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Gu Family Book: Episode 12

We’re halfway through the series and it’s a turning point for every character, as friendships, romances, and family loyalty all get tested when the beast is let loose. It’s like taking a bear that’s happy to live in the zoo, sticking it in the wild, and poking it repeatedly with a stick. Humans are dumb sometimes.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

We begin with another flashback conversation, as Dam Pyung-joon asks the monk So-jung whether Kang-chi can really become human, and if it’s safe for him to be around people.

So-jung knows he’s worried about his daughter, and tells him the same thing he told her—that their fate could end in either Yeo-wool or Kang-chi’s death. He warns Master Dam that once a fated union has started on its course, no human being can change that course. Like that’s gonna stop a dad.

Back to the mountains, where Kang-chi has just been sold out by Tae-seo (or the zombie wearing Tae-seo’s meatsuit; one can never be too sure). He does the worst possible thing and pulls Kang-chi’s magical bracelet off, thinking that it’s the source of his strength.

As soon as it comes off, the wind kicks up, and huddled in the center of the circle, Kang-chi begins to change.

Yeo-wool and Gon have been trekking through the woods in search of them, and she feels the change in the air.

Tae-seo and Chung-jo watch in horror, as Kang-chi rises in his gumiho form. Kang-chi approaches, and they shrink back in fear and disgust. Seeing an opportunity to attack, the leader of the gang lunges at Kang-chi with a giant blade, and just gets swatted away like a fly.

Tae-seo sees that and swings his sword at Kang-chi, and in defense, Kang-chi swipes his giants claws… right across Tae-seo’s chest. Oh noes. It was self-defense! Still, this is very bad.

Kang-chi looks down at his hands in horror, as Tae-seo crumples to the ground. Kang-chi comes to his senses and reaches out to him, but Chung-jo screams for him to stay away, and starts throwing stones, and leaves, and anything she can get her hands on. Oof, that’s heartbreaking. Those leaves cut deeper than any knife.

He calls out to her, but she cries, “Get away from me! Get away from me!” She screams so loud that Yeo-wool and Gon can hear where they are, and start running in their direction.

Chung-jo faints, and when Kang-chi kneels beside her, the thugs surround him, and attack. The beastly scream reverberates down the mountainside.

But by the time Gon and Yeo-wool arrive at the scene, all that’s left behind is a bloodied gang, all dead or nearly dying. Their leader ekes out Kang-chi’s name, and then Gon finds his bracelet on the ground.

There’s no sign of Kang-chi yet, but he must’ve taken off with Chung-jo, because Tae-seo is stumbling through the woods, clutching his bleeding chest and calling Chung-jo’s name.

Lee Soon-shin comes to the school to confront Master Dam about letting Kang-chi go against his orders, and Master Dam lies that he couldn’t handle the task of looking after him.

Lee Soon-shin knows it was personal, but they don’t have a chance to argue because they get word that Jo Gwan-woong’s men have been spotted closing in on Kang-chi. And also… Yeo-wool and Gon are missing.

They spot Jo Gwan-woong’s men as well, and wonder how they knew Kang-chi was headed this way. Please tell me you’ll go mole hunting as soon as this immediate danger has passed.

Now they have to race against those guys to find Kang-chi first, but Yeo-wool has an idea where he went. Sure enough, when Chung-jo opens her eyes, she’s inside the cave in the Moonlight Garden.

She shrinks back when she sees Kang-chi, who’s huddled in the corner clutching a bleeding arm (his own, I mean. Kinda funny that that needs clarifying). He manages to convince her, “It’s me—Kang-chi…”

And she gasps, “Kang-chi? Were you… not human?” He apologizes for letting her see him this way, but all she can think about is Tae-seo, and asks where he is. He just hangs his head without responding, and she asks haltingly, “Did you kill him?” He gets up to go closer, but she jumps back, screaming: “Get away! Don’t come near me!” Aaaack. Don’t kick the puppy while he’s down!

As he stands there, frozen, she cries, “You’re not Kang-chi! Kang-chi would never be a monster like you!” She takes off running, and hears Kang-chi’s terrifying growl echo in the cave behind her.

She runs for her life, as Yeo-wool and Gon run in circles trying to get to the Moonlight Garden. They realize they’ve been going in circles, and she can’t for the life of her find her way back there.

Chung-jo runs and runs and runs… right into Jo Gwan-woong’s men. He comes to the woods to see for himself, and the thugs get rounded up for questioning. It turns out they’re all alive, and they say that Kang-chi turned into a monster as soon as that bracelet came off.

Now Jo Gwan-woong puts all the pieces together—Wol-ryung and Seo-hwa had a child. He realizes that it was Seo-hwa’s murderous glare he saw in Kang-chi’s eyes that night that Park Mu-sol died, and he murmurs to himself how such a thing is possible.

His men drag Tae-seo back, and he kneels before Jo Gwan-woong to beg for his sister’s freedom. But he just kicks Tae-seo away since he’s not needed anymore, and instead threatens Chung-jo with her brother’s death if she doesn’t tell him where Kang-chi is.

She swears that she doesn’t remember how to get back there, so Jo Gwan-woong says her brother will hang tomorrow, and they get dragged apart, screaming for each other. And just to tie up loose ends, he has the entire gang slaughtered anyway.

He goes to confront Dam Pyung-joon about letting Seo-hwa live twenty years ago, leading to Kang-chi’s birth. Master Dam’s silence is enough to convince Jo Gwan-woong that his suspicions were right, and he vows to find out why he’s protecting Kang-chi.

Yeo-wool can’t bring herself to turn back, knowing what a hard time Kang-chi must be having without his bracelet.

Once Kang-chi calms down a little, he decides to head back down to retrieve the bracelet, and finds the gang of dead bounty hunters. Aw man, you totally didn’t murder these guys, even though it really looks that way.

There’s no bracelet, but he looks off in the distance, “Yeo-wool-ah.” Can you… smell her?

As he starts to walk away, the leader of the gang stirs awake and begs for Kang-chi to save him. He growls, “Why should I? The world would be better off with you dead.” The man swears he was wrong and pleads for his life.

Kang-chi turns back and grabs the man’s own dagger and raises it…

Cut to: nighttime at the martial arts school, as the guards take turn on watch, on high alert for Jo Gwan-woong’s men. Kang-chi sneaks in, though he’s not doing a very good job of it, considering, yunno, he lives there.

The men surround him and demand to see his face, so he has no choice but to show it, and they all gasp. Master Dam comes out, and seeing Kang-chi this way immediately makes him think of Wol-ryung.

Kang-chi says he’s here to see Yeo-wool, and asks to be let in. Master Dam refuses to let him see his daughter looking that way, and turns him down. Not a good idea.

Kang-chi growls, and one of the men lunges at him like an idiot. Kang-chi pins him to the ground by the neck, and refuses to listen to Master Dam’s orders to let him go. He says he’ll kill anyone who tries to kill him first, so Master Dam sighs that he has no choice then, but to cut his throat himself.

He reaches for his sword, but Yeo-wool arrives just in time to call out to her father and stop him. She runs to stand between them. Dad argues that Kang-chi is not human, and demands that she get out of the way.

Yeo-wool: “No, I don’t want to.” Dayum. The moment of defiance shocks him, and Gon, whose jaw drops. She continues, “You’re the one who told me that there’s no such thing as bad people, that there are only bad circumstances. Kang-chi is the same!”

She argues that Kang-chi isn’t bad, and begs him to put away his sword. “Kang-chi did nothing wrong! It’s not his fault!” Moved by her words, Kang-chi loosens his grip and stands up.

But Dad refuses to give in, and orders her to move aside. Kang-chi’s anger starts to bubble up to the surface again…

And then, without a word, Yeo-wool turns around and marches right over to Kang-chi, and takes his hand—his bloody, beasty claw-hand—and stands by his side. No. Way. Everyone goes slackjawed, and no one’s more surprised than Kang-chi.

She interlaces their fingers and holds his hand, and then answers her father, “No. I won’t stand down. Ever.” Why are you so cool?

