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Master’s Sun: Episode 11

Thank goodness the new ep finally rolled around so we can all stop rewinding the end of the last one, yes?

I continue to feel giddy over the developments in this show, which are not only hitting consistent beats of satisfaction but accomplishing them with a nicely paced acceleration. There have been so many shows that start out amazing and exciting and so full of promise, only to dip at the very end, and I never quite know how to feel about those. But I’ll always take the show that took a few beats to get started, then built that momentum successfully toward a well-placed crescendo. I’m crossing my fingers that this show continues on its course to being the latter case.

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EPISODE 11 RECAP

Joong-won confesses that he loves Gong-shil, which comes out more like I’m pretty sure I love you, but coming from him it’s a pretty huge deal either way. Her first impulse is to ask whether he’s joking. He says that he had difficulty accepting the truth of her ghost-seeing condition but eventually did, therefore she should accept this truth. Which cracks me up, as you are putting your love for her on the same level as her terror of ghosts.

She asks whether this actually changes anything, or if he’s saying this to keep her from touching him anymore. The look of frustration on his face at the sideways turn of this conversation is making my day. How could an “I love you” get so misinterpreted? But that’s the point of Gong-shil, she who interprets things sideways.

Joong-won replies, “I wondered why I kept forcing reasons when the calculations didn’t line up, and it was because I like you.” He’s decided that he’s tried his best to resist, but since that wasn’t working out, “From now I’m going to do as I want. Now your job is to stand firm and not let it sway you.”

The message is mixed, confusing Gong-shil—why is he telling her to resist him instead of accepting his feelings? He replies that this ain’t no “sweet confession” but a “bitter warning.”

As she protests, something whooshes nearby. Gong-shil barks at the ghost that she’s in the middle of something right now but it’s pretty persistent, so finally Joong-won whirls her to him. He confesses that he missed her every moment they were apart, and turned off his phone just so he wouldn’t pathetically check for her calls all the time.

Swoon. Then he says this is exactly the kind of stuff she’s supposed to resist. OH YOU. He points out that she’d already said she could withstand him (y’know, back when she was lying to herself) and thus he trusts her at her word. Or do you just want her to fail? Because I would be just peachy with failing.

Kang Woo and Yi-ryung have their own conversation outside the restaurant. Since Gong-shil called Joong-won her special one-and-only, she advises Kang Woo to give up. He replies that it’s for him to deal with, and makes extra-clear that Yi-ryung ought to stop chasing him—he’d thought she was just bored, but if she’s serious she’d better quit.

Never one to let her pride down, Yi-ryung retorts that she’s not serious at all, and she’ll quit because she’s tired, not because he told her to. But she’s blinking back tears.

Walking holding hands, Gong-shil asks whether Joong-won was affected by all the physical contact. He says that wouldn’t have been enough to sway him, which leads to a pun about her yook-gahm (sixth sense) not being the same thing as yook-gahm (sensuality), and how in the end it was her yook-gahm that got him. Heh.

He offers to do whatever she wants tonight, and she realizes with a thrill that she doesn’t have to be scared of night activities anymore. She’s giddy with all the possibilities and racks her brain for choices as a phone call interrupts (booooo). Just as she decides, he says that tonight they’ll just go to his thing, which is a a gathering of the country’s wealthiest. But first, a nicer outfit for her is in order, say in black.

Cut to: A funeral. HAHAHA. And to think, for a moment I was actually disappointed that we’d get saddled with a typical makeover montage. So much relief for the joke version.

She pouts that he didn’t have to lie about loving her just to get her to come to a funeral (which, given the pool stunt, isn’t an unfounded fear). Joong-won gripes that he wasn’t lying—it was just bad timing. She harrumphs that she doesn’t believe him and sets out with her radar up.

The deceased is Chairman Lee of rival group Giant Mall (cameo by Lee Jae-yong, whose character name is Lee Yong-jae, heh). Apparently the devoted family man actually died with his mistress at his side, keeping his wife and son away.

It’s the son who accepts visitors at the funeral hall—Lee Jae-seok, Giant Mall’s president and Joong-won’s direct competitor (cameo by Lee Jong-hyuk, keke). The moment she claps eyes on him, Gong-shil’s jaw drops in admiration; she’d assumed he’d be awful-looking based on Joong-won’s descriptions.

Joong-won fumes and reminds her, “We’re on a date. Don’t go looking at other men.” Well, it’s your fault for making a funeral your date.

Then he runs into an acquaintance and swings an arm around her shoulder, introducing her as his girlfriend. She points out that there are lots of rich people around (as in, Aren’t you worried I’ll make you look bad?) but he says, “If I can’t say the thing in front of my friends that I say in front of your friends, you’ll get mad.” True! See, he’s learning.

Gong-shil spots the chairman’s ghost at a table and reports back to Joong-won that he made a request: Get rid of a particular thing that his son mustn’t know about.

In a flashback, we see the moment when son Jae-seok discovers his father’s body at home. Strewn around the room are women’s clothing, cosmetics, and a bottle of perfume he recognizes. Having had faith in his father’s fidelity, now Jae-seok faces his father’s altar grimly.

I’m half-expecting a twist at some point, but Gong-shil tells Joong-won that the ghost wants her to clear out the mistress’s belongings, whom he’d kept successfully hidden all his life. Joong-won wishes the old man had left behind some trade secret instead (psh, you would), and deduces that if the woman were to appear suddenly, a battle over inheritance rights might erupt. He decides he’d like to see that blow up in the Giant president’s face, and advises Gong-shil to stay out of it. Ha.

Gong-shil is determined to help Jae-seok, which leads to a bickering match about whose vacation villa they should go to—Chairman Lee’s (to help out the Giant family), or Joong-won’s (to step aside). Things end in an impasse as he huffs that he’ll take her home instead. He adds that ghost-assisting isn’t his job, nor does he enjoy doing it, but he’s helping her because he wants to spend time together. Aww. But if she no longer needs him, it’s up to her to decide when this ends.

Gong-shil deflates at the reminder that all things come to an end, and says they ought not end up like that wolf and goat pair. He asks how the story ends, and she tells him to read the book. Lol.

Chairman Joo returns to Korea and is briefed on Joong-won’s latest broken engagement, as well as Gong-shil’s involvement. Kang Woo reports that Joong-won believes Gong-shil can see ghosts and possibly Hee-joo; thus he’s unlikely to believe a theory about Hee-joo being alive. Moreover, Kang Woo believes Gong-shil’s claims.

Joong-won asks for the title of the wolf-goat story, and she advises him to watch the cartoon instead since he can’t read. Pfft. She has come to a decision about their relationship, though, and suggests that they enjoy themselves and have fun while it lasts. They both agree, and both seem disappointed.

Kang Woo arrives home to see Gong-shil trudging inside and asks if anything’s wrong. He heard that Joong-won broke his engagement for her, but asks if he promised to be true to her. Gong-shil reminds Kang Woo of his advice about pain being the indicator when you aren’t true to your feelings, and says that Joong-won was true to his—”But I think the pain is my lot.”

A car almost hits Aunt and Uncle VP’s car as they pull into their complex, and Uncle VP’s ready to rage at the other driver until he sees that it’s their pretty new neighbor (cameo by Hwang Sun-hee). She’s polite and apologetic, and Aunt and Uncle are left with a favorable impression.

But then New Neighbor asks, “That’s Joo Joong-won’s aunt, right?” Standing beside her is the glowing ghost of Hee-joo. Huh, can she see ghosts too?

At Chairman Lee’s villa, caretakers begin to clear out the mistress’s belongings from the bedroom. They can’t see the chairman’s ghost raging at them, “DON’T TOUCH!” but they can certainly feel the wave of bad juju that sweeps through the room. They skedaddle.

The chairman’s ghost approaches the clutter of mistressy things, but without corporeal powers he’s unable to move them himself. Hm, I’m getting a far-fetched idea about those belongings…

Gong-shil remains convinced she should help the chairman, who looked awfully sad. His ghost also carried a fragrance that turns out to be a bottle of woman’s perfume, a sign of his longing for his mistress. Gong-shil spritzes herself thinking to attract the ghost, which should work as she’s quite popular with spirits. Turning to the empty seat, she asks, “Aren’t I?”

