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Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 10

I love today’s moodier, contemplative vibe. We still get our dash of humor and our advancing of the Mom-demon mystery, but emotional development is really the focus of the episode, and there’s a lovely air of poignancy about it. Because what’s the use of falling in love when you’re doomed from the start, right? If only the heart listened.

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EPISODE 10 RECAP

Eun-oh’s conscience picks an inconvenient time to rear its head, with Arang leaving with Joo-wal as the little boy begs for his help.

As they walk along, Joo-wal asks what her relationship is to Eun-oh, and Arang fumbles for an answer. She gets all the words mixed up in the wrong order: “Uh, the teacher is the daughter, and temporary left in his care. I mean, the magistrate’s teacher is supposedly my father—I mean, IS my father.”

He says they seemed pretty chummy. She answers that Dad traveled a lot and owes the magistrate money, yeah that’s right, a debt! So she’s here as collateral. They’re not friendly at all.

Joo-wal’s request for help lands them in a clothing shop, where he says he needs her help in knowing her measurements. Ha, sly and also kinda sweet. Although, yes, working for Mother of All Evil. Must remember that.

Arang is touched at the gesture, but surprised. As the shoplady takes her measurements, she thinks back to Eun-oh doing the same and sighs at the irony of how hard she worked to get that change of clothes—in order to impress Joo-wal—and today this comes so easily.

The shoplady wonders at Joo-wal buying a woman clothing for the first time ever, saying that it might be pity, or it might be romantic feeling motivating him. But it’s Eun-oh she pictures taking her measurements, and Arang jerks back momentarily, thinking him real.

Then it’s off to the marketplace to make a date of browsing the various stalls. Joo-wal offers to buy her a snack, and Arang grabs one of everything and stuffs her face.

Eun-oh has a heart after all, and heads back to don his magistrate’s clothing and take care of the matter. He grumps along the way that it’s all Dol-swe’s fault if anything happens, and Dol-swe asks smugly if he means Arang and Joo-wal getting close. He may as well be sing-songing about them sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

Eun-oh arrives at Lord Choi’s home to demand the imprisoned man be handed over into his custody. Lord Choi scoffs that he has no place here, but Eun-oh begs to differ. He’s on the job, responding to a missing persons report, and the case has led him here.

Lord Choi argues that the man is being held until they sort out the details of his crime, but Eun-oh points out that such work is the purview of his office. If Lord Choi continues to obstruct his job, he’ll be in violation of the king’s own law.

Lord Choi fumes, but he orders the man released. Round 1 goes to Eun-oh, but I wouldn’t be feeling smug about it yet, given the way our murderous Bang glares at Eun-oh’s back. As Eun-oh leaves, he mutters under his breath about Eun-oh’s slave blood, and Eun-oh decks him one. Yeah, that’s satisfying.

He delivers a loaded warning that he’s not to be messed with. Lord Choi sends him off with a smirk saying that playing the magistrate won’t be easy.

Lord Choi rips into Hyung Bang for creating this mess, then instructs him to empty out the storeroom at the government office first thing tomorrow. Just in case Eun-oh should do something with his stash.

Dol-swe recognizes the released father as the man who’d been waiting outside the office the other day, asking for the magistrate’s help. Lord Choi has been paying the people’s national tax for them up front, then charging exorbitant interest. The people have been wondering whether the new magistrate might be more sympathetic, but hadn’t worked up the nerve to challenge Lord Choi by asking.

Eun-oh thinks back to Lord Choi’s taunt about playing at being magistrate. He directs Dol-swe to have the people spread some rumors.

Next thing we know, the storerooms are opened and the people allowed to claim their sacks of rice. Dol-swe protests that it’s Lord Choi’s storeroom—it’s their payment for the taxes he paid. Eun-oh waves them through, saying that he set aside the exact amount in taxes to go to the nation. It’s the extra he’s giving back.

Dol-swe sputters, “You know [what’ll happen], don’t you? YOU KNOW, but you’re still doing this! What happened to the young master who ignored injustice? Don’t get involved and cause headaches! Don’t mess with Lord Choi!”

The Bangs arrive for work in time to see the crowds carrying off sacks, and gasp to realize where they’re coming from. Behind them, Bang-wool comes rushing up the road, hoping she’s not too late. Too bad, I’m pretty sure she’s too late. Will she never catch a break?

The Bangs find the sheds completely empty, and Hyung Bang smears Eun-oh’s name in outrage. That brings out Dol-swe’s protective Mama Bear anger, and they call him a slave of a slave too.

Eun-oh appears before fists are thrown, stopping the fight momentarily. It appears the constant reminders of his base birth aren’t exactly rolling off his back, and he returns to his room with heavy heart.

Dol-swe pummels the Bang Trio and declares that the word he hates most in the world is “slave’s slave.” He shouts, “You can insult the young master all you like, but I will not tolerate you insulting ME!”

It’s the opposite of what you’d expect him to say, but a flashback fills us in on some backstory:

A young Dol-swe endures a beating, his nose bloody from a fight. Standing over him is a haughty nobleman with three peevish boys (scratched up from a fight), and the man scolds the slave’s slave for daring to lay a hand on the boys. He also sneers at young Eun-oh.

