Drama Recaps
Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 9
by | September 12, 2012 | 135 Comments

This pair is just so cute and crackling with chemistry. You could do anything with them and I’m laughing and swooning and grinning from ear to ear. We finally get at some feelings in this episode, though the denial is strong with these two. But when danger and fear and worry start to strip away their defenses, there are just some things even these two can’t ignore.

With Gaksital out of the way, Arang moved up to the number one spot with 14.1% ratings today, while Nice Guy premiered at 10.5% and To the Beautiful You came in at 5.4%.

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EPISODE 9 RECAP

Eun-oh wears his spiffy new I’m-the-boss magistrate’s robes to receive Lord Choi. He gets straight to the questions—he’s the magistrate, so why is Lord Choi running around covering up graves and destroying evidence in a murder investigation?

Lord Choi says with surprise that it’s not a murder scene but a public mass grave that everyone in the town knows about. Dude, now you’re just making things up? He says that this town has a painful history of a massacre and digging up that grave is a reminder of that scar. He challenges Eun-oh to ask anyone, and the Bangs all nod their heads like obedient little liars.

Lord Choi insists that all he wants is peace in this town. Eun-oh wonders out loud whose peace he really means. He uses an adage to call him a fox playing the tiger while the tiger’s away, leaving Lord Choi fuming.

He turns the metaphor around on Eun-oh to ask if he’s not a fox using a tiger’s power to display some swagger, and laughs that he didn’t expect Lord Kim to have an illegitimate son like him. Damn. That strikes a nerve.

Joo-wal arrives to overhear that last bit, and so does Arang. Lord Choi chuckles gleefully as he goes on, calling him the son of a concubine, who was the daughter of insurgents at that. Eun-oh balls up his fists, and Lord Choi laughs and laughs, wondering what’s become of this world that such a person could become a magistrate.

Eun-oh can barely contain himself, and then turns to see Arang and Joo-wal watching. Ow, that’s a blow to his ego. Lord Choi laughs that nowhere in Joseon can a man of such birth wield any influence, saying to his face that he can play all he wants but it won’t do any good.

Arang hurries Joo-wal out of there, but all Eun-oh sees is them running off on their date. He is having the worst day.

Joo-wal talks about places in Miryang that he wants to show her, but Arang doesn’t respond, finally blurting defiantly, “Whether a person is of legitimate or illegitimate birth, they’re all the same people. Do you know what it means that they’re all the same people? When you die, you and I all end up the same.”

She turns back, but her words leave Joo-wal curious. Does the death talk poke at your conscience, or are we past that point?

Lord Choi asks Eun-oh if he’ll continue playing magistrate, and suggests that a true nobleman would step down to save his father’s face. He walks out, but then Arang storms in and gets right up in his face.

She speaks to him in banmal, demanding to know who made such ridiculous rules about illegitimate birth. “I know the Jade Emperor old fogey personally, and he doesn’t make such childish rules!” I. Love. Her.

He gets all huffy, but she just spits back, “Where do they birth such precious old fogeys like you? You look down on illegitimate birth (suh-chul) so it can’t be the west (suh). Where? East, north, south? Where do you have to be born so that you can stand above others and be more precious than all other people?!”

That is such a satisfying smackdown. And punny too! Lord Choi sputters, literally rendered speechless, and Arang even points out that he doesn’t have a comeback because he has no leg to stand on.

He threatens to kill her, and she happily tells him to try since it’ll just make him angry. He finally screams, “You bitch!” and raises his fist…

And Eun-oh steps up to grab him, while Joo-wal swoops in to pull Arang out of the way. Now they’re standing there eyeing each other in the center of the already tense moment, all Hey I’m being the hero here and No, I got this.

Joo-wal suggests he let go of his father’s arm and he’ll take him home. He turns to Arang to say he’ll come back another time, just making Eun-oh crazier. Lord Choi starts to complain as soon as they step outside, but Joo-wal hilariously just walks past him without a second glance. Ha.

Eun-oh has nothing to say of course, so he just nags in his usual way that Arang causes trouble wherever she goes. He says she needlessly butted in, making fun of her nonsense puns.

She counters that unlike someone, she’s not the type to just let injustices pass by her, and whatever, you can’t use logic with a dumb person—you have to be equally nonsensical and counter stupidity with stupidity. Ha. I like that rule.

He finally asks the thing that’s really bugging him: where was she going with Joo-wal? She doesn’t know since she didn’t get to go because of Eun-oh, and asks if she should go ask. He snaps at her not to go anywhere, nagging her about being a grown woman and running about after a man. Doesn’t she know the rules of conduct between a man and a woman?

She sneers that he sure does care a lot about propriety for a man who’s not of noble birth, and totally patronizes him, “You should just live comfortably according to your station in life. There are plenty of smart people of illegitimate birth!” Hahaha. I’m dying. Rushing to his defense one minute, then picking at his open wounds the next?

He stomps away like an angry child. She calls out after him that he did look really handsome in the magistrate’s uniform though, and walks off with a sigh.

Lord Choi complains to Mom about Joo-wal’s inexcusable behavior, not knowing that she’s the one who told him to get close to Arang. She just listens to his rant and says nothing, choosing to keep Project Immortality under wraps.

He sends his servant to gather up some strong men, wanting to take care of Eun-oh quietly.

Eun-oh sits in the same position for hours lost in thought, and Arang finally comes back out to check on him, annoyed that she can’t stop being concerned. She pokes a hole in the paper wall to check (handy, that), and finds him sitting with his head in his hand.

But then we get to see him closer up, and he’s snoring, having fallen asleep that way. Pffft.

Dol-swe can’t find Bang-wool at the marketplace, so he seeks her out at home and brings her back with him, to either exorcise the ghost or un-enchant the gumiho or whatever it is that Arang is.

He leaves her in the courtyard while he looks for Arang, and she finds Bang-wool first. Arang walks up with a big smile, but Bang-wool assumes that she’s the other woman in Dol-swe’s life, still never having seen Arang’s face.

So it’s extra confusing when Bang-wool starts saying things that make sense, only they sound surprisingly brash coming from her: are you still hanging around, haven’t you taken enough, batting those pretty eyes won’t work because he called me here to get rid of you.

But there’s no chance to clear the air because the Bangs recognize Bang-wool as the quack shaman and chase her out. Dol-swe follows out in a panic and manages to secure her escape.

Up in the bridge between heaven and hell, the mood is still somber after the loss of a reaper. Jade Emperor sighs that their badook game is no fun when Hades is wearing such a scowl on his face, but his brother asks how he’d feel if he lost one of his fairies.

Jade quickly revises and tells him to scowl all he wants. Hades complains that it’s all his fault, and then asks how long he’s going to keep Mu-young in the dark. Oh noes.

Down below, Mu-young is hard at work reaping souls, while Mom goes down into her lair to take out her reaper-killing sword.

