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49 Days: Episode 12

This episode RULES! Here are a few reasons why: Sweet Kang, Angry Kang, Hero Kang, Smart Kang, Jealous Kang, Fisticuffs Kang, Bratty Kang, Petty Kang, Cutie Pie Kang, Bad Excuses Kang, Playboy Kang… Did I leave any out? Oh yeah… Kang in a Suit. Need I say more?

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Ji-hyun starts feeling woozy, and then her soul pops right out of Yi-kyung’s body. In the middle of the park, in the middle of the day. Oh, crap.

Min-ho asks if Yi-kyung’s okay, but all he gets back is a “Who are you?” But before things can get too complicated, (and damn, too bad) In-jung arrives to discover Min-ho here “with that woman.” He drags her away to talk, leaving Yi-kyung confused and alone.

Ji-hyun calls the Scheduler in a panic, but Kang has been keeping an eye from afar, and swoops in to save the day. Gawd, I love Kang as the big bleeding heart hero. I mean, don’t get me wrong—I ALSO love petulant, petty Kang. But this Kang is so sweet.

The Scheduler drags Ji-hyun away, calling her a troublemaker (hey, takes one to know one, buddy) and Kang reassures Yi-kyung that everything is okay. She recognizes him, which does calm her down, but as she looks at her surroundings, she has a momentary flashback…

Oh noes. More tugging of the heartstrings. Damnit, Show.

Yi-kyung and Yi-soo walk hand-in-hand in their high school uniforms, looking like the cutest couple there ever was. She says, “Oh no, what am I going to do? This place is so pretty.”

Yi-soo: “What am I going to do?” And she finishes his thought: “…because I’M so pretty?” Haha. I’d barf if you weren’t so cute. They walk along and then disappear, like a momentary hallucination.

In-jung demands to know what Min-ho is doing here with Yi-kyung, and asks if he came here with her. He doesn’t directly answer her, but ends up running off to check on Yi-kyung because he’s worried about her, leaving In-jung stewing and totally rejected. I sense some deep-seated issues about to surface with this one.

Meanwhile, the Scheduler gives Ji-hyun a talking-to, and she worries what’ll happen if she can’t get back into her host body before midnight (the official penalty is one day per minute that she’s late). But there’s at least one loophole for today: this wasn’t her fault, getting ejected in the middle of the day, so she won’t be getting that penalty.

But that makes Reaper Boy wonder what made Yi-kyung wake up. He guesses that there’s something about this place, and that bringing her here has triggered something significant for her. Dude, you have no idea.

He consults his reaper smartphone, which tells him that in the case of the host waking up in the middle of the day, he can make her believe that the entire day was a dream. The cost: another of the 49 days shaved off. Ji-hyun pouts that she’s already used a day, but they’re pretty much out of options at this point.

They run to catch up to Yi-kyung, who is walking along down the path where she and Yi-soo had once walked. She instinctively just follows a young high school couple, as if in a trance, and Kang follows silently behind her.

Ji-hyun and the Scheduler catch up, and then as all four of them walk along, Yi-kyung sees two kids at a table with tarot cards and stops. That triggers Kang’s memory, and then he flashes back…

After their magic club had picked partners, he and Ji-hyun were assigned to raise money for a charity by setting up a tarot card booth in that park. Ji-hyun works tirelessly trying to get people to stop, while he just sulks off to the side, all the while stealing glances at her.

After singing to get people’s attention (which of course embarrasses Kang to no end), one couple, a pair of kids from another school, finally stops at the table…

O.M.G. It’s Yi-kyung and Yi-soo! Dude, I assumed they were tacitly connected because they lived in the same so-called “reaper district” as adults, but it didn’t even occur to me that it might go back as far as high school.

And there they are, our main foursome, all dressed in high school uniforms, all alive, and staring right at each other. My mind, she is blown.

Ji-hyun coaxes them to pay 5 bucks and pick a card, and Yi-soo hesitates saying that it’s a hoax. Ji-hyun swears it’s not, and Yi-kyung wants to play for fun, so he agrees. As he pays, Ji-hyun notes a few things: he’s got worn sleeves, and she carefully reads Yi-kyung’s nametag, and sees that they’ve come up from another town.

He then picks a card—it’s the Lovers card, featuring two naked people, making both of them blush. But Ji-hyun’s reaction reveals that this is not the fortune she wanted to deliver to the young couple.

They note the look on her face and ask if this is a bad card. So she lies, telling them that they’re meant to be, and that they’ll get married and have a long, happy life together. She then does a trick and reveals a pink rose, and hands it to Yi-kyung with a smile.

She tells her that it’s her favorite flower, and we see that this is the moment when Kang discovered this about Ji-hyun, and why he still brings her pink roses to this day. It’s ALSO the same rose that Yi-kyung still has in her apartment—the one that Dr. Noh returned to her. It has to be.

In the present, all four of them stand there in front of the table, and the Scheduler watches them quizzically, trying to figure out why they’re all so lost in thought. It’s a nice moment, as each of the two who are still alive—Kang and Yi-kyung—are flanked by the people they loved, hovering by them as spirits.

Back in the past, Yi-kyung and Yi-soo sit by the water talk about their dream to build a pension. Yi-soo takes the flower and tells her that he’ll build it for her, and call it June Love, because he’ll build it for her by next June.

He then gets down on one knee and gives her the rose, telling her that he loves her. Oh, my god, I can’t take it! It’s so sad!

