Drama Recaps
49 Days: Episode 19
by | May 18, 2011 | 333 Comments

Oh man, I think I’m out of tears. 49 Days, you owe me tears! Like, a bucketload of them — I need to rehydrate. Drama, I’ll accept my payment in lattes, please.

How can a story with such sad elements be so satisfying? We start wrapping up our story threads, but the drama still manages to keep one step ahead of us, with new curveballs thrown into the mix just when you think everything’s all resolved.

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EPISODE 19 RECAP

Ji-hyun gets her three tears, and the Scheduler marvels, “Wow, you must’ve lived your life pretty usefully after all.” She’s in shock, saying, “But there’s nobody who’d cry for me,” but the Scheduler reminds her how changing their minds (and hearts) are what humans are all about.

He teases, “Don’tcha wanna know whose tears they are?” But she tells him not to tell her: “If I knew, I think I’d only love these three people.” Or, put another way, she might harden against everyone who isn’t those three. The Scheduler approves her wise choice.

Just as she’s about say her goodbyes to Yi-soo, he starts to fade from her sight, although it’s really Spirit Ji-hyun who disappears, leaving the Scheduler behind.

And then…Ji-hyun wakes up!! Eeeeeee!

She opens her eyes to see her mother and Seo-woo sobbing over her, and it’s Dad who enters and sees that Ji-hyun’s awake. Aw, their happiness is so sweet.

At Heaven, Manager Oh comes upon Yi-kyung as she’s leaving, surprised when she tells him that she has no reason to stay anymore. She moves back to her place, which seems sadly empty without her ghost friend anymore.

Manager Oh calls Kang, who’s just landed and driving back home, to say worriedly that they must’ve calculated the days wrong. Worst. Phone call. EVER!

Okay, here’s where I know I’ve got a sadistic streak because knowing that Ji-hyun is safe and sound, I’m giggling like a little fool at how Kang is gonna have to stew a little in his misery — that’s what you get for jetting off in secret without so much as a goodbye! But Mom calls Kang right away to let him know that Ji-hyun’s awake, and I’m actually a little disappointed he didn’t have to suffer a little more.

Ji-hyun’s recovery defies medical explanation, and she undergoes tests. Kang arrives as she’s in the exam room, and tells Dad the added good news that his father agreed to invest in the company. Her parents are stunned and grateful.

Tests complete, Kang comes by again, entering the room looking thrilled to see her…until he registers that Ji-hyun isn’t thrilled back. She says bluntly, “Han Kang, long time no see. But why are you here?” She asks why In-jung and Min-ho aren’t here, and Mom trades uncomfortable glances with Seo-woo.

Mom, Seo-woo, and Kang step outside to decide that they shouldn’t upset Ji-hyun, and will keep the news of her father’s surgery and business troubles a secret from her. Mom assures Kang that she’ll tell her how much Kang did for them, but he says sadly that that’s not important. Poor crushed Kang-ah. Buck up. Maybe there’s a cure for otherworldly amnesia.

Min-ho continues with his plans o’ destruction, getting Haemido ready for takeover and readying to resign tomorrow. (Dude, your cover’s been blown, and bigtime — why the wait? Are you so OCD that you have to keep to the original timetable, even when Dad already knows he’s harboring a viper in his midst? “NO! The schedule says tomorrow!”) Plus, news of his villainy has spread throughout the building, so that he attracts scornful stares from other employees. Another businessman makes a disdainful comment about how he doesn’t even know his fiancee has woken up.

But instead of heading for the hospital, Min-ho goes to Yi-kyung’s place, although he didn’t expect it to be occupied. Yi-kyung tells him flatly that Ji-hyun is no longer connected to her and demands he go, leaving his key behind.

Ji-hyun’s parents fill her in on what went on during her coma, each joking that they spent more time glued to her bedside than the other. Heh. It’s the kind of thing you can joke about when you’re so giddy with relief that just about everything is funny and wonderful.

Ji-hyun still finds Kang’s presence odd, but her parents assure her how devoted and helpful he was, and she concedes that he stuck by his sense of friendly loyalty — something she’s surprised by, but also dismisses as out of character. She tells him he can go now, treating him like a distant acquaintance, and he excuses himself.

At Heaven, he admits to Manager Oh that although he should be happy, he can’t help being saddened that Ji-hyun has no memory of their recent time together. He mulls over their exchanges during the past 47 days and their growing connection, and how he told Ji-hyun to tell him everything she wanted to say after she woke up.

In her lonely apartment, Yi-kyung looks at her old calendar marking Yi-soo’s passing and wonders sadly, “When are you coming? Come quickly.” It’s sad how Yi-kyung is the only one for whom Ji-hyun’s recovery means even more gloominess, because she’s now without companionship and without hope. All she can do is sit and wait for Yi-soo to come get her, which is pretty depressing. What she can’t see is that Yi-soo sits next to her, unable to do a thing.

In the morning, Kang visits Yi-kyung to tell her the good news of Ji-hyun’s recovery — and also the bad news that she probably won’t remember Yi-kyung, which makes her alternately happy and disappointed.

He thanks her for all her help, and offers her a job in his restaurant, since she’s now jobless. Ha, how great would that be? — it’s a familiar scenario, but just off enough to be strangely uncomfortable. Alas, she declines, answering that she’s waiting for somebody. She retrieves the bracelet from her dresser, telling him that Ji-hyun asked her to return it to Kang, as it’s his mother’s. He’d never known it came from Mom, and as Yi-kyung doesn’t know the story, she tells him to ask Ji-hyun about it.

She conveys the rest of Ji-hyun’s message: “She asked me to say that she’s sorry that she just received from you [without giving back], and that if not for you, she wouldn’t have been able to endure that time.”

Min-ho gets the bad news that Daddy Shin has come up with funds, which completely takes him by surprise. His investing partner blames this on Min-ho, saying that being named beneficiary in the will made him deviate from The Plan out of greed. Not untrue, those words.

