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Gu Family Book: Episode 2

What a lovely way to start a story. I almost never get this invested in backstory, because it’s really hard to be patient when you know that what you’re watching is the opening act and not the headliner. But our hero’s origin story is as sweeping and romantic and narratively rich as any main event, which makes it fun, and heartbreaking, and completely engrossing. It’s a pair of episodes that could very well be its own drama, and Show already had me at 1, but by 2 I’m a goner.

Gu Family Book moved from last place to first between Episodes 1 and 2, which is a good sign. It led with 12.2%, with God of the Workplace coming in close at 12.1%, and Jang Ok-jung falling behind at 9.1%.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

The narrator brings us back deep into the mountains, where the one who guards this forest has just crossed paths with a woman on the run. “Their sad legend begins now…”

In the Moonlight Garden, the monk warns our mountain guardian gumiho Wol-ryung against involving himself with the lives of humans, let alone wanting to become one. He adds with a tremor in his voice that it’s no mere minion on his trail either—the famed Dam Pyung-joon is after them, and he’ll stop at nothing until he’s found his target.

But Wol-ryung is smitten through and through, and when Seo-hwa tells him that she can’t in good conscience remain here for him to be tried as a traitor along with her, he just smiles at her silly concern and assures her that no one can harm her while he’s at her side.

He holds up a giant sack to say that she must eat to gather her strength, and holds up a rabbit in one hand and a tortoise in the other for her to choose. Ha. She tries her best not to seem ungratefully horrified, and quickly grabs the peach.

Knowing her preference now, he runs back up to the peach tree and returns with an entire sack filled with peaches, wondering if maybe that won’t be enough to fill her up. When she stops him by grabbing his hand, he melts at the touch.

When he sees her enjoying a particular flower, he shows up with a giant bundle of them, and when he sees that she likes the butterflies, he opens up his sack and out fly hundreds of them, to her delight. How adorable. He’s like a little puppy, just with a magical santa sack.

When he sees her lost in thought and sad, he takes her up to the top of the mountain to show her the amazing view, and beams when she starts smiling again. He’s killing me with the you-smile-I-smile thing. It’s too cute.

At night they light a fire in the cave and she asks if he has any family and how long he’s lived here. He says it’s been too long to keep count (way to be evasive) and that he’s all alone.

She tells him about her brother and the servant who’s like a sister to her, and seeing her distress, Wol-ryung asks if knowing where they are and how they’re doing will make her smile again. With tears in her eyes, she asks why he’s so good to her, and he just says very plainly, “Because I want to do everything for you. Because that’s my heart right now.”

But when he goes to the village, he finds her brother still hanging on the gallows. Gibang madam Soo-ryun goes to see our baddie Jo Gwan-woong to ask him to take the boy’s body down, but he says it’ll remain there as a warning to all the townspeople not to cross him.

Suddenly a servant interrupts to announce haltingly that the corpse… the corpse… has up and disappeared.

Wol-ryung returns to the Moonlight Garden where Seo-hwa is shaking in anticipation. She asks for word of her brother and Dam, and he looks back at her searching eyes. Flashback to moments ago—when he buried her brother’s body in the woods.

He can’t bring himself to tell her the truth, and says that they’re both doing well. She hugs him in relief, tears streaming down her face as she says she can finally breathe now. His face crumbles and he can’t bring himself to hug her back.

She pulls away and apologizes for her rash behavior, and he raises his hand to her face, to wipe away a tear. He turns to walk away…

…but then turns right back and swoops in for a kiss. Is that where that move comes from? Because if I didn’t know any better, I’d say this gumiho watches dramas.

They kiss as little green lights circle them, and as he pulls away he asks, “Will you marry me?” Seo-hwa: “I’m the daughter of a traitor.”

Again, he asks, “Will you marry me?” She says that she’s a runaway gisaeng. But he just repeats, as if to say I don’t care… “Will you marry me?” She hugs him in a wave of tears, and he kisses her again. Awwwww.

Next thing we know, the monk’s got whatchoo-talkin’-’bout-Willis face as Wol-ryung asks for the Gu Family Book so he can be human and get hitched. He can’t understand why someone would want to give up all his power just to do something so common and annoying as marry a human woman.

Wol-ryung argues that he doesn’t know what it’s like to live a thousand long years all alone, and would like nothing more than to live a full normal life. The monk asks if he’s told Seo-hwa that he’s a gumiho, but Wol-ryung says she’ll never have to know if he can become human first. Why am I seeing a gaping hole in your theory there, buddy?

The monk doesn’t have the book—only a book about The Book—and it says that no one has ever seen the Gu Family Book, but if he doesn’t take a life for a hundred days, helps any human being who asks for his help, and never shows his gumiho face to anyone during that time, the book will appear before him.

But there’s also a catch, of course, if he fails to complete the trial. He’ll lose any chance of ever becoming human, and he could also become a demon for the next thousand years. Whoa.

The monk begs him, as a friend, to reconsider it one more time. “You’re the one who might end up hurt in the end.” But Wol-ryung says it’s the first time in a thousand years that his heart is racing, and he doesn’t want to wait a thousand more.

So in the Moonlight Garden, Wol-ryung and Seo-hwa marry each other, and spend their honeymoon in a cave… which I swear is nicer than it sounds.

Meanwhile, Jo Gwan-woong and his men find Seo-hwa’s brother’s grave, and he realizes belatedly that she’s still alive. It still doesn’t explain how she would’ve carried his body all the way into the woods, and a thought occurs to him…

Months pass in wedded bliss, and Wol-ryung still gushes every time Seo-hwa calls him her husband or kisses him on the cheek. Today she insists on going out alone to gather some plants, and gives him his packed lunch with a kiss.

The monk comes by to check on Wol-ryung, who has eleven days left on his vegetarian diet. He says other than the delicious rabbit that passes by to taunt him every so often, it hasn’t been too unbearable.

The monk takes a bite of the lunch that Seo-hwa packed and immediately spits it out in horror. Wol-ryung says sheepishly that she’s still a little off with the cooking skills, and the monk just sighs that love must really be grand. Ha.

He came to give Wol-ryung a dagger carved from a hundred-year old tree, as an insurance policy against becoming a demon for a thousand years. Why do I not like the look of that thing?

Of course the one day that Seo-hwa heads out into the woods alone is the day that someone spots her. Damnit.

Dam Pyung-joon is ready to give up on the search for the gumiho, and tells Jo Gwan-woong that he’ll no longer waste government resources on his personal errands (oooh, he’s the first person we’ve seen stand up to this guy). But just then, a minion runs in to say that they’ve found Seo-hwa alive.

Wol-ryung returns home and calls out to Seo-hwa, but she’s not there. She finally senses someone watching her, and starts running.

The signal flares, and Dam Pyung-joon charges toward them with more men, while Wol-ryung races through the woods from the other side. Seo-hwa gasps as she runs, “Help me.”

Seo-hwa barely manages to evade the man following her, only to run right into another group headed straight for her. She runs again, and Wol-ryung grabs her out of sight just in time.

