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Master’s Sun: Episode 3

Despite the fact that I’m a huge scaredy-cat and the ghosts on this show are rather effective at popping up (literally, ack) to maximize my fear response, my wimpy impulse to watch through my fingers is mitigated by how much enjoyment I get out of watching our two leads interact. Arguing, insulting, bantering, sneering, hugging (especially hugging)—all of it is charged with so much chemistry that it’s just a pleasure to watch. Honestly, I can’t guarantee this show won’t tank and I’d advise against betting on it, but the romance has got me hooked and good, enough that I’m thinking Master’s Sun could be worth the watch anyway. Fingers crossed.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

After Gong-shil admits that she can see Joong-won’s ghostly first love hanging around him, he gives her a message to pass along to the dead Hee-joo: “You bitch.”

He wears the most self-satisfied smirk on his face, but Gong-shil says knowingly that he must have really loved her if he’s that angry at her for leaving him, and promises to pass along the sentiment. HA. It’s worth it just for the way Gong-shil’s reaction turns his shit-eating grin into instant confusion. I enjoy how this totally neutralizes Joong-won’s jerkwad tendencies—not that he’s being less of one, but she misinterprets his behavior through a positive lens, and he’s left feeling unjustly accused of being nice. It’s all, Wait! I was being an ass! You misunderstood!

The exchange gets noticed by (potentially) shifty security director Kang Woo, who has been waiting to go home with Gong-shil and watches curiously from the side.

One of Joong-won’s shopping mall employees, Jin-ju, leaves work that evening and finds a lone designer high heel lying in the middle of the empty hall. As she takes it to the lost and found center, someone—or thing—follows her and gives her the heebie-jeebies. Only when she looks around, she can’t see anybody.

But we can—there’s a dead woman right behind her. Ack! Even when I’m expecting it, this show still manages to creep me out with the ghost reveals. The ghost protests, “That’s my shoe!” and follows. Gahhhh, stop that Ring flicker, stop it!

Jin-ju gets scared by the resulting paranormal effects (dimming lights, falling signs) and starts running for the stairs. But a ghostly hand wraps itself around her ankle—ack they can touch now?—and she falls down the stairs.

Gong-shil, Joong-won, and Kang Woo hear the scream and find Jin-ju sprawled in the stairwell, thankfully only with minor injuries. Joong-won decides the fall is the result of a bad floor-wax job and orders Gong-shil to clean it up, then heads off—just in time to hear Kang Woo commenting to Gong-shil that they won’t be able to go home together after all. He pretends he doesn’t care. Suuure.

Kang Woo accompanies Jin-ju to the hospital, and with his secretary needing to deliver her documents, Joong-won is left to drive himself home. He sniffs that of course he’s capable, only to press all the wrong buttons, open the trunk instead of the door, and set the lights blinking. Heh.

Gong-shil finds the dropped shoe and tries it on wistfully, and then spots the ghost huddled in the stairwell with her grabby hands out. Gong-shil flees while the ghost follows her down the hall, dragging herself along with her arms—one leg is bloody and wears the other shoe.

Gong-shil makes it into the elevator (noooo, why the elevator?) as the limping ghost gets closer and closer… and then an arm shoves inside to keep the doors open. GAH.

But of course, the doors close because she is a ghost and the laws of physics are still mercifully intact.

In the driver’s seat, Joong-won squints at his car dashboard, just barely managing to read the word “home” to get his navigation going. Ha, you don’t even know the way home? You helpless little man.

Gong-shil darts into the parking lot and bangs on Joong-won’s window, begging for help. He refuses and drives off, but (against his own judgment) thinks twice when he sees her terrified face in his mirror. When he gets out and demands why she’s making such a fuss, Gong-shil launches herself at him and grabs tight.

I think we’re a bit early for the love ballad and the slo-mo pan-around to kick in, but Joong-won looks rather affected by the clinging so what do I know. A security guard catches a glimpse of the hug onscreen and assumes it’s the other thing, ha.

At the hospital, Kang Woo waits outside while Jin-ju is treated and watches suspiciously as a patient darts outside with her face covered, hides behind him, then tries to reach inside a locked car via the open sunroof. Yeah that’s not obvious at all, lady.

Turns out it’s jilted bride and top star Yi-ryung, trying to grab a change purse from her own car for a snack despite not having the key. Kang Woo takes over the task and does the smooth version of her failed sunroof break-in, but since her wallet’s practically empty he ends up buying her snacks.

He notes that soju’s part of the order and Yi-ryung cops to faking her hospital stay (to rustle up pity in the aftermath of her jilting). She warns him not to pity her, and he points out that pity was the point of faking her hospital stay. Touché. Yi-ryung asks for his number to pay him back later, which he declines, which makes her sputters indignantly. Oh, princess.

High Heeled Ghost turns up in corporeal form at the site of a car accident—she was driving with only one shoe on, which makes the officers wonder whether she was drunk. She’s taken to the hospital, where her husband is informed of her death. He sobs over her body in a display of grief—and then his mouth twists into a smile. Creepy.

Joong-won may insist he doesn’t believe Gong-shil and her ghost-seeing powers, but I notice he drives her to the hospital anyway to follow up on the corpse. She walks out with one foot stuck in a tissue box, since she left her own shoe in the stairwell, and assures him that she’s not embarrassed to be seen this way. I think his concern was more about his own embarrassment, but yunno.

Gong-shil is immediately on edge as they walk into the ER, since she can see the ghosts of recently dead patients lingering around their bodies. The Shoe Corpse gets wheeled by, and Joong-won notes it with shocked eyes, although he stubbornly sticks to his line about not being scared of things he can’t see.

Gong-shil does an impression of the High Heeled Ghost limping after her to insist how scary they really are, and he averts his eyes and backs away reflexively. She gets him to admit grudgingly that she probably was scared, and explains that if she grabs him, they disappear. She’s totally working this situation, playing on that tiny bit of sympathy, and it cracks me up.

She insists that it’s not because he’s rich or attractive, and that she’s no gold digger. It’s just that the ghosts are so relentless with her, not leaving her alone until she does as they say. This woman, for instance, wants her to give the shoe to her husband with the message that she’ll be watching over him.

Joong-won recognizes the husband as his employee, so Gong-shil figures the wife was on her way to meet him when she died. But when she approaches with the shoe, she finds him cackling into his phone that it was a miracle she died and took care of that all on her own.

Joong-won excuses himself from the proceedings, ready to let Gong-shil handle the rest on her own, and she protests—she needs him with her to prevent other ghosts from clinging. He withholds his hand from her grasp, though, to ask if the ghosts ever offer up “useful” info, like say stock market predictions or lotto numbers. At her no, he declares them utterly meaningless to him, and therefore he has no need for her.

Gong-shil argues that he knows she’s telling the truth, but he counters that he’ll continue to only believe what he sees and consider her a crazy person who doesn’t realize that walking around in a tissue box makes her look nuts. Off he goes.

And so Gong-shil takes the walk of shame home, braving snickers from strangers and stumbling along in her broken-down tissue box. Joong-won does discover a pair of slippers in his car and briefly considers them, then figures the tissue box is sturdy and comfortable enough.

On the upside, Kang Woo is also heading home from the hospital, and assures Gong-shil that using a tissue box for a shoe was a sensible move. He hails a cab for them, and Gong-shil swoons… then shakes off an unseen arm and hisses, “Shhh!” Haha, is a ghost going to play cockblocker?

Aw, and then Joong-won drives along the road looking for Gong-shil with a pair of shoes on the seat next to him, only there’s no sign of her. (He grumpily talks back to the GPS lady too, which I can totally relate to.)

Once back at the apartment, Kang Woo asks whether Gong-shil meant Joong-won when she referred to having a “special person” at Kingdom, and whether they’re in a “special relationship.” She says yes, but adds that she’s not “that kind of special” to the boss—he thinks of her as just a crazy woman.

That makes Kang Woo smile, and she giggles to herself. Her sister Gong-ri drops by and suggests that this ghost problem could be caused by her lack of energy and stamina. Thus, she encourages her to get closer to Kang Woo and build up her stamina by taking some of his. Ha, there are a couple ways to interpret that sentence.

Gong-shil wonders if strong energy is the reason Joong-won is special to her, but unni advises her to focus on Kang Woo first. Lol, she makes her sound like a vampire.

The next day while at work, Gong-shil comes to the shop owned by the husband to High Heeled Ghost, which is temporarily closed. Joong-won also makes his rounds with his team and tells his team to look into the owner, who seems untrustworthy.

Our chatty security guard gossips with his teammate at the café (where unni Gong-ri works) and notes that the husband was known for being devoted to his wife. And he had good reason, since the wife was wealthy and set up the shop for him, and her mother owns buildings in Kangnam, which means he’s about to come into lots and lots of cash.

Gong-shil overhears this and glumly supposes that nobody would believe the one person who called him a bad guy if the rest of the world thought he was a decent one.

Gong-shil checks with employee Jin-ju to retrace where she first found the high heel, and begins the reenactment. She checks with the ghost to make sure she’s got the right idea, and it’s here that Joong-won finds her, sprawled on the ground.

She reminds him that he knows exactly what she’s doing and why, though he replies that she’s looking crazy again. Just then a woman walks by wearing the same heels, and she heads off to ask her about them.

