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Orange Marmalade: Episode 7

We finally get down to the gritty part of our Joseon story, as the conflict between the vampires and the humans starts to heat up. A special task force is formed to eradicate the vampires, but they’re not going to take it lying down. If Jae-min and Ma-ri think the worst obstacle they have to overcome is their social standing, they have a lot to learn about their world.

EPISODE 7 RECAP

Lady Yang-pyong informs Jae-min that Ah-ra is here to deliver early birthday congratulations, but since Father is busy, Jae-min needs to greet her. At the same time, Shi-hoo enters Jae-min’s father’s room to get a look at a famous sword given to him by royalty, but he hears someone coming and quickly hides behind a screen.

He overhears Jae-min’s father telling the head of the armed forces that he’s been given orders to eradicate the vampires, and to assemble a secret force to accomplish this. When the man leaves, Jae-min’s father calls Shi-hoo out, having been aware of his presence. Shi-hoo begs to be allowed to join the special force, and is told he can join if he passes a test.

Jae-min arrives in the courtyard just in time to see Ah-ra’s plan to humiliate Ma-ri, and witnesses Ah-ra’s man tear Ma-ri’s sleeve. Jae-min covers her with his coat, and yells at her, in front of everyone, not to pass him by since he’s stopped for her.

Hearing the commotion, Shi-hoo’s excitement over the task force is swept away as he watches the scene from over the wall. He connects the clues and realizes that the girl his best friend loves, is the same girl that he loves.

Everyone freezes when Jae-min’s father arrives and demands to know what’s going on. In private, he berates Jae-min for falling for a butcher’s daughter, and Jae-min begs to live his life as he wants. Dad retorts that there’s nothing he’s done and nothing he owns, so he doesn’t have the right to his own life.

Dad storms that he doesn’t expect good things from his son, but he does expect him at the very least not to bring shame on the family. He decides to bring Ma-ri’s family and punish them, and his graphic description of what will happen to Ma-ri makes Jae-min beg for mercy and promise to end things with her.

Jae-min shuffles back to his room in such a daze that he doesn’t even see Shi-hoo, who stops him to ask why he didn’t tell him about Ma-ri. He almost seems more hurt by the fact that Jae-min told everyone else today before his best friend, than the fact of who the girl is.

He asks if Jae-min thinks he can go against his father, but more importantly — can he go against himself? Jae-min just says that Shi-hoo doesn’t know him very well, but Shi-hoo thinks to himself that it’s because he knows his friend so well, that he’s scared.

Ma-ri’s mother urges her to eat, saying that worrying won’t help the situation and not eating will only make things worse. Ma-ri only says that she remembers the day she saw the sunlight, and that’s enough for her.

Jae-min goes to his hideout, and thinks about Ma-ri’s words that she’s precious because she thinks of herself as precious. His father’s taunts that he’s never accomplished anything echo at him, and he attacks his training dummies in fury.

The next day, Ma-ri delivers the drink that allows vampires to go out in sunlight to her friend, who asks why she was making rice balls when she can’t eat them. She doesn’t answer, but when she turns to go, Jae-min is there. He grabs her hand and pulls her to a deserted alley to talk.

When Ma-ri says that she’s scared people will see, Jae-min counters that the only eyes he’s worried about are hers. Her eyes seem distant, and she won’t even speak to him casually now. He asks if she’s decided to hide her feelings, pointing out that her aching heart when he compared her to an animal proves that she does have feelings towards him.

He boldly says that she’s in love with him, but Ma-ri tries to deny it. He doesn’t believe her, since she was the one who said that others’ opinions don’t matter, so the very fact that his words hurt her are the proof that she loves him. And, he confesses, he feels the same way. To him, nobody’s opinions matter but hers.

Ma-ri manages to hold firm, and tells Jae-min that she won’t see him again. He’s to be married soon and being seen with a butcher could ruin him. He insists that he’s not getting married, since he won’t be here, and there can’t be a wedding without a groom – he’s planning to leave. But Ma-ri’s mother arrives then, effectively ending the conversation.

