Drama Recaps
Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 11
by | September 19, 2012 | 247 Comments

So much awesome. There’s badassery, romance, revelations for so many characters, and a crucial reveal about our hero. I love that this show just keeps me guessing, even when I could be content to solve the riddles at hand. But a really great mystery knows how to answer a question with more questions, to keep us clamoring for more.

And today brings another twist in the ratings game: Both Arang and Nice Guy recorded 13.8% ratings, tied for first place.


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Eun-oh and Arang return home and she asks if he’ll go with her to pick up her new clothes. He harrumphs that he won’t spend his day following a ghost around and tells her to do it herself.

She smirks to herself that that’s the magistrate she knows, thinking it odder that he was nice to her for a day. She looks up at the half-moon and grumbles up at the old fogey for conning her out of a month’s time.

Up in the bridge between heaven and hell, the Jade Emperor practices his fishing form. I do enjoy the pretty god’s vanity. Hades tells him that stuff doesn’t matter; what matters is the bait you use. Hm, you be speaking in metaphors old man?

He says that if you use the proper bait, then all the fishes will put up a fight, with everything on the line. That makes Jade ask about Arang—what’s he going to do with her? He’s not going to go back on his promise to send her to heaven, right?

Hades grumbles over the technicalities of “promise,” but Jade just aegyos him into keeping up his end of the deal. Hades gives him a hairy eyeball – does he have some sort of personal agenda for wanting Arang in heaven?

He admits that he has a personal agenda, but doesn’t reveal it of course. Can’t he just want her there ’cause she’s pretty?

And just to drive the metaphor home in case we didn’t get it, Jade gets a bite on his line, and then down below, Mom laughs at them for thinking she wouldn’t know that Arang was their bait.

She figures out their plan pretty quickly—that going after Arang means they draw her out into the open. But she also knows that while she’s in a human body, those gods can’t touch her. “So they’ll send Mu-young.”

Well that sucks for Mu-young. She looks into her mystical mirror… where a young woman looks back at her, smiling just as devilishly. That must be her true image. If she can manifest that, there’s no way Mu-young can kill her, right?

Also, at least we know now that Eun-oh’s mother is just another vessel, and not the original form. So there’s no relation between Mu-young and Eun-oh, thankfully, because that would just be one too many birth secrets even for a drama.

Eun-oh sleeps, and Mu-young stands in the corner of his room, watching him. Dude, do you know how creepy that is? STOP IT. *shakes off heebie jeebies*

He puts his hand out and walks around the room, feeling the supernatural energy. When he feels a pulse, he opens a chest to find what he’s looking for: that curious demon-slaying fan.

He opens it up to examine the symbols, looking back and forth from Eun-oh to the fan. He also finds Mom’s hairpin in the same spot and picks it up.

That’s when Eun-oh’s hand grabs his wrist, “What are you doing, Grim Reaper?” Whoa, did he just scare the grim freaking reaper?

Suddenly they crash through his doors and land in a tussle outside, and it wakes Arang. Eun-oh flares up in anger to see Mu-young holding his mother’s hairpin. I don’t think Mu-young expects it, but Eun-oh matches him move for move, and soon the hairpin is back in his hand.

This is a badass fight. And how can Eun-oh go toe-to-toe with the grim reaper? Mu-young is so awesomely formidable, but Eun-oh holds his own, and the force from their blows knock each other back.

Mu-young asks again if the hairpin is his, and who gave him the fan. Eun-oh snarks that he would know, right – because the living and the dead are so chummy? “Why is a grim reaper so interested in the possessions of a living person? You can’t take them anyway.”

Mu-young just keeps asking questions: Did the same person give him the fan and the hairpin? Eun-oh: “If you’re that curious, come when I die!” Ha. It’s funny, but don’t tempt the reaper!

But then it occurs to Eun-oh that he should be asking questions too, like whether Mu-young recognizes that hairpin. He says no, he just wants to know who gave it to him. Eun-oh reminds him that it was Arang’s, and then Mu-young flashes back to chasing her, and seeing it in her hair.

He fills in the rest of the details too—that it wasn’t Arang’s to begin with, but she came to have it just before dying. If Mu-young was the one who picked up her soul when she died, he would’ve seen her immediate surroundings upon death. Ooh, I like this line of questioning.

Eun-oh asks if he saw anyone or anything in that moment. Mu-young says he doesn’t know—a reaper cannot be faster than death. But Eun-oh’s asking if anyone was near her corpse. He still says he saw nothing.

Eun-oh rushes him, screaming, “Lies!” But then Arang appears behind the wall to ask what they’re doing, and when Eun-oh turns to look at her, Mu-young poofs away.

Arang sits with Eun-oh in his room, and wonders what’s going on with Mu-young. He’s not the type of reaper to care about human affairs. She asks about the fan, and Eun-oh says the same person gave him the fan and the hairpin: his teacher.

Arang: “My fake father?” Heh. He says his master gave him the fan, saying it would kill ghosts. Well now I’m thinking that hairpin’s got mystical mojo too then. He goes to bed clutching it tightly.

Mu-young returns to heaven and starts puzzling it out. Both the fan and the hairpin were a monk’s; that much he’s got figured out. “But what is Kim Eun-oh?”

Joo-wal gets his money returned from the dressmaker, who couldn’t refuse the magistrate. Eun-oh checks Arang’s room and smiles to see that she’s already run off to claim her new hanbok.

He walks through the yard, and then the sight of Seo-rim’s old room triggers a thought. He remembers her servant saying that this one room was everything to her. He goes inside, wondering why he didn’t think of this before.

At first I think he’s going to have some kind of lightbulb revelation, but he talks aloud to himself at Amnesia that this is the key to recovering Seo-rim’s memories, not getting close to Joo-wal. Ha.

Arang arrives at the dressmaker’s in a happy mood, and runs into Joo-wal. He asks if she really didn’t accept his gift, adding that he knows it’s the magistrate’s idea. She doesn’t know what to say.

Joo-wal lets her off the hook and wonders what she was going to ask him the other day. So she finally asks about his engagement to Lee Seo-rim. He says openly and matter-of-factly that he never saw her, and he doesn’t believe in things he doesn’t see—so how could he have formed an attachment to a woman he never laid eyes on?

He figures that he would’ve seen her on their wedding night, had she remained alive. He says it was Seo-rim’s family who proposed the engagement, and says that there were surely people who had things to gain from the union. Namely the two fathers, if Lord Choi and the former magistrate were to join forces, I’m guessing.

Arang wonders if maybe Seo-rim could’ve been the one to ask her father to marry Joo-wal, but he says that’s just as unlikely—when would Seo-rim have seen him and had the chance to form an attachment? “Like me, she would have no reason to keep me in her heart.”

