Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 8
by | April 7, 2011 | 268 Comments

Han Kang! Kang-aaaaah! Why so cute? You’re killing me with your I-was-gruff-at-sixteen thing. Your bewilderment at feeling feelings is the most adorable thing about this drama, which is saying somethin’, since I’m including Reaper Boy and his array of pouty faces. Oh, now they’re warring… Can’t. Choose. Just. One.

Maybe they can have a shouting match, or a pout-off, to determine who is the meanest-with-a-heart-of-marshmallow of them all. Yeah, I’d buy tickets to that.


In-jung walks into Min-ho’s apartment, and to her utter horror, she finds Ji-hyun (in Yi-kyung’s body) glaring right back at her. Ji-hyun’s the one with the upper hand here, despite being the help: for one, she’s the one with the proper invite, and two, she knows that In-jung’s relationship with Min-ho is super-secret. She turns that fact around on her, asking what the secretary is doing here, and how she knew the lock code.

In-jung lies that she’s here on an errand to deliver food, and Ji-hyun accepts it with a cold send-off. In-jung leaves, unable to shake the feeling that something is terribly amiss here. Yeah, I’d say so. That’s what happens when you date a sneaky bastard.

Sneaky Bastard arrives home soon after she leaves, and is quite flustered when Ji-hyun tells him about In-jung’s little visit. She notices that he comes home with a file, which he takes into his room.

He calls In-jung and suggests dinner out to do some damage control. (When he works In-jung like that, it makes my hair stand up on end.) Meanwhile, Ji-hyun re-enters the apartment to search for the mystery file, which he’s locked in his safe.

In-jung can’t understand why he’s hired Yi-kyung of all people as a housekeeper, which he just tries to brush off as no big deal. But she points out how out of character it is for him to help someone because she got fired, or give her a second chance when she was so rude to him.

He asks if in the two years he’s been with Ji-hyun, if he ever fell for her. She answers no. So…he was faithful to you…behind her back? Doesn’t that like, negate the definition of faithful? Whatever. No honor amongst these thieves. He refuses to discuss the matter further, feeling it beneath him to even consider falling for someone of Yi-kyung’s position. Evil AND snooty? You’re just going for the trifecta, aren’t you?

Ji-hyun returns home, finding that her new schedule gives her more free time. She decides to go for a run, deciding that the only thing she can do to repay Yi-kyung is to eat well and exercise. Aw, that’s adorable. I kinda love her for that. And for the way she talks to Yi-kyung, like she’s really an unni.

During her run, she starts getting chased by the sound of a ghost, running along beside her, and she freaks out. Um… duh, it’s your Scheduler, and HELLO, you’re a ghost too!

Reaper Boy shows up in workout gear, complete with sneakers that have wings on them. This kid’s wardrobe alone is a spectacle worthy of its own recaps. He teases her for not having any friends to gather tears from, and she makes excuses for them that they’re busy, and they don’t know how dire the situation is for her.

He figures that she’s trying to kill two birds with one stone, working for Min-ho, and raps her daily routine at her (gah, as if he isn’t cute enough). She asks if he’s ever just thought about his life for four days, which of course he hasn’t because he’s not alive.

She tells him that being trapped in Yi-kyung’s house made her realize how precious each day was, and how many things you could accomplish in just one day. Stop making me feel lazy, Show.

She promises to make each day count. He’s proud of her for growing up a little, but makes sure to nag that she not get into any more scrapes, please. She puts her arm around him, grateful for his concern, and he puts his arm around her and adds: “I’m worried about ME.” Heh. He points out that she’s his last troublemaker (because she’s the last of his reaper duties at the end of his five-year term). Yeah, I’m sure it’s just smooth sailing from here on out. No trouble at all.

He disappears, and she shouts that she’ll call. He looks on from above and scoffs that she thinks that they’re friends or something, all the while holding his arm out like she’s still there.

In-jung stops by Kang’s to do a little digging, and asks the waitress why Kang fired Yi-kyung if he likes her. She gets back an answer she doesn’t like: because she made a move for Min-ho. She gleans a second tidbit from that news too, realizing that Kang thinks a lot of Ji-hyun (to protect her fiancé), when they all assumed he disliked her.

Kang, meanwhile, is still worrying over Yi-kyung/Ji-hyun, thinking that she’s working at a bar because of him. Manager Oh catches him mid-reverie and tells him to go find her then, if he’s so worried.

Ji-hyun heads home and when she pops out, remembers to thank Yi-kyung sweetly. At the new coffee shop, Yi-kyung gets her first customer of the night: Dr. Noh. He smiles and says, “I seem like a stalker, right?” Haha—I was just going to say that exact thing! Points for self-awareness?

She tells him that he did the best he could as a doctor, and that “it” wasn’t his fault. He agrees—he’s always done his best as a doctor, and knows that he did everything he could. But then he adds that when he met her five years ago, he was a newlywed.

He had met Yi-kyung at the lowest point in her life, when he was at his happiest. But then three years ago, he watched his wife die in a car accident. He explains that there are some things that people can’t understand unless they go through it themselves.

He tells her that if she can’t forget, then to just miss him—that’s what he did, because he missed her so much. Okay, I’m now convinced that he’s not a stalker. Whew.

His words stir something in her, and she finally takes out a picture at home, as Ji-hyun watches. It’s a picture from grade school, of Yi-kyung with her little brother, Yi-soo. She finally lets herself remember and miss him, and she cries, as the Scheduler’s song “Scarecrow” plays on the soundtrack.

Ji-hyun wakes up and goes to Min-ho’s apartment to officially start work, and he adds a slew of tasks for her to do, including hand-washing his things, because he’s a little princess.

But then he notices the burn on her hand (from the espresso machine the night before) and it weighs on him. It finally niggles at his conscience (I know—he has one?) enough for him to duck out of work in the middle of the day to go back home.