Dol-swe rages that his anger isn’t about his master (so don’t talk down to him), and that he hates being called a slave’s slave. Picking up tiny Eun-oh, he tells the nobleman to take it up with Lord Kim if he’s got a problem with it.

Now, huffy Dol-swe finds Eun-oh and demands they pack their things and leave immediately. Eun-oh waves him on, telling him to take care of his business, then heads off on horseback.

Bang-wool gets chased off the premises again, and Dol-swe’s furious enough at Hyung Bang to jump in and confront him. Which, of course, just makes him that much dreamier in her eyes. Haha.

Eun-oh rides off with his mind in a turbulent state, thinking of Lord Choi’s words of his mother being a traitor’s daughter, and his own childhood spent crying for her while she vowed revenge. His wandering takes him up a mountainside, where he broods for a good long while.

Arang and Joo-wal continue their snacking adventures. What, you’re still out? Have you been eating for hours? Joo-wal marvels at her impressive appetite, and as they sit down, a beggar sidles up to Arang, hands out pleadingly.

She holds out a rice cake… which to Joo-wal looks odd, since he can’t see that the beggar’s a ghost. Ha! It’s doubly funny because Arang offers it not to the pushy ghost at her side, but the meeker one behind him—so Joo-wal watches in confusion as she dodges air, and holds out her cake out to more air on the other side of that air. Aw, she’s feeding the skinny cat first. Then she gives another one to the first ghost, and waves as they scamper off. She’s adorable.

Then she remembers who she’s with and pulls back the wave. Lucky for her, he’s not about to make an issue of it (which you’d think should strike her as odder, wouldn’t you?).

Joo-wal comments on her insatiable appetite, and Arang explains that she got used to eating while she could, because she never knew where her next meal was coming from. She sighs sadly about how back then there was never enough to satisfy her hunger… and that gets a keen look from him. Oh, he knows that pain all too well, though in an entirely different context.

She tacks on the story that it was a long time ago when “Dad” was wandering the country. Plus, yesterday she didn’t eat at all because of Eun-oh: “That magistrate! If he’s not hungry, does he think nobody else is?”

But that reminds her that Eun-oh hasn’t eaten either, and she worries that he might be suffering now.

On their walk back, she asks why Joo-wal bought the clothing for her, and he answers, “I just wanted to.” Aw, that’s sweet. False, but sweet.

She says she came today to ask him several things, but isn’t yet ready to say the questions. She assures him she’s not usually so shameless to just take and take all day, though, and promises to pay him back with interest.

Joo-wal doesn’t mind, since he’s enjoying the company, and says it’s too bad night has fallen because he wanted to show her the flowers. Arang says the experience is best at night, but remembering Eun-oh distracts her again, and she worries that he might’ve collapsed from hunger.

In rides Eun-oh, returning from his day of brooding. He’s weary and lacking energy, sighing to see the two of them together. He offers her a hand up, and they ride off together as Arang calls back her thanks to Joo-wal. Hm, is that look on his face real jealousy, or is it just that his get-into-her-confidence plan has hit a bump?

Eun-oh doesn’t head immediately home, saying he wants some air. He asks if she got her answers from Joo-wal, but she says no. He bought her clothing (“What?!” Eun-oh asks sharply), and she was afraid that asking one question would lead her to ask less friendly ones, like, “Why are you doing this when you didn’t for your fiancée?”

Arang finds it frustrating, and Eun-oh agrees, “With you feeling jealous of your own self, I can see why.” Heh. She figures she’ll ask next time, and Eun-oh balks at the idea of a next time—does she have no pride, to ask those things of a man who doesn’t even remember her? Arang returns, “Lee Seo-rim is Lee Seo-rim, but I’m me.”

She’s pleased to deduce that Joo-wal must like her, though, since that’ll make her job easier. That gets a sharp retort from Eun-oh, but he covers it with the excuse of being worried; he’s sure Joo-wal isn’t being sincere.

Arang asks why Eun-oh’s worried about her, and prods, “Do you… like me?” Haha, trust her to bring it up first, and just like that. Eun-oh stutters, “W-w-what?”

He informs her that worrying doesn’t equal liking. She advises him not to like her (he assures her he won’t), because she only has two moons left. That’s news to him, and she explains the Jade Emperor’s deal: If she can’t find out the truth of her death in two months, she’s off to hell. But if she succeeds, she gets to go to heaven. In any case, whether she finds the truth or not, she has to leave.

She keeps her mood chipper, but that’s quite a blow for Eun-oh. NOW will you admit you like her? Time’s tickin’!

She walks off, leaving him behind as he absorbs the shock. Then he dashes off after her and whirls her around to demand why she’s only telling him now.

She says it wasn’t important, so she didn’t tell him. He scoffs, “Not important? Does it really not affect you at all?” She answers that it’s her business, not his.

Joo-wal has a surprise visitor that night, when Mom shows up in his room unannounced. She says she was expecting he’d come by, but since he didn’t she got curious for news. She’s in her sympathetic mode tonight, which frankly makes her scarier to me since I (and more importantly, Joo-wal) don’t know what tiny thing will get snap her back into devil mode.

Mom says that the girl must be harder to woo than expected—is she ignoring the advances of such a young, handsome man? Is there another man in the picture?