Is he being honest, or is he hiding a murder? Arang’s heart sinks, like he’s squashing all her romantic notions, even if they’re not strictly hers.

While this is going on, Eun-oh goes through Seo-rim’s room and doesn’t find anything out of the ordinary, but stops at a book. Please tell me it’s a diary. Please tell me it’s a diary. It’s a diary!

It’s called “Moonlight Journal.” Interesting that Seo-rim liked the moon too. He reads it and discovers something he doesn’t like. What is it?!

As Arang walks through the marketplace, Eun-oh reads another passage from the journal. Seo-rim waits in anticipation of her wedding, writing about how lonely it is in her room. Ooh, did she love Joo-wal from afar after all, or was she just happy to be married and leave her room?

Arang mopes that maybe Eun-oh was right after all. If it’s not even a one-sided love, “Then what am I?” Interesting that she refers to herself as Seo-rim for the first time.

Bang-wool is sitting in her spot, going over that familiar voice she heard the other night, when Arang happens to walk past her. She follows, determined to figure it out. They round a corner, and we don’t get to see where they go. Well that’s ominous.

Eun-oh paces in the yard, griping that Arang is taking so long to return, when an arrow comes flying past his head, into a post. Tied to it is a familiar blue ribbon, and a ransom note. Aw man, you went and got yourself kidnapped? He takes off running.

It’s Lord Choi’s head minion, Evil Junior, who has both Arang and Bang-wool lying unconscious in a storage room. Well, he only intended on kidnapping Arang to get the magistrate here, but apparently Bang-wool got in the way so they brought her too. He figures they’ll just bury all three when the magistrate comes.

Lord Choi cackles in glee at the genius plan, and then pauses for a second, thinking he recognizes that girl from somewhere… but then brushes it off and figures it doesn’t matter. Hm, so you didn’t kill Seo-rim either? Then who did?

Joo-wal paces in the yard thinking about Arang and Eun-oh, and then ducks behind a wall when he sees Evil Junior come out. He overhears the idiot mumbling that he’ll take care of the magistrate and that girl once and for all. Um, you forgot to twirl your mustache, sir.

I don’t know if it’s worry for Arang or worry that he can’t save Arang for Mom, but Joo-wal’s eyes light up. Please, be a good guy, just for the afternoon!

Eun-oh arrives at the hideout and starts fighting his way through the thugs, but they drag Arang and Bang-wool out and put a knife to Arang’s throat to keep him from making a move. Arang shouts that she’s fine so he should just fight, but he stops and screams for them not to lay a hand on her.

And then he keeps his word not to fight back, while they pummel him to the ground. Arang screams and screams for him to fight back, that she’s okay, but he refuses. Aw, you don’t want to cause her pain.

She rants, “You dummy!” and wails at him to fight. They kick him to the ground and she kicks and bites and wriggles free. The man with the knife raises his arm to strike… and then gets a dagger in the back. Eek, is it Joo-wal?

It is! Joo-wal hides a ways behind them, and runs out of sight before his father’s men can see him.

It’s enough for Arang and Bang-wool to get free, so Eun-oh finally leaps up and starts to fight back. Phew. He runs over in front of Arang and urges her to run. She doesn’t want to leave him, but he insists she gets in the way, so she takes Bang-wool and starts to run.

Eun-oh fights off the men, but Evil Junior and a few others chase after Arang. Bang-wool trips, so they get surrounded in no time, and the head minion orders Bang-wool offed first. The man raises his sword…

Bang-wool shuts her eyes in terror, and then both Eun-oh and Joo-wal hear it: a scream.

Eun-oh races toward the sound. And Bang-wool opens her eyes to find that Arang jumped in front of her, and got slashed in the throat in her place. Aw. She catches Arang in her arms, and the men all freak out that they killed the wrong girl. They make sure that she’s dead. She is.

The sword goes up a second time aimed at Bang-wool, but Eun-oh gets there in time to fight them all off. He beats them down in a raging fury.

He scrambles over to Arang, shouting her name. And that’s when Bang-wool finally finds out who this is. She stares in shock.

Eun-oh screams her name and caresses her cheek, and they watch as her neck wound heals over. Bang-wool jumps back. Joo-wal arrives and watches from the distance.

And then… Eun-oh just swoops in to kiss her. Eeeeeee! She opens her eyes mid-kiss.

From the distance, Joo-wal’s eyes turn to saucers at the sight.

Arang says between labored breaths, “What the heck are you doing?” Eun-oh laughs to see her sass in place and says he was just sharing some breath so she’d wake up faster.

LIAR! There was no breathing there, kissypants!

Arang gasps that when she gets her strength back, she won’t let this go, and then faints.

Evil Junior gets bricked for failing again, and Lord Choi fumes that they don’t know what crazy thing the magistrate will do now that the girl is dead. The minion heads out and eyes Joo-wal suspiciously. Did he see notice him there in the woods?

Joo-wal storms into his room, stewing in rage. Jealousy at the kiss? Suddenly worried that other people know about Arang’s regenerative powers? All of the above?

Eun-oh tucks Arang into bed, with Bang-wool sitting next to him. She asks all the questions a normal person would ask, but Eun-oh just tells her to think of it like a friend she thought was dead is back.

She trips up on “friend,” and he reminds her that they were like friends once, and besides, Arang saved her life today. So if not friend, then savior. Bang-wool’s eyes fill with tears at that remark, and she assures him that she’ll keep this secret.

And then she brings up the kiss… he snaps that he told her not to say anything about that, and storms out in embarrassment. Hee. Bang-wool leans in close to Arang to hear her breathing (Are you gonna kiss her too?), and wonders aloud, “How does a ghost become a person?”

Mu-young hovers around the king of heaven, wanting to ask something but not being able to, and the king of hell watches from a distance. He finally screws up the courage to ask the Jade Emperor: “Is it Mu-yeon?”

He says yes. Mu-young asks why he wasn’t told before, and Jade answers honestly that he couldn’t trust him. Mu-young insists that he left his relationship with his sister behind, a thousand years ago.

Jade says it’s the Mu-young before those thousand years he can’t trust. “I trust humans, but I also can’t trust in humans.” Mu-young: “I’m not human!” But you sure do emote like one sometimes.

Mu-young asks what he’s supposed to do about the fact that he was human once, and Jade simply says that Mu-young is the only one who can stop Mu-yeon, and she knows it. And that makes me think you have a contingency plan.

Arang stirs awake to find Eun-oh sleeping by her bedside, sitting up. Aw. She watches him sleep for a moment before he wakes up and asks if she’s okay. She says almost dejectedly that she can’t help but be okay, like she couldn’t die if she wanted to, and asks if he’s okay, after all the beatings.