Min-ho calls his mole at Heaven, Ki-joon, asking how the funds came in. Ki-joon tells him cheerily that Kang got an investor in the States, and at Min-ho’s angry exclamation (“Why didn’t you report that?!”) he says innocently, “Why should I?” Ki-joon explains that he isn’t that greedy, and that he’s plenty capable of advancing in his career without Min-ho’s support, thankyouverymuch! Hmph!

Min-ho then gets a call from the district prosecutor saying that they’ve received a petition regarding Min-ho, requesting his presence tomorrow morning.

In-jung sits waiting for Min-ho at that lunch spot, having asked him to meet her, and when he doesn’t show, she sits there eating alone, crying.

Meanwhile, Min-ho drinks with his driver friend Jin-young, bitter at his impending demise. His friend tells him gently that he can’t stand to see him falling apart, and he’ll be quitting too. Min-ho says he won’t die like this.

In-jung comes to Min-ho’s apartment in the morning to say her goodbye — she’s returning to Jinan. She tells him to call if he needs anything, and apologizes. He says bleakly, “You’re making it impossible for me to even say I’m sorry.” Which…is the stupidest logic ever (you can JUST SAY YOU’RE SORRY), but whatever. Sociopathic villains do tend to have their own rules of what is and isn’t appropriate behavior.

Kang drops by the hospital with more pink roses, ignoring Ji-hyun’s perplexed look and saying, “I’m going to come by every day, so you’d better get used to it.” Yay, adorably decisive Kang is back!

Mom tests the waters by asking if Ji-hyun remembers her friend Jung-eun — er, Song Yi-kyung — and how she left her seal in her care. Ji-hyun recognizes the name of her club friend, but has no recollection about the seal, so Mom hurriedly lets the matter drop.

After a physical therapy session, Kang takes her through the garden. She asks why he’s being so attentive, saying that it makes her feel uncomfortable. He asks how she feels to be alive (“It’s wonderful”) and says he feels the same, then asks how she spent her 47 days: “Did you just sleep? Did you have dreams?”

She says, “Even if I did, why do I have to tell you?” He asks, “Did I ever appear in them?” She retorts, “Why would you?” Hm, she’s being a touch defensive at his line of questioning. I wonder…

Annnnd…. there’s Lurker Min-ho, lurking yet again. Any more of that and he’ll have to get a license and pay taxes on it, for all the mileage he’s getting out of his lurkitude.

Ji-hyun has been pressing to see In-jung, wondering why she hasn’t been by. Mom makes up a few excuses, but finally she and Seo-woo find In-jung and tell her that Ji-hyun is insistent to see her. They want her to drop by briefly and act like all is normal between them, which is a prospect In-jung can’t bear, unable to face her ex-friend.

In-jung begs to be excused, but Mom tells her she acted plenty well for two years before the accident — surely she can extend the act for a moment — and Seo-woo drags her with her.

Meanwhile, Ji-hyun asks if Kang is truly planning to skip out on work every day to come to the hospital. Ah, but she forgets that Kang can magically run businesses without actually, yunno, doing any work, and he replies yes.

She tells him she wishes he’d work harder at his architecture, because he has special talent that he’s just wasting. Her comment actually lands with him, as though he hadn’t considered she’d feel that way, and he replies, “I have nobody to show it to, or share it with. If I worked diligently at designing, would you watch me?”

Alas, no time for a response, because Mom enters and announces In-jung’s arrival. Ji-hyun asks for a moment alone, so Kang escorts Mom out and leaves the ladies to talk.

In-jung enters with head bowed, afraid to confront Ji-hyun, who says:

Ji-hyun: “While I was sleeping, I had a dream. On my engagement day, my shoe broke. I kept seeing you taking your shoes off for me. You took off your shoes unconsciously and ran barefoot. In that moment, you’d taken them off for me.”
In-jung: “What are you saying?”
Ji-hyun: “They say that shoes are a woman’s pride, but in that moment you threw your pride aside for me. Forgetting the engagement ceremony, you thought of me first. Because I was your friend.”

Ji-hyun closes her eyes as they start tearing up, growing oddly emotional for someone who doesn’t know anything of In-jung’s backstabby ways. Or…does she?

She sends In-jung away to sob her misery alone.

Yi-soo watches over Yi-kyung impatiently, dying to meet her but restricted by his one-week penalty. He curses his mean granny sunbae, only to get a summons.

He whines and complains before she informs him that he’ll be allowed to meet Yi-kyung tomorrow, since today is the end of his 5-year tenure. He points out his one-week penalty, and she retorts that he’s required to be a Scheduler for another week — but they never said he had to wait to meet Yi-kyung.

As Yi-kyung looks over her old letters and cards from Yi-soo, a new one floats down from above and lands in front of her: “An invitation from Song Yi-soo-nim.” Realizing that the time has come, she gets ready with anticipation in the morning, using the beauty products that Ji-hyun left for her.

Yi-soo waits at the appointed meeting place, and they approach each other slowly. With a smile, he tells her, “Song Yi-kyung, long time no see. You haven’t changed at all.”

She lifts a hand to his face and confirms that he’s real, then throws herself into his arms, sobbing, “Why did you come only now?” He answers, “Because this was my time to come. I couldn’t come until now.”

He asks her to do as he wishes for the day, without complaint, and takes her someplace. Which turns out to be, macabrely enough, the site of his accident.

He explains that back then, he’d been full of excitement over this new world, making music, and felt cramped by his old life. He’d thought the issue wasn’t something they could talk out through conversation, so he decided to show her how he felt — but while he had fun with his music and hanging out with girls, “You were like my hometown.” And that’s why he bought a proposal ring.

The rings are, miraculously enough, still buried in the dirt nearby, and he retrieves them, putting them on their fingers, then takes her to his next destination: an amusement park.

They’d never had the money to come here, but he reminds her that he’d promised to bring her for her birthday. Since Yi-soo has no more human money than he did back then, I’m going to assume he’s pulled some celestial strings to get in. They spend the night doing the usual amusement-park activities, and there’s something very sweet about them on this very common date for the first time ever, and seeing how happy they both are.

