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Gu Family Book: Episode 16

Tuesday’s episodes tend to have the goods—plot movement, life lessons learned, stakes raised. This time we get a dash of humor and a little romance too, but more importantly, our new Big Bad reveals a little motivation, and it does wonders for the conflict ahead.

Time to check back in with ratings now that there’s a new show in the picture. Gu Family Book is still on the rise with a new high of 18.2% today, and in the absence of God of Workplace, Jang Ok-jung scored double digits this week with 10.5%, and KBS’s new show Shark brought in the rear with 6.7%.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Wol-ryung introduces himself by name to Kang-chi, just as Seo-hwa unveils herself in front of Tae-seo. Wol-ryung: “You are Seo-hwa’s son?” Kang-chi: “That’s what the monk says.” To Kang-chi’s alarm, Wol-ryung asks if he’s looking for the Gu Family Book… because of Dam Yeo-wool. Gulp.

He tells Kang-chi to give it up if that’s the case, and tells him that if he just continues to live as he is, Wol-ryung will spare his life. Interesting. So he does have a flicker of humanity in there, as far as love for his son might go. He doesn’t want him to end up the same way.

Kang-chi: “What right do you have to tell me whether or not to be human, to give up or not? What are you?!” Wol-ryung: “Don’t you know better than me, who I am?” Kang-chi doesn’t much care to know him, and tells him to get the hell out.

At that, Wol-ryung super-speeds over to him and knocks him back into a wall with one hand. Ack! Kang-chi struggles against his hold, but he can’t do anything as Wol-ryung chokes the breath out of him.

Wol-ryung: “Trust me. If you trust humans, the only thing you’ll get in return is betrayal. They will never accept you. They will never trust you. For the sole reason that you are different, they will ostracize you and cause you pain. This is my last warning. Leave the human world at once.”

This is great. Phew, Wol-ryung is so much more interesting now.

Kang-chi: “Go hide away in the mountains as a monster like you? Never die, never get sick, all that time with no end in sight, without being able to see the person I love? Alone?!” He refuses to live a life so lonely, and sheds a tear: “I’m sorry, but I can’t do that. Living as a human is my dream.”

Suddenly Teacher Gong shows up behind them to defend Kang-chi. Aw, tiny man, that’s adorable, but I’m not sure it’s the best idea. I love that he even talks to a thousand-year old gumiho-demon like he’s a child, and orders him to let Kang-chi go.

Kang-chi screams no, but Wol-ryung complies, and though Teacher Gong puts up a good fight with his broom, Wol-ryung has him by the throat in no time. Kang-chi screams so loud that everyone inside hears him, but this time Yeo-wool is trapped by her watchdog teacher.

Kang-chi panics and does the only thing he can—he takes off his bracelet. Wol-ryung warns him to give up living as human, or else everyone around him will die. Kang-chi runs up to attack, and Wol-ryung swooshes away, leaving Teacher Gong lying on the ground. Please don’t die!

Kang-chi pleads with him to wake up, but he doesn’t stir, so he grabs the nearest rock and slices open his hand to drop some blood into Teacher’s neck wound.

But then, of course, this is the exact moment Master Dam and crew show up at the scene—when there is no bad guy, and Kang-chi’s wolfing out, and Teacher Gong is lying there unconscious or dead. GAH. This looks bad.

Master Dam raises a sword to Kang-chi’s throat. He just looks up with the saddest puppy eyes, and doesn’t budge until he sees the blue lights heal over Teacher’s wound.

Meanwhile Wol-ryung returns to the Moonlight Garden and looks down at his scraped arm. So we knew Kang-chi could hurt him, but does this mean he no longer heals? It would make sense, if the whole blue-light power over living things is sourced in gumiho regenerative blood. Huh.

Seo-hwa and Tae-seo take turns asking each other questions, and she answers honestly that she is a Joseon person, and that her connection to Jo Gwan-woong is for mutual financial gain.

Tae-seo tells her he’s aligning with Jo Gwan-woong only to save his sister, and then she asks him the question she really called him here for: “Do you want to reclaim the Hundred Year Inn?” She says if so, she can make it happen. Now we’re talkin’.

In the morning, Gon finally comes by to tell Yeo-wool what happened, and she of course finds it ridiculous that Kang-chi would attack Teacher Gong. Gon says that maybe he’s finding it harder and harder to control his beast side, and despite Yeo-wool’s pleas, doesn’t let her leave.

Teacher Gong still hasn’t woken up, and Kang-chi is kept under guard by a circle of classmates with giant spears. He nearly starts a fight just to get rid of them, but remembers Yeo-wool’s request for him to try and get along with people, and calms down.

Lee Soon-shin arrives to survey the damage and meets with Kang-chi alone. He demands to know what happened, and Kang-chi looks at him with a stricken expression: “Do you not trust me either?”

Now Wol-ryung’s warnings about humans doesn’t feel like someone else’s story, and he asks if he’s being suspected just because he isn’t human. But Lee Soon-shin teaches him that trust doesn’t come out of nowhere, and has to be earned day by day, through relationships—so if Kang-chi doesn’t have the trust of the people around him, he hasn’t done enough to earn it.

Kang-chi whines, “So it’s my fault?” Lee Soon-shin doesn’t ease up on his tough love lessons: “Everything that happens in your life IS your fault!” And then Kang-chi just breaks down in tears, like a little kid, all quivering lip: “It wasn’t me who did that Teacher Gong-dal.”

Lee Soon-shin softens a little and tells him that trust is the relationships between people, and if he wants to be trusted, he has to learn how to get along with people first. It immediately makes him remember Teacher Gong telling him the same thing.

He comes out to ask Master Dam for one more chance. He says the other students are afraid of him, but Kang-chi says he still has two days and five bells left, and he’ll think of it as his last chance. If he fails that challenge, he’ll walk away.

Yeo-wool’s sewing teacher makes the mistake of dozing off in class, and Yeo-wool smiles mischievously at her window of opportunity. When the teacher wakes up, she’s gagged and hog-tied, and Yeo-wool is back in her regular clothes staring down at her. Hee.

She apologizes and tells her to take a long nap and hops out her window cheerily. She finds Kang-chi brooding over Teacher Gong’s broom, and he lights up to see her. She grabs him and they take off running.

They don’t have much time though, because her teacher wriggles over to the door and alerts the guard.

Yeo-wool and Kang-chi run into the kitchen, and she tells him she sneaked away because Gon was being so frustrating and not telling her everything. She rattles off a litany of questions: is he okay, what happened to Teacher Gong, did everyone think he looked guilty, and did Dad hit him a lot?

Aw, it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes, the way he looks at her while she’s rambling—with her it’s trust first, worry first, and there’s no doubt in her mind that he might be a killer monster.

He just asks if her ankle is okay and tells her to be careful, and she asks him cutely, “Did you know that you’re nagging me a lot lately?” He laughs, so she keeps going, “Did you also know that you’re kind of like a man lately?”

He leans in close, “So, do you like it?” Rawr? They inch closer and closer as they tease each other, and then Kang-chi backs away first when it starts to get awkward. He tells her that Teacher Gong will be okay and updates her on the bell test, and she gapes that he’s already down to five with two days left to go.