Kang-chi looks at her, thinking to himself, “Yeo-wool-ah…” and as he does, his eyes change back, his veins recede, and his claws disappear. They all see it—how he changes back to regular old Kang-chi before their eyes.

As they stand there looking at each other, So-jung’s answer to Master Dam is repeated in voiceover: “A fate that has already begun cannot be undone by human strength.” They smile into each other’s eyes, and Master Dam finally takes his hand off his sword.

Lee Soon-shin sits down with Kang-chi in the aftermath, and asks what happened. As a tear falls, he says that his only family betrayed him, threw stones at him, and called him a monster.

Lee Soon-shin argues: “What matters is not how others see you, but how you see yourself.” Kang-chi says he can’t change the fact that he’s half-beast, and when Lee Soon-shin asks what he wants to live as, Kang-chi just wallows in despair, not seeing a point to any of it.

Lee Soon-shin: “A man needs only a friend to share his thoughts, a loved one to share his heart, and a country for which he can give his life to defend, and he can say he has lived the best of lives.”

Kang-chi’s still on his pity parade though, and says that there’s no one who would share those things with someone like him, who has the dirty blood of a beast running through his veins. But thankfully Lee Soon-shin isn’t about to let the pity party win, and reminds him that what determines the kind of person he is isn’t his blood, but his will. So he asks again, “What do you want to live as?”

Yeo-wool paces in the yard until Kang-chi comes out, and she rushes over, worried that he got yelled at. He just gazes at her in wonder, and finally asks, “How… how is it that you’re so good to me?”

She thinks about it and just answers in her honest way: “Because… I just want to do anything for you. That’s how I feel right now.” As they stand there, we hear Kang-chi’s answer to Lee Soon-shin in voiceover: “I want to become a person. Not half like this, but a whole person.”

It moves Lee Soon-shin to tears, and he takes his hand as Kang-chi breaks down in sobs like a little boy.

Back in the woods, the leader of the gang wakes up, alive and well. Yay, I knew Kang-chi would do the right thing. Flashback to earlier, when Kang-chi took the dagger and cut his own hand to pour his blood in the wound.

He sighs that he doesn’t know why he’s saving someone like him or if it’s even going to work, but it does, and the blue lights of healing appear, making him pass out in shock. I guess he needs a name, now that Kang-chi saved his life. Ma Bong-chul it is. Don’t make me regret Kang-chi’s good deed, Bong-chul.

Jo Gwan-woong has Chung-jo brought into his room, and wastes no time offering her a deal, with her brother’s life hanging in the balance: “Become mine, and I will become yours.”

She says she’d rather die than be with the man who killed her parents, but he pulls her close and says her father died for Kang-chi and her mother abandoned her, and the only person she can rely on in this world is herself. He tells her to do whatever it takes to survive in this world. I would almost agree with you, except for the part where you’re a rapist.

She fights back, but it’s no use, and he fucking rapes her. God I hate him. And then to drive the point home, we cut to a flower falling from a tree. Seriously, a fallen flower? This is what we’re going with? The metaphor inserts on this show make me laugh out loud, and not in a good way.

In the morning, Yeo-wool braces herself to face her grumpy dad, and tries the bright and cheery approach. It doesn’t go well. He asks how she could do such a thing, and insists that this isn’t a fate she can handle.

But she says that if Kang-chi finds the Gu Family Book and becomes human, his fate will change and so will the monk’s prediction. “I won’t avoid facing the present just because of a future that may or may not happen.”

She says she’s going to face things head-on, because that’s what he taught her. Poor Dad. She keeps using his own life lessons against him. Kang-chi broods in his room and just keeps looking at his hand, thinking of the moment Yeo-wool stood up to defend him.

Chung-jo puts her clothes on in the morning with this deadened look in her eyes, and then the bastard has Tae-seo brought in so he can see the price she paid to spare his life. That’s just cruel.

Chung-jo runs out, and Tae-seo goes insane, grabbing a sword and swinging wildly. Jo Gwan-woong doesn’t even flinch, and his minion pins Tae-seo down.

Even after all that, he orders Tae-seo to find out what Lee Soon-shin is using the silver for, and threatens that Chung-jo will pay an even bigger price if he doesn’t come through. Okay, this needs to stop. It’s getting ridiculous. At some point, someone’s going to stop being an idiot about listening to the bad guy, right?

Chung-jo returns to the gisaeng house on her own, and even threatens Wol-sun for the head gisaeng title as soon as she steps foot inside. She goes straight to Soo-ryun and asks with tears in her eyes if it’s really true that this isn’t the end.

She says she wants to become a gisaeng (the kind who specializes as an entertainer, like Soo-ryun). “I want to become a gisaeng and live my life over again.”

Tae-seo returns to the martial arts school, battered and bloodied, and collapses at Master Dam’s feet. Kang-chi sees him and turns away, thinking of his betrayal, but then he remembers Lord Park’s dying words for him to protect Tae-seo and Chung-jo, and he stops.

Tae-seo tells Master Dam that he always wanted to become like his father, but he’s discovered that in a world where his father doesn’t exist, he amounts to nothing. He cries that he hates how pathetic and weak he is.

Kang-chi interrupts in a brusque tone, “How long are you going to whine and cry?” Ha. He tells Tae-seo to look at him, but he refuses and turns his head. So Kang-chi grabs by the collar to stand him up, and demands that he look him straight in the eye.

Kang-chi: “Please, you have to look at me. How else will I be able to show you my true face? What happened to me, why I look like a monster, how scared I am, how lonely I feel… I want to tell somebody those things. But you’re the only person I could tell them to! So please, look at me, Tae-seo-ya. Look at me!”

They’re both crying by now, and so am I, and then Tae-seo finally turns to look him in the eye. He screams in murderous rage and starts hitting Kang-chi over and over and over again.

Yeo-wool and Gon run in to stop it, but Master Dam puts a hand up, so they stand back. Tae-seo wails on Kang-chi, but he just takes it, until Tae-seo gets it all out of his system, and stops, fist in midair.

Kang-chi: “That’s right. Friends look at each other like this, Tae-seo-ya.” It breaks him, and he collapses in tears. Kang-chi hugs him as they both cry. Awwww.

And then suddenly Teacher Gong plays exposition fairy, to say that Kang-chi’s sincere heart eventually broke Tae-seo’s spell. It did? My god, that spell was handled SO BADLY. I can’t even.

Anyway, Teacher Gong asks what Master Dam plans to do next, and he says it’s time to face Jo Gwan-woong head-on. Teacher Gong likes the sound of that, and wonders if it’s time to unite the Men of Honor.

Jo Gwan-woong gets word that the Men of Honor are gathering in support of Lee Soon-shin, and it starts to worry him. He gets a message from an ally of his own though, which makes him smile.

Yeo-wool announces that she’s been assigned to Kang-chi Patrol by her father (Aw is that his way of giving in?) and Kang-chi pretends to be put out by it, until Gon shows up to say he’s also on the team, and then he really scowls.

She hands him his first assignment: to count the beans in a sack. Ha, is this more like a keep-the-gumiho-busy-with-useless-tasks sort of assignment? She sits next to him while he counts them one at a time, and asks if he knows anything about his birth parents. He loses his concentration and has to start all over, and she just smiles.

Jo Gwan-woong’s visitor arrives from Japan, with a mysterious woman in tow, who’s kept veiled and announced as the wife of an official. He looks at the sedan curiously.

Suddenly a wind blows through, and Kang-chi looks up, “What was that?” Omo. Omo. Is it…?

Deep in the mountains, a patch of green vine starts to yellow and die, and then it spreads, until it reaches Wol-ryung’s face. His eyes dart open, glowing a fiery red.

Kang-chi stands up, rattled. He can feel it. Can he feel it?

 
COMMENTS

Wol-ryung’s back! Okay, so he’s probably evil, and that’s going to mess with Kang-chi’s head so badly I don’t even want to think about it, but still… he’s back! And just in time too, because the Jo Gwan-woong pulling the Park siblings’ puppet strings in tandem was just about driving me over the edge. We really need a new arc up in here, and the return of Daddy Gumiho is going to be a huge relief. I’m glad we’re moving forward in other ways too, as the good guys start to gather their forces and new characters come through town.