In-jung spots him driving away and catches him red-handed in another lie, so she rushes over to Kang’s. She makes up the excuse that Min-ho is going ahead with the Haemido project believing that Kang is still onboard, and that Kang ought to go in person to make it clear, either way.

Ji-hyun uses her time to search for the file, finally discovering his secret safe, but Min-ho arrives before she can even make an attempt at safecracking. He gives her ointment for her burn, totally lying that he didn’t come back just for that.

They discover that while they were arguing, the pot she left on the stove has started to burn, and Min-ho rushes to open the door…just in time for Kang to appear, unannounced. Ruh-roh.

Kang flips his lid to see Yi-kyung there, and tries to wrist-grab her out of there. But she holds her ground, declaring that this is where she wants to stay. Even Min-ho looks surprised at that. In her head, Ji-hyun apologizes to Kang, that she’s got unfinished business here.

Poor Kang-ah. He’s all turned around, from jealousy mixed with his protective instinct, all the while being totally rejected. He asks, angry and disappointed, “Was it this all along?” She turns her back to him, and starts to cry.

Kang leaves, angry at himself for worrying over Yi-kyung so much that he was planning on finding her. Ji-hyun cries in the bathroom, unable to make things right with Kang. He heads back to work in a bear of a mood, and trashes his office, remembering her words that she had no interest in Min-ho, now thinking they’re all lies.

Meanwhile, Min-ho actually smiles to himself, thinking that Yi-kyung really does like him, what with her outright declaration to Kang that she wants to stay. He suggests they go out to dinner, and takes her to a small family restaurant that Ji-hyun notes he’s never brought her to.

He says it’s a place his mother used to frequent. She makes a jab that he must’ve brought his fiancée here, and that she has no intention of being treated like a woman by him. He calls what he thinks is her bluff: if she isn’t interested, why didn’t she leave with Kang when he re-offered her a job?

He says that he doesn’t trust a poor woman’s pride, which is completely condescending, of course, but it also sounds like he says it out of personal experience—as in, he’s familiar with being poor, and the lengths a person will go to, to rise above it. It’s an assumption on my part, but I think it speaks to his character’s motivation.

After eating they part, and she walks away wondering why he brought her to a place that’s special to him…a place he never brought Ji-hyun-in-Ji-hyun’s-body. She thinks back to all his weird behavior, and it dawns on her…”Kang Min-ho, what is this? Do you like Song Yi-kyung…I mean…me?”

At home, Ghost-Ji-hyun asks Yi-kyung what all this means. Does he like her? Or Yi-kyung? Yeah, it’s confusing for the rest of us too.

She follows Yi-kyung to work, and calls the Scheduler to meet her there. She whines that for a Scheduler, he sure does make people wait around a lot, but he thinks she should be grateful he even meets her at all.

He asks why they’re here, and she reminds him that he’s the one who doesn’t like being at Yi-kyung’s house, and he just breezes, “Here, there…” Another hint that it’s not so much the place as it is the third party involved that gives him that uncomfortable feeling.

She asks him for a favor: to track down Song Yi-soo. He tells her that he’s not a Help Center, and to do it herself. Her remaining days are his last days as a Scheduler too, so he’s got a lot to do before his term is up. Like rock out in Hongdae?

Ji-hyun: Cold bastard. You were a person once. When you were alive, you must’ve loved somebody.
Scheduler: I could’ve never had the chance to love anyone. I died early, you see. At 23. Shin Ji-hyun, have you died at 23? What do you think it feels like, to die at 23?
Ji-hyun: Why wouldn’t I know? It feels totally awful.
Scheduler: No, it feels unfinished. Crazy unfinished.
Ji-hyun: I thought you couldn’t remember anything.
Scheduler: My memories are gone, but the feeling remains. Do you think I’m living large as a scheduler for no reason? I died so young that I’m living out the life I didn’t get to live.

Ooof. Cut my heart out and serve it on a plate, why don’t you. Ji-hyun sighs that she feels bad for him too. He tells her to stop wasting his precious time with matters concerning Yi-kyung, then. But as he whirls around to leave, he comes face to face with her.

It’s a beautiful moment, the two of them suspended between dimensional rifts, the closeness stirring his heart. It shakes him, and he tells Ji-hyun not to call him with Yi-kyung around anymore, and leaves.

In-jung is dying of curiosity to find out what happened when she sent Kang over to Min-ho’s the other day, and she decides that Kang’s birthday is the perfect excuse. She knows that Seo-woo likes Kang and already has a present ready for him, and suggests they stop by tonight.

Aw, poor Seo-woo, who doesn’t know a thing about Kang’s undying crush on her best friend. It’s going to be even harder for Ji-hyun to get tears from Seo-woo if she finds out that Kang’s ALSO got a crush on Yi-kyung.

Dad makes an impromptu visit to the office, spurring Min-ho to follow him to the hospital in fear that something’s up. He witnesses Dad throwing up for what he realizes is now the second time. He senses that something’s amiss, and goes to ask the doctor, who TOTALLY JUST TELLS HIM, wtf? Anyway, Dad’s got a brain tumor, and he refuses to be operated on with Ji-hyun in her current state.

Ji-hyun spends her day in a war against the safe and its six-digit code. She actually does the math to find out the number of possibilities of six-digit combos, and hangs her head in frustration. She starts searching for some clues, and finds today’s date marked on Min-ho’s calendar as Kang’s birthday.

Manager Oh goes to wake up Birthday Boy, who’s been on a downward spiral, following his outburst at Yi-kyung. He drags him out and has to inform him that it’s his birthday today, and gives him traditional birthday soup.