The woman heads into the closed shop, followed by the husband, and Gong-shil peers in through the window to watch. Her view is obstructed by a wall of bags on display, so she imagines herself wearing the heels (as the wife) and tiptoes herself into the perfect vantage point to see the two of them getting awfully chummy.

A flashback to the night of the death confirms it, with the wife overhearing her husband sigh that he has to play the part of the doting partner, and that his wife enjoys hiking… “because she’d never guess she’s looking for her place of death.” Ack, so he was gonna literally kill her?

The husband had seen her looking in the window and run after her, chasing her through the empty mall. She’d driven off in tears, swerving along the road as her husband chased her, and in her attempt to outdrive him, she’d run into a parked truck.

Gong-shil huddles in shock, and the cheating husband goes on to assure his mistress that his mother-in-law will die soon and everything will become his. Do you mean ‘cause she’s old, or ‘cause you’re gonna kill her? He doesn’t see, of course, the angry ghost standing right next to him, shedding tears of blood.

Joong-won takes his daily look through his golden telescope at the progressing construction of Giant Mall next door, and Secretary Kim advises him to take care with Cheater Man’s store, because it’s one of their higher-earning ones. He worries that Gong-shil may make a mistake with the high-heeled woman she followed, who turns out to be that store’s employee.

High Heels’ grieving mother visits the shop with some food for Cheaty, who plays the part of the dutiful son-in-law to the hilt. They’ve only got each other now, he says gently, and suggests a hiking trip on a trail that High Heels loved. I guess murder’s back on the table.

Gong-shil steps into the store to return the shoe and confront Cheaty with his misdeeds, which naturally puts him on his guard as he tells his mother-in-law that she’s totally wrong. Unfortunately he remains calm and collected, which contrasts with Gong-shil’s mounting hysteria as she tells Mom that he’s a bad person, and that just gets her dragged away by security as she yells, “I have to protect her!”

Kang Woo is alerted to the disturbance, which blows up pretty quickly as a crowd gathers outside the store. Yi-ryung recognizes her and is happy to confirm that her old rival (“You mean the one who was prettier and smarter than you?”) has been thus reduced.

Gong-shil gets shoved to the ground and registers that everyone’s looking at her like she’s lost her mind, her eyes tearing up as she’s made the sideshow. It’s now that Joong-won arrives and orders her to stand up—and then offers her a hand. He asks if she found the shoe owner, then listens as she points out the husband who’s lying about it.

Cheating Husband counters that she’s crazy, so Joong-won calls him on the bluff: Let’s see who’s right. He holds up the shoe that was on his wife’s foot when she died—the one Cheaty threw out at the hospital. And wouldn’t you know, the sizes don’t match. And the one Gong-shil holds is a perfect fit.

Joong-won spots the mistress watching around the corner and has her brought out, wearing only one shoe.

That’s enough proof for Rich Mother-in-Law, who realizes the truth. And now Gong-shil delivers the wife’s message: that she would watch over him for the rest of his life and join him in his final resting place. Shudder. Now there’s a way to keep a guy on edge for life.

Gong-shil returns the shoes to the grieving mother, and the ghost gives her a tearful final hug before making her misty exit.

Yi-ryung wonders idly at Joong-won’s rather heroic defense of his employee, since he’s definitely not the kind of guy who does things like that. Just then, she sees Kang Woo walking by and flags him down—only to get her arm twisted in a swift martial maneuver.

She drops to banmal right away, acting high and mighty and noting his name. He cuts her off to return to work, and she sputters again. Hee. I could really watch that happen over and over.

Kang Woo arrives at the shop after the fuss is over—which, by the way, is why you’re only the second lead here, always a step behind—and finds that the president settled things personally. He overhears one of his security men worrying that he offended the prez by grabbing Gong-shil too hard, since she’s his secret girlfriend and all, which he swears he saw on camera. Kang Woo’s jaw tightens, but I’m still not sure if it’s out of jealousy or something else. He’s entirely too inscrutable.

Gong-shil thanks Joong-won for helping, and he curtly informs her that he did it for himself only. She had nothing to do with it—it’s just that the guy betrayed him by signing a contract with Giant, so this was his revenge. She wonders if he kept his eye on him at the hospital because he felt sympathy, and he sticks to his line that he just happened to see things he had no intention of seeing.

A flashback takes us back to the night he was driving himself home from the hospital, only to be led back to the hospital by either an errant GPS or a terrible sense of direction. It was then that Joong-won had seen the husband throwing away the shoe, which he insists now was just coincidence.

Gong-shil smiles and says that people often find things in completely unpredictable places or end up in strange locales, chalking it up to random luck or misfortune. “But it’s not coincidence,” she says. “It was a right turn.”

He starts at that—you can practically see that his blood just ran cold. A right turn was the strange direction his GPS lady had issued, and now we see that High Heels had been sitting next to him when that happened.

Nervously, he tells her to stop with the useless talk, just as Gong-shil recoils at something up toward the ceiling. Joong-won’s gaze darts around furiously, and she chuckles and says she’s just found her special use to him.

She can see Hee-joo, after all, and would be conveniently on hand to pass along messages. She leaves in high spirits, while he looks a lot less thrilled at the prospect of encountering Hee-joo again.

Joong-won’s aunt takes Uncle VP off-guard by wondering whether he saw her for her money first, but reassures him that it’s okay with her. After all, pretty women age and perky boobs sag (his eyes flick downward at that, ha), “But my money will never dry up.” So all he has to do is remain loyal and steadfast, and she’s happy. Uncle VP sits up straight and insists his love has never wavered. She accepts that, with the reminder that it had better stay that way. She draws a line across her neck to remind him what betrayal would mean. Heh.

Gossipy Security Guard invites Gong-shil to a work dinner that night, thinking to suck up to the boss’s secret girlfriend. She lights up at the thought of participating in such a common work experience, but glumly declines—she can’t get drunk, she reminds unni. But Gong-ri urges her to go and “receive that energy” (heh) from Kang Woo.

So both sisters join the security team at their drinking party, where Kang Woo keeps a particularly close eye on her. Gong-shil sticks to cola but gets an accidental taste of some liquor, and unni hastens to put her next to Kang Woo.

Despite the headache that encroaches, Gong-shil informs him that she’s not drunk, because it turns her into another person. He says that’s the case for everyone, but she says meaningfully that it really does turn her into someone else. Ha, now I’m picturing the Hulk. She turned into a parrot for Best Love; what does Master’s Sun have in store?

Joong-won sits thinking of Hee-joo, which brings us to another flashback:

Teenaged Joong-won asks Hee-joo if she likes him just because he’s rich, and she hesitates before answering. He asks if she’s doing it to make him feel bad, and she says she’s doing it to make him feel better—since it would be worse for her to admit it straightaway.

He starts to walk off in a huff, but she knows him well enough to know that just calling his name three times will be enough for him to get over it, and proceeds to demonstrate: “Joo Joong-won! Joo Joong-two! Joo Joong-three!”

He calls her pun lame, but laughs all the same.

In the present, he stalks through his mall in a dark mood, calling her a bitch, and heads out of the building. Drunk Gong-shil recognizes him standing outside, and then spots the ghost standing behind him. Hee-joo turns around and clocks Gong-shil standing there.

Kang Woo makes another one of his suspicious phone calls to report that Gong-shil does appear to be “specially connected” to Joong-won. However, he hasn’t yet ascertained whether she has a link to Hee-joo, and will look into it further. Hm, so are you working in Joong-won’s interest, or against it?

Gong-shil walks all the way (presumably having followed Joong-won) to his apartment and rings his buzzer. He comes out in annoyance, wondering at her boldness, offended when she calls him the very familiar “Joong-won-ah.” Ohhh.

He fires her and orders her to get lost. Gong-shil asks, “If I call you three times, will you let go of your anger? Joo Joong-won. Joo Joong-two. Joo Joong-three.”

He freezes. She smiles.

He tells her this isn’t funny, and asks what her deal is. She replies, “It’s me. The bitch you hate.”

 
COMMENTS

Ack! Is she possessed now? Is that her alcohol-induced weakness? Okay, I’ll give her that—it that happened to be my drinking habit I’d never taste a drop again either. Perhaps it makes her susceptible to body takeovers, or maybe the ghosts are just more able to make her their literal mouthpieces by feeding her words to say. In any case, it’s a way to make her already terrible curse even worse.

It’s also a way to make literal the romantic conundrum of the whole first-love-makes-way-for-new-love conflict, isn’t it? Way to juice up that issue on a whole new meta level by possessing the body of one with the soul of the other. Albeit only temporarily, and for entirely unromantic reasons. Still, it’s the kind of symbolic layering I’ve come to expect of the Hong sisters, and at least in this case it’s a positive expectation.

True, Joong-won’s baggage with Hee-joo isn’t the straight-up scenario of the unforgettable first love (and thank god for that), and it’s mixed in with a hell of a lot of resentment and hurt. But it’s fair to say he did love her, so I think it’s fair to say he’s heading into a world of confusion and romantic angst, which I look forward to.