Joong-won just now sees that there are three coffee cups, ha. She adds that today the coffee-addict ghost brought a friend, and he asks (hopefully?) whether it’s Trash Can Man. Hearing her no, he mumbles, “So you weren’t friendly with that one.” Aw, and then he wonders whether she never got the necklace, or whether she did and is just not wearing it.

Kang Woo reminds Joong-won that his father is awaiting his visit, and Joong-won replies with the ole Tell HIM to see ME. Neither side is willing to take the first literal step, and thus they remain at impasse.

Giant prez Jae-seok arrives at Kingdom for a meeting with Joong-won, and passes Gong-shil in the lobby. Recognizing her perfume, he stops her to request its name; she doesn’t know it, but offers to show him the bottle.

But to Joong-won watching from afar, all he can do is speculate as to the nature of the encounter. And stew. He endures perhaps the world’s most annoying narrator in the form of Secretary Kim (annoying for him, I mean—hilarious for us): “The Giant Mall president has laid eyes on Tae-yang… now he’s talking to Tae-yang… they’re going somewhere together… that’s not the direction of the conference room!”

Both Joong-won and Kang Woo suppose this has to do with the father ghost and his villa. Secretary Kim says, “Ahhhh, so they’ll be heading off together then.” Joong-won and Kang Woo glare, and Secretary Kim just fuels that fire: “The Giant Mall president doesn’t have a wife by his side, and he’ll be feeling weak with his father recently deceased. She can comfort him.”

Kang Woo suggests tersely that Joong-won go after them (better the devil you know than the one you don’t?), which at least gives Joong-won his excuse. Psh.

Gong-shil shows Jae-seok the perfume, which he confirms is the scent he sometimes caught on his father. Yet even though his mother was sure there was another woman, Jae-seok had steadfastly believed dad wasn’t a cheater, making the betrayal sting. He briefly wonders whether Gong-shil is the woman, but accepts her denial.

Moments after he leaves, Joong-won shows up at the door singing a new tune: Now he wants to go to the chairman’s villa and help after all. Hee.

Uncle VP calls in Gossipy Guard Han-joo with a new assignment: Find out as much as possible about Gong-shil’s background. He knows she got into an accident just shy of graduating from university, and wants details.

Han-joo’s starting to feel pangs of guilt for abusing unni’s trust while he pumps her for info, though he shoves it aside. Unni confirms that the accident was seven years ago, but shudders at the horrible memories and doesn’t want to speak of it any further. So he invites unni to a friendly dinner, planning to loosen her tongue with alcohol. Again, he feels bad, but not bad enough to actually not do it. I hope unni delivers a mighty beatdown when she finds out what Han-joo’s been up to. (I don’t hate him—he’s a silly man with no spine—but he deserves a reckoning.)

Joong-won and Gong-shil drive over to the villa after his meeting with the Giant president, and he’s in great spirits because the other guy’s distraction allowed the negotiations to heavily favor Kingdom. Gong-shil picks up on the tension between Joong-won and his own father, and he confirms, “We don’t like each other.”

They find the chairman waiting their arrival in the mistress’s room, where he asks Gong-shil to delete the woman’s photo from his camera. But before she can get to it, they hear footsteps approaching from outside—it’s son Jae-seok.

They scramble to lock the door, but Jae-seok has a ring of master keys and starts trying them in turn. Crap. Being found here would look awful for them both, particularly given the business rivalry, but there are no exits. Gong-shil says they have to erase the photo before Jae-seok sees it, but Joong-won argues the opposite—that photo is their only proof backing the claim that they had a reason for coming here. The seconds tick down and Jae-seok is getting to the last of the keys…

Joong-won thinks fast and calls Jae-seok, barking at him to return to Kingdom immediately. He acknowledges that the deal was too stilted in Kingdom’s favor and offers to renegotiate—but it has to be NOW. Before he changes his mind.

That saves their skin, though Joong-won is left knocking his head against the wall for giving up a huge profit. As Gong-shil turns her attention to the camera, Joong-won says pointedly that the chairman is so focused on hiding his woman that he has given no thought to his son’s feelings—shouldn’t he have been asking Gong-shil to convey his apologies and sorrow?

Joong-won clearly identifies with the wronged son in this scenario and his words make an impact on the saddened chairman, just Gong-shil finds the photo and stares in surprise. It’s totally what I think it is, isn’t it? And so, the chairman changes his mind and asks Gong-shil to show the photo to Joong-won—he’d like Joong-won’s opinion on how he’d handle the shocking matter.

Joong-won scoffs that nothing would shock him about his own father’s taste in women, only when he sees the photo, he totally gapes. It’s him, isn’t it. IT’S HIM.

Joong-won makes the choice to call Jae-seok and order him to the villa, admitting that’s he’s there now. Jae-seok is surprised and suspicious to find the two in his father’s house and returns to his accusation that Gong-shil is the mistress. Hilariously, Joong-won cuts him off: “Get it straight! This one is mine. That one is the one your father was hiding.” He slaps a photo facedown onto the table.

Jae-seok interprets this as blackmail and informs Joong-won that he may hate his father, but he won’t stand for others scorning him. Joong-won tells him to take a look at the picture, then turns to address the chairman next to him: “Rather than trying to protect your son, it’s better to let your son protect you.” Ooof. That line is a winner.

Jae-seok flips over the photo… and recognizes his father, dressed as a woman. Gong-shil explains that the chairman had so much to protect that he had to “hide his true soul” all his life. He had taken that last photo as a ceremonial funeral picture, intending to give his soul a proper send-off. But he collapsed before he could do so, and wanted to hide it from the son who would surely be disgusted.

A short while later, Jae-seok sits regarding the photo while his father’s spirit sits across from him. Jae-seok states that he will continue to protect the things his father did, and completes the funeral for the woman in the photograph. The photo burns and with his soul at rest, his father poofs away.

Given today’s events, Joong-won is a little less hostile to the idea of seeing his father. He again wonders whether his father withheld the diamond necklace ransom as he suspects, to which Secretary Kim suggests that perhaps the chairman is hiding something to protect his son. Also, Dad was told of Joong-won’s relationship with Gong-shil—if Joong-won keeps dragging his feet, Dad might summon her instead. Ha, Secretary Kim is such a manipulator.

Just then, Jae-seok arrives in the lobby bearing a bouquet of flowers, and Secretary Kim notes that he must be here for Gong-shil: “Once a person feels Tae-yang’s warm heart, one tends to keep seeking it out.” Ahem. Prod. Hint. And the kicker: “That flower bouquet sure is big.”

Joong-won sniffs that the flowers could’ve been delivered, but Secretary Kim points out that it’s more meaningful in person, plus you can be assured that it got to the recipient. This sends Joong-won back to the trash can ghost to ask whether the necklace made it to the rightful owner. Mind you, he can’t see the ghost so he asks for a sign—if she took it, spin the trash can.

The lid starts spinning, and Joong-won smiles in relief. Then he asks if she liked it, and gets no response. He figures not, but then the lid goes ’round with extra force—she loved it. He supposes that he would’ve seen her reaction for himself if he’d given it to her personally.

Secretary Kim greets Jae-seok, who does seem interested in poaching Gong-shil away. Secretary Kim says that she is special to the president, as she is “the master’s sun.” Or, depending on how you hear it, she’s Mr. Joo’s Ms. Tae. Or maybe Mr. Joo’s sun. You get the point.

Jae-seok says that’s too bad and leaves a last message for Joong-won: “Tell him that I have a telescope too.” Bwahahaha.

Today Gong-shil hosts a tea party for four, listening to the ghosts’ tips on how to fix various problems for people. One rude ghost whooshes in frighteningly, and Gong-shil warns them all to behave, threatening to get the president—they all know what happens when she touches him. She clutches her sun necklace with a death grip.