Kang looks down, surprised that it has mussels in it, and asks if his mom told him that he likes it this way. Manager Oh tells him that Yi-kyung made the soup; she dropped it off earlier because she made too much and had extra.

He peers down at the soup, as we flashback to his high school days, when Mom had come to school bearing soup on his birthday. He acted like a brat, rejecting her and throwing the soup on the ground.

Later in class, Ji-hyun heads to the front to do a magic trick, asking for bets on where her bottle cap will end up. Kang reliably makes a snide remark so she singles him out on the bet: if she wins, he has to do whatever she says.

He loses, and follows her outside, where she spreads out a lunchbox feast and tells him that his punishment is to eat with her. He looks down and sees his mother’s soup. Angry and embarrassed, he asks her if she saw everything.

Ji-hyun: “You’re the size of a mountain, but you treat your mom that way?” As in: you’re grown, but why are you still acting like a child? She basically has to bully him into eating the soup, and he finally caves, but only if she turns around while he eats.

Omg, his embarrassment is the cutest thing. She happily turns around and tells him to eat every last drop. He obliges, even cracking a smile, while her back is turned. I can see why he fell in love with her. And also why she never knew.

Back in the present, he puts his spoon down, head and heart totally spun around. He shouts, exasperated, “Why the hell is this woman like this?!” LOL.

He asks Manager Oh if Yi-kyung really brought this, and he confirms it, adding that she technically asked him not to say anything. That just confuses Kang even more, as he says, “This is my mother’s birthday soup. I don’t know what this feeling in my heart is. Is it because of Shin Ji-hyun, or Song Yi-kyung? I don’t know.”

And with that, he bolts, running right past In-jung and Seo-woo. He heads straight to Min-ho’s place and rings the doorbell and bangs on the door shouting Yi-kyung’s name.

She hesitates, but finally lets him in, and he asks her again why she’s here. “If you’re interested in Min-ho, then say so, and this’ll be the end of it.” He waits, and she says nothing. That’s enough of an answer for him, as he tells her to stop it then, and drags her out, laundry be damned.


Raah! Kang-ah! I’m totally swooning right now. Well, I pretty much feel the same way about Laundry Min-ho, so go, go Kang! I’m kind of torn between wanting him to figure things out and not (because he’s got a lot of the puzzle pieces, this guy), but either way his character is progressing nicely.

I kind of laughed to see him as a teenager, being just as gruff to his mom for reasons yet unknown, because I dunno why—I just like the idea that he’s always been a curmudgeony guy. Like an old man trapped in the body of a sixteen-year old. Well, a thirtysomething playing sixteen, but whatever. I lived through 90210. I can suspend my disbelief for just about anything.

I’m finally coming around to the Ji-hyun/Kang pairing too, not that I was against it or anything. But her character is progressing nicely too, so I like the idea that they’re both growing as people because of each other, unwittingly.

Well, the Scheduler also has a lot to do with Ji-hyun’s growth, particularly her increasingly sweet relationship with Yi-kyung (one-sided though it is). I like that she’s becoming less selfish and actually spending some of her precious time taking care of Yi-kyung’s body and trying to find her brother.

I’m sure it’s not a spoiler at this point to discuss the Scheduler as Yi-soo, though of course the drama has yet to give the final word. But even with the one encounter in the coffee shop and her moment with the picture, Jung Il-woo and Lee Yo-won play the moments with such conflicting emotion, that I can’t wait for their real reactions when their connection becomes transparent.



268 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. MELLIssa

    Kang ah I love you!

    • 1.1 MELLIssa

      finally made it to #1! muahahaha…

      thank you for the recap gf and jb….

      i love Kang’s flashback scenes – so sweet!

      i am now totally onboard HK-JH ship!

      HK-JH Fighting!!!

    • 1.2 minayuki

      I love him too!
      Even when I’m 15 years younger than he is..

    • 1.3 Linda165

      Kang ah!!! I love you too!!

    • 1.4 YY

      MELIssa, best first post ever!So much raw emotion….it moved me to tears.

    • 1.5 Hazel

      watch 49 Days Episode 8 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/04/49-days-episode-8.html

  2. minayuki

    I saw the last scene where he yells at her out of frustration and wrist-grabs her out of Min-ho’s place and I literally fainted.
    I so wish that I could’ve played Yi-kyung’s part.. Just to be with Jo Hyun Jae. ㅠㅠ

    • 2.1 gailT

      me too! JHJ is hot.

      why am I obsessing over every hero in every single drama i watch?! Kang ahh!!!!!!!

      • 2.1.1 drama fever

        Kang is HOT. But I like the other 3 HOTTIE too.

        1. Kang
        2. Scheduler
        3. Min Ho
        4. the midnight guy a the store she work.

        • gailT

          you got it. this drama definitely has a lot of eye candy. superlike.

        • yumi

          1. ditto
          2. ditto
          3. ditto
          4. ditto

    • 2.2 aloedrinker

      T_T I want to be Yi-kyung too. I drooled over Jo Hyun Jae anytime. His face is just perfect.Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa…..

      • 2.2.1 minayuki

        YES. It’s unbelievably perfect.
        Is it weird that I’m 15 years younger than him?
        I would kill to marry JHJ.
        When I think about waking up to see his face next to me until the day I die, I feel creepy. But isn’t it just perfect?

        • oh

          No.You are not weird.
          i like him too even though i’m 16years younger than him.

          • Aloedrinker

            Hmmm… both of you are so young. Study more and watch more drama ok. This Onnie here, are getting older by day. so make way for Onnie ok. 주세요he…

  3. Minyi

    thank you so much for getting this up so early!!

  4. Jean

    loved this episode 🙂
    Kangggggg ahhhhhh!

