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Master’s Sun: Episode 12

Ohhhhh boy. This one’s gonna be a beast. I feel like we all need a big session of messy cathartic emotion-wrangling after this doozy of an episode, maybe with lots of booze and tears. Definitely booze.

Well, you can say this for sure: The Hong sisters really outdid themselves with this one. I’ll… leave it to you to decide how to feel about that, though. I’m still sorting through it myself, really. Maybe by the end of the recap I’ll know how to feel. Or maybe I’ll still be an emotional wreck, chanting to myself that everything will be okay. No promises.

Also: That goddamned book!

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EPISODE 12 RECAP

Ze kiss!

To backtrack a moment, I do think the characters’ reactions make sense in the context of the drama. I wasn’t failing to understand; it was just that it took some thinking to get on the same page as the characters (which you could point to as a writing misstep). Sometimes there’s value in taking one’s time to come to an understanding—say in a cerebral thriller. But with emotional beats, you want the impact to land as close to the moment as possible, and when there’s a gap there, you get confused viewers.

Still: Gong-shil has never said she loves him, because when she first realized she cared, he was heavily in denial and spouting his usual nonsense. So it made sense for her to abide by their deal and say that she would ONLY be his radar, hiding her real feelings.

The pool incident was a huge lesson for her in going with her head over her heart, because if she’d gotten swept up in the romance of moment she would’ve felt even more hurt and humiliated. She has to continually remind herself not to get caught up enjoying playacting the girlfriend too much now, because that adds pain to later, after he solves his Hee-joo issue and says buh-bye.

By the time he comes around to acknowledging his feelings, he’s taking her at face value too, thinking she only needs him for his ghost-savior properties. She keeps telling him that she only touches him because she’s scared, that she’s totally fine parting ways after he’s done needing with the radar, that she won’t crumble, oh, no, she will survive, it took all the strength I had not to fall apart, I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give, hey hey

That’s why every time either of them brings up this whole radar-shelter relationship, it shoves that barrier back between them, reminding them that they’ve both said they’re totally fine splitting up. It becomes a matter of I can deal with my broken heart later, but I said okay so I have to pretend I’m okay.

Therefore I do want to give Master’s Sun full credit for the strength of its conflict, because here is a case where the thing that brought them together is the thing actively keeping them apart. I was practically giddy at the outset when I realized the whole relationship was predicated on lots of physical proximity, because it allows for a lot of playing with romance motifs but subverting the text. They get to sorta have their cake and eat it too by enjoying aspects of a romantic relationship but not having to actually make the emotionally mature decision to go all-in. It’s a bit like having your id running wild while the ego/superego has its back turned.

In a sense, Master’s Sun is giving us the classic friends-to-lovers quandary of not wanting to muck up a good thing by asking fro more, but becoming less and less satisfied with the status quo. Though it one-ups that scenario by flirting with friends-with-benefits into lovers, which is just more fun. Heh.

Wow, all that and we’re only ten seconds into the episode. Or maybe I just really wanted an excuse to post lots of kissy pictures.

They break the kiss, and Gong-shil processes the moment with her face resting on his shoulder. Joong-won says that if she was using a ghost as an excuse to say things she couldn’t say to his face, he believes she doesn’t really want him to get lost: “We started because you said you could handle it. If you raise your hand because this is too difficult for you, we’ll end things here. What do you want to do?”

They pull back, and she says a bit awkwardly that some spirit must’ve passed through her and thanks him for bringing her back. He tells her he’s glad to have her back.

Then he says that he’s here because she said she wanted to go home (for her next date location). He sorta wiggles his eyebrows at that, calling it a bold move. Which, hee.

Joong-won lets himself into her tiny apartment while she scrambles to put away her lingerie and tells him to leave, since she didn’t invite him in. He reminds her that she barged into his home first and slept in his bed that night, which sets the tone for an innuendo-filled conversation. Gong-shil says she’d like to be “safe” too, to which he wonders whether he should’ve prepared himself for more “dangerous” proceedings (rawr).

She uses his own words in saying pointedly that she has no pride or feelings to hurt, since she’s so scared to death. But he says he’s scared too, because he can’t control his feelings for her and that hurts his own pride: “But I came here anyway, so don’t chase me out.” He asks for an invitation (although he acknowledges that he’s already inside) and coffee, like she did for her ghost visitors.

She agrees to prepare something super-bitter, per his tastes. Joong-won says (gloats?) to the big stuffed cat, “I was invited. It’s cramped here, so get lost.” He shoves it off the bed, ha.

Aunt Joo still can’t wrap her head around the description of Joong-won’s relationship with Gong-shil, and looks to Secretary Kim for answers. Why would a woman who doesn’t even purport to love him that much insist on sticking by his side, with no pride or shame?

Secretary Kim reasons that what others call the master’s curse (re: Hee-joo), Gong-shil refers to as an emotional scar. Healing old wounds requires some amount of proximity, but Joong-won keeps everyone at arm’s length; thus there’s value in someone who’ll stubbornly stick with him anyway.

Aunt perks up when Secretary Kim says she appears to have prepared an exit strategy; they entered the relationship believing there to be a way out. But Secretary Kim chuckles at the prediction that the two will find themselves in deeper than anticipated.

Joong-won takes a look around the apartment, wondering why she doesn’t take her big payday to get a larger place. She says she’s more comfortable here. Then he notices that she’s got beer in her mini-fridge, and gets pissy to hear that it’s for Kang Woo to drink out on the rooftop.

He sniffs that there’s not enough room for Kang Woo in her fridge and starts taking out the cans, and when she orders him to put them back, he pettily shakes the cans up first. HA.

He tries sneaking a glance at her phone when a message comes in. She reads it and immediately steps out, asking him to wait, and he stews at the suspicion that it’s Kang Woo. (It is, though it’s a simple request to take in his laundry because it’s supposed to rain tonight.)

Joong-won sneaks a glance at her phone, but with the words blurred and shaky he can’t make a thing out. He sighs at his behavior and comes to his senses. OR DOES HE.

Cut to: the neighbor boys, sitting in front of him. Hahaha. He offers them one toy for each sentence read, and as the hyung reads the innocuous message, Joong-won relaxes. How mundane after all.

Until the imp reads the last line (about sorting the trash together), “I love you.” Joong-won gapes, and the boy takes a closer look. “Oh! Do it with me.” Hahahah. (The characters look similar in hangul: 저랑해요 and 사랑해요.)

The hyung asks whether he’s really the Kingdom president, and Joong-won asks if Gong-shil ever talks about him. The boy replies that she called him “the most special person in the world,” and Joong-won is appropriately flattered, but also willing to believe that the kid is telling the truth because innocent little kids surely wouldn’t think to flatter him for personal gain. He gives them Kingdom cards and tells them to buy whateeeeeever they want in the mall.

Yi-ryung is still smarting from Kang Woo’s rejection and tells him not to worry about their scandal blowing up, because a different scandal story is about to hit the press. He asks if she’ll be okay being linked falsely with Joong-won, and she bristles at the display of concern—how dare he reject her and then be all nice?

Kang Woo asks what he can do to help, since he doesn’t want to see Yi-ryung weathering the brunt of scandal. She snaps that she’ll take care of it.

Gong-shil finds Joong-won out on the rooftop, and he refers to the laundry request. She’s surprised he was able to read the text, and he states that he can make things happen when he wants to, which she acknowledges is his privilege.

She tells him she’s thought of a way for him to be “safe,” drawing on the story-metaphor where the goat could feel that he was safe from being eaten: “Because he know how much the wolf liked him. He could trust in the knowledge that the wolf really really liked him and would protect instead of eat him, and so he could rest easy. You can rest easy too—like the wolf, I’ll protect you.”