The Mysterious Neighbor makes an appearance at Kingdom Mall, a strategic move to run into Aunt Joo, who invites her to dinner. Looks like she’s ready to play matchmaker by sending in the new girl to take Gong-shil’s place, which I assume is exactly new girl’s plan.

New Girl sees Joong-won walking by and notes, “It’s been a long while, Joo Joong-won.”

Joong-won sees his father after all, with the air is as strained as ever. Joong-won gets to the point and tells his father that Hee-joo was in on the plot. Chairman Joo states that he handed the necklace off to Hee-joo “like a fool, because I had to save you first.”

So both were both fooled by Hee-joo. Joong-won declares that he will put this whole affair behind him and almost sounds convincing, except his father isn’t so sure—Joong-won still can’t read, after all.

Chairman Joo hands over an envelope of evidence that he has collected on Hee-joo, saying that the contents may rattle him. He leaves the decision to look at it to Joong-won.

Joong-won has one last question, about whether his father purposely hasn’t told him the ransom amount to spare him hurt. Chairman Joo tells him to believe what he wants to, which is the answer Joong-won repeats to his father at the question of whether he ever doubted Dad.

Joong-won fiddles with the envelope, almost opening it before deciding against it. Secretary Kim delivers a stack of books—the wolf and goat stories, spanning multiple volumes. Joong-won is dismayed at the amount of words he’ll have to get through, but refuses assistance. He’ll read it himself.

He squints at the title, barely making out On a Stormy Night. Secretary Kim notes innocently that it’s quite the coincidence that he’d met Gong-shil on such a night.

Kang Woo informs Gong-shil that Joong-won told his father the truth about Hee-joo’s involvement in the crime. Gong-shil wishes she had some help to offer, but her encounters with Hee-joo’s ghost have left no clues about the other criminal. Kang Woo supposes that Joong-won will keep Gong-shil near until the case is closed, which has different meanings for them—for Kang Woo, that’s when he might hope for a new start, while for Gong-shil that means the end of her relationship with Joong-won.

Kang Woo returns to his post to find himself the subject of gossip—he’s made No. 1 on the internet searchwords list. Sort of. (The terms are “Tae Yi-ryung’s boyfriend” and “Tae Yi-ryung’s bodyguard.”)

Yi-ryung denies the rumors in an interview, deflecting with an admission that she is dating someone, but not Kingdom’s security chief—it’s the president. Oh we’re back to this? Aw c’mon.

Uncle VP gets a call tipping him off that the story will hit the press tomorrow, and Aunt Joo decides to use this occasion to press Joong-won for clarification on his love life. They happen to be dining with New Girl at the moment, who finds this all very interesting.

Joong-won pops up at Gong-shil’s office to remind her that she had picked a date place the other night, before they’d gotten diverted to the funeral. He’ll take her today, and orders her to wait for a moment as he heads back to his office. She takes the time to primp, and debate on whether to wear the sun necklace. Would it be too telling, like a sign that she’s hoping for more? In the end she puts it on.

Aunt is waiting in Joong-won’s office to warn him about the dating rumors with Yi-ryung. He says they’ll have to block the news, since Yi-ryung is their brand model and images must be protected.

Aunt prods, asking whether his reaction is more about Gong-shil, and he replies that Gong-shil isn’t one to be chased off by this kind of stuff. She doesn’t understand Gong-shil’s reactions, so he tells her to consider Gong-shil someone from a different world and leave things alone.

But as Joong-won heads out for his date, he sees Gong-shil standing just inside the office, having overheard the conversation. Aunt continues, not seeing her, “Does she have no pride? Does she love you that much?”

Gong-shil covers the necklace self-consciously. Joong-won answers while staring right at her, “That woman has no pride. She has a reason for not letting go of me, and no space to consider her pride. Even when I say I love her, she has no space to look after that love. So rest easy. Am I right?”

At that, Gong-shil answers quietly, “Yes.” And as always, Joong-won looks disappointed to get the answer he angled for, while hoping for its opposite.

He follows her out and holds her back, but she’s close to her breaking point and lies that the place she wanted to go was home. She excuses herself and leaves in tears, and he lets her go.

Joong-won broods in his office until he arrives at a decision, and arrives at her door shortly thereafter. He pounds insistently until she joins him on the rooftop, and asks why she cried when she had assured him she would manage their situation just fine.

Gong-shil just looks at him coolly and asks, “Who are you? Ah, are you that rude jerk Joo Joong-won? Why are you here? Does she look like such a pushover to you?”

Ah, he realizes she’s talking like someone else—is somebody else here? She accuses him of being a bastard and orders him to get lost, since Gong-shil didn’t enjoy hanging out with him. He grabs her arm and she cries, “I said get lost!”

A dead giveaway. He points out that he touched her, but “she” didn’t disappear. She covers it up with a lie (he pissed her off so much she came right back), and while he doesn’t believe her, he plays along. She adds that Gong-shil is hurting because of him and wants him to leave.

Joong-won stops her to point out that she doesn’t know how he got rid of the pianist’s wife. She snaps, “What, did you hit her?” He answers, “Watch carefully, and come back.”

Kiiiiiiiss.

 
COMMENTS

Swoon. A lot of great moments in this episode, starting with the dual father-son stories of misunderstanding and forgiveness. While Joong-won has more baggage to sort through with his own father than the Giant duo (as their misunderstanding was much shorter-lived), I like that he’s growing appreciably, and that he’s not too driven by old grudges to see that perhaps there’s a bigger story at play. It sure would be easier if Chairman Joo would just open his mouth and defend himself rather than leave Joong-won to draw the only conclusions that come to his mind, but as Secretary Kim notes, perhaps there are reasons for that silence. Frustrating, yes, but possible logically driven.

I love the point in stories where the hero gets over his denial and embraces his feelings, because duh. Kisses! This drama never lacked for the skinship, but I enjoy the point where Joong-won just faces the situation head-on and admits that maybe he doesn’t have reasons for wanting to be with her other than wanting to be with her. And once you accept that, well, things get a lot less frustrating.

I do understand Gong-shil’s fears and find her torn reaction—wanting to take him at his word and recalling that she’s got a self to take care of outside of this—believable and sympathetic. Especially since he’s the one contradicting himself all the time, taking a step forward (I love you) and then immediately back (don’t let this continue). It’s hilarious that he’s giving up the reins entirely to her, because he was so terrible at trying to be the control freak and now enjoys the freedom of just basking in the feelings. Let Gong-shil deal with all the complicated questions of how far to go and when to end things! And lest that sound too spineless, I think it’s important that he gives her final say—it’s her call to put an end to things.

So her confusion is reasonable… to a point, I think. Granted, the situation is much clearer to us because WE know when he’s being sincere and when he’s begging her to contradict him and say no, she does love him. She doesn’t have the benefit of our omniscience. It’s just that at a point, I think my (our) understanding of the real emotional throughlines actually confuses my understanding of the characters’ limited knowledge, so that I have to rack my brains to remember why she’s shoving him away this time instead of jumping his bones. Because please! Whose first impulse wouldn’t be to jump his bones? Especially when he’s declaring love and missing you and wanting to be with you all the time and asking you out on dates (albeit really weird ones)?

So it’s in those cases where I find that the stories sometimes follow a romantic logic that is semantic more than it is… oh, credible with the heart-feels. I have to convince my brain that this actually all works out on paper, while my heart is whining, “But whyyyyyy.” It’s like the wordy mathematic version of logic, where if A equals B and C equals D, then not-D does not equal B or C is greater than or equal to my mother. I dunno. Logic was a class I bombed utterly in college, which may or may not surprise anybody. Sadly for me.

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Thank you Javabean!!

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We get a kiss, a confession from the pompous (but extremely hot) jerk, followed by another kiss. Is it Christmas already?! *swoon* Best line in the episode by a guest actor - "I have a telescope too". Hahaha. I laughed ALOT for that. Our Joogun is learning, eh? Nice. And look, we get a lot of SJS smiles and swoony moments!! If I really did understand the ep 12 preview, are they gonna willingly sleep together? Can't wait for tonight's episode. Ah, what you make me feel, Show. LOVING THIS SHOW LOADS!!