I feel like Veiled Lady’s arrival being in lockstep with Wol-ryung’s awakening cannot be a coincidence, and I’m worried that it means she might be Seo-hwa. I hope that’s too far-fetched, but who knows. I’d rather her be a witch or some other magic-wielding enemy, because frankly, one evil reincarnated parent is enough to deal with.

This had better be the end of Tae-seo’s spell-zombie days. That whole arc was so mishandled it makes me tear my hair out, because the emotional beats between Kang-chi and Tae-seo were all there—everything from the heartbreaking betrayal in the last episode to their bromantic makeup in this one hit the right beats and made me care about their fractured relationship. But that goddamned spell came and went as it pleased, with no logical rules, no reason, and no true consequence. And when it broke, instead of being shown the moment where love conquers magic, we have to be told after the fact. WHAT. What a wasted opportunity. Could there be no CG spared? One poof over his eyeballs? Anything?

Everything that happened with Tae-seo would’ve been better without the spell in the first place—true betrayal would make Kang-chi’s forgiveness all the more poignant, and his redemption would mean more. I’m just glad it’s over, because I do think their friendship has all the right ingredients for something great, and maybe now that everyone has his own free will, we can get somewhere interesting.

We knew this day was coming for Chung-jo, but damn, that didn’t make it any easier. I sincerely hope that she’s the one who gets to stab Jo Gwan-woong someday, but in the meantime, her resolve and her darker side are some great character developments for her, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Soo-ryun can make of her.

But the most moving scene of the episode was really Yeo-wool standing up to her father and taking Kang-chi’s hand. That it comes on the heels of Tae-seo’s betrayal and Chung-jo’s abject terror at seeing his true face—it makes a really strong impact. And though she’s doing it to save him from Dad, what she really does is save him from himself yet again. I’m pretty sure Kang-chi would give into his pity party without her, that’s for sure. While it’s understandable the way everyone else reacts to Kang-chi’s gumiho face, it’s the fact that he’s so ashamed that he can’t look at himself that kills me. That’s why it works so well when it’s brought back around in his speech to Tae-seo. But it’s Yeo-wool who first does what even Kang-chi can’t do—face him as he is, look him in the eyes, and hold his hand, beast or man. Now that’s love.

 
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Thank you again GF, for this recap!

I will start with my questions, to get them out of the way:

A--When YW and Gon were running in the forest, I was intrigued by what looked like a tomb in the forest. There were some rocks that were piled up on a spot, and it reminded me of when WR made a tomb for SH's brother (after he had been hung). Was I the only one who noticed it and who was intrigued by it?

B--I was confused by the healing of KC's hand, in the scene where he is alone in his room and he is looking at his hand. Maybe it's the other hand, the one he has not needed to cut to heal others (and if that is the case, it would make sense that his hand looked fine). I do have to agree with one commenter that KC would have to figure out a way to heal people without having to cut himself every single time he does it. That would be a lot of scars to have on his body and he might run out of places to cut, over time.
Interesting, the way KC is accidentally finding out the powers he has because of his gumiho side.

C--Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that KC does not seem to turn into a full gumiho, the way his dad did? When his dad turned into a gumiho, he had fur on his hand and arm. KC has not shown that, in the two times he has turned into "the beast." His hands changed, his veins popped out, the color of his eyes changed and his hair changed, but not his skin. It is as if, because he is 1/2 human, his transformation does not go as far as his dad's. Just a thought.

I also like the fact that when KC becomes a gumiho, he is being able more and more to stay connected to KC the human one, in that he sees when he hurts people, like when he hurt TS with his claws, he felt bad immediately. And when he was in the cave talking to CJ, it was definitely KC (the human one) talking to CJ. Come to think of it, the same happened with WR, as he killed people when he and SH were ambushed, he felt and looked sorry that SH had to witness that. Same thing happened when WR took SH to the Moonlight Garden cave, he looked like a beast, but he was aware of who he was and it was the WR we knew who was inside, talking to SH. There has not been any split personalities so far.
The way KC and WR transform and the fact that they remain cognizant of who they are when they are in that state keeps reminding me of the Beauty and the Beast tale.

D--OK, I might be slow here, however I wanted to be clear/sure. When they showed the flower that fell into the water, was that to show that CJ had been "deflowered" (for lack of a better word) by GW? If so, then they must have wanted to really drive that point home.

There were so many emotional beats in this episode, I will be back later with my comments.

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has the flower hitting the pond motiif been used in other sageuks to mean deflowering?I keep thinking it has.

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Hello Carole McDonnell,

Excellent question, and to be honest, I don't know. I have not seen that many sageuks (RTP, Faith, GFB, parts of SKKS) and so, I feel inept to be able to answer that question.
I have not seen that motif used in any of the few sageuks I have watched. Hopefully someone will have an answer and we will find out.

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B- it's ok if KC cuts himself every time to save someone, as long as he's in his gumiho self. His wounds will heal on their own.

C - yes, I've noticed this too. Made a comment about this in 9.1.5.1
I think that this time, KC is slowly but surely gaining control of his gumiho self. The first time, he killed all the men. This time, they were only injured.

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Let's hope that gang leader really is loyal now, and doesn't barter the knowledge of the healing benefits of Kang Chi's blood.

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Hello Amanda! And yeah, let's hope...

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Hello crazyajummafan,

Thanks! Your answer to my question B makes sense, and we did have a long discussion about that in one of the recaps. It is just that sometimes, it is hard to keep those facts straight (about how his powers work). I am sooo glad his wounds heal, when he is in his gumiho state.

About C, I agree with you. KC must be slowly gaining power of his gumiho strength. I was soooo happy to see that he had not killed anyone this time around. Let's hope that continues, except maybe for GW and his minions, but then, like GF, I would like CJ to be the one who does the killing, not KC.

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Ivoire :
I noticed the tomb, I even made my comment on Tryp's blog.
I did say that it looks like KC uncle's tomb.

As for changing form :
KC is half human & half beast, his father is a 'Deity' and human mother. In our legend ( almost similar in Asian countries ), a Guardian God of Mountain is 'a Fox Spirit' or lets say 'a Gumiho'. They can form into human or others form. Because they are 'God or Spiritual Mythical Being' they have super power, so they always never got confuse about their identity.
In their true form or as in WR case', when they reach 100 years meaning they reach their adulthood ( in human like 21st year ), before 100 or 50 years, they will be consider as a young or kid ( always mischief and hotheaded ).
Anyway, in this GFB back story is about Guardian God of Jiri Mountain ( I believes they paint WR in white fur'...so it means White Fox Spirit or 'Kitsune' a good omen ).....so it's in a Good and Kind way, White fox spirit are known to be superior intelligence, long life, magical powers and kind. They are protector ( WR as Jiri Mountain protector and KC as 100 Year Inn protector ).
for WR case, he failed his 100 days praying and SH betrayed him, so he's turn to be 'Demon' ( I believes that they will paint him in a black as in 'Black Fox spirit'). This Rules are given by Hwanoong or Son of God or Inari ( like Zeus....). ( refer to Ivory description about this mythical things ).

just tell a folklore legend story....

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Hello Ivaa,

KC has/had an uncle? His uncle's tomb? Are you sure? Or did you mean his dad (gumiho)'s tomb? Or maybe Lord Park's tomb (his adopted father)? Why would Lord Park be buried in the forest? And daddyho (WR) was covered by grass when we last saw him.
I am sure you mean well, but you are confusing me.

Thanks for the legend story, it is an interesting read and in regards to WR, it makes sense.

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His uncle - SH's brother who was hanged.

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OH yes! Thank you for reminding me, duh!!!!!!

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Wow. Thanks Ivaa. Your explanation is better than anything I could find on Wikipedia. I've wondered what the myological touchstones are for this drama.

