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. 101 bambi

    I can totally picture yi kyung and yi soo taking the elevator together…..

    • 101.1 stilachic

      if that happens…my love for the show will go down the drain! wasn’t the whole point of YK’s character development to learn how precious life is? i want YK to live and find happiness!!!

      • 101.1.1 Mish

        I totally agree with you, I think all of the character development for YK would go down the drain if they did something as simple as just killing her off so she can be with her true love. I am interested to see the resolution she gets though as I’m sure it will be controversial. Either the drama will try to make everyone happy by finding a way to unrealistically bring YS back, or it will find a way to give YK better closure so she can move on in her life which will undoubtedly cause many fans to be disappointed they weren’t given a cookie-cutter ending. Either way I can’t wait for next week!

      • 101.1.2 meowmeow

        I agree with you although I’m conflicted. I want YS and YK together, but not in death – but since YS is already dead, I guess JH prediction was right, they’re not meant to live together, not in this life. That’s breaking my heart as I write it. I really hope they’ll make YK find the strength and the will to live again. The fact that JH survived may trigger that: to YK who long lost hope in life, miracles can happen, and not everyone she came to love is taken away from her.

        I really can’t wait to see what will happen to YK ans YS, way much more than the story between JH and HK. I mean, those 2 love each other and they have a second chance. HK will realise it and he will make things right this time (and he already has mom – and considering the situation, dad – in his pocket ^-~). But the situation between YS and YK is making me soooooooo anxious…

    • 101.2 Leina

      Dislike 🙁 Me want YS’s YK to LIVE and BE HAPPY!!!!

    • 101.3 Lea

      Me dislike. I hope Yi Kyung will move on with her life and in an ideal case, the Shin family will adopt her and she will see the light of happiness in the end. It’s so unfair if they just kill her off because she deserves to live and to be loved by other people, not just Yi Soo.

  2. 102 tepsnos

    It will b a nice twist if d 2tears were 4m Y n JH mom…im assuming dat she ws not her real mom n ws adopted when she ws stil infant…

    Also d last tear ws muj BIGGER comparing to d other 2 tears in d final scene so gonna hv to wait n watch who’s actually it belongs…

    Wud lyk All 4 of them (Kang,Y.S n JH) 2 rem’ber d past moment when they met during d tarot card reading…wil b a wonderful ending…

    Now,im more concern abt Y n S….how they r gona end..also its possible dat d last person on Scheduler list is Y itself as she does not remember her real name dat wil b a huge surprise n turning point 4 this drama were S wil sacrifice his last wish 4 meeting Y n saving her 4m death…

    Well, its clear dat Kang n JH wil b IT couple bt dunno whether there wil b any skinship n kissing between kang n JH snc this drama has not shown such scenes so far.

    Im rooting 4 more conversation between Y n S even if im going insane with mi imagination rite now…as hv 2 wait 4 d last 2 eps n sure it wil b HAPPY ending 4 every1…EPIC

  3. 103 b

    Finally saw the episode in HD with ridiculous subs and all. Read the recap and all the comments. I have to thank everyone (especially javabeans and girlfriday) for making this drama more enthralling and entertaining. I mean it’s an excellent drama on its own, of course. But this way it feels like I’m enjoying the show with a group of friends, which is how it should be enjoyed. I’m sad we’re nearing the end, but also excited at the same time for the last two episodes. To echo girlfriday: It’s gonna be SO. GOOD.

    Oh, one more thing. Please, Show, don’t let Min-ho be Yi-kyung’s brother. That would be one coincidence too many.

  4. 104 juubee

    It definitely said “little brother” and not just “dongsaeng” ?

  5. 105 sweetstar

    OMG! She’s awake now! :O

  6. 106 Ladymoonstone143

    I love this drama so much….and so many good scenes esp the ones that makes me cry on this episode….

    So eager for the next episode…and still hoping that YK and YS will have a happy ending….other than both of them going on the elevator (which is ok for me as long as they are together)….

    Another crazy weekend to wait for the next Wed and Thurs….:((( I have to keep myself busy so that I will not be tearing my hair up or muttering around the house saying Kang-ah…Kang ah….lol

  7. 107 tonks42

    I haven`t seen this episode waiting first for your recap thanks a bunch….