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I was seriously waiting for Joong-won to utter, "But mine is bigger" at the telescope comment. lolol

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Thank you! me too!

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he probably did, when secretary kim relayed the message to him off screen! :)

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Can anybody explain to me about the telescope comment? because I don't really get it.

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I died at the telescope comment

I also died a little more when the PD very generously gave us multiple close-ups of SJS's lips as he's trying to read (and he looks adorable with glasses, too)

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We get a kiss, a confession from the pompous (but extremely hot) jerk, followed by another kiss. Is it Christmas already?! *swoon* Best line in the episode by a guest actor - "I have a telescope too". Hahaha. I laughed ALOT for that. Our Joogun is learning, eh? Nice. And look, we get a lot of SJS smiles and swoony moments!! If I really did understand the ep 12 preview, are they gonna willingly sleep together? Can't wait for tonight's episode. Ah, what you make me feel, Show. LOVING THIS SHOW LOADS!! And PDnim, more skinship please. The couple has so much chemistry that they will explode if the skinship is poor. Just an idea. *wink-wink*

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The lips, don't forget THE LIPS!

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Swooooonnnn. Thank you soo much for the recap!

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Can someone explain it to me about the situation at the office? I cant understand it at all. Why taeyang is crying??

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Sigh. What’s a girl gotta do to get a REAL KISS here? We want to see PASSION. GIVE IT TO US CMON.

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I eggree! those lips deserve better kisses.

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Me too! I was hoping for it also but alas, we get the unmoving variety again. Come, on. I'm sure SGS and GHJ can do better PDnim!

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is that why Gong Shil wears a nightgown that says 'Jesus Save Me'?

must we ask for divine intervention now, people?!

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Amen to that! XP Lip action please! Not inaction!

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LOL. Might be. Really really hoping we get a real passionate kiss between these two.

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SJS and GHS are on our side, guys! They want to let it all out, too! Cause with that kind of chemistry they gotta have some real life sparks between them...

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Really really hope for them to actually have a real kiss...or some real kisses if those in charge are generous enough. The kisses in The Greatest Love are nice to see, imo, and this couple has all the potentials, why don't you hear us ranting over here, dramaland gods??? And move the pen and cameras at the shooting scenes?? *shouting while making a fist to the screen

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I imagine if you believe in the Christian ordering of the afterlife, and you get visited by ghost regularly night shirt offering salvation makes sense.

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OMG I laughed so much XD That was what I was thinking >_<
SJS & GHS have such friggin explosive chemistry~ it shows so much more in the BTS clips~<3 They should just announce that they are getting married when the show ends ;D This is one IRLship I would love sail ;D

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I kinda missed her "Jesus Save Me" night gown XD

They could have moved a bit. Smooching once or twice won't hurt, right? RIGHT? T_T

But this episode. dayum. It hits you right in the feels.
I kind of understand her hesitation though. Knowing that she's gonna go through something that "WOULD" end at one point, I understand her reaction with JW's confession. It would sometimes be better to take it as a joke or at least not too seriously. We all know how confusing JW can be. hahaha.

anyway, the KISS. and the LINE.
"Watch carefully and come back."
COME BACK YOU FRIGGIN' WOMAN. COME BACK! ♥♥♥

aaaaaaaaaaaaah. mooooooooaaaaaaaaar. *dies of swoon*

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To keep myself satisfied, I go back and watch the kissing scene between SJS and HHJ in Always. Now, that, was a kiss! Definitely emotionally satisfying!

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Seriously. This should have been on cable. It seems like such a waste of chemistry between these two. After watching how they shot the first kiss (two hours!) and how SJS and GHJ had to just sort of stand there to hold for dramatic shots--well, you can see how it sucks away any spontaneity or passion!

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Her is a clip of Gong Hyo-Jin getting handsy.

http://vimeo.com/74096445

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OMG!! I want to feel up SJS too!! She's sooo lucky!!

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I'm so used to watching SJS brooding that I am in shock watching him smile and laugh so much in this BTS video.

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I know! His facial expressions are so different from his character's

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Yeah, but are we sure that Joong-Won knows it's Tae-Yang he's kissing?

I would like reciprocity when he knows that Tae-Yang is actually the soul in the body he's kissing. He can do more than touch lips and hold and Tae-Yang can follow the leader or lead or they can take turns.

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I almost wish she would start moving her lips in the start of the next episode to signify to him that it's actually her, not a ghost lol.

One can dream hahahah.

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Yes, I definitely agree!

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He is one smart cookie. He has to know that this time it's actually Tae Yang because 1) he already caught her fakign and 2) she didn't faint dead away in his arms like she did when she was possessed by the "walnut/nutcracker lady/pianist's wife."

How much did everyone love her hands curling into his blazer? That was more swoony than the overshot kiss itself, methinks!

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She was drugged though to let walnut in...so when walnut left all you got was passed out taeyang

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I think [not 100% sure] the ballerina also passed out when the ghost left the body.

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The only way she can get possessed is if her mental defenses are inhibited by alcohol, sleep, etc. So there isn't a way she could be in full mental capacity when a ghost left unless it stayed a reallllly long time.

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He knew right away that no ghost was inside her alright. From before he touched her, if you look carefully on his expressions.

But yes.. I was hoping for a more active kiss. I hope the start of tonight's ep there will be.

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Ironically this was the one time i didnt mind the brick wall kiss. First shes confused and hurt, second its sudden, and third his lips are barely moving.

I for sure hope real smoochies are in the future bcuz their chemistry deserves better.

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don't worry about the kiss guys...got my first hand experience on this kind of kiss.like the grab my arm pull and kiss. when the guy's lips is too pushed on your lips..you won't be able to move yours at all!! mine didn't move until i backed off. hahahahah!! too shock to do that

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It is at this point I always wonder if the PD is unmarried & never had any interaction with the opposite sex. LOL

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Well, he definitely didn't fail in the skinship department. Master's sun has no problem with that. It's just the kiss was something left to be desired. (i know, why are sexy kisses so rare in k-dramas?)
I like this PD. He's one of my favorites because of his resume. Prosecutor Princess and City Hunter. And you've got to admit. The kisses in BOTH were hot as hell. In Prosecutor Princess it was to the point where it was like face-sucking. Not like the sloppy kiss with Rain and the vomit, though. And the one in city hunter was long and open-mouthed.
Perhaps it may have been from the way hong sister's wrote the kiss -- sweet, but not hot.

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Oh yeah, that scene in Prosecutor Princess legitimately broke me.

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I like to call those kind kisses, "face eating".

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Haha.
I was just gonna say that the hong sisters have answered my calling (from last weeks episode) for our OTP to KISS where both are conscious. They have answered. I guess i should have specified HOW hot i expect the kiss to be.
It's romantic but not steamy.

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Yes, KISS HER like you mean it! Like the kisses LMH used to demonstrate, thoroughly. I hope there will be another redeeming hot real kiss for both of them, other than than (as usual) i dont have any complain on the 11th ep.

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That kiss was so annoying! I did not swoon, I was mad. What is there to swoon about??? Are they teenagers or something? I thought GHJ couldn't be any less responsive than she was in Best Love, but I guess I was wrong. She's a good actress, but like Park Shin Hye just can't seem to do anything intimate without totally freezing up.

I'm constantly amazed at how little payback you get in Kdramas for the huge buildup: first there is hours worth of trials, tribulations, earnest discussions, misunderstandings, missed cues, midnight crises of confidence, and then finally the music swells, he goes determinedly in for the kill, the camera zooms in... and we get a 360-degree panorama of two faces smushed together, lips carefully closed, bodies stiff and carefully apart (it reminds me of Catholic school dances where couples are advised to keep a handsbreadth apart to 'leave room for the Holy Spirit'). And we are supposed to squee when she actually closes her eyes? Her fists are still clenched on his chest as if she were undergoing an uncomfortable medical procedure.

Sorry, but the kisses in this drama so far are an epic fail. All that skinship is turning out to be a big tease, and I'd like to see them start acting their age.

I think I am going to go back and re-watch Queen In-Hyun's Man as therapy.