Jae-min was serious, and he packs his things in preparation to leave that night. He quickly grabs a book and looks studious when Shi-hoo visits, and Shi-hoo blithely, like his old self again,takes out a book on vampire information and starts asking Jae-min questions. Jae-min gripes about Shi-hoo’s obsession with vampires, but ends up giving him some vampire-fighting ideas.

Then Shi-hoo gets caught by Lady Yang-pyong, pilfering the silver, HAHA. He’s not even sorry, but just says he’ll use them for national business. Lady Yang-pyong asks if he knows where Jae-min has been going during the day, getting dangerously close to the truth when she wonders if he’s been practicing his fighting skills.

Shi-hoo spends the day at the hideout breaking down the silver into small balls and melting it to coat a length of chain, thinking over the details of the vampire victims and how they were found. Jae-min’s father had issued him a deceptively simple test — just catch a vampire. Jae-min has advised him in the best way to do this, by tying the feet so they can’t jump, and told him that they’re weak to silver.

Jae-min goes to Ma-ri’s home to find the elderly blind vampire, and asks him to get a message to Ma-ri. He needs her to meet him at their spot after sunset, because he wants to tell her something before he leaves. The blind man agrees, but stops Jae-min from leaving to ask if he believes that fate can transcend time.

He says that though he’s been blind for decades, he can still see the spark of his dead love in his heart, and that he believes there’s a way to find that loved one’s spark again. Jae-min departs that night, leaving behind a letter for Lady Yang-pyong that he’ll make something of himself and come home.

Dressed in his fighting garb, Shi-hoo goes vampire hunting. He beats the crap out of the weaselly guy that works at the fight club, looking for information on where to find a vampire. He wants to know who the queen’s brother left with the night he died, and the weasel gives up the owner of the fight club, Gak-hee.

Shi-hoo finds Gak-hee walking in the forest, and picks a fight by telling him that he plans to capture him so he can never kill again. The fight is pretty even given the fact that Shi-hoo is an exceptional fighter and has a sword, while the vampire has only his claws and fangs, though Shi-hoo only narrowly escapes being bitten by blocking Gak-hee’s teeth with the weapon.

Finally Shi-hoo snares Gak-hee’s feet with the silver-coated chain, then in a badass move, kicks one of the silver balls into the vampire’s mouth, effectively rendering him helpless. He ties the vampire up in the hideout and blocks all of the windows to avoid him being burned by the sun before he can bring Jae-min’s father.

Meanwhile Jae-hee, Lady Won’s right-hand man, is tipped off by the weaselly guy that Shi-hoo is looking for Gak-hee. He finds the spot where they fought, and sees blood on the ground from an injury during the fight. He summons his crow and orders it to find Gak-hee.

Lady Yang-pyong goes looking for the boys’ hideout, thinking that Jae-min may have gone there, but Jae-hee gets there first. He finds Gak-hee trussed up inside, and confirms that Shi-hoo did this to him. He sends his crow to report to Lady Won, who instructs Jae-hee to get rid of the vampire that was careless enough to be caught. Jae-hee rips down the curtains and punches a hole in the wall, and leaves Gak-hee there to die at sunrise.

On his way back to Lady Won, Jae-hee falls into a pit trap, which is no big deal since he can easily jump out. But Lady Yang-pyong saw him fall so he pretends to need help escaping, and when she heads in the direction of the hideout he says that he just left that place, and there was nobody there.

Jae-min waits at Ma-ri’s rock, and it begins to rain. Ma -ri lies in bed, remembering his saying that he was leaving and that he asked her to meet him before he goes, conflicted as to what to do.

Lady Yang-pyong and Jae-hee take shelter from the rain under an overhang, where Jae-hee notices scratches on Lady Yang-pyong’s hand. He gently bandages it with his hair tie, which she allows, and he asks who she’s looking for. The owner of the dagger she’s carrying?

She says that her young master always carried this dagger, and that she’s been his nanny since he was a baby and his mother died. She knows it’s dangerous for a slave to consider a master as her son, but he’s everything to her. Jae-hee seems moved by her words, and muses if they mean she would give her life for him.

