birthday hat, and little-boy short pants. Gah, why so cute?

She grabs him in a hug, and he struggles and sputters, “You’re not my type!…I think.” Har. If only he knew. In any case, he says they can’t display affection, for fear of incurring more celestial penalties. Especially since the sting of that extra week of reaperdom is still fresh.

She guesses her tear came from Seo-woo (the Scheduler sighs that people will believe what they want to believe), and brims with gratefulness at the “one person in the world who loves me.”

Ji-hyun wants to thank Seo-woo for the tear, so she drops by the bakery with the excuse that she’s here to thank her for the free bread last time. She assures her that even a careless gesture can mean a lot, and that her help came just when she was loneliest. She adds that her hospital-ridden friend is really lucky to have a friend like her. Seo-woo answers that she’s the lucky one to have Ji-hyun as her friend, which reinforces Ji-hyun’s hunch that the tear came from her.

When In-jung arrives at the bakery, she and Ji-hyun tense to see each other: In-jung’s thinking of Yi-kyung being wise to her secret relationship with Min-ho, while Ji-hyun thinks of In-jung plotting to bankrupt her father.

While out of earshot of Seo-woo, Ji-hyun speaks sarcastically and exclaims, “Omo! Your boss’s daughter is Kang Min-ho’s fiancee. You’re too much, Shin In-jung-sshi.” In-jung doesn’t have the chance to make up any excuses, and is perturbed at the way Yi-kyung shoots her a dark look on her way out.

Min-ho is distracted at work, worried about Yi-kyung hearing In-jung’s damning outburst about their evil plot. He’s unsettled at leaving the matter unresolved but he can’t get a hold of her, nor has he been able to trace her cell phone number — the number exists, but there’s no name attached. I suppose it wouldn’t do to have it registered to “God.”

Kang bursts in to ask if Ji-hyun’s been by — by now his conviction that Yi-kyung is Ji-hyun is complete, so he doesn’t realize the slip until it’s pointed out. He corrects himself and asks after Yi-kyung, gets back a negative, and rushes out as quickly as he came.

Min-ho’s curiosity is piqued by Kang’s odd questions and chases him down to ask why he’s looking for Yi-kyung. Kang brushes him off, but In-jung overhears, and the mere fact that both women’s names were mentioned in the same breath is enough to arouse her suspicions.

Frustrated, Kang heads to her apartment, which is still empty. He wonders what she’d meant when she said she was leaving for someplace far away, trying to glean meaning from them now that he knows the truth.

Ji-hyun arrives home as he’s leaving, and he calls out, “Shin Ji-hyun!” Shocked and trying to figure out how to react, she pretends she doesn’t know what he means, while wondering to herself how he knew it was her. But this conversation is heading for dangerous waters, and her teardrop pendant burns in warning. Frightened, she stammers that he’s wrong, that she’s Song Yi-kyung, and tries to run away.

He’s certain that he’s right, but thankfully catches on that there’s a reason she can’t reveal her true identity. So he doesn’t take it to heart when she insists she’s none of his business and tells him harshly to stay away. To her surprise, he backs off readily and says he made a mistake.

She runs home in a panic, while Kang stays outside her apartment all evening mulling things over.

Once safely home, she prepares to eject herself from the body, only to realize that her farewell cleaning project presents a new problem — now that she’ll be sticking around, she can’t have Yi-kyung picking up on her presence. She busies herself messying up the place, spreading dust around, and in so doing accidentally spills a box containing cards collected over the years.

Reading through them, she finds notes from Song Yi-soo — one from middle school, another from age 20 that’s decorated with a heart. Ji-hyun deduces that Yi-soo isn’t her brother, as she’d initially assumed and recalls that Yi-kyung is an orphan (which may lend some weight to the theory that they grew up at the same orphanage).

Ji-hyun also realizes that Yi-soo must be the dead person in her life, and promises to find out about him.

With that, she leaves the body for Yi-kyung’s consciousness to reclaim, only she has forgotten to add the bathroom to her re-cluttering project. Thus when Yi-kyung sees it, the newly cleaned space unnerves her, and she heads out to meet with Dr. Noh again to discuss her condition.

Kang, still waiting outside, watches as Yi-kyung leaves, wondering what is keeping Ji-hyun from revealing her true self, and what role Yi-kyung plays in all this.

That evening, Ji-hyun visits with her parents at her hospital room, pleading with her father to stop being so stubborn. To her shock, Mom relents in her insistence that he get the surgery, saying that he doesn’t have to if he doesn’t want to. However, she doesn’t want Min-ho to take his place as the family’s new caretaker. She’ll take care of them herself, so Dad can die without this burden on his shoulders.

Dad doesn’t see why she doesn’t trust Min-ho, but Mom argues that it’s not about trust — it’s because she doesn’t need him. She says she’s lived comfortably these many years thanks to him, so now she’ll step up and be the one to take care of the family.

Aw, this is unexpectedly touching, to see the formerly weak, wilting mother find her spine and take charge. Ji-hyun’s 49-day adventure may have disillusioned her about her friends, but damn if it hasn’t been a gift with regard to her family.