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EXACTLY.. And usually when the guy pulls the girl in she does the typical shocked wide open drama eyes and the n slooowly closes them while the camera shows maybe a slight shoulder squeeze here or a slight back rub there... REALLY? The way they pan it out ends up making the kiss look cheesy and boring.

And what you said about Park Shin Hye is true, which is why I am TERRIFIED that her and Lee Min Ho's kiss in The Heirs will SUCK. I've only watched three of his dramas (BBF, Personal Taste & Faith) and PT and Faith had great kisses. BBF was terrible because the actress he was paired with was terrible. I really hope The Heirs will be different.

And PD PLEASE let TGS and JW have a better kiss than that, we as the viewers deserve it!

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Queen in Hyun had the full range of kisses. From innocent, to sweet, to steamy(mostly this).. they delivered. And the chemistry was off the chain.

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can't agree more about the kiss!!! sorry but I didn't swoon at all!!! recently we've seen real, passionate or sweet kisses in dramas (hello?! those in "I hear your voice" or "Heartless City" ring a bell to PD nim, cos I did swoon a lot over them!!!) I know "The master's Sun" isn't the same kind of dramas but come on...those kisses with the two of them not moving and being totally unresponsive are so over!!! And I was also frustrated at Joong-won for letting her go while she's obviously in tears!! I don't know but when Gong Hyo Jin cries, I can't help but feel as sad as her heroine and I want to comfort her.
she's an amazing actress!! and forget this criticism over the kiss and Joong-won's behaviour, I love this show nonetheless!!

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“Thank goodness the new ep finally rolled around so we can all stop rewinding the end of the last one, yes?“

JB, you're a mind reader, I must have watched the ending of ep. 10 at least 5 times. Now I'm going to rewatch the ending of ep. 11 again.:)

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SAME here! luckily there's still shows next week, else ep 11-12 may be on infinite loop

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Me too, ppl around me thought that this drama they usually caught me watching is at least already on it's 99eps since i keep on replaying the show ...

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Smiling So Ji-sub is the best thing ever! He should do more rom-coms, although I loved him in WHIB as well!

Thank you for the recap!

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He is irresistible when he smiles. This drama was a good decision for him!

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That's the reason why I loveee him... his smile.. so charming when he smile *faint
But still to javabeans.. you're really a mind reader.. I rewinding it at least 3 times.. cant wait for tonight ep.. he's sleeping at gong shil room? Hope something naughty happend.. or it is just me hoping for that? *blush blush..~

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Like his BFF, Song Seung-Heon, So Ji Sub should do more rom-coms after this one. He's adorable and funny.

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he's even more irresistible when he pouts. omg I love those scenes where he's at his desk wrecking his head over the most recent Gongshil-related problem.

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I couldn't stop laughing at that scene...

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I totally agree with you. He was too adorable during those scene especially the most recent one in ep 11.. <3

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Oh yes!! He is soo adorable!! I love him in those pouting scene. When he put his hands under his chin, SOOO cute!!

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I agree! The whole episode I kept thinking paranoidly that it was over, but then it just kept going. Oh, I wanted time to slow, lol. :-)

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He looks like such a little boy there, I'm torn between wanting to noona-cuddle him (even though he is several years older than me, lol) and wanting to dump him in Taeyang's bed :)

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I can't tell if it's just because they're so rare, but every time he smiles I can hear the collective sighs of ladies the world round. I'm sighing so loud right now just thinking bout it I'm sure everyone can hear me.

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I hope he knows that he flutters ladies hearts not just in Korea but all over the globe. I'm currently watching from Bali, Indonesia...he had me so good (GS too), i got a generous portion of giggling, swooning, fluttering, toes curling and squeeing from watching these two.

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Thanks.....I'm loving Master's Sun a lot :)

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I was really really hoping the kiss would be a little bit different this time. A smidgen of movement would have sent me through the moon and back. Love, love, love the OTP together. I swear, they me giggle like a 5 year old. Now that we are on episode 11, I'm king of wishing that Master's Sun doesn't end, but yet I'm itching to know what the finale is. By far, this is the most cracktastic drama this year for me.

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Omg, typos... I was typing in a hurry. :D
*they make
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*by far, the most cracktastic drama of the year.

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I was thrilled to see the hands getting some play and I thought I saw some lip movement towards the very end from GHJ but sadly that might have been my wishful thinking. :/

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Their first date WOULD be at a funeral. OF COURSE. And I was rolling in delight when they were talking in the car after the funeral. Sexual innuendos galore haha.

I don't really know what to say for the episode, except that I'm happy when the OTP is happy and sad when the OTP is sad (GS crying after overhearing what JW said brooooke my heaaaart). Honestly though I'm getting frustrated by the push-and-pull of their relationship but I understand why they're doing that. At least they're handling it like adults (somewhat?) but hopefully the kiss at the end of the ep will finally have GS give into her feelings and they can work it out from there. We only have 5 more eps to go!

I also like how JW continues to be honest with his feelings and learning what it is to love: to think about the other person first, to do things you wouldn't normally do, to give without expecting anything in return. He was burned by his first love but GS is gradually healing those scars away. Hopefully he continues to let her since he's going to need it now that H-not-J is here. And GS needs to be honest now too. I know her love with ultimately overtake her need for survival so I just hope it happens sooner rather than later (no more time, gurl!). And with how much they talk about "it" ending we all know neither of them really want an ending at all.

-Re: story about the wolf and goat. I know GS said it had a sad ending but it actually had a happy ending (unless my sources are wrong). The wolf and goat, who had to overcome several obstacles, were able to live together in the end. So hopefully the same goes with our OTP.
-I'd like to think we'd get a happy ending with JW and his dad. At least that's the feeling I got from the ghost story. Maybe dad isn't a baddie after all and was only doing something to protect his son?
-Kiss shot at the end: I thought it was quite romantic especially with the church in the background. With GS wearing white and JW wearing a black suit, it looked like a wedding kiss! Swoon.

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Actually, I want the wolf-goat story to have a sad ending. It's very reminiscent of the little mermaid tale used in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and the way Hong Sisters used that device to elevate the narrative was very beautiful and touching. I want the same to be done here in TMS, and have our characters actively defy the metaphor that is earlier used for them. I want to them to be like, "to hell with the story, we'll write our own."

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Yes, it was really well done (even if i prefer the little mermaid course in secret garden)

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Re: the kiss - YES it totally looked like a wedding kiss! I've seen too many dead-fish kisses in kdramas to find this a disappointment, because imo it was perfectly set up - Gong-shil's surprise, her eyes gradually closing, and THEIR HANDSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! I nearly swooned at the shot of his hand tightening at her back, and hers curling into his lapels - can this couple BE any sexier? Because they manage to make me swoon even with minimal lip movement, twice now.

(but please, another kiss! And soon!)

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Thanks for the recap Javabeans.

Nice solid episode. No complaints at all. While a solid episode I didn’t find it as amazing and the last two Wednesday. I thought there were nice couple moments, not cute per se, but foundational moments where they [well, Tae-Yang really] tried to figure out how this relationship will play out.

Joong-Won is back with his mixes messages that sow seeds of confusion.

However I’ve decided to give him a pass because I think he thinks he clear on what he wants, but in truth I think he is confused.

There were some wonderful set pieces:

-Tae-Yang being impatient with the ghosts when she was trying to make sense of Joong-Won’s contradictory confession.

-Tae-Yang and Joong-Won conversation in the car after attending the funeral. I think the topper was “I have no intention of sleeping with you and just holding hands.”

-Tae-Yang’s afternoons hosting tea with ghosts. “Are you having tea break with your fellow ghosts?” The answer would be yes. Also we get a hint that the ghosts offer her tidbits about the human capital working in Kingdom.

-Joong-Won’s clarifying Tae-Yang’s identity to the dead chairman’s son, “Wake up! This (she) is mine”

-Tae-Yang’s creative use of a faux possession to hide out from her hideout.