Arang comes by to peep on Eun-oh again, and he scares her off her feet when he slams the door and comes out. She suggests they go look at flowers to lift their spirits, and gets him to agree by doing exactly what Bang-wool said—batting her eyelashes and making him smile.

He finally notices her bloodstained clothes, so she gets a wardrobe change before they head out. She asks on the way if this is all he had, and he points out she wore the same clothes for three years as a ghost, so quit complaning.

He isn’t happy to find out they’re here to see the flowers because it’s what Joo-wal wanted to do on their date, and even more miffed when she says he has such good taste.

But he smiles to see her light up at the pretty flowers. She says she wants to be reborn as a flower when she dies, and then amends that—she’d rather be a butterfly. He wonders how she spent three years as a ghost in this town without seeing these flowers, and she says she has seen them before, lots, enough to be sick of them.

Arang: “But it’s the first time with you. Being with you makes the same landscape look different.”

He’s so taken aback that he accuses her of messing with him. She takes a step forward. He takes a step back. *blink blink* She leans in…

And asks for a peach. Heh. She says she didn’t get to eat all day because he didn’t eat either, and he asks if that’s why she was pacing around his room all day. She says of course, what other reason would there be?

On their way back home, she asks why he’s looking for his mother. She says she has no memory of family, so she doesn’t get it. Eun-oh says that she disappeared because of him.

He says that she spent her whole life swearing revenge on the ones who turned her father into a traitor, and never once looked at her son. There was no room for his father or him in her world. Arang asks if he didn’t hate her, and he says he hated the world that made her that way and felt bad for her.

But he says he hated her, just once… and then realized then that he had been hating her for a long time. Arang asks confused, “If someone you hate disappears, isn’t that a good thing?” He laughs at himself for thinking that he could talk about such things with her.

Suddenly a group of thugs stand in their path, and demand his purse. Eun-oh drops a coin at their feet thinking them petty criminals, but clearly they’re here for a bit more than that. I love the way Arang smirks at them, like you don’t know what you just got into.

Eun-oh takes off his hat and tells Arang to sit back, and she just perches on a rock. You almost want to hand her a bucket of popcorn.

Eun-oh fights them off handily with his quick moves, using his fan against daggers. I think maybe it’s time you start carrying a sword or something sharper? Though it is cool to see him take down so many guys with just a fan.

He deflects a dagger headed towards him and it lands in another guy’s chest, and he dies instantly. Oh no!

Arang shakes her head that the reapers will be here any second now. But Mu-young is there, and not doing anything. He just watches from the sidelines as Eun-oh keeps fighting.

Arang begins to worry that the reapers are taking too long and they’ll lose another ghost, just as Mom’s two demon-reapers show up and take the soul away. She does a double take, realizing that there’s something off about them. They’re not reapers.

She takes off after them. Mu-young watches all this unfold, perhaps having waited for the same opportunity to follow them? But now he’s chasing after Arang.

She follows them into a spooky alley and actually calls out to them. Eep! Are you crazy?

They stop and turn around to face her, and she just bravely walks right up, “What are you guys?” She says they can’t drag a soul off like that—that’s not how it works. You have to choose to remain in this world and be a ghost, not get carted off to be one.

She asks the hostage soul if he wants to be a ghost, and he shakes his head, but the demon reaper just knocks Arang aside. Mu-young! Do something!

Eun-oh polishes off the rest of the attackers, and sends them limping away. Lord Choi’s servant fumes at the failed mission. Eun-oh darts around and screams, “Araaaaaaaaaaaaang!” Woot! He used her name, though of course she’s not around to hear it.

The demon-reaper points his sword at Arang, and she shakily says it won’t do any good. I’m not so sure about that, given that it can kill a grim reaper, but I’d rather not test it. He moves to strike…

But Mu-young flies into action and blocks his sword. Phew. It’s two against one, but then Eun-oh catches up, and fights the other one. Mu-young slices his opponent with his sword and then turns to Eun-oh, who’s fighting his with just his fan.

But then he flings the fan open, and swings… and it slices the demon-reaper right across the throat, and he vaporizes.

WUT. Okay, not just a fan then.

Mu-young is shocked even further when he sees the symbols in Eun-oh’s fan. Arang runs up to ask Mu-young what those guys were, acting like they just won a fight on the same side. But he snaps that she ruined everything.

Aw, it’s not her fault that you didn’t tell her about your super secret plan! Grim reapers. So cranky.

He swooshes away and then Eun-oh lays into her too, screaming that he told her to stay put. She stammers that he only told her to sit over there.

Eun-oh: “Don’t make me go looking for you!” Oof. His biggest fear. His voice softens a little and he pleads again not to make him go looking for her, not to make him concerned. Aw.

Mom senses the death of her demon minions, as the jars that held them break. The scarier part is how many rows and rows of jars she’s got down there.

She names Mu-young (ruh-roh) and says he’s getting in her way. She leers at an creepy-looking mirror.

Tiny souls climb the steps leading up to Hades’ throne, and I really love the strangeness of the visual—they look so teeny and he looks so large. His voice booms as he calls out their crime of telling lies and pretending to believe them, and speaking false as if it’s truth.

He knocks his scepter and condemns them to the Hell of Disclosure. Haha. I think I’m going to like these creative hells.

Eun-oh and Arang arrive home and separate awkwardly. Can we send them to the hell of disclosure? Not for eternity, but just like on a field trip?

Arang goes to her room and thinks over Eun-oh’s outburst and wonders, “But I’m the one who’s concerned. Why did he say that? It doesn’t seem like anything but…” she covers her flushed cheeks, “now I see him as a man.”

She buries her head under the covers and tries to wiggle the image out of her brain. Yeah good luck with that.

Mu-young reports to the Jade Emperor that he caught more demons, and he tells him to hurry and give them to Hades so he has something to calm his temper. Hades joins him for some fishing instead, and wonders why Mu-young is acting outside of orders.

Oh, interesting. So following them was his own idea? Hades wonders if maybe he knows something about the big bad, and Jade says it’s likely more of an instinct, and a fear that he might be right.

Hades wonders why it all matters to him anyway when he can just sit here and watch and know everything. But Jade counters, “I don’t know that one crucial thing. The human heart.”

How fascinating. Do the gods know everything except the human heart? Jade says it’s got so many layers that it’s hard to find a path. Hades scoffs that if he were in a seat of judgment like him, he’d know right away.

He says there are two kinds of human hearts, plain and simple: good and bad. Oh, and
“the weird ones.” HA. He just called all of humanity a movie title: The Good, The Bad, The Weird.

He says to think of it in simple terms like that—is Mu-young good or bad? But then he realizes his own question is moot because Mu-young isn’t human anyway. The Jade Emperor just nods and takes it all in.

Arang comes out in the morning to find Eun-oh pacing outside her door, dark circles down to there. They both jump. He runs up and starts to explain nervously, “That thing I said last night…”

She says she thought about it all night, and his eyes widen. He panics internally, “Why did you think about it all night?” Hee.