Joo-wal answers that he doesn’t think so, which is an interesting choice; one word from her and she could probably have Eun-oh vaporized in an instant. Then again, maybe not, seeing his prowess with his mystically stamped fan—but point being, she’d try. Mom asks Joo-wal to hurry.

At the magistrate’s office, Dol-swe and Bang-wool wait for Eun-oh to come back so she can claim her share, sitting in terribly awkward silence like teenagers with their first crush. She asks why he’s suddenly speaking to her in honorifics (he’d previously talked plainly), and he admits, “Actually… that time… I… your lips…”

Bang-wool shoots up in awkward panic, choosing to leave rather than confront her embarrassment. But she forgets her book and turns back, just as Eun-oh and Arang arrive.

Eun-oh’s in a dark mood and heads inside without a word. Arang sighs to Dol-swe in sympathy, saying he must have it rough with such a bad-tempered master—Eun-oh could probably subsist for years on his crankiness. I love that she’s siding with him, but he still huffs in defense of young master.

Bang-wool catches a glimpse of Eun-oh as he comes in, and thinks that he looks familiar. “Nah, it couldn’t be,” she decides.

Then she looks out at the courtyard where Dol-swe is pestering Arang, asking, “What do you mean by that?” Her mouth drops in outrage—that hussy! Then she thinks belatedly that her voice sounded familiar…

Up in heaven, Mu-young paces with a new puzzle on his hands—how in the world was Eun-oh able to fight off those demons? What is that fan, that allows a human to do damage to beings only heaven should be able to handle? The symbols on the fan are the key, he decides.

Lord Choi receives word of Eun-oh giving away his stash, which he does not take well. Hyung Bang says they’re trying to hatch up plans for sending Eun-oh packing, but that won’t satisfy his bloodlust now: “Bring me his head!”

Eun-oh’s still cranky in the morning, as Dol-swe presents him with his mended clothes from his fall from the cliff, and the curious talisman that was found inside. He also asks Eun-oh to reopen the storeroom for the one last villager, but Eun-oh curtly dismisses him. Dol-swe cries, hurt, “How… how could you do this to me?” Heh, and here I thought this would be standard operating procedure with Eun-oh.

Eun-oh rouses Amnesia from sleep and orders her up.

The Bangs wonder at the unusual quiet these days, on edge for the other shoe to drop. Shouldn’t Lord Choi be raging after the storeroom incident? And the saved villager? This must be the calm before the storm, they’re sure of it.

Bang-wool tries to place the voice she heard last night, thinking it familiar but not quite making the connection.

Dol-swe drops by unexpectedly to give her the sack of rice, and also a package of pork. It’s just the thing to appeal to meat-loving Bang-wool’s heart, since she’s always so disappointed to have nothing to eat but kimchi. Yet it’s also puzzling; she asks why he’s being so nice to her, and tells him not to.

Disappointed, Dol-swe asks, “Do you dislike it?” She exclaims that she does, and tells him to stop speaking “up” to her.

Crushed, Dol-swe agrees to leave her alone, the poor dumb lug. Head hanging, he turns to go, and Bang-wool bursts out that he’s doing it again, and yells, “Just act like you were before! Be crude and rough!”

Omo, is it because you don’t find him attractive when he’s being nice to you? And here he is, just trying to impress you. I know the bad boys are appealing, but honey, you’ve got issues.

He turns back. What did she just say?

She slaps a hand over her mouth and says never mind, but the smile’s back on his face and he puffs up with confidence. Ha.

Up in heaven, Jade Emperor tries to persuade a fairy to increase the fire she’s tending, because a healthy up-and-down, push-and-pull dynamic is what you need to make the fire more effective. I love how she declines his advice dourly, content to keep her fire on low heat, while he applies game theory to the situation.

Jade Emperor says it’s this lack of understanding that explains why she has no reaper courters, which, HAHA. Then he asks if she added his goat flowers (the ones growing from its back) into the fire, and the fairy tells him he’s mistaken in his belief that they have any effect.

Hades arrives to asks when Jade Emperor is going to tell “it” to Mu-young. His face looks troubled, and the only thing to worry him so much is Mu-yeon: “Just tell him! The one killing so many humans and stealing souls to keep itself alive at one time was your younger sister and a fairy of heaven! Mu-yeon!”

Finally, confirmation. It’s what we deduced, but it’s a relief to have that cleared up and in the open. Also, I’m starting to think Hades got the brains in this operation while Jade got the looks.

Hades says that Mu-yeon is stealing the souls bound for hell and turning them into demons. What’s worst, though, is that they know what’s going on but can’t do a thing about it.

Jade Emperor says they can’t act, while she’s in a human body. Interesting. So that’s why she must covet the immortal Arang, who is human in body but not killable; there must be a (super)natural law that keeps the powers of the afterlife from meddling in human concerns.

Hades points out that Arang is moving awfully slowly, distracted with other matters, and at this rate she’ll run out of time. Jade Emperor counters that, though, saying that she’s doing a good job.

Arang is back at the seamstress’s shop… this time directed by Eun-oh. Omg. Are you so jealous that you had to butt in, so Joo-wal wouldn’t one-up you? That’s adorable.

Eun-oh’s a more meddlesome customer, though, telling the seamstress how to measure Arang like he’s totally familiar with her body. The seamstress takes her aside and asks what’s up with the two men, while Arang glares at Eun-oh for his demanding behavior.

