Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 18
by | May 12, 2011 | 359 Comments

HO. LY. CRAP! That would be the sound of my heart exploding. Basically, this is the episode where I die a thousand deaths, from the Swoon / Tears / Cute / Cry / Cute … aaaaaand back to Tears. There’s only one cure after this emotional rollercoaster of an episode: a hug from Kang in a Trenchcoat. It’s the latest model, and it sure is pretty.


Yi-kyung grabs Kang in a backhug, startling him, and nearly giving me a heart attack. He tries to stop her, calling her Song Yi-kyung-sshi, but then she holds on, crying, “Just a little… a little longer…”

He realizes that it’s Ji-hyun. Oh, thank god. I nearly had an aneurysm at the thought that the lovelines might cross that way. Not that I thought it was anything but cold comfort on Yi-kyung’s part, or that Kang would ever waver, but mostly I was crushed at the thought of Yi-soo looking on.

He puts his hands over hers (swoon) and says, “Tell Ji-hyun to say what she wants to tell me right now… when she wakes up. That I want to hear it. And not to go without saying goodbye.”

Waaaah. Heartbreak. Ji-hyun cries, unable to say anything as herself, but just holding onto him for dear life. He adds: “And not to go like Mom did.” Aw. She nods silently. He lingers for a moment, and then breaks their hands free and walks away. Aaack! Why are you so hot?

Turns out they have an audience (as does EVERYONE, ALWAYS in this drama) in Min-ho, whose eyes flare up in anger. He watches, thinking back to when he was told that Yi-kyung had full control of her body.

Downstairs, Ji-hyun thanks her unni, and Yi-kyung says that if she could, she’d like to give her life to Ji-hyun so that she could go to Yi-soo and Ji-hyun could remain with Kang.

Ji-hyun tells her not to even think that way, and feels disappointed, since she thought Yi-kyung helped her out of concern and attachment, not just guilt. Yi-kyung says it’s a mix of all of the above, adding that Yi-soo isn’t someone who can come back to her. Ji-hyun points out how messed up their lives are. Yeah, you think?

In-jung stirs in bed, and opens her eyes to find Ji-hyun lying right next to her, smiling all scary and ghost-like. And then… the ghost hugs her. AH! That totally creeped me out. She wakes up from the dream, but can’t shake the feeling that Ji-hyun is haunting her ass, as promised. K-A-R-M-A, baby.

Over at Heaven, Yi-soo and Ji-hyun sit up while Yi-kyung sleeps. Yi-soo sits by her bedside, watching her with tears in his eyes. He can’t resist and brushes the hair out of her face, leaving his hand on her cheek. Yi-soo: “This is so cruel.”

In-jung calls Min-ho in a panic, and waits up all night for him to show. He finally arrives, and tells her that she was right—it IS Ji-hyun, and Yi-kyung is Ji-hyun and vice versa. Huh? Now I’m confused. I think he just means that Ji-hyun’s soul is in there too.

She’s scared that Ji-hyun threatened to follow her around for the rest of her life, and Min-ho says there’s but one solution: get rid of Ji-hyun, and her soul goes poof. He surmises that she’s not really a ghost, and that her spirit is wandering around because she’s still alive. Well it’s logical, but it’s also MURDER.

He says that her father knows everything and that he can’t gain access into the hospital. So In-jung has to do it. Min-ho: “You started it, so you have to end it.” Way to pass the buck, dude. In-jung shakes, crying in shock at Min-ho’s suggestion. You people are scary.

Ji-hyun sits by the calendar, lost in thought, and she muses to Yi-kyung that she only has four days left. She asks if Yi-kyung remembers last night (when Ji-hyun was driving her body, hugging Kang) and she smiles.

Ji-hyun notes that it’s the first time she’s seen her smile, and wonders if she isn’t afraid of her anymore. She asks why she doesn’t have more questions about Yi-soo, and why he’s coming to see her. Yi-kyung says that she knows—it’s because he’s coming to take her with him.

Kang calls Ji-hyun out and takes her to the market. He tells her how to choose vegetables, and she’s impressed that he knows stuff like that. Kang: “Do you think that a man living alone in the States maintains this appearance and health with no effort?” LOL. I love vain Kang.

She jokes, “Is Kang Min-ho in there?” Ha. He gets pissy and takes back his offer to make her breakfast, so then she threatens to eat elsewhere, and he re-takes it back: “I was going to make you breakfast, and then I was NOT going to, but then I decided to.” Pfffft!

He makes her breakfast and asks what she’s doing today. Ji-hyun: “Work.” Kang: “On a beautiful day like this?” Haha. Why am I not surprised that you don’t want to work? I’ve never seen a man with so many job titles do so little work. Ever.

He hands over her part-time pay, and says that he’s going to the hospital to meet with Dad to discuss Min-ho (to file an official suit against him). Ji-hyun beams over being able to stop the bankruptcy, and says that she has no regrets and no grudges anymore.

The company isn’t really out of the woods yet, as Dad confirms the likelihood that the Haemido deal goes south, requiring a ginormous sum of money to be put up as a guarantee. No investor guarantee means that Min-ho’s shell company gets Haemido anyway, just as he has planned.

Basically, they’ve blocked one maneuver, but the counter-attack is in full swing. Min-ho makes it clear too, as he interrupts Dad’s meeting to bluster about not being invited, and refuses to offer his resignation (because Dad has no grounds to fire him). If I were him, I’d still fire his ass first, and then deal with the lawsuit later when he fights it.