So far Master’s Sun isn’t rocking my world, but I do find this familiar story to be handled with enough of a fresh twist that invested in how the story will shake out. I don’t expect amazing things of second leads or the ghost-of-the-week storylines, which are thus far merely serviceable, reminiscent of the client cases of Dating Agency Cyrano—some will manage to tweak heartstrings anyway thanks to strong character moments and good acting (like the soccer player) and some will be so simplistic as to make it hard to care (the schoolgirls), but they’ll mostly be there to advance the main couple’s progress.

And that’s where I think the show has got me, because I’m really enjoying Gong Hyo-jin and So Ji-sub together. I have to admit I find his performance a little too close to Cha Seung-won’s in Best Love to get absorbed in his portrayal fully; it feels a bit mimicked, with his clipped delivery and line readings. And on that score I really do hope So Ji Sub finds a way to make this more his own, because man is he great at being the smoldering ass and I love his rapport with Gong. Storywise I like how she’s already rubbing off on him, in the way that he keeps insisting he doesn’t care and is only in it for himself, while his actions completely contradict what he says. It’s pretty great.

And the skinship! So many excuses to touch, and I am A-OK with every single one. A drama that builds in the need to get touchy-feely to its premise? You win all the brownie points.

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Loving this show!

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Breezy entertaining.

LOVE: The "conversation" between the two leads. It all sounds coherent but neither one is listening to another. They are actually juxtaposed monologues LOL

HATE: The ghosts are more yucky and scary, and hence a bit tiresome. I wish they were just normal (but real annoying for the widespread but unpredictable and unsuspecting appearances)

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more yucky *than* scary

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Yeah they make the ghosts so scary it's a huge turn off to watch. Though the other parts of the drama are a huge turn on to watch. It doesn't help that right now it's the Chinese Ghost Month in my country. So not helpful at all

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Personally I find the ghosts about as scary as Miss Piggy (well, that IS pretty scary :D ).

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I personally don't find the ghosts scary at all. And I'm usually scared of any ghost-related movies. Maybe it's because the makeup is so badly done. And the blood is too red, it looks too fake.

I agree with the author that So Jisub's acting is a bit too reminiscent of Cha Seungwon's Best Love character. Worst part is that it's a less fun version...

Overall, I like this drama because it makes me giggle and I love the interactions between the main characters. I'm okay with the "ghost story of the episode" for now, but I hope that at a certain point there won't be any. I want to know more about Joongwon's past, and why Gongshil sees ghosts, and what Kangwoo is doing. I know that it's only the 2nd week of this drama but I want more from the main characters. Less from random ghost-of-the-day.

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So far I am liking this show more than "Good Doctor". It is a bit cheesy on the ghosts, but I think the ghosts are supposed to be cheesy :) It is at least a little bit different. Not in the 5-star class, but pretty entertaining.

My problem with Good Doctor is that the same old hospital politics and angst that all K and J medical dramas seem to love.

BTW, those watching ISYG, Yoona is back, with a vengeance :D

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I'm lovinggg Master's Sun. It's not crack level just yet but it makes me smile with giddiness, pout at the sad stories (no tissues here just yet, Show) and be creeped out by the ghosts all within a span of 20mins.

What I'm liking alot is the self-awareness from the writing. The characters at a basic level are stock rom-com folk and in any other drama Gong-shil's words would be cliche. Instead, the awareness of that is played up for laughs.

TGS is adorably forward. I think I might like Gong Hyo Jin here more than Greatest Love but I'm only 3 episodes in after all and my memory is always a bit fuzzy. JJW is such an ass but I loves it. I find his little face-wave move hilarious (I wonder if this will be the Tae Kyung scrunched face of Youre Beautiful or the Hoi Hoi handshake of Gumiho).

(Also loving the song choices lately, 10cm, Drunken Tiger, Kang Seung Yoon. Continue to spoil me :)

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I like this show a lot.....still need to watch ep 3....so excited!!

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I'm staying for Gong Hyo Jin and the skinship!! OMG THE SKINSHIP!!! See ghosts? No problem, just touch/feel the hot grumpypants next to you.

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thank you, been waitin' =)

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I for one love the alcohol twist. Drunkenness LITERALLY turns her into someone else. BRILLIANT! I have never enjoyed watching somebody be unwillingly hugged this much. Joong-won doesn't want to enjoy it, but he always lets her cling for a bit too long before pushing her off. I also adore that Joong-woo is bothered by Kang-woo's presence. Hehe...

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Cute how the drama worked to turn idiomatic expressions and language convention into LITERAL meanings, whereas the attempts by a character INSIDE the drama at being specifically literal (cussing at the ghost) fails LOL

He's either too shocked or too soft at heart to react swiftly

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He definitely enjoys that hug when she throws herself at him and holds on for dear life. He no longer just annoyed, surprised or discomfited. That hugs affected him more than her. He totally feels everything in that moment.
Love that hugging scene!

Looking forward to seeing the scene when he starts to crave her touch. Will he make excuses to let her touch him?

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Omg ha i love this comment.
The hug made me all giddy inside. Cue slow-mo and ballad and you have yourself a typical rom-com move.
But Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub has some good chemistry with each other so it makes it a swoon-worthy scene for me.

I would absolutely love it when he starts making excuses for her to touch him.

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totally agree..

can't wait for more skinship. Yay!!

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Thanks for the recap!
SJS and GYJ: I'm here for you guys. I don't care about the ratings, I almost fell asleep with this episode, pink heels, random PPL and all. The worst for me is the comedy aspect (I didn't laugh once for this episode): What happened? I hope ep 4 will be better or I will use the YTBLSS solution: Eps watched in 5 mins for the OTP.

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I'm with you. Watching, but not feeling it yet. I'm mildly interested in the first love, I want to find out what exactly happened. But besides that nothing.

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Yeah same...I'm not gung-ho. The ghosts of the week really are so boring. And I made the mistake of starting to watch Greatest Love this past week, and So Ji-sub really is just Cha Seung-won-lite in this role.

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I think most of us agree that while this is not super over the top like IHYV or QoC, it is at least entertaining enough to watch. I just hope that if they keep up with the "ghost of the week" that they get something a bit deeper than what they have had so far. I thought the high school girl thing in last episode to be especially banal, this week was a little better but still standard fare.

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It's definitely picking up despite this week's ghostie-of-the-week boring me to tears (except when the ghostie was all Ring-like in the beginning). Again, GHJ & SJS together are gold!

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Supringsily, I'm really loving how this drama is like a breath of fresh air. And by now, I don't think it is that scary. Maybe I will get over it much sooner than I thought!

I love Gong Hyo Jin and her chemistry with So Ji Sub is killing me. Even if I considered jumping ships before because of my undying love for Seo In Gook, now I'm sure I will ship Gong Shil & Joo Joong fooreeeeveeeer. Even if I'm biased towards Seo In Gook (blame Answer Me 1997), I'm not gonna suffer the Second Lead Syndrome this time around. I luff the leads together too much.

The end of the episode sold this drama for me. Before I stayed for a few of reasons, but I wasn't hooked. Now I'm going down with this ship. I hope I won't regret it!

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Let the skinship continue...

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This was the first time the ghost caught me by survive. I jumped when it showed up behind the secretary. Having said that the episode was a bit slow for me. I like it, but I'm only interested when out main couple is on screen. She makes everything so much more enjoyable.
Other thing with I come to love about the Hong sisters dramas. Their obvious but not really product placement. The tissue box, the car the episode before the drinks. It always makes me laugh.

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I saw the tissue box shoe done in another soap, so it wasn't that original. Ho..Hum...

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wimpy impulses here too ha
love their chemistry

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I think there was a important detail left out of the recap! Joong-won tells Gong-shil that he only took her side because the evil husband was planning to betray Kingdom and move to Giant Mall. (Seriously? Couldn't come up with better names?) But during his morning round of greetings just before, the secretary (or Uncle?) made it clear that the husband wasn't going to move to Giant. Though Joong-won said he couldn't trust him, the audience never got any confirmation. So I was under the impression that he stood up for Gong-shil solely for her pride at the expense of his mall. Am I wrong? Did I misunderstand something?

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Uncle VP said the guy wouldn't jump to Giant. Joong-won told him to check him out anyway. He found out he WAS planning to move to Giant after all.

Ultimately the point is: Obvs WE know he helped her because he's a nice guy (deep deep deep down), but he can't admit it to Gong-shil. Hence all the convenient excuses that keep up his assy facade.

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And to think I got so excited. Tsk tsk. I should know better then that. It's never that easy. Thanks for recap and clearing it up JB! :)

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I can't wait for his jealousy to grow. Cos now he knows that she gropes him only to get away from ghosts and not because she likes him. He has also witnessed her being shy in front of Kang Woo, which is a giveaway that she likes him as a woman...

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the best part of this scene is the Secretary's face. anyway, thanks to this character i kinda like the ajushi now

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I would love to watch this show but the ghosts are just too scary! I couldnt even watch Arang and the Magistrate because it was a little dark. So thankyou so much for recapping this show! I hope it will continue to get better with each episode because I really dont want Hong sisters to have another flop tv series.

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so fast!!!! thank you
i confess i only liked epis 1 and 2, but epi 3??? OMG i'm in loveeeeeeee
sjs owns my heart, and he with tgs??? best chemistry best interactions ever!!! must be one of my faves couples, i adore them together... i would be happy just watching them together, plus he looks so hot!!! plus the posibilities of epi 4... why isn't it tomorrow night right now????