He tells her it’s okay, and holding her close, he makes the ivy grow around them like a shield, masking them in broad daylight. That is so cool.

The men all run past, and when they’ve gone, he raises the ivy and they step out. Only… they haven’t all gone, and Dam Pyung-joon is sitting on his horse, staring right at them. Oh crap.

“That’s an amazing skill you have there.” He asks what Wol-ryung is that he can control the elements that way, and Wol-ryung counters that he and his wife have nothing to do with them. Dam Pyung-joon replies civilly that if she isn’t Seo-hwa then he’ll apologize, and asks if they’d like to come along without a fight.

Wol-ryung searches for some way out, and makes eye contact with Dam Pyung-joon’s horse. Whatever signal he zaps sends the horse into a frenzy, and they take off running in the other direction.

But it’s not long before they run right into a trap, waiting for them. The men hurl chains around Wol-ryung’s limbs and surround them in no time. They bring him to his knees and start beating him to a bloody pulp, as they drag Seo-hwa away.

She screams for him and he looks up at her, the monk’s words ringing in his ears—he can’t take a life, or show his gumiho face…

But he can’t just sit there and watch them drag his beloved away to her death, and the rage takes over. Suddenly blue lights rise up from the ground and surround the men holding his chains.

Claws come jutting out from his hands, now covered in white fur. With a roaring growl he sends the men to the ground, and the rest of the people, including Seo-hwa, turn back in shock.

All they can see is a figure holding one of the men up in the air like a little ragdoll… and then he’s dropped, and Seo-hwa gasps to see Wol-ryung’s true beast face.

His hand drips with blood, and then she watches in horror as the rage takes over and he yaaaanks the beating heart out of one man and chomps down on the pumping artery of another. Holy massacre, batman.

He lets out this roooooaaaar that sends everyone to the ground, and Seo-hwa stands there, frozen, as the leaves swirl around her and the man she loves becomes a monster before her eyes.

He comes back to his senses and starts to walk toward her with pleading eyes, and as she shrinks back, he can hear her thoughts: “No, don’t come!” She finally lets out a piercing shriek: “Noooooo!” and faints at his feet.

He carries her back to their home and she’s just as frightened when she awakes, but he calls out to her in his soft voice, “It’s me, Wol-ryung,” and she asks tearfully, “Is it really you?”

Wol-ryung: “This is my true face. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” He collapses in bloody exhaustion. But she can’t believe it’s really him and runs away, telling herself that it’s not Wol-ryung.

And then… she walks right into the soldiers’ camp to turn herself in. Oh noes.

The sparkly blue lights heal Wol-ryung’s wounds, but he’s still lying in a heap when the monk runs in to revive him. The first thing he asks is for the monk to check on Seo-hwa, who must be very frightened, and the monk can’t believe he’d think of love even now.

He heads out to find her, and turns back to remind Wol-ryung about that dagger carved from the hundred-year old tree, and tells him to use it at the right moment.

At the camp, Seo-hwa is made to kneel before Jo Gwan-woong, who slaps her across the face and says that her brother and servant died because of her.

She looks up in shock and says that can’t be, but Jo Gwan-woong is only too pleased to tell her that Dam hanged herself and that he personally tied the noose around her brother’s neck. He orders Dam Pyung-joon to use her to lead them to the gumiho, and then kill them both.

Wol-ryung wakes up the next morning and takes a drink from the river. When he raises his head, he’s surrounded by soldiers all over again. He just stares blankly for a moment, not understanding how humans could have found this place, and it’s only when Seo-hwa is dragged out from behind them that it sinks in.

He asks why she’d betray him, and she counters that he lied first, about her family, about his true nature. He swears that it was because he couldn’t stand to see her sad, but she’s already convinced that it was all lies.

“I believed you—that everything you said, everything you did, was sincere.” He calls out her name, but she turns away, and aaaaugh the pain in his eyes…

As a tear falls, we flash back to the monk’s warning: if the woman he loves doesn’t betray him, he doesn’t have to worry about turning into a demon for a thousand years. But if she does, then the only way to stop from turning into a demon is to stab her in the heart with that hundred-year old dagger. Dude. Worst catch ever.

He takes out the dagger and runs to her, calling out her name, but Dam Pyung-joon stabs him right in the gut as he reaches her. He puts a hand on her shoulder and asks, “Why did you do it? I loved you. I loved you so.”

They both cry, and Dam Pyung-joon hesitates. But Jo Gwan-woong shouts at him to strike. As Wol-ryung’s beast face shows itself, his claws pierce Seo-hwa’s shoulder and she screams out in pain.

Dam Pyung-joon charges with his sword, and then delivers the killing blow. Seo-hwa whispers, “Wol-ryung…” as blue lights stream out of his body, suspending him in midair, until he vanishes.

The lights fly away and disappear.

Dam Pyung-joon is left behind to kill Seo-hwa on his own, and the monk arrives screaming for Wol-ryung. He crumbles at the scene, demanding to know what happened to his friend, who never harmed anyone and guarded these mountains with care.

He blames Seo-hwa for all of this, wailing that all this happened because Wol-ryung wanted to become a person. He cries that he would’ve been human in just ten days: “All of this… because he loved you!”

Trembling, she looks down at his blood on her hands. And then the second bout of vomiting in two days sends her running off… which of course in dramaland can only mean that she’s pregnant.

Dam Pyung-joon sends her bloody hairpin to Jo Gwan-woong as proof that he killed her, and the creepy bastard actually seems to have been in love with her, from the way he haunts her old house and sees visions of her smiling and laughing in the past.

The blue lights carry Wol-ryung’s body deep into the woods, and the forest grows around him to lay him to rest.

Seasons change, and the Moonlight Garden remains quiet and undisturbed.

We return to the gisaeng house, where a very pregnant Seo-hwa is screaming and wailing for them to kill her before she gives birth to a monster child. But Soo-ryun has a promise to keep to the person who asked her this favor, and refuses to let her die.

Every kick from the baby scares the life out of her, and she finally decides to sneak out on her own. She treks back through the woods and hears Wol-ryung’s voice calling her name.

She returns to the Moonlight Garden, where she’s flooded with happy memories of her days with Wol-ryung. The labor pains begin and she screams as more memories flash by, and she gives birth to their child. The blue lights return and swirl towards the cave…

The monk sees them too, and looks up in wonder: “Wol-ryung?”

Seo-hwa gathers up her resolve and unwraps the sickle she carried with her. She can’t see the baby’s face in the dark, and thinks to herself: “I’m sorry, Wol-ryung. Forgive me for this is all I can do. I’m truly sorry, Wol-ryung.”

She raises her arm, ready to strike, when the blue lights appear around her, one by one. She freezes and their energy pushes the clouds away to reveal a full moon. The light shines down into the cave, revealing the face of her child.

She stops cold at the sight, and tears begin to fall. She reaches for the baby. “You’re not… a monster. You weren’t a monster. You weren’t a monster…”

She wails now to know the truth, far too late.

We fade out, and then fade back in a short time later with a new character, PARK MU-SOL (Uhm Hyo-sub), who’s enjoying an afternoon by the river with a few friends.