As if on cue, Gon comes out of nowhere to slice another bell off. He tells Yeo-wool to hurry back and he’ll pretend he didn’t see her, but her teacher stomps in, fuming, to haul her ass back to Sewing 101.

Lee Soon-shin decides to face Jo Gwan-woong himself over Kang-chi and the rumors, and makes plans to go to the Hundred Year Inn. Teacher Gong finally stirs awake and whispers something into Sung’s ear (the little guy who’s the one nice kid at school).

Sung finds Kang-chi sitting in the kitchen on Teacher Gong’s stool, holding his broom and trying to figure out the damned riddle. He’s also imagining Teacher Gong sitting next to him like a ghost, but don’t you get any bright ideas, Show. Kang-chi tells Sung to try and grab the broom, which he does in one try.

Kang-chi is hilariously impressed and pleads to know how he did it, and Sung just repeats Teacher Gong’s mantra about the intrinsic nature of things. He explains that while the broom is moving, it’s Kang-chi who’s controlling it, hence he’s looking at Kang-chi, not the broom.

The even funnier part is that Kang-chi still can’t grab the broom after learning the trick, and Sung out-maneuvers him swiftly. He looks up, “You’re not… one of the Men of Honor, are you?” Haha.

Sung says he can’t even step on their shadows with his skills, and Kang-chi asks if Gon is really that good, still refusing to believe it. Sung tells him to buck up—if Lee Soon-shin is going to face an inquisition on his behalf, he has to be strong. Kang-chi looks up in surprise. Who’s doing what for whom?

He runs out to ask Gon if it’s true, and argues that he should’ve been told. Gon tells him not to make trouble and to stay put, but Kang-chi says he has a plan to quell the rumors and help Lee Soon-shin.

He asks for their help, but the students get all fired up, saying that he can’t be trusted. So Kang-chi yanks the belt of bells off his waist and offers it up in exchange—if he makes things worse, then he’ll walk away and never go near anyone from this school again.

Gon: “Including Yeo-wool?” He agrees, which is enough to get Gon onboard. So while Gon distracts Yeo-wool’s teacher, Sung sneaks in to give her a message from Teacher Gong.

Master Dam hears about the jailbreak (er, Kang-chi’s, not Yeo-wool’s) and is just about head out when Teacher Gong hobbles in to say he’ll explain everything. Good timing.

Gon is terrible at distracting Yeo-wool’s teacher, but he’s so awkward that she mistakes his questions as interest in her, which is hilarious. Once Yeo-wool sneaks out, she heads back in to find… is that Sung dressed as Yeo-wool? Hahaha.

Meanwhile, Kang-chi heads into town and shouts in the middle of the street: “Anyone curious whether or not I’m the child of a gumiho?” (He actually says gumiho baby, which is so cute I kinda squeed.)

Chung-jo is there, but Kang-chi doesn’t seem to notice her. Ma Bong-chul runs to Kang-chi’s side and asks what he’s doing, but Kang-chi just keeps asking until hands go up. He tells them to gather in front of the Hundred Year Inn where he’ll show everyone once and for all.

Lee Soon-shin arrives to meet with Jo Gwan-woong, and they exchange heated barbs, with Lee Soon-shin wondering why Jo Gwan-woong is so afraid of Kang-chi that he won’t rest until he’s locked away, while Jo Gwan-woong wonders why Lee Soon-shin is harboring a monster.

(This is random, but Jo Gwan-woong adds this EH? at the end of his questions that Cracks. Me. Up. I think I hit rewind five times.)

Lee Soon-shin declares his wild accusations baseless, and threatens him in kind, which makes Jo Gwan-woong blow up and ask if all of it—the turtle ships, the secret funds, and Kang-chi—are all in preparation for a war.

Lee Soon-shin just uses the opportunity to ask how he knows such things. Does he have a spy working for him?

Suddenly Kang-chi’s voice rings out, calling everyone to come out and see. The servants come running out of the inn, and Kang-chi’s father worries that he’s come at a bad time. But he says he’s here to squash all those rumors, “because I’m your son, not a gumiho baby!”

Jo Gwan-woong comes out, and Lee Soon-shin tells Kang-chi to go back home and not make any more trouble. But he bows and says that keeping the person who protected him from harm, and not disappointing him—that’s the best he can do to show his trust.

He asks Jo Gwan-woong what he needs to do to prove that he isn’t a gumiho, and Jo Gwan-woong orders him to take off his bracelet since that’s what keeps his beast half at bay. He looks down at it, and then out into the crowd. Looking for Yeo-wool, perhaps?

But she isn’t there, and Chung-jo and Bong-chul start to get antsy. Jo Gwan-woong demands he take off the bracelet, and Chung-jo finally takes a step forward. But Yeo-wool runs past her and calls out to Kang-chi. Yay.

He beams to see her, and she nods reassuringly. He takes a deep breath, raises his arm… and yanks the bracelet off.

A gust of wind blows through, but Kang-chi doesn’t change. Everyone, even Yeo-wool, is shocked. They look at each other with adoring smiles, as Jo Gwan-woong asks his minion what the hell is going on.

Minion figures he’ll stab first and ask questions later, and swings his sword. Eep. But Gon swoops in out of nowhere to block it. Woot! Kang-chi’s caught off-guard and looks over at Gon gratefully. Okay, that got the biggest awwwww out of me today.

And THEN, even Master Dam joins in on the lovefest, and pops out to declare that Kang-chi is his student, and anyone who attacks him will get his master’s wrath in return. Of course as soon as the big threat is out of the way, he’s back to being Disapproving Dad, and tells the kids they’re in big trouble.

He asks how Kang-chi took the gamble that he’d let Yeo-wool come, and he says he trusted in Master Dam’s trust in Lee Soon-shin. Nicely played.

As the crowd thins out, Kang-chi and Yeo-wool stand there grinning at each other like fools, while Chung-jo and Tae-seo each watch from a distance.

Back at school, Gon holds up Kang-chi’s bells and asks for a show of hands of anyone who still wants Kang-chi out. He’ll cut one bell per person who vetoes him. Two guys raise their hands, so two bells go, and then Sung pipes up to defend Kang-chi.

He says that Kang-chi was only defending Teacher Gong, and that many of them came to this school because they were outcasts somewhere else—so why are they doing the same to Kang-chi now?

Gon asks for a final count and no one else raises a hand, so Kang-chi asks for his bells back. Gon pulls one more off before giving it back, for his own vote. But! You heroically rescued him and everything. He tells Kang-chi to guard his one last bell until sunset tonight if he wants to remain here.

Kang-chi stays behind to thank the students for letting him stay because he doesn’t really have anywhere else to go, and bows respectfully. One by one they come around with a tap on the shoulder to say that they’re sorry too.

He thanks Sung sincerely, who smiles and says, “Now you’ve finally become one bean in the sack.” Lightbulb. Kang-chi runs to the kitchen armed with his bag o’ beans and declares to Teacher Gong that he has the answer.

“One sack! No matter if there are thousands or tens of thousands of beans, if they are in one sack, it’s one sackful.”

Teacher Gong remains cryptic and says that may or may not be the answer, and orders Kang-chi to do the dishes. He hobbles over to Sung and pinches him, nagging that he told him to help Kang-chi, not give him the answers. Hee.