He kisses her on the forehead, and then in the present, Yi-kyung’s tears start to fall as she remembers it all. The Scheduler looks at her, a little shaken, and then in an instant, she collapses.

Without even thinking about it, the Scheduler materializes in order to catch her as she falls. Yi-kyung looks up, actually seeing Yi-soo’s face in a haze, before passing out. Omigod, omigod, omigod.

Yi-soo holds her like that, moved by her tears, and he wipes them with his hand. It shakes him, though he can’t remember or know why.

Kang doesn’t even notice, as he and Ji-hyun keep staring at the kids, lost in memory. Back in the past, Kang scolds her for lying to the young couple. He may have half-assed most things, but he knows enough that she read their card upside-down, meaning that the “true” fortune would have been: lovers who are destined to part forever.

She just says in her Ji-hyunesque way that they looked so happy together, and that she didn’t want to give them bad news. So, what’s wrong with a little white lie? He argues in his stubborn way that it’s still lying, and that she doesn’t get to decide whether or not they ought to hear the truth.

She grumbles that he’s one to talk, being the brat who rejected his mother’s birthday soup, and that riles him up. He starts to pack it up, and she grabs his arm to stop him, and in anger he shakes her off, only she’s a stick, so she goes flying into the bucket of roses.

That’s when her bracelet comes off (the one he still keeps) and she cry-yells at him to go away. This is the big fallout? Everything else about this flashback is awesome, but this part is lame-o. Oh well. Maybe there’s a part 2?

And…there is. Oh, thank god. Kang rushes back to the scene but doesn’t find Ji-hyun there. He does pick up the bracelet, though, and shows up to school the next day bearing a giant bouquet of pink roses. Aaaaaargh. Kang ah! So. Cute.

But timing’s not on his side, as he walks in to hear Seo-woo announce to the class that Ji-hyun is off to Seoul, and that they’ll never see her again. He rushes out to try and find her, only to be met by his mother, and then his father. His bags are already packed, as Mom has decided to give in and send him to the States to live with Dad.

Aw, poor puppy. So it wasn’t like a giant fallout or anything, but basically an unfulfilled chance at first love. Kang’s also stunted emotionally, so we can see why he clung to this memory for so long.

Note: In each of their flashbacks, I think present-day characters are only remembering the other couple vaguely. As in, Ji-hyun hasn’t put together that Yi-kyung is that girl in the past, and that the Scheduler was her boyfriend. At least not YET.

Reaper Boy yells at Ji-hyun to pop back in while Yi-kyung has fainted, and Kang literally sees the change right before his eyes. He knows that it’s Ji-hyun again, and pretends not to notice the crazy, just offering up the excuse that she’s fainting because she’s hungry.

Meanwhile, Min-ho runs back to the scene to look for Yi-kyung, shouting her name in the crowd. In-jung stands in place, still stung from the rejection, as a tear falls.

Over dinner, Kang stares at Ji-hyun intently, and we see that after he had dropped her off to meet Min-ho, he still followed her out of worry. He saw everything—that In-jung had arrived and gotten miffed, that Min-ho dragged her away, and that she had called him “oppa.”

He puts some food on her plate, and she notes his increasing weirdness—that he’s being nice, and not even getting angry about the fact that she came here with Min-ho. So when she gets a phone call from the bastard, he half-acting / half-truthfully grabs the phone out of her hand, yelling that people shouldn’t call when she’s eating.

He tells her not to meet Min-ho, and to go back up to Seoul with him instead. Ji-hyun, dim girl that she is, interprets the action as him basically confessing that he likes Yi-kyung. Heh. Well, you’re half-right.

By the time Min-ho gives up trying to find Yi-kyung and remembers that he ditched In-jung, she’s long gone. She’s gone to her parents’ house, and we see that she grew up very poor, which was probably the main source of her ire towards Princess Ji-hyun.

She can’t bring herself to go in though, and Min-ho catches up to her there. She gets a call from Seo-woo, or rather the restaurant owner where Seo-woo is drunk and passed out, from being stood up by Kang.

In-jung makes a snide remark to Min-ho that she’ll take Seo-woo and that he should go, since he has someone waiting for him in his hotel room. But he cancels the rest of his business trip and takes them back.

On their way out of Jinan, Ji-hyun perks up at seeing her dad’s favorite restaurant, and Kang notes her interest. He makes up an excuse to bring back some food for the others, and so they stop. Min-ho drives past on the same route and sees Yi-kyung happily carrying out food with Kang.

He’s dying of curiosity—what happened to her, why Kang is there in Jinan—but can’t let on, so he just keeps driving.

It’s time for Yi-kyung to arrive at work, and she makes it, but it’s clearly not Yi-kyung, unless she’s gotten a lobotomy between Jinan and Seoul. She sasses her boss and gets to work, starting with a caramel macchiato for herself. Her reflection in the mirror reveals that it’s Yi-soo, playing dress-up to help Yi-kyung keep her job. Aw. Your prickliness is SUCH an act.

He yells at a couple of kids who are about to ask for some help buying cigarettes, and then sighs when he sees Dr. Noh walk in. He presents himself in his own body this time, and sends him away brusquely, noting that all men are the same. Hm, I wonder if it was a mistake for you to reveal your face to the doc. I guess we’ll see.

Min-ho helps bring Seo-woo home, and then he and In-jung have it out. She notes that this is the first time he’s ever been in her place, and that she’s basically never been able to do any normal couple things with him, and yet here he is, taking a woman he’s known for a month to Jinan. Why?