Kang can’t believe that In-jung is still working there and refusing to back down, and he asks her to stop Min-ho. She tells him that Min-ho isn’t someone who can be stopped, and that she can’t leave him. She’s come too far, and she has to see it through to the end.

All the way to murder? Also, why is this the prevailing logic of K-drama Evildoers? I’d rather you just say you’re that greedy. The I’ve-come-this-far-so-I-have-to-keep-going thing just makes me roll my eyes.

Kang tries to appeal to the fact that she was Ji-hyun’s friend. In-jung correctly points out that she did all this…despite being her friend. I have to say, I think you are correct in deducing that you are therefore the bigger baddie. In one sense, anyway.

The Scheduler shows up at Heaven, and openly ogles Ji-hyun-in-Yi-kyung’s-body. He flirts at her that he’s here to see her face, and Ji-hyun has to remind him to stop confusing her for Yi-kyung.

He doesn’t even care anymore, and says that this is all he can get (since she’s always sleeping when Ji-hyun isn’t driving). “Besides at night… you looked like you were shooting some movie. What’s with that melo crap with my Yi-kyung’s body?” Haha.

She says that she got permission and that it was Yi-kyung’s idea to begin with. She remembers Yi-kyung’s words and asks the Scheduler if his one wish was to take Yi-kyung with him when he goes.

She tells him that it’s what Yi-kyung thinks, and his face goes white at that. Ji-hyun muses that he sort of acts that way, what with his treating her like she’s still his girl. He just repeats, “That’s what Yi-kyung thinks?” He gets up and walks away, probably half-angry at her for thinking that, and half-angry at himself for even letting her think that.

In-jung meets with Min-ho and pleads with him to back out now, and just run away with the money. He tells her that it’s never going to happen, because money isn’t the reason why he started this. No, it was your god-complex.

She surmises correctly that he’s actually caught up in his feelings—that he’s really in love with both Ji-hyun AND Yi-kyung. He doesn’t even try to deny it, and then, like the evil genius that he is, turns that fact around on her. He says that as long as Ji-hyun is around, he’ll never be able to be with In-jung, for fear that she’ll always be haunting them, or even inhabiting HER body.

That’s the ticket that gets In-jung debating bloody murder. She takes down their picture and heads to the hospital. Ji-hyun is there in spirit form, waiting for Kang to return from dropping off her parents at home.

She follows In-jung inside…

In-jung starts shaking as she approaches the bed. Ji-hyun: “What’s wrong? What are you doing?” She raises her hand up to Ji-hyun’s oxygen mask.

Just then, Kang returns, and walks in to find In-jung mid-attempted-murder. He freaks out and pulls her back, screaming, “Shin In-jung! Are you crazy? How could you do something like this? To Ji-hyun… Are you a person? How could you do something like this? You want to go this far? What did Ji-hyun do wrong? What did she do to you? You guys aren’t human, are you? Go. I might kill you. So go.”

Sometimes it does take being caught by someone sane to acknowledge how crazy you are and how low you’ve sunk, and it seems that In-jung is crying more than just you’ve-caught-me tears. She leaves without a word. I have this urge for her to get hit by a truck and then turn into a ghost, so that Ji-hyun can slap her, ghost-to-ghost.

Ji-hyun is crouched on the ground, sobbing in fear. God, the trauma of witnessing your own almost-murder?

Kang shows up at Min-ho’s apartment the next morning, wearing a trenchcoat. Buh… there are words coming out of his mouth, I think.

Oh, right. He tells Min-ho that he’s here to tell him what kind of person he is… a shameless one. He drops the “hyung” (dropping any sign of respect) and tells him that he’s become the one thing his mother slaved her whole like to keep him from becoming: his father.

He gets him right where it hurts, spitting that he’s trampled on his mother’s hopes. Eye-to-eye he lays it out: “You’re the man who made the woman who loves you lay a hand on her friend’s respirator.” Min-ho’s shaken at the baldness of the facts.

Kang asks what he’s going to do when Ji-hyun’s gone, since Kang’s got a soul AND a body, that plans to stick to Min-ho’s side. Hehe. I’ve never heard of a living haunting, but he’s learned a thing or two from his girlfriend the ghost.

Downstairs he discovers Ji-hyun’s camera, and flips through her old pictures with a smile. He then finds the videos she took of her friends crying (the fake tears), and it dawns on him that she’s already done it all, and that this is how she’s spent her days.

He comes outside and watches her work, his look saying a million things that he can’t say out loud. Manager Oh: “Kang-ah, if you stare like that, it’s weird.” Pwahahahahaha. Can’t argue there. Bunch of weirdos all over this drama, if you think of all the stalker-on-stalker action.

In his office, Kang cries, breaking my heart. Through his tears he says, “Ajusshi, I want to save her. I want her to live.” Aw. Manager Oh comforts him, and Ji-hyun listens from the stairs, watching Kang cry for her.

Now it’s her turn to cry, as she meets the Scheduler and sobs that she wants to live as Ji-hyun, to Kang. “I want to hear him call me Ji-hyun, and I want to answer, “Kang-ah.”” Aw, so simple and yet speaks volumes.

Scheduler: I understand Shin Ji-hyun’s heart. Seeing, but unable to acknowledge that you know, unable to say that it’s you. I don’t know why I’ve remembered myself, and given such pain either.

She asks if there’s some sort of trade-off so that she can be Ji-hyun in front of Kang, like trading her remaining three days for three hours of being herself. The Scheduler firmly puts the kibosh on that, as there is no such loophole. He asks if she’s really that resigned to die.