He swears he didn’t get that beaten up, and says he’s fine. Arang: “Are you really okay? Okay then,” and socks him in the gut. HA. For kissing her? He pulls the CPR card on her again and she just tells him not to do that anymore—she’ll wake up just fine on her own.

And then she adds in this shaky voice that kills me, “And don’t get hit… by bastards like that.” They look at each other for a charged moment, and she adds, “Thanks.” He gets up to let her rest, and she remembers Bang-wool and asks after her.

Bang-wool is currently eating dinner with Dol-swe, who saw her and assumed she came to see him. He asks directly what she thinks of him, and says that ever since he touched her lips… and Bang-wool jumps in embarrassment.

She quickly stuffs his mouth with food just to shut him up, but he asks if she’s trying to seduce him. Haha, that would be your idea of seduction. They finally exchange names and eat happily.

Arang walks over to Eun-oh’s room and sits outside on his stoop, looking up at the waning moon. Eun-oh surprises her when he arrives with a package, having gone out this late at night.

He gives her the new clothes he had made, and says he couldn’t abide her walking around looking like a ghost with a bloody dress, and tells her to change. He steps outside and she runs her hand over the clothes softly.

I love how much these little human things mean to her—to just have clothes that are hers. She feels the fabric and looks at all the colors with such deep appreciation. She sighs aloud, “I told you not to be good to me.” *tear*

Eun-oh looks up at the moon, thinking over her words that she’ll have to go back, either way. Oof, the way they both stare up at the moon now, like it’s robbing them of time, just breaks my heart.

She comes out wearing a new hanbok, and hearts practically shoot out of his eyes. She asks how she looks and when he doesn’t answer, she says she knew it—he’s fallen for her. Hee. She chalks it up to her pretty face.

He clears his throat nervously, and she says it’s awkward to be all dressed up so late at night, and suggests they take a quick walk since they’re dressed.

They go for a midnight stroll and Arang sighs that her memory has to hurry back to her so she can be of help to Eun-oh. She wonders, “Why can’t I remember? I don’t have much time left.”

That stops him in his tracks. But he smiles and changes the subject to catching Evil Junior, and she asks why he didn’t do it already if he knows who was behind it. He doesn’t have any evidence, what with her dying and keeping him distracted.

He suddenly decides it’s getting late and they should get back home, and whirls around, leaving Arang to run after him.

Jade accuses Hades of poking Mu-young until he asked about his sister, and he cops to it, saying that he couldn’t stand watching Mu-young mope like a little puppy anymore. He reminds Jade that the reapers are under his purview, and Jade’s just borrowing Mu-young for this mission.

Hades apologizes, but Jade just grumps with his arms crossed, “Whatever, I’m already pissed. It’ll go on at least three to four days.” Hee. He asks why Jade is making everything harder, and what he’s doing all this for anyway.

He just answers in his usual cryptic way that it’s because of destiny—the connections between people. He says that no matter what big event is happening, it’s the small connections between people that matter…

Flashback to a sick child crawling over to ask for his mother. It’s Eun-oh, and Mom doesn’t hear him, instead drawn outside by the announcement that Lord Choi is riding past.

She watches with venom in her eyes, calling him a bastard. Interesting. So she’s human here, and Lord Choi must’ve had something to do with her family being hauled off as traitors.

And then… OMO. What is the Jade Emperor doing there? Is he allowed to just walk among the people like that? And looking so pretty too?

He walks past Mom and into the yard, where Eun-oh lies unconscious. Or dead? Jade reaches out his hand and calls him a pitiful child, and a reaper appears. Oh, he IS dead.

But one look from the Jade Emperor and the reaper bows and vanishes. Jade sends a mystical energy into Eun-oh, and says, “We’ll leave it as a debt. From now on, the time you earn from this day forward does not belong to you. One day you will come to remember this connection on this day.”

And then he carries the child back inside and lays him down, and walks away. Wow. So now we know why he’s got powers. That’s a twist I didn’t expect.

Eun-oh sighs at his dirtied magistrate’s uniform and searches for something else to wear, when he remembers the clothes he wore the day he fell off the cliff. Bundled with them is the final talisman he was reaching for when he fell.

Arang sees it and remembers that she’s seen this before… at Lord Choi’s house. They go to Bang-wool to ask if she recognizes the symbols, and tell her to look into what they could be used for.

Arang thinks it strange that Lord Choi is a connection to the mass grave too, and she wonders if he’s not the man who killed her the night she returned as human. Eun-oh decides he’ll check to see if the talisman is indeed the same at his house.

He heads out and Arang wants to follow, but he tells her to stay behind. She clutches his sleeve, “Be careful,” and he smiles.

Bang-wool thanks her for saving her life, and Arang smiles, saying it was payment for all the times she helped before.

Eun-oh sneaks into Lord Choi’s compound and follows Arang’s directions for where she saw the symbols, carved into the trees at the creepy entrance to Mom’s creepy house. He traces the steps and finds the markings, and compares. They’re they same.

Mom senses someone approaching, and hurries out. Eun-oh gets closer and closer…

Mom goes down into her lair, but then something makes her turn back. Can she sense Eun-oh? He reaches the building where she is, and approaches the door. Eek, now there’s nothing but a paper door standing between them!

He reaches out for the handle…

…when Joo-wal’s voice calls out to ask what he’s doing. ACK!


I don’t know if I’m ready yet for Eun-oh to get the crushing blow that Mom is possessed by the Big Bad, but I am dying for her to get a wrench thrown in her plan. Clearly Eun-oh really is the Jade Emperor’s secret weapon, if he’s the one who raised him from the dead and gave him his powers. Eun-oh only remembers being really sick as a child and suddenly being able to see ghosts when he woke up, but if what Jade says in the flashback is true, he’ll come to remember the truth at some point, which I hope means he gets an audience with the gods at least once. And is this the incident of mercy that they keep referring to, or is that something else? Was saving Eun-oh the thing that upset the balance?

Interestingly, it actually makes Eun-oh and Arang the same kind of being. I don’t think Eun-oh is unkillable, but he’s certainly a once-dead-but-alive-again person, just without the time spent as a ghost like Arang. I’m curious what this means for his future as well—once he fulfills his debt for the years he earned, what happens to him? Does he have an expiration date too, or does he just get to live on, if he survives the war? And is making Eun-oh kill Mom any less cruel than having Mu-young kill his sister? Is there some sort of blood bond required between demon and demon-slayer? Or is fate just a sick fuck?

I feel like the Lord Choi connection means that Mom retains her human memories even in demon form. Though her demon agenda takes priority, her personal vendetta has to be in play, otherwise why choose Lord Choi to be her hunter, and then insert Joo-wal into his household to play the son? I just hope that when it comes time, Eun-oh can see past the mother he longs for, otherwise they’re all doomed.