Min-ho: “Because I’m drawn to her.” Dayum. He’s not mincing words. He tells her that he’s tried not to, and that he feels bad, but he can’t help it…that’s where his heart keeps going. He tells her that he’s not going to do anything about it, and so to wait for him.

In-jung’s jaw drops, even amidst her tears. She’s waited for five years…how much longer is she supposed to wait? They hear Seo-woo stumble to the bathroom to throw up, and he tries to get In-jung to quiet down, but she’s done keeping secrets on his behalf.

She shouts that she’s got nothing to lose and no one to be afraid of if the truth gets out, and so she’s done caring about that. Seo-woo’s practically passed out, but she does wake up just long enough to see Min-ho from the side, for an instant, as he leaves.

Kang walks Ji-hyun home, and insists on watching her go inside. She keeps eyeing him warily, like Nice-Kang does not compute. He just asks her in exasperation if she likes Min-ho enough to follow him all the way to Jinan, and she just replies that there must’ve been a reason for her to do so, but doesn’t offer up what that reason is.

As he watches her, Kang thinks to himself, “Idiot. Idiot, Idiot. You said you saw him in a hotel room with In-jung. And you still like him?” Oh, I totally forgot that he knows that—well, that Yi-kyung had come back from that hotel with her resume, reeling from the trauma of seeing her ex with her friend. Now he’s got all the puzzle pieces.

And with that knowledge, he greets Min-ho with a fist to the face. Aw, yeah! He says, “That was for Ji-hyun!” And then he hits him again. “That’s for Ji-hyun too!” He raises his fist a third time, “And this…”

But he finally calms down, seeing that Min-ho has no excuses and just takes all the hits. Inside, he gives him some ointment, and asks how long it’s been going on with In-jung. Min-ho lies that of course it was after Ji-hyun’s accident, but Kang tells him not to assume he’s an idiot.

He lays into Min-ho for carrying on with In-jung before the accident, and asks if he came to like Yi-kyung at the same time. He can’t believe the hyung he liked and respected so much turned out to be this kind of person.

Min-ho in turn asks why Kang liked him so much, and Kang says it’s because he knows that Min-ho grew up poor, but overcame everything with his own strength. Min-ho just tells him that guys like him think that growing up poor means that he couldn’t afford a car or nice restaurants, and scoffs without further explanation.

So, basically, Kang : Min-ho :: Ji-hyun : In-jung, yeah? Kang warns Min-ho not to bother about Yi-kyung anymore, and Min-ho leaves without answering him.

Kang broods for a while, and then decides to tell Manager Oh everything, because he needs help processing it all. They suss out that she had 49 days from the date of her accident, that she can’t tell anyone who she is, and he wonders about the monk’s words: that she has to get proof of people’s true hearts.

He also can’t figure out why she hid her official seal, and Manager Oh just tells him to help her, because he’s the only one who can.

Ji-hyun has slept all night in Yi-kyung’s body, both of them worn out from the day’s events. She wakes up the next day and remembers the food she brought back, and visits the hospital as Ji-hyun’s friend.

She gives them the soup and tells them that Ji-hyun said that even if she got married, her father would always be her lighthouse, and she asks him to live a long, long time.

Belatedly, In-jung wonders who sent her the text yesterday to meet Min-ho in the park. What, you didn’t wonder that when you got it? Anyway, she calls the number and Ji-hyun answers on the other end, clearly having anticipated the call.

They meet, and In-jung asks what she’s up to, not about to give an inch. But Ji-hyun shakes her, declaring that she said she’d keep her secret, not that she wouldn’t meet Min-ho. She tells her not to worry though—he won’t break it off with In-jung so easily since they’ve been “partners” for so long.

She muses that In-jung, being the president’s secretary and Ji-hyun’s old friend, probably got Min-ho his job in the first place. She thinks it shouldn’t be a big deal for them to share Min-ho, since hell, she handed him over to her best friend for two years. Ha. I like this vindictive streak in Ji-hyun.

Kang goes to see Seo-woo and asks about yesterday. He confirms a myriad of things: that she overheard In-jung and Min-ho say that they’ve been together for five years (which she shrugs off as having heard wrong), that In-jung has a boyfriend that she’s never met, and that Ji-hyun’s dad doesn’t have long to live.

Damn, it’s so refreshing to have people just find out everything at once. Kang works it out on his drive back, figuring out that Ji-hyun isn’t still interested in Min-ho; she’s got some sort of plan to reveal his true nature to her father before he signs everything over to him.

In-jung walks into Min-ho’s office and shows him her resignation, announcing that she’s on her way to submit it, and she adds that Yi-kyung sent her a text that day to meet him at the park.

That sends his wheels spinning, and he tasks his minion to dig up everything he can on Song Yi-kyung. He figures that there’s a reason why she’s playing him, and he won’t rest until he finds out.

At the same time, In-jung goes to the hospital intending to resign, but finds out that Ji-hyun’s “friend” is going around interviewing people but hasn’t called Seo-woo or herself, and at Mom’s mention of her coming by with soup from Jinan that she picked up yesterday, her suspicions are aroused.

Kang comes back and finds Ji-hyun lost in thought. He looks on and thinks to himself that he hopes she doesn’t know about Dad’s illness, worried about how she’d handle it. He counts the days and sighs that she’s only got 23 days left.

Yi-kyung goes to work that night and thinks about what she thinks was her dream—that she remembered Yi-soo and that he appeared to catch her. She says aloud, “You shouldn’t have come…even in my dreams. Don’t come. Don’t come.”