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to be honest, I like Who Are You? better, cause it is scarier.
these ghosts aren´t scary at all.
btw I just read some interesting things about the dead in Siberian cultures. gonna share tomorrow on open thread, kind of a long story. then you can see the ghosts we´ve seen for now have nothing in comparison.

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plus, it is way too Beetlejuice, and I love Beetlejuice, but it is one of a kind

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I must admit that I am having a hard time choosing between the 2 dramas.

Both drama`s lack what the other drama has in abundance. While Master`s sun is funny with crackling chemistry between the 2 main leads that I just can`t get enough of + Seo in gook(lol) I just can`t get into the ghosts that are so obvious that they are computer animated. The ghost story of the episode is pretty weak too. In Who are you the ghost stories so far are the best(!), totally awesome with the boyfriend coming in too, and I like the main characters but have yet to see some real chemistry between them. So I`m pretty undecided and can`t believe anyone else has not commented on this lol.

Am I really the only one who feels this way????

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Agree. The ghost stories are way more developed and fleshed out in Who Are you than they are here. I'm only going to dock Master's Sun a few points because they're setting out for more laughs than they are in mystery. That said, i still think that the ghost stories in Master's Sun are laughably simple and amateurish. Something highschool kids could write. The fact that these stories literally last an episode makes it all the less interesting (for me, personally). Even in cyrano, they dedicated atleast 2-3 episodes for a couple, so they gave me time to care. Here, i don't even care. It's all just very predictable. Girl discovers her lover cheated and is distracted into a car accident. Before that, it was an outcast that ended up in -- wait -- a car accident. For the soccer story, an illness. As if car accidents and illnesses weren't so prevalent already in k-dramaland. Hong sisters need to get just a bit more creative. Short, shallow, sappy stories every episode is going to bug me.
I get that these stories are only supposed to work around our characters and so they could grow. But i find myself zoning out for most of their ghost stories (except for the laughs and cute). I swear, if it wasn't for the awesome chemistry and skinship that results from these foolish stories, i would be so detached watching Master's Sun.

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You said it all! Exactly what I was thinking before I read your comments. Hong sisters need to step up...I really feel the ghost stories are so mehhh... lazy written, shallow, predictable and disappointed. I continue to watch only bcoz of SJS and GHJ...and to see the recap + all the comments here!

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LOL! True about the car accidents. What i'm waiting for is for vengeful former would-have-been-married fiance to get her scheming started. I keep wondering why the Hong sisters are holding back on her finding out who ruined her wedding plans.

I generally hate overplotting and flaky unnecessary subplots but right now the only subplot we know is with hottie roommate and even then we don't really know what's going on. I wouldn't call the guy who has a crush on Barista a full-fledged subplot either. So am waiting for some evil second lead shenanigans...as long as hero doesn't buy into the lies.

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Nope you're not alone! I've got the same sentiments and I still haven't decided which to devote to yet. Master's Sun has such cute and refreshing chemistry, but Who Are You has a more attractive storyline. I'll prolly stick arnd to see if both have any progress on their more deficient sides before making the decision.

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I tend to agree that Who Are You is scarier, though the beginning sequence in this episode with the creepy Ring-warping is the first ghost that has truly freaked me out in Master's Sun, and on the flip side the last two episodes of Who Are You haven't been scary at all, though they weren't really going for it. I'm enjoying but not heavily investing in both shows; as has been said, they both have different strengths.

Who Are You has a stronger mystery in its premise and takes a far more serious tone in its ghosts, though similarly none of them ultimately hurt Shi On. However, the leads (the living ones, at least) have a younger brother/older sister vibe and no romantic chemistry, though if you think about it, that doesn't make much sense because Shi On was actually the younger of the two when she entered her coma, so mentally she should actually be the younger one now. Also, the lack of forensic police work and the sheer luck for the cases is flabbergasting. (Did no one look up after that girl was thrown off the roof? Why did they chop up the body instead of just cremating it all at once?) As is her luck in not getting killed many times over already in the show despite being whacked in the head multiple times, drugged, and almost buried alive, and we're only on episode 6.

Master's Sun is all about the OTP so far. The ghost stories are throwaway, the second male lead is too mysterious to really know, and the second female lead is the usual Hong Sisters stuck-up... person. Though I can't imagine she's going to be an even bigger problem than seeing dead people, and SJS isn't set up to have any interest in her. Her interactions with Kang Woo in this one could prove interesting later.

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Honestly, I don't see why we have to choose between the two dramas. Why not enjoy both for what they are? That's what I'm doing. I like both dramas for their strong points.

I LOOOVE the chemistry between the leads in Master's Sun, and this is coming from someone who pines for the second lead! (I adore you Yoon Yoon Jae but you gotta step up your game if you want me on your ship. ^^)

The storyline is really picking up steam in Who Are You? now that the dead boyfriend has made his appearance. I think it's a bit early for the leads to be falling for each other so we'll still have to wait to see if they have any chemistry.

I'm enjoying the dramas, but I agree that if the plot starts to falter I'll start fast-forwarding to couple scenes. No need to put myself through torture if I don't have to. :)

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No, you are not. Excact my sentiments.
I'm surprised how much I like Who Are You and will watch MS till the bitter end just for SJS and KHJ.

But my new crack is Two Weeks.

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I don't think they are supposed to be scary. This is looking more and more like a bit of a parody of many of the past ghosty-type shows. Either that or they just have a really bad makeup artist.

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they just havent decided where they wanna go, wthere the laugh out funny kind or creepy

I just think it is a stew of little bit of everything.

thats why in my story the ghosts are primarily absurd and cracking funny. and kind of...underdogs. but still very much dead. but a select few are creepy as hell.

I think that is it. there should be the pathetic pitiful harmless ghosts and then some crazyass heart-stopping ones. just 1 -2

I think when it comes to chemistry in Masters sun it is more fake than in Who are you, I see a lot in there in fact. but it is held back by Shi-On´s ...well...by the grasp the ghosts have over her while in masters sun, they dont seem to stop the heroine from being very, ahem. clingy even without ghosts around.

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ah one other thing: do all the ghosts really disappear at the latest in 40 days? why is that a rule anyway, it is so easy to change made up rules right?
I think it would be hilarious if some ghost was from Goryeo.

or lets have a time travelling ghost! a fusion of two latest trends! and then it swaps....no wait a ghost can´t swap bodies cause it hase none. it swaps...or it is a child-king and has a noona-crush on a modern living, um... politician who he thinks is a modern day princess. but oh, then his also dead older royal step-brothers ghost shows up. and they start possessing politicians one by one but the "princess" hates all of them. and she is actually an undercover agent...

oh man what would happen if you let redfox write dramas. craziness all around and twice over.

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hmmm, maybe it is a bit of a parody, I guess. I think you're right... If it were up to me then I think it would have been funnier if they had actually ripped off famous ghost movies in each ep lol but what the hell do I know?? I don't even watch that many ghost horror movies.
Also @ feather, I guess you're right... And I am definitely going to stick to both anyway :p

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I think other than parody, it would have been funnier with more interaction between the ghost and Gong-shil...

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What this series reminds me of so far is Pushing Daisies.

The damage is horrific but the makeup is cheesy and the actual dead person is more sympathetic than scary.

It's like the Hong Sisters liked the show, but changed 'they must never touch' to 'touch at least once per ep!!'

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I can take them both, I think. Who are you? feels a lot more plaintive...weeping dead boyfriend and all. But Gong Shil's flakiness and stress gives a twist on the I see dead people genre. In Who are You? the heroine is afraid then learns to accept her gift. In Master's Sun there is no silly crap about accepting the gift. She sees that she can help the world but she doesn't care. Her life is being destroyed and she needs some sleep..one would almost feel that she is more on the edge of a nervous breakdown than WAY?'s heroine? I haven't seen weariness and ghost-seeing-caused-neuroses played for laughs ever, i think.

And that a childlike woman needs a man to protect her from bogeymen and ghosties....and yet she is not aegyo in the "sane" pleasant way k-drama guys generally like......well, it so reminds me of our basic desire for safety, and a safe person. The concept is so oldfashioned and retro that I'm kinda liking it. For lack of a better way to say it: her aegyo is REAL.

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yeah, that part I like, too. my problem is with that ghost graffiti they drew all over the place. they are so colorful and stuff. WAY? ghosts are also...with less color. see-though-er. dont get me wrong, I am not choosing ghosts that scare me more. I am choosing which I would prefer seeing. it is like plastic vs. silk. I choose the silken ghosts.
that said, I only look MS to take screencaps of Ji Sub. and say out loud: "she is SO weird!!!! she is weirder than me!!!"

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I keep calling her grumpy cat. The funny thing is that both these dramas have had ghosts that scare me...weird make-up or not. I'm probably really susceptible at night. But i think it's the way MS's heroine reacts to the ghosts...they're pests! None of the ghosts in either drama seem out to hurt anyone...so it's the reactions of the heroines that affect me most.

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My favorite part of the episode was Gong-shil trying to hide the Kleenex from Kang Woo by scraping them behind her with the boxed foot. It perfectly encapsulated her being embarrassed and then not being able to do anything about it. I love her character to pieces!