But Sung swears he never gave answers, just hinted, and that Kang-chi is just quick on the uptake. Uh, you mean the guy standing there scratching his head and recounting the beans on his fingers? The more adorable part is that Teacher Gong looks over at Kang-chi proudly, believing it.

Soo-ryun has a spy over at the Hundred Year Inn because she’s awesome like that, and asks the servant if she’s found out anything about the mystery woman. She tended to the woman as she was bathing, and tells Soo-ryun that she has the tattoo of one of her gisaengs, and a scar on the other shoulder, a claw-mark.

That’s enough to make Soo-ryun think of Seo-hwa right away, and she gasps at the possibility that the girl could still be alive.

Tae-seo comes to see Seo-hwa to ask what her conditions are for returning the inn to him. Seo-hwa: “Become my son. That will be enough.” Whaaaa? Curious. I wonder if she thinks he’s her son, or if this is her way to Kang-chi. Hm.

Yeo-wool’s teacher nods off again, which means she ends up hog-tied with Yeo-wool apologizing profusely about two seconds later. She heads out to meet Kang-chi, who apparently asked to meet.

He proudly presents her with his last bell. Aw, he passed the test and gets to stay. He says it was really because of the other students who accepted him.

Someone comes by, so they run behind a bush to hide out of view, landing them huddled close with Kang-chi’s arm wrapped around her. This time he doesn’t chicken out and holds her hand, and starts to inch closer…

Yeo-wool closes her eyes anticipating the kiss, and then when he gets about an inch away, Sung comes running over, screaming Kang-chi’s name.

ARRRGGH#&$^#^%@!!

They freeze, and she gestures at him to answer, which he doesn’t want to do for obvious reasons, so she pushes him out. Ha. Sung says Master Dam is calling for him, and runs off. Damn, does Dad have supersonic boyfriend-dar or something?

She tells him to go, so he finally starts to trudge away, but then he stops to turn back. Eee, kiss her anyway! He marches back and grabs her by the shoulders, starts to lean in… and says, “Sleep well.” Pffffft. Goddamn it, I don’t think you deserve kisses anymore.

She stammers back, “You too…” and he walks away hanging his head. She smiles to herself as she watches him go, and then suddenly a hand darts in to cover her mouth and yank her away. Oh no.

Master Dam says Teacher Gong told him about the other beast, and asks if Kang-chi knows who it is. He answers hesitantly, “I do, but…” He thinks back to Wol-ryung’s warning to give up trying to be human.

Before he can answer, Yeo-wool’s teacher comes bursting in to say that she’s missing, and Kang-chi says she should be back in her room by now. Way to out your nighttime rendezvous with her father.

He runs out to the spot where he left her, and finds the bell lying on the ground. We cut to Wol-ryung pacing in his cave, as Kang-chi remembers his warning: “Give up trying to become human. Or I will destroy everything connected to you.”

Kang-chi tightens his fist. “Wol-ryung…”

 
COMMENTS

Okay, now this I can get behind. If Wol-ryung isn’t just a smash-and-grab villain with demon for brains, then there’s so much more going on that we can explore. He seems interested in looking out for Kang-chi, which is (a) terribly misguided at the moment, but (b) potentially a place for paternal love to take root. The point isn’t really for them to make up and be a happy gumiho family, but I like that he’s coming from a place of concern and hurt because he’s walked this same path and ended up a true monster. The warring motivation is both logical and the perfect opposite of everything Kang-chi thinks about humanity, and I’m digging the dark side version that’s worming its way into Kang-chi’s thoughts. Because it’s rooted in truth, and that’s why it’s dangerous.

The test of faith in this episode was similar to ones Kang-chi has faced before, but in light of Wol-ryung’s warnings about betrayal, it felt a little more desperate, like Kang-chi was one suspicious accusation away from exploding and giving up. But it’s always nice to be reminded of why Yeo-wool is special and different from everyone else, who jumps to the bad conclusion first without giving Kang-chi the benefit of the doubt. When everyone else reacts that way, she jumps into the fray concerned about him, and it really does feel like if he just has her, he can endure anything.

The public de-accessorizing was a nice payoff of Kang-chi’s newfound power to control his gumiho side (around Yeo-wool that is), especially because it coincides with the build-up of rumors and fear, and well, I always enjoy any time he can get Jo Gwan-woong’s panties in a twist. Seo-hwa’s motivations are still a mystery but I prefer her that way, in small doses with cryptic questions. I doubt that she really thinks Tae-seo is her son, but it does seem like she came to the Hundred Year Inn knowing that it has some connection to Gumiho Baby (which by the way is my new favorite thing).

It’s just great to see Kang-chi learning bit by bit what it means to get along with other people and earn their trust instead of feeling entitled to it. Now if he could just get his lips to be faster on the draw. I mean, who’s ever even heard of a gumiho with so much self-restraint? Piffle.

 
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Thank you so much for the fast recap.

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I personally am drawn to Wol Ryung's storyline more than the younger leads. Maybe it is because he is a more seasoned actor, but he and the other "opening" actors (those that started this Gu Family Book Journey with us... sadly, many have died :(.....) gripped me and haven't let me go. Even more sadly, however, is the lack of plot from our writer-nims. Choi Jin Hyuk (Wol Ryung) is AMAZING, but even I am beginning to tire from lack of story line. Every drama lags at some point... but the static started about episode 3 and has continued. How much longer is Wol Ryung going to be hanging out in the grass while his son makes moon eyes at Bae Suzy/YW? Don't get me wrong! The actor playing KC is great... but Suzy... well... she blinks... She speaks.... and that is about it. She is beautif [Read more]

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I agreed, with your suggestion and views Miss DVM. I prefer to watch more Gu Wol Ryung Character. This drama plot was starting from his character and should be ended well. His offspring should have respect to his father at least and find out what exactly what happened to him (wol ryung) instead just make his own assumption. It does not make any sense that CKC don't have any feeling to his father existence and curiosity. I wish this drama will be more exciting with Wol Ryung expresses his care and loves for his child and Kang Chi accepting his father.

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I just wanted to say, "Thank you" for your nice comment. Adding to that...perhaps you can illuminate some things for me. I was a little taken aback by how *unfeeling*... uncaring?... even (dare I say it?...yes) *disrespectful* Kang chi is to his father...immediately. Perhaps someone would say that it is because his father "deserted him" in Kang Chi's eyes that he is being openly hostile and disrespectful even upon their first meetings. I dunno. Kang Chi, himself, proclaimed to WR that he "already know WR's story"... and that he did not want to discuss it further. That was...well... son... That was really harsh. You know the ENTIRE story, and you think your DAD was wrong? Really? No one else. Your father? *facepalm*

Kang Chi is supposed to be a more pure and improved version of [Read more]

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@Emaan
KC told YW that he is curious about who his parents are, but he doesn't want to think too much about it, cos he may get upset thinking that they abandoned him, and end up being angry with them.

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Was KC rude? Can WR even be considered his father? Biologically, yes, but WR was NEVER KC's father in the real terms of what a father is. He did not take care of KC, feed him, give him the emotional support he needed, etc. There is no link between the two, except for their bood ties. Head servant Choi, Lord Park and even LSS were more fatherly to KC than WR.