Ha, this is what he dragged her out of bed for, and he tosses extra money at the shoplady to insist that the clothing be ready by tomorrow. Let me guess: So she wears your dress before Joo-wal’s?

She points out that she already has new clothes ordered, and he says pointedly, “So what if he has them made? You’re not going to wear them.”

Arang’s all, That’s for ME to decide. So Eun-oh storms back into the shop to toss more money at the lady to cancel Joo-wal’s order. LOL. I do love the pettiness of his response, but poor girl! Who only gets to have one outfit at one time?

And then he melts my budding irritation at his high-handedness by telling her, “I’ll be the one sending you to heaven.” That’s (bitter)sweet. He couches that in his usual gruff way, telling her not to go around ensnaring men who’ll just be left pitiful later. I’m not sure he realizes that he’s not talking so much about other men, even as he’s scoffing at the poor soul who’d fall in love with a ghost with less than two months left to life. The denial is strong with him.

Eun-oh leads Arang up the mountainside, explaining, “I said I’d send you to heaven.” That’s all he’ll say, and she asks if he’s going to abandon her in the woods because he’s sick of her. He’s all, “Will you even stay lost? You’d come find me again anyway.”

Arang finds this trek reminiscent of her journey to the afterlife, peaceful and pleasant, which was at one point so nice she thought that dying might not be so bad. It was this world that was so difficult, after all. Truer words.

But that was just a fleeting moment, she clarifies, explaining falling down the waterfall and meeting the skeleton guard to the underworld. Then there were the two kings of heaven and hell, who give and take away on endless repeat: “They must be perverts.” Haha.

Next time, she’ll ask to take a different path, she decides.

Finally they arrive at “heaven.” It’s a field of wildflowers. Altogether now: Awwwww. He remembered her love of flowers! He tells her to remember the sight well, so she can tell those old fogeys to reincarnate her as one of them, as she wanted.

Sitting in the field, Eun-oh chuckles at the sight of Arang with a flower stuck behind her ear. (Which happens to be shorthand for: She’s crazy.) He says there was a girl who used to go around with a flower in her hair (“She kind of reminds me of you”), and he always found himself responding to her requests.

But one day, he realized she wasn’t around anymore. Then she came back as a wandering ghost and stuck to his side, saying she was a virgin ghost.

Arang asks how long he’s been able to see ghosts. He answers that he was sick as a child, so ill that he almost died. Afterward, it was like something had opened up, and he could see ghosts. At first he was so scared, he did everything they asked. But that led to strange rumors in the village about the boy—no, the illegitimate concubine’s son—who could hear ghosts.

His father threw around some weight to quash the rumors. He even entered Eun-oh into his family registry, and Eun-oh says he was quite thankful for having such a father. Strange, then, that his voice sounds so blasé about it all.

Arang is quiet through his story, and he tells her not to feel pity for him. Then she asks, “Is that what a father is? Does he block everything bad? Why wasn’t Lee Seo-rim’s father able to block that?”

Arang: “When you find your mother, what will you do?
Eun-oh: “I’ll ask her what I meant to her.”
Arang: “That’s all?”
Eun-oh: “We’ll go far away, and live together just the two of us.”
Arang: “Just you two?”
Eun-oh:Arang: “When you find your mother, I’ll probably be in heaven, won’t I?”
Eun-oh: “You’ll probably be in heaven.”

 
COMMENTS

I love the touch of melancholy running through both characters at this point in the story—just before you think they’re heading into a breakthrough where they might, just might, stop dancing around the issue and address their growing attraction, they’re reminded of why that’s a bad idea.

I don’t doubt that Arang truly didn’t think it would be a big deal to leave out that little detail, seeing as how hell-bent Eun-oh was to remain detached from her (and everything, for that matter). Plus, even now they’re skirting around their feelings, so if you were to take everything at face value, it seems logical that she’d spare him all the tedious details. Of course, that’s not how things shake out, so it’s understandable why Eun-oh is angry that she didn’t tell him. But I really appreciate that they moved past anger and into bittersweet acceptance, because that gets me a lot more on an emotional level.

It was a surprisingly thoughtful gesture to send her off to heaven, I thought, and also tinged with such sadness. I like the meaning of Eun-oh wanting to dress her for the afterlife, because it’s the sort of thing you do for your loved ones, sending them off with respect. So what starts out as a joke and jealousy-bait turns into something really quite poignant; he’ll make sure the ghost with no memories gets her final send-off properly. Just like he was the one to give her the funeral in the first place.

It’s also his way of making sure they have a proper goodbye, which totally brings tears to my eyes. Of all things, Eun-oh’s great fear is being abandoned, suddenly, and spending the rest of his life searching for that missing soul. It seems so blindingly obvious to us that I have to remind myself that Arang can’t know this, that she’s not privy to his inner thoughts, because goodness knows he’s not forthright with them. The fact that he works past his anger rather quickly suggests that he’s aware on a conscious level that he values her, because he wants to make better use of their time before she’s gone.

The mystery: Humans are untouchable? We’ve had lots of hints to that effect, but now we know for certain that there’s a fundamental… rule of the universe, or something, that makes the gods literally unable to meddle. I figured it was true at least on a metaphorical level, where they refused to step in on principle. But now we know that there could be a soul-eating demon on the loose and the gods are literally powerless to do anything, as long as her shell remains human. It’s a nice touch, adding a sanctity to human life in this universe where you’d assume the opposite were true, given how many non-human beings roam the earth willy-nilly.