Aw, a sorta-confession, albeit couched in a metaphor. She urges him home before the downpour, then heads inside feeling anxious because she hates storms.

But Joong-won shows up once again, having deduced that rain attracts water ghosts, which are her most feared types, and thus she needs him especially tonight. Yes. Yes, go with that.

So he leads her to bed, then issues the warning that they’re really gonna “just sleep holding hands” and that she’d better not think other thoughts. Taking a seat next to her bed, he hold her hand and orders her to sleep, as if she could.

Then he watches her sleep while the storm rages, though she doesn’t even flinch with him holding her hand. He thinks of how she described feeling hurt, and figures that at least he can use the ghosts as an excuse to hold her without hurting her feelings about the other thing.

Some time later, Gong-shil wakes up to find him dozing at the bedside. She recalls his words about feeling scared too, and sighs that his fear prevents him from reading and thus she doesn’t want to add to it. Urg.

She wakes up again in the morning, alone this time.

Yi-ryung’s scandal hits the press all right, but it’s not quite what she expected: It calls it a double scandal and doesn’t name names, though it refers slyly to one bodyguard and one chaebol. Kang Woo suggests that Joong-won acknowledge being the chaebol, which would spin the story into a more favorable light. Joong-won tells Kang Woo to step forward instead: “Since you’ve already sold your face on the internet, sell it a little more.”

Secretary Kim points out that if they both deny involvement, Yi-ryung takes the hit. Joong-won can’t have his spokesperson’s image tarnished and proposes that both men refrain from denying it.

He wonders how Gong-shil is taking the news, and is possibly a teeny bit disappointed (?) that she doesn’t seem much fussed and is busily at work with another ghost case.

Just outside Kingdom Mall, a frantic mother hands out flyers for her missing son, begging passers-by to take a look. Gong-shil looks on tearfully, because she can see the boy’s ghost standing there and wonders whether she ought to tell the mother that the child is dead. The mother might spend her entire life searching for him, but on the other hand, dropping the bombshell might be too much for her to bear.

A man offers to help the mother with the flyering, but at the sight of him the ghost-boy goes running. Suspicious, definitely.

Gong-shil goes after the boy, Woo-jin, and tries to draw him out from under the staircase where he huddles. Too bad it’s the staircase near the break area, and to the eyes of the smirky employees watching, this just solidifies her reputation as a weirdo.

Yi-ryung arrives to discuss strategy over the scandal with both of the men involved, having already put out counter-reports that she’s only on casual speaking terms with both. She assumes that when her contract with Kingdom ends she’ll have no need to see them again, so she’s surprised when Joong-won states his intention to re-sign her. (Though it’s purely for business reasons, as he doesn’t want to seem weak by ending a contract because of mere gossip.)

Secretary Kim must really be feeling secure in his job these days because he extends his meddling to Kang Woo, saying pointedly that she’ll be seeing him in the future at Kingdom events he will be working at. Yi-ryung plays it cool, of course, but it’s obvious she likes that idea.

For what it’s worth, I do think Yi-ryung’s actions, however misguided, were done with consideration for Kang Woo, who made clear how much he disliked being linked with her. Too bad her limited brainpower could only think of second scandal to fight the first, but she seems benign enough. Just silly and suffering a painful crush.

As suspected, our nervous ajusshi turns out to be the boy’s killer, and he freaks out at the mother’s persistence. He must’ve accidentally killed the boy, and panics over how to get rid of the bloody clothing. Ack, one wonders what he did with the corpse.

Gong-shil manages to get Woo-jin’s ghost to follow her, but he’s still scared and silent, and she takes him to the president’s office for some advice. How much do I love that she’s referring to Joong-won, Kang Woo, and Secretary Kim now as consultants? And best of all is Joong-won’s smug superiority as he speaks to the others, as though he is suddenly the seasoned veteran who knows so much more than they do. He jabs at Kang Woo, “Aren’t you scared of these things? You may go” and then is pissy when Kang Woo insists on helping.

In an effort to gain the boy’s trust and set him at ease, Gong-shil suggests that they sing, since Woo-jin liked singing children’s ditties. Since he’s wearing a shirt with a bear on it, they settle on the “Three Bears” song. Kang Woo is ready to do it himself, but of course Secretary Kim has to step in and suggest that they all participate. Ha.

So they begin, and Joong-won just sits there stoically until it’s his turn, and then ekes out a monotone verse. But he starts getting into the spirit of things for the second round, which he ends up repeating over and over until Secretary Kim tells him to stop. LOL.

In his next report to Uncle VP, gossipy Han-joo draws up a chart of Gong-shil’s life trajectory based on the facts he’s been able to wring out of her sister. Her accident occurred at the peak of her life, after which she spent three years in a hospital bed, at which point she suddenly awoke and began her “loser life.” But the nature of the accident is the most important and least understood point, and Han-joo promises to get more out of unni on their next dinner date.

Woo-jin’s ghost takes Gong-shil to the place where he died, just as the killer ajusshi pulls up nearby. He feigns innocence in front of her, but freaks out that she may have witnessed something. A flashback shows us that he’d hit the boy with his car (don’t text and drive, folks!), then panicked and stuffed the body in his trunk.

Gong-shil returns to the mother’s flyering spot, holding back her own tears as she watches Woo-jin hovering around Mom longingly. She asks Joong-won for advice, and he advises her to say nothing to Mom directly, and report the body’s location to the police if she finds out where it is.

He adds that it’s likely that Mom will just freak out if Gong-shil told her she could see the boy next to her, and Gong-shil asks if that’s how he felt—did he find her frightful too? Joong-won just says that he didn’t like hearing that Hee-joo had been around all these years.

Aunt Joo confronts Gong-shil about her intentions regarding healing Joong-won’s Hee-joo-related wounds, and tells her in no uncertain terms to leave him alone. But as is her habit, Gong-shil interprets the words a little differently and has her own conversation, wondering whether bringing Hee-joo up is so terrible to Joong-won. It’s that word that keeps getting thrown around that she fixates on—it’s frightful—and she’s reading everything through the lens of his fear. As in, she worries that she’s adding to it.

A glance at his refrigerator reminds Joong-won of Kang Woo’s beer, sitting there in Gong-shil’s fridge, and suddenly there he is on her doorstep carrying a case of beer. HA. His utterly absurd excuse: He ran out of room in his own fridge.

She balks, saying that there’s no room for his beer in her tiny tiny unit, and he retorts that room can be made. He removes Kang Woo’s cans and shoves in his box, all satisfied with himself. Until he notices that one of Kang Woo’s cans is missing—did he stop by for a drink?

Gong-shil says that he was just by to do her a favor, since he has a police officer friend who will look into car accident records for her. Joong-won huffs that she could’ve come to him for help, but she reminds him that he said it’s frightful.

She asks about the time Hee-joo took over her body, wondering what Hee-joo said. Was it that frightful? Joong-won says that it was—she’d told him to return to his past self, and that she loved him.

As a warning to back off, Joong-won paints a picture for her: Gong-shil would feel awful to see the ghost who professes to love him, but he doesn’t want to know when Hee-joo is there. While she’d be able to disperse the ghost by touching him, that would make her feel worse, like she’d chased it away. That would be better than the three of them being together, though. Is she sure she could endure this scenario? “Don’t touch things you can’t handle.”

Gong-shil grabs his arm and contradicts him: “I will, because that’s what I do best.” She prods him to look at that envelope and face his fears rather than ignoring them for fifteen years. Isn’t he embarrassed about being scared and running away?

He leaves saying that he feels embarrassed, and goes home more determined than ever to make it through his storybooks. It’s a tedious, painful, frustrating struggle, but he keeps trying night after night.