She says it’s because of his mom, right? He’s surprised that she’s giving him his excuse before he can, and quickly agrees. Well it’s no fun if you’re helping each other stay aboard the denial train.

He declares that he’s thought of a solution for how to stop being so worried about her. Does it involve always being together? ‘Cause I like that plan. He takes her to a grassy spot and says he’s going to teach her self-defense.

She’d rather have a knife or a fancy fan like him, but he just ignores her and starts in on the lesson: “When a man grabs you like this…” Is this just an excuse for skinship?

But the second he reaches to hug her, she head-butts, knees him in the groin, elbows him, and kicks him when he’s down. HA. Dol-swe watches curiously, and then decides that at least if they’re fighting, it’s a good thing.

Eun-oh winces and writhes, as Arang checks on him and insists she knows all this stuff. But he tells her they’re just getting started. He has her turn around and makes another move to grab her from behind.

She whirls around at the last second to say something, and they end up face to face, with his arms around her. Gulp.

She just blinks up at him, while he freaks out from the tension and finally runs away, yelling that they’re done for today. Hee. She runs after him, and Dol-swe frowns from the bushes.

Arang thinks on her own and realizes that Eun-oh’s dealing with all this now partly because of her, because she scared all the past magistrates to death. She looks up at the sky and apologizes to the past magistrates, saying that now that she’s experienced death she knows how painful it is, and how much they must’ve hurt when she scared them. She promises to make up for it in the afterlife.

Lord Choi’s minion follows up on another rising problem in town—people who keep gathering in front of the magistrate’s office, seeking his help rather than Lord Choi’s. He beats a man half to death trying to find out why.

The man’s son comes crying to Lord Choi to save his father, and he just shoos the little boy away coldly.

Meanwhile, Joo-wal thinks back to Arang’s defiant outburst at his father, smiling to himself. Uh-oh, feelings? Dad watches him, wondering why he’s still alive. He begins to suspect that there might be an alliance of evil forming against him. Well yunno, an alliance of other evil.

Joo-wal goes to see Mom, who’s in a bad mood trying to figure out this Mu-young problem. He asks about Arang—she said that Arang was immortal, but what is she? Is she not human?

Mom says it’s unimportant what she is, and she only cares about the immortality part. Joo-wal interjects and gets reamed for asking so many questions. Her eyes narrow. Hm, finally a rift? He’s starting to question her.

She throws him out and talks aloud to herself, saying that such a being can’t exist. “Not unless they made her.” Oh chills. She turns her eyes upward, “A being made to try and catch me?” She cackles at the foolish attempt. Augh. She’s evil AND smart?

Arang sits in her room and talks to Seo-rim in the mirror, saying that she accepts it now that Seo-rim must’ve been in a one-sided love with Joo-wal. It’s not her cup of tea (the unrequited-ness) but she figures at least her life had some color to it.

The reflection that smiles back at her is so sad. She decides that Eun-oh was right, and that Joo-wal is the only one. The only one for what?

Eun-oh decides something and storms over to Arang’s room, only to find Joo-wal standing outside yet again. They get into a round of passive-aggressive arguments over why he’s here and whose concern it is or isn’t, when Arang arrives behind them.

Joo-wal is quick to walk up and ask her for another date, and she agrees, saying that she was actually going to go look for him. That is not the answer Eun-oh wanted to hear, and he stomps up to grab her by the wrist and drag her away.

He says there’s no need to go, so don’t go. She reminds him that she’s going to do whatever she wants whenever she wants, and he can’t tell her what to do. He growls that he told her not to make him concerned, and he can’t rest if she’s out with that guy.

He calls Joo-wal suspicious for always circling around her, but she doesn’t see it of course. Eun-oh: “Don’t go!” Arang: “I’m going.” Ha. She wants to ask Joo-wal why he was betrothed to a girl whose face he didn’t even know, and if he really knows nothing about Seo-rim… or is just pretending to.

Hm, smart girl. I like that she’s not totally hoodwinked and is agreeing to meet him for her own murder investigation.

Eun-oh is left reeling, and chases after them. Dol-swe joins him to jab him some more, wondering when Arang became so chummy with Joo-wal and how come they left together all happiness and sunshine.

Eun-oh runs after them, determined to either be a stalker or a full-on killjoy, when the little boy comes crying at his feet, asking the magistrate to save his father. Eun-oh doesn’t give much heed to the weeping child until he says that his father has been captured by Lord Choi and will die if the magistrate doesn’t save him.

Is he… actually going to care? Step in to help someone? Annoyed, he tells Dol-swe to deal with the problem, but Dol-swe correctly argues that he has no clout here to stop whatever’s going on.

The child clamps onto Eun-oh’s leg, crying as he pleads for his father’s life. Eun-oh pauses, but then shakes the boy away and says it’s none of his concern. Oh, you cold bastard.

He stalks off after Arang… but then stops a few feet away. He looks back…

 
COMMENTS

You had better turn around, magistrate! You can’t just be puttin’ on the fancy duds and strut around like you own the joint and then ignore actual cries for help. And from a little boy who’s crying for his parent’s life? How can you not relate to that? What would Arang think?

I like that we’re getting some good cracks in Eun-oh’s armor the more and more he lets Arang in. The confession about his mom—that he’s looking for her not because they had a loving mother-son relationship but because of his overwhelming guilt at hating her his whole life—is the first true thing he’s really ever said about himself. It fits better with the flashbacks that we’ve been given of her strange life, locked away and gnashing her teeth over her wronged family. She seemed (if she was indeed just human at that point, ’cause who knows) like she had checked out of life, and was never there for him, despite his constant cries for her. So in fact Eun-oh and Joo-wal are more alike the more we get to know them, both having longed for a mother’s love their entire lives. And of course the fact that Mom is a twisted demon mother who’s feeding on that need in Joo-wal is the extra wiggy thing about it.

I’m really intrigued by the idea that the human heart eludes the kings of heaven and hell—they can pass judgment and they can create life where there’s death, but they can’t know the human heart. It’s great for them to finally have a puzzle too, because so far they’ve just been withholding information and being puppet masters, but I like that there’s something they can’t know, and something they’re curious about. Mu-young acting on his own agenda is a great development as well, because he’s the head soldier who never falls out of line… but he’s starting to make decisions on his own. It seems a dangerous thing to have a grim reaper going rogue, but I love what that might mean for the story. I actually hope he goes a little off the reservation, because that guy needs to let his hair down (figuratively—I don’t think I could handle the scary if he had the creepy hair to go with).