Next, he takes her back to her place and asks her to go shopping for groceries, because he misses her cooking. She’s nervous to be separated, but he assures her that he won’t leave this time without a goodbye

In her absence, he cleans and redoes her room for her — which is either the fastest remodel job ever or the slowest grocery shopping trip known to man. Dr. Noh drops by, alarmed at the signs of new tenancy, though Yi-soo tells him Yi-kyung hasn’t moved. In his amusingly rude punkass way (hee), Yi-soo advises the doctor to stay away for two days: “If you leave right away, I’ll tell her you came by. If you dawdle, I might not.” Dr. Noh has the vague feeling he’s seen him before, but can’t quite place it, which isn’t surprising since he’s the dumbest doctor ever.

When Yi-kyung comes back, she almost doesn’t even register the pretty new room because she’s immediately afraid Yi-soo has gone. She’s relieved when he comes out of the bathroom, but asks why he bothered with the room when she’s going to leave with him. He doesn’t correct her, and just says that he prefers to stay in clean quarters.

That night, Yi-soo looks over Yi-kyung as she sleeps, like he’s memorizing her face. Oh, you’re already breaking my heart, and nothing’s even happened yet. But it’s one of those disasters you can see from a mile away and are helpless to avoid, and unable to look away from.

In the morning, as they go out for a walk, Yi-kyung keeps staring at him, amazed that he’s still here. In contrast to her, Yi-soo’s in a darker mood and reminds her, “Still, I’m a dead person.”

And then he gets to the point: “I waited five years to meet you. To tell you that I loved you, that I never for one moment had feelings for anyone else, to say ‘Let’s marry.’ But not now — the things I want to tell you have changed.”

He untangles their intertwined fingers and says, “I loved you until then. Starting from now, I won’t love you. Because I didn’t want to leave you with only hurt, I waited for five years, wanting you to forget me and be happy.”

Yi-kyung protests, trying to hold his hand again, saying, “Don’t say that, Yi-soo. I’m going to go with you.” He tells her that they can’t go together, and that even if she chose death in order to be with them, they’d be apart: “That’s what death is.” Cruelly true.

She says she can’t endure living alone, but he asks her to do it anyway, for him: “I have to let you go to be happy in the next life. If you’re unhappy, my heart twists and I won’t rest easy. I’ll be born as a bad-tempered guy who can’t receive love, who can’t love either, who lives unhappily.”

He orders her to throw away the ring, which no longer has meaning, which only existed to clear up their misunderstanding. He takes his ring off, despite her pleas, and throws it into the water.

Yisoo: “You know now how precious you were to me. You weren’t thrown away, you were the most important person to me. An incredible person. And so, you’ll become someone else’s incredibly precious person. Promise me that for my sake, you’ll be happy. So that I can leave this world without regrets, so I can start over in the next life. Yi-kyung, be happy for my sake.”

With that, he pulls the ring off her finger, and this time she doesn’t stop him when he throws it into the water.

He says, “I’m thankful for meeting you, and I was happy.” She cries, “I’m sorry — I only ever received from you, and never paid you back for anything.”

Yi-soo tells her, “Pay it back to the person who loves you. Instead of to me, give it to him.”

He kisses her, then turns and walks away, holding back his own tears. Yi-kyung sobs as she watches him go, until he finally fades away into the backdrop.

Oh, gah. What’s this blurring my vision? How can something so inevitable be so heartbreaking? OH SO SAD.

Min-ho visits his mother’s hospital, watching her through the window and thinking, “Mother, I’d meant to come for you once I’d made a success of myself. I’m sorry.” It’s here that he’s accosted by two police officers with an arrest warrant.

He asks for a brief moment to see his mother first, and asks her urgently whether she’s tucked away the documents his friend Jin-young delivered. He tells her to not give them to anybody until he comes back for them, but she looks at him blankly, not recognizing him.

Finally, it clicks for her and she greets him warmly, though she’s still locked in the past. He can’t help shedding tears as she exclaims, “I knew you’d become an important person!” It really lands when she cries, “I knew you’d be different from your father.” At that, she embraces him and he breaks down, like a lost little boy.

GUH, and here I thought I was all cried out. Who’d've thought I’d have any tears left for the dastardly villain? It doesn’t make him any more likable, but it’s strangely satisfying to see him emotionally vulnerable (not just jealous) on the way down. Unrepentant villains can be so one-dimensional.

After that, he’s led away by the police, and looks up at Mom through the window. The way he covers his handcuffs from view has an oddly heart-twisty effect. And then, when he’s interrogated by police, he denies that the informant at the company was In-jung. Looks like he’s taking the fall on his own. Well, it’s too late to earn him a get-out-of-jail-free pass, but at least it’s better to grow a sense of honor late than never.

Yi-kyung thinks over Yi-soo’s last request for her to live on happily, sighing, “I want to, but…” as though it’s just beyond her. Then she remembers Ji-hyun asking her to a similar thing — that, in moments of difficulty, she should think of Ji-hyun and live on.

That recollection takes Yi-kyung to the hospital, but she belatedly recalls Kang’s warning that Ji-hyun can’t remember her. She turns to leave, but Ji-hyun steps out of her room and sees her there.

And says, “Unni.”

Yi-kyung is surprised as Ji-hyun continues, “Yi-kyung unni, did you come to see me?” She steps forward and grabs Yi-kyung in a hug.

I KNEW IT! She remembers! Muahahaha, amnesia angst is for naught!

As they sit together, Yi-kyung asks, “You remember me, but not Han Kang?”

Yet Ji-hyun’s reaction says otherwise, and Yi-kyung notes it. She wonders why Ji-hyun would pretend not to remember him — to which Ji-hyun answers, “Because I’m going to die again soon.”

WHAT?