Kang Woo hears about Yi-ryung’s latest news story about being hospitalized and briefly worries whether she’s holding up. Then he has to laugh because there she is, strutting in all puffed up on bravado like usual. She pointedly asks why he didn’t drop by to see her in the hospital, and he reminds her that she’d warned him not to string her along (the term is “tending to your fishbowl”—you don’t want to date her, but you don’t want to cut her loose, so you keep her hanging around just in case).

She huffs that her level is along the lines of a highly prized whale that swims the Pacific, not some salaryman’s fish. Then she asks (hopefully) whether he might aspire to raise a whale. He does not. Yi-ryung: “Then… what about a dolphin?” Aw. I can’t help it, I like her. She’s like one of those spoiled yappy puppies, all annoying and bratty but cute in her way.

Kang Woo answers, “Even if you lowered yourself to anchovy level, I have no intention of raising you in my fishery.” Hurt, she blurts, “Who says I’d lower myself to anchovy level anyway?!”

He smiles to himself, amused, but returns to his station to see Yi-ryung wiping tears on the security camera. Conscience pricked.

Joong-won decides he’s ready to hear about Hee-joo and summons Kang Woo, but starts by asking why he’s sticking around after his orders have been completed. Kang Woo states that he will wait until after the Hee-joo case is closed and Joong-won no longer has any use for Gong-shil.

On to the evidence: the photos of a woman looking like Hee-joo taken after her supposed death. The postcards were written to and from “Wargrave” and “Poirot,” as she’d been an avid Agatha Christie fan. And Joong-won recognizes Wargrave as the culprit in the last book he’d been forced to read while kidnapped.

Joong-won knows the real Hee-joo is dead, but lands on the possibility of Hee-joo having had an identical twin who was in on the crime—the person the ghost said she had to protect.

Confirming his theory is a flashback we get from the co-conspirator’s perspective, who had been watching nearby when the car exploded and Hee-joo died inside it. The Twin had possession of the diamond necklace then, and she still has it now.

(A small gripe: These girls are identical twins, but Hwang Sun-hee obviously looks nothing like Hee-joo. Which, fine, she’s grown up now, except the woman in the photos was grown up too and yet had the other face. Bah. Red herring necessity, but boo nonetheless.)

Joong-won drops by Hee-joo’s memorial vault soon after her twin does, but doesn’t notice her watching him outside.

Back to the dead boy, who still won’t speak or give Gong-shil clues about where his body is. Joong-won appears at the door and accepts her word that the boy is here, though he points out that he’s can’t see anything: “I’m just listening to what you say and looking at you. And from watching you so frantically, I seem to have been totally bewitched.” He says it lightly, but she takes it the wrong way, feeling the blame land on herself.

But he says that because of her, he’s taking a second look at the Hee-joo case, and he’s reading too (or trying). When he gets through all the volumes (of his “extremely high-level books”), he’ll no longer feel ashamed, he says. And then he offers to talk to the child’s mother with her, after his meeting. My, aren’t you full of personal growth today.

Joong-won instructs Secretary Kim to look into Hee-joo’s twin status, and this makes Secretary Kim surprisingly anxious. He realizes, “He must have known. Is that why he went to Hee-joo’s vault?” Looking at the photo, he asks, “Then is this… Hanna?” WHAT. Don’t tell me you’re in on this too! You can’t be a bad guy!

Hanna continues to be friendly with Aunt Joo, who invites her in and shows her around the place. Spotting the books on the table, Hanna wonders if Joong-won still cannot read, and plays it off as something Aunt mentioned while drinking. She’s familiar with the tale, and tells Aunt that of the two friends, the one that likes the other side more dies. Which is the wolf, aka Gong-shil. Gack! Will you stop with the foreshadowing?

Gong-shil finally gets the dead boy to offer up a clue about being in a dark place, and leads her to a mechanic’s shop, to the trunk of a familiar-looking car. The mechanic-killer approaches and asks why she’s here, and when she tries to leave, he holds her back by asking for her help in something. He steps outside and pulls on his gloves, a murderous glint in his eye, and Gong-shil takes the moment to call Joong-won.

She’s in the middle of telling him she thinks she found the body when the garage door slides closed, and she ducks out of sight. Joong-won’s shouts over the line are pretty loud, so she cuts the connection and texts him with her location. Argggghhhh, type faster! Hit send! Who cares about full sentences and crap. Go go go send.

Gong-shil doesn’t see the killer creeping up behind her and continues the longest text message ever (oh crap, he can’t even read) as he gets closer… closer… But she hits send just a second before he grabs her and knocks her unconscious.

Joong-won gets the text and squints at the shaking words on the screen. He orders himself to read this, telling himself he can, and squints hard. Slowly, the characters start to come into focus, enough for him to get the name of the auto shop.

Gong-shil awakens in the front seat of a car, hands taped together, her assailant in the driver’s seat. He tells her how this story will go: She ran over the kid, killed him, and then was wracked with guilt and committed suicide.

Gong-shil tells him that he thinks everything ends with death, but it doesn’t, and that the little boy he killed is staring at him now. The man starts to get spooked, then relives the moment he hit the kid and flinches. Gong-shil takes advantage of the moment to spray his eyes with Windex and scramble out, though the garage doors won’t budge. Staggering in pain, he grabs a sharp pointy tool and starts stalking her around the garage.

Joong-won’s voice yells her name, but the killer keeps approaching and raises his tool threateningly. She’s cornered against a door, but at the last moment, Joong-won darts in front of her and grabs her…

The killer scrambles away while Joong-won reminds her he’d told her to be careful. He’s relieved to find that she’s fine, but starts swaying on his feet and collapses on top of her. Startled, she feels his back… and gets to the huge metal screwdriver stabbing into it. ACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

Ohhhhh fuck. Hooooo fuck. Her hand comes away bloody, and she starts sobbing.

The medics arrive to take him away, and she finds herself left at the operating room doors.

At home, Aunt reads her way to the end of the books and tearfully sniffs that the one who liked more did in fact die.

Gong-shil waits in the hospital hallway, huddled on the ground, until someone joins her there. Looking up, she’s stunned to see Joong-won looking healthy and whole.

He says, “It’s true. You really are as bright as the sun.”

She shakes her head in denial as he asks, “Have I died? I feel extremely wronged, but since my woman can see me, I can tell you this before going. Tae Gong-shil. I love you.”

Then, right before her eyes, he disappears into light.

 
COMMENTS

Wow. Um. So.

There’s so much to unpack and I’m not sure I can even do justice to all the emotions this episode has wrought. Oh well let’s give it a try. Maybe in small, careful steps, seeing as how my legs are still shaking and probably not up to supporting me at the moment.

I think your (my) reaction to this huge twist depends to how you accept the ending. Or maybe don’t accept it, as the case may be. Because first, we have to agree on the million-dollar question: Did he die?

Being yet in the first stage of grief, I find myself inclined to denial, and I am willing to resist accepting death as the hard-and-fast truth. Even though the colder logical side of my brain argues, The show couldn’t have been more clear that he’s dead, you putz. All that death foreshadowing! He basically says so. He leaves her with last words. She has had extensive experience with spirits and believes he is one. There is a literal white tunnel and he DISAPPEARS. Stop clinging to false hope, ya fool.

Soooo, pretty clear then.

But as in any drama that involves the death of a beloved character, there will be a faction of viewers who are positive the death isn’t real, so let’s address that. The scene is the last of the episode, so maybe it’s a fakeout of some sort, awaiting one more twist. Maybe it was all a dream. Maybe she’s the one in a coma and this is a fevered figment of her subconscious/dream-maker/some other fictional and therefore totally not real thing. And SHE’S the wolf in this scenario! HE isn’t supposed to die!