How much do I love Arang? A sassy ex-ghost who cuts pompous asses down to size with scathing wit and nonsense puns? She just speaks to my heart. I love that she’s contrary by nature, which means she always says no first, just because. She also gets to question everything because she’s not tied to the rules of this world, whether it’s strict social rules of Joseon aristocracy or the laws of life and death. It cracks me up that she invokes the name of the Jade Emperor to argue that if that old fogey didn’t make such rules, then why does any old fogey get to? I really hope that it’s an aspect of her character that will rub off on Eun-oh as he starts to take some social responsibility, because really, I think she should be the one making the rules around here.

And Eun-oh’s got quite the tricks up his sleeve, if even Mu-young is stunned by his demon-killin’ fan o’ doom. I want more details on where he learned this stuff—who is this teacher in the mountains who taught him how to fight? Because I think you learned a little more than fancy martial arts up there. I’d love some flashbacks to the days when he first discovered his powers, and I’m dying to know the full extent of them.

The love triangle is progressing swimmingly, namely driving Eun-oh crazy (love) and making Joo-wal a little braver, a little more defiant. He’s still evil and has evil intentions of course, but it’s great to have him start to feel something, and simultaneously break away bit by bit from Mom’s influence. That’s exactly the conflict I want to see for him. I just hope that the jealousy on Eun-oh’s part forces him to confess his feelings before Joo-wal does something evil and he gets to say I-told-you-so and blame it all on his suspicions. Because yes, your evil-dar is pinging, but it’s your heart I want you to answer.

 
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135 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Amberscube

    Im so excited…

    • 1.1 Amberscube

      … To be first
      … To watch this. Im still waiting for subs at Viki
      … To read the recap
      … For Arang and Eun Oh

      • 1.1.1 Kiara

        I watched it this morning with 0% subs and again at 45% and again at 85% now I’m going to check if its 100% lol.

        • 1.1.1.1 Naz

          Hard cord fan we have here.

          • 1.1.1.1.1 ELENA

            I wait for dramafever, is not segmented. I used to haunt vikki for all my exciting new dramas… not anymore.. too many viruses.

  2. Miss D

    Hahahaha all of the glaring between the two competing men (who seem to act more like kids sometimes) had me cracking up :D

  3. MhsC

    Thanks !

  4. JoowonLover ;P

    “With Gaksital out of the way”?!!

    Oh, hell nah.

    lol! I miss my adrenalin-filled Gaksitaaaaaaal!

    • 4.1 Aparna

      Amen!

      • 4.1.1 Aparna

        One good thing about Gaksital ending – I had so much spare time on my hands that I decided to watch Answer 1997 and what an awesome show it turned out to be. I am waiting for Arang to be done so that I can marathon it over a weekend. By the way, I come here to look at the cute pics and to read the first paragraph of the recap – gist of Girlfriday comments.

    • 4.2 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

      i love the way Shin Min ah acts..i hope she can have drama with Joo Won, too..they can also be a good match..

      ooohh..i already miss gaksital..good thing there’s still 1 Night and 2 Days..i can still see more of Joo Won..i hope he can have a new action drama soon..

  5. Miss rain ENgineer :P

    Thaaanks for the recaps :) I’ll watch the ep then i’ll come here again to read

  6. Miss rain ENgineer :P

    I miss Gaksital too :’(

  7. Noonapau

    Looking forward to this in subs. Another epi tonight!

  8. Opheliadrowning

    Looove this show so much. I felt really satisfied by all the cuteness in this episode. I also loved that Arang is now more actively feeling something for Eunho since he’s already there. I loved what she said about the flowers–that it’s her first time seeing them with him, so it’s special. That days so much, especially since she took Joowal’s date plan and did it with Eunho instead.

    Also love that they are still slow burning away but not at a snail’s pace. It seems the right pace for a story with so mix else going on; and they are continuing to grow together. Exciting!

    And one last thing for now–the fan of Awesome? I gasped aloud when it cut the demon down. The mythology layers in this show continues to astound. I hope it’s rainfa continue to rise as it deserves it! Though it seems like the writers have planned this pretty well, this is one show that would probably not suffer with an extension since there is so much richness to to this world that could be filled in!

    • 8.1 kakashi

      dito, dito, dito, dito!

      LOVED everything about this episode, particularly:

      - the awesome, awesome fighting scene! And then … the soundtrack with the fighting scene! And the choreography of it, the shots from above, when his Magistrate outfits whirls around him… and then the BIG surprise with the mystical fan, wow. Eun-Oh, you must be one of the coolest guys I’ve ever known. I too have been wondering who his quack-master was, ever since he was mentioned – could it be … someone close to the Jade Emperor or Jade himself?

      - the awkward goodbye after his “confession”! “Geureom…” – “Geurae…”, haha classic!!! + the awkward morning after … good grief, boy, admit already that you like her, it’s kinda obvious … the scene where he wants to “teach” her how to fight is so hilarious.

      - the stairs and the crawling figures: stunning visuals

      This drama keeps delivering in the most awesome way, visually, story-wise, character-development wise … I find it particularly praiseworthy that it comes with a perfect mix of reveals and development, while keeping us in the dark about so many other things.
      And the cast continues to rock. There is not a single actor in this show that is lacking. I can’t even say who my favorite is …

      • 8.1.1 lizzzieQ

        Everything here, so true :) I want to hug this show.

        (The “geureom. Geurae!” cracked me up too haha)

      • 8.1.2 Betty

        I also loved the fight scene AND the song, both so beautiful. I actually rewatch it several times because of the song lol

        • 8.1.2.1 kakashi

          really cool about that songs was, that it came as a total surprise to me – before, they have used mainly the same music during the drama over and over (which I like), all of it rather traditional sounding. and suddently … MC Sniper!! so cool and it just fit perfectly. It made the scene even better, I think.

          • 8.1.2.1.1 kakashi

            I mean: really cool apart from the fact that the song per se is really cool, obviously!!

          • 8.1.2.1.2 mandelbrotr

            I’m so glad you mentioned this. Again this episode with music that fit the scene. Putting rap over the top of the dramatic music was brilliant and the rhythm of the rap energized the fight scene.

            Nice. (But I don’t know who MC Sniper is.)

          • 8.1.2.1.3 kakashi

            he’s a Korean Rapper. I’ve first come accross him in the Chuno OST (suuuper great song!) and just last week, he released a track for Vampire Prosecutor 2 (also suuuuper). So I’m officially a MC Sniper fan now.

        • 8.1.2.2 Betty

          Oh I thought MC Sniper was a group of rappers… I’ll try to find out… or not, depending on my laziness lol

          Anyway for me too the music was surprisingly appropriate, I mean rap in a sageuk lol but yes it was definitly SUPER!

      • 8.1.3 opheliadrowning

        Oh, the fight scene was so awesome! Lee Jun-Ki is so talented with those! It looks like it’s definitely him doing the fighting, too, and not a stunt double. It brings to mind all the Chinese Wuxia dramas I used to watch with my parents as a kid, and this show just sets off all the happy, tingly parts.