-Joong-Won’s has gotten so comfortable interacting with ghosts he cannot see. He acknowledges them when he is made aware that they are the room. He speaks to them (chairman), and asks them questions (Trashcan Ghost). I found it interesting that without being able to see the ghosts, he has figured out a way to communicate with them. I think that ability to communicate with the ghost, ask questions and get answers will be used later on. [But then again I thought Sung-Bin’s weird telescopic vision would be used in I Hear Your Voice.]

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The Hong sisters seem to be going with a similar script for the kisses in The Greatest Love and Master's Sun. Dokko Jin and Ae Jung had their first test kiss in ep 9, white JW and GS had their exorcism kiss. DJ and AJ also had their second car kiss in ep 11, while JW and GS had their rooftop kiss after failed dates.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one! TMS always reminded me of best love. Not bec. of GHJ. Just that Dokko jin and JJW are kinda like similar in my opinion. IDK exactly why but I'm always reminded of Best love when I watch TMS

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I felt the same but only for the first few episodes. Now, SJS has made JJW totally different from Dokko Jin.

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Yes, JW and Dokko Jin are somewhat different. Dokko Jin was just crazy and had a hilarious laugh, while JW is more subdued and has a cute smirk.

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Hm I think that's generally the case for Hong Sister dramas, if not all of them.

My favourite out of theirs would definitely have to be in My Girl. Pretty sure the first time I watched that scene I flipped myself off the bed when he went in properly for the kiss and then became a husk of my real self after a brain combustion when he whispered 'Saranghae'.

(I weakly made myself upright again to rewatch the scene another ten times.)

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If I'm not wrong, there was another kiss (to test the stupid heart monitor gizmo) at the river before she left to participate in that bachelor-parody show. That was probably in ep 7-8?

The confession for MS takes place much later than TGL's though (mostly due to the fact that the ghost-a-day stories take up OTP's time) - TGL's one was around ep. 4/5 for DKJ and 5/6 for AJ.

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That's the test kiss I was referring to, and it was at the end of episode 9.

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Oops, sorry about that! For some reason, I saw it as car kiss in ep 9. Oh, and I remember a third kiss in ep 13-14, pre-surgery?

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The car kiss was in ep 11. Yes, I remember that passionate pre surgery kiss in ep 14. If the script follows Best Love, we're going to have a more passionate kiss in Master's Sun in the upcoming episodes.

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I saw the preview. No hint of Lee Jong Suk that I can tell.

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Oh fuck shit just got real~!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The little kid played the younger version of Sooha as far as I can tell. I don't think it's LJS in though as the creepy potential pedo - doesn't look or sound like him.

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I don't think he will be in the next episode. If he is, then SBS would have done every promotional strategy known to man to sell the episode (not that they need to, the show is doing really great, but it'd be stupid not to capitalize on the LJS pull).

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The book meta reminds me a lot of the Little Mermaid book meta in My GF is a Gumiho. Wonder how this one actually ends. The Hongs sure love recycling. ;>

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Wasn't the little mermaid reference used in Secret Garden? Did they use it too in My GF is a Gumiho?

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Mg GF is a Gumiho used it first, then, Kim Eun Sook recycled it again in her Secret Garden :3

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Recycled or not, I loved My Girlfriend is a Gumiho's and Secret Garden's versions more than the original Little Mermaid.

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I liked MGIG's version best. I felt like the rich guy-poor girl dichotomy in SG wasn't comparable to the original supernatural being and a prince. HB and HJW totally rocked though, of course. I watched SG first (it was the drama that brought me back from my hiatus after Star in My Heart and Sandglass), but MGIG totally changed my shining opinion of SG. I get the popular themes in dramas (time travel, ghosts), but recycling a story like that so soon seemed strange. Besides, good Hong Sisters heroes rock! Mi Ho~~~

Granted KJW was a brilliant broken hero, but SG was too makjang for me. I prefer that clean, concentrated quality of great Hong Sisters heroes. The elements that KJW and JJW share, for me JJW is starting to outshine KJW. If Master's Sun continues its ascent, I may be going Kim Joo Who?

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My gf is gumiho used little mermaid literally because a creature wanting to be human and in the the version given by the hunter was not sucessful. I guess to show can't trust humans

And secret garden it was used to represent a meaningless afair between the main leads

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Their love story is kinda convoluted for me, esp. at the beginning and end of each ep. It always makes me do a double-take.

JW: I think I maybe in love with you, so you handle it. You said that you only want me for a bunker, so I trust you.
So what the hell does he want from her?
He loves her because she says she doesn't? And so he confesses, and she is supposed to keep her promise, and not love him back??? Head-scratching stuff!

End of ep:
JW's convo w his aunt: TGS wouldn't be hurt by stuff like that (a scandal that involves him and YR); she has her own reason for hanging on to me. She doesn't have any self-respect.
She hears it and gets mad. He gives chase.
So, the idea is that he is forcing her to admit that she cares, she is hurt by a scandal of his involvement w sb else?

Good God, dating is hard enough w/o this kind of double-talk and double-dare!!! What a headache!

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who is confused! I'm still confused, I don't know what either want or why they get hurt when they hear the truth? I also had to replay certain scenes to try to comprehend it all but nope, I still don't fully understand.

Dating seems hard, hahaha.

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Dating is hard even among normal folks. No one wears their heart on their sleeve. So there is always some pretending and guessing.
But then, when the dating pair involves a chaebol king, who has been 'deeply hurt by the betray of his 1st love' and a ghost-seeing girl, who needs him as a bunker, the double-talk is taken to new heights.
It gives me a headache just trying to follow their logic, which isn't all that logical, I'm afraid.

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I'm joining the confused party with you. I hope they stop the push pull in the next episode and I can pretend that this episode never happen (except all the scenes involving Lee Jong Hyuk).

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I think it's not that he doesn't want her to fall for her. Surely he does (no matter how much he says he doesn't). It's just that he's scared of where their relationship might go. He's afraid of falling in love. Maybe he's still traumatized with how his first love ended. We have to keep in mind that in Joo joong won's life there isn't really much relationships involving love. Most of the relationships he has thus far usually revolve around business (his broken engagements). So to say he knows his way around relationships is a somewhat wrong. Saying things like "Don't fall for me" is kinda like his logic telling him to stay logical when in fact he himself struggle with being logical (his calculations) when it comes to TGS.

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Two threads were woven in, but still haven't been developed. Maybe they help partly explain why JW's behavior towards GS is a tad confused:

1. His father has a pattern of pulling him in, then pushing him away. He thinks his father doesn't like him. (JW is doing the same thing to GS and she doesn't think he likes her in a serious way.)

2. His father observed that JW's heart still hasn't healed (since he hadn't recovered his ability to read). (JW seems to think that GS will betray his heart if he gives it to her without conditions attached. Is he worried that she only wants him for the ‘shelter’ he provides?)

The part that's confusing to me: the show has implied that their relationship couldn't be anything more than a fling because they come from different places within society. But then it shows us the bimbos his father hangs out with and that his sister seems to have married-down. Based on that it doesn't seem class/status is a realistic barrier in the world the writers have created for this family. So why put in the scenes that imply it's a realistic concern?

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Basically, she thinks he fell for her because she was always feeling him up (the 'any port in a storm' thing), and he thinks that she might have feelings for him but sees him as the bomb shelter first and foremost. Also, they're adults who've had some experience of dating before (miniscule amounts, anyway) and know that feelings can change - so I guess he feels it's better to acknowledge that right away.

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I don't think Joong-Won is trying to get Tae-Yang to confess. I think if she confesses, he'd think they were in deep poop.

I think Joong-Won meant it a few episode back when he said he can't deal with the idea of things NOT ending.

Joong-Won loves Tae-Yang, and wants to enjoy loving her, but for some reason, not yet fully articulated, he believes the relationship cannot/should not last. If this were a fairytale I would suspect that he is under a spell/curse.

Joong-Won is sure they must part, and now realize that he in too deep to be the one to say goodbye, so he turned the responsibility of shutting up shop to her.

By turning the burden/responsibility of doing the "right" thing about the relationship to Tae-Yang, I think Joong-Won is being unfair. He knows she loves him, yet he's making her solely responsible for breaking both their hearts.