The next morning — with 24 days remaining — Ji-hyun greets Yi-kyung on her arrival home. Kang has spent the entire night waiting outside, and watches as a tired Yi-kyung trudges inside — and then, some minutes later, re-emerges dressed prettily and with a spring in her step. And that’s how he puts the pieces together to realize that Ji-hyun is borrowing her host’s body.

Thus when Kang finds her rifling through job listings, he plays along, making no further mention of Ji-hyun. He explains that he’s here to scout her to work for his restaurant, clarifying his odd behavior yesterday by saying that he’d fallen asleep after a few drinks, and dreamt that Yi-kyung said she was Ji-hyun and asked him for help.

Kang’s not the most convincing liar, and his face is pretty adorable as he tries to pull reasonable-sounding explanations out of thin air. Lucky for him, Ji-hyun’s never been quick on the uptake; she initially turns down his offer, but tentatively buys his explanation of sleepwalking. In fact, he says that Manager Oh had scolded him mightily yesterday and ordered him to rehire her after interpreting his dream to mean that he needs Yi-kyung with him. He offers her a 50% raise and freelancer status, which she happily takes.

Kang re-introduces Yi-kyung to the staff, and everyone smiles knowingly to have her back yet again. Well, everyone but Su-jin, who’s offended at Yi-kyung’s goodbye present of a cactus plant, thinking it was an insult about her personality. Yi-kyung explains that she’d actually given it because Su-jin seemed “prickly on the outside, but full of tears on the inside” — and that insight into her character actually wins her over as Su-jin feels like she’s finally been understood.

Trying to play it cool, Kang asks Manager Oh for more info on the whole “49 days to wrap up unfinished business” theory, keeping things on a hypothetical level. Since Ji-hyun can’t reveal her condition, he’s playing it safe by keeping her secret.

His reaction is pretty adorable when Ji-hyun asks to take a few hours off — rather than getting upset, he agrees readily and goes overboard confirming that she’ll come back — she will, right? She’s not going for good? And if she happens to be out for the rest of the day, she’ll call him, right?

Min-ho has been calling Yi-kyung incessantly, so when he finally succeeds in meeting her, he expresses his frustration with her ignoring his calls. He’s impatient to explain the scene she’d overheard, like a liar is overeager to supply the details to excuse his behavior.

Ji-hyun returns his key, but adds that this doesn’t mean she’s refusing to see him. It’s a curious thing to say, because she understands that he’s the villain in this piece — he’s cheating on his fiancee with her friend, and has plans to bankrupt the fiancee’s family business. He agrees, calling himself the bad guy and copping up to having dated In-jung behind Ji-hyun’s back, not trying to defend his actions.

She interrupts him, saying she doesn’t care about his relationship with In-jung, which he interprets to mean that she wants to date him anyway. Is there some sort of gene in evil villains that inflates sense of ego?

His phone interrupts, and Min-ho detains her while he takes the call from a factory manager down in Jinan. Ji-hyun recognizes his name, since he’s been in business with her father from the start, and puzzles over the clues as she listens to Min-ho’s heated side of the conversation, which ends with plans to meet the man tomorrow.

Min-ho makes plans for an overnight business trip to Jinan, where he’ll talk to Manager Seo and have a few business meetings. He brushes aside In-jung’s suggestion to go together, which disappoints her. But In-jung, disturbed at Min-ho’s fixation with Yi-kyung, decides to take matters into her own hands, starting with a visit to Kang.

Meanwhile, Kang so very cutely hovers outside the restaurant while awaiting Ji-hyun’s return. But of course, the instant he sees her arriving, he turns away and feigns indifference. He is a constant source of entertainment for Manager Oh — and also me — who misses nothing. Not that Kang is subtle AT ALL about his interest.

In-jung drops by and can’t resist asking about his interest in Yi-kyung, even asking if they’re dating, which he roundly denies. She’s here to ask about his plans for tomorrow, and hears that he’s planning a trip down to Jinan. (It’s independent of Min-ho’s trip, and the Jinan connection isn’t quite as absurdly coincidental as it might seem because it’s their hometown. The reason Kang gives for his trip is to prepare his mother’s upcoming memorial.)

In-jung seizes this opportunity to suggest that they all go to Jinan together — the two of them and Seo-woo — which gives her an excuse to see Min-ho without blatantly tagging along unannounced.

On her way out, In-jung stops to have a word with Ji-hyun, and again tries to explain her relationship with Min-ho, saying there are extenuating circumstances. This time Ji-hyun accepts the explanation and promises to keep the secret, which greatly relieves In-jung.

Tensions are still high between the roommates, but In-jung sets about thawing out Seo-woo, who initially rejects the suggestion to go to Jinan together. But In-jung plays the Kang card, knowing that Seo-woo’s interest will be piqued at this chance to spend some quality time with her crush, and plans are made.

Yi-kyung meets with Dr. Noh for her first hypnosis treatment, per his recommendation, and follows his instructions to open the door she sees in her mind. She’s calm until this stirs a flashback to her suicide attempt — only, this time, she can see Ji-hyun’s spirit begging her not to do it. (Omo! So she can see her ghost? The rules, them be changin’…)

Dr. Noh wakes her when he sees her flailing in agitation, and asks what caused the disturbance. Only, she doesn’t understand it either, and asks him what she saw.