She counters that she isn’t even going to remember any of this anyway—memories or feelings—even if she does live. Everyone around her will remember, except for her. Aw, another reason for heartache—knowing it’ll all disappear for her, no matter which way she ends up.

She calls the 49 days cruel, and the Scheduler muses that he’s always heard that there are 49ers who turn melo in the end. What’d you expect? For her to skip off to the elevator with bells on?

Over in Land Deal Battleship, Min-ho starts phase two, by pulling out one of the major investors in the Haemido project. It’s as feared, and now Daddy Shin has to put up another chunk of cash in a big hurry if he’s going to save his company from going under from this one deal.

Meanwhile, Kang meets Seo-woo, and tries to remind her that Ji-hyun is still alive. He adds that even if she were to die, that people’s connections don’t die along with them.

He gets the call from Ji-hyun’s mom that the company’s back in trouble, and sees Ji-hyun walking back to Heaven. They instantly light up at the sight of each other, and he asks what she’s doing wandering about.

She pouts that now that she’s free, he’s really busy, and he instinctively raises his hand to her face… only he has to stop in mid-air. Eeeeee!

They walk back together, their hands brushing against each other but unable to touch. So. Cute.

Kang decides on his last-ditch effort: to go see his estranged dad in the States, to ask him to invest in Haemido. He knows that asking for this amount of money is no tiny favor, and ironically enough, knows that he can present it as a sound investment because Min-ho did the work, and in that one arena, he can be trusted.

Here’s the hitch though: Kang thinks he has five days until Ji-hyun’s time is up. But no, she’s down to three days, and this is one area they haven’t cleared up with each other. (Nor can she say so directly, because it violates the rules.)

So Kang plans his trip, thinking he’s got plenty of time to go and come back in two days, and then have two days left with her. Oh crap.

Min-ho tries to send In-jung abroad, giving her some money and telling her to go before being around him messes her up any more. What, now that Kang has seen through you, you’re all of a sudden worried about her?

She doesn’t want money; she wants him, and protests. Just then, Ji-hyun’s mom arrives at In-jung’s door, and runs right into Min-ho. Her jaw drops, not because she doesn’t know, but because she’s being confronted with it so blatantly.

In-jung sends Min-ho away, and then Mom gets a good slap in. In-jung actually becomes defiant rather than apologetic, and throws it back in Mom’s face that she’s the reason for all this—because she always knew that Mom hated her.

She actually blames them for taking her in, as if it’s their fault for having been nice to her. So… what you’re saying is, you’re jealous of the love that Ji-hyun got, from her own parents, and you’re upset that they didn’t love you 100% the same? But… YOU’RE NOT THEIR DAUGHTER. Gah. What’s a little denial to a crazy person?

Ji-hyun asks Yi-kyung for some advice on something nice to do for Kang, and Yi-kyung says that she used to make kimbap for Yi-soo and go on picnics. She wonders where she can make food undetected.

Kang is just outside, saying a quiet goodbye as he gets ready to leave. But! You were the one all big on goodbyes! Nooooo!

Manager Oh thinks he should tell Ji-hyun, but he doesn’t want her to know what’s going on with the company and spend her last days worrying. So he sets off without a word.

Ji-hyun returns to Yi-kyung’s apartment to make kimbap in secret, which is where Min-ho finds her. She nearly jumps out of her skin in fear, but then gathers herself and manages to put up a good you-don’t-scare-me front.

It turns out that Min-ho’s here to draw up a contract for this apartment… in Yi-kyung’s name. She wonders what it means.

The Scheduler is busy training his replacement, which is just funny because this ajusshi in a suit is calling him sunbae. He receives his last reaping schedule, and looks to see who he’ll be taking the elevator with for the last time…

Ji-hyun returns to Heaven with her kimbap all ready, and asks Manager Oh where Kang is. Hilariously, he just says that Kang went to America, when Kang expressly told him to lie. Well, he kind of covers for him, saying that something came up with his dad, and that he’ll be back the day after tomorrow.

Ji-hyun: “The day after tomorrow? NO!” She runs outside, calling out, “Kang-ah! Kang-ah!” over and over again, sobbing like a little girl. Oh, it’s breaking my heart.

She crumples to the ground in tears, “Kang-ah! I won’t be here. I won’t be here…” NOOOOOO! KANG-AH, why are making her cry?

She continues to cry in bed in her spirit form, and Yi-kyung tries to comfort her that they can meet when he returns. Ji-hyun makes it clear that she won’t be here then, and Yi-kyung says, “The day after tomorrow, Ji-hyun-sshi will be gone too…” She says it wistfully, like here’s yet another person who’s leaving me behind.

Yi-kyung goes to see Dr. Noh for the last time, to tell him that she’s living for the traveling soul, which he doesn’t understand. She thanks him for looking out for her, and says goodbye.

The Scheduler shows up to give Ji-hyun her final notice, in an official capacity. She’s got a little over sixteen hours left, at which point she’ll be taking the elevator at the exact time of her accident. He tells her that she can’t leave anything behind that reveals her identity—that means no letters, no recordings, nothing.

He finishes his speech, and then adds a pat on the back, saying that he’s cheering her on till the end.

In-jung lies on the ground alone in the apartment, next to the picture of the three girls, now sitting on the floor. Seo-woo finds her like that, and muses that In-jung has lost everything. She sits down next to her with the photo in her hands, and says that she’d felt bad about Kang liking Ji-hyun because she’d believed that Ji-hyun wasn’t going to make it. She repeats Kang’s words, that people’s connections don’t end because they die.

On her last day, Ji-hyun goes out and buys things for Yi-kyung, like skincare products and new underwear. It’s so sweet—it’s her way of telling her unni to take care of herself.