I know that it was not WR's fault that he was not around for KC, but after 'resurrecting', what did WR do? Did he try to find KC to build a relationship? Did he try to make amends and find out more about his son? No! The first thing he did was to kill people and suck their chi, resulting in KC having to take the blame. Then he goes and badly hurts the Monk, who was supposed to be his best friend, and tells him that he wants to dest [Read more]

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Correction: "Then he goes and scares KC's usually brave gf..."

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The question is not who is more good looking; it is the story line. WolRyung's story is more convincing and realistic (loves, does everything to protect the loved one, gets betrayed and seeks revenge). KangChi's reaction towards his father and mother whereabouts have a gaping hole. He says he is curious only once but he is never shown to actually find out how his father died, who killed him and what happened to his mother.

To me the disturbing thing is that WolRyung wanted to become human because he loved his wife and wanted to be like her. But KangChi wants to do the same to be accepted, to be trusted and be seen as part of the crowd. I don't know, I do not think I am making myself coherent here ...I love Seung gi, His dramas are my favourites but in this one I cannot seem to concentr [Read more]

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While I respect your point of view, I think that Emaan has said better what I was trying to point out. (Although Emaan thinks that they are not saying it well, I think that I understand and "get" what you are saying... and you actually nailed it much better than I must have.)

Dear Crazyajummafan. Again, *respectfully*, I have to say that I disagree with your point of view. I *DO NOT* think that because Wol-Ryung is somehow handsome that we should cut him some slack. I think that he is just as handsome as Kang Chi...but that their characters are utterly different in their understanding of situations. Wol-Ryung has been through the torment of loving a person, only to have them betray him and he was SEVERELY PUNISHED/ ****IS BEING PUNISHED CURRENTLY**** for his stupidity? No, his utter [Read more]

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Thanks!

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This is quite late, however I thought I would still post my thoughts about this episode.

I really loved this ep. and I continue to like this show, a lot. The more I get to know the characters, the better I understand them, and the better I can understand and see their motivations. It makes a difference that the characters (good and bad) are portrayed well (for the most part) as well.

I thought the OK sign YW did was interesting, because I didn't know they had/did OK signs back then. I guess this is why this drama is a fusion sageuk? (things that look modern are OK here? :-) )

Like many viewers and as GF mentioned, I really loved that WR and KC finally "got to talk," even though it was not a conversation that was all warm and fuzzy. I was also relieved to find out that WR does/migh [Read more]

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omergard...things are finally actually happening it seems....

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Thanks!

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Episode was slow, not much better than yesterday's.

Tired of all the cutesy crap. How many times are we going to see KC and YW talk to each other's faces 6 inches apart? Also, why are we AGAIN doing the whole "KC is being misunderstood" in the school? We just got through that last week and suddenly there's renewed hate for him. UGH.

I don't see the whole "taking off bracelet" scene being any more important than a broadcast time padding. GW is smart enough to not fall for that kind of crap, and it's quite obvious he'll find out KC is a gumiho sooner than later, and he may even find out KC is the son of SH before SH does.

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He already knows that

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I think it was for public opinion to gather everyone from town

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On the "KC being misunderstood" in the school, I'd just like to put my two cents in -- wasn't the student that started liking Kang-chi after the forest incident the same one that was later found dead? I don't think he ever actually said anything to his schoolmates about Kang-chi being awesome before he died. They also never heard that there was a second mythical being in the mountains killing people because Kang-chi thought it would cause too much panic. All-in-all, the rest of the students in the school never got over their distrust, fear, and hate - just that one student who is now dead (courtesy of Wol-ryung). I think they laid off for a bit because as Teacher Gong pointed out, they had no clear evidence. With Teacher Gong down for the count and a pretty incriminating (in their eyes) sc [Read more]

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You're right. except for the student that died, no one else knew about WR before this ep except SJ, KC. So i can understand their animosity and distrust. That is why GW was able to pin the blame on KC so easily.

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Huh...and why didn't the student tell the other students the truth about what happened that night? He was so adamant to catch KC red-handed yet when he was confronted with the truth, he just kept silent and acted kindly to the misunderstood KC? Doesn't compute. You're also saying KC would rather keep the "2nd gumiho" a secret yet he sulks and sulks whenever he gets misunderstood? Poor and sloppy execution.

Well the public's "reaction/opinion" in this drama is just there for dramatic effect. People staring at KC while KC is sulking away. For the most part, KC still roams free wherever, and it actually doesn't affect him anyway. So even dispelling rumours of the (nonexistent) public is, again, pointless. The goal/objective that was already lost here is proving Lord Park's innocence, which [Read more]

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"why didn’t the student tell the other students the truth about what happened that night?"

That night Yeo Wool asked him to keep it a secret until they find out the identity of the creature in the forest.

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Appreciate your two-cents (or more), but not the angst.

Don't have to expect everyone else to accept your opinions and start thinking the same way. ><

& it is precisely because there are differences in opinions that's why there are different genres of dramas.

What we like and what we watch is our freedom, no?

If you really hate it so much; then maybe you should drop gu family book because it is (as I see it), affecting your emotions in a bad way and making you angsty and rather bad tempered.

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(1) As Osi pointed out, Yeo-wool asked him to keep it a secret. Why? Probably because they thought that too many mystical beings running around would cause too much panic. I'm not saying it was logical, but that's what they actually did according to the script. It resulted in the continued distrust by the other students of Kang-chi. I am guessing that was the point.

Again, I'd like to point out that there seems to be quite a few of us who think the writer knows where s/he wants to go, but not necessarily how to get there believably. The perfect example of this? Tae-seo's magic illusion/hypnosis attack-Kang-chi-on-sight thingy.

(2) As DesertStorm pointed out, this was about getting Lee Soon-shin in trouble, not just Kang-chi. The point was to back Lee Soon-shin into a corner with that [Read more]

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Great comment.

Good connection:
Chung-jo can’t do very much at the moment to get revenge or clear her father’s name.

Plus: but she’s not really in a position of power nor autonomy to do much other than follow the Head Gisaeng.

The entire basis for GW's untouchability is the power he accumulated. You won't overthrow him with mere truth. I think that's the point behind why the SH character disappeared, what she was busying herself with during her absence, and why she returns.

Re: "Again, I feel this has to do with the writer’s inability to pace all of the storylines properly."

The main thing I think about the writing is that it's been subtle. It has been weaving in threads of plot development; but not in an overt way. I'll continue watching a drama if I like th [Read more]

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Since I can't reply directly, I do it this way!

@Gidget:

"It has been weaving in threads of plot development; but not in an overt way."

I agree with this - the plot has been given to us subtly and it's quite fun that we have to deduce some things from previous hints. My main gripe is that while I'm thrilled that Chung-jo picked herself up and decided to do something, the writer's pacing resulted in some of us feeling like now she's just being a jealous on-looker. A more tightly woven story, in my opinion, would have let us see that she has come to this decision (of revenge and clearing her father's name with what she can do now) and then, with the other plotlines, interweave her trials in becoming a more powerful, in-control person.

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Great comment Hairpin. Regarding why they have to keep it a secret, I may add that Kang Chi himself said that he didn't want them to worry when he hasn't even figured out its identity. The students are already in fear knowing him as half-man, half-beast, and he couldn't imagine how they would feel if they found out that there's another unknown creature in the forest.