In the morning, Ji-hyun takes her place in the body and readies to set out for her trip to Jinan. The Scheduler pops up unannounced to express his disapproval of her plans to use the body to join a man on an overnight trip. She points out that it won’t be overnight — she’ll take the bus home by midnight — but he points out that men are all about turning a day trip into an overnight one, LOL. Truer words.

She counters that he’s acting awfully protective of Yi-kyung when she (Ji-hyun) is actually the one he’s supposed to guide. He doesn’t have a good rebuttal, and insists that this is a dangerous plan, that she’s better off working on her tears.

Ji-hyun counters that the tears are “not something I can do.” She was touched at the proof that she was loved — but there’s nothing she can do now to change whether she was loved during her life. It’s out of her hands. What she needs to do now is save her father — if she can break his faith in Min-ho, he can get surgery and pursue his only option for surviving.

Exasperated, the Scheduler tells her that if she goes, it’s not his responsibility. She says she’s not afraid of her own death anymore — but she is afraid that her father will die because of her. He replies that “Living and dying aren’t things to be decided by human effort.” Meaning, better to leave all that stuff to Fate or God or whatever greater power is out there.

Ji-hyun surprises Min-ho by showing up at his apartment, announcing that she’s joining him on his trip. He’s pretty gratified (ah, that ego again) and that keeps him in a good mood on their drive to Jinan.

Along the way, Ji-hyun asks him what kind of person his fiancee was. He answers that she wasn’t an interesting person — she was very simple and innocent. She returns that he’s not interesting, either, since transparent people aren’t very interesting, meaning she can read him clearly. Except for one thing: Why is he pursuing bankruptcy? Does he have something against the fiancee’s family?

Min-ho answers no — Ji-hyun’s a nice girl and her parents are good people. He explains cryptically by saying it’s just a matter of bad luck, “like with me.”

The girls also head down to Jinan in one car, while Kang goes in another, intent on finding a particular monk who knows about the 49 days theory.

Upon finding the man, Kang peppers him with questions about the life-afterlife divide, in particular wanting to know whether a soul in her 49 days would be forbidden from revealing her identity. What would that soul need to do in order to return to life?

Min-ho drops Ji-hyun off in the city before heading to his meeting with factory Manager Seo, making plans to meet her later for dinner. Ji-hyun tries to hail a cab to follow his car, but misses her chance and therefore spends the day walking around her old haunts.

The meeting with Manager Seo is hostile, because Min-ho is dragging his feet on the bankruptcy matter. At this divergence from the original plans, the other parties have grown suspicious, and there’s a lot of mistrust going around on all sides.

Min-ho calls Seo’s bluff to ruin the plans by alerting President Shin, which works in silencing the man. He warns them to do nothing until he makes the order to jump into action.

The girls, in the meantime, have arrived at Jinan and look around with fond eyes at their old neighborhood. Seo-woo is full of good memories, but In-jung’s wistfulness indicates that her time here was less happy than she let on.

Ji-hyun wanders the grounds of her old high school, where she’s spotted by Kang. Whatever he’s learned from the monk, we’ll have to wait to find out, but it’s made Kang even more sympathetic; he thinks of how lonely Ji-hyun must have been, hiding her identity all this while.

A flashback takes us back to a meeting of their club back in high school, when Kang stood back while everyone else picked cards to partner up — typical of him, he’d been off alone, acting too cool (literally) for school. Yet hilariously, when Ji-hyun had picked him as a partner, she’d expressed dismay — he’s unlucky — and he’d been insulted enough to rap on her head and remind her that he doesn’t want to be her partner either. Like, totally. Hmph.

Ji-hyun freezes when she turns and sees Kang standing right there, trying to think up a good reason for her presence here. She fumbles to come up with something, but he helps her along and lets her off the hook readily.

When she says that she came here with Min-ho, Kang thinks understandingly that it makes sense that she might still have feelings for her fiancé. She hurries to explain that she isn’t interested in engaged men — she’s not in a relationship with Min-ho — yet Kang gives her an out again, saying that it’s entirely possible to like someone who’s engaged, since we can’t control our feelings. He adds that concealing one’s feelings can be more painful than ignoring them.

Aw. I love overly-understanding Kang. It’s such a 180 from his jealousy, and Ji-hyun wonders at it, having expected anger.

Dinner plans are where things get tricky, with Min-ho making plans to meet Yi-kyung at 7, still unaware that the entire Scooby gang is here. When In-jung texts asking for him to call (presumably to join him for dinner), he sighs in annoyance and texts back the excuse that he’s going out for business drinks with a work contact.

In-jung isn’t deterred, though, and calls the hotel to find out Min-ho’s room number. She then tells Seo-woo that she’ll conveniently drop out of their dinner with Kang, so that Seo-woo will get to have a one-on-one date with him.

Meanwhile, In-jung gets a text from Yi-kyung (Ji-hyun) telling her where to meet Min-ho for dinner — the place he’s meeting Yi-kyung. Oy, this is getting complicated. Confused yet?

Kang offers to show Ji-hyun around town until dinnertime, and takes her around the sights. He keeps sneaking glances at her all the while, quickly glancing away when she catches him. So cute.

Of course, Ji-hyun is still unaware of his love for her and just wonders what’s with all the staring. One of these days… two plus two…

At the appointed meeting place, Kang drops Ji-hyun off and even wishes her fun with Min-ho. She finds Min-ho waiting for her nearby, in a good mood in anticipation of their dinner date.