Furthermore, I have to think of the twist introduced in Who Are You recently to make itself a loophole. (I disliked it there, but that’s because it’s telling a different story that takes off from a different premise. Here, I’d take it. Then again, I’d bargain a lot for the return of Joong-won.) And we have established that Gong-shil can see the almost-dead in addition to the actually dead, as with the poolside ajumma who turned out to not be a water ghost after all. So maybe Joong-won was giving her a deathbed message, but yet clings to life? Hey, it’s possible. It’s not even retcon (aka retroactive continuity, aka a cheap trick), since that has been established within the parameters of the show’s existing rules.

In a drama I cared less about, I would probably accept the death readily and move on to what this means for the future, but I care an awful lot about this show (and Joong-won’s character) so I’m feeling a little gutted right now. I’m not quite ready to accept it, so I find myself making excuses, or finding plausible (and not-so-plausible) explanations for how we can get Joong-won back alive in Episode 13. Because while I have little problem with a drama killing off characters, even heroes, I have to say that I am NOT okay with Joong-won dying.

Part of that is an emotional response, for sure. I luff him, ergo I want him not to die. But there is a colder, analytical reason for hating the hero-death idea, even though I’d have to give the show points for ballsiness and fearlessness. Negative points of doom, perhaps, but you know. Points.

Having entertained the possibility that he’s still hanging in there, let’s take the ending at face value and move on to the next question: If he’s dead, what does that mean for the future?

Here’s where I run into problems. I’m not ready to write a scathing screed against the drama or swear off all future works of anyone affiliated with producing this show. But if we are to move forward with a dead hero, then I’ve got major, MAJOR beef with you, and I will be hacking away at that beef for the rest of the show, mark my words. First off, there’s the bait-and-switch factor, which was a complaint I voiced about other shows that promised something (redemption, life) and gave us something else (death, doom). Regardless of the dramatic effect you get out of a shocking death, if you haven’t built up the proper building blocks to support that with emotional and logical coherence, you’re going to have viewers who feel cheated.

That’s why I am completely onboard with major characters dying early (even unexpectedly, shockingly early) in a drama with huge stakes like that. It’s why I wanted several characters in City Hunter to die instead of just barely escaping, even though the show certainly earned back those lost points in the end. But not when this isn’t that drama.

Okay, suppose we argue that Master’s Sun is totally all about death and ghosts, so it’s silly to argue about WHICH deaths we got. Except that this is first and foremost a romantic comedy, and who the fuck kills the hero midway through a romantic comedy.

I mean, where would we go from here? What is the point of a romantic comedy that started out with two living people and ended with only one? And this is no Who Are You or 49 Days where letting go of your love and moving on with life is part of the show’s themes. THIS is the drama where two people fall in love and stay in love! Will the show argue that he learned to love, let go of the Hee-joo scars, overcame his debilitating handicap, and left with a clean heart? Okay, put that way it kind of sounds reasonable. But what about her? Will the show give her a love, get her to accept her ability to help dead souls, use that skill to give her confirmation of her true love, and then take away the talent so she can live a normal life? Dammit, why does that sound reasonable too?

To give credit: I love how this episode unfolded, and I loved the beats leading up to Joong-won’s hero-sacrifice maneuver, because he’s shown such gratifying development over the course of the show that it does, in that sense, feel like everything came to a head here. (Argument supporting dead theory? Wah.) The text-reading scene was a bit expected (lots of dramas employ this theme—it’s the whole Mom-lifts-car-to-save-baby narrative of love conquering all handicaps), but the beats resonated because they were built in so nicely. Gong-shil finally pushed Joong-won with a little tough love, telling him to stop running from his fears and suck it up, and you know what, he totally did.

He did so well that he ran into that last scenario and paid for it dearly, only he loved her so much that you think he might be okay with it. Even after being stabbed to (near?) death (JUST LET ME HAVE MY DENIAL) (it’s all I have), his sole concern was for her safety, and he didn’t (let himself?) collapse until he’d heard she was safe. So… maybe that makes him the more-loving wolf after all and they’d had it wrong all along. (More support for death, WAHHHH.)

So all that said, I’m fully prepared to give this show my heart if it makes sense of this death (not-death? Hope springs eternal), but am equally prepared to throw something and start building voodoo dolls if it doesn’t. Because how dare you take the most promising rom-com you’ve done in years and piss all over it, Misses Hong? HOW DARE YOU. (Possibly. I’ll take it back maybe.)

So in the end, it all boils down to what the next episode does, even though I tried my best to focus on what THIS episode did. But it all circles ’round to the same thing, because he’d better not be dead.

I should probably stop writing now, because I fear added words will not equal added clarity. I hope this made sense. It probably didn’t. But maybe what we all just need right now is a group cry-scream-blubber session, in which case it hardly matters.

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Perfect first comment~_<
Thank you for the recap JB~<3

A question for all readers~ Does korea release Blu-ray copies of its drama's? like box-sets & whatnot... like US/UK tv-shows.

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Yes they did.. but not sure bout the blu ray..maybe just dvd.. but after 3 or 4 month after the drama ended.. I dont know in ur country but its like that in my country..

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Oh i know about dvd-box-set for the drama~ I want Blu-ray copy ;[ I know japan releases blu-ray box-sets of kdrama since I own the blu-ray version of City Hunter (cost an arm & a leg for both boxes) & I really really really really really want to buy Master's Sun Blu-ray quality *__*

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What's the difference between blue-ray and regular dvds?

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Yep they do but it takes awhile after all full episodes have already been on tv.

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At least he's not pale and pasty faced like all the other ghosts so maybe that's a sign he's not dead. She could have fallen asleep in the waiting room and this was a dream/nightmare. Like javabeans, I'm reaching for any idea that points to him NOT being dead.

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Oh god I hope ur right. I can't cry any more my eyes & head hurts. Hong sisters what did you do to me???

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I believe that during Joong-Won surgery he flat line which that is why he appeared in front of Goong-Shil and he disappeared because the doctors were able to revive him, if I am correct then after this incident Goong-Shil will pull away from him because of being afraid of putting him in danger again. Based on the Hong sister’s usual structure stories I don’t believe they will be as bold as to kill the main character at this stage in the story, at least I hope they won’t.

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well they already had a ghost that was not a ghost with the mother in coma story line, so it is possible it was an out of the body moment I guess. As for the twin not looking the same well she was hurt so maybe she went under the knife and came out with a new face, though she also taller than the dead twin so... lol.

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erm... the twin grew up. THAT'S WHY she looked different.

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erm, remember that Cha Hee Joo died when she was a teen...and if, by your logic, the twin should look the same, then the main character shouldn't be the Mr. Joo Joong Won we have now, but L. So... no. He grew up, so would the living twin.

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I think he's in a coma. And also, it's been fairly clear throughout the episodes, that the more "human" they appear to Gong Sil from the start the more "human" they look. To her JW is not a stranger. So he'll appear as human as she knows him.

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That's what I'm going with too, it HAS to be a coma (Please let it be a coma) or he died briefly on the op table, and he disappeared when he was brought back, yeah so it might have been a bit convenient that he had just finished his goodbyes on ressus, but I can live with that, as long as HE LIVES!

Man, if they have killed him >_<

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She's just having a bad dream.

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Oh. I thought that it was that the less she is scared of them, the more they look human to her. If she imagines them as monstrous and scary, then they usually look frightening to her until she humanizes them.