  5. celest1al

    I still have a feeling that the Scheduler is actually Yi Kyung’s lover rather than sibling. He said he died when he was 23, which was 5 years ago. Yi Kyung is 28 right now, which means that they were the same age when he died. Now, unless they were twins, it wouldn’t make sense that she was his older sister. I think that they were both orphans that grew up together and were each others’ only family, but not by blood. So they may have the same last name, but I think they were lovers. I guess we’ll find out soon. I’m definitely interested in what their real relationship is.

    • 5.1 sam

      i’m agree w/ u,i’m totally sure they were lovers..so sad:(

      • 5.1.1 TgM4

        Yeah they cant be siblings… i dont want to sound weird or anythng, but IMO…noone really stops living/ go all not interested with life/ commit suicide just coz d sibling is dead…unless u r responsible directly/ indirectly for his death, yeah then maybe u may feel guilty. But Yi-Kyung’s total lack of disinterest in life is sthg i think more related to a heartbreak or rather death of her love.

        • TgM4

          oops i meant total lack of interest 😛

        • yumi

          I’m don’t have any opinions if they are Yi-Kyung and Scheduler are siblings or lovers, but the death of a sibling can be catastrophic and lead to a lack of will to live.

          Especially if they were the last two family members left and had to face adversity together.

      • 5.1.2 CL

        hmm….although its a bit vauge, im thinking they are related! similar hair+face…

    • 5.2 anais

      Yi Kyung and Yi Soo not only have the same last names (Song) but they also have the same generational name (Yi). That would be really weird for an orphanage to name them so, to go to the trouble of giving unrelated kids the same last and generational name.

      • 5.2.1 minayuki

        Yeah, I took notice of that too.
        It would be too weird to have them be lovers but share the same last name and generational name too.

      • 5.2.2 celest1al

        Good point anais about the same generational name. However, I still lean more towards the fact that they’re non-siblings. At the coffee shop, when he is talking to Ji-hyun, she says, “When you were alive, you must’ve loved somebody.” When he replies by saying, “I could’ve never had the chance to love someone,” it cuts to show Yi-Kyung’s face. To me it sounded like they were talking about a romantic-type of love rather than one between siblings.

        • Jo

          I dont understand. Of course you can be heartbroken if a SIBLING dies. Yi-sung’s suicide may have been for something else, but it makes sense that Yi-kyung is depressed like this, as long as this Yi-sung person was important to her.

          • celest1al

            Yeah, of course. I never said you wouldn’t be heartbroken if a sibling dies. I think if one’s sister or brother died, especially if they were on bad terms with them beforehand or was indirectly responsible, than it could most definitely lead to severe depression and guilt for years. I was just saying that it just seemed more of a romantic connection between them. I hope I clarified. 🙂

      • 5.2.3 elsie

        It might be a total coincidence that they have the same last name and that one of the characters of their given name is the same. The last name and that one character could be different in hanja (Chinese).

        There was a wedding I attended recently where the bride and groom had the same last name and the first character was the same. They weren’t related though. They go by their English names, so they didn’t know at first. But when they found out each other’s Korean names, it made them think it was fate or some mushy crap like that.

        • anais

          Highly unlikely that it is a coincidence. But just read the backstory on Koala’s Playground.

          Apparently, per the original sketch, they are orphans discovered on the same day, and so given the same last and generational name by the orphanage (so wrong). Fell in love later as they grew up apparently.

        • anais

          The couple you refer to may be very distantly related if the Chinese character for one of the syllables of their given names is the same.

          Sometimes I google people with my last and generational name. My parents had me when they were older, so most of the people I find are much older than I. More importantly, I don’t know any of them since they are such distant relatives. We’d probably have to go back a few hundred years to find a common ancestor. Yet, that still doesn’t negate the fact that they and I belong to the same generation of our larger clan.

        • minayuki

          It could be very likely.
          My mom and dad have the same generational name, but different last names.
          Once they married, my mom took my dad’s last name.

          My dad’s name is Park Soo-jong.
          My mom’s name is now Park Soo-yeon. (She used to be a Kim.)

          People mistake them to be siblings all the time because of this similarity but in actuality they were not related at all before being married.

          The same could be with Yi-sung and Yi-kyung if it happened in real life with my parents.

          • anais

            Then, your parents don’t technically have the same generational name since those generational names are limited to one particular last name with a common family seat. For example, not all 28th generation Kims would have the same generational name since there are many different Kims. If the “Soo” they share is the same Chinese character, that’d be a total coincidence that your dad’s Parks and your mom’s Kims of their generation must share.

    • 5.3 nonski

      I’m in soooo much anticipation now over Yi-Kyung’s and the Scheduler’s relations…

      From what we’ve seen so far, I could only guess that they are sibings, and twin at that as they are the same age. But like you’ve said earlier, there is also a possibility that of being orphans at the same time lovers. But i would still go for being twins.

      My heart felt a familiar thug during that moment when they were face to face…aaaaaaawwwwhhhh!

      And in any case, what would happen to the scheduler after his 5-yr. term. Does he have any options, like going back or what? It would be so sad if he and Ji-hyun would stay as ghosts. :((

      Can’t wait for next week!

    • 5.4 anglvue

      totally agree with you! i’ve been on board with the yi kyung/scheduler pairing since the show started. i’m also wondering what his unfinished business is.

    • 5.5 Linda165

      So if this is about age, maybe they’re twins??

    • 5.6 Linda165

      I don’t get it, why is everybody saying they’re orphans? Did I miss some conversation or is something written on that picture?

    • 5.7 starlight

      But if they were twins, they’d have that connection. Like how twins complete each other, if one dies, it’s like the other twin loses half of their soul. I think the lovers plot would make it too complicated.

      • 5.7.1 Ina-shi

        That is really plausible.
        I’m with you on this one.

    • 5.8 marmar

      Totally agree.
      I mean even with the same last night &generational name “Song” “Yi” I still think they are more lovers then siblings.