Kim Joo-Won had a similar belief system that his relationship with Gil Ra-Im in Secret Garden should not last, but his reason for thinking the relationship had to end were more fully (and insultingly) articulated.

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Yay! I always like reading your comments :D

I think the fact that Joong Won consistently mentions that he does things that do not add/line up for her should be taken into consideration. In his world, he's a chaebol and he doesn't do things which do not give him some form of visible benefit. Gong Shil breaks the logic he's adhered to for his whole life (and this logic is also probably a way to prevent a Hee Joo incident from recurring). At this stage it's my guess that he doesn't want to fall in love but recognises that he has. He doesn't know what to do and I would also guess that subconsciously he doesn't want to lose Gong Shil so he lets her do the hard part of deciding where to go from here.

He's still a kid emotionally and after being scarred by Hee Joo, I don't think he thinks there is such a thing as everlasting.

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"I would suspect that he is under a spell/curse."
Maybe kinda similar... he's haunted (both externally in a literal sense and internally by his memories of tragedy and betrayal.)

"in too deep to be the one to say goodbye, so he turned the responsibility of shutting up shop to her" Heh. For the guy who's broken off a handful of engagements, that's actually progress!

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Reading the recap helped me understand better, because the subs had me kind of confused. This is my interpretation--is this what others saw?

1) At the beginning of the episode, JW wants to confess his love for her to "get it off his chest." He's admitted that he likes her to her and himself, but he's still trying to control things, to take the pressure off of himself if somehow it doesn't work out with her. In fact, he wants GS to be the one to continue it and admit her feelings for him, so that he has no other choice than to go all in. But he's given her mixed signals so of course she is confused. But she likes him and he likes her, and they think, "Well, we can at least date for a while and be happy about that, but it will end, but at least we'll have fun for now." Also, he still hasn't gotten a direct admission from her that she likes him, so he's sort of waiting for her to be candid with him as she is about other things.

Similar thing happened with me and my husband when we first started dating, so I can relate to her confused feelings GS is feeling! But in the end, I did marry him, so hopefully it works out the same way for these characters!

2) The ending I found even more confusing at first, but I guess GS was hurt that JW is still stating the party line that "he loves her but she has a specific reason for sticking with me, and it's not love." Because that's not true--she likes/loves him, too, and I guess she was hoping that he would think/say otherwise/think more of her, and for him to say that she "has no pride/no dignity" hurt her, too. She was just very disappointed. She wanted maybe for him to say, "I love her, and I want her to love me back in the same way." But he's just egging her on, trying to get her to admit that she does love him, but she won't give him that answer because he's told her to not fall for him. Sigh, silly creatures. I don't think the scandal hurt her at all--it was just his response?

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Ahhhh now I understand the scenes better. Thanks Ophelia!

Geez, this couple just needs to be brutally honest with each other already instead of beating around the bush. We only have 5 more episodes to go! I want my happy and calm time before the storm, haha.

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It's not that they are hard to understand. It's more that they've a strange and convoluted logic. It is not lacking in logic; only that it has a headachy logic, which is worse than no logic! ;)

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Their logic is conveyed by metaphors, remember? They're being honest with each other but they're not using metaphors-that's why it's not working!! =p

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Yes yes. He has PTSD, which doesn't only include his inability to read. It extends to his ability to love and trust again. He loves her, he is afraid to fall in love again. We all get that. Nothing hard there.

It is the word games that he plays with her, the mixed messages he sends. I'm sure the writers intend for them to be clever. But to me, it comes across being too deliberate, too scheming, too show-offy of their (writers') cleverness, and I end up feeling somewhat manipulated.

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Is it also their use of idiom that makes things confusing? The subs translate them fairly literally.

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@KAddict I'm with you on this. Especially so with the last episode. I felt very alienated by this faffing around with wordplay. It works better for the comedy, but it's frustrating when it comes to understanding where the characters are at emotionally in the story.

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Haha! Being commitment-phobic, I understand them both very well. It's the fear of falling and falling hard that gives them pause. Once they're all in, what happens when they or, should I say if, they get burned by the other? Breakdown!!!

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*raises hand* Another commitment-phobe here. I think you described their mindsets very well.

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Yeah, the shift in their "agreement" confused me a lot, which is why I prefer to read recaps before watching. I totally agree with your explanation!

I'm re-watching Gong-shil's "possession" scene again and honestly, I'm not sure whom I'm hurting for more--HER, because she knows she likes him but won't say it to him (extra drats because she just has the BEST reason to hang around him for skinship fun); or HIM, for admitting he likes her but insisting she handle everything else and peppering her with convoluted logic.

Watching his reaction to all her hurtful words as she's "possessed" hurts my heart. Plus all those awkward-adorkable moments all episode long where he tries so hard to tell her how he feels AND find out how she feels (see: conversation with trashcan adjussi).

I have to say, I was initially pretty meh about So Ji-Sub, but in the last three episodes at least when he shows little peeks at his in-love self has had me totally melting and all marshmallowy. <3

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She's been dissembling about her feelings for him, and the fake-possession scene is not the first time - even in episode 7, with the telescope, she had to use the excuse of a scary ghost to hide the fact that his proximity did funny things to her.

I find it really appropriate that she's literally using fake ghosts as an excuse to fight her feelings for her ghost-repellent.

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He just needs some reassurance that the r/s will not go the distance (and therefore hurt like hell when it ends). Hence, the keeping her at a "logical" arm's length (which UNLIKE the TGS touch zone, is steadfastly diminishing. Irony) within safe parameters of how much he thinks he can emotionally deal with.

First, it was his scam marriage. Now, that didn't work.

Then, he decides to make her his secret mistress by offering her material goods, so if she accepts it, he knows she's at the very least in it for the money and not love. Now, that didn't work and pissed him off a great deal.

Now, he decides to expose his feelings anyway since he figured that she's got that whole bunker/ghost issue as a buffer to her feelings, so yay!arm's length!faux emotional comfort again! His pain is now HER responsibility!

Sigh, logic is absurd but there's logic. Even if he's wrangling it out of thin air like no tomorrow.

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Well, this is my interpretation. Isn't what you feel exactly what JW feels in his mind? That feeling of confusion. He's scared of what will happen if he falls deeply in love and be the lamb. So we are witnessing his push and pull game. We don't know what's going to happen either. Honestly, are we sure if he should be open with his feelings when he's in conflict with himself? Like most of the dramas, this one is written in third omniscient point of view. We know what's going on in every characters' minds. But unlike lots of dramas we're not just a observer. Thanks to the Hong sisters great writing ability, excellent characterization and superb acting, we can feel what the characters feel. As if we also are a part of this story. That's why I believe the feeling of confusion is created to make viewers feel the characters in a better way.

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Typo
an observer

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Thank you for your recaps because I was totally confused about this crazy relationship.I'm sure JW thinks he's logical, but I'm as confused as GS. No wonder why she tried to hide behind the fake possession of the pianist's wife. The kiss was unexpected, but MEH.

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Can it be that Cha Hee Joo has a twin sister? And Hwang Sun-hee plays the older version?

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I'm surprised nobody else mentioned this! Cos i am thinking of the same thing too! She sure looked scheming enough.

It will be totally mind blowing if she CAN ALSO SEEE ghosts otherwise why would she "That's JW's aunt, right?"

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@enenmon In my opinion, she was just talking aloud to herself. doubt she can see ghosts too.

I really wonder how that new girl is involved in all of this! I'm getting antsy from waiting for this line of the story to develop. Maybe she's indeed the twin sister of Cha Hee Joo or some other family relation.

Right now, I've devised 2 plausible scenarios of her involvement:

- maybe she was involved in the kidnapping and ransom incident. Back in the car-chase flashback scene, the driver of the car ran off from the car wreck right? Maybe she was the one! since Cha Hee Joo said she has to protect her accomplice(s). (but this doesn't explain why she's back following JJW around...I mean if she really was involved in the kidnapping, wouldn't it make more sense for her to lay low and enjoy the spoils (the ransom)?? It seems counter-intuitive to be following Joong Won around.)