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the flower hitting the pond definitely meant she was no more a virgin and as for kangchi not turning into a FULL gumiho..remember he is ONLY HALF GUMIHO so maybe that is the reason why is hair and the rest of his body do not turn WHITE during his transformation

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On to my comments:

1-- I have another question: GF said that TS pulled KC's bracelet, thinking that it was the source of KC's strength. Really? I thought TS didn't know what the bracelet was about, and that he was told by BS (GW's head minion) to either break it or take it off, making sure that the bracelet would be off of KC's person/body. That was what I assumed, when I watched the ep. raw. TS had seen KC with that bracelet all his life (all this time), would TS think about questioning the nature of the bracelet on his own?
I am just curious about that...

2--What is an exposition fairy? (one who explains what happened?)

I was glad to see that midway into the drama, we are making progress as far as KC and YW's relationship. YW continues to be an awesome character AND she continues to have some of the best lines in the drama.

I like how the themes of "what makes a person" and "what makes a family" are being explored. Up to ep. 12, KC had a family, a wonderful dad who adopted him, and to whom he brought good fortune and protection. By extension, the people around PMS (including his family) benefited from that good fortune and protection. As some commenters have been saying, it is unfortunate that TS, lady Park and CJ never realized how much they owed to KC.

In this week's episodes, we saw the definition of what KC thought was his family being shaken and destroyed. I think that it also contributed to shed KC's innocence and naivete about people and about what he thought constituted his world. As he experienced his worst (being rejected by TS and CJ, after having lost PMS and lady Park [even though she didn't like him, she was his mother, of sorts], being called a monster, and having stones and leaves thrown at him), KC has also been given a new family in LSS, YW (and maybe her dad, who might come around), teacher Gong and to an extent SJ. These people are people who are in KC's life (or will be) no because they belong biologically, but because they chose to be a part of KC's life and growth process, and that is great because chances are that they will be/remain loyal to KC (and KC could sure use some loyalty, he the ever loyal one).
It is interesting to me that we experience the same thing in real life, meaning that some of our friends can become closer than some of our family members. I have personally experienced that, so a family is not only the biological people we are attached to. It is interesting to me also how TS and CJ have not really positively contributed to KC's life, whereas YW has, even though she has spent less time physically with KC (compared to TS and CJ) over time.

The other aspect of KC's growth process I see is how KC needs to accepts himself, and see how good he is, instead of taking in the labels that others throw at him. That was why his conversation with LSS in this episode and the things that YW has been telling him since she saw him change are so important. As GF said in her commentary, YW not only saved KC from her dad killing him, she is saving KC from himself, from the shame he feels about his condition, which also makes him feel powerless. In the process, KC tends to negate in his mind all the good he has done to anyone who has ever been around him, and he has done a lot, since he was a child. He has been a better human being since he was a child than GW, TS or CJ who have rejected him, attacked him (GW), betrayed him and dehumanized him (by constantly calling him a monster, which to me, does not apply. He does not look like one. I agree with what YW told him, about the fact that only a few things change when he turns into a gumiho [or 1/2 of it]).

And in having to shed his innocence and naivete about people, KC experienced what WR experienced with humans as well. It seems to me that yes, WR had seen humans, but I don't think he knew them well, and knew how treacherous they could be, and he paid with his life or destiny (which was altered) because of his blind faith in a human being. I guess that was the price he paid for experiencing love (for 3 short months :-( ) Unlike WR however, I think KC will have more people on his side, by the end of the drama, or at least I hope so, starting with the thug, whose life KC saved.

I have to go, so I will write more of my thoughts later...

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Well, I have one or two questions myself, too:
1. Why did TS hit KC when they met at the academy? Was that a really awkward way to say sorry? Was it because he had no sword to kill him?
2. Now, that he is off-hypnosis, will TS try to fight the baddies? Will CJ be an obstacle into KC's way?
3. Did the writers watch "Vampire Diaries"? Does not Korean folklore have enough myths and symbols to use? That "use my blood to be saved" looks alike; there vampires heal hurt people with their own blood. Well, if only it doesn't turn also into an opportunity to create more gumihos, like the other create vampires.
4. Is Bong-chul some kind of cat with 9 lives? If they needed him for later on, his staying alive should have been less ridiculous.

On the other side, I think CJ's attitude was really necessary to open KC's eyes on YW. You know, humans have a tendency to compare and contrast. Probably that works with half humans., too.
And above all, as a father figure, I think the admiral works best, because he is the one who teaches KC about life and accepts him as he is. If only all the army men and politicians were so wise from the beginning of time!
The flower in the pond was very, very misplaced! It ruined all the tension of the moment. Instead of being able to cringe from the tension, which would be pretty normal, I just outburst into such a wrong laughter. Relieving the tension could have been done so much better.

If this was a novel, I would have abandoned it long ago. The writing is ludicrous. Luckily we have all the rest of the crew to make this drama a great one, in spite of the lack of the reason in the writing.

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Hey, Pearl. I think, TS's fist-blowing KC at the academy was meant for the leftovers from the wicked spell to come out from TS's mind with each blow. KC facing it with tolerance was meant for KC's ascertainment on the path of becoming a human.

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I don't think they watched VD. Some have thought of the use of others (and Others) blood to have restorative powers. Elizabeth Bathory is one famous example.

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Oh no, it's not like that at all. It's about how the law of karma works, of which, I'm sure, Master Dam was aware of.
Let's try to say simply: you want to be sure nothing is left, so you double-check it with your fist. It's a "between boys" mood :)

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I've thought that his using his blood to heal others is included as a device for the redemptive storyline. He turns away from using his powers for selfish reasons or to harm others. Instead he chooses to act sacrificially and harness his powers to bring healing to others. Carried all the way, this arc this will bring redemption to both himself and to the people he helps.

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Hello guys,
At last a drama that makes me want to commune with fellow kdrama-folks! It's been awhile since K2H.
This episode 12 is by far the best for this drama. I love the conversation between Lee Soon SHin -
about what makes a human being - It's not the blood but the heart and mind that makes us persons as opposed to monsters or animals.
Lee Seung Gi is great here. Cutie patutie as always but more manly - he is a beautiful beast with green eyes.
(Did you guys watch the drama "The Immortal Lee Soon SHin?" - you should if you haven't - I am so happy that this Person is in this drama.

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I would have specified to Lee Soon Shin that it is the ability to enquire about our own nature and ability to pursue higher purposes of life that distinguish us from animals.

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Hello gals (Pearl, Amanda, Luvs, Kumi), (I am assuming that you are all ladies, I hope that is OK...)

Thank you so much for your comments and for adding to this conversation. I have part 3 of my thoughts to post, so I hope that you will be checking back later in the comment section. I post at the same time written/posted by DB (so the time you see here is my time as well), so please give me until tomorrow or Friday to post some responses. I hope your guys will remember...

I personally check the ep. recaps until Sunday (and even after that, I go back and see if any additional comments have been added to the previous recaps, in the comments' section). So this week, I will be checking ep. 11 and 12 comments' section until Sunday night (actually until the next recap is posted on Monday evening). I would encourage you to do the same, if you don't mind. It gives us a little more time to think through the drama, post our responses, and see if there are any additional questions that come up and can be answered. It also gives us the time to deal with real life, which we cannot escape (unfortunately).

I just wanted to let you ladies know that I have seen your responses, I can't answer them right now, and I wanted to make a suggestion and let you know how I personally use and visit this blog (and contribute as well). I will read/write/talk to you later... Thank you!

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I agree that ep 12 is the best so far. There were so many powerful moments! I also agree with Gf's theory that pappa-gu and momma-hu may be appearing simultaneously on the scene. The veiled woman is the widow of the rich merchant, and we don't know what happened to Seo-hwa after the baby was put in the basket. Very interesting.

Love the admiral father-figure for Kang chi.

TS - I dunno, he started out as such a reliable businessman with his father for the inn (and he did kinda address that when he admitted that he is a weak, pitiful person without his father) -

CJ - things turned out pretty lousy for this young girl who truly is a victim, but the drama is making a statement for someone who might have been in her position under crappy circumstances and gives insight into the world of gisaeng I only hope she gets the honor of driving a sword deep into the nasty gullet of JGW, bastard swine.

YW - loved the scene where she so naturally joined hands with KC in his gumiho state and stood by him. Later, it was hilarious when she told KC that her father assigned her to watch him, and Gon hops beside her and says, "Me too, of course." Ha - silly sidekick :)

My question is: what is going to happen with YW and KC find out that her father killed pappa gu? (and, as gf pointed out, will probably reappear as evil?)