        I just loved everything about “their date,” including their awkward denials and their awkward goodbye. I loved that Eunho shared the story about his mom with Arang. And I loved how Arang hid her head under her blanket to, I presume, kinda squee after she realized that she likes him as a man!

        About the mom some more–it’s even SO much more interesting to me now that he actually never really was loved by her, and that his complicated feelings aren’t so much love but wanting to be loved. Their confrontation is gonna be epic.

        • 8.1.3.1 kakashi

          he has a blackbelt in Taekwondo, our Lee Jun-Ki! So I assume he does a lot of the fighting himself if not all

  9. Kwhat?!

    “Well it’s no fun if you’re helping each other stay aboard the denial train.” Hahaha! So true, but I like that they’re at least starting to admit things to themselves, even if they can’t show each other.

    I love how Arang is so up in everyone’s faces, but it serves different purposes. With Lord Choi, it’s sassy and unyielding to his stupidity. With Eun Oh, it’s sassy but appeals to him. And makes him uncomfortable in the best ways. I’m excited for a little more skinship. Finally.

    “Because yes, your evil-dar is pinging, but it’s your heart I want you to answer.” Loved this. Eun Oh does have a heart, and it’s so much more accessible now that Arang is the pesky little hammer making cracks in his stony demeanor. :)

  10. 10 Charmg

    Thanks for the recap;) it made my day
    as usual;) i love the chemistry of LJk and SMN, i smile like crazy whenever they’re on screen together heeh;)

  11. 11 Mia

    I love this couple so much too! The self-defense scene was so hilarious! Thank you for the recaps!

  12. 12 lilly

    i wonder why i can’t find nice guy since arang n nice guy air at the same time. anyway i love arang too but i watch it later when it’s done airing.

  13. 13 D

    thank GF, love you!!

    I love this episode too.. Oh EO, you’re more human now..

    I’m curious about the mirror, it could be anything, i hvnt any idea what to make of it.

  14. 14 ricky

    That fight scene along with that song was great. So good in fact, I’m going to watch it again!

    • 14.1 hkgs

      The song was surprisingly perfect for the fight scene. I’ve rewatched that scene so many times now.

      • 14.1.1 kakashi

        YES! loved it.

        • 14.1.1.1 kakashi

          it’s MC Sniper, right?

    • 14.2 Jagi

      That’s one cool fight scene–and the music–double cool. LJK is one impressive fighter; he’s so graceful and powerful.

  15. 15 Minnetter (aka: Min)

    my god you beanies are awesome… it took all of a second to have several responses to this post go up :)
    Thank you for the recap GF :)
    This drama is soo friggin’ awesome :)

  16. 16 Bakachild

    I miss Gaksital, but what i predicted happened. As soon as it ended Arang just shot to top spot. I’m hoping to see an actual ratings increase and not just Arang being default #1 because all the Gaksital viewers dropped off the TV spectrum. Also Nice Guy(which I’ve been waiting for for months) is on the spectrum so we’ll see how this pans out.
    I LOVED this episode. Cute interactions that make me d’aww or laugh loudly and get stared at. I’m hoping that the boy confesses or something soon, because like you said, if he gets to use his “evil-dar” as an out for telling her his feelings when Joo-wal inevitable does something horrible, I’m going to blow a gasket.

    Evil mom is evil and creepy. All I have to say on that topic.

    The Bang-wool/ Dol-swe romance angle is just adorable. Those two bumbling fools :3 <–face I made when he helped her escape.

    Thanks for the recap girlfriday!

  17. 17 hanie

    Thanks for the recap.
    I tried to live stream last nite but my internet connection sucks >.< Finally they spend some time doing other thing than bickering and grating each other nerves. Lovely. Now than Eunoh have that magic(?) killer fan, I wonder whether he is actually the person old fogey called 'that child'. I always thought it would be Arang since, you know, immortal and all but Eunoh had that powerful fan which we still didn't know where he get it. Hopefully things will remain interesting like this until the end.

  18. 18 Abbie

    I love this show. I never knew Lee Jun-ki was such a good actor, and I love his character more and more. Arang is as brave as ever. Joo-wal is starting to crack. I loved seeing Lord Choi knocked down a few pegs. I love that Jade and Hades don’t understand the human heart. I hope that is a recurring theme for now on with them.

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

    • 18.1 kakashi

      Lee Jun-Ki was stellar in “The Clown and the King”, but some of his drama work … well … I think he is showing his best acting yet in Arang. Have you ever watched BTS/NGs with him? He is sooooo cute, it’s almost unbearable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmmmO8U7WBc&feature=player_embedded

      • 18.1.1 Kiara

        Loved him in “Time Between Dog And Wolf” too.

        • 18.1.1.1 kakashi

          I haven’t finished watching that show (have been planning to for ages), I only saw about 6 episodes? You are right, he is very good in that, too. But, from what I remember, he is better in Arang.

          • 18.1.1.1.1 luvkay

            LJK gets brilliant after Episode 6, when he well and truly becomes the character “Kay”. The end of episode 7 was when I fell for him! LOL!

            The show also gets better and better with every episode, keeps you at the end of your seat and the cliffhangers made me scream at my screen!

  19. 19 mj

    Thank you! Love the idea of putting then on hell of disclosure.,. :)

  20. 20 mj

    Thank you! Love the idea of sending them on hell of disclosure.,. :)

  21. 21 dianne

    i lov all ur recaps…they never let me down…ever…:)

  22. 22 Kiara

    Thanks for the recap GF :).
    Love this episode, makes me want to pull my blanket over my head and kick my feet like Arang. I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time while watching it with no subs.
    I love the fight scenes, Jun-ki is so natural. I guess doing his own stunts and owning a black belt in Taekwondo came in handy.
    So much to love, too lazy to type them all.

    • 22.1 askdjl

      Thank you for the info about LJK. I did not know that.,. That’s why every fighting scene was cool.,. Such a cool man! :))

  23. 23 Ace

    This drama is so cute and charming especially when Shin Min-a’s on scene. Really, I watched this solely for her (sorry, LJK fans) and I’m really glad that it’s written and acted well, plus the director’s much more decent than..in..Faith (now I’m sad thinking about it). But anyway, Faith, Arang, Answer Me 1997, and 1N2D completes my week after some stressful time at work.

    Thanks GF for the wonderful recaps as always.

  24. 24 dany

    i just loved that scene when he was teaching her some self-defense moves. So funny. Thank you for the recap.

  25. 25 Michelle

    I think this episode give more of information about how arang and the magistrate

  26. 26 Redge

    This might just be my favorite episode yet. I loved everything in this episode, and I finally got my OTP to share some romantic~ scenes even if they weren’t romantic! Haha. And next episode may bring more OTPness since Arang asks EO if he likes her and to not to, and about her limited time. The angst, I can feel it coming.

    • 26.1 hkgs

      Just out of curiosity, what does OTP stand for? I know it’s probably something simple but, I’ve never been able to figure out what it means.