- maybe she's out for revenge, blaming Joong Won for her sister's (Hee Joo), death.

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Both your scenarios can be true. Hee Joo has a bad twin sister which planned the kidnapping but her good sister got killed in the process. In the preview of the next episode, the bad sister was holding the necklace which means she received the ransom. Now she blames JJW for her death and plans to take revenge or another despicable plan.

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This was one awesome episode!!!! I could not stop smiling through the show. I think my roommate who was sitting opposite me must have wondered why I was grinning like an idiot the whole time hahahaha :D

I especially love how all the tiny details seem to come together in today's episode. For instance, how Lee Jonghyuk's character intended to give the flowers personally to Gongshil, and how that juxtaposed with Joongwon's previous denial. It kinda highlights how much Joongwon actually likes Gongshil, so much that he, in his logic, knew he had to avoid it or risk getting hurt.

Siiiggh can't wait for the next episode. Only a day away!

By the way, I heard that there won't be any Master's Sun next week due to some other broadcasting events happening concurrently. Please tell me this isn't sooooo >< I really don't want the show to end so soon, but I also don't want to wait 2 week for the new episodes T^T

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I am following Master's Sun's Facebook group and they reportedly mentioned that it will be Mid-Autumn Festival next, not sure was it Wed or Thurs. But the Master's Sun will still continue it's usual broadcast! :)

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Phew thanks so much for the update. :D I'm relieved...can sleep well tonight LOL

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good for you its just your roommate, mine will be my officemates! hehe

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My, my. I haven't sat around for a whole hour refreshing for a recap in many a drama.

YOWZA!

;p

Thanks!!

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This is my first time posting but I wanted to thank all of you for your hard work creating these recaps. I had such a hard time waiting for this episode but I am glad it is finally here. I actually looked up the story "One Stormy Night" so I understood a bit more - some foreshadowing, eh?

Thanks again for all you do!

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In essence, JW confessed his feelings cos he can't calculate GS any other way. But tells her not to fall for him no matter how much he seduces her since she is using him for survival. So they can enjoy being together until it ends.

Mmmm...so his last line of defense is for her to let go of him when the time is right. Cos love is not in the equation cos she's busy trying to survive and using him as a bunker.

If this is his plan, JW will fall flat on his face cos he will not want it to end.

And for GS love will overtake the survival cos I believe she will need to save him from the evil twin somehow.

Another thing, it feels like JW is waiting for her reaction? He saw the necklace so does wearing it imply that she's using it as an emulet or acceptance of his love?

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That's exactly my take.

Last Qn:
To her wearing it means acceptance of his love.
To him: Wearing it means she likes his gift, and by extension of logic, him.
Oh, these two!

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"And for GS love will overtake the survival cos I believe she will need to save him from the evil twin somehow."

This touches on something I completely don't understand:

Why would GS think that love and shelter are mutually exclusive things to receive from JW? He's told her that if he becomes the most important person in her world, he won't be able to break it off. So she'd get both.

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DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE NAME OF THE STUFFED KITTY THAT GONG-SHIL HAS ON HER BED?

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT IF SOMEONE CAN TELL ME. I'VE BEEN SEARCHING ON GOOGLE BUT THERE IS NEVER A MENTION OF A NAME.

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lazy cat dinga

http://www.sendzel.com/lazy-cat-dinga.html

He is very cute right?

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OMG! Thanks so much! You are the best Lizzy4e!!!

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I have no patience for mysteries so I had to look up ONE STORMY NIGHT to find out how the Wolf Goat relationship ends.

Let's hope the series metaphor stops at the first story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arashi_no_Yoru_ni

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Well, there was a rough patch, but that wasn't a bad ending at all.

Maybe TGS and JW will have their own rough patch to overcome. We've got a few more eps to go after all.

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One Story Night [Wolf and Goat] plotline seems a little like Romeo and Juliet, without the deaths.

If the Hong Sisters activate the metaphor, it seems the couple will be fighting to be together, while their communities are working to keep them apart.

And there is AMNESIA in Wolfie's future. I think in this version Wolfie=Sun.

Maybe TMS version of amnesia will be losing ability to see ghosts. And the trigger word will be "get out."

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To be honest, I'm quite confused in the episodes that mentioned the wolf & lamb. Who's supposed to be who?

I would think GS is a lamb seeking shelter and she meets JW the wolf. and GS will be willing to sacrifice herself for JW to 'eat' (have an advantage) her.

But during the show, GS was referring herself as wolf & JW as lamb? and that JW will be crazy to offer himself to let GS 'eat'??? huh?

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@enenmon
Since GS is using JW as a ghost-ward, he is something she uses/a power she 'eats/consumes' and therefore she is the wolf preying on the sheep. The lamb is JW because he is the tool/nourishment for GS.
Basically the parts of the story she relates is that the wolf meets a sheep and they both fall in love with each other. But the wolf has nothing to eat so the sheep offers itself up as a sacrifice. (What she doesn't mention to JW is that of course the wolf doesn't eat the sheep.) So when she says that JW would be crazy to let her eat him, she means that he would be crazy to let her use him and become close to her and then fall for her (potentially). Does that make sense? Basically she is warning him away.
As a side note, I found it interesting that GS described herself as the wolf, the one with the more power. It was a nice touch by the Hong sisters to not make her the weak one.

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In Tae-Yang version she in the wolf and Joong-Won is the goat.

Like the Wolf needs to use the goat for food, she needs to use Joong-Won for shelter. The wolf fell in love with the goat and almost dies of starvation. The goat seeing the wolf's dilemma, volunteers to be eaten. This has Joong-Won being outraged as the idea of him volunteering to be consumed.

Now for me the metaphor falls apart because I don't see how using Joong-Won as shelter (which doesn't kill him so is very different from consuming him) means that she can't love him.

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My take is that friendship/allies is something that can be indefinite. GS can use him a her shelter when she needs to for as long as she needs to but things get messier with romantic feelings involved. They both seem convinced that anything between them can only be temporary. I'm assuming for the usual chaebal/candy reasons.

JW is how she keeps her sanity and she puts a higher priority on that than love.

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Basically, in a nutshell: Love/romantic feelings complicate things.

Both of them would prefer their r/s to be one of a business transaction or a commonplace necessity (Oxygen for breathing, food to survive, touching to ward away ghosts) because with that logic, things will go on with both of them getting what they initially seek out to get from each other without disruption.

However, when love comes to play, touching him will have different connotations - what if one day, she can't touch him because of her feelings, without feeling sad about the unspoken implications? That's where the starvation comes to play I suppose, if it's taken literally. Essentially, she will be starving for him to return her feelings, both emotionally and physically.

The all-seeing goat (JW) knows that she needs him as a bunker > wants his love, so chances of her being wary about falling for him is relatively high - that's him calculating the situation (and being pretty selfish, but I understand why he's like that). He's only giving his 100% because he knows she can't - his only "protection" now after called-off wedding is sadly, the object of his desire.

He is all now like, okay, you take responsibility for my feelings - I don't wanna handle the consequences. You decide what to do with mine BECAUSE you can never properly consume me anyway. Silly, really.

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*Essentially, she will be starving for him to return her feelings, both emotionally and physically. At the same time, she needs him to survive so major Catch-22 for her there.

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OK, it now looks like Cha Hee Joo has a sister, and she is not a nice girl when she makes her appearance here.

However, all those years ago, she'd be too young to have planned that kidnapping. So if HJ wasn't put up to it by her sister, nor by JW's father, then WHO?

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U know it's ironic how the 'ghost-per-episode' will poof away having rest in peace as GS helped them fulfill their requests? But HJ's ghost is STILL around after so many years.... what is it that stops her from 'resting in peace'? lol

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The other ghosts get to rest in peace after they get TGS to help them finish their unfinished business.

HJ doesn't have that becos her unfinished business w JW involves sb she wants to protect, so she can't out it to TGS.

Looks like her unfinished business is her sister, hence HJ is riding the elevator w her, and hanging on beside her instead of JW, now that she has shown up!

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