He hears an infant’s cry in the distance, and finds a basket floating along in the river. He jumps in to retrieve it, and finds a baby inside who opens his little eyes and smiles up at him.

Just then, our monk comes upon the party and tells Mu-sol that the child is a blessing, and that if he raises this child, great fortune will befall him. His friends all eagerly join in naming the child Kang-chi, after “river” (kang) and “thrown away” (chi). They give him the surname of his servant, Choi, who argues that he’s still unmarried.

They all agree that Choi Kang-chi is a great name and the monk asks Lord Park—will he raise this boy?

As we pan up, the narrator tells us that here deep in the mountains, Wol-ryung and Seo-hwa’s sad love came to an end, “But another new legend was beginning…”

Park Mu-sol looks down at the child. “Kang-chi. Choi Kang-chi.” And then he breaks into a warm smile at the boy in his arms.

 
COMMENTS

Aw. Goosebumps. What a great way to bookend the prelude. Such epic feels, with the grand sweeping narration and the sense that we’re just cracking the surface of a legendary tale. I’m really enjoying the director’s whimsical touch on the supernatural elements of this world, and the universe feels like it has rules; we just don’t know them all yet. The execution feels assured, like there’s a full world and a story waiting to be told with an artistic touch, which makes me really excited for what’s to come.

I’m thoroughly surprised at how solid the opening story was, of Kang-chi’s parents and their tragic romance. I was so invested that I could easily watch a separate drama starring those two characters. Despite saying that, of course, I do think it’s the perfect length to cut the intro to two episodes, instead of filling a quarter of your drama with child stars, which is the norm. I’m so much more invested this way with the tragic love story between Kang-chi’s parents and Wol-ryung’s dream unrealized, to then pick up with Kang-chi as a young man who will walk the same path.

It’s a simple idea—to have his parents’ happy human/gumiho love unrealized and to root for Kang-chi to do differently. But execution matters a great deal in that setup because if we’re not heartbroken at Seo-hwa and Wol-ryung’s tragedy then the idea of Kang-chi changing that same inevitable fate doesn’t carry that much weight. But I found their story so sweet and moving that despite knowing that they’d have to end tragically, I still wished for a different outcome. That’s great storytelling, and it makes me not want to leave the enchanted forest and the Moonlight Garden for fear the magic will dissipate.

And while the romance was great, it was really the conflict between Wol-ryung’s human and gumiho nature that really resonated, all the way to the point when Seo-hwa plans to kill their baby thinking it’ll be a monster. The fact that it takes seeing their very human child for her to realize how much she misunderstood Wol-ryung is such a bittersweet tragedy. You can’t blame her for being horrified when she sees him turn into a beast who yanks the still-beating hearts from people’s chests, but it’s still a crushing blow when she shrinks back from him in disgust and horror—I like how dark that is, and the fact that the beast/human nature will be a central theme in the story with both generations.

I’m excited for the introduction of a mythology that will carry us into the hero’s story, that we will in some sense know better than he will. The beast/human dichotomy is a familiar theme explored through all kinds of supernatural lore (vampires, werewolves, anything undead), and is as timeless as it is primal—because it asks the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human. There’s just something undeniably powerful about the idea of someone who’s lived a thousand years and could live a thousand more, wanting nothing more on this earth than human love. It’s so simple, and yet the stuff of epic tragedy or heroic transformation. I can’t think of a more legendary place for a hero’s journey to begin.

 
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I need a tube of super glue to fix my shattered heart D:

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I wish you could like comments on here because I am so with you!!

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><悲剧

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Thank you for the recap GF! I am off to read...

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I have two questions: does anybody think that WR didn't know how to read, and so that was why he asked the monk to read and tell him about the Gu family book? I am asking because I read it somewhere. That doesn't make sense tome because WR was the one who found the book in the 1st place, so I feel that he must have known how to read. Also he was the one who wrote the name of the brother on the wooden stick, so it seems to me that he does know how to read and write. I was just curious about that.

Also, who do you guys think took SW to the gisaeng house and asked for the favor? Do you think it might have been the sheriff, Dam Pyeong-Joon ? He seemed to be someone who would have some compassion (since he didn't kill SH). DPJ also looked like he knew SH was pregnant when she was throwing up in the woods.

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This is not very relevant for the drama, however I couldn't help but wonder if CJH was holding a real rabbit both times in this episode. If anyone has a thought on that, please let me know, that rabbit looked so real...

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@Ivoire
1) I think it was DPJ who brought SH to the gisaeng house. He was supposed to kill her, but like the hunter in Snow White, didn't and led her to a safe house. Instead, he gave her hairpin to GW as 'evidence' that he had killed her.

2) He knew she was pregnant too - hence brought her to the gisaeng.

3) As for the rabbit, I think it's real. There was a BTS showing a real rabbit and WR jumping down from a tree and catching it.

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Hello crazyajummafan, and thank you for answering my questions :-)... Do you have a link to the BTS you mentioned, please?

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Welcome to LSG China Baidu Bar to get more information including photos, news and stuff about Gu Family Book^_^

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Baby Kangchi has big shoes to fill. First they had the whole baby in a manger motif going on for his birth and then followed it up with baby in a basket floating in the river - Moses anyone???

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i was really thinking about moses too when that baby in the basket scene appeared.. XD i thought maybe the writer knows some bible stories.. hehe

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I bawled my eyes out halfway. ughhhhh so tragic ; - ;

Somehow it would be nice if Wol Ryung reappears again. (Choi Jin Hyuk <3) But I think it's too early to assume that kind of plot twist. (I can only dream)

Thanks!

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I think he will. The synopsis says that he'll be on the dark side. After reading the recaps, I think I know how it'll happen. Since he did not succeed in becoming human and killing SH, he will now become evil for a 1000 yrs! I hope that KC can turn him around without having to wait 1000 yrs!

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I was just about to say that... It's sad, because his love was so pure... But the laws of Gumiho land are now established. i cant wait to see what happens =)

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The way he was treated by humans it seems only fair he's going to torment them. Although his love was pure it was one sided.

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OOOH YES!

I have a feeling that Wol Ryung will save his son despite him being a 'demon'. Kinda like the mother and son scene in Arang and the Magistrate. ; - ;

just because I feel like quoting star wars....

"Kang Chi.... I am your father!"

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LOL!

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Kang Chi: "Search your feelings, Father, you can't do this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go of your hate."

LMAOOOOOO

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We should be able to thumbs up or like a comment...
LOL..

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I think since his evil and betrayed and all, he is likely going to warn his son about falling in love with a human.

He may even find it necessary to kill her to protect his own.

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I'm wondering about Seo-hwa too, since she's alive so far.

Fingers crossed that the rest of this drama lives up to its early episodes, because I haven't had a sageuk to love since Arang, and if this show may lack Shin Mina (even an improved Lee Yeon-hee is no Mina), I have some hope.

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I see your Star Wars and raise you Princess Bride, "Hello. My Name Is Choi Kangchi. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die."