On Day 20, a curious thing happens. Just as Ji-hyun starts to pop into her host’s body, Yi-kyung opens her eyes and wakes up for a second, and sees Ji-hyun’s face. Hm. Seems she’s not far from figuring out a few things herself.

Ji-hyun shows up to work to find Kang dressed in a snazzy suit. Hello, nurse! Her reaction is a lot like mine—she looks him up and down and her mouth hangs open, wondering where he’s going, dressed up so nicely.

Just then, a delivery boy shows up with a bouquet of pink roses, and he tells her that he’s going on a date. She’s like, “A date? Wait, you have a girlfriend?” He gets all defensive, asking if he’s not allowed to like anybody, and Ji-hyun thinks to herself that he flirted with Yi-kyung, all the while dating someone else.

Out loud, she calls him a playboy, and then mumbles under her breath, “Pisses me off…she even likes the same flowers as me.” Ha. He tries to explain that she’s not his girlfriend so much as the girl he likes, but she’s not listening.

He goes to the hospital and Dad reacts badly, kicking him out. He tries to get back on the Haemido project, which Dad doesn’t accept, insisting he doesn’t need people who are flaky.

Mom follows him out and apologizes, and Kang takes the opportunity to ask about what Ji-hyun was on her way to do, the day of her accident. Mom says she was going to drop off her seal to Min-ho, because the Haemido land deal hinged on the sale of land in her name.

Ji-hyun calls Min-ho, and he goes to meet her, but this time he’s a step ahead of her. She fesses up to sending In-jung the text, and tries to bait him, by saying that she wants the same thing that Min-ho wants.

But he doesn’t fall for it, saying that there’s nothing he wants from her. She tries to bait him again, saying that he’ll never figure her out, but he counters, “You’re not someone I want to figure out.” And walks away.

She wanders and the minion follows her with a telephoto lens, like a proper stalker.

Kang drives back to Heaven, putting together more pieces of the puzzle: that Min-ho had no intention of marrying Ji-hyun, that Ji-hyun found out about his true nature after the accident, and that’s why she hid her seal.

Kang: All this time, standing in the space between life and death… you’ve had such a hard time. What can I do for you?

Just then, as if answering his thoughts, he comes upon Ji-hyun, walking alone. Swept up in the moment, he answers his own question by getting out of the car and walking toward her…

And he pulls her in for a hug.

**FAINT**

 
COMMENTS

Epic. Swoon. Gah, it kills me. He can’t tell her that he knows, he can’t offer words of comfort, so he does the only thing he can do… Aaaargh, I’m RE-swooning.

Gaaaah.

Make it stop.

I seriously thought he was going to kiss her, when he stopped two inches from her face, but then, considering I might’ve died from heart failure, I suppose it’s good we stop here.

Dear javabeans: Meh-rong!

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wait are there 16 or 20 episodes? I'm confused haha. can't wait to start watching this but the week every week is unbearable...

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20! Isn't it exciting?

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Sigh...i wish i had a Kang in my life! Best ep ever....so far. :)

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I do have Kang in my life - problem is he is not in my house.

OK YY, OK ,BED, Shower, Kitchen, hottub, waterfall...

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Waterfall? LOL Long way to trek....What about kang in sink, kang in fridge, kang on stove, kang under bed, kang coiled around garden hose....

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I do live quite close to Niagara Falls, actually,
but I was more thinking of the soft, steamy falls of our passion...

PS YY, really worried about "on stove." I have a friend, nice man, smokes (at night), you may want to talk to...His name is Dr. Noh, and, did I mention he was a nice man?

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I want the real KANG, and not just some wax figure....

KANG AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Thanks for recap. I did not watch ep 12 last night.
I am so happy that Kang is helping ji hyun
all these name is so hard to remember.
I cannot wait until next week
have a Happy Easter everyone.

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Theory: What if Min Ho grew up in the same orphanage as Yi Kyung, and that is part of why he's drawn to her? What if the way he knows In Jung from back in the day is that they were dirt poor in that hometown together? Just a thought...

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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm and hmmmmmer.
Nice.

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Yeah, great insight.

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Minho has his mom, so he's not orphange

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fuh-LIP! i am digging this soooo much, it's insane.

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For the whole episode, I kept thinking if I were Kang I would have wanted to hug her so much and the ending just surprised me!!!! I guess they did a great job building up my emotionnnn xD

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Best hero walk for a hug. Ever. my lord. EEK! So mind scrambling.

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Agree! Best walk ever!

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Beg to differ:
Darcy coming out of the mist at dawn - . Matthew Macfadyen in wrinkled linen coat tails walking purposefully towards Elizabeth Bennet...doesn't get much better than that.

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I have to agree--that was my favorite scene in Pride & Prejudice and I'm also a Matthew Macfayden fan. However, Kang walking towards Yi Kyung was a very close second. And that hug was epic! I want a big Kang-hug!

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I think Mr. Darcy scene in Pride & prejudice is much, much better than Han Gang... Matthew Macfayden was just awesome!

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I have to agree also. Best walk ever belongs to Mr Darcy (2005) movie version of Pride and Prejudice. That whole scene was my most favorite. The walk, his voice, the proposal....sexiest ever.

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Omo, omo! Great to know that there are P & P fans here too.

Anything relating to Jane Austen's work, I'm in.

Talking about Mr Darcy, ah don't get me started.

Read the book about 10 times and the P&P series on BBC (2005), 6 times, not fast forwarded but on its entirety. I just love it. No, make it I am obsessed with it.

And now going back to KANG AHHHHHH.... Saranghe!