He’s oblivious to the fact that In-jung is on her way here to meet him, while Ji-hyun prepares for the confrontation scene…

…except that she starts to feel dizzy. Stumbling, she loses her hold on her host, and her soul starts to waver in and out of the body like it did once before. As Yi-kyung falls to the ground, Ji-hyun’s soul is thrown out, and she looks horrified as she realizes the mess this puts them in.

Min-ho calls Yi-kyung’s name worriedly, and Yi-kyung, just starting to gain her bearings, looks up and him and asks, “Who are you?”


Ohhh, shit. What a strong way to go out on an episode that was a cut less exciting than last week’s two great episodes. I predict that Kang will swoop in to the rescue and cover for Ji-hyun, since he’s finally onboard with the full truth and will probably be quick enough to realize that something’s up. But what this means for Yi-kyung (and her already-fragile state of mind) ought to be interesting… not to mention Min-ho. Something tells me he’s going to take Yi-kyung’s Jekyll-and-Hyde switcheroo a lot less gracefully than Kang (who, let’s face it, was not all that graceful himself).

But I love that Kang has figured this all out, as ridiculous as it is — yeah, it sounds pretty far-fetched to hear him deduce, “Ah, so she was borrowing the body! It all makes sense now!” But there’s always a certain amount of suspension-of-disbelief involved in fantasy dramas, and once you get past that block and just accept it, it opens the story up to go in new, fun places. Plus, it’s just so refreshing to see Kang getting to be lighthearted and cheerful for once, rather than broody and confused all the time.

Plus, there’s the added element of identity charades going on, because now HE’s fooling Ji-hyun, while she believes she’s the one fooling him. The first half of the drama allowed Ji-hyun to see the softer side of Kang, and gain unexpected insights into his character that she never would’ve seen as Ji-hyun. Now it’s his turn to use his newfound advantage to find out a few things about Ji-hyun.

This is gonna be fun.


161 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Neely

    omg i couldnt concentrate on anything. just waiting for you
    ily ‘3

    • 1.1 Memei

      hear hear! and OMG, i can’t believe how lee yo won can transition from being perky then depressing the next. that’s some acting right thurr.

      • 1.1.1 aquastarr92

        I know rite? And did you watch episode 9? when she was in Purple Coffee, she was JH, but pretending to be the real Yi-kyung. It was so cute when she spoke slowly and when she turned, she sighed and drooped her shoulders. It really felt like JH was in that body, pretending to be YK.

    • 1.2 Hazel

      watch 49 Days Episode 11 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/04/49-days-episode-11.html

  2. ishrooroo

    I feel like a stalker cuz I’ve been refreshing for hours, no joke 😀

    • 2.1 Lina

      lol you and me both!!!

      • 2.1.1 aloedrinker

        make it me 3rd!

      • 2.1.2 judith

        make it three! 😀

      • 2.1.3 maria

        me 5!

        • aerith

          i’m 6!!!!

    • 2.2 micheal

      same here. accept for spending time to register classes for next sem, the rest of the time i was on here, hoping to read your recap as soon as possible.
      So good. now, i’m off to study
      thanks javabeans.

    • 2.3 Reaper I LOVE YOU

      include me too!!! heheheh…….

  3. Schmazel

    Mystery solved!! 😀

    And Scheduler with pompoms: Full of WIN.

    • 3.1 cont'd

      2 pompoms, bi-winning!

    • 3.2 grateful1

      IKR?! I found myself wishing I could be a fly on GF’s wall to witness her reaction to Reaper Boy’s uber-cute congratulatory song and dance. I sure hope he brings his pompoms, party hat, and plaid suit on the cruise that they’re taking together…. 😀

  4. mellissa


    • 4.1 kangnie

      Kang aaaaaaah. I love you too…..
      that picture with his teary eyes oh so painfull to see. He still look adorable and awesome!

      • 4.1.1 drama fever

        I wonder now all the three tears will come from Kang. That will prove that he LOVE her and save her too. They will be together happily ever after…:-)

    • 4.2 mellissa

      thank you for the recap, jb!

      Kang ah is still beautiful even when he’s crying.

      It is so hard not to root for HK-JH, their flashback scenes are totally adorable – sometimes sweet, sometimes poignant, but mostly funny!

      Kang ah trying to stay indifferent is so cute, but him trying to break his neck to find out what card she got is funny. But when he was offended when she didn’t want to be his partner was hilarious!

      So many reasons to love Kang ah in this episode, and if preview for ep 12 is any indication, there’ll be more reasons to love him tonight.

      • 4.2.1 Qwenli

        by the way his name is kang. they are calling him Kang ah verbally because it is a single name.

    • 4.3 kare

      This episode was kinda boring compared to last week.

      • 4.3.1 abc

        yeah, so boring, my friends and i watched this episode 3 times already – raw! lol… boring indeed!

        • abc

          forgot to say this – Kang ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

          • efg

            let me relay that for you – Kang ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • 4.4 YY


      • 4.4.1 rachel


    • 4.5 pipit


      • 4.5.1 YY


        • Linda165

          Kang aaaahhh!!
          Kang aaawww!!!
          Kang oh??
          Kang ooohhhh!!!

    • 4.6 Linda165

      Kang Lovers unite!!!