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@ Hairpin

Oh, I see what you mean now about the pacing. It probably should have been obvious. But, as a newbie to the whole world of dramas, writing, story telling, I haven't been able to fully appreciate what the gripe has been.

Thanks for the clear explanation. I so appreciate all the smart participants on this site!

If someone could help me here: Iif a drama is being considered for extension, wouldn't that mess up how tightly the plot can be written? It seems that it would be really hard to architect good pacing if midway through the production you aren't clear how long the drama will need to be... and at the same time are doing audience-response-based rewrites.

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I gotta agree with you that this drama has very bad pacing. KC's romance and struggle to be acknowledged were interesting enough in the beginning, but a lot of things just keep dragging out and don't really add up to each other as you pointed out. I'd have been okay with its pace if not for the fact that we're reached the halfway mark of the drama only for things to begin to unravel with the return of both SH and WR.

I think there are enough public freak-out, bean counting, sitting villains, mysterious bathing, brooding in the dark (which i actually didn't mind so much because WR is one hot gumiho appa), almost kiss scenes already. I'm ready to see all the players to throw down their hand and take action.

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I agree so much with your comments. Spot on. They NEED to move the plot along. Focus on characters does not need to be so random and splotchy. It is distracting. Also, (bless her heart),I know that Suzy is ABSOLUTELY a doll... but that is about it. MOVE THE SHOW ALONG! If I have to look into her big doll like eyes and beg for the camera to pan away so that I can know what OTHER CHARACTER arcs are doing, I may scream! Note to directors: Thank you so much for having Suzy in this drama so that money and interest will surround it. Thanks. Now, please create an interesting plot, some great dialogue, and focus on the STORY/IES that are moving, interesting and are working for this drama. *like the first two episodes...*cough* *Cough*....*COUGH*....

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Hey Foulou, cheerz and chillz !! u really clueless about gumiho creatures are you ? u will nvr find good drama or movie about gumiho from korean writer :) 'things happened for a reason ' is NOT in korean drama LOL.. one of the reason some people cant get the feeling bcoz empty plots but u must understand it,is korean drama..lovesick triangle, funny act and sad moment . just enjoy the show :) pretty sure u are laughing when funny scene between KC and his master and u smile when KC and YW scene right ? so.. u did get a feeling while watching even is not like what u wanted .. even is annoying :) already ep 16 u still watching.. well..is a good thing right ? even is empty plots?..:) this is Gu Family Book.. not Vampire Diaries :D

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First of all, I had a hard time making out what you wanted to say. Even then, it's completely presumptuous to be "okay" on the basis that "it is a Korean drama so it shouldn't make sense anyway". I don't know about you, but there are good and bad K-dramas just as any drama on any country there is. There are quality K-dramas out there, and no I'm not talking about Iris 2. I'm talking about Tree With Deep Roots, The Chaser, and more recently there's Nine. They don't have to be uber-serious as well. like History of a Salaryman or Gentleman's Dignity.

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my dear Foulou. glad to know u having a hard time..lol.. just teasing with you okay? no heart feeling..okay.. ?hehehe..cheers!! your comment for GFB all about reason and why right ? likes push and pull. You dont see any logic or realistic in every scene..i just saying here dont go too far asking those question.. watch from ep 1 till now again..note that writer always used plots flashback time (clue for this drama more interesting) and those line between WR.monk, Master gong and KC is main scene for Gu Family Book (my opinion ) i dont know about other people.. cuz what i wanted from GFB is KC to find those book and become human ( in process to become human) should hv scene about gumiho ability and weakness or story tales.. i dont think writer come up with good one here but writer show [Read more]

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foulou,, you suck

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That seems harsh. We can't expect constant praise for every show from every person. There has to be room for dissenting opinion. People are allowed to say what they think here, without being subjected to personal attack.

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That's the best you got?

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& just to clarify; not that I agree to opavaganza either. D:

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This looks like one online drama :D... In a way, one can truly understand Wol-Ryung's point of view when it comes to humans. I mean people are misunderstanding, mistreating, betraying each other etc... all the time. Maybe my way of thinking it's a way too romanticized sometimes, but I can't get why people don't listen each other and accept each others differences. Everyone can say own opinion, that's why blogs exist, so that people can exchange experiences or thoughts.

To make a show it's a very difficult task, even though it seems to be quite easy. I can bet that half of us present here wouldn't be able to make it better. I agree with some of you about the plot but we don't take other things in count. For us it can be easy to judge but we actually don't know their reasons for making t [Read more]

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hey be nice.. lol.. you should understand foulou too.. she might be movie or drama lover.. so she need those feeling from all character for her to feel it.. but her fav character dont hit he..so... hahaha.. is why she say things like that..dont say things if we dont know what in their mind.. we cant pleased anyone in our life in reality , same goes to writer.. how good they are.. STILL..they cant pleased everyone.. cuz that way it is.. anyway enjoy the show guys!! cheerz!!

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I respect foulou opinion, that's why I said that I don't understand people who try to oppose to her's/his opinion or others people opinions. I think that we should listen at least what others have to say, but it's on us if we are going to accept it or not. Well, between the lines I said the same thing. They wrote the plot how they thought it should look like. Some people will like it, others won't.
I don't know how much those writers are popular or experienced because I am not from Korea. But it can happen that in some cases writers are in the begging of their careers, so we should not judge them so easily. Even if they are experienced and worked in this industry for many years, we still shouldn't judge. Life is an ever learning process. People build up their experience throughout their [Read more]

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Bojana had spotted everything that I want to say, but I still want to emphasize it.

I love the drama, the cutesy, but I can't say what Foulou and other who oppose the drama wrong either, since I also feel the same. Tbh, reading the recaps earlier, I know some will oppose the development, which I think is acceptable.

Me too, though very very love the cutesy, but right now, I'm still wondering, "where will we go?", sometimes I forgot that the show's aim is to 'make human' and just following what served in my eyes along. Thanks to foulou, carole, and others who remind us. I really appreciate them for their mind, they sit down, watch it (really watch it, you know from their words, not just random insult) and speak their mind, that's what makes the discussion lively. We should keep our [Read more]

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Actually GW already knew KC is a half-gumiho after his minion reported him when Tae Seo removed the bracelet and that KC is SH's son too.

What GW was trying to do is trying to get the Admiral in trouble by having the public find out about KC's identity and causing fear into the people. Since KC is under the Admiral's care, it is the Admiral's responislbe if KC is causing trouble to the public. That's why the "removing the bracelet" is important. If KC shows that the rumor is true, then that will put the Admiral in trouble. However, KC foiled his plan again.

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You know, I have always felt that the writer just puts a story to happen anywhere and anytime, without considering the follow-up events leading to the event itself. For instance, Kang-chi proving his non-gumihoness in the public. There is such a dramatic emphasis on the removal of the bracelet that it made me wonder, 'Wait a minute....the public knows about the bracelet and what it does? Since when?" Did I miss something here?

So much potential, yet...I don't know about scriptwriting much, but I think the writer should re-learn the basics: how to connect the dots cohesively. She has interesting ideas, but it's like she has no idea how to execute it. Or maybe it's the time constraint, I dunno. I'll be mad soon if I keep thinking about what could have been. Sigh! *closes one eye and cont [Read more]

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JGW and his minions know about the bracelet, hence the dramatic reveal.
And yes, the public also knows about the bracelet, because JGW has just informed all of them in this very scene, when he tells KC to remove it and that will satisfy him because he knows the bracelet controls KC's powers.