I am finding it hard to get behind SJS in this role because he sounds so much like Cha Seung-won. CSW's character in Best Love is potentially my least favorite of the Hong sisters, so I find it particularly grating. All in all, though, I am enjoying the series.

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I'm curious. Do you speak or understand Korean?

Other folks have made the same point about the similarity of SJS here to CSW in Best Love. I saw Best Love and love CSW even though he was over the top from time to time. However I'm not picking up on the copycatting that others are seeing/hearing.

So I was wondering if it was a native speaker's sensitivity versus a sub-title reader's lack of awareness of nuance.

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It's definitely a language thing. They don't have similar mannerisms or physical acting similarities, but the line delivery is uncannily similar. So Ji-sub clips his sentences and uses a similar cadence, and the thing is that Dokko Jin had such a specific and distinctive way of talking. So it sticks out.

It's not unlike a comedian doing an impersonation of a famous person - the people may not look at all alike, but a few phrases and deliveries can really drive the point home.

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Thanks for explaining.

I guess I would need more familiarity with the language, like recognizing where one word ends and a new one begins, to recognize the similarity.

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Thanks javabeans for the insight, for these things can't really be picked up by someone who doesn't understand Korean :DDDDD

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I agree - I've never seen So Ji Sub act before, so I'd wondered if he normally speaks this way or if he intended to mimic Dokko Jin.

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It's true that they have similarities in delivering the sentences, and even the way they watch the girl (the look in the eyes) but, even if I'm not a fun of SJS, I like him better (I did not enjoy too much Best love).

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I need to say this too: I don't like the actress playing his aunt - she speaks like a teacher, I feel like watching a documentary film.

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I am also seeing CSW when SJS speaks.
I agree that he needs to find his own voice sooner than later. They are NOT the same character on paper; he could try to stretch in another direction.

I did love the build up and his reaction when he unlocked the trunk instead of the car doors, though. I LOL'ed and saw a distinct JJW in that moment. I hope he plays up the angle of proud but still bumbling angle more. It gives us something to root for with him.

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This show just creeps me out!! I still have chills..yet I continue to watch it! Those ghosts are sooooo scary.

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That's why I read recaps on DB first before I start watching. I usually remember which parts to cover my eyes.

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i'm really glad that So Ji Sub made a rom-com now. he's been always serious in his past dramas & movies. i'm just a little disappointed that his partner here is Gong Hyo Jin. no offense meant but he is more beautiful than the lead actress..

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He is one of the most handsome guys in dramaland, hands down. Still, I think it's great that they're paired off together: they look good and they have an awesome chemistry. Even if Gong Hyo Jin isn't as "conventionally pretty" as other actresses, she is rocking this role. (And pretty much every role I've seen her in). Isn't it better to have her than to have a beautiful actress "up to" So Ji Sub's "beauty standard" but who can't act for s---t?

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Amen, sister. I think Gong Hyo-jin is a great actress, and I'm glad she's not a carbon copy of all the mannequin-faced plastic "beauties" out there. Plus their chemistry is suh-mokin'. And the characters haven't even fallen in love yet!

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Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Some might think that SJS is handsome. Others may think that he is not as handsome as you think, esp. now that he is older.
GongHJ is a fantastic actress and perfect for this role. SJS is perfect as Prince Icy-Assy. Who is too handsome or pretty for whom isn't meaningful.

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You know, I never look like at beauty when it comes to acting. If the acting is great and brought the character to life, I could care less of the beauty. Gong Hyo Jin does a fantastic job at playing Taeyang: the quirky, weird, yet lovable character. I know alot of ppl don't consider Hyo Jin as a beauty but to me, she is one. If you watch the chemistry between the two leads, you will definitely fall in love. I think the chemistry is the strongest factor of why we love this drama (or so I think.) :D

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Same here, I never look at beauty, male or female, when deciding whether or not I admire/enjoy an actor's performance. There are lots of pretty young things out there who can't get off my screen fast enough because the only thing they know how to do is act cute and have about as much depth as a kiddie pool. Plus, I like actors and actresses to look like real people, not like the after picture on their plastic surgeon's wall.
That being said, what I am really looking for is that perfect confluence of actor and part - when a good actor can really get into the groove because the part speaks to him or her - and, hence, to me.

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So agree with everyone who is defending Gong Hyo-Jin's deep talent over superficial "prettiness."

Gong Hyo-Jin is very attractive, but attractiveness makes ho sense for the character at this point in the script. At this point Gong-Shil is perpetually sleep deprived, poor from not being able to sustain employment, badly dress in the uniform of a janitor, and in sustained terror from being chased by demanding ghost. Even the most beautiful actress in the world, if they wanted to convey a sense of verisimilitude, would have the make-up people tone down the beauty.

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I agree with the other commenters too. I love SJS and GHJ. I dunno because I am not korean but don`t most korean women look more like GHJ anyway???? My best friend looks like her but I guess it`s rude to generalize. BUT at the same time it`s comments like yours tht make naturally beautiful women go under the knife.

My motto that I think you should share with me is ``If I have nothing nice to say I should not say anything at all`` :) No offense meant :)

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In my case, beauty is also important, and when I read about the main actress I was worried, because in that drama where she was a teacher I couldn't really like her.
BUT I think she is pretty in this, therefore (and I think it's not the first time I say this in this site) the personality of the character is what makes me think a person is more or less pretty, just like real life. And chemistry helps, too!

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But gong hyo jin is the best in rom kom I think..at 1st I don't like her coz for me she's not pretty.. I watch pasta..it was a gooodd drama but then why the lead actress look so shabby..but after I watch her in the greatest love.. I kinda okay and she's good in her own style.. I mean at least she's funny but gentle at the same time..that's make her unique.. and so ji sub? Wahh I ♥♥♥ him after won bin so im okay with ur comment then.. haha

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I think it's very good to have differing tastes on physical appearances.
I'm actually the opposite of you though -- i find So Ji Sub not really my bag(stiff-looking, but not stiff in acting?), whereas i find Gong Hyo Jin seriously beautiful. I'm not even saying that because she's not a k-actress cookie cutter and that she's a natural or whatever. I really do find her pretty. Her face is captivating and cute. She could pull off all sorts -- sexy, beautiful, pretty, cute -- if she wanted to. And her stellar performance as the heroine just elevates her appeal.
I don't think many other k-actresses can pull of this kind of role and not come off as a bit annoying.

I really want to enjoy so ji sub's performance, but somehow i can't find myself immersed into his character, and all i see is rather so ji sub playing a dokko-jin like character.

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I tend to get into characters first then actors, so suffice to say, if I'm not physically attracted to you on the get-go, it's going to highly anchor on your performance and character portrayal. If the reverse happens, say physical attraction is there but I'm not feeling the character at all, I would likewise be coming in the show with less vested interest (for e.g., I find SIG pretty hot but there's just too little growth in MS at the moment for my interest to be cemented).

Which brings me to TGL - I didn't find GHJ or CSW particularly pretty and hot at first BUT they sold me on their characters, elevating my interests in them to MOUNT EVEREST level of skyrocketing highness (I sat through City Hall for CSW). OR LBY as HS in IHYV, damn, homegirl looks like every korean actress in the industry but her character portrayal made me a hugge fan. OR HJH in White Christmas (and to a smaller extent, KWB).

SJS is definitely pretty good-looking but I just can't seem to connect with him in MS. To be fair, it probably has quite a far bit to do with the writing of his character.

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Oh and another example. JWS's character in Athena was such a washboard of a character that I paid zero attention to him - after all, I only picked it up for CSW after I completed TGL and even then I couldn't finish it cos' it was so unbearably boring.

And then I caught eye of Padam Padam's awesome cinematography and decided to give it a try without realizing the lead was the same one in Athena and BAM! interest in JWS went up 10000 notches higher, mmmm. Dude's now a sexy beast in my eyes, alright.

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Characters being interesting and strong actors is more important to me any looks. Cha Seung Won is a style model and the most handsome man i have seen in Korean films,tv but it doesnt matter because i adore him for his acting ability.

Gong Hyo Jin is not as beautiful as say Kim Sun Ah another romantic drama great actress, she is very pretty but doesnt matter when she plays her characters so well that you forget she often plays characters written as a candy.

This series so far is fun,entertaining to me because of the chemistry between lead characters, lead actors. Not much else has happened but i enjoy it because the lead characters are the quality you expect from Hong sisters.

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I liked Kim Sun Ah a lot better before she got so much work done. She is now a lot more conventionally beautiful than she used to be, but to me it has made her much, much less interesting. Her face has lost some of its mobility, a common occurrence with plastic surgery.

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So Ji Sub is playing a Dokko Jin type because annoying, cool good looking rich guy is an old cliche of rom-coms. Dokko Jin was just the best version plus he was funny.

Its not the actors fall the writers redid the character with less humor.

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I don't choose my dramas based on how handsome or pretty the actors are - I have seen far too many of the Flower Boy & Flower Girl types that are just simply not good. For example, in "Her Legend", Son Eun Seo is beautiful, but I don't think her acting is near as good as Gong Hyo-Jin in this one.

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That's right - it's always story/interest in subject matter before actors. Then acting chops. Of course, sometimes we try dramas because our biases are in it, but if it doesn't fulfil the basic requirements then it's a definite bye bye.