Please tell me that Arang gets to read Seo-rim’s diary soon. There’s more to this engagement that either Joo-wal doesn’t know about, or is hiding for nefarious purposes. His mixed-up feelings are a fantastic turn, and I really hope that a growing attraction to Arang continues to change him. And pretty please, can we visit the martial-arts-teaching-demon-slaying-master up in the mountains? I want that flashback so badly.

It’s great to have the feelings progress in such a huge way in this episode, when Eun-oh refuses to let Arang die and gets pummeled to keep her safe. I mean, this from the guy who joked that she should hurl herself off a cliff to save him. It’s so sweet and nonsensical, and I love him for it. She could handle the pain, but he doesn’t want her to. At the same time it tears her up to see him get hurt, and she’s screaming and wailing at him to just let her die already so he doesn’t get beaten anymore. Without defining anything or making any declarations, their concern for each other has taken a selfless turn.

And the kiss was such a great emotional outburst from Eun-oh, because it does nothing to save her or make her come back faster. He knows she’ll be okay in his head, but his heart lurches anyway. See, this is what happens when you repress all your feelings. You suddenly kiss people at inappropriate times, in other people’s laps no less! But thank goodness for the outburst, not that it changes their insistence on not forming an attachment. It’s clear they’re both thinking the same thing—they can’t act on their feelings with only two months left together. Now it’s crossed over past I swear I don’t like you into We like each other but we know it ends in sadness. So they just don’t go there. Too bad the heart just doesn’t work that way. The more you tell it not to go somewhere, there is where it goes.


247 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kbap

    Thank you so much for the recap! 🙂

    • 1.1 Kiara

      Thank you GF :). Love love love MC Sniper’s Mask Dance.

  2. maechan

    Araaaaaang! I’m always excited about this show! Can’t wait til tomorrow

    • 2.1 katiamon

      yeah!!!! Arang is making my week along with Reply 1997 (that already ended 🙁 )…. i have thought: could Jade emperor be EO’s teacher? that would be so awesome!!!!!!!

      • 2.1.1 Weenah

        I think so too that Jade emperor was his teacher then

        • holdtheaegyo

          Agreed! Jade Emperor’s been preparing Eun Oh for a long time.

      • 2.1.2 maechan

        Yep I’m really thinking the teacher could/must be the Jade Emperor… Since the symbols from hairpin and fan are his

      • 2.1.3 Rin

        i’m going a bit off here, but i just wanna say that out of curiosity i decided to goggle jade emperor’s real age. i mean yoo seung ho’s age.and he’s only 19!! 19!! i feel soo old.remind self must not fangirl the jade emperor.must not fangirl the jade emperor.but he’s so pretty though..

        • Rin


        • Mac

          Pshaw. I’m fangirling the Jade Emperor — in a pure motherly way, of course.

  3. jollyroger


  4. Noemi

    Saw the main screencap and gasped…must go read… 😀

    • 4.1 Noemi

      Is the girl in the mirror Im Joo Eun???

      • 4.1.1 kewbie

        That’s what I thought, too.

      • 4.1.2 Kwhat?!

        I thought so, too!

      • 4.1.3 asianromance

        Yup that’s her! She is not only really pretty, but pretty in a distinctive way. I’m usually bad at recognizing celeb cameos, but I definitely recognized her in like 2 seconds.

        • Kiara

          She is beautiful.

      • 4.1.4 Amberscube

        Exactly… It’s Im Jo Eun. I love her in Wild Romance.

        • eclipse

          Me too!! i like her sassiness,, hope she has more screen times than just a cameo,,

        • Noemi

          awesome! hope she has more scenes!

      • 4.1.5 holdtheaegyo

        Yep! I was so excited when I saw that!

    • 4.2 yammy

      Ahah did you mean the screen cap on the top? cuz if you are, I DID TOO!!! omg YSH looks fine~~ 😀

      I’m not currently watching this drama but glancing at the recaps now and then. Still dealing with gaksital-ending withdraw. would you recommend this drama for someone like me?

      • 4.2.1 Noemi

        😀 that’s the one! I would definitely recommend watching Arang! It might not fill your gaksital-void, but I think it’ll come close!

  5. nova611


  6. Em


    • 6.1 Em

      Loved this episode, esp the kiss!

  7. Naz

    This is getting better than I expected.

  8. kewbie

    Thanks for the recap as always! 🙂

  9. MhsC

    Thank you for the recap ^^

  10. 10 Redge

    I think I died when they kissed (lol nice faux cpr Eun Oh) because I wasn’t expecting it to happen AT ALL. I was so shocked.

    Also, since Jade resurrected EO from death and said he owes him his life now, I’m afraid Jade may want EO to sacrifice himself, although I hope it’s something else.

    • 10.1 ella

      “Jade may want EO to sacrifice himself, although I hope it’s something else.”
      mee too 🙁

    • 10.2 asianromance

      There’s got to be some catch. Arang’s didn’t even get such a good deal. In fact they ripped her off by giving her 3 full moons when the next full moon was a day away. And this is the girl who became a lonely, starving amnesiac ghost and has a target on her back. Eun-oh getting to be heroic and wears nice clothes and living until he’s 50?60?70? Too good to be true. Those old fogies are stingy.

      • 10.2.1 Redge

        Right? Which is why I think EO has an expiration date on him as well. Like, do this now to repay me, and you’re done and can now go to heaven/hell.

        Maybe Jade made him live all this time for this moment (slaying mom/defeating the Big Bad). His “destiny” and what not.

        • daniela

          Maybe EH will go to haven so Arang must go there too<3

          • Redge

            Let’s hope so! 🙂

      • 10.2.2 kakashi

        but… doesn’t that mean they might have a change to be together in … heaven?! If they’re both Jade’s creatures and both kinda dead … or they might give us a beautiful happy ending — as a thank you for their services, they get to continue living on earth.
        not that I truly believe in that, but I seriously don’t want to think of how sad this could get

        • Redge

          That’s what I’m hoping, that it’s the favor Jade will ask of Hades. I don’t care if Arang/EO are in heaven or earth, as long as they’re together. I can’t take a sad ending right now.

          • kakashi

            I’ll just believe in a happy ending until … the end.

      • 10.2.3 Bea

        I think Jade is gonna let them live to compensate them AND ALSO to live through them the only think he doesn’t understand, that is, love.

        • Kiara

          And after that he’ ll have love affair with one of his faries. Then she’d keep him busy so he ‘ll stop interfering with human affairs. I mean, this whole mess was his doing.

  11. 11 ricky

    Finally the fight I’ve been waiting for: eun oh vs. the death angel. Too good!

    • 11.1 Minea

      Agree about the fight. That was SO awesome! And how I love that ‘mask dance’ soundtrack. It really enhanced that scene.