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I thought Seo-hwa was slashed by JJG, when she tried to kill him while he's receiving the guest from Japan (who I think is part of the entourage we saw at the end). I assumed that she's dead by that point...

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If Seo-hwa was slashed by JJG during the time he has guests from Japan, then there's a possibility that she was not killed that time..maybe one of the Japanese guests found here barely alive and took her with him/them, nurse her back to health then marry her..thats why she is now "The veiled woman is the widow of the rich merchant".... ? -guess is the result of watching too much dramas... :)

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But what if the veiled woman is YW's mother? Wouldn't that set up some interesting conflicts!

And I must say, isn't the actor playing JGW is knocking it out of the park? He's created a sublimely unctuous and creeptastic character.

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Actually, the veiled woman is the middle-aged Seo Hwa and kang chi's mother played by Yoon Se Ah.

I must say, this is getting interesting. >~<.

kang chi X yeo wol

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I love this 12th episode - watched it 3x since last night. The dialogue between Admiral Yee Soon Shin and Kang Chi, the moment with Yeo wool and KC , and the transformation from beast into human all in the first 35 minutes - too precious!!!!

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Hello everyone,

I am just going to add my next comments (part 3). I might be able to come back and respond to comments only Friday night, and over the weekend. Unexpected crisis are making it so that I won't be able to be on DB as much as I would have liked to. I will just add a few thoughts I feel I didn't get a chance to mention.

I find GW to be a sad villain who I hope will die while experiencing suffering, because besides enjoying raping young women, he tends to kill people left and right, the way someone changes underwear. I like the comment Crazyajummafan made about GW being the beast (in a bad way) and KC not killing anyone in this ep. She is right, btw. KC is above most humans as we continue to see, as the drama unfolds.

I like the details they add in this drama, like the fact that when KC is a gumiho, his sense of smell is heightened. That is a good skill/trait to have (so he would know where YW is :-) ).

I loved how KC changed in front of everyone, because it showed the power of love and what can happen when we believe in someone. I thought what YW did was awesome of course, and many here (including GF) have written about it, so I will be brief about it. I couldn't help but think about the song "the power of love" by Celine Dion (or at least those lyrics in one of her songs), when YW chose to stand by KC's side, defending him and standing up to her dad, using his own words. The woman not only has guts (and is courageous), but she is also smart. How could I not love her, as a character? And Suzy is doing a good job portraying her. What I also find interesting is that what is obvious to us (by now), that YW loves KC, is still not obvious to our characters, but it is a Kdrama, so I should not be surprised, I guess. It was so cool that KC didn't even need the bracelet (that was the best part), to get back to his human side. All he needed was her love, and the fact that this time around, he ACTUALLY received it (her acceptance of him, at least).

In the cave, he only received her compassion for a few seconds, and we saw what happened there, that time. It made me appreciate what happened here more. One commenter had said that in a way their fated loves (WR and KC's) would have control over them, I guess this is what s/he meant. Not control in a bad way, but the ability for them to become human because they would know that they are loved and accepted in whatever form they might be. I can't help but wonder if YW realized (and understood) how huge what she had just done was... Probably not. I hope that one day, she does.
I loved the next day, when YW tried to make up with her dad. That was soooooo cute!!!!!! (loved that scene). I have come to realize that I like YW (among many reasons) because when she sets her mind on something, in the end, she does what she wanted to do in the first place (and those are not reckless or stupid things, so that's good).

It was sad and unfortunate that TS did all the betraying and lying for naught, with his sister who ended up being raped and KC exposed. I hope for CJ's sake that she will stay determined to rise above her tragedy (and become a drum player), and as many commenters have expressed, that she will be given a different arc than one in distress. I wonder if she is going to continue to be against KC.
To Pogo, who said to me in ep. 10 that CJ was not a damsel in distress, I agree with you, she wasn't, however, she carried herself like one. She has had the head gisaeng backing her for a while now, and that is a good support to have in such a place. I hope, as it seemed to be indicated here, that she will make good use of it.

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Part 4 of my thoughts will be posted later... (yes, I have a few more :-) )

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Ivoire - I'm late to this, but I'm with you in hoping that Chung-jo's arc pans out as something meaningful instead of what normally ends up happening to a second leading lady, especially since the drama has gone as far as her rape.

She was definitely the figure of a damsel in distress through her failed rescue (she really wasn't one before that/before Resident Rapist began making fresh threats against her), but I hope to goodness her return to the gisaeng house will afford her some measure of protection, and that what was done to her isn't going to mean an abrupt and complete character turnaround (this drama is decidedly lacking in finesse, but I will be FURIOUS if she's somehow painted negatively/turns 'bad' for survival as a consequence of what was done to her, and I am not a fan of shows using rape purely as a distressing plot device).

I really like Yeo-wool as a character, but I feel like the drama's got the same problem as Sungkyunkwan Scandal, in that it's very obviously trying very hard to make us root for its heroine - only, because she's a supporting character here rather than the main one, she ends up coming off as a bit of a cipher. (we still don't know anything about her besides the fact that she's basically been into KC from the word go and is really awesome and understanding - it's borderline Mary Sue territory here, with so little to go on in terms of her backstory).

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The last part I wanted to add (part 4) is that I firmly believe that KC was in love with with CJ and not just infatuated with her. I know that KC is also loyal, and he feels very protective of CJ, however, I kept feeling that there might be something a little more. I have watched his interactions with CJ very closely, and they led me to believe that KC was sincerely in love with CJ.

I also remember that the monk said that KC confused compassion with love (or something along those lines), however, I disagree with him. CJ is to KC what her character description says she is, his first love, just like what we experience in real life. Our first loves are not necessarily the ones we end up marrying, or our lifelong partners.

From the beginning, as I watched CJ and KC interact, and especially KC's reactions to CJ, I kept thinking to myself, "he is really (totally) into her. Something drastic will have to happen, for KC to let go of CJ." So, I was not surprised (at all) when the show took the tangent it took, regarding their romance. KC's heart was full of CJ, AND she had to reject him (first) for him to let her go, and that was exactly what happened. I don't think he could/would have let her go otherwise. Even though YW was right there, under his nose, I don't think that KC would have considered her romantically. CJ (like SH) could not handle certain things. Her being/core was not as strong as YW, hence the end of their relationship (the little of what was there). What a way to wake up, and smell the coffee/destiny though, (for KC). That was quite heartbreaking and painful.

The emotional beats for me, in this episode (the scenes that move me): 1--CJ rejecting KC (mirroring SH) and the leaves and stones she threw at him. 2--TS, outing KC and exposing him. 3--CJ being raped. 4--YW, standing up to her dad, and by KC's side (and it was great that she ended by his side, kind of like saying that they were equal, that it didn't matter that she was 100% human, and he was only 1/2). 5--KC changing back into a full human, because of YW's love, acceptance and willingness to defend him and fight for him. 6--LSS's conversations with KC, and him getting teary eyed when KC cried and LSS comforting him (like a dad would. I loved that scene). 7--TS and KC hashing it out and crying in each other's arms (bromance :-), I hope it is back).

All in all, I continue to love this drama, because in spite of its flaws, it has a lot of heart and the right actors and actresses who portray the characters in it, like in the K2Hs :-)

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I'm not sure I completely think he's in love with her because of how he treats TS as well. Obviously he's a guy and their interactions won't be the same, but he has a huge amount of love for both useless siblings. Even so much that even something as drastic as being called a monster, having rocks thrown at him, being stabbed and betray won't change that love. TS rejected him completely and he forgave him. CJ doing what she did isn't going to change his love for her.

Though as soon as KC moved away from CJ, had his own things to deal with and was able to interact with another girl his heart was already wavering even if he doesn't realize it yet. He obviously loves CJ with all his heart, but I just don't think he's in love with her. He won't come to YW because CJ betrayed him but because he just loves YW. Imo of course.