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Might this scene be about more than just the GW and LSS storyline? Could it also be a milestone in KC's quest to become human?

Slowly but surely KC has been growing in his ability to live life a someone who is fully 'human'. Yet it's being done without losing his gumiho side. Who knows, maybe they're going somewhere with that.

Maybe he won't have to lose his gumiho nature to live happily as a human.
Maybe through personal growth and the help of people around him, KC will reach a level of humanity whereby the "Gu Family Book" will appear.
Maybe the "Gu Family Book" isn't a book to make him 'officially' human - but is some sort of validation that he has already become part of the human family (that ol' sack of beans that we are).

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@Gidget ooh that sounds really valid!!

However the monk had all these things WR had to do before he could become human at the start. Were they steps so he could find the Gu Family Book?

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The waste of time on are they going to kiss was painful and irritating to watch.

This was the worst episode. Shame since it started well with the father and son confrontation.

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I love Yoon Se Ah! I mean...it's a little weird that she's playing Lee Yeon Hee, but I can deal with it.

Badddie Wol Ryung makes things very interesting...and is causing more problems than Gwan Woong at this point. I can't believe we're already on episode 16...does anyone else feel like despite it being a super cute drama not that much has really happened in terms of Kang Chi becoming human? The writer better not decide to solve Kang Chi's desire to be human in 1 episode (if he is to become human at all).

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"playing lee yeon hee"
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Well they're both playing Seo Hwa...and Yoon Se Ah doesn't quite look like Lee Yeon Hee is what I meant lol. Sorry...it was late.

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I think the "journey towards becoming human" is more of Kang-chi's full acceptance of himself. This was a lesson Lee Soon Shin taught him previously, that a monster (Kang-chi) who shows compassion towards others is more human than an actual human (Jo Gwan-woong) who blatantly violates others to further his own interests.

In that sense, the Gu Family Book may not even be in existence but serves as an inspiration/driving force for gumihos who yearn to become part of the human society.

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absolutely agree on you.. The book will only appear if he was able to accomplish the things that needs to be done before acquiring it. So therefore, it would be nice to say that it is really accepting who you are. Maybe if he will succeed on those things, he will have the option if he still wants to become a human or keep his mythical persona and live both as human and a gumiho.. ^^

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I hope you're right too, I just don't want it wrapped up in an episode or 2 is what I meant, since we are on episode 16...8 episodes left I just don't want it to be like OK and it's over haha.

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I totally understand your point of view, but sometimes things should be speed up since that those kind of shows are limited to 24-25 max episodes, I think. At least that's how I got it. It's really difficult task to make all our wishes come true through 24 episodes :-). For example, The Prison Break was very engaging, story wise. But let's be honest, that show had several seasons. The writers were not limited. They could make 3 or 10 season, depending of the budget and how the audience react probably. Of course there are geniuses who can make it, and wrap it all in 24 episodes, but we can't expect from every single writer to be such a genius :D, right?

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Or should I borrow the bambus broom from Teacher Gong? :D hahahaha...

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Oh K-drama - that is why I watch korean dramas because of those romantic non-kisses! It is more romantic to me than actual kissing or fake kissing- it is the anticipation and the imagination that makes it sexy.

Too many impatient viewers. I actually like the slow process of character development and day to day interactions of the characters. This isn't a movie where everything happens in a blur.

I hope people just enjoy the drama as it is - and not get mad at other people's opinions. If you have a great story- do write one and share. Or make it fun and write your own story line eh?

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But why Kang Chi's father turn into a demon?

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Nice~~~
Looking forward to see their kiss in next episode

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I bet it's gonna come out of nowhere. And we'll all be like, "What just happened?" REWIND...

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Thanks :-)

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Thanks for the recap. Oh that faux kiss.....but I just can't hate on that adorable Song, especially after defending KC and dressing up as a girl (lol). KC's always staring at YW's lips, just go for it if you're really becoming more like a man! I agree that Tuesday's episodes move the plot along a lot more than Monday's. I hope the writer takes note and finds a correct balance every episode between the cute and the angst. Ahh CJ...poor girl's being ignored by KC. I still really feel bad for her, it's evident that she still cares for KC. Poor KC and his family troubles, why can't his real parents be like his surrogate ones.

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I also don't like the fact that the writers just wrote off KC's feelings for CJ. How do you go from liking someone for so many years to forgetting about them totally.

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Yup, 2 episodes ago he was leaving YW on the spot for CJ. Now it's as if CJ is invisible to him even though she's the only one with a lamp shade on her head in the crowd. While it was frustrating to see him ditch YW, it seems rather abrupt for him to completely forget about CJ.

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It really is both a convenience and an inconvenience in Korean dramas - that most characters don't have peripheral vision.

Meanwhile, yes, the transition of romance was quite abrupt.

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"as if CJ is invisible to him even though she’s the only one with a lamp shade on her head in the crowd" - bah ha ha ha ha!!

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tartani> u r hilarious!

"as if CJ is invisible to him even though she’s the only one with a lamp shade on her head in the crowd."

bwahahha..i burst out laughing when i read this line too!

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LAMPSHADE. HAHAHAHA.

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Hahahaha... Good one! :D

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Kangchi never really thought much about CJ unless she was there in his actual presence. It doesn't help that CJ constantly rejects him when he does see her. Comparing that to YW any sane person would move on. Especially when he saw that his running to CJ hurt YW. Though I'm sure his feeling for CJ have yet to be actually settled.

Though I find most of his love for her based in the fact that he loves and is loyal to the family, grew up with her and she was the only girl around. Once he got out in the world to see other girls his feelings changed.

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oh I don't know, I think he genuinely did love her and not just as an extension of her family but, as you say, things changed. Though KC was kind of a flake himself when it came to her, he left her in the gisaeng house after promising to clear her father's name and didn't seem to give her another thought until her idiot brother begged him to run away with her. (but there was plenty of time to be planning heists in the Hundred Year Inn? what.)

And hey, OTP has to be established somehow so the CJ ship is sunk via her rejection and then (unnecessarily) by her rape.

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I think we are supposed to see his love as having been genuine. It's hard to believe it since he pretty much left her forgotten -- as you point out. And then after she's raped and becomes a prostitute he's full on ignoring her. (Which has such ugly implications I just...) But I think that's because the writers fell down on their job not that they meant their implications to be taken seriously.

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Well said :-). That's exactly what crossed my mined. As I said several times before, it's difficult to show everything in 24 episodes. But I think that we could read it somewhere between the lines. Maybe this kissing scenes are going slow because Kang-chi feels insecure or you know "butterflies" :D. These feelings he developed for YW are new to him and that probably scares the crap out of him :D, taking in consideration that Kang-chi is inexperienced 20 years old boy :D.

After CJ rejected him and harshly said things, she shouldn't have, she can't expect that he would remain the same, since that she changed as well. People unconsciously change under certain circumstances. We saw enough of CJ love games, it was about the time for Kang-chi to move on.