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*crosses fingers*

Also, funny how Master's Sun OSTs kept coming on the radio while I was reading this recap... *side-eyes radio app*

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They finally released the song I wanted so i'm happy :3

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I was crying when the episode ended and went to DB right away to read the recap. Only, I can't. 'CAUSE MY EYES ARE CRYING RIVERS OF TEARS WHICH MADE EVERYTHING REALLY BLURRY. HOW DARE YOU HONG SISSES. T_T

I really need somebody to cry with right now. ;_____;
My dear hero. Why oh why oh why.
I do believe he's just in a coma and on his way back to his body. PLEASE BE.

gaaaaaah my braincells. Now I know how YiRyung feels.
*insert more incoherent thoughts here. Off to cry some more*

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Same here!!!!! I was crying so hard after finishing this episode that I immediately went to DramaBeans to hear a persuasive argument for what I'm SO HOPING . . . he's only in a coma . . . he's only in a coma . . . he's only in a coma . . .

And yes, that was totally the longest text ever - especially to someone you know can't read!

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There is no way that Joong-Won is dead. First of all, he didn't look like a (dead) ghost. Secondly, he "swooshed" away like all the other (dead) ghosts. As we know, if you "swoosh", you're gone forever. He wouldn't be on the show anymore. He's the hero so...no way. What happened is: Joong-Won died during surgery and had an out of body experience, but instead of hovering over his body and watching himself die, he used his time to go to his woman and say a few last words. However, the doctors were able to revive him...that's why he swooshed back TOWARD the surgery room instead of upward. Ta-da.

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I really really like this version! :D

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I will buy that. I simply don't see any other viable way that this drama could progress unless it takes a really weird twist.

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oh I love that. Thanks, I feel better now!

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That was exactly what I thought. He died on the table but the doctors brought him back. No way they have gone this far and then killed off the hero. His near death would also make them face their relationship fears, and will also give him a better understanding of the heroine.

He is not dead. He is just not.

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I agreeeeee! They made it so, so that they would have to reflect on their relationship and really pursue each other. Being almost dead will give him the courage to just live and be happy without thinking of anything else except being with Gong Shil.

By the end of this series, I'm actually wondering if they will retain Gon Shil's ghost seeing ability.

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i love this.
totally helping convince me that he really can be alive.
(or wishful thinking)
but you're right, he swooshed toward the surgery room instead of towards the sky.
without joong won, it's like all of the other drama plots die. i can't picture it being resolved (cha hee joo) with just gong shil and no joong won. it just seems wrong.

Okayokay, more like I CAN'T PICTURE THE REST OF THE DRAMA WITHOUT JOONG WON.
HE MUST BE ALIVE. PLEASE PLEASE. T____T

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Yes. Ok. I can get on board with this one. The coma situation would annoy me, but this version is perfectly reasonable. I mean... no way would he just go go away without sticking by Gong Sil's side for longer to make sure she was safe and happy and stuff. Right?! And with the whole Hee Joo scenario being all kinds of mysterious, there is no way he is resolved enough to depart the Earth. No. Way.

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This is what I thought...and this is what i'll believe until next week weds....Can we all just time jump to weds to see what happens? :'(

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This was exactly what I thought happened. Died in surgery then was revived. It makes complete sense and still goes well with the story line.
There's NO WAY they can continue the show without his character.

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This is the only way.

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I'm praying to all the drama gods that you're right.

Because the alternative is too awful to contemplate.

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Hoping we get this instead!

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Your version makes total sense. If it takes the typical kdrama route I'm sure this near death experience will make Gong-shil take the whole I'm dangerous to Joong-won I have to stay away from him route for about 2 episodes and by the last episode happy ending

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Thats what i was thinking its just too early to kill off the main cast but i must admit that this cliff hanger sure makes the audience crazy! And i dont see how the story will go if tae gon shil is alone while kang woo is starting to like the other girl. I would say a bad dream too like the other viewers said. Its too surreal to kill him straight up. ITS TOO UNACCEPTABLE BUT IM STILL SO STRESSED HOW THERES STILL NO preview! Arghhhhhhjvwijvnwrovubb

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This is exactly what I was thinking. I wasn't panicked at all after the ending because it makes sense to me the doctors "lost him" during surgery but probably revived him fairly quickly. Like the comatose woman, I doubt he'll remember what happened when he recovers.

I'm more interested to see what's going on with Secretary Kim knowing about Han Na.

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Had the same thought! I think he did die but was revived. There are still so many unresolved issues..so he can't be dead...or maybe I'm just in denial just like the rest of the Kdrama population? I think his out of body experience will cement his understanding and support of GS ability and confirm that she is not crazy! Just imagine living with someone who is 24/7 being bugged by ghosts...that would drive anyone bonkers!

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I still think he's not dead or will be back to life someway.

Maybe it's like he is in coma like the hotel guest (water) ghost of earlier episode.

Having SJS die will lead to nothing, so i am pretty confident it's just a stunt.

But...well.. there's this tiny wee part of me which says maybe his death will cure GS's fear of ghost and be really fighter tae for helpless souls, and the ending scene some sort of monologue from our heroine on thanking J and loving her and the ghost of J looking after her.
But as I said just a tinyyyyyy part, might as well be part of my stupid imagination than instinct

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I would agree; that would make a really strong resolution if the death happened in episode 15, but there is NO way they can stretch that to 4 episodes! Gong Sil has no ties to anyone at Kingdom without him, so what could they possibly do for four more episodes?

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FIRSTLY, this show is based in the main couple,s chemistry if they fall apart the ratings will go to the netherland.
Secondly, where is the cohesion- the evil twin sister, the dates of the kidnapping... I want more answers to these things, close matters not only floating Hong sisters.
To cap it all the secondaries are like BUSHES, You can not waste such opportunities. Only shine from time to time, Mr Kim and his posh Aunt because they have tons of talent but their roles are SKINNY,and now So ji sub is a Ghost Twice first last year he is like Kim nan Gil ,poor lad.

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sorry for riding your comment, i check db from my cellphone so i just gonna leave it at the very 1st comment, :* miane. Just wanna add that Gong-shil is really cute! can't get enough her pouty aegyo and all her kiddy smile around everybody!

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I threw my comtroller to the ground, leapt up off the couch, and screamed in rage. My husband thought I had become a crazy woman.If he's really dead, that would truly be a sad day.

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Thanks for the recap!!!

Personally, I don't think Joong-won is dead, he might just be like the lady in episode 8. =)

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I'm a little confused, what does it mean when gong dhil said that she can ' handle' it and if she can't then they sound just "end" it if it gets too hard? End their relationship? If he likes her and she likes him then what's there to stop them?

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what is the name of the books So Ji Sub is reading in this drama? I can´t find those books :(

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I realized the ghosts were getting less and less scary – physically, at least…and the ghosts we as the audience see are what Tae-yang sees…which means she too no longer sees them as these gory looking monsters that are out to get her. I used to freak out and cover my eyes whenever the ghosts appeared, but I noticed that I haven’t been doing so for the past couple episodes... Sure, Tae-yang still jumps when she sees them, but these ghosts are no longer grotesque looking (remember the grandmother ghost, the high-heeled ghost, the drag queen ghost, and more ::shudder::) …Does that mean Tae-yang is one step closer to death and no longer seeing them as things out of this “world” because she’s slowly becoming like them? (as if in she too will soon die and join them as ghosts)… it could be that she starts seeing them as equals.

I just hope Joo-goon doesn’t return with amnesia…I don’t doubt that Joo-goon is alive…it’s a kdrama…they just can’t go killing off the main lead with four episodes….still I was shocked at this turn of events. If this were a typical kdrama, I would say Joo-goon comes back from the brink of death with amnesia, and because Tae-yang can’t let him get hurt again because of her, she distances herself from him…but then I’ve been surprised at how unpredictable this drama has been, so I’ll just have to wait and see!

At least they weren’t cruel enough as to leave us hanging with that ending for two weeks! Soooo happy that they’ll be airing next Wednesday!!!!!! <3

As always~ thank you for the recap!