      I absolutely love this episode.

    • 11.2 kakashi

      the fight scenes in this show are AWESOME! I read that LJK is doing all of it himself, he is über-cool.

      • 11.2.1 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

        that is why i love LJK..he’s so cool!

      • 11.2.2 Kiara

        He is amazingly natural since he does all the fights and some of the choreography. Love all the music that goes with it too.

  12. 12 stars4u

    So awesome this drama.

  13. 13 Jay W

    I am so loving this show. Never draggy… lots of lil details that add to the plot and the main leads are just adorable together! I really like min ah… sometimes when she stares at junki inches away from him, she looks like a cute cat!

  14. 14 ella

    love this drama <3

  15. 15 euara

    AATM is such a complicated drama yet an interesting one.,. Thank you for the recap once again.,. I can’t believe that it’s rating is tied with Nice Guy.,. I think I give NG a try.,. 😀

  16. 16 hanie

    Thanks for the recap. Haven’t read it yet but comment just to say that . . . . .

    They kissed!!!!!! (^__________^) or per Eunoh word: sharing breath. Meh. Eunoh, say whatever you like but I still call it a KISS. I’m so happy last nite!!!!! Yay!!!! (yes, I’m one of those shippers who keep on harping when will they kiss). I don’t even remember much what happened after that kiss.

    *off the read recap*

    • 16.1 hanie


      I am looking forward to Eunoh/Mom twisted reunion but at the same time didn’t want it to happen. It will crushed him for sure.

      ahhh… so thats what JE said to little Eunoh when he gives him another life. I too looking forward for Eunoh’s teacher story. Buuutttt, I don’t think it is JE since, well, he doesn’t seem like a person.. I mean… immortal being that likes doing dirty+laborious (sp?) works. Or maybe it is Hades!! He seems like a guy who likes to do that, wouldn’t he? But their (jade +Hades) conversations in past episodes doesn’t indicate even the slightest of that possibility. ermmm…

      time to stop before more theories coming out from me.

      thanks again for the recap.

  17. 17 Arang2

    Thank you GF for your entertaining & great recap! I love your sense of humor & wit! Ahhh the CPR kiss totally caught me by surprise and the fact that she woke up midway is so awesome! I actually had the same thought — that’s NO CPR! I know coz I just had that training two weeks ago! LOL! That’s a KISS!

    “LIAR! There was no breathing there, kissypants!” — totally agree 100% 😀

    • 17.1 Kiara

      He caresses her cheek and then shared breaths with his eyes closed. Yea no kissing there lol.

      • 17.1.1 jomo

        It was so perfect because it was unexpected, and wonderfully desparately sweet.

        Who needs moonlight walks?!

        • Ella Zala

          he totally kissed her there. CPR to the drain.

  18. 18 yumi

    Thanks for the recap.

    I thought Arang and Eun-oh were the same kinds of beings.

    That means whether they live or die, they can still be together here or there.


    • 18.1 Kiara

      Yea I’ll take heaven or earth as long as they end up together.

  19. 19 Anastasia

    Such a great, emotionally tight on the chect and awesome ride. I want to devour every single details and scenes.

    Thank GF

  20. 20 MeeisLee

    Thanks for the recap, I still have some Arang catching up to do since I’ve been marathoning Answer Me 1997 and going through Gaksital withdrawal. I’m surprised that this show has been on the back burner in comparison to Faith when it comes to watching it.

  21. 21 Jay

    Thank you!!!

  22. 22 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! I love this episode! I was slightly disappointed with the pace of the past few episodes and was chomping at the bit for them to do some mystery solving and to form a sort of scooby-gang (with Eun-oh, Arang, and Bang-wool…and potentially Dol-we). However, this episode really made more progress into the mystery than I had expected, went back to clues left and found in previous episodes, and gave us some wonderful revelations.

    AND it reunited Arang with Bang-wool.
    AND Arang died and came back to life again.
    AND the Kiss-disguised-as-CPR!
    AND Arang got her new outfit! within hours of getting hers dirty.
    AND Eun-oh fighting off those thugs was so frickin hot.
    AND we got another Eun-oh trespassing on someone’s property scene. He always looks hot jumping the fence/wall.
    AND Im Joo Eun cameoed as the inner spirit of Moo-yeon. Such a pretty fairy!

    • 22.1 hanie

      AND we get Eunoh + Muyoung fight. Awesome fight scene!!

      • 22.1.1 asianromance

        Agreed! Can’t believe I forgot to mention that one. I was holding my breath through most of it because it was just so awesome. It was well-matched and well-fought (AND the characters were trying to solve their own mysteries while doing so- talk about efficient!). I hope someone takes all of Eun-oh’s fight scenes and just put it in one video.

        • Mia

          I second that! Plus, i love the music that plays whenever Eun-oh fight, it’s so epic!

          • Mia

            It’s the Song of the Day too! “Mask Dance”

    • 22.2 Kwhat?!

      I was totally thinking the same thing about the Scoobies! Now they just need their Xander (Dol Swe) to get in on the act! LOL!

    • 22.3 openwide

      you forgot, jade emperor dressed in human clothes giving eun-oh ghost seeing powers and bringing him back to life.

      • 22.3.1 asianromance

        that was one of the “wonderful revelations” I had referred to! Definitely a surprising scene. Felt really sad for Eun-oh. Poor kid was literally dying and his mom just runs off like that.

  23. 23 Claudia

    this episode was so good i think i was hyperventilating more than 75% of the time. i love this drama because when it answers one question five more questions pop out of the answer. i swear at the end there i didn’t know if to urge EO forward or tell him to retreat as fast as his legs could carry him. i just don’t know if he is ready for that fight yet. poor kid if jade wasn’t so pretty I’d be pretty pissed at him for the destiny i think is coming. these gods sure don’t play with their methods of repayment.

  24. 24 Kim

    My God, this show is so complicated! I think I still miss half of what’s being conveyed, but I’m hooked anyway by the interesting, gothic feel of the show and the great performances…can’t wait to see more. I squealed at work when I saw the kiss today during lunch! I was so happy – I was giddy!

  25. 25 Jilly

    Must. Learn. Korean. This episode looks suuuuper interesting. Don’t know if I Should read first or wait for the translations on viki. I’m going crazy now that is taking so long (wheee)

    • 25.1 Jilly

      Epic Grimm Reaper fight scene. Who else thinks Jade is Eun-oh’s teacher?

      • 25.1.1 opheliadrowning

        I do, I do! Or, in a surprise twist, it is Hades! But probably not since he’s less on secrets than the Jade Emperor is!

        • Minea

          Oooh. Hades as Eun Oh’s teacher? That would really be a surprise twist. Hmmm. It’s quite viable considering that the Reapers are all under Hades – maybe he taught them their martial arts moves?