      • 26.1.1 Redge

        It means One True Pairing, often used in fandoms with characters you ship together. :)

        • 26.1.1.1 hkgs

          Thank you. I’ve seen it mentioned so many times in comments and all I could figure out is that it referred to the main couple.

      • 26.1.2 musings

        one true pair :)

        • 26.1.2.1 hkgs

          Thank you.

  27. 27 minny

    Now what we need is for them to sit down, talk, layout the plans, and start their adventure together. Because most of the times it’s “I do my stuff alone, I’m in trouble, You come to rescue me”. Sometime it’s Eunoh after Arang, the other time it’s Arang after Eunoh. About time they open up to each other in next episode.

    • 27.1 Redge

      I’m praying that this happens tomorrow, tbh.

      • 27.1.1 anastassia

        Me too

  28. 28 Shin Haido

    thank you for the recap… i always waiting thursday to come… hehehe :D

  29. 29 earthna

    Tell me why do I enjoy reading your recaps more than watching the show? My routine now is watching without subs->reading your recaps->watching with subs. I’ve been checking the site even at school.

    Anyways, I was dying watching ep 9 because of some itsy bitsy cute arang-eunoh scenes. I’m looking forward to more ‘i think i love you’ scenes. Arang-Joowal would be nice too. Hihihi.

    And omg the fan! I was totally cheering during that scene! So shocked and was wondering what the hell is that fan. Like where did he get that? I want to see more of his mountain training. Is his master someone who is a huge piece to this puzzle?

    My heart was hurting when Eunoh ignored the kid. ㅠㅠ but i believw he’ll come back coz on the flashback, people are starting to go to the magistrate hall for help. In you face, Lord Choi!

    This drama is so awesome but I think there’s some problems with editing. Some parts seemed randomly cut and are awkward to watch.

    Thanks for the recaps! You are so jjang!

    • 29.1 Kiara

      Oh he came back and also confronted Lord Choi according to the preview. Love seeing him slowly becoming himself because I dont believe he was cold and uncaring. I think the issues with his parents turned him cold and uncaring.

  30. 30 inra

    Thank you for the recap!…

    So helpful when you’re dying to know what happened with the latest episode and you still can’t find a video with the English sub…

    HAHAHAHA….

    mOre Power!. ^______^

  31. 31 earthna

    I mean preview not flashback. Lol

  32. 32 arielifeoma

    What was that song during the fight? For some reason, it reminded me of TOP during this episode of Family Outing when he was rapping. I hope I’m not wrong (and no one gets made at me) but it just kind of seemed to have his rhythm and timbre from that time.

    • 32.1 arielifeoma

      Oops! It’s MC Sniper. Please don’t be mean to me. http://www.ohkpop.com/67466/mc-sniper-releases-mask-dance-for-mbc-drama-arang-and-the-magistrate-ost-part-5

      • 32.1.1 daniela

        I was surprised to hear that rock ost in a sageuk, but it is so on spot. Good job MC Sniper!

        • 32.1.1.1 Kiara

          I thought it was a brave move by the music supervisor and director but it was a perfect fit so I can not complain.
          I think Chuno had a few rock/rap music during some of the fight scenes. Oh wait, by none other than MC Sniper lol.

        • 32.1.1.2 Jagi

          Warrior Baek Dong Soo also has rock music during some of the fight scenes as well.

  33. 33 daniela

    Lovely episode! Nobody can take my smile away from me:))

    Mu-young acting on his own agenda is a great development as well, because he’s the head soldier who never falls out of line… but he’s starting to make decisions on his own. – I think MY has the Jade’s permission to investigate the situation (like 2 episodes ago). I knew it that he was just waiting for the bad-reapers to take the soul just to follow them to find their “home” but some Arang – accident happened on the way :D

    I am very very impressed by LJK fighting scenes, so naturals (so artistic) . I sow him in Iljimae, I loved him there.

    Arang – south, nord, east, west? Funny! and she wants to eat peaches (as a ghost she couldn’t touch peaches).

  34. 34 panshel

    MC Sniper’s rap was a perfect fit for Eun Oh’s fight sequence. <3 I was biting my nails when Eun Oh was fighting the evil reaper. "Eun Oh, be careful! You are fighting with a fan!" Thankfully, it's a supernatural demon-slaying fan…

    I understand that he feels apprehensive about Joo Wal, but how can Eun Oh put Arang who can never die in front of a crying kid? Have a heart! Darn, I was so looking forward to Bang Wool finally meeting Arang in the flesh, too.

    Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

    • 34.1 dani305

      Is Bang Wool the shaman? Cause I can’t wait for the shaman to realize who Arang is. Hehe. Now she can actually see a spirit.

    • 34.2 deedee2344

      Because he’s starting to lurrrrve her! n__n

  35. 35 Kim Yoonmi

    He knocks his scepter and condemns them to the Hell of Disclosure. Haha. I think I’m going to like these creative hells.

    Uhhh… that’s a Buddhist Hell, not made up. And technically it’s not Hades either… but then, I guess it’s to make it easier for the kiddies to understand.

    I do like how the episodes are progressing though.

    • 35.1 Kim Yoonmi

      Yeomra- God of the Underworld. (Yeomra-Daewang)

      Then Sang-je (Heavenly Emperor), though they kinda conflated him with Igong (Who overlooks the flower garden of life and death from Jeju Muism mythology)

      tvtropes dot org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/KoreanMythology

      I do concede that they are conflating Buddhism, Musim and a bit of Chinese mythology, Confucianism to come up with the background for this drama, but if the actual name is mentioned, why not mention it?

      I kinda prefer the proper names, ’cause it makes it easier to look up and it doesn’t do that thing where you try to define one mythological system with another which makes no sense. (Look Osiris is the Egyptian version of Hades… only Hades wasn’t resurrected by his wife/sister and isn’t blue, and he doesn’t represent northern and Southern Greece and he doesn’t get a part of him missing… and stuff.)

      But whatever. I do enjoy the recaps and this is nitpicking.

      • 35.1.1 Kiara

        Interesting, thank you for sharing.

    • 35.2 Kim Yoonmi

      I also figured out why it’s flowers, though I haven’t figured out why peach blossoms.

      Flowers in Korean mythology symbolize life of the person. In some cultures it’s a candle, or it’s a thread, in Korean mythology it’s flowers.

      So it’s simply: Ghosts are dead. Flowers=life. Flowers=bad to ghosts.
      Same with the beans bit. Beans are new life. life=bad to ghosts.

      I haven’t figured out the peach bit though. I can’t think of any mythology or ancestral rites that insist on it. Usually pears are a bigger deal. Anyone know? And I wonder if nectarines would be half so bad. :P

      • 35.2.1 Kim Yoonmi

        Found it! Peaches because in Jeju mythology Peaches signify the creation of humanity. So naturally the enemy of ghosts, since it’s a symbol of life.

        brownpapertickets . com/event/236329

        Makes this interesting.