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Please, please no amnesia! :(( But that´s exactly what I was thinking as well: near death, coma, waking up, amnesia, being fine and able to read, being (almost) snatched away by the evil-twin etc.
But the drama did everything so nicely until now and surprised me at every turn - but what else is there?! As you said, they can´t kill him off so suddenly with 4 more episodes to go (too many to finish this story without him taking an active part in it and too few to give our female hero a satisfying way out).
But please dear drama-gods, don´t let it be amnesia! I´m so sick and tired of that one... :((
And also: if this is a fake-out and she wakes up from a dream etc - I´m gonna get pretty angry. Don´t play with your viewers innocent hearts like that, Hong-Sisters!!!

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Why Amnesia..?

He got stabbed at the back..which is far away from his head..

If he did get Amnesia..i'm gonna stop watching this show & put a curse on the Hong Sisters.

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Because in the book the wolf got amnesia and forgot about the goat. Also because sometimes dramaland likes to throw out amnesia/a disease suddenly out of nowhere to induce drama~

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Miss anniebee kinda make a lot of sense. Also not all amnesia are from head trauma. There's dissociative anemia which is caused by stressful or traumatic event (in this case Gong Shil was almost killed). If we're going based on predictability then I think that would be the events for the next 4 episodes, but hopefully it all happens within 2 episodes because I can't deal with amnesia stuff.

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*** lol I meant dissociative amnesia not anemia. totally different disorder.

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few television writer study anatomy.

you can get amnesia, if the plot needs it, from stubbing your toes.

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i think it is possible to develop post traumatic amnesia even if the injury isnt to the head. if a person is stabbed and loses a lot of blood it might compromise the blood supply to the brain there by causing infarction and resultant loss of memory, usually retrograde amnesia.

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Just like the bad guys can tell if you copied a USB or SIM card when they are holding someone for exchange. :)

So apparently TV writers also don't know crap about computers either. I start to cringe when I see many of them bring medical, computer, or science type stuff into these dramas, as they usually just make the writer look stupid.

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I HATE amnesia as a trope in dramas! That and birth secrets. So over-used. So boring. So stereotypical in the worst way possible.

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Amnesia would be far more better than him dying >.<

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I concur to this one. I'd rather have amnesia than him dying. T_T

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He is So Not dead. There is a whole literature out there on the Near-Death experience, and in interview after interview ppl say that their spirit leaves their body, float above their body, look down on it lying on the operating table, and medical personnel busying around, then they float out of the room, and go somewhere pleasant. Those books make for very interesting and reassuring reads: not only reassuring that JW is Not dead, but also reassuring in the large sense of Life after Life.

I'm not even worried that he is dead. But I Am worried that he'll come back w amnesia. That'd be annoying!

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Yea.. I don't think he is dead either...

It's more like a situation of Dokko Jin in Best Love, with all the tension leading up to the surgery... and then the surgery being a success...

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I agree with this idea completely. I think he flat-lines on the table, and has a out-of-body experience, finds her and thinks he is really dead, thus letting him say what he needs to say.

Him going into the light/fading, is the docs bringing him back.

I do think him not remembering what he says to her is a really possibility :( Let's hope he does!

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It was a suprise and sad. It would have been more upseting if they did not have the pool ghost that was in the coma. Sometimes in surgery a person is lost and comes back.

The twin is creepy. did not look upset her twin sister died right in front of her. Her name is hanna to everyone. that is confusing

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The book about the wolf and goat is called "Arashi no Yoru ni" and its, i think, about 6 or 7 series long. ANYWAYS my point is, in it the "WOLF" loses his memory.......yes the WOLF loses his memory.....SOOO if hong sister plays up on the book plot, then yes I wouldn't be surprise if he wakes up with amnesia bc that exactly what happens to the WOLF.....bc he doesn't die FYI!!! Wolf then tries to eat the goat, but when the goat says a password that they share (read the story its truly is a sad but happy one!) the WOLF gains back his memory of the time they spend together and how they have become best friends (or in Master Sun case lovers) defining all odds and goes to live happily ever after.

P.S. They need to stop killing SJS in drama's he's always dying or something LOL

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If Hong Sister's follow that story line, what do you think Tae Gong Shil and Joo Joong Won's password will be? :)

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get lost (꺼져)? ^^ kekekekeke

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"get lost" I like that. it is not cheesy.

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Hahahaha yes complete with his hand movements:)

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"Come back." or "Return."

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The sun amulet.

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I'll vote for 'Taeyang'. :)

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I do not think that our hero will die (I am considering either near-death operation during which he let go of his body just for a moment, or it was her nightmare). And I don't think that amnesia will be for our hero either. Well, I hope it won't, because if the story goes like the "tale", I believe, "amnesia" would more abstract thing with our heroine (her body being possessed or something). Hero's amnesia would be just... to easy. I mean, we get back to zero, we get back (maybe) to these first jokes, but why... I don's see a point to repeat all this... :/ I hope for no amnesia or that the drama will use this trope to make fun of it (and for a short period).

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Maybe Fake Amnesia. Thus all are happy :)
What I mean by this is that during his brief not so death he will run into the spirit of Hee Joo (The Ex) she will warn him that if he stays to close to Gong Shill he is putting her in danger. Thus to protect her he will return but at the same time will pretend that he has amnesia.

Basically killing him of at this point his way to early and doesn't make sense at all. Sure you can kill of one of the characters but only at the end and as we still have a few episodes remaining we are safe to assume that this wont be the case. Perhaps 1-2 Episodes in a comma then fake amnesia etc...

Secretary Kim can't really be the bad guy. It wont make sense. Sure he is keeping an eye on him but if he was involved then he should have done his best to keep Gong Shill away from him as she would pose a significant threat to them as she may be eventually be able to expose them due to her talents. Granted he may have believed that the spirit wouldn't talk but eventually even the dead talk (clues, facts don't match up etc...)[you know how historians figure stuff out etc.] So no I doubt that he is in league with them I choose to believe that he is still on te side of the angels for the moment. :) until I am proven wrong otherwise.

It makes sense that the Aunt didn't recognize the twin. See only saw Hee Joo (assumed) when she was young and now that she is all grown up and was out of sight for so many years she can't tell it is the same person. Makes sense as it has personally happened with me. I had a real good friend and I hadn't seen him for some years then I heard that he would be attending a certain function so I was looking forward to meeting him. Now I had a certain picture in my mind from my last encounter with him and since I had those parameters set in my head I was looking for him. Totally didn't recognize him though he was the one who did.Guess while he changed I didn't :) SO it is quite possible.
By the way does anyone know the actress who is portraying the twin in this series (ie Hana)
if so please tell me

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I do think it's a near death scenario too, and like the lights and his disappearance was his spirit returning to his body.

I really don't think he's dead, that or I just have WAY too much faith in kdrama formats that they would never deviate from that, right?... right?

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NO amnesia, please! This must be the most stupid trope they use in Kdramaland.

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to John Smith:

The actress who played Hanna was Kwang Sun Hee.

She also played the veterinarian in City Hunter, another drama directed by the same PD as the Master's Sun, Jin Hyuk.

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"They need to stop killing SJS in drama’s he’s always dying or something LOL"

Too true. This is one time too many.

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HA! I agree. He was killed in Something Happened in Bali and Sorry, I love you. The original SJS is also killed in Ghost. And in Love of Thousand Years, he was killed in the first few episodes. Luckily, the princess travelled into the future and they met again. LOL!

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yeah i agree, they need to stop killing SJS in drama.

i'm a fan of SJS but this is the first time i'm watching the drama while showing. i dont watch it whenever he gets killed in the end. :) it is just sooo depressing :'(.

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According to wikipedia, there are 7 books in the series. Sec Kim gave JW 6 of them which means auntie read the ending of the 6th book.