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AHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHA that actually made me roflmao
I AM YOUR FATHER

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i am so sad how seo hwa( whatever her name is called) totally turned her back on Wol Ryung...i mean come on girl...he LOVED YOU..oh and now it seems that his character would be returning back, i am so excited for that since he is one of my favorite characters so far

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Is there a pile of broken hearts out here that I can toss mine? Ah! I bawled so hard for Wol Ryung... why is fate so cruel. This maybe the first time that I cried for a backstory.

I think he will be back as a demon to lure his son to dark side or save him. Whichever it is, it'll be awesome. Wol Ryung's death is just not right in a lot of ways.

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im agree with u. i wish it could be their story through the end..

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Seriously. I teared up from reading a RECAP! How does a drama do that?? Thanks Girlfriday!

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I was holding my breath reading this! It's almost like I don't have to watch the actual drama (and I won't start until it's more than half-way over). Thanks for the great recaps!!

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Dude you are missing out on a great drama by not watching it as it airs..it ADDS TO THE EXCITEMENT...start watching it so that you can discuss it as episodes go along

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My heart cries for Gumiho baby daddy TT_TT

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Mine too

Poor misunderstood DaddyHo, even if he should have just come clean in the first place :(

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hey! on the lighter note I think an advertisement for super glue is "fixes everything except broken heart!!!"

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damn mbc, u shld have given kang chi role to jw, instead of pairing him with choi kang hee hee hee

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Hee hee hee

But seriously think Song Joong Ki would own the role had this been given to him.

I have nothing agianst LSG, LOL.

He seems like a good guy off screen but he's just not swoony.

And K-drama is not possible without the swooning.

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If you saw K2H and can still say that, ok then. He doesn't work for you. But if you didn't see K2H, all I can say is hold on to your heart because you might be in for a surprise.

Also, Song Joong Ki would have nailed this backwards and forwards and six ways to Sunday. You will get no argument from me on that.

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I beg to differ. Soong Joong Ki can act, but he has too pretty a face. Can't imagine him being a scary gumiho. He'll be way too pretty!

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True to both comments - but I can't think of anything that LSG has been in that hasn't tickled me. Love him, his cup of boyish charm runneth over!

I must admit I haven't been so immediately invested in a drama since City Hunter and to have JB & GF tag-teaming the recaps is just icing on the Kdrama cake!

BTW - have fun on the NYC get together on Thursday - I'll be with y'all in spirit!
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@crazyajummafan - pre-Nice Guy, no one thought Song Joong Ki and his pretty face could play the dude who seduces one girl just to get to another

and look how that turned out.

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@crazy - you haven't seen Wolf Boy yet, have you.

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I have nothing against Song Joong Ki too, like the guy but I love LSG who to me is way more swoony. Thank goodness we all have different taste!

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I respect SJK as an actor but how can a sweeping statement like that be made without even seeing LSG in action? It cannot be taken seriously except the fact that its a SJK fan speaking.

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i think LSG is ok but his nostrils make him kind of ... ehhhh

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really SJK fan eh looks like you turned cast director for the drama.....really you are just being an anti....lsg hasn't appeared and you are vouching for song joong ki.....really you are so mean......sjk has just now eastablished himself as a top star with wolf boy and nice guy where lee seung gi has been top star star long back....he is far more popular and experienced in acting far more than song joong ki.....really just becoz you are sjk fan how can you say mean things.....are you feeling hurt becoz your star didn't bag the role.....just don't follow the drama if you like sjk so much but don't be mean......swwoony.....for me lsg is far swoong than sjk....attend one of his fanmeetings iof you don't find it swoony....here friends at dramabeans who attended his fan meetings were taken back by his handsome looks and couldn't stop raving about him.....if you doubt his watching watch tk2h........lsg being casted by country's best director pd shows whom he prefered more and at the end of the day that matters.......

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A sweeping statement indeed. People should stop saying xxx is better , xxx should have been casted instead etc. The fact is that Seunggi had been cast long ago at the onset. It's his drama and there was not even any contenders in consideration. Plus it's not as if Kang Chi has appeared and Seunggi is doing badly. Don't judge him without giving him a chance to blow u away.

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It's always funny to see "my bias would be better then the person cast" for NO reason at all other than being upset their bias isn't in the drama. And yeah, the writer wanted Seunggi. It was never once up for anyone else unless he declined.

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I think LSG would work here better he has this boyish charm. And you wold hardly think that he could be evil with that smile. But the supernatural side to him takes you totally by surprise coz u knw it will actually crave human liver...
I actually like the disparity between his " i am soooo cute i can make you forgive me for eating all ur ice cream if i smile" and ' ooooo human liver ' Hannibal act.

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Hello slfowie,

I remember commenting and responding to your posts on one or more drama recaps, I just can't remember which ones right now, however I do remember your screen name :-). I just wanted to say that I love and I agree with what you have explained. It makes total sense to me. I too look forward to watching/seeing the dichotomy between good KC and bad/struggling/evil/beast like KC. I think it might be the 1st time that LSG tries such a role (potential of being bad or evil, one of the "bad" guys), and I hope fervently that he will do well. He did impress me with his portrayal of JH in TK2Hs, and I really, really, really hope that he will do it again here :-)

Good to "see" you here again. It looks like we will be camping on the same drama recap thread again. Now that I think about it, were you one of the people with whom we talked about making clones (in a factory) of Eun Shi-kyung (sp?) from the TK2Hs?

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Hi Ivoire ,
I remember you too! is great to talk/ see you again. I think i am gonna enjoy seeing the struggle, if its done right. But seeing how he was pretty good ( ok let me admit it he was AWESOME) at portraying a" i am all right, i am strong.....but i am totally breaking apart" guy think he will do the character justice.
Plus i kinda like the idea of the hero having this drop of evil- u knw i want to eat human liver, in him. I think is gonna make the story even more interesting. Coz he doesn't just have bad guys he has to win but he as to win himself to...
And yes i am the same person who talked bout making clones....i am watching his show...by watching i mean reading the recaps n hoping my computer loads the shows....

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he is mega SWOONY to me..gosh i love that guy...makes my heart beat every time and his kisses AHHHHH..please, i think i am gonna stop here before i FAINT

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Its been 12 hours since I've watched episode 2....and I can't stop thinking about the sad tragedy that happened to Wol-ryung and Seo Hwa... I am soooo disappointed that Seo Hwa did that!! I was literally bawling my eyes out!

I would love to see Choi Jin Hyuk and Lee Yeon Hee in a drama together again!!!

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I stopped the episode halfway through and left it there for over an hour because I wanted the happy to be the end of their story. *sobs*

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Me too! I just wanted them to be happy. He was so adorably sweet in his love for her. They were so happy for those few short months.

His face when he realized she had betrayed him and her face after seeing her baby and knowing that her husband wasn't a monster. This episode gutted me.

But it was the perfect setup for our hero to realize his father's wish and find a different fate with his love then that of his parents. The groundwork is there. Now the main drama just better live up to its fabulous beginning.

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Exactly this. I hate her so much for betraying him that I can't even feel sorry now that I know what she said to the baby - that part wasn't subbed when I watched, but it was pretty clear she was wavering on something. Still she abandoned the child.