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agree 100%!!!

I call it the KANG WALK to give JH the KANG HUG (KWKH).

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KAAAAAAANG AAAAAAAAAH!!!
seriously, it's torture waiting till wed. snif sniff

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About the rose, I don't think she kept that exact rose since it would be like what, a decade old? It totally would've turned into ash. Maybe the rose represents the happiest moment in YK's life when she was told that she'd live a love filled life with YS. Maybe YS gave her a rose right before his accident and told her he was gonna love her for the rest of their lives and that's the one she brings everywhere? Just some speculation.

Oh and KANG AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!<3

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It could be that rose. My mother likes to dry rose bouquets for decorative purposes, and we have them from 15-20 yrs ago. They don't disintegrate into dust unless manhandled. :)

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I agree. I have pink roses from a few years ago. I hung them upside down to retain their shape right before they started to wilt and fully dried them before putting them in a vase to enjoy.

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I couldn't resist joining the bandwagon...

KANG AHHHHHHHHHHH~!!

And Kang in a suit... definitely swoon-worthy.

The story of Yi-soo and Yi-kyung totally breaks my heart as well. Such sweet poignant memories. sigh.

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love it!!!! I always tune in dramabeans for any recaps of awesome korean dramas :D

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i hope YS and YK will be together at the end..seriously..

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me too... keep on hoping...

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I want to see JHJ end up with LYW.

But then again, it only makes sense if he end up with NGR, hiks!

All the sweet moments between kang and jihyun is played by LYW, I just think their chemistry (JHJ and LYW) is better

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Does anyone happen to know the song she sings? It sounds so familiar.... I only want to know to get rid of my frustration! I know this song, but I cant remember it exactly.

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Big Bang's Sunset Glow?

Remember Kang sang it in the shower because it was her fave song...

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I meant to reply to you but accidentally posted it as a new comment! It is comment 116!

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yeah, Sunset Glow, and yes, Kang ahhhhhhh sang it in the shower

just thinking about Kang in the shower (KITS)..... argghhhhh

KANG AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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MMMMMMMM! Yummy.

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You are so right! Thank you!

But dont you think its a bit off in the time line? I suppose she was (Korean) 18 at the time she sang it and now she is 27, so its been like 9 years. And I know Big Bang werent around then..... Maybe Im thinking to much!

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i think i read somewhere that it is not a big bang original. it's an old song remade by big bang. not sure about this though.

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Yup, the song's a remake...

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My mind still cannot bridge the gap between LYW's version of JH and NGR's version. Everytime NGR is on screen she makes JH look and sound totally clueless, but the moment her character JH is in YK's body suddenly she has some common sense. JH doesn't even seem like the same person when she is in YK's body. That just shows the two actresses are on totally different levels. NGR can look pretty and cry but as JH all she ever says is "what do i do?" Whereas when LYW plays JH suddenly JH has depth. Like I said my mind just can believe that it is the same character being played by the two different actresses because LYW is so good and NGR is meh.

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But then, in addition, to me, the stuff where she actually has to play the part of the revengeful fiance, she can only do so in the body of LYW since her spirit can't do that.

But yep, LYW is pretty awesome. And then, NGR is just an amateur.

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even though NGR is an average actress at best, to be fair, after the first few episodes, all her scenes are written the same. She doesn't get much to do except follow YK around and freak out when something bad happens.

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i agree with asianromance. it was obvious ngr was bad in the first episode but it gets better now. in fact she handled some touching scenes pretty well for an amateur.

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She still can't hold a candle to LYW. I am not saying NGR is just a horrible actress because she did handle her emotional scenes pretty well. Its just her inexperience seems to show up more when you put her JH next to LYW's JH. But to be fair I guess this is more an issue with the writers/directors for not giving NGR better scenes and/or finding an actress that is more on par with LYW.

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I find its unfair to compare NGR to LYW because 1) NGR is a newbie and LYW is a veteran, ten years plus in the business. 2) LYW is portraying JH 99% of the time so of course we connect to her more than to when NGR is playing JH. The only scenes when NGR is playing JH is when she is following LYW around or interacting with the scheduler. She barely have any lines. To be fair to NGR, I thought she was portraying her character well during the flashback scenes with JHJ. She's the same spunky girl just like when LYW is playing her.

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No matter how I tried to see Nam Guri in a positive way I still couldn't see her acting convincing even in flashback scenes. From episode 1 to now 12? she's still the same, no development at all.

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Am I the only one who wants the scheduler to be with ji hyun since the scheduler is slowly developing some feelings for ji hyun? Evidence is when the scheduler meddled with ji hyun's affair in the office of her dad during the signing of inheritance! Anyways, I would love if Ji hyun goes back to her body and be with kang-ah and song yi-kyung ends up with yi-so.

I bow my head for Lee yo won 'cause she can portray the role of ji hyun being inside her body!!! That is why I so love the character of Ji hyun here because of the superb acting skills of lee yo won.

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thx for the recap!

agree!! LYW's acting is superb =)
hmmm.. i do read somewhere that the scheduler will start developing feelings for JH and break rules to help her...

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Same here, Lee Yowon is doing a great job, she's awesome!

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girl i'm with u i want jh to be with the scheduler too!

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love the Song couples so much!! they must get together!!! but does 'eternal seperation' suggests that it's not possible huh? :'(

well, i think the scheduler is aware that kang ah knows the truth since he can read minds. that's why he pulls jH away and not worried to leave yikyung n kang alone in the cherry blossom lane.

pray that minho and in jung won't realise the truth so fast.

there must be a reason why JH's parents move to seoul in such a hurry. something to do with Kang?

love the Sche-kyung scene.. so funny! LYW hwaiting!!