 
COMMENTS

Ooh, way to make this interesting! We were all expecting her not to remember, and that development has been worked into the plot along the way, so it’s pretty clever of them to turn that expectation right on its head. As to WHY she’s dying again: My theory is that she can feel that something’s gone awry, and the presence of her memories is an ominous sign. Especially since the Scheduler has told her numerous times that it would disturb the balance of the whole life-afterlife divide for a living person to know the secrets of the Hereafter. Ergo, I must not be long for this world if I’m allowed to keep my knowledge of the secrets. The logic’s a little convoluted, but makes a certain sense.

Now the question is how they’re going to renege on that logic satisfactorily — once you bring it up, you can’t just wave your hand and go, “Oh well, she’s alive, never mind!” And there’s the culmination of the whole Kang/Ji-hyun romance to look forward to. Finally! I feel like I’ve been such a patient little girl, now won’t you please give me the payoff I’ve been so eagerly awaiting? This episode was pretty thin with the Kang/Ji-hyun storyline, which I might have minded more had not the Scheduler/Yi-kyung story been so satisfying. Now that that’s wrapped up, I’m antsy for the rest.

Speaking of which: Man, never has a doomed relationship engaged me or satisfied me as much as the Yi-soo/Yi-kyung one. There’s something inherently sad about splitting up a couple in love, but in so many dramas the focus is on getting them back together, either happily or tragically. Even in the tearjerkers, there’s often some mechanism indicating that they’re going to reunite in the afterlife, or maybe a future life. But we rarely see a couple still in love, post-death, having to move on. The problem was never “How do we reunite the lovers?” but “How do we help Yi-kyung return to the land of the living?” And also, how to get the Scheduler out of his limbo and on to whatever comes next.

I loved his goodbye speech to Yi-kyung, which was full of love at every turn but also realistic and wise and also very, very heartbreaking. I like that they pointed out that going together in death isn’t some romantic way to stay together forever, which is the message we often see in other narratives — but that death is death. It’s an end to what came before, and you have to cut your ties cleanly to be able to enter the next phase. So in that way it’s just as much for Yi-soo’s benefit as it is for Yi-kyung’s that they accept that they had a really good thing, and that he adored her, and that she still has lots of time ahead of her to find new love. Aw, tear. It’s just so goddamned sweet.

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333 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. rob

    thank you !!!

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  2. yellomello

    i love that you recap so quickly for this drama!!
    gaaahh

    I can’t believe it’s ending tomorrow :(

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    • 2.1 Kang Glue.

      Yeah.. super fast. and tomorrow will be the last one. So saaaaad. I’m not ready to say bye to Kang Aaaaaaah

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      • 2.1.1 abc

        me too, i am not ready to say goodbye to Kang ahhhhhhh…

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        • 2.1.1.1 MJP

          Call me fickle! That’s okay. Even though I absolutely love the character Kang-ah, I have already cut my emotional ties. Life is like that, you know.

          My new love is the character PANTYMAN!!! Oooohhhhhhhhh!!! PANTYMAN is so:
          cocky (talkin’ stuff!) and
          child-like (temper tantrums “My Panty!!! My Panty!!!”) and
          manly (with or without the “cow” 소 ) and
          virile (well, we’ll just leave this to your imagination :-) ) and
          energetic (pursues his girl all over town) and
          vigorous (get’s his heart pumping quite frequently) and
          sexy (does multiple shower scenes) and
          masterful (able to talk his way out of any situation) and
          forceful (declares his emotions, “Ding Dong!!!”)

          I look forward to waiting say 6 months to a year or so and then going back and watching 49 Days again. However, that kdrama, being so heart-wrenching, won’t be one that I will watch over and over again. My poor emotions can’t take all that continual sadness.

          I have a feeling that I am not going to be completely happy with the ending episode… Just saying.

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          • 2.1.1.1.1 YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

            i love pantyman too :D

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          • 2.1.1.1.2 gailT

            oh gosh, this is the best. Pantyman is the best! This list of traits (and corresponding evidence) is DAEBAK!

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          • 2.1.1.1.3 Mia

            Your list is almost as priceless as the man himself….*sigh* now I’m all hot and bothered!

            How I have longed for a drama that skips all the “boy SLOWLY after 12 groan worthy episodes realizes he likes the girl” and goes straight to the good stuff!

            *SIGH* My heart is completely his this drama season (as good as Kang Ji Hwan looks in a suit and suite….)

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          • 2.1.1.1.4 whaa?

            lol is pantyman cha seung-won in best love? if so why’s he called that??!! O__O xD

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          • 2.1.1.1.5 MJP

            http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/05/best-love-episode-4/

            This is the episode where it all started.

            “Qd” called him PANTYMAN in her comments and it stuck!!!

            You’ll have to actually watch the episode to hear Dokko Jin yelling out “PANTY! PANTY!” referring to his underwear.

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          • 2.1.1.1.6 whaa? xD

            lmao okay that just decided it for me was wondering whether to start lie to me or best love after 49 days guess ill go with PANTYMAN now wanna see him shouting that O.O xDD

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        • 2.1.1.2 -_-

          me either, i wish they had maybe a one ep extension

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          • 2.1.1.2.1 jlee28

            AGREED <3 I hate it when good dramas end. :.( WHY DOES THIS DRAMA MAKE ME CRY SO MUCH!!! the episode's ending is gonna make me totally cry too much again. XD

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      • 2.1.2 Kangling

        Oh yeah!!! Crap..crap..crap..crap..craaaaaap…. >_<

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    • 2.2 yellomello

      I always kill it for myself by reading the recaps first… but
      i’m quite satisfied.

      I’m going to love Ep 19.

      This Drama seriously has kept me on my toes ! At the end of every episode I always end up anticipating what happens next. Now finally as we reach the end I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

      I will miss it but 49 DAYS you’ve been awesome!

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      • 2.2.1 -_-

        I’m the same way. I will be at school just trying to save it for the moment I get home but I always end up reading the recaps just to see what happens because of the anticipation that built up since last week’s episode

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        • 2.2.1.1 Rina

          I do the same at work…I try not to read the recaps but I always do since I really want to know what happens next!