  36. 36 hkgs

    I loved this episode. Eun-oh and Arang were so cute together. I didn’t mind that lack of romance in the previous episodes since I was so into the unfolding mystery but, now that we got a good dose of it (with tons of jealous Eun-oh) it is a great bonus.

    I definitely want more info on Eun-oh’s fan and what other abilities he may have beyond just being able to see ghosts. I’m really curious to know what he learned from that teacher they mentioned earlier in the drama.

    Mu-young was clearly surprised by Eun-oh’s fan but he never mentioned anything to Jade Emperor about it. I wonder if the fan is another link to his sister, who is possibly Eun-oh’s mom. Mu-young starting to go out on his own to find answers shows how troubled he is that his suspicions could be correct. Even more telling is that both Jade Emperor and Hades know what he’s doing and why but, don’t stop him. The writer’s are making it pretty apparent that Mu-young’s sister is the big evil.

    I’ve read other recaps and comments where people complained that the story was going to slow. I personally like the pace of the story. Each episode gives you answers you weren’t expecting but leaves you still wondering what going to happen next. The only thing I worry about is how many episodes this drama is slated for and will they have enough to finish the story properly. I would hate for there to be a rushed ending.

    • 36.1 Redge

      The drama is set to have 20 episodes so I think they have time, imo. Sometimes I think *too* much time, but let’s hope we get all questions answered by the end of the series.

      • 36.1.1 hkgs

        Thanks for the info. I was afraid it would be 16 episodes and then the pace would definitely be too slow. 20 episodes should be enough to keep this pace going and give a satisfying ending. I just hope they don’t add episodes. The only other historical drama I’ve been able to watch was Warrior Baek Dong Soo but the extended episodes ruined it my interest for it.

  37. 37 JK

    After last week’s less than satisfactory ep 7 (ep 8 made up for it slightly), I totally enjoyed ep 9. The first 8 episodes left a lot of unanswered questions:

    For one, I was wondering why Eun Oh’s supernatural gift became obsolete after Arang returned as a human (he didn’t put his gift to much use except for the part where he tried to sense for ghosts in the forest at the end of ep 6 and early part of ep 7). I was secretly hoping that there is more to his supernatural gift so the fighting scene with the BAD grim reapers was totally a God-sent (rather producer-sent, heh). Not sure if demon-killing was an ability or more of a question of having the right weapon. In any case, it was really unexpected.

    Retrospectively, the fighting scene in this ep is much better choreographed than the one in ep 2 (or 3?) where he fought with the ghosts. Also, if you recall, Eun Oh did fish out his fan midway when he was fighting with the ghosts back then, he might have been prepared to slay a couple of them if things get out of hand but he didn’t do it because these are just some hapless roaming ghosts, unlike the bad grim reapers who mean business (of coz I might have been reading too much into this, it could be a sudden idea that the producer had after reading our comments online haha).

    Also, this comes from another forum I was reading, someone recognised the circular design on Eun Oh’s fan as being the same as the one Bang Wool used when Arang tried to ‘capture’ Moo Young. I’m not certain if this is the case or what the connection might be but I’m definitely interested to learn about this.

    Enough about the fan. If the producer or director is reading this, I certainly hope they do change the person who’s doing the editing. Too sloppy! There was the ladder inside the cave in ep 7 and then a scene in ep 9 when Joo Wal came back home and in his room thought about what Arang said earlier about all humans being the same. This was before the scene changed to one where Lord Choi ordered his henchman to beat (or kill?) EO. JW’s scene was shot when it was dark but Lord Choi’s scene was in the daylight. Then the next scene was back to the magistrate’s where it was apparent that only midday has passed where Arang was (im)patiently waiting for EO to emerge from his “brooding”. So JW’s scene was somehow misplaced. So, please please, do something about the editing.

  38. 38 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap!

    YAY Arang finally got a new dress! Still can’t believe it took Eun-oh so long to even think about getting her new clothes!

    Man, when Eun-oh cut that reaper down with his fan, I went berserk! Omg, what did I just see? could he really do that? Is he allowed to do that? One moment, I was sort of lamenting at the slower pace of the episode and how nothing supernatural and amazing was happening so far, and then I got Eun-oh with that fan! I had to immediately go back and watch that bit again and again…

    Love Eun-oh’s fight scene. He’s so good and graceful at it, no wonder Arang was willing to just hang back.

    I hope Eun-oh helps that kid. Arang can take care of herself! I’m glad she got back on track with the Lee Seo Rim mystery by the end of the episode. I want team Good to get closer to the reveal.

    And I really want Arang and Bang-wool to meet for reals. Bang-wool may come off as a quack, but I think she’ll come through and be able to contribute some legitimate shaman-y stuff. It’s too cruel for her to be a quack forever.

    • 38.1 anastassia

      Me too. I hope Bong-Woll ana Arang has moments and rocks the world together.!

      • 38.1.1 anastassia

        typo: Bong-Wool

    • 38.2 msanne

      I don’t think Bang-Wool is a total quack — just slightly incompetent: more of a semi-shaman than a true shaman. She has shaman-like powers, for one, or else she wouldn’t be able to hear and hold conversations with Ghost Arang in previous eps. And when Dol-Soe first had that consultation with her regarding getting rid of a pesky Arang, her “reading” was spot on: there’s really nothing to worry about, because he (Bang-Wool thought Dol-Soe was talking about a love-rival of Eun-Ho, so she automatically thought Dol-Soe’s problem was a he) will simply hang around a few weeks or months at the most, and then move on as if he was never there in the first place. That’s Arang’s good-for-3-moons date of expiration, so Boo-Wal wasn’t wrong.

      I also hope Boo-Wal would get more screen time in the coming eps — she’s so cute, like a startlingly white tiny pomeranian and Dol-Soe is the big lumbering St. Bernard after her own heart. Love those two.

      • 38.2.1 msanne

        Oopps … I meant Bang-Wool when I said Boo-Wal. Got Bang-Wool confused with Joo-Wal. Dang my American education getting into conflict with the Korean vowels.

      • 38.2.2 asianromance

        I don’t think she is a total quack too, but at the moment, her reputation in the show is that of a quack. I think even she suspects she may be a quack. I just want her to develop and unleash some Shaman powers. Maybe she is secretly a super powerful shaman whose chakras haven’t been opened up or whatever yet!

  39. 39 Paola

    I was wondering on why does the mother of Eun-oh got the other reaping-sword again. Didn’t Mu-young presented the other sword that he got to the Jade Emperor so the mother should only have, supposedly, one sword with her now???

    • 39.1 personainnominatum

      Well, she could make another one or two easily. Or she might have lots of extra swords like how she have lots of extra demon reaper in a jar:)

    • 39.2 John

      Paola~

      Yeah, my wife asked the same thing about the sword.

      Also, this time when the “fake reapers” are killed, the swords disappeared ?