      • 4.6.1 aerith


        • aquastarr92

          I was gonna comment on another comment but I can’t resist- KANG AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! (all capitals=really loud) =)
          I love you guys on Dramabeans.

  5. ohemgee

    the old cheerleader in me LOVED our scheduler with poms!

    but i think kang is slowly edging him out in the 49 days MAN I LOVE THE MOST contest.

  6. Dee

    I stayed home so I can catch the recap…Just kidding. But like the above…I’ve been checking all day today! Thanks for the recap!

  7. zakuropanda

    Thank you so much for recapping! And, I think we all have to say it – “Kang AHHHH!!”

  8. mel

    omg! i was basically waiting for this (refreshed the page more than 1000000000 time) while going through my torturous ap chem homework for spring break..xDD thanks for the caps.

  9. Cyndi

    yay! it’s finally here. been waiting for this the whole day. thank you sooo much!! ♥

  10. 10 ninimi

    Thx So Much..

    ahh,,, Seems like Kang really loves Ji Hyun……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    no space for the real SONG?? ahah.. aigooo

  11. 11 sojy

    thank you so much!!

  12. 12 stars4u

    it was a Kang-tastic episode!!!!!!

    thanks for the recap…

    • 12.1 maria

      ikr?!i don’t know how kang managed to keep my attenntion (and luv. LOL) with jung il woo in boy shorts and pompoms, but he did!! <3

      also– i don't understand something– why does it matter to the 49 days deal if kang SAYS he knows the truth or not…. i mean, he already DOES! …shouldn't the vial burst already because of that? ..she got founf out, right?

      judge ruling…?

      • 12.1.1 miss

        i believe the neklace turn red, is more about when hang kang acknowledge her as ji hyun, at first she WANT to admit it. But before that happen, the neklace give her warning, that’s why she become nervous suddenly deny it. As long as she doesn’t admit she is ji hyun, she is safe. Just my 2 cents. And it make sense to me.

      • 12.1.2 testify

        I thought in the same way!
        If he is truly sure about what is going on she would loose the opportunity to live again.
        Maybe he is just trying to find an excuse although he is not entirely believing the story!

      • 12.1.3 Linda165

        Yep I was thinking the same thing. Maybe the rule is that he can’t acknowledge it by saying out loud?

    • 12.2 YY

      He’s so kangmazingly cute and so kangdorable with those sad, pain-filled and huge huge eyes….I just want to cuddle him and roll him into a big fluffy dough. Kang-ah FOREVER! EVER!

  13. 13 Melissa

    Kang is SO AWESOME!

    • 13.1 YY

      He’s mine.

      • 13.1.1 pipit

        YY I hate to burst your buble. But there’s someone else who has already claimed him. I tried too. So did Jomo. But he is already claimed.

        Are you willing enough to fight for Kang Ahhh with this person?

        I can tell you where you can find her. Or Jomo could provide this info. Then we both could be the judges with vested interest.

        • YY

          Gee, could it be dear MJP? But I thought MJP had been reduced to a walking zombie tilting crazily across the moors sighing “Kang-ahhh” and “blojo”? See….she’s nowhere to be found here…MJP? MJP? MJPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!

          • Linda165

            Nop, pipit is talking about yours truly, me, moi 🙂

      • 13.1.2 Linda165

        Define “mine”.

        You know, this kind of stuff breaks friendships….

        • YY

          So Linda you’re my mystery contender *sharpening kitchen chopper*

      • 13.1.3 Jomo

        Excuse me, I had my claim in before ANYONE, pipipipipipipipipit. I have digital proof.

        BEFORE this series started. Way way way way before.

        Let me dig up the binary code and I will get back to you all…

        • Shin Ji Hyun

          Excuse me, girls, I trump all of you! I have Kang wrapped around my dainty little fingers the moment I saved him from a gang of bullies!

          The man is MINE!

  14. 14 Scheduler Is MINE

    Aw, Kang is really cute the way he’s acting. Can’t wait to see what happens now. Thanks for the recap!

  15. 15 Dodo

    Thanks so much for recapping! and I relly want to know what is going to happen betwen YK and MH.

  16. 16 JeSsBeL

    Thank you JB for the recap!

    Yey for Kang ah for following his instincts and ignoring Ji hyun’s rejection of being herself!!
    He’s starting to act smart and act like he doesn’t know….
    So cute that he rehired her and gave her liberty to have freetime whenever she wants to AND giving her higher salary!!!

    GOSH, why hasn’t Ji hyun noticed that he LURRRRVES her?

    I so knew it was him who gave the first pure tear XD

  17. 17 guizy

    OH SNAP!!
    KANG AH~ your so cute!
    scheduler, you are so adorbs.


  18. 18 nixxochick

    i didnt think i would like this drama so much but somehow i totally fell for it..thank you so much for posting the recaps! 🙂

    • 18.1 Godislove

      haha i’m totally on the same boat!

      When dramabeans started posting stills and casting news about 49days I was not interested at all and the cast didn’t really catch my interest….. but boy I was WRONG! LOL

      Even though this drama isn’t close to being over I can say with confidence that this is one of my favourite dramas! I love how the plot keeps you guessing about what’s to come instead of knowing what will happen like many, many predictable dramas :p

      • 18.1.1 ishrooroo

        I totally agree! In fact I didn’t even start watching until I started reading a random episode recap on dramabeans and bam, totally hooked. Now I creepily refresh the page thousands of times on wednesdays and thursdays XD

  19. 19 flibbet

    i cannot WAIT for the subs for this episode, or the recap for the next one!