          But if that’s true, then poor Eun Oh, Hades would probably be cranky and shouty all the time during their training sessions. HAHAHA.

        • Jilly

          Nah Hades doesn’t seem like he’s really trying to help he wouldn’t take tim out to go train Eun-oh himself and I don’t think he would give Eun-oh a reaper killing fan. I’m dying to know what the hairpin does. Eun-oh kept trying to hold it during the fight and Mu-young kept trying to not let him hold it.

          • Minea

            I know what you mean about that hairpin! Ah. The mysteries in this show are just so well thought out and the progression of the reveals are perfectly paced, I think.

  26. 26 Kwhat?!

    So, I noticed something today. One of the images on the fan is the same image Bang Wool used to create the portal—maybe a chrysanthemum? It would totally makes sense for a chrysanthemum to be a mystic symbol in the world of death.

    Also, KISSING! Next time it needs to be mutual, though. And with both parties awake.

    And I love that Bang Wool is now entering the Scooby Gang for realsies.

  27. 27 drmjs

    Thanks for the recap gf. This show is so daebak!

  28. 28 nutty

    Thanks for the recaps! Now if only I can find episode 11 to watch!

    It would be totally hillarious that the eunoh’s master is Hades or Jade Emperor but appearing in Hades’s form.

    Regarding eunoh being saved by jade. does this mean if/when he dies, he and arang both get to stay in heaven? or perhpas jade gives both of them a reprive cos they save the world by getting rid of the evil woman.

    question: how is eunoh’s mother getting her revenge by allowing the evil woman to use her body when the evil woman is using her ermmm body to help choi with his illness (at least thats what i think when she untie her top and choi comes back in his underwear after he suffered his ilness in an earlier episode)

  29. 29 Rosebread

    Thanks for the recap! I’m a bit confused about something, can someone please explain to me?

    So the soul in Eun-Oh’s mother is not his mother’s soul but that of Mu Yeon’s, who is Mu Young’s sister? That means Eun-Oh is in no way related to Mu Yeon, but he will be able to recognise his mother’s body which Mu Yeon’s soul is inhabiting, is it?

    • 29.1 Rosebread

      Oh and one more question, why is Mu Yeon doing whatever she is doing anyway?

      • 29.1.1 jabberwocky

        i think, like most super villain with super power, the reason is much the same: WORLD DOMINATION.

        • luvkay

          I suspect she’s going for domination of heaven, hell and earth, since she’s been collecting evil souls to develop a demon army. She probably wants to get rid of Jade and Hades, cuz she can’t keep hiding forever!

          • kakashi

            could also be revenge. both the evil fairy and EO’s mother want revenge, perfect pairing.

    • 29.2 Kwhat?!

      That’s basically what I think. I think that somehow Mu Yeon has more power than she should, and probably fled from heaven for some reason. She wants to keep her power, which she can only have on earth, so she’ll do anything she can to keep it.

      • 29.2.1 green panda

        well evil mother was once one of Jade’s fairies …maybe he broke her heart and she went crazy. Hey it could be a reason in the land of k drama.

        • Kiara

          Maybe she was cast down from heaven for rebellion.

  30. 30 Bakachild

    I am loving this show so much. Also ratings make sense. Nice Guy is going really good. I can’t predict who’ll come on top.

    This kiss! So wasn’t expecting it at all! Squeeeeaaal. You pretty much said it all though.

    I’m pretty sure i saw Arang reading the diary in the preview. Any theories on what secrets are held in that book?

    Thanks for the recaps as always 😀

  31. 31 divaz_sha

    how i wish arang win..1 place
    but korean seam like angsty story more than love saeguk
    this story is soo sweet yet mystery

    i never know saeguk people know CPR..
    he always know how to find excuse for a kiss..
    well..man always the same

    • 31.1 Kiara

      The rescue breathing technique has been around since the 18th century or earlier. It wasnt called CPR (modern CPR) until the 19th century.

  32. 32 earthna

    HYPERVENTILATES. Who cares about subs when I got you? Lol. But seriously, I don’t know why Arang subbing team is sloooooowing down the past few episodes. So now I just watch raw then come here for recap.

    Off to the story.. OMG THAT CPR! hihihi. That was totally random and got me on my feet screaming crazily. Good thing I was alone during that time. All the romance(and tragedy) are still looming over me.

    I’m happy that a lot of questions got answered although a million more came up. I was also screaming when Eunoh said the fan and pincame from his master. “I KNEW IT!” And Jade’s revelation. I wonder how things will end up for Eunoh now that we know he was once dead. And now he owes Jade his life.

    Thank you so much for the recaps! I would probably still be clutching my hair now if I didn’t see this. Must work hard on my Korean skills. Thanks again!

    P.S. Eunoh-Muyeong fight scene is so jjang!

    • 32.1 openwide

      I know what you mean about the slowed subbing. I thought it was strange too. To the Beautiful You and Nice Guy are all done but Arang is still at 50%. Not complaining about the subbers or anything but it’s surprising that’s all.

      I wonder who Eun-Oh’s master is… Jade perhaps? hmm… well, I can’t wait to watch tomorrow’s episode. More kissing and squee moments! Hopefully recaps will be up before I leave for work tomorrow night. If not, I’ll just have to wait for it on Friday.

    • 32.2 anastassia

      Me too during the earlier episode by 10-11 in the next morning it is already 100&-99& finish. Now it is already mid afternoon and the subs is not finished yet. Maybe some of the teams is busy. Not complaining just comparing. Either way I watch what I can and LOOOOOVE it.

    • 32.3 Redge

      I read that the Marang team over at viki lost some subbers, that’s why it has been slow. 🙁 I still appreciate all their efforts though.

      • 32.3.1 earthna

        Really? Omg that’s sad. I wonder why. Still thankful to subbers who are still there.

      • 32.3.2 Kwhat?!

        I wouldn’t be surprised if some jumped ship or moved over to subbing Nice Guy, since many people seem dissatisfied with Arang. I too am exceedingly grateful for all subbers and the amazing work they do. Even if I don’t get my Arang fix as soon as I used to. Fighting!

        • Kiara

          Right, and its much easier to sub modern dramas.

    • 32.4 ck1Oz

      TTBY has ONE massively fast/ talented subber who did/can sub one sageuk drama by herself. That is the same subber subbing Faith.
      Arang subbers- were all on holidays then Arang got delayed and everyone is back in school.
      Not to mention we have so many good dramas airing all week everyone is on multiple dramas. Every night.

      • 32.4.1 kakashi

        I LOVE you subbers to pieces! And I don’t care how long it takes you cause you’re so awesome

      • 32.4.2 jomo

        It is amazing that we non-K’s actually can watch
        three, count ’em, THREE, 60+ minutes episodes fully subbed the day they air in Korea.