She goes for a walk to take in the world one last time, and notices little things, like a rock in her path. She picks it up and says to it, “You’re so pretty.” It’s so heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

OMG, this Last Day stuff is killing me. Not gonna cry… Not gonna cry…

She then goes to see Seo-woo to buy a cake for her parents’ anniversary. Seo-woo gets adorably jealous that “Yi-kyung” knows Ji-hyun better than she does, and she counters that she’s Ji-hyun’s best friend. “We’re total beppus!” [best friends]

She agrees, and tells her that Ji-hyun told her that after her parents, she loved Seo-woo the most, and that she was the kind of friend who was like the shade from a big tree. Aw.

She heads to the hospital with the cake, and wishes her parents a happy anniversary. They tell her that Ji-hyun used to always sing them a song, and she plays them a CD that she brought.

Ji-hyun asks Yi-kyung to eject her soul, and as the song plays (the same one that was Kang’s mother’s favorite), she stands there in her spirit form and sings.

Damnit, I’m totally crying.

Yi-kyung walks over to Ji-hyun’s bedside, and it stirs something in her. (It seems like she sees or notices something, but we don’t know what.) She watches Ji-hyun sing with tears streaming down her face, and she cries too.

Back at Heaven, Yi-kyung muses that some parents are like that, while others abandon their children. Ji-hyun counters that she could’ve been lost rather than abandoned, but Yi-kyung remembers very clearly how her mother had her little brother, and then considered her annoying. Ji-hyun and I both gasp in horror. Seriously, no wonder this girl has such serious abandonment issues.

She reaffirms that it’s why Yi-soo was sent to her, to be her mom, her dad, her brother, her everything. Ji-hyun says it must be why she lives this way, because someone like that was taken from her.

Yi-kyung apologizes, that because of her Ji-hyun has to leave such parents behind. She confesses to living that way for five years, trying everything to die—cutting her wrists, hanging herself, overdosing.

But every time, something happened to stop it. The landlady would find her, or the cord would break. She says that day was the anniversary of Yi-soo’s death, and says that she’s sorry.

Ji-hyun: If you’re sorry, then live well. When it’s hard, think of days when you had regrets, just like this. Find strength, and live.

Wow. It’s really the best gift she could ever give Yi-kyung.

When Yi-kyung wakes up a few hours later, she finds Ji-hyun gone and a present with a breakfast table set for her. He looks around in a panic.

Outside, the Scheduler waits and Ji-hyun comes downstairs. He offers her a ride anywhere, as a special Last Day service. He asks what she wants to do with her last seven hours.

She tells him to call the elevator down now, because there’s nothing left for her to do. She doesn’t want to linger and feel the weight of her final minutes counting down, so she’d rather choose to go now. I’d probably do the same if I were her, and yet as an onlooker, I’m like, Noooooo!

She looks up at him and thanks him, but he averts his eyes, saying that they should save their goodbyes when they’re in front of the elevator. You big softie.

Seo-woo goes to see Mom and Ji-hyun at the hospital, where the doctor tells Mom that it’s time they give up on Ji-hyun. He tells them that there’s no hope for her.

At the same time, Yi-kyung opens up her present. She finds the note that Ji-hyun had written back when she was going to leave the first time, when Dad’s company was in jeopardy. The note tells her not to be alarmed and that she won’t be returning, and thanks her for everything.

Ji-hyun tells her to stop eating ramen and to take care of herself, and Yi-kyung looks at all the things in the box, her eyes filling with tears. She begins to cry…

Ji-hyun and the Scheduler arrive in the garden, and he puts out his hand to shake hers goodbye. She tells him to hurry and call the elevator down before she starts to change her mind, and they’ll say goodbye then.

The clouds darken and he waves his hand past her to call the elevator… when he notices her necklace light up. A tear appears, surprising both of them.

She grabs it to look, which is when it glows a second time. The third tear!

Back at the hospital, Mom cries hugging Ji-hyun, and Seo-woo stands behind her, sobbing for her friend for the first time.

Ji-hyun and the Scheduler look at each other, stunned…

And in the hospital, Ji-hyun opens her eyes.


It’s ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! OMG, I LOVE that she’s awake now, instead of waiting till the last episode. This show is so great at consistently getting to the next point faster than you expect, which means you’re always engaged and surprised, and quite possibly screaming like a crazy person.

I love that one of her final tears is from Yi-kyung, and the way that their relationship has developed. Yi-kyung went from someone who saw nothing but pain in life, to witnessing Ji-hyun’s earnest plea to live just a little longer, to feeling her love and encouragement directly—for her to live her life rather than wait to die.

And I’m sure that Yi-soo’s wish is that simple too—for her to know that he loves her, and to have her live her life without him. What’s great is that Ji-hyun shows that to her, even lives it for her, in her body, and it sort of brings her back to life. Both girls have been in a coma, one for five years and the other for 49 days, but they bring each other back from the dead.

I actually like that Kang went away, because it keeps him from swooping in and being the big hero (well, more than he already has). I wouldn’t feel satisfied if he somehow saved her in the end. He’s got plenty of heroing with saving Dad’s company, so I’m glad that it’s Ji-hyun herself who continues to make connections with people till the end.

I also like the idea that her last day isn’t spent melo-ing out with Kang over tears and whatnot, because that’s not what this drama is about. It could’ve gone that route, but I like the contemplative, life-affirming quiet moments with Yi-kyung better.

I can’t wait to find out how Kang is going to make her fall in love with him all over again. It’s gonna be SO. GOOD.