In short, talent >>>>>>>>> looks. Physical attraction is only skin deep, really. The actors I find sizzlingly hot are often the ones who are talented and managed to sell their characters via their acting chops. They might not be conventionally good-looking - and if they are, it's icing on the cake but not fundamental.

With that said, I personally think it's better for actors to look as versatile as possible and not be overtly good-looking (if so, they must be willing to forgo their image, e.g., Christian Bale) because it's way easier for them and the audience to immerse in their different roles.

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There is also the tradition of many of the stars in korea has done operation to fix face, nose etc long before they were famous. You can fix your teeth like my fav male actor Cha Seung Won did but it didnt make him the strong,versaitle actor he is.

The only time i care about the looks is when i fall for a character because the actor made me care for he/she.

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I enjoyed this episode more than the first two, I like how she hug him. but I still can't re-watch it. I watched it with my 10 years old and we both screamed throughout the episode so thanks for the limited screencaps of the ghosts Javabeans, really appreciated.

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For me the hugging scene is the highlight too.
I could replay it over and over again without getting bored.

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Thanks for the recap.

I'm glad you think Gong-Shil's alcohol consumption was accidental.

I assumes the gossipy security guard was being an ass and spiked Gong-Shil's drink which had my blood boiling.

Looks like we have two couples, each with it's own arrogant, smug in need of deflating ass, instead of a triangle. To me that's twice the pleasure.

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I think when he was doing the bomb drink on all the drinks, he did it Gong-shil's coke by accident. He had an "oh crap! She didn't want the alcohol!" look for a second. And then instead of getting her a new coke, he just decided that the alcohol couldn't hurt and handed her the spiked drink.

Good thing he isn't in the restaurant business.

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Thank for clarifying.

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Think it was the sneaky look he had after GS downed her drink (director decided to cut to his expression for some reason) that sort of confused people.

Initially I thought he did it by accident and then after that look, I thought it might be on purpose? But I pretty sure it's the former.

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i actually like that guy when he was the lawyer ex in CWGM. he's quite good as a supporting cast.

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I was getting tired of the 1 Ghost per ep pattern, cos that made the series similar to the Ghost Whisperer. Besides Gong HJ, I watch this for the cute, and ghostly interactions aren't cute.

And since I don't know the woman who just died nor her mother, her husband's betrayal doesn't let me feel much of anything. So I'm happy that by the end of this ep, the ghost story has some direction relation to the OTP.

She seems possessed. I'm looking fwd to seeing Gong HJ play a woman possessed by JW's GF in teenage. She should be hilarious! Plus it'll melt that assy facade of the Ice Prince. SoJS not be assay-icy should be sth to behold, no? ;)

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Not meaning to be speculative or predictive here, because I don't know anyone who is more consistently incorrect about where a drama is going than me.

The uncle interest me. So far the role is pointless and brings nothing to the story. The Aunt's reminder of the rules of their relationship was interesting in it's placement. I wonder if plotwise that particular ghost story times into the dynamics of Joong-Won's kidnapping. One-Shoe's husband needed to do two murders to get to the ultimate pot of gold. The mother and daughter were the only ones left in the mother's family.

I'm not sure that Joong-Won and his aunt have other living relatives beside the uncle.

So glad to see Kim Mi-Kung in a pretty high status role.

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Yeah, glad to see KimMK has a chance/role to get all dolled up, for once!

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Thanks for recapping this!

Back to kdrama watching after months of watching British dramas and old 90s shows on netflix. Of course, I have to check out the Hong sisters' newest offering!

The Master's Sun isn't really the crack that I was hoping for, but I do enjoy watching it a lot. I'm liking the ghost-of-the-episode format since it fills out the drama pretty nicely and gives it a nice jdrama feel.

I liked the first two ghost stories - they got me crying. The cheated-on wife ghost story didn't really touch me, but I really like the scene where Gong-shil tried to confront the cheating, murderous husband and was basically looked at like some crazy person. We finally get to witness one of the very public consequences of the ghost-seeing curse.

I love Gong-shil and I love Gong-shil together with Joong-won. I also have trouble feeling absorbed into So Ji Sub's performance. It reminds me too much of Cha Seung won's performance in Best Love, but I think Dokko Jin was eccentric and unique enough for the weird delivery to work. I wonder if Joong-won has a reason for adopting this way of speaking since his younger self seems to speak normally.

The second female lead was given some interesting screentime in this episode. I hope she'll end up more lovable frenemy than enemy since I like her chemistry with Seo In Guk.

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I know they are pretty famous, but I am not that big a fan of the Hong sisters. A lot of their work, especially the more recent stuff seems to be repeating a lot of the same old themes. I am watching this, but of those dramas that I am keeping up with now, it is not in first place (but neither is it last).

I would place it as:
1. Not as good as "2 Weeks".
2. A little better than "Good Doctor"
3. Not quite as good as ISYG (but mainly because Yoona is back with a vengeance)
4. About equal to "Her Legend"
5. Not quite as good as "Who Are You"
6. 8997 times better than YTBLSS
7. About equal to "Town Doctor Jumbo" (which also uses that "crisis of the week theme".

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In terms of 'Not quite as good as 'Who Are You'' I assume you are talking about the writing; the acting so far has been, as expected, a bit pedestrian.

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Yes, plot, themes, writing, directing - but not acting. I think that GHJ is great, but not sure that will be enough to carry this show yet.

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I caught WAY but dropped it after one and a half ep. Mainly because the way the female lead's written - I find it incredibly hard to believe that she was/is a cop. And this observation occurred within the first few mins of the raid that left her ex dead.

And the encounter with her shrink at the end? Her emotional response to him was so... unbelievably un-cop-like, for a lack of a word. Everything about her screams I-am-just-a-normal-civilian. And WAY isn't romcom at all so...

I know there have been many complaints about the main dude's acting - while it veered on annoying and OTT at times, he remained in character so I wasn't really affected by him so much so as the female lead. I don't blame the actress though.

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If they had experienced actors with good chemistry for Who Are You, i would ultimately prefer that over Master's Sun.
I am still watching both side to side, but Master's Sun trumps Who Are You simply in the OTP aspect.

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I am not wild about WAY, but find it watchable. To be honest, there is not really much on my "can't miss" list that is currently airing except ISYG, and that is mainly because I need to see what happens now that the twin sisters figured out they are twins. But to be honest, even on that one you could probably skip episodes 6 through 15 and not miss much - it started off kind of slow.

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What is ISYG? Thanks!

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"I Summon You Gold". One of the 50 episode long weekend dramas. It is up to ep38 now. I don't usually get into the long series dramas, but for some reason got hooked on it. It has been compared to YTBLSS (Lee Soon Shin), but I think it is much better, as most of the characters actually have more than one dimension. Some people have complained about it not having a clear cut OTP, but that is one of the things I like about it. In most dramas, by the first 20 minutes or so you will know who will get together at the end - in ISYG, at 80% done, that is still up in the air.

I think one reason it is not quite as popular here is that it is not as available on the streaming sites as most dramas. Hulu and Gooddrama dot net have it, but most others do not. And some folks simply don't care for it I suppose, much like I hate saeguk dramas.

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I actually watched the first two episodes of ISYG. I think the actress looks very similar to suzy when she's playing the rich girl version. The resemblance is uncanny.
I can't really stick it through family dramas due to pacing and makjang elements, but i somewhat enjoyed the little bit that i saw.

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Haha. I was like "What's ISYG? I See Your Ghost? Is that a new ghost drama." thanks to Windsun33 it's "I summon you gold".

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:) Actually, "I See Your Ghost" would have been a good title for this one.

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Wow, you're following a lot of kdramas! Yeah the Hong Sisters' more recent stuff haven't been as good as their early works. While they've been sort of blah in the buffet of kdrama offerings, they're still enjoyable in the genre of rom-coms. I see their work as a sort of comfort food- maybe except for Big's last few episodes- and look forward to any new stuff they offer.

I've read the recaps for 2 Weeks so far and plan to marathon it.

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This show is playing me like a violin. I know it's familiar and that he is Cha Seung-won Lite here, but damn if it's not tons of fun. I like that SJS is a bit more subdued than Cha's brash juvenile attitude, and acts all bashful when she's "scaring" him. Also how Gong makes every line sound so flirty when she just wants a ghost-proof, muscle-y teddy bear, damn it! Moar cuddling!

Kang-woo intrigues me, because my first impression was that he's Hee-joo's younger brother, and then I thought he was some kind of Men in Black dude undercover, and now I'm factoring in the possibility that he's working for this new Giant Mall. No idea so far. Hopefully the show doesn't devolve into business takeover shit.

As for the other second lead, she hasn't made herself hateful yet, but I wish they'd come up with another angle for that slot- what about giving the best friend more time? Or having Yi-ryung become the actual surprise best friend, like in I Hear Your Voice? That was sooooo refreshing.

(You see my exasperation with love ballads? Remember back in ep 1 when the soccer dude was tearfully saying goodbye to his ghost GF amidst gorgeous instrumentals? Isn't that so much better than someone else wailing a crescendo in the background? Isn't it?)