      My take is that the orphanage name them like that because they were the same age &hoping that they’ll just be brother &sister. Grow up together as siblings &i’m sure they probably did til they were older &knew they weren’t real siblings but they were family to each other regardless because they knew each other all their lives eventually becoming lovers or “entering in a relationship” to say.

      That’s my take on the whole orphanage naming them the same because you can see that happening &I have seen some orphanage doing that.

      The reason why I don’t see them as brother/sister is because that stare alone is WAY more then a “this is my sister” stare. That intense stare is more of a lost lover look. Plus for Yi Kyung to be a “living dead” for 5 years would have to be more than just a sibling. Like I love my siblings but if one of them die (hopefully never) I wouldn’t mourn their death like her. I’ll still miss &want them back for the 5 years he/she has been gone but I wouldn’t constantly wanna kill myself or wish I was dead. I know that my siblings would want me to live on.

      But as a lover, yeah I can totally see the more depth in that. Like the character description they had. I believe that Yi Kyung depended on Yi Soo. He was her only family she ever had. She relied on him so when he started venturing out &exploring other things she felt like she was loosing him hinting towards their break up &him dying. So of course it left a big gap in her life. Here she lost the only source of life for her. He was her future, her dream &so forth..he died.

      It just holds more meaning. Like I don’t believe they were siblings. I think Ji Hyun just mistook it as her brother but I’m sure it’ll turn out to be her lover.

      • 5.8.1 B

        I agree, especially now that I’ve watched ep 8 with subs, there’s just no way they are (just) siblings. During that face to face scene, there was just that much sexual tension, hurt, struggle (and maybe even longing?) on The Scheduler’s face. It’s like he’s confused why so many feelings are surfacing…there’s just no way they are just siblings or even siblings at all.

  6. Haiyuu

    JHJ’s growing on me. I’ve been avoiding him like the plague since the drama Only You. But now he’s all fluffy and adorable. Aww.

    I have to say, the flashbacks are a great way of giving Ji Hyun (NGR) a chance to cultivate some chemistry with Kang.

    • 6.1 Godislove

      TOTALLY agree!!

      I feel a lot of viewers had negative thoughts towards Nam Gyuri’s acting skills and such … and so i think a lot of people were rooting against hang kang to end up with ji hyun (NGR)

      BUT, like you said… these flashbacks are soo awesome in that you can see the pure, sweet, and obvious chemistry that the two characters have!!

      So… can’t believe I’m gonna say this… but I kinda like the whole Kang and Ji hyun ending up together… i mean it IS JI HYUN’s personality and character that hang kang is attracted to….
      but then again…. yi kyung/han kang would be sweet as well….

      or ji hyun and scheduler….. but i don’t know how that would happen LOL

      OMGoodness so many ways to couple these characters up… which one they will actually end up with is a TOTAL mystery to me… which is making me super excited that finally there’s a drama that’s not so predictable :D:D:D:D:D

      HAN KANG <3

      PS.. i love how a lot of comments are slowly increasing with hang kang love <3<3<3 hehehehe

      • 6.1.1 Godislove

        “I can see why he fell in love with her. And also why she never knew.”

        BAHHHHHHHH );););

        HAN KANG <3 JI HYUN

  7. L

    He looks on from above and scoffs that she thinks that they’re friends or something, all the while holding his arm out like she’s still there.

    Actually he’s copying the statue next to him XD

    Thanks for the recap 😀

    • 7.1 Sushi

      it kind of looked like he was holding an imaginary scythe, like a grim reaper lool

  8. ros'

    i love you jung il woo !

    • 8.1 Rina

      What would I give to be Yi-kyung in that shot, where she was face to face with Reaper Boy. Of course, I would have totally broken character and fawned all over Jung Il-woo.

  9. -_-

    Can’t believe I was up when you posted this

  10. 10 Nars

    This has been one of the best dramas in awhile 🙂

    • 10.1 Maracarrero

      Wholeheartedly agree!

      • 10.1.1 gustave154

        its the best drama on its timeslot right now =)

        • nonski

          it definitely is! … for me, i even liking it more than i have liked Secret Garden but still hasn’t surpassed my love for Dream HIgh.

          still have to see tho, we’re still halfway…

    • 10.2 Alvina

      best RECAPPED dramas in awhile… it reads really well but, imo, I cant watch it straight through like I can soo many other dramas…

  11. 11 Cindy

    AHHHH!! it’s out!!! thank you thank you!
    GO KANG!! *loves it when he gets jealous*

  12. 12 Omg

    Omg gf thxxxxx sooooooo much!!!!!!! This totally made my week!!!! I love you!!!
    *long happy sigh*

  13. 13 Kim

    Thank you!!! i’ve been waiting all morning hoping you’ll post this before i have to go to work hehehe. Awesome recapping as usual. Bae soo bin is one of my biggest biases so im trying reeally really hard not to hate him right now, his character is just so GRR.

    • 13.1 swui

      If u hate him it means he’s doing a good job…I think he’s very convincing too as the sneaky bastard with?some heart?? I actually love his portrayal and his chemistry with YK is great too…although as the villain it’s a given he’d have a bad ending…

      Oh well, everyone is doing well in their character and even though I think NGR still needs some polishing, but her character is written nicely so I don really mind her acting…

  14. 14 E

    Isn’t the Scheduler her brother?!?! OMG I totally see this plot twist coming!

  15. 15 cecee

    I thought DS and JK were orphans who lived together and were in love with one another? Are they really brothers and sisters??? weird. I thought I read somewhere that were in a relationship. It doesn’t make sense for JK to be in a morbid state due to the death of her brother, it makes more sense if it was the death of her lover.