So Arang is the bait, being both human and unkillable. What does that make Eun-oh, then? I like that Mu-young’s starting to question things, and he realizes that there’s something odd about that magistrate. I just hope Eun-oh’s big secret isn’t something heart-crushing like he’s the only one who can kill Arang’s body (with Mom’s soul inside?). ‘Cause once was enough, and after Buffy I don’t think I could take that again.

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A lot of people here seems to fear our OTP's romance is doomed so I just want to say one thing: remember "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho", the way the OTP's love story was ill-fated and keep hoping for the best!

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I have to admit that it has cross my mind. The last scene from Gumniho only this time in my head its Eun-oh crying his heart out while holding Arang until she disappeared.

I cant wait t see what Eun-oh will do when the time comes for Mu-young to take Arang back.

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I'm really impressed with the writers so far of this show. They do keep throwing these curveballs, either subverting expectations or else by making things happen faster so that the consequences are different (like Arang becoming human so soon in the story).

The curveball I'm enjoying right now has to do with our OTP. For a few episodes I had been expecting this to happen: Eunho discovers the person responsible for Lee Seo Rim's death and for the mass grave is Mom. Mom wants Arang's body. There is a final confrontation where Eunho finally comes clean about his feelings for Arang. Mom still has some love for Eunho and her hesitation is enough for her to be defeated.

But then in this episode and in the last, we find out that Eunho's mom never really loved him, or showed him love, and that he maybe never really loved her so much as craved her love. This makes the possibility of their confrontation all the more interesting because I have no idea which way it will go. Will it come down to Mom possessing Arang's body and Eunho having to make THAT decision?

And the pace of the OTP relationship is also surprising to me because it does seem like they are on their way to something, but with the bittersweetness of them both knowing time is limited. I was surprised how kind of accepting they both were of that fate, and how they both are still spending all this time together even if they're both like, "Don't like me! Don't make me like you!" It makes the this relationship all the more moving to me, because it's not one that is just marked by cute bickering or intense screaming passion, but genuine care for one another. It's like a friendship on top of it all.

My eyes pricked with tears when I read the part in Javabeans's review about Eunho trying to give her a proper send off to heaven, about preparing the right clothes. That's one part of the show that has always moved me--how much care he put into giving Lee Seo Rim a proper funeral. And I wanted to bawl when I read her analysis about how Eunho's greatest fear is being abandoned and spending the rest of his life looking for that person. The idea that he will spend the rest of his life looking for Arang, but being literally unable to find her, at least in this life? It makes my chest physically ache. It also makes me yell at him, kiss her now and stop wasting time! Better to love and lost than to never have loved at all!

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They so love each other. Its so obvious....he mght as well carry a banner- I like you! I wuv you!! dont go!! dont go to heaven!

heheh ..men and their ego...denial IS strong...

I bet Arang will JUMP him one time and plant him one Smooch..(imhoping)

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I'm so confused! Who killed Arang?? I feel like it can't have been Joo-wal, because 1) he didn't recognize her face, and 2) she was not buried by the murder shack, nor did she have memories of it (right?), and her spirit was free to go with Mu-young to the afterlife or become a free ghost. But Joo-wal has been working for Bad Mom for more than 3 years, so does that mean that Bad Mom didn't kill her? Could this have something to do with the fact that Arang had EO's mom's hair stick? Like, EO's mom's ghost gave her the stick? (I'm going off the assumption that EO's mom's soul was detached from her body.)

Smart Arang watchers, please help me!

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I think Joowal probably still killed her--but he didn't really know Lee Seo Rim's face, having only seen her once, and I doubt that he would have burned her face into his memory after killing her--after all, he's killed before, so it's not like a particular memory of the first person he ever murdered. Also, we have to remember that three years have passed, and back in the Joseon period they didn't have photographs, and there are no paintings or drawings of Lee Seo Rim, either.

Also, though Lee Seo Rim did not die in the shack, she was there, as we see Arang having a flash of memory when she goes back there and lies down. The thing was--she was still alive then, or...came back to life for a brief time, because she was able to get up and pull the pin out of Evil Mom's hair. I guess the question is, how did she survive, how did she escape, but how did she escape but then somehow die--and get buried, further away? And under the mat, as though someone buried her? WHO BURIED HER? Anyone have theories on that?

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I actually think it was Lord Choi who killed Arang the first time around. Remember in episode 8, when Arang chanced upon Lord Choi by the bamboo orchard, and Lord Choi got pissed to find her there? He said he thought he recognized her -- that her face looked familiar. And Arang had the same look of recognition (and fear) on her face. You cannot say the same thing about Joo Wal, who said he saw her once as Lee Seo Rim, but never a "she looked familiar..."

Lord Choi, of course, was acting under orders of Madame Hyo-Reoh. From what I understand from the show so far Lord Choi and Joo-Wal would take turns delivering fresh virgin souls for Madame. So Lord-Choi-as-Arang's-murderer may still hold water. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see ....

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You know what, I think maybe you are right! Which is also part of the reason why Joowal doesn't really recognize her face since he only saw her once.