I never finished the previous Drama That Must Not Be Named, so I'm probably a little less jaded than you. I understand your reservations, but I still find myself holding out hope that this one will turn out to be a keeper.

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Favorite surprise second lead best friend

Ice-cream in Protect The Boss.

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I loved Ice-Cream! :D

I don't even know her actual name because that's what I called her the entire drama. LOL

I'd love it if that's what they did here! Second leads become so much more endearing that way and the Hong Sisters really need to add more layers to their other characters instead of pouring all their work in the leads. That way I'll be able to tell the difference between 2nd leads and card-board cut-outs of them. Completely flat.

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Totally.

That's why i loved PTB -- side characters that serve as meta and broke k-drama character tropes. And also, they made me laugh literally every episode. It's actually one of my favorite rom coms if not the favorite if you consider it for what it is. Romantic and Funny. Hilariously funny.
I think the only times where the "bitch" at the beginning ended up being a surprise best friend was in IHYV and PTB. There are probably other ones that end up neutral or passive, but i'd say the ones that really hit it home were Seo Do Yeon and Seo Na Yoon.

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I guess I should actually finish watching PTB, huh? I watched the first episode or two and then got side-tracked, but I should know by now that sometimes k-dramas have to spin their wheels a bit before they really get going.

Also, I didn't realize I wanted more BBTBF's (Bitchy But True Best Friends) until I saw it in I Hear Your Voice. I mean, those characters are always utterly terrible and generally one-dimensional, but giving them their own arcs and having them turn good is such a great solution. (Also I love that it hinted that she and straight-laced lawyer would hook up, but didn't feel the need to tie it off with a bow.)

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I just wanted to say thank you for recapping this. It strangly puts a goofy smile on my face when I read them.

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love this show very much....
i want the next recap.....
plez......
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i love this show, can't wait for more!!

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just watching coz of the amazing chemistry btn the leads...which is hard to find among young actors these days..
they r not even trying now what happens when the actual romance starts...looking fwd to that...

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I'm really enjoying this drama, and only found scary two ghosts in episode 1. Though it seems that the only thing that sticks in my brain is our OTP, I couldn't remember the famous woman at all and when she went out of the hospital I felt confusion for seeeveral seconds.

But I have question about Seo In-Gook non related to the plot: why does he look different from Answer me 1997? Does he look more adult or just more thin? I'M NOT CRITICIZING HIM AT ALL, it's just that his face features look somehow different and I can't figure out exactly why, and that distracts me from the show.

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Yes he lost weight.

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I don`t think he looks different but I loadz of people have been saying that so I dunno *shruggs*

But have you guys noticed that they cut SJS`s exactly like Cha-seung won`s hair style in the Greatest Love????

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He lost quite a bit of weight. (I'm not his fan so I can't say why.) His face looks kind of drawn, almost gaunt, to me now, tbh.

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Somebody needs to give that boy a sandwich. He reminds me of Hyun Bin or Kim Bum, who have both gone towards that starvingly gaunt look at certain times.

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Really love this episode. I have to admit, among the first three episodes, this was perhaps a little bit creepy and scary, must I say. I wish the story of the heel would have been better but it did help out the two leads' relationships. And the possessed at the end? That was awesome. I am looking forward tomorrow.

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Hello Jb!

. I have to admit I find his performance a little too close to Cha Seung-won’s in Best Love to get absorbed in his portrayal fully; it feels a bit mimicked, with his clipped delivery and line readings.

I have to disagree.

The only reason I could not watch best love: CSW character and acting.

I really could not stand him and his acting. I thought he was trying too hard and I could not see his character well. It wasn't because of his character but acting, IDK.

SJS character is an ass too, however I find him more bearable than CSW, maybe is SJS voice? lol IDK.

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CSW seemed to me to be going all out for OTT Comic asshole. SJS here has a steel rod up his behind. Both are giant pains, but I don't get the same vibe from them.

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I agree. I see shades of CSW's character in SJS, but SJS is less childlike and spoiled in his behavior than CSW. Plus CSW walked a fine line that he sometimes fell to the wrong side of, so I'm glad SJS has toned it down a little. I find SJS to be more like Hyun Bin in Secret Garden, who would do outlandish things while still sounding like he was being totally reasonable.

Granted, I still ate Best Love up like cake, but I totally understand your issues with it.

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nuh uh. I loved Best Love. CSW was the best in that. I`m sick of watching tame performances. I love CSW`s performance cus he was trying to act like a cold, cool guy he normally was but ended up showing the softie he was inside leading to hilarious, wacky situations. And while SJS is similar, which I think is a bad thing for him cuz he needs to carve his own, I`m ALLLLLLL for the best Love part 2 :P

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To add another perspective to the pot: I was gonna comment last week that SJS seemed like he was imitating CSW in City Hall (as the proud-to-be-an-asswad Jo Guk). Definitely some similarities to assy Dokko Jin as well, but without being OTT. Again, while watching this episode, I got the impression a couple of times that SJS was mimicking CSW in his line delivery, and I was pleased to read JB's observation.

I wasn't expecting SJS to knock my socks off with his acting (though if he did, I would give them to Joong Won!), so I'm not really disappointed by it. I expect him to loosen up more as his character does and am really looking forward to that.

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One point in defense of CSW/DKJ portrayal in TGL - he had to go larger-than-life because his character was essentially written as a caricature of a haughty, two-faced prince of narcissism to whom fame and face (not literally) were things he held VERY dear to his (mechanical) heart. That plus his backstory about being stuck in hospital since god-knows-when made it believable that his emotional growth was equally paused at, was it 7yo? Can't remember. It was a pretext served to highlight the ludicrous two-faced world of celebverse, so while it was OTT at points, it served a logical purpose.

Same with GHJ's character in MS. Some of her mannerisms as ghost-seeing GS were OTT for good reason because it highlights the crazy-ass situation and make it somewhat believable.

That's the problem I have with SJS's character. He doesn't have to emulate CSW in any way for his performance (and I hope he stops) because his assery is far more grounded in realism, than say GS or DKJ - not saying that he has to tug her hair or be physical. He needs to find that subtlety to portray his assholic JW. Fast.

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Thanks for the recap! Hm, the drama isn't addicting at the moment, but I'm really enjoying the lead couple! I can't wait till he warms up to her! :)

Btw, "Ha, now I’m picturing the Hulk. She turned into a parrot for Best Love; what does Master’s Sun have in store?"

^ I watched Best Love, but I don't get the reference... can someone please explain? Didn't she dress up as a frog? Thanks in advance!

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Do click on the link, which leads to Best Love episode 9.

When Ae Jung (GHJ) was drunk, Jin talked to her. She repeated his sentences back to him, hence a parrot. :)

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If you click on the link, it redirects you to Episode 9 of Best Love. There was a scene in which Ae Jung (Gong Hyo Jin) was drunk. Whatever questions Dokko Jin asked her, she parroted it back. In a way, she answered his questions though she was just drunkenly repeating certain key words from his questions.

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"She turned into a parrot for Best Love"

Parrots = repeating your words = Goo Ae Jung when drunk

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Thanks for answering me everyone! I guess I took it literally like her dressing as a parrot. Thanks for the clarification! :)

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thanks for the recap...really enjoy this drama..no matter if other people dont like this drama much,but im still on it..have a nice day!

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Im loving it. I want more! The ending for this episode was awesome. I looove when she talks to the ghost but we dont see it ( like when she says shh with her finger) i love love the character and Gong hyo jin is awesome (and pretty,at least for me).
I like the ghosts because they are really simple but im always curious at their stories. They dont scare me but the make up and cgi department do a good job.

Thank you for the recap!

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I enjoy So Ji Sub character he has been playing too serious character but this is totally different.

First time watching GHJ acting and I think she is fantastic in making people fall in love with her.

Hopefully the plot will be good. So far I find it okay, but slightly slower in pace and it can add more excitement. Instead of the ghost thing, I hope to explore more on GHJ character. She was a top student but yet the backstory of her being able to see ghost is not that convincing to me.

In kook character is also interesting but I wish he have more interaction with TGS.

*finger crossed* hopefully the hong sisters will surprise us with this

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I dont watch who are you? Bcoz I dont want to watch so I dont think I want to compare this 2 drama together..I mean so ji sub vs taecyeon? Of course so ji sub...
But one thing I hate is I HATE HORROR STORY and I live alone.. so I hate the way the ghostly thing make me scared..for the anti horror movie like me, the ghost seriously scary..but for the horror movie lovers you guys might say it's nothing...
But still im curious what character so ji sub play in this horror rom-kom drama since he's famous for his serious character..so push myself..just hoping that I can sleep at night peacefully with the light off without thinking bout the high heel lady.. huhu
Thanks dramabeans for the recaps..

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I am absolutely loving this show so far and I have high hopes that it will only get better from here on out! love the leads' chemistry; ms Gong Hyo Jin is jus love~ :D and there is nothing to complain about when it comes to So Ji Sub!!! Although I dont think this drama will top The Greatest Love, I somehow believe that in the end it will have its own special place in my fave dramas list haha however, deep down I am praying I am proven wrong and that this drama rocks my world, after all we are only at ep 3~
thanks for the recap JB, fighting~!!!