As Jae-min waits in the rain, he thinks about the old blind man’s words about how we live over and over, but not to push fate away. Things must happen now — there is no tomorrow without today. Ma-ri also sits and thinks, until the blind man calls to her from outside. He says that Jae-min seemed like a good man, with a strong voice and a deep heart.

She looks outside and finds a straw mat, and she covers with it and runs through the rain to catch Jae-min. At once point she trips and falls, and abandons the mat to run faster. But she’s not fast enough, and when she gets to their rock, Jae-min is gone.

Ma-ri can only stand and cry, until a familiar voice calls her name, and she turns to see Jae-min behind her. He waited! She gasps out what she came to say: “Don’t leave. Don’t go anywhere!” and Jae-min pulls her into his arms. They hold each other wordlessly in the rain.

After the rain stops, Jae-min gives Ma-ri a gift of a beautiful hair ribbon, and thanks her for coming. She says a butcher can’t wear this, but he says she can, if she marries him. He tells her that when he was packing, he realized his father was right, and everything he has is because of his father. But now he wants to make his own life, and he refuses to run away.

Ma-ri can’t speak, only wondering why he’s giving his love to her, as Jae-min continues that he wants be with her. She manages to say that she’s not human, but he misunderstands and thinks she means she’s not worthy of him. He angrily says she’s as human as he is, and that she’s precious to him. Then he kisses her, and there’s nothing else to say.

Lady Yang-pyong and Jae-hee wait until the rain stops, and he offers to take her wherever she’s going and protect her. They run into Jae-min as they walk back towards town, and Lady Yang-pyong drops his dagger as she rushes to him, which Jae-hee picks up.

Jae-min apologizes for worrying her, but Lady Yang-pyong says that she wasn’t alone — but when they turn around, Jae-hee is gone. As they walk home she notices that he speaks to her formally for the first time, and he says that just for now, he wants to show her his heart. He says that in his heart, she’s been his mother for a long time, and brushes aside her weak objections.

They keep walking, and Jae-hee watches them go from a distance, an inscrutable look on his face. He reports back to Lady Won, who doesn’t speak but ties a cloth around his forehead.

It triggers a memory of himself as a young boy, being chased and finally caught by Lady Won. She’d bitten him and he’d woken in her rooms, weak and helpless. She’d said that he was alone in this world and asked him if he would protect her, and be protected in turn. He’d nodded, and Lady Won had opened a vein in her wrist and fed her own blood to him.

In the morning, Shi-hoo leads the head of the special task force to the hideout, but it’s too late. His prisoner was incinerated when the sun rose and streamed in through the hole Jae-hee made in the wall. But they report to Jae-min’s father that he’d surely caught a vampire, and he allows Shi-hoo onto the task force.

That night, several young men are inducted into the task force, the Soldiers of Silver Blood, and given weapons made of silver to fight the vampires. They’re told that their involvement will never be recorded, and if they die in combat their families will not be given their bodies.

The next day, Shi-hoo finds Ma-ri washing clothes in the river, and asks her to wish him luck in war. He’s vague about the reason, but she wishes him luck, which seems to make him happy enough. He asks, the next time he sees her, if he can hear her play her flute.

The Silver Blood leader brings Jae-min’s father a report regarding the vampires’ activities, and they decide to send the Soldiers of the Silver Blood after them. The Silver Blood corner them that night, and it takes all of their forces to subdue only three vampires.

Jae-min meets with Ah-ra to break their engagement, allowing her the right to break it off officially so as not to suffer social humiliation. She’s unwilling to cancel the marriage, and gets upset when Jae-min says there’s another girl he loves. Ah-ra knows it’s Ma-ri, and this makes her furious.

She’s not the only one who’s furious — Lady Won is livid about the attacks on her people, and she accepts a visit from Ah-ra who has information about the Silver Blood. Ah-ra shows her a silver choker she was given by a member of the Silver Blood, and offers to help Lady Won.