        I am forever grateful.
        People who complain need to spend eternity with Creepy Mom.

        • Kiara

          Exactly, thats why I ditched cable and start watching them online. I’m very very grateful to all the subbers out there, especially viki,dramafever, WITHS2 and Darksmurfsub.

        • kakashi

          haha, Creepy-Mom-Hell for all the complainers, a w e s o m e!

        • Minea


          “People who complain need to spend eternity with Creepy Mom.”

          Heehee. So funny.

          Thanks to all the wonderful subbers. What would be my kdrama experience without you? I, too, am forever grateful. *bows*

      • 32.4.3 earthna

        Yeah. Exactly. Lots of dramas out there now. I really appreciate all the effort.

        Is the subber you’re talking about dramaok? Lol. Not checking subbing team anymore coz I watch in the app. I am forever grateful to her for subbing(mainly) deep rooted tree!

        • ck1Oz

          Yes that’s her and she subs early straight after uploading for TTBY .The Arang subbers are coming night time PST time.But since we have good reliable remaining subbers we are really grateful to them.

          • earthna

            Lol. I just knew it was dramaok. Well, time didn’t really matter coz subbers have their lives too outside the internet.

  33. 33 news

    Yay! I knew he wasn’t exactly alive. Otherwise, how would they get their happy ending…TOGETHER?

  34. 34 Mia

    seriously awesome episode <3 i can't wait for tomorrow!

  35. 35 Noelle

    OMG! I love this show to bits and pieces. These writers deserve cake. A great big cake.

  36. 36 caltan

    This drama is really keeping me on suspense. Thing is I can’t go to the end of the episode to know how it ends cos it is currently airing!
    JK’s protrayal of Eun-Let’s feelings is just such a tease, even up to the aftermath of the kids of life. Such enduring and endearing sense of protectiveness over a being that cannot die….but knowing that Arang won’t be around for long puts this into greater poignancy.

    In the trailer for ep 13, a short scene shows Arang suddenly bolting up in , catching Eun-Oh in the shadows. That flicker of surprise and embarassment on JK’s face is just so well done and layered!

  37. 37 Shin Haido

    thank you for the recap… finally they kissed. lol…

    “The more you tell it not to go somewhere, there is where it goes.” nice words, i hope Arang & Sado get a happy ending..

  38. 38 dany

    WOW! Great episode. So many revelations! I can’t wait to see it with subs.
    And I think this is better than Nice Guy, I hope it gets to stay in first place.

    • 38.1 earthna

      Finally someone who thinks the same way. Lol. Nice guy is also good but there’s so much info right from the start and I’m not curious about anything now. Well, I people have different tastes. 🙂

  39. 39 Reena

    I pretty much squealed when I saw the screencap of the kiss! hahaha… awesome!

    this drama is just sooo entertaining… I love that it makes me itch for moooore clues! I have so many questions in my head!

  40. 40 Garrdan75

    Thanks very much for the recap, girlfriday! I always enjoy your writing~ so witty and humorous at times and deeply significant and poignant at others. You have the gift for gab and blab! 🙂 🙂

    a most appreciative fan of yours and this website,


  41. 41 jinkzz

    Oh my…the kiss had me screaming at the top of my lungs and had to pause the drama to catch my breath…

    This is an exciting episode… I kinda guessed that Eun Ho most likely died when he was sick during childhood …which explains how he can ghosts… I am inclined to think that the Jade Emperor is also his “teacher” who gave him the fan and the hairpin…or, at least he has something to do with Eun Ho ending up with those items…ahhh cannot wait to watch tomorrow’s episode…

  42. 42 zsa

    kissypants…LOL….that’s one passionate CPR

    • 42.1 Kiara

      Joseon Style :).

    • 42.2 Reka

      I loved that scene,” Oh I’m just sharing my breath.” HA! More like, “I’m sharing my lips.”

      I should use that when I see a hot guy. “I’m not kissing you, really! I’m sharing my breath! Honest, it’s Joseon style CPR.”

  43. 43 Minea

    Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

  44. 44 Amberscube

    I love the surprises in the story… I was pretty sure that the Jade Emperor healed and gave the power to Eun Oh when he got sick but i was pretty surprised that he actually died and brought back to life. And that Jade Emperor himself was roaming the earth at that time. More questions.. I love this show

  45. 45 Miss rain ENgineer :P

    Thanks for recaps 🙂

  46. 46 saranga

    this show is the most wonderful onion ever. it keeps peeling back the most unexpected layers—suspense done SO RIGHT.

    if eun-oh’s mother is being possessed, and that would mean she herself is still alive, i wonder if we’ll start to see glimpses of her real self. would she recognize eun-oh as her son? would the sight of him possibly jolt her back to her old self, or weaken mu-yeon’s hold on her?

    i wonder what the original mu-yeon was like. what prompted her to leave heaven and come down to earth? she must have had some darkness in her. i think hades said in a previous episode that he’d told jade that they should have thrown “that guy” into hell to begin with. and mu-young suspected her when he saw the talismans. i wonder if it was the talismans or the written characters—perhaps calligraphy might have been her “thing?”

    something doesn’t add up for me, or i might need to rewatch old episodes. lord choi said he had been serving “wife” for decades, but in the flashbacks from 3 years previously, eun-oh’s mother seemed like her original self. that is, not possessed by mu-yeon. has “wife” been changing up her form? and if lord choi knows this, then it makes sense that eun-oh’s mother somehow became possessed by mu-yeon around 3 years ago, when eun-oh saw her last?

    hope that’s not too confusing…

    • 46.1 earthna

      I love the onion metaphor! Lol. I’m also confused about the time frames coz in eunoh’s flashbacks, mom seems alright but she is probably possessed a long time ago coz it was her body when joowal got ‘recruited’, right?

      • 46.1.1 Bella

        That was a different vessel (woman).. I believe Lord Choi even married that vessel. Compare JW’s flashback and the high shaman now.. they’re different people.

        • Kwhat?!

          Yep. Different people. Plus, the image in the creepy mirror is different too (although it could be argued it’s just a younger version, I’m positive it’s not, going back to the JW flashback.)

          I think the Big Bad needs souls and bodies, just for different purposes. So she takes over the body, but does something with the soul. I’m not sure she eats/consumes them, but maybe binds them somehow.

        • luvkay

          The image in the creepy mirror is probably the real Mu Yeon aka the fallen fairy from heaven/the Big Bad/Mu Young’s sister. My guess is that the mirror reflects the true self or soul of the person looking in it.

          I agree that the Big Bad needs bodies and souls for different purposes – the souls of pure innocent girls every 3 or so years to maintain her soul’s youth, and the bodies to occupy and replace when they grow old. The Big Bad is supposed to be more than 400 years old, so that’s a lot of bodies.