KANGGG AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

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GOD, I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS EPISODE <3

Kang mania + Scheduler/Yisoo cuteness + Jihyun perkiness... Not to mention the flashbacks which provide more insight to their pasts.

The ending was priceless, for sure.
Aww, Kang-ah.
<3

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I want Yi Soon and Yi Ykung To be toether they see they love each other for every the one who pick the tarot card was yi soo(Schedule) so it sad that she love him so much That she want to forget him because of the pain

I want them to be together

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oh my gosh! the writer is really a genius... I just started watching the videos today... can't wait for episode 13 :)

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I'd like to see the final tear come from Yi-kyung. We've seen the connection of all four leads in the past with the taro card reading and know that yi-kyung is becoming aware of Ji-Hyun's presence. I'm hoping that she'll remember the kindness and hope of Ji-Hyun's taro reading in giving them a happy future, see it for the gift it was and love Ji-Hyun for it, despite the reality.

I don't want to see Kang ending up with Yi-Kyung - that's a cheat. He's only seeing the spirit of the girl he loves - Ji-Hyun - when he looks at Yi-Kyung. He wants the light in the bottle, not the bottle itself.

The big question to me, is how the Scheduler is going to end up. I'm either going to be sobbing or estatic. I'm hoping for the latter, no matter how it's achieved. :)

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Ok.... Can someone please explain to me why Song Yi-Kyung and Song Yi-Soo can be together, and its not taboo?

I get (To some extent) that they can be together as long as they are not from the same clan, but I wiki'd Korean Names, and it just got me more confused, what with all the clan differentiations and all.

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As I understand it.... They're both orphans and grew up in the same orphanage, but they're not blood related. They have the same last name and same generation name because they were named by the orphanage director. I thing that's what I heard.

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that's how i understand it too. For all we know, Yi-kyung's birth family's real last name could be Park and Yi-soo's real last name may be something like Kim. I also think that in this modern age, people don't hold onto such taboos and traditions as strongly, unless they come from a super traditional family.

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hello there!!! as usual i am a fan of your recaps especially this series!!! can't get enough of the great queen seon dok herself! =)

anyway, just want to ask.. how do i watch this series on dramafever? because i am not from america or canda. thanks.

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Girlfriday, you left out SINGING KANG!!!

Here is JHJ new song listened at the end of episode 12:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sIcqecYKsM&feature=related

Name: 단 하루를 살아도 or according to Google Translate: I can live for a day.

King Kang, saranghe!!!

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This drama is getting better and better through episodes. This episode is my favourite so far.

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while everyone's gushing over Kanggg. IMMA GUSH OVER Jung Il Woo. The cutesttt guyy in the drama. ADORABLE SCHEDULER!! those sweet flashback moments he has with Yi Kyung alwayss tears me up. WITH NO FAIL. I WANT MOREE SONG YI KYUNG back story.

at first i didn't, but now that Jung Il Woo is in the picture, OMG i can't get enough of it MORE MORE MOREEE.

and the fact that Kang is figuring out everything is FREAKING AWESOME. the story is SOO INTERESTING. likee, IDK. BEST KDRAMA everrr. and Dare i say, even better than Secret Garden :P

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I’m loving the pace…

Even though Ji Hyun is slow to catch up but at least Kang is fast. He just knew about Ji Hyun yesterday and now he knows what she knows…

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Is it just me, or is everyone CONFUSED as well? This whole drama is really mind twisting? Maybe I should watch it instead of reading the recaps, but boy, it's hard to understand!

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they definitely can't let YK die.. although it would be romantic to be reunited with YS.. i thought one important message of the drama was to give people courage on how to move on and deal with the death of a loved one!

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I can't believe I've just finished watching all 12 episodes in one sitting! I haven't so enjoyed another romantic kdrama since Secret Garden, and if I had to choose I would say I like 49 days better because I didn't quite like Ha Ji Won's character in SG. I just hope everything continues to be this good in 49 days.

I think it's obvious the 2nd and 3rd tear has to come from Seo Woo, In Jung or Yi Kyung. I have no doubt Ji Hyun will get those tears and live, in her own body, otherwise I don't see the point of having these 49 days and the scenario of a second chance of life through the collection of the three tears.

I'm glad the 1st tear is from Han Kang, it shows how much he loves this girl and that he hasn't been fantasizing on a school romance that never was, and if his respected Min Ho hyung hadn't beaten him to getting to her first then he would have wooed her himself because it's pretty obvious by now the girl he came back from America to look for is Ji Hyun. After episode 12 I think Kang'll have a clear conscience now if he takes Ji Hyun from Min Ho.

Perhaps the 2nd tear will be from Seo Woo, in front of Ji Hyun, and that'll set Ji Hyun off wondering where the 1st tear had come from if Seo Woo's is the 2nd. Ji Hyun is a bit obtuse but she must eventually find out the pink roses are for her and when she looks for her seal she'll find it next to the bracelet she thought she'd lost, and wonder why someone who refuses to admit to being her friend would keep a bracelet of hers for all these years. Anyway, she better find out Han Kang loves her before she wakes up, because I want to see everyone's confusion and wonder how on earth Ji Hyun loved Min Ho before the coma and wake up professing her love for Kang when she comes out of the coma, even though by then hopefully everyone will already know of Min Ho's cheating and real character and won't be bothered by it all but just can't understand how Kang and Ji Hyun fell in love when she's been asleep in the hospital all the while!