It also explains why Lord Choi recognizes her face (maybe moreso than Joowal) and why she escaped--easier to escape from the old man than from the young.

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Thanks guys! Good ideas AND more good questions ... so many questions.

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Thank you.

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God help me !!! This is the 1st time I'm waiting 'til now for eng subs whhhy it came so late and now i have to go sleep as tommorow i hv Uni :P

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The conversation of the jade emperor and yeom ra made me think that maybe EOs mom is somewhat possessed by Mu Yeon with her permission [that's why the can't "touch" her, because it was willed by mom (maybe she was promised by mu yeon to help her wih her revenge)]. Also, lord choi kept calling her Hong Ryeong (aside from buin and bitch lol). Of course, i don't know if it's possible for the fairies to be reborn as humans. Although, if that's the case, she wouldn't be needing the virgin souls to sustain her right?

Another interesting thought that came to me was that maybe, the quack teacher/master Dol sae was referring to, the one who taught EO martial arts and other stuff in the mountains, was in fact the jade emperor in disguise. It's possible right? Zeus did that often in greek mythology. It's not really intervening in human decisions or something.

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It somehow makes sense since in this ep EH mentioned that he get to see ghosts after he got so sick that he almost died. Which means it wasn't something inherited.

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I definitely think that the jade emperor knows EO well. I think that his secret weapon is not Arang, it's EO. I have the bad feeling that Arang will be the vessel that will have to be sacrificed and EO will have to be the one to do the killing of the demon. It makes me feel miserable. Hope I am not right, hope the other guy does this.

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It would be kind of fun if it turns out that Eun-Ho's quack master turned out to really be Arang's father, since that's the cover story they're giving out as to why Arang gets to stay at the magistrate's compound. I thought it might be possible -- Arang disappeared 3 years back, her father went to look for her and wandered off, effectively resigning his post as magistrate. He went to live off in seclusion somewhere up in the mountains, where he'd met up with Eun-Ho, and for some reason or another decided to teach him martial arts. Then after failing to find Arang, he came back to Miryang where he eventually died (or so says the servant-woman tending to Arang's room in eps. 2 & 3). Or did he? One can never really tell with this show.

Just thought I'd throw that theory out there. Practically everybody's money is on the Jade Emperor a.k.a.-ing as a quack-hermit in disguise. Thought it'd be a nice change to throw in a dark horse in the mix.

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I don't know - the conversation they had at the end of the episode kind of reminded me of her final moments with Rain - after they froze to death.

I don't have a good feeling about this show now - they better not turn this one into another melo, it's too much. Melos are so bad for your tear ducts, it hurts.

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I am totally in love with our OTP... They are so cute together. I remember from all te promotions that is was going to be more melo than comedy and I remember telling myself that I would have to brace myself but still... I miss their fun moments. A jealous eunho is just way too cute.

Lee junki looks so fine in his magistrate uniform even though the guy liner is oh so obvious. I just love their crackljng chemistry. Shin Mina seems like have awesome chemistry with most of her costars. :) I also wonder if eunho is entirely human as well.. Where did he get that fan and these powers.

I know that it's moving at a snails pace at the moment but it somehow has sucked me in for wanting more. More OTP scenes please :) I can't get enough of them

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That Buffy reference just made me ROLF !
very nice javabean and girlfriday !

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This is commentary on 9 and 10:

Lee Jun Ki, just so very pretty in Episode 10. The Magistrate uniform is more masculine but makes him look more pretty lol.

Lots of nice visuals in the filming in these two episodes. I couldn't help but see the Twilight parallel with Bella and Edward meadow, it even had purple flowers, not to mention the star crossed lovers trope. And hey, Edward and Arang are both supernatural. Then again Sato is too probably. Ha. No sparkles but LJK sure does shine he's so pretty.

I do not think the fairy and Jade Hottie scene is about flirting. The fairy tending the fire is probably managing the romance between Sato and Arang (although guess it could be applied to the Shaman and goofy servant dood too but I would assume that Jade Hottie would be directing his attention, to you know, the lead characters lol) Jade Emperor wants the fairy to heat up the romance while the fairy is keeping it at a slow burn.

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i don't think so, remember when they said that the human heart is not within their reach?

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My understanding of that is that The Jade Emperor is saying that humans are unpredictable, and he does not always understand why they do what they do. Hades counters with the what is their to understand, keep it simple, there are the good the bad and the weird speech. So, I interpret that as it doesn't mean that Heaven does not try to influence humans. Obviously, they do, The JE has been trying to manipulate Arang from the start.

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This episode was filled with so much emotional growth, and I loved it. I'm a little confused, as many people are, about Mu-yeon/Eun-oh's mom. Maybe the fairy has to jump from body to body every few years and Eun-oh's mom is her latest one....? I don't know. It's confusing. Hopefully the show will clear this up for us.

I loved the bonding between Eun-oh and Arang at the end of the episode. It was so beautiful and poignant and got me in the heart. If this show has a sad ending, I will be very disappointed.

Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

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I just love the beautiful OST.

It was so cute when EO threw the coins at the seamtress to cancel the first order for Arang's dress. I guess if she goes to the afterlife, Arang will be wearing the clothes he picked not JW's. Pure jealousy and the pettiness of EO.