359 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 51 :D

    “I can’t wait to find out how Kang is going to make her fall in love with him all over again. It’s gonna be SO. GOOD.”
    I second this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 51.1 Fabmari

      Me too!!! This drama is so so so so good.

  2. 52 claire

    I think YiSoo will find YiKyung’s parents & real name for her when he is finally able to meet her. From the scene of their childhood in this episode,he said to YiKyung he would find out her real name when he grows up and becomes rich.

  3. 53 Kat

    Wow this episode was amazing! The next 7 days are gonna be so so so so SO tough waiting for the last episodes D’: !!

    On a slightly different note though, I am completely in love with Best Love & 49 days…two very different dramas but both with fantastic actors & writers. I really think this summer is going to be one of the best k drama summers ever!

  4. 54 whatis

    AHhaahah I know!!!! Kang-ah trying to convince Ji-Hyun that they like each other! will be SOOOO GOOD!!!!!

    I was actually hoping the drama would let Ji-Hyun wake up in the middle of episode 19… but the did one better… end of episode 18!!! THANK YOU, DRAMA!!! This is good writing! Finally… perhaps we can get a well rounded resolution to a drama??


  5. 55 blueangel

    I’m with GF here and say now that JH is back it’s time for Kang to return to seoul and help JH figure out what ‘really’ happened to her during the 49 days. I also think YK will be there to help. Also crossing fingers that YK isn’t the on scheduler’s list. I mean JH worked hard to get YK to see life is worth living and YK herself saw that she shouldn’t give up on life. (ok she wants to be with YY but still… sigh)
    I’m dying for next week. I don’t think it can come fast enough.

  6. 56 travelcrazy

    i was totally wrong! But glad that JH comes back to life. Welcome back JH!

  7. 57 tomboy26

    Oh man, this is insane .. she finally woke up … I KNEW IT!!! lol

    But the question of the week is … what now? Eeek … I’m all a flutter with nerves as to what’s to come with my fabulous foursome (JH, YK, HK, and YS). Ugh .. I can’t wait until next week.

  8. 58 Bevz08

    Crying while reading this recap?I think it’s me….crap,the excitement is killing me!!!

  9. 59 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! I really enjoyed reading it!! =)

    i hope yi-kyung and yi-soo will get a second chance too!!

    • 59.1 CHEL

      l hope the writer will give them a happy ending pls….

  10. 60 deean

    Soooo awesome! JiHyun back to life!!! Its good 4 Kang!
    Can’t wait for the next ep which is our last week for 49 days!
    Noooo I can’t see JungIlwoo anymore! Oh GAWD!!!

  11. 61 ninatizmi

    Winner friend SW and so ever pure YiKyung-ah! I love you guys!!! Why do you have to shed your tears up to the last minute; I almost got a heart attack upon reading the recaps that the elevetor had showed up already!!! hahaha

    Now that JH has woke up, ahhh, no more JK-HK moments. TT hahaha I will miss that!

    2 episodes are left for the real OTPs to show some romance on screen. YAY!

    Between Jo Hyun Jae and Nam Gyu Ri, will there be a kiss??? O.o

    And, the most anticipated YiSoo-YiKyung meet-up after 5years! Oh yeah!

    • 61.1 ninatizmi

      (haha, sorry for not reading throughly before commenting, hahaha, TY for the explanation though, I almost forgot that JiHyun has lose 2days [for preventing her dad to sign the will and when YiKyung woke up in episode 12])

      Here’s the hitch though: Kang thinks he has five days until Ji-hyun’s time is up. But no, she’s down to three days, and this is one area they haven’t cleared up with each other. (Nor can she say so directly, because it violates the rules.)

      So Kang plans his trip, thinking he’s got plenty of time to go and come back in two days, and then have two days left with her. Oh crap.


  12. 62 Maho

    Oh man the end of this episode was insane I started going crazy at how it was going just like javabeans and started yelling at the end cause it was so good.

  13. 63 Francesca

    I knew it! Second and third tears must come from Yi-Kyung and Seo-woo!

  14. 64 otchosais

    49 days episode 18 awards ^^,
    (I usually do this in soompi)

    perfect-slapper award to JH mom ^^,
    epic-failure-killer award to IJ
    hopeless-selfish-lover award to MH
    doesn’t-know-the-number-of-days award to HK

    serious awards:
    tear suppliers award to SW and YK
    SURVIVOR-tear-jerker-writer award to JH
    then HAN KANG just won and defended his last award, HERO/RESCUER of the episode, or should I say HERO/RESCUER of the drama?
    service-suppliers/helpers award to SONG couple…

    and OUR NEWEST AWARD TITLE, (specially made for our DAEBAK WRITER-NIM)
    ROLLER-COASTER-RIDE-GIVER award!!! for continually giving us DAEBAK scenes that made us feel
    that we just rode a DAEBAK roller coaster May we still see MORE of it in the last 2 episodes to come…
    that he will make JH and HK help out SONG couple to have a HAPPY ending

    THANKS girlfriday for a great recap 🙂

  15. 65 Bluefyre

    hehe 😀

    I am so loving this drama! I can’t wait for this week’s eps to be up on Dramafever!!
    And for next week! Waaah! Can’t wait! 2 more eps 🙁
    I’m glad and sad it’s ending. Huhu…

    But thank you so much GF and JB for recaping and the laughs and the awesomeness!

  16. 66 meow

    if i’m included, ji hyun can collect more tears
    ..cos im also crying while reading your recap.. :))

    • 66.1 gustave154

      i think ji hyun would get thousands of tears since everyone is crying for her around the world including me =)

  17. 67 Jenna


    I think that this was the awesomest (is that even a word?) episode ever! I can’t believe it! I cried by just reading the recaps! Thank you so much girlfriday!