    ***sobbing my eyes out as I am reading waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!

  8. 108 qing

    OMG! this is totally an epic episode. Can’t wait to see what will happen after she wakes up~ woot woot!!

    thx for the recap ^^

  9. 109 KissingGround

    I love you javabeans yet another excellent recap, i had to bite my lip to keep myself from screaming out my happiness. thanks for the hard work ^.^

  10. 110 nnaiy

    *swoon* *sigh* *sob*

    Been following this drama’s recaps without watching the show and I have to agree, this episode’s one of the best in terms of heart-wrenching moments. Never commented on other episodes before but I just had to because this is the first recap that made me tear. I would definitely be sobbing till I can’t see my screen if I actually watched it!!

    I realised one reason why I love this show so much is because it really stands out in the way it approaches life and death situations and makes you re-think your own life and the people around you. It takes a great show to do that. The pacing, the characterization and so much more. I also appreciate how the antagonists seem to be getting less screen time now 🙂

  11. 111 Ayumi

    Wait wait wait. Where did she get the second tear from? Either I’m missing it or it went over my head. Can anyone tell me? Please?!!

    • 111.1 Jomo

      We don’t actually know yet. We are led to believe the two came from YK and SW, which would make sense, but maybe there is a twist?

      • 111.1.1 Ayumi

        Oh I see. So it hasn’t been revealed. I was freaking out because at the end of the recap, it was like 3rd tear and I was like O.O!

        That would be interesting if there was a twist to it.

        Thanks 😉

  12. 112 KATAMI

    waaaaaaaaw …. i can’t wait for the next epi ……i cried twice from sadness ,and hapiness at the end …i always read recaps ..never watching ….i wonder how it would be if i do..:p..
    what can i tell you girl ….i adoooore your recaps ;and the way you express our thoughts makes me always laugh ^^…thankx a loooooooooooot…..looooove ya

  13. 113 SHY

    I don’t think MH is YK’s brother coz MH is of the same age as her isn’t he? She mention little brother so it can’t be him i guess.. it’s so nerve-wrecking to wait till next wed for the revelations and answers!! Wed pls come quick pls!!!!!

    • 113.1 malta

      Please!!! Don’t make them brother and sister.

  14. 114 meichan

    yayyyy…..someone HELP ME please!!!why this drama really really GOOD!!!!

    Omo Omo…can’t wait for the next episode…><

  15. 115 floyd

    i am tearing just from this recap!

  16. 116 Mary

    The last person the reaper is gonna take before he hands over his duties to his hoobae.. it can’t be KANG right?! I really really hope not! I love KANG!!

    Yi Soo would not be able to come back as a human right. I mean they couldnt have stored his body somewhere for five years. But im still keeping the hope of Yi Soo and Yi Kyung happy ending up high! Perhaps Yi Soo can return in another person’s body who just passed away. But Yi kyung would see the person’s face as Yi Soo! Like in Ghost Whisperer if anyone watched it before!!! XD

    • 116.1 YY

      Yeas, I watched Ghost Whisperer and you could be right. Maybe Dr Noh?

  17. 117 Fabmari

    I woke up at 2am my time to check up if the episode was already up..and watched it and went back sleep. hehehe….worth every second.

    Spent 6 pieces of tissue papers….and finally jumped up in joy! Yay!!! Thanks all for the hard work.

  18. 118 Juwo

    Ahh, so glad this gem of a drama appeared (before crazy-trendy-May) =]! I’ve said it before, but I love how each episode actually changes the plot as a whole, so we’re not left with Noble Idiot tug-of-wars. Thanks girls for continuing to break the fabric of space/time continuum to bring us our crack!