It's possible the 3rd tear might come from Yi Kyung when she finds out she caused someone to be brain dead and that person is desperately trying to live. She will find out about her body being possessed by the looks of things, but I can't see how it'll be a pure tear because she doesn't know Ji Hyun.

What I would love to see instead is In Jung giving the 3rd tear for her friend and hence bringing the person she 'hates' back from death. I hope she realises that it was wrong to swap a 100% love from a true friend for a 100% none existent love from a fake relationship. Min Ho loves himself too much so I don't think he's ever truly loved In Jung either. To those who are too greedy will end up with nothing - In Jung will leave him, Ji Hyun will love Kang when she wakes and Yi Kyung won't know who Min Ho is and couldn't care less who he is since the mysterious woman he is curious about now is really Ji Hyun.

I can't quite understand Ji Hyun's dad's animosity towards Han Kang, even if Kang turned down the Haemido project there's no reason for him to be like that. The only thing I can think of is perhaps he witnessed the 'fight' between Kang and Ji Hyun at the tarot reading when they were kids, and daddy hadn't been impressed with this guy picking on his princess. I hope daddy comes to his senses soon and realise bad school friends from the past don't come visiting with your daughter's favourite flowers so devotely when she can't even give a thank you in response.

I also think the extra week Yi Soo got as a punishment might actually be his time for tying up his unfinished business on earth. Perhaps the way he had his accident caused him to lose his memory and his soul didn't get a chance of tying up loose ends, obviously because he can't remember his past (I'm taking this from an old Chinese drama where the soul of the hero nearly missed his chance to say goodbye to the girl he loved during the 49 days after his death and nearly went for his reincarnation without first saying his final farewell before crossing over). Yi Soo chose to become a scheduler because he felt he died too young but I'm sure we'll get to see that he wanted to hang around because he subconsciously knew he has something still to do. I hope the writer won't write Yi Soo as coming back from the dead after five years but just needs to say his goodbye to Yi Kyung properly and make sure she doesn't follow him to the other side, so to speak.

Another scene I would like to see is Yi Kyung in hers and Yi Soo's dream pension surrounded by cherry blossom trees with a smile on her face. Who knows, perhaps Ji Hyun and Kang will be the providers for this and make sure the beloved noona who gave them their happiness is well looked after and surrounded by love from people who cares for her, the 'family' Yi Kyung never had, because I'm sure Ji Hyun's parents will treat her as a daughter too after all that's happened. The scheduler did say everything is connected, and I hope this is the connection.

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... the final connection I should say. How could I nearly forget they had a fleeting connection during high school and they're very much connected now?!

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Is that you writer nim? I looove all your possible scenarios!!

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20 or 16 episode????????

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Hey girlfriday,

Your recaps are a joy to read for entertaining purposes. :)

I just wanted to clarify one thing though. I remember Yi Soo said that he wanted to name the pension "이월해," which actually means February Love and not June Love.

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I'm just worried that at the end kang will up with yi kyung. And jihyun will be with yi soo. I wobder who else will cry for jihyun.

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We already at Episode 12??!! Y so fast??? Sighhhh... I kept watching this episode over and over again.. Totally love the connection between the 4 of them in the past.. And i totally melt when Kang hugs JH/YK.. Swoooons!!

Anyway, since this episode is all about Kang digging out for clues and finally knows everything.. I think the next 2 episodes will be MinHo's turn to find out the truth or maybe start to suspect something.. since he employed someone to stalk YK, i'm sure he's bound to notice weird things that has been going on such as YK got 2 jobs without even resting and maybe he will notice the 2 different personalities of JH/YK..

And i believe InJung will do her own research as well coz she's curious about who is JH mysterious friend who has been going around doing interviews.. As for YK, i'm pretty sure the next episodes will reveal her mysterious past and YiSoo's accident. She is beginning to see JH soul.. so i think she will seek the doc help again and together they will solve this paranormal activity that's been goin on..

I guess the last 2 tears will belong to SeoWoo and InJung?? perhaps?? or even YK?? Anyhoos, can't wait for the next episodes.. All hell will break loose!!! ;)

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maybe something will happen and ji hyun will permanently take over yi kyung's body and end up with han kang that way and then yi kyung and yi soo will end up together in the afterlife
some people think yi kyung and ji hyun might actually be sisters so maybe the mom and dad will figure that out so that way ji hyun can still be with her family and han kang even though she is in yi kyungs body
or maybe in the end ji hyun and scheduler will end up together and han kang and yi kyung will end up together - a sort of reversal of how they met as high schoolers

dfgnkjdfngbisd;; i can't concentrate on my work anymore because im busy coming up with elaborate theories for whats going to happen ._.

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Thanks for the recaps!

This episode:

1) Nice setup on the tarot scene. If, like Kang says, the "true" meaning of the upside-down card pointing at Yi-kyung & Yi-soo is eternal separation... the card is facing Kang & Ji-hyun right-side-up, so they're really the ones who get the long, happy life together.

2) Even if YK & YS are stuck with the whole eternal separation thing, I think YK will end up with the will to live. Considering the:
- hotel management degree
- "I promise I'll build that for you"/"I waited five years to take care of unfinished business" reaper boyfriend
- newfound rich, land-owning ghostly BFF
- sympathetic guy who's conveniently an architect

I have a feeling they're gonna work out some way for the girl to get her pension.

(Apologies if this double-posts; seems like it was eaten the first time.)