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There is apparently a sequel (maybe part of same series) called One Sunny Day. One notable quote from that is "..Wolf .. says, "I've made a date with lunch." ".

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Thank you Rainbow for the book information! I never heard of it before. It gives me better insights on what may happen now. :)

I ,also, thought of all the other "could be" theories given so far (all excellent)..But what about...SJS does become a ghost for awhile and helps GS to find the answers to the mystery surrounding the missing necklace/pic postcards and involvement of the dead girlfriend and the alive Hanna? :)

I LOVE these characters in this drama! So far it is the Best Fiction/romance drama out this year! Anyway it will be the Best......IF!.....SJS is still alive, well and happy by the last episode! I'll be Very Unhappy if he really dies and becomes a ghost forever!....come on Hong Sisters!...give us a brilliant and satisfying ending!!! :) I love your dramas big time! :) Gr8 job!

Thank You SO MUCH Dramabeans!!! I so LOVE your Recaps!

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I think we'll see a near-death experience (similar to that of the hotel ghost who woke up again), causing Joo-gong to be able to see ghosts (similar to what supposely happened to gongshil), hence the reintroduction of the joo-gong/heo-joo/gong-shil triangle with a twin-twist.

But like the rest I simply pray for no amnisia ^^

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I keep thinking the same. I think that after -finger crossed- NDE, he will have the gift to see ghosts.
I can't portray in my mind the idea of a living-dead couple. What kind of love could it be?
This drama has been different so far, then why to turn it in more of the same? It doesn't make sense. Amnesia, lead's death... But then, we need to wait almost ONE WHOLE WEEK, to verify if we would smile shyly relieved or to cursed the evil twins with more evil tongue.

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I prefer him being coma, and helping tae yang in the ghost form (wake up at last episode, hehe) rather than him waking up next epi, amnestic. Please no amnesia. :(

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am i the only one curious about gong shil accident? i've been thinking about her accident since ep 1 actually. so this episode i try to do the math of the time she went into coma,and wake up,jw accident is 15 years ago,and gongshil 7 years ago. he comes back to korea 5 years ago,gongshil woke up from her coma 4 years ago. the math didnt make any sense but uncle VP keep digging about gongshil accident these 2 episodes so that better not be a coincidence. there's gotta be something that relate ghost seeing girl and her one and only safety hideout. why it has to be joong won? and pool ghost woke uo from her coma yet she seems fine and cant see a ghost. so the coma thing is not the ghost seeing trigger i guess. hell gongshil can make a support group or something if every single coma survivors woke up and can see the ghost too.

this series is so unpredictable for a korean drama so no amnesia please.

are u sure next week it will air? cause i read somewhere there's chuseok special or something :s

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believe me...you are not the only one..haha...just like you, I also do the calculation regarding their accident tenure..and it didn't match though -___-'

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If I am not wrong her accident is related to water. She mentioned in one of the episodes

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i wish i can eat sleeping pills and wake up next thursday lol. im so curious .

i hv this weird feeling that maybe,just maybe,joongwon and gongshil knew each other before they met that one stormy night.

because master sun give me secret garden vibe,the fairytale reference,joowon and joongwon (see,both name are similar and both are arrogant handsome mall ceo) both hv trauma and phobia from their accident. joowon cant ride elevator,joongwon cant read.

yeah,and thank you guys,i dont think about water ghost before. so maybe gs accident is drowning accident? gs is afraid of rain,they met one stormy night. argh so much reference. thanks to hong sisters i kept making speculation about this rather than studying lol.

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Me too, I also think and think about her accident. I hope they are putting it forward because it has some real significance (I would be disappointed if I get just some boring hit-and-run accident with a car without driver).

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...I wonder if it has to do with her run in with a water ghost and almost drowning.

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One card nobody has mentioned is that he might wake up also being able to see ghosts...

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I am confident he won't die. Why? Because I'm still waiting for something to happen. Remember what the soul matchmaker said to Gong Shil? She must be careful since there are some ghosts who are waiting for the right timing to conquer her body. I'm waiting for Hee Joo to do that. And if Joong Woon will die, there's no one left to save our dear Tae Yang.

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Darn it! I hadn't thought of amnesia! Now I'm really worried! If he does return with it, heroine better not indulge in noble idiocy. But she couldn't, could she? She would see evil sisters' plans How could she go along with that?

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it will be chuseok next wednesday and thursday.. do they air dramas around that time?

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never say never...remember in K2H when they killed the first King...and almost killed the princess making her paralyzed...my heart was in my throat the entire drama never sure who was next.

Although the Hongs Sisters have now lived up to and beyond my expectations this time around after the "drama that shall not be named", I love the dramatic suspense. However, I must confess that I am very sad at the turn of events. Also, I'm seriously Tae Ya right now. Why didn't she wait for him...why didn't she call the police instead of texting Joo Won?!? I can't forgive all of those contrivances that make it highly plausible we have a ghost as part of the OTP...

If Joo Won is really dead...will they pair Tae Ya w/Kang Woo?

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In Episode 1, we must not forget the actions of Joo Joong-Won (So Ji-Sub) toward the husband and his dead wife (now a ghost) demanding that they sell the house to make room for his golf course.

Javabeans wrote:
“He makes a (patronizing) attempt to negotiate with the “wife” (as manifested in a flower, the husband explains), and takes clippers in hand to give her an ultimatum: If wife-flower opposes the sale of the house, nod. If not, he’ll cut her down.
As he leaves, the husband accuses Joong-won of sneering at people for believing in things that can’t be seen. Joong-won replies that he will continue to ignore the unseeable, being the smart and successful man that he is…
If he’s wrong, he challenges the skies to strike him with lightning and holds his arms out into the rain. Nothing happens, so Joong-won leaves and the husband vows, “If ghosts exist, they’ll get you for sure.”
Gong-shil explains to Secretary Kim that a woman told her she’d find a ride if she waited there, and that her lift “might be able to avoid a lightning bolt but wouldn’t be able to avoid me.”

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Who is the 'me' White Rose Wife or Tae-Yang. I had thought the 'me' was Tae-Yang.

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I remember TGS saying those word. The 'me' in that sentence should be TGS instead of White Rose Wife.

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Tae Yang is the Me

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?? What's your point? Am I missing something or is there no point and you just wanted to quote something from Ep 1 Recap?

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If he just died because of TGS, it could turn out to have been a very convoluted but effective way for the White Rose Ghost to get back at him.

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Our initial introduction to his character act of defiance against the wishes of the dead ghost wife for the property. He boldly bragged that nothing would happen to him for doing so. In essence, practically daring/tempting the heavens.

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OMG NADIA I just saw episode 13 and remembered your comment here! It's almost prophetic! Do you know something that we don't know? ;)

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I actually like to be reminded of what he was like be4 they met, and of their first encounter. It shows how far he has come since meeting her. It also shows that (the ghost knows) these two will be together. I suspect that's the point.

I've been feeling sorry for TGS, on acct of the ghost always scaring and bothering her, so much so that she has lost her normal life. And the ghosts do nothing for her. It's unfair to her. It's not true tho if we consider that it's that ghost who put the two of them together. Maybe it's for all her good deeds of helping these dead ppl resolve their one last unfinished business/wish in the mortal world that TGS gets to meet JW, and him falling for her subsequently.

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thanks javabeans!! been waiting for this!!

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Past episodes have established that Joo Joong-Won (So Ji-sub) suffers from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the kidnapping ordeal from 15 years ago. On several occasions, we have witnessed him attempt and continue to struggle regaining his ability to read.

How is he able to drive since you must be able to read for traffic signs and following directions? Granted GPS does exists and Tae Gong-Shil (Gong Hyo-jin) has inspired/challenged him to actually finish Arashi no Yoru ni (“One Stormy Night”).