  19. 119 Georgia

    I kept crying and crying while watching this!!! Can’t wait. What’s going to happen next week??? :O

  20. 120 nonski

    OMO! what can i say but this is episode tops it all…………

    can u ever cry by just reading the recaps, gosh, i just did!, that is how awesome this Ep is and how wonderful ur doing your recaps…

    first things first… (wipes my eyes with tissue and blows nose 🙁 )

    it was really wonderful that ji-hyun gets to wake up at this time… plenty of time for han kang moments later and we will be able to see how kang-ah would try to now show his feelings to her.

    and yay! two tears in a row, that was awesome, just when you are down the gutter and hope springs up and makes all your wishes come true, whew!

    i love that seo-woo values her friendship with ji-hyun more than her feelings for kang. true friend that she is and for kicking in-jung’s butt.

    i could sense the possibility of yi-kyung being kang-ah’s noona, what? i’m a very optimistic person, remember, there is an unseen force that allowed her to be ji-hyun’s host…

    one thing im also hopeful about is yi-soo, just thinking that he won’t be reunited with yi-kyung breaks my heart into pieces. i’m still hoping he was taken away somewhere and in coma or better yet, after being the Scheduler, having done good with his job, be given the opportunity to have one wish and be able to get into someone else’s body…. wishful thinking!

    though at one point, what bothered me most is the Scheduler’s last assignment, i was really bothered when ji-hyun got her tears, could it be yi-kyung? how i wish it would be anyone else other that the foursome and their parents, and seo-woo of course, and heaven’s employees. am i selfish? yes, anyone but them! hahahaha

    lastly it is so funny to note that there are now two YY and Ani… hahaha doppelgangers within the site… waaaaaaaah … have you got no originality? @ original YY and Ani… that means you are good since you are being copied 🙂 ( *winks* )

    • 120.1 nonski's doppelganger

      Hi original nonski! I’m your doppelganger, nonski doppelganger’s my name. Like you, I love kang-ah *waves*

  21. 121 eneria143

    i was right….one tear will be coming from yi kyung…and just thought that mi-ho will cry for her but then so bad….hahahaha….goosebumps…so love it…what will happen to the scheduler…..oooooowwwwaaaaahhhhh….so excited…

  22. 122 maj

    hi, i haven’t watched past episodes of 49 days and i’m thrilled to know that Ji-hyun has woken up :)) i know that the first and the third tears came from Kang and Yi-kyung,respectively. But from whom did the second tear came from??? thanks for the answer :))

  23. 123 testify

    I really liked this episode ,too.
    I think this is one of the reason why I like K-dramas at all.They don`t widen the scope, so you as the audience have the chance to enjoy the drama….

    Well I where able to guess nearly the most of the events.
    But with Min Ho I were totally off base. I thought because his mom was in that bad situation and he had a really bad childhood,( which can lead you as a person to wrong decisions when there is really no hope for getting better), he might at least reconsider his doings or even regret the whole complot.

    But he even tried to kill Ji Hyun for the safe of the conspiracy. Or he didn`t wanted to give her to HK. I don`t know what his motives were, but surely they were evil. And after this, even if he would regret the whole thing
    right now, I think now it is tooooooo, late for anything.

    The same goes for In Jung, (Except I didn`t await anything good from her at all.)

    I think there will be a good ending for JH and HK.
    Because even if JH won`t remember her 49 days, everyone else knows about the conspiracy and their affair.
    So there won`t be a risk to marry MH.

    But still there are a lot of point open like:

    Who are the parents of Yi Kyung?
    Did they really abandon her?
    Is KH maybe her sibling?
    How will she meet Yi Soo?
    What was his real whish for her?
    Who is the last person the Sheduler is getting ?
    (Maybe it is MH `s mother who is already ill ?????)
    If this is the matter , will this change MH?
    Why did MH made a contract for YK?
    Maybe he choose YK as the person he wants to love, because she had similar circumstance than him.
    But even if this would be the matter I still wouldn`t like an evel person like him to receive love from a person who is that pure.
    (But even for MH I don`t wish him a person like In Jung either. Because she is crueller than him.)
    I read all of your comments till this point. Some had similar thought like me but there were no exact replies.So if there is someone like me, please share your opinion.

    • 123.1 49-er

      Maybe the last person for Scheduler will be MH (killed by the guy who threatened him), and after that S will take over MH’s body, and live happily with YK, and build their dreamhouse with MH’s money! 🙂

  24. 124 lingergem

    for crying the whole episode…my price has come 🙂 🙂 yes!!! !finally she wake up…. i’m excited!
    thank you so much for the recap

  25. 125 Marie

    So, this episode crumbles the hearts of many viewers and fanatics…but mine…felt like dying…thinking that in the end…there’s no love blossomed between the bodily possessed, Yi-kyung and my ever hero, Kang-ah.