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*come to love YW

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I agree with you, he'll fall for yeo wool for his own heart, not because he betrayed by chung joo. And..I just rewatch episode 3-10 yesterday, and WOW, Kang Chi's eyes talks a lot. You can see the feeling for Yeo Wool is growing inside him

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I think KC has a crush on CJ not love because he's "love" with CJ is kinda light you know not deep because in other dramas when a character is in love with another character it will not be like CJ and KC because try to watch when CJ kissed KC in the cheek its not like love because of his reaction instead having the 'my-love-kissed me" reaction he had the "my-crush-kissed-me" reaction

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Hello everyone!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that this conversation has kept on going. I had written that I would be back participating in the comments, starting on Friday night. Well, by Friday night, I had been functioning on 2 hours of sleep and I was up at 4:00am the next day to get ready for an event. I was gone all day Saturday (until late) and extremely tired (from the last 2 last days), by the time 12:00am (early Sunday morning) came around.

I really LOVE these conversations we are having, and so I would not run away from them, by any means. I just wanted to let you guys know that I have been thinking about GFB, I was talking about it with a friend on the phone, on my way back home and I was dying to respond (after getting some rest). Sunday has gotten busy as well, however, I will try to stop and drop some lines, hopefully before the next recap (and maybe even after). There is nothing that says that we cannot continue to write comments if we have more to say about ep. 12 or any of the past episodes.

This is (unfortunately) what can happen, when real life takes over :-( I appreciate all the additional comments.

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Thanks! Super excited!

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Thanks!!

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Thank you so much!!!!!

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Thank you thank you :)

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thanks :)

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Thanks for the recap!!! Gumiho Kang chi is soo beautiful ;)

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Yes he is beautiful it's so distracting. The green eyes is sucking me in :-)

Yaaay Kang-chi can actually count beyond three LOL

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I realized in this episode that if Tae Seo and Chung Jo keep trying to save each other they'll probably implode.

btw, thanks for the recap!

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OR, they'll create a vortex of noble idiocy so powerful that it creates a black hole and sucks the whole universe into another dimension, thereby destroying the world as we know it.

Or yunno, what you said.

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lmao GF

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Girl, younare too funny. I think my neighbors just heard me laughing at that!

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Girlfriday! I laughed so loud at what you said, I have effectively deafened whoever was in the vicinity. Thank you! ;)

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haha.. their lives are just really complicated..
they sure are totally doomed if not for Kang Chi

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I do not see any nobility in this sibling pair. They are merely selfish being who ride on the wealth and good life KC brought to their family and when faced with adversity they just crumble in no time. Their mind is just one-track, can't they think of any other way out except to follow the order of the evil one? Why did chun jo run back to jkw, to seek protection kowning that he has been lusting for her? If she is ready to kill herself why did she not hide a knife or two at all time and removed jkw's manhhood if not his life when the opportunity arrives? No sympathy for her nor ts, who has the cheek to ask kc for forgiveness. eerk!

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I agree except for CJ didn't run back to him. She was captured and raped.

It is kind of funny they don't know how good they had it because of KC brought fortune to the family. Both of them wouldn't have been born if not for him since Mom was saved when Lord Park accepted KC.

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the writer can mess up sometimes but I see your point.. they are ungrateful >.<

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They were raised as nobles, and therefore they're used to being taken care of. I don't think they have grasped the idea of being 'grateful' quite yet.

But I don't think they're just following 'the evil one's' orders. So far CJ has been refusing EVERYONE's orders.

As for TS...
He is so ridiculously dumb and naive that I don't even know what to say about him. If he's trying to protect his sister, he sure is failing big time. Do we blame the spell? I don't even understand that spell.

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What really bothers me abt this pair of siblings is that they talk Big and highfalutin, e.g.
CJ: "I'd rather die than sleep with you" (sth to that effect), or
TS: "I'll kill you if that's the last thing I do".
But in actual fact, they fold in 5 seconds flat, every dayum time! PLEASE.
They bring shame to their father's name and memory. They sure have their mother's genes--selfish and weak!

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@Kaddict: "They bring shame to their father’s name and memory. They sure have their mother’s genes–selfish and weak!"
Ditto! Good thing their dad is dead or he'll probably just want to stay dead due to big disappointment/ embarrassment! I'm not even going to be surprise if they were conceived from a different man ~ I just don't see any resemblance from their father ~ it's just sad sad sad

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I do think that CJ temporarily saved her brother. Because she let herself be raped, her brother was not executed/hung the next day, which was why we saw him going back to the Martial Arts School. And yes, TS whined a lot. It was sad to see that he didn't think about what he had done to KC and how that had impacted him (KC).

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Ivoire:
Don't forget the siblings' utter stupidity in believing in what Evil Lord and his head minion promise them: TS actually believes that bringing in KC's head would free his sister! CJ believes that sleeping w the devil would free his bro, tho she has less choice in the matter than her bro! These two are biological siblings alright!
Shapi is right: No nobility in these two. Only plenty of idiocy!

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@ Ivoire.

"I do think that CJ temporarily saved her brother. Because she let herself be raped, her brother was not executed/hung the next day"

Just want to mention for the PC'ers that rape is not something you "let" happen. She technically fought it (no choice involved there), though I will agree it seems her brother is still alive and semi-well.

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They forgot that KC is 'bundled of good fortune'...
the minute Park sibling betrayed and called him 'a monster', their bad omen already been signed and sealed...
it' did sound cruel, but maybe the GFB story want to teach us' not to forget about a good things that people done for us.....
because Karma does exist...
or in other word : the law of Sowing and Reaping ...

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lol are you guys in this thread for real?

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Actually I dont think that its like that I think that CJ is running away from KC when JGW came so whenever CJ likes it or not she will be JGW for the night.

And where should CJ hide the knife i dont think that she has a pocket in her skirt
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LOL omg.. laughs*

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Thank you GF for your wonderful recap and fantastic wit! You just made my day!

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love it did anyone notices that the chains he had on him just disappeared

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yeah....it broken first,
then due to bad editing, suddenly it disappear.....
anyway,thanks for the good actors, we became addicts...
well, I've got my bias there.....
I watch, loves and addict to GFB while still complaining all the way.....

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I'm beginning to wonder if their mom is somehow related to Seo Hwa...can you inherit stupidity??? Tae Soo keeps thinking and trying that he's saving his sister from the evil man ~ making deals with the devil ~ but only ended up on a situation 1000x worse! Kang Chi always does the heroic/saving action even back in the 100 years Inn and Tae Soo has the guts to betray him?! I would love to blame it on the spell and really I'm hoping it's the spell that made him dumb as he can be. Now that the spell is gone let's see what you are capable of. Make your daddy proud Tae Soo-ya!!!

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Actually i also think that seo hwa and lady yoon(CJ and TS mom) because they have the same surname their names:
YOON Seo Hwa
Lady YOON

KC and TS,CJ may be related (maybe second cousins because seo hwa doesnt have a sister)
I hope that I will know the answer soon

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That top pic looks so sexy .< what, I just love them!

Thank you for the recap!

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I thought I'll never say this, but KC looks so pretty as the beastly gumiho. So much so that when he turned back to being normal, I thought he looked plain!

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I agree with you on that one. I love the look he gave Yeo Wool in his gumiho form when she took his hand for the first time. The enchanting green eyes added a whole lot to the effect.

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That's exactly what I thought too. LSK should consider wearing green contacts. ha!

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Ditto... Beast KC so HOT :-)

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Right? Who doesn't want to literally tame a wild beast? And we were so worried from the posters. Silly us; we underestimated the power of Lee Seung-gi. And his make-up artists, I guess.

This is also why I don't want him to turn fully human; he should be able to turn the beast on and off, power of love and all that jazz. Much better conclusion. And ultimately better for Yeo-wool, if ya knowwhatahmean ;)

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Won't that be an AWESOME twist? Find the GFB, and then..by CHOICE, destroy it anyway. Cause by that time, KC won't need it anymore. By his side, are these people who will love him no matter what he is. The End.

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He did look insanely pretty like that. I question everyone's eyesight and sanity when they are repulsed by him to be honest. YW is the only one with any sense.