I hope EO will hurry up and admit to Arang his feelings for her. She as only 2 full moons left. and stop beating around the bush. But no matter how much I want them to be together, this episode was really sad. Arang is only on borrowed time, and she really can't afford to become emotionally attached to EO.

EO's mom looked normal at the beginning of the drama, but as Evil Mom is really scary looking.Botox queen. Isn't her hairdo that of a Gisaeng? Finally, they confirm that she is MY's sister. So he's EO's uncle? I'm confused regarding the family relationship.

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Hades rocks. While everyone is busy dropping bits & pieces here and there, he comes straight with a bomb LOL. He should drop another one regarding Arang or Eunoh's background. I kinda hope for an amusement that the "quack master" turns out to be Hades.

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Just wondering if anyone else has noticed ...that the Fairy from the first episode ~ who had to remind the Jade Emperor that she did NOT have a new hairstyle, that she had in fact been wearing it the same way for a thousand years (hahah!)

--- was the same Fairy who *snarked* him again just recently over the kind of fire, and contents, for making tea.

I adore her...and I strongly suspect that JE has feels for her.
I mean, teasing her about how her stubborness is why none of the Reapers are trying to court her.
Which is in itself quite a revelation....Fairies and Reapers...um....date? (hahaha)

Even more telling is that JE is aware that she's not dating. I mean he's a God an all that....but he's the one flapping his jaw about it...not her. I want more scenes of them together.....that, and I need another Lord Choi brick-of-FURY toss ~ BAM.

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...oh and a personal wish for a particular character at the end of the series.

HADES.
I want him to get his long-desired youthful body - EXCEPT, I don't want an exchange with the Jade Emperor.

..it should be a kind of *bonus effect* of restoring the balance of the Heavens -- that both Gods get to have hot-Bods.

I think it would be outrageously Fun and Funny if they got a guest actor to appear as the newly rejuvenated Hades.
say....Jung Il Woo or Song Jae Rim....that would make my day!

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It is pretty awesome how she can sass the Almighty Jade Emperor and he tolerates it. The only possible explanations are: being a fairy for a thousand years, she outranks him in Heaven, or he secretly likes her.

He was so adorkable using Yeom Ra's arrival as an excuse to make his exit. The awkward "Yeom Ra!" wave. Kyah~ why can't Seung Ho be a few years older? >_<

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I've pretty much resigned to the fact that I have fallen in love with Joo Wal. <3 His smiling while Arang was blabbering on about her fictitious father, then smiling while forking over money for her treats -- I just love how he indulges her. If he weren't an emotionless murderer bewitched by a soul-stealing demon, Joo Wal would be your typical charming rom-com chaebol.

The ghost waving at Arang and Arang waving back was so sweet~ She takes care of her own! However, the beggar is actually human; Joo Wal can see him. Only the guy Arang offered to first is a ghost; his face is whited out. Squee, does the Jade Emperor get a loveline, too?!

I loved this episode. We got a huge piece in our mystery puzzle, plus answers about how our hero obtained his ghost-seeing abilities. But the best part about this episode is how you can almost reach out and touch how in love they are with each other. Sadly, heartbreak is inevitable...

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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re: "Squee, does the Jade Emperor get a loveline, too?!"

Squeees with you ~ ~ ~

(I sure hope so. I want that Contrary-Fairy to make the Jade Emperor *say her name* ~ ) ...just like Moo-Young calling after ...Arrrrrraaannnnngggg!!!

yeah. I know. he wouldn't be THAT emotive, but one can at least hope he'll get really huffy and call her by her full name....which, if they wrote it funny, would be ridiculously long.

for instance: Rainbow-DewLilly-GentleStream-SquashBlossom. or something like that in Korean Style. HA!

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"SquashBlossom" reminds me of The Powerpuff Girls. Blossom-Bubbles-Buttercup.

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Great recaps all around, DB team! I have a sneaky feeling that Evil Mom's binyeo is a tracking device planted by JE. Of course I'm firmly in the JE-as-quack-master team (unless proven otherwise), he gave the hairpin as a gift of some sort to EO. Probably with some tricks to boot eg. it will help de-stress Evil Mom's from thinking too much about revenge or it's her favourite wood etc. etc. This is how EO knows the last location of Evil Mom in Miryang, courtesy of [email protected] master.

When Arang removes the hair pin by accident during her first murder incident, JE knows that Evil Mom covets Arang and decided to release Arang as a future bait. Of course after that, Evil Mom' reinforces her fortress of evil and Hades and JE could not locate her.

I do wonder what is the purpose of the cloudy mirror in the corner. A Heavenly tool stolen by Evil Mom before her descent from Heaven?

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Really great observations/speculations. I like!

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Okay, we have established in this episode that:

1.) Madame was Moo-Yeon, head grim-reaper's Moo Young's long-lost sister.
2.) Madame used to be a heavenly maiden/fairy.
3.) Madame is now Madame Hyo-Rheong (probably spelled that wrong), a sort of supernatural being-entity who inhabits human bodies to be able to walk around the human plane.

My question is:

What made her quit her cushy position as a fairy-in-heaven just to end up as a body-hopping-serial-killing-minion-making gishaeng with the creepy kisser?

Any thoughts?

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She got dumped by Jade King? Dunno. Head-scratcher, that.