    Then, is it safe to say that Kang-ah and Jihyun would eventually be together in the end? and Yi-Kyung will finally know that Yi-soo truly loves her …and frome there she can now live with peace ALONE? hmmm…not a good ending for Yikyung…

    Hoping that even if YK wont have a happy ending with Kang…atleast Yikyung would finally meet a man…having Yi-soos soul…perhaps…

    • 125.1 abc

      who knows, when Kang comes back from the US he will bring one of his brothers who looks like him but have soul of yi soo… we can dream, right?

  26. 126 creepykreme

    i really love the idea of yi-kyung and yi-soo being together. but it doesn’t feel right. i thought the message from yi-kyung story is to thankfully living the life, to loving herself more. if she just simply dies and go to yi-soo…

    but i totally want them to be together, so how about finding yi-soo’s coma body sumwhere? *prepare the knife for the writer

  27. 127 cHeL~

    this is one of the best drama ever,.. i really can’t wait to watch it,..

  28. 128 malta


    hahahahahahahahaha LMAO!!! Thank you girlfriday!!! Your recaps are soooo awesome!

  29. 129 charlene

    sooooo great!

    just thinking, is it possible that Yi-kyung will be the last person Yi-soo/scheduler will send in the elevator?????

    or maybe Min-ho…?

    or ji-hyun?

    or worst …..Kang? oh no! not him.

    • 129.1 stilachic

      please don’t let it be YK! it should be the lame doctor/psychologist guy.

  30. 130 minsun

    “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.”

    U and me too, sister! it was kang ah’s bday when they shot that scene…he looks SO HOT. breathe, breathe, breathe:)

    Kang ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! swoons.

    “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 got shivers down my spine just thinking about that!!! Thanks gf!

    • 130.1 ahjummabunny

      I think if kang just tells her how thankful he is and what his plans were if they were to meet again . . . and that how he’s always thought of her. The thing is I think they were definitely heading in that direction and he definitely has that “I’m a big bear in need of hugging” vibe and even if they do it bit by bit. I keep thinking of go soo telling han ye seul we’ll see each other everyday . . . that’s one of my favorite drama scenes and while I don’t think the character/ actress got what he was saying or why he was saying it ( she looked kind of blank) I think that kind of thing would work in real life.

  31. 131 belleza

    80% sure this show ends with the wedding.

    And you know what’s crazy?!? Shin Ji Hyun goes back to being in love with Kang Min Ho. And Kang Min Ho may have just realized he’s in love with Ji Hyun, at least a little bit.

    • 131.1 belleza

      As a side note, I hope the show Yi Kyung ends with choosing life, and not choosing to die to go to Yi Soo. Though uhhh that doctor’s kinda a loser, and I wouldn’t want to end up with him either.

    • 131.2 Arial

      Yeah, this is what I’m thinking will happen too. I think the ending will be a reversal of the scenes in ep.1 – you know, where it seemed like Kang was the groom at first, but wasn’t. The ending will probably be like that, except that he actually IS the groom this time (no cop out).
      (In my mind, Min-ho, who would be uninvited, I’m sure, is staring angrily at the side, like the stalker that he is).

      Plus, I’m sure this would satisfy those crazy Kang-ah dramabeaners in here (*nudge, nudge) who want all of the following (and more) in a single scene:
      – Kang in a suit
      – Kang smiling like a fool and/or tugging his collar in discomfort, cuz the dude can’t stand events centered around him (Remember his birthday party?)
      – Kang kissing
      – etc. (…feel free to let your imagination run wild…)

    • 131.3 B

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, that would be sooo dissatisfying.

  32. 132 minsun

    isn’t it amazing that this is ep 18, and we are still like “MOAR! We want MOAR!”?? This writer is awesome.

    Was chewing my nails off the whole time…and crying my eyes out at 6 am in the morning….I actually thanked Ji Hyun for staying alive. I have become so totally invested in the characters, I would have been devastated if Ji hyun died and Kang gets all heartbroken (!).