She offers the choker in return for Lady Won getting rid of Ma-ri. Jae-hee objects, since killing Ma-ri would be an open declaration of war with her father’s vampires, but Lady Won wants it done. She orders Ma-ri killed to look like a human murdered her and her body brought to Bansoo in the Sungkyunkwon grounds, where the police are not allowed.

The next night a little boy delivers Jae-min’s dagger to Ma-ri, with a message that he’s waiting for her. Later when Jae-min comes to thank the blind man for his advice, he tells Jae-min that Ma-ri went to Bansoo to see him.

Ma-ri heads to Bansoo, but she’s stopped in the street by Jae-hee, dressed as a human nobleman. He attacks and she fends him off with Jae-min’s dagger case, and luckily Shi-hoo was close by and sees them grappling. Just as Jae-hee renders Ma-ri unconscious by touching a pressure point in her neck, Shi-hoo flies in and distracts him.

He asks why Jae-hee is trying to kill Ma-ri, and who he is, but Jae-hee won’t say. He only says he’s acting on strict orders, and warns Shi-hoo to stay out of it. Instead Shi-hoo fights back, and his unique fighting style clues Jae-hee in that he’s the fighter from the club.

While they’re still sizing each other up, Jae-min comes running to find Ma-ri, and it’s too many witnesses for Jae-hee, who slips back into the shadows. Shi-hoo gathers the still Ma-ri into his arms, and when Jae-min finds them, the two friends just look at each other over her head.

COMMENTS

Okay, now we’re talking! I’ve been waiting for weeks to get into the meat of the “vampires versus humans” part of our story, because I feel like that’s where all the juicy narrative stuff lies. A cute love story is great, even an angsty love triangle is wonderful, but if that’s the only thing that’s happening then it can get a bit boring. I was hoping the plot would get to this sooner, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. It’s possible it just feels like it’s taken longer to get here than it actually has, because of the once-a-week format and the switch from modern times to Joseon era. I feel like it’s been much more than seven episodes, but really we’re only barely halfway through the story at this point.

I still don’t exactly understand where Ah-ra falls in the plans, and it feels a bit like her part was randomly shoehorned in to give her a role in this part of the story. I never did get why Lady Won chose her to teach Ma-ri a lesson in the first place, and I feel like, if that had been explained more clearly from the start, Ah-ra’s involvement with the vampire queen would make more sense now. The best I can figure is that the choker is how the Soldiers of the Silver Blood are protecting themselves against the vampires, and if Lady Won has a choker, she can figure out who makes them and neutralize them. I don’t feel like the Silver Blood are really needed to advance the story, and are just another thing, along with Ma-ri’s father and his vampires, standing in Lady Won’s way of taking over the humans. Ma-ri’s death would serve multiple purposes, all of them benefiting the human-blood-drinkers, even without the Silver Blood in the mix.

But at least it gets Shi-hoo in on the human/vampire conflict, though I’m terribly afraid we’re going to lose Shi-hoo in this timeline too, given all the foreshadowing of his death (or more likely, his UNdeath by being turned into a vampire for his fighting skills — just a guess). It was hard enough to watch him die first time, so I hope we at least end up with a Shi-hoo who’s a vampire, no longer human but not truly gone. He’s still my favorite character in this story, because he’s so tragic and interesting with his desire to be accepted and never quite fitting in. I can relate to him much easier than I relate to the unhappy but immature Jae-min (though I still think he’s much better in this incarnation than in the present day), or the decorative but mostly pawn-like Ma-ri.

It’s funny how, though I don’t think much of either of the lead characters, I’m still very invested in the story as a whole. I keep hoping they can learn from their mistakes, whether in the present day or their former lifetime, and can figure out a way to be together. At least in this past life, Jae-min is growing as a person and learning that who a person is on the inside means more than their station in life, which I respect about him. But it makes me wonder why then, is his present day incarnation still so angry and judgmental of vampires? I’m guessing the next episode will give us the answer, and I have some educated guesses as to why. I’m worried his anger at Teacher Han is because Jae-hee (his former self) is going to do something terrible to Ma-ri, possibly even succeed in killing her, which earns him Jae-min’s eternal hatred.