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Very insightful! Now that I think about it--JH's land + HK's being an architect may just equal YK's pension :)

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omg!!!! luv this drama more...every episode makes so very exciting..very awesome ideas,,,,can't wait till last!!!

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wonderful

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thanks for the recap.

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arrrgghh confused!!which one is better looking?min ho or kang ah???huehehehe

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erm, my opinion, kang ah looks more romantic and mature.. minho looks like a perfect gentleman, but not a romantic figure =)

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but he's HOT!!!!!...the way he looks to yi kyung or when he felt trouble....well, he is a bad guy right now but I always fall in love in his character in every drama(well, this is me---one of his fan=>)

looking forward for the next ep

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I can accept the Kang/JH pair IF she sees he loves her (evidence is all there) & IF JH (as played by NGR) shows some growth/development. JH (when played by NGR) is the same as she was in high school: kind, innocent, bubbly but people grow as they age, she hasn't. JH/NGR needs to realize HK loves her & start to love him (she seems more grateful than in love). It seems NGR has some skills so she need some good material so not all of JH's development scenes are played by LYW. THEN I could see LYW's JH and NGR's JH as the same person & the Kang/JH pair would look better.

Side note: this show has me OBSESSED! JHJ, JIW, BSB- too much eye candy! Mind cannot compute--system overload--overload!

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This is mi 1st tym commenting here in dramabeans snc cudnt resist d temptation of 49days drama waiting 4 wed &thurs...i hv bn follow ur recaps n i find mr interesting wid new ep cuming up...

well.49days is literally diffrnt 4m other dramas as muj as i hv watchd til date so im hook 2 it mr n mr..b4 every1 ws guessing abt d pairing bt nw i c dat Kang n JH wil end up 2gather...ws rooting 4 Kang n YH bt cant ignore d fact dat kang stil luv his very 1st luv til nw so i hv decided 2 let go of kang 2b wid JH in d end.

Nw,im mr interstd in d back story of YH n YS how they end up lyk dis...n 4m d tarot reading scene as Kang clearly mention dat they(YH n YS)aren 't mean 2b together 4ever so i guess scheduler unfinished business is to say last gudbye 2 YH bt i wonder how long its gona take 4 d scheduler 2 realize this...

I wud lyk Seo Woo 2b d 2nd person 2 cry 4 JH after finding out In JUng n Minho...wat they did behind her n finally In Jung realizing wat she did 2 her best fren...bt i hv d issue regarding JH acting skill not very natural bt whn YK acts its mr refreshing n can see how muj hard work she is playing 2 characters at d same tym...heads off 2 LYW...

Gr8 plot,superb acting,brilliant cast<3<3<3

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You know, I'm really curious is Ji-hyun can get *other* people's tears, other than those she already knows. Like, maybe the monk, the monk's wife, and her co-worker who she surprised with the cactus...maybe they can cry 100% pure tears over her. Granted, they wouldn't know the whole story and would be crying about some *other* problem in her life, but it would be Ji-hyun's soul...so therefore, wouldn't it be Ji-hyun?

This is a *fantastic* drama. Are there really only 4 episodes left? Love some of the NON-cliched stuff going on here: smart Kang-ah figuring everything out (and pretty quickly), Ji-hyun enjoying her sweet revenge... this is fantastic!

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That's why I was wondering too. I also think that may be how MinHo can cry over JH. He's really drawn to JH in YK's body. I can totally imagine JH/YK getting into a horrible accident and have MinHo cry.

I think for "the other side" (non living world), ultimately the soul is more important than the body - look at how the Scheduler gets all weird around Yk in YK's body but acts perfectly normal with JH, even when she is in YK's body.

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Didn't Ji-Hyun lose a day from when she tried to prevent her dad from signing the will? So how does Han Kang know exactly how many days Ji-Hyun has left to live? Did I miss something?

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I think Han Kang's computation of how many days are left is based only on his deductive skills, i.e., how many days have passed since YK/JH applied in his resto and said she only has 48 days (which was a day after the accident). The computation, however, is wrong, because like you pointed out, JH has lost I think 3 days in total due to various infractions. So while HK thinks its still 23 days, it is in actuality down to 20 days, which may prove critical in later episodes.

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I can't find the post right now but I have quickly gone over past episodes and one commenter is absolutely right! One possibly overlooked aspect of the drama is how the writers are showing that true love is not skin deep and is about deeply caring for, and connecting, with, another soul. One obvious manifestation of this is how JHJ can still recognize his true love JH even if she is temporarily inhabiting YK's body.

BUT! I credit the subtle but powerful acting of JIW when he's not all cheery/grumpy Scheduler--this point is also beautifully made everytime Scheduler is face to face with the real YK, and not JH in YK's body. When Scheduler interacts with JH in YK's body, it's all light-hearted teasing and grumpiness, in much the same way as when Scheduler interacts with JH in ghost form. He acts the same way--like a cute, petulant boy. On the other hand, when Scheduler sees the real YK, as herself, he is distinctly somber, and his eyes convey a stirring emotion that we now know is a love that he still can't remember but always remains in his subconsciousness. We see it when he saw YK at the Purple Cafe as herself, and we see it again in Jinan when she fainted, again, as herself. This is just BRILLIANT writing and acting from JIW and now all I can think of is--how I want a love like that for myself--something that goes down to the soul. DRAMA, I LOVE YOU!!!

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KANG AHHHH~ omg i lurve him

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Kang is so smart...it's as if he actually read the entire drama script before LOL

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i think i'm the only one who want JH and Reaper together

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