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That's not really fair to Chung Jo. Both times that she rejected Kang Chi, it was with higher goals in mind - once to save her brother, the other with the charge that Kang Chi restore her father's good name, first. Which he then promptly ignored, as he and the other adults in the room focused on capturing all of her father's treasure.
The "adults" in the room take care of her father's silver, and they look after her worthless brother, but as for Chung Jo - there is no place for her at that huge, protected school, even though they are profiting off her father's money she is forced to leave the only protected space, ultimately left to be raped and become a gisaeng.

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IMO, I don't think it it's a plain write off, I realized when Chung Jo's runaway from Gisaeng House, Kang Chi doesn't see her in the same light anymore. His longing eyes has changed into pity, and the embrace done in very carefully way-as if it'll hurt her-. (Or maybe it's me imagining things? :) ) Seung Gi's eyes is his window of emotion, and I love it

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ooh love that line:
"Seung Gi's eyes is his window of emotion" <3

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No reglest, you did not imagine it. I noticed it too. In that ep when YW saved CJ and she hugged him in the shed, The way he hugged her was very different from the way he hugged her back at the Inn the first time round. This time, it looked like he was comforting her more than hugging, if u know what I mean. He kept patting her back and didn't really hold onto her.

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Yes, he is... And he never after that time see Chung Jo in longing ways anymore... That time, I understand what So Jung says, sympathy, and by Kang Chi's case...pity. I love this drama, because their eyes talk much. And finally, I understand why Seung Gi says Suzy is innocent, I just can't but love her, look at her eyes...I know she is lack in experience and I hope she will do better...but her eyes just that innocent, and I love every way she tease and smack Kang Chi (though she isn't that well in express her emotion), because SHE JUST ENJOY IT with all of her innocent.

The bickering among the two leads is just that innocent,a la manga it is, and please forgive me, sometimes I want it to be that way, and sometimes I want it to be hotter. Their relationship (Kang Chi-Chung Jo-Yeo Wool) [Read more]

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no, you're right - he holds her differently from the way he did before, no clinging to her this time.

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I don't think KC loved CJ as a woman, but as a family. Maybe he mistake it as love. So that's why when YW comes to his life, he can easily forget his love to CJ.

It happen actually. I have a friend who believed that she's in love with her childhood friends. For almost twelve year. He is like older brother for her. Then, he is engaged with another girl. He knew she is 'in love' with him so he wanted to broke the engagement and getting engaged with her instead but she forbid him. She said that, she don't want hurt the relationship she had with his family.

But then she talk to me that actually she is not sure if she really in love with him that badly. Maybe the feeling is not love. After separated with him for one year, and met with many people, she is not concern over him again.

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her childhood friend, i mean... -_-

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This. And who says that love has to be in clear black and white statement?

Being an abandoned child and not knowing the love of his own blood family, it won't be surprising that Kang Chi would yearn about it. And perhaps, thinking that perhaps by marrying CJ he'll properly be part of the Park family; made him convince himself that he loved CJ in that kinda way. Which, won't be too surprising either.

KC focusing his attention to YW shouldn't mean that CJ is outta the ditch. It might just be at that time, it slipped outta his mind. Or him trying not to think of CJ and her prev rejection in order to avoid accidentally going foxy.

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I agree with Minni and Izzu. KC very much wanted to be accepted for who he is. But as a child, he was mocked and taunted. Even though Lord Park accepted him and took care of him , KC was never really part of the family. This was clearly shown in the earlier eps where Lady Park vehemently protested against CJ's feelings for KC; where the family would gather together for drinks and poor KC could only look on from the outside. As I had mentioned in an earlier comment, he was treated 'like' a son, but never 'as' a son. And KC knows this.
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After watching this ep, I'm pleased to find out that WR actually wants to protect his son from having to go thru the same fate that he did: being betrayed by the women he loved and wanted to become human for, and being ostracized and hunted by humans for being different. He just wants to spare his son the same agony, n so threatens that if KC doesn't choose to live as the half-beast, he'll kill KC. I don't sense that he has any real intention of harming KC tho. That's just his brand of 'though love' a la 1000 year demon former holy beast style! ;)

I was nervous watching Teacher Old fogey being on the edge of death. If he had died, KC's goose would be pretty well cooked! Fortunately he is revived, and so r KC's chances of living the way he wants.

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"It seems surprising that YW knows it too, cos she rushed there to stand in front of him to calm his nerves."

Not at all. I think that was the plan: Kanchi knows she's a human shield and probably told Gon to set YW free and tell her to go meet him at the Inn.

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I know KC asks Gon to distract ajumma so that YW can escape to join him in front of the inn. But YW rushes there in to stand right next to him, and nods at him to get started as if to say: "It's OK, u can take off your bracelet now that I am here" seems surprising to me given that the two of them never broached that subjt b4. KC definitely knows that WY anchors him to humnity, but When does she know???

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Remember when seong sneaked in to speak to YW when Gon distracted her maidservant, and he told her he had a message from Teacher old fogey for her (the message he whispered to him before hopping to go find Master Dam)?...Well we're left to assume/imagine that that was it.

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And I thought it's as if she said,"Go ahead Kang Chi, do whatever you need to do. I trust you.." ow,well..

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I think that is what sung told her before the escape what bamboo master whispered to him about kc taking off his bracelet around her.

Maybe the twist next week will be WR did not kidnap her but the minion. because she was there at the inn before he took it off and figured it out. With smiles and chin dimple action :)

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WR wants people to believe he is innocent~~ not bad gumiho ..flashback again what he told yW .. :) WR ask YW to believe and trust him :) and master Dam admit he killed innocent :) he surely protect his son{his own way) ..lol.. if not, he already snap YW neck :)

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After this ep, there is some hope that maybe WR isn't altogether a 1000-year demon, that there is some sense of goodness in him. Here's keeping fingers crossed!

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I think that the hiding of his other eye (WR) is actually because he is now a half and half like KC too. But a half mythical good being and a half 1000 year old demon. The reason being that SH didn't actually reject him fully, I mean remember, she rejected him when he got struck but she repented when her son was born. She realized that she loved him for him. So methinks that he himself is stuck at half. I suspect that when he meets SH again and she finally confesses that she loved him he is going to go back to who he was. This would explain why he is actually not out right evil and wants to actually help his son.

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Nice theory, and it reminded me of the time KC was born. On how WR's voice stopped her and moonlight just conveniently shines over KC to show he's not a monster.

Like the old WR tried to save them since SH did plan to kill her baby and herself that night anyway.

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WR give his heart to SH, i dont think so he can hate SH so damn much even SH betrayed him, he choose not to stabbed SH with knife wood that monk gv to him in case SH turn back on him, that kind of love not easy to swiped away right? (logic thinking)..so.. :) hope SH gains back WR trust that she love him too..then again flashback what SH said to JGW when she try to kill him and left scarface killer at his face hahaha

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She's more useful alive than dead right now. She's the person who can actually hurt Kangchi the most and the reason he wants to become human. WR not killing her yet isn't because he's a nice guy.

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Remember how Kang-chi kept hiding that he took his bracelet off? I think she suspected but didn't know for sure, and just wanted to go and support him, because she's awesome that way. Her face looked surprised when he didn't change. Either way, I love them and I love her.