    Can I just say that Seo Ji Hye did really well this ep. She is really good with the guilt thing. Her scene getting caught by Kang was awesomely done. I think somewhere deep down In Jung actually felt relieved to be caught by Kang…

    gd and jb, how can i thank you enough for getting us started on this show????

    • 132.1 qing

      agree with you. Seo Ji Hye did well in this episode. From guilt to anger to sadness , she execute her part well~

    • 132.2 Lea

      Seo Ji Hye is always awesome. Did you watch Shin Don? That’s definitely her best drama to date. I just don’t understand why she chose this drama though. Her character is awful and now the role she’s most known for is a backstabbing jealous nearly-murderer bitch. 😐

  33. 133 yix

    Oh my lord!!!! Im just die with this episode.. first was uh? than huk!!and noo T-T and OMG!!! why????? >u<, and in the end was T^T and woa~~ kkk love it!!

  34. 134 soojin08



  35. 135 kdrama_lover

    OMG!!Was waiting for the recaps and it was so prompt..Thank you so much! Now just have to wait for the subs..This is one exciting ep and I agree that one of the gazillion reasons i love this drama is because of the intelligence of the characters which prevents it from dragging..

    Regarding this ep, I am not sure if i was the only one who got this feeling when reading the recap about the last day for JH. The feeling I got was somewhat similar to My Gf is a gumiho. Both have their takes on the last day but i really like the fact that JH didnt mourn over not being able to say goodbye to HK.

  36. 136 threeangels

    I LOVE THIS EP ^_^ I cried like a baby because I remembered my grandma and favorite aunt that passed and it made me feel for JH and her tormented heart! BUT HALLELUJAH for the last two tears! I’m so glad one of them is from LK because I feel like they’ve become best friends with each other and they know each other’s hearts. I can’t wait for the last two episodes it’s gonna be great and I’m kind of sad that it’s already over! There is nothing great to watch now 🙁 I’m looking forward to how there going to tie everything up and if LY will end up with LS or not???

  37. 137 ultramarineblue

    A great episode and amazing recap! I read the recap and cried then watched the episode and cried :), but how do you guys know that yi kyung could be kangs sister??? I dont recall kang ever having a sister…..

  38. 138 EmoBunny

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHES ALIVEE!!! WOOP WOOP!

  39. 139 selle81

    This is the best thing that happened…I hope she’ll
    remember how she loves Kang ah and she’ll remember
    Yi Kyung as well…
    If I’ll rate this episode out of 5 I’ll give it 20…
    Can’t wait for next week…I’m so loving it…

  40. 140 Okie Dokie

    OMG. I am a puddle of goo right now trying to hold in tears at work… This episode was so good. It just keeps getting better! I’m so sad it’s ending, but I’m feeling pretty satisfied as well. I’m glad that everyone around her will remember what she went through and help guide her in that way. It would be unfortunate to erase all that’s happened and try to have her go through it all again. I think the way YK remembers things from her body being borrowed, JH is going to have those feelings. She may not remember everything, but she may still have certain feelings that she has to decode.

  41. 141 Sarah

    Hey, girlfriday, did you notice to small allusion to lawyer Seo InWoo (from Prosecutor Princess!) in the scene where Kang, JiHyun, and the young waiter from Heaven are all sitting at a table talking about the business problems (I don’t really pay attention to MinHo trying to take over the company haha)? Don’t know if it was just a coincidence, but considering it’s the same writer for both dramas, it might have been intentional 😉

  42. 142 soojin08

    Okay, done sobbing.




    Gah, I’m going micheo.

    • 142.1 soojin08

      Crush out the *when please.

  43. 143 cherryblossom

    THANK YOU! for the recap.
    For Some reason I am worried for Kang. I hope he is NOT the last person to be on the elevator. I DONT WANT any one of my favorite characters (JH, YK, Kang) to be on the elevator.

    I just hope its a happy ending for everyone. Please DONt kill Kang, Yikyung or Ji Hyun. They deserve to live.

    But I cant support Injung and MinHo on that, they MUST redeem themselves.