  18. 68 Daniela

    I havent watched the episode, I just read the recap. AND IM CRYING LIKE A BABY. I was so happy when I read the tears part and the picture with the two others tears. The ending its going to be so good.

    Thank you for the recap!

  19. 69 Phyllis

    Another great episode!!! I have to admit to crying as well, though I do not usually cry at all.

    I have to agree that the relationship between the two girls is so awesome. Ji-Hyun’s character is so lovely, wise, kind, and giving. It is wonderful to see these attributes get the attention they so deserve. Hard to find that on American TV.

    I just can’t help thinking that Min-ho may be Yi-kyung’s lost little brother. It would be too cruel for her to have a brother like him, unless his character is redeemed somehow. It may explain his attraction to her…. I understand the irony and poetic justice of him falling for Ji-hyun in another body. Just wondering why he also loves the real Yi-Kyung.

    • 69.1 asianromance

      the thought of MH being her younger brother also crossed my mind too since his parents were messed up enough to be YK’s parents. Just need to know the age difference between YK and MH. But it would be weird to be attracted to your sister.

      • 69.1.1 Phyllis

        Yes it would be out of line, but I have to laugh now. So many dramas are about brother and sister loving each other. However, I am a “Damo” and “Autumn Tale” lover and never thought the stories were wicked or unusual.

  20. 70 saavi

    the last screencap is gorgeous…..

  21. 71 ninatizmi

    This part really touched me that I almost cried:

    In his office, Kang cries, breaking my heart. Through his tears he says, “Ajusshi, I want to save her. I want her to live.” Aw. Manager Oh comforts him, and Ji-hyun listens from the stairs, watching Kang cry for her.

    OMG KANG if only that tears will be counted again in the tear necklace you may have saved JH again! HUHUHUHU So heartbreaking, this guy is sooo cool, so hero! so very, I can’t express it in words, JH’s so lucky she has him.

    FIGHTING 49DAYS! LAST WEEK. OMG I DON’T WANT THIS TO END. TT.TT I’ll miss everything in here

  22. 72 Tin

    LOL from 75 comments to 96 comments in just 10 min. This episode move me to tears. It was just executed so well. As always, thanks for the recap 🙂

  23. 73 laya


    Three tears! OMG! T____T haven’t even watched this, just read the recaps, and I’m already crying. ;___;

    Now that we know Ji-Hyun’s gonna live… what happens to Yi-Kyung and Yi-Soo? I hope Yi-Kyung doesn’t die…

    Omo why so long before the next episode…

  24. 74 b

    Haven’t seen the episode. Must.. resist.. reading.. recap.. will strong.. body weak

    • 74.1 tam

      Gah, I already gave in. Girlfriday was too excited, which made me excited, and the next thing I know, pile of mush.

      • 74.1.1 b

        Ha! I’m proud to say I didn’t buckle under all the pressure. Episode 3 of Best Love proved to be an excellent distraction while I waited for the subs.
        Pile of mush, I know the feeling.

  25. 75 omo_omo

    i cried so much… thanks show. thanks girlfriday.

  26. 76 Ann

    All I can say is …………………… THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You ladies are awesome, Thanks JB & GF!

  27. 77 myr_ah

    Whew! THAT WAS CLOSE! I already made up my mind that I’ll accept it if the writers decide to send JH to the afterlife. (I’m a big pessimist!) and then BAM! We get 3 tears at the last minute. Now I’m looking forward to Kang’s reaction and how will things go with them knowing she won’t remember what happened in the last 49 days. That would be fun and I hope to see a lot of cute for the last time. And YES! I’m more excited on how the story will wrap up for The Scheduler and Yi Kyung. Whew! How time flies. We’re up to 2 last episode and then we’ll say goodbye. >.<

  28. 78 Dream-Petals

    i have not watched a single episode of 49 days because of school, but i have read all the summaries and find this episode probably best of all.
    Even though all i did was read summaries, I started crying while reading it, imagine what will happen when i watch the episodes!

    Kang is going to be surprised when he comes back.

  29. 79 zam

    This episode was great! I did entertain the thought that one of the tears might come from Yi-Kyung. And it’s a good twist in the story. So I’m happy about that.

    I expect a happy ending for Ji-Hyun and Kang but I also really hope that there will be a good one for Yi-Kyung and Yi-Soo!!! Oh please!!

    Does anyone know who the writer for this drama is and any other works from the same writer? I love the story so much that I want to check out their other works.

    • 79.1 abc

      SO HYUN KYUNG – Brilliant Legacy, Prosecutor Princess

      • 79.1.1 hartofseeker

        Frankly, considering her two other works, i REALLY wasn’t going to watch 49 days (the initial plot description wasn’t all that interesting either)… Brilliant Legacy and Prosecutor Princess was just “meh, minimally acceptable dramatic plot” to me

        But boy~~ thank you dramabeans~~ reading the recaps for ep 1 made me watch 49 days and I’m SOOO glad i didn’t miss out~~ =D

      • 79.1.2 silka

        I really looking forward to 49 days when I found out the same writer wrote Prosecutor princess… I Love PP… it has flaw for sure especially in the beginning.. but once it got going… the relationship and the conflict and the love struggle between the 2 leads were so increditable.. of course PP got my 2 favorite actors… Brilliant Legacy is ok.. i love the both males lead…

        49 days is the one i really love right now… what so great about the writer i think is how she develops characters and the emotion between each charactors.. of course having great actor and actress portrait the characters help for sure.. like in PP, PSH and KSY were so good together.. their chemistry is off the chart.. and same goes to 49 days… I am loving each characters.
        I can’t wait the sub for ep 17 and 18 and looking forwards to next week…

        curious about the last person on scheduler’s list.. my guess will be YK and i would bet scheduler/YS will ride along with her… would that be a bittersweet happy ending in some way.. they finally see each other and reconcile and be together in spirit form.