Wol Ryung was perfect to her. I will never forgive. Someone said JW should have been AppaHo, and the best part of that would have been all the opportunities we'd have had to tell Baby Mama 'Gaksital will never forgive you!'

Still thinking about his delighted smiles and his giggles, with that deep voice. Giggles. GIGGLES. I will not remember his tears. No.

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I'm with you here. By the end of this episode I found it hard to connect sympathetically with Seo Hwa's character.

Everything Girlfriday said about the world of the drama rang true. But throughtout these episodes the Seo-Hwa character alternated between being compelling and really frustrating. Compelling: her decisive and principled stand against entering into a life of prostitution. Frustrating: as she's fleeing that fate, the way she wants to stop and have a long, emotional talk - JUST as soon as the pursuers are getting close. Compelling: her romance with Wol-Ryung. Frustrating: her indecisive and unprincipled vascillations about his identity and their child. Letting the creep who murdered her father convince her to betray the man who had saved her life and showed her nothing but goodness. From crying out his human name as the lights carry him away (indicating she really did accept him for who he was?). Then hearing the monk explain that he was a guardian spirit who never initiated any fight and who was willing to give up ageless immortality to spend a limited life with the woman he loved (validating his goodness)... To her trying to abort their unborn child because it would be a 'monster'. From her repeatedly asking for his forgiveness (implying her acceptance of him as a moral being?)... while she's about to kill her defenseless newborn because it's a monster (implying she doesn't accept Wol-Ryung or think he's a moral being?). Ugh. The monk was right about some women being more trouble than they're worth.

And I could understand her being conflicted. But make. up. your. mind, Seo-Hwa. And maybe stop to think about how many people's lives you're willing to see sacrificed on the altar of your indecisiveness. But even more frustrating was why - even though I ended up feeling Seo-Hwa wasn't at all worthy of Wol-Ryung - I still wanted so badly for him to find his happily-ever-after with her. *Make. up. your. mind, Gidget.* And why am I really hoping to see a prequel starring these two characters? Drama, you're messin' with my mind.

Still, frustrations aside, I thought the first two episodes were gripping and stunningly beautiful.

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Seo-hwa IS really frustrating, which is a writing inconsistency in several ways - (and the preview for ep 3 makes it clear she's doing this because she thinks her child should grow up around 'normal' people instead of the gibang) but her actually wavering on Wol-ryung because of the lies/omissions is kinda understandable, even if I want to shake her (and did she still love him, anyway? I think she did, even with all she did to betray him.

But he was SO ADORABLE, and I'm hoping this isn't the absolute end for OmmaHo and AppaHo.

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See, my gut reaction is to be pissed at Seo-hwa, but think a second. She finds out, after months of living blissfully in ignorance, that her husband lied to her. About the last two people in her family. On their own, I don't think the revelation of monsterhood or lying or the deaths of Dam and her brother would have done it, but all together? After seeing him chaw on peoples' necks? I mean, in the same situation I'd like to think I'd see the utter anguish on his face and forgive him, but I just don't know. I think it's a realistic and relatively well-written reaction.

Now, I don't see why he couldn't have just told her, and then been all "ok, off to pray for 100 days so I can come back and be human with you!" But I guess then we wouldn't have a story.

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@Gidget @ pogo
Personally, while I'm disappointed at SH's reaction, I think I can understand it and even accept it. The fact that she's confused IS a sign of good writing. The fact that you're compelled one moment and frustrated another shows in some ways that its realistic writing. If she had been clear-headed and did not betray WR, would have been unrealistic and also against her character. This also gives the story a chance for Yeo Wool NOT to go the same way and give KC a chance at love.

SH wanting to abort the baby and kill it is not unnatural if you see it from another angle. Because we love WR - he's good looking and was so sweet to her - so we think that she should not betray him and keep the innocent child. But put yourself in SH's shoes.

Imagine that an alien came to earth and 'disguised' himself as one of us. He's good looking and very charming. Even saved you from harm. BUT you didn't know he was an alien, and all your life, you were told that aliens are demonic, and cunning and that they seek to 'eat your liver'. You fell in love with that alien and made love with him. Then one day, you saw him in his horrifying alien form, ripping out ppl's hearts with blood dripping from his mouth, etc...
And horror of horrors, you realise that u are carrying his child! How can you be sure that the child will look human and not alien? Remember, back then there was no ultra sound. Won't you be reviled that you are carrying an alien child? His genes are in that child! I know I would be terrified and horrified thinking that I'm carrying a beast in my womb! I've carried 4 children, and each time, I look forward to birthing them and seeing them. But if I think that they are not going to be fully human is totally going to freak me out, esp when I think that the alien has tricked me into mating him!

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crazyajummafan I totally agree with you. There are times when i want to shake her and yell "but he loves you! and wants to become human for you". but then i also realize that for her what ever they shared probably looked a lie, why not? A non human entity, lied to you about the most important things- her family is dead, and her only other family member is something that is used to scare children. How can someone trust the other person after going through the betrayal?
As for her trying to kill her kid- she saw him killing people in one of the most gruesome way possible. And there could also be a possibility that the child she is carrying will have his genes- be a killer, eater of human liver... And her being in the era she is in, what other option does she have? She has been brought up to believe that gumiho's are evil and must be killed before they killed you. And in a way that is just what she sets out to do....

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TRUE, TRUE..i still cannot forgive SEO HWA...she doesn't deserve my forgiveness..like what the [email protected]#%... she needs some serious whooping

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sure, i can see why she'd doubt him- that's a given, but i'm still a romantic so i kept waiting for her to go back and realize how much Wol Ryung loved her (i do think that i wouldn't have been able to stand seeing all the blood-really squeamish-but then again, i could've closed my eyes and problem solved). besides, would she rather that he was a human so that they could both die? (i think not). I would've liked more faith from her

It'd be hard for me to forgive her just for breaking WR's heart like that, but then she wants to kill her baby! How could she even think of that?!?! what did that baby ever do to her (i'm a firm believer that all babies at birth are innocent and angelic(even if they do look like really old really wrinkled really red people)

so because i'm a lover of all things romantic and happy, imma go into Denial with a capital D (no really, it has a capital 'd' :P) and make up my own ending, if only for Wol Ryung's sake. Here it is, but its gonna be long (please comment on how to improve it while keeping the two together):

So she runs away into the forest and thinks about what if it were her thats not human. The monk shows up as she's thinking who tells her everything about him. The truth of his nature, what he's been doing for her. What he just sacrificed to save her, and why he lied. Basically, how much he loves her. *insert some scenes, not shown before, of what he did for her-some without her knowing it was him, like some hidden gestures that made he life so much nicer*
Even with this, she's still undecided, but the monk says that even though he can take her to where Wol Ryung is but she has to make up her mind really quickly and come to the proper meeting place but as she's about to reach the site another search party(?) comes upon and recognizes her. They wound her (arrows, maybe) and leave her for dead
She lays on the ground and realizes the full extent of her feelings at the thought of not seeing her hubby again and manages to drag herself to where the monk is, and they promptly go to the cave
The lovers are reunited and alls well that ends well ^^
but then they find out she's pregnant and are even happier. However, the midwife they found for her is evil and purely interested in how much money she can earn by selling the baby. So when Seo-hwa's sleeping/passed out from the effects of labor the midwife takes the baby and gives it to an accomplice. Wol-ryung of cource finds out and goes after the baby after turning her into some creature
The accomplice is worried about his fate if Wol Ryung finds him with the baby (since he didn't see his face yet) so he throws the baby into the river and runs to town.
The rest is the same as the drama, so it can (kinda?) go on as planned.