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      • 2.2.2 Syreolli

        I agree I really shouldn’t read the recaps before hand but something just drives me to it!!
        I’m really guted that this is ending so soon and it looks like the ending maybe nigh for everyone.

        Does this mean that Kang and Yi-kyung are destined to be together instead?

        I’m extremely unhappy about what may come but like evryone else love Pantyman!!! I lmao when I saw that episode, so at least there’s something to mop up the tears and bring out the laughter! :)

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    • 2.3 tet

      i love your recaps, i cant wait to see it.
      very nice story….

      il gonna miss this series.

      great job!

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  3. bourbon

    I thought I’d watch this before i read the recap… but Yi-soo and Yi-kyung in those bunny ears CALLED me! Off to read! :) Thank you jb

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  4. lovenyc52

    omg recap up so earlyyyyyy…….. thank you~!!!!!! i can’t believe it’s ending…..

    kang-ah~!!! <3

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  5. ohemgee

    :’(

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    • 5.1 Amg1

      *Dying For Control?*

      The only certainty about the process of which we do not know much about, is that: All living things must come to and end, all of them will expire at one particular moment in time.

      Death is part of a process that humans have been trying to figure out since man have walk on this earth, philosophy, and religion have attempt in many ways to describe that which is unknown to us all.

      49 days, attempts to used the life/death metaphor as an allegory to be set against the concept of “fated love,” my only problem is that the writer is using a dual argument for the validity, and the believe that fated love is not real.

      So we have the “Scheduler and Yi-kyung,” as a couple that for all intended purposes where fated in love, but an untimely death, brakes the fatedness.

      We also have “Ji-hyun and Han Kang”, who for all intended purposes seem to not be fated at all, than the untimely death fate’s them, and know after the 49 days she will die, making them un-fated again.

      And at the end we will have “Han Kang and Yi-kyung,” as our fated couple?????

      I guess the problem that I am having is not who dies or who lives, but in her interpretation of “Fated Love,” and its implications, if one try’s to juxtapose against the “afterlife,” and the religious interpretation death, heaven, hell, limbo, and eternal retribution.

      Like I said in last week OT, the writer had only 2 episodes to make her case, and as of right now she is doing well, but tomorrows episode will determine whether “Logically,” she can tied all her loose ends or go down in a “Blaze OF Glory.

      : O {

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  6. yunk

    Waow, javabeans!! you are surely so fast to post this episode. I am about to go to work & randomly opened your website just to last check whether there are new posting or not..and this episode has been here, instead of at the lunch time (in my country) as your usual posting time..Thank you so much..I can not wait to read this episode and also prepare a box of tissues…thanks again..

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  7. Asama

    I dont want JI HYUN to die….what was the point of the 49 days
    anyway??????

    UGGHhhghg…im sooo upset, i want her and KANG-AH to be happy.

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    • 7.1 sosoxrah

      My initial reaction to Ji-hyun’s statement in the final scene of this episode was “What the hell?” I hope things don’t get TOO sad in the last episode. I’ve already cried buckets today after watching ep19. Poor Yi-soo!!! So sad that death has to separate the couple! *sniff*
      But about the drama as a whole. I haven’t seen a drama with nice pacing, flow, good characters, and well-timed cliffhangers in a looooong time. I’m so happy they didn’t mess up the last few episodes by adding fluff and fan-service-y stuff like what they did for Secret Garden. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode even though I’m most likely gonna cry again!

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    • 7.2 Qwenli

      the ending that I read somewhere is that JH had exchanged her life for the life of HK becos HK was supposed to have died in a plane crash on the way back to Korea from US. Hence she remembers everything becos she is going to die anyway.

      HK will then go with YK.

      I dont like this ending (makes me angry and upset), but it seems probable…. sob….

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      • 7.2.1 Joly

        OMG so they can trade the live and the death.

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      • 7.2.2 y

        hmm if HK ended up with YK I will be very very disappointed…=( it make everything happened before meaningless..I rather YK ended uo with the doctor instead

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    • 7.3 WooHigh

      I agree, I have been watching this drama waiting for the happy ending payoff for at least one of the couples. If both of them are split from their loves I will be royally ticked! Y and K are not supposed to be together. They have no romantic feelings towards each other!

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    • 7.4 tina

      :( from the comments on the next page and below I think everyone *sadly* figured out a possible ending for this melodramatic drama…

      it does seem like ji hyun will die and kang will be with yi kyung

      reasons:
      kang didnt have a single pic with ji hyun, only with yi kyung; vice versa ji hyun and scheduler are together on some posters (from poster stills of the drama)
      also the main poster shows kang facing yi kyung rather than ji hyun and scheduler facing ji hyun
      scheduler knew about the tears, just watch his expression before ji hyun got her last two tears- he knows she’s not gonna live and he kept evading her questions about her living
      also yi kyung and yi soo sets up a nice parallel of what is about to happen between ji hyun and kang except it’s the girl leaving the guy; this was also seen as pointed out by (I forgot) javabean or gf about kang and seo woo mirroring each other of not letting go of ji hyun while she was comatose
      and this drama focuses a lot about DEATH, i didn’t see any REBIRTH in here thus far; only getting a fair chance of properly saying goodbye

      despite all that, i’m still waiting for a happy ending, where kang and ji hyun will get married and live happily ever after :)

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      • 7.4.1 MADITA

        Hmmm, maybe the girls will swap their souls then ?

        So Yi-Kyung can follow Yi-soo and JH+HK will be togehther, too ???

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        • 7.4.1.1 Rina

          But that’s not what Yi-soo wanted for Yi-kyung. The reason for him coming back to her for a short while is tell her good bye and to move on. That in life, he absolutely loved her and wanted to marry her. Now that’s not possible since he’s dead. He wants her to get past all those feelings of abandoment and unworthiness and someone new in to love and cherish her. He wanted her to continue living, and not be the zombie she’s been the last 5 yrs.
          Going back to the previous comment about Fated Love, even his words hint that this isn’t true. He tells her that even in death, that won’t guarantee that they will be together in the next life.