  30. 80 Sherlyn

    gonna watch this drama when i reach home after work later…
    gotta prepare tissues ready…
    already drop a few tears while reading this recap…

    im anticipating for next week now!!!

  31. 81 Del

    I’m so happy Ji-hyun woke up so early ! I was hoping that there would be a full episode of “I’m back in my body but I don’t remember anything whereas anybody else in the world does”, but I’m thrilled that there will be actually 2 episodes of it !

    Can’t wait to see Kang obviously, and can’t wait to see Yi Kyung also, and the new relationship that she will have with an actual human being.

    I have loved this drama since day one ; but the funny thing is : I won’t be able to see the last episode next thursday evening, because… I’ll be on the plane for Seoul!!!!! that is bittersweet !

  32. 82 fenny

    totally agree with your last comment, when kang-ah is going to make ji hyun love him (probably with flashbacks and so..), I’m so going to swoon till die..

    thx girlfriday and java beans for recapping this drama XDD

  33. 83 nara

    ohh..god..it just two more episode..hope it will not only the story of ji-hyun and kang-ah..i’m more curious about yi kyung… what happen to her next….tx for the recaps dramabeans..

  34. 84 Ashley

    I was on the edge of my seat this ENTIRE episode. That was GREAT!

  35. 85 oblivious

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the recaps, and what an episode, i was fully not expecting her to wake up in this episode, its just makes me or the more excited to see the next too episodes. I think it would wicked if Yi Kyung and Min Ho turn out to be siblings and he gets carted off in a straight jacket. I just hope they don’t go the usual kdrama route and have Min Ho and In Jung in an accident and paralyzed or something. That is just not my idea of getting your comeuppance! Thank you so much GF for another amazing recap, i think i woke up the neighborhood screaming.

  36. 86 lena

    OMO! i freakin’ love, you Show!

    it’s not the “you’re-like-crack-I’m-so-addicted” type but more like “you-are-so-good-my-heart-hurts” kind of love.

    its totally unpredictable and all sorts of wonderful. and to think that there’s hardly any skinships so far. who knew.

    and Kang-ah in a trench coat is just…ah, lovely.

    p.s. is it totally wrong of me that i don’t want JHJ and Nam Gyu Ri to kiss? i would have been squealing if it was LYW but NGR…sigh.

    • 86.1 stilachic

      i am with you on your p.s. i just don’t see the chemistry between JHJ and NGR! LYW has been awesome and i was hoping that somehow she and Kang would get together. but ah…wishful thinking on my part. i guess i am in the minority…i wouldn’t have minded if JH didn’t get her three tears. i kind of like her with the scheduler. well…let’s see what the last two episodes bring us.

      • 86.1.1 Lea

        LOL isn’t that unfair for NGR though? How many screentime do she and JHJ have together except for those tiny bits of flashback? At the same time, LYW has the chance to do all the sweetest lovey-dovey moments with all the actors. In order to form a certain level of chemistry, at least the 2 actors must interact on a regular basis or at least the director should give them some romantic love scenes together. That’s why it’s obvious that NGR is at a disadvantage during this drama. I just can’t fathom why some fans are still so hell-bent about this chemistry thing even at this point.

  37. 87 Noypi

    If only it will ONLY take 49 days to get rid of the sadness after this drama ends… I don’t think it will ever go away :((

  38. 88 jakebot

    it’s funny how often the shows you are most dubious about in the beginning end up becoming favorites. even though there are truckloads of kdrama cliches in this show, they are able to tap into such deep emotional concepts that makes you suspend your disbelief and accept the crazy ride and curse that there are only 2 episodes a week. then a again, i’m a sucker for a sob story. thanks to gf and jb for the great recaps. sometimes i find myself stopping the video and just reading the story, and not feeling like i missed anything. well played,

  39. 89 dany

    Great series, I never lost interest in this, not for a second! thanks for the recap!

  40. 90 Joebs

    I have a bad feeling about the “He receives his last reaping schedule, and looks to see who he’ll be taking the elevator with for the last time…” part. :/ I hope nothing happens to Kang or Yi-Kyung.

  41. 91 judith

    I used to be a good drama-plot-guesser. I mean, we all know what’s basically gonna happen in k-dramaland right?

    But this drama is a completely different story because two episodes left and I still don’t know where it’s going! Gah.
    I truly wish Song Yi Kyu alive, though. She will learn to be happy again and let Song Yi Soo go (and be with me? *giggle* *sanity goes somewhere*)

  42. 92 jesska

    omg i can’t wait to watch this! i’m already crying just from reading the recap, it’s gonna be bad tomorrow haha

  43. 93 So-In-lurve

    okae!!! i am happy dat ji hyun woke up but at da same time sad about yi soo and yi kyung….
    awww !!! dis episode broke my hrt for umpteenth times and at times glued it together n again broke it……….

    YI soo and yikyung wats gonna happen to u???????
    And kang -ah wat wil u do mek ji hyun fall in luv wid u???? n wat u gonna do if c goes back to minho???