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Ya, that's what I thought too: That she just wants to be there to support him.
It's the director having her overplay it so Knowingly that surprises me. Anyway, maybe it's being nitpicking.

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Her face doesn't change because while she now knows of being his human bracelet (via the message Teacher old fogey passed on to her through Seong in the episode), she's never witnessed it first hand so naturally she'd be surprised to find out it's actually true.

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I think she knew via Sung (under instruction from Teacher Gong) to go where Kang-chi is but I don't think she knows she has something to do with Kang-chi not turning into a gumiho when his bracelet is removed. She looked as surprised as everybody else when Kang-chi took off his bracelet and did not transform into a (hot) monster.

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Oh yes. I love the little guy, Song Ah. He is so cute.

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Song Ah is so cute n so sweet. Do these 2 qualities always go together?

I love LeeSS's quote to Evil Lord:
A Buddha's heart sees buddha where he looks. A chicken sees chicken; a pig sees a pig. It is a demon's heart that sees a demon when he looks at a child.
That sums up Evil Lord real well.

Gon isn't much of a conversationalist, is he? It's funny to watch him try desperately to strike up a conversation with the ajumma, n she is flattered by his attn. Ajumma manages to steal every little scene she is in. Even her hopping is funny.

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I know Wol Ryung is evil but dang it if he ain't HOT!!!

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Thanks GF!

Gumiho Baby, you are doing GREAT!

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Kang Chi Ah, next episode, could you lean in faster, and give a lonnnnnnnnnnng kiss to YW? Please.......(rub hands together)

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Actually, I want YW to kiss HIM, that would be cuter.

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Yeah, I think one of these days she's going to snap and take over, which I would be totally on board with, since Kang-chi can't escape slow motion and silly love ballads.

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@ jubilantia
My thoughts EXACTLY! When KC walked away after returning and grabbing her arm, I thought to myself, "I think YW's gonna be the one to kiss him first!"

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You are reading my mind :D. First I wanted to smash Kang-chi with my computer but later the thought of YW doing it first crossed my mind. It was like: "YW please do it yourself or I will! " :D Hahahaha...

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Can you imagine them on their wedding night? That she has to take charge, or else it'd be slow-mo n love ballads till morning!

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Hahaha, I thought about that, too. If it's taking so long for them to kiss Kdrama style (just on the lips), how long will it take them to have sex? Perhaps it'd be better for Ganchi to continue to live as a Gumiho, that way at least one will have the energy of the youth (oh my... :P)

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I imagine YW punching his head as usual hahahaha :D... Or using the bambus broom instead :D lol

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Thank you for the laughs guys! You had me laughing straight for a good 15 mns with your comments.

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Hah!
I am not a huge fan of the drama but came to see if there were going to be fangirl howling at the twarted scene.

You know? The one which went on for way too long... all the PD's fault I am sure. It was a pretty clumsy execution. Not KC but the whole dragged out way too long scene.
It became a farce.

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Yeah, it happened last episode as well, when Kang-chi was staring at Yeo-wool's lips way too long. I wonder if it's a way for the PD to drag out time cause there isn't enough material or something. Or the PD just loves to linger on the romantic scenes, in which I squeed at first but got uncomfortable as time goes by (TOO LONG!) and the music suddenly blares in the background out of nowhere. Cheesy. Haha.

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You do know that rather than a farce, it's supposed to be a tease and a laughing matter!

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Well I prefer humorous situations.

Maybe it was the position. Kneeling on the ground a long time makes you shake? They looked forced rather than have the hint of awareness. That self conscious look.
The I want to kiss you but did we just almost do it look?

Or before the long prelude... maybe the look of anticipation? It took way too long to anticipate.

Then when the almost kiss was interrupted it they didn't have the self conscious laugh/look to say " oops."

Like I said, too long. By about 5 sec.

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i think its not long enough for me.. haha

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I think he did look pretty self-conscious after the kiss.

After Sung left, Kang Chi relaxed a little, then suddenly seemed to remember what had happened, because he started and shot Yeo Wool a side-glance, as though he was trying to work up the courage to actually face her after their interrupted kiss. And then she watched him not watching her, realised why, and smiled. I found it cute.

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Awesome!! Thank you!

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I've been waiting for this! Thank you....

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bahahaha gumiho!baby is my new favorite thing!
And i noticed the EH? after all of jgw's questions and laughed each time he did it...until i was almost in tears iono why hes still crazy creepy, but that was hilarious...also,probs bc i was thinking of the bts pics of the actor being silly kekekeke

also i just had a question if anyone knows - why does admiral lee wear all whire when he goes to see people? and not his admiral uniform that he wears at his...base? is this a military/rank thing, an...age? thing? i doubt its to make him more visible in a crowd...

anyway i find myself noticing how the different classes of people are dressed and its interesting...i never paid that much attention to it before besides...'pretty colors' =D

and as always, thanks for the recaps gf!!

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I also noticed it :-). I don't know why but I immediately remembered the Chinese guy from the drama "Return of Iljimae" :D. The one made funny noises in the end of every single sentence :D. Haha... Is it just me or anyone else felt the same? :D

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Usually Joseon's nobles wore white when they where exiled, condemned as criminals or mourning the loss of a relative...

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Dear GF,
Your best part of the comment: ARRRGGH#&$^#^%@!!

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^this. Most accurate description ever.

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:D

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BTW did anyone else find it hilarious that both Kang Chi and Gon where shocked when Dam Yeo Wool was actually scared of her sewing teacher! That was the BEST part of the episode!

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This show sure likes making poor Kangchi cry a lot. Happy WR is finally somewhat interesting and no longer just the stalking evil dude. And somehow a demon is a better parent than SH? Go figure. I'm not 100% sure he was the one who kidnapped YW at the end. Seems too obvious. Though he's going to be blamed for it anyway. (and rightfully so really...)

GW is too smart to fall for Kangchi's trick forever, but it did put out the fire and kill the rumors which is good enough to save LSS and himself for now.

Sexy hands at the end were sexy, but seriously Kangchi kiss her before someone else does. I'm seriously loving YW and KC together. At times I feel I want some backstory about her, but then other I feel it's not really necessary. She's there for a reason, which is to [Read more]

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Maybe that's what the writers intention is - to make CJ so jealous, so that she would become an evil character, an enemy and obstacle to Kang-chi's dream of becoming human. Before these last 2 episodes, it was Jo Gwan-woong as the hated villain. But after he possessed the 100-yr inn and CJ, he was replaced by WR as the antagonist to KC, at least in the last 2 episodes.

I don't know if it was mentioned in previous recaps whether WR's character will stay until the last episode. If he isn't, then I could see a need for another character to play antagonists/enemy for KC/YW, since I don't see Jo Gwan-woong's character can take on all of the rest of the good guys. So, I'm guessing CJ will become the additional antagonist to the story as a result of her extreme jealousy.

Thanks GF for th [Read more]

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Hmmm that would be interesting! The actress who plays CJ certainly has the chops to play a conflicted villain. Remember the fire in her eyes in the scene where she gets Jo Gwan Woong to throw out the other gisaeng and tells him she's planning to stab him in the heart? Bring it on!

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The way CJ and TS looked at KC and YW standing on the street, made me uncomfortable. It looked like they might team up to do harm to our OTP, esp after CJ threw away the jar. I hope not!

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