That would certainly explain why Jae-min, in the present day, seems to have so much anger towards him when Teacher Han is actually a pretty nice guy. It would also explain why Teacher Han seems to invested in mending his relationship with Jae-min, if his instincts tell him that he wronged Jae-min in a past life. In fact, I see glimpses that he’s probably a pretty nice guy in the Joseon era too, but his circumstances in life have put him in a position that he has to act against his own conscience. I hope, when we get back to the present-day story, he gets a chance to redeem himself.

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Oh, thank you. I was hoping you'd help me make sense of this episode. Off to read.

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Okay, now it makes sense. I have to admit I was barely concentrating while watching this episode, it felt long and boring for some reason. Thanks for the recap cause I can understand it now without having to go back to watch the episode again.

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I knew what was going on while watching, and STILL found it long and boring. TBH, I couldn't finish the ep. It's not only jumping between time periods, it's also jumping around too much w/in this ep, such that there is little to no sense of connection to the chars or happenings that I the viewer could feel. Horrible execution.

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Agreed. This was the longest episode of anything, ever.

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Oh dear, I am about to start watching it... should I just read the recap and forget about watching?

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I didn't finish it either. Thankfully the recaps are available. I feel sorry for LollyPip though.

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I always thought Shi-hoo is vampire in this timeline, however, this episode shows that he is not a vampire.

Can't wait to see how this timeline ends (i hope that Shi-hoo doesnt die again D: ) and what is going to happen after this timeline...

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I think you can bet all the money that you have that he will become a vampire.

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Yeah up to now it looked like vampires were a born species, but now we know they can convert humans too.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

Shihoo is also my fave character. I liked how he wanted to get involved with the special squad and even managed to capture Gakhee. And it's definitely foreshadowing that Jaehee probably will turn him into a vampire to align with their present day selves with Shihoo being a vampire and Teacher Han as his uncle.

Jaemin needs to be smarter in order to protect Mari. Right now, he's just creating more enemies for her, whether it's Ara or his dad who'd never accept such a daughter-in-law.

It was good to see how Jaehee and Lady Yangpyong met. Jaehee does seem like a good guy, so I'm curious whether he's just obeying Lady Won to pay her back for saving his life back then.

I'm just watching this to see what happens next and when we will jump back to modern times. XD

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P.S. The member of Silver Blood that gave Ara the silver choker is the same guy who's Jaemin's good friend in modern times who likes Ara. =P

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While I still can't wait for our characters to return to the present, for now, I am invested in the Soldiers of Silver Blood's war against the vampires. Do they intend to annihilate all the vampires, including the good ones like Mari's family and the wise old blind vampire, or only the evil ones in the Wonsangu clan? I like the potential conflict when Shi Hoo finds out Mari is a vampire. Many are predicting Shi Hoo will get bitten and turn into a vampire; then perhaps Jae Hee would look after him like a nephew, since Jae Hee was in the same situation where he was forced to become a vampire against his will. What kind of sick person is Dad for concocting a so-called butcher game? Thanks for recapping, LollyPip!

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I don't like Jaemin in this era. His discovery that what's on the inside that counts is even more selfish in this time period. He knows explicitly and specifically what his declaration of love will cause to happen to Ma-ri in this time period; and yet, he's still over there talking to her in the streets demanding that she declare she loves him, too.

I didn't like the old blind man's involvement; and I was irked by the fact that all of a sudden her parents just disappeared in the evenings. When they first got to the Joseon period, I could've sworn they all slept in one room together.

Jaemin doesn't hate vampires in the Joseon error. He doesn't even think they exist. His issue in this error is passing out at the sight of blood.

In the modern era, even with Jaemin acting like an ass, the sweet-blood thing and their interest in music made her attraction to him make a little more sense. In the current era, yeah, he saved her dad, but he's kind of killed that good will by putting all of her and her entire family's lives in danger; add to that talking to her crazy and it makes no sense.

I liked this era better than the modern one at first, but now... I can't figure how this thing is moving this slow when it seems like more action is taking place. More than this glacial pacing, the biggest problem is I don't really care about any of the characters anymore. It doesn't matter if they die or anything because we already know they're going to be reincarnated or something in the modern era...?