    • 15.1 E-kun

      I think that too. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

    • 15.2 Ani

      It doesn’t make sense for JK to be in a morbid state due to the death of her brother

      I don’t know about that. Some people have awesome relationships with their siblings to the point that if their sibling passed away it would feel like a part of themselves died too. You’d be surprised at the number of people who hate themselves everyday for being alive when their sibling isn’t.. But rather it be a sibling love or a lover’s love, it both sounds interesting to me.

      • 15.2.1 anais

        I also wondered whether their being orphans has anything to do with Yi Kyung’s melancholia. Losing your only family? That would be tough.

        I once knew a pair of sister-brother who were so close from having moved around so much that they often were mistaken for girlfriend and boyfriend.

      • 15.2.2 Alvina

        I agree with you, absolutely.
        My sister is 8 years younger than me and she lives with me while our parents are abroad. If anything would happen to her, as weird as it sounds, it would be like I was not only loosing my sibling but also like I would be loosing my mini-me, my better half.

        So, I can understand why she could potentially feel that way about her brother, especially if she feels any guilt or lingering emotion about his death…

        people deal with things differently lol

        • anais

          I’d imagine that for Yi Kyung, if Yi Soo is indeed her brother and if they indeed were orphans, losing Yi Soo would be tantamount to losing the one and only person who could recognize her (in the Hegelian sense). (For anyone who might know and care, I was thinking of the way the life and death struggle gives way to a master-slave relationship in Hegel’s dialectic, primarily so that the ego can preserve the other whose recognition the ego desires.)

          For example, many people hold onto friendships and relationships even when such relationships aren’t much alive in the present because of the history between them. I too am guilty of having held onto such relationships, not wanting to part with the person who can attest to parts of my own history.

          For an orphan, I’d imagine that fear might be overwhelming. As if losing that one person would mean complete negation of one’s own existence.

    • 15.3 Linda165

      I can see her being in that state after the death of her brother if she some how is responsible (or thinks she is) for the death. Maybe an accident, like the doctor’s wife. If they’re really brothers, I think the thing Scheduler needs to do when he comes back is comfort her sister and assure her that his death wasn’t her fault.

  16. 16 Linda165

    WOW! Loved this episode! Just watched it raw with Softy’s live transcap. Han Kang, why, WHY so cute??? you’re killing me!!!

    I’m loving Ji Hyun’s growth in the couple of weeks she’s been using YK’s body. She’s more assertive and self confident. You go girl and whoop some bastard cheater’s ass!!

    Also, I’d like to know who is Hot Reaper Boy’s stylist because, OMG, those jackets he’s been sporting lately: a gorilla’s torso jacket, a circus ring master jacket, and my favorite a french fries jacket?? They’re… well… interesting…

  17. 17 Leaf

    thank you!!!

    i wonder if ji-hyun will come back to life…i don’t really see how or where she is gonna get her three tears…if she does not come back…what about kang? well…even if she does come back…what about kang? ahhhhh so complicated…

    • 17.1 Ani

      I’m betting Kang will be one of her tears. I’m also thinking he’ll realize it was Ji-hyun all this time and ends up with her when she revives. As for Yi-kyung, my bet is that she either moves on and starts living or she moves on and starts living while possibly developing a love relationship with the Doc.

      • 17.1.1 Leaf

        well yea,
        thats 1/3 tears…i really cannot tell where she is going to her other two tears…one from seowoo maybe? but thats just it.

        • yumi

          I’m wondering if Ji-Hyun tears might not come in relationship to Yi-Kyung.

          The Scheduler might be one of her tears. Or maybe even Yi-Kyung herself.

      • 17.1.2 elsie

        I don’t want Kang to end up with JH. I can’t get over JH being played by Nam Gyuri might be the problem. I keep thinking uncanny valley when she’s on screen.

        YK with the doc??? They could be cute together.

        But YK could end up with anyone. Why do all guys want to take care of her? MH, the sneaky bastard is now all let me run to the pharmacy for her burn and let me take her to a restaurant I only went with my mom. Kang, who was so unobvious about his love for JH all these years, is so obvious in his interest for YK that everyone knows. Dr. Noh stalks/worries about her for 5 years. It seems more like something about YK than JH’s soul in her body that is attracting MH and Kang. weird~

      • 17.1.3 yumi

        I too want Yi-Kyung with the Doc, but it looks like a real looooog shot.

        Han Kang and Ju-Hyun is acceptable.

  18. 18 JD

    noW we have to wait for next week 🙁

  19. 19 Kiara

    “…he adds a slew of tasks for her to do, including hand-washing his things, because he’s a little princess”. LOL

    Thanks for the recap :).

  20. 20 Kim

    “He looks on from above and scoffs that she thinks that they’re friends or something, all the while holding his arm out like she’s still there.”
    Isnt he copying the statue??

  21. 21 nonski

    Thanks Girlfriday for the speedy and wonderful recaps.


  22. 22 ohemgee

    Everyone is upping their game!

    And ooooh the plot twists!

    I think Gruff Marshmallow boys are my new crack…

    • 22.1 ohemgee

      i also meant to say that i am loving the unnie-dongsaeng thing going on with ji hyun (well, in the one-sided way at least) towards yi kyung ever since the last episode. as vapid as she seems, ji hyun is a sweet person and i appreciate that she is starting to care about yi kyung not only because she is her host body, but as a person.

      • 22.1.1 ohemgee

        and i think dr. noh is super cute.

        i’m not-so-secretly rooting for him and yi kyung. ^_^

  23. 23 ilikehim

    Sneakers with wings? Is he wearing Jeremy Scott too?
    Oh how i wish i won a pair…

    • 23.1 Ina-shi

      There’s something else that got me interested.