  20. 20 y

    Ji-hyun ! pls realise ur true love soon….

    kang ah~~

  21. 21 woongjin.

    oh my, kang is just too cute! it’s almost letting me forget how little scenes jung il woo is getting :/

  22. 22 Jomo

    Thank you for the quick recap!

    I cheered for the tear, yes, but I was even more excited about JH oma! YAY for “wilting mother find her spine and take charge!”

    This has been a good story arc for the mother. She has not been typical from the beginning. Never really saying the expected things, acting the right way. Loved when she told her husband he could go ahead, don’t worry, die.

    That may just change what apa chooses to do. If oma is strong enough, maybe he will risk the surgery.

    As far as the rules and YK “seeing” JH, the loop hole is hypnosis. They uncovered memories that ended up in YK’s brain, whose CCTV kept taping even though YK wasn’t aware, right? Their minds are separated by a very thin membrane of hocus pocus.

    Happy cute Kang-ah is almost too much for my little heart to take! It’ll be interesting to see how he helps her get the tears, now that (we think) he knows what’s up…

    • 22.1 YY

      What mother? Was there a mother? I only saw Kang-ah, Kang-ah, Kang-ah……..

    • 22.2 YY

      Linda 165 is planning to start a blog called King Kang. HAHAHAHA Kang-ah! You’ve become royalty!

      • 22.2.1 Linda165

        OMO thanks for the free advertising!!!!

  23. 23 minnieme

    Is the Kang-Yi Kyung ship sinking? Noooooooo

  24. 24 JD

    Huh…I think Ji Hyun still should have been punished and lose her chance when Kang put the puzzle pieces together. He technically knows the entire truth, even if it hasn’t been spelled into words. Shouldn’t the act of KNOWING justify the consequence??

    • 24.1 blue1004

      No, the Scheduler specifically told JH that she can’t tell anyone or acknowledge her identity to anyone. He never said she would get punished for others finding out on their own.

      If JH had acknowledged she was really JH when HK asked her, that would have broken her necklace and sent her to the other side right away.

      • 24.1.1 Linda165

        Thank you! Nicely put…

      • 24.1.2 asianromance

        I wonder if heaven will revise the rules now for future 49ers now that HK has found out. Who would have thought a mere mortal can believe something so incredible!

  25. 25 cont'd

    CLIFFY! And KANNG <3

  26. 26 love 49

    its 12am now…finally finished reading ..thank you…now i can sleep :)..goodnite all

  27. 27 queer

    Been reading e recaps & din catch e drama till last wk episodes…. Went on a marathon over the weekend to watch from the start. Love ep 11 & e recaps!!!!
    Way to GO!!

  28. 28 asianromance

    THANKS FOR THE RECAP, JAVABEANS! I thought this episode was pretty awesome. Things are continuing at a snappy pace. And I’m loving Kang in this episode. I was upset at him in ep 10 for being mean to JH while she was trying to say goodbye and then accused her for the bajillionth time of liking MinHo. Nice Kang is so lovable! Other things about this episode:

    1. What’s up with MinHo’s beige suit? It’s like MinHo thinks he’s in a movie/drama, starring as some unrealistic super-rich character.

    2. I’m really sad that Seo Woo hasn’t shed a single pure tear for JH. Please let JH have at least one true gal pal. I hate it when dramas isolate the girl so that her one true friend is the guy she marries.

    3. “Omo! Your boss’s daughter is Kang Min-ho’s fiancee. You’re too much, Shin In-jung-sshi.”
    I gasped with glee at this part. I love it when JH/YK really sticks it to IJ. Those claws look amazing on you, JH!

    4. Who else thinks the dialogue between JH/YK and MinHo are sizzling? I always seem to hold my breath when they start throwing words at each other.

    5. “but he points out that men are all about turning a day trip into an overnight one, LOL. Truer words.” — personal experience, Scheduler??

    6. I also really like how JH’s mother decided to take charge and take care of the family. I think we can really see the resemblance between JH and her mom. They both seem weak but in the face of adversity, they will rise up.

    Actually, I really like how this series is more about the women and their growth/trials/tribulations rather than romantic-times-amongst-the-leads. The guys are interesting and hot, but imo, their characters really take a back seat to the growing JH, the enigmatic YK, and the complex IJ.

    Usually at this point in a drama, we’re dealing with romantic feelings between the 2 leads and the miscommunication of those feelings. It then gets bogged down. I love how JH doesn’t seem to have any romantic feelings for anyone now. She’s focused on her family and on her mission. HK likes JH, but he’s more focused on helping her live. I just love how this drama focuses on larger, more important issues…like life and death and the complexity and capriciousness of human beings.

    • 28.1 june

      Actually, I am more interested in YK’s development now. JH’s story, centered on MH and IJ’s betrayal, is dragging on for too long.

      Moreover, most of the characters have grown but not hers. I really hope she can get out of her lifeless state after witnessing how hard JH is trying to stay alive for the sake of her family. But then again, YK has no family support. I am curious as to her fate at the end of the story because I cannot think of one that would suit her best.