          The whole Yi-soo and Yi-kyung part of this episode had me crying rivers, I knew that there was no way for them to reunite in this life but that didn’t make it any easier.
          I <3 Jung Il-woo!

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    • 7.5 Joy

      I understand that she should live – not because I really want the character to stay alive but I want Kang-ahhhh to have his cake and eat it too. It makes total sense that YK will live due to the whole emphasis on her staying alive and living well and it will be just dumb to kill her off after the whole sorrowful parting.

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    • 7.6 jhone

      I am million times so UNHAPPY about it too. THE 49 days has been totally wasted. WHAT is the sense of doing all you can to live again and yet YOU’LL DIE AGAIN????????? I badly want Ji hyun and Kang be together. Kang loves Ji hyun while Yi kyung loves Yi soo- why are they making Yi kyung andKang-ah be together????-ist because of the fans???

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      • 7.6.1 zodd

        To say good bye to her family and friends?

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  8. Linda165

    OMG!!!!!!!! I’m dying here… no more tears!!!!

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    • 8.1 Linda165

      Me watching this episode: *tears tears tears tears tears pause, dry glasses, blow nose, play, tears tears tears tears pause, dry glasses, blow nose, play, tears tears tears tears, hubby comes to see what the hell is going on, pause blow nose, play tears tears tears tears, the end Bah?? dying??? O__o*

      Me reading Ockoala’s recap: *tears tears, repeat, tears, hubby: “Again?” tears tears tears*

      Me reading JB’s recap: *tears tears tears tears, blow nose, tears tears, hubby: “Are you kidding me? That’s it! Turn off the computer!” tears tears*

      Best antidote: watching Best Love, episode 5.

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      • 8.1.1 huh?

        you’re too funny! haha :D

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      • 8.1.2 anais

        Haha! I was just about to go for my remedy as well! Intentionally kept Best Love 5 as a pick me up.

        Heartbreaking. 49 Days has managed to serve up a story that appeals to the Korean penchant for melodramas but one updated for a 21st century sensibility.

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        • 8.1.2.1 Rina

          I do the same, I wait to watch Best Love until after I watch 49 Days first. (and I do the same with the recaps)
          I need something to bring my spirits up and laugh after crying :)
          I’m sure my family thinks I’m crazy since I go from crying to laughing.

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      • 8.1.3 Glomp

        Same here! Ever since I started watching Best Love, I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster ride. After watching 49 Days, I would feel so upset but PANTY MAN never fails to brighten up the rest of my day.

        Ok, after crying too much over Yi Soo and Yi Kyung, it’s time for some DING DONG moments… *goes off to watch Best Love*

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      • 8.1.4 QuaTrang

        Hahahaha, Thank you for the tip on the antidote! I haven’t watched the episode (no sub available yet!) but read both recaps and tears tears tears… in bucket already! I am embracing myself watching it tonight…

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    • 8.2 Linda165

      We know for sure YK won’t die because of everything Scheduler told her. YH cannot die, NO. So the one dying is Minho. Don’t tell me I’m in denial, I NEED to sleep tonight.

      That’s my version of the ending and I’m sticking to it!

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      • 8.2.1 rosesarered

        oh yes, i’m with you on this one! the only ending i approve. i can’t go another day with excess baggage under my eyes.

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  9. Kang Glue.

    I was eating spicy ramen and sobbing. (It explained why my ramen is getting saltier. yikeess. ) I’m so gonna hating it if the drama ended sourly for Han Kang. but then maybe she have to die so Song and Kang ah can really be a couple because they understand each other and shared weird past? but NOOOOOOOO what’s the point? waking up from coma when the doctor just said that she’s dead? maybe to be able to say last goodbye to her loves one just like the scheduler did? Aigoooo.. An-dweeeeeee

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  10. 10 sb

    Wow, so fast! Thanks Javabeans!

    I love how the writer continually manages to surprise and shock us with new twists!

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  11. 11 MiMi

    Thanks! You’re really fast!

    The Yi-Soo and Yi-Kyung storyline is the one of the best, even though it’s sad.

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    • 11.1 Ray

      Just wanna say one thing. Yi Soo & Yi Kyung OWNS this episode. Their scenes together were nothing short of amazing, full of chemistry and bittersweet-cute moments. It’s like Jung Il-woo & Lee Yo-won give their all for those reunion meeting (so superb, those two). And that KISS, it was EPIC!!! (finally, first real kiss in 49 D).

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  12. 12 Cindy

    OMG! So early today~

    and I agree, the last scene was like WHAT!?!?! are we getting 49days Part2 O_O If she really dies again, I’ll delete all the 49days photo I have in my com *minus Kang’s*

    Luckily we’ll soon find out today *if this was the last part of epi18, i will end up mental!!*

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  13. 13 Lucky

    Thanks JB for the speedy recap! I sobbed a litre of tears in this episode.

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  14. 14 teacupandashtray

    OMG YOU RECAP SO FAST IT’S CRAZY !! :D
    THANKYOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    been lurking in this site for a very long while now haha brb off to read~!!

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  15. 15 nanu

    I’m going to die again what does that mean???

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  16. 16 Abbie

    I skimmed through this because I won’t have time to read it. I saw the ending and….. WHAT THE HECK!? She’s dying?! What was the point of all this then? I am so freaking pissed I may forget it and ignore this show forever!
    But I probably won’t. Dangit! Why is this show so addicting?!
    ARGH!

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  17. 17 ajikanpanda

    ohmahgawwdd. I CANT BELIEVE ITS ENDING TOMORROW. T___T thanks for the recap as always! imma really miss this drama. T___T. im dying for tomorrow though o___o aaahh. im totally in with the scheduler/jihyun couple. god it was so satisfying. but so heartbreaking because of kang and yikyung T_T SO CONFLICTED > <

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  18. 18 outofcontrol

    waaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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  19. 19 Emily

    cried soooo much even just reading the recap!!!!

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  20. 20 nonski

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    the recaps came out so early, thank you so much!

    i love you for doing this!

    and OMO this episode made me cry again!

    be back later … on to reading!