        • saranga

          i must have missed one of the flashbacks then, since i don’t remember a different looking “wife”… off to find it now!

        • earthna

          I might have missed that. Let me go check. Woooooshhh

    • 46.2 opheliadrowning

      Oh, I love the idea of his mother sort of peeking through the possession. But the complicated thing is…did she ever love or care for him? I mean, she left the poor boy dead outside on the ground! Perhaps though being possessed by the fairy has given his mom the insight that her obsession of getting revenge has corrupted and destroyed her, and that this isn’t the way to be, and while she’ll never be the loving mother he wants, she doesn’t have to be totally bad, either.

      But speaking of her, what I’m thinking now is that the person who destroyed her life and family was Lord Choi, and that perhaps she allowed herself to be possessed because she made a deal with the evil fairy–that by letting her body be used, that the fairy would help her destroy Lord Choi–however right or wrong. Maybe his sickness is the revenge? But when the fairy found him useful she decided to keep him around? Or she just hoodwinked mom.

      Thoughts on that?

      • 46.2.1 jomo

        I think EO’s mom was a selfish bitter person bent on avenging her dead relatives while ignoring her son WHO ACTUALLY DIES ASKING FOR WATER!!!!!

        MY prolly knew EO Mom heart, and that was why MY approached her about using the body. EO’s mom probably readily accepted as a way to get back at Choi.

        Either EO’s Mom is dead, sharing the body, or her soul is tucked away somewhere in a jar.

        • kakashi

          The possession must have happened sometime after the mom left EO, so everything we’ve seen of her before is the ‘real’ mom. I definitely wouldn’t want a mom like that. jeez. from what they’ve shown us, she has never even given him an inch of love.

          And I’m on board with your Choi-theory, I think it’s a revenge deal – mom gets her revenge on Choi (though we don’t exactly know yet in what form) and evil-fairy gets some other revenge thanks to mom and the body-sharing-deal (though we don’t know yet for what and on whom… most certainly Jade and/or Hades, but the evil master-plan needs yet to be revealed).

          I guess we can expect some more unexpected twists in the future, though!

          • Carole McDonnell

            But what about the time when Joo Wal asked Lord Choi, “Remember what happened to your wife when she went unsummoned to Big Bad?” I think that was the question. It sounded as if wifey happened upon that. Was that a different woman entirely?

          • kakashi

            oh dear, Carole, this is seriously complicated … I don’t remember that scene and I am getting more confused the more I think about it all. So I’ll stop thinking about it and will instead think about what I want to happen in episode 13 next week 🙂

          • Carole McDonnell

            It was when they met Arang as she was looking at the talisman. I think — don’t hold me to it, though– that Joo Wal said, “Remember what happened to your wife when she came here?”

      • 46.2.2 saranga

        i hadn’t thought of that—eun-oh’s mom making a deal with mu-yeon. a plausible theory! the flashbacks we’ve seen of mom show her royally hell bent on revenge, to the extent where she probably would have sold her soul without a second thought, if she could just have her revenge in the end.

        maybe mu-yeon somehow caught wind of eun-oh’s mother’s feelings towards lord choi, and offered her the deal. it seems like lord choi has been serving mu-yeon for decades, long before mom ever got mixed up in their business. either way, lord choi seems majorly screwed. lol

        as for her love for eun-oh, i want to think he occupied SOME small space in her heart. when she was imploring him to go live with his father so he wouldn’t have to be called a concubine’s son, she seemed to be in earnest. i think there are lots of women who don’t know how to be good mothers to their children, making them less than ideal as parents, but that doesn’t stop them from loving their children in their own ways.

        • kakashi

          “it seems like lord choi has been serving mu-yeon for decades” –> alright, that makes sense! totally the missing piece for something I’ve been thinking about.
          I have been wondering how Jade could have possibly known that EO’s mum would be possessed by the evil fairy at a later stage (he has obviously been targeting EO for a long time before the possession), but since he knows mum hates Choi-bad-boy and since he (might know) that the evil fairy is being served by Choi-bad-boy, he could have guessed correctly that EO’s mum would be the next ‘vessel’. does that make sense?

          • saranga

            i’m not sure i’m quite buying the theory (yet) that jade knew mu-yeon would possess mom in the future—yet, at least. it does seem like he’s been planning this for awhile (according to the convo between him and hades right before the little eun-oh flashback). eun-oh seems to be the “weapon” that the gods frequently refer to, and arang is perhaps the bait after all.

            i went back and watched the first couple of episodes and it’s so fascinating now—why joo-wal went to the gisaeng house, what the ring meant, etc. it all makes sense, but it wasn’t clear back then. hopefully a few episodes from now all this will be like that too. hehe 🙂

        • jomo

          i want to think he occupied SOME small space in her heart. when she was imploring him to go live with his father so he wouldn’t have to be called a concubine’s son, she seemed to be in earnest.

          I think the marble like heart shaped item in her chest cannot hold any love.

          She did not implore her son to go live with the father, she implored the person that arrived AFTER SHE LET HIM DIE TO DEATH BEGGING FOR WATER!
          (I can’t seem to let this go…)

    • 46.3 Carole McDonnell

      If I’m understanding the mythology, Mu Young was once human. So Mu Yeon was probably human as well before she became a fairy because Jade mentioned fairies marrying Grim Reapers. Am wondering if she descended after she died?

      • 46.3.1 Mia

        Fairies and Grim Reapers can marry?! Maybe that’s how Jade emperor will help them stay together? Eun-oh as Hell’s Grim Reaper and Arang as Heaven’s Fairy? Please please i hope so! That would be awesome!

        • Carole McDonnell

          Yeah, Jade told his fairy that she’s too glum that’s why the Grims don’t have anything to do with her. So apparently, there is romance in heaven/afterlife.

  47. 47 bishbash

    “From the distance, Joo-wal’s eyes turn to saucers at the sight.”

    So did ours, I swear!

  48. 48 anais

    Awesome. Thank you as always for your recaps.

    One quick correction. If I understood correctly, Arang has only one month if what she has remaining are two boreums, since a boreum is 15 days. There’s very, very little time left.

    • 48.1 Bakachild

      She has two full moon left. The moon cycle takes 29 days so she has about a month and half or a little bit less left judging by that moon.

  49. 49 athena

    While waiting to watch the episode 11 and 12 ..here I am reading your recap ,then will watch both episode with my hubby (this is the 1st Korean Drama he watch in the net) he love this drama and I can’t be happy enough when he shares the same passion as I..Thanks for this recap your are awesome…

  50. 50 graygirl

    I thought the ratings of this drama is already over 20%? Hmmm.. Kind of sad that its ratings is not so high..

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