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Another question would be: did she opt out of heaven, or did she get kicked out of it? And why?

So many layers to this show. Don't know how'd they manage to answer all the questions that just keep popping up. With just 10 more eps to go. Hope it'll have a part 2 in the future.

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I guess we have to understand how and who can become reapers and fairies. If they are just beings that always were, that is one thing, but if humans are able to become fairies, then I could see this happening. Evil mom was already dead and had become a fairy. But then she had family that was still alive. They somehow were all massacred on earth and possibly sent to hell? And this made her so angry that she found a way to return to earth to exact her revenge.

But that is part of the mythology that we've yet to know, so I hope that is explained.

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I like someone's explanation above as to why Eun Oh's heaven looks like actual heaven - because he was there as a child. When he kept telling Arang that he was taking her to heaven, I thought for sure "peach orchard."

New question: is it a case of fairy becoming human and subsequently evil OR fairy inhabiting mom's body? I kind of want it to be the former so Mu-Young has a nephew after the demise of his sister.

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I think it is the former, i.e fairy turning into human again to undertake revenge. I notice EO was thinking out loud after Arang came back as a human, sth on the tune of why Arang is given such a privilege by JE, surely she's not the first ghost sent back as a human? I've been rewatching the past episodes for clues (in subs of course). Kudos to the writers, mere questions, suppositions, wild speculations by the characters could actually point to the answers.

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I absolutely love this OTP.

I'm glad EO will help Arang win against the KoU. The JE should give her the desire of her heart when she returns to heaven. Bringing MY's sister in should allow for a gracious KoU to give her anything too.

Perhaps the reason the other fairy lady is so headstrong is because she wants to leave [like Arang] and go to earth. I doubt the JE would allow that one to slip away....

Thanks JB!

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Thinking about it....do you recall that ghosts can not bring anything back with them when they return to the human world. If this is the case, the evil mom is perhaps just possessed since she couldn't have possibly died, come back, and still have the hairpin for Arang to grab.....

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When Buffy had to stab Angel and send him to hell right after Angelous opened the hell gate and Willow brought Angel back that was kind of sucky...but I kind of didn't feel bad for him. Considering how Angelous treated Buffy I kind of was like...meh. I felt worse for Buffy leaping off that building in Dawn's place.

Back to Arang...if he has to kill Arang's body AND Mom that would be terrible.

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I would like to point out that the minion working for Lord Choi is not Hyung Bang from the Bang Trio. His name is Geo Deol. It's just that both Geo Deol and Hyung Bang are garbed in blue and have goatees.

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"‘Cause once was enough, and after Buffy I don’t think I could take that again." HAHAHA

Thanks for the recap javabeans! I really love this show. Can't wait for next weeks episodes.

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The music of the day, by i s., where would I find . This cd? Love themu ic.s ( sorry, tablet. And I are not yetfriends

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I just rewatch this ep for the third time finally with the full subbed ep.

What a drama, I love it more and more. This is the first korean drama I watched the raw like a crazy person, watch BTS etc.

I love the pairing the everything between the two of them..Ohhhhh have so much to say but will continues later

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I really love junki gesture.....so charismatic ! And his glare....OMG So Sexy ! Love his role as EO ....

I love the combination of love - suspense drama. Love the tension....

The Best drama so far ! Love this drama more than gaksital
& faith !.

Compare to Leeminho......Leejunki acts much much better than Leeminho. Though Minho (Faith) looks more handsome but Junki is more charismatic & sexy !

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I really love junki gesture.....so charismatic ! And his glare....OMG So Sexy ! Love his role as EO ....

I love the combination of love - suspense drama. Love the tension....

Compare to Leeminho......Leejunki acts much much better than Leeminho. Though Minho (Faith) looks more handsome but Junki is more charismatic & sexy !

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Am glad someone finally tries to compare MinHo and JunKi, because I've been doing the same thing ever since I started on this drama. My first Korean guy crush is Lee Min Ho (from City Hunter), but he is quickly getting replaced by JunKi. Mostly because I find Faith such a bore -- I couldn't get past the few episodes, and MinHo couldn't save that snorefest of a drama. I also liked JunKi's character here better than MinHo's; he started out like such a self-interested b**tard -- which I absolutely love, because I can relate to that better than MinHo's always self-sacrificing Choi Young.

And you're right -- Min Ho may be more handsome (being the tall-dark-and-handsome-white-knight-to-the-rescue type), but I actually find Jun Ki to be the better actor. He is very subtle, but delivers his lines flawlessly. And his face is very expressive -- he could mime his way through the entire series and it will work fine.

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I love the song of the day too - Miryang Arirang by I.S. - any suggestions on how to track down more by this group????

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Never mind, I found it - I.S. is Infinity of Sound :)

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So if the Jade Emperor and Hades can't mess with evil-not-mom while she's in a human body, do they want her to possess Arang? I mean, she's not exactly human. Her body has the appearance of being human, but what if evil-not-mom becomes killable in Arang's body? That way, if Arang gets possessed, it's a win for the gods. If that is true, than I understand why the Jade Emperor doesn't want our favorite grim reaper to know b/c that could mess up the plan. But then, why is Hades so worried? I don't know.

The romance between Dol-swe and the shaman girl is funny.

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i have no idea what to say but i love this drama

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