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"Insanely pretty" lemondoodle? Good one.
But I did notice that the make up artist made him look more attractive this time. The first time, he had whitish hair and looked kinda old. Now it has a totally dfferent feel. And he definitely looked younger and better than WR's transformation. Personally, I thought that WR's transformation was really scary and 'older'. Hmmm... maybe it's because he's more than a 1000 yrs old? So it shows when you transform into a gumiho?

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Crazyajummafan, this, "maybe it’s because he’s more than a 1000 yrs old? So it shows when you transform into a gumiho?" is a really good question. I wish someone from the drama could tell us (someone like the writer, or someone close to her, or his make-up artist).
I personally liked WR's transformation better, both times. (And please don't shoot me, it is just my opinion).

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WR is more scary and furry looking. Yes, probably because he is older and because he's full gumiho. I like it because it works for him. I'll have to take the beautiful Kangchi over him though!

I think he only looked oldish in the poster shoot. The makeup artist is doing a great job though.

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I prefer his first transformation tho. His hair was more teased and I liked the white highlights on him - Didn't think the highlights made him looked older. Plus his neck was a lil too veiny for my liking now. Anyhow he's still yummy!

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My interpretation:

1000 year + Full Gumiho is an OLD gumiho, therefore he has white hair and more scary.

20 year + Half Gumiho is a Baby gumiho, therefore he has black hair and cuter (sexy).

Those smokey eyes, wow...LSG really look much better in those green contacts and smokey eyes. Hehe.

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Correction:

LSG looks much hotter/sexier in those smokey eyes and green contacts. His eyes were so BIG with those makeup.

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He's rockin' that eye liner and smokey eye makeup I tell you. Yums!

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gumiho KC too pretty to be a guy fox and too beautiful to be a girl fox the eyes does its magical winx...i wanna meet one gumiho like him...la la la la...i'm in wonderland...

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yah, he's the cutest confused gumiho there is! :)

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Every time I see his pointy gumi-nails, I just crack up laughing. It's the Puppy sucking those snack Bugles off his fingers for his 1N2D mission....
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hahahaha....
I thought I'm the only one who remember that...
'can I a little bit dirty '?......famous 1N2D lines....
with pointy snacks finger...
anyway,
KC is such an adorable Gumiho...
YW is sooo right....
she took him home, and go against Dad...

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I remember that one! You know some things said and done in 1n2d seem to 'happen' to SG.
1) When they went to Mt Baekdu and everyone wished that Korea would be united one day - SG acted in TK2H.
2) The pointy snack ep you mentioned - and now he's a gumiho.
3) in one of the ep, when asked who best represents Korea (or something like that), SG wrote dowwn LSS. In another ep, he even mentioned that turtle ships. I think LSS is his hero.
4) When they did the Olympic special, and were talking about what an honour it was, who would have thought that SG would be torch bearer 3-4 yrs down the line?

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gaaaaahh, i friggin' hate jo gwanwooooong.

everything else, not bad.

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Chungjo being cross-eyed during that serious scene with Jo Gwan Woong was a lil distracting.

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Haven't watched yet but I have to say that the headlining pic is hawt.

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Welcome back, Arhazivory!

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Re:the headlining pic
Couldn't agree more... :)

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Yeo Wool is THE MAN! and OMG! Papa Gumiho is BACKKKKKK! asadadasjdhaksj!

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No surprise. Tae-seo was so emotacular with all that crying. He woke up just to do anything to get him to stop.

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*THE WOMAN (joke!)

And I was not not a fan of Wol-ryung and I think he's gonna be evil and mess up with KC's life so bad. But I think WR gonna spice the show to make it interesting

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Thanks....

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TS's hypnosis arc was bad, but like GF said, the acting in those scenes really make up for it. LSG and YYS were spectacular and I really did care for them that moment when they were fighting it out although that hypnosis was off putting. I really do wish they had came up with a much better way for TS to betray KC like, maybe CJ to threaten him earlier on? That hypnosis thing was a completely useless plot device. Oh well at least it's over and the story atm is moving at a good pace.

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Agreed. Thank goodness it's over, and that it didn't go on forever like the endless "heroine is poisoned, baddie has the antidote" plots in "Faith."

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head-desking repeatedly at all the logic fail going on in this show. Tae-seo's curse/spell was ridiculous. Why couldn't you have had him actually betray KC - he has the motive? Plus that makes for so much better story-telling.

Sticking around until the end for YW/KC. She is shaping up to be one of my favorite female characters in k-drama. Please please please keep her awesome.

and now can we have the adventures of KC/YW/Gon on a quest for the book?

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Agreed on all points! Especially on that last one; I need Gon/KC bromance STAT.

The writers seem strong in some points and really weak in others, so here's hoping they keep the person who did Tae-seo's storyline away from Yeo-wool.

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Here here!

I'm loving the way that Yeo-wool is turning out so much that when she took Kang-chi's hand to stand up for him, I actually shouted, "OMG, I love you! You are so cool!" Or something to that extent.

I do like how the relationship between Kang-chi and Yeo-wool is playing out as well; it's great that they get to start off as friends who take care of each other instead of just two "opposites attract and bicker for no reason" trope. And with their friendship, they STILL manage to find reasons to bicker with each other, but you know that when it matters the most, they'll have each others' backs. That's an awesome relationship right there!

And, as many have been requesting: I'm ready for my dose of bromance among out boys now. Sooner or later Gon is going to love Kang-chi and Kang-chi will quit trying to posture as much...

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"And then suddenly Teacher Gong plays exposition fairy, to say that Kang-chi’s sincere heart eventually broke Tae-seo’s spell. It did? My god, that spell was handled SO BADLY. I can’t even."

Hahahaha!

Plus Men of Honor! *snickers*

And the fallen flower...man, I'va got to watch this episode just for the hilarious bits.

But seriously, this writer's villains are so evil but kinda boring. At least in MOH the villain was unintentionally funny (or maybe it was the actor).

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Hi, about this, "But seriously, this writer’s villains are so evil but kinda boring. At least in MOH the villain was unintentionally funny (or maybe it was the actor)," I think with the villain in MOH being funny had to do with the actor who over acted quite a bit..
Also, I agree with you, her villains (at least in this drama) are one dimensional. WR, the daddy gumiho might be different. He was good at the beginning, so we will see what he comes back as, though, if the prediction is correct, he should come back as a demon (since he didn't manage to become human). That would be interesting.

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I think that they have layered in some dimension, but subtly. We were told that JGW was in love with SW but was prevented from pursuing her (and winning her heart) by a rigid class system. His own personal merits weren't taken into consideration. He was obviously a man with talent and intellect.

In an attempt to break through the class system he misapplied his strengths, violated moral codes, and became twisted. Now we see a man who's both victorious and utterly defeated. He's triumphed over the class system which once fettered him. But now he isn't able to win or hold the heart of a woman because he's come to view people coldly.

He started life wanting to win the heart of the noblewoman he loved and marry her. He's ended with saying 'be mine and I'll be yours' to the woman he rapes. He views her as property. But notice that he views himself as property too. Thus he is now even more enslaved to the class system than he was at the start. Externally he is at the top of the system. Internally he feels he is still at the bottom.

Like the DPJ character said, people can become victim of their circumstances if they don't handle them wisely. I see the JGW character as horrible and morally corrupt. However, I also see him as tragic.

So I don't think the character is one dimensional at all. Thus far we've just been left to fill in some of the details via our own imagination. I hope the writer finds small ways to flesh him out a bit more in future episodes.

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Good analyses. I too felt the same way - that because of his age and perhaps class, SH's father did not allow him to marry her. But being petty and small-minded, he sought revenge. One thing leads to another and soon we have maniacal and obnoxious rapist. But the writers need to give us more for people to buy in.

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Thank you so much for the recap!! I have a strange feeling evil lady minion is somehow related to Yeo-wool. I don't know why but her back story has been kept hidden pretty well to this point. Why is she a badass fighter....why does she need a shadow in Gon? What happened to her mother and who was she?

***grabs popcorn and waits for the next week***

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I hope it's something related to YW, I've been waiting like forever to know her more. Why is she so awesome yet so mysterious?