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I couldn't watch anymore and actually waited until the recaps were over to have the courage to go back and finish it. It doesn't quite as bad when you have someone watching with you.

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I too, was upsettingly sad. I just wanted him to bring her HUGE bouquets of flowers and for them to smile at each other forever and ever! I knew they couldn't, since otherwise Lee Seung gi wouldn't grow up an orphan, he'd grow up the cute adorable child of adorable parents. But the inevitability of the tragedy didn't make it any less heartbreaking.

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I don't have the heart or the emotional stamina to watch the 2nd half of this ep. Reading the recap alone is sad enough to add weights to my heart!
That Silly yabang girl!

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Same here, I saw the preview and couldn't watch the actual episode T T The acting is so real, it's heart wrenching!

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Wow I could finish ep 2. I just wanted a cute happy family.T.T

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reminds me of Phoebe in Friends. Her mother always stopped at the happy part of a TV show and told her that it was the ending :)

For this drama, I think I'll give it a try after reading the recap. Thanks GF and JV!

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I watched the whole thing and ended up crying
(ugly crying ) for long time after. And now I'm crying again because of the recap.....
I just wanted them to be happy and half a dozen half gumiho babies together and live in that really nice cave :(

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I don't like at all how the love story ended - she betrayed him too easy.

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RIGHT? All the tears.

So good, though. Plus, now the curse is on Kang-chi's father as well as him, so there's more motivation and weight to it. What are the odds that Kang-chi breaking the curse will bring him back to life? Maybe? One can hope.

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This is off topic but I want to ask: WHY IS NO ONE SUBBING GOD OF WORKPLACE?! I wanna check it out!

Thanks for listening.

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I'm also waiting for its subs.... :(

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Isn't that in KBS? KBS has KBSWorld, which subs it but comes at a later date.

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It is but my work schedule is erratic and I will miss lots of episodes. So, I wish they would sub it online so that I can watch at leisure. :(

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I meant you'll probably find it online in some blog, using the subs of KBSWorld, at a much later date. So yes, you won't get to watch the episode the day after it aired. more like a week (or more).

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oh I see. thanks for that :)

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Can you watch Viki in your area? Their subs are beyond fast, particularly for a really popular show like GuFB. And I'm talking hours and not days to sub this.

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When does it show on KBS world? Can you please give me the days and timings? Otherwise, I will wait for the drama to at least be halfway before starting.

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So far no subs on viki, hulu, or dramacrazy (US) for God of Workplace . :( I really want to check it out, but no luck.

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It's only episode 2 and I'm already reloading the home page for recaps.

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This is not a good sign for my next four months!!! But I'm already on board with the drama :)

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I was reloading the site at work... not something i would suggest if you have to share a room n people can't mind their own business.
I want to watch this show so bad, but i can't find a site that has subbed it n works with the extremely slow net i have!

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I hope we'll get to know the reason why Seo-hwa still gave her baby up even though he looked nothing like a monster... And I also wonder if the monk knows about the baby's identity!

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Based on the previews I think the monk does know about Kang Chi.

I'm enjoying this but I'm really not fond of the choice in music particularly the English song. It really doesn't match the scenes they choose to addition in.

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Actually, I think the OST is perfect - it was just a mite startling to hear the theme song being sung in English but I certainly don't think that that detracted from the 'flavor' of the scene.
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Oh god yes, that song just throws scenes so badly off sometimes, especially with that ear-splitting crescendo

but I do love the rest of the music they've got, especially the score - it's flawless so far.

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I like the soft part of the song, but the swelling big parts do no favors. Those ballads- in either language- are always the worse parts of good dramas for me.

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LMAO!!..that ENGLISH song KILLS my freaking ears...like it even KILLS the scenes it is featured in....i have heard English osts in kdrama before and I have never complained but the English song in this drama is just bad

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Maybe the monk spoke to her beforehand and they decided this was best? And if she were connected to him, he would have probably been shunned anyways for being half gumiho and the son of a gisaeng.

It seemed way to convenient that the monk just happened to walk along, so I'm assuming he knows? Someone has to tell him when he's older after all. ;)

I think the monk also tells Suzy to avoid having a relationship with the person she meets on a night with a crescent moon...

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I believe she could not bring herself to face her baby, knowing how she betrayed his father... she was both a proud, strong willed yabang girl as she was a weak, poor stamina ( lol always stumbling when she runs away from something, which makes sense since being yabang she is probably very lady like and girly etc )..

Not too bright either, since she never wondered how amazing her hubby is, being able to pull off so many wonderful things and took him for granted... hahaha

The monk seems to sense that the guardian spirit has somehow returned to the forest ( all those blue fairy lights) and seems to want to con that Lord Park to bring up someone else's child... which is the decision that makes me feel more puzzled about, because if Wol-ryung is his best buddy, and this child is somehow going to become a half-guardian etc isn't it better for him to bring up the child, to educate him etc?

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The monk has to know. I'm guessing he puts that red bracelet on Kangchi (like the one he used on daddy) too to control his powers.

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There are probably different-but-similar Asian myths that go with certain types of magical creatures. I got a few InuYasha vibes: control beads and the white fur and claws. They also used a control bracelet in Fruits Basket. Since they are two of my favorite manga, I'm looking forward to this drama, even without Suzy or LSG. [duck]

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OMG Soo happy that I wasn't the only one that thought of Inuyasha and Fruits basket. Its the first thing i picked up when i watched the trailer and is my main reason for watching the show.

Though LSG, Suzy and Sung Hoon are like icing on the cake.
Wonder what role Sung Hoon is gonna play... i know he aint the second lead, but I hope his role is big. He's main guy material too after all.

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omg Fruits Basket was one of my favourite mangas too! And the control bracelet was pretty prominent in that one..

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OMG! I knew something was familiar about this drama but I didnt know what...now you have pointed it out to me...THANKS!

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Did the monk actually float the baby to the party? It seems to be awfully convenient to have him pop up and gush about the Boy In The Basket. I think he promised to help her get out of there (and never come back) and to save the child of his best friend.

With the exception of the one screechy English song, the backgrounds and BGM have made a lush backdrop to the upcoming story.

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That's a really good guess, most probably he did the floating, then "chanced upon" as the salesman.

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Yup Monk definitely knows. when he just so happened to walk by and talk the man into taking in the child, you could tell he was in cahoots.

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Oh, totally. I thought Seo-hwa did it (and she probably is in cahoots with Monk too) but it makes more sense this way.

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The monk is the one who followed the baby down the river and made sure he got a new home. He knows :) I'm hoping he sticks around to advise the boy as he grows up, he's such a great character!