    • 143.1 ahjummabunny

      I think the elevator is for in-jung. I think that would be a cop out but korean dramas love suicides. however it could be for jihyun’s dad.

  44. 144 fionaah

    same here Marie….i keep watching this drama because i’m silently hoping that it will be yi kung and kang-ah in the end… but as soon as ji hyun recieved her 3 tears, chances drop into ground zero..i’ts predictable that it would be kang-ah and ji-hyun.. and if it would be yi-soo and yi-kyung then yi-kyung will embrace death in the end..or..if yi-kyung will not die then she will meet a man with exact replica of yi-soo somewhere (for those who loves yi-kyung and yi-soo to be together.)… so that yi-kyung will also have a happy ending… but if there still a tiny chance of a twist in this story, i preferred yi-soo will meet yi-kyung.. bid his final farewell tell her that he truly loves her and that she continue to embrace life, to love and beloved and to be happy..then later on yi-kyung will meet a man if not kang ah.. who is more handsome and more hotter than kang ah and yi-soo..the one who will fulfill her dreams, give love, will and inspiration to live and cherish life.. like in SG the director have sohn ye-jin in the end.. hope this won’t be imposible for yi-kyung..

    • 144.1 ahjummabunny

      I think it’s more likely she’ll gain a family. The “meet a man” scenario hopefully is above this writer who has been especially great.

  45. 145 apple

    The one thing that wasn’t as believable was Ji Hyun (in Yi Kyung’s body), who had a privileged childhood and probably never had to lift a finger, doing things like cooking, cleaning and working.

    • 145.1 ahjummabunny

      omo, omo! I was just thinking that. I mean they’re not a super rich family but they do have a “do umi” ahjumma so when did jihyun learn to cook and clean?

      • 145.1.1 Jane

        I grew up in a similar household and along with my siblings, know how to cook.

    • 145.2 Jane

      Remember she was horrible as a waitress till she used her super ghost abilities to learn the necessary skills at Seoul Hotel.

      • 145.2.1 MsScorpion

        She didn’t learn them at the hotel.. Kang taught her when she sucked at being a waitress and remember when she cooked for YK she told her that YS Scheduler told her how to cook the sausage and spinach.

        • Jane

          Remember she watched them at the hotel at the end of episode 2 and when she came back to work, everyone was shocked by how much she’d improved.

    • 145.3 soojin08

      Not necessarily.

      You can always learn how to cook if you’re from a rich..or a poor family. It doesn’t really make a big difference.

      …or if Jihyun never learned how to cook, there is a chance that she just so happens to adapt well into Yi Kyung’s body and was able to “borrow” YiKyung’s skills, provided YiKyung’s major. :))

  46. 146 molly

    i cried and i cried………
    tears of JOY!

    • 146.1 ahjummabunny

      was your tear the 3rd one?

      • 146.1.1 molly

        @ahjummabunny : probably. = )

  47. 147 NN

    I still don’t get why Ji Hyun’s parents dragged her away from the small town when she was in high school … wonder whether we’ll get more insights into this back story in the last 2 episodes …

    • 147.1 One

      I think Ji Hyun’s parents received a threat that she could be kidnapped. In Jung was kidnapped instead of Ji Hyun later when they lived in Seoul. Moreover, I can imagine that Yi Kyung was also kidnapped from Ji Hyun’s parents and grew with some other people who started despise her when they got their own son, thus, abandoning her in the train station… So, that would make Ji Hyun and Ji Kyung sisters and in the next episode we should find out who gave the third tear because it could not be Yi Kyung…. Oh well, that’s my imagination rolling…

  48. 148 gang ha

    His raincoat sleeves are too long.

  49. 149 panda

    wait so who gave her the second tear?

    • 149.1 soojin08

      1st tear – Kang
      2nd tear – Yi Kyung
      3rd tear – Seo Woo

  50. 150 anysoara

    this is the first time when I comment here….and I just wanna say this drama is awesome ! I’m so obssesed with it, and i can’t wait for the next ep , it’s like my air!!! (or something even more important !!!) ….and also i love your recap. i really wish to be happy ending for both couples , it must be …i don’t care how but YOU who are the writer – keep the good work and please don’t disappoint us in the end. ….can’t wait for more !

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