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im also interested in a yeo wool connection...it would be more interesting than seo hwa coming back.

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I am so excited! I was worried Mystery Lady was Seo-hwa, but it would be even more awesome if Yeo-wool were also half-monster. Although it might just be something relatively mundane like head gisaeng lady's YW's mother or something.

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you know you can double up on the theory and say that the Mystery Lady is Seo-hwa who didn't die and live with Master Dam as man and wife, gave birth to Yeo-Wool then ran off to prepare herself for the big revenge.

so much more issues to resolve...and also means the love birds Yeo-Wool and Kang-Chi are unfortunately not to be...

Gon would approve.

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... I really hope this is not that drama. That would be the most terrible bait-and-switch EVER.

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Thank you gf :-)

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Thanks for the recaps!!

The moment Tae Soo and Chung Jo turned away from Kang Chi was when I thought, "Wow, you siblings just discarded the one person who could've saved you!" and then of course Jo Gwan-woong played them like fools.

Your comment about Chung Jo was exactly what I was thinking when I was watching this episode.
In the end, I hope she's the one that plunges a sword into Jo Gwan-woong and twists it for good measure. The number of ways to torture him to death will never be enough to undo all the pain he's caused on innocent people just because he could.

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i hope she castrates him first....

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Agree :-)

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I'm sort of relieved that they've moved Chung-jo's storyline ahead, and that there won't be as much of Jo Gwan-woong threatening her. Now it's about how she deals with surviving. I'd like to think that she gets a "happy" ending in the story, but I fear that the show is going to cop out and give the "damaged" woman a tragic or sacrificial death.

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I wish i could believe he'll set her aside now that he's had his will of her. I'm thinking he's gonna be more at her side even more. Perhaps not threateningly but you know...the villainous suitor who thinks he has truly suffocated her heart into loving him.

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I fear that the show is going to cop out and give the “damaged” woman a tragic or sacrificial death.

If they do that, DaddyHo's gumiho-ed out anger will have nothing on mine. NOTHING.

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I'm just relieved that they Finally got the "de-flowering" bit out of the way. Don't mean to be insensitive to her plight, but it was inevitable, and having that threat hanging over her head forever was getting really tiresome.
TS's spell was finally removed. The actor has been doing a good job at looking zombie-like. But it doesn't gain the char any pts. Neither does his pathetic sobbing in front of YW's dad. I hope the writer gives him sth else to do fr here on out, besides being a lure to trap KC for Evil Lord.
This sibling pair is the weakest pt in this story-telling exercise.

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Maybe the Gumiho will eat them and we can all cheer.

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Oh man, I've been praying for that day since... well, ever, with Jo Gwan-woong.

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"And then suddenly Teacher Gong plays exposition fairy, to say that Kang-chi’s sincere heart eventually broke Tae-seo’s spell. It did? My god, that spell was handled SO BADLY. I can’t even."
GF, you are just so brilliant!!

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Best episode yet!! Finally some movement in their romance!
CJ's reaction was predictable, but I didn't think she sleep with her father's murderer!! Only watched the raw, I hope there's more to her story than what I think! I really digged her character.

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ummm i believed she was raped. it was not willing at all.

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Thank god. Not thank god she was raped. But thank god it wasn't willingly. Sorry, read the recap after.

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One, loved the scene where Yeo Wol defended him! Aw, sweet!

Second, TS should kill himself. And I'm saying this logically. He is incapable of saving his sister, instead, ends up being the bait.. And will probably end destroying whatever plan the good guys were doing. (Hopefully, he wouldn't be that dumb anymore)

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YES! YES! AND YES!Oh I can't stand him, the spell or his pity party!!!I don't care that KC forgave him, I just want him to fall off the earth and die!Urrghh...such an annoying inadequate character.

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hahaha..

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He should or man up finally. It's ridiculous how weak he is. I still have trouble trying to figure out how he's going to end up being KC's love rival for YW unless YW just likes pitiful creatures.

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I know, I don't really see how he is the love rival; Gon is way better. If they attempt to weave him in based on his tiny 3 second encounter with Yeo-wool early on, especially after Kang-chi and Yeo-wool are so clearly meant to be, I'm gonna be pissed.

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Anvesha,
Thank you for saying what I wanted to say. Sb should put him out of his misery! He is a liability to the good guys, and to this drama!

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yeo wool is just awesome! Can we get a little bit back story on character though? I'm still curious why she decided to lose the hanbok and started dressing like a guy. What happened to her mom?

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I'm curious about that as well. I don't know why, but I get the feeling that her mom, or her backstory altogether, is pretty essential to the main plot. Or maybe that's just my imagination going on overdrive? Hahaha!!

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Looks like lots of people want to know more about YW's backstory, count me in as one of them :) I feel like maybe the writer's delaying her backstory for a reason, maybe it's somehow connected to the later episodes so revealing it earlier may not be so good? I dunno, but I'm really hoping that the writer has something planned, helps to flesh out the characters in the story (especially those at the school) Maybe we'll learn more since KC's back at the school and beginning his training sorta, counting beans lol (probably a trainnig in patience/concentration :P)

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I hadn't thought about this, but now I'm going to obsess that the veiled, evil lady is Yeo Wool's mom, so that we have double the parent issues.

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Hahaha! Parent issues...who doesn't have those? XD Still, pretty excited on how the writers are going to go with Yeo Wool's back story. Hope it's something exciting and totally mind-boggling. :)

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If she is a Gumiho also it doubles the chances that one will eat Tae-seo.

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I never really thought about a back story for Yeo-wool... goes to show how little creativity I have... But now that so many people are mentioning it, I DO hope we get something weaved in for Yeo-wool so she's not "just the love interest who tames the beast".

Except, the last time I got excited about a supposed kickass main female lead who had a possibly interesting back story (Warrior Baek Dong Su's Hwang Jin Ju's back story was handled terribly) well, I was sorely disappointed. So let's see some interesting twists happen in here shall we?

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Thanks for the recap GF.

YW is awesome.

LSG looks are finally getting to me in that I'm realizing how much he looks like a teenage boy again. Must have been hell of a diet. Go LSG!

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Can I just sheepishly say that I clicked 'refresh' every 5 minutes eagerly waiting for this recap? Lol I can't even express how grateful I am for your efficiency!!!! Thank you so much <3

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me too! haha, good to know im not the only one :)

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Me three!! And I thought I have it bad. Hahaha!!

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Me five. I'm supposed to be invigilating exam. So with one eye on my students, I try to use the other to furtively check on DB. Once I see that it's in, I'm happy but wait impatiently for my relief so that I can go off to read and comment.

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Me six :-) no reply button for crazyajummafan...
Lol same here I was busy refreshing while watching Olly Murs concert hahaha

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Me seven. Attending a conference and totally showed disrespect to the speakers with my S4 glued to my palm, my eyes glued to the S4 and my finger constantly refreshing this page.

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Me eight :D.

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I love this episode. It was so gripping and poignant.

It's significant that KC didn't kill all his pursuers, this time. Initially, the beast in me asked, "Why didn't you, KC? Then there won't be any witnesses, except for the Park siblings." But the human in me was glad that he managed to control his anger and beastly urge. Ironic isn't it that it was GW who ordered them dead?

So who is the beast and who is the human?

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"So who is the beast and who is the human?"

LOVE that!!! It really shows that just because you're labeled as a "human", doesn't mean you are immediately one. Because that's just it, a label.

And them calling Kang Chi a beast is pretty ironic to say the least. I mean, isn't Tae Seo just a second away from killing a person he has considered his BROTHER for the last 20 years??

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Gah!! I can't stop squealing on the part where Yeo Wool defends Kang Chi from her father. <3 Keep being cool Yeo Wool!!

Do I sound like a maniac if I say I just want to stab Lord Jo repeatedly in the eye with my ballpen? Anyway, thanks for the recap!! :D

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Stabbing him the eye would be too good for him. There are other places I would love to stab, or cut, depending on the weapon/tool I have with me.

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Now that I think about it, you're right. It is too merciful of him to be stabbed just in the eye. How about putting him in the box of nails? Oh, sorry, wrong drama. Hahaha!!

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