  40. 40 anastassia

    This ep leave me giddy and warm inside but I have 2 complains:-

    1) I hope the momentums build on interms of the pace and scenes. The editing is a bit weird and sometimes the scenes is not intense and just a filler. This is obviously lacking especially in this ep. I want more depth and tight scenes like in ep 1-6.

    2) The music score. I just want to scream. They repeated the same music over and over when Evil Mom do creepy stuff and even when Arang and Eun Oh talk about something important. And the modern music just kill the feelings of intensity it like watching an anime.

    Other than that, I love this show soooo much. Waiting like crazy feeling like a bride waiting for her first night I am. I just feel they didn’t fil it and up the new level yet when this writing has so much potential to fill with lots of scenes at least a tight scenes.

    Thanks for the recaps

    • 40.1 anastassia

      Btw: I hope more meaing of the role and scenes with the lady Shaman. She is just poteintial to fill the conflicts with Arang and the mystery to just stand there and just think how to earn a penny. Make her enjoyable and more thrilling like the earlier ep and just DS make his character do better then that. I want a character growth pretty please show..>>

    • 40.2 anastassia

      Btw: I hope more meaning of the role and scenes with the lady Shaman. She is just poteintial to fill the conflicts with Arang and the mystery to just stand there and just think how to earn a penny. Make her enjoyable and more thrilling like the earlier ep and just DS make his character do better then that. I want a character growth pretty please show..>>

    • 40.3 asianromance

      I also noticed that recent episodes aren’t as tightly written as the first 6. The first 6 felt more like a fantasy with elements of romance and had more urgent pacing. The last couple felt more like a romance with elements of fantasy. It’s sort of sad because the fantasy element was giving the story a lot of momentum and was pretty cool to look at. And given Arang’s time limit and the stakes in involved (hell!), I thought they’d be making more progress and turning over every stone.

  41. 41 personainnominatum

    I know this might sound so random, but i hate lord choi’s lips. I understand that even men wear lipstick too, to make it look naturally pink. And sometimes it looks okay on him too. But when the camera zooms in, the lipstick’s just so obvious, my two eyebrows become one.

    • 41.1 D

      and i personally prefer our Satoh without the eyeliner..

      well, obviously i’ve been staring at LJK’s face whenever he appeared on screen so course i noticed it..

      • 41.1.1 Kiara

        He had guy-liner on?. I didnt notice lol.

  42. 42 h0ns

    Thank you… and I’m so intrique by everyone comment in here.. I love this show.. it has mystery.. fantasy which showed decently.. and omo.. great chemistry.. they don’t have many skinship but lot of bickering but I don’t know why it becomes so appealing to watch..
    And for me it’s like finding a gem to read DB recap.. to heal my curiosity waiting for complete sub..

    And yup! I just find that LJK is a good actor.. which makes me hunt for his previous project.. his king & clown are wow.. and his time between dog and wolf is stunned… hehehehhe

    • 42.1 gelai

      don’t forget Iljimae too. :)

      • 42.1.1 h0ns

        haven’t watch that one? is it good?

    • 42.2 personainnominatum

      my girl is good too! although, he’s not the lead on that one.

  43. 43 sally_b

    Hi all ~ (thanks so much for the recap girlfriday ~❤)

    Two things:

    After having watched the entire episode once…then a second time….I find myself in wonderment at Eun-oh’s restraint during the Lord Choi ‘shade throwing’ meeting at the beginning of the episode.

    I mean, if *I* had possesion of a soul-reaping, portal-to-the-underworld …paper-fan —- Lord Choi would have been stabbed directly and fan-slapped straight to Hades.

    (honestly. I hope the PD doesn’t disappoint by having Lord Choi sorta…drift off~ in a quick Demon-Mom slice of the wrist take-down. I wanna see this guy dance like a puppet…he’s been an enabler of E.V.I.L. for so long even his overlord is tired of him. )

    However….I can’t help but laugh everytime Lord Choi hurls his *brick of FURY!!* at his minion’s head. Geeez Louise, that servant guy needs Dr. Jin…STAT!!!

    • 43.1 D

      hahaha.. I thought im d only who notice Lord Choi’s throwing habit.

      Is that a wooden pillow or something?, really hard/solid? i think the henchman got smacked nicely on d forehead in ep9, i hope it’s done in one take. Poor guy..

    • 43.2 Minea

      ^^ LOL at this.

    • 43.3 personainnominatum

      lol @ the *brick of fury*!! with all that hurling, you’d think his brain is one big hematoma.

      i don’t think it works that way, the fan. I mean, even the reapers can’t rip souls out of a walking body.

  44. 44 Midori

    Loved this episode! This whole drama is just so cute. The chemistry, the mystery, the wit- everything makes me feel so fluffy inside lol.

    I somehow predicted that Joo Wal will fall in love or at least switch sides but I was not expecting for it to happen this soo. Love that development though.

    The budding love story between Dol Swe and the shaman is jst too adorable for words. These two fools– too cute! lol

    And of course I’m loving that their real feelings are trying to come out of Arang and Eun Oh no matter how much they try to keep their walls up. The self-defense class was epic! I thought the exact same thing when he kept trying to hug her…Self-defense, you say? Uh-huh Im sure… lol

  45. 45 drmjs

    Thanks. Lovely post gf…I liked Eun Oh’s fight scene the best and of course Arang’s Lord Choi smackdown. Arang + Eun Oh = adorably cute

  46. 46 Dix

    This episode feels different like it had a different director. It felt so choppy. Had they not established the background of most of the characters in earlier episodes, the cutting short of scenes to another would have felt so random.

    • 46.1 Ash

      I don’t know if it’s the editing or the directing, but yeah, it felt a bit off this ep. Still stylish – I love the way Eun-oh’s clothing swirls out around him in the fight scene – but not as neat and tight as the earlier stuff. I wonder if maybe the shooting schedule is starting to creep up on the air dates.

  47. 47 25

    Jade hairstyle get better each ep

  48. 48 JGelf

    Love this drama soooooo mucccchhh!!♥♥♥

    Wondering why many ppl start to know Joon-gi as a great actor & an impressive powerful fighter, only from this drama? Lol… he’s been the coolest guy ever since “Time between Dog and Wolf” & “Iljimae”, and they also have strong interesting stories & great acting of our satto^^ For me, JG is always one of the most talented actors I’ve ever seen!! Too excited to watch next episodes of this wonderful drama~♥♥

  49. 49 Irene

    Thank you, I love reading your recaps, you love Arang as much as I do! :P

  50. 50 sweetmery

    I have never posted a comment but today I decided to do it, to thank you girlfriday for the recap of this drama… in love with arang :D I’m a big fan of lee jun ki <3 Arang I think is really beautiful show before seeing the episode I always read your recap great job please don't stop! I like your analyze for the episode thanks thanks……….. fighting girlfriday ;)

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