  44. 94 mysterious

    I wonder if when YK was looking at JH’s body in the hospital if she suddenly remembered JH from when they met in high school. If she hasn’t remembered yet, will she ever remember? Will any of them ever remember? And it would be a twist is YS’s last reaper appt was with YK. I want them to be together but I have a feeling that won’t happen. If it does, I’ll be elated! But I won’t get my hopes up. I’m curious: if JH isn’t allowed to remember the 49 days because it would upset the balance of the universe (or whatever) having someone remember being a spirit, then wouldn’t it also cause problems if the others remembered her being a spirit? It wouldn’t work to just wipe her memory and leave everyone else’s intact considering they know she was a soul/spirit inhabiting YK. Is it because she saw the elevator to the afterlife and they didn’t? Or because she knows about schedulers? Hehe. It will be interesting to see all everything is resolved. Having to wait a week is torture! This is exactly why I usually wiat til a show is completely done before watching-so I don’t have to wait for the next epsiode. This show was just so good-I couldn’t help myself! By far the best drama I have seen in a long, looooooooong time. 🙂

  45. 95 kit

    i love the bromance. except it’s well, between females not males. hmm. all the different types of love is shown in this drama – between lovers, friends, family. it’s all so beautiful in its own way.

    this means that yikyung still will remember jihyun right? and kang will definitely remember, which is the main thing, heh. i can see a happy ending in the horizon, which is making me so ridic happy.

    except well, what happens to the scheduler!

  46. 96 emtee

    So… I started chin trembling and tear dropping at the back hug and never stopped. WTF, drama?

    Also, she’s totally crying out, “Kang-ah!”, but I’m simultaneously reminded of the plaintive, “Woong-ah!” from a not too distant pass.

    Oh dramas, how you kill me.

  47. 97 syrena

    Awesome! Perfect in every way!

    KANG AHHHHHHH……………….Saranghe!

  48. 98 jodie047

    OH MY GOD!! I swear this is now my favorite in 2011 dramas! hahaha!! I dunno if it’s because I read it instead of watching it or it’s just TOTALLY AMAZING! 😀

  49. 99 bitterkopi

    gf, thanks for the recap. it’s so detailed i almost cried here in the office. awesome drama too.

  50. 100 Leina

    BEST. EPISODE. EVER. I would even venture to say that this drama has left me utterly convinced that I made the wise choice in being so invested in kdramas early this year–because I would stumble upon a drama like 49 Days, which, bar none, has totally captured my heart (and time, heh), and will be the drama to beat in terms of substance, plot development, demonstrations of real love on all levels and shades, and yes, eye candy.

    I have no doubt in my mind that JH will fall in love with HK by ep. 20 and JH and HK will walk off into the sunset together, hands clasped, into the bright future.

    But I really, really want YK to live. YK is the one character in this drama that I truly care for. I have not lived the kind of life she has so painfully led, but her pain resonates with me that I find myself just earnestly praying and hoping that she will be truly happy in the end, as her soulsister JH hopes for her too. I know that her character is not attractive in that she’s virtually a walking zombie for most of the drama, but her pure love for JH and YS tells me that she is that good of a person, and I am cheering for her to be awesome and smile again like she used to when YS was still alive.

    I made the guess before that YK was only lost, not abandoned, and I hope YS can help her unearth the truth. But with one extra week left due to the penalty (JH had her accident on the anniversary of YS death), it may take more time for YK’s abandonment issues to be resolved. But YK deserves the truth, and this will hopefully give her closure and move on with her life with her BFF JH, and JH’s kick-ass BF HK. And then they can build YK’s dream pension house with JH’s land and with HK’s pro-bono architectural services. And finally, YK will find a man worthy of her, and YS will watch over her and be happy that the girl of his dreams and the love of his life (both earthly and spirit-bound–yes, it’s that strong) is finally living her life again as she should, knowing that she was once fiercely loved by YS, and still fiercely loved by JH and her parents.


    • 100.1 Leina

      OMO, just had a vision (yes, while drafting a pleading and responding to work emails haha), how perfect would it be if YK somehow meets someone who looks somewhat like YS (played still by JIW of course–we know he can be quite the chameleon) and they fall in love… This may mean some sort of flashforward into the future, but I don’t care hehe… THEN, last scene would be a big picnic under the big shady tree beside YK’s pension — with JH and HK, SW (and maybe her own BF), and finally YK and YS-look-alike lover, (we can also include JH’s parents in the scene) all enjoying the day and laughing and cherishing the moment. That would be perfect. 😀

      • 100.1.1 asianromance

        I would feel bad for YS-lookalike if YK gets with him just because he looks like YS.

        I do wonder if YK will get with another guy or remain single forever. I wonder if it has ever crossed the Scheduler’s mind that he will have to let go of YK after he has said his goodbyes and will have to wish her a fulfilled life without him- a fulfilled life that may include a husband and children. Once JH and YK get reacquainted, I’m sure JH will want to set YK up with someone.

        • Helena12992

          Yes, IMO YiSoo also unconsciously still want to cling onto YiKyung, not wanting to let go of her. That’s why he was upset when JiKyung confronted him about “whether his wish after his duty end will be to bring YK with him, because your actions also pointing to that, what’s with you still treating Unni like she’s still yours/your woman.”

          IMO he upset not just because YK is thinking that way, but also because he realized that himself also actually kind of wish for that.

    • 100.2 b

      I agree. It’s one of those sleeper hits (har!). I happened to chance upon episode 2 being shown on TV on a Korean channel when I was looking for something to watch. And I was instantly hooked after that. And thankfully, it maintained the quality writing, acting, and pacing… AND hopefully it keeps them going to the end 😀

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