      • 28.1.1 Celexa

        I see YK and JH supporting eachother and eventually becoming close “sisters”. YK will find love and acceptance in JH an her family. they will be true sisters.

        • asianromance

          @June- I think YK is already growing a teensy bit by accept Dr.Noh’s business card and actually seeking him out forhelp. I’m not sure if I want her to magically do a 180 back to her old self since she spent 5 years in an emotional coma. It may take her another 5 to get out of it. I hope by the end of the series, she’ll take the first step.

          @Celexa. I really REALLY want them to be best friends/soul-sisters!

    • 28.2 minsun

      asianromance, totally agree with you!!

      feisty JH rocks.

      and Kang’s tear was pitch perfect. I love this guy–

      Kang ahhhhh!!!!!

  29. 29 sorcy79au

    Scheduler was wickedly funny with his pom poms and short pants. lol

  30. 30 nonski

    love it!…THANKS for the ever fast recap, javabeans, mwah!

    i’ll read it first…

    • 30.1 nonski

      LOLS! and i just did the “Ohhh, shit!” just before i scrolled down for your comment…hahaha it was kind of funny how i ended up with the same reaction as you have…

      this drama is getting really really interesting and i’m loving it more…can’t wait for the 12th ep. but i’m kinda sad also since, we will only have 4 remaining episodes :((

      • 30.1.1 nanu

        i think its 20th eps drama….isn’t it?

  31. 31 Cindy

    My dreams came true!! It was Kang after all (so much for my yi-hyun loving herself theory)

    KANG OH KANG~ Sorry for not trusting that you are capable of figuring thing out after finding her stamp *genius architects are not called geniuses for nothing*

    thanks so much for this week’s recap. I’m curious abt today’s episode~ Will min-ho find out too or will he not!?

  32. 32 whatis

    alright I’m confused… why did In-jung think it was normal to receive a text from Yi-kyung about where to meet Min-ho. How did Yi-kyung get In-jung’s phone number at all? Confused…

    Yea, it was far-fetched for Kang to say “ahh! now it all makes sense! She’s just borrowing a host’s body!” hahahahaha too funny.

    Loving this drama!!! THanks for the recap!

    • 32.1 kiotzo

      it was an unknown number to her so she probably thought it was from his secretary or something.

  33. 33 VanillaSalt


  34. 34 Godislove

    I have a predictions… one that a lot of you have probably already thought of lol…

    Since Kang knows that YK is Jihyun I think he will try and tell Yikyung (as jihyun) his feelings towards his friend’s fiance (jihyun) which jihyun has been clueless about all this time… don’t know if that made any sense, but it did to me!! lol and I think Kang will now help yikyung(jihyun) to get her next 2 tears – since i’m guessing that’s what that grandpa from jinan told kang

    KANG AHHHHHHH~!!!!!!! <3

    • 34.1 Jomo

      I would LOVE to see that conversation, about how much he loves JH, but that will have to wait.

      How would she not give everything away hearing that?
      Plus, he thinks she is still getting over MH, so we are actually back to the beginning of the series as far as where he stands.

      JH thinks that Kang-ah is falling for her version of YK.

      The difference is now JH has seen and experienced a loving Kang-ah, and if she gets the 3 tears, then they have a chance. I don’t think it can happen any sooner.

  35. 35 Almontel

    thank you so much again for the recap!!! this is really getting very interesting…
    i kinda wondered too, what if she had fallen asleep while next to MH and then the real YiKyung wakes up…

    i wonder if YiKyung will somehow figure out what’s happening to her too since she’d seen a glimpse of JH when she tried to stop her suicide and maybe ends up being the 3rd tear?

    can’t wait for tomorrow’s ep!!!

  36. 36 nazz

    I keep refreshing the home page, just to read your review on the latest episode.

    tq. for updating us soon .. ^^

  37. 37 asianromance

    I also wonder if Kang remembers JH-in-YK’s body telling him that she saw her fiance with her best friend in a hotel room and it is after that incident, she ended up acting cold towards MinHo….

    • 37.1 Litzy

      Dammit I’ve been ninjaed. I should’ve refreshed more while I was editting my comment XD…

    • 37.2 Jomo

      Oooooh! He will. He’ll start reviewing all of their interactions with Chef, and *chang*! It’ll be right there!

  38. 38 Litzy

    Since Kang-ah has made the connection between Yi-Kyung and Ji-Hyun, I wonder how long it’d take him to remember that Ji-Hyun (in Yi-Kyung’s body) once told him that her fiance was cheating on her with her friend haha…

    I love how JH/YK is beginning to think about Kang-ah more and more, especially in that flashback at Jinan. Instead of flashing back to say…Seo-Woo, whom she believes gave her her first tear, she thought about Kang-ah and his head knock. It really confirms the pairing for me <3

    Can't wait for tonight's episode. Thank you Javabeans for the recaps <3

    • 38.1 mellissa

      and the fact that she smiled after recalling that incident is a sign that she is seeing Kang ahhh in a whole new (delighful) light!….

      • 38.1.1 YY

        I love all the highschool moments between Kang-ah and Ji Hyun. I get a feeling we’re moving closer to the story between the two of them and the embarrassing incident mentioned in the early eps.