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Thanks! I already love this show!

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Oh God... I'm so sad... why oh why WR has to die... Suprisingly im not angry at all with SH... For me from her point of view looking at him killing other people not long after saw her father being killed, it must be scary for her.

Im just thinking what the real myth that makes SH wish to kill the baby and failed to trust WR

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I know she was grieving and all but I'm thinking a bag full of butterflies should have been the first thing to tip her off that her rescuer wasn't quite human. Or maybe folks just don't generally assume other human-looking folks are spirit folk? Still...

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Haha! I agree with you! Who can catch that many butterflies and place all in one bag?

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I was upset with Seo-hwa for awhile thinking what she did was nonsensical, but the more I think about the more I can kind of understand her. A gumiho in the first place is someone who tricks people and that was just confirmed to her. Better to go back to the humans that hurt you than the beast who hurt you I guess.

So far she's not dead, so I hope eventually she gets to make some sort of amends to him in the end (since he's totally not really dead) though she might end up offing herself early next episode.

Anyway, YW will have to be better than Seo Hwa and look past the ugly beast to see the cute puppy. I'm going to guess she will. The parents kind of set up the story as what you shouldn't do and I hope KC and YW do it right.

Aww, Lord Park! I'm glad Kangchi will have a nice parent. Maybe I shouldn't say that so quickly though....there is a adopted mother lurking around somewhere.

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I am totally not on her side. I guess its so much better to go back to the people who framed and killed her family, violently raped her maid and caused her death etc etc?. Human or beast he saved her ass and lied because he loves her. I can understand that she is going through hell but seriously, she was about to kill her baby too?. What sin did he commit?.

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I'm not on her side, but I get it now...sort of.

It doesn't really matter how nice he was. He's seen as a monster. He's not on the level of humans. So no matter how much the officials hurt her they are still seen as better choice than him. It's wrong, but it's not that it doesn't make sense. I don't agree with it obviously. Her being so vindictive is something I don't really understand though.

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Humans who behaved like monsters are better than a monster who behaved more like a decent human being?. She lived with him and he protected her and she still cant see it :(.

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Well, yes basically at least to most people in the drama. The story is obviously portraying what it actually means to be human. The tragic thing is she couldn't see it before it was too late, but she was able to see it and not kill baby Kangchi. YW will have to be better than her.

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Sigh..what a waste of a hot guy in beast mode. I might be back to watch him in demon mode with his white mane of glory lol.

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Maid said that she'll receive few beating but will be ok. I don't see why Seo Hwa would've doubted that. There was NO way for her knowing that head gisaeng would try to trick baddie with the maid. You can clearly see that this didn't even occur to the maid who's probably more familiar with how upper class treats servants than Seo Hwa is. She was totally surprised and shocked when head gisaeng ordered her to take Seo Hwa's place.

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Totally agree with you. I just could not understand her thinking process...for her to go back to the soldiers and to the man that killed her father. I mean she's just spent the past couple months living in the woods. Why not take that and continue to live on her own? When she walked into the enemy's camp, I just could not believe it. And then to help them?? Even after she found at that the evil guy was responsible for her brother's death, and to an extent Dam's death as well. SH then helps lead them to kill WR. I understand that seeing him in his true form was shocking. However, he did not kill your brother and father. The man that you are helping did!!! I guess that lying about their deaths is worse than the actual act. And what about the times that he saved you? What about the months that you just spent with him? Did she feel no conflicting emotions about betraying him? The monk could see how in love WR was, how could she not? He never harmed one hair on her head! I guess that if we saw her inner turmoil about betraying him, that would have helped, but she seemed to have none!

And then when WR is killed, and they are standing face to face, I thought she understood that maybe he was not the monster that she thought he was. The monk even explains what WR was trying to do. Then the next scene is her trying to kill the baby. I just cannot understand her thought process.

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I can understand her betraying WR because gumihos are scary, but I cannot understand her going back to the dude who framed her family and wanted to rape her (and then really did rape her loyal maid who had taken her place). It's almost like wasting her loyal maid's sacrifice. Or maybe SH just thinks rape is some guy squeezing your boob instead of something much worse? Wouldn't it have made more sense to just abandon him and run off somewhere else completely different? Or to leave a note somewhere that says "This is how to find the Gumiho". Why put herself in danger of being raped? Lucky for her, the rapey villain didn't feel like raping her anymore.

Despite my allergy for sad stuff, the episode was almost perfect (and the look on WR's face before he died - heartbreaking and just so right!), except for that one thing that just threw me out of the story.

Side note: I've thought Choi Jin Hyuk was adorable since the mediocre Panda and Hedgehog drama, but his WR is just too adorable to handle. My brain feels fried from all The Cute!

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Choi is the reason why I'm watching this and I must say that he is so worth it.

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I think this was one of the problems in execution of the episode. She shouldn't have gone straight to the soldiers but wander in panic in the woods and soldiers would've located her there.

Other option is that she was SO scared of gumiho - and him claiming her back - that she ran to the only protection she could come up with: the soldiers. But if so, it wasn't leveled out enough.

I do buy the main idea in the show and find love story lovely and tragic, but lacking in several points when you consider how it really was portrayed. I didn't really get why gumiho fell so in love with her nor did I really feel she loved him at all. She did like him and cared for him, yes, but love? Didn't get that vibe.

Also, ending wasn't sufficient. She should've expressed more remorse for betraying Wol Ryong. Up until the end I was waiting for the big epiphany of "OH MY GOD, what have I done?! He loved me and I loved him, he wasn't a monster - I killed him!! NOOOOO!!" But it never came. Saying that the baby is not a monster like his father wasn't one, is simply not enough. More tragedy, dammit!

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Yeah, I don't think they had enough time to do it though. The parents probably needed another episode, but it would have made things a lot slower and took another episode to get to Seunggi so I can see why they rushed it. It worked overall even if it could have been better.

I'm pretty sure from BTS pictures baby KC will be in the episode for a bit so it doesn't go right to adult KC, so we might get a scene or two left of her still.

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I'm not on her side either. She spent months with him getting to know him - I think she should have been able to see more of the human in him and less of the beast.

I'm not even sure she regretted it after he died, still saying he loved her. Did she even care that he was trying to be human for her?

She just seemed really heartless towards him once he showed him gumiho side....and then to betray him and side with the man who killed her father...ugh! And then to try to kill their baby!! Good lord!! That's so cruel!

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My thoughts exactly! Who gets all bent out of shape because someone --who has been so kind to you all this time-- lied to protect your feelings?

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Trust is a precious thing and he broke it.

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(shaking my head in agreement)..another reason why i think she needed to be B*#$% slapped

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Who wouldn't be heartbroken with this!?
It's like, *bawls* no no no!
Can they have a to be continued? Pleaasssse?
Or maybe a separate drama? This is killing me!
They need a happy ending.

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I know right?! We want sexy daddy Gumiho back! T^T
Man...the parents' story is so epic and heartbreaking.... I would totally watch their own little version of a drama! They really stole the show. I hope Seungi and Suzy's love-line will be just as much, if not more, compelling.