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It's hard not to miss Dokko Jin. So many similarities, from Joo Joong-won's suits, tone of voice, prickly arse mannerism, animated hands, just to name a few. I suppose the only difference between Dokko Jin vs. Joo Joong-won is that JW has a "Kingdom" and he wears Georgian-like clothing, in particular the very last scene reminisce of Regency era fashion.

The best scene for ep.03 is a toss up between the very last possessed body scene or GS mimicking her ghostly acquaintances in front of JW.

The only scene I'm peeved about is a hospital scene when the cheating husband appears to identify his late wife's body. OK, I'm no Scotland Yard, but wasn't the wife announced dead at the scene? C'mon, they even took her away all covered up in the ambulance. So why the heck do we have extras, the nurse, posing in that scene as though they tried to resuscitate her in the hospital? Wasted frames.

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Actually it's not Dokko Jin I related the Joo Joong-won character to, at least not ONLY him, if you look closer he bears some resemblance also to Hyun Bin's Character in Secret garden: the brute frankness, the deadpan straight face while delivering absolutely hilarious things, the smile that never reaches the eyes, how he considers EVERYONE's IQ beneath him, and most of all the Dyslexia after trauma (huge echo to Bin's elevators phobia after yet another trauma) , it feels as if all the leading men from the Hong Sister dramas are copied from each other, I guess it can't be avoided since it's the same writer
But what I think makes Joong-won stands out is how he feigns interest & compassion & condescending while listening to people & then BAM... on goes the sarcastic smile & the assy attitude!
on another note I thinks the REAL curse the heroine suffers from is that she CARES, she gives a damn about what dead people think of how the must get their unfinished business done, she wouldn't be in such misery if she wasn't as compassionate, & that exactly is what freaks Joong-won out, because it's obvious that he also IS that kind of persons but he learned to be an ass after his betrayal, he earned it & he wasn't ready to let go of it especially not for a stinky haired crazy janitor!

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I nearly forgot about Secret Garden's male lead character. So JW is a fusion of both Dokko Jin and Kim Joo-won? Even better. :)

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I definitely picked up on the Hyun Bin resemblance. Ultimately, I think leaning toward Secret Garden is more believable. I rather like SJS's more subdued portrayal, but I still thoroughly enjoyed Cha Seung-won in Best Love.

I also agree about Gong-shil's real weakness. Her annoyance makes sense because the encounters are ruining her life (literally- I'm so glad Gong Hyo-jin is de-glamorizing for this), but it's heartwarming because she feels such sympathy for the dead. It says a lot about her as a person and a character- she's not flawless because she's reluctant, but she always comes around in the end. I love the symbolism of the ghosts being less scary-looking and free after they're exonerated.

I'm interested to see if Old Dead Girlfriend is actually evil, or just misunderstood in some way. Hopefully we get some actual evil ghosts in the mix along with the wronged ones.

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I like SJS'S portryal too, as for the delivery, I think Hyun Bin & CSW sound pretty similar in their delivery, they sound more or less theatrical, I don't understand Korean but I lean on the phonetics, especially at the endings of the lines
CSW is my favourite between the trio, but what was had me gladly surprised is the fact that I found out that SJS can actually act, I was yet to find his performance challenging because to me he always plays the same character, & my favourite among his work is Ghost to which I give credit to the plot not to his acting, I never though he could do comedy I was like 0.o when I first heard he'd play a self-mocking character so I'm happy that he didn't disappoint me, I'm all for the self-parodying & I think SJS is parodying a bit of all the heirs & cheobol of Dramaland
I also share your wish to have some really scary ghosts, I thinks the three girls story could have been much more deeper but I guess it was toned down on purpose to keep the lightness of the show, I want the show to wander to darker places but I don't think it would
& how about some foreigner ghosts, I think with the communication problems it would be hilarious!

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I'm worried about Tae GS. By helping the dead, she is making mortal enemies among the living. The dead seem to just use her and then leave. She has no protection. Will that evil husband e.g. put her in danger? Wish the dead would be less selfish.

Like SeoIG's portrayal of this Security Chief. He seems competent, no nonsense; you can almost see him as belonging to the Special Forces or sth. Who is he reporting to? The Uncle??

The Uncle sure is suspicious. Cos as sb said above, if he can only get rid of his wife and Master, all that fortune will be his.

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I have a feeling KW is reporting to JJW's dad who's travelling with a sea of Euro-Babes. XD

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A-ha! BINGO!!!! ^ , ^ v

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All I can say is SJS profile is hella beautiful. :D Wasn't very enthusiastic on episodes 1 and 2 but this episode made me fsiinally sit up and watch. Looking forward to tomorrows episode.

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The image of the ghost trying to run but hobbling instead 'cause of the single high heel cracked me up. But I rolled my eyes when I saw the set up-- who in the world runs for their life wearing one stiletto without taking the stiletto off in the process?

TMS isn't all I'd hoped it would be, but I agree that it deserves all the brownie points for this most delicious premise.

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This director likes to recycle his side actors.

So, the main reason i'm sticking with Master's Sun and finding it an entertaining ride is really just the shenanigans and aftermath of the ghosts stories -- stuff involving our hero and heroine in forced contact. Yes! Tons of skinship. Great chemistry. The ghost stories in of itself, not so much. I predict that hong sisters will be using ghost-of-week storylines until the bitter end. I could brush it aside, except these stories take up most of the episode. At least the pay offs with the OTP are worth it to stick it through. Word of advice to self: leave brain at the door.

So Ji Sub is veerrrrrry slowly (barely) captivating me as joong-won, although there is still plenty of episodes left for him to change my mind. Gong Hyo Jin is seriously the best( a biased opinion based on my current girl crush on her).

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I'm really enjoying this even though I'm a big scaredy cat myself. I just watch it during the day when it's still light outside.

I do end up getting all mushy when the ghosts can say their goodbyes to the loved ones.

Kang Woo is a shifty fellow, right now I'm thinking he's working with the people who kidnapped him when he was a teen and even possible be HJ's brother.

GHJ and SJS had wonderful chemistry. I was worried about him how would he be in a more lighter drama but he's great. I just love their bickering and the hugging <3

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hey u guys don't compare master sun with who are you? coz master sun is more to romantic comedy + horror . who are you is different more to fantasy, romance & mystery/horror

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I'm still wary enough to be afraid of a possible downward dive in plot/writing quality and I was never a fan of 'ghost of the week' BUT SJS and GHJ are so great together, I just hope this show turns out worthy of their awesomeness.

(also what is the guitar riff thingy at the end credits, I love it to death and it suits the tone of this show perfectly)

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Also, I'm not clear on the rules governing ghost behavior - how do they become solid enough to grab ankles and lose shoes that humans can then find, whole Gong-shil needs to do stuff like get them coffee and deliver their money, in other episodes?

(speaking of shoes, I love Joong-won's brogues at the start of the ep. Great PPL there, though it really can't get better for PPL than having your action set in a shopping mall owned by the hero)

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(damn the lack of edit button) I'm still not a fan of the second leads either, esp. female second lead and the would-be romance - Seo In-gook sells it, but the attempted pairing-up of them from Kim Yuri's end just feels so whatever.

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I do enjoy how frank and honest seo in gook's character is, even if he's not fully fleshed out yet. Hong sister's tend to leave their second leads flat.

Gotta give it to Hong sisters for incorporating PPL in thoughtfully, if not hilariously.

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I think what actually makes me like him is that plus the fact that he's not 100% honest, he's hiding something, and that gives him more edge than the standard second lead. (and I won't lie, if t wasn't for SJS I'd totally ship Kang-woo with Gong-shil, ha)

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Also, is this the shoe PPL episode? Ghost-girl's shoe, then Joong-won's spiffy brogues and Gong-shil's adorable floral sneakers...

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Speaking of brogues - Dune has a b&w pair of women's brogues that look almost exactly the same.:)

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While I love GHJ, I am not totally sold on this one yet. Lot's of inconsistencies, like having coffee with one ghost, and getting all panic at the next one. Somehow the plot line seems a bit rushed. If it does not get worse I will keep watching it - it is entertaining - but it also won't take much of a downturn for me to drop it.

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this is more like it!! I do love him
saying get lost, even if it is a little dokko jin-like. hoping it gets better. I still don't like the other ghost stories, although the one in this episode was better in getting them to interact more. gong hyo jin and so ji sub are great together

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I would so watch this if i weren't such a wimp TT__TT

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Great episode. There were some plot holes, but the story is interesting and the characters are so much fun (especially the interaction between the leads) that I just don't care that much.
The writers are really doing a great job. I can't believe that this drama, a comedy first drama, not a very serious one, beats Who are you at seriousness. The pacing is very good as well and the interaction between the leads is refreshing, since it's so out of the ordinary. I mean, we get skinship even though they aren't even properly in love yet. There is that "I dislike you, you get on my nerves" cliche, but since it's only the guy who thinks that way, it's completely different. I just love it. The Hong sisters are on the roll here... I just hope they don't screw it up too much.

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Er I don't think I am in for the ghost of a week story. But if they had to hire SJS why not make him smoulder? He looks so good doing it. And I actually prefer him like this. The Best Love was a bit too in-your-face for me.

But do they have to make the ghosts so ugly? It's a lesson in courage every episode when I have to watch the raw episode in the middle of the night. It's not good for my heart.

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