  39. 39 yakno


    “Now it’s his turn to use his newfound advantage to find out a few things about Ji-hyun. ”

    This is it.8 MOAR HOURS!

  40. 40 hahaha

    Sorry, don’t know how to get this story to you guys. So I’m posting it here Dramabeans.

    Singer Seo Taiji has sued actress Lee Ji Ah for divorce.
    Actress Lee Ji Ah was legally married to Seo Taiji but cheated on him with actor Jung Woo Sung.

    Here’s the link:


    • 40.1 Godislove


      This is CRAZY! It says that Jung woo sung’s representatives didn’t know about the divorce but I wonder if Jung woo sung himself knew about it….

    • 40.2 asianromance

      WHOA! that really boggles the mind! I guess that explains how Lee Ji Ah came out of nowhere with her Sujini role. I wonder if they were separated when Lee Ji Ah dated JWS.

  41. 41 moomincandylalala

    So sleep walking is universal diagnosis for all unexplainable behavior in 49days universe? lol

    Can’t wait till ep 12 – so hooked on this!

    • 41.1 aquastarr92

      But don’t you think that’s more plausible than “A soul has entered your body and will continue to use your body for a couple of days.” I mean, you can’t even prescribe medicine to that. Haha, but that explaination has brought us here and made this drama SO so good!

      • 41.1.1 aquastarr92

        Oops! You were talking about Kang, too? Haha, I commented before further reading the recap, sorry!

  42. 42 jenjen

    Omo omo. Remember at the beginning, when YK was told to bring a proof frm her hotel n end up seeing MH n IJ when she got back she told the staff ( with kang included) tht she saw her fiance wit her best friend. N now kang knws everything he might be going to put the pieces together soom

    Loooooove this drama! Thnx JB

  43. 43 zoey0881

    been waiting for this the whole day! thanks JB! you’re the best 😀

  44. 44 lovedramas

    I would love to see more about the Scheduler and YK. 🙂 Would also love to see more of the real YK. But I must say that I love LYW as both YK and JH. you go girl!!

    Kang ah… you have a way to get into a girl’s heart. LOL

    I also like that JH’s mom has made this stance 🙂 YAY!

  45. 45 Yuuko11

    I am dying to know why Kang punch Min Ho face. I think he already figure out about fiance cheating matter. Thank you for recap.

  46. 46 dany


    • 46.1 dany

      oh, did I forget to mention how much I love this series!!

  47. 47 Bluefyre

    Yay! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 😀

    I can’t wait until this week’s eps are up on Dramafever. It’s gonna be awesome! Can’t wait for the next one! Gaaah…cliffhangers!

    Kang’s so adorable here! And Ji-hyun too! Nam Gyuri isn’t so bad after 10 eps now…hehe. She grows on you. It’s just that jealousy thing…why does she have to be so pretty?! Wae?! LOL! ^^

    Kudos to Lee Yo-won for some great acting!

    BUT! Jung Il-woo/Scheduler with pompoms(!!) was the ultimate win! Bwahaha….I really, really want my own Scheduler!

  48. 48 stilachic

    i don’t know about anyone else, but i’m kinda rooting for kang and yi kyung! i love their chemistry…although yi kyung is supposed to be ji hyun. i don’t know how i feel about kang and ji hyun ultimately getting together…anyone else feeling this?

    • 48.1 rockee

      You are not alone. Maybe by some miracle/twist, there’d be a chance for a Han Kang-Yi Kyung pairing. So HK-YK lovers, don’t give up just yet. There’s still a chance, right??? Dramagods, hear our prayers. Lol. I think I need to go back to sleep.

      • 48.1.1 rockee

        On another note, I’m also loving the character developments and pace of this drama. Ep 12 is gonna be gooood! *crosses fingers* Also: kang-aaaaahhhh! Hehe.

    • 48.2 Asa

      Not really. You should be able to differentiate between shipping actors and characters. The story is clearly going for a JH-Kang couple.

    • 48.3 asianromance

      it’s probably because NGR is playing Ji-Hyun. Actors aside, if you look at the story alone, HK and JH really should get together and have compelling reasons for doing so. And Yi-kyung’s real self right now wouldn’t create the same sort of interactions we love to see between HK and JH-in-YK’s-body. Even in flashbacks, she seems like the cute, quiet type versus JH’s in-your-face type.

    • 48.4 minnieme


  49. 49 YY

    Kang-ahhhhhh, you broke my heart this ep when you wept. You made me cry too. So. Sad. I love your beige trenchcoat. You didn’t wash it but wore it for two days straight but it’s ok cos it’s got Kang-ah scent all over….*deep sniff*…..ahhhhhhhh….

  50. 50 Malo

    OHHHHHHH i hope Yi Kyung finds out the truth pretty soon, cause man i feel so sorry for her. She going out of her nind thinking that she is going crazy and thats not nice. She’s Already in a bad state and they kind of making it worse with all these things that she finds and has no idea how they happened or people who seem to know her and she has no idea who they are. Thats sad and its making her more depressed to be so confused.

    So i seriously hope that next weeks episode or the last clip of episode 12 she finds out the truth and i think its time for us to se Yi Kyung acting with out J in her body. its time for her real character to take part in story and actually be part of it than just a bystander.

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