      Seo-Woo one of the best friends of Ji-Hyun had this jacked on with an ‘A’ sewn on her left shoulder. WHY THAT?
      It reminds me of the movie ‘Easy A’ ….I know its out of place…but…does anyone know what I’m talking about?
      The ‘A’ was for being an adulterer and liar….or something like that…isn’t this even more out of place…


  24. 24 gailT

    oh gawd. i’m so happy this is up so early. GF, thank you very much!!!

  25. 25 mellowyel

    awww so cute! no time to watch the raw today, so glad this is out early 😀 thank you, girlfriday!!!

  26. 26 cathy

    cute boys , pretty girls .

  27. 27 Schmazel

    The Scheduler exercising in a zip-up that has FRIES all over it? How effective would that be? LOL.

    If it were me, I’d take one look at my zip-up (while ‘exercising’, of course) and run to the nearest McD’s to grab me a McValue meal. *Gobble*gobble*

  28. 28 sb

    Kang-aaaaah! so adorable * faints *

  29. 29 judith

    Luuurrrveee the recap!!

    I can’t wait to see what relationship the Scheduler have with Yi Kyung. One week feels so long 🙁

    Anyway, ” She tells him that being trapped in Yi-kyung’s house made her realize how precious each day was, and how many things you could accomplish in just one day. Stop making me feel lazy, Show ” –> Oh so true. Must. Do. Essay *blargh*

  30. 30 ktv

    Thank you so much, GF. Your recap rocks!!!!!!

  31. 31 S

    Guessing Game

    First OTP: Kang & JH
    Their feelings become mutual.

    Second OTP: Reaper boy & YK
    There is no way they are siblings. YK is now 28. Reaper boy died at 23 and now is 5 years later. WHAT? Are they twins? Fat Chance. Plus who would live like dead and still suicidal after 5 years for brother and she came from orphanage where similar names are possible. Maybe they came from ‘Song Orphanage’. Or Maybe they really are twins and she really loves him that much.
    How they gonna get together? Still need a few more eps to be able to speculate.

    3 tears for JH: Kang, MH & IJ.
    Kang: 1st lead and truly loves her.
    MH: 2nd lead, guilty party and starts to fall for JH in another form.
    IJ: 2nd lead and guilty party with some conscience.

    Not possible candidates:
    Reaper boy: not human.
    YK: still could be her sister.
    SW: minor role although truly loves her.

    Guessing is FUN.
    Thanks GF.

    • 31.1 Alvina

      you’re calculating age quite literally though. Never heard of “Irish-twins” haha.

      I understand what your points are…. I wonder what couples might form

  32. 32 nonski

    “I seem like a stalker, right?” Haha—I was just going to say that exact thing! Points for self-awareness?

    LOLS, and i was just about to say that too…

  33. 33 yakno

    This is so fun to watch. The tracksuits reminds of….lol.

  34. 34 Maracarrero

    Your recaps are the bomb and I love your use of words such as curmudgeony and corollary. Haven’t used these since elementary or junior high school in New York.
    Kang or the Scheduler? I can’t figure our who I’m in love with at this point ;). Please continue the wonderful recapping and I hope this kdrama gets extended beyong 16 episodes because I am so liking the premise and the interaction of the characters.

    • 34.1 KombatPiggie

      wow..you guys are freaking smart bc i had to go to dictionary.com to look up the definition of curmudgeony.

      • 34.1.1 Maracarrero


  35. 35 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap, girlfriday. There were so many great moments in this drama. I love how Ji-hyun is taking care of Yi-kyung like a real sister. At first, she seems too dim to bea truly likable heroine, but I can see why everyone loves her and why someone like that backstabber IJ can feel so guilty about her being in a coma and why HK had fallen in love with her. At first I thought the chasing the bullies away from the transfer student was sort of weak and silly. But the seawood soup story really sealed the deal for JH and HK.

    I’m loving how this drama can be so poignant and making the audience reflect on life and death and the complexity of human beings. MH is an evil bastard because of his scheming. *cue angry fist-shaking* But he may have been wronged. *cue sad face* But we also know that he has the nasty trait of not being able to take any sort of criticism and feeling like he has to step on people. *cue i-am-disappointed-in-you-head-shaking*.

    “He senses that something’s amiss, and goes to ask the doctor, who TOTALLY JUST TELLS HIM, wtf?” –> I was totally pissed at this too. Whatever happened to doctor-patient confidentiality! $%#@!!!!!

    However, this part made me laugh: “I seem like a stalker, right?” It’s like Dr.Noh heard all of our thoughts! I wonder how he found out abt the coffee shop – did he wait outside YiKyung’s shack all day until she left for work?

    And Scheduler raps again!! love his rapping! so cute!

    • 35.1 MELLIssa

      “But the seawood soup story really sealed the deal for JH and HK.”

      I am onboard the HK-JH ship because of this too.

      HK-YK interactions are okay, but HK-JH interactions in Kang’s flashbacks are just awesome.

      But JH needs to start collecting those tears so she can go make Kang happy. *whisper* and maybe start making babies too *whisper* Who knows, one of their babies might just end up looking like S.

      • 35.1.1 Lea

        “HK-YK interactions are okay, but HK-JH interactions in Kang’s flashbacks are just awesome. ”

        –> Glad I’m not the only one who feel this way.

  36. 36 Jomo

    So what does Kang-ah do or say to JH/YK?
    There is no way out of this confusion.

    He lurves JH. He sees JH in YK, and thinks he is falling for a repro of JH, but he cannot love repro JH because he loves JH.
    So how does this conversation go?
    “Oh YK, I knew this girl that is NOT JH, and I lurved her. A LOT. She is totally NOT in a coma and fianced to that jerk, MH.
    Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, well I don’t really like YOU, but that other girl. And you cannot like MH because you know that girl I like? Well she is fianced to MH. So to sum up:
    1. Don’t date MH
    2. I don’t know who I like, but it is JH, for sure, and kinduv you.
    3. Don’t leave me.