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    • 20.1 nonski

      tears…buckets!

      it would really be unrealistic for yi-soo to came back, wouldn’t make sense… but i would still love to have it :(

      till 2nd to last episode, we are still on a cliffhanger!
      ji-hyun dying :(

      probably would end with yi-kyung-kang-ah pairing!

      i’m so anticipating the finale! will it be one of those endings we would love? but definitely, 49 days will forever be lined up with my fave, MNKSS and DH, Seon Deok.

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  21. 21 Patty

    Today, I was driving, listening the OST, and I started to feel sad, ’cause it’s ending now!
    This drama is really impressive, really heartbreaking, really sweet! I with Yi Soo and Yi Kyung could stay together, so I’m a bit sad, but satisfied with the explanation.
    Thank you for the recaps! ;)

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  22. 22 deeko

    Okay seriously, that is heartwrenching! I mean, death is terrible already but to know that the one you love, you’ll have to move on without them… I know the feeling very well.

    This is probably a ridiculous question but I have to ask or it’ll nag me for a while… Maybe I was asleep sometime during this show but besides Yi-Kyung and Kang, whose tears made it three for Ji Hyun?

    This drama is ending too fast for me. I don’t know how I’ll move on from this. Thanks, as usual, for the recap.

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    • 22.1 Kim

      it was Seo woo and Yi Kyung.

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    • 22.2 danni

      It was Seo-woo’s tears.

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      • 22.2.1 Rina

        She was finally able to cry for Ji-hyun. She’s mentioned before in the drama, how she felt bad that all her emotions were bottled up inside and she couldn’t shed tears (while In-jung was able to cry right away) – she felt guilty about it. I guess after the doctor was telling her family to let JH go, that was the trigger for Seo-woo’s tears, the probability of never seeing JH again.

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        • 22.2.1.1 deeko

          Thanks for clarifying it for me. That’s what I get for skipping an episode by mistake.

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  23. 23 Celest

    Wonderful episode. Props to all the actors in this drama. Especially LYW and JIW. Heck, props to Bae Soo too! For a brief moment there I was actually able to really sympathize with him.

    I’d never thought I’d say this again but the YiKyung/Kang pairing is possible again. At first, I rooted for YK/Kang because it was a little too disturbing that it’s been JH in YK’s body making those interactions with Kang. Heck, I even thought that JiKyung/Kang (where YK’s soul ends up dying with YiSoo but her body remains) could have worked perfectly.

    But ultimately, this show convinced me that JiHyun/Kang MUST happen. So it’s a little ironic for me if this show ends up being YK/K. I’m actually more sad for the Scheduler if it ends up that way. But then again, I guess YiSoo accepted his fate already…

    As for JiHyun dying, I think it’s definitely a possibility too. As you said, it’s weird that she has her memories of her 49 days. Maybe a consolation? But I’m thinking it’s all the loopholes and the adding to the rules, is what might be bringing about this weird divine intervention.

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    • 23.1 ishrooroo

      There’s also Scheduler’s odd look when he read the name of the person he’d be spending his last elevator ride with, as if he knew who it was. And plus, every time JiHyun talked about waking up in the drama, Scheduler seemed to have avoided answering. Maybe I was thinking too much, but I never really thought JiHyun would really truly get to live. Totally makes me sob like crazy though :(

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      • 23.1.1 wap

        maybe 49 days is just really a chance to say your final goodbye :’(

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        • 23.1.1.1 Kiara

          I believe so.

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        • 23.1.1.2 Ladymoonstone143

          I think so too…just wrapping up the unfinished business you left behind….:((( I don’t know though how can they “kill” Jihyun if ever….that got lots of things to explain with one episode left…

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      • 23.1.2 popcorn

        Based on what I read from the recap, he also has one week left as a scheduler. If she really is the last person he takes to the elevator, maybe she only has one week left.

        Oh hell.

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        • 23.1.2.1 swui

          Actually it was my guess as well when I saw the scheduler’s face after he read the name of the last person who would ride the elevator with him…

          And even JiHyun dying…I can also accept that, maybe she broke some celestial law or it’s just so she can say her goodbyes..

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  24. 24 Asama

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE RECAP. Is it okay to say that i would also love it if Min Ho and In Jung be happy too?? or not..heehehhhehehehe.

    Kang Ah+ Ji hyun….. i’ll miss you.

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  25. 25 YoSoyHaru!!!!!!!!!!

    what the hell is going on????no……… this is over tomorrow and she’s gonna die again what!! Anyways thanks for the recap its up so early i was totally surprised.

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  26. 26 pichu

    OMG i cried several times reading this recap! :( I’m gonna bawl my eyes out when i watch it.

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  27. 27 Anime1234

    The logic would have to be very convoluted for her to die because she remembers. What about all the others who figured it out? That would mean they all have to die now. O.o Maybe JH is misinterpreting in her silly naive way.

    No, something will surprise us again for a happy ending.

    *Fingers crossed*

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  28. 28 Kim

    awesome awesome episode! thanks for the recap!!!! i had no more tears left to cry for this episode after last week..

    Anyhow, i’m so happy she remembers but gosh what the hell does she mean by her still dying??????? what does that mean? she cant die!!!
    this is so cruel! i wont be able to watch live tonight, i’ve got work.

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  29. 29 judith

    wuah, super fast recap! thank you javabeans :D

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  30. 30 czak

    thanks for the racaps…
    I super loved this episode..
    cried until all my tissues were all soaked wet..
    …especially with Yikyung and yisoo scenes…

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  31. 31 Yuuko11

    Ahh what’s with JH. Thank you for recap!

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  32. 32 laya

    I can see that I need to prepare a 10-roll pack of tissues when I watch this episode.

    Thank you so much for the recap. I’m excited to know how this drama ends, but kind of sad that it’s ending. On the other hand, I’ll now be able to watch it entirely!

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    • 32.1 laya

      …ugh. Why do I keep getting a City of Angels vibe here? Grrrrrh.