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He was traumatized by the kidnapper making him read printed words from a Book. He was Not traumatized regarding road signs. ;)

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Yes, he was traumatized by the kidnapper forcing him to read the Agatha Christie novel over and over. However, printed words appear on traffic signs and all around us.

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The pink heels ghost story established that Joong Won drove with the guide of GPS. How he enters the address I would not know, but there's that at least.

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Voice recognition by the GPS, perhaps? He could just speak out his desired location.

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it is a voice-guided GPS?

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in the GPS already saved as Home for his house address.

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The GPS voice told him. He hears "Chip" because it was programmed into the device, and is happy because that is where he wanted to go. He didn't have to read it.

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I think Secretary Kim put all the address in there since he's the one driving for him almost every time. All JW has to do is to choose from the options. The words were pretty simple so he'd be able to read them.

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When we say "the printed word", we usually mean what is printed on paper, in that font size, between bound covers.
I'd say that the words on traffic signs are of very different font sizes from those in books, and a very different medium.

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He also has trouble reading text messages on phones. So maybe it is the size of the words, similar or dissimilar to that in books that matter.

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In Kdramas, if the hero wants to save his lady love, the impossible can be possible, as long as the writer permits it. HA!

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With road signs there is usually a uniform look to it, i.e., a stop sign looks very obviously like a stop sign. Also, it seems like he can speak to his car GPS (established in an earlier episode) so he can probably tell it where he needs to go and the address is entered. Also, Secretary Kim is shown driving him around most of the time.

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I agree I travel a lot and when driving in a foreign county, you can usually tell what a sign means without knowing the exact words

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Back in episode 3 (I think) Secretary Kim did ask if he was able to drive, and he said sure, there's always the GPS to guide me.

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Thank You

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What the what..???!!!! Hong sisters you totally got me, DID. NOT. SEE. THAT. COMING! I hope they don't spoil it with a coma that leads to lost memories, cause I will jump through my computer screen and give somebody a beat down. However, that... "I love you" *swoon*. Yea, this show is crack. Why isn't it Wednesday yet?

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Thanks for the recap Javabeans.

For the record, I have decided not to panic and put my fate in the storytellers.

That being said, HUH????UH???HUH???WTF??????

What an effective episode.

I’ve calm myself down because [in the tradition of calling the Furies the Eumenides, I will say] the Sweet Dear Kind Hong Sisters, the loveliest writers ever, have established that it isn’t only the dead that can be seen by Tae-Yang. Sometimes the incapacitated living spirit/essence can move around freely on that other plane and interact with Tae-Yang.

Also 1) Joong-Won is not as white as the other ghosts and 2) he is more corporal--his hand did not go through her. His appearance is more along the lines of Hotel Winner-Coma-Ajumma.

Also DAMN Wikipedia, the synopsis of One Stormy Night didn’t mention the goat getting hurt.

The one thing that fills me with trepidation is the Joong-Won’s request that Tae-Yang send him off when it is time might take on a different meaning due to the ending of this episode.

The sound of Tae-Yang’s crying at the end of the episode, was heartrending.

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When my mother died, my tears wouldn't come at all. I cried like TGS at the hosp. (I just wasn't able to sleep for months afterwards).

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Sorry to hear that your mother passed. That a soul searing loss. I hope the joy that came before is more often with you than the sadness of her absence.

I know often when loss that deep happens. if you are the fixer in the family, you don't cry when there are things that need to be done. But when the crowds have left and the last dish put away the deep animal wail that can push it way out of your belly is frightening to hear.

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TQ for your kind comforting words.
At the saddest moment in life, one's tears might not come. And one doesn't know why. I was thinking: What's wrong with me? I'm standing at my mother's death-bed, she just stopped breathing, and I, the only child, have no tears?

So, TGS's "dry choking cry" at the end of this ep rings true to me.

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If it makes you feel better, I was not able to cry at all during my father's funeral till almost 2 months later. There was just so much to process & do & I remember many comments about how cold & distant I was. When I did cry it was not pretty & only one person ever saw the ugly.

Chin up. Grief comes in many forms. Luckily, so does comfort and peace.

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Yumi those were a really caring and touching words.

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Another reason to keep the faith [along with the two listed above]

Or

Not Dead Yet.

3) Joong-Won didn't "leave" the way we've seen the other ghosts who have resolved their earthly issue left. He didn't smoke. He faded.

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He looks perfectly alive and well, unlike the others who have ashen complexions, dark circles and black lips.
He fades cos his energy has to go back into his body, after that short Out-of-body episode.

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I love javabeans, I do, but there is no way he's dead. Just no way. Why would they make an entire episode's ghost about a mom in a coma for no reason. It's because he's in a coma. Or something like it. It's not even a matter of being in denial. It's pretty obvious that's where they're going.

I'm on one hand feeling like it's a bit of a cheap trick to make him dead yet not dead. But on the other (much bigger) hand it was established as the rules (as javabeans said) and also that scene was magnificent. I think I rewound Joong-Won saying "I love you" about 18 times.

Now, that said, he dang well better not wake up with lost memories. They've established the coma-ghost thing, but there ain't no room for amnesia in this drama. Hong Sisters, do me proud.

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So what if he wakes up from this near death experience and also gets the ability to possibly see ghosts.

And would that mean he will no longer be able to be Gong Shil's shelter?

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Hmmm, they could be ghost busters couple?

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I've been kicking around the idea, what if he comes back (after an out of body experience) and no longer works as a ghost shelter. I'm not basing this on anything but my own musings ... but we've been seeing Gong Shil getting stronger and being able to deal with ghosts on her own and in some ways I think that Joong-won's function as her "ghost shelter" is what's getting in their way as a couple.

In episode 11 when Gong Shil overhears Joong-won and he aunt talking and he says to her "Even when I say I love her, she has no space to look after that love" she's crying not just because of the harshness of the words, but because she recognizes the truth behind them.

It doesn't matter if he loves her or not, or if he's married to someone else or not, he is first and foremost her shelter. Her survival will always come first. And while you can argue that her needs and love can exist simultaneously, Joong-won could never be sure that her need for him, her love for him and her staying forever with him is based off of her love rather than her need for survival. We know that she would, but someone with Joong-won's experiences might not be so sure.

So what if he came back and could no longer make the ghosts go poof? Will Gong Shil still cling to him? Would she be able to find space to look after that love? I think she would and then their getting together as a couple is not because she needs him as a ghost shelter, but because she wants to be with him.

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This would be perfect, and is exactly where this drama needs to go. JW keeps telling GS she needs to leave once she doesn't need him, but they both know it will be quite a while (if ever) before she is really okay without using her safety shelter. This would force them to make a choice.

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OMG! I just thought of something...if it's true that he's no longer a shelter for her after this and THEN Hee Joo possesses Gong Shil! OH MAN! O_O

I'd like to think the Hong Sisters won't go with amnesia in such a boring and tired fashion where he wakes up with it. Perhaps the "amnesia" will, like some others have said, take on the form of possession... and maybe he's not going to even realize he's lost the ability until it's seemingly "too late" and Gong Shil is possessed!

I'm thinking that Hanna likely pretended to be Hee Joo at certain times too. Maybe not, maybe that's too over done too, but I keep thinking that maybe that happened... because sometimes Hee Joo was so adoring of JJW, then other times she would say things like she wanted him to be in pain because it meant he had feelings for her :( Perhaps it won't even be Hee Joo that possesses Gong Shil but maybe Hanna dies before completing her revenge and posseses Gong Shil? Maybe this is really all out there, but my mind is all over the place with all of the forboding foreshadowing of the dead trying to steal Gong Shil's light... JJW got a little taste of it from the pianist's wife, but she just wanted to briefly borrow Gong Shil. O_O

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