  37. 37 stars4u

    I was always curious about the Scheduler’s story… too early to tell but I think he’s Yi Kyung’s brother…

    Awww… 1 week…

  38. 38 Katdiva

    So much greatness in every episode!!!

    With Minho falling for JH, via YK’s body, it’s like karmic payback that he will fall in love with his own fiance, without knowing! Then when / if she comes back to life, will she remember everything?

    I can see hints at the impoverished background too, which explains his greed, but not his plot for revenge or ruin of a perfectly wonderful family. But did I sense concern for his father in law to be, or was that worry about his own plans?

    So Scheduler-kun is actually the dongseng and not the lover? Interesting! Must have had a fight when she remembered him yelling at her that he will do what he wants… maybe shortly afterward he was in an motorcycle accident and that’s why she feels so guilty? Who knows! Can’t wait to find out!

    I love the way Kang loves JH. It’s so precious! I keep wanting more and more!

    • 38.1 Qwenli

      yes I sensed that concern for his father in law. which makes me want to make the wild speculation that actually he and JH shares the same father and hence the need to revenge because his mentally illed mum was ditched! You know Kdrama and all their half siblings tales? hahaha

      Dimensional rifts and feeling the same way about laundry/MH. haahahhaha

    • 38.2 nonski

      right, i would also want MH to fall in love with Ji-hyun in Yi-kyung’ body…perfect karma!

  39. 39 Daniela

    Yay, he is her brother! i couldnt watch this, again. Difficult exam tomorrow, but thank you for the recap! This weekend i need a 49 days marathon!

  40. 40 kay

    seriously. that fries jacket, to work out in that. hahaha. brilliant.

    • 40.1 Hot Reaper Boy

      Thanks. I love you too.

  41. 41 secretflavors

    Scheduler IS Song Yi Soo. Jung Il Woo was introduced as “Song Yi Soo” character in one of the interviews for the drama.

    • 41.1 Joyjee

      GAAAAH why did they have to be brother-sister, Scheduler and Yi-kyung? I would have prefer that they be lovers or something. HUHU

      But I love everything that’s going on in this drama. SO CUTE! :> :3

    • 41.2 nonski

      huh? really?! where? please put the link here…

  42. 42 :D

    i could do without the wrist grabs…but i love kang!

    • 42.1 YY

      Kang-ah, you can grab my wrists anytime you want.

  43. 43 saetbyul

    i’ve been waiting for this recap all day! thanks, gf!

    haha this drama is becoming my new crack 🙂

  44. 44 kaedejun


    my vote is totally for Jung Il Woo to be the brother!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  45. 45 all4movies

    It’s so fun to share the love for 49 Days.


  46. 46 bekky

    Love that scene which features S with YK. I can feel all the unspoken words in the air between them. It’s made more poignant because of S’s soulful look at her, yet at the same time he seems to be suppressing the emotions that are bubbling within him.

    Another scene that captured my attention is when Manager Oh slaps HK’s butt in a bid to get him to wake up and HK goes “Ah!”. I don’t know why but it’s like the most affectionate and “down-to-earth” gesture I thought I have seen in the drama so far. Probably it’s due to the fact that this drama’s fantasy genre has me suspending my belief every step of the way. That familiar familial feeling reminds me of the times when I loved to sleep in, my mum would always do that and say, “Wake up, sleepyhead!”

  47. 47 YY

    Kang-ah, why you so cute? I love you

    1.cutely scowling.
    2.cutely frowning.
    3.cutely running.
    4. cutely thrashing.
    5. cutely slurping seaweed soup.
    6. cutely pressing doorbell.
    7. cutely reminiscing.
    8. cutely sleeping.
    9. cutely staring into space.
    10. cutely worrying.

    That scene where the mum runs after him? I know it’s sad but I just laughed. So funny.

    • 47.1 Qwenli

      n the brown eyes? hve u seen any man with that kind of brown eyes? I am sure he is not putting on those coloured contacts right?

      • 47.1.1 YY

        My kang-ah was born with beautiful brown eyes. He was the most beautiful baby in the baby ward.

      • 47.1.2 MELLIssa

        no, he doesn’t wear coloured contacts. the first thing reporters and fans who have seen him in person over the years comment on is his clear, beautiful brown eyes.

    • 47.2 MELLIssa

      YY don’t forget… cutely singing and dancing in the shower

    • 47.3 cathy

      totally agree

  48. 48 Asa

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me but the whole situation/trouble they’re inadvertantly getting YK into by using her body to conduct stupid ass proxy romance just rubs me the wrong way.

    Aww, I was hoping Reaper-kun would be her dead bf, not some lame ass younger brother.

  49. 49 mysterious

    Granted the JH/HK pair could work IF ONLY Nam Gyu Ri could ACT! The girl can’t act her way out of a wet paper bag! Sure she can look pretty while crying but IT is still not there. “IT” being the fire, the sizzle, the chemistry that Lee Yo Won brings to the role of JH. Whether she is JH dealing with HK or MH or she is YK coming face to face with the scheduler, LYW blows me away. They should have found an actress who is just as good as LYW to play the original JH ’cause NGR just isn’t cutting it. I haven’t been able to get on board with since ep 1. And Kang-ah, you are just so CUTE! You are killing me!

  50. 50 uden

    JB, you literally spoon-feed me! Every time I read your recaps I catch myself thinking “oh, really? Why didn’t I see that?” I totally missed on the part about the Scheduler being Yi Soo (even if it’s a possibility).

    KDramaland is such a complex world, I’d be so lost without you! Thanks a ton!

    • 50.1 uden

      Sorry, I meant both JB and girlfriday!

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