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  33. 33 ryoheitantei

    thanks a lot for the recap…girlfriday…i gonna miss this drama so much…

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  34. 34 peony

    arcgh!!!
    the awesomeness!

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  35. 35 mey

    i finished watching it a few hours ago and i still can’t get over it. i want to cry again after reading the recap.

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  36. 36 Kim

    Did Jihyun call Yisoo, Scheduler Oppa?? in the preview?

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  37. 37 wap

    heartbreaks! argh!!!! thanks for the recap, watched it online last night without the sub, so i’ve been waiting for this recap to be able to understand all the visuals i saw last night. hehe! will be doing it again tonight, and will be eagerly waiting for the final recap. feels excited but sad at the same time. this has been a very good drama to watch. thanks!!!

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  38. 38 bishbash

    thanks javabeans for the swift recap!

    YK/YS is really the most heartbreaking couple in dramaland. ever.

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  39. 39 Lina

    Ahh … watching the episode – I thought I ran out of tears – my Song couple really kills me with the tears … but then, reading the recaps / spoiler again .. my tears ran down some more for the Song couples …

    this episode was sooooo good, with the message of letting go and moving on, being happy … I mean the message YS gave to YK as their last goodbye can be so relatable to losing a loves one in death as well as in relationship … just love love this episode even though it made me cry a river of tears!

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  40. 40 cb

    thanks for the recap! a heartbreaking episode.

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  41. 41 tomobuddy

    . . . I cried like a river . . .

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  42. 42 holly

    love this recap – thanks

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  43. 43 minialien

    Thanks JB for the recap…

    I was just in a daze in front of the screen, not registering anything after Jihyun said that she’ll die soon. It’s just… not right. Kang deserves to have the rest of his life with Jihyun after all of what he has given her (his whole heart). Gah… I was just crying throughout the episode. And I never thought I’d cry for Minho, too. This drama is the best!

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  44. 44 Litzy

    If Ji-Hyun dies and leaves Kang, I will permanently delete all 49 days related material off my computer. But hopefully not. Hopefully there’s another loophole. Gahh…

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    • 44.1 jhone

      I am thinking that way too, it is just so sad… even though Nam Gyu Ri is lacking in her acting- KANG-ah still deserves to be happy with Ji hyun.

      I had already decided to line-up 49 days as one of my fave dramas but if Kang-ah and ji-hyun will not be together at the end– it may not just make the cut!!!

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  45. 45 danni

    What in the what what? But, she got the tears and she’s awake and…and…arrgh, I don’t understand. Can’t we just let Ji-hyun keep her memories of her 49 days and let her live? Still, I want to know why she still remembers. The only reason she got her 49 days in the first place is because it wasn’t her time to die, right? So, if she still remembers then does that mean, now is her time to die? What’s changed in between those 47 days to make it her time?

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    • 45.1 wap

      i think 49 days is just chance to say your final goodbye :(

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  46. 46 Katherine

    This drama is so unpredictable. Just when we all thought we had it figured out by the last two episodes and then they reveal that JH remembers and claims she is going to die soon *I had a WTF !! look*. I’m in shock at the moment and I’m assuming the last episode will be dedicated to JH/Kang.
    Song couple ending was bitter-sweet but I think we all knew they weren’t going to get together at the end. The importance of their relationship was that Yi Kyung had to let go and live on, she was so absorbed within the loss of her boyfriend that she detached her self from the world. I’m so happy that at least now she will be able to slowly but surely move on and have a life that she is worthy of.
    I’m getting this weird sense that Yi Kyung could end up with Kang or even the good-for-nothing Dr.Noh lol.

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    • 46.1 Rina

      I rather have Yi-kyung end up with someone else (even Kang, although I wish he was with Ji-hyun) but not Dr. Noh! He’s just weird/creepy with his stalkerish ways and not helpful medical advice.

      I’m really glad Ji-hyun remembered everything and was so glad to see her unni when Yi-kyung went to see her.
      I am still stuck in the WTF moment that JH reveal to YK that she’s dying. I guess that’s the reason for having YS checking his last Scheduler death schedule (does that even make sense?). It just seems a waste of her time trying to gather tears, get to re-know Han Kang and falling in love with him, if they were just going to have die for real this time.

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  47. 47 aiqcn

    Is it really going to be Ji Hyun that scheduler will have to take to elevator as his last job?

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  48. 48 Ani

    My rationale for her remembering is that she opted to her remember everything for a shorter lifespan. EXCEPT for the fact that she wanted to LIVE so there’s no way she would have done such a lame deal. . . . I like your version better jb. Sadly, does this mean no Yi-soo in the next episode? Sad day. But can’t wait until tomorrow. YAY!

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    • 48.1 MJP

      Did you watch the preview at the end of the episode??? It may answer some of your questions…

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      • 48.1.1 Ani

        I didn’t watch the preview, but I just remembered that Yi-soo has one more week as Scheduler, so heh….

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  49. 49 Isabella

    I swear I wont sleep tonight… I wont sleep until I see the next chapter because its killing me!!!

    I cant believe that 49 days is ending… It feels just like yesterday that I was watching the 1st episode.

    I was satisfied with the ending given to the Scheduler and Yi Kyung, I mean, we already knew that they couldnt be together so it was only the execution that I was waiting for and it was GREAT!!

    Im on the verge on whether Ji hyun is dying or not… I mean, she grew as a character A LOT while she was in her spirit form and so I dont believe that her “Im dying” way of thinking is baseless or has a stupid reasoning. On the other hand, its not fair for Kang-ah or herself after all they went through.

    AAAndd I see where they are going with Yi kyung: They want her to end up with Dr.Noh??!!! NO WAY, Jose!! he is too unprofessional, naive and stalker-ish. TOUGH HE IS CUTE… Did I mention unprofessional?.

    Anyways, it has been a blast watching this drama. However it ends, it was great, a drama that has made me think of how I live my life. It even made me like Nam Gyu Ri and thats saying something :P.

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  50. 50 jacq

    JH & Kang Ah forever please PLEASE?!!

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