Does anyone know if the parents will reunite in the end?! I want to bawl my eyes out at the possibility that their love story will just end in this tragic way. I already know that Wol Ryung will come back as a 1000 year old devil and fight against Kang-Chi later on. But is Seo-Hwa still alive? I don't know what happened to her at the end of this episode. It'd be great if she's alive and can maybe cure Wol Ryung of the curse 20 years later by confirming her love for him. :'(

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I just want seo hwa and wol ryung to make amends. it just doesn't.feel.right. with him "leaving" while believing seo hwa betrayed him and doesn't love him.
Im hoping before this show ends the least they could do for us is give them a happily ever after in some kind of alternate universe. *tears

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I get the feeling that we haven't seen last of either of them. Neither are *confirmed* dead, and I can totally imagine them somehow coming ace-to-face again much later. We have 22 more episodes to go, lots of ground to cover, I bet Seo Hwa and Wol Ryung's story isn't over yet...

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I was determined not to start any more dramas. Oh RL *sigh* Okay, if I only ever watch the first two episodes, I will. *shakes fists at your amazing recaps* you have me convinced ^^

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so,no one's watching jang ok jung? how disappointing, and there are no recaps either :/

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I've been thinking about it...maybe. It seems like an interesting premise...I'm just not convinced it will be good.

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Ms Koala at Koala's Playground has recapped JOJ's pilot episode :) It's not confirmed if she'll be recapping the entire series though!

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umm i do think people are watching jang ok jung but unfortunately, it is not being recapped...but i prefer a recap of "gu family book" over JOJ anyday because i really needed a place to rant out all my frustrations

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Episode 2 was so moving and sad. Can't wait til next week! I hope the parents will be able to see each other again. Thanks for the recap.

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Although this episode wasn't that bad (not as great as the first one though) I'm really upset by how they handled Seo Hwa; which basically means that they turned her into a biopolar maniac. Yes, I can understand her fear of her monster child/husband, etc. But does that merit going back to a rapist/killer/douchebag of a guy? I hope not, but she does it anyway! It's clear as day that the gumiho loves her, and Seo Hwa still manages to doubt him when she finds out truth about her brother and sister/maid. The gumiho said himself that he'd do anything to ease Seo Hwa's pain--of course he would lie about the death of her family. What person would want to tell you that your family is dead with a straight face? I don't know, a rapist, douchebag (haven't we seen one of those around here?) Really though, I wish she really got her priorities straight. Oppaho (Joanne's term) made Seo Hwa his world, and he had to pay for it. Sad.

Ugh, frustration. I should probably ignore all the logical nonsense and just take in the fantasy for what it is.

That said, I still love the parents pairing to bits and pieces. Sure their characters have problems (everyone does in this drama) but there's something utterly heart-wrenching about this story that makes me stick around. I may not be 100% (more like 60%) into this drama mentally, but emotionally, for reason beyond my control and understanding, it has taken me hook-line-and-sinker.

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*facepalm* Where's the edit button when you need it? XD Nothing seems to make sense.

*reasons

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Lying has its consequences, proven in this episode. While I agree, that it was rather unbelievable that she asked the same bastard who killed her family for help, I think it's natural for her to fear him upon seeing what he's capable of. Humans are very fickle indeed, even back then. Sad but true :/

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I was pretty frustrated, too. I guess while I was watching I made up a Reasons Why Your Relationship Failed (to both of them):

1.) you lied to her

2.) you decided to go pick herbs out in the open in spite of being a hunted slave

3.) you let her

4.) you didn't relocate to China

5.) you didn't wait to start the 100 day gu book process until you relocated to China

6.) if you couldn't relocate to China because of magical spirit junk, you didn't fake her death so they would stop looking and you could live in some form of peace.

While the emotions resonated and the conflicts felt real, a lot of the decisions made by the protagonists seemed like they had either been dropped on their heads as infants or they were total plot contrivances. I dunno, I'm ready for the next story.

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Haha totally agree. I think it is tragic, but I can't help but facepalm at how stupid they both were. I don't really think KC and YW will have much to be a better couple than the parents.

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Lol, Moonlight Garden was supposed to be hidden from normal humans though, right? So he was right in saying that she was "safe" as long as she didn't wander off from their cave. He really should have been more firm on not letting her go herb-picking. >.<

And if he's the spirit of that particular mountain, is he somehow bound to it and unable to leave?

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Love your reasons! And I'm with you...though it's understandable that SH must've been crazy scared seeing the transformation...but really? go back to the guy that killed her own dad and did all those horrible things to her... just, completely illogical.

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Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes. And a thousand more.

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Hahaha. Your reasons absolutely make sense, especially the fake death plan.

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ugh agreed. i got so upset at seo hwa. i mean okay, i can understand her freaking out and running away, but why the hell would she run back to the raping murderer ::shakes head:: and the way she glares at poor wol ryung for lying about her brother being dead. ah my heart hurts for him. shouldn't she be more upset at the actual guy that hung him and bragged about it? ugh what did i expect really, from the writer of baker king and man of honor.

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The intro narration should have been amended to ..." This is where the sad story of WR begins..."

Episode 2 has turned SH into a weak, single dimensional, shallow and dump flower vase, a murderer of her husband, and almost a murderer to to her child.
Someone please jap her brain with some grey matter and her heart with some consciene.

She appeared to have spared no time in thinking things through, after fleaing from WR out of fear. She could have gone into hiding somewhere else, and weigh things out based on her recent encounter before deciding what to do next.

It makes no sense for her to walk right back into the camp of the one who slayed her father, hanged her brother and raped her maid? What is she trying to achieve? Living up to her fate?

Given the fact that at that point in time, she still believed that her brother and maid were safe, would she not have considered that her surrender would have put them in harm's way, if they try to save her?

If she had thought of killing herself earlier, than it will be more logical for her to consider ending her live, not that I agree with the idea, after the reveal. If shelf preservation is more important that her self/family dignity, then why bother to resist becoming a geisha initially? She could have spared the life of her brother and her maid by her conceding earlier.

And how could the many gesture of love from WR be so readily cancelled by one perceived lie? And how does the anger of being lied to by your loved one immediately translates into leading her arch enemy to capture her saviour, be it a beast in human form?

The even more damning fact is that she tried to kill her own child. Talk about maternal instinct. With such bad genes from the mother, how can Kangchi not turned into a psychopath? Sorry scriptwritter, you are writing for a modern audience. I balme it on your bad writing of this character. May justice be done on SH. I have no sympathy for her by the way you write her.

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Agreed. If this was just a whirlwind romance of a few days, the betrayal might have been a bit more realistic. But WR was smitten for three whole freaking months! How could Seo Hwa completely forget that in a matter of minutes? We have to suspend so much disbelief for this show.

Show, why do you do this to me?

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Phew. I heard different opinions on episode 2 being a huge downgrade from ep. 1 but now i won't be so cautious to start watching episode 2.
I really love the parent's loveline and didn't want it to turn ugly the way it sounds: seo hwa turning her back on the man who rescued her and about to kill her "monster" baby. Still, the show looks very pretty.

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