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I loved this episode! I felt like things was starting to move a long. I am dreading what will become of Shi Hoo and I doubt it will be a happy ending for him.

As for the main two characters...they are cute but I am more invested in Shi Hoo.

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Part of me feel like we were given the story the wrong way around. Watching the joseon story play out i think it would have made sense for this story line to come first. I find this story line interesting but I can never quite see how it fits in with the modern one we had.

That's my main problem with this show. I felt like we were given a couple of episodes that belonged together, ended at a cliffhanger, and then were given a backstory that came out of nowhere.

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Honestly, I don't know what to think of this drama anymore. The love story is becoming way too boring. Ahra's character is too lame. Honestly, ShiHoo is the only reason that keeps me watching. I really don't know where the plot is going and how the writers will relate eveything to the modern time. Now, honestly, I'm starting to lose interest. I feel like nothing happened in the drama and there's no depth in the story nor the characters (except SH). I think drama should've been completely either historical or modern. I do like the Joseon era better but I think this time jump was not necessary. I will still watch this cuz ShiHoo though. Please writers, don't do something stupid to this character.

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I know Joseon era should move at a different pace than the modern era but we're 7 episodes in to this series and I don't know what I'm supposed to be drawing from this.

Also much of today's episode felt awkward i.e. JaeMin telling MaRi that she loves him. He shouldn't be telling her how she feels, things should be coming up organically....

At this point I wish they juxtaposed the 2 eras such that half the episode is Joseon era then other half would have been the modern day storyline counterpart.

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And how did ShiHoo melt Silver over a small fire? That metal has a melting point of 1,763°F (961.8°C)....

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When there were so many complaints about this drama in the earlier episodes, I was one of those who staunchly believed that things will get explained in due time. However, I admit defeat. This drama lost me in eps 6 and now eps 7. The pace of this drama is so slow and I feel that Ma-ri and Jae-min doesn't contribute much to the development of the story or their characters. Which is a pity because I didn't like their personalities in the modern era and hoped that their Joseon selves will rectify it. But 7 episodes in and I still find them as plain as white bread :(

I'm only watching this coz of Shi-hoo now. His character is still the most memorable and compelling and the only one I'm invested enough to root for. The other 3 (Ma-ri, Jae-min, Ah-ra) can live or die for all I care.

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This drama reminds me of School 2015 in that the second male lead is far more interesting then the main couple by a MILE.

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So....basically the Josean pacing is a bit too much like the modern era pacing. The first two episodes were a nice semi-leisurely pace, the third one is where they suddenly realize they need to have a lot of plot points....and that leaves dreaded episode four in which they have SO MUCH ground to cover that I don't know how they can do it well and convincingly.

Overall I really feel like this show just has major pacing problem and not enough episodes for everything they wanted to tackle. I'm completely fine with not sticking to the source but I want to be able to really lose myself in the show.

However, I do like aspects of this show. It's just disappointing because I really do feel there was a lot of potential. And I like a lot of the characters/actors but wish they were developed more.

The only thing I miss from the original source is that in neither eras of this show does MaRi ever get a friend. I really am tired of shows where girls are caught in love triangles but never seem to be able to have a female friend. Friends are an important part of growing up too!!

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didn't Shi Hoo carry Jae min by his mother where she tried to feed him raw meat? I thought that was evidence that they were good vampires who had no idea how to feed a human....whatev. Like you said I'm not investd in this drama. Ma-Ri is a potted plant, and Jaemin is a spoiled brat. I'm here for Shi Hoo so I'm glad I can read the recaps instead of watching.

Thanks DramaBeans!

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Nice recaps...I loved Shi Hoo's character in the 2015 time and was feeling depressed over his death but I am loving this josean twist...its much better than the present time storyline of the drama... And also lady won's and jae-hee's scene was awesome :D :D

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Is 12 the last episode?

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I just love Seolhyun so much. She is the prettiest Kpop idol and i hope she